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California city's council votes to impeach Donald Trump

Source: 6ABC Philadelphia

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 04:53PM
RICHMOND, Calif. --
The first 100 days of the Trump administration aren't even over yet, but he president is already facing calls for impeachment... not from Congres, but a city council in California.

Richmond City Council says it has become the first city in the country to go on record in support of impeachment hearings for President Trump.

The council acknowledged how unusual it was to call for the president's impeachment. He's been in office for only a month, but the vote was unanimous.

"Unfortunately with this president it's oddly appropriate," said Richmond City Councilmember Jael Myrick

Read more: http://6abc.com/politics/california-citys-council-votes-to-impeach-donald-trump/1767691/

More at link

A gesture with no power but it does grab headlines. We are a sharply divided nation,
Trump's government moving one way, a slight majority going the opposite way.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Wed Feb 22, 2017, 07:06 PM (5 replies)

Trump's constant tweeting is actually a negative for Twitter, top analyst says

Source: CNBC

Twitter is not seeing a boost in business from the "Trump effect" despite the president's active tweeting, as advertisers steer clear of the platform so their brands don't get targeted, analyst Richard Kramer said on Thursday.

Shares of Twitter were tanking in premarket trading on Thursday after forward guidance missed expectations by a landslide and quarterly revenue was far below estimates. Earnings, however, did beat forecasts.

"I think whatever your political views, it's clear that Trump is extremely divisive, and this isn't really a positive for advertisers," Kramer told CNBC's "Worldwide Exchange," speaking ahead of Twitter's earnings report.

The Arete Research co-founder and senior analyst said his firm still has a negative view on Twitter because although monthly average users are growing, the platform is becoming riskier for advertising, which is a main profit driver for competitors like Facebook and Alphabet's Google.

Read more: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/09/trumps-constant-tweeting-is-actually-a-negative-for-twitter-top-analyst-says.html?

GOP fomenting anger gives opportunity to those who RESIST
and build bridges in their local community

Take note.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Thu Feb 9, 2017, 07:47 AM (27 replies)

Prophet of Doom

In Bannon’s view, we are in the midst of an existential war, and everything is a part of that conflict. Treaties must be torn up, enemies named, culture changed. Global conflagration, should it occur, would only prove the theory correct. For Bannon, the Fourth Turning has arrived. The Grey Champion, a messianic strongman figure, may have already emerged. The apocalypse is now.


“This is the fourth great crisis in American history,” Bannon told an audience at the Liberty Restoration Foundation, a conservative nonprofit, in 2011. “We had the Revolution. We had the Civil War. We had the Great Depression and World War II. This is the great Fourth Turning in American history, and we’re going to be one thing on the other side.”

Major crises “happen in about 80- or 100-year cycles,” Bannon told a conference put on by the Republican women’s group Project GoPink that same year. “And somewhere over the next 10 or 20 years, we’re going to come through this crisis, and we’re either going to be the country that was bequeathed to us or it’s going to be something that’s completely or totally different.”

The “Judeo-Christian West is collapsing,” he went on. “It’s imploding. And it’s imploding on our watch. And the blowback of that is going to be tremendous.”


I don't understand his certainty and determinism. Why isn't the crisis climate and ecology? Capitalism has won the economic wars, nations are basically trying to improve its reach and humanize it, religions clash but use political means to coexist to the extent there are no zealots in power ... Why does this crisis have to be the way Steve Bannon sees it? He is nuts.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Wed Feb 8, 2017, 04:09 PM (4 replies)

Obama wasn't born in this country?

Well ....

I think Trump wasn't elected in this country!
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Fri Feb 3, 2017, 02:26 PM (2 replies)

"On Governance"


Well worth the read, as usual.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Mon Jan 30, 2017, 08:53 AM (2 replies)

Trump wants to enlist local police in immigration crackdown

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

PHOENIX (AP) - To build his highly touted deportation force, President Donald Trump is reviving a long-standing program that deputizes local officers to enforce federal immigration law.

The program received scant attention during a week in which Trump announced plans to build a border wall, hire thousands more federal agents and impose restrictions on refugees from Middle Eastern countries.

But the program could end up having a significant impact on immigration enforcement around the country, despite falling out of favor in recent years amid complaints that it promotes racial profiling.

More than 60 police and sheriff's agencies had the special authority as of 2009, applying for it as the nation's immigration debate was heating up. Since then, the number has been halved and the effort scaled back as federal agents ramped up other enforcement programs and amid complaints officers weren't focusing on the goal of catching violent offenders and instead arrested immigrants for minor violations, like driving with broken tail lights.

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/presidential/20170129_ap_aa172d93370d4cef904417b327ae1638.html

Political agenda, racial profiling. Wonder who will pay for local costs of enforcement? Yeah. Taxpayers.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Sun Jan 29, 2017, 11:12 AM (14 replies)

"Hustling Hitler" by Walter Shapiro

A well-researched and somewhat lengthy book by a former Carter White House
speechwriter about his great-uncle, a flashy vaudeville impresario with a checkered
life. Indicted, arrested for selling the Nazis a boatload of scrap metal dregs, he was
never extradicted from California. He sold diamonds, jade, stayed in the era's best
hotels, bounced a few checks, and tried to sell jewelry to Mae West. but that was
after early days promoting burlesque and marrying his star performer.

It's a slow read because of the precision with which it is written, Shapiro uses the
language beyond well. The only book I've read that compares in my mind is "FDR"
by Jean Edward Smith; they are both wordsmiths in any sense of the term.

There's a lot of US history here too, the small cities in New York, and the historical
tools available to research one's ancestors: census, news articles, family lore, and
just plain shoe leather. You can tell the author is absorbed and proud of his ancestors
and his own research, and it's a gift for him to take the time to write this story before
it is lost to history.

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Fri Jan 27, 2017, 08:33 AM (0 replies)

President Trump's voter fraud allegation is 'a lie,' says California's top elections officer

Source: L.A. Times

With President Donald Trump rehashing last year's accusation of widespread voter fraud in California and elsewhere, the state's top elections official is also restating his take: It's not true.

"When the president says millions of illegal ballots are cast, that’s simply not the case," said Secretary of State Alex Padilla in an interview on CNN Wednesday. "It's a lie."

As was the case when Trump made the accusation in November , there's no evidence of such a broad attempt to sway the outcome in California. The president lost the Golden State to Democrat Hillary Clinton by almost 4.3 million votes.

Trump's announcement on Wednesday of a "major investigation" into voter fraud reignited the issue, even though there was also Republican skepticism in the wake of the new round of accusations.

Full story at the link

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-president-trump-s-new-voter-fraud-1485391926-htmlstory.html

This has got to be the craziest story in a long time, and truly reveals for all
to see, that something is not right in the belfry.

He wins the election, is in office, and the popular vote count bothers him so
much that his is obsessed with voter margins in the states he didn't win.

You won. You move on. Nothing to gain here. Irrelevant. Yet he lacks the self-
control or the intelligence, or the judgment, or something, to simply drop it.

These prominent pundits, ok they're Democrats, dropping the mental illness
bombshell this week is telling. Prick this bubble as soon as possible.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Wed Jan 25, 2017, 10:44 PM (7 replies)

Guides on How to Resist the Trump Agenda


By Congressman Jerry Nadler


The Most Useful Guide to Resisting Donald Trump
It’s the Tea Party playbook, minus the nooses


Robert Reich: Twelve ways to resist the Trump presidency
An hour of protesting a day for months on end will send a powerful message.


Let's all get on the same page and defend our country!
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Fri Jan 20, 2017, 07:42 AM (0 replies)

How To Overwhelm The Media Stacking A Press Conference and Six Confirmation Hearings On One Day, Tr


How To Overwhelm The Media

Stacking A Press Conference and Six Confirmation Hearings On One Day, Trump And McConnell Try To Avoid Scrutiny

President-elect Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have scheduled several Senate confirmation hearings for Trump’s cabinet picks -- as well as Trump’s first (and likely only) press conference of the transition -- on a single day next week. The strategy seems designed to ensure that the media is unable to devote sufficient scrutiny to each story and to reduce the possibility of an educated public responding.

Trump announced yesterday that he will hold a “general news conference” on January 11. It will be the first Trump press conference since July 27, a stretch of 168 days. By contrast, President Barack Obama fielded questions from the White House press corps 18 times as president-elect; President George W. Bush did so on 11 occasions.

Trump previously promised to hold a December 15 press conference to address the conflicts of interest his business empire creates for his presidency, but he canceled it. Those conflicts -- including the possibility that Trump will be in violation of both the Constitution and a contract with the federal government immediately upon taking office -- should be a top priority for journalists on January 11. But by refusing to give a press conference for so long, while simultaneously scaling back on media appearances, Trump has created such a backlog of potential issues that it will be impossible for reporters to give all of them the time and coverage they deserve.

Meanwhile, McConnell has done his best to fracture journalist attention by ensuring that six different confirmation hearings are scheduled for the same day. Wednesday will see hearings for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the nominee for attorney general; ExxonMobil chairman Rex Tillerson, the nominee for secretary of state; billionaire conservative activist Betsy DeVos, for secretary of education; Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), for CIA director; Gen. John Kelly, for secretary of homeland security; and Elaine Chao, for secretary of transportation.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Thu Jan 5, 2017, 01:23 PM (1 replies)
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