Trump’s Idea of Green Energy

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Hurricanes are the most violent storms the earth produces. A hurricane needs warm ocean water combined with wind in order to develop into monster storms like Irma and Andrew.  For Atlantic hurricanes, winds coming from Africa provide that necessary ingredient.  The wind passes over the warm Atlantic waters and turns into gas vapor which rises. As it rises, the vapor cools and and forms large cumulonimbus clouds. From this point the storm goes through four stages. The first stage is the Tropical Disturbance, followed by the Tropical Depression. The third stage is the Tropical Storm followed by the final stage, a Tropical Cyclone.

The key ingredient to the formation of these storms is warm water. Our oceans are warming. According to the IPCC 5th Assessment Report( Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), “Since 1955, over 90% of the excess heat trapped by greenhouse gases has been stored in the oceans”. A very small fraction of the earth’s thermal energy warms the atmosphere. Therefore humans “only feel a sliver of the true warming cost of fossil fuel emissions”.

Hurricane Irma’s winds in the Atlantic were the highest ever recorded. This article from the New York Times compares Irma with the all of the Category 3 hurricanes in the last 50 years.

But people in the fossil fuel industry want to maintain control over energy in the world. So Trump continues on the climate denial path. He denies that man is causing the warming of the oceans. He eliminated the scientists who could show proof of climate change. He is eliminating the EPA so that the U.S. will be a bigger contributor to global warming. Everyone who disagrees with him is removed from the government. He is making his ignorant followers believe that there is no such thing as climate change. It’s Fake News. For Trump fossil fuel is green ($) energy, no matter what it costs this country and the world.

We must keep up the pressure on Trump. We must try to make that soulless man feel the pain of our citizens in Florida and Texas and the world.

Peaceful Resistance!


Hurricane Irma

Our Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Texas and Florida.

Hurricane Irma 

We have relatives in the Tampa area and Naples. We are anxiously waiting to hear how they all do with the devastation that Irma is bringing. We also have relatives in Texas who managed to get through Hurricane Harvey without much damage. 

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Trump’s Government Shut Down

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Trump Willing to Trade National Security for His Useless Wall

Two days ago, at a rally in Phoenix, Trump was trying to woo his dwindling base. He announced that he was willing to shut down our government in order to get funding for his ‘great wall’.

This is not a new idea for Trump. On May 2, Trump tweeted “either elect more Republicans in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good “shutdown” in September to fix mess!” There is no evidence that any government shutdown has proven to be beneficial for anyone. In fact, the Ted Cruz shutdown in 2013 cost our economy $24 billion in lost economic output. Around 850,000 government employees, which included civilian contractors, did not get paid.  This accounted for about 40% of the federal civilian workforce. 

According to the Forbes article by Stan Collender, there is a 60% chance of a government shutdown. The reason for this is that the Republicans now have 7 different warring factions:

  1. The House Freedom Caucus, extreme conservatives (Tea Party), wants the opposite of a clean bill and has enough votes to stop the more moderate Tuesday Group.
  2. The Tuesday Group,, does not support the policies of the Freedom Caucus and could also have enough votes to stop the Caucus and the whole House of Representatives from getting anything done.
  3. The republicans in senate also have two warring factions, the ultra conservatives and the more moderate group. The conservatives use any means to achieve their goals. An example of this is Ted Cruz’s 2013 government shutdown in a failed attempt to block the ACA. He knew that he would fail but used a government shutdown as a means of getting his name known around the country.
  4. The more moderate republicans include John McCain, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska all of whom voted down the GOP ‘skinny healthcare bill’.
  5. Ryan could ask the democrats to support a moderate bill, but they would most likely want a quid pro quo which would anger the conservatives in his party. This might also push the Freedom Caucus to try and unseat Ryan as they did with Boehner.
  6. McConnell and Ryan have to lead their fractious party and often have to use their ‘political capital’ to protect themselves.
  7. Finally of course is the president himself. He is not a true republican and his base is different from republican congresspersons who have to run for office in 2018. Trump is demanding that funding for his ‘great wall’ be included in the Continuing Resolution budget bill. There is also the debt ceiling battle coming soon and Trump truly has no idea how that works, and doesn’t care. After all, he was perfectly fine with bankrupting his companies. Why not the government?

All this means that the only CR that can be passed by both houses is one without funding for the wall. This could conceivably push Trump to issue his first veto. It is doubtful that Congress could override that veto, which means that the government would shut down. If Congress can come up with a clean short term CR it would give the GOP groups more time to work out a deal. But, Trump insists on money for his wall so he could veto for that reason. A veto will give him a chance for a “good shutdown” plus more deconstructing of our country and more destabilization around the world. Of course we all know who benefits by a U.S. government shutdown. Putin of course.

There has never been a time when our government was controlled by one party that was so splintered, this close to the debate in congress over a Continuing Resolution and a Debt Ceiling bill. Add Trump to the mix and there is a strong chance of our president closing down the government just so he can have funding for his wall. Imagine how much of the social safety net could be saved if we were not putting a billion dollars into a useless wall that few people want.

Keep writing, calling and emailing your congress persons. Do the same for the white house. I’m sure that Herr Trump won’t like all that opposition.

Peaceful Resistance!








There’s No Place For Hate

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Let’s put them back under the rock from whence they came.

Charlottesville. That says it all. But not for Donald Trump. He refused to acknowledge the hate being spewed by his supporters, Nazis, alt-right, white supremacists, secessionists and just plain ignorant haters. Those are the people that Trump looks to for support. He goes to those people when he is feeling ‘sad’, and they praise him. So of course it took Trump two days to reluctantly say that hate and Nazis and alt right haters had no place in our country. But not really because he came out and once again said that the counter-protesters were also responsible and “they didn’t have a permit” the haters did. One Nazi went so far as to say he was glad that the girl was killed.

James Alex Fields Jr. was the driver who plowed into the crowd of counter-protesters. He killed Heather Heyer, a young lady expressing her dismay at the haters in the crowd, her constitutional right. Of course Trump tries to avoid the constitution. And so far, no republican leadership has come out with a strong statement against President Trump’s failure to properly address this incident. This link will take you to photos of the disaster.

Trump has opened the floodgates to the worst kind of people in this country. He has given a national voice for people who previously were not able to affect change in the nation. Now, thanks to this divisive president we have KKK David Duke speaking publicly again. (I had hoped he was gone.) We have more people talking about secession. We have people talking about making the country all white. We have a president trying to qualify slavery as an acceptable part of our history. Slavery and the decimation of Native American tribes were the most despicable parts of our history.

I saw the picture of a very sad police chief from Charlottesville. He couldn’t keep the protesters separated. That is one point that I think that those of us who remember Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi need to remind people. Luther’s platform of non-violence brought us the Civil Rights Act. Gandhi led the non-violent movement to separate India from the British. Non-Violence can be successful if people are consistent and patient.

We cannot allow the haters to continue to divide our country. But we also should not allow ourselves to be goaded into violence. We must remain vigilant but use peaceful methods to achieve the repairs that our country needs.

Peaceful Resistance!

Trump Slithers Around the Constitution

WebThe First Amendment: 1791 Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Presidential Oath of Office: Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:—”I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Trump continues to slither his way around the checks and balances that our Constitution has put in his way. As far as a free press was concerned, Trump constantly described any story that he did not like as “Fake News”. When Fox news even challenged his absurd statements Trump became more desperate. He decided to handle the news by banning video press briefings and even stopping press briefings completely. Trump is furious about all the leaks coming from his administration and calls the leakers the real story not the fake Russia story. He is now desperate to know who the leakers are. Heaven forbid that the truth should be revealed!

As early and January 2017, Trump began his attack on the 1st Amendment. In May on ABC’s Sunday Show with Jonathon Karl, Prience Reibus answered a question about the possibility of Trump trying to banish the 1st Amendment. He said, “I think it’s something we’ve looked at. How that gets executed, or whether that goes anywhere, is a different story.” Recently, General John Kelly, White House Chief of Staff, introduced Trump to a group of Coast Guard graduates. During his introduction Kelly described the Constitution as “just a piece of paper” and described the presidential oath as something that was just thrown together at the last moment.

Trump tried to control the FBI by firing FBI Director James Comey. Trump gained control of  the whole Justice Department when he appointed the racist, hater Jeff Sessions as the Attorney General. Jeff Sessions is using his office to advance his own belief system throughout the whole country, instead of being limited to his own state, Alabama. He encourages laws that limit voting rights, women’s rights, gays, minorities, disabled, etc. For example, Sessions called the Voting Rights Act “a piece of intrusive legislation,”

Fortunately, Sessions was forced to recuse himself from the Russia investigation which opened the way for Robert Mueller to named Special Prosecutor for the Russia investigation. Mueller now has a grand jury to dig deeper into the Russia investigation and other ongoing investigations. Trump and his team of lawyers are desperately trying to prevent Mueller’s investigation from gaining access to his taxes and financial dealings. Too much “dirt” there.

Trump lies constantly, so the truth never gets in his way. Trump knows that his base, while shrinking, still believes anything that he says. Since the truth goes hand in hand with integrity, Trump has none. He has gone so far as to use the Boy Scouts of America to advance his pitiful presidency; disgusting.

It concerns me greatly that Trump has gone so far as to even consider changing the Constitution to protect his illegal activities. Eliminate the freedom of speech. Eliminate the free press. Hide the truth or twist it to make lies believable. Take away the freedom to vote. What is Trump’s end game here? Suppress everyone who is not a white male. In other words to be an autocratic leader with a country under his thumb is what I think.

I pray that the Constitution will continue to be foundation of the legal system of our country and that there are still men and women of integrity who will protect it.

Peaceful Resistance!


Putin’s Most Wanted

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This story is so horrifying that I am shocked it is not being reported more heavily by the press. This is I am sure due in large part to the distractions from the Don and the Mooch. On July 26, the Senate Judiciary Committee had planned a hearing with Bill Browder. That is also the day that Mooch came out with his trashy, low class attacks on Reince Preibus. The world was shocked that day and the hearing with Bill Browder was delayed one day. The next day Trump came out with his ban on transgender people in the military. Leaders in the military were not informed and were shocked. But, to their credit, the Senate Judiciary Committee went ahead with their hearing. Before the hearing Bill Browder released a detailed statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee and also allowed it to be printed in its entirety by The Atlantic. This is the link. Please read it. This story is a complicated and truly shocking story of which everyone should be aware. What follows is my summary.

Bill Browder was a businessman who had extensive dealings in Russia and was a friend of Putin. Browder and his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky discovered a $230 million tax corruption scandal involving Russian oligarchs. Bill Browder left Russia on business and Magnitsky reported the corruption to Russian authorities, expecting the authorities to arrest the people involved. However, the “authorities” arrested him instead. In 2009 Magnitsky was found murdered in jail. He had been beaten to death. Magnitsky was convicted of tax evasion after his death. Broward was also accused of tax evasion by Russian authorities and was banned from entering Russia. Attempts to kill Broward also occurred.

In 2012, Congress passed a new law to target human rights abusers with the freezing of their assets in the U.S. and also banned their entrance into the U.S. The act was called the Magnitsky Act.  Putin was furious and retaliated by banning the popular Russian adoption program to U.S. parents.  It turned out that Putin was furious because he was the recipient of much of the $230 million and that he kept most of his money in the west. According to the Magnitsky Act, “Putin could be held personally subject to Magnitsky sanctions”.

Putin is reported to have as many as 10,000 “officials in Russia working for Putin who are given instructions to kill, torture, kidnap, extort money, from people and seize their property.”  This put the cross hairs on Putin. It also created a problem for Putin because previously he had always been able to promise protection to his operatives around the world. After the passing of the Magnitsky Act, Putin could not promise immunity to his network of agents. He was also at risk of losing his money which was held in disreputable Russian banks around the world.

Enter Natalia Veselnitslaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Don Jr. in Trump tower on June 9, 2016. She is currently working as a Russian lobbyist trying to get the Magnitsky Act repealed. She previously acted as a lawyer for the owner of the company “Prevezon—the Kremlin-tied company then charged with hiding a fraction of the $230 million Russian tax scheme in Manhattan luxury real estate.”  

Broward said that Putin keeps control over people by first offering a bribe, and then by blackmailing them with the threat of exposure. Broward explained that once a person was ensnared in Putin’s version of the WorldWide Web, there was no escape. Is this Trump’s situation? It has been said that Putin saved many of Trump’s businesses from going under. Trump took the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant to Moscow in 2013.  A Russian oligarch helped arrange that. Author James Dodson is quoted as describing a golf outing with Eric Trump, “So when I got in the cart with Eric,” Dodson says, “as we were setting off, I said, ‘Eric, who’s funding? I know no banks—because of the recession, the Great Recession—have touched a golf course. You know, no one’s funding any kind of golf construction. It’s dead in the water the last four or five years.’ And this is what he said. He said, ‘Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.’ I said, ‘Really?’ And he said, ‘Oh, yeah. We’ve got some guys that really, really love golf, and they’re really invested in our programs. We just go there all the time.’ Now that was three years ago, so it was pretty interesting.” Is this the reason that Trump is so chummy with Putin and complimentary of Putin and his regime?

So many of Trump’s family, friends and high ranking officials of his campaign are connected to Russia; is it possible for Trump not to be caught in Putin’s trap?  I don’t think so.

Peaceful Resistance!

What Wealth Redistribution War?

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The 1% Already Won!

It always annoys me when very wealthy people whine and complain that they may have to pay more taxes. Those of us who live paycheck to paycheck say Waa, waa, waa. The GOP and the wealthy threaten that higher corporate taxes will cause productivity to be reduced and therefore people’s wages will be reduced or workers will lose their jobs. Conservative economists argue that taxation reduces economic activity. “When you tax people, you usually cause them to reduce the amount that they do the thing that is subject to the tax.” So if investments are taxed, then rich people reduce their investments. Taxing consumption reduces consumption. “Anyway, the basic message is that the more the government tries to shift income around, the less total income there is to distribute. The more equal you force your society to be, the poorer it gets.”  The GOP repeats this threat ad nauseum. They believe if they say something often enough people will begin to believe them.

Economist Arthur Okun described redistribution from wealthy to poor was like using a leaky bucket. This theory was named as Okun’s bucket which states that some people are helped but along the way some money is lost from leaks. So, “Mostly, they focus on trying to quantify the trade-off between equality and efficiency. That may seem a bit heartless, but to many economists, it feels like the most objective way to approach questions of redistribution” These are the views of Noah Smith.

The question I keep asking is why it is okay for redistribution to go up to the 1% but not down to the 99%. The redistribution of wealth up to the 1% has been happening since Regan. When regulation was reduced, big business won and our citizens lost. When the EPA was hamstrung, big business won and our citizens suffered from poisoned water and air, death on the job, confiscated wages etc. Over and over this happened until finally war and more deregulation catapulted the wealthy into the stratosphere.

In To Raise Productivity, Let’s Raise Wages Brenden V Dukes argues that a slow economy is due to a lack of demand and that “weak demand is the main reason for slow business investment growth in the United States. This suggests that policies that raise demand—such as low interest rates and increased infrastructure spending—will cause companies to raise investment as they expect stronger sales as a result of job and wage growth.”

As congress begins to grapple with next year’s tax structure let us hope that they can absorb the lessons learned in the 1930’s and 40’s, when policy makers turned “the Great Depression and World War II into the most rapid improvement in living standards ever.”

Peaceful Resistance!


See No Evil? Trump Is Evil

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Trump is Evil. There is no other way of saying it. He promised not hurt his constituents during the campaign but then proceed to push for a health care bill that he himself described as “mean”.  Trump complained to Fox News that Obama had stolen his phrase when he wrote, “Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family — this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.” (I really miss Obama’s ability to speak correctly.)  So Trump even bragged about using the word mean, but then proceeded to strong-arm GOP members of the house to vote for a ‘mean’ bill that would throw many millions of people off healthcare. Trump pushed a bill that he knew would kill thousands of people who would die without healthcare and he did it with no sense of responsibility.

The United States is known for its poor dental health care coverage. So thousands of people are crossing the border into a town called “Molar City” Los Algodones in Mexico to get dental care. There are 600 dentists in an area with 6000 people. According to Mayor Camacho, Molar City receives 6000 or more Americans and Canadians who come to get dental care every day during the winter’s mild weather.

According to the National Association of Dental Plans, “114 million Americans don’t have dental insurance, including 46.3 million people aged 65 or older. And for those who do, the costs of dental work can still be out of reach.” 

How about drugs? U.S. pharmaceutical corporations price urgently needed drugs out of the ability of most people to pay. Many lawmakers around the country have tried to come to grips with the price of drugs, but have failed miserably. As long as Americans are held hostage by the pharmaceutical companies there is no competition and drugs will continue to be sky-high for U.S. citizens. If we were allowed to order drugs from Canada, prices would come down in the U.S. But competition is the last thing that Republicans want.

We have Ryan, McConnell and Pence as the main hawkers for Trump’s plans. They know there is evil but do nothing to stop that growing evil from destroying the United States government.  And those three shameless people let our evil president cover his butt and allow him to stay out of trouble.

Starting now we must all do everything that we can to elect people who actually care about preserving what is good about this country. We must work at the city and state levels just as the Republicans did years ago. We must take back the Senate so that Trump cannot put another extremist on the Supreme Court. But we must also put pressure on the Democrats in control so that they don’t blow this tremendous opportunity.

So let’s pull up our sleeves and get started. Write, call, march.

Peaceful Resistance!

Pardon Me

PardonMeA couple of nights ago my family and I joked about the ridiculous idea that Trump could pardon himself. After all, he is the president and has the power to pardon most people. He will likely try to use that power to pardon his children. Could he actually pardon himself?

Imagine my surprise the next morning when I saw an article in the Washington Post about Trump’s legal team looking into that very possibility. That is a very scary idea. If a president could pardon himself then that would free up a whole range of illegal activities the president could engage in knowing that there would be no penalty for his actions. That is a serious threat to our democracy. There would be no checks and balances left. But according to the Washington Post’s Jonathan Turley who is the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, Trump can pardon himself.  Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, states that the president “shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment”. . Unbelievable!

However, other legal experts have a different opinion. An article in the Washington Post by “Laurence H. Tribe who is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, Richard Painter, a law professor at the University of Minnesota, was chief White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2007 and is vice-chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)”, Norman Eisen, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, was chief White House ethics lawyer for President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2011 and is chair of CREW” wrote that the pardon provision of the constitution strictly prohibits anyone, including the president from ruling in his own criminal case. They cite examples going all the way back to 1610.  I am fervently hoping that Jonathon Turley is wrong.

I am sure that Trump’s legal team will be looking for any reason they can use to discredit Mueller’s investigation. Various press sources write that Trump’s legal team is looking into the possibility that Mueller and members of his team have conflict of interest problems and therefore are not able to discharge their duties properly. Trump’s team is also trying very hard to prevent Mueller from looking into Trump’s taxes by threat and innuendo. So we continue to ask: what is Trump hiding in his taxes that could be illegal or impeachable.

We have scary days ahead of us. Threats to our constitution are threats to the United States. Trump must not be allowed to pardon himself, but I am sure that he will try.

Peaceful Resistance!

The 8th Man – Putin’s Spider web

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Why Was the Identity of the Eighth Man Kept a Secret?

This is a complicated story but I will do my best to give a brief summary. The eighth man at the June 9 meeting in 2016 is Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze a Russian whose past puts him squarely in the crosshairs of U.S. investigators of the Trump/Russia scandal. It now looks like Jared Kushner, Trump’s right hand and one of the people in the infamous meeting may have outed the eighth man in his ‘revised’ security clearance disclosure form.

First of all, Kaveladze was president of IBC, a corporation that was responsible for registering over 2000 dummy corporations with the intention of laundering money from Russian and Eastern European oligarchs. The IBC set these companies up in Delaware at an office that was not staffed. Unopened mail outside the office was seen by Politico investigative reporters. The office is rented to IBC and Russian Art Mall which is registered to Aras Agalarov and who also owns Crocus Group, a real estate development firm. Agalarov, through Crocus Group worked with Trump to bring the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow in 2013. Kaveladze is a senior vice president of Crocus Group.  In 2000 the GAO (Government Accountability Office) discovered through an investigation requested by Senator Carl Levin of Michigan that Kaveladze played a big part in the $1.4 billion money laundering scheme through Citibank in New York and Commercial Bank in San Francisco. Kaveladze was also involved in “a Russian crime syndicate apparently laundering around $10 billion using the Bank of New York”. Continue reading