Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Stephen Colbert: Trump explicitly sells out America to the Chinese

Conservative President Trump's corruption is so brazen that it is frightening. He's currently trying to help a Chinese telecommunications company called ZTE to recover from current American sanctions. And there could be multiple reasons for doing so. Get China's help with North Korea so Trump will look good. Nobel Peace Prize for the blonde fascist. Or its payback for China bankrolling an Indonesian theme park that has given Trump licensing fees. (My blog post.) We need America's satirist, Stephen Colbert to make us laugh. Check out his video from The Late Show.

Conservative Trump sells out America to China

On Sunday, Republican President Trump tweeted that he was working with China's president to find a way for the Chinese telecommunications company ZTE to "get back into business, fast." He bemoaned that "Too many jobs in China lost." The conservative Trump then ordered the Commerce Department "to get it done." Now if you didn't know, ZTE has been sanctioned for doing business with Iran and North Korea. Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio also noted that there are also concerns that ZTE made devices could be used to spy on Americans. Business Insider.

But why is Trump trying to make China great again? If you've watched his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump attacked China by stating that they had been economically raping America. Well, here it is. Only seventy hours before Trump's Tweet, China loaned MNC Lido City a whooping 500 million dollars to build a theme park in Indonesia. Here's the quid pro quo. The Trump Organization, controlled by Trump, has licensing fees for the park to use its name. That alone will earn 3.7 million dollars. Then Trump could earn more in management fees. Vanity Fair article. Bush Ethics Counsel Richard Painter also notes that Trump is in violation of The Emoluments Clause of the Constitution which prohibits foreign payments to the President of the United States. Id.

My fellow Americans, it gets worse. This week China is making trade demands on the United States. The Washington Post notes some of them are outrageous. (See CNN video below.) Will conservative Republican Trump cave and sell out America for his personal interest? If you're concerned, remember this. Vote liberal Democrat if you want to live.

Don't believe Trump when he says he didn't profit from Cohen's schemes

Conservative President Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen received millions of dollars of payment for his proximity to Trump. (Huffington Post. ) It is obvious that these companies believed that Cohen could lobby Trump. One of the companies was AT&T which is trying to buy Time Warner. That bid must be approved by Trump's Justice Department. And it was not. There's currently litigation to stop the acquisition.

Okay, so Trump tweets that he and the Justice Department is trying to stop the merger. (Tweet below.) He wants you to think that he's not in cahoots with Cohen because if he were, there would be evidence that AT&T would get more favorable treatment. By the way, Trump's handling of China's ZTE demonstrates Trump's corruption but I digress.

Don't believe Trump's alibi here. First, remember that Trump is a serial liar. (Washington Post; Trump has made 3001 false statements since being President.) Second, Trump has conned people in the past and this could be just another con. Remember, Trump University? Or how about the time he claimed to "screw" Libya's late and former leader Gaddafi? Trump claims he leased Gaddafi land for much more than what its worth and then didn't allow him to use it. (Huffington Post with Trump video. ) This could be more of a Trump con. Get money from AT&T then "screw" them by not giving them what they want. And Trump hates CNN. AT&T's purchase of Time Warner would include CNN since Time Warner is its parent company.

I'm not the only one that is suspicious of Trump. On the May 11, 2018, Morning Joe shoe, Joe Scarborough speculates that the conservative Trump might have gotten a piece of the action. (Morning Joe video below.) Check out the video at the 14 minute mark where Scarborough opines that Trump was likely to "we his beak."

Monday, May 14, 2018

Trump's arrogance has killed people

You knew this would happen. There's a reason why past Republican and Democratic presidential administrations refrained from moving the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Such a provocative move would inflame Muslims who have a holy site in the city. It would lead to protest and likely deaths from those protests. At this moment because of conservative President Trump's thoughtless and rash action to move the embassy, there have been 43 deaths, coming from the Gaza Strip. CNN. I say to those who thought this would not happen, you have now been proven wrong. Additionally, neither conservative President Trump or Vice President Pence had the courage to attend the opening ceremonies.

And to my Jewish friends who think Trump is your friend. He's doing this to please his fundamentalist Christian supporters. You see they believe this will lead to the second coming of Jesus Christ. The conversion of Jews to Christianity. Wars in which people many of them Jewish will die. This group of conservative Republicans are not your friends. (Diana Butler Bass for CNN.) And to make matters worse, Trump got fundamentalist Christian preacher Robert Jeffress to deliver the prayer opening the embassy. According to conservative Republican Mitt Romney, Jeffress believes that Jews can't be saved and Mormons and Muslims are a heresy from the pit of hell.

Trump's arrogance and ignorance are a threat to people of America and the world. It reminds me of that line from The Hunt for Red October. (1990) In the movie, a junior Russian officer berates his captain for a rash decision that leads to negative consequences. "You arrogant ass. You've killed us." Warning. the clip from the film below contains spoilers.

Friday, May 11, 2018

More Trump-Russia collusion evidence

In light of recent events, it's now clear that unless House Republicans reopen the Russian investigation then they will betray America for allegiance to conservative President Donald Trump. In new documents released by Stormy Daniels' attorney, Micheal Avenatti, Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received five hundred thousand dollars from Columbus Nova, a company that is an affiliate of the Renova Group. Renova Group is controlled by Russian oligarch Victor Vekselberg. Columbus Nova is run by Vekselberg's cousin, Andrew Intrater. (Mother Jones) Additionally, Cohen received millions of dollars from other corporations in the span of a approximately one year and a half right after the 2016 election. (Slate)

Below is an excellent video piece from Hardball with Chris Matthews, It goes over the Russian links and there's an interview with Michael Avenatti. This fall, vote liberal Democratic if you want to live.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Trump legal team admits it makes up facts

So I'm watching clips of conservative President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani interview on ABC's This Week. And he's asked about when Trump knew about the payment of $130,000.00 to adult film star Stormy Daniels and the differing stories when Trump knew. "Those are the facts that we're still working on." (Late Night, video below at the 8:00 minute mark.) What the ... ? They're working on the facts? The facts are the facts. They are not alternative and you don't make them up to fit a narrative because that's called a lie. Oy.

We need Seth Myers of Late Night to help us laugh at the lying Trump team. Check out his funny video below.

Guilty Pleasures: Battle: Los Angeles

The late, great film critic Roger Ebert bashed people who liked Battle: Los Angeles (2011) as idiots. And I usually complain about fast cutting and hand-held camera shots. But the point of the usage here is to show the fog of war. It gave the film a documentary feel as if you are there with a camera crew.

The fast cutting made the audience feel the confusion as our squad of soldiers take fire from everywhere. And there's a couple scenes of sacrifice that I challenge you to keep a dry eye. To the great Roger Ebert, I say maybe you fell asleep during the movie. Regardless, Roger I still admire your film criticism. Battle: Los Angeles is another of my guilty pleasures.