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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Al's Blog - The Invisible Hand Part 5

I must admit that I was stunned by the reception Trump received from the press when he returned from his surrender trip.  He gave the North Korean dictator everything: not just everything he asked for, but everything we had given our allies to defend themselves against this ruthless dictator.  And he required none of the built-in requirements of the Iran Pact!

Where was the shock and anger from even the liberal press? 
“Well, they agreed, if it stops the threat of a nuclear war, that’s a good thing.”  That was it. No serious discussion of the impact on the rest of Asia!    

Trump literally sold out our Pacific allies in exchange, for what: … A Nobel Peace Prize?  Or was it the last piece of the puzzle Putin demanded of him? 

Trump is speaking of a summit meeting with Putin and Xi Jinping! Are we becoming the new Axis of Evil? Can nobody stop him?  Will we ever have a fair election again?  What did he mean when he told us that he didn’t need to prepare for that summit?  What did he mean when he said, “I’ve been preparing for this my whole life?”

Putin met with Kim at least once, probably twice, before this "Summit!’     
It is my guess that Putin wrote the scripts for both actors…especially Trump’s return announcement: “Americans can sleep soundly tonight.  The threat of nuclear war is over!” 

The vitriol of the 2016 Campaign continues to rage.  Trump and Putin recognize that Mueller has the goods on our likely traitorous President, his campaign, and his family. In this game of destroying the power, the wealth, the influence and the soul of the United States of America, Trump is just a mere pawn of the Chess Master.  As long as Trump’s base continues to believe the propaganda from Fox News, Breitbart, Sinclair Productions (and others whose names I won’t mention lest I give them more publicity), he will continue on his current path.

Every prediction I have made is based on my belief that our President is acting on orders from Vladimir Putin.

Look at the record of this presidency:  it is a series of divide and conquer activities:  "split the country’s unions against each other", "split the Black vote"," split the Jewish vote", "split the cities from the towns"; and worst of all: ridicule all of the leaders our allied countries. 

The Big Lie propaganda system turned even well-educated Germans into monsters in the 30’s and 40’s, and that is the new direction our America is taking.

What word, other than monster, can one call people willing to take children away from their parents and place those kids in tents erected in the middle of the desert?


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Al's Blog - Invisible Hand Part 2

As I predicted Putin has finally uncloaked as a player in the Korea Game.  It is not about a friendly contest; it is deadly serious.  It also contains several dimensions: If Kim "denuclearizes" who will hold those nukes? What will happen to the explosives and their rockets?  Who will monitor the multiple processes?  Will Russia "agree" to be a neutral "third" party?  Who will ask Putin to "volunteer"?  How much weight will each of the parties carry for agreement assurances? Be assured, the logistics are not likely to match the dimensions of the Iran agreement.

How much is real, and how much is Fake News?

Was the exchange of angry messages a powerful rift between two high-strung men of equal power or a planned bit of drama to enhance an awkward charade?

As more information becomes available, I will add my thoughts, but please don't let Trump further obscure the following huge questions:

1. How much time will be required of the President?   Will he be too involved in his Nobel Peace Prize effort, to appear before Independent Prosecutor Mueller and "the Russia thing”?

*Note: Putin tramples “Populism” at home, but exports it to the rest of the world!

2. Could President Trump pardon himself for Tax Fraud or Obstruction of Justice?  Could he pardon himself for manslaughter charges of hundreds, maybe thousands of Puerto Ricans?

3. Which criminals will this "Law and Order" President pardon next?

4. Now that he has re-assembled the team that gave us the Iraq War, is he ready to be provoked by Iran?

5. What is the real purpose of his tariffs?  And why on our neighbors and allies?
Is he using them as a pretext to force Mexico to pay for his wall?  Does he want to force Canada to do something on our northern border?  Or is he trying to make those leaders look weak at home and more susceptible to "Populism?"

6. Did Trump tape world leaders crawling to him as he dangled tariff rates in their faces and made up facts he never bothered to learn just for the pleasure of demeaning those he thought underestimated him.

7.  Why is it that even a US Senator is unable to view the conditions under which hundreds of small children are held after being separated from their parents?


The Trump Lawyers’ Confidential Memo to Mueller, Explained

  If you are interested,  attached is the 20 page letter that Chump's attorneys sent to Mueller.  The attachment also has  commentaries by the NYT writers.  I think the letter is extraordinary for many reasons.  As an alternative to reading the letter, you can read my take.
     As an overview, the letter is clearly intended to persuade Mueller to  give up any thought of interviewing Trump.  I can't imagine  Mueller being persuaded. I analogize  the letter to a poker player showing all his cards and then trying to bluff the other players.  This letter is crazy.  They threw out every conceivable argument against Chump testifying.  Some are hilarious.  Others are just plain stupid.    Many contain made up facts (no surprise here).  Throughout the letter they talk about the President's desire for complete transparency.  They say there has been unprecedented cooperation given by the office of the president.  They have to be kidding.  Chump has undermined the investigation from day one.   He had to be talked out of firing Mueller and Rosenstein.  He calls the investigation "phony."  While they talk about the millions of pages of documents which have been supplied, it is almost a certainty that  incriminating documents have been culled, if not destroyed.
        The letter says that all of the evidence  shows there was no collusion with Russia to influence the election and there is no evidence of obstruction of justice.  They must be kidding.  There is a massive amount of publicly known evidence of collusion.  Who knows how much additional evidence Mueller has?  The Trump Tower meeting shows  an eagerness to get dirt on Hillary from Russia.  The fact that no dirt was produced at that meeting, is irrelevant to the fact that they were colluding with Russia.  This is only the most obvious, but not close to being the only piece of evidence of Chump colluding with Russia.  Wickileaks disclosed thousands of documents from the DNC and from Leon Panetta which they had  stolen.  Remember, just days before the dump, Chump, publicly said , "wickileaks, I hope you have Hillary's emails.   Also please remember that days before the Trump tower meeting Chump announced to the world that there would be very interesting information coming out in a few days.  Of course he knew about the meeting in advance. He expected the meeting with the Russians to  produce Hillary dirt. And why did Chump write the memo about the meeting which he first attributed to his son and has is now admittedly a lie?    Why did he feel it necessary to go to great lengths to cover up the meeting?  How about hiring Manafort, a known hack for Russian interests.  How about getting a change in the Republican platform.  Collusion?  Case closed.  Amazingly the lawyers admit that Chump dictated the memo and more amazingly they say it was truthful.
        I found the lawyer letter interesting because it mostly dealt with the question of obstruction.  I think that the question of collusion with Russia is much more important.  The obstruction question goes to the cover up of the collusion.
         For me the most disgusting part of the letter is a passage which says that "there have been astounding public  revelations about the corruption within the FBI and the Department Of Justice which appears to have led to the alleged Russian Collusion investigation and establishment of the special counsel in the first place."  I found that statement breathtaking.  Robert Mueller is the former head of the FBI.  My guess is that Mueller probably does not take kindly to a description of the FBI as "corrupt".  Furthermore, Mueller was appointed to his position by the "corrupt" justice department.  Did the lawyers intentionally want to alienate Mueller?  It so, they  surely succeeded.    
            The letter says that the president is so busy with the nation's business that he doesn't have time to be interviewed by Mueller.  Let's put aside the golf game for the moment.  Last week Chump supposedly went to Texas to meet with the victims of the latest mass shooting.  That was a convenient excuse to go to a couple of fundraising events.  Hardly the country's business.
            The letter says that with all the testimony already obtained plus the mountain of documents, Mueller has more than enough information.  Therefore he does not need Chump's testimony.  It is so interesting that Chump's lawyers feel compelled to tell Mueller what he needs.
            The letter states explicitly that Comey lied when he said that Chump asked him to go easy on Flynn.  Stunningly, the letter says that they are advising Chump to not testify about this issue.  They said that Flynn did not lie to the FBI.  It says that Flynn was confused.  Funny, I thought Flynn plead guilty for lying to the FBI.
             The letter says that it is impossible for Chumpto obstruct justice because the crime needs for there to be a "proceeding" such as a trial.  The lawyers are dead wrong.  The letter flatly denies that Comey was fired because of the Russian investigation.  I guess they are admitting that you can't take the word of Chump.  The letter says that Chump can terminate the special prosecutor for any reason or for no reason.  That sounds to me like the definition of obstruction of justice.  Did the lawyers think they could intimidate Mueller.  My guess is that he is non intimidatable.
            I will close with this.  The letter ends with the statement that  if the president  is required to be interviewed, It would demean the office of the presidency throughout the world.  Let me give a newsflash to Chump's lawyers, the office has been horribly demeaned by their client.  It goes without saying there is much more to laugh or cry at in the letter.  I leave it to you to read more.  Thanks for listening.