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      Dear Fellow Yabberz Members,

      Democracy has been compromised with the election of Donald J Trump. The truth now has no name; hypocrisy no limits. Hate and division now rule the free world. We shall not wait until we falter. As of February 2017 the Yabberz mission has changed to the following:

      Yabberz Mission

      ·Resist, Repeal, and Replace Donald J Trump.

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      Press - The Button

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          Locked out...

          That is the way a majority felt even before all of the numbers came in, whatever that majority size is, is up to your perspective. I have railed against the machine of the media many times before, the communication styles and nuances that they know carry more weight than they would tell or admit.

          With this new round of antagonism and deflection comes another chance for the left to Carpe Diem. To stem the tides at their lowest so when they rise they will be met with a mighty wall of humanity. The Fourth Estate is our inroads into the darkness of Politics and People that make the rules and guide the world. It is under attack from the very forces that it must stand up to. While the press is being made to play chicken on the freeway to find an egg, the Dairy truck is barreling around the lanes and aims to take them out. Yes, I was as pissed off at them as anyone as the tangerine circus was being overplayed like the worst song to come out that year.

          Now as much as any time in our history the press is under attack by the very entertainment it purported on us. It was a case of the worst scenario in a bad slasher movie, they were the colored guy or ditsy blonde that went to search the scary house alone. One by one they were chopped down and dismissed so that they are forgotten by the final scene. This one also has elements of a badly deciphered plot of a Tom Clancy novel, toss it all together and you have 100 on the rotten tomatoes scale, or in other words... barf.

          There must be a good examining of how we got here and at the very beginning of it all is how did we hear that? How did the structure and weight of truth become undermined with the most inane foundations, the most inglorious bastardizations? There will have to be some restructuring of the entertainment cycle in news, this coddling crap has got to end and this give it to them lightly a disease of some other time. This is a chance right now, not later, to stand with the Fourth Estate and shape it as much as we shape the legal aspects of our nation. Laws of this land are there to protect us from this very thing and it is time we started using them again, applying them to our most powerful as well as our most vulnerable.

          The press and the media have knelt down to the power of corporations and sponsorship for too long. It is time them to reexamine their ideals and priorities, direct their monies and their programming well and cross their T's and dot their i's. It can and will be directed better by a public that will and in some cases be forced to vote and spread their ideals through their pocket books. If their is to be any of the Estates that fall before it, then there has to be a strong one on our side and that can only be done if we are aware, we are truly informed. And we help Press the issues and the buttons that will save this country and not the one that would destroy it.

          Change the channel, change the purchases, change the message by enacting change right where you are. If it is ever a time of massive boycotts of the past, now is it with a new vigor, a new mission, and a new direction. The message is Universal, there is a country and a way of life that the world and its leaders look upon and wish to save as well. It has no political sovereignty any longer, it is a mandate of We and the will of The People.

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              Just like Trump's logical fallacy of "the leaks are real, the news coverage of the leaks is FAKE NEWS", we have another right wing, science-challenged, uninformed ex-Presidential candidate seeking some kind of party affirmation.

              This is the same guy who claimed that single mothers raise criminals and the same guy who, when his wife gave birth to an underdeveloped fetus, which didn't make it, they took the fetus home for their then 6 to 1-1/2 year old children to hold before it was 'buried'.

              If "MILLIONS" had been doing this, the GOP would have hopped on it like a rabbit in heat. Republicans wouldn't have been able to stop themselves from bringing this up in front of cameras.

              So we have the new "Reagan welfare queen" moment.

              This guy is now a contributor to CNN. I'm sorry CNN, but I thought you had it more together than THIS. SURELY you can find someone from the right wing who actually has some credibility intact.

              I don't know about anyone else, but I've had it with the intelligence-insulting lies that the Republicans keep slinging at us like monkeys in a zoo.

              This particular Republican-made delusional mythology has NEVER been reported by ANY reliable or reputable news outlet, and I've NEVER seen any headline on any news outlet that has come within sun-distance to this riduculous, flat out lie.

              When Republicans can make an argument using facts, logic, and honesty, H3ll will probably have frozen over, but more importantly, I hope the country is still intact for us to watch that miracle.

              Is anyone else totally fed up with this delusional insanity they just insist on throwing in our faces?


              CNN contributor Rick Santorum suggested on Sunday that it was a mistake to guarantee health care coverage for people with preexisting conditions because “millions” of them were scamming insurance companies.

              During a panel discussion about health care reform, Santorum argued that President Barack Obama’s health care reform law had damaged the health care system to the point that the Republican lawmakers could not “repeal and replace” it at the same time.

              Santorum, however, offered no evidence that “millions of Americans” were using Obamacare’s protections for people with preexisting conditions to scam health insurance companies.

              Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast Feb. 26, 2017.


              http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/rick-santorum-mill...

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                  Oh please make this happen. If Trump is such a coward and continues to hide behind his idiotic childish tweets attacking the Media/Press then let Alec Baldwin portray him at the WH Correspondents Dinner and have some fun calling out Trump and his cowardness. If that should actually happen, Trump would go absolutely ballistic. Pleassseeeeeeeeee make it happen.


                  http://www.politicususa.com/2017/02/25/trump-decli...

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                  Sinking (like A Rock) Into Fascism

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                      This is quite a long post, so I will summarize. Since Trump began considering his staff and signing his executive orders, I have been concerned about the similarities between past fascist regimes and the current Regime; they are so close that it is uncanny. Trump and other extremist Republicans have accomplished, are attempting to accomplish, or building on previous Republican measures to accomplish all of them. They are 14 for 14

                      Be afraid, my friends. Be very, very afraid.

                      The following is from “The 14 Characteristics of Fascism” by Lawrence Britt published in the Spring of 2003. The headings and italics are cut and pasted from the article. https://ratical.org/ratville/CAH/fasci14chars.html The other text is mine.

                      1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism

                      Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

                      “Make America Great Again”, “America First” are typical nationalist slogans. And who can forget the MAGA hats and the huge number of flags behind Trump during his speeches. His idea of make America Great is making America white again.

                      Has Trump or the Republicans accomplished #1? Yes

                      2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights

                      Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.

                      The enemies of the Trump Regime are Latinos and Muslims. They are immigrants who, even if they are here legally, must constantly be prepared to prove it. Young men and women who were protected under DACA are now subject to arrest. Many “good” Americans, turn away because they are not being harassed, and they believe clearing of immigrants make things safer.

                      Trump said last year he would be “fine” with repealing the USA Freedom Act, which limited bulk data collection on U.S. citizens, and he has advocated “surveillance of certain mosques” and shutting down others entirely — an idea that he followed by proposing to “close up certain areas” of the Internet. “Somebody will say, ‘Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech,’” Trump scoffed, “These are foolish people.” http://www.learnliberty.org/blog/president-trumps-...

                      Has Trump or the Republicans accomplished #2? In process

                      3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause

                      The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists, terrorists, etc.

                      Hitler named Jews as the enemy; Mussolini had the socialists; Suharto of Indonesia, had communists. Donald Trump has named Muslims as his enemy of choice. He coined terms that make a normally peaceful people sound ominous and dangerous. "Islamic Terrorist" and "Radical Islam". He referred to "...radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate from the face of the Earth.” It seems as though he does not care how many innocents will get swept up in his eradication. It is ominously similar to the opinion that another fascist government had of Jews about 80 years ago.

                      Has Trump or the Republicans accomplished # 3? Yes

                      4. Supremacy of the Military

                      Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

                      I don’t think anyone has any doubt that we are at war with ISIS, Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. There is no question that more assets need to be brought to bear against these groups. However more submarines, aircraft carriers and nuclear weapons will not identify and stop a suicide bomber.

                      For all his rhetoric about defeating ISIS, Trump has indicated that he will return the military “to its former glory”. "History shows that when America is not prepared is when the danger is greatest. We want to deter, avoid and prevent conflict through our unquestioned military dominance," Trump said. “As part of removing the defense sequester, Congress must fully offset the costs of increased military spending, thus, making government leaner and more responsive to the public." [Emphasis added] http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/06/politics/donald-trum...

                      In other words, other programs would be used to offset the costs of Trump’s military build-up.

                      Has Trump accomplished #4? In process

                      5. Rampant Sexism

                      The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Opposition to abortion is high, as is homophobia and anti-gay legislation and national policy.

                      Grabbing Pu$$ies, reversing LGBTQ policies, opposition to gay marriage are all hallmarks of the Trump Regime. Although the administration has women in key positions, the overall conduct is sexist in nature.

                      Has Trump accomplished #5? Yes

                      6. Controlled Mass Media

                      Sometimes to media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

                      The American Media is so diverse, that it is doubtful that total domination by Regime is possible like it is in Russia. However, by delegitimizing the media if they disagree with Trump, failing to give them access to the administration and generally screaming “Fake News” accomplishes nearly the same thing. This tactic also solidifies the base, which is committed to Fox News, Brietbart, News Max and Infowars.

                      Has Trump accomplished #6? Yes

                      7. Obsession with National Security

                      Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

                      From the C-PAC podium, he beseeched attendees to “look at France, look at Germany, look at Sweden. It’s horrible…Just horrible.” He failed to mention white radical attacks at a Mosque in Canada by a Trump supporter, or the arson attack in Tampa, because that does not fit the National Security narrative that all the ills of society can be traced back to uncontrolled borders.

                      Has Trump accomplished #7? Well on the way

                      8. Religion and Government are Intertwined

                      Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government's policies or actions.

                      Trump has been subtle but his statements that “We will be one people, under one God, saluting one American flag” are certainly different than “under god”. The Republicans have long held that the United States is a “Christian Nation” built on “Judeo-Christian ethics”.

                      Has Trump and the Republicans accomplished #8? In Process

                      9. Corporate Power is Protected

                      The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

                      Big Republican Donors are working hard to get Republicans elected. Trump appointed members of the “business aristocracy” to his cabinet, and as heads of departments are who against regulations that protect citizens from being poisoned by Big Energy and other industries, which were forced to change the way they did business to comply with financial and environmental regulations.

                      His failure to divest himself of his own businesses, which makes him able to protect and build his own business interests.

                      Has Trump accomplished #9? Yes

                      10. Labor Power is Suppressed

                      Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

                      It comes as a surprise to no one that the Republican Party has fought Labor for years. Right to Work (for less) states dilute the power of organized labor. Republican governors are making Public Unions illegal and making it illegal to deduct union dues from paychecks.

                      All of this weakens unions and suppresses their ability to affect the influence of workers on public and private corporate policy.

                      Has Trump or the Republicans accomplished #10? Yes

                      11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts

                      Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

                      The National Endowment for the Arts and Public Broadcasting have been under attack from the Right for years. Trump, by his sixth-grade speech patterns, seems to confirm his disdain for education and people who are not duped by his ill-conceived “plans”. Trump's campaign was pitched entirely at the idea that egg-headed wonks and liberal elitists — including the entire literary and entertainment culture centered on the two coasts — were not only deeply out of touch with the concerns of average Americans but also dismissive of them. Despite bragging about graduating from Warton, he constantly denigrated President Obama for his “wonkiness” and Hillary Clinton to this day for her Yale law degree.

                      Has Trump accomplished #11? Yes

                      12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment

                      Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

                      Trump spoke loudly about the “Rule of Law”, yet he is invoking the rule of law by giving law enforcement virtually unlimited power to stop and interrogate anyone who “may be ‘illegal’”. Someone who “looks wrong” is probable cause to stop and detain. Police are given the authority to enforce immigration laws and this also gives them unlimited power to “investigate” other crimes as a part of the immigration investigation.

                      His Attorney General has frequently refused to prosecute crimes against minorities and now refuses to recuse himself from investigations against Trumps actions during the campaign, giving him virtual unlimited power over investigations, even if they trample civil rights.

                      Has Trump accomplished #12? Yes

                      13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption

                      Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability.

                      Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and Steve Bannon, to name three, are cronies that hold high positions in his regime. 73 people that the Trump transition considered for influential positions, gave $57.3 million money to his presidential campaign or groups supporting it.

                      He is taking this to a different level, by appointing former political opponents, such as Ben Carson, Rick Perry and Nikki Haley to senior administration positions.

                      Has Trump accomplished # 13? Yes

                      14. Fraudulent Elections

                      Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

                      With both houses of Congress, controlled by the Republicans, demanding investigations; and with Trump’s rabid insistence that “there is nothing to see here”. It certainly seems like Trump had something to do with tainting the election, or at the very least, offered tacit approval of the meddling.

                      Was this election a complete sham? No, but there can be no doubt that, according to Britt, “elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against…candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Emails, hacking, voter ID and gerrymandering. Trump and the Republicans certainly have the tools in place to make future elections fraudulent.

                      Has Trump and the Republicans accomplished #14? Yes

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                      The First 100 Lies: The Trump Team's Flurry Of Falsehoods

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                          Republicans are fond of saying President Obama lied when he said, "If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan". Now, that was no doubt President Obama's plan and desire related to the ACA. However, President Obama was not a dictator, despite the claim by republicans that he was. Insurance companies, doctors and other health care providers had a vote in whether one could keep their health care plan or not.

                          Republicans, and many others, also made a claim that Hillary Clinton was untrustworthy. Oftentimes, when asked why they thought she was untrustworthy, they answered by saying, "I don't know. There is just something about her".

                          There seems to be something about Trump and his Merry Band of Idiots that compel them to be truth challenged or as some put it, "have a casual relationship with the truth". Since Trump came on the scene, republicans have actually changed what they call a "lie". One term they use to describe a lie is, "an alternate fact". They also like to point out that if a republican did not intend to deceive people with what they said, it is not a lie.

                          Well, Igor Bobic of The Huffington Post has compiled "The First 100 Lies" of the Trump administration. Here is the list of the lies and the lying lairs who tell them. Btw, maybe some of you can help me out on this. When Trump refers to a leak of classified information relative to Michael Flynn, what exactly was the "classified information" that was leaked, that Flynn talked to the Russians about sanctions? How was that "classified information" when Flynn, as a private citizen, could not legally talk to the Russians about sanctions?

                          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-administration-lies-100_us_58ac7a0fe4b02a1e7dac3ca6?lggiuiv9naznz5mi&section=us_politics

                          1. White House press secretary Sean Spicer falsely claimed the crowd on the National Mall was “largest audience to ever witness an inauguration.” (Jan. 21)
                          2. Trump falsely claimed that the crowd for his swearing-in stretched down the National Mall to the Washington Monument and totaled more than 1 million people. (Jan. 21)
                          3. As Trump fondly recalled his Inauguration Day, he said it stopped raining “immediately” when he began his speech. A light rain continued to fall throughout the address. (Jan. 21)
                          4. During his speech at CIA headquarters, Trump claimed the media made up his feud with the agency. In fact, he started it by comparing the intelligence community to “Nazi Germany.” (Jan. 21)
                          5. During his speech at CIA headquarters, Trump repeated the claim that he “didn’t want to go into Iraq.” He told Howard Stern in 2002 that he supported the Iraq War. (Jan. 21)
                          6. During his speech at CIA headquarters, Trump said he had the “all-time record in the history of Time Magazine. … I’ve been on it for 15 times this year.” Trump had been featured on the magazine a total of 11 times. (Jan. 21)
                          7. Trump claimed that his inauguration drew 11 million more viewers than Barack Obama’s in 2013. It didn’t, and viewership for Obama’s first inauguration, in 2009, was even higher. (Jan. 22)
                          8. Spicer said during his first press briefing that there has been a “dramatic expansion of the federal workforce in recent years.” This is false. (Jan. 23)
                          9. While pushing back against the notion of a rift between the CIA and Trump, Spicer claimed the president had received a “five-minute standing ovation” at the agency’s headquarters. He did not. The attendees were also never asked to sit down. (Jan. 23)
                          10. Spicer claimed that “tens of millions of people” watched the inauguration online. In fact, about 4.6 million did. (Jan. 23)
                          11. Trump told CBN News that 84 percent Cuban-Americans voted for him. It’s not clear where Trump got that number. According to the Pew Research Center, 54 percent of Cuban-Americans in Florida voted for him. (Jan. 23)
                          12. While meeting with congressional leaders, Trump repeated a debunked claim that he only lost the national popular vote because of widespread voter fraud. (Jan. 24)
                          13. In remarks with business leaders at the White House, Trump said, “I’m a very big person when it comes to the environment. I have received awards on the environment.” There is no evidence that Trump has received such awards. (Jan. 24)
                          14. In signing an executive memo ordering the construction of the Keystone pipeline, Trump said the project would create 28,000 construction jobs. According to The Washington Post Fact Checker, the pipeline would create an estimated 16,000 jobs, most of which are not construction jobs. (Jan. 25)
                          15. Spicer said in a press briefing that Trump received more electoral votes than any Republican since Ronald Reagan. George H.W. Bush won 426 electoral votes in 1988, more than Trump’s 304. (Jan. 24)
                          16. In remarks he gave at the Homeland Security Department, Trump said Immigration and Customs Enforcement and border patrol agents “unanimously endorsed me for president.” That’s not true. (Jan. 25)
                          17. Spicer said during a press briefing that a draft executive order on CIA prisons was not a “White House document.” Citing three administration officials, The New York Times reported that the White House had circulated the draft order among national security staff members. (Jan. 25)
                          18. In an interview with ABC, Trump again claimed he “had the biggest audience in the history of inaugural speeches.” False. (Jan. 25)
                          19. Trump claimed during an interview with ABC that the applause he received at CIA headquarters “was the biggest standing ovation since Peyton Manning had won the Super Bowl.” It wasn’t even a standing ovation. (Jan. 25)
                          20. In an interview with ABC, Trump attacked the Affordable Care Act and said there are “millions of people that now aren’t insured anymore.” Twenty million people have gained health coverage because of the law so far. The estimated 2 million people who did not qualify under the law received waivers that kept the plans going until the end of 2017. (Jan. 25)
                          21. At the GOP retreat in Philadelphia, Trump claimed he and the president of Mexico “agreed” to cancel their scheduled meeting. Enrique Peña Nieto said he had decided to cancel it. (Jan. 26)
                          22. At the GOP retreat in Philadelphia, Trump said the national homicide rate was “horribly increasing.” It is down significantly. (Jan. 26)
                          23. On Twitter, Trump repeated his false claim that 3 million votes were illegal during the election. (Jan. 27)
                          24. In an interview on “Good Morning America,” Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway said Tiffany Trump, the president’s daughter, had told her she was “not registered to vote in two states.” A local election official confirmed to NBC News twice that the younger Trump indeed was. (Jan. 27)
                          25. Trump said he predicted the so-called “Brexit” when he was in Scotland the day before the vote. He was actually there the day after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. (Jan. 27)
                          26. Trump claimed The New York Times lost subscribers “because their readers even like me.” The Times experienced a sharp uptick in subscribers after Election Day. (Jan. 27)
                          27. Trump claimed two people were fatally shot in Chicago during Obama’s last speech as president. That didn’t happen. (Jan. 27)
                          28. Trump claimed that under previous administrations, “if you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible.” In fact, almost as many Christian refugees were admitted to the U.S. as Muslim refugees in fiscal year 2016. (Jan. 27)
                          29. Trump defended the swiftness of his immigration order on the grounds that terrorists would have rushed into the country if he had given the world a week’s notice. Even if terrorists wanted to infiltrate the refugee program or the visa program, they would have had to wait months or even years while being vetted to get into the country. (Jan. 30)
                          30. The White House maintained that Trump’s immigration order did not apply to green card holders and that was “the guidance from the beginning.” Initially, the White House said the order did include green card holders. (Jan. 30)
                          31. Trump said his immigration order was “similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months.” Obama’s policy slowed resettlement of refugees from Iraq, but did not keep them from entering the country. Moreover, it flagged the seven countries included in Trump’s order as places the U.S. considered dangerous to visit. (Jan. 30)
                          32. Spicer said that “by and large,” Trump has been “praised” for his statement commemorating the Holocaust. Every major Jewish organization, including the Republican Jewish Coalition, criticized it for omitting any specific references to the Jewish people or anti-Semitism. (Jan. 30)
                          33. A Trump administration official called the implementation of Trump’s travel ban a “massive success story.” Not true ― young children, elderly people and U.S. green card holders were detained for hours. Some were deported upon landing in the U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) even criticized the rollout as “confusing.” (Jan. 30)
                          34. Spicer equated White House adviser Steve Bannon’s appointment to the National Security Council Principals Committee with Obama adviser David Axelrod attending meetings pertaining to foreign policy. Axelrod, however, never sat on the Principals Committee. (Jan. 30)
                          35. Spicer said people would have “flooded” into the country with advance notice of Trump’s immigration order. Not true. (Jan. 30)
                          36. Spicer insisted that only 109 travelers were detained because of Trump’s immigration order. More than 1,000 legal permanent residents had to get waivers before entering the U.S. An estimated 90,000 people in total were affected by the ban. (Jan. 30)
                          37. Trump tweeted the false claim that “only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning.” (Jan. 30)
                          38. Trump took credit for cutting $600 million from the F-35 program. But Lockheed Martin already had planned for the cost reductions for the next generation fighter plane. (Jan. 31)
                          39. Trump accused China of manipulating its currency by playing “the money market. They play the devaluation market, and we sit there like a bunch of dummies.” According to The Washington Post, the United States is no longer being hurt by China’s currency manipulation, and China is no longer devaluing its currency. (Jan. 31)
                          40. In defending the GOP’s blockade of Merrick Garland, Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Spicer said no president had ever nominated a justice “so late” in his term. It previously happened three times. (Jan. 31)
                          41. Spicer repeatedly insisted during a press conference that Trump’s executive order on immigration was “not a ban.” During a Q&A event the night before, however, Spicer himself referred to the order as a “ban.” So did the president. (Jan. 31)
                          42. White House officials denied reports that Trump told Peña Nieto that U.S. forces would handle the “bad hombres down there” if the Mexican authorities don’t. It confirmed the conversation the next day, maintaining the remark was meant to be “lighthearted.” (Jan. 31)
                          43. Trump claimed that Delta, protesters and the tears of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) were to blame for the problems over his travel ban. In fact, his administration was widely considered to blame for problems associated with its rollout. (Jan. 31)
                          44. Trump said the Obama administration “agreed to take thousands of illegal immigrants from Australia.” The deal actually involved 1,250 refugees. (Feb. 1)
                          45. Trump said the U.S. “has the most generous immigration system in the world.” Not really. (Feb. 2)
                          46. Trump said the U.S. was giving Iran $150 billion for “nothing” under the Iranian nuclear deal. The money was already Iran’s to begin with, and the deal blocks Iran from building a nuclear bomb. (Feb. 2)
                          47. Spicer called a U.S. raid in Yemen “very, very well thought out and executed effort” and described it as a “successful operation by all standards.” U.S. military officials told Reuters the operation was approved “without sufficient intelligence, ground support, or adequate backup preparations.” (Feb. 2)
                          48. Spicer said that Iran had attacked a U.S. naval vessel, as part of his argument defending the administration’s bellicose announcement that Iran is “on notice.” In fact, a suspected Houthi rebel ship attacked a Saudi vessel. (Feb. 2)
                          49. In his meeting with union leaders at the White House, Trump claimed he won union households. He actually only won white union households. (Feb. 2)
                          50. Conway cited the “Bowling Green massacre” to defend Trump’s travel ban. It never happened. (Feb. 3)
                          51. Conway said citing the nonexistent “Bowling Green massacre” to defend Trump’s immigration order was an accidental “slip.” But she had mentioned it twice prior to that interview. (Feb. 3)
                          52. Trump approvingly shared a story on his official Facebook page which claimed that Kuwait issued a visa ban for five Muslim-majority countries. Kuwait issued a statement categorically denying it. (Feb. 3)
                          53. Trump claimed people are “pouring in” after his immigration order was temporarily suspended. Travelers and refugees cannot simply rush into the U.S. without extensive and lengthy vetting. (Feb. 5)
                          54. After a judge halted his immigration ban, Trump claimed that “anyone, even with bad intentions, can now come into the U.S.” Not true. (Feb. 5)
                          55. Spicer said nationwide protests of Trump are not like protests the tea party held, and called them “a very paid AstroTurf-type movement.” Although Democrats have capitalized on the backlash against Trump by organizing, the massive rallies across dozens of cities across the country ― which in some cases have been spontaneous ― suggests they are part of an organic phenomenon. (Feb. 6)
                          56. During an interview with Fox News before the Super Bowl, Trump repeated his debunked claim of widespread voter fraud during the presidential election. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Republican and Democratic state officials have said so, as have Trump’s own campaign attorneys. (Feb. 6)
                          57. During an interview with Fox News before the Super Bowl, Trump repeated his false claim that he has “been against the war in Iraq from the beginning.” (Feb. 6)
                          58. Conway said she would not appear on CNN’s “State of the Union” because of “family” reasons. CNN, however, said the White House offered Conway as an alternative to Vice President Mike Pence and that the network had “passed” because of concerns about her “credibility.” (Feb. 6)
                          59. Spicer claimed CNN “retracted” its explanation of why it declined to take Conway for a Sunday show appearance. CNN said it never did so. (Feb. 6)
                          60. Trump cited attacks in Boston, Paris, Orlando, Florida, and Nice, France, as examples of terrorism the media has not covered adequately. “In many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it,” he said at CENTCOM. Those attacks garnered wall-to-wall television coverage, as well as thousands of news articles in print and online. (Feb. 6)
                          61. The White House released a more expansive list of terrorist attacks it believed “did not receive adequate attention from Western media sources.” Again, the list includes attacks that were widely covered by the media. (Feb. 6)
                          62. Trump said sanctuary cities “breed crime.” FBI data indicates that crime in sanctuary cities is generally lower than in nonsanctuary cities. (Feb. 6)
                          63. Trump claimed The New York Times was “forced to apologize to its subscribers for the poor reporting it did on my election win.” The paper has not issued such an apology. (Feb. 6)
                          64. Trump claimed the murder rate is the highest it’s been in 47 years. The murder rate rose 10.8 percent across the United States in 2015, but it’s far lower than it was 30 to 40 years ago. (Feb. 7)
                          65. Spicer explained that the delay in repealing Obamacare was a result of the White House wanting to work with Congress. Unlike during the Obama administration, he asserted, the legislature ― not the White House ― was taking the lead on health care. Various congressional committees worked on drafting multiple versions of the bill that would become the Affordable Care Act ― a lengthy process that took over a year. (Feb. 7)
                          66. Trump accused Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) of misrepresenting “what Judge Neil Gorsuch told him” in response to the president’s attacks against the judiciary. Gorsuch called Trump’s tweets attacking federal judges “demoralizing.” A spokesman for Gorsuch confirmed the judge’s remarks. (Feb. 9)
                          67. Trump has repeatedly said he doesn’t watch CNN. But he had to in order to see and offer and opinion on the network’s interview with Blumenthal. (Feb. 9)
                          68. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has said that phone calls he made to Russia prior to Trump’s inauguration were not related to sanctions. According to a Washington Post report, however, Flynn held private discussions with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, before Trump took office, suggesting that sanctions against Moscow would be eased by the incoming administration. (Feb. 9)
                          69. Trump took credit for Ford’s decision not to open an auto factory in Mexico and instead expand its Michigan plant. The company said Trump was not responsible for its decision. (Feb. 9)
                          70. Trump told a room full of politicians that “thousands” of “illegal” voters had been driven into New Hampshire to cast ballots. There is no evidence of such a claim. (Feb. 11)
                          71. During an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” White House senior policy aide Stephen Miller falsely said the “issue of busing voters into New Hampshire is widely known by anyone who’s worked in New Hampshire politics.” Again, not true. (Feb. 11)
                          72. Miller cited the “astonishing” statistic that 14 percent of noncitizens are registered to vote. The study the stat is based on has been highly contested. (Feb. 11)
                          73. Trump said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was “cut off” on CNN for “using the term fake news the describe the network.” The senator was joking and he was not cut off. (Feb. 12)
                          74. Trump accused the media of refusing to report on “big crowds of enthusiastic supporters lining the road” in Florida. There were a few supporters, but they were vastly outnumbered by hundreds of protesters. (Feb. 12)
                          75. White House officials told reporters that Flynn decided on his own to resign. However, Spicer said during a press briefing that the president asked Flynn to resign. (Feb. 13)
                          76. Trump denied in a January interview that he or anyone on his campaign had any contact with Russia prior to the election. However, The New York Times and CNN both reported that Trump campaign officials and associates “had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials” before Nov. 8. (Feb. 15)
                          77. Spicer denied in a daily briefing that anyone on the Trump campaign had had any contact with Russian officials. (Feb. 15)
                          78. Trump complained he “inherited a mess” upon being elected to office. The stock market is experiencing record highs, the economy is stable and growing, and unemployment is low. (Feb. 16)
                          79. Trump disputed the notion that his administration is experiencing turmoil, telling reporters it is working like a “fine-tuned machine.” His poorly executed travel ban has been suspended by the courts, a Cabinet nominee was forced to withdraw his nomination, and Trump’s national security adviser resigned after less than four weeks on the job. (Feb. 16)
                          80. Trump said his 306 Electoral College votes was the biggest electoral votes victory since Ronald Reagan. Obama got 332 votes in 2012. (Feb. 16)
                          81. Trump said his first weeks in office “represented an unprecedented month of action.” Obama accomplished much more during his first weeks in office. (Feb. 16)
                          82. Defending himself from charges of hypocrisy on the matter of leaks ― which he frequently celebrated when they pertained to his campaign opposition but now denounces ― Trump said that WikiLeaks does not publicize “classified information.” It does, often anonymously. (Feb. 16)
                          83. Trump repeated his claim that Hillary Clinton gave 20 percent of American uranium to the Russians in a deal during her tenure as secretary of state. Not true. (Feb. 16)
                          84. Trump said drugs are “becoming cheaper than a candy bar.” They are not. (Feb. 16)
                          85. Trump said his administration had a “very smooth rollout of the travel ban.” His immigration caused chaos at the nation’s airports and has been suspended by the courts. (Feb. 16)
                          86. Trump said the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is in “chaos” and “turmoil.” It is not. (Feb. 16)
                          87. Flynn lied to FBI investigators in a Jan. 24 interview about whether he discussed sanctions with Russian officials prior to Trump’s inauguration, according to The Washington Post. (Feb. 16)
                          88. Trump falsely suggested at a Florida rally that Sweden had suffered a terror attack the night before his speech. It had not, and Trump was likely referring to a Fox News segment on crime in Sweden. (Feb. 18)
                          89. During his Florida rally, Trump repeated his false claim that the United States has already let in thousands of people who “there was no way to vet.” Refugees undergo the most rigorous vetting process of any immigrants admitted to the United States, often waiting upwards of two years to be cleared for entry. (Feb. 18)
                          90. White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said in a “Fox News Sunday” interview that Trump “has accomplished more in the first 30 days than people can remember.” Obama accomplished much more during his first weeks in office. (Feb. 19)
                          91. Trump said during his campaign that he would only play golf with heads of state and business leaders, not friends and celebrities like Obama did. Trump has golfed with world leaders like Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Most recently, however, he hit the links with golf pro Rory McIlroy, International Sports Management’s Nick Mullen and his friend Rich Levine. (Feb. 19)
                          92. A White House spokesperson told reporters that Trump only played a “couple” of holes at his golf resort in Florida. A day later, as reports came out saying the president had played 18 holes with Mcllroy, the White House admitted he played “longer.” (Feb. 19)
                          93. Trump said the media is “trying to say large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!” Sweden’s crime rate has fallen in recent years, and experts there do not think its immigration policies are linked to crime. (Feb. 20)
                          94. Spicer said Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) asked for a meeting with Trump at the White House. John Weaver, a former campaign aide of the governor, said the president asked for the meeting. (Feb. 21)
                          95. Vice President Mike Pence called Obamacare a “job killer.” Overall, job growth has been steady since it was signed into law. And the number of unwilling part-time jobs has also gone down, contrary to GOP claims. (Feb. 22)
                          96. Trump claimed that he negotiated $1 billion in savings to develop two new Boeing Co. jets to serve as the next Air Force One. The Air Force can’t account for that number. (Feb. 22)
                          97. During a meeting with the nation’s CEOs at the White House, Trump claimed his new economic adviser Gary Cohn “paid $200 million in tax” to take a job at the White House. Cohn didn’t have to pay taxes, he had to sell more than $200 million of Goldman Sachs stock. (Feb. 23)
                          98. Trump claimed there were “six blocks” worth of people waiting to get into the Conservative Political Action Conference to see him. People filled only three overflow rooms. (Feb. 24)
                          99. At CPAC, Trump said that Obamacare covers “very few people.” Nearly 20 million people have gotten health insurance under the law. (Feb. 24)
                          100. At CPAC, Trump said companies like Intel were making business investments in the United States because of his election. The company planned their new investments before the election. (Feb. 24)

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                          Trump's Russian Connections REVISITED

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                              Trump's Russian Connections

                              REVISITED



                              By Ray Cunneff

                              2-26-2017


                              When I originally posted this article in August 2016, Donald Trump's ties to Russian investors and praise for Vladimir Putin remained a bit murky, generally regarded simply as international business-as-usual and two narcissistic "strongmen" showing mutual admiration for their autocratic brand of leadership.

                              Trump's disparaging comments concerning NATO, the primary bulwark against Russian expansionism, were couched in a "pay their fair share" theme meant to appeal to U.S. taxpayers. Trump's alternating acceptance and then denial of Russia's seizure of Crimea and incursion into eastern Ukraine were dismissed as his lack of knowledge in international affairs, just one more gaffe in Trump's dance through a minefield of them.

                              Reports of Russian hackers feeding information to Wikileaks, similar reports of Russian efforts to influence the U.S. elections and Trump's refusal to release tax returns that many believed might reveal Trump's Russian business relationships and possible indebtedness were being overshadowed in media coverage of less consequential stories.

                              Now, five weeks into the Trump presidency, the issue of Trump's Russian connections has finally reached critical mass with both congressional investigations and calls for a special prosecutor too loud for even his Republican defenders to ignore. Yet, predictably, the Trump administration and his ardent defenders are becoming increasingly shrill in their complete denials of any Russian contacts or collusion, insisting the story was "fake news" as part of an ongoing attack on the news media.

                              Back in August, there was good evidence of a "pipeline" of internet Trump supporters parroting pro-Putin propaganda amid persistent reports of online advocates being paid through Russian "pension funds" and Russian-funded websites similarly, often identically, spreading the Russian line. We saw some of this here on Yabberz. Some comments from August 2016:


                              "It's really sad how morbidly the mainstream media try to evoke the hate against Russia especially Vladimir Putin."

                              "Putin is a good guy."

                              "But Putin isn't a scumbag nor a menace to the world. He's a honest and good guy and he is fighting for the right and peace!"

                              "Even if Trump has borrowed money from Russian banks I don't understand the concern, its contractual business."

                              "Why are you needing to develop a conspiracy - When right here in our White House - a Thug islamic Cult dictator has direct connection to CAIR- Funds every islamic country billions,,, and you want to dream up utter BS that has never happened."

                              "The Russians were happily trading oil and gas for European products until the US orchestrated a coup in the Ukraine threatening their economic and military interests."

                              "Hitlery Clinton is a phsycopath (sic) hell bent on war with Russia. That means nukes from both sides and apocalypse."


                              But the single most strident, condescending and combative anti-Clinton, anti-Obama, pro-Trump, pro-Putin voice on Yabberz was Vangel Vesovski:

                              "The media loves Hillary and loves the idea of a woman president being elected in the United States no matter how unhealthy, incompetent, and corrupt she happens to be."
                              "Nice bit of desperation Ray. The Panama Paper dump revealed that it was Clinton staffers who were lobbying for Russia. How did you miss that? And note that she also has ties to the people that funded the 9/11 attacks. In fact, they claimed to have given her 20% of the funds for her election campaign."

                              "It is perfectly fine for Hillary to have ties to the Kremlin as her staffers are lobbying for Russia. But Trump's imagined connections are scary."

                              "Hillary has taken hundreds of millions from foreign dictators. Her staffers are lobbyists for Russia. And you idiots are worried about Trump. And if we are talking fraud, shouldn't we be looking at the Democratic Primary that was fixed so that Hillary could win?"


                              For some time, I'd been trying to understand what Vangel's position on the issues really was, apart from relentless Clinton-bashing, the imminent economic collapse of the west, and citing very dubious sources for substantiation. I had referred to him as a "propagandist", but didn't realize just how right I was.

                              But then he inadvertently revealed his agenda by citing a thoroughly discredited pro-Russia propaganda website called "Zero Hedge". After doing some research, I gave the following reply:


                              "Your "source" is Zero Hedge, a website founded in 2009 by "Tyler Durden", the name of a character in the book and movie "Fight Club". His real name is Daniel Ivandjiiski, a Bulgarian-born former hedge-fund analyst who was barred from the industry for insider trading by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in 2008. It turned out that there were three writers using the "Durden" name, the others were Tim Backshall and Colin Lokey.

                              Upon quitting the website, Lokey identified all three and said, "I can't be a 24-hour cheerleader for Hezbollah, Moscow, Tehran, Beijing, and Trump anymore. It's wrong. Period. I know it gets you views now, but it will kill your brand over the long run. This isn't a revolution. It's a joke."

                              Lokey left the website in 2016 over disagreements in editorial direction and, characterized the site's political content as "disingenuous," summarizing its political stances as "Russia=good. Obama=idiot. Bashar al-Assad=benevolent leader. John Kerry=dunce. Vladimir Putin=greatest leader in the history of statecraft."

                              Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman describes Zero Hedge as a scaremongering outlet that promotes fears of hyperinflation and an "obviously ridiculous" form of "monetary permahawkery". Krugman noted that Bill McBride of Calculated Risk, an economics blog, has treated Zero Hedge with "appropriate contempt."


                              * * *


                              Despite all the current denials of contacts between Trump surrogates and Russian officials, I believe I had laid out a compelling case back in August 2016:

                              "This is an issue that has not gained much media attention or public and political traction. The news media are currently fixated on Donald Trump's disparaging remarks about a former Miss Universe contestant's weight while seemingly reluctant to pursue a far more consequential story, one that could bring down Trump's quest for the White House. Instead, we get the Russia story piecemeal, treated as unrelated topics, without any connect-the-dots context. Only a handful of journalists seem to respect the obligations of their profession.

                              Many Trump surrogates and supporters were mystified during Monday night's debate when the subject of cybersecurity came up and Trump deflected a question about Russia's culpability in cyber attacks apparently intended to influence America's elections. It seemed to Trump's advisers a perfect opportunity to pivot to Clinton's e-mails, but instead he dismissed it with speculation about a "400-pound hacker" sitting on his sofa.

                              Trump has consistently dodged questions about his Russian connections. But for foreign policy experts and intelligence professionals, Trump's relationship with Russia is a top-of-mind issue."


                              "Trump's mutual-admiration "bromance" with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin has been treated by the media as more amusing than ominous. There was little linkage made when Trump seemed to accept Russia's annexation of Crimea and denied that Russian-backed troops had invaded and occupied half of Ukraine. Nor was a pattern emerging in the coverage when Trump spoke in favor of disengaging from NATO, which is the primary bulwark against Russian expansionism.

                              Of additional concern to the foreign policy professionals on both sides of the aisle is Trump's seeming indifference toward Russia's territorial ambitions in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, all former satellite states of the collapsed Soviet Union which Putin seems determined to restore.

                              One of the reasons Trump's tax returns continue to be an issue is that they might reveal the extent of Trump's Russian business relationships and possible indebtedness.

                              There is strong evidence that Trump’s businesses have received significant funding from Russian investors. Most significantly, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. made that very claim at a real estate conference in New York in 2008, saying Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.” He added, “we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”


                              While Trump insists that he has no businesses in Russia and therefore no connection to Putin, it's not for lack of trying, having attempted to build a Trump Tower in Moscow for thirty years. But Trump's denials are also a classic magician's illusion, a misdirection, showing one empty hand while the other performs the trick.

                              As a few columnists and reporters have painstakingly shown since the first hack of a Clinton-affiliated group took place in late May or early June, several of Trump’s businesses outside of Russia are entangled with Russian financiers inside Putin’s circle.

                              The uncovered truth is that, as major banks in America stopped lending him money following his many bankruptcies, the Trump organization was forced to seek financing from non-traditional institutions.

                              As Max Boot wrote in the Los Angeles Times, “The Trump-Russia links beneath the surface are even more extensive.Trump has sought and received funding from Russian investors for his business ventures, especially after most American banks stopped lending to him following his multiple bankruptcies.”

                              What’s more, wrote Boot, the former editor of the Op Ed page of the Wall Street Journal and now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, three of Trump’s top advisers all have extensive financial and business ties to Russian financiers.

                              "Trump’s (former) campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was a longtime consultant to Viktor Yanukovich, the Russian-backed president of Ukraine who was overthrown in 2014. Manafort also has done multimillion-dollar business deals with Russian oligarchs. Trump’s foreign policy adviser Carter Page has his own business ties to the state-controlled Russian oil giant Gazprom. Another Trump foreign policy adviser, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, flew to Moscow last year to attend a gala banquet celebrating Russia Today, the Kremlin’s propaganda channel, and was seated at the head table near Putin."


                              Carter Page in Tbilisi, Georgia.

                              U.S intelligence officials are now investigating the activities of Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page, who has extensive business interests in Russia, and has been the subject of recent briefings with senior members of Congress about suspected efforts by Moscow to influence the presidential election.

                              Some of those briefed were reportedly “taken aback” when they learned about Page’s contacts in Moscow, viewing them as a possible "back channel" to the Russians that could undercut U.S. foreign policy, particularly secret meetings with Russian officials regarding lifting U.S. sanctions against Russia should Trump be elected president.

                              Ranking members of the House Intelligence Committee released a joint statement that went further than what U.S. officials had publicly said about the matter:

                              “Based on briefings we have received, we have concluded that the Russian intelligence agencies are making a serious and concerted effort to influence the U.S. election. At the least, this effort is intended to sow doubt about the security of our election and may well be intended to influence the outcomes of the election.”

                              They added that “orders for the Russian intelligence agencies to conduct such actions could come only from very senior levels of the Russian government.”

                              But unless the news media begins to pay attention, unless they shift their focus away from the superficial, unless they remember their responsibilities as journalists and not circus ringmasters, we will be denied a vital bit of information when we enter the voting booth on November 8th.

                              * * *

                              That was August, 2016. Only a handful of intrepid journalists were pursuing Trump's Russian connections and the general public was largely unaware. Michael Flynn was named National Security Adviser and forced to resign under fire 24 days later. Paul Manafort has attempted to stay below the radar and Carter Page has been entirely MIA since the election.

                              Whether the story had been more aggressively reported might have changed the outcome of the election is unknowable. But, while few people noticed, much of it was already emerging three months before Election Day.

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                                  • OBAMA'S LAWYERS JOIN FORCES TO FIGHT TRUMP

                                  Posted by | Feb 23, 2017


                                  Top lawyers from Barack Obama’s White House are launching United to Protect Democracy, a group aimed at keeping Trump from breaking ethics rules. (And it draws its name from a line in President Barack Obama’s farewell address.)
                                  The group already built a $1.5 million operating budget and hired five staffers, a number it expects to double soon, Politico reported.


                                  United to Protect Democracy incorporated as both a 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4), allowing them to operate as a nonprofit but participate in some forms of political advocacy as well.
                                  “When people hear concerns about democracies declining into authoritarianism, they expect that moment to come in a singular thunderclap where everyone can see that this is the time,” said Ian Bassin, the organization’s leader. “In reality, often times, democracies decline over a period of years that happen through a series of much smaller steps.”


                                  The organization has already submitted 50 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests regarding ethics in the Trump administration. With this information, the group hopes to bring what they “find to reporters, build it into pressure for congressional oversight with the help of a campaign director they’ll hire, and, as necessary, to file lawsuits,” according to Politico.

                                  http://www.progressivepostdaily.com/2017/02/23/uni...

                                  http://freebeacon.com/politics/obama-lawyers-unite...

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