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February 14, 2017

Michael Flynn is Out but Trump Wont Be Able to Shake this Loose



 Alt. Right Sr. Advr.Bannon, National Sec Advr. Flynn, New AG Sessions



Throughout the confusion of Donald Trump's campaign and the chaotic events of his early days in the White House, one controversy has clung to the Trump train like glue: Russia.
The sudden departure of Michael Flynn from his role as national security adviser on Monday was the latest in a string of controversies tying the administration to apparent Russian interests.
Mr Flynn resigned after misleading the president, and Vice-President Mike Pence, over whether he discussed sanctions with Russia’s ambassador in the weeks before Mr Trump took office - which would violate a law that prohibits private citizens from conducting diplomacy.
 
Early warning signs

It was back in May 2016 that the first reports emerged of hackers targeting the Democratic Party. Over the next two months, the reports suggested US intelligence agencies had traced the breaches back to Russian hackers.
In July, on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, Wikileaks published 20,000 internal emails stolen by the hackers. US intelligence officials said they believed with "high confidence" that Russia was behind the operation, but the Trump campaign publicly refused the accept the findings.
Instead, at a press conference, Mr Trump caused outrage by inviting Russian hackers to target Hillary Clinton’s controversial personal email server, saying: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing".

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The first casualty

About the same time the hacking scandal was beginning to unfold, Mr Trump's then campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was accused of accepting millions of dollars in cash for representing Russian interests in the Ukraine and US, including dealings with an oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
While Mr Manafort was running the campaign, the Republican Party changed the language in its manifesto regarding the conflict in Ukraine, removing anti-Russian sentiment, allegedly at the behest of two Trump campaign representatives.
Mr Manafort was investigated by the FBI and quit as Mr Trump's campaign chairman. Like Mr Flynn, Mr Manafort, a political operative with more than 40 years' experience, was supposed to marshal some of the chaos and controversy around Mr Trump, but ended up falling prey to it.
 
At odds with the intelligence

In October, the US intelligence community released a unanimous statement formally accusing Russia of being the perpetrator behind the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Mr Trump continued to argue against the finding, claiming in a presidential debate that it "could be Russia, but it could also be China, it could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds”.

The same day that the intelligence agencies released their finding, the explosive "Access Hollywood" recording emerged of Mr Trump's obscene remarks about women in 2005. An hour later, Wikileaks began dumping thousands more leaked Clinton emails.
Mr Trump continued to refuse to acknowledge the consensus that Russia was behind the hack.
 
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‘I always knew Putin was smart!'

In December, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security published a report of the US intelligence findings linking Russia to the hack.
In response, President Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats and levied new sanctions on Russia. The world awaited Mr Putin's response but he chose not retaliate. Mr Trump, by then the president-elect, sided with the Russian president, tweeting: "Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!”

Mr Putin's decision not to respond in kind struck many as a canny PR move, but reportedly set off suspicions among US intelligence officials that Russia was confident the sanctions would not last.
The same month, Mr Trump picked Rex Tillerson as his nominee for secretary of state, arguably the most important job in the cabinet. The biggest hurdle for Mr Tillerson's confirmation? Close ties to Mr Putin.

As CEO of the ExxonMobil oil company, Mr Tillerson cultivated a close personal relationship with the Russian leader, leading many to speculate on whether he was fit to serve as America's most senior foreign diplomat.
Mr Tillerson was sworn in as secretary of state on 2 February.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, and Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobilImage copyrightAP
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Rex Tillerson has cultivated close ties with Vladimir Putin

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The ‘compromising claims' dossier

In January, Buzzfeed published a dossier compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence official and Russia expert, which alleged that Moscow had compromising material on the then-president-elect, making him liable to blackmail.

Among the various memos in the dossier was an allegation that Mr Trump had been recorded by Russian security services consorting with prostitutes at a Moscow hotel.
Mr Trump dismissed the claims as fake news.

CNN revealed that President Obama and President-elect Trump had been briefed on the existence of the dossier by intelligence officials, and Buzzfeed went one further, publishing the entire thing.
The document went off like a hand grenade tossed into the already febrile political scene and generated a backlash against Buzzfeed for publishing what were essentially unverified claims.
 
Michael Flynn encouraged a softer policy on Russia
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The evidence against Flynn

In February, the most concrete and damaging Russia scandal finally surfaced, months after suspicions were raised among intelligence officials.

A Washington Post report said Mr Flynn had discussed the potential lifting of Mr Obama’s Russia sanctions with the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, before Mr Trump took office.

Mr Flynn, who had appeared regularly on Russian propaganda channel RT and once attended dinner with Mr Putin, resigned as Mr Trump’s national security adviser, saying he had "inadvertently briefed the vice-president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador" late last year.

It is illegal for private citizens to conduct US diplomacy.
Mr Trump has made no secret of his regard for Mr Putin and his desire to establish closer ties with Russia. But the more pressing question, and one which the president just can’t seem to shake, is just how close those ties already go.


May 12, 2016

Judge Conveniently Sentenced Male Defendants to Community Service-At His Home


I had both Metro and the NYTimes write about this story and not wanting to load the readers with too many stories on any particular day I waited, until today (24 hrs)

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An Arkansas judge has resigned after a state commission accused him of ordering male defendants to be spanked, engage in sex acts and bend over for thousands of photographs to fulfill their “community service,” a senior state official said on Tuesday.

The resignation of the district court judge, O. Joseph Boeckmann Jr., was effective immediately after it was sent to the State Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission on Monday, said David J. Sachar, the commission’s executive director.

The commission, which investigates judges over possible misconduct or for disabilities that prevent them from doing their jobs, began an inquiry into Judge Boeckmann in 2014 over a possible conflict of interest in an unrelated case on elder care, Mr. Sachar said. But that case took a surprising turn when court employees began asking investigators, Did you hear about the boys?

“Then the dam broke,” Mr. Sachar said.

As of Tuesday, no criminal charges had been filed, but Mr. Sachar said they were possible.

The commission began uncovering evidence and witness testimony related to the judge’s treatment of male defendants in traffic cases over the past few years, Mr. Sachar said. Men who had appeared before Judge Boeckmann in court said they were asked to go to his house or to some other location with bags of canned goods, ostensibly for charity. Then, according to their accounts, the judge told them to bend over and pick up the cans as he photographed them from behind for what he said would be evidence of community service, according to a filing on the commission’s website.

In one case from 2014, he gave a defendant his phone number and ordered him to come to his house, where he photographed the man bending over and offered him $300 to pose as Michelangelo’s statue of David, the commission said.

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The commission said it had obtained up to 4,600 photos of men — some identified as defendants — who are shown naked after an “apparent” paddling or other sex acts. The commission sent about 1,050 of the photos to Judge Boeckmann’s lawyer last week with a letter saying it expected to add them to the allegations about his conduct, Mr. Sachar said.

“We are not through processing them,” Mr. Sachar said in an interview Tuesday, referring to the photographs and potential witnesses. “They were defendants in traffic court cases, but possibly some other misdemeanors.”

The judge’s lawyer, Jeff Rosenzweig, declined to comment on the photographs but denied that Judge Boeckmann had done anything wrong. Mr. Rosenzweig said the judge had been near the end of his second elected four-year term in Cross County when he resigned.

“He does not want to get into a big fight about the veracity or inaccuracy of the allegations over an office that he was going to vacate anyway, and that is why he decided to resign,” Mr. Rosenzweig said. “He did not admit any wrongdoing, and he is not going to admit any wrongdoing.”

Mr. Sachar said the commission was assisting prosecutors on possible criminal charges.

“If a criminal charge is brought, he will be fighting that vehemently,” Mr. Rosenzweig said of the former judge.

The commission was continuing its investigation and it had interviewed hundreds of witnesses since August 2015, looking at the judge’s docket sheets, Mr. Sachar said.

“We have identified three dozen people by name that we have contacted or know it happened,” he said, referring to people who said they had experienced inappropriate sex acts, paddling or photography or payments by the judge. “We suspect there are more.”

The State Supreme Court ordered the judge to stop hearing cases in late 2015 as the investigation unfolded, but he was still drawing a salary and benefits. His resignation on Monday, which was sent to Mr. Sachar and to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, means he is permanently disqualified from being a judge and public servant.

May 1, 2016

Would You Let this Dr Operate on You? She Went Crazy on Uber



** Calm steady hands are some of the qualities and qualification expected from a rookie Dr., never mind a Medical Doctor practicing with the big boys. We are allowed to go crazy but the Doctor is supposed to have a calming effect around us [before they give us the drugs]. We trust them and many times put our lives on their hands. To see a Doctor gone temporarily mad because of consumption is very unnerving. You have here the video of insanity and days after she is being asked some questions by a reporter after she was feeling better and the hang up was gone and the hands don’t shake anymore after a couple of Valiums. It’s a good interview and very honest.





*Have alcohol ever make you be a fool of yourself? With coworkers or people you had to see after the weekend was over?

*If you are highly educated and actually you are a medicine doctor that can hold the life of a human being on their hands on some occasions, *How do you feel? Lastly
*Would you let this Doctor operate on you, for a hernia on your scrotum?
Adam Gonzalez

July 22, 2014

In 15 yrs of Power Putin is Made 10 Major Blunders


                                                                       

PETALING JAYA: In his 15 years at the helm of a new, capitalist Russia, President Vladimir Putin is no stranger to autocratic, if not oppressive and brutal moves to consolidate his grip on power and spread Russia's influence. 
These are just ten blunders Putin has made since taking the reins from Boris Yeltsin in 1999:

1) Following his win in the 2000 Russian Presidential Elections, Putin took federal control over Chechnya, which had been pushing for independence from Moscow. This kicked off a new offensive in the Second Chechen War that saw the region's capital city, Grozny reduced to ruins. The Second Chechen war ended with a Russian victory in 2009, at the cost of an estimated 160,000 combatants and non-combatants killed.

2) In 2003, Russia's richest man, Mikhail Khodorkovsky is charged with fraud and tax evasion - and is then sentenced to jail.  Khodorkovsky was charged and found guilty following a public argument he had with Putin regarding corruption among top government officials. 
Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev were subsequently charged and found guilty in December 2010 with embezzlement and money laundering, which would have extended his jail term to 2014. However, Khodorkovsky was released from prison on Dec 20 2013 when lobbying led to him being pardoned by Putin.

3) Putin introduces a 'vertical of power' by abolishing the direct election of governors, instituting a system that allows for Moscow to appoint governors in the country’s 83 regions. This expansion of federal power takes place in 2005.

4) Putin and the Russian armed forces were criticised for the handling of the Beslan hostage crisis which lasted for three days, from September 1 to September 3 2004. The hostage crisis, which saw 334 of the 1,100 hostages killed during the rescue attempt by Russian forces began when terrorists of the  Riyadus-Salikhin Battalion, loyal to Chechen separatist warlord Shamil Basayev entering the School Number One in Beslan, and demanding recognition of the independence of Chechnya at the UN and Russian withdrawal from Chechnya.
Criticism was leveled at Putin and the Russian armed forces by Beslan survivors and relatives of the victims who focused on the use of heavy weapons such as rocket flamethrowers and tanks to break into the school and rescue the hostages, who were mainly children.

5) Putin circumvents limitations in the Russian Constitution through a game of musical chairs in the midst of the 2008 elections. He holds on to power by becoming Prime Minister of Russia, while Dmitry Medvedev takes Putin's place as President. The Russian Constitution limits an individual to two terms as President. 
Putin also takes over the United Russia party as its head - although he was not a member of the party. 

6) At the end of Medvedev's four-year term in 2012, Putin campaigns again to be President of Russia on the nomination of Medvedev. This sparked anti-Putin protests, which were in turn met with crackdowns that saw two members of the punk rock protest group Pussy Riot being sentenced to two years in jail.
The two, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were jailed after performing a song in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, an act deemed to be blasphemous by the Orthodox church, which led to them being charged and convicted for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred."
Both were released at the end of 2013 in a move widely seen as being a public relations exercise for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

7) An anti-homosexuality law is passed in 2013 forbidding "homosexual propaganda" - this prohibition also extends to rainbow flags. The passing of this legislation sparked international demonstrations and calls for sports teams to boycott the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. 
Criticisms came from such places as The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights which condemned the statute as discriminatory and a violation of international human rights law. Additionally the European Parliament  condemned Russia for homophobic discrimination and censorship

8) In the December of the same year, Putin shuts down the RIA Novosti state news agency and launches Russia Today in its place. Russia Today is headed by pro-Kremlin journalist Dmitry Kiselev, known for his ultra-conservative views. Among those views, Kiselev has gone on record saying that gay people should be banned from giving blood, and that their hearts should be burnt rather than used in transplants.

9) The Sochi Winter Olympics themselves turn out to be a fiasco for Putin, as the Russian government spent  $51 billion (RM162 bil) on an event that saw strange architectural gaffes such as multiple toilets being built in the same cubicles, and the press and athletes being housed in half-finished buildings in the Olympic villages. This culminated in the failure of an Olympic Ring to open in the closing ceremony's display and heavy criticism for Russia's management of the Games, including allegations of environmental damage and corruption. 

10) The downing of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 has brought much international condemnation to Putin and the Kremlin's doorstep. Leaders such as Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron and his Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond pointing fingers at Putin for contributing directly to the Boeing 777 being shot down with a missile fired by Ukrainian, pro-Russian separatist rebels. 
Hammond had gone on record saying; ":The Russians have influence, if not direct control, over these people.They have been supplying, they have been supporting them, they cannot deny their responsibility for the acts these people are carrying out.

April 27, 2013

A Library Dedicated and Accolades Given to A Failed President, Meanwhile We are Fighting a Religion and People Wanting to Die to see Us Die



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Does this nation have the time now to figure out were is we screw up and continue to. A real discussion on any high level that admits mistakes and sets a plan of correction, which need to include some justice and self defense. Both together, not one following another 4 or 8 yrs apart.    adamfoxie*

This week on The Big Three, we tackled the George W. Bush library opening, frustration over flight furloughs (complete with congressional finger-pointing) and Dean Obeidallah's CNN.com column, "I'm a Muslim and I hate terrorism," which seems sadly necessary in the wake of Boston.

The opening of a presidential library is supposed to be a time for national unity. All the living presidents attend, standing together for a photo op and offering complimentary speeches about the newest inductee to the ex-presidents' club.

But during all the same pageantry in Dallas at the opening of Bush's library, a less civil debate on the Big Three
Former president George W. Bush speaks during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (and across the country) was going on about 43's legacy. Margaret Hoover is a proud Bush administration alumna and attended the opening in Dallas. Dean, it is fair to say, is not a Bush fan. At all.


And so the debate raged, with Margaret citing his investment in foreign aid to stem the tide of AIDS in Africa and keeping the nation safe from terrorism after the attacks of 9/11. Dean acknowledged that Bush might be a nice guy to hang out with but asked whether the library would consist primarily of coloring books. As the card-carrying centrist in the group, I try to find common ground. And so it goes.
President Barack Obama laughs with former first lady Barbara Bush during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
At the time of our discussions, the sequester cuts were kicking in, and airline travelers were feeling the pain, with 40% of flights delayed this week because of the furlough of air-traffic controllers. Congress has since overwhelmingly approved a measure to get the air travel system up to speed again after the delays provoked a round of the blame game on Capitol Hill, with conservatives accusing the president of "playing politics" with these particular cuts. Margaret agreed with this assessment. I ain't buying it.

The sequester was supposed to be so dumb and painful that it would compel Congress to reason together and find deficit and debt reduction to more strategic means. It didn't. And while the rhetoric of cutting government spending is popular, the reality is predictably less so. And so we're being treated to the absurdity of conservative activist groups such as Americans for Prosperity -- whose sole purpose is to argue for cuts in government spending -- complaining about the practical effects of those very cuts on which they insisted. This is the old dynamic we see too much of -- cuts for thee but not for me.

Finally, in the wake of the Boston terror attacks, America and the American Muslim community have navigated the tricky territory of confronting the ideology of radical Islam that apparently inspired the attacks without engaging in group blame.

Dean's excellent CNN.com column tries to clarify some of the bigoted myths by making the point that American Muslims might hate jihadis even more than typical Americans do because the murderers claim to represent their faith and cause a massive backlash against this growing American community. Read the column -- and then listen to our conversation, tackling subjects such as why extremists of other faiths tend not to blow things up.
Follow us on Twitter @CNNOpinion.    John Avlon, Margaret Hoover, Dean Obeidallah


September 7, 2012

Patty LaBelle Tantrum Against a Child Costing Her $100k

 
According to the lawyer of Patty LaBelle, and as informed to the New York Post, the Disco diva has agreed to pay an amount to the tune of $100,000 for settling a matter before it goes to the jury. Allegedly, the incident occurred while LaBelle was renting a Trump Place apartment for a three-month, $50,000 a week appearance in the Broadway musical “Fela!”

According to court papers, the Disco diva had thrown tantrums and verbally abused a pregnant woman and her little girl child in the lobby of the building in Nov. 10, 2010. The complaints made by plaintiff Roseanna Monk show the Grammy-winning singer called Roseanna a “c-t” and used the F-word while drenching pregnant Roseanna with bottled water. The diva’s sensitive temper was apparently upset because Roseanna’s 18-month old girl was found playing near the lobby door of the great star’s rented apartment.

When Roseanna picked up the child and cradled her in her arms and told the Grammy-winning star that her behavior was scaring the child – the enraged LaBelle had to be held back by her entourage.
 LaBelle, who had earlier denied that she was “liable in any way for any alleged claims of injury” and said the girl’s family was “more than 50 percent at fault,” in a federal court at Manhattan last year, has now changed her tune and singing a different song. The reasons, of course, are apparent as Sam Davis, the lawyer for the Monks says, if the case goes to trial “The jury would be shaking their heads” when looking at the toddler and finding “That mean woman over there, with the 300-pound bodyguard, was yelling at her.”


The “Lady Marmalade” singer, according to court documents, has caused the child, who is now 3 ½ years old to suffer “personality changes, sleep disorder” and “increased fear of strangers.”

And no, the Monks are not in this for grabbing money from a celebrity. Roseanna, who is a former kindergarten teacher, has said all proceeds would be donated to the Hope & Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund. She said, “This is an opportunity for Patti LaBelle to help a lot of children, and I feel good about that.”




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