Thursday, January 11, 2018

Trump's latest crazy statements. Are you not entertained? Good because you missed the real threat to democracy today...

Thanks to Joe for the link!

If you're not aware then your President and mine made some pretty outlandish statements today.  The first via The Washington Post...
President Trump caused a stir with his announcement that the United States had delivered F-52 fighter jets to Norway.

Was it a secret advanced jet capable of beating its Russian counterparts? A ruse to fool intelligence analysts?

Neither, it turns out. The “F-52” is a fictional jet only available to fly if you’re a gamer at the controls of “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.”
Story here. 

This was an obvious mistake and can only be chalked up to one thing.  Trump simply doesn't know much about the military, doesn't do his homework and talks off the cuff so much that mistakes like this flow from his lips like water off a waterfall.

But the public via the clarion call of the media was entertained.  Why?  Because Trump haters launched into their usual diatribe of stating the obvious and Trump defenders were busy trying to justify the idiocy.

The second bit of entertainment is via NBC
 President Donald Trump on Thursday referred to Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House, a Democratic aide briefed on the meeting told NBC News.

Trump's comments were first reported by The Washington Post, which said the group of nations referred to also included El Salvador.

The comments came as senators huddled in the Oval Office with the president to discuss a path forward on an immigration deal. Trump questioned why the United States would want people from nations such as Haiti while he was being briefed on changes to the visa lottery system.

According to the aide, when the group came to discussing immigration from Africa, Trump asked why America would want immigrants from "all these shithole countries" and that the U.S. should have more people coming in from places like Norway. Thursday's meeting came one day after Trump met with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House. 
Story here. 

The same dynamics are at play with this except its got the added juice of having a racial tinge.

I refuse to be fooled.

This guy is DESPERATE to be loved by Dems...especially Democrat leadership but they continue to pushback against him.  So what did he do?  He turned another gaff (and I believe this was a gaff...full disclosure...I'm black and I've called those countries shitholes...that characterization does not equal racists) into an opportunity to appeal to his declining base.

What made this gaff seem especially egregious is because he referenced back to wondering why we don't have more people from Norway immigrating.

I believe that is a part of his diminishing mental health.  Oh and I'm not so sure that he's suffering early onset.  I think that the Russia Probe coupled with the stuff he's seeing sitting in the big chair and the constant berating that he's suffering from the mainstream media simply has him stressed beyond recognition.

The fact that he doesn't engage in daily exercise (a known stress moderation tool), has a poor diet (dude admits that he eats McDonald's on an almost daily) and is probably a bit overweight makes me believe that he's mentally stressed and is probably more of a candidate for a heart attack in office than he is in danger of being diagnosed as mentally ill.

But I digress.

Were you not entertained by the drama brought to you by the talking heads in the media and our political elite?

Well if you were then you missed the threat to our democracy, and didn't get a real look at how your political masters actually view you.

via Wired.
In 2013, Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency was legally collecting millions of Americans’ phone calls and electronic communications—including emails, Facebook messages, and browsing histories—without a warrant. Congress has now decided not only to reauthorize these programs, but also to expand some of their most invasive techniques.

The spying initiatives Snowden brought to light are authorized under Section 702 of the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, which was set to expire later this month. On Thursday, Congress voted down an effort to reform Section 702, and instead passed a bill that expanded warrantless surveillance of US citizens and foreigners. The newly passed bill reauthorizes Section 702 for six years, long after President Trump’s first term in office will have expired.

The amendment that the House of Representatives shot down would have added significant privacy safeguards to the law, including the requirement that intelligence agents get a warrant in many cases before searching through emails and other digital communications belonging to US citizens. The bill Congress did pass, meanwhile, codifies some of the most troubling aspects of Section 702, according to privacy advocates. 
Story here. 

So the American people were asleep at the wheel while the House just EXPANDED spying authority.

Don't be fooled either.

Where there is power, there is abuse. 

Republicans who are suppose to be champions of limited govt voted for this bill overwhelmingly.  Democrats who are suppose to be champions of free speech voted for this bill overwhelmingly.

You had a chance to see the true face of your Representatives.

They don't like you.

They don't trust you.

But they damn sure put in place the pieces to control you....if and when the time comes.

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