Saturday, January 14, 2017

With Trump Already Below Water His Run Is Going To Start Rough...

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President elect Donald J. Trump is 5 days out from his inauguration and he "enjoys" the lowest transitional rating of any recent president elect. With just a 44% approval rating, 6% under water before he assumes the office, he is likely to have a very rough road ahead.

Obama - 83% approval rating
Bush - 61% approval rating
Clinton - 68% rating

For more on this CLICK HERE .

Trump is so unliked by the majority of Americans he is even being compared to the Roman Emperor Caligula. We here at this weblog find the comparison quite apt in several ways.

Trump deserves every bit of criticism he receives and hopefully the ethical media and the American electorate will keep unbearable pressure on the man CHILD president when he takes over the reins from President Obama.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Trump's Dishonest Press Conference On 1/11/17 In Summary...

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Fact check on Trump's press conference 1/11/17. Excerpts from The Washington Post .

President-elect Donald Trump finally held a news conference, but as is typical, he often made claims that have been repeatedly debunked or discredited. Here’s a guide to 14 of his more notable statements, in the order in which he made them.

“It’s very familiar territory, news conferences, because we used to give them on an almost daily basis.”

Exaggeration. While on TV constantly he generally held news conferences only following primary contests.

“You saw yesterday Fiat Chrysler; big, big factory going to be built in this country as opposed to another country. Ford just announced that they stopped plans for a billion-dollar plant in Mexico and they’re going to be moving into Michigan and expanding, very substantially, an existing plant.”


“When we lost 22 million names and everything else that was hacked recently, they didn’t make a big deal out of that. That was something that was extraordinary. That was probably China.”

China's hack of 22 million accounts at the Office of Personnel Management was front-page news.

“The Democratic National Committee was totally open to be hacked. They did a very poor job. … And they tried to hack the Republican National Committee, and they were unable to break through.”

Misleading. ... older Republican National Committee domains were also targeted but none of the information that may have been obtained was leaked. Comey said that the Russians “got far deeper and wider into the [DNC] than the RNC,” adding that “similar techniques were used in both cases.”

“Look at the things that were hacked, look at what was learned from that hacking. That Hillary Clinton got the questions to the debate and didn’t report it? That’s a horrible thing.”

There is no indication or confirmation this statement is true.

“This administration created ISIS by leaving at the wrong time. The void was created, ISIS was formed.”

Grossly simplified. ISIS was a response tp the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

“I have no deals that could happen in Russia, because we’ve stayed away. And I have no loans with Russia.”

Misleading. Trump's own son, DJT Jr., contradicts this statement.

“I have a no-conflict situation because I’m president.”

Essentially true.

“The only one that cares about my tax returns are the reporters. … You learn very little to a tax return.”

False on both counts. 60% of Americans believe Trump should release his tax returns.

Tax experts say returns provide info and insight into and individuals finances in many areas.

“We have hundreds of billions of dollars of losses on a yearly basis — hundreds of billions with China on trade and trade imbalance, with Japan, with Mexico, with just about everybody.”

A basic misunderstanding by Trump. Increasing tariffs and starting a trade war would increase costs of goods to American consumers but would not result in America gaining money that has ben lost.

“Some states have over a 100 percent [premium] increase.”

Gross exaggeration. ... the most common plans in the marketplace in 2017 experienced an average increase of 22 percent.  Oklahoma experience a 71% increase in health insurance premiums while Rhode Island saw only a 1.3% increase.

“I want to thank United Technologies which owns Carrier, but we saved close to a thousand jobs.”

Trump wrongly continues to count jobs that weren't leaving the USA for Mexico in the first place. False

“96 million really wanting a job and they can’t get. You know that story. The real number — that’s the real number.”

Bald face lie! Only 7.5 million are actively seeking employment. Trump counts retired folks and those under 16 in his quoted number.

“I think it’s a disgrace that information that was false and fake and never happened got released to the public.”

Pot calling kettle black. Trump was the leading purveyor of false “birther” claims, based on no evidence, that Obama was not born in the United States. He frequently claimed that Obama had spent $2 million to cover this up — a number he plucked out of World Net Daily, which promotes conservative-leaning conspiracy theories.

Trump has almost no credibility yet the conservative and GOP faithful seem blind to this truth. With just moderate effort spent in research Trump's basic dishonesty and lack of a normal ethical and moral compass is glaringly clear.

Read the complete Washington Post article HERE.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Interesting PIC(S) Of the President Elect...

We wonder if Trump forgot this picture is out there. Would love to hear Donnie stumble on this one.

Donald Trump has nothing but love for Saudi Arabia… in front of the Saudis… and nothing but hatred for Islam… in front of Republicans. Anyone else see a contradiction here?

More Where This Came From

Why Trump Failed To Receive Endorsement From A Singe Major Newspaper...

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The following article from a left coast publication, the Los Angeles Times,  it is well thought-out, well articulated, perfectly reasonable, and exactly correct. It is reprinted here with full attribution for your consideration.

David Horsey

There is a good reason that Donald Trump failed to win the endorsement of a single serious newspaper (the Ku Klux Klan “Crusader” does not count). It is not because the press is uniformly liberal; there were plenty of traditionally Republican and conservative editorial boards that could not bring themselves to support Trump. It is because people who work on newspapers deal in facts, and the fact is that the president-elect is woefully unprepared for the office he has won.

That is the core reason I have been so critical of Trump and will continue to be.

This is not a knee-jerk aversion to any and all Republicans (I used to be one myself). If George H.W. Bush had beaten Bill Clinton back in 1992, I would not have worried that the country was in dangerous hands. Bush the elder, besides being a complete gentleman, was a seasoned practitioner of statecraft. If Sen. John McCain had won in 2008 or Mitt Romney in 2012, I would have been disappointed, but I would not have thought the election of either man would be perilous for us all (although having Sarah Palin a heartbeat away from the presidency would not have been reassuring).

It is Trump who is uniquely scary, not because he is a Republican and not because of his personal demerits. The nation can survive a president with a record of using women as sexual toys (Trump will not be the first). The nation can survive a president who is rude and bullying. The nation can even survive a con man. But it will be much harder to steer clear of harm with a president who seems to have no idea how little he really knows about very important things.

His fantastical promises to bring back jobs in the coal mines and manufacturing plants were further proof of his dim-bulbed grasp of economic realities. Yes, those promises raised hopes and won him votes in the Rust Belt states — and probably won him the election. But he was fooling those voters and probably fooling himself. Global competition is the force that diminished the old industries and no new trade deal will change that reality. Manufacturing may well rebound in this country, but it will be built on robots and automation. The high numbers of jobs that once provided a middle-class lifestyle for men without a college degree will never come back.

In the final days of the campaign, Trump repeatedly mocked U.S. military leaders for announcing in advance their plans to retake regions of Iraq held by Islamic State militants. “Whatever happened to the element of surprise?” Trump asked repeatedly, as if war were a game of hide-and-seek. Letting Islamic State leaders know the attack was coming gave them a chance to run away, Trump said. Military strategists responded by pointing out that Islamic State commanders on the run actually made much better targets and that was just one of several good reasons to broadcast intentions.

Trump is no military genius, although he has famously claimed to know more than the generals. If he carries that delusion with him into the White House, it could lead to catastrophe. So could his failure to understand the immense value of the NATO alliance. So could his simple-minded admiration of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Low-information voters have given us a low-information president. Trump’s lack of sophistication and his apparent disinterest in doing the hard work it takes to understand the complexities of economics, international relations and military strategy is the most alarming aspect of his looming presidency. His character flaws and reactionary tendencies are hardly insignificant, but his willful ignorance of vital knowledge is what may make him the world’s most dangerous man

H/T Progressive Eruptions


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