Thursday, November 22, 2018

Hypo-Trump (hypocracy in the dumpster admin.)

Emails and information security
Trump said: “Hillary Clinton’s attacks on you display the same sense of arrogance and entitlement that led her to violate federal law as secretary of state, hide and delete her emails ... ”
"We can’t hand over our government to someone whose deepest, darkest secrets may be in the hands of our enemies.”

What Trump has done: Before Ivanka Trump, it was Kushner who used private email in an apparent violation of federal records laws. Beyond that, President Trump is continuing to use his personal cellphone. He has done this even as he has been told that China and Russia are monitoring the phone — exactly what he worried about when it came to such countries potentially hacking Clinton’s server.

Foreign governments allegedly buying access
What Trump said: “Hillary Clinton ran the State Department like a personal hedge fund. It’s hard to tell where the Clinton Foundation ends and where the State Department begins.
What Trump has done: Another of Trump’s favorite knocks on Clinton was the idea that foreign governments were buying access to and favors from the Clintons. But since he has become president, foreign dignitaries and would-be influencers have frequented Trump’s hotel in Washington — apparently in hopes of currying favor. The foreign clientele is at the center of an emoluments lawsuit that has proceeded.

Intelligence briefings
What Trump said: “Fact — Obama does not read his intelligence briefings nor does he get briefed in person by the CIA or DOD. Too busy I guess!”
“Obama has missed 58% of his intelligence briefings. But our president does make 100% of his fundraisers.”

What Trump has done: Trump’s criticism was always overcooked. Obama didn’t always get an in-person briefing, but Obama often read his daily briefing instead. Trump does neither. He has taken the briefing once a week or less. He reportedly doesn’t read it. “I get it when I need it,” Trump said. “I’m, like, a smart person…”

Divulging classified information

What Trump said: “We can’t have someone in the Oval Office who doesn’t understand the meaning of the word ‘confidential’ or ‘classified.’"

“Like the Cold War, we also need to fight this battle by collecting intelligence and then protecting our classified secrets. Hillary Clinton has taught us all how much of a problem we have with cybersecurity.”

What Trump has done: In an Oval Office meeting last year with officials from our Cold War opponent, Russia, Trump divulged highly classified information about a valuable stream of intelligence in the Middle East. As president, Trump is able to declassify anything he wants, but the intelligence community fretted that the information would tip the Russians off to what the program entailed and who was involved, which was a closely guarded secret.

Executive orders to change the law
What Trump said: “Repubs must not allow Pres Obama to subvert the Constitution of the US for his own benefit & because he is unable to negotiate w/ Congress.”
“My contract calls for the appointment of judges who will uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. Hillary wants to go even further than Obama on illegal executive action. I will terminate every single illegal Obama executive order and will restore the constitutional rule of law.”

What Trump has done: Trump has used executive orders to institute, among other things, a ban on travel from majority-Muslim countries and attempts to ban those arriving at the Southern border from receiving asylum. He has often had those orders halted by the courts. And this month, Trump even floated the idea of getting rid of birthright citizenship via executive action, which most experts regard as illegally trying to change the Constitution with the stroke of a pen.

What Trump said: I’ll let this tweet sum it up.
Here are his previous tweets about presidents and golf:

What Trump has done: Trump has golfed far more and far more often than Obama ever did.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Trump only represents Trump - get over it!

Trump said Tuesday the U.S. will not punish Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at this time nor cut arms sales to Saudi Arabia for the killing of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump called the killing of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a “horrible crime,” but said Saudi Arabia is a “great ally.”

Trump’s decision, announced just before he left for the long Thanksgiving golf weekend in Florida (at taxpayer's expense), disappointed and angered critics who have pointed out that Trump represents Trump and not the United States.

Trump has a long record showing deals his companies made with Saidi’s government and citizens.

"Saudi Arabia, I get along with all of them. They buy apartments from me. They spend $40 million, $50 million," Trump said during a presidential campaign rally in Alabama in August 2015.

At another rally that year, Trump said of the Saudis, "I make a lot of money from them."

U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that bin Salman ordered the Oct. 2 killing. Others caution that while the crown prince had a role in the death, there are questions about the degree to which he was involved.

Trump said Tuesday in his statement that the king of Saudi Arabia and the crown prince “vigorously deny” any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Khashoggi.

“Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!” Trump said.

He said the United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of the Trump Organization. “Trump First!” he should have writted.

France’s top diplomat said Monday that his country was mulling sanctions against Saudi Arabia.

And Germany announced that it has banned 18 Saudi nationals from entering Europe’s border-free Schengen zone because of their suspected connections to the killing. German officials also said they were halting previously approved arms exports.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Rake America Great, Again.

Finnish people are trolling Trump with ‘Rake America Great Again’ photos

The POTUS said that Finnish President Sauli Niinistö told him that citizens of the European country rake and clean forest floors to prevent any catastrophic situation -- something Niinistö doesn't recall saying.

Raking away, those Finns are...

Trump may be the retard-in-chief. But, he is OUR retard-in-chief!

And my republican friends say "it is unpatriotic to not honor the office of the President of the United States". When I ask: "What about Obama?" I get: "That's different!"

70% of the people in the area think trump is a semi-useless pile of crap!

If there be no objection, I will concur with the majority.

There being none, I concur.

One third of Finland is marshland.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Time Flies...

Seems like only yesterday...

By the time I arrived (by birth) in Reno, Highway 40 had been paved over Donner Sumit.

Mom drove my sister and I through this canyon to visit the Dentist in Reno.

My best fiend went to work for the local radio station when he was 14.

I remember logging meter readings every hour on the old RCA transmitter.

It ran a pair of 833s in the modulator and another pair in the RF Final. Inefficient as hell.

Around 1964, it was replaced with a Bauer 707.

A better rig in many folks opinion.

During the summers of 64 and 65, we were a "Top 40" station in the afternoons and evenings. And we had a jock named "Gus the Gopher" from KXOA. Sean O'Callihhan and I remained friends for decades though he went to KLOK in San Jose and I migrated to San Francisco television. I became a 'broadcast engineer.' Sean was 'on-air' talent.

Oh well... that was then and this is now.

Before "man-made global warming" kicked in, we would get up to 20 feet of snow on the summit. Hell, a heavy winter did in the Donner Party. My Uncle Slim lived across the highway from the old Donner Cross.

We had our share of 'characters.'