Of a failed rally, flags, court rulings and a virus

Donald Trump used the backdrop of Mount Rushmore night to frame protesters as a nefarious left-wing mob that intends to “end America.” Those opponents, he argued, are engaged in a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children.” He described the goals of protesters who are attempting to right the wrongs of history as “alien to our culture, and to our values.” Yes, these are natives who’ve been here for centuries, blacks who been here longer than his family, etc.

In the end with an estimated capacity of 7,000 people, only about 3,200 showed up according to estimates. While it was a 4th of July celebration, it was really a campaign rally with the way his speech went. Another failed rally. He is expected to have a New Hampshire rally very soon.

Trump said that 99% of the COVID-19 cases “are totally harmless” and still claims that the US is leading the world in testing and recovery. Tell that to the daily 10,000+ cases in Florida – higher than any state since the pandemic started and some think that Florida is “fudging” the totals. So it could be worse. FDC Commissioner Stephen Hahn would not go against Trump.

[I won’t even bother mention what else Trump said that wasn’t (quite) true as there were plenty of comments.]

The White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany refused to denounce the Confederate flag during a press briefing after Trump bemoaned NASCAR’s recent decision to ban it from all races and events. McEnany claimed Trump was not “making a judgment call” about the flag in his tweet but “He has not given an opinion one way or the other on that”.

McEnany said that a tweet was “taken out of context”. How do you do that? It’s not like you can remove a words or sentence and nobody will notice it.

“What the President is making is a broader point that this rush to judgment on the facts before the facts are out is not acceptable,” said McEnany. So exactly what does Trump do? He ignore the judgements. Look at the recent bounty on American soldiers or even the noose found in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall [see below].

Trump then also tweeted “Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!” NASCAR launched an investigation last month after a crew member discovered a noose a garage stall assigned to Wallace. So why the need to apologize and what did the other drivers sacrifice? Finally, what ratings?

Considering it has been at least a week since NASCAR made the decision to ban the flag, why does Trump stir a hornet’s nest now? Nothing to do? He’s basically a sh_t disturber. What is Trump with ratings? Why doesn’t he look at his own polls which says he is behind on every single legitimate poll by between 7% and 11%!

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Trump ally said “….if you’re in business, the Confederate flag is not a good way to grow your business.”

Meanwhile, there is talk that the US armed forces may remove all Confederate Flags from any base once it goes through the legal system. Theoretically as Commander in Chief, Trump could rescind any decision.

The Supreme Court had two ruling that affected Trump quite a bit.

In the first one, the court ruled to send back the case to the lower court regarding the case whether Congress could see his tax records. A bit of a victory for Trump because the tax records won’t be released until at least after the election. However, Trump tweeted “The Supreme Court sends case back to Lower Court, arguments to continue. This is all a political prosecution….” Everything with him is a prosecution or a hoax or a witch hunt [he uses the late two later in the tweet as part of his usual comments].

In the second one, the court ruled that New York prosecutors can’t see his tax records – for now. At least a partial victory for Trump again as the tax records won’t be revealed until after the election.

Remember that the court is right-leaning and yet two right-leaning judges dissented while the four left-leaning judges were in agreement. Go figure.

Biden responded by retweeting a 2019 tweet of his saying “@realDonaldTrump, you want to talk about corruption? I’ve released 21 years of my tax returns — release yours or shut up.”

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. issued a statement via his press office regarding the Supreme Court ruling this morning that Trump is not immune from New York’s subpoena.

Trump rebuked Dr. Anthony Fauci’s blunt assessment of the US’ coronavirus response, claiming that the country is “in a good place” even as new cases surge. Trump conjured another wishful prediction: that the worsening battle against the virus would be far less serious within weeks.

Laughingly, he added “Dr. Fauci said don’t wear masks and now he says wear them. And he said numerous things. Don’t close off China. Don’t ban China. I did it anyway. I didn’t listen to my experts and I banned China. We would have been in much worse shape.”  [You can stop laughing now. Seriously. Stop.]

Dr. Fauci, who had dismissed Trump’s discredited claims that the US has the world’s lowest mortality rate.

McEnany was asked by a reporter “How do you think the world is looking at the United States right now?” She replied, “I think the world is looking at us as a leader in COVID-19.” Leader? Yes in cases and deaths.

Trump failed to offer detailed proposals or planning on the imminent question of how schools could open safely as soon as next month even as he admitted he intended to crank up pressure on governors to do what he wants. Don’t expect many Democrat governors to follow him.

“We don’t want people to make political statements or do it for political reasons. They think it’s going to be good for them politically, so they keep the schools closed,” claiming Trump. He is basically saying those governors that want schools closed are out to hurt him politically.

At least six associations representing teachers and parents — including the National Parent Teacher Association and the American Federation of Teachers — have criticized Trump’s push to reopen schools. They say guidance on how to do so from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the government conflicts.

Trump tweeted his disagreement with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for safely reopening schools, calling the recommendations “very tough” and “expensive.” He also threatened he “may cut off funding” to schools that do not reopen, though the bulk of public school funding [over 90%] comes from state and local governments.

The Trump administration is now saying that if you are doing your schooling online only, you can do it from your own country. With the number of cases rising in the US, for that reason alone, it’s a good idea.

Trump tweeted “Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education. Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status and/or Funding”. Isn’t he funny. The federal government generally [in a non-pandemic year] gives only a small amount to school systems and probably even less to universities who have alumni and sponsors to support them.

Trump inaccurately said in a tweet that the rise in coronavirus cases is “because our testing is so massive and so good, far bigger and better than any other country…. This is great news, but even better news is that death, and the death rate, is DOWN. Also, younger people, who get better much easier and faster!” There is no data that supports any of this – not surprisingly.

A tell-all book by Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, will now be published next week, two weeks earlier than expected, the publisher Simon & Schuster said. Mary Trump remains entangled in a legal battle over whether the book violates a confidentiality agreement that she signed nearly twenty years ago. Due to a temporary restraining order that is still in place, she is unable to comment publicly.

Simon & Schuster published the back cover of the book for the first time. It is an excerpt from the book, saying that “today, Donald is much as he was at three years old: incapable of growing, learning, or evolving, unable to regulate his emotions, moderate his responses, or take in & synthesize information.”

Mary Trump, a licensed clinical psychologist, offers both her take on Trump’s actions in the White House — charging he’s shown “a blatant display of sociopathic disregard for human life” over the coronavirus pandemic — as well as episodes throughout Trump’s business career.

She even claimed that Trump even paid someone named Joe Shapiro to take the SAT tests for him and his sister Maryanne Trump did his homework to help him get into the University of Pennsylvania.

Mary Trump also writes, in awe, of Trump’s ability to gain the support of prominent Christian leaders and white evangelicals, saying: “The only time Donald went to church was when the cameras were there. As her father was dying in a bed, Donald Trump went to the movies. He constantly called accomplished men he didn’t like “losers” and women as “ugly fat slobs”.

As if books by John Bolton and Mary Trump is not enough, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, aide to Melania Trump has a book coming out in September called “Melania and Me”. Wolkoff’s firm was paid more than $26 million for the 2016 inauguration, most of which went to subcontractors, but a hefty amount, reportedly $1.6 million, went directly to Wolkoff’s business. Wolkoff personally received about $500,000 for her role in the inauguration. Melania Trump isn’t happy.

And in another book, Pence has been accused of taking Trump’s Coronavirus tests for him! Trump considered several candidates for the ruse, including his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Attorney General Bill Barr, but ultimately settled on Pence, who agreed to take the tests for the fee of twenty-five dollars per result.

New York City citizens are painting a Black Lives Matter mural on the street directly outside of Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan with the mayor’s approval.
Trump tweeted calling the words “Black Lives Matter” a “symbol of hate” and suggested that police officers could block the work. Why would they if the mayor approved? Again, it shows you that Trump doesn’t think he needs the black vote to win the election in November.

Trump went onto Fox and complained that merchants where Trump Tower is located are all “furious” and that he gave New York’s mayor all those ventilators.

Biden defended Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient who is considered to be a top vice presidential candidate, after her patriotism was recently questioned by Trump’s campaign and leading conservative commentator Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.

Carlson pointed to the comments as evidence she is among Democrats who purportedly “hate America” and has called her a “coward,” “fraud” and a “callous hack.” He also characterized her military sacrifice by saying she was “once injured while serving in the Illinois National Guard.” Yes, losing both legs is an “injury”. Duckworth tweeted back “Does @TuckerCarlson want to walk a mile in my legs and then tell me whether or not I love America?” Carlson has never served in the military or in public office.

Citizens and attorneys in Jacksonville, Florida are going to court to stop the Republican National Convention to be held there at the end of August. They are arguing that with the influx of convention goers not wearing masks or social distancing, it will cause a huge spike in and around the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena and spread elsewhere. The RNC claim they’ll will force mandatory temperature taking and masks to all. Already some more senior-aged GOP senators will not attend.

Remember the Tulsa rally around 2 weeks ago? Well the “Trump Effect” is gaining force. While maybe not directly related to the rally where very few wore masks [let alone no social distancing], but there were nearly 500 new cases in the past 2 days.

The trump campaigned a rally in New Hampshire on July 11th but canceled the day before because a tropical storm was headed there the night before. Now it is being pushed back a week or two. Aside from the fact that New Hampshire has had a low number of cases it is also a small state. You would figure Trump would want to maximize things and head to a more important state. Or maybe he has his excuse now. At the canceled rally, masks were recommended but not mandatory.

The White Shack held a BBQ for the front line workers. “Guests will be made up of front-line workers and their families,” deputy press secretary Judd Deere said, “including law enforcement, doctors, nurses and others, as well as members of the military and their families.” A cheap meal for them. Reminds me of when Trump hosted college football teams with Big Macs and Whoppers.

A recent add from the Trump campaign claims that if Biden is President people will have problems contacting the police, asking for help, investigate, etc. because the police were defunded. Are they forgetting that in Trump’s term, this police defunding started and what has Trump done to shop it – aside from whine about it? As well it is not a federal jurisdiction to fund the police but a city or state jurisdiction. This is like blaming Biden for bad roads in a small town.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows criticized congressional Democrats and said the intelligence was “not actually substantiated,” this even though multiple intelligence agencies from multiple countries have concluded that there was a bounty.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in Trump’s impeachment inquiry, is retiring from the US Army after more than 21 years of military service because he determined that his future in the armed forces “will forever be limited” due to political retaliation by the President and his allies. Vindman has endured a “campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation” spearheaded by Trump following his testimony in the impeachment inquiry last year.

Kimberly Guilfoyle — the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. and a top fundraiser for the Trump campaign — tested positive for coronavirus, according to a top official for the committee she leads. Did Junior get tested after this?

Someone tried to burn the statue of Melania Trump in her home country of Slovenia. Will Donald Trump defend his wife and whine about it [and somehow blame the Democrats – as he usually does every time]? Nope. He said nothing in his Twitter feed. But he’s still whining about Confederate statues being removed.

Trump continues to put his foot in his mouth

Happy 4th of July to the Americans out there. This will probably be one Americans may not want to remember.

Donald Trump denied that he had been briefed on reported US intelligence that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan, and he appeared to minimize the allegations against Moscow. Trump tweeted “Nobody briefed or told me” or Vice-President Mike Pence or chief of staff Mark Meadows about “the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians.”

Others have said that the briefing wasn’t sent to Trump because they didn’t find it credible. However, multiple US intelligence agencies plus in the UK knew about the briefing. A number of congressmen, including Republicans, have suggested that even if there is a chance that the information is true, Trump should of known about it – and instead of defending Moscow but later called it a Russian hoax. He later said it was a media and Democratic party hoax even though there is clear evidence that the White House knew of the bounties since early 2019.

US intelligence officials concluded months ago that Russian officials offered rewards for successful attacks on American service members last year, at a time when the US and Taliban were holding talks to end the long-running war. No surprised that Russia officials denied the report. However they said that “low intellectual abilities of the propagandists of American intelligence, who instead of inventing something more plausible have to make up this nonsense” – and not blaming the actual reporting.

The reports were passed to top officials at the National Security Council, including former national security adviser John Bolton, who would have ultimately decided whether or not to brief Trump on the matter, adding that they did not know whether he had chosen to do so. But Bolton was aware of the reports. Bolton is supposedly a veracious consumer of intelligence. More than one official would make the decision whether to include issues such as this in a briefing.

According to former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, Trump never read any briefs in the meetings. Instead, you would get his attention with pictures or videos. If neither, he won’t be interested. [Doesn’t this sound like a toddler?]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell participated in a Trump campaign online chat, in which he said Obama “should have kept his mouth shut” instead of calling the president’s response to COVID-19 “an absolute chaotic disaster” and added “…clearly the Obama administration did not leave to this administration any kind of game plan for something like this.” After a bit of thinking, McConnell admitted he was wrong a few days later.

The game plan, whose existence was publicly revealed by Politico in March, is called the Playbook for Early Response to High-Consequence Emerging Infectious Disease Threats and Biological Incidents. The plan book had 40 pages plus 29 pages of appendices. It contains step-by-step advice on questions to ask, decisions to make, and which federal agencies are responsible for what.

Dr. Celine Gounder called the Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore, which Trump is attending, “beyond irresponsible” as coronavirus cases increase in the US. The event will not require masks [although supposedly available – maybe leftovers from the infamous Tulsa rally!] or social distancing for the expected 7,500 – assuming they can get that much. She said it’s like that Trump is asking his supporters to jump off a cliff.

Republican Gov. Kristi Noem said face masks will be offered. Can’t wait to see how many will wear them. If there is bright spot, South Dakota has a low case rate. However, some will come from other states. A potential “super spreader”.

Trump – of course – wants fireworks over the mountain. This is in an area where the terrain has been dry. They may end up getting a big fire. Earlier on in his term, he actually thought that maybe they could carve his face in the mountain – to boost his ego of course.

Protests from Native American activists are expected in the area, amplifying calls to return Mount Rushmore to native people as it was taken from them even after a treaty in 1868 was basically tossed within 10 years after gold was discovered. Expect Trump to make some of his usual comments like maybe calling them terrorists, Anonymous protesters, anti-American, radical left….. You get the idea. Three of the four presidents carved have questionable lives.

“We’re getting them at the great monument. We’re getting them. I got fireworks. For 20 years or something it hasn’t been allowed for environmental reasons. You believe that one? It’s all stone. So I’m trying to say where’s the environmental reason? Anyway, I got it approved, so I’m going to go there on July 3rd, and they’re going to have the big fireworks,” Trump said during a May interview. Actually it has been since 2009 and it is not all “stone”. Has he ever been there?

In a deleted tweet, the Democratic National Committee said “Trump has disrespected Native communities time and again. He’s attempted to limit their voting rights and blocked critical pandemic relief. Now he’s holding a rally glorifying white supremacy at Mount Rushmore — a region once sacred to tribal communities.” The Trump campaign responded claiming that Democrats “HATE America.” Nope. Just white supremacy.

Trump retweeted a video showing one of his supporters in Florida shouting “white power” at protesters of his administration – which was later deleted. The video shows Trump protesters and supporters shouting profanities at each other. After a protester calls a Trump supporter a racist, the man responds by raising his fist and shouting “white power.” The “white power” was said almost at the beginning of the video which itself was full of profanity by a bunch of seniors!

White House spokesman Judd Deere said the president “is a big fan of The Villages. He did not hear the one statement made on the video. What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm from his many supporters.” And if you believe that….

According to the New York Times, there has been at least 140 instances during his 3.5 years that he retweeted something that he shouldn’t have.

Trump, who claims masks are a “double-edged sword,” refuses to publicly wear one himself. But “wearing the mask is the best opportunity for us to keep this economy open, keep us working, keep us safe and help us as we build towards that vaccine where we’re in a much stronger position than any country before,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said.

A judge of the New York State Supreme Court temporarily blocked the publication of an unflattering tell-all book written by Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, that Simon & Schuster is set to publish in July. But it was Trump’s younger brother, Robert Trump, who has sought to block the book. Mary trump’s lawyers says that the ruling “flatly violates the First Amendment” and will appeal.

A court then decided to lift the temporary restraining order against Simon & Schuster. But a temporary restraining order remains in place against Mary Trump pending a July 10 hearing. The book is set to be released on July 28.

Mary Trump’s attorneys are pressing a judge to fully clear her path to publish a bombshell book about dealings with her family, including her uncle Donald Trump, claiming the confidential settlement she signed decades ago was based on fraudulent financial information. “I relied on the false valuations provided to me by my uncles and aunt, and would never have entered into the Agreement had I known the true value of the assets involved,” said Mary Trump.

Trump insisted his niece as author of the upcoming Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man is “not allowed to write a book.” Evidently referring to the brutal legal fights in the family when Donald’s garbage father died, Trump said: “When we settled, she has a total […] signed a nondisclosure.”

The Trump campaign has reserved $69 million in television ads beginning in September through Election Day in seven states: Arizona, Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Trump also won all of these states in 2016. These are key swing states — and Democratic candidate former Vice President Joe Biden happens to have clear leads in Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, plus leads within the margin of error in Ohio and North Carolina. Biden has spent just $4 million in those states.

A group of 200 people who worked in the President George W. Bush administration or his campaigns have banded together to support Joe Biden saying the endorsement of Biden is “not necessarily in full support of his political agenda but rather in full agreement with the urgent need to restore the soul of this nation.” Trump may not be happy – or just brush it off.

At least eight Secret Service agents are currently holed up in a hotel in Phoenix, some suffering the flu-like coronavirus symptoms after coming down with the disease while preparing for a visit by Pence. Not to be outdone, last month, up to 15 agents who tested positive for the virus loaded into cars and drove themselves home, avoiding flights after becoming infected while preparing for Trump’s Tulsa campaign rally. When these agents signed up, they thought they’d be taking a bullet for a president – not a disease.

With the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement [the new NAFTA agreement] coming into effect, the US is all set to already slap on tariffs to Canadian because of recent “surges” in steel and aluminum exports, “substantially from Canada,” contrary to the agreement that ended the year-long stalemate in May 2019. The Aluminum Association don’t want additional tariffs because US made aluminum can’t make up the amount they need.

Trump’s campaign directed the removal of thousands of “Do Not Sit Here, Please!” stickers from seats in the Bank of Oklahoma Center in the hours before Trump’s Tulsa rally. As part of the BOK Center’s safety plan for the June 20 rally, arena management had purchased 12,000 do-not-sit stickers with the intention of keeping people apart by leaving open seats between attendees.

“The rally was in full compliance with local requirements. In addition, every rally attendee received a temperature check prior to admission, was given a face mask, and provided ample access to hand sanitizer,” Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign’s communications director said ignoring the issue. Neither Trump nor the White House asked that the stickers be removed, said a senior White House official. Uh huh. So some people did it on their own and no one stopped them. Surely BOK people didn’t remove it.

Trump tweeted “95% Approval Rating of President Trump in the Republican Party. I would imagine the 5% are the RINOS’ and stupid people who don’t want to see great Judges & Supreme Court Justice’s….” Blah, blah blah. Embarrassing when your party doesn’t back you 100% and is the poll really trustworthy.

Trump tweeted on June 27th that “Corrupt Joe Biden said yesterday that we have over ‘120 million’ people dead of Coronavirus!”. Actually it was days before that. Oh Donnie, do you remember Covfefe? What language was that? Or had problems walking down a simple ramp?

Twitch, the video streaming service popular with online gamers, has suspended an account belonging to the Trump campaign, becoming the latest tech platform to take action against Trump. “In line with our policies, President Trump’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed,” said a Twitch spokesperson. Twitch is owned by Amazon – which Trump dislikes as Amazon is owned by Jeff Bezos.

Trump tweeted he was 6-0 in special elections since the mid-term elections in 2018. Actually he was 6-1 as the Democrats kept Maryland. Four of the six were considered easy wins for the Republicans anyways.

He then says he is 82-1 in primary and special elections. When you are basically the only one really running in a primary, how could you lose?

Not surprising Pro-Trump media like Fox News, have followed Trump’s politics. Interesting to note that until you get to the prime-time news on Fox, masks are mentioned quite often as everything else in the news. As soon as the prime-time shows start then it’s about law and order or anything positive for Trump – so forget about the pandemic. It’s as if for a few hours it doesn’t exist.

And this what the few tech savvy Trump supporters do: hackers are taking Roblox credentials leaked on a web site, accessing accounts, and leaving the same “Ask your parents to vote for Trump this year” message on thousands of Roblox profiles. [Roblox is a “sandbox” game where you can create mini games.]

Blocking Chromium Edge

Microsoft is slowly rolling out the Edge replacement called Chromium Edge. “ChrEdge”, as some call it, will install on top of the Edge that came with Windows 10 [Microsoft calls it Legacy Edge].

Chromium Edge is based on the open source Chromium browser which was originally developed by Google. So Chromium Edge is using a variation of the Google Chrome browser engine but with its own unique differences.

For the few who have used the Legacy Edge, the interface hasn’t changed too much except where it applies Chromium changes. Chromium Edge will replace the Legacy Edge. So settings will be migrated. Unsure if you can roll back. Never tried.

Chromium Edge will also be available for Windows 8.1 and surprisingly Windows 7 – which has no support from Microsoft. Server versions of the client versions of Windows can also install Chromium Edge.

Note that it doesn’t directly replace Internet Explorer – Internet Explorer will not be removed or disabled.

If you wish to block Chromium Edge from getting installed, apply the following registry fix:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\EdgeUpdate]
“DoNotUpdateToEdgeWithChromium”=dword:00000001

Note: Unsure if the blocker will work on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 or server equivalents. Haven’t tested.

Note: You must be at Windows 10 v1803 or newer to use this blocker.

To unblock, set DoNotUpdateToEdgeWithChromium to 0. Or kill the value all together.

 

A week of legal woes for Trump

Attorney General Bill Barr’s declaration he replaced Geoffrey Berman of the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York [SDNY] renewed the debate over the extent to which Barr is acting on Donald Trump’s interests rather than the nation’s. Trump denied involvement in firing Geoffrey Berman. Yet Barr said he personally fired Berman.

The office of Berman, who initially refused to quit, is leading a probe into Trump’s lawyer Rudolph Giuliani and associates and has also indicted a Turkish state-owned firm involved in an Iran sanctions-busting case which Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has raised with Trump. He also investigated Michael Cohen. Berman has decided to resign as his deputy will be allowed to take over.

Scores of former Justice Department officials had already called for Barr to quit over a series of interventions that appear specifically designed to benefit Trump politically.

Berman had already gone after both Democrats and Republicans previously. He was even on Trump’s transition team and a Trump donor who was installed by the Trump administration in 2018. SDNY is known to go after white collar crime [primarily on Wall Street], as well as terrorism and other major crimes.

Trump intends to nominate Jay Clayton, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, who has never been a prosecutor. This could also open up further questioning in the backgrounds of current and former Trump associates. Even then the confirmation would have to go through the Senate to confirm which may be difficult to do.

Berman recently refused to sign a letter from the Justice Department that criticized New York City’s coronavirus restrictions that affect religious institutions. Barr wasn’t aware of the dispute, and it had nothing to do with the ouster of Berman.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham announced that he will honor tradition to let home-state senators sign off on a replacement for Berman’s post, meaning that Democrats essentially have veto power over a replacement to a position considered the most powerful US attorney job in the country. So Clayton will not change his mind unless Graham forced to or says “I never said that”.

The Department of Justice officials held off on pushing out Berman because his exit would have been certain to cause an uproar and charges of political interference. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the “dismissal reeks of potential corruption of the legal process. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a Democrat, said “America is right to expect the worst of Bill Barr, who has repeatedly interfered in criminal investigations on Trump’s behalf.”

A federal judge, Judge Royce Lamberth of the DC District Court, has denied the Trump administration’s attempt to block the upcoming publication of a book by former national security adviser John Bolton. The primary reason was that the book has already been released to many.

Trump considers it a victory because the judge also noted that it opens up to claw back proceeds from the book, including from any movie and TV rights, and other consequences for disclosing classified information. Bolton could still be exposed to criminal liability. Lamberth had also slammed Bolton for moving the publication forward before he formally got the administration’s approval.

One reviewer from the National Security Council had worked with Bolton over several sessions to remove all classified information from the book. But once she finished early this spring, other officials deemed details still in the book to be classified, and the White House told Bolton this month it wasn’t ready for publication.

Trump already announce Bolton is guilty by saying “Bolton broke the law and has been called out and rebuked for so doing, with a really big price to pay.”

Bolton departed the Trump administration in September 2019; Trump says he was fired, Bolton says he resigned. Trump tweeted, “President Bush fired him also. Bolton is incompetent!” Bolton left the George W. Bush administration as UN ambassador when his term expired. Bush said at the time that “he did a fabulous job for the country.” If he was incompetent [and fired by Bush], why did he hire Bolton?

And in another legal loss, the Trump administration doesn’t have the authority to divert Pentagon funds to construct additional barriers on the US-Mexico border, 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals court ruled 2-1. The transfer of $2.5 billion circumvented Congress, which holds the authority to appropriate money.

And in a further court case loss, Judge Peter J. Kelly of the Queens County Surrogate Court in New York dismissed an attempt by Trump’s younger brother, Robert, to block the publication of a forthcoming unflattering tell-all book by Mary L. Trump, Trump’s niece. The case was dismissed citing a lack of jurisdiction. Robert Trump can proceed with filing a new lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court.

The filing said that after the death of Fred Trump, litigation ensued over his will. As part of a settlement, the filing said, a confidentiality provision was agreed upon by all parties, including Mary Trump. What a family! Even fighting over a will!

After just coming back from Tulsa, Trump then went to Phoenix – a state that has had huge increases in COVID-19 since they re-opened – to attend a “Students for Trump” rally inside a church. No social distancing, very few masks, and no temperature taken when entering. Trump himself had no mask – of course. Another possible “Super Spreader”.

Peter Navarro, White House trade Advisor, said “We are preparing for a second wave in the fall” – contradicting Trump and he claimed that China not only spread the virus but created it. This is coming from a Trump trade advisor – so he’s an expert in medical issues. He said China is “guilty until proven innocent” and added “Many more people would of died if we didn’t open up the economy.” Whaaaaat?

Members of the Texas congressional delegation on both sides of the aisle are asking the Trump administration to reconsider its decision to halt direct funding to several coronavirus testing sites in Texas, where there has been a surge of COVID-19 cases. The federally funded testing program was intended to jump-start initial capabilities in critical areas across the US, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. At the end of the month, some sites in Texas will close because of a lack of funding.

Woops. In an interview, Trump goofed by saying “when” Joe Biden wins the presidency – not if. [Biden is not immune. He mentioned 120 million US deaths – not 120,000 deaths – although it is 125,000 now.]

As European Union nations continue to ease coronavirus restrictions, the EU is recommending that member states block American visitors from visiting their countries due to the surge of coronavirus cases in the US. Russia and a few other countries were include as well. The US placed severe travel restrictions on large parts of Europe earlier this year plus China, due to concern over coronavirus spread. I’m still expecting Trump to whine about it. What’s good for the gander is good for the orange goose.

Trump and Barr continue to claim of mail voter fraud will be quite big in November. As each county has different ballots [i.e. local elections in addition to state and federal], it is difficult to have fraud in mail in voting. There are also other information that will make fraud unlikely. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Barr, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and others in the administration have previously used mail in voting.

Trump for months has publicly accused Obama of committing crimes, but has repeatedly declined to say which crimes in particular when asked by reporters. Recently, Trump offered, without evidence, that Obama had committed treason for spying on his campaign. In reality, there is no evidence that the Obama spied on Trump’s campaign or committed any acts that reach the definition of treason.

Under the Constitution, treason is narrowly defined: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” So he never read any parts of the constitution. Not the first, second or 25th Amendments at least.

More than two weeks after his controversial photo-op outside a Washington church, Trump offered a new explanation last week for why he didn’t enter St. John’s Episcopal Church. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump said there were “a lot of insurance reasons. You know, the church was boarded up.” ” for why he couldn’t go in. But Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington said only a small room in the basement of the church, a nursery, had been damaged in a fire the day prior, and “the main sanctuary was not harmed at all.” The church was boarded up to protect the windows that were not affected by the fire as well as those that were.

Trump’s latest proclamation outlines a number of new restrictions on visas for temporary foreign workers. He says it’s because of the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic has forced officials to do more to protect American jobs. Business groups and immigrant rights advocates are crying foul. They say these restrictions will ultimately harm the economy, and they’re accusing the Trump administration of using the public health crisis as a pretext to enact unnecessary immigration restrictions. Latest halt will last until January and could be extended.

Trump, who has previously predicted a “miracle” would occur or the virus would just disappear in the warmer weather, again declared falsely that the danger had passed — even with the nation racing towards another deadly summit of infection. Tell that to the thousands who have contracted news cases. Over half the states have now reported an increase in cases within the past week or so. Houston, for example, has just a 3% vacancy rate in ICU beds.

Pence briefly addressed the recent disruptions by demonstrators outside the White House, saying the US will prosecute those who attempted to remove a statue of Andrew Jackson and recently vandalized the historic church that was set on fire during demonstrations a few weeks ago. Damn I sure hope so! Earlier this week, Trump said he plans to sign an executive order related to force cities to “guard” monuments. Yes. I can see local police forces or US marshals wasting their manpower in guarding a statue instead of [hopefully] protecting citizens.

Trump personally instructed Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to restore the only Confederate statue in Washington, DC, after it was torn down last week. Trump raged at the sight of the statue being burned and torn down on June 19, tweeting, “The D.C. Police are not doing their job as they watch a statue be ripped down & burn.” He later instructed Bernhardt to put the statue of Confederate Gen. Albert Pike back up.

Trump tweeted “I was going to go to Bedminster, New Jersey, this weekend, but wanted to stay in Washington, D.C. to make sure LAW & ORDER is enforced. The arsonists, anarchists, looters, and agitators have been largely stopped.” So he’s not concerned about COVID-19 cases increase in 25+ states. He cares more about his supposedly “law and order” issue [which seems to be aimed more at minorities] than the virus.

Pence won’t contradict what Trump has said that wearing a mask is a good thing. When asked about how the campaign allowed people at 2 recent rallies not wearing masks? Pence said it is because it is enshrined in the constitution that people can do what they want. Legally, no. The government can enforce if they want to [if something that is legitimate] but we know already that Trump will not force citizens to wear a mask.

Here we go again. Twitter put a warning label on a tweet from Trump in which he warned if protesters tried to set up an “autonomous zone” in Washington DC they would be “met with serious force!” “We’ve placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our policy against abusive behavior, specifically, the presence of a threat of harm against an identifiable group,” Twitter said. Twitter users, including Trump’s supporters, will be unable to retweet the offending tweet due to the measure.

House Democrats approved a bill to admit Washington, DC, as a state, marking the first time either chamber of Congress has advanced a DC statehood measure. The bill would shrink the federal capital to a small area encompassing the White House, Capitol building, Supreme Court, and other federal buildings along the National Mall. The rest of the city would become the 51st state. [But I thought Canada was the 51st state?]

In an interview last month Trump said that DC statehood will “never happen unless we have some very, very stupid Republicans…. DC will never be a state,” Trump said in the interview. “You mean District of Columbia, a state? Why? So we can have two more Democratic — Democrat senators and five more congressmen? No thank you. That’ll never happen.” But it could happen as early as next year the way the polls are going for Trump!

Trump tweeted “MANY people in custody, with many others being sought for Vandalization of Federal Property in Lafayette Park. 10 year prison sentences!” So you’ll be seeing them in prison soon? Which one will be your cell mate? [And I don’t think any will get 10 years. Chances of that happen is the same chances as Trump getting a third term.] His definition of many is probably one or two.

 

Changed to Feature Updates in Windows 10 v2004

Feature Updates are those huge twice a year updates that are part of Windows 10. In most cases, these updates can take at least 45 minutes.

Professional, Education and Enterprise editions – up until v1909 – were allowed to modify when Windows can check for these Feature Updates. You were able to defer the update by a year. [Especially good since some recent Feature Updates have had issues.]

As of v2004 [“May 2020 Update”], this has changed. You can only change the way Feature Updates are checked by using the Group Policy Editor or the registry.

To modify, open the Group Policy Editor and follow the path Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for Business > Feature Updates are received.

By registry to disable:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
“TargetReleaseVersion”=dword:00000000

By registry to enable:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate]
“TargetReleaseVersion”=dword:00000001
“TargetReleaseVersionInfo”=”2004”

Replace 2004 by the appropriate version that you want to scan for [obviously greater than the version you currently are using].

If you have the Home version, this information can’t be used.

As usual, use this information at your own risk.

 

Not the rally Trump envisioned

[This week has been quite busy. So the Tulsa “rally” essentials are below.]

At least six advance campaign staffers have tested positive prior to Donald Trump’s Tulsa rally in an arena. Those in contact to them are to be tested. After the rally, 2 more staffers plus 2 Secret Service agent tested positive.

Temperatures was taken for anyone entering the event plus masks and hand sanitizers. Whether or not attendees will use them is a different story.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the day prior that she won’t wear a mask. You know that Trump wouldn’t. Only Brad Parscale, campaign manager for Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, has said that he would wear a mask.

The campaign was hoping for 100,000 people to show up. Some people camped out in line for days. Ummmm. The center was not filled and the campaign asked for people to come in and attend. Trump was supposed to address the overflow crowd but cancel as there was almost nobody there. No social distancing. [I would expect those who failed the temperature test would be in the overflow crowd.] The outdoor stages and screens were brought down before the event started.

The estimated final attendance from a Tulsa official was 6,200. Yes 6,200. Even more interesting is that the Trump campaign claimed more than 1 million registered just days before the rally. So where did they all go? If you are going to lie about how many have registered, at least keep it near the same amount as those who they think will attend [100,000]. The campaign even hired paid “actors” to be very pro Trump. These would stand behind Trump during his speech. Actually, they may not have lied. See below a bit.

A good chunk of the upper level of the center were empty, seats in the lower level had plenty of seats and the ground level had plenty of room. Not surprising Trump’s campaign are spinning excuses such as blaming the media and saying that protesters were blocking people from coming in. If protesters were blocking, wouldn’t the police intervened. Very few wearing a mask.

“They don’t talk about, when you see 25,000 people walking down Fifth Avenue, or walking down a street of a Democrat-run city, you never hear them saying they are not wearing their masks,” Trump said. You know he just fabricated another comment.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are “pissed” at Parscale over his predictions of a much larger crowd than the one that turned out at the Tulsa rally, according to a Trump campaign source. Jared Kushner denied he is upset and Parscale hasn’t commented.

Joined by thousands of K-pop fans, the New York Times says these TikTok users registered potentially hundreds of thousands of tickets for Trump’s campaign rally as a prank. The news comes after reporters noticed hundreds of empty seats in the arena, despite Trump’s campaign spokesperson suggesting hundreds of thousands of tickets were purchased. Experts explained how TikTok users successfully spread the message about the prank in a matter of days by taking advantage of algorithms to boost their videos. Many users deleted their posts after 24 to 48 hours in order to conceal their plan and keep it from spreading into the mainstream internet.

Trump said in his Tulsa speech “Here’s the bad part … when you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people; you’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people, slow the testing down please.” This is opposite of what he said even a month ago where he would claim the US did more testing [25 million] than any other country. Of course, the more testing, probably more cases of COVID-19. More cases, and it doesn’t look good on him.

His campaign team after said he was joking about slowing down the testing. But days later, asked whether his comment on slowing down testing was a joke, President Trump told reporters “I don’t kid”. So another contradiction.

Trump also said COVID-19 has more names than any other disease: “I can name Kung Flu,” he said using a racist term, “I can name 19 different versions of them.” And he probably invented more than a dozen of them. In any case [aside from the racist name], what his his point? Aiming for most names for a virus or disease record?

Trying to be the law and order leader, he said in his speech that “It’s one o’clock in the morning and a very tough hombre is breaking into the window of a young woman, whose husband is away, as a traveling salesman or whatever he may do. And you call 911, and they say, ‘I’m sorry this number is no longer working.'” Yes – “hombre”. Not just a man but what could be described as a Hispanic man.

A couple at the rally a couple were wearing black t-shirts with big letters showing: LGBT. Nope not that acronym. Liberty, Guns, Beer, Trump. Gross. Loser, Groping, Bankrupt, Trump sounds better.

Tom Petty’s family issues a cease and desist notice to the Trump family as “I Won’t Back Down” was played in Tulsa without authorization. “Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together,” according to a tweet. “Free Falling” would of been better.

Another typical Trump week

The Trump administration will scrap ObamaCare’s non-discrimination protections for sex and gender identity under a final rule. In a statement, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination will be based on “the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology.” Advocates fear the policy will make it easier for doctors, hospitals and insurance companies to deny care or coverage to transgender patients, as well as women who have had abortions.

Not a good week for more court cases for Donald Trump. First the Supreme Court says federal law protects LGBTQ workers from discrimination. Then the court wouldn’t hear any cases related to sanctuary cities law in California. Then, 10 court cases related to Second Amendment laws were also not heard.

And in the biggest blow, the Supreme Court ruled against the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals [DACA], an Obama-era program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation. Chief Justice John Roberts, a right wing judge, sided with the left leaning judges.

“These horrible & politically charged decisions coming out of the Supreme Court are shotgun blasts into the face of people that are proud to call themselves Republicans or Conservatives,” he tweeted. He also added that maybe there still isn’t enough right wing judges in the court and the court doesn’t like him. Or maybe the cases he is bringing to the court are week or are being presented by incompetent lawyers. That said, judges should be going by the rule of law and not by their beliefs only.

Trump’s slow and halting descent down a ramp following his commencement speech at West Point lit up the internet over the weekend, with many speculating about whether he was in ill health. “The ramp that I descended after my West Point Commencement speech was very long & steep, had no handrail and, most importantly, was very slippery,” Trump claimed in a tweet. But the weather was sunny and dry. What slippery?

Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr are already attacking former Trump national security adviser John Bolton over the book Bolton intends to publish next week about his time in the White House. This isn’t surprising since it comes just over 4 months before the election and Trump already has his hands full with shootings, protests, a pandemic, the economy, … Here is what they claimed:

  • Barr claimed that the timing of Bolton’s book is “unprecedented,” suggesting it is novel for a former official to write about ongoing policy issues while the president who appointed him is still in office. That isn’t true. In just about every president’s term going back quite a few, a former member of the administration wrote a book while the president was still in office.
  • Trump claimed that Bolton “knows” he has not come close to completing the White House manuscript review process. Bolton’s lawyer, however, says Bolton was told in late April that the process was finished.
  • Trump asserted that Bolton should face “criminal problems” for publishing allegedly classified information he says “any conversation with me is classified.” Though the president is in charge of deciding what is classified, experts in national security law called Trump’s sweeping claim absurd. Trump is staking a claim for far more secrecy than previous presidents have sought — and ignoring an executive order that makes clear that certain material should not be classified.

According to the upcoming John Bolton book [to be released next week], Trump was allowing China to build what could amount to be concentration camps to hold Chinese Uyghurs Muslims a couple of years ago. Supposedly Trump asked Chinese President Xi to help him win the upcoming election.

Despite alleging by Trump [with no evidence] that the World Health Organization “enabled” the Chinese government’s sweeping cover-up of the coronavirus pandemic’s origins, House Republicans are urging the Trump administration to reconsider its recent decision to terminate relations with the WHO, arguing the US can do more to affect change as a member.

Seems there are quite a few groups from the right who aren’t fans of Trump. The Lincoln Project and Republican Voters Against Trump.

A group of Republican operatives has launched a new super PAC to help turn out disaffected GOP voters for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Matt Borges, a founder of the group. This includes Anthony Scaramucci, who served as White House communications director in the Trump administration for 10 days.

The group, called “Right Side PAC,” will focus on targeting voters in battleground states like Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Borges, a former chair of the Ohio Republican Party and an alum of the George W. Bush administration, said. The group will focus on data, targeting and turnout, and does not have plans to run television or radio ads.

Trump and members of his administration – including Vice President Mike Pence – are claiming not to believe the media regarding a second wave. The media is saying a second wave could appear in the fall when the flu season begins. However, the media is saying the first wave is not over yet while the Trump administration claim it is. If you look at the recent statistics, it hasn’t been dropping because [primarily] the re-opening in southern states.

New coronavirus cases are spiking in some states across the US, even as Trump claimed the opposite. “If you look, the numbers are very minuscule compared to what it was. It’s dying out,” Trump said. Now who do you believe? In comparison, Italy has almost wiped out the virus – this considering it lead early on.

The FDA pulls its emergency use authorization of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 treatment, citing the latest scientific evidence. Trump won’t be happy. US stockpile stuck with 63 million doses of hydroxychloroquine.

Facebook said it had taken action against ads run by Trump’s re-election campaign for breaching its policies on hate. The ads, which attacked what the Trump campaign described as “Dangerous MOBS of far-left groups,” featured an upside-down triangle. The Anti-Defamation League said the triangle “is practically identical to that used by the Nazi regime to classify political prisoners in concentration camps.”

The ads targeted the far left group Antifa, calling on Trump supporters to back Trump’s calls to designate the group a terrorist organization. But the US government can’t call any US based group a terrorist organization – just from foreign countries. So they don’t know the law… Just like Trump.

Not to be outdone, Twitter labeled a video tweeted by Trump as “manipulated media.” The move marks the third time Twitter has taken action against Trump in a month. Trump tweeted a video with a fake CNN graphic; the video claims, “America is not the problem. Fake news is.”

The video, which runs for 60 seconds, starts with footage of one part of a viral video that shows a black child run from a white child. The fake CNN graphic reads, “Terrified todler [sic] runs from racist baby.” You can tell right away, the video is fake when they can’t even spell toddler right. In the original video from 2019, the two toddlers actually run to each other and hugging.

Trump supporters and cronies are now saying that the video was a parody or other questionable excuses. If a parody, why not use a news network that Trump likes? Instead CNN was used because Trump dislikes with a passion. He routinely picks on them for low ratings, that infamous wrestling video and others.

“Before President Trump came in with the National Guard and calmed our streets with law and order….” is what White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said to the press. Where was this?

After the video above, when asked whether the toddler video that was shared by Trump is fake news, McEnany said “The President was making a satirical point and was quite funny if you go watch the video.” And if you believe that I got a piece of land to sell on Mars.

Trump lumped together “protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes” and said they would not be afforded what he’s decried as gentle treatment if they gather outside his Tulsa rally. The city has imposed a curfew and an estimated 100,000 could be near the event. But then the area around the Bank of Oklahoma Center. Masks and sanitizers are to be given out – however it is expected that many won’t use them at the event. Tulsa has seen recently an increase of cases in the area.

A senior Google security official said that Iranian hackers had recently targeted email accounts belonging to Trump’s campaign staff. Not to be outdone, state-backed hackers from China have targeted staffers working on the US presidential campaign of Democrat Joe Biden. So you know which party each country probably prefers more – although I’m sure for China it was more of a toss-up.

Numbers don’t look good for Trump. Biden is leading among female registered voters by 59% to 35%, a 25-point margin when the numbers aren’t rounded. This according to live interview polls of registered voters from May and June compiled by The New York Times. This has been the highest amount when looking at polls for the last 70 years. The next largest margin was Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

An Economist/YouGov poll in 2019 asked, “Compared to other presidents since World War II, would you say that Trump is more or less intelligent?” Forty-seven percent said that he is less intelligent, 22 percent said he has about the same intelligence, and just 21 percent thought he is more intelligent. In 2016, the Quinnipiac poll asked a similar question and 74 percent of people said yes, and only 21 percent said no.

H.L. Mencken’s 1920 prediction that one day the White House “will be adorned by a downright moron” has now come true.

Trump’s campaign site selling a onesie [that’s a single piece garment for babies] for $18 and is a “limited edition”. The problem is that the onesie’s text says “Baby Lives Matter”. It is an anti-abortion onesie that mimics the “Black Lives Matter” movement’s slogan. And I’m sure it’s made in China.

Recently, McEnany make an illogical argument defending Trump’s decision rejecting renaming 10 US military bases named after Confederate leaders, claiming that the bases are defined by people who serve there and not those they are named after. Did they all serve there?

“If you change the name, what you are saying to the men and women who left those forts, who died for this country in many cases, you are telling them that the institution they left was fundamentally and inherently racist because of the name that is on it,” she said. In fact, these 10 betrayed their country by siding with the Confederate states.

Trump will never learn

It is another busy week. Why doesn’t he learn? Stubborn? Stupid? Arrogant? All three?

Donald Trump has blamed the bombing on the protesters at the church earlier in the week even though there was no proof those who were scattering so Trump could make his way to the church were even involved in the church bombing the day before.

Trump also continues to blame “Antifa and other radical left groups” and “professional anarchists” for the protesting although various law enforcement agencies say that the protesters are a mixture of groups from all across the spectrum as well as many who aren’t affiliated with any political group. Trump, of course, would not mention groups from his base – the white nationalists and the like.

The White House twitter account retweeted comments from the white wing saying it is these leftist groups brought in bricks that were thrown at law enforcement and stores when in fact the bricks came from construction of a building – and again no proof those with the bricks are leftist groups. Similarly rocks in a caged barrier were to protect a Los Angeles synagogue but protesters used them in their protesting.

“I think there’s racism in the United States still but I don’t think that the law enforcement system is systemically racist. I understand the distrust, however, of the African American community given the history in this country,” Attorney General William Barr said.

“Painting law enforcement with a broad brush of systemic racism is really a disservice to the men and women who put on the badge, the uniform every day, risk their lives every day to protect the American people,” acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said.

Barr himself was thrown under the bus when the White House claimed that he ordered the police in Washington to use crack down on the protesters who were peaceful.

Former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell said that Trump has “drifted away” from the Constitution and will endorse Joe Biden, adding to a growing list of former top military officials who have strongly criticized Trump’s response to the nationwide protests surrounding the police killing of George Floyd. Powell has worked for Presidents in both parties.

Didn’t take long for Trump to respond on Twitter by saying ” Colin Powell, a real stiff who was very responsible for getting us into the disastrous Middle East Wars, just announced he will be voting for another stiff, Sleepy Joe Biden. Didn’t Powell say that Iraq had “weapons of mass destruction?” They didn’t, but off we went to WAR!” No he wasn’t responsible. It is the President who makes the final decision to go to war.

Trump visited just one of just two manufacturers of the nasal swabs required to test patients for the novel coronavirus in Guilford, Maine, predictably refusing to wear a mask. Shortly after he left, all of the swabs produced during Donald Trump’s factory photo op were destroyed, according to a company spokesperson.

“Let’s see here. The Mayor of L.A. wants to defund police, take money away from police. Mayor DeBlasio wants to take money away from the police,” White Shack press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said during a briefing. “That means cutting of police. That means reducing police departments. That means defunding police departments, if not getting rid of them entirely. No, he [Trump] does not agree with that and the rest of America does not agree with that,” she said. Which part of “rest of America”? Republican?

America’s top general, Gen. Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is apologizing for appearing in a photo-op with Trump after the forceful dispersal of protesters outside the White House last week, saying the move was a “mistake.” “I should not have been there. My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics. As a commissioned uniformed officer, it was a mistake that I have learned from, and I sincerely hope we all can learn from it,” he said.

Trump has weighed in on a video of a 75-year-old protester who was seriously injured after being shoved by police officers in Buffalo last week, questioning whether it was a “set up.” Video of the demonstration showed a row of officers walking toward the man and two pushing him. His head bled onto the sidewalk as officers walked past him, some looking down at him.

Trump claimed in his tweet that the man, Martin Gugino, “fell harder than he was pushed….. Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur.” He got the Antifa part from an OAN reporter who claims that Gugino was using police tracking software on his phone. The man wanted to bleed on the sidewalk as part of the plan.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan told Trump to “go back to your bunker,” after Trump appeared to suggest he would intervene in the city’s growing protests and called for law and order. “Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will,” Trump warned Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Durkan. Trump can do nothing with the military to intervene without the governor’s approval.

Three key black law enforcement officials in the Dallas area who was not invited to attend an event with Trump that was promoted as discussing “justice disparities.” With this “president”, that makes sense.

Trump says the virus is now reduced to just the “embers” and “ashes” of a spent pandemic as patience for nationwide lock downs fades and states aggressively open up. The facts say the opposite. Over 1,000 Americans continue to die each day and more than 112,000 people in the US have died from the disease.

Trump’s campaign is demanding CNN retract and apologize for a recent poll that showed him well behind presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Biden. The CNN poll conducted by SSRS and shows Trump trailing the former vice president by 14 points, 55%-41%, among registered voters. It also finds Trump’s approval rating at 38% — his worst mark since January 2019, and roughly on par with approval ratings for one-term Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush at this point in their reelection years — and his disapproval rating at 57%.

Trump campaign argued that the CNN poll is “designed to mislead American voters through a biased questionnaire and skewed sampling…. It’s a stunt and a phony poll to cause voter suppression, stifle momentum and enthusiasm for the President, and present a false view generally of the actual support across America for the President,” read the letter, signed by the Trump campaign’s senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis and chief operating officer Michael Glassner.

Trump’s upcoming rally in Tulsa has caused controversy because it is being help on the anniversary of a massacre of the black population Tulsa where an estimated 300+ died in an area called Black Wall Street – an affluent area for blacks in the city. For Trump to hold his first rally there in months with his anti-Black rhetoric, it is causing quite a stir. He later decided to delay it by one day.

Attendees of Trump’s upcoming rally must agree not to sue the campaign, the location and various people working for them if they contract coronavirus. Rally goers are asked to RSVP to gain admission to the event and by registering, they must agree to a disclaimer that states they acknowledge the “inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.”

A legal expert says that the waiver offer only a base-level protection against liability. “They only give limited protections, so they never would protect against, for example, gross negligence or recklessness. One could argue that holding a large public gathering that will draw people together in a context in which they’re not able to do social distancing or follow the directive of the CDC, et cetera. One could argue that is grossly negligent.”

The State Department Inspector General, Steve Linick, who was fired by Trump before he could complete investigations into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his office was carrying out five probes into potential wrongdoing, three more than were previously known, according to a transcript released by Congress.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski brushed off a series of critical tweets from Trump, including Trump’s promise to campaign against her when she’s up for reelection. Trump made the threat after Murkowski applauded a statement from former Marine Gen. James Mattis — in which the former secretary of defense castigated Trump as “the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people”.

Remember how Trump took a victory lap when the unemployment rate dropped. Well, wasn’t quite true. The April jobs report listed the unemployment rate at 14.7%. But, the Bureau of Labor Statistics discovered that it misclassified a bunch of jobs in that report. Millions of people who should have been categorized as “unemployed” were mistakenly categorized as “employed but absent”. As a result, there were really 9 million more unemployed in April than previously reported and the April unemployment rate was really 19.7%, rather than 14.7%.

Jobs were added in May, but, once you adjust for the misclassification error, there are still 3 million more unemployed today [and the unemployment rate is 1.6% higher] than originally reported back in April.

Trump’s announcement that he is postponing an in-person summit of the G7 ends, for now, until September. As the last G7 summit, he would want to try to host the summit before what could be his last months as president. Having a pandemic in the middle of a pandemic where many countries aren’t allowing people from other countries to come in, is an issue.

He also named Russia, South Korea, Australia and India as potential invitees to this year’s gathering. Now Russia was thrown out of the summits since 2014 when they invaded Crimea. Trump has hinted previously in trying to get Russian back in but France and Germany are among those countries against the idea.

Trump authorized sanctions and additional visa restrictions against International Criminal Court personnel — the latest attempt by the administration to strong arm the international body out of an investigation into a potential war crimes by US military and intelligence officials. The ICC has authorized a probe into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan by US armed forces, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the Taliban.

So he doesn’t want his own military personnel involved in a probe but I’m sure the US will push to get a military officer from another country sent to the ICC for crimes.

Issues with June 2020 Windows updates

Seems bugs in Windows updates never end. Reports that the June updates for Windows versions v1903, v1909 and v2004 [KB4560960 & KB4557957] may cause the following:

  • Can’t print to a Ricoh, Canon or Brother printers [doesn’t specify if laser or inkjet] or if you can, the connection isn’t stable.
  • Micro-HDMI port stops working.
  • Windows doesn’t recognize a second monitor.

It seems that Microsoft has quite a bit of work to clean up.

Growing issues with Windows 10 May 2020 Update

It seems the list of problems keep on growing and growing for Windows 10 May 2020 Update [a.k.a. v2004]. The strangest part of this mess is that this feature updates was actually available for months. In addition, at least one issue [the Optane memory] was discovered 2+ months ago but ignored.

Here’s a list [some may not have been reported]:

  • DISM reports incorrect status.
  • Variable refresh rate may not work on PCs with Intel GPU.
  • Performance issues.
  • Intel Optane memory issue.
  • Bluetooth connectivity issues with Realtek drivers.
  • External displays might go black if you try to draw in apps such as Office Word or Whiteboard.
  • Conexant ISST audio drivers are causing BSOD.
  • Plugging or unplugging a Thunderbolt dock causes BSOD.
  • Other random BSOD including when you resume the system from sleep or hibernate state on a Lenovo laptop.
  • Synaptics ThinkPad UltraNav driver issue.
  • Random reboots on systems with Always On, Always Connected features.
  • Yellow warning mark on the disk drive.
  • Mouse input may not work in apps and games using GameInput Redistributable.
  • Boot issues when aksfridge.sys or aksdf.sys is present.
  • Nvidia GPU driver version 358.00 or older causes BSOD.
  • Fresh start allows Windows 10 users to clean up Windows installation without removing personal files.

You can see the status here. Not a good sign when the site shows no resolved issues…