Mr. Executive Order king continues

Donald Trump has a new strategy: Pass the issue to Congress.

Case in point, Trump decertified the Iran nuclear deal signed in 2015. Trump has always labeled it “the worse deal ever” [didn’t he say that about Affordable Care Act, Trans Pacific Partnership, NAFTA, etc.?]. He has also wanted labeled the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization which means freeze of accounts, etc. But he ended up just imposed sanctions on them.

So while decertifying it, he will ask Congress to decide a way to fix things or triggers that will allow him to get. At the same time the US will still be part of the deal. Huh? You are either in or you are not in. Trump has claimed that Iran violated the deal even before the deal was signed. This was way before he entered politics officially. But he still never said how they violated the deal.

Now if Congress decides to act, Trump could be seen as the hero. If Congress can’t get anything done, he will be able to blame them with supposedly no heat on him. But of course, most people know better. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Iran is in “technical compliance” on the deal.

One US official tells Buzzfeed that he knows why Tillerson hasn’t resigned quite yet. His reasoning is that Tillerson, along with Defense Secretary James Mattis and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, have agreed to what he refers to as a “suicide pact”. Basically the alleged agreement between the three members of Trump’s cabinet is that if one of them resigns [more like fired], the other two will follow suit.

After multiple reports say that Trump and Tillerson have had some issues, “I think it’s fake news, but if he did that, I guess we’ll have to compare IQ tests,” Trump said. “And I can tell you who is going to win.” For a guy with a supposedly high IQ, he acts childish.

“…certainly never implied that the secretary of state was not incredibly intelligent. He made a joke,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. It took her how long to come up with that excuse? Trump had no relationship with Tillerson prior to last year’s election but offered him the secretary of state post on the recommendation of two former Republicans.

All this after Tillerson called Trump a “f?cking moron”. Trump and his administration have looked to discredit the initial NBC report and Trump wanted NBC to apologize to America, despite the fact that other outlets have since confirmed Tillerson made the comment.

Trump continued to escalated his attack on Senator Bob Corker by ridiculing him for his height, calling him “Liddle Bob”. Running out of things to say? Trump was reported to have told associates that Corker, at 5-foot-7, was too short to be the nation’s top diplomat. Age restriction? Since taking office has generally avoided used belittling nicknames to diminish political foes who are Republican.

In another tweet “The Failing @nytimes set Liddle’ Bob Corker up by recording his conversation. Was made to sound a fool, and that’s what I am dealing with!” Nope.

Corker requested that what he said would be recorded and when he told a reporter from The New York Times that the president was reckless and could stumble into a nuclear war.

Very few Republicans supported Trump’s comments about Corker with the vast majority not commenting.

In an interview on Fox, Trump claimed that even by adding to the debt, it would be offset or reduce the debt if the stock market has picked up quite a bit. But he also touted his understanding of debt during the campaign. “I’m the king of debt. I’m great with debt. Nobody knows debt better than me,” Trump said on CBS in June 2016. “I’ve made a fortune by using debt, and if things don’t work out I renegotiate the debt. I mean, that’s a smart thing, not a stupid thing.”

“… General John Kelly, by saying he will soon be fired. This story is totally made up by the dishonest media.The Chief is doing a FANTASTIC job for me…” Too bad he never mentioned who said that if any outlet did.

“With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!” tweeted Trump. Good luck on that. Silence the media – first part of forming a dictatorship.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has privately confided that he believes Trump only has a 30% chance of completing his full term. Bannon warned Trump several months ago that the biggest threat to his presidency is not impeachment by Congress, but the 25th Amendment — which could allow his Cabinet to vote to remove him.

ESPN suspended Jemele Hill for two weeks for criticizing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on social media. She had said he “created a problem for his players, specifically the black ones. If they don’t kneel, some will see them as sellouts.”

Then Trump opened up his Twitter account and responded with “With Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have “tanked,” in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry!” ESPN subscriber totals is just over 2% lower than over a year ago. Just about every cable network has lost subscribers to streaming. Yup that’s tanking. Isn’t it part of her job to criticize people in sports [owners, coaches, players]?

Meanwhile after kneeing with his players in a game at the end of September, Jones says he will now bench any player who kneeled during the anthem. NFL players’ union said Jones contradicted assurances last week from Commissioner Roger Goodell and New York Giants President John Mara that players could express themselves without reprisals. Did Jones become a two faced owner by now backing his buddy Trump?

Trump took a shot at the NFL’s tax breaks saying “Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!”. The NFL does benefit from tax breaks.

After the Indianapolis Colts game, Trump’s re-election campaign was seeking to capitalize on the frenzy surrounding Pence’s departure by soliciting donations via email under a subject line reading: “VP under fire for standing for (US flag).” Under fire for planning his walk-out and supposedly Trump was the one that orchestrated it.

Trump praised the NFL for cracking down on players who don’t stand during the National Anthem by tweeting “It is about time that Roger Goodell of the NFL is finally demanding that all players STAND for our great National Anthem-RESPECT OUR COUNTRY”. Problem is that the NFL hasn’t announced anything. Goodell did not make any threat of disciplinary action against players who take a knee or sit during the playing of the National Anthem. His letter certainly did not vow to cut, ban, bench or “fire” any players who join the protest.

What he didn’t say is he has had a long-running grievance with the NFL. Trump and the NFL clashed before. He owned a team in the failed USFL in the 1980s and the league sued the NFL [antitrust] and got a whopping $3 in damages. The league folded. He went after them again in 2014 by tweeting “The NFL has just barred ball carriers from using helmet as contact.” He tried to buy the Buffalo Bills in 2014 but lost his bid. Wonder why.

Trump suggested that Puerto Rico is going to have to shoulder more responsibility for recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria, saying the federal government’s emergency responders can’t stay there “forever.” He also blamed the beleaguered island for a financial crisis “largely of their own making” and infrastructure that was a “disaster” before the hurricane. That “disaster” infrastructure was because the federal government wasn’t helping them. But trump wants money for his precious wall.

Republican Rep. Scott Perry defends the Trump administration’s recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, claiming hurricane victims aren’t dying from lack of water and food. OK, not dying but looks like a third world country. But some are getting sick now because they can’t find clean water and are using contaminated water from wells.

Trump signed an executive order to try and fix some Affordable Care Act sections that will allow companies to sell plans with lower premiums but skimpier benefits. That could draw younger and healthier customers away from ACA and send premiums skyrocketing for sicker people left in the exchanges. It will allow consumers to buy short-term policies and allow employers to give workers money to buy their own coverage through health reimbursement arrangements. The department could give employers in the same industries more flexibility to offer group coverage across state lines, providing them with a broader range of policies at lower rates.

It has drawn backing from lawmakers like Sen. Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican who has identified specific reforms that could be made by the President alone. Paul, who also criticized Obama on executive orders, was among those present for the signing.
Hilariously, he almost forgot to sign the executive order.

An estimated 6 million Americans [maybe more] use cost sharing subsidies. They will lose them and will now pay extra. Some low wage earners would be paying $3500 a year instead of $250. In addition, those with pre-existing conditions will likely pay more.

Just as hilariously, Trump has signed 50 executive orders since taking office. Over the same period in President Obama’s first nine months, he signed 26. And yet Trump complained before and during the election that Obama signed too many executive orders because Obama couldn’t get anything done legislatively. So how much legislation did Trump pass in nine months.

The head of National Background Investigations Bureau, a government bureau responsible for clearing background checks, told lawmakers he has “never seen that level of mistakes” when asked about numerous omissions in Jared Kushner’s security clearance application.

The National Rifle Association says it is opposed to new legislation in the US Senate and the House [the latter by a Republican] that would ban the production and sale of “bump fire stocks,” a firearm accessory that allows semi-automatic weapons to fire at a more rapid pace like automatic ones. Bump stocks became a major source of discussion on Capitol Hill over the last two weeks after the attachments were found on guns of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock.

Kellyanne “The Witch” Conway brings up her claim that the Democrats, main stream media and those who are anti-Trump still can’t accept that Trump won the election last year. What planet is she living on? She called Senator Bob Corker’s tweets “incredibly irresponsible” and yet doesn’t seem to think anything is wrong with Trump’s tweets [including quasi threats on other world leaders as well as fabricated content] are OK or get an automatic free pass because he is the so-called President?

Heard on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy this past week [roughly the dialog said]:

  • Doctor: Who’s our President?
  • Patient that formerly had a brain tumor: I wish I didn’t know.
  • Doctor: She’s cured!

Note: When I take quotes from Twitter or elsewhere, I leave the typos and bad punctuation [usually from Trump] as it is.

 

 

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Of Weinstein and Twitter posts

Actress Rose McGowan went after sexual harassers on Twitter and her account gets suspended by Twitter for a short time. Meanwhile, actor Ben Affleck apologized on Twitter for groping a woman on camera and his account is still active.

While the whole thing is disgusting, Twitter has in their policy the right to suspend accounts that go contrary to their posting rules. While I didn’t read what she said, she obviously said something Twitter did not like.

However Twitter does not have any rules regarding who can or can’t tweet just because they did something bad now or previously. [So theoretically, for example, mass killer Jeffrey Dahmer could of tweet as long as it is within the rules that Twitter has.]

But Twitter has stretched the rules when Donald Trump has been allowed to continue to post even though he has made some nasty comments. [Would you reject the so-called President of the US? Expect major protests from Trump supporters.]

Twitter claimed his account was supposedly not suspended because it was newsworthy – not because he’s the so-called president.

Newsworthy? Maybe but in some case he’s gone across the line.

I think anyone who has been following this Harvey Weinstein harassment mess would agree that it shouldn’t have happened. But now the blame game is going around on how long people knew about what Weinstein did and why didn’t they speak out then.

You can read Twitter’s posting rules here.

 

Issue with latest Windows 10 v1703 update

You may want to hold off on updating to the latest [patch Tuesday] monthly update released on October 10th if using the v1703 edition (Build 15063; “Creator Update”, Redstone 2) of Windows 10.

Systems with support enabled for USB Type-C Connector System Software Interface (UCSI) may experience a blue screen or stop responding with a black screen when a system shutdown is initiated.

Microsoft has yet to release a fix but the temporary solution is to disable UCSI in the computer system’s BIOS. This will also disable UCSI features in the Windows operating system.

GOP civil war with Trump

Donald Trump tweeted [Republican] “Senator Bob Corker ‘begged’ me to endorse him for re-election” with Trump saying no and Trump said Corker would drop out when Corker had previously said he’d retire but Trump wanted him back. Then Trump tweeted “He also wanted to be Secretary of State, I said ‘NO THANKS.’ He is also largely responsible for the horrendous Iran Deal!” Does this mean current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on the way out?

As another rip into Corker, Trump tweeted “Didn’t have the guts to run!” Corker has run 3 times and a senator for 10. Trump? After the final Tweet [for now from Trump, Corker tweeted “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center.”

Trump is a President who is acting “like he’s doing ‘The Apprentice’ or something,” said Corker later. Trump is setting the country “on the path to World War III.”

Mike Pence left a football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday after some players knelt during the National Anthem, saying he did not want to “dignify” the event. Some are suggesting that it was a staged plan. They knew that some players would take the knee while Pence was in attendance. This short stay in Indianapolis cost an extra $180,000 as he  made a detour to see the game only to leave before the game started.

The pool of journalists accompanying the vice president were not allowed into the stadium and were asked to stay in their vans. They were told by a staffer that “there may be an early departure from the game.” So another hint that the stunt was expected.

Trump opened up the kneeing controversy again last week by tweeting “Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!” before this weekend upcoming games. He tweeted this within 24 after the Las Vegas killings. Doesn’t he have better things to do?

Now after a deal was struck regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, Trump decided to change the terms of the deal. Those measures include provisions to make it harder for unaccompanied minors to enter the country illegally, money for the President’s border wall and cuts to legal immigration. Trump has said the new requirements must pass.

So Trump is still trying to get additional funding for his wall and at the same time add other issues. Unsure if he wants the DACA issue settled at all and looks like he wants to scuttle it.

Trump tweeted that nothing has been done regarding North Korea for the past 25 year. Well, it’s probably been quite a bit more than 25 years that they were a threat. Then he claimed that “…massive amounts of money paid” presumably by the US to North Korea. But why? The US wasn’t going to give that country money if they are dumping sanctions on them.

Trump didn’t seem to want to go to Puerto Rico, spend a night somewhere [where US warships are nearby – wouldn’t he be safe enough] and then visit the US Virgin Islands. Instead he visited just Puerto Rico. Mike Pence went to the US Virgin Islands.

Errr. Trump claimed that when he threw the paper towels in Puerto Rico, the people wanted them because they were soft. Seriously?

Ken Starr, the former independent counsel whose investigation of former President Bill Clinton’s real-estate investments and extramarital affair led to Clinton’s impeachment, said that he has “a sense” there will be indictments in the federal investigation into allegations of possible collusion by the Trump campaign in Russia’s efforts to influence last year’s election.

After it happened on Facebook, Google has identified tens of thousands of dollars in ad buys by Russian accounts that used YouTube or Google advertising to try to spread misinformation and sow discord in American politics.

Trump is still complaining about wanting to get “equal time” – probably because all of the investigations are against him, late night comedians, various newspapers, etc. All Trump can get support is from Fox News and various [if lucky] second rate web sites. I am sure just about any network has told Trump that he can come onto their network at any time.

According to the New York Times, Trump has states 1145 false information comments in his first 232 days or almost averaging 5 per day.

Since the Trump administration can’t get the Affordable Care Act repealed, they are trying to sabotage the ACA by shortening the enrollment period and cutting the marketing funds that would let the public know about it.

Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, in the spring, dines with one coal company at lunch and then with another coal company for supper at the BLT Prime, a steakhouse inside the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Before that, Pruitt met privately with top executives and lobbyists from General Motors to talk about their request to block an Obama administration move to curb emissions that contribute to climate change.

Since he took over, from February through May, he has had briefing sessions and speaking engagements almost daily with top corporate executives and lobbyists from all the major economic sectors that he regulates — and almost no meetings with environmental groups or consumer or public health advocates.

Some of these same companies and trade associations were allies of Pruitt when, as Oklahoma’s attorney general, he sued the EPA at least 14 times to try to block rules he is now in charge of enforcing. Yes. This is the Trump administration in action!

After well-known Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein got into trouble with alleged sexual assaults against actresses and underlings over a number of years, Trump was asked his opinion. He said that he has known Weinstein for “many years” and then said he was not surprised. Nice way to through a supposedly friend under the bus. We’re not surprised at his comments. [It is known rumor in Hollywood that Weinstein has a history of allegations of sexual assaults and similar problems.]

Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani rejected Ivanka Trump’s invitation to talk about her computer science education initiative. She I a daughter of a refugee and disliked the initial and other travel bans. Ivanka Trump referenced Saujani’s success story in her book, “Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success.” In the tweet, Saujani said: “don’t use my story in #WomenWhoWork unless you are going to stop being #complicit.” So when Donald Trump directed the Education Department to invest a minimum of $200 million in grant funding annually to STEM and computer science education, Ivanka Trump met with corporate partners and nonprofits in Detroit. Girls Who Code was not invited.

Melania Trump chose Places You’ll Go!, which she read with her son, Barron, “over and over” when he was younger and nine other Dr. Seuss titles to send to an elementary school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in celebration of “National Read a Book Day.” But a librarian at Cambridgeport School refused to accept the gift, criticizing Trump administration education policies and images in the books. Seuss’ illustrations are “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes,” said librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro.

Trump should instead be devoting resources to schools in “underfunded and underprivileged communities” that are “marginalized and maligned by policies put in place by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.” Critics view DeVos, a billionaire who has worked for decades to promote school choice, or alternatives to traditional public schools, as one of the most anti-public-education secretaries in the department’s history.

The Department of Education chose one high-achieving school in every state to receive a package of books from Trump, according to a statement from the White House. The Cambridge school system released a statement saying the librarian “was not authorized to accept or reject donated books on behalf of the school or school district.”

The State Department is using longstanding but discretionary policy to ensure that evacuees are shouldered with the transportation costs, which according to the website are based off of “the price of the last commercial one-way, full-fare (not discounted) economy ticket prior to the crisis.” Evacuees who surrender their passports under this system don’t see them returned until payment is received.

“We’ve gotten A-pluses on Texas and in Florida, and we will also on Puerto Rico,” Trump said. Uh huh. Who did the grading?

Job openings in the United States reached a record high in July at 6.17 million, according to Labor Department data. Manufacturing had nearly 400,000 openings; construction 232,000; education and health 1.1 million; finance and insurance 270,000; retail 625,000. So jobs are available for various levels of education – not just for people with university degrees.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders claimed September 5, noting that 950,000 African Americans and 870,000 Hispanics in the same age group as DACA recipients were unemployed. “Those are large groups of people that are unemployed that could possibly have those jobs.” Or maybe those 1.7 million people are not interested in the same jobs as the DACA recipients [r are they really looking]. It is this thought that Trump claims that he would want to deport the DACA recipients but with 6.17 million jobs available….

But in September, for the first time in 7 years, there were job lost. After forecasting initially 90,000 jobs gained, 30,000 were lost.

Trump’s approval rating has once again reached 40%, while earning high marks for his handling of the government’s response to recent hurricanes, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. A broad 64% of Americans say they approve of how Trump’s government reacted to the recent storms, including two in three independents (66%). Nine in 10 Republicans support his reaction (90%), and even Democrats are evenly divided on Trump’s response to the crises, with 44% both approving and disapproving.

Half say they disapprove of Trump’s handling of the situation with North Korea (50%) vs. four in 10 who say they approve (41%) — little changed from Trump’s rating in August on the topic. Trump’s rating on health care remains low at just 31% approval during the Senate’s last-ditch push to pass a reform bill. Overall, 55% of Americans disapprove of Trump’s job performance.

Ivana Trump, Donald’s first wife and mother of his oldest 3 children, release a book on her life with him and called herself the “First Lady” in an interview. Let’s just say Melania wasn’t too thrilled.

 

2 Windows 10 v1709 changes I like

So I upgraded a virtual machine of mine to Windows 10 to v1709 [a.k.a. Fall Creator Update, Redstone 3] and there are 2 things that will appeal to some.

If you are upgrading from Microsoft’s Windows Update the first thing you will notice is that the amount of “bits” [files] that will be downloaded will be less than previously as the upgrade software downloads just what it needs.

More for the IT professional, if you are doing a free/clean installation of Windows 10 v1709, the media will contain literally all versions of Windows 10 except the Enterprise version. Of course when you install, your serial number you have must still match with the version you choose [although entering the serial number in the screen prior should bypass this screen and the choice of editions].

Win10_1709

[Note: In the above screen Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro N aren’t shown until you scroll down.]

 

 

Trump was stretched thin this week

It has been such a busy week, that I’m going to split things in two. All the goodies in this blog. Any goodies plus the leftovers in the next blog.

There is talk that Donald Trump will decertify the nuclear arms agreement with Iran. If so, the deal will be terminated. At this time, no word given if Iran broke the deal’s agreement. If there is no valid reason for decertifying the agreement then this administration will have a hard time to come to agreement with others because they think this administration will kill those agreement for no reason or nothing valid.

Tom Price paid the price [you know I was going to say that!] and was dumped by Trump for his overspending on government aircrafts to various trips – some with his wife. He paid back almost $52,000 but he had raked up a huge bill of over $1 million. This makes 8 senior Trump administration officials who “resigned” in under 9 months. [You know that most were probably fired by Trump.]

But Price was fired [or resigned] not because of the more than two dozen private flights he took at taxpayer expense. He was fired [or resigned] because he violated Trump’s first principle: Never, ever make the boss look bad – especially in the press [if you read between the lines in Trump’s comments just prior to Price’s “resignation”]. For example, on a week that Trump wanted the focus to be on his tax reform proposal, Price made the storyline all about how the President wasn’t draining the swamp as promised.

BTW, the 7 trips Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took on government planes for $811,800 but were done so for national security reasons. The inspector general has no issues with them. If you get rid of the two North American trips, it is 5 overseas trips at about $780,000.

Some reports say Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could be next out. He held a surprise news conference to address the reports that have emerged of increasing tensions between himself and Trump. NBC reported that Vice President Pence had to intervene as Tillerson could quit and that Tillerson described him dismissing Trump as a ” f?cking moron”. After pointedly refusing to answer if he called Trump a “f?cking moron,” Tillerson had a spokeswoman deny he used such language. Sounds guilty to me.

Because Tillerson and Mike Pence said the story isn’t true, Trump called it fake news and “They [NBC News] should issue an apology to AMERICA!” Only if he [Trump] apologizes for failing to be a leader. Then Trump had to continue a day later tweeting that Tillerson “never threatened to resign” and he has “total confidence” in Tillerson. Where have we heard that phrase before. A person familiar with the conversation also disputed that the vice-president sought to coax the secretary of state into not quitting.

More than a dozen sources inside the administration and in diplomatic circles describe the relationship between Tillerson and Trump as reaching a new low. The two men have failed to develop the type of close relationship that Trump enjoys with other members of his Cabinet.

While taking photos alongside military leaders and their spouses before a dinner at the White House, Trump made an ambiguous statement, citing “the calm before the storm”. When asked what he meant, Trump said only: “You’ll find out”. Now he is probably going to kill the nuclear deal with Iran next week. Could he be planning some military action? Or maybe North Korea [been quiet there]?

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz said, “We’re dying here. We truly are dying here. I keep saying it: SOS. If anyone can hear us; Mr. Trump can hear us, let’s just get it over with and get the ball rolling.”

Trump tweeted later “The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump… Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.” This didn’t sit too well for those on the island. [He probably didn’t know the mayor’s name – so he took the easy route out.

He later tweeted “Results of recovery efforts will speak much louder than complaints by San Juan Mayor. Doing everything we can to help great people of PR!” [Wouldn’t that be “San Juan major” otherwise it sounds a bit like someone’s name.]

Then Trump tweeted that “… Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help. They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.” How is his leadership?

Mayor Cruz responded to reporters’ questions about the next batch of Trump tweets by saying “Let him tweet. I don’t mind. I’m busy.” Then start walking away but turned around to say “Plus I don’t have internet most of the time, so I can’t get ahold of the tweets.” Barring some major “fubar” by her, she’ll be reelected.

Trump still hasn’t visited but was trying to visit both Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands in one day, which posed logistical challenges. Exactly why does he have to do it in one day? Surely he can stay on a warship nearby for one night – and maybe even give a morale boost to them?

Trump also lashed out at the media for what he said was biased coverage, saying that the “Fake News Networks are working overtime in Puerto Rico.”

His comments sparked a firestorm of reaction online, including from the creator of the Broadway musical “Hamilton”, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who said “You’re going straight to hell, @realDonaldTrump. No long lines for you. Someone will say, ‘Right this way, sir.’ They’ll clear a path.”

Russel Honoré, the retired general appointed by Bush to take over the federal response to Katrina in 2005, said “The President has shown again he don’t give a damn about poor people. He doesn’t give a damn about people of color. And SOB that rides around in Air Force One is denying services needed by the people of Puerto Rico.”

Dan Scavino, the White House social media director, tweeted in a claim that Mayor Cruz “has been hating on @realDonaldTrump long before he was our President.” [She made a comment about him in May 2016.] Then described San Juan’s mayor as “the perfect example of an opportunistic politician.”

Meanwhile the day after the storm hit, he was golfing and a brief trip to a rally in Alabama. He said nothing during the first weekend and days after. There was a meeting of senior people but they discussed the next travel ban and not the devastation plus tweeting about Kin Jun Un. So for the first week, he did nothing.

He finally approved of suspending the Jones Act – 8 days after the storm. He suspended the same act for Florida and Texas almost immediately following their hurricanes. Trump claimed “a lot of shippers and . . . a lot of people that work in the shipping industry” didn’t want it lifted. So he prefers to have some of his shipping buddies make money while  the islanders get stuck in misery – let alone pay maybe double or more for basic food items and more.

FEMA said only 5% of electricity had been restored in the island after 12 days. He said 33% of the telecommunications infrastructure is back up and close to 50% of water services have been restored. This is nothing compared to Florida and Texas who weren’t far from normal within days of their hurricanes.

When it was known that only 20% of truck drivers were working to transport stuff in Puerto Rico, right-wing media sites created fake news stories about lazy, greedy Puerto Rican truck drivers going on strike instead of delivering critical supplies The U.S. Naval Institute reports that as of Tuesday afternoon “only 10 of the island’s 69 hospitals were fully reconnected to the electrical grid”, this after Trump said “Most of the hospitals are open-or at least partially open.” Most is not 10%.

Trump has defended his administration’s response to a recent hurricane in Puerto Rico by explaining that “This is an island surrounded by water, big water, ocean water,” he said at a tax reform speech in Washington. He added that local governments had been “totally and unfortunately unable to handle this catastrophic crisis on their own – just totally unable to.” What a genius!

On his visit to San Juan, Trump threw paper towel rolls at citizens. Along with a can of tinned chicken, a pack of batteries, and flashlights [even though he said “you don’t need them anymore” Trump reportedly picked up items and randomly handed them out. He also complained that the hurricane is doing a number of the federal budget – as if hitting Florida and Texas did little to it. [Too bad someone didn’t throw it back at him.]

San Juan major Cruz wasn’t even on Trump’s schedule until the day of the trip. Still with hard feelings there? Trump seemed to take all the credit when the Puerto Rican governor praised the government efforts [which was obviously a big suck up]. Trump was also saying how few lives lost compared to Katrina.

5+ hours after the mass shootings in Las Vegas, Trump tweeted: “My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!” Warmest?

The official presidential Twitter account is just retweets of “normal” tweets primarily from Melania Trump, Mike Pence, and his own.

So it took Trump nearly 2 weeks to go to Puerto Rico but less than 2 days to go to Las Vegas.

With at least 42 guns owned by the 64 year old killer, the topic of gun control has come up again. What does someone need with 42 guns? Yet trump has started to avoid the question knowing that the powerful right-wing National Rifle Association won’t be too happy if Trump goes against them. Trump and other Republicans made no mention of firearm restrictions in his speeches since the shooting.

A pro-Trump political website “The Gateway Pundit” named a different person as the Las Vegas shooter, citing a Facebook page to claim the individual was “a far left loon” and “a Democrat who liked [MSNBC host] Rachel Maddow.” Great journalism there. Basing everything on a Facebook page.

Meanwhile, some posters on the anonymous, anarchic 4chan.org forum likewise trumpeted supposed findings that the same individual was both the shooter and a “social democrat.”

Shockingly “The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles [like bump stock] should be subject to additional regulations.” Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo is planning to introduce legislation Thursday to ban the sale of them. We’ll see how that goes.

And why hasn’t Trump banned the bump stock or tried to. Meanwhile she failed to mention how the trump administration will deregulate silencers as well as allowing those with some mental illnesses to purchase guns. The killer bought 33 guns within the past 12 months. No flags?

Before he was a candidate, Trump at one point favored some gun restrictions. He has more recently cast himself as an ardent protector of the Second Amendment because the Republican Party and the NRA want that control.

He told the National Rifle Association this year that it had a “true friend” in the White House, and he signed a resolution passed by the GOP-led Congress blocking an Obama-era rule designed to keep guns out of the hands of certain mentally disabled people.

Why am I not surprised, not even 24 hours after Las Vegas, Trump signed an order to repeal the ban on guns for certain mentally ill people. I guess Trump can finally buy guns now.

I was just asking someone this week, where is Kellyanne “The Witch” Conway. Well The Witch is back. She complained that various Democrats said nothing about gun control this past year but complained about the Russian meddling. She blamed Barrack Obama for the “bump stock” mechanism that turns a semi-automatic gun into an automatic gun. Bump stock was available since 2010. The Witch blames Obama but during a part of Obama’s period, he could not ban it because the Republicans wouldn’t allow it.

[BTW, she should go trick or treating as a witch. All she needs is a hat and a cape.]

Employers may now have more leeway to withhold birth control coverage on religious grounds, according to new rules issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services. This rolls back controversial contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Healthcare Act. The rules would let a broad range of employers — including nonprofits, private firms and publicly traded companies — stop offering free contraceptives through their health insurance plans if they have a “sincerely held religious or moral objection”. Already the ACLU will file a lawsuit.

On Twitter, he avoided the kind of inflammatory statements he has issued after some previous tragedies, such as last year’s Orlando nightclub shooting. So for certain issues he tries to act presidential but in other issues [North Korea, London UK mayor after their attacks in June, the San Juan mayor, etc.] he doesn’t.

The US Chamber of Commerce, usually neutral when it comes to politics, has warned that killing the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico will have consequences to America. Trump has threatened numerous times to kill the agreement.

Trump is urging the Senate Intelligence Committee to investigate American news outlets for publishing “fake” stories. I guess they’ll laugh the same way he was laughed at regarding his 3 million illegal votes [besides Jared Kushner, see last week’s blog if unsure why I mentioned that].

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin explained that the President was within his rights to hit back at critics. “When the President gets attacked, he attacks back.” There is hitting back and there is stomping on repeatedly.

Even though Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is working with China on trying to do something about North Korea, Trump tweets Tillerson is “wasting his time trying to negotiate”.

A report says White House accounts sent internal White House documents to an email address shared by Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and their household staff. They had previously exchanged emails with White House officials about government business using their personal email addresses. White House officials sent hundreds of emails that included “non-public travel documents, internal schedules and some official White House materials” to the email address shared by Kushner and Trump.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said last week that “all White House personnel have been instructed to use official email to conduct all government-related work” and to forward “work-related communication on personal accounts” to their official account. Isn’t that still a problem?

Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and former chief strategist Steve Bannon also exchanged emails with White House officials using their private accounts.

Is someone bonkers? Trump is one of something like 200 people nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He has the same chances of winning was the Miami Marlins winning the World Series this year. He didn’t win. Surprised he didn’t have a twitter-storm because of it.

Trump has been in office for 9 months but only managed to have a full cabinet for roughly 94 days.

The Justice Department has released a trove of decades-old internal legal memos concluding the President should be legally barred from appointing a relative to a position in the White House, shedding new light on just how sharp a departure the department’s more recent interpretation of federal law under the Trump administration compares to past practice. This surprised legal experts after the Justice Department approved Jared Kushner posting as advisor. For example, President Jimmy Carter could not appoint his son to an unpaid position on the White House staff in 1977.

Microsot Edge coming to iOS and Android smartphone

You read it right.

Microsoft announced that their Edge web browser would be coming to iOS and Android – phone only – not tablets for now. On iOS, Edge is based on the WebKit engine, and on Android, the Chromium browser project. Both will probably be released by year end