Just too much Trump stuff… I couldn’t wait!

[Blogger’s note: I tend to wait until Friday to deliver the latest in funnies…. Errr. Trump…. But just too much has happened since Friday. Towards the bottom are some older stuff that didn’t make the cut originally.]

Trump continues to pull out the most ridiculous ideas out of his … The latest has Trump accusing President Obama of wiretapping his place at Trump Tower in New York prior to the election. No proof or investigation says someone with direct knowledge who was from the Department of justice.

If Trump Tower was wiretapped, how did the secret Service not find it? They didn’t do their job? Surely the Secret Service made sure his floors at the Trump Tower was secured from things such as wiretaps?

The FBI asked the Justice Department on to refute Trump’s assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump’s phones last year. The FBI made the request because such wiretapping would be illegal, since the President cannot just order the eavesdropping of a U.S. citizen’s phones.

“Neither the White House nor the President will comment further until such oversight is conducted,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer – if there will be an investigation. Many former officials deny the accusation including the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Trump may have somehow put two and two together [equals three!] from Conservative conspiracy nut and talk show host Mark Levin who made a comment recently claiming how many Republicans are being wire tapped. It isn’t the first time that Trump went on a Twitter tyrant after watching or hearing someone else make unverified wacky comments. [I guess Trump isn’t original – he has to plagiarize like the way Melania plagiarize Michelle Obama’s speech].

Seems in those accusation tweets against Obama, Trump can’t even spell. He twice had to change the spelling of “here by” and also misspelled “tap”.

The allegations also may be related to anonymously sourced reports in British media and blogs, and on conservative-leaning U.S. websites, including Breitbart News. Those reports claimed that U.S. officials had obtained a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to review contacts between computers at a Russian bank and Trump’s New York headquarters.

[I am assuming you can’t take the commander in chief to court for libel, slander, etc.]

Prior to his speech to Congress, Trump was with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and other state attorneys general who met at the White House, told BuzzFeed News Trump made confounding claims comments about the bomb threats during their sit down. Shapiro said “He just said, ‘Sometimes it’s the reverse, to make people, or to make others, look bad,’” which implied that Jews were responsible for the bomb threats and tombstone desecrations aimed at the Jewish community across the US. “This is not what he said or meant,” a White House spokesperson told the New York Daily News in an email. “He means (he) was referring to protesters.” Protesters doing this to the Jewish community?

Former campaign adviser, Anthony Scaramucci, tweeted, “It’s not yet clear who the JCC offenders are. Don’t forget the Democrats effort to incite violence at Trump rallies.” So basically he’s indirectly accusing the Democrats of the bomb threats at Jewish Community Centers and the desecration of tombstones. Just like his ex-boss, no proof. More like fake news! [About 74% of Jews voted for the Democrats in November.]

So the new travel ban came out. Down to 6 countries [Iraq excluded]. Visas currently authorized will be allowed. When asked why there was no fanfare or press allowed in for the signing, Spicer said, “I tweeted a picture out,” which was greeted by groans from the press.

Expect the lawsuits to be flying. A good time to be a lawyer!

Trump claims Jeff Sessions “Didn’t say anything wrong” but did he get a transcript. Makes no difference if he didn’t say anything wrong. He met with the ambassador to Russia who is also known to be a spy. As well, Sessions used campaign funds even though he claims the talks were senate related business.

Trump is extremely frustrated with his senior staff and communications team for allowing the firestorm surrounding Sessions to steal his thunder in the wake of his address to Congress. Oh. Poor baby.

Trump suggested he felt that Sessions’ move to recuse himself from any investigation into administration links to Russia felt like an admission of defeat.

Trump has vowed repeatedly that only steel from American steelmakers could be used on Keystone as well as other U.S. oil pipelines. But the fine print in the Executive Order says the ruling only applies to new pipelines.

Arnold Schwarzenegger says he left The New Celebrity Apprentice. Trump tweeted [of course] “he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show”. Who do you believe? If the show isn’t canceled then either Arnie left or the producers ditched him. Trump is one of the producers. Wouldn’t he know if Arnie was terminated? With the “Sad” part, it looks like the show may be canceled and that is usually because of bad ratings. So you can’t be fired or quit. But what does Trump know?

So Sarah Palin won’t be the US Ambassador to Canada. Instead a Republican fundraiser from Kentucky – assuming she’s confirmed.

The son of Muhammad Ali was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion for 2 hours and even asked “Are you Muslim?” even though he is born in the US. A US Customs and Border Protection spokesman confirmed he was held for questioning by customs officers, but said “it wasn’t because he’s a Muslim and it wasn’t because of his Arabic-sounding name.” Uh huh. Sure.

Trump has amassed 3,643 domains under his name [adding 490 in the 18 months prior to his inauguration]. Some to stop cybersquatting, some to stop scams, and some to stop complains aimed at him [DonaldTrumpSucks.com, TrumpisFired.com and ImBeingSuedByDonaldTrump.com]. Even his trump University has 157 domains registered that are related to the university. The way Trump bought domains also shows how he methodically planned his political rise. In 2012, the Trump Organization acquired VoteAgainstTrump.com, TrumpMustGo.com, and NoMoreTrump.com. The vast majority are just blank pages [someone is lazy that they can’t forward to an actual site?]. Only 50 of these domains are unique websites for Trump businesses. Another 400 redirect you to Trump websites.

A commentator from the government controlled Rossiya channel suggested that “intransigent radical liberals” who oppose Trump are “plotting a revolution” against the U.S. president. As well, popular publications also indicated that Russia’s infatuation with Trump is waning.

At a recent [small] rally in support of Trump in Washington, someone was holding up a sign saying “Fire Obama Appointees”. Hmmmm. Probably 99% of them were gone by January 20th. Maybe the sign holder should watch some news.

Members of the European Parliament have called for the European Commission to impose visas on US citizens visiting Europe amid an ongoing dispute over visa restrictions against five EU nations. MEPs called on Washington to grant the same visa-free access to nationals of Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Romania and Cyprus as enjoyed by citizens of the other 23 EU nations. EU rules require equal treatment for all member states.

Patrick Stewart [best known in the X-Men movies and Start Trek: The next Generation] is unphasered by Trump. In fact, the “Star Trek” captain wants to become a US citizen so he can “fight” his presidency.

Trump’s original nominee for secretary of the Navy, Philip Bilden, has withdrawn his name from consideration as his business interests created complications.

Sean Spicer once criticized the then-presidential candidate for saying that Sen. John McCain, who was held as a POW for six years in Vietnam, was not a war hero because he was caught. “He is a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said during a town hall when on the campaign trail. “I like people that weren’t captured, OK?” Then Spicer later said that “There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably” after the comments made about McCain. McCain has been one of Trump’s biggest advisories since.

“Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it,” Trump said last summer when he accepted the GOP nomination in Cleveland. One man government. He can do it all!

 

Some more information on what to expect with Windows 10

[The information below based on Insider Preview build 15042.]

As Microsoft works out the kinks in Windows 10 Creator Update [a.k.a. Redstone 2, a.k.a. v1704] in time for an expected April release [I am guessing somewhere around April 25th], Microsoft continues to test the Unified Update Platform [UUP].

UUP is similar to the windows update technology that is used for the current cumulative updates [where while the size of the update is (say) 1GB, it only download what it needs]. The same will apply for installing the Creator update from an earlier update. Instead of downloading 2.5GB to 3.5GB of binaries [many which haven’t changed since your current release], it will only download the installer portion plus what has changed. Microsoft estimates that it should be about one third of a full installation. So if you are updating a 64-bit Windows 10, it will need to grab maybe 1.2GB instead of 3.5GB.

Those who upgrade to the Creator Update get the technology immediately. Obviously if you buy a new computer with the Creator Update, it will be included for the next update [Redstone 3 or v1711].

Of course you can still download the ISO file to upgrade if you wish.

Microsoft has also made the Windows 10 installing experience a bit less business orientated and more casual. In addition to a voice guiding you through [which you can mute if you get annoyed], the way things are described on the screen are more like everyday usage.

Such as if you want to create a local account instead of a Microsoft account [which seems easier to find now], it asks you to “create a super memorable password” in big letters and a warning that there is no way to retrieve the password if lost [hah!].

Or during updates during the installation it will say “Don’t turn off your device, please! It will mess things up.”

Patch updating as changed. For “home” users, you can install and reboot right away, schedule a time within the next 3 days or snooze the alert for 3 days [you can’t snooze again]. Pro users as well as those on a domain will have other options. The “quiet” time for no updating has also increased from 12 hours to 18 hours.

Ed

PS – At this time, if you are running Windows 10 in VMware Workstation 11, it may crash after installing VMware Tools. So don’t. Windows 10 actually picks up sufficient drivers. The same for older version. No idea about VMware Workstation 12 or later.

 

Another interesting week in Trumpland


From Donald Trump’s speech to congress…..

  • Trump was actually right when he said the crime rate was the highest increase in 50 years between 2014 and 2015 but that was because the murder rate in 2014 was the lowest ever.
  • Trump asserted his administration’s support of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines are “creating tens of thousands of jobs.” But estimates maybe 15,000 temporary construction jobs and a further 42,000 indirect jobs with most disappearing once the construction is done.
  • “The stock market has gained almost $3 trillion in value since the election on November 8, a record,” Trump said. Yes but he’s taking credit for something he had little to do with. He hasn’t implemented much and the market is reacting to his pro-business stance.
  • “The vast majority of individuals convicted of terrorism and terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country,” Trump said. Trump said he used data from the department of Justice – who didn’t verify. Other sources say maybe a 50-50 split between foreign and American “terrorists”.
  • ” Ninety-four million Americans are out of the labor force,” Trump said. Not true. The Atlanta Federal Reserve says some 44.1 million are retired, 15.4 million are disabled, 12.9 million are taking care of a family member and another 15.5 million are in college or job training. They are listed as not wanting a job.
  • “Since my election, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, …, Wal-Mart and many others have announced that they … will create tens of thousands of new American jobs,” he said. Many of the jobs announced since his election were previously announced. In some cases, the jobs would likely have turned up no matter who’s president. But his pro-business stance has helped.
  • “We’ve saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by bringing down the price of the fantastic … new F-35 jet fighter,” he said. The price per fighter dropped when an additional 90 more stealth fighters were ordered.
  • Trump characterized his proposal to increase the defense budget as “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.” Maybe by amount but not by percentage as there was a huge spike when the US entered World War II as well as during the Vietnam war [for example]. $54 billion today is worth far less than $54 billion a century ago.
  • “The time for trivial fights is behind us,” Trump said. Considering he has had “fights” over things that shouldn’t concern him, I’m doubting they will end.
  • Trump confused some when he said [about Obamacare] that he doesn’t view it as government’s role to make sure Americans can actually afford that insurance but then said “no one (is) left out” by state governments.
  • When Trump ended with a call for bipartisan cooperation on repealing and replacing the “collapsing” Obamacare, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi shook her head no. Not surprised.

Trump offered big cuts to the corporate tax cuts, “massive” relief to the middle class, and $1 trillion infrastructure program but didn’t say how they will be paid. Wipe ISIS but said nothing about the issues in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. Build the Mexican wall but didn’t mention who will pay and it was coming soon. But when? The Executive Order was signed a month ago.

Almost nothing mentioned on immigrants [and his bans] or trade packs like NAFTA.

Trump started off the week well keeping fairly quiet and then his speech. Problem is that a new can of worms opened up regarding the Department of Justice secretary Jeff Sessions and his chats with the Russian ambassador during the elections – which is a no-no. He is now not involved with anything related with the Russian meddling [duh!] but that may not be enough.

A Republican congressman was whining about some women at the speech given by Trump wearing white suits [and a few comments about the looks] and claimed that these were supports of Hillary Clinton. In fact, they wore white to honor the Suffragettes as well as women’s month. Out of touch the congressman is.

Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz criticized the White House on Wednesday night after Kellyanne “The Witch” Conway retweeted an allegation that Wasserman Schultz did not stand or clap during a standing ovation for the widow of a slain Navy SEAL during Trump’s address to Congress. In fact, video shows she did.

From the previous blog where CNN and New York Times were banned, add the BBC, Daily Mail, Politico and Los Angeles times to those that were banned at White House briefings. The White House correspondents association protested the decision to ban.

The ban came after CNN and the New York times both reported that White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, told the FBI to tone down the investigation related to the Trump administration chatting with Russian intelligence.

[I’ve said it before (although maybe not in this blog), with the Trump administration abusing the media, the media should boycott the White House briefings and any news conferences and events that involve the administration. Unsure if the right wing media would comply.]

Now Trump has gone one step further by deciding not to go to The White House Correspondents dinner. This is the first time a president has decided to do so in 35 years. I guess he can take a huge onslaught of criticism and jokes about him sand his administration.

Trump suggesting that Americans could get another chance to seize Iraqi oil as compensation for its military efforts there. This is basically one of the things that radicals has always said – grab Arab oil.

Not surprising, Trump delayed the replacement to his travel “ban” executive order. Supposed to be this week…. Maybe next week. Oh, it could be in October the way things are going.

The second version of the travel ban still hasn’t been released but a leak suggest Iraq has been pulled off the country list. The order won’t include any explicit exemption for religious minorities in the countries targeted by the travel ban.

A section of the international arrivals area at Dulles International Airport outside the nation’s capital [as well as other airports] has been transformed into a virtual law firm, with legal volunteers ready to greet travelers from affected countries and ask if they saw anyone being detained and in preparation for the second version of the travel ban.

The first Trump travel ban [or just his administration] may have had an effect on the tourist industry. Global searches for U.S.-bound flights are down 22 per cent from Jan. 1-Feb. 22. Interest in Florida cities dipped by up to 58 per cent, while searches for Las Vegas and Los Angeles were down by 36 and 32 per cent, respectively. Meanwhile it seems the US is popular with Russians with a huge increase.

The initial draft bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act [Obamacare] has hit some snags from some Republicans. The draft bill itself was leaked. So I wonder how many had access to the bill.

“Nobody knew health care could be so complicated,” said Trump – already another hint that it will take quite a bit of work to change. So much for Trump’s election promise to make it a priority. He probably never saw the size and complexity of the resulting act until he was elected.

Fake News! Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly had someone on his show who is a “Swedish Defense and National Security Advisor.” Except few in Sweden had ever heard of him, much less taken advice from him. In fact, the man lives in the US and works for Modus which does “operations and management of possible kidnap and ransom situations.” He was also in trouble with the law in 2014 and also has no idea where Fox got his title from. Fox is expected to mention the error. Maybe not quite fake news but definitely a fake title.

CNN has a clock that shows when the last time Trump has attacked someone on Twitter.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer recently checked his aides’ cell phones to ensure they weren’t communicating with reporters as part of an aggressive effort to stem the recent tide of White House leaks. He informed them that the use of encrypted texting apps, like Signal and Confide, was a violation of the Federal Records Act. Such a hypocrite since some Trump staff have used Confide. A leak of the leaks?

Despite Trump’s anger about unnamed sources, White House budget officials insisted on anonymity as they outlined details of Trump’s spending plans to reporters on a conference call.

Hilariously, now Trump says Obama could be behind the leaks. He’s not in office and he has no say. So how?

In the 1990s, Trump was a frequent anonymous source of information about his social life and television series, “The Apprentice,” said newspaper columnist Linda Stasi. Once Trump called and pretended to be someone else delivering information about him; Stasi said she could easily recognize his voice.

Conway is a witch. How dare she site like that in the Oval Office couch with many guests in the Oval Office? It is one thing to do that with fellow Trumpians in a private chat but not that. Shameful. She claims she needed to do that for a better angle [as if she is a professional photographer]. As for the right wingers who poke fun at Obama, this was Obama’s office. Was his White house. Everyone else works for him.

Trump and his family’s extended stays in Mar-A-Lago in Florida and Trump tower in New York are costing the Secret Service millions daily. Donald likes to go to his sprawling estate while Melania is in New York with their youngest. It was Trump who said that Obama took too many vacations – spending taxpayer’s money in protecting him. But he has been in Florida probably every weekend since elected in addition to his other trips.

Vice President Mike Pence used a personal email account to conduct state business while he was governor of Indiana, discussing issues like the resettling of Syrian refugees and other matters on an AOL account that was hacked in a phishing scam. So if you get hit by a phishing scam you are not tech savvy much. The only difference between this issue and what happened to Hillary Clinton was that she was privileged to more national security issues but even he delved into national issues.

At a previous CPAC conference, Ted Cruz says Trump is not a Conservative. But he seems to support Trump. What a flip-flopper.

Trump on the Oscars and the mess at the end: “I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” Trump told Breitbart. “It was a little sad.” Actually most believe they were quite lite on the politics. Maybe that’s why it was boring according to most critics.  “Look, it just seems like the other side, whenever they’re losing badly, they always pull out the race card,” he said. Race card? Seriously?

“In fact I did much better than many other than other Republicans in the last election.” By popular vote, he was one of the worse. He’s not even close to the best for electoral votes.

Trump’s treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, financed and was an executive producer of “Suicide Squad,” which won for hair and makeup. Maybe he can help Trump and that thing on top of his head?

 

This week in Drumpf’s world

The White House has blocked CNN and the New York Times from certain or maybe all briefings.

Trump was at it again with his own fake news. He hinted/winked/implied that the night before his recent Florida stop, that there was a terrorist attack in Sweden. But there wasn’t anything. Sweden [per capita] has taken in the most refugees so far. His excuse? He was talking about the increase violence Fox News claims may be related to more refugees. Problem is that he lumped it in with western countries that has had terrorist attacks [most lacking large immigration of refugees].

It makes you wonder when at a campaign style stop in Florida, some in the Trump crowd were waving signs like “Women for Trump” and “Blacks for Trump”. I would guess if he was doing well with these demographics, we wouldn’t be seeing them.

In addition, what is with “Make America’s Airports Great Again” signs as well?

A senior National Security Council adviser was reassigned to his old job at the National Defense University, a White House spokeswoman confirmed, after he criticized the Trump administration’s Latin American policies. But some say it was also because of his [possible sexual] comments he made about Ivanka Trump the night before at some reception. Donald is jealous?

There has been quite a few town halls while Congress is on break where [Republican] Congressmen were getting torched for the various issues that have occurred since Trump was elected. Not surprising Sean Spicer and Trump are claiming these are either “Liberals” or professional protesters hired by the Democrats. “Do your job” seems to be the rallying call. Trump tweeted “The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!”

The protests are based partly on the Indivisible Guide.

A 7 year old boy claimed that the trump administration is building the Mexican wall at the expense of PBS Kids and others possible cuts.

While Trump probably got more Jewish votes than previous Republican nominees, I think many are having second thoughts. Consider the following:

  • On Holocaust Remembrance Day [January 27], not one mention of Jewish victims. While the day is for all victims, Jews were the primary victims in World War II.
  • A few days late, when an Israeli journalist got up to ask the President about the worrisome increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the US [in news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu], instead of responding to the question, he spoke about himself.
  • Lashing out at a Jewish reporter and at times acting bored while the reporter asks his question.
  • No mention from him about the tweets that have gone out by the extreme right about supposedly jokes about gas chambers, ovens, etc.
  • Hiring Stephen Bannon, former Breitbart editor and a man that has made racist comments before, as his chief of staff.
  • Took over a day to respond to questions about the 11 bomb threats were phoned in to Jewish community centers around the country even though he was asked about it before.
  • Trump claiming that he was “the least anti-Semitic person that you have ever seen in your entire life.” Huh? How do you measure that?
  • 20 Rabbis in front of his Trump Tower in New York were arrested for protesting against the Muslim ban.
  • Continues to bring up his son-in-law and daughter [who converted to Judaism] and is many “Jewish friends”.A White House spokesperson said: “If you don’t support the President’s agenda then you shouldn’t have a job in the White House.” I guess advisers are not needed then.

Trump commenting at the CPAC conference that the Mexican wall will be built “way, way, way ahead of schedule.” What schedule? No date set? And if you set a date do you set it so far away that anything would be completed way, way, way ahead of schedule?

Trump also lashed out at the FBI regarding “leaked” national secrets – that were never leaked.
Asked recently whether his campaign rhetoric could have caused a spike in anti-Semitism, President Donald Trump demurred. He talked about his election victory, then mentioned his daughter, Ivanka – who converted to Judaism – her husband Jared Kushner and their children. Trump made no mention of the bomb threats. So he basically doesn’t know or couldn’t care less and changed the subject. After more threats 24 hours later, he spoke out.

European Union leader Donald Tusk had put the United States in a “threat” category two weeks ago, insisting that Trump is contributing to the “highly unpredictable” outlook.

Trump continues to reverse some of the laws created by the Obama administration [probably the ones that will please the zealots in the GOP]. Last week, he reversed the law which states that mentally challenged people cannot own a gun. The NRA as well as disability advocates claim that the law discriminates against those who are mentally challenged. [Quite a few shootings are from people who aren’t 100% sane.]

As mentioned previously, some of the same GOP zealots will then go after the law that ban silencers because shooters will not have hearing problems if they have a silencer.

The FBI has three separate investigates into potential Russian hacking during the election period. I wonder what Trump will do. Muzzle them?

Trump has been named in 42 federal lawsuits in his first 11 days in office. By comparison, former President Barack Obama was named in 11 suits during his first 11 days in office — some of them involving the long-debunked “birther” claims that Obama was not an American citizen. They include quite a few related to the travel ban, another one related from accepting anything of value from foreign governments, and his order targeting sanctuary cities.

Why am I not surprise: The gun lobby group want the Trump administration to reverse the laws regarding silencers [they are lumped in the restrictive category] arguing that those using guns may end up with hearing problems!

Trump said that he would hand over control of his company to his two adult sons [Barron is in his early teens]. He announced several other measures in an attempt to mollify critics who contend that his financial interest as head of a global real estate company could conflict with his pursuit of the public good. Problem is that there has been no indication he has done anything about it.

After being given her pink slip by the Trump administration, Caroline Kennedy [yes, that clan], now former American Ambassador to Japan, may run for the senate in 2018.

An online survey included 500 nationally representative, full-time American workers, and found that 87% of them read political social-media posts during the day, and nearly 50% reported seeing a political conversation turning into an argument in the workplace. 29% of respondents say they’ve been less productive since the election.

Recent reports allege the Trump team leans on an encrypted messaging service called Confide. The problem, according to security experts: It’s not clear whether Confide is actually encrypted at all. The app may be running on an outdated version of OpenSSL vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug.

After more than a year of lambasting Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server, Trump found himself on the receiving end of similar criticism on January 26, 2017. Watchdogs found that the official presidential Twitter account had been registered to an insecure, cloud-based Gmail address.

In China, there are Trump named toilets, condoms, pacemakers and others. But Trump doesn’t own them. The Chinese had trademarked them. Trump has been trying to kill the trademarks for years but kept on losing. All of a sudden, last fall Chinese trademark authorities started to side with him. Of course this brings up some possible ethical violations for influencing Trump.

US Department of Homeland Security staff returning to work on Tuesday after the Presidents’ Day holiday have apparently had a tough time getting computer systems to function. DHS staff say they weren’t able to log into computer systems at their offices in Washington DC, when clocking on this morning. Staff in at least four buildings, including US Citizenship and Immigration Services, are thought to be affected.

Showing how much knowledge he knows, in his press conference in mid-February, trump attempted to explain uranium and nuclear physics thusly: “Do you know what uranium is? It’s a little thing called nuclear weapons and other things. Lots of things are done with uranium including some bad things.”

Jackie Evancho, who sang the national anthem at Trump’s inauguration [and who’s career isn’t going anywhere], is trying to dig herself out by tweeting to Trump that she doesn’t like the transgender rules regarding bathrooms as Trump rolled back the rule initiated by President Obama. Evancho’s sister is a transgender.

Trump reiterated a campaign promise that he used to successfully appeal to evangelical voters: a repeal of the Johnson amendment, legislation that limits the ability of religious tax-exempt organizations to endorse or oppose a political candidate.

The Trump administration announced plans to hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and 10,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. But about 2 out of every 3 job applicants fails the agency’s polygraph test. There are already about 2,000 Border Patrol vacancies, a deficit largely attributed to the polygraph fail rate.

Senator Ted Cruz, who got whiplashed from Trump during the primaries, seems to still be backing Trump. He is also claiming that there may be another vacancy by this summer in the Supreme Court. Does he know something we don’t? Hired someone?

According to the New York Times, Trump doubts that online ads are ever effective. However, Trump’s own digital director, Brad Parscale, has noted that Facebook advertising helped generate the bulk of $250 million in online fundraising for Trump’s own campaign.

Trump gave himself credit for the construction of an Intel chip factory in Arizona. Media outlets were quick to clarify that Intel began construction on the factory during the Obama administration but paused because of budgetary issues.

Microsoft delays February patches until March

Microsoft has decided to delay the February patches until March – even though there is a possible critical vulnerability not addressed.

While not officially disclosed, some believe it is the “build” mechanism for the patching that is an issue and not a patch itself.

[Updated 2017/02/21:] Word went out that Microsoft would release the Flash Player update but as of “press” time, it hasn’t. The Malicious Software Removal Tool has been released though.

For those who want to at least be slightly more secure, Microsoft did release an interim update late January for v1607 which you can find it here [manual download and install]. There were no updates for the other editions of Windows 10 or older versions of Windows.

 

Another typical Trump week

The Justice Department warned the Trump administration last month that Michael Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians. Flynn would later apologized.

The concern was raised after Flynn claimed he did not discuss with the Russian ambassador the sanctions being imposed by the Obama administration in retaliation for Russia’s interference in the election. Flynn was not yet in government. Flynn spoke to the ambassador on the same day Barrack Obama announced sanctions for Russia meddling in the US elections.

The message was delivered by then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Other top intelligence officials, including James Clapper and John Brennan, were in agreement the White House should be alerted about the concerns.

The chief of the propaganda department, Kellyanne Conway, stated just hours before Flynn’s resignation that Trump had full confidence of his National security adviser. So who was right?

Spicer first said Flynn was fired by Trump and then said Flynn resigned. Spicer blamed the Department of Justice for sitting so long even though Trump knew of Flynn’s mistake for almost 3 weeks. Flynn himself had the shorted time as National Security Advisor at 24 days – typical average is 2.5 years.

Just six days into his presidency, Donald Trump was informed his national security adviser had misled his vice-president about contacts with Russia. Trump kept his No. 2 in the dark and waited nearly three weeks before ousting the aide, Michael Flynn, citing a slow but steady erosion of trust, White House officials said.

Trump slammed intelligence officials and the media over what he called “very, very unfair” treatment of his ousted national security adviser Flynn. How else do you treat him. In addition, so he is again criticizing the CIA, NSA and others – the same departments that he just recently praised. I’m sure he is not going after the right wing media as they seem to be the only media he will take questions from.

Trump also accused holdovers from the Obama administration of leaking out information about his alleged contacts with Moscow to hammer his administration. No proof, of course.

“The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred.” He added that the news reporting was “merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.” She lost 3 months ago. Get over it. You think they’ll still be covering up things in 2 years?

Meanwhile, Trump also wants to go after the people who leaked the documents that got Flynn sacked. Of course we know that nothing will ever come out of it because there will not be any investigation. It will just be another part of Trump’s arsenal where he can whine about, to reflect blame, etc.

Ret. Vice Adm. Bob Harward turned down Trump’s offer to be national security adviser replacing Flynn.

As well, the FBI is not expected to pursue any charges against former national security adviser Michael Flynn regarding a phone call with Russia’s ambassador, barring new information that changes what they know.

Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the foreign affairs committee at the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, said that firing Flynn for his contacts with Russia is “not just paranoia but something even worse.” I guess they wanted him so he can be blackmailed.

Conway got a verbal spanking when she promoted Ivanka Trump’s clothing line. One of the rules state that senior government employees cannot promote and product. Conway was pushing Ivanka’s brand after the Nordstrom shopping chain dropped her brand. Normally anyone who violates the rule is let go. She wasn’t.

At his news conference Trump claimed he had the “biggest Electoral College win since Reagan”. Nope. President Obama won 332 electoral votes in 2012 and 365 in 2008. President Clinton got 379 in 1996 and 370 in 1992. The first President Bush received 426 in 1988. Trump couldn’t even get his total right. He said 306 when he got 302. Can’t remember 3 long months ago?

He also claimed that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had “set a record” of being overturned by the Supreme Court 80% of the time. In fact, the Supreme Court overturned 87% of the cases by the 6th Circuit Court and 85% by the 11th Circuit during the same period.

A year ago candidate Trump was whining that Boeing would close their South Carolina plant and move it to China. The plant is still there and Trump is there to tell Boeing to add more jobs.

After hiring 6 foreign workers in December, Trump Vineyard Estates LLC [owned by son Eric] wants to hire another 23 foreign workers. Here’s another kicker. The winery is using H-2 visa program – when allowed to bring in foreign workers when no American workers can do the job. Huh? You bring in someone high in the scientific field for a H-2 visa. Not someone to pick grapes or drive a tractor.

Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination as Labour Secretary because of his past. Quite a few Republicans wouldn’t approve of his nomination.

In a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump said that he’d like to see the U.S. Embassy in Israel moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but noted that “we’re looking at it with great care.” That sounds a bit more like a bit of a reversal of his election campaign where he said he would move the embassy if elected. Another campaign promise out the window.

Supposedly, Trump may have blabbed about some top secret information at a supper he was at [I would assume with some people who didn’t have a proper level of clearance]. No. It wasn’t at McDonalds.

Trump said that he will do “everything within our power to stop long-simmering racism.” Problem is that the right [who voted him in] is more known to be anti-Semitic, anti-Islam and just racist than the left [think Fascism, KKK, etc.] Trump notes that he won 306 [not 302] electoral votes and fostered “tremendous enthusiasm” during his campaign. But some ugliness also appeared during his campaign and even now.

Trump his still using his unsupported [and outdated] Samsung Galaxy S3 [not made in the US, BTW] for his tweeting and Email. He is using it even though he was given a more secure phone to use. Two US senators have filed a letter [complaint?] to the US Department of Defense Secretary.

“I do get good ratings”, Trump said at a rare news conference. He’s looking for TV ratings?

“I inherited a mess. It’s a mess. At home and abroad, a mess.” Huh? It’s only a mess since he became the Commander in Tweet.

Trump continues to invent things that didn’t exist or was incorrect. Trump is even posting on Instagram with a quote from Abe Lincoln that were never attributed to Lincoln. And it wasn’t surprising that already someone investigated the quote.

Spicer said the recent Yemen raid was “obviously a huge success” and that “anyone who suggests it was not a success does a disservice” to William “Ryan” Owens, the Navy SEAL who was killed during the mission. That turned heads. Using his death for political reasons.

Recently, Spicer was scrutinized for saying, on three separate occasions over two days, that there was an unspecified terror attack in Atlanta. There wasn’t. They were in Orlando.

It seems that even Trump “is disappointed in Spicer’s performance during the first two weeks of the administration.” I’m sure both will deny that.

Spicer has repeatedly called for individual journalists to apologize for mistakes. Many of the White House correspondents aren’t too happy with him from day one.

Joining the Department of Propaganda is Stephen Miller. He claimed that Trump has done more in his 3 weeks of office than most presidents in their entire term.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau visited Trump this past week. Seems that Trump feels the portion of the NAFTA deal with Canada won’t be tweaked/modified much compared to the US/Mexico portion of the deal.

Trudeau did get big brownie points when he presented a framed picture of Trump with Justin’s father [Pierre Elliot Trudeau] at a gala in 1981 when Trump spoke as the elder Trudeau was awarded a family man of the year award in New York. In addition Trump also got a Canadian made sculpture with the rock itself coming from Cleveland.

Spicer called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Joe Trudeau. A few cartoon images have since appeared.

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Of the 19 hijackers in the 9/11 attacks, 15 were from Saudi Arabia, two were from the United Arab Emirates, one was from Egypt, and one was from Lebanon. Yet none of these countries were listed in the executive order. With the exception of Lebanon, Trump has business interests in all those other countries plus Azerbaijan and Turkey.

Woops. At least 6 players of the Super Bowl winners, New England Patriots, are saying they will not visit the white House and Trump. The Patriots’ owners a good friend of Trump. See if he changes any mind.

Microsoft’s updates for February delayed a bit

Microsoft has delayed releasing the February patches due to a last minute issue found:

“Our top priority is to provide the best possible experience for customers in maintaining and protecting their systems. This month, we discovered a last minute issue that could impact some customers and was not resolved in time for our planned updates today.

After considering all options, we made the decision to delay this month’s updates. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change to the existing plan.”