Trump stays in the shadows in Paris

In Paris for the 100 anniversary of the end of World War I, the reason for scrapping the journey to the Aisne-Marne American cemetery came down to safety: Donald Trump’s Marine One helicopter cannot fly in low cloud cover, a decision that is made by military and security officials and not by Trump. But there did not appear to be a backup plan.

Trump did not make any statements of regret at not being able to visit the cemetery. Late Sunday, the White House defended Trump’s decision not to attend, citing concerns about disrupting traffic. “A car ride of two-and-a-half hours, each way, would have required closures to substantial portions of the Paris roadways for the President’s motorcade, on short notice,” said press secretary Sarah “Simpleton” Sanders.

Trump has drawn criticism and accusations he was ignoring the sacrifice of American military personnel who died in World War I. If they could fight in the muddy trenches in Europe 100 years ago, he could somehow go to the cemetery.

“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism,” French President Emmanuel Macron said. “Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By saying ‘our interests first; who cares about the others?’, we erase what a nation holds dearest, what gives it life, what makes it great, and what makes it essential — its moral values.”

Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, convened at the Élysée Palace before traveling together in motor coaches to the Arc de Triomphe. They walked in a large group to the event site under black umbrellas. Trump pulled up in his own vehicle and walked in separately, due to “security protocols,” according to the White House.

A senior French official said at the time that Trump took Macron’s words out “out of context” and clarified the language Macron used, saying that the French leader did not mean he wanted a European army but better coordination and funding of Europe’s already-existing resources.

Following a meeting with Trump, Macron was able to explain a “misunderstanding” about the European force and the two put the matter to rest, a French presidential spokesman said over the weekend.

But it seems, it wasn’t the end of the issue.

It took him a couple of days [I guess he actually wanted some real facts to be used] and shot back at Macron by saying: “The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26%, and an unemployment rate of almost 10%,” Trump wrote, citing figures indicating political trouble for the French leader. So Trump can only go after Macron’s approval rating which [f actually true] is lower than Trump’s.

He also added “By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!” Maybe but France is open to free trade as well as letting immigrants in. Trump has killed US’s involvement in the Trans Pacific Partnership, threatened to tear up NAFTA, etc.

Trump proudly identified himself as a nationalist as he advances an “America First” agenda which includes limiting immigration.

Remember when CNN White House reporter, Jim Acosta, was basically booted from the White house? CNN has filed a lawsuit against Trump and top aides for banning reporter Jim Acosta. Included in the list are Chief of staff John Kelly and press secretary Sarah “Simpleton” Sanders.

The Trump’s administration contends it has “broad discretion” to regulate press access to the White House as it fends off a legal challenge from CNN and other outlets over the revocation of journalist Jim Acosta’s “hard pass.” So basically they [errr] trump freedom of the press.

“Simpleton” has recently dropped the part of her criticism of Acosta where she accused him of grabbing a press aide’s arm and used a doctored video to show it as proof.

The judge, an appointee of Trump, in the case of Acosta against Trump and others heard 2 hours of arguments but decided to make a judgement the day after. The government said that it would be perfectly legal for the White House to revoke a journalist’s press pass if it didn’t agree with their reporting. “As a matter of law… yes,” he said.

By filing for a temporary restraining order to unblock Acosta’s ban from the White House, CNN is seeking what’s known as “emergency relief”. CNN is also asking for “permanent relief,” meaning a declaration from the judge that Trump’s revocation of Acosta’s press pass was unconstitutional. This legal conclusion could protect other reporters from retaliation by the administration. The judge is only expected to rule on the “emergency relief”.

Acosta has returned to his post at the White House following a court ruling that forced the Trump administration to reinstate his press pass. The judge granted CNN’s request for a temporary restraining order on Fifth Amendment grounds and criticized last week’s blacklisting of Acosta as “shrouded in mystery,” noting that the Justice Department lawyer in the case couldn’t even say who ordered the decision.

“… we have to create rules and regulations for conduct, etcetera. We’re going to write them up. It’s not a big deal. If he misbehaves, we’ll throw him out or we’ll stop the news conference,” said Trump. Notice how he is aiming his words at Acosta and not journalists in general. Now if only Trump himself can behave. Don’t expect Trump to allow Acosta any questions [or maybe even others at CNN].

Spinning things differently, “Simpleton” said in her statement, “Today, the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House.” The judge did not make that clear.

Trump has replaced his deputy national security adviser after she feuded with first lady Melania Trump. The first lady complained to her husband that she was unhappy with how she was being treated by Mira Ricardel.

Ricardel is a part of at least two “factions” in the administration. She was brought in by National Security Adviser John Bolton. Another faction has Chief of Staff John Kelly joined with Kirstjen Nielsen. She has followed him during her career.

“A lot of administrations make changes after midterms. I will say that, for the most part, I’m very, very happy with this Cabinet. We’re doing a great job,” Trump said. Except you know that he’s already made quite a few changes prior to the mid-terms and more on the way. 25 senior officials have left the administration in 22 months.

Aside from Ricardel, there is talk of at least Kelly and Nielsen joining the unemployment line.

In just under 2 years, 9 Trump cabinet members have left the cabinet. Compare that to 9 who left President Obama’s cabinet in the first full term or George W. Bush’s first term where only 4 left. There are 3 more [Nielsen, maybe Kelly and maybe Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Almost six in 10 of Trump’s “A Team” staffers — defined as the most senior and most influential within the administration — have already departed the White House even before Trump’s two-year anniversary in office.

Since the mid-term election [over a week ago], Trump and many in the conservative media have dramatically reduced the frequency and intensity of their dire warnings about the migrant caravan now that they no longer feel the same urgency to stir up GOP voters. Trump himself hasn’t tweeted about it except once in the past 2 weeks. I guess it wasn’t that critical to stop.

Even Trump’s favorite outlet, Fox News, had spent more than 33 hours discussing the caravan through Election Day, according to a study by Media Matters, a progressive media watchdog organization. On Nov. 7, the day after the election, Fox had no discussions centered on the caravan. On Nov. 8, the network spent four minutes and 57 seconds on discussions centered on the caravan, according to the study.

Trump called for stopping the recounts in Florida’s votes for Senate and governor, alleging without evidence that many ballots are missing and forged and that a valid tally is not possible. The recounts are happening in accordance with Florida law because of the tight margins in the votes.

Republicans Rick Scott, the governor, went on national television to accuse Sen. Bill Nelson, whom he is hoping to unseat, of trying to “commit fraud to try to win this election.”

White House officials have told congressional leaders and appropriators that Trump does not want any additional relief funding sent to Puerto Rico. “The people of Puerto Rico are wonderful but the inept politicians are trying to use the massive and ridiculously high amounts of hurricane/disaster funding to pay off other obligations,” Trump tweeted on October 23. “The U.S. will NOT bail out long outstanding & unpaid obligations with hurricane relief money!”

“The prospect of Presidential Harassment by the Dems is causing the Stock Market big headaches!” Trump tweeted, falsely blaming his foes for a sell-off motivated by jitters in the tech sector.

Yes. Looks like a new phrase he will use to describe the abuse he will be getting primarily from the Democrats and the media and anyone else who dislikes his presidency: “Presidential Harassment”.

Trump tweeted “The inner workings of the Mueller investigation are a total mess. They have found no collusion and have gone absolutely nuts. They are screaming and shouting at people, horribly threatening them to come up with the answers they want. They are a disgrace to our Nation…” If that bad, why haven’t you shut the investigation down? Oh ya. You don’t want to do a “Nixon”.

Trump tweeted “Not seen in many years, America’s steelworkers get a hard-earned raise because of my Administration’s policies to help bring back the U.S. steel industry, which is critical to our National Security.” Yes Donald. They haven’t had a raise in years. And why a raise now after the corporate tax cuts you gave away almost a year ago?

The Trump administration imposed penalties on 17 individuals over their alleged roles in the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The fresh sanctions from the Treasury Department come hours after Saudi prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty for five people charged in the death of the Virginia resident, who was a contributor to The Washington Post.

Trump tweeted “When will Bill Nelson concede in Florida? The characters running Broward and Palm Beach voting will not be able to “find” enough votes, too much spotlight on them now!” So he’s still implying that there is voter fraud but has done nothing about it because he knows he’s wrong and if he did something it will interfere with the rights of citizens to vote.

Trump badmouths Democrats, Democrats cancel meeting

Top Democratic leaders abruptly pulled out of a planned meeting Donald Trump after he attacked them on Twitter, casting doubt on the prospects for a quick agreement to avert a government shutdown at the end of next week.

“Meeting with “Chuck [Schumer] and Nancy [Pelosi]” today about keeping government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don’t see a deal!” tweeted Trump. Well, if you piss off people, not surprised they would cancel.

Later, Trump predicted that the Senate tax plan would pass, and accused Democratic leaders of being “all talk” and “no action” for failing to show up for the meeting. If he was actually smart, maybe he would of made his usually dumb comments after the meeting [has failed].

Schumer and Pelosi said in a statement that “Rather than going to the White House for a show meeting that won’t result in an agreement, we’ve asked Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan to meet this afternoon.”

Congress faces a Dec. 8 deadline to pass stopgap legislation to keep the government open and a slew of other unfinished legislation including the tax bill. GOP deficit hawks pressed for a “backstop” mechanism to limit the risk of a spiral in the deficit, even as defenders of small business pressed for more generous treatment.

Poor Americans would lose billions of dollars’ worth of federal benefits under the Senate GOP tax bill, according to a new Congressional Budget Office report. Just under a dozen other GOP senate members have vocalized their concerns about the proposal.

So now Trump it trying to sell the concept that the Access Hollywood tape was a fake and it wasn’t him that said those misogynistic words that reverberated around the world, even though he apologized for saying them just after the tape was revealed. What is most worrying about this bold faced liar is that his ignorant base will believe him. Why does he claim the tape is fake over a year after the video came out? Was there any news that suggest that is was fake? Nope.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump stands by his original apology for his remarks recorded by the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape in which he described sexually assaulting women, and that his position hasn’t changed in the days.

Trump on referred to Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas” at an event honoring Native American Code Talkers who served in World War II. “You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said, standing beneath a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson. “Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”

Warren said that she had learned about her family from her parents and grandparents. Sanders’ suggestion that Warren had used it as a way to advance her career, the senator said “Never. I never used it to get ahead I never used it to get into school. I never used it to get a job.”

The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit to block AT&T’s takeover of Time Warner, the parent company of CNN. In the suit, the DOJ argues that the deal violates antitrust law because AT&T would likely “use its control of Time Warner’s popular programming as a weapon to harm competition.” Trump has vowed to block the deal while campaigning, and vociferously criticized CNN after taking office. His tweets [“…I was forced to watch @CNN, which I have not done in months, and again realized how bad, and FAKE, it is. Loser!”] could potentially now be cited by AT&T as circumstantial evidence of presidential interference.

Recently, the Trump administration would allow elephant trophies into the US. Then they put it on hold. Now Trump tweeted that his administration will announce a decision next week on allowing the import of elephant hunting trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. [No Nambia?]

The Department of Justice’s antitrust division’s Makan Delrahim took charge in September. When the deal was first announced, Delrahim had said he saw no major antitrust issues with it, but he has apparently since changed his mind. Delrahim has denied being influenced by Trump.

The US Federal Trade Commission (FCC) has voted to scale back a federal program that allows lower-income people to use a $9.25 monthly household subsidy to buy Internet or phone service. [Yes. This should help drop the government’s deficit. Not.]

Trump tweeted “I endorsed Luther Strange in the Alabama Primary. He shot way up in the polls but it wasn’t enough.” But his endorsement didn’t help as Strange list the primary to a sexual harasser.

After a border agent died and another one was injured Trump tweeted “We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!” Of note is that they disclosed [at this time] neither were shot and it didn’t seem to be near the border [although wasn’t far]. So it may not even be related to the border. So Trump has to include his wall in his tweet.

According to a tweet [not from Trump], prototype construction for 8 models for HIS wall were to begin on Sept 26 and was to be completed in about 30 days. That is over 25 days ago.

Trump still going after the media [except Fox of course]: ” We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!”

Trump also tweeted “… I have the economy booming and have possibly done more than any 10 month President.” Trump signed 90 executive actions in his first 100 days. Yet most executive actions aren’t legislations. This is the equivalent of telling a kid to put his toys away. Number of major legislation passed? Zero.

Trump claim a number of times during his trip to Asia and after that former President Obama “never got to land” in Air Force One in the Philippines while he was President even though President Rodrigo Duterte didn’t like Obama. Actually he did.

The US has dropped to number 6 from number 1 for best international image. The source of America’s big drop? President Donald Trump, says Simon Anholt, a political consultant who developed the brand survey more than a decade ago. Germany was #1, followed by France, UK, Canada with Japan [tied] and then the US.

Somehow I missed this a few months back: The popular mobile word game Words With Friends has added one of the internet’s most popular typos in recent days — “covfefe.” The mysterious term that Trump tweeted has spread like wildfire on social media and the Scrabble-like multiplayer game has jumped aboard, defining the word as “the amount and quality of reporting when autocorrect fails you at 3am.”

Trump also recently appointed a lawyer who has never tried a case and who was unanimously deemed “not-qualified” by the American Bar Association to a lifetime federal district judgeship. He’s been stacking the courts with thousands of extreme right wing people in the image of Moore who will eventually make their way up to seats on the state superior courts.

After Keurig decided not to advertised on Fox News’ Sean Hannity’s show because he was too sympathetic to Moore, Keurig’s CEO apologized to employees for  appearing to take sides in a political debate. Hannity decided to accept the apology himself, and promised to replace the coffee machines of people who smashed their Keurigs. So, at the end of the day, Keurig seems to have actually boosted sales over the course of the drama.

While Trump was campaigning in late 2015, Trump encouraged boycotting Starbucks for its lack of Christmas cheer. Bah humbug? Does he ask all of his interns to smile?

The owner of the struggling Trump SoHo building in New York City reached a deal to end its contract with the Trump Organization early. Under their contract, CIM Group pays the Trump Organization licensing and management fees. In return, the Trump Organization handles the building’s day-to-day operations and, of course, lends the establishment Trump’s name.

Trump SoHo has been linked to a Russian ex-con, Felix Sater, who was involved in the original licensing deal that made the development possible. Basketball star LeBron James refused to stay at the hotel. Koi Restaurant closed down its operations at Trump SoHo in June, citing sluggish business. Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. were targets of a felony-level legal probe into whether they intentionally mislead prospective buyers about how well the building’s condos were selling. In the end, no charges were filed.

The S&P 500 has soared about 21% since Trump’s election. That’s its third-best performance under a new president, behind President George H.W. Bush and President John F. Kennedy, according to CFRA Research. For the other two, it was during their terms. For trump, it’s only been 10 months.

According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 59% disapprove of Trump’s handling of the presidency — the worst of any president at nine months in office since modern polling began. Of those who disapprove, 50% say they do so strongly. Only 37% of those polled approve of Trump’s performance in office. Trump is the first president since Harry Truman to see a net-negative approval at this point in his term.

A record percentage of respondents (65%) do not think that Trump is “honest and trustworthy,” up from 58% in April 2017. Prior to his inauguration, 61% thought he’d do an excellent or good job on the economy, while only 44% feel he is doing that well now. Fifty-six percent expected he’d do good work dealing with terrorism, while only 43% say he is doing so now.

A majority (58%) approve of Robert Mueller’s handling of the investigation; 28% disapprove. Meanwhile, 68% say they approve of the charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

A little less than half of respondents (49%) think Trump “committed a crime in connection with possible Russian attempts to influence the election,” but only 19% of that group think there is “solid evidence” of such a crime; 30% say their belief is based on suspicion only. 44% think it is unlikely that the President committed a crime.

A bit quieter for Trump, well almost

Well, with the July 4th celebrations and the G20 meetings, Donald Trump didn’t get into much trouble this week. Too busy to tweet or say something undiplomatic. Well, he did make some comments….

Trump posted to Twitter a doctored video clip that showed him slamming a man — with “CNN” superimposed on his head — to the ground. In the video [originally recorded in 2007], Trump then throws punches at the man’s head, before walking away. Journalists are upset that this could promote violence against journalists.

Seems like some don’t think anything is wrong with his tweet. Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said Trump was communicating directly in a “genuine”. way to Americans. Even though he initially looked shocked, Bossert said “I think that no one would perceive that as a threat.” But most congressmen didn’t like what was done.

Trump called his tweeting “Modern day presidential.”

CNN struck back at Trump, saying in a statement that Trump had engaged in “juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office” when he should have been preparing for an upcoming overseas trip.

“Mistakes have been made” by U.S. intelligence, said Trump. He is equating the weapons of mass destruction that were never found in Iraq almost 15 years ago [an argument is that they may have been moved while the US attacked Iraq]. And yet, while three intelligence services [including directors who he appointed] said there was the hack of Democratic Party email systems and attempted to influence the 2016 election to benefit Trump, he still doubts them. Again bashing the intelligence services that are protecting his country.

At least forty-one states have refused the Trump administration’s request for certain voter information. The information is for a commission to check into so-called voter fraud in November. State leaders and voting boards across the country have responded to the letter with varying degrees of cooperation — from altogether rejecting the request to expressing eagerness to supply information that is public. Some states would not provide birth dates or party affiliations. All wouldn’t provide Social Security numbers. Some flat out rejected the request saying to go to the states’ websites. Then Trump tweeted ” Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?”

Three state leaders also raised doubts about the integrity of the commission itself, and many questioned the existence of widespread voter fraud. “This entire commission is based on the specious and false notion that there was widespread voter fraud last November,” Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe “My reply would be: They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico, and Mississippi is a great State to launch from,” said Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.

Going back to Trump going after the two co-hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Trump tweeted said she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when he saw them at his Florida estate. In fact Mika Brzezinski said she “she did have a little skin under her chin tweaked” but not a face-lift. Who walks around bleeding?

She said the two and Trump were close up until about 2 years ago. Now Brzezinski in recent weeks has wondered whether Trump was mentally ill and said the country under his presidency “does feel like a developing dictatorship.” “The guy who is in the White House now is not the guy we know,” co-host Joe Scarborough said.

Surprisingly, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said “Obviously I don’t see that as an appropriate comment [the one made by Trump].”

“Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses,” Trump said. [Trump probably couldn’t figure out how to spell Brzezinski’s name.]

Brzezinski said that “Melania’s got the worst job in the country” and was doing it for her young son which then Melania criticized the “Morning Joe” co-hosts for using her to “further their own agenda.”

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president was “pushing back against people who have attacked him day after day after day….” Ever heard of “two wrongs don’t make a right” and the White House is not a kindergarten! If he can’t accept criticism….

At a 136 minute chat at the G20 conference, Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, reportedly told Russian media that Putin denied interfering and Trump accepted his denial. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had a sharply different version of the conversation, saying the two countries could not come to an agreement on the issue. Lost in translation?

Interesting to note that in the “Class of G20” official picture, Trump was almost the farthest away from the center [President of France was at the edge]. Maybe the closest to center the longest you have been the country’s leader [except the host leader].

Even at the G20 summit just before his chat with Vladimir Poutine, Trump tweeted “Everyone here is talking about why John Podesta [former chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign] refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA. Disgraceful!” You think when he said “everyone” every leader was thinking of Podesta [- nope]. Another Trump exaggeration. As well, Podesta had no rights to the DNC server to begin with as he’s not in the DNC now. Finally, if the server was to be given it would be to the FBI. The CIA can’t investigate on US soil about US issues.

And even in front of the press with the Mexican President, Trump still believes Mexico will pay for the wall. Exactly how many miles of the wall has been built?

At a speech in Warsaw, Trump finally agreed with Article 5 of the NATO constitution which states that an attack on one NATO country is like an attack on any NATO country. This differs from his early weeks where he said some negative comments about NATO and not agreeing to Article 5. Yes. Another flip flop.

As well, Trump delivered a battle cry to defend Western civilization in Warsaw, but his political vision for the alliance in the West is one that few of its other major leaders would recognize, far less embrace. “The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive,” Trump said, citing his host nation’s long battles against tyranny as an example of the tenacity needed to preserve Western values.

The spouses of the other G20 leaders toured a climate change center in Hamburg and took a river cruise [except Melania Trump who couldn’t get out of her hotel because of protests – unless the hubby told her the climate change center is bogus].

Attorneys general from 18 states and Washington D.C. sued Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after she delayed an Obama-era rule, the Borrower Defense to Repayment rule, which was created in 2016 and was set to take effect on July 1. But DeVos announced in June that she would delay its implementation. Instead, she directed her department to create committees to review and improve the rules.

Trump hired DeVos even though she had no experience in the management of education. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit. She accused DeVos of “sid[ing] with for-profit school executives against students and families drowning in unaffordable student loans.”

“The assault on the automotive industry is over,” claimed Trump in a speech this week. Tell that to the soon to be unemployed Ford works [as I mentioned in a previous blog].

220,000 jobs were gained in June but the unemployment rate still ticked up. Trump claims that the economy is going up in “gangbusters”. 220,000 in a month isn’t that great. [For example, Canada can create 40,000 jobs a month and Canada is about one-eleventh the size of the US.] Also, no idea how many of those 220,000 are full-time jobs but did wages go up in general? No idea. Ironically that one in six new jobs was in health care.

If you noticed less foreign bands touring the US [and by extension in Canada], here is one reason why – a Trump executive order from March. In 2016, the US issued more than 63,800 “O” and “P” visas, which enable entertainers, athletes or people with extraordinary abilities in the sciences or business and those traveling with them to visit the US for short term performances as well as contractual employment. For March and April of this year [where the only months the State Department has released data for] the U.S issued only 697 of those visas. The monthly tallies for visas issued in the year 2016 were not available.]

Seen in a forum:

At the G20 meeting in Hamburg:

“Master Putin, how am I doing. Are you happy with my work?”

“Padawan Drumpf, you are doing an excellent job. Thank you for trying to hide Russia’s attack during the elections as well as the information about Clinton and the Democrats that we leaked.”

 

And now Wifegate in GOP politics

Well, they are calling it Wifegate.

[The UDS seems to like their “gates”!]

Donald Trump [in his usually obnoxious way] tweeted a picture of Ted Cruz’s wife Heidi next to his wife Melania saying how hot is wife is compared to Heidi.

Now if you ever seen them, Heidi Cruz is around Ted Cruz’s age group while Melania Trump is older than the Cruzes but younger than Donald. the picture was when she was younger.

Of course that’s when a bit of hell broke loose. Cruz [among other things, said not to bring his wife or kids into their battles.

The episode, dubbed Wifegate, appeared to be retaliation for an anti-Trump Super PAC ad using 15-year-old images of Trump’s wife, Melania, in a nude photo shoot for British GQ.

Add to the fun, everyone’s favorite lack of journalism skills paper, the National Enquirer, had a story based on anonymous sources implicating Cruz in a series of extramarital affairs – some say five. The Texas senator flatly denied the story and labeled it a Trump smear.

Wow. Five affairs. Where did he get the time? And of course it came from a paper that has been sued more times than Donald Trump [the latter probably in second place].

Meanwhile it boiled over on CNN when host Don Lemon had on former Apprentice contestant Omarosa [she goes just by that name – so it seems] as well as Kellyanne Conway, who runs a pro-Cruz Super PAC.

Lemon asked Omarosa first regarding Wifegate and right away Omarosa went off topic, starting a tirade about SuperPAC. Lemon threatened to stop the “conversation” and when she continued, he cut things off and they went to a commercial.  You can view it here.

Not really surprising, right wing sites defender her! They called Lemon [who is African-American] a racist and a bigot and commented about the CNN/left wing censorship.

Huh? Who went off topic? As the host/moderator, he is supposed to keep on topic.

Then on Sunday on CNN, there was a senior advisor for Trump who also went off topic and went ballistics accusing another commentator [a former RNC director] of things which didn’t make sense. Don’t expect him to be on CNN.  You can see that tirade and more details of Wifegate here.

A number of polls give Cruz a decided edge over Trump in a hypothetical matchup against Clinton, though the many polls also show Clinton beating both. Of the three Republicans left, only Kasich beat Clinton in a new Monmouth University poll, which is interesting since Kasich has no chance of winning.

Cruz is not the GOP’s establishment. He is supposedly hated by many in the Senate. Republicans who remember Cruz’s leading role in the 2013 government-shutdown to block Obamacare still have been slow to come around.

Trump isn’t much better. He’s probably last on any GOP list. Trump’s past record includes supporting liberal politicians and causes.

Gun rights advocates go after CNN host

Figures. A right wing leaning person in Texas have started a petition to deport CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported from the United States for his “hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution.”

Morgan, a British citizen, is a long-time advocate for stricter gun control laws in the U.S. He has been especially outspoken following the recent shooting of 20 school children and a number of adults in the Newtown, Conn. massacre.
In a December 18th interview on CNN with gun advocate Larry Pratt, Pratt had argued that stricter gun control encourages violence by making it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves. Morgan lost his cool, saying: “You’re an incredibly stupid man, aren’t you?” Pratt shot back with a few comments at Morgan.

A few days later, a citizen Austin, Texas created a petition on the White House website calling for Morgan’s deportation, saying Morgan was attacking the U.S. constitution.

The petition included the following: “We demand that Mr. Morgan be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.”

Think about it. Being someone who is in front of cameras, fiercely pro gun control laws and the right wing leaning [I’ll assume] gun advocates want to toss him out of the country because of his stance. Unlike other talk show hosts, he isn’t an American.

Why not go after the other pro gun control advocates? There are plenty out there.

Maybe go after some politicians as well. Outside of losing his cool [which his guest fought back], what is the difference between Morgan and another talk show host who has come out against the NRA or who wants stricter gun control? Other than Morgan is British? Nothing.

They can’t have a petition to deport the others because they are Americans but they can try and go after Morgan, who isn’t.

Oh ya. One man can’t “undermine” the Bill of rights.

Once a petition receives 25,000 signatures it qualifies to be reviewed by the Obama administration, and a response is issued.

Among the petitions on the White House website is a petition asking for permission for the state of Texas to withdraw from the U.S. and create its own government, and one asking for Westboro Baptist Church [known for its extreme ideologies, especially those against homosexuality] to be recognized as a hate group. The Texas petition has more than 121,000 signatures, while the Westboro petition has more than 53,000.

More on fraudulent software

They’re back!

MaxMySpeed is back advertising on CNN. Don’t even touch it!

Since my initial report [ https://ebraiter.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/misleading-software-advertising-on-tv/ ], I’ve done some further checking.

MaxMySpeed claims it got a 5 “cow” ratings from the software download site tucows.com. I can’t find it there.

MaxMySpeed claims it got a 5 star ratings from the site tucows.com. I can’t find it there.

I went to the BBM [Better Business Bureau] site for Los Angeles [where they are based], and while they got an A+ rating, seems many have complained that the product only goes part way after you purchased a copy and their technician wants $199 to complete the job.

The “actual” users of the software claim that their system increases in speed by 50% or more. I wonder how these novices can know these things. [If they aren’t novices, they probably wouldn’t have a slow computer].

You also have to wonder when the web site says:

* Remove errors caused by Spyware and Viruses  – They aren’t technically errors [well except for whoever allowed them to be installed].

* Reduce the risks associated with Infected Spam and Pop-ups  – “Infected” spam and pop-ups?

* Get the solution that will reduce your computer’s errors  – “Reduce? Shouldn’t it eliminate?

The web site also claims “Our Tech Experts Can Instantly fix ALL of Your Computer Problems”. That’s probably the $199 bill. “Instantly”? Wow. That’s fast! 🙂

I decided [like before] to install it on a fresh Windows Vista [ya, right] computer. Nothing else was installed. First thing I didn’t do was install any anti-virus or anti-malware or finished updating Vista with security updates. Did it detect these? Nope.

Second thing is that after installing, it complained that I already have 400+ defragmented files, 30+ registry errors, dozens of installation log files, temporary internet files, etc. A total of nearly 700 “errors”. The majority of this is normal every day issues. They barely slow down your computer at all. You clean it today and within a week, they’re back.

You want to clean all of the above and not spend a cent? There are plenty of utilities out there. But when I ran a free utility that any good technician would use, it cleaned the registry while this “software” still detected 30+ registry errors.

Note that MaxMySpeed and DoubleMySpeed are the same. There may be others. All are “made” by CyberDefender. The software does not fix anything until you “activate” [i.e. pay them].