Closing Thought–31Aug17

Codes have always been a part of the US government….Washington had codes used by his spies…..Jefferson had a special code that he used when communication with Lewis and Clark….so codes have always had a special place in American politics.

It looks like a resigning bureaucrat has left a secret message to Pres. Trump in his resignation letter…

“IMPEACH.” That was the hidden message spelled out by the first letter of every paragraph in Daniel Kammen’s resignation letter to President Trump. The Hill reports Kammen resigned as the State Department’s science envoy this week over Trump’s response to Charlottesville. “Your failure to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis has domestic and international ramifications,” Kammen writes in his resignation. Kammen’s acrostic message joins the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities’ “RESIST” in its resignation letter. The Atlantic argues that while hidden messages aren’t “the boldest way to express a political view,” they have been effective. “In a real-time news environment that privileges bite-sized absurdities as ultra-shareable, this kind of thing travels far and wide,” it states. They also aren’t new: In 2009, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger spelled out “FUCK YOU” with the first letter of every sentence in a veto message.

This is no surprise to me….for DC is full of games and counter-speak….why not spice up your resignation letter?

Sorry that is best I have to close out the day…..be well, be safe…..chuq

Closing Thought–28Aug17

Another One Gone….Another One Gone…Another One Bites The Dust!

Pres. Trump is losing people…well those people that hide in the shadows and preach hate…..Flynn, The Mooch, and now the “Magic Gerkin”….Gorka.

Will Steven Miller be next? Controversial Trump aide Sebastian Gorka, an ally of Steve Bannon, is out of the White House. He appears to have been ousted as part of chief of staff John Kelly’s push to clean house, reports the New York Times. “Sebastian Gorka did not resign, but I can confirm he no longer works at the White House,” a White House official tells Politico. Even if the 46-year-old Gorka didn’t officially resign, he was clearly preparing to do so—the conservative Federalist ran portions of his resignation letter in which he expressed disappointment over what he sees as the White House’s new direction. “It is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are—for now—ascendant within the White House,” Gorka wrote. “As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.”

In the letter, Gorka took particular exception to the new Afghanistan strategy unveiled by the president. Like Bannon, Gorka opposes sending new troops. And “the fact that those who drafted and approved the speech removed any mention of Radical Islam or radical Islamic terrorism proves that a crucial element of your presidential campaign has been lost.” Gorka had focused on national security issues in his role as deputy assistant to the president and had plenty of critics. In fact, two House Democrats recently unveiled legislation seeking to bar Gorka and Miller from collecting White House salaries, reports the Hill. The lawmakers accused the pair of encouraging white supremacy. Gorka had been a contributor to Breitbart News before joining the White House, and it wasn’t clear whether he would rejoin Bannon there now that he’s out.

Tghe man was a toad but to be fair…there are some that saw him in a positive light….why?  I have no idea.

Source: Breaking: Sebastian Gorka Resigns From Trump Administration

Rudy To The Rescue

Everybody is waiting on bated breath to see how the struggle of the AG will turn out……more than that they are waiting to see if Mueller can be fired or will he be fired……

Sessions is probably not long for the Trump admin…….it is only a matter of time….

When he, Sessions, is given his walking papers who will be the magic man that will be tapped to do the dirty deed for Trump….fire Mueller?

Many many people are being floated as possible replacements…..but the one I like is a long time Trump boot licker….Sir Rudy of Gotham……

First, President Trump told the New York Times that he regretted making Jeff Sessions his attorney general because of Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Russian investigation. On Monday, Trump piled on, referring to Sessions as “beleaguered” in a tweet. “So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?” he wrote. The insult is “remarkable,” observes a post by Andrew Prokop at Vox, and it might suggest that Trump is signaling he wants Sessions to resign so he doesn’t have to fire him. Amid all this palace intrigue, meanwhile, comes a report from the respected Mike Allen at Axios that Trump is considering replacing Sessions with Rudy Giuliani.

The report, based on anonymous West Wing sources, says Trump has been floating the idea among his inner circle. But Allen adds that the president often “muses about possible personnel moves that he never makes, sometimes just to gauge the listener’s reaction.” At New York, Benjamin Hart notes that Sessions was not only one of Trump’s earliest backers but has been one of his most aggressive advocates in terms ofpolicy while in office. He seems to have failed the loyalty test, however, something that Giuliani routinely aces. So might the former New York City mayor truly end up running the Justice Department? “Stranger things have happened,” writes Hart.

Any thoughts on this situation?

Speak up.

The Army Secretary America Needs

Trump is having a helluva time finding someone to lead the Army as Secretary of the Army…..his last 2 appointees had to drop out because of their business dealings or their mouth would prove to be a hindrance.

I offered up my choice if I had a vote in a post from several days ago……my choice was Chuck Hagel….but hey read my thoughts for yourself…..

Source: Can We Find One Good Man? – In Saner Thought

America can’t afford to see the U.S. Army continue in strategic and organizational drift.

According to U.S. Code Title 10, the secretary of the Army is “responsible for, and has the authority necessary to conduct, all affairs of the Department of the Army,” including such functions as “recruiting, organizing, supplying, equipping, training, servicing,” and the “formulation of policies and programs . . . that are fully consistent with national security objectives and policies established by the President or the Secretary of Defense.” Today’s Army is suffering in almost all of those areas.

Source: The Army Secretary America Needs | The National Interest Blog

According to the article there are 3 characteristics needed to be a good SEcArmy

• Army-specific knowledge and experience.

• A solid understanding of business practices.

• An understanding of how things work on Capitol Hill.

Chuck Hagel fits the bill perfectly……he is a combat veteran with the Army in Vietnam…..he was a successful businessman before he ran for Congress and became a Senator…thus he is well acquainted with the inner workings of Capital Hill…..

The man is a perfect candidate for the job of Secretary of the Army.

Will commonsense prevail?  No, that is not a joke.

But my bet is on some numb nuts that is in Trump’s back pocket will get the nod and the Army will suffer.

The Army needs a good man at the helm….and there is NO better candidate than Chuck Hagel.

I have sent a copy of this post to my Senators with my recommendation……we will see if they are listening…..

Thoughts?

Can We Find One Good Man?

Women have been asking that question for centuries…..but for this post I am talking about a question that must be asked within the Trump administration…..it appears that they are having a bitch of a time finding a Secretary of the Army.

The first nominee was a dude named Viola…a billionaire bud of Trump’s but after a few weeks he decided to withdraw is name….

Vincent Viola, Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Army, has withdrawn his name from consideration.

Viola, founder of digital stock trading firm Virtu Financial and owner of the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers, said his existing business ties made navigating the confirmation process too difficult.
“I appreciate the confidence President Trump showed in me,” he said in a statement. “I offer my continued support for President Trump and his administration, and look forward to redoubling my efforts to support the Army and its veterans as private citizens.”

The boyz in the White House put their collective heads together and named a replacement for Viola….Mark Green, state senator from Tennessee…..but after a few weeks he up and withdrew his name also…..

President Trump’s choice for Army secretary withdrew his nomination on Friday in the face of growing criticism over his remarks about Muslims and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans, the AP reports. Mark Green, a Republican state senator from Tennessee, said in a statement that “false and misleading attacks” against him had turned his nomination into a distraction. “Tragically, my life of public service and my Christian beliefs have been mischaracterized and attacked by a few on the other side of the aisle for political gain,” Green said, expressing “deep regret” over the decision. Green is the second Trump nominee for Army secretary to withdraw.

The move to step aside comes after a video began circulating of remarks Green gave in September to a tea party group in Chattanooga. Green, who is opposed to gay marriage, said being transgender is a disease. He urged that a stand be taken against “the indoctrination of Islam” in public schools and also referred to the “Muslim horde” that invaded Constantinople hundreds of years ago. Green’s withdrawal underscores the challenges Trump has faced in filling two of the service secretary posts. The president’s first pick to be the Army’s top civilian, Vincent Viola, dropped out in early February because of financial entanglements, and about three weeks later Philip B. Bilden, the Navy secretary nominee, withdrew for similar reasons.

Their luck sucks!  Or maybe they need to vet a bit better to avoid this type of embarrassment….

If anyone would like a name…a good name…then look no further than Chuck Hagel…..why?

He is a Republican, he was a US senator from Nebraska, former Secretary of State…plus he is a combat veteran in the US Army….I can guarantee that a combat vet would do everything in his power to be sure the US Army was in good hands…..(I wrote about Hagel when he resigned as SecState)…..

Source: Chuck Hagel–A Sign Of The Time? – In Saner Thought

Of course no one in the White House asked for my recommendation….but they need to look beyond billionaire buddies to control the fate of our soldiers.

They will not…but they should.

 

All In The Family

I wish I was reviewing the old sitcom from the 70’s….but not this time….this time I am talking about nepotism.  Does that term confuse you?

Nepotism is a favoritism that is based on kinship. Nepotism is usually seen to be a negative practice because it implies that the person getting the job, promotion, college admittance, or property is usually not otherwise qualified enough to have it. There are no uniform laws regarding nepotism, but there are many different ways to approach a legal case where nepotism is suspected.

Nepotism can take place in politics where a person with a political position either passes on their position or gets employment for a member of their family.

Pres. Trump seems to appreciate keeping important positions in the family both personal and extended family.

Huh?

His lordship appointed his son-in-law and his sons and daughter have a run of the White House while still doing business under the “Trump” name…..now his “sister” Conway has her hubby in a position of power……

Life around the Conway family dinner table is about to get a little more exciting: CNN reports that George Conway, husband of top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, is set to be named to a key Justice Department position by the president. George Conway would head up the civil division, which would put him in line to defend legal challenges to White House policies, which could interestingly include the travel ban. Conway is a longtime lawyer and has a client list that includes the NFL, Philip Morris, and Paula Jones in her sexual harassment suit against former President Clinton.

Putting a “family member” in the DOJ is a sound decision…it is called….Covering Your Ass” (CYA)

This position will be able to keep the prez abreast of the lawsuits and such….and even can be used to make some of the more inconvenient ones go away….plus it will be a great place for anyone that needs to be around when Kellyanne inserts her foot in her mouth.

Another nomination that is for his benefit….not the nation’s.

(Should I Tweet this out?)

Where’s The Trump Doctrine?

I have been a critic of our new master about his ideas and his actions in the field of international relations…..I have been watching what he does and so far I still have no idea what his agenda really is….of course we all know what he has stated as his agenda but actions do not bear out those statements.

I have been reading lots of sources to see if anyone has an idea of the direction our foreign policy will eventually lead…..these two sources that I felt I needed to share for those that are in the same state of confusion as me……

Tomorrow, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet face-to-face with President Trump for the first time, each to take the other’s measure. Mr. Trump has previously criticized Mrs. Merkel for her open-door immigration policy and, by implication in his criticism of NATO, for Germany’s paltry defe…

Source: Where’s the Trump Doctrine? | The American Spectator

Trump has forced many long time bureaucrats, those that actually know what is what, to resign or has fired outright.

The problem is that we have a civilian run government and Trump has replaced many of those civilians with generals……where will this lead?

Here we are, two months into the Trump Administration—that’s approaching 5 percent of his first term—and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis remains the only Trump-tapped Pentagon poobah.

He’s the lone confirmed civilian appointee inside the Defense Department, according to a nifty job tracker from the Washington Post and the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service that’s tracing 53 senior Pentagon positions.

The Army secretary is listed as “WITHDRAWAL PENDING” and the Navy secretary is branded “FAILED.” Last week, reports surfaced that Trump’s choice to oversee the Air Force is in trouble. Forty-eight of the 53 posts carry the label “NO NOMINEE.”

Source: Filling in the Blanks at Trump’s Pentagon | The National Interest Blog

How long can this country’s national security be held in balance without those people that keep it so?  People that have been trained and have the experience of moving through the wheels of government….there is a time when amateurs are not the best way forward…..

There is a good reason that civilians are needed in the mix for foreign policy…..military men were not trained to do so……they are trained for war not avoiding it.

According to retired Army colonel and bestselling author Andrew Bacevich, the American military is today being used to solve problems it was not designed to solve. Current U.S. foreign policy, he said, is “based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the efficacy of military power, particularly American military power,” which leads foreign-policy elites to select objectives that do not align with our frequently misunderstood strategic reality. As a result, Bacevich concludes, “we engage in wars that are unnecessary and counterproductive, notably in large parts of the Islamic world.”

Source: Why America’s Military Shouldn’t Be Managing International Affairs | The National Interest

I know Trump won the election….big f*cking deal!

He needs to buck up and do something to help secure our security and to sure up our foreign policy….slogans are NOT the answer.  Did you understand that?  Solutions need more than some cute slogan on a hat.

Don’t Forget Your Tin Foil Hat

WE have crazies on the Right…well that is an understatement….we have a wealth of batcrap crazies…..and the Trump administration has put most of them to work.

Remember those guys back in the day that wore a tin foil hat to stop the brain waves being tapped by aliens?  Or from receiving secret messages from space?  Nice to see that these people have found gainful employment…..within the Trump admin.

Well maybe those guys are not as crazy as we pretended they were…..and it goes all the way to the White House…..

She may have been speaking from her home in New Jersey, but Kellyanne Conway put the focus back on NYC’s Trump Tower on Sunday. In an interview with the Bergen County Record, Conway was asked about President Trump’s allegations that Trump Tower was wiretapped by the Obama administration, and her response was read by the Record as a suggestion that something “broader” may have been going on. The key lines: “What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other now … There was an article this week that talked about how you can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets—any number of different ways, microwaves that turn into cameras, etc. We know that that is just a fact of modern life.” Cue headlines like these:

  • “Kellyanne Conway Suggests That Obama Could Have Used Microwaves to Spy on Trump” (New York Magazine)
  • “Yes, Kellyanne Conway just suggested Trump Tower could have been monitored through TVs and microwaves” (Washington Post)

On Monday, Conway hit back at such coverage, tweeting, “response to Bergen Record was about surveillance articles in news & techniques generally, not about campaign. Headline just wrong.” On Good Morning America, she said she “was making a comment about the articles from this past week [like this one] … I wasn’t making a suggestion about Trump Tower. These are two separate things.” The Post still faults her for linking them, with Aaron Blake writing, “Her decision to invoke these kinds of surveillance techniques when asked about alleged monitoring of Trump Tower by the Obama administration is only going to [breathe] life into the story going forward.” As for any alleged wiretapping of Trump Tower, “The answer is I don’t have any evidence and I’m very happy that the House intelligence committee are investigating,” Conway said on GMA.

For me the best line was……”The Bergen Record journalist asked her was “do you know that Trump Tower was wiretapped?” — and said she’s “not in the job of having evidence.”

No better closing that that statement.

But if I had to find a better closing statement to add to the humor is one Sean Spicer…..he just had to add his version of the lunacy…..

According to Spicer’s new argument, Trump didn’t necessarily mean wire tapping when he said “wire tapping” — and reporters should know this because he put the phrase in quotation marks. By “wire tapping,” Trump could have been referring to any one among “a whole host of surveillance types.” Obviously.

Please stop talking!  You answer are dropping the IQ of anyone listening.

Strangest Show on Earth

Since Pres, Trump started naming names for his new cabinet I have been wry…..to me he has too many Goldman-Sachs CEOs and too many generals waiting their turn at the wheel.

As we start the Trump presidency, events just keep getting more bizarre. At his first and last press conference as president-elect, Donald Trump boasted about his divestment plan in which he was “sort of, kind of” turning over the management of his business enterprises to his two adult sons. He displayed a table full of documents which were supposed to indicate the extent of his divestment, but the documents were not made available for the press to examine.

Furthermore, in spite of claiming that he was stepping away from his business enterprises, Trump was still boasting being offered a $2 billion deal from a Dubai businessman. While Trump assured us that he turned the deal down, the obvious question is why he was discussing it in the first place.

Source: The Trump Cabinet: Strangest Show on Earth

None of his choices, so far, indicate a clean break with the status quo that has been in control for decades….yes, I know it is early and we need to give them time to get down to business….as it looks right now it is a more neocon cabinet than the one set forth by GW.

“You Scratch Mine And I Will Do You”

How to secure job security…..

We all remember the FBI involvement in the 2016 election, right?  Or was that just too long ago for some of you people?

Well it looks like the head of the FBI gets a thank you from our new president…..

James Comey will stay on as FBI director under President Trump, reports the New York Times. Neither the White House nor the FBI has announced the news, but Comey has been telling top aides of late that the president wants him to remain. The Washington Post and ABC News have confirmed it. The decision has been closely watched, given Comey’s controversial role in the election: Hillary Clinton supporters say he cost her the election with a last-minute inquiry into her email that ultimately yielded nothing, while Trump had criticized his earlier decision not to bring criminal charges against her over the email.

Funny how that worked out, huh?

Nobody likes a “brown noser”….a “cheese eater”……