The disaster that is the tRump administration was pointed out in a recent article in The American Conservative by Mark Perry titled “Tillerson and Mattis Cleaning Up Kushner’s Middle East Mess-Are the adults in the room being thwarted?” Probably the most revealing paragraph focuses on Jared Kushner and how totally unprepared he is for the position to the point of sabotaging Rex Tillerson and the DOD with his statements and actions. The most damning paragraph refers to Kushner as a “vacuous kid” and “31 year-old amateur.”
From the article:
A close associate of the secretary of state says that Tillerson was not only “blind-sided by the Trump statement,” but “absolutely enraged that the White House and State Department weren’t on the same page.” Tillerson’s aides, I was told, were convinced that the true author of Trump’s statement was U.A.E. ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, a close friend of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. “Rex put two-and-two together,” his close associate says, “and concluded that this absolutely vacuous kid was running a second foreign policy out of the White House family quarters. Otaiba weighed in with Jared and Jared weighed in with Trump. What a mess.” The Trump statement was nearly the last straw for Tillerson, this close associate explains: “Rex is just exhausted. He can’t get any of his appointments approved and is running around the world cleaning up after a president whose primary foreign policy adviser is a 36-year-old amateur.”
During this time of the Drumpf, GOP office holders are acting enabled to flex their power into the lives of opposing activists by complaining to their bosses who pressures the political protester to resign. The latest example is Saily Avelenda of West Caldwell, New Jersey, who was a senior vice president and assistant general counsel at Lakeland Bank in NJ. She opposed Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen through a opposition group called: NJ 11th for Change, a group that formed after the election of Donald Trump and has been pressuring Frelinghuysen to meet with constituents in his district and oppose the Trump agenda. He sent a fund raising letter to a member of the bank’s board and wrote a note on it that an activist against him worked at the board member’s bank. She felt the pressure and resigned.
This is where petitioning the government for grievances gets far too personal.
CNN is reporting that one senior administration official said Sebastian Gorka is expected to find an opportunity outside the White House soon. Another said it’s possible he would take another job in the administration, but added it’s more likely he will leave altogether. That official said Gorka was simply generating too much controversy for the White House and it ‘s hard to distinguish between his utterly absurd pronouncements and those of the Majority Report staff mocking him.
Do you remember when President Barack Obama was credited for Harry Reid applying the “nuclear option” on judicial nominees under the level of SCOTUS? Me either, but this morning, on MSNBC, that’s the one “big win” DAILY BEAST reporter Betsy Woodruff gave tRumpleThinSkin for Mitch McConnell eliminating the filibuster to confirm the executioner, Neal Gorsuch. Judging by the new commercial trumpeting the first 100 days of our “glorious leader,” our heads have spun completely off by all of the “winning” oozing out of the White House.
Happy April 5th to the Majority Report and listeners, First Contact Day to the Star Trek universe and my youngest daughter’s 43rd birthday in my much smaller universe; but to the topic of universal health care, opponents to a single payer plan point to higher taxes, but businesses won’t be required to pay for employees health plans so shouldn’t those employees get a pay increase commensurate with that savings minus any increase in business tax if any? I can’t recall that factor being extolled in health care coverage discussions.
Hello to all at the Majority Report, very glad to see no one was swept away by the awesome power of Stella, but moving on to the many memes online with Kelley Ann Conway taking selfies with a microwave oven camera which are funny and appropriate, but are what I see as a great study in how humans make assumptions based on experience. I worked on radars while serving in the navy, the shipyard, and when I wrote tech manuals as a private contractor so that experience affects my perspective. Almost everyone old enough to use a microwave oven to pop corn calls the heating appliance a “microwave,” therefore when Conway heard the reference vis a vis the Wikileaks CIA spying methods documents release, she and most others probably assumed microwaves are the picture taking oven appliance, thus the many memes on social media. But, microwave frequencies run from 300 Mhz to 300 Ghz which encompasses the frequencies of millimeter wave (mmw) scanners used by TSA at airports. These devices are a privacy concern, because the highly detailed pictures are very graphic and have been shared by TSA employees. The scanners are “microwave” devices which operate at 24Ghz-30Ghz (about 10 millimeters), so in my opinion are most likely what was referred to in the the CIA dump.
Today is the deadline the House Intelligence Committee gave tRump to provide them evidence of his tweet that Obama tapped the campaign at the NY tRump Dump. Amanda Terkle reports it’s not clear whether the tRumplings will respond or if their is any evidence at all.
So far, there is no evidence that tRump’s allegation was anything but a conspiracy theory, perhaps picked up from a right-wing website. If there is proof, Trump seems to be the only person to have it. Today, Conway admitted she personally didn’t have any evidence that Obama had ordered wiretapping of tRump, although she put forward the theory that it could have happened through “microwaves that turn into cameras.”
The current occupant of the White House has been quiet about his explosive allegation since his original tweetstorm and this morning he ignored a reporter’s question about whether the Justice Department would comply with the committee’s request.
Hi Sam, Since you’ve been speaking of worker action, I just wanted to clue you in: The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) has threatened to call a “day of action” to shut down ports along the East and Gulf coasts to protest “government interference” in hiring practices and job losses on the docks. The union is expected to soon announce the date (*probably march 10*) for the work stoppage, which would also include a march on Washington, DC. This action is under review at other union ports on the US west coast and around the world.
The complete story can be found here: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/27/dock-f27.html
The call for a work stoppage follows a number of recent job actions, including a one-day unsanctioned walkout in New York and New Jersey in January, 2016 and a slowdown at the Port of Charleston, South Carolina earlier this year. Internationally the situation is just as volatile. Most recently, 6,000 Spanish dockworkers have carried out protests and are preparing to strike in March to defend jobs against attacks by employers and the Spanish and EU governments. Over the past month, informal negotiations resumed between the ILA and the United States Maritime Alliance, which represents employers, well in advance of the September, 2018 contract expiration. The main issues, according to the ILA, are ensuring local contracts are settled concurrently with the master contract and preventing full terminal automation.
The authority for CBP/ICE to stop and search all passengers on a domestic flight by demanding they “show me your papers” is not in the authorizing statutes for either organization according to two sources interviewed in THE ATLANTIC:
Barry Friedman, the Jacob D. Fuchsberg professor of law and affiliated professor of politics at New York University, is the author of “Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission,” a new book-length study of intrusive police investigation and search practices. “Is this remotely constitutional?” he asked. “I think it isn’t. We all know generally the government can’t come up and demand to see identification.” Officers need to have statutory authority to search and reasonable suspicion that the person to be searched has violated the law, he said. Andre Segura, senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, told me that “I’m not aware of any aviation exception” for domestic passengers. Unfortunately, for most who fly, the time and effort to challenge federal agents in uniform carrying weapons is not worth the hassle, so citizens abdicate their civil rights due to pragmatic expediency.