Rob’s Weekly News Wrap-Up 02/22-03/01

update 03/03/19

I just learned that the formatting of this post got wonky and needed fixing.
My apologies for whatever it was that caused it.  The post looks fixed now.

This was a week of truth-telling and hypocrisy as Congressional Hearings opened on Wednesday with a day’s worth of public testimony from Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen.

 

My take? GOP congressional reps don’t know who they work for or why they were hired.

 

Trump’s visit to Viet Nam with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un ended with the president looking like a fool when he left early and defended the brutal autocrat’s murder of an American citizen.

Friday opened with news of breaches of National Security at the highest levels of government because the President gives high-level security clearance to family members.

 

Oh yes, and Jussie Smollett:

 

On a personal note, it was a busy week, my podcast with Matt Pappas at Beyond Your Past went live. I’ve also upgraded my video software and other equipment so I have some studying to do.

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Rob Goldstein 2019

 

13 thoughts on “Rob’s Weekly News Wrap-Up 02/22-03/01

  1. No, I haven’t tried the new editor. I’m not very good with tech changes so am hoping I might not have to. So far it seems to be voluntary – but who knows how long that will last.

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  2. I’m late to your round-up this week. There’s something odd about the layout as it appears on my screen – huge gaps between the links. At first I thought you’d forgotten them entirely as I scrolled down and down before getting to the first one. Maybe it’s only me.

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  3. Rob, the GOP legislators in attendance did not heed the message, but tried to destroy the messenger. If they bothered to listen, a few things might scare the crap out of them:

    Cohen said you are doing exactly what I did for ten years, defending an indefensible man. It will not end well for you.
    Cohen also said Trump is being investigated for other alleged crimes which he cannot talk about.
    Cohen also said he had bullied 500 contractors at Trump’s orders to avoid paying them for their work. These are plumbers, electricians, sheet rock people, etc. Cohen said Trump reveled in these stories from Cohen. (it should be noted, of his over four thousand lawsuits at the time of the election he has been in, over 200 were from contractors who tried to get the money he promised them).

    I have asked these legislators and others the simple question – is Trump the kind of person you want to spend your dear reputation on? These GOP legislators have made a serious miscalculation – they think all the lying by Trump has stopped and that all lies from the past have been discovered and aired. Both of these are inaccurate.

    It will only get worse as he continues in his death spiral. I strongly recommend to the GOP to save the planet, country and their own party and stand up to this man. Being his sycophants, per Cohen, will not end well for them.

    Keith

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    1. If these GOP House and Senate members have an ounce of self-respect they would allow our law enforcement to indict and arrest trump or at least neutralize him while we investigate his security breaches. But there is something we haven’t considered: the most collusive GOP House and Senate members rode to power with the reactionary ‘Tea-Party’ Movement of 2012 and 2014. It is possible that some of these people were already conspiring with Putin and that the entire thing was an ‘Active Measure’ designed to soften us to right wing extremism which would normalize extremist language and political tactics and eventually deafen us to a threat like trump. Let’s face it Keith, our parents would never have accepted the political leadership of a crook like Mitch McConnell nor would they have let him corrupt the courts as we have. America has some serious corrective decisions to make if we expect to restore a healthy democracy.

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      1. Rob, very true. Mitch McConnell is a poster child of what is wrong with Washington pre-Trump. Steve Schmidt, a former GOP strategist summarized a long term plan that should scare people. He said back in the late 1990s, the Koch Brothers saw the demographic projections and they feared long term for the viability of the GOP and conservative movement. So, they developed a long term plan, that goes well beyond Trump.

        Since whites will be not be a majority mid-century, they developed a plan which includes elements of:
        – voter management (suppression, gerrymandering, etc.)
        – limiting exposure to liberal thinking and promoting more conservative thinking on campuses
        – gaining state legislatures to get a 2/3 majority of states asking for a constitutional amendment meeting that would roll back to having the Governor appoint Senators among other things
        – limiting civil rights for the many assuring the preservation for the few

        Another thing he noted that is scary is the link to Russia, where LGBT rights are squelched and the population is extremely Caucasian. This Trump Russia thing is not new.

        Many people have never heard of two tools that are used. One is called ALEC and the other is Sinclair Broadcasting. The former provides cookie-cutter language for GOP led state governments to manage votes, assume control over state university systems and promote fossil fuel interests. This has happened in North Carolina where I live.

        Sinclair is like the Fox News of local stations. They own a significant number of stations around the country and require the news broadcasts to include editorials they write. Google John Oliver and Sinclair Broadcasting for a look.

        I do not make this up and it scares me. I am a 60 year old white man and former GOP member and this scares me. What also scares me is I had been thinking about the demographic changes as a rationale, so to hear Steve Schmidt say this validated my crazy line of thinking. What I find interesting is all of these conspiratorial people, who focus on issues that make no sense, do not talk about this one as it affects their tribe.
        As I said earlier, I have witnessed this playbook in NC since 2010, where the mid-terms gains were used to resdistrict with the new census.

        Keith

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      2. I knew of all of these plans, Keith. The GOP also became the ‘politically correct’ party while cleverly using the term to disparage opposition. The horror of our current dilemma is that all of this information is and was available to the public and no one took it seriously. ‘Blood in the Face’ is a 1991 documentary about the rise of Neo-Confederate and Neo-Nazi organizations. The documentary describes how how right wing extremists planned to take over our government, office by office, starting at the state level. The film even describes the plan to stack the judiciary.

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