Rob’s Weekly News Wrap-Up 3/22-3/29

The week began with Attorney General William Barr’s memo, which seemed to imply the Mueller report cleared Trump of all charges. Trump celebrated by going after our health care and depriving Puerto Rico of badly needed resources.

Trump’s “Got Away with Treason” Tour | Real Time with Bill Maher

The week closed with Adam Shiff’s an historic viral take-down of Trump’s Congressional enablers on the GOP side of the House Intelligence Committee, and an Alexandria Cortez MSNBC Town Hall to discuss the Green New Deal as a policy proposal.

It’s refreshing to see Americans engage with each other to solve problems.

I agree with Congressman Schiff: Trump’s corruption is not OK, and neither is the GOP’s.

On a personal note, I had family in town this week. We did some sightseeing but mostly we sat around and talked; I don’t socialize often so it was exhausting. I avoided the news because I was furious with the press for falling for another obvious gaslight, although props to @MSNBC for more accuracy than @CNN or @Fox.

Americans aren’t falling for the gaslight either; 56% still think Trump conspired with Russia.

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Rob’s Weekly Wrap Up 3/8-3/15

This week opened with violence in Venezuela and more stories of wealth and corruption as we learned how wealthy people paid ‘consultants’ to scam their kids into ivy league schools. President Trump produced a budget that cuts Medicare and social security to pay for the wall Mexico will pay for and the courts sentenced Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, to seven years in prison in two separate trials.

Prosecutors in New York indicted Manafort on state crimes immediately after the second hearing: Trump can’t pardon state crimes. The House and Senate vetoed Trump’s emergency declaration and in New Zealand a white supremacist murdered 43 Muslims as they prayed in their Mosque: his manifesto touted America’s 45th president as inspiration. America’s white supremacists immediately denounced the horrific tragedy as a false flag operation.

As comic relief, old tapes exposed a racist homophobe on Fox as a racist homophobe. I’m still not sure why this is news:

Nancy Pelosi says it’s not worth impeaching trump if she can’t get a bipartisan consensus. I think she is right. Democrats can’t do this alone: the GOP  House and Senate will either do its job or go down for not doing it. What do you think?

The UK is in chaos after the vote on Brexit:

As a FYI, if you’ve heard about the Green New Deal but don’t think you understand what it does, this video offers a possible explanation.

On a personal note, spring arrived; it was a glorious week in San Francisco.

Yesterday a headache became a migraine. I’m still not at 100%, and I made the mistake of trying the new WordPress editor mid-post and it screwed everything up. I apologize for any mistakes in this post.  I’m going to close comments use the rest of the weekend to learn the new editor and fix the post.

I’ll catch up with folks on Monday. Or sooner

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Rob’s Weekly News Wrap Up 3/02-3/08

It was a frustrating week of endless disclosures of Trump Family Crimes closing with Trump’s abuse of  power to retaliate against Michael Cohen after signing Bibles for tornado victims who thank God for a president who denies climate change.

How is this horrible man still President?

Animated Gif of President Trump shoving his way through a group of men
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Meanwhile Trump crony and co-conspirator, Paul Manafort, got four years in for
crimes that would have most of us in prison for most of our lives.

On a personal note, I felt unsafe walking around the City with a Canon DSLR and told a friend I was shopping for a phone with a powerful camera. She surprised me with a Galaxy S10 I. I’m grateful to have friends who support my work. I’ll use the weekend to learn my new tool and use the photos for #WordlessWednesday 🙂

 

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03/08/2019

The Cohen Hearings: Is This Who We Are?

I’ve spent most of the day watching Michael Cohen give testimony.

He seems tormented and determined to redeem himself.

This felt like a day of reckoning for Michael Cohen and the American people.

The President represents the People; and our ‘ethos’ as a People is an expression of who we are as individuals.

Donald Trump is a sadistic crook: is that who we are as individuals?

 

“When we’re dancing with the angels, the question will be asked: In 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact? Did we stand on the sidelines and say nothing?”  Rep. Elijah Cummings, February 22, 2019

 

I’ve gathered segments of Cohen’s testimony from different news outlets
for the sake of comparison.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is a link to most of the testimony:

And because I can’t resist:

 

Portrait of Donald Trump in Green, Rob Goldstein, based on a portrait in the public domain.