Lying To Congress Is A Crime

March 17th, 2017 Comments off

I was reading yesterday about Richard Nixon and his role on the House Un-American Activities Committee when he was a Congressman from California. Nixon is known for his questioning of Alger Hiss and how he trapped Hiss in a contradiction regarding Hiss’s contacts with Whittaker Chambers. Hiss was tried and eventually convicted of perjury for lying in the Congressional hearing. Yes, it is a crime to lie under oath to Congress. (BTW, here is a link to a book review on a recent book discussing this incident:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/19/joan-brady-alger-hiss-was-framed-by-nixon

Now it is 2017. The Attorney General of the U.S., Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, has pretty much admitted to lying to the Senate during his confirmation hearings regarding his contacts with representatives of the Russian government. This is a crime. So why is Beauregard not being prosecuted for this crime? Worse than that, Beauregard is still employed as the top law enforcement officer of the United States. Why is this? Why isn’t the Congress taking action to impeach this lying criminal?

Categories: General Observations Tags:

Truth and the Press

February 24th, 2017 Comments off

The illegitimate president expanded his attack on the news media with continuing criticism of legitimate news organizations and attacks on those in the executive branch that share news with the media through leaks. The obvious strategy is to suppress actual news and replace it with the illegitimate president’s fantasy of how the world should be. Both Hitler and Stalin eliminated freedom of speech and freedom of the press in order to maintain control.

Categories: General Observations Tags:

Teddy Roosevelt and the Media

February 18th, 2017 Comments off

I am reading Doris Goodwin’s book The Bully Pulpit. The book is a biography of Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft. What is interesting is how Roosevelt decided early in his political career that he would develop a relationship with newspaper reporters and provide unprecedented access to the media, first as governor of New York and later as president. The media (and especially McClure’s Magazine) helped to develop popular support for Roosevelt’s progressive policies, including taking action against the trusts and monopolies and tried to reduce the corruption in government caused by filling government jobs with political cronies.

The illegitimate president has taken a completely different tact. His approach comes from the Stalin-Hitler playbook: eliminate dissent by making the central government the sole source of information. The continuing attacks on the media are intended to undermine and eventually destroy the only institution that has the power to mobilize public opinion in opposition to the emerging corruption in the executive branch. Opposition to illegitimate president will be seriously crippled without an independent media. And the idea that social media can fill the void has no merit since social media is easily manipulated and subverted. In fact, this manipulation and corruption of social media was the mechanism that the illegitimate president used to seize power.

Categories: General Observations Tags:

Today’s Press Conference

February 16th, 2017 Comments off

I read the transcript of the press conference with the illegitimate president that took place today. (I watched a bit of the video but I could read the entire transcript in about 5 minutes while watching the video would take an hour). What is most interesting are the following claims: (1) the news media reports regarding former National Security Adviser Flynn and the Russian connection were described by the illegitimate president as fabrications and “fake news”; and (2) he wants to track down those in the White House that are leaking this information to the media. Ok, which is it: are the reports fabricated (so there are no sources) or was the information supplied by sources and thus factually correct? At least one of the claims must be false since they are mutually exclusive. Obviously (since Flynn was asked to resign) the answer must be that the media reports are truthful and the impostor president’s repeated claims of fabrications are simply lies. This would be laughable except for the fact that people and our planet are being harmed by this idiot.¬†How can anybody believe a person that states contradictions that are logically impossible to be true?

Categories: Uncategorized Tags:

History Repeats Itself

February 15th, 2017 Comments off

The illegitimate president’s complaints about leaks in the White House immediately brought me back to 45 years ago when Nixon made the same complaint. Nixon’s response was to create the “plumbers” covert ops team to fix the leaks. The plumbers were led by by E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy who engaged in various criminal activities including breaking into the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s office (looking for dirt to punish Ellsberg for leaking the Pentagon Papers). Both Liddy and Hunt were sent to prison for their participation in the break-in of the DNC office in the Watergate complex in 1972.

It is ironic that the illegitimate president took the office using some of the same dirty tricks in the Nixon playbook: the president’s agents broke into DNC records and using the information to disrupt the election, and a coordinated disinformation campaign is conducted against enemies. Now we are seeing that the connection to the Russian agents runs deeper than was originally reported with on-going investigations of the communication between aides of the illegitimate president and Russian government officials. There is likely much more to the story that we do not know.

To repeat the advice of “Deep Throat” (later identified as FBI agent Mark Felt) who leaked information to Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein, we will get the answers to our questions when we “follow the money.” No better place to start than with the tax returns of the illegitimate president.

(edit to correct grammar)

Categories: General Observations Tags:

Welcome to 2017

February 15th, 2017 Comments off

I haven’t posted any comments here for about two years. But it is a new year and the beginning of the reign of the illegitimate president. At times it feels like the bad old days of Nixon, Reagan and Bushes 41 & 43. However, there are so many unprecedented events that this also feels like uncharted territory. I am going to start to post my observations on these political events simply to have an outlet to express my feelings and outrage towards the immoral and undemocratic behavior of the new illegitimate pretender to the presidency.

Categories: General Observations Tags:

Spam Comments

February 14th, 2015 Comments off

There has been a flood of spam comments in the last few days so I have changed the settings to try and address this issue.

Categories: Site News Tags:

Mid-term Elections

November 6th, 2014 Comments off

The mid-term election results are not surprising but they are disappointing. One factor is the low turn-out of eligible voters, which results in the election of people who do not have the support of the majority of the population. Another factor is the enormous amount of spending by “independent” organizations and individuals (i.e., not the candidates nor the political parties). With the Citizens United¬†decision, there are virtually no limits on the spending. Much of the spending is not directly reported since it is not technically a campaign contribution, and the amount spend is only inferred from the advertising revenue from TV stations and similar sources. The campaign spending by third parties switches the message away from policy issues and into negative attacks on the person who is disliked by the third party. These factors make it impossible to infer anything about popular opinion on policies from the election results.

Categories: General Observations Tags:

Software Update

November 6th, 2014 Comments off

I have updated to WordPress version 4 and have updated all of the themes and plug-in to current versions.

Categories: Site News Tags:

Vergara v. State of California

June 16th, 2014 Comments off

This is the case regarding the challenge to the teacher tenure statutes in the California. Several students (funded by outside interests) claim that they are deprived of their right to equal protection in public education because tenure laws caused them to receive an inferior education. I had a chance to read the trial court’s ruling this morning. The finding of the court was that 1-4% of state public school teachers are “grossly ineffective.” The trial court judge also found that the removal process for teachers was complex and cumbersome. Applying the constitutional protections of Brown v. Bd. of Ed. and the California Serrano cases, the judge found that the teacher removal process in the statute was unconstitutional, because it is almost impossible to remove a grossly ineffective teacher. He also found that the seniority statute was unconstitutional, which seems to have no relationship at all to the issue at hand. IMHO, this is a poorly reasoned and written decision and there is a good change that it will not be adopted in its current form on appeal. I agree that the funding and motivation for the case came from anti-union, ultraconservative interests. There is a legitimate concern in those rare cases when a student is stuck in a class with a “grossly ineffective” teacher, but here the remedy goes way beyond what is needed to address this concern.

Categories: Uncategorized Tags: