Sunday, August 12, 2018

B4T - Bikers for Trump

Trump raged on Saturday, lashing out at his Justice Department on Twitter before welcoming members of a "Bikers for Trump" fan group. Trump signed autographs and posed for selfies as his guests booed reporters. The bikers chanted "Four more years!" and "USA!" as he entered.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Chinese state media accuse U.S. of 'mobster mentality'

Chinese state media accused the United States of a “mobster mentality” in its move to implement additional tariffs on Chinese goods. Beijing said it would slap additional tariffs of 25 percent on $16 billion worth of U.S. imports, in retaliation to United States plans to begin collecting 25 percent extra in tariffs on $16 billion of Chinese goods.
“China continues to do its utmost to avoid a trade war, but in the face of the U.S.’s ever greater demand for protection money, China has no choice but to fight back,” it said.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Shaun Weiss of ‘Mighty Ducks’ fame arrested

Shaun Weiss, the 39-year-old actor who played goalie Goldberg in the Mighty Ducks movies was arrested in Northern California. Oroville police arrested Weiss on Aug. 4.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Perth Mint Scammer Joseph Charles Viola Busted

Joseph Charles Viola, 29, was employed at the Perth Mint as an IT specialist when he began pilfering gold from its finished goods vault over seven weeks between February and April 2016. He smuggled more than $54,000 worth of gold coins and bars out of the Perth Mint in a computer tower in a bid to shower his ex-fiancee with “gifts and dinners.”

Viola’s theft was uncovered when police reviewed CCTV during an investigation launched after an audit revealed five gold bars and eight gold coins were missing.

Viola's lawyer said his client was a “very fragile person” with a history of psychological problems. Viola, who pleaded guilty to six counts, must serve 12 months behind bars before he becomes eligible for parole.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Trump calls on Jeff Sessions to end Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation ‘right now’

In his most direct call for shutting down the probe, Trump wrote on Twitter: “This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further." “Bob Mueller is totally conflicted,” Trump continued, while providing no evidence that Mueller, a Republican appointed by Republicans, is biased against him.

The demand comes on the eve of the first trial arising from the probe into Russia’s role in the election, Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who faces 18 counts of bank and tax fraud charges.
An element of Mueller’s investigation includes whether Trump or anyone in the campaign tried to obstruct justice. The New York Times reported last week the Mueller team was examining negative tweets and statements by Trump.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Trump blasts Koch brothers as a ‘total joke’ among Republicans

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at the Koch brothers, tweeting that the billionaire industrialists are a “total joke in real Republican circles.” The Koch brothers have built a massive fortune through oil and gas, and are among the 10 wealthiest individuals in the world with a net worth of approximately $60 billion each. Together, they’ve funnelled billions of dollars into the Republican Party, right-leaning think tanks and conservative causes since the 1980s. They’re also highly influential among GOP donors. Charles Koch told reporters that he cared little for party affiliation and regretted supporting some Republicans.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Trump accuses Twitter of silencing Republicans - calls it 'discriminatory and illegal'

Trump called out a practice commonly called "shadow banning," in which Twitter limits visibility in search results for particular accounts. Trump claimed the company is limiting the reach of "prominent Republicans." It is unclear which law Trump is referring to. Twitter denied it saying "our behavioral ranking doesn't make judgments based on political views or the substance of Tweets." Twitter saw similar claims of conservative censorship in the fall, after suspending several extreme-right accounts in an effort to reduce hate speech and threats of violence on the site.
Meanwhile Trump unleashed his most direct attack yet on his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, while denying he knew in advance about his son Donald Jr.'s meeting with Russians. Trump Jr. had welcomed the possibility of receiving dirt from Russian sources. One of the Russian attendees, Natalia Veselnitskaya, has since admitted to working for Russian President Vladimir Putin as a Kremlin informant.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Republican congressman Sean Duffy accuses Canada of ‘economic terrorism’

Canada imposed tariffs on more than 200 U.S. products, including cucumbers, orange juice and beef, in a measured 1 for 1 response against Trump’s tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

Remarks from Duffy were the most inflammatory uttered about Canada’s trade practices by any Republican member of Congress in the Trump era. Duffy spoke a day after Trump announced a $12 billion aid package for US farmers. In tweets on Wednesday, Trump criticized all tariff critics as “weak” and accused them of undermining him.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Trump-Cohen secret audio tape made public

Candidate Donald Trump is heard on tape discussing with his attorney Michael Cohen how they would buy the rights to a Playboy model's story about an affair Trump had with her years earlier.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Trump: ‘drop all tariffs’ with European Union

A few hours after screaming “Tariffs are the greatest!” Trump is suddenly a big fan of dropping all “Tariffs, Barriers and Subsidies!” with the EU.

Trump’s trade wars have seen the U.S. hit Canada, the EU and Mexico with tariffs on aluminum and steel. The U.S. has also imposed tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese products and threatened tariffs on $500 billion more. China has retaliated with duties on pork and soybeans. EU officials have been mute about the chances of progress likely to be made with Trump.

Trump - 'tariffs are the greatest'

The latest from the Trump cornucopia of stupidity are two tweets where he contradicts his own administration's stated national security justification for tariffs, saying they are imposed on countries who don't negotiate fair deals with the U.S.

When U.S. tariffs against Canadian steel and aluminum were announced, various Canadian officials scoffed at the national security assertion, calling it insulting and "impossible to fathom." The tweets come a month after Canada's $16.6 billion in retaliatory tariffs came into effect. Most recently Trump is threatening an all out trade war with China, proposing tariffs on over $500 billion in trade.

Tariffs are the greatest! Either a country which has treated the United States unfairly on Trade negotiates a fair deal, or it gets hit with Tariffs. It’s as simple as that - and everybody’s talking! Remember, we are the “piggy bank” that’s being robbed. All will be Great!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Trump tweet accuses FBI and DoJ of misleading court

Trump asserted without evidence Sunday that newly released documents relating to the wiretapping of his onetime campaign adviser Carter Page "confirm with little doubt" that intelligence agencies misled the court that approved the warrant. Lawmakers from both political parties said that the documents don't show wrongdoing and that they appear to undermine previous claims by top Republicans.
Congratulations to and on being successful in getting the Carter Page FISA documents. As usual they are ridiculously heavily redacted but confirm with little doubt that the Department of “Justice” and FBI misled the courts. Witch Hunt Rigged, a Scam!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Trump warns longtime lawyer of 'consequences' of taped conversation - Update

Donald Trump was secretly recorded by Michael Cohen, his personal lawyer, discussing hush payments to a former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with him.

A recording of the conversation, which took place two months before the 2016 presidential election, was seized by the FBI in a raid on Mr Cohen’s home and office earlier this year. Specifically, the FBI is looking into payments to Karen McDougal, a Playboy model, and Stormy Daniels, the adult film star. McDougal, 47, sold her story to the National Enquirer just before the election for $150,000.
President Donald Trump lashed out at his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, suggesting that there could be legal consequences for Cohen’s decision to record a discussion they had two months before the 2016 election about paying a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Trump.

Here's what Trump had to say on Twitter ... “Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client — totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!”
Trump’s advisers have viewed the Cohen investigation as possibly a greater risk than the special counsel inquiry into his campaign’s ties to Russia, given Cohen’s onetime status as the keeper of Trump’s personal and business secrets.

Friday, July 20, 2018

‘Say that again?’: U.S. intelligence chief learns of Putin’s White House invite

U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was left in the dark about Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s White House invitation.

He was informed about the invite on live television, while he was speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. During the event, Coats also claimed that he didn’t know exactly what happened during U.S. President Donald Trump‘s meeting with Putin earlier this week. Coats, who oversees the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies, also said that if he had been asked, he would have advised Trump against meeting Putin alone, with just interpreters. He has continued to raise the alarm on Russia since his appointment by Trump as intelligence chief in March 2017. Clearly Trump isn't listening.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

'Stuff of nightmares': Time magazine morphs Trump's face with Putin's for new cover

Time magazine has placed U.S. President Donald Trump on its cover for the second time in as many months. The striking image, morphing the 72-year-old’s face with that of Russian President Vladimir Putin, comes following the pair’s meeting in Helsinki, Finland. The July cover was likened to a similar morphing of the two world leaders in a March 2017 issue of German magazine Der Spiegel.

The U.S. president has been tweeting furiously all week, defending his 'performance' at the summit. “The Summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media”