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The headline news for the last few days has surrounded the resignation of Michael Flynn, the President’s National Security Adviser.  Flynn was the National Security Adviser just 23 days.

Erosion of Trust:

 

When did the President know?

It seems there is no dispute that Flynn had conversations with Moscow’s ambassador to the US before the inauguration regarding sanctions against Russia. Such a move could be a breach of the law.  But the greatest concern should be the attempts of the Trump administration to target not the wrongdoing of Flynn, but the people who leaked the story.    Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, said  “Instead of investigating General Flynn’s lies and his troubling ties with Russia, he (Trump) chose to target those who brought them to light. Congress should be doing independent oversight of the Executive Branch and protecting whistleblowers, not running interference while the White House conceals their abuses and misleads the American people for weeks.”

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Trump knew of the breach of national security by Flynn weeks ago,and failed to take any action.  The Justice Department warned the White House last month that Flynn had not been truthful about the calls with the Russian envoy and could be susceptible to Russian blackmail.

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That information, disclosed to CNN by sources familiar to the matter, exposed the White House itself to questions about what officials did with the Justice Department warning and whether Trump himself was told.
Also unknown is whether Trump was aware that Flynn spoke to the Russian ambassador to the US about American sanctions imposed on Moscow late in the Obama administration to punish the Kremlin’s alleged intervention in the presidential election.
“What did the President know and when did he know it?” senior CNN political analyst David Axelrod said, using a phrase made famous by the Watergate scandal.
That unanswered question will fuel bipartisan congressional concerns about the administration’s relationship with Russia and conduct in the Flynn affair.
Before Flynn’s resignation, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio told CNN’s Manu Raju that his contacts with the Russian embassy should form part of a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election.
Adam Schiff, the ranking Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Flynn’s departure had become inevitable, but also warned that the controversy was far from over.
“Flynn’s departure does not end questions over his contacts with the Russians, which have been alleged to have begun well before December 29,” Schiff said in a statement. “These alleged contacts and any others the Trump campaign may have had with the Kremlin are the subject of the House Intelligence Committee’s ongoing investigation.”
He went on: “Moreover, the Trump Administration has yet to be forthcoming about who was aware of Flynn’s conversations with the Ambassador and whether he was acting on the instructions of the President or any other officials, or with their knowledge.”
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Flynn is gone.Trump’s ties to Russia remain a concern.  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s ties to Russia remain a concern.  While this controversy fills the headlines in America, Tillerson is meeting with Russian diplomats.  It is precisely because Trump seems to have launched a campaign to thwart whistle blowers, that the American people should be concerned.   We knew before the election of Trump’s ties to Russia.  The fact that Flynn was conspiring with Russia was predictable.  The only reason that it has captured national attention is the “leak” of information by whistleblowers.  If the whistleblowers are silenced America pays the price.
Stephen Colbert summarized the scandal, saying that “its funny because it’s treason.”

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Robert Kennedy, a man assassinated, prophetically said:

What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr’s cause has ever been stilled by an assassin’s bullet. No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled or uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people.

Today, we listen to Donald Trump react to the speeches at the Democratic convention.  Trump’s response is not to point out that anything said about him was a lie, an exaggeration, or even misleading.  Instead he explained that he wanted to “hit a number of those speakers so hard, their heads would spin.”

“They’d never recover.”

 

The guy Trump singled out that he was particularly mad at was a little guy.  Trump said “I was going to hit one guy in particular, a very little guy.”  “I was going to hit this guy so hard his head would spin, he wouldn’t know what the hell happened.”
Trump said this individual “came out of nowhere” and had done work with Trump in the past. “He made deals with me. ‘Will you help me with this? Would you make this deal and solve the problem?’ I solved the problem,” Trump said.

It seems likely Trump was pointing out Michael Bloomberg as the person he’d especially like to hit.

Trump is 6’2″.  Michael Bloomberg is 5’8″.  It seems obvious that Bloomberg was the “little guy” Trump was advertising he’d like to hit.  Imagine electing a President who believes the way to solve a problem is with violence.  Imagine electing a President who is proud to be a bully!  Trump response to Bloomberg simply confirms all that Bloomberg said about Trump.

Michael Bloomberg described his position in this election by saying:

“We need a problem solver and not a bomb thrower.”

“God help us.”

“I’m a New Yorker and I know a con when I see one.”

“The bottom line is that Trump is a risky, reckless, and radical choice and we can’t afford to make that choice.”

Michael Bloomberg asks people to join with him, not out of party loyalty, but out of love of country…”and together lets elect a sane competent person with international experience.”

 

 

 

Tell everyone you know. Get everyone you know registered to vote.  Make sure everyone has a ride to the polls in November.  Our country is too important to take a chance on Donald Trump being elected the next President of the United States.


Today we pause to remember those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Heal the World.

 

We are the World.  We’re saving our own lives.

 

 


We watched the effects of surgery on Michael Jackson.

 

 

Maybe somebody will make a similar video of Sarah Palin.  Until then, see this.

 


Original finalle of Pitch Perfect:

The finale in the Pitch Perfect 2:

Eventually, they come face-to-face with a Canadian group played by real-life an a-cappella all-stars Pentatonix, the five-some whose recent That’s Christmas to Me became the fourth best-selling album of 2014 – trailing only Taylor Swift, Frozen and Sam Smith.

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