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January 12, 2018

Donald Trump — then and now

Filed under: Health, Trump — furtherglory @ 4:08 pm

The photo of Donald Trump, that is shown above, was taken 10 years ago when he was a handsome young man.

The photo of Donald Trump below was taken recently during his campaign for the presidency. This was when he was insulting Hillary Clinton, who is shown in the photo on the right.

What caused The Donald’s looks to change so drastically? Did his looks change because he became more and more hateful?

January 10, 2018

possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia…

Filed under: Trump — furtherglory @ 10:48 am

Latest update: There was no collusion with Russia.

Continue reading my original blog post:

Oh no! Say it isn’t so! Would The Donald really conclude with the Russians to rig the election?

This recent news article has some interesting information: https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/01/10/fbi-knew-of-possible-trump-russia-collusion-according-to-glenn-simpsons-senate-testimony/23329582/

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WASHINGTON — By the time the FBI sat down in September 2016 for a full interview with the ex-British spy who had been researching Donald Trump’s Russia connections, the bureau had already received information raising concerns about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to a transcript made public Tuesday.

Glenn Simpson, a former newspaper reporter and the founder of a research firm called Fusion GPS, spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee for more than 10 hours in August about his research into Trump, and on Tuesday more than 300 pages of his testimony were released by the committee’s ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California.

Simpson told the committee that his associate, the former British intelligence operative Christopher Steele, sat down for a “full debriefing” with an FBI contact in Rome in September 2016. During the debriefing, Steele shared information from his Russian sources, who said Trump had been coordinating with the Russian election-interference campaign of hacking and leaking.

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So that’s what happened! I went to bed on the night of the election when Hillary was 3 million votes ahead. I awoke the next morning to find that Trump had won the election. How much did Trump have to pay the Russians for his victory over Hillary? It doesn’t matter. Trump has enough money to do anything that he wants to do.

Donald Trump — then and now…

Filed under: Trump — furtherglory @ 9:59 am

Image result for young donald trump pictures

Donald Trump is shown in the photo above, taken when he was young and healthy. Those days are now long gone.

You can read this recent news story about how Trump is now ruing his health:

As speculation about his health swirls, Donald Trump’s first full physical approaches

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting on tax policy with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump is a commander in chief who fuels himself with a steady stream of Diet Cokes, scoops of vanilla ice cream and slabs of red meat. He gets as little as five hours of sleep a night. He is not known to exercise more than the brief strolls beyond his cart on the golf course.

This, he and his aides have maintained, is the very picture of presidential stamina.

On Friday, Trump, 71, will undergo his first comprehensive physical examination as president, and the first formal check on his former doctor’s Trumpian 2016 campaign claim that he’d be the “healthiest individual ever elected” to the office. But the first year of Trump’s presidency has triggered private scrutiny over his sedentary lifestyle — friends have noticed an increase in his girth — and a public debate over erratic behaviour that included the president’s recent tweet storm defending himself as a “very stable genius” after a book detailed his mercurial demeanour.

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January 6, 2018

Trump says he’s not under investigation, but maybe Hillary is

Filed under: Trump — furtherglory @ 12:46 pm

You can read all about it at http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/367755-trump-im-not-under-investigation-but-maybe-hillary-is

The following quote is from the news article:

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President Trump said on Saturday he was not under investigation for collusion with Russia, but added that his former political opponent Hillary Clinton could be, amid reports the FBI is probing the Clinton Foundation.

“Just so you understand, there’s been no collusion. There’s been no crime. And in theory, everybody tells me I’m not under investigation. Maybe Hillary is, I don’t know, but I’m not,” the president said while addressing reporters at Camp David. 

The president also claimed there was collusion between Clinton, the Democratic National Committee and Russia. 

Special counsel Robert Mueller has continued to investigate the president and those around him as part of the federal probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia’s election meddling.

Various Republicans and the president have called Mueller’s probe a politically motivated “witch hunt,” and have called for an investigation into Clinton.

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If Hillary colluded with the Russians, and Trump didn’t, why didn’t Hillary win?

On the night of the election, I went to bed after it was announced that Hillary had 3 million more votes than Trump. When I woke up the next morning, I learned that Trump had won the election. How did that happen?

Trump says he’s a very stable genius!

Filed under: Trump — furtherglory @ 9:39 am

If Trump is a genius, I am Groucho Marx.

If you don’t who Groucho Marx is, you can read about him at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groucho_Marx

The following quote is about Groucho Marx:

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Julius Henry Marx (October 2, 1890 – August 19, 1977), known professionally as Groucho Marx (/ˈɡr ˈmɑːrks/), was an American comedian, writer, stage, film, radio, and television star.[1] He was known as a master of quick wit and is widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era.[2]

He made 13 feature films with his siblings the Marx Brothers, of whom he was the third-born. He also had a successful solo career, most notably as the host of the radio and television game show You Bet Your Life.[1]

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But, to get back to Trump, the following quote is from a news article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/06/us/politics/trump-genius-mental-health.html

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WASHINGTON — President Trump, whose sometimes erratic behavior in office has generated an unprecedented debate about his mental health, declared on Saturday that he was perfectly sane and accused his critics of raising questions to score political points.

In a series of Twitter messages that were extraordinary even by the standards of his norm-shattering presidency, Mr. Trump insisted that his opponents and the news media were attacking his capacity because they had failed to prove that his campaign conspired with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“Now that Russian collusion, after one year of intense study, has proven to be a total hoax on the American public, the Democrats and their lapdogs, the Fake News Mainstream Media, are taking out the old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence,” he wrote on Twitter even as a special counsel continues to investigate the Russia matter.

“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” he added. He said

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So Trump is “really smart”? I don’t think so!

January 3, 2018

New book about Trump has explosive revelations…

Filed under: Trump — furtherglory @ 12:20 pm

You can read about the new book about Trump here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42559436

The following quote is from the news article:

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Donald Trump was “befuddled” by his election win, did not enjoy his inauguration and was scared of the White House, according to a new book.

Journalist Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House also purports to lift the lid on Ivanka Trump’s secret presidential ambitions.

The book details Mr Trump’s regard for media titan Rupert Murdoch, though the admiration was apparently not mutual.

Michael Wolff’s book was reportedly based on more than 200 interviews.

But White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the book was filled with “false and misleading accounts”.

The author says he was able to take up “something like a semi-permanent seat on a couch in the West Wing” following the president’s inauguration for a close-up insight into the administration.

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So Trump was “befuddled” by his election win. Why? Is it possible that he didn’t know that the Russians had been helping him to win, and he won, in spite of the fact that Hillary got 3 million  more votes than he did.

On the night of the election returns, I went to bed when it was announced that Hillary had gotten 3 million more votes than Trump. I woke up the next morning and learned that Trump had won. Something wrong! as a famous man used to say.

You can read more news about Trump and the Russians who helped him to win at https://news.google.com/news/video/vvzJeNUKwdI/d7Z9dti5iyRpXUMcbFpwAnZ0cLAaM?hl=en&gl=US&ned=us

 

December 29, 2017

Trump’s report card: 10 of the worst things that he has done

Filed under: Trump — furtherglory @ 9:59 am

You can read Trump’s report card online here: https://www.care2.com/causes/10-of-the-worst-things-trump-has-done-in-2017.html

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This list could be much, much longer, but here are 10 of the worst things that Trump has done this year.

1.  Promoted Bigotry And Racism

This is the very worst: Trump’s bigoted and racist views have encouraged other like-minded people to emerge and be proud of their hateful attitudes. Consider his response to the participants in the August Charlottesville protest, organized by white supremacists and neo-Nazis carrying Confederate and Nazi flags: Trump called them “very fine people.” 

2. Destroyed The Environment

It’s hard to know where to start with this one, since Trump has made it a priority to get rid of every regulation President Obama put in place to protect the environment. One of Trump’s first actions was to announce the repeal of the Clean Power Plan, one of the toughest actions against global warming ever put in place by the U.S. It’s never taken effect and hasn’t been repealed yet, but that hasn’t stopped the Trump administration from reducing regulations around vehicle emissions, toxic waste, methane leaks and the pollution of drinking water. And let’s not forget the denial of climate change and the withdrawal from the Paris Peace Accords.

7. Lined His Own Pockets

Trump has used the presidency to enrich himself from day one, whether it’s Trump hotels welcoming foreign dignitaries or the $91,655,424 that American taxpayers have spent on his golf trips. And now Trump will likely be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the tax bill that he signed into law last week. No wonder he wanted to celebrate. Since he hasn’t released his tax returns, it’s impossible to say how much he will gain, but it will undoubtedly be in the millions. Oh and other members of his already-wealthy family like his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner also stand to save millions.

8. Made America Less Great

In a survey conducted annually by the Nation Brands Index, the U.S. has lost its top place ranking as the country with the best international image. The top spot is now held by Germany while the U.S. has dropped to sixth place. The poll questioned public opinion on 50 countries, asking questions about governance, culture, heritage, exports, tourism, investment and immigration. Countries ahead of the U.S. were France, the U.K., Canada and Japan. Those were the overall rankings, but in the area of governance, the U.S. has dropped from 19 to 23 under Trump.

3. Encouraged Police Brutality

Yes, really. Trump received applause when he addressed a group of police officers on Long Island in July and instructed them to “Please don’t be too nice” when throwing suspects into the back of a police car. He went on, “Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head, I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’” 

4. Abandoned Puerto Rico

Last October, when Trump visited Puerto Rico after the island’s devastation by Hurricane Maria he tossed rolls of paper towels at its residents and promised his administration would provide all kinds of aid and would write off Puerto Rico’s $72 billion debt. He also sought to downplay the severity of the destruction in the island, compared to that wrought by Hurricane Katrina. But the debt has not been written off, around 1,065 people died on the island in September and October, on par with the Katrina deaths and now, three months after the storm, thousands of these American citizens still have no power, no homes and no access to potable water. 

5. Pushed “Fake News”

Trump, along with the flunkies like Mike Pence who attempt to outdo each other in obsequious praise of their master, is waging a war on the truth with his constant declarations of “Fake News” whenever a critical voice is raised against him. Trump cannot stand to be criticized, even when the truth is obvious, as in the size of his inauguration audience. While Trump decries the truth as fake news, Kellyanne Conway came up with “Alternative facts.” This authoritarian approach to any events that don’t match Trump’s prescribed opinions and policies is extremely dangerous.

6. Authorized More Arrests By ICE

It started early on: In the first weeks of Trump’s presidency, immigration arrests went up 32.6 percent; Trump had pledged that he was only going after the criminals but in fact ICE arrests of non-criminals doubled. As if that weren’t horrendous enough, the Department of Homeland Security has come up with a plan to separate families: When officials detain undocumented immigrants near the border with Mexico, the children will be handed over to Child Protective Services while their parents will be sent to detention centers. 

7. Lined His Own Pockets

Trump has used the presidency to enrich himself from day one, whether it’s Trump hotels welcoming foreign dignitaries or the $91,655,424 that American taxpayers have spent on his golf trips. And now Trump will likely be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the tax bill that he signed into law last week. No wonder he wanted to celebrate. Since he hasn’t released his tax returns, it’s impossible to say how much he will gain, but it will undoubtedly be in the millions. Oh and other members of his already-wealthy family like his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner also stand to save millions.

8. Made America Less Great

In a survey conducted annually by the Nation Brands Index, the U.S. has lost its top place ranking as the country with the best international image. The top spot is now held by Germany while the U.S. has dropped to sixth place. The poll questioned public opinion on 50 countries, asking questions about governance, culture, heritage, exports, tourism, investment and immigration. Countries ahead of the U.S. were France, the U.K., Canada and Japan. Those were the overall rankings, but in the area of governance, the U.S. has dropped from 19 to 23 under Trump.

9. Stirred Up Violence In The Middle East

Earlier this month, Trump declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel, a move which provoked immediate protests and violence in the region and brought condemnation from around the world. (Not to mention, why does a U.S. president have the right to name the capital of another country?)  Incredibly, Trump called his announcement and the decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “a step to advance the peace process” between Israel and Palestine. To no one’s surprise, Israel’s Netanyahu called this a “historic landmark” while Palestinian President Abbas said the U.S. was making a “declaration of withdrawal” from peace process negotiations.

10. Lied Hundreds Of Times

As a teacher who tries to hold students responsible for telling the truth, this is especially galling to me. It’s hard to insist on truth and integrity when our president will say anything as long as it makes him look good. The Washington Post has been keeping track of Trump’s lies: By the middle of November, after 298 days in office, Trump had made 1,628 false or misleading claims. That’s about six a day, but that’s only what the Post’s reporters have access to, so the number is probably much higher.

All of this means that we must keep resisting as we head into 2018 and fight for changes in the November 2018 elections so that we can begin to take pride in the U.S. again.

 

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December 27, 2017

There will soon be a Trump railroad station near the Western wall

Filed under: Trump — furtherglory @ 11:35 am

Trump is first president to ever touch the Western wall in Jerusalem

The following quote is from a news article which you can read in full at

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42494450

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Israel’s transport minister wants to dig a railway tunnel under Jerusalem’s Old City and name a station next to the Western Wall after Donald Trump.

Yisrael Katz said he wanted to honour the US president for his decision to recognise the city as Israel’s capital.

The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews are permitted to pray.

The proposed new railway tunnel and station would form part of an extension of a high-speed line from Tel Aviv that is set to open next year.

Previous Israeli excavation work around the compound behind the Western Wall, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) and to Jews as Temple Mount, has triggered Palestinian protests.

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The Jews helped Trump to get elected, as president of the USA, and now it is pay back time.

Trump knows what side his bread is buttered on: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/to-know-what-side-your-bread-is-buttered-on

 

December 19, 2017

Does Trump’s America mirror Hitler’s Germany?

Filed under: Trump, World War II — furtherglory @ 4:06 pm

You can read all about it in this news article: https://www.salon.com/2017/12/19/frightening-ways-trumps-america-mirrors-hitlers-germany_partner/

The following quote is from the news article:

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President Obama has come right out and said it: “You have to tend to this garden of democracy, otherwise things can fall apart fairly quickly. And we’ve seen societies where that happens.”

Yes, he invoked Nazi Germany, adding, “Now, presumably, there was a ballroom in Vienna in the late 1920s or ’30s that looked and seemed as if it ― filled with the music and art and literature and the science that was emerging ― would continue into perpetuity. And then 60 million people died. And the entire world was plunged into chaos.”

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Were the Nazis responsible for killing 60 million people? Or was it only 6 million people?

The news article continues with this quote:

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It was a shocking reminder of Milton Mayer and his seminal work, They Thought They Were Free, first published back in 1955 by the University of Chicago Press.

Shortly after World War II, Mayer, an American journalist and college instructor, went to Germany and befriended a small group of 10 “ordinary Germans” who had lived and worked through the war, and interviewed them in depth.

Mayer’s burning question was, “How does something like Nazi Germany happen?”

What he learned was every bit as shocking as President Obama drawing the same parallels. He wrote, presciently, “Now I see a little better how Nazism overcame Germany – not by attack from without or by subversion from within, but with a whoop and a holler. It was what most Germans wanted – or, under pressure of combined reality and illusion, came to want. They wanted it; they got it; and they liked it.

“I came home a little bit afraid for my country, afraid of what it might want, and get, and like, under combined pressure of reality and illusion. I felt – and feel – that it was not German Man that I met, but Man. He happened to

It was a shocking reminder of Milton Mayer and his seminal work, They Thought They Were Free, first published back in 1955 by the University of Chicago Press.

Shortly after World War II, Mayer, an American journalist and college instructor, went to Germany and befriended a small group of 10 “ordinary Germans” who had lived and worked through the war, and interviewed them in depth.

Mayer’s burning question was, “How does something like Nazi Germany happen?”

What he learned was every bit as shocking as President Obama drawing the same parallels. He wrote, presciently, “Now I see a little better how Nazism overcame Germany – not by attack from without or by subversion from within, but with a whoop and a holler. It was what most Germans wanted – or, under pressure of combined reality and illusion, came to want. They wanted it; they got it; and they liked it.

“I came home a little bit afraid for my country, afraid of what it might want, and get, and like, under combined pressure of reality and illusion. I felt – and feel – that it was not German Man that I met, but Man. He happened to be in Germany under certain conditions. He might be here under certain conditions. He might, under certain conditions, be I.

“If I – and my countrymen – ever succumbed to that concatenation of conditions, no Constitution, no laws, no police, and certainly no army would be able to protect us from harm.”

Mayer tells the story largely through the words of the Germans he got to know during his year in Germany after the war.  One, a college professor, told him:

“What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could understand it, it could not be released because of national security. . .

“This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter. . . .

“To live in this process is absolutely not to be able to notice it – please try to believe me – unless one has a much greater degree of political awareness, acuity, than most of us had ever had occasion to develop.

“Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, ‘regretted,’ that, unless one were detached from the whole process from the beginning, unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these ‘little measures’ that no ‘patriotic German’ could resent must some day lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing. One day it is over his head.”

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December 11, 2017

The victims of President Pussy Grabber are now speaking out

Filed under: Trump — furtherglory @ 9:30 am

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Do you remember when “Pussy Grabber” began his campaign to become President of the United States? When it was  revealed that Donald Trump was a “pussy grabber”, he was quoted as saying: “When you are a star, they let you do it.”

Now his victims are coming forward. The following quote is from a recent news article which you can read in full at:

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/12/11/three-women-who-accused-trump-of-sexual-misconduct-speak-out/23303722/

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Three women who have previously accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct before he took office spoke out Monday as America’s watershed #MeToo moment continues to unfold.

Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks, speaking together on “Megyn Kelly Today,” described separate interactions with the president in years past, with one of the allegations dating back several decades.

Holvey said when she competed in Trump’s Miss USA pageant in 2006, Trump came backstage unexpectedly when she and other contestants were wearing nothing but robes and he personally inspected the contestants.

“I just felt so gross,” she said. “Just looking me over like I was a piece of meat.”

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