Martin Luther King, Jr. Day…..

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

‘I have a Dream……’

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. The floating holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, though the act predated the establishment of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by fifteen years.

King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed on January 20, 1986. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000……

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Trump on Healthcare replacement….‘insurance for everybody’….

That’s what the guy said this weekend….

No details as usual…..

And of coures no cost estimate’s….

Problem is?

Trump doesn’t DO the details….

Congress does….

And within his adopted Republican party there are questions and doubts already….

And the Democrats, who WILL be needed in the Senate for a replacment, are just watching this whole thing swing in the wind….

President-elect Donald Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace President Obama’s signature health-care law with the goal of “insurance for everybody,” while also vowing to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in Medicare and Medicaid.

Trump declined to reveal specifics in the telephone interview late Saturday with The Washington Post, but any proposals from the incoming president would almost certainly dominate the Republican effort to overhaul federal health policy as he prepares to work with his party’s congressional majorities.

Trump’s plan is likely to face questions from the right, after years of GOP opposition to further expansion of government involvement in the health-care system, and from those on the left, who see his ideas as disruptive to changes brought by the Affordable Care Act that have extended coverage to tens of millions of Americans….

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Sam Wang Watch list for 2017 COULD becoming 1934….

In 1934 Adolf Hitler begins his Nazi Party power grab…

The Soviet Union expands with Stalin moving into power and like Hitler crushing any opposition….

In The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik has an excellent piece pointing out the true threats to U.S. democracy, which transcend partisan concerns. As patriotic Americans, can we recognize these threats, separately from policy outcomes we like or dislike? What bright-line events would be difficult to remedy by sitting passively until the next election?

He advises that policy concerns are simply normal politics:

Many programs and policies with which progressive-minded people passionately disagree will be put forward over the next few years. However much or strongly one opposes them, they are, like it or not, the actual agreed-on platform of a dominant national party….One may oppose these things—and one should, passionately and permanently—but they are in no sense illegitimate….They are also reversible by the same laws and rules and norms and judicial and, perhaps most of all, electoral processes that created them. If we want gun control, we need to get more people caring about it and more people in more places voting for it; we cannot complain because people who don’t want gun control don’t give it to us.

But, he continues, threats to American institutions are more serious.

Assaults on free speech; the imprisoning of critics and dissidents; attempts, on the Russian model, likely to begin soon, to intimidate critics of the regime with fake charges and conjured-up allegations; the intimidation and intolerance of even mild dissidence (that “Apologize!” tweet directed at members of the “Hamilton” cast who dared to politely petition Mike Pence); not to mention mass deportations or attempts at discrimination by religion—all things that the Trump and his cohorts have openly contemplated or even promised—are not part of the normal oscillations of power and policy. They are unprecedented and, history tells us, likely to be almost impossible to reverse.

These possibilities are reminiscent of my previous note, What Actions Are Shared To All Fascist Movements? I’ve been wondering what would be likely, bright-line indicators that institutions are collapsing. The depredations will be hard to keep up with, but it might be good to have a checklist before the inauguration.

  1. Taking sides with a foreign power against domestic opposition (this already happened, but is worth a re-mention).
  2. Detention of journalists.
  3. Loss of press access to the White House.
  4. Made-up charges against those who disagree with the government.
  5. Use of governmental power to target individual citizens for retribution.
  6. Use of a terrorist incident or an international incident to take away civil liberties.
  7. Persecution of an ethnic or religious minority, either by the Administration or its supporters.
  8. Defying the orders of courts, including the Supreme Court.

Some are listed by Gopnik. Can you think of more?

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The fight against ISIS drones…

Yes…

ISIS is fighting the Iraqi military with drones….

Grenade launchers, kamikaze bombers, flying decoys, eyes-in-the-sky, and soapbox-derby dinosaurs: as the Islamic State group loses neighborhood after Mosul neighborhood, it is still dispatching a wide variety of UAVs on deadly missions.

“Over the last two months, coalition forces have observed about one adversary drone every day around Mosul,” a U.S. Central Command official told Defense One.

And they’re doing more to counter it: coalition aircraft have hit ISIS-made drones, launch sites, or production facilities in Iraq and Syria every day since Jan. 7, including four strikes west of Mosul on Jan. 10 alone, according to CENTCOM releases.

“The Coalition has struck a number of what we believed to be unmanned aerial vehicle facilities in Mosul,” the official said. “We spend considerable time researching and developing target lists to ensure maximum effects against” ISIS.

It’s not a new concern; in August 2015, coalition forces hit an ISIS drone in Ramadi. But social-media posts and independent reporting from the Mosul war zone are helping to bring the wide variety of ISIS drones to light…..

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New Yorkers LOVE Hillary Clinton….

Yes… She lost the Presidental Election…

But she Won the vote….

And she won it BIG in New  York….

So as the former, Fist Lady, Senator, Sec of State and two time runner up for US President moves around New York City and it’s Upstate cities?

She is greeted with warm smiles,  ‘thank you’s’ and well wishes….

Many people might have expected Mrs. Clinton to hole up in her Westchester County compound for months after a brutal campaign season and election loss to her Republican rival, President-elect Donald J. Trump. But in recent weeks, Mrs. Clinton has emerged from the Chappaqua woods with her husband and family in tow, much to the delight of New Yorkers who have embraced her as a battle-scarred heroine, and seem to want to help the former Democratic presidential candidate get over her election blues….

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Russian crime bosses kept Trump empire afloat?

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at the Trump Soho Hotel in New York on June 22, 2016. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

In 2008, Donald Trump Jr. attended a real estate conference, where he stated that

Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.

As it turns out, that may have been an understatement. Human rights lawyer Scott Horton, whose work in the region goes back to defending Andrei Sakharov and other Soviet dissidents, has gone through a series of studies by the Financial Times to show how funds from Russian crime lords bailed Trump out after yet anther bankruptcy. The conclusions are stark.

Among the powerful facts that DNI missed were a series of very deep studies published in the [Financial Times] that examined the structure and history of several major Trump real estate projects from the last decade—the period after his seventh bankruptcy and the cancellation of all his bank lines of credit. …

The money to build these projects flowed almost entirely from Russian sources. In other words, after his business crashed, Trump was floated and made to appear to operate a successful business enterprise through the infusion of hundreds in millions of cash from dark Russian sources.

He was their man.

Yes, even that much seems fantastic, and the details include business agencies acting as a front for the GRU, billionaire mobsters, a vast network of propaganda sources, and an American candidate completely under the thumb of the Kremlin.

It reads like the a B-grade spy novel, a plot both too convoluted—and too bluntly obvious—for John le Carré. The problem is it may not be a conspiracy theory. It may be a conspiracy.

 Horton’s analysis comes from piecing together information in three Financial Times “deep reports.” One of these focused on Sergei Millian, the head of the Russian American Chamber of Commerce in the US at the time of Trump Jr.’s “money pouring in from Russia” claim….

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There are reports that President trump will make his first trip out of the country to Iceland to meet with Russian President Putin….

Update….

I guess that was too much…

The report has been denied....

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Trump White House floats ballon of moving Press Room OUT of the White House….

Trump and Co. do NOT want the media anywhere NEAR them….

Not in the White House or anywhere else…

Like in a private business?

It better to keep them out of things?…

The American people should only know what Trump tells them on Twitter….

The incoming Trump administration is considering moving White House press briefings out of the West Wing to accommodate more than the “Washington media elite,” President-elect Donald Trump’s press secretary said.

“This is about greater accessibility, more people in the process,” Sean Spicer said Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “Media Buzz.” Involving more people, including bloggers and others who aren’t from the mainstream media, “should be seen as a welcome change,” he said.

Spicer and other Trump officials said no decisions had been made.

Their comments followed a report Saturday by Esquire, citing unidentified officials from the transition team, that the new administration may move the press corps out of the main White House building altogether because of antagonism between Trump and the media….

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Another example of the VAST leeway American President’;s have and how that leeway can help them shield their actions from the public…

Incoming VP Mike Pence is trying to sell the idea as a increase in space for the media….

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Donald Trump has long had issue with Black’s….

His come back against Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga) shows a lack of knowledge of Lewis’s district, but more so a lack of consideration in handling criticism and a maybe an innate bias against people of color that has seems evident in past statements and issues…(Obama NOT born in America?)

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Donald Trump has every-right to push back against  John Lewis ‘s view of his Presidency…But the comments he gave where against Lewis classic seemed to be racist stereotyping ….

It is a shame that after 8 years of having a mixed race President…

We are looking at a while man who seems to a closet racist….

Is this a clear example of how some in America STILL cannot deal with where America IS going no matter how they try to clawback in time?
The eruption of hostilities between President-elect Donald Trump and civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) may be recorded as just one more example of what has become standard Twitter retaliation for Trump.

But coming on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, it also reignited the passions around Trump’s difficult history with African Americans, the group of voters from whom he might be most alienated as he prepares to move into the White House this week.

In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Friday, Lewis said he did not regard Trump to be “a legitimate president” because of allegations that high-level Russian operatives interfered in the election on Trump’s behalf. Trump lobbed back with a tweet in the early hours of Saturday morning that disparaged both the congressman and his district, which includes some of Atlanta’s most affluent neighborhoods.

“Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart,” Trump wrote. “(Not to . . .” — in fact, he needed two tweets to finish the thought — “mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk — no action or results. Sad!”

Trump continued his taunts in a separate tweet Saturday evening, saying Lewis should “finally focus on the burning and crime infested inner-cities of the U.S. I can use all the help I can get!”

Trump’s attack on Lewis drew widespread condemnation across party lines, particularly given Lewis’s role in the fight for black voting rights.

“John Lewis is beyond a doubt the conscience of the country and that’s why his people [constituents] send him to Congress,” said Kwame Lillard, an activist who helped to organize the civil-rights-era Freedom Rides and has known Lewis for more than 60 years….

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Trump’s staff gave the impression that he would visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Monday….

It appears that visit will NOT occur….

image…The Hill…

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“The Greatest Show on Earth”…Ringling Bros Circus ending…

…from the NY Post….

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After 146 years, the curtain is coming down forever on “The Greatest Show on Earth.”

Its last performance will be May 21 at the Nassau Coliseum.

The show stoppers included high operating costs, declining attendance and changing public tastes.

Not to mention a long and costly legal battle with animal rights advocates, which ended with its hugest stars — the elephants — being pink slipped. Elephants had been the symbol of the circus since an Asian pachyderm named Jumbo joined the show in 1882.

 Employes were told the sad news Saturday night in Orlando.

The circus will perform 30 more times. Besides the show on Long Island, there will be one in Brooklyn. Other stops on its last tour include Atlanta, Washington, Philadelphia and Boston.

With its exotic animals and death-defying acrobats, the big top had been a huge draw from the mid-1800s to the mid 1900s….

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Conservatives push for Congressional Term Limits….

No chance of this passing…

But it continues the pushing against the political establishment by some in BOTH parties …..

Honestly?

People I have spoken to ain’t happy if this is gonna result in MORE Donald Trump types getting elected….

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) have already offered a constitutional amendment that would limit senators to two six-year terms and House members to three- two-year terms. Several other lawmakers are preparing to roll out similar legislation.

And the far-right House Freedom Caucus, to which DeSantis belongs, has been discussing whether to take a formal position in the coming weeks to support restricting congressional terms.

Term-limit proponents have a key ally in Trump, who will be sworn in as president on Friday. On the campaign trail, the political outsider and billionaire business mogul vowed to press for term limits and end the “decades of failure in Washington and decades of special interest dealing.”

But Trump faces huge hurdles in trying to enact such reforms. For one, the institution of Congress is slow to change, run by leaders like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) who’ve spent decades roaming the halls of the Capitol.
Second, changing term limits requires a constitutional amendment, meaning any proposal will need to clear a two-thirds threshold in both the House and Senate, then be sent to the states for ratification.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who is starting his 10th House term, has said he’s “always” backed term limits but that he won’t be the one leading the charge. Instead, he said he’d leave it to the Judiciary Committee to take up the issue — yet another hurdle…..

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Personally?

I’m against the idea….

You don’t the politican?

Vote’m out….

Barack Obama would have beat Donald Trump and had a 3rd term saving all of us from the Bull Shit show going on….

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Trump’s says he’s saving jobs?..Those companies are STILL laying people off…

The media needs to contiune to uncover the facts behind Donald Trump’s efforts to errect HIS REALITY vs the actual one….

He often makes up stuff for the 6 o’clock news that simply isn’t the ‘whole Truth’….

And tries to get away with it…..

Manufacting companies are STILL laying off people and moving factories to Mexico where labopr IS cheaper….Even if Donald Trump is threatening those compaies and taking credit for something that has NOT happened….

In December, Trump called [Brian] Reed’s employer “vicious” for its plan to sack 300 workers. The company, Rexnord Corp., is profitable, but it could make even more money if it saved on labor costs by relocating its ball-bearings factory to Monterrey, Mexico. The firm doesn’t seem to care about Trump’s tweet and is moving forward with its plant shutdown….

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This week, Trump said he’d set an example with Carrier that other companies would follow.

“The word is now out that when you want to move your plant to Mexico or some other place, and you want to fire all of your workers from Michigan and Ohio and all these places that I won ― for good reason ― it’s not going to happen that way anymore,” Trump said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Trump also has (dubiously) taken credit for recent decisions by Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler to invest in domestic production. He said he hoped General Motors, which he attacked last week for making a version of the Chevy Cruze in Mexico, would heed the example.

“I hope that General Motors will be following, and I think they will be,” Trump said. “I think a lot of people will be following.”

So far, GM’s not following. The company is reducing production at its Lordstown, Ohio, plant and laying off more than 1,000 workers there this month.

Though GM manufactures a hatchback version of the Cruze in Mexico, it’s not laying off American employees so it can hire Mexican workers instead. Rather, the company has pointed to slumping domestic Cruze sales, a trend car companies and industry analysts attribute to low gas prices making Americans more interested in bigger vehicles…

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The Clinton Foundation Is Shutting Down The Clinton Global Initiative…

Now that Hillary Clinton won’t be in the White House?

People have stopped giving…

But there is a reported uptick in business going to Trump enterprises….

In a “mass layoff” event reported late last week by the Department of Labor, the Clinton Foundation announced it would lay off some 22 employees at the Clinton Global Initiative, which attained notoriety during the John Podesta leaks, when the various details of the fallout between between CGI head Doug Band and Chelsea Clinton were revealed; it also emerged that long-time Bill Clinton friend Band was soliciting donations for Clinton through his PR firm, Teneo in an sordid example of “pay for play” which most of the mainstream media refused to cover, especially after Band emailed Podesta “If this story gets out, we are screwed.”

Filed as mandated by the Department of Labor’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN notice, on January 12, the Clinton Foundation’s Veronika Shiroka advised the DOL that as part of a “Plant Layoff” it would layoff 22 workers on April 15, with reason for the dislocation stated as “Discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative.” The layoffs are part of the Clinton plan put in motion ahead of the presidential election, to offset a storm of criticism regarding pay-to-play allegations during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state….

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Trump ‘s Foundation is STILL being investigated by the new York Attorney Gneral’s office and dispite Trump’s statement that it is shutting down…It cannot until the NYS AG offices says it can…

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Mark Zuckerberg for President 2024?

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Another rich guy who thinks he knows better….

Increasingly, a number of influential people in Silicon Valley seem to think that Mark Zuckerberg will likely run for president of the United States one day. And some people, including myself, believe that he could indeed win. “He wants to be emperor” is a phrase that has become common among people who have known him over the years…

In a funny way, and as insane as it sounds to say out loud, Zuckerberg is one of the few people for whom becoming president of the United States might be a step down. As the chief of Facebook, he is already the true leader of the free world. Zuckerberg commands a company that touches a quarter of the Earth’s population, some 1.8 billion monthly active users. There is no one alive who can affect more people with the touch of a button. He has more power and influence than most world leaders and, as is evident with the real fake-news problem (not the fake fake-news issue that Republicans have adopted as a deflection), Facebook can surely sway public opinion in incomparable ways.

Unlike Trump, who has the diplomacy of a Twitter troll, Zuckerberg has become adept at statesmanship over the years meeting with world leaders—including presidents, prime ministers, and notable politicians—since he was in his mid-20s. He’s hosted town halls with President Obama, and backed immigration bills. He knows where to focus his energies from a global perspective….

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Republicans WILL fund Obamacare for this year….

AGAIN….

THERE WILL BE NO COMPLETE SHUTDOWN of the Affordabale Healthcare program…And no ACTUAL Repeal until a REPLACMENT plan is agreeded to ….And THAT means getting Democrats to help in the Senate….

The 2018 Midterm elections are LESS than  2 years away….

On their way to killing Obamacare, Republicans are leaning toward funding up to $9 billion in health care subsidies this year to keep the program afloat — even though they sued the Obama administration to stop those exact payments.

The move is the most significant sign yet that the GOP is serious about propping up Obamacare temporarily to provide a smooth transition to a yet-to-be disclosed Republican replacement.

The irony is deep: Republicans have never voluntarily funded an Obamacare program. This particular subsidy, which covers out-of-pocket health care costs for low-income participants, has been a GOP target since 2014 when House Republicans went to court to argue the White House funded it unconstitutionally. Republicans were exultant last May when the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in their favor, even though the payments were allowed to continue pending an appeal.

Now, though, several Republican sources say they will have no choice but to appropriate the money. With President-elect Donald Trump and top lawmakers vowing a smooth transition to a new plan, they can’t blow up Obamacare until they enact a replacement….

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Putin hacking Op turns to France….

…from Defense One….

The same Putin-state backed actors that stole emails from the DNC and John Podesta are targeting campaigns in France in the run up to critical elections in that country. The spear phish campaigns are identical to the attacks that the “Fancy Bear” group launched against the DNC and John Podesta.

As American press, intelligence community and Donald Trump play out a sordid spy drama, Vladimir Putin’s kompromat campaign of attempted data theft and election meddling continues across Europe, according to a cybersecurity professional with direct knowledge of the attempts.

France’s Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian told French newspapers on Jan. 8 that he expected Russian actors to target France. “Of course, one cannot be naive,” he said.

The objective in France is to advance Marine Le Pen’s National Front Party. Le Pen has advocated a weakening the EU and has supported Vladimir Putin on the issue of the illegal annexation of Crimea.

France’s election will take place on April 23.

The cybersecurity source declined to name specific parties that had been targeted, but the races themselves provide good indication of the Kremlin picks. The attack follows similar news from Germany. In December, Thomas Haldenwang, deputy president of the domestic security agency, or BfV, said Germany was also seeing increased spear phish attacks. Those attacks are also continuing, the source said…..

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Senate Intelligence Chairman to lead Committee hearing on Russia-Trump relationship…..

This is a difference from the House probe which probabaly does NOT look at Trump…

The House probe is about just the Russians. hacking…

The Senate probe WILL be about the Russian’s AND  the links to Trump, if there are any….

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said late Friday that his committee will investigate possible contacts between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, reversing himself one day after telling reporters that the issue would be outside of his panel’s ongoing probe into Moscow’s election-disruption efforts.

Burr and the intelligence panel’s top Democrat, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, said in a joint statement that the committee’s probe would touch on “intelligence regarding links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns” as well as Russian cyberattacks and other election meddling outlined in an intelligence report released last week.

The committee will use “subpoenas if necessary” to secure testimony from Obama administration officials as well as Trump’s team, Burr and Warner said.

The bipartisan Senate announcement came hours after several House Democrats aired their frustrations with FBI Director James Comey following a classified briefing on Russian election disruption. The Democrats were livid that Comey refused to confirm whether he is conducting an inquiry into potential Trump ties to Russia — a question that he publicly declined to answer earlier this week…..

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