2018 Trump Promises Much of the Same – Only Worse

 

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Trump Starts New Year off Telling Pakistan off – James Comey Gets Schooled

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2018 stomped her feet in with Trump’s first tweet of the year, telling Pakistan off, in normal, insultive fashion by informing the world that the leaders of Pakistan have in fact given the United States “nothing but lies and deceit.”

“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools.”

He also just had to add that one little cherry on top:

“They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more.”

Just last week it was reported that the Trump administration may just withhold something like $225 million in aid to Pakistan because they do and fair is fair, help the very terrorist organizations we and the much of the rest of the world fight.

Still the same, pissing off yet another country is not the way I would have rang in the new year, even though on this one, I agree with everything Trump tweeted.

You cannot argue logic and proof, so in this case, Trump nailed, straight to the wall.

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Then we have Former FBI Director, James Comey, who offered up what he thought would have been taken as some sort of hit at Trump again, however twitter users did not take his tweet that way at all.

“Here’s hoping 2018 brings more ethical leadership, focused on the truth and lasting values. Happy New Year, everybody.”

Yes, that tweet did not go over as James might have planned, users from pretty much all over had something to say:

“Here is hoping 2018 the U.S. will have a clean, politically, FBI…that will actually do their jobs.”

“Lordy, how could you type that with a straight face?”

James received for his new year gift, thousands of responses to say the least, which accused the Former Director of the FBI of lacking self awareness himself due to the many issues surrounding the FBI, while he was it’s director.

Again, who could really argue all of the responses here? While I liked James Comey, I still have quite a bit to say about things like computers, phones and hard drives being destroyed in an effort to let’s just be frank, cover up Hillary Clinton’s, misuse of top secret and official communications.

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Bitcoin also did not fair well as the new year came in, the cryptocurency took a tumble to $19,511 back on 12/18/17, and on 1/1/18, it more or less slipped again to $13,440.

Ouch!

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Lastly, this years newest and craziest diet trend to hit the wire in 2018? The raw water craze.

The idea, well skip drinking filtered water, or even tap water for that matter.

Drinking unfiltered and untreated water, and the kicker is is that it is rather pricey, not to mention that it could actually kill you.

I guess it didn’t kill us when we were kids right? However things have changed rather vastly, more contaminants are of course in the ground, in our drinking water.

Proponents of the trend claim that raw waters health benefits include naturally occurring minerals and microbes, of course science is on the other side of the fence urging us all to forgo this latest trend, because of contaminants but also untreated water contains arsenic and the microbes that can in fact cause an array of health issues…don’t even get me started.

Here’s to a smashing 2018.

Cristal M Clark

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James Comey – Serves up Classy Passive Aggressive Hits at Trump

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Comey’s Clever Tweets Getting Under Trump’s Skin

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You have to hand it to former FBI Director James Comey here, he keeps subtly digging at Trump on Twitter by sharing some thoughtful, tasteful and rather passive aggressive hits at Trump.

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Trump may be too inept to notice however, the shade James is tossing towards his former boss here.

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And that shade, it’s pretty major, yet in a very clever and tasteful way, something Trump knows nothing about.

Although I did not always agree with how James worded things, or handled things during his time as the Director of the FBI, one thing I will always give him credit for was that he went above and beyond in the effort to try to bring communities and the police who are responsible for the safety in those respective communities together. He stepped in at a time when public and police tensions were at an all time high and managed to move things a step in the right direction.

Not that it lasted once Trump took office.

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In his latest tweet, James quoted Winston Churchill, more than likely in direct response to Trump’s rather distasteful and disturbing anti-Muslim tweet earlier this week.

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James seems to be stepping up to the twitter plate with something with subtle notes of major shade anytime that Trump tweets something utterly and truly ridiculous.

Which has to hurt someone with an ego the size of Trump’s.

We should be giving James Comey an award for the major burns here, but even if we don’t, he should keep it up.

Cristal M Clark

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Putin the Master Manipulator

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Trump Being Played?

 

Well it is one of the oldest tricks in the book and truthfully it does appear that Trump is allowing Putin to manipulate and control him.

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But you don’t have to take just my word for it, former CIA director John Brennan and former National Intelligence director James Clapper seem to agree with that assumption. It’s an assumption that many of us have asserted for the better part of this last year on multiple occasions.

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Both men seemed to agree that “President Trump is likely being manipulated by Russian president Vladimir Putin and other foreign governments.”

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I cannot disagree with that, what I am not so sure of however, is whether or not Trump is blindly being manipulated or if he actually realizes what is going on and is allowing it to happen?

It is much easier to save face in the end through all of the lies, deceit and made up stories if you were the innocent victim of a ruthless game where it could be perceived that you may have been played by others.

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The reality here is that even though we all make fun of Trump’s ineptitude one really has to sit down at the end of the day and question whether or not the man is really that inept or if he himself is playing the game just as much as Putin is?

We may never know the truth about that.

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Trump’s name calling, for instance he called John Brennan, James Clapper and former FBI Director James Comey, “political hacks” over the weekend, and while most of us knock him for behaving like a child, call him a moron, inept, the fact that he continues to call people names, tweet insults at anyone that he can shows a more telling tale of his mental frame of mind.

You can literally see exactly who and what he is every time he tweets or speaks off the cusp.

For all of his bragging while on his Asia trip, he may want to chill that roll back just a step or two and listen to what others are actually seeing, because he is not as well liked or respected as he’d care to believe or have any of us believe.

Just because he was treated with kindness does not mean he is in anyway respected at all. It’s politics folks, that is the black and white of it.

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Trump is however known as the President of the United States that Russia got elected, and he is known as the President of the United States that is a willing partner when it comes to being played and manipulated by foreign countries.

That is precisely what Trump is known for worldwide and that does not equal respect.

Cristal M Clark

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Wiretapping Trump’s Campaign Chairman

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As each day passes it become more and more evident that Trump, his team and Russia all got together and made a plan so as to sway the 2016 US Presidential Election.

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Of course each side had it’s own goal.

Russia wanted a president that it could better control while Trump, he just wanted to be king for a day and to turn the US Presidency into something that it was not, which he is learning is a much more difficult task than he thought it to be.

In the latest news, the US Government ordered that Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort be wiretapped under secret court orders both, before and after the election.

In fact, the US continued listening in this year, which included a period when dear old Paul was known to converse with Trump.

The US Government doesn’t just wake up one day and decide to wiretap someone without cause so it’s pretty clear that some had already suspected Russia, Trump and his team were at the ball dancing long before anyone cast a US vote.

It is rather interesting however as to what actually prompted the wiretapping in the first place.

A secret order authorized by the court that handles FISA began shortly after Paul became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in, 2014.

That investigation centered on work done by a group of Washington consulting firms for Ukraine’s former ruling party.

Trump really should have done his homework a little better when selecting some of his team…that is just simply my take on it.

At any rate, the original surveillance was discontinued at some point last year for lack of evidence, then the FBI  restarted the surveillance after obtaining a new FISA warrant that extended at least into early this year.

And that second warrant was part of the FBI’s efforts to investigate ties between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives.

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So as many of us had suspected and stated, James Comey at some point realized what was actually going on and so did his people.

At least 3 individuals close to the investigation have given the impression that Paul “encouraged” Russia assist with the Trump campaign. This has not been entirely confirmed yet however, I am sure it will eventually be confirmed as factual.

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Robert Mueller’s team, which is leading the investigation into Russia’s involvement in the election, has been provided details of these communications.

Sources are also saying and forgive me but this is rather odd considering they had a wiretap, that The FBI wasn’t actually listening back in June of 2016, when Donald Trump Jr. led a meeting that included Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner, with a Russian lawyer who had promised negative information on Hillary Clinton.

So, it was selective listening? Really? 

I find that highly doubtful…

The second surveillance was stopped when lawyers for Trump and Paul insisted that they stop.

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Trump seems to have created a rather nice buffer between himself and his goons who actually did the bidding and worked with Russia.

Not the smartest of moves, because when you deal with human beings eventually, you run across one or two that are wise to the game and refuse to go down alone.

Cristal M Clark

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Russia to America – “U.S. Spies Slept While Russia Elected Donald Trump”

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So as the story rages onward and upward, now a lower level Russian politician, one Vyacheslav Nikonov has decided to admit during a pretty recent television appearance (this past Sunday to be exact, during a weekly political show called “Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov.”), that American spies “slept through while Russia elected a new US president.”

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Not the wisest of things one could go on live television and say, I mean our intelligence community aside from letting intel walk out of its front doors is, actually pretty good at gathering intel on it’s own and then using it to create a little havoc in one’s life.

It does actually get better, according to Vyacheslav;

“To achieve world dominance the US overextended themselves. Because the most recent tendencies, economical, military, even tendencies in the intelligence which slept through while Russia elected a new US president.”

“It’s just ridiculous, what kind of intelligence in the USA one can even talk about?”

“The US sagged in all these aspects for the past two decades. This superpower is losing its ability to define the world.”

Ladies and gentlemen, I am in love with this man, meet my future ex husband, Vyacheslav Nikonov, AKA captain obvious. ***wedding date/divorce party to follow***

All kidding aside, he is actually making a couple of valid points here:

Yes so what, Russia did meddle in the election by spreading fake news through obtained intel which they stole. Which, correct me if I am wrong here (NSA, I am looking in your general direction), our very own US intelligence agencies do on a fairly regular basis, not only to innocent American’s but, to other nations, countries and basically the entire world.

What’s more is that our very own intelligence agencies have in fact, been known to use stolen intel to meddle in the affairs of other nations.

Secondly, yes our intelligence community was in fact sleeping through the entire election or so it would appear, with the exception of James Comey, who I am guessing already had a pretty good idea that Russia was in fact meddling and who may or may not have made the choice to let that one slide, for a brief period of course.

And third, yes, America the superpower, well, we are losing our footing as a world leader. Which I believe Russia sought to speed that up and watch us fall over the proverbial cliff by meddling in the election.

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I mean, we all know that Trump, without that meddling would not be where he is today and that is a fact. And while we are at it here, let’s just pin the tail on the donkey shall we? Trump is not a world leader and has no business whatsoever being the President of  The United States, run a company fine but not a country.

Many who voted for him in fact, are now questioning why they voted for him.

The problem US intelligence faces here though, American’s bought the stories, they ate them up, the fake news, the leaks…

People don’t buy into things, unless they really, really want to.

I believe that many American’s sought to see the US Government transformed into something that it was not, but not even those that voted for Trump knew what they truly wanted.

They just ran blindly with it without ever realizing why.

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What truly makes this worse is that right after Trump was elected, Vladimir Putin attempted to set a plan into motion for the full normalization of of relations between the US and Russia, across all  major branches of government, according to some newly released documents and Andrew Weiss, the VP for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

And Andrew isn’t wrong, nor is is he alone in that thought.   

So yes Russia did in fact feel that they could better control a Donald Trump vs. a Hillary Clinton, what they did not factor in was that, no matter what, an investigation into the meddling and Trump and his team being part of that, was always going to inevitably happen.

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That is all thanks to one, James Comey who is very much a man who simply does not put all of his cards on the table at once.

He is after all the one responsible for making sure that the investigation would go on, even after his firing.

So now Trump and his team are doing everything that they can to discredit James.

Hell, even I found myself upset by some of what James did and did not due through the Hillary Clinton email scandal, but that was then and this is now.

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I can see now, that James may have seen clearly more than the rest of us did at the time and he is a man with a purpose.

Either way, not any of this stops what we now know to be factual, Russia did meddle in the 2016 election, not to mention that we are looking at an extremely high possibility of a collusion between, trump, his team and Russia to meddle in the election.

As for our intelligence communities here in the US, they may very well have been asleep at the wheel, but if i were a Russian Politician, I would not be mocking them for it because unlike me, a Russian Politician is more of a public figure and your more easily found.  

Cristal M Clark

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U.S. Press Secretary Anthony Scaramucci – Just Fire Everyone!

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Can someone remind me which genus bus Anthony Scaramucci stepped off of? I mean, he has one hell of a sure fire way to fight inside leaks from everhappening again. I do realize the man has a decent education but he does know that he should utilize it right?

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Trump’s new communications director, one Anthony Scaramucci, vowed today to purge the White House staff of those naughty and disloyal aides in an effort to crack down on leaks to the press. 

While I am sure this has some just rattled to the very core, I’m not sure how this latest threat will prevent leaks from continuing to happen. I mean, sure he can fire whomever he’d like, however he might want to sit back and rethink that for just a while. Really toss it about through the old noggin since it’s pretty evident he doesn’t have much else up in between the two ears rattling about.

Besides, didn’t Anthony himself leak that he was going to fire a press aide, then in turn complained that anyone actually ran the story?

Let’s be clear about the majority of the leaks. They are coming from concerned citizens whose government began breaking laws, spying on countless Americans as well as other innocent individuals worldwide and how can we forget, worked with Russia (current government officials) to create a shit storm of fake news in an effort to sway the American voters to vote for Trump.

The point is, Anthony can elect to fire whomever he pleases,, the problem that he faces is that no matter how good you believe you are at hiring folks who would never leak intel, you’re not that good because, the hiring pool is ever changing and newer minds want to play ball a different way.

So the better focus here with regards to cracking down on leaks would be to focus on why they are happening and correct that behavior not seek out the leakers.

The truth is, if they felt that our Government including those in the white house, the very people they work for could in fact be trusted, they would not be leaking information or intel.

That is the problem that needs to be fixed, and that is no going away until our Government behaves.

When you tell the American people you are going to swing the ax, it translates to, “you people go bury your heads in the sand and pretend things are being run all peachy keen, while we continue doing things the world doesn’t know about that we know as a Government, are both morally and ethically wrong.”

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For instance I like using Edward Snowden because he is such a powerful example of what happens when someone tries to utilize the U.S. Government’s whistleblower program.

The man was shut down and basically told, “hey, the American people don’t know about this, some in our own Government don’t even know about this so, let’s just keep this under wraps.”

Being a both morale and ethical individual after having been shut down by the very program designed to both investigate and protect him, he had no choice but to become a leaker.

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James Comey did it and he had no choice but to do it either, it ensured a continued investigation into Russian Meddling.

Anthony should know, that is his problem in a nutshell, it’s not the leakers,  it is the various different agencies within our own Government, our policies and a very poor whistleblower program that really does not work, at all.

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Not to mention our current lack of actual leadership, meaning an adult in the white house who is demanding of blind loyalty although so very undeserving of it. 

Let’s face the fact and even I find this to be a bitter pill to swallow, when your own staff trusts the press more than you, hence why they leak to the press, the problem may be you and your policies rather than the staff leaking the information.

Anthony should understand with absolute clarity that the talent pool of individuals who pledge blind loyalty, well that is drying up and pretty rapidly.

People are far less likely to follow any leader or any organization, agency let alone a U.S. President with blind loyalty while the do naughty, naughty things.

Cristal M Clark

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