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John Kerry says it is ‘inappropriate’ for Donald Trump to ‘be stepping into’ the politics of foreign countries

January 16, 2017

  Donald Trump is taking a little heat for wading into Germany’s politics by criticizing Angela Merkel’s refugee policy. John Kerry is the latest to wade in on this contrived controversy, here is more:

Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday it was “inappropriate” for Donald Trump to insert himself into the politics of foreign countries, referencing the president-elect’s recent criticism over German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s refugee policy.

“I thought frankly it was inappropriate for a president-elect of the United States to be stepping into the politics of other countries in a quite direct manner,” Kerry said in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, adding that he specifically disapproved of Trump’s attack on Merkel’s policy of accepting scores of migrants into Germany during the ongoing Syrian civil war.

“I think we have to be very careful about suggesting that one of the strongest leaders in Europe and most important players with respect to where we are heading … made one mistake or another, I don’t think it’s appropriate for us to be commenting on that,” Kerry said.

  He did not like the “direct manner” in which Donald Trump stepped into the politics of “one of the strongest leaders in Europe.” Apparently he prefers the indirect manner Barack Obama used against one of the strongest leaders in the Middle East when he tried to influence the outcome of the Israeli election.

According to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), the State Department gave $349,276 in U.S. taxpayer-funded grants to a political group in Israel to build a campaign operation, which subsequently was used to try to influence Israelis to vote against conservative Benjamin Netanyahu in the March 2015 election for prime minister.

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Donald Trump may include bloggers in his press briefings

January 15, 2017

  It is no secret that Donald Trump and the mainstream media do not get along, in fact that is quite the understatement to say the least as is evidenced by the press conference the President-elect held last week. There has been speculation that because of this Donald Trump would cancel press briefings or possibly just kick the White House press pool out of the White House but if this report is true he might actually be doing to opposite.

  Here is more:

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Sunday, January 15th open thread: ‘Porcupine Coat’

January 15, 2017

open-threadHere is the open thread for Sunday, January 15th. Please feel free to post links to interesting articles and to discuss whatever issues arise during the course of the day. Nothing is off-topic here.

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  Back in the day Lauri and I used to go to check out the local Boston music scene every so often and my favorite unknown band was called Think Tree. They had a little local success but never really went anywhere. There is very little live footage of the band but here is “All We Like Sheep” and “Porcupine Coat.”

The Right Take: ‘Celebrity Meltdown’

January 13, 2017

 Mark Tapson is out with his latest The Right Take video and it is entitled “Celebrity Meltdown.” He gives us his opinion on why Hollywood is so upset at Donald Trump’s election–they are losing their influence. Enjoy:

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Rosie O’Donnell calls for Martial Law to stop Donald Trump

January 12, 2017

  As a general rule I do not care what celebrities think about anything however every once in awhile one of them says something that cannot be ignored and today is one of those times. A couple of weeks ago so-called comedienne Rosie O’Donnell warned the American people that there were only a few weeks left to stop Donald Trump’s inauguration. Many people claimed this sounded like a call for violence and that thought did cross my mind as well, however today she came up with a plan–Martial Law.

  Here is what she tweeted:

I FULLY SUPPORT IMPOSING MARTIAL LAW – DELAYING THE INAUGURATION – UNTIL TRUMP IS “CLEARED” OF ALL CHARGES https://twitter.com/MasterMarquette/status/819386479587643392 

  She went on to say that she thought Donald Trump cheated and these are the charges she says he needs to be cleared of. This comes one day after the BuzzFeed/CNN fake news story which claimed Donald Trump sent Michael Cohen to Prague to meet with Kremlin officials, among other accusations. One can only assume this fake news story is what Rosie O’Donnell is referring to. I guess the left loves fake news after all…

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The Democratic National Committee was conspiring with Ukraine officials to try to influence the election

January 11, 2017

  For all of the talk about Russia trying to influence the outcome of the election to help Donald Trump win the Presidency here is something you probably have not heard much of, if at all, in the mainstream media: If this story is true there was also political intrigue being conducted by Ukraine officials in at attempt to help Hillary Clinton. Here is more:

Donald Trump wasn’t the only presidential candidate whose campaign was boosted by officials of a former Soviet bloc country.

Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption and suggested they were investigating the matter, only to back away after the election. And they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.

A Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the Democratic National Committee met with top officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation.

The Ukrainian efforts had an impact in the race, helping to force Manafort’s resignation and advancing the narrative that Trump’s campaign was deeply connected to Ukraine’s foe to the east, Russia. But they were far less concerted or centrally directed than Russia’s alleged hacking and dissemination of Democratic emails.

  Of course today was filled with the fake news story, which CNN ran with, about Donald Trump sending a person to Russia to conspire with the campaign and yet here we have the Democratic National Committee basically doing the same thing and there has been no mention of this story by the mainstream media.

  Isn’t it funny how that works…

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Barack Obama was warned about Russia’s hacking attempts months ago and did nothing about it

January 9, 2017

  Now that Hillary Clinton has lost the election all the talk is about how Russia hacked into the system in an attempt to defeat the former Secretary of State. Some are even blaming Russia for Hillary Clinton’s defeat although there is no proof the Russian hacking ended up playing any role in the election. 

  What has been lost in this argument–and I would argue purposely so–is the fact that Hillary Clinton’s decision to use a personal email server left the United States vulnerable to a cyber-attack in the first place. But on top of that we previously learned that the FBI tried to warn the Democratic National Committee that is was vulnerable to Russian cyber-attacks several times but the warning were ignored–even after the DNC was warned its system was breached. 

  Now we are learning, according to this story, that Barack Obama was warned months ago about this and did nothing to stop it. Here is more:

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