David Cole on the Mueller Report

What kind of government and leadership do you want?

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David Cole is National Legal Director of the ACLU.

He wrote the best, most incisive analysis of the Mueller Report, describing precisely what it found. The report is an indictment in all but name, and he explains why.

The Report, he writes,

lays out in meticulous detail both a blatantly illegal effort by Russia to throw the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump and repeated efforts by President Trump to end, limit, or impede Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference. Trump’s efforts included firing or attempting to fire those overseeing the investigation, directing subordinates to lie on his behalf, cajoling witnesses not to cooperate, and doctoring a public statement about a Trump Tower meeting between his son and closest advisers and a Russian lawyer offering compromising information on Hillary Clinton.

Attorney General William Barr, who has shown himself to be exactly the kind of presidential protector Trump wanted Jeff Sessions to…

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Hundreds of Federal Prosecutors Sign Petition Saying that Trump Performed Multiple Felonious Acts Obstructing Justice

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This is hot. Hundreds of federal prosecutors, both Republicans and Democrats, say that Trump’s behavior would merit multiple felony indictments for obstruction of justice — except for a single DOJ memo that claims that a sitting president can’t be indicted.

You can read their statement, and their names, at this link.

“Each of us believes that the conduct of President Trump described in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report would, in the case of any other person not covered by the Office of Legal Counsel policy against indicting a sitting President, result in multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice.

The Mueller report describes several acts that satisfy all of the elements for an obstruction charge: conduct that obstructed or attempted to obstruct the truth-finding process, as to which the evidence of corrupt intent and connection to pending proceedings is overwhelming. These include:

· The President’s efforts to fire Mueller…

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Donald Trump is Defined by Joseph Goebbels Playbook

It is obvious to me why MAGA Man Donald Trump, Moscow’s Agent Governing America, and his pet minion AG Barr released the Muller report the way they did.  It was to give them the advantage in a dangerous game of manipulation and subversion.

Most if not all professional K-12 teachers will tell us that it is important for the teacher to be the first contact with parents/guardians after their child gets in trouble at school.  If the child reaches them first with his/her version of what happened, then the odds tend to favor the parent/guardian will believe the child or at least lean their support toward the child instead of the teacher no matter what the facts were.

This is what AG Barr did when he alleged (and deliberately misled): “After nearly two years of investigation, thousands of subpoenas, and hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian government-sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes.”

The Trump administration wanted to get the message out first and have time to repeat it as often as possible up to the actual release of the report with the goal to mislead and/or program as many people as possible with deliberate lies and misinformation instead of the facts of the 400+ page report that most Americans will never read.

From the publication of this post, we the people now have about 567-days to reach as many American citizens as possible with the facts; our message must be simple and easy to understand. We the people are fighting a war of words and if we lose, that war will soon turn those words to ashes with bullets and bombs.

Trump has been and is still following Joseph Goebbels playbook. “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”  According to Donald Trump’s first wife, MAGA Man “kept a book of Hitler’s speeches near his bed.” Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed … “Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist,” Marie Brenner wrote.

Considering how many lies Donald Trump has said and repeated starting with The Oath of Office, it is obvious he learned that “if you tell a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.” This quote from Joseph Goebbels defines who Donald Trump really is.

To prevail, we the people must overcome Trump’s momentum and smother his subversion with the facts that reveal the truth.

Repeat, repeat, repeat … and keep the message simple.  It is clear that Donald Trump is already guilty of violating the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment, Section 3 by giving aid and comfort to the enemies of the United States when he rejected the advice of all of America’s intelligence agencies.

For an accurate summary of the Mueller Report, read this at LawFareBlog.com.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam combat veteran with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

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How popular is MAGA Man

MAGA Man means “Moscow’s Agent Governing America”. If Donald Trump was playing himself in a superhero film, MAGA Man would not be the hero, because he is a supervillain.

When I’m curious and want to find out what the polls are saying about MAGA Man, I turn to two sites. Both sites use most if not all of the reputable polls to come up with an average. To understand what this means, I suggest you read FiveThiryEight’s, “How We’re Tracking Donald Trump’s Approval Ratings”.

Five Thirty Eight’s How Popular is Donald Trump:

On April 12, the day I published this blog post, MAGA Man’s approval rating was 41.9 percent with 52.8 percent disapproving.  That means 5.3-percent did not have an opinion.

The other site is Real Clear Politics (RCP):

RCP average for President Trump Job Approval on 4-11 was 43.2 percent vs 52.8 percent that disapproves of him, and 4-percent did not have an opinion. This average came from too many polls to count (click the link for Real Clear Politics and scroll down to discover what I mean).

Only a supervillain called MAGA Man would be capable of lying and claiming his approval rating is 55-percent when there is no way even if he added the people who didn’t have an opinion for MAGA Man to come up 55-percent unless he’s really bad at math. If that was true, that might explain all of MAGA Man’s bankruptcies and failed businesses.

On April 11, 2019, Trump Touts 55 Percent Approval From Poll that Found 43 percent Approval.

How would this translate if the 2020 election were held today?

In 2016, 138-million Americans voted.

In 2018, Midterm Voter Turnout Hit 50-Year High. NPR reported, “Voter turnout on Tuesday was massive: More than 47 percent of the voting-eligible population cast a ballot in the midterm elections on Tuesday, according to early estimates from the United States Election Project.

“Almost half of possible voters actually voted” might not sound impressive. But for a U.S. midterm election, it’s a whopping figure. Compare that with just 36.7 percent in 2014, and 41 percent in 2010.

That’s the highest turnout for a midterm since 1966, when 49 percent of the population turned up to vote.”

How many Americans will vote in 2020?  The Pew Research Center gives us a hint.

“The 2020 U.S. presidential election is rapidly coming into view – and so is the electorate that will determine its outcome.

“While demographic changes unfold slowly, it’s already clear that the 2020 electorate will be unique in several ways. Nonwhites will account for a third of eligible voters – their largest share ever – driven by long-term increases among certain groups, especially Hispanics. At the same time, one-in-ten eligible voters will be members of Generation Z, the Americans who will be between the ages of 18 and 23 next year. That will occur as Millennials and all other older generations account for a smaller share of eligible voters than they did in 2016.”

MAGA Man is unpopular with nonwhites and younger voters.  His support base is made up of mostly older white men and that group will account for “a smaller share of elegies voters than they did in 2016”.

My prediction, MAGA Man, aka Donald Trump, will lose the popular vote in 2020 with a gap of at least 14-million votes for a total of about 62- million (for MAGA Man) to 77-million for whoever runs against him.

The 2016 presidential polls were correct when they predicted Hillary Clinton would win the election, but they did not factor in Russia’s meddling. Trump lost the popular vote by almost three-million votes but won the Electoral College with less than 80k votes in three battleground states where Russia focused most of its meddling.


Would an honest man lie more than 8,000 times during his first two years as President of the United States?

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam combat veteran with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

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Bombshell Report About Copycat Legislation Written by ALEC but Adopted by Your State

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Democracy is under attack, not only in D.C., but in the state capitols.

To understand just how serious this attack is, how insidious it is, how well-funded it is, please open the link.

This new USA Today/Arizona Republic/Center for Public Integrity in-depth investigation is a bombshell report on the thousands of “copy-and-paste bills” introduced and passed in state legislatures which purport to represent local interests but instead further a corporate or industry agenda. Among the goals: passing ESA Vouchers that siphon public funds from public education and redirect them to private, religious and home schooling.

ALEC and corporate America are churning out legislation that is introduced in your state under false pretenses as “reform.” Every one of these bills is meant to protect corporations and profiteers, whether in health care or any other industry.

You may have noticed a sudden mushrooming of voucher legislation in state after state. It…

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Why the British Don’t Like Trump

What the British think of Donald Trump.

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Bon Shepherd posted this explanation of why the British don’t like Trump: character counts.

Someone on Quora asked “Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?” Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote this magnificent response:

“A few things spring to mind. Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.

For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.

So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing – not once, ever.

I don’t say that rhetorically, I…

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The Greatest Generation

My parents were teenagers during Greed’s Great Depression

They were 14

Forced to drop out of high school to find jobs with unemployment at twenty-five percent

Working long days for pennies

There was never enough
food
safe water
clothing
shelter

Malnutrition was a widespread problem

Then Japan bombed Pearl Harbor killing 2,403 Americans and wounding 1,143

It was murder, and the gods of greed rejoiced

And for America’s young adults, it was an opportunity not to be ignored

The Greatest Generation left unemployment, homelessness, and hunger behind to join the chaos of war

When the war ended, 416,800 U.S. troops had been killed and another 671,801 were wounded

To mold the survivors of the Great Depression and World War II into America’s Greatest Generation only cost the world the lives of 70-to-85 million civilians and military

Is Making America Great Again worth that price?

© 2019 Lloyd Lofthouse

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam combat veteran with a BA in journalism and an MFA in writing, who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

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