trump opens pandora’s box

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

US president donald trump opened pandora’s box by firing FBI director james comey. for those of you who are X-Files fans it sounds like a mystery for scully and mulder. we here at a blog about whatever initially thought that the obama administration tried to tie the incoming trump administration to manchurian candidate type stuff relating to russia for partisan reasons. this would sew doubts in the minds of the electorate about a president entering office with less than 50% of the popular vote. so essentially a man without a mandate. –thereby helping to ensure that trump would not win re-election in 2020. we don’t necessarily think that the obama administration thought they would find all sorts of gummi bears and lollipops.  we don’t think comey’s firing one day after an old quote from 2014 surfaced from eric trump saying the trump organization had all the money they needed from russia for their golf courses, was a coincidence.

former national security adviser mike flynn was an obvious target, given that obama had previously fired flynn and it was public knowledge that he had been to russia and appeared on the russian government owned channel Russian Today (recently rebranded as RT). just go on youtube and have a look.

we think the aim of the DEMs was to distract trump for the next 3.5 years. but now the perception is that the trump administration is hiding something. and like the washington posts writes, even republicans who have consistently been willing to stand up for trump are now reluctant.

all US politicians know the history of the watergate scandals. as do all americans with a high school education. a seemingly innocuous office break in that lead to the first resignation of a sitting US president. along the way a special prosecutor was fired by nixon flunkie robert bork–who came to regret this about 10 years later when he was nominated for a lifetime seat on the US supreme court. robert bork’s congressional hearing and failed nomination proved that just because your boss tells you to do something, doesn’t mean you actually should do it.  consumer rights activist ralph nader filed a lawsuit challenging the firing of the special prosecutor who was investigating US president nixon and what became known as watergate. the courts ruled the firing illegal. we wonder what is waiting in the wings for donald trump. we’re pretty sure it’s president mike pence.

marion marećhal-le pen quitting politics

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

french center-right newspaper la figaro writes that marine le pen, one of but 2 front nationale MPs in the french assembly made the announcement today. she is marine le-pen’s niece and a popular figure in the party. (* update with correct number of FN  MPs in france’s national assembly).

media elevates macron

Monday, May 8th, 2017

macron 65% wins in france

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

macron at 39 years old is the youngest head of state of france since napoleon bonaparte in 1848.

blogging the french election 2

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

at 5pm france’s minister of the interior announced that turnout was at 65.30%. in 2012 it was 71.96%. the polls close at 7pm and 8pm (in some areas) CET time or (GMT + 1). according to reuters an unofficial poll by a belgian organization predicts emmanuel macron will win the presidency with 61% – 64% of the vote. you can watch the first round of results live at 19.05 (7:05pm) france time
in english or french on france 24:

blogging the french election

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

according to france 24 turnout at noon was 28.23%, only 2 percentage points behind 2012. in 2012 80% of the electorate voted in the second round of the french presidential election.

US prefers to put blacks in jail than school

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

donald trump and the trump administration is considering de-funding historically black colleges in the USA. as a bit of background information, these universities were set during a time when the united stated had laws banning blacks from attending universities. apparently a fund set up for the universities in 1992, under the george h.w. bush administration provides some support for assisting with infrastructure. the schools are not specifically for black students, and the students come from a wide range of backgrounds. anyone can apply and be accepted to the universities. but it is good to know and understand why these schools existed. it was only until perhaps the mid-to-late 1960s when blacks in all states were allowed to attend mainstream universities. state (public) universities across the united states receive federal funds as do some private institutions in forms of access to providing federal grants to students attending their schools. so we are not sure why trump would single out these schools, which have black, white and brown students for possible defunding. is this a nod to the far right who voted for him during the last presidential election. would these voters prefer to re-divert the money towards policing and away from education? one could argue that providing better access to education black, brown and white americans this would help lower the crime rate in the USA and help the country save the 30K plus per year per person the US spends on prisons.

police chokes,tasers 15 year old

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

you can watch the video here. this was first reported in the pittsburgh-gazette. we don’t like the music effects in the background. apparently the video was taken from a surveillence camera at a school.all police officers are not bad. but maybe people need to think more about requiring that police officers in the usa have more than just a high school education prior to training to be police officers.

cenk from young turks 1 suit?

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

we’re thinking of starting a fundraiser for the Young Turks YouTube channel. we’ve noticed recently that cenk, the owner only has 1 suit and 1 white shirt. as he might say, take a look:
cspan.org 5 days ago versus chenk on cspan 1 year ago. you decide.

nytimes gets it wrong about english

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

jean-claude juncker, president of the european commission jokingly (?) said that the english language was headed for the doors in europe. the nytimes defends the use of english and the new york rag erroneously states that english will still be the language of choice in the EU because it is the official language of malta and ireland. but when countries join the EU they have to pick 1 language as their official language. when malta joined, they picked maltese and ireland picked irish. so juncker is actually right. as the brits head for the doors the english language will officially go with them as there will be no other country in the EU whose stated official language is english.