Alabama officials on Thursday certified Doug Jones as the winner of this month's Senate election.
The certification happened despite a las minute challenge from Moore. Wednesday night he filed a complaint of "systemic voter fraud" at 10:33 p.m. This was not surprising since Moore has a history of not conceding elections. To this day, Republicans have noted, that he still has not conceded in the 2006 and 2010 primaries for Governor.
Speculation has it that Alabamans may see more of Moore, next year, running for Governor or Attorney General.
Trump's Report Card
Number of laws signed by each president between his Inauguration Day and Dec. 31 of that year. NPR/Congress.gov
All 96 laws signed by Trump, categorized. NPR/Congress.gov
Along with 96 laws signed by Trump, he also has issued 55 executive orders, 11 determinations, 115 proclamations, 37 memoranda.
Of the 96 laws signed, only one can be considered "major" legislation. Most notable proclamation would be the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. This move was precipitated by the June 1, 2017 Presidential Determination "Waiver of the Jerusalem Embassy Act 2017."
Most of Trump's Presidential Orders were repealing or negating orders from the previous administration.
Republicans handed Trump the first win of his presidency with a tax bill that absolutely no-one in Congress (including Republicans) can tell what is in it completely. On first impression and from multiple angles, only taxpayers (said sarcastically) such as Trump are to benefit from it. Republicans jammed in last minute handfuls of crap provisions to appease lobbyists and donors. The last iteration of the bill has the top 1% of the wealth in America getting 83% of the benefits.
While touting this as a "Gift to the Middle Class", the middle class will ultimately pay MORE in taxes because any cuts are set to expire and any savings most consider negligible in this tax bracket compared to others.
Republicans, delivering on their promise to "repeal", removed the individual health-care mandate, yet they made ZERO effort to "replace" allowing that approximately 13 million people will lose insurance coverage while premiums will raise for others. Democrats all voted "no" on this bill with a final count: Senate 51/58, House 224/201.
Trump is celebrating, and HE certainly should. HE wins, not America. Trumps' win, as a partisan president, is like one team not showing for the game and they (GOP) winning by forfeit yet still having the gall to brag about having won.
What about CHIPs?
No More Moore
Doug Jones, Tuesday night, defeated Roy Moore for Jeff Sessions vacated seat in the U.S. Senate.
It was predicted that Roy Moore (R) would win in the predominantly red state of Alabama. Tuesday night voters had a different thing in mind when they elected Doug Jones (D). This makes Jones the first Democrat to be elected to the United States Senate in Alabama in 25 years.
The vote tally: Jones (D) - 671,151 - 49.9%; Moore (R) - 650,436 - 48.4%; Write-Ins: 22,819 - 1.7%.
A simple note on write-ins. Those 22,819 votes do not reflect party affiliation, however it most likely were from disillusioned GOP voters who may have had a change of heart or conscience when it came to decency.
With 2017 coming to an end shortly, let's hope that in 2018, respecting the news, there is no more Moore.
GOP Senators call it tax reform yet from this angle it appears to be caving to donors and looking too far into the future (2018 Mid-Term Elections). After all the reports of the negative effect the tax bill will have on not only the middle class but also the national deficit, GOP Senators seem bound and determined to pass their version of a tax bill. Beneficiaries of this tax bill, simply put, are corporations and contrary to what Trump says, the wealthy.
Flynn Pleads Guilty
Michael Flynn plead guilty to lying to FBI and will cooperate with Russia Inguiry.
Kushner may be "very senior" transition team member mentioned in court filing.
It seemed quite obvious during the 2016 Presidential debates that Trump frequently sniffed when talking. This could be written off as a nervous tic from suffering the pressure the debates exerted on him.
Given that, here we have it Nov 15, 2017 and making a speech at the White House regarding his recent trip, Trumped sniffed through it constantly.
This should rule out the "tic" theory because there certainly wasn't any "pressure" on him at the press conference.
This gives rise to another explanation: It's has to be an allergy. Considering his propensity to prevaricate, Trump just may be allergic to telling the truth.
Moore Press Conference
While watching Roy Moore's lawyers press conference regarding allegations of child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual assault, it was remarkable how these "false" allegations against Moore, were so vivid in his memory however different than the details from his accuser. Wow, why not just have him testify under oath in a deposition. Done.
Oh, wait, he doesn't want to do that, all he wants to do now is belittle the women that brought these issues to light.
Another question is, if he wants people to get to the issues then why will he not debate his Democratic opponent?
If Roy Moore hadn't resigned his seat on the Alabama Supreme Court (to run for senate), he would still be serving his second and final suspension until 2019 (guilty on six charges of ethical violations). Why is that not a factor in his eligibility to run for the senate seat?
Here We Go Again!
It appears that this weeks rage is sexual misconduct. Accusations around Capitol Hill abound and reverberate all the way down to the Alabama Senate race. Makes us really wonder, just what is really going on??? What type of misdirection is the American public once again being suckered into?
Most times when the narrative gets shifted to some salacious tidbit and then seems to dominate the headlines, something untoward is going on on the Hill. So what is just behind those headlines and riding the undercurrent????
It wouldn't be fiddling with taxes or threatening to remove more Obamacare mandates disguised as tax cuts?? That wouldn't be it. . . or could it???
(YAPG) Yet Another Presidential Gaff
President Donald Trump tweeted about the wrong mass shooting late Tuesday after a gunman launched a gun rampage in California and killed at least four people before trying to enter an elementary school.
On Tuesday evening, Trump tweeted: "May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived."
Sutherland Springs is a village in Texas where ten days earlier a gunman had killed 26 people at a church. He had tweeted a similar message after the November 5 attack.
"May God be w/ the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI & law enforcement are on the scene. I am monitoring the situation from Japan," he wrote at the time.
A Few Thoughts:
Why not make "extreme vetting" of political candidates PRIOR to electing them mandatory? Or how about, require thorough background checks every time a candidate runs for ANY office? Better yet, disqualify a candidate that has any unresolved civil or criminal litigation prior to and up to election day.
Case in point: Judge Roy Moore
Judge Roy Moore, candidate for U.S. Senate seat from Alabama. Moore, twice elected to the Alabama Supreme Court and twice REMOVED from the court (first in 2003). Sept 30, 2016 Moore was found guilty on six charges of ethical violations and ordered suspended from the court for the remainder of his term ending in 2019 without pay.
After appeal, April 20, 2017 the suspension was upheld. The ruling effectively ended Moore's Supreme Court career, as he will not be eligible for reelection in 2018 became he will be above the maximum age (in Alabama, candidates for the Court must be 69 years of age or younger)
April 26, six days following the court's ruling, Moore resigned from the Alabama Supreme Court and announced he would be running for the United States Senate.
On Nov. 09, 2017 a woman alleged that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her in 1979, when she was 14 and he was 32 years old. If true, the allegation of sexual contact between Moore and the 14 year old would be a felony under Alabama law. Three other women came forward to say that Moore, then in his 30s, pursued relationships with them when they were 16 to 18 years old (16 is the legal age of consent in Alabama). Three of these four women also said that Moore served them alcohol; at the respective times they were all under 19, the legal drinking age in Alabama at that time.
Moore faces Democratic nominee Doug Jones, a former United States Attorney, in the special election on December 12, 2017.
Note: Nov 13, 2017 - Another woman has come forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore, saying he assaulted her when she was 16.
Hmm, the number of women that have come forward now totals 9 women (11/16).
Contradiction - HJ Res 40
November 05, 2017
(CNN) -- Trump said Monday that he believes the Texas church shooting (killing 26, wounding 20) was caused by a "mental health problem," not an issue with gun laws in the United States. "Mental health is your problem here," Trump said, noting that "based on preliminary reports" the shooter was "a very deranged individual."
(February 28, 2017)
Trump signs H.J. Res 40, rolling back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun.
NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 was passed in 2007 in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings in order to address loopholes in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, commonly known as NICS, which enabled the shooter to buy firearms despite having been ruled a danger to himself by a Virginia court.
It would outwardly seem that since Donald Trump interjected himself into American politics several years ago and with all the constant attention, one would think that he has been unduly shown in a negative light. With Trump, this definitely isn't anything new. It has just been exacerbated simply because he is now President. Anyone older than 35 and has kept apprised of current events certainly has in the past been quite familiar with the Trump name, and the Trump reputation.
There is nothing new with Donald Trump. Same old Trump.
54% of the population (35 and older) can still remember the scandals that have plagued him his entire adult life. Have a look.
Sexual-Assault Allegations: Various, 1970s-2005
The Beauty Pageant Scandals: Various, 1992-present
Racial Housing Discrimination: New York City, 1973-1975
Trump University: 2005-2010, on-line
Mafia Ties: New York and Atlantic City, 1970s- ?
Tenant Intimidation: New York City, 1982-1986
The Four Bankruptcies: 1991, 1992, 2004, 2009
The Undocumented Polish Workers: New York City, 1980
Breaking Casino Rules: New York and New Jersey, various
Antitrust Violations: New Jersey, 1986
Condo Hotel Shenanigans: NY, FL, Mex, mid-2000s
Trump Institute: Boca Raton and elsewhere, 2005-?
The Cuban Embargo: Cuba, 1998-present
Undocumented Models: New York, 1999-?
The Trump Foundation: Various, 1988-present
Refusing to Pay Workers and Contractors: various, 1980s-present
Now we have a younger demographic that feels that the past is something that is to be forgotten. They think the present is where our concern should be. OK, let's look at the present (the new norm). The following are conflicts of interest in numerous areas that were already known or have come to light since Trump becoming President:
On-going Legal Disputes
Dakota Access Pipeline
40 Wall Street
National Labor Relations Board
Trump International Hotel - D.C.
Foreign holdings: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, UK.
Until Trump's tax returns are made public and his multi-tentacled world business interests are known, those listed will continue to be a sore that will fester. One could not say scandal without including Russia, but we leave that for a seperate discussion.
Trump's Word of the Month:
adjective: very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very great in amount, scale, or intensity. (bigly)
informal: extremely good or impressive; excellent. (the bestest)
It should be noted that he also adds "ly" to emphasize even more "gooder".
Yet Another Presidential Gaff (YAPG)
Trump on Oct 13 stated, "I will tell you I left Texas and I left Florida and I left Louisiana and I went to Puerto Rico and I met with the President of the Virgin Islands."
Only problem: - HE is the President of the Virgin Islands!!
Recently there has been an uptick of interest and mention of the 25th Amendment in the media, however more than not, people are unaware of what it says. For those interested or simply curious:
Between September 9 and September 20 two category 4 hurricanes (Irma, Maria) ravaged Puerto Rico, devastating the entire country and leaving 3.4 million AMERICAN CITIZENS without basic necessities: power, communications, food, water, shelter. It would take six days, September 26, for the WH to finally mentioned Puerto Rico.
Trump, on Sept 13th in his Presidential Proclamation 9637, declared that September 15 to Oct 15 is to be National Hispanic Heritage Month.