Fairness is a Subjective Determination…

President Trump, claiming he would love to talk to Mueller has said the questioning must be “fair” for him to do so. Stating his attorneys have advised him to not speak with Mueller he also said he would override their advise if he could find a way to insure the questioning was “fair”.

REUTERS –  President Donald Trump said on Friday shifted his position over possible talks with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, saying his lawyers have advised him against any talks but that he would submit to questioning if it was “fair.”

Trump has repeatedly said he wanted to talk to Mueller, a fellow Republican investigating alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. 2016 election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.

“I would love to speak. I would love to. Nobody wants to speak more than me … because we’ve done nothing wrong,” Trump told reporters outside the White House on his way to the NRA Convention in Dallas. “But I have to find a way to be treated fairly.”
“If I thought it was fair, I would override my lawyer,” he added.

Of course Trump’s statement is really saying that he is willing to talk with Mueller if the questions are softball tosses and lead to the conclusion of the investigation with judgment exactly as Trump desires. In other words Trump is not so much concerned with “fairness” as he is with coming out as clean as a whistle. regardless whether it is the truth or not.

Trump also defended Rudy Giuliani, who he recently hired to represent him in the matter. The former federal prosecutor, however, raised a number of questions about Trump’s actions and motivations in a series of media interviews this week.

On Thursday, Giuliani said he wanted limits for any Trump interview with Mueller.

“He started yesterday. He’ll get his facts straight. He’s a great guy,” Trump told reporters. One of Trump’s lawyers announced Giuliani’s addition to the team on April 19.

Ghouliani is a perfect addition to the Trump team. Obviously inept these days with the tendency to shoot from the hip. But he is a loyal Trumpian who will work hard at being Trump’s chump.

The president also repeated his assertion that there was no collusion by his team and that the federal probe led by Mueller was a “witch hunt.” Russia has also denied any interference, despite the conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies.

Giuliani’s “learning the subject matter. … He knows this is a witch hunt. That’s what he knows,” Trump added.

Trump continuing to obsessively repeat no collusion and witch-hunt does not make either so. It is the job of Mueller to get to the bottom of all the allegations. As a man of integrity this is what he will do. All Americans, regardless of political affiliation or economic status ought to hope he does. The continuation f our democratic republic depends on it.

 

 

 

Trump and the Current GOP are not really Modern Conservatives by definition…

One hundred years ago this week, the founder of modern American conservatism was born into poverty in Plymouth, Mich. Russell Kirk’s “The Conservative Mind,” published in 1953, laid the foundations of a modern conservative movement that dominated the second half of the American Century. But 65 years later, Kirk’s classic work reads instead as a damning indictment against the very movement he helped launch.

The central thesis of Kirk’s philosophy was that “the conservative abhors all forms of ideology” and subscribes to principles “arrived at by convention and compromise” instead of “fanatic ideological dogmata.” Six decades of Republican overreach and corrosive causes have instead led to the rise of Donald Trump and a foreign policy run by John Bolton, an economy guided by Larry Kudlow and a legal team led by conspiracy theorist Joseph DiGenova.

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In the forward to the seventh edition of “The Conservative Mind,” Kirk predicted with precision the rise of political players such as Bolton and Trump and foresaw a time when the United States would “fall into the hands of merciless ideologues or squalid oligarchs.” He also repeated Swedish philosopher Tage Lindbom’s warning of the bleak harvest coming from a “secularized generation for which material existence is everything and spiritual life is nothing.”

This was the predictable outcome of my Republican Party aligning its interests with the most cynical political operators of our time. The Atwaters, Manaforts, Gingriches and Roves leveraged a weaponized media culture that reduced politics to a secularized religion and consolidated political power and material wealth in the hands of its richest donors.

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Frenzied Trumpian Republicans Work To Railroad Justice…

Trumpian Republicans are getting nervous, which is understandable given their “savior’s” manifest corruption.

Three Republican U.S. lawmakers called on Friday for Robert Mueller to resign as special counsel investigating Russia and the 2016 U.S. election, the latest in a series of conservatives’ criticisms of the FBI and Justice Department during the probe of how Moscow may have influenced the campaign.

Representatives Matt Gaetz, Andy Biggs and Louis Gohmert accused Mueller of a conflict of interest because he was director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation when former President Barack Obama’s administration approved an agreement allowing a Russian company to buy a Canadian company that owned 20 percent of U.S. uranium supplies.

President Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans have been calling for an investigation into the Uranium One deal, amid news of Mueller’s first indictments of Trump associates as the special counsel investigates allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

Republicans seek special counsel’s removal from Russia probe

Distractions by the Trumpian Republicans will no doubt become commonplace increasing in frequency and intensity as Mueller and team close in on the corruption of the Trump administration and advisors past and present.

UPDATE – 11/4/17

Didadin is an acronym coined by one FreeThinke, a right wing blogger and the proprietor of the weblog named FreeThinke.   A seventy something male who displays tendencies toward extreme xenophobia and white nationalism.

His acronym stands for:

 Detain
Intern 
Disempower 
And
Deport
Islamaniacs
Now

Having a bit of fun I decided to put a little twist to his acronym that illustrates fairly accurately the types of individuals that might be attracted to FreeThinke’s fold. More sheeple than individuals most likely.

DIDADIN

DODOS
IN
DEMAND
AS
DUMMYS
INCREASE
NUMBERS

Was Columbus a Hero or a Villain? You Be The Judge…

Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain?

Since his death in 1506, Columbus’ life story has undergone many revisions. He is vilified by indigenous rights groups, yet was once seriously considered for sainthood. What’s the real scoop?

Columbus was neither a monster nor a saint. He had some admirable qualities and some very negative ones. He was not a bad or evil man, simply a skilled sailor, and navigator who was also an opportunist and a product of his time.

On the positive side, Columbus was a very talented sailor, navigator and ship captain. He bravely went west without a map, trusting his instincts and calculations. He was very loyal to his patrons, the King and Queen of Spain, and they rewarded him by sending him to the New World a total of four times. While he took slaves from those tribes that fought him and his men, he seems to have dealt relatively fairly with those tribes that he befriended, such as that of Chief Guacanagari.

But there are many stains on his legacy as well. Ironically, the Columbus-bashers blame him for some things that were not under his control and ignore some of his most glaring actual defects.

He and his crew brought awful diseases, such as smallpox, to which the men and women of the New World had no defenses, and millions died. This is undeniable, but it was also unintentional and would have happened eventually anyway. His discovery opened the doors to the conquistadors who looted the mighty Aztec and Inca Empires and slaughtered natives by the thousands, but this, too, would likely have happened when someone else inevitably discovered the New World.

If one must hate Columbus, it is far more reasonable to do so for other reasons. He was a slave trader who heartlessly took men and women away from their families in order to lessen his failure to find a new trade route. His contemporaries despised him. As governor of Santo Domingo on Hispaniola, he was a despot who kept all profits for himself and his brothers and was loathed by the colonists whose lives he controlled. Attempts were made on his life and he was actually sent back to Spain in chains at one point after his third voyage.

During his fourth voyage, he and his men were stranded on Jamaica for a year when his ships rotted. No one wanted to travel there from Hispaniola to save him. He was also a cheapskate. After promising a reward to whoever spotted land first on his 1492 voyage, he refused to pay up when sailor Rodrigo de Triana did so, giving the reward to himself instead because he had seen a “glow” the night before.

Previously, elevation of Columbus to a hero caused people to name cities (and a country, Colombia) after him and many places still celebrate Columbus Day. But nowadays people tend to see Columbus for what he really was: a brave, but very flawed, human being.

More factual information on Christopher Columbus HERE.