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President Trump

Uploaded: Dec 3, 2016

We are only a few weeks away from the title of this blog entry. Trump is already announcing appointments to his Cabinet. So far Donald has surprised critics and supporters by not doing anything surprising. He is appointing the same Republican hacks that he ran against and criticized in the Primaries. Instead of “Making America great again,” he’s making America Republican again. Ho hum!

His supporters are starting to grumble that he isn’t the revolutionary they expected or voted for. Democrats and traditional Republicans, including myself, are sighing with relief that he isn’t. President Donald Trump will just be another Republican President like Nixon or Reagan only more colorful and bombastic.

He’s kinda like a President Swartinegger would be if Arnold could have run. He wanted to, but he couldn’t get an amendment to the Constitution removing the requirement that the President be a “Natural born citizen.” Some hard liners interpret that to mean born on American soil. I guess if Canadian-born Ted Cruz decides to run again in four or eight years, he will be the test of what “Natural born citizen,” really means.

My nephew married a Czech woman in Berlin and they have two children that were born there. They are living in Prague in the Czech Republic now, and have one child born there. All three children have dual citizenship, American on their father’s side and Czech on their mother’s side.

When I visited my brother in Maine a few weeks ago we went to a diner for lunch. It was a nice sit-down restaurant with booths, but the food was much better than diner food here usually is. The waitress was from Poland, and my brother asked her about the similarities between Polish and Czech. I didn’t realize that Polish and Czech come from the same root language.

My brother is very good at languages. I am good at American English but not much else. I studied Latin in High School and German in College. Several of my family members spoke German when I was growing up, but I can’t speak or understand much spoken German now.

Language is a wall that keeps people apart. Sometimes even the same language, English for example, can be used to keep people apart especially with political rhetoric. Too much of that has been going on this past year.

In his poem “Mending Wall,” Robert Frost wrote, “Something there is that doesn’t like a wall," but his neighbor wanted to keep the wall between their properties. "Good fences make good neighbors," Frost's neighbor would say.

Frost, like Shakespeare and Mark Twain, was one of the most insightful commentators on human behavior. Each in his own way wrote about how separating ourselves doesn’t work, even if Romeo and Juliette had to commit suicide to get their families to realize how stupid feuds are.

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Posted by Michael Austin, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows,
on Dec 3, 2016 at 6:48 pm

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So, did President Tsai Ing-Wen, Taiwan call president Donald Trump, or did he call her. The media is fielding conflicting reports on this topic.

At any rate Beijing is upset that there was a phone call and that there was a conversation. Beijing reaction to this event is normal reaction, for Beijing.




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Posted by Doug Miller, a resident of Country Fair,
on Dec 4, 2016 at 8:46 am

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"He is appointing the same Republican hacks that he ran against and criticized in the Primaries."

False. And disappointing coming from someone who claims to be good at American English. But, of course, truth never matters when criticizing Republicans. Of those Trump ran against, only Ben Carson has suggested that he was offered a position but that has not been confirmed to my knowledge. And it is a stretch to call Carson a Republican hack since he has never held a political office. On the other hand, Trump has demoted Gov. Christie to a lesser role on the transition team and it now seems that he will have an insignificant role in the Trump administration.

"Instead of “Making America great again," he's making America Republican again. Ho hum!"

False again. The November 8th election made America Republican again. Republicans now will control the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives, thirty two state governors, and sixty eight state legislative bodies.

On the other hand, Democrats can point with pride to their continuing ability to hold on to control of the big cities like Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore and Washington, DC.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Dec 4, 2016 at 9:15 am

"False again. The November 8th election made America Republican again. Republicans now will control the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives, thirty two state governors, and sixty eight state legislative bodies."

We've been here before. Republicans had control of the House, Senate, and White House for six years during the GW Bush Presidency.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Dec 4, 2016 at 9:19 am

Never thought that I would be agreeing with Sarah Palin about something:

"Meanwhile, Palin is mad about Trump's plan to keep air conditioning plant Carrier in the United States by giving the company a multimillion-dollar tax incentive."

"“When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent," the former Alaska governor wrote in an op-ed on the website Young Conservatives."

"“Republicans oppose this, remember?" she continued. “Instead, we support competition on a level playing field, remember? Because we know special interest crony capitalism is one big fail.""

Sfgate : Web Link

.........


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Dec 4, 2016 at 9:28 am

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I'm glad that Sam agrees with Sarah Palin (and me too). I'm sure that Sammy also agrees the corporate overseas tax rate should be reduced from 35% to 15% since that would apply to ALL companies.

After all, 15% of trillions is better than 35% of zero.

See, Trump is already bringing Dems and Repubs together!


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Dec 4, 2016 at 9:45 am

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And further to the Carrier deal, I think it's a cynical ploy and an obvious one at that.

Mike Pence is the governor of Indiana, he, not Trump, had the power to make this deal anytime he wanted but instead chose to hold off until after the election and naturally gave Trump the credit. This is political Kabuki theater, but it's also brilliant marketing.

Together these guys are smart, no doubt about that.


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Dec 4, 2016 at 10:02 am

Paul Krug:

Web Link

i agree...Americans have been sucker punched...again...


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Dec 4, 2016 at 10:06 am

Correction: Krugman

Web Link


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Dec 4, 2016 at 10:29 am

@DKHSK

Dan, in the spirit of bipartisanship, here's a recent Saturday Night Live skit about political correctness that you can enjoy, too:


High School Theatre Show with Emma Stone - SNL: Web Link

..............


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Posted by Todd Elliott Koger, a resident of Downtown,
on Dec 4, 2016 at 10:43 am

The November 28, 2016, Chicago Sun-Times, Fran Spielman article: "Black Politicians Unite After Murder of Congressman's Grandson" outlined specifically the exact plan that Todd Elliott Koger has shared with the Congressional black leadership, the "Movement for Blacklivesmatter," Rev. Jesse Jackson, private foundations, and the like. In fact, Mr. Koger had already complained that the Urban League also usurped this proposal.

None of the black leadership named in the Chicago Sun-Times article had previously demonstrated any interest for the suggestion until apparently "word got out that Mr. Koger also shared the Plan with Donald Trump." That is, the black leadership named in the Chicago Sun-Times' article has always taken direct issue with Mr. Trump arguing that "BLACKS ARE NOT LIVING IN THE PRECARIOUS SITUATION OUTLINED." Donald Trump was the only one willing to listen to Mr. Koger (blacks have been voting almost 50 years “straight" Democrat and our situation remained the same or worst).

First Mr. Trump issued an online video that addressed our plight. Next he went to Michigan and then took the message to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Thereafter, Mr. Koger packaged the visual optics and shared Mr. Trump's fight against the “status quo" with black America to grow an arsenal of black Trump supporters.

When “sh*t hit the fan" in October 2016 and everyone started to run from Mr. Trump . . . Mr. Koger suggested the need for a new “writing" for black America to put things back on track. Thereafter, Mr. Trump almost immediately issued a "New Deal For Black America."

Donald Trump owes his victory to "predominately black Democratic strongholds of Pennsylvania" who were convinced to give Mr. Trump more votes than the previous Republican Party presidential candidate. African Americans like Todd Elliott Koger convinced hundreds of thousands blacks in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and various other states to boycott the vote and/or the traditional "straight" Democratic Party vote.

Mr. Trump's "margin of victory" is realized when you combine this with an increase of "Obama white voters" in Wisconsin and Michigan voting Trump in 2016. Trump won Pennsylvania by 1.1 percentage points (68,236 votes), Wisconsin by 0.9 points (27,257 votes), and Michigan by 0.2 points (11,837 votes). If Hillary Clinton had won all three states, she would have won the Electoral College 278 to 260. She fell short in all three.

Web Link


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Dec 4, 2016 at 11:12 am

@Todd Elliot Koger :"Donald Trump owes his victory to "predominately black Democratic strongholds of Pennsylvania" who were convinced to give Mr. Trump more votes than the previous Republican Party presidential candidate."

Trump's black vote is nothing to brag about. I've noticed that whenever someone points out the fact that Trump got more black votes than Romney that they never actually say precisely what percentage of the black vote Trump got. Why is that? You know the answer. It's because Donald Trump got just 9% of the overall black vote, which is a pretty pathetic figure. Yeah, Romney did even worse, which is only more pathetic.

How bad is Trump's 9% of the black vote? To put the figure of 9% in perspective, consider this: white nationalist David Duke polled at 14% of the black vote ( Web Link ). That's right, David Duke is more popular that Donald Trump among black voters. Even you have to admit that that's pretty bad.


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Dec 4, 2016 at 12:27 pm

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Sam,

Thanks for SNL link, that was a funny skit. I also enjoy Alec Baldwins impersonations of Trump, hysterical!

I think you have it wrong in response to Todd K. 1.) You're mixing polling with actual results and 2.) you underestimate the significance of republican (read Trump)-voting black Americans.

Most polls had it wrong almost from the get go. The cynic in me feels that the polling companies are almost, if not wholly, owned by democrats. I want to believe they are fair but, like the vast majority of mass media, they seem to only serve dems.

The black American vote did expand for Trump. I'd like to think it was only because he made the kind of direct pleas to that constituency that Clinton did not. But I think there might be a tinge of celebrity, ala Jesse Ventura or Arnold Schwarzenegger, that could account for some of this vote. Regardless, from a marketing perspective, if he does half of what he says for the black community, you will see that percentage grow and that will be very bad for the dems.

Again, I'm being cynical, but for you to even make the comparison between polling for Trump and Duke, and black American voting shows you still have not learned, or refuse to consider the significance of what happened in the last election. In a way I'm happy for that since I truly enjoy sparring with you, but darn man, the political class (republican, dems, donors, k-street, consultants) and the media just got smacked down and smacked down hard. This was an earthquake of huge magnitude.

Sincerely


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Dec 4, 2016 at 1:17 pm

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"So far Donald has surprised critics and supporters by not doing anything surprising"

When has he not surprised anyone? That his critics are surprised is not the least bit surprising. They've been proven wrong time after time. And these same losers have been "leading" us for years. If I've said it once I've said it 1000x, our political establishment is corrupt. Our largest companies own them and they dance to their tune.

"Instead of “Making America great again," he's making America Republican again. Ho hum!"

Oh? The fact that we've had non-stop silliness, malfeasance and illegality out of the Obama admin and corrupt democrats had, what, no part in republican wins across the nation? I'm waiting for the inevitable smear that it was the KKK or Nazis that put Trump over the edge and that's how he won. Yawn.


"President Donald Trump will just be another Republican President like Nixon or Reagan only more colorful and bombastic."

Perhaps you don't realize it, but Nixon (for all his faults) and Reagan were actually pretty good Presidents, right?

"Language is a wall that keeps people apart."

You're right, but that's not Trumps, or the republicans doing. Perhaps you're not aware of it, but the democrat political establishment, the mass media, and of course, most universities are actively trying to Balkanize the US by separation, not inclusion, of minorities. Black lives matter, la Rafa and other groups want complete autonomy. Go ahead, look at any official statewide or national form and you'll see many different languages and tell me who's perpetuating borders. Try and be a member of x group on campus and they'll tell you that you are trying to appropriate their culture. The border has been virtually built and the Balkanization has continued, you just haven't been aware of how it's happened. To blame Trump (or the republicans is grossly incorrect.







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Posted by David Farrar, a resident of another community,
on Dec 4, 2016 at 4:38 pm

An Art. II §I Cl. 5 natural born citizen is a person born exclusively under U.S. sovereignty, with no foreign allegiances or attachment at birth. Since assigned allegiance was terminated in Britain and its commonwealth members, in the 19th century and Canada had no dual allegiance citizenship at the time of ted's birth, Rafael, Eleanor, or both, must have told Canadian officials they wanted their son to be a Canadian at birth.


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Dec 5, 2016 at 11:32 am

I know many families/children/students who are in the USA "illegally" and they have no intention of leaving the US when Trump becomes President.

Having worked with many families to help them explore ways to evade Trumps orders to evacuate "illegals", tracking illegals will become almost impossible in the valley. I've adopted many of the families and I will do everything that I can to help families remain. I have the finances to help protect them and I will use it to benefit hard working "illegals".

We have refined our evacuation plans and alternative families are willing to house all of my friends who seek to remain.

Eat your hearts out Trumpers, you may track down a few, but you can't get everybody. ta-ta and tee hee...


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Posted by SHale, a resident of San Ramon,
on Dec 5, 2016 at 11:35 am

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Wow, so America can only be 'Great Again' if the GOP is fully in charge? REALLY? I guess we will find out soon. wonder how the GOP cheerleaders will handle when the GOP messes up? OH, blame the Democrats/liberals/lefties....

thank god for moderates.


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Dec 5, 2016 at 11:38 am

Incidentally, not all "illegals" dream of becoming US citizens. Their children often do but the plans for many families is to return to their home countries and later visit their children in the US! Sounds cool to me!

Most of the folks that I know don't care if they are liked or appreciated.
They work hard, play by the rules, do not violate American laws, and are respectful of most of the Americans that they encounter. They also pay TAXES.

Given the history re: how the US was founded, it quite clear that Americans stole this land for it's original inhabitants. So what's the big fuss?

duh...


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Posted by rosalindr, a resident of San Ramon,
on Dec 5, 2016 at 11:57 am

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SHale,

Many of the establishment Republicans didn't want Trump as their candidate, but now that he's won and is handing out favors in the form of Cabinet appointments, etc., he will move more to the center.

Some of what he promised he can't do unless he becomes an actual dictator. President Obama has already deported over 1.5M "illegal" immigrants, many of whom are NOT Mexican. The notion that Obama is allowing all of these people in is another anti-Obama myth.

Cholo,

That sounds like the Righteous Christians who saved Jews during the holocaust Web Link. At least here "Illegals" are just facing deportation not extermination.

Roz


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Dec 5, 2016 at 12:28 pm

As a Jew, it's my duty to protect human life. It is indeed a Mitzvah.

FYI: Web Link

Many migrants die at or near our southern border.




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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Dec 5, 2016 at 2:52 pm

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SHale

"wonder how the GOP cheerleaders will handle when the GOP messes up? OH, blame the Democrats/liberals/lefties...."

What is "messes up"?

They either enact the policies that they've been preaching or they don't. Your team had 8 years (2 with a filibuster proof majority) and the only significant thing they did was enact, without any republican votes, one of the single worst programs ever devised, OBAMACARE. Lost Iraq, mired down in Afghanistan, Libya...etc.

And the worst race relations this country has seen since the 60's!

But yes, by all means let's keep the country on this same path...after all Hope and Change!



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Posted by SHale, a resident of San Ramon,
on Dec 5, 2016 at 7:48 pm

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Danny: My team? Not sure I've ever posted anything resembling which 'team' I'm on, Dude.
Now, what is 'messes up'. Well, I assume you now baseball? dude takes a giant, whopping swing hoping for a home run; spins, misses the ball and falls to the ground. THAT is messing up. Clear as mud, now? Good!

Unlike the GOP cheerleaders and the liberal cry babies I prefer the middle of the road where the sane, calm people are. Some of us, perhaps a minority, are willing to give Prez Trump a chance. My case, at least 100 days. Because his political world view IQ is zero, I suspect when he lands in the 'chair' and sees the entire picture his attitude will change over night. One hopes.
I also think his honeymoon with congress will be over quite soon after taking office and will veto much of what he tries. AND boy with the GOP cheerleaders go nuts. Liberals might cry even harder, if that is even possible.

You see something for both sides to whine about now. Which team am I on?

kerplop. Some cheese with your wine, Sir!


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Dec 5, 2016 at 9:36 pm

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SHale,

You know what happens when you're in the "middle of the road"?

You get run over.

Kerplop, indeed.

;)


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Posted by Dave, a resident of Danville,
on Dec 5, 2016 at 10:48 pm

DKHSK - You mention that the corporate tax rate is 35%. True. But what rate do corporations pay on average? Only 22%. That is the effective tax rate, after applying "tax loopholes."

It may sound like corporations are being oppressed, when you use the 35% figure. But, it is misleading.

The sad thing is that a smart person like you knows that, but still does it.


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Dec 6, 2016 at 8:19 am

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Dave,

I was very specific in citing the "overseas" profit tax rate. That you lump in all taxes that a corporation pays does not change my point mathematically or philosophically.

And I don't understand your "oppressed" comment. Anyone who's been paying attention knows that I am an equal opportunity critic of all political parties and certain corporations like defense contractors.

But whatever...




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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Dec 6, 2016 at 2:14 pm

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As if the God were listening, two events to prove my points on Government spending and waste.

The first is a report that just came out today was that Ashe Carter, Obama' Head of the Defense Department, withheld a report that cites administrative waste of $125 billion at that department. It doesn't state the timeframe but still...wow! Web Link

And another gift comes from President-elect Trump calling out Boeing on a $4 billion purchase/upgrade of AF1. Web Link

For all of you big government-loving libs/dems/progressives/socialists what say you?

First, if the Pentagon is wasting all this money (and hiding the report), what about all the other departments? And though obviously beneficial to himself and his administration, is Trump right in calling out Boeing?

Here's your chance all you big talkers. Put your money where your mouth is and defend big government.

Whatever happens, this is going to be an exciting administration to watch.


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Posted by rosalindr, a resident of San Ramon,
on Dec 6, 2016 at 3:40 pm

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Dan,

If the high amount of waste in the DoD has no mention of the date, it was probably left over from Chaney/Bush to fight all of Bush's unnecessary wars for Chaney and his friend's profits.

Some of the waste under Obama might have been for continuing those same wars until he could get out of them. He did a rather clumsy job of withdrawing, but at least we got out. The whole region has been destabilized now, but Cheney and his friends are as rich and pernicious as George Soros.

As for being in "the middle of the road," I consider myself a little right of center, but not as hostile to Democrats or Liberals as the name-calling Conservatives. Donald Trump isn't a Conservative (with a Capital C), and I hope all of those who voted for him thinking he would be will be finding that out soon.

Roz


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Posted by rosalindr, a resident of San Ramon,
on Dec 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm

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Doug,

Is my grammatical error using the wrong conjunction? Perhaps I should have worded that sentence, "He is appointing the same Republican hacks that he ran against OR criticized in the Primaries." Will that pass Snopes?

Roz


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Dec 6, 2016 at 4:58 pm

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Roz,

If the waste was left over from the Bush/Cheney era, then why would the Obama administration sit on it for almost two years?? Out of deference to Bush?

I don't think so.

"Name calling-conservatives"?

Check out how the warm-hearted liberals are treating Kellyanne Conway, Trumps campaign manager: Web Link

You were saying about name calling?

For the democrats that claims to be pro-woman, they don't seem to be very nice to a, uh, woman!




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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Dec 6, 2016 at 5:09 pm

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Gee, what are we going to do about all this winning from Trump?

Web Link

Headline: "CEO of Japanese telecom SoftBank says company will bring $50 billion and 50,000 jobs to US after meeting with Trump"

Safe link to Business Insider.

Good news...thats close to a 1/3 of what our Pentagon wasted.


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Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park,
on Dec 7, 2016 at 8:02 am

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This Trump-touted $50 Billion is part of a technology investment fund established by Saudi Arabia and Japan's SoftBank Group. Saudi Arabia will be the lead investment partner with an input of "$45 billion over the next five years while SoftBank expects to invest at least $25 billion."

I guess when you're turning over another huge chunk of America's telecom/internet, the optics are better hugging SoftBank's Masayoshi Son rather than Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Especially since Trump continues to accuse Saudi Arabia for 9/11, even as *he* also continues to do business there.

Nope, no conflict of interest here.

Reuters, "Saudi Arabia, SoftBank aim to be world's No. 1 tech investor with $100 billion fund", Web Link

Independent, "Donald Trump still does business in Saudi Arabia, despite blaming the country for 9/11", Web Link


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Dec 7, 2016 at 10:06 am

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Billie,

So the number is actually $70b instead of $50b?

Good to know.

Your chance at moral equivalence ended when you allowed your gal to focus on such important issues as LGBT bathrooms and doing nothing but smearing Trump, ironically just like you're doing now. So please, continue.

Link on.


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Dec 7, 2016 at 10:13 am

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Billie,

Web Link

I wonder why Foxconn would now, on the heels of SoftBank, be wanting to invest in manufacturing in the US? According Billie it must be because Trump has holdings in Taiwan!




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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Dec 7, 2016 at 10:25 am

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Roz,

Btw that $125b waste at the Pentagon is an ANNUAL number. And budgets are appropriated every year, so you can't blame this on Bush/Cheney. I know that might give others the sads but oh well.

Oh, and they withheld this report for 2 years only releasing it, coincidentally at the end of Obamas term.

How sweet.


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Posted by Sam, a resident of Oak Hill,
on Dec 7, 2016 at 1:12 pm

@DKHSK :"Btw that $125b waste at the Pentagon is an ANNUAL number."

I scanned though the Fox and Washington Post article linked to it, and it appears that $125 Billion number refers to possible savings over a 5-year period, not a one-year period: "The report, issued in January 2015, identified “a clear path" for the Defense Department to save $125 billion over five years."

The waste savings would be targeting the $135 Billion annually that goes into "Core Business Operations" from the annual defense budget of about $580 Billion. Those Core Business Operations are non-combat support departments such as Supply & Logistics, Procurement, Base Property Management, Human Resources, Financial Management, and Health Care. I wouldn't be surprised if there is some fat to be cut in those areas, but obviously those departments cannot and should not be entirely eliminated because they are essential (though unglamorous) operations which are required to keep the military as an institution functioning properly.


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Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park,
on Dec 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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"I wonder why Foxconn would now, on the heels of SoftBank, be wanting to invest in manufacturing in the US? According Billie it must be because Trump has holdings in Taiwan!"

Not yet.

The Guardian, "Trump's Taiwan phone call preceded by hotel development inquiry", Web Link


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Dec 7, 2016 at 4:43 pm

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Billie,

"Yet"... the operative word.

I guess we're now in a phase where there will be non-stop wish-casting, huh?

And could you find an article filled with more conjecture?

Quotes (all emphasis mine):

"a businesswoman CLAIMING to be associated with his conglomerate made inquiries..."

"The woman, KNOWN ONLY only as Ms Chen..."

“She said she was associated with the Trump corporation and she would like to propose a possible investment project in the future, especially hotels," said an official familiar with the project, WHO SPOKE ON CONDITION OF ANONYMITY"

“'One thing quite sure from her side was that she would like to bring the Trump corporation here to build the hotel," said the official, who did not know if Chen had a Trump Organization business card."

"Chen's association with the Trump Organization REMAINS UNCONFIRMED and little more is known about her, although she is believed to travel between Taiwan and the US."

"Chen CLAIMED at the event on 1 November that Trump's company was interested in investing in Taiwan and that his son, Eric, would visit the island before the end of the year."



Everything about this article SCREAMS payback by China for Trump accepting a call from the President of Taiwan.

Read PT Barnum.

Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) is starting off alive and well! It'll be fun watching you all froth at the mouth.

;)



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Posted by rosalindr, a resident of San Ramon,
on Dec 7, 2016 at 5:18 pm

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Dan,

I'm not sure if you are defending Trump or agreeing with Billie. Is that even possible?

Roz


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Dec 7, 2016 at 7:02 pm

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I don't agree with Billie.

If you'd read that last article it was full of conjecture. It's literally the embodiment of "fake news" that the media has been pushing as the reason why Trump was elected, however now they're using it to smear him.

It's literally one of the worst "fake news" reports that I've seen.

Dan


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Dec 7, 2016 at 7:08 pm

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Roz,

And I'm not defending Trump. He does pretty well on his own, as we've all come to know.


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Posted by Billie, a resident of Mohr Park,
on Dec 8, 2016 at 7:45 am

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The Guardian is far from being fake news written by a blogger on a made-up website getting paid by the lie like the "pizzagate" author.

It's a British national daily newspaper founded in 1821 as a local paper that has grown into a national paper/media group with international and online offshoots. The Guardian has been responsible for lots of scoops, including the one about the PRISM surveillance program after it was leaked to the paper by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Web Link

Seems like you're the only one "froth[ing] at the mouth" here, DKHSK.

Me, well, I'll be watching for Eric Trump's trip to Taipei.

You have a good day now, you hear?


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Posted by DKHSK, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Dec 8, 2016 at 8:10 am

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Billie,

Look up the definition of "fake news" and get back to me.

Dan


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Dec 8, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Roz...this may be a bit off topic but when I heard it, it sounded so coooool that I thought that I was playing!!!

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your truly....Cholo


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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore,
on Dec 14, 2016 at 4:17 pm

Roz...Do you know anybody that needs a band for the Holidays?

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