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« Reply #18500 on: April 07, 2020, 01:22:12 PM »
Although the 15-minute audio to  Navy Secretary Modly's speech (via intercom) to sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt is embedded in a post above, for ease I am reposting it below.  I find the speech astounding in its ugliness. Instead of offering assurances to the crew about their safety, he accuses their captain of "betrayal" and rebukes them for displaying their loyalty to him.  It is a pure political "reeducation" speech.  Modly's official online biography states that he was a Navy "helicopter pilot" and "legal officer"; but no mention of rank.  As former lowly army enlisted man, I know how important rank is in determining an officer's level of authority.  I don't think omitting it from Modly's biography was an oversight.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFIJ81Tiq-8

And Modly has resigned.
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« Reply #18501 on: April 07, 2020, 04:31:06 PM »
Trump finalizes plans to open Utah monuments for mining and drilling

"Plans finalized on Thursday for two national monuments in Utah downsized by Donald Trump would ensure that lands previously off-limits to energy development will be open to mining and drilling.

The move comes despite pending lawsuits from conservation, tribal and paleontology groups, who have challenged the constitutionality of the president’s action. The Trump administration slashed the size of Bears Ears national monument by 85% and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument by nearly half in December 2017, in what represented the largest elimination of public lands protections in US history."[...]


Trump order encourages US to mine the moon
Executive order says US will oppose any international effort to bar it from removing chunks of moon, Mars or elsewhere in space


"The world may be racked by the coronavirus, but Donald Trump has less earthly concerns on his mind, too, after signing an executive order encouraging the US to mine the moon for minerals.

The executive order makes clear that the US doesn’t view space as a “global commons”, opening the way for the mining of the moon without any sort of international treaty.

“Americans should have the right to engage in commercial exploration, recovery, and use of resources in outer space,” the order states, noting that the US had never signed a 1979 agreement known as the moon treaty. This agreement stipulates that any activities in space should conform to international law. In 2015, the US Congress passed a law explicitly allowing American companies to use resources from the moon and asteroids.

According to Trump’s executive order, the US will object to any attempt to use international law to hinder its efforts to remove chunks of the moon or, should the opportunity arise, additional mining of Mars and “other celestial bodies”.[...]

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Re: Sound The TRUMPets! A Thread for Presidential Pondering 2016-2020(?)
« Reply #18502 on: April 07, 2020, 08:01:06 PM »
Trump threatens to hold WHO funding, then backtracks, amid search for scapegoat


Trump Broke the Agencies That Were Supposed To Stop the Covid-19 Epidemic

[...]"We devoted billions—trillions, even—of dollars after 2001 to fixing the intelligence and information-gathering problems identified by the 9/11 Commission, and Congress and George W. Bush worked through the biggest reorganization of the government since 1947 to create two entirely new entities to help prevent “the next 9/11”: The Department of Homeland Security, an attempt to bring together all the agencies tasked with protecting the country at home, and the Office of Director of National Intelligence, a coordinator for the nation’s 17 disparate intelligence agencies to ensure that the country better understood both the big picture and the small picture of what was happening around the world.

Unfortunately, President Donald Trump’s routine, day-to-day mismanagement of the government has left both organizations—the very entities we tasked as a nation to prevent the next 9/11—riddled with vacancies and temporary officials as the novel coronavirus rapidly spread from a small blip in China to a global health and economic catastrophe. In fact, the four top jobs at DHS and ODNI have all been filled with temporary acting officials for literally every day that Covid-19 has been on the world stage.

While we often think of those jobs as focused on protecting against terrorism, both agencies have critical public health roles, too; U.S. intelligence spent the winter racing to understand how serious a threat Covid-19 truly was and deciphering the extent of China’s cover-up of its epidemic. Just last week, news broke about a special report prepared by U.S. intelligence documenting China’s deception about the disease’s spread—information that, had it been more accurately captured and understood, might have caused a faster, harder response and lessened the economic and personal toll of the epidemic at home.

Yet Trump has churned through officials overseeing the very intelligence that might have helped understand the looming crisis. At Liberty Crossing, the headquarters of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the government will have been without a Senate-confirmed director for eight months as of next week; last summer, Trump accepted the resignation of Dan Coats and forced out the career principal deputy of national intelligence, Sue Gordon. Coats’ temporary stand-in, career intelligence official Joseph Maguire, then served so long that he was coming close to timing out of his role—federal law usually lets officials serve only 210 days before relinquishing the acting post—when Trump ousted him too, as well as the acting career principal deputy. In their place, at the end of February—weeks after the U.S. already recorded its first Covid-19 case—Trump installed U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as his latest acting director, the role that by law is meant to be the president’s top intelligence adviser. Grenell has the least intelligence experience of any official ever to occupy director’s suite.

This Friday, the role of Homeland Security secretary will have been vacant for an entire year, ever since Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out over Trump’s belief she wasn’t tough enough on border security. DHS has numerous critical roles in any domestic crisis, but its acting secretary, Chad Wolf, has fumbled through the epidemic; in February, Wolf couldn’t answer seemingly straightforward questions on Capitol Hill from Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana about the nation’s preparedness—what models were predicting about the outbreak, how many respirators the government had stockpiled, even how Covid-19 was transmitted. “You’re supposed to keep us safe. And you need to know the answers to these questions,” Kennedy finally snapped at Wolf. Wolf has been notably absent ever since from the White House podium during briefings about the nation’s epidemic response.

“Actings” often struggle to be successful precisely because they’re temporary—their word carries less weight with their own workforce, with other government agencies or on Capitol Hill—and they rarely have the opportunity to set and drive their own agenda, push for broad organizational change or even learn the ropes of how to be successful in the job given the usually brief period of their tenure. Anyone who has ever changed jobs or companies knows how long it can take to feel like you understand a new organization, a new culture or shape a new role.
 
And yet up and down the org chart at DHS, there are people still learning the ropes. DHS is riddled with critical vacancies; according to the Washington Post’s appointment tracker, just 35 percent of its top roles are filled. Its chief of staff, executive secretary and general counsel are all acting officials, and there’s no Senate-confirmed deputy secretary, no undersecretary for management, no chief financial officer, no chief information officer, no undersecretary for science and technology, nor a deputy undersecretary for science and technology."[...]
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Re: Sound The TRUMPets! A Thread for Presidential Pondering 2016-2020(?)
« Reply #18503 on: April 09, 2020, 02:03:40 PM »
David Frum in The Atlantic stating the (mostly) obvious: It's Trump's fault:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/americans-are-paying-the-price-for-trumps-failures/609532/

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« Reply #18504 on: April 09, 2020, 02:07:38 PM »
Diamond and Silk’s Twitter account locked for breaking coronavirus misinformation rules

"Twitter briefly locked the account of online personalities and prominent Trump allies Diamond and Silk over a tweet that violated the company’s rules against coronavirus misinformation, a spokesperson for the social media firm told POLITICO on Wednesday.

It’s the latest instance of Twitter taking enforcement action against a notable surrogate of President Donald Trump for ruling afoul of its recently enacted rules against medical hoaxes and misleading information during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The duo, whose legal names are Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, claimed in a tweet Wednesday afternoon that individuals will get sicker if they stay inside amid the pandemic, a statement directly at odds with the advice of public health experts who have called for millions of Americans to self-isolate.

“The only way we can become immune to the environment; we must be out in the environment. Quarantining people inside of their houses for extended periods will make people sick!” the pair tweeted from their official account, which boasts 1.4 million followers."[...]


Trump claims that his daughter created 10 percent of all the jobs in the United States
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Re: Sound The TRUMPets! A Thread for Presidential Pondering 2016-2020(?)
« Reply #18505 on: April 09, 2020, 03:25:55 PM »
David Frum in The Atlantic stating the (mostly) obvious: It's Trump's fault:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/americans-are-paying-the-price-for-trumps-failures/609532/

It's obvious to anyone not besotted with Trump.
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« Reply #18506 on: April 09, 2020, 03:31:11 PM »
Trump hits back at WSJ over editorial criticizing focus of virus briefings

"President Trump on Thursday blasted The Wall Street Journal for an editorial criticizing the daily White House press briefings, complaining that the news outlet failed to give proper attention to the number of viewers they attract.

"The Wall Street Journal always 'forgets' to mention that the ratings for the White House Press Briefings are 'through the roof,'" Trump tweeted, referencing a New York Times piece that recently compared the number of viewers to "Monday Night Football" or "The Bachelor."

The president asserted that the briefings were the "only way for me to escape the Fake News & get my views across. WSJ is Fake News!"[...]

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« Reply #18507 on: April 09, 2020, 05:46:54 PM »
1) of all the major media outlets that are not openly part of Team Trump, the WSJ is the most Republican leaning one.

2) the "ratings" are the result of the briefings being done at 5:30-6:30, and the news channels (and some local news ones) feel obligated to carry them, at least in part.

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« Reply #18508 on: April 10, 2020, 01:28:16 PM »
Barr claims Trump-Russia investigation was FBI attempt to 'sabotage' the president

"William Barr has said without evidence that he believes the Russia investigation that shadowed Donald Trump for the first two years of his administration was started without any basis and amounted to an effort to “sabotage the presidency”, he said in an interview with Fox News Channel that aired on Thursday.

The attorney general offered no support for his assertion that the FBI lacked a basis for opening the investigation and made no mention of the fact that the bureau began its investigation after a Trump campaign adviser purported to have early knowledge that Russia had dirt on his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

Barr, who has appointed a US attorney to scrutinize the origins of the Russia investigation, said the justice department has evidence there was “something far more troubling” than just mistakes during the investigation that was eventually taken over by special counsel Robert Mueller.

“I think the president has every right to be frustrated, because I think what happened to him was one of the greatest travesties in American history,” Barr said in the interview with Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham.

The attorney general asserted that the FBI launched its counterintelligence investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia “without any basis”.

“Even more concerning, actually, is what happened after the campaign, a whole pattern of events while he was president,” Barr said. “To sabotage the presidency, and I think that – or at least have the effect of sabotaging the presidency.”

The justice department’s inspector general found in a December report that the FBI was justified in opening the investigation to protect against a potential national security threat. It did not find any evidence that the decision to start the investigation was motivated by political bias."[...]


Barr Defends Trump’s Dismissal of Intelligence Watchdog

"Attorney General William P. Barr said on Thursday that President Trump was right to fire the inspector general who disclosed the whistle-blower complaint about Mr. Trump’s dealings with Ukraine and that the president’s political enemies could face criminal prosecution. [...]

Mr. Barr said that dismissing Mr. Atkinson was the “right thing” to do, in part because he had overstepped his “fairly narrow statute” and tried to turn the whistle-blower complaint “into a commission to explore anything in the government.”[...]


BILL BARR ACCUSES MEDIA OF 'JIHAD' TO DISCREDIT HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE AFTER TRUMP TOUTS DRUG AS COVID-19 TREATMENT

"Atorney General William Barr has condemned the media for what he says are partisan attacks on President Donald Trump for touting the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a possible weapon against the novel coronavirus.

In an interview on Fox News, Barr told the anchor Laura Ingraham it was "disappointing" to see the media response to Trump who had been "statesmanlike" in working with governors and yet still had to deal with "snarky 'gotcha' questions from the White House media pool."

He said that "the stridency of the partisan attacks on him has gotten higher and higher," and said the "politicization of decisions like the hydroxychloroquine has been amazing to me."

"Before the president said anything about it, there was fair and balanced coverage of this very promising drug and the fact that it has such a long track record, that the risks were pretty well known."[...]

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Re: Sound The TRUMPets! A Thread for Presidential Pondering 2016-2020(?)
« Reply #18509 on: April 12, 2020, 02:13:27 PM »
A good longish read in the New Yorker:

How Mitch McConnell Became Trump’s Enabler-in-Chief

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« Reply #18510 on: April 13, 2020, 09:44:12 AM »
Trump's poll numbers dip over handling of coronavirus pandemic
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« Reply #18511 on: April 13, 2020, 10:00:44 AM »
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« Reply #18512 on: April 13, 2020, 11:02:41 AM »
Trump's poll numbers dip over handling of coronavirus pandemic

Biden is the luckiest presidential candidate ever if he beats Trump because covid-19 decimates Trump's popularity.  :P
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Re: Sound The TRUMPets! A Thread for Presidential Pondering 2016-2020(?)
« Reply #18513 on: April 13, 2020, 02:05:14 PM »
Trump retweets call to fire Fauci amid coronavirus criticism

Trump Spends Easter Asking Confidants: ‘What Do You Think of Fauci?’


CNN cuts away from 'propaganda' briefing as Trump plays video hitting press

"CNN stopped its live coverage of the daily White House coronavirus task force briefing Monday when President Trump began playing a compilation of news clips portraying his handling of the pandemic in a positive light.

“To play a propaganda video at taxpayer expense in the White House briefing room is a new — you can insert your favorite word here in this administration," CNN anchor John King said when the network cut away.[...]

MSNBC also stopped its live broadcast of the briefing when Trump began airing the campaign-style video that Trump said was put together by White House staff, including social media director Dan Scavino.

"We are cutting into what was not a White House coronavirus briefing," MSNBC host Ari Melber informed viewers."[...]
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« Reply #18514 on: April 13, 2020, 02:46:55 PM »

CNN cuts away from 'propaganda' briefing as Trump plays video hitting press

"CNN stopped its live coverage of the daily White House coronavirus task force briefing Monday when President Trump began playing a compilation of news clips portraying his handling of the pandemic in a positive light.

“To play a propaganda video at taxpayer expense in the White House briefing room is a new — you can insert your favorite word here in this administration," CNN anchor John King said when the network cut away.[...]

MSNBC also stopped its live broadcast of the briefing when Trump began airing the campaign-style video that Trump said was put together by White House staff, including social media director Dan Scavino.

"We are cutting into what was not a White House coronavirus briefing," MSNBC host Ari Melber informed viewers."[...]

Finally! Let's hope they make it a permanent policy.

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« Reply #18515 on: April 13, 2020, 02:55:53 PM »
Finally! Let's hope they make it a permanent policy.

Unfortunately it will give the Trumpists a narrative about MSM manipulation and censorship - so damned if they do, damned if they don't.


NYT's Haberman hits Trump over 'misleading' audio on her coronavirus reporting

"New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman accused President Trump of using “misleading” audio of her coronavirus reporting during a White House video at Monday’s press briefing meant to defend his response to the pandemic.

In the audio clip from her late March appearance on the Times podcast “The Daily,” which was played as part of an administration video of generally positive news coverage, Haberman said the president was “widely criticized” for stopping flights from China from entering the U.S., adding he was accused of “xenophobia” and racism.

“At the end of the day, it was probably effective, because it did actually take a pretty aggressive measure against the spread of the virus,” the White House correspondent said.

“Their use of the audio is misleading," Haberman tweeted. "I went on to say I said he treated that travel limitation as a Mission Accomplished moment,” she posted.

“And then he did basically nothing for over a month. Which was our story yesterday,” she added in another tweet."[...]

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« Reply #18516 on: April 13, 2020, 06:28:35 PM »
"Wisconsin Republicans took the unconscionable step of forcing an in-person election during a deadly pandemic last week because they were sure a low turnout election would ensure victory for the conservative candidate in a state Supreme Court race. But in a stunning development, the conservative lost. Jill Karofsky, the liberal candidate in a technically non-partisan race, is the winner."


https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/shocker-in-wisconsin

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« Reply #18517 on: April 14, 2020, 06:00:48 AM »
"Wisconsin Republicans took the unconscionable step of forcing an in-person election during a deadly pandemic last week because they were sure a low turnout election would ensure victory for the conservative candidate in a state Supreme Court race. But in a stunning development, the conservative lost. Jill Karofsky, the liberal candidate in a technically non-partisan race, is the winner."


https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/shocker-in-wisconsin

Like that!

Of course they should have realized that a lot more Democrats would be voting in any case...

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« Reply #18518 on: April 14, 2020, 03:27:41 PM »
WWE deemed essential service in Florida – alongside hospitals and fire departments

"Florida has ruled that WWE is an essential service, putting professional wrestling on an equal footing with hospitals, law enforcement and grocery stores.

WWE, which films shows and events at two locations in Florida, was initially shut down after Republican governor Ron DeSantis put the state under a shelter-in-place order during the Covid-19 pandemic. But Orange county mayor Jerry Demings said that after “some conversation” with DeSantis’s office, the decision was changed.

In an order signed on Thursday, the Florida Division of Emergency Management ruled that essential services now include “employees at a professional sports and media production with a national audience – including any athletes, entertainers, production team, executive team, media team and any others necessary to facilitate including services supporting such production – only if the location is closed to the general public”.

A spokesperson for DeSantis’s office told ESPN such services are “critical” to Florida’s economy. WWE started to run live shows, without an audience, on Monday.

DeSantis and WWE chairman Vince McMahon are close allies of Donald Trump. McMahon’s wife, Linda, was a part of Trump’s cabinet from 2017 to 2019, leaving to chair America First Action, a pro-Trump Super Pac, or political fundraising committee.

Vince McMahon is also the owner of the XFL, a football league conceived as an off-season rival to the NFL which filed for bankruptcy on Monday.

In a statement to ESPN, WWE said: “We believe it is now more important than ever to provide people with a diversion from these hard times.

“We are producing content on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance following appropriate guidelines while taking additional precautions to ensure the health and wellness of our performers and staff.

“As a brand that has been woven into the fabric of society, WWE and its superstars bring families together and deliver a sense of hope, determination and perseverance.”

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« Reply #18519 on: April 14, 2020, 04:03:39 PM »
WWE deemed essential service in Florida – alongside hospitals and fire departments

"Florida has ruled that WWE is an essential service, putting professional wrestling on an equal footing with hospitals, law enforcement and grocery stores.

WWE, which films shows and events at two locations in Florida, was initially shut down after Republican governor Ron DeSantis put the state under a shelter-in-place order during the Covid-19 pandemic. But Orange county mayor Jerry Demings said that after “some conversation” with DeSantis’s office, the decision was changed.

In an order signed on Thursday, the Florida Division of Emergency Management ruled that essential services now include “employees at a professional sports and media production with a national audience – including any athletes, entertainers, production team, executive team, media team and any others necessary to facilitate including services supporting such production – only if the location is closed to the general public”.

A spokesperson for DeSantis’s office told ESPN such services are “critical” to Florida’s economy. WWE started to run live shows, without an audience, on Monday.

DeSantis and WWE chairman Vince McMahon are close allies of Donald Trump. McMahon’s wife, Linda, was a part of Trump’s cabinet from 2017 to 2019, leaving to chair America First Action, a pro-Trump Super Pac, or political fundraising committee.

Vince McMahon is also the owner of the XFL, a football league conceived as an off-season rival to the NFL which filed for bankruptcy on Monday.

In a statement to ESPN, WWE said: “We believe it is now more important than ever to provide people with a diversion from these hard times.

“We are producing content on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance following appropriate guidelines while taking additional precautions to ensure the health and wellness of our performers and staff.

“As a brand that has been woven into the fabric of society, WWE and its superstars bring families together and deliver a sense of hope, determination and perseverance.”

It was already reported that MLB is thinking of having baseball games in Arizona, in the parks where they do spring training, but with no public in the stands.  This order would allow them to pursue that option in Florida (where the East Coast teams have spring training.)  That may have been another motive for DeSantis to do this.

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