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D.
If you’re 25, I’m old. If you’re 45, I’m not. I’ve traveled, experienced, analyzed, and made mischief. I’ve bartended, owned a business, practiced law, taught at a university, and written two non-fiction books. I’ve seen, done, and understood many things. I’ve misunderstood some, too. Getting things wrong is as much a part of The Education as getting them right.
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Bill Moyers' website has a great timeline of events re: President Trump, Russia, and various players in the Trump-Russia situation. Easy to read, lots of pics. Interesting history, starting in 1979. It includes some of Donald Trump's associates and business issues over the years. Check it out here. Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at The Straight Up Blog
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Since Friday, our nation's lower jaw has sustained cuts and bruises from slamming into the floor over and over again. First, it was Charlottesville: the Civil War ended over 150 years ago, yet people chose to not merely march to protect a statue but they also brought torches, pepper spray, and swastika flags.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Straight Up Blog
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After people get caught lying, we can't trust their words because-- (1) we know they're okay with lying and (2) we don't know when they'll choose to lie again. . . . Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
There's no publicly available proof that Pres. Trump and his campaign advisers colluded with the Russian government to rig the election, but there are multiple coincidences and pieces of evidence indicating that something's rotten in D.C. Below is a summary of some of the more concerning coincidences and pieces of evidence. Note: there... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
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I appreciate the French: their many contributions to the world, that they helped America gain its independence, that they gave us the Statue of Liberty. . . . French voters: it should frighten you that Marine Le Pen has support from the likes of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (Calif) is one straight-shooting pistol. In an interview on the Morning Joe show, she clearly explained multiple issues, including: • Sec. of State Rex Tillerson's half-trillion-dollar oil deal with Russia (Kara Sea); • House Intel Committee's failing Trump-Russia investigation.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
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The Rachel Maddow video below sums up some issues re: Russia and Pres. Trump's campaign staff. Of special interest is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson because Pres. Trump's appointment of Tiillerson just didn't make much sense, given that-- Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
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On Saturday (April 15th), 125,000+ people across more than 100 U.S. cities participated in the Tax March: a protest calling for fairer tax policies and for Pres. Trump to release his tax returns--as he said he would. . . . Many Americans want to see his tax returns for at least three reasons: Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
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Ties between Donald Trump's campaign staff and various Russians are confusing because there are so many pieces of information, and it's pretty disjointed at this point. Bill Moyers created a helpful timeline regarding what people on Twitter call #TrumpRussia . . . . Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1.Careening Incompetence of Trump Admin. Risks Crisis, Kleptocracy, Putin's Daughter (22 min); 2. White House Story on Bannon = Confusing (6 min); 3. Senators Demand Answers about New EPA Policies (3 min) Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. Russia Seeks Equality with U.S. through Cyber Power (21 min); 2. House Intel Committee Asks FBI & NSA about Trump-Russia Coordination (7 min); 3. Trump's Sec. of State to Skip NATO Meeting but Will Visit Russia (3 min); Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
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I don't know whether Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr has a truly objective mindset re: the Russia investigation because my mind-reading machine broke down a few months ago. Yes, Sen. Burr does behave and speak like a dignified adult--unlike some of the simian Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
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We've all noticed ads popping up on the Internet for things we just searched for on other websites. Apparently, advertisers are targeting us because they have access to our browsing and app history--whether we want them to or not. Back in October, new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules would have given you some... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
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t's hard to tell when Pres. Trump is talking straight or playing at theater because he habitually says things that are strikingly abnormal. Some pundits say Trump's health-care bill failed due to incompetence.... But was passing the bill Trump's aim? Or did he strive only to appear to be aiming to pass it? Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
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Pres. Trump uses “fake news” to label any news story he doesn’t like—even if true. This 60 Minutes story is about actual “fake news”: stories that are provably false. Among other things, Scott Pelley explains Twitter “bots” and interviews a couple of fake-news creators. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. MUST SEE: Trump's Turmoil, Russia Investigations, Bank of Cyprus, Deutsche Bank, Mike Flynn, Kidnapping... (23 min); 2. Devin Nunes Ruins Bipartisan Nature of Intel Committees (2 min) Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. Russia's Split-Screen Scandal: Meddling in Elections Abroad & Murdering Opponents at Home (16 min); 2. Putin Opponent "falls" out of 4-story Window (5 min). Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. Devin Nunes Muddies Trump-Russia Probe with Claims about "Evidence" (6 min); 2. Trump-Russia Probe is Lesson in Intelligence Gathering (7 min); 3. Before Trump, Russia Paid Manafort (Trump Campaign Manager) to Help Putin (4 min). Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. Russia Info-War Tactics (Bots) in U.S. Continue After Election (21 min); 2. FBI Probing Russian Influence via pro-Trump Websites (7 min). Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. Insider's View of Russian Election Hacking (7 min); 2. Russian Hacks were Unprecedented Intrusion (5 min); 1. Coincidences Suggesting Possible Collusion Tween Trump Campaign & Russia (4 min); 2. Danger of Letting Russia's Election Hacking Slide (4 min); Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. Mike Flynn Scandal: Documented Payments from Russia (22 min); 2. Russian Hackers Targeted Down-Ticket Races (9 min); 3. Trump's State Dept. Budget Cuts Risky to U.S. (5 min) Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. House Intel Committee asks CIA, NSA, FBI for info about Mike Flynn (4 min); 2. Trump's Tax Return: Questions that It Raises & How MSNBC Got it (14 min); Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
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Don't these people realize that what they say in public can be broadcast on the Internet in minutes? The video clip below shows Republican congressmen saying at town halls that they want to see President Trump's tax returns.--but most of those same Congressmen vote against forcing Pres. Trump to release the returns. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: (1) Why Presidential Candidates Disclose Tax Returns; Why Trump Should (19 min); 2.Two Pages from Trump's 2005 Tax Return (11 min). Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. Russia, Money Laundering, Deutsche Bank, Trump, & Fired U.S. Attorney who would've investigated (20 min); 2. 2. Dutch Afraid for Their Election Based on Russia's interference in Ours (7 min) Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog