Friday, July 21, 2017

DC TIME


Shades of OJ

A weekend is not the time to post a blog. : However so much is happening in DC that I would be remiss not to post any comment.

Perhaps more important than the GOP Health Care Reform failure is that the Nixon; sorry Trump saga is growing in similarities. At this point there are signs that the results may also be similar.

There is developing evidence of a cover up. There is increasing exposure of who was at that “not important meeting between Donald Jr. and that “Russian Lawyer not connected with the government” who “wanted to talk about adoptions” not give info on Hillary. Now we learn that there were others who had connections with the old KGB also at the meeting.

The Donald has claimed that he only recently learned about that meeting, yet the week of the meeting he proclaimed that the next week he would have a bombshell about Clinton.

He has constantly denied any personal financial interest in Russia although there are pictures of him with Russian entrepreneurs

He has threaten to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and an apparent warning to special counsel Robert Mueller; Sessions for not telling him long before there was any indication of a Comey precipitated investigation into Russian .interference in the election that he would recluse himself from participating.

Mueller if he would expand his commission’s inquiry to include an investigation of Trump family income. That could be a possibility related to Russian interests. It could be likely since Mueller is already expanded to Paul Manafort’s financial arrangements with the Russians and even to a charge of money laundering.
“If Trump were to fire Mueller, he would have to order Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to fire him. If Rosenstein refuses, as he surely would, Trump would have to fire Rosenstein and replace him with someone who would then fire Mueller. This would lead to the firing of the deputy attorney general and the special counsel at a time when Trump is also attacking his attorney general, who could be fired or resign in protest”.(Washington Post)

Today Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned from an impossible role.

Somehow there are indications that Trump may feel that he is not bound by the law or the Constitution.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WEDNESDAY 7/19/17





Too many appointments  and a lack of local contacts  to write a daily block. There is however a great deal going on in  DC and the world.

"One little, two little, three little Indians
Four little, five little, six little Indians
Seven little, eight little, nine little Indians
Ten little Indian boys
."

That is the first stanza of the latest version of the 10 Little Indians childhood rhyme whose origins go back to before 1869 when it became a minstrel show song. That version probable had the “N---“word. There have been many renditions since, some by famous authors including Agatha Christie who wrote at least five variations.

Today there is the newest version; “One little Russian, two little Russians, three little, four little Russians, five little Russians” The last known changing number of attendees at that infamous Donald Trump Jr meeting last year.

Questionable is the Donald’s public pronouncement that same week of a block buster revelation, which never took place, about Hillary in the coming week.

What has been going on is so reminiscent of the Nixon/Watergate unravelling that even the WSJ had an editorial comparing this administration’s reaction to that which led to Nixon’s abdication 44 years ago.

At that time Nixon was perhaps the greatest 20th centu


Trump as a Novel: An Implausible 'Soap Opera Without the Sex and Fun'

Thursday, July 13, 2017

BASTILLE DAY 1945




Trump’s visit to France recalled memories of a Bastille Day 72 years ago.

With Germany’s surrender the 17th airborne was selected for Trump’s visit to France recalled memories of a Bastille Day 72 reorganization, and redeployment through the States. The 194th was to be deactivated and in early July we returned to Luneville (aka Loonyville) France to an old fort to await individual reassignments. The officers were billeted in homes in the town. I had a room on the third floor servant’s quarters-of a professional man’s home. There was no true contact with the family

On Bastille Day Generals with nothing better to do decided that our Battalion and the Regiment medical detachment would parade. It was a typical hot day and I lost the coin toss a d had to lead the detachment. As usual everyone except myself was out of step.

One morning shortly after that, I was informed that my transfer orders to the 82nd were on the Colonel's desk. I knew that the 82nd was slated to be part of the permanent American occupation force in Berlin and that seemed preferable to any assignment in Asia. I promptly picked them up and proceeded by our jeep to report for duty at the 82nd division in Epinal, about 30 miles away. I was to be assigned as the sole medical officer to the 376th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion.

When I went back to the 17th in order to pick up my possessions I was informed that the Colonel was looking for me. Apparently, Division had sent down new orders for me. I was now supposed go directly via the Suez Canal to the 1st Airborne Wing, the force which was to make the initial landing in Japan. I laughed at them and remarked “too bad you don't own me anymore”.

Another medical officer from the 194th received those orders and was in transit but back through the states when THE BOMB was dropped. I was stuck in Berlin, but he was discharged months ahead of me.