Oct 13

Our Fantastically New Updated Website

Welcome

After our illustrious Webmaster managed to destroy our last website, heWebsite-Construction1-300x169[1] has been diligently working in the dungeon to get this new site up and running. Hima culpa, hima culpa.

This is a work in progress but we certainly hope you will like and enjoy our efforts here. After all, this is really for your edification and illumination about who we are, where we are and what we do.

We really hope that we can motivate you to come to one of our monthly meetings – no obligation whatsoever but of course we will try to interest you in our club membership. Its only $15.00 per year and we have a lot of fun while we educate and inform the citizens of West Fresno. No, you do not have to live here in order to join.

Mar 13

Political Action Posts

Take Political Action: Contact LaMalfa, Feinstein, Harris

Make 6 contacts to legislators a day!

LaMalfa

 

Support HR 305 – the Tax Presidential Transparency Act which would require Trump to disclose his Income tax records
Please support HR 305 which would require president Trump to disclose his tax returns. We have a right to know if Trump is financially connected with Russian Oligarchs.
Oppose Trumpcare  which does little if anything to help the poor access health care.
Please oppose Trumpcare. As many as 24 million people could be unable to afford health care by 2026. While the rich receive 600 billion in tax cuts, the poor are left with a financial subsidy that will not be enough to help them afford health care. Women are unfairly discriminated against as birth control and abortions would not be covered.
Oppose HR. 610 which repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states.  It establishes a 20 billion dollar voucher  program. FAPE, Free and Appropriate Public Education, and ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act would be repealed. The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA’s geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.
Please oppose HR 610. Public Schools are one of the greatest institutions of our country. Equal access to quality standardized education is essential for  promoting a homogenous, well informed population. The voucher system will destroy this concept, benefit the rich, and penalize the poor. 

Support the Lieu-Markey Bill; this bill prohibits the U.S. President from launching a nuclear missile as a first strike without a declaration of war by congress.
Please support the Lieu-Markey Bill which requires an act of congress to initiate a nuclear missile first strike attack. No one person should be given the power to launch a nuclear attack.

Oppose authorizing funding the 25 billion dollar Border Wall; a border wall will not keep out drugs; drugs are coming through underground tunnels and checkpoints where walls have already been built. Unless the U.S. addresses the causes of drug use, drug use will remain in high demand and cartels will find alternate access for drug entry.
Please do not provide funding for a border wall. Advanced technology at borders, and addressing drugs as a health and social issue would be a much better use of money and would not disrupt the migration corridors of wildlife.

Oppose military funding which is reliant upon the gutting of domestic programs. Domestic programs protect and provide for our public health and safety, public education, health care access, civil rights protections, and maintenance and protection of our public lands and native species.
Please oppose a military budget that guts programs which provide for the common good. Services that affect Americans on a regular basis should continue to be funded with our tax dollars.

Cosponsor H.R. 1243 Best Practices Act; this act will replace the use of 85% of the live animals used in medical training for combat situations.
Please support HR.1243 Best Practices Act. Manikins can be used in place of live animals to simulate battle injuries. We must end the cruel, inhumane use of animals for this purpose.

Oppose any proposal to curtail functions of the Consumer Protection Bureau; this bureau protects Americans from unfair financial practices by banks and small debt collectors.
Please protect the Consumer Protection Bureau. The Consumer Protection Bureau has recovered 12 billion dollars for 29 million victims. We need this continued protection to prevent financial institutions from acting unfairly and victimizing the American public.

The House Judiciary Committee members will debate and vote on investigating Donald Trump and his administration in response to the resolution of inquiry filed by Representative Jerry Nadler. Rep. Nadler’s resolution directs the Department of Justice to provide the House of Representatives with any and all information relevant to Trump and his associates’
conflicts of interest, ethical violations, and ties to Russia. Doug LaMalfa—hasn’t signed on as a co-sponsor of Rep. Nadler’s demand to investigate Trump and key members of his current administration.
Please cosponsor Rep. Nadler’s demand to investigate Trump and key members of his administration who assisted with his campaign. Officials in the Trump campaign have been accused of contacting Russian officials before and after the election. Americans need to know if there were more officials involved and whether or not Trump knew of or condoned these actions.
Rep LaMalfa – (202) 225-3076

Doug LaMalfa has still made no plans to hold Town Halls. Send post cards or call his local offices to demand that he hold Town Halls for his constituents.
As a member of your constituency, I demand a public opportunity to present my voter concerns to you. It is your duty to schedule Town Halls to allow me this opportunity.

Trump has requested funding for 15,000 more ICE and border agents. Urge Doug LaMalfa to oppose additional funding for Immigration agents.
I oppose spending more money on deportation efforts. The Trump administration’s tyrannical approach to the immigration issue is un-American. I urge you to oppose any increase in funding for the removal of immigrants. I urge you instead, to support an immigration policy that gives undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.

As you may have heard, H.J.Res. 69 passed. This resolution allows wolves, coyotes, bears and their young to be hunted and killed in their dens on Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuges. It also allows bears to be caught in body gripping traps and hunted from airplanes.  LaMalfa supported H.J. Res. 69! LaMalfa also supported H.J. Res. 44 which removes the opportunity for the public to submit comments on how BLM lands should be used. Public input into how our wildlife and our public lands is being silenced.

Suggestion: Tell LaMalfa how angry you are and that the treatment of our wildlife and our public lands matters to you and that you will hold him accountable for his votes at the next election!

Support “We the People Amendment”: Co-sponsor H.J.R. 48  Don’t let corporate rule destroy Democracy
Support ACA, Medicare, and Medicaid: Don’t take away health care from millions. Americans need access to quality, affordable health care.
Support transparency in government: Co-sponsor a bill which nullifies presidential gag rules. Information from public agencies that is not related to national security should be available to the public free of obstacles which impede the Freedom of Information Act. American tax payers are supporting these agencies, we demand access to the information they gather.
Oppose HR 621 which allows the federal government to sell certain federal lands identified as suitable for disposal. Once these land are sold, the public will no longer have access to them.  Don’t let corporate greed destroy these lands for personal financial gain at the expense of the public.
Oppose HR 622 which eliminates law enforcement functions of forest service and BLM replacing them with block grants to states. Without specificity for conducting law enforcement, states may choose not to use funds for law enforcement. These areas could be pilfered and destroyed. Ensure ongoing protection.
Oppose HR 861 which terminates the EPA. Our environment must be protected for ourselves and future generations. We must have clean air, clean water, and healthy environments.
Support H.R. 699 which would require a congressional declaration of war before the President could launch a first- strike nuclear attack.  President Trump has not shown the knowledge, experience, objectivity, or judgment to have control of our nuclear arsenal. We need congress to help represent the needs of  American citizens.
Oppose H.J. Res. 54. This resolution would let corporations avoid paying a part of the taxes they owe. It would undo a rule that was passed to prevent big corporations from reaping millions of dollars in tax breaks by suddenly claiming it was a foreign corporation when it was still headquartered in the U.S. All corporations must pay their fair share of taxes.
Support HR 816, the Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing Act, which would require federal agencies to provide detailed accounting on the animals they are using and the advances they have made in developing, validating, accepting and utilizing alternative test methods to replace animal use. It is time to end the use of animals in research. We must develop and use alternative testing methods which do not require the use of live animals.

Oppose any legislation which would allow oil and gas drilling in in our national parks. Americans do not want their national parks defaced or their access to park lands limited by the activities of fossil fuel industries which seek private profit.

 

Senators  Harris and Feinstein

 

Oppose the Regulatory Accountability Act

Please oppose the Regulatory Accountability Act which would make it harder for agencies to issue critical protections that people in the U.S. rely on for their health and safety: Rules that protect our air and water, workplace safety requirements, and more.

Oppose the Reins Act

Please oppose the REINS Act which would prevent federal agencies from putting in place lifesaving standards that keep people in the U.S. safe. Effective, commonsense updates to everything from clean air standards to overtime rules could be completely tied up in red tape — indefinitely.

Oppose the Midnight Rules Relief Act

Please oppose the Midnight Rules Relief Act, which allows Congress to eliminate vital protections that Obama established in his final year as president. This includes actions like providing school breakfast to children and implementing lifesaving ozone pollution standards. Under this act, these rules and many others could be reversed all at once, without meaningful debate or public input.
Oppose SJ RES. 18 (Companion bill HJ Res. 69 has already passed the House); this resolution overturns a predator protection rule in order to increase populations of ungulates for hunters. It allows predators such as wolves, coyotes, bears, and their young to be killed in their dens and allows the use of body gripping traps and airplanes to be used to kill bears in Alaskan National Wildlife Refuges. Predator control programs are used to allow an increase in prey species and can result in overpopulation which in turn leads to starvation and disease.
Please oppose SJ Res. 18. Healthy ecosystems require intact predator-prey populations. The methods used to kill these predators are cruel and inhumane. Both predator and prey species are negaitvely affected by predator control programs. The interests of hunters should not take precedence over sound, humane wildlife policy.

Oppose SB 446; this bill allows concealed carry reciprocity which would force all 50 states to allow stalkers, domestic abusers, and people with no firearm safety training to carry concealed, loaded guns.
Please Oppose SB 446. Public safety requires responsible gun ownership by responsible people. SB 446 puts innocent persons at risk.

Oppose SJ Res. 11; this resolution reverses the BLM Flaring and Venting Rule which was designed to reduce the waste of natural gas on public lands.
Please oppose SJ Res. 11 and support the BLM Flaring and Venting Rule. Wasteful release of natural gas, which contributes to climate change, must be controlled. Our national resources should be carefully managed not wasted.

S. 375 the Endangered Species Act Settlement Reform act would make it harder for citizens to ensure that species are considered for protection in a timely fashion. This bill would give local government, big oil, agriculture and other industries the right to veto settlements.
I urge you to oppose S.375, The Endangered Act Settlement Reform Act. It currently takes 12 years to obtain protections for endangered species. Over 40 species have gone extinct waiting for listing. We can not pass legislation which makes it even harder for a species facing extinction to gain protection.

Oppose SJ RES. 18 (Companion bill HJ Res. 69 has already passed the House); this resolution overturns a predator protection rule in order to increase populations of ungulates for hunters. It allows predators such as wolves, coyotes, bears, and their young to be killed in their dens and allows the use of body gripping traps and airplanes to be used to kill bears in Alaskan National Wildlife Refuges. Predator control programs are used to allow an increase in prey species and can result in overpopulation which in turn leads to starvation and disease.
Please oppose SJ Res. 18. Healthy ecosystems require intact predator-prey populations. The methods used to kill these predators are cruel and inhumane. Both predator and prey species are negatively affected by predator control programs. The interests of hunters should not take precedence over sound, humane wildlife policy.

Oppose SB 446; this bill allows concealed carry reciprocity which would force all 50 states to allow stalkers, domestic abusers, and people with no firearm safety training to carry concealed, loaded guns.
Please Oppose SB 446. Public safety requires responsible gun ownership by responsible people. SB 446 puts innocent persons at risk.

Oppose SJ Res. 11; this resolution reverses the BLM Flaring and Venting Rule which was designed to reduce the waste of natural gas on public lands.
Please oppose SJ Res. 11 and support the BLM Flaring and Venting Rule. Wasteful release of natural gas, which contributes to climate change, must be controlled. Our national resources should be carefully managed not wasted.

 

Oppose S.J. Res. 18 which would take way protections for wildlife in national wildlife refuges. It would allow killing black bears and wolves at den sites, baiting brown bears, and killing body gripping traps and snares to kill black and brown bears. None of these methods of hunting are humane and decisions to implement the law are based on unproven efforts to increase ungulate populations.

Senator Harris co-sponsor S. 274  which was introduced by Sen. Feinstein. It nullifies the effect of the executive order banning refugees and people from 7 Muslim majority countries. Trump’s order is based on fear mongering, bigotry, and xenophobia which is counter to mainstream American values.
Oppose H.J. Res 44 which was passed by the house and seeks to overturn Planning 2.0, a rule which provides new opportunities for public input on how public lands are used. Planning 2.0 includes steps needed to ensure that important fish and wildlife habitats are intact ecosystems and has established procedures for preparing, revising, or amending land use plans.
Support S. 200 which would require a congressional declaration of war before the President  could launch a first- strike nuclear attack.  President Trump has not shown the knowledge, experience, objectivity, or judgment to have control of our nuclear arsenal. We need congress to help represent the needs of  American citizens.
Oppose H.J. Res. 54 which would let corporations avoid paying a part of the taxes they owe. It would undo a rule that was passed to prevent big corporations from reaping millions of dollars in tax breaks by suddenly claiming it was a foreign corporation when it was still headquartered in the U.S. All corporations must pay their fair share of taxes.
Support HR 816, the Federal Accountability in Chemical Testing Act, which would require federal agencies to provide detailed accounting on the animals they are using and the advances they have made in developing, validating, accepting and utilizing alternative test methods to replace animal use. It is time to end the use of animals in research. We must develop and use alternative testing methods which do not require the use of live animals .
Oppose the Congressional Review Act  which would gut a number of public safeguards now and in the future. This could stop vital protections to health and safety including the BLM’s work to cut methane emissions and hold fossil fuel companies accountable for their emissions. It could also cut EPA’s protections for vulnerable communities living near high-risk chemical facilities.
Demand that the Oversight Committee investigate Trump’s conflict of interests between his personal business and protecting the interests of the American people. American citizens should not be short changed if Trump seeks to advance his personal empire by creating a “bad deal” for Americans. The presidency has never been sanctioned as a tool for personal gain.
Demand that the Oversight Committee investigate Flynn’s involvement in Russian interference of the election and whether there are other campaign officials involved.  The interference of Russia in American elections can not be undervalued. The American people must know the extent to which American campaign officials are involved. We need to know if   Trump had any knowledge of Flynn’s actions, and if he condoned them.
Support transparency in government and Co-sponsor a bill which nullifies presidential gag rules. Information from public agencies that is not related to national security should be available to the public free of obstacles which impede the Freedom of Information Act.  American tax payers are supporting these agencies, we demand access to the information they gather.
Oppose any legislation to allow the mentally ill to purchase guns. Mentally ill individuals should be entrusted with the responsibility to use guns responsibly.
Support Title X Family Planning Funding which provides funding for family planning and health care services. These services are important to all Americans who want to have access to  family planning options!

 

Mar 06

Resistance Resources

How to Get Out of the Cycle of Outrage in a Trump World – The following is an excerpt from The Huffington Post
If we live in a perpetual state of outrage, Trump wins.
So whatever you do, don’t just let yourself get stuck in the outrage storm — that particular weather pattern is likely to be here for a long time. Remember, you have the power to step out of the storm, think carefully about how best to channel your valuable energy, and then take action. And there are so many ways to do that.
Laura Moser is a freelance writer and mother in Washington, D.C. After the election, she found she couldn’t disengage. So to channel her energy, and that of others as well, she created Daily Action, a daily text people can sign up for that gives them one concrete and specific action to take. In just a matter of weeks, she’s amassed over 100,000 subscribers. One is Aaron Becker, an author from Massachusetts. “People are feeling fatigue,” he told the Washington Post . “We are not really designed as human beings to take on the responsibility of everything at once.” But since channeling his energy in a specific way, he’s gotten a measure of control back in his life. “Now I feel like I can turn off my browser window and do some work,” he said.
And there are plenty of other groups doing a similar thing — making it easy to channel that outrage in productive ways that can change outcomes.

Other Resources
•The Indivisible guide bills itself as a “practical guide to resisting the Trump agenda,” and also shows you how to get involved with one of the over 4,500 local indivisible groups that have already been started.
5 Calls gives you five calls that you can make in five minutes.
The Resistance Manual is an open source guide to taking action on a range of issues.
* The First 100 Days Resistance Agenda – Robert Reich provides a template for a sustained and powerful opposition
#ResistTrumpTuesday is a way to do more than call! Show up at their offices on Tuesdays!

Mar 04

Trump’s Lies, Falsehoods, and Assault on American Progressive Ideals

The following entries are a partial record of Trump’s executive orders and directives. Entries are posted according to the week of his presidency that they occurred. Most recent weeks will be at the top.

Seventh Week of the Trump Presidency

• WikiLeaks undermines the CIA by dumping classified information regarding surveillance techniques. CIA intelligence gathering became obsolete over night. Nigel Farage, a Trump/UK go-betweenl was seen visiting the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where Julian Assange is hiding shortly before the dump.
• Jeff Sessions had a third meeting, April 2016, with Sergey Kislyak.
• Trump appoints Jon Huntsman as ambassador to Russia. Trump had formerly accused Huntsman of giving away American interests to the Chinese when he served as Chinese Ambassador.
• Trump spends 31% of his time on vacation. Played golf 9 times in 7 weeks on the tax payers dime. Tax payers are also paying 30 million a month to keep Melania and Baron safe in New York
• Trump calls for a 20 billion dollar national school voucher program. Is this the end of public education?
• PolitiFact, a non partisan fact checking organization, found that 70% of Trump’s post election statements are false or mostly false – the same as during the campaign. No surprise there!
• China grants Trump 38 more trademarks for his businesses. Feinstein seeks judicial action as this is a blatant violation of the Emolument’s Clause which forbids officials from receiving “gifts”.
• Trump fires 46 Obama appointed federal attorneys without having replacements. He has cut the state department staff by 37% and eliminated all senior officials who have an institutional memory of the department. Rex Tillerson remains unavailable to reporters.
• Trump plans to cut NOAA’s budget by $1,000,000. NOAA studies how the climate is changing.
• Trump issued and executive order to initiate a review of the Clean Water Rule/Waters of the US (WOTUS).
• Trump accuses Obama of releasing 122 Gitmo detainees who have reengaged in terrorism. False! 113 of the 122 were released by Bush!
• Trump claims he had no knowledge that Flynn was a foreign lobbyist for Turkey during his campaign and while Flynn was receiving security briefings. Warnings were given to the transition teams.
• Trump is sending ground troops to Syria despite experts saying there can be no military solution to the conflict and Assad stating that he views these uninvited troops as invaders.
• At least 6 states are challenging Trump’s Muslim ban in court. States argue that the new executive order will have profound and detrimental effects on state economies.
• Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reverses the ban on lead use in ammunition and fishing tackle, a ruling that was put in place to protect animals that are vulnerable to lead poisoning such as the condor and other raptors.
• Rep. Jason Chaffetz tells poor people to stop buying I-phones if they want health care – make a choice.
• Iowa Representative Steven King states that you can’t restore a civilization with someone else’s babies.
• In an address to staff, HUD Department Head Ben Carson stated he preferred performing brain surgery on young people because they generally live longer and the slaves who came here were immigrants, who worked hard for really less.
• The Dept. of Labor proposes a new regulation which would delay an Obama fiduciary rule which required investment brokers to work towards their client’s best interests.
• Scott Pruitt, EPA Chief stated, that CO2 does not cause climate change. EPA is expected to attack critical pollution standards for cars and light weight trucks
• Budget cuts to EPA would eliminate the Environmental Justice budget and cut funding to grants for pollution clean-up. These grants have distributed 24 million dollars to over 1400 affected mostly minority communities.
• Republican Congress rolls out Trumpcare; More than 24 million people could lose health care by 2026. Wealthy people benefit disproportionately due to a standardized subsidy which results in 600 billion in tax cuts for the rich. AARP states that a 64 year old man making $15,000/yr. could face premiums of up to $8,400. Medicaid would be defunded after the midterm elections. Women would face discriminatory financial repercussions for being poor, using birth control, or being pregnant. It also includes a provision which limits law suits against medical device companies.

Sixth Week of the Trump Presidency

• Trump accused President Obama of ordering wire tapping at Trump Towers prior to the election. Former FISA and FBI officials deny the White House ordered wire tapping. (As a result of Watergate, the president and the White House do not have the authority to authorize wire tapping.) Trump wants an investigation.
• Jeff Sessions, Attorney General, has recused himself from investigations involving Trump administrative connections to Russia. This occurred after he was accused of lying under oath about having no meetings with Russian officials during the campaign; he had at least 2 meetings with Russian officials. One of Sessions’ meetings with Sergey Kislyak took place at the same time as the RNC presidential convention. Republican Party support for Ukraine was dropped during the RNC convention.
• Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has stock in the Russian parent company that has contracts to provide foreign steel for the Keystone XL Pipeline. Contrary to what he has already stated, Trump has excluded requirements that American steel be used for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
• The Dept. of Justice is disputing previous findings in DOJ reports that systemic policing abuses in Ferguson and Chicago have occurred.
• The Dept. of Justice overturned several court decisions that a Texas voter–ID law is discriminatory to minorities.
• Trump signed an executive order which guts the Clean Water Rule. This rule protects the water of 60% of America’s water bodies and the drinking water of 1/3 of the U.S. population
• Trump blamed Jewish people for the bomb threats to Community Centers and the vandalizing of Jewish cemeteries.
• Trump stated that Obama is responsible for the protests at Republican Town Halls and rallies and the “leaks” in agencies.
• Trump’s budget proposal includes a 54 billion dollar increase for the military at the expense of domestic agencies and programs. His budget proposal slashes the EPA budget by 24% and EPA staff by 20%. Pruitt again announced his support to eliminate the EPA after being confirmed as EPA Administrator.
• Trump has signed executive orders to change the order of succession if the Attorney General resigns.
• Trump stated, “Civil liberties end when an attack on our safety begins”.
• Trump is spending his 4th weekend at Mar-a-Lago. (Camp David is apparently not an option- “It’s rustic, but only good for about 30 minutes”.)
• Trump proposes a new program titled VOICE, Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement. The agency will publish and promote information which focuses on crimes committed by immigrants whether legal or undocumented. He made no mention of providing information regarding crimes committed against immigrants.
• During his “Address to Congress”, Trump stated that his Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis told him that the Yemen raid, which resulted in a navy seal’s death, generated large amounts of vital intelligence. Intelligence officials stated that it didn’t.
• The DHS is considering a plan to separate children from their parents if the family is apprehended at the border. DHS argues that this will protect children from exploitation, but there has been no mention of investigating and then reuniting families.
• SLPC, Southern Poverty Law Center has documented 1,372 post election hate-related incidents.
• As Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence used a private email account with top advisors on topics ranging from security gates to the state’s response to terrorist threats.
• Scott Pruitt, the new EPA chief, may also have used private email accounts when he served as Oklahoma’s Attorney General.
• Trump sold personal property to a Russian oligarch, possibly a Putin emissary, for 2 ½ times the assessed value of the property before the election.
• Prior to the election, Trump’s plane and a Russian oligarch’s personal plane were seen at the same airports at the same time far more often than would be termed a coincidence.

Fifth week of the Trump Presidency

• Trump requested funding for 15,000 more immigration and border patrol agents.He has also requested that local police help with immigration deportation.
• Trump excluded newspaper and TV organizations which he feels are spreading Fake News about him from attending a news briefing.(This action is unprecedented.)
• Trump is spending his 4th weekend at Mar-a-Lago.
• Trump removed federal protections for Transgender individuals to use the bathroom of the sex with which they identify saying it was best left to states.
• Trump was tweeting from a location outside the situation room during the ill-planned Yemen raid which resulted in the death of a navy seal, the wounding of 4 other seals, and the death of over 30 civilians. (His indifference to this life and death situation is indefensible.)
• Trump requested massive funding increases for the military to enable a huge military build-up. (He supports an increase and upgrade of nuclear warheads.)
• Jeff Sessions continues to refuse to recuse himself from being part of the investigation involving Trump, his officials, and the Russians.
• 6 White House staffers failed to pass FBI background checks and were escorted out. (Apparently no one bothered checking them before they were appointed.)
• Bannon stated that he intended to deconstruct the government at the CPAC meeting (Conservative Political Action Committee)

Fourth Week of the Trump Presidency

• Trump referred to a terrorist attack in Sweden that didn’t take place.
• Andrew Puzder withdraws from the confirmation process for Labor Secretary once Puzder realized that he did not have enough senate votes to be confirmed. Puzder was accused of hiring an undocumented immigrant and there were allegations of domestic abuse by his ex-wife which were later withdrawn.
• Michael Flynn resigns from his post as chief security advisor amid reports that he was in contact with Russian officials regarding policy before the election and after the election but before the inauguration. Trump claimed that Flynn was asked to resign not because he did anything wrong, but because he was not honest with Pence.
• Trump orders an investigation of the “leaks” in government, but not Flynn’s involvement with Russians during the election because Flynn was only doing his job.
• Trump stated that his administration had inherited a “mess” and was running like a fine tuned machine.
• Trump claims he has a 55% approval rating, but PEW puts his approval rating at 39.3% when the poll focus is on live phone calls. Gallop polls place Trump’s approval rate at 41%.
• Trump created a security breech which occurred when Trump discussed the North Korean missile launch in an open air restaurant at Mar-a-Lago; he also created a security breech when pictures of the agent in charge of the “Football” were shared by private citizens at the same event.
• Trump suggested that a Black reporter set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus after she asked whether he was going to meet with them. He continued by saying that he would love to talk with the Black Caucus. A Black Caucus member who heard the news conference tweeted back that the Black Caucus had tried to set up a meeting with Trump, but Trump never got back to them.
• In his last news conference on Friday, Trump insisted that the news media is quoting fake news and is the enemy of the American people. He qualified this statement by saying that security leaks were real, but the news reporting the information from the leaks is “Fake News”.
• When fielding questions at the end of his last news conference, Trump implied that he only wanted to be asked questions that were supportive of him and his policies. After making this request, Trump criticized a news reporter who asked him a question that Trump felt questioned his policy.
• Trump fires Shermichael Singleton, a HUD appointee of Ben Carson, who made statements during the 2016 campaign that Trump was taking the Republican party to a new moral low. He was referencing Trump’s campaign rhetoric about African Americans.
• Trump claimed that only criminals or individuals who pose a threat are being deported, but 186 out of 700 of the known undocumented immigrants who have been deported had no criminal records at all.
• Leaks of draft documents indicate that the Trump administration was considering using 100,000 National Guard troops to aid in the deportation process. Pundits are discussing if this could be a new Administrative ploy to undermine the credibility of the press once it’s reported but the administration takes no action to do this.
• Trump has begun holding rallies for his supporters in preparation for his 2020 campaign.

Third Week of the Trump Presidency

• Shut down the White House comment line. Afterwards he made the comment that no one was upset about the re-issuance of permits for the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline as he had received no comments.
• Issued a unilateral directive to stop the addition of any new protections for health and safety, finance, the environment, or the workplace.
• When questioned by a commentator about Putin’s war crimes including the mass killing of civilians and aggression against neighboring countries including the annexation of Crimea, Trump asserted that the U.S. was just as bad.
• Vowed to destroy the Johnson amendment which does not allow religious organizations to participate in or intervene in any political campaign for or against a candidate if they want to keep their tax free status.
• Claimed that over 70 terrorist attacks were unreported by the media. News media provided records that his statement was false.
• Claimed that the military action in Yemen, which resulted in the death of a navy seal and possibly as many as 30 civilians, was a success.
• Criticized Nordstrom for dropping his daughter’s clothing line.
• During a gathering of sheriffs, a question was asked about search and seizure. A sheriff complained that a state senator wanted to prevent seizure until after a conviction. Trump asked for the name of the senator and then said he would destroy the senator’s career.
• When deportations were begun in 6 states, trump said that estimates of 100 people being deported were grossly exaggerated. Over 160 were deported.
• Continues to maintain that 1000’s of voters were bussed from Massachusetts to vote fraudulently in New Hampshire.
• Re-implemented the Global Gag Rule which affects 27 million couples and women who can no longer receive contraception.

Second Week of the Trump Presidency

• A failed military action initiated by Trump resulted in the death of a navy seal and perhaps up to 30 civilians including 10 women and children. Critics indicated that the strike had not been thoroughly planned and had not had sufficient intelligence gathering. Trump advisors tried to blame the Obama administration for the tragedy, but the facts revealed that the Obama administration had no involvement with this action.
• Issued an executive order to require 2 regulations to be removed for any new one that is added.
• Ordered the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to delete all information pertaining to the use of animals in federally funded research from its website. Even updates on court cases that have not been adjudicated were removed.
• Failed to mention Jews on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
• Trump instructed his female staff to dress like women.
• Trump has begun his assault on Dodd-Frank, the Wall Street Reform and Protection Act, a protection for American citizens.
• Threatened to cut federal funding for U.C. Berkeley when outside agitators intervened in a peaceful student protest, a direct violation of 1st amendment rights.
• Threatened consequences to Iran for launching a missile. The missile launch that was not prohibited in the treaty that was signed.
• Argued with the Australian Prime Minister over treaty obligations requiring the U.S. to accept refugee

First Week of the Trump Presidency

• Banned Muslims from 7 different majority Muslim countries from immigrating to the U.S. None of the targeted countries or their citizens have been tied to terrorist attacks in the U.S. Shamefully, Trump did not ban Muslims from majority Muslim countries where he had personal business holdings even if they were countries from which terrorists have been harbored or supported by their governments such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
• Deleted all reference to climate change information from the White House website.
• Issued gag orders regarding the exchange of climate change information in federal agencies.
• Reinstated the Global Gag Order which eliminates funding for contraception to any foreign non governmental agency which counsels clients about abortion.
• Reactivated the Keystone Pipeline and ordered the Corps of Engineers to expedite their review of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
• Directed the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of the Interior to determine how best to proceed with constructing the “Wall for which Mexico will pay”.
• Issued deportation orders for undocumented immigrants who have been accused of a crime even if they weren’t ever brought to court and threatened penalizing “Sanctuary Cities” with loss of federal funding.
• Withdrew from the TPP and expressed his intent to reopen negotiations of NAFTA.
• Hinted that the U.S. may have another chance to go back into Iraq and take its oil. (Critics believe this statement could place our soldiers at risk and constitute a war crime!)
*Offended the Chinese by entering into diplomatic relations with the Taiwanese government.

 

Feb 04

Trump Gets Navy Seal killed By Moving Forward On Operation Without Sufficient Intelligence – Sarah Jones

Donald Trump bungled his first operation as Commander-in-Chief. Trump ordered the raid without “sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations,” according to a Reuters report. For this, the Trump administration blamed Obama. Again.
Donald Trump bungled his first operation as Commander-in-Chief. Trump ordered the raid without “sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations,” according to a Reuters report.
The Navy SEAL raid on al Qaeda in Yemen over the weekend resulted in the death of U.S. Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens and non-combatant civilian deaths, including possibly children, while not producing any militants or taking any prisoners. White House spokesperson Sean Spicer claims that intelligence was gathered, but Spicer’s track record with the truth is less than encouraging.
Ayesha Rascoe for Reuters reported that the military is looking into the possibility of more civilian deaths during the raid, after medics at the scene reported “about 30 people, including 10 women and children, were killed.”
Buckle up for this part because it’s the part where Trump just went in, like he said he would, without even bothering to prepare the basics, “U.S. military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations.”
“As a result, three officials said, the attacking SEAL team found itself dropping onto a reinforced al Qaeda base defended by landmines, snipers, and a larger than expected contingent of heavily armed Islamist extremists.”
A White House official told Reuters that the operation had been signed off by the previous administration in January and had been delayed for “operational reasons.”
From this statement we gather that the Trump White House ordered the raid without looking at any new information. When it went wrong, they blamed Obama.
However, “(O)ne of the three U.S. officials said on-the-ground surveillance of the compound was ‘minimal, at best.’”
And so the decision was made to leave the raid to the new administration in hopes that they could gather better intelligence first, “The decision was made … to leave it to the incoming administration, partly in the hope that more and better intelligence could be collected.”
Perhaps we can agree with the Trump administration that the Obama administration should never have assumed that the Trump administration could or would bother to gather intelligence. After all, Trump keeps telling everyone our intelligence community isn’t worth listening to and he didn’t need intelligence briefings since he is, and I quote, “I’m, like, a smart person.”
The Trump administration’s lack of preparation and attention to detail got a Navy SEAL killed. For this, he blames Obama.
Which, if accurate (and it’s not), would beg the question why doesn’t Trump think he’s supposed to keep on top of current information. If he’s going to rely on old Obama info, perhaps he should step aside and let the man who got Osama lead again.
Instead we are stuck with a petulant child who still expects Obama to do the hard work for him while he obsesses over crowd size and how the country despises him already. Does Trump even know the basics regarding the job?
For the party that drooled over the tragedy of Benghazi, picking through the rubble of personal tragedy to mine for political gold for years, this is an ironic start. They might claim it’s unfair to accuse Trump of getting the SEAL killed, but these are their own standards, set in stone after years of wasting taxpayer money investigating the tragedy in hopes of pinning it on Clinton. When the evidence didn’t comply, they just made things up.
Additionally, failures happen, but it helps to prepare. It helps to trust experts. It helps to respect intelligence reports. If a leader has done none of these things, he or she is to blame for the failure.
It also helps to be accountable for decisions, because it suggests that the leader might be an adult who can learn from their mistakes.
Donald Trump completely blew this raid for reasons that were apparent during the campaign and continue to be problematic.
Intel is not static. This is like step one in the Intelligence Guide for Dummies. Are you scared yet?
Update: The Trump administration misled the press again. It turns out “The specific operation in question was never presented to or considered by the Obama Admin for approval.”

Jan 30

Indivisible Weekly Actions

This Week’s 2 Indivisible Actions

If you’re raring to go now, here are two critical issues that local groups are already focusing on around the country:
1) Resist Trump’s Corrupt Cabinet Appointments

Republicans are trying to jam Donald’s racist, sexist, and corrupt cabinet nominees through the Senate confirmation process. Last week Congress tried to gut the ethics office, but they were forced to back down in response to thousands of constituent office visits and calls. This week they’re trying to ram through nominees who have not yet even completed an ethics review. To stop this, we need to make our voices heard again.

The fight starts in Committees, but your two senators will ultimately have a vote on each of these nominees. Make a plan to visit their offices this week to let them know you’re watching whether they stand up to Trump.
2) Defend Healthcare for All Americans

Trump and Republicans in Congress have already begun the process of dismantling the Affordable Care Act. They haven’t ever been able to come up with a replacement proposal, but they’re still moving forward with plans to deprive 30 million people of coverage. You can begin fighting back by calling at least one of your representative’s office numbers every day! Choose a different office each time you call! (Click on LaMalfa Watch for contact information.)

Oct 10

Doug LaMalfa- Not One of Us

Doug LaMalfa has been our congressional representative for two terms. During his tenure he has shown little concern for the public welfare.

Govtrak.org.us indicates that LaMalfa rarely supports bipartisan bills. In fact, 91% of the bills that LaMalfa supported were of Republican origin. He voted for the government shut down giving government workers an unexpected paid holiday, costing contract government workers lost wages, and denying U.S. citizens access to government services.

LaMalfa has a 14% rating from AFL-CIO based on his lack of support for working families, even opposing workplace safety regulations. He opposes an increase in the minimum wage although current wages keep many working families at the poverty level. He has accepted millions of dollars in farming subsidies, but considers social security an entitlement and wants it privatized and medicare cut. He supports Citizen’s United, and voted against bills which would improve transparency in government and campaign funding. Whom is LaMalfa supporting? Certainly not us!

The U.S. ranks 23rd in the world with regard to women’s equality. Planned Parenthood and Population Connection give LaMalfa a 0% rating on women’s health issues and reproductive rights. He went so far as to vote against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and “Equal Pay” legislation.

LaMalfa has also been awarded a 0% rating from the League of Conservation Voters which tracks voting records on environmental issues. He is against EPA regulations which require that permits be issued prior to a business discharging illegal levels of pesticides into lakes and rivers and expanding EPA protection to more waterways.

LaMalfa doesn’t support working families, women, environmental protection, government transparency, and believes corporations are people. Even the HSUS gave him a 0% rating on humane issues. Apparently he doesn’t support humane treatment of animals either.

Oct 12

Beginning Right Now a New Presidential Campaign

It’s a New Presidential Campaign for 2016 beginning right now!

Get involved. Get out the information.

Help us help you help Our Area.

GET OUT THE VOTE!

Get ON your ASS and Vote Democratic ONLY!

Remember: a vote for a republican is a vote for the tea party!WhistlingDonkey[1]

Oct 12

Automatic Voter Registration

On Saturday, October 10th, 2015 Governor Jerry Brown signed into law measures which will eventuallyCheck make voter registration automatic for ALL California citizens who get or renew a California drivers license.

The bill was a priority of newly elected Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who championed its provisions during his election bid.

This makes California the second state to enact such measures much to the chagrin of republican and right wing conservative political punsters who want to restrict voter registration as much as possible. Republicans see widespread voter participation as a challenge to their desire to limit voting to white, property owning males.