His campaign statements and his actions as president appear to suggest that Donald Trump is a Russian surrogate!


trumpputinmeet-620President Donald Trump appears to be a Russian surrogate, a puppet of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Trump’s White House staff is said to include people who have close relations with Russia and the Russian government, and President Trump’s own foreign policy statements seem to align with those of Putin and of the Russian government.

President Trump’s relationship with, and “admiration” for, Vladimir Putin and the Russian government began some 10 years ago:

  1. In a 2007 interview with Larry King on CNN, Donald trump said Putin is “doing a great job in rebuilding the image of Russia and also rebuilding Russia period.”
  2. In his 2011 book “Time to Get Tough” Donald Trump praised Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy by saying “Putin has big plans for Russia” . . . Russia will soon “dominate oil supplies to all of Europe.”doestrumpreallyloveputin-320
  3. In 2013, Donald Trump posted on Twitter his wish that Putin would be his “new best friend” and hoped that Putin would attend his Miss Universe Pageant that was slated to be held in Moscow.
  4. Also in 2013, Donald Trump told Larry King on CNN’s “Larry King Live” that Putin is doing “a great job out-smarting our country (referring to the U. S.).”
  5. Immediately after launching his presidential bid in 2015, Donald Trump said he would “get along very well with Vladimir Putin.”
  6. Also in 2015 (on CBS’ Face the Nation), Donald Trump claimed he has many of Putin’s good traits, saying he and Putin were “stable mates” and “would get along very well.”
  7. Throughout his quest for the GOP presidential nomination, Donald Trump repeated the claim that he and Putin were “stable mates.”
  8. In 2015, Vladimir Putin praised Donald Trump as “a talented person” and “the absolute leader in the (American) presidential race.” To this, Trump replied: “It’s a great honor to be . . . complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond.”putintrumponhorsebackride-320
  9. Again in 2015, Donald Trump defended Vladimir Putin against reports that Putin ordered the killing of certain journalists, saying: “. . . he’s running his country . . . at least he’s a leader.” And then he added: “. . . our country does plenty of killing also.”
  10. During the campaign in 2016, when questioned about Putin’s excessive praise for him, Donald Trump said he’d be stupid not to accept Putin’s platitudes, adding “I think I’d have a good relationship with Putin.”
  11. In his speeches during the presidential campaign last year, Donald Trump aligned himself with Vladimir Putin’s stance on NATO (‘it’s an obsolete and useless treaty”), the war in Syria (“the US should keep its hands off”), the European Union (“a poor economic alliance”), and American foreign policy in general (“not in the best interest of the American people”), and alleged: “I don’t think he (Putin) has any respect for Clinton (Hillary). I think he respects me. I think it would be great to get along with him.”

Donald Trump desperately tried to win Putin’s attention and recognition. For reasons of his own, Donald Trump eagerly wanted to be Putin’s “friend.” It now appears that Donald Trump is either a puppet or a surrogate – wittingly or unwittingly – of the Russian leader and of the Russian government.

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Donald Trump: an unlearned, thin-skinned, uncontrollable, and unpredictable man is now ‘president’ for some of the American people


trump-notmypresident-530Friday, January 20, 2017 – Donald Trump today took the oath of office for the presidency of the United States of America.

During his inauguration at the West Front of the US Capitol Building in Washington, D. C., Donald Trump solemnly swore that he would “faithfully execute” the duties of the Office of President of the United States and that he would – to the “best of his ability” – preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

A man who has little or no knowledge of how government works has taken on duties he dislikes or does not comprehend and may never faithfully execute.

A man who has never read his country’s Constitution – and who may never understand it if he does read it – has undertaken the responsibility of upholding the fundamental law of the land.

A man whose only education and experience in life is buying and selling real property (with a strong urge to stiff people big time) and whose goal is to get richer than anyone else has taken control of the most powerful office in the world.

A man who has demonstrated racial bias and ethnic discrimination has taken on the responsibility of promoting the social, economic, and political well-being of all the people in the most ethnically-diverse society on earth.

A man with a learning disability, a huge ego problem, and a potentially dangerous sensitiveness to criticism is now in charge of the executive branch of a government he has yet to learn about.

A man so unpredictable that he is thought of as being dangerous and a threat to society is now in charge of U. S. foreign policy.

A man who bragged about his ability to sexually assault women, who is obsessed with building a wall instead of bridges, who plans to deport more than 11 million people he does not like, and who gets peeved by critics whom he attacks with angry wee-morning hour Tweets has been sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

He might be known as the president of the United States, but Donald Trump is not truly the president of the United States.

Some of the people might say he’s their president, but the majority will proclaim:

“Donald Trump is not my president!”

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Why Donald Trump ran for president – and how his ineptitude earned him victory over a seasoned politician and political organization


trumpalienated-notpolitician-620In a 1998 People magazine interview, Donald Trump made the following comment: “If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific.”

Donald Trump was not a politician. He did not care about politics and had no idea how government worked. However, in early 2014, Donald Trump started taking a presidential run seriously when it became apparent he was running into pretty tough times with the IRS and had serious problems with many of his casino operations.

And run he did.

trump-bestassetstupidity-320As he pursued his adventurous candidacy, it became clear that Donald Trump’s ineptitude was becoming an asset.

Donald Trump’s stupidity caused him to pick the Republican Party – where he had absolutely no friends – as his platform to get nominated and elected. The party’s “dumb voters” and its ideologically divided leadership were assets he would rely on.

Donald Trump’s absurdity caused him to be a renegade candidate running amok with loose talk as he disregarded the advice of his professional campaign staff. The people loved it.

Donald Trump’s idiocy made him alienate instead of win over the Republican Party’s old guard. The people were sick and tired of “traditional politicians.”

Donald Trump’s imbecility caused him to pledge to deport all 10 million illegal immigrants from the country if he got elected. His followers loved it.

Donald Trump’s fatuity made him pledge that if elected he would make America’s allies pay for their protection. Turns out the majority of Americans disliked the nation’s current foreign policies.

trumpwarheroesdont-320Donald Trump’s ineptitude made him denigrate Mexicans, Muslims, black Americans, and all other non-White citizens and immigrants. The move won him the support of the great majority of white Americans.

Donald Trump’s fatuousness made him hope for, pray for, and rely on the failures and misfortunes of his political opponent – instead of on his own abilities – to win votes. That saved him the need to be competent.

Donald Trump’s apathy made him bad-mouth and alienate members of the media and all media in general. Surprise: people actually distrusted the media.

Donald Trump’s insensibility made him insult war veterans and heroes who were captured, wounded, or killed in action. Turns out his supporters believe heroes are those that never get captured, wounded, or killed in action.

Donald Trump’s asininity made him deny and brand as ‘lies’ reports and charges of his sexual crimes and other indiscretions. He was actually loved for being so macho; besides, people were more concerned about his opponent’s character.

Donald Trump’s lunacy forced him to find someone to hate and vilify each day of the campaign. And the people loved it mad.

Finally, Donald Trump’s brainless thick-headedness caused him to seek an office for which he is utterly unqualified and disqualified – temperamentally, intellectually, and professionally. People loved the fact that he was a ‘successful businessman’ and NOT a politician.

Donald Trump’s desperation, stupidity, injudiciousness, absurdity, imbecility, idiocy, fatuity, ineptitude, fatuousness, apathy, insensibility, asininity, lunacy, and brainless thick-headedness turned out to be assets that guaranteed his unexpected victory in the November 8, 2016 presidential election.

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Why Donald Trump will not concede defeat when Hillary Clinton wins the election in November


lastof3debates-620At the third and final presidential debate which he lost miserably to his Democratic Party opponent, the Republican Party’s somewhat official candidate declared – twice – that he would not recognize the validity of the election if he was proclaimed the loser.

Well, what did one expect?

Donald Trump – true to his character1 – would never take no for an answer, not even from the American people.

Donald Trump is above all else – Donald Trump sets the rules.

morosetrump-confidentclinton-325If Donald Trump says he did not brag that he could grab any woman by their pussy, then so be it – he did not say he could grab any woman by their pussy. He’ll let you know if he changes his mind.

If Donald Trump says he did not have a chat with Billy Bush while on a bus, then so be it – he never had a chat with Billy Bush while on a bus. If the facts change, he’ll let you know.

If Donald Trump says it’s improbable he tried to kiss any of the many complaining women because they didn’t have the right looks, amen – why would Donald Trump try to kiss a woman who was not attractive enough? He’ll tell the true story when he feels like it.

If Donald Trump says he will release his income tax returns the day he feels like doing so, then learn to live with that. Donald Trump will release his tax returns – the day he feels like doing so!

If Donald Trump says he did not pay a penny in Federal income taxes for the past 20 years because he’s smart enough to get away with it, he gotcha! Live with it.

And if Donald Trump says he will make America great again – well, you better believe that too! Donald Trump will do everything he possibly could to lose the election!

It will be Donald Trump’s world, even when she’s the president!

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1 An egomaniac is someone who suffers from an extreme egocentric focus, an obsessive preoccupation with one’s self; someone who follows their own ungoverned impulses; someone possessed by delusions of personal greatness; and someone who feels a lack of appreciation.

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Imelda, Imee, and Bongbong: give it up, surrender plundered wealth, change your last name, and start a new life somewhere else


imeldagrievesoverpreservedbody-620Three members of the Marcos family – Imelda Romualdez Marcos and her children Maria Imelda ‘Imee’ Marcos and Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. – refuse to admit that the name of their late husband and father, former dictator Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, is so irremediably tainted, discredited, and despised.

marcos-1917to1989-220The three continue their fight to gain control of the Philippine government in an effort to accomplish the late dictator’s dream of establishing a Marcos royalty and change the name of the country to ‘Maharlika.’ The steps they hope will help achieve their goal are: (1) have the late dictator proclaimed a ‘national hero’ and belatedly interred at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery), and (2) win the country’s presidency. Through the presidency, the three hope to set up a new dictatorship and – eventually – a Marcos royalty, and then rename the country. It’s what the late dictator wished.

Their motives are so obvious.

Imelda, Imee and Bongbong believe that Filipinos can and will forget the twenty-one years of tyranny under Marcos’ martial law. Like the late dictator, they think poorly of the Filipino people.

noherosburialfordictator-320Imelda, Imee, and Bongbong cling on to wealth said to have been plundered from the country’s treasury and deny and suppress the grievances of the more than 100,0001 citizens that were wrongfully imprisoned, tortured and displaced or murdered during the late dictator’s rule.

Why do Imelda, Imee, and Bongbong want to rewrite history by denying the illegitimacy of, and the harm done, by the Marcos dictatorship?

Call it false pride – or call it avarice – the fact is that they persist in wanting to rewrite history.

Imelda, Imee, and Bongbong should realize that their ‘cause’ is lost – and give it up. The three should resign their government positions, surrender all plundered or ill-gotten wealth, change their last name, and start a new life somewhere else.

The name Marcos has become a liability.

marcostriestoclingtopower-6201 Amnesty International (AI) reported that about 70,000 people were imprisoned, 34,000 tortured, and 3,240 killed during the Marcos dictatorship.

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The battle for the liberation of Manila: in 144 pictures taken by US army personnel during and after hostilities


The battle to liberate Manila lasted a month – between February 3 and March 3, 1945. The Japanese were the occupiers from whom the city and its surrounding areas were being liberated by American troops.

My dad was an American-in-hiding during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. He had refused to submit himself to internment at the University of Santo Tomas campus where he was told by the US Embassy in Manila to proceed with his family at the onset of hostilities in 1941. I was seven years old at the time.

My dad went into hiding. He took me with him to seek refuge at the home of his oldest daughter (my sister Rosie) in Cubao, Quezon City, while my step-mother took my four brothers and sisters with her to lie low in Agoo, La Union in Northern Luzon. Hiding was quite difficult for my dad who was visibly Caucasian though my siblings and I easily passed for Filipinos.

My dad had a short-wave radio which he managed to keep undetected by the Japanese and from which he was able to get reliable information on the status of the war in both Europe and the Pacific. The Japanese military had earlier ordered everyone that owned radios to submit them to official censors so their “short wave” circuitry could be disabled.

1944ustroopslandonleyte-320The Japanese military controlled information published by local broadcast and print media – propagating lies about the war situation. For example, during American air raids, I would count between 100 and 200 US Air Force planes in the sky and watch them from a hillside dive-bomb and strafe the nearby Camp Murphy which was occupied by the Japanese air force. Very, very rarely would I witness an American plane shot down during a raid. Each morning following an air raid, however, the Manila Tribune would run a headline that would read: “200 YANK PLANES SHOT DOWN OVER LUZON.”

From short wave radio, we learned that American troops had made a landing in the north of Luzon – in Dagupan, Pangasinan. We also learned that General Douglas MacArthur made another landing on the southern island of Leyte, where he famously waded to shore.

1944ustroopstendtowounded-320American forces started bombing vital Japanese bases and fortifications in the greater Manila area in September 1944. In the first week of February, 1945, rumors started spreading that American troops were coming into Quezon City from the north on their way to Manila at a time when I would be celebrating my twelfth birthday. A regiment of Japanese troops had fortified themselves at the Catholic nunnery and the water reservoir in Quezon City.

My dad and I followed the American forces from the time they arrived in Cubao, Quezon City, through the slow march to the city of Manila. My dad and I met the American troops and six American tanks that were heading to knock out the Japanese who were fortified at the Catholic nunnery and water reservoir in Cubao and then later to proceed to the city of Manila.

1944soldiersitsnexttodeadenemy-320The video accompanying this story shows 144 images of the death and destruction wrought by the liberation. Ninety-five percent of these images are credited to John Tewell who retired from the US Army and resided in Manila until his death. It was Mr. Tewell’s wish that these pictures be shared and propagated. Other pictures used in this video and story are official US Army photographs.

The Manila landmarks that could be identified in the video include the Manila Hotel, the Army & Navy Club, the Elks Club, the U. S. High Commissioner’s Office building, the US Embassy, the Jai Alai building, the Bay View Hotel, the Luneta Hotel, the San Luis Terraces building, the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. John Episcopal, the Central Methodist Church, the Agriculture and Commerce buildings, the Legislative building, Manila’s City Hall building, the Manila Post Office building, the Metropolitan Theater, and the Adamson University buildings.

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What Donald Trump supporters should know: Donald Trump has no true friends, is fickle, inconstant, and disloyal!


donaldtrump-peaceplan2-550It’s a wonder that a handful of Republican Party leaders are still supporting Donald Trump’s candidacy for president. When one considers what Donald Trump stands for and what he has fought for his entire life – which are himself and his own financial interests, respectively – any sane person would (and should) keep a distance from him.

Donald Trump has not a single, true, lifetime friend – and Donald Trump has demonstrated that he is loyal to no one who fails to be useful to him one way or another. One is useful to Donald Trump only as long as one continues to soothe and feed Donald Trump’s ego and/or bank account.

whoisdonaldtrump-320People like Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, and the dwindling band of fellow Trumpeteers overlook – or disregard – the fact that Donald Trump is an egotistical megalomaniac who historically has been loyal to himself and no one but himself.

Those that still support Donald Trump should consider the reasons sane and rational folk like Mitt Romney, former presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, and dozens of other fast and true members of the Republican Party, have dumped Trump.

Right-thinking Republicans have dumped Donald Trump because they know that if the xenophobe wins the presidency (which fortunately is as impossible as hearing Donald Trump apologize for anything wrong he’s done), Donald Trump and Donald Trump alone will get all the credit and those that helped him along will be left out on the wayside to sigh, dry, and die.

It’s time for his remaining supporters to realize that Donald Trump is egocentric, egotistic, self-centered, self-absorbed, self-obsessed, and a self-seeking and self-serving egomaniac.

Donald Trump can never be anyone’s friend.

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Hillary Clinton wins debate #2 as a belligerent, morose Donald Trump says he would jail her if he wins the election!


clintonwins2nddebate-550It was an edgy night – for Donald Trump, that is. The beleaguered semi-official Republican Party candidate spent the entire hour and a half of the town hall forum fidgeting, sniffing, and interrupting Clinton at every turn.

Trump was visibly irked by Clinton’s ease and mastery of the issues brought up by the moderators and the public – and he instinctively interjected, interrupted, and disrupted her talk.

When it was his turn to answer a question, Trump mostly fabricated information or side-stepped answering the question by talking about matters he was familiar with and could easily articulate.

cnn-debatepollresults2-550Trump’s sniffing was quite audible; it raised questions about his health or the medication (or drugs) he was taking.

While Hillary Clinton answered questions with authority and spoke directly to the questioner and the audience, Trump responded to questions by facing and addressing Clinton, visibly morose.

While Clinton maintained her stature, standing erect and pacing firmly, Donald Trump made faces, badgered his opponent, slouched, and – disturbingly – sniffed and shuffled.

cnn-debatepollresults-550CNN’s poll indicated that Clinton won the debate. And every other news and poll organization had results showing Clinton as the clear debate winner.

With all the problems facing him today – including issues regarding his character and his abandonment by many of his supporters and by his party itself – it is questionable if even a miracle can help Donald Trump at this point.

Donald Trump is utterly desperate!

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How Donald Trump lost the 2016 presidential contest to Hillary Clinton 31 days before the election


grabembythepussy-trump-550It was a day to remember for Donald Trump and his hope of becoming president of the United States. On October 7, thirty-one days to election, Trump’s campaign was consumed with the task of saving itself from the effects of a scandalous 2005 tape that featured the Republican candidate bragging about his ability to grab women by their pussies and other macho feats.

Ten hours after the video recording was released by the Washington Post, close to a hundred Republican Party bigwigs, including the party chairman, Trump’s own vice presidential running mate, senators, congressmen, governors, etc. had announced their concerns about Trump’s behavior and had withdrawn their support for the Trump candidacy.

To save himself, Trump initially issued an “apology” which everyone condemned and dismissed because it was conditioned on anyone having been offended by his taped remarks.

In desperation, Trump pulled back his initial “apology” and released a video in which he uttered the words “I said it, I was wrong, I apologize” but in which he also said that his behavior was better than those of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. In other words, he insisted that his despicable conduct was excusable.

And so the Trump campaign meltdown continued.

At this moment, 24 hours before the start of the second of three presidential debates, Donald Trump’s campaign is in severe disarray – with no help in sight.

Pundits have fearlessly predicted that Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States.

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How Donald Trump mumbled, fumbled, and lost the first of three presidential debates to a level-headed Hillary Clinton


His ego, his ability to speak semi-coherently without thinking, and his thin-skinned nature got the best of the demagogue

trumpclintonfirstdebate-1While extravagantly displaying his ignorance of world affairs, American foreign policy, diplomacy, government, law, and plain current events, Donald Trump fumbled and mumbled and blew a chance to show the American people that he has what it takes to be president of the United States.

Donald Trump allowed himself to be cruelly shamed by Hillary Rodham Clinton, a member of the opposite sex that the so-called billionaire businessman routinely demeans.

The first of three presidential debates held last night at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY and moderated by NBC news anchor Lester Holt, turned out to be a disappointment to 100 million viewers nationally; except that, in many cases, viewers were happy to see Trump disintegrate.

Six topics/issues of national importance were to be discussed in 15-minute segments, during which each candidate was to explain their position; however, because of Trump’s belligerence, only three of the topics were covered.

And Trump blew them all!

trumps100faces-300Donald Trump spoke like an elementary school fourth-grader, sometimes using plain street language and words like “bigly.”

Donald Trump bragged about his ability to avoid and evade taxes when accused of hiding something in his tax returns which he refused to release. “I’m a good businessman,” he proclaimed.

Donald Trump marveled in his ability to stiff people for services provided him as “what a smart businessman” should do.

Donald Trump proclaimed that the rest of the world was nothing more than “competition” and he would stiff other countries whenever and wherever he could.

Donald Trump tried hard to show civility and human charm but failed miserably when he continuously and shamelessly interrupted moderator Lester Holt and Clinton with the plaints of a playground toddler.

Donald Trump tried to win arguments with facial twists, angry grunts, and outright lies.

It was a disastrous night for Trump and his campaign; his staff worked hard to find excuses for his terrible performance. The best explanation for each of his lies was provided by his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, who said:

“Mr. Trump did not lie – he simply did not know the truth!”

Amen!

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