Friday, March 16, 2018

Is this Justice?

  •  Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Friday evening that he had fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, two days before McCabe’s retirement.HUFFPOST
  • McCabe was one of three top FBI officials former FBI Director James Comey apprised of his conversations with President Donald Trump..SFGATE
  • Comey was fired last May. His firing — and his conversations with Trump — now make up the basis of the special counsel Robert Mueller's obstruction-of-justice investigation.SFGATE

"I have been an FBI Special Agent for over 21 years. I spent half of that time investigating Russian Organized Crime as a street agent and Supervisor in New York City. I have spent the second half of my career focusing on national security issues and protecting this country from terrorism. I served in some of the most challenging, demanding investigative and leadership roles in the FBI. And I was privileged to serve as Deputy Director during a particularly tough time."Google Docs
"For the last year and a half, my family and I have been the targets of an unrelenting assault on our reputation and my service to this country. Articles too numerous to count have leveled every sort of false, defamatory and degrading allegation against us. The President’s tweets have amplified and exacerbated it all. He called for my firing. He called for me to be stripped of my pension after more than 20 years of service. And all along we have said nothing, never wanting to distract from the mission of the FBI by addressing the lies told and repeated about us."Reuters 
"No more.
The investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) has to be understood in the context of the attacks on my credibility. The investigation flows from my attempt to explain the FBI’s involvement and my supervision of investigations involving Hillary Clinton. I was being portrayed in the media over and over as a political partisan, accused of closing down investigations under political pressure. The FBI was portrayed as caving under that pressure, and making decisions for political rather than law enforcement purposes. Nothing was further from the truth. In fact, this entire investigation stems from my efforts, fully authorized under FBI rules, to set the record straight on behalf of the Bureau, and to make clear that we were continuing an investigation that people in DOJ opposed."Vox
"The OIG investigation has focused on information I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor. As Deputy Director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter. It was the type of exchange with the media that the Deputy Director oversees several times per week. In fact, it was the same type of work that I continued to do under Director Wray, at his request. The investigation subsequently focused on who I talked to, when I talked to them, and so forth. During these inquiries, I answered questions truthfully and as accurately as I could amidst the chaos that surrounded me. And when I thought my answers were misunderstood, I contacted investigators to correct them."Euronews
"But looking at that in isolation completely misses the big picture. The big picture is a tale of what can happen when law enforcement is politicized, public servants are attacked, and people who are supposed to cherish and protect our institutions become instruments for damaging those institutions and people."CNN
"Here is the reality: I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey," McCabe wrote.The Hill
"The release of this report was accelerated only after my testimony to the House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey’s accounts of his discussions with the President."Politico
"The OIG’s focus on me and this report became a part of an unprecedented effort by the Administration, driven by the President himself, to remove me from my position, destroy my reputation, and possibly strip me of a pension that I worked 21 years to earn. The accelerated release of the report, and the punitive actions taken in response, make sense only when viewed through this lens."NPR
"Thursday’s comments from the White House are just the latest example of this.
This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally. It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work."NBCBoston
 “I have always prided myself on serving my country with distinction and integrity, and I always encouraged those around me to do the same. Just ask them. To have my career end in this way, and to be accused of lacking candor when at worst I was distracted in the midst of chaotic events, is incredibly disappointing and unfair. But it will not erase the important work I was privileged to be a part of, the results of which will in the end be revealed for the country to see,” the statement read in part.CBSNewYork
"I have unfailing faith in the men and women of the FBI and I am confident that their efforts to seek justice will not be deterred."MotherJones

Consider the above statement by Andrew McCabe. After 20-plus years serving our country, under four presidents - Democrats and Republicans - Andrew McCabe has been stripped of his earned pension without a trial. Who will be willing to say what they witnessed if this is allowed to stand?

Click links for the rest of the story:  Twitter taunts from the president, connections to an ongoing investigation by special counsel, and more.

Friday, December 8, 2017

A Big Bad Wolf Story

I believe the women who have told us who Roy Moore really is, because I am a survivor too.

A Big Bad Wolf has wrapped himself in the flag and the ten commandments. Do not be confused. He is still a Wolf. 

Roy Moore is a predator. Maybe he is a religious, patriotic predator -- he is a predator regardless. Other predators are quitting Congress under duress in both parties because neither party wants to  defend a sexual predator -- until now.  Republicans are not only defending him -- they are funding him. But why expect anything else? They defended and funded our current predator-in-chief.

Why is the party that investigated complaints against Bill Clinton ignoring complaints against Roy Moore? For women who are survivors of sexual assault, politics does not trump behavior. There is no political party "good" enough to whitewash men who prey upon the powerless - whether very young girls or employees or co-workers.

Let's elect men and women of good character to Congress -- regardless of party. 

Today a 'pile-on' accuser of Roy Moore admitted that she added to what he wrote in her high school year book. A famous technique for fighting fire is to start a fire yourself - a "backfire" that will become a wall against the original fire. This has been applied recently by a woman hired to tell Washington Post her (fake) story about Roy Moore. Was the woman who admitted to lying about what Roy Moore wrote in her HS yearbook another 'backfire" attack? I don't know. The original accusers stand on their own merits. Hiring liars they can later "expose" makes Roy's defenders even worse. By their actions they are assaulting the reputations of women who Roy already assaulted in person.

The "everyone does it" defense and the "everyone is lying" defense are both actions of desperate guilty people and we all know it.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Beauty is as Beauty does

"Beauty is as Beauty does" is an ideal attributed to Chaucer ('The Wife of Bath's Tale'), written 1387). Six hundred and thirty years later, it is still true -- that beauty comes not from external looks but from the beauty of actions that are good and right.

By these standards, the statues of Robert E Lee and other oppressors of freedom and equality are so ugly that removing them is not just a public service but a public imperative. 

How can Trump, who disdained John McCain for losing a battle, admire the statues of generals who lost a whole war? Our president needs to explain why he thinks statues honoring men who fought against America are beautiful to our current soldiers as they risk their lives to defend America!  What makes our Commander-in-chief believe that these tributes to men who caused the deaths of 620,000 American soldiers are beautiful? 

Is our leader is so lacking in empathy that he cannot see how vile were these defenders of slavery? It is not hard to figure out -- Lee is a hero only to those who also want to enslave blacks and other people of color. Confederate statues are shrines to oppression that glorify the idea of a superior race.

These monuments are slap in the face of every person of color and of every person who has fought, bled or died to defend our Constitution, and our mutual rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. They are not history, they are how some people want to remember history. How many of them enshrine the moment that Lee surrendered to General Grant at Appomattox Courthouse? Now that is history -- and let's remember it!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Celebrate the 4th of July -- BE a Patriot

Are your Ancestors signers of the Declaration of Independence? See this great video!

In light of the words in our most famous document -- what does it mean to be a patriot today in America?

Happy Fourth of July to my friends and relatives. Give thanks for Freedom.

Friday, May 5, 2017



"The law would limit federal spending on Medicaid — the program that provides health insurance to the poor — to an index of inflation in medical prices. Since the program's costs are increasing more rapidly than that index, over time, the government would spend hundreds of billions less on Medicaid than it would under the current system."
"The provision will affect millions of Americans on Medicaid — many of them children, the disabled or patients in nursing facilities"...
From Washington Post, "A huge section of the GOP bill undoing Obamacare isn’t actually about Obamacare" by Max Ehrinfreund, May 5, 2017.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

What is Politics? What is Religion?

 Michael Gerson quoted Vaclav Havel yesterday in the Washington Post:
 What is Politics?
“Genuine politics,” argues Havel, “is simply a matter of serving those around us; serving the community, and serving those who will come after us.” And this responsibility grows out of a moral and spiritual reality.
 What is Religion?
“Genuine conscience and genuine responsibility are always, in the end, explicable only as an expression of the silent assumption that we are observed ‘from above,’ that everything is visible, nothing is forgotten.”
Gerson contrasts the view of Vaclav Havel, cited above, with the speech Trump made in Philadelphia on his first 100 days as President. What excerpt from that speech did you watch?

Was it the part with "The Snake" - poetry about how doing kind deeds will kill you? Or did you tune into the half of his speech devoted to decrying immigrants and refugees as "criminals, infiltrators and terrorists"?

Whatever part of President Trump's speech you may have heard, how does it compare with what is inscribed upon our most famous monument - the Statue of Liberty?
"... A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome...

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."
And what about all those crimes Trump says they commit?
" "All immigrants are less likely to be incarcerated than natives" quote from The Hill, with "the largest circulation of any Capitol Hill publication" (from Wikipedia).

 Look up the statistics for yourself - many other respected publications have analyzed the crime statistics among immigrants, both of documented and of undocumented status. 

Consider this: unless you are descended from native Indians, your ancestors were immigrants here too.