Friday, November 22, 2019

Makeup . . .

. . . since it is obviously okay to make-up your own stories when you work in government, and in light of current events, I thought maybe a refresher on Devin Nunes was in order . . . 


". . . In February 2017 Nunes, who served on the Trump transition team, was the first leading House Republican to deny that the intelligence community had evidence of contact between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives. He rejected repeated calls for an investigation by a select committee, saying that the House should not engage in a "witch hunt" and that "at this point, there's nothing there". Nunes also rejected calls that he request President Trump's tax returns. . . At a White House communications aide's request, Nunes spoke to a reporter for The Wall Street Journal to challenge a story about the Trump campaign's connections to Russia. . . When Trump's national security adviser Michael T. Flynn resigned after it was revealed that he had misled Mike Pence about his communication with Russian officials, Nunes said he would not seek to investigate Flynn's ties to Russia: "From everything that I can see, his conversations with the Russian ambassador—he was doing this country a favor, and he should be thanked for it.". . . On March 22, 2017, during the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, Nunes held a press conference to announce that he had received information that communications of members of Trump's transition team had been "incidentally collected" by the intelligence community. The communications had been obtained legally during foreign intelligence surveillance, but were not related to Russia. He added that the information was "widely disseminated" in the intelligence community and later clarified that Trump associates were not necessarily participants in the intercepted conversations. Nunes had met his source for the information one day earlier at the White House grounds, with a spokesman for Nunes saying this provided "a secure location" to view the material. Although Nunes had characterized his intelligence sources as whistleblowers whose identities he had to protect . . . "






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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Polar . . .

. . . ized . . .








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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Oyster . . .



Welcome to my wonderful place
I've inhabited now for so long
It's not the Ritz; but neither a cloister
This world is all mine, it's my oyster

It's full of fine and many pearls
It inspires me to no end
From what I've seen, there are few choicer
Than here where I live in my oyster


My Oyster
©2017 Raymond M. Jozwiak
(from the unreleased 'Phatso'; improvisations on Moog Little Phatty)



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 PIANOGONZOLOGY - Blogged My 
Zimbio

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Self- . . .

-explanatory . . .


oxymoron (see bold text)
[ˌäksəˈmôrˌän]
NOUN
a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction (e.g. faith unfaithful kept him falsely true).


(from https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry/trump-attacks-yovanovitch-during-impeachment-hearing-democrats-call-it-witness-n1083651?icid=recommended)
". . . GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, a top ally of the president's who was recently made a member of the Intelligence Committee, noted that Schiff was the person who told Yovanovitch about the tweet during the hearing, suggesting she wouldn't have known about any alleged attempt at intimidation if he hadn't told her. . . "




Monday, November 18, 2019

Beads . . .


. . . of ideas . . .


. . . working out improvisations on a V and I pattern to be contained within 'Crystal Ball', an elementary rockn' roll progression in a major key, sometimes a most difficult one in which to find stimulating ideas . . .


Crystal Beads
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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Various . . .



The MD/CD (produced by John P. Graboski) is multi-genre spanning compilation of songs relating to life in the state of Maryland, USA.  I was fortunate enough to participate . . .



Ravens_Colts Fight Song

Cut #2 from The MD/CD




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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Response . . .

. . . to a random facebook post (love-letter to the current U.S. president . . .


(from various fact-check and other internet sources)
Booming Economy-
Gross Domestic Product, Third Quarter 2019 (Advance Estimate) Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 1.9 percent in the third quarter of 2019. in 2012, when GDP growth similarly dropped to a revised 1.9 percent in the first quarter of the year. That was under former President Barack Obama, so Trump had another opinion on the matter.
Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
Q1 GDP has just been revised down to 1.9% http://1.usa.gov/3hAL The economy is in deep trouble.

African-Americans Back At Work-
Trump did not inherit a mess. Here’s what history will record: More jobs were created in Obama’s last two years (5.1 million) than in Trump’s first two years (4.9 million). Growth in manufacturing employment began in Obama’s second term, when 386,000 jobs were added, and accelerated under Trump.  Black unemployment did reach a record low during the Trump administration: 5.9 percent in May 2018. It currently stands at 6 percent. But many economists view the continued economic growth since the middle of 2009, when Democratic President Barack Obama was in office, as the primary explanation for hiring. More important, there are multiple signs that the racial wealth gap is now worsening and the administration appears to have done little, if anything, to specifically address this challenge. African Americans also had higher income prior to the Trump administration. A black household earned median income of $40,258 in 2017, the latest data available. That’s below a 2000 peak of $42,348, according to the Census Bureau.

American Companies Returning from Overseas-
A report on NBC’s “Today Show” by correspondent Ari Melber concluded that Trump’s impact on new investments and job creation in the U.S. announced recently by several companies has been “very small or nonexistent.” Several auto industry experts we spoke to said the announcements by GM and Ford were in the works before Trump was elected, and were largely market-driven decisions that fit a years-long trend in the industry. Indeed, car companies have been announcing such deals — many of them bigger — for years. As for Lockheed Martin, the jobs aren’t “coming back,” they are being added as part of a larger contract for more F-35 planes.

China Is Paying Attention-
Threatening to buy Greenland certainly did capture the attention of China. Again, how did that benefit U.S. citizens?

Strengthening Israel-
The U.S. president’s hasty decision to withdraw American troops from northern Syria has consequently left Israel reeling from the implications – all of which could put it (Israel) in increased danger.

Freeing Iran from a Devastating Regime-
It would be easy for Iranian leaders to conclude that the goal of U.S. policy toward Iran has nothing to do with changing its regional behavior or renegotiating the Iran nuclear accord — and everything to do with strangling Iran economically to fracture the regime or provoke a massive public uprising that would ultimately lead to the its collapse. And they’d be right.

Delivering on every promise he made-
The Promise: "I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall." Update: Donald Trump stalls on promise to build a wall, have Mexico pay for it.

A Lover of America-
He grabbed an unassuming Old Glory by its stand like a prom date, and gave it a brief, slightly terrifying, slow-dance to "Proud to be an American." In that moment, in a way, the flag was so many of us -- Americans recoiling at the smothering and unwanted advances of an unstable lech. On behalf of the flag, I wanted to shout: "I beg your pardon, sir! Get your hands off of me!"

You See An American Hero-
Without providing specific instances of heroics, one's perception and designation of "Hero" is strictly and totally subjective.

You See A Lover of America-
Regarding 'love', 'fault', 'expectations' and 'fighting the establishment', you have provided nothing of substance. Regarding 'policies', he clearly, as evidenced by his consistent inconsistencies, (see his exhortations on impeachment, Ukraine, Biden, whistleblowers etc) he has NO policies. This presidency is a disaster.