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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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
©2019 Raymond M. Jozwiak




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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.




Friday, November 15, 2019

Bigger . . .



Own work Author CharlesAPhillips63

. . . than mere partisan politics . . .



". . . it was the threat, not the fact, of impeachment that drove Nixon from office, and that the two other impeachments in U.S. history — of Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton — couldn’t gain the three-quarters Senate vote required to remove a president from office. . . All Americans ought to be deeply fearful about what this portends for the future. If those responsible for illegal and corrupt acts don’t pay the price for their flagrant disregard of our laws and the U.S. Constitution — and if new laws and institutions are not created to prevent their happening again — the nation’s future is not bright. . ."





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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Hoodoo?. . .

. . .  you do!  Remind me of a man . . . (same ole 'repeat it enough and it will be believed-BY SOME)



(from https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry/white-house-looks-both-be-impeachment-fray-appear-above-it-n1081946)
". . . White House aides and advisers said they believed that the first day of public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry Wednesday hadn't been enough to change the minds of the public — or that of any Republicans in the Senate — as President Donald Trump tried to portray himself as someone mostly, at least for the moment, away from the fray. . . One White House aide called the day a "nothing-burger.” Others close to the White House said they doubted the testimony would alter anyone's opinion — even as they acknowledged that acting Ukrainian Ambassador Bill Taylor came across as a credible witness. . . “Not one Senate vote was changed today,” said one person close to the White House. . ."





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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Bears . . .

. . . repeating . . .



(from https://www.marketwatch.com/story/former-republican-unleashes-on-the-rotten-to-the-core-politicians-of-the-gop-2019-11-05)
". . . former Florida congressman and self-proclaimed Never-Trumper (David Jolly) answered the question, “What has happened to the Republican party?” posed by MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace on Monday. . .
“One day maybe they will have the recognition of how they failed the country and themselves in this moment,” Jolly continued. “But that would be giving them credit that somewhere down deep they have the goodness to recognize how to reconcile their own failings with what is right and just in American politics and frankly what is right and wrong in the eyes of adults and children alike. . . 
“There is no greater example of selling your soul to a charlatan than what Republicans are doing right now in the House and the Senate,” he added. “And their legacies are on the line just as much as Donald Trump’s.”. . ."





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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Not . . .


. . . a good defense. . .


(from https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/referee-says-he-told-rep-jim-jordan-ohio-state-doctor-n1078476)
". . . (Jim) Jordan, a powerful Republican congressman and a top defender of President Donald Trump in the ongoing impeachment inquiry, has repeatedly denied knowing anything about what (Dr. Richard) Strauss did to the (Ohio State University) wrestlers he helped coach from 1986 to 1994. He has said the allegations against him were politically motivated. . ."


. . . this cop-out is getting very old and tired. How about responding to the specifics for a change?




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Monday, November 11, 2019

Dealing . . .

. . . with a bully. . .



(from http://www.gustrength.com/critical-thinking:how-to-win-an-argument)
". . . (Bruce) Lee is on a boat traveling from Hong Kong to an island where there is a hardcore martial arts tournament run by this evil rogue Shaolin monk, Han. . . Also on the boat is a New Zealand martial artist who is trying to intimidate the other passengers…his likely opponents. Like any true bully, he picks on the boat's smaller crew members. While this is going on, Lee is peacefully standing at the rail, looking out at the water. . . So the bully, after kicking a steward into the water, turns on Lee and tries to get him to fight. Which Lee ignores…further enraging the bully. But he's also a little baffled. . . He asks Lee what his style is and Lee replies that you could call it the art of fighting without fighting. . . "The art of fighting…without fighting?," replies the bully. "Show me some of it." . . Lee can see that he will have to do something to get this guy off his back so he agrees. But he suggests that they could use more room to fight and points out a nearby island with a sandy beach. ,. . "We can take this boat," says Lee. . . The bully eagerly accepts the invitation and steps into the boat while Lee unties the rope. As soon as the New Zealander is in the boat Lee begins to play out the line and sets the bully adrift behind the boat, stranding him there for the remainder of the trip. . ."




Sunday, November 10, 2019

Final . . .



Songwriters' Showcase at Brewer's Alley
124 North Market Street (route 355), Frederick, MD
Monday November 11, 2019
7:30 pm

Please join us for the last Songwriters' Showcase at Brewer's Alley (as we now know it).  Tomorrow's shows features Victoria Vox and will be kicked-off with a piano prelude by Peter Roebuck.  Supporting characters Rod Deacey, Ron Goad, Tomy Wright, Todd Walker and Ray Jozwiak.



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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Dear . . .


. . . congressional republicans . . . Must we paint you a picture? . . . 



(from https://thehill.com/homenews/house/469064-sondland-trumps-appointee-changes-testimony-and-says-there-was-clear-quid-pro?fbclid=IwAR0u0azm4QEAHipHSC-6DPEyGJZskzRJFJEmClaWuNo4F65YRNPKLec7SEw)
". . . A top diplomat appointed by President Trump revised his testimony to lawmakers in the House's impeachment inquiry, saying in the latest version that the president’s dealings with Ukraine amounted to a clear quid pro quo. . . U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland said Trump withheld U.S. military aid to Ukraine in an effort to secure investigations into the 2016 election and the president’s political adversaries, according to a transcript released Tuesday by Democrats conducting the impeachment investigation. . . His testimony and that of former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker was released Tuesday. . ."




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Friday, November 8, 2019

Precedent . . .




". . . No court has ever ruled that a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime, but that has been the consistent position of the Justice Department under both Republican and Democratic administrations. . . . In 1974, the court ruled that President Richard Nixon was required to comply with a subpoena directing him to turn over tape recordings of conversations in the White House. . ."






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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Proof . . .


. . . that there is no God . . .


(from https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/468623-faith-leaders-pray-for-trump-at-the-white-house?fbclid=IwAR1ULAVWTXbLTw7h9rHEssKOzq02QFya1aJWCcorhRF6yBgpqrK332TVcKI)
". . . Faith leaders including a number of Christian and evangelical pastors met privately with President Trump at the White House earlier this week to pray for him and the nation as a whole. . .Televangelist Paula White-Cain, who was in attendance at the meeting, tweeted a photo on Thursday of the leaders and Trump in prayer. . . "Honored to pray for @realDonaldTrump and our nation!" she tweeted. . . "Also discussed the many great accomplishments under the leadership of President Trump. He continues to work tirelessly on behalf of the American people.". . ."




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