Saturday, December 23, 2017

Andrew J. Stein: Democrat, Leader of Democrats For Trump

Nadene Goldfoot
Andrew J. Finkelstein b: March 4, 1945
A miracle has happened this morning.  Andrew J. "Finkelstein"  Stein has stepped up to the plate and announced that he's a Democrat  on Trump's side.  I wondered if anyone would see today's history in a different light.  He has been and has decided to form the group of Democrats on Trump's side--Democrats For Trump.  

What makes him more reasonable?  He's " a politician who served on the New York City Council and was its last president, and as Manhattan Borough President.  When he stepped into politics, he changed his surname from Finkelstein to Stein.  His father was Jerry Finkelstein, born Albert Finkelstein and mother was Shirley Marks who married in 1942." He was well known for his series of public hearings into the management practices of nursing homes in the state" of New York.  

He's a leader in politics.  "As city council president, Stein served as the presiding officer of the city council, was acting mayor in the absence or disability of Mayor Edward I. Koch, was a voting member of the New York City Board of Estimate, and handled constituent and policy issues. Stein derived most of his power from his seat on the Board of Estimate, which was made up of the mayor, the city comptroller and the city council president, each of whom had two votes, and the five borough presidents, each with one vote.  Stein was re-elected City Council President in 1989."

"Stein retired from the city council presidency and from public life in the city. Since leaving office, he has pursued private business as a partner in Arapaho Partners, LLC, a business consulting firm based in New York City."  He hasn't kept  all his friendships Democrats.  He dated the famous conservative, Ann Coulter, so must have at least listened to some of her opinions.  I'm glad he didn't date Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida!  Or maybe he did!  I don't know.  

In November 2016, Stein had said to a NY magazine, the Wall Street Journal in an op ed that he endorsed Trump though he was a Democrat.  "“I believe my party has become the party of the elites and moneyed class and has deserted its historic mission as the party of the working class and disadvantaged.” Therefore, he argues, “I believe Donald Trump will make a great president and I ask my fellow Democrats to vote for him.” His father must have been of the opinion as my father had been about the Democrat Party.  Most Jewish families had grown up thinking this and have been Democrat supporters as they have remained so .  It's been ingrained in us to be Democrats, in my opinion, since our parents felt they owed so much to Franklin Delano Roosevelt for taking their parents in as refugees escaping Hitler.  He said i;n 2016, "I have been steeped in the Democratic Party all my life. My father, Jerry, was a New York City Democratic chairman and power broker, and I grew up in and around the Democratic Party. "

Yet this was announced today that Stein is now the leader of Democrats for Trump, so he hadn't changed his opinion.  Now he's going to try to do something about the situation of Democrats nay-saying Trump regardless of what it's about.  Our country has never been so divided since the Civil War of the 1860s.  Never before have our values been so different, either.                                                              

Andrew,  "a lifelong New York Democrat, explained to Neil Cavuto why he is separating from many in his party to support Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump."

He defends Trump of the accusations made by the Left.  " He refutes the charge that Trump is a racist by asserting, “Donald Trump is no racist,” a defense that may not fully address every concern on this front. His affirmative case for Trump states, “He is for strong pro-growth policies like reducing the marginal and corporate tax rates and eliminating thousands of job-killing and business-stifling regulations, the biggest of which is ObamaCare.”

"The country is not only divided, it is separated. For decades, researchers pointed out that shifting demographics—including the tendency among those with advanced degrees to move away from where they grew up—our communities have grown more ideologically homogenous. "

From the looks of the situation as it stands today, Andrew might be the only person in his group.  I hope it grows.  People have dug down as if they are defending their choice of football groups.  

Resource: Fox News on TV

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Comparing Salary of Israel's Prime Minister to Salary of USA President

Nadene Goldfoot                                
During Trump's Inauguration: picture in Trump Tower
Both men belong to political parties on the right; Trump with Republicans and Netanyahu to Likud.   They both have a hard time with their country's left-winged media. 

Why compare the salaries of two heads of states of a big country and a teeny country?  It happens that this teeny country is in the news almost as much as the big country, and its health affects the health of the other.  The heads of state work about as much as each other and have to make extremely difficult and important decisions that affect each other.  Like Mutt and Jeff, they are intertwined as two Democratic countries facing serious problems.  

"According to Title 3 of the US Code, the US President "shall earn" a salary of $400,000, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account, and $19,000 for entertainment. Like most employees, the president receives benefits in addition to a salary."  The supplemental amounts add up to $169,000 so total income each year is $569,000.  "

Israelis are paid in shekels
1 shekel =$0.29 today
"Netanyahu  makes over $12,000, but takes home only $4,500."

  President Trump is refusing his salary except for $1.00 insisted on by law,  and is donating it instead. He is a billionaire who wanted to be President.  
" In the first fiscal quarter of the year, he donated his pay to the Department of the Interior "for construction and repair needs at military cemeteries."  Here on Memorial day in Los Angeles we see the grave markers of soldiers.  
" He" has donated his third-quarter presidential salary to the Department of Health and Human Services’ efforts to combat the opioid crisis, the department and the White House announced Thursday".  

"On July 26th, for the second quarter in a row, President Donald Trump declined to take a salary and opted instead to gift the quarterly installment to a government entity, this time to the Department of Education, hosting a camp for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students at the Department of Education.

When his term is over, he will continue to receive a bonus.   "Presidents are still on government payroll, which includes an annual pension of about $200,000, healthcare, paid official travel, and an office."  Obama resides right in Washington DC and has an office.  
Michelle Obama's staff has been pared down for Melania Trump
New projections show the four-year savings on White House payroll could top $22 million, Forbes reports, citing "savings come from President Trump’s refusal to take a salary as well as big reductions in other areas including the absence of czars, expensive 'fellowships,' and spending on FLOTUS staff."

One reason for this is that Trump's staff is 110 less in the White House than Obama had.  He's trimmed his own expenses.  

Israel's finances are most stringent.  It is Netanyahu's wife, Sarah,  who is always in trouble over their finances from the Israeli government.  She's been charged for fraud, over having lavish dinner parties.  She even had hired private chefs!  This money is said to have come out of public funds.  The total she is charged for is $110,000.  Someone or some group is out to get Bibi and Sarah as he is also " implicated with an inner-circle of associates in a series of cases relating to fraud, bribery and corruption." 

 This information was reported by  Haaretz In this scandal, it was Netanyahu's right-hand man who resigned as the Coalition Whip because of a corruption probe going on by the opposing party.  Haaretz newspaper is known  as a left-wing newspaper with liberal stances on domestic and foreign issues."  It would be the Labor Party's spokesman's newspaper.  "Andrea Levin, executive director of the American pro-Israel Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting (CAMERA), said the newspaper was doing "damage to the truth" and sometimes making serious factual errors but not often correcting them.

At the end of October, Sarah Netanyahu was facing allegations of being too tough a taskmaster in her household with the staff.  This comes from a former housecleaner.  

Netanyahu and his wife have a tense relationship with the Israeli media, which they have both described as biased against them. In January, Netanyahu described the media as "left-wing" and "Bolshevik" and said they were out to bring him down.  The USA has been equally hard on Netanyahu, also.  

The Israel Hayom is a newspaper that shows favoritism towards Netanyahu and is the most popular one read pehaps because its free.  The Jerusalem Post is in English.  
In 2011, Horovitz was succeeded by the paper's former managing editor, Steve Linde, who aimed to retain the paper's political moderation and balance. Yaakov Katz succeeded Linde in 2016.

"Netanyahu  makes over $12,000, but takes home only $4,500."  But after income, national health insurance and social security tax deductions and vehicle expenses, the prime minister’s net monthly income stood at NIS 17,600 ($4,500) for the month of February.


 He pays $3,200 per month towards his own armored car.  The PMO explained Netanyahu had little say in the monthly NIS 12,440 ($3,200) expense for his armored car, because it was in line with Shin Bet security standards."

President Trump will travel in an upgraded and armored version of the Cadillac-branded limousine.  It was used by former President Barack Obama. The Beast, as it is called, was ready  by his inauguration. 


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

More Major Players in The Real Russian Collusion Story That's Bigger Than Watergate Part II

Nadene Goldfoot                                     
34. Bruce Ohr:  senior Justice Department official, "former associate deputy attorney general"  "demoted at the DOJ last week for concealing his meetings with the same company, Fusion GPS, which commissioned the anti-Trump “dossier” containing salacious allegations about the now-president. Together, the Fusion connections for Mr. and Mrs. Ohr have raised Republican concerns about objectivity at the Justice Department, and even spurred a call from Trump’s outside counsel for a separate special prosecutor."" Evidence collected by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., indicates that Ohr met during the 2016 campaign with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the “dossier.”"

35.Nellie Ohr, wife of Bruce Ohr, hired by " opposition research firm Fusion GPS" to  to help investigate then-candidate Donald Trump last year. "was described as a Russia expert at the Wilson Center, a Washington think tank, when she worked there, briefly, a decade ago. The Center’s website said her project focused on the experiences of Russian farmers during Stalin’s collectivization program and following the invasion of Russia by Nazi forces in 1941. She has also reviewed a number of books about twentieth century Russia, " 

36. Glenn Simpson: Co-founder of Fusion GPS, gave a "signed declaration filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., and provided a fuller picture of the nature of Nellie Ohr’s work – after Fox News first reported on her connection to Fusion GPS.""met with Ohr at his request, after the November 2016 election to discuss our findings regarding Russia and the election."Fusion GPS is a commercial research and strategic intelligence firm based in Washington, D.C. The company conducts open-source investigations and provides research and strategic advice for businesses, law firms and investors, as well as for political inquiries, such as opposition research.""In September 2015, Fusion GPS was hired by The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative political website, to do opposition research on Trump and other Republican presidential candidates. In spring 2016 when Trump had emerged as the probable Republican candidate, the Free Beacon stopped funding investigation into Trump."
Christopher Steele with James Comey, head of FBI then 

37. Christopher Steele: , former British spy, " worked for the Secret Intelligence Service and is a founding director of Orbis Business Intelligence, a London-based private intelligence firm,.authored the anti-Trump dossier of allegations. " funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, served as the basis for the Justice Department and the FBI to obtain FISA surveillance last year on a Trump campaign adviser named Carter Page.""From 1990 to 1992, Steele worked under diplomatic cover as an MI6 agent in Moscow, serving at the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Moscow."

38. Andrew McCabe:   an American attorney who is the Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. From May 9, 2017 to August 2, 2017, McCabe was the Acting Director of the FBI after James Comey was dismissed by President Donald Trump, testifying today (Tuesday) " testify behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.". "accused of political bias against Trump."

Update: 12/38/17 Tuesday 8:49am


Monday, December 18, 2017

Players in The Real Russian Collusion Story That's Bigger Than Watergate

Nadene Goldfoot
The Players:
1. Robert Mueller: former FBI Director, the  Special Counsel, appointed by The Department of Justice, to oversee the federal investigation into Russia’s alleged influence on the presidential election
 decided to obtain tens of thousands of emails from the Trump transition team, investigating collusion with Russia during election if swayed by Russians against Hillary Clinton.  "he kept the Russian bribery plot quiet so that Hillary Clinton could get richer and keep her presidential aspirations intact." "given wide berth to carry out his investigation, and he expanded the probe to look into whether Trump obstructed justice with Comey’s firing." "Mueller’s friendship with Comey is “very bothersome.” The two were former colleagues at the Justice Department." "Republican, he was appointed by President George W. Bush and his original ten-year term was given a two-year extension by President Barack Obama, making him the longest-serving FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover."  

2. Peter Strzok, FBI agent: a senior FBI official who oversaw the Hillary Clinton email investigation, brought in by Mueller to help manage his investigation into Russian election meddling,
Then  Removed  "from Mueller’s probe after it was discovered that he allegedly exchanged anti-Trump texts with another FBI lawyer." "Strzok referred to Trump as an "idiot." In another, he said Clinton should win the election "100 million to zero." But some Republicans have focused on another message that they suggest signals something more sinister than political bias.  "phrase-we can't take that risk  having an insurance policy.

3. Christopher Wray, FBI Director; defended the removal of Peter Strzok during  a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 7, FBI . 

4. Tony Podesta:  Brother of John Podesta, Democratic lobbyist, being investigated by Robert Mueller as to whether "Podesta’s firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act while working with a Moscow-linked organization."  best known for founding the Podesta Group."" a lobbying and public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1988 by brothers John Podesta and Tony Podesta, Tony was also founding president of People for the American Way which morphed into an activist anti-conservative action group of which George Soros is a major donor.  

5. John Podesta   is a columnist and former chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. He previously served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to President Barack Obama. John founded the Center for Americn Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank and advocacy organization. He is ultimate Washington insider.  Wikileaks dumped the John Podesta emails late in the campaign.  That no longer matters as groups can find and read them today.  

6. Paul Manafort: former Trump campaign chairman, " required to turn self into federal authorities,indicted on 12 counts – ranging from conspiracy against the U.S., to conspiracy to launder money.

7. Richard Gates: Associate of Paul Manafort,  required to turn self into federal authorities. indicted on 12 counts – ranging from conspiracy against the U.S., to conspiracy to launder money.

8. John Solomon:  Reporter from The Hill, is a media executive. He is currently vice president, digital video for The Hill. He is known primarily for his tenure as an executive and editor-in-chief at The Washington Times.  

 9. Hillary Clinton:  wife of Bill Clinton, former President, running for President, insisted on "using a private server that had top-secret special access programs, classified national security information on it."

Hillary Clinton,  her top aides and Bill Clinton:  FBI evidence of "Kremlin's campaign to try to gain access to them in 2009.  Reported by John Solomon. Female spy busted deported in 2010 with discovery of spy ring. 

10. Democratic National Committee and other officials:   tens of thousands of emails were leaked from them. "– released in July 2016 ahead of the Democratic National Convention – purportedly showed the party favoring Clinton over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and led to the resignation of party chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz."

11. Bill Clinton: ", tried to get permission to meet with Russian nuclear officials while the Uranium One deal was being approved by the Obama administration and his own wife, Sec. of State.  That deal gave control of 20 percent of America’s Uranium supply to Russia.", "got $500,000 for a speech in Moscow. That was twice his normal speaking fee, and the check was cut from a bank that had an interest in the Uranium One deal. While in Moscow, the former president sought to meet with Russian nuclear officials. He had to ask his own wife's State Department for permission, but wound up meeting directly with Vladimir Putin and corrupt banking officials instead

12. President Donald Trump The White House has denied that Trump was attempting to influence the FBI director, is bothered by Mueller and Comey's friendship who were co-workers in Justice Departments. ""has often tweeted about the ongoing investigation – something that could land him in hot water, according to multiple experts and lawmakers.""
13. Russian female spy; false papers, worked for key Democratic donor 

 14. Sergei Lavrov,Russian Foreign Minister: received classified information regarding ISIS threats from Trump who received from Israel not meant to share.  

15. Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador at the time: received classified information regarding ISIS threats from Trump from Israel, not meant to share.

16. Sarah Carter: Reporter with Circa News

17. James Comey:  FBI Director: fired "May 9 – less than two months after Comey publicly proclaimed that the agency was investigating ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign." "The White House said Comey was relieved from his duties due to his handling of the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure of secretary of state. But days later, Trump alluded that he had considered the Russian investigation when he fired Comey. 
Comey told a Senate intelligence committee in June that he was concerned about the “shifting explanations” that came from the White House regarding his firing." "claimed that Trump  asked FBI to drop its investigation into Flynn during a February meeting." ", confirmed that he had reassured Trump repeatedly that he was not under investigation by the FBI." Bewildered his own FBI agents because he refused to bring charges against Hillary Clinton in the email scandal. 
18. FBI- Federal Bureau of Investigation:  "witness accounts that the Russian nuclear officials working on behalf of Vladimir Putin and Russia and Moscow were engaging in bribery. "Ousted Wasserman."  "intelligence officials concluded that those responsible for leaking the emails were connected to the Russian government. In its assessment of the hack,

19. CIA-Central Intelligence Agency:   the CIA concluded that Russia intervened in the election in order to help Trump secure the presidency.

20. Russia:  , Russian nuclear officials were giving $145 million to the Clinton Foundation during time Clinton met with Putin and banking officials."  "Putin wanted a piece of our Uranium supply," 

21. Barak Obama: President in 2010, "The Obama administration, including Hillary Clinton and then-Attorney General Eric Holder, let it happen. In 2010, the Uranium One deal was approved." "sanctioned Russia for its alleged involvement in the election – a move that would eventually come back to dismantle one of Trump’s senior aides." "Politico published a bombshell report over the weekend, offering meticulous detail on how the Obama administration killed intelligence and law enforcement agency efforts to shut down Hezbollah’s narco-terror network. The motive? Obama protecting his precious Iran nuclear deal, which would be threatened if Iran’s pet terror organization suffered defeats at Obama’s hand."

22. Rod Rosenstein:  appointed FBI Director Robert Mueller to probe Trump-Russia collusion. "surely knows everything about the Uranium One scandal." "helped lead that FBI investigation." 

23. House "Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla.:  Reports -"the House Oversight Committee is now investigating this Uranium One deal.  And he recently revealed some stunning information about the FBI informant.
24: Patriotic Informant to FBIfirst told the FBI about Russia’s bribery scheme, was mysteriously muzzled by the Obama Department of Justice.

25. Michael Flynn:  retired lieutenant general. Flynn had served under Obama as head of military intelligence until he was fired in 2014 following reports of insubordination and questionable management style. "Trump's former national security adviser, charged with lying to the FBI about his communications with a Russian ambassador on Dec. 1, 2016.", resigned from Trump's job next month" "Flynn resigned under harsh scrutiny for misleading the administration, including Vice President Mike Pence, about his ties to and conversations with Russian officials.
He remains under multiple investigations by congressional committees and the Pentagon’s inspector general. He was charged on Dec. 1 for making false statements to the FBI pertaining to his interactions with Russian officials in 2016. He pleaded guilty.
Flynn registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department in March 2017.. "Flynn reportedly called the Russian ambassador to discuss the move. Flynn initially denied speaking to the ambassador, but when intelligence officials revealed proof, he said he just didn’t remember speaking on that topic."
26.  George Papadopoulosformer foreign policy adviser to Trump’s campaign, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his connections with Russian officials.

27. Donald Trump Jr., son of President Donald Trump:  in July 2017 that he took a meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign as she was supposed to have damaging information about Clinton.
“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” an email about the meeting said in part."
27. Natalia Veselnitskaya: female Russian lawyer, had no dirt on Hillary, wanted only to discuss the Magnitsky Act (The Magnitsky Act, formally known as the Russia and Moldova Jackson–Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012, is a bipartisan bill passed by the U.S. Congress and signed ...), other sanctions, reported Trump Jr.  
28. Jared Kushner: son-in-law of President Trump, sat in meeting with Trump Jr and Paul Manafort, advisor to President Trump in December 2016, "questioned by Mueller’s investigators earlier this month about this meeting with Veselnitskaya.
29. Chuck GrassleySenate Judiciary Chairman, senior United States Senator from Iowa since 1981 " requested additional information from Kushner and accused him of not being forthcoming.
 Sen. Diane Feinstein, Democrat: former mayor of San Francisco,  requested additional information from Kushner and accused him of not being forthcoming.

30. Carter Page, former campaign adviser of Trump in 2016:   American oil industry consultant and former foreign-policy advisor  .met with House investigators in early November and contradicted earlier testimony given by Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions. "while he didn’t have any evidence of Russian meddling in the presidential election, he did take a trip to Russia during the campaign and “briefly said hello” to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich." 

Lisa Page: lawyer married to Joseph Burrow,  exchanged anti-Trump text messages with Peter Strzok, her FBI agent lover, was seen for the first time since the affair was exposed."


31. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General: former Alabama senator, told lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee in July that he wasn’t aware if Page traveled to Russia, opposing Page who said he did know about it. Resigned 11/8/2018 at Trump's request. 
 32. Social Media:
    a. Facebook: "$100,000 in ad purchases connected to “inauthentic accounts” that violated its policies were uncovered as well as another $50,000 on “potentially politically related ad spending” that were in Russian."
    b. Twitter:  a group with “strong links to the Russian government” spent $274,000 in ads, and the social media site suspended almost two dozen accounts that were possibly linked to Russian officials."
    c. Google:  Russian operatives spent tens of thousands of dollars on ads on YouTube, Google Search products and Gmail regarding the election, Fox Business reported
33. The Law:  lobbyists in the United States who worked for foreign entities must register with the Department of Justice and disclose what they are doing.

Dan Rather, former host on CBS News,  is saying that with Flynn found guilty, this could be a bigger scandal against the Republicans than Watergate was.  Isn't that strange?  Hannity on Fox News said the very same thing about the Democrats with all their connections to Russia, before Trump even ran.  
Resource: Hannity, Fox News Oct 17, 2017
Hannity, Fox News, Dec 2017
Updates shown in blue:  12/19/17
Updates shown in red:  11/8/18 from American Pravda by James O"Keefe