THE RED FLAG ASKS: IS MALANIA AS STUPID AS SHE PRETENDS TO BE & ARE AMERICANS AS BIG A FOOL AS TRUMPS SEEMS TO THINK?

Discussions of "Why the Jacket and What was is significance?" should end now.  Mrs. Malania Trump, immigrant wife of Donald Trump, sold-out the immigrant children confined in American concentration camps for an invitation to have tea with Queen Elizabeth II.  The jacket is a sign of unity with her husband President Donald Trump: I DON'T CARE! DO U!  The first lady wore a green, hooded military jacket from the fast-fashion brand Zara ($39) that read "I really don't care, do u?" both as she departed and returned to Washington. The words were printed in white, in graffiti-style, on the jacket's back.  And marked her indelibly as a backstabber.

I am sure that Her Majesty, Elizabeth Regina recognizes Donald Trump is an American bore straight out an Agatha Christie mystery novel.  He is loud and obnoxious--flashy with a trophy "cheap tarted-up" "motor-boarding-chesty" wife.  A social climber, in spite of his position as "emperor of the world," in his heart, Trump still wants to ride in the golden carriage, where he in all probability leave Malania, his immigrant wife, in a lurch like he did in Washington, D.C., at the White House, where the Obama's had to go to her assistance in leaving the limousine as the Donald walked away.

Stormy Daniels Update: Charges Dismissed After Arrest At Ohio Strip Club

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels speaks outside federal court, in April in New York. She had filed suit charging that President Trump had defamed her. Mary Altaffer/AP

Updated at 4:15 p.m. ET

Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, have dropped criminal charges against Stormy Daniels, the adult entertainer who is suing President Trump, after she was arrested at a strip club Wednesday night for allegedly violating a law that limits touching in such establishments.

"I am pleased to report that the charges against my client ... have been dismissed in their entirety," Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, said in a tweet around midday on Thursday. He added a photo of the prosecutors' motion to dismiss all three charges against Daniels, which a judge has granted.

In requesting to dismiss the charges, prosecutors said the Ohio law that was invoked to arrest Daniels was meant to apply only to a person "who regularly appears nude or seminude on the premises of a sexually oriented business" — and that because Daniels hasn't been a regular at Sirens, the strip club in question, the case wouldn't hold up in court.

There is no sign yet of whether Daniels will return to the club Thursday night to complete what Sirens had billed as a special two-night engagement in Columbus.



In the initial hours after the arrest, Avenatti had tweeted that his client's arrest "was a setup & politically motivated."

"It reeks of desperation. We will fight all bogus charges," Avenatti said.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was performing at Sirens when some of the club's patrons touched her in a "non-sexual" way, Avenatti told The Associated Press.

However, police charging documents state that it was Daniels who touched patrons and several police officers during her performance Wednesday night, reporter Patrick Cooley of The Columbus Dispatch tells NPR's Here & Now.

"There were some patrons standing by the side of the stage. She would walk up to one of them, grab his head, put it in her chest and just shake her breasts around," Cooley said, citing the documents.

He says that according to the documents, at least four police officers who were there investigating possible vice-related violations saw what was happening. "Three of them went up to the stage, and she touched the officers in a similar manner," Cooley says. "And so they arrested her and two other employees of this club."

An Ohio law known as the Community Defense Act, passed in 2007, prohibits anyone who is not a family member from touching a nude or semi-nude dancer.

According to an article published last year in The Columbus Dispatch, the law, which also restricts the hours of operation for strip clubs and adult bookstores, is rarely enforced.

The article quoted the Franklin County Sheriff's Office as saying that in the decade since the law was enacted, it had never had "any complaints or reasons to apply" it.

"We have gone back as far as we have records for, and nothing has been found," a spokesman for the sheriff's office, Marc Gofstein, told the Dispatch.

Daniels' rise to national attention dates to October 2016, on the eve of the presidential election, when reports emerged that then-Trump attorney Michael Cohen had paid her $130,000 in "hush money" in exchange for her silence about an alleged 2007 affair.

In April, Daniels filed suit in federal court in New York charging that Trump had defamed her.

The president has denied the affair but has admitted to reimbursing Cohen for the payment. "The agreement was used to stop the false and extortionist accusations made by her about an affair," Trump tweeted in May, referring to Daniels.  https://www.npr.org/2018/07/12/628302253/stormy-daniels-arrested-at...

What We're Watching In The Week Ahead

In this undated photo released by Royal Thai Navy on Saturday, July 7, 2018, Thai rescue teams arrange water pumping system at the entrance to a flooded cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. The local governor in charge of the mission to rescue them said Saturday that cooperating weather and falling water levels over the last few days had created appropriate conditions for evacuation, but that they won't last if it rains again.. (Royal Thai Navy via AP)

In this undated photo released by Royal Thai Navy on Saturday, July 7, 2018, Thai rescue teams arrange water pumping system at the entrance to a flooded cave complex where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been trapped since June 23, in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand. The local governor in charge of the mission to rescue them said Saturday that cooperating weather and falling water levels over the last few days had created appropriate conditions for evacuation, but that they won't last if it rains again.. (Royal Thai Navy via AP)

With Ben Brock Johnson

Top reporters open their notebooks share what they’re watching for in the week ahead.

Guests

Michael Warren, senior writer at The Weekly Standard. (@MichaelRWarren)

Michelle Kosinski, senior diplomatic correspondent for CNN. (@MichLKosinski)

Patricia Zengerle, covers Congress and foreign policy for Reuters. (@ReutersZengerle)

From The Reading List

The Washington Post: Rescue Operation For A Thai Soccer Team Trapped In A Cave To Begin ...  — "Four members of the team were rescued Sunday by divers who helped them navigate a treacherous path out of the cave. Ambulances raced through the streets of Mae Sai and helicopters circled overhead. The provincial governor said the four were checked out in a field hospital near the cave and then flown 37 miles south to a hospital in Chiang Rai, where an entire floor has been reserved for the rescue effort."

The Weekly Standard: What Trump Doesn't Understand About South Carolina And BMW — "Much of the coverage of the president’s victory nearly two years ago has focused on voters in the Rust Belt who have been left behind by globalization and turned to Trump (as they had to Obama in 2008) for change. But South Carolina, where Trump got nearly 55 percent of the vote, has a population that has been undoubtedly buoyed by the forces of trade and a globalized economy."

The Atlantic: America and North Korea Are Having Two Different Conversations — "Maybe one country’s “productive conversations” are another’s “very regrettable” ones, and Pompeo seemed to suggest as much on Sunday when he remarked that “people are going to make certain comments after meetings.” By the same token, though, it’s notable that the two parties have such fundamentally different reads on reality. Even leaving aside the history of North Korean deception and dissembling on the nuclear issue, that alone shows that North Korean promises do not mean what Trump seems to think they mean."

Even as Mondays go, today is a doozy. Over the weekend, widely differing takeaways from a U.S. North Korea summit suggesting denuclearization might get lost in translation. And on the horizon this week? A Supreme Court nominee. Squabbles over NATO military spending. The Trump-Putin summit. And the economic impact of a trade war that has officially kicked off. This hour, On Point: top reporters and you look at the week ahead. -- Ben Brock Johnson.

This program aired on July 9, 2018.  http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2018/07/09/week-ahead-scotus-north-kore...

TRUMP'S FURY

Malania is not the victim that some imagine.  She is a conniver.  Twice she has plagiarized speeches made by Michelle Obama.  "Plagiarism is copying stealing imitation lifting, cribbing, borrowing cheating" without giving acknowledgment to the originator or source and calling it your own.  Plagiarism is taken so seriously in the university until it calls for dismissal of students and faculty.  Trump makes a big deal of accusing China of stealing American Intellectual Property, but has not called his wife on her miscreant thieving behavior.  Thus proving that speaking 17 (Melania) languages and an Ivy League Degree (Donald) still equals sophomoric behavior.

Melania has much in common with the women in Wendy Lower's Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields (2013).  Lower posits that among the myths of the German postwar period was that of the apolitical woman.  After WWII, many women testified in court or explained in oral histories that they were "just" organizing things in the office or attending to the social aspects of daily life by managing the care or duties of other Germans stationed in the East.  They failed to see--or perhaps preferred not to see--how the social became political, and how their seemingly small contribution to everyday operations in the government, military, and Nazi Party organizations added up to a genocidal system.

 

German women's involvement in the formation of right-wing movements was probably minimal.  Men were unwilling to relinquish their traditional dominance in politics, and women's issues were seen as secondary, not national priorities.  Weimar’s volkisch parties drew their strength from the men's world of the battlefront and not the women's world of the home front.

 

The wives of high-ranking officials in the Nazi Party, the SS and police, and the occupation administration demonstrated two understandings of marriage.  On one hand, they epitomized the dutiful wife, subordinate to her husband and seemingly content with domestic work and childbearing.  On the other hand, when the Fuhrer and the Volksgemeinschaft required it, their marriages became essentially partnerships in crime.  In the Nazi power hierarchy, the fact of shared race between husband and wife could trump the inequities of gender.  German women mimicked men doing the dirty work of the regime--the work that was necessary to the future existence of the Reich--because they were racial equals.

Trump dressed down NATO because no NATO member had purchased American weaponry.  The poorer members were offered terms, but no credit--this calls for IMF loans.  The ass-kissers among the group including Poland and other Balkan leftovers, admired Trump for his acidity.  However, I noticed that none of the members of NATO reminded Trump that blood has a price as well, and that showing up is priceless.

Trump Calls His Criticism Of British Prime Minister 'Fake News'

President Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May hold a press conference at Chequers, May's country home, on Friday.  Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Updated at 12:35 p.m. ET

President Trump denied criticizing British Prime Minister Theresa May on her home soil Friday, despite being quoted in an interview with a British tabloid saying she had gone "the opposite way" and ignoring advice he gave her regarding Britain's withdrawal from the European Union.

In a wide-ranging news conference alongside May, which followed a meeting at the prime minister's country estate, Chequers, Trump also said that immigration had been "very bad for Europe" and is changing the culture there.

Trump said he would "absolutely, firmly" bring up the issue of Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election when he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday. But Trump said he doubted there would be a "Perry Mason" moment in which Putin would admit wrongdoing.

Trump again called independent counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference "a rigged witch hunt." But shortly after the president's news conference in Britain, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictments of 12 members of a Russian military unit on charges of hacking the computers of the Democratic National Committee and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Trump declared as "fake news" his criticism of May in an early Friday interview in The Sun, even though the tabloid released a recording of the session. In the interview, Trump said he would have done Brexit "much differently. I actually told Theresa May how to do it, but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me." Instead, he said, May went "the opposite way" and the results have been "very unfortunate." Trump said May's Brexit strategy would "kill" any chance of a trade deal between the two countries.

The president also told The Sun that that Boris Johnson, an opponent of May's "soft Brexit" policy, who quit as U.K. foreign minister this week, would make a great prime minister.

But standing beside her on Friday, Trump seemed to go out of his way to lavish praise on the British leader, offering a rare apology and saying, "This incredible woman right here is doing a fantastic job."



"She's a total professional," Trump said of May. "I told her, 'I want to apologize, because I said such good things about you.' " Trump said May told him, "Don't worry, it's just the press."

Trump said the relationship between the U.S. and the U.K. "were at the highest level of special." He called the Brexit negotiations "a very tough situation" and said the only thing "I ask of Theresa" is that the two nations can trade, "because we want to trade with the U.K. and the U.K. wants to trade with us."

The president stood behind his comments to The Sun regarding immigration, saying it was "changing the culture. I think it's a very negative thing for Europe." Trump added "I know it's politically not necessarily correct to say that, but I'll say it, and I'll say it loud."

May made clear her differences with Trump on the issue, saying the U.K. "has a proud history of welcoming people who are fleeing persecution" and that overall, immigration has been good for the country.

Trump conceded that the NATO meeting in Brussels earlier this week at times got "testy" over his demands that European nations increase their spending on defense, but he said it ended with "more unity" and "more spirit" and that Putin would see those headlines, not ones that talked about the alliance's divisions.

Trump, who meets with Putin in Helsinki next week, said he would raise Russia's interference in the 2016 elections but added "I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it, I did it, you got me' " response from the Russia leader. He said he would also talk about Ukraine, Syria and nuclear proliferation, calling it the biggest issue.

He blamed Russia's takeover of Crimea on his predecessor, calling it "an Obama disaster," and added that he didn't think Putin "would do it with me." He called Crimea "a bad hand" that he was trying to fix, but wouldn't go into details.

Trump also labeled CNN as "fake news" and refused to take a question from its correspondent, calling instead on a reporter from Fox News and saying "let's go to a real network."  https://www.npr.org/2018/07/13/628741496/trump-calls-his-criticism-...

Former Ambassador To Russia Looks Ahead To Trump's Summit With Putin

35:23

Michael McFaul, who sat in on meetings between Putin and Obama, warns that the Russian president "doesn't meet just for the sake of a meeting; he seeks to advance Russian interests."  https://www.npr.org/2018/07/03/625628160/former-ambassador-to-russi...

love is more thicker than forget
more thinner than recall
more seldom than a wave is wet
more frequent than to fail
it is most mad and moonly
and less it shall unbe
than all the sea which only
is deeper than the sea
love is less always than to win
less never than alive
less bigger than the least begin
less littler than forgive
it is most sane and sunly
and more it cannot die
than all the sky which only
is higher than the sky
E.E. Cummings, “[love is more thicker than forget]” from Complete Poems 1904-1962, edited by George J. Firmage. Copyright 1926, 1954, 1991 by the Trustees for the E.E. Cummings Trust. Copyright © 1985 by George James Firmage. Reprinted with the permission of Liveright Publishing Corporation.
Source: Complete Poems 1904-1962 (Liveright Publishing Corporation, 1994)

Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do?

Lawmakers must keep the American people informed of the current danger, writes a Republican congressman from Texas.

By Will Hurd

Mr. Hurd, a former C.I.A. officer, is a congressman from the 23rd District of Texas.

  • July 19, 2018
 


President Trump delivering the State of the Union address before members of Congress in January.  CreditMark Wilson/Getty Images

Over the course of my career as an undercover officer in the C.I.A., I saw Russian intelligence manipulate many people. I never thought I would see the day when an American president would be one of them.

The president’s failure to defend the United States intelligence community’s unanimous conclusions of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and condemn Russian covert counterinfluence campaigns and his standing idle on the world stage while a Russian dictator spouted lies confused many but should concern all Americans. By playing into Vladimir Putin’s hands, the leader of the free world actively participated in a Russian disinformation campaign that legitimized Russian denial and weakened the credibility of the United States to both our friends and foes abroad.

As a member of Congress, a coequal branch of government designed by our founders to provide checks and balances on the executive branch, I believe that lawmakers must fulfill our oversight duty as well as keep the American people informed of the current danger.

Somehow many Americans have forgotten that Russia is our adversary, not our ally, and the reasons for today’s tensions go back much farther than the 2016 election. For more than a decade, Russia has meddled in elections around the world, supported brutal dictators and invaded sovereign nations — all to the detriment of United States interests. Mitt Romney had it right in 2012 when he told President Barack Obama that Russia was “without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe.”

Our intelligence community has concluded with high confidence that President Putin personally ordered his security services to undertake an influence campaign aimed at undermining confidence in American democracy to sow chaos in our electoral system. Russia’s efforts to hack political organizations and state election boards are well documented, as are the Russian disinformation campaigns on social media platforms.

Russia is an adversary not just of the United States but of freedom-loving people everywhere. Disinformation and chaos is a Russian art form developed during the Soviet era that Russia has now updated using modern tools. The result has been Russian disinformation spreading like a virus throughout the Western world. From elections in Britain, France and Montenegro to invasions of Georgia and Ukraine, Moscow has pursued an aggressive foreign policy aimed at spreading disorder and expanding Russian influence in states formerly under the heel of Soviet Communism. These efforts weaken our allies and strengthen those who seek to undermine the democratic order that has helped prevent another world war in Europe since 1945.

Moreover, the threat of Russian meddling in United States elections is not behind us. Just last week, Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, cautioned that “the warning lights are blinking red” that Russia and other adversaries will undertake further cyberattacks on our digital infrastructure. This includes many of the energy companies in my home district in South and West Texas.

Make no mistake, Russian disinformation campaigns are working.

Many of my constituents have asked what Congress can do to protect the American people from Russian threats and provide a check on the executive branch’s demonstration in Helsinki. If necessary, Congress should take the lead on European security issues as it has in recent years. For example, during the Obama administration, Congress repeatedly pressed the president — using the power of the purse through appropriations bills — to send lethal weaponry to assist Ukraine in its fight against Russian-backed separatists.

Last year, Congress passed the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act to impose severe sanctions on Russia as retaliation for its meddling in our presidential election. And this year, the House passed the Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act to improve Ukraine’s ability to respond to Russian-supported disinformation and propaganda efforts. I am also encouraged that the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to testify on the president’s recent meetings with both Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin.

Additionally, Congress must act to give the men and women of our intelligence agencies the tools they need to confront Moscow and prevent this from happening in the future. We can start by sending the Intelligence Authorization Act to the president’s desk, which authorizes funding to support critical national security programs across the intelligence community. It also requires regular public reports on foreign threats to federal election campaigns before those elections take place, mandatory notification to Congress within 14 days after a determination has been made with moderate or high confidence that a foreign cyberintrusion or active measures campaign to influence a federal election has taken place, and reports to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on past and continuing Russian influence campaigns.

As a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, I strongly believe in the importance of Congress’s oversight responsibilities and will work with my colleagues to ensure that the administration is taking the Russian threat seriously.

Without action, we risk losing further credibility in international negotiations with both our friends and foes on critical trade deals, military alliances and nuclear arms.

In this dangerous geopolitical environment, we must be both vigilant and strong in responding to foreign threats. The challenges posed by Russia are no different, and I hope the president shares my conviction that American strength, not weakness, is the best way to preserve a secure world in the face of adversaries like Russia.

Will Hurd is a Republican congressman from Texas.

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A version of this article appears in print on July 19, 2018, on Page A27 of the New York edition with the headline: Congress Can Lead On Russia.   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/19/opinion/trump-russia-putin-repub...

William Ballard Hurd (born August 19, 1977) is a U.S. politician who is the U.S. representative for Texas's 23rd congressional district, which stretches 800 miles from San Antonio to El Paso, along the U.S.-Mexican border.[1] He took office on January 3, 2015, becoming the first black Republican elected to Congress from Texas.[1][2]

Background

Hurd is the son of Robert and Mary Alice Hurd. He is a 1995 graduate of John Marshall High School in the San Antonio suburb of Leon Valley.[3] Hurd attended Texas A&M University in College Station and served as the student body president in 1999 at the time of the Aggie Bonfire collapse.[4] He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M in 2000 with a major in computer science and a minor in international relations.[4]

Hurd worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for nine years from 2000 to 2009, stationed primarily in Washington, D.C., including a tour of duty as an operations officer in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.[3][4] He speaks Urdu,[5] the national language and lingua franca of Pakistan, where he worked undercover.[5] One of his roles at the CIA was briefing members of Congress, many of whom he said could not distinguish between Sunnis and Shi'ites, the divide at the center of Islamic civil wars for centuries.[6] His experience briefing members of Congress made Hurd want to pursue politics.[6] He returned to Texas after his CIA service and worked as a partner with Crumpton Group LLC, a strategic advisory firm, and as a senior adviser with FusionX, a cybersecurity firm.[4]

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Comment by mary gravitt on July 25, 2018 at 1:21pm

Watch out for the Backstabber in the White House.  He smile, she smiles.  Malania is a fury that just won't quit. 

Comment by moki ikom on July 25, 2018 at 3:51pm

Answering your post's title: On Meania's stupidity specifically -- No.  On u.s. American stupidity generally  --Yes.

Comment by Rodney Roe on July 25, 2018 at 6:03pm

In short, Melania is not that stupid, and at least one third of Americans are.

Mary, your Red Flags have been taken over by Doc Vega's Deep Thoughts.

Comment by moki ikom on July 27, 2018 at 6:26pm

i don't think of our system,  our democrUSy, for lack of a better word, has one third of us who are stupid because no matter what we'd take Lynin' Trump over Crooked Hillary come Hell or Floods even as both are past our doorstep, we just don't know it yet.

Comment by mary gravitt on August 1, 2018 at 3:25pm

Tea with the Queen won out over Motherly Love.  Malania wants to be First Lady, but all she is like Eva Brum, Hitler's wife, not counting for anything, but as an object.  But Eva was cunning; Malania is just stupid.

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