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Republicans Refused To Cooperate With President Obama On Russian Election Interference

Someone posed a question recently that I think is worth thinking about, but I don’t know the answer to.  We already know President Obama was subject to racism from the right.  But is it also true that the left is guilty of perhaps a more covert kind of racism?  What prompted the question is another “Thanks, Obama” narrative taking shape in the media right now that President Obama did not do enough about Russian interference in our election.  And so another horrid event that Republicans did, somehow turns into Obama’s fault. 

Maybe it’s true that he didn’t do enough.  I don’t know. But if President Obama had ever received acknowledgement and credit for all of the things he has done, those who are saying now that he didn’t do enough in this instance would have more credibility.  So if covert racism is operating in such a manner that we blame President Obama where we would have supported and stood up for a white (male) Democrat in a similar circumstance, or where we would have placed blame where it is due, solidly on the Republicans, we need to take a look at that.

Here is another take by DailyKos that goes against the mainstream media narrative.

It was tantamount to a secret declaration of war by Russia, and the Obama administration treated it the security and care that it deserved.

 Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides. …

 The material was so sensitive that CIA Director John Brennan kept it out of the President’s Daily Brief, concerned that even that restricted report’s distribution was too broad. The CIA package came with instructions that it be returned immediately after it was read. To guard against leaks, subsequent meetings in the Situation Room followed the same protocols as planning sessions for the Osama bin Laden raid.

At that early stage, they couldn’t tell the full extent of the Russian operations. They didn’t know the scale of the attack. They couldn’t tell who in the United States might be cooperating with the Russians. They could only be certain about one thing.

 The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

Quietly, the intelligence community went to work as resources were dedicated to the issue and other agencies attempted to confirm or deny the information gathered by the CIA. If Obama had revealed the information, and the intelligence turned out to be false, he would certainly have been guilty of interfering with the election himself. Considering the import of the information, it was possible that simply talking about it openly could move the conflict from cyberspace to the battlefield. So Obama proceeded with caution, working to confirm the CIA’s intelligence and searching for ways to respond to Russian action. He needed to build a case that would hold up in front of both Republican leaders in Congress and the public.

 It took time for other parts of the intelligence community to endorse the CIA’s view. Only in the administration’s final weeks in office did it tell the public, in a declassified report, what officials had learned from Brennan in August — that Putin was working to elect Trump.

Donald Trump throws that delay out there as not just a taunt, but proof that he is somehow “innocent.” Because if Trump had even a hint of information, he would have fired it straight out of his Twitter gun. Trump demonstrated this many times during the election and since, as repeated even the most tenuous and ludicrous rumor as if it were accepted fact.

Obama wasn’t going to do that. It wasn’t a matter of “staying classy.” It was a matter of following the law, protecting the nation, and reaching a result that was more than a revenge tweet. Obama was concerned that going public with the information in the early days invited both criticism and speculation. On the most basic leave, President Obama was simply trying to ensure that his actions didn’t make the situation worse.

But as carefully and thoroughly as the intelligence community assembled a case, there was one point they couldn’t get past.

  Obama instructed aides to … seek bipartisan support from congressional leaders for a statement condemning Moscow and urging states to accept federal help.

None of that happened. Some Republican leaders in Congress put off even meeting with intelligence officials, delaying the process by weeks. Meanwhile, Jeh Johnson attempted to designate election infrastructure as “critical,” in order to give them the same protection provided to defense contractors.

 Brian Kemp, the Republican secretary of state of Georgia, used the call to denounce Johnson’s proposal as an assault on state rights. “I think it was a politically calculated move by the previous administration,” Kemp said in a recent interview, adding that he remains unconvinced that Russia waged a campaign to disrupt the 2016 race. “I don’t necessarily believe that,” he said.

In short: Republicans were—and are—more concerned with hurting Obama than they were in stopping Russia. In a sense, Republicans as a group colluded with Russia, in that they refused to take action to protect the nation against intrusion. And it wasn’t just random state level officials. When Congressional leadership finally met with the intelligence community for a briefing …

    “The Dems were, ‘Hey, we have to tell the public,’ ” recalled one participant. But Republicans resisted, arguing that to warn the public that the election was under attack would further Russia’s aim of sapping confidence in the system.

 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went further, officials said, voicing skepticism that the underlying intelligence truly supported the White House’s claims. Through a spokeswoman, McConnell declined to comment, citing the secrecy of that meeting.

The answer to why Barack Obama didn’t speak out more strongly and more early about Russian interference for Trump, is because Republicans blazed the trail Trump is still following: They refused to cooperate, placing party above country.

Trump “Cabinet Meeting” Was Fake To The Nth Degree

Here’s what the media said about Trump’s “cabinet meeting” where they went around the room making up huge lies about how awesome Trump is, etc.

“weird” CNN

“pathetic, shameful, unAmerican”  Twitter

“awkward” CNBC

“embarassing” Axelrod

“strokefest” Colbert

“sick” Morning Joe

“really weird” Newsweek

The sole purpose of  this display was not as everyone in the media claims, to make Donald feel more secure because he is a narcissist, which he is, but that’s not why they did this.  Watch the clip again.  The comments seem scripted and rehearsed and contain effective but fake messages to voters like how much Trump cares about workers. This was an info-mercial designed to reassure the brainwashed Trump voters that might be waivering in their loyalty, that there is no need to waiver in their support of Trump, despite the Russia investigation closing in because hey, just look at all these rich important powerful white guys sitting in the White House, agreeing with you and praising King Trump! The liberal media is lying! Only listen to Trump because he is the only one telling you the truth. 

This was tax-payer funded FAKE NEWS.  And as usual, the media fell for it.

The Iowa Right Wing Cult Machine

The right wing propaganda/cult machine is driving Iowa politics.  Find your local station in the list below.  These Iowa stations broadcast multiple hours every day of right wing propaganda over the publicly owned airwaves.  Call/write your local station. Tell them to stop broadcasting hate speech.

In Iowa, at least 700 hours a week of right-wing propaganda is being broadcast on the AM dial.

The following list has been updated as of December 25, 2016.

Iowa commercial radio stations that broadcast multiple hours a day of conservative talk:

KCPS Burlington 12 hrs/day,

KBUR Burlington6 hrs,

KXEL Waterloo-CF12 hrs,

WOC Quad Cities11 1/2 hrs,

WHO Des Moines 11 1/2 hrs,

KSJC Sioux City13 hrs,

WMT Cedar Rapids 8 hrs,

WDBQ Dubuque, 6 hrs,

KILR Estherville15 hrs,

KGLO Mason City9 hrs,

KFJB Marshalltown, 3 hrs,

KASI Ames, 6 hrs, and

KICD Spencer, 5-6 hrs.



Trump Has Met Criteria For Impeachment By Every Measure

John Nichols lays it out – why Trump can and should be impeached and the dangers of delay.


U.S. Not Leaving Paris Agreement Yet – Here’s What You Should Know

Message from Al Gore:

Dear Friends,

As you know, today the White House announced that the United States would begin the process of leaving the Paris Agreement. Removing the United States from the Paris Agreement is a reckless and indefensible action. It undermines America’s standing in the world and threatens to damage humanity’s ability to solve the climate crisis in time.

But disappointment is not despair.

Make no mistake: if President Trump won’t lead, the American people will.

Civic leaders, mayors, governors, CEOs, investors and the majority of the business community will take up this challenge. We are in the middle of a clean energy revolution that no single person or group can stop. President Trump’s decision is profoundly in conflict with what the majority of Americans want from our president; but no matter what he does, we will ensure that our inevitable transition to a clean energy economy continues.

As proof, just look at how communities like Salt Lake City, Utah and Boulder, Colorado are committing to switch to 100 percent renewable electricity. Just last month, California set a new record for clean energy use in the state, and over the past several weeks and months, major corporations and businesses from around the world reaffirmed their commitment to clean energy, the Paris Agreement, and US leadership on climate. The momentum of clean energy and climate action only continues to build, and ignoring that reality is shortsighted and wrong.

Click on this link.  Now it’s up to us to pick up where the White House is leaving off.

It’s up to us to keep this progress going full steam ahead. If you’re in the US, commit to pushing your local council or mayor to embrace renewable electricity in your community. If you’re outside the US, commit to pressuring your leaders to fulfill your country’s Paris Agreement pledge and keep the process moving.

My friends, it’s time to fight like our world depends on it. Because it does. And because together we will win.


Al Gore
Founder and Chairman
The Climate Reality Project

All Hands On Deck – Trump Coming To Eastern Iowa

click on image to view full video of Trump bragging about grabbing women “by the pussy.”

Please share far and wide. Find your Indivisible Iowa group here and start making plans to show up for the Iowa #TrumpResistance.

Donald Trump will be in Cedar Rapids next week.

Donald Trump will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex on Thursday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m.

ore information:

DoubleTree By Hilton
Cedar Rapids Convention Complex
350 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

President Trump to hold rally in Iowa

Donald Trump will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex on Thursday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m.

Lest we forget:

Grassley Asks Irrelevant Questions of Sally Yates

Grassley’s questions start at around 19:00.


Call Senators Ernst and Grassley

Glad they are having a good time. Pope/Getty Images

Thank you Dave Bradley for compiling this handy list.  Call, call, call if you’ve had it with Republicans.  The senate will vote next on repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Numbers to contact the Ernst Offices:

Washington, DC     (202) 224-3254

Cedar Rapids, IA      (319) 365-4504

Council Bluffs, IA      (712) 352-1167

Davenport, IA           (563) 322-0677

Des Moines, IA         (515) 284-4574

Sioux City, IA            (712) 252-1550


Numbers to contact Grassley Offices:

Washington, D.C.     (202) 224-3744

Cedar Rapids, IA      (319) 363-6832

Council Bluffs, IA      (712) 322-7103

Davenport, IA           (563) 322-4331

Des Moines, IA         (515) 288-1145

Sioux City, IA            (712) 233-1860

Waterloo, IA              (319) 232-6657

Trump’s Brand And How to Jam It

“DT has turned the presidency into an extension of his corporate brand… if the president is a brand first and a politician second, that gives his opponent all kinds of leverage….  Any brand can be jammed.  You just need to understand the image they are selling.” – Naomi Klein


Easter Weekend Legislative Forums

04/14/2017 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Friday Forum – Waterloo
04/14/2017 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Legislative Forum – Davenport
04/15/2017 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Legislative Forum – Burlington
04/15/2017 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Legislative Forum – Fairfield
04/15/2017 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Legislative Coffee – Creston
04/15/2017 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Legislative Forum – Boone
04/15/2017 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM Legislative Forum – West Burlington
04/15/2017 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Harlan
04/15/2017 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Legislative Forum – Corning
04/15/2017 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Legislative Forum – Cedar Rapids
04/15/2017 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Legislative Forum – Atlantic
04/17/2017 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM Marti’s Monday Morning Coffee – Des Moines