Now and when | Tom Camfield

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WHEN ALL HAS MOVED ON ABOUT 34 YEARS, Iris will be old enough to be president, Donald will be long gone and much of the world will have erased the Trump name from things. And, sadly, I won’t …

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WHEN ALL HAS MOVED ON ABOUT 34 YEARS, Iris will be old enough to be president, Donald will be long gone and much of the world will have erased the Trump name from things. And, sadly, I won’t have been around to see how things worked out — how Iris’s generation goes about rebuilding what is left of the world. Hopefully, she will be driving a solar-powered car made largely of recycled plastic — illustrating part of the environmental recovery and progress begun during the Biden years.

Meanwhile “Viral Video Crushes Donald Trump With His Own Words About Pleading The Fifth” is the headline on this brief bit of an article by Lee Moran Feb. 18 in HuffPost, which states: “Progressive PAC Meidas Touch highlights yet more hypocrisy from Donald Trump by flipping the former president’s own comments about pleading the Fifth against him in its new viral ad.

“Trump rants about people invoking their Fifth Amendment rights in the 64-second video, which garnered almost half a million views in its first 12 hours on Twitter alone and caused the #TrumpIsGuilty hashtag to trend on the platform.

“The ex-president calls the move ‘disgraceful’ and says only ‘the mob takes the fifth’ in the clip.

“But Trump’s words are cut alongside footage of his allies and enablers invoking the privilege during various probes — including his son Eric Trump, who reportedly pleaded the Fifth more than 500 times during the New York attorney general’s investigation into Trump Organization finances.”

Another HuffPost article Feb. 17 by Ed Moran was headlined: “Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Family Member Trump's Most Likely To Sell Out First.” It read that the Trump family is feeling the heat after a court decision ordering them to testify in New York State’s civil investigation into alleged fraud and other illegalities at the Trump Organization. . . Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump were all ordered to testify. “

And Kimmel already is predicting which member of the family the former president is most likely to sell out once he’s under oath.

“I bet Trump gets five seconds into that deposition before he shouts, ‘It was Eric!’” Kimmel said, adding: “They’re looking for a Bible tiny enough for him to put his hand on to swear him in.” He also offered a video supercut showing why it’s probably in everyone’s best interest for Eric Trump not to testify this time.”

Donald, of course, merely labels our historic Free Press “the enemy of the people” whenever it presents factual information that is inconvenient to the sleight-of-hand aims of his personal money-grubbing efforts.

So meanwhile, an interesting read is found under Midastouch.com (“The truth is golden”). Created in quarantine by three brothers, MeidasTouch is a pro-democracy, next-generation super PAC founded with the primary goals of protecting American democracy, defeating Trumpism and holding Republicans accountable.
 
Since its inception in April 2020, MidasTouch has amassed an energized and engaged Twitter army of hundreds of thousands followers, garnered over one billion online impressions and help Democrats win the 2020 presidential and Georgia runoff elections.

Lastly, if you’re religious, Evangelical Christian or whatever, turn to “10 Donald Trump Quotes That Should Horrify His Evangelical Supporters.” (Type this headline into your search box). The article is dated July 2016, but it paints a picture of the true nature of the man who seeking nomination as candidate for President, and he hasn’t really changed much — except, perhaps, his speech-writers.

Inspired by HuffPost contributor Michael Stark's blog, "Donald Trump's Beatitudes," HuffPost Religion has assembled a list of sayings of Jesus and of Trump that show just how deep the divide between these two men is and how far Trump's Christian supporters have departed from the gospel.

An example: “When people wrong you, go after those people, because it is a good feeling and because other people will see you doing it. I always get even.” — Donald Trump.
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you.” — Jesus

Or: "I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall.” — Donald Trump.
"Love your neighbor as yourself.” — Jesus

Etc.

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  • Thomas Camfield

    Sorry to have fallen behind in various ways by losing the heading to this blog, which was only partially submitted back before Putin even had invaded Ukraine. I see I mentioned briefly environmental recovery and development during the Biden years. The 'Seattle Times a few days later (Feb. 26) wrote as follows:

    "'the U.S. government has netted a record '4.37 billion Friday from the sale of six offshore wind leases off the coasts of New York and New Jersey, a major step in the Biden administration's goal of ushering in a future powered by renewable energy . . . the auctioned acres are expected to generate up to 7,000 megawatts, enough to power nearly 2,,000,000 homes."

    Monday, February 28, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    With Biden going into his second year as POTUS are his supporters lauding his accomplishments?? No, they are rekindling their hatred for all things Trump. This seems to be the game plan for the Democrats in the upcoming elections, don't look at how things have gone into the krapper since Biden took office, let's focus on all things Trump.

    Monday, February 28, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    And there he goes again. Trump is great, Trump never did anything wrong. . . President Biden has done a good job so far. He got us out of Afghanistan, has been working to get people to accept that climate change is real, appointed the first black woman to the supreme court, putting in Federal judges who are not beholden to conservatives or liberals, just the law. And now we have Ukraine. If you want to live under someone like Putin, move to Russia, but don't push Trump on us again.

    Monday, February 28, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    MS, I only follow the way Tom C. leads, if he wants to spend his remaining blog days btiching about X-President Trump then I'll be here to counter his partisan BS.

    "President Biden has done a good job so far.".....You are definitely in the minority Marge, have you looked at his approval ratings lately?

    "He got us out of Afghanistan"....."The Trump administration in February 2020 negotiated a withdrawal agreement with the Taliban that excluded the Afghan government, freed 5,000 imprisoned Taliban soldiers, and set a date certain of May 1, 2021, for the final withdrawal, And the Trump administration kept to the pact, reducing U.S. troop levels from about 13,000 to 2,500", "Biden delayed the May 1 withdrawal date that he inherited. But ultimately his administration pushed ahead with a plan to withdraw by Aug. 31, despite obvious signs that the Taliban wasn’t complying with the agreement and had a stated goal to create an “Islamic government” in Afghanistan after the U.S. left" Biden wanted to get US out of Afghanistan in the worst way and that is what he did.

    "Robert Gates, the former defense secretary under President Obama, seemed to reiterate in an interview that aired Sunday night that he believes President Biden has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades."

    Tom,

    According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, those leases had to be let before 7-7-22 no matter who the POTUS was, Biden did the right thing, he did nothing, and that's a good thing, one of his few. Unlike what he did to raise all of our costs for fuel and groceries by shutting down our oil industries. We were energy exporters during the previous administration, now we get ripped at the pump and the checkout.

    Tuesday, March 1, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    If you don't agree with Tom why do you read his blog. You must know after all these years that he isn't going to not talk about Trump. Why don't you start your own blog and tell the folks just what a great president Trump was? Oh, that's right, because Trump was not a great president, not even close.

    Tuesday, March 1, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    Too many witless and self-serving GOP candidates trust to the short memory of the voting pubic as they jump into the ring to enrich themselves via this or that form of chicanery. Donald Trump is the champion of that crowd. Our job is not just electing good candidates, it's also defeating proven bad ones. Donald has perfected the art of deceit for most of his 75 years. He couldn't care less about the well being of the average man in the street.

    Wednesday, March 2, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Of course I don't expect Tom to change his stripes, I don't expect anyone who believes the biased media's lies and half-truths will change their minds, especially when it comes to Trump. If Tom's blogs merely expressed his hatred of Trump I wouldn't bother, hel I understand that Trump could at times be a loud-mouthed, uncouth oaf. Certainly, he rattled a lot of cages and I believe he got off on doing it to the MSM who began attacking him even before he took office.

    But when Tom goes into the Partisan truth-stretching game I feel I have the right to counter his half-truths and misleading words.

    I do not believe Trump was a "great" President, that's why I didn't vote for him in 2016, but you know that I've said it many times. When the choice came to either Trump or Biden I voted for Trump because I thought he would do a better job than Biden, and a Google search on Biden's approval rating shows that I am not in the minority.

    Wednesday, March 2, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    How about BEFORE they ran for office? Let's not forgot the many years of racism and economic gouging that typified Donald Trump.

    Wednesday, March 2, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    So you voted for Trump, well thanks a lot, thanks to everyone (the majority, that's how it works) who didn't vote for Trump in 2020. Biden is doing a good job against some pretty big obstacles, such as a Trump loving Republican party. Let's hope Americans this year will vote out a lot of Republican Senators. As I said, why not get your own blog, it isn't that difficult.

    Wednesday, March 2, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    Jan. 6 committee alleges Trump, allies engaged in potential crimes to block vote certification. Washington Post. How anyone can possibly say that Donald J. Trump should not be in prison is beyond me.

    Thursday, March 3, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Tom, I asume you are not holding Bidens dealings with Russia and China on behalf of his Son Hunter to that same criteria. I'm betting that if we examined every Presidents life hard enough we would find a lot of skeletons. I don't know about you but I vote for the person not the party, I vote for the person I believe will defend our Constitution, keep peace at home and gives US a good stable economy, and in some cases, the one I consider the lesser of two evils, which certainly was the case with the 2020 election.

    Tom, I asume you are not holding Biden's dealings with Russia and China on behalf of his Son Hunter to that same criteria. I'm betting that if we examined every President's life hard enough we would find a lot of skeletons. I don't know about you but I vote for the person, not the party, I vote for the person I believe will defend our Constitution, keep peace at home, and gives US a good stable economy, and in some cases, the one I consider the lesser of two evils, which certainly was the case with the 2020 election.

    Thursday, March 3, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "Biden is doing a good job against some pretty big obstacles", as I said before you are definitely in the minority in that opinion Marge. I suppose Biden cutting our oil industry and doubling our imports of Rissian oil is a "good job"?

    In March of 2020, the US imported from Russia 11,252 barrels of oil, in March of 2021 we imported 22,938 barrels of oil from Russia (www.eia.gov › dnav › pet/U.S. Imports from Russia of Crude Oil and Petroleum Products) Today the White House said they will not cut off those imports. So Biden cuts our production and increases our imports from Russia basically we help pay for Putin's invasion of Ukraine, do you really believe that's "doing a good job"?? Get real!

    "Jan. 6 committee alleges Trump, allies engaged in potential crimes to block vote certification. Washington Post. How anyone can possibly say that Donald J. Trump should not be in prison is beyond me. "..... It may come as a shock to you Marge but we don't put people in prison on allegations, some of us still believe you are innocent until proven guilty.

    Thursday, March 3, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    Interesting that you still think these are allegations. The committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection have evidence that Trump knew he had lost the election but continued to call on his followers to "stop the steal" Does Trump know the difference between reality and delusional thinking? Big question. Will he claim he actually believes the election was stolen from him? Evidence presented to the commission seems to discredit this excuse. Time after time he was told not only by states he insisted a recount be taken and it was but the results were still that Biden won that there was no fraud, yet he continued to press his followers to go to the capital and prevent the electoral votes from being counted. He insisted that Mike Pence, his vice-president to stop the count, but Pence was told, legally that wasn't an option, so his followers attempted to do it for Trump. Slowly we are seeing the facts emerge about what really happened on Jan 6th. Trump will probably not have to go to trial, but his mental capacities will forever be questioned.

    Thursday, March 3, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "Interesting that you still think these are allegations." .....The media is calling them Allegations, even you are calling them allegations, for now, I'll go with allegations! I will wait till the jury, if there is one comes in.

    Thursday, March 3, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    The January 6th investigation is still going on. You make it sound like there is no proof of the allegation that he conspired to disrupt the 2020 election and urged the insurrectionists to march to the capitol and "stop the steal."

    “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!” Trump tweeted on the afternoon of the riot.

    His supporters weren’t fans, either, with many of them breaking into the “Hang Mike Pence!” They even set up a gallows." Rolling Stone, Nov. 2021 [There has been no proof of voter fraud]

    "I don't know about you but I vote for the person, not the party, I vote for the person I believe will defend our Constitution, keep peace at home, and gives US a good stable economy, and in some cases, the one I consider the lesser of two evils, which certainly was the case with the 2020 election."Just In Hale

    The "person" you voted for proved to be a terrible president. How do I know, because the American people "fired him."

    Friday, March 4, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    As Bill Clinton said ‘That depends on what your definition of 'is' is.’ Marge.

    Yes, there is a mostly Democrat-run House committee investigating the Jan.6 riot at the Capitol, they cannot convict anyone.

    In your world, Trump would be in prison without a trial, and you think I should move to Russia?

    Friday, March 4, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    I still see Trump setting the stage for today's Russia when he was President. What a disappointment it must have been for Putin and his wealthy supporters when door-mat Donald was not re-elected to office. And while Trump did his best to destroy NATO in Putin's behalf, it is now standing firm in the defense of western 'Europe.

    Friday, March 4, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    Oh, but you have misunderstood me. I would like nothing better than to see Donald Trump go to trial, and be convicted of treason. Your right, he does deserve a trial, the sooner the better.

    Friday, March 4, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Sorry Tom but that's just nutz. So, in your mind, Trump is somehow responsible for Putin's invasion of Ukraine? You'll have to explain that one to me, that's some venture into LaLa land!

    So Trump asking the NATO members to pay their dues is "destroying" NATO? As I said, "that's just nutz!"

    Friday, March 4, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Marge, you Trump haters have lost twice trying to get Trump convicted of????whatever, do you think the average American cares or even believes that what happened at the Capitol riot was an "insurrection"? I don't think so. I don't think the issue will ever get to a courtroom. But innocence or guilt is not the purpose of this investigation, the purpose is to keep the issue in the news and use that for political advantage in the upcoming elections.

    Friday, March 4, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    Come on, even Pence is distancing himself from Trump "

    “Where would Russian tanks be today if NATO had not expanded the borders of freedom? There is no room in this party for apologists for Putin,” Pence said, according to excerpts from the speech, which was closed to reporters.

    Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who voted twice to convict Trump on articles of impeachment, said statements defending Putin are “almost treasonous.”

    “It just makes me ill to see some of these people do that. But of course they do it because it’s shock value and it’s going to get them maybe more eyeballs and make a little more money for them or their network,” he told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    Saturday, March 5, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Marge, if Ukraine was in NATO we would be at war with Russia right now. I for one am glad to send everything we can to Ukraine to help them fight the Russian army, but the last thing I want to see is American soldiers back in another war, do you? Pence is wrong on this issue, IMO.

    Saturday, March 5, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    My blogs are sort of backed up lately and in them I’ve gone beyond undo***ented one-liners in dealing with many of the contentions put forth by troll Justin. My next blog to appear will note that Trump had indicated how he would seek to withdraw from NATO and to **** up the US alliance with South Korea, should he win reelection. When those alliances came up in meetings with top aides, some advisers warned Donald that shredding them before the election would be politically dangerous. But Trump, of course, is not famous for listening to the opinions of those with common sense and concern for the multitude.

    He also lost the election.late in 2020

    Following his 2016 election, one of Trump’s first actions was calling on the Russian autocrat he so admired. It seems they both miscalculated the future of the U.S. and its allies. Ours is not a government designed to pander autocratic leadership that may show up over the short term We’ve had more than our fill of Donald Trump.

    Saturday, March 5, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    I'm a bit surprised at the extent of the current new censorship. That one four-letter job is just what one would do to a balloon or perhaps with a stick of dynamite and in no way refers to any common four-letter word with a ***ual context. The other three-letter no-no is the MIDDLE of an innocent word that shows up regularly in common discussion of a legal nature.

    Saturday, March 5, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Tom makes the rediculous claim that somehow Trump had something to do with what Russia is now doing in Ukraine, and the grounds for that claim is that Trump met with Putin?

    And somehow asking NATO members to pay their dues is akin to wanting to destroy NATO?

    "We’ve had more than our fill of Donald Trump. ".....then why do you constantly drag him into your blogs?

    Saturday, March 5, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    A headline that popped up a day or two ago read: “Donald Trump is furious about the stumbling launch of his social media app Truth Social, report says.” So it’s not like he’s gone away. The story that followed the headline read “Donald Trump asked why the Truth Social app is not dominating the competition, reported the Daily Beast . . . The app’s February rollout was plagued by technical difficulties and currently is trailing its competitors . . . Sources said the former president has been heard swearing and complaining about the app’s apparent lack of success . . .”

    Meanwhile, Donald was still praising his good friend Vladimir the autocrat as a “genius” and “very savvy” Feb. 23 as the latter secretly deployed troops in Ukraine. On the following day, Feb. 24, the limited Russian incursion broke into all-out war—and Ukrainian women and children have been dying in the shelling of civilians ever since. And according to the latest report I’ve seen, at least 677,000 Ukrainians had fled their country

    Along the way, a Seattle Times headline read “Last Vestiges of Russia’s free press fall.”

    I don’t think this is any time to ignore Donald as he continues efforts to gain control of the news and dishonestly attempts to control the U.S. government.

    Monday, March 7, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    This is the first I heard that story about Trump. That proves that it's you, not me who is obsessed with all things Trump. Who really cares if the guy gets mad because things aren't going his way. So, people aren't allowed to get mad when things don't go their way ??? Oh, that's right Trump isn't Jesus.

    Of course, you're not going to stop dumping on Trump right on till the 2022/24 elections, instead of focusing on the great job old Joe is doing.

    How do you like those fuel costs that have doubled or more in the last year? Welcome to the Green New Deal!

    Monday, March 7, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    Been a while since gas hit over $4.00 a gallon. Middle of the George W. Bush presidential regime following hurricane Katrina (2005). Biden has just finished his first year and seems to be doing well on all fronts, including dealing with Russia.

    I’m not surprised that Big Oil has responded to the fact that “Russia is the world's largest producer of crude oil (including lease condensate) and the second-largest producer of dry natural gas, after the United States. Hydrocarbons play a large role in the Russian economy, as revenue from oil and natural gas production and exports accounts for more than half of Russia's federal budget revenue.” This quote is a few years old, but you get the idea.

    No surprise to me that sanctions on Russian products and its economy in general have left us with this small price to pay in lieu of throwing the lives of our troops into the fray and setting off World War III—escalation to the use of Nukes, etc. The Russian problem will be short-lived if it continues to be properly handled via gas prices, NATO, etc.

    Green New Deal, meanwhile, is sort of looking pretty good.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    March 8 update: Poland has transferred all of its Soviet-era fighter jets to the Ukraine.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    And here's another March update in lieu of new blogs, with which I am having problems—"Former Proud Boys Leader Indicted in Jan. 6 Investigation:

    "A federal grand jury charged Enrique Tarrio with conspiracy in the Capitol attack last year, making him the second leader of a far-right group to face charges in the past several months."

    Tuesday, March 8, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Gas prices in 2020 averaged $2.18, ever since Biden took office gas prices have gone up and up.

    In 2014 Putin invaded Ukraine and took over much of Crimea, Biden was VP. During Trump's years in office, Putin did nothing, Biden gets back in office Putin invades Ukraine.

    Because of the Green New Deal Biden shut down our oil industry, changing the US from an energy exporter to once again being at the mercy of the Middle East and Venezuela, Biden goes begging.

    According to Tom Biden is doing well and the Green New Deal is a good thing.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    The previous high was $4.11 on July 17, 2008, according to AAA. That would come to around $5.25 today when adjusted for inflation.

    Drivers are squirming as gas prices blast through levels last seen during the oil crunch of 2008. In July of 2008, U.S. oil prices hit $145 per barrel and gas prices peaked at $4.16, according to government data. With average gas prices now around $4.19, we seem to have set a new record high.

    But those are nominal prices that don’t account for inflation. If you adjust for overall price changes since 2008, gas prices would have to hit $5.25 per gallon to be a new record high, in real terms.

    How much oil does the US export 2021?

    Net petroleum product exports will average 3.5 million b/d in 2021, and 3.9 million b/d in 2022 as global demand for petroleum products continues to increase from its recent low point in the first half of 2020.

    Why are we exporting oil?

    The US exports more refined petroleum products than it does crude oil. Petroleum product exports averaged 5.5 million b/d in first-half 2021, up from 5.3 million b/d in first-half 2020. Exports of petroleum products include motor gasoline, distillate, and propane exports

    Does the US export more oil than we import?

    How much oil does the u. s. export 2021?

    Net petroleum product exports will average 3.5 million b/d in 2021, and 3.9 million b/d in 2022 as global demand for petroleum products continues to increase from its recent low point in the first half of 2020.

    Complicated subject.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    The cost of gas in the U.S? People are dying in Ukraine,and your worried about the cost of gas! If I have to walk, well, I have two good legs and no one is bombing me. Get some perspective.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    If the US has that much oil to export why are our gas prices going through the roof? You're right, it's complicated.

    It's not just the price of gas but how that affects the prices of all of the goods we all depend on.

    Wednesday, March 9, 2022 Report this