Blogging Bayport Alameda

October 7, 2019

National Horror Story: grifters gonna grift

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

It’s like this terrible news cycle does not end.



  1. Reforms that the next Congress must enact:

    -Candidates must supply 10 years of tax returns. Disclosure of assets & liabilities needs to strengthened and more transparent. Some say this would require a Constitutional amendment, if so, get crackin’!

    -Strengthen Congress’s power to enforce a subpoena, including detention by US Marshals or Capitol Police.

    -Strong divestiture requirements. Remember that Carter had to sell his farm. Allow a President to petition for a blind trust or other arm’s length arrangement for businesses not easily liquidated, but the wall must be firm and high.

    Anyone think of other reforms?

    Comment by dave — October 7, 2019 @ 6:36 am

    • 1. The maximum contribution to any political campaign, cause, or program is $27 per month per person.
      2. All contributions and expenditures are public information, and related to individual humans, not shielded corporate entities.

      Comment by Tom Schweich — October 7, 2019 @ 7:14 am

      • 3. Encouragement to stay in school and a follow-up course of handing out library cards. That’s the only vaccination against bot-tialism I’ve heard of

        Comment by MP — October 7, 2019 @ 7:23 am

      • Tom, good ideas, especially the 2nd one. I think Alameda should have a similar requirement for council races.

        Comment by dave — October 7, 2019 @ 7:25 am

    • It kills me that there has been no talk about real campaign reform in Alameda since the tape recorder scandal. All good suggestions, I would add that there should be some distance between appointees to regulatory positions and the companies that they regulate. Ex: divestment, delayed employment before and after service, etc.

      Comment by michonnekatana — October 7, 2019 @ 11:27 pm

  2. One thing I like about presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is that she wants to get out of the Middle East. So does Donald Trump. Let the larger countries police their own region. No war in Syria or Iran. Stop spending American blood and capital on the Middle East. But every time Trump announces troop withdrawals, the same thing happens-staged gas attacks, bombings, rocket launchings and more. Fortunately the USA is not oil dependent on the Middle East due to fracking, and therefore we do not have to have occupying troops there. The Politico story is just so much globalist propaganda suggesting the “real” reason is Trump profits. The truth is the Trump administration placed monetary sanctions on Turkey that almost destroyed their economy when they wouldn’t release a Christian pastor (who they finally released). This was left out of the story because it doesn’t fit the narrative that “cuz Trump.”

    The Turkish government believes the Obama administration backed the attempted coup by the Turkish military in July 2015, like Obama and Hillary Clinton staged in Libya, removing Khadaffi and leading to the eventual death of our ambassador. This has led to the current migrant diaspora in the region. When Turkey demanded Obama deport the cleric ringleader, who lives in Pennsylvania, the Obama administration refused. Turkish troops then surrounded our big airbase in Ankara, and forbade all flights. Fortunately, things have cooled off under Trump.

    Americans are tired of war and the war economy. Bring the troops home. Be wary of politicians who tell you we can never withdraw from anywhere.

    Comment by Nowyouknow — October 7, 2019 @ 3:56 pm

    • I actually agree with most of what you say aside from thinking Trump actually wants to get out of the Middle East. He’s so cozy with Israel and Saudi Arabia and his handlers love selling weapons to prop up our economy.

      Comment by michonnekatana — October 7, 2019 @ 11:23 pm

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