The Donald Chronicles, #28 – Feb. 23, 2017


*From ABC7 News

“RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES TRUMP IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION

Richmond City Council unanimously approves Trump impeachment resolution
 Richmond became the first city in the United States to call upon congress to impeach President Trump, citing his business holdings as cause for investigation.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:00PM

The first 100 days of the Trump administration aren’t even over yet and Tuesday the president is already facing calls for impeachment, but it’s not from congress–instead, a Bay Area city made a bold move. Richmond City Council says it has become the first city in the country to go on record in support of impeachment hearings for President Trump … ”

**Bravo! **
*From The Hill
**Here’s some good news**
“Immigration hard-liners are holding their fire against President Trump’s decision to keep an Obama administration program allowing young “dreamers” who entered the country illegally to remain.Trump is generally clamping down on immigration enforcement, implementing policies that could cause a dramatic wave in deportations. But he has explicitly avoided canceling President Obama’s Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has allowed about 750,000 young people brought to the United States illegally as children to get permission to stay and work in this country.The decision was a disappointment to groups who hoped to end the program.”
**And, while on the subject of good news, the last two days have seen Congressional town hall meetings reminiscent of Tea Party days. Constituents have angrily denounced the administration’s intent to repeal Obamacare, have demanded an investigation into Trump’s Russian ties and the release of his tax returns. They have asked their representatives whether they believe that the press is “the enemy of the people”, and one televised individual asked how his representative could support a man who wants to “grab womens’ pussies”**
*From The New York Times
**But on the other hand**
Opinion Today, by David Leonhardt, Thursday, February 23, 2017

“My late father and I had a friendly running debate about anti-Semitism. He had experienced some nasty anti-Semitic teasing as a child in the 1950s. And when a high-profile incident happened in the United States during his adult life, he’d often express a concern that it signaled the start of a resurgence. I’ve experienced no meaningful anti-Semitism in my life, save the occasional hateful reader email. When he expressed alarm, I would reply with optimism: Wide-scale American anti-Semitism was a thing of the past, I’d say. I was wrong, and he was right.Social media was filled with anti-Semitism last year: Journalists who said they had never been subject to bigotry before came to expect it, usually from Trump supporters. The neo-Nazi symbol Pepe the Frog was gleefully spread by Donald Trump Jr. Schools have been defaced with swastikas. More recently, Jewish community centers have received bomb threats, and a Jewish cemetery was desecrated last week. In an Op-Ed, Jennifer Weiner talks of the role that Jewish community centers have played in her life and many other lives. She also calls out President Trump’s reluctant denunciation of anti-Semitism. “The president’s silence, and his day-late and dollar-short declaration, made their own statement,” Weiner writes. “They said that American Jews did not deserve his reassurance, that the threats against places where we lift weights and send our kids to finger-paint weren’t important enough to require his swift condemnation, like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s poor ratings, or that time the cast of “Hamilton” addressed Mike Pence during a curtain call.” She’s right (and I encourage you to read the full piece). Given how quick Trump is to denounce many things, and how much of the new American anti-Semitism comes from his supporters, his one denunciation doesn’t count as permanent. If the anti-Semitism continues, so must the president’s rejection of it. He, more than anyone else, has the responsibility to make everyday religious bigotry again feel like a part of the country’s past.”

**Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is Jewish. His wife, Ivanka, converted to Judaism. The odious Stephen Miller is Jewish. There are other Jews occupying important positions in Trump’s administration. But Trump’s very close association with the racist Steve Bannon and his poor public record on the matter of anti-semitism is, therefore, puzzling. Any suggestions as to what is going on here? **
Photo by Rex Roof/Flickr

“The Travel Press is Reporting the ‘Trump Slump,’ a Devastating Drop in Tourism to the United States

Experts across the travel industry are warning that masses of tourists are being scared away from visiting the United States, and the loss of tourism jobs could be devastating.

By Arthur Frommer

Though they may differ as to the wisdom of the move, the travel press and most travel experts are of one mind: They are currently drawing attention to an unintended consequence of the Trump-led efforts to stop many Muslims from coming to the U.S., pointing to a sharp drop in foreign tourism to our nation that imperils jobs and touristic income. It’s known as the “Trump Slump.” And I know of no reputable travel publication to deny it. Thus, the prestigious Travel Weekly magazine (as close to an “official” travel publication as they come) has set the decline in foreign tourism at 6.8%. And the fall-off is not limited to Muslim travelers, but also extends to all incoming foreign tourists. Apparently, an attack on one group of tourists is regarded as an assault on all.
As far as travel by distinct religious groups, flight passengers from the seven Muslim-majority nations named by Trump were down by 80% in the last week of January and first week of February, according to Forward Keys, a well-known firm of travel statisticians. On the web, flight searches for trips heading to the U.S. out of all international locations was recently down by 17%. A drop of that magnitude, if continued, would reduce the value of foreign travel within the U.S. by billions of dollars. And the number of jobs supported by foreign tourists and their expenditures in the United States—and thus lost—would easily exceed hundreds of thousands of workers in hotels, restaurants, transportation, stores, tour operations, travel agencies, and the like.  While, earlier in the year, the Administration had boasted of saving 800 jobs in the Carrier Corporation, the drop-off in employment resulting from the travel ban would eclipse that figure. According to the Global Business Travel Association, in only a single week following announcement of the ban against certain foreign tourists, the activity of business travel declined by nearly $185 million. Other observers, including local tourist offices, have reached similar conclusions. In referring to New York City’s $60 billion tourist industry alone, the head of the city’s tourist effort complained that his agency’s effort to portray the United States as a welcoming destination to foreign citizens “was all in jeopardy.” Several other tourist officials have made like statements. As you can see, there is plenty of evidence for a negative conclusion.”
**No surprise here.**
*From Reuters

“Emails show ties between new EPA head, energy firms: watchdog

 Emails released by the Oklahoma attorney general’s office show a cozy relationship between energy companies and Scott Pruitt, who was the state’s top prosecutor before being sworn in last week as the new chief U.S. environmental regulator, a media watchdog group said on Wednesday. The Center for Media and Democracy has sought the release of emails between energy companies and Pruitt for the past two years, saying they show energy companies drafted language that Pruitt’s attorney general office then used in suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the office he now heads, over regulations on energy operations. The center had sued Pruitt on Feb. 7, ahead of the Senate vote to confirm his nomination by President Donald Trump, to release the records detailing his communications with energy companies. The attorney general’s office released more than 7,500 pages of emails late on Tuesday, holding back an unknown number of documents it called exempted or privileged. Oklahoma Judge Aletia Timmons is reviewing those documents, but there is no set time for when or if they would be released. Among the documents released were communications between Devon Energy and Pruitt’s office that suggest the company gave the Oklahoma officials language on limits on methane emissions at oil and gas operations. Pruitt’s office then used this language in suing the EPA over the regulations, the documents suggest. (bit.ly/2lFEymC) … Devon serves as a resource with information and expertise for decision makers, and its contact with Pruitt was consistent with its policy of engaging with policymakers, company spokesman John Porretto saidNick Surgey, a research director at the Center for Media and Democracy, called the document release a “major breakthrough” that revealed a close and friendly relationship between Pruitt’s office and the oil and gas industry, with frequent meetings, calls, and dinners. The center said before the release of the emails that Pruitt’s office had violated Oklahoma’s Open Records Act by delaying their issuance. Critics of Pruitt’s nomination to head the EPA were concerned over his record on the environment – he sued the agency more than a dozen times on behalf of his oil-producing state and has doubted the science of climate change (emphasis added) – and Democrats in the Senate held an all night debate last week trying to stop his confirmation vote until the emails were released. He was confirmed on Friday with two Democrats from energy-producing states voting for him.”
**This guy may be the foxiest of the foxes that are now, as Cabinet members, guarding the henhouses. But then … there’s Jeff Sessions (AG), Betsy DeVos, Rex Tillerson  etc. to consider.

*DAPL

**This is a very unfortunate turn of events. It’s tragic that colonialism continues as government policy in this country**
Lastly:
From Reuters
“Trump revokes Obama guidelines on transgender bathrooms”
**Yet another hate-filled Trump decision**

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I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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