ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 187

PRESIDENT TRUMP TO SEND 4,000 TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN, TRUMP ACKNOWLEDGES OPIOID EPIDEMIC AS ALCOHOL CONTINUES TO KILL; TRUMP AT WAR WITH REPUBLICAN LEADERS; HURRICANE HARVEY HITS AS CATEGORY 4; JERRY LEWIS DIES; DEFICIT CEILING DISCUSSIONS; MORE….  WITH APOLOGIES FOR THIS WEEK’S FONT ISSUES-SIZE ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 187  AUGUST 27, 2017 PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review:  PRESIDENT Trump unveils plans to send additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan as situation is “fast-worsening”, plunging the country into “deeper chaos”.  Who knew the chaos could get any deeper?  17 years on, goals remain undefined, media and public have tired of daily coverage, but military has convinced Trump to follow in the desert-baked footsteps of the predecessor he so strongly criticized during his campaign.  Having driven more farmers into poppy seed production we lack a strategy for the “nation-building” President Trump so strongly disavows, but which is perhaps the only alternative for supply disruption.  As he recently said, our goal is killing terrorists, not nation building.  War without end to continue until next presidency? Trump acknowledges things look different from Oval Office.  A perspective he would do well to remember when next asked to subsidize coal mining, the reduction of national parkland, taxes, health and social services for addiction treatment, and the literally 1,000s of issues affected by a president.  Now that he has admitted it once, the next time may be easier for our blunderbuss President. Breitbart, to which Steve Bannon has returned, criticized the change in policy. PRESIDENT Trump challenges Congress to tie raising deficit ceiling to funds for wall at Mexican border.  Remember  “who’s going to pay for the wall?  MEXICO!)  Republican leaders...

ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 186

TRUMP AND DECEASED PRESIDENT THOMAS JEFFERSON COMMENT ON DEMONSTRATIONS; BIG BUSINESS AND TRUMP DIVORCE AT 2 PANELS + 1 STILLBORN; CONFEDERACY IS NATIONAL QUESTION OF THE DAY; HOMELESS HOUSING OPPOSED IN POOR L.A. NEIGHBORHOOD; SOLAR TRADE WAR COMING?; “MEDICARE FOR ALL” NO LONGER FIGHTING WORDS?; MORE… ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 186 AUGUST 18, 2017 PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review: IN wake of Charlottesville demonstrations Trump unable to decide whether to go full-on racist or temper his remarks. He did both and thus disappointed everyone when he first saw violence on “many” sides, then became somewhat more realistic, then retreated to his initial positions that the Nazis and “alt-left” were equally at fault. COLORADO Senator Cory Gardner said we “should call evil by its name. This were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism”. (The Economist, August 19, 2017.) [Your blogger posted on Facebook comparing the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto and their Nazi overseers in WWII to the current White Supremacists with their open carry of weapons, KKK uniforms, Nazi flags vs. the “alt-left” (which your blogger admires for their courage to stand up physically to the Nazi free speech, at the risk of both arrest and beatings, even permanent injury or death. There is the law, and there is the time to stand up yourself and force progress in the law.) Free speech applies to speech in many forms, but did the founders so often cited by conservative jurists mean I can chant ‘Jews Won’t Replace Us” while threatening Jews and others with bats and guns? The lawyer in me says one thing, the human in me says another. My post...

ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 185

TRUMP DANCES AT EDGE OF WAR; U.N. AND CONGRESS PASS (DIFFERENT) BUT TOUGHER SANCTIONS; FBI/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CRACK DOWN ON LEAKING; INFRASTRUCTURE NEXT (DOMINO TO FALL); RIGHT TO TRY LAW PROPOSED; NEW JOBS IN JULY ARE 205,000; TRANSGENDER 8 YEAR OLD SUES PRIVATE SCHOOL; COURT STAYS DEPORTATION; MORE… ELDERUPDATES.COM, No.  185 AUGUST 11, 2017 PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review: “FIRE and fury like the world has never seen” promised by President in adlib response to N. Korea nuclear weapon testing.  (Los Angeles Times, August 9, 2017.)  Promises of great violence and death not expected to reach President’s vacation home, however, giving relief to those overly concerned about man-boys sounding off. One who has never served should consult with those who have before adlibbing words that could lead to the death of tens of thousands, or more. One bluff leading to another leads to one or another misunderstanding in a firestorm of tension, and then leads to the order to … to do what, exactly? Presidents weighing these decisions in the past have been thoughtful about the potential dangers, albeit more so to our own citizens and allies.  One should not cross their arms like an angry dad saying “I’m done and you’re not going, and that’s it”! The stakes are high, the world is holding its collective breath and Trump ups the ante.  Trump doesn’t, but should, read history.  As McCain quoted Teddy Roosevelt “walk softly and carry a big stick”. Though President Trump may think he’s speaking to Kim Jong Un(predictable), in his own language, Trump he may just be adding tinder to the fire. Before starting off for...

ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 184

SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER GOES TO GRAND JURY; TRUMP CALLS FOR TRANSGENDER BAN IN MILITARY; SERIAL FIRINGS AT WHITE HOUSE; OBAMACARE REPEAL FAILS – ACA PREMIUMS TO RISE 12.5% IN CA; DEPRESSION AND TEEN SUICIDE; L.A. TO HOST OLYMPICS WHILE PRAYING TO PENSION GODS FOR GOOD RETURNS; WELLS FARGO (AGAIN?); MORE… ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 184 AUGUST 4, 2017 PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review: RUSSIA sanctions passed by Congress with veto proof majority and signed by Trump.  Putin expels 750 diplomats from Russia; many were Russian locals, not from U.S. PRESIDENT Trump calls for ban on transgenders in military, shortcutting 6 month study by 5 months and surprising Pentagon.  (The WEEK, August 4, 2017.) CHIEF of Staff Rience Priebus fired by Scaramucci even before Scaramucci technically on payroll; Scaramucci had started his own job just 10 days ago. SCARAMUCCI then fired the day Trump appoints John Kelly to Chief of Staff position and after Scaramucci called a magazine to use dirty language to create demeaning visual pictures of Priebus and Bannon. Although Trump continues to rail at Sessions for recusing himself (Sessions) from Russian investigations, conservatives rally to Sessions’ defense stating there will be no hearings on a successor to Sessions, while Georgia (where Sessions was a senator contemplates whether he can simply return to his senate position. New Chief of Staff General Kelly apparently called Sessions to assure Sessions his job is safe.  Widespread hopes Kelly will bring structure and stability to White House. SPECIAL Counsel goes to grand jury – particulars of charges and investigation still unknown.  (NBC/BBC, August 3, 2017.) PRESIDENT Trump states he has all encompassing powers to...