Saturday, November 18, 2017
By now everyone knows about the Roy Moore sexual scandal and Moore's denial of any wrongdoing. Also, by now everyone has heard about the accusations involving Senator Al Franken by Leeann Weeden, and now another woman, Melanie Morgan, has come forward with accusations of sexual harassment, but I haven't read what those specific accusation are.
Sen. Franken has apologized to Weeden for his behavior, and she has accepted the apology and added that she doesn't believe he should resign from the US Senate.
Both of these women are Trump supporters, Morgan is an avid Tea Party follower. Another curious fact is that political operative Roger Stone knew about the Weeden accusation and tweeted about it before it became public.
What does this all mean? I don't know, but I think Sen. Franken's call for a Congressional inquiry on the charges against him is a good idea.
The difference in these stories and accusations is that in Roy Moore's case, the women said they were Trump supporters who voted for him. The women now accusing Sen. Franken are also Trump/Tea Party supporters. We need to find out more about this.
Meanwhile 16 women have accused Trump of sexual harassment, unwanted kissing, touching, and in a couple of cases rape.
Where are the calls for an inquiry into Trump's sexual predations?
Trump tweeted about Sen. Franken's accusations, but was silent about Moore's accusers. He referred to Sen. Franken as "Frankenstein," something an adolescent jerk would do, but then, isn't that what trump is?
Until we investigate the charges by the 16 women who've come forward and accused Trump of sexual misconduct, Trump should keep his little itchy Tweety fingers to himself. Every time he goes after anyone being accused of sexual misconduct, it only points to his own dirty past. If Congress investigates Sen. Franken, they need to investigate Trump. The accusations against him are far, far worse.
WHEN HAS TRUMP BEEN ACCUSED OF RAPE OR ATTEMPTED RAPE?
ALLEGATIONS INCLUDE A CHILD, HIS WIFE AND A BUSINESS ASSOCIATE
"Trump has been accused of rape and attempted rape a total of three times, once involving an alleged victim who was a year younger than Moore's accuser.
In 1994, Trump went to a party with Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire who was a notorious registered sex offender, and raped a 13-year-old girl that night in what was a "savage sexual attack," according to a lawsuit filed in June 2016 by "Jane Doe." The account was corroborated by a witness in the suit, who claimed to have watched as the child performed various sexual acts on Trump and Epstein even after the two were advised she was a minor.
"Immediately following this rape Defendant Trump threatened me that, were I ever to reveal any of the details of Defendant Trump’s sexual and physical abuse of me, my family and I would be physically harmed if not killed,"
Jane Doe wrote in the lawsuit, filed in New York. The lawsuit was dropped in November 2016, just four days before the election, with Jane Doe's attorneys citing "numerous threats" against her."
A former Trump business associate, Jill Harth, claimed in a 1997 lawsuit the New York real estate mogul “attempted rape” and groped her without her consent on various occasions. In the suit, Harth described a violent encounter at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, in which Trump allegedly threw her against the wall of one of his children’s bedrooms before lifting up her dress.
"It was a shocking thing to have him do this, because he knew I was with George [her partner], he knew they were in the next room," she recalled in an October 2016 interview with The Guardian. "How could he be doing this when I'm there for business?"
In the pre-election interview, Harth maintained her allegations against Trump despite having withdrawn her lawsuit against him after he settled a separate suit her partner filed over a business dispute.
Friday, November 17, 2017
Sergey Kislyak said on Wednesday that it would take him more than 20 minutes to name all of the Trump officials he's met with or spoken to on the phone.
"No collusion! No collusion! You're the collusion!!"
Why did trump's people meet with the Russians and then try to conceal those meetings?
"According to a profile in Politico, people who know Kislyak describe the ambsassador "as intelligent but an unyielding advocate for the Kremlin line."
Kislyak made the remarks in a sprawling interview with Russia-1, a popular state-owned Russian television channel.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
My nephew, classical guitar composer and instructor, Kevin Callaham.
Yessler Way Music
"This fascinating and complex advanced piece was commissioned by Russian guitarist Artyom Dervoed and premiered by him at the Guitar Foundation of America convention in 2015.
We’ll let Callahan describe his piece: “The Possessed is in three movements. The first movement features numerous and furious scales juxtaposed with lyrical sections that, for some, recall Chopin and Paganini. This is a very animated movement backed by power and bravado, yet offering moments of contemplation.
“The middle movement begins with harmonics and a feeling of space, a feeling of nostalgia. It is soon followed by a passacaglia that morphs into an accented series of odd meters where voices interplay and perhaps hint at modern Baroque.
“The last movement, while continuing with themes found in the first and second movements, combines both modern elements with easily accessible melodies culminating in a fury of discordant chords and blistering scales.”
Below, Russian guitarist Artyom Dervoed plays the lyrical second movement: