Saturday, March 11, 2017

I am grateful for at least one US Attorney with backbone.

The USA is losing its' democracy in favor of a dictator and plutocracy. Former US Attorney Bharara is absolutely correct in his chosen course. Somehow, Mr. Trump believes everyone would be ashamed to be "Fired." Not so.

Some Americans can consider such hideous and arrogant actions a badge of honor. There is no basis for Mr. Bharara's termination. The firings (they sincerely aren't resignations) are inappropriately political.

Unlike Trump's employees, US Attorneys are not easily found. They are attorneys willing to face dangerous odds at times. It takes a special attorney to dedicate themselves to the best outcomes for the USA WITHIN THE LAW.

Mr. Bharara is an important man. He will have no problems finding a welcoming law firm. That is the case for all of the US Attorneys inappropriately removed from their office. They will be successful no matter the path they choose. What is worrisome is the sovereignty of the USA. It's constitution is slowly being dissolved and no one seems to care.

March 11, 2017
By Maggie Haberman

Preet Bharara,(click here) the Manhattan federal prosecutor who was asked by President Trump to remain in his post shortly after the election, was fired on Saturday after he refused an order to submit his resignation.

Mr. Bharara’s dismissal capped an extraordinary showdown in which a political appointee who was named by Mr. Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama, declined an order to submit a resignation.

“I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired. Being the US Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life,” Mr. Bharara wrote on his personal Twitter feed, which he set up in the last two weeks.

Mr. Bharara was among 46 holdover Obama appointees who were called by the acting deputy attorney general on Friday and told to immediately submit resignations and plan to clear out of their offices. But Mr. Bharara, who was called to Trump Tower for a meeting with the incoming president in late November 2016, declined to do so.

Mr. Bharara said he was asked by Mr. Trump to remain in his current post at the meeting. Mr. Bharara met with Mr. Trump at Trump Tower, and then addressed reporters afterward. 

Before the firing, one of New York’s top elected Republicans voiced support for Mr. Bharara on Saturday....

This is called governance, not greed.

This is the Trudeau family, happy, healthy and young. Canada has wisely entrusted it's governance to the NEXT GENERATION rather than remaining with the generation that doesn't realize retirement doesn't mean death.

And, NO, I do not believe Texas oil barons love their grandchildren and great grandchildren more than their wealth. I would think that is plainly obvious.

It is called "generational morality," to recognize the needs of the future and the path on which it lies and to respond in planning for inevitable outcomes that benefit the future.

March 11, 2017
By Jeremy Berke

"No country (click here) would find 173 billion barrels of oil in the ground and just leave them there," Trudeau said during his address to oil and gas industry executives at Houston's CERAWeek conference, discussing Alberta's vast oil sands reserve.

Trudeau's comments were met with a standing ovation from the over 1,200 attendees — an out-of-the-ordinary reaction to a keynote speaker, conference-goers told the CBC. The prime minister was also given an award for his efforts to balance environmental protection with energy production.

"The resource will be developed. Our job is to ensure this is done responsibly, safely and sustainably," Trudeau added. "Nothing is more essential to the US economy than access to a secure, reliable source of energy. Canada is that source."...

The Ides of March is coming, will the Speaker of the USA House under the USA Constitution impeach their dictator?

Auckland is the northern region of the North Island.

New Zealand is east of Australia.

March 11, 2017

Hundreds of residents are without power and homes and streets are flooded as torrential rain continues to lash the north of the country this morning.
A person is trapped in a car filling with water on Alfriston Ardmore Rd. The flooding is currently up to the steering wheel and the fire service is on the way to rescue the occupant.
Fire crews in Northland, Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty were kept busy overnight, with the fire service receiving 153 weather-related calls between 6pm and 6am.
They've been dealing with flooded houses, basements and garages.
More than 100 of the pleas for help came from the Auckland region.

Problems first started cropping up in east Auckland, with flooding in Howick and Beachlands and then moving to Otara, Otahuhu, Manurewa and Papatoe....

Bush was a power play, Trump is a coup..

Why is it that Republicans don't believe in freedom and a two party system? The Republicans are too scared to impeach a dictator.

March 4, 2007
By David Johnston, Eric Lipton and William Yardley 

Washington, March 3 — After Daniel G. Bogden (click here) got the call in December telling him that he was being dismissed as the United States attorney in Nevada, he pressed for an explanation.

Mr. Bogden, who was named the top federal prosecutor in Nevada in 2001 after 11 years of working his way up at the Justice Department, asked an official at the agency’s headquarters if the firing was related to his performance or to that of his office. “That didn’t enter into the equation,” he said he was told.

After several more calls, Mr. Bogden reached a senior official who offered an answer. “There is a window of opportunity to put candidates into an office like mine,” Mr. Bogden said, recalling the conversation. “They were attempting to open a slot and bring someone else in.”

The ouster of Mr. Bogden and seven other United States attorneys has set off a furor in Washington that took the Bush administration by surprise....

No doubt God put Trump in the presidency to be the dictator he was born to be.

March 10, 2017
By Charles Savage and Maggie Haberman  

Washington — The Trump administration (click here) moved on Friday to sweep away most of the remaining vestiges of Obama administration prosecutors at the Justice Department, ordering 46 holdover United States attorneys to tender their resignations immediately — including Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan.

The firings were a surprise — especially for Mr. Bharara, who has a reputation for prosecuting public corruption cases and for investigating insider trading. In November, Mr. Bharara met with then President-elect Donald J. Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan and told reporters afterward that both Mr. Trump and Jeff Sessions, who is now the attorney general, had asked him about staying on, which the prosecutor said he expected to do.

But on Friday, Mr. Bharara was among federal prosecutors who received a call from Dana Boente, the acting deputy attorney general, instructing him to resign, according to a person familiar with the matter. As of Friday evening, though some of the prosecutors had publicly announced their resignations, Mr. Bharara had not. A spokesman for Mr. Bharara declined to comment....