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禍不單行:WH Paralyzed, Trump terrified August 9, 2017

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A completely paralyzed White House:

1.WH Chief of Staff Reince Priebus sacked.

2. US AG Sessions publically huminiated by Trump. 

3. Obamacare repeal failed at U.S. Senate after many tries by the Republicans.

4. Mooch fired as WH communication director after 10 days of becoming one.

5. A bipartisan vote of a tougher sanction against Russia was overwhelmingly passed by the Congresd and Trump had to sign it into law. It drastically reduces Trump’s ability to lift sanctions against Russia: a huminiation to Trump presidency.

6. Mueller empaneled a brand new grand jury in DC looking into Trump campaign’s colusion with Russia.

7. Republican and Democratic Senators draft bills to protect Mueller from Trump.

8. Details of Trump’s January calls with leaders of Mexico and Australia leaked. Trump asked Enrique Peña Nieto stop publicly saying not to pay for the border wall because it made Trump looked bad. Trump said to Turnbull: “I hate taking these people (refugees from mostly Muslim countries.) I guarantee you they are bad.” 

Mueller impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia’s interference in the US presidential election. The grand jury sits in secret, subpoenas witnesses,demands documents, evaluates the case and issues indictments if it deems it appropriate. 

Trump has to be scared by Mueller’s grand jury which has ttemendous power to look into Trump’s past dealing with Russia. Worse for Trump, the grand jury was impaneled in Washington D.C., which Hillary won easily in 2016 with 95% of the vote. Trump’s chance of a fair trail isn’t very good. 

Can Trump sleep well tonight knowing that Mueller’s lawyers are checking his financial records and NSA are checking his and his family’s emails and phone calls?

Probably not.

Trump lied. Again. August 6, 2017

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  • Alan Shipnuck:

  • Trump:

  • White House:

  • White House again:

  • Did Trump lie?

Yes.

  • Can you ever trust Trump?

No.

  • Is Trump mentally fit to be the president of the U.S.?

You tell me.

  • Will Trump lie again?

Definitely.

  • Can Trump sleep in the night?

Probably not.

自娛 August 5, 2017

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《聊齋誌異》是蒲松齡的名著,而清王士禎的《奉題誌異詩》也是膾炙人口的好詩

「姑妄言之姑聽之,豆棚瓜架雨如絲; 料應厭作人間語,愛聽秋墳鬼唱時。」

蒲松齡有詩酬答:

志異書成共笑之,布袍蕭索鬢如絲。十年頗得黃州意,冷雨寒燈夜話時。


講失戀苦

花言巧語且信之,無心插柳絮如絲。狠他無情負心漢,最是傷心單戀時。

講老來無奈

人生七十勉爲之,白髮蒼蒼氣如絲。三高尿急腿發軟,可憐單身夜半時。

講小Baby

「緣鳳新雛天賜之,圓臉豐頰眉如絲。玲瓏小巧似仙女,最是可愛笑瞇時。

講蔡英文

國力衰微否認之,坐井觀天運如絲。南向轉型無指望,自欺欺人做夢時。

講民進黨

九二共識不甩之,陸客無蹤影如絲,旅館巴士沒人要,叫苦連天悽慘時。

「立法行政佔據之,例休年金錢如絲,是非到底空心菜,國運沉淪攏歹時。」

講台灣

藍綠相爭內轟之,廢核妄想電如絲;基建撒錢綁樁腳,禍留子孫背債時。

民粹治國口舌之,示威遊行理如絲;回扣關係是王道,自掘墳坑亡國時。

木栓閉氣省電之,議瑩挨掌髪如絲;行政立法似兒戲,貽笑大方腦殘時。

註:木栓者,林全也。閉氣者,林全下令政府每日中午一至三點關閉冷氣也。議瑩者,民進黨立委,審前瞻預算時殘遭藍營許淑華掌臉。

講台灣房市

「投客炒房飇漲之,蛋黃地寶價如絲;不吃不喝買不起,可憐首購傷心時。

講馬英九

九趴總統打臉之,百年老黨命如絲,半壁江山才失去,黨產充公要命時

I told you so August 3, 2017

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Just like what I’ve predicted that a grand jury will be formed by Mueller for Trumps and their cohorts a day or two ago.

Grand jury assembled in Trump-Russia investigation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40820863

How come a grand jury is panelled so fast into Mueller’s invedtigation? What Mueller have on Trumps?

Is it all Sessions’ fault?

Will indictment be next for Trump Jr. and/or Kushner?

Will immunities be offerred to Flynn and Manafort to get a bigger fish?

Will Trump, Trump Jr. and Kushner be forced to answer questions under oath?

Is it too late to fire Mueller and Rod Rosenstein?

Will Trump be impeached by the House after 2018 election after Republican lose the House to Democrats?

Will Trump resign?

All interesting questions and Trump probably can’t help but ask himself in days and weeks to come?

Trump vs Kim: A pictorial primer August 3, 2017

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First of all, take your pick to put the contest into context.

  1. 30 somthing vs. Grandpa.
  2. Happy face vs. sad face.
  3. 80後 vs. 歐吉桑

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Trump to Kim: 

We’ll take you out by force. 

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Trump to Graham: 

Tell Kim that I an dead serious about what I intend to do to Kim.

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Kim to Trump: Take this and shove it.

Self explanatory. No further explanation is needed.

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Trump to China:

It’s China’s fault because you are not doing your job and I, the president of the most powerful nation in the milky way galaxy and the leader of the world won’t allow it. Go talk to Kim and tell him to behave.

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China to Trump: 

It’s not my problem. You started it and it’s up to you to solve it. 

Btw, China has a saying about you: 解鈴還需系鈴人. Use Google translation to figure out what we mean. You might learn something.

Well, China declares that North Korea is not a Chinese problem. It is a U.S. problem. China also points out that it was Trump who started the conflict in the first place. Trump can solve the North Korea problem himself and China will step aside and watch with amusement.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Trump to Tillerson

Damn it, Rex. It appears our show of force isn’t working. Tillerson, do something! Let’s fly you to Pyongyang to talk to Kim instead. Rex, it is up to you now. Go do your job or I’ll fire you.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tillerson to Kim:

I am going to use the good cop/bad cop routine to deal with you.
First of all, Trump was just kidding when he said that he’ll kill Kim. Actually, he didn’t mean it. He want to be friends with Kim. He said a lot of stupid things like dreaming up phone calls from Boy Scout and president of Mexico. Don’t take Trump too seriously. He has a big mouth and lousy memory. He dreams a lot too.

Trump has a change of heart because Trump has all the fire power at his disposal but can’t fire a single shot. It’s all because of you (Kim). You doesn’t give a damn about Trump’s empty threats and keeps firing missiles to the sky. Can’t you just take a break and stop firing misdiles for a week or two. Trump needs some quiet time and peace of mind. Leaders around the world see him as a joke. Just ask France’s pretty face. He won’t let Trump’s hand go.

My job here is to find a ladder for Trump to climb down from without losing too much face? Can you just do that for old Rex. We can talk about having ExxomMobil do some work for you in private after dust settles. You know I have great 關係 at XOM.

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So what now, Trump? 

What are you going to do with Carl Vinson, Ronald Reagon and 20+ warships currently carrying out drills around Korean Peninsula? Was it 60+ warships instead of 20+? Isn’t there is a third aircraft carrier coming to Korean water to form an “armada”? 

What will happen to your “ironclad commitment” to protect South Korea and Japan since North Korea keeps sending missiles into the sky? You know that “IC” phrase is very catchy. It has that powerful ring to it when you say it so forcefully.

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Trump:

Wait for my tweets. That’s when I tell the truth. I have a country to run.

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Kim

Busy working on another ICBM test.

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China

Working on 一帶一路

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Russia

Hacking into U.S. 2018 election headquarters and dig more dirt on Hillary and Bill. They deserve to go to jail. Chinese call this: 吃幾天牢飯。

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Trump a hypocrite August 3, 2017

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What a loser Trump!

Directory.com defines ‘hypocrite‘ as follows:

Don’t you see Trump fit that definition perfectly?

That’s your government at its best August 3, 2017

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Spending our money! 

More of it by a Republican-controlled Congress.
Republican Party = Democratic Party

Both parties are shameful, wasteful, deceitful, corrupt and reprehensible.

This is American democracy at its best.

Do you want it? You can have it.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/08/02/john-stossel-trump-budget.html

Source: Fox News


Source: NATIONAL DEBT CLOCKS . ORG

永康牛肉麪 August 2, 2017

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第一次慕名而來是七,八個月以前。我們離開台灣四十年,去年 (2016) 年底搬回台灣定居,一有空就四處找吃的。牛肉麪當然是必吃的。我們去過八德路的林東方牛肉麪,友人說永康牛肉麪也是一個牛肉麪的兵家必爭之地,所以我們就去了。

台灣不像大陸,找飯館吃飯只要把”大眾點評“開開來,在手機上按幾下,離你最近的餐館就都出来了。你想吃什麽菜,花多少錢,走幾步路,查他人介紹,看菜的相片,”大眾點評“上面都有。許多餐館都有上百或數千個人對它發表意見。有些餐館有數百或數千張相片供你參考。台灣好像沒有那一個網站對餐館的好壞有絕對權威性的報導。

不知道是我不會用,還是我沒有搞懂,我總覺得”愛評“有點死氣沉沉的,用的人不多。每家餐館只有幾幾或十幾個評語,照片也不多,無法參考,我有點失望。Yelp 在台灣也有一些人使用,不過我猜許多都是觀光客寫的因為英文的評論比较多。台灣的餐館也只有比較有名的幾家才會在 Yelp 上面被客人批評著。

不過,私人的網路平台上倒是有不少討論美食的精彩的文章。比較齊全的是”痞客邦美食”。我猜,這個”邦”可能就是 blog 的意思吧。

許多痞客邦美食上面的文章都是洋洋灑灑好幾頁,相片二,三十張,仔仔細細的介紹餐館的裝潢,燈光的照射,屋頂的高矮,菜單的設計,菜式的選擇,小菜的式樣,飲料的種類,選材的藝術,廚師的手藝,味道的好壞,服務的態度,出菜的快慢,甜點的精緻,每一項都講的非常清楚,頭頭是道。

還有許多人把自己的相片都放在裏面,讓大家能夠見其文,觀其相,就好像她們帶著你走一圈一樣。不過好像絕大多數都是年輕貌美的可愛小姑娘。她們擺著大方的姿勢,穿著美麗的服飾,露出甜美的笑容,仔細的告訴你餐館怎麽去,開門的時間,餐館的電話號碼,捷運坐那一線,那一站下車,從那個出口出來,走多久,怎麼轉彎,你只要照著走,保險你順利的到來。

她們有條有理的告訴大家她們對餐館的意見,對每道菜的看法,對價錢的分析,對CP值的解釋,對飲料的選擇,對類似餐館的比較,講的頭頭是道,真是厲害,令我非常佩服。

上次來永康街是我們第一次來永康商圈,也是第一次吃永康牛肉麪。第二次來的時候是跟女兒和女婿一起來,可惜麪館關門,裝修內部,只有去附近的東門餃子館。這陣子,老婆不在,我一個人來永康牛肉麵館吃它的牛筋麪。

餐館確實是裝修了,不過,

麪館看來有點擠,牆腳依然有點髒,

桌椅仍然有點亂,走道還是有點窄,

地板似乎有點新,牆壁感覺有點白,

排隊一樣有點久,桌面確實有點黏,

價錢可能有點漲,酸菜依舊有點甜,

小菜絕對有點小,廁所覺得有點臭,

可是你如果能夠把那些”有點”的瑕疵和失望撇在腦後,眼睛只看你眼前的那碗牛筋麪,能過且過,就吃麪吧。

不過,說幾句公道話,上海的餐館和臺灣的餐館差不多,一樣有許多可以改進的空間。不知道是不是人多才有這種通病。可是,不管怎麽樣,台灣比大陸要早發展三十幾年,人民的素質和文明的進步應該也要比大陸早三十幾年。可是,台灣看起來並沒有超過大陸多少。是我沒看到,還是我看了卻沒有到呢?

希望問題在我。

在台灣,除非你去第一流的大餐廳,大部分的餐館多少都有同樣的問題。

生意不好的餐館,我可以瞭解他們的困境:薪水都發不出來,夫妻兩個加上兒女死撐在那裏,根本沒有錢做任何改進。可是,像永康牛肉面這種超級忙,客人排隊,生意特好,老闆賺翻天的餐館為什麼不能把餐館的形象改一改,我就木摘樣了。沒錯,永康牛肉麪館裝修了,餐館比以前有些改進,可是餐館的形象就是沒辦法改進。

不知道它的原因是:

1。老闆貪心,不願意把賺的錢拿出來改善餐館的形象,

2。老闆給每個員工加薪25%,所以沒有剩餘的錢做其他的改善工作,

3。老闆不在乎。反正其他餐館都是這個樣子,

4。客人對台灣餐館的要求不高,髒一點就髒一點吧。反正只來這一次,睜一隻眼,閉一只眼,半個鍾頭就出來了。

5。台灣沒有按時檢查餐館或不按時抽查餐館的制度。台灣政府絕對不敢提出這種制度,怕這些人遊街示威,名嘴大罵政府,說政客壓迫小市民,增加餐館的營運成本。

6。台灣不是一個真正的已經發達的國家,政府和整個旅游界不注重這種細節。

美國許多地方政府都有檢查餐館的制度。地方政府按時或突襲檢查轄下所有餐館的運作,不合標準的餐館就立即改進。過幾天,他們又會回來抽查,幾次改進仍然不合格的就勒令關門,如此搞來搞去,一直到合格為止。有些政府還爲餐館打分,把餐館的成績用A,B,C,D分類,把它放在餐館的門口,讓遊客和當地居民看的一清二楚。你要是開餐館,搞個 C 或 D 掛在大門口,你敢不改進嗎?

唉,這些憂國憂民的事,豈是我這幾句牢騷可以改變的?大國和小國中間的距離那能一下子就改變的了的呢?九二不共識,一中自己表,為了政黨的意識形態,把全島的人民往死裏拖。人民沒錢,餐館生意怎麼能好?餐館生意不好,員工薪水怎麼能夠增加?人民薪水低,政府怎麼會有錢?

不曉得是豆棚瓜架雨如絲的時候,我突發奇想竟然愛聽秋墳鬼唱詩;還是正當冷雨寒燈夜話時,我窮極無聊,滿紙前後荒唐言,盡說天下無聊事。你就姑妄言之妄聽之吧。

要不然,端張板凳坐下來吃碗牛肉麪吧?不管是街邊$120一碗的,還是永康$220一碗的,吃完就把國家大事忘了以免傷了身,岔了氣,划不來。

嗯,我不是要講牛肉麪的嗎?怎麼會講到餐館的廁所去了?無聊死了。

五十幾年的老餐館了。歷久不衰,難得。能在兵家必爭之地堅持到現在,應該有它特別的地方。

麪館生意很好。樓下座無虛席。

廚房一角。粉蒸肉小的可憐。上面幾塊排骨丁,底下都是紅薯。

樓上飯廳的入口。

這是樓上。比樓下鬆。沒那麽多人。對面的牆上有菜單。一個小廚房就在對面的角落裏。小菜式樣比樓下要少。

小菜種類還不少。自己吃就只能叫兩三個嘗一嘗了。小菜都一般,沒有什麼特別出色。

沒多久,女服務員就把一碗熱騰騰的牛肉麪就端到桌上。看到濃濃的牛肉湯就想起正統川味牛肉麪的味道:紅紅的辣油,薄薄的一層飄在紅燒牛肉湯上;牛肉和湯的香味一陣陣的飄出來,淡淡的豆瓣醬和香料的味道雜在牛肉湯的香味裏,讓你沒辦法不食指大動。我對紅燒牛肉麵有偏愛,比較不喜歡清燉牛肉麪。一來,出國以前在台灣吃的幾乎全都是川味紅燒牛肉麪。二來,清燉牛肉麪好像差了那麽一點勁道似的。

牛筋很嫩,很大塊,不過不是那種咬起來軟兮兮的那種。咬到一半之後,中間還一點硬,需要上下門牙再用力一點才能咬下一塊。外面嫩,中間QQ的,牛肉湯的味道順著入口的牛筋,進入口中,奇香無比,口感不錯,有嚼勁味道亦佳。酸菜泡在牛肉湯裏,默默的爲牛肉湯增加一點甜味和一點酸味。

麪條就是普通市場上買得到的中筋麪條,稍微有點軟,沒有手工自製高筋麪粉的嚼勁。稀里嘩啦的就吃下去,嚼两口就行了。湯非常好喝,不辣,味道十足。飄在湯上面的酸菜和蔥花襯出湯的香味,只是別的客人還在,我不好意思把碗拿起來就著嘴喝,只能一瓢一瓢的喝,不怎麽過癮。

牛肉麪沒有青菜是美中不足。台灣小白菜是首選。菠菜也可以。要不然青崗菜也可以。永康把菜省了,有點失望。

除了牛肉麪,我看隔壁叫了一碗炸醬麪,忍不住就叫了一碗解饞。永康牛肉面好吃,永康炸醬麪也呱呱叫。熱糊糊的細麵,加上份量正正好的炸醬,濃濃的炸酱香味,油油的碎肉,配上新鮮的蔥花,一拌起來,真是過癮。牛肉麪沒吃完,要了盒子打包,明天中午的中飯就有了。

講白了,永康街牛肉面就是我以前記得的牛肉麪。吃完了麵,肚子飽了,淡淡的鄉愁也跑了。渾身有點發熱,汗流浃背,背上的衣服黏起來了。走在台灣夏天大太陽底下的路上,身上更熱了。

不過,吃了一碗面能夠回憶一下過去的情景,回味一下過去熟悉的味道,蠻值得的。

Mueller and Grand Jury August 2, 2017

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It takes many lies to cover up the first lie.

We all knew how it got started; an innocent email promising dirt on Hillary:

This was how the first lie got started from the very top:

Then there was the 2nd lie to cover the first one:

Then the third:

There will be more lies later. Just wait and see. Some lies have already said behind closed doors but we don’t know what they were. More lies from Trumps will come and the situation isn’t pretty for Trump or the Jr.

We all know they lied. Trumps all know that we know they lied. Mueller knows that Trumps lied. Trump and Junior are betting that the Mueller can’t proof anything.

If he can, Trump has to step down and Jr. may have to spend some quality time behind bars.

Trump and Jr. are scared because they have too many skeletons behind closed doors and some Republican Senators are doing their best to protect Sessions from being axed by Trump.

Don’t believe for a moment that there won’t be any more leaks from the WH despite Kelly’s appointment.

My follow up questions August 1, 2017

Posted by hslu in China, Putin, Russia, Trump.
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There are about 1200 U.S. State Department employees currently working against Russia in Russia. 755 of them got fired by Putin. Mr. Tillerson should fire them and save American tax payers by at least $500 million a year.

Here are my follow up questions:

How many U.S. State Department employees are working in China against China now?

Should that numbers be cut by 63% in one fell swoop too?