The Pine Tree, News for Calaveras County and Beyond Weather
Amador Angels Camp Arnold Bear Valley Copperopolis Murphys San Andreas Valley Springs Moke Hill/West Point Tuolumne
Business Directory
Weather & Roads
Real Estate
Weekly & Grocery Ads
Life & Style
Law Enforcement
Wine News
Health & Fitness
Home & Garden
Food & Dining
Religion & Faith
Frogtown USA
Legal Notices
Free Classifieds
Letters to the Editor
About Us

Coming Soon...
Thursday, Dec 14
All Day Yoga - Gentle Flow
All Day Voices of Wisdom adult 55+ writing classes
06:00 PM Calaveras Uncorked Wine Education Series
06:00 PM Celebrate the Season with a Local Tradition and a Holiday Classic: Studio 4 Dance Theater’s “The
All Day Looking Over the President's Shoulder
Friday, Dec 15
All Day Yoga - Gentle Flow
All Day Voices of Wisdom adult 55+ writing classes
06:00 PM Sip N' Paint with Artist Mary Sexton
All Day Looking Over the President's Shoulder
Saturday, Dec 16
All Day Yoga - Gentle Flow
All Day Voices of Wisdom adult 55+ writing classes
All Day Looking Over the President's Shoulder
07:00 PM Looking Over the President’s Shoulder at MCT December 1-17th
Sunday, Dec 17
All Day Yoga - Gentle Flow
All Day Voices of Wisdom adult 55+ writing classes
04:00 PM Symphony of the Sierra to Perform at Columbia College on December 17th
Until 02:00 PM Looking Over the President's Shoulder
07:00 PM Looking Over the President’s Shoulder at MCT December 1-17th
Monday, Dec 18
All Day Yoga - Gentle Flow
All Day Voices of Wisdom adult 55+ writing classes
Tuesday, Dec 19
All Day Yoga - Gentle Flow
01:30 PM Santa is Coming to the Arnold Library December 19th
Until 04:00 PM Voices of Wisdom adult 55+ writing classes
Wednesday, Dec 20
All Day Overeaters Anonymous meeting
All Day Yoga - Gentle Flow
Thursday, Dec 21
All Day Yoga - Gentle Flow
Friday, Dec 22
All Day Yoga - Gentle Flow
Saturday, Dec 23
All Day Yoga - Gentle Flow
Sunday, Dec 24
All Day Yoga - Gentle Flow
07:00 PM Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship
Monday, Dec 25
All Day Yoga - Gentle Flow
Tuesday, Dec 26
All Day Yoga - Gentle Flow
Wednesday, Dec 27
All Day Overeaters Anonymous meeting
All Day Yoga - Gentle Flow

Search Announcements

Log In


Remember Me

Posted by: thepinetree on 03/03/2017 10:34 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 03/03/2017 10:34 AM
Expires: 01/01/2022 12:00 AM

He's Back....President Trump Returns To Twitter

Washington, DC....After a fairly calm week in which he resisted to being baited by the Oscars and had largely high marks for his address to congress. Today he returned to Twitter form in his Tweet about Senator Chuck Schumer & Schumer's Vlad moment....

Comments - Make a comment
The comments are owned by the poster. We are not responsible for its content. We value free speech but remember this is a public forum and we hope that people would use common sense and decency. If you see an offensive comment please email us at
Posted on: 2017-03-03 11:22:20   By: Anonymous
How sick of him we are - destroying our democracy before our very eyes. So very sad.

[Reply ]

    Re: SICK!
    Posted on: 2017-03-03 11:58:05   By: Anonymous
    Sen. Schumer’s meeting with Vladimir Putin in New York back in 2003 occurred in full view of the public. The topic was a Russian gas deal.

    Trump's minions met with Vlad behind closed doors. The topic was the overthrow of American democracy. Of course, Trump shouts, "bright shinny object" and his followers look.

    [Reply ]

      Trump is going to jail
      Posted on: 2017-03-03 13:26:31   By: Anonymous
      "Lyin' Ted?" Nope, Donald... Lyin' YOU.
      "Crooked Hillary?" Nope, Donald... Crooked YOU!

      In his first 100 days the POTUS is overflowing the swamp, not draining it.

      Trump’s connections to Russian business interests are murky, thanks to his decision not to release his tax returns during the campaign. We know that the Miss Universe pageant was hosted in Moscow when Trump owned it and that he earned millions of dollars for doing so. We know, too, that he’s repeatedly explored real estate deals in the country. It’s not clear whether Trump has met Kislyak, though the ambassador attended a foreign policy speech Trump gave last spring and the reception that preceded it. We know now that Trump has been in communication with Putin — but he also claimed to have been in contact with representatives of the Russian president (and Putin himself) before the campaign.

      [Here’s what we know about Donald Trump and his ties to Russia]

      Jeff Sessions, attorney general. Sessions’s relationship with Kislyak is well-established by now. This is a good point at which to note, though, that the existence of that relationship does not in any way imply wrongdoing by Sessions. It’s just part of the network we’re establishing.

      Attorney General Jeff Sessions told reporters at the Justice Department, March 2, that he was recusing himself from any investigation having to do with President Trump's 2016 campaign. Here are key moments from that news conference.

      Jared Kushner, adviser. Trump’s son-in-law (Ivanka’s husband) also met with Kislyak during the period between Election Day and the inauguration, according to the New York Times. Kushner also has some loose connections to Russian business interests, according to the Times, including an investment from tech investor Yuri Milner in a real estate investment company and a friendship with the wife of oligarch Roman Abramovich. (She was invited to the inauguration as Ivanka Trump’s guest.)

      Michael Flynn, former national security adviser. Flynn had a number of contacts with Kislyak after Election Day, including attending that meeting between the ambassador and Kushner. (Flynn was forced to resign his position after it was revealed that his comments about the content of those meetings to Vice President Pence were falsehoods.) After resigning from the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014, Flynn was invited to give a paid speech at a celebration of RT. He did so and joined Putin’s table for a related banquet.

      Vice President Mike Pence said he was “disappointed” that former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn misled him on his contacts with Russia, during a visit on Feb. 20 to NATO headquarters in Brussels. (Reuters)

      The younger Trump visited France last October to speak to an obscure Russian group. In 2008, Don Jr., who works for the Trump Organization, famously told a real estate conference that “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets” and that “we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

      Paul Manafort, former campaign manager. Manafort’s links to Russian interests are well established. New revelations that emerged during the campaign prompted Trump to demand Manafort’s resignation. Manafort is one of the Trump campaign staffers who reportedly made contact with Russian interests during the campaign.

      A Ukrainian lawmaker releases more details of what he says were secret payments made to Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chief who resigned the same day the new details emerged. (Reuters)

      Rex Tillerson, secretary of state. Before he was confirmed to serve as the head of the State Department, even Republicans questioned Tillerson’s relationship to Putin. As the head of ExxonMobil, Tillerson helped negotiate a massive agreement between the Russian government and ExxonMobil-Rosneft, a partnership between the two companies. Tillerson was subsequently awarded the “Order of Friendship” by Putin.

      Being a "friend of Vladimir" is not an attribute I am hoping for from a #SecretaryOfState – Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 11, 2016

      Wilbur Ross, secretary of commerce. Ross’s connections to Russian business interests are less obvious than Tillerson’s. During the Clinton administration, Ross served on the board of the U.S.-Russia Investment Fund, an effort to bolster businesses in post-Cold-War Russia. During his confirmation, questions arose about his ownership of a bank on Cyprus that, in the words of McClatchy’s Kevin Hall, “caters to wealthy Russians.”

      Roger Stone, longtime adviser. Stone’s connection to Russia is murky. During the campaign, he drew attention for seeming to have inside knowledge on the WikiLeaks document releases — releases that have been linked to Russian interests by the government. More directly, the Times reports that Stone is possibly under investigation by the U.S. government for his links to Russia.

      Carter Page, former adviser. Page is included in that alleged investigation as well, but his links to Russia are more clear. Page pretty clearly met with Kislyak last year during the Republican convention in Cleveland, as he admitted to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Thursday night. He also has repeatedly addressed Russian business groups in that country, including twice in 2016. Over a decade ago, he worked in Russia as an investment banker.

      J.D. Gordon, former adviser. Page is far in the outer orbit of Trump’s circle, serving briefly as part of Trump’s national security advisory team. He’s joined there by Gordon, a onetime Pentagon spokesman who also served as an adviser to the campaign. Gordon, like Page, reportedly spoke with Kislyak in Cleveland.

      This document should be considered a work in progress. As more information is released, it (and the graphic) will be updated. Again, none of the relationships above are intended to show misbehavior by those involved. The broad question at stake is the extent to which Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 election and, if it did, the extent to which it may have leveraged relationships with Trump’s team to that end. That much-bigger question is much harder to evaluate.

      Jon Lovitz once said (when asked if he had anything IN his body...), "It's bad..."

      It's bad for old man Donald. REAL bad...

      [Reply ]

        Re: Trump is going to jail
        Posted on: 2017-03-05 05:07:56   By: Anonymous

        [Reply ]

    Re: SICK!
    Posted on: 2017-03-04 08:10:48   By: Anonymous
    Who is destroying the our democracy? Get real fool!

    If you think you’re going crazy from nonstop news coverage of unruly behavior and disruptive protests across the country since Donald Trump was elected president, rest assured there are veiled reasons for the current madness. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Goodwin asserts the ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome,’ is no temporarily insane reaction, but rather “a calculated plan to wreck the presidency, whatever the cost to the country.”

    The beginnings of this “rolling coup” happened in broad daylight in the taking down of Lieutenant General Michael Flynn as Director of National Security by residual players within the Obama intelligence community -- including the CIA and the NSA.

    Political correctness remains so dominant in language and culture in the U.S., that no one dares utter the word "sedition." Unbeknownst to most Americans, Barack Obama is the first ex-president in 228 years of U.S. history to structure and lead a political organization, a shadow government, for the explicit purpose of sabotaging his successor -- duly elected President Donald Trump. The primary vehicle of this campaign is Organizing for Action (OFA), legally founded in January 2013 by First Lady Michelle Obama and her husband’s 2012 campaign manager Jim Messina, with input from David Axelrod.

    [Reply ]

    Re: democracy??
    Posted on: 2017-03-04 08:19:06   By: Anonymous
    And to the republic for with I stand.

    [Reply ]

    Re: SICK!
    Posted on: 2017-03-04 16:20:14   By: Anonymous
    You are guilty of propagating Fake News.

    [Reply ]

sick tweets
Posted on: 2017-03-03 12:30:19   By: Anonymous
Obviously no one lying under oath here! 'Wish news outlets would do their research and post the real story about the photo showing Putin and Schumer, which was just a publicity photo at a gas station purchased by a Russian company. A wide-open book. Instead, a stupid conspiracy theory gets spread by incompetent news sources. Let's make American smart again: quit playing into the right-wing BS machine.

[Reply ]

    Re: sick tweets
    Posted on: 2017-03-03 12:39:07   By: Anonymous
    Trump supporters prefer their version of everything

    [Reply ]

      Re: sick tweets
      Posted on: 2017-03-03 12:54:10   By: Anonymous
      Investigate Amy Schumer too, she is not funny

      [Reply ]

        Re: sick tweets
        Posted on: 2017-03-03 14:03:36   By: Anonymous
        Well, they arrested her at the Oscars...

        [Reply ]

        Re: sick tweets
        Posted on: 2017-03-04 16:22:57   By: Anonymous
        And Amy's criminally obese too. Throw her in jail and feed her broccoli!
        Her and Chuck U too.

        [Reply ]

The POTUS is in deep doo-doo
Posted on: 2017-03-03 13:28:00   By: Anonymous
This is one of the most fun starts I have ever seen in watching new presidents get started. And I am 84 years old!

[Reply ]

    Re: The POTUS is in deep doo-doo
    Posted on: 2017-03-03 14:00:53   By: Anonymous
    Yep. I remember trickie Dick Nixon. Trump is a lot like him -- except he doesn't sweat.

    [Reply ]

      Re: The POTUS is in deep doo-doo
      Posted on: 2017-03-03 14:08:53   By: Anonymous
      Like "Hell" he doesn't

      [Reply ]

        Re: The POTUS is in deep doo-doo
        Posted on: 2017-03-03 15:37:49   By: Anonymous
        Just pray that sometime very soon he will give the repubs in congress the straw that breaks the camel's back and finally start impeachment proceedings, likely when they think their reelection votes may be compromised. It cannot happen soon enough!

        [Reply ]

          Re: Dreaming?
          Posted on: 2017-03-03 16:19:32   By: Anonymous
          You sore loser liberals are hilarious!!! Keep up the good work. Canada is a lovely place to leave--lots of warm milk and coloring books...hahahahahahaha

          [Reply ]

            Losing Democracy!
            Posted on: 2017-03-03 16:49:13   By: Anonymous
            This has nothing to do with losing an election but rather losing our precious democracy due to ignorance and pompousness.

            [Reply ]

              Re: Losing Democracy!
              Posted on: 2017-03-03 17:50:35   By: Anonymous
              But you were ok when Obama overreached on almost everything????

              [Reply ]

                Re: Losing Democracy!
                Posted on: 2017-03-04 04:11:10   By: Anonymous
                Your "almost everything?" sounds like a whining 5th grader...

                Look at this summary of the Russian fiasco:

                Six weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump and a number of top administration officials are again bogged down by questions about his campaign's potential ties to Russia -- and Moscow's alleged role in hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

                The last 48 hours have been dominated by a steady stream of new information about previously undisclosed conversations between Trump aides and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, a Washington fixture and, according to intelligence sources, one of Moscow's foremost operators in the US.

                But the White House and Trump, who on Thursday night accused the media of carrying out a "witch hunt," have been stingy with even the most mundane details. And their attempts to explain -- or explain away -- the news have in many cases only raised new questions.

                Here is a rundown of what we know about this increasingly murky affair -- and what is still to be answered:
                What we know

                1. After months of investigations, US intelligence officials say the Russian government sought to disrupt the 2016 presidential election by hacking and disseminating thousands of emails stolen from the DNC and Clinton campaign.

                2. One purpose, they believe, was to damage Clinton. In doing so, the Russians provided a boost to Donald Trump's bid. This was the conclusion of a declassified US intelligence assessment released in January.
                Donald Trump directly addresses Russia

                3. According to the report, another aim was to undermine core political institutions like the Democratic Party and, more broadly, the US electoral system.
                Here's where Trump and his team come in:

                4. During the 2016 election season, multiple current and former intelligence, law enforcement and administration officials say Russian officials and agents known to the US were in constant contact with high-level Trump officials.

                5. On at least two occasions now, Trump administration officials have been caught either lying or misleading officials about the extent and nature of those conversations.

                Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was dismissed from his post as national security adviser, admitting he failed to disclose to Vice President Mike Pence that he and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak had discussed sanctions in December.

                Attorney General Jeff Sessions claimed in his confirmation hearings that he "did not have communications with the Russians."

                But, according to the Department of Justice, Sessions met twice during the campaign with their ambassador to the US. And as Sen. Al Franken, whose question prompted Sessions' statement, deadpanned to CNN on Thursday, "the ambassador from Russia is a Russian."

                A spokeswoman for Sessions suggested Wednesday night that his response stemmed from a misunderstanding of the question -- that he "was asked during the hearing about communications between Russia and the Trump campaign -- not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee."

                6. There were other meetings by other Trump advisers -- a number of which have only come to light in the past few days.
                As first reported in The New Yorker and The New York Times, senior Trump aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner, along with Flynn, met with Kislyak at Trump Tower in December.
                Additionally, national security advisers to the campaign, J.D. Gordon and Carter Page, also met with Kislyak during the Cleveland convention, as first reported by USA Today.
                Gordon confirmed the report to CNN, adding that another national security adviser, Walid Phares, also met with Kislyak, but denied any talk of collusion.

                "This is not any different than anything I said publicly and on panels," he said.

                Page too said he "never did anything improper."

                7. Delegates crafting the GOP platform in Cleveland did not include language calling for military assistance in Ukraine, which has been caught in a prolonged skirmish with pro-Russian separatists on and inside its eastern border.

                8. Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign chairman at the time of the convention, resigned in late August after questions arose about his ties to Russia, in particular the Kremlin-backed deposed Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych.

                Manafort left soon after CNN reported that the FBI and Justice Department were investigating whether US firms had been used to aid alleged corruption by Yanukovych's political party.
                9. None of the people named above have denied these meetings and conversations took place. Several, though, have left their positions after coming under scrutiny.

                Sessions recused himself from any investigation into Trump associates' contacts with Russia on Thursday, less than 24 hours after his meetings were made public. Flynn was fired for misleading Pence. Page's fuzzy role in the campaign eventually dissipated, and Manafort stepped down after questions surrounding his work became a "distraction."

                What we don't know

                1. Did Trump, as either a Republican primary or general election candidate, discuss the hacks with any Russian agent or official?

                2. If so, did he encourage them -- or seek information about the Democrats and Clinton campaign?

                Trump has denied any such contact, but ongoing investigations will likely ask this question.

                3. What specific evidence does the intelligence community have that shows, beyond trying to hurt Clinton, that the Russians actively sought to help Trump?

                If so, is there evidence that any of these acts were discussed with anyone from the Trump campaign during their contacts with the Russians? It is important to note that no such evidence is publicly available.

                The intelligence community made their assessment public, but they have not disclosed the underlying facts that led them to this conclusion.

                4. Was Trump aware of the numerous meetings and conversations detailed above?

                5. After his meetings with the Russian ambassador were made public, Sessions said through a spokeswoman, "I never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign."

                Is there a distinction between meeting "to discuss" those matters -- that is, with the express intent of reviewing them -- and simply discussing them in the course of a broader meeting?

                6. And finally, the fundamental question: Why have administration officials so consistently misled, muddied or stonewalled questions about their interactions with the Russians?

                That follows a broader theme: Very little of what we know was volunteered by the administration. In most cases, they have only confirmed, tacitly or without elaboration, new and contradictory information uncovered by the media.

                [Reply ]

                  Re: Losing Democracy!
                  Posted on: 2017-03-04 15:15:20   By: Anonymous
                  ^ You're a dumb-dumb poopy-head.

                  [Reply ]

            Re: Dreaming?
            Posted on: 2017-03-03 17:13:48   By: Anonymous
            He's acting like a 2 year old, it's embarrassing.

            [Reply ]

              Re: Dreaming?
              Posted on: 2017-03-03 17:34:58   By: Anonymous
              Straight up I get out enough, but today I saw a wonderful bumper sticker posted on the back window of a Ford pickup. It made me reminisce when I came home from Nam, it didn't have the same name but a point was well taken, 2-3-17 said impeach Trump now, I'm diggin it.

              [Reply ]

                Re: YES
                Posted on: 2017-03-03 21:23:05   By: Anonymous
                Agree with you 100+%

                [Reply ]

                  Re: YES
                  Posted on: 2017-03-04 08:03:05   By: Anonymous
                  Pelosi: We have to impeach this President to find out why we did it.

                  Funny how none of the libiots seem to be concerned about Obama running a shadow government trying to overthrow Trump.

                  [Reply ]

No Subject
Posted on: 2017-03-03 22:38:35   By: Anonymous
Trump has the same social media mentality as "Cash me outside, how bout dah!"

[Reply ]

Trump's swell.
Posted on: 2017-03-04 01:08:02   By: Anonymous
He sure is keen, I like him.

[Reply ]

    Re: Trump's swell.
    Posted on: 2017-03-04 03:27:45   By: Anonymous
    2018 is going to be a Democrat sweep of (1) the Senate, (2) the House, and (3) the Presidency... Watch them retake it and hold it for a LOOOONNNNG time. Thank you, POTUS Trump!

    [Reply ]

      Re: Trump's swell.
      Posted on: 2017-03-04 05:21:25   By: Anonymous
      WANNA BET?

      [Reply ]

        Re: Trump's swell.
        Posted on: 2017-03-04 07:05:33   By: Anonymous
        You are right... It's gonna happen SOONER. The Trumpster is mentally losing it, now claiming Obama tapped his phone!? Can we all say "paranoid-schizophrenic" together, boys and girls?!? Add that to narcissistic personality... DANGER!!!

        [Reply ]

          Re: Trump's swell.
          Posted on: 2017-03-04 15:17:14   By: Anonymous
          ...and wide selection of really nice ties.

          [Reply ]

            Re: Trump's swell.
            Posted on: 2017-03-04 15:29:13   By: Anonymous
            Putin has a nice tie.

            [Reply ]

Posted on: 2017-03-04 07:10:15   By: Anonymous
The POTUS must be losing it.
At 3:35 a.m. he tweets that obama wire tapped his phone.
The "Lost in Space" robot is waving his arms, yelling "Danger, Will Robinson.. DANGER!!!"

[Reply ]

    Posted on: 2017-03-04 08:17:01   By: Anonymous
    Now that's good and + 1

    [Reply ]

      Posted on: 2017-03-04 08:55:00   By: Anonymous
      Did you say 3:35 in the morning? I guess his meds were not working last night. It's just another smoke screen to take the attention away for the very worst President ever with the worst cabinet ever. As far as the EPA. All real AMERICAN IS GOING to fight like hell to stop this total fool and his gas and oil billionaire crooked friends.

      [Reply ]

        Posted on: 2017-03-04 08:57:01   By: Anonymous
        That twitter sh-- is psychotic. He has the mind of a ten year old.

        [Reply ]

          Posted on: 2017-03-04 09:02:11   By: Anonymous
          Where is Paul Ryan this morning? Let's guess, most likely under a big rock. Trying to hide from the press. I will need to watch Meet the Press on Sunday to watch this losser get slam dunked again .

          [Reply ]

            Posted on: 2017-03-04 09:03:34   By: Anonymous

            [Reply ]

              Posted on: 2017-03-04 15:27:12   By: Anonymous
              There's this woman in Bolinas called "Crazy Jane", if that isn't the definition, I don't know what else to say.

              [Reply ]

                Re: More Whine Please!!!
                Posted on: 2017-03-04 18:56:45   By: Anonymous
                You lost, get over it! Breathe in, breathe out, you will be alright. No curiosity when Obama was President? Now, with Trump in office you can't sleep thinking the boogeyman is coming.

                [Reply ]

                  Re: More Whine Please!!!
                  Posted on: 2017-03-05 05:08:11   By: Anonymous

                  [Reply ]

What's Related
These might interest you as well
Local News


phpws Business Directory

Photo Albums

Mark Twain Medical Center
Meadowmont Pharmacy
Bank of Stockton
Bear Valley Real Estate
Bear Valley Cross Country
Cedar Creek Realty
Cave, Mine & Zip Lines
Fox Security
Bistro Espresso
Pinnacle Physical Therapy
Chatom Winery
Middleton's Furniture
Bear Valley Mountain Resort
Paul D. Bertini
Premier Properties
High Country Spa & Stove

Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway
Sierra Logging Museum
Calaveras Mentoriing
Jenny's Kitchen

Copyright © The Pine Tree 2005-2017