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Post  Yakima Canutt on Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:18 pm



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Post  pinhedz on Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:46 pm

Olga hits the Russian embassy stage to raise funds for the families of the Red Army Choir who crashed.

Friday, March 17th at 7 pm
Dear friends, we are delighted to invited you on the charity concert in the memory of late Alexandrov Ensemble.
Russian musicians of Washington DC will hold a series of charity concerts in memory of the members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, who died in the Russian Tupolev Tu-154 airplane. crash over Black Sea late last year. The loss of the Alexandrov ensemble is a big national tragedy for the Russian people, who were so proud of this choir, one of the most famous and beloved choirs in Russia. This loss is also great for many Americans who cherish memories of the performances and sound recordings of the choir. Please join us to honor memories of late Russian artists.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to support victims families.

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Post  pinhedz on Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:25 am

Quote of the week:

"All right, let's pretend that was good and move on to the next piece."

-- Svetlana
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Post  pinhedz on Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:20 am

After the embassy, will come the spring concerts:

pinhedz wrote:I know you are saying: "But pinhed, U will need Olga to perform these pieces:

The Glory!/Slavsya! by Glinka from "Ivan Susanin"
Casta Diva by Bellini from Norma
O mio babbino caro... by Puccini
Habanera by Bizet from Carmen
Guidita
I could have danced all night
Shocked

By golly, i think you are rite. What a Face


Olga says "Yes! I do da Show wit' choo!" What a Face

Dear friends,
Here is the June program we will be practicing every Wednesday and Saturday:

Glory!/Slavsya!
Kamarinskaya

Romance/ V krovi gotir ogon; zhelaya..."
Vocalise

Prelude

Casta Diva
Juliette's Waltz

Russian Favorites-medley / you can get this on Wednesday/
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Dance Macabre

O mio babbino caro...
Habanera

Po nebu...-Andrey solo
Ural Dance/Ural'skaya plyasovaya-Andrey solo
Selskaya Kadril

Guiditta
Con Te Partiro/ Time to say "Goodbye" / you could get this on Wednesday

Radetsky March

I could have danced all night-encore

Please, keep practicing!
Svetlana


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Post  pinhedz on Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:23 am

pinhedz wrote:Con Te Partiro/ Time to say "Goodbye" / you could get this on Wednesday
Just added in memory of the recently departed.
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Post  pinhedz on Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:17 pm

I hope Olga does this in Italian--or Russian--but it will probably be English:

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Post  pinhedz on Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:41 pm

Needless to say, Olga was a stunning triumph. cheers [autofill said "steaming triumph" Rolling Eyes ]

And Ambassador Kislyak made a very nice introductory speech in pretty good English.

pinhedz wrote:Olga hits the Russian embassy stage to raise funds for the families of the Red Army Choir who crashed.

Friday, March 17th at 7 pm
Dear friends, we are delighted to invited you on the charity concert in the memory of late Alexandrov Ensemble.
Russian musicians of Washington DC will hold a series of charity concerts in memory of the members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, who died in the Russian Tupolev Tu-154 airplane. crash over Black Sea late last year. The loss of the Alexandrov ensemble is a big national tragedy for the Russian people, who were so proud of this choir, one of the most famous and beloved choirs in Russia. This loss is also great for many Americans who cherish memories of the performances and sound recordings of the choir. Please join us to honor memories of late Russian artists.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to support victims families.

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Sun Mar 19, 2017 6:59 am

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And Ambassador Kislyak made very nice



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Post  pinhedz on Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:51 am

I have just one bone to pick with Amb. Kislyak--ever since he arrived he has not invited us to play at the embassy on Russian National Day--not once. Neutral
Ambassador Ushakov used to have us play every year.

Kislyak is leaving next month, and I'll be glad to see him go; maybe the next guy will have more appreciation of the finer things.
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Post  Yakima Canutt on Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:36 pm

Kisiyak wrote:
"How one with such HINDER PARTS work at gas station???"

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Post  pinhedz on Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:50 am

Most of these people were at the embassy last Friday.

I see that the pinhedz presence as yet is not divulged -- excellent. Cool    

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Post  pinhedz on Wed Mar 22, 2017 5:09 am

Svetlana says is time to edit and mix recordings for new CD.

The pinhed is on cloud 9:

"It's always unforgettable time when I am spending with you, working together on a new CD. It's always fun!
I can bring some wine and cheese or something else to make the evening even more enjoyable.
-- Svetlana"


Of course Mrs. Pinz will slice the cheese and pour the wine--but still, is so romantic. I love you I love you I love you
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Post  Yakima Canutt on Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:08 am

correction

Svetlanag wrote:
"It's always unforgettable time when I am spending with you, working such together on new digital down load, as посол Российской Федерации в США Сергей Иванович Кисляк (and his boss) don't have CD player any more.  
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Post  pinhedz on Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:21 am

Mrs. pinhedz could not bring up important State Department business last Friday, because Kislyak is all the time engrossed in Olga. Rolling Eyes

The pinhed understands, since Kislyak leaves next month and this is his last chance with Olga, but:

"Hello Ambassador Kislyak--you have no chance with Olga, such поросятина as you are." bounce bounce
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Post  Yakima Canutt on Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:26 am

pinhedz wrote:Mrs. p, who works for Rex Tillerson, who received the Russian Order of Friendship (Орден Дружбы) medal from Vlad Putin

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(now the Pence-Spicer sycophancy comes into clearer focus  silent )
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Post  pinhedz on Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:16 pm

The plot thickens--next Wednesday Mrs. p. has a scheduled "contact" with Ukrainian activist Tetiana "Tanya" Khomenko (below, left).

Conflict of interest? Suspect

I will be joining them for dinner, and to learn what course of action they have decided upon (before the late night "contact" with Svetlana). silent
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Sharing a bill with Khomenko?  That's, uh, brave. Tetiana "Tanya" Khomenko has been playing balalaika for 22 years ever since her first music teacher, Oleksandr Vinnichenko from Kyiv music school #14, came to her classroom and asked “Who will play balalaika?” Tetiana is a graduate of the Glière Kyiv Institute of Music, and earned a master’s degree at the P. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy, studying under the Honored Artist of Ukraine Professor Yuri Aleksyk. Her master’s thesis dealt with the problems of stress in music and ways to overcome it as a balalaika player.

Tetiana studied conducting at the Institute, crediting instructors Valery Varakuta, Anatoly Dubina, Volodymyr Marunych, and Ihor Savkov with the knowledge that allowed her to conduct and perform world masterpieces. Ihor Savkov taught Tetiana orchestration, and she now plays in his orchestra at the Kyiv Music Institute. Tetiana’s favorite balalaika repertoire include Evgeny Trostyansky’s “Nocturne” and his “Grotesque and Pondering,” which she performed as a soloist in her first year at the academy.

Tetiana loves her quartet Bravo Band, which she calls the “Hipsters of Folk Music.” Performing music from the Renaissance to the present day, the group appears regularly at concerts and festivals, and in June 2013 won the International competition "Samorodki".


Tetiana attended her first BDAA convention in 2014 in Kalamazoo, and in 2015 was the balalaika guest artist at the Akron convention. Tetiana loves the BDAA, and is thrilled to be able to attend the 2016 convention in Bloomington with her husband Oleksandr and 9-year old daughter, Viktoriia (Vika). Tetiana is busy writing music for her balalaika choir class which will include a jazz piece! Tetiana and Vika recently formed a balalaika-piano duo that performed at Vika’s school; they hope to perform as a duo at Bloomington’s Open Mike Night!

Facebook tells me I have at least 5 friends in common with someone named "Anna Gubenkova" (obviously a made-up name Suspect ).

Then again, I think I remember her now:

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Post  pinhedz on Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:24 pm

Is this a fiendish plot to recruit Tetiana as a member of the WBS? Suspect

That would knock the pinhed down to #4 in the pecking order. Neutral
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Post  Yakima Canutt on Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:37 am


no doubt, as per patriotic obligation, that Khomenko will be (politely) pumped for information regarding such topix as detailed in The Worshington Pest like such as re: Paul Manfort -

June 2005. According to the Associated Press, Paul Manafort develops a strategic plan aimed at promoting the interests of the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin.

“We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success,” Manafort wrote in the document.

2006. Manafort signs a $10 million-a-year agreement with the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska apparently based on that plan. The work is not conducted through Davis Manafort but through a separate corporation called LOAV Ltd.

The relationship with Deripaska also connects Manafort to Yanukovych. At some point before parliamentary elections in March 2006, the Party of Regions officially hires Davis Manafort to help reshape the party’s image. The party gains a number of seats in the election, and Yanukovych becomes prime minister in August after extensive political wrangling.

January 2006. Davis arranges a meeting between Deripaska and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). The two would meet again in August.

July 2006. Deripaska’s American visa is revoked.

2007. A secret ledger kept by the Party of Regions indicates that Manafort began receiving under-the-table payments at this point — nearly two dozen of them totaling nearly $13 million. Manafort denies the allegation.

December 2007. Yanukovych is ousted as prime minister after parliamentary elections. Yulia Tymoshenko takes the position, becoming the first woman to do so.

2008. After the presidential election — Davis served as McCain’s campaign manager, creating some bad press for the candidate because of his business relationships — Davis Manafort is disbanded.

2009. Manafort’s business relationship with Deripaska continued until at least this point. It’s not clear when it ended again, according to the AP.

February 2010. Yanukovych wins the presidency with Manafort’s help. Beforehand, Manafort warns that he’s concerned about voter fraud working against his client, echoing concerns raised by his next prominent client.

2012. The last secret payment to Manafort is listed in the ledger.

Feb. 21, 2014. After prolonged protests beginning in November the year before, Yanukovych flees to Russia. The next day, he’s officially removed from his post. This triggers Russia’s incursion into Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.

September 2014. Manafort flies to Ukraine to try to help Yanukovych’s former party once again gain power. The party is rebranded as the Oppo Bloc, at Manafort’s suggestion.

March 28, 2016. Manafort is hired by Trump to guide the campaign’s delegate-wrangling effort in the lead-up to the Republican convention. He’s recommended for the position by Roger Stone.

At some point, intelligence agencies allegedly surveil a call or calls between Manafort and Russian government actors. Manafort later told the New York Times that he had “never knowingly spoken to Russian intelligence officers.”

Spring 2016. According to the Times, the FBI begins investigating Manafort’s business relationships and ties to foreign powers, including Russia.

In this time period, the Democratic National Committee’s email system is hacked by people who U.S. authorities believe are linked to the Russian government.

June 21. After months of tension between himself and campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Lewandowski is fired. Manafort becomes campaign chairman.

Week of July 11. At the national security platform meeting establishing the Republican Party positions on the subject, representatives of the Trump campaign intervene to remove a call for arming the Ukrainian military to battle Russian and rebel fighters in the eastern part of the country.

July 18. The convention begins. Trump is nominated.

July 22. The emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee are released by WikiLeaks.

Aug. 14. The secret ledger comes to light.

Aug. 17. Reports emerge that Manafort also helped the Party of Regions secretly route $2.2 million in unreported lobbying spending to D.C. in 2012.

Aug. 19. Manafort quits the Trump campaign, at the request of the candidate. Among the reasons he was asked to resign were Trump’s dissatisfaction with his tactical advice, and news articles raising questions about his ties to Russia and Ukraine.

Nov. 8. Trump is elected president.
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Post  pinhedz on Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:50 pm

Yakima Canutt wrote: ...Manafort denies the allegation.
There, that takes care of that. What else you got?
I might add that I have first-hand knowledge of Khomenko's and Gubenkova's whereabouts on several of the above-listed dates.
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Mongo wrote:The federal bureaucracy is comprised of about 2.6 million permanent employees protected by Civil Service and about 4,000 political appointees. Many of these bureaucrats are actively engaged in sabotaging President Trump’s agenda.

Political appointees can be fired by the president at will. Permanent Civil Services employees are more difficult to fire.

“Today, the Pendleton Act shields from dismissal, even on legitimate grounds, more than 90 percent of civil servants,” Mongo reports. But even if they can’t be fired from Civil Service, they can be removed from their current positions.

Here is a list of the top ten holdover Obama loyalist bureaucrats President Trump can either fire immediately or remove from their current positions (civil service).

John Koskinen, Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service
Richard Cordray, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director
John Lansing, CEO of Broadcasting Board of Governors
Amanda Bennett, Voice of America Director
Kenneth Tota, Acting Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, Department of Health and Human Services (civil service)
Anastasia Brown, Acting Deputy Director for Refugee Programs, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Department of Health and Human Services (civil service)
Simon Henshaw, Acting Assistant Secretary, State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (civil service)
Mark C. Storella, Deputy Assistant Secretary, State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (civil service)
Lawrence Bartlett, career official, State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (civil service)
Elaine Zimmerman, Regional Administrator for the Administration for Children and Families, Region 1, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont  (civil service)

Cordray, Lansing, and Bennett could try to fight their terminations, but ultimately, if President Trump wants to get rid of them, they will be gone.

Here’s the case for firing or removing from their current positions these ten Obama administration holdovers:

1. John Koskinen, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner

Koskinen’s term is scheduled to end in November 2017, but President Trump has the authority to accelerate his departure.

“A faction of conservatives is circumventing leadership brass and calling directly on President Trump to tell IRS Chief John Koskinen, ‘You’re fired,’ ” the Washington Examiner reported last month:

Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., will make the ask. The chairman of the Republican Study Committee has quietly but urgently been circulating a letter inside the GOP conference to build support. He’s now got 50 congressmen signed onto the letter.

While Trump has fleshed out his cabinet, so far, he’s stayed hush about the fate of the IRS chief. And conservatives really want Koskinen’s head. “You have the authority to remove Commissioner Koskinen,” Walker writes to Trump, adding that “we encourage you to dismiss him in the most expedient manner practicable.”

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, first drew up impeachment articles against the taxman in October 2015. Since then, conservatives have accused Koskinen of interfering with a congressional investigation and abetting the of the continued targeting of conservative non-profits.

“Last year, irate Republican lawmakers unsuccessfully sought impeachment of Koskinen over the IRS’s alleged targeting of tea party groups and other conservative organizations,” NewsMax notes.

2. Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Cordray’s term is scheduled to end in 2018, but, as with Koskinen at the IRS, President Trump can move his departure date up.

“So long as President Donald Trump is in a firing mood, Richard Cordray, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, must go,” Kelly Riddell wrote in a Washington Times Op-Ed on Friday:

One of the biggest swamp creatures, many thought Mr. Cordray wouldn’t survive 48 hours in the Trump administration, but alas, he has. He’s collected much power running his sprawling bureaucratic fiefdom, without any oversight from Congress, or even the president for that matter.

There’s the question whether Mr. Trump has the authority to even fire Mr. Cordray, a man who knows Republicans want him gone, but is refusing to leave.

Last year, the bureau’s single-director structure was declared unconstitutional in a court case, allowing Mr. Cordray to be fired at will, but the CFPB has appealed. So long as the case is pending, Mr. Cordray has grounds to stave off any dismal.

3. John Lansing, CEO of Broadcasting Board of Governors

The Broadcasting Board of Governors is one of those agencies most Americans have never heard of.

It “is the largest public diplomacy program by the U.S. government, reaching an audience of 278 million by broadcasting in 100 countries and 61 languages,” Politico reported.

It runs the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and several other broadcasting entities.

“Voice of America was created in 1942 during World War II to send pro-democracy news across Europe, as it aimed to counter Nazi and Japanese propaganda. The agency has since evolved into a more traditional news operation, while still pushing out the virtues of democracy worldwide,” Politico reported.

The problem in recent years is that Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and the other broadcasting entities run by BBG have shifted from their traditional mission of promoting classic American values and interests to the rest of the world, and have become mirror images of mainstream media outlets like CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS.

Current CEO John Lansing, a veteran cable industry executive,  took over the reins in 2015 and has done nothing to stop that trend.

As Politico reported, a recent change in the law now provides President Trump with an opportunity to put his own person in charge over at the BBG:

Early last month, a provision buried into the National Defense Authorization Act called for disbanding the bipartisan board of the BBG, pleasing critics who said the part-time board was ineffective but alarming others who feared an accountability layer was being swept away.

“The status of the [BBG] board is in limbo, however, since Obama added a signing statement to the NDAA, saying it was unconstitutional to get rid of the board because it violates his constitutional right of appointment. Another uncertainty is that Lansing can be replaced at any time for a CEO appointed by the president,” Politico reported.

Even those on the left, however, acknowledge that President Trump has the authority to fire Lansing.

“But on page 1,404 of the defense bill that was passed by the Republican Congress right after the election, this far into the bill that high, they took the board of governors part out of the equation,” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow says:

So that’s no longer who runs this $800 million broadcasting effort, Voice of America. Now instead of being run by a non-partisan sort of insulated board of governors it’s now run by a CEO who is appointed by the president and who serves at the pleasure of the president.



4. Amanda Bennett, Voice of America Director

“Voice of America Director Amanda Bennett oversees BBG’s largest organization, providing content in more than 45 languages to 236.6 million people each week on radio, television, mobile and the Internet,” the VOA website reports.

Under Bennett’s leadership, VOA has become increasingly focused on covering domestic politics from a far left perspective, similar to that found at NPR.

Bennett is the classic elite mainstream media journalist:

Amanda Bennett is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, investigative journalist and editor. Through 2013, she was Executive Editor, Bloomberg News, where she created and ran a global team of investigative reporters and editors. She was also co-founder of Bloomberg News’ Women’s project. She was editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer from June, 2003, to November, 2006, and prior to that was editor of the Herald-Leader in Lexington, Kentucky. She also served for three years as managing editor/projects for The Oregonian in Portland. Bennett served as a Wall Street Journal reporter and editor for more than 20 years. A graduate of Harvard College, she held numerous posts at the Journal, including auto industry reporter in Detroit in the late 70s and early 80s, Pentagon and State Department reporter, Beijing correspondent, management editor/reporter, national economics correspondent and, finally, chief of the Atlanta bureau until 1998, when she moved to The Oregonian. Most recently, she has been a contributing columnist for The Washington Post.

Bennett is married to Donald Graham, former owner of the Washington Post, and current owner of Graham Holdings, which owns, among other media outlets, the far left website Slate.

“Together with her husband, Donald Graham, she is a co-founder of TheDream.US, which provides college scholarships to the children of undocumented immigrants,” the Voice of America website notes.

5. Kenneth Tota, Acting Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (civil service)

As Breitbart News has reported previously, the two agencies responsible for the implementation of the federal refugee resettlement program–the Office of Refugee Resettlement at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at the Department of State—are populated by a revolving door of ideologically aligned bureaucrats from the Voluntary Agencies that are paid $1 billion annually by the federal government to resettle refugees.

Any bureaucrat who has served at either agency for any period of time has been utterly compromised by the refugee industry lobby and has to go in a Trump administration.

“Ken Tota is the Acting Director for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He has served as ORR Deputy Director since 2008, and also served as Acting ORR Director in 2006 and 2015,” according to the ORR website:

Prior to joining ORR, Ken served as Senior Program Specialist at the Immigration and Naturalization Service, where he provided oversight to the Unaccompanied Children’s Program and the program transfer from the U.S. Department of Justice to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Since coming to ORR, he has worked to significantly increase capacity and enhance care and services for unaccompanied children.

While at ORR, Ken has worked to enhance funding and services for refugees by focusing on the most vulnerable populations, technical assistance and expanding intensive case management. He has also been instrumental in the creation of an ORR division to focus on refugee health-related issues and developing partnerships in support of services for refugees.

Before entering civil service, Ken was the Cuban/Haitian Program Coordinator for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in Washington, D.C., and Miami, Fla.

In his resignation letter last month, ORR Director Bob Carey, an Obama appointee and former VOLAG executive, praised Tota.

“I am pleased to announce that, as I leave office today, Ken Tota will be assuming the position of Acting Director of ORR. Ken’s knowledge of the policies and issues which affect the populations we serve and his commitment to the work of the office is unmatched,” Carey wrote.

6. Anastasia Brown, Acting Deputy Director for Refugee Programs, Office of Refugee Resettlement, Department of Health and Human Services (civil service)

Anastasia Brown worked for years in the “non-profit” refugee resettlement industry. Most recently, she held a senior position at the Refugee Council, USA, the lobbying arm for the 22 voluntary agencies (VOLAGs) who are paid more than $1 billion a year to resettle refugees in the United States.

Brown was recently planted at ORR by the Obama administration to ensure that the interests of the VOLAGs would be served in future administrations.

Outgoing ORR Director Carey also praised Brown in his resignation letter , saying she will bring “a wealth of experience” to her role, “which will be of great value going forward.”

7. Simon Henshaw, Acting Assistant Secretary, Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (civil service)

According to his State Department bio, Henshaw has been with PRM since 2013:

Mr. Henshaw is a career officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, currently serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. His previous assignment was Director of Andean Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. From 2008 to 2011, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Mr. Henshaw joined the State Department in 1985.

8. Mark C. Storella, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (civil service)

According to his State Department bio, Storella has been with PRM since 2016:

Ambassador Mark Storella, a member of the Senior Foreign Service, has a longstanding commitment to humanitarian affairs and human rights. He joined the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration in June 2016 with responsibility for admission of refugees to the United States and refugee programming in the Near East and Asia regions.

9. Lawrence Bartlett, Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (civil service)

A long time official with PRM, Bartlett has been an active apologist for the refugee resettlement industry for many years.

“Communities certainly have a say in what happens [with regards to refugee resettlement locally],” Bartlett told an audience at a public forum in 2015, an assertion strongly disputed by opponents of the federal refugee resettlement program.

“We would not bring refugees to any city in the United States that wasn’t going to be safe for the refugees,” he added.

“I put a little twist on that on purpose,” Bartlett continued.

“I am certainly, as someone who is resettling a refugee, would not take them to a place where I felt the refugees themselves, was going to be unsafe. . . The point is, if this was not a welcoming community, refugees wouldn’t be coming here. ”

10. Elaine Zimmerman, Regional Administrator for the Administration for Children and Families, Region 1, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont (civil service)

There is nothing particularly distinctive about Ms. Zimmerman. She, in fact, is fairly representative of a number of high level federal bureaucrats protected by civil service.

Her world view, however, is unlikely to align with the policies of President Trump, like many of her colleagues.

“Ms. Zimmerman partners with state, local, community based organizations, and tribes within the Region to promote economic and social well-being of children, families, individuals and communities in the New England region,” according to her bio on the HHS website:

Ms. Zimmerman was formerly the Executive Director of the Connecticut Commission on Children. She has devoted her career to developing and promoting model policy for children and families in health, safety and learning. Expert in trend analysis and public will, she knows how and when to move initiatives forward to maximize public interest and community partners for policy.

Ms. Zimmerman has been at the forefront of setting model policy in support of children. Her work with state leaders includes design of law in school readiness, early reading success, anti-bullying, children and disaster, children’s behavioral health, home visitation and anti-poverty law. She guided legislation to establish Connecticut’s Blueprint in Reading and Two-Generation initiatives. Ms. Zimmerman is recognized for one of the strongest parent leadership and family civics model in the states. For this work she was awarded the Good Housekeeping Award for Women. At the center of Ms. Zimmerman’s work is the critical role that community does and must play in preparing children for their future.

Her education background tells a lot about her world view: “Ms. Zimmerman has a B.A. with a dual major in Cultural Anthropology and Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She also has a Masters in Community Mental Health from the University of California, Berkeley,” according to her bio.

This list of ten bureaucrats who can be fired or removed from their current positions is a good starting point.

While he’s at it, President Trump can reverse 17 conversions at eight agencies from political appointees to career civil service in the federal bureaucracy that, according to a recent GAO report, were implemented “without receiving prior approval from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as required by OPM policy.”

The report did not identify the jobs by title, but it named the offending agencies or departments.
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Back when the pinhed was a staff employee, firing would have been near impossible, because it requires several years of unsatisfactory performance evaluations (the management chain has to show that conscientious efforts to help the employee do better were unsuccessful).
Now the pinhed would be easier to get rid of, but so far Trump doesn't suspect anything.  
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One-on-one meeting with Svetlana last night. I love you I love you
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