drumpf lick-spittle, professional impaired driver and Russian bot wrangler like many in the GOP has a love to hate relationship with the Democratic Representative for New York’s 14th district, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and, apparently just wants to be just like her when he grows up…. just minus the progressive policies and infectious personality. The linked article explores the infatuations various GOP fan boys and girls harbor for AOC, but I want to revel in Twitter’s responses to Gaetz’z declaration of love for her. brevity is the droll of wit…. Then there is this…. Ouch:
So, Starbucks CEO and wannabe 2020 spoiler Howard Schultz was at a meet and greet today to test the waters for his Presidential run and got at least one really bad review: Twittlers had some things to say: …but she wishes it were. …actually I think it was Paul Simon, but maybe. …have one for me, Ron. Amen to that, John.
For your consideration. This was a damn fine speech. (close captioned — she begins @ 1:06:30) “I’m running for president because I love my country. I’m running to be a president by the people. Of the people. For all the people,” “We are here at this moment in this because we must answer a fundamental question,” Harris said. “Who are we? Who are we as Americans? So let’s answer that question, America. We are better than this.” “When we have leaders who bully and attack a free press and undermine our democratic institutions, that’s not our America,” said Harris, stabbing a finger in the air for emphasis. “When white supremacists march and murder in Charlottesville, or murder innocent worshipers in a Pittsburgh synagogue, that’s not our America.” “We have foreign powers infecting the White House like malware,” ……………………………………………………………… Transcript: “I am so proud to be a daughter of Oakland, California. And as most of you know, I was born just up the road at Kaiser Hospital. And it was just a few miles away my parents first met as graduate students at UC Berkeley where they were active in the civil rights movement. They were born half a world apart from each other. My father, Donald, came from Jamaica to study economics. My mother, Shyamala, came from India to study the science of fighting disease. They came here in pursuit of more than just knowledge. Like so many others, they came in pursuit of a dream. And that dream was a dream for themselves, for me and for my sister Maya. As children growing up here in the East Bay, we were raised by a community with a deep belief in the promise of our country – and, a deep understanding of the parts of that promise that still remain unfulfilled. We were raised in a community where we were taught to see a world, beyond just ourselves. To be conscious and compassionate about the struggles of all people. We were raised to believe public service is a noble cause and the fight for justice is everyone’s responsibility. In fact, my mother used to say “don’t sit around and complain about things, do something.” Basically I think she was saying. You’ve got to get up and stand up and don’t give up the fight! And it is this deep-rooted belief that inspired me to become a lawyer and a prosecutor. It was just a couple blocks from this very spot that nearly 30 years ago as a young district attorney I walked into the courtroom for the very first time and said the five words that would guide my life’s work: “Kamala Harris, for the people.” Now, I knew our criminal justice system was deeply flawed. But I also knew the profound impact law enforcement has on people’s lives, and it’s responsibility to give them safety and dignity. I knew I wanted to protect people. And I knew that the people in our society who are most often targeted by predators are also most often the voiceless and vulnerable. And I believed then as I do now, that no one should be left to fight alone. You see, in our system of justice, we believe that a harm against any one of us is a har against all of us. […]
Greg Sargent, Washington Post reporter and principal writer for the Post’s influential Plum Line Blog, today tweeted out an interesting thread on how the MSM tried for all its worth to equate drumpf’s damaging to the nation as a whole, spiteful, and ultimately futile government shutdown with Speaker Pelosi’s principled and ultimately harmful to nothing but drumpf’s fragile fee-fees stance that the great Orange trench-mouth should not be allowed to stand before a joint session of Congress and lie to the American people about what is transpiring. He also quoted some of his recent coverage in the Post about the BS “both sides” bogus charge. It makes for good reading. I will post the initial tweet for those who would like to explore the replies, and then switch to a Thread Reader App unrolling for easier perusal. 2) When Nancy Pelosi canceled Trump’s State of the Union speech, the thrust of a great deal of media discussion was that Pelosi had “sunk to Trump’s level.” 3) But this precluded any reasoned judgment about whether one side’s use of the levers of power was more legitimate and even more mature and considered under the circumstances than the other. As I wrote, this subtly put a thumb on the scales for Trump: Washington Post “When Nancy Pelosi initially let it be known that President Trump would not be invited to Congress to deliver his State of the Union speech until he reopened the government, the widespread media take was that Pelosi had sunk to Trump’s level. “Washington these days represents nothing so much as an unruly sandbox,” sniffed one New York Times analysis, in which “septuagenarian politicians are squabbling like 7-year-olds.” This overall narrative, which has been everywhere, purported to hold both sides accountable for the standoff, but it put the thumb on the scales for Trump in an insidious way. It did not permit space for a reasonable judgment as to whether one side’s use of the levers of power (Trump shutting down the government to force massively lopsided concessions from Democrats, versus the House speaker denying Trump a platform to profoundly mislead the country about that destructive act in the midst of carrying it out) might be more legitimate, mature and considered under the circumstances than the other.” 4) This was not remotely a close call. But the point is that, once Pelosi held firm and Trump capitulated on the speech, that #BothSides treatment was rendered irrelevant. All that was left behind was the reality of the new power balance in Washington: WaPost “The result of this is that the obscuring fog of both-sidesism lying atop this whole situation has been dissipated. What has been laid bare, instead, is a simple reality: Democrats actually do control one chamber of Congress, after having won a major electoral victory, and that actually does give them some veto power over Trump’s conduct and agenda. Pundits can claim all they want that Pelosi is being “as petty as Trump,” as if this is all just a matter of interpersonal conduct. That objection is now irrelevant: What really matters is that Trump will not deliver the speech. He will not use this ceremony as a platform to browbeat Democrats or to spread gales of disinformation about the shutdown and about the wall fantasies driving it. He will not use its pomp and elevating power to, in effect, launder […]
I love, love, love Sarah Kendzior! “Of course Trump is susceptible to blackmail! That’s why he’s surrounded himself with a lawyer goon squad for 40 years.” “The company Trump has kept includes the American mafia, the Russian mafia, arms traders, pedophiles, money launderers, other white collar criminals…” “Honestly, the idea of Trump having consensual sex is kind of a novelty, given that he’s been accused of sexual assault or rape by over sixteen people.” ROTFLMAO! You go, Sarah. But try not hurt Malcolm with too much laughing. He’s valuable too…. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati [cross-posted to PolitiZoom]
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Sounds like a grand time was had by all at a GOP private luncheon in the Senate prior to the useless vote to try to end the government shutdown: Washington Post “This is your fault,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at one point, according to two Republicans who attended the lunch and witnessed the exchange. “Are you suggesting I’m enjoying this?” McConnell snapped back, according to the people who attended the lunch. Six Republicans broke ranks to vote for the Democratic plan, which would have reopened shuttered government agencies through Feb. 8, without any wall money. Among them was Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who explained in the lunch why he planned to vote for both bills. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), who voted for Trump’s bill but opposed the Democratic plan, started to interrupt him and Romney snapped back, according to one of the people who attended the lunch and another person familiar with it. The exchange was lively but not particularly angry, they said. Also during the lunch, McConnell made clear to Pence and others in the room that the shutdown was not his idea and was not working. According to Republicans familiar with his comments, he quoted a favorite saying that he often uses to express his displeasure with government shutdowns: “There is no education in the second kick of a mule.” If this mess weren’t so devastating for the country I could really enjoy the image of Romney getting his magic boxers in a bunch. John Cornyn was reported as saying the perfectly stupid: “Nobody was blaming the president.” Well, there you go boys, if you can’t figure out who is dumping sugar in the gas tank, you’re not going to be able to keep the car running. And, hey, Mitch watch your beak when talking about our Speaker. She’s no mule, she’s a donkey, get it? And if you don’t get your fu**ing caucus under control, you can expect seconds and thirds on those kicks in the ass! ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati [cross-posted to PolitiZoom]
Daily Beast “This Time It’s Russia’s Emails Getting Leaked The Russian oligarchs and Kremlin apparatchiks spared by WikiLeaks in the past will not be so lucky this week, when transparency activists drop a massive archive of leaked docs. Russian oligarchs and Kremlin apparatchiks may find the tables turned on them later this week when a new leak site unleashes a compilation of hundreds of thousands of hacked emails and gigabytes of leaked documents. Think of it as WikiLeaks, but without Julian Assange’s aversion to posting Russian secrets. The site, Distributed Denial of Secrets, was founded last month by transparency activists. Co-founder Emma Best said the Russian leaks, slated for release Friday, will bring into one place dozens of different archives of hacked material that, at best, have been difficult to locate, and in some cases appear to have disappeared entirely from the web. “Stuff from politicians, journalists, bankers, folks in oligarch and religious circles, nationalists, separatists, terrorists operating in Ukraine,” said Best, a national-security journalist and transparency activist. “Hundreds of thousands of emails, Skype and Facebook messages, along with lots of docs.”… …Once word got around that Best was collecting Russian hacks, the floodgates opened. In late December, the project was on the verge of publishing its Russia collection when “middle of the night, more files come in,” Best said. Then an organization with its own collection of Russia leaks opened its archives to Best and her colleagues…. The DDoS project compiled more than 200,000 emails into a spreadsheet for ease of searching. In all, its cache now contains 61 different leaks totaling 175 gigabytes, dwarfing, by quantity at least, Russia’s leaks against the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign.” All I have to add to that is… Ha! Bwah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!! …………………………………….……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati [cross-posted to PolitiZoom]
Well, I guess this wasn’t exactly unexpected. Blatant lawlessness continues. How long must we endure this? ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati
Lara Trump, wife of equally vapid and clueless second drumpf spawn, Eric, went on Bold TV’s Carrie Sheffield’s show to proclaim…. “We get that this is unfair to you, but this is so much bigger than any one person. It is a little bit of pain, but it’s going to be for the future of our country and their children and their grandchildren and generations after that will thank them for their sacrifice right now…” This morsel of nonsense oozes from her pie-hole at about the 3:00 in the video below (close captioned) She got no push back from the host Sheffield, and in fact was encouraged when she repeated the fiction that Democratic leader went to Puerto Rico to “work on their tans”, but to be fair, a perusal of Bold TV’s Twitter feed shows that they provide a platform to a wide array of political views. But recent polling shows a majority of Americans do not agree with her assertion: And, in response to Newsweek’s Tweet about the above quoted interview, they let her know it.