Friday, October 18, 2019

PizzaGate Loonies Are Having A Convention, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos To Be Keynote Speakers

Holy conspiracy theory, Batman. QAnon is having a convention September 14 in Atlanta, to “prepare social warriors for a coming digital war against censorship and oppression.” And none other than convicted felons and Russian enablers Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos will be on hand to speak at the “Digital Soldiers Conference,” a one-day event. Mother Jones: Other featured speakers include Bill Mitchell, an online broadcaster and conspiracy theorist; singer and Trump backer Joy Villa; and a “mystery guest.” The event is being organized by Rich Granville, the CEO of Yippy, Inc, who has a Twitter feed littered with references to QAnon, a conspiracy theory centered around the notion that Trump is secretly taking down an international ring of pedophiles that includes high-ranking Democrats. QAnon supporters believe that an anonymous person known as Q is dropping online clues about this supposed clandestine operation. The web page for Granville’s conference prominently features an American flag festooned with a Q. In an interview, Granville denied that the Q on the flag is a deliberate QAnon reference. He said the stars refer to Flynn’s prior status as a three-star general. “It does look like Q, but there is no reference to QAnon anywhere on that site,” Granville said. He acknowledged that he personally espouses QAnon views. “Do I think it’s good for America? Absolutely,” he said. “Do I think it’s a conspiracy theory? I doubt that.” “I am with anybody who is with the United States of America, any digital solider, any patriot, any average American who is doing their part to support the president of the United States,” Granville said. Tickets range from $49 to $2,500 for an “Ultra VIP pass” and the money is earmarked to go to General Flynn’s legal expenses. Flynn is just like Roger Stone. He’s a millionaire, but he cries poor mouth and victimization and goes after the wingnuts to pay his freight. And apparently they love him. Flynn’s legal shift has coincided with his apparent move toward conspiracy theorists who have embraced him as a hero. After Flynn’s plea, many conservative writers argued he was unfairly prosecuted and suggested his case would be thrown out. QAnon believers added their own spin, theorizing that Flynn was actually working with Mueller to help defeat the so-called deep state and expose a liberal pedophile ring. Flynn’s son, Michael Flynn Jr., a frequent purveyor of right-wing conspiracy theories, espoused QAnon views when he tweeted in late 2016 about “PizzaGate,” a conspiracy theory that a DC pizzeria was part of a child sex ring involving senior Democratic officials. Flynn Jr. lost a job on the Trump transition team due to those tweets. Flynn Jr. has since renounced QAnon. But General Flynn’s brother, Joseph Flynn, and sister, Barbara Redgate, have signaled support to QAnon supporters, according to the Daily Beast. Joseph Flynn delighted believers last March by tweeting the letter Q. He later deleted the tweet but suggested his account had been hacked by “the team.” Some QAnon followers interpreted his tweet to be a reference to their theory that a “Q Team” of hackers is working to help Trump. This is woo woo magical thinking at it’s finest. These people don’t have even one toe on the ground, let alone both feet. For them, it’s all maps and codes and secret connections. Think of the garage that the protagonist in “A Beautiful […]

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Release of “The Hunt” Canceled In Wake Of Mass Shootings and Trump On Warpath

You recall Trump’s Friday meltdown, both on the south lawn and on Twitter, over the “Anger and Hate” of Hollywood. Trump was literally in meltdown, he was pouring with sweat, sparking innuendo about everything from a drug reaction to a pre-cardiac event in progress. Be that as it may, the target of Trump’s angst has been definitely ascertained. It is a movie called “The Hunt” starring Betty Gilpin and Hillary Swank. It provoked this scathing denunciation from the *resident. ….to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence, and then try to blame others. They are the true Racists, and are very bad for our Country! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2019 Universal announced Saturday morning that it was indefinitely postponing release of “The Hunt.” Deadline: The studio released the following statement this morning: “While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film.  We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.” The Hunt follows 12 red-state strangers who wake up in a clearing and realize that they’re being hunted by liberals. Betty Gilpin and Oscar winner Hilary Swank play women on opposite sides of the political spectrum, conservative and liberal, who are targeting each other.   This opus by Blumhouse Productions was originally entitled “Red State v. Blue State” an unimaginative and on-the-nose title, which reflects a script of precisely the same qualities. Here are a few lines, which I seriously doubt will go down in the same lexicon as, “This could be the start of a beautiful friendship.” “Did anyone see what our ratfucker-in-chief just did?” “At least The Hunt’s coming up. Nothing better than going out to the Manor and slaughtering a dozen deplorables.” Isn’t that scintillating? I was going to share the trailer with you, but it has been pulled from the internet, so you’ll have to take my word for it that the movie looks like gar-bage. My prediction is that “The Hunt” is going to end up in the same remainder bin at Blockbuster which “Assassination Nation” ended up in. It was also billed as a satire and “pitted the woke versus the unwoke in uber-violent fashion,”according to the Hollywood Reporter.  It did great at Sundance in 2018, and was in the top earning slot at $10 Million. But when it was released it earned $2 Million, with no international rollout. “We thought people would get the joke,” said one of the filmmakers. Well, they didn’t and they’re not going to get this joke either. Plus Fox News is up in arms with Todd Starnes calling the film  “a script straight from the DNC playbook. Remember when Maxine Waters said confront people at stores and gas stations? One of the first scenes in the movie involves a murder at a gas station.” There’s a culture war in progress for real, and this movie is just flat out dumb and not helping any cause — including, for now, the pocketbooks of the filmmakers.  

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Gun Wielding, Knife Brandishing Trumpist Detained, Released in El Paso.

A boy…man with a rifle spotted brandishing a knife near a immigrant community center in El Paso was briefly detained and then sent on his merry way. He plans to drive to Portland to decorate the protests there. Cop — “He has rights.” NBS News “An armed Trump supporter was detained and released by police Wednesday outside a community space for immigrants in El Paso, Texas, days after a mass shooting that killed 22 people at a Walmart in the border town. Witnesses said they called police after Thomas Bartram, 21, made threatening comments to people and brandished a knife while sitting in his truck outside of community center Casa Carmelita. His truck was emblazoned with pro-Trump banners and bumper stickers promoting InfoWars, a far-right conspiracy website and radio show… …Bartram acknowledged he was legally carrying a pistol but denied waving it around, and said the gloves and knife could be explained. “I was eating prickly pears,” he said. The white powder was a protein supplement, Bartram said he takes along with other Alex Jones’ branded nutritional supplements. Bartram is no longer in El Paso but on his way to Portland, Oregon, to attend a protest that local officials have warned is expected to turn violent… …Ana Deveze, of Casa Carmelita told NBC News that police also recovered a loaded gun, ammunition and a bag of white powder from the man’s truck. She said people at the community center are still “terrified” and “frustrated.” Deveze said El Paso police officers were confrontational with the witnesses and eventually told them Bartram hadn’t broken any laws. “He has rights,” Deveze said police told her.” I know you can carry whatever you want in Texas, brandishing a knife seems to me to be breaking some laws. I guess its OK if you are a white supremacist Trump loving idiot. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Please follow me on Twitter @durrati

NYT: ‘Was Trump’s El Paso Visit A Turning Point?’

Donald Trump’s efforts to “act” as comforter in chief, a duty which falls to presidents when there’s a national tragedy, was a farce. He went through the motions of flying to Dayton and El Paso, leaving a string of wise cracks and taunts of his political enemies in his wake, on a day which should have been devoted strictly to mourning. In the El Paso hospital, he made nice nice for a few minutes, talking about the “incredible” and “fantastic” hospital staff, and then he reverted to type, dissing Beto O’Rourke, calling him “crazy” and saying that in dueling rallies the two had had a few months earlier, that O’Rourke had “like 400 people in the parking lot.” Trump’s crowd was much bigger, he assured those present, and certainly the hospital staff was riveted hearing about that. Disrespecting a politician in his home town is inexcusable on it’s face, but in the aftermath of a mass murder there, it’s inexecrable — but it’s vintage Trump. No matter what, no matter where, it’s all.about.him. Here’s the video, if you haven’t seen it — and bear in mind not one of the hospitalized victims wanted to meet with the man. This is absolutely disgraceful! More so bc NONE of the hospitalized victims in EL Paso would meet w/Trump, so he had two discharged pts come back to the hospital for his grossly inappropriate campaign video paid for illegally by taxpayers. #TrumpHospitalFarce — MakeGOPDisappear;BanVotingMachines (@baobann) August 8, 2019 The trip to the two grief-struck cities was merely a campaign commercial to Trump. He and his aides bragged about how he was “treated like a rock star” and of course there was the obligatory lie about crowd size, what else? El Paso Times: When his rally got underway, the president said that “69,000 signed up to be here. The arena holds about 8,000.” Trump thanked the fire department for getting 10,000 people in the El Paso County Coliseum, before noting the crowd that gathered outside for his rally. “Tens of thousands of people are watching the screens outside,” Trump said. People are dead and injured and this guy is worrying about audience size. Here’s the fire department’s version of the facts, from the Senior Editor of ProPublica: El Paso Fire Department just told us that Trump's statement about them allowing 10,000 people inside is incorrect. Spokesman says coliseum holds 6,500 and that is how many were allowed in building. #TrumpElPaso — Zahira Torres (@zahiratorres) February 12, 2019 Trump is framing the entire trip in glowing terms, talking about how much he was loved and venerated. El Paso resident and author Richard Parker sees Trump’s trip there very differently. New York Times: Along the president’s route from the airport to a hospital, people lined the roads to greet him — largely with rejection. “What’s more important?” Asked one man’s sign. “Lives or re-election?” American and Mexican flags sprouted together in the August heat. Signs with quotes bearing his name came back to haunt him: “We cannot allow these people to invade our country.” “Not Welcome” covered a stage at a park where people protested the president. The El Paso Times ran a black front page with this headline: “Mr. President, We Are Hurting.” […] As if to symbolize just how out of touch Trumpism is here and in much of […]

‘The GOP Masks Have Dropped’ Declares Ex-Consultant. ‘Routine Massacres Acceptable Price To Pay For...

Robert E. Kelly is a political science professor and an expert on Asia. He was a consultant to the Ohio GOP. He minces no words in saying how the party has “definitively” revealed itself to be racists who will do anything in order to gain tax cuts for the rich, including support Donald Trump. 1. Gun rights advocates now clearly think that routine massacres are an acceptable price to pay for access to long guns. The president's teleprompter speech was so forced & hackneyed, & his desperation to blame anything – video games, mental health, the culture, hate – except /2 — Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) August 8, 2019 & co. now clearly prioritize gun ownership over public safety, and they will say anything to defend a capacious reading of the 2A. 2. A lot of Trump voters are racist. Again, this wasn't too hard to figure out before; the tea party pretty clearly wasn't motivated by limited /4 — Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) August 8, 2019 the Southern strategy. Those days are now over. 'Economic anxiety' is the standard talking point to deflect this. That is impossible to invoke after 'send her back' caused no drop in Trump's approval rating. It is apparent now that Trump wants the GOP to be like theNat'l Front /6 — Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) August 8, 2019 never need to take moralistic arguments from religious conservatives seriously again. They're just another interest group now, with no principled belief in elevating our debased politics. I find this sell-out the most disappointing. There is something noble in the notion that /8 — Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) August 8, 2019 they swallowed all the racism, misogyny, narcissism, norm-busting,& so on just for that juicy 2017 tax cut to their donors. Again,you probably suspected plutocracy before. W's 2001 & 2003 tax cuts were upwardly redistributive too. But Trump is so awful that the Congressional /10 — Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) August 8, 2019 so obvious as to be undeniable. Again, you kind of already knew this, but maybe the tea party was serious and Romney and Ryan really did think we were becoming Greece. Well that story is gone now too. Trump deficit spends with such abandon, that this GOP plank is revealed as /12 — Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) August 8, 2019 insincerity via his body language. He says the right stuff for a moment – at Charlottesville or after the shootings – but in such a fake, reading-from-the-teleprompter manner that you can easily decipher his true beliefs. This inability to mouth appropriate platitudes, to lie /14 — Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) August 8, 2019 come to regret after Trump is gone and no one knows what it stands for besides racism and upper income tax cuts. Aligning with Trump is a faustian bargain, and the bill will come due. But by demolishing useful, deflective GOP myths, Trump is accelerating that reckoning. END — Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) August 8, 2019 This is insightful and brilliant. I can only hope that the GOP does come to pay the piper and finds that the price is too high.

Trump Laughed When A MAGAt Yelled ‘Kill Them’ At One Of His Rallies

Here’s a must-see clip of Trump that is going the rounds today. I came across it in the twitter feed of Social Consciousness Barbie, who came out of her aerie momentarily this morning to bestow yet another of one of her breezy perfunctory platitudes; which, on this occasion, not only did not succor us, it did not sucker us, either. Try again, Princess. As our nation mourns the senseless loss of life in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio and prays for the victims and their loved ones, we must also raise our voices in rejection of these heinous and cowardly acts of hate, terror and violence. — Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) August 4, 2019 Trump [Talking about brown families seeking asylum]: How do you stop these people? Crowd: Shoot them! Trump LAUGHED. 30 people have been killed in mass shootings in the US in the last 24 hours alone.pic.twitter.com/T407ylLQrX — Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) August 4, 2019 Look at Trump smirk and twist and play to the audience. He loves nothing more than when he gets to do stand up comedy for the base, and they give him a set up line upon which he can improvise cruel and inappropriate remarks, thinking them to be witty and urbane — as if wink wink racism is ever anything but disgusting. When Trump entered office I wrote, “A combination of self-assurance and utter ignorance is a defining trait of this White House along with cocky vulgarity and casual cruelty.” This clip is Exhibit “A” to that premise. Point being, both here and in the piece I reprinted about the Zeitgeist Of Darkness and Despair, is that from the inception of this mis-administration, tragedy has been completely foreseeable, because Donald Trump is not only an unabashed racist, he revels in it. He luxuriates in connecting with the darkest aspects of human nature, and amplifying people’s worst instincts. He’s a troll. He lives to provoke a response. Well, he sure has this weekend. But of course, his GOP enablers are busy denying any connection between Trump’s rhetoric and this weekend’s violence. Here’s a transcript of an exchange between Rick Santorum and Jake Tapper on State of the Union earlier today. And Tapper is saying that the voice in the crowd yelled “kill them” rather than “shoot them” which is only a shade of difference. Tapper: “I don’t know if we have the clip ready, but three months ago the president was in the panhandle of Florida, talking about the threat of migrants coming over the border and someone yelled ”kill them.’ and the president chuckled and the audience chuckled and the president said only in the panhandle can you get away with that. The idea that he has consistently done so [condemn violence] is not true,” Santorum: “He should have condemned that. Look, the idea that the president is somehow or another responsible or promoting violence is over the top.” Oh, yeah. No causal connection here. How could anyone possibly think that a United States president could demonize a race of people, or a religion, and then laugh when somebody wants to shoot/kill them, and not have that play out as encouragement to like-thinking racists of unstable mind? This isn’t a dog whistle, it’s a bloody air raid siren. National security specialist Phil Mudd was […]

Mehdi Hasan at The Intercept. “Trump is nothing less than a threat to our...

(Above – Mehdi Hasan) The Intercept is not exactly a favorite read here, but one of it’s columnists, British Journalist and frequent Trump critic Mehdi Hasan, has something important to say this day after a Trump acolyte targeted Hispanic Americans during his shooting rampage at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Mr. Hasan gets the easy part out of the way quickly, listing some of the many terrorists shot into  action by the *resident’s hateful rhetoric, before settling into the meat of his essay: (Bolds Mine) “And now, this latest massacre in El Paso. Let’s be clear: in an age of rising domestic terrorism cases — the majority of which are motivated by “white supremacist violence,” according to FBI Director Christopher Wray — Trump is nothing less than a threat to our collective security. More and more commentators now refer, for example, to the phenomenon of “stochastic terrorism” — originally defined by an anonymous blogger back in 2011 as “the use of mass communications to incite random actors to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable.” Sounds pretty Trumpian, right? As I wrote in October: “The president may not be pulling the trigger or planting the bomb, but he is enabling much of the hatred behind those acts. He is giving aid and comfort to angry white men by offering them clear targets — and then failing to fully denounce their violence.” And as I pointed out on CNN earlier this year, there is a simple way for Trump to distance himself from all this. Give a speech denouncing white nationalism and the violence it has produced. Declare it a threat to national security. Loudly disown those who act in his name. Tone down the incendiary rhetoric on race, immigration, and Islam. Trump, however, has done the exact opposite. In March, in the wake of the Christchurch massacre, the president said he did not consider white nationalism to be a rising threat, dismissing it as a “small group of people.” A month earlier, in February, Trump was asked whether he would moderate his language after a white nationalist Coast Guard officer was arrested over a plot to assassinate leading journalists and Democrats. “I think my language is very nice,” he replied.” Hasan then sites the statement released by The Washington National Cathedral earlier this week asking the reasonable question “When will Americans have enough?” “The escalation of radicalized rhetoric from the President of the United States has evoked responses from all sides of the political spectrum. On one side, African American leaders have led the way in rightfully expressing outrage. On the other, those aligned with the President seek to downplay the racial overtones of his attacks, or remain silent. As faith leaders who serve at Washington National Cathedral ¬– the sacred space where America gathers at moments of national significance – we feel compelled to ask: After two years of President Trump’s words and actions, when will Americans have enough?… …We have come to accept a level of insult and abuse in political discourse that violates each person’s sacred identity as a child of God. We have come to accept as normal a steady stream of language and accusations coming from the highest office in the land that plays to racist elements in society. This […]

Trump, In Ohio, Mocks Mueller, Biden, Promises to Cure Cancer.

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