Sweet Jesus, just how fucking stupid can one human being be?!? We are less than a week into Trump’s autocratic attempt to stop mail in voting by gutting the post office, and already the Democrats in congress are the least of his worries. Not far. In the noon Pacific hour, 3 PM Eastern, Brian Williams of MSNBC […]
The coronavirus pandemic prevented Rep. John Lewis from having the big public funeral someone of his stature might ordinarily get, a national occasion for mourning together. But as Lewis is laid to rest on...
I’m not proud. And I’m not macho, I’m a strapping Irish lad who’s ready for whatever comes at him, have been all of my life. And I’m not ashamed to say that today US House Representative John Lewis reduced me to tears. The memorial for John Lewis in the rotunda of the Capitol today was a thing of beauty. I didn’t catch all of it, but I caught most of it. The parade of congressional dignitaries lining up to share their fond remembrances of Lewis was heartwarming. As was the music selection. Everything was perfect. But it was Speaker Nancy Pelosi,who engineered the memorial, who once again showed her depth of perception of what mattered. At the end of her remarks, she turned the microphone over to the only person who could tie everything together, Representative John Lewis himself. Lewis spoke of his early life as a boy from Troy, and of his confusion and discomfort with the sight of white and colored bathrooms, of white and colored lunch counters. And he recalled how he was told that it was just the way things were. Don’t get in the way. Don’t get in trouble. Instead, John Lewis decided to get into the way, to get into trouble, good trouble as he put it. He nearly lost his life at the far end of the Edmond Pettis bridge on bloody Sunday, his skull fractured by a racist white cop with a baton. And when he recovered, he went right back out, picked up the baton, and soldiered on. And I asked myself, if that had happened top me, if I had come within a hairs breadth of death, would I have the personal and moral fortitude to go back out there and do it again. Sweet Jesus, I don’t know. But I’d put the odds at no better than 50-50. But when I listened to Lewis’s words at that long ago commencement speech, I was transfixed. Not by the words, but by the conviction. When Lewis said that We all live in the same house, Black and white, Asian and Hispanic, gay and straight, And we must all find a way to live together in the same house, in peace and harmony. That was the voice of the true believer the man who was ready and willing to shed his own blood over and over again, to ensure that we reached that precious place. Simply because there will be nobody left to remind us of our better, truer angels. And I grieved. I grieved because we are quickly running out of leaders to pick up the torch that John Lewis has sadly laid down, and carry it into the future. But I still believe. I still believe that out there is a new generation of American political leaders willing to take up the torch, and move the ball down field. I I believe because it is simply too painful not to believe. John Lewis’s legacy is in our hands, to do with what we will. To know the future, look to the past.before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch up before the upcoming release of the […]
You know I should be sittin’ in an air conditioned, office in a swivel chair. Talkin’ some trash to the secretary, sayin’ “Hey now Momma, come on over here” Jim Croce Working at the car wash blues I am just over 2/3 of the way through Mary Trump’s book, Too much and never enough, and I am enjoying it immensely. But the more I walk hand in hand with Mary through her Uncle Donald’s psyche and mental make up, the more I realize that it’s like playing hide-and-seek with Hannibal Lecter in Freddie Krueger’s house. This is one seriously disturbed gerbil. Donald Trump has spent his entire life desperately touting himself as a truly self made man. He loves to regale people with the fact that he took a measly $1 million loan from his father and turned it into a multi billion dollar real estate empire in Manhattan, Atlantic City, and elsewhere globally. This is, of course, pure, unadulterated bullshit. Fred Trump Sr was the sponge the built an empire, and his son Donald was the spigot that largely pissed it away. But if you take away the money and the business, when it comes to emotional and mental stability, Donald Trump truly is the original self made man, one of a kind. All five of the Trump siblings, Fred Jr, affectionately called Freddy, Maryanne, Donald, Elizabeth, and Robert, grew up in a dysfunctional, emotionally abusive household. Fred St was a true sociopath, concerned with only two things, Fred Sr, and his burgeoning empire. His children were a necessary evil in search of a replacement to extend the empire. Their mother, Mary, a woman with physical and emotional problems of her own, was at best an indifferent mother, except where the boys were concerned, where she was absentee. She felt that the sons were Fred St’s purview. Starved for parental affection and nurturing from their earliest days, all five children grew up with emotional scars. Donald learned young. For whatever reason, from the get go, Fred Sr decided that his heir apparent, Freddy, was lacking. In an effort to toughen him up, Fred Sr regularly belittled and castigated Freddy in front of his siblings. Desperate for his fathers approval, Freddy chose honesty, admitted his failures, and promised to be better, which only earned him another heaping helping of shit. By the time he was 6, Donald realized instinctively that a richly veined line of bullshit was far superior to the truth, since it saved you a chewing out. Which led to arrogance. By the time Donald was in grade school he had a near permanent sneer on his face. When his father chose not to rein that in, it led to bullying. Donald started bullying everybody, his siblings, his classmates, even his mother, whom he refused to even give the time of day when she attempted to discipline him. And when his father not only refused to discipline him, but gave tacit approval to his budding killer instinct, outright cruelty followed, and everything went to hell in a hand basket. With his father’s unspoken, but tacit approval, at the age of 10 Donald had never been successfully disciplined. And at the age of 10, Donald had the seminal moment of his life. Seated at the dinner table, with his siblings and parents around him, Donald […]
In GOP land tonight, corks are coming out of bottles and not to celebrate. Oh, no. Republican senators running for reelection are pouring a stiff one and trying to figure out what to do.Jeff Sessions’ efforts to kiss and make up with Donald Trump went catastrophically south. Trump just doubled and tripled down and humiliated the man, whatever he said. So the message Republican senators have now is, the wrath of Trump will destroy you. However, common sense is saying, as Trump’s polls continue to crater, that being aligned with Trump is not the most desirable thing either. So what to do? This is quite a pickle and I certainly wouldn’t want to be Susan Collins, Martha McSally, Thom Tillis or Cory Gardner tonight. But it would be nice to be Doug Jones. Jones’ senate seat is said to be the most vulnerable seat up for election, but I disagree and I’m going to tell you why in just a moment. As you recall, Jones ran against Humbert Humbert imitator Roy Moore in a special election to fill Jeff Sessions’ vacant senate seat. And won. And it was expected when Trump and Sessions parted company that Sessions would run for his old senate seat and handily regain it. That did not take place. Sessions lost to contender Tommy Tuberville. This is no small matter. A very big deal went down tonight in Alabama. Former football coach Tommy Tuberville has no experience in politics and his platform consists entirely of supporting Donald Trump. Sessions may have had four terms as a senator from Alabama and been part of that political establishment but he blew his campaign by reiterating how supportive he was of Donald Trump’s agenda, at a time when Trump was telling Alabamians that Sessions had stabbed him in the back, in so many words. Sessions’ key error was to try and smooth over the damage done by his contretemps with Trump and in so doing, he looked like a man of zero integrity, one, and even worse, as a man who believed his constituents were so stupid that they would believe that yes, Trump hated him, but it didn’t matter because he was supporting Trump anyway. It did not fly. So where does that leave the Jones v. Tuberville match? Far better off than you might surmise, the reason being that Sessions going down in flames may just be a sign of the times. The Republican party is about to undergo a major transformation. The election of Trump has only uncovered the rot and corruption in the party and there will be a new cast of characters in the future, as some form of the GOP rises from the ashes after Trump finishes burning it to the ground. Doug Jones might be sitting pretty. I’m not the only one who thinks so. Read this piece from Matthew Stokes, The Bulwark: Tuberville’s rise has something of the scent of smoke-filled back rooms. Without the support of numerous leaders in the state’s agricultural sector, it’s likely that the former coach would have disappeared as a vanity candidate months ago. Yet some institutional guardrails might have existed to prevent a candidate bereft of policy ideas from winning a seat in the world’s greatest deliberative body. In the absence of a powerful party, leaders fall […]
I would say that I don’t know how it can possibly get any worse, but then I’ll just wake up tomorrow and find out. As I’ve written, Trump has steadfastly thrown away traditional GOP constituency after traditional GOP constituency since the day he took office, and it just keeps getting worse. For generations the military and veteran vote has been traditionally Republican and they’ve worked hard to keep it that way, casting Democrats as weak on defense. But the report that His Lowness was well aware of, and did nothing to stop Vladimir Putin from putting a bounty on the heads of American soldiers was a bridge too far. Votevets.org put out a scathing ad, coming right out and calling the sitting President a traitor. It just got worse. votevets.org has just come out with another ad that continues the “traitor” theme, but with even more devastating effect. Here’s the ad; I can’t tell you how potentially devastating this is. Trump isn’t the only one who has benefited from the support of active military members, their families, and veterans. GOP lawmakers, especially Senators have found that acreage fertile ground. There are massive US military bases up and down the east coast. Thom Tillis in North Carolina, Leningrad Lindsey Graham in South Carolina, two seats in Georgia, and even Doug Jones in Alabama all call major bases home in their states. Oh yeah, and John Cornyn’s seat in Texas. And here’s how it gets to be a perfect storm. After starting out exclusively attacking Trump, The Lincoln Project has now branched out into attacking Trump’s Senate enablers as well. So, military members, their families, and vets are now all seeing ads portraying their Senators as filthy, disgusting turncoats. And now you ad in a spot from votevets.0rg, coming out and calling him a traitor in multiple ads. Put the two together, and you have a potentially devastating effect on Trump in the military and veterans community, but vulnerable Senators as well, tied to Trump by The Lincoln Project. The GOP Senate has spent the last 3 1/2 years tying itself to Donald Trump with barbed wire. And now it’s time to pay the piper. There is noway for them to provide anywhere near the distance they need from him to survive. Sink alone, or sink together. Either way it’s glub, glub, glub. To know the future, look to the past.before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch up before the upcoming release of the third book in the trilogy, President Evil III: All The Presidents Fen Follow me on Twitter at @RealMurfster35S
Well folks, the Law & Order president, apologies to the other TV show of that name, has just commuted the sentence of a convicted criminal so that the criminal won’t reveal his own crimes. Let’s not even talk about abuse of power. Senior administration official confirms to Politico that President Trump has commuted Roger Stone's sentence — Betsy Woodruff Swan (@woodruffbets) July 10, 2020 Here’s Lindsey Graham’s take. And he doesn’t even have the facts straight. Stone is not “in his 70s.” He’s 67. In my view it would be justified if President @realDonaldTrump decided to commute Roger Stone's prison sentence. Mr. Stone is in his 70s and this was a non-violent, first-time offense.https://t.co/jbbGTucRpq — Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 10, 2020 I don’t know what Stone has on Trump and I don’t know what Trump has on Graham, but this is just one more clear indication that it is epic. Equally important: Over time we learn how biased and corrupt Crossfire Hurricane and the Mueller probes were. — Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 10, 2020 Wow. Graham is on board for the conspiracy theory, Deep State hogwash. If I wasn’t seeing this with my own eyes. I would have a hard time believing it. I've never agreed with your politics, Senator but I never thought you were indecent. Until now. These last three and half years shows the depth of your indecency. You traded your decency to toady for the most unfit, corrupt criminal ever to occupy the White House. Shame on you. — Navy Mom 🆘 Wear mask-Wash hands-Don't be racist. (@USNavyMomPA) July 11, 2020 You are so far up Trumps behind it amazes me. You are not a good republican or personFor allowing Trump to get away with his corrupt narcissistic ways — Charlene (@Charlen69949680) July 11, 2020 No Pumpkin — Trump is guilty. My emails were hacked and so were those of others. Tick. Tock. — Cheri Jacobus (@CheriJacobus) July 10, 2020 Look, it’s pretty obvious what Trump and Graham discussed on the golf course last week and it wasn’t Trump amending his behavior and changing his message to the nation. It was Graham falling on his sword. Apparently, whatever Trump has on Graham, it’s enough to where the trade off of political suicide is preferable to exposure. So be it. May Jaime Harrison win, please God. Make no mistake. This is a dark night in American history. An utterly corrupt president has pardoned a convicted criminal to cloak his own sins and a sitting senator is covering for this abuse of power by parroting conspiracy theory — for the same reason, apparently. I am speechless.
Strange stories are popping like corn today. Here’s another one. Shirley faces up to 10 years in federal prison when she is sentenced in federal court in Martinsburg, likely later this year https://t.co/5RLRen3S9n — Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) July 6, 2020 If you need a bigger picture of the text, here it is. Associated Press via WFMJ: CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman who previously served in the Air Force planned to offer top-secret information from the National Security Agency to the Russian government, prosecutors said Monday in announcing her conviction in federal court. Elizabeth Jo Shirley pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement to one count each of willful retention of national defense information and international parental kidnapping, the U.S. Justice Department said in a news release. Shirley, 47, of Hedgesville, faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the national security charge and up to three years and a $250,000 fine on the kidnapping charge. The statement did not say whether a sentencing date was set in federal court in Martinsburg. […] Shirley was arrested last August at a hotel in Mexico City and the girl was returned to her father. Authorities said the NSA document was located that month in a storage locker in Martinsburg, while messages Shirley had drafted to Russian government officials along with other classified information were found on her electronic devices. “Given Shirley’s troubling conduct after fleeing the United States, the damage to national security could have been far greater had law enforcement not acted swiftly,” said John C. Demers, an assistant attorney general for national security. “Shirley will now be held accountable for betraying the trust of the American people.” Russia seems to have a lot of operatives in our government, not just the big orange one in the Oval Office. As Anthony Scaramucci was wont to misquote, “The fish smells from the head down.”
When the history of the 2020 election is written, it is the story broken by the New York Times, chronicling the scheme hatched by Vlad the Imp to pay a bounty for the lives of US soldiers in Afghanistan that may well have been the final nail in the Trump reelection coffin. For generations now, veterans and active duty military personnel have been two of the richest veins for the GOP to mine. And they worked hard at it. For generations the GOP has portrayed itself as the patriotic party, ready to shovel boxcar loads of cash at the military, and with an almost religious reverence for the veterans who served this country. And now it’s all coming down around their greedy, lying little ears. Donald Trump basically picked up a bullhorn, and bellowed, What a bunch of bullshit! From day one, Trump has done nothing but disrespect both the military as well as veterans. He removed a progressive VA Chief who was trying to drag the agency, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. He disrespected the days of gold star widow of Sgt. LaDavid Johnson, sloughing off her pain with a cavalier He knew what he signed up for. Trump has repeatedly moved to politicize the armed forces, calling them his army, like some tinpot despot. And even worse, he took tens of millions of dollars of funds earmarked for improvement of bases, especially schools and daycare centers, to build his stupid vanity wall. And he let the Veterans Administration fall even farther into disrepair with a political hack appointee. But it is the crisis currently embroiling the Trump administration over this scandal about Russia paying a bounty for dead American soldiers that is going to have a catastrophic effect on the election. Because it is current, it is visceral, and it is intolerable. The Trump administration has fallen back on it’s traditional strategy of bifurcated bullshit. Call the whole thing a media and Democratic hoax, and then deny that the case against Russia hasn’t been proven. There is no way that Trump will risk waking up some morning and seeing that Wikileaks has decided to drop a cache of documents showing how the Trump organization has been nothing more than a massive ruble laundromat for decades, obfuscate he must. But that obfuscation is about to tear Trump’s electoral map to shreds. Trump is already down double digits nationally, trailing in every battleground state, and states once thought safe are in play. Now, with that in mind, think about the number of major military installations in the United States, and the number of not only veterans, but families of active service members spread throughout the United States. Trump’s actions have just placed the entire eastern seaboard of the United States in play. There are major military installations in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. And sailors, soldiers, and airmen know bullshit when they hear it. Trump already alienated the Navy by removing the commander of a nuclear powered aircraft carrier for pleading for assistance for his sailors stricken with the coronavirus. Trump has taken the military for granted from day one. Now, let’s just take a look at all of the military bases in Texas, and Arizona, states where Trump is struggling. The men and women who make the conscious choice to wear the cloth of this […]
In a recent story about Donald Trump’s desperate attempts to smother his dumpster fire of a campaign with the same old clown shoes, The Washington Post notes that Trump isn’t 100 percent satisfied with his chosen nickname for...