It is Sunday, which means another Republican senator will make the rounds speaking in tongues about Ukrainian fictional drama. We hear that the Ukrainians are awful and corrupt people, and thus of course a president would ask these most awful and corrupt people to announce a big investigation of, surprise! your biggest political rival. Never mind that Trump doesn’t say a thing about Ukrainian-American corruption on the phone. Ted Cruz, who according to Trump, had a father who supposedly killed JFK, and has a “dog” of a wife (actually his wife, aka mother of his three kids, is pretty great in my mind), stood up and played Trump ball. Ted Cruz, who is a very very smart guy, magnanimously said Russia did manipulate our election buttttt, so did Ukraine! His evidence is that the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States wrote an op-ed that favored Hillary! Oh the humanity. I am gonna disagree here. Writing an op-ed against the guy who favors Russia in a war against you, FFS, wouldn’t qualify as “election interference” in my opinion, or in anyone else’s who doesn’t have a Trump agenda. Cruz should be embarrassed bringing Ukraine up when compared to hacking voting databases, sending money to the NRA, hacking the DNC at Trump’s invitation, viciously applying propaganda t Facebook and openly vowing to do it all again. Ted Cruz knows this. He is just a prominent member in a post-fact party. It is also a party of the “gotcha” opposition to anything not glowing to Trump. Trump has unquestioned “loyalty. ” (the only value Trump demands. Amazing that Trump doesn’t like dogs, a historically loyal animal. Though, Dogs do have a hall of fame BS meter in them). Republicans’ unquestioned loyalty has led to flip flop on their complaints without shame. (Shame is inherently fact-based.). Last week, Trump was calling upon Nancy Pelosi to get the impeachment done, quit stalling in any way. Today, Rep. Collins, one of the “most loyal” (and most without shame) is arguing that he and his party need more time to absorb the thousands of pages of supporting documents, released yesterday in the Judicial Committee report: Details via Rawstory: “The information Democrats released today is partial, biased and curated to support accusations that have, to date, been thinner than cotton candy,” Collins said in a statement Saturday.“Chairman Nadler has no choice but to postpone Monday’s hearing in the wake of a last-minute document transmission that shows just how far Democrats have gone to pervert basic fairness.” “It is impossible for Judiciary members to sift through thousands and thousands of pages in any meaningful way in a matter of hours.” Well alrighty then. Just the moment you can show me that Republicans have demonstrated even passing interest in the facts, I will support their call to delay …. No. Actually, that is not my answer, no matter how much they deserve it. I say, give them a continuance, Congressman Nadler. Give them five days or a week. We are dealing with a process that needs to appear as though both sides are interested in a search for truth. There is very little downside to granting it, and a big upside. For one, it gives Nadler an opportunity to demonstrate that one party is composed of adults who will listen to […]
The trial of Donald Trump will be the most substantial seismic moment of the decade. The impact will ripple through the next three generations. As the trial begins, the nation will come to a standstill. American citizens are the ultimate jurors and will render their verdict in November, regardless of what Republican senators do. At stake is literally the direction of democracy, with Republicans wholly at ease kicking it to the corner to beat “leftists” they believe are taking “their” country away. They see defeating us as their highest patriotic duty and will proudly tear the fabric of democracy apart to do it. “If conservatives are forced to chose between conservatism and democracy, they’ll abandon democracy, not conservatism.” Conservative David Frum The trial’s verdict is far less important than the nation’s reaction to what they hear. Removal is the goal, but if the nation recoils from a president so damned reckless that he’s willing to use the most corrupt foreign powers to choke off an election, the voters’ might rise up in a wave similar to 2018. No one really knows how this will go. It is impossible to predict what evidence might emerge and its impact. This is especially true given that criminal proceedings have begun against two key players, and one is looming against Rudy. Meanwhile, Joe Biden may be busy blowing a massive opportunity. The Republicans keep threatening to call him as a witness. Yesterday, in answering a question, Biden said he will not voluntarily appear. Obviously he is leaving open his choices if he is subpoenaed. But he’s making a massive mistake and needs to reverse it as fast as possible. He needs to come out and say: “If called, I will do my duty and appear.” He has an opportunity for which most candidates would sell their staff. He has a chance to show the country how a leader should respond when called to be accountable. He has a chance to say: “I am certainly not the issue. This is not about me. But unlike the president, I will not hide. I will be upfront with the American people. The American people hold the power in this country. I owe the nation no less. The president is cowardly hiding, hoping to rip that power from the people and impose his will. He needs secrecy. It is reprehensible. I will be there if called, I always will. He never will.” That answer would terrify the Republicans. In front of a nation watching like a Super Bowl, Biden has a chance to demonstrate how an adult that loves democracy treats the process. Fearless. By shaming Trump, he has an opportunity no one else has. Joe is not my candidate, but I’ll be damned if I smear the Democrat that has a good shot at being our nominee, our hope, going into November. That being said, he is making a massive mistake and needs to reverse it, today. He needs to lead, and set an example. The contrast with Trump would be overwhelming. On one side is there, unafraid. The other is a man who has ordered everyone to ignore Congress and the people, a man who hasn’t turned over one document, a guilty coward. Biden can even admit he might have had poor judgment, and then rip the […]
It sure appears that Trump and his closest “advisors” rely heavily upon the presumption that nothing they do will ever see the light of day as evidence, and if it does they will just deny that reality’s existence, or application to this reality. It is the only explanation for how Nunes sat through the committee hearings without blurting out: “Before we go any further, I’d like the record to reflect that I’m ass deep in this shit.” Now it appears that Nunes might actually have to explain himself, as a new ethics complaint was filed against him Wednesday afternoon: “The House Intelligence Committee’s Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Report dated December 3, 2019 used a subpoena to obtain phone records which plainly demonstrate that ranking member Devin Nunes (R-CA) has an actual conflict of interest with an ongoing impeachment hearing he oversees … “That is because Rep. Nunes is currently engaged in overseeing aninvestigation in which it appears he is a fact witness, and which may examine his own activities and meetings with agents and lawyers of the President who solicited foreign election assistance, as well as potentially into his own contacts with foreign government officials.” The rule itself couldn’t be vaguer: “A member must behave at all times in a manner that shall reflect creditably on the House.” Now, because I personally don’t use “creditably” as a word, I looked it up: “Worthy of belief: a creditable story.” Guilty. With such a ridiculously general standard, it is no wonder that few complaints are filed. Still; “Under House Intel Committee rules, Rep. Nunes could have known that record production had revealed his phone contacts with the persons under subpoena before the general public was informed with the release of the Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report,” the complaint continues. “Yet, the Congressman never disclosed his potential conflict of interest overseeing the investigation to the public, nor did he recuse himself from any of its activities, including the drafting of an official 120-page HPSCI Minority report.” There is no doubt Nunes now has a terrible conflict of interest. We know what Trump thinks of “recusals.” Recusal is for pusssss, it’s a doctrine reserved for countries that follow laws. And now we move into troubled waters. Because Trump has near torpedoed the entire idea of a “conflict” or that recusal should ever be considered. He has normalized having conflicted interests as part of the American political landscape. Can you imagine Trump not having some kind of personal conflict in something? Do we even have laws or rules anymore? It seems perilous, in part because it is so obvious. When Nunes was caught, when the records came to light, he went on Hannity to say that he might have spoken to Parnas, but denied “knowing” Parnas. Turns out, Nunes spoke to the guy he doesn’t know at least four times. I don’t see anything in the media about Nunes resigning in shame, do you? Trump has forced the entire right into a corner where no facts or crimes matter. Nunes can say “I don’t know a guy” in spite of records showing at least four phone calls minimum, and no one on the right cares. It is like they have a group suicide pact they have with Trump, whereby if none of them turn on each other, they […]
Jonathon Turley will likely go down as history’s greatest concern troll. Have absolutely no doubt that Turley is a hired gun, called by the Republicans to help get Trump’s ass out of the sling while acting as if he’s maintaining some kind of intellectual standard and honesty. He is not. Anyone who supported the impeachment and removal of Bill Clinton, but not Donald Trump, is someone who is only out to hurt Democrats, period. If you didn’t believe it before today, you have far more evidence now. Turley wants you to believe that he is coming at you straight, no agenda at all. He just wants more evidence, and thinks that the “thin file” and rushed procedure are objectionable. His argument might have some weight if the Democrats specifically chose to only call the non-political staffers around Trump (Vindman, Taylor, Yovanovitch), while leaving the testimony of Bolton, Mulvaney and Giuliani waiting at the curbside. But Turley knows damned well that Trump has blocked, and will block, every single individual and document that he can. Facts are Trump kryptonite. In effect, Turley wants the Democrats punished for not having more evidence, knowing that Trump is going to take a year, minimum, in litigating each and every piece of evidence and individual that might come before the committee. Meanwhile, in the background, Trump will busily rig the fcking 2020 election and then – if he wins – declare the entire proceeding “Null and Void” because “the voters have spoken.” IF Turley were being intellectually honest, he would blast Trump for his blatant obstruction of the proceeding. It would be “semi-honest” to say; “Congress, you are going too fast. But, Mr. President, you are obstructing the proceeding without any good faith justification.” But Turley isn’t saying that, only Congress has done wrong, in his eyes. He got caught on it, too. In this questioning by Congressman Neguse, one can see the bullshit flow from Turley’s eyes. Transcript via Rawstory: “And you’re aware that President Trump has refused to allow his chief of staff or White House counsel to testify in this inquiry, correct?” “Yes, but various officials did testify and they are remaining in federal employment,” said Turley. So Turlely is expecting Congress to give Trump bonus points for not firing these people the moment after testifying? And, point of order, but Vindman was sent packing back to the Pentagon, and Ambassador Yovanovitch was fired prior to even testifying. “Am I right that President Clinton provided written responses to 81 interrogatories from the House Judiciary Committee and during that impeachment inquiry?” said Neguse. “And you’re aware that President Trump has refused any request for information the president submitted by the president in this impeachment inquiry?” “I have, yes,” said Turley. At which point Turley did not die of embarrassment . “Are you familiar with the letter issued by White House counsel Pat Cipollone on October 8, written on behalf of President Trump, in effect, instructing executive branch officials not to testify in this impeachment inquiry?” “Yes, I am,” said Turley. The “You Can All Go Blow Me” letter? Yes, I have heard that it was issued. So? So what is Congress supposed to do when the president tells Congress to go blow itself? “And am I correct that no president in the history […]
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If you have spent much time on the net over the holiday, you know that questions swirl about Trump’s current health status. Purportedly, Trump went thirty days between rounds of golf. I have no idea whether someone actually saw Trump golf this weekend, though it was on his schedule. He also near stopped tweeting over the weekend, going from four to three to one on Saturday. That was unusual. Of course, this all comes two weeks after Trump was rushed off to the hospital without real explanation. Given Trump’s secretive nature and trouble with “truth,” it would be negligent to not speculate as to all that is happening. Indeed, Newsweek has a new article focusing upon revelations contained in the new book “Anonymous; A Warning.” Anonymous states that though he/she is not competent to diagnose any issue, normal people around Trunp do see an issue, quickly: “He stumbles, slurs, gets confused, is easily irritated, and has trouble synthesizing information, not occasionally but with regularity,” What we see as covering criminal behavior may often be just a person declining in mental acuity, or a person with declining mental acuity also covering criminal behavior: “Americans are used to him denying words that have come out of his mouth,” the senior official writes. “Sometimes this is to avoid responsibility.” However, they say it often “appears Trump genuinely doesn’t remember important facts.” Moreover, we are not talking about someone who had a lot of brainpower and judgment from which to diminish, according to Anonymous: In addition to questioning Trump’s ability to recall basic terms that he has said or heard, the anonymous author also accuses the president of an “astounding” level of “intellectual laziness.” and was “bewildered how anyone could have run a private company on the empty mental tank President Trump relies upon every day to run the government.” At this point, this ought to relieve us. After all, the only thing worse might be a president Trump staying up all night reading about how he might more effectively dismantle NATO. But it isn’t just declining memory or intellectual laziness. There do appear to be some physical symptoms. Don’t take too much from any one video, nor any one person’s interpretation of any one video. But this Tweet did seem to catch some odd physical symptoms in Trump: Trump in Afghanistan displays an odd gait. Here in slow motion, note the odd twist & drag of his right foot. Also note the left side. There appears to be some type of shock absorber heel on his shoe as he scrapes his foot on the downswing. He's probably receiving physical therapy pic.twitter.com/mQL4N3WXSk — Tom Joseph (@TomJChicago) November 29, 2019 I don’t know what to make of it. My daughter swears she sees that “shock absorber” on the left foot and she believes Trump is covering a limp. I put far more evidentiary weight onto the fact that Trump went thirty days without golfing, a huge gap in his normal routine. The leading Twitter diagnosis (and that is ALL it is) is TIAs, “Transient Ischemic Attacks” or what are commonly called “mini-strokes,” tiny blockages in the brain. These can cause diminishing neurological function. Others speculate (because that is all this is, speculation) that Trump had a small stroke on the day he was rushed to […]
This is beyond “unsettling.” And though none of this is “surprising,” it isn’t getting enough attention. Anti-Semitism and racism power the most savage instincts within Trump’s base, and Trump is delivering on their support, a positive feedback loop. First, the headline: what… tf pic.twitter.com/pgGlsKfNcs — Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) November 26, 2019 So, you say, who cares? Tru News is probably just some [skinhead] guy in his basement. Don’t overreact over one racist site. Or, at least that was my first reaction, until I hit the link. Tru News is likely made of skinheads, and it is a far right racist organization (obviously) but it is one that Trump is doing his best to dignify and legitimize. This reporter Trump just called on, who lobbed a softball question about his "great peace deal" in the Middle East, is from TruNews, an far-right/ultra conservative, christian media site that posts Trump-friendly "news" articles. pic.twitter.com/R0KWno6FXd — Melanie Schmitz (@MelsLien) September 26, 2018 Trump called upon a Tru News “reporter” during a presidential press briefing, and no it was not by accident. In any presidential press setting, the president has total control over granting press passes generally, never mind upon whom to call. Trump purposefully lifted “Tru News” to the highest media pedestal in the United States, the ability to attend presidential press-conferences and ask question. “Jew Coup,” says an organization that carries a White House press pass. Not to be outdone, the man who sees himself as the 46th president of the United States, Don Jr. gave an interview to Tru News recently: Reminder that Don Jr. gave that Tru News outlet an interview recently https://t.co/5lHD981jjw — Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) November 26, 2019 This is utterly horrifying. It is also makes me realize that there is another dangerous element at work in the entire impeachment matter that I hadn’t fully appreciated. That being, what happens when Trump and his followers interpet an acquittal as a license to really get abusive? Will this become increasingly “normal”? Of course, it is natural to point out that most Trump supporters are not anti-Semitic and would not tolerate outright anti-Semitism from Trump or the White House. But that assumes that people on the Right will have the courage to even voice their opposition. Right now, perhaps most of the Right-wingers still feel free enough to loudly criticize Trump, should they so choose. That won’t necessarily always be the case, if they continue to grant him unlimited power. Trump enablers might, at some point, enable Trump right out of ever being accountable to anyone, supporter or not,. Even now, pre-impeachment vote, I wonder how many Republicans have chosen to back Trump due to nothing more than abject fear of what Trump does to the people that anger him. Again, we’re not even out of his first term, yet, and think of how far we’ve come. Think of how far Trump can go, if not stopped in impeachment, or by elections. Dictators become even more powerful when they no longer need “support,” only silence, and that is the direction we’re heading. Moreover, keep in mind how tribal society can be. Views that some might have found abhorrent become increasingly tolerated if they are increasingly accepted in one’s tribe. This isn’t just some skinhead in his basement with a website. This […]
This nation’s Cold Civil War is warming, or getting more intense, at least, as sides divide up with respect to the impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. Echoing a paper put out by The Federalist Society, the man who clearly believes he will be the 46th president of the United States, Donald Trump Jr., issued a tweet today that called into question Lt. Colonel Vindman’s integrity and motivation. Wanna-be Future President Donald Trump Jr. knows heroism and integrity when he sees it, and he’ll gladly tell us when he sees it lacking. Let’s Stop Pretending Every Impeachment Witness Is A Selfless Hero https://t.co/f2Jq7SdxO9 — Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 19, 2019 Who the hell does Don Jr. think he is? (Besides the next POTUS?) He seems to think he knows a “hero” when he sees one, and apparently it has nothing to do with facing fire and being injured by an enemy. In Junior’s world, anyone who witnessed Trump attempt to extort Ukraine into investigating Biden and believed it to be wrong is now ineligible for “hero” categorization, and that person could only be motivated by “personal animosity or motivation,” which is ironic because were it not for “personal motivation,” Trump wouldn’t have shaken down Ukraine in the first place. Regardless, Trump Jr., the man who couldn’t stand-up to “rude” people at his own book signing, the man who dumped the wife of his five children to hang out with the Fox eye-candy he now calls his girlfriend, the man who has never held a job not granted by daddy, that same guy got some negative feedback compliments of the internet: Some of my favorites: Let's stop pretending there is any honor, public service or honesty in any member of the Trump family. — Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech (@HanKSmithGA) November 19, 2019 I never started. Vindeman only has a purple heart. If he were a real patriot, he'd have bone spurs. Right? — Jesse Ferguson (@JesseFFerguson) November 19, 2019 Bone spurs, avoiding STDs, one’s own personal Vietnam, right Junior? This is clever, mocking both the money laundering operation and Jr.’s need for attention: Says daddy’s boy who has never acted honorably a day in his life. pic.twitter.com/HwQar0Rmes — J.Vasquez 🐅”we win, we dance” 🐅 (@JuliaCitylaw) November 19, 2019 And one of my favs, because it is just so timely: This coming from a person who had to run out of a book signing because people were being mean. — Steve Timmons (@SteveTimmons15) November 19, 2019 And this is what it gets down to. Someone noted that Junior never served a day in uniform, and it took this response to really put it all in perspective. Or anyone in the truml family in the past 200 years? — james huntley (@JamesHuntley27) November 19, 2019 There are ways to serve this nation without wearing the uniform. There are brave people who have never served in the military. However, as someone who has never served in the military, I make a point of honoring those that have, and not questioning their commitment. The fact that many on the Right now see “service” and bravery only through the prism of Donald Trump tells me that we are – currently, right now – living in an autocratic, dictatorial nation, where “disloyalty” to Donald Trump […]