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Roger Stone Is Running Out Of Time

That Brain is a real pain in the ass. He’s always sniffing around, like a dog.   Escape From New York I chose that quote for a very specific reason, In Escape From New York, the character Brain is a third rate crook with some science knowledge, who keeps trying to leverage that scant knowledge for a position of power. But the hardened cons of The Duke of New York treated him for what he really was, a loser. With The Brain, John Carpenter came up with the perfect capsule characterization of Roger Stone. As a lifelong political junkie, I have occasionally rubbed rhetorical shoulders with Roger Stone. Stone has spent his entire adult life selling himself as a master political dirty trickster. There’s just one small problem with that persona. In order to be proficient as a political dirty trickster, you have to live and operate in the shadows. Your reputation grows and spreads through innuendo and word of mouth. But Roger Stone craved the spotlight, and the public connection to power. As a result, he took credit for everything, some shit he did, and some he didn’t. In other words, he was unreliable and attracted too much attention. This is important because Donald Trump thinks that he is the Duke of New York, and he has always thought of Roger Stone as his Brain. If there’s one thing a bullshit artist can spot a mile away, it’s another bullshit artist. Trump has known Stone for decades, and knew all about him. Stone was a kind of court jester, someone to be winked and smirked at behind his back. And now Roger Stone is in deep shit. Roger Stone was scheduled to report to federal prison to begin serving his sentence no later than June 30th. His defense team filed a motion with Judge Amy Berman Jackson, asking to delay his report date until September. Rather, or should I say, not so surprisingly, the Barr DOJ had no problem with that delay. But Judge Jackson did. She demanded a legally defensible reason for their agreement from the DOJ, which they provided at the last moment. Judge Jackson, whom I believe has had quite enough of one Roger Stone, rejected the DOJ’s position, and ordered Stone to report to prison by June 14th. All of which led Rachel Maddow to speculate that Roger Stone might be the recipient of a pardon from El Pendejo Presidente some time between now and July 14th. I love Rachel Maddow to death, but this time I disagree with her analysis. And for a very good reason. Because Donald Trump thinks that Roger Stone is a clown, and has no more loyalty to him than he would for a falafel, especially when he is under such intense scrutiny for the corrupt operation of his DOJ right now. But at the same time, Trump feels a little sentimental twinge for Stone, so, unfortunately for Stone, Trump already shot his wad. Remember this. Even before Tubby the Ewok went batshit crazy over Michael Flynn, making a national media splash, he stuck his fat, furry fingers directly into the Stone case. Realizing that it would be more difficult for the DOJ to try to drop charges against someone who was actually convicted of multiple charges, instead of having pled guilty, Barr went right in and rewrote the sentencing guidelines that the career prosecutors in charge of […]
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We may have just seen Donald Trump’s concession speech. There must be gnashing of teeth, wailing and rending of garments in the Trump campaign right now, because he just did something phenomenal and unheard of in politics. He actually came out and said his opponent Joe Biden was going to be the next president. 131 days before the election. This shatters every law of campaigning of which I am aware. "He's gonna be your president because some people don't love me, maybe" — Trump sure sounds resigned to losing to Joe Biden pic.twitter.com/UQTrzJVSXR — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 26, 2020 “He’s gonna win because some people don’t love me, maybe, and all I’m doing is doing my job. And before this Chyna virus came in and it is a Chyna virus, we had the best numbers…” you know the rest of the pitch. We can all recite it from heart. What he fails to acknowledge is that when he got notice of the virus, in November, if he had immediately implemented top echelon testing and tracking plans, and quarantine and social distancing and masks, we would be like New Zealand and be through the coronavirus already. As it is, we’re about to experience it’s full brunt. And that’s Trump’s responsibility, which he simply cannot cop to, probably not even to himself. If Hamlet’s fatal flaw was indecision, Trump’s is inability to take responsibility — and he’s the standard bearer for the Party of Personal Responsibility, don’t forget. And then it got even nuttier — if you can imagine. Trump said he “had to be the most perfect person” and Hannity was savvy enough to cut to commercial. "A friend of mine said, 'you have to be the most perfect person.' Isn't that true?" — Trump pic.twitter.com/9OWptMZngV — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 26, 2020 Check out the look on Hannity’s face as he goes to break. His expression is that of one humoring either a drunken lunatic or an elderly relative whose next move cannot be predicted and everyone is hoping Great Gramps doesn’t hurt himself. Hannity wanted to stop the talk about Trump’s perfection because he didn’t know where it was going or how nuts it could get. Was Trump going to go into religious grandiosity or what? Bear in mind, Hannity will still have a job after November. The job description may alter or the day to day business, but he’ll still be working. Trump is the one going into the hands of the feds. Hannity tried to rescue the show with a softball question to Trump about his priorities for a second term — and Trump couldn’t answer. He couldn’t name a single thing. Because he has no priorities for a second term. He never had any priorities for a first. Asked what his top priorities for a second term are, Trump can't name a single thing pic.twitter.com/fF6xXaDAy0 — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 26, 2020 But this is damaging. While Parscale and company are tearing their hair out and cursing, and Mitch McConnell is being revived from a dead faint, the folks at the Lincoln Project are probably alternating between laughing and shaking their heads, because what has happened since Tulsa is that Trump has become pathetic. There’s no other word for it. Maybe he’s choosing to limp […]
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Getting Tear Gassed At A Demonstration Is An Unforgettable Experience. It Happened To Me.

It’s all beginning to come back to me now. Donald Trump walked across the street from the White House, Monday, to St. John’s Episcopal church, not to pray, but to do a scene, specifically, to set the tone for Operation Themis, which he is now implementing by deploying 2,100 troops armed with bayonets on the streets of the nation’s capitol. (Themis is the goddess of divine law and order.) Trump hefted the Bible, as if testing it’s weight, and when asked if it was his, he replied, “it’s a Bible.” Trump probably doesn’t know that people actually own such things and read them. Trump held up his the Bible, maybe channeling divine power, who knows, and he muttered a few words about what a great country this is and how it’s going to become even greater, bla bla. Bishop Mariann Budde saw the charade for just what it was, Trump using the Bible as a political prop and denounced him for it. She said, “he didn’t come to pray” and “a Bible is not an American document.” Now in order for this impromptu street theater to take place, Trump unleashed tear gas upon what was a peaceful and lawful assembly and seeing that brought back memories. Believe me when I tell you that the introduction of tear gas into a peaceful protest is an unforgettable, and unforgivable, experience. The year was 1972. I was 19 years old and and studying journalism/media at the University of Colorado. It was springtime, as now, and an election year, as now, with a despised Republican incumbent running for reelection, as now. If you weren’t there, or are too young to remember, the politics of that era were wild. As a young person I took it all in stride, having nothing to compare it to, but my elders told me that they had never seen anything like this before and I believed them. JFK was assassinated in 1963, followed by Martin Luther King in March of 1968 and then in June, Bobby Kennedy who was the front runner for the Democratic nomination was murdered. The death of Bobby Kennedy was a milestone in American politics. That was a fork in America’s road and we will never know what that road not taken would have been. Kennedy offered a vision of hope for the country and a continuation of his brother’s dream. With his death, the Democratic party lost it’s most capable and charismatic leader. The resulting 1968 election, with Hubert Humphrey as the Democratic standard bearer against Richard Nixon, and with George Wallace pulling in 46 electoral votes as the American Independent Party candidate, was catastrophic. Political scientists defined it as a “major realigning election” which translates as an election which results in sharp changes in ideology, party leaders, issues, and/or regional demographics or bases of power. This particular major realigning election of 1968 permanently disrupted the New Deal coalition, which had been in effect since 1932. Democrats were the majority party for all those years. We had the White House that entire time, with the exception of eight years of Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Eisenhower was nothing like the Republicans of today. There is no room for a character like Eisenhower in today’s GOP. In the face of tragedy and riots, Tricky Dick won the […]
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