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Trump Demands Illegal Extradition, Jailing of British Citizen

Most tinhorn dictators, or in Trump’s case, wannabe dictators, tend to celebrate “victories” by doubling down on their authoritarian instincts. Trump celebrated the commutation of the jail sentence of his accomplice in crime Roger Stone with a ridiculous and unenforceable demand for Christopher Steele to be extradited to the United States for — well, we don’t quite know. Certainly nothing good. What we do know: Christopher Steele is a former MI6 agent with a sterling reputation among the Western intelligence community, who created a dossier of information documenting Trump’s deep and criminal ties to Russia. The intelligence in them was raw, some unverified, and though some minor inclusions in his dossier have had doubt cast on them (as he predicted some of it would), all of his major points remain undisputed. For three years, Trump and his sycophants have conducted a scorched-earth propaganda war against Steele, falsely tying him to the “failed” Mueller investigation and blaming him for everything from the Trump impeachment to Trump’s ridiculously bad golf game. Saturday morning, Trump sat on his royal potty throne, and farted out the following tweet: This man should be extradited, tried, and thrown into jail. A sick lier who was paid by Crooked Hillary & the DNC! https://t.co/ywMBeAgaGz — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2020 If you can’t read his bloviating bullshit, he retweeted a post by the discredited “journalist” John Solomon wrote the following: “Credibility shredded? British court identifies at least five inaccurate or unproven allegations in just one of the many memos that made up Christopher Steele’s anti-Trump dossier.” Trump added: “This man should be extradited, tried, and thrown into jail. A sick lier who was paid by Crooked Hillary & the DNC!” Trump’s spelling (“lier”?) is as bad as his reasoning. No charges in any US court are pending or contemplated against Steele, so there’s no reason to extradite him. Without charges, you don’t try anyone, and without a trial, you don’t throw anyone in jail. The charge that Steele was paid by the Clinton campaign in conjunction with the DNC is a half-truth. The Steele dossier was originally commissioned by the research firm Fusion GPS via the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative newspaper whose owners did not want Trump as the 2016 presidential nominee. Clinton’s campaign agreed to take over the Fusion GPS contract after Trump won the primary and the Beacon lost interest in pursuing the investigation. (No one in the campaign or the DNC knew anything about Steele’s assignment.) About 20 minutes after the first tweet, Trump had another Twitter movement and shit this out: Bring back Steele!!! https://t.co/jL5c8WF28Z — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2020 Trump again retweeted a post about Steele, demanding “Bring back Steele!!!” We all know that Trump doesn’t know a goddamned thing about the US justice system. He sees himself as a Roman emperor, demanding that a political or family enemy be brought for him, forced to his knees, berated by God-Emperor Trump, and fed to the lions. Who exactly does he see “bringing back Steele” to the US? The UK has no legal reason to extradite him. No US law enforcement agency has a legal right to demand his extradition or hold him. Trump doesn’t care. He wants what he wants and he will bang his princely rattle on his kingly […]
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The greatest Fourth-of-July display in American history

It’s very late.  The waning hours of night have an otherwordliness about them, like people aren’t supposed to be here.  Everybody else is asleep.  All is still.  Even a moth can be startling. It’s still...

In Phone Calls, Trump Berates Allies, Fawns Over Dictators, and Wreaks Havoc with US...

I know Trump is an idiot. You know he’s an idiot. Incompetent buffoon, racist, traitor, and that’s just from the last few days. But it seems like every few days, we find out something new and horrifying about the orange Nazi shitbag, and usually something that poses a threat to our society or the entire globe. This one is a global threat. For years, Trump has been making classified calls with world leaders that are humiliating and embarrassing for us as a nation, and pose an actual threat to our national security. This assessment comes from staffers and confidants of the following people: former National Security Directors H.R. McMasters and John Bolton, former Defense Secretary James Mattis, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. Veteran reporter Carl Bernstein — yes, that Carl Bernstein — interviewed the subjects and wrote the report. I’ll give you a moment to yell “Holy shit!” at the nearest wall or furry animal. Bernstein writes that Trump’s behavior towards these world leaders is so extreme that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations. The conversations, which of course are still taking place, are worse than you might expect. He berates, bullies, and insults the presidents and prime ministers of our allies, especially the female ones. He fawns over the dictators, regaling them with tales of his own superiority and machismo. The sources said there was little evidence that the President became more skillful or competent in his telephone conversations with most heads of state over time. Rather, he continued to believe that he could either charm, jawbone or bully almost any foreign leader into capitulating to his will, and often pursued goals more attuned to his own agenda than what many of his senior advisers considered the national interest. The story became doubly important after we learned that Trump is countenancing and perhaps even approved the Russian practice of putting bounties on the heads of American soldiers stationed overseas. According to Bernstein’s sources, Trump made multiple calls to Putin after the US intelligence community learned of the bounty program, and though he and Putin discussed an American withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan — a move that would play directly into Putin’s hands — they never discussed the bounty program at all. (For the record, I do not believe whatsoever the denials from Trump and the White House that he was never briefed on the matter. He might have been too stupid to pay any attention to it, or didn’t give a damn about the American troops who were and are being stalked by Afghan militia members for cash payments from Russia. But he was certainly briefed about it.) (Update: Just saw this. Bolton briefed Trump on the bounty program, in March 2019. March. 2019. Let that wash over you.) He talks repeatedly to Turkey’s Erdogan, according to the report, as well as his matinee idol Vladimir, Saudi Arabia’s Mohammen bin Sultan, and the dictator he “fell in love with,” North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Bernstein writes, Trump incessantly boasted to [them] about his own wealth, genius, “great” accomplishments as President, and the “idiocy” of his Oval Office predecessors, according to the […]
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Iran Issues ‘Murder and Terrorism’ Arrest Warrant for Trump Over Soleimani Assassination

The Iranian government on Monday issued an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump and recommended that he face "murder and terrorism charges" over the January assassination of Gen. Qasem Soleimani that brought the...
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Treason. Trump Condoned Russia Putting Bounties on the Heads of American Soldiers.

Treason is a serious accusation. Donald Trump throws it around like a Frisbee, accusing Barack Obama of treason for no good and defensible reason. And we all know that when Trump accuses someone of something, it’s almost certainly because he’s guilty of it himself. It’s called projection. Usually, I respond to his kind of projection by posting the relevant “I know you are, but what am I?” clip from Pee Wee Herman’s Big Adventure, but I’m not going to do that tonight. This isn’t the time for that. You can do one of two things to earn a conviction for treason, according to the Constitution. One is to “levy war” against the United States. The other is to give “aid and comfort” to an enemy of the United States while they are making war against us. Trump has broken the second protocol. The short version of Trump’s actual treason against the United States: Starting in 2019, a Russian intelligence unit offered, and paid out, bounties to members of Afghan militias who killed American soldiers. US intelligence agencies have known of this since at least March 2020. Trump was specifically briefed on the actions, and has chosen to do nothing in response. Nothing. According to the New York Times: Officials developed a menu of potential options — starting with making a diplomatic complaint to Moscow and a demand that it stop, along with an escalating series of sanctions and other possible responses, but the White House has yet to authorize any step, the [anonymous White House] officials said. The Times went on to write: Any involvement with the Taliban that resulted in the deaths of American troops would also be a huge escalation of Russia’s so-called hybrid war against the United States, a strategy of destabilizing adversaries through a combination of such tactics as cyberattacks, the spread of fake news and covert and deniable military operations. Yet Trump did nothing whatsoever to respond to the Russian offensive against US soldiers. Nothing. He has not revealed it to the American public (did he think we would never learn about it?). And, less than three weeks ago, Trump threatened to upend the G7 economic summit unless Russia, and particularly Vladimir Putin, was invited. Not only has he kept quiet about it, and done nothing to retaliate against Putin and Russia, he continues to promote Russian interests — Putin’s interests — above our own. The actual New York Times article is here, but if you can’t get through the paywall, you can read a shortened version of the story here. You can read what appears to be a well-summarized version here. According to Times reporter Michael Schwirtz, the same Russian intelligence unit is responsible for the attempted poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in Britain, and an attempted coup against the lawful government of Montenegro. This the same group, Unit 29155 of Russia’s military intelligence agency, implicated in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Britain and a coup attempt in Montenegro. It has never been publicly accused of involvement in attacks on Western soldiers — Michael Schwirtz (@mschwirtz) June 26, 2020 The response, as you can imagine, has been fierce. Politico reporter Eric Geller wants to know why Trump isn’t stopping Russia from actively working to have US soldiers killed. Good question. Why isn't Trump trying […]
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About That “Death Of American Global Leadership” Thingy? Not So Fast.

I have as much authority as the Pope. I just don’t have as many people who believe it .  George Carlin God, it’s been a long three years. From the first baby steps of the Trump administration, the handwriting was on the wall for a total global debacle for American leadership. From Trump’s ill fated decision to make his first international trip to an at best shaky ally like Saudi Arabia, while snubbing traditional US allies like The United Kingdom, France, and Canada, sent off warning bells. From Trump’s head-up-his-ass decision to leave the JCPOA, better known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, to refusing to come right out and fully and faithfully endorse article 5 at his first NATO appearance, to his repeated claims in speeches that the United States could no longer be “the world’s policeman,” pundits and international political observers alike started bemoaning the Death of American leadership across the glove. And it only got worse. Trump’s fawning obsession with Vladimir Putin, his positive words for Philippine thug Duterte, his willingness to give Saudi prince MBS a free pass for the senseless slaughter of a US based Saudi journalist, his tone deaf congratulations to Turkish President Erdogan for a rousing reelection in a rigged election, and his stone stupid “And then we fell in love” embrace of North Korean animal Kim Jong Un, all led the leaders of free nations to despair as to the direction the United States was taking. But you know what? I discovered a little something along the way. I discovered that just like the body politic of the United States has not folded anywhere near as neatly as Trump would have liked to conform with his own world view, neither has the general world opinion of the United States, or what it stands for, folded ti match Trump’s imbecilic meanderings and strong man coddling. Since the coronavirus pandemic crashed the US economy, I have spent a considerable amount of time  chronicling the fact that there we.re actually two economies in the United States, the Wall Street Economy that was ion fact fairly well insulated from the turbulence of the pandemic crisis, and the Main Street Economy. in which 45 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance, and spent hours sitting in their cars waiting to get a bag of groceries from a food bank. But it recently struck me that the same is true as far as the world as a general place is concerned. While world leaders of pretty much every world democracy have been sitting around wringing their hands and thumping their breasts at the withdrawal of the United States from its proper place in the world, the actual people of the rest of the world have had a different reaction. And in support of my thesis, I would like to provide you with two separate examples, one pre Covid-19, and -one post Covid-19. On January 20th, 2017, Donald John Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Or as Bruce Willis is wont to say, Yippee-ki-yay motherfucker! And what happened ion January 21st, 2017? The glorious Women’s March on Washington. What turned out to be the largest single day protest in American history. But it didn’t stop there. People around the globe came out in solidarity of the marchers in the United States, creating the largest single day mass demonstration in […]
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At A New Jersey Skate Park, A Group Of Middle Schoolers Surround An Autistic...

This is but one more example that our children are less likely to get stuck in the muck and mire that has plagued our parents and that we are currently striving to break out of.  And if...
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Puerto Ricans roll out a guillotine for #BlackLivesMatter protest on the island

Though Puerto Ricans still face a triple whammy from the ravages of hurricanes, earthquakes, and COVID-19, the island’s intrepid citizens refuse to be suppressed when it comes to injustice. Puerto Ricans are marching for...
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Australian prime minister demands investigation into D.C. police assault on Australian journalists

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and foreign minister Marise Payne have demanded an investigation into the attacks by police in Washington, D.C. on two of Australia’s television reporters Monday night. "We have asked the Australian embassy in Washington, DC to investigate this...
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It’s a Global Pandemic—With Nearly 363,000 Dead—As Trump Terminates US Ties With the World...

President Donald Trump at a White House press conference on Friday announced he was "terminating" ties to the World Health Organization, even as the global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic nears 363,000—including the...

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