Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Watergate Roadmap




In 1974, a Federal Grand Jury laid out the “roadmap” necessary for the Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives to take an indictment of a sitting president and turn it into the basis for impeachment. This important historical document serves as a wakeup call to the most vile and corrupt president the country has ever known:

U.S. archivists on Wednesday revealed one of the last great secrets of the Watergate investigation — the backbone of a long-sealed report used by prosecutor Leon Jaworski to send Congress the evidence in the legal case against President Richard M. Nixon.

The release of the referral — delivered in 1974 as impeachment proceedings were being weighed — came after a former member of Nixon’s defense team and three prominent legal analysts filed separate lawsuits seeking its unsealing after more than four decades under grand jury secrecy rules. The legal analysts argued the report could offer a precedent and guide for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III as his office addresses its present-day challenge on whether, and if so, how to make public findings from its investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, including any that directly involve President Trump.

The legal specialists said they and Watergate veterans sought to have the Jaworski report made public because of the historical parallels they see to the current probe and the report’s potential to serve as a counterexample to the independent counsel Ken Starr's report before President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

The 453-page Starr report, written in 1998, deepened partisan divisions when its graphic detail and legal conclusions about Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky were immediately made public by House Republicans, who suffered an electoral backlash.

By contrast, the reputation of Jaworski’s report has fared far better, even as its bare-bones form remained a mystery. The Jaworski report is known colloquially known as the “Sirica road map,” for then-Chief U.S. District Judge John J. Sirica, who approved its creation and transmission to lawmakers.

“There were no comments, no interpretations and not a word or phrase of accusatory nature. The ‘Road Map’ was simply that — a series of guideposts if the House Judiciary Committee wished to follow them,” the late Jaworski wrote in his 1976 memoir, “The Right and the Power: The Prosecution of Watergate.”
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The road map consists of a two-page summary, followed by 53 numbered statements, supported by 97 documents including interviews and tapes, according to information that the National Archives turned over to Howell.

This release speaks to how Robert Mueller III might carry out his work in the weeks and months ahead. His Special Counsel’s office is clearly prepared to release some major bombshells after the mid-term elections next Tuesday. There is no finer example than the carefully parsed and organized evidence presented in the document released today.

It is a tour de force of simple language and logic, so clearly composed and written that it should be taught in writing classes. And given that Mueller is a no-nonsense individual, a complete breakdown of the crimes of Donald Trump and his lackeys written in such a style might run to several thousand pages (we just don’t know). It might take several reports and several years to get through the mountain of malfeasance that lies before us.

When it’s all over, any Senator who refuses to vote to remove Trump might be staring into the abyss of public opinion. It’s one thing for Trump to spew lies and try to obstruct justice by claiming this is all a “witch hunt.” It’s another thing for the so-called witch hunt to deliver up convicted felons, mountains of bank statements, reams of compelling evidence, and whatever else Mueller and his team have been sitting on all year.

There are probably only a dozen Senators who are simply unbeatable in their deeply red states. The rest could be toppled by an enraged electorate who will have a crack at most of them in 2020 and 2022. Don’t bet that they will become Trump’s loyal firewall. At some point, the levee has to break.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Trump Wants to Strip People of Their Citizenship




This won’t appeal to anyone other than hard-core racists and bigots, and that’s exactly the point:

President Donald Trump says he plans to sign an executive order that would end the right to citizenship for the children of non-citizens and unauthorized immigrants born on US soil.

It's unclear if the President has the authority to strip citizenship of those born in the US with an executive order, and he did not say when he would sign the order in the clip released by Axios. CNN has reached out to the White House for comment.

"We're the only country in the world where a person comes in, has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits," Trump said in an interview for "Axios on HBO.

Several other countries, including Canada, have a policy of birthright citizenship, according to an analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for reducing immigration.

"It's ridiculous. It's ridiculous. And it has to end," he continued.

"It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don't," he said, adding that he has run it by his counsel. "You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order," Trump said.

They don’t even bother to call him a liar anymore, do they? Trump makes some crazy, half-assed claim and it always turns out to be false because he does not know anything. And then, pow! We go straight from some monstrous policy move to a bizarre claim about changing laws with executive order.

Back in the day, doing anything with an executive order was tyranny, according to the same people who now cheer when Trump issues stupid ones. This is one more reason to conclude that Trump is only going to get worse and that people have to organize to effect change.

We need regime change in our own country now, thanks to this bunch.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Nobody Should Visit Trump




The Boston Red Sox have something they need to work out amongst themselves. I think they should stay home. Visiting the White House means that you, as a person and a sports figure, agree with what’s being done in the name of the American people. Visiting with Trump and his criminal conspiracy of a regime taints the championship that has just been won. Who wants to have that as their “cherished” memory?

Boston Red Sox Manager Alex Cora says he doesn’t know whether or not his team will do the traditional White House visit following the team’s World Series victory, telling reporters: “We’ll talk about it later on.” Earlier this fall, Cora was critical of President Trump’s comments about the death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico—his home territory—saying the president was “disrespectful” when he accused Democrats of inflating the number for political reasons. So far in Trump’s term, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl visit was canceled when it became clear a tiny number of players would attend and the Golden State Warriors didn’t visit when they won the NBA title. However, Red Sox owner John Henry said he believed the team would visit Trump. “This is a special team,” he said. “We’ll see what they want to do, but I think so.”

Oh, and another good reason not to visit? It signals your opposition to anti-Semitism, Nazis, and crooks.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Comfort




It’s important to remember what life was like when we had a president. Here are President Obama’s remarks after the shooting at Sandy Hook. Please read these words and know that there was a time when it was possible to comfort those who needed it.

Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, Governor. To all the families, first responders, to the community of Newtown, clergy, guests — Scripture tells us: "...do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away...inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands."

We gather here in memory of twenty beautiful children and six remarkable adults. They lost their lives in a school that could have been any school; in a quiet town full of good and decent people that could be any town in America.

Here in Newtown, I come to offer the love and prayers of a nation. I am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts. I can only hope it helps for you to know that you're not alone in your grief; that our world too has been torn apart; that all across this land of ours, we have wept with you, we've pulled our children tight. And you must know that whatever measure of comfort we can provide, we will provide; whatever portion of sadness that we can share with you to ease this heavy load, we will gladly bear it. Newtown — you are not alone.

As these difficult days have unfolded, you've also inspired us with stories of strength and resolve and sacrifice. We know that when danger arrived in the halls of Sandy Hook Elementary, the school's staff did not flinch, they did not hesitate. Dawn Hochsprung and Mary Sherlach, Vicki Soto, Lauren Rousseau, Rachel Davino and Anne Marie Murphy — they responded as we all hope we might respond in such terrifying circumstances — with courage and with love, giving their lives to protect the children in their care.

We know that there were other teachers who barricaded themselves inside classrooms, and kept steady through it all, and reassured their students by saying "wait for the good guys, they're coming"; "show me your smile."

And we know that good guys came. The first responders who raced to the scene, helping to guide those in harm's way to safety, and comfort those in need, holding at bay their own shock and trauma because they had a job to do, and others needed them more.

And then there were the scenes of the schoolchildren, helping one another, holding each other, dutifully following instructions in the way that young children sometimes do; one child even trying to encourage a grown-up by saying, "I know karate. So it's okay. I'll lead the way out." (Laughter.)

As a community, you've inspired us, Newtown. In the face of indescribable violence, in the face of unconscionable evil, you've looked out for each other, and you've cared for one another, and you've loved one another. This is how Newtown will be remembered. And with time, and God's grace, that love will see you through.

But we, as a nation, we are left with some hard questions. Someone once described the joy and anxiety of parenthood as the equivalent of having your heart outside of your body all the time, walking around. With their very first cry, this most precious, vital part of ourselves — our child — is suddenly exposed to the world, to possible mishap or malice. And every parent knows there is nothing we will not do to shield our children from harm. And yet, we also know that with that child's very first step, and each step after that, they are separating from us; that we won't — that we can't always be there for them. They'll suffer sickness and setbacks and broken hearts and disappointments. And we learn that our most important job is to give them what they need to become self-reliant and capable and resilient, ready to face the world without fear.

And we know we can't do this by ourselves. It comes as a shock at a certain point where you realize, no matter how much you love these kids, you can't do it by yourself. That this job of keeping our children safe, and teaching them well, is something we can only do together, with the help of friends and neighbors, the help of a community, and the help of a nation. And in that way, we come to realize that we bear a responsibility for every child because we're counting on everybody else to help look after ours; that we're all parents; that they're all our children.

This is our first task — caring for our children. It's our first job. If we don't get that right, we don't get anything right. That's how, as a society, we will be judged.

And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we are meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we're doing enough to keep our children — all of them — safe from harm? Can we claim, as a nation, that we're all together there, letting them know that they are loved, and teaching them to love in return? Can we say that we're truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?

I've been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we're honest with ourselves, the answer is no. We're not doing enough. And we will have to change.

Since I've been President, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by a mass shooting. The fourth time we've hugged survivors. The fourth time we've consoled the families of victims. And in between, there have been an endless series of deadly shootings across the country, almost daily reports of victims, many of them children, in small towns and big cities all across America — victims whose — much of the time, their only fault was being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

We can't tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law — no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society.

But that can't be an excuse for inaction. Surely, we can do better than this. If there is even one step we can take to save another child, or another parent, or another town, from the grief that has visited Tucson, and Aurora, and Oak Creek, and Newtown, and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that — then surely we have an obligation to try.

In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens — from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators — in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. Because what choice do we have? We can't accept events like this as routine. Are we really prepared to say that we're powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard? Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?

All the world's religions — so many of them represented here today — start with a simple question: Why are we here? What gives our life meaning? What gives our acts purpose? We know our time on this Earth is fleeting. We know that we will each have our share of pleasure and pain; that even after we chase after some earthly goal, whether it's wealth or power or fame, or just simple comfort, we will, in some fashion, fall short of what we had hoped. We know that no matter how good our intentions, we will all stumble sometimes, in some way. We will make mistakes, we will experience hardships. And even when we're trying to do the right thing, we know that much of our time will be spent groping through the darkness, so often unable to discern God's heavenly plans.

There's only one thing we can be sure of, and that is the love that we have — for our children, for our families, for each other. The warmth of a small child's embrace — that is true. The memories we have of them, the joy that they bring, the wonder we see through their eyes, that fierce and boundless love we feel for them, a love that takes us out of ourselves, and binds us to something larger — we know that's what matters. We know we're always doing right when we're taking care of them, when we're teaching them well, when we're showing acts of kindness. We don't go wrong when we do that.

That's what we can be sure of. And that's what you, the people of Newtown, have reminded us. That's how you've inspired us. You remind us what matters. And that's what should drive us forward in everything we do, for as long as God sees fit to keep us on this Earth.

"Let the little children come to me," Jesus said, "and do not hinder them — for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven."

Charlotte. Daniel. Olivia. Josephine. Ana. Dylan. Madeleine. Catherine. Chase. Jesse. James. Grace. Emilie. Jack. Noah. Caroline. Jessica. Benjamin. Avielle. Allison.

God has called them all home. For those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on, and make our country worthy of their memory.

May God bless and keep those we've lost in His heavenly place. May He grace those we still have with His holy comfort. And may He bless and watch over this community, and the United States of America.

This Season of Madness




Robert Bowers was radicalized like all of the other anti-Semitic neo-Nazis out there. He was exposed to a festering stew of hate that was legitimized by the President of the United States of America.

He may have been raised a racist piece of trash. He may have had dumb little buddies in High School who read Mein Kampf for the advice on how to get girls. He may have been radicalized by having a black man in the White House years ago, but we don’t know for sure. He may have been one of those anti-government militia types that swims in the gutters of this country. He may have been a Reagan era nut job who hated Clinton for all we know.

But, make no mistake about it, the Trump era has made him part of the GOP’s mainstream thought. He is immersed in their anti-George Soros nonsense. He is marinated in so much hate that I feel for the jailers who are hosing him down tonight, trying to get the stench of failure off of his useless hide. He must have felt left out after Charlottesville last year, what with all of the attention his fellow travelers received when Trump praised them the way he did.

Every ounce of Trump’s rhetoric against this so-called migrant caravan is to blame. Every media outlet using a “both sides” argument is run by nattering twits. Every Republican who signed on for that bullshit is complicit. Every single person who does not stand opposed to this evil is just another good German, Goddamn them to hell.

What do you do with monsters like this who have free access to guns?

A law enforcement source told CNN that investigators believe that postings on an account on Gab, a social media platform, belong to Bowers. The language on the account matches the suspected motivation behind the shootings, the source said. 

The Gab account has frequent anti-Semitic postings. 

The suspect made a final post at 9:49 a.m., just five minutes before police were alerted to the shooting.

"I can't sit by and watch my people get slaughtered," he wrote. "Screw your optics, I'm going in."

Bowers also shared other anti-Semitic comments alongside xenophobic content on the platform. In one post, he claimed Jews were helping transport members of the migrant caravans in Latin America. 

He said he believed those in the migrant caravans were violent because they were attempting to leave countries that had high levels of violence. Bowers repeatedly called them "invaders."

Among the anti-Semitics posts were also criticisms of President Donald Trump that suggested he was surrounded by too many Jewish people.

"Trump is surrounded by k****", "things will stay the course," read one post on Gab, using a derogatory term to describe Jews.

Roughly four hours before the shooting, Bowers commented in a post that he did not vote for Trump.

In a statement, Gab disavowed "all acts of terrorism and violence" and said its mission was to defend free expression and individual liberty online for all people." 

After being alerted to the suspect's profile on the platform, Gab said it backed up the data, suspended the account and contacted the FBI.

Oh, that’s so nice. What a proud IT department you must have there at “Gab,” which, for all intents and purposes, should be exposed to what those fellows running Backpage saw when the government showed up with dollies and submachine guns.

When Timothy McVeigh blew up the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, this country was awakened to the nightmare of right wing radicalization. It spurred the government to evaluate how it had been treating people in that sickening community and it led to action. The government took steps to identify and respond to radicalized groups on the margins of American society. The Trump era has accomplished something amazing—it has mainstreamed the same deadly ideas of the John Birch Society, the sovereign citizens movement, and the Neo-Nazis last seen flying off of a bridge in the Blues Brothers. How the fuck did you do that, Republicans? Jeez, talk about your accomplishments.

Seriously, though. What will today lead to? Nothing.

It won’t make Trump change his fetid, rotted mind about anything. It’s not going to move the debate about gun control an inch. It won’t lead twenty or thirty Republican Senators any closer to making a move to limit Trump’s power. It won’t lead to oversight or compliance.

If people didn’t already have a reason to vote for Democrats, they do now. And fuck them if they don’t because I don’t know what else to say about this season of madness.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Ted Cruz is Desperate and Out of Ideas




If you were winning your race for re-election to the Senate, would you get up in front of people and say something as awful as this?

During a rally in Georgetown, Texas, on Tuesday, for Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a supporter shouted “Lock him up” in reference to Cruz’s opponent, Beto O’Rourke. Cruz replied that O’Rourke could share a cell with former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“Well, you know, there’s a double-occupancy cell with Hillary Clinton,” Cruz said. “Ya’ll are gonna get me in trouble with that,” he added.

No, of course not.

Civility means that you should never, ever talk about the imprisonment of your political enemies. That’s un-American, it is an affront to the rule of law, and it is an insult to the intelligence of the American voter. When you hear Republicans talk about civility, remember how easy it was for Cruz to talk about putting his opponent, who is a sitting Congressman, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in prison for the crime of being Democrats. That’s not even in the ballpark of having a civil discussion about why people should vote for you.

In point of fact, that’s an enthusiastic embrace of fascism that the GOP can’t shake right now.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

This American Catastrophe of Ours




My reaction to this is very simple—we live in catastrophic times. We are watching democracy die, we are watching the planet commit suicide in order to escape the impact of humanity, and we have allowed a hundred year-old Russian idea about turning facts into dust at the convenience of the state-run apparatus run wild in the streets of this country.

At no point in American history have we ever really confronted the idea of what would happen if a foreign power took control of the presidency and started to wage war against the media, the political opposition, and regular Americans. It was always assumed that whoever won the job would be a president who stood against all outside interests on behalf of the greater good.

The greater good died today. We don’t have a fucking president. We have an un-indicted co-conspirator who makes Nixon look good. We have finally seen what happens when you survive eight years of Bush—you get Trump, in all his glory, making you nostalgic for the days of Dick Cheney.

Who put this curse on us? Goddamn, when will this end?

But, hey. The jackasses running CNN will look at this and say that they had better keep inviting pro-Trump people on their network because it would be bad for business to stop running the rallies and the propaganda. Trump literally and figuratively wants them dead, but they know there’s money to be made from all of this, so why start telling the truth now?

What is it going to take for people to wake up?

Monday, October 22, 2018

Another Unfair Hit Piece in the New York Times




Would it shock you to learn that Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams once burned the Georgia State Flag because it used to showcase the Confederate Battle Flag? Probably not, and good for her—plenty of people should have protested the Confederate Flag back then, and they should be doing it today.

Here’s how the story is being framed, however:






Oh, so it’s a “flag burning” incident is it? Well, wait a minute, did she burn the Georgia flag or the American flag? Because in this unfair hit piece from the Fucking New York Fucking Times, it sure looks like she burned “the flag” as opposed to “the Georgia State Flag, which contained a Confederate Battle Flag replica.”

See the context here?






The article does clearly state that she burned “the state flag” and not “the flag.” However, the piece was distributed with the more click-bait friendly language that would get you to believe Abrams burned the American flag.

Here’s what she did, by the way:






I can clearly see the Confederate Battle flag being burned here, and I’m all for it. However, this hit piece is clearly being set up to deliver the Georgia governor’s mansion to another white supremacist named Brian Kemp. There is no reason to dump this story into the mix at this late stage—it wasn’t hidden. It was in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and she was burning the right goddamned flag at the right time in history you ignorant fucks.

Thanks, New York Times. Thank you, Richard Fausset. Over fifty years ago, the New York Times helped tell the story of Civil Rights and white supremacy in this country, and it helped convince the American people that we had to get on the right side of history. Everything we gained is being lost, day by day, hour by hour, in the Trump era. You can feel the country sinking into the slime.

Flash forward to today, and the New York Times is running interference for white supremacists who strike hundreds of thousands of people from the voter rolls in order to maintain power. That’s today’s working media—a veritable refuge for scumbags, cowards, and alt-right trolls.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Apostasy of Max Boot




Look, modern conservative thought is a scam. It has always been the expression of Cleek’s Law, which is “today’s conservativism is the opposite of what liberals want today, updated daily.” There has never been a core set of beliefs that couldn’t be jettisoned (read my lips, no new taxes, we will not trade arms for hostages) nor has there ever been any ideology beyond rewarding the rich by making them richer (tax cuts will pay for themselves, the deficit only matters when Democrats are in office).

To sit here and plead that Max Boot, who was a bloodthirsty advocate of the Iraq War when it was popular to be one and long after, should be rewarded for opposing today’s conservative movement is asinine and rooted in a description of American history that no sane person would recognize as honest or truthful:

Even many anti-Trump conservatives cling tightly to this mythical history. It is the foundation of a much weaker book of the same form by Charlie Sykes. A conservative talk-show host, Sykes turned against Trump, and spends his book grappling inconclusively about how the great movement of Buckley and Goldwater took a sharp and inexplicable turn into Trumpism.

Boot acknowledges that he, too, subscribed to this myth. But revisiting that past, he discovers something very familiar. Conservatism trafficked all along in anti-intellectualism, bigotry, ideological radicalism, and loopy conspiracy theories. The conservative movement was a revolt against the moderation of mainstream Republicans like Dwight Eisenhower while fiercely defending the vicious lies of Joe McCarthy. Buckley renounced the president of the John Birch Society while continuing to endorse the organization itself, which was a large and powerful constituency. While most mainstream Republicans at the time supported civil rights, conservatives opposed those mainstream leaders for that very reason. Conservatives understood very clearly at the time that their project of turning the Republican Party into a vehicle for conservatism required prying millions of white segregationists from the Democratic Party.

Just as there are no moderate Rockefeller Republicans anymore, there are no conservatives who believe in treating people fairly in order to make a better society. They simply don’t believe it, and they want to find a way to intellectually wall themselves off from having to say that they are superior to people who don’t have the same amount of pigmentation in their skin.

If there was an honest conservative movement, Jeb Bush would be president right now and his Vice President would be Marco Rubio and they would be merrily marching their way through limited tax cuts, barely competent governance, and a scheme to get re-elected that would involve tricking people into thinking everything was fine. The marketing plan would be a lot slicker than the pro-Nazi evils of Trumpism, which lives in the gutter and walks through the trailer park with a 100 dollar bill before breakfast every day.

No, Trumpism is exactly what conservatives want. They want their ‘fuck you’ to the liberals and they want their white victimhood and they damned sure don’t want to have to think about why it’s a good thing to lower the capital gains tax. They just want to own the Goddamned libs and hear the lamentations of women, children, and the disabled.

Max Boot, who was and is the very definition of a chickenhawk, doesn’t believe in the GOP or Trump or conservativism anymore? Fuck him, he was always wrong about everything anyway. Why should any care if he has seen the error of his ways? He used the power and advantages of his position to advance the evil that landed in our laps. We’ll clean up the mess.

He can go fap himself in front of the memorials we will need to build for the wars he advocated but wouldn’t fight in.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Who Are These Monsters?




We really need to hear this tape.

We need to hear it because it shouldn’t exist in a normal world.

We need to hear it so that we can hold someone accountable. Shying away from it is wrong. Trump is actively running a con on the American people, pretending to be president while the world burns down around him.

So, Republican condemnations are not enough. They actually have to do something about this, and, as we all know, they won’t:

After entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, Washington Postcontributor Jamal Khashoggi was accosted by hit men who severed his fingers and decapitated and dismembered him, according to audio of the alleged murder released by Turkish state media Wednesday and cited by The New York Times. The recordings, reportedly obtained by Turkish intelligence and leaked to state media, allegedly show that soon after Khashoggi was brought to the office of the Saudi consul, 15 agents beat and tortured him before slicing off his fingers. When the consul asked the agents to finish the murder outside to avoid incriminating him, an agent allegedly responded: “If you want to live when you come back to Arabia, shut up.” 

After Khashoggi was killed, the Times notes, a forensics doctor was then allegedly brought in to help with the dismemberment—and he, according to the recordings, told the men to listen to music to muffle the sounds of the bone saw. Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, Saudi Arabia has repeatedly deniedinvolvement in Khashoggi’s death. After news of the audio reached President Trump, the Associated Press reported on Twitter, he asked Turkey to send him the recording—but defaulted to his support of the Saudi government by adding “if it exists.”

Our government is run by monsters. The Crown Prince who runs Saudi Arabia is cut from the same cloth. They are all worried about shuffling billions of dollars around the planet so they can trade cash for weapons and oil in some sort of sickening frenzy before Democrats can step in and stop this shit.

And, mark my words, if Democrats do nothing, we’ll be after them, too.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Dana Milbank is a Huge Part of the Problem




In the 2016 election, columnists and reporters like Dana Milbank wrote endlessly about how fucking horrible Hillary Clinton was and that’s why, in no small part, we ended up with Trump.

Here, Milbank uses his real estate on The Washington Post’s website to launch a demeaning attack on Senator Elizabeth Warren that will help contribute to the media’s emerging narrative that she is a shrill, unfunny woman who makes horrible choices that men won’t like so no one should vote for her, ever:

Poor Elizabeth Warren.

She took President Trump’s bait and submitted to a DNA test to demonstrate her Native American genealogy — and, in so doing, may have doomed her presidential campaign before it began. Now the Massachusetts senator is not only enduring Trump’s “Pocahontas” insults(at least when he’s not calling another woman “Horseface”) but also being disparaged by Indian tribes.

“Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage,” proclaimed the Cherokee Nation, decrying her “inappropriate and wrong” use of a DNA test, a “mockery” that dishonors “legitimate” tribal citizens.

Ouch. But I can understand why the Cherokees — and indeed all people of good taste — might wish to disavow Warren: It’s the crab mayonnaise.

Among the many unfortunate results of Warren’s recent DNA test suggesting she’s somewhere between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American by ethnicity: It inevitably draws attention to her contribution to the ’80s cookbook, “Pow Wow Chow: A Collection of Recipes from Families of the Five Civilized Tribes.” Under “Elizabeth Warren, Cherokee,” it lists five recipes, three of which were apparently cribbed from the New York Times and Better Homes and Gardens.

Worse, one of the recipes she submitted: “Crab with Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing.” A traditional Cherokee dish with mayonnaise, a 19th-century condiment imported by settlers? A crab dish from landlocked Oklahoma? This can mean only one thing: canned crab.

Warren is unfit to lead.

Yet it is difficult not to feel sorry for Warren. Though she doesn’t claim tribal membership, she clearly wants to be embraced. And so I extend an invitation to the senator to join my tribe. Warren should become a Jew. As Trump said when asking for African American votes shortly before praising Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee: “Honor us.”

Who else would get away with exhorting someone in public life to become Jewish so they can finally have good taste in fancy food than someone completely and utterly tone deaf about how sensitive people are to attacks of a racial, religious, or gender nature? Hey, maybe leave the Borscht Belt material on the back burner for a while, dumbass. There are real, actual Nazis curb-stomping people in New York City these days, so maybe leave it alone, okay?

Did you ever stop to think that maybe, just maybe, someone different from you is happy with who they already are?

This column is, of course, flat-footed and too clever by a half. Does any of this shit matter when we’re facing the destruction of American democracy? No, of course not. But, if you’re Dana Milbank, none of that matters because it’s more important to attack her for once putting forth a recipe featuring canned crab (oh, how our elites reveal themselves) and making a joke about how that disqualifies her from leading.

This sexist, sophomoric shit was everywhere when Hillary was running, and Milbank himself barely survived the “Mad Bitch Beer” debacle of his youth. And this is how they will bury her—they’re use that old “who would you rather have a beer with?” logic and come up with narratives like this one to demonstrate that it’s okay to vote for Trump again because, hey, at least he doesn’t eat disgusting things, right?

Senator Warren’s advocacy of American consumers, her law professor pedigree, and her ability to stand up to bullies makes her an easy target for someone like Milbank. The shortcomings of our elite press are evident every time Trump spews his puke funnel mouth in public behind the seal of the President of the United States of America. No one presents more of an existential threat to the the continued looting of the treasury and the destruction of the American Middle Class by Trump and his kleptocrats than Senator Warren. No one does more to reveal what a pant load of a useless life someone like Milbank has led as we watch our country sink into the morass of Trumpism.

And so it begins. The Hillarying of Senator Warren continues in the hands of a prominent writer who purports to write comedy for the Washington Post. Our elite media is about as useful as an open sore on a cold day.

The only thing I can conclude is that Yale really turns out some stinkers, doesn’t it?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Elizabeth Warren Fought Back Today




My initial reaction to this was all wrong.

At first, I thought it was a mistake for Senator Elizabeth Warren to take a DNA test and release the results, pointedly telling Trump and his surrogates to stop using racist criticisms of her American heritage. After all, it’s not just Native-American heritage—it is wholly American to have a whole mix of nationalities and backgrounds. This is still America and you can be proud of who you are without having to bend the knee before a fool like Trump.

I thought, why play into his ridiculously small hands?

I was wrong.

Today, Warren did what everyone should do, and find a way to fight this bigoted son of a bitch in his own backyard. For this, we should be grateful because the only Democrat who will beat him is the one who is ready to fight him on every level:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, dogged by questions about her family ancestry, has been forced (by President Donald Trump) to take a DNA test, a test that reveals she very likely has Native American ancestry, six to 10 generations back.

Case closed! Well, not really. 

Remember when President Barack Obama, dogged by questions about whether he was an American citizen, was forced (by citizen Donald Trump) to release his long-form birth certificate? And how after that Trump still clung to the birther lie, for years? 

Expect the same with Warren.

He has already said, "who cares," when told about Warren's DNA results. Which suggest that Trump's race-baiting "Pocahontas" riff was never about an actual DNA test. Like the birther lie, the point of the Pocahontas riff, is likely white identity politics, a strategy that Trump has used to great effect -- the goal is to get voters to think about their race and their status.

When conservatives defend Trump against claims that his Pocahontas riff is racist, they say, the real point of the nickname is to highlight that Warren claimed minority status to get jobs at elite institutions. In other words, she used affirmative action to get a job she didn't deserve. And affirmative action, of course, has long been a hobby horse of conservatives.

If we’re going to beat Trump, we have to locate where he has set up shop in the gutter and fight tooth and nail. Nothing should be off limits at this point because he has literally apologized for being mean to Nazis who support him, and he has, literally, gotten into bed with corrupt and psychopathic world leaders who will stop at nothing to hold on to power.

This is not the time for high-minded appeals to lofty rhetoric. He called her a name, and she stood up to the bully and fought back. I’m going to get behind her because I’m tired of this shit, too.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Another Half-Assed Hurricane Response




Did Trump schedule a rally near you? If not, then no one is coming to help:

It was two days after Hurricane Michael, and Eddie Foster was pushing his mother in a wheelchair down a thoroughly smashed street, his face creased with a concentrated dose of the frustration and fear that has afflicted much of the Florida Panhandle since the brutal storm turned its coast to rubble.

He was in a working-class neighborhood called Millville, where many residents said they were becoming desperate for even basic necessities. Mr. Foster, 60, and his 99-year-old mother had no car, no electricity. The food had spoiled in his refrigerator. The storm had ripped off large sections of his roof. He had no working plumbing to flush with. No water to drink. And as of Friday afternoon, he had seen no sign of government help.

“What can I do?” he said. “I’m not angry. I just want some help.”

This was the problem that government officials were racing to solve on Friday, as desperation grew in and around Panama City under a burning sun. Long lines formed for gas and food, and across the battered coastline, those who were poor, trapped and isolated sent out pleas for help.

Trump’s FEMA chief has so many ethical problems, it’s a wonder he still has a job (come to think of it, there are at least a dozen cabinet officials who are in just as bad of shape). People living in the hurricane-ravaged areas should remember one thing—when the GOP is in charge of things, corruption and greed come before everything else.

Complicating everything is the fact that there’s a governor’s race in Florida, and the current governor is running for a Senate seat. Add to that the situational clusterfuck that is the Trump Regime, and you have everyone running around, looking for a way to blame this catastrophe on Democrats.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Scott Wagner is an Unhinged Maniac and a Republican




If any Democrat anywhere said what Pennsylvania Republican Scott Wagner said on this video, the pearls would be clutched and every fainting couch would be adorned with a shocked and mortified pundit.

You know what? Fuck your feelings, Scott Wagner.

Civility police will be out in force, trying to make the anger of women, minorities, decent Americans, and everyone who isn’t Scott Wagner something to be shamed and held in check. Your anger is real, and it will motivate you to throw Republicans out of office wherever you are in this great nation. Calls for civility are just a plea from GOP operatives for Democrats to stop using effective rhetoric to win every argument and motivate everyone who is wavering.

What campaign operative allowed his or her candidate to go stand in what looks like a construction site where serial killers dump bodies and make a howlingly stupid video replete with empty threats, cheap props, and old drainpipes? The optics on this are so bad, I can’t even imagine the need to make a satire of it. How do you top “golf spikes” stomping on someone’s face? How do you make it funnier? With a tighter vest and wilder hair? Spittle flying in the breeze? A yipping terrier taking a shit on a picture of Saul Alinsky holding baby Hillary next to Fidel Castro?

Remember, there was another human being filming this who didn’t stop, wave their arms in the air, and tell this jackass to stop losing his mud.

America needs to cut Trumpism from the body politic. This guy shouldn’t just be defeated. He should be held up as an example of what happens when a whole country loses its Goddamned mind.

The Saudis Must Pay For What They Did




Doing business with the Saudi royal family is about to become a toxic endeavor to say the least:

Billionaire Richard Branson announced Thursday that Virgin Group would suspend $1 billion space ventures investment talks with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund over the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Reuters reports. Branson also said he would suspend his directorship of two Saudi tourism projects. “What has reportedly happened in Turkey around the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if proved true, would clearly change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi government,” Branson said in a statement. Last year, the Public Investment Fund announced that it would be investing $1 billion in Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company, and Virgin Orbit. Branson is part of a growing list of business leaders distancing themselves from Saudi Arabia in light of Khashoggi’s disappearance.

This is very encouraging, and it means that America’s indifference to what happened can’t continue for much longer.

Despite counting Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund as a major shareholder, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi on Thursday joined several major media companies in dropping out of an upcoming investment conference in Riyadh. Khosrowshahi, who was due to speak at the Future Investment Initiative, said he would be boycotting the event “unless a substantially different set of facts emerges” about Khashoggi’s disappearance. Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. The Saudis claim Khashoggi left the consulate soon after he entered, but Turkish officials say the columnist was killed inside the consulate.

Good for you, Sir Richard.

Michael Cohen and Lanny Davis Are Perfect Together




America’s most ridiculous lawyer and the worst political advisor there is have teamed up to deliver oodles of bullshit:

President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen re-registered as a Democrat on Thursday, his attorney confirmed.

Lanny Davis, who has represented Cohen in his legal proceedings, wrote on Twitter that Cohen returning to the Democratic Party marked "another step in his journey ... distancing himself from the values of the current Admin." 

We don’t want you to register as a Democrat, Michael Cohen. We want you, and your love of Trump, to just go away. And, while you’re at it, please take Lanny with you, because this shit is getting old fast.

There is nothing behind this except smarm and opportunism and anyone who thinks it is genuine has been fooled by the most nakedly manipulative team that ever took the field. As soon as Cohen hired Lanny, I envisioned that there would be numerous instances where both would just whore themselves out to each other and try to be relevant and important despite the fact that they are neither.

I mean, honestly. This is the worst sitcom I’ve ever seen.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Dianne Feinstein Will Not Be Locked Up




I sense a pattern here among Republicans. Instead of winning with dignity and focusing on the issues, it’s easier to single out a female Democratic politician and use the tactics of a third-rate banana republic and call for her to be locked up in prison:

President Trump held a rally in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday evening to support Republican candidates and tout his administration's policies supporting ethanol production, a major industry in the state. Earlier in the day, he promised a "big announcement" for the rally.

The rally came a day after Mr. Trump confirmed new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who had been accused of sexual assault by multiple women. Mr. Trump began his rally by praising Kavanaugh, and decrying Democrats for attempting to thwart his nomination. He called Democratic opposition to Kavanaugh "a national embarrassment and a national disgrace."

He also falsely claimed that the protesters who descended upon the Capitol to protest Kavanaugh's confirmation were paid actors who were upset because they had not been paid.

"Now they want to protest because they didn't get paid yet and they want their money," he said. He also encouraged Iowans to vote Republican because Democrats would impeach Kavanaugh. "But I have to go first," Mr. Trump joked, about Democrats' desire to impeach him.

Also Tuesday night, the crowd in Iowa began chanting "Lock her up!" about Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. Mr. Trump has alleged Feinstein, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, leaked an allegation of sexual assault against Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in an attempt to sink his confirmation. Feinstein has denied her office was the source of the leak.

Normalizing this behavior should have penalized the GOP with the media. This story is so full of bullshit that you can’t even factor in how badly it misinforms the American people and damages our institutions because that’s what virtually every Trump rally has as its mission. The mere act of covering a Trump rally hands free propaganda to the Republican Party. They won’t cover Democrats because who in the world would ever say this crazy shit and expect to be taken seriously?

This is the world we live in now. Only Trump gets covered because they know he’ll barf out something horrible and controversial that will function as click bait and make media companies a lot of money in the short term. In the long term? Oh, boy.

The fact that a president campaigning for re-election over two years out would need to use his rabid base to threaten a Senator with incarceration is out of some crazy script about political intrigue that couldn’t get made because of how implausible it all is. This is not right, this is bonkers, and it’s well past the time for the media to identify it as such. It’s dangerous, it incites violence, and it will not be a pleasant thing to watch Trump try and hold on to power.

I say that the media should just list the lies that he told and call it what it is—another attempt to deflect criticism from his criminal enterprises. The Trump Regime is all about window dressing and Italian fascism anyway, so what would be the loss if these “rallies” were just dismissed outright?

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Ivanka Trump Is Your New UN Ambassador




The idea that Ivanka Trump could be the next Ambassador to the United Nations is really being floated here as a trial balloon. The Trump people are trying to see who laughs at it, and if they determine that the requisite amount of liberal tears will be shed making it happen, then you can expect to see a nervous Ivanka being lobbed softballs by Senators before Thanksgiving.

Of course, there’s always a well-aimed turd in the punchbowl:






Good thing the law doesn’t matter anymore, right?

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Nancy Pelosi is Here to Smash Everything to Hell




I’m on board the Nancy Pelosi train, if only because I love what she does to drive Republicans crazy. She outwitted everyone they threw against her and she is, truly, one of the least appreciated Democratic heroes of the last twenty years.

And if Nancy wants to expose Brett Kavanaugh’s dirty laundry, more power to her:

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced in a Sunday press release that she has filed a FOIA, or a public records request, for the FBI’s report on the sexual assault allegations leveled against newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Pelosi began her release by writing that Kavanaugh’s confirmation “has wounded the very soul of justice in our country” and commending the “dignity and bravery” of Christine Blasey Ford. “To preserve the full record of this dark chapter,” she continued, “I am filing a FOIA request so the public can see the FBI report, transcripts of interviews, instructions from the White House, and any communications to the FBI from Senate Republicans regarding the scope of the investigation. This is important to set the record straight.” So far, the contents of the report have only been made available to members of the U.S. Senate, and even they could only read the report from within the confines of a sensitive compartmented information facility. This information could resolve controversy over the depth of the investigation and the limits allegedly placed on the FBI by the White House, which Senate Democrats claimed jeopardized the integrity of Kavanaugh’s nomination.

This gives everyone the FBI refused to talk to a way to check what was done and fill in their own information. You think there isn’t a good chance someone isn’t going to fill in the blanks and show how badly the GOP wanted to keep the American people from knowing what a douchebag Kavanaugh is? That’s what they’re afraid of. They know the truth it out there, and they know they had to work overtime to shine the massive turd that is his personal background in order to drag him across the finish line and put him on the court.

Yeah, I’m not getting over this anytime soon, and neither should you. Putting Kavanaugh on the court when you have 51 Senators and the stray Joe Manchin out there to bail you out wasn’t a victory—it was what you were supposed to do all along. That’s why Democrats better start winning elections or this country is going to slide further into madness.

And what I really want the FBI to tell us one day is who owns Kavanaugh? Who paid his debts? Who has blackmail material against him? Did former Justice Anthony Kennedy help with the rehabilitation of Kavanaugh’s finances and reputation? Seems like someone ought to be given the chance to research that and write a story about it.

Friday, October 5, 2018

These Tired and Pathetic People




I am posting this in case you don’t have enough outrage on your plate right now:

First Lady Melania Trump donned a white pith helmet during a safari in Kenya on Friday, which some claim is “evocative of colonialists,” CNN reports. The network reported that the helmet was often worn by “European militaries in their colonies throughout Africa and in India,” and soon became a “popular sun hat” for European tourists in the 1930s. Matt Carotenuto, a historian at St. Lawrence University, compared wearing the hat to showing up to an “Alabama cotton farm in a confederate uniform.” “Her attire is a signal of her understanding of what Africa is in 2018,” Kim Yi, a politics professor at the University of California, Riverside, told The New York Times. “It’s tired and it’s old and it’s inaccurate.” Trump, whose sartorial choices have gotten her in trouble in the past, is currently on her first extended international tour and will visit Egypt as her next and last stop.

You have to stop expecting anyone working for Trump to have a grasp of history or culture. What hasn’t happened here is plainly evident—no one talked about clothing choices with the host countries or an expert at the State Department on Africa. There are no more experts at the State Department! They all quit or gave up trying to deal with these horrible people.

I’ve had enough outrage for a while. Melania Trump in a ridiculous pith helmet is not a fashion statement or a political statement—this is junk put on her head by someone incompetent. There simply could not be anyone within her orbit with the sense to make a cutting statement against the former colonies of Africa by dressing an American First Lady in a goddamned pith helmet. There could be some clowns around her who said, “eh, why not put this on your head and shield your raccoon eyes, you stumbling trophy wife?”

The world is so horrible. Here’s more to confirm that!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

No Corroboration




What a crock of shit:

The White House has found no corroboration of the allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after examining interview reports from the FBI’s latest probe into the judge’s background, according to people familiar with the matter.

It was unclear whether the White House, which for weeks has raised doubts about the allegations, had completed its review of the FBI interview reports. Officials were expected to be sending the FBI report to the Senate Judiciary Committee late Wednesday.

Still, the White House’s conclusions from the report means little at this point in the confirmation process. Senators who will decide Mr. Kavanaugh’s fate are set to review the findings on Thursday, and some of them may draw different conclusions.

The Wall Street Journal headline says Kavanaugh didn’t do all of that shit that he actually did, and the implication here is that he will be confirmed on Friday because he’s been wrongly accused. This, of course, is the lie that they’re telling you.

Everyone knows he was a drunken jackass. The evidence of that is everywhere, and everyone knows he does not have the temperament to sit on the Supreme Court.

This is the apex of the gaslighting of America. All of that evidence? The FBI didn’t talk to all the people who were frantically trying to tell their story because they were ordered not to. And when Trump was confronted by this, he lied, unreservedly, like he always does. So what about all of the facts that were never gathered, all of the information that will never be presented? None of that exists. There are no facts anymore. The truth is whatever someone holding power says it is now. The healthy skepticism of the American people has been replaced by a fear of not conforming to what the tribe in power says is true. The spirit and the character of an America that used to question authority, believe the press, and judge people by their true character has been assassinated by some idiots who know how to work bots on social media.

We are so well and truly fucked we don’t even know what to believe anymore.

The Republicans know what they’re doing and they know this is their last gasp. This is the last thing they’ll do—pack the Supreme Court with a fifth conservative vote that will be held by an unstable, overly emotional partisan with an axe to grind.

They just don’t care, and they know this is the end of the road for them for several generations. What happens next is up to you. Are you going to vote? Of course you are. Are you going to resist? Yes. Are you going to forget what was done?

Nope.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Go Pound Sand, Lindsey Graham




This is ridiculous, even by the low standards of a Republican who publicly supports Trump:

During an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show Tuesday night, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called on his Democratic colleague Amy Klobuchar to apologize to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. As Graham explained, Kavanaugh apologized during last Thursday’s hearing for “snapping” at Klobuchar, whose father has struggled with alcoholism, after she asked him if he had ever blacked out from drinking. “I don’t know, have you?” the nominee asked her. “Here’s what I think,” Graham told Hannity. “Amy Klobuchar should apologize to Kavanaugh and his family for being part of a smear campaign that I haven’t seen for over 20 years of politics.”

I think it is well past the time when the Democratic Party should have found someone—anyone—in South Carolina to unseat Graham. He is more than just a gadfly or a pain in the ass. He is someone actively being paid by foreign interests to work against the United States. The fact that he would create a feverish scenario in his mind where Senator Klobuchar would have to apologize to Bart O’Kavanaugh, he of the hard-drinking Potomac Kavanaughs, is ludicrous.

Lindsey blew through his sell-by date a decade ago. It’s time for him to go.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The National Debt




After we throw the Republicans out of office in November, here’s what I know will happen.

The issue of the national debt will return as a “major issue.”

Republicans will use it to hamstring any effort by Democrats to reach out to working people and help their communities. It will be used to justify massive cuts in entitlement programs, which Democrats will have to expend vital political capital in order to defend.

Instead of programs to combat opioid addiction, Democrats will have to fight for every penny just to keep the government open. Instead of expanding the ability of the IRS to go after tax cheats, which Republicans have gutted, they’ll have to fight just to keep the government open. Instead of jobs programs, Democrats will have to fight just to maintain the amount of money we spend on things like food stamps and basic services for the poor.

A new, charismatic Republican will appear, one with perfect hair, and he or she will be a “serious policy wonk” with “fresh ideas” about how to save America from its own debt. That person will, of course, be another charlatan. The media will be enthralled by this person, and, out of nowhere, you’ll see puff pieces appear on a regular basis that are designed to blow up this person’s appeal to young people.

The next president, who will surely be a female Democrat, won’t have a nickel that she can spend on a goddamned thing because Republicans are giving away everything to the rich, including their own presidential crime family.

The national debt matters when Democrats are in charge. Otherwise, it’s just statistics.