Monday, June 21, 2021

CNN Has Decided to Normalize the Proud Boys


Poor, poor Joshy. He just wanted to fit in and be heard and be like all the other people. And when he joined a violent, fascist movement called The Proud Boys and went to the United States Capitol on January 6, why, it was all a big misunderstanding! A goof, if you will. And, darn it, he's a white guy so his feelings and his fears and the things he says are all important and we should just let him off the hook for this silliness.

Nah, fuck that.

It's pretty jarring to see someone like this treated as a figure of pity. I know CNN is trying to inform us but, wow. This is an extremely violent and unstable hate group they've chosen to highlight. We certainly don't need to see their recruiting numbers go up because someone in the news department said little Joshy should get to tell his story.

No one needs to "understand" the motivations of someone who physically assaults people in order to create chaos and intimidation. They need to go to jail. AndI hope he goes to jail for a very long time.

I hope CNN realizes that, by normalizing these assholes, they're helping to perpetrate violent acts that are going to be carried out against their own employees. Oh, and elected officials. And anyone else the Proud Boys attack in public.

A hamfisted attempt to "hear their side of the story" and show any degree of sympathy or understanding towards anyone--anyone--who would go to the Capitol and assault police officers and try to OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENT is just a bridge too far.

And if you're stupid enough to think that crying over your "misguided" son is going to get you anywhere, you must be an old white lady who convinced some media hacks to listen to your sob story.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

If This Continues, You Won't Recognize America


What is this horseshit?

More than 100,000 names will be removed from Georgia’s voter registration rolls in an attempt to keep the state’s voter files “up to date,” Georgia’s secretary of state announced Friday.“Making sure Georgia’s voter rolls are up to date is key to ensuring the integrity of our elections,” 

Republican Brad Raffensperger said in a statement. “There is no legitimate reason to keep ineligible voters on the rolls.”

The voter files being removed are “obsolete and outdated,” according to the statement, which says that since the 2020 election, Raffensperger has “made it a priority to continue with the list maintenance process.”

The announcement follows a blitz of new voting restrictions in Republican-led states with Georgia as the first presidential battleground to impose new voting restrictions following President Joe Biden’s victory in the state.

Oh, and then there's this pile of horseshit as well. People are being removed from their positions so that the next election can be stolen in plain sight.

I'll say this very slowly because we all know it by heart.

There. Is. No. Evidence. of. Any. Voter. Fraud. Whatsoever. In. Georgia. Or. the. Rest. of. the. Goddamned. Country.


Voter fraud is a myth.

It exists as perhaps--perhaps--one millionth of one percent of all votes cast, if even that. Voter fraud is so non-existent as to constitute less of a threat than lighting striking your genitals and making your nose glow for a year.

When Georgia undertakes a massive effort to disenfranchise large numbers of people, it means that they don't want any more people of color to vote. They want Republicans to remain in power forever. That's all it means. A dwindling handful of unimaginative, incompetent pieces of shit want to keep their government jobs for the rest of their lives.

Are you ready to live in a country where your vote will only count if you have white skin and a name that your local Republican election official approves of? Are you ready for the complete and utter destruction of the most basic principle of democracy--the one where everyone's vote counts? We are headed towards complete political control of every facet of government by a rapidly radicalized minority. We're going the way of South Africa before the collapse of Apartheid. 

Where are the fucking pitchforks? Where is the accountability for Republicans who actually believe crazy shit and don't want to count the votes of American citizens?

And, get this. They don't even like the government. They hate having to deal with you because you're a pain in the ass, even when you bother to vote for them.

I'll never understand it. You can't just hope Stacey Abrams solves all the problems in the world. You better hope people step up and throw these GOP assholes out of office, and soon.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Mike Pompeo is Wrong


Any theory pushed by Mike Pompeo has to be taken with a grain of salt because he's a self-serving, lying piece of shit:

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted on Sunday that Covid-19 originated from a Chinese lab. 

“There’s a pile of evidence a hundred feet high,” Pompeo said on “Fox News Sunday,” without offering specifics.

Everything that you need to know is contained in the writings of Cheryl Rofer, an actual expert with a real background in science. Rofer has helped me see that those pushing the "lab leak" theory are just trying to rehabilitate Trump and take an unnecessary shot at China. 

I have to admit that I believed that COVID-19 had a biological warfare aspect to it - simply because of how lethal it was and what it did to people. I was wrong.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Every American is Losing Their Right to Vote


There are many ways to take away your right to vote. If you live in a state run by Republicans, they're looking for every conceivable way to deny Americans their right to vote by inventing solutions for problems that have never existed. If you live everywhere else, your vote is being taken way as well because the goal here is to make the Electoral College a Republican stronghold and a firewall against actual democracy.

There are many sophisticated ways to make this happen. Then there's mob rule and violent intimidation.

Trump’s relentless false claims that the vote was “rigged” against him sparked a campaign to terrorize election officials nationwide – from senior officials such as Raffensperger to the lowest-level local election workers. The intimidation has been particularly severe in Georgia, where Raffensperger and other Republican election officials refuted Trump’s stolen-election claims. The ongoing harassment could have far-reaching implications for future elections by making the already difficult task of recruiting staff and poll workers much harder, election officials say.

In an exclusive interview, Tricia Raffensperger spoke publicly for the first time about the threats of violence to her family and shared the menacing text messages with Reuters.

The Raffenspergers – Tricia, 65, and Brad, 66 – began receiving death threats almost immediately after Trump’s surprise loss in Georgia, long a Republican bastion. Tricia Raffensperger started taking precautions. She canceled regular weekly visits in her home with two grandchildren, ages 3 and 5 – the children of her eldest son, Brenton, who died from a drug overdose in 2018.

“I couldn’t have them come to my house anymore,” she said. “You don’t know if these people are actually going to act on this stuff.”

The end result is that nobody is going to work at the polls anymore. No one is going to risk being threatened or attacked because of their civic responsibilities. We are rapidly heading towards a reality where the American way of practicing democracy is suddenly incompatible with a Republican determination to harass and intimidate their fellow citizens.

There's one political party trying to save democracy and one trying to destroy it. I would love to say that the media gets it, but we know how that has played out since January 6. We need to address the ugly turn that this has taken and stop the normalization of intimidating election workers.

They Spied on My Campaign!


The guy who whined about how the Democrats spied on his campaign (they didn't) decided to spy on his enemies and used the Department of Justice to accomplish his task:

Prosecutors in the Trump administration Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of House Intelligence Committee Democrats -- including Chairman Adam Schiff -- along with their staff and family members as part of a leak investigation, an Intelligence Committee official and a source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNN. 

Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, another Democrat on the committee, told CNN's Don Lemon on Thursday evening that he was notified that his data had been seized as part of the probe as well.
The prosecutors, the New York Times first reported, were looking for the sources behind news stories about contacts between Russia and Trump associates. 

The leak hunt began with the FBI sending a subpoena to Apple in February 2018, which included a gag order, seeking metadata on more than 100 accounts as part of an investigation into the disclosure of classified information, the person familiar with the matter said.

The gag order was renewed three times before it expired this year and Apple notified the customers. The House Intelligence Committee determined that along with members of the panel and staff, the dragnet collected the records of family members, including at least one minor, the person said.

If the Trump people were comfortable using the Department of Justice to carry out banana republic tasks against the "enemies of the state," then there is, almost assuredly, detailed and comprehensive use of the assets of surveillance state against those same enemies. Somewhere, there is likely proof that a shocking number of government assets and capabilities were used to find out where Representative Adam Schiff dropped off his dry cleaning and whether or not Representative Swalwell was a fan of some sexy show on Netflix. 

There used to be a thing called The Church Committee.

I can guarantee you that every single person at the Department of Justice who signed off on the order to get that data from Apple knows what the Church Committee was and doesn't think that they broke any of the laws that matter. There is a rot embedded very deeply in our government. Trump didn't create it. He just gave it the sunlight and water that made it bloom.

Think of it this way--everyone who stayed at the Justice Department through the entirety of the Trump era probably thinks they were there to "save" the institution but certainly didn't resign in protest when they saw all of the illegal shit we have only begun to have revealed to us. And as more of it comes out, you'll start to wonder why that is. It's because the institution was incapable of putting the law ahead of bending the knee to the Republicans in charge. It would be inconceivable to those same people to break the law for a Democratic president. That may be my opinion, but I don't think I'm wrong.

This is all perfectly fine in the diseased worldview of the Trump supporter. You will not see a moment of self-awareness or a realization that maybe a conman tricked them into believing things that weren't true. There's a lot of money to be made off these rubes and the cash they send to Trump in order to prove he didn't fool them is the Great Swindle and the Big Grift and the One Weird Trick to Stop the Democrat Party. Watching them go broke in order to make Trump's political Ponzi Scheme keep working is hilarious good fun. 

The fact that the guy who cried and whined like a little bitch about how they spied on his campaign turned around and found a room full of suits from Harvard and Yale to break the law for him is just proof that the establishment is still the fucking problem in America.

Friday, June 4, 2021

There Goes All of That Wall Street Money


Jamie Dimon is the public face of J.P. Morgan Chase & Company and this is a huge deal:

JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) will resume making political donations to U.S. lawmakers but will not give to Republican members of Congress who voted to overturn President Joe Biden's election victory, according to an internal memo on Friday seen by Reuters.

 The bank was among many corporations that paused political giving following the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots when supporters of former president Donald Trump tried to stop Congress from certifying the election.

 Just hours later, 147 Republicans, the vast majority of them in the House of Representatives, voted to overturn the Electoral College results which Trump falsely claimed were tainted by fraud.

 Following a review, the country's largest lender will this month resume giving through its Political Action Committee (PAC) but will continue its freeze on donations to a "handful" of the 147 lawmakers whom it had previously supported, the bank said.

Dimon was not really mentioned or named in the news release about this policy decision so I have to wonder if he had anything to do with it at all. He probably approved it, and I doubt very much that this means that a whole lot of the bank's money is going to be donated to re-electing Senator Elizabeth Warren. 

I can't stress this enough--this absolutely hurts a vast number of Republicans who are comfortable taking money from Wall Street. There are a number of them that are wallowing in Hate Money--cash that is donated specifically because someone or some entity hates Democrats. They are not going to survive watching corporate donations dry up. This is the lifeblood of establishment Republicans who don't want to go meet with the Goobers of the world and shake them down for five bucks a pop.

Other banks and financial institutions will follow. Corporate America will take notice. Again, this is a pretty effing big deal.

And, no. It's not the same things as the Jake Tapper Ban on these same Republicans. They can still go on local news, Fox News, the right wing hate channels, and everyone who is squishy about these things. Tapper's refusal to let a certain subset of Republicans come on his show is welcome, to be sure. You can still do a number of horrible things and continue to enjoy free access to the American public. The GOP is proof of that.

Don't Make the Loser Feel Like He's a Total Loser


The great loser of Jamaica Estates is headed towards a post-presidential career that features looking like a mannequin stuffed with rancid cheese and wallowing in self-pity:

A cadre of aides and advisers working to tame Donald Trump's obsession with the 2020 election, including his fixation with debunked voter fraud theories and ballot audits, are realizing the task at hand is much tougher than they thought. 

Over the past few weeks, Trump has faced pleas from inside his orbit to move the ball forward as Republicans approach the 2022 midterm elections, when the party hopes to regain control of both congressional chambers, and brace for his high-profile return to the campaign trail. Several former advisers and allies still close to the 45th President said he is under mounting pressure to concentrate on promoting GOP policy priorities and defining his successor, rather than re-litigating his failed reelection campaign. 

But the former President has brushed those voices aside, choosing instead to listen to a crowd of characters both on television and in his wider circle who have encouraged him to keep his focus on the 2020 election. 

Trump's preoccupation with the election is expected to take center stage on Saturday, when he kicks off his first post-presidential summer with an address to the North Carolina Republican Party. The speech, a preview of the campaign-style rallies he plans to start hosting next month, will signal to what degree he intends to ignore advice from those imploring him to redirect his message toward the future. Because it will be his first public appearance in three months, sources close to the former President said the tack he decides to take will be critical in setting the course going forward -- not only for him, but for all Republicans on the ballot in 2022.

If you watch the people around Trump who need to make a living, you can see their flop sweat from a mile away. If he goes to prison, they're screwed. If they cross the wrong kid, they're finished. If he continues to look like a raving and drooling maniac who can't stop listening to fringe lunatics with batshit crazy ideas, well, that's just another day for them.

Behind the scenes, though, there are media personalities like Maggie Haberman who no longer have any relevant access. They have a vested interest in making life easier for the Trump sycophants because that guarantees an open spigot of news that can be published for outrage clicks.

In order to maintain the sickening flow of self-serving junk information, there is a need to make sure Trump doesn't feel like the absolute, total and complete loser that he is. There is an over-reliance on presenting Trump as a figure who has been somehow "wronged" by American political realities and unforeseen events. This is complete crap, of course. The train wreck debacle and fiasco of his four years in office killed hundreds of thousands of Americans and very nearly ended Western democracy. Whenever you see someone talking about Trump as "president" and not "ex-president," you'll know that they are working an angle that is designed to maintain their access to information without angering the loser who refuses to accept that he lost.

We really need to examine the cross-pollination of the Trump employee, the Trump media enabler, and the publications that make money from this incestuous relationship model. My understanding is that this would be abhorrent to the Biden people and so a number of access journalists have been frozen out of the system. Biden's administration is competently led and run and nobody looking to shiv another senior advisor is pushing stories that are blowing up day to day operations. 

This is, indeed, a different world and, if you're from the last regime, it has to be terrifying.