Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A Troll In Fauci's Office

 I want to make sure that I comment on the following story of Republican abomination.  The comment is from the Daily Beast, although it is being covered elsewhere too:


A Notorious COVID Troll Actually Works for Dr. Fauci’s Agency...Bill Crews is a PR official at the National Institutes of Health. But he also has another job: an anonymous RedState editor who rails against the agency for which he works.


The managing editor of the prominent conservative website RedState has spent months trashing U.S. officials tasked with combating COVID-19, dubbing White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci a “mask nazi,” and intimating that government officials responsible for the pandemic response should be executed.


But that writer, who goes by the pseudonym “streiff,” isn’t just another political blogger. The Daily Beast has discovered that he actually works in the public affairs shop of the very agency that Fauci leads...According to his LinkedIn page, Crews has worked as a press officer at NIAID since 2007...Crews’ posts on coronavirus at RedState have directly contradicted the guidelines put out by the White House coronavirus task force and the nation’s various public health agencies, including the NIH. “This whole thing has been a total fraud, insofar as the policy response to Wuhan virus, from day one,” he wrote in June. “There has never been a need for a lockdown. There has never been a need for wearing masks.”


Crews wrote in a June post on RedState:


“If there were justice,” he added, “we’d send and [sic] few dozen of these fascists to the gallows and gibbet their tarred bodies in chains until they fall apart.”


Streiff is hardly just a Covid troll, as described by the Daily Beast.  He is a long time right wing propagandist who has spent years spreading the worst sort of wingnut lies at Red State. I felt the necessity of commenting on this myself because not only is it one more example of right wing hypocrisy and duplicity at work, but because Crews, aka "Streiff," has been a constant source of material here at Wingnut Wrapup as long as my blog has existed.  He is a truly execrable liar and promoter of the worst values to be found in this country, and is a perfect example of the infiltration of our government by right wing white supremacists. 



Romney Caves Too

So Mitt Romney has told a total lie about "Senate precedent" to justify his dishonest, hypocritical intent to place another Trump appointed religious maniac on the Supreme Court.  


These are criminals, folks.  They are totally corrupt, and anyone who thought the miserable Romney, who built his fortune by destroying the jobs of literally tens of thousands of employees of companies that he looted, was any different, is a fool.


This pretty much leaves Lisa Murkowski.  Anybody with a shred of sense knows that the Republicans are going to have one Senator vote against their Supreme Court pick, just to prevent the Democrats from being able to call it a party line vote.  This is just what they did with Romney on the impeachment, and Murkowski seems to be the designated dissenter this time around.


That adds up to 52 Republican votes to further pollute the rule of law in this country, and very possibly engage in another grossly criminal outrage by placing Trump back in the White House, the way the corrupt Republican majority placed George W. Bush in the White House in 2000.  That's your Republican party, folks, and it will continue to be that until it is crushed out of existence.  There is no such thing as an honest Republican, and it's about time that Democrats admit that openly.  Naivete may be cute in little children, but it is nearly as bad as the crimes it ignores when it happens in government.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Wingnut Wrapup

 

They are still having a lot of trouble beating Trump in the insanity category, but here goes:


Scott Morefield, Town Hall:  "If Masks Work, Why Don’t They WORK?"


Because you won't wear them, you malicious moron.


Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "What Prompted Trump to Say He Can Now Be 'Really Vicious' Against Biden"


Because it's the only shot he has?  Because that is what he has always been?  Well, here is Trump's answer:


“Pathetic Joe. He’s a pathetic human being to allow that to happen,” Trump said of the ad the Biden campaign released last week that used The Atlantic’s story alleging he disparaged America’s fallen soldiers in France. 


“But you know the good part?” Trump continued. “Now I can be really vicious."


Because if Biden tells the truth, Trump can do any disgusting thing he wants.  That's the Republican way.  As if it wasn't going to come down to this in the end anyway- it always does.  It'll just be worse this time around, because without the lies and smears Trump wouldn't have a chance of staying out of jail.


Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Devin Nunes on Why Kamala Harris Is 'Unqualified' to Be Vice President"


Because having never lost a lawsuit to a cow, she just doesn't understand the problems of rural America?  Or is it just because she is a minority woman?  Take your pick. I know it's one of those things.


Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "Big Tech Removes a Video From Prominent Think Tank For Contradicting WHO on Coronavirus"


The think tank in question?  The Hoover Institute, which has an unbroken record of spreading right wing lies.  "Big tech" seems to object for some reason to killing people for votes.  I wonder what their problem with that might be.


Beth Baumann. Town Hall:  "Why Kanye Will Be Kept Off the Ballot in a Key Swing State"


Because he is a mentally ill narcissist?  No, that couldn't be the reason, or Biden would be running unopposed.


T. LaDuke, Red State:  "Podcast: Interview With Byron York on His New Book About Washington Trying to Destroy Donald Trump"


Really, I can understand why he would do it, but I thought Washington died in 1799.  Were they already trying to destroy Trump way back then?  I mean, hooray for them if they were, but somehow I doubt it.


Why couldn't he have saved that axe to take a couple of whacks at Trump?


Brandon Morse, Red State:  "Disgusting: Eggs Were Thrown at Children During Delaware Republican Rally, Democrats Silent"


EGGS!!!!  CHILDREN!!!  Democrats silent!!!!


"There are uncrossable lines we should draw as a society and the safety of our children encompasses a good deal of those lines."


That apparently does not include forcing them to go back to school, where they have a fair chance of catching a deadly virus, but does include them being hit by eggs thrown by an unknown person, and also includes Democrats not beating themselves up over this egg throwing, while Republicans ignore their President killing Americans by the tens of thousands.


And I guess his behavior has not crossed any "uncrossable line:"


Jim Treacher, PJ Media:  "YouTube 'Star' Records Himself Defecating in Nancy Pelosi's Driveway"


Boy, that's owning the libs.


Bryan Preston, PJ Media:  "Straight Outta Marxism: BLM Protesters Take Over Grocery Store to Protest Lack of 'Access' to Grocery Stores"


Because there is nothing that screams Marxism like a peaceful demonstration at a Trader Joe's.  Put them in prison for treason.


Rick Moran, PJ Media:  "Trump Awards Medal of Honor To Hero Who Freed 75 ISIS Hostages"


Trump did not award a medal of honor to anyone.  It's called the CONGRESSIONAL medal of honor for a reason, buddy.  Just one more thing that Trump took dishonest credit for.


Before It's News:  "Bombshell Evidence That Covid Is Chromosome 8 Human DNA – They Want To Make Us Mentally Retarded & Create An Auto Immune Disorder Within Us! 

This graphic makes it all so clear.


Too late.  You are already mentally retarded, as proven by the fact that you believe what you hear in a "Ground Breaking Video Banned By YouTube!"  This video contains one of the most malignant lies about the nature of Covid that I have ever heard, so thank you to You Tube, which has done so little to eliminate this sort of thing, that at least they won't allow this murderous right wing propaganda to play on their channel.


Before It's News:  "David Wilcock Exposes the Reptilian Agenda"


Not to anyone reading Wingnut Wrapup, at least.  We're not going there, no.


Robert Kraychik, Breitbart:  "Matt Boyle: Trump Is Ending War in Afghanistan Where Obama, Biden Promised and Failed"


Redefining surrender and running for home as victory.


Nate Church, Breitbart:  "Ohio Man Charged with Rape of 12-Year-Old Who Became Pregnant"


There are about 101,000 reported rapes a year in the United States.  Why the special attention to this one?  I don't know, maybe the picture of the accused rapist holds a clue:



No comment in this article on the credible accusations of rape of underage girls by our president.  I wonder why this unknown perp gets so much attention.  Well, maybe I could make a pretty good guess.


Deroy Murdock, Newsmax:  "It's Obama-Biden Who Viewed Veterans as Suckers and Losers"


Not Trump, even though he said he did, and they never said any such thing.  Anyway, this article is just more of the same tired lies blaming Trump's sin on his opponents, that you have heard a hundred times already.


Conrad Black, Newsmax:  "You'd Never Guess From Trump-Hating Media He Ranks Among Greats"


Maybe that's because the only areas where he ranks among the greats are lying and corruption.


Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Why You May Hear 'I May Be an Alleged Rapist, But I’m a Democrat' In VA Soon...Any rational person would think this would be an election killer, but not for Justin Fairfax, Virginia’s lieutenant governor.  It must be nice to be a Democrat. You can literally do everything the ‘woke’ Left hates, donning blackface and allegedly raping women, and still hold onto power."


The left...no mention of this, from Wikipedia:


"Donald Trump, current president of the United States, has been accused of rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment, including non-consensual kissing or groping, by at least 25 women since the 1970s."


No mention by Matt of the fact that Trump's crook of an Attorney General has claimed that smearing one of those rape victims is a part of Trump's official Presidential duties.  No, because we know damned well which party doesn't give a damn what a subhuman monster their leader might be.


Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Joe Biden's America: The Price Tag for the Left-Wing Rioting This Summer Was the Costliest in US History"


Rioting which is actually happening in Donald Trump's America, of course, but so what?  It's all Biden's fault, even though he had no authority to do anything about it.  Trump could have ended every bit of this by acting like a human being and showing some sympathy with the millions that have had enough of white racist hatred in this country, but no, police tear gas and clubs make so much better material for campaign commercials.


Kay Cole James, Town Hall:  "Your Right to Vote is Sacred. Don’t Give it Up."


Unless you are a Democrat, of course.


"At a moment like this, I think back to the Afghan presidential elections of 2014."


Because that is what Republicans want- elections just like those in Afghanistan.  Which did so much to eliminate terrorist fanatics in their country.


Nick Arama, Red State:  "New Poll: Trump Now Leading Over Biden, Approval at Record High, Opinion on Riots May Be Nail in Biden’s Campaign"


Rasmussen.  I need say no more.


"In addition to that, Rasmussen found that Trump also again reached his highest approval rating again, 52% at a critical point now just before the election."


From Newsweek, hardly a left wing bastion, a little of the truth:


"The current FiveThirtyEight average shows the president with a disapproval rating of about 52.5 percent compared with 43.1 percent who approve. Conservative firm Rasmussen Reports, which the president has often touted publicly, shows 51 percent of Americans approving of the president while just 48 percent disapprove. The most recent Fox News poll shows the opposite percentages—51 percent disapproving while 48 percent approve."


Rasmussen is so deluded, that it warrants specific attention from them.  


Kurt Schlichter, Town Hall:  "So, How Do They Dump Biden?"


Maybe Kurt should be asking why would they dump Biden, with him running 7-10 points ahead in all the polls, and Charlie Cook saying "the cake is already baked..."   


"As the Democrat presidential campaign degenerates into “Weekend at Gropey’s,” a question arises: Assuming the Dems and their media minions somehow drag that rickety, basement-dwelling weirdo across the finish line, how do they get rid of him post-inauguration?"


Oh, I get it.  Kurt is admitting that Biden is winning, but he has now descended so far into the Republican delusion pit that he thinks that Biden will be elected President, and then the Democrats will get rid of him.  That's really likely to happen.


"So, here is how it goes. President Biden gets inaugurated showing up for the ceremony in his untied bathrobe and confusing the oath with the Armour hot dogs jingle. Very quickly, Dr. Jill and the Biden Bunch start running things in his name while he spends his day upstairs in the Lincoln Bedroom, sitting on a stool, watchin’ his stories."


You know, I heard a story about a President who spends most of his time in his bedroom watching TV.  Can't remember just which one.  It'll come to me soon.


Larry O'Connor, Town Hall:  "Was Trump Really 'Ambushed' By ABC News?  If you think Trump was ambushed, then you think that Trump is grossly naive or astoundingly dense. I don't think he's any of those things, do you?"


Yes, I do, Larry.


Larry Elder, PJ Media:  "Dems Call Trump a Mass-Murdering Racist; His Poll Numbers Rise"


And it is a perfect sign of the times that Republicans are proud of that.  What they want is a mass-murdering racist.


Coast to Coast:  "Retired Command Sergeant Major Robert O. Dean Reveals Shocking Information... The Universe Is Crammed With Intelligent Life!"


None of it in the Republican party, of course.  And no more here today, because enough is enough.  See you soon.


Bolton Stabbed in the Back by his Buddies

 So, Trump and Barr have cooked up a criminal complaint against John Bolton for publishing his book of revelations before the "security review process" was completed.  


I don't give a damn about Bolton, who is as disgusting a right wing warmonger as anyone short of Heinrich Himmler, but here is something that no one who reported on this story seems to have noticed.  The "review process" had already stretched out several times as long as a review normally takes.  What we all know is that it would have never been completed, and Trump intended to throw Bolton in prison for speaking the truth about him, whenever he did it- just like he and Barr did with Michael Cohen.  This was not a security issue, it was just one more move by Trump to mangle the notion of justice in the United States to make it a crime to tell the truth.  So, spare me the idiotic claims about how terrible it is to reveal anything that Trump wants kept quiet.  We need a lot more people to speak the truth about what they know, and let God sort out the bodies afterwards.  After all, that risk of being imprisoned by a dictator is what they bought into when they signed up with Trump.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Wingnut Wrapup

I wish to begin by reporting the unexpected death of Lloyd Marcus, a frequent subject of ridicule here at Wingnut Wrapup, for being a black man who passed on every lie invented by his white oppressors.  I'm not happy to hear of his death, but I will certainly be happy never again to hear his ugly comments.


Not to make fun of him, but he did not honor himself in life.


Bronson Stocking, Town Hall:  "Trump Bans Hateful Neo-Marxist Ideology That Taxpayers Have Funded for Years"


That hateful neo-Marxist ideology?  Diversity training.  None of that for government employees, hooray!  By the way, what right does a President have to "ban" an ideology?  This article was helpfully illustrated with the following picture:


I'm not clear what Marxist threat is posed by people burning a small pile of trash in the streets, or what this has to do with diversity training, but there you go.


Ward Connerly, Town Hall:  "President Trump’s Legacy: Jobs, Opportunity, and Prosperity"


Well, actually, the highest unemployment rate since the last Republican President screwed the economy, no opportunity for anything but grifting, and prosperity, if an impending depression is prosperity, but hey, I guess they can stretch the truth a little, right?  I mean, they sure don't have anything positive to brag about.


Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "BUSTED: Project Veritas Helps Authorities Nab NH Man Who Committed Voter Fraud in 2016...James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas organization was given a nod this week. New Hampshire authorities reeled in a man who admitted to committing voter fraud in a 2016 investigation. In the video, the individual admitted to voting twice."


Yes, this wonderful organization, financed to the tune of millions of dollars every year by right wing billionaires, managed to catch one person in the whole United States who voted twice, four years later.  This is the massive evidence of voter fraud the Republicans have found.


"We have been told nonstop by the liberal media that voter fraud doesn’t really exist in the United States."


Well, they were wrong.  There was actually one case of it, out of 130,000,000 votes cast.


Michael Thau, Red State:  "Kyle Rittenhouse Did Nothing Wrong."


If you're right wing, your first two terrorist murders get a pass.


Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Never Forget: Biden’s Son was Kicked Out of Navy for Cocaine Use — Then Daddy Set him Up with Millions on the Ukrainian Gas Company Board"


Donald Trump, on the other hand, was never kicked out of the military for his notoriously heavy cocaine use, because Daddy bought five deferments for him.  No word about that in the article.


Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Osama Bin Laden’s Niece Comes Out for Trump in 2020"


I guess our nation's biggest enemies know who their friends are.  Not really sure why Jim seems proud of this.


Anne Linskey, Washington Post:  "Biden’s flexibility on policy could mean bitter fights if he wins"


This year's official version of Democrats in Disarray?  This article, at the very top of the Washington Post website, seems to have no purpose other than to undermine public confidence in the ability of Biden to end the chaos created by the Republicans.  But Anne is not done yet today:


Anne Liskey, Washington Post:  "Biden’s attempts to please everyone could lead to bitter fights among Democrats"


DEMOCRATS IN DISARRAY!!!!!!  Here it comes.  Democrats cooperating will lead to bitter fights.  We can't see the Republican party dissolve into completely insane chaos without the mainstream press trying to write an article that claims the Democrats "could" have bitter fights with each other, despite absolutely zero evidence.  With a mainstream press like this, who needs Gateway Pundit?  And in a move absolutely reminiscent of right wing blogs, Anne could not find a single known Democratic leader to agree with her. 


Before It's News:  "Did God make the Great Pyramid?  New Evidence Suggests Yes."


Green Eagle is not making his mind up about this one.  Could be true, who knows, even though God's book says something different.


Before it's News:  "MICHAEL JACKSON IS ALIVE WORKING WITH QANON ** FAKED HIS DEATH"


Yes, Michael Jackson faked his own death in 2009, just so, when Donald Trump became President seven years later, which they apparently knew would happen, Jackson could help him root out the baby eaters in the Democratic party.  That's the story, any way. 


Dennis Prager, Town Hall:  "Leftists Blame America. Decent People Blame Themselves."


But you always blame leftists, Dennis.  I guess that makes you neither a leftist nor a decent person.  Something we all knew already.


Mike Adams, The Health Ranger:  "The results of the 2020 election are already locked in: Trump wins, and he goes on to dismantle the corrupt, criminal Democrat party that tried (and failed) to destroy America and replace it with a communist regime of left-wing authoritarian tyrants.


How does Trump accomplish this?  President Trump has a “secret weapon”


Now we’ve been able to confirm the content of this “secret weapon” that will be invoked to save America. It’s the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.  Specifically, the Fourteenth Amendment grants the U.S. President the power to:  Arrest and indefinitely hold all public officials — including mayors, governors, state legislators, federal judges and law enforcement officials — who support “rebellion” against the United States or who have “given aid or comfort” to the enemies of America. (Section 3).


It should be rather obvious that at this very moment, California, Oregon, Washington, New York, Illinois and many other states are engaged in open rebellion against the United States, and that thousands of public officials within those states — mayors, governors, state legislators, police chiefs, etc. — are granting “aid or comfort” to the rebellion.


Under the Fourteenth Amendment, Trump merely needs to declare an insurrection, then he can have Mayor Lightfoot (Chicago), Mayor Wheeler (Portland), Mayor Durkan (Seattle) and even de Blasio (NYC) arrested and removed from office for violating their oaths of office.


The Democrats already know all this, which is why they are pursuing a plan of election chaos, hoping to throw the entire election process into mass confusion, from which they plan to attempt an illegal coup to eliminate Trump from office and claim political power over the nation."


Well, that's a new one.  Trump can just "declare" an insurrection, and then he can have all Democratic leaders thrown in prison before the election.  He'd do it too, if he thought he could get away with it.  Anyway, here is what section 3 of the fourteenth amendment actually says:


"No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability."


Note that they must have actually engaged in insurrection or rebellion, not just be accused of it by a lying bastard that has already accused half of the Democrats in the country of being Communists.  Not that pedantic distinctions like that will mean anything to him, come the end of October, if he sees himself losing.  By the way, may I just remind you that Mike Adams the Health Ranger is someone who has made a couple hundred million dollars by selling quack medical treatments to the American people.  That wasn't enough to him, so now he is trying to bilk right wingers.


Carmine Sabia:  "The likelihood of all of these boats sinking at the Trump Boat Parade by accident is microscopic. We are dealing with terrorists."


Carmine Sabia is the managing editor of the Federalist, and also writes for World Net Daily and Infowars, three perennial sources of amusement at Wingnut Wrapup.  He also writes for the Western Journal, another notorious right wing lie factory.  All of these sites receive a million hits a day, more than most real news sources.


And now a little Conservative humor:


Sort of amusing, considering that Trump's signature make America great again hats are all made in China.


Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Democrats and Their Media Allies Want You to Forget How They Downplayed Wuhan Coronavirus"


Yes, it is the DEMOCRATS that downplayed the Coronavirus, Katie.  The Democrats. Not Trump- just ignore those recordings- not the Republicans, the Democrats.  Just file this under the category "No lie too big to tell, no truth too small to ignore."


Brad Sager, Town Hall:  "Publishers Release Flood of New Books to Generate a Blue Wave Even as Trump Saves Their Industry"


And how did Trump save their industry?  The same way Obama saved the auto industry?  Well, no, not quite:


"Since his rise in the political ranks Donald Trump has nearly single-handedly resuscitated the book-selling industry. Despite having two full terms in office there have been more than twice as many volumes written about President Trump than Barack Obama."


He saved the publishing industry by being so profoundly incompetent and criminal that his behavior sold a lot of books.  Great going there, Donald.  Something you can be so proud of.  And for once that you can take credit for without lying.


Douglas Mackinnon, Town Hall:  "Breaking News: Trump Once Tore The Tag Off a Mattress"


Which caused a hundred thousand unnecessary American deaths so far- oh, wait, that was something else that Trump did that Mr. Mackinnon forgot to mention in his article.


Sarah Lee, Red State:  "When Trump Tweets ‘Law & Order’, This Is What He Means"


Fascism?  White supremacy?  That's my guess.


Tyler O'Neal, PJ Media:  "Weather Underground Terrorist Bill Ayers Suggests the Civil War Has Already Begun"


This is published totally unashamedly as a specimen of left wing lunacy, the same day that Mr. 'Neil wrote this:


Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "Has the Second American Civil War Already Started?"


I guess consistency is the hobgoblin of liberal minds.


And what would a Wingnut Wrapup be these days without a little Kamala bashing:


Boy, they managed to make her look evil, huh?  Other than that, I can't figure out what this cartoon is supposed to be about.


Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Suffolk Community College Professer Caught on Tape Trashing “Dictator” Trump to Students ON SECOND DAY OF CLASS!"


If he had only waited until the third day to tell them the truth, it would all have been okay, I guess.


Greg Kelly, Newsmax:  "The cheating has begun – Woodward allegations part of smear campaign"


Playing actual recordings of Trump saying what he said is a smear campaign.


Brian C. Joondeph, M.D, American Thinker:  "Are Democrats Hiding the Truth about COVID?"


Ha ha.  Democrats.  Republicans can't commit any despicable act without accusing the Democrats of really having done it.


Well, see you soon.  It's only going to get worse between now and election day.


Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Duties of the President

As amended yesterday by the honorable William P. Barr on September 8, 2020


To serve as commander in chief of the military

To sign bills into law or veto them, as he sees fit

To appoint cabinet members and judges, subject to approval by the Senate

To see that the laws are faithfully enforced

To lie and smear a woman you raped before you became President, in order to destroy her reputation and serve as a warning to any of the other women you raped that you will do the same to them if they open their big fat traps.

Trump and Toady plot to undermine the rule of law


I bet you weren't aware that Attorney General Barr added that last one to the list, but he did:


"Yet again, Bill Barr proves that he is the perfect Attorney General and personal attorney for Donald Trump...Bloomberg is reporting that the DOJ, which is supposed to be an unbiased, non-politicized justice seeking department, is trying to take over Trump's defense, effectively pitting itself against an American citizen. And the taxpayers would be paying for this defense...Trump was due to give a deposition and provide a DNA sample to compare to DNA left on a dress Carroll was wearing at the time of the attack.


Bloomberg reports that in the court filing, the DOJ said that - are you ready for this - that Trump was "acting within the scope of his job as President" when he allegedly defamed Carroll. They also asked to move the court to Manhattan *federal court* from New York State Court. So they want the case to be Federal (where Barr can oversee it and, most likely, kill it) versus State Court, where Barr has no jurisdiction and Trump could be indicted while in office."


Which should, if nothing else, put that DNA test off until well after the election.  Given that, if Trump is innocent of this rape as he claims, the DNA test would exonerate him, it is strange that he is fighting with every ounce of his strength to prevent the test from happening, but this new strategy is an escalation in malignance.  Trump is claiming, and his Attorney general is supporting him in that claim, that lying about a violent crime he committed before he was President is a legitimate part of his Presidential duties.  If he and the Attorney General have so far eroded the rule of law that they get away with this, who pays for his defense is the least of issues, because they could then make a defensible claim that he cannot be sued for acts taken in pursuit of his Presidential duties, and Barr could immediately dismiss the case on his own authority.  And it would then be inscribed in our nation's laws forever that hiding criminal behavior is a legitimate right of the President.

Two random figures from history.  I had this photo lying around, 
and thought I would stick it here, just for the hell of it.


This is not a random act of desecration which Trump and Barr are carrying out.  It is part of their long term plan to turn the President into an uncontrollable dictator, answerable to nobody but, apparently, foreign tyrants like Vladimir Putin.  Its implications start to reach the scale of the enabling acts of 1933, which paved the way for dictatorial rule in Nazi Germany.  Any person at this point who cannot see the clear direction this is heading is a fool.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Irrational Exuberance

There's a story that is getting a lot of play today, which is being greeted with a good amount of glee by Democrats, which I do not think means what people think it does.  This is the story that the Trump campaign has run through $800 million and is nearly broke; stories like this one:


"The 2020 Trump Campaign Is Reportedly a Financial Mess...a report from the New York Times details just how chaotic the Trump campaign’s finances have been, particularly for a reelection effort which began the day after the inauguration.


Though the campaign raised a total of $1.1 billion since the beginning of 2019 and did not have to spend money in a primary, over $800 million, or close to 73 percent, of their funds have been exhausted. Similar to the trajectory of the president’s business career, an early excess of cash appears to have been wasted due to questionable spending."


Well, I am certainly not questioning the likely fact that a great deal of the money that losers and suckers* donated to the Trump campain ended up in the Trump family wallets, but I do think that the idea that this somehow predicts the course of the rest of the campign is wrong.  To understand this, you need to know something which Republicans have always understood, but which very few Democrats ever seem to figure out.


I have to confess that, at a very young age, I was a Republican.  I won't explain why here, but I did quite well at being a Republican, and by the age of 19, I had a seat on the State Central Committee where I lived;  I knew the governor, and the head of the RNC.  I was well on my way to becoming another Lee Atwater or Karl Rove** when I realized what a sick mockery of democracy the Republican party was, and quit.  But before I did, they taught me some things, such as how Presidential campaigns really worked.


There is a Pollyannaish fiction in the United States about so called "independent voters."  Here is the truth about them.  Both parties are under immense pressure to move to the center in order to appeal to the maximum number of voters.  The inevitable result of this is that people that support one party's candidates or the other, make up the huge majority of the electorate, and they are inevitably pretty much evenly split between parties, except in extreme situations.  That means, as much as 48% are going to vote Republican, and 48% are going to vote Democratic, regardless of what the campaigns do.  The other four percent are the "independent voters." This is a natural phenomenon in an entrenched two party system, as immutable as the laws of thermodynamics.


 The independent voters are almost universally portrayed in the mainstream press as high minded, and devoted to supporting the best candidate, regardless of which party they are from.  This is as big a fiction as Washington cutting down the cherry tree.  Really, what kind of person, particularly in a year like this, can make it to mid-September or October before figuring out who they are going to vote for?  In reality, these independent voters are the stupidest, most ignorant and gullible people in the entire voting populace.  And because everyone else is inevitably split almost equally between the parties, these are the people who select every President.


Well, the country learned to live with this outrageous way of letting the worst among us choose our President, until (of course) their avarice and lust for power led the Republicans to overturn the apple cart, first with Reagan-era "deregulation," and then with rulings from corrupt, packed courts, like the Citizens United decision, which allowed rich people to spend unlimited money in political campaigns, with no public knowledge of where the money came from.


I will go so far as to say that there is not a person who reads these words that has not been horrified over the years at the blitzkrieg of lying, smearing TV and radio ads from Republicans in the month and a half before the election, and which are virtually entirely financed by sociopathic billionaires like the Kochs, the Mercers and Sheldon Adelson.  That makes not one shred of difference to them, because the ads are not intended for you.  Every penny of the billions that will be spent by these people between now and November third will be directed at that four percent of fools who are too stupid to see what is going on in this country.  And none of that money will be coming from official Republican sources.  So it is perfectly fine with them if the contributions of the little guys (and that includes people who give tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in hopes of currying Republican favor) are stolen by political insiders.  The money that counts from now on will all come from other sources, who do not rely on incompetent grifters like Brad Parscale and Kimberley Guilfoyle to spend their money.


I really don't know what Democrats can do about this ugly situation, short of throwing five corrupt Supreme Court justices in prison and replacing them with honest people (fat chance) but at least acknowledging the truth is a start toward finding a solution.  Sorry that I can't be any more hopeful about this, but it is still the truth.



*Terms carefully selected after much thought

**There were two of us they were grooming in my State.  I quit in horror, and the other guy ended up in prison in the Watergate scandal.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Junior Speaks The Truth

 Donald Trump Jr, from his new book:


“Meanwhile, it also took two months for me to realize the enormity of what my father had accomplished"


From the Merriam Webster dictionary:


"Enormity: an outrageous, improper, vicious, or immoral act"


Well, there you go. 

There Is No Bottom

 From Barbie Latza Nadeau at the Daily Beast:


"While strolling around the lavish ambassador’s residence in Paris, he reportedly took a fancy to a number of pieces of artwork, including a bust of Benjamin Franklin and some Greek mythical figurines. So he ordered them removed from the residence and packed into Air Force One and brought to the White House, according to Bloomberg. White House spokesman Judd Deere confirmed the poaching, telling Bloomberg, “The president brought these beautiful, historical pieces, which belong to the American people, back to the United States to be prominently displayed in the People’s House.”


He is not above out and out grand theft, the stolen goods having an estimated value of $750,000.  That is in addition to the blatant act of bullying someone who he thought had no ability to resist his criminal behavior.


Yup, that is the President our country now has- a common thief.   



Saturday, September 5, 2020

A Nixon Story

When I was living in England in the early eighties, I had several people ask me why, after all he had done,  the seemingly minor affair of the Watergate break-in destroyed Richard Nixon's career and cost him the most powerful job on earth.  Here is the answer I came up with:


There were always two narratives about Nixon; Nixon, the great statesman and master politician, and, to be blunt, Nixon the crook.  Just enough people were induced to believe the statesman story to project Nixon into the Presidency, and keep him there four years later.


What caused Watergate to destroy him was that the incident, minor or not, was simply incompatible with the statesman narrative, but fit perfectly into the crook story.  This caused enough people to switch which tale they believed, that he lost all support, and had to go.


And this, I believe, may be the result of the current news about Trump calling American soldiers suckers and losers.  There have always been two narratives about Trump; the master businessman and world's greatest negotiator, who loves America and is dedicated to serving ordinary Americans (as ludicrous as that seems to anyone with half a brain,) and Trump the crass, self centered, deranged criminal.  Well, once again, this current story is simply not compatible with the first view of Trump, but is totally believable to anyone who accepts the second story.  For that reason, this tale, as insignificant as it may seem compared to his killing off 200,000 Americans, selling the country out to a foreign dictator and starting a depression, may well have more resonance than anything else has.


No, I don't expect Trump's popularity rating to collapse to 22% the way Nixon's did; the Republicans learned their lesson from the Nixon fiasco all too well, and have spent the half century since breeding a base which is impervious to truth and common decency.  But the way things are going this year, even a couple more points of erosion in his support, particularly among the military, could be the final nail in his coffin.  We can only hope.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Trump, Part Two

In which I will document in my usual fashion the right wing reaction to the recent revelations of his true attitude toward our military, which, may I note, is entirely in keeping with his attitude toward everything else in this world.


Again, if you have not read the original report of this nauseating behavior, by Jeffrey Goldberg at the Atlantic, I strongly recommend that you do so.


Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "The Atlantic Peddles Total Fake News to Smear Trump and Torpedo His Relationship with the Military...They’re not even trying to make their anonymous fake news believable anymore. Goldberg and his ilk are just mad that Trump has refused to create thousands of more dead soldiers by sending them off to fight ill-advised new wars all over the world."


"How about y’all stop lying. Then again, we all know why you keep getting faces full of buckshot. You don’t care. You’ve never cared. Because at the end of the day, you’re all just Democratic operatives masquerading as reporters."


As if the "reporters" like Matt at right wing websites are any different.


Bonchie, Red State:  "The Latest Garbage Hit Piece On Trump Begins to Fall Apart as Verifiable Counter Evidence Emerges... this story is obviously nonsense. Trump has always made it a habit to laud the military, including those that have lost limbs or died. Any disagreements he’s had with military members have always centered on politics, usually involving someone attacking him first. One can argue the wisdom of some of his counter-attacks, but there’s no evidence Trump has ever held animosity towards those in the military.


This is a patent lie.  And let me note once again that the account in the article is in total keeping with what we have always seen in Trump's behavior 


Dan Scavino and Stephen Miller were also both there – and deny Atlantic story...Lastly, John Bolton, who is fresh off writing an anti-Trump book, even corroborates the above email, mentioning nothing about Trump slandering military members as well."


Dan Scavino, Stephen Miller and John Bolton- three right wing stooges that have never shied away from the most abominable lies if it serves their purpose. 


"I expect more people to go on record saying this story is simply false over the course of today."


More right wing liars with no shame about serving their malignant prince. 


Mollie Hemingway:  "Yet more on-the-record debunking of @JeffreyGoldberg’s anonymously sourced hit piece...“White House officials deny Trump disparaged war dead and say he was 'livid' he could not visit French cemetery”


In this White House, "White house officials deny" is hardly what passes for debunking. 


Stephen Kruiser, PJ Media:  "'The Atlantic' Barfs Up 2020's Worst Trump Hit Piece Yet...The whole article is pathetic. Goldberg pretends to be legitimately curious about Trump’s patriotism but the thing reads like something a drunk BuzzFeed intern wrote after his daddy told him he was disappointed again...Trump’s former press secretary Sarah Sanders was on this trip and said that Goldberg’s story “never happened.”


Sarah Sanders...someone with a verified reputation when it comes to telling the truth. 


Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "The Atlantic Posts Ridiculous Hit Piece on President Trump and His Treatment of Veterans — President Trump Responds to Junk Report...The BS hit piece comes as President Trump continues to surge in the polls following the RNC convention and continued leftist riots across the country.


Trump is absolutely not surging in the polls, so Jim is openly lying about what motivated this "BS hit piece." 


Monica Showalter, American Thinker:  "Stench of lies: The Atlantic runs fake news about Trump supposedly calling fallen servicemen 'losers'...Trump adores the military and honors America's heroes.  He adores them so much that the left, up until now, has called him a "Nazi" for it, which is about par for the left.  it ought to be treated with complete contempt. It's pretty creepy what kinds of lies you can get out there if you find the right media vehicle and hide behind the curtain of anonymity."


More lies.  Trump adores nobody but himself, and believe me, anyone who has called Trump a Nazi has not done it because he honors America's heroes. 


Charlie Spierling, Breitbart:  "Donald Trump Furious at The Atlantic Claiming He Disparaged Fallen Soldiers...“They made it up and probably it’s a couple of people that have been failures in the administration that I got rid of and I couldn’t get rid of them fast enough,” he said. “Or it was just made up, but it’s unthinkable...“What animal would say such a thing?”


Of course he is furious.  The truth always makes him furious.  


I repeat, the account of Trump's behavior in this article is one hundred percent in keeping with Trump's known behavior, but the above excerpts are examples of the only thing that his supporters will ever hear about his betrayal not just of the military, but of common humanity.  As a result, what should bring an almost immediate end to his evil career will hardly affect his support one bit.  I will be surprised to see even a two percent drop in his support, in the face of this monstrous behavior. 



And now this update:

Fox News chief security analyst Jennifer Griffin:  "Two former sr Trump admin officials confirm .@JeffreyGoldberg reporting that President Trump disparaged veterans and did not want to drive to honor American war dead at Aisne-Marne Cemetery outside Paris."


When Fox News says it, things really look bad for the old Trumpster.  Expect some really angry tweets the next couple of days.


The True Trump Shows His Face

 I am going to violate my normal rule of not writing about things that have been thoroughly covered by others.  I am referring here, of course, to the bombshell article by Jeffrey Goldberg in the Atlantic, concerning Donald Trump's contempt for those in the military who sacrificed themselves for the good of the nation.  I am not going to go over the facts of Trump's abominable behavior, in which he showed that messing up his hair meant more to him than the lives of 1800 marines who died for our country.  If you want to know the details, please read the article, which is in my opinion the most important document so far in this electoral season, revealing as it does the real Trump, who is a man degraded beyond any redemption.


At this point, any current or former military member who supports Trump is exactly what he calls those who died for our country: a sucker.  But that is not what I want to say.  To me, this article is really not about the military at all, but about its revealing Trump to be a human monster, a sociopathic narcissist without a concern in the world for anyone but himself.  Trump is in fact a villain like those in action adventure movies or comic books; what most of us always thought were exaggerations turns out to have exact parallels in the real world, and one of them managed to lie and cheat his way into the White House.  This subhuman piece of garbage is a true abomination, like some sort of Lovecraftian creature come to life.  


Of course, the sad thing is that this shocking, loathsome view into Donald Trump's soul will affect almost none of his followers, because they have become as immune to human decency as he is himself.  As is usual for me, I will provide a second part to this story, detailing some of the treatment which these revelations have received in the right wing media.  It is an ugly spectacle, but it hardly changes the fact that this is a monster, devoid of humanity, and filled with a monster's hunger for victims.