Friday, August 30, 2019

A Legal Reminder

From Green Eagle, who is not a lawyer, but he can read:

18 U.S. Code § 2. Principals

(a) Whoever commits an offense against the United States or aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures its commission, is punishable as a principal.

(b) Whoever willfully causes an act to be done which if directly performed by him or another would be an offense against the United States, is punishable as a principal.

Bolding courtesy of Green Eagle.


Notice that there is no exception there for "I was just joking."



Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Greatest Turnout

Courtesy of Daily Kos, a photo from a Trump rally today in Kentucky, featuring one of his sons:

I don't think I even need to comment on this.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Monday, August 26, 2019

Green Eagle's Conspiracy Corner

Green Eagle does love himself a good conspiracy theory, so here's one of my own, about the recent magnitude 7.1 California earthquake.

This idea came to me when I happened to see a right wing video that claimed that the earthquake was actually caused by  reptilians from outer space, to accomplish something I  was never clear about.

Anyway, that started me thinking about that earthquake.  It was the biggest earthquake to hit the United States in decades.  What a strange coincidence that it struck right in the middle of one of the largest US military weapons testing centers, huh?

Well, here's my conspiracy theory.  Trump is backing out of international treaties against nuclear weapons as fast as he can, the disgusting monster.  I'm suggesting that this was actually an underground nuclear test, conducted at Trump's orders, to send a message to Russia and China.  We know he is hot to use a nuclear weapon, and this would be a good first step.

So, here't the thing:  They picked one of the places in the United States that is essentially inaccessable to ordinary people who might like to see what happened, but of course, in standard Trump practice, they set off their explosion right on top of an earthquake fault.

There you go.  You may think this is crazy, but as the guy says, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

I Want to Thank the Russians

For thoughtfully waiting until after the tremendous world-wide success of the TV show "Chernobyl," before their latest demonstration that they are not competent to possess a slingshot, let alone nuclear weapons.
Trump's best buddies demonstrating what competence in government means to them.

P.S.- this is a picture of Chernobyl.  We don't have any yet of what happened last week.

Maybe This Means Something

Yesterday, Elizabeth Warren held a town hall:

I thought this was an interesting contrast to the town hall held a few days ago by arch-Conservative Republican Steve King:
And yeah, the pictures are real.  I don't want to get optimistic, but I sure hope this says something about the levels of enthusiasm on both sides of the political divide.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Hey, It Was All Fake News, I Guess

This happened a few days ago, but I think it is such a perfect example of the press collaborating with Republicans to cover up any bad news for them that I want to say a few words about it.

First, here is what happened:  A Jewish group held a peaceful demonstration at an ICE concentration camp in Connecticut (yeah, these camps are everywhere.)  I guess most people can understand why Jews feel rather sensitive about concentration camps, but anyway, a prison guard, apparently aping the behavior of Islamic terrorists, deliberately drove his truck into the demonstrators, injuring a couple of them.  Here is a sample of how the press treated this story:

Boston Globe:  "R.I. prison worker placed on leave after truck pushes through ICE protesters"

"Truck pushes through protestors"- apparently on its own initiative, without any human involvement.

Time:  "A Rhode Island correctional officer has been placed on leave after a truck he was allegedly driving rammed into peaceful protesters on Wednesday night outside the Wyatt Detention Center, a Rhode Island prison that contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)."

"Allegedly" driving.  Once again, notice that the truck apparently "rammed into peaceful protesters" without any assistance from a human driver.

San Jose Mercury News:  "Truck drives into crowd of protesters at immigration center"

And more of the same.  Not even worth a mention that an actual human being, employed by our government, had a thing to do with the truck's behavior.

Associated Press:  "The Latest: 2 hurt, 1 seriously when truck hits protesters...The Latest on the investigation of a driver whose truck menaced a group of immigration protesters"

The driver's truck menaced a group of protesters.  Not a suggestion that the driver might have menaced them.

New England Public Radio:  "Corrections Officer On Leave After Truck Drives Toward Protesters At R.I. Detention Facility"

And on it goes.

KTVN TV:  "Rhode Island's attorney general says he's investigating after a truck appeared to drive at a group protesting federal immigration policies at a detention center."

Until we reach this point, where "news media" state that the truck "appeared to drive at a group protesting federal immigration policies," failing to even note that the truck hit the demonstrators, injuring some of them. 


And this horrible story of Nazi behavior on the part of a government employee has now essentially disappeared from the news.  Mission accomplished, guys!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Man, I Don't Know What to Say

Here is a lady who was arrested in Arkansas, for pulling a gun on four black high school football players who were raising money for their team, and making them lay on the ground under threat of being shot:

The police conveniently let her go without taking her mugshot.  Whether this is because her husband is the county jail administrator, or because...well you know-this reminded me of the recent incident of the head of the border patrol who claimed she knew nothing about a racist group under her command, and then turned out to be a member of the group in question.

Just wondering if they are sisters or something.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Guy is Fucking Crazy

From the Wall Street Journal:


"President Trump made his name on the world’s most famous island. Now he wants to buy the world’s biggest.

The idea of the U.S. purchasing Greenland has captured the former real-estate developer’s imagination, according to people familiar with the deliberations..."

Is this guy totally insane?  Does he really not have a clue about what national sovereignty means?  Does he think this would be just a real estate deal, and does he have a clue about how much the bill would be, or does he think he could treat a foreign country like his subcontractors, and just take the land and then refuse to pay?

And more importantly, what do Republicans tell themselves to be able to go along with this without committing suicide?

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Body Count

No, not Ice T's band, this...

Well, I'm not ready to stop beating up on Trump over the death of Jeffrey Epstein.  So, the day after Epstein met his predictable end, Trump was already online, accusing his old enemies of having killed Epstein.  Here's a sample:




I think I need hardly mention at this point that this sudden reaction is a classic tell:  Whenever Trump is guilty of something his first thought is to accuse someone else of the same crime, in an effort to muddy the waters, which almost invariably works thanks to the miserable corruption of the mainstream press.  So I stand by my previous post:  Anyone who is not totally sure that Trump had Epstein murdered has to be brain dead at this point.

However, that is not the focus of this post.  The main thing I have brought to the blogging world is my fairly long term knowledge of right wing conspiracy theories, so I would like to shed some light over the "Clinton body count," the subject of Trump's accusation.

Let me start out with the essence of this malicious right wing lie, from the right wing website "Conservapedia."

"The Clinton body count originated with the 1987 Ives/Henry double homicide case and the subsequent violent deaths of seven witnesses or suspects in the investigation. Drug smuggling continued at the Mena Airport after the CIA terminated the Contra supply operation and left Arkansas. All nine of these murders in the vicinity of Mena remain unsolved, and three were originally ruled "suicides" by the state's chief medical examiner. Law enforcement and prosecutors also participated in the coverup, some receiving pay raises and promotions in the Clinton Arkansas political machine...Liberal-biased Wikipedia has referred to the Clinton body count as a "conspiracy theory" in an attempt to discredit and dismiss it, with no attempts by Wikipedia to offer any legitimate proof for its claim of such."

This theory started with the equally lunatic lie that Clinton, as governor of Arkansas, was running a massive cocaine importing business out of a small airport in Mena, Arkansas; a story for which there was never a shred of evidence.  The list of people whom the Clintons supposedly murdered has expanded and expanded until there are now about 140 names on the list.  If you are interested in the names, you can find them at the Rational Wiki site linked to below.  I will just mention two of the supposed atrocities, from Conservapedia (which I will not link to, following my tradition.  If you want to find it and numerous other right wing sites covering this "scandal," you can do it easily enough on your own.  Well, here we go:

"Died: February 23, 1993 - All were killed when their Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crashed in Weisbaden, Germany. No cause was ever officially determined. V Corps figured prominently in the US Bosnia-Serbia peacekeeping operations, along with the carrier Roosevelt. These men, (were) associated with Clinton's visit to the Roosevelt.

Major General William Robertson - Deputy Commanding General, V Corps, EuropeCol. William Densberger - V Corps Chief of Operations and PlansCol. Robert Kelly - V Corps Chief of IntelligenceSpec. Gary Rhodes - Crew Chief"

Absolutely no evidence of any kind that Clinton, who once visited their aircraft carrier, had anything to do with the Blackhawk crash, or any suggestion of a reason he would want them dead.  In fact, the official report indicated that:

"According to the 15-6, the crew did not receive proper authorization for the flight, flew with an expired weather brief, and loaded the aircraft with more fuel than was authorized."

No one  has ever explained how Clinton arranged that.  I will only provide the name of one other person on the Clinton body count, but trust me, the whole thing is just as idiotic and malicious as these two examples:

"Anthony Bourdain - CNN celebrity chef. Bourdain publicly criticized Hillary Clinton on Twitter for her connections to Harvey Weinstein."

So Hillary had him killed.  Right.

Now on to a little reporting on the reality of this, perhaps the most malignant smear ever created by the Republican party, up to Pizzagate and the QAnon idiocy.  Here are some excerpts from coverage by Rational Wiki:


"The conspiracy theory is based on finding various vaguely suspicious but unconnected deaths, and then bullshitting a great deal to make it seem like the Clintons were somehow responsible. Generally the Clintons are portrayed as leaders of a deep state group, or as pawns of the military-industrial complex. Any holes in the theory are explained away as a "coverup".

Needless to say the entire idea is the fabrications of deranged lunatics, and has been thoroughly debunked...The "Clinton body count" is laughably stupid no matter how one looks at it. To believe the claims, one must accept that the Clintons are hyper-competent criminal masterminds who were able to arrange dozens of murders and cover them up perfectly. One must accept that Bill Clinton was able to suppress any evidence, leaks, or whistleblowers despite having proven that he was unable to lie effectively about a simple blowjob."

This is the site that I mentioned above as containing a list of the over 100 "victims" of the Clintons, in case you want to see it.

And here is a pretty concise summary of the whole thing, from Snopes:


"We shouldn’t have to tell anyone not to believe this claptrap, but we will anyway."

Well, so of course, Epstein is the latest name added to this list, within hours of his death.  Here is some actual information about Clinton's minimal relation with Epstein, andTrump's considerably larger one, from Vox:


"Clinton took international trips on Epstein’s plane in the early years of his post-presidency, including a trip to several African countries with Kevin Spacey and Chris Tucker.


Trump, meanwhile, reportedly attended Epstein-hosted events in New York and Florida, as Epstein patronized the Mar-a-Lago Club. In 2002, Trump even gave a remarkable on-the-record comment about Epstein to a New York magazine journalist, calling him “terrific” and adding that he “likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

Also, from the Huffington Post:


"The court documents, unsealed this week, include flight logs that show Clinton flew on the financier’s private jet a number of times, but the documents do not indicate that Clinton traveled to a “pedophilia island,” nor do they contain the words “pedophilia island...The logs also show that Trump has flown on Epstein’s jet.”

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Well, that should be enough of that.  I have two points to make about this.

First of all, the sheer malignance of the behavior of this President is virtually beyond belief.  Any previous President who engaged in anything approaching this behavior would have been kicked out long ago, and would now be in prison where he belongs.  But with Republicans having a stranglehold on the Federal government, and with the collaboration of the press, it's all just ignored, while they party on, stripping the country of all wealth.

And second, this is not a matter of one miserable criminal.  Trump is fulfilling the dreams of the Republican party for decades.  They are all complicit in this; they are all criminals.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

"Suicide"

Well, I never bothered to write a post about this because it seemed so obvious to me, but I have firmly believed since Jeffrey Epstein was arrested that he had only a very short time to live.

Let's cut to the chase here:  this egomaniacal, evil billionaire has escaped the law over and over again, and there was no reason to believe that he wouldn't do it this time too.  Any person with half a brain knows he was killed, and we know who had him killed.

It's a funny country we live in, where Republicans are allowed to spend years and God knows how many tens of millions of dollars spreading the lie that Hillary, and in fact all Democratic leaders, are participants in a gigantic Satanic pedophile sex murder cult, while Democrats are not allowed to make the clearest assertions about Republican treachery without a signed confession witnessed by God and the lord Jesus.  Well, to hell with that attitude, which is just another way of rolling over and playing dead.  We all know that Trump had this guy killed, and we know why too: he had the goods on Trump, i.e. for those of you too mentally deficient to put two and two together, that Epstein could have implicated Trump himself in child rape.

Consciousness of guilt- that is what we have here.  Our President's own behavior indicts him in the most horrible of crimes.  And now, the odds are overwhelming that Trump will be able to cover up this whole monstrous scandal.

The President has now stooped to murder to protect himself from accountability for his crimes.  Add this to the concentration camps and torture and hatemongering and corrupt dealing that are daily features of this administration, and what do you have?  A country 80% along the path to dictatorship, with 40% of the populace knowing damned well where this is leading, and still cheering it on.

We all know that because of demographics, the Republicans only have a few more years of election rigging to hang on to power, and then they are essentially going to vanish from the earth.  The question now is only whether there will be anything of our country left to save a few years from now, other than a place where any decent people left will have to cower in fear at the roaming bands of armed white savages who want to punish the whole world rather than accept a shred of responsibility for their empty, meaningless lives.

And the President can now kill anyone who stands in his way.  Welcome to America.




Update:  This news from 8-15:

"NEW YORK (Reuters) - An autopsy of the financier Jeffrey Epstein, who died in an apparent suicide while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, found his neck had been broken in several places, according to two law enforcement sources."

Though this can happen through hanging, it is far more common an injury in strangulation.  Just saying, for anyone out there who think I am going way over the edge in stating what should be obvious to anyone.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Isn't This a Nice Country?


The police can't arrest a black guy for selling cigarettes on the street without killing him, but a white supremacist, Trump supporting mass murderer of 20 can be "arrested without incident."