Monday, July 30, 2018

Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

As the noose tightens around Trump's neck, he and his paid liars are of course resorting over and over again to just denying that what we know is sufficient proof of his criminality.  At this point, if Jesus Christ himself appeared in court to testify against Trump, Republicans would just insist that since his caring for the poor is a Democratic position, anything he says must be disregarded.  So it is important, I think, to consider at what point we can actually say that the case against him is proven.

I have two points to make about the inevitable Republican claims that Trump has not been proven to be a traitor beyond a reasonable doubt.  First of all, that standard is for a jury in a trial; the American people are entitled to form their opinions any way they want.  For Republicans it is just fine to assert all sorts of criminality over Hillary's e-mails, Benghazi or the Pizzagate scandal, even though these absurd smears have been disproven again and again, but it is still absolutely unacceptable to draw any conclusions from over eighty clandestine contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russians, and the blizzard of lies that Republicans have issued to try to deny what obviously happened.  We are far past the point that it is grotesquely unreasonable to deny the collusion between Trump and Putin.

Second, here is something I have not heard overtly discussed, but which I think is very important:  Donald Trump, as President, has immense power, which he uses every day, to frustrate, distort and destroy the investigation against him.  In this case, is it not reasonable that we must apply a far lower standard of proof when we investigate his actions, to compensate for the illegitimate use of his power to free himself from accountability?  Every thing we now know about this sordid affair is a scrap that has escaped the massive power of the Executive and Legislative branches of government to suppress. It is my opinion that, in the case of Trump, the challenge of reasonable doubt has already been far more than met; at this point, it is grossly unreasonable not to admit what is going on.

As of months ago, no reasonable person could believe that Trump is not a traitor.  At this point, the conclusion is so obvious that it takes a deliberate denial of reality to claim otherwise.  That is, of course, what Republicans intend to keep doing, but the rest of us need not fall for their bogus, insincere resort to supposed legalisms to prevent us from admitting the truth.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

A Modest Proposal

Most of you, I presume, are familiar with the Yellowstone Caldera, through the numerous documentaries and TV movies about the subject.  For those who are not aware of this geological phenomenon, under Yellowstone National Park lies a massive pool of magma, which when released may well cause an eruption that will dwarf Mount St. Helens, or even Tambora or Krakatoa themselves.  Despite scaremongering, of course, there is no prospect of such a thing happening in the next couple hundred thousand years or so, or that if it did it would be the maximum disaster beloved of horror movies.

Nevertheless, the whole thing has given me an idea, which could well be the only path to salvation that the United States clearly has.  Here is a map showing the possible extent of the damage resulting from a massive eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera:
I ask you to observe one fact which, until the helpful contribution of Green Eagle, has been unexplored:  The devastation wreaked by this event would be almost entirely concentrated in red States.  Yes, we might lose Seattle and Chicago, and a few other areas that we would miss, but really, in the larger scope of things, it would massively realign the balance between rational Americans and crazed, greed maddened, hate filled right wingers.

Anyway, think about it- it just might be worth it, if it's the only hope we have.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Cohen and Trump for Dummies

Cohen wants a pardon.

Trump could just send him a signal that it will happen, but Trump is a belligerent bully with a really psychopathic need for dominance, so he won't do it.

So, Cohen is ratcheting up the pressure, step by step, trying to get Trump to give him what he wants.

Trump is counting on his followers to not give a damn how many prostitutes he had to pay off, or how many of them had abortions, or any other damned thing.

After the shocker about the tapes, we can be pretty sure that what Cohen has revealed so far is only the tip of the iceberg. The only question is whether Trump will be manipulated by other Republicans into pardoning Cohen before Cohen reveals something that really does damage Trump.  Or if there is any way to make Trump supporters ashamed of what they have done, since sucking up to a foreign dictator isn't enough.

We'll see.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Speaker of the House

I have made this comment a few times in other places, but I want to get on the record saying this. 

If the Democrats manage to take back the House this November, it is vital not to turn leadership back to the ineffective, scared-of-her-own-shadow Nancy Pelosi.  There is one Congressman above all others who has demonstrated that he intends to to the right thing, and will not back down:  Adam Schiff.

My vote for next speaker of the house is Mr. Schiff, and I don't think there could be a better choice.  Next, let's get rid of that tool Chuck Schumer and make Sherrod Brown the Democratic leader in the Senate.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Treason- The State of the Case Now- Updated

I have been meaning to put this down on paper for weeks now, but haven't, for a reason that I have mentioned before:  either people can see exactly what is going on in our country, or they just don't give a damn as long as someone else can be made to suffer more than them.  Well, I guess Trump's abominable performance in Helsinki has pushed me over the edge, so here goes what is probably a futile waste of time.

Here are the basic components of an ironclad case proving far beyond a reasonable doubt that Donald Trump colluded with the Russian dictator to pervert our election process and put Trump in office.  Yes, there were many other factors involved; the massive vote rigging which Trump's party has been up to for decades and the systematic, endless smear campaign which is now the only way Republicans know to beat Democrats (other than provoking racism and hatred, I guess) as the two leading examples.  But chief among all of the vicious tricks the Republicans pulled in order to capture the White House was the treasonous collaboration with Russia, and the evidence of that is what I want to lay out in simple terms; and they are simple.  Despite all attempts by Republicans to obscure the issues, the facts are clear and overwhelming.

What was involved here was a massive quid-pro-quo, or to use a currently more popular phrase, collusion.  Like any contractual obligation, this requires the passing of something of value from each side to the other.

The Work of the Russians

We now know that there were over eighty contacts between the Trump campaign and administration, some very public, such as Trump's open call for the Russians to use their cyber-warfare apparatus to attack Hillary, but most carried out in secrecy.

We also know that Trump's people made extreme efforts to prevent these contacts and their content from being made public, engaging in a constant series of lies and denial which demonstrate conclusively a consciousness of guilt which constitutes clear legal evidence of intent, and which cannot be denied.

We will never know the real content of most of these meetings, because the Trump administration is determined to deceive about them forever, but we know enough beyond question to realize the the contacts, taken as a whole, involved a concerted (and sadly, successful) plan on the part of both the Russians and the Trump campaign to utilize the power of Russian spies to undermine our electoral process.

The Work of Trump

What did Trump get?  He got to thieve the Presidency of the United States. And what did Russia get in return?  Since taking office, Donald Trump has engaged in a seemingly reckless, continuous campaign to destroy this country's relationships with all of our long-time NATO allies, our neighbors Canada and Mexico, and numerous other countries with which, previous to Trump, we seemed to have prospects of nothing but long term cooperation, both diplomatic and economic.  This has materially degraded the world's capacity to stand up to any aggressive acts Putin might decide to commit.

There is absolutely no rational way to explain this behavior on the basis of the interest of the United States or any other country in the world except Russia.  It is a specimen of treachery unmatched by a long way by any Presidential behavior in history.  So far successful in this behavior, Trump has now reached the point of essentially throwing off all restraint and openly flaunting his fealty to Vladimir Putin.  Again, the purpose of all of this is far beyond the standard of reasonable doubt; no honest person could fail to see what is happening here.

The End Result

Taken as a whole, the behavior of Trump and his administration is patently, clearly a specimen of the most massive treason this country has ever seen.

"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."

There can be no question about Trump's behavior.  It requires a massive torturing of facts and reason to not see his behavior as "adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."  That is because this is what it clearly is: treason, in the pure, Constitutionally defined definition.

Sadly, his equally treasonous party will never muster the decency as Americans to do the right thing about this, and even if Democrats take over, there is doubt that their leadership will have the courage to do the right thing either, instead taking refuge in empty talk of "moving on" and "healing the nation," as they have done before.  Still let us be clear here:  The present occupant of the White House is clearly and absolutely a traitor, bent on doing massive harm to the country.  That is the reality and we must live with it.

Update:  Yesterday, the very day I finally conquered my inertia to write this post, the following article appeared in the New York Times:

"WASHINGTON — Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election. 

The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation."
Trump knew what the Russians did to elect him.  He knew it officially since before he took office.  He lied about it over and over and over again, but he knew the truth every minute of his Presidency.  Just that much more proof that Trump is a treasonous agent of a foreign dictator who was illegally installed in power, but who is to this minute supported by virtually every member of his equally treasonous party, which will do nothing to stop the most horrible internal attack this country has ever seen, at least since 1865.  A traitor leading a party of traitors, for which there is no remedy, as far as I can tell, short of liquidating them; and a carefully bred voting base of malignant, evil human beings that will never, ever accept the damage they have done.  The following oath is taken by all employees of the Federal government, except the President:

"“I, _________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”

Foreign and domestic.  The point is pretty obvious.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

WINGNUT WRAPUP- Selling Out to Putin Version

In which I consider the multifarious ways that the right has found in a day and a half to shrug off the colossal monstrosity of Donald Trump's press conference with Vladimir Putin.  We will likely never know what Trump gave away in their private meeting, and truthfully I didn't think Trump could possibly sink to the level he did in public.  I was wrong.  To quote Digby, in a comment that I think most liberals would agree with:

"When Trump was shown on tape saying "grab 'em by the pussy" or supporting the Nazis who marched in Charlottesville or a dozen other "moments" we all assumed the tide would turn against him from his own people. It didn't and I don't know if it will this time. But it should. This is truly a new level of perfidy."

It should, Digby, but it won't, as you will see by reading below:

David P. Goldman, PJ Media:  "Once Again, President Trump Is Magnificently Right—This Time About Russia"

Right.  Yeah, far right.  And magnificently right.  The rightest.

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Gov. Mike Huckabee Drops a MOAB on Hillary Clinton After She Questions Trump’s Loyalty to US"

Hillary questions Trump's loyalty.  Where oh where did she ever get that idea?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "BOOM! Trump Accuses FBI Cheater Peter Strzok of Reporting to Barack Obama"

Reporting to the boss.  An abominable dirty trick.

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Adam Schiff Hits Panic Button After Trump-Putin Presser Drops Bombshell on US Intel and Clinton Campaign...The entire Trump-Russia collusion narrative was fabricated by Hillary Clinton and Obama’s weaponized law enforcement agencies."

"Hits panic button" being one more creative wingnut synonym for telling the truth, or caring what happens to our country, two things so foreign to the right wing mindset that they can't help but see them as anti-American.  And I mean that literally, not as some kind of joke.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "President Trump at Putin Press Conference: I Beat Hillary Clinton Easily… Democrats Lost by a Lot "

Repeat a lie often enough...still, better to focus on your stolen election victory than on the God-awful job you've done since taking office.

Alex Parker, Red State:  "CNN Goes into Idiot Mode: Impeachment for Trump’s Helsinki Press Conference"

"Idiot mode" now being the equivalent of expecting the President of the United States to be neither a crook nor a traitor.

David Kupelian, World Net Daily:  "Massive Russian collusion, but not by Trump"

No, it was all the Democrats:

"’s Democratic Party, pushed radically leftward by President Barack Obama (whom both former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy and ex-New Left leader David Horowitz accurately call a “neocommunist”), has become almost indistinguishable from the Communist Party USA...Currently, includes articles supporting Obamacare, warning about global warming, advocating the impeachment of Trump, advocating for expansive immigrant rights, attacking the wealthy “1 percent,” decrying racism in America and other bread-and-butter issues of today’s Democratic Party."

Obamacare, fighting global warming, decrying racism...the "bread-and-butter" issues of the Democratic party, making them all abominations.  As opposed to the bread and butter issues of the Republican party: greed, hatred and racism.

World Net Daily EXCLUSIVE!  "Devious, dark forces at work to derail America"

Which you can only stop by donating money to World Net Daily.  Bet that surprised you.

Joe Kovacs, World Net Daily:  "SHERIFF JOE: SEND U.S. ARMY INTO MEXICO...Arpaio: 'That is how you solve the problem'

I kid you not, that's the answer: invade Mexico.  Who does this Sheriff Joe guy think he is anyway, John Bolton?  Come on, Joe, leave thing like this to the professional warmongers. You just stick to putting people in pink underwear.

Ishmael Jones, American Thinker:  "President Trump’s diplomacy will continue to make America safe and strong, as long as he relies upon his own experience in negotiation and does not follow State Department guidance."

Hoo boy, there's a prescription for disaster.  His own experience...tell me, what is the equivalent in warfare of going bankrupt six times?

Yeah, that's what I thought.

Breitbart:  "Coulter: Media, GOP, Democrat Reaction to Trump-Putin Summit ‘Exactly Like Muslim Ban’ Hysteria"

Oh, I see, something we do is just like some gigantic racist hatefest you are part of, huh, Ann?  Too bad nobody is going to buy that one.  Except the anti-American pigs who already love hatred.

John Binder, Breitbart:  "…RON PAUL: ‘TRUMP WON’ IN SUMMIT"

Won what?  No, on second thought, don't tell me.

And another one of America's favorite Nazi lovers heard from.

Joel B. Pollak, Breitbart:  "TRUMP’S SUMMIT WITH PUTIN — A SUCCESS!  The media, the Democrats, and the Never Trump contingent declared immediately that Trump had failed. But they were bitterly prejudiced against the meeting from the start, to the point where many insisted that Trump cancel it."

God, it gets hard to come up with enough sarcasm for this stuff.

Mark Davis, Town Hall:  "It has become a familiar rhythm for the President to do or say something, only to be attacked reflexively by his harshest opponents...One could expect the bug-eyed calls for impeachment, and the media chorus that Trump had somehow committed some grave offense against American honor. But the triangulation necessary to understand this episode was apparently too much heavy lifting for even some occasional supporters."

The triangulation necessary to turn a colossal humiliation for our country into one more game of seven dimensional chess by a guy too stupid to even figure out how to get the box open, well, that is heavy lifting indeed.  Not for Mark, however.  See, Trump was so smart to take Putin's side against our country, because otherwise Putin might have gotten angry, and then what?

Cal Thomas, Town Hall:  "The Week That Wasn't For Anti-Trumpers"

The last week was a tremendous victory for Trump.  Just stick your fingers in your ears and sing la-la-la, and everything will be just fine.  Trust Cal on this one; would he lie to you?

Pat Buchanan, Town Hall:  "Trump Calls Off Cold War II"

By just surrendering to the enemy.  It works every time.  Sage advice from another prominent Republican who never met a Nazi he didn't like.

Streiff, Red State:  "Dear Democrats, Treason Is Not Just Something President Trump Does That You Don’t Like"

Liver and onions is something I don't like, buddy.  Adhering to the enemy, giving them aid and comfort, that's treason.  Hope that set you straight on this issue.

Roger Simon, PJ Media:  "Putin Summit May Prove to Be Trump's Finest Hour"

Yeah, that's likely.  Like, here is Neville Chamberlain's finest hour:
Caused by the same thing too- a greedy Conservative party that would rather claim to believe a foreign dictator than do their job to protect the country.

"Suppose Trump had done the opposite, exactly what these people demanded -- verbally and viciously assaulted Putin for all his totalitarian tropes from annexing the Crimea to humiliating John Podesta for being so dumb as to fall for a phishing attack (all right -- I'll be fair. For invading the computers of Democratic Party operatives, allegedly to elect Trump) and so forth?  What would that have accomplished? The obvious answer is zilch."

Zilch!  Well, except for speaking the truth and standing up for our country.  But other than that, zilch.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "RUSSIA READY to Send Request to US Over Bill Browder and his $400,000 in Controversial Donations to US Democrats"

Going along with Jim's record of being the greatest liar of them all, this claim is chiefly notable because yesterday he claimed that Browder had contributed $400,000,000 to Hillary's campaign.  Man, how can Green Eagle get in on that kind of largesse?  In fact, Browder gave Hillary $17,700.  And who is Bill Browder?  He is indeed a rich man; his company had done a lot of business in Russia.  He was pretty angry at Vladimir Putin for having his Russian lawyer arrested and killed in prison.  I guess Putin knew which Presidential candidate might hold him to account for that and who wouldn't.  No mention of that part of the tale, and no real correction of Hoft's preposterous lie here however.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Trump Said Nice Things to Putin – Roosevelt Gave Eastern Europe to Stalin Resulting in At Least 3 Million Murders"

Roosevelt didn't give Eastern Europe to Stalin, Hitler did.  Sorry to point that out to you, Jim.  Hitler "gave" Eastern Europe to Stalin.  The inevitable result of letting right wingers run anything, particularly a war.

Anyway, enough of this utterly predictable crap.  There is no changing them, ever.  Only the grave is going to release us from their malignant hatred.  Let's just end on something utterly unrelated to anything above, but a lot easier to take:

Monday, July 16, 2018


Well, today is the last day in our nation's history that anyone could possibly honestly believe that our President is not a traitor.  Anyone who claims differently is, after his "press conference" with Vladimir Putin, lying, either to themselves or everyone else on earth.

Sad to say, we know how all of this works.  The press is being halfway forthright about how stunning this all was, but within a few days, Republican beatdowns and the interests of media owners will shut this up, and within a week, hardly anyone will even remember that it  happened. 

In a way, the whole thing can be seen in this one photo, found by my Facebook friend Shaun Dudley:

It's all there, folks.  Well, there is so much that is craven, so many lies, in what Trump had to say that there was an outrage in almost every remark he made.  Lots of people are talking about all of it; so I am going to indulge myself by focusing solely on what I found the most outrageous and offensive remark Trump made.  Hold on, here goes:

"QUESTIONER: ...would you now, with the whole world watching, tell President Putin, would you denounce what happened in 2016 and would you warn him to never do it again?

TRUMP: So let me just say that we have two thoughts. You have groups that are wondering why the FBI never took the server -- haven't they taken the server. Why was the FBI told to leave the office of the Democratic National Committee?

I've been wondering that, I've been asking that for months and months and I've been tweeting it out and calling it out on social media. Where is the server? I want to know where is the server and what is the server saying?

With that being said, all I can do is ask the question. My people came to me, Dan Coates came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russia. I have President Putin; he just said it's not Russia.

I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be. But I really do want to see the server.

But I have -- I have confidence in both parties. I -- I really believe that this will probably go on for a while, but I don't think it can go on without finding out what happened to the server. What happened to the servers of the Pakistani gentleman that worked on the DNC? Where are those servers? They're missing; where are they? What happened to Hillary Clinton's e-mails? 33,000 e-mails gone -- just gone. I think in Russia they wouldn't be gone so easily. I think it's a disgrace that we can't get Hillary Clinton's 33,000 e-mails.

So I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.

And what he did is an incredible offer. He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people. I think that's an incredible offer. OK?"

A vital question of our national security, and Trump's response is to take off on one more mindless rant about Hillary Clinton's e-mails, a nauseating smear that has been disproven a hundred times, insisting that this horrid crime which he has committed in subjugating himself and his country to a vicious foreign dictator, was actually committed by his opponent.  This is the act of a grotesque liar and bully who thinks he can force whatever he wants down the throats of enough people that he can keep himself in the White House while he savages everything decent about the country.  And note that, in the face of an even bigger bully, he has totally collapsed like the weak loser he really is.

And to top things all out, he ends up suggesting turning the investigation into Russia's treachery over to the Russians themselves, like a prosecutor that decides to let defense lawyers try their own clients.

This is an act of both derangement and deep evil; but that is obviously perfectly okay with his Republican colleagues, as long as he collaborates with them on their real goal, the theft of our national resources on behalf of the couple of hundred rich families that now control everything in the country.  So as outrageous and abominable as this all is, expect the great majority of Americans to be helped to forget about it within a few days.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Wingnut Wrapup

As I have mentioned a couple of times, I've pretty much given up on Wingnut Wrapup, because what is the point, when the President of the United States broadcasts the same malignant lies and conspiracy theories every day, and is dutifully covered by the mainstream press?  I'm making an exception today, because I think it is important to pay a little attention to the upside down world in which wingnuts have immersed themselves even on issues whose factual basis is unquestionable.  First, a little of the response to the Peter Strzok hearings, where in reality Strzok demolished the evil little Republican toads that are using their positions as Congressmen to spread hatred toward anyone who disagrees with them:

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Trey Gowdy Destroys FBI's Peter Strzok: Why Did You Talk About Impeaching Trump a Day After the Special Counsel Launched?"

Why, because Trump is a traitor that deserves far worse than Impeachment?  Anyway, here you see how this committee "hearing," which was a disgrace to Congress, the government and the American people, is being reported to the Republican base, and that is all they will ever hear.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "BOOM! Watch Trey Gowdy DESTROY Peter Strzok at House Hearing on FBI Corruption"

Again, the exact opposite of the truth, but all that right wingers will ever hear.  Gateway Pundit alone has sixteen articles up today about the Strzok hearings, every one of them a smear of Strzok.

Chris Reeve, Town Hall:  "Strzok: Trump-Hating Texts Were an Expression of My 'Deep Patriotism'

Right on, Mr. Strzok.  I don't think this article presented his testimony in a very favorable light, however.

Katie Pavlich:  "Latest: Goodlatte Says FBI's Peter Strzok Will Be Recalled for Contempt"

Another Republican Congressman only too enthusiastic to use his power to damage our government.  And we haven't even gotten around to Louie Gohmert's contribution:

Washington Times:  "Rep. Gohmert to Strzok: How many times did you lie to your wife about Lisa Page"

No word on whether Louie got around to asking about the number of times Donald Trump cheated on all three of his wives.

And now, a little from Trump's behavior in Europe the last couple of days.  Any rational person knows that he degraded not only himself but our government and our people by his behavior, but fat chance any of that reality leaking through to Conservatives:

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "Trump Tells Reporters He's a 'Very Stable Genius,' Declares NATO Summit a 'Success' Over Spending Commitments"

Stable Genius!  He said it again!  How fucking crazy is this guy?

Gateway Pundit:  "NATO Dog Fight: Trump Takes NATO to Task and Wins Again"

And again, this is all that right wingers will ever hear about Trump's disgraceful, destructive performance at the NATO meeting: a pack of lies and boasting.  Well, I could offer you endless similar delusional accounts of these two issues, but please, take my word for it and let's just take a right wing cartoon break and then move on:

Of course, no Democrats have compared Kavanaugh to Hitler yet.  The time for that will come when he works to destroy our democracy.  We do, of course, have plenty of examples like the following one of Conservative treatment of Liberal Supreme Court Justices:

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "African-American Leaders on Capitol Hill Demand Speaker Ryan Censure Maxine Waters"

Oh, really?  And what "African-American leaders" would those be?

"Star Parker, president of The Center for Urban Renewal and Education, matter-of-factly stated that Maxine Waters "is not the reflection of black America." She too insisted Speaker Ryan send a strong message and censor the congresswoman...

This administration "has been the strongest on record for protecting right to life" and for their contributions to the religious liberty debate, according to Johnathan Alexandre, Esq., Director of Public Policy, Liberty Counsel."

Star Parker is a regular columnist for World Net Daily, one of the biggest right wing lie factories on the internet, filling the role of attacking her fellow African Americans year after year. "The Center for Urban Renewal and Education"  was founded by Parker, and as far as I can tell, has no existence outside of Parker, who apparently awarded herself the title of its president.  "Liberty Counsel," according to the SPLC, "is a legal organization advocating for anti-LGBT discrimination under the guise of religious liberty."  These are the only two "African-American leaders" that Town Hall could find to speak out against Maxine Waters.  In what sense they are "on Capitol Hill" remains unknown, unless maybe they walked up there to use the public toilets.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Border Patrol Catches Another MS-13 Member Claiming 'Asylum'

Another one!  Another ONE!  One criminal!  The border patrol caught one criminal!  By the way, no real proof in the article that even this one was a gang member, but still, THEY CAUGHT ONE!  Hooray, Trump has made us safe forever!

Streiff, Red State:  "BREAKING. Robert Mueller Indicts More People Who Will Never Be Arrested"

They are Russians who subverted our democracy in collusion with our treasonous President, but why bother to do anything at all about it, since they helped Republicans, so Trump will probably pardon them if they are ever caught?

Jennifer Van Laar, Red State:  "Jerry Brown’s Suing To Prevent Border Wall, Ignores Imported Toxic Waste"

All of a sudden, they are so concerned about the environment.   How touching.  That would, by the way, be "California’s environmental governor, or as Jennifer calls him, "Jerry “I Used to be Moonbeam but Now I’m Too Senile” Brown," known to the sane as the best governor in the country.

Tyler O'Neal, PJ Media:  "Papa John Erased From History for Making Remarks About History"

In a more rational world:  Papa John Erased From History for Making Bad Pizza.

Sarah Hoyt, PJ Media:  "Our Immigration Policy Is Endangering Children"

Not by throwing them in concentration camps, no.  We're endangering them by being too good to them.  If we were meaner, they would go somewhere else.

Debra Heine, PJ Media:  "Eight Shrieking Occupiers Arrested Outside of Portland ICE Facility"

Not just occupiers, mind you, but SHREIKING occupiers!  That's ten times as bad!  No comment on whether it is good or bad to put children in concentration camps, or whether it would be okay to protest that, if people just held back on the shreiking.

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Rosenstein Confirms DNC Server Was Not Hacked – Emails Were Obtained Through “Spear Phishing” Scam"

Huh? What's that?

"they used a scheme known as spear phishing, which involves sending misleading emails and tricking the users of disclosing their passwords and security information,” Rosenstein said.  Secondly, the defendants hacked into computer networks and installed malicious software and allowed them to spy on users,” Rosenstein continued."

Oh, that's much better- they hacked into networks instead of individual accounts!  Well, just forget about the whole thing.

Cassandra Fairbanks, Gateway Pundit:  "Senator Rand Paul: NATO Expansion Does Not Occur in a Vacuum, We Must Be Aware of Russia’s Perspective"

See, it is NATO's evil "expansion" that we need to worry about, not the armed aggression and subversion of surrounding states by Russia, our best friends. 


How nice of him.  And nothing would ever suggest that this was just a publicity stunt, would it?

World Net Daily:  "TEBOW'S BAT ON FIRE. ARE MAJORS COMING?  Hitting .390 in July"

Tim Tebow!  Yes, he's still around, praise Jesus!  Hitting .390 for a month!  For the Binghamton (N.Y.) Rumble Ponies, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets!  Babe Ruth, you'd better watch out!

And now a few harbingers of what the Republican issues in 2020 will be at the rate we are going, from Before It's News:

Before It's News:  "Pope Francis to Resign; Charged With Mass Murder of Children...The Vatican College of Cardinals has remained deadlocked since July 5 in a probable replacement of Pope Francis Bergoglio. Today July 12 formal charges were filed against the Pope and eleven other prominent officials for Mass Murder, Criminal Conspiracy and Obstruction of Justice. Joint filings – said to expose the Catholic sponsored Satanic Ninth Circle Child Sacrifice Cult – were made at the International Common Law Court of Justice in Brussels"

The "International Common Law Court of Justice ," which consists of a single person, by the name of Kevin Annett, who lives not in Brussels, but in Canada.  I suspect the Pope will be held in the International Prison of Terror, located in Kevin Annett's backyard storage shed.

And another wonderful story from the same source:

Before It's News:  "Red Alert! Krakatau Generating Seismic Activity Over 9.5 on Richter"

There has been exactly one earthquake in all of recorded history of magnitude 9.5, in Chile in 1960.  There have been five total of magnitude 9.0 or greater.  Just to put a little perspective on a 9.5 earthquake that was totally ignored by the entire real press of the world, the famous 1883 Krakatoa eruption caused nowhere near a 9.0 quake, but did cause 120 foot tsunamis that killed tens of thousands.  This time, apparently nothing.

Before It's News:  "Rosenstein Thugs Killed Seth Rich Says Witness! Boom!"

Well, at least that's one name we can take off the Clinton death list.  And the evidence is ironclad:

"A secret witness stepped forward today and let his voice be heard!   This one needs to be shared by all patriots as it’s quite interesting.  I believe this is 100% legit!  This man going by the pseudonym of “Luke” says he knows the two killers because they’ve worked other jobs together!"

Luke!  Who can argue with that?

Before It's News:  "Reptilian: 1000 Missing – Vril Energy – Nazi Clones"

Enough.  We've really gone off the deep end now.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Stating the Truth

In an article today at Daily Kos which I want to bring to your attention, because the truth has become such an endangered commodity in this country.  This is exactly what I believe, and may I say that it is because it is the simple truth, no matter how hard political figures and mainstream "journalists" try to cover it up.  This is a rather long excerpt; the article as a whole is absolutely worth a read:

"These are the people who press their mistresses for abortions but who also are not vexed by abortion-providing doctors being murdered in their Kansas churches; they are confederate flag-wavers in Union states, miffed that new civil rights laws a half century ago slighted their own ne’er-do-well families in some never-quite-describable way; these are people who are so obsessed with the thought that someone better is looking down on them that they are willing to punch whatever kittens need punching in order to prove they're at least better at kitten-punching than the rest of you. The opioid epidemic is centered in Trump-supporting counties. The demand that brown-looking children be placed in detention camps for fear that a terrified 8-year-old might be a hardened gang leader is a phenomenon of Trump-Supporting counties. The insistence that Treason Might Be Good Now is peddled by Fox News celebrities to die-hard Trump supporters who will repeat and retweet it willing and eagerly; it was Trump supporters, Jesus-punchers every one, who gave Alabama crapsack Roy Moore their votes even after his exposure as a child molester—complete with Bible citations from “conservative” pastors arguing that Roy Moore trolling the malls for a child bride was, in fact, in fine Old Testament tradition...

Yes, the rest of us do indeed look down on these people. Those of us with actual family values do; those of us who care about honesty in government do; those of us who are not furious bulging-eyed racists do; those of us who believe thousands of years of scientific discoveries are worth more than the dribbling pronouncements of a street-corner charlatan do; those of us with actual religious convictions do; those of us who are actual patriots do.

And we're not sorry. Get your act together, you losers."

I don't write this out in such a straightforward manner, because I know that everyone who cares about human decency already knows what is going on, but it is very nice to see it stated openly once in a while.

All You Need to Know about Brett Kavanaugh

He was one of the chief lawyers in Ken Starr's judicial assassination of Bill Clinton.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Another Giant Step Toward Fascism

This is in the news today:

"BREAKING: White House releases Executive Order to end competitive selection process for Administrative Law Judges, making them political appointees who can be fired at will."

There is a lot of talk already about how this will destroy a great part of the independent judiciary, and let a fascist boor like Trump fire judges for ruling against him.  I'll leave that issue for now, and just comment on this:  Can you remember back, say, two years ago when a President using an executive order for the most minor actions was absolute proof that he was a Communist would-be dictator?  Now, apparently crushing the independent judiciary without recourse is a perfectly acceptable use of Presidential power.

Anyone out there who still doesn't get it that this is the culmination of the decades-long plan of the Republican party to reduce the United States to a fascist country in which the interests of its people means nothing compared to the ability of a couple of thousand families to sieze the wealth of the whole nation?

And while I am on this pleasant subject, let me reiterate this:  Anyone who thinks that putting small children in concentration camps is really about illegal immigration is a fool.  The real point is to pick a helpless minority and use them to establish the principle that the government (in the hands of Republicans, anyway) has the right to use torture and imprisonment without trial to subdue anyone who doesn't do what they want.  First a little thing like this, and now we will see the pretext for arbitrary imprisonment widened incessantly until there is no discernible difference between our government's policies and those of the most vicious dictators.

Couple this with Trump's recent use of his pardon power to free a group of right wingers who are guilty of open treason and subversion against the country, and the methods of dictatorship are nearly in place.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Gun Nuts Show Their Strength!

I mean, remember the March for our Lives demonstrations a few months ago after the Parkland High School shooting?  Hundreds of thousands turned out in cities all across the country.  Here, for example, is a picture of the one in Los Angeles:
Well, advocates of letting gun companies make as much money as they can, no matter how many thousands of lives it costs ever year (i.e. Conservatives, A.K.A. the Family Values Crowd) were certainly not going to be outdone, so they also organized marches in ten or twelve cities across the country, which, in case you missed it, were held last weekend.  Here is a photo of the massive pro-gun crowd they turned out in L.A.
Yeah, all fifty or so of them, who marched one block at Pershing Square, before realizing what idiots they were making of themselves and gave up.

Of course, these jackasses are whining that the March for our Lives people had MASSIVE FINANCING! while their gun march didn't.  No mention of what the value of the endless publicity they got on NRA TV, Fox News, etc. was worth, of course.

As long time readers of my blog may remember, I love showing this sort of thing, which is the absolutely inevitable result of right wing protests, every time they are held.  There is a lesson that the American people need to learn from things like this, but the mainstream press, which is committed to insisting that 50 people on the right represent the same constituency as the hundreds of thousands turned out regularly by the left.  In fact, the press tells us endlessly that this pathetic handful of people actually represent real Americans, who vastly outnumber those liberals, who foolishly care about anyone else but themselves.

Republicans and the press working together:  The unstoppable force that is destroying our country.  The time to stop this was when the traitor Reagan saw to it that the entire mainstream media could be bought up by the same rich sociopaths who already owned the Republican party.  Now?  Looks like it may be too late, in a country where fifty violent maniacs are afforded more public support than all the decent people on earth.

God, There Is Just No End to the Malignant Idiocy of the Right

The latest chapter:  a 72 year old New Jersey couple, Carole Paladino and her husband, were in their house three days ago, when a gas explosion absolutely devastated it, killing them both:
A tragedy indeed, which even the local Fox affiliate reports as being without any suspicion of foul play, and very possibly related to their having had a new gas stove installed a couple of days before.

Well, without suspicion, that is except for a notorious Russian propaganda mill, and may I add, numerous right wing sites that have, in only three days, come up with this reporting:
"A highly disturbing new Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report circulating in the Kremlin today says that a US federal government witness who was due to testify this coming week before a grand jury in the expanding FBI probe into Hillary Clinton and her Clinton Foundation was violently killed, along with her husband, in a massive explosion that completely obliterated her New Jersey home...
There is, of course, not one word in any mainstream news reports of this explosion, about Carole's being a government witness in anything, which is grotesquely unlikely given that she is a retired school nurse with absolutely no connection to Hillary Clinton.  So what was she supposed to be testifying about?

"Now deceased Carole Paladino, this report details, was the lead school nurse for Millville Public Schools located in Cumberland County, New Jersey—and whose inclusion in the SVR’s database of “potential witnesses” against the Clinton Foundation was due to her being a “central identified and named figure” in the creation of a document titled “Training Protocols For The Emergency Administration Of Epinephrine” for the New Jersey Department of Education.
"...the SVR’s database of “potential witnesses” against the Clinton Foundation..."   I mean, it is absolutely impossible to write a joke about this which is any more absurd than the actual reporting.
Carole Paladino...a “main target” person in the plot to force all New Jersey schools to purchase unprecedented effort that encouraged States to require schools to purchase medical devices that fight life-threatening allergic reactions"

The "plot" to "force" schools to  be prepared for potentially life threatening conditions among their students.  Did you ever hear anything so evil?

And how does this all relate to Hillary?  Well, apparently, the parent company of a manufacturer of this product once made a donation to the Clinton Foundation, something about which, I am sure you will agree, a retired school nurse had a great deal of incriminating evidence.  So, two new names to be forever enshrined on the Clinton Death List, which now numbers over a hundred people.

And all of this story concocted in THREE DAYS!!!  Three days to go from a local tragedy to a prime specimen of Russian propaganda to a story widely reported as absolutely proven at numerous right wing sites.

And please keep this story in mind when you next hear the persistent Trump administration claim that the Robert Mueller is actually secretly investigating Hillary, and all of the pretense of investigating Trump is just a blind to hide the real target of the treason investigation.  This is such a combination of deliberate deception and deep mental illness that it has no known precedent in the history of our country.

There is just no way that anyone can think of to combat this sort of malignant lying, and it is destroying our country, while the mainstream press simply ignores what is going on.  This does not bode well for our ability as a country to straighten out and return to sanity.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

My Favorite Part in the Declaration of Independence

In the list of charges against King George III:

"He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages..."

You don't hear that much about this particular passage.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

What The Hell Is Wrong With College Sports in the Midwest, Anyway?

So, we now learn about Jim Jordan, the second Republican Congressional leader in recent years revealed to have molested student wrestlers, in this case under his charge at Ohio State.  Add this to that nauseating team doctor of the women's gymnastics program at Michigan State, and of course the ever-memorable Jerry Sandusky, and we have similar incidents in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Is it the water?  Industrial pollution?  What the hell is wrong with this part of the country?

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Scott Pruitt Heads for the Hills

Just ahead of the guys with the tar and feathers.  So people will be saying that he just finally got too corrupt even for Trump.  What a ludicrous idea!  Pruitt has been engaging in deliberate, open self service and criminality since the day he took office, and the Republican response has never been anything but to cheer him on as long as he was using his position to destroy environmental regulation in this country, something he took an oath to uphold. 

What I have not seen mentioned in any article so far about Pruitt's dash for safety is this story, which just broke a couple of days ago:

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt directly appealed to President Donald Trump in the spring to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and name him as temporary replacement to run the Justice Department, CNN reported on Tuesday."

Well, there's what really happened.  Just like any dictator in history, Trump is sitting on top of a pack of vicious criminals who will fight to the death to move up the totem pole.  Scott tried to dethrone Sessions, and now he is paying the price, like so many under Hitler, Stalin, Trump's new buddy Kim Jong Un, and all the rest of the dictators in history.

Elect a dictator and you get one.  Big surprise, huh?

My State's Republicans Join the Fun

We learn this from Media Matters today:

"A GOP congressional candidate in California has been appearing on neo-Nazi podcasts...John Fitzgerald, an anti-Semite who is running as a Republican for California’s 11th Congressional District seat, has been appearing on neo-Nazi podcasts and falsely claiming that the Holocaust is a “lie.”

Fitzgerald came in second with 23 percent of the total vote in the June 5 top-two primary and will face off against incumbent Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) in the November election."

Fitzgerald asks the following question:

"I hope all of you ask yourselves why JEWS are primarily behind the push of multiculturalism, diversity and inclusiveness throughout the United States, Europe and other once predominantly white nations of the world"

Well, here is the answer to your question, asshole:

That's why Jews are behind the "push of multiculturalism, diversity and inclusiveness."  Get it now, you subhuman scum?

A Congressional Suggestion

Not that there is a chance on earth that it will happen.  I propose that if the Democrats take back the house, they immediately replace Gutless Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House with the congressman who has become the face of standing up to the Republican party, Adam Schiff.  Don't you think that would be nice?

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Oh, That Wacky Michael Cohen!

Man, have there been a lot of articles lately (as with every time this jerk shoots his mouth off) about how Michael Cohen is GOING TO FLIP ANY SECOND AND TELL MUELLER EVERYTHING! because Donald Trump has dumped him.

What an idea!  Conservative does the right thing!  Yes, we have been waiting for that, oh, ever since the whale spit out Jonah, and it hasn't happened yet, but just you wait- here it comes.

Well, I am sorry to harsh your mellow, guys, but it ain't going to happen.  Here is what is obviously going on, although no one seems willing (as usual) to state the clear truth:  Cohen wants a pardon, because it is the only thing that is going to keep him out of prison on a whole bunch of charges.  And there is only one person who can give it to him.  Well, Cohen sent that guy a ton of signals about how much he loved him and how loyal he was and predictably got nothing in return.  As usual, Cohen did Trump's dirty work, and in return, Trump has tossed him on the garbage heap.  Well, appeals for even the kind of minimal loyalty you might expect from a mob thug came to nothing with Trump, so now it is time for the threats.  Not too big threats, of course, or Cohen may end up in an oil drum in New Jersey, next to Jimmy Hoffa, but little hints that he just might turn states' evidence, oh yeah.

Well here's the thing:  Cohen is never going to cooperate with Mueller.  Both Cohen and Trump know that their interest is in the same place, and that is keeping Cohen's mouth shut.  So, sooner or later, Trump will give Cohen what he wants, and Cohen will (if he has a shred of sense) disappear for good.  But the current notion that all of a sudden a cheap hood like Cohen is suddenly going to decide to do the right thing, or that an even cheaper hood like Trump will not do anything he can to keep Cohen's mouth shut?  Don't make me laugh.