Friday, November 30, 2018

Wingnut Wrapup

A disastrous week so far for our traitor in chief.  Let's look in on how the wingnuts are trying to lie all of this away.

Let's just start out with this headline from the Washington Post:

"Trump renews attacks on Mueller, asks whether probe will ‘just go on forever’

It will if you keep committing crimes forever, bucko.

And the typo of the month, from the Wall Street Journal:

“Vladimir Putin is president of Russia. An editing mistake erroneously identified him as Vladimir Trump in an earlier version of this article.”

At this point, it might have been more accurate to say that Putin is the President of the United States.

Now, back to our usual programming:

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Analysis: What Does Cohen's New Guilty Plea Mean? We Have No Idea."

No idea at all.  I mean, it's just a mystery...Maybe he is part of Trump's treason, maybe he was just joking.  I mean, either one could be true, right?

"Let me just add that if there is any evidence that Trump would issue a pardon in order to protect himself or his family, that would constitute a gross abuse of power."

"The president told the New York Post that a pardon “was never discussed, but I wouldn't take it off the table.” NBC White House correspondent Kristen Welker reports for TODAY."  I guess that is not "evidence that Trump would issue a pardon."  Their denial has gone from malicious to ludicrous.

Julio Ross, Town Hall:  "Mattis Says There Is 'No Smoking Gun' Connecting Saudi Crown Prince to Khashoggi's Murder"

Of course there isn't.  But somewhere there is a very bloody bone saw.

And I think we are already primed for a Conservative humor break:

Keep telling yourselves that, guys.  The first explosion was the explosion in Democratic seats in the House.  The second one- fasten your seat belts, Republicans, it's going to be a rough ride.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "History Made: Mississippi Just Elected Its First Female Senator, Yet the Media Doesn't Seem Too Happy About It"

Gee, wonder why that might be.  Think it has anything to do with the fact that she is an open racist who believes the Confederacy was right to go to war to keep slavery?  The real question is why White Mississippi voters are so filled with hatred that they sent this woman to Washington.

And a couple of related stories:

Brandon Morse, Red State:  "Nancy Pelosi Overwhelmingly Nominated for Speaker by Democrats, but Is Trump the True Winner?"

Stephen Kruiser, PJ Media:  "Early Christmas for Trump: Pelosi Nominated as Speaker...Best-case scenario for POTUS."

Good news for Republicans!  Isn't it always?  And hardly restricted to the wingnuts.  Here's New York Times' headline on the event:  "DEMOCRATS NOMINATE PELOSI TO BE SPEAKER BUT WITH SIGNIFICANT DEFECTIONS," and now, Times reporting of Paul Ryan's being elected to the same position a few years ago  "Mr. Ryan... won the overwhelming support of his colleagues in the nominating contest"

The vote for Pelosi was 203 to 32.  The vote for Ryan was 200 to 43.  I think you can see my point.

Brandon Morse, Red State:  "Barack Obama Takes Credit for Something He Didn’t Do (Again) and Encourages People to Thank Him for It"

Talk about projection.

Debra Heine, PJ Media:  "CNN Contributor Marc Lamont Hill Calls for Elimination of Israel"

This story is everywhere I have looked on the right wing web this morning.  No story about "Trump administration is paying for the elimination of Yemen."  By the way, it took CNN less than a day to give this jackass the boot.  When do the American people do the same with Trump?

Tony Airaksanen, PJ Media:  "Students Believe Conservatives Are ‘Evil,’ ‘Inhuman,’ UW Study Finds"

See, wingnuts, kids do learn something at college.

Bridget Johnson, PJ Media:  "Is This Man America's Most Prolific Serial Killer?"

No, I think that would be Dick Cheney.  He murdered a million people in Iraq in order to save his nearly bankrupt company.  That beats this guy's seventy or so by a pretty substantial margin.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "ONCE AGAIN… Deep State Crooks Drop MAJOR BOMB on President Trump Before Critical Meetings with Foreign Leaders"

You're right, Jim.  That was wrong.  They should have dropped this MAJOR BOMB when they found out about it, before the election.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Liberal Media Stunned by Melania Trump’s Impeccable Style Following Prior Years of Trailer Park Chic"
I don't remember seeing a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, married to a President of the United States, referred to as trailer trash.  I wonder why it is that Jim says this.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Jerome Corsi: I Am a Loyal American – I Have No Contacts with Wikileaks, Russian Intelligence"

And we can truly believe you, Jerome, because you always tell the truth about everything!  If you're wondering about Corsi's honesty, you might take a look at this post at Green Eagle from a few days ago.

Jerry Newcombe, Renew America:  "Gary Hart, Donna Rice, and Jesus Christ"

Is this one of those jokes where three people go into a bar?

World Net Daily:  "Joseph Farah urges readers to give thanks Trump is our president, not Barack"



Whatever.  Wait, didn't I just say that?

And now, how about one more Conservative humor break?
Dems? And here I seem to remember Obama saving GM and Chrysler, after the Bush economic collapse had effectively destroyed them.  Of course, I tend to remember true things, while Conservatives remember, well, things that are not so true.

Selwyn Duke, Renew America:  "Truly great disasters come like a thief in the night. How many foresaw Rome's sacking in 410 A.D., her collapse 66 years later, WWI or WWII? As for today, how many see that the United States is at what some call a tipping point, what others may call a Fourth Turning? Whatever you call it, the American republic is in its last days."

You may be right, Selwyn, if you have your way.  Bye bye republic, hello dictatorship.  I don't think that is what you meant here, but that is what you are working to bring about.

World Net Daily:  "Jerome Corsi faces prison ... for forgetting"

Forgetting that he was the conduit between the Russians and Roger Stone, long time political associate of Donald Trump.  Sort of like Rommel forgetting about North Africa. Forgetting, or lying-  We report, you decide.

World Net Daily:  "Obama Birthplace – New Findings?"

If you actually clicked on the link to this "story," you would discover that it is about a mystery novel.  I kid you not.  A work of fiction.  Yet it's enough for these guys to promote it as "new findings" about Obama's place of birth.  Nothing is too low for them.

Michael Bastach, Daily Caller:  "Democrats Have A New Tool To Use Against Trump In Court"

I hope it's a crowbar.

Grace Carr, Daily Caller:  "A Black Boy Sat Next To Trump Supporter On An Airline. His Mother Wrote A Shell-Shocked Essay Wondering How Supporter Could Offer Compliments"

I'm shocked too.  Shocked that there is one person in America who supports Trump who will even make an effort to not appear racist.  Apparently, Grace thought it was pretty amazing too, or she wouldn't have written a whole article about it.


No comment.  None needed.

Pat Buchanan, Town Hall:  "Is Putin the Provocateur in the Kerch Crisis?"

The answer, of course: no.  The man who never met a Nazi he didn't like is now defending Russian military aggression.

"The Sea of Azov became a virtual Russian lake, access to which was controlled by Russia...While the world refused to recognize the new reality, Russia began to impose rules for ships transiting the strait, including 48 hours notice to get permission."

The "new reality" is that if you are a big enough bully to take it, it's yours.  I'm not sure why Pat thinks that is new, as it has been tried a few thousand times since the dawn of civilization.  Of course,  his Nazi heroes had the same idea.  I guess the Sea of Azov is just Russian lebensraum.

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "Ryan: There's Something 'Really Bizarre' About California's Election System"

It's really bizarre when Democrats win.  And unfair.

Brandon Morse, Red State:  "Students Really Don’t Want Hillary Clinton to Run in 2020"

Yeah, Brandon?  Do you have any idea what students want Donald Trump to do in 2020?  Try looking up Leavenworth.

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Fake News NPR Blatantly Lies About Don Jr.’s 2017 Senate Testimony – Waits 5 Hours to Issue Correction"

Gateway Pundit runs several lies every day that dwarf what NPR did, and it hasn't issued a correction about any of them in years.  That's okay, though.  Lying to promote hatred and greed is good.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "TRUMPS TAKE THE G20 BY STORM – President Donald Trump, Melania, Ivanka and Jared Arrive Like Royalty for G20 Dinner "

Ha ha.  Need any more proof of what I said just above?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "MUST SEE: Beta Male Trudeau Pouts at USMCA Signing – Won’t Lift His Signed Agreement — Onlookers STUNNED"

Bullshit.  Let's just move on.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "HERE WE GO-> Acting AG Whitaker Accused of Misleading FTC Over Actions at Miami Firm"

And?  I mean we have his letters confirming that he lied.  So where are "we" actually going?  To prison, maybe?

Christina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "SHUT IT DOWN NOW: Mueller Eyes Ivanka and Don Jr.’s Work on Trump Tower Moscow…That Was Never Even Built"

See, if you try to commit a crime and it doesn't work you are innocent.  If you are a Republican, anyway.  Innocent by reason of incompetence.

World Net Daily:  "Finally! How to get WND without any ads!"

Simple!  Just pay them; i.e. give them the money you would spend on the products without getting anything in return. Brilliant!  Republican economic progress-rather than something for nothing, it's nothing for something.

Rick Moran, American Thinker:  "The North Carolina elections board has refused to certify the results of the 9th District congressional race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready, which Harris won by 905 votes.  The board cites "irregularities" in the absentee ballot process as the major reason."

The fraud was all on behalf of the Republican candidate, something that even Mr. Moran has to admit, but:

"In the end, the irregularities might show up for both parties.  But this gives the lie to those who claim there is no voter fraud in America."

"...the irregularities might show up for both parties."  Might.  They didn't, but they might, some day.  Votes might also show up for Vladimir Lenin for all we know, or Jesus.  See? Republicans cheated, so that proves that laws they pass to disenfranchise Democrats are absolutely necessary.

And now, this horrid news:

Before it's News:  "“Barack Obama Was Cloned” Theory Gains More Credibility With This One Disturbing Photo!!!  Was Obama genetically engineered?"

And here is the photo- not a product of Photoshop, I am sure.  It fit so well into what we know of Obama's clothing choices.  I mean, it's barely worse than a tan suit:

I mean, who knew they had cloning technology like that in Kenya?  By the way, do all clones dress in costumes like those worn by New Orleans transvestites at Mardi Gras?

Linda Moulton Howe, Before It's News:  "Most People Are Unaware of What is Happening Right Now...This is the single most important issue on planet Earth right now. A takeover by robots linked to alien tech, is happening.  Humans are a biological experiment that is evolving out of existence as is the simulation of reality."

Hmm.  Worth considering, I guess.

And a couple of other things I "learned" today from various QAnon videos (Yes, they are still being cranked out):  Robert Mueller is actually the son of Heinrich Mueller, the Nazi head of the Gestapo!  I mean, who knew.  And mass arrests are taking place right now of Clinton associates in Arkansas, which apparently include just about anyone in that State who has committed a crime in the last forty years!  Guantanamo Bay prison has been remodeled to hold the thousands of Democratic traitors that will be arrested next!  And Jamal Khashoggi was actually murdered (for some reason) not by the Saudis but by MI6!

Like Linda said above, most people are unaware of what is happening right now.  Luckily for them.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018


There is just no end to the abuse of his position committed by the President of the United States, no end to the contemptible behavior he is willing to engage in.  But today marks perhaps the most degraded public misuse of his power of all.  Today Donald Trump published the following graphic on Twitter:

The President is demanding, in this graphic, the trial for treason, without a shred of evidence, of two former Presidents, a former Secretary of State, the special prosecutor who is investigating him, two former attorneys general, and a number of other people.  In brief, he is demanding the right to imprison or even possibly execute people for no other reason than their opposition to him, or their having been members of the opposing political party.

Is there a person alive who can now deny that this man is trying to establish himself as a dictator?  When is the point that the members of his own party react in a decent manner and put a stop to all of this?

Sad to say, the answer to that second question is probably, never.  The leadership of the Republican party has been carefully chosen and installed in their places by a handful of sociopathic billionaires whose clear goal is to turn this country into an oligarchic dictatorship that serves only their interests.  And these political figures know that, after having accepted the devil's shilling, they will be destroyed if they act responsibly.  And since they were selected for their willingness to mindlessly comply with the worst, most evil elements in the country, they will march en masse in the vanguard of destruction.

After a half century of propaganda and choking off real media, the Republicans have reached the promised land.  They have created a voting base that is so enraged and filled with hate that it will do their bidding and keep them in power.  So, this is what we end up with.  How easy it has proven to destroy everything that made the United States different from other countries, and leave behind nothing but naked fascism.

Monday, November 26, 2018

A Little Trump Foundation News

I just loved this, from Talking Points Memo:

"The Donald J. Trump Foundation took in no new money from outside groups last year and donated nothing, according to a 2017 tax return posted online Monday. Trump had promised before taking office to dissolve the foundation to avoid conflicts of interest with his duties as president."

He promised to stop charitable giving, in order to " avoid conflicts of interest."  He did not, however stop dealing with the Russians or the Saudis, or to milk the Federal government for millions of dollars spent at his own businesses. 

Well, I guess he has a point there.  As far as I can tell, Trump has no conflict of interest with the Russians and the Saudis.

Our Country Today

Immigrant children being attacked with tear gas.  From what I have read, I understand that this is CS gas, a stronger version of tear gas than the CN gas normally used by police in the United States.  This gas was shot into a foreign country in what is unquestionably an act of war.  The use of CS gas against civilians in any circumstance has been classified as a war crime since the mid 1990's.  Trump has made all of us complicit in this war crime.  It is hardly the first time for a Republican President; don't forget the use of torture by the Bush administration.  That was unforgivable, but at least it was not directed toward children and their mothers.

In the interest of full disclosure, during the Vietnam protest area, I was tear gassed many times, both with CN gas and a couple of times with CS gas.  CN isn't so bad; after the first couple of times it hardly slowed me down at all.  CS is another thing entirely, let me assure you.  It is extremely painful and almost totally debilitating while the effects last.  The notion of deliberately using it on children is an abomination.

Update:  And who could have predicted?  A few hours later, and Republicans are already claiming that this picture is posed.  Here is an "annotated" version of this photo, of an event that took place in front of a massive press presence, ludicrously claiming that it is fake news:
I'm not even going to bother explaining how idiotic this is.  It does, however, demonstrate how absolutely malicious the Republican denial of reality is.

Remembering Jerome Corsi

Isn't he cute?

Jerome Corsi has become the central figure of the week in the Mueller investigation.  You'd think that this would induce the media to look a little farther into his past.  But other than mentioning that he was the prime originator of the lie that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, little has been mentioned about him.  Here is a helpful list of a few of the other malignant smears Corsi has promulgated:

Corsi was the author of the book Unfit for Command, which detailed a totally false account of John Kerry's record in Vietnam, where in fact he was a highly decorated officer, as his publicly available military records showed.  This smear, carried almost without pushback by the mainstream press, was responsible in large part for the re-election of George W. Bush.

Corsi published a book in 2005 spreading a totally made-up horror story about Iran's supposed stockpile of nuclear weapons.  This makes him a seminal figure in today's current anti-Iran hysteria.

Corsi has spread absolutely unfounded nonsense about a supposed "North American Union" which Democrats intend to replace the United States, feeding into the xenophobic fear which makes up so much of the hatred that drives the Republican base.

Corsi has been among the leaders of 9/11 conspiracy mongering.

Corsi spent years writing for World Net Daily, a perennial favorite at Wingnut Wrapup, and worked for several years for Alex Jones.  Those are two of the greatest sources in the country of right wing lying propaganda.

Well, today Corsi said, in response to being offered a plea deal by the Mueller team, " I’d rather sit in prison and rot for as long as these thugs want me to."  Given his history and the damage he has done to the American people, that just might be a good deal.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Big News From Trump

From the Washington Post, this news:

"Trump says he’s finished writing answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller"

And there you go.  If you think the real answers are going to be one bit more informative than this picture, or if you are deluded enough to think they will actually be written by Trump, rather than whatever lawyers he can threaten into lying for him, you haven't been paying that much attention to the news.

Okay, okay, here's a picture of a Corgi dog to help erase the above from your mind:
See, didn't that work?

A Thing of Beauty

This graphic of Orange County, long considered the most Republican county in the State of California:
A true work of art.  Apparently, in some cases, the French are wrong.  The more things change...the more they change.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Matching Signatures

I would like to make a point about the Republican ploy of using signatures that don't match to disqualify tens of thousands of Democratic votes.  I don't think this point has been made clearly enough:

Has anyone out there signed their name exactly the same twice?  I mean, literally ever. None of us is a machine, and our signatures vary in minor ways every time we sign them.  This Republican strategy is nothing but a ploy allowing them to reject any ballot they want.  The vast number of people who have their ballots rejected are never even notified about it, let alone given a chance to contest this action.  This is a massive Republican vote rigging scheme, and needs to be seen for what it is.  Instead, most people are just writing it off as sour grapes, when in fact, at least in Florida and Arizona, this behavior has a strong possibility of stealing a governor's seat and two Senators.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Free Enterprise In Action

Here are the headlines of two stories that ran on the same page in the Los Angeles Times today:

"Goldman Sachs Malaysia Scandal Expands"

"Goldman balks at handling Space X loan"

Carried right next to each other without a suggestion of irony.  Goldman Sachs would not invest $500 million in the company of perhaps America's greatest industrial innovator, but it was willing to invest $6.5 billion with a pack of Malaysian crooks.

And this is the most influential financial organization in the country.  There is a virtual revolving door between its corporate suites and high government positions.  Here is a partial list of Goldman alumni that work for Trump:

Stephen K. Bannon, chief strategist to the president and a former Goldman banker
Gary D. Cohn, director of the National Economic Council and Goldman Sachs president
Steven T. Mnuchin, Treasury secretary and Goldman partner
James Donovan, nominee for deputy Treasury secretary and Goldman partner
Dina Powell, deputy national security adviser for strategy and longtime Goldman executive

Well, I guess the company casting their lot with crooks isn't that surprising.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Donald Trump Appoints Monstrous New Attorney General

But of course, who would expect anything different...imagine an Attorney General whose contempt for the law makes the execrable Jeff Sessions look not so bad in retrospect.  Well, we've got him.
Wimp trying to look like a thug.

Trump has, in apparent open defiance of the law,* named one Matthew Whittaker to be our new "interim"  Attorney General.  Whittaker was a failed candidate for a county judgeship before he was snatched up by Trump, given an administrative role in the Justice Department, based apparently solely on his open opposition to the Mueller probe, and here he is, a year later, serving as Attorney General.  Here is some more information about him.

First, from an article at Daily Kos, which I most urgently suggest you read, some other information beyond the fact that he has attacked the Mueller investigation repeatedly:

"Whitaker was behind a secretive group that stepped in to protect members of the Trump campaign from allegations of meetings with Russian officials. That included trying to distract from the fact that Jeff Sessions lied about his meetings with the Russian ambassador in Senate testimony...The organization was also connected to spreading rumors that Christine Blasey Ford mistook Brett Kavanaugh for another high school classmate.

When not busy interfering in the Russia investigation, Whitaker also kept busy promoting a patent scam. As Miami New Times reports, Whitaker wasn’t just on the board of a company selling would-be inventors worthless (and nonexistent) “worldwide patents,” he also sent threatening letters to a former customer of the scam who complained about being taken for tens of thousands of dollars."

A criminal and a thug, behind not only the most malicious type of Republican behavior, but actual corruption reminiscent of that repeatedly engaged in by Trump himself.  What a great choice for Attorney General, huh?

And here is another read I recommend, by Ian Millheiser at Think Progress, covering an interview Whittaker once gave:

"In a 2014 interview, the man Donald Trump just picked to run the Department of Justice appeared to claim that Social Security is unconstitutional and that basic labor laws like the minimum wage must be struck down...Whitaker launches into a Trumpian rant against “chain immigration” and “people trying to bring illegal people and illegal drugs into our country.” He claims that climate change “doesn’t appear to be that significant or quite possibly isn’t man made,” and calls for the Department of Education to be “disbanded.”

"There are so many (bad rulings)...All New Deal cases that were expansive of the federal government. Those would be bad. Then all the way up to the Affordable Care Act and the individual mandate."

In other words, the Republican dream position:  Every single thing the Democrats have done for the American people in the last hundred years is unconstitutional and must be abolished. What an understanding of the rule of law in this country.  As I said, Trump's perfect pick for Attorney General.  I wrote a few days ago suggesting that in the coming two months, before Democrats can take over the House, we are going to see massive Republican atrocities such as the country has never had to experience; this is just the beginning.

*The rules for appointing an interim cabinet officer without Senate approval require that the person selected has been previously approved by the Senate for some other government appointment, which is not the case with Whittaker.  But of course, what do rules mean to a "President" who think he can unilaterally cancel parts of the Constitution?

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

And That Didn't Take Long

Bye bye Mueller, hello impeachment.

Of course, maybe the Democrats should just let it all pass.  The Washington Post is already paving the way for that view:

"Ms. Pelosi, wisely, declined to take the bait, reiterating her determination to use subpoena power if necessary but insisting Wednesday that oversight “does not mean we’ll go look for a fight.”

She would be well advised to stick to that measured approach, because the country does have recent experience with the excesses of investigation (does Benghazi ring a bell?) and the harm it can do to the atmosphere for legislation. In contrast to the attitude Mr. Trump exhibited Wednesday, Ms. Pelosi’s remarks suggest that she has the capacity to learn from experience."

The mainstream press, which showed next to no scruples about the Republicans using their control of Congress to conduct an endless series of "investigations" into what everyone knew were utterly baseless conspiracy theories, now has discovered how damaging any kind of Congressional oversight would be.  But don't worry, it will still be perfectly justifiable for the Republicans to continue to use the Senate to promote the most degraded conspiracy theories, and for the House too, the next time it is in Republican control. 

The more things change, the more the press (and the Republicans) stay the same.

Monday, November 5, 2018

A Warning

To those of you who think your anxiety will get a break after tomorrow:  The rest of this year is going to be a time of almost unimaginable abominations from the Republican party, and this is particularly true if Democrats take control of the House.

If Dems do win the House, the next two months will be the last time (at least for two years) that the Republicans will be in absolute control of the entirety of the Federal Government, and their rich backers will expect them to use that time to push through as much filthy, antidemocratic, corrupt legislation as the can. 

Here are a few things I expect to see between now and the new year:  Another massive tax cut aimed at the very top tenth of a percent of the nation, combined with effective tax increases on everyone else, massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, rules for renewable energy with no purpose but to make it too expensive to be competitive, elimination of the already weakened protections for minorities and women, savaging of environmental law, and as a distraction from all of this, a war somewhere, anywhere Republicans can start one.  My guess is Iran, or if the Republicans realize what a hopeless move that would be, Venezuela.  Both countries are major oil producers, and embroiling either in a war would mean hundreds of billions in profits for oil producing countries (and Trump buddies) Russia and Saudi Arabia, as well as right here at home.

And there are so many other things, like killing Obamacare once and for all, that I have not mentioned, or haven't even thought of.

Can anyone doubt that the Republicans will take this last unopposed opportunity to loot the country and do as much damage as they can to every well-intended government program in existence?  So, get ready; it's coming.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Mr. SMITH Goes To Washington

We are all familiar with the legendary SMOTI, the Stupidest Man On The Internet, aka Jim Hoft, whose website Gateway Pundit befouled itself again this week when one of his "reporters," one Jacob Wohl, made an utter fool of himself with one of the most colossally stupid lies ever heard, when he convened a press conference to allege that Robert Mueller forcibly dragged a woman out of a hotel bar in New York (in plain view of the other customers, apparently,) forced her up to his hotel room and then violently raped her, finishing with telling her his name and telling her that he was the head of the FBI, so she had better keep her mouth shut.  Boy, that beats Judge Kavanaugh's youthful dalliances by a long shot.  Well, the details of this almost incomprehensibly incompetent plot have received a great deal of coverage in the blogosphere, so I won't rehash them here.  For those who want to know more, I suggest this article from Wonkette, which pretty much takes a perfect tone toward the whole thing.

What I do want to cover in this post is another accusation against Mueller, which is equally insane, but which was forced out of our attention by the clowning of the Gateway Pundit guys.  This alleged malfeasance comes to us not from the SMOTI, but from a man I call the SMITH; the Stupidest Man In The House, Texas representative Louie Gohmert.  Here's the story, from Crooks and Liars:

"MUELLER’S MINIONS HELPED MOBSTER WHITEY BULGER ELIMINATE MOB COMPETITORS, says Congressman Louie Gohmert...In the extensive report, Gohmert covered Mueller’s shady past of helping mobster Whitey Bulger by eliminating mob competitors. was Mueller, first as an assistant US attorney then as the acting U.S. attorney in Boston, who wrote letters to the parole and pardons board throughout the 1980s opposing clemency for the four men framed by FBI lies."

So let's see if I have this straight now.  Robert Mueller, an extremely successful prosecutor during the eighties, put mobsters in prison and kept them there.  We can all agree about that.  As Louie's story goes, this was all done not to enforce Federal law, nor to advance his own career, but because Mueller was a corrupt tool of Whitey Bulger, another mobster.  No evidence offered to support this assertion, and as Crooks and Liars continues:

"...retired federal judge and Harvard Law School senior lecturer Nancy Gertner set the record straight in a New York Times editorial:

"There is no evidence that the assertion is true. I was the federal judge who presided over a successful lawsuit brought against the government by two of those men and the families of the other two, who had died in prison. Based on the voluminous evidence submitted in the trial...I can say without equivocation that Mr. Mueller, who worked in the United States attorney’s office in Boston from 1982 to 1988, including a brief stint as the acting head of the office, had no involvement in that case. He was never even mentioned."

So there you go.  Mueller was in cahoots with one mobster, which is proven by the fact that he put other mobsters in jail, which he only did to improve the business prospects of the first mobster, for which he in return received the payment of... apparently nothing.

Maybe not quite as colorful as the rape story, but equally outrageous.  Louie Gohmert should be driven out of public life for this disgusting smear, but instead his massively red district is about to easily send him back to the House, where he can continue working on behalf of the people, as he did in this case.

Friday, November 2, 2018

The Truth About the Birthright Citizenship Nonsense

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."-U. S. Constitution, Amendment 14

Before getting to my argument, I would like to remind you of a little history.  The absolute nature of this provision, which allows for no exceptions, exists for one reason:  by the time of its passage, in 1868, it was already clear that Southern dead enders were engaged in serious attempts to strip former slaves of their citizenship.  The law was passed to prevent this.  Its absolute character is  a result of the racist inclinations of many white Americans, and it is that racism, therefore, which bears the blame for the consequences of the fourteenth amendment.  Had these white people done the decent thing and truly reconciled with the victims of slavery, this amendment would have never been necessary; if they don't like it, it is their own fault that it exists.

Well, leaving that aside, I now want to talk about the true purpose of Trump's attempt to destroy this passage of the Constitution through royal decree.  And in stating what I am about to say, I feel called upon to state openly that I first realized in the 1980's that it was the intent of the Republican party to destroy any semblance of popular government in the United States, to replace it with an oligarchic dictatorship responsive only to the couple thousand sociopaths whom they would deliberately enrich until they had the money necessary to finance its takeover.  I have suffered endless derision over the years by my absolute defense of that notion; these days, I don't think it seems far-fetched to many.

This issue needs to be tied to another issue, to make the Republicans' attempts clear for what they really are, and that is the imprisoning of thousands of immigrant children in what are, not to dodge the issue, concentration camps.  This has been taken by the left as a racist attack, and it is certainly that, but it is also something far more malignant.  By selecting just about the weakest and most defenseless group they can find, and throwing them in these camps, the Republicans have begun the process of establishing that it is perfectly legal for the President of the United States to imprison people who have committed no crime, merely on his own whim.

Now, birthright citizenship, which is basically the same vicious story.  Trump and the Republicans have selected a large group of Americans who they have decided have essentially no support at all among his xenophobic base, and they are now claiming the right for the President of the United States, by fiat, and in a clearly unconstitutional act, to strip millions of their citizenship and eject them from the country (or perhaps place them in concentration camps, where history tells us what is likely to happen to them.)  If this happens, Republicans will have established the right of the President to revoke any passage of the Constitution.  There is a name for that sort of leader, as there is for those that claim the right to imprison citizens without any legal process whatsoever.

There is no doubt about this any more.  We are facing a highly developed and financed open attempt by the Republican party to reduce this country to a fascist dictatorship, and at this point the attempt is succeeding.  The dodging of the obvious necessary in order to deny this today is overwhelming, yet there are many millions of propagandized zombie voters out there who refuse to see the truth, and are thrilled to contribute to the open destruction of everything that ever made this country different from Nazi Germany, or fascist Italy, or Saudi Arabia  or Putin's Russia.  That is what these people yearn for, and any supposedly liberal person who refuses to acknowledge that is hastening the end of the American dream.