Thursday, October 31, 2019

“That’s Not The Kind Of Evidence"

“That’s not the kind of evidence that a coup should be based on,” Gohmert ranted."
The biggest idiot in Congress

Actually, Louie, I never heard that a coup was ever based on evidence.  Maybe you should look the word up in the dictionary, rather than just using Republican talking points.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

41 Lines

If you have not seen this, I really recommend that you read this post from CNN (!) entitled "The 41 most shocking lines from Donald Trump's Baghdadi announcement."  I swear to God, it is like an entire Wingnut Wrapup delivered at one time by one person.  This has to be one of the most spectacularly unqualified people on earth to be the leader of a country, and I mean that- you could pick a hundred people at random off the street and everyone of them would show more knowledge, intelligence, humanity and respect for the job than he does.

Friday, October 25, 2019

The Empire Strikes Back

The country was greeted by the following news yesterday:
"Attorney General William Barr’s expanding review of the Russia probe has evolved into a criminal investigation, according to a person familiar with the matter, giving a federal prosecutor who is leading the inquiry the ability to subpoena witnesses and use a grand jury" 
I don't know about you, but I have dreading this development for several months, assuming that this would happen if Trump's legal situation began to really deteriorate.  So far, though this news has been reported some way or other by most of the press, I have seen no one who is willing to state openly what this really means.

We now have the spectacle of the most corrupt Attorney General in at least a hundred years (the history of which I pointed out in my last post) abandoning his job to go traveling around the world seeking to gather "evidence" that the Democrats are responsible for the crimes that we all know that Republicans have committed.  And let's just be blunt about this:  Trump, Barr, Pence, Pompeo, Mulvaney and all the rest of them know perfectly well that these accusations are nothing but lunatic right wing conspiracy theories without a shred of fact to them.  What Barr is doing is not seeking evidence, but attempting to find some foreign leader who will succumb to Trump's combination of bribery and threats, and agree to fabricate evidence against Trump's opponents.   This extends, as we all know, to threatening the very existence of an ally of the United States if they will not collaborate in this crime. The Attorney General of the United States is engaged with the President in one of the most vicious extortion plots in history, in plain view, and absolutely unconcerned that any person who follows American politics knows perfectly well that there is not a shred of substance to his claims.

And can anyone doubt that he is prepared to continue, and prosecute anyone and everyone who opposes Trump on these fake charges, in front of courts that have been systematically packed with corrupt right wing judges, unless all opposition to Trump comes to an end?

Well, I think it is time to point out, by historical analogy, where this is leading.  I present to you the story of the People's Court:
"Hitler determined to increase the political reliability of the courts. In 1933 he established special courts throughout Germany to try politically sensitive cases. Dissatisfied with the 'not guilty' verdicts rendered by the Supreme Court (Reichsgericht) in the Reichstag Fire Trial, Hitler ordered the creation of the People's Court (Volksgerichtshof) in Berlin in 1934 to try treason and other important "political cases." Under Roland Freisler, the People's Court became part of the Nazi system of terror, condemning tens of thousands of people as "Volk Vermin" and thousands more to death for "Volk Treason."
 The Volksgereichtshof in action

The trials were characterized by screaming abuse directed at the defendants, who were denied the right to present a defense, by the "judges"  Let me quote from the statement of Telford Taylor, US prosecutor at the Nuremburg Trials:
"This case is unusual in that the defendants are charged with crimes committed in the name of the law. These men, together with their deceased or fugitive colleagues, were the embodiment of what passed for justice in the Third Reich. Most of the defendants have served, at various times, as judges, as state prosecutors, and as officials in the Reich Ministry of Justice. All but one are professional jurists. They are well accustomed to courts and courtrooms, while their present role may be new to them. But a court is far more than a courtroom. It is a process and a spirit. It is the house of law. This the defendants know or must have known in times past. I doubt that they ever forgot. Indeed, the root of the accusation in this case is that these men, leaders of the German judicial system, consciously and deliberately suppressed the law, engaged in an unholy masquerade of tyranny but disguised as justice, and converted the German judicial systems to an engine of despotism, conquest, pillage, and slaughter."
You may see a video of this speech here.

This is what is coming to us if we do not act.
The end game for defendants, guilty or innocent

Lest you think that the death penalty would be a step too far even for Trump, remember that he has begun routinely attacking people who criticize him as traitors who deserve the death penalty, and in a recent court filing, his attorneys argued that he has the right to do exactly that, killing his opponents without consequence.  He would gleefully murder his opponents in plain sight, and his degraded "base" would cheer him on.

Is there anyone left who thinks it is wrong to talk about Hitler now?

I have written periodically about actions of the Trump administration, such as the imprisonment without trial of immigrant children, or the threatened relocation of homeless people to concentration camps, which are moves in the direction of lawless dictatorship exactly analogous to the Nazis.  This is the next step, and it is a big one.  There can be no doubt what type of government convicts its opponents in rigged trials with false evidence.

Rogue's Gallery

The following is a brief history of the Attorneys General who served under Republican Presidents from Richard Nixon to the present.  It is intended as background for a post that I intend to write next about the Bush-Barr attempt to criminally charge political opponents, which seems to be underway.  It's quite a rogues' gallery.

I want to say that I examined the records of Democratic Attorneys General back to the beginning of the twentieth century, and found no comparable disgraces, other than the possible case of J. Howard McGrath, who served under Truman, and resigned rather than cooperate with a demand from a special prosecutor in an investigation that in the end resulted in no charges or indictments.

This list leaves out a few acting Attorneys General who served for very short periods after the death or resignation of others, at least one for as little as one day.

Anyway, here is the list:


NIXON

Elliot Richardson- Quit rather than break the law for Nixon.

Richard Kleindienst- Convicted of perjury.

John Mitchell- Convicted of  conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury. Served 19 moths in prison before Republicans found an excuse to let him out
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Robert Bork (acting)- notorious right wing hatchet man who was rejected for a seat on the Supreme Court.

William Saxbe- appointed by Nixon after Nixon's criminality became clear.  Managed to keep himself clean through the remainder of Nixon's term.


FORD

Edward Levi- survived Ford's term with his reputation intact.  Quite a contrast to normal Republican behavior. For transparency, I must note that Levi was my mother's adviser when she attended the University of Chicago law school.


REAGAN

William French Smith- Managed to survive his time in the job unscathed.

Edwin Meese- resigned as a result of scandal.  Prior to his resignation, several top Justice Department officials resigned in protest of what they and others viewed as improper acts by the Attorney General.

Dick Thornburgh- Managed to make it through Reagan and into Bush 1's term unscathed.  Has the distinction of having been successfully sued by Karl Rove.


BUSH 1

William Barr- reponsible for the pre-conviction pardoning of the Iran-Contra criminals, bringing an end to efforts to punish a massive act of treason committed by the President of the United States.  We'll be hearing more about him in my next post, as you might expect.


BUSH 2

John Ashcroft- Hardcore right winger who is most notorious for approving the use of torture during the Iraq war.  He has served on the board of Blackwater, been a member of the Federalist society and taught at Pat Robertson's phony college; a trifecta of conservative hideousness.

Alberto Gonzales:  Strongly supported torture, fired a number of US attorneys for refusing to go along with Bush's plans to persecute political enemies, supported doing away with the Constitutional right to habeas corpus, supported warrantless surveilance, and the right of the President to declare anyone an "enemy combatant," thereby denying them a right to a civilian trial.  Finally forced to resign for general incompetence and piggishness.

Michael Mukasey-  Yes, you read that right.  I hardly need to go into an explanation of what a slime he is.


DONALD TRUMP

Jeff Sessions- Racist lickspittle, just not enough of a racist lickspittle

Matthew Whittaker- Right wing talk show host and former white collar criminal, brought in because he was enough of a lickspittle to satisfy Trump.  There was no question of him ever being confirmed, even in the crazed Republican Senate.

William Barr- And here we are, perhaps the biggest criminal of them all.

Quite a record, huh? I count 15 names.  Of the 15, one, Elliot Richardson quit rather than participate in Presidential criminality, four managed to make it through their terms without disgracing themselves, and the remaining 11, or 73% revealed themselves to be right wing tools at best, or out and out criminals.

By contrast, there have been 18 Attorneys General appointed by Democrats going back to 1900.  Even if you accept the unproven allegations against McGrath, the count is seventeen honorable ones to one dishonored.  That is a 5% record of malfeasance, compared to that 73% Republican one.


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Apropos of Nothing

I was reading a story by the great French writer Georges Simenon, about Chief Superintendent Maigret, and came across the following brief passage, where Maigret was questioning a suspect:


"What reason would you have had for killing Monsieur Louis?"

"Don't you know that I borrowed money from him?"

"Borrowed?"

"All right, I asked him for money, if you like."

"Asked?"

"What are you suggesting?"

"There are different ways of asking.  Among others, there is a way that makes it almost impossible for the person concerned to refuse. In plain terms, blackmail."

He was silent, gazing fixedly at the floor.

"What do you have to say to that?"

"In actual fact I would have never told Madame Thouret."

"All the same, you threatened to"

"That wasn't necessary."

"Because a hint that you might talk was enough."


I just found that interesting.

And Here They Go Again

From the Washington Post this morning, the following headline:

"Was there a quid pro quo with Ukraine? It can be hard to say"

Despite the fact that there is ten times more than just smoking gun evidence to prove that there is, and that the main criminal, Donald Trump, as well as others involved in this crime, have confessed to having committed it, it can be "hard to say."

"Hard to say," when you are paid to say the exact opposite, that is.  Get ready for it- as soon as a Democratic candidate is picked, the press is going to seize on 2020's Hillary e-mail scandal, which they will know from the very beginning is a manufactured Republican lie, and sell it for all it's worth.  In the meantime, it will be "hard to say" if Trump has done a single thing that is wrong or demeaning to the country.

That's how he won the first time; that's how George Bush won; that's how Reagan beat Carter; that's how Nixon beat anyone.  And that's how Trump may very well beat the Democratic candidate in 2020, despite being a loathsome criminal and by far the worst President in our history.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Wingnut Wrapup

Strap in, this is going to be an annoying one, given the desperate need of Conservatives to shout down the ever-growing news of their man Trump's criminality.  And I am not even going to bother with the hero worship of the Republican Congressmen that staged a mini riot this morning and broke into a secure area, compromising national security, to stage a publicity stunt.


Let's start off with this.  Did you ever hear a more brazen lie?

Tyler O'Neil, PJ Media:  "Judicial Watch: Benghazi Emails Confirm Clinton Email Cover-Up"

Judicial Watch- among the biggest right wing liars on the planet.  This despite, as was widely reported, the idiotic Republican judicial smear campaign against Hillary only this weekend gave up and admitted that their endless investigations of Hillary's e-mails turned up absolutely nothing that Hillary ever did wrong; something that we knew all along, and so did the worthless reporters at the New York Times and other mainstream news outlets who made this lie the central issue of the 2016 campaign.  Here's a little more from this miserable excuse for a public interest group:

"Hillary Clinton misled the U.S. Senate on Benghazi and that the State Department wanted to hide the Benghazi connection to the Clinton email scheme," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. "Rather than defending her email misconduct, the Justice Department has more than enough evidence to reopen its investigations into Hillary Clinton."

It didn't take them two days from the long overdue total exoneration of Hillary for them to cook up some new lie, this time linking the e-mail scandal to Benghazi, another phony scandal, and demand that the investigation be reopened.  It will literally never end.  Otherwise, we would not still today, 74 years after Hitler's death, have people repeating his lies about the Jews.

And want a little more?

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Analysis: No, a New State Department Review Does Not Exonerate Hillary Clinton on Her Email Scandal"

Well, it did exonerate her totally, but Republicans never give up on a good smear.  If you want to read the truth, try this Washington Post story about the issue.  The only wrong statement in this article is its headline:  "The Hillary Clinton emails story comes to an end."  Fat chance, buddies.


Joe Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Lying Adam Schiff and His CIA ‘Whistleblower’ Are Likely Guilty of Conspiracy and Treason Under Espionage Act For Spying on President Trump!"

Telling the truth about Trump is conspiracy and treason.    That's their story and they are sticking to it.  I'd love to get further into Jim's article, which displays so many signs of paranoid schizophrenia, but time does not allow.  I'll just have to let it rest with this photo which Jim included, which somehow supposedly proves that, well, something...


If Jim really wanted to claim a treasonous conspiracy based on a photo like that, I think he could have done it with so much less work:


Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Developing: Rep. Nunes Concerned Democrats May Destroy Audio Tapes that Debunk Ukrainian Quid-Pro-Quo Charges"

Tapes that do not exist.  Then, when they don't turn up, Devin can claim that Dems destroyed them.

Matt Margolis, PJ Media:  "Trump Warns Democrats on Dangerous Precedent They're Setting With Impeachment"

And he is very right about this.  Anything which the Democrats use legitimately against the Republicans is going to be used illegitimately by Republicans against Democrats.  The "impeachment" of Bill Clinton, the worst abuse of Congressional power in the history of the United States, was in large part an act of Republican revenge for the very legitimate removal of Nixon, and even if Trump is held to task for all of his treason and criminality, the Republicans are going to respond the first chance they get, to try to drive the next Democratic President out of office, and probably every one after that too.

Katie Pavlich, Town Hall:  "Senators Follow Up With DOJ: What Happened to Our Criminal Referrals for People Who Lied About Kavanaugh?"

The same thing as happened to your "criminal referrals" about Benghazi and Hillary's e-mails.  There were no crimes to investigate; it was all Republican lies.

Derek Hunter, Town Hall:  "Liberals Ruin Everything"

Yeah, like your attempt to turn the country into a dictatorship.

Larry Elder, Town Hall:  "The Rise of Young Black Conservatives"

Ha ha...from one of them to two?  Of course, Larry sold his soul to be a black Conservative years ago, so he has an interest in pretending that other black people are as degraded as he is, but if he thinks that a few black people who were willing to take their thirty pieces of silver to betray the country amounts to a movement, well, nobody is that stupid.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Democrats should man up and call a vote, and match the White House's transparency on document disclosure"

Matching the White House's transparency on document disclosure?  It's a wonder his hands didn't burst into fire writing that.

Nick Arama, Red State:  "Trump Blasts NBA Coaches for Silence, “Pandering” to China"

No word on whether he blasted them for silence and pandering to Russia and Saudi Arabia.  Oh wait- that was him.

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "Hillary Clinton Screeches After Giuliani Associates Arrested, ‘Hard to Keep up With the High Crimes and Misdemeanors’

Screeches.  She screeches!

Bronson Stocking, Town Hall:  "Does Everyone Believe Hillary Is Crazy Now?"

Screeches.  She screeches!

Bet you got a good laugh out of that.  What, you didn't?  Snowflake.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "House Democrats Break with Lawless Pelosi and Her Secret Impeachment Process – Want to Hold a House Vote...Lawless Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing pressure from fellow Democrats to vote for a resolution for impeachment.  Brave Democrats are speaking out against their lawless House leader."

First of all, it always amuses me to see Republicans freak out over the least disagreement between Democrats over how to do things.  Republicans do what they are told or else.  And second, I got a good laugh out of Republicans complaining that Democrats have a "lawless leader."

Michael Gaynor, Renew America:  "Hillary Clinton is still running against Donald Trump, and it may become official"

Another ludicrous example of projection, considering that Trump has never stopped running against Hillary.

John Solomon:  "SORRY DEMOCRATS, IT'S OVER!"

Whatever you say, guys.  What's over?  The baseball season?  Summer? I forgot

Beth Baumann, Town Hall:  "Watergate Prosecutor's Really Dumb Take On 'Impeachable Offenses...Former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks on Saturday told MSNBC's Joy Reid she believes polls reveal Americans want to see President Donald Trump impeached. She also argued that further investigations don't matter because there's "enough on the public record" to show Trump committed impeachable offenses."

And who could know more about impeachable offenses than Beth Baumann?  From her description at Town Hall:

"Beth Baumann is an Associate Editor for Townhall. Her primary interests include the Second Amendment, illegal immigration and free speech on college campuses."

Three Republican fake issues designed to rile up their stupid, vicious base.


Jill Wine-Banks is a former Watergate prosecutor. Her primary interest is impeachable offenses.  We report- you decide who to believe.

Cassandra Fairbanks, Gateway Pundit:  "Nevada Student Arrested Knocking Over Turning Point USA Table"

Their President is committing genocide, and this is what gets them outraged.

And now, the Misleading Headline of the Month:

Newsmax:  "Ambassador to Testify No Quid Pro Quo from Trump"

Sounds like he's exonerating Trump, right?  No, actually, what he is saying is that his statement that there was no quid pro quo was forced on him by Trump.  Most people never get beyond the headline of any specific story.  Think this one was an accident?

Joel B. Pollak, Breitbart:  "Trump’s Critics Offer No Diplomatic or Political Solution for Kurds"

Not any more, buddy.  What "diplomatic solution" are you proposing  that would help dead people?

Fletcher Daniels, American Thinker:  "Trump Stands between America and Tyranny"

Ha ha.  In that Trump is America's main connection to the tyrant Putin, I guess that is technically true on some level.

Elizabeth Vaughn, Red State:  "Convoy of Edmonton Oil and Gas Truckers Troll Greta Thunberg’s Climate Change Rally"

A bunch of big, tough truck drivers ganging up on a sixteen year old girl.  That's Conservatism at its finest.  By the way, just for the record, she won the fight.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Corrupt Widow of Elijah Cummings Expected to Run for His Congressional Seat"

He's not even buried yet and they are already smearing his widow.  Nice people there.  And where is this accusation coming from?

"In July the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust asked the Maryland attorney general to investigate whether Rep. Elijah Cummings and his wife used a charity for improper self-enrichment."

The "Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust "... remember that one?  I didn't either, so as a reminder, this organization paid Trump's grotesquely unqualified acting Attorney General and sometime criminal, Matthew Whittaker, over $900,000 to be its head for several years. I think that's enough to know about them.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "EXCLUSIVE: Schifty Schiff Team In Ukraine Met with His Star Witness Taylor – The Former Ukrainian PM Connected to Biden, Hillary and Mueller!"

They met with a witness before having him testify in front of the committee!  Shocking criminality!!!  Of course, Donald Trump using the power of the US government in an extortion scheme to force a foreign country to fabricate false evidence is just fine.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Stunning: Only Andrew Yang and Marianne Williamson Defend Tulsi Gabbard from Hillary’s Wacky ‘Russian Asset’ Charges – Rest of 2020 Democrats Are Silent!"

As opposed to the Republicans who are patriotically lining up to denounce Trump's treason and open criminality.  Oh wait...

And by the way, that notable right wing rag, the New York Times, which first reported that Hillary called Tulsi Gabbard a Russian agent, had to admit today that she never said that; the Times had just printed a lie.  Kind of reminds you of the e-mail thing, huh?

Wayne Allen Root, Gateway Pundit:  "Comparing Trump to 16 Years of Obama/Bush"

This has to be one of the most dishonest and yet pathetic arguments of all time.  If we just lump together Bush, the Republican whose administration featured the biggest terrorist attack in our history, exploding the federal budget deficit, a war of aggression against the wrong country which is still causing chaos in the Middle East and an economic collapse and near depression, with Obama, who tripled the crippled stock market, saved the auto companies, brought the American people the first step toward affordable medical care for all, and cut the Republican budget deficit by two thirds- yes, if we combined the good the Democrats did with the horror of the previous Republican administration, it almost makes Trump look okay.  That is, of course, if you ignore the blatant criminality and betrayal of the country by Trump.  But then, when you are the worst President in history by a massive margin, it takes quite a bit of lying to make you sound good.


Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "President Trump BLASTS Susan Rice, the Genocide Queen, over Her Disastrous Foreign Policy During the Obama Years"

Well, as you would expect, having collaborated in genocide himself the last two weeks, Trump has to make some ludicrous accusation that the Democrats are the ones who really committed genocide.  This accusation is based on the fact that Susan Rice criticized Israel's Prime Minister and Republican shill, Benjamin Netanyahu, which apparently amounts to committing genocide against the Jewish people.  If it were only that easy, Hitler would have finished the job by 1940.

World Net Daily:  "Climate Rebellion's true target is not climate: It's idea that heterosexuality is 'normal'

What can you even say about that?

Matt Margolis, PJ Media:  "Elizabeth Warren Promises Quid Pro Quo with Israel if Elected To Stop Settlements in West Bank"

Boy, they're desperate about that quid pro quo thing.  Apparently, Matt doesn't know the difference between national diplomacy to achieve things both countries want, and criminal extortion to force a country to help destroy political opponents.  Next, we're going to hear that back when Hunter Biden was little, Joe offered to take him to get ice cream if he finished his homework.  That's a quid pro quo too.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Medicare for All And Fracking Bans Share This Common Trait: It Screws Over The Working Class"

Affordable health care- an attack on the working class.

Nicholas Ballasy, PJ Media:  "Trump Responds to Clinton's Attack on Gabbard: 'She's Not a Russian Agent'

And how does he know?  Did he ask his friend Vlad?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Rush Limbaugh On Do-Nothing Lindsey Graham: He Won’t Call for Hearings on Ukraine Because It Would Implicate John McCain"

They're all guilty...Hillary, Pelosi, Schumer, Joe Biden, Mitt Romney, John McCain, the Pope, Robert DeNiro, Soupy Sales, Jerry Garcia, Lebron James... they are all in on the Ukraine scandal.  Trump and Giuliani?  No, they are totally innocent even though they have confessed. Those confessions were thirteen dimensional chess from Trump who is lulling liberals into a false sense of security before sweeping in to arrest thousands of them for imaginary crimes.

Joan Swirsky, Renew America:  "Hillary Clinton – the 'human spittoon'

No comment needed.

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Things I Learned Today on the wingnut web

The world is facing a gigantic epidemic of pig ebola (yes, you heard that right, pig ebola) which will kill hundreds of millions, spread by the "Demon Possessed Demon-Rats" by contaminating the MRE's of Russian soldiers, so they get it and spread it all over the world when they go to the bathroom.

The real purpose of chemtrails is this:  the sun is expanding and is going to kill us all, which is being kept secret by our government.  They are spraying chemtrails to reflect sunlight back into space, to try to keep the earth's temperature down.

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And now,  wonderful insight from a jackass named Benjamin Fulford:

"An attempted coup against U.S. President Donald Trump has failed and several senior U.S. politicians, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, are likely to be arrested or executed as a result, MI6 and Pentagon sources say."

To join the late Elijah Cummings who, I just read, was executed last week for pedophilia.

"That is why Pelosi, Schiff, plus Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel, Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, and others made a sudden trip to Jordan and then Afghanistan, the sources say.
The politicians sought protection in Jordan because Antoinette Gardiner, the mother of the current King of Jordan, is from a satanic bloodline who “converted” to Islam and changed her name to Muna, according to Pentagon and other sources."

The Pentagon says that the mother of the King of Jordan is from a Satanic bloodline.  Because isn't that what the mothers of all kings do in their spare time?

"It is worth noting that last week former Defense Secretary James Mathis (sic) and former head of U.S. Special Forces Admiral William McRaven both publicly criticized Trump and were widely quoted as doing so by the corporate propaganda media.
Mathis, after criticizing Trump, warned that “hyper-partisanship” would either lead to “anarchy” or “the rise of an ambitious leader, unfettered by conscience, or precedent or decency, who would make himself supreme.”

Fulford says that Mattis was claiming that this leader who is "unfettered by conscience" is Hillary.

"McRaven, who led the fake raid against Bin Laden in 2011..." 

Well, I think that is enough of that, thank you very much, except to reveal that:

"The trail of intrigue is now implicating Pope Francis, MI6 sources say."

Because of course it is.

"The remainder of this article is only available to members of BenjaminFulford.net"

Thank heaven; I was on the brink of banging my head into a wall already.

Also linked to on this page:

 "I Killed Bruce Lee with the Death Touch - Caution: Don't Use it Unless Your Life is in DANGER!"  
 I don't know about your life, but after all of this, your sanity is certainly in danger.


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

They're Getting Ready to Do It Again

Today- the day that testimony in the House made it absolutely undeniable (unless you are a Republican) that Donald Trump is nothing but a two bit criminal who has sold his soul to a foreign dictator, the Washington Post feels it necessary to publish this "major" story:

"Anxiety rises among Democrats worried about party’s prospects in 2020
...after 10 months of campaigning and 15 hours of nationally televised debates, another emotion is rising: anxiety.  Party leaders and activists are citing weakness in all of the leading contenders..."

Not "Anxiety rises among Republicans worried about their leader's prospects in 2020, now that we all realize that he is a corrupt traitor," no, that is not even worth discussing.  It's the Democratic candidates that are weak, for advocating policies that three quarters of the public agree with, or for being damaged by Republican lies that the mainstream press obviously intends to promulgate between now and next November.

And who exactly are the Democrats who are so worried about the party's prospects in 2020?  Well, here are the names cited in this miserable article:  Oprah Winfrey, Elaine Kamarck, John Coale, the Rev. Joseph A. Darby Jr, and Steven Grossman, not one of whom you have ever heard of.  Okay, okay, we've all heard of Oprah Winfrey, but she is not a Democratic leader, and I stand by what I said about the rest of them.

There is absolutely no excuse for this sort of article.  The nation's attention needs to be focused on the criminality of Trump and the Republicans.  Instead, this is what we are going to get: deliberate undercutting of the Democrats, no matter who they nominate, exactly like what happened in 2016.

I see so many articles about whether the press has learned its lesson from what happened in 2016.  These articles totally miss the point:  There is no lesson that the press has to learn, because what they did to elect Trump was not some mistake, but a deliberate course of action, to achieve a clearly defined goal: electing the most corrupt party, because that is the party that will do what they want.

I must restate what I have said for years:  Despite all the talk about this problem, it is not about getting ratings or Beltway journalists being a bunch of middle-school heathers, or being too lazy to do anything other than repeat Republican talking points.  Thanks to Ronald Reagan, virtually the entire mainstream press is owned by huge corporations, and they are playing a longer game than running after ratings.  They use their TV stations and newspapers to advance the interests of their class, of other rich people like them, knowing the payoff from criminal Republicans is going to dwarf the cost.  The people in the press are not the Republicans' dupes, they are their collaborators.  And I repeat what I have also said many times:  The Democrats could crush the Republican party out of existence without even hardly trying; what they cannot do is defeat the Republicans and the press working together.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Tulsi

I want to add this little bit of evidence to the fear that Tulsi Gabbard is being groomed by Russia to serve as a spoiler to damage the Democratic nominee, and keep their traitorous tool Trump in the White House.

Here is a professionally produced video, which I am going to stick my neck out here and assert is almost certainly from Russia, concerning Tulsi's assault on Hillary Clinton.  It's about eight minutes long, and portrays Tulsi as a champion of freedom and honesty, in comparison to the entire Democratic party, which is depicted as a Communist/CIA group trying to end the US and take over the country.  It's about eight minutes long, and I found it illuminating about how Republican and Russian collusion is going to attempt to destroy our next Presidential election.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Doing It At Cost

I know this is vanishingly unimportant compared to what is going on in the Trump administration, but I wanted to point something out about Trump's (naturally) lying claim that he will not make any money from holding next year's G7 summit at his Doral resort, because he will charge everything at "cost."

The Doral resort has 643 rooms and suites.  Currently, the price per night quoted by Travelocity, Expedia and Hotels.com is $206.00 for the cheapest room.  I am just going to guess here that at these discount rates, the cost of running the place must be about $150 a night per room.

June is a very slow month in Miami, for obvious reasons, and in recent years, the occupancy rate in June at the Doral was about 40%.  So, basically, 386 rooms of the hotel would be vacant on any day in June, every one of which will be filled with delegates and press during the event.

The G7 summit officially lasts three days.  That would require four nights stay at the hotel at a dead minimum; with preparations, etc, I'm guessing that the average stay would be at least five nights.  So, five nights times 386 rooms times $150 comes out to $289,500.00 in pure profit in Trump's pocket, not counting one cent that the delegates and press would spend at his restaurants, golf course, etc, which will of course not be provided at cost; and this is using the cheapest room rate available at the hotel.  I'm guessing that the guy stands to easily make a half million in pure profit on this criminal deal, not counting the immense value of the free publicity given to this failing hotel.  And this is assuming against all previous experience that Trump is actually telling the truth and will actually provide the rooms at cost.

As a final note, let me say that this half million would be an incredible windfall to most of us, but it is small change to a guy who is supposedly worth ten billion.  I saw Digby wondering about how much this habitual liar is really worth if he has to engage in such open criminality, when he is already in so much trouble, for that money.  A good question.  How about those tax returns, Donald?

Friday, October 18, 2019

Republicans Take a Stand

Hey, this wonderful news about the patriots who make up our Republican party, from the Washington Post:
"IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY
Growing number of Republicans struggle to defend Trump on G-7 choice, Ukraine and Syria...

One Republican, Rep. Francis Rooney of Florida, compared the situation to Watergate and did not rule out voting to impeach President Trump."

One! That is apparently the growing number! The Republicans who are "struggling" against this deranged criminal has gone from zero to one! That is a percentage increase in Republican support for impeachment of infinity!

To be fair, the article does mention "many" Republicans that were allegedly disturbed by Trump's deliberate demolishing of the Constitutional prohibition against Presidents making money from their office, but of course none of them would be identified by name.

On the other hand, to stand up against this backbencher that no one ever heard of before today, the article mentions Republican leaders like Kevin McCarthy, Jeff Duncan and Tom Cole, who don't give a God damn what Trump did, and are proud of the fact.

The struggle is underway to free the Republican party from any responsibility for the disaster that their President has caused, and the mainstream press is already picking which side to support.  This is going to be an ugly year.

Chamberlain

Donald Trump's recent collaboration in genocide has been compared a number of times this week to the behavior of English Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain toward Adolf Hitler in the runup to the Second World War, which has become a symbol of craven capitulation.  I thought it would be a good time to mention something about this behavior which I learned while at the University of Cambridge, and which is not generally understood.

Chamberlain's failure to do anything to build up Britain's military. faced with a threat from Nazi Germany, culminating in his famous meeting in Munich, where he gave Czechoslovakia to Hitler for nothing in return, has now been compared to Trump's betrayal of our Kurdish allies in the face of demands from the Turkish dictator.  This behavior on Chamberlain's part has been generally attributed to a combination of cowardice and a sort of Pollyannaish naivete regarding Hitler's promises.  This, as I have learned, is false.

The famous moment when Chamberlain promised his people that he had averted World War II

What virtually everyone, at least in this country, forgets about Chamberlain is the most significant fact about him:  He was a Conservative, he acted like a Conservative and he dealt with the Nazi threat like a Conservative.  There was a single factor that led Chamberlain to leave Britain nearly defenseless against German attack: a military buildup would require raising taxes, and Chamberlain was afraid that his party's right wing base would vote them out of power if they raised taxes.

Conservatism: the same in all places and all times, and just as malignant at every turn.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Press Faces a Test

Those of us who are worried if the mainstream press has learned one damned thing from the disaster that it helped create in the last four years, or if they are about to once again do their best to put a criminal madman back in the White House because that is better than a Democrat, are about to learn a big lesson about what is to come in the next year.

The criminal murderer Recep Erdogan, who rules Turkey, just announced a five day halt in his genocidal aggression against the Kurds, for the sole purpose of allowing them to clear out of their homeland before his troops resume slaughtering them, this all taking place in an act which was approved by Trump before it happened. Even though the Turkish government itself stated that this is not a cease fire, it is being portrayed as such by the White House and its Republican enablers, who are of course crowing about the supposed immense diplomatic victory won by Trump, who also today asserted that he had singlehandedly defeated ISIS in one month.

We are confronted now with American troops running for their lives and having to bomb our own bases to prevent them from falling into the hands of our enemies- a retreat of a kind rarely seen in the world since the Nazis fled the Soviet Union in 1944.

It should be clear to everyone now, that this man is so incompetent, ignorant and vicious that he could precipitate a world war any day, without the slightest warning or consultation. So here is the question:  Is the press going to report the truth about this latest nearly incomprehensible Trump-caused catastrophe, or will it give even the slightest credence to his insane notion that he pulled off some great diplomatic victory, instead of the humiliating betrayal and defeat that it actually is?  It's reaction to the situation with the Kurds is going to provide a major insight into how they intend to cover the coming election, in which the fate of the whole country is at risk.

I'll return to the subject in a few days to see how they did.  I'm not very hopeful.

TRUMP WINS NOBEL!

It has just been announced that Donald Trump has been awarded the Nobel Piece Prize, for giving a piece of Syria to Turkey.


Monday, October 14, 2019

The Trump Trot

People who are familiar with the way Conservatives discuss things will no doubt be aware of something called the "Gish Gallop."  This common right wing argumentative strategy, for those who have not heard of it, is described at Wikipedia:


"The Gish gallop is a technique used during debating that focuses on overwhelming an opponent with as many arguments as possible, without regard for accuracy or strength of the arguments. The term was coined by Eugenie Scott and named after the creationist Duane Gish, who used the technique frequently against proponents of evolution.  

During a Gish gallop, a debater confronts an opponent with a rapid series of many specious arguments, half-truths, and misrepresentations in a short space of time, which makes it impossible for the opponent to refute all of them within the format of a formal debate."

Ever an innovator in Presidential behavior, Donald Trump has developed his own strategy, which I am dubbing the "Trump trot," which consists in committing so many crimes, so rapidly, that no one has the chance to follow any one of them to fully reveal his criminality, before being forced to move on to the next one.  Thus, he wriggles out of any consequences for his behavior, while decent people are forced to deal with an endless sequence of unprecedented criminal acts, and public consciousness never has a chance to really understand the depth of his criminal behavior before it is forgotten in the wake of further abominations.

So far, it has worked for him, sad to say.  Maybe this time, if Democrats do their duty it won't.  At this point, we can at least hope.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Horrible News From the Wingnuts!

A story which has been blocked from the Fake News! But you can count on Green Eagle to see to it that it receives the attention it deserves!

Now, I must confess that this is not the greatest wingnut story that I have ever read.  That still belongs to the lady who claimed that she helped Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi kill and eat Norm Foster, and also said that she was Bill Clinton's sister and the Zodiac killer.  But still, it's a pretty good one:

"Shocking information has come in from Field McConnel...
Retired USAF Lt. Col Field McConnell says it’s been reported to him that Barack Obama was executed on September 29, 2019 by firing squad at GTMO.   McConnel went to the same high school as the illegal President Barak Obama in Hawaii!"

Well, who would know better than someone who went to the same high school as Obama?  I am sure they all received news about it along with their notices of the date of the next homecoming game.

"McConnel states the two big issues are 9/11 and pedophilia." 

9/11?  Obama was involved in 9/11?  When he was an Illinois State Senator?  And pedophilia? Well, I guess every Democrat does that.  Oh well, let's just move on.


"He says anybody who has trafficked children is going to be executed as well as anybody aware of the 9/11 treason and didn’t report it as required.   9/11 was done by elements within our own government.  By law, anybody having direct knowledge of treason is compelled to report it to one state Governor or one chief judge or justice of any one state.  So anybody who was aware of the false flag 9/11 operation and who didn’t report it is guilty of treason."

What law?  That's a new one on me.  Oh, of course, the part of the Constitution written in invisible ink which only True Patriots can read.

"He also states there is going to be a big celebration and announcements on the 10th of November which is the birthday of the US Marines founded in 1775 on this date."

There is going to be a national celebration of the execution of President Obama.  I can hardly wait.  Will there be free beer?

Do you think that it will give people like this guy one second's doubt when it doesn't happen, or deter him from spreading his next malignant lie?

"Lots covered here including one interesting tidbit he says about the US justice system.  He says Trump is going to make all lawyers part of the BAR association repledge themselves to the United States since all BAR members currently work for the Queen of England!"

Something else that I just never knew.  Does that include Rudy Giuliani?  If so, I think the Queen might want to consider removing a few of them from her employment.

You can thank Green Eagle for this valuable history lesson, brought to you without a single ad from a survivalist supply company or a gold trader, as is de rigeur for the original sources of things like this.

"If Obama was executed for treason (which he should have been if we had a justice system and a real country) then we can only hope Obama accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior before he was dispatched.  Jesus is the only hope any of us have.  You deny him, he denies you to the father!"

Can't finish without getting Jesus in there.  I'll just end by relating a story that Retired USAF Lt. Col Field McConnell told, illustrating how thoroughly the government is working against him.  Once, when he was selected for a jury, the judge asked the jurors if any of them had personal experience of pedophilia.  McConnell raised his hand and told the judge that his sister, who was one of the most evil people on the planet, was Hillary Clinton's partner in her world wide child sex ring.  At that point, the judge dismissed him from the jury.  How dare he!  Obviously taking his orders right from the Queen!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Dam Breaks



It's been quite a week for Donald Trump.  He managed to hold off revelations about his stupendous criminality for over two years, through a combination of threats, bribes, bullying and just hiring corrupt tools like Barr and Giuliani, who won't turn on him because they are involved in his criminality up to their necks.

But things changed this week.

Ambassador Marie Yovanovich, who was fired because she stood in the way of Trump's crooked schemes in Ukraine, refused a State Department demand that she keep her mouth shut, and spent nine hours telling a House committee exactly what happened.

Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, has now indicated that he will testify under oath about what he knows, despite also being ordered by the State Department to shut up.

Two of Rudy Giuliani's "business associates" were arrested in the act of trying to flee the country, after a lunch with Rudy.  These men are charged with campaign finance violations, i.e. transferring illegal foreign money to Republican campaigns (did I even need to add the word "Republican" there?)  These allegations include a donation from a Russian oligarch of over $300,000 to Trump's Presidential campaign.
Trump with Rudy and the two men who he never even met.

Rudy himself is under criminal investigation, by the same prosecutor's office he once headed.  And who on earth would count on this pathetic weasel to keep quiet about what he knows, when his freedom is on the line?  And particularly when Donald Trump is showing him the steadfast loyalty for which he is so famous:

"Trump tells reporters he doesn’t know if Giuliani is still his attorney"

Or even ever existed.

We know that there are several more "whistleblowers" waiting in line to tell their part of the story of Trump's corruption.  Who knows what they have to say?

Trump's betrayal of the Kurds is such a grotesque act of criminal indifference that even many Republicans, despite decades of brainwashing, are starting to see what a horrible man he is.  And particularly as his existence becomes a threat to their own political careers.

Prosecutors finally seem to be within striking distance of Trump's tax returns, which if they were revealed would, at this point, be a crushing blow to him; otherwise, why has he fought like a cornered mongoose for years to keep them secret?

Remember that every person that speaks out makes it easier for the next one to speak out; every piece of damning evidence we pry loose makes it that much easier to get the next one; every associate of Trump who is arrested leads to the next one to go down; and every crime that is revealed is a hill which once climbed gives us a view of a whole new range of hills just beyond us.

The strands of this spiderweb are snapping, one by one; a time may soon come that there are not enough left to hold the spider up in the air.

I cannot say that this is what is going to happen, because Trump's power to misuse the Presidency to protect himself from his endless criminality is immense, as is his own party's corruption, but things sure look different today than they did two weeks ago.  A shame that it's too late for the Kurds or the Syrians who are going to be attacked by a resurgent ISIS, but at least we can now pray that it is not too late for the rest of us.

Update:  The following headline appears this Sunday at Talking Points Memo:

"Defense Secretary Says Pentagon Will Comply With Subpoena In Impeachment Inquiry"

As I suggested above, one crack in the wall leads to another one.  It will be very interesting to see where this all leads.


Author's note:  I apologize for comparing both Trump and Rudy to small, angry animals in one post.  I know it is not good form, but I did it anyway. 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Who Knew What When, and Why?

I wondered about this yesterday, but didn't write a post about it.  Thankfully, I have now seen a couple of other people ask the same question, because we absolutely need an answer to it.

As you undoubtedly know, these two guys are associates of Rudy Giuliani.  They were arrested yesterday for crimes related to campaign finance violations, including one Russian donation to Donald Trump's campaign of over $300,000.

So, here is the story: these jerks had lunch with Rudy (at Trump's Washington hotel, no less) and went immediately to Dulles airport, where they were arrested by Federal agents on their way to the gate with one way tickets out of the country.

Here is the question:  How did these two know that they were about to be arrested?  It hardly strains the imagination to suspect that Rudy told them; and if so, the question is, how did Rudy, who has no official position in the government, know?

There is one  possibility that is so obvious that I would have to see positive evidence that it is not true.  And that is that Donald Trump gave this secret information to Rudy, who passed it along to these guys.  If so, the betrayal of Federal agents to enable crooks to escape would clearly be another extremely impeachable offense, and like the situation in Ukraine, one that everyone can understand.

Answer that question, Rudy.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

There Is No End to His Malignance

Just when you thought he had already told the most piggish lie you have ever heard, he tops himself.

Donald Trump had this to say today, justifying his monstrous abandonment of our allies, the Kurds, to his business partners in Turkey:

"They didn't help us in the Second World War; they didn't help us with Normandy"

Yes, that's his answer: the Kurds, who didn't have a country during World War II (and still don't, thanks in significant part to oppression from the very Turks that Trump is pandering to now) deserve to be betrayed because they did not participate in the Normandy invasion.

And let us not forget this:

"Ahead of the Trump administration's announcement, Kurdish forces had recently dismantled defensive positions along the Turkey-Syria border under assurances from the US it would not allow a Turkish assault."

It wasn't enough for Trump to enable Turkish genocide, not something exactly surprising from that country; he had to prepare the ground for it.  He owns every murder the Turks commit, as much as they do.

And let me add a little bit of background to this story.  What was the role of Turkey, which was a country with a substantial military, in World War 2?  From Wikipedia:

"Turkey remained neutral until the final stages of World War II and tried to maintain an equal distance between both the Axis and the Allies until February 1945, when Turkey entered the war on the side of the Allies...Turkey declared war on the Axis powers in February, 1945, after the Allies made its invitation to the inaugural meeting of the United Nations (along with the invitations of several other nations) conditional on full belligerency. No Turkish troops ever saw combat."

February 1945!  That's when they entered the war, under world pressure.  By that time, the Red Army was 35 miles from Berlin, and Hitler was two months away from committing suicide.  So how much did Turkey contribute to the Normandy invasion?  I repeat,

"No Turkish troops ever saw combat."
The state of the war in Germany in February, 1945

This is an ignorant, hateful, belligerent, ignorant, childish, stupid man, and a corrupt, criminal one.  He has no business being in a place of power.  He belongs nowhere but in prison, at this point, given his betrayal of the Kurds, on death row.


Splits in GOP Senators' Reactions!

Another exquisite example of the reporting that we have come to expect and love from our liberal media; the following headline at the Washington Post this morning:

"The revealing splits in GOP senators’ reactions to impeachment"

Revealing splits! See, Republicans are thinking people that are analyzing this and drawing their own conclusions!  Hallelujah!

And what are these "revealing splits?"  Here are the numbers the Post found:

Support Trump Unequivocally:  39
Have expressed concerns or said they have questions:  14
Support the impeachment inquiry:  0

Revealing splits!  So, here is what we really have:  39 Republican Senators are going to refuse to recognize that Trump has done a thing wrong, no matter what, 14 are going to do the exact same thing, after writing a "strongly worded" letter expressing mild confusion, and zero are going to do what is right for the country.

Revealing splits!  Sort of like the Nazis that argued about whether to invade Austria or Czechoslovakia first.  And go ahead, someone out there, and criticize me for comparing Republicans to Nazis. At this point that is a pretty silly argument.

War!

Trump finally gets a war, even if we are not yet shooting!

Turkey has now invaded the neighboring country of Syria, encouraged to do so by Donald Trump, who, of course, has business interests in Turkey.
Diplomacy, Trump style, carried out by his friends in Turkey

Let us remember that Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait was the justification for our first Gulf War, in 1990-1991.  Then, a causus belli, now just fine if it suits the economic interests of the President.  That is how far Republicans have fallen in just the last three decades. 

Besides enabling Turkey's long term goal to strike a genocidal blow against the Kurds, this act of Trump's is likely to free tens of thousands of ISIS prisoners, very likely resulting in a resurgence of one of the most hateful, violent groups in the world; one that Trump has repeatedly claimed to have personally eliminated.

A two for one- good work there, Trump.

This savage and irrational act on its own should be enough to immediately throw Trump out of office, and perhaps implicate him in war crimes.  Instead, Trump's party is circling the wagons around him, intent on perpetually denying that he has done a thing wrong, and his "base" of miserable excuses for human beings is going to go on proclaiming him the greatest leader in world history, selected by a benevolent God to lead us all into a better world.

Meanwhile, the mainstream press goes on debating whether Trump's behavior is a legitimate use of Presidential power, or just a little on the unusual side.

Well, it will be interesting to start hearing the death tolls from Syria.

Here, if you are interested, is a map showing what Turkey is up to:



Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Good News, I Guess

From the Washington Post today:


"New poll shows increasing GOP support for impeachment...The poll also shows nearly 2 in 10 Republicans support removing President Trump from office."

Two in ten.  TWO IN TEN!!!   Two in ten Republicans now support removing a criminal and traitor from the White House!

What a wonderful country we live in!

Press Covers for Repubican, part infinity

Here is something else that almost nobody seems to have noticed.  Our "liberal press" is once again collaborating with Republicans to present the current White House scandal with a Republican spin.

In almost every case, what Trump is up to is described as trying to enlist Ukraine (and other countries) in an investigation of supposed Biden corruption.  That is a completely false narrative.  Trump, Giuliani, Pence, Barr, Pompeo- every one of them knows that there is absolutely no substance to that claim.  What they are doing is not investigating Biden, it is forcing other countries to collaborate in the fabrication of a lie about Biden.  That is not investigation, it is extortion.  And like some mob protection racket on a global scale, they are, at least in Ukraine's case, threatening the very existence of the whole country if the Ukrainian government does not agree to participate in their scheme to smear their political opponents.

And let me be clear, I am not using the word extortion figuratively.  This is literally extortion, exactly the same as when some mob guys threaten to burn down a guy's business if he doesn't pay them protection money. 

From Findlaw:

"Most states define extortion as the gaining of property or money by almost any kind of force or threat of violence, property damage, harm to reputation, or unfavorable government action...Extortion is a felony in all states."


And that is exactly what happened here.  Trump's behavior would be a major crime in any circumstance; coming from the President of the United States is is an intolerable abomination.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Wingnut Wrapup

I don't want anyone to think that I am returning to a regular diet of these things, but at the present moment, with the devastation being wreaked on their miserable hero Trump, Republicans, like the proverbial cornered animal, are likely to get up to the most vicious attempts to deflect attention from their crimes.  So I think it would do us well to pay at least a bit of attention to the monstrosities of falsehood they are concocting to try to convince people that it is actually the Democrats who are the bad guys.  And here we go...


And we will just start out with the following statement from a prominent right wing source, quoted by our President:


....If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.

This is the truth. This is where we are. We ARE on the verge of a HOT civil war.  Like in 1859. That’s where we are.  And the Right has ZERO trust or respect for anything the left is doing. We see THEM as illegitimate too.

HOT!  a HOT civil war!  See, they do believe in global warming when it suits their purpose.


Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Hmm: Why Did the Intelligence Community Recently Change Its Whistleblowing Rules to Allow Secondhand Complaints?"


Well, Guy, they didn't. This seems to be one of the official Republican talking points today, as it is all over the place, from wacko right wing websites up to leading Republicans.


And in the face of Presidential treason, what outrages are wingnuts concerned about today?

Julio Rosas, Town Hall:  "'Nazi Scum!' Antifa Blocks Elderly Couple From Crossing the Street"

Ha.  This didn't even take place in the United States, and of course nobody was hurt.

So now it's time for our dose of Conservative humor for the day:

Boy, I bet that gave you a good laugh.

Cortney O'Brien, Town Hall:  "Trump: Schiff Should Be Arrested for Treason...Trump wasn't laughing. And on Monday he suggested that Schiff's behavior was egregious that it amounts to treason and he should be arrested."

And Cortney didn't report this as evidence of Trump's utter obliviousness to the rule of law and mental impairment, but as a pretty good idea.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "BREAKING: Trump Administration May Bring Back Steve Bannon and Corey Lewandowski to Counter Impeachment Scam"


Maybe they should bring back Joseph Goebbels too.

And now the following frightening news:

"Pastor Robert Jeffress praised President Trump in an interview as the “most pro-religious liberty” president the country has ever had while also suggesting that Democrats might worship “the pagan god of the Old Testament Moloch,” who, he added, “allowed for child sacrifice.” 
Moloch.  Even scarier than Elizabeth Warren

I bet Moloch was a customer at that pizza parlor too.  Probably where he met Hillary.

Kristinn Taylor, Gateway Pundit:  "President Trump Fights Back Against Partisan CIA Accuser With #FakeWhistleblower Hashtag"

A hashtag.  Boy, that will hurt.

Bryan Fischer, Renew America:  "Whistleblower complaint should be burned on the White House lawn"

Boy, that'll show them.  Listen, Bryan, this is the internet age.  It's not so easy to get rid of evidence of your crimes by burning copies of it.  Particularly when the criminal admitted on national TV that he is guilty.

Joan Swirsky, Renew America: "The groveling Jewish lefties"

Nothing to do with Trump, but a nice sign of where these people are coming from.

Victor Davis Hanson, Renew America:  "Why the impeachment frenzy may only strengthen Trump"

Because his followers are such vicious dicks that his abominable behavior only makes them like him more.

World Net Daily:  "Justice Department clears Trump on Ukraine call"

And here I thought I followed the news pretty closely.  I must have missed that.

James Simpson, American Thinker:  "Time to Set the Record Straight on Slavery"

I'm not going to bother you with this turgid garbage, but take it from me, the guy thinks slavery was a pretty good deal for the slaves, and people who complain about it are as wacky as those who believe in global warming.

Brian C. Joondeph, American Thinker:  "Trump and his Supporters are the Real Whistleblowers"

No puppet!  You're the puppet!

Ernesto J. Antunez, American Thinker:  "Three Cheers for the Trade War "

And four cheers for the depression it may cause!

Newsmax:  "Evolution Debunked...Doctor discovers proof in DNA that humans were created by God"

Whatever.

Guy Benson, Town Hall:  "Analysis: No, Trump's Request to Australia is Not a Scandal"

Not to Republicans.

Julio Rosas, Town Hall:  "Lou Dobbs Tells Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to 'Go to Hell' Over Impeachment Inquiry"

I bet that made them feel really bad.

Beth Baumann, Town Hall:  "What An Idiot: Dems Want to Impeach Trump But Schumer Expects Him to Work With Them On Gun Control"

Whereas Republicans understand that his having been caught in a web of crimes releases him from any responsibility to do his job.  As a reminder, when the Nixon investigations were going on, Nixon worked with Congress to pass a number of very important bills.  That was because he was trying to prove that he was a good President, not a vicious criminal.

Leah Barkoukis, Town Hall:  "GOP Rep Releases Video of 'Hypocrite' Schiff Eager for Dirt on Trump"

That's not "dirt," Leah, that's evidence.  I know you don't quite get the difference, but a lot of the rest of us do.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "Hey, Democrats, You Know Who Else Transferred Phone Call Transcripts to a Secret Server?"

I don't know...Jesus?  Benedict Arnold?  Gandalf?

Jim Hoft:  "Ted Malloch: Shifty Schiff and the Jockstrap"

If that's all they've got, they will just have to go with it, I guess.

Brandon Morse, Red State:  "Breaking: Dallas Officer Who Shot Man In His Own Apartment Found Guilty of Murder...Hopefully, public opinion won’t decide the sentencing."

Brandon believes the officer should be given a very light sentence for entering another person's apartment and murdering him as he sat on his couch eating ice cream.  I wonder why Brandon believes that this particular murderer deserves a break..


Stephen Cruiser, PJ Media:  "Jeff Flake Pens Op-Ed to Remind Everyone Why He Was Run out of Office"

For telling the truth as a Republican for once in his life.  Once was all it took.  Here's what Flake said that had Stephen so upset:

" Traveling overseas I witnessed the damage being done to our standing in the world as a result of President Trump’s fondness for authoritarians and his scorn for allies. His hostility toward security alliances and trade agreements had placed our long-term security and our economy at risk. His adoption of the tyrant’s phrase “enemy of the people” put journalists in even greater peril, all over the world. His resentment toward refugees and profane description of certain countries were destroying generations of goodwill."

Stephen describes this as "Democratic talking points;" i.e. what is normally called "the truth."

Joe Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Pelosi NECK DEEP in Ukraine – Female Ukrainian Party Girl Connected to Military and Government is Her Legislative Aide...Young Ivanna Voronovych was a party girl in the Ukraine..."

Whoo, a party girl.  We all know what a threat to democracy they are.

Jack Cashill, American Thinker:  "No One Noticed When Clinton and Obama Abused Whistleblowers"

Maybe it's because that never happened.  On the other hand, maybe there is a more sinister explanation, like Clinton and Obama being shapeshifting lizard people, and if you stood up to them, they would eat your babies.  What do you think?

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  "Boom!… Rudy Giuliani: We Are Considering a Lawsuit Against Congressional Democrats with Adam Schiff as Principal Defendent"

A lawsuit!  That'll put them in their place!  Just file that with the 3500 other lawsuits (!) that Trump has been involved in over his lifetime.

Matt Vespa, Town Hall:  "NYT: Adam Schiff Knew About Whistleblower Complaint Before It Was Even Formally Filed...Well, this whole impeachment circus just got shadier."

This apparently absolves Trump of the crime he committed.

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit:  “The House of Cards of Obamagate Is Collapsing!”

Obamagate!  I guess Obama's very existence is a crime.


And I guess Republicans feel they have done uncle Joe in, because they are turning their attention to another target:


There's just no end to it.  Anyway, comments seem to indicate that if this 70 year old woman could actually be having a wild affair with a 24 year old marine, most people think it's a reason to vote for her, not against her.  At least it shows that she is physically fit.

Cristina Laila, Gateway Pundit:  "WINNING! Federal Judge Halts California Law Requiring Trump to Release Tax Returns in Order to Appear on 2020 Primary Ballot"

It's "winning" that Trump doesn't have to reveal the truth about himself.  That's their idea of victory.

And I just want to end with this.  I believe I have mentioned a couple of times that the worst of the piggish Republican propaganda is not in written form at all, but in videos, many of them seemingly produced by Russia or other professional propagandists.  I am serious when I suggest that a major reason for this phenomenon is that a large segment of Trump's base posesses very limited literacy.  In any event, for anyone who cares and thinks they have the stomach for it, here is an example of these videos, which are produced in God knows what numbers every single day. I'm including this one because it seems to touch a lot of the standard hard core wingnut talking points.  So, knock yourselves out if you feel up to it.





Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Treason and War

As some sort of reckoning for the abominable abuses of the Trump administration seems to be taking form, I believe it is vitally important to consider whether Trump's criminality could be considered to rise to the level of treason.

Of course, Republicans already have their propagandists out in force, angrily denying that such a thing could even be considered.  This denial is based almost entirely on the assertion that treason can only be committed if there is a declared state of war between the United States and the country on behalf of which the accused has acted.  I would like to consider this claim, which I believe to be a self-serving lie like everything Republicans have to say.  I must state that I am not an attorney, but I believe the evidence is clear enough to be understood by ordinary people.

First, let us look at what the Constitution actually says:

"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort"

Please note the use of "or" in that sentence.  This makes it clear that one could adhere to our enemies without "levying war."  Thus, the plain words of the Constitution do not support the Republican claim.

Republicans argue, however, that Federal court decisions have established that a state of war is required for an act of treason to take place.  I have undertaken what I believe to be a fairly thorough search for these alleged court decisions, and have found only two that are cited or that seem to apply to this question; that in the case of the treason trial of Aaron Burr in 1807, and the previous case of Ex Parte Bollman and Ex Parte Swartwout, 8 U.S. 4,which was cited by Justice John Marshall in his decision on the Burr case.  Neither of these, I believe, supports the Republican claim.

Trial of Aaron Burr


Bollman and Swartwout were two men who attempted, but failed, to assemble a militia to attack the Federal government.  Here is the pertinent part of the decision in that case:

"To constitute a levying of war, there must be an assemblage of persons for the purpose of effecting by force a treasonable purpose. Enlistments of men to serve against government is not sufficient. “It is not the intention of the court to say that no individual can be guilty of this crime who has not appeared in arms against his country. On the contrary, if war be actually levied, that is, if a body of men be actually assembled for the purpose of effecting by force a treasonable object, all those who perform any part, however minute, or however remote from the scene of action, and who are actually leagued in the general conspiracy, are to be considered as traitors.” 

As you can see, the case was not about whether treason could be committed absent a declaration of war, but totally regarding what constituted treason in a case where war was actually levied.  So this case really has nothing to say about the Republican claim.  However, let me note that it does say that those "who perform any part, however minute, or however remote from the scene of action" in an act of war can be considered traitors.  It says nothing about whether some sort of declaration of war is required.

Now let us move on to Marshall's decision in the Burr trial.  I excerpt the pertinent part of what Marshall had to say:

"Those only who perform a part, and who are leagued in the conspiracy, are declared to be traitors.  To complete the definition both circumstances must concur. They must “perform a part,” which will furnish the overt act; and they must be “leagued in conspiracy.” The person who comes within this description in the opinion of the court levies war."

No formal declaration of war required.

Chief Justice John Marshall

And that is the substance of the argument made by Republicans to absolve their President of treason; i.e. no substance at all.  Nowhere in the Constitution or in the supposedly pertinent criminal cases is this issue addressed.

Now, I wish to pass on to a prescient comment made by James Madison, on behalf of himself and the other writers of the Constitution, in Federalist Paper #43:

"...new-fangled and artificial treasons have been the great engines by which violent factions, the natural offspring of free government, have usually wreaked their alternate malignity on each other"

Is there a better description of the Russian interference in our Presidential election via technology only a couple of decades old than "new-fangled and artificial treason?"  The Russian hacking is clearly exactly what Madison was contemplating, although he could have never predicted its exact form.  And it requires no stretching of the imagination to understand that Donald Trump did “perform a part” which will furnish the "overt act;" and he was “leagued in conspiracy.”  And remember that

 "The person who comes within this description in the opinion of the court levies war."

I.e. is guilty of treason.  For Congress to back away from this obvious fact is to betray its duty.