Sunday, September 26, 2021

Wingnut Wrapup- Forensic Audit Edition

 This is just a quick reflection on the bogus Republican "forensic audit" of the Arizona Presidential vote.  We all knew the thing was phony from the word go, but I guess we also expected that the final report would be just one more gigantic Republican lie.  Well, the "cyber ninja" goofballs who ran the thing made a giant mistake:  Instead of releasing the report in the promised month or so after receiving and despoiling the actual Arizona ballots, they stretched out this idiotic circus for five months of never ending publicity and grifting.  In the process, they gave the sane observers in this country plenty of time to examine, and reveal as totally worthless, everything they did.  So claims they might have gotten away with in April or May were impossible now.  The result: dramatic proof the the Arizona election was run totally accurately, and a gigantic humiliation to the liar Trump.

Of course, that is not what you would hear if you followed the right wing press.  I'm not going to spend much time on this, but here is a list of articles from one single website, the Gateway Pundit, posted in the three days since the announcement that the audit was a colossal failure.

And please keep in mind the fact that, in 2020, the last year for which we have statistics, the Gateway Pundit averaged 844,000 hits a day.  844,000 people every day filled with this lying garbage.

I'm not going to discus these posts in detail; they are all obvious lies and I am just going to leave it at that.  Remember, this is from three days:

"Arizona Audit Final Report Was Watered Down: Reports from Cyber Ninjas Were Edited, Most Damning Statements Removed – What Else Was Removed?"

"What Ever Happened to President Trump’s Executive Order Calling for a Review of 2016 Election Led by Former VP Pence"

"“IT’S HIGH NOON” – Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich: “If We Don’t Stand Up Now And Protect The Constitution And Rule Of Law, We’ll Never Get It Back.”"

"President Trump Lists Thousands of Ballots Included in 2020 Election In Arizona That Were Fraudulent Showing He Won the State"

"They’re On the Other Side: GOP Totally Ignores AZ Forensic Audit that Found State of Arizona NEVER Should Have Been Certified"

"WATCH: AZ State Rep Mark Finchem – Sets Rude FAKE NEWS Howie Fischer Straight – “This Is HIS Interview Howie… That’s Shameful! I Have Never Seen You Stoop That Low.”

"Not Making Headlines… AZ Forensic Audit Summary Money Quote: “Election Should Not Be Certified” and “57,734 Ballots with Known Issues – 6 Times Margin of Victory” — Updated"

"LIVE-STREAM VIDEO: President Trump Holds Rally in Perry, Georgia at 6pm Central – The Day After Explosive Arizona Audit Results"

"New Poll: Trump Decisively Beats Biden And Harris In 2024"

"REASONS TO DECERTIFY AZ – THE LIST: 70,000 Duplicated, Fraudulent, Illegal or Ghost Ballots (7 Times Biden’s Margin of Victory), Devices Missing, Data Deleted, Criminal Acts Referred to Authorities"

"Arizona Governor Ducey Does It Again – Sides with Biden and Fellow RINOs No Matter What the Facts Are with the 2020 Election in Arizona"

"Attorney Matt DePerno: Arizona Audit Officials Were Threatened – Forced to Water Down Audit Report (VIDEO)"

"Arizona Audit Finds 25-30% of Duplicated Ballots Received Between November 4th-9th After They Knew How Many Ballots Were Needed"

"BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Report Shows Fulton County, GA 2020 Election Had $2 million in Unsupported OT, 15 Missing Routers, an Agreement with the SPLC to Put in Place Drop Boxes, and More"

"AZ Audit Member Ben Cotton Reveals Significant Internet Activity by Dominion Software Including Several Entries to FOX News in January 2020"

"President Donald Trump Responds to Arizona Audit Results: “I will be discussing the winning results – which show 44,000 illegal ballots “

"AZ Audit Finds Proof of Pre-Meditated Fraud: Multiple Ballot Envelopes Had “Verified and Approved” Stamp That Appears to be PRE-PRINTED BEHIND Signature Box – Several Approved With No Signature at All"

"Arizona Senate Audit: Dominion Machines Contained Non-Maricopa County Data — From South Carolina and Washington State"


"Doug Logan from Cyber Ninjas Speaks After Dr. Shiva – Uncovers Additional 57,000 Issues (Not Counting Shiva’s 17,000 Issues)"

"Dr. Shiva at AZ Senate Hearing: Over 17,000 Total Duplicate Ballots — Votes By Those Who Voted More Than Once in Arizona — 1.5 Times Biden’s Winning Margin"

"HUGE RALLY Forms Outside Arizona Senate Hearing — AZ Patriots Come Out in Force as Audit Exposes Massive Fraud in 2020 Election"

"TRUMP STATEMENT On AZ AUDIT: “Huge Findings in Arizona – Undeniable Evidence of Fraud! A Major Criminal Event”

"President Trump Drops Second Statement on Arizona – Fake News Is Lying – “There Were Enough Fraudulent Votes… to Change the Outcome of the Election 4 or 5 Times Over”

"BREAKING: Indications Arizona Audit Appears to Show Crimes Committed Related to Tampering with Public Records"

"Steve Bannon on Arizona Audit Day: “Note to All the Liberals, The Biden Admin Is Dead, You Died, Sorry About That. Sorry Not Sorry”

"BREAKING: Early DRAFT of Portion of Arizona Report Leaked – Shows Thousands of Potential Illegal Ballots – Sen. Rogers “Findings of Great Consequence”

27 lying stories in three days.  From one website.  And don't forget the 844,000 hits a day.  When you wonder how wingnuts can go on believing lies about Covid, for example, when those lies are killing them, or can possibly believe that the criminal traitor Trump was the greatest President in history, keep in mind how intensely they are propagandized, all day, every day of their lives.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Trump Sues His Niece


For what else? Because she told the truth.

"Trump Sues NYT and Niece—Who Calls Him ‘F*cking Loser’

The ex-president claims there was an “insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly sensitive records.  The suit, filed Tuesday in Dutchess County, New York, by attorney Alina Habba, seeks damages “in an amount to be determined at trial, but believed to be no less than One Hundred Million Dollars” from both Mary Trump and the Times.”

I was going to put a picture of Trump here, but I thought this would be easier to take.  So sue wait- I don't have a hundred million dollars lying around.

Anyway, this has to be the funniest legal story since Larry Klayman sued his mother.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Time To State Something Clearly

The Republicans' refusal to take even the most obvious measures to fight the Covid epidemic stems from one thing and one thing only:  they will do anything to prevent Joe Biden from having a victory, even killing hundreds of thousands of people.  That is the kind of malignant, inhuman opponents we face in this country today.  This is, in intent, really no different than Hitler sending people to death camps.  After all that has happened, any Democrat who denies this is a fool, and a very malicious fool at that.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Is Outrage Dead?

 I've been busy at work this week, but before too long a time passes, I want to comment on the ways the various living Presidents chose to celebrate the 20th anniversary of 9-11.

Jimmy Carter, who is well into his nineties, was not well enough to attend any public ceremonies.  Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama all attended public ceremonies at sites linked to the 9-11 attacks.  Our current President made appearances at all three of the attack sites.  Pretty much what you would expect.

That leaves Donald J. Trump.  Here is what this disgusting jackass did on 9-11:

He appeared at an event sponsored by the Unification Church, where he lavished praise on its founder, Sun Myung Moon, who was one of the worst cult leaders in history, and who repeated every right wing lie on earth in his "Newspaper," the Washington Times, while making himself and his family obscenely rich.  You can be sure that Trump did this for pay, likely in the millions of dollars, because the mixture of spreading hatred and enriching himself is the only thing that gets him out of bed in the morning.  This man Moon is as loathsome a right wing religious fanatic as anyone in Al Qaida ever was.  

This is how Trump spent the anniversary of one of the bleakest days in our history.  This is what he thinks he owes to our country.

He then participated in a pay-per-view "boxing match" featuring the fifty-something Evander Holyfield, who got himself punched into oblivion in the first round by some martial arts dick; for which Trump unquestionably also got a great big check.  Boxing.  A celebration of violence on a day that should have been about an end to violence.  But it was a chance for him to get some money without stealing it from veterans or kids with cancer, so I guess it was just fine.

These two activities reveal  a total contempt for the Presidency that the people who, in their infinite stupidity, granted him.  They are insults to our country, which amount to "if I can't be President, then I am going to destroy everything it stands for."

And yet, to judge from the press coverage of this nauseating behavior, this is far less of a problem than, say, Biden looking at his watch during a government ceremony, which was news for days.

Now, don't even try to pretend that this is because the press has just given up trying to deal with Trump objectively.  It is because the most egregious outrages against our country are just fine with them, as long as they are perpetrated by the Republican party, to which their rich bosses belong.  But it seems like the country has collectively given up even the mildest protest at the behavior of Republicans, no matter how destructive it is.


A note:  Just so you understand what a terrible burden my job has been the last few days, here is one of the places where I have had to go to do my work:

I know you are filled with pity for me.  

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Larry Elder


I suppose just about everyone has heard of Larry Elder at this point- the guy who is the front-runner to replace Governor Newsom in California if the latest Republican attack on democratic elections manages to succeed.  If Republicans manage to pull this off, Elder, who is currently polling in the mid- twenties, could replace Newsom even if Newsom fell one vote short of a majority, thus taking us one step closer to a country where Republicans take over all of government, regardless of whether they win elections or not.

Most people know that Elder is a right wing talk show host, and immediately understand that he has spent the last few decades pushing every right wing lie in the book, but they are likely unaware that this guy has always had a particularly sickening specialty that sets him apart from, and below, virtually any right wing talker you can think of.

I first encountered Elder in the late 1980's, when he was a local broadcaster in LA, on KFI, the same station that (of course) carried Rush Limbaugh.  Sure, Elder earned his pay by spouting all the usual right wing propaganda, but his real specialty, on which he must have spent half his on-air time, was blaming black people for every single bad thing that ever happened to them, over and over again, week after week, year after year.  It was not his speaking ability or intelligence that was valuable to the Republicans, but his black face, which he was happy to supply for his thirty pieces of silver.  

There are so many ugly, evil people to be found in the world of right wing propaganda, but even among this company, Elder stands out as a truly despicable individual.  From Reagan to Bush to Trump and now to the likes of Larry Elder, this is how far the Republican party is willing to descend; and it's not over yet.  Too bad Charlie Manson and John Wayne Gacy are dead, because they would be next in line.