Thursday, August 5, 2021

Why Hasn't Trump Been Indicted Yet For His Seditious Attempt To Overthrow Democracy?

          The evidence grows every day.

The facts are clear. Trump's coup attempt came closer than most Americans realize, and the challenge to democracy still exists.

As we learn more and more about the extremes that Trump minions were willing to go in an attempt to overturn the election, one thing is crystal clear:

Trump committed sedition. He tried to destroy our republic and is still actively pursuing his vendetta against free and fair elections.

The latest example of Trump's perfidy is just one more revelation of how close we all came to losing our freedoms.

Jeffrey Clark, a top official at the Justice Department composed a draft letter where he urged acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and acting deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue to sign onto a bogus claim that there was "significant concerns that impacted the outcome of the election in multiple states."

It was a bullshit attempt to invoke havoc and luckily for us all, it didn't succeed. Rosen and Donoghue refused to betray their country.

In the end the letter was never sent and Clark was blasted for his seditious attempt. 

For the record: Clark was acting with blessings from Trump. It was a coup attempt with the full knowledge of Trump. Of that, there is no doubt.

Reams of evidence keep turning up as we hear recordings of Trump threatening state officials not to certify the 2020 election. 

There's several investigations going on in Congress to address Trump's attempts to steal the election. Several states have filed lawsuits against Trump and his minions for their unlawful attempt to take over the country.

What I don't understand is why hasn't Trump been charged with sedition by now? The evidence that's already been revealed should be more than enough to indict him for treason.

There's an old saying that the wheels of justice move slowly. In this case eight months have passed since the insurrection and Trump still hasn't been charged.

A dozen of Trump's cronies have been sent to jail since he lost the election. Other MAGA followers are pushing lies, even as they're being called out for treasonous activities.

The Jan. 6 House Select Committee is crawling along and still hasn't named who they're going to question. 

Investigations revealing Trump's attempts to overthrow the will of voters in Georgia and Arizona, are also creeping along.

What the hell are we waiting for? The time for justice is long overdue. We can't afford to let him lead another assault upon American institutions.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Trump's Followers Are Actually Scarier Than he Is

Despite being kicked out of his highchair in the Oval Office in 2020, Trump continues to bring grief to our nation.

But, it's his followers who are doing the real damage to democracy by parroting his Big Lie, and all of his lesser lies.

Trump has united his supporters around an impulse to be openly racist and contemptuous towards anyone who doesn't drink his Kool aid. Simply put, he has normalized hatred.

While Trump holds quasi cabinet meetings at his golf resorts his minions are on the attack daily.

Sycophant's like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, are literally condemning Floridians to death by resisting masking rules in schools and threatening to defund them if they take the precaution to wear masks.

This outrageous demand comes as Florida is setting national COVID increase records and it's hospitals are near capacity with the new wave of the Delta Variant.

One-in-five Americans who have become infected with the new variant are from Florida. Under DeSantis - who has presidential aspirations - the state has become a killing ground with no relief in sight.

In a recent interview with Salon mental health expert Dr. Bandy X. Lee described the pathological relationship between Trump and his followers:

"Trump unites his supporters in a shared idea of opposition to some other groups or individuals they revile. It doesn't even matter whether they are Black or Muslim or immigrants or migrants from Latin and South America, or democrats for that matter.

"They are all to be dehumanized. Trump has found a way to unite his followers by granting them the freedom to normalize hatred."

In his capacity as political cult leader, Trump exemplifies what psychologists describe as 'the dark triad' of human behavior:

Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy.

With Trump minions infecting congress and state governments, democracy faces one of the biggest challenges our republic has ever seen.

Faced with an enemy inside our borders, the battles to defend truth and justice are increasing as the Republican party slimes all norms in their pursuit to reinstate the Chosen One.

While Trump is the north star of his fascist-minded followers, it's the rank and file who are fighting on the front lines. 

The Paul Gosar's and Marjorie Taylor Greene's are the foot soldiers in Trump's vile campaign to seize power again. They are the immediate threat to American democracy today. 

Monday, August 2, 2021

GOP Guide To Pushing Misinformation: Lies Equal Money

If someone wanted they could easily make a case that we've been living in an alternate America for the last five years.

Trump's short reign hit democracy like a tsunami, flooding facts with lies the size of whales. It provided hard-right extremist's with internet and cable platforms that sailed smoothly in a sea of falsehoods.

Most of all, Trump's Big Lie and ensuing lies are providing a steady stream of funds as false state audits cash in with the MAGA crowd. Just about any lie or outrageous claim is worth cash in TrumpLand.

People like GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene are proving how effective lies and accusations are as she's raised one of the biggest war chests of contributions in the House.

Denying facts and evidence compiled after the Jan. 6 insurrection has been a lucrative outlet for Republican politicians who blithely ignored what really happened on that tragic day.

Republican politicians seek Trump's blessings by wrapping their arms around his lies like proud parents of a rabid hyena.  

And why not?

With a war chest of 100 million dollars from donors, Trump sets the standard for other corrupt minions to follow. Lies are golden for Republicans right now.

How long will the master puppeteer be able to perform, is a question worth an answer. Without the ability to foresee the future, I suspect the tide will turn if the people Trump is endorsing keep losing.

He's currently 0-1 with his Texas endorsement of Susan Wright who lost last week. 

Another test will be in Ohio tomorrow. Trump's endorsement of Mike Carey to represent Ohio's 15th Congressional District against against a field of other Republicans will give another clue to how effective Trump's strategy is.

It's possible that two defeats in two weeks will dull the golden goose's attraction. But the real test comes during next year's midterms.

Meanwhile the Republican party will continue to cash in on lies about the vaccine, the 2020 election, Hunter Biden, immigration, and the rest of Trump's assaults on our democracy.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

The Delta Variant Is Killing Unvaccinated People and Spreading Faster Than The Original Virus: America's Response? Confusion

                  It should be clear cut.

America was rebounding from the challenges that COVID-19 brought earlier this year. There were positive vibes rippling throughout the country.

More people were being vaccinated in record numbers every day. Businesses we're re-opening. Masks were not needed if we were fully vaccinated.

Then the Delta Variant struck 

It came like a thief in the night and nearly all of the progress made against the pandemic was lost.

The death toll among the unvaccinated went from just a few cases across the country in several months - to over 100,000 a day nationally.

The Delta Variant turned out to be more contagious and more severe than the original COVID-19.

Inject partisan politics and mass disinformation campaigns and the result has been chaos.

The CDC had to issue new masking regulations because of the new challenges the Delta Variant is presenting. 

Among the most challenged guidance is that vaccinated people have to wear masks again inside. It turns out they can infect others in this new reality.

However, this new guideline has been a river too far for Republicans, and some Democrats. Science deniers have seized on the change as proof the CDC doesn't know what its talking about.

Despite the explanation above, conspiracy theorists are using the changing rules as a cudgel against the CDC.

The worst part is that we've lost a lot of the progress made against the virus, and it's looking like last year as the infections continue to grow daily.

Because we live in a polarized country there's no unified effort to combat the variant. Being unvaccinated has become a badge of honor for Trump followers.

Now we're seeing people who are vaccinated getting pissed off at others who aren't following safety guidelines. 

This toxic atmosphere in our society, while facing the biggest health challenge in 100 years, is crippling the country. 

The confusion and chaos must end, or else democracy will.

Friday, July 30, 2021

You Have a Right to Be a Moron: Just Don't Expect The Rest of Us To Follow

MEMO: To all Americans who choose to deny reality and science;

-- You have the right to be a moron. 

Just don't expect the rest of us to go along with your conspiracy theories, lies about the 2020 election, and voter suppression.

-- You have the right to deny facts.

The rest of us have the right to ignore your lies and not be afraid to tell the truth.

-- You have the right to live in an alternative universe.

Just don't expect the rest of America to join you in fantasyland.

-- You have the right to worship Trump and kiss his ass daily.

Just know the rest of the world sees Trump as a malicious narcissist, world-class liar, and sociopath.

-- You have the right to call people libtards and communists if they don't believe in Lord Trump.

Americans have the right to denounce extremist Republicans and the trolls who support them.

-- You have the right to sow fear with false narratives among yourselves to get fired up.

The rest of us have the right to reject the malicious attacks you wage against reality and democracy.

-- You have the right to join cults like Trumpism.

We have the right to expose cults that are anti-American.

-- You have the right to deny history when it doesn't fit into your agenda.

-- The rest of us have the duty to preserve history - the good, bad, and the ugly for future generations.

In summary;

We live in a society where freedom is highly valued. We're willing to fight, and die for it. But freedom also brings other unintended price-tags that cost lives every day.

Americans have more guns than any nation in the world. We also lead the world in mass shootings. It's an uncomfortable fact that is imbedded into our society.

The bottom line however, is that we are free to do great things and stupid things.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

A New 'Big Lie' Emerges From Extreme House Republicans


Save the Prisoners! Matt Gaetz (front right) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (front left) are followed by their crazy comrades Louis Gohmert (behind Greene) and bringing up the rear (behind Gohmert) is Paul Gosar. 

After calling the Jan. 6 rioters "tourists" and "patriots," House Republicans have shifted to a new strategy... canonize the rioters who are still behind bars for attempting to overthrow the government.

Suddenly those wackos who attacked Capitol police are being called "political prisoners" by four of the craziest Republicans in the House.

The group, consisting of Louis Gohmert, Matt Gaetz, Paul Gosar, and Margie Taylor Greene, attempted to visit some of the prisoners in a detention facility in Washington D.C. on Thursday.

Their attempt was rejected and they were accused of trespassing. But it made great theatre for right-wing lunatics on cable TV and social media.

Their pathetic attempt to divert from the Jan. 6 Select Committee's mission would be laughable if it wasn't so treasonous.

One America News Network (where truth goes to die) and the Rightside Broadcasting Network which hosts a right-wing YouTube channel, followed the little group around like their actions were breaking news.

It was. In an alternative world where one Big Lie has already infested the Republican party. 

So, this latest attempt to create a new Big Lie by House Republicans is falling on deaf ears. The majority of Americans aren't comparing the insurrectionists to political saints... yet. At least sane Americans aren't.

To date, The Justice Department has reported arresting 535 people in connection to the insurrection.

As these prisoners move through the judicial process they're going to be charged with crimes despite GOP propaganda suggesting they're all being wronged and tortured.

With Trump leading Republicans around by the trunk nose the lies will continue to pile on - shiny objects spinning around in Trump World as the rest of us ignore their antics.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Another Fraud Lawsuit Advances Against Trump and His Children

Remember when the Trump crime family's charity organization was dissolved after ripping off veterans, other organizations, and individual donors?

Trump was forced to pay $2 million in court-ordered damages to eight different charities for illegally misusing charitable funds at the Trump Foundation in 2019.

Fast forward:

America's premier crime family is back in court for another fraud lawsuit promoting a marketing scam targeting the poor and working class.

A federal appeals court said today Trump and his adult children cannot move into arbitration a fraud lawsuit accusing them of exploiting their family name to promote a marketing scam.

Four plaintiffs in the proposed class action accused Trump, his children Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka, and an affiliate of the Trump Organization of promoting American Communications Network in exchange for millions of dollars in secret payments from 2005 to 2015.

The plaintiffs said Trump's endorsement, including on episodes of his TV show "The Celebrity Apprentice," conned them into thinking their investments would pay off.

By now the Trump crime family's modus operandi is common knowledge. They're cheaters, liars, and lowlifes feeding off the American public.

For years Trump has been able to fend off the increasing lawsuits by burying them in the courts until they wither away.

That tactic is no longer working.

He's run out of appeals in several civil lawsuits that are going to end up in court now.

His presidential protections and immunity are no longer allowing him to put off court cases. A good example is the case filed in Manhattan against the Trump Organization. It's moving forward rapidly and may go to court this year.

I'm still amazed at how long Trump has avoided going to jail for his numerous crimes throughout his career. 

Despite his Mafia connections, and his dealings with Russian Oligarchs in real estate, he's been a "Teflon Don" out of the reach of justice.

The long awaited reckoning for Trump is coming from all directions. It's time to sit back and watch the hammer fall...repeatedly.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The 'Hitman' That Tried To Kill Our Electoral System: Jan. 6 House Select Committee Seeks Reckoning For Instigators

When Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn called Trump a "hitman" during the first meeting of the Jan. 6 House Select Committee, I knew Trump and his cronies were in trouble.

This committee is going to get to the bottom of what caused the insurrection. The committee's mission is clear - no stone unturned.

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D.C. Cop Refutes Newsmax Host's Bizarre Claim 

He Was Mistaken for Antifa at Capitol Riot

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made sure the investigation wasn't going to be a circus by rejecting Minority Leader McCarthy's attempt to sabotage the proceedings by inserting two of his most outrageous clowns - Jim "Gym" Jordan and Jim Banks.

It's not clear when the next hearing will be held. Odds are, it'll happen after Congress takes its summer break.

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Things to keep in mind in advance of the next hearing:

-- House Majority Whip James Clyburn said that Trump could be called to testify - "if that's what it takes."

-- Jan. 6 House chairman, Bennie Thompson, made it clear NO ONE is off limits. "We have the subpoena authority." 

Thompson also made it clear that any administration officials who refuse to appear will face subpoenas and lawsuits.

-- There is a possibility that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner will be called to testify.

-- There's a real good chance that Kevin McCarthy, and "Gym" Jordan will be called upon.

-- The committee has no deadline.

-- Committee members will meet with AG Merrick Garland to make sure investigations don't over lap with the existing criminal probes opened by the justice department, and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.

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I don't know how anyone who watched the four officers testify before the panel today, can be unmoved by their emotional appeals for justice.

It's easy to see why the Trumpian wing of the GOP are running scared and doubling down on their lies about the insurrection and the election.

I'm intrigued to see how non-Trump Republicans respond to their peers, Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger participating in the investigation. They're both true conservatives. 

Before all of this is over, the Republican party is going to go through even more turmoil as sanity slowly returns when Trump and his ilk start paying the price for their treasonous activities.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Trump Cult Followers and Other Assorted Conspiracy Nuts Are Looking Forward to August

The world is going to turn upside down in August.

Blue skies will become green. Grasslands will be a brilliant blue with lavender highlights.

And, Trump will be reinstated as president.

Social media trolls of all persuasions are experiencing a mass hallucination where their beloved leader will be restored sometime in August (according to users on YouTube the big day will be the 13th).

And, Trump will be crowned as "president" for life.

Fun fact check: There's no constitutional way for Trump to return to his old job.

Because Trump is such an epic bad loser, he's never going to quit his crusade against the constitution and our hard-fought for democracy.

No surprise to anyone, Trump is telling his closest allies that he thinks he'll be back in office this August.

I read a Political/Morning Consult poll that reported 29 percent of Republican voters believe Trump will return to the White House this year.

That's a lot of people living in an alternative universe. Worse yet, they can vote. 

Bat shit crazy Pillow Boy, Mike Lindell, is looking forward to August so he can share his latest looney event - a cyber symposium - that will motivate the Supreme Court to overthrow the election results with a 9-0 vote.

Like all the fake audits popping up in swing states, nothing is going to change the fact Joe Biden is our president. Reality does win out in the end.

The grass will still be green and the skies blue despite the assembled trolls best efforts.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

GOP Is In The Process of Cannibalizing Itself

Did you know that cannibalism is common in the animal kingdom? 

It's also common in politics today as the Republican party turns inward and eats/cancels it's own members.

The Trumpian wing has been allies with anti-vaxxers and other conspiracy groups for a couple of years now, but that alliance is suddenly on shaky ground.

When Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, and FOX news host, Sean Hannity, promoted getting COVID-19 vaccines Friday, the anti-vaxxers lost their shit.

QAnon's favorite general, Michael " the traitor" Flynn, quickly called them out for speaking truthfully about the vaccine saving lives.

Flynn accused the two of "trying to be politically correct." There were even dark rumors that someone bribed DeSantis to tell the truth about the vaccine.

Think about that. DeSantis is supposed to be more popular than Trump in a recent poll. And going after Hannity? WTF?

The Republican party has become a moveable feast from within, as segments break off and attack/cancel each other.

Between moderates, old school Republicans, and Trump cult followers, the Party of Lincoln is a seething mess of toxic lies.

This growing turmoil can only benefit the Democrats if they continue on their course under Biden, who enjoys a 53 percent approval rating among all Americans. Trump never surpassed 49 percent in four years.

The challenge for the Democrats is keeping their own house in order. Progressives are pushing harder for big changes that Republicans use to scare their conservative constituents with, while other members strive to keep a bipartisan attitude allowing for compromise on important legislation.

It's not easy working with a party when the inmates have overrun the asylum and are charting a congressional course for chaos.

If Republicans continue to cancel each other out with muddled messaging there just might be a chance the Democrats will buck history and win big in the 2022 midterms.

Friday, July 23, 2021

A Snake on the Glass, Shrinking Cereal Boxes, Gullible Judges and Other Blunt Observations

Everybody is getting their fifteen minutes of fame nowadays on one, or more, social media websites.

People and animals are stars, entertaining millions of viewers. Did I mention anything can "go viral?"

A Florida woman went viral (4 million views) on TikTok after a snake took a liking to her windshield, and she struggled to get it off. After watching it, I got the feeling most of the people were rooting for the snake. Just me, I guess.

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I have a message for cereal companies that think consumers are stupid:

Listen up, asshats! I know all about your tactic of "shrinkflation." We pay more, and get less product. Hell, you've been doing that for a decade. 

But it especially pisses me off when we're already facing an inflation surge and the boxes continue to shrink. Just know, you're not fooling anyone.

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Lately I've been losing trust in our judicial system. Watching Trump stack the Supreme Court in the last four years was like watching the Jan. 6 insurrection - a shocking reality call.

Gone are neutral judges. If there were ever any in the first place. Unabashedly, Republican and Democratic judges sway with the current political climate.

I strongly suspect there's plenty of judges that are simply gullible maroons. Case in point:

Trump's longtime associate Tom Barrack (a billionaire) was indicted earlier this week on charges of illegal foreign lobbying.

A federal magistrate judge released him from jail pending his trial. The bail package included a $250 million bond secured by $5 million in cash.

Barrack was also ordered to wear a GPS location monitoring bracelet, and was barred from transferring any funds overseas, and he's restricted to just traveling to parts of Southern California and New York.

Were should I start?

How about the fact that Barrack has been buddies with Trump for 30 years, instantly qualifying him as a lying shithead.

Then there's the bond money. It's chump change for the billionaire, and if his lawyers warn him he could spend the rest of his days in prison he's going to skip to parts unknown.

Authorities will be left with his broken GPS device, and the millions he gladly discarded for his freedom. 

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Did you hear about the Florida homeowner who shouted at a man trying to save another man's life on his front lawn?

"Have him die someplace else!" the slime bag yelled. (Read the story here)

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I was really disgusted to hear the rest of the story regarding Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing in 2018.

At the time the FBI was supposedly documenting calls on a tip line in a wide background search into Kavanaugh's past activities.

Republican Senator, Susan Collins, told reporters that, "it appeared to be a very thorough investigation." 

Only it wasn't, as we found out this week, nearly three years later. The FBI had 4,500 tips, and they only investigated 10 of them.

Guess what happened?

Those thousands of tips disappeared into the bowels of the counsel's office in Trump's White House. Now, no one knows where they are. 

Pretty convenient eh?

I'm out of here... have a safe and bodacious day!

Thursday, July 22, 2021

McCarthy's Move To Pull Republicans From Select Committee Jan. 6 Panel Is Pathetic

Doing his best impression of Lucy picking up the football at the last second before Charlie Brown kicks it, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled his team off of the Select Committee on the Jan. 6 riot.

Angry that two of his recommendations for the panel were rejected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, McCarthy continues to make things worse for Republicans by sacrificing his other three picks in his snit.

If not for his stupidity and loyalty to Trump, Republicans could have had a bipartisan committee where they would have been well-represented. 

But no. 

McCarthy is paying the price for playing Trump's puppet. Now he's holding a pity party after Pelosi's announcement that Jim Banks, and Jim "Gym" Jordan don't get to play on the panel.

Just what will McCarthy's latest move accomplish?

In true Trumpian fashion, he's responded with a lot of hot air, but no substance, telling reporters Republicans will conduct their own investigation.

Don't hold your breath. They're not in power. The faux investigation would have to be held in a DC alley.

The old saying about cutting off your nose to spite your face describes McCarthy's efforts to subvert the committee's goal to investigate the assault on the Capitol...and our democracy.

Perhaps if he hadn't traveled to Trump's lair to kiss the ring, things could have been different for McCarthy. 

Instead of being a loyal puppet, he had a chance to demonstrate real leadership by taking that initial offer of a bipartisan investigation. 

It would have been the best bet for the party by putting them on a level playing field.

Despite McCarthy's move there's still a chance more Republicans can join their colleague Liz Cheney on the panel. 

Pelosi has the authority to select Republicans to serve on the committee, if they agree to serve. However, it would require a spine to forge ahead without McCarthy's (and Trump's) blessing.

The bottom line is Americans are owed a complete accounting for the coup attempt on Jan. 6., and they're going to get it.

The committee will meet for the first time Tuesday 7/27/21, where it will hear from law enforcement officers about what they witnessed during the riot.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Trump's Theatre of the Absurd Threatens America: The Truth Will Set Us Free

The only way to contend with Trump and his cult is to challenge the lies and disinformation that come on a daily basis.

Even though Trump was run out of office in 2020, the Republican party continues to put on a show for the ages.

Trump's bad actors are everywhere. In the school districts, state and congressional lawmakers, Fox News, Newsmax, Oann, and social media platforms.

The result has been a flood of disinformation and lies designed to restore Trump to power.

There were several good opinion articles today, but I selected this one from Salon because it's so right on.

Why the Revelations About Trump and the Kremlin are True (even if the documents are fake)

"Joe Biden may be president, but in too many ways the Age of Trump marches on. American political and civic life continues to resemble a spy thriller, a horror movie or a science fiction dystopia that keeps spawning sequels.

Most Americans want to escape the theater, but the doors are locked. Those who remain in their seats love these movies and can't get enough of their charismatic star.

The ending of this saga has been obvious since the beginning: Donald Trump is a malevolent force, with no loyalty to the United States and its people; yet his followers worship him as a god and nothing can tear them away from the cult." (Read the rest here)

There's so much more to say, but I'll save it for another day.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Cults Are Us: America Faces Identity Crisis

While cults have been around before we became a country, they've never been mainstreamed like they are now.

We're faced with the biggest and most dangerous cult to ever challenge democracy; the Trump cult.

Cults in America became big news in the 1970s. Violent cults under leaders like Charles Manson, Reverend Jim Jones, and others became common names in American households.

Political, racist, or terrorist cults are fueled by belief in changing society, revolution, overthrowing the perceived enemy or getting rid of "evil forces."

Trump's attempts to overthrow our government and turn it into a fascist regime, have been numerous and continue to this day.

In a relatively short period of time Trump transformed Americans into two armed camps. His believers and the rest of the country that still believes in a democracy.

One of the things that makes the Trump cult so deadly is it's a crossover cult combining political and religious cults that are based on ultra-conservative family values, strict morals, or patriotism.

Members are encouraged to participate by selling the group's product to others. Practices and influence techniques include using guilt and shame, peer pressure, financial control, magical thinking, or guided imagery.

There's never been a more dangerous cult in our history where an ex-president is actively trying to overthrow our electoral system in order to seize power.

With half of America believing the 2020 election was stolen, we're facing a crisis unlike anything seen before in our history.

The only way to defeat Trump and his minions is to vote against them. Plucking Trump's enablers out of politics is going to take a lot of determination and participation at the polls.

America is worth it. Freedom is worth it. Fighting disinformation is worth it. 

In this time of America's identity crisis, we must not let Trump's cult flourish. We must defeat him and his cult followers for the sake of the nation.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Despite Reality Trump Spokesperson Claims 'History Tour' Is Already Making History

History shows us that former presidents - and even their spouses - don't usually have a hard time in selling out their appearances and speeches.

The same doesn't hold true for Trump and Bill O'Reilly, who are hoping lots of people will happily pay to see them.

It doesn't look that way however

In a Friday morning article, Politico highlighted the Trump/O'Reilly tour's lagging sales for its four dates in December.

That's not good news for the Liar's Tour because tickets have been available for more than a month. Thousands at each venue remain unsold according to Ticketmaster and AXS.

For comparison, Orlando's Amway Center featured Bad Bunny and the concert sold out in two days. For the record, the concert isn't until next March.

Thus far, Trump's Alternative History Tour is a bust, with entire sections going unclaimed in the venues.

Orlando's Amway Center is apparently a real tough sell for the two insurrectionists trying to rewrite history.

Of course, Trump's spokesperson, Liz Harrington had another take on how well the planned tour was doing.

"The excitement and enthusiasm is unlike anything we've seen before," she bragged. (Sound like someone else?)

I can't help wonder how much experience Harrington has in dealing with reality. Promoting Trump's lies seems to be her sole skill set.

Not surprisingly, O'Reilly had to get in on the hyperbole derby; "Nobody has sold tickets this fast at this price," he claimed.

I think the biggest mistake this tour of infamy made is thinking Trump supporters are going to pay between $100 to $300 to sit in the nose-bleed sections of the arenas, with closer tickets ranging around $1,000 a seat.

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Observation:

The History Tour may yet be canceled - not necessarily because of ticket sales, but because Trump may be in court fighting to stay out of prison.

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Trump's rallies were always free carnivals, and well-attended. His core base of minions expects to see a full circus act for FREE.

I highly doubt they would pay through the nose to sit that long if it's just Trump answering questions from O'Reilly, or with a few select people asking questions. Borrrring!

Thursday, July 15, 2021

'Kraken' Team's Desperate Attempt To Avoid Serious Sanctions Failed

     Sidney Powell - Top Kraken Leader - Takes on courts

Justice is coming soon for a group of Trump lawyers who have been promoting the Big Lie in swing state courts.

A federal Judge in Michigan denied a request from the so-called "Kraken," team, led by Sidney Powell and Lin Wood, to stall the proceedings with a meritless request.

Fact: the entire July 12 proceeding was wide open - far wider than could have been accommodated in a small courtroom.

Judge Linda Parker wrote, "As counsel notes in the motion, more than 13,000 people watched live, 'viewing the proceedings just as they were conducted."

The seven attorney "Krakenists" filed an emergency motion for the release of the recording of the hearing. 

They claimed Democratic intervenors (the City of Detroit) lied about what happened during the contentious July 12th hearing.

The court did not save the live broadcast on it's website. A standard procedure.

In an act of "magical thinking" the crack pro-Trumpian team thought that if more people could watch the hearing they'd {somehow} be exonerated.

Don't ask me what would change people's minds. Powell and Wood live in an alternate universe that rejects the realities unfolding around them.

Proof of that is evident with Lin Wood who grudgingly admitted posting short clips of the trial on Telegram. 

Despite Judge Parker's order not too. Afterward, a motion was called for Wood to be held in contempt for violating the court's order.

The Kraken team's argument that they needed the video in order to prepare a supplemental brief was shot down by Judge Parker.

She pointed out, "attorneys routinely prepare such briefs following a hearing without a video, audio recordings of the proceedings and often without a transcript."

I'm looking forward to see the Kraken bunch lose their law licenses and being laughed out of their profession.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Trump's Illegal Investigation Exposed: Judge Orders DOJ Records To Be Released To Public


For reasons that have "puzzled" a judge - among others - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has been covering up information regarding an illegal investigation undertaken by the Trump regime.

The Judge who ordered the sealed records released today was "puzzled" that the Biden DOJ hadn't already published them.

Here's what we know:

-- The Trump Justice Department fought to secretly obtain the records of journalists from two additional outlets, two lawmakers on The House Intelligence Committee, and even former White House counsel Don McGahn.

-- Trump pushed AG Barr right up until his last days in office, to investigate his enemies.

-- The concealed files offered new details about the DOJ investigation, including how late into Barr's tenure records were pursued, and how the agency suspected Congressional staff might have been the sources for the information leaks in Trump's administration.

Here's two of the stories that spurred Trump and his minions to Illegally Investigate:

-- Jared Kushner had discussed using Russian facilities for backchannel communications with the Kremlin

-- Former AG Jeff Session had discussed campaign matters with then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

The filings also show the Biden administration was fighting to keep the records concealed right up until The Washington Post broke the news story that their reporters were involved in an illegal government search against them.

The DOJ's weak reasoning for stalling was that the records contained "non-public investigative and witness information."

As magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui pointed out today, the investigation is closed now that Trump's gone, and they have a duty to make the records available to the public.

In the decision Faruqui wrote, "The government's anti-redaxer stance is puzzling. The administrative burden of doing its job is no escape hatch from completing this task {releasing records to the public}."

What happens next is uncertain.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Cartoon Controversy: Americans Are Talking About a Bunny Not Having Boobs


Lola in the first Space Jam (left). Lola in the sequel (right).

In these days of divisions over any subject it's no surprise people are treating a new cartoon - Space Jam: New Legacy - like a political hot potato.

Let's get right to the meat of the matter; Lola Bunny lost her boobs in the sequel to the original Space Jam, starring Michael Jordon and Looney Tunes characters.

A refresher for those who missed the first Space Jam:

Lola Bunny was the romantic interest for Bugs Bunny, and she looked as hot as a cartoon character can look.

But the director, Michael Lee decided she needed a redesign for the sequel. An updated version, if you will. A politically correct portrayal of a smoking hot cartoon bunny with a chest as flat as a washboard.

Turns out millions of fans are upset with the new look Lola.

It seems their anger caught Lee off-guard, according to an interview with Entertainment Weekly. He thought it was a "super weird" response about the character's body. 

Defending the old Lola-look former pro golfer Paige Spinarac told the Sun that the redesign implied, "women couldn't be sexy and strong."

Apparently exasperated by the controversy Lee said, "And, yes, we had all these women who were like 'Oh, you can't be strong and have boobs?!' Sure you can, but we're talking about a cartoon bunny, not women."

My take on this ridiculous argument is people can't seem to relax enough nowadays to just suspend reality and enjoy a cartoon at the movies.

Monday, July 12, 2021

American Schools Facing a 'Brain Drain' As Educators Quit The Jobs Over Lies About Critical Race Theory

Once upon a time, not so long ago, American teachers were held in high regard. 

Parents supported teachers and trusted them with their children.

But in this time of major polarization across the country, teachers are being intimidated by conservative lies that seek to suppress black history in America.

What we're seeing now is a concerted attack against a theory that isn't even taught in elementary or high schools. 

Extreme conservatives have labeled the Critical Race Theory (CRT) as an attack against whites and progressives. 

Up until six months ago most people had never heard this theory which was mostly taught in college law schools.

So what happened?

Pulling out their oldest playbook, conservatives have demonized the theory and have taken their lies into our K-12 school system as a new attack against teaching the truth.

This new tactic to harass Democrats and blacks has spread like cancer in school districts where furious parents (washed in the orange Kool aid) demand an end to teaching CRT.

Even though it isn't being taught to their children, the Trump wing of the Republican party claims it is.

What these parents fail to realize is that they're being used. Lied to by extreme Republican politicians with only one agenda - to gain and hold complete power in the nation.

The real problem for these narrow-minded parents and lawmakers is that students are having discussions about race in school.

Against this backdrop five states have passed laws limiting how teachers can address "divisive concepts" with students across the country.

The result in these districts is what educators call a "brain drain," of those most committed to fighting racism in schools.

The problem is when facts are no longer part of the discussion, teacher's tools to reframe the conversation and get people back on board with facts is limited. 

The results of this mislabeling campaign is causing an exodus among the already scarce recruiting field in education. 

It's highly alarming that educators are resigning, facing dismissal and fearing for their lives due to conversations about race and diversity.

This local backlash to addressing race in school has been fueled by national conservative group and activists, who see the anti-critical race theory fights as a winning political issue and are helping parents mobilize.

The real loser in this battle are our children who deserve to be taught "honest history."

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Trumpian Wing of the GOP Agrees Not To Agree With Bipartisan Legislation

Part of the GOP battle plan to regain power is a no-holds barred attack on bipartisanship.

There actually was a time when bipartisan bills were possible in Congress. Now they are as rare as the fabled Dodo bird.

The Washington Examiner interviewed three GOP aides that said child care and family proposals are viewed favorably by a sizable contingency of Republican voters but they suggested that opposing Biden's "socialist agenda" would help their bosses, and the party, significantly more during the 2022 midterm elections than reaching across the aisle this summer.

Uniting under Trump's Big Lie has become a lifeline for extremists seeking re-election, and for new players in conservative politics.

Here's What Some GOP members are saying:

While addressing an audience at CPAC Saturday night, Rep. Lauren Boebert ranted,

"We're here to tell the government we don't want your benefits. We don't want your welfare. Don't come knocking at my door...you leave us the hell alone."

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"My job is to block President Biden's socialistic agenda." Mitch McConnell

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"For the next 18 months, Republicans' job is to do everything that we can to slow down the Democrats' radical agenda, and then win the majority and lead," Rep. Chip Roy at CPAC.

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Speaking to a group of extremists, Patriot Voices," Rep. Chip Roy proclaimed, "Hopefully there will be 18 more months of chaos and the ability to get stuff done." 

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I could go on with more examples, but my point here is there's an active resistance against the majority of Americans who want to see successful legislation that improves their lives.

It helps to understand that Trump and his minions are a minority in the country. Right now that minority is seeking to destroy our electoral system and rig it for themselves.

Americans are being held hostage by these haters who manipulate social media and cable news to support the Big Lie.

Lies motivate the Republican party. Truth motivates the Democratic party to defend our Constitution and freedoms.

One prediction; if Biden wants to pass big legislation the filibuster must go. I think it will come to that once the Democratic party realizes their being played like fools.  

Otherwise Mitch McConnell, Trump, and the rest will do an "Obama" and successfully derail Biden's legislation attempts throughout his presidency.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

States Pushing Back Against 'The Big Lie' Targeting GOP Efforts To Steal the 2020 Election

The pushback against Trump's "Big Lie" is picking up steam in some swing states.

Here's What's Happening:

Arizona's Democratic secretary of state calls for investigation of Trump, Giuliani and others

(Read article here)

Michigan AG and Police Confirm Probe Sparked by State GOP-Led Report Debunking Election Fraud Claims

(Read article here)

Michigan AG To Probe 'Election Fraud' Grifters; Trump Lawyers May Face Reckoning Monday

(Watch video here)

A 'Sham': Pennsylvania AG Torches State GOP's Push For Arizona-Style Election Audit

(Read article here)

Here Are The Attempts By State and Local GOP to 'Review' 2020 Election

(Read article here)

Meanwhile in Trump Land

Trump's Big Lie is Getting Supercharged by 2022 GOP Candidates

(Read article here)

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For the sake of brevity I've only selected some recent articles/video that apply to today's topic.

As you can see, democracy is in peril with a rogue former president trying to destroy our electoral system. But, there is resistance against The Big Lie - and that's not going away soon.

Friday, July 9, 2021

McMafia Law and Trump: The UK Looking at 'The Donald's Money Laundering Grift

Thus far, Scottish ministers have resisted investigating criminal allegations against Donald Trump's properties in their country.

Despite having two golf courses - Turnberry and Aberdeenshire, Trump hasn't paid taxes on either of them.

Sound familiar?

That's changed. The International Trump Crime Family could be in big trouble with the British government under "The Unexplained Wealth Order" in the near future.

A U.S.-based nonprofit Avaaz, an online activist network, filed a court action to press the Scottish government to wield its popularly known "McMafia" law to force Trump to reveal the mysterious sources for his all-cash purchases and development of his two golf resorts.

Despite years of concerns about the properties, Parliament voted, 89 to 32, in February against a Scottish Green Party motion to force Trump to reveal his cash sources. 

Despite that, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she won't protect the former president if wrongdoing is found.

Avaaz filed another petition in Scotland's highest civil court this week seeking a judicial review of the government's decision not to pursue the McMafia Law against Trump's businesses.

Also this week, there's been speculation that the golf resorts are part of a money laundering operation.

Neither resort has ever made a profit - despite the millions Trump has pumped into them. To rub salt into the wound, the resorts collected about $800,000 in COVID-19 subsidies from British taxpayers.

A news update

Allen Weisselberg, Trump's CFO, is no longer the director and controller of Trump International Golf Club Organization as of yesterday.

He was terminated from the United Kingdom registry of private companies after his criminal indictment in Manhattan.

The parallels and connections between the New York investigation, and the Scotland investigation can't be ignored. "Teflon Don" Trump is in big trouble.

I can't help recalling another "Teflon Don" John Gotti, who was eventually brought to justice and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Predator Politicians in a Star Wars Bar and More

The image of Trump in the White House with a daily collection of freaks and partisan puppets besmirching democracy is... riveting.

Rumor was that White House aides called the Oval Office and adjoining room, a "Star Wars Bar," because of how weird it was watching the daily display of characters slither in-and-out.

New books are coming out daily about the Trump administration, and very few are flattering. 

Testimony - after testimony - paints a picture of a dangerous narcissistic sociopath banging around the White House like a pissed-off 5th grader who didn't get a hamburger for lunch.

His minions are struggling now that they are out-of-power. Most are having trouble finding new jobs. Some have landed at right-wing media outlets allowing them to continue worshipping Trump by telling lies on his behalf.

Some of Trump's inner circle aren't doing so well right now. 

In particular, Rudy Giuliani, who is paying the price for lying for Trump.

A New York court suspended Rudy from the New York Bar on June 24th for his "false and misleading" statements on behalf of Trump.

Yesterday, the District of Columbia suspended Trump's most prominent attorney from practicing law in the nation's capitol. And Rudy's worries are far from over.

He's also being sued by Dominion Computer Systems for making false accusations of voter fraud that defamed the company after the 2020 election.

Two more Trumpies, Sidney Powell and Mike (The Pillow Guy) Lindell, are also being sued with Rudy for the same reasons. The addled trio claimed Dominion rigged the last election to help Joe Biden.

In addition, Rudy has to worry about the FBI investigation on him for his involvement with the Ukraine while lobbying for the Trump campaign on behalf of foreign interests.

Finally, there's another Justice Department investigation about possible illegal lobbying that he performed for Turkish clients.

As amused as I am by the Star Wars analogy, I have another updated one that I'd like to see:

Orange-clad Trump minions (plus Family) and his Orangeness breaking rocks in a chain-gang somewhere deep in Georgia during a heat wave.

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