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America is in a political crisis. The Republicans have caused it. Here's something that can be done about it by you. What worked for them on Conservative Talk Radio will not work on Social Media. This election is going to be fought out on social media. The Democrats can own the Republicans on Social Media if they remember how politics is done. This is ammunition for the political wars on Social Media

At this point, the 2024 election is a referendum on freedom and democracy in America. A vote for Donald Trump is a vote to end American Democracy.

Originally this site was just to compensate for lousy messaging about all the great stuff President Biden has been doing for America, especially to respond to maga types attacking him. That was before Trump looked like he would be on the ballot in 2024. Now, this includes details meant to be posted on Social Media as reminders about Trump's history. It's a pretty ugly tale of immorality and contempt for the law.

It also has a nice collection of meme images that can be posted as reminders as well.

  • 04/05/2024. Interestingly, some of Trump's most vocal opponents to him becoming President again, are former officials in his administration, even including his VP, Mike Pense.

    Sarah Matthews, a former Trump aide who testified before the House Jan. 6 committee and is among those warning about the threat he poses, said it’s “mind-boggling” how many members of his senior staff have denounced him. “These are folks who saw him up close and personal and saw his leadership style,” Matthews said.

    Here are some others:

    03/24/2024. Biden Campaign Lists Former Trump Officials Who’ve Turned Against Him And... Wow! Even his former VP, Mike Pense, won't support him.

    President Joe Biden’s campaign on Thursday shared a thread on X (formerly Twitter) of damning comments that 17 former top officials in Donald Trump’s administration have made to condemn the former president and presumptive GOP nominee.

    “The people who know Trump best won’t support him. Why should you?” the Biden campaign began the thread featuring videos of high-ranking White House officials ripping their former boss.

    Former Attorney General Bill Barr called Trump “a consummate narcissist” who “constantly engages in reckless conduct” in one clip.

    Dictators like Russia’s Vladimir Putin think Trump is “a laughing fool and they’re fully prepared to take advantage of him,” said former National Security Adviser John Bolton.

    Former Communications Director Alyssa Farah Griffin called Trump “unfit” for office again, a claim echoed by former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham who said she was “terrified” of his 2024 campaign.

    “The thing about Donald Trump is that he lacks the character and the moral center we desperately need again in the White House." -- House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) - August 7, 2015

    There are whole web sites devoted to expalinning why many Republicans and even former Trump voters would never vote for him again. Republican Voters Against Trump

    Former Attorney General Bill Barr said Friday (5/5/2023) that former President Trump will deliver “chaos” and a “horror show” if he returned to the White House in 2024. Barr further said that his former boss doesn’t have “the ability for strategic thinking” or “setting priorities.” “It is a horror show when he’s left to his own devices,” Barr said. “And so, you may want his policies, but Trump will not deliver Trump policies.” “He will deliver chaos and, if anything, lead to a backlash that will set his policies much further back than they otherwise would be,” he added.

    Former President Donald Trump has long touted what he says are strong relationships with high profile leaders on the world stage, but they actually think he’s a ‘laughing fool, according to John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser. 05/16/2023

    Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, warned Trump puts the American military in danger. Trump’s own Vice President Mike Pence refused to endorse Trump. Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci’s condemned Trump as a “domestic terrorist”.

    Criticism from those that worked for Trump also came from former Defense Secretary John Mattis, former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, former Joint Chiefs of Staff chair Mark Milley, former White House Chiefs of Staff Mick Mulvaney and John Kelly, former Secretaries of State Mike Pompeo and Rex Tillerson, former Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and former Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

    Trump's Vice President, Mike Pence, as reported by NBC news, told us all about Trump’s failures on the run up to the January 6 insurrection. Trump “surrounded himself with "crank" attorneys, espoused "un-American" legal theories, and almost pushed the country toward a "constitutional crisis," according to sources familiar with what Pence told investigators.
    On Jan. 6, 2021, Mike Pence said “President Trump also demanded I choose between him and our Constitution. … Anyone who puts themselves over the Constitution should never be president of the United States.”

    Only Twice in our History has the UN General Assembly openly laughed at a Sitting US President. Both Times it was Trump they laughed at. 05/16/2023

    US Senator Ted Cruz once called Trump an “utterly amoral” “pathological liar” who acted like a “mobster,” had a “pattern of inciting violence,” and was “surrounded by sycophants.”

    Senator McConnell said. “The people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their President. And their having that belief was a foreseeable consequence of the growing crescendo of false statements, conspiracy theories, and reckless hyperbole which the defeated President kept shouting into the largest megaphone on planet Earth.”
    “Former President Trump’s actions that preceded the riot were a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty,” added McConnell. “Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.”

    In 2021, House, Speaker Kevin McCarthy directly blamed Trump for the attack on the Capitol. “Nobody can defend that, and nobody should defend it”

    04/05/2024. Karl Rove, no liberal, said "He wants to pardon these people who attacked our Capitol”. He continued, saying siege on Jan. 6, 2021, was “a stain on our history, and every one of those sons of bitches who did that, we ought to find them, try them and send them to jail.”

    According to Trump's former White House lawyer, Ty Cobb, democracy is on the ballot along with the American Dream.

    "He has never cared about America, its citizens, its future or anything but himself. In fact, as history will show from his divisive lies, as well as from his unrestrained contempt for the rule of law and his related crimes, his conduct and mere existence have hastened the demise of democracy and of the nation," Ty Cobb wrote in an email. "Our adversaries and our allies both recognize that even his potential reelection diminishes America on the world stage and ensures continued acceleration of the domestic decline we are currently enduring. If that reelection actually happens, the consequences will extinguish what, if anything, remains of the American Dream." ~ Ty Cobb, Trump's former White House lawyer

    In 2016 Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) called Trump a “con artist”. Then again, Trump previously mocked and tagged him with the nickname “little Marco,”

    12/14/23. Former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who headed the Republican House majority during former President Trump’s first two years in office, says that Trump is not conservative but instead an authoritarian narcissist whose guiding principle is to aggrandize himself.

    Feb. 2024. Michael Steele, a former chair of the Republican National Committee, on Sunday, ripped Donald Trump supporters as “MAGA zombies” as he expressed his frustration with those who don’t appear to believe the former president will likely attempt to deliver on his increasingly wild threats if he wins back the White House.

    “Why don’t they see that he’s trying to build a sycophantic army of, I’m calling them zombies, MAGA zombies, to do as he’s instructing them to do?” Steele asked former Trump White House national security adviser John Bolton. “What is the disconnect that people don’t seem to get?” Steele added.

    “I think people really don’t believe it could be as bad as it might be,” Bolton, now a fierce critic of his former boss, Trump. “I think a Trump victory risks continuing constitutional crisis,” he continued. “I think we’ll survive it. I don’t think democracy is threatened, but I think we could suffer a lot of damage, and many others have tried in different ways to convince, especially Republicans, that this is serious. But as you say, we have not been successful so far.”

    Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) is currently an avid Trump supporter, but in the past, he was more honest. The thing is though, in the past, Vance has publicly called Trump an “idiot”, “reprehensible” and “noxious”. In Facebook messages, Vance wrote “I go back and forth between thinking Trump is a cynical asshole like Nixon who wouldn’t be that bad… or that he’s America’s Hitler.”

    Vance was a fierce critic of Trump ahead of the 2016 election. He called himself a “Never Trump guy” who “will never vote for Trump.” Trump’s policies, meanwhile, ranged from “immoral to absurd,” he added at the time.

    Vance later went full MAGA with his 2022 run for Senate, though. Trump rewarded him with an endorsement.

    Like longtime Republican strategist Rick Wilson once said: "Everything Trump touches dies."
  • Donald Trump has often touted economic growth during his presidency as evidence that he was a successful president, but a recent revision to GDP dating back to 1999 has suggested his rosy view of the period is a fantasy.

    The revisions were part of the US's gross domestic product report that was released on Thursday by the US Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis.

    The revisions revealed that economic growth under Mr Trump was the worst since President Herbert Hoover, who was in the White House from 1929 to 1933, the period of the Wall Street Crash and the onset of the Depression.

    Bloomberg reported the results of the analysis, which began with the Dwight D Eisenhower administration – 1953 to 1961 – as that was the first time the BEA reported full quarterly data.

    GDP growth under Mr Hoover was negative 7.4 per cent. Mr Trump performed better, with the GDP growing 1.6 per cent during his time in office, but that number is extremely low when compared to every other president since Mr Hoover.

    Mr Trump, like many Republicans before him, focused his economic strategy around a massive tax cut for corporations and the nation's wealthiest people, which some economists argue did little to actually aid in overall economic growth.

    Growth of US economy under Trump was worst since Hoover ... Lots of supporting links.
  • The GOP has become a shrill version of "Mean Girls", just far more dangerous.

    2023 Brought in a new Congressional House of Representatives and the first thing the Republicans worked to demonstrate is their incompetence and disorganization. They couldn't even elect their own leadership. They are obviously planning on continuing the 40+ year Republican tradition of getting absolutely nothing accomplished for America or Americans.
    They consider themselves conservative purists who cannot be placated unless all their demands are met — and maybe not even then. Their agenda is mostly to defund, disrupt and dismantle government, not to participate in it.

    House Republicans have grown more skilled at legislative sabotage than legislative success,

    The best thing about modern Republicans is that people like them that are in it only for the power, eventually always turn on each other.

    They want to defund the IRS. The only Profit Center the Government has. Sure, makes perfect sense.

    The GOP regards paying taxes not as a way of supporting the nation, but as an obligation to be avoided, noted an editorial in The Charlotte Observer.

    The Republican Party is changing from the Party of the Second Amendment to the Party of the Fifth Amendment.

    The far-right Republican minority took Kevin McCarthy hostage as a way to increase their power far beyond their actual numbers. Then that same minority of Republicans held the US Debt limit hostage as a way to get budgetary political concessions. Hostage taking is not democracy but a form of mob rule by the minority. Trump charged $8 trillion on credit card, now the bill is due and MAGAs in the House don't want to pay for it.

    The GOP plan calls for $4 trillion in cuts from projected health care spending and another $2 trillion from programs including food stamps, child nutrition, student loans and agricultural price supports, Roll Call says." "Commitment to America" plan includes fighting against lower prescription costs, raising the out of pocket on Medicare to $8,0000 annually, cutting Social Security, and cutting Medicare by raising age to 75 and ending it at 90. Taxing Disabled Veterans Benefits. Taxing employer health care plans. That comes directly from Republican Senator Ron Johnson. Call it by its right name: Destruction Of America. You can't have it both ways. Either we are a collection of independent states or we are a nation. We are far stronger as a nation.

    Chris Trauw wrote:

    The chaos and paralysis on display in the House of Representatives might have shocked Americans, but it would have been familiar to anyone who grew up in a parliamentary democracy. Because what played out in Congress was not the election of a House speaker. It was the formation of a coalition government.

    House Republicans still call themselves Republicans, but they are actually now divided into three distinct parties, the Republican Governance Group, MAGA Republicans and the Freedom Caucus. These three don’t just have different priorities. They have different goals.

    Worse, as is often the case in a coalition government, they don’t really trust each other, thus necessitating a complex power-sharing arrangement in the form of committee representation, rule changes and written agreements.
  • The actual Republican party goal is to confuse the public with talk about religion, big government, abortion, welfare cheats to get rural people fired up. However, the actual goal is to pass laws to help the wealthy who purchase their election to office and that has been clear since Reagan became president. Reagan and Bush allowed the banks to go bust, disrupt unions, steal 50% of collected money from Social Security/Medicare. When Clinton finally got elected the economy was down but by some miracle Clinton was able to balance the budget, and start putting more collected SS into the trust fund. Bush II gets elected, gives big tax breaks to the rich, eliminates rules and allows the banks to go broke again and create one of the worst economic recessions since the Great Depression.

    Obama got in office with a ruined economy, passes the Affordable Care Act and when he leaves office, the economy is stable, banks are no longer able to cheat everyone, and the budget deficit is reduced to 400 million dollars a year.

    Trump got elected and passes another massive tax cut for the wealthy and eliminates tax deductions for the middle class, quits enforcement of bank rules, and now the deficit was multiple trillions of dollars. Republicans want to bankrupt the U.S. and use this as an excuse to eliminate Social Security and now steal the remaining funds, eliminate health care, environmental laws and turn the U.S. back to the 19th Century. This is their plan and it is working perfectly. Republicans want to destroy the U.S. economy to the point that Democrats will be unable to fix it when they do get elected. This story has been repeated for the last 40 years and unless we keep voting them out of office this is what our destiny will be.

  • You can't make this stuff up. Here are just two of many. It's good reading if you don't understand just what Trump is about. Donald Trump’s 2024 Campaign, in His Own Menacing Words.

    — “We did a fantastic job with Kim Jong Un. You know, I got along with him very well. The fake news said, It’s terrible that he gets along with him. I said, Really? It’s not terrible, it’s a very good thing. You know, it’s a positive thing.” June 30, Philadelphia

    — “A man who looks like a piece of granite, right? He’s strong like granite. He’s strong. I know him very well, President Xi of China. … He runs 1.4 billion people with an iron hand. … I got along well with Putin. That’s a good thing.” Nov. 18, Fort Dodge

    Called the “Mandate for Leadership: The Conservative Promise,”, the $22 million endeavor, Project 2025, was convened by the notorious rightwing, climate-denying think tank the Heritage Foundation, which has ties to fossil fuel billionaire Charles Koch. It is meant to guide the first 180 days of presidency for an incoming Republican president. Climate experts and advocates criticized planning that would dismantle US climate policy.

    The nearly 1,000-page transition guide was written by more than 350 right-wingers and is full of sweeping recommendations to deconstruct all sectors of the federal government—including environmental policy.

    The guide’s chapter on the Department of Energy proposes eliminating three agency offices that are crucial for the energy transition, and also calls to slash funding to the agency’s grid deployment office in an effort to stymie renewable energy deployment, E&E News reported this week.

    Further it would remove all work place guarentees for federal workers allowing for a political purge of the federal workforce, followed by patronage positions for Republican loyalists.
    11/18/2023. Project 2025 also explains how the Pesident could effectively just declare an nationwide abortion ban. The Heritage Foundation argues that the United States already has a national ban on abortion, and all that is required is a conservative President willing to enforce it. This approach will offer any future GOP President a quick solution to the party’s political conundrum: Campaign on the status quo, but try to enforce the ghost national ban once in office.

    The story behind Heritage’s claim begins in the 19th century, with the passage of a sexual purity law that was interpreted to make it a crime to mail or receive items intended, designed, or adapted for abortion. Exactly what the Comstock Act said or meant, not least when it came to abortion, was unclear at the time it passed. States were then, for the first time, criminalizing abortion early in pregnancy, with life exceptions. Members of Congress seemed unsure whether the act covered “lawful” or medically indicated abortion, when it applied and many other things, but the heritage Foundation says the President can just declare it the law to be enforced and then fight the litigation.
    There are a lot more details to it, but Project 2025 also describes defunding Social Security and abolishing the DOJ and most laws they don't like.

    Republicans' Government, take your pick:
    Plutocracy is a society that is ruled or controlled by people of great wealth or income.
    Corporatocracy is an economic and political system controlled by corporations or corporate interests.
    Fascism is a form of radical authoritarian ultra-nationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and strong regimentation of society and of the economy. Fascism is "everything for the state," and the autocratic leader decides what is good for the state. Fascism is placed on the far-right within the traditional left–right spectrum.
    Theocracy is a form of government in which a deity of some type is recognized as the supreme ruling authority, giving divine guidance to human intermediaries that manage the day-to-day affairs of the government.

    All are Authoritarian forms of Government, but it seems the Republicans are aiming for a theocratic oligarchy.

  • The Republicans love to call Democratic administrations corrupt and criminal, but that's just projection of their habits.
    During the 56 year period from 1960 to 2016, Democrats and Republicans occupied the white House for 28 years each.

    In the 28 years Democrats occupied the white House:
    3 administration officials were indicted.
    1 administration official was convicted.
    1 administration official was sent to prison.

    That Wraskely Obama fello didn't have even one indictment during his eight year administration.

    In the 28 years Republicans occupied the white House:
    120 administration officials were indicted.
    84 administration officials were convicted.
    37 administration officials were sent to prison.

    And that does NOT Include Trump and his cabal of criminals who have kept the courts very very busy and seems likely to lead to charges never seen before or at least not in decades.
    Many of Trump's closest associates have plead GUILTY to dozens of FELONIES.
    In one great nasty unpatriotic moment Trump ridiculed McCain, saying, "I like people who weren't caught."
    For a guy who only likes people that weren't caught, he sure has surrounded himself (with only the best) that have been caught.

    A short list of handpicked Trump people that were caught:
    -General Flynn, Trump's National Security Adviser - indicted 30 days after taking office.
    -Papadopoulos, Foreign Policy Adviser - indicted, plead guilty, turned federal witness, jailed.
    -Manafort, Trump's Campaign Chairman - indicted, sentenced, serving time, concerning his work lobbying with Ukraine.
    -Cohen, Trump's first personal attorney - indicted, plead guilty, turned federal witness, now serving time.
    -Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned citing increasing numbers of investigations into his administration.
    -Tom Price, Health and Human Services Secretary, was forced to resign on September 29, 2017, after it was discovered that he spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on private flights.
    -Rob Porter, White House Staff Secretary (R) resigned from the position on February 7, 2018, following public allegations of spousal abuse from his two ex-wives.
    -Rick Gates, 2016 Deputy Campaign Chairman to President Donald Trump (R) pleaded guilty to conspiracy and lying to investigators concerning his work lobbying with Ukraine as well as tax and bank fraud (2018)
    -Roger Stone, Trump Campaign Adviser, was indicted in January 2019, on "one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering" during the Special Counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Trump election campaign.

    It goes on and on. Eventually after a long list of law breaking, we get to the Donald Trump's real estate company (Trump Corporation and Trump Payroll Corporation) being convicted of carrying out a 15-year-long criminal scheme to defraud tax authorities. It will not be the last charge or conviction.

  • 11/19/2023 A Colorado judge on Friday issued a ruling that fell just short of removing Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 ballot based on the 14th Amendment’s insurrectionist ban. Wallace ruled on narrow grounds that, while guilty of inciting insurrection, Trump should remain on Colorado’s ballot because the constitution’s insurrectionist ban apparently doesn’t apply to presidents. It is hard to say how other state courts with similar cases will interpret it, but it is likely to go to the Supreme Court. Her exhaustive analysis of the Jan 6 events and her ruling though are likely to be considered definitive in future cases.

    The 102-page decision was a win for Trump, but it read more like a condemnation.

    Colorado District Judge Sarah Wallace concluded – based on testimony of US Capitol Police officers, lawmakers, clips from Trump’s January 6, 2021, speech and expert testimony about right-wing extremism – that Trump engaged in the January 6 insurrection.

    This was a major legal hurdle that the challengers were able to overcome. And it’s the first time that any court in the country has ruled that Trump engaged in the insurrection, a watershed moment in the quest for accountability for January 6.

    Wallace determined that Trump “actively primed the anger of his extremist supporters” and “acted with the specific intent to incite political violence and direct it at the Capitol.”

    She also found that Trump “acted with the specific intent to disrupt the Electoral College certification of President Biden’s electoral victory through unlawful means.”

    Notably, Wallace gave a thorough legal analysis of Trump’s incendiary speech at the Ellipse. She devoted 17 pages to examine Trump’s words and whether they fit the legal standard of inciting violence.

    Trump has repeatedly argued that his rhetoric that day was protected speech under the Supreme Court’s precedents in First Amendment cases involving incitement. His lawyers also made that argument in Colorado.

    But Wallace rejected those free-speech defenses, and instead concluded that his speech that day “was intended as, and was understood by a portion of the crowd as, a call to arms.”

    “The Court finds that Trump’s Ellipse speech incited imminent lawless violence,” she wrote.

    “Trump did so explicitly by telling the crowd repeatedly to ‘fight’ and to ‘fight like hell,’ to ‘walk down to the Capitol,’ and that they needed to ‘take back our country’ through ‘strength.’ He did so implicitly by encouraging the crowd that they could play by ‘very different rules’ because of the supposed fraudulent election.”

  • 12/13/23. I something reminiscent of the case of Trump having Super-Sensitive Nuclear Weapons Documents at Mar a Largo, a binder holding top-secret intelligence related to the FBI's "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation, that contributed to a U.S. assessment that Russia tried to help throw the 2016 U.S. election to Donald Trump has been missing since the last days of his presidency. The biggest problem is that the Russia materials included highly classified raw intelligence gathered by the U.S. and NATO allies, fueling fears that the methods used to collect the information could be compromised, the source added.

    In a federal court document filed in August by Trump appointed John Solomon, a conservative journalist, the binder was described as 10-inches thick. Trump appointed Solomon to be a representative authorized to access records from his presidency in the National Archives.

    The court document said that Mark Meadows, who served as Trump’s last chief of staff, was involved in handling the missing binder and developing with Solomon a strategy to release the materials that Trump planned to declassify. Copies were provided to Solomon. As he began preparing a story for his website, he received a call from the White House asking that copies be returned for additional redactions. “Meadows promised Solomon that he would receive a copy of the revised binder,” said the document. “This never happened.” There has been no trace of the classified version since then.
    June 14, 2023 Trump is calling the indictment a hoax and a witch hunt. "The ridiculous and baseless indictment of me by the Biden Administration’s weaponized Department of Injustice".
    A spokesperson, Trump attorney Alina Habba, said the special counsel's team of prosecutors is applying the "antiquated" Espionage Act "to political opponents in a way that has never been seen before." But it was Trump that updated the act while President.

    On the recording the prosecution presented, he admits the document is classified and he can't declassify the document and yet he's showing it to someone without security clearance. These documents are marked with some of the highest security levels in the U.S. They cover war plans, nuclear capabilities, capabilities of enemies, and many other top secret subjects.

    He's not denying any of it. He is just saying it is a witch hunt. His entire point is that the whole system is corrupt. He seems to be saying that the law cannot apply to him. That is a dangerous attack on the rule of law. Further, he has called for violence over the indictment.

    Just some of the contradictory lies he has told about the documents/classified info that he stole:
    1. He doesn't have any.
    2. It was planted.
    3. He kept it in a very secure place, even though he didn't know he had it.
    4. He has it but it's not classified.
    5. It was classified but he declassified it by ESP.
    6. Someone else packed and brought it.
    7. He brought it because it's his.
    8. He has it's but it's his because he gave it to himself (sounds a lot like stealing)
    9. He gave it all back even though it's his and he doesn't have it.
    10. They were secure in his bathroom.
    11. They contain personal items like golf shirts and pants.
    12. He was too busy.
    A common talking point from the Republicans is that if Trump can be indicted and prosecuted, by the DOJ, so can anyone else.

    “If they can come for President Trump, they can come for you too,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a Trump loyalist, wrote on Twitter after the former president was indicted on 37 federal charges in the classified documents scandal.

    Some version of that line has been repeated by many others in Trump’s corner.

    MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan needed just 60 seconds to dismantle that by listing nine people the Trump administration sent to prison for the very same charges the former president now faces.
    The Republican establishment is mostly denying it all.

    When interviewed, Jim Jordon tried to claim that Trump said he declassified all the documents when he was President even though the recording by Trump said he didn't. Besides, you can't declassify documents like that with a thought.
    During an ABC interview, Sen Lindsey Graham distracted from the issue by attacking Hillary Clinton.
    William Barr, Trump's former Attorney General, laid out on Fox News how bad the whole case is for Trump. "If even half of it is true, then he's toast. I mean, it's pretty, it's a very detailed indictment, and it's very very damning. And this idea of presenting Trump as a victim here as a victim of a witch hunt, is ridiculous.

    Barr said the critical charges against Trump stem from obstruction for his alleged resistance after he was subpoenaed for the documents. Trump could have opposed the subpoena legally “but he did not,” Barr said.

    “What did he do?” Barr continued. “He engaged in an outrageous act of obstruction and deception that obstructed that subpoena. And that is wrong. That’s a violation of law. That’s a serious problem for him.”
    Here is an NBC Discussion of the Classified Documents Investigation that seems to cover most issues.
    All it would take is a spy poking around and finding just one of the box collections and then using a high resolution camera. It would be very fast. Any 10 mega-pixel camera can take fine images of text. I've done it often for speed and convenience. 2 people could go though a few boxes a night without a trace and put it all on a 32 Gig SD Card. They would also know to look for more boxes.

    I'm not an expert on national security, but I am an expert on cyber security and if that was a computer system I would assume at least a 50% chance someone found it. A common mistake people in cyber security make is that their system isn't going to be actively attacked by various actors that are constantly doing their job of looking for anything they can copy and show their boss to prove they are working hard. They also may assume no one is going to stumble on the data by chance. It's called "Security by Obscurity". It doesn't work.

    Mar A Largo has to be a spy magnet, good spies. They are not only looking for things to "spy" on, but any material they can give their bosses to show they are working. They are just looking for opportunities like that and those boxes were in multiple places. That's like leaving multiple network ports opened. They would be found and pretty quickly. That was a mother load of espionage gold and there were lots of prospectors looking for any trace of it.
    And to those that call it a "raid", keep in mind that the authorities notified trump's attorneys of the day and time when they would arrive. Whenthey arrived at the security gate they notified Trump's lawyers were they were approaching? They then knocked on trump's door to let them know they were there? That hardly a "raid".

  • Trump Case Rocked By Super-Sensitive Nuclear Weapons Document

    Among the “boxes and boxes” of documents that show up in widely circulated photos featured in the federal Donald Trump indictment, the document identified as No. 19 stands out. Dealing with super-sensitive nuclear weapons secrets, No. 19 has a different status (FRD) than the other documents that Trump is accused of illegally possessing after he left the Oval Office. Even when Donald Trump was President of the United States, he lacked the authority to unilaterally declassify this particular document. Due to the extraordinarily high sensitivity, its declassification is subject to a protocol that requires collaboration with both the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy.

    According to the Department of Energy Guide, documents classified as FRD include data on the U.S. nuclear warhead stockpile quantities, nuclear warhead safety and storage, weapons locations and yields.

    06/14/2023 - WSJ - Karl Rove - Trump Invited This Indictment

    Rove, a former top aide to former President George W. Bush, wrote in an opinion piece published in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that “America has been plunged into an unprecedented crisis by the indictment of Donald Trump.” “The blame for this calamity rests solely on Mr. Trump and his childish impulse to keep mementos from his time in the Oval Office, no matter what the law says,” Rove said.

    Rove this week warned the classified documents case against Trump “will further tear our country apart, as it has a heavy impact on the presidential campaign and – wrongly – undermines confidence in our justice system.”

    June 18, 2023 Painting him as a security risk, former Defense Secretary Mark Esper added his voice to those critical of former President Donald Trump for his handling of classified information after his presidency Esper, who served in Trump's Cabinet, said: "People have described him as a hoarder when it comes to these type of documents. But clearly, it was unauthorized, illegal and dangerous." Rove accused Trump of knowing that the documents had not been declassified and were not his personal property. Trump has previously claimed he declassified documents.
    Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Esper compared Trump's legal case — he was recently indicted on 37 charges related to his post-presidency handling of secret documents — to that of Jack Teixeira, a Massachusetts Air National Guard member accused of posting secret and sensitive military documents on social media. Teixeira was indicted Thursday.
    Ex-Bush Aide Rips Evangelical Trump Supporters For 'Obvious' Hypocrisy

    Peter Wehner, who served in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and as a senior aide to George W. Bush, accused evangelicals of hypocrisy for their continued support for Donald Trump.

    “You have in Donald Trump the person who probably most embodies the antithesis of the Sermon on the Mount, the person of Jesus, and the teachings of Jesus,” Wehner, a prominent conservative Christian, said on MSNBC on Tuesday (06/20/2023). “And this guy’s a rock star and has been for year after year.” “And yet they stayed and it’s a tremendous indictment of them” and of the evangelical movement overall.
  • The Republicans claim the high ground when it comes to the economy but they shouldn't be trusted running a lemonade stand.

    Pay-Go kept the debt under control until the Republicans focused on unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy. Trickle down never worked but did impoverished the working class while building the national debt.

    “I’ve been around for a long time and it just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats than the Republicans.” - Donald Trump in an interview with Wolf Blitzer, 2004

    After the demonstration of chaos and ineptitude that was the vote for the Speaker of the House, the Republican majority in the house immediately demonstrated their extreme fiscal irresponsibility and disconnect with reality. Not only did they vote to gut the IRS budget, encouraging the wealthiest to cheat on their taxes, they also passed a law called CUTGO to further balloon the deficit. CUTGO seems designed to intentionally increase the National Debt. It permits Congress to pass mammoth tax cuts without paying for a penny of them. That means the cost all gets added to the debt. The House under Democratic control had a rule called PAYGO, which requires offsets — or trade-offs — for all spending increases or tax cuts so that these changes don’t add to the deficit. The other side of this is to require tax cuts to be paid for, which this law removes. It also requires a super-majority to raise taxes. It is a typical Republican lake of red ink to build up the National Debt and lead to American bankruptcy.

    Jobs Created under each President Since 2001:
    Bush Jr: 0.5M
    Obama: 12.5M
    Trump: -3.1M
    Biden: 6M
    Support working class? Republicans are Anti-Union, which is Anti-America.

  • The Republicans own the National Debt which they intentionally created to starve the government of funds to support social programs that might help ordinary Americans survive and possibly the Democrats politically.
    National Debt:
    Just who is responsible for that National Debt?
    Donald J. Trump 2017–present- 4 years $6,807,290,102,465.77
    Barack Obama 2009–eight years $8,335,071,012,541.80 (to dig out from the Bush Great Recession)
    George W. Bush 2001– eight years $6,102,365,591,311.64
    William J. Clinton 1993– eight years $1,395,974,529,060.68

    GOP - 13 trillion
    Democrat's - 9.5 trillion -
    Obama inherited a crashing economy. Trump inherited a booming, recovering economy.

    When you're financing the government with debt rather than cash, that creates a budget deficit that is then added to the National Debt. So yes, tax cuts increase the national debt.

    So who was responsible for the Deficit Spending:
    Reagan took the deficit from $70 billion to $175 billion.
    Bush 41 took it to $300 billion.
    Clinton got it to zero.
    Bush 43 took it from zero to $1.2 trillion.
    Obama halved it to $600 billion.
    Trump’s got it back to a trillion." PolitiFact - 23 July 2019

    10/23/2023 Kim Griest on the US National Debt: Republicans vs. Democrats
    I keep getting annoyed when libertarians/conservatives say or imply that Republicans would do a better job than Democrats at dealing the US national debt. History shows this is patently false! Republicans like to say this and somehow imply it’s true, but when it comes to economics what matters is not words, but numbers.

    Looking at each year, during the 32 Republican years the National Debt increased by an average of 9.7% per year, while during the Democratic president years it increased by only 5.9% per year. Thus, Democrats are roughly twice as good as Republicans at not increasing the debt!

    That is, if Republicans had been constantly in power since 1961, with their 9.71% yearly debt increase, then the US debt would now be $89 trillion, three times larger than our current $30.9 trillion debt. While if Democrats had been in power that whole time, the debt would be only $10 trillion, $20 trillion less than now! Actually, if Democrats had remained in power that whole time, the US debt might actually be zero, since they would not have lowered taxes on the wealthy so much.

    When GW Bush took over, the U.S. had a surplus, projected to continue as far as the eye can see. It was projected to be able to eliminate the debt in 11 odd years. Yet he and the "conservatives" pushed through a tax cut so severe, they realized it would be so toxic to the national debt they mandated it end on Dec.31, 2010. When that date arrived they then screamed we could not increase taxes on job creators (while they simultaneously blamed Obama for the bad job situation which was actually caused by the great recession which was actually caused by conservatives eliminating regulation of Wall St. and corporations). GWB also started two wars, the Medicare donut hole fix (which his administration deliberately lied to Congress about the cost of),off budget so they would not reflect badly on his administration, but were added back in when Obama took office. There was a lowering of the growth of debt when Obama passed a slight tax increase but that was ended when Trump took over. So, yes, the National Debt shows a sharp increase while Obama was in office but it was almost entirely due to unpaid bills from GWB.

    One of Trump's lesser known but profoundly damaging legacies was the explosive rise in the national debt that occurred on his watch. Trump had the worst jobs record in modern U.S. history. His tax cuts, especially the sharp reduction in the corporate tax rate to 21 percent from 35 percent, took a big bite out of federal revenue. The national debt rose by $8 trillion during Trump's time in office. That's nearly twice as much as what Americans owe on student loans, car loans, credit cards and every other type of debt other than mortgages, combined. The combination of Trump's 2017 tax cut and the lack of any serious spending restraint helped both the deficit and the debt soar. As of Dec. 31, 2020, the national debt had jumped to $27.75 trillion, up 39 percent from $19.95 trillion when Trump was sworn in.
  • The entire national debt is equivalent to two republican wars and the three republican tax breaks for the rich.

    From Brookings Institute: "In 2016, we wrote that the 2,584 counties that Trump won generated just 36% of the country’s economic output, whereas the 472 counties Hillary Clinton carried equated to almost two-thirds of the nation’s aggregate economy.

    This time, Biden’s winning base in 509 counties encompasses fully 71% of America’s economic activity, while Trump’s losing base of 2,547 counties represents just 29% of the economy."

    Red states are the true welfare state of the USA.

    Recessions Since 1950 and Party in WH at Onset

    Jul 1953 - May 1954 Republican
    Aug 1957 - Apr 1958 Republican
    Apr 1960 - Feb 1961 Republican
    Dec 1969 - Nov 1970 Republican
    Nov 1973 - Mar 1975 Republican
    Jan 1980 - July 1980 Democrat
    Jul 1981 - Nov 1982 Republican
    Jul 1990 - Mar 1991 Republican
    Mar 2001 - Nov 2001 Republican
    Dec 2007- Jun 2009 Republican

    There have been 22 recessions since 1900. 16 have started under Republican leadership, 6 under Democrat leadership and the 2 worst 1929 and in 2007 when Republicans had control of WH and congress for more than 8 years (the only times in history).

    •Personal disposable income has grown nearly 6 times more under Democratic presidents
    •Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has grown 7 times more under Democratic presidents
    •Corporate profits have grown over 16% more per year under Democratic presidents (they actually declined under Republicans by an average of 4.53%/year)
    •Average annual compound return on the stock market has been 18 times greater under Democratic presidents (If you invested $100k for 40 years of Republican administrations you had $126k at the end, if you invested $100k for 40 years of Democrat administrations you had $3.9M at the end)
    •Republican presidents added 2.5 times more to the national debt than Democratic presidents
    •The two times the economy steered into the ditch (Great Depression and Great Recession) were during Republican, laissez faire administrations and 3rd was at end of Reagan with an S&L bailout, tripling of the debt, doubling government jobs, 96% of all debt now tied to Republicans and/or their policies.

    Reagan era - tax breaks to the wealthy and large corporations - results in the worst economic crash since the Great Depression, skyrocketing unemployment.

    Clinton era - higher taxes across the board, especially on corporations - results in an economic recovery, an annual budget surplus, significant paydown on the national debt, and unprecedented wealth for all Americans, especially the middle class.

    Bush era - tax breaks to the wealthy and large corporations, plus involvement in two wars with no provision for funding those wars - results in an economic crash even worse than the Reagan crash, plus even higher unemployment.

    Just looking at the National Debt, Every year of Trump's administration added more debt than any but two years of the Obama Administration.

    Democrats vs. GOP - Last 50 Years
    Presidency held: Dem - 22 years, GOP - 28 yrs
    Stock Market Return: Dem - 992%, GOP - 109%
    Total Jobs Created: Dem-42 million, GOP - 24 million
    Income Growth: Dem-2.2%, GOP-0.6%
    GDP: Dem-4.1%, GOP-2.7%
    The GOP is bad for the economy has been ever since Reagan.
    Clinton took a weak economy from Bush Sr. and built a surplus.
    Obama took a recession from Bush Jr. and built the longest job creation stretch in history.
    Biden took a reckless budget from Trump and cut the deficit $1.4 Trillion in 2022 alone.
    Republicans talk the talk on the economy while the Democrats walk the walk.

    President Clinton announced that the federal budget surplus for fiscal year 2000 amounted to at least $230 billion, making it the largest in U.S. history and topping last year's record surplus of $122.7 billion. “This represents the largest one-year debt reduction in the history of the United States," Clinton said. "Like our American athletes in Sydney, we've been breaking records and have come a long way. “In June, the administration predicted the surplus would be $211 billion, and would increase by as much as $1 trillion over the next 10 years.

    Clinton also announced the federal government paid down the national debt by $223 billion this year, and by more than $360 billion since 1998, the largest debt reduction in U.S. history. “The key to fiscal discipline is maintaining these results year after year. We need to put our priorities in order," Clinton said.

    At that point, America was on its way to retire the National Debt. Then came George Bush Jr who "shot the lock off" that had been put there by his father George Bush Sr.
    "The debt explosion has resulted not from big spending by the Democrats, but instead the Republican Party’s embrace, about three decades ago, of the insidious doctrine that deficits don’t matter if they result from tax cuts.” "If there were such a thing as Chapter 11 for politicians, the Republican push to extend the unaffordable Bush tax cuts would amount to a bankruptcy filing" said David Stockman, creator of Reaganomics, NYT op-ed 2010.

    The wealth transfer of the tax cuts might be the main point of Repub policies, but the problem is also that the Republicans want the National Debt so that they can prevent there from being any social spending that might help the Democrats politically.

    Since 1929, Republicans and Democrats have each controlled the presidency for nearly 40 years. So which party has been better for American pocketbooks and capitalism as a whole? Well, here’s an experiment: imagine that during these years you had to invest exclusively under either Democratic or Republican administrations. How would you have fared? As of Friday, a $10,000 investment in the S.& P. stock market index* would have grown to $11,733 if invested under Republican presidents only, although that would be $51,211 if we exclude Herbert Hoover’s presidency during the Great Depression. Invested under Democratic presidents only, $10,000 would have grown to $300,671 at a compound rate of 8.9 percent over nearly 40 years. According to the conservative New York Times New York Times Obviously with the stock market more than doubling under Obama, this comparison gets even worse.

    If you look at Republicans record on GDP growth, wage growth, depressions and recessions, investment returns, deficit spending increases, investment returns, job creation, over 100 years, you would not let then run a lemonade stand!

  • Republicans always want to cut Social Security and Medicare. They seem to hate anything that is good for ordinary Americans. It is just an ongoing pattern of Republicans wanting to cut the Social Safety Nets that Americans have paid for and depend on. They call them entitlements, but they are insurance policies that working Americans have paid into their whole lives.
    06/14/2023. House conservatives on Wednesday proposed raising the US retirement age to collect Social Security.
    03/11/2024. CNBC’s Joe Kernan asked Trump, who has previously said he opposes cutting so-called entitlement spending, if he had changed his outlook given the ballooning national debt.

    “So first of all, there is a lot you can do in terms of entitlements, in terms of cutting, and in terms of also the theft and the bad management of entitlements, tremendous bad management of entitlements,” Trump said. “There’s tremendous amounts of things and numbers of things you can do.”

    It’s not clear what Trump meant by “cutting” or by “theft” or by “bad management of entitlements.”

    During his State of the Union Address last week, President Joe Biden accused Republicans of wanting to cut entitlement programs, prompting audible protests from Republicans in the audience. “If anyone here tries to cut Social Security or Medicare or raise the retirement age, I will stop you,” Biden said.

  • The Trump Tax Cuts reduced the corporate tax rate and provided tax relief for Americans; however, 35% to 21% of the tax cuts went to corporations and 39.6% to 37% went to the wealthy. Tax cuts for middle class expired in 2 years, then the rate goes back up. Wiht the loss of deductions, some saw no benefit. Tax cuts for wealthy and corporations were permanent. They promised the tax cuts would pay for themselves. They lied, and they didn't. That part about tax cuts paying for themselves started with Reagan and it hasn't happened yet, and the debt has increased every time. The trade war with China created inflation with imported goods and the tariffs were passed on directly to the American people. China lost factory jobs that went to Mexico, India, Vietnam, etc.. American workers didn't get any relief from Trump's cuts. Instead they paid to bail out the farmers who lost market share. Corporations that got a tax break spent money on bonuses for top executives and stock buy backs. The stock might go up because of a buy back (less stocks out) but the business did not expand or create any new jobs.

    USA GDP growth stayed flat at about 2% per year after the Trump tax cuts. Trump said we would get 6% growth. Nope, the rich just got a lot more money and the Federal Deficit exploded. The Trump tax cuts were just more Trickle Down economics, also called Voodoo economics by Bush sr. or Supply Side economics. By any name, it doesn't expand jobs and has destroyed the middle class. On the upside, it created a whole lot of billionaires... if you consider that to be good.

    It's important to take a step back and understand where we are. Republicans worked behind closed doors to craft their own tax plan that affected trillions of dollars of wealth. They held zero open hearings, they consulted with no economists, though they did rely on the advice of several Goldman Sachs swamp dwellers. They ignored the analysis of non-partisan government organizations. They didn't show Democrats what they were working on which is ironic since Democrat congressional candidates gain millions more votes every year than Republicans, but malicious gerrymandering puts them in charge. They passed the Trump tax bill, signed by Trump who lost the popular vote by millions and gained millions of $$ from its passage. Mitch McConnell had had that plan sitting for years on his "to do" shelf as he waited for the arrival of a President who would sign off on it. As far as he was concerned, it was perfect (for his wealthy supporters) and no consultation was necessary.

  • The Republicans always cater to the wealthy and make their base voters pay for it. Take Trumps middle-class tax cut as an example. Trump borrowed $2 Trillion Dollars, added to our National Debt and then gave 83% of that money to corporations, the 2200 wealthiest families in America, Real Estate developers, the owners of private planes and an Estate Tax cut.

    How many middle-class families do you know with a private plane and needs an Estate Tax cut?

    What did the Middle Class get? The BILL for $2 Trillion Dollars, PLUS Interest, that they, their children and grandchildren will be paying for the next 35 years. Based on their policies, you're not a REAL Republican until you make at least $306,000 a year. If you make less than that and vote Republican, they call you a donor.

    Republicans want their base fighting the culture wars so that they don't notice the class war that is eating up them and their chilodren.

  • President Trump's tariffs on trade were passed on directly to consumers and bankrupted many farmers. Both contributed to inflation. If he were elected in 2024 and implemented the trade wars he says he will while at the same time cutting immigration, inflation will soar.

    03/27/2024. Trump’s proposed tariffs could cost US households $1,500 per year, a new economic analysis has found. Broken down by sector, the tax on imports would translate to an additional $90 per year spent on food, $120 on oil, $220 on automobiles, $70 on clothes, $80 on electronics, and $50 on furniture and appliances, according to the analysis from the Center for American Progress (CAP), a left-leaning Washington think tank.

    “Middle-income U.S. households—those in the 40th to 60th percentile of the income distribution—consume about 85 percent as much as the average household according to the Consumer Expenditure Surveys, which suggests a roughly $1,500 tax increase for the typical household,” the group said in its report.

    “Despite what the President says, it is almost always paid directly by the importer (usually a domestic firm), and never by the exporting country. Thus, if the US imposes a tariff on Chinese televisions, the duty is paid to the US Customs and Border Protection Service at the border by a US broker representing a US importer, say, Costco,” Howard Gleckman of the Tax Policy Center wrote in 2018.

    03/19/2024. When former President Donald Trump was in the White House, he proudly referred to himself as a “Tariff Man” – and he has no intention of retiring that self-proclaimed title if re-elected. Trump has repeatedly floated the idea of imposing a 10% tariff on every good coming into the US, as well as a tariff upward of 60% on all Chinese imports if he regains the presidency.

    tariffs don’t bring in revenue from foreign countries, as Trump often claims. It’s American importers – not China or any other foreign country or company – that pays the tariffs. “A tariff is just a form of a tax,” said Erica York, a senior economist and research director at the conservative-leaning Tax Foundation. “It’s the US purchaser, the importer of those goods, that makes the physical payment to the US government,” she added. Several studies have suggested that US companies and consumers are bearing the brunt of the tariff cost. In a 2023 study, the independent US International Trade Commission federal agency said that “U.S. importers bore nearly the full cost of these tariffs.”

    Americans have paid more than $230 billion to date for tariffs that Trump imposed on imported solar panels, steel and aluminum and Chinese-made goods, according to US Customs and Border Protection. Plus, Trump gave farmers – who were hit hard by retaliatory tariffs – $23 billion in direct aid payments in 2018 and 2019 to help soften the blow of trade-related losses.

    Still, Trump’s tariffs were put on a relatively small share of all the goods consumers purchase. Several studies show they only marginally contributed to US inflation that followed the Covid-19 pandemic. Trump’s tariffs helped create some jobs, but even more were lost in the wake of his trade wars.

    Much of the purpose was to get China to stop unfair trade practices and that got China's President Xi to agree to a truce in January 2020, signing what’s known as the Phase One agreement. They didn't really follow through though, the main reason President Biden has kept the Trump tariffs.

  • The Republicans love pointing to President Biden for a failure and incompetence for the disaster of the Afghanistan pullout, but in reality, Trump owns that mess.

    What happened in Afghanistan was directly from Trump's signing a treaty with the Taliban. It was a repeat of the betrayal of our allies, the Kurds... Just Trump's pattern. Trump just decided it was time to go, plan or no plan. Like his financial habits, he just left the mess for someone else to clean up.

    To be sure, Biden was left a mess by Trump, who committed to completing the troop pullout by May 2021 without processing a massive backlog of visa applications from Afghans who worked for the U.S. government.

    At least President Biden's administration was able to orchestrate the evacuation ferried more than 124,000 Americans and Afghans to safety over 15 days. Tens of thousands of Afghans, many of whom worked for U.S. forces, now have resettled in the United States in the largest U.S. refugee operation since the Vietnam war.

    "We inherited a deadline in Afghanistan, but not a plan for withdrawal," a National Security Council spokesman said.
    Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani agreed on Sunday that the Trump’s administration’s deal with the Taliban that intended to lead to the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country was a disaster.

    Trump not Biden made Abdul Ghani Baradar, the new leader of Afghan. He was in a Pakistani jail until released at the request of Trump in 2019.
    Trump not Biden negotiated directly with the Taliban and excluded the Afghan government.
    Trump not Biden facilitated the release of 5,000 Afghan fighters from prison.
    Trump not Biden wanted to invite the Taliban to Camp David on the anniversary of 9-11.
    Trump not Biden refused to brief the incoming administration's transition team on the Afghan situation.
    Trump not Biden bragged he didn't need an exit strategy for Afghanistan.
    Trump not Biden signed the agreement in February 2020 and did nothing for the next 11 months. He could have started evacuations then.
    Trump not Biden boasted in August 2021 that troop withdrawal he set in motion could not be stopped.
    Afghanistan is another Trump FAILURE.

    If Biden hadn’t pushed it back a few months, we would have literally had to have left Americans behind, because there was no way to get them back in the time between when Trump left office and when Trump’s plan was supposed to take place.

    When speaking with Fareed Zakaria, former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani agreed on Sunday that the Trump’s administration’s deal with the Taliban that intended to lead to the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country was a disaster.

    Ghani declined to say whether he felt betrayed by the U.S. but when Zakaria asked, “Do you think that Trump accord with the Taliban was a disaster?” Ghani replied, “It was,” adding that he believed the Afghan-led portion of the process was “hijacked.” “We were excluded from the peace table, and the peace process was incredibly flawed. It’s assumption that Taliban had changed— were delusion,”

    The withdrawal (non) plan was made on Trump's watch. There wasn't much Biden could do about it. That train wreck was already in motion. Trump had already given the power to the Taliban and had their leaders released. Coming up with a worthless plan doesn't put the responsibility of it's failure on the person that inherits the plan. Who is responsible for the fiasco in Ukraine. The soldiers fighting for Russia or the people that set the war in motion and planned how it would be executed?

    Trumps Afghan pull out plan was like his Health Plan and that's just one of his so called plans that never happened.

    It was Trump who surrendered to the Taliban on Feb 29, 2020 with no participation participation from Afghanistan in the withdrawal process.
    A series of conditions that the Taliban were required to adhere to was ignored and Trump Did NOTHING to address it.
    Trump stated the US would be gone by May 2021 and had NO PROCESS in place.
    Trump REFUSED to allow the turnover teams to come into play for as long as possible and froze out Biden's ability to respond.
    When Biden's team was finally onboard, they extended the withdrawal to August.
    Trump's failures allowed the Taliban to strengthen and regroup, leading to those disastrous last days.
    Biden's plans did indeed come apart - exactly as Trump had planned.

  • The Durham report yielded only one conviction — a guilty plea from a little-known FBI employee — and the only two other cases that were brought both ended in acquittals at trial.

    Although Durham accused the FBI of confirmation bias, he did not allege that political bias or partisanship were guiding factors for the FBI’s actions.

    John Durham was purposefully trying to mislead the committee and the American public. He ignored that on June 9, 2016, when Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort met with an emissary of the Russian government, Trump Jr. had an email from a business associate that set up the session that this meeting was part of a secret Russian scheme to help Trump’s campaign. Durham dismissed the matter.

    When Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), observed that the “central charge in the Russia collusion hoax was that Trump campaign operatives were in contact with Russian intelligence sources, Durham replied, “There was no such evidence.” While running Trump’s campaign in the summer of 2016, Manafort had regular contact with Konstantin Kilimnik, a former Manafort employee in Ukraine who has been repeatedly identified by US government officials as a Russian agent. In a detailed, bipartisan 2020 report, the Senate Intelligence Committee, then chaired by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, called Kilimnik “a Russian intelligence officer.” There were numerous other official reports on Kilimnik's activities as a Russian agent. Durham knew this. In 2018, Mueller indicted Kilimnik on charges of obstruction of justice.

    Durham spent four years on a crusade that Donald Trump and others hoped would back up Trump’s claim that the Russia investigation was cooked up by his enemies within the supposed Deep State. Yet Durham came up empty, like all Republican investigations seem to. He losty two jury trials unrelated to the origins of the FBI’s inquiry and won a guilty plea from an FBI lawyer who had altered an email to support a surveillance warrant for a former Trump campaign adviser. He prosecuted no FBI officials or Obama administration officials for the supposedly big crime of mounting a plot (or witch hunt!) against Trump. Durham even concluded there was justification for the FBI to have initiated a preliminary investigation, just not a full investigation, of Russia’s attack on the 2016 election and contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia.

    When under questioning from Democratic and Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee committee, Durham misrepresented key aspects of the Russia scandal, suggesting he was either unfamiliar with basic facts or else he was purposefully trying to mislead the committee and the American public.

    During his turn to question Durham, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) asked Durham about the infamous meeting held in Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, when Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort—three of Trump’s top campaign advisers—sat down with an emissary of the Russian government whom they were told had dirt on Hillary Clinton to share. An email sent to Trump Jr. from a business associate that set up this session informed the candidate’s son that this meeting was part of a secret Russian scheme to help Trump’s campaign. Durham dismissed the matter, remarking, “People get phone calls all the time from individuals who claim to have information like that.”
    In a subsequent exchange with Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), Durham misled the committee about another key element of the Trump-Russia scandal. McClintock observed that the “central charge in the Russia collusion hoax was that Trump campaign operatives were in contact with Russian intelligence sources.”

    Replying to that remark, Durham said, “There was no such evidence.” That’s not true.

    While running Trump’s campaign in the summer of 2016, Manafort had regular contact with Konstantin Kilimnik, a former Manafort employee in Ukraine who has been repeatedly identified by US government officials as a Russian agent.

    In a detailed, bipartisan 2020 report, the Senate Intelligence Committee, then chaired by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, called Kilimnik “a Russian intelligence officer.” A year earlier, the Mueller report said, “The FBI…assesses that Kilimnik has ties to Russian intelligence.” The US Treasury in 2021 declared Kilimnik was a “known Russian Intelligence Services agent implementing influence operations on their behalf.” The department added, “During the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign, Kilimnik provided the Russian Intelligence Services with sensitive information on polling and campaign strategy.” In 2018, Mueller indicted Kilimnik on charges of obstruction of justice.

    The contacts between Manafort and Kilimnik have been well chronicled by Mueller, the Senate Intelligence Committee, and media reports. Durham should be well-versed in this. Manafort and Kilimnik met secretly in a Manhattan cigar bar. Manafort handed Kilimnik Trump campaign polling data that were to be passed to an oligarch close to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and he arranged to continue sharing sensitive campaign information through Kilimnik.

    It is inconceivable that Durham is unaware of this troubling link. But by ignoring the well-documented contacts between Manafort and an identified Russian agent and asserting that there was no evidence of interactions between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence, Durham was supporting Trump’s never-ending coverup.

    05/15/2023 - Special prosecutor John Durham ended his four-year investigation into possible FBI misconduct in its probe of ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign with withering criticism of the bureau but a meager court record that fell far short of the former president’s prediction he would uncover the “crime of the century.”

    The report Monday from special counsel John Durham represents the long-awaited culmination of an investigation that Trump and allies had claimed would expose massive wrongdoing by law enforcement and intelligence officials. Instead, prosecutors secured a guilty plea from a little-known FBI employee but lost the only two criminal cases they took to trial.

    Durham’s mandate was to scrutinize government decisions, and identify possible misconduct, in the early days of the Trump-Russia probe. He and his supporters hoped it would expose a “deep state” conspiracy within the top echelons of the FBI and other agencies to derail Trump’s presidency and candidacy. The report was harshly critical of the FBI for making mis-steps and the FBI has also long since announced dozens of corrective actions. Despite expectations that Durham might charge senior government officials, his team produced only three prosecutions. A former FBI lawyer pleaded guilty to altering an email the FBI relied on in applying to eavesdrop on an ex-Trump campaign aide. Two other defendants — a lawyer for the Clinton campaign and a Russian-American think tank analyst — were both acquitted on charges of lying to the FBI.

    Ultimately, in fact, the report was a big nothingburger that offered a mild critique of the FBI…without actually even saying the FBI shouldn’t have investigated Trump and Russia.

    What Durham, a Trump appointee with far right wing leanings, found, which is fairly incredible given his strong opinions rior to his appointment, was evidence of procedural failures that the FBI has already fixed, including some the fixed before his investigation. All the innuendo in the world doesn’t change the fact that the Durham investigation produced 3 indictments, one guilty plea to making a false statement in an official proceeding, and two acquittals. In four years Durham found no evidence of a “grand conspiracy.” If he had anything close to enough evidence, which the courts of the United States still require at least as of now, he would have tried to charge as many people as he thought were connected to this supposed conspiracy. Facts matter, even to John Durham, the most biased special prosecutor since Ken Star. ago

    Durham basically took the Office of the Inspector General report and slapped his name on it and said these things need to be fixed even though many of them had already been addressed after the report came out originally. Nevertheless, Durham's primary conclusion that the FBI didn't have sufficient probable cause to open the Russia investigation contradicts the conclusions of the Inspector General report and is false.

    According to a report from TheHill.com, Trump's one-time chief of staff, John Kelly said the former president had pushed for the IRS to investigate FBI officials including Director James Comey and his deputy, Andrew McCabe. Trump has also called for then-Attorney General Bill Barr to investigate the Biden family over allegations of corruption.

  • 02/01/2024 Update. A judge in London has thrown out a lawsuit by Donald Trump accusing a former British spy of making “shocking and scandalous claims” that were false and harmed his reputation.

    Steele, who once ran the Russia desk for Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6, was paid by Democrats to compile research that included salacious allegations that Russians could potentially use to blackmail Trump.

    Orbis said the lawsuit should be thrown out because the report was never meant to be made public and was published by BuzzFeed without the permission of Steele or Orbis. It also said the claim was filed too late.

    The judge agreed, concluding Trump had “chosen to allow many years to elapse -– without any attempt to vindicate his reputation in this jurisdiction -– since he was first made aware of the dossier” in January 2017.

    The Steele Dossier can come up so it is worth knowing the correct history of it. Fusion GPS began their research in 2015 for wealthy Republicans (Marco Rubio) that began the "Never Trumpers" movement for the 2016 Republican primary and was funded by The Washington Free Beacon. The Clinton campaign simply picked it up mid-course. Mr. Steele was a well-respected former MI6 agent who had worked for the FBI before. He made it abundantly clear that the dossier was RAW intel, meaning the FBI would have to confirm it, if they could. The GPS info was not released until Mr. Trump's was president in January 2017, so how does the leaking of the Steele Dossier benefit the Hillary Clinton’s campaign if Trump already won the election? The Dossier was never then used in any criminal investigation by the FBI and every investigation that began in 2017 were started by Republicans while they controlled the Senate, House of Representatives, and DOJ/FBI in 2017 and 2018.

    In 2019, John Durham was appointed by William Barr, at Mr. Trump's direction, to investigate his lies and conspiracies involving Hilary Clinton campaign and Russia. The 5.5-year investigation by Durham led to 1 indictment of John Sussman, alleging he falsely told FBI general counsel James Baker during a September 2016 meeting that he was not representing a client for their discussion. Durham alleged Sussman was representing "a U.S. Technology Industry Executive, a U.S. Internet Company and the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign." Sussman was acquitted of all charges on May 31, 2022.

    The Steele Dossier has turned out to be a favorite talking point of the Maga Republicans. It's usually used as proof that there was no collusion with Russian interference in the 2016 election. Well, first off, it was known at the time that it was a collection of raw intelligence that needed verification. Secondly, a lot of the data in it was later verified by American intelligence agencies, notably these points about Russian interference in the election.

    Dossier Claim: Russia Meddled: The U.S. intelligence apparatus concluded that Russia interfered in 2016’s election in a report released Jan. 2017 (the report was accepted by the Senate Intelligence committee controlled by Republicans, tho not by the House Intelligence Committee also at the time controlled by Republicans)

    Dossier Claim: Russia Had Dirt on Clinton and DNC: The U.S. intelligence community confirmed not only that Russia had tried to meddle in the election but that it was the source of the hacked DNC emails released by WikiLeaks.

    Dossier Claim: Putin Was in Charge: On the very first page of the dossier, Steele explains that the election meddling was “endorsed by Putin” and that the effort was “both supported and directed” by him. The U.S. intelligence report reached the same conclusion.

    Dossier Claim: Russian Diplomat Was a Spy: the U.S. government (Trump’s government) has since identified Kalugin as a Russian spy.

    Dossier Claim: Page Met with Russians: Carter Page previously denied having met with Russian government officials during his trip to Russia in July 2016, but he eventually admitted to the meeting,

    Dossier Claim: Manafort Received Payment for Work in Ukraine: The longtime Washington lobbyist received $12.7 million from the political party of former pro-Russia Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych between 2007-12.
  • The Senate GOP Majority Report on the 2016 election found that Russia absolutely did interfere, that the Trump campaign asked for Russia's help, that Russia gave it, and that Trump benefited from that assistance. Mueller said Trump was not exonerated and laid out 7 charges of obstruction against Trump.

    Schiff: Trump and his campaign welcomed and encouraged Russian interference?
    MUELLER: Yes.
    SCHIFF: And then Trump and his campaign lied about it to cover it up?
    MUELLER: Yes.

    FOX and Breitbart reported the one hundred forty seven meetings between trump people and Russians.

    Since 2017, Mueller has investigated Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and whether the Trump campaign collaborated with Moscow to tilt the race in Trump's favor.

    In March 2020, Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted the final report on his nearly two-year investigation to the Department of Justice. Here's everyone who has been charged, convicted, and sentenced in the Russia probe so far.

    Mueller's team charged eight Americans once affiliated with Trump's campaign or administration, 13 Russian nationals, 12 Russian intelligence officers, three Russian companies, and two other people with federal crimes.

    Roger Stone - Sentensed to 40 months in prison and a $20,000 fine for five counts of making false statements, one count of witness tampering, and one count of obstruction of justice stemming from the Russia probe.

    Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen - sentenced to three years in prison on fraud and lying charges

    Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight federal counts of bank and tax fraud, conspiracy to obstruct justice and conspiracy against the US.

    Mueller charged Manafort's "right-hand man" Konstantin Kilimnik, who has strong ties from past work with Russian intelligence and was in contact with top figures in Trump's 2016 campaign.

    Michael Flynn - pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.

    Republican lobbyist Sam Patten.

    Rick Gates.

    George Papadopoulos.

    13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies

  • 04/11/2024. Representative Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said that “I think Russian propaganda has made its way into the United States, unfortunately, and it’s infected a good chunk of my party’s base”. He added later: “We see directly coming from Russia attempts to mask communications that are anti-Ukraine and pro-Russia messages, some of which we even hear being uttered on the House floor.”

    Which Republicans might they be referring to? Representative Ken Buck didn’t hesitate to point a finger at Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, saying on Monday, “Moscow Marjorie is focused now on this Ukraine issue and getting her talking points from the Kremlin and making sure that she is popular and she is getting a lot of coverage.”

    They’re saying aloud what they once whispered behind closed doors. Back in 2016, when he was a Republican congressman but not yet House speaker, Kevin McCarthy said in a private meeting with GOP leaders, “There’s two people, I think, Putin pays: [Representative Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump … swear to God.” (Rohrabacher, once dubbed “Putin’s favorite congressman,” lost his seat in 2018.)

    Anyone paying attention to how Russian intelligence services run influence operations—which I do, as a former CIA officer—knows it is anything but. It raises a legitimate, and deadly serious, question: Have Russian operatives paid any Republican officials?

    Last week, authorities in several European countries had uncovered a vast corruption network, in which European politicians were paid to spread anti-Ukraine and pro-Russia propaganda. The network, according to intelligence sources cited by Czech media and confirmed by the country’s prime minister, was orchestrated by pro-Russia Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk. Politicians from Germany, France, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Hungary were allegedly paid directly with cash or through cryptocurrency exchanges. Operatives of Russia’s security services meet with politicians, journalists, activists, and other influencers and pay them to carry out certain tasks.

  • 11/17/2023 A Colorado judge allowed Donald Trump to remain on the ballot in the state's election next year, but found that he "engaged in insurrection" by sparking the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters. The judge found that, as president, Trump was not "an officer of the United States" that could be disqualified under the amendment." The judge concluded Trump's "conduct and words were the factual cause of, and a substantial contributing factor" to the attack on the Capitol. She found that Trump "engaged in an insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021 through incitement."

  • A lot of America's current problems and political gridlock were started by No Compromise, No Cooperation Newt Gingrich. The problem the Republicans had is that they haven't had any policies to benefit ordinary Americans in 40 years. Just trickle down tax cuts to benefit the rich. So, since they can't win with the elections, it's why they focus on dominating the courts.

    Gingrich is a fan of biology and saw that the Republicans could make gains using confrontational, aggressive strategy. He created the Contract On America and recruited the meanest, most confrontational people he could as representatives. He wanted the Law of Nature rather than the Constitution. He is the one that brought us here.

    Also, he's the one that pioneered politics by accusation and litigation. In his words, "investigating to create an impression of wrongdoing". Unfortunately, it's about all the strategy the Republicans have got, Benghazi, Hunter Biden, Joe Biden Impeachment Inquiry, etc. They fail with the majority of voters, so they rely on the courts and lies.

  • America has a problem. Its political system can be gamed. Because the President is elected by the states, a candidate doesn't need to have popular policies, they just need to control the majority of the states. Well, currently the Republicans do control the greatest number of states and the draconian policies of those states, such as crippling health care by limiting abortion rights, are meant to drive out any remaining liberals. The Republicans end up politically owning the majority of states and with that, the Presidency. It's a brilliant strategy if all you want is power over the country. It's not so good for a healthy county or healthy democracy.

    The problem is that the Trumpers have found a weakness in the election system. Trump has even told his followers that it doesn't matter if they vote. If enough Trump loyalist election officials simply refuse to certify the vote, the election will fail and then will be conducted in the State Houses with each state having one vote. The republicans have a majority there... even if 35 million more American's vote for Biden, Trump could legally become President. They have a well documented plan of what to do then: Project 2025 and they have the people ready to take over all levers of government... and no one is going to get it back after that. The Constitution will be re-written as well to make sure.

    We are and have always been a representative democracy. That just means we have one job: to choose our leaders. Whether we do it by electoral college or one-person-one-vote doesn't change that.

    The problem now with the EC is that it is being gamed to give the advantage to the minority picks for national leadership. States are trying to pass rules to drive 'disfavored' voters out of their states. The best example now is abortion rights. Women of child-bearing age are fleeing red states that are literally trying to control them to the point of putting their lives and their ability to have children in danger, turning them bright red while giving each remaining voter more power in our national elections.

    This is not a conspiracy theory. Lindsay Graham chuckled about it when Roe was overturned, saying women searching for their rights would be sequestered in highly-populated blue states, effectively nullifying their votes for national leadership.

    And it is not limited to that issue, or in fact any issue beyond partisan identity. While blue states accept anybody's right to live in peace, red state populations are doing everything they can to drive 'liberals' out, by destroying their education system, blocking medical care and even just making sure they and their families feel unwelcome in the community.

    This is pretty much the opposite of our founding principles, and it should have been discarded in favor of majority votes long ago.

  • Fox news was once Trump's biggest supporter. They gave him immense free air time and reported on him constantly before the 2016 Eelection. They were an echo chamber for everying MAGA, Trump's brand.

    Fox News Reported Election Fraud and gave a platform for election fraud claims by people they knew were lying. Why? Because if they admitted there was no fraud they would have lost money. Well, the first judgement against them was for $878 Million. There will be more.

    Pox News lies... Democracy dies.

    The truth stands no chance against a fool determined to believe a lie. (M.T.)

    It turns out that spreading lies had become the Fox news business model.

    Fox News intentionally poisoned our democracy just to line their pockets.

    I'd love to see how Hannity would spin it if they had hung Pence on Jan 6.

    Steven Cobert went through the “damning” private communications of Fox News staffers and TV personalities and came to one stinging conclusion. “Fox News doesn’t believe a word they say ― and neither should you,”
    "You don't piss off the base." - Hannity in texts with Fox News host Steve Doocy. He also said that Sidney Powell is lying," he once wrote to his producer, referring to her outlandish claims about the election. That didn't stop him from spreading her election conspiracy stories on air though.
    The problem isn't just that the Fox News personalities testified under oath that they lied about the election. The problem is that you cannot count on any particular news story to be truthful. That makes their news as reliable as rumors on Wall Street about “hot stocks”. It may cost you money – or more. During the heart of the on-going pandemic in 2020-2022, it actually cost many Americans their health and some, their lives.

    Seriously. When you need to use the term "alternate facts", you should not be saying anything. Instead they helped Trump spread his over 30,000 verified lies. That hurt America. They did it to avoid losing TV ratings points and market-share.

    When the owner of a TV network admits they lied to you and their hosts lied to you and you still believe them, congrats you're in a cult.

    "What I see us doing is losing the silent majority of viewers as we chase the nuts off a cliff." - Former Political Editor Stirewalt in a Dec. 2., 2020, text to Bill Sammon. In later testimony he said "no reasonable person would have thought" the allegations against Dominion were true.

    Carlson also admitted privately that they’ve been “pretending” the Trump presidency was a success “because admitting what a disaster it’s been is too tough to digest.”

    And when asked why Fox continues to give a platform to Lindell, Murdoch agreed that “it is not red or blue, it is green,” according to the filing.
    One of the first moral lessons a child is supposed to learn is not to lie. After that, the next moral lesson is to never trust a liar. Just reject them.
    A former producer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson made his contempt clear for the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” audience after he referred to those who falsely believed the 2020 presidential election was stolen as “terrorists” and incestuous.
    “Like negotiating with terrorists,” former producer Alex Pfeiffer said in a text, “but especially dumb ones. Cousin f***ing types, not saudi [sic] royalty.”

    Look here for an excellent discussion of this by Moe Davis, a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, attorney, educator, politician, former administrative law judge, chief prosecutor at Guantanamo, and former N.C. 11th Congressional candidate. Fox News broadcast voting fraud allegations it knew was false

    A group of conservative campaigners last year claimed Dominion had changed its voting machines to deny re-election to Trump. There has been no evidence for voting fraud in the presidential election.

    The lawsuit claims that top network hosts and executives believed the claims to be be false, and in some cases privately mocked them, yet promoted them anyway in an apparent bid to retain the loyalty of its large audience of Trump supporters. This is what the people of Fox said when under oath.

    "He's acting like an insane person," Hannity allegedly wrote of Trump in the weeks following the election. Meanwhile, the host was still pushing the "big lie" during his prime-time show, The Sean Hannity Show. He even had election deniers on as guests to spout their beliefs for his show.

    Hannity said in a deposition that whole election fraud narrative that Sidney Powell was pushing, "I did not believe it for one second." Internal communications at Fox News revealed that executives, hosts, and researchers used phrases like "mind-blowingly nuts," "totally off the rails," and "completely BS" to describe the false election theories they were publicly promoting.

    Carlson, on the other hand, was disdainful of Sidney Powell, a senior Trump attorney who repeatedly claimed Dominion's machines flipped votes cast for Trump to Joe Biden. "Sidney Powell is lying," he wrote to a producer, the Dominion lawsuit alleges. He referred to Powell in a text as an "unguided missile" and "dangerous as hell." Trump, Carlson said, was a "demonic force" who was good at "destroying things. He’s the undisputed world champion of that. He could easily destroy us if we play it wrong."

    Even Rupert Murdoch, the owner of Fox Corporation, was confused and critical of the former president's false allegations. In the court filings, Murdoch reportedly called these claims "really crazy stuff" in one memo to a Fox News executive. He wrote that it was "very hard to credibly claim foul everywhere," referencing Trump pursuing lawsuits in various states to try to overturn his defeat. Murdoch even said that Trump's attempt to prove fraud was "terrible stuff damaging everybody."

    Laura Ingraham also commented to Carlson that Powell was "a complete nut. No one will work with her. Ditto with Rudy," referring to the former New York mayor, lawyer, and Trump supporter Rudy Giuliani.

    There is a reason why the Republicans do not want the Truth and Fairness Doctrine reinstated. It expired under Reagan and the GOP has blocked every attempt by the Dem's. to have it reinstated.

    When it all came down to it, Sidney Powell is where a lot of the election conspiracy stories started from. It was Hannity and other Fox News personalities that spread them. When pressed for her sources she said that she got her information from an email from a person that had time travelled. ... Or maybe that email, Dominion's lawyers wrote, came from an unnamed author who claimed to be a beheaded ghost who talks to the wind.

    In response to the comments saying "what about left leaning media they're just as bad", let's break down the bias and "honesty" or "reliability" of each shall we? This is based on a neutral non-profit organization called Statistica.

    ABC: Center, Unbiased. Reliable 97%.
    CNN: Left. Biased. Reliable 94%.
    NBC: Slightly left. Reliability 97.4%.
    CBS: Center, Unbiased. Reliability 87%.
    NPR: Center, unbiased. Reliability 99%.
    Fox News: Right biased. Reliability: 36.7%.

    What does this data tell us? The sites you think of as left are nowhere near as biased as people think they are or as Fox news is and Fox is the reigning champion of misinformation. This is based off statistical data. Look it up yourself if you don't believe it.

    Dominion's lawsuit is laying bare that lying for ratings and priming the pump of resentment is a feature, not a bug. As someone put it: "Fox is made up of rich people trying to convince poor people that other poor people are the problem."

  • To begin with, it was illegal for Australian-born Rupert Murdoch to ever set up Fox News in the United States. Back when he did it, Reagan was in an office, and Reagan allowed Murdoch to skip past the law that banned foreign nationals from owning broadcast networks.

    The FCC would not allow foreigners to own a radio station nor a TV station, let alone an entire network of them. But Reagan did not enforce the law because the two cut a deal - Reagan would ignore enforcement of the law, and in exchange, Murdoch/Fox would serve as a weaponized propaganda machine for Reagan and conservative Republican interests. Hence, the building of the myth that Reagan was a great president - Fox told us so and keeps telling us. A close inspection shows otherwise. (I mean, the guy knowingly and illegally funded the kidnapping, torture, rape and murder of liberal nuns in Nicaragua, for example.)

    Murdoch went ahead with the acquisition. So Fox "News" was born illegally.

    Now, You have to assume that the statute of limitations has passed. And Murdoch became an American citizen a long time ago. Can anything be done about it?

    What might be done legally is to revoke Murdoch's citizenship - forcing him to sell his interest in Fox - because he committed a crime as a foreign national against the United States when he put Fox News together with the illegal acquisitions of many small broadcast stations on UHF.

    It was also at this time that Reagan cancelled the "Fairness in Broadcasting" doctrine which used to require news broadcasters to tell the truth.
    11/22/2023. Experts overwhelmingly blame one person for climate change confusion: Rubert Murdock.

    The Australian’s impact on the media landscape since the 1950s has had far-reaching and damaging consequences. Speaking to the Guardian, climate scientist at Australian National University Joëlle Gergis said: “It’s hard to think of another person who has single-handedly done more to muddy the public’s understanding of climate change.”

    Climate scientist and University of Pennsylvania professor Michael Mann added, per the Guardian: “He has wielded his global media empire as a cudgel to sow confusion and doubt about the science and the solutions. He will go down in history as one of the greatest climate villains.”

  • Republicans have fused politics and religion into one singular ideology: Barry Goldwater warned: "Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them."

    Prophetic, considering that was sixty years ago. Their leaders speak to their prejudices, reinforce lies, and exploit social issues as a bait and switch to deflect from the core policies that are not popular nationally. Although the electoral college is all that matters, Republicans have only won the popular vote one time in the last eight Presidential election. To put that in perspective, going back from 1968 to 1988, Republicans only lost the popular vote one time - Carter in 1976. It's clear now that Republicans are not popular nationally, and their positions archaic. They have chosen to put one man over their own Country and Constitution and it's the biggest disgrace I've ever seen. I never thought I would see a National party coalesce around a traitor to their Country, considering Trump's the frontrunner despite four indicments in five months.

    If Jesus was around today, the GOP and white evangelicals would attack him as a bleeding heart liberal and socialist. These people have nothing in common with Christ and do all sorts of evil in his name.

  • June 2023 - NY Times GOP Targets Researchers Who Study Disinformation Before 2024 Election. Apparently they don't want anyone calling out their lies. They only like Freedom of Speech when it is their story line.

    On Capitol Hill and in the courts, Republican lawmakers and activists are mounting a sweeping legal campaign against universities, think tanks and private companies that study the spread of disinformation, accusing them of colluding with the government to suppress conservative speech online.

    The effort has encumbered its targets with expansive requests for information and, in some cases, subpoenas — demanding notes, emails and other information related to social media companies and the government dating back to 2015. Complying has consumed time and resources and already affected the groups’ ability to do research and raise money, according to several people involved.

    The House Judiciary Committee, which in January came under Republican majority control, has sent scores of letters and subpoenas to the researchers — only some of which have been made public. It has threatened legal action against those who have not responded quickly or fully enough.

    Targets include Stanford, Clemson and New York universities and the University of Washington; the Atlantic Council, the German Marshall Fund and the National Conference on Citizenship, all nonpartisan, nongovernmental organizations in Washington; the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco; and Graphika, a company that researches disinformation online.
    The Republicans have often used a certain Disinformation Technique. Look for it. It goes like this:

    Former VP, Richard Cheney, in the runup to the ill-conceived Iraq War, gave a quote to the New York Times. The next day, he went on the Sunday morning talk shows and repeatedly said, "According to the New York Times ...." referencing nothing more than [wait for it] his own quote. It wasn't the Times' reporting. It was ONLY Cheney's quote.

    Their other, more common techniques is just to lie and lie some more. It is basically how they are dealing with the Trump Espionage charge.
    This GOP playbook is how Vladimir Putin took over absolute power in Russia: he distracted Russian with anti-gay and patriotic campaign, so they would not notice he was confiscating the Judiciary, the elections, Education, the media and by the time the Russians focused, Putin was the absolute master of Russia, the same way the GOP is doing in the USA...
  • It was Bush that pushed the variable rate mortgages. He even had a signing ceremony in the Rose garden for it.

    There are plenty of culprits, like lenders who peddled easy credit, consumers who took on mortgages they could not afford and Wall Street chieftains who loaded up on mortgage-backed securities without regard to the risk.

    But the story of how we got here is partly one of Mr. Bush’s own making, according to a review of his tenure that included interviews with dozens of current and former administration officials. As early as 2006, top advisers to Mr. Bush dismissed warnings from people inside and outside the White House that housing prices were inflated and that a foreclosure crisis was looming. “There is no question we did not recognize the severity of the problems,” said Al Hubbard, Mr. Bush’s former chief economics adviser, who left the White House in December 2007. “Had we, we would have attacked them.”

  • A popular accusation by the Republicans is that the Democrats want to defund the police. It's not what has happened. An analysis by ABC News examined the budgets of more than 100 cities and counties and found that 83% are spending at least 2% more on police in 2022 than in 2019.

    08/30/2023 - Many big US cities now answer mental health crisis calls with civilian teams -- not police

    By their protecting the Jan 6 rioters, it seems that Republicans now believe that attacking police officers is "legitimate political discourse". Personally I find that reasoning to be a whole lot worse than defunding the police.

    It's a bit complicated but understanding it isn't. After the 2020 murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, there were calls to defund police departments. It was even done some, but only temporarily. The police are the gladiators and sanitation workers that deal with the problems and clean up the messes of society. Do they have problems? Of course, for a number of different reasons, but mostly they are like teachers, poorly paid and trying to do the best job they can while not always being appreciated. Unfortunately, they are vested with an authority and power that can attract the corruptible. They have been misused by society as agents of control. They must work very hard to police themselves and hold themselves to very high standards to preserve the trust and respect of the citizens they need, to be able to do their jobs. This is very far from a perfect world and social justice is a goal, not a reality. A lot of times, police use the old fashioned methods of control including intimidation.

    As for defunding the police, one argument about it that gets lost is more than defunding the police, social workers and mental health professionals should be better funded so that the police aren't forced to deal with problems that they should not be handling. Like the military, police are granted a right to use violence that most citizens are not allowed. That and protecting themselves from violence is largely what they are trained for. They are there to uphold the law and protect the citizens from law breakers. A lot of times though, law breaking and violence are not the problem and then someone else should be dealing with it... like social workers or mental health professionals.

    So what happened in Minneapolis after the murder of George Floyd?

    The police were called on George Floyd because of a suspected counterfeit $20 bill. After his murder and the disaster that followed, there were calls for moving some of the police budget to metal health resources. The Republicans claim that there as been a crime wave because of this. It never happened.

  • Over the last fifty years, every Republican President has seen a recession, while we have had only one recession begin under a Democrat, a short six month recession under Carter.

    Over the last forty years every Republican President has created a deficit at least double the previous record. Over that same time, every Democratic President (including already Biden) has cut the deficit by half or more.

    The last three Democratic Presidents (including Biden) have all seen unemployment effectively cut in half. The last two Republicans both saw it effectively double.

    Over the last fifty years, despite holding the Presidency for only 22 years compared to Republicans holding it 28, stock market return has been just over 100% under Republicans and just shy of 1,000% under Democrats. Over 42 million jobs have been created under Democrats compared to only 24 million under Republicans. Income growth averaged 2.2% under Democrats compared to 0.6% under Republicans. GDP growth averaged 4.1% under Democrats compared to 2.7% under Republicans

    Going back to Truman, four of the five Presidents who have seen the largest increase in domestic oil production were Democrats (with Trump scoring the number five spot and Obama placing first). Only six Presidents over that time have seen domestic oil production fall, and five of them were Republicans.

    Since 1980, The abortion rate held steady under Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43. It fell under both Clinton and Obama, and under Trump rose for the first time since the 1970’s.

    Since the Nixon Administration, 338 members of Presidential administrations have been indicted on criminal charges. Three of these were in Democratic administrations, 335 were in Republican administrations.

    In the last century, only two Presidents have lost jobs during their administrations, both Republicans (Hoover and Trump)

    Over the last 80 years, five of the six Presidents with the highest job creation were Democrats, with only Reagan making the list. (Current rankings are Clinton, Reagan, Biden, Obama, Johnson, and Carter, with Biden likely to move into second place before the end of his first term.)

    Ten of the eleven safest states in the Union are blue or lean blue with Utah the only red state. Fifteen of the sixteen least safe states are red, with Georgia being the only non-red state in that mix (and until recently we would have considered Georgia a red state). (Scores based on a combination of personal safety, road safety, financial safety, and emergency preparedness.)

    Four of the five states with the highest poverty rate are deep red (New Mexico being the only blue state). Four of the five states with the lowest poverty rates are blue or lean blue, with Utah the only red state.

    The five states with the best education are all blue. Four of the five states with the worst education are deep red, with New Mexico the only blue state.

    Four of the five states with the highest incarceration rates are deep red, with Delaware the only blue state. Four of the five with the lowest incarceration rates are blue or lean blue with North Dakota the only red state.

    The ten states with a the best healthcare are all blue. The five states with the worst healthcare are all red. In fact ten of the bottom eleven are all red with Georgia being the only exception.

    Eight of the ten states who pay the highest Federal income tax per capita are blue. (That’s per capita, so population isn’t a factor.) Eight of the ten states who rely most on Federal funding are red.

    The five states with the highest covid death rates were all red. Three of the five with the lowest death rates are blue with Alaska and Utah the only exception.

  • Here's some stuff to post when the Second Amendment worshippers talk about the shootings in Dem areas.

    States With the Highest Teen Suicide Rates
      1. Idaho - RED
      2. Colorado - PURPLE
      3. Utah - RED
      4. New Mexico - BLUE
      5. Oklahoma - RED
      6. Kansas - RED
      7. Arkansas - RED
      8. Nevada - RED
      9. South Carolina - RED
      10. Arizona - RED
    Notice a pattern?

    Worst States for Families
      1. Arizona - RED
      2. Georgia - RED
      3. Oklahoma - RED
      4. Arkansas - RED
      5. Alabama - RED
      6. South Carolina - RED
      7. Louisiana - RED
      8. West Virginia - RED
      9. New Mexico - BLUE
      10. Mississippi - RED
    Notice a pattern?
    Red states are the overwhelming poorest states in the country with the highest poverty rates. Mississippi (19.8%), Louisiana (18.7%), West Virginia (17.4%), Arkansas (16.8%), North Carolina 14.1%), Alabama (16.8%), Kentucky (16.7%), Texas (14.9%), Florida (13.7%), South Carolina (15.2%), Oklahoma (15.5%), and Tennessee (15.2%) all have incredibly high poverty rates.

    The overwhelming majority of states with the least healthy populations and worst healthcare systems are Red states. The states with the least healthy populations were Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The 14 of the 15 top healthiest states are Blue states and at the top are: Hawaii, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Washington, Rhode Island, New Jersey, California, Maryland, Minnesota, Colorado, New York, Wisconsin, Delaware, and Vermont. Utah was the only state to break into the top 15, which was likely due to its large Mormon population, many of whom do not drink, smoke, or use caffeine. In terms of healthiest regions, the Blue Northeast is the healthiest and the Red south is the least healthiest. They have high rates of obesity, smoking, mental and physical distress, and low birthweight and that was before overturning Roe caused all the Obstetricians and Gynecologists to leave those states. Now giving birth in a Red state is far more dangerous.

    The bottom 10 states with the worst healthcare systems are all Red states: Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Texas, and Alaska. Residents of Texas are six times more likely to be without healthcare than residents of Massachusetts. Georgia has the worst child immunization rate in the country.

    4 of the top 5 highest average insurance monthly premiums are Red states: Nebraska, Iowa, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The states with the highest infant mortality rate are Red states: West Virginia, South Carolina, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

    Red States Have the Lowest Labor Force Participation Rates. 9 of the top 10 states with the lowest labor force participation rates are Red states, including, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, West Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
  • I understand the fears in today's world. Things are changing so fast.

    I understand fear of loss of freedom in today's world and believing guns will help you avoid enslavement.

    The reality though is that guns will not help you in this war. It is an economic war that you have been told is a culture war and yes, it will enslave you if it can, but guns won't help.

    If you want your freedom, understand what is really dangerous to you... Follow the money and forget the silly culture wars meant to distract you from what matters.

    If my child hit another kid with a stick, I wouldn't blame the stick but I would take it away from him.
  • Every day in America, more than 200 people are wounded by guns; 120 are killed by them. Of these 120, 11 are children and teens. The leading cause of mortality among children in America is now death by a gun. The same number of deaths—120—will happen tomorrow, and the day after that, and the day after that, every day, until we come to our senses and do something about it.

    Saying that a gun is just an innocent inanimate object is like claiming Babe Ruth could hit a home run without a bat.

    Here's some tidbits to post when the Second Amendment worshippers talk about the shootings in Dem areas.

    Whenever there is a shooting, the Republicans claim it is a mental health issue. Keep in mind that when Trump was elected in 2016 and the Republicans had full control in Washington including the House and Senate, the very first substantive bill they passed was make it easier for people that had been declared mentally ill to buy guns. It was not part of a larger bill. It was the one and only purpose of their first bill.

    The horrible thing is that the problem of gun violence started 40 years ago as the gun lobby's attempt to just sell more guns no matter what the consequences. It was financed by the gun manufactures for the non-ideological purpose of making money. Nothing more, but it is a lot of the reason for today's incredible count of gun deaths.

    The gun lobby and gun extremists want to convince people that it's utterly futile to try to introduce gun legislation and they will bribe politicians to agree or politically blackmail any politician that disagrees.

    They love to say that "guns don't kill people, people kill people", but it iis rather hard to kill people without a gun, especially more than one person. Otherwise, the U.S. could save billions of dollars a year by arming the military with hammers instead of guns.

    Actually stopping a mass shooter as a civilian is exceptionally rare, according to Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center. Less than 3% of more than 430 active attacks in the US ended with a civilian firing back from 2000 to 2021.

    The problem is not the Second Amendment. The problem is that Gun Rights have been co-opted into the culture wars that are the political wars that are so that the Republican base doesn't notice the economic war being waged on them by the big dollar Republican donors.

    The Second Amendment is not supposed to be a suicide pact.

    The Gun Lobby has spread the story that it's a people problem and that the gun is just an innocent tool that innocently happens to accidently be at the scene of the crime. If that was true then they would support background checks that led to the denial of guns to people with mental health problems, but they don't. They fight for everyone, including people with mental health problems, to have unlimited access to guns. They lie and children die.

    Cars kill many more people than guns, but there are far more cars and to drive one you need training, a licence and insurance. Maybe guns should be that way.

    Guns don't kill people, people kill people. Yeah, sure, and drugs don't kill people either, but dead is dead.

    Guns don't kill people, but they give guns to soldiers because it is hard to kill people without them.

    Less than 1 in 100 firearm fatalities in the U.S. is the result of Justifiable Homicide. (i.e. Good Guy with a gun) - FBI statistic.
    Uvalde police held off on confronting shooter inside the classroom out of concern over the AR-15 rifle he used.
    Uvalde Police Department Detective Louis Landry also reportedly said that “once we found out it was a rifle he was using, it was a different game plan we would have had to come up with.”

    The murder rate in the 25 states that voted for Donald Trump has exceeded the murder rate in the 25 states that voted for Joe Biden in every year from 2000 to 2020.

    Over this 21-year span, this Red State murder gap has steadily widened from a low of 9% more per capita red state murders in 2003 and 2004 to 44% more per capita red state murders in 2019, before settling back to 43% in 2020.

    Altogether, the per capita Red State murder rate was 23% higher than the Blue State murder rate when all 21 years were combined.

    If Blue State murder rates were as high as Red State murder rates, Biden-voting states would have suffered over 45,000 more murders between 2000 and 2020.

    If you want to talk about the Second Amendment of the Constitution, fine, but know what the people that wrote it said. It might not be what the NRA says.

    In Federalist No. 29 of the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton explained at great length precisely what a “well-regulated militia” was, why the Founding Fathers thought we needed one, and why they wanted to protect it from being disarmed by the federal government.

    It basically meant what today we call the National Guard.

    It should be a properly constituted, ordered and drilled (“well-regulated”) military force, organized state by state, explained Hamilton. Each state militia should be a “select corps,” “well-trained” and able to perform all the “operations of an army.” The militia needed “uniformity in … organization and discipline,” wrote Hamilton, so that it could operate like a proper army “in camp and field,” and so that it could gain the “essential … degree of proficiency in military functions.” And although it was organized state by state, it needed to be under the explicit control of the national government. The “well-regulated militia” was under the command of the president. It was “the military arm” of the government.

    The one big difference between this militia and a professional army? It shouldn’t be made up of full-time professional soldiers, said the Founding Fathers. Such soldiers could be used against the people as King George had used his mercenary Redcoats. Instead, the American republic should make up its military force from part-time volunteers drawn from regular citizens. Such men would be less likely to turn on the population. And the creation of this “well-regulated militia,” aka the National Guard, would help safeguard the freedom of the new republic because it would make the creation of a professional, mercenary army “unnecessary,” wrote Hamilton. “This appears to me the only substitute that can be devised for a standing army, and the best possible security against it,” he wrote.

    That was the point. And that was why they wanted to make sure it couldn’t be disarmed by the federal government: So a future “tyrant” couldn’t disarm the National Guard, and then use a mercenary army to impose martial law. Federalist Papers 29
    The murder rate in the 25 states that voted for Donald Trump has exceeded the murder rate in the 25 states that voted for Joe Biden in every year from 2000 to 2020.

    Over this 21-year span, this Red State murder gap has steadily widened from a low of 9% more per capita red state murders in 2003 and 2004 to 44% more per capita red state murders in 2019, before settling back to 43% in 2020.

    Altogether, the per capita Red State murder rate was 23% higher than the Blue State murder rate when all 21 years were combined.

    If Blue State murder rates were as high as Red State murder rates, Biden-voting states would have suffered over 45,000 more murders between 2000 and 2020.

    Even when murders in the largest cities in red states are removed, overall murder rates in Trump-voting states were 12% higher than Biden-voting states across this 21-year period and were higher in 18 of the 21 years observed.
    Kern County in central CA has been the murder and violent crime capitol of CA for many years. They have a republican mayor and Board of supervisors and McCarthy represents them in congress. Think about that next time he mentions "Dem cities".

    "Among the 50 states, murder rates were often well above the national average in many Republican-controlled states and cities. Jacksonville with 176 homicides and a murder rate (19.776) more than three times that of New York City (5.94) has a Republican mayor. Tulsa (19.64) and Oklahoma City (11.16) have Republican mayors in a Republican state and have murder rates that dwarf that of Los Angeles (6.74). Lexington’s Republican mayor saw record homicides in 2020 and 2021, with a murder rate (10.61) nearly twice that of New York City. Bakersfield (11.91) and Fresno (14.09) each have Republican mayors and murder rates far higher than either San Francisco or Los Angeles."

    I don't think for one minute Republican politicians are in any way the cause of rising crime rates in red states and cities. Folks that want to blame Newsom and liberal DA's need to be intellectually honest about this trend happening everywhere in CA and the Country and even more so in red states and cities.

  • The Christian right is the largest single group of Trump supporters and were largely responsible for putting him in office. The Christian Nationalists (Fascist Theocrats) have been working on taking over the GOP since the early 1950's. Conservative Republican U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater commented on it back then: "I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of 'conservatism'." "Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the (Republican) party, and they're sure trying to do so it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them."
  • While there are very direct things one should do about climate, campaign finance reform/getting dark money out of our politics is a really important indirect one. Rhode Island's Senator Whitehouse made an incredible case for focusing on dark money, those secret donations that Citizens United allowed in 2011. here are the points he made (using more extreme language, to be clear):

    (1) Dark money didn't just appear out of nowhere. The entire concept is based on legalizing bribery for a small group of right-wing billionaires and key members of the fossil fuel industry. "Bribery" here is pretty damn accurate for the supreme court. For others, it means giving bribes in the form of unlimited amounts of campaign funds. It results in the same thing: totally compromised jurists and politicians.

    (2) Once dark money was legalized, this group of conspirators bought the courts and key republican senators and congressmembers. Bought means these people will NEVER go against the interest of the conspirators.

    (3) Climate change was not entirely partisan until 2011. Sen. Whitehouse said that bipartisanship on carbon reduction was possible until dark money was created. Once the republican party and courts were purchased, it became a 100% partisan issue.

    (4) You cannot untangle dark money, the assault on voting rights, the assault on reproductive rights, anti-green new deal legislation, and the like. It is the same small group of people that are writing legal briefs and laws and handing them to the courts and legislatures to pass.

    (5) Attacking dark money is insanely popular on the left and right. And the center. It has near universal approval. It is very good politics to run on an anti-dark money platform.

    (6) The fastest way to un-fuck the country and the environment is to get rid of dark money. It would knee-cap the corrupt right and may actually allow republicans with integrity to recapture their party.

    (7) We should do two things in 2024: one is talk a great deal more about this issue and make it much more of a Democratic party priority. Right now, Sen Whitehouse is on an island on this. It is worth breaking this down for voters. The second thing is to attack republicans on this issue in campaign ads. It's a winning issue if we care to elevate it.

  • Since its creation as the brain child of Elizabeth Warren, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has served as an advocate for ordinary Americans against a slew of fast-fingered corporate crooks. As the Public Interest Research Group recently recounted, the CFPB has some hefty accomplishments to its name. The agency has recouped $17.5 billion worth of consumer money. This year alone, it’s prevailed against a slew of foes, from big banks to shady data brokers, and offered guidance to help ordinary people avoid pitfalls and hang onto their hard-earned money.

  • June 16, 2023 - Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, one of several GOP presidential candidates, warned his fellow Republicans to “back off” allegations that the Justice Department has been “weaponized.”

    “In terms of the overall charge of weaponization of the Justice Department, look at [former president] Donald Trump. He’s already declared that he- if he’s elected president, he’s gonna appoint a special prosecutor to go after the Biden family. That’s called a weaponization of the Justice Department,” Hutchinson said on ABC’s “This Week.”

    “And so let’s back off of these accusations, and let’s get back to being the party of the rule of law, of the justice system supporting law enforcement and the equal application of law. Let’s don’t undermine the greatest justice system and criminal justice system and rule of law in the world today, this side of heaven,” Hutchinson said.

    The Republicans and especially Mr. Trump claim that the Democrats are weaponizing the courts and political system. That is ironic for so many reasons, beyond their political manipulations that led to a dominance of the Supreme Court. Trump insists he's being persecuted by politically motivated enemies. The fact is, there is no one more willing to politicize the legal system (and the country’s democratic institutions generally) than Trump himself. As president, he repeatedly called into question the legitimacy of judges who challenged him and court rulings he disagreed with. He demanded the arrest of political adversaries, including President Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden. He was especially vocal in 2016 about his opponent, Hillary Clinton, who he said “has to go to jail” for accessing her official email on a private server, which he insisted at campaign rallies was the “biggest political scandal since Watergate." This misuse of the courts is a major component of his overall political strategy just as was delaying and drawing out court cases was when he was defrauding private companies he did business with before his election.

    Now in 2023, we have Jim Jordon, a leading Trump supporter with no regard for truth, weaponizing the Justice Department against a New Your district attorney for the express purpose of stopping a state investigation of crimes committed by Trump even though he has no possible jurisdiction.

    It is just more of the case of whatever the Republicans accuse the Democrats of doing, they are probably doing far worse
    Really, we've seen all this before. Abuse of the courts is just one of the main tactics of the Republicans. It's about endless investigations, continual insinuation of guilt, claims of evidence to be presented, ... then nothing.

    Remember Whitewater? Ken Starr knew he had nothing for YEARS, but he couldn't let the snipe hunt end.

    There was the Birther hoax. According to Mr. Trump, it was clear that President Obama wasn't even an American citizen, even if there was a birth announcement in a Hawaii newspaper. He still claims that on occasion.

    How many Benghazi investigations did we get to? Kevin McCarthy admitted that that was a hoax to hurt HRC politically, while bragging that it worked.

  • The greatest evil of Trump is not his personal corruption, as impressive as it may be. Instead his greatest evil is how many he has corrupted and how much he has corrupted the institutions and morals of this nation.

    During his regime, Trump did all sorts of things that strained the guard rails on the presidency to the breaking point. He fired people who were investigating him and his minions. He attempted to extort the president of Ukraine. He lined his own pockets with government money by directing business to his properties and charging above-market rates. He made so many pronouncements about his own presidential powers that at times he seemed positively imperial. And then he launched a violent coup to try to seize power on Jan 6 after he lost the election.

    Subsequently, he's promised to take revenge on everyone he deems as an enemy. He's openly talked about imprisoning or even executing political opponents. He's promised to create 'loyalty tests' to screen out 'unwanted ideologies'. He's suggested he'll deploy the military on day 1 to crush any protestors. He's publicly suggested the Constitution might need to be 'suspended'.

    He's the only politician I've heard of to actually talk about suspending the Constitution. He's talked about using the military to suppress entirely legitimate protests using the Insurrection Act. He's talked about bringing treason charges against the then-outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He's talked about bringing treason charges against Comcast, the owner of NBC and MSNBC. He's talked explicitly about weaponizing the government against his political enemies. And, of course, he continues to talk about crushing an independent press.

    Anyone who thinks there's not a chance he becomes a dictator is being foolish. This is the candidate whose lawyers just argued that he, as POTUS, never took an oath to support the Constitution of the United States of America.
    America has a serious problem and it's still getting worse.

    Trumpism is not the cause of our divided nation. It is the symptom of a rigged system that was already dividing us. While Trump authoritarianism masquerades as being anti-elitist, it is backed by some of America’s richest corporate and financial leaders — such as money manager Stephen A. Schwarzman, industrialist Charles Koch, venture capitalist Peter Thiel, shipping magnate Richard Uihlein, and almost every major American corporation and trade association.

    The central goal of the corporate and financial backers of Trump authoritarianism has been to split the bottom 90 percent of Americans into warring factions so they don’t look upward and see where all the wealth and power have gone.

    The most powerful force in American politics today is anti-establishment fury at a rigged system. There is no longer a left or right. There is no longer a moderate “center.” The underlying choice is either Trump Republican authoritarianism or Democratic progressive populism.

    Democrats cannot defeat authoritarianism without an agenda of radical democratic reform — an anti-establishment movement. Democrats must stand squarely on the side of democracy against oligarchy. They must form a unified coalition of people of all races, genders, and classes to unrig the system. The rigged system is the problem and it's just getting worse. Capitalism is such a powerful force that it must serve more than just a few or it will enslave the masses.

    No President of the United States, or any other world leader has been held in such universal contempt by the people who have worked for him. His secretary of state, Rex Tillerson called him a moron. His chief of staff John Kelly called him an idiot. Low level staffers leak embarrassing information about his work habits, his temper tantrums and his inability to understand anything written above a 5th grade reading level. A mid-level former staffer writes a book titled “A Team of Vipers” about the constant backstabbing and infighting. Even Anne Coulter has called him an idiot.

    There is literally no other point of view available from current and former staffers. When Tillerson and Kelly’s comments became known, nobody on his staff took it upon themselves to say something like “Well, that’s certainly not the Donald Trump I know!” Their silence speaks volumes. Not even his kids rush to his defense.

  • The Atlantic - Peter Wehner

    Some of us have spent the better part of eight years warning about the incalculable damage that would be done to the United States, to its politics and culture, and to the Christian witness by those who embraced a Trumpian ethic, defined by cruelty, lawlessness, the shattering of norms and traditional boundaries, and an eagerness to annihilate truth and trust in institutions. Those warnings have been validated, those concerns vindicated. What happened on January 6 wasn’t an anomaly; it was an apotheosis.

    It is a lesson nearly as old as time itself: Those whose passions are inflamed—and Trump supporters are nothing if not perennially inflamed—are drawn to destruction. “Rage and phrenzy will pull down more in a half an hour, than prudence, deliberation, and foresight can build up in a hundred years,” the 18th-century conservative statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke warned.

    Lack of restraint is the essence of the Trump movement. Shattering guardrails is what they find thrilling. But what MAGA adherents forget is that those guardrails exist to protect not only others, but also ourselves from excess, self-indulgence, and self-harm. There’s a reason temperance—self-mastery, the capacity to moderate inordinate desires, balance that produces internal harmony—is one of the four cardinal virtues.

    The extremism, aggression, and lack of restraint in MAGA world are spreading rather than receding. They are becoming more rather than less indiscriminate. Those who are part of that movement, and certainly those who lead it, act as if they’re invincible, as if the rules don’t apply to them, as if they can say anything and get away with anything. That has certainly been true of Trump, and it is often true of those who have patterned themselves after Trump, which is to say, virtually the entire Republican Party.

    But it goes even beyond this. MAGA world directs its ridicule at those who exercise temperance, who embrace restraint, and who ask themselves what they should do rather than what they can get away with. Those who reject the ethic of Thrasymachus—the cynical Sophist in Plato’s Republic who believes might makes right and injustice is better than justice—are dismissed as weak and delicate. The denizens of MAGA world not only relish discarding guardrails; they scorn those who abide by them.

    The priority for those who love our country is to contain the wreckage and defeat the MAGA movement. We’re still in mid-drama, so that day is a ways off. But it will come. Because in the end, those who live without limits are destroyed by them.
  • December 2023. The House Jan. 6 select committee released its report detailing former President Donald Trump’s attempted coup to remain in power despite losing the 2020 election — and recommendations to prevent such a thing from happening again.

    “From the beginning, Donald Trump’s fraud allegations were concocted nonsense, designed to prey upon the patriotism of millions of men and women who love our country,” committee vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican, wrote in her foreword. “Most Americans also did not know exactly how Donald Trump, along with a handful of others, planned to defeat the transfer of presidential power on January 6th. This was not a simple plan, but it was a corrupt one.”

  • Trump's greatest appeal is how he gives his followers and others in the MAGA movement's orbit permission to be their worst true horrible selves. Violence bonds members of a social group together; this is especially true of political personality cults such as the Trump MAGA movement. Healthy democracies discourage and outlaw political violence because it is antithetical to normal politics with its rules-based deliberation and collective decision-making and other ways of attempting to be legitimate sources of authority among the governed.

    Trump continues to valorize the Jan. 6 terrorists as "heroes" and "political prisoners" who are victims of the deep state and the Biden administration.

    The coup attempt on Jan. 6 was part of a much larger strategy of using violence, threats, and intimidation to undermine American democracy and to create a space for Trump-GOP fascist MAGA movement and larger white right to expand their power and influence. To that point, the Republican Party and its voters have not disavowed political violence as seen on Jan. 6 and beyond. In fact, public opinion polls and other research show the opposite: A significant percentage of today's Republican voters increasingly see right-wing political violence up to and including a coup to remove President Biden from office and/or a sustained insurgency or second Civil War as legitimate means of getting and keeping political power.

    Republican lawmakers push for national concealed carry and expanded "stand your ground laws." Based on what is known about how the easy access to guns and the encouragement to use them irresponsibly directly correlates to an increase in gun violence (including suicides and mass murders), the American right wing is trying to create a Hobbesian state of nature where violence and fear of death is everywhere and the rule of law is increasingly meaningless.

    Today's Republican Party and "conservative" movement and its forces want the American people to be sick and terminally ill with such violence and all the misery and death it causes. It is that sickness and death which the Republican fascists, the "conservatives" and the larger white right and their forces see as a pathway to unlimited power for all time and their dream-nightmare of a new American plutocracy.

  • 04/11/2024. Former Obama deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner engaged in a “level of corruption that we’ve just never seen” when talking about his firm’s recent investments overseas. A New York Times’s report detailed that 99 percent of Kushner’s investment fund’s money came from foreign sources.

    “This is a guy, Jared Kushner, who had no expertise, no qualification whatsoever to be in the White House while he was there. He made it his account to work in the Gulf Arab states. He basically helped lead the cover-up for [Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman]. Get him in from the cold after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.”

    Rhodes said Kushner securing a $2 billion investment from Saudi Arabia six months after leaving the White House is a way for Crown Prince Mohammed to exert influence on U.S. foreign policy if Trump returns to the Oval Office after the November election.

    “Basically, what we can take from that investment is that in a second Trump term, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and around the world will be made entirely with the interests of Mohammed bin Salman in mind,” Rhodes said.

    House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) said back in August that Kushner “crossed the line of ethics” by accepting a $2 billion investment.

    “This is just putting a price tag on American foreign policy,” Rhodes said. “This is a level of corruption that we’ve just never seen, and it’s hiding in plain sight.”

  • Again, hopefully, Mr. Trump is fully in the rear view mirror, but maybe not and you don't want to forget what he did. Trump's day to day actions were crude, illegal, barbaric and immoral. The thing worse than his evil and corruption is that he corrupts others.

    Democracy depends on the good faith of the people. Richard Nixon and Al Gore lost elections that were very questionable, but they accepted the outcomes for the good of the nation. Not so Donald Trump. Trump places himself ahead of America and American democracy. Donald Trump is the only president in American history who has refused to guarantee the peaceful transfer of power. He lost the election and he knew it. He betrayed millions of Americans by telling them the election was stolen. He ignored the rulings of dozens of courts. Rather than accept his defeat, he mobilized a mob to come to Washington and march on the Capitol. Then, he watched on television, while the mob attacked law enforcement, invaded the Capitol, and hunted the vice president. He refused, for three hours, to tell the mob to leave. There has never been a greater dereliction of duty by any president. Trump was warned repeatedly that his plans for January 6th were illegal. He didn't care and today, he celebrates those who attacked our Capitol. Donald Trump has proven he is unfit for office.

    A few of Trump’s accomplishments:
    1) He denied losing the 2020 Presidential election.
    2) He led an attack on the US Capitol to change the outcome.
    3) He was twice impeached.
    4) He told more falsehoods than any president in history.
    5) He killed Roe v. Wade.
    6) He denied the Corona Virus as long as possible and then suggested injecting bleach.
    7) He staged a magnificent propaganda photo op for Kim Jung Un.
    8) He set a new record in grift.
    9) He attracted multiple lawsuits for corruption, greed and graft.
    10) He clogged the WH toilet with secret docs.
    11) He stole classified docs and refused to give them back.
    12) He told 60,000+ verifiable lies
    13) He created a divisive atmosphere of polarization.
    14) He destroyed the historic values of the GOP, 15) A record 300 rounds of golf, 16) He commited Emoluments crimes.

    There has always been people with authoritarian tendencies in America, but by 2016, Donald Trump was helpful to anyone who still had trouble making the choice between authoritarianism and democracy. Trump required they take sides.

    Rather than try to list anything as extensive of Trump's danger and failings as a civilized human, I'll just put some links to other lists. It makes for amusing reading... in a very dark sort of way.

    62 Things Trump Did That You Forgot About To Preserve Your Sanity. By Ryan Grenoble - Dec 3, 2022

    3 myths about the Trump tax cut

  • June 16, 2023 New Study of China Tariff War’s Biggest Losers

    A discussion paper published this month by the economy, politics and society (EPoS) research center at the Universities of Bonn and Mannheim calculated that American importers bore 93 percent of U.S. tariffs, while Chinese importers shouldered just 68 percent of China’s tariffs. U.S. exporters paid the other 32 percent, the researchers concluded.

    The paper estimated that Chinese tariffs cost Chinese importers $180 million and $510 million per month in 2018 and 2019, respectively, while U.S. tariffs cost U.S. importers $1.21 billion and $2.47 billion per month over the same period.

  • Trump was fine with Transgender when it was profitable.

    Years before he said he was running for president to “defeat the cult of gender ideology,” Donald Trump welcomed and praised the inclusion of transgender women in the Miss Universe pageant.

    In since unreported radio and television interviews from spring and summer 2012, Trump celebrated the interest in a 23-year-old transgender woman named Jenna Talackova participating in a Canadian pageant. He then later effusively praised the winner of the Miss USA pageant, Olivia Culpo, for saying that transgender women should be allowed to compete.

    Trump, then the owner of the Miss Universe pageant, would go on to cite the possible participation of transgender women in Olympic sports to justify his decision to end a ban on transgender pageant participants.

    ... Of course, now, it is just more ammunition for the culture wars to rile up the base, get donations, and hide the economic wars that are killing working American families.

  • So what you are telling me is that after the doctors, medical scientists and medical industry has defeated smallpox, tuberculosis, measels, polio, pneumonia, shingles and probably a hundred more diseases with vaccines, you know better than them. You are very unconvincing. As a matter of fact, the whole anti-vax movement compares to the medical industry about the same as a bicycle compairs to a jet airliner... or not even that.

    One problem the anti-vaxxers are going to have is that the mRNA vaccines they hate were so effective that moving forward, pretty much all vaccines will be mRNA type and there is a lot worse out there than Covid.

    02/15/2024. As of Jan. 1, 2024, there are 12,854 COVID-19 countermeasure claims, 9,682 of which are claims of injury or death due to the vaccines, according to the HRSA. Grimes noted in his opening remarks that the claims account for less than 0.001 percent of vaccine administrations. Well that sure makes it safer than Covid.

    In the 04/10/2024 meeting of the House oversight committee’s COVID-19 subcommittee, Rep. M. T.Greene questioned Food and Drug Administration official Dr. Peter Marks about the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines once they became widely available in 2021. Marks replied that “It’s estimated in the United States about 3.2 million lives [were saved] and it’s estimated, globally, that COVID-19 vaccines saved over 14 million lives, conservatively,”.

    03/06/2024. One 62 year old German man deliberately got 217 Covid-19 vaccine shots in the span of 29 months. That’s an average of one jab every four days. Taht is not recommended. A correspondence published Monday (03/04/2024) in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases outlined his case and concluded that while his “hypervaccination” did not result in any adverse health effects, it also did not significantly improve or worsen his immune response. He didn't get covid either though.

    In total, the man got eight vaccine formulations, including mRNA vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, a vector-based vaccine from Johnson & Johnson and a recombinant-protein vaccine from Sanofi. “The observation that no noticeable side effects were triggered in spite of this extraordinary hypervaccination indicates that the drugs have a good degree of tolerability,” Schober said in a news release.

    Ya know, all this anti-vax nonsense will go away if the H5N1 bird flu jumps to humans. A 50% mortality rate should do the trick and if it's not that one, it will be another. The war with disease is almost as old as life. Luckily the CDC is watching for the jump and at the same time working on vaccines for humans. There are other diseases that they watch as well. A warming world has already caused traditional diseases such as Dengue Fever to extend their range.

    The Hongkong flu killed about the same number of people as covid in 1968, when the world population (3,547,00,000) was a fraction of what it is now (8,045,000,000) and it was not considered a really bad flu.

    Here's a title for the anti-vax crowd to look for: "Excess Death Rates for Republican and Democratic Registered Voters in Florida and Ohio During the COVID-19 Pandemic". That is peer-reviewed research published in JAMA, the top medical journal in the world. Also, NPR summarized another dataset and found the same conclusion. Beautiful graphs that show that conservatives are so homicidal they are willing to cause their own genocide to prove . . . not sure what that would prove but here's the title: "Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates. Misinformation is to blame". It said: "People living in counties that went 60% or higher for Trump in November 2020 had 2.73 times the death rates of those that went for Biden".

    No matter how much you want to deflect to fauci. It was trump lying about Covid calling it a flu, politicizing masks and shots that caused thousands of unnecessary deaths.

    08/18/2023 Analysis shows that only 52 doctors spread covid medical misinformation during the pandemic. That is of roughly 1 million Americans who hold medical licenses in the United States. Misinformation that comes from doctors can be particularly damaging and once false impressions take hold, it can be very hard to change them. The misinformation ranged from claiming masks didn't work to complicated conspiracy stories about the origins of Covid.

    In March 2021, the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate published a report finding that 12 anti-vaxxers were responsible for the majority of anti-vaccine content on social media.

    Column by Michael Hiltzik May 23, 2023. These 'experts' sold the U.S. on a disastrous COVID plan, and never paid a professional price. This article reviews the quacks and the professionals that pushed for fighting Covid with Herd Immunity. It didn't work for a number of reasons and was a medical disaster. The U.S. death toll stands at 1.13 million, hundreds of children have died, and an estimated 245,000 children have lost one or both parents to COVID. The U.S. leads the world in COVID deaths; its death rate of 3,478 per million population is worse than that of Britain, Spain, France, the Nordic countries, Canada and Israel.

    It tells the story of We Want Them Infected, a carefully documented new book by Jonathan Howard, a neurologist at New York University and a veteran debunker of the pseudoscience contaminating our efforts to fight the pandemic. He cronicles and debunks the Herd Immunity theory of Covid resistence. The idea was that so many people would eventually become naturally infected with the virus, and therefore immune, from further infection that the virus would be unable to spread further.

    "Infants, kids, teens, young people, young adults, middle aged with no conditions etc. have zero to little risk," he told top HHS officials. "So we use them to develop herd ... we want them infected."

    Alexander's proposal was essentially a screed against lockdowns. That suited the Trump White House, which was searching for ways around the economic dislocations caused by the virus. But he was wrong about the toll of sickness and death that would result, allowing the virus to rage among these ostensibly low-risk groups, and wrong about the prospects of reaching herd immunity naturally.

    The problem is that no one has been punished for this catastrophe and they are still pushing it for political reasons.

  • Robert F. Kennedy, a name to conjure with. Robert F. Kennedy jr. is a political hack that few would know if not for that name. He is basically the opposite of his father.

    04/09/2024. A representative for Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s presidential campaign admitted in a meeting with New York Republicans what some Democrats have long suspected — that Kennedy’s independent bid is designed to thwart Joe Biden.

    “The only way for him, for Bobby, to shake it up and to get rid of Biden is if he’s on the ballot in every state, including New York,” Kennedy campaign representative Rita Palmer told a group of New York Republicans, per CNN, which referred to Palmer as the campaign’s New York state director. “The Kennedy voter and the Trump voter, our mutual enemy is Biden.”

    Palmer also reportedly told the group the campaign’s aim is to deny Biden 270 electoral votes so that Congress will ultimately decide the election in favor of Trump. (If no candidate reaches a majority of Electoral College votes, the presidential election is decided in the U.S. House of Representatives; the U.S. Senate would get to pick a vice president.)

    RFK Jr. is a disaster. He spent years stoking fear and mistrust of vaccines. Oct. 18, 2023. Here's who gets hurt by Kennedy's work. He claims that COVID-19 was “targeted to attack Caucasians and Black people” and that “the people who are most immune are Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese.” He also has claimed that the Covid vaccine has killed more people than it saved. That is dangerous misinformation that has caused deaths. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed the Vaccination Assistance Act in order to, in the words of a CDC report, “achieve as quickly as possible the protection of the population, especially of all preschool children ... through intensive immunization activity.”

    2023-08-16. He has also lied about the RSV vaccine, claiming that it killed 12 babies.

    Now he is trying to run for President, but not to win. Instead it is split the vote from Biden and give Trump the win. Timothy Mellon — grandson of Andrew Mellon and an heir to the Mellon banking fortune gave RFK Junior’s SuperPAC $15 million. Mellon is also a major donor to PACs supporting Trump. RFK Junior’s candidacy is backed by a PAC that also funds Marjorie Taylor Greene. No one should doubt that Trump and Trump donors are behind RFK Junior’s campaign, with the goal of siphoning off enough votes from Biden to ensure a Trump victory.

    If not for his famous name, RFK Junior would be just another crackpot in the growing pool of bottom-feeding right-wing fringe politicians seeking to help Trump. The trouble is, that famous name could fool many Democrat voters. His father would disowm him.

  • In singling out federal programs for the deepest cuts during the haggling over raising the debt ceiling, the GOP is tapping into the myth that those who rely on public assistance are undeserving and can’t be trusted to responsibly receive government benefits.

    It goes back to President Ronald Reagan’s elevating and exaggerating an anecdotal “welfare queen” who drew checks from multiple agencies and spent the money on luxury food and drink. Democrats recoiled from the characterization, rightly so, this was belittling lower income people, who were the Democrats’ base.

    What’s different today is that a lot more of the people depending on government assistance vote Republican. They work low-income jobs, and they’re the ones who will be hurt by the deal the GOP wants. “You can’t have the kind of cuts the Republicans are talking about without hurting people, and a lot of those people are going to be Republicans,” says Jack Pitney, Professor of American Politics at Claremont McKenna College.

    “The myth of the welfare queen is alive and well

    The GOP has a Catch 22 problem. If they support safety net programs their big dollar donors evaporate and incumbents risk re-election. To overcome this dilemma they've hopped on the manufactured outrage wagon to keep the low info crowd engaged and voting GOP. The long term problem is that the non-college electorate is the economic "golden goose" that the economy needs to be healthy. The GOP has been slowly killing the goose for decades, offering just enough sustenance to keep the goose's nose above water, but not enough to be truly healthy. You would think that CEO's would know the importance of a thriving middle class, but their shortsighted goals don't allow them to acknowledge this important issue. All they want is low corporate tax rates, generous deductions, exemption from any regulation, and all the subsidies they can wrangle. Bottom line, the GOP is creating the need for the safety net while simultaneously trying to eliminate the safety net.

  • Republicans are the best thing to ever happen to China. First, Reagan and his "free trade" crowd offshore our jobs to China and with them goes the IP/patents. Fast forward to today, and Republicans are trying to slash funding for domestic green tech, infrastructure upgrades to improve competitiveness and divert the money into more tax cuts for the rich and business. The same ones that fueled China's rise in the first place.