Monday, February 26, 2024

Set Me Straight

 


Trump fans often leave comments that express their deeply emotional reactions to events and topics I discuss, or don’t discuss. That’s fine. It surely makes them FEEL better to vent. However, it would be more helpful towards civil and good faith discussion and debate if they could form their thoughts around information and reasoning. We can all learn from shared knowledge if we allow it to pass through our emotional filters.

Therefore:

I WELCOME any information that would indicate I am mistaken, misinformed or flawed in my reasoning. Please set me straight

Here are some handy and simple forms to make it easier for Trump’s true believers and supporters:

Dave, I have to say you are stating falsehoods by claiming (_____) and (_______). These verifiable facts and evidence (_____) and (____) suggest you are quite mistaken.

Also, this:

Trump really won the 2020 election and here is the proof of massive voter fraud that "senile" Joe Biden brilliantly orchestrated to steal it: ___________.

And this:

Trump WILL make America great again, like it used to be before 2016, from the years_____ to  ____.

Finally, this:

Trump is being persecuted by the "deep state', "racist" Black judges and prosecutors, and "communist" democrats by indicting him on "phony" charges. 

Here are the verifiable facts and evidence that exonerate him. 1. ____2. ____3. ____4. ___.


Thank you.


Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Kremlin Agents

 


Just in:

The former FBI informant charged with lying about the Bidens’ dealings in Ukraine told investigators after his arrest that Russian intelligence officials were involved in passing information to him about Hunter Biden, prosecutors said Tuesday in a new court filing, noting that the information was false.

Prosecutors also said Alexander Smirnov has been “actively peddling new lies that could impact US elections” after meeting with Russian spies late last year and that the fallout from his previous false bribery accusations about the Bidens “continue[s] to be felt to this day.”

Smirnov claims to have “extensive and extremely recent” contacts with foreign intelligence officials, prosecutors said in the filing.~ CNN

Imagine that.

As a follow up to my "Russian Threat" post I'll share this telling exchange I had after figuratively wading into a MAGA fever swamp blog.  Note how "Joe Conservative" reacted to the Cunningham tweet from that post. 

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Joe Conservative:

Since Putin is FOR the de-NAZIFICATION of Ukraine. Does THAT mean that as an anti-Russia/ anti-Putinist that the you're for Ukraine's NAZIFICATION?

You're pro-Navalny, right? The guy who marches with the far-right and refers to Muslim's as cockroaches requiring extermination?

~

Dave Dubya:

Well, well, our Kremlin agent -FJ/Joe Con seems animated in his work today. 

Maybe he's inspired by Tucker Carlson's shameless humiliation in front of Putin. But that's OK. Tucker went out of his way to praise Russia anyway...like a useful idiot.

Kremlin agent -FJ/Joe Con doesn’t have to bother pretending to be a journalist to serve Putin. He blurts it right out. If you’re against Putin, you’re pro-Nazi.

Who the hell is stupid enough to BUY that? (Present company excepted)

In the same slimy spirit of praising a tyrant who seeks to dominate Europe, Asia, and the Republican Party, Joe Con loyally promotes Putin's absurd "De-Nazification" cover for his war crimes 

"Since Putin is FOR the de-NAZIFICATION of Ukraine."

This is LITERALLY Putin’s war propaganda. 

And you wonder why I call him a Kremlin agent?

~~~

This dangerous "De-Nazification" bullshit IS PUTIN'S INFO WAR on Ukraine, the United States and Europe. It is very real and very pervasive.

Everyone who spreads this is wittingly or unwittingly a Kremlin agent.

Putin's tightening grip on Trump and the Republican Party is an immediate and lethal threat to our constitutional democratic republic. He is a threat to Europe and all democracies. 

We need to call out, challenge, and CONDEMN the propaganda and disinformation from Putin's Kremlin agents. All of them. Everywhere. In the House. In the Senate. In the media. In every community. In every family.  

We can do this without insulting them or calling them liars. We just let them know what they are saying is promoting Putin and his war.

Exhibit B:

While in Russia where he humiliated himself in a Putin interview, Kremlin agent Tucker Carlson gushed from a supermarket, “Seeing how much things cost and how people live will radicalize you against our leaders, that’s how I feel radicalized. We’re not making this up by the way, at all.”

According to Russia's state-run propaganda agency, over 60% of Russians spend half their salary on food. In the U.S., that number is roughly 11%, the highest it’s been since the 1980s but still much smaller than most poorer nations.

The average wage in Russia is the equivalent of $14,771.

Yeah, like he's only recently been radicalized. 

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Note to my readers:

I WELCOME any information that would indicate I am mistaken, misinformed or flawed in my reasoning. Please set me straight. 

I understand this may be difficult for our fellow Americans and readers who believe and support Trump.

Here are some handy and simple forms to make it easier for them.

“Dave, I have to say you are stating falsehoods by claiming (_____) and (_______). These verifiable facts and evidence (_____) and (____) suggest you are quite mistaken.”

Also, this:

“Trump really won the 2020 election and here is the proof that Biden stole it: ___________.”

And this:

“Trump will make America great again like it was in the years between_____ and ____.”



Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Russian Threat

 


CNN’s Jim Sciutto tweeted:

House Intel Committee Chair Mike Turner has made intelligence around a “serious national security threat” available to all members of Congress to review. Two sources familiar and a US official tell CNN the threat is related to Russia. - Multiple sources familiar with the intelligence characterized the intelligence as “very sensitive.”

Earlier Wednesday, Turner sent his Congressional colleagues a letter saying the urgent matter is “with regard to a destabilizing foreign military capability.”

Speaker Johnson appears to be urging some calm: “We are going to work together to address this matter, as we do all sensitive matters that are classified.…. But we just want to assure everyone steady hands are at the wheel. We're working on it — and there's no need for alarm.”

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Um, no matter what Putin’s puppet’s House Puppet says, I would suspect the opposite to be true. 

I suspect the current threat is about Russian missile/submarine capabilities, or perhaps it’s cyber-security or other espionage. (Update: It's an anti-satellite weapon.)

But there is a far more immediate cause for alarm. 

The ongoing threat by Trump and his minions in his Party of Putin is still a clear and present danger to the republic and to global peace and democracy.

Trump and Republican Party of Putin ARE the greatest domestic threat within the United States.

This tweet by Bryan Cunningham, Executive Director of the Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute makes it chillingly clear.

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MEGA MAGA DON'T BE GASLIT! (Bear With Me to the end). As a career, non-partisan, intelligence professional, I actually don't know whether Trump, Speaker Johnson, and some of the MAGA bootlicking Senators are ACTUALLY recruited assets of Putin's Intelligence Services, but what I know FOR CERTAIN is that they could no more be doing Putin's bidding if they WERE directly under Russian intelligence control. Ask ANY serious intelligence professional what KGB Putin would want of high-ranking USG spies and they would say...

1. Get the US out of NATO.

2. Invite Russia to invade Western Europe.

3. Stoke and amplify all divisions in America, along racial, ethnic, & religious fissures (i.e., make us hate each other).

4. Undermine Americans' trust in all of our institutions: FBI, CIA, DOJ, the Courts and our heroic Military.

CHECK, CHECK, CHECK and CHECK.

Are you starting to get it yet New Putin Simps? The "Art of the Deal"-maker and his bootlickers are GIVING EVERYTHING TO PUTIN FOR FREE. Great deal, eh? We ARE being invaded-not by immigrants but by Putin's propaganda, fueled by MAGA. And REMEMBER: As bad as illegal immigration is, they don't have nukes. Putin does.

WAKE. THE. FU@K UP!

~~~

Thank you, Brian. I couldn't have said it better.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Imaginary Immunity



A federal appeals court decided Trump’s immunity claims would reject "the most fundamental check on executive power."

"We cannot accept former President Trump’s claim that a President has unbounded authority to commit crimes that would neutralize the most fundamental check on executive power — the recognition and implementation of election results. Nor can we sanction his apparent contention that the Executive has carte blanche to violate the rights of individual citizens to vote and to have their votes count."

In addition, they said that Trump's stance "would collapse our system of separated powers by placing the President beyond the reach of all three Branches."

"Presidential immunity against federal indictment would mean that, as to the President, the Congress could not legislate, the Executive could not prosecute and the Judiciary could not review.”

“Former President Trump’s alleged efforts to remain in power despite losing the 2020 election were, if proven, an unprecedented assault on the structure of our government. He allegedly injected himself into a process in which the President has no role — the counting and certifying of the Electoral College votes — thereby undermining constitutionally established procedures and the will of the Congress.”

The rationality, wisdom and common sense of this decision are as valid and sound as any judgement could be.

Therefore, I'm going to make a bold prediction that reflects this temporary surge of optimism.

The Supreme Court will NOT take up this inane case. It has been decided rationally, thoroughly, and UNANIMOUSLY by the Appeals Court 

Even Chief Justice Roberts should have the sense that taking up this nonsense would be tantamount to open defiance of our rule of law and interference on behalf of Trump in the upcoming election.

The Court is already trying to shake off the stain of corruption and bribery. If he wants the Court to regain any semblance of integrity, Roberts will deny Trump's absurd assertion any further dignity in front of the Supreme Court. I think he would make this clear to Trump's appointed justices and the corrupt Clarence Thomas, whose wife may yet see criminal charges for HER ELECTION INTERFERENCE.

There may be a good chance even these partisan cronies would think twice about saying, "Wait a minute. I think Trump SHOULD be above the law for the rest of his life".

After all, if that deranged notion is sound, then President Biden is free to legally order Seal Team 6 to just take Trump out. And maybe a Justice or two as well.


Monday, January 22, 2024

"Fear And Loathing"



And the Hypocrisy Award for projection and lies goes to Nikki Haley’s, "I will not demonize this issue. (Reproductive rights she would ban.) It's too personal. We have to start doing that. Democrats use fear and Republicans use judgment".

Yes, Nikki. Your judgement deems a pardon for Trump's dozens of crimes will heal the country. "This is no longer about whether he's innocent or guilty. This is about the fact: How do we bring the country back together?"

Never mind the long history and deep catalogue of their mendacious and malevolent hate and fearmongering. Stoking fear and loathing through outrageous lies has been the essential means to power for tyrants throughout history and it works for today's American radical Right white nationalists.

Some of us may recall these examples:

“Obama the Marxist was born in Kenya!”

"STOLLEN Election!"

"Witch hunt!"

“CORRUPT AND WEAPONIZED COMMUNISTS DEMOCRAT CONTROLLED DOJ.”

"Weaponized lawfare!"

"Cultural Marxism!"

"Fake News!"

"The press is the enemy of the people!"

“If the communists get away with this, it won’t stop with me. They will not hesitate to ramp up their persecution of Christians, pro-life activists, parents attending school board meetings, and even future Republican candidates.”

"They're coming after you and I'm just standing in their way."

“We pledge to you that we will root out the communists, Marxists, fascists and the radical left thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our country that lie and steal and cheat on elections. They’ll do anything, whether legally or illegally, to destroy America and to destroy the American Dream.”

"They're poisoning the blood of our country!"

"Open border!"

"Invaders!"

"Replacement!"

"MS-13!"

"Urban (Black) Crime!"

"They're coming for your guns!!"

"Ban books, not AR-15s!"

"Critical Race Theory is racist hate!"

"Whites are the REAL victims of racism!"

"Drag queens are molesting our children!"

"WOKISM!"

 

Just to mention a few...


Monday, January 8, 2024

Trump Is Evil



Trump is evil. Period. Those who can't see that will need to find their conscience first His supporters run the gamut from a neo-Nazi level of evil to simple ignorance.

We've all seen and heard from the worst of them. They delight in cruelty and in the suffering of people they hate, calling them "vermin" and "communists" or random racist slurs.

This is why I use the term evil for such sociopaths. They chose that path and refuse to consider any fact that Trump doesn't want them to know.

1/6 proved that many of them would KILL and DIE for Trump and his lies. These are the evil ones.

It truly is a cult of evil, and they ARE the greatest domestic threat to our democratic republic. They scorn empathy and compassion as "woke" and "weakness". They hate and fear any educator who teaches the history of slavery and racism. They despise their fellow Americans in the LGBTQ community. We’ve seen their unrestrained rabid hate and mockery for progressives and democrats. We need to look no further than to the racists and bigots at Trump rallies, blogs like WYD, and in our comment threads.

Nazis are evil. Fascists are evil. MAGA extremists are evil. They are all deluded, deranged, and hostile to democracy, decency, and equality.

Yes, many Trump supporters are just dupes, too stupid or gullible to know better, but they still MADE their choice to close their hearts and minds to the truth. And they vote.

I have no doubt that many Trump VOTERS are not like the cruel thugs we saw on 1/6/21.

Like most of us, they are usually kind to their family, even if they might not vote like they do. They may even like them if they share their religious beliefs. They might show courtesy to strangers or people who don’t look like them. They may grudgingly respect veterans who don't vote like they do. They haven’t surrendered their sense of basic human decency, but might have listened to too much FOX® in lieu of more credible news sources.

But look how far too many of them act towards the rest of us. The fanatics essentially worship Trump and embrace all his hate rhetoric and lies as gospel.

Again, this is NOT all Trump voters. Some hold their nose as they mark their ballot. They don’t go as far as the others in their hate and aggression. They are misguided, but not evil.

But a Nazi is a Nazi, no matter the IQ. The same goes for Q-Anon sub-level of the cult, along with the other MAGA extremists who ARE ignorant bigots, racists, white nationalists, and neo-Nazis. The evil ones are either sociopaths from the start or have simply surrendered what was left of their conscience and mind to Trump.

Trump is evil. Trumpism is evil. Millions of his followers are evil. Together they are poisoning the minds of Americans with hate and lies while ripping out the heart of our democratic republic.

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Insurrection: Year Three

 


It's been three years.

Trump's Big Lie continues to inflame American fascism. His seditious  lies have now captured most of the Republican Party. They have abandoned truth and decency, goose-stepping in lockstep loyalty to their Fuhrer and his violent Putsch. 

He has yet to face justice for his crimes against America and our elections. It SHOULDN'T have to come down to the voters again. The critical mass that decides our future will be settled in the court cases of "the United States v Donald Trump" and "Georgia v Donald Trump". And it also seems likely to be in "Michigan v Donald Trump". The rule of law MUST prevail, or the republic is dead. Until then, the darkness of lies and fascism still looms over our democracy.

We will also soon see just how corrupt and deep in Trump's pocket the Supreme Court will prove to be. 

Here is what I wrote three years ago today.

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"What happened here today was an insurrection, incited by the president of the United States." The truth was spoken by Mitt Romney, the only Republican senator with a conscience during the impeachment trial. 

January 6, 2021 will live in infamy. Like the burning ships at Pearl Harbor, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the falling towers on 9-11, we have the searing images of Trump's America. 

The stunning pictures for this page in history will show Trump's mob committing open insurrection at the Capitol Building. 

This Insurrection Day, Trump and the Republican radical Right brought their war on American democracy to its inevitable endgame. The brainwashed herd mentality of the Trump Cult was activated into a raging mob mentality.

The president’s invitation to insurrection went out on twitter: “Be there, will be wild!”The BIG Protest Rally in Washington, D.C., will take place at 11.00 A.M. on January 6th. Locational details to follow. StopTheSteal! “

One of Trump’s loyal patriots responded, “I’m thinking it will be literal war on that day. Where we’ll storm offices and physically remove and even kill all the D.C. traitors and reclaim the country.”

How could anyone have predicted what would happen?

What possible harm could be inspired by Toadie Rudy suggesting, “Let's have trial by combat” at the rally?

The BIG Protest Rally speech concluded with marching orders. "We're going to walk down Pennsylvania Ave ... and we're going to try and give our Republicans -- the weak ones because the strong ones don't need any of our help -- we're to try and give them kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country...so let’s walk down Pennsylvania Ave.”

So they walked down Pennsylvania Ave.

Well, not including their brave leader, of course.

The objective of their mission was the US Capital Building, to give the “weak Republicans the pride and boldness that they need to take back our country”.

In their indoctrinated cult delusions, this was a righteous crusade for freedom and justice for Trump. He was cheated out of power and glory by a stolen election. He was cheated by “far left radical democrats” and “weak Republicans”. 

And they were all his fellow victims. Because he TOLD them so.

Onward they marched down Pennsylvania Ave to Capitol Hill.

Security for the constitutional certification of election results was a small fraction of what was deemed suitable for a BLM protest. Trump’s “patriots”, easily swarmed past the capitol police.

I mean, it’s not like there was a large angry mob in the neighborhood that could somehow be a problem.

Barricades were torn down, and the mob stormed the entrances.

As mayhem brewed outside, treachery brewed inside.

In the House chamber, a dozen Republican Senators and other House Republican insurrectionists moved to silence the voice of the American people and overturn a fair and open election.

Their objection over the Arizona votes required the Senate to return to their chamber to debate the objection.

It was time for Mitch McConnell’s speech on the “most important” vote of his career. It was beautiful. Too bad about the late timing thing.

“We’re debating a step that has never been taken in American history, whether Congress should overrule the voters and overturn a presidential election...

Self-government, my colleagues, requires a shared commitment to the truth, and a shared respect for the ground rules of our system.

We cannot keep drifting apart into two separate tribes with a separate set of facts and separate reality, with nothing in common except our hostility towards each other and mistrust for the few national institutions that we all still share.

...The United States Senate has a higher calling than an endless spiral of partisan vengeance.

It would be unfair and wrong to disenfranchise the voters and overrule courts and the states in this extraordinarily thin basis.”

Finally I agree with him. How long until he forgets that part about “a separate set of facts and separate reality”? 

And when did he care about, "shared commitment to the truth, and a shared respect for the ground rules of our system"? 

Bygones, I'm sure.

Only about half the insurrectionist Senators dropped their objections.

Of course Moscow Mitch had to blame Democrats for being just as bad. He wanted to show he was more decent than they were, what with all their non-seditious and constitutional efforts to hold Trump accountable. You know, as in “attacking the president’s legitimacy”.

Same thing.

Meanwhile windows were smashed and Trump’s Traitors streamed into the Capitol. Some capitol police tried to delay the mob, as another posed for a selfie with a criminal rioter.

The fascist insurrectionists were headed for the Senate Chamber. It was time to evacuate.

The Trump Mob surged through the Capitol, vandalizing and breaking into offices.

Some of them proved their depth of stupidity matched their hate and ignorance. After breaking into the office of the Speaker of the House, one posted pictures of his crime on social media. And he wasn't the only "law and order patriot" to do that.

Then the coup went from bloodless to bloody. Someone was shot and killed at the United States Capitol.

Trump’s America has ended the long tradition of peaceful transition of power. He sent a horde of domestic terrorists into the heart of our democracy.

Enough. It was time to consider the REAL victims.

The compassionate and loving Leader of the insurrection consoled his mob with a pre-recorded televised message.

"I know you're in pain. I know you're hurt. We had an election that was stolen. It was a landslide. But you have to go home now...we love you, you're very special."

And good little goose-steppers obediently stand back and stand by. Well, mostly. Curfews are for BLM and their anti-police brutality and anti-racism protests.

Have we finally settled the debate on "Worst US President Ever"?

During the maelstrom of madness that was raging through our nation’s Capitol Building, public servants honorably served our country. It was during the scramble to evacuate the Senate Chamber.

The Electoral College ballots were rescued from the Senate floor by real patriots. In denying Trump’s insurrectionists their prize, two women scored a very real, and symbolic, victory for American democracy over American fascism.

It's time for the rest of us to do what we can to stand with them.

The MAGAt "Beer Belly Putsch" will fail, but it tells us it isn’t just words and threats anymore. The country needs to see this open coup condemned and shut down, with consequences suffered, top to bottom.

The world watches, horrified along with the rest of us. Trumpism and the radical Right MUST be rejected and repudiated.

The election will stand and justice must be done.