Sunday, January 23, 2022

No Shocker Here: DC Insider Says Trump ‘May’ Let His Kids Take the Fall For Him

Mod: When it comes to Donald saving himself there is no sacrifice too big. 

No Shocker Here: DC Insider Says Trump ‘May’ Let His Kids Take the Fall For Him (Hill Reporter link): Trump DOES NOT CARE ABOUT PEOPLE. Trump cares about money. Trump will look you in the eye and smile at you while stealing your tip for the server off of the table after dinner. You’re paying his legal fees into the millions and he wouldn’t give you a nickel to do a scratch-off Lotto ticket. Trump would walk over the bodies of his kids to escape a burning building and then blame them for starting the fire. Trump isn’t a Christian. He’s a Trumpian. He only cares about himself, and if he has to pretend he cares about anyone else, it looks like it physically hurts him.


These are all things I’ve written about the Former Guy. They were true when I wrote them, they’ll be true tomorrow, and they’ll be true for all of whatever remains of human history.

Margaret Carlson picks up this same thread in her new column for The Daily Beast, but again, anyone paying attention can construct their own analogies about how little Trump cares about anything besides himself. Of course he’d let his kids take the fall for him. He’s too narcissistic to take any blame or allow the public to see him weak or guilty in any way! He’s blameless, he’s innocent, he’s just surrounded by the most corrupt group of people outside of a Scorsese movie, it’s never his fault and it never will be.

Trump’s legendary disdain for his adult sons is obvious, so I’m guessing there are discussions going on at Mar-A-Lago right now where Big Little Don is telling Little Little Don and Eric to take one for their sister, who’s too pretty for prison, like Hope Hicks.

Ivanka, Don Jr, and Eric have their nepotism–I mean, fingerprints–all over financial documents that investigators and New York State Attorney General Tish James believe show the family and the Trump Organization committed fraud. There are so many concurrent lawsuits against the Trumps, they should be required to donate to Future Forests along with paying back all of the millions they’ve (allegedly, she wrote while rolling her eyes) stolen. Plus, there’s all of that January 6th stuff going on.

Mod: More at the link.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Swanky Vanky In The Dock: Jan. 6 Panel Seeks Testimony From Ivanka Trump

Mod: The failed attempt to violently overthrow American democracy is now a crime family affair.

Jan. 6 Panel Seeks Testimony From Ivanka Trump (The New York Times link): The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot on Thursday requested cooperation from Ivanka Trump, as it revealed pieces of what it has learned about a scramble inside the White House that day to get President Donald J. Trump to denounce and call off the mob that was laying siege to the Capitol.

In a letter to Ms. Trump, the former president’s eldest daughter who served as one of his senior advisers, the committee said it had obtained evidence that multiple White House officials — including Ms. Trump, at least twice — had implored Mr. Trump to call off the violence, only to be rebuffed. But aides at the time were also worried about Mr. Trump issuing anything other than a scripted statement during the mayhem.

“Apparently, certain White House staff believed that a live, unscripted press appearance by the president in the midst of the Capitol Hill violence could have made the situation worse,” wrote Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and the panel’s chairman.

The summoning of Ms. Trump suggested that the committee was delving deeper into the question of what Mr. Trump was doing and saying while the attack unfolded, as it seeks to determine his intentions and state of mind during the assault. The letter also made clear that the panel has already uncovered substantial evidence about those critical hours inside the White House from key players who were present that day.

Mod: Much more at the link.

'Annoyed' Ivanka Trump is 'barely mentioned' at Mar-a-Lago as investigators close in (Raw Story link): Ivanka Trump is “frustrated” and “annoyed” to be facing legal fallout from her time working for her father, according to a new report in The Daily Beast.

"Whether it’s the lawmakers on Capitol Hill plumbing the depths of last year’s failed coup, or prosecutors in New York putting former President Donald Trump’s sprawling family business under a microscope, investigators working very different probes are increasingly looking to pressure the same person: Ivanka Trump," The Beast noted. "And it’s all coming to a head this week."

The report noted a 115-page legal filing by New York Attorney General Letitia James seeking to compel the testimony of Ivanka along with an 11-page request for cooperation from the Select Committee Investigating the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol.

"Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation said that, over the last year, high-level conversations in former President Trump’s political operation rarely, if ever, involve Ivanka, and her name is barely even mentioned. This includes various strategy discussions and event-planning that do involve other prominent members of the Trump family," The Beast reported. "Instead, Ivanka has tried—with extremely limited success—to paint herself as a part-time humanitarian."

The Beast
spoke to one source who has known Ivanka for years. “She is somebody who, to her core, believes she still has so much to offer the world,” the source said. “To be hassled with investigation after investigation is not where she wanted to be at this chapter in her life.”

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Supreme Court rejects Trump’s request to withhold Jan. 6 materials from House committee investigating Capitol riot

Mod: Pity poor Donald Trump. Nothing is going the privilege-less executive's way anymore.

Supreme Court rejects Trump’s request to withhold Jan. 6 materials from House committee investigating Capitol riot (The Washington Post link): The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected former president Donald Trump’s request to block the release of some of his White House records to a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The order turned aside Trump’s request to block the records’ release while the case regarding his assertion of executive privilege continues through the courts. It means there is no legal obstacle to release of the materials from the National Archives — which President Biden has approved — and Trump’s lawyers have argued that would make the case moot.

White House spokesman Michael Gwin said the court’s ruling was an “important step forward” in the probe.

“The former President subverted the constitution in an attempt to overturn a lawful and fair election,” Gwin said in a statement Wednesday night. “His actions represented a unique and existential threat to our democracy, and President Biden has been clear that these events require a full investigation to ensure that what we saw on January 6th can never happen again.”

It was a major victory for the House select committee, which has been aggressive in going after Trump’s records, issuing subpoenas to his allies and focusing on the president’s actions during the insurrection.

“The Supreme Court’s action tonight is a victory for the rule of law and American democracy,” committee chairman Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) and vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said in a joint statement. “The Select Committee has already begun to receive records that the former President had hoped to keep hidden. … Our work goes forward to uncover all the facts about the violence of January 6th and its causes.”

The records will be released to the committee, and not the public.

The Supreme Court’s order, with only Justice Clarence Thomas noting dissent, did not provide detailed reasoning for rejecting the former president’s application. Nor did Thomas explain why he would have granted the request. Neither is uncommon when the court is addressing an emergency motion.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

1/6 Committee Puts A Bullseye On The Trumps By Subpoenaing Eric Trump And Kimberly Guilfoyle’s Phone Records

Mod: The Traitor Trumps can't be too happy about members of their own family being placed into personal legal jeopardy.

1/6 Committee Puts A Bullseye On The Trumps By Subpoenaing Eric Trump And Kimberly Guilfoyle’s Phone Records (PoliticusUSA link): The 1/6 Committee is investigating the Trump family for the 1/6 attack as they have subpoenaed the phone records of Eric Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle.

CNN reported, “The House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol has subpoenaed and obtained records of phone numbers associated with one of former President Donald Trump’s children, Eric Trump, as well as Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is engaged to Donald Trump Jr., sources tell CNN.”

The 1/6 Committee Is Investigating The Trump Family

Everyone knew that the committee would be investigating Donald Trump. It is a different twist to see that they are investigating Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr.’s fiancee. These are the first known 1/6 Committee subpoenas for the Trump family.

There will be a pushback from the Trumps likely via their favorite outlet Fox News on the subpoenas. It is also expected that they will attempt to fight the subpoenas. Although, those efforts appear likely to fail because any claims of executive privilege cover neither of the two subpoena targets.

It was always unlikely that Trump’s family had zero knowledge of the coup since the committee has obtained evidence that Kimberly Guilfoyle was involved in fundraising for the coup.

The Trumps are already in a world of hurt legally, but the family involvement in an attempted coup against the United States of America could be the end of the line. 

N.Y. attorney general alleges Trump’s business inflated property values, wealth statements (Washington Post link): New York Attorney General Letitia James alleged on Tuesday that former president Donald Trump’s business inflated the value of his properties and misstated his personal worth in representations to lenders, insurance brokers and other players in his real estate empire.

James, who is leading a civil probe into Trump and his business, spelled out the claims in a late court filing Tuesday, offered in support of her bid to see Trump and his adult children deposed under oath.

In a nearly 160-page filing, James cited multiple examples of Trump allegedly lending his signature to financial statements that estimated the worth of properties in the Trump Organization portfolio and the value of his own fortune — estimates that James’s team has long suggested were misleading and potentially key to taking legal action against the Manhattan-based company.

Donald Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., and Ivanka Trump have all been closely involved in the transactions in question, so we won’t tolerate their attempts to evade testifying in this investigation,” James said in a statement released late Tuesday night along with the documents.

James said that their testimony is necessary to progress a probe that is based on at least 900,000 documents obtained from the Trump Organization, interviews with employees and other evidence.

The filings were in response to a motion to quash subpoenas to the three Trumps, demanding they sit for depositions and produce related records. Eric Trump, who along with his siblings has served as a high-ranking officer at the company, was deposed in late 2020.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Trump’s Treatment of Pence During Capitol Riot Was Even Worse Than We Knew

Mod: You do know, it appears that Trump really did want to see Pence hung on Jan 6.

Trump’s Treatment of Pence During Capitol Riot Was Even Worse Than We Knew (New York link): New information about the January 6 mob attack on the Capitol reveals that former president Donald Trump sent a tweet admonishing Mike Pence for lacking the “courage” to try to overturn the election a few minutes after he learned his vice-president was in physical danger from a mob he instigated.

The revelation comes from Alabama senator Tommy Tuberville, whom Trump called on January 6 in a desperate bid to halt the certification of electoral votes. That phone call (which Trump accidentally made to Senator Mike Lee, who then passed the phone to Tuberville) was already public knowledge before this week, and had figured into Democrats’ impeachment presentation as an example of Trump’s indifference to the riot he helped cause. 

But Tuberville added new detail on Wednesday night, telling reporters that during his conversation with Trump, he told the president that security had just taken Pence out of the chamber for safety purposes.

Pence was removed from the Senate chamber at 2:14 p.m. Tuberville’s recounting of the conversation would mean that Trump knew about the chaos that was unfolding when he sent a tweet ten minutes later complaining that “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution.” Given Trump’s cable-news addiction, it was already highly likely that he’d been tracking the riot’s progress. 

But now we know with more certainty that Trump was fully aware of the danger facing his vice-president as he continued to rage about Pence’s supposed disloyalty. (The fact that Pence couldn’t have done anything about the election results even if he had wanted to didn’t dissuade Trump from attacking him.)

The fury Trump directed at his vice-president was manifest in the cries of the mob, who shouted “hang Mike Pence!” as they barreled into the Capitol. There is no indication that Trump ever inquired about Pence’s physical safety or well-being during or after the deadly siege.

Monday, January 17, 2022

'Smoking guns all around': Conservatives connects dots showing Trump 'election fraud on a massive scale'

Mod: I guess we're finding out who the real 2020 election fraudsters were. Surprised?

'Smoking guns all around': Conservative connects dots showing Trump 'election fraud on a massive scale' (Raw Story link): In his weekend wrap-up, conservative Bulwark founder Charlie Sykes makes the case that there is more than enough proof that Donald Trump and his inner circle made a provable attempt to steal the 2020 presidential election through fraud.

Jumping right into it, Sykes pointed to a CNN report that stated, "...then-President Donald Trump's allies sent fake certificates to the National Archives declaring that Trump won seven states that he actually lost," which have also been labeled forgeries.

According to the political analyst, "In other words, what we have here is attempted election fraud on a massive scale," adding, "Some perspective: If an average voter lied on their registration forms or forged an absentee ballot, they would face criminal charges and a world of legal hurt. But this case is far worse because the forged electoral certificates were coordinated, and part of a larger conspiracy to overturn the presidential election."

Writing, "...the smoking guns are littered all around us," Sykes turned to Bulwark colleague Bill Kristol who tweeted on Saturday, "The forged electoral certificates show coordination across seven states. Those fake certificates were key to the plan of the Eastman memo and to the Jeffrey Clark DOJ draft letter to Georgia. The conspiracy involved fraud and force. At the head of the conspiracy: Donald Trump."

That, in turn, elicited a response from conservative lawyer George Conway who chipped in, "Makes you wonder how there could 𝙣𝙤𝙩 have been a conspiracy or attempt by Trump or Eastman and others to 'corruptly ... obstruct[], influence[], or impede[]' the electoral-vote count proceedings within the meaning of 18 U.S.C. § 1512(c)(2)."

Adding, "The forgeries were not a side-show — they were an integral part of Trump’s attempt to overturn the election," Sykes went on to point to a "a group of prominent 'movement' conservatives signed an open letter call for swing states to 'appoint clean slates of electors to the Electoral College to support President Trump,'" back on December 10th, but also comments made by former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany who "talked about an 'alternate slate of electors' that Congress would vote on, when it met on January 6."

Bolstering his case, the conservative political analyst recalled, "Around the same time, Trumpists in the Department of Justice were drafting letters to states alleging election fraud, and John Eastman was writing a detailed memo laying out a scheme for overturning the election on January 6," before concluding, "Let’s go back to George Conway’s question: How does this not constitute a criminal offense? And why on earth would the DOJ not launch an investigation into the fake/forged election certificates?"

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Pasadena Star News: Jab Too Much? Well, Now Urine Luck

: Every other Sunday morning I get to full-tilt bum rush the  Opinion pages of the Pasadena Star News. The very latest:

Garglers: New cure for MAGAs scared of shots (Pasadena Star News link): As those following these strange events will tell you, the MAGA rabbit hole is beyond any conceivable depth. Like all the way to China, out through their atmosphere, beyond the apogee of our happily smiling moon, and on to the distant Oort Cloud. That is, if it even stops there. Nobody knows.

Writing in the staid Republican publication Forbes, Senior Healthcare writer Bruce Y. Lee (probably a RINO) shared this unsettling news:

"Christopher Key, who maintains the 'Vaccine Police' anti-vaxx website, is apparently now touting urine therapy. In this case, urine therapy is not sitting down with a jug of your urine and talking about its feelings. Instead, it’s drinking your own urine, because why not, right? After all, what won’t anti-vaxxers and others pushing different so-called alternative therapies try to convince you to do instead of getting Covid-19 vaccines?"

Apparently in the MAGA world what was once considered scientifically sanctioned norms and mentally acceptable behavior has gone down the drain. As one of my favorite Twitter commentators notes, "Let me get this straight. Republicans call us 'latte liberals' because God forbid someone likes to drink coffee, yet they are now drinking their own urine to 'cure COVID?' I guess GOP now stands for 'Gargling Our Pee.'"

Should you decide to go this route because you want to "own the libs" or something equally important, please wear a mask. Your breath will smell awful and nobody is going to want to share a car with you when riding the Gold Line.

If "urine therapy" strikes you as being distasteful, the Fox News primetime purveyor of all things Covid-quackery, Tucker Carlson, has an alternative remedy you could try. Many in that audience will find this palatable as it already plays an important role in the lives of his primary demographic, physically inactive middle-aged men. This from Salon:

"'Who thought Viagra would save us from the pandemic?' Carlson asked, adding: 'Dr. Marc Siegel may have predicted it,' introducing one of the network's top medical contributors, who listed off a series of claims about the drug's effectiveness as a treatment for pulmonary hypertension and altitude sickness, among other things...Is there anything [Viagra] doesn't cure?' Carlson quipped."

As anyone properly screwed together knows, your chances of death from Covid-19 are exponentially lower when you allow yourself to be properly vaccinated. Certainly by far sunnier percentages than what you'll experience when taking ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, disinfectant, bleach, a "Pfizer Riser," or drinking warm jiggers of mellow yellow.

Of course, you have the liberty to reject medical science and accept the dubious wisdom of imposters like Christopher Key or Tucker Carlson. However, should you do so, remember, as a popular t-shirt design says, "Darwin Smiles." 

Is there such a thing as spiritual quackery? I certainly believe that. History is filled with religious charlatans. Jumping into that fray recently to question the teachings of the Prince of Peace was none other than Donald Trump, Jr. In an article titled "Trump's Heir Preaches Ethic of Jesus Is an Obstacle," the informative Newser site reveals:

"In a political, angrier version of 'nice guys finish last' Donald Trump Jr. told a convention that following the teachings of Jesus has 'gotten us nothing'...'We've been playing T-ball for half a century while they’re playing hardball and cheating, right? We've turned the other cheek,' adding, 'I understand the mentality—but it's gotten us nothing. OK?'"

goes on to suggest that a direct action approach might help MAGAs achieve a satisfaction life has so far denied them. Perhaps like the bloody insurrection that took place at the Capitol last January 6? In The Atlantic writer Peter Wehner affirms that Trump the Lesser believes "the scriptures are essentially a manual for suckers." 

Think about the alternatives being offered. Then pray a little harder.

Mod: Links to this article were posted by a kindly accomplice on Facebook pages in Sierra MadrePasadena and even fusty old San Dimas. All were quickly taken down. In Sierra Madre his account was also eliminated. Maybe these folks use some of these more controversial Covid therapies and feel sensitive about it?

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Prince Andrew stripped of royal patronages and military affiliations as sexual abuse lawsuit moves forward

: Dark days have fallen upon Randy Andy as the Queen attempts to save the royal family from having to get real jobs. 

Prince Andrew stripped of royal patronages and military affiliations as sexual abuse lawsuit moves forward (Deseret News link): Britain's Prince Andrew has been stripped of all his royal patronages and military affiliations, with Queen Elizabeth’s approval, per CBS News.

The news comes as a U.S. district judge rejected Andrew’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre, who alleged he sexually assaulted her when she was 17.

Andrew has denied all allegations and stated that he doesn’t remember ever meeting the then-17-year-old nor does he remember getting his picture taken with her.

The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said Thursday. But he will retain his own title as the Duke of York and will remain a member of the royal family.

Giuffre’s lawyer, David Boies, indicates that his client may prefer to have a day in court.

“I think it’s very important to Virginia Giuffre that this matter be resolved in a way that vindicates her and vindicates the other victims. I don’t think she has a firm view as to exactly what a solution should be,” he said, per the BBC. “But I think what’s going to be important is that this resolution vindicates her and vindicates the claim she has made.”

On Friday, Giuffre took to Twitter to say that she was “pleased” with the ruling because it would give her “the chance to continue to expose the truth.”

“My goal has always been to show that the rich and powerful are not above the law & must be held accountable,” she said in the tweets, which included appreciation for her legal team and a message of solidarity with the “countless other survivors of sexual abuse & trafficking.”

Friday, January 14, 2022

Fox News Airs 11-Year-Old Photo of Empty Shelves in Japan to Slam ‘Bare Shelves Biden’

Mod: Why would anyone watch a so-called cable news network that lies as much as Fox News does?

Fox News Airs 11-Year-Old Photo of Empty Shelves in Japan to Slam ‘Bare Shelves Biden’ (MEDIAite link): During the opening segment of Wednesday’s Fox News Primetime, the network displayed a graphic of bare shelves at a grocery store to underscore rising inflation. Earlier in the day, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the U.S. experienced 7% inflation since last December. That’s a 39-year high.

The graphic showed an image of President Joe Biden superimposed over a photo of the empty shelves. But as one eagle-eyed Twitter user pointed out, the image is actually from a 2011 NPR story about residents fleeing the disaster area near the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

After airing clips of shoppers noting higher prices at the grocery store, guest host Rachel Campos Duffy asked, “How can you expect to feed a family in Biden’s America with those food prices?”

She added, “Throughout the country supermarket shelves remain barren. From New York to Virginia, all the way to Alaska, people are left without groceries and can’t put dinner on the table. And they are upset. No surprise, #BareShelvesBiden was trending on Twitter. But, perhaps, what is most troubling is this might only be the beginning.”

This isn’t the first time Fox News has used photos of empty shelves that have nothing to do with the contemporary U.S. economy. In October, The Ingraham Angle issued a correction after it aired photos from the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic during a segment about global supply chain problems. During the correction, Laura Ingraham showed photos of empty shelves in the U.S. she said had been taken within the last few days

“I hope that clears some things up for the fact-checkers who were very concerned with the eight seconds from our October 19th show,” she said.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Facebook groups topped 10,000 daily attacks on election before Jan. 6, analysis shows

: America's #1 place for violently overthrowing democracy and fomenting bloody insurrection. It's not just your dog pictures anymore.

Facebook groups topped 10,000 daily attacks on election before Jan. 6, analysis shows (Washington Post link): Facebook groups swelled with at least 650,000 posts attacking the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s victory between Election Day and the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol, with many calling for executions or other political violence, an investigation by ProPublica and The Washington Post has found.

The barrage — averaging at least 10,000 posts a day, a scale not reported previously — turned the groups into incubators for the baseless claims supporters of President Donald Trump voiced as they stormed the Capitol, demanding he get a second term. Many posts portrayed Biden’s election as the result of widespread fraud that required extraordinary action — including the use of force — to prevent the nation from falling into the hands of traitors.


Another post, made 10 days after the 2020 election, bore an avatar of a smiling woman with her arms raised in apparent triumph and read, “WE ARE AMERICANS!!! WE FOUGHT AND DIED TO START OUR COUNTRY! WE ARE GOING TO FIGHT... FIGHT LIKE HELL. WE WILL SAVE HER❤ THEN WERE GOING TO SHOOT THE TRAITORS!!!!!!!!!!!”

One post showed a Civil War-era picture of a gallows with more than two dozen nooses and hooded figures waiting to be hanged. Other posts called for arrests and executions of specific public figures — both Democrats and Republicans — depicted as betraying the nation by denying Trump a second term.

BILL BARR WE WILL BE COMING FOR YOU,” wrote a group member after Barr announced that the Justice Department had found little evidence to support Trump’s claims of widespread vote-rigging. “WE WILL HAVE CIVIL WAR IN THE STREETS BEFORE BIDEN WILL BE PRES.”

Facebook executives have played down the company’s role in the Jan. 6 attack and have resisted calls, including from its own Oversight Board, for a comprehensive internal investigation. The company also has yet to turn over all the information requested by the congressional committee studying the Jan. 6 attack, though it says it is negotiating with the committee.

But the ProPublica-Post investigation, which analyzed millions of posts between Election Day and Jan. 6 and drew on internal company documents and interviews with former employees, provides the clearest evidence yet that Facebook played a critical role in the spread of false narratives that fomented the violence of Jan. 6.

A noticeable drop in policing: On Dec. 2, 2020, Facebook executives disbanded the Civic Integrity team and scattered its members to other parts of Facebook’s overall integrity team, reducing their influence. That resulted in the demise of the Group Task Force. The company also rolled back several emergency measures put in place leading up to Election Day to control misbehavior in Facebook groups.

The ProPublica-Post investigation reveals the result: During the lull in enforcement, hundreds of thousands of posts questioned the legitimacy of Biden’s victory, spread lies about voter fraud and at times called for violence. Meanwhile, the company’s pace of group removals slowed to a crawl, the data analysis shows.

Mod: Lots more at the link.