Sunday, October 17, 2021

Watergate prosecutor says Democrats are in a ‘use it or lose it’ moment on subpoenas

Mod: If not now, please tell me when the Congress is supposed to finally arrest this thug.

Watergate prosecutor says Democrats are in a ‘use it or lose it’ moment on subpoenas (Raw Story link): Former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks urged Democrats in Congress to aggressively enforce subpoenas issued by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Wine-Banks was interviewed about Steve Bannon refusing to comply with a subpoena by MSNBC anchor Alicia Menendez.

"Do you see a political strategy?" Menendez asked. "I see obstruction of congress," Wine-Banks replied. "I see crime." 

"I think we've long since passed the time when we can allow witnesses to ignore subpoenas," she explained. "You had said earlier in the hour 'use it or lose it' and it's true. If Congress doesn't use the powers that it has to compel testimony, they cannot exercise their constitutional right for oversight and that's what this is."

"We need new laws to prevent a recurrence of January 6th, and the only way we can do that is for Congress to have all the information that it has requested. In the letters to the people subpoenaed so far, it lays out very good cause for those people to come in and testify," she explained.

"So I think whether he is doing this to be a martyr, or whether he's doing this as a legal strategy, we know that the law does not allow him to fail, for example, to show up for his deposition. He has to come in if he wants to claim any privilege, including the Fifth Amendment, he can do it when he comes into the room," she said. 

"He can't do it by saying I'm not coming because I think I have executive privilege because the ex-president says I have it."

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Michael Wolff: Jeffrey Epstein said Bill Barr was really running the White House -- not 'moron' Trump

Mod: I'm still convinced Epstein was killed by someone looking out for the interests of Donald Trump

Jeffrey Epstein said Bill Barr was really running the White House -- not 'moron' Trump (Raw Story link): A new report from author Michael Wolff claims that billionaire child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein told former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in 2019 that then-President Donald Trump was not really calling the shots at the White House.

While Barak was visiting Epstein at his Manhattan penthouse, writes Wolff for The Daily Beast, he asked Epstein who was really running the government.

Epstein replied that Trump was "a moron" and was thus obviously not in charge.

"At the moment, Bill Barr is in charge," said Epstein, although he warned that could change at any minute given the way that Trump fired people in his administration.

"It's Donald's pattern," Epstein explained. "He lets someone else be in charge, until other people realize that someone, other than him, is in charge. When that happens, you're no longer in charge."

Epstein went on to claim that Barr decided to become attorney general because he believed he'd make lots of money afterward as a "savior" of Republican presidents who couldn't help getting themselves into legal jeopardy.

"Barr believes he'll get a big payday out of this," said Epstein. "If he keeps Donald in office, manages to hold the Justice Department together, and help the Republican Party survive Donald, he thinks this is worth big money to him. I speak from direct knowledge. Extremely direct. Trust me."

Steve Bannon contacted Jeffrey Epstein over worries about what he would reveal about Trump: new book (Raw Story link): According to a report from Business Insider, former Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon had a conversation with billionaire child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein where he admitted that, during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, he feared Epstein would run to the press with stories about the New York real estate mogul.

According to excerpts from Michael Wolff's upcoming book, "Too Famous: The Rich, the Powerful, the Wishful, the Damned, the Notorious - Twenty Years of Columns, Essays and Reporting," Epstein believed he could bargain his way out of criminal charges by investigators by turning over information on both Trump and former president Bill Clinton.

In his book, the author recalls a phone call between Bannon -- who is currently being pressed by the House select committee to testify about the Jan 6th insurrection -- speaking with Epstein and admitting he feared what other secrets the jet-setting financier might expose.

As Business insider reports, "Wolff revealed that months before Epstein's death, he visited the billionaire at his infamous $75 million mansion in New York City," during which he claims he witnessed a phone call between Epstein and Bannon.

"During Wolff's visit, Steve Bannon reportedly called Epstein on the phone and told him that he had feared him during Donald Trump's presidential campaign because he thought the financier knew secrets about Trump," Business Insider is reporting.

Mod: More at the link.

Friday, October 15, 2021

'I'm not into golden showers!' Leaked audio shows Trump still obsessed with salacious Steele dossier claims

: Just another presidential moment for Donald? The old fool is still all wet.

'I'm not into golden showers!' Leaked audio shows Trump still obsessed with salacious Steele dossier claims years later (Raw Story link): Former President Donald Trump unexpectedly brought up salacious allegations made in the Steele dossier during a Thursday speech at a Florida retreat for GOP senators and donors.

Trump brought up the infamous "pee tape" allegation that was included in a dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

According to the dossier, which made several unproven claims about Trump's relationship with Moscow, Trump allegedly hired "a number of prostitutes to perform a 'gold showers' show in front of him" in the presidential suite of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Moscow.

Audio of the former president's address to the National Republican Senatorial Committee in Palm Beach reviewed by The Washington Post revealed Trump's denial. 

"I'm not into golden showers," Trump reportedly said. "You know the great thing, our great first lady--'That one,' she said, 'I don't believe that one.'"

@jdawsey1: At NRSC retreat, Trump continued false claims of fraud, urged GOP to stick together and relitigated much. “I'm not into golden showers," he told the crowd. "You know the great thing, our great first lady--'That one,' she said, 'I don't believe that one.'”

Mod: So which ones did she believe?

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Trump Is Blaming The Government He Was In Charge Of For Not Stopping The Jan. 6th Capitol Riots

: So you see, Donald was too busy running the January 6 riots to stop them. And then he just sorta forgot.

Trump Is Blaming The Government He Was In Charge Of For Not Stopping The Jan. 6 Capitol Riots ( link): If you have to give Donald Trump credit for one thing, it’s his ability to always keep surprising you. Truly. His most recent jaw-dropper is that he is blaming his own government and administration for not stopping the Capitol riots. 

Say what? 

Trump hit back at the House’s January 6th probe by saying it was just an attempt to distract Americans from President Joe Biden’s failings and said the riots at the Capitol would never have happened if intelligence warnings were listened to and followed. 

Lawmakers are stepping up pressure on Trump, subpoenaing his close aides and requesting White House documents, and this is obviously making Trump rather nervous, which is why we are seeing daily statements from Trump about the Jan 6th investigation.

Members of the Select Committee to Investigate the Jan 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol now say they will prosecute anyone refusing to cooperate. 

“The highly partisan Unselect Committee is just a sideshow to distract America from massive failures by Biden and the Democrats,’ said Trump in a statement released by his spokesperson. 

“What happened to the Capitol would have never happened if the people in charge did their job and looked at the intelligence.” 

“They abandoned the officers on the ground, just like Biden abandoned Americans in Afghanistan. Instead of holding bad leaders accountable, the Democrats are going after innocent staffers and attacking the Constitution.”

Again, say what?? This was HIS GOVERNMENT. It was his government until noon on January 20th

But Trump was too busy screaming about the Big Lie and bamboo ballots and Dominion voting machines to care about anything else. 

His own head of intelligence John Ratcliffe was tasked with investigating whether NEST thermostats from China were changing votes from Trump to Biden

If his intelligence officials were warning him that something was going to happen on January 6th and he did nothing to prevent it or at least tamp down the heat, well, that’s presidential malpractice and he’s one guilty man.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Pasadena Star News: How Larry Elder blames Snoop Dogg for his massive loss

Mod: My latest from Sunday. Like his hero Donald Trump, failed CA governor recall candidate Larry Elder takes blame casting and MAGA whining to ridiculous heights.

How Larry Elder blames Snoop Dogg for his massive loss (Pasadena Star News link): You’ve by now seen a couple of columns in the paper where Larry Elder attempts to assign guilt for his dismal performance in the California recall. It is a big task the fiercely talkative Mr. Elder has set for himself, mostly because he lost that election by as historically large a vote margin as possible. Even in a state leaning so heavily toward the Democrats he talks such trash about.

For you folks who haven’t been following the ongoing vote tabulation (about 99% are in), the pro-Newsom 'No' choice is commanding 62% of the total, a tiny fraction under 8 million. In his 2018 tilt against Johnny “Bear” Cox, Newsom received 7,721,410 votes, or 61.9% of the count. These figures show an actual increase in support for the governor, proving that this recall had none of the mass backing claimed by the Republican hard right. It was a tremendous waste of time and treasure.

It gets worse for Elder. There were about 12,750,000 votes cast on the recall question. Larry’s replacement vote total was an anemic 3,469,397, just 27% of that. So you’d think he’d want to move on, right? Yet Elder’s continued finger-pointing and blame-assigning have become almost Trumpian. Especially with his recent attacks on Snoop Dogg, of all people.

Here is how Elder exercises this odd compulsion in his article, “Recall reflections: Snoop Dogg and Obama defended racist status quo”:

“Clearly that shrewd political analyst, Snoop Dogg, knows that a ‘Republican takeover’ threatens Californians far more than rising crime; rising cost of living; highest state income tax in the nation; rising homelessness; poor wildfire management; water shortages that threaten agriculture … and that for the first time in history California suffered a net loss in population, primarily due to median cost of housing that is 250% above the median national home price.”

I don’t see what any of that has to do with Snoop. Solving those kinds of problems are not a part of any rap skill sets I know about. No more so than for the hosts of AM radio political call-in shows.

I’ve met Snoop Dogg. I worked at Interscope Records back in the day in Westwood, marketing unwholesome entertainment options to the kids. My office was just down the hall from partner label Death Row Records. It was quite a place to meet interesting people. And I cannot recall Snoop even once raising the topic of housing, though I’m certain he’s for it.

There’s been some talk about Larry and Snoop knowing each other during bygone times, almost all of it coming from Elder himself. There is even a video on Politico’s website where he claims, “I introduced (Snoop) to the evil weed … I taught him everything he knows.” That certainly made the news. Here is how New York Magazine dealt with it:

“You’d think having a governor who boasted of introducing Snoop Dogg to marijuana — a bit like introducing Michael Jordan to basketball — might be a little rich for Republicans. Then again, considering their affection for Donald Trump, maybe personal misconduct is just another way of being un-woke.”

I don’t think it is out of line to claim that this was all quite personal for Elder. After all he did for a young Snoop, only to be heartlessly abandoned two decades later. Just when he needed him most.

One more item: You may recall that a week before the election Elder launched a voter fraud website, and encouraged MAGAs to report any election shenanigans they might witness. A Trump kind of move that was widely criticized. The site ( is now banged up and out for sale. Which must mean that Elder’s hunt for vote fraud is over. I hope for his sake somebody is disappointed. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Franklin Graham praises NC Lt Gov for having ‘the guts’ to publicly call LGBT people ‘filth’

Mod: I'm not sure Jesus Christ will recognize Franklin Graham when the big moment arrives. 

Franklin Graham praises NC Lt Gov for having ‘the guts’ to publicly call LGBT people ‘filth’ (Dead State link): North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson has doubled down on comments where he called members of the LGBT community “filth” despite calls for him to resign.

“There’s no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth,” Robinson told an audience in June at the Asbury Baptist church. “And yes, I called it filth. And if you don’t like it that I called it filth, come see me and I’ll explain it to you.” But amid the calls for Robinson to resign, he has at least one very vocal and public supporter, namely evangelist Franklin Graham.

In a post to his Facebook page this Sunday, Graham praised Robinson for standing up to “woke cancel culture.”

In regards to Robinson’s comments specifically, Graham declared: “I totally agree.”

“The Lt. Governor said the threats and outcry are part of a strategy of intimidation to try to get people to not speak out about their own beliefs on these topics, and he is right,” Graham wrote. “Thank you Mark Robinson for having the guts to stand up and tell the truth. God bless you!”

Robinson is standing by his words. When asked by WRAL in an interview last week if he would use different words if he had a chance to make his comments again, he replied, “Absolutely not.”

“That is in reference to introducing [LGBT issues] to children in the classroom,” Robinson told WRAL, adding that “in our public schools, it has no place.”

Monday, October 11, 2021

'Beyond our current worst nightmares': Mental health experts warn about effects of a Trump comeback

Mod: Crazy Donny has some psychological issues that he hopes to share.

'Beyond our current worst nightmares': Mental health experts warn about the likely effects of a Trump comeback (Raw Story link): Donald Trump's presidency and the destructive forces it unleashed are a mental health emergency — as well as a public health emergency in general. Trump may no longer be president, but his fascist political movement and the political party he controls continues to cause harm.

Trumpism is both a political cult and a manifestation of collective narcissism. Tens of millions of his followers now live in an alternate reality sustained by the Big Lie, an upside-down world in which Donald Trump is still the "real" president of the United States. Many of Trump's followers believe that he should be returned to power by any means available, including terrorism and other political violence.

The Trump regime and Republican policies more generally have literally caused trauma — physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual — for millions of Americans, including of course the deaths of at least 700,000 people from the coronavirus pandemic.

In a recent essay, author and pastor John Pavlovitz addresses this: 

[F]or the first time in America's history the latent ugliness in people was revealed and validated and celebrated by a sitting president — it was officially normalized. And what we're experiencing now; this staggering, insensitive posturing in the face of so many people's suffering, is the late-ripening fruit of something that has been set into the bedrock of half our nation. It is the malicious entitlement that MAGA was designed to nurture from the beginning....

This quickly metastasizing moral cancer is something we've never experienced on this level in our lifetimes and it's something we're going to have to reckon with regardless of the political outcomes of the next four years. If the former president somehow takes that office again, these stories will surely grow exponentially more violent and more commonplace, but either way, the ugliness is here now.

The Trump Effect on America, is that once reasonable, rational human beings whose prejudices, fears, and phobias were all bound by some baseline decorum and common courtesy that kept them from intentionally harming others — have been empowered to revel in the worst of themselves. They believe cruelty is their birthright.

It is likely that Donald Trump will be the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2024. (In fact, the only unknown variable is whether he will actually decide to run.) Contrary to the naïve thinking of those Americans who believed Trump might magically go away, as president or otherwise he will be a fixture in American life for the foreseeable future.

Mod: Much more at the link.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Trump had to be blocked from appointing Ivanka to head up the World Bank

Mod: Poor Vanky. So misunderstood. After all, she does know how to use a debit card, right?

Trump had to be blocked from appointing Ivanka to head up the World Bank (Raw Story link): According to a report from the Intercept's Ryan Grim and Max Ufberg, former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was forced to intercede when Donald Trump proposed appointing his daughter Ivanka to head up the World Bank.

The report notes that when the opening came about in January of 2019, Trump saw it as an opportunity to promote his fashion designer daughter.

"As the White House moved to select its new leader, one name very dear to the Trump's heart kept floating around: his daughter Ivanka Trump," the reports states while noting that rumors of the appointment had floated about at the time, with Ivanka demurring and telling reporters she was "happy" advising her dad in the White House.

As the Intercept is now reporting, "...two sources, not authorized to speak publicly, tell The Intercept the talk of Ivanka at the helm went far beyond the realm of Beltway chatter: Trump very much wanted Ivanka as World Bank president, and it was Mnuchin who actually blocked her ascent to the leadership role."

According to Grim and Ufberg, "Mnuchin often placed himself between the president and what the Treasury secretary saw as colossally counterproductive moves. 

His time as a Hollywood producer — making him a representative of the set whose approval Trump craved — gave him influence that others in the administration lacked." The report adds, noting that Ivanka did have a hand in selecting the man who did take the spot, former Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs David Malpass.

Mod: Link to The Intercept article here.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Rudy Giuliani Throws Donald Trump Under The Bus On The Big Lie - Claims He Was "Only Following Orders"

: Rudy Giuliani is now little more than a pigeon looking for a stool. But did you think you'd ever see the attorney of an American president having to go with the Nuremberg defense?

Rudy Giuliani Throws Trump Under The Bus On The Big Lie (PoliticusUSA link): Rudy Giuliani claimed that he was only following orders when he represented Donald Trump in election fraud lawsuits. This via Business Insider:

In a newly released deposition transcript, Coomer’s attorney, Charles Cain, asked Giuliani if he was ever paid to represent the Trump campaign. Cain noted that Giuliani said in a sweaty, conspiracy-theory-filled November 19 press conference that he was representing both Trump personally and the Trump campaign.

Giuliani replied that he was not paid to represent the campaign and had only been reimbursed for his expenses, according to the transcript. Cain then asked Giuliani why he would represent the Trump campaign without compensation. “The president — the president ordered me to do it,” Giuliani replied. 

Giuliani is trying to blame the Big Lie on Trump. Rudy Giuliani is already broke and under federal criminal investigation, but it appears that he is trying to get out of any legal liability for the Big Lie by blaming it all on Donald Trump.

By suggesting that he wasn’t paid, Giuliani may also be trying to make the argument that he really wasn’t Donald Trump’s lawyer.

The Trump administration wasn’t the military. Rudy Giuliani was a private citizen. If Trump “ordered” him to act as his lawyer, Giuliani could have told him to kick sand.

The Trumpers are turning on each other. Donald Trump has hung Rudy Guiliani out to dry, and Trump’s former lawyer is trying to escape a more than $2 billion lawsuit by blaming the former president.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Ex-Sierra Madre Cop Investigated For Homicide - Shot And Killed 18 Year Old Teen Mom In Long Beach

Mod: Sierra Madre is making a little bit of unfortunate national news. This story has not been covered in town.

School Cop Who Shot Teen Is Fired as Police Open Homicide Probe (The Daily Beast link): The day after 18-year-old Mona Rodriguez—who was shot by a Southern California school safety officer last week—was taken off life support, the Long Beach Police Department announced that it is investigating the incident as a homicide.

“Yesterday, Oct. 6, 2021, Manuela ‘Mona’ Rodriguez, who was struck in the upper body in a shooting incident on Sep. 27, 2021, succumbed to her injuries,” the department said in a statement released Thursday. “In light of this news, detectives are now investigating this matter as a homicide.”

 A Long Beach PD spokesman confirmed to The Daily Beast that an investigation is underway, but could not provide a timeline for its completion.

The announcement follows Wednesday’s firing by the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) of the officer involved, Eddie F. Gonzalez, for violating district policy on the use of force, Superintendent Jill Baker said at a news conference.

“After our internal review, we clearly saw areas where the employee violated district policy and did not meet our standards and expectations,” Baker told reporters. “We believe the decision to terminate this officer’s employment is warranted, justified and quite frankly, the right thing to do.”

Jerlene Tatum, a community advocate working with the Rodriguez family, told The Daily Beast that they are “thankful” Gonzalez’s employment has been terminated, but that the family is hopeful he will soon be arrested and charged.

Details about Gonzalez’s past have emerged slowly, and are far from exhaustive. But the information that’s been revealed offers a small peek at the man who touched off a firestorm some 10 days ago.

State records reviewed by the Long Beach Post show Gonzalez worked as a sworn police officer in the Southern California cities of Los Alamitos and Sierra Madre, but only stayed on the job for a few months at each. Gonzalez was a member of the Los Alamitos force from January 8, 2019 to April 8, 2019, according to the report. In September 2019, Gonzalez joined the Sierra Madre PD, staying on the job until July 2020, his now-deleted LinkedIn profile stated.

In California, a cop’s personnel records are protected, “so that the public will never know when an officer is fired for misconduct, for example,” Carrillo told The Daily Beast. But, he said, the Rodriguez family plans to file a lawsuit seeking damages for Mona’s death. And in civil court, a judge can order personnel files to be turned over to a plaintiff’s attorneys, he explained. However, that information cannot be released publicly.

Mod: SMPD must be scraping the bottom. A lot more at the link. You might want to check Google News as well. Pretty extensive ongoing coverage. Except in Sierra Madre.

‘A bunch of red flags’; school safety officer who shot 18-year-old briefly worked as police officer (Long Beach Post link): Months later, in September 2019, Gonzalez took a new job as a police officer with the city of Sierra Madre in Los Angeles County, but his employment ended in July of 2020, according to information from his now-deleted LinkedIn.

A city representative declined to confirm Gonzalez’s employment with the city, stating that a former employee must first sign a waiver to allow the release of that information. A post on the Sierra Madre Police Department’s Facebook page on Sept. 19, 2019, shows Gonzalez being sworn in by a lieutenant.

Records from Transparent California, which logs state employee salaries, show that Gonzalez worked for Los Alamitos as a police officer in 2019 and earned $37,420. He is also listed as a Sierra Madre police officer in 2019, earning $30,625.

Mod: Why would the City of Sierra Madre want to help shield a killer cop?

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Jim Bakker to his followers: Send me $1 million or they’ll cancel my show in a week

Mod: There can't be anyone alive who still believes in anything this con says, right? 

Jim Bakker to his followers: Send me $1 million or they’ll cancel my show in a week (Dead State link): In a somewhat frantic tone on The Jim Bakker Show this week, televangelist Jim Bakker begged his followers for money, saying that if he didn’t pay his bills, his show would soon be taken off the air.

“I’ve been told that the network is gonna cancel our broadcast within another week,” Bakker said. “We’ve got to catch up on the bills, and that’s about a million dollars.”

“We’ve lost millions in finances due to the legal battles we’ve fought, losing our ability to receive donations by credit cards for over a year — has left us in a desperate state,” he continued. 

“But what the Devil has tried to do is silence our voice.” Bakker then directly addressed his followers. “I’m asking you as a friend and longtime supporter of this ministry, valued partners, will you help us? Turn this wolf away from our door.”