Sunday, February 28, 2021

'We are watching a dying political party': ex-GOP lawmaker trashes former colleagues appearing at CPAC

Mod: Tonight Fat Donny himself will be getting his rant on for the faithful. They sure have set quite the stage for him.

'We are watching a dying political party': ex-GOP lawmaker trashes former colleagues appearing at CPAC (Raw Story link): Appearing on MSNBC early Saturday morning, former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) ripped into former colleagues speaking at Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida, noting that they -- and the attendees -- are there to pledge their allegiance to former President Donald Trump and not the Republican Party he once belonged to.

Speaking with host Lindsey Reiser, Walsh repeatedly said the GOP is now "Trump's party" before singling out Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) who reportedly spoke to a white nationalist gathering late Friday night.

"You mentioned, earlier in your show, a guy I served with in Congress, Paul Gosar," Walsh stated. "He missed that Covid-relief bill vote last night because he keynoted a white-nationalist event. Gosar ought to be censured, he ought to be removed from his committees. The Republican Party should, unequivocally, condemn white supremacy, but they won't because this is Donald Trump's party.

Continuing in the vein and addressing a USA Today opinion piece about the GOP launching a new culture war, Walsh claimed Americans are watching the Republican Party dying before their eyes.

"Lindsey, I think it's done," Walsh pronounced. "I think the Republican Party is -- we are watching a dying political party. We're watching a political party die, before our very eyes. This Republican party is like one of those far-right, European parties. I think it's done as a national party. What used to be fringe in the Republican Party, this bigotry and this intolerance, the culture war, as you call it -- it's now the base of the party. It cannot be fixed. It cannot be reformed."

CPAC Stage Compared To Nazi Symbol On Social Media (Forbes link): Comparisons of law makers to fascists and Nazis isn't uncommon these days, but on Saturday the hashtag #Nazi was trending alongside mentions of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where former President Trump is set to speak on Sunday. This time it wasn't Republican lawmakers who were compared to Nazis however, but rather the similarity of the stage to an ancient Norse symbol used by Nazis was noted by thousands of users on Twitter.

By Saturday afternoon there had been nearly 100,000 tweets that compared the CPAC stage to the ODAL Rune, which was used by a unit of the insidious Waffen SS, the initially named the SS-Volunteer Division Prinz Eugen (SS-Freiwilligen-Division "Prinz Eugen") – later the 7th Volunteer Mountain Division. That unit was formed in 1941 and took part exclusively in action against the communist-led Yugoslavian partisans during the Second World War.


Saturday, February 27, 2021

CPAC'N Wacky: Donald Trump Jr. Loses It And Claims The Left Banned The Muppets

Mod: Did Don Don's nanny drop him on his head when he was only a little baby? And did he then bounce all the way to the 2021 CPAC convention in Orlando, FL?

Donald Trump Jr. Loses It And Claims The Left Banned The Muppets (PoliticusUSA link): Donald Trump Jr. is struggling with his father no longer being in the White House, as his mental decline continued with a claim that the left banned the Muppets

Trump Jr. revived the Hunter Biden conspiracy theory and claimed that Biden is now bombing the Middle East while forgetting that his dad bombed Syria and attacked Iran. Don Jr. went off on a rant about Liz Cheney.

Donald Trump Jr. blamed the Republican Party for all of his father’s defeats and then topped it off by claiming that the “radical left” banned the Muppets and got the Mr. taken off of Mr. Potato Head

The Muppets are not banned. The son of Trump has been increasingly more deranged, as he attacked teachers in an online video while posing with guns, and claimed that the Texas winter storm disaster was the fault of Democratic governors. Mental illness can be hereditary.

There is something clearly wrong with Donald Trump Jr. that goes beyond being mad that his daddy is a one-term presidential loser. CPAC has always been the gathering place for conservative extremists, but it has now added a heavy dose of mob mentality and Trump cultism to its mix. CPAC has been a very special trip to Trump crazy town so far.

Mod: Check out Froot Loops Jr. talking smack to the cash paying fools at CPAC 2021:  

Friday, February 26, 2021

'Alleged sexual predator' Donald Trump may soon have to answer rape allegations under oath

Mod: Does anyone here know the exact number of  legal actions that Trump is facing right know? Maybe he doesn't know, either. Seems like quite a lot for an old timer like himself to keep track of.

Trump may soon have to answer rape allegations under oath (Reuters/Yahoo link): During a December visit to New York City, writer E. Jean Carroll says she went shopping with a fashion consultant to find the “best outfit” for one of the most important days of her life - when she’ll sit face-to-face with the man she accuses of raping her decades ago, former President Donald Trump.

The author and journalist hopes that day will come this year. Her lawyers are seeking to depose Trump in a defamation lawsuit that Carroll filed against the former president in November 2019 after he denied her accusation that he raped her at a Manhattan department store in the mid-1990s. Trump said he never knew Carroll and accused her of lying to sell her new book, adding: “She’s not my type." She plans to be there if Trump is deposed. “I am living for the moment to walk into that room to sit across the table from him,” Carroll told Reuters in an interview. “I think of it everyday.”

Carroll, 77, a former Elle magazine columnist, seeks unspecified damages in her lawsuit and a retraction of Trump’s statements. It is one of two defamation cases involving sexual misconduct allegations against Trump that could move forward faster now that he has left the presidency. 

While in office, Trump’s lawyers delayed the case in part by arguing that the pressing duties of his office made responding to civil lawsuits impossible.

“The only barrier to proceeding with the civil suits was that he’s the president,” said Jennifer Rodgers, a former federal prosecutor and now an adjunct professor of clinical law at the New York University School of Law.

“I think there will be a sense among the judges that it’s time to get a move on in these cases,” said Roberta Kaplan, Carroll’s attorney.

Carroll’s lawyers are also seeking a DNA sample from Trump. Carroll says she still has the dress she was wearing when Trump allegedly attacked her. “I hung it in my closet,” she said. 

Mod: There are other rape accusations as well. One of them is discussed at the link.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Ted Cruz's Approval Rating Among Republicans Drops More Than 20 Percent After Cancun Fiasco

: Perhaps it is time for Teddy Maple Leaf to return to Calgary. He has quite obviously worn out his welcome in the United States, and could even lose his visa. How would he get to Cancun then?

Ted Cruz's Approval Rating Among Republicans Drops More Than 20 Percent After Cancun Fiasco (Newsweek link): Texas Senator Ted Cruz's approval rating took a major hit following last week's Cancun trip fiasco, according to a Yahoo/YouGov poll. The poll, released Wednesday, found that 24 percent of voters approve of the Republican senator's job performance, while 49 percent disapprove.

The poll was conducted from February 20 to 22 following the severe winter weather conditions that left many Texas residents without power or water. The poll, which surveyed over 1,500 adults across the U.S., has a 2.9 point margin of error. 

Cruz's approval rating with Republicans dropped 23 points from January when he had a 76 percent approval rating from Texas RepublicansCruz faced off against Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) in 2018, where the incumbent Cruz won with just 50.9 percent to O'Rourke's 48.3 percent.

'Therapeutic' Ted Cruz pinata draws cheers from Texans (Raw Story link): A party store in Dallas, Texas is earning some praise from critics of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) after it created a piñata in the senator's likeness. 

NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reports that the ABC Party HQ in Dallas created the Cruz pinata after the senator was caught fleeing his state's catastrophic power outages to vacation on the beaches of Cancun.

The pinata depicts Cruz carrying a suitcase and holding a passport while wearing his face mask that has the Texas state flag emblazoned across the front of it.

 "Each pinata is handmade and takes three to five days to complete," reports NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. "The Cruz 3-and-a-half-feet-tall piñata costs $100 and has to be pre-ordered, followed by an approximate 2-week wait."

Trump Sent Message to Facebook Oversight Board About His Ban
(PoliticusUSA link): Facebook’s Oversight Board has confirmed that it received a statement from former President Donald Trump regarding the case of whether or not to keep the ban against him in place.

Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Trump had been banned from Facebook and Instagram indefinitely following the Capitol insurrection, which took place after the former president incited his supporters to disrupt the electoral certification of President Joe Biden’s win.

“We can confirm that a user statement has been received in the case before the Oversight Board concerning President Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts,” a spokesperson said in a statement. 

Facebook requested the board’s “observations or recommendations on suspensions when the user is a political leader,” a sign that the board’s decision on Trump could influence how the platform handles future bans on world leaders. 

“The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden,” Zuckerberg wrote on January 7, the day after the attack, which left five people, including a Capitol Police officer, dead. 

“His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the US and around the world. We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect — and likely their intent — would be to provoke further violence.”

Mod: I guess we shall see.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Follow the Blood Money: Trump campaign paid millions to fund Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Mod: Trump's conspiracy to overthrow American democracy was funded by his campaign and its happily complicit donors.

Trump campaign paid millions to Jan. 6 Capitol riot (Nation of Change link): Newly identified payments in recent Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings show people involved in organizing the protests on Jan. 6 received even larger sums from Trump’s 2020 campaign than previously known, reports Open Secrets. $3.5 million in direct payments to be exact. 

It is also believed that there might’ve been more payments to the January 6 organizers that did not get filed through the FEC.

“The American public may never know the full extent of the Trump campaign’s payments to organizers involved in the protests. That’s because the campaign used an opaque payment scheme that concealed details of hundreds of millions of dollars in spending by routing payments through shell companies where the ultimate payee is hidden,” writes Open Secrets journalist Anna Massoglia

According to Truthout, the Trump campaign denied that any staff had helped to organize the rally, but that claim was questionable. The permit is dated January 5, and rally organizer Megan Powers claimed on LinkedIn to have worked for the campaign into January 2021. Other campaign aides linked to the permit quickly hid their social media accounts when AP reached out to them.

As reported by Associated Press (AP), pro-Trump nonprofit group called Women for America First hosted the “Save America Rally” on Jan. 6 at the Ellipse, an oval-shaped, federally owned patch of land near the White House. But an attachment to the National Park Service public gathering permit granted to the group lists more than half a dozen people in staff positions for the event who just weeks earlier had been paid thousands of dollars by Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign. Other staff scheduled to be “on site” during the demonstration have close ties to the White House

Women for America First, which applied for and received the Park Service permit, did not respond to messages seeking comment about how the event was financed and about the Trump campaign’s involvement. The rally drew tens of thousands of people.

“It was his duty as commander-in-chief to stop the violence. And he alone had that power — not just because of his unique role as commander-in-chief, but because they believed that they were following his orders. They said so,” said impeachment manager Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colorado).  

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Beavis & Butthead Party? GOP officials stunned by new members who only want to 'blow things up'

: According to this article posted on the Raw Story site the Republican Party has a new recruitment tool. Blowing stuff up and setting it on fire. Are they fast becoming the Beavis and Butthead party?

GOP officials stunned by new party members who are only interested in 'blowing things up' (Raw Story link): In a column for the conservative Bulwark, two high-ranking officials in the Wisconsin Republican Party revealed that they tried to pass a resolution condemning violence by either side of the political sphere only to see it shot down by extremist members drawn to the party by Donald Trump.

According to Kevin Barthel, a former member of the Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, and John F. Foote, a former vice-chairman of the Oconto County GOP, they submitted a resolution to the Oconto County Republican Party on Feb. 13th that read, in part: 

"Therefore Be It Resolved that the Republican Party of Oconto County, in caucus assembled: Opposes violence as a means to any political end; and Condemns all political violence of the past year, be it by members of political parties or organizations in support of political parties or their agendas; and Condemns any ongoing or future violence, as well as incitement to same, used as a method to achieve political ends."

According to the two officials, it was shot down by a 55-45 percent margin.

With that in mind, the two longtime Republicans lamented what their party is becoming when members can't even agree to condemn political violence -- no matter the party.

"There was the sense from those opposed to the resolution that they did not need to be told 'what is right and wrong,' so it appears to have struck a personal nerve with some even though we carefully drafted the resolution to express an organizational message that condemned uncivil actions and not specific parties or individuals," they wrote before citing a recent poll that showed "that nearly 4 in 10 Republicans see a legitimate place for political violence in our political discourse."

Moving beyond the broad sweep of the state of Wisconsin Republicans, they added, "At least in our area, we can now see that a number of these newly enlisted Republicans appear to have come to the GOP not for the ideology or the philosophy, but for the signs, the flags and, the fight," which, they assert, is one reason why their anti-violence resolution failed.

Mod: More scary Beavis & Butthead Republicans at the link.

The GOP showed its true face as CPAC booked a far-right speaker with a 'virulently anti-Semitic' past

: All of this clown's information was readily available, but we are talking about the myopic GOP. But look, Trump is still speaking there, so obviously they haven't canceled all of their bigots.

GOP showed its true face as CPAC booked a far-right speaker with a 'virulently anti-Semitic' past (Alternet link): One of the speakers booked for the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference was a musician and conspiracy theorist named Young Pharaoh, who according to Media Matters' Eric Hananoki, has a history of "virulently anti-Semitic" posts.

After Media Matters posted its story exposing his comments, CPAC announced it was pulling his speaking slot.

CPAC 2021 is set for Feb. 25-28 in Orlando, Florida, where the lineup of far-right speakers will include former President Donald Trump as well as former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem

Pharaoh was scheduled to speak on Sunday, Feb. 28 — the last day of the four-day event — at a session called "Please Check the Number and Dial Again: Doubt, Dysfunction, and the Price of Missed Opportunities." Feb. 28 is also the day that Trump is scheduled to speak.

According to Hananoki, Pharaoh has "promoted the QAnon and Pizzagate conspiracy theories" and made the false claim that vaccines for COVID-19 will "alter your DNA." And he has described Judaism as a "complete lie" that is "made up for political gain" and posted that "all the censorship & pedophilia on social media is being done by Israeli Jews." 

Pharaoh, Hananoki notes, has posted that "all of these big tech (companies), media, & social media platforms are controlled by CCP & Israel through Jewish CEO & corrupt Democrats" — and he has even attacked far-right radio host Ben Shapiro for being Jewish.

CPAC, according to Hananoki, described Pharaoh as a "philosopher, scholar, musician" and links to, which redirects to a website called "Pharaoh Aten University."

46 Percent of Trump Voters Say They Would Leave GOP And Join A New Party With Him (Media-ITE link): According to a new joint poll conducted by Suffolk University and USA Today, GOP voters who supported former President Donald Trump are willing to leave the Republican Party and join a Trump-centered political party by a 46% to 27% spread.  

The new polling found that voters remain extremely loyal to Trump, even after his 2020 election loss, second impeachment trial, and January 6th Capitol insurrection “By double digits, 46%-27%, those surveyed say they would abandon the GOP and join a Trump party if he decided to create one.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Can It Be That Donald Trump's Seditionists Are America's Most Expensive Snowflakes?

: This is a column that I wrote for several Los Angeles area newspapers. I'm going to try and do more of these.

Donald Trump's Snowflakes Are Not Exactly A Cheap Date (SGV Tribune link): Persons incapable of emotionally dealing with any political failure from their favored candidates for office are deemed “snowflakes.” Sometimes snowflakes cry, sometimes they become surly and say unkind things in supermarket parking lots, or on the internet. Anguished Trump supporters even launched a guerilla-style assault on the Capitol, killing five Americans including a police officer, despite their insincere claims of “backing the blue.” So we’re not just talking mean tweets here.

This was not just a case of a losing presidential candidate desperately attempting to save his legal bacon by overthrowing a democratically elected government, either. It is also a cause for some considerable taxpayer anxiety as well. There are financial consequences.

Recently the Washington Post argued that because former President Donald Trump couldn’t find it in his wayward heart to admit losing to Joe Biden, the resulting costs to American citizens such as you and I are now in excess of half a billion dollars, and growing. 

Because Trump has so completely upset his susceptible snowflake supporters by claiming to have been swindled out of an election victory, large sums have needed to be spent on endless vote recounts, 24/7 policing at state capitols, fencing and barriers, plus a continuous armed military presence in Washington, D.C. Something this country has not seen since some of those bad old days.

The Republican Party has only won the popular vote in a single presidential election this century. That being 2004, when George W. Bush somehow squeaked by John Kerry. Donald Trump, the alleged insurrectionist who played so rough with the needy sensibilities of his emotionally delicate followers, has lost the popular vote twice.

This has led some to speculate that changing demographics have caused a certain portion of the populace in this country to fear losing what they regard as their special status. If these guys are no longer capable of carrying the vote in presidential elections, how can they expect to remain the ethnicity of record? They deeply fear somehow being shoved to the side of the interstate as America becomes an increasingly diverse nation. Do we blame this solely on snowflake anxiety?

Another place where an increasingly marginalized and at least supposedly conservative minority can’t seem to win elections lately is California. Here there is not a single statewide Republican office holder. The cranky Republican candidate for governor in 2018, John Cox, could only manage to get 38.1% of the vote, receiving almost 3 million fewer affirmations than Gavin Newsom.

While comparing the effort to recall Newsom to the bloody riot at the Capitol might be a bit much for some, are similar demographic anxieties also a driving force? When a self-selected group of overwrought folks can no longer win elections, alternative means of overcoming repeated defeats at the polls may occur. Especially to those doing all that losing.

The cost of recalling Gray Davis in 2003 was $25 million. All of which could have been saved had those driving that recall been able to actually win the previous election. The estimate for the coming recall I’ve seen on is around $81 million.

So when we’re considering snowflakes and their inability to win elections, plus the interesting alternatives they come up with to overcome their political pain and personal anguish, we’re talking about a whole lot of money. These people are hardly a cheap date, and neither is their choice of electoral therapy.

It would certainly be kinder to the public pocketbook if instead of riots, serial recalls and related ugly mayhem, these folks would just come up with a message that more people will find appealing, and might actually win them a few elections. Because, quite honestly, I am not sure how much more of this we should be expected to take.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Flight attendants union head urges United Airlines to drop Cruz leak probe: "He's a public servant who has lied too many times.”

Mod: We need to think of it instead as a Ted Cruz "truth from the skies" moment. 

United Airlines Investigating Source Of Leaks On Ted Cruz’s Cancun Flights (Huffington Post link): United Airlines has launched an investigation into the source of leaks on GOP Sen. Ted Cruz’s controversial trip to Cancun, Mexico, as his fellow Texans shivered — and died — without power amid plunging temperatures.

But the head of the flight attendants union has urged United to drop it.

“It’s against United’s policies to share personal information about our customers and we are investigating this incident,” the airline said in a statement to Politico, which first reported the probe.

An airline executive told Politico that it’s not yet certain what action the company will take if the leaker or leakers are found, but that “no option is off the table.” Thousands of employees potentially have access to consumer flight information.

Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA), defended the leak, and urged United in a tweet to drop the probe. She said Cruz is not just any “customer,” but a “public servant who has lied too many times.”

She added: “Hey United, #We Are All TheLeak.”

Cruz’s insensitive getaway to Cancun with his family and friends blew up in the media after photos of him boarding a flight to the sun surfaced Wednesday. He first lied that he was simply being a “good dad” and escorting his daughters to Mexico, and returned the following day. But Cruz had initially planned to stay into the weekend, according to flight reservations revealed in the press, and apparently switched to dodge harsh attacks. He finally admitted he had planned to stay for days and that the trip was “obviously a mistake.”

Saturday, February 20, 2021

‘Nitwit’ Donald Trump Jr. faces brutal backlash for ‘idiotic’ defense of Ted Cruz’s Cancun vacation

: As I am entirely certain you know, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas is not a Democrat. But don't tell that to Junior.

‘Nitwit’ Donald Trump Jr faces brutal backlash for ‘idiotic’ defense of Ted Cruz’s Cancun vacation (Raw Story link): Donald Trump Jr.'s attempt to weigh in on Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) public relations debacle after he was busted fleeing frozen and devastated Texas with his family for a luxury resort in Cancun did not go well when the son of the ex-president couldn't get simple facts straight.

While most Republicans are keeping their distance from Cruz -- who is already in apology mode -- Don Jr. felt the need to jump in on Cruz's side and it didn't go well.

"The hypocrisy of those trying to cancel Ted Cruz who have been totally silent on their Democrat Governor's incompetence is telling. My thoughts on the Cancún Cruz fauxoutrage! #Cruz #CancunGate is fake," he wrote -- which led to more than a little confusion over what a "Democrat Governor's incompetence" had to do with the collapse of the Texas power grid and fake outrage.

Donald Trump Jr hits out ‘Democrat governor’ of Texas... who is actually Republican (The Independent link): In an attempt to defend Ted Cruz for going on vacation as Texas struggled with the aftermath of Winter storm Uri, Donald Trump Jr appeared to get one important detail wrong in accusing the lawmaker’s critics of hypocrisy.

The senator for Texas is being eviscerated by the public and media after it emerged he had taken his family to Cancun, Mexico, as his constituents endured record cold temperatures with no heat, power, or water. The eldest son of former president Donald Trump took to Twitter and hit out at “the hypocrisy of those trying to cancel Ted Cruz,” adding that their silence “on their Democrat Governor’s incompetence is telling. 

Unfortunately for Mr Trump, and as many Texans were quick to point out, Texas Governor Greg Abbott is a Republican and was chair of the Republican Governor’s Association.

The Libertarian Party of Texas tweeted: “Yeah, we have been really quiet about our Democrat Governor’s incompetence! We’ll get right on that…”

“The Governor of Texas is a Republican, you insufferable dips***,” read one tweet. “Meet Gov. Greg Abbott, D-Texas. This is a Republican race to the absolute bottom, and this champion is a late but formidable entry,” said another.