Friday, April 30, 2021

Another GOP Sex Criminal Goes Down: Family Research Council's Josh Duggar Faces 40 Years For Child Porn

Another GOP Sex Criminal Goes Down As Josh Duggar Faces 40 Years In Prison For Child Porn (Politicus USA link): Republican family values hero Josh Duggar has been charged with multiple counts of possessing and receiving child pornography. According to KNWA: Joshua Duggar, 33, is charged by indictment with receiving and possessing child pornography.

According to court documents, Duggar allegedly used the internet to download child sexual abuse material. Duggar allegedly possessed this material, some of which depicts the sexual abuse of children under the age of 12.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and fines up to $250,000 on each count. Duggar’s trial date is scheduled for Tuesday, July 6.

Josh Duggar confessed to molesting his sisters, but Mike Huckabee excused him, and a judge with ties to Huckabee ordered the previous police report of Duggar’s sexual abuse of children destroyed.

Fox News gave the Duggars a primetime special to cover up their child molestation scandal, but it backfired and ended up getting the Duggars thrown off of television.

Josh Duggar’s crimes against children have been known of for years, but one suspects it took the de-politicization of institutions by the Biden administration to some of these cases ramped up.

Josh Duggar is about to go from 19 Kids and Counting to 19 Years (in Federal Prison) and Counting.

Duggar family releases statement after Josh's arrest (Raw Story link): In the wake of Josh Duggar's arrest for allegedly downloading child pornography, his family released a statement on the matter to US Weekly this Friday.

"We appreciate your continued prayers for our family at this time," Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's statement read. "The accusations brought against Joshua today are very serious. It is our prayer that the truth, no matter what it is, will come to light, and that this will all be resolved in a timely manner. We love Josh and Anna and continue to pray for their family."

'Rudy is an idiot' who 'drinks too much': Michael Cohen relishes Giuliani's legal woes & predicts he'll flip on Trump

Mod: How do you explain a guy whose last two personal attorneys ended up ratting him out?

'Rudy's an idiot' who 'drinks too much': Michael Cohen relishes Giuliani's legal woes and predicts he'll flip on Trump (Business Insider link): Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's longtime former lawyer and a convicted felon, didn't mince words on Thursday when reacting to news that the former president's current lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is facing mounting legal troubles of his own.

"Two things came straight to mind," Cohen told CNN's Alisyn Camerota in an interview. "The first is that I'm no longer the only one. And two, my parents always told me it's not nice to gloat, but Rudy, I told you so. I told you so!"

Cohen was responding to the FBI executing search warrants on Giuliani's home and office on Wednesday and seizing his electronic devices as well as a computer belonging to his personal assistant, Jo Ann Zafonte. Zafonte was served with a grand jury subpoena, and The New York Times reported that federal agents also raided the Washington, DC, home of Victoria Toensing, a fellow lawyer and associate of Giuliani's.

The raids are part of a wide-ranging investigation by the US attorney's office in the Southern District of New York into whether Giuliani broke foreign lobbying laws in his dealings with Ukraine.

said that he told Giuliani, "Donald Trump doesn't care about anyone or anything" and that Giuliani "will be the next one to be thrown under the bus."

"And that's exactly what's going to happen," he told CNN.

Cohen is currently serving a three-year prison sentence under house arrest after pleading guilty to multiple counts of campaign-finance violations, tax evasion, and lying to Congress as part of the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 US election. After it surfaced that Cohen was going to cooperate with prosecutors on Mueller's team and in the Manhattan US attorney's office, Trump skewered his longtime fixer as a "rat" and a liar.

On Thursday, Cohen recalled what it was like when the FBI raided his properties in 2018, a few months before he struck a plea deal. He said investigators sifted through millions of documents on his electronic devices and that the probe expanded as a result. If that happens in Rudy's case, Cohen said, the investigation could start touching on others in Trump's close circle. 

"What happens is, they may be starting the investigation looking at things like the Ukrainian conversations between himself, Lev Parnas, and others," Cohen said. "You may end up finding that Jared Kushner was involved, that Don Jr., or a host of other individuals in Trump's orbit. And what happens then is that the Southern District, they end up expanding the probe."

Mod: More at the link.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

'Petulant toddler' Trump mocked for running to Fox to whine Biden didn't acknowledge his 'accomplishments'

Mod: It appears that the Florida retiree is having difficulty adjusting to his political irrelevance.

'Petulant toddler' Trump brutally mocked for running to Fox to whine that Biden didn't acknowledge his 'accomplishments' (Raw Story link): On Thursday morning, following President Joe Biden's address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump took to Fox Business and, in an interview with Maria Bartiromo, whined that Biden is being "ungracious" by not acknowledging the "accomplishments" of the Trump administration in his speech.

"Obviously they're very ungracious people," said Trump. "I did the vaccine. They like to take the vaccine. But even the fake news isn't giving them credit for that. We did the vaccine, saved tens of millions of lives throughout the world by coming up with a vaccine."

Commenters on social media quickly piled on Trump for his tantrum.

Biden pushed a Robin Hood message in national address and 85% of viewers approved (+ 'Sleepy Ted' video)

Mod: Whatever is left of the Republican Party can get their Joe McCarthy on all they want. Problem is the American people won't care to hear even a little of it. 

Biden pushed a Robin Hood message in national address -- and 85% of viewers approved (Raw Story link): President Joe Biden laid out a progressive economic agenda during his first address to CongressPolitico headlined, "Biden embraces his inner Robin Hood."

"President Joe Biden wants to soak the rich to give to the middle class and poor. And he ain't afraid to say so. In his first address before a joint session of Congress, the president embraced a tax-and-spend mantra to frame his next big legislative fight, walking right up to a third rail that has terrified Democrats for decades and forced his predecessors to triangulate and retreat to safer middle ground," Politico reported.

Americans responded overwhelmingly in favor of his message, according to a snap poll of viewers conducted by CBS News. The poll found 85% of respondents approved, while only 15% disapproved.

Ted 'Bag Wine' Cruz missed a swell speech ..

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Rudy Giuliani's electronics seized after feds execute search warrant at his NYC apartment

: From America's Mayor to just another Trump admin convict?
 It isn't just the mighty that fall, not at all.

Rudy Giuliani's electronics seized after feds execute search warrant at his NYC apartment (Raw Story link): Federal authorities executed a search warrant at Rudy Giuliani's apartment and seized his electronic devices.

Three sources with knowledge of the matter told the New York Times that investigators in Manhattan searched the Upper West Side apartment Wednesday as part of a criminal investigation into Donald Trump's personal attorney's dealings in Ukraine, which resulted in the former president's first impeachment.

Investigators are primarily interested in whether the former New York City mayor illegally lobbied the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs who were helping Giuliani dig up damaging information against the former president's political rivals, including now-President Joe Biden.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan and the FBI had long sought a search warrant for Giuliani's phones, but were blocked by senior political appointees in Trump's Justice Department.

Rupert 'Fake News' Murdoch reporter quits in disgust after being 'ordered to write' BS story on Kamala Harris

Mod: Here is a question. If every reporter ordered to lie by a Rupert Murdoch owned news entity were to up and quit, would he have any reporters left? Or employees?

Rupert Murdoch reporter quits in disgust after being 'ordered to write' BS story on Kamala Harris (Raw Story link): Rupert Murdoch's tabloid, the New York Post, published a ridiculously false smear of Kamala Harris.

The New York Post temporarily deleted, and then edited and republished, a debunked article that falsely claimed that copies of Vice President Kamala Harris' book were being included in "welcome kits" given to migrant children at a shelter in Long Beach, California," CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale reported Tuesday. 

"The Post's major revisions to the article came after the inaccuracies had already spread widely in conservative circles -- and prompted baseless accusations that Harris, whom President Joe Biden has assigned to lead the effort to stem the flow of migrants to the southern border, was personally profiting from the immigration situation."

"The Post's Tuesday changes to the article, which was originally published on Friday, followed a Washington Post fact check in which a Long Beach spokesman explained that a community member had donated a single copy of the Harris children's book, 'Superheroes Are Everywhere', as part of a book drive -- and that the book would not be handed out in any welcome kits," CNN explained.

Yashar Ali of New York Magazine noted that the author of the story, Laura Italiano, has resigned.

"An announcement: Today I handed in my resignation to my editors at the New York Post. The Kamala Harris story -- an incorrect story I was ordered to write and which I failed to push back hard enough against -- was my breaking point," she explained.

As Ali noted, Italiano did not "say who ordered her to write the story nor does she apologize."

Mod: Another pathetic lie making the rounds this week, via Murdoch's Fox News believe it or not, has Biden denying you the God-given American right to eat hamburgers. 

Fact check: No, Biden is not trying to force Americans to eat less red meat (CNN Politics link): Republican members of Congress, Fox News personalities and other prominent right-wing figures are falsely claiming that President Joe Biden is trying to force Americans to eat far less red meat.

"Joe Biden's climate plan includes cutting 90% of red meat from our diets by 2030. They want to limit us to about four pounds a year. Why doesn't Joe stay out of my kitchen?" Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

No fewer than five Fox News or Fox Business personalities told versions of the scare story on the air starting Friday morning. For example, Fox News host Jesse Watters said Saturday that "Americans are going to have to cut their red meat consumption by 90% in order to reduce emissions to hit Biden's target. That means you're only allowed to eat four pounds of red meat a year. That adds up to a burger a month. That's it."

In a particularly odd moment on Twitter on Sunday, two Republican governors, Greg Abbott of Texas and Brad Little of Idaho, tweeted their opposition to the Biden red meat policy that doesn't exist -- and cited a Fox News graphic that listed the supposed elements of the nonexistent policy.

Here's the truth.

Facts First: Biden has not proposed any limit on Americans' red meat consumption. In fact, he has not proposed any limit on Americans' consumption of any food. The false claim about Biden trying to restrict people to four pounds of red meat per year appears to have originated with a deceptive Thursday article by the British tabloid The Daily Mail. The article baselessly connected Biden's climate proposals to an academic paper from 2020 that is not about Biden and says nothing about the government imposing dietary limits.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Signorile Report: Tucker Carlson's pathological obsession with homosexuality, exposed

: Infotainer Tucker Carlson reports mostly about two items on his nightly Fox News show. Race and gay people. Are they then his obsession?

Tucker Carlson's pathological obsession with homosexuality, exposed (The Signorile Report link): Last week, social media lit up with screen grabs of Tucker Carlson's yearbook entry from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1991, which was confirmed by the college, listing the "Dan White Society" as a club to which Carlson stated he belonged.

It was a grotesque, homophobic and violent display, as Dan White was the anti-gay killer of gay civil rights leader and San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk and San Francisco Mayor George Mascone, both of whom White assassinated in 1978 at City Hall in a horrendous act of gun violence and a homophobic hate crime.

There is no Dan White Society, at least not any that any other student at Trinity listed as having been a member. Carlson also listed membership in the "Jesse Helms Foundation," referring to the late Republican senator from North Carolina who led a crusade against queer people in the 80s and 90s, exploiting fear and whipping up hate as AIDS came into the forefront of American society, preventing LGBTQ people from attaining protections amid rampant discrimination. 

The fact-checking site Snopes found no other reference in the yearbook to a "Jesse Helms Foundation" either.

Jeet Heer did an instructive deep dive last week that is worth a read, looking at why a 22-year-old college student in 1991 would be paying tribute to a homophobic hate crime over a decade earlier, noting the intense homophobia on the right at that time.

Indeed, Carlson seems to have been obsessed with homosexuality going way back, having co-written a letter in the college paper in 1990 stating that homosexuality is "unnatural and unhealthy," responding to an article in the paper that had detailed homophobia at Trinity College.

I've written in the past about stories that surfaced in which Carlson expressed revulsion at homosexuality — and one incident in which he reveled in a violent response.

In 2007 Carlson told Dan Abrams on MSNBC that he smashed a man's head "against the stall" in a public rest room, claiming the man had "bothered" him, though not at first saying he was responding to a sexual advance — just that he was "bothered." In hindsight, it was stated with the zeal we've come to learn is a mark of heterosexual men who are insecure about their own masculinity and sometimes their own sexuality.

The discussion had been focused on Republican Senator Larry Craig of Idaho — a vocal homophobe, and a senator who voted consistently anti-gay — who was arrested for soliciting sex at an airport rest room from a male undercover cop in Minneapolis that year. 

And Carlson, with bravado, decided to go off on this tangent, heralding the gay-bashing he'd once committed. It seemed to be a way of normalizing a violent response by straight men to homosexuality to send a threat to gay men.

Even if it was a sexual advance that Carlson experienced — Carlson claimed the following day, in an email he sent out to the press after a lot of online criticism, that he was "assaulted" by the man — his action still was not an act of self-defense: Carlson said he left the rest room after the man had "bothered" him, and then went back with a friend, explaining that they then "grabbed" the man and "hit him against the stall with his head." (Interestingly, after Abrams challenged Carlson's action, Carlson went on to say, in what appeared to be a strange joke, "Let me be clear, I am not gay.")

Mod: There is much more at the link. It is an extensively researched report.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Republican 'base is vanishing': These figures show why the GOP is hell-bent on voter suppression

Mod: Great AlterNet article that shares some insights into how the GOP is slipping into its very own demographic hell.

Republican 'base is vanishing': These figures show why the GOP is hell-bent on voter suppression (AlterNet link): With Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp having recently signed into law a voter suppression bill that civil rights activists are vehemently protesting against, Republicans in state legislatures all over the country are pushing equally repressive bills. 

Conservative Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin emphasizes that Republicans are deathly afraid of evolving demographics. And she points to recent data from the Democratic firm Target Smart and Gallup as evidence of why the GOP is so worried and is resorting to blatant voter suppression.

Target Smart, Rubin notes, has "compiled information on more than 98% of those who cast ballots last year." The firm reports that "non-college educated Whites dropped from 53.8% of the electorate in 2016 to 49.2% in 2020" and that "nationally, total turnout increased by 12% relative to 2016, turnout among (Asian-American and Pacific Islander) voters surged by 43%, and Latino turnout increased by almost a third of all votes cast."

Rubin notes that although former President Donald Trump performed better among Latinos in 2020 than he did in 2016, he "still lost 65% of these voters."

Non-college educated Whites have been a key part of Trump's MAGA base. And Rubin explains, "Republicans' 'solution' is to keep these voters at a fever pitch, sell them on fear and resentment, and to try to maximize their share of the electorate by making it harder for everyone else to vote — especially non-Whites and low-income Americans."

Rubin goes on to note that another "statistic" that is encouraging "the Republicans' collective panic attack" is the shrinking number of White evangelical voters. Trump is quite popular among far-right White evangelicals, and Rubin points to a recent Gallup survey showing that the number of U.S. residents who regularly attend a church, synagogue or other type of religious institution has fallen below 50%. 

Gallup has been conducting polls on religious participation in the U.S. since the late 1930s, and this was the first time in over 80 years that the number fell that low.

Rubin explains, "Churches are losing younger Americans at a remarkable rate…. If Republicans cannot find enough non-college-educated Whites and, worse for them, cannot count on White evangelicals — more than 80% of whom voted for the MAGA Party — to keep pace with the growth of nonreligious voters, their nativist party…. will no longer be viable at the national level."

The conservative columnist wraps up her column by stressing that while the U.S. will continue to have "deep red states," there is no denying that the GOP's base is growing smaller and smaller.

"Republicans, in essence, are trying to eke out as many election cycles as they can with its shrinking base," Rubin observes. "Deathly afraid of alienating the most rabid MAGA supporters, they continue to stoke racial resentment, fear of immigrants and bizarro conspiracy theories — all of which push away non-Whites, women, college-educated voters and younger voters. 

Meaning the Republican base is quickly vanishing, and they haven't the slightest idea what to do about it — other than a self-destructive effort to disenfranchise voters."

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Trump supporters Rudy Giuliani, Mike Lindell win Razzies for worst film performances (w/ Rudy's Borat video)

Mod: What is it about Trump that turns a common ordinary fool into an international laughingstock and truly world class MAGA buffoon? 

Trump supporters Giuliani, Lindell win Razzies for worst film performances (Jerusalem Post link): Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's unwitting appearance in "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" was named one of the year's worst performances by voters for the annual Razzie prizes on Saturday.

The Razzies, or Golden Raspberry Awards, were created in 1980 and serve as an antidote to Hollywood's glitzy Oscars ceremony, which take place on Sunday. 

Giuliani was named worst supporting actor for his brief appearance in Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat 2" mockumentary sequel. The former mayor was unknowingly filmed in a hotel room with an actress pretending to be a reporter. Giuliani has said nothing inappropriate happened.

"Absolute Proof," a movie by MyPillow Chief Executive Mike Lindell, was voted the year's worst picture. The film featured baseless claims of fraud in the 2020 US presidential election. Lindell, a vocal supporter of former US President Donald Trump, also was named worst actor.

"Music," a movie directed by musician Sia about a young girl with autism, won the most Razzies overall, with three including worst actress for Kate Hudson. Razzie winners were chosen by 1,097 members from more than two dozen countries. Members sign up online and pay a $40 membership fee.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Trump Campaign Mngr & Russia Connected Brad Parscale Is Behind Caitlyn Jenner’s Run For CA Governor

Mod: The clear aim of Russian intelligence all along has been to harm American elections and democracy. No surprise then that the Caitlyn Jenner campaign is being run by a few of the usual disgraced Trumpian suspects.

Russia Connected Brad Parscale Is Behind Caitlyn Jenner’s Run For CA Governor (PoliticusUSA link): Caitlyn Jenner is running for governor of California, and the person who is helping her put together her team of Trumpers is Brad Parscale.

Axios reported: She’s assembled a team of prominent GOP operatives including Tony Fabrizio, the top pollster on Donald Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns, Ryan Erwin, founder of RedRock Strategies, and Tyler Deaton, president of Allegiance Strategies.

She’s also hired Steven Cheung, a former Trump White House and campaign communications hand who worked on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s successful 2003 recall campaign.

Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale, a personal friend of Jenner’s, has helped her assemble her team but doesn’t plan to take an official title on the campaign.

If there is one thing that Brad Parscale knows about it’s how to assemble a winning…(Checks 2020 election results)…..uh-oh.

Parscale stonewalled questions about Russian election interference from Congress but did manage to take money from several foreign governments for paid speeches while he was working on Trump’s 2020 campaign.

took credit for Trump’s 2016 digital strategy, which we now know that thanks to the Treasury Department was a coordinated effort between the Trump campaign and Russia. Parscale was booted from the campaign after he and the Trump family managed to waste nearly a billion dollars of campaign funds months before the election. Parscale was also involved in an incident where he barricaded himself in his home with a gun and had to be extracted by the police.

Where Trump operatives go, Russia follows, so even if Jenner is trying to run away from Trump, there are red flags already surrounding her campaign that the American people must be aware of.