Saturday, July 31, 2021

Sierra Madre: That's just the way, in the 'Dre

Mod: Anybody starting to feel a bit of 2007 deja vu?

That's just the way, in the 'Dre (Pasadena Star News link): A hundred or so sign-waving Sierra Madreans gathered at the gate of the Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center recently to show concern over a proposed outsized housing development there. There is a lot to be concerned about. For them this wickiup wasteland would be a life-altering event, and not for the better.

Hyped by the Passionist Fathers as needed to fund retirements for older priests, gentlemen who apparently didn’t plan properly for their golden years, these proposed 42 tract McMansions, selling at upward of $4 million a fortress, may have a deleterious effect. By generating $168 million in sales, so mighty a mountain of milk and honey could present daunting challenges to anyone’s vow of poverty. Or attempts to squeeze through the eye of a needle.

The Passionists were holding a business meeting for potential investors that afternoon. The demonstrators hoped to convince those ostentatious moneymen floating up Sunnyside Avenue on the wings of Benzes and Lexuses that perhaps it would be more provident to hook up with Elon Musk and acquire Dogecoin instead.

Only 11 of these chariots of fire were counted, however. Not nearly as many as the Passionists had hoped. And judging by the grim expressions on the faces of those making the pilgrimage, the first questions at that meeting had to do with “those people and their signs.” It wasn’t what they’re accustomed to seeing at venture capitalist land use events. 

One of the demonstration organizers figures that the time required to build 42 tract McMansions is almost five years. The modest neighborhood streets leading into Mater Dolorosa were not built to accommodate half a decade of heavy construction equipment and trucks. The potential for dust, diesel exhaust, particulate matter, enervating noise, sleeplessness, pinched property values, random traffic and mayhem in general seems obvious.

The Passionists, rather than showing gratitude, have neglected to acknowledge that they are asking their neighbors to make extraordinary sacrifices. Like bygone lords of the manor, they apparently believe it’s owed them.

Concerned residents have hired Pasadena attorney Chris Sutton, architect of Sierra Madre’s landmark Measure V, who hopes to challenge the development scheme with a  ballot initiative. The residents would then decide rather than city officials giddy over how they’ll spend all that money.

Measure V was the remedy to a 2007 city scheme to raze Sierra Madre’s unique downtown commercial district and replace it with something drab and generic. And since the city’s elected officials back then refused to stand up for what the people wanted, the people took away their power to decide. 

Something that is now about to happen for a second time in less than 15 years.

Recently some of the folks attempting to stop mass McMansionization sent a letter to City Hall requesting documents pertinent to the project under the California Public Records Act. They suspected improprieties  and wanted to investigate. Then-City Manager Gabe Engeland, who often boasted of his dedication to transparency, replied that he needed to speak with the city attorney before complying.

The result? The more controversial project documents and EIR related materials were covertly ceded to a private consultancy firm where they could be legally shielded from the investigative eyes of taxpaying residents. 

Why? They don’t want to take any chances. Even with the county taking a significant slice of the action, the remaining tax proceeds on $168 million in property sales would be substantial. The city is doing whatever it takes to get it.

Government that exists to benefit the government. Services that give more in value to the server than the served. That’s just the way in the ‘Dre.

Trump: Jan. 6 Cops Who Spoke to Congress Are ‘Pussies’

Mod: So much for Donald 'backing the blue.' And it is kind of rough talk for a guy who drove his fools to attack the Capitol building, then ran off as quickly as he could to safety in a very well-bunkered White House. 

Trump: Jan. 6 Cops Who Spoke to Congress Are ‘Pussies’ (Daily Beast link): In the months since the U.S. Capitol assault, Donald Trump has led the GOP efforts to distort and dismiss the realities of the anti-democratic and deadly riot that the former president himself instigated.

In his retelling, Ashli Babbitt—who was shot and killed trying to enter the House chamber on Jan. 6—wasn’t so much a rioter as she was an “innocent, wonderful, incredible woman.” And, in Trump’s mind, some of the police officers who defended the Capitol that day aren’t the real heroes, calling them liberal “pussies” who loathe MAGA, and outliers within a broadly pro-Trump law enforcement community.

In private discussions this summer, Trump has told some people close to him that several of these officers strike him as weak and as “pussies,” according to two sources familiar with the comments and who described them independently. Trump has also maintained that these men seem “broke[n]” by the events of Jan. 6, and that they do not have the supposed toughness or character of the law enforcement officers who, on the whole nationally, still widely support Trump and his policies.

According to these two people, and another source with knowledge of the matter, the twice-impeached former president has also alleged that these particular police officers are letting themselves be used as pawns by anti-Trump Democrats, like Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), or simply despise Trump and are Democrats themselves.

Some of these officers, including D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone, testified on Tuesday in front of the House special committee on Jan. 6 about their experiences facing down the Trumpist mob.

These conversations occurred weeks before the Capitol Hill hearing this week, which included testimony from multiple officers. But those who testified had been vocal for months about Jan. 6.

Fanone, in particular, has been visible in recent months, speaking out about the lingering trauma from that day and his frustration with GOP leaders as many of their rank and file members have followed Trump’s lead and gone all-in on Jan. 6 revisionist history. Another D.C. police officer who testified this week, Officer Daniel Hodges, previously described the attack as a “white nationalist insurrection.”

Hodges made headlines shortly after Jan. 6 for telling NBC, “it was absolutely my pleasure to crush a white nationalist insurrection… I’m glad I was in a position to be able to help. We’ll do it as many times as it takes."

Sgt. Harry Dunn, who is Black, recounted how members of the mob called him the N-word after he told them he voted for Joe Biden, while noting the pro-Trump apparel of those shouting racist slurs. “No one had ever, ever called me a n***** while wearing the uniform of a Capitol Police officer,” Dunn said.

And several of the officers showed white-hot anger at GOP lawmakers who have attempted to rewrite Jan. 6 not as a violent subversion of democracy but as a “normal tourist visit,” as Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) did, or as a false flag hoax operation that was actually carried out by antifa, as Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has suggested.

“I feel like I went to hell and back to protect them and the people in this room, but too many are now telling me that hell doesn’t exist or that hell is’t that bad,” Fanone said, his voice rising. “The indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful.”

Mod: Much more at the link.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Pro-Trump ‘prophet’: God knows Trump won the election and he’s still president ‘in heaven’

Mod: Perhaps this so-called 'prophet' has confused heaven with another place.

Pro-Trump ‘prophet’: God knows Trump won the election and he’s still president ‘in heaven’ (Dead State link): Speaking on the notoriously loony Elijah’s List webcast, self-proclaimed prophet Nathan French added an update to Trumpworld’s favorite conspiracy theory, that Donald Trump won the 2020 election. According to French, Trump is recognized as president in the only place that matters. Heaven.

“I see the Lord touching [Trump] in powerful ways as he’s preparing to bring him back in [the White House], because in the heavens, in the spirit realm, he’s actually still considered the president,” French said. “I know some people don’t like that I’m saying that, but the truth is he won the presidency, he won the election.”

“They tried to steal it,” he continued, referring to the 2020 election. “And it worked because now everyone knows — the majority of the people who’ve done their research, done their homework, and especially who are hearing God, they know President Trump is actually still considered in the realm of the spirit the president of the United States of America.”

According to French, “what God puts in, no man by the flesh can remove what’s born of the Spirit.”

Donald Trump Jr.'s Girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle Has Been Reaching Out to Alex Rodriguez

Mod: Inquiring minds ask. With all that Trump magic now faded and whistling off into the thinnest of air, is Kimberly looking to get herself a major man upgrade?

Donald Trump Jr.'s Girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle Has Been Reaching Out to Alex Rodriguez (Yahoo link): Ever since parting ways with Jennifer Lopez back in April, Alex Rodriguez has had a new female friend who is, at the very least, keeping his Instagram page well-tended. No, it’s not NFL reporter Melanie Collins, with whom he’s been yachting around Europe hot on the heels of ex Lopez and her old-flame-turned-new Ben Affleck

Instead, it’s Donald Trump Jr.’s longtime girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle who’s been dutifully double-tapping nearly all of Rodriguez’s photos for the past few months, and her comments here and there have been revealing about how these two know one another.

As you may recall, we reported earlier this summer that Rodriguez, no longer welcome at Jennifer Lopez’s $10 million Hamptons home where they’d spent time together last summer, had gone ahead and rented himself a different Hamptons home just a stone’s throw away. 

What we didn’t report at the time was that this home had a previous set of celebrity owners: Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle, who sold the home in March for just over $8 million, per

Senator is the first in his state to rebuke Trump: ‘You lost in 2020 because you received fewer votes’ (Dead State link): In an op-ed cited by Reuters this Thursday, Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-PA) rebuked Donald Trump and his allies’ claims about the 2020 election, saying the GOP-backed audit of the 2020 election results in his state is being conducted “absent credible evidence of fraud” and will not change the outcome.

“The current attempt to discredit the 2020 election results runs headlong into an unmistakable truth,” Laughlin wrote. “Donald Trump lost Pennsylvania because Donald Trump received fewer votes.”

Laughlin’s comments pit him against Republican state Senator Doug Mastriano, who’s been pushing for a comprehensive “forensic” investigation of voting equipment much like the ongoing investigation in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Laughlin, who is contemplating a run for governor, said an effort to “rummage through already counted ballots while employing statistical tricks” in search of nonexistent voter fraud would only help Democrats raise money and harm his party in upcoming elections.

Citing the fact that Republicans did well in Pennsylvania in the 2020 election, he wrote, “That’s not a sign of a stolen election.” Laughlin is the first Republican in his state to break with Trump over his voter fraud claims.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Lincoln Project Vows To Go After Laura Ingraham Guests And Advertisers After She Mocks Injured 1/6 Cops

Mod: Ingraham enjoys loudly claiming that she 'Backs the Blue.' But this week she stuck a knife in the back of the blue. Didn't even blink.

Lincoln Project Vows To Come After Laura Ingraham Guests And Advertisers After She Mocks Injured 1/6 Cops (PoliticusUSA link): Fox’s Laura Ingraham spent a segment of her show giving out awards that mocked the officers who testified before the 1/6 Committee, so the Lincoln Project is fighting back.

In a statement provided to PoliticusUSA, The Lincoln Project said, “Ingraham and her guests frequently parrot ‘back the blue’ talking points, but when it comes to supporting the officers who defended democracy from domestic terrorism, they mock, jeer, and disrespect them. Every Republican in Congress should be asked on the record whether they agree with Ingraham’s characterization of the January 6 law enforcement officers and whether they will refuse to join the show in the future. 

In the coming weeks, The Lincoln Project will take a look at the advertisers and guests on The Ingraham Angle and seek to pressure them into abandoning the show.”

Laura Ingraham’s attack on the police follows in line with Republicans in Congress who voted against additional funding for local police departments and only came to the negotiating table on funding the Capitol Police after an intense public pressure campaign.

Ingraham only has a Fox News show because she is a top-tier Trump sycophant, who went from being a third-rate conservative radio host to falling into a show after Fox was devoid of talent that she was the last piece of political driftwood floating around for them to elevate.

Laura Ingraham’s whole gimmick is pandering to Trump and his supporters except she does it in an even less talented way than Tucker Carlson.

Anyone who appears or advertises on her show is supporting domestic terrorism and violence against the police, and consumers should use the free market to make them pay for betraying America.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

'Traitors and Rapists': Protesters derail Reps. Gaetz and Greene as they defend Jan. 6 terrorists (video)

Mod: Cool video. Watch American patriots chase traitors Gaetz, Greene and Gohmert.

'Traitors and rapists': Protesters derail Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene as they defend Jan. 6 rioters
(Raw Story link): Several Republican members of Congress, including Reps. Matt Gaetz (FL) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), faced protesters on Tuesday as they held a press conference to defend suspects who are being held in jail after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Greene and Gaetz held the press conference outside the Department of Justice, where they were joined by Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ). As Greene began to speak, a man with a whistle relentlessly interrupted. The shrill noise was repeated throughout the event.

Some protesters sang while others shouted that the members of Congress were "insurrectionists."

At one point, Greene addressed the protesters. "To the guy that's blowing the whistle, we are not deterred," Greene said as the noise continued. "So anyone that's here and being an activist and yelling today, here's the statement that I need everyone to understand. We will not back down, we will not stop asking questions, we are looking for the truth."

was advised that she would need to end the press conference because the throng of protesters was encircling the members of Congress

One protester held a sign near Gaetz that said, "Traitors & Rapists: Sit Down." The lawmakers quickly exited the event as other protesters closed in.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Matt Gaetz’s Future Sister-in-Law Says He’s a Gaslighting ‘Creep’

Mod: I can't imagine family get-togethers at the Gaetz's going all that smoothly.

Matt Gaetz’s Future Sister-in-Law Says He’s a Gaslighting ‘Creep’ (Yahoo link): Rep. Matt Gaetz’s future sister-in-law appears to have had more than enough of the Florida congressman, posting three TikTok videos in the last two days slamming him as “weird and creepy” and “a literal pedophile.”

Roxanne Luckey—the sister of Gaetz’s fiancĂ©e, Ginger Luckey—was sharply critical of the congressman and his treatment of young women, saying she “unfortunately was not surprised” to have learned Gaetz was under federal investigation for sex crimes.

In one video Monday night, Roxanne Luckey told a story about Gaetz pressuring an older man to court her when she was 19. Roxanne Luckey called the move “weird and creepy”—and claims Gaetz yelled at her and her mother and went “full lawyer” when she confronted him.

“I saw the character and type of person he is, and when everything came out about him, I honestly, unfortunately, was not surprised,” Luckey said in one video.

“As someone who has personally experienced a ton of creepy old politician men hitting on me when I was underage, and experiencing sexual assault at that age by people of power, it’s very disheartening and I have zero tolerance of people like [Gaetz],” said Roxanne, who in 2020 worked briefly as a White House intern. She added that she is “tired of them getting away with this type of stuff.”

Mod: More on Lollipops Gaetz at the link.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Trump Encourages GOP Crowd to Boo U.S. Women's Soccer Team

Mod: Trump and his idiotic minions hate America so much they're rooting against our Olympic athletes. 

Trump Encourages GOP Crowd to Boo U.S. Women's Soccer Team (NBC New York link): The Tokyo Olympics crossed over with a Donald Trump rally Saturday night, as the former president encouraged a hyped-up Phoenix crowd to boo the U.S. Women's soccer team.  

The political action committee Turning Point Action sponsored the "Protect Our Elections Rally," which turned into a wide-ranging attack on fellow Republicans, the military, the press, "woke" culture -- and eventually U.S. athletes.

"Wokeism makes you lose," Trump said, according to a video of the speech posted to Twitter by Turning Point officials. "The U.S. Women's soccer team is a very good example of what's going on," he continued, shaking his head with a smirk as the crowd booed loudly.

"Earlier this week they unexpected lost to Sweden three to nothing and Americans were happy about it," he said, a line that drew laughs and cheers - enough for Trump to quickly add "you proved that point before I even said it."

The former president's combative relationship with the team is nothing new -- in 2019, Megan Rapinoe called herself a "walking protest" to Trump's policies.

Trump launches bizarre attack on LeBron James by saying he could ‘get sex reassignment surgery & compete as a woman’ (The Sun link): Donald Trump has raised eyebrows after bizarrely suggesting LeBron James could get sex reassignment surgery in order to compete in women's sports teams.

The outspoken former president made the odd remarks as he jibed at the Los Angeles Lakers star during a fiery two-hour rant in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday night.

Trump mused that James could "get the operation" and pondered how good he'd be as part of a women's team.

Speaking at his "Protect Our Elections" rally, Trump said: "Somebody said that if LeBron James ever decided to get the operation, how would he be on the court?"

His comments on James came as he went off on one about sports, saying that if he were the coach of a women's sports team, he would only recruit transgender athletes.

Mod: I doubt he'd say that to LeBron's face. More Trump madness at both links.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Video: Disgraced Fox 'News' host Tucker Carlson called out as 'worst human' during Montana vacation

Mod: What is a hero? How about the guy who got way up high in the grill of an especially rank accretion of grift media and gave him way more truth than he's capable of handling? 

Disgraced Fox News host Tucker Carlson called out as 'worst human' during Montana vacation (Raw Story link): Fox News host Tucker Carlson was called out while visiting Montana. A video posted to Instagram shows Carlson at Dan Bailey's Fly Shop in Livingston, Montana, the HuffPost reports.

"You are the worst human being known to mankind. I want you to know that," Dan Bailey, no relation to the store, says.

"It's not everyday you get to tell someone they are the worst person in the world and really mean it! What an asshole!" Bailey wrote on his post.

"This man has killed more people with vaccine misinformation, he has supported extreme racism, he is a fascist and does more to rip this country apart than anyone that calls themselves an American," he added.

Dale Sexton, who bought the legendary store with Mark Gurley in 2020, is apparently fine with Carlson's vaccine misinformation, racism and fascism. Instead of joining his local customer in telling Carlson to "stay out of Montana," the company bragged about treating Carlson respectfully.

"On July 23rd, a well-known television personality, Tucker Carlson, was affronted while shopping at Dan Bailey's Outdoor Company. Coincidentally, the person engaging Mr. Carlson was a local resident named Dan Bailey. This person has no affiliation with our business, other than he shares the same name as our founder, who passed away in 1982.  

In Park County, where the incident occurred, only 52% of the eligible population is vaccinated.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

The Steal: Trump PAC has not used any of the $75M its raised this year to help fund election audits

: MAGAs are getting treated like chumps again. Seems to be their lot in life. 

Trump PAC has not used any of the $75M its raised this year to help fund election audits (The Hill link): Former President Trump’s leadership PAC has not yet used any of the roughly $75 million raised to help finance election reviews, The Washington Post reported Thursday. 

The PAC was formed after the 2020 election to help fund the Trump team's efforts to challenge results.

Yet people familiar with the PAC’s finances told the news outlet that the committee has held onto much of the money, while a portion has been used to pay for some of Trump’s expenses, including travel and legal costs, as well as staff pay. 

The PAC, which will need to publicly disclose its fundraising and spending for the first half of the year by July 31, previously reported in Federal Election Commission filings earlier this year that it had collected nearly $31.2 million by the end of 2020. 

The details shared by the sources, who spoke to the Post on the condition of anonymity to describe the group’s finances, come as Trump has continued to advance false claims of a stolen 2020 election, and has through his PAC sent out statements supporting election audits, including the ongoing one in Arizona’s Maricopa County

Donald Trump Is Keeping the Money (Slate link):The rub was always in the fine print. Even after Donald Trump, the actual president of the United States, lost the 2020 election, he cranked up the outrage machine claiming election fraud, hinting at grand conspiracies, and sending Rudy Giuliani barnstorming to provide visuals, footage, new cautious news stories, that could be used to help spin the many, many yarns he was spinning on the fly. 

Meanwhile, Trump and his associated PACs raked in hundreds of millions on the chaos, confusion, and destruction. Their fundraising emails shouted things like “We MUST defend the Election from the Left!” as they soaked up cash from low-dollar donors who believed the president. The small print at the bottom whispered something very different: The first 75 percent of these #StoptheSteal donations to the Trump fundraising apparatus were redirected to Trump’s Save America leadership PAC, which was for Trump to spend more or less as he wished.

The entirety of Donald Trump’s life so far has been, essentially, a string of grifts, and so it’s unsurprising that his presidential (and post-presidential) life has been no different. The election outrage that Trump fomented in pockets of deep-red Trump country has shaken the democratic foundations of the country and, once again, allowed Trump to pull off a sleight of hand and pocket tens of millions of dollars. 

Mod: More at both links.