Thursday, September 30, 2021

The way Ivanka tried to unsuccessfully elbow a meeting with Queen Elizabeth is Peak Barbie

Mod: The revelations from the Stephanie Grisham book roll on. Here's the latest. 

The way Ivanka tried to unsuccessfully elbow a meeting with Queen Elizabeth is peak Ivanka (Queerty link): In the least surprising news of the day, Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, allegedly tried to weasel their way into private meeting with Queen Elizabeth II during a presidential visit, according to former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

Yet another excerpt of Grisham’s forthcoming book, I’ll Take Your Questions Now, has been shared (seriously, at this point, it feels like the publishers have given away the entire book and it hasn’t even been released yet!) and in it she claims Donald Trump‘s daughter and son-in-law desperately wanted to tag along on the royal meeting… protocol be damned!

“I finally figured out what was going on,” Grisham writes. “Jared and Ivanka thought they were the royal family of the United States.”

Unfortunately for the couple, there wasn’t enough room on the helicopter, and so Ivanka’s dreams of having a private sit-down with the Queen of England remain unfulfilled to this day.

But this isn’t Grisham’s only criticism of the discount-shoe-designer-and-real-estate heir-turned-White-House-senior-advisors.

Later in the book, she attacks the couple’s complete lack of government experience prior to landing their cushy jobs in the West Wing (ignoring the fact that she, herself, had no prior experience either) and reveals that Ivanka frequently invoked “my father” during staff meetings and was described as a “princess” by both White House staff and the first lady herself.

She also says Kushner was nicknamed “the Slim Reaper” because he would insert himself into other people’s projects and then, after making a complete mess of things, would blame them when nothing worked out.

“I had shared with Mrs. Trump many times my opinion that if we lost reelection in 2020 it would be because of Jared,” Grisham writes. “She didn’t disagree with me.”

She also claims that Kushner acted as the twice-impeached one-term ex-president’s “real chief of staff” by the end of his administration and played a large role in much of Trump’s disastrous first televised address on the coronavirus pandemic that sent markets crashing down, plunged air travel into chaos, killed the job market, and decimated the economy.

And even after aaaaall that, Ivanka never got to have tea and crumpets with the Queen.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

New Book: Donald Trump asked to view young female aide's butt in his cabin aboard Air Force One

: What this all boils down to is Donald Trump is a very dirty old man.

New Book: Trump asked to view young female aide's butt in his cabin aboard Air Force One (Raw Story link): Donald Trump became obsessed with a young female press aide during his presidency — asking that she be brought into his cabin on Air Force One so he could "look at her (behind)," according to a new tell-all book from former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham

Trump "constantly asked where the young aide was during press events," Grisham reports in "I'll Take Your Questions Now," according to the Washington Post, which obtained a copy of the forthcoming book.

Trump also "allegedly once requested that she be brought to his cabin on Air Force One so he could 'look at her [behind].'"

"Trump behaved inappropriately with Grisham, too, she wrote — once calling her from Air Force One to assure her that his penis was not small or toadstool-shaped, as the porn star Stormy Daniels had alleged in an interview," the Post reports. "Grisham wrote that Trump once asked her then-boyfriend, a fellow Trump aide, if she was good in bed."

New Book: Trump's handler played show tunes to 'pull him back from the brink' and soothe his 'terrifying' rage (Raw Story link): Donald Trump's anger was "terrifying," according to his former press secretary Stephanie Grisham, who says the former president constantly berated her and made outlandish requests.

"When I began to see how his temper wasn't just for shock value or the cameras, I began to regret my decision to go to the West Wing," Grisham writes in her new book, "I'll Take Your Questions Now," according to the New York Times, which obtained a copy of the forthcoming tell-all. 

"At one point, she writes, Mr. Trump's handlers designated an unnamed White House official known as the 'Music Man' to play him his favorite show tunes, including 'Memory' from 'Cats,' to pull him from the brink of rage," the Times reports.

Mod: Cats? I guess that makes sense.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Even The Wall Street Journal's Editorial Board Bashes Trump's Election Lies

Mod: I'm not sure MAGAs read The Wall Street Journal much, though it is owned by Rupert Murdoch. I guess they're safe.

WSJ Editorial Board Bashes Trump's Election Lies (Crooks and Liars link): At his superspreader rally, The Former Guy insists he won Arizona in a landslide. Even the Wall Street Journal is calling him out for his dangerous lies. Screaming like a lunatic cult leader during his MAGA revival in Georgia on Saturday, Traitor Trump ignored the actual fraudit report from Cyber Ninjas, and claimed he won Arizona "at a level that you wouldn't believe."

Trump is correct, for a change, in one sense. We don't believe it, because it's a lie. Arizona doesn't believe it. Any human being grounded in reality doesn't believe it. Most legitimate media don't believe it, but of course he attacked the media for honestly reporting on his phony election lies, "It's total misinformation. Everything is unfounded, big lie, not correct."

You know, as a Republican, it's bad when the conservative Wall Street Journal throws you under the bus for being a serial liar.

Their editorial board published this article on Saturday: Trump Loses Arizona—Again. WSJ's lead said, "He still cries ‘fraud’ even after the audit he demanded found none."

Former President Trump claims Arizona’s ballot audit found “massive fraud,” yet the new recount says he actually lost the state by 360 more votes than originally reported. He is now demanding an audit of the 2020 election in . . . Texas, which he won by nearly six points. When are Republicans going to quit playing this game?

needs his QAnon audience to fill up the narcissistic void created by his father, because no one else will believe his lies. Every word coming out of his mouth is fraudulent. I do believe if he shot someone for not agreeing with him, his cultists would blame the dead person.

On Friday Mr. Trump was set to Defcon 1, saying the audit found “incomprehensible Fraud at an Election Changing level,” and demanding that Arizona “immediately decertify their 2020 Presidential Election Results.” Is anyone surprised? This is what Mr. Trump does, regardless of the facts. Remember in 2016, when he said the results of the Iowa Caucus should be “nullified” based on “the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz”?

Trump's legacy is set in stone. He will go down as the worst president in modern history, but the most destructive part of his legacy lives on among the electorate.

Monday, September 27, 2021

21 million Americans say Biden is ‘illegitimate’ and Trump should be restored by violence, survey finds

Mod: Most of that 21 million are little more than Walter Mitty types who think they're tough because they tacked a "F*** Biden" sign to the side of their shack. But not all of them. 

21 million Americans say Biden is ‘illegitimate’ and Trump should be restored by violence, survey finds (The Conversation link): A recent Washington demonstration supporting those charged with crimes for the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol fizzled, with no more than 200 demonstrators showing up. The organizers had promised 700 people would turn out – or more.

But the threat from far-right insurrectionists is not over.

For months, my colleagues and I at the University of Chicago Project on Security and Threats have been tracking insurrectionist sentiments in U.S. adults, most recently in surveys in June. We have found that 47 million American adults – nearly 1 in 5 – agree with the statement that “the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and Joe Biden is an illegitimate president.” Of those, 21 million also agree that “use of force is justified to restore Donald J. Trump to the presidency.”

Our survey found that many of these 21 million people with insurrectionist sentiments have the capacity for violent mobilization. At least 7 million of them already own a gun, and at least 3 million have served in the U.S. military and so have lethal skills. Of those 21 million, 6 million said they supported right-wing militias and extremist groups, and 1 million said they are themselves or personally know a member of such a group, including the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys.

Only a small percentage of people who hold extremist views ever actually commit acts of violence, but our findings reveal how many Americans hold views that could turn them toward insurrection.

This polling found that 9% of American adults say they agree with the statement that “Use of force is justified to restore Donald J. Trump to the presidency.” And 25% of adults either strongly or somewhat agree with the statement that “The 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and Joe Biden is an illegitimate president.”

Overall, 8% of the survey participants share both of those views.

The fringe moving into the mainstream. Combined with their military experience, gun ownership and connections to extremist groups and militias, this signals the existence of significant mainstream support in America for a violent insurrection.

This group of 21 million who agree both that force is justified to restore Trump and that Biden is an illegitimate president has two additional views that are also on the fringes of mainstream society. 

63% agree with the statement that “African American people or Hispanic people in our country will eventually have more rights than whites” – a belief sometimes called “the Great Replacement. 54% agree that “A secret group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles is ruling the US government,” which is the key belief in the QAnon movement.

Mod: Much more at the link.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

WaPo: Fallout begins for far-right trolls who trusted Epik to keep their identities secret

Mod: The Anonymous hack of Epik is having a major effect on the world of far right extremism. Trolls no longer have a bridge to hide under.

Fallout begins for far-right trolls who trusted Epik to keep their identities secret (Washington Post link): The colossal hack of Epik, an Internet-services company popular with the far right, has been called the “mother of all data lodes” for extremism researchers. Some of those named in the data have already lost their jobs.

In the real world, Joshua Alayon worked as a real estate agent in Pompano Beach, Fla., where he used the handle “South Floridas Favorite Realtor” to urge buyers on Facebook to move to “the most beautiful State.”

But online, data revealed by the massive hack of Epik, an Internet-services company popular with the far right, signaled a darker side. Alayon’s name and personal details were found on invoices suggesting he had once paid for websites with names such as,, and

The information was included among hundreds of thousands of transactions published this month by the hacking group Anonymous that exposed previously obscure details of far-right sites and launched a race among extremism researchers to identify the hidden promoters of online hate.

After Alayon’s name appeared in the breached data, his brokerage, Travers Miran Realty, dropped him as an agent, as first reported by the real estate news site Inman. The brokerage’s owner, Rick Rapp, told The Washington Post that he didn’t “want to be involved with anyone with thoughts or motives like that.” 

The breach of Epik’s internal records has cast a spotlight on a long-hidden corner of the Internet’s underworld, and researchers expect it could take months before they can process the full cache — the equivalent of tens of millions of pages. Many are digging for information on who owns and administers extremist domains about which little was previously known.

The huge hack reveals embarrassing details of who’s behind Proud Boys and other far-right websites

Epik, based outside Seattle, said in a data-breach notice filed with Maine’s attorney general this week that 110,000 people had been affected nationwide by having their financial account and credit card numbers, passwords and security codes exposed. An earlier data-breach letter from the company, filed to comply with Montana law, was signed by the “Epic Security Team,” misspelling the company’s name. An Epik spokesperson said it was a simple typo.

Heidi Beirich, a veteran researcher of hate and extremism, said she is used to spending weeks or months doing “the detective work” trying to decipher who is behind a single extremist domain. The Epik data set, she said, “is like somebody has just handed you all the detective work — the names, the people behind the accounts.”

Saturday, September 25, 2021

'No executive privilege for treason' - Joe Scarborough lets Trump know what is coming after subpoenas

: These Jan. 6 House Select Committee hearings are shaping up to be a really cracking good show.
 Run to the sound of Trump bawling.

'I have very bad news for you': MSNBC's Joe Scarborough lets Trump know what is coming after subpoenas issued (Raw Story link): Responding to reports that four members of Donald Trump's inner circle are being served with subpoenas over communications and activities that led up to the Jan 6th insurrection, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough warned Donald Trump he is in for a world of hurt when they are compelled to testify.

Noting that Trump has been making rumblings about attempting to assert executive privilege in order to block Steve Bannon, Kash Patel, Mark Meadows and Dan Scavino, the "Morning Joe" host asserted the former president doesn't have a legal leg to stand on.

"There are a lot of Americans who want to know who around the president was guilty of committing treason that day. There are a lot of people who want to know who among the president's men and/or women were planning those riots to overturn an election," the MSNBC host stated. "To overturn an election in America, we have the right to know."

"When the president is saying this is a partisan exercise, that's so 2018, it's kind of cute when Donald Trump says that," he continued. "It's also even cuter when he says there is executive privilege when you are dealing with sedition. Donald, I've got very bad news for you: when you engage in sedition against the United States of America, you're not going to find federal judges that are going to say, 'You know what? We don't care that he was sitting there and watching television and cheering on the rioters and refusing to stop the riot."

"And his aides were talking behind the scenes about how all hell was going to break loose the next day.' We're working -- and lawyers were working -- on theories which we really have not talked about enough here on how to overturn a democratic election. And then how to stop the Constitutional counting of the Electoral votes on January 6th."

"There is no executive privilege for treason, there is no executive privilege for sedition or being a part in sedition or encouraging sedition, so we have to have the investigations and the documents," he added.

Friday, September 24, 2021

No Privilege for Fired Executives: Trump issues frantic response to pending release of Jan. 6 records

Donald Trump's farfetched claim that he is in possession of certain magical privileges that can block a real president from releasing documents is insane.

Trump issues frantic response to pending release of Jan. 6 records (Raw Story link): The White House will most likely release information about the actions Donald Trump and his aides took during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol over the former president's objections.

Trump intends to claim "executive privilege" to block information from the House select committee investigating the insurrection, but lawmakers argue that's not relevant as they look into the twice-impeached one-term president's actions leading up to the attack -- and as they unfolded, reported the Washington Post.

"It's not really relevant because there's no president involved — there's no such thing as a former president's executive privilege," said Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D-MD), a constitutional law scholar who serves on the committee. "That's extremely diluted and not really relevant."

A spokesman for President Joe Biden called the Capitol riot "a dark stain on our country's history" and pledged a thorough investigation to ensure nothing like that ever happens again, while a Trump spokesman issued a frantic response.

"The highly partisan, Communist-style 'select committee' has put forth an outrageously broad records request that lacks both legal precedent and legislative merit," said Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich in a statement. "Executive privilege will be defended, not just on behalf of President Trump and his administration, but also on behalf of the Office of the President of the United States and the future of our nation."

Mod: Here's the problem. Trump isn't president.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Leaked Pentagon Document Lays Out Why Trump Should Be Charged With Treason For The Jan. 6 Attack

Mod: I have a question. How can there be any doubt? What more does anyone need to know?

Leaked Pentagon Document Lays Out Why Trump Should Be Charged With Treason For The Jan. 6 Attack (Deep Left Field link): In the midst of the horrific mayhem that was taking place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, Vice President Mike Pence telephoned the acting defense secretary and told him “Clear the Capitol.”

According to a leaked Pentagon document, the timeline of what transpired next makes it clear that Pence’s order was overruled, and could only have been countermanded by one man: President Donald TrumpThe Associated Press (AP) obtained the Pentagon document which lays out a very clear and damning timeline:

“But order would not be restored for hours. These new details about the deadly riot are contained in a previously undisclosed document prepared by the Pentagon for internal use that was obtained by The Associated Press and vetted by current and former government officials."

“The timeline adds another layer of understanding about the state of fear and panic while the insurrection played out, and lays bare the inaction by then-President Donald Trump and how that void contributed to a slowed response by the military and law enforcement. It shows that the intelligence missteps, tactical errors and bureaucratic delays were eclipsed by the government’s failure to comprehend the scale and intensity of a violent uprising by its own citizens.”

The inaction of Donald Trump. Just as he failed to control the COVID-19 pandemic, Trump also failed to protect everyone in the Capitol on that fateful day. That alone is a form of treason, because it violates the very oath of office a president takes when inaugurated while one of his hands is raised and other rests on a Bible.

As Trump dithered and encouraged the insurrectionists with his silence, Pentagon officials — along with White House aides, Congressional leaders, and Mike Pence — tried to manage the crisis from a secure underground facility. Trump never once called them or checked to see how they were doing. He abdicated his role as leader of the county and allowed a deadly riot to continue.

Some have suggested that Trump should be charged with sedition for stirring up the crowd that attacked the Capitol, but treason is a more fitting charge.

Here’s the difference between sedition and treason: “While seditious conspiracy is generally defined as conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of a state, treason is the more serious offense of actively levying war against the United States or giving aid to its enemies.”

Donald Trump gave aid to domestic terrorists who were attacking Congress. If that’s not treason, then what in the hell is?

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Tucker Carlson Bizarrely Claims Military Vax Mandate Is Plot to Root Out ‘Men With High Testosterone’

: Tucker's struggles on behalf of the Covid virus continues apace, in his usual bizarre and utterly crazy way.

Tucker Bizarrely Claims Military Vax Mandate Is Plot to Root Out ‘Men With High Testosterone’ (Daily Beast link): Fox News host Tucker Carlson continued his relentless anti-vaccine crusade on Monday by bizarrely claiming that the military’s new vaccination mandate was an effort by the Biden administration to weed out Christians and “men with high testosterone.”

Following the Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of Pfizer’s coronavirus shot last month, the Pentagon ordered all active-duty military members to be fully vaccinated. According to Carlson, though, the vaccine requirement was a “new political purity test” by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. “This was specifically designed to separate the obedient from the free,” the Fox host grumbled on Monday night. “Can’t have any of the latter category.”

Carlson, who has repeatedly sowed doubt about COVID-19 vaccines’ efficacy and safety, went on to say there was “zero scientific basis” behind requiring soldiers to be vaccinated against the virus that’s killed nearly 700,000 Americans. Never mind that service members have long been subjected to various immunizations, and a surge in the virus could negatively impact troop readines

Claiming that “virtually all” of the military is “at extremely low risk of dying from COVID” because they’re mostly young and healthy, the conservative primetime host went on to compare military suicides to coronavirus deaths.

Having thoroughly dismissed COVID-19 as a concern for the military, Carlson then alleged that the vaccine mandate was actually a conspiracy to purge the military of virile, God-fearing men with minds of their own.

“The point of mandatory vaccination is to identify the sincere Christians in the ranks, the free thinkers, the men with high testosterone levels, and anyone else who doesn't love Joe Biden and make them leave immediately,” he exclaimed. “It's a takeover of the U.S. military!”

Mod: More Tucker madness at the link.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

It Appears Rep. Lauren Boebert Had An ‘Explore Talent’ Modeling/Actor Page And YIKES!

Mod: I don't quite know what to make of this. You mean to say Boebert wasn't quoting her favorite Bible passages back in her, um, actress and modeling days?

It Appears Rep. Lauren Boebert Had An ‘Explore Talent’ Modeling/Actor Page And YIKES (10zTalk link ): Forgive us, please, because there is a steep learning curve here and one should be seriously worried if one was familiar enough with the entire subject to write coherently on it. This entire post centers on a website known as and it seems limited to scantily clad semi-attractive young women and Lauren Boebert, among others.

It appears that Lauren Boebert took a shot (granted, she seems to take a lot of shots), at modeling and acting prior to becoming a U.S. Representative from Colorado, the part that worships guns.

Fine. We are not prudes and were Boebert not a horrible human being who may or may not have had advance knowledge of the events of January 6th, and who has since done nothing but further prove she is a terrible human being lacking any intelligence or empathy for anything but guns, one could be forgiven for considering Lauren Boebert at least somewhat physically attractive. Any possible consideration would be blown up – possibly literally – upon hearing her speak two sentences.

The more interesting aspect of this story is not that Lauren Boebert signed up for a website meant to recruit attractive young women for modeling and acting jobs, no – the more interesting part is that Lauren Boebert doesn’t seem to be the only Republican woman who has “explored” their potential talents as a model-actress. In a few tweets below, some of which our server allows, some which it does not (It’s not NSFW but it’s not worth pushing, either), there is some stuff that seems to tie at least a few right-wing women together as… crisis actors?

We cannot prove anything, nothing, zip, nada, and yet the net is having one hell of a time attempting to discern what’s going on here and whether the GOP might actually… be recruiting these people who hold themselves out as, well, pretty actors/models?

Is this even possible? Probably not, except where is this stuff coming from? Lauren, Candace Owens, that woman that sat beside Giuliani in Michigan and made a fool of herself, can they all be tied to a modeling-talent agency?

Is it even worth knowing? That much, we admit, we don’t know. There is nowhere near enough evidence to make any sort of determination. But there is enough evidence to make one turn their head with a “Say what?” It all started with a question by a legitimate poster with legitimate credentials,

Mod: More hell at the link.