Trump Needs to be Prosecuted for Jan 6th

Trump Attorney: Prosecuting Trump for Jan 6th Not in the “best interests of the country”

When CNN spoke to several attorneys regarding Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony before the Jan. 6th Committee, one of those attorneys was Ty Cobb who represented Trump in the Mueller investigation.

While Cobb believes Trump definitely committed crimes, he doesn’t believe he should be prosecuted for them. From CNN:

Ty Cobb doesn't think Trump should be tried for the insurrection“Here there are many damning facts,” said Cobb, who pointed to Hutchinson’s testimony that Trump knew his supporters were armed on January 6, riled them up, then appeared to concur with them chanting to hang the vice president as worthy of prosecutors’ attention. If that “isn’t insurrection, I don’t know what is,” he said Wednesday. 

Now, I’m not sure exactly what Mr. Cobb considers enough of a crime to put an ex-President in jail but, I guess this ain’t it:

“I am not convinced prosecuting Trump is in the best interests of the country in the long term”

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Donald Trump agreed with his minions that Pence should have been hung.

If anyone EVER deserved jail for the Jan 6th insurrection, it is Donald Trump. Trump began lying to his supporters even before the 2020 election, and to this day has not stopped beating the “stolen election” drum. Elected Republicans echoed the lie. GOP-led states conducted multiple recounts looking for evidence, they found none. Almost two years later many Republicans are still perpetuating these falsehoods. His voting base believed Donald Trump. They answered his call to stop the certification of the election, resulting in the death of one supporter. Trump knew they were committing crimes; he watched it all unfold within the security of the White House.

Perhaps the best evidence that Trump knowingly committed crimes himself? Fox “News” is refusing to air the Jan 6th hearings. Thankfully, many of their viewers are watching the hearings anyway.

What About the Poor Saps that Took Part in the Insurrection?

As for those who foolishly believed Trump and went to the Capitol on Jan 6th, according to Insider:

 … at least 874 people have been arrested and charged with crimes. … [Insider also provides] … the names, charges, links to court documents, and links to additional stories of all the people charged so far. We’re keeping it updated as the Department of Justice releases more names and info.

Donald Trump has not visited them or offered to help pay for attorneys for them. Why should his voters pay for this crime against America but not Donald Trump himself? Trump has gotten away with mowing down “the little guy” his entire life. He even allegedly insulted his supporters as they rioted in the Capitol:

Trump is quoted as having said: “This looks terrible. This is really bad. Who are these people? These aren’t our people, these idiots with these outfits…”

Trump is also reported to have referred to his supporters as “the great unwashed”…

Trump is Not the Only One Who Should Face the Consequences

Additional players in this assault on the Constitution included members of Congress and state legislators, they should see jail time too.

This insurrection was fueled by a GOP Congress that cut its own backbone out for Donald Trump to mount on his wall. They remain silent to this dayon perhaps the greatest assault on our democracy They do not deserve to be anywhere near government.

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Peggy Noonan’s Warped Idea of Love of Country

In a recent Wall Street Journal column, Peggy Noonan “cuts the baby in half” so to speak. On one hand, she admits Donald Trump is not fit to be President. On the other, possibly fearing “Trumpers” wrath, she fawns:

Peggy NoonanI start with the obvious. I never meet Americans who love America more than Trump people do. They really love it—its history, what it means in the world, what it’s done. It has not always been a fully thought-through love but it’s generally fully felt, and at a time when not everybody bothers to feel such allegiance and gratitude it is admirable.

Ms. Noonan attempts to straddle the line between Right-Wing talking points and coddling the most dangerous groups in America. It’s insulting. These people call themselves Patriots, they’re not. They’re violent Nationalists, the antithesis of loving America.

Love of country isn’t flag patches on every piece of clothing you own or giant flags on your pickup truck.

Love of country isn’t calling for the Vice President of the United States to be hanged.

Love of country isn’t putting your fellow citizens at risk over a minor inconvenience.

Love of country isn’t threatening elected representatives and their families with death.

Love of country isn’t blind hatred of Americans who don’t look or think like you.

“Trumpers” have always longed for a country that never was and fantasized about a country that hopefully never will be. They continue to follow Trump blindly as he takes their money and laughs all the way to the bank. They refuse to entertain the idea that they’ve been suckered even as the pile of evidence grows higher.

For this reason, the right’s “love of country” die-hards will continue to support him likely claiming fraud against their own party should he lose the primary. By electing Trump and continuing “the big lie” Republicans have increased the number of  “angry white guys” Lindsey Graham longed for. The genie’s out of the bottle, there’s no going back.

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American Fables, Tales For Our Times: Conservatives Vs. the World

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Twins Ron and Reagan, up and dressed for school, ran down to the kitchen where Mom, (like I’m sure all good conservative Moms do), had a full hearty breakfast ready and waiting. The family said prayers first, (as I’m sure all good conservative Christian parents do), and everybody smiled and laughed and shared love around the table. Then Ron and Reagan grabbed their book bags and lunches and climbed into the car.

Dad left for work and Mom drove the kids to school. The children turned at the school doors and waved yelling “I love you”, (as I’m sure all perfect conservative children do).

Mom had barely parked the car back in the garage when her phone rang. She answered to hear Ron screaming into the phone, “Mom, my teacher has a rainbow flag hanging in the classroom, come get me before I turn gay!” Mom screeched the car back out onto the road and sped back to the school. Ron came barreling down the sidewalk and dove through the open passenger window, curling up on the floor yelling, “Drive Mom, drive before the gay catches me!”

Mom had just gotten the distraught young Ron home when her phone rang again; it was Reagan sobbing uncontrollably, “Mommy, Mommy, I forgot to pray before class started, now I won’t be able to pray again until lunchtime! Come get me before I become an atheist Liberal!” Out Mom screeched again to rescue her imperiled daughter from the clutches of Public School Satan.

Both children having been rescued, Mom called Dad and said, “You need to come home, our whole conservative way of life is under attack!”

“Lock all the doors and windows, I’m on my way!”, he replied.

When Dad got home he strategically placed all but one of the numerous bibles they owned in front of every door and window (He had to keep one to read to the children from every night as I’m sure all good conservative Christians do).

Dad told Mom to make sure all of the guns were loaded which was a good thing because they’d forgotten to reload the kids’ AR-15 after they shot up the couch (and unfortunately the family dog that was sleeping on it) the past weekend. Meanwhile, Dad went through the house straightening and kissing the framed Constitutions hanging in every room.

Once they were safe in their conservative bubble Dad held a family meeting. “It’s become too dangerous for you kids out in the real world; we’re going to have to home school you from now on.”

But honey, Mom said, we didn’t even graduate from high school, how can we do that!?”

Don’t worry, we can teach them the three Rs, God, Guns, and… and… okay, the 2 Rs. They don’t need to be socially or culturally rounded, that’s for Liberals; our kids will learn our version of history and all the right groups to hate. Besides, proper English is over-rated, science is a deep-state sham, and when have we ever used math?”

Later that night, after they had said bedtime prayers together (as I’m sure all conservative Christian families do), the children went to bed knowing they were finally safe from the real world (whatever the hell that is). As Mom and Dad got ready for bed, Mom said, “Today was a close call; I heard the Smith’s little daughter has to go into therapy because she learned there was slavery hundreds of years ago and now she thinks she’s a Klan member!”

So, what’s the therapy for?”, Dad asked, but Mom had already fallen asleep.

The moral of the story is: You cannot change hearts and minds when willful ignorance holds those minds hostage.

OR

If you want America to fulfill its promise, STOP ELECTING REPUBLICANS!

Feel free to add your own “moral to the story”.

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Just Sayin’…

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV)

horse's assesThe Tennessee Poison Center has seen a dramatic increase in calls for people experiencing issues after taking ivermectin for COVID-19.

… the week of August 23, the TPC saw a big spike in calls, with 12 people calling in just that week for ivermectin, nearly all related to COVID, and all experiencing varying severity of symptoms.

According to Dr. Rebecca Bruccoleri, medical director of the TPC:

“It can cause GI upset, it can cause neurological symptoms too. We’ve been seeing people who have been having altered mental states because of this come in, so this can be a serious ingestion.”

I’m pretty sure it’s the folks whose mental states are already altered flocking to the feed store to pop horse de-wormer for COVID. Just sayin’…

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Victim’s Family Calls For 25th Amendment

The 25th Amendment Won’t Fix Everything

Rosanne Boyland, a resident of Kennesaw, Georgia, was one of those who died during Wednesday’s riot at the Capitol. Brother-in-law Justin Cave called for the 25th Amendment in a recent interview:

“It is my own personal belief that the President’s words and rhetoric incited a riot last night that killed four of his biggest fans and I believe that we should invoke the 25th amendment.”

I’m saddened by the deaths of all five individuals at Wednesday’s riot. I’m saddened that so many people could believe so many lies. I’m saddened that it was so easy to whip the crowd into a mob.

the 25th amendment won't stop the mob

Ms. Boyland made a decision to travel to the capital as did the others. We’ve now seen what conspiracy theories and denying facts can bring about. Yes, the guy in the White House incited it, but every individual made a conscious choice to join the mob or not. That decision is what killed Ms. Boyland.

Meanwhile, Trump watched the riot from his safe space, denigrating his supporters as “low class” and “white trash“. That vile, despicable excuse for a human being is what Roseanne Boyland gave her life for. That’s the saddest thing of all.

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Nunes’s Medal of Freedom Renders the Award Meaningless

Trump Destroys An American Honor

Neither honor nor tradition has ever meant squat to Donald Trump. Now, in his childish, petty quest to burn things down on his way out, he’s decided to trash the Medal of Freedom. That medal, according to White House.gov is (my emphasis):

…the Nation’s highest civilian honor. It is awarded by the President of the United States to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the security or national interests of America, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

medal of freedom imageTrump has decided to award this medal to, of all people, Devin Nunes. Why not give it to a circus clown? But wait, he may come close. It’s reported that Trump will hand one to Jim Jordan, too. These choices are an insult to the integrity of the award, and a slap in the face to the people who were worthy of it.

It’s true that Nunes and Jordan have made “exceptional contributions” to Trump’s private endeavors, but that’s the polar opposite of America’s national interests as it relates to this medal and these jokers.

Donald Trump is so proud of his choice of Nunes, he awarded the medal to him in private Monday. Here’s the ridiculous testimonial:

trump's Nunes bullshitAll Nunes has ever done is to help Trump practically destroy this country. This sham of an award shits all over everything America stands for.

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To learn more about Nunes read:

Text messages point to Rep. Devin Nunes in Ukraine scheme at heart of Trump impeachment

“The Russia Investigations: What Does Devin Nunes Know?”

“A Timeline of the House Intelligence Committee Chairman: All the Nunes That’s Fit to Print”

(Google Nunes Russia or Nunes Ukraine and find even more)

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Newt Gingrich Has No Moral Authority

Newt Gingrich Needs to Ride Off Into the Political Sunset

GingrichNewt Gingrich recently wrote an opinion piece in the right-wing Washington Times entitled: “Why I will not accept Joe Biden as president”. I could simply ask “Who gives a damn?” and end this post, but Newt Gingrich is rarely challenged on his bombastic bullshit. For those lucky folks who don’t know much about Gingrich, here are the cliff notes:

He’s an arrogant, self-important, self-delusional, self-aggrandizing, adulterous, finger-in-the-wind ex-politician. For more detail, read:

Politico’sThe Millennial’s Guide to Newt Gingrich

The Atlantic’s “How Newt Gingrich Destroyed American Politics“, and

Time’s “How Newt Gingrich Laid the Groundwork for Trump’s Republican Party

Now, back to Newt’s opinion piece; without a doubt, the most hypocritical statement comes at the very start:

Having spent more than four years watching the left #Resist President Donald Trump and focus entirely on undoing and undermining the 2016 election, it took me several days to understand the depth of my own feelings.

Carrying the torch of Republican hypocrisy

In case you didn’t know, Newt Gingrich was the star of the show at the 2009 Inauguration eve meeting to sabotage Obama’s presidency.  Robert Draper’s book, “Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of Representatives” lists attendees as:

Republican Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.), Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), Paul Ryan (Wis.), Pete Sessions (Texas), Jeb Hensarling (Texas), Pete Hoekstra (Mich.) and Dan Lungren (Calif.), along with Republican Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.), Jon Kyl (Ariz.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Ensign (Nev.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.). The non-lawmakers present included Newt Gingrich, … and Frank Luntz, the long-time Republican wordsmith.

As HuffPost’s Sam Stein reported:

For several hours in the Caucus Room (a high-end D.C. establishment), the book says they plotted out ways to not just win back political power, but to also put the brakes on Obama’s legislative platform. (…)

“You will remember this day,” Draper reports Newt Gingrich as saying on the way out. “You’ll remember this as the day the seeds of 2012 were sown.”

Sadly for Newt, the seeds dried up and Obama won re-election in 2012. Republicans never realized how much Democrats supported their President, and saw through GOP efforts to ensure the government failed. Just as they don’t realize even now that unlike their base, Democrats have always seen through Trump’s MAGA bullshit. Republicans elected a repulsive, vulgar, un-American, self-absorbed con-man who has done nothing but shit all over the dignity of the office and the reputation of the country. AND NEWT GINGRICH KNOWS THIS.

Covering for the Failure-in-Chief

Gingrich continues:

” …Democrat-led COVID-19 policies have enriched the wealthy while crushing middle class small business owners (some 160,000 restaurants may close).”

It’s DEMOCRATIC-led, brainiac, sheesh! Anyway, this kind of nonsense is why people like Newt write for conservative sites: No Pushback. And fact-checking? PFFFT. 

Whatever COVID-19 policies Democrats enacted were a result of the lack of leadership and blatant dishonesty from Washington. Blue states acted quickly and imposed the necessary lockdowns.

 

Republicans, however, hid behind their constituents’ selfish “freedom” arguments and practically reveled in doing the opposite of everything the disease specialists suggested.

Red States’ COVID cases are surging now, and Republicans and the White House have abandoned any pretense of having a plan.

The Right’s fine-tuned art of dishonesty

As for “enriching the wealthy and crushing middle-class small business owners”, that is a direct result of the non-existent oversight of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). According to SBA.gov:

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses.

But according to Vox (my emphasis):

As written in the legislation, any business that’s classified as an accommodation or food service that has 500 or fewer employees at its individual locations, is eligible. It’s a loophole that, in theory, was meant to help franchisees and independent owners — think a local McDonald’s store owner — but as Bloomberg notes, the “language didn’t clarify whether individual locations must apply for the aid or whether corporate headquarters could start vacuuming up millions in relief funds.”

Some of the “small businesses” that “vacuumed up” money included Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Shake Shack, and the Los Angeles Lakers. In fact, the AP found that “… at least 94 companies that disclosed receiving aid since the program opened April 3 were publicly traded, some with market values well over $100 million.” True small businesses were left to fend for themselves, thus the money was gone before they could even get their applications processed.

Mnuchin’s Financial Free For All

Among others receiving PPP money:

A couple who purchased a $3.5 million estate, and a “ministry” that tried to buy a $3.7 million house in Disney World’s Golden Oak development. In addition, Small Business Trends reports:

Feds have seized a 2020 Lamborghini Huracan sports car, a Rolex Presidential watch, a 5.73-carat diamond ring, and a diamond bracelet — all purchased with PPP loan money. Other loot includes a Tesla, a 26-foot Pavati Wake Boat, a 33-foot Cruiser yacht, two Rolls-Royces, a Lamborghini Urus, a Kia Stinger, and a Ford F-350 pickup truck.

Authorities also seized cash hoards and froze bank accounts. They are in the process of trying to recover other assets.

Some defendants blew taxpayer money on wild spending sprees, including Las Vegas gambling, visits to strip clubs, and day-trading. In one case, a married couple was apprehended at JFK Airport purportedly attempting to flee the country after submitting 18 fraudulent applications — allegedly.

As a result of public outcry over the program’s fraudulent loans, Steve Mnuchin decided to conceal the names of businesses receiving PPP loans.

I’m not going to continue to point out the blatant lies in Gingrich’s opinion piece, I think you get the drift. Aside from tax breaks for the wealthy, starting wars, suppressing the vote, and denying people their rights, lying is one of the things Republicans excel at. Newt Gingrich’s opinions are about as important as something you’d scrape off of your shoe, and his character is no better.

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Lindsey Graham Dangled Stimulus to Buy Votes

Winning is all that matters

Many writers have called out Lindsey Graham‘s post-McCain descent into the gutter, but it turns out he can go even lower. As Americans struggle to stay above water and small business owners lose their livelihoods, Graham is dangling stimulus money like pet treats to buy the Georgia Senate seats. Via The Hill:

lindsey grahamWhile he frequently antagonized Trump during the 2016 Republican primary, he has since become a loyal lap-dog for the outgoing president. In a surprise development, though, Graham does not necessarily agree with Trump on stimulus checks. He says that he will support the president’s hope for a larger check, but only if David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler win their senate runoff races.

Update: As I write this, Graham has voiced support for a stand-alone vote to raise stimulus to $2000.00, wonder how he’s being rewarded for that.

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Now YOU’RE Paying For Corporate America’s Meals

When the Hell is Enough Enough?

Republicans fought long and hard to get the 35% statutory corporate tax rate lowered. They claimed it made U.S. companies less competitive than their foreign counterparts. At the same time, Republicans KNEW that corporate effective tax rates averaged much less.

In 2016, the Senate Budget Committee’s Ranking Member received a report from the GAO on effective tax rates. The GAO report, using tax years 2006-2012, found:

cash and cigarsThe statutory tax rate on net corporate income ranges from 15 to 35 percent, depending on the amount of income earned. For tax years 2008 to 2012, profitable large U.S. corporations paid, on average, U.S. federal income taxes amounting to about 14 percent of the pretax net income that they reported in their financial statements (for those entities included in their tax returns). When foreign and state and local income taxes are included, the average ETR across all of those years increases to just over 22 percent.

Insanity is… well, you know.

Even so, the GOP majority got their way in 2017, rewarding those big-money donors at the expense of American taxpayers. In 2019, a report from ITEP (Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy), Corporate Tax Avoidance in the First Year of the Trump Tax Law found:

TCJAWhen drafting the tax law, lawmakers could have eliminated special breaks and loopholes in the corporate tax to offset the cost of reducing the statutory rate. Instead, the new law introduced many new breaks and loopholes, though it eliminated some old ones.

Key Findings:

pigs at the troughThe 379 profitable corporations identified in this study paid an effective federal income tax rate of 11.3 percent on their 2018 income, slightly more than half the statutory 21 percent tax rate.

91 corporations did not pay federal income taxes on their 2018 U.S. income. These corporations include Amazon, Chevron, Halliburton and IBM. An ITEP study released in April 2019 examined 2018 Fortune 500 filings released to date and found 60 companies paid zero in federal income taxes. Now, all companies have released their 2018 financial filings, and this report reflects that.

Another 56 companies paid effective tax rates between 0 percent and 5 percent on their 2018 income. Their average effective tax rate was 2.2 percent.

Now, instead of the mere 27 companies paying no income taxes in 2015, we’ve jumped to at least 91 companies avoiding taxes in 2018.

Feeding Corporate Pigs

Fast Forward to 2020. A raging pandemic, over 300,000 U.S. deaths, huge job losses, people facing evictions or losing their homes, and THIS is what Trump and Republicans insisted be part of the latest COVID Relief Plan:

feeding corporate pigsCorporations will now be able to deduct 100% of the cost of “business meals”.

Paying 50% of their meals was obviously too burdensome, so Americans will pay even more now to prop up our so-called “self-made” corporate Americans. We already subsidize their

          • Operating Expenses

          • Employee Expenses

          • Insurance

          • Travel

          • Bad Debts

          • Interest

          • Equipment

          • Taxes

          • Professional Services

          • Advertising

Not to mention yachts, planes, second homes…

Now we can feed them, too.

Meanwhile, working families are struggling to put food on their own tables. Republicans are vile, despicable people who’ve never given a rat’s ass about America.

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Stop Molly-Coddling the Obese Baby in the White House

Donald Trump refuses to admit that he lost the election and Republicans are molly-coddling him like theTrumpscreaming obese baby he is. To avoid the risk of losing favor, everybody is offering him emotional rattles to play with until he stops crying and starts packing his things.

santorumRick Santorum (yes, he’s still around):  “He’s just found out that he’s probably not going to be the president of the United States anymore. This is a very emotional time, give people space to work through this.”

fleischerAri Fleischer: The “decent thing to do is let the president himself take the time he wants to absorb this.”

 

CNN: Almost everyone around the President — members of his family, senior staffers and outside advisers — believe he will accept defeat and leave the White House in January even if he never publicly acknowledges Biden’s win.

mcenanyKayleigh McEnany, On whether Trump would attend Biden’s inauguration: “President Trump believes he will be President Trump, have a second term. I think the president will attend his own inauguration

mcconnell2Mitch McConnell: “Let’s not have any lectures, no lectures, about how the president should immediately, cheerfully accept preliminary election results.”

 

Laura Ingraham: “Now, losing, especially when you believe the process wasn’t fair, it’s a gut punch. And ingrahamI’m not conceding anything tonight, by the way, but, losing, if that’s what happens, it’s awful.

 

Gutfeld

Greg Gutless Gutfeld says of Trump: “He redefined the party, because he spoke for people that both the Democrats and the Republicans forgot about. So I think, I think we’re gonna have a HELL of a lot of fun. We’re gonna have two presidents! We’re gonna have two presidents!” (Right. Outa. His. Ass.)

HannitySean Hannity: “… every American should be angry, outraged and worried and concerned about what happened in the election and the lead-up to the election.”

(Trump talking points)

CarlsonPerpetually befuddled looking Tucker Carlson claims: the “outcome of our presidential election was seized from the hands of voters”. (This is especially ridiculous considering 2020 had the highest voter turnout percentage since 1900.)

Even Trump’s national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, can’t man-up enough to face his boss head-on. As the Daily Beast reported, O’Brien has:

O'Brien…pushed national security officials to publicly embrace the absurd Trump message that the election has not been certified and that there are still legal battles playing out across the country that could turn in the president’s favor.

“If you even mention Biden’s name… that’s a no-go, you’d be fired,” one national security official said.

This molly-coddling has gone on long enough. DONALD TRUMP LOST. It doesn’t matter if he cries, sucks his thumb, stomps his feet, or stays in bed hiding under the covers all day, HE STILL LOST. Somebody in that party of impotent cowards needs to find the brass to tell him it’s over.

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