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Tuesday :: Sep 18, 2018

Kavanaugh and the GOP Step Into the Abyss

by Deacon Blues

Now that Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa wants to ram through Brett Kavanaugh with a quickly-scheduled committee hearing next Monday without any further investigation of accuser Dr. Ford's allegations by law enforcement personnel, he is refusing to allow any other witnesses except Ford and Kavanaugh.

Grassley and the rest of his GOP committeemen don't plan to call any of the 65 female character references he lined up to vouch for Kavanaugh, for fear that Democrats ask how people who never went to high school with Kavanaugh can vouch for him while he was at high school. And Grassley doesn't want it revealed that of the original 65 he lined up, less than a dozen are willing to still publicly support the nominee.

And Grassley doesn't want to force the "third person" in the bedroom that night, Kavanaugh friend and drinking buddy Mike Judge, who has written publicly about his high school drinking and in fiction with someone named awfully close to Kavanaugh, to come forward or be subpoenaed to testify. It's no surprise that Judge now refuses to testify to the committee, because he'd be under oath and exposed to a felony charge under Maryland state law.

No, Grassley, who thought he was being clever by lining up dozens of phony character references who never attended high school with the nominee in the oft-chance that the alleged victim came forward, is now perpetrating a sham hearing like he and Orrin Hatch foisted upon us with Anita Hill 27 year ago. And yet the Senate GOP, which took 11 months to deprive Merrick Garland of even a hearing, now wants to rush through a hearing for Kavanaugh so they can stack the court before possibly losing control of the Senate in November.

Simply put, if the same Senate GOP thought the court could go 11 months without 9 justices, then the same Senate GOP can explain why it can't wait another 2-3 weeks for the FBI to interview Judge, Ford, Kavanaugh, and the 65 women who vouched for him without going to school with him.

Update: A simply brilliant move by Dr. Ford and her attorney. In my admittedly limited experience, liars and guilty people don't demand FBI investigations of themselves. And since Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch, Lindsey Graham, and every other Trump sycophant has told us how innocent Kavanaugh is, he certainly won't have a problem with having his FBI inquiry reopened again, even for a polygraph, would he?

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Monday :: Sep 17, 2018

Kavanaugh's, and the GOP's High-Wire Act

by Deacon Blues

After a startling weekend when his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, unexpectedly came forward and informed the public she would testify, Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford will now take part in a hearing next Monday. There's not much riding on this hearing; only the control of the United State Senate next January.

It's perfect justice that a nomination that was made for purely political reasons could now cost the GOP their control of the Senate.

The only reason Kavanaugh is the nominee is because he's the only one who looked Trump in the face and gave him his "get-out-of-jail-free" card. And now, after Mitch McConnell angled to get this rammed through after denying a legitimate nomination to Merrick Garland, McConnell gets to tell Trump he may lose that card and risk the loss of a GOP Senate by letting sexist toads Orrin Hatch and Chuck Grassley grill the victim weeks before the midterms and lose any remaining suburban female support for the GOP.

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Thursday :: Sep 13, 2018

Manafort Cuts a Deal

by Deacon Blues

ABC News is reporting that Paul Manafort has reached a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, which is to be announced in federal court tomorrow.

It isn't clear if Manafort is a cooperating witness as part of this plea deal, or just copping to some crimes to escape a second trial, but the quickest way to tell if he's rolling over on Trump is if Mueller is letting him walk for state-level charges as well as his federal offenses.

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Tuesday :: Sep 11, 2018

Trump's Growing Delusions

by Deacon Blues

On the same day that a new poll found that over 50% of independents feel Trump is unfit for office, and that his deficits in a decent economy will now approach $1 trillion annually, Mr. Trump proclaimed that his response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year was "an incredible, unsung success."

There are nearly 3,000 Americans who would disagree with that assessment if they were still alive to catch paper towels from this dipshit.

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Thursday :: Sep 6, 2018

A Worthless Op-Ed

by Deacon Blues

By now, you've seen and heard plenty about the bombshell Op-Ed in yesterday's online New York Times from an anonymous "senior official" who says:

President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.
It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.
The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
I would know. I am one of them.

Shocking stuff, even from this clown show of an administration. Yet I find myself in a new territory for me: I am sympathetic to the outrage Donald Trump is expressing, perhaps deceptively, about the actions of this unnamed senior official.

As was said last night across the cable news ecosystem and in the print media, this op-ed is someone's attempt to blow the whistle on Trump and tell us how appreciative we should be that people like him/her have prevented Trump from blowing up the world.

Yeah, right. What's really going on here is someone is trying to wash the stink off of themselves without having the guts to actually quit on principle and then tell the world why you quit. What's worse is that it appears the Times used a standard in calling the source a "senior official" that could apply to anyone well below a Cabinet officer or senior White House staffer.

For all we know, this person is well down the food chain, and simply saw an opportunity where their self-interest aligned with that of the NYT. For the anonymous author, a chance to make themselves feel better about betraying the country every day they continue to enable Trump's destruction of the country. And for the New York Times, a chance to grab the media spotlight back from the Washington Post in the aftermath of Bob Woodward's book roll-out tour.

Sad, simply sad, all the way around.

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Sunday :: Sep 2, 2018

Predictions of Democratic Violence Isn’t Projection

by paradox

In a way I am continually astounded that such a stupid, illiterate fascist like Donald Trump could be so dangerous, that such an idiot could attain and wield real political power of frightening dimensions.

Then I remember that an excellent political education, fanatic attention to media politics and a deep dive into political social media represent only a small corner of the American political landscape. Statistics, justice, truth, equality, we live with these guideposts every day here, yes, but that’s obviously not the American political environment we live in.

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