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November 23, 2019

DDT: Week 148 – Misery Beyond Impeachment

The people of the United States had one victory this past week during the impeachment inquiry: the government didn’t shut down. Without a new budget—or an extension of the existing one—the situation would have returned to the same as December 22, 2018, almost a year ago. Dictator Donald Trump (DDT) signed an extension until December 20 that passed the Senate by 74 to 20 (all Republicans) and the House by a mostly party-line vote of 231 to 192. The question is whether he will sign a new budget if it doesn’t have the $8.6 billion that he wants for his wall. Republicans want $5 billion for the structure, and Democrats include no money in all the spending bills they passed. Of the 12 annual spending bills required to fund military and federal agencies, lawmakers have agreed on not one of them. An alternative is to keep funding at current levels through the end of 2020, something that neither side wants. The passed extension includes a 3.1 percent military pay raise and funding for the census.

The bad news for people in the U.S. is that ISIS is rebounding after DDT’s actions causing greater instability in the Middle East by taking assistance from the Kurds. According to a Pentagon report, Turkey’s launch of a military operation caused by DDT’s actions has boosted ISIS ability to go abroad for attack. Despite Turkey’s claims about fighting the terror group, neither Turkey nor its proxy forces will carry through with its promises. The U.S. has stopped training “for commando teams, prison guards, counter-IED techniques, and other specialty skills” that the Kurds lack. DDT had moved the troops in northern Syria only to “protect the oil.” The report states that the Syrian forces joining the Turkish incursion “had not carried out any counterterrorism operations against ISIS since the start of the offensive and were unlikely to do so.” Instead, some of the Turkish-back militias that smuggled ISIS fighters into the area “probably maintain low-level ties to ISIS.” The “ceasefire” is also in name only with these militias engaging in murder and violence.

Last week, DDT insisted, “The ceasefire continues to hold” during his press conference with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “I’m a big fan of the President,” DDT said about Erdogan. The Pentagon sent questions about the ceasefire to the State Department which didn’t respond. Christian genocide-survivors near Tal Tamr are also threatened by militia attacks.

Turkey is also sending ISIS fighters to their “home countries,” beginning with one to the U.S., another to Britain, and seven others to Germany. Erdogan said that he is sending thousands of ISIS-affiliated people in Turkey’s custody back to “their countries of origin.”

DDT sides against democracy and human rights in Hong Kong because he wants a good deal with China. This past week, the House on Wednesday passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act by a vote of 417 to 1 (Thomas Massie, R-KY). The day before, the Senate unanimously approved the measure. DDT’s deference to Xi Jinping resembles that of his devotion to Vladimir Putin.

Last weekend, the media discussed the reason that DDT made an unscheduled trip to Walter Reed Medical Center. He said that it was to start his annual exam earlier; his last one was nine months ago. Yet the visit wasn’t on either his White House or personal calendar. The press secretary claimed he went because he had a free day, but the visit was on Saturday when DDT typically plays golf. The “routine checkups” described for the visit could easily be done at the White House, but results of drug combinations—amphetamines, phenylnephrine, and caffeine—would need more sophisticated equipment.

Press secretary Stephanie Grisham went on Jeanine Pirro’s show to report DDT’s fantastic health despite the fact that he works from 6:00 am to “very, very late at night” something his schedule doesn’t show. Pirro described DDT as “almost superhuman.” Grisham, the press secretary who has never had a press conference, said it was “dangerous for the country” for anyone to challenge the veracity of her claims.

With the world focused on the impeachment inquiry, the news has largely ignored a second whistleblower, this one who reported that at least one political appointee at the Treasury Department may have tried to interfere with an audit of DDT’s or VP Mike Pence’s tax returns. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), chair and ranking Democrat on the Finance Committee are now looking into the complaint with credible allegations of “evidence of possible misconduct,” specifically “inappropriate efforts to influence” the audit of Trump’s materials. The House Ways & Means Committee is also considering obtaining a deposition from the whistleblower and discussing whether to interview the person in a committee executive session.

Earlier this month, DDT’s campaigning failed to elect GOP governors in Kentucky and Louisiana. Now he has worse news: Louisiana’s GOP failed to get a supermajority in its legislature to override the Democratic governor’s veto. The census will bring legislative redistricting in 2020, and the GOP can no longer control the process.   

Clarence Mason Weaver, a new DDT pick for DDT’s advisory board for the reelection campaign device “Black Voices for Trump,” said that women are not equal to men and women should act like “handmaidens” rather than “queens.”

For DDT’s first five months in office, U.S. taxpayers paid his businesses $2,000 a day—over $250,000—for DDT’s Secret Service. He keeps his businesses, visits them with aides and security, and then charges the government for all their expenses. This unconstitutional act violates the Emoluments Clause which DDT calls “silly” and blames on Democrats.   

For the past four years, DDT has used Hillary Clinton’s secure private server as a weapon with constant cries “lock her up.” Yet no Republican has paid attention to Nikki Haley, former South Carolina governor and ambassador to the UN, after she sent sensitive and classified information through unsecured channels before she resigned as ambassador. Haley couldn’t find her secure password so on July 4, 2017, she used her unsecured BlackBerry 10 smartphone to send “confidential” information so her aides could “clean it up.” The subject was North Korea’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting Alaska. Haley communicated information about the danger of nuclear war with North Korea. DDT’s pressure to investigate Clinton’s email was probably a factor in her losing, and he continued to investigate everyone surround the issue up through this year.

Back in September when people were mysteriously dying from vaping, DDT supported a national ban on flavored vaping products and claimed, “We can’t allow people to get sick, and we can’t have our kids be so affected.” Regulators cleared the ban, and only DDT’s sign-off was needed. Big business got to him, however, and DDT backed down before a press conference on November 4. He thought the job losses would cause him political problems. Yesterday, he decided that maybe it would be okay if he raised the vaping age to 21. Although some of the deaths are for those under 21 years of age, the median age is 53 with patients’ ages ranging from 13 to 78. And DDT hasn’t signed off on anything about vaping.

Over the objections of the Army Corps of Engineers and Customs and Border Protection officials, Jared Kushner and other officials plan to live-stream DDT’s wall building. Contractors don’t want their techniques available to smugglers who have already sawed through new sections of DDT’s wall. Officials are also concerned that cameras will show work crews violating Mexican sovereignty as they wander south of the border with their vehicles and heavy equipment. U.S. costs will include building web connectivity and keeping people available to reposition the cameras. Kushner has called meetings every two weeks to push for faster construction. So far, DDT has replaced 81 miles of barrier.

Arrested for giving humanitarian aid to two young men from Central America in the Arizona desert, Scott Warren has been exonerated of two felony charges in his second trial. The first one ended in a mistrial with a hung jury. Warren had faced 20 years in prison if prosecutors had proved criminal intent instead of humanitarian aid.

AG Bill Barr said he was going to start executing federal inmates after 16 years of no capital punishment, but a U.S. District Court judge blocked the executions intended to be done by a single drug instead of a mix of three.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr is looking into the Trump Organization’s CFO Allen Weisselberg as part of its criminal investigation into DDT’s business affairs. The question is whether DDT recorded the hush-money reimbursements for DDT’s sexual affairs as “legal expenses,” with sham invoices. Weisselberg’s earlier immunity deal applied only to federal proceedings. Vance’s charges has remained on hold for almost a year until federal prosecutors said that their investigation was “effectively concluded.” The two-year statute of limitations for misdemeanor false-records charges ends on December 5, 2019. Vance is still waiting from the Supreme Court to see if they will hear DDT’s request for blanket immunity from criminal investigation. If the case is not heard, Vance will receive DDT’s tax returns by the end of the year.

October 23, 2014

Conservatives Want to Stop Votes from Minorities, Women

Filed under: Elections — trp2011 @ 8:54 PM
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Delivering absentee ballots in Arizona is legal, but A.J. LaFaro, chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, became highly incensed that Ben Marine brought in a number of them into a polling station. LaFaro complained that Marine was “a vulgar, disrespectful, violent thug that has no respect for our laws. I would have followed him to the parking lot to take down his tag number but I feared for my life.” Maybe it was because Marine was wearing a Citizens for a Better Arizona (CBA) shirt. Or maybe it was because he is brown? LaFaro posted a video of Marine on YouTube, and comments read:

 “This is a high crime, it is treason to this country and a betrayal of democracy. This should be a crime punishable by death.”

“I am going to find this illegal-loving scumbag and kill him.”

James-OKeefe-638x425Because voter fraud is almost nonexistent, James O’Keefe, the undercover pimp who targeted the community organizing group ACORN, is trying to create it in Colorado that will vote by mail for the first time this year. Several times, he and his associates have asked Sen. Mark Udall’s staffers, offering to fill out ballots for other people. One of O’Keefe’s people is masquerading as a member of a nonexistent LGBT activist group called Rocky Mountain Vote Pride. Turned away after his offer of filling out mail-in ballots for college student who had moved away but still got mail on a Boulder campus, he came back with a “civics professor” who was, in fact, O’Keefe. One might question if these people should be arrested themselves for voter fraud.

Women don’t need males on the Fox network to declare war on them when Fox has women paid to denigrate those of their own gender. After Fox’s The Five co-host Greg Gutfeld said that young women aren’t smart enough to vote as conservatives, co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle said that they should be excused from jury duty because they lack life experience and just “don’t get it.” Tucker Carlson has voiced the same opinion earlier when he criticized a GOP campaign that encouraged young women to vote. On Outnumbered, he said , “You want your government run by people … whose favorite show is Say Yes To The Dress?”

Kevin D. Williamson echoed the sentiment on National Review Online:

“I would like to suggest, as gently as I can, that if you are voting as an act of self-gratification, if you do not understand the role that voting in fact plays in a constitutional republic…, you should not vote. If you get your politics from actors and your news from television comedians — you should not vote. There’s no shame in it, your vote is statistically unlikely to affect the outcome of an election, and there are many much more meaningful ways to serve your country and your fellow man: Volunteer at a homeless shelter; join the Marine Corps; become a nun; start a business.”

When a Wisconsin citizen, Heba Mohammad, wrote her alderman, Chris Wery, if the city could provide busing for poor and elderly people to vote, he said that he needed proof that she wasn’t a terrorist before he could answer her. Word got out that he was bullying Mohammad, and he—sort-of—apologized in the Green Bay newspaper, the Press-Gazette: “I phrased it wrong. It was the wrong setting. And I apologized for that.” He then sent a follow-up email to Mohammad saying that he didn’t want people to get a “free day” of busing.

As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is back on the campaign trail with compelling reasons why GOP governors should be elected: they need to control “voting mechanisms” in order to win the White House in 2016. That’s what he told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The GOP is very afraid that a fair voting system might result in majority votes against their party.

When a Michigan citizen told a representative of a state GOP House candidate, Todd Courser, that she was voting for his opponent, she got a surprising response. The caller said, “Would you change your vote if you knew that Margaret Guerrero DeLuca had faggots and blacks working for her?” According to Courser, his goal is to take over the Michigan GOP. He’s also under investigation by state police, county prosecutors, and Michigan election officials for allegations of violating the state election law, representing himself as an incumbent on campaign signs, misuse of campaign resources.

Running for U.S. senator in Nevada two years ago, Sharon Angle said, “If this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies.” Iowa now has its “Second Amendment” candidate for U.S. senate: Joni Ernst. Two years ago, she also said that she would use a gun to defend herself from the government. As Paul Waldman wrote in the Washington Post:

“I don’t care how many times you praise the Founding Fathers or talk about your love of the Constitution, if you think that the way to resolve policy differences or personal arguments with the government is not just by trying to get different people elected or waging a campaign to change the laws or filing suits in court, but through the use of violence against the government, you have announced that you have no commitment to democracy. In the American system, we don’t say that if the government enacts policies we don’t like, we’ll start killing people.”

Many GOP elected officials and candidates like Ernst describe the president’s two elections, the Affordable Care Act, and anything else that they don’t like as “tyranny” and “facism.” They do this at the same time that they work to rig elections in their favor–and threaten to kill anyone who gets in their way. It’s the Cliven Bundy approach.

After Wisconsin’s voter ID law was delayed until after the November 4 election, conservatives in Wisconsin have a new intimidation ploy. Milwaukee County’s Republican Elections Commissioner Rick Baas urged his crowd of supporters to take an “extra step of vigilance.” State law allows anyone to go within three feet of voters and then challenge the validity of their votes. They also have to swear under oath that they have firsthand knowledge that the person is not qualified, but that probably won’t slow down some of the fanatics.

The New Georgia Project, an officially nonpartisan group, reported that it registered 86,000 new voters, but many of these registrations are nowhere to be found because the state’s GOP Secretary of State Brian Kemp failed to process as many as 40,000 of these. Unable to settle the situation otherwise, the group filed a lawsuit against Kemp and five county boards of elections. One of five counties was settled, but a hearing is set for tomorrow in Fulton County Superior Court.

Last July, Kemp, who is supposed to be in charge of a bi-partisan election, commented on the registration of these voters:

“The Democrats are working hard, and all these stories about them, you know, registering all these minority voters that are out there and others that are sitting on the sidelines, if they can do that, they can win these elections in November.”

He added that a higher level of scrutiny was necessary for these registration. “We don’t know who these people are or where they come from.” With 25 of the 80,000 registrations proven to be fraudulent, Kemp started a much deeper investigation into the group’s registration drive. The 0.03 percentage of problems is far lower than the national average of 13.9 percent problems.

In Hong Kong, top official, Chun-ying Leung, said that open elections would result in the poor of the territory in control. For that reason, he thinks that free elections are impossible. “If it’s entirely a numbers game and numeric representation, then obviously you’d be talking to the half of the people in Hong Kong who earn less than US$1,800 a month,” he said in an interview.

Leung’s comments shouldn’t be surprising because his opinion prevails in the U.S. Republican party.

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