Closing Thought–09Jul20

There is a lot of talk these days about taken down or replacing those monuments that are dedicated to the traitors of the Confederacy.

Ohio’s mouth Rep. Jim Jordan has stepped up to protect these monuments….

Rep. Jim Jordan in a Monday letter to United States Park Police (USPP) Acting Chief Gregory Monahan requested information about the USPP’s efforts to defend federal property and landmarks both in the nation’s capital and across the country.

The Ohio Republican also asked for information pertaining to the USPP’s June 1 activity to move protesters located near the White House.

“The Trump Administration must protect federal property, especially the landmarks and memorials that celebrate our nation’s history, from violent left-wing agitators,” he noted. 

https://justthenews.com/government/congress/rep-jordan-asks-us-park-police-about-efforts-defend-federal-landmarks

I find it interesting that a person that would not protect students under his care at Ohio State from sexual abuse (no conviction but under investigation) but is truly concerned over some statues that celebrate those people that killed soldiers from Ohio.

This is a perfect example of the ideology of the GOP and its elected toadies.

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Seriously? Are You Guys Kidding?

Pandemic is hitting new highs daily…..protests and deaths are everywhere…..millions unemployed……and yet the Congress has decided to go on a break since they work so hard (that is extreme sarcasm….these fools are part time help at best)….

A coalition of dozens of progressive advocacy groups and labor unions is planning a nationwide day of action in battleground states Wednesday targeting Republican senators for going on a two-week vacation as Covid-19 infections surge and millions of people teeter on the brink of financial ruin.

In Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Iowa, and other states, activists will hold socially distant rallies and deliver “failing” report cards to Republican senators reminding them that “they are responsible for the massive amount of suffering that people are experiencing across the country,” the coalition said in a press release Monday.

The Service Employees International Union, the American Postal Workers Union, Greenpeace USA, and other groups are calling on the Republican-controlled Senate to take up and pass the HEROES Act, a sweeping stimulus package the House of Representatives approved on May 15.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/06/they-are-failing-nationwide-day-action-target-gop-senators-going-vacation-pandemic

While Moscow Mitch is home chasing donors and doing whatever it takes to get donations……hunger is rising and that is not important enough for the Congress to keep working to find solutions….

The nonprofit group Hunger Free America announced Monday that it is running “Hunger Clock” billboard ads across the country to call out GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and other Republican senators for blocking $16 billion in food assistance for Americans struggling in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is simply unconscionable that Leader McConnell and the Senate GOP are playing politics with food aid while massive numbers of their own constituents struggle against hunger,” Hunger Free America CEO Joel Berg said in a statement. “Food delayed is food denied.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/07/06/hunger-clock-billboards-blast-mcconnell-and-gop-senators-blocking-16-billion-food

Since these guys do not seem to want to work for their pay then I suggest that we get rid of the Senate and go unicameral, a People’s Assembly…..

I admit it…..I have written about this before….some 13 years ago…..https://lobotero.com/2007/03/28/when-is-one-better-than-two/

The Congress has not worked since the 1990s and the mad dash for donations instead legislative work….they spend more time traveling than the spend doing the country’s business…therefore they should be paid as part-time help on a sliding scale by work accomplished.

If it does not work the way it was intended then rid the thing from the government and find something that does work.

Do not get me started on the co-equal branches of the government….that ship set sail awhile back.

Pretty simple, huh?

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Show Me The Money!

The economic stim plans have all been spent and now we look to see who got the cash that did not need to……

The Treasury Department has released the names of everyone who got a loan bigger than $150,000 through the PPP—the Paycheck Protection Program designed to help businesses weather the pandemic. While millions of small companies were helped by the loans, which can be forgiven if the money is used for payroll, some of the recipients were drawing particular attention:

  • Billionaires: NBC News lists some of the billionaires whose companies received loans, including Kanye West, whose Yeezy apparel brand took a loan of up to $5 million. West (who swears he’s running for president) owns a 100% stake in the company, which is valued at $3 billion. Another billionaire, property developer Joe Farrell, a big GOP fundraiser, received up to $1 million. (Farrell made $2 million renting out his Hamptons mansion amid the pandemic.) Also, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s family companies got at least $6.3 million.
  • Odds and ends: The AP rounds up others getting loans, including sculptor Jeff Koons (up to $2 million); the Girl Scouts (up to $1 million); TGI Fridays (up to $10 million); and PF Chang’s China Bistro (up to $10 million). About 600 asset-management companies and private equity firms also got money, though financial firms weren’t thought to have been badly hit by the pandemic, and their employees are well paid to start.
  • Trump ties: ProPublica reports that businesses connected to President Trump’s family and close associates could receive up to $21 million. That includes at least $150,000 for a hydroponics lettuce farm backed by Donald Trump Jr., as well as multiple companies connected to presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner (for a total of $6 million).
  • Trump donors: The AP reports that roughly $275 million went to companies owned or operated by big donors to the Trump 2020 campaign. That includes a loan of up to $5 million to the conservative website Newsmax, whose CEO, Christopher Ruddy, has given $525,000 to pro-Trump PACs. Also, Muy Brands—operator of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and Wendy’s—got up to $10 million. Owner James Bodenstedt has given more than $670,000 to Trump in recent years.
  • Obama ties, too: That friends of Trump received loans may be getting attention, but the Daily Beast notes that they went to the “well-off and well-connected in general” in DC, no matter their political affiliation. Everyone from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (up to $5 million for her global consulting firm) to anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist (up to $350,000) received loans. Obama administration alums Jon Favreau and Tommy Vietor got up to $350,000 for their Fenway Strategies company.
  • Grindr: The gay dating app sold just last month by a Chinese owner and valued at $620 million received a loan of up to $2 million, reports Reuters.
  • Scientology: Three of its churches took loans of $350,000 each, per NBC News. The Church of Scientology is thought to be worth at least $1 billion.
  • The full list: It can be accessed here through the Small Business Administration.

Most of this is money pissed away and given to those economic parasites that did not need the cash……

Even a backwater state like Mississippi has its parasites…in this case it is those close to the Gov. Reeves…..

According to data released by the U.S. Treasury, a company partially owned by Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves was a recipient of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a federal pandemic rescue package.

Southern Air Conditioning and Supply is a family business created and run by Reeves’ father. An insurance company, Coker & Palmer, where Reeves’ wife Elee Reeves works also received funding. Both businesses were approved to receive between $150,000 and $350,000 each.

https://www.wapt.com/article/businesses-with-ties-to-mississippi-governor-received-virus-relief-loans/33236820

As usual….an economic downturn makes those toads on Wall Street richer and richer…..while those that deal with the real consequences of the economic collapse get little to nothing…..

But not to worry…..Congress could make things worse this Summer…..

Congress has less than a month to hammer out a deal on the next round of stimulus before expanded unemployment benefits expire. State and local governments are starting to feel the pinch of budget shortfalls. And while the U.S. got a piece of (relatively) good news in last week’s jobs report, which featured an unemployment rate 2.2 percentage points lower in June than it had been in May, the economy has been thrown back into chaos in the meantime, with a number of states pulling back on their reopenings amid spiking COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.

Our newest survey of economists highlights just how consequential governmental decisions over the next month may be: On average, these economists think that a refusal by Congress to extend unemployment benefits or bail out state and local governments is just as likely to hurt the economy as local economies staying open in spite of COVID-19 spikes — or even closing because of the virus.

Economists Think Congress Could Create An Economic Disaster This Summer

Be Prepared!

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Those Terrorists Remain

Protests….Racism…..Pandemic…..all of the top stories from the MSM in the last couple of months…..even though they are out of mind of the media by no means they are gone….defeated….or any other term one would care to employ.

To illustrate this is the testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security…..

Thomas JoscelynJune 24, 2020Foundation for Defense of Democracies3www.fdd.org•Al-Qaeda has survived the post-9/11 wars and America’s counterterrorism campaign. The group’s base has spread from South Asia into multiple other countries. Several organizations, often described as al-Qaeda “affiliates,” serve as regional branches. These branches are each led by an emir who swears his allegiance to the head of al-Qaeda. Since Osama bin Laden’s death in May 2011, that leader has been Ayman al-Zawahiri. The official al-Qaeda branches are: al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent,and al-Shabaab in Somalia. To thislist we can add the “Group for the Support of Islam and Muslims” (Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin, or JNIM), a wing of AQIM.Hurras al-Din in Syria is also part of al-Qaeda’s network, as are other groups based in Idlib. But al-Qaeda’s chain-of-command in Syria has been upset by a number of internal rivalries, power struggles,and arguments over jihadist strategy.2In addition, al-Qaeda works through other groups that are not official al-Qaeda branches but are nonetheless part of its web. Such groups includethe Pakistani Taliban.Still other jihadist organizations are closely allied with al-Qaeda.•ISIS and al-Qaeda remain locked in a competition for the fealty of jihadists around the globe. Much of this competition will take place at the local level, but international terrorism could play a role in the rivalry, as these groupslook to outbid one another for the affection of would-be jihadists. While there may be some cooperation between individual commanders, the two mother organizations are at odds. ISIS has developed an institutional hatred for al-Qaeda. In some areas, such as Iraq, ISIS is definitively stronger. In other areas, such as Somalia and Yemen, al-Qaeda has the upper hand. In West Africa, the two are currently close in strength, though that can change. Any assessment of relative strength in Syria is difficult due to al-Qaeda’s management problems and other factors. And an assessment of their relative positions in Afghanistan is complicated by the fact that al-Qaeda and affiliated groups areembedded within the Taliban-led insurgency. Al-Qaeda has deliberately sought to mask the extent of its operations in Afghanistan.

Click to access Thomas-Joscelyn-ISIS-AQ-testimony.pdf

Now this is a report issued by the Dept. of State……

Click to access Country-Reports-on-Terrorism-2019-2.pdf

My point is that these groups are not so much in the news these days….but they by NO means have disappeared……

Both reports are worth the read if you think that terrorism is not so much a problem these days…..

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