Closing Thought–09August21

Biden has asked permission of the people of the 9/11 Memorial to visit…..it will be a typical speech and photo op that could well make it into some re-election video…..now the people have responded…..

President Biden has been informed that he won’t be welcome at events marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks unless he declassifies documents that could tie Saudi Arabian leaders to the terrorism. More than 1,800 relatives of victims, first responders, and attack survivors have signed onto the demand, NBC reports. “We cannot in good faith, and with veneration to those lost, sick, and injured, welcome the president to our hallowed grounds until he fulfills his commitment,” their statement says. The group maintains that Biden promised as a presidential candidate to release information but has since fallen silent on the issue and been unresponsive to its requests. The White House said Friday that staffers have met with members of the group. “Our hearts are with the families who lost loved ones on 9/11,” a spokesperson said.

The 9/11 Commission did not find evidence that Saudi leaders were involved in the attack, though its report called Saudi Arabia a “problematic ally.” But since the commission ended its work in 2004, the statement says, “much investigative evidence has been uncovered implicating Saudi government officials in supporting the attacks.” The commission did find that Saudi nationals funded al-Qaeda, per NBC. The Saudi government has denied involvement; 15 of the 19 Sept. 11 terrorists were Saudis. Some members of the group believe that Saudi leaders knew the attack, which killed about 2,500 people, was planned but didn’t try to stop it. Saudi Arabia, which did not issue a comment immediately Friday, faces lawsuits for billions of dollars from victims’ families, per the Guardian. Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump also would not declassify the records.

Bully for them!

It is high time the the US STOP caudling the murderous regimes like Saudi Arabia and Israel.

I say screw Biden until he releases those documents regardless what they say.

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American Caesar

No this is not some random review of the book by William Manchester, American Caesar: Life of Douglas MacArthur….rather about what is happening in this country today.

This post is about Trump and his embracing the tenets of authoritarianism…..

Donald Trump was hardly the first U.S. president to voice his support for authoritarians. But while President Richard Nixon saw it as practical to have an alliance with Spain’s dictator Gen. Francisco Franco — arguing that at least El Generalísimo kept Soviet troops out of the streets of Madrid — he never praised Franco as a role model for the United States. Trump and his loyalists, in contrast, have openly praised far-right authoritarians like Hungary’s Victor Orbán, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro.

This open admiration for authoritarianism among Trump supporters is the focus of articles by The Bulwark’s Charlie Sykes and Vox’s Zack Beauchamp. Sykes, a Never Trump conservative, has stressed that one doesn’t have to be a liberal to believe in liberal democracy — and he warns that democracy is something that the MAGA right is outright contemptuous of.

“Something genuinely odd and disturbing is happening on the right,” Sykes observes in his column. “Ideas that would have been unthinkable just moments ago are now being normalized, and if anything, the drift toward authoritarianism seems to be accelerating. This includes the explicit embrace of the idea of an American dictator — an American Caesar. Literally and seriously.”

Sykes cites some specific examples of Trumpian authoritarianism. In Arizona, State Sen. Wendy Rogers, a far-right MAGA Republican, has advocated imprisoning the “entire Maricopa County Board of Supervisors” over a dispute about the 2020 election. And the pro-Trump publication American Greatness has praised Portuguese dictator António de Oliveira Salazar.

https://www.alternet.org/2021/08/trump-authoritarianism/

These symptoms have been simmering under the society for 40 years and all it took was the right loudmouth bozo to bring the division to a boil.

Reagan turned the fire up and each election raised the boiling point a little more….until the full boil came with the election of Donald the Orange.

Why is this happening?

Since aggression provokes fear, and fear promotes aggression, a dangerous feedback loop has been established, dividing the nation to such a degree that something like civil war seems imminent. It may be a “cold civil war,” but there will still be violence, destruction, and death. There will also be more gridlock in Washington, which makes any kind of progress impossible. It is hard to calculate the suffering that could have been avoided with a functional Congress, but we can be sure it is substantial. And if the division gets too severe, which is where we are headed, there will be a point of no return. Social chaos and economic collapse will follow, the United States will lose its status as a superpower, and life as we know it, will cease. If the pandemic showed us anything, it is that despite how advanced we are technologically, we are not protected from disaster, and our way of life can change overnight.

https://www.rawstory.com/trump-supporters-2654459460/

This nation is at a crossroads and our future depends on which direction we choose….right now the choice is not looking too promising.

Will we survive?

I say we can but it will take some hard decisions and difficult solutions and I do not think we are ready yet to make those choices.

Any thoughts?

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Insurrection Update #11

So we NEVER forget!

Let’s begin with the recognition of the bravery that the police showed during this failed coup…..Biden will honor these police officers….

President Biden on Thursday offered “profound gratitude” to law enforcement officers who responded to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection as he signed legislation to award them Congressional Gold Medals for their service. The president thanked the officers for saving the lives of members of Congress during those “tragic hours” of the attack seven months ago, the AP reports. Joined by members of Congress, law enforcement officers, and the families of police who died after the attack, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris held the signing ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. Many officers were brutally beaten and injured that day as the violent mob of then-President Trump’s supporters pushed past them to break into the Capitol and interrupt the certification of Biden’s election victory. Many of the insurrectionists repeated Trump’s false claims about widespread fraud as they hunted for lawmakers and tried to beat down the doors of the House chamber with lawmakers inside.

“My fellow Americans, let’s remember what this was all about,” Biden said of the siege. “It was a violent attempt to overturn the will of the American people, to seek power at all costs, to replace the ballot with brute force. To destroy, not to build. Without democracy, nothing is possible. With it, everything is.” The Senate passed the medals legislation unanimously earlier this week. The law will place the medals in four locations: Capitol Police headquarters, the Metropolitan Police Department, the US Capitol, and the Smithsonian Institution. Biden said the medals will be at the Smithsonian “so all visitors can understand what happened that day.” The measure passed by voice vote, with no GOP objections. The House passed the bill in June, with 21 Republicans who have downplayed the insurrection in Trump’s defense voting against it. Some of the officers, including four who testified at a House hearing last week, have spoken openly about the lasting mental and physical scars.

Maybe the Congress should show these men and women some respect…..

Then there is that damn House member instigator….Mo Brooks….he is being sued for his part in the insurrection…..

Rep. Mo Brooks asked a federal judge to declare that he was immune from a civil lawsuit filed by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) alleging that the Alabama Republican was among several high-profile political figures responsible for inciting supporters of Donald Trump to riot and overrun the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Floating a theory of immunity in a 44-page filing on Tuesday, Brooks claimed he was simply “cooperating” with the “White House,” a decision affecting his ability to perform his congressional duties.

Seeking Immunity From Suit Over Jan. 6th Attack, Rep. Mo Brooks Tells Judge He Was Simply ‘Cooperating’ with the ‘White House’

I say screw this bastard….his mouth got him in trouble….he swore to protect this country from enemies both foreign and domestic…..throw the book at this ignorant a/hole!

The insurrection of 06 January has its first guilty pleas…….

A New Jersey gym owner and a Washington state man on Friday became the first people charged in the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol to plead guilty to assaulting a law enforcement officer during the deadly siege. The pair of plea deals with federal prosecutors could be a benchmark for dozens of other cases in which Capitol rioters are charged with attacking police, the AP reports. An attorney for Scott Kevin Fairlamb, a former mixed martial arts fighter who owned Fairlamb Fit gym in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, said prosecutors are seeking a sentencing guideline range of about 3½ to 4½ years in prison. Later Friday, the same judge in Washington, DC, ordered Devlyn Thompson jailed in Seattle after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer with a dangerous weapon, a baton. Thompson, 28, had been free since the riot. Fairlamb, 44, whose brother is a Secret Service agent, was one of the first rioters to breach the Capitol after others smashed windows using riot shields and kicked out a locked door, federal prosecutors said.

After leaving the building, Fairlamb harassed a line of police officers, shouting in their faces and blocking them, prosecutors wrote in a filing. A video shows him holding a collapsible baton and shouting, “What (do) patriots do? We f****** disarm them and then we storm the f****** Capitol!” US District Judge Royce Lamberth set sentencing for Sept. 27 for both Thompson and Fairlamb, who has been jailed since his Jan. 22 arrest. Thompson wasn’t arrested after he was charged last month with one count of assaulting a Metropolitan Police officer. His attorneys said in a filing that he has autism spectrum disorder. They cited that as a reason for keeping him out of jail while awaiting sentencing. It wasn’t immediately clear what prosecutors estimate the sentencing guidelines should be for Thompson. Fairlamb’s involvement in the riot has “eviscerated large parts of his life,” his attorney said. “He has lost his business. The mortgage on his home where he lives with his wife is in peril. And he has been publicly disgraced.”

Sympathy?

Not for these worthless individuals….personally I do not think there sentences are harsh enough….

Ruined his life?

There is a price for stupidity…..just needs to be harder.

THis slug is trying to use the defense of ignorance for his actions (seems to be a common thread for these worthless lumps)

Smacking down an insurrectionist’s claim that he didn’t know the Capitol was off limits, federal prosecutors are requesting jail time for the man they say remains “proud of his participation” in the events of Jan. 6.

Robert Reeder, of Maryland, pleaded guilty in June to a misdemeanor count of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. But his attorney took issue with language in the agreement, saying his client “wanted to establish for the record that he didn’t force his way into the Capitol and ‘did not realize he couldn’t enter,'” according to a report from WUSA9, Washington’s CBS affiliate.

Prosecutors responded in a sentencing memo filed Friday requesting that Reeder serve two months in jail, calling his claims “divorced from reality.”

“The defendant would ask the court to believe that despite being tear gassed and shot with pepper balls, he was simply unaware that entry into the Capitol was prohibited at the time,” prosecutors wrote. “A clear message must be sent to this defendant that he is being held responsible for all of his illegal conduct during the riots. Tellingly, (Reeder) continues to minimize his conduct…as an ‘accidental tourist with a phone trying to document everything.’ … The defendant chose to stand among the crowd and record as they yelled ‘Hang Mike Pence.'”

(rawstory.com)

“Accidental tourist” my ass!

This moron went to DC for the express purpose that was committed….I say BBQ his ass with the maximum punishment….let him whine awhile in prison.

DOJ has issued a warning for this month…..

The Department of Homeland Security is raising the alarm. There’s a growing trend of calls for violence from conspiracy theorists who want former president Donald Trump reinstated, the agency said in a bulletin sent to state and local authorities. The Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, an event preceded by similar online activity, has them spooked, ABC News reports. The warning isn’t tied to any specific threat, the DHS said, but they’re following online discussions among extremists.

False claims about the 2020 election have been spiking recently, fueled in part by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell who has said he expects Trump to retake the presidency in August, the Daily Beast reports. Lindell said recently on Steve Bannon’s podcast that he thinks his argument is so persuasive that President Joe Biden will just resign. Although some of the online chatter references the Jan. 6 attack, DHS called the threat “modest,” CNN reports.

There has been chatter about 13 August and the day draws near….

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