06Jan21–What To Expect

The Georgia election and the the theater of the absurd in the Congress…..

Today is the big day….the day when idiots will try to shanghai the Constitution and attempt to not certify the Biden win of the presidency.

But what can we expect from the Congress/

By now, everyone knows the drill: Congress meets Wednesday to formally certify the electoral college results, with VP Mike Pence scheduled to preside. This is normally routine stuff, with the joint session lasting all of 23 minutes in 2013 and 41 minutes in 2017, notes CBS News. But the 2021 version is expected to last all day and possibly into the wee hours of Thursday morning because of Republican objections on behalf of President Trump. Coverage:

  • The schedule: Congress convenes at 1pm Eastern, and Republicans are expected to challenge the results in six states (Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin), per NBC News. Each objection can be debated up to two hours, meaning it’s possible the session will go longer than 12 hours.
  • The process: States are called one by one, alphabetically. If things follow the normal procedure, a clerk will hand Pence an envelope with the state’s electoral vote count, and he will read it aloud, explains the Washington Post. Congress then votes on whether to accept the results.
  • Objections: For the six states in question, one member from the House and one from the Senate must raise an objection for a challenge to proceed. At that point, the chambers break off to separately debate it. Then each chamber votes on whether to sustain the objection, with a simple majority prevailing, per NPR. It’s possible an objection might clear the Senate, though it’s all but impossible in the Democratic-controlled House. Because an objection must clear both chambers to succeed, the effort is widely seen as a futile one for Trump’s allies.
  • So far: As of Tuesday, we know this of the GOP senators: Ted Cruz will object to Arizona’s results, Josh Hawley to Pennsylvania’s, and Kelly Loeffler to Georgia’s, reports the Post.
  • Pence’s role: President Trump and his allies think otherwise, but an explainer at New York concludes that Pence doesn’t have the power to override results in favor of the president. “According to law and precedent, Pence is confined to the merely administrative chore of opening the certifications state elected officials have sent to Congress, arranging for their tabulation and then noting any challenges to a given state’s announced electors from members of Congress.”

There you have what to expect today…….more on this Day of Infamy next post.

Let the circus begin!

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What Is Happening To The GOP?

This GOP is not the party that my grandfather supporter back in the 50s…..since the mid 60s it has been moving further and further away from the policies it supported back in the day.

But has Trump done anything to make the GOP a stronger party?

I say no….the reason is just watch the party nowadays….they do not seem to jump to defend the president…..only a few sycophants.

Politico reporter Jake Sherman explained in a PBS “Washington Week” discussion that it has become clear Republicans aren’t defending Trump anymore.

“Republicans have just basically decided, as we put it in Playbook, almost to just pat him on the head – Pres. Trump that is – and move on with their day. They’re no longer really twisting themselves in pretzels to defend him,” Sherman said Sunday.

Instead, they’re replying to reporters asking questions with, “we didn’t really see that” or claiming they need more information. While they still haven’t moved to be brave enough to criticize Trump, refusing to defend him is a huge step for Republicans who protected the president from a legitimate impeachment investigation.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/republicans-have-decided-they-arent-twisting-themselves-in-pretzels-to-defend-trump-anymore-report/

First I would not get too excited at this lack of defense….some of those are facing stiff elections and will do what they can to look as if they are showing some spine….they will slip back if they win.

Second there is another worrying situation within the GOP….those ultra far right candidates….

Openly fascistic candidates are gaining ground within the Republican Party, which is moving ever further to the right even as the working class and large sections of the middle class move to the left, as expressed in the demonstrations against the police murder of George Floyd.

In Georgia’s Republican primary election June 9, a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy campaign was the leading candidate for the party’s nomination in the 14th Congressional District, a seat held by Republican Tom Graves, who stepped down after five terms in office. The district, which comprises the northwest corner of Georgia, along the Alabama and Tennessee borders, is considered a safe Republican seat.

Marjorie Taylor Greene, co-owner of a local construction company, won 41 percent of the vote, more than double the vote of her closest competitor, John Cowan, a neurosurgeon and businessman. Greene is heavily favored to win the August 11 runoff election.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/15/repu-j15.html

Like I said…..worrying situation for a once proud party that is sinking into the muck and mire of far right politics.

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Still Steaming After All These Days

Donald the Orange is still steaming over the anemic response to his rally in Tulsa…..

The limp dick response was a perfect metaphor for the Trump presidency……but days after the fact he is still pissing and moaning……….

President Trump’s weekend rally in Tulsa did not go as planned, with a post-mortem in Politico going so far as to use the word “debacle” to describe it. Much of the negative attention is focused on campaign chief Brad Parscale, who boasted beforehand of more than 1 million requests for tickets, a far cry from the official turnout estimate of 6,200 at the downtown arena on Saturday. A sample of the fallout:

  • ‘Fox & Friends’: The usually supportive Trump show didn’t have much good to say about the rally Monday, notes Mediaite. “I don’t know who thought it was a good idea to put 20,000 people in a room with masks optional,” said co-host Steve Doocy, referring to the arena’s capacity. In fairness, added Brian Kilmeade, “as experienced as anyone is, no one has ever been through a campaign with a pandemic and civil unrest, two things out of control of Democrats and Republicans.”
  • Parscale: CNN reports that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are angry at Parscale for raising expectations too high, though the couple denies it publicly. The story quotes another adviser, anonymously, who says of Parscale and his team: “They gave adversaries and media a gift. It was overconfidence.”
  • TikTok stunt: As has been widely reported, users of TikTok have claimed credit for making bogus ticket reservations, but the true impact of that stunt is “complicated,” per an analysis in the Washington Post. It notes that both the Trump campaign and critics of Trump think the TikTok impact has been exaggerated. From the latter camp: “You’re giving way too much credit to people on social media and not nearly enough blame on Trump’s failure of a campaign for this one,” declared writer Parker Malloy. Parscale, for his part, blamed the low turnout on the media for “apocalyptic” coverage and local police for overreacting to protests and keeping supporters away.
  • Now what? Plans for future “mega-rallies” are now up in the air, according to the Politico analysis. An alternative might be smaller rallies at outdoor venues such as airports or amphitheaters. Lost in all this was that the rally was supposed to be “the kickoff in a sustained effort to sow doubt about (Joe) Biden’s capacity to be president.”
  • Trump: The New York Times has a behind-the-scenes account of rally day. One snippet: “The president, who had been warned aboard Air Force One that the crowds at the arena were smaller than expected, was stunned, and he yelled at aides backstage while looking at the endless rows of empty blue seats in the upper bowl of the stadium, according to four people familiar with what took place.” The Trump team was still dissecting the causes for the turnout, but they acknowledged (anonymously) that coronavirus fears and slipping poll numbers were at play, according to the story.

Another Trumpite will bite the dust…..

“Brad really shit the bed Saturday night. You have to remember, execution is 95% of presidential politics,” the Republican said.

Parscale may not be the only advisor to be ousted.

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/06/trumps-campaign-manager-is-planning-to-step-down-following-disastrous-tulsa-rally-vanity-fair/

His face says it all…a metaphor for his presidency…..

(photo by Patrick Semansky)

(Poor baby….Daddy got crapped on)

For me it is a great day when Americans shun an idiot….and in closing how about  Eric Clapton/Sheryl Crow rendition of Don Williams hit…Tulsa Time…..

“lego ergo scribo”

The Rally To Die For

Yesterday Donald the Orange had his long awaited rally…..and is it truly a rally to die for?

News ahead of the rally was not promising…..

President Trump’s campaign says six staff members helping set up for his Saturday night rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have tested positive for coronavirus, the AP reports. The campaign’s communications director, Tim Murtaugh, said in a statement that “quarantine procedures” were immediately initiated and no staff member who tested positive would attend the event. He said no one who had immediate contact with those staffers would attend, either. Murtaugh said campaign staff members are tested for COVID-19 as part of the campaign’s safety protocols. Campaign officials say everyone who is attending the rally will be given temperature checks before they pass through security. They will also be given masks to wear, if they want, and hand sanitizer at the 19,000-seat BOK Center.

The rally has gone into the history books and it was a disappointing turnout for Donald the Orange….I watched so you do not have to bother with this stuff…..

President Trump’s rally in Oklahoma Saturday night is believed to be the biggest indoor event in the US since coronavirus restrictions began—but it wasn’t quite as big as expected. There were thousands of empty seats at Tulsa’s 19,000-capacity BOK Center, though the campaign said it had received more than a million ticket requests, the Guardian reports. Trump, who spoke for almost two hours, described COVID-19 testing as a “double-edged sword.” “When you do testing to that extent … you’re going to find more cases,” he said. “So I said to my people, slow the testing down please.” A White House official later said the president, who was holding his first rally in three months, was “obviously kidding.” More:

Trump blamed protesters for turnout. Health officials warned that the rally would cause a surge in coronavirus infections—and six staff members who helped set the rally up tested positive earlier in the day—but Trump appeared to blame the turnout on protesters and the media. There were “very bad people outside, they’re doing bad things,” he said in his opening remarks. There were “some volatile scenes outside the venue but no serious trouble,” reports the BBC. Plans for Trump to address an outside “overflow area” were dropped. AP reporters said they did not see protesters block entry to the area where the rally was being held.

Familiar targets. Politico reports that Trump attacked plenty of “familiar targets” during his speech, including Joe Biden, the media, and the Washington, DC “swamp.” He referred to the coronavirus as the “China Virus” and the “Kung Flu.” He also slammed the “unhinged left wing mob” he said was “desecrating our monuments, our beautiful monuments.” “They want to demolish our heritage so they can impose their new oppressive regime in its place,” he said. Trump also called for the burning of the US flag to be made illegal

AOC: Trump was tricked by teens. Rep, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—another Trump target—poked fun at the Trump campaign over the disappointing turnout, Fox reports. “You just got ROCKED by teens on TikTok who flooded the Trump campaign w/ fake ticket reservations & tricked you into believing a million people wanted your white supremacist open mic enough to pack an arena during COVID,” she tweeted after campaign chief Brad Parscale said “radical protesters fueled by a week of apocalyptic coverage” stopped Trump supporters entering the venue.

He spoke about West Point for 14 minutes. The Washington Post reports that Trump spent more than 14 minutes—around an eighth of his speech—discussing his speech at West Point last weekend and complaining about how the media covered his slow walk down a ramp and his use of two hands to drink a glass of water. After he demonstrated that he could drink a glass of water with one hand, the crowd cheered and chanted “Four more years!”

Fact-checkers were busy. CNN fact-checks numerous statements from Trump’s speech, including his claim that Biden apologized for criticizing his China travel restrictions.

“Brief skirmishes.” Police say there were “brief skirmishes” and pepper balls were fired after Trump supporters leaving the rally clashed with protesters, but things remained largely peaceful, the Tulsa World reports

All I can say is that the rally was a Trump-centric piece of theater….a rambling collage of words and excuses….and as usual there were is adoring fans drooling on themselves…can you image that a group would be so impressed by a person drinking water with one had?

“lego ergo scribo”

House Impeachment Hearing–Day 1

As a service to my readers I will offer summary of the day’s proceedings dealing with the impeachment hearing in the House for Pres. Trump…..

The moment has arrived: The public phase of the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump began on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Democrat Adam Schiff declared at the start of the hearing that the “future of the presidency itself” is at stake, while Republican Devin Nunes called the hearings a “carefully orchestrated smear campaign.” The first two witnesses were William Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. Some highlights:

  • Another phone call: In a new piece of information, Taylor testified that a member of his staff overheard Trump ask about the “the investigations” during a phone call with diplomat Gordon Sondland, reports the AP. The call took place one day after Trump’s call to the Ukraine president in July. (Sondland and the Taylor staffer were in a restaurant together when Trump called.) During the conversation, Sondland told Trump the Ukrainians were poised to move forward. After the call, the Taylor staffer asked Sondland what Trump thought about Ukraine. “Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden, which (Rudy) Giuliani was pressing for,” said Taylor, per Axios.
  • More on that: Politico sees the call as “an explosive new detail,” and the Washington Post agrees, saying it ties Trump “more directly to the effort to pressure Ukraine to probe his political opponents.” Plus, it undermines Trump’s previous assertion that he barely knows Sondland. A post at Red State, though, scoffs at the idea this is significant. “Under any other circumstances a staffer claiming to have heard what a remote participant on a telephone call said in a private phone call would be laughed at,” it reads. “This kind of nonsense would not be allowed before any committee that still had a sense of shame.”
  • Trump denial: During a press conference with Turkey’s president after their Oval Office meeting, Trump denied knowledge of the overheard call. “I know nothing about that,” he said, per the AP. “First time I’ve heard it.”
  • Star witness? Taylor disputed the idea put forth by GOP Rep. Jim Jordan that he was a “star witness” for Democrats, reports the Hill. “I don’t consider myself a star witness for anything,” he said. “I’m not here to take one side or the other.” When Taylor said his “clear understanding” was that Ukraine aid and investigations were linked, Jordan shot back, “Your clear understanding was obviously wrong, because it didn’t happen.”
  • GOP strategy: In questioning Taylor about Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, GOP lead counsel Steve Castor said, “You certainly can appreciate that President Trump was very concerned that some elements of the Ukrainian establishment were not in favor of him, did not support him, and were out to get him.” Schiff warned Castor about commenting on “facts not in evidence,” but eventually allowed the question, reports the Washington Post. “So you certainly can appreciate President Trump’s concerns,” repeated Castor to Taylor, who responded, “I don’t know the exact nature of President Trump’s concerns.”

*******Let me help my readers out….the timeline for the aid thing….

THE TIMELINE July 18: Trump withholds military aid July 25: Trump demands Biden probe from Ukraine Sept 1: Sondland tells Ukraine aid contingent on probe Sept 9: Congress learns of whistleblower report exposing bribery scheme Sept 11: Military aid is magically released********

  • About Biden: When Kent was asked if there was any truth to the theory that Joe Biden pushed Ukraine to fire a prosecutor in order to protect his son, he answered, “None whatsoever,” per the Wall Street Journal. However, Kent confirmed that he reported his concerns about Hunter Biden serving on the board of a Ukraine gas company as a possible conflict of interest during the Obama-Biden administration.
  • More from Kent: He shot down the conspiracy theory, one pushed by the White House, that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 election. “I think it’s amply clear that Russian interference was at the heart of the interference.”
  • Opening statements: Kent’s opening statement is here, Taylor’s is here, Nunes’ is here, and Schiff’s is here.
  • A ‘sham’: Before the hearings began, Trump lashed out in a series of morning tweets. “Millions of Americans will see what a partisan sham this whole thing is,” Trump wrote, quoting Rush Limbaugh. Trump also called out “NEVER TRUMPERS!” For the record, both witnesses denied they were “never Trumpers” during testimony. Trump later retweeted a number of Republican tweets denouncing the inquiry, and retweeted a White House tweet declaring, “New hoax. Same swamp.”
  • “Shadow war”: The AP reports a “shadow disinformation war” was already underway before the hearing began, and rounds up the intense social media scrutiny of the proceedings.
  • Was the POTUS tuning in? Trump told reporters during his meeting with Erdogan that he wasn’t watching the proceedings, a statement he reiterated later during their press conference. “I hear it’s a joke. I haven’t watched for one minute because I’ve been with the president” of Turkey, he said. He added that he wants to know the identity of the whistleblower whose complaint launched the impeachment inquiry.
  • As for the whistleblower: Schiff had said earlier Wednesday the House Intelligence Committee would take up a motion to issue a congressional subpoena to compel the whistleblower to appear behind closed doors, but ultimately that motion was tabled after Taylor and Kent finished testifying. Their testimony lasted five hours.
  • What’s next: Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was ousted in May on Trump’s orders, will testify Friday. Next week will see eight more witnesses testifying.
  • Takeaways from Wednesday: The AP has a few here.

THe GOP on the committee did just as I said they would….tried to turn the hearing into a circus staffed with clowns…..Nunes did not disappoint…..Jordan did not disappoint……the GOP has nothing to counter the evidence other than wanting a whistleblower’s name….that tells me the evidence must be spot on if they cannot counter it.

The first day is in the can….now we have a whole day for the MSM to analyze and the pundits to earn their money…..hearing to return Friday.

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Rudy–Everyone’s Crazy Uncle Bob

Nudge nudge, wink wink, Bob’s your uncle.

No matter which side of the debate your are on we have to admit that Trump’s lawyer Rudy is acting and sounding like your crazy Uncle Bob…you know the one….he is the one that has an opinion on everything and is loud and usually wrong.

But is Rudy still Trump’s personal lawyer?  The question for the week……..

Rudy Giuliani remains in the hot seat over his dealings in Ukraine for President Trump, with a reported federal investigation into his lobbying and his role in undermining the ex-American ambassador to Ukraine. Now, President Trump is not only saying he doesn’t know the two Giuliani associates who were arrested this week for campaign finance violations—he doesn’t even seem 100% sure what role Giuliani still plays in his sphere. As the president left the White House Friday to head to a rally in Louisiana, a reporter asked him if Giuliani was still his personal attorney, and Trump waffled a bit. “Well, I don’t know, I haven’t spoken to Rudy,” he responded. “I spoke to him yesterday briefly, uh, he’s a very good attorney, and he has been my attorney, yeah, sure.”

That’s all he said on that, but the Washington Post notes Giuliani had a more definitive answer. “Yes. I am still his attorney,” the ex-New York City mayor texted to the paper’s Josh Dawsey. A source said to be close to Trump’s legal team tells CNN that Giuliani is indeed still the president’s lawyer, but that he won’t be handling anything involving Ukraine. Giuliani’s own words to the news outlet: “There are no Ukraine issues. I finished that in March. I’m still representing him.” The White House declined to comment on the whole matter. Meanwhile, sources tell Politico that others in Trump’s sphere want Giuliani out of there, his “long-winded monologues” and “freewheeling accusations” a liability to the president. “Rudy Giuliani needs to stop talking,” an ex-campaign official says.

But The Donald does not sound so sure of it……

I hear people say that Rudy has been driven to these antics because of his failed presidential attempt……he had put all the goodwill of being the mayor of NYC on 9/11 and it was not enough…he was rudderless after that….

But I do not agree…I think he has always been a nut case he just has the chance now to make it more pronounced…..and to display his nutcase wisdom.

And I am not alone in this thought…..

I will be the hero! These morons—when this is over, I will be the hero…. Anything I did should be praised.”

These are the words of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, speaking of the government operative who leaked information about the president’s conversations with the Ukrainian president that has led to impeachment proceedings. Out of context, they appear to be narcissistic ravings. In context, they are just another installment of the constant refrain Americans are used to hearing from the president’s lead defender. No matter how unhinged Giuliani sounds in one interview, the cameras go back to him again and again.

The regular media meltdowns have almost become a real-time comedy for US news consumers, although it has all taken a serious turn. He’s now the focus of the impeachment probes as well; two of his associates were recently arrested.

US media are asking: How could this happen? How did a two-term mayor of a major city, previously a famous federal prosecutor, and someone thought to be a future president, once lauded for reducing crime in New York City and serving as a rallying figure after the World Trade Center attacks, turn into such a primetime clown of the Trump era? How could a crime fighter become the center of criminal intrigue?

Actually, Rudy Giuliani Has Always Been Like This

He has always thought the country owes him something for being the mayor of NYC on 9/11……

We owe him NOTHING!  He is getting a feee ride on the taxpayer dime.  Debt paid!

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Military Gets Politicized (Again)

On the trip to Japan Our Beloved Supreme Leader (accusation not confirmed) wanted the ship USS McCain hidden from view……(My post) https://lobotero.com/2019/05/31/uss-john-mccain/

Personally, I feel that our military is too much in the news as a political tool of sorts…..

The Pentagon has told the White House to stop politicizing the military, amid a furor over a Trump administration order to have the Navy ship named for the late US Sen. John McCain hidden from view during President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Japan, the AP reports. A senior Trump aide scoffed at the idea that anyone working for the White House might be punished, saying, “We think it’s much ado about nothing.” A US defense official said Patrick Shanahan, Trump’s acting defense chief, is also considering sending out formal guidance to military units in order to avoid similar problems in the future. Shanahan confirmed details about a Navy email that said the White House military office wanted the USS John McCain kept “out of sight” when Trump was in Japan about a week ago.

This was all too petty to be taken seriously….and then the email came to light……

The internal Navy email came to light last week, triggering a storm of outrage. Trump, who long feuded with McCain, has said he knew nothing about the request, but added that “somebody did it because they thought I didn’t like him, OK? And they were well-meaning, I will say.” Shanahan told reporters traveling with him to South Korea on Sunday that he is not planning to seek an investigation by the Pentagon’s internal watchdog into the matter “because there was nothing carried out” by the Navy. He added that he still needs to gather more information about exactly what happened and what service members did. “How did the people receiving the information—how did they treat it,” Shanahan said. “That would give me an understanding on the next steps” to take.

This is a prime example of using the military as a political tool……but not many of the sycophants that work in the Trump White House take this seriously……

Asking the US Navy to conceal a ship named after three generations of American war heroes to avoid potentially irritating the president was “not an unreasonable thing,” according to Mick Mulvaney. The acting White House chief of staff told NBC‘s Meet the Press Sunday that it was “probably someone on the advance team” from the White House that asked the Navy to keep the USS John McCain out of sight during President Trump’s visit to a naval base in Japan last week. “The fact that some 23 or 24-year-old person on the advance team went to that site and said ‘Oh my goodness, there’s the John McCain, we all know how the president feels about the former senator, maybe that’s not the best backdrop, can somebody look into moving it?’ That’s not an unreasonable thing,” Mulvaney argued.

Host Chuck Todd (not one of my favorites) apparently couldn’t believe Mulvaney was trying to defend the request, Slate reports. “Seriously?” he asked. Mulvaney went on to say the person responsible for the request, which the Navy confirmed on Sunday, would not be fired. “The president’s feeling towards the former senator are well known,” he said. “They are well known throughout the office, they are well known in the media, but to think you’re gonna get fired over this is silly.” Later, on Fox News Sunday, Mulvaney said nobody would even be disciplined over the “minor issue.” The USS John McCain, originally named after Sen. John McCain’s father and grandfather, both Navy admirals, was rededicated last year to include the late senator.

This whole affair is just silly and a bit pathetic. But then that describes this administration to a tee.

Find His Way Back Home

Closing Thought–13May19

Rudy Giuliani is a political HACK……Americ’s Mayor is a JOKE!

The MSM has shown that it is about as predictable as I have been saying for decades.

The MSM likes to drive the news cycle…..and Rudy gave them the perfect opportunity to make the news for us mere mortals……

President Trump’s personal lawyer says he is urging Ukraine to open investigations that could benefit Trump politically in the United States. Rudy Giuliani used Twitter on Friday to explain his rationale for planning a trip to Kiev to push for two investigations, the AP reports. One is the origin of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference.

The other is the involvement of 2020 rival Joe Biden’s son in a gas company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch. Giuliani wrote to Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy to “explain to me why Biden shouldn’t be investigated,” and accused Democrats of interfering. Democrats rushed to denounce Giuliani. Rep. Jerrod Nadler said American politics were in “a sorry state” if the president’s lawyer was seeking foreign interference. Giuliani’s trip was first reported by the New York Times.

A Trump lackey pounding his chest as if he was something important…he is not…he is an enabler and the worse mouthpiece EVER!

President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani says it’s his right to travel to Ukraine to “defend” his client — to try to push for investigations that he thinks could be “very helpful” to the president. The New York Times first reported Giuliani’s travel plans — he told the Times that he plans to ask Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to look into the origins of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, as well as former Vice President Joe Biden’s son’s past connections to the country.

He said there’s “nothing illegal” about his effort to pursue probes in Ukraine, since he is not trying to carry out foreign policy initiatives on behalf of the administration.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/rudy-giuliani-defends-ukraine-trip-to-help-defend-trump/

But wait!

Rudy has a change of heart!

Speaking with Fox News’ Shannon Bream on Friday night, President Donald Trump‘s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he is not going to the Ukraine after all.

Giuliani told Bream that in order to avoid any political suggestion, “I will step back and just watch it unfold.”

Bream then asked if that meant “no trip on Sunday” and no trip to the Ukraine.

Giuliani said that it did.

Rudy Giuliani Says He’s Not Going to the Ukraine

Rudy NEVER intended on going to the Ukraine….he was trying to change the calculus of the news cycle and the networks bit…..

I have been telling you that the MSM only reports on stuff that they want…not the news and Rudy is living proof.

Rudy got what he wanted…..control of at least one news cycle…..to change the focus…..and he succeeded.

Sideshow Of The Day

I have been watching and writing about politics and such for more years than I care to remember and I can say without flinching that yesterday was the biggest clusterf*ck I have ever witnessed.

Yes Irene I watched the congressional hearings with the AG yesterday….and I went through a wide array of emotional reactions from pity to disgust to amazement…..To me Barr looked and sounded like a defense attorney and that is NOT his job…..but others saw different things during the course of the day…….

These are the early reports……

  • “I’m not really sure of his reasoning,” Barr said of Mueller’s obstruction analysis, which neither accused the president of a crime nor exonerated him. “I think that if he felt that he shouldn’t go down the path of making a traditional prosecutive decision then he shouldn’t have investigated. That was the time to pull up.”
  • The Guardian reports Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked Barr about the exchange detailed in the Mueller report where Trump instructed White House counsel Don McGahn to have Mueller pulled from his post and then deny it. Barr said this doesn’t add up to obstruction because he wasn’t solely saying to have Mueller fired, but to have him fired due to conflicts of interest (in which case a new special counsel would be named).
  • Barr said that after receiving a letter from Mueller that criticized Barr’s four-page letter about the report as “not fully captur[ing] the context, nature, and substance” of the special counsel’s “work and conclusions,” Barr called him. He says Mueller told him “he was not suggesting that we had misrepresented his report.”
  • The Washington Post reports Barr was asked by Sen. John Cornyn about whether the Steele dossier could be an element in a Russian disinformation campaign, and he allowed that it’s possible. “That is one of the areas that I’m reviewing and I’m concerned about it, and I don’t think it’s entirely speculative,” Barr said.
  • Barr repeated that he would have “no objection” to Mueller testifying, but that it would be the president’s “call” as to whether McGahn should testify due to his knowledge of “privileged matters.”
  • Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono launched an aggressive line of questioning against the attorney general, asserting he hadn’t been honest with Congress and calling on him to resign. Hirono also asked Barr if it was OK for a president to ask one of his aides to lie, referencing the report’s examination of whether Trump obstructed justice. When Barr equivocated, Hirono grew angry, saying, “Mr. attorney general, please give us some credit for knowing what the hell is going on right now.” Graham shot back: “You have slandered this man from top to bottom.” Barr himself chimed in, asking “How did we get to this point?”
  • Barr said he didn’t exonerate the president because that’s not the job of the Justice Department. “I didn’t exonerate. I said that we didn’t believe that there was sufficient evidence to establish an obstruction offense. … The job of the Justice Department is now over. That determines whether or not there is a crime. The report is now in the hands of the American people. Everyone can decide for themselves: There’s an election in 18 months.”
  • The Post reports that what might be Barr’s “most robust defense of Trump of the day” came during questioning by Sen. Marsha Blackburn. He said he thinks the evidence demonstrates Trump was “falsely accused of colluding with the Russians and accused of being treasonous and accused of being a Russian agent” but that “to listen to some of the rhetoric, you would think the Mueller report found the opposite.”
  • During her questioning of Barr, Sen. Kamala Harris accused him of failing to review the evidence before deciding not to charge Trump with obstruction of justice. After the hearing, she told reporters “yes” when asked whether she thought Barr should resign, CNN reports. “No prosecutor worth her salt would make a decision on whether (the president) was involved in obstruction of justice without reviewing the evidence,” she said. “This Attorney General lacks all credibility and I think has compromised the public’s ability to believe he is a purveyor of justice.” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand also called on Barr to resign, per the Washington Post.
  • CNN also notes that during his questioning by Sen. Cory Booker, Barr appeared to be unaware that Trump’s campaign chairman sent internal polls to a Russian oligarch.
  • As Graham wrapped up the hearing, he said he would invite Mueller to speak to the committee, if needed, to clarify any of Barr’s testimony.
  • The Post has four early takeaways here.
  • More from the AP: The airing of disagreements over the handling of the report was notable given the highly secretive nature of the special counsel’s investigation and the public appearance for at least most of the probe that the Justice Department and Mueller’s team were unified in approach. But Barr sought to minimize the rift by suggesting the special counsel’s concerns were largely about process, not substance.

Reaction to William Barr’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee is no calmer than anything else these days. “He must resign as attorney general,” states NBC News analyst Mimi Rocah. “William Barr torched his reputation,” cries the Washington Post. On the other side: “No, Bill Barr Didn’t Lie or Mislead,” per the National Review. Much of the discussion revolves around a letter from Robert Mueller criticizing Barr’s four-page summary of the special counsel’s report, revealed Tuesday night. What does Barr have to say about that? Did he lie in testimony last month when he said, “I don’t know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion”? The real head-turner was likely Barr’s characterization of Mueller’s letter as “snitty.” Let’s start with that:

  • “Barr seemed to be admitting, finally, that the letter was what it was: a diplomatically worded but pretty direct rebuke of him and his actions,” writes Aaron Blake in the Washington Post. “…If only Barr had provided that fuller picture from the beginning.”
  • “It’s true that Barr could have revealed the Mueller letter in this exchange, but he also might have considered their back-and-forth private (although the letter was clearly written to leak),” writes Rich Lowry at the National Review.
  • Barr “was clearly peeved, even defiant, at the criticism that his actions had played a distorting role in molding the narrative of the Mueller report in a way that benefited his boss,” per the New York Times.
  • “William Barr can no longer effectively serve as the attorney general of the United States,” writes Rocah at NBC News. “…We should expect and demand objectively, neutrality, honesty and integrity from our top law enforcement official.”
  • Barr said President Trump told White House counsel Don McGahn to remove Mueller over alleged conflict of interest, which differs from a “firing”: “That’s slicing the onion very, very thinly,” writes Chris Cillizza at CNN.
  • “There’s no great mystery about what Attorney General William Barr did Wednesday,” writes Andrew Cohen at Rolling Stone. “…[He] spent hours spinning like a defense attorney with his client’s liberty on the line.”
  • Barr “spent five hours Wednesday attempting to lay waste to the central findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month investigation, taking cutting—sometimes personal—swipes at the man he once described as a friend, and cementing his alliance with President Donald Trump,” per Politico.
  • On Barr’s apparent surprise that Mueller punted on obstruction charges: “I was not surprised” by Barr’s surprise, Ken Starr tells Fox News, per Yahoo. “That was Bob Mueller’s job. And why Bob Mueller did not bite the bullet and come to that decision remains a bit of a mystery.”

The only thing today’s hearing did was illustrate just how badly broken the system is and how badly it needs a major upgrade so that the nation can get back to a nation of laws and sanity…those two characteristics are sadly missing in today’s government.

I originally gave Barr a chance to redeem himself and act like the AG of the nation but instead he sound like a 5th grader trying not to answer a question without answering a question……I said he was a crony or lackey of the prez and that he had done his part to help Trump and that it was time for him to resign…I stand by that thought.

May I add…it was a bloody mess and a bloody comedy in progress.  To watch the top attorney of the nation to sit and look like a deer in the headlights when asked a question was just too perfect to be believed…..

Turn The Page!

“They Are Coming For Your Hamburgers”!

Closing Thought–05Mar19

Today we celebrate Mardi Gras and the beginning of Lent tomorrow……I use to give up watermelon for it was out of season anyway….but globalization crapped on that excuse….so now I give up liver for I refuse to eat it anyway.

Now onto more important stuff!

CPAC was last week and not a better SNL sketch than the president’s 2 hour ramble that some call a speech……he was unhinged and babbling like a demented toad……but that was not the best part of the CPAC gathering…….that’s right someone was more moronic than the president……

It was when that slug of a pundit Seb Gorka of FOX News fame compared the Green New Deal as some sort of Stalinist dream…..and he got thunderous applause from the mental midgets that attended his talk…….

Threatening to take away a Californian’s In-N-Out burger? That’s the kind of thing that could change minds, sway elections and maybe even turn a blue state red.

Sebastian Gorka, a former Trump aide, is well aware of America’s bipartisan passion for ground beef, and he played into that love affair during his fiery speech on Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference:

‘They want to take your pickup truck, they want to rebuild your home, they want to take away your hamburgers. This is what Stalin dreamt about but never achieved.’ Sebastian Gorka

Fact-check: Joseph Stalin, according to Russiapedia, once sent a top Russian official to America to study the development of the U.S. economy. Inspired by hamburgers, he came back and launched the mass production of meat patties.

Oh there is more……

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/ocasio-cortez-like-stalin-is-coming-for-your-hamburger-warns-former-trump-aide-gorka-2019-02-28

Want more?

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/yw8xdg/posts-conservatives-are-bizarrely-claiming-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-wants-to-take-your-burger-away

The conservs wasted NO time attacking AOC and her station…..

The right-wing media pounced, bleating that Ocasio-Cortez wanted to rip hamburgers from Americans’ hands. Then, last week, it seemed she was caught red meat–handed: Republican strategist Caleb Hull tweeted a picture of Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, eating a hamburger. The hypocrisy was supposedly self-evident.

Ocasio-Cortez’s communications director, Corbin Trent, calls this claim “absurd,” noting that the Green New Deal doesn’t call for banning meat. “We want to restart America’s industrial capacity, revitalize economic growth, and ensure America’s leading in the development of new, bourgeoning green energy industries,” he told me. “That’s what the focus of the Green New Deal is. Not to take way anyone’s right to eat cheeseburgers.” Ocasio-Cortez, speaking to The New Yorker’s David Remnick last week, argued that “it’s hard for the Republicans to refute the actual policy on its substance. They resort to mythologizing it on a ludicrous level.”

https://newrepublic.com/article/153187/potency-republicans-hamburger-lie

I get it…the conservs are scared of AOC and the Green New Deal…..they are in opposition….but what do they offer as an alternative?

They have NOTHING!

All they can offer is stale old fearmongering from the 1950s….and yet 40% of the population will say they support Trump and as batcrap crazy people over actual ideas to solve some of our problems.

As you have read Stalin never wanted your hamburgers and neither does AOC……it is morons spreading manure…it is what they do best.