This just in from aisle 3 at Food Lion:
- Pregnant Gwen calls off Wedding!
- Hillary Fleeing Country to Escape Jail!
This is incredible news as Hillary was reported near death just last week and Gwen looked pretty happy in the ad for The Voice on TV, which I now have mixed feeling as the producer of the show is the same as The Apprentice and didn’t release any of the tapes from that show, which reportedly showed Donald Trump saying much worse things than “Grab her by the pussy.”
A buddy of mine who sends me “funny” emails and the occasional rub-your-face-in-it anti-Hillary anti-Obama stuff sent me the headline, “Federal Scientist cooked climate change books ahead of Obama Presentation.”
I googled the headline and the first three references were: Fox News, RT (Russian Television), and NewsMax. None of these outlets like Obama, the Clintons, or the Democratic Party. After three pages of looking I found only unknown websites and no credible news agencies reporting this story. Typically, you can find a kernel of fact behind these assertions. During the election a person told me that they heard George Soros, a Dem supporter and frequent target of malicious stories from sources similar to what I’ve mentioned above, had something to do with throwing election results in some states. Sure enough there were articles saying Soros was involved in tampering with 9 or 11 states elections.
A quick google turned up that Soros sat on a company board in London and there was a guy who sat on the same board who had a company that helped countries and other political entities host free and fair elections. The company had not operated in the U.S. and there was no evidence or suggestion that Soros even knew what this guy and his company did. As far as the stuff about Soros and the tampering in various state elections; it was completely made up. So why would such a story surface?
This was about the time that Operation Crosscheck was coming to light. Operation Crosscheck was a Republican led effort to eliminate people from voting rolls. It compared first and last names of people on voting rolls in various states, if the first and last name matched they were assumed to be the same person. The person was sent a postcard with tiny print on it telling them to return it or they’d be taken off the voting rolls. Whites and property owners are more likely to return official forms. Minorities, renters, and people who move a lot are less likely to do so, or to even get the notice. The program identified over 7.2 million people in 11 key states, thousands were taken off of voting rolls weeks before the election in violation of Federal Law. The Crosscheck Program used a private firm, also illegal. Can you imagine if a Democratic firm came up to the board of supervisors in a Republican held state and said, “take these people off the rolls?” But these were Republican held states, with a Republican funded company doing it. No problem.
I have to wonder was the Soros stuff to counter the bad press that hundreds of thousands of students, blacks, Hispanics, and poor people were being taken off the voting rolls in key states? Was this an “Oh yeah, see they do it too” attempt?
We know the Russians were interfering with our election. Putin is no fan of Hillary Clinton because she, as Secretary of State, called him out on his last election. An election that looked like he was going to lose some key areas. Not to worry, his supporters took handfuls of ballots and put them in the ballot boxes. She called him out on it. Do you think the new Secretary of State will do that? Would he be wearing his Medal of Friendship, the highest award given to a non Russian citizen, when he does? Not to worry. I doubt we’ll hear a peep out of him on this. How soon will Exxon/Mobil be given the green light to drill in Russia and hand billions of desperately needed cash to the Russian dictator? Time will tell.
In other related news the House passed a bill to defund and abolish the Federal committee that oversees U.S. election voting machines and ballot boxes to make sure they aren’t tampered with. Why? “We don’t need that kind of fluff.” So, now if the Russians succeed in getting into some ballot boxes, (or Republicans???) we won’t even know it. Kind of like getting rid of the agency that figured out Wells Fargo was screwing over its customers. But that’s okay, they’ve got bills that say it’s okay to screw over your customers, Let the buyer beware. I mean when six of your top level appointees are from Goldman Sachs, a company caught screwing over their clients (not illegal, just unethical) what can you expect?
All this raises an interesting question “Can a 70 year old man who has been petty, vindictive, and bullying in business suddenly change and not do so as President? South Carolina is about to find out. Donald owns a warehouse in South Carolina. He bought it from the previous owner. Apparently, the previous owner’s business failed and it created lots of toxic waste. If you own the place you gotta clean up the mess, unless you had nothing to do with it. Donald claims his company had nothing to do with it and therefore the state of South Carolina should clean it up. Let’s run Operation Crosscheck on the current owner and the previous owner shall we? Current owner: Donald J. Trump; previous owner: Donald J. Trump, Jr. We have a match! In fact according to cross check these are the same people. Well, it turns out they are father and son. For some reason South Carolina did not believe that one did not know what the other was doing and told The President of the United States that his company will have to clean it up. Naturally, because Trump Sr. is at arms length he knows nothing about this ruling. Again nothing to worry about South Carolina.
Don’t worry. Nothing to see here. Nineteen days in and Trump has gone back on most of his populist pledges, so much for doing what he said he was going to do:
- Drain the Swamp – Hire Goldman Sachs alums
- Release his taxes – public doesn’t care, so I won’t
- Stay out of my businesses – cries on Twitter that Nordstrom is unfair to his daughter for dropping her line
Why is Nordstrom dropping her line of Chinese made clothing, shoes, and accessories? Here’s an idea, they aren’t selling. Very unfair. I think I’ll go to Nordstrom and buy some stuff. Stock is up! Very unfair.
Mitch McConnell – Oh boy. Mitchie did you step in it? Maybe, maybe not. I’ll tell you one thing you just gave the Progressive Movement, women, Dems and the oppressed in this country a great slogan, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Damn, now I’m going to have to buy new t-shirts, mugs, and posters. Thanks a lot.
Why did he stop Elizabeth Warren from reading Coretta Scott King’s letter about Jeff Sessions? Yet, four white male senators took to the floor after her and read parts of the letter. There are multiple examples and videos where senators insult each other on the chamber floor yet he choose to do this to Warren? She went outside the chamber and with her back against the wall finished her remarks to a youtube audience of five million. Is it that she’s a woman? Is it that she speaks in a way that many like and makes the Republicans scared?
Lindsey Graham who I was starting to like for showing some humor and backbone speculated that she did it because she wants to run in 2020 for President. He doesn’t understand Warren, but how could he? He’s surrounded by craven spineless hussies like Marco Rubio who gave a pathetic “Can’t we all be respectful of each other?” speech. (No, Marco, look at your Republican colleagues.) Then there’s Cronyn and Hatch two well coiffed white haired all white senators who with straight faces can say some really repugnant things. I turned on CNN briefly to hear one of them babble that they didn’t need to be told of Jeff Sessions’ record because they know the man, (If you know the man then you know he’s been behind Trump’s immigration policies. Heck, he wrote the initial one. He’s been involved in blocking African Americans from equal opportunities, voting and lied about it.)
Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III was confirmed as Attorney General. He got to pick his Solicitor General. His old Alabama pal Chuck Cooper. This will be his top litigator. Remember Chuck authored Reagan’s backing of Bob Jones University ban on inter-racial dating? He lost in the Supreme Court 8-1. He authored the policy that business could fire people with AIDS even though it was known at that time that AIDS was not transmitted casually. Good times ahead!
The Supreme Court nominee met with Democratic senators. He would not answer questions directly. Wow, what a surprise. Chuck Schumer said it reminded him of when he interviewed John Roberts. Roberts was deferential and noncommittal. Once he got on the bench he headed up the Citizens United decision, which has destroyed the way our elections work. Interestingly in that case the justices were asked to rule on a very narrow question. Instead, they took the opportunity to go back to an earlier case that was “settled law” and overturn its findings. That is what caused the huge change in our election process. Not done yet he then gutted the Voting Rights Act, leading within 48 hours of states putting in their legislative hoppers bills to restrict voting hours, locations, and qualifications. All aimed and limiting the votes of the poor, African Americans, and Democrats. The man behind Citizen’s United was also the man behind Clinton Cash, which led FBI Director Comey to look into Hillary’s emails once again, days before the election. That action has been directly attributed to her loss. You’ll be happy to know that that man, David Bossie, besides making a career out of bashing the Clintons for decades, worked on the Trump campaign and I assume is being kept in a cage at the White House where he is being fed scraps by Steve Bannon. Don’t quote me on that, I could be wrong.
Seth Meyers recently said that Trump’s disapproval rating is at 54% or as Betsy DeVos says, “one third.”
Lastly, and I’ve never seen a news person say this before directly to their audience and to the people who are doing it, but I heard it last night from Rachel Maddow: