If The Stupid could fly, this place would be an international airport

At the tip of Virginia’s Northen Neck are the two counties of Northumberland and Lancaster.  These two counties are home to a herd of stupid people . . . here are three of them.

  • Catherine Crabill
  • Kathy “Kat” Stansell
  • Mike Baughan

Catherine Crabill

Crabill is my favorite flake, but, Stansell is a close second.  Crabill moved to Weems, Lancaster County, VA after an episode in New Mexico that can only be described as bizarre.

Back in 2010- 2012, Republican parties in the area were taken over by Tea Party wackjobs and to this day the Lancaster and Northumberland county Republican parties are filled with fruits and nuts.  In 2009, Crabill was their nominee for  the Virginia House of Delegates and she got 48% of the vote!!!  During her campaign, she made a memorable speech in which she called for a violent overthrow of the upcoming election if she lost.

Crabill’s letters to the editor frequently appear in our local newspapers where she raves about everything from COVID being a hoax to Democrats being communists.

She used her Facebook page to attack a veterans’ cemetery in Texas for being — in her words — a “Satanic symbol”.

Now, she is all in on the Trump bullshit about the 2020 election having been stolen.

 

Kathy Stansell

Kathi Stansell is a Trump-loving conspiracy nut who lives in Northumberland County VA.  She is persona non grata with the local Republicans because she is such an embarrassment to them.  Stansell has completely gone over to the crazy side of politics, believing and spreading every loony, bizarre conspiracy claim she has ever heard.  She’s a flake.  She shows up at regional events, spreading her favorite nonsense, portraying herself as an “activist.”

She finally agreed to wear a face mask in the local grocery store, otherwise, she considers the COVID virus to be a hoax.  Here’s a photo of her ratty old Honda with her hand-lettered rear window sign that reads “DO SOCIALISM DISTANCING.”

Now, she has outdone herself.  Here’s the background.  Northumberland County is on the tip of a peninsula known as Virginia’s Northen Neck — bordered on the north by the Potomac River, the east by the Chesapeake Bay, and the south and west by other Northern Neck counties.  John Haynes is a retired Marine who, while he seems to be a fairly intelligent guy, is himself given over to the loony side of politics.  Haynes self-publishes a monthly free newspaper, The Northern Neck Sentinel.  Stansell, writing under the name “Kat Stansell” is a frequent contributor, specializing in the latest bullshit rumor and conspiracy crap she has picked up from the voices in her head.

To see what I mean, go to the Northern Neck Sentinel online — November 2020 edition.   Click on the icon in the lower right corner of the screen that enlarges the Sentinel to full screen.  In the lower right corner of the front page is an article by Stansell in which she repeats the absolutely loony claim about THE HAMMER.

According to the conspiracy that is running wild on  rightwing loon Twitter, Facebook and blogs, THE HAMMER was a supercomputer developed by the CIA to rig foreign elections.  And — wouldn’t you know it — Obama and the Democrats found out about THE HAMMER and are now using it to steal elections.  According to Stansell, Obama used THE HAMMER to win the 2012 election and now THE HAMMER has stolen the 2020 election for Biden.  (Of course, she doesn’t explain why Democrats did not use THE HAMMER to elect Hillary Clinton in 2016, or, to take over state legislatures and governorships . . .  .  . but, hey, don’t let a little logic get in the way of a good wild-eyed conspiracy.)

THE HAMMER is a total bullshit story promoted by a failed CIA contractor who has a long history of promoting conspiracy claims.

Hoax Artist Behind Trump’s Latest Election Fraud Lie

Long-time con-man in the midst of Trump’s election fraud claims

Debunking the hammer and scorecard election fraud bullshit

And we Democrats are supposed to reason with these dumb muthahfukahs, we are supposed to be sympathetic with them, empathetic to their condition.  Never happen.  There is no way to reason with a 2-year-old, or, with someone as bizarre as this woman.

Stansell is big in the Virginia Tea Party — a failing group that is barely on life support.

She’s all in with the gunnuts.

Stansell is the only member of a group she calls United in Strength for America,  — don’t bother to click on the link, it goes nowhere.

 

Mike Baughan

The proprietor of Baughan Tire and Automotive in Lottsburg, Northumberland County, VA, he is a huge Trump supporter, to the point of having lost all contact with reality.

His Facebook page is now filled with pile upon pile of bullshit claiming the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.

He constantly raves about how “things are about to happen” — of course, he never tells us what is about to happen.  His latest rant repeats some bullshit story about truckloads of ballot being shipped into New York or Pennsylvania or something like that.  He’s claiming that the Supreme Court will reverse the 2020 election, thereby putting Trump in office for another four years.

Baughan is a laughing stock — a clown — however, he is surrounded by others just like himself who believe the 2020 election was stolen, that Trump will rise from the grave to save their souls.

Mike’s latest contribution to the ignorant side of the world was his mission to supply Trump campaign signs to the county.

DOJ investigating scheme: Money funneled to White House in exchange for a pardon

On Tuesday, CNN reported that the Justice Department is investigating a potential transfer of money to the White House in exchange for a pardon from outgoing President Donald Trump.

The president recently announced a pardon of his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for his guilty plea for false statements in connection with the Russia investigation. Another recent report suggests Trump’s attorney and longtime ally Rudy Giuliani discussed a pre-emptive pardon for future criminal charges with the president.

According to Katelyn Polantz, “The disclosure is in 20 pages of partially redacted documents made public by the DC District Court on Tuesday afternoon. The records show Chief Judge Beryl Howell’s review in August of a request from prosecutors to access documents obtained in a search as part of a bribery-for-pardon investigation.” Nobody has reportedly been indicted yet.

UPDATE

Here’s the background as best I can determine.  Dec 1, 11:30 PM EST.

  1. A few months ago the Dept of Justice and FBI began investigating one or more individuals — some or all were lawyers — who were involved in a scheme to make a large donation to an elected official in the White House in exchange for a pardon.
  2. As part of the investigation, the FBI raided one or more offices in DC, seizing over 50 laptop and desktop computers and phones.
  3. On these devices they found evidence that, indeed, there was something going on between XXXXX  and the White House involving a donation in exchange for a pardon.
  4. The attorneys whose devices were seized claimed the information on the devices was attorney-client communications and was, therefore, exempt from disclosure.
  5. The judge reviewed the material and determined that (1) the communications was part of a crime (bribery), and, (2) thus was not covered by privilege.
  6. The judge released a 20-something page decision, most of which was redacted.  The names of the people involved were redacted.

However — from reading the document, we learn two things:

  1. The person for whom a pardon was sought has a short name — four or five letters — Flynn, Gates, Broidy, . . . .
  2. The person for whom a pardon was sought had surrendered to the Bureau of Prisons.  This does not mean he was in prison; he could have surrendered to BOP and been released on bail or probation.  See the bottom of page 15 of the released document.
  3. Here’s a link to the court document.

Note the order was issued by Federal Judge Beryl A. Howell . . . Judge Howell has a reputation as taking no nonsense from anyone.

 

Who —

The photo is of Mike Schoelwer, Chairman of the Lancaster County (Virginia) Republican Committee who is being named to the Republican Party of Virginia State Central Committee (RPV SCC).

Who told Schoelwer that he looked distinguished, erudite and gentlemanly with that beard?  He looks ridiculous.

Princess Sparklepony and the First Ho’ can’t get any respect . . . . and they don’t deserve any

Princess Sparklepony and her dimwit husband are not welcome back in NYC

First daughter Ivanka Trump is unlikely to receive a warm welcome if she decides to return to Manhattan.

Via Inquisitr, comedians Jason Selvig and Davram Stiefler over the weekend plastered Manhattan with posters featuring Ivanka’s photo that said “NOT WANTED” just weeks before she’s set to be ousted from the White House.

The posters not only told Ivanka that she’s “not wanted in New York City,” but also mocked her for having a “fake posh” accent and for being married to Jared Kushner, whom the posters compared to the mythological “Slenderman” monster.

Recent reports have claimed that Ivanka and Kushner are unlikely to return to New York City because their reputations have become so damaged by their father’s presidency, and are instead mulling moves to either Florida or New Jersey.

In fact, one person who describes themselves as a “former” friend of Ivanka recently told Vanity Fair’s Emily Jane Fox that the first daughter was likely to be shunned should she return to New York.

“Everyone with self-respect, a career, morals, respect for democracy — or who doesn’t want their friends to shame them both in private and public — will steer clear,” they said.

See the posters below.

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The posters need two minor corrections:

  1. Her hair is not blonde — it’s dark brown, died blonde.
  2. She is wanted in NY and NYC — by the NY Attorney General and the NYC Manhattan District Attorney for financial crimes.

The First Ho’ is reminded of her obscene, profane comments about Christmas

Melania Trump unveiled this year’s White House Christmas decorations, and she was reminded over and over of her recently revealed complaints about holiday festivities.

Former friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff released recordings of the first lady complaining about decorating the White House for Christmas, and social media users were quick to point out those previously reported remarks after she tweeted out photos of this year’s celebration.

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Republican Party will not, cannot change . . . it’s the party of evil and destruction

In the span of an hour, CNN’s “State of the Union” featured both new and old faces of the Republican Party. First, host Dana Bash interviewed Sen. Roy Blunt, who has held elective office from Missouri for most of the past 35 years. Then she welcomed Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) and Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), both newly elected members of the House. Though all three looked very different, they sounded much the same.

All three were in harmony when it came to supporting President Trump’s continued attempts to undermine democracy by questioning the election results. “The president should also use every legal avenue that he can to present evidence,” said Mace, after another week that saw Trump campaign lawsuits tossed out of court for lack of evidence. Even after Bash noted that “there is absolutely no evidence of widespread voter fraud,” Malliotakis simply repeated the talking point: “I believe that he is within his legal rights to be questioning any irregularities that have — may have surfaced.”

In response, Bash dryly noted, “I’m guessing it’s probably fair to say that neither of you thinks that the election that each of you won was rigged.”

Blunt, who at least has the virtue of experience, did little better. Asked whether Joe Biden is the president-elect, Blunt dodged the question time and again. He first tried to hide behind the fact that “there is no official job of president-elect.” (That’s technically true, but it didn’t stop Blunt from applauding “President-elect Trump” four years ago.)

Then Blunt blamed the media for setting up a “straw man.” He finally admitted that Trump’s lawyers haven’t presented any proof of voter fraud “in a way that was acceptable to any court.” But then he offered his own opinion: “I think there was some element of voter fraud.”

Perhaps desperate to find some room to maneuver, the Republicans chose to go back in time. “Our conservative message … is a compassionate message,” said Mace, echoing the “compassionate conservatism” message of George W. Bush in 1999 and 2000. “What we stand for are freedom, liberty,” said Malliotakis, “We don’t believe we should be destroying free-market principles. We don’t believe in [the] Green New Deal.

Swap out “Green New Deal” for “Obamacare” or the “Clinton health-care plan,” and those sentences could have been spoken by any Republican in the past 20 years. Blunt went a little further than his new colleagues, and suggested Medicare and Medicaid might have been mistakes.

It is probably unrealistic to expect the GOP tune to change. Blunt rose to national prominence during the 1990s, when a Democrat left the country in decent shape, but conservative hysteria, driven by right-wing media, led to the election of a Republican who threw all that away with reckless decisions.

Malliotakis and Mace are entering Washington four years after another Democrat left the country in decent shape, but conservative hysteria, driven by right-wing media, led to the election of a Republican who threw all that away with reckless decisions.

Yes, the blunders differ — a disastrous war and a recession for Bush; a horrific pandemic “response” and a near-total loss of norms for Trump. Trumpism lacks the niceties that led too many observers to give “compassionate conservatism” the benefit of the doubt 20 years ago. And today’s GOP is far more open about its contempt for American ideals of equality and justice than 20 years ago.

The Republican Party of 2020 may look different from its earlier incarnations, but the fundamentals remain the same: The party is fearful of change, partial to fearmongering, hostile to free elections and running short on competence.

Don’t be surprised if the GOP of 2030 looks a lot like that, too.

Memo to Trump: GETTHEFUCKOVERIT, FOOL!!!!

Trump is batshit crazy.  Bugfucking nuts.  Out of his mind. Nutty as a porta-potty at a peanut festival.

 

Trump lashes out at 60 Minutes interview with his former security chief

President Donald Trump apparently watched the “60 Minutes” interview with Chris Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

According to Krebs, the election was the most secure election in history, and none of Trump’s claims of fraud are valid. He explained that there would have been a huge difference in votes during the recount if there was fraud. There are not.

“.@60Minutes never asked us for a comment about their ridiculous, one sided story on election security, which is an international joke,” tweeted Trump on Sunday evening. “Our 2020 Election, from poorly rated Dominion to a Country FLOODED with unaccounted for Mail-In ballots, was probably our least secure EVER!”

According to Trump EVERYONE is against him.  (Hmmm — he may have something there.)

In his first interview since losing to President-elect Joe Biden, President Donald Trump repeated false claims about voter fraud and suggested that the FBI was “involved” in stealing the election.

Trump made the claims while speaking to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.

They send millions and millions and millions of mail-in ballots,” Trump opined. “I’m sure you know people that got two, three, four — because I do. They got four ballots. They got one at a country home. Dead people were seeing ballots. But even worse, dead people were applying to get a ballot. They were making applications to get ballots. Many. And we’re not talking about 10 people, we’re talking — there are a lot of dead people that so-called voted this election.”

“This is total fraud,” he continued. “And how the FBI and Department of Justice — I don’t know, maybe they’re involved. But how people are allowed to get away with this stuff is unbelievable. This election was rigged. This election was a total fraud.”

Trump also suggested that the judicial system had been rigged against him.

“We go to judges and people don’t want to get involved,” Trump remarked to Bartiromo. “The media doesn’t even want to cover it. I mean, you’re doing something. You’re actually very brave.”

Evelyn Waugh predicted Donald Trump

I have periodically posted this quote of Evelyn Waugh from Brideshead Revisited. He is describing Rex Mottram, but it is amazingly fitting for our soon to be ex President.

“He wasn’t a complete human being at all. He was a tiny bit of one, unnaturally developed; something in a bottle, an organ kept alive in a laboratory. I thought he was a sort of primitive savage, but he was something absolutely modern and up-to-date that only this ghastly age could produce. A tiny bit of a man pretending he was the whole.”


Then, there’s this quote from the movie Tombstone.

“- Wyatt Earp: What makes a man like Ringo, Doc? What makes him do the things he does?
– Doc Holliday: A man like Ringo has got a great big hole, right in the middle of him. He can never kill enough, or steal enough, or inflict enough pain to ever fill it.
– Wyatt Earp: What does he need?
– Doc Holliday: Revenge.
– Wyatt Earp: For what?
– Doc Holliday: Bein’ born.”

So — I’m supposed to “forgive and forget” and “move on” from Trump? Kiss that shit goodbye.

So — I’m supposed to “forgive and forget” and “move on” from Trump?

This is a serious mistake.

Words like “unity” and “forgiveness” sound great in the abstract, but are utterly meaningless in the current political context for one reason: The sole responsibility for all this healing is being foisted, once again, on the backs of liberals. Conservatives can’t be bothered. They’re too busy working on their next moves to undermine democracy, sow division and create chaos.

This pattern — Republicans screw everything up and are allowed to get away with it in the name of “unity,” and take that as permission to go even further the next time — has been playing out since Richard Nixon first snagged his post-Watergate pardon.

But can a wound really heal when one party is busy applying bandages, while the other lurks in waiting, ready to stab the victim again? Of course not. And that’s the problem we’re facing. The “unity” isn’t unity at all. It’s a fake unity in which one side — the side that did not cause the damage wrought by Trump or Bush or Reagan or Nixon — does all the work, while the other side keeps looking for new opportunities to cause trouble. If anything, conservatives grows ever bolder in their corruption, realizing they will never face consequences for their actions, and in fact can count on the left to clean up all their messes for them.

It’s time to stop coddling the easily hurt feelings of conservatives and instead turn our attention toward the nearly 80 million people who turned out — despite extensive efforts at disenfranchisement — to bring the Trump presidency to an end. What do we owe those Americans, the ones who actually did their part to save this country? Instead of demanding that they do more to pander to conservatives’ injured feelings, why not, for once, repay them for their hard work with justice? After all Trump has put this country through, that’s the least those who stood up and resisted him deserve.

We are the people who saved democracy in America from the brink of dictatorship. We so righteously deserve to see justice carried out, for our efforts, and because it is the right thing to do.

Coddling fascists for decades is exactly how we got to where we are today – exhausted from fighting to just barely save our democracy from a fascist lunatic fringe, during a deadly plague caused by a virus, which Trump, the wannabe dictator and leader of the lunatic fascist fringe, was instrumental in deliberately spreading throughout the US population for his own selfish gain.

These fascist termites cannot be allowed to get away with continually eating away and weakening the foundation of our democracy, our institutions. and our government itself, or they will soon succeed in toppling our house, leaving us, and future generations of Americans, with a brutal fascist dictatorship, and no possibility of changing anything through democratic processes.

We must all stand united against fascism, and remain so. To do otherwise will result in the death of the democratic United States of America.

So — what does this mean?  It means:

  • The new Treasury Secretary must release Trump’s tax returns so the world can see just how big a crook he is, and, see just how much he owes Russia.
  • The Attorneys General of NY and NJ — and any other state where Trump has business interests — should use those tax returns to prosecute him for tax fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, and anything else they can come up with.
  • The new US Attorney General along with Directors of FBI, National Intelligence, CIA and NSA should release to the maximum extent possible the information that details contacts between Trump, his family, and his businesses with Russia, the Mafia, and the Russian Mafia.
  • The unredacted Mueller report should be released.
  • All information about Trump’s financial and other dealings should be released to any friendly government who wants the info — for example, Scotland is now looking into how Trump’s golf resorts stay in business in spite of losing millions annually.
  • President Biden should reverse every single Trump executive order and regulation as well as firing every single Trump appointee — and rooting out all the Trumpsters who have burrowed into civil service positions.
  • And that’s just the start.