FBI wraps up a crowd of Trump’s poll watchers

Some “very fine people” won’t be volunteering for Poll Watching come Election Day as 5 indictments in 3 states were unsealed on 24 more white supremacists this Wednesday past. The Aryan Circle Gang members will be facing charges of “racketeering conspiracy, violent crimes in aid of racketeering, drug conspiracy, and unlawful firearms trafficking.”

According to court documents, the AC is a violent, race‑based organization that operates inside federal prisons across the country and outside prisons in states including Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Missouri.

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The indictments are part of Operation Noble Virtue, an investigation targeting the Aryan Circle leadership. Already, 17 federal convictions in six jurisdictions have been won, according to the Department of Justice.

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William Barr, Donald Trump’s fascist Attorney General has yet to be seen or heard from about this sweep up of anarchists and criminals, nor has he had any comment to make about the arrest of the Michigan white gang of seditionists plotting to overthrow the government and kidnap Governor Whitmer. No surprise there really as Barr is busy reading tea leaves behind closed doors and hoping for a quiet side door exit from Trump’s increasingly obvious incitements to violence and Sedition.

Meanwhile, with all these armed dimwits going to jail, where is Trump going to get poll watchers for the November election??

The “Hunter Biden laptop” story is a huge pile of horseshit — no wonder Trump believes it.

For those of you who have not heard this horseshit, this story was publised in the New York Post and is sourced to Rudy Guiliani.  The story goes something like this:

  • Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, dropped off three laptops at a Manhattan computer repair shop to be checked for viruses.
  • The shop owner downloaded and read emails on the latops.
  • The shop owner discovered the emails proved a conspiracy involving Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, Ukraine, and God-only knows who else.
  • Rudy is proclaiming this proves that the Bidens worked with Ukraine to trash Trump

Now, let’s dissect the story.

Hunter Biden, who lives in Los Angeles, decides to fly 3,000 miles across country, to drop off 3 MacBook Pros at a repair shop run by a blind guy who charges the insanely low price of $85.

He gets off the plane and drunk drives to the repair shop
(because there aren’t repair shops in LA). He drops them off, signs a contract for repair and then disappears. The repair shop owner recovers and reads Hunter’s *private* emails, a few of which mention a possible meeting with his dad.  The blind shop owner is so alarmed, he contacts the FBI.

The FBI arranges to pick up the hard drives, but the computer repair shop owner takes a totally normal step of copying them. Once he realizes the FBI isn’t doing anything with them, he calls up the most credible ex-Mayor on Earth and hands them the contents of these drives.

That totally credible ex-Mayor sits on them for months, then chooses to release them 3 weeks before the election. The mainstream media asks to independently verify their validity but said ex-Mayor does what all people trying to prove facts do and ignores these requests.

Is this how stupid we are now?

No one who does data recovery would read through thousands of personal emails, even if the computer is abandoned. You’d just wipe the drives clean and sell the computers used.

If these emails were as alarming as it’s being pushed, Giuliani wouldn’t have sat on them for months.

And if Giuliani wanted to prove their validity, he’d turn them over to forensic experts.

And the conclusion is:  HORSESHIT

Trump’s “campaign” continues down the toilet . . . where it belongs

With the election less than three weeks away, Trump and his campaign continue to swirl down the toilet as Americans now realize electing him was a huge mistake and cannot wait to rid ourselves of this ignorant 6-year-old.

Trump stumbles around, lies, spreads bullshit when asked about his COVID tests

President Donald Trump either couldn’t or wouldn’t tell voters watching NBC News’ town hall Thursday night when his last negative test was before he tested positive.

He also couldn’t or wouldn’t tell NBC’s Savannah Guthrie if he was tested the day of his debate with former vice president Joe Biden.

“Possibly I did. Possibly I didn’t,” he said.

“I don’t know. I don’t even remember,” he added when asked a similar question.

“I probably did,” he finally claimed.

Trump also said Guthrie could ask his doctors who would give her a “perfect” answer.

Trump “campaign” distressed over his ass-whipping by Savannah Guthrie

Reporting on the fall-out from Donald Trump’s controversial town hall on MSNBC on Thursday night, Associated Press White House correspondent Jonathan Lemire claimed that aides to the president are already admitting that the president made some “damaging” comments that could hurt his re-election campaign.

Speaking with “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezinski, Lemire said the range of topics exposed the president and his answers likely didn’t make anyone on the fence consider voting for him.

“Viewers would have experienced some whiplash watching the two — trying to watch both town halls,” Lemire explained while comparing the Trump town hall to Democratic challenger Joe Biden’s on ABC. “There was one moment that crystallized it: at the same moment that Trump was defending QAnon, Joe Biden was talking about the taxes. He showed empathy to the listeners, to those asking him questions.”

“In terms of the president, people I have talked to around him last night and a few texts early this morning suggested once again a real anger at the media,” he continued. “Blaming the scapegoat, in this case, Savannah Guthrie who I thought did a terrific job yesterday.”

“But I will say they do say there may have been some moments last night that may have been damaging,” he added. “Like not denouncing QAnon. The very testy one when he finally got around to denouncing white supremacy. There are certainly going to be questions about tax returns and whether or not he took a COVID test before the last debate. Several times he dodged, he evaded and raised real questions as to whether or not he exposed Joe Biden last time which is going to raise more concerns about next week when they’re supposed to set up for a final debate next Thursday.”

“The president, frankly, is running of out of time” he explained before concluding, “It’s hard to imagine, even his aides concede, that there was any moment last night that the president swung voters his way when he simply is running out of time and opportunities to change the trajectory of this race.”

Trump “campaign” merchandise on sale at steep discounts

Donald Trump’s campaign is so desperate to raise cash that it’s begun offering deep discounts on the merch it sells. The campaign’s Columbus Day “flash sale” comes amid signs that the campaign could go broke before balloting ends Nov. 3.

“For a limited time, YOU can use code COLUMBUS to get 30% OFF your ENTIRE ORDER,” screamed an email I received over the weekend, the latest in an endless stream of pitches offering Trump goods.

There was a chance to win a signed Trump-Pence football or gain membership in an exclusive “100 club” and other offerings that are unlike anything that any other campaign I know of has ever made.

In just the last month of the campaign, Biden can spend on television and a ground game what Trump’s campaign wasted in the first half of this year.

The 30% discount on routine goods stamped Trump-Pence just three weeks before balloting ends suggests that his campaign ordered a lot more merch than wanted by his eroding fan base.

Those items pitched specifically by email did sell. On Oct. 1 the Trump-Pence campaign sent me and many others this pitch, a curious one given that Trump says he is a teetotaler:

Trump pint glasses

The accompanying email said Trump “wants to do something special for you to show you how much your steadfast support means to him. He’s asked us to give you EXCLUSIVE ACCESS to get our BRAND-NEW Official 2020 Make America Great Again Pint Glasses. These beautiful, American-made pint glasses are already FLYING off the shelves, but if you place an order in the NEXT HOUR, we’ll make sure you get a set before they’re gone. These will sell out FAST, so don’t wait.”

Trump Campaign Hat

It’s hard to imagine anyone gullible enough to believe that malarkey, but those quite ordinary beer glasses sold out in a few days. So did a prissy Trump “freedom hat” pitched in a similar fashion.

 

But you can still buy Trump-Pence “peaceful protester” women’s t-shirts in sizes up to 3XL for $30 in any color so long as it’s white. Plenty more is still available for 30% off including hoodies ($55), MAGA dog collars and a Trump coloring book for kids. At least the coloring book doesn’t show Trump in a Superman shirt, which a Trump aide told The New York Times he proposed to wear under his suit when he left the hospital so he could rip off the business attire mimicking Clark Kent. You can’t make up stuff like this.

Like the stream of daily emails I get saying I am the “only” person who didn’t respond to a text or how personally disappointed Trump is in me or how he wants me to have an autographed Trump-Pence football, it’s all to scam the people he claims to love. Trump calls them the “poorly educated.” I call them the con man’s marks

Trump refuses to answer simple questions about his finances; continues to lie about his tax audit

NBC News anchor Savannah Guthrie challenged Donald Trump on his finances during a town hall meeting that was held after the president refused to participate in the second debate.

The New York Times has obtained, it says, years of your tax returns among other things. It says you’ve had debts of approximately $421 million that you have personally guaranteed and that will come due in the next four years,” Guthrie noted. “The question is on behalf of voters, who do you owe $421 million to?”

“What they did is illegal, number one. Also, the numbers are all wrong with the numbers that were released,” Trump replied, with his statements contradicting each other.

“I’m very under — when i decided to run, i’m very under levered,” Trump said as he repeatedly forgot the word “leveraged.”

Guthrie noted Trump could clear things up by releasing his tax returns, but Trump claimed he could not do so while being audited . . . which is a lie, IRS has stated several times an audit does not prevent the release of anyone’s tax records.

Trump falls for satirical Twitter comments

President Donald Trump on Friday got fooled into believing a headline from a satirical website was an actual news story.

Specifically, the president posted a link to the conservative parody news website Babylon Bee, which earlier this week published a satirical story with the headline, “Twitter Shuts Down Entire Network To Slow Spread Of Negative Biden News.”

“Wow, this has never been done in history,” the president wrote. “This includes his really bad interview last night. Why is Twitter doing this. Bringing more attention to Sleepy Joe & Big T.”

In reality, of course, Twitter couldn’t have shut down its entire network because otherwise Trump would not be able to take to Twitter to complain about it.

Trump says China will pay for stimulus to recover from COVID pandemic

President Donald Trump has suggested China will somehow cover the costs of the next coronavirus relief package in the United States.

Amid a stalemate in talks, he has said he would go higher in terms of spending on a stimulus bill—and that China would cover such costs.

“I would [go higher] because this was not caused by our workers and our people, this was caused by China and China will pay us back in one form or another,” he said, in an interview with Fox Business.

“We’re gonna take it from China. I tell you now, it’s coming out of China. They’re the ones that caused this problem.”

Read more: https://www.newsweek.com/trump-stimulus-bill-china-1539467?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1602773544

Hmmm.  Seems to me I recall something about Mexico and a wall.

What Constitutional “originalism” really means . . . and it’s ugly

Today began with a breathless story from the tabloid paper the New York Post alleging that, according to Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, had dropped off three laptops for repair in 2019 and had never picked them up again, and that the FBI subpoenaed the hard drives, but before turning them over the repairman had made a copy of the material on them, and he gave it to Giuliani, and it had incriminating material on it….

And yes, it’s as ridiculous as it sounds. Over the course of the day, real journalists have demolished the story, but it is still of note as news because of what its timing might mean.

First of all, the Trump campaign is in trouble. Polls show the president down by significant numbers, and the voters he has been trying to suppress are turning out in droves. Today Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, a Republican, issued a statement saying he “cannot support Donald Trump for President,” and the Biden campaign announced that it raised an eye-popping $383 million in September alone, a historic record which comes on top of the historic record of $364.5 million it set in August. This means Biden has $432 million on hand for the last month of the election. Dumping a story like this Hunter Biden fiction in a tabloid, which has wide reach among low-information voters, is a cheap fix for the Trump campaign. It might shore him up among those who will never see the wide debunking of the story.

Second, though, the timing of the story suggests it was designed to distract from the third and final day of Amy Coney Barrett’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in her hearing for confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. The hearings have not been going particularly well for the Republicans. They have the votes to confirm her, and confirm her they will, but her insistence that she is an “originalist,” along with her refusal to answer any questions on topics relevant to the present, including on racial prejudice, climate change, voter suppression, and so on, have made her extremism clear.

Democrats have hammered home that putting Barrett on the court at this moment is an extraordinary power grab, and voters seem to agree. Turning attention away from the hearings would be useful for the Republicans when voters are on their way to the polls.

And yet, Republicans are determined to force her appointment through, even though it threatens to delegitimize the Supreme Court.

To what end?

The originalism of scholars like Barrett is an answer to the judges who, in the years after World War Two, interpreted the law to make American democracy live up to its principles, making all Americans equal before the law. With the New Deal in the 1930s, the Democrats under Franklin Delano Roosevelt had set out to level the economic playing field between the wealthy and ordinary Americans. They regulated business, provided a basic social safety net, and promoted infrastructure.

After the war, under Chief Justice Earl Warren, a Republican appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower, the Supreme Court tried to level the social playing field between Americans through the justices’ interpretation of the law. They tried to end segregation through decisions like the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, which prohibited racial segregation in public schools. They protected the rights of accused prisoners to legal counsel, and the right of married couples to use contraception in 1965 (it had previously been illegal). They legalized interracial marriage in 1967. In 1973, they tried to give women control over their own reproduction by legalizing abortion with the Roe v. Wade decision.

The focus of the Supreme Court in these years was not simply on equality before the law. The justices also set out to make the government more responsible to its citizens. It required that electoral districts be roughly equal in population, so that a state could not have one district of a few hundred people with another with a hundred thousand, thus establishing the principle of “one man, one vote.”

These were not partisan decisions, or to the degree they were, they were endorsed primarily by Republicans. The Chief Justices of the Court during these years were Republicans Earl Warren and Warren Burger.

Today’s “originalists” are trying to erase this whole era of legislation and legal decisions. They argue that justices who expanded civil rights and democratic principles were engaging in “judicial activism,” taking away from voters the right to make their own decisions about how society should work. They say that justices in this era, and those like them in the present—people like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who protected women’s equality before the law– were “legislating from the bench.” They hold tight to the argument that the Constitution is limited by the views of the Founders, and that the government can do nothing that is not explicitly written in that 1787 document.

Their desire to roll back the changes of the modern era serves traditional concepts of society and evangelical religion, of course, but it also serves a radical capitalism. If the government is as limited as they say, it cannot protect the rights of minorities or women. But it also cannot regulate business. It cannot provide a social safety net, or promote infrastructure, things that cost tax dollars and, in the case of infrastructure, take lucrative opportunities from private businesses. In short, under the theory of originalism, the government cannot do anything to rein in corporations or the very wealthy.

As Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, illustrated in careful detail at the Barrett hearings yesterday, it is no accident that Barrett’s nomination has the support of secret dark money donors. She will be the key vote to having a solid pro-corporate Supreme Court.

The Trump administration has made it clear that it favors private interests over public ones, combatting regulation and welfare programs, as well as calling for private companies to take over public enterprises like the United States Postal Service. But the New Deal government and the rights enshrined by the Warren and Burger courts are popular in America, so it is imperative for today’s radical Republicans that the courts cement their reworking of the country.

Former White House Counsel Don McGahn explained that the Trump administration wants to skew the judiciary to support its economic agenda. “There is a coherent plan here where actually the judicial selection and the deregulatory effort are really the flip side of the same coin,” he said.

The administration has backed pro-corporate judges whose nominations are bolstered by tens of millions of dollars worth of political advertising paid for by dark money. Trump’s Supreme Court appointees have joined other Republican justices on the court, where they consistently prop up business interests—such as with the 2010 Citizens United decision allowing unlimited corporate money in elections—and attack voting rights, as in 2013 with the Shelby v. Holder decision gutting the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

In 2014, New York Times journalist Linda Greenhouse wrote that it is “impossible to avoid the conclusion that the Republican-appointed majority is committed to harnessing the Supreme Court to an ideological agenda.”

That ideological agenda has profound implications for our society as we know it, beginning with the Affordable Care Act, which the court is slated to take up on November 10, just a week after the election. But it is not just our healthcare that is at stake. At risk is the whole infrastructure of laws protecting our civil rights, as well as our democracy.

Where is Attorney General William Barr?

At Trump’s urging, Barr started two “investigations” that were designed to destroy Joe Biden.

  1. An investigation by US Attorney John Durham into the origins of the Mueller investigation, intended to prove the “deep state,” Hillary, Obama and God-only knows who else conspired to destroy Trump.  Now — three weeks before the election, Durham’s lead assistant resigned several weeks ago, no report has been announced, and Durham has not been seen.
  2. An investigation by US Attorney John Bash into Obama administration “unmasking” of Americans found to be in contact with foreign officials in violation of US law.  Bash found no evidence of substantive wrongdoing in his investigation, which has concluded without a public report. Bash left his role with the Justice Department last week.

Pic of the Moment

Meanwhile, Wm. Barr has dropped out of sight.  After Trump was tested positive for COVID-19, Barr announced he had tested negative, then, he dropped out out sight — almost two weeks ago.  Where is Barr?  Has he tested positive and is hospitalized?  Is he hiding out at his property in rural Virginia at 2048 Fleets Bay Rd, White Stone, Lancaster County, VA?

Trump promotes “herd immunity” based on letter signed with hundreds of fake names

In August, Trump brought in a new quack doctor to advise him on COVID-19 and how to make it seem like Donald Trump was doing something  about it.

Neuroradiologist Scott Atlas was brought in to push the well-debunked theory of letting everyone just get sick until we, as a national community, have achieved “herd immunity.” This idea has “always been an immoral and impossible idea.”

On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that Trump’s White House had “embraced a declaration by a group of scientists arguing that authorities should allow the coronavirus to spread among young healthy people while protecting the elderly and the vulnerable—an approach that would rely on arriving at ‘herd immunity’ through infections rather than a vaccine.” 

Sky News looked into the letter signed by these “scientists” and found that it was filled with … not scientists. In fact, there seems to be a lot of names on the list of people that probably aren’t even real people.

In fact, the news outlet reports that it found “dozens of fake names on the list of medical signatories,” on the list. Names like “Dr. I.P. Freely, Dr. Person Fakename and Dr. Johnny Bananas, who listed himself as a Dr. of Hard Sums.”

Other strange signatories include Harold Shipman, a doctor who died in 2004, but was also arrested in 1998 for being a serial killer of more than 200 patients. Also on the list were dozens of homeopaths, “massage therapists, hypnotherapists, psychotherapists and one Mongolian Khöömie singer who describes himself as a therapeutic sound practitioner.”

It is important to note here that this is not a joke story. This is a real thing. The President of the United States of America and his advisers in the White House are promoting a scientific public health theory, using a letter signed by joke names and serial killers as his support. It makes sense that Trump and his crew of cons would find a scientific con to promote their policy con.

 

Trump supports California Republicans in their attempt to steal ballots

President Trump tweeted on Wednesday in support of the Republicans who installed unofficial ballot drop boxes in California, a move that state officials labeled as misleading and illegal.

“Fight hard Republicans,” Trump posted. “They have been taking advantage of the system for years!”

The president included a link to a Monday report that California officials are issuing a cease-and-desist letter to Republicans ordering them to remove the ballot drop boxes incorrectly labeled as “official.”

In his tweet, Trump reiterated the California Republican Party’s defense of the ballot boxes. Hector Barajas, a spokesman for the state’s GOP, said Monday the ballot boxes were legal because no law exists to stop them from gathering ballots, according to The New York Times.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/521010-trump-tweets-support-for-republicans-who-installed-unofficial-ballot

COMMENT:

Hmmm.  Hector Barajas, a spokesman for the state’s GOP, said Monday the ballot boxes were legal because no law exists to stop them from gathering ballots, according to The New York Times.

Oh, really?  Okay, Hector, how about bullet in your fucking head?  Think that would slow you down?