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The #SoWhat Movement


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It really shouldn’t surprise anyone that Republicans are defending Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee who is accused of sexual assault and attempted rape. They’ve already defended Nazis.

Donald Trump says “Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people he’s ever known,” but Trump has known people like Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Stephen Miller, Roy Cohn, Rodrigo Duterte, Recep Erdogan, Vladimir Putin, and Kim Jong Un.

Kavanaugh is accused of sexually assaulting and trying to rape Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist in Northern California, at a social gather in the 1980s when they were both teenagers. She claims Kavanaugh was holding her down and trying to get her clothes off, covering her mouth, so she couldn’t scream, while one of his friends watched. Kavanaugh claims he didn’t do it, and then claimed he wasn’t even at the party. Ford says she was afraid Kavanaugh would inadvertently kill her.

The friend that Ford says witnessed the incident claims it didn’t happen, but he’s also written a book titled, “Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk.” Kavanaugh’s witness is a guy who has boasted about binge drinking until he blacked out.

One of Kavanaugh’s defenses is a list produced by Republicans of 65 women, who knew the nominee during high school, who say Kavanaugh never sexually assaulted them. Seriously. There are a few weird things about this list. One is, it was revealed shortly after Senator Dianne Feinstein revealed the letter detailing the accusation against him. While Feinstein has been criticized for holding back on the letter, there’s speculation that Republicans were also aware of the accusation and had the list ready just in case.

Another problem with the letter is how did Kavanaugh even know 65 women during his high schooldays since he went to an all-boys Catholic school? Granted, I wasn’t the most popular kid in high school, but it was public and I didn’t know 65 girls. In fact, I still don’t know 65 women. Out of those 65 women vouching for the judge, only two will actually go on the record and publicly defend him.

Also, while it’s good there are 65 girls he didn’t assault, even Jeffrey Dahmer could have produced a list of people he’s known that he didn’t eat.

When asked Monday if he may withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination, Trump said, “what a ridiculous question.” He also said he hasn’t spoken to Kavanaugh since the accusations came out, despite the nominee spending nine hours at the White House Monday (maybe it was for the famous meatloaf). But, we don’t know what will come from the hearings next week. Kavanaugh may come off so poorly that they have no choice but to pull his nomination. Seeing that Trump has wilted on “always deny, deny, deny” and says he’s OK with waiting for the confirmation, and he’s known to throw people under the bus quickly, it may not be a “ridiculous” question.

Republicans, who believed all the accusations against Harvey Weinstein and wanted Al Franken tossed from the Senate for pretending to grope a woman, don’t believe Kavanaugh’s accuser. Senator Orrin Hatch, who is on the Judiciary Committee, says the woman is mistaken and may be “all mixed up.” Hatch was also on the committee in 1991 for Clarence Thomas’ nomination to the Supreme Court, where he defended him against sexually harassing Anita Hill, called her a liar, and later said she owed Thomas an apology.

Republicans also argue that if it did happen, then it was so long ago and while he was a teenager, so it shouldn’t be important now. Would you want to hire a guy suspected of being a rapist while he was in high school thirty years ago? Would you want him setting legal policy? Would you want to give him a lifetime appointment?

Just like in 1991, Republicans are not going to come out of the hearing smelling like roses. Their questioning of Ford next week will likely contribute to the women vote and the blue wave coming in November.

The one thing we definitely will not receive from next week’s hearings is proof. Each of us will believe one or the other. Do I believe her at this point? I do. She’s passed a polygraph, had mentioned it years ago before Kavanaugh was nominated for the Supreme Court, and it wouldn’t make sense for an intelligent person to subject herself to the lifetime of bullying and harassment she’s about to be the beneficiary of from Republicans. Who in the right minds would look at what they did to Anita Hill and say, “I want some of that?”

And, since Brett Kavanaugh is already on the record as a liar, I don’t believe him.

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Kavanaugh’s Conundrum


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Brett Kavanaugh should not be confirmed for the Supreme Court, where Trump’s last nominee, Neil Gorsuch also shouldn’t be currently sitting for the rest of his life.

The Republicans stole an appointment from President Barack Obama. They wouldn’t even let his nominee, Merrick Garland, a man they had previously confirmed for a lower court, on the nonsense that a president can’t appoint during an election year. Thus, they let the seat remain vacant for nearly a year on the gamble a Republican would win the presidency. Their gamble paid off. They argued that the people should decide who appoints to the Supreme Court, ignoring the fact that the people did decide in 2012. The people gave Obama four years to perform the duties of the presidency, not three.

After stealing that seat, the Republicans changed the rules from requiring 60 votes for confirmation, to 50. Now, they’re about to do it again.

Before the hearings for Kavanaugh, the Republicans withheld thousands of documents, only to dump them on the Democrats the night before the hearings and barring members of the Senate from releasing them to the public.

Kavanaugh is being cagey and refusing to answer if a president can be indicted, pardon himself, pardon his friends in exchange for their testimony, or if Roe v. Wade can be overturned. All this means is that Donald Trump got to select another judge to rule in his favor if a subpoena for his testimony lands before the highest court. It also means the Supreme Court will make abortion illegal, thus actually killing millions of women.

Perhaps the biggest reason Kavanaugh should not be confirmed is because he was nominated by Donald Trump.

Donald Trump may have broken the law to become president. He is accused of directing someone to commit a crime while he was the Republican presidential nominee. He may have colluded with Russia and have engaged in a conspiracy to steal the election. He may have paid foreign hackers to disrupt the election. All of this would make him an illegitimate president. We can’t have people appointed by Vladimir Putin.

Trump is also mentally unhinged. The people closest to Trump believe he is incapable of doing his job, and he’s a danger to the nation. His own words and tweets confirm the man is insane. I don’t believe a crazy man should be making lifetime appointments to any court, especially the Supreme Court.

America doesn’t want Kavanaugh on the Court. Only 37 percent of those polled by ABC News and The Washington Post support his confirmation. The only two nominees who have fared worse in the poll’s history are Harriet Miers (a legal counsel for the second Bush) and Robert Bork (a Reagan nominee who was so far out on the right-wing fringe, it would have been like putting Alex Jones on the Court). Both of those nominees failed. Kavanaugh should fail, but he probably won’t because we live in Crazytown.

No president should be allowed to pick their judge. The Republicans need to stop allowing Trump to turn this nation into a banana republic. A president in the last year of his term can’t nominate but an unindicted co-conspirator with major mental deficiencies can?

The only hearings we should be having at this place and time is over which federal penitentiary where Trump should be serving his sentence.

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Pimps And Wizards


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The Republican Party has turned into the Cult of Trump, and while the backbone is racism, it also attracts a fair share of crazy people.

Racism is not a deal breaker for anyone who voted for Trump or supports him today. And while it’s not a deal breaker for all of them, it’s actually the selling point for many others.

Trump is king of the racist birther conspiracy that President Obama wasn’t born in this nation. He later stated he was (a few days before the election), but he has never apologized for it.

Trump purchased full-page ads in four New York City newspapers calling for the death penalty for the Central Park Five, despite DNA exonerating the black and Latino teenagers from Harlem of raping a jogger.

He kicked off his campaign calling Mexicans rapists and murderers. His proposed border wall with Mexico is an impossibility that’s really just red meat for his racist base (which is also a broken campaign promise, as he said Mexico will pay for it but is now demanding that Congress make you pay for it). He’s called for the surveillance of mosques. He initiated a ban on Muslims entering this nation. And today, his Justice Department is separating migrant children from their parents with a zero-tolerance party.

Donald Trump has hired the likes of white nationalists Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon, he retweets white supremacists and Nazis. He said there were “good people” among those in Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us,” and “blood and soil.” He has attacked black athletes as being un-American for silently protesting police violence against blacks, and referred to them as “sons of bitches.”

Racists have been emboldened by him. Last week, Representative Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, retweeted Nazis. Other racists, Nazis, and Klansmen like David Duke, are openly praising Trump.

Corey Stewart, a guy who wraps himself in the Confederate flag and is very friendly to White Supremacists and a former chairman of Trump’s Virginia campaign, just won the GOP nomination for the United States Senate in Virginia.

While not a Republican, a very pro-Trump racist, and admitted pedophile is running for Congress in Virginia.

Now in Nevada, we have a Republican pimp. Dennis Hof is a 71-year-old Nevada brothel owner, and he defeated a three-term Republican incumbent for a seat in the State Assembly. He is a strong Trump supporter and even wrote a book titled “The Art of the Pimp.” This also proves that all the religious posturing among Republicans is just that, posturing.

It’s often been repeated, and I believe it. Not all Republicans are racists, but all racists are Republicans.

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Like A Glove


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The Democratic National Committee is suing Wikileaks, Russia, and the Donald Trump presidential campaign for conspiring to disrupt the 2016 election in favor of Trump.

Republicans say this lawsuit is frivolous and without merit and seek to have it dismissed. While the House committee studying collusion between Trump and Russia say there isn’t any evidence, the facts say otherwise.

While on the campaign trail, Trump publicly asked Russia to get involved in the election and to hack into Clinton’s email. The Trump campaign hosted Russians in Trump Tower who were promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. Don Jr. and Roger Stone were both communicating with Wikileaks. Wikileaks even asked Don Jr. to provide some of Trump’s taxes, so they could release them and make it appear as though they weren’t playing favorites. That’s collusion and a conspiracy.

The best part about this is it allows discovery for the Democrats to seek internal documents and testimony from the Trump campaign. Republicans can claim it doesn’t have merit, but it’s a fact the Democrats’ computer system was hacked.

Republicans and Trump are also allowed discovery and will seek information about the Clinton campaign’s financing of the dossier, written by a former British spy, detailing Trump’s connections to Russia. The only problem with them seeking discovery about the dossier is, it’s already been discovered and it’s not illegal. Conducting an investigation on your opponent isn’t illegal and it’s done by every campaign. Case in point, the Trump campaign inviting Russians to Trump Tower (though, that one might have been illegal).

If the GOP fights this in court with the same intelligence they’ve exhibited in defending Trump’s collusion with Russia, they’re in trouble.

The Democrats are seeking millions from the defendants for their conspiracy. Donald Trump is now a co-defendant with Vladimir Putin. Sure, it’ll be tough, if not impossible, to get the Russians and Wikileaks to cooperate in the lawsuit, but that will probably weaken Trump’s defense even further. Plus, Russia is probably too busy to defend themselves from charges of hacking the 2016 election in favor of Republicans while they’re busying themselves by hacking the 2018 elections in favor of Republicans.

There is precedent for this. In 1972, the DNC sued the Nixon reelection campaign for the Watergate break-in. Republicans called that suit frivolous also, yet they settled for $750,000 on the day Nixon resigned from the presidency in 1974.

The suit doesn’t name Trump as a defendant, but it targets Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Manafort’s deputy during the campaign, Rick Gates. The suit points out that these individuals were aware of Russia’s attempt to meddle in the election and instead of reporting it to law enforcement, they gleefully accepted the help. Manafort will have to get permission from courts (that’s plural) to leave his house to defend himself in court. He’s already wearing TWO ankle bracelets because he’s a huge flight risk.

Before Trump makes history by being the first president taken down by a porn star, he’ll make it by being the first president required to wear an ankle bracelet. Maybe Ivanka can design matching bracelets for Trump, Don Jr, and Jared.

This case isn’t frivolous. The Russians hacked the DNC and it’s very clear Trump was their choice. The problem for Trump and the Republicans is that there is a bloody glove…and it fits.

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Rosenstein’s Head


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Donald Trump continues to display signs of an authoritarian without any resistance from the Republicans. A few Republicans in Congress are more interested in protecting Trump than the Constitution. The GOP is less about policy and more about Trumpism.

Trump idolizes Vladimir Putin. He expressed anger toward Michael Flynn in the earliest days of his presidency because he had missed Putin’s phone call. He’s very hesitant to place sanctions on Russia. He even congratulated Putin on winning an election where he forbid his strongest opponent from being on the ballot and imprisoned others.

Trump praises dictators, congratulates the Philippines leader on murdering people, and “jokes” about emulating China’s leader who is now in office for life. He attacks the press and describes them as “enemies of the American people.”

What is not a joke is Trump using his office to go after those who oppose him. He calls for prison sentences for people who haven’t been charged with crimes. He has encouraged police brutality and wants death sentences for drug dealers.

He is attacking many in law enforcement and the Republicans are helping him obstruct justice. The Republican National Committee built a website to discredit Comey and his new book.

Congressmen Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan, Bob Goodlatte, and Mark Meadows are attacking Rod Rosenstein. They’re talking about slapping him with contempt of Congress or impeaching him. They screamed at him for Jim Comey’s memos on meetings with Trump, and within an hour of receiving the memos, they leaked them to the press. Who can forget the Nunes Memo which was an attack on the Justice Department and FBI without substance. They even shut down their investigation in Russian collusion.

Nearly a dozen Republicans in Congress  sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department and FBI seeking an investigation of Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, ex-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Hillary Clinton in connection with 2016 campaign controversies. They want further investigations into Clinton’s email, the Michael Steele dossier, and Uranium One. The Justice Department declined to prosecute for the emails, and the other two are conspiracies that have been debunked.

Someday, hopefully soon, we will learn the truth about Trump and his connections to Russia. There will probably be further charges for his corruption and obstruction of justice. After Trump is driven from office, each of these Republicans should be recognized as modern-day Vidkun Quislings.

Vidkun Quisling was a Norwegian who established a fascist party in the 1930s. He attacked the left and aligned himself with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. He served as Prime Minister of Norway after the Nazis invaded and established a puppet government. After the war, he was convicted of several charges including treason.

Putting party over country, especially a fascist party is treason. That’s exactly what these Republicans are guilty of.

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Sinking Speaker Ryan


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It doesn’t matter what you think of Nancy Pelosi. You can believe she’s too old, too liberal, too SanFrancisky. How you feel about her doesn’t change the fact that she’s damn good at her job, even if you don’t like what she does with her job.

John Boehner was extremely bad as Speaker of the House. The Republicans he led were all over the place and in constant revolt. The scary wing-nut Tea Party fringe of his party made being Speaker a miserable experience for him, and that was before the Trump era. Boehner couldn’t control his caucus, and he got out. Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, can herd her cats. She’s still the leader of her party in the House.

Paul Ryan may be a worse Speaker than Boehner. To be fair, Ryan didn’t really want the job as he knew it was a task corralling unreasonable grown-up babies with tinges of racism…and that was before Trump became the leader of the Republican Party.

On Wednesday, Paul Ryan told his staff and the world what most of us already knew, he’s not going to be Speaker of the House in 2019.

Ryan stood up to Trump before Trump came to power. In 2016, after candidate Trump said a judge of Mexican heritage was unfit to oversee a lawsuit against him because he was of Mexican heritage, Ryan said that was the “textbook definition of a racist comment.”

After President Trump said there were good people among the white supremacists in Charlottesville chanting “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us,” Ryan was silent. When Trump said, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?,” Ryan said those type of comments were “unfortunate.”

What was truly unfortunate was having a Speaker of the House refuse to stand up for what’s right and put country over party and Trump worship. Ryan was able to call out Trump’s racism until that racist became someone who’d help him cut healthcare benefits, provide huge tax cuts to the richest one percent of Americans, and place a conservative on the Supreme Court seat the GOP stole from President Obama.

Ryan always claimed his goal was to trim the national debt. With Trump’s help, he’s put into place cuts that will eventually leave us with a $19 trillion deficit.

Some say Ryan is getting out now because he doesn’t want to lose his upcoming election. I don’t think that’s it. I think he’s getting out now because he doesn’t want to work with the Trump and have to explain his early-morning tweets from the toilet anymore, and he has no ambition to be Minority Leader.

Ryan says he’s leaving to spend more time with his family as he’s tired of only seeing his children on weekends. We’ll see how often he’s home if he takes a job lobbying in D.C.

Paul Ryan sold his soul to the devil and that devil’s name is Donald Trump. Maybe, in a few short years from now when Trump is in a federal penitentiary, Paul Ryan can visit it on weekends.

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Big Box O’ Welfare


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Republicans love to bash people who receive government assistance. It’s red meat for the hater crowd. It’s always a veiled way to tell your right-wing voters that you share their racist sentiments and all the problems in this nation are the cause of minorities. Hey, it worked for Hitler.

In 1976, presidential candidate Ronald Reagan used the bully pulpit and attacked people on government assistance by describing a “welfare queen” who, according to Reagan, she “used 80 names, 30 addresses, 15 telephone numbers to collect food stamps, Social Security, veterans’ benefits for four nonexistent deceased veteran husbands, as well as welfare. Her tax-free cash income alone has been running $150,000 a year.”

Newt Gingrich, former Republican Speaker of the House, once told a tale of a welfare recipient who used her benefits to fly to Hawaii.

The “welfare queen,” as she was originally dubbed by The Chicago Tribune, really did exist. But she was an extreme example Reagan used to cast all welfare recipients as villains, and by the way, she was probably black. As for flying to Hawaii on food stamps, I’m not sure how that’s done since you can’t use them to even purchase diapers.

Fox News likes to run stories about people using food stamps to purchase lobsters (when I Googled stories about people using welfare to buy lobsters, I got a bunch of results about the welfare of lobsters).

Republicans in several states enacted laws to drug test recipients of welfare. Altogether, they’ve spent millions testing and have had positive results come back from around eight percent of recipients. Most states have discovered drug usage among welfare recipients to be less than one percent. Still, Republicans in other states, ignoring it’s a failed and wasteful system, keep proposing they implement it too. I have a family member on welfare, whose husband refuses to work, who complains about black people on welfare.

The percentage of drug usage in the general population is around nine percent, which is higher than those on welfare. If you listen to Republicans, the percentage of drug users on welfare rivals the percentage of drug users in Aerosmith.

Most welfare recipients work. The majority of welfare recipients are white. Republican-voting states receive the most federal assistance, nine out of ten of the poorest states are red, and 97 of the poorest counties are in red states. If this tells us only one thing, it’s that stupid Republican ideas, like drug testing welfare recipients, are not helping anyone rise up out of poverty.

It doesn’t matter to them if drug testing is a failed policy, or it’s accompanied by the irony that it’s more financially wasteful than people on food stamps purchasing lobsters. A dumb idea is a good political idea if it scapegoats minorites (agh! Illegal immigrants on welfare!). Which brings us to welfare in a box.

The Trump administration is proposing welfare in a box, which Budget Director Mike Mulvaney is calling “America’s Harvest Box.” This stupid plan has stuck in my head the Lonely Island song “Dick In A Box.” The song is less offensive than the Trump policy.

The idea is apparently the brainchild of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, and the administration says it’ll be a lot cheaper to send rice and beans to welfare recipients than allowing them to make their own dietary decisions. The idea is so great, they hid it at the bottom of the budget hoping no one would see it. Dick in a box, indeed.

There are questions. How will the boxes be delivered? How will recipients without addresses receive their boxes? How will it deal with perishables? Even Amazon isn’t shipping celery for a good reason. How will lawmakers deal with outraged grocery stores who will lose millions, maybe billions, from customers?

This idea is as dead in the water as the future career prospects for current Trump appointees. Then again, why are we so eager to go after welfare when there are better targets in the federal and state budgets?

There’s more than one government program for the needy, but SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) is less than two percent of the federal budget. Feeding the poor costs every American family about $36 a year. If it means a child eats, even with my unemployed racist inlaw buying shellfish, I’ll write you a check right now.

Meanwhile, corporate welfare receives much more. The Cato Institute estimates that the federal government spends over $100 billion a year on corporate welfare. Sixty three billion of that goes to Fortune 500 companies. Boeing receives $13 billion. Oil companies receive around $4 billion. Berkshire Hathaway (which owns my former employer, The Free Lance Star), a company with $485 billion in assets, with over $20 billion in profits, and an owner, Warren Buffett, who is worth about $58 billion, gets a billion a year from me and you. I don’t hear any lawmakers screaming for Mr. Buffett to pee in a cup, though his fake-cousin may fail a margarita test.

We get upset over spending $36 a year on feeding people. What doesn’t bother anyone is taking $870 from each family a year to give to corporations. Aren’t we already willfully giving enough of our money to Walmart and Amazon without the federal government tapping us for more? Where is the outrage? Where are the demands for scalps of those receiving millions in corporate bonuses while their companies suck at the government teat? Where’s the outrage at Walmart for receiving federal welfare while not paying their employees enough to get off social welfare? Nobody’s demanding the Walton family to subsist on baloney and government cheese.

This isn’t so much about welfare in a box as it it’s all a bag of….well, you know.

Here’s the video.

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