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  • Mar 02, 2021 09:13 AM
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    I know that we've had numerous discussions about Trump's legal problems on this site, but the search bar at the top of the screen did not pull up any of them this morning.

    The reason I thought of the topic this morning was due to an article about former French president Nicolas Sarkozy that appeared in the Washington Post this morning - and I was struck by how similar he is to Donald Trump.

    "The ex-president was a polarizing figure, a firebrand who relished in ruffling the feathers of opponents to the left. At home, he demonized immigrants and ethnic minorities and aped the rhetoric of the far right. His penchant for shattering norms, including efforts to politicize the judiciary, drew the ire of critics. Abroad, he raised eyebrows after conspicuously courting Middle East potentates. His glamorous wife, at least for a time, was more admired than him."

    "Eventually, the public tired of his act and the support of a motivated base proved insufficient; he became a one-term president, cast out of power by a national electorate eager for a return to “normalcy.” Stripped of the shield of presidential immunity, he then found himself mired in spiraling legal battles. He raged against the “grotesque” witch hunt against him, but could not forestall an ignominious reckoning."

    "No, we’re not talking about former president Donald Trump. On Monday, a French court found former French president Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of corruption and influence peddling. He was given a three-year sentence, two years of which were suspended. He may still avoid actual jail time following appeals, but the reputational damage, at the very least, is done — Sarkozy is only the second head of state in modern France to be convicted of corruption."

    Trump has been impeached twice for abuse of power. Even though he was aquitted both time, he still faces legal cases in New York State (2) and Georgia. Since Republican senators will not be involved in the final outcome of any of those cases, he eventually will fact some real consequences for his actions.


  • Jul 20, 2019 05:06 PM
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    May be a cartoon of one or more people and text that says 'Who benefits from a higher minimum wage? 一 WHAT PEOPLE THINK Teenager THE REALITY Works part time after school Average age: 35 years old Lives with parents 90% are not teens, they're 20 or older Earning extra spending money 59% are women 28% have children 54% work full time Essential and front-line workers make majority those who would benefit. Statisties More woukdbe affected 515.00 epi.org/raisethewage wincrease.in Economie Institute'
  • Feb 23, 2018 10:50 AM
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    May be a cartoon of 1 person and text that says 'FORMER CPAC CHAIR: THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS NOW A CULT OF LIARS:

    Mickey Edwards was one of three founding trustees of the Heritage Foundation and the national chairman of the American Conservative Union.

    Edwards has also served as co-chairman of a Brookings Institution/Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Resources for International Affairs as well as the Brookings Working Group on Campaign Finance Reform and for five years as chairman of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. He has served on the board of directors of the Constitution Project and was the director of the congressional policy task forces advising Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign.

    In a radio interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on November 5, 2008, Edwards said that he had voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 general election. He endorsed Joe Biden in 2020 and left the Republican Party after the storming of the United States Capitol.


  • Jan 05, 2015 09:30 AM
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    Louie Gohmert's lawyers were in the news today - and it does not look good for them.

    Washington D.C. attorney Patrick Malone submitted two separate bar complaints to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals Office of Disciplinary counsel. The two complaints target three members of the D.C Bar: (1) Julia Z. Haller; (2) Lawrence Joseph; and (3) Brandon Johnson.

    Each of the accused attorneys is named in a complaint concerning the case stylized as Gohmert v. Pence, a lawsuit filed by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) late last year which asked a federal judge to reconfigure a post-Reconstruction law in order to give then-vice president Mike Pence the power to determine the winner of the 2020 presidential election. The lawsuit was tossed by a federal district court. Then it was thrown out by a federal appellate court. Completing the hat trick, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider the lawsuit with a single sentence in early January.

    Malone also alleges that the attorneys submitted “a fake document” to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in order to give the impression that the Arizona State Legislature had signed off on challenges to the authenticity of the November election results.

    “Close study of the [lawsuit] and its Exhibit A shows that the lawyers who presented the [lawsuit] knew they were trying to pull a fast one on the federal court in Texas where they brought this case,” Malone alleges. “They inserted weasel words in their various references to the Arizona Legislature in an apparent effort to give them a fig leaf if caught.”

    The complaints also allege a “direct line” from the pro-Trump litigation to the “mob attacks” of Jan. 6.


  • Feb 27, 2021 09:27 PM
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    I finished reading Barack Obama's latest book tonight, and I would highly recommend it for your reading pleasure.

    At 706 pages, it's not a quick read, but it's worth the effort.

    I bought my copy at Costco, which made if a little more affordable. My favorite wife will be reading it next.

  • Feb 23, 2018 10:50 AM
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    Here's more about the golden calf:

    THE REAL STAR OF FRIDAY’S SHOW: A gilded, larger-than-life-size statue of Trump … and you’ll never guess where it was crafted.

    “It was made in Mexico,” said artist TOMMY ZEGAN, who traveled all the way to CPAC from Rosarito, Mexico, where he lives as an American expat on a permanent resident visa.

    The supply chain: Zegan spent over six months crafting the 200-pound fiberglass statue with the help of three men in Rosarito. He transported it to Tampa, Fla., where it was painted in chrome, then hauled it from there to CPAC in a U-Haul, where he managed to cart it through the conference in just a black-and-white Hawaiian shirt and no CPAC credential. (Tickets were sold out.)

    “If someone offered me $100,000 I’d take it,” Zegan told Playbook.

    There’s more: Zegan crafted an even higher-end, stainless steel version that cost his “life savings,” or $50,000. He said he’s aiming to sell that one for over $1 million. But if not, he hopes to see it in a future Trump Presidential Library. He’s even been in touch with Trump’s longtime executive assistant RHONA GRAFF about the matter.

    “She’s trying to get me in with the right people,” he said.

    Zegan said he tried to get into Mar-a-Lago on Trump’s birthday last year to present the president with the original sculpture, but he couldn’t get past security.

    “I was not a big Trump supporter when he ran,” Zegan told me. “I mean I voted for him because I wasn’t going to vote for Hillary. So I voted for him, but I didn’t really care for him. I used to watch ‘The Apprentice’ but I would turn it off halfway. I thought, ‘This is stupid.’”

  • Feb 23, 2018 10:50 AM
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    The first CPAC conference was it 1974, and Ronald Reagan gave the inaugural speech.

    For most of its history, the attendees were rational people, and the straw poll winners shown in the link below reflect this. Mitt Romney has won more straw votes than any other individual, at 4 times.


    The conference took a hard turn to the right in 2013 (the year that Ted Cruz caused the government to get shut down), when Rand Paul was the straw vote winner. He also won in 2014 and 2015.


    Things got crazier in 2016, when Ted Cruz became the straw vote winner, and Donald Trump was the winner in 2019.

    Due to its hard- right lurch, the initials CPAC now stand for Crazy People At a Conference. Since only 8% of African-Americans voters identify as Republican, the initials could also stand for Colored People Ain’t Coming.

    Speakers at the 2021 CPAC conference include FORMER president Donald Trump. FORMER Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Governor Ron DiSantis, Pete Hegseth (FOX News), Scott Walker, Sarah Sanders, Maj Toure, (founder of Black Guns Matter), former ambassador Richard Grenell, Donald Trump Jr., Charlie Kirk, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Mike Lee, Andy Biggs, Lauren Boebert, Mo Brooks, Matt Gaetz, Paul Gosar, Darrell Issa, Jim Jordan, Devin Nunes, “screech owl” Kimberly Guilfoyle, Ken Paxton, Matthew Boyle (Breitbart News), Kurt Schlicter (Townhall.com), Osama bin Laden look-a-like Ian Smith, Hans von Spakovsky (Heritage Foundation), and Shelby Talcott (Daily Caller), plus a few other crackpots.


    The CPAC conference got a much-needed shot of levity last year when “Borat” crashed the party, but it’s likely that a lot of the folks present were not amused.

    In 2019, Trump hugged a flag on the stage, but this year got even crazier. This year, of course, we got the golden calf (WTF?) and a totally unhinged speech by Tec Cruz.


    Last night Cruz delivered a speech many critics branded “unhinged” to the Conservative Political Action Conference.

    During his presentation he touched on many topics, and managed to find time to joke about his visit to Cancun.

    He complained about the media setting up a “new galactic empire” and his dislike of masks during the pandemic, calling wearing them “virtue signaling”. It came after the US virus death count reached more than 500,000.

    Cruz also joked about people shooting protesters amid a year of unrest caused by continuing police violence against black Americans.

    He told the conference: "In Houston where I live, I have to tell you, there weren't any rioters because let's be very clear, if there had been, they would discover what the state of Texas thinks about the 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms.”

    Also during the speech, Cruz accused Democrats of trying to convert 19-year-old skaters into “socialists” and insisted Donald Trump “ain’t going anywhere”.

    He called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s experiences during the Capitol insurrection “political theatre”

    The executive director of The Democratic Coalition, Scott Dworkin, said the Senator sounded deranged.

    “Ted Cruz just was screaming like an unhinged lunatic at CPAC. So, normal,” he commented.

    Cruz often ends his speeches by quoting from a film. Last night he shouted: “In the immortal words of William Wallace, freedom!”

    Also during the right-wing summit, which today enters its third day in Orlando, organizers have been begging attendees to wear masks, but without much luck.

    Donald Trump Jr spoke yesterday, continuing to promote the lie that Joe Biden did not win the election.

    CNN’s Anderson Cooper has described the gathering as “Woodstock for election liars”.


    Conspicuously absent this year was the NRA, the group that just declared bankruptcy. Taking the organization's place is "Black Guns Matter", a group that ALL black people should be armed. For historical perspective, refer to the Mulford Act, which was passed not long after armed members of the Black Panthers marched into the state capitol in Sacramento.


  • Feb 27, 2021 10:26 AM
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    At one point, Ted Turner owned more land than anyone else in the country.

    That's no longer true.

    The largest owned of farmland in the country is this man:

    Bill and Melinda Gates are big believers in sustainable farming. Now Gates is the country’s biggest owner of farmland — a smart investment that could also spur a national agricultural revolution.


    The mogul’s holdings include large tracts in Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, California, and about a dozen other states. With the Washington state acreage and other recent additions to his portfolio, O’Keefe calculated, Gates now owns at least 242,000 acres of American farmland.

    “Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, has an alter ego,” O’Keefe wrote: “Farmer Bill, the guy who owns more farmland than anyone else in America.”

    Investment guru Michael Larson, who has worked with Gates since 1994, runs the Washington-based Cascade Investment, as well as supervising the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s nearly $50 billion endowment.

  • Oct 11, 2018 04:21 PM
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    Although it's unlikely the MBD personally will suffer any consequences, there ARE ways that justice can be served:

    Focusing on punishing dictators without assisting the societies they suppress risks repeating past U.S. mistakes in the Middle East.

    The best situation would be to facilitate the rise of internal checks on MBS. Ultimately, if the United States wants a future free from foreign interventions and forever wars in the Middle East, this starts with going from a paradigm of managing bad actors to one of encouraging the rise of strong societies that can move the region forward.

    The United States must begin using its tremendous leverage with Saudi Arabia to secure the release of prisoners of conscience and the lifting of travel bans. It should then monitor closely if MBS arrests any newly released prisoners, especially if they dare take to Twitter (or Clubhouse, which is rapidly gaining ground) to express themselves freely.

    Jamal gave his life for our right to free speech. For his sake, we must keep freedom of expression at the top of the agenda. A good future that honors his vision isn’t one where MBS is sanctioned but still oppressive. A good future is one where MBS is internally checked by free Saudis who are able to demand accountability from their government. To aim for anything less is to betray Jamal and his legacy.


  • Jan 27, 2019 12:12 PM
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    The New York Times this morning published a lengthy article about the Washington Post that makes for very interesting reading:


    What saved the Post is its increase in digital subscriptions, and its shift from being a local paper to a national and international news source.

    It's executive editor, Martin Baron, is retiring soon. He was hired by the Post a few months before Jeff Bezos bought the paper.

    Previously, as the Miami Herald’s executive editor, he presided over coverage of the 2000 election recount and Elián González’s repatriation. Then, at The Boston Globe, he oversaw a landmark investigation into sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, later made into the Academy Award-winning film “Spotlight.” Liev Schreiber played Mr. Baron as scruffy, which he is in real life, and gruff, which he swears he is not.

    To edit the newspaper of Woodward and Bernstein was too enticing to pass up (although when Ms. Weymouth approached Mr. Baron during her previous search for an executive editor, in 2008, he was not interested). But he expected his job would involve some managed decline.

    At the beginning of 2013, The Post was modestly profitable but no longer the money-minting machine it was in the 1980s and ’90s, when it reached more households in its geographic area than any other daily. The Post Company’s financial shape was worsening, however, as Kaplan, its test-preparation and for-profit college business, was squeezed by new federal rules.

    The sale to Mr. Bezos was conditioned on a commitment to invest in the newspaper, said Nancy Peretsman, an investment banker at Allen & Company who advised The Post Company on the move.

    Almost immediately after Mr. Bezos’s purchase of the newspaper in August 2013, he dictated that The Post would use its location and reputation to go national, even global.

    “The first substantive point that he made to us,” said Mr. Baron, “was that the strategy that we had of being focused on our region — of being, as they put it, for and about Washington — that may have worked in the past, but it wasn’t going to work any longer.”