Saturday, January 29, 2022

Trump Tosses An Unhinged, Deranged Word Salad In Texas, Terrified Of Possible Criminal Charges And Threatening More Violence: "They Wanna Put Me In Jail!"

"I Did A Book"

It's Victor Davis Hanson

Why Would Someone Who Had Nothing To Do With The Insurrection Want To Pardon The Insurrectionists?
January 1933

They Started Lining Up For The Rally 24+ Hours Before It Began

Other Rallies (Or Not)

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Crisis In America: Minnie Mouse's Blue Pantsuit Is A Progressive Plot To Distract Us From $30 Pieces Of Bacon (And Otherwise "Destroy Our Society")

Candace Owens Sees Plot To "Destroy Fabrics Of Society" In Minnie Mouse Wearing A Pantsuit
Allison Quinn, The Daily Beast, January 27, 2022
Candace Owens argued with a completely straight face late Wednesday that a new campaign featuring Minnie Mouse in a pantsuit in France is evidence of a progressive plot to "destroy fabrics of society" and distract from bacon that she claims costs $30 in the U.S. Speaking to Jesse Watters on Fox News, Owens appeared to barely contain her outrage. "I mean look, this is why people don't take these people seriously," she said. "They're trying to destroy fabrics of our society saying that there's issues, so everybody looks over here. Look at Minnie Mouse. Don't look at inflation, Jesse, look at Minnie Mouse. The world is going forward because you've got her in a pantsuit. Never mind that you can't get anything at the grocery store and you can't buy a piece of bacon unless you've got $30 in your pocket. At least we're addressing the real problem, which is Minnie Mouse," she said. It was not immediately clear where Owens got the idea that Minnie Mouse's traditional red and white polka dot dress had been deemed a "problem." Disneyland Paris and designer Stella McCartney made very clear in statements this week that the Disney character's new garb is only temporary, part of a one-month promotion to honor Women's History Month in March and Disney's 30th anniversary of its Paris theme park.
Jesse Watters: I have some real news and I can't believe I'm actually saying this, Candace, but Disney is totally changing Minnie Mouse. Disney is putting Minnie Mouse in a pantsuit. That's right. They're getting rid of the skirt and this is Disney Paris or something like that. And I thought, who better to ask about this than Candace Owens. Your reaction? Why are they doing this?

Candace Owens: Oh, I'm just so glad. I'm so glad they're doing this. Let me just tell you, Jesse. It goes back to, like when they did this to the M&M's and now they're making her more masculine and I'm glad that they're now saying -- realizing that this needs to be addressed. You know, all of us were traumatized when we saw Minnie Mouse and she was looking like a female as we were growing up.

I mean, look, this is why people don't take these people seriously. They're taking all of these things that nobody was offended by and feel like they have to get rid of them and destroy them because they're bored. You know, they're absolutely bored. They're trying to destroy fabrics of our society, pretending that there's issues. So everybody looks over here, look at Minnie Mouse. Don't look at inflation, Jesse, look at Minnie Mouse. The world is going forward because we've got her in a pantsuit. Never mind, that you can't get anything at the grocery store and you can't buy a piece of bacon unless you've got $30 in your pocket. At least, we're addressing the real problem, which is Minnie Mouse.

Watters: That's right. That's right. They're bored out of their minds and they're just making it all uncomfortable for the rest of us.

Wait until they find out about Bugs Bunny . . .

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The "Fuck Your Feelings" Crowd Clutch Their Pearls And Look For A Fainting Couch

Monday, January 24, 2022

New York Times Publishes Fawning Puff Piece About January 6 Seditionists

The New York Times' latest puff piece about Trump supporters (an on-going series now in its seventh year) focused on the seditionists who took part in a deadly attempt to overthrow the government. It wa s published on the front page yesterday.
Eric Boehlert, Press Run, January 24, 2022:
Two days after it was reported that a detailed plan to seize voting machines was passed around the White House in December 2020, as part of Trump's plan to steal the presidential election, the New York Times on Sunday published a gentle profile of MAGAs who were part of a violent insurrection on January 6.

Portraying the deadly coup attempt as a spiritual rebirth for right-wing activists, one that "has given them new purpose" and a sense of "community," the Times' front-page piece detailed how insurrection participants had returned home renewed and committed to the Trump cause — how the attack on the Capitol "became a galvanizing new beginning."

What was missing from the article was context. The Times did not reach out to a single Democrat for a quote, or any experts in the rise of authoritarianism in the U.S., or even any Republicans who don't view an insurrection as the crowning achievement of the conservative movement. As with so many loving profiles of Trump voters over the years, no dissenting voices were allowed.

The Times piece never tried to explain what the news value of the exercise was. The media's firm fixation on Trump voters isn't normal — the idea that our politics needs to concern itself with the feelings of voters who supported the presidential loser has no basis in how the press traditionally views the election season.

It's all part of the paper's steadfast commitment to normalizing Trump and the dangerous movement he leads — the paper's hallmark devotion to constantly elevating white, middle-class voters from red states and portraying them as the most important political voices in America. . . .

The Times remains so institutionally committed to publishing updates about Trump Voters, while whitewashing the danger they pose to this country, that the paper can no longer recognize the absurdities of the premises they use. It would be like publishing a fawning profile of Neo-Nazis who traveled to Charlottesville in 2017. Remember the Times' misguided profile of a Trump-supporting Nazi from Ohio? (Nazis are people too!) . . .

This all goes back to 2016. Anxious to brush off claims of liberal media bias after Trump's surprise victory, reporters fanned out to GOP bastions to eagerly record every utterance from his supporters. We witnessed a conveyor belt of stories about blue-collar voters in virtually all-white counties inside red states announcing that they really, really like Trump. . . .

When Trump lost in 2020, journalists again swooped into GOP-friendly outposts . . . as the press gave close-minded Trump supporters a platform to spread untrue claims about the election and about President Joe Biden.

It was bad enough when the Times glorified Trump voters. Now they're celebrating insurrectionists.
Some comments:
Albany Poster
Regarding "NY Times fawns over Trump's insurrection...", one is reminded of a 1938 magazine article Good Housekeeping did on Hitler showing him relaxing at his home in the Bavarian Alps. Same normalizing of a fascist leader as Sunday's front-page story in the New York Times. Then in 2025 the Times will have one of their classic 20-20 hindsight articles in which they fault everyone but themselves for the death of democracy in this country.

Eric Boehlert
I'm not even sure there will be the hindsight articles

There will be at least one because it will offer an opportunity to blame Dems for not stopping them and ask "what are they gonna do about it?"

. . . 

Right down there with the NYT reporting that after he was convicted and sentenced to prison for the Beer Hall Putsch, "Adolf Hitler plans to leave politics and return to his native Austria." . . .

Gee, funny how they NY Times has blocked commenting on that article.
Also this past week: A stock broker who is annoyed at spending an additional 50 cents at Chipotle warranted a New York Times profile:
It's been quite a week for the Times. One of my favourite Twitter feeds. It's frighteningly accurate.

Trump Wanders Around Mar-A-Lago Dining Room Every Single Night, Begging For Applause

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In other news, after Trump heard the January 6 Committee wants to question his daughter Ivanka, he ripped the Committee for picking on a "child". . . . Ivanka Trump is 40 years old. By the way, that line about "toddlers appearing before judges" refers to the deportation hearings connected to Trump's inhumane separation of thousands of more than 5,500 children, some as young as four months old, from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

On June 27, 2018, the Texas Tribune reported: "Immigrant Toddlers Ordered To Appear In Court Alone". The following month, NPR reported: "1-Year-Old Shows Up In Immigration Court"

Close to four years later, the parents of about 270 children still have not been found. The Trump administration did not bother to keep too many records. There was talk of each family being financially compensated (as if a check could make up for the trauma of having your one-year-old daughter stolen from you and then returned when she is five), but Joe Biden has said, "Fuck that."

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Crisis In America: The Woke Mob Has Made M&Ms Unfuckable

Bet you didn't think M&Ms were pushing intolerance, but they were, they've been changed. You're seeing those changes on the screen. The green M&M, you will notice, is no longer wearing sexy boots. Now she's wearing sensible sneakers. Why the change? Well according to M&Ms, "We all win when we see more women in leading roles. Because leading women do not wear sexy boots, leading women wear frumpy shoes. The frumpier the better. That's the rule.

The other big change is that the brown M&M has "transitioned from high stilettos to lower block heels", also less sexy. That's progress. M&Ms will not be satisfied until every last cartoon character is deeply unappealing and totally androgynous. Until the moment you wouldn't want to have a drink with any one of them. That's the goal. When you are totally turned off, we've achieved equity. They've won. . . .

[And the orange M&M will] acknowledge and embrace his anxiety. And actually if you look at him, the orange M&M does appear very anxious. Maybe he doesn't like all the ugly new shoes he sees around him. Maybe he liked the sexy boots. Maybe the orange M&M is a secret sexist himself.
Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson is the most influential right-wing media commentator in the US. Tucker Carlson is angry at no longer being sexually aroused by cartoon candy mascots. His fantasies of taking a green M&M out for drinks (and more!) has been heartlessly crushed by the libs! Tucker Carlson is 52 years old.

But the man who Fox lawyers insisted in court could not be taken seriously by any "reasonable viewer" when it came to truth-telling was only one of FOUR Fox talking heads to voice outrage at being denied M&Ms as stroke material.
When I eat a bag of M&MS, do I wonder which color and shape best represents my identity? No, because it's [bleep]ing chocolate. . . . If you really truly want to make an M&M feel like they belong, you probably shouldn't be eating them. I mean, what kind of message does it send to children when you devour these non-binary bonbons?
Gutfield! also suggested updating the Three Musketeers by replacing their swords with protest signs. Jessie Watters suggested changing the names of other "offensive candies", such as "Hershey Consensual Kisses" and "Butt His Finger".

Sean "No More Stolen Election Talk. Ever." Hannity posted a tweet:

Friday, January 21, 2022

Trump Prepared Executive Order To Have Dept. Of Defense Seize All US Voting Machines; Giuliani Led Efforts To Compile And Submit Forged Elector Documents For 7 States (Trump Laywer Publicly Admits The Plot Was Real)

Read The Never-Issued Trump Order That Would Have Seized Voting Machines
The Jan. 6 select panel has obtained the draft order and a document titled "Remarks on National Healing." Both are reported here in detail for the first time.
Betsy Woodruff Swan, Politico, January 21, 2022
Among the records that Donald Trump's lawyers tried to shield from Jan. 6 investigators are a draft executive order that would have directed the defense secretary to seize voting machines and a document titled "Remarks on National Healing." 

POLITICO has reviewed both documents. The text of the draft executive order is published here for the first time. [PDF]

The executive order — which also would have appointed a special counsel to probe the 2020 election — was never issued. . . .

[T]he draft executive order is dated Dec. 16, 2020, and is consistent with proposals that lawyer Sidney Powell made to the then-president. On Dec. 18, 2020, Powell, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump administration lawyer Emily Newman, and former CEO Patrick Byrne met with Trump in the Oval Office. 

In that meeting, Powell urged Trump to seize voting machines and to appoint her as a special counsel to investigate the election, according to Axios. . . .

The draft executive order shows that the weeks between Election Day and the Capitol attack could have been even more chaotic than they were. It credulously cites conspiracy theories about election fraud in Georgia and Michigan, as well as debunked notions about Dominion voting machines. 

The order empowers the defense secretary to "seize, collect, retain and analyze all machines, equipment, electronically stored information, and material records required for retention under" a U.S. law that relates to preservation of election records. It also cites a lawsuit filed in 2017 against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. 

Additionally, the draft order would have given the defense secretary 60 days to write an assessment of the 2020 election. That suggests it could have been a gambit to keep Trump in power until at least mid-February of 2021.

It opens by citing a host of presidential authorities to permit the steps that Trump would take, including the Constitution and Executive Order 12333, a well-known order governing the intelligence community. But the draft executive order also cites two classified documents: National Security Presidential Memoranda 13 and 21. 

The existence of the first of those memoranda is publicly known, but the existence of the second has not been previously reported. . . .

The fact that the draft executive order's author knew about the existence of Memorandum 21 suggests that they had access to information about sensitive government secrets, the person told POLITICO. . . .

A Trump spokesperson declined to comment for this story.



Thursday, January 20, 2022

Some More News: "100 Years Of Trump"

Some More News: "Orange Man Indeed Bad: 100 Years Of Trump"
January 19, 2021

I really like this guy. . . . 

And I cannot imagine how much time and effort went into writing that seventy-minute episode.

Discussing Voting Rights, McConnell Says Both Blacks & Americans Vote In Similar Numbers

The Washington Examiner erased McConnell's racism, dishonestly adding the word "other" to his quote.
McConnell absolutely did not say "other Americans". He was showing clear evidence that, in his mind, there is difference between black Americans and true Americans. There was no ambiguity.

The racism is all around us. Americans with white skin and British, Germanic, or Nordic ancestry are called "Americans". All other Americans are put into a specific hyphenated subcategory: African-American, Italian-Americans, Asian-Americans, etc.

More GQP Racism (And Head-Slapping Idiocy)