What a completely demoralizing week…but we persist. DD(DumDonnie) thinks he can shock us into giving up…He’s got another thing coming..The dipshit works for us even though he seems to think he’s boss and we work for him. Not the way it works in our democracy.
Wanna stop this fucking monster? Really wanna stop this giant asshole? 90 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE STREETS ON THE SAME WEEKEND! THESE REPUBLICAN ASSHOLES ARE ALL IN ON IT! THE CHIEF ASSHOLE IS HAPPY WE ARE ALL VERY UPSET. WE HAVE TO GET EVEN MORE ANGRY WITH THESE REPUBLICANS
On the contrary. We very much want a floor vote. Watch what happens in the congressional polls the week after. It won't pass in the Senate. If this passes the House, I think we can pick up 40 seats. https://t.co/pbgCgZvr0g
As usual, I present this post with the caveat that I am neither a scholar nor a specialist in this field; I’m merely providing an overview for those who wish to have a cursory explanation and enough information to enable continued research on one’s own. For the parenthetical part of the title of this post, I chose the less-common, but contemporaneously-accurate, reference to the Chinese Restriction Act, although today it is most often called the Chinese Exclusion Act. This was a conscious choice, guided by my desire to show the fluidity and evolution of the immigration restrictions directed at the Chinese, and later other Asian immigrants.
The IG report was what we expected it to be, conformation that James Comey used his position indiscriminately to cover his own ass. I’m hoping the report goes the way of the dinosaurs and disappears now that we got confirmation. The longer it sticks around the more we’ll hear the Trump sycophants use it for their own false narrative.
As SBG points out…
Dear @mattgaetz@RonDeSantisFL & @RepAndyBiggsAZ – just be honest. You want those so you can put out another fake memo so you can protect the corrupt criminal masquerading as President, who keeps smearing DoJ in order to cover his own ass & discredit them. NOT HAPPENING. Go away.
My reasoning for wanting the IG report to go away…Cohen and Manafort’s day in court today is more important to take center stage.
Until the additional report that we’ve read about concerning NY FBI and Ghouliani and what was leaked, which is more important by leaps and bounds than the one released Thursday becasue it could very well bring down charges by DOJ against all involved.
I’m inclined to believe that Rod Rosenstein’s appearance at the WH that coincided with the release of the IG Report might have something to do with the additional report that I mentioned above. Reasoning being that I believe the report by the IG in reference to the criminality of Rudy and the NY FBI agents has already been written up and Rod has it in his possession already.
Excellent breakdown of the IG Report…
THREAD: Far from supporting Trump’s claim that election was “rigged” in favor of Clinton, DOJ's #IGReport found:
👉🏼No bias in the decision not to prosecute Clinton for using private email 👉🏼Comey was "insubordinate" w/his acts that HURT Clinton
The morons have finally started to use their hypocritical Christianity in an attempt to legitimize their bullshit policies and try and use it to make way for their idea of theocracy.
Pence tried and got shot down very quickly…
Pence just told 10,000 at the Southern Baptist Convention how wonderful tRUmp is working to END the Johnson Amendment protecting separation of church and state… It bombed and the leader later called him out on it! pic.twitter.com/ADX3rvnyYM
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly 🌊 BWCS (@AynRandPaulRyan) June 14, 2018
I mentioned on air to @NicolleDWallace today that the best response to Comey's justification for departing from the rules was this quote in the IG report from longtime national security prosecutor George Toscas. Worth a read. pic.twitter.com/Q6nGilcBC9
The release of this Inspector General report confirms what has been clear for some time: though FBI leadership made errors in judgment in the run-up to the election, those actions were not influenced by any political bias and, if anything, helped Donald Trump’s candidacy.
Panic on social media…Trumpers grasping at straws!
The bots & trolls are out in full force attacking FBI Director Christopher Wray and calling for him to resign/be fired because he accepted the findings of the #IGReport instead of indulging Trump's "deep state" conspiracy theories. pic.twitter.com/mju6dqF8lH
Father Time Overcome by Love, Hope, and Beauty (1627, oil on canvas)
Today’s inspiration came from this song by Vienna Teng about a nascent activist, as well as Rebecca Solnit’s book Hope in the Darkness: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities.
So what is this “hope” of which I speak? Solnit says it best:
It’s important to say what hope is not: it is not the belief that everything was, is, or will be fine. The evidence is all around us of tremendous suffering and tremendous destruction. The hope I’m interested in is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities, ones that invite or demand that we act. It’s also not a sunny everything-is-getting-better narrative, though it may be a counter to the everything-is-getting-worse narrative. You could call it an account of complexities and uncertainties, with openings. “Critical thinking without hope is cynicism, but hope without critical thinking is naivete,” the Bulgarian writer Maria Popova recently remarked. And Patrisse Cullors, one of the founders of Black Lives Matter, early on described the movement’s mission as to “Provide hope and inspiration for collective action to build collective power to achieve collective transformation, rooted in grief and rage but pointed towards vision and dreams.” It’s a statement that acknowledges that grief and hope can coexist. Source:Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit, pp. xiii-xiv
Grief and rage when I see this:
“The Democrats are not making any of this easy. They’ve decided it’s more fun to be the resistance than to do their job and help us govern the country.”
Set your hope on fire/action item
Call your senators, particularly if you have D senators, and encourage them to vote against cloture on all of 45*s judges; Senate comity has been abused (blue slips, anyone?) by the Republicans, and it’s long past time to fight back with all the tools we have.
Grief and rage when I see this:
The Trump administrating is arguing in court that the ACA’s requirement to cover people with pre-existing conditions should be thrown out. This would be a return to pre-ACA insurance practices. Here are some reminders of how that worked.
Set your hope on fire/action item
Call your House member and senators, and let them know that this is a deal breaker; demand that they make a public statement, so that voters will know their position. Supporting a D candidate for the House or Senate? Contact them, and demand that they address this issue loudly and proudly.
Grief and rage when I see this:
top Trump economist Hassett refers to Trump pledge not to touch Social Security and Medicare as a “short-term” commitment to “prioritize” cutting taxes
They’ll be getting bargain basement prices. I’m wonder if there’s an accessible registry of LLC’s that have been doing the buying on the foreclosures? And how many are Trump shell companies? https://t.co/E0mWOL9Jchhttps://t.co/E0mWOL9Jch
Set your hope on fire/action item
Given the botched and frankly, inhumane, response to the crisis in Puerto Rico, a foreclosure moratorium should be the minimal response. #CanceltheDebt is another ask, as is a repeal of the provisions of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (the “Jones Act”) which place such a burden on Puerto Rico.
With the rampaging destruction being carried on by the Republicans, this diary could be never-ending. But while we’re all helping in some form or another to make the Blue Wave happen in November, I wanted to illustrate that hope isn’t a state of being; it’s a series of actions that we take today. Preparing for November is, sadly, not enough. We must be working the phones, educating our friends and neighbors, and committing to act now. While no one person can do all of the work, together we create the ripples which will lead to the wave.
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Everyone is going to start to realize something we came to realize even before the election. That Putin/Russia helped get Dotard elected to cause turmoil everywhere. It will give Putin lots of shits and giggles at what is happening becasue of the fucking mess Dotard is creating. Starting to look like the G7 is going to become the G6. Everything is playing right into Putin’s hands.
Going to be that line in the sand coming soon that Trump is going to cross that I don’t think even the Republican party, or at least the ones not already traitorous, is going to start going against Trump. At least I hope some of them get their heads out of the sand before the economy takes a nosedive. If not it will be the end of the Republican party.
I’m firmly starting to believe that Bobby is taking as long as he has becasue there are 100’s within the Republican party and others like the Mercers that are going down. Everything is so convoluted that Bobby will want to get them all at once and not let any stragglers miss their time in the poop walks.
Gonna be the shit storm to make all other shit storms look like a fart.
Weldon has known Artemenko for over a decade & was furious that NYT exposed the "peace plan." “We were so close,” Weldon complained, per source. "We had already secured funding for the promotion of the plan from Viktor Vekselberg’s fund in New York City.” https://t.co/1UC08lljVU
To sum up: Vekselberg was allegedly bankrolling the promotion of a plan that involved lifting RU sanctions. Michael Cohen met w/Vekselberg, delivered the plan to Flynn (though he now denies it), started getting paid by Vekselberg’s US fund soon thereafter. https://t.co/1UC08lljVU
Schiff writes to Nunes and asks him to share witness transcripts to Mueller’s team, suggesting that “certain witnesses” may have lied to the House committee and may have to face perjury charges pic.twitter.com/3bSCkEloGM
I’ve loved theatre for most of my life. When I was in high school, I attended all the school plays, and with my humanities class was able to see William Devane in a production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (he originated the role of McMurphy off-Broadway) that was done at a local theatre-in-the-round. After college, I treated myself one birthday to a production of The Elephant Man at the Blackstone in Chicago, which starred David Bowie; it was an amazing and memorable performance. Although opera has become my theatre-going choice of late, plays and musical theatre still hold a special place for me. The Tony’s are the only award show I ever watch, and since they’re airing this Sunday, June 10th (CBS, 8 EST), I thought I’d give a little preview of what to expect. (As much as I appreciate and enjoy the technical side of theatre, I’m only going to highlight the Best Play and Best Musical categories.) And the nominees are…
Another week without poop walks…Trump getting more deranged by the day…Imposing tariffs on our ex-allies which in turn is going to make prices of everything go up. Sure seems like the Repukes want to see the prices go up until only the rich can afford anything. Gasoline has gone up here almost $1/gal in the last 3 or 4 months and is hovering around $3.00/gal…Food prices are rising to the point where all we’ll be able to afford is Ramen at the rate Trump is going. Higher fuel prices is going to mean trucking company prices are going to go up which will in turn mean all consumer prices will rise…
We really need to see Bobby get down and dirty with the mobsters and start either poop walking the assholes or leaking strategic info to make Trump and his cabal make some big mistakes so more people see what is happening.
Until the polls open in November we are going to see some bleak times unless we see some movement against Trump…Until then it’s imperative we get out the vote and make sure people with us VOTE.
Updated story: Trudeau government to hit back against Trump steel and aluminum tariffs with billions in tariffs on U.S. products: https://t.co/wMzD7rIdat
I really don't fucking care what Roseanne said *or* what Sam Bee said at this point. I care that the Prime Minister of Canada is very politely urging us to get our shit together before the world breaks and that the press is (mostly) acting like that's all just another day's work.
159 Canadian Forces personnel have been killed in action in Afghanistan fighting side by side with Americans after our country was attacked on 9/11. That Trump would say CANADA is a security threat to America is as loathsome as it is stupid. Trump is doing tremendous damage
“Hey Dirty Donald, Tricky Dick Nixon, here. The dark one likes the cut of your jib. Taking people’s children away at the border really made an impression. Ailes and I can’t wait to see ya!” pic.twitter.com/BZ2q9g0i26
White Nationalists salute 45* at National Policy Institute conference, November 19, 2016. Photo by Daniel Lombroso/The Atlantic
Today’s post is inspired this tweet thread by Aphra Behn (@Shaker_aphra), who inspires and educates me on a daily basis. Visuals offered without commentary.
I realize some people think “Nazi” is just a snarl word. It’s not. People who are pointing out similarities between what’s going on here and other authoritarian, racist regimes are trying to jolt people out of the Dream of American Exceptionalism.
San Antonio motorcycle cops wearing MAGA hats (in violation of city policy) in October 2016. Photo: Twitter screenshot
During an Oval Office meeting last February, Trump acted as if he was at a rally, making up Hispanic names and noting crimes they might have committed — saying the crowd would roar for deportations. Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller laughed. https://t.co/3rLF1J73q4pic.twitter.com/N9SqiJkg1d
Nazi policy encouraged racially “acceptable” couples to have as many children as possible. Because of the number of children in this Nazi party official’s family, the mother earned the “Mother’s Cross.” Germany, date uncertain. (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC)
Identification pictures of a prisoner, accused of homosexuality, who arrived at the Auschwitz concentration camp on June 6, 1941. He died there a year later. Auschwitz, Poland. (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC)
I understood 25 years ago that the conservatives in the country we’re out of their fucking minds with their rhetoric but whoever would have thought it could have gotten to where we are now. I think part of why we ignored their bullshit was becasue Bubba had the country running like a well oiled machine and everyone prospered.
Life was great and then 9/11 happened and changed the whole worldview. It allowed the Republicans to start ranting and raving and do their sword rattling. Then in 2008 Sarah Palin crawled out from under a rock to spearhead with her rhetoric what we are seeing now.
The racism and utter lack of compassion for anyone other than the ultra-conservatives in the country has been an in your face assault on democracy and our way of life. They found the perfect vehicle in Trump, they thought, but never realized he had plans of his own to become a despot. The few sane Republicans have woken up to what is happening while the Trump sycophants have sold their souls.
We will have to GOTV and show up in record numbers in November to right the wrongs we are living through. While I believe Bob Mueller will eventually bring down Trump and his traitorous cabal it is paramount that we as Democrats and sane citizens put a halt to their tearing down the norms by voting them all out in November.
Hell has officially frozen over…Wonder what Ryan and the rest will say to this?
If you don't think this is a big deal, it is. McConnell is clearly admitting there's ZERO foul play here and Mueller should be supported. That's big, especially considering how cowardly McConnell has been in regardes to standing up to Trump. https://t.co/55qqcMnDK7