Right wingers are fucking scum, I swear

Right wingers are fucking scum I swear.

Imagine how much more we could accomplish if they stopped with their racism, bigotry and science denial, and just focused their energies on helping build a better society with the environment and humans prioritised over corporate profits.

Zero. Zero more would be accomplished, because right wingers are fucking morons.

Sanctions are nothing but inflicting pain on innocent people

This might be totally tangential to the gist of my website, but having lived for most of my life in America as a poor dumbass white boy; I know it takes a lot more than power blackouts, gazillion percent inflation and scarcity of basic commodities to bring a regime like Trumps down. Or any wannabe dictator for that matter, be in North Korea, venezuela, whatever.

Americans are used to comfort, so they aren’t aware of how resilient human beings are, or how human beings prefer order, any kind of order, to chaos. As someone who spent some time homeless living on the street Let me clue you in to something:

The belief that sanctions or tariffs and the hardship caused by sanctions or tariffs will lead people to topple their governments or support those who do so is badly mistaken. During a period of sanctions, people are obsessed with survival, not toppling the government (it is more difficult to get three square meals, so that is what you focus on, you dont give a shit about who is or isnt in charge. Just survival).

I’ve lived through what is basically sanctions like the USA applies to other countries, and the end result is typically the same; the regime wades through, but ordinary people suffer.

This is a profile on John Bolton

This is a profile on John Bolton: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/05/06/john-bolton-on-the-warpath

It’s good, but long. If you don’t want to read it, there’s an audio version (~1 hour, just above the text) that’s done well. It’s pretty terrifying. The man is straight-up militant about everything. He believes in punishing other countries with force.

I would recommend it, though. It’s a pretty engaging article, and you learn about all the crazy shit Bolton was involved with which includes the 2000 election Florida vote count, Bolton’s organization paid Cambridge Analytica $1.2 million between 2014-2016,

Two fun quotes:

In 2011, Bolton became the head of the National Rifle Association’s international-affairs subcommittee. Two years later, he gave a video address to a conference hosted by a Russian gun-rights group, the Right to Bear Arms. In it, Bolton offered congratulations on the twentieth anniversary of the Russian constitution, which, he said, “signalled a new era of freedom for the Russian people and created a new force for democracy in the world.”

and

In March, 2005, Bush nominated Bolton to be the Ambassador to the United Nations, a move that was widely seen as an expression of contempt for the institution. Bolton had a history of deriding the U.N., once saying that if the headquarters “lost ten stories, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.” Still, Democrats in the Senate anticipated a routine hearing; they were the minority party and could do little to resist. Tony Blinken, who was the staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told me that the members began to reconsider as they examined Bolton’s work in the State Department. “We saw a pattern of Mr. Bolton trying to manipulate intelligence to justify his views,” Blinken told me. “If it had happened once, maybe. But it came up multiple times, and always it was the same underlying issue: he would stake out a position, and then, if the intelligence didn’t support it, he would try to exaggerate the intelligence and marginalize the officials who had produced it.” After several days of testimony, Senator George Voinovich, a Republican from Ohio, declared, “John Bolton is the poster child of what someone in the diplomatic corps should not be.”

This, ladies and gents, is our National Security Advisor, currently trying to push every political lever at his disposal to instigate a war with Iran.

The Moon is a dead end, not a gateway to Mars

I’ve seen lots of posting about how it will be more efficient to build refueling plants on the moon to send Mars missions there, because “It’s easier to reach Mars from the Moon because of it’s lower gravity” and other similar nonsense. This is all dead wrong for the following reasons.

1) It likely takes less fuel to get to Mars from Earth, than it does to get to the Moon from Earth

Here is a deltaV map of the Earth, Moon and Mars. If you add up the amount of deltaV to get to the surface of the moon and the surface of mars you get the following (using 10 km/s for earth to LEO)

Earth Surface to Moon Surface: 14.7 km/s

Earth Surface to Mars Surface: 20.2 km/s

Kind of what you expect, Mars is much farther away and takes much more fuel, right? Not necessarily. Now let’s look at what it takes to get to Mars transfer orbit, the amount of deltaV it takes to actually fly right past Mars.

Earth to Mars Intercept: 13.8 km/s

The difference between landing and intercept is the fuel needed to reduce speed so we can orbit Mars, then land on the surface. But, Mars has something the Moon doesn’t, Mars has an atmosphere.

Instead of using fuel to slow to match Mars orbit, we can use aerobraking. That means our ship skips through Mars’ upper atmosphere to burn off velocity to match orbit. Then we can use that same atmosphere to burn off more velocity to actually land, using relatively little fuel to help out.

Sure Mars takes far longer to reach and return from (and can only be visited once every two years), but using aerobraking means we can get there with much less fuel.

2) Ok, so aerobraking is great, still why not use it for launches from the Moon to Mars too?

Lets see how much deltaV we need to get from the Earth and Moon to Mars transfer orbit.

Moon to Mars Transfer: 2.9 km/sec.

Holy gee whillikers! We should start launching from the moon right way!

Wait a second, it’s not that easy. What are we going to launch from the moon? Even if we can make fuel from lunar crater ice, every part of our space-ship, every piece of cargo, all our food and drinking water, and every astronaut, is going to have to be lifted from the Earth to the Moon first, then to Mars. How much deltaV will that take?

Earth To Moon to Mars Intercept: 17.6 km/sec

That’s way more than directly flying to Mars! And the truth is right now there isn’t any magical way to make fuel on the moon. We don’t know where and how much water ice is easily available, how to efficiently process it in an automated way (separating nasty regolith from actual water) to make millions of pounds of fuel, and how many millions of pounds of equipment and fuel need to land on the moon to run the fuel processors. We may need a full nuclear reactor to do it! We are decades away from solving the problems. So right now we’d also have to take all the fuel on this roundabout journey adding massive amounts of cost and significant time to every mission.

And guess what, fuel is cheap. A Falcon 9 only uses a few hundred thousand dollars of fuel per launch. The massive BFR/Starship will take less than a half million dollars of fuel to reach orbit. It’s a huge waste to use hundreds of launches to send the components for massive fuel making plants to the moon when you can use those same launches to send cargo and people direct to Mars.

3) Mars has far more useful resources than the Moon has and is far more hospitable.

I’m not going to argue exploring the moon doesn’t have scientific merit, we absolutely should explore it. But Mars once had lakes, probably oceans, and possibly life, none of which the moon had. Actual cargo, long term habitats and fuel making equipment should go to Mars.

Atmosphere: Mars has a carbon dioxide atmosphere, which makes it easy to make methane, water ice limits the moon to H2 LOX engines.. We may be able to use helicopters and airplanes even in the thin martian atmosphere to get around (or at least fly drones).

Temperature & Day length: The moon flips between subfreezing (-280 Fahrenheit) and oven hot (+ 260 Fahrenheit), each for two weeks at a time because it has a 4 week long “days”. While Mars is farther from the sun and gets down to -195 Fahrenheit during winter nights, it actually gets up to 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer and averages -80 Fahrenheit. And Mars days are barely longer than earth days.

Regolith: Lunar regolith is nasty, sharp and dangerous. Mars dust is likely to be far more easier to handle and work in..

Return Trips: We are decades away from making useful amounts of fuel on the moon, but the first visitors to Mars should be able to make fuel for the return trip. We already know where massive stores of water ice on Mars are already, and so we know where to land. The Sabatier reaction is a known method that can produce methane from the martian atmosphere.

4) The SpaceX Plan

The SpaceX plan is basic engineering that requires little new inventions. The first Mars cycle (Mars trips can only be done every two years due to planetary alignments) Cargo Starships are refueled in low earth orbit and sent to the Mars landing areas full of food, supplies and equipment. The second cycle more Cargo Starships are sent along with the first manned Starships with the first explorers. They live in the Starships until they can dig habitats under the soil, and setup the fuel making equipment so on the third cycle they have enough fuel to return, while new explorers land. By not sending fuel to Mars, it drops costs at least ten-fold over a NASA style mission that requires shipping fuel to mars.

If there are problems making the fuel, more supplies and new equipment are landing every cycle to help solve the problems. Meanwhile the martian explorers will have tons of food, water and other supplies to get them through many cycles if necessary before their return.

In summary, we should explore the moon, but our main focus should be mars. Mars missions can actually cost little more than lunar missions using the SpaceX approach. And Mars is a far better place to actually build long term habitats and manufacturing.

Fuck Nancy Pelosi as well

The impeachment of Trump is going to mean a big series of disclosures that threatens large segments of the centrist wing of the Democratic party, that’s why they wont start proceedings. They don’t want their dirty laundry getting aired so publicly.

Another reason to support progressives, led by folks like AOC, Maxine Waters, Bernie, Elizabeth Warren, etc. Put all of the GOP criminals in prison. Cut off their funding, much of which is coming from foreign govts, the NRA, money laundering, etc. Cut off the corporate Dems too. Both the GOP and corporate Democrats love Saudi Arabia, the Military Industrial Complex, Israel, mass surveillance, petrodollars. Until they hear loud and clear that this is a new day, the establishment Democrats are going to side with the GOP and try to “move on” “get past this ugly chapter” etc. by pardoning the war criminals once again, just like happened under Obama.

No more eternal war. No more profit-driven policy. No more surveillance state. No more Boeing, Raytheon, GE, NBC. No more billionaires. No more weird shit like Tony Podesta working with Paul Manafort in Ukraine. It’s time for a new day. Impeach that fucker and drag this whole putrid mess into the sunlight.

Ben Shapiro Storms Out of BBC Interview: ‘I’m Popular and No One’s Ever Heard of You’

Facts did not care about Ben Shapiro’s feelings.

Right-wing commentator and “cool kid’s philosopherBen Shapiro stormed out of a contentious BBC interview on Thursday after accusing the conservative host of being a “leftist” and bragging about how popular he is.

During the pre-taped interview with BBC interviewer Andrew Neil promoting his new book, The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great, Shapiro quickly became perturbed when Neil—who is known for playing devil’s advocate in interviews—pressed him on recent attempts to roll back abortion rights, asking the editor-in-chief of clickbait rage factory The Daily Wire if those policies would take America back to the “Dark Ages.”

“You purport to be an objective journalist,” Shapiro sniped. “BBC purports to be an objective, down-the-middle network. It obviously is not, it never has been. And you as a journalist are proceeding to call one side of the political aisle ignorant, barbaric, and sending us back to the Dark Ages, why don’t you just say you’re on the left.”

This caused Neil, chairman of conservative magazine The Spectator, to chuckle and tell his guest: “If you only knew how ridiculous that statement is you wouldn’t have said it.”

In a bit of damage control, prior to the chat’s airing, Shapiro tweeted Thursday that he had taped an interview with Neil and “misinterpreted his antagonism as political Leftism,” acknowledging that it was inaccurate.

Shapiro, who is famous for saying “facts don’t care about your feelings,” continued to grow frustrated and incensed throughout the 16-minute interview, snarling that Neil was playing “gotcha” by highlighting his old tweets and comments, such as claiming “Arabs like to bomb crap and live in open sewage.”

“You talk about undermining the public discourse,” Shapiro whined. “It seems to me that simply going through and finding lone things that sound bad out of context and then hitting people with them is a way for you to make a quick buck on BBC off the fact that I’m popular and no one has ever heard of you.” (Interestingly enough, Shapiro’s own website has heard of Neil, lovingly writing up one his segments earlier this year with the cartoonish headline “British Journalist DESTROYS Argument That U.S. Sanctions, Not Socialism, Hurt Venezuela.”)

Eventually, Shapiro said that the “whole thing was a waste of time” and he didn’t “give a damn” what Neil thought of him, declaring, “I am not inclined to continue an interview with someone as badly motivated as you,” before taking off his microphone and declaring “we’re done here.”

“Thank you for your time and for showing that anger is not part of American political discourse,” Neil cheekily replied.

The Iran saga continues

The US-Iran saga continues, as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that on Wednesday that Iran will be partially withdrawn from the nuclear deal. Iran will keep its excess enriched uranium and heavy water, rather than sell it to other countries as previously agreed to limit its stockpile. President Rouhani also said that more drastic measures would be implemented unless the remaining signatories (the UK, China, France, Germany, and Russia) eased restrictions on Iran’s bankingand oil sectors in the next 60 days.

The irony is that Iran really does not have much choice, as the sanction waiver restriction that the US imposed recently made it impossible for Iran to export its excess enriched uranium – so they kinda are backed into a corner by the US to stockpile uranium. As a result, Europe and Russia are both attributing the blame to the US, stating that Iran has been following the guidelines of the Nuclear Deal.

Just a recap of the recent tension between the US and Iran:

  • The US has stopped sanction waivers for the 8 countries that still trade with Iran, meaning Iran oil export will be technically dropping to zero. The US has also named the IRGC as a terrorist organization. And as of this week, the US has moved a carrier battalion and B-52s to Persian Gulf. Mike Pompeo is changing his schedule drastically and went to Iraq yesterday.
  • Iran has named all US troops in Middle East as terrorist groups. The country has warned of drastic measures if tension continues, and there are speculations around the closing of Strait of Hormuz.

Personally, I think this is going down the path of becoming one of the greatest strategic blunders the US has committed in the last couple of decades. There is no clear justification for the US to withdraw from the Iran deal and continue pressuring Iran. Also, Iran is a much strong country than Iraq, Syria, and Afghan combine. If the US is having issues cleaning up in the previous three regions, Iran can only be worse.

The fall of Rome and DJT

It really makes me think of the end of the Roman republic. Now the Roman republic had no constitution per se but was built on precedents. Marius got a second term quickly after his first one (there was supposed to be a 10year gap between them), then he got 5 consulships in a row. Then his adversary tried to institute a dictatorship (an official magistrature) that was exceptionally long “in order to restore the republic” before retiring. In the meantime his right arm Pompey received a lot of command positions despite his young age and used them to gather political capital for his later career.

The next step is more well known and involve a secret agreement to control the main administrative positions between 3 men (the first triumvirate), one of them declaring an illegal war by continuing what was supposed to be a limited intervention into a 7 year long conquest (the conquest of Gaul) then declaring a civil war to be offered power and try to institute life long dictatorship.

Last step after the death of Caesar his adoptive son got the consulship as his first magistracy because he could rally his father’s veterans, ally then fight various people and finally reform the republic in a way that would abolish all checks and balances by granting him veto power over any law like a tribune of the plebs despite being a patrician and distant control over all the provinces with legions in it, ensuring that every military commanders (except a few exceptions) will be picked by him.

So far the US had 2 elections that lead to the numerically losing candidate winning and promoting foreign wars against ennemies in order to deal with personnal grievences of their families and entourage (Bush father and Cheney felt betrayed by Saddam Hussein). It backfired as it created years of war and promoted anti American activities, justifying longer foreign interventions. Then in 2016 the Russians helped to get another losing candidate (in the number of votes) elected. This new president would then try everything to erase the trace of that link, therefore creating traces that something fishy is going on. He also declares that it would be nice to be president for life, that his presidency had 2 great years but those were stolen and that his magistracy should be consequently extended until 2022.

That was a very very brief summary. I didn’t even mentioned that both senates were partially filled with corrupt individuals.

Fox News continues to provide propagandists prime time spots, the most infamous being Sean Hannity. Fox News is responsible for fostering and instilling a deep mistrust that’s undermining and endangering U.S. institutions.

Fox News continues to provide propagandists prime time spots, the most infamous being Sean Hannity. Fox News is responsible for fostering and instilling a deep mistrust that’s undermining and endangering U.S. institutions.

Prime time Fox News refuses to cover breaking news revelations with in depth analysis, instead they misrepresent events, obfuscate known information, and peddle debunked conspiracy theories fostering a deep mistrust that’s endangering U.S. institutions and agencies.[1] On the day of President Trump’s personal attorney’s office raids, Sean Hannity went on Fox and disparaged Special Counsel Mueller claiming that investigators had “declared war on the President of the United States.”[2] Sean Hannity vehemently defended Michael Cohen and disparaged Special Counsel Mueller when investigators raided Cohen’s properties, Hannity failed to mention that he was Cohen’s client.[3] Then we found out that Sean Hannity never disclosed this fact, it was discovered at a court hearing.[4]

Furthermore, a report has come out alleging that Sean Hannity speaks to President Trump nearly every weeknight.[5]

Sean Hannity and Fox News have pushed incredibly deceitful portrayals of events over the course of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation, omitting facts so that they create an alternate reality that doesn’t actually exist. For example when news broke that President Trump attempted to fire Special Counsel Mueller, Fox News host Sean Hannity deflected and changed his story several times within an hour on his show; first by claiming the report was fake news, then defended Trump by claiming that he didn’t do anything wrong omitting the fact that in doing so would be obstructing an ongoing investigation, and finally Hannity cut to a video of a car crash instead of discussing pertinent breaking news.[6]

Fox News has been spinning and lying to protect President Trump.

Many Americans may be surprised to find that leaders across the globe laughed at their President as Fox News edited out the laughing in the clips they initially shared.[7]

During Trump’s UN speech to the assembly, Fox News uploaded two clips that circumvented the awkward moment. In the first clip, Fox cut off Trump’s speech as soon as he finished saying that the U.S. has accomplished more than any other presidential administration.

Three minutes later, Fox posted a second excerpt for viewers, this time beginning right after the uncomfortable moment had ended. This effectively cut out the entire moment, from world leaders snickering at Trump to the entire assembly bursting out in laughter. For Fox viewers checking their Twitter timelines during the event, it was almost as if the moment had never happened at all.

The following morning Fox News attempted to spin the laughter. The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations was on Fox & Friends, Nikki Haley claimed that world leaders were laughing in admiration and support.[8] She claimed that world leaders respect and love how honest President Trump is.[9]

Following the lies and spin from Fox News President Trump held a press conference where he claimed that world leaders were laughing with him and that reporters are reporting fake news.[10] There is video evidence that world leaders were laughing at the President of the United States of America after he made outrageous statements.[11]

He said the American economy was “booming like never before” and that his administration has accomplished more in less than two years than almost any other administration.

His boast elicited laughter from the scores of heads of state and delegates in the audience for the speech.

Trump, who has long claimed that his predecessors’ weak leadership prompted other nations “to laugh” at the US. appeared flustered and responded, “I didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s OK.”


1) Politico – Fox News hosts ramp up ‘deep state’ conspiracies

2) Politico – Hannity’s ethics under fire; Fox News host’s failure to disclose his relationship with Trump attorney Michael Cohen puts his credibility on the line.

2) Fox News – Sean Hannity, Michael Cohen and the ethics of disclosure

4) New York Times – Sean Hannity Is Named as Client of Michael Cohen, Trump’s Lawyer Video

5) USA Today – Report: President Trump and Sean Hannity talk nearly every weeknight

6) Video of Fox News host Sean Hannity cutting to a car crash when news broke that Trump attempted to fire Special Counsel Mueller

7) The Daily Dot – Fox News roasted on Twitter after editing out world leaders laughing at Trump

8) GQ – Nikki Haley Assures Fox & Friends the U.N. Laughed at Trump Because They Love Him So Much

9) Fox News YouTube – Amb. Nikki Haley: World leaders respect Trump, love his honesty

10) The Hill – Trump on laughter during UN speech: ‘They weren’t laughing at me, they were laughing with me’

11) Associated Press – World leaders laugh as Trump boasts of his achievements

President Trump’s response to Russia’s multi-pronged cyber attacks, from their malware botnets to their attacks targeting the U.S. energy grid and election systems, has been milquetoast.

The first paragraph of the report should concern everyone;

The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion. Evidence of Russian government operations began to surface in mid-2016.

President Trump’s response to Russia’s multi-pronged cyber attacks, from their malware botnets to their attacks targeting the U.S. energy grid and election systems, has been milquetoast.

The United States Intelligence agencies confirmed that a foreign nation interfered with the 2016 American election process.[1] We know two dozen state’s election systems came under attack.[2] The Intelligence Agencies heads unanimously agree that the Russians are still sowing political division.[3] The cyber security head of the Department of Homeland Security has stated that the Russians had successfully penetrated voter registration rolls in several states before the 2016 election.[4] President Trump’s administration has retaliated to these attacks on America’s institutions and infrastructure by penalizing Russians, unfortunately President Trump did not mention the sanctions nor the election meddling during his statement on the nerve agent attack in Britain.[5] President Trump has repeatedly called the Russian election interference a hoax.[6]

President Trump’s actions with regards to Russian interference has been concerning to say the least.

U.S. officials, including former National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster, have claimed that this administration has not done enough to dissuade Russian meddling.[7] For example President Trump put the brakes on new economic sanctions on Russia, a day after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley laid out a preliminary plan to impose new sanctions. This decision by President Trump came after the Kremlin denounced the new sanctions plan as international economic raiding.[8] Furthermore, NSA Director Admiral Rodgers testified to Congress that Trump had given no order to counter Russian election meddling.[9] While former National Security Advisor General H.R. McMaster warned of Russian election meddling and publicly denounced their continued attacks, he was removed by President Trump and John Bolton took his place. National Security Advisor Bolton pushed to eliminate a top Cyber-Security position in the White House as he attempted to reorganize the National Security Council.[10]

Russia’s multi-pronged cyber attacks:

Russian cyber interference goes far beyond hacking election systems. The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have accused the Russian government of a multi-stage intrusion campaign targeting the U.S. energy grid. These attacks included critical infrastructure in energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water facilities, and aviation facilities. Here is the report by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team where analytic efforts undertaken by DHS and the FBI have found a multistage intrusion campaign perpetuated by the Russian state.[11] This isn’t fake news, the United States is under cyber attack from Russia.

This joint Technical Alert (TA) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This alert provides information on Russian government actions targeting U.S. Government entities as well as organizations in the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors. It also contains indicators of compromise (IOCs) and technical details on the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used by Russian government cyber actors on compromised victim networks. DHS and FBI produced this alert to educate network defenders to enhance their ability to identify and reduce exposure to malicious activity.

Furthermore, the FBI has attempted to thwart a sophisticated malware system that is linked to Russia’s military intelligence agency, the Russian malware has infected hundreds of thousands of routers.[12] The Justice Department has announced actions to disrupt the advanced botnet malware system. It is recommended to restart your router as it may be infected.[13]

What has President Trump done?

President Trump suggested a joint cyber security unit with Russia to stop election hacking, he got the idea after meeting Putin at the G20 summit. He later backtracked on this ridiculous suggestion after facing harsh criticism.[14] In 2018 Vladimir Putin reiterated the idea of a joint cyber security unit at the Helsinki joint press conference. During the same conference President Trump publicly defended Russia explicitly denying their role in election interference.[15]


1) New York Times – Trump Misleads on Russian Meddling: Why 17 Intelligence Agencies Don’t Need to Agree

2) NPR – 10 Months After Election Day, Feds Tell States More About Russian Hacking

3) Washington Post – The nation’s top spies said Russia is continuing to target the U.S. political system

4) Washington Examiner – DHS official: Russians ‘successfully penetrated’ voter registration rolls in several states before 2016 election

5) New York Times – White House Penalizes Russians Over Election Meddling and Cyberattacks

6) New York Times – Indictment Makes Trump’s Hoax Claim Harder to Sell

7) Washington Post – America is still unprepared for a Russian attack on our elections

8) Washington Post – Trump puts the brakes on new Russian sanctions, reversing Haley’s announcement

9) New York Times – White House Has Given No Orders to Counter Russian Meddling, N.S.A. Chief Says

10) Politico – Bolton pushing to eliminate White House cyber job

11) Department of Homeland Security: United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) – Russian Government Cyber Activity Targeting Energy and Other Critical Infrastructure Sectors

12) New York Times – F.B.I.’s Urgent Request: Reboot Your Router to Stop Russia-Linked Malware

13) United States Department of Justice – Justice Department Announces Actions to Disrupt Advanced Persistent Threat 28 Botnet of Infected Routers and Network Storage Devices

14) Reuters – Trump backtracks on cyber unit with Russia after harsh criticism

15) NPR – In Helsinki, Trump Appeared To Side With Russia Over U.S. Intelligence Community

Beginning on page 325 Special Counsel Mueller confirms that President Trump attempted to fire the Special Counsel. The following pages of text detail the fall-out between Trump and White House Counsel Don McGahn as the President attempted to convince McGahn to lie to investigators

Beginning on page 325 Special Counsel Mueller confirms that President Trump attempted to fire the Special Counsel. The following pages of text detail the fall-out between the President and White House Counsel Don McGahn as the President attempted to convince McGahn to lie to investigators about firing Mueller.[1]

The President Orders McGahn to Deny that the President Tried to Fire the Special Counsel

Overview

In late January 2018, the media reported that in June 2017 the President had ordered McGahn to have the Special Counsel fired based on purported conflicts of interest but McGahn had refused, saying he would quit instead. After the story broke, the President, through his personal counsel and two aides, sought to have McGahn deny that he had been directed to remove the Special Counsel. Each time he was approached, McGahn responded that he would not refute the press accounts because they were accurate in reporting on the President’s effort to have the Special Counsel removed. The President later personally met with McGahn in the Oval Office with only the Chief of Staff present and tried to get McGahn to say that the President never ordered him to fire the Special Counsel. McGahn refused and insisted his memory of the President’s direction to remove the Special Counsel was accurate. In that same meeting, the President challenged McGahn for taking notes of his discussions with the President and asked why he had told Special Counsel investigators that he had been directed to have the Special Counsel removed.

This confirms the reporting of the New York Times and Washington Post: President Trump reportedly attempted to fire Special Counsel Mueller at least twice.

In June of 2017 President Trump attempted to fire Special Counsel Mueller, but was allegedly stopped by White House Counsel Don McGahn when he threatened to resign over the move.[2] In December of 2017 President Trump wanted to fire Mueller and shut down the investigation again after investigators issued subpoenas for obtaining information about the President’s business dealings with Deutsche Bank.[3] Then in August 2018 President Trump went on a Twitter tirade promoting conspiracy theories while he called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.[4]

Another interesting bit from page 290 of the Mueller Report;[5]

According to notes written by Hunt, when Sessions told the President that a Special Counsel had been appointed, the President slumped back in his chair and said, “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m fucked.” The President became angry and lambasted the Attorney General for his decision to recuse from the investigation, stating, “How could you let this happen, Jeff?” The President said the position of Attorney General was his most important appointment and that sessions had “let [him] down,” contrasting him to Eric Holder and Robert Kennedy. Sessions recalled that the President said to him, “you were supposed to protect me,” or words to that effect. The President returned to the consequences of the appointment and said, “Everyon tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won’t be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”


1) Department of Justice – Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In the 2016 Presidential Election

2) Washington Post – Trump moved to fire Mueller in June, bringing White House counsel to the brink of leaving

3) New York Times – Trump Sought to Fire Mueller in December

4) Twitter – Donald J. Trump, This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!

5) Department of Justice – Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In the 2016 Presidential Election

Pages 130 – 137 of the Mueller report TL;DR Manafort was pursuing his interests by attempting to use his position as the Trump Campaign Chairman to settle previous debts he had incurred with a Russian oligarch.

Per Pages 130 – 137 of the report;[1]

TL;DR Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was pursuing his interests by attempting to use his position in the campaign to settle previous debts he had incurred with a Russian oligarch. The Mueller report confirmed that Trump campaign chairman and deputy chairman Manafort and Gates were sharing sensitive, internal polling data with an operative Rick Gates thought was a spy.

The Office could not reliably determine Manafort’s purpose in sharing internal polling data with Kilimnik during the campaign period. Manafort [redacted] did not see a downside to haring campaign information, and told Gates that his role in the Campaign would be “good for bussiness” and potentially a way to be made whole for work he previously completed in Ukraine. As to Deripaska, Manafort claimed that by sharing campaign information with him, Deripaska might see value in their relationship and resolve a “disagreement” – a reference to one or more outstanding lawsuits. Because of questions about Manafort’s credibility and our limited ability to gather evidence on what happened to the polling data after it was sent to Kilimnik, the Office could not assess what Kilimnik (or others he may have given it to) did with it. The Office did not identify evidence of a connection between Manafort’s sharing polling data and Russia’s intereference in the election, which had already been reported by U.S. media outlets at the time of the August 2 meeting. The investigation did not establish that Manafort otherwise coordinated with the Russian government on its election-interference efforts.

…Gates also reported that Manafort instructed him in April 2016 or early May 2016 to send Kilimnik Campaign internal polling and other updates so that Kilimnik, in turn, could share it with Ukrainian oligarchs. Gates understood that the information would also be shared with Deripaska, [redacted]. Gates reported to the Office that he did not know why Manafort wanted him to send polling information, but Gates thought it was a way to showcase Manafort’s work, and Manafort wanted to open doors to jobs after the Trump Campaign ended. Gates said that Manafort’s intruction included sending internal polling data prepared for the Trump Campaign by pollster Tony Fabrizio. Fabrizio had worked with Manafort for years and was brought into the Campaign by Manafort. Gates states that, in accordance with Manafort’s instruction, he periodically sent Kilimnik polling data via WhatsApp; Gates then deleted the communications on a daily basis. Gates further told the Office that, after Manafort left the Campaign in mid-August, Gates sent Kilimnik polling data less frequently and that the data he sent was more publicly available information and less internal data.

Gate’s account about polling data is consistent [redacted] with multiple emails that Kilimnik sent to U.S. associates and press contacts between late July and mid-August of 2016. Those emails reference “internal polling,” described the status of the Trump Campaign and Manafort’s role in it, and assess Trump’s prospects for victory. Manafort did not acknowledge instructing Gates to send Kilimnik internal data, [redacted].

The Office also obstained contemporaneous emails that shed light on the purpose of the communications with Deripaska and that are consistent with Gates’s account. For example in response to a July 7, 2016 email from a Ukrainian reporter about Manafort’s failed Deripaska-backed investment, Manafort asked Kilimnik whether there had been any movement on “this issue with our friend.” Gates states that “our friend” likely referred to Deripaska, and Manafort told the Office that the “issue” (and “our biggest interest,” as stated below) was a solution to the Deripaska-Pericles issue. Kilimnik replied:

I am carefully optimistic on the question of our biggest interesting.

Our friend [Boyarkin] said there is lately significantly more attention to the campaign in his boss’ [Deripaska’s] mind, and he will be most likely looking for ways to reach out to you pretty soon, understanding all the time sensitivity. I am more than sure that it will be resolved and we will get back to the original relationship with V.’s boss [Deripaska]

Eight minutes later, Manafort replied that Kilimnik should tell Boyarkin’s “boss,” a reference to Deripaska, “that if he needs private briefings we can accommodate.” Manafort has alleged to the Office that he was willing to brief Deripaska only on public campaign matters and gave an example: Why Trump selected Mike Pence a the Vice-Presidential running mate. Manafort said he never gave Deripaska a briefing. Manafort noted that if Trump won, Deripaska would want to use Manafort to advance whatever interests Deripaska had in the United States and elsewhere.


1) Department of Justice – Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In the 2016 Presidential Election

President Trump called the New York Times and Washington Post reporting fake news and has referred to them as the enemy of the people on numerous accounts. However the Mueller Report has confirmed the authenticity of their reporting.

Let’s take 1 example – the President called the New York Times and Washington Post reporting fake news and has referred to them as the enemy of the people on numerous accounts. However the Mueller Report has confirmed the authenticity of their reporting. For example beginning on page 325 Special Counsel Mueller confirms that President Trump attempted to fire the Special Counsel. The following pages of text detail the fall-out between the President and former White House Counsel Don McGahn as the President attempted to convince McGahn to lie to investigators about firing Mueller.[1]

Page 325 of the Mueller Report

The President Orders McGahn to Deny that the President Tried to Fire the Special Counsel

Overview

In late January 2018, the media reported that in June 2017 the President had ordered McGahn to have the Special Counsel fired based on purported conflicts of interest but McGahn had refused, saying he would quit instead. After the story broke, the President, through his personal counsel and two aides, sought to have McGahn deny that he had been directed to remove the Special Counsel. Each time he was approached, McGahn responded that he would not refute the press accounts because they were accurate in reporting on the President’s effort to have the Special Counsel removed. The President later personally met with McGahn in the Oval Office with only the Chief of Staff present and tried to get McGahn to say that the President never ordered him to fire the Special Counsel. McGahn refused and insisted his memory of the President’s direction to remove the Special Counsel was accurate. In that same meeting, the President challenged McGahn for taking notes of his discussions with the President and asked why he had told Special Counsel investigators that he had been directed to have the Special Counsel removed.

This confirms the reporting of the New York Times and Washington Post: President Trump reportedly attempted to fire Special Counsel Mueller at least twice.

In June of 2017 President Trump attempted to fire Special Counsel Mueller, but was allegedly stopped by White House Counsel Don McGahn when he threatened to resign over the move.[2] In December of 2017 President Trump wanted to fire Mueller and shut down the investigation again after investigators issued subpoenas for obtaining information about the President’s business dealings with Deutsche Bank.[3] Then in August 2018 President Trump went on a Twitter tirade promoting conspiracy theories while he called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation.[4]


1) Department of Justice – Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In the 2016 Presidential Election

2) Washington Post – Trump moved to fire Mueller in June, bringing White House counsel to the brink of leaving

3) New York Times – Trump Sought to Fire Mueller in December

4) Twitter – Donald J. Trump, This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!

Beginning on page 112 of Volume 2 Special Counsel Mueller confirms that President Trump attempted to fire the Special Counsel

Beginning on page 112 of Volume 2 Special Counsel Mueller confirms that President Trump attempted to fire the Special Counsel. The following pages of text detail the fall-out between the President and former White House Counsel Don McGahn as the President attempted to convince McGahn to lie to investigators about firing Mueller.[1]

Page 112 Volume II of the Mueller Report

The President Orders McGahn to Deny that the President Tried to Fire the Special Counsel

Overview

In late January 2018, the media reported that in June 2017 the President had ordered McGahn to have the Special Counsel fired based on purported conflicts of interest but McGahn had refused, saying he would quit instead. After the story broke, the President, through his personal counsel and two aides, sought to have McGahn deny that he had been directed to remove the Special Counsel. Each time he was approached, McGahn responded that he would not refute the press accounts because they were accurate in reporting on the President’s effort to have the Special Counsel removed. The President later personally met with McGahn in the Oval Office with only the Chief of Staff present and tried to get McGahn to say that the President never ordered him to fire the Special Counsel. McGahn refused and insisted his memory of the President’s direction to remove the Special Counsel was accurate. In that same meeting, the President challenged McGahn for taking notes of his discussions with the President and asked why he had told Special Counsel investigators that he had been directed to have the Special Counsel removed.


1) Department of Justice – Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In the 2016 Presidential Election

In recent weeks Attorney General Barr has shown his unwavering loyalty to President Trump and has made some extremely concerning decisions to protect the President.

Congress just returned from a two week recess and Democrats have had control for only a couple of months. Plus the stonewalling from the administration in all Congressional investigations has been historically unprecedented. I cover some of it in my follow up comment in OP :). These things take time, though I understand the urgency as each day passes democratic institutions are being dismantled by this administration. It doesn’t help that McConnell has broken the Senate by refusing a vote on a number of bills the House has passed.

For example – House Democrats passed House Resolution 1 a sweeping proposal focusing on campaign finance reform, anti-corruption measures and voting rights. However last month Senate Majority Leader McConnell vehemently opposed the bill and publicly stated he would not allow a vote on the anti-corruption bill, instead referring to the bill as a “radical, half-baked socialist proposal”.[1]

Senate Majority Leader McConnell has vowed to never vote on a sweeping anti-corruption bill that was passed by the House. The proposal included;[2]

Campaign finance

  • Public financing of campaigns, powered by small donations. Under Sarbanes’s vision, the federal government would provide a voluntary 6-1 match for candidates for president and Congress, which means for every dollar a candidate raises from small donations, the federal government would match it six times over. The maximum small donation that could be matched would be capped at $200. “If you give $100 to a candidate that’s meeting those requirements, then that candidate would get another $600 coming in behind them,” Sarbanes told Vox this summer. “The evidence and the modeling is that most candidates can do as well or better in terms of the dollars they raise if they step into this new system.”

  • Support for a constitutional amendment to end Citizens United.

  • Passing the DISCLOSE Act, pushed by Rep. David Cicilline and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, both Democrats from Rhode Island. This would require Super PACs and “dark money” political organizations to make their donors public.

  • Passing the Honest Ads Act, championed by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (MN) and Mark Warner (VA) and introduced by Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) in the House, which would require Facebook and Twitter to disclose the source of money for political ads on their platforms and share how much money was spent.

  • Disclosing any political spending by government contractors and slowing the flow of foreign money into the elections by targeting shell companies.

  • Restructuring the Federal Election Commission to have five commissioners instead of the current four, in order to break political gridlock.

  • Prohibiting any coordination between candidates and Super PACs.

Ethics

  • Requiring the president and vice president to disclose 10 years of his or her tax returns. Candidates for president and vice president must also do the same.

  • Stopping members of Congress from using taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment or discrimination cases.

  • Giving the Office of Government Ethics the power to do more oversight and enforcement and put in stricter lobbying registration requirements. These include more oversight into foreign agents by the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

  • Creating a new ethical code for the US Supreme Court, ensuring all branches of government are impacted by the new law.

Voting rights

  • Creating new national automatic voter registration that asks voters to opt out, rather than opt in, ensuring more people will be signed up to vote. Early voting, same-day voter registration, and online voter registration would also be promoted.

  • Making Election Day a holiday for federal employees and encouraging private sector businesses to do the same, requiring poll workers to provide a week’s notice if poll sites are changed, and making colleges and universities a voter registration agency (in addition to the DMV, etc), among other updates.

  • Ending partisan gerrymandering in federal elections and prohibiting voter roll purging. The bill would stop the use of non-forwardable mail being used as a way to remove voters from rolls.

  • Beefing up elections security, including requiring the director of national intelligence to do regular checks on foreign threats.

  • Recruiting and training more poll workers ahead of the 2020 election to cut down on long lines at the polls.


1) The Hill – McConnell: House election reform bill won’t get Senate vote

2) Vox – House Democrats officially unveil their first bill in the majority: a sweeping anti-corruption proposal: Democrats will take up voting rights, campaign finance reform, and a lobbying crackdown — all in their first bill of the year.

The Trump administration has engaged in unprecedented stonewalling in an attempt to subvert Congressional oversight duties enshrined by the Constitution.

The Trump administration has engaged in unprecedented stonewalling in an attempt to subvert Congressional oversight duties enshrined by the Constitution.

President Trump has sued Congress to block their constitutional oversight duties.[1] Following the lawsuit against Congress the President and his family sued 2 banks, Deutsche Bank and Capital One, in an attempt to block them from responding to Congressional subpoenas.[2] The Trump administration is stonewalling Congressional investigations including;

  • Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin refused to comply to an initial Congressional request deadline last week for the President’s tax returns and requested for more time before he made a decision on whether or not he would comply.[3] Treasury Secretary Mnuchin has decided not to comply and is in violation of the law for refusing to comply to the Congressional request.[4]

Disclosure to Committees of Congress

Committee on Ways and Means, Committee on Finance, and Joint Committee on Taxation

Upon written request from the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives, the chairman of the Committee on Finance of the Senate, or the chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, the Secretary shall furnish such committee with any return or return information specified in such request, except that anyreturn or return information which can be associated with, or otherwise identify, directly or indirectly, a particular taxpayer shall be furnished to such committee only when sitting in closed executive session unless such taxpayer otherwise consents in writing to such disclosure.

  • The Oversight committee has decided to hold off on whether or not they will cite the former White House personnel security chief for contempt for failing to appear for questioning over allegations of the administration inappropriately granting security clearances to family members. The White House told the former security chief to ignore Congressional subpoenas. However a date has been set for an interview where the scope of questioning will not be limited.[5]

  • The White House refused a request for Stephen Miller to testify on immigration policy to the House Oversight committee.[6]

  • Attorney General Barr has refused to release the unredacted Mueller report to Congress. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has scheduled a Wednesday vote to hold Attorney General Barr in contempt of Congress, citing the Justice Department’s failure to provide the full text of the Mueller report.[7]


1) New York Times – Trump and His Businesses Sue House Democrats to Hide Accounting Records

2) NPR – Trump Sues 2 Banks To Block Democrats From Investigating His Finances

3) Roll Call – Mnuchin misses Trump tax returns deadline; asks for more time

4) Cornell Law – 26 U.S. Code § 6103.Confidentiality and disclosure of returns and return information

5) Reuters – House panel to interview ex-White House security clearance chief

6) Fox News – White House declines Cummings’ invitation for Stephen Miller to testify on Trump immigration policies

7) Associated Press – Democrats set to hold Barr in contempt over Mueller report

New England’s last coal plant finally down.

New England’s (ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, RI for those who don’t know)last coal plant actually. The power plant has been one of the dirtiest for decades. Finally had to build these giant cooling towers when people realized they were spilling all their hot water into the river/bay. Now the plant has been closed and they got to demolishing these horrendous 500ft cooling towers they built that spoiled so many peoples view around the area. Good riddance. Fun to watch them implode too.

White supremacists are nothing but a pack of assholes

Christ if Hitler was alive he would have them dispatched as inferior, what was the Aryan Master Race? Blue eyed, Blonde hair, athletic and well groomed. Who is still promoting this master race shit? overweight disheveled shit stains who shave their own heads, Nazis didnt shave their fucking heads, they shaved the jews heads and somehow this became a fucking thing!?

It’s just wild in 2019 people still are trying to keep this stupid shit alive and it’s being promoted by the same low class morons Hitler would have stacked against a firing squad.

When I see confederate flag stickers on cars, I know who to stay away from on the road. Classic Dunning-Kruger. They’re too fucking stupid to know how fucking stupid they are.

 

Rural whitbread USA is a prison

There is an overwhelming amount of country towns in the USA which are 98% white. You can’t convince me they’re not a form of self-internment camp. I was raised in one and let me tell you, if the cops don’t have a minority to harass, they harass the youth. All while the youth are getting molested by coaches and their neighbors and it’s all hushhush cuz the adults got bigger things to worry about like their opiate addiction or worrying about a brown family that just moved to town or that their kid might be gay after getting molested too much.

 

Rabies

Rabies. It’s exceptionally common, but people just don’t run into the animals that carry it often. Skunks especially, and bats.

Let me paint you a picture.

You go camping, and at midday you decide to take a nap in a nice little hammock. While sleeping, a tiny brown bat, in the “rage” stages of infection is fidgeting in broad daylight, uncomfortable, and thirsty (due to the hydrophobia) and you snort, startling him. He goes into attack mode.

Except you’re asleep, and he’s a little brown bat, so weighs around 6 grams. You don’t even feel him land on your bare knee, and he starts to bite. His teeth are tiny. Hardly enough to even break the skin, but he does manage to give you the equivalent of a tiny scrape that goes completely unnoticed.

Rabies does not travel in your blood. In fact, a blood test won’t even tell you if you’ve got it. (Antibody tests may be done, but are useless if you’ve ever been vaccinated.)

You wake up, none the wiser. If you notice anything at the bite site at all, you assume you just lightly scraped it on something.

The bomb has been lit, and your nervous system is the wick. The rabies will multiply along your nervous system, doing virtually no damage, and completely undetectable. You literally have NO symptoms.

It may be four days, it may be a year, but the camping trip is most likely long forgotten. Then one day your back starts to ache… Or maybe you get a slight headache?

At this point, you’re already dead. There is no cure.

(The sole caveat to this is the Milwaukee Protocol, which leaves most patients dead anyway, and the survivors mentally disabled, and is seldom done – see below).

There’s no treatment. It has a 100% kill rate.

Absorb that. Not a single other virus on the planet has a 100% kill rate. Only rabies. And once you’re symptomatic, it’s over. You’re dead.

So what does that look like?

Your headache turns into a fever, and a general feeling of being unwell. You’re fidgety. Uncomfortable. And scared. As the virus that has taken its time getting into your brain finds a vast network of nerve endings, it begins to rapidly reproduce, starting at the base of your brain… Where your “pons” is located. This is the part of the brain that controls communication between the rest of the brain and body, as well as sleep cycles.

Next you become anxious. You still think you have only a mild fever, but suddenly you find yourself becoming scared, even horrified, and it doesn’t occur to you that you don’t know why. This is because the rabies is chewing up your amygdala.

As your cerebellum becomes hot with the virus, you begin to lose muscle coordination, and balance. You think maybe it’s a good idea to go to the doctor now, but assuming a doctor is smart enough to even run the tests necessary in the few days you have left on the planet, odds are they’ll only be able to tell your loved ones what you died of later.

You’re twitchy, shaking, and scared. You have the normal fear of not knowing what’s going on, but with the virus really fucking the amygdala this is amplified a hundred fold. It’s around this time the hydrophobia starts.

You’re horribly thirsty, you just want water. But you can’t drink. Every time you do, your throat clamps shut and you vomit. This has become a legitimate, active fear of water. You’re thirsty, but looking at a glass of water begins to make you gag, and shy back in fear. The contradiction is hard for your hot brain to see at this point. By now, the doctors will have to put you on IVs to keep you hydrated, but even that’s futile. You were dead the second you had a headache.

You begin hearing things, or not hearing at all as your thalamus goes. You taste sounds, you see smells, everything starts feeling like the most horrifying acid trip anyone has ever been on. With your hippocampus long under attack, you’re having trouble remembering things, especially family.

You’re alone, hallucinating, thirsty, confused, and absolutely, undeniably terrified. Everything scares the literal shit out of you at this point. These strange people in lab coats. These strange people standing around your bed crying, who keep trying to get you “drink something” and crying. And it’s only been about a week since that little headache that you’ve completely forgotten. Time means nothing to you anymore. Funny enough, you now know how the bat felt when he bit you.

Eventually, you slip into the “dumb rabies” phase. Your brain has started the process of shutting down. Too much of it has been turned to liquid virus. Your face droops. You drool. You’re all but unaware of what’s around you. A sudden noise or light might startle you, but for the most part, it’s all you can do to just stare at the ground. You haven’t really slept for about 72 hours.

Then you die. Always, you die.

And there’s not one… fucking… thing… anyone can do for you.

Then there’s the question of what to do with your corpse. I mean, sure, burying it is the right thing to do. But the fucking virus can survive in a corpse for years. You could kill every rabid animal on the planet today, and if two years from now, some moist, preserved, rotten hunk of used-to-be brain gets eaten by an animal, it starts all over.

Fuck Andrew Jackson

There’s a statue of Jackson on his grave in the cemetery named for him in Lexington.

There’s an exact replica of the WV Capital statue located at the Virginia Military Academy.

He has statues located in Richmond and Charlottesville.

There’s a monument to him located at the Manassas Battlefield.

He’s carved into the side of Stone Mountain in Georgia.

He’s featured on the obverse of the 1925 commemorative half dollar.

He has entire counties named after him in Texas and Oklahoma, plus towns in Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Kentucky.

Sections of both US Route 522 and US Route 340 are named Stonewall Jackson Highway

In WV alone, he has an entire state park, including a lake, a dam, and a resort named after him, plus a hospital in Weston, a statue in Clarksburg, and while Jackson’s Mill is named for his family, it and the state 4-H camp on its grounds are best know as as his childhood home.

The dude had a nuclear submarine named for him from ’64 till ’95 and it was the third Navy ship to bear his name.

How much honor does a traitor deserve?

What purpose does a statue at the WV capital serve? What did he do to benefit the state of WV aside from being born within its eventual borders? Why should he be celebrated at the WV Capital building?

It does history no disservice to have his name and likeness removed from places where he was only memorialized as part of Jim Crow era intimidation and “Lost Cause” historical revisionism by groups like the United Daughters of the Confederacy, who funded this statue.

There are plenty of Civil War museums the statue on the Capital grounds can be donated to, where he can be remembered in proper context: as a brilliant military tactician, a profoundly religious man, a slave owner who, despite working for years to educate and improve the lives of slaves in violation of Virginia law, nonetheless took up arms against his fellow citizens in the name of a confederation of States supporting the institution of slavery.

trump wearing a swastika….not a problem at all for his supporters

If Trump started wearing a fascist/Nazi-type armband and generalissimo-style cap to his rallies, his core GOP support would either remain where it is, or rise. All his supporters know it. They’ll scream and kick and cry right now if you accuse them of this, but in their silent moments they know the truth. Because they’re fascists. They’re just at the stage where they have to lie and distract and scream when accused of what they know to be the truth. But at some point they won’t have to lie anymore. And every time Trump speaks or has one of his dipshit, nut-bag rallies like last night, they hear ‘That day is getting closer’.

The absolute worst thing that would happen from his supporters would be apathy and deep sighing. That’s it. Because, fortunately, we’re still at the point where fascists have to lie and deceive and pretend they aren’t what they are… so they know they would have to play defense. Not that lying is emotionally the same experience that non-fascists have.

The bulk of them would only care about the rage from the left and participate in attacking anybody upset about it. And majority of them would be fucking ecstatic… and you’d see things like racism in public skyrocket, attacks on minorities, etc.

Of all the insanity of the last few years I think one thing really sticks out. It was a moment of brilliance, perfect clarity, from a person otherwise well known as a shit baboon.

When Trump said he could shoot someone on 5th avenue and not lose one supporter he was horrifyingly correct in his assessment. That is absolutely true and that is what has carried him all this way. He is seemingly untouchable with just 35% approval ratings.

Everyone knows, his supporters best of all, that as long as they never waver they get what they want. This is a tantrum of epic proportions by a dying demographic hell bent on inflicting as much pain on everyone they hate before they are irrelevant. They’ll burn the whole thing down before another black president or another civil right is allowed.

So trump wearing a swastika….not a problem at all for his supporters.

Put the big rocks in your jar first

One day, an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget. As he stood in front of the group of high-powered over-achievers he said, “Okay, time for a quiz” and he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouth mason jar and set it on the table in front of him.

He also produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?” Everyone in the class yelled, “Yes.”

The time management expert replied, “Really?” He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. He dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks. He then asked the group once more, “Is the jar full?” By this time the class was on to him. “Probably not,” one of them answered.

“Good!” he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the jar and it went into all of the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, “Is this jar full?” “No!” the class shouted. Once again he said, “Good.” Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim.

Then he looked at the class and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?” One eager beaver raised his hand and said, “The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard you can always fit some more things in it!”.

“No,” the speaker replied, “that’s not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is, “If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all. What are the ‘big rocks’ in your life, time with loved ones, your faith, your education, your dreams, a worthy cause, teaching or mentoring others? Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you’ll never get them in at all.

So, tonight, or in the morning, when you are reflecting on this short story, ask yourself this question, “What are the ‘big rocks’ in my life?” Then, put those in your jar first.

Conservative ideology has always been based on refusing any progress and fighting against it when it does happen

Conservative ideology has always been based on refusing any progress and fighting against it when it does happen. Conservatives literally got their name from the French who wanted to restore the Bourbon Monarchy despite the massive debt the crown had inncured and continued to spend lavishly despite the economic crisis.

Sound familiar?

They take a unrealist perspective not only internationally, but internally. It’s all absolute gains for them. All means are acceptable means for getting you in power, including treason.

Conservative ideologies have perfected their ability to mask their self-serving agenda as somehow good for the people. The Russians spent 45 years trying to subvert the American left without success. But when they’d tried to subvert the American right, first time’s a charm. All the Russians had to do was pretend to be Christian, like guns (which are illegal to own there), and give them money.

It’s a shame that so many people around the world fall for this.

Why do I hate Donald J Trump?

  1. he lost the election by 3,000,000 popular votes.
  2. the Russians helped him get elected by manipulating social media in critical electoral college states.
  3. he helped the Russians do that by providing them confidential polling data to guide their Facebook ad targeting.
  4. those ads were seen by more than 100,000,000 people when the total electoral college difference over three states was 70,000 votes.
  5. those involved with his campaign who were also engaged with the Russians lied repeatedly, both publicly and under oath, about that engagement.
  6. many tens of millions of dollars mysteriously disappeared from his inauguration committee, and he feels no compunction to explain where it went.
  7. he brags about groping women and grabbing them by the pussy. Is there an honest woman in the country who admires that? Wants that?
  8. he’s been credibly accused of sexual assault by more than 20 women.
  9. he is an unindicted co-conspirator in the felony to commit election finance fraud by paying hush money to a Playboy bunny and a porn star.
  10. he filed for bankruptcy six times, stiffing workers, contractors, and lenders for tens of millions of dollars.
  11. his resorts and other properties for years hired undocumented aliens, even as he railed against a “tidal wave” of illegal immigrants.
  12. he inherited $413,000,000 from his father, much of it through illegal tax dodges, but pretends to be a self-made man.
  13. his “charitable” foundation was ordered shut down after having been revealed to be a sham, used to help promote his business and political interests.
  14. he claims he was a good student, but threatens to sue any schools that release his grades.
  15. he claims to be a brilliant businessman but refuses to release his taxes which would prove it. Or, disprove it.
  16. he says the Mueller report “totally exonerates” him, yet refuses to allow it to be released, or, for critical witnesses to be able to testify about it.
  17. he grossly understated the value of his assets to dodge taxes, while grossly overstating their value to secure bank loans.
  18. the Mueller report detailed 10 instances of obstruction of justice that would be criminal, were he not the president and, so, immune from indictment.
  19. he’s a pathological liar, telling almost 10,000 lies since assuming office, literally not being able to deal with reality.
  20. his boot-licking of Putin at Helsinki, where he said he believed Putin about Russian interference in the 2016 election, but not his own intelligence chiefs.
  21. he has separated thousands of immigrant children from their parents, put them in cages, and then lost track of them.
  22. he praised neo-Nazi marchers in Charlottesville two years ago, then re-defended them just a few days ago.
  23. though sworn to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed, he told immigration officials to break the law, promising to pardon them if they were convicted.
  24. he told senior White House aides to lie to the Mueller commission about his efforts to obstruct the same commission’s investigation.
  25. he smeared a Gold Star Family whose son was killed in Iraq.
  26. he repeatedly smeared bona-fide Vietnam war hero, John McCain, while he, himself, wrangled five draft deferments to dodge service in the same war.
  27. he promised to help the working man, but immediately passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut that went almost exclusively to corporations and the wealthy.
  28. he continues to claim he’s building The Wall when not a single inch of new wall has been built since he took office.
  29. he promised to protect Social Security but just two weeks ago submitted a budget that cuts benefits to millions, including seniors in poverty.
  30. he refuses to cooperate with Congressional hearings, trashing the Constitution and the checks and balances at the very heart of our form of government.

I could go on. And on. And on. And on.