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Politics is Boring Again

I find it a relief to wake up in the morning without the urge to check the news for any bad shit that went down since the last time I checked. We had a weather disaster in Texas, and I followed the news. I donated some money to relief efforts for suffering Texans. President Biden declared an emergency for Texas and other southern states which freed up federal funding. The affected states were all states that didn’t vote for him in the electoral college. But Biden just did his job as president. He didn’t trash the states, he didn’t blame their governors or politicians, he didn’t hold up funding until they made statements to praise or support him. He didn’t tell Texas to fix their energy grid or they wouldn’t receive funds. He didn’t second-guess their efforts or motives.

He just did what the job requires. He didn’t use it to attract attention to himself. He just went back to work on the next thing.

Politics is boring again, and I sleep better because of it.

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When you read some of the responses below this tweet by AOC soliciting donations for Texas, there are some cynical and outright insulting comments by – of all people – Texans who are discrediting her motives and her efforts, including telling her to keep her money in her own district in New York.

She has, to date, raised more than $4 million for Texas and that’s getting a lot of attention.

I for one do not care about her motives. Her name is a brand, and she is using it for the benefit of suffering Americans. I personally donated $50 of my money to the effort. Without her call and publicity, there is no way this Southern Californian suburbanite (me) would have ever thought of making an effort to send cash to Texas. But I did, and I did it because of AOC’s call.

Somebody in Texas benefited from my modest contribution – and it would not have happened otherwise.

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…Who Ever Will?

Does a president have to go on Fifth Avenue in New York and shoot a random stranger to get impeached and convicted?

 

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[Picture Credit: Wikipedia]

Lauren Boebert is the recently elected congresswoman for Colorado’s 3rd congressional district.

She is 34 years old, has four children, and with her husband owns the Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colorado.

The picture to the left shows her at work. She recommends her employees to openly carry arms.

She didn’t graduate from high school, because she had her first child during that time, but later got her GED. She is in favor of eliminating the United States Department of Education.

During the riots at the Capitol in January 6, she was live-tweeting the location of the Speaker of the House to her followers.

Link to Wikipedia

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We need more troops at our own Capitol, the head of our own government, to protect the inauguration of our new administration from domestic terrorists. Four years ago domestic terrorist attacks were rare. Now pretty much every member of Congress in our “homeland” fears for their lives, both in Washington and at home.

Is America great again yet?

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Today, without explanation, Chad Wolf, the acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, resigned. I leave it to you to speculate why he might have done that.

Two points strike me as ironic. First, that the Chad Wolf was only the “acting” secretary, like so many others in the Trump administration. All the “best and brightest” jumped ship early when they smelled all the rats, and only sycophants took those jobs, often people who were not qualified and would not have made it through formal confirmation. That’s why I have been saying that we haven’t really had a government in the last few years. Today was the 642nd straight day of no confirmed Secretary of Homeland Security. This is by far the longest Cabinet vacancy ever in the history of the country. This is doubly ominous, considering that during those 642 days, the White House and the Senate were controlled by the Republican Party.

The second point is that the Department of Homeland Security is supposed to keep the homeland safe, right? What is more homeland than the U.S. Capitol?

After the attacks of 9/11, almost 20 years ago, we formed the Department of Homeland Security. It is now the third largest agency in the U.S. government, after Defense and Veterans Affairs. It has 240,000 employees.

In 2018, 777 million passengers were carried on U.S. airlines. In 2019, it was 925 million. So between 2001 and 2021, we carried about 15 billion passengers in U.S. airlines. And every one of those took off their shoes, because there was one shoe bomber that attempted to light his shoe with a match on an airplane. Because of that, 15 billion people took off their shoes at airport security stations over 20 years, due to the direction and regulation of the Department of Homeland Security.

However, we have one U.S. Capitol, where all our political assets get together and conduct the business of the people. If you have read the 1994 Tom Clancy book Debt of Honor, you will remember that Jack Ryan becomes President of the United States after an embittered Japan Airlines Pilot flies his Boeing 747 directly into the U.S. Capitol during a joint session of Congress, wiping out the entire government at once. I always suspected that the Osama bin Laden had read that book and got some of his ideas about 9/11 from it. After all, 9/11 happened 7 years after Debt of Honor was published. Also, you may have recently watched the more recent Netflix series Designated Survivor which starts on the same premise, an attack on the U.S. Capitol.

So there you have it: We created the Department of Homeland Security to keep the homeland safe, and while Trump is in office, the department is apparently hollowed out, has no confirmed leader, and is apparently AWOL during the only actual, physical, predictable, planned and publicized attack on the Capitol.

This must get investigated relentlessly, and people need to go to prison.

Perhaps, just perhaps, we should disband this behemoth agency that apparently does not accomplish much and start all over with appropriate counter terrorism initiatives. Obviously, we don’t need to worry about too many bin Ladens these days. We need to worry about bartenders in Nashville, unemployed welder/pipefitters in Seattle, ex-Air Force Lieutenant Colonels from Texas, and 34-year-old fathers of five children in Florida as the most series domestic terrorists.

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This morning in the San Diego Union-Tribune there is a front-page article titled Roots of Extremism Securely Planted in San Diego, which talks about some of the people involved in the Capitol Riots of January 6, 2021, including Ashli Babbitt, the Ocean Beach woman who was shot dead. Here is an excerpt from page 4:

Many of the same themes emerged in a civil defense movement that arose following the riot in La Mesa on May 30. Vigilante groups such as Defend East County (DEC) have characterized themselves as pro-police, pro-law and order and anti-Black Lives Matter. Some members have posted racist comments and advocated for violence on the group’s social media accounts.

While a small contingent from DEC – made up mostly of White men – has patrolled numerous peaceful racial justice protests from afar, its members have also intimidated and threatened protesters, including teenagers, and incited violence at events that were otherwise calm.

DEC’s founder, Justin Haskins, was among those who traveled to Washington for the vote certification.

According to Haskins’ statement, he did not enter the Capitol and was conflicted about what was going on. Then he said:

It’s our constitutional duty to overthrow a tyrannical government. At what point do you stop waving your dumbass flags and yelling your stupid chants and start taking this country back just like the patriots of 1776 did?

I have a lot of problems with some of the statements here.

First, I don’t know a single person in this country who is not “pro-police.” What’s the big deal about being pro-police?

Second, I don’t know a single person in this country who is not “pro-law and order.” Our current president has called himself the law and order president and I just happen to think that he has been governing opposite to that ideal, as opposite as you can get. How then can you be pro-law and order and at the same time support Trump?

Third, how can you be pro-law and order and anti-Black Lives Matter? BLM is about bringing change to a system to reduce the killings of unarmed, innocent Black men by police. I would lump that under law and order.

Fourth, Haskins compares himself to the patriots of 1776. No, Mr. Haskins, you are no Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. The situation in 1776 was entirely different from what is going on right now, and the comparison is as dumbass as the Trump flag-waving and as stupid as his chants.

Then, Haskins says it’s his duty to overthrow a tyrannical government? Huh, the government has been Trump for the last four years. This current situation of chaos and mayhem is the result of four years of governing by a man who proclaims to be the law and order president. We are currently living in Trump’s America that is great again.

Yes, many people wanted to overthrow it. I did too. And we did it by the means given to us by the Constitution, by voting. And we voted using voting systems and processes in 50 different states based on the local laws, as dictated in the Constitution. And we did it in an electoral environment where the Trump administration had four years to make sure that elections can be secure and legal. And we did it while being monitored and watched by our law enforcement agencies, under Trump, as stated by Trump’s CISA Director Christopher Krebs. Our 2020 elections were the most secure in modern history. And we did it so well that 70 different law suits by the Trump campaign after the election resulted in zero cases won.

In the United States of America, we “overthrow” our government by the will of the people – by voting. We voted.

I urge Haskins to go out and mobilize his constituents, convince us with cogent arguments, and we’ll vote for his candidates in 2022. If he needs guidance on how this is done, he can always call a woman in Georgia by the name of Stacey Abrams. She knows a thing or two about how to mobilize voters.

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Trump Coup Attempt

I am reading ridiculous claims from Trump supporters that there was no difference between what happened in the BLM protests in many cities and particularly in Portland last fall, and this riot at the Capitol.

I think this is very wrong and very disturbing.

Look at the picture below. There are masked guys in camouflage, one carrying zip cuffs. These are the devices used to temporarily handcuff people. Who do you think they were planning on cuffing? They are on the Senate floor in this picture, but there are more pictures with them in other areas.

[click for picture credit – Reddit

Here are the ballot boxes that were on the Senate floor just before the break-in.

[click for picture credit – Fox 11]

If a Senate aide hadn’t had the presence of mind to take away these boxes and secure them, they would have remained on the Senate floor. What do you think the mob would have done with these boxes?

They would have been vandalized, destroyed or stolen. In any event, they would be gone.

The zip cuffs could have been used to tie up the Senators.

The electoral votes would be gone, and thus, all evidence of the election would be lost. It would have been chaos. Trump would have declared martial law. He would have decided that he would have to stay in office until “this was all resolved orderly” and it would have taken month or years to work it out.

The coup would have been successful.

Mission accomplished. The 2020 election would have been the last election in the history of the United States, and its results would have been wiped out.

Somebody give this Senate aide a medal!

 

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Rioters in the U.S. Capitol tore off the sign of the Speaker of the House and posed with it.

This does not seem like a brilliant move for their careers. Do these four people get charged with felonies and do prison time? I sure hope so.

I wonder what foreign enemies of our country are thinking? If these bozos were able to walk into the U.S. Capitol and ransack the office of the Speaker, without any security stopping them, do you think that this might give the spies in China, Russia, Iran and North Korea some interesting ideas?

Did computer networks get compromised? Did USB drives get inserted into laptops? Did bugging devices get installed behind receptacles or heating registers?

The bozos were in the hallways posing with loot.

The real terrorists had the run of the Capitol for hours as long as they wore red hats and face paint.

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Only the Best

Here are the best and brightest who still support Trump. These are some of the people who entered into the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. I expect the Justice Department to prosecute them. We have them on film right here.

Let’s remember what Trump said in July when BLM protesters were conducting peaceful protests in Portland, Oregon. They did not enter any buildings, smash any windows, or desecrate public property. They did not fly Confederate flags in U.S. buildings.

Trump called for a minimum of 10 years in prison for this kind of behavior.

That same Trump fomented riots in the U.S. Capital yesterday.

I hate to say it – lock them up!

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If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed….and we will deserve it.

When Trump was elected in November 2016, the Republican Party controlled the presidency and both houses of Congress.

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I see that there is a claim of 66,248 underage teenagers having voted in Georgia.

There are 10.6 million people living in Georgia. 211,522 are between the ages of 15 and 17 (not yet 18). This would mean that one third of all teenagers between 15 and 17 somehow managed to vote illegally.

I remember when I was a teenager. Voting was all the rage. Forget about fake IDs to get into bars or to buy booze (when the drinking age in New York was 18), forget about parties, dances and girls. All we wanted was to cast our votes in presidential elections, and all of us only wanted to vote for the Democratic candidates!

Seriously.

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As the national uproar confirms, Trump’s attempt to subvert and overturn the election now has a handful of members of the Senate and Congress bought into the scheme. They are actively trying just that: Invalidate a proper election, according to Trump’s own officials, the most secure election in history. Here are the facts:

Trump won 2016 with 306 electoral votes and he lost the popular vote.

Biden won 2020 with 306 electoral votes and he won the popular vote by over seven million votes.

Trump called his own election in 2016 a landslide. Biden won by the same “landslide” and largest popular vote difference ever.

I don’t think the rogue GOP members will this off, and our democracy will prevail. However, we just happen to have the House of Representatives under control of the Democratic Party. I shudder to think what would be taking place right now if the House were under Republican control. They might just have succeeded.

There are now elected senators and congressmen who are actively trying to stage a coup. I don’t have a better word for what’s going on right now. If it were to succeed this time, there would never again be normal elections in the United States. There’d be sham elections, like they have them in Russia, or they used to in Iraq, when we laughed about them. We would have a one-party system, with strongmen at the top, running things like mob bosses, running the country like Trump has in the last four years.

Look at 2020, and you see Trump’s America. It is not “great” to say the least. It’s a dumpster fire out there.

I believe the activities of the president and key members of Congress cannot be swept under the rug of history. These activities need to be exposed for all to see, and we need new laws in place so they can never happen again. Elections in America have always been sacred. Every transition of power has occurred peacefully after the people have spoken – until now. I believe this has been extremely dangerous to our democracy or country. This is NOT patriotic. This is seditious.

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Trump, in 2016, complained about Clinton not accepting defeat with dignity, quoting Putin.

Oh, the irony.

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