Showing posts with label Juan Cole. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Juan Cole. Show all posts

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Ronnie Spector - Juan Cole

Something to hold you over while we are waiting for the next high wind episode which will mean another black out here. Unsure how much more those ancient sagging electric lines can hold out.


She was amazing ! Too bad Phil Spector was a maniac.


You will probably hear this about a thousand times today...still, brings back memories of when we were innocents: 





Well, we're not so innocent anymore, and he is right:


  ~ From Informed Comment:


We Are So F*cked Unless We Act Now: The 7 Hottest Years on Record Were The Last 7 Years 

 Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – " The European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service reports that the seven hottest years on record “by a clear margin” were the past seven years. 

This finding underlines the way global heating is speeding up, as we put more and more heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Global temperatures fluctuate with phenomena like the El Niño/ El Niña, caused by warming or cooling surface temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. So to get the kind of consistent high temperatures of the past seven years demonstrates that a more powerful “forcing” is overriding El Niño/ El Niña. That is green house gas emissions. 

We typically measure increases of temperature over the late nineteenth-century baseline, sort of 1880-1900. We are now about 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1- 1.2 degree Centigrade) above that marker. Climate scientists worry that if we go higher than 1.5C / 2.7F, the earth’s climate could go chaotic. Moreover, if we go on as we are, we will outrun our safety valve. All the extra CO2 we have spewed into the atmosphere so far will be absorbed by the oceans, so the earth will gradually cool back down.

But the oceans have a limit to what they can absorb, and we will go past that limit at our current rates by 2050. Any carbon dioxide we put up after that will be around for thousands, maybe 100,000 years. We are on the verge of radically changing the earth’s climate in a way that could last for as long as the human race has existed.

The long-lasting character of CO2 in the atmosphere is why I think it is the main threat. Methane is also a greenhouse gas, but it dissipates relatively quickly.


More bad news. Carbon dioxide emissions continued to rise in 2021, reaching an average of 414 parts per million. That is a truly scary statistic. Oliver Milman at The Guardian reports that greenhouse gas emissions were up 6.2% in 2021 over 2022, most of the increase coming from gasoline-driven cars and trucks.

I have written, “The last time it was 410 ppm was the middle Pliocene, stretching from 3.15 and 2.85 million years ago. Temperatures in the middle Pliocene were on average 2-3 degrees C. (3.6 – 5.8 degrees F.) higher than today. The Arctic was 10 degrees C. hotter than today’s. Seas were roughly 90 feet higher. Some places now wet were desert-like.” I wrote that in 2019 when the CO2 ppm was only 410.

Copernicus notes that we are already seeing Frankenstein’s Weather as a result of this massive concentration of heat trapping gases. There were severe floods in Germany and elsewhere in Europe last summer, wildfires in Greece and Turkey, and a heat wave in the southern Mediterranean beyond anything in the historical record. It reached just about 120 degrees F/ 48.8C in Sicily, the highest temperature ever recorded in Europe.

In North America we saw global heating burn up whole towns in Canada and create record temperatures in usually temperate Seattle and Portland. The Dixie wildfire in California was the second worst on record.

Climate change is not a matter of a dystopian future. We are living it. Now. And it is an increasing challenge. It is a challenge we can overcome, but the longer we burn fossil fuels the steeper the task will be."


Yep, we are f*cked for sure.

More bad news coming up from Baja in a bit.

Bummer. Wow, it was easier to be innocents.


Sunday, August 15, 2021

Cuidado en Rancho Grande, Bahia San Luis Gonzaga - Yikes ! Second Day of the Baja Beach Fest With Thousands Attending, And No One Is Wearing A Mask: A Veritable "Lemming Crusade" - "The DeltaVariant Of Global Stupidity" By John Feffert !

Although right now, the temperature is running 90 degrees with no shade, so I'm unsure how many folks would be off to camping on the beautiful Sea Of Cortez... but it didn't work out to good for these guys:

 ~ From Zeta: 


Hombres Armados Roban 2 Millones de Pesos de la Nomina en Un Empagne de Ojos Negros

Destacados  -    - sábado, 14 agosto, 2021 10:22 AM


" ENSENADA.- Armed men stole approximately 2 million pesos from the Sonora Prime agricultural package in the town of Ojos Negros, Ensenada municipality; the money was from payroll to pay workers.

Authorities reported that the robbery occurred around 8:40 a.m. on Saturday, August 14, when two men arrived at the pumpkin packaging, threatened the employees and took the money.

The Municipal Public Security Directorate did not report detained persons.


Three American vehicles that were in Rancho Grande, San Luis Gonzaga , were violently stripped from their owners at gunpoint.

At approximately 5:00 p.m. it was reported that armed individuals threatened the foreigners and took away a 4Runner truck, a black Tacoma pickup and a black Tahoe pickup.

Unofficially, it is believed that the robbery occurred after the thieves placed a false checkpoint .

Another robbery with similar violence occurred in the early morning of this Saturday, August 14, around 2:00 a.m.

Six men with long weapons beat the driver of a 2020 GMC Sierra pickup, who was stripped of the unit.

Also this morning, at around 9:30 a.m., a gas station in the Aguajito neighborhood was violently robbed; an armed man stole 3,000 pesos."



So beware of false checkpoints I would say anywhere south of Puertecitos, right ? Or for that matter, false checkpoints anywhere.

Meanwhile, we are still trying to find out if our health insurance covers alternative cortisone injections, if not I'm stuck. Also I have to lower my A1c by half of a point before they can do the knee surgery. The refrigerator turned into a bit of a drama  but after living out of coolers filled with ice for several days all is now well. Horrible humid hot yesterday, today it was still warm but we had a slight breeze.

I'll be back, but to hold you over here are the AP Mexico headlines - note that Biden is sending millions more doses of vaccine to Mexico  which hasn't really been reported by the local press; Mex wanted 3.5 million doses and the US is sending them 8.5 million doses. And jeez how about that lunatic who killed his kids down here in Rosarito ? My question is....what about the wife? Was she going to be the next victim or was she part of it ?I don't think that Mexicans fully grasp the power, sway and dangers of the Q-Anon and other conspiracy elements in the USA, notably that includes the anti-vaxxers.



Update/edit: Well this is going to make you sick...this is the second day of the so-called "Baja Beach Fest" in Rosarito with thousands in attendance and no one is even wearing a mask. Forget about the highway robbers over yonder, this is even more deadly. Yet, the people were basically given the go ahead by the Mayor of Rosarito and we were told that officials would shut the thing down if protocols were not observed...but they did  not shut it down. According to Zeta, the majority of people in attendance are gringos. Mama Mia, check out the pictures:

 ~ From Zeta:

Sin Respetar Medidas Sanitarias Segundo Dia Del Baja Beach Fest 

 Destacados  -    - domingo, 15 agosto, 2021 12:54 PM

"Yesterday afternoon, authorities of the Playas de Rosarito city council declared to verify the areas where the sanitary protocols proposed by organizers and reviewed by the State Secretary of Health, were failing during the realization of the Latin music event Baja Beach Fest 2021 on the beaches of Rosarito, which, on its second day, again gathered a strong crowd, and thousands of attendees could be observed without complying with the order of the strict use of face masks.

 Despite the epidemiological yellow traffic light and with the increase in cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant emerging throughout the country, they still have not withdrawn the endorsement for the cancellation of the urban sound event, which has brought together more than 19 thousand people in its second day under the presentation of the artists Anuel AA, Myke Towers, Mariah, Guaynaa, Lenny Tavarez, Farruko, and where it was verified through stories and images shared through social networks the null healthy distance and lack of use of face masks in the festival, specific points marked by the State Secretary of Health to carry out massive shows.

 In turn, the Secretary of Health of Baja California, Alonso Pérez Rico, in a morning conference on Saturday, pointed out a meeting with the Baja Beach Fest organizers and authorities to make a “team back” about what happened last Friday in the first day of the event and with areas where protocols were failing, in turn he stressed that if they followed the breach of sanitary regulations, they would choose to cancel said event.

“In Baja California we are going to protect the health of our citizens. If the protocols are not being followed, these events cannot take place. We are on trial. It is that simple, if the protocols of the Secretary of Health are not respected, the events cannot be carried out because we have to give priority to health before anything else, ”said Pérez Rico.

For his part, Marco Aurelio Gámez Servín, Coepris State Commissioner highlighted that revisions of the protocols would be carried out on the second day of the massive show, underlining that “as verifiers and with the powers granted to them by the General Health Law of the State , they would see that the protocols that the organizers presented to them to carry out Baja Beach Fest are fulfilled " 

Likewise, he pointed out that the call for attention to organizers would come if a large percentage of the attendees do not comply with the use of face masks, a situation that, from what is observed in different media and social networks, was not fulfilled. It is worth mentioning that Baja Beach Fest 2021 is an outdoor event with 90% of its attendees already vaccinated, however, the massive crowding without healthy distance and the lack of use of a mask by those present once the health filters and security have caused the urban spectacle to be strongly criticized and put before the national focus, despite re-incurring the practice of a “cultural issue”, as described by the mayor of Rosarito Aracely Brown, today the municipality is preparing for the third day with the arrival of the Colombian J. Balvin.

On the other hand, La Feria Rosarito 2021 was another event which once again failed to comply with the rules on sanitation and health protocols with thousands of people crowded under the stage where Enigma Norteño will be presented. Faced with his first offense last week, Pérez Rico announced to the organizers of the following events that they would have to resubmit their "no inconvenience" letter, however, yesterday these protocols were again incurred.

Internationally, another massive spectacle that is in the eye of the hurricane is the 2021 Lollapalooza Music Festival, in Chicago, which was attended by around 395 thousand people during the 4 days of the festival. After its completion, it was recently announced that 203 attendees confirmed to the authorities that they had tested positive for COVID-19. Given the fact and criticism of the show, health authorities mentioned that "There is no evidence that Lollapalooza was a" super contagious "event, said Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health.

For the moment, Baja Beach Fest 2021 continues with its activities this day while doubts remain whether or not it will take place in its second week, which is scheduled from August 20 to 22."




Well, we all know that the white eyes are simply not coming to Rosarito anymore, the goose who laid the golden egg are the Mexican-Americans, and even though they certainly don't tip as well, they are the last ones the authorities want to to insult.  The show must go on !

Which brings us to this report, borrowed from Juan Cole:

 ~ From Foreign Policy In Focus :


Why is the far right jumping on the anti-vaccination bandwagon?

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

What A Legacy You Dumb Toad - The Only President In U.S. History to Be Impeached - Not Once, But TWICE ! - Historical Lowdown On McConnell From Juan Cole - Historian Tim Snyder On Democracy Now !

Of course we all know Trump will deny everything and claim it was Anti-Fa & BLM who created hell in the Capitol, not him and his innocent White Supremacists.  Doesn't matter, history has marked and noted - Trump's name is mud.

 I know, what many of us wanted was the invocation of Article 25 and it didn't happen, but here is the latest:


 ~ From The New York Times: 

And, let's hope and pray  that "...two thirds or more members present (in the Senate) vote to convict.  Trump is guilty.  Separate votes would be needed to prohibit Trump from receiving benefits given to ex-presidents and to bar him from future political office." 

The Trump Impeachment



 ~ From CNN: 


House Impeaches Trump For Role In Deadly Capitol Riot 


By Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes, Melissa Mahtani, Fernando Alfonso III and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 6:06 p.m. ET, January 13, 2021
Don't forget about the fact checks:
 ~ From CNN:
 Updated 5:43 PM ET, Wed January 13, 2021
Have to run, another litter of kittens showed up yesterday, what a disaster and  need to make dinner - Callendars' Chicken which is yummy on these cold nights although a bit fattening.  However, I have some excellent reports coming up on the ratboy McConnell & our amigo from Truthout. Until then....
Stay Safe Y'all.
Update/edit: About Ratboy McConnell that guy...I know what he said but he is so slick that with him, you never know what to believe :

 ~ From Informed Comment:

"Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – In Chapter 7 of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, the enormously wealthy Jay Gatsby becomes concerned about word getting out that he is having an affair with Daisy, who is married to Tom, and abruptly stops having the big parties he had been throwing, to which assorted society flotsam and jetsam had come, people he had barely known. Tom cheats on Daisy with Myrtle. Then Gatsby lets Daisy drive his car and she accidentally runs over and kills Myrtle, her husband’s mistress. By chapter 9 Tom, wrongly convinced that Gatsby had struck and killed with his car Tom’s own mistress, murdered the millionaire in his pool. Virtually no one comes to his funeral.

Gatsby was always fated to be a parable for the Trump presidency. I think we’re now at that point in the story where nobody is coming to his parties any more and his paramour (the militias) has run over her rival (Congress).

Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman and Nicholas Fandos at the NYT got the scoop that Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell is done with Donald Trump, furious at him, and pleased that the Democrats are impeaching him. He is clearly releasing Republicans in Congress to vote to impeach, as well, if that is what they want.

The immediate trigger for this epochal blow-up between the two GOP leaders is Trump’s having sicced the white supremacists and Nazis on McConnell and other congressional representatives and senators on 1/6 (the date of the Capitol Insurrection), endangering their lives.

Trump has been siccing supremacists and Nazis on people for four years, however, and McConnell never batted an eyelash.

When ICE agents were tearing babies out of their mothers’ arms, Mitch wasn’t breaking with Trump over that.

In fact, for all of the last four years McConnell’s wife Elaine Chao has been Trump’s secretary of transportation. She initially did not divest from her investments in road building materials, and she is alleged to have pursued policies at Transportation that would benefit her family’s Chinese shipping business.

She came home from the office stinking of Trump after having been at cabinet meetings with him where he went on white supremacist rants (which must have offended her). But the McConnell-Chao gravy train did not stop running for an instant.

McConnell was never a Trumpist, but he was perfectly willing to use Trump to get what he wanted. McConnell is a servant of the billionaire class and the big corporations. He does not actually represent Kentucky so much as he represents Charles Koch and others in the Fortune 500. His job was to bend the Senate and thus the country to the will of the plutocrats, and say what you like about him, he was very good at his job.

McConnell wanted the massive tax cut on the superwealthy, which he got in 2017.

He wanted to install a steady stream of deeply conservative and youngish federal judges, some of them obviously unqualified, so as to ensure the GOP control of the Federal judiciary for decades. McConnell had shot down Obama’s nominees for Federal circuit judges and refused to allow vacancies to be filled. He then filled all the vacancies. McConnell’s 200 judicial appointments were 85 percent white and 75 percent male. This wasn’t a judicial approval process, it was a fourth “Back to the Future Movie” where he transported us all to 1955. A third of all federal circuit court judges were appointed by Trump, and not one is Black, even though their decisions will dictate the parameters of the lives of the some 43 million African-Americans. That’s like conspiring to ensure that Spain (pop. 46.9 mn.) had no Spanish judges.

McConnell wanted a Republican-controlled Supreme Court that would help corporations further de-unionize American workers and would strike down government regulation, including environmental regulation, as well as supporting the GOP campaign of voter suppression waged against minorities and the less well-off. Again, mission accomplished.

But Trump went to Georgia and told his initiates that the election was rigged and they could not expect justice, which likely depressed the vote as his base did not come out in the numbers the GOP needed. Why should they bother to vote in a corrupt election where, he told them, Dominion voting machines would just erase their vote (they wouldn’t).

By his crazy conspiracy theories and insistence that he won a second term (he didn’t), Trump handed the senate to the Democrats for at least two years (and very possibly for many more) and demoted Mitch from Master of the Universe to bored little boy whose teacher is making him sit in the corner and not breathe a word.

Then on top of that Trump sent Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and that guy with the horns and face paint to kidnap or kill McConnell and his colleagues.

McConnell’s goal (and that of Charles Koch and his other billionaire donors) is to take back the House and the Senate in 2022 and emasculate Biden the way he stopped Obama from accomplishing almost anything. Then he wants back the White House in 2024.

Trump had taken over the Republican Party and clearly intended to run in 2024, though. Since Trump is so popular among the Republican base, with a majority supporting the Capitol Insurrection, there will be no peace in the party for the next few years if Trump remains viable. He can prevent Mike Pompeo, Nikki Haley and other would-be presidential contenders from plausibly getting in the ring and from attracting the big campaign money from donors. Why bet against Trump when he has a lock?

But Trump has already demonstrated that he is too dysfunctional to win a second term, whether in 2020 or 2024, which may mean the Republicans are facing long years in the wilderness. Trump could even make them so unpopular with his Mussolini schitck that the suburbs are spooked again in 2022 and the GOP can’t get back the House.

The Democrats in the meantime can undo the 2017 tax cut, can start filling the federal judgeships of retiring GOP appointees, replacing them with Democrats, and can perhaps convince Breyer to retire so as to avoid losing another SCOTUS seat. They can also back wind and solar and electric vehicles, effectively destroying the oil empire of Charles Koch and other big donors to the GOP over the next decade.

Trump was extremely useful to McConnell for four years, and McConnell swallowed the extreme right white supremacy promotion for all that time, because thereby he could serve the billionaire class.

Now, Trump is extremely inconvenient. It isn’t just about 1/6, though that is part of it. McConnell and his backers are far, far better off with Trump politically destroyed, now that he has outlived his usefulness.

Tom is coming for Gatsby as we speak."


Bonus Video:

CNN: “McConnell believes impeachment push will help rid GOP of Trump” 


Question: Wasn't Chao's father a Chinese shipping magnate who some accuse of being involved in the Drug Trade?  Or, was that just a rumor ??




Mark his advise:

 ~ From Truthout:


GOP Is In Turmoil But we Shouldn't Underestimate Ongoing threat Of The Right 

end edit.


Maybe it's too early for this one, still... in anticipation of the complete Trump exile: 

day of

Saturday, December 5, 2020

What's Up With The Coup - UPDATE: We're going to Miss You Mario - Kitten Update - Georgia Runoffs Are A Nail Biter - Shields and Brooks On the Damage Done By Trump's Claims of Election Fraud 12/04/20 (Muy Importante)

My eye is doing okay, now I just have to put three drops of prednisone in every day and I have to admit it is really nice to be able to finally see; they will work on the other in the new year. Also, the cortisone shot along with the curcumin is lasting this time around, so I'm doing small amounts of Chrismas things and cleaning just a lot slower then normal.  Mike still cannot do very much, no way can he put up lights or bring down boxes, so we're going to scale down the Christmas decorations quite a bit.

We have been lucky so far, no electricity outages or water cut offs due to the high winds and no fires here at SADM, although several homes were lost in Tijuana.  More high winds are predicted for next week but zeta is saying they won't be as harsh. we did have a bad hot H20 leak under the house which sort of drained the propane tank to boot, but we do have the best plumber in Rosarito whose guys fixed everything in a snap. I forgot to mention the shark vacuum cleaner stopped working - only after usin it like six times.they say things happen in threes.....

 Totsie had her stitches out and Rubio had his rabies shot - I'll try to get their pics over here. Meanwhile however, the crazy news is that prior to Mike's surgery we had two litters of kittens in the back - one from here and one from next door. The plan was to feed and trap them, take them in to be spade & shots then release them. Unfortunately, Mike could not and still cannot lift the traps up to put in the cars. So, now we have at least six additional young adult cats who are still feral but conditioned to being fed.  Eventually we are going to have to trap them and take them in to Dr. Silva's but I can't just release them, even though they are feral they like their kitty food. And they eat like horses (they probably have worms). Late at night I've been cooking up ground beef for them and of course, they are drinking organic milk. We opened it up so they could come out of the rain and winds, but only downstairs. Cat house? Yikes ! 

 Baja California is back to being in the "semi-red zone" as far as the CORONA virus and the situation is grim. Local reports here; so far I'm undecided if I will return to the drug war, conditions are dangerous, uncertain, unstable and  dicey, I'd say more than back in 2007.

UPDATE: You might have known Mario & Peg. I remember years and years ago I was staining some maple chairs in the garage and Peg jaunted by and said, "I love antiques!" She was a great gal. At the time, we were fighting the over the limit view blocking decks. She told me that several years prior to our experience, she also was fighting view blocking construction. The builder told her to "...shut up and stop whining." "That is how they are here", she told me.  Peg is now in Anaheim living with her daughter.

Mario we just found out this morning, died from COVID last Thursday. This was a total shock. He would always let Paris run in his yard and always had a treat for her. He will be missed a lot. If only he would have worn a mask and gloves and practiced protocols. 



So what's up with the "coup" ?  I read this a couple of days ago, it will blow your mind:

   ~ From the Salon via MSN News:

Recently Pardoned Michael Flynn Calls On Trump To "Suspend the Constitution" and Re-Do The Election 

By, Roger Sollenberger - 2 days ago


"One week after receiving a historically broad pardon from President Donald Trump, former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday endorsed demands for his former boss to "temporarily suspend the Constitution" and declare martial law, warning that "a shooting war is imminent" without a re-do of the federal election.

Flynn's Twitter account shared a press release from a Tea Party-affiliated organization called the We the People Convention (WTPC), calling for the outgoing president to invoke martial law "to allow the U.S. Military to oversee a new free and fair federal election" if state legislatures, courts and congress do not overturn his defeat.

The press release promotes the group's recent full-page ad in the conservative-leaning Washington Times, and it compares the context surrounding Abraham Lincoln's executive actions during the Civil War to "the literal civil war that is dividing our nation today."

"Today, the current threat to our United States by the international and domestic socialist/communist left is much more serious than anything Lincoln or our nation has faced in its history — including the civil war," the statement says, citing violence from "antifa" and Black Lives Matter.

The group warns that "a shooting war is imminent" if Trump does not stop "socialists" from "stealing" the election: "Failure to do so could result in massive violence and destruction on a level not seen since the Civil War."

The statement concludes, "We will also have no other choice but to take matters into our own hands, and defend our rights on our own, if you do not act within your powers to defend us."

Earlier that day, Trump's Attorney General William Barr acknowledged that federal investigators had not found evidence of fraud which could change the outcome of the election. Federal and state courts have so far ruled against the Trump campaign and GOP allies in every lawsuit alleging voter fraud that the attorneys have not withdrawn themselves — though the president's legal team still holds out hope for appeals.

The same day that Flynn shared the statement, Sidney Powell, the red-pilled chief attorney for his former defense team, promoted calls for Trump to "set up military tribunals" to investigate the election.

Powell recently led a short life as a member of Trump's "elite strike-force" legal team challenging the election results before she was sidelined after repeatedly pushing fringe conspiracy theories in a televised press conference and media interviews.

In August, Powell met with the president and other advisers at the White House, where she advised him not to pardon her client, who had been seeking to overturn his 2017 guilty plea for lying to the FBI about backchannel contacts with the Russian government ahead of Trump's inauguration.

Last week, Trump issued Flynn a "full and unconditional pardon," which extended beyond Flynn's plea to "any and all possible offenses" that might arise in connection to his case, as well as "any and all" possible future offenses related to the Mueller investigation "in any manner" — including grand jury proceedings.

In addition to the Russia-related charges, Flynn faced possible criminal liability for failing to register as a foreign agent for his work on behalf of the Turkish government during the 2016 election — when he was the Trump campaign's top national security adviser.

The pardon, which heads off possible future charges, appears to be one of the broadest in U.S. history, perhaps surpassing even former President Gerald Ford's preemptive pardon of former President Richard Nixon.

However, recent reports indicate that Trump discussed a pardon with Rudy Giuliani, the current top attorney of his campaign's dwindling legal team and the former face of identity theft protection company LifeLock, which could be even more broad."

Roger Sollenberger

Roger Sollenberger is a staff writer at Salon. Follow him on Twitter @SollenbergerRC.

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 Since that initial report, more information:

  ~ From Informed Comment with video on the link:

Communists Were Jailed For Less: Trumpies Call for Overthrow Of US Constitution 

 "Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Caitlin Dickson at Yahoo News reports that Trump supporters and Tea Partiers have begun calling for a suspension of the US constitution to prevent Joe Biden from taking office.

The only way to parse “suspension” of the constitution is its temporary overthrow. Moreover, they are calling for the use of force (“martial law”) toward that aim. They are also using diction such as the threat of civil war. Since nobody but them is talking about civil war, I take it they are envisioning firing off the AR-15s they have stockpiled.

Should they go to jail?

Other people did, for much less. Jessie DeLauder explains that in 1952 seven Seattle citizens were abruptly arrested by the FBI and charged not only with being members of the Communist Party but of therefore seeking to overthrow the constitution of the United States. They were charged under the 1940 Smith Act, passed in the shadow of WW II, which threatened with condign punishment those who

    “knowingly or willfully advocate, abet, advise or teach the duty, necessity, desirability or propriety of overthrowing the Government of the United States or of any State by force or violence, or for anyone to organize any association which teaches, advises or encourages such an overthrow, or for anyone to become a member of or to affiliate with any such association.”

Among the seven, DeLauder says, “Karley Larsen had, for seventeen consecutive years, held the position of the first vice-president of the International Woodworkers Union of Western Washington.” She was arrested at a union meeting in Oregon. Paul Bowen, an African-American veteran, trade unionist and civil rights activist, was arrested just outside Seattle.

As the seven went blue in the face asserting to the judge, they did not in fact advocate the violent overthrow of the US constitution, just because they belonged to the Communist Party.

They were nevertheless convicted, fined and sentenced to five years in jail for thought crimes. One committed suicide. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which upheld the convictions.

Given this success, The FBI went on an arrest spree, bringing cases all over the country. Only in 1957 did the Supreme Court finally return to its senses and rule that you can’t be imprisoned for your thoughts, only for your actions.

The Smith Act is still on the books, and I don’t think anyone who believes in human rights would ever want to see it deployed again. It should be repealed. Who knows, our present Supreme Court may be as conservative as the one who upheld the conviction of prisoners of conscience.

But, I’m just saying that there is a double standard in the United States. The far right literally gets away with murder, and no one is talking about locking up the Trump crazies for demanding the overthrow of the US constitution. If they called themselves socialists or if they weren’t white, though, they might well have started being investigated by now."


The Georgia Runoffs:

 Here is the best lowdown:


 ~ From Truthout :

 Trump Is Headed To Georgia To "Help" With the Runoffs. The GOP Is Terrified 



 "I f you can, carve out some time on Saturday to watch the doings in Georgia. A whole barnload of Trump chickens are winging their way home. If they roost just right, Mitch McConnell could lose majority control of the Senate in January, and he and his brigade of calculating Republican lickspittles will only have themselves to blame.

It is, of course, a long shot. Incumbent GOP Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are locked in a dual runoff in Georgia against Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. The vote is slated for January 5. Thanks to a monumental grassroots effort by progressive activists like Stacey Abrams, Georgia’s presidential vote flipped to the Democrats for the first time since Bill Clinton pulled it off in 1992. Now all of that energy is focused on these runoffs, and the state has become a fulcrum point at a moment freighted with COVID, climate crisis and economic calamity.

Democrats have not fared well in Georgia runoffs over the years. Adding to the challenge, they must win both contests in order to flip control of the Senate. The stakes are enormous; with a friendly House and Senate, Joe Biden could embark upon a truly ambitious slate of policies and clean the Augean stables of the Trumpian filth that has piled up over the last four years. It would be a catastrophic rebuke to Trump, McConnell and the entire GOP to lose these seats, and more importantly, to lose control of the ruinous agenda McConnell has pursued with venomous efficiency for almost 15 years.

In an irony so luxurious I want to roll in it like a dog, Republicans are becoming increasingly terrified that they will lose those seats, and all because of Donald Trump. The soon-to-be ex-president has handled his loss to Biden about as well as a spoiled child who got nothing but broccoli for Christmas — the tree is on fire, the bulbs are all smashed and the screaming just will not stop.

At the core of Trump’s ceaseless tirade is the repeatedly debunked claim that the entire election was rigged against him by a network of conspirators that includes (no really) Bill Barr’s FBI and Justice Department, the Republican governor of Georgia, the nation of Germany and the ghost of Hugo Chavez. He and his people have been so adamant and persistent in promoting this bag of nonsense that swaths of his devoted supporters have come to embrace these theories, if you’ll pardon the sacrilege, as the gospel truth.

But wait: It gets better. A goodly portion of that devoted base, after taking to heart Trump’s claims of a rigged vote, have decided Perdue and Loeffler have been less than devoted to the cause of flipping the election away from Biden, and may actually be complicit in Trump’s defeat. Since they already believe the vote in Georgia is clearly rigged anyway (see: Dem flip back in November), members of Trump’s base are actively calling for a conservative voter boycott of the January 5 runoff.

“Driven by Trump’s insistence that Georgia’s elections are indelibly rife with fraud, conspiratorial MAGA figures are calling for a boycott of the two Senate runoff races, slated for Jan. 5, that will determine which party controls the upper chamber,” reports Politico. “Their reason: The two GOP candidates, Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, are not only insufficiently pro-Trump, they may be complicit in Georgia’s electoral fraud.”

Over the last several days, Trump has done zero favors for his fellow Republicans in the matter of Georgia. He denounced Georgia’s uber-Republican Gov. Brian Kemp for being “hapless” after Kemp followed the law to the letter and certified Biden’s victory in that state. Trump labeled Georgia’s uber-Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger an “enemy of the people,” and now Raffensperger has bodyguards.

… and now, Trump is slated to visit Georgia on Saturday so he can “help” his fellow Republicans in these runoffs. What will he say when he meets with Kemp and Raffensperger? When confronted by one of his beloved adulation mobs containing supporters who want to boycott the vote in January, will Trump be able to restrain himself? Or will he, overtly or otherwise, bless their endeavors to avoid saying anything that disrupts his ersatz narrative of total victory?

There’s a real possibility that Trump the arsonist could once again go for the kerosene and the matches, if only to hear the cheers as the flames burn his party to the ground. Any network coverage of his visit there this weekend is appointment television.

“The Trump wing of the Republican Party was always at risk of detaching from the party establishment,” notes The Washington Post. “Trump is such a singular figure in U.S. politics, few if any can emulate him. He’s just willing to say things that get certain voters riled up that other politicians won’t. That’s the crux of the problem Georgia Republicans face.”

It’s not just the Georgia Republicans, either. Trump’s defeat has broken the GOP in half, with one side represented by Trump, his base, and all the shabby Republicans too afraid to cross them. On the other side are McConnell and his cohort of establishment Republicans who watch now with growing dread as the beast they created, coddled and fed now threatens to lay waste to all their works.

This civil war is also playing out in the conservative media. One of Trump’s most visited targets of late has been Fox News, a network that hauled a Pacific Ocean of water for Trump over the years. Fox inspired Trump’s undying wrath when it put Arizona in Biden’s corner on election night. The network since has, very slowly, come to acknowledge Biden’s eventual presidency.

The Trump believers have taken his cue and shunned Fox News by massive numbers, flocking instead to far-right fringe networks like One America News and Newsmax TV, where Trump’s version of election reality is promoted with inspired vigor. After all, there’s money to be made off of people who will believe anything.

Fear of the ultimate consequences from this deliberately inflicted mayhem was given voice by yet another Georgia official. Gabriel Sterling, the voting system implementation manager for the state of Georgia, begged Trump and his people to stop tearing up the landscape before someone truly and irrevocably gets hurt. “This has to stop,” Sterling said on Tuesday. “Someone is going to get hurt. Someone is going to get shot. Someone’s going to get killed. And it’s not right. It’s not right.”

There is no way to say how this will all play out, and betting odds still favor the GOP to win at least one of those Georgia runoffs. Trump will make that easier or harder on Saturday. I will say this much, however: If Trump’s poor-loser shenanigans lead to a double-barreled GOP defeat in Georgia, all forms of hell are going to break loose within that party.

In the interim, the next time you see a “Dems in Disarray” news report because progressive House members have a legitimate beef with Biden’s cabinet appointments, do what I do: Look to the mayhem on the right side of the aisle, smile and shake your head. “Disarray,” clearly, is also in the eye of the beholder."


Stay Safe Y'all.  I'll be back later this evening with more fact checks.

Shields and Brooks on the damage done by Trump’s claims of election fraud


Monday, November 9, 2020

Oh For Crap Sake Trump Concede And Get The Hell Out Already - Trump the Madman Fires Mike Esper - Outrageous Slash & Burn By Trump: Kuperberg Removed & Barr Growls, Pilger Resigns - AMLO Is Waiting For The Whistle To Blow - - Breaking News From Bloomberg via Juan Cole

This is going to be really quick with mostly links - we have been running back and forth to the states, need to go up again tomorrow for knee & blood work, then Friday for my pre-surgury Covid Test, then back for eye surgery, staying overnight in a motel and arrangements for the kitties to stay at Dr. Silva's....wait, I need to scream !

 Naturally, Trump is causing chaos; but we knew all along he was going to pull his shit.  As you probably already know, today he fired Mark Esper who made it to Trump's shitlist when Esper did not agree to pull out the Military to contain Black Lives Matter protestors in Washington D.C. and around the nation, not to mention Esper agreed to the replacement of Confederate Military statues across the country:

 ~ From Foreign Policy:

Trump Fires His Embattled Pentagon Chief by Tweet


"U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he fired long-embattled Defense Secretary Mark Esper in a tweet on Monday, just two days after news networks called the U.S. election against the incumbent commander in chief, another move that current and former officials worry could upset an already tumultuous transition to a new administration.

The move comes amid lingering tensions between Esper and Trump. The Department of Defense chief’s decision to publicly oppose using active-duty U.S. troops to quell protests against racial injustice in June and his endorsement of renaming military bases that honor Confederate generals angered Trump and nearly led him to push Esper out earlier. Top aides and senior Republican lawmakers helped convince him to keep Esper in place so the administration did not look to be in chaos ahead of the elections, current and former officials said.

Trump tweeted that Christopher Miller, a former Defense Department official recently confirmed as director of the National Counterterrorism Center, would take over as acting secretary of defense. Under federal vacancies law, the president can appoint another Senate-confirmed official in place of Esper, who some officials in the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill had hoped would remain in place after Trump leaves office to ensure a smooth transfer of power.

“Chris will do a GREAT job! Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service,” Trump tweeted. The move marks another Trump firing by tweet, after he removed his embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by surprise two years ago while the top diplomat was traveling in Africa.

Veteran Pentagon officials reacted to the sudden news with a mixture of shock and anger.

“It’s unprecedented, it’s absolutely crazy,” said Jim Townsend, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense who spent decades working in the Pentagon. “There’s no practical reason to do this, except for personal vengeance.” A defense official said that White House chief of staff Mark Meadows informed Esper of his termination before Trump tweeted the news.

Townsend said Esper’s firing adds a new layer of uncertainty to what the final months of Trump’s presidency will look like, even as the president refuses to concede his electoral loss: “What it shows us is we don’t know what’s going to happen over the next two months when he begins his transition out of office.”

A Pentagon spokesman referred questions about Esper’s termination to the White House. A White House official said that Miller is eligible to serve in the acting role because he is Senate-confirmed.

The plan comes as officials inside the Pentagon and other agencies have anticipated a spate of potential high-profile firings in the wake of a possible Trump defeat in the November election—some of which have already come to pass. The president is also considering sacking his CIA chief, Gina Haspel, who reportedly fell afoul of the president after she opposed declassifying unverified Russian intelligence alleging Democrats tried to create a scandal about Trump’s ties to Russia ahead of the 2016 elections.

On Friday evening, the White House also forced the resignation of the deputy head of the top U.S. foreign aid agency, U.S. Agency for International Development Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick. Officials familiar with the matter said that she was fired so that the acting head of USAID, John Barsa, could take her deputy job and remain de facto head of the agency to get around time limits for officials serving in interim, acting capacities set by federal vacancy laws.

It was not immediately clear if Capitol Hill got a heads-up before the decision, and top Democrats in Congress were quick to slam Trump’s move. “Dismissing politically appointed national security leaders during a transition is a destabilizing move that will only embolden our adversaries and put our country at greater risk,” said House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Smith, a Democrat. “President Trump’s decision to fire Secretary Esper out of spite is not just childish, it’s also reckless. It has long been clear that President Trump cares about loyalty above all else, often at the expense of competence, and during a period of presidential transition competence in government is of the utmost importance.”

Some experts said firing officials out of spite, even at the tail end of an administration, could cause blowback.

“You’re trying to have as seamless a transition as possible. Don’t do things that make the system more chaotic,” said Mark Jacobson, the assistant dean for Washington programs at Syracuse University who was a Defense Department official during the transition between Presidents Bill Clinton’s and George W. Bush’s administrations. “Our enemies are going to take note of that, they know that now is a particularly vulnerable time.”

All of that could have a compounding effect on a possible Biden administration’s flexibility to set its own course on Pentagon policy after Inauguration Day. “You don’t want to box them into a corner,” Jacobson added.

Townsend said that Trump officials may also be reluctant to aid in a smooth transition to the next administration, for fear of incurring the White House’s wrath.

“At a time like this, to have [Esper’s] firing happen, it makes the atmosphere even more uneasy. If you are a Trump political appointee and you want to do a good transition, you’re going to pull in your reins and become very conservative because you’re afraid he could do that to you,” he said. “It just makes everyone walk on eggshells.”

As Esper has fallen out of Trump’s good graces, loyalists to the president sitting in high-ranking Defense Department roles have attempted to assert themselves over Pentagon policy.

“They can just do whatever they want,” the former senior Trump official said.

In an exit interview with Military Times, Esper—whom Trump himself had mockingly called “Yesper” for his reputation for upholding the White House line—fatefully mused that he could be replaced by someone much more amenable to the president’s whims, or worse.

“I could have a fight over anything, and I could make it a big fight, and I could live with that —why?” Esper said. “Who’s going to come in behind me? It’s going to be a real ‘yes man.’ And then God help us.”




More Slash & Burn by Trump:


He is on a fired top scientist Michael Kuperberg, to be replaced by David Legates:

"Kuperberg's departure comes in the wake of the Trump administration hiring of David Legates, an academic at the University of Delaware who has written that "carbon dioxide is plant food and is not a pollutant," to a newly created political position at NOAA."


More firings, video included on the link: 

 ~ From Politico via MSNNEWS:

Trump Removes Head of Climate Science Report

 By Zack Colman and Alex Guillén

Updated 10:34 PM ET, Mon November 9, 2020


 So here's the latest, I'm going to miss what happens tomorrow. through next week What we know for a fact at this point however is that there was no voter fraud, and history will remember Trump as a black stain, full of vitriol and puss.  He already is a laughing stock  around the free world, although it seems the populists are in his corner.  Ah well, birds of a feather flock together.

 ~ From CNN: 


Live Updates November 9,2020

By Meg Wagner and Melissa Macaya, CNN

Updated 5:34 p.m. ET, November 9, 2020

By Fernando Alfonso III and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 11:27 PM ET, Sun November 8, 2020
C'mon AMLO, surely you remember the Pentagon Papers?
Everything: don't miss anything: 

Here's a good one with video on the link:
"Breaking News - Trump N.Y. Probe Not Limited To Stormy Daniels Payment DA Says - BNN Bloomberg"

 "Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The New York County (or Manhattan) District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, Jr., has been scrutinizing Donald Trump’s illegalities for some years now, but appears to have been reluctant to lodge charges while Trump was president. The Barr Department of Justice maintains that a sitting president cannot be indicted, though such a policy runs counter to the whole notion that in a republic, the leader is just a first among equals and not a king who rules by divine right. Vance, since he works for New York State, is not bound by DOJ federal rules, but appears not to have wished to get tied up in court over this procedural issue.

Vance no longer has to worry about that problem. Donald Trump will be a private citizen on January 20. Moreover, Trump cannot seek preemptively to pardon himself from a crime brought in a state court, nor could President Biden pardon The Donald for crimes against the state of New York. Only Governor Andrew Cuomo could pardon Trump if he were convicted in state court. What do you think? Would he do it?

The Manhattan District has empaneled a grand jury to consider the proceedings designated Trump v. Vance, 19-cv-08694. The grand jury proceedings are secret, but Manhattan DA Vance has indicated that it is looking into a number of matters, including Trump’s payoff to porn star Stephanie “Stormy Daniels” Clifford, but also “bank, tax and insurance fraud, as well as falsification of business records.”

DA Vance has sought 8 years worth of Trump, Inc. tax returns, and while Trump has fought the subpoena, his challenge has been consistently turned back by several courts. It seems likely that he will now get these records. There is evidence that Trump undervalued his New York properties in order to avoid taxes.

Me, I think the state prosecution of Trump for the Stormy Daniels payoff is the most potentially explosive case, precisely because no pardon could be proffered by President Biden in the genteel tradition of keeping presidents out of jail. Moreover, it would be great legal theater, in a way that dry business or tax fraud would not. I hope the judge allows cameras. Imagine Ms. Clifford’s testimony on national television.

Trump paid Ms. Clifford for sex in 2006 while he was married to Melania. On the eve of the 2016 election he directed his attorney, Michael Cohen, to conclude a non-disclosure agreement with Ms. Clifford for $130,000. Cohen was reimbursed by Trump, Inc. via a dummy corporation Cohen set up for the purpose. It is not clear whether campaign funds were used, but that would be a further illegality. Trump was afraid that Ms. Clifford might reveal the tawdry incident of prostitution by a married man to the press, which might sink his presidential bid if it offended the party’s evangelicals and little old ladies (“blue hairs” in campaign parlance).

If things unfolded in this way, Trump was guilty of election fraud, since he knowingly spent money on a “good” for his campaign and did not report it. Nor were donation limits observed. He could be fined $260,000 and sent to prison for 5 years.

The case would be relatively easy to prove, since the government raided Cohen’s office for records, and Cohen himself is willing to testify.

If Trump were convicted of election law violations for trying to cover up paid-for sex, I think that would do more to hurt Trumpism than anything else. His fanatical followers would be put in the position of trying to deny that Trump had sex with a porn star, or to deny that he illegally paid hush money to cover it up, and that is a hard defense to make among evangelicals, just because it would be hard to talk about these matters. Somewhere along in Trump’s third year in Rikers, my guess is that the sheen would be permanently off him."





So  now neither Jair Bolsonaro or AMLO have congratulated our new President-elect, Joe Biden or Vice-President -elect Kamala Harris on their win. What's up with that...yea, yea, yea, I know I've read that AMLO says he is waiting for authoritative affirmation.  Do I have a comment on this behavior?  Nope, I cannot comment because I live here. But I think you can guess what I am thinking, no matter what excuses are being made.



Stay Safe Y'all, should be back in a few days....