SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS Feb 3 2020

Today is John Cornyn’s birthday, for anyone who would like to wish the most useless POS in the Senate a “happy birthday’.

And this is how it is to be an opposition leader in some places. From the WAPO. Read it HERE.

And here’s how a newly elected Senator follows the news, https://www.businessinsider.com/tommy-tuberville-says-he-cant-comment-marjorie-taylor-greene-weather-2021-2

And here’s an interesting tale about right vs left in the ‘burbs. Read it HERE.

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, Feb 1, 2020

Here’s all you need to know about why Trump’s legal team departed. from CNN:

“A person familiar with the departures told CNN that Trump wanted the attorneys to argue there was mass election fraud and that the election was stolen from him rather than focus on the legality of convicting a president after he’s left office. Trump was not receptive to the discussions about how they should proceed in that regard.”

Well, he never was any good at taking advice.

There are seven powerhouse bylines on this NYT reconstruct titled “77 Days: Trump’s Campaign to Subvert the Election…” (NYT)

Alex Jones’ role in “Stop the Steal” rally comes to light

Alex Jones played a key role in helping spark the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally that preceded the riot on January 6. The WSJ, citing documents and unnamed rally organizers, reported Sunday that Jones pledged more than $50K to the event in exchange for a ‘top speaking slot.’ WSJ also reported that Jones helped facilitate a donation of approximately $300k from Publix Super Markets heiress Julie Jenkins Fancelli. Grassroots organizer Cindy Chafian confirmed Jones’ assistance to CNN’s Paul Murphy, saying, ‘He agreed to pay for a percentage of the event…'”

Well, dang, does that mean I can’t ever shop at Publix again? Love that store.

“I apologize for thinking that you ate babies”

Oliver Darcy writes: “It’s early in the year, but this segment from CNN’s QAnon special, which aired over the weekend, should be nominated for most surreal cable news clip of 2021. A former QAnon believer explained to Anderson Cooper that he did really believe Cooper and others were drinking the blood of children. “I apologize for thinking that you ate babies,” the QAnon believer said. As many pointed out, it was jarring to see a video interview demonstrating exactly how far down this rabbit hole this person had gone. Watch the segment here…”

>> Darcy adds: “While it’s surreal to see, it’s also important to point out that there are countless other Americans who believe this nonsense. Pulling these people back into reality is going to prove challenging…”

That’s all for now. Yes, it IS safe to come out.

IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW, Jan 29 2021

(From CNN):

Federal authorities have arrested a California man named Robert Lemke and charged him with making politically motivated threats against a congressman and a journalist on the same day of the insurrection. Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York confirmed that he was the unnamed politician cited in the complaint.

The journalist was also unnamed, but according to the NYT, it was ABC’s chief anchor George Stephanopoulos. The complaint said Lemke texted a relative of the journalist and said “[your] words are putting you and your family at risk. We are nearby armed and ready.”

ABC declined to comment. Threats against politicians and journalists are far too common, and most never yield an arrest. This case shines a light on the day-in day-out harassment…

AND THEN THERE”S THIS from the Hollywood Reporter: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/trump-hollywood-income-2020

AND THEN THIS from CNN: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, back in the news for her delusional views and social media stunts, held a town hall meeting in her district Wednesday night… But members of the media were told they could not ask questions…

And this about your favorite Foxite: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/01/28/tucker-carlson-is-telling-his-viewers-that-democrats-see-them-terrorists/

SHORT RIBS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS, Jan 24, 2020

From POLITICO:Mike Madrid, a founder of The Lincoln Project, said his party needs to accept that it cannot expunge its past as it seeks a future in California — unless it accepts responsibility. “We still talk about Benedict Arnold 150 years later,” Madrid said. “We will be talking about Donald Trump for the next 150 years.”

And here’s what Trump and a Justice dept lawyer were almost up to.. Read it HERE.

AND THEN THIS: A reporter for Vanity Fair embedded with Trump’s acting defense secretary recently and delivered this stunning, fly-on-the-wall story. “On the evening of January 5 … the acting secretary of defense, Christopher Miller, was at the White House with his chief of staff, Kash Patel. They were meeting with President Trump on ‘an Iran issue,’ Miller told me. But then the conversation switched gears. The president, Miller recalled, asked how many troops the Pentagon planned to turn out the following day. “‘We’re like, “We’re going to provide any National Guard support that the District requests,”’ Miller responded. ‘And [Trump] goes, “You’re going to need 10,000 people.” No, I’m not talking bullshit. He said that. And we’re like, “Maybe. But you know, someone’s going to have to ask for it.”’ At that point Miller remembered the president telling him, ‘“You do what you need to do. You do what you need to do.” He said, “You’re going to need 10,000.” That’s what he said. Swear to God.’”


— ON CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION” … DANA BASH: “Do you consider your colleagues TED CRUZ and JOSH HAWLEY to be, in your words, complicit in an unprecedented attack against our democracy, and should they face censure or some other punishment?” ROMNEY: “Well, I think history will provide a measure of judgment with regards to those that continued to spread the lie that the president began with, as well as the voters in our respective communities. I don’t think the Senate needs to take action.”

Yes, it’s starting to feel like it’s alright to come out. Barely.