Patriotism vs. nationalism

One other thing: Patriots want to help others. Nationalists want to help themselves.

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How low will they go?

I’m dreaming, right? This isn’t really happening. Is it?

“I was terrified,” Alabama resident Beverly Young Nelson said through tears, at a Thursday afternoon press conference with her lawyer, Gloria Allred. “I thought he was going to rape me,” she said, recounting the night when she claims Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually assaulted her outside of an Etowah County restaurant, when she was 16 years old.

Nelson said that she first met Moore when she was 15-years-old, during her waitressing shifts at the Old Hickory House restaurant where Moore was a regular customer. “He sat at the counter at the same seat night after night,” Nelson said. “Mr. Moore was an adult, he was much older than I was, I knew that he was the district attorney in Etowah County.” Moore, she said, flirted with her during her shifts, even though she was 15. She added that she had no interest in Moore and did not respond to “his flirtatious behavior.” Still, Moore persisted, complimenting her looks, pulling her hair, and even signing her yearbook.

Nelson alleges that Moore sexually assaulted her after her sixteenth birthday. She said that on one evening after her shift ended, Moore offered her a ride home. Since her ride home was late and she lived close-by Nelson accepted the offer. “I trusted Mr. Moore because he was the district attorney,” she said. “I thought he would get on the highway, instead he drove to the back of the restaurant […] he stopped the car and he parked his car in between the dumpster and the back of the restaurant where there were no lights. The area was dark and it was deserted. I was alarmed and immediately asked him what he was doing. Instead of answering my question, Mr. Moore reached over and groped me, putting his hand on my breast,” Nelson said.

When she tried to escape from the car, Nelson alleges that Moore prevented her from leaving. “[I] tried fighting him off while yelling at him to stop,” Nelson said. She said that Moore refused to stop and instead, squeezed her neck and “tried to force my head onto his crotch.” “I was terrified,” Nelson said, “I thought he was going to rape me.” The alleged assault ended when Nelson was either pushed or fell from the car. She said that afterwards, she had bruises on her neck, which she covered with makeup. Nelson said that Moore threatened her, telling her that no one would believe her since “you’re just a child and I’m the DA of Etowah County.”

This is a new accuser who told her story yesterday. Surely, the Republican attorney general is going to address this issue seriously?

Ten days after President Trump said that he was frustrated with the Justice Department for not investigating Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, the Justice Department told Congress on Monday that senior prosecutors were looking into whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate them.

The prosecutors will examine reports of misconduct at the Clinton Foundation and the Obama administration’s 2010 decision to allow a Russian nuclear energy agency to acquire much of the United States’ uranium, among other matters, according to a letter sent to the House Judiciary Committee from a senior Justice Department official on Monday.

“These senior prosecutors will report directly to the attorney general and the deputy attorney general, as appropriate, and will make recommendations as to whether any matters not currently under investigation should be opened, whether any matters currently under investigation require further resources, or whether any matters merit a special counsel,” said the senior official, Stephen E. Boyd, an assistant attorney general.

That’s it. I’ve had it. These people have no shame. They are vile. They are evil. They are fascists. They are destroying this country. There is no talking to them. Sessions needs to be impeached, because he’s proved time and again he’s a racist and a liar. He is an unfit stooge to an unfit president.

Fox News viewers and their two minutes of hate

Rent “1984” and try this exercise. Watch the opening scene, and replace “Goldstein” with “Hillary.”

You now know what it’s like to be in the mind of a Fox News viewing pump truppet. Because Fox’s current two minutes of hate focuses on a bogus uranium story. And we can’t emphasize enough that everything Fox is saying is a lie (from MarketWatch):

President Trump, there’s a very good reason Congress isn’t investigating Hillary Clinton’s “big uranium deal” with Russia.

It’s because the story is absolute crap — as you well know.

• No, Hillary Clinton didn’t “sell America’s uranium.” She didn’t own it, or control it, and never had. This entire accusation is a farce.

In 2010 the stockholders of a Canadian mining company, Uranium One, accepted a bid from the Russian nuclear-energy agency, Rosatom, for a majority of their shares. They cashed out.

There is a very good reason no politician or organization tried to halt the uranium deal. It wasn’t controversial.
Uranium One was a worldwide producer. Among its assets were some U.S. uranium mines.

The decision was taken by pension-fund managers, other institutional investors and private investors from Canada, the U.S., Europe and elsewhere.

The deal had previously been approved by company management and independent directors on the board.

This is what’s known as “private property,” “commerce” and “capitalism.” Trump should read up on it.

The burden of proof for a U.S. government official to intervene in a Canadian stock-market transaction would have to be pretty high.

• No, Hillary didn’t “approve” the sale, either. She was just one of 14 — count ’em, 14 — people who sat on a U.S. government committee that might, in theory, have intervened but didn’t.

The others on the committee included the secretaries of the Treasury, homeland security, energy and defense; the White House budget director; the attorney general; and the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

So, as far as we know, none of them said peep.

The committee could have intervened if it thought the deal threatened U.S. national security.

Others who could also have intervened in the deal, but saw no reason to, included the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and regulators in Canada and elsewhere.

• There is a very good reason none of those people or organizations tried to halt the deal. It wasn’t controversial. And if it weren’t for Trump’s cynical demagoguery, it wouldn’t be now.

America is a bit player in worldwide uranium production, and the amount involved was about half a percent — yes, really — of global supply.

Furthermore, uranium has been a drag on the international markets for years. There’s too much of it around. Miners are giving it away for less than it costs to dig up. There was no reason to think of it as an especially precious resource.

In 2010, when Russia agreed to this deal, the price of uranium had already fallen by 75% in three years. And since then it’s halved again. (But uranium prices have perked up a bit since Trump’s election. Long-suffering investors are hoping he’ll approve more nuclear reactors and buy lots more warheads. It’s another reason Vladimir Putin has reason to be so pleased with his protégé.)

• Finally, it’s worth remembering that this entire “story” was whipped up like a meringue by Peter Schweizer, a far-right hack at Breitbart. And, like a meringue, it’s almost all air.

The korrupt kraven krook knows it’s a lie. Fox News knows it’s a lie. But they both need the two minutes of hate to keep the base, who they treat like Pavlov’s dog, frothing at the mouth. A fitting comparison for Russian stooges.

Russians know Americans are morons

Specifically, morons from Texas.

This is an image from a Texas Facebook secessionist account called Heart of Texas. At its peak, it has more followers than the Texas Democratic and Republican parties Facebook accounts combined.

According to the Washington Post:

Its organizers had a strangely one-dimensional idea of its subject. They seemed to think, for example, that Texans drank Dr. Pepper at all hours: while driving their giant trucks, while flying their Confederate battle flags, while griping about Yankees and liberals and vegetarians.

But Heart of Texas, sadly, was no joke. At one point the page’s organizers even managed to stir up its followers into staging an armed, anti-Islamic protest in Houston. As gradually became clear, this was part of a broader strategy. The sponsors of the page were keen to exacerbate America’s own internal divisions.

By the summer of 2016, other themes began to emerge. Posts began to follow a perceptibly hard-right course, stressing Texas’s status as a “Christian state,” or touting the Second Amendment as a “symbol of freedom … so we would forever be free from any tyranny.” Some of the page’s contributors talked about the need to “keep Texas Texan,” whatever that meant. There was also a generous dollop of conspiracy theory. There were posts about the allegedly unnatural death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the supposed federal invasion orders behind the Jade Helm military exercise. Fake Founding Father quotes mingled with anti-Muslim screeds and paeans to Sam Houston. And the number of followers steadily crept into the hundreds of thousands.

But the account wasn’t run by Texans.

Just like that, the most popular Texas secession page on Facebook was revealed to be a Russian front, operated by the notorious Internet Research Agency, with Facebook removing all of the posts from public view. …

We know that the Russians behind these sites played all of their readers, and especially those who showed up at its protests in places like Twin Falls and Fort Myers and Houston, for fools. Considering that the number of their combined followers ranged into the millions — with some estimates placing total views potentially in the billions — they’re probably right.

Let’s put this in perspective. There is someone in Russia tinkering around on a computer saying “Let’s see how fucking stupid Americans are.” And that person believes the best place to find fucking stupid Americans is in Texas.

And the American secretary of state, who is from Texas, has designated his boss, the karrot koiffed krapmeister, as “a fucking moron.”

We are so screwed.

 

The bigoted leprechaun and fragile egos

America’s attorney general and model for a white sheet clad garden gnome, Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions III did this today:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is just a few public appearances away from demanding we bend the knee (and not in the protesting way), I can feel it.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department head gave a speech at Georgetown University’s law school, in which he tried out some shockingly bad propaganda on the invite-only audience, claiming, for instance that universities are attacking free speech. “The American university was once the center of academic freedom, a place of robust debate, a forum for the competition of ideas,” Sessions told the crowd. “But it is transforming into an echo chamber of political correctness and homogenous thought, a shelter for fragile egos.”

This coming from a delicate lily of the valley who got the vapors when California Sen. Camilla Harris asked him questions in his confirmation hearing:

“Why fiddle dee dee. I have such a delicate constitution and can’t possibly respond to your aggressive query. Lawdy, Lawdy, whatever am I going to do?!?! Somebody please bring me my smelling salts.”