Early warning signs of fascism

From the Holocaust Museum in Washington (click to enlarge):

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OK, so what inspired my latest surge of paranoia?

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has earned a rare rebuke by the Senate for quoting Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor.

The Massachusetts Democrat ran afoul of the chamber’s arcane rules by reading a three-decade-old letter from Dr. Martin Luther King’s widow that dated to Sen. Jeff Sessions’ failed judicial nomination three decades ago.

The chamber is debating the Alabama Republican’s nomination for attorney general, with Democrats dropping senatorial niceties to oppose Sessions and Republicans sticking up for him.

King wrote that when acting as a federal prosecutor, Sessions used his power to “chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.”

Quoting King technically put Warren in violation of Senate rules for “impugning the motives” of Sessions, though senators have said far worse stuff. And Warren was reading from a letter that was written 10 years before Sessions was even elected to the Senate.

Still, top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell invoked the rules. After a few parliamentary moves, the GOP-controlled Senate voted to back him up.

Now, Warren is forbidden from speaking again on Sessions’ nomination. A vote on Sessions is expected Wednesday evening.

That’s right Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Turtlewax) felt that the delicate sensitivities of Sen. Beauregard (R-Lynchmob) were being besmirched because another U.S. senator was reading a letter from one of the icons of the civil rights movement that explained how the Alabama dandelion used his power to suppress black voters.

Which is totally relevant to the debate on the confirmation of an attorney general, in case you didn’t notice.

I’m sorry Democrats, but this is where you’re supposed to take a stand. When Warren was silenced, every Democratic senator (and every independent, Bernie!) should have marched to the Senate chamber and stood in line to stand at the podium and read King’s entire letter. And when McConnell silenced the next senator, one should marched to the lectern immediately to read the same letter.

If that had happened, and if every Democrat (and you too, Bernie!) had been silenced, then we would have known if the Holocaust Museum’s warning sign was an abstract concept to contemplate or the new reality in the era of Hookerpiss.

By the way, this is what McConnell said:

“She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

And at 7:20 Eastern time Tuesday night, the Alabama pussy willow was confirmed as attorney general in a 52-47 vote.

The Senate split mostly along party lines in the vote for Sessions. Only one Democrat – West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin – crossed the aisle to support Sessions.

Time to get rid of Manchin. Since he’s going to vote Republican, he should join the Republican party.

The Monday night massacre

On Jan. 30, the acting attorney general of the U.S. was fired:
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Just to be clear, Sally Yates did not betray the Justice Department. She refused to enforce a Hookerpiss proclamation that was in violation of the Constitution. In case the pump truppets have forgotten:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Proclaiming that one group of people cannot come into America because of their religion is unconstitutional. Period.

On Jan. 20, a tiny-fingered vulgarian put his paw on two Bibles in front of the denizens of Animal Farm and said:

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Nowhere does that Oath of Office say:

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

The refugee ban is in clear violation of the First Amendment. It doesn’t preserve, protect or defend the Constitution of the United States.

The thrice-married Lügenorange has broken his vow. But then, as his former wives know, he never takes a vow seriously.

Time to impeach.

It’s been 36 years since John Lennon died

On Dec. 8, 1980, this happened:

Mark David Chapman waited for John Lennon outside the New York City apartment building where the former Beatle lived with his wife Yoko Ono and his son.

Chapman, who was 25 at the time, had asked Lennon earlier that day for an autograph, which the former Beatle signed. 

Yet five hours later, the killer, who said he wanted to be famous, opened fire with a Charter Arms .38-caliber pistol striking Lennon four times.

The 40-year-old singer-songwriter collapsed, mortally wounded. TV networks in the United States interrupted their Monday Night Football broadcast to announce news of Lennon’s death. Within hours, the shocking murder became front page news across the globe. 

I was living in Pennsylvania at the time. My ex-girlfriend called me that night from Florida, crying. That’s how I found out John was dead.

John’s wife, Yoko, asked for a 10-minute silent vigil a week later in his memory. I drove from Harrisburg to New York to join the thousands who gathered outside the Dakota, the building in which John and Yoko lived across from Central Park.

One thing to point out in this video clip, though. The TV reporter said that you couldn’t hear a thing during the 10 minutes. He lied. Because I heard TV people saying how silent it was DURING THE TRIBUTE. I wasn’t the only one to try to shush the guys with the mikes, but they just prattled on. That was probably when I began to look down on TV people. They haven’t done anything to gain my respect, since.

Anyway, when the 10 minutes were over we heard this:

Mark David Chapman was born the same day I was. He was sentenced to 20 years to life for second degree murder. In his eighth parole application in 2014, he said he should be let go because Jesus has forgiven him. That was rejected. He sought parole this past August. That was rejected. His next parole hearing is in 2018. He should never be released from jail.

Yoko, who is now 83, still lives at the Dakota, across the street from the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park.

If John had lived, he would have been 76.

An idiot fires an assault rifle in a D.C. pizza parlor because of a pump truppet lie

Every day, I feel more contempt for Lügenorange and his moron supporters. Their mendacity and stupidty are going to get someone killed:

A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday after he walked into a popular pizza restaurant in Northwest Washington carrying an assault rifle and fired one or more shots, D.C. police said. The man told police he had come to the restaurant to “self-investigate” an election-related conspiracy theory involving Hillary Clinton that spread online during her presidential campaign.

The incident caused panic, with several businesses going into lockdown as police swarmed the neighborhood after receiving the call shortly before 3 p.m.

Police said 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch, of Salisbury, N.C., walked in the front door of Comet Ping Pong and pointed a firearm in the direction of a restaurant employee. The employee was able to flee and notify police. Police said Welch proceeded to discharge the rifle inside the restaurant.

Welch has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. …

The restaurant’s owner and employees were threatened on social media in the days before the election after fake news stories circulated claiming that then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her campaign chief were running a child sex ring from the restaurant’s backrooms. Even Michael Flynn, a retired general who President-elect Trump has tapped to advise him on national security, shared stories about another anti-Clinton conspiracy theory involving pedophilia. None of them were true. But the fake stories and threats persisted, some even aimed at children of Comet Ping Pong employees and patrons. The restaurant’s owner was forced to contact the FBI, local police, Facebook and other social-media platforms in an effort to remove the articles.

Gun toting morons are showing up in a city I spend a lot of time in, meaning the fool they elected has put my life in danger. An idiot, who can’t figure out that something is an egregious lie, thinks an an assault rifle gives him the right to conduct his own “self-investigation.” These people should rot in hell.

And the verified crimson pedophiles’s national security adviser is publicizing the most hideous of  lies because that’s what makes his boss popular among the Tea Party terrorists who call themselves GOP voters.

Lügenorange is considering a convict for a Cabinet post

The latest development from the pre-season pick to be the most corrupt presidential administration in U.S. history:

As Donald Trump cracks the knuckles of his tiny fingers and prepares to pick his Cabinet, one of the names in the running is David Petraeus. If Trump decides to pick Petraeus for this very important job, however, the former general will have to notify his probation officer within three days.

Petraeus was sentenced to two years’ probation in April 2015 for passing classified information to Paula Broadwell, who was at the time writing his biography and with whom he was also having an affair. That affair and its aftermath forced his resignation as director of the C.I.A in 2012.

This tidbit was discovered by The Hill, who notes that even if he is picked for Secretary of State, he’ll still be subject to the terms of his probation, including “warrantless searches” and allowing his probation officer to “access and review his computer and phone data at any point in time until the end of the sentence.” Wonderful news for national security, all around!

The Lügenorange got his pump truppets all hot and bothered about Hillary Clinton’s emails, a nothing story that was blown out of proportion by the right wing for more than a year. Petraeus actually committed a crime and was convicted.

But the mewling sheep following the taupe wolf refuse to see reality.

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Last week’s threats, and a little history

From the Associated Press:

A student at the University of Oklahoma was temporarily suspended and police are investigating a threat against a Muslim student near the University of Michigan amid racially charged outbursts at schools and universities across the country following Donald Trump’s presidential election.

The Associated Press and other local media outlets identified several reports of racist incidents at schools since Tuesday, including a group chat that the Oklahoma student got involved with aimed at black freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania, Trump’s alma mater.

The chat contained “violent, racist and thoroughly disgusting images and messages,” and Penn is “appalled” its students were added to the GroupMe account,” UPenn President Amy Gutmann said. Gutmann said UPenn police have been working with the FBI. She earlier said officials had increased campus safety and were “reaching out to support the affected students.”

University of Oklahoma President David Boren in a statement said the student has been temporarily suspended as the school investigates further.

“It would appear this matter did not originate at the University of Oklahoma, but started elsewhere,” Boren said in a statement.

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, police are looking into a report of a man who threatened to set a Muslim student on fire with a lighter if she didn’t remove her hijab on Friday. The incident apparently happened near the University of Michigan campus, according to Ann Arbor police Sgt. Patrick Maguire. He added that the department is “investigating it actively … and soliciting information from anyone who may have witnessed anything.”

A crime alert issued by the university said the woman took off her hijab and left the area. Witnesses told police the man was white with an “unkempt appearance” and “intoxicated with slurred speech.”

The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called Saturday for the incident to be investigated as a hate crime, saying the “alleged attack is just the latest anti-Muslim incident reported since the election of Donald Trump as president.”

In other news, last week marked the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht:

Kristallnacht, literally, “Night of Crystal,” is often referred to as the “Night of Broken Glass.” The name refers to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms which took place on November 9 and 10, 1938. This wave of violence took place throughout Germany, annexed Austria, and in areas of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia recently occupied by German troops.

Kristallnacht owes its name to the shards of shattered glass that lined German streets in the wake of the pogrom—broken glass from the windows of synagogues, homes, and Jewish-owned businesses plundered and destroyed during the violence.

But we’re told “It Can’t Happen Here.”

The scumbaggery begins

When a Democrat is in the Oval Office, Republicans say deficits are the most crucial economic matter facing the government and has to be addressed. When President Obama took office and called for major spending to improve the nation’s infrastructure and provide jobs, Republicans opposed it.

After this week’s elections, the GOP is singing a different tune:

Sen. David Perdue (R-.Ga) stood on the Senate floor a little more than one month ago and declared that “we have a budget crisis. We have a debt crisis.” Two weeks ago, he wrote in an op-ed that “President Obama’s budgets ignored fiscally responsible principles, instead leaving an ever-growing mountain of debt for taxpayers down the road,” and he urged the United States to pass a balanced-budget amendment ensuring that the government can’t spend more than it takes in.

But asked about President-elect Donald Trump’s fiscal plans on Wednesday morning, Perdue sounded much less of an urgent note.

“Well, I think there’s a short-term view and a long-term view. What we need is a long-term strategy, and by long-term, I’m talking, you’re going to say, 30 to 40 years to solve this debt crisis eventually,” Perdue said in an interview on CNBC.

Perdue’s comments could be one sign of how the politics of debt in Washington may shift when Trump takes office Jan. 20. Under George W. Bush, the nation’s debt exploded with federal spending and tax cuts, often with the consent of Republicans in Congress. But over the past eight years, the Republican establishment has repeatedly excoriated President Obama for plans that don’t immediately balance the budget.

Yet Trump’s proposals — which include an unprecedented $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan over 10 years and trillions more in tax cuts — would grow the debt far more than under current law.

In one way, then, Trump’s economic agenda shares more features with the plans proposed by some liberals, who tend to downplay concerns about the debt in favor of jump-starting economic growth through government spending.

Republicans intentionally blocked efforts to improve the economy during a Democratic president’s term to make sure people remained hurting economically. But now that they realize they’re in power in January, deficits don’t matter.