Daily Archives: December 16, 2021
Multiple plans to use Mike Pence to stop the count were circulated around to Trumpers on January 5. To my mind, it suggested that no one agreed on a course of action, that the effort would be chaotic and would ultimately result in failure. That’s generally true, because Congress handled the objections after adjourning briefly for each objection. The law was followed. They would have finished on the 6th, but you know what happened.
However, an earlier pressure campaign to get Pence to overstep his authority has surfaced. Legendary dipshit Louie Gohmert sued Pence on December 27th, arguing the 12th Amendment gave him the authority to control the count. The Justice Department thought it was crap, and defended Pence from the suit.
Once again, the goofiest of the goofy went to do Trump’s dirty work. And I still think the rest of the goofs who got briefed by Phil Waldron are not who you would call the leading lights of Congress. We’ll find out soon enough. This will all go down someday as The Dingaling Putsch. Time will tell if I am wrong. The one thing that needs to be really nailed down is what or who started that riot. We need to know if that was Trump and Co.’s last ditch effort to subvert democracy. Legal fuckery is one thing-a mob of crazies, some with lethal intent, is another.
I have plenty of problems with Israel. But I find it curious that Paul, a Republican, is holding up funding for the Iron Dome missile defense system. I mean, on the surface, Rand’s fully on board with our continued accord with them and concerned with Hamas missile attacks. Why is Iron Dome such a sticking point?
It could be just some libertarian bullshit-after all, he’s happy to stop holding up the bill if a billion comes out of Afghanistan assistance to pay for it. But when we’re talking about defense funds, a billion is like a dime. What he’s looking to do is deny the Taliban funding, apparently. Democrats and Republicans insist the money will go to humanitarian causes.
He’s all alone out here on this-it’s got enormous bipartisan support. Why Rand?
Paul has a history of holding up foreign aid. He doesn’t like the concept. (He’s not much into domestic aid either, but that’s another story). In 2018, he introduced legislation to reduce aid to Israel. His rationale was the same as it is today; he insisted that funding come from foreign aid to United States “enemies”.
Now you would think that Israel would be jake with a reduction in aid to Israel’s antagonizers. But that’s bizarrely not the case. AIPAC took him to task for trying to cut funds to Pakistan and Palestine. Perhaps Paul’s understanding of the complexities of geopolitics is less than sophisticated.
In the end, it could just come down to Paul’s libertarian streak. Benjamin Netanyahu spoke once of the need for Israel’s gradual economic independence; and those are the types of words Rand Paul likes to hear.
I know you know that. Coherence has never been one of Marsha’s strong suits.
Her new thing? Protecting the grandmothers of America:
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Tuesday accused Democrats of plotting to have the federal government take over child care and hurt grandmothers through provisions included in the Build Back Better Act, which was passed by the House on Nov. 19 and is currently under consideration in the Senate.
During an appearance on Fox News’ “The Faulkner Focus,” Blackburn told host Harris Faulkner, “They’re going to try to sweep up and federalize child care, increase the cost, and then prohibit a lot of grandmamas that are providing ‘mother’s day out’ services at the local church in your community from being able to go to work.
Hogwash. There’s no “federalization of childcare” in the bill other than that the federal government pays for it. Marsha probably thinks there’s some sort of brainwashing curriculum in the bill. States will be using Head Start curricula, hardly a controversial pedagogy. Or Marsha is lying, which she has been known to do. If you are poor or otherwise busied by the difficulties of self-improvement in this country and need subsidized or free childcare, get a certificate from the government and you can have it. There’s no logic to the statement that “costs will increase” for a program that is paid for by appropriations, either. Tax the ultra rich if you are worried about it. That statement about the “grandmamas” is a corker, though. Is she really saying it would put grandma out of work or stop her from volunteering? Churches can get these funds, so whatever. But she’s not done with the grandmamas thing yet:
Faulkner asked, “Why do that? Why?” Blackburn responded, “Because they want control. They don’t want grandmamas helping educate young mamas on how to rear babies. They want the federal government to certify people, get them to join a union, have them not show up for work.”
Control? To what end? What the fuck does that mean? Just because your kid goes to daycare does not mean that Grandma cannot impart advice on how to raise a child. Besides, Grandma is old. She loves your kid but she doesn’t really want to raise it half the day.
“They want the federal government to certify people”. I’m sorry, I’m just going to let this clause stand by itself as evidence that Marsha Blackburn is insane.
And why drag the unions into this? What’s so bad about mom joining a union that could get her better pay and working conditions? Obviously Marsha is employing a buzzword, which will only be heard by assholes.
And I have no idea why having your child in daycare will make you not want to go to work. I can’t see any relation to those two activities. Logic would dictate that it would be far easier to go to work if someone was watching your child.
I know I shouldn’t be enticed to decode Marsha Blackburn’s word salad, but sometimes low hanging fruit doesn’t taste all that bad.
“I will keep spending it because there is no tomorrow. We lose our country. We either only have two paths: either it gets changed before the 2022 election or we lose our country forever. I will spend every dime I have,” Lindell said on Wednesday. “I will spend whatever it takes.”
Relax, Mike! The Republicans have got it all in hand. All across America, Republican state legislatures are working on limiting access to the ballot box. Take my state, Georgia. There’s now less drop boxes, shortened absentee ballot request times, the opportunity for state legislators to take over election offices, and much more.
Don’t worry. Chances are the fascist freaks you keep fluffing will get their way. Save your money, because Smartmatic and Dominion are going to take it.
You can now count Jim Jordan among one of the several people who sent ideas to Mark Meadows that would ratfuck the counting of the votes on January 6th.
He sent it to Meadows on the 5th. That’s an awfully short window within which to plan a coup. It’s starting to look like the Pence plan was a last minute Hail Mary play. Then again, maybe this is Jim Jordan just being helpful. I just feel like they should have had a plan solidified around these legal theories well before the count. Like every Trump endeavor, it was a complete clusterfuck. I guess they didn’t have any inkling they’d find themselves in those dire straits before that. They put all their energy into frivolous lawsuits, hoping that eventually the Trump appointed SCOTUS would save their bacon and buy one of their idiotic arguments.
It’s instructive, at the very least, to take a look at Jim’s text, which, for Jim Jordan, seems rather erudite. Not only did he call for Pence to declare the contested state electors unconstitutional, he fucking quoted Alexander Hamilton and referenced Hubbard v. Lowe, which states that a federal statute that is unconstitutional is no law at all. What law did Jim have in mind? Possibly The Electoral Count Act, which did away with the ploy of trying to send competing slates of electors and as we all know now limits the Vice President’s ability to declare votes invalid.
So where is superlawyer Jim Jordan getting his “deep” legal ideas from? Glad you asked. Some Federalist Society/Blackwater creep named Joseph Schmitz sent it to him, along with a presentation. Schmitz is a former IG of the DOD who was an early foreign policy advisor for Trump. He was a busy columnist at Newsmax during the insanity surrounding Election Day. He alleged that the Pennsylvania count was unconstitutional because votes were still being counted after November 3. He also believed that the media was misrepresenting the count by not calling states he believed were breaking for Trump. He was all in on getting a case before the SCOTUS, bitching about mail-in ballots. He’s also a member of the Center For Security Policy, which has an interesting history as an anti-Muslim conspiracy factory started by Frank Gaffney, who really was into some “Barack Obama is a secret Muslim” garbage. They tried to scotch the Iran deal. They helped craft the “Muslim ban”. Kellyanne Conway is associated with the CSP as well. It’s funded by America’s war machine. This guy is a conspiracy loon through and through, but a dangerous one with resources.
So, Jim Jordan knows some gross people. But I guess that’s no surprise; he’s a Republican, and far too many of them are into this stuff as well.