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M.O.S.D. Going TO J.A.I.L.

The tip of the spear in the January 6th riot is through. Stewart Rhodes went to court this morning unsuccessfully looking for a delay to his trial, and the leader of the Proud Boys action wing on the 6th, the Ministry of Self Defense, admitted to conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding and assaulting an officer of the law. He’s looking at seven years, and has pledged to assist the DOJ in other cases.

I hope all you Garland detractors are paying attention. I know most of you are still going to fold your arms, shake your heads and say it is not enough. Well, what can I say? Just chill. You won’t know what’s happening until it happens, and that is a good thing. There’s plenty of people out there watching these cases and interpreting them for you, like Allison Gill (@allisongill), Marcy Wheeler, and Scott McFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews). Be happy about that. You don’t have to be a mushroom. Don’t choose that.

Two things remain possible-that these militias acted of their own volition, or someone hired them to start the insurrection. How about we see who they roll on before we go assuming that Merrick Garland hasn’t got a a handle on things? For me, I seriously doubt they acted on their own. I have come to believe that the insurrection was the last gasp to disrupt and derail the peaceful transfer of power. Once it became clear that Pence was doing his job and the objections were being handled quickly in joint sessions, there was only one play left. Thugs overrunning the seat of government. But we need many threads to be exposed before we reach a conclusion like that. And I believe that with every cooperating convict, we will see those threads. This whole J6 thing could be as insidious as the imagination allows.

More Coordinated Violence

With the conviction of an Oath Keeper for seditious conspiracy, we are sure going forward that the Capitol break-in on January 6 was planned by at least one organization for the purpose of stopping the electoral vote count.

Now it’s members of the Proud Boys who may be charged with the same. And their leader, Enrique Tarrio is one of them.

Proud Boys are cosplayers. They actually have something called a “Ministry Of Self-Defense”. Jesus. Who do they think they are, Public Enemy? Anyway, Tarrio got himself thrown in jail before January 6 and was ordered to leave DC by January 4. However, the MOSD was still in town, readying for the rally. And Tarrio got caught sending a message to them that day to “storm the Capitol” on the 6th.

It gets better. He and Stewart Rhodes, leader of the Oath Keepers, allegedly met in a parking garage on January 5, so Tarrio left and came back. Talk of wiping and encrypting communication devices occurred.

So we’re probably going to roll up another seditious organization. That’s great news. Merrick Garland, often accused of not doing his job well or at all, is squeezing the tube of toothpaste of this conspiracy from the bottom, building these cases on each other, and hopefully he will arrive at the top in time to nail some of the worst political criminals since Watergate, to include the former president. Because I think we all know that Trump was in on this whole thing. It’s just not provable beyond a shadow of a doubt yet.

But there’s some forward movement on that front. Hard working Allison Gill, a member of the podcast Mueller, She Wrote, has discovered something veeery interesting in the Tarrio filing.

Remember that tweet? Sure you do.

That was December 19, 2020. Tarrio began his secret MOSD messaging group December 20.

What can we infer from this? That Donald Trump masterminded January 6? It still must be proven. Masterminds are tricky creatures; they keep many layers of conspirators between them and the crime. So keep the faith. And remember the maxim: the wheels of justice turn slowly. But when they grind, anyone caught between them is truly fucked.

Lawyer Down

If the news about who plotted the January 6th sedition was merely walking, in horse terms it has begun to trot. Yesterday, an Oath Keeper plead guilty to conspiracy and is ready to roll to assist in other prosecutions.

Anyway, John Eastman is now fully in the Select Committee’s crosshairs. You remember John, right? He was Trump’s counsel, and an author of one of possibly several roadmaps drafted that would enable Trump to retain the presidency. They want the rest of his emails, and might well get them-they are not subject to attorney client privilege anymore. To whet the appetite of the district court, the committee released an email Eastman sent to Pence’s lawyer, telling him to have his client violate The Electoral Count Act on the 6th, which in Eastman’s diseased head was unconstitutional.

The committee may be shooting for the moon here-if there’s a whiff of conspiracy, Donald Trump himself may be ensnared for that. He also may be liable for fraud in his effort to portray the election as rigged. I suppose we should not get too far ahead of ourselves here, because even if there is a criminal referral to the DOJ, any prosecution forthcoming from one would need to be airtight as fuck, which seems to be the standard for anything that Garland is working on, unless you’re the sort that believes he’s not working on anything hard, which I very much doubt. I’m no lawyer, but I do understand that there is some complexity to making sure a victory is attained, one that can’t be turned over on appeal.

I look forward to my metaphorical horse speeding up to a canter.

Quittin’s Hard

Yesterday, the noose around Donald Trumps’ organization got a little tighter. I doubt that this will be cause for pause from Republicans continuing to genuflect to Donald Trump.

It baffles the minds of the political observers- why would they do that, given that Trump is a proven loser?

The answer is rather simple. It’s math. They don’t have a chance to win without his sycophantic, wild-eyed supporters. Those people will absolutely not show up for Republicans if Donald is repudiated in any significant way.

Many are sounding the klaxon that Republicans can still win in their current configuration. They cite all of the restrictive voting measures passed by a number of Republican controlled states. Personally, I’m panicking a little that the Biden administration is going to founder and lose its goodwill among voters once the memory of their stimulus check fades and the masks have come off. Because it sure looks like nothing will get passed by the divided Senate without the elimination of the filibuster. What’s to be done? Nothing, I guess, for the time being. I try not to panic too much, because the Republicans are planning to field some of the most charmless fucks ever to seek office in 2024. I’m talking about lilywhite jokers like Ron DeSantis, Tommy Cotton, and Rick Scott. But 2022 is important too. As we all know, the voters tend to turn against whoever occupies the Oval Office in the midterms. The best defense against this is a highly successful administration and I do worry we won’t rack up enough Ws to work against the historical tides. Voters have a short memory and are forever asking, “But what have you done for me lately?”

It’s all cause for concern. The possible future we face if the pendulum swings too hard is a Republican controlled government who will not hesitate to eliminate the filibuster themselves. Then again, actual philosophical conservatives might balk and it’s back to the norm of gridlock. After all, their goal is to strangle and stymie government regardless of whether it does good things or not.

But they will never get anywhere fast if they don’t bring the MAGA billy boys to the dance. It’s probably half of their support. And should Republicans forsake them and their clown prince of a leader, they lose.

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