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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 04 Nov 23 - 03:34 PM

Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, is set to appear at his New York fraud trial, and her evidence could be key

It's a long article but the headline on the news page list is: "Ivanka Trump tried and failed to avoid a court date. It could lead to big problems for her dad"


"Glenn Kirschner, a legal commentator who worked as a federal prosecutor for 30 years, says her efforts to avoid appearing could be a 'red flag' for the family.

"'I do think she represents the kind of danger to other Trump family members that perhaps the sons do not represent,' he told the ABC.

....

"Last year, she agreed to be interviewed by the congressional committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots, giving testimony for eight hours.

“'She clearly, at least in the clips we saw, was unwilling to parrot or to mimic her father's lies,' Mr Kirschner says.

"In one of those clips, Ivanka said she accepted former attorney-general Bill Barr's conclusion that the 2020 election result wasn't affected by fraud.

"'What does that tell us? It tells us that she is not afraid to push back against her father,' Mr Kirschner says.

"'Might we see her sort of take a similar tack in this civil trial?'

"Another Donald Trump critic — his estranged and outspoken niece Mary Trump — is confident she will, saying: 'She's just going to tell the truth and throw him under the bus.'"


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 05 Nov 23 - 12:03 PM

Lighter said, "Today's CNN/NYT poll shows Trump leading Biden by several points in most swing states."

If you look at it a bit differently, the poll could simply show the preferred party, Republican v. Democrats. At present, Trump is presumed to be the nominated candidate for the Reps but it might not happen. Meanwhile, voters could simply be choosing between the parties. Unfortunately, whichever party is currently in power is often not the preferred party in polling results, i.e. the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

Personally, I think the big decider will be if Trump goes to prison. When it's decision time, hopefully a significant chunk of the voters will say they don't want a convicted criminal running the country. It's all what-ifs at present.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 08 Nov 23 - 12:02 PM

An interesting article:

Insulting a judge might seem like a strange strategy, but Donald Trump had a bigger plan for his day in court

IMHO, it is also worth looking at because of the first two images: the court illustration showing Trump doing the accordion fingers, and the photo in which he clearly looks stressed and/or worried, where for the majority of the rest of his life everything is like water off a duck's back to him due to his massive belief in himself.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 08 Nov 23 - 04:04 PM

Ivanka Trump tells New York fraud trial she had no role in Donald Trump's financial statements


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 18 Nov 23 - 09:19 PM

Yes but, It's a great way to watch him dig a big hole for himself.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 19 Nov 23 - 05:01 PM

Yes, SRS you are right. I just wonder if giving him freedom of speech might provide the final kick to get him into prison. Give him enough rope ....


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: gillymor
Date: 03 Nov 23 - 08:30 AM

That convicted felon Flynn has the personality of a gila monster and   would be hard pressed to garner more than a few Democratic votes and without a sizable portion of those it would be impossible to gain the presidency. Maybe you're hallucinating again.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 03 Nov 23 - 03:17 AM

The BBC synopsis of the Republicans challenging Donald Trump

I don't know if it is a good summary so if anyone from the US can comment it would be useful


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 03 Nov 23 - 10:52 AM

Thanks Lighter


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Subject: BS: No new Trump threads PART III
From: Donuel
Date: 02 Nov 23 - 01:29 PM

Don Jr. suffered amnesia on the stand in court.


BS: Trump INDICTED AGAIN x4 (NO new Trmp threads) is the older thread. --mudelf


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Nov 23 - 06:44 AM

A quasi-religious dark horse like Gen. Flynn stands a better chance if Trump is unable to run than any of the announced candidates, in my opinion.

Like being late to sell your product for Christmas even Democratic challengers to Biden may be too late causing more harm than good and losing market share.

Who politically survives is still an open-ended question. I don't know if adding open antisemitism puts Republicans over the top or if Democrats will be the winning voice of reason. I am simply hopeful there are more healthy citizens than sick ones.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Nov 23 - 08:09 AM

https://www.newsweek.com/roger-stone-wants-michael-flynn-run-president-2024-if-trump-doesnt-1589802


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Nov 23 - 05:42 PM

IT WILL NOT BE THE CASE THAT TRUMP WILL APPEAR ON SOME STATE BALLOTTS AND NOT OTHERS.
Colorado and Minnesota are currently using section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution to remove Trump from the ballot because he committed insurrection against the Constitution and gave aid to other insurrectionists. The State cases will conclude BUT THE SUPREME COURT will then decide for all STATES.

What is insurrection against the Constitution? It is violating the executive vestment that a President will serve a 4 year term IF he is elected or re-elected. (It does not involve the storming of the Capitol or any other modus Operandi of insurrection)
Technically the Supreme Court could decide either way.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Nov 23 - 06:22 PM

A better lawyer might argue the insurrection against the Constitution was the obstruction of Congress from certifying the vote on Jan 6.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 05 Nov 23 - 11:31 AM

Could Trump be so krazy as to pull a Netanyahu and abolish or ignore the Supreme Court? The Justices must decide if they want to risk Trump telling them "You're FIRED".


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 06 Nov 23 - 06:33 AM

Carry on Stilly and Lighter.
With Mudcat behaving like a disappearing clipboard of server errors
this artist finds this site has died.
The footprints of ideas now vanish with daily tides.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 13 Nov 23 - 07:37 AM

* He'll win. There's nothing we can do.

I understand why that was said because a win will produce a cataclysm.
Why? Because TRUMP VOWS TO ROOT OUT VERMIN in his second term.
He said the vermin are Communists, Fascists, Marxists, etc. but you know he means his critics, Jews, Blacks, Democrats, and Immigrants.
He has included some of his lawyers and Generals in the Vermin Roundup. He vows a new wall around camps intended for incarceration and mass deportation. So I ask...
Are there any vermin here?


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 13 Nov 23 - 09:19 AM

I was one of the first that warned of this Nazi threat in which all the words and strategies of Trump come from Mussellini's black shirts and Hitler's brown shirts and Mein Kampf.

Vermin and poisoning the blood of our country are verbatim propaganda phrases coming out of the mouth of Trump that were used in the 1930's.

Country Club Republicans are still sleepwalking into the abyss.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 13 Nov 23 - 04:52 PM

They all started off in Queens which is the home turf of the Bonnano Mafia family. The Bonnanos ended up being the first mobsters to inform on each other to the FBI. After that other families fell like dominos.

Stilly are you intimating a possible lifespan for Donald?


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 15 Nov 23 - 03:47 PM

I think she resigned on or near Donald's inauguration so an investigation would be discontinued.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 15 Nov 23 - 06:45 PM

There are thousands of online hate groups and numerous sites that connect them.
There is more than 8 chan to connect violent book burning nazis but here is a smattering of hate groups besides Proud Boys;
Aryan Freedom Network
Atomwaffen Division
American Front
American Nazi Party
Aryan Brotherhood of Texas
Aryan Brotherhood
Aryan Circle
Aryan Nations
Aryan Republican Army
Battalion 14/Connecticut White Wolves[6][7]
The Daily Stormer
Identity Evropa
Libertarian National Socialist Green Party[8][9][10]
Maryland National Socialist Party[11][6]
National Alliance
National Socialist Liberation Front
National Socialist Movement
National Socialist Vanguard
National Vanguard
Nationalist FrontO
Patriot Front
Renegade Tribune
The Right Stuff
Rise Above Movement
The Order
Traditionalist Worker Party
Vanguard America
Nazi Low riders
Vanguard News Network[12][13][14]
Werewolf 88[15][16]
White Aryan Resistance
White Devil Social Club[17][16]
White Order of Thule[18]
Caribbean and South America

and this NPR broadcast https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/who-is-watching-the-hate-tracking-hate-groups-online-and-beyond/

This group vowed to take over the Republican Party in 2018. Identity Evropa
Nationalist Social Club
National States' Rights Party
NSDAP/A


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Nov 23 - 08:02 AM

I have personally seen the volume has been turned up to 10 on neo nazi and white Christian nationalist internet hate speech and propaganda,
This makes Trump's personal protestations practically moot.

The themes range from asking why Hitler got a bad rap or saying Hitler was a great leader who did a couple bad things, all the way to kill the Jews and vermin Democrats.

Even non fascist web sites like Quora are being deluged by pro Hitler questions and answers. The younger population is most responsible for this explosion.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Nov 23 - 08:03 PM

I just wonder if giving him freedom of speech might provide the final kick to get him into the White House again.
As a former hypnotist, I know myths work, I know cults work. I know the bigger the social lie the more believable. The race myths work, the religious myths work, and even the internet troll lies work. It is reinforced by people's mistrust, fear, and a wanton need to know.   Liars are often those who seek power over their target. Myths override the obvious fallacies. To stand against that evil requires a response that looks like defensiveness. When such lies appear here they are simply deleted or erroneously closed. The crime of lying is called perjury in Court. Very rarely are government leaders punished for lying.

Short of armed conflict against the lie, is Art, literature and entertainment, The Enemy of the Liar is a truthful account of History.
Once the truth tellers are criminalized, the battle is over for years, decades or centuries.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Nov 23 - 08:19 PM

The defense against the truth tellers is simple denial often combined with an alternative history of lies. What is the point of this obviousness? The truth you speak now can create a needful change while silence condemns everyone.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Nov 23 - 08:36 PM

This is not a knee-jerk response but fear is the exact thing the Right wants you to feel to enforce a silence.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Nov 23 - 08:43 PM

As a follow up in the handwritten postcard strategy endorsing non-authoritarian candidates, it resulted in 100% success in those elections.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Nov 23 - 05:36 PM

The editor on this wins the award for the best headline on the Internet today: Trump kid says the darnedest things: Donald Trump Jr. gives guarded, sometimes flip testimony at fraud trial

For those outside the US, in the 1950s to early 70's there was a Canadian transplant to US TV named Art Linkletter who hosted The Linkletter Show on which he frequently interviewed small children. The line "Kids Say the Darndest Things" became the catchphrase for those interviews and turned into some books later. Here's some of it (introduced by the now disgraced comic-rapist Bill Cosby, who used the concept for his own show at one point).


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Nov 23 - 12:55 PM

Robert Reich has it right, pointing out that any votes for "third parties" such as No Labels are a vote for Trump. And that No Labels is intended to do just that, it is funded by the foul supporters of Trump, trying to siphon off Biden votes.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Nov 23 - 08:06 PM

In an interview snippet heard today Michael Cohen ridiculed Eric Trump's testimony about not knowing the financial end, just "pouring the concrete" for the corporation. Cohen's response was that "Eric wouldn't even know how to mix Quikrete and water in a bucket."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Nov 23 - 12:41 PM

The really scary part of all of this is that despite Trump's criminal charges and potential damage to the Constitution, there is a group of Democrats who are making a huge fuss about Biden's age. These two guys are a couple of years apart and Biden is a rational human being. And as a mature adult advancing into older age I find it rather offensive that the number is more important than the actual person, his health, his record, and his motivations.

Trump will not just chew up the scenery if he is reelected.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Nov 23 - 10:18 AM

Trump doesn't have "half the electorate." Polls are untrustworthy and they never are particularly accurate regarding Biden. Only the ballot box counts. Trump has a lot of already elected people scared of him so they go along with him, but he's losing his grip on them and their constituents. His endorsed candidates didn't do so well in this Tuesday's mid-term election because they are on the wrong side of the abortion debate for the electorate they want to serve. He favors chaos, and the next test will be when the US government might shut down if the new Speaker can't herd all of the cats. Trump thinks it's great if the government shuts down.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Nov 23 - 10:15 AM

Those polls are next to useless. Don't even give they oxygen.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Nov 23 - 11:25 AM

Apparently his older sister retired federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry has died.
Maryanne Trump Barry, a former federal judge who was an older sister of Donald J. Trump and served as both his protector and critic throughout their lives, has died. She was 86.

Ms. Barry died at her home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, according to two people familiar with the matter. One of them said she had been found early Monday morning. Neither person specified a cause.

Ms. Barry, the widow of John Barry, a veteran trial and appellate lawyer, had been a federal judge in New Jersey, a position that Mr. Trump’s fixer, the lawyer Roy M. Cohn, was credited with helping her attain during President Ronald Reagan’s tenure. She retired from the bench in 2019, at a time when inquiries were brewing after a New York Times investigation into the family’s tax practices.

Mr. Trump seemed to heed the words of few people as much as he did his sister’s, according to confidants. But they had a significant fissure in their relationship in the final year of his presidency, when their niece Mary L. Trump, who was promoting a memoir about their family, released audio recordings of her aunt speaking critically about the president.

Mr. Trump, 77, who is the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination even as he faces dozens of criminal charges in four cases, has had a number of personal losses in the last several years.

His younger brother, Robert S. Trump, died in 2020, and the president held a funeral service for him at the White House. His first wife, Ivana Trump, died in 2022.

A spokesman for Mr. Trump did not respond to a request for comment.

The fact that Roy M. Cohn helped her get that position speaks volumes about the lack of ethics and the general criminal enterprise in which the family engaged.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Nov 23 - 05:30 PM

Nope. One of his major fixers is gone.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Nov 23 - 08:13 PM

An appeals court judge decided to lift the gag orders against Trump while it is under appeal (to the Supremes) and immediately after the personal attacks and invective flowed. If there was ever an illustration of why a gag order must be in place, he just made the case.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Nov 23 - 10:36 AM

Unfortunately, he attaches targets on the bodies, families, homes, and businesses of all of the people he is smearing with his attacks. It needs to stop. He belongs in prison.

Trump opened a Pandora's box that was simmering quietly but relatively under control. You're seeing the effect of his demagoguery.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 03 Nov 23 - 09:01 AM

Gnome, the BBC piece is pretty good, though I've never heard of Binkley or Johnson.

Also, the article doesn't mention that Scott is the most outspokenly religious of the group and possibly even more anti-abortion than the rest.

De Santis is also noted for insisting on business as usual in Florida
during COVID. No masks needed, no nothing. He's even appointed a Surgeon General who's told Floridians not to get a COVID shot.

Vivaswamy tries to be a mini-Trump in every way, including insults and
inflammatory claims.

As for spine and judgement in general, consider this. At the first debate they were asked whether they would support Trump if he were the nominee *and* convicted of one or more felonies.

Everybody but Hutchinson and Christie (old-school Republicans, though both were cozy with Trump for two or three years) promised they would.

Now *that's* scary.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 05 Nov 23 - 07:31 AM

Only slightly off-topic:


https://www.yahoo.com/news/queeg-factor-223932088.html


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 05 Nov 23 - 09:13 AM

Or that he'd be so popular nearly three years after Jan. 6, that his image could be used to sell cars.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 05 Nov 23 - 11:10 AM

Krazier and krazier:

"'We won, the last time, 50 states, think of it, 50 states,' he told the Freedom Summit, outside Orlando, Florida. "'We won every state.'"


https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-claims-won-50-states-152719454.html

Today's CNN/NYT poll shows Trump leading Biden by several points in most swing states. Typical Trump supporter comment: "When he was president, prices were lower and we didn't have any of these wars." (My paraphrase.)


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 05 Nov 23 - 11:40 AM

"Agenda 47":


https://www.barrons.com/news/agenda-47-what-trump-has-promised-if-he-wins-in-2024-79bb3dd9


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 12 Nov 23 - 07:48 AM

Get this:

Only 32% of voters say Biden has the mental sharpness and stamina to be president.

But 54% say it about Trump.


https://www.axios.com/2023/05/07/biden-trump-age-electionoll

One reason: Trump's sycophantic cable "news" channels (not just FOX) that continually depict Biden as frail, weak, and "demented," while playing up Trump's supposed toughness, vigor, and brains.

Also the fact that so many other Americans say they get their "news" from "social media."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 13 Nov 23 - 08:27 AM

Besides "Communists, Fascist, and Marxists," he specifically focused on "radical left thugs that live like vermin in the confines of our country."

He also promised to place rounded-up illegal immigrants in "camps."

Even the business-oriented, conservative Forbes Magazine noted the resemblance to Nazi (that's the word Forbes used) rhetoric.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 06 Nov 23 - 06:16 AM

Unfortunately, those Democrats that are refusing to close ranks happen to be right. Another year for Biden to increasingly show his age. More months of ructions and splits in the party over Israel. Split parties never win (unless you can conceal the splits, which is not happening). Put as brave a face as you like over those swing state polls but they are a great big red warning sign that Biden isn't the man.   Nothing currently being thrown at Trump will (a) put him in jail, (b) reduce his popularity. Yeah, they're both old men, but one old man looks and sounds like an old man whilst the other looks like he hasn't changed much. Whether or not that sounds offensive to you or me isn't the point. It's all about what your electorate takes on board. We all like Biden and if I lived over there I'd campaign for him. But Trump has half the electorate in his pocket already and the arithmetic is all going in his favour. Unless you can get him over January 6, he's your next president, God help us.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 09 Nov 23 - 09:49 AM

Sam Levine in today's Guardian:

Hillary Clinton has compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler as she offered a blunt warning about the dangers of a second Trump presidency.

Trump back in the White House, Clinton said during an appearance on ABC’s daytime talkshow The View on Wednesday, “would be the end of our country as we know it, and I don’t say that lightly”.

The former first lady, senator and secretary of state said: “When I was secretary of state, I used to talk about ‘one and done’. What I meant by that is that people would get legitimately elected and then they would try to do away with elections, and do away with opposition, and do away with a free press.”

Then Clinton added: “Hitler was duly elected. All of a sudden somebody with those tendencies, dictatorial, authoritarian tendencies, would be like ‘OK we’re gonna shut this down, we’re gonna throw these people in jail.’ And they didn’t usually telegraph that. Trump is telling us what he intends to do.”

Clinton’s comments came days after a Washington Post report detailing how Trump is discussing how to use the justice department to investigate political rivals and former allies who have been critical of him should he return to the White House. He is also discussing invoking the Insurrection Act on his first day in office, which would allow him to use the US military domestically to quell protests and dissent, something he was talked out of by military leaders during his one-term presidency.

Trump’s team is also preparing to staff a potential administration with more radical rightwing lawyers who are less likely to stymie efforts to get in his way as he pushes the bounds of presidential power, the New York Times reported...

...Clinton gave a clear warning.

“Trump is telling us what he intends to do,” Clinton said on The View. “Take him at his word.”


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 09 Nov 23 - 06:50 PM

Yeah, polls are untrustworthy. Keep living in hope.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 20 Nov 23 - 08:13 PM

A completely deluded and dangerous idiot has just been elected in Argentina. He's been hailed by Trump. Populism is alive and kicking. Be very afraid.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: keberoxu
Date: 05 Nov 23 - 08:38 AM

Just a random comment here:

I limit my access to the ongoing news coverage to
radio soundbites, selected newspaper articles.
Don't do social media or television.

When Trump became President seven years ago,
I made a decision to avoid listening to the sound of his voice.
So I was constantly switching the volume of the radio,
to be sure I didn't hear Trump speaking.

Yesterday I had the car radio on, and it was advertisement time.
So on comes an advertisement for a local auto dealer,
one who routinely uses humor in their advertisements.

THe commercial had an imitation Donald Trump shilling for the dealer.
I was truly startled by the leaden vocal delivery.
I mean, I knew it must be bad, but never before now
did I know that Trump speaking was THAT bad.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 12 Nov 23 - 07:01 AM

There's three ways to look at this:

* He'll fail. We don't need to do anything.

* He'll win. There's nothing we can do.

* He may win. FIGHT.

It's a situation those of us in England are all too familiar with in carefully-gerrymandered parliamentary constituencies.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 22 Nov 23 - 12:04 PM

I lost faith in my military-industrial government when I was a kid.
The 3 reasons why we're the traumatic murder of JFK , preposterous cover stories for UFOs and the destabilization of Chile.

Today the folks at the CIA and FBI who committed those actions are dead but the ideology is still alive but growing weaker.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Nov 23 - 04:12 PM

Donald Trump Rages at His Enemies in Furious Thanksgiving Message
Donald Trump went after his political enemies in a Thanksgiving message posted on Truth Social on Thursday.

The former president focused his attacks on those involved in his civil fraud trial as well as on President Joe Biden.

He wrote: "Happy Thanksgiving to ALL, including the Racist & Incompetent Attorney General of New York State, Letitia 'Peekaboo' James, who has let Murder & Violent Crime FLOURISH, & Businesses FLEE; the Radical Left Trump Hating Judge, a 'Psycho,' Arthur Engoron, who Criminally Defrauded the State of New York, & ME, by purposely Valuing my Assets at a 'tiny' Fraction of what they are really worth in order to convict me of Fraud before even a Trial, or seeing any PROOF, & used his Politically Biased & Corrupt Campaign Finance Violator, Chief Clerk Alison Greenfield, to sit by his side on the 'Bench' & tell him what to do; & Crooked Joe Biden, who has WEAPONIZED his Department of Injustice against his Political Opponent, & allowed our Country to go to HELL; & all of the other Radical Left Lunatics, Communists, Fascists, Marxists, Democrats, & RINOS, who are seriously looking to DESTROY OUR COUNTRY.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 23 Nov 23 - 04:45 PM

If you had no context at all, you'd have to conclude that the writer was completely off his rocker.

It's like the screeds you're occasionally handed by mentally ill people on the streets of a big city.

But since it's Trump, it's OK for a lot of people. Tens of millions in fact.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 24 Nov 23 - 06:26 AM

”If you had no context at all, you'd have to conclude that the writer was completely off his rocker.”

Even with the full context, that is my conclusion, and has been since 2015. And I strongly doubt I’m alone in that conclusion.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 26 Nov 23 - 08:53 AM

We expect voting disinformation. The public affairs Council says;
42% of social media is disinformaton
40% news media
32% Republican candidates
28% Democrat candidates
20% Super Pacs
11% Foreign governments
6% Major Companies


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 26 Nov 23 - 09:00 AM

Who do we trust?
68% say friends and family !?


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 26 Nov 23 - 09:09 AM

We'd better not confuse "disinformation" with "misinformation." "Disinformation" is losing its original, crucial meaning, maybe because it sounds new and cool and precise.

Misinformation is simply mistaken.

Disinformation, though, is intentional and methodical. In other words, lies and other forms of deceit conveyed for a larger purpose.

Mixing the two together, if deliberate, would itself count as "disinformation."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 26 Nov 23 - 09:29 AM

tru-nuff

Lyrics
We're not gonna take it
No, we ain't gonna take it
We're not gonna take it anymore
We've got the right to choose, and
There ain't no way we'll lose it
This is our life, this is our song
We'll fight the powers that be, just
Don't pick on our destiny, 'cause
You don't know us, you don't belong
We're not gonna take it
No, we ain't gonna take it
We're not gonna take it anymore
Oh, you're so condescending
Your call is never ending
We don't want nothin', not a thing from you
Your life is trite and jaded
Boring and confiscated
If that's your best, your best won't do
Woah-oh-oh
Woah-oh-oh
We're right (yeah)
We're free (yeah)
We'll fight (yeah)
You'll see (yeah)
Whoa-whoa, we're not gonna take it
No, we ain't gonna take it
We're not gonna take it anymore
We're not gonna take it
No, we ain't gonna take it
We're not gonna take it anymore
No way!
Woah-oh-oh
Woah-oh-oh
We're right (yeah)
We're free (yeah)
We'll fight (yeah)
You'll see (yeah)
We're not gonna take it
No, we ain't gonna take it
We're not gonna take it anymore
We're not gonna take it (no!)
No, we ain't gonna take it
We're not gonna take it anymore (just you try and make us)
We're not gonna take it (come on!)
No, we ain't gonna take it (you're all worthless and weak)
We're not gonna take it anymore (now drop and give me 20)
We're not gonna take it (a pledge pin)
No, we ain't gonna take it (on your uniform)
We're not gonna take it anymor


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 27 Nov 23 - 09:20 PM

I'm so indicted
I just might bite it
I had more votes than him and now I'm indicted
So it's decided
I was...misguided?
They know, they know, they know, they know, they know, they got you, they got you

I'll get a lawyer, and I won't take chances
They're gonna offer me some kind of deal
Just plead exterminating circumstances
Or maybe like Cohen, I will squeal

Right now I'm freakin', leakin'
Right into my trousers
If I tattle, that'll
Lead to both of you
Don't go that trail
I'm too cute for jail

Don't be short-sighted
Then help me fight it
Well, if we have a good excuse, hey, I think they'll buy it
Hey, let's all try it...

I am not a crook
I did not have sexual relations with that woman, I did not organize an insurrection, Mission accomplished


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Nov 23 - 12:19 AM

He's going to be on the stand again soon, in very early December. The last witness called in the case. He can drive the last nail in the coffin lid of his family "fortune."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 30 Nov 23 - 11:41 AM

I see another ruling has gone against him.

Keep 'em coming!


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Nov 23 - 01:41 PM

Yup. The gag order is back. I hope he chokes on it.

New York judge brings back gag order on Donald Trump in civil fraud trial


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Nov 23 - 06:31 PM

Piece today from RawStory:

'Jail is next': Mary Trump cites expert saying her uncle is heading for prison
Donald Trump’s niece Mary called up an attorney to get his take on the New York appellate court’s recent ruling to uphold Judge Arthur Engoron’s gag order — and she said it looks bleak for her uncle.

“Donald will be in jail very soon,” Joe Gallina told Mary Trump, she told her substack subscribers Thursday.

She then wrote, “Knowing Donald personally, I fully agree.”

Engoron — the judge overseeing Trump’s $250 million civil court trial — instated the limited gag order last month to stop the former president from targeting his staff on social media. It was put on hold while Trump appealed, but was reinstated Thursday.

In a later filing, Engoron explained that he and a law clerk Trump accused of bias had received credible death threats.

When the appeal court's ruling came through Thursday, Engoron vowed to enforce the gag order with vigor.

“I intend to enforce the gag orders rigorously and vigorously,” Engoron reportedly said in court. "I want to make sure that counsel informs their clients of the fact that the stay was vacated."

The limited gag order does not protect speech against Engoron or his wife, which Trump quickly tested by sharing since-debunked social media posts he falsely claimed came from the judge’s wife.

Mary Trump, a psychologist, argues Trump won’t be able to prevent himself from pushing the gag order envelope further.

“Donald’s massive ego and insecurity make him unable to follow this order,” she writes. “When he is under pressure, he has zero self control.”

And Gallina believes the situation will likely escalate to jail time because Trump has already faced two fines — which amounted to $15,000 — for violating the gag order's limits.

“He was ALREADY warned about possible imprisonment – not once, but TWICE,” Gallina told Mary Trump. “He is out of chances.”

"Jail is next." added Mary Trump.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 01 Dec 23 - 02:44 AM

There was also the thing about failing to get possession of documents relating to the Jan 6 committee. The judge said Trump's Lawers were just on a "fishing expedition".


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 01 Dec 23 - 06:53 AM

By the letter of the law Trump did not insult members of the court as outlined in the gag order instead, he went after the judge's wife claiming she posted something nasty, which she did not in any way shape, or form.

A gag order is very specific so in a sense, Donald did not violate the gag order but his abuse was designed to inflame both his believers and the judge. Trolls like Trump probably feel proud to skirt the rules but still accomplish misinformation. Call it clever or evil but it is typical narcissist behavior.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Dec 23 - 11:15 AM

The GOP majority in the House is down by one - Santos is out. House votes to expel indicted Rep. George Santos from Congress
The New York Republican is now just the third lawmaker since the Civil War to be expelled from the House of Representatives.

The irony here, of course, screams out loud: Santos did the same thing Trump did. Trump is still the candidate but Santos' lying and cheating got his ass kicked out.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 01 Dec 23 - 11:32 AM

The Santos saga is an example of the failure of the press and media.
It took 11 months to get rid of the narcissistic psychopathic liar since he was not properly vetted before his election.
Ding dong the bitch is dead. He skedaddled right before the expulsion vote to avoid being frog-marched out of the building. Among his many lies and thefts of campaign funds I found laughable was his Los Vegas marriage and honeymoon.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Dec 23 - 06:42 PM

A vote for a "third party" is a vote for Trump. Case in point:

Guess Who Came to Dinner With Flynn and Putin
NBC News reviewed video and photos from a 2015 Moscow gala that Mike Flynn was paid $45,000 to attend to see who else was in the room.

Putin will still be pushing for Trump to win, quite possibly harder than before. His getting to keep huge swaths of Ukraine depend upon it.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 02 Dec 23 - 07:21 PM

A vote for a third party may just be vote for who you want to win. To say you should vote for someone who will help Trump to lose adds up to a democratic deficit. My parliamentary constituency is North Cornwall. It's been held in the past by the Liberal Democrats, who I revile. In recent years it's been held by the Tories, who I revile even more. Far more, in fact. My sentiment is to always vote Labour, but here in north Cornwall Labour never stand a chance of taking the seat. I could shut my eyes and vote Labour as a matter of principle. Or I can decide to vote Lib Dem in the hope of keeping the Tories out. The thing is, in a democracy, that should be my decision, unhindered by anyone else telling me how to vote for whatever reason, including tactically. I don't want to be told that a vote for Labour is a wasted vote, or that if I vote Labour it will let the Tories in. In a democracy, the ballot box is the final call. Trying to sway me one way or the other at the ballot box is improper unless you know that I've been apprised in detail of the policies of all sides. After all, good democracy depends on a knowledgable electorate making informed choices.

As it happens, I vote for the Lib Dems here every time. I don't want the Tories in, so I vote and hold my nose. But if a LibDem candidate told me to vote for them in order to keep the Tories out, I'd very rapidly tell them where to shove it.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Dec 23 - 09:23 PM

A vote for a third party may just be vote for who you want to win.

No, Steve, it doesn't mean that, and stop acting like we don't know what we're talking about here. If you vote for a third party candidate who has no chance in hell to win, then that vote doesn't go to Biden. It supports Trump.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Charmion
Date: 02 Dec 23 - 11:33 PM

The Westminster-style parliamentary system enjoyed by both Britain and Canada accommodates third and even fourth parties without angst because coalition-forming is normal. It’s too different from the American two-party congress to be fully comparable.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 03 Dec 23 - 11:58 AM

Liz Cheney's perspective:


https://www.yahoo.com/news/exclusive-liz-cheney-book-blasts-221143621.html


And don't miss:

https://newrepublic.com/article/177249/2024-trump-presidency-sleepwalking


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 03 Dec 23 - 12:02 PM

I'm not acting like anything, Maggie, and there's no need for that kind of hostility. I'm saying that no-one should be telling you to vote tactically, because telling you to do that is undemocratic. But it's perfectly democratic to vote that way if you so choose without pressure to do so from someone else (which is what I do). In democracies, discussion of the merits or otherwise of the contenders is the proper democratic way to persuade people. We fight long and hard for democracy and we should keep it that way. There's far too much ignorance among the electorate in your country, my country and lots of other western countries, and cynical exploitation of that ignorance is rife, which is why Trump and Johnson and the idiot in Argentina are possible. With an educated electorate there's no need to go down the slippery slope of saying, if you vote for A you'll let B in. We can work that out for ourselves and large numbers of people will do it anyway.

Charmion, national coalitions are not the norm in the UK. We've had just the one in my lifetime, the disaster of 2010 to 2015 which shat on working people, the health service and schools and which sowed the seeds for brexit.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Dec 23 - 12:12 PM

Trump has again expressed disbelief that Biden isn't being charged for the few Top Secret documents found in his old office. Frank Figliuzzi blows a hole in that sentiment.

Former FBI official blows a hole in Trump's latest stolen document defense
The former FBI official responded, "Unlike Trump, who was aware for at least 16 months that the U.S. government wanted its documents back, Biden told reporters that he was 'surprised' to learn of the classified documents and didn’t know what was in them," before pointing out, "Importantly, Trump is accused of suggesting that his lawyer “hide or destroy” the classified documents, and instructing Walt Nauta, his personal assistant who is also indicted, to relocate and conceal boxes of the government documents. Some of that hide-and-seek movement was captured on security video obtained by the FBI in July 2022."

Adding, "Trump’s indictment cites multiple instances when he took specific actions to attempt to hide, conceal or tamper with evidence. Again, Trump’s reported conduct starkly contrasts with Biden’s reported conduct," Figluzzi suggested Trump had no reaction to former Vice President Mike Pence also getting a pass from the DOJ for also retaining documents which he quickly returned.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 03 Dec 23 - 05:53 PM

Steve Shaw, coalitions in the Westminster systems are rarely formal and may be based only on the issue before the House. Who props up the minority will change from day to day or even from vote to vote -- but that's okay. In the long run, it tends to produce what the people want, e.g.: in Canada, medicare and a new flag.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 03 Dec 23 - 08:45 PM

I see what you're saying, but I must tell you that, in the bigger picture, UK politics doesn't really embrace coalitions in the usual sense of the word. Informal and temporary deals, maybe. We wouldn't use the term "coalition" here for such arrangements.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 04 Dec 23 - 05:32 AM

Trump has neutralized and confused terminology for the unwashed public by calling Biden an enemy of Democracy and a fascist.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 04 Dec 23 - 09:10 AM

A "fascist" *and* a "communist" running a government of "thugs."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Dec 23 - 10:31 AM

Cheney will be interviewed on the Rachel Maddow Show tonight. MSNBC.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 04 Dec 23 - 04:11 PM

Will Trump choose Gen. Flynn as his running mate? Flynn is the hero of Qanon, deep state conspiracies, Christian Nationalists, weaponized militias, and digital warriors. My knowledge of psy ops and hypnosis causes me to see Fynn as the inheritor of Trumpism, not Republicans.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 05 Dec 23 - 05:58 AM

The three scenarios of 2024 elections are
Trump loses with more domestic terrorism.
Trump wins and adopts a voting system akin to Putin's.
Trump wins and and uses the military domestically which becomes divided and chaotic, Courts are ignored, and a void of actual leadership leads to a fundamental collapse of secular government and skirmishes of religious Christian nationalist sects for dominance.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 05 Dec 23 - 12:43 PM

Well there are more scenarios than that. The far more likely and far less sensational one is that he'll just be a terrible president for four more years, then he'll enter the dustbin of history. That's not intended to be reassuring, because even that would still be a disaster for the planet.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Dec 23 - 10:50 PM

He wouldn't be a terrible president for four more years, he would become a dictator. He won't make the mistake of putting in any staff who would stop him from mischief. He'll put in allies who let him do what he wants. The rule of law, the role of the Department of Justice, all of that out in the trash.

He needs to be in prison.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 05 Dec 23 - 11:55 PM

And his potential underhanded collaborations with Putin are too terrible to contemplate.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Ebbie
Date: 06 Dec 23 - 02:32 AM

We tend to not consider his age- 77 now, he'd be 79 upon inauguration, and 83 at the end of his term. Given his diet and lack of exercise, I rather doubt that he'll make truly old bones. More alarming is that his example would allow and encourage successive presidents to shred what remained of the Constitution and the traditions that are currently our norm. It is hard to foresee a happy ending.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 06 Dec 23 - 04:51 AM

So you don't trust your hard-won instruments of state to constrain him. Today, the man who spent seven years wrecking this country is appearing before an enquiry which will expose his severe shortcomings in the pandemic. He was forensically investigated for his breaches of covid lockdown rules and, though his fixed penalty fine was derisory, his reputation was ruined as his lack of integrity was exposed. We suspected that he wanted to ride roughshod over some laws but the instruments of state pulled him up short. I may be premature but I suspect that he will make a fool of himself today as the enquiry pulls him to pieces. We are currently witnessing strenuous efforts by our government to override human rights laws in order to promote a doomed and pointless populist scheme to deport refugees to an unstable African country. They will fail, because there is equally strenuous opposition, in spite of years of damaging populism.

At worst, Trump will get four more years. It's a fair bet that he'll become a lame duck president half way through. I'm surprised to read your apocalyptic predictions. I don't live there, but I'd like to hear you explain how he could become a dictator. He has done a lot of damage and will do much more, but are you seriously suggesting that there won't be a presidential election in 2028? And, speaking of holding former leaders to account, a vital cog in the wheels of democracy, why hasn't Trump been held to account for conniving in the Jan 6 riot, if not actually inciting it?

Germane to this discussion is the second Reith Lecture, given by Professor Ben Ansell, which I've just listened to. He discussed the uneasy position of liberal democracy between anarchy and autocracy. There are more pressures than just Trump. There's social media and there's AI. Of course, he'll try to use them to his advantage. He hasn't do too well so far with social media but his followers have.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Dec 23 - 12:18 PM

With Santos out last week it's interesting that McCarthy announced that he's leaving Congress at the end of this year. Meaning a few days left (considering the generous recess they take).

McCarthy Says He Will Leave Congress at the End of the Year
About two months after being ousted as speaker, Representative Kevin McCarthy said he would exit the House a year early.
Mr. McCarthy’s imminent departure will shrink the already slim Republican majority, which went to three seats from four with the expulsion last week of Representative George Santos of New York.

After he was ousted from the speakership in October, Mr. McCarthy gave an inconclusive answer about whether he would remain in Congress. “I’ll take a look at that,” he said then. Later, in an effort to bat down reports and rumors that he was leaving immediately, he told reporters that he was staying and even planned to run for re-election.

But his position as a rank-and-file member of the House side by side with the Republicans who voted to remove him from power had grown untenable and Mr. McCarthy found the experience to be incredibly painful. His closest allies on the Hill have been anticipating his imminent departure for weeks, even as he has dodged questions about his future.

So another of Trump's toadys is out and the lunatic fringe are still there (MTG, Gaetz, Boebert, etc.)

Trump wants to take over the ability to call elections and wants to let Putin win in Ukraine. This GOP House has been largely inclined to tilt in those directions.

To spell this out, the number of members needed to hold the slimmest of majorities is 218. The GOP right now have 221. There are a couple of vacant seats in the House. The deadline to run for the seat in California is on Friday, hence McCarthy's timing (the NY Times article is a short one to start with this announcement, they'll spell it out more as the story takes shape). If the house were to flip before the end of the term a LOT of work could get done in a hurry this term, so if any other disaffected GOP members were to leave before next year's election, it could happen. It would allow things like the John Lewis voting rights legislation to go through to shore up election security (the GOP have tried to tear apart election apparatus at the local level since the Supreme Court knocked out large pieces of the old Voting Rights Act. Putting the act in place would make all of the GOP nonsense moot.)

Wikipedia

As to the last post: It's a fair bet that he'll become a lame duck president half way through. Don't kid yourself. Stop yanking our chains and stay on topic. Your pontificating is unpleasant.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 06 Dec 23 - 12:31 PM

Trump promises the faithful that, yes, he will be a dictator - but only on Day One. (Then he'll be nice again....) He also said "Al Capone was one of the greatest, if you like criminals."

(Hey, he's being sarcastic! Wotta sense of humor! Lighten up, fascists!)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/hear-trump-response-asked-promise-062722664.html

And you know who else has a great sense of humor? That Kash Patel, former NSC advisor:

https://apnews.com/article/trump-2024-second-term-prosecute-media-b892fd6f3ce721016eb1176e82aa51c3

These guys crack me up. But commie-libs don't get it! Hopeless!

(Irony - as if you didn't know.)


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 06 Dec 23 - 12:56 PM

It's a discussion forum, my recent posts in this thread are full of conjecture without pontificating and you are being unnecessarily hostile. You THINK he's going to be a dictator. I DOUBT that he will. I'm not "pulling your chain" when I ask how you think he'll achieve it. OK, Maggie, I'm a man and not a yank (worse still, a Brit) which seems to mean that I don't qualify to have a view. I'm not trolling in this thread, the stuff I last posted is no more off-topic than much of the stuff in your last post (check the thread title) and you need to be more tolerant. Thank you.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 06 Dec 23 - 01:18 PM

Trump said he will be a dictator in a media interview. See the first link posted by Lighter, for example the third article on that page:

Daily Telegraph, Thu, December 7, 2023 at 4:29 AM GMT+11

"Donald Trump has said he will become a dictator for the first day of his second term if he wins next year’s presidential election.

"The Republican frontrunner refused to deny that he would abuse his power to seek revenge on political opponents if re-elected to the White House.

“'You are promising America, tonight, you would never abuse power as retribution against anybody?' Sean Hannity, a Fox News host who has long been a supporter of Trump, asked during a televised town hall in Iowa on Tuesday.

“'Except for day one,' Mr Trump responded."

Or this paragraph in Oz ABC News:

"Mr Trump on Tuesday was asked by Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity to promise he 'would never abuse power as retribution against anybody'.

"'Except for day one,' Mr Trump responded.

"'I want to close the border and I want to drill, drill, drill.

"'After that, I'm not a dictator.'"

And in my opinion, i he thinks it's acceptable to be a dictator on day one, then he will not stop at day one.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 06 Dec 23 - 01:29 PM

Well we generally tend not to believe anything he says. You don't get to be a dictator, not even for a day, just because you say "I'm going to be a dictator." He's a very dangerous man, and we don't need that to necessarily come from the horse's mouth. The most important thing is that he doesn't get elected. I read yesterday that a poll has got Biden trailing him. One dangerous move towards autocracy is one he shared with Netanyahu, his attempt to rig the Supreme Court.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 06 Dec 23 - 02:03 PM

Bad news for Benito:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/wisconsin-pro-trump-fake-electors-172858588.html

The Deep State musta threatened their fams, right?


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Dec 23 - 05:52 PM

Believe him when he says what he is going to do. Hillary told everyone that during the 2016 election, and she was right. It's still advice to listen to now.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 06 Dec 23 - 08:31 PM

A Trump anthology for those who haven't been listening:


https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-2024-campaign-own-131309917.html


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 07 Dec 23 - 07:41 AM

The forms for prospective jurors in the Trump insurrection trial have been mailed out this week.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 07 Dec 23 - 11:12 AM

I do not blame the media for calling Trump's base merely as his supporters. Actually, his base identify themselves as Spiritual Warriors by religious indoctrination preachers and Gen. Flynn as Christian Nationalists. Decades of home-schooling have been churning out these obedient fascists. They now number as many as one in three voters. To publicize them primarily by their cult religion would throw a monkey wrench of stigmatizing or victimizing Trump Christians, although the teaching of Jesus is far from their faith. They come in various groups such as Qanon and numerous Christian denominations but 'where they go one they go all' as their chant goes.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 07 Dec 23 - 11:40 AM

QanonQanon is now a psy op that has many missions from supporting RFK Jr. to
reinforcing right-wing conspiracies.
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/michael-flynn-is-recruiting-an-army-of-god-in-growing-christian-nationalist-movement

Trump Preacher
https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2021/06/us/capitol-riot-paths-to-insurrection/pastors.html and this is the tip of the iceberg.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Dec 23 - 01:52 PM

Trump returns again to his New York civil fraud trial as two months of testimony nears end
Dated Dec. 7, 2023
Former President Donald Trump returned to his civil business fraud trial as a spectator Thursday, after a month of assailing the proceedings from afar.

With testimony winding down after more than two months, the Republican 2024 presidential front-runner showed up to watch an accounting professor testify about financial topics important to the case.

Trump himself is scheduled to take the stand Monday [Dec. 11], for a second time.

Even while campaigning to reclaim the presidency and fighting four criminal cases, Trump is devoting a lot of attention to the New York lawsuit. He’s been a frustrated onlooker, a confrontational witness and a heated commentator outside the courtroom door.

The rest at the link.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 07 Dec 23 - 02:22 PM

I agree with Ebbie's comment on 6 Dec about Trump's age and health, especially his diet and lack of exercise.

I also still think that the internal pressure of the gag orders, not being able to let that constant stream of internal lava out of his system, will be the trigger point. Just look at the photos of him trying to stop himself from unleashing all of that negativity onto the world. It has to be affecting his blood pressure and his heart - well, if he has a heart, that is.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Dec 23 - 08:19 PM

The accountant who testified for the defense today was only there to talk about the practice of finance and accounting, he was not there to discuss motivation, so it was apparently a bit of a downer for the Trump team. The judge seemed engaged, apparently interested in the different information being presented.

Friday is always a short day in court, Trump should be on the stand on Monday.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 07 Dec 23 - 08:40 PM

Hi SRS, I noticed the article you referred to is dated in December but the dates you gave are in November.

(In view of the recent mixed up dates on Mudcat threads, I thought your post was out of order on the list but now I suspect you might be in Christmas denial. Yes, Christmas IS only a couple of weeks away! LOL)


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Dec 23 - 08:39 AM

What does personal revenge look like when Donald lives in a moral void but is given Imperial power?
Should he win by subversion or violence do you think he will fixate on punishment? Perhaps he won't need a coup.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 08 Dec 23 - 09:20 AM

Trump seeks his dream team:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/grifters-sycophants-radicals-fill-key-120051434.html


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Dec 23 - 09:44 AM

Stephen Miller
always reminded me of Himmler.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Dec 23 - 11:50 AM

Helen, fixed, thanks! A bit of a brain fart there. Not so much denial as just forgetting that the year is almost over! It has flown past (and continues to evolve as we watch the race between the courts trying Trump and the 2024 election looming).

Miller is one scary SOB. Even his family won't have anything to do with him and have denounced his ideas in public venues.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 08 Dec 23 - 01:19 PM

Yes, the year's flying by. My little joke on that is when we get older, we don't say, "Oh it's morning again", or "Oh it's Monday again", we say "Oh it's January again". :-D


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Dec 23 - 03:31 PM

Master Calendar of Trump Court Dates: Criminal and Civil Cases

If you don't have a scorecard to keep track of his trials and hearings, there is a handy calendar hosted by the Just Security site. And in case you wonder what that is:
Just Security is an online forum for the rigorous analysis of security, democracy, foreign policy, and rights. Founded in 2013, we aim to promote principled and pragmatic solutions to problems confronting decision-makers in the United States and abroad. Our expert authors are individuals with significant government experience, academics, civil society practitioners, individuals directly affected by national security policies, and other leading voices. Our Board of Editors includes a broad range of leading experts on domestic and international law and policy. Just Security is based at the Reiss Center on Law and Security at New York University School of Law.

Trump fraud trial: Former president to return to witness stand Monday
The former president is on trial in New York for allegedly defrauding lenders.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 10 Dec 23 - 04:07 PM

Trump's lawyers have now persuaded him not to testify.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Dec 23 - 08:47 PM

I heard that today. So next up the government can present a rebuttal to the Trump defense (or not). The radio commentator remarked that Trump has such a squishy relationship with the truth (my words - I don't remember exactly what they said) that not testifying is better for him.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 11 Dec 23 - 08:10 AM

He will hate not being able to spout his venom. What's the betting that later this week he will accuse the court of trying to silence him?


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 11 Dec 23 - 08:22 AM

I know Stilly River Sage likes to remain on topic and stay on topic but I believe the larger implications involved are crucial.
The Trump indictments and trials were deliberately delayed to minimize blowback or possibly to coincide with his campaign. Trump will be a no-show in more than debates. Defiance can speak louder than words in court. Chaos, fear, defiance, disinformation, and dysfunction are the usual tools of his trade.

Retribution from his trials has led to a Biden impeachment inquiry and his son facing 17 years in prison while Richard Pryor was not charged for similar actions from his addiction.

I am hoping a Trump stochastic terror attack on the courts does not set a precedent for more violence.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 11 Dec 23 - 01:24 PM

But despite everything:

A little over a month before the Iowa caucus kicks off the Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump has expanded his “commanding” lead in the first-to-vote state, a new Des Moines Register/NBC News poll found.....he received 51% support in the Iowa poll....

...His closest challenger, the hard-right Florida governor Ron DeSantis, took 19%...

....That meant Trump’s lead was the largest ever recorded in the influential poll so close to a competitive caucus day.


If he stands, he wins, doesn't he? Bit of a bottom line there...

(The quoted snippets are from a Guardian news report)


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 12 Dec 23 - 06:55 AM

What a kidder, Trump joked that he would be a dictator on day one.
Man, what a knee-slapper.

The Supreme Court will take up the Trump immunity defense next week.
Trump lawyers hoped to delay with a lower court appeal in DC regarding his insurrection trial. It was ruled that Nixon could not be sued for doing his job as President but this is a different kettle of fish.
This is stinky four-year-old fish.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Dec 23 - 06:16 PM

Material From Russia Investigation Went Missing as Trump Left Office
A binder given to the Trump White House contained details that intelligence agencies believe could reveal secret sources and methods.

So apparently this folder was copied by WH staffers who were redacting some of the material that Trump wanted to publicise. The FBI and security folks became alarmed and gathered up the notebooks but they can tell that one is still missing and it may be Mark Meadows has or had it.
Material from a binder with highly classified information connected to the investigation into Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 election disappeared in the final days of Donald J. Trump’s presidency, two people familiar with the matter said.

The disappearance of the material, known as the “Crossfire Hurricane” binder for the name given to the investigation by the F.B.I., vexed national security officials and set off concerns that sensitive information could be inappropriately shared, one of the people said.

The material’s disappearance was reported earlier Friday by CNN. The matter was so concerning to officials that the Senate Intelligence Committee was briefed about it last year, a U.S. official said.

The binder consists of a hodgepodge of materials related to the origins and early stages of the Russia investigation that were collected by Trump administration officials. They included copies of botched F.B.I. applications for national-security surveillance warrants to wiretap a former Trump campaign adviser as well as text messages between two F.B.I. officials involved in the inquiry, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, expressing animus toward Mr. Trump.

The substance of the material — a redacted version of which has since been made public under the Freedom of Information Act and is posted on the website of the F.B.I. — is not considered particularly sensitive, the official said.

But the raw version in the binder contained details that intelligence agencies believe could reveal secret sources and methods. (The publicly available version contains numerous portions that were whited out as classified.)

It is not clear if the missing material comprises the entire original binder of material provided to the White House for Mr. Trump’s team to review and declassify in part before leaving office.

Read the rest at the top link.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 15 Dec 23 - 06:17 PM

Rudy Giuliani ordered to pay nearly $150 million to two Georgia election workers he defamed

"A Washington, DC, jury has ordered Rudy Giuliani to pay nearly $150 million to two Georgia election workers for the harm caused by defamatory statements he made about them following the 2020 election."

...

"During the trial, an attorney for Freeman and Moss showed videos and played audio clips in which Giuliani repeated false claims that the two election workers stuffed ballots and were caught on video allegedly passing a USB drive as part of a vote-stealing scheme.

"None of those claims were true, and the supposed USB drive was a ginger mint."

....



He is claiming he doesn't have funds to pay, and that section of the article "How much money does Giuliani have?" also lists a number of other unpaid debts owed including "..more than $1 million to defense attorneys who’ve helped him on other matters, prompting them to sue him this year".

....

"It’s also not clear if Giuliani would be able to declare bankruptcy to shield himself from any sum of damages in this lawsuit. That issue, according to people familiar with the case, may have to be decided by the courts at a later time, and it’s possible he could still be on the hook for the award to Freeman and Moss, even if he goes into bankruptcy."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Dec 23 - 06:24 PM

Trump isn't paying the legal fees of the folks who were caught in the same net. The only parties winning in all of this (if they can get their clients to pay them) are the attorneys.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 15 Dec 23 - 08:38 PM

I posted the link to the article because I know the Giuliani case is not specific to Trump but it is related by association to Trump's claims of election rigging. I imagine it is everyone for him/herself in Trump's world when the legal battles start piling up.

I also am speculating that Giuliani has already siphoned off most of his assets to a sunny island somewhere and is now claiming his pockets are empty. It's very sad that he has had to put a house on the market for a measly price of a little over $4 million. He'll probably claim that that represents his total assets.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: gillymor
Date: 16 Dec 23 - 06:28 AM

Rudy can always return to acting to replenish his coffers. Oh wait, he wasn't acting.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Dec 23 - 11:58 AM

Some of his fellow indictees in the State of Georgia have issued one sentence apologies to fulfill a requirement when they pled guilty. As skimpy as they are, they are another form of admission of guilt.

You'll never see Trump apologise or admit guilt, and if you read his niece Mary Trump's analysis of the situation, you'll see he's pretty much incapable of such things.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Dec 23 - 03:56 PM

Skimpy indictees sound like diapers that are too small.

I would like to see more fake electors face justice but that is as likely as Gulliani paying up for his crimes.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Dec 23 - 05:23 AM

Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows was denied moving his GA court case to a DC Federal Court which could make his outcome more dire.

Guilliani is standing by his lie.

Sometimes it's hard to be a fascist
Givin' all your love to just one man
You'll have the bad times
And he'll have the good times
Doing things that you don't understand
But if you love him, you'll forgive him
Even though he's hard to understand, mm, mm
And if you love him, oh, be proud of him
'Cause after all, he's just a man
Stand by your lie
Give him more arms to cling to
And some more harm to come to
When camps are cold and lonely
Stand by your lie
And show the world you love him
Keep giving all the cash you can, mm, mm
Stand by your lie, hmm, hmm
Stand by your lie (Ooh, ooh)
Even though you know it won't fly (Ooh, ooh)
Just give him all the power you can
Stand by your lie, mm, mm, mm


Well, it wasn't funny last weekend with over a hundred bomb threats against Synagogues from Massachusetts to Colorado and throughout the South. The Trump quotes taken directly from Mein Kampf are polling well in Des Moines.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Dec 23 - 01:38 PM

An excerpt from an interview with former House Speaker Paul Ryan surfaced last week and is a good read on how GOP politics are going these days:
Donald Trump is “not a conservative”, the former Republican House speaker Paul Ryan said, but “a populist, authoritarian narcissist”.

The former vice-presidential pick, who led the House majority for two years when Trump was president, also praised the Republicans Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for opposing Trump to the cost of their congressional careers.

Ryan, from Wisconsin, left Congress in 2019 and now sits on the board of Fox Corp, parent company of Fox News. He was speaking to Kevin Kajiwara, co-president of Teneo Political Risk Advisory, in a podcast interview recorded in November but widely noticed this week.

This article from The Guardian offers commentary and also a link to the full hour+ interview. The fact that Ryan is now at Fox Corp, the parent company of FAUX NEWS shows he's still in the conservative ranks, not in the Lincoln Project, etc.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 19 Dec 23 - 01:39 PM

Good one, Donuel!

And as you said, SRS, "The only parties winning in all of this (if they can get their clients to pay them) are the attorneys" and that means that when clients are not paying the attorneys it is a bad strategic move, biting the hand that feeds them, their only defence.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 20 Dec 23 - 03:00 AM

Colorado Supreme Court bans Donald Trump from the state's ballot under US constitution's insurrection clause


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Dec 23 - 06:33 AM

Now it's the Supreme Court's turn to uphold the Colorado court, overturn or make a decision in between the two.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 20 Dec 23 - 08:01 AM

There are at least three issues at stake:

1. a legal definition of "insurrection" and its application in this case.

2. the question of why the Amendment doesn't specify president and vice-president if it applies to them.

3. just who - courts or Congress - decides on whether a candidate has engaged in insurrection.

The split opinion of the Colorado Supreme Court shows that these won't be simple decisions for SCOTUS.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 20 Dec 23 - 08:18 AM

BTW, similar suits have already been rejected by the supreme courts of New Hampshire, Arizona, and Minnesota.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 20 Dec 23 - 08:27 AM

I saw a meme the other day with a bloke sat behind a desk saying to a job applicant

"So, you used to work here before but you defrauded your expenses, stole company secrets, you sexually harassed you female colleagues and when you got fired you got all your friends to attack the board room. Tell me why you think you should be re-employed..."

That is what it looks like from over here and, sadly, it looks like he will get the job :-(


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Dec 23 - 08:59 AM

The Supreme Court is politized beyond the norm with Trump appointees.
The 3 issues proposed here are legally moot and do not support any vindication of Trump in the language of article three or by precedent.
The ultimate decision will either support other Republican candidates or make a clear advocacy of Fascism. However the Court flips this coin they will appear to be evil to Republicans for Trump or Democrats for democracy. Roberts is between a rock and a disintegration of the Constitution they were meant to interpret. He probably thinks throwing it back to voters is a Solomon option but he would be wrong imo.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Dec 23 - 10:16 AM

The Colorado Supreme Court did a masterful job of interpreting the 14th amendment section 3. It was methodical, conscientious, and was not political whatsoever. It was to the letter of the law. It is up to Trump to appeal before New Year's day.

I beg to differ with Trump that vermin are poisoning the blood of America. https://www.amazon.com/Delicious-Vermin-Rosie-Barham/dp/0992606241


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 20 Dec 23 - 10:56 AM

Supreme Court? Don't hold your breath, folks.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Dec 23 - 10:59 AM

From historian Heather Cox Richardson's Letters from an American yesterday:
This evening, by a vote of 4–3, the Colorado Supreme Court decided that former president Donald Trump is disqualified from holding office and should be removed from the 2024 ballot in the state, citing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

That section was written in the wake of the Civil War, after former Confederates had reelected to Congress men who had left in 1861 to try to destroy the United States government after voters elected Abraham Lincoln.

The section reads: “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

Six Colorado Republican and Independent voters challenged Trump’s inclusion on the state’s ballots because of his role in the January 6, 2021, attempt to stop the counting of the nation’s lawful electoral ballots that had elected Democrat Joe Biden president in 2020. Last month, Denver District Court Judge Sarah Wallace ruled that Trump had engaged in insurrection by inciting the riot that led to an attack on the U.S. Capitol but said that Section 3 did not apply to the president.

Today the Colorado Supreme Court agreed that the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, constituted an “insurrection” and that Trump “engaged in” that insurrection through his personal actions, including his incitement of the crowd that breached the Capitol. But it disagreed that the 14th Amendment did not apply to the president.

“The sum of these parts is this,” the court wrote. “Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President under Section Three; because he is disqualified, it would be a wrongful act under the Election Code for the Secretary to list him as a candidate on the presidential primary ballot.”

“We do not reach these conclusions lightly,” the court said. “We are mindful of the magnitude and weight of the questions now before us. We are likewise mindful of our solemn duty to apply the law, without fear or favor, and without being swayed by public reaction to the decisions that the law mandates we reach.” Colorado voters preferred Democratic candidates to Trump in 2016 and 2020, so this case is less likely to reflect on Colorado in 2024 than it is to open the door to other challenges in swing states.

The president is nothing if not an officer of the United States.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Dec 23 - 11:00 AM

The rest of Richardson's newsletter can be read on Facebook or her Substack column.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 21 Dec 23 - 10:34 AM

It has taken many years to speak of Trump and Hitler in the same breath and be taken seriously. The next step is to speak of Trump and domestic terrorism as part and parcel.

Bomb threats have risen exponentially.
Keeping people from the polls is the plan.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Dec 23 - 01:04 PM

The judges in the Colorado Supreme Court decision have received a lot of threats. Trumpites are unleashed.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 22 Dec 23 - 10:11 AM

Dr Johnson defined "patriotism" as "the last refuge of the scoundrel"; and Asimov later wrote "violence is the last refuge of the incompetent". I hereby channel Ambrose Bierce: "It is not the last resort, but the first."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 22 Dec 23 - 12:45 PM

I don't think I agree with the good doctor. Here's George Orwell on patriotism:

"By 'patriotism' I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force upon other people. Patriotism is of its nature defensive, both militarily and culturally. Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power. The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality." [wiki]

The first sentence there echoes only good sentiments. "Best in the world" may not represent clear thinking but it reflects contentment and positive feelings about where you live. "America first" and "Make America great again" have nothing to do with patriotism and everything to do with ultra-nationalism, and resemble a quasi-religious form of bigotry.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 22 Dec 23 - 12:57 PM

And, like religion, it’s another control mechanism.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Dec 23 - 03:06 PM

Jack Smith recently requested that the Supreme Court decide quickly on the immunity claim made by Trump and just now the court offered a one-sentence order that they won't take up the case. So it is left to the Court of Appeals (Jan. 9 hearing scheduled). This is parallel to the Nixon refusal to respond to the subpoena for the White House tapes - the Supreme Court was asked to decide ahead of the court of appeals, and they did so. Nixon had to hand over the tapes.

Trump is into delay delay delay, so this is the Supreme Court dragging its feet that can benefit him (there is no information about the makeup of the members as far as this order - 5-4 or all nine, etc.)


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 22 Dec 23 - 05:27 PM

To say "patriotism" is "the last refuge of the scoundrel" doesn't logically mean that all patriots are scoundrels - just that some of them are not really patriots.

Just sayin'.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 22 Dec 23 - 06:17 PM

I had that thought too, but the expression is routinely used without that context, unfortunately. As for me, I thank my lucky stars that I was born and raised in good old Blighty. I love it and have travelled all over it, Scotland too. But I'd never say it's the best place on earth or that anyone else's home patch is in any way inferior. I think I'm a rock-solid patriot!


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Dec 23 - 12:48 PM

An interview with PhD psychologist niece Mary Trump talked about Trump's use of phrases and concepts from Hitler's Mein Kampf. While they aren't original ideas to Trump, she said he probably hasn't read Hitler's book - "He doesn't read." I've linked to the Wikipedia description. Maybe he checked out that for the background. And I'd guess that some of his minions like Stephen Miller have acquainted him with the philosophy regarding non-Aryan races.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 29 Dec 23 - 10:43 AM

Maine removes Trump from ballot.
after weeks of humiliating ineptitude, the Republicans manage to elect a new speaker, an individual named “Mike Johnson” who wasn’t on anybody’s list, and in fact isn’t even a member of Congress. He was delivering a pizza to the Capitol and seemed at least marginally competent — all the toppings were correct — so they made him speaker. Minutes after delivering a pizza to the House of Representatives, Mike Johnson is elected Speaker. Kent Nishimura / USA TODAY NETWORK So the Republicans are a pathetic joke. This should be good for the Democrats, but they have big problems of their own. The public is increasingly dissatisfied with the Biden administration, which has based its appeal to the voters on four major claims: 1. Inflation is no longer a problem. 2. The border is under control. 3. The president is fully capable, physically and mentally, of carrying out his duties for another full term. 4. The Moon is actually a giant spaceship controlled by an alien race of highly intelligent rutabagas. Polls show that the public is deeply skeptical of these claims, especially the first three. In fact the voters are skeptical of pretty much everything happening in Washington, and increasingly pessimistic about the future; it is a worrisome time in America. Fortunately, the international outlook is more promising, especially in the often-volatile Middle East, which lately has been unusually peacef.... Never mind.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 30 Dec 23 - 10:18 AM

Goodbye Trump


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 30 Dec 23 - 10:27 AM

I could only stand about 30 seconds of that crap parody.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Dec 23 - 12:48 PM

I hope one day we learn what the story is behind why AG Garland took so long to go ahead with the investigations and prosecutions of Trump. That there is a reasonable reason.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 31 Dec 23 - 07:02 AM

That is a profound question.

There were many unknowns after 1-6 despite the obvious actions by the Trump forces. On top of the cool-down argument of the MAGA mob, there were many historical reasons to delay and nail down the details of how far the infection had spread. Two issues resembled the McCarthy era and the WWII spread of fascism within Congress. Strangely enough, we were also facing the ramifications of a president using the Roy Cohn handbook of the big lie, delay, countersuit, and deny strategies. Don't forget a young Donald Trump actually retained Roy Cohn.

Allowing insurrectionist politicians to roast in their own juices could allow a few of them to come forward and inform on others.
The gears of justice are designed to grind slowly.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 02 Jan 24 - 08:45 PM

Recall that a Florida court decided to stop the recount of the Bush v Gore vote.
The Supreme Court then took 2 whole days to decide that Bush won the election.
Compare the time it is taking the Supreme Court to decide anything about the Trump 2020 election or his qualification to run again.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 02 Jan 24 - 09:10 PM

Donald Trump appeals Maine ruling barring him from ballot under US constitution's insurrection clause

Key points:

"Donald Trump's lawyers argue his removal from the Maine ballot was 'due to her bias'

"He is also expected to appeal a similar decision in Colorado
   
"Mr Trump contends he incited no riot, never swore to 'support' the constitution and was not a government officer"


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Jan 24 - 09:13 PM

His clown car can't keep it between the ditches; they're all over the place in that list of imaginary "facts."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 02 Jan 24 - 11:49 PM

The part of the article called "History of Section 3" makes an interesting point:

...

"The two-sentence clause says that anyone who swore an oath to 'support' the constitution and then engaged in insurrection cannot hold office unless a two-thirds vote of Congress allows it.

"Mr Trump's lawyers argue the provision isn't intended to apply to the president, contending that the oath for the top office in the land isn't to 'support' the constitution but instead to 'preserve, protect and defend' it.

"They also argue that the presidency isn't explicitly mentioned in the amendment, only any 'officer of the United States'.

[Note from me: The next paragraph is the interesting bit]

"Mr Trump made the opposite argument defending against his prosecution for falsifying business records by the Manhattan District Attorney's office, contending the case should move to federal court because the president is "an officer of the United States".

"The prosecutors argued that language only applies to presidential appointees — Mr Trump's position in Maine.

"The contention that Section 3 doesn't apply to the president drew a scathing response from the Colorado Supreme Court last month.

"'President Trump asks us to hold that Section 3 disqualifies every oath breaking insurrectionist except the most powerful one and that it bars oath breakers from virtually every office, both state and federal, except the highest one in the land,' the court's majority opinion said.

"'Both results are inconsistent with the plain language and history of Section 3.'"

After reading this bit from the second paragraph I quoted above "...contending that the oath for the top office in the land isn't to 'support' the constitution but instead to 'preserve, protect and defend' it' I'm wondering how on earth Trump can argue that inciting a riot at the Capitol, where people died trying to defend the Capitol can be defined as preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 03 Jan 24 - 06:42 AM

Here's your problem, which is also the world's problem: in whichever national poll you look at, Trump is ahead of Biden (wiki was my source).


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Jan 24 - 07:14 AM

That is a pathetic source subject to deliberate corruption.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 03 Jan 24 - 08:08 AM

What about PBS?

Are they pathetic too? From that article

Biden vs. Trump

Public polling strongly suggests that voters do not want a rematch between Trump and Biden.

Most U.S. adults overall (56%) would be “very” or “somewhat” dissatisfied with Biden as the Democratic presidential nominee in 2024, according to a poll conducted last month by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. A similar majority (58%) said they would be very or somewhat dissatisfied with Trump as the GOP’s pick.

Perhaps because of such apathy, some voters simply don’t believe Biden and Trump will end up on the general election ballot, despite strong evidence to the contrary. That’s an idea that conservative strategist Sarah Longwell, who founded the Republican Accountability Project, says she hears regularly during weekly focus groups with voters across the political spectrum.

“Voters really aren’t thinking about it, so they don’t see the thing that’s coming right at us — the most likely scenario, which is Trump vs. Biden,” Longwell said. “But Trump is so dangerous. … I wish the level of urgency from everybody matched the reality of where we are headed.”


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 03 Jan 24 - 08:12 AM

It's like watching a train that is about to crash. All the outsiders in the rest of the world can see it is about to happen but those on the US train are in denial :-(


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Jan 24 - 08:23 AM

Very good Dave, I would expect that only Americans could notice the degraded integrity of NPR and some PBS journalism. The main point of voter fatigue in another Trump-Biden face-off is however true.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 03 Jan 24 - 09:17 AM

Trump's best bet - a strong one, I think, as a non-lawyer - is Section 5 of the Amendment, which seems not to get much attention in these discussions:

"The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article."

He can argue that it takes an act of Congress to disqualify a candidate in a national election and possibly in a state primary as well.

Admittedly it doesn't say "Congress alone," but interpretation will be up to the Supreme court.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Jan 24 - 09:45 AM

The state of Maine's Attorney General that obeyed the 14th amendment that disqualifies Trump from running for office was Swatted the following day, which is an anonymous caller claiming an emergency involving a shooting that prompted an armed response by law enforcement that has led to an accidental shooting of residents.

The bomb threats, Swatting, arson, and shootings by Trump supporters resemble the Taliban more each day.

Lighter could you expand on what the 5th Amendment orders and by whom?
The word shall, which means must, does not appear. I do not trust the Supreme Court to be literalists anymore.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 03 Jan 24 - 10:36 AM

What I quoted is the entirety of Section 5, which applies (it seems) to all four preceding sections.

Read the whole Amendment here:

https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxiv


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 03 Jan 24 - 11:25 AM

Stop the sniping. Steve and Donuel, we're all sick of it. Keep your opinions about each other's posts to yourselves. Everyone else, if you can stop referencing those remarks they can be deleted without interrupting the conversation.

ABC ran a story on December 29, 2023, that NPR and MSNBC and others have referenced. They did the hard work, digging into the Congressional Record and probably reading a lot of published speeches by the Senators holding the discussion about that amendment. (I've had to scan the speeches of House members discussing the Wilmot Proviso, to do with allowing slavery in Western states - it was earlier but will be much the same format of published remarks.)

As it originally passed the House, the 14th Amendment's third section was not nearly as broad as the version now being invoked to strike Trump's name from the ballot. It was narrowly crafted to apply only to those who willingly took part in the Civil War, and it was only meant to deprive former confederates of their right to cast ballots in federal elections. It also had an expiration date.

"Sec. 3. Until the 4th day of July, in the year 1870, all persons who voluntarily adhered to the late insurrection, giving it aid and comfort, shall be excluded from the right to vote for Representatives in Congress and for electors for President and Vice President of the United States," the original, House-passed version read, according to congressional records of the era.

The Senate spent several days debating the House-passed amendment in the spring of 1866. While the birthright citizenship provisions in Section 1 earned a lot of time in debate, Section 3 was also the subject of an intense back-and-forth on the floor. The transcripts can be read in the Congressional Globe, a forerunner to the Congressional Record.

Sen. Jacob Howard of Michigan, who led the Republicans in debate, insisted that it wouldn't be enough to deprive the former confederates of their right to vote in federal elections -- he wanted them banished from government service altogether.

"I should prefer a clause prohibiting all persons who have participated in the rebellion, and who were over twenty-five years of age at the breaking out of the rebellion, from all participation in offices, either Federal or State, throughout the United States," Howard said on the Senate floor on May 23, 1866. "I think such a provision would be a benefit to the nation."

After about a week of discussions with colleagues, Howard offered the Sec. 3 language that was ultimately ratified. Howard's revision removed specific references to "the" rebellion and added an important qualifier: those who were to be excluded from government service would have to have violated prior oaths to defend the constitution by having "engaged in insurrection or rebellion against [it] or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof."

Senators rejected various attempts to re-insert the word "voluntarily," or to restrict the exclusion to those who violated their oaths during the time they were still serving in office.

There was a great deal of concern voiced in debate that Howard's exclusion clause might leave the South ungovernable, with so many confederates poised to be disqualified from serving, even in state posts. Opponents expressed fear that the provision might alienate Union-loyal supporters in state legislatures. Nevertheless, the version Howard introduced made it through the entire ratification process and became effective on July 9, 1868.

In 2024, the originalists on the Supreme Court will likely seek to determine whether the ratifiers could have had it in mind 158 years ago that Sec. 3 might not only be applied to the "late insurrection," as the House-passed version originally had it, but also to any other rebellion that might later take place.

But originalists might take note of what Sen. Peter Van Winkle of West Virginia said as he sought to have the threshold for congressional amnesty in Howard's version lowered to a simple majority, rather than two-thirds.

"This is to go into our Constitution and to stand to govern future insurrection as well as the present; and I should like to have that point definitely understood," Van Winkle said at the time.

It's also worth noting that there was just a single reference in the Senate debate to the fact that the president and vice president were not explicitly mentioned in Howard's draft as "officer(s) of the United States," the way members of Congress and state officials had been itemized in the text. Would the disqualification clause of the amendment not cover the top posts in the executive branch?

"Why did you omit to exclude them?" asked Maryland Democratic Sen. Reverdy Johnson.

Maine's Lot Morrill jumped in to clarify.

"Let me call the Senator's attention to the words 'or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States,'" Morrill said, ending the discussion on that point.


Van Winkle and Morrill have spelled it out. The US Supreme Court won't be able to ignore these remarks, and those who consider themselves "originalists" can't ignore the later amendment to the constitution.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 03 Jan 24 - 12:04 PM

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"Let me call the Senator's attention to the words 'or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States,'" Morrill said, ending the discussion on that point.

That reply is distressingly cavalier, possibly because Morrill thought the point to obvious to discuss.

But had he said, specifically, "Those words clearly apply as well to the highest offices in the land," that could have settled it. I'm surprised none of his colleagues required the wording of the Amendment to nail that down.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Jan 24 - 04:25 PM

The odds of the Supreme Court taking the case is still about 50-50 in my guess. There are strong arguments on each side.

Several State Capitols were evacuated today with more BOMB THREATS.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 05 Jan 24 - 06:39 AM

The campaign promise from Trump that he would imprison immigrants and citizens alike as enemies of the people and himself in camps has a lot of support from ALEC which is a corporate political organisation that writes laws for Republicans like Stand your Ground and 1078 and runs the private prisons of the USA.
Here are a few of their corporate owned prisons and sub contractors for supplies:

U.S. FOR-PROFIT PRIVATIZED CORRECTIONAL SERVICES
January 2017 – Not a full listing
Facility Operations
CoreCivic (Corrections Corp. of America)
The GEO Group
Management & Training Corp.
Community Education Centers
LaSalle Corrections
Emerald Companies
Medical / Mental Health Care
Corizon Health (Beecken Petty O'Keefe & Co.)
Centurion (Centene)
NaphCare, Inc.
Correct Care Solutions
Wexford Health Sources
Armor Corr. Health Services
Advanced Correctional Healthcare
Correctional Medical Care
Southern Health Partners
MHM (mental health)
Cal. Forensic Medical Group (Correctional
Medical Group Companies; H.I.G. Capital)
Southwest Correctional Medical Group
CFG Health Systems
PrimeCare Medical, Inc.
CorrectHealth, LLC
Pharmaceutical Services
PharmaCorr (Corizon)
Diamond Pharmacy Services
Maxor Correctional Pharmacy Services
Correct Rx
Transportation Services
TransCor (CCA)
PTS of America
U.S. Prisoner Transport Services
Black Talon Enterprises
GEO Transport (GEO Group)
In-Custody Transportation

Package/Commissary Services
Access SecurePak (Keefe)
Union Supply Group
Jack L. Marcus
Access
ABL Management
Bob Barker Company
ICS Jail Supplies
Food Services
Aramark
Canteen Corr. Services
Trinity Services Group (H.I.G. Capital)
ABL Management, Inc.
Food Services of America (Services Group of
America)
Phone/Video Visit/Email Services
Global Tel*Link (American Securities)
Securus Technologies (ABRY Partners)
CenturyLink
PayTel
Telmate
NCIC
Consolidated Telecom
ICSolutions (Keefe / H.I.G. Capital)
Legacy Inmate Communications
IWEBVisit, LLC
JPay (Securus)
HomeWAV
Turnkey Corrections
JailATM
Primarily Juvenile Facilities
G4S Youth Services (U.S. operations)
Youth Services International
Abraxas Youth & Family Services (GEO)
Cornerstone Programs
Mid-Atlantic Youth Services Corp.

Money Transfer Services
JPay (Securus)
Western Union
Access Corrections (Keefe)
Tech Friends, Inc.
Halfway Houses/Community Corrections
Community Education Centers
Hope Village (DC)
Correctional Alternatives, Inc. (CCA)
Avalon Correctional Services (CCA)
ComCor, Inc.
Correctional Management (CCA)
GEO Care (GEO Group)
Release Debit Cards
JPay (Securus)
NUMI Financial/Futura
JP Morgan Chase Bank
Release Pay/Rapid Financial Solutions
EZ Exit/Continental Prison Systems
Turnkey Corrections
Global Tel*Link
Keefe Commissary
Skylight Financial
Electronic Monitoring
BI, Inc. (GEO)
3M Electronic Monitoring, Inc.
ISECUREtrac Corp.
Satellite Tracking of People (Securus)
Offender Management Services
Probation Services
Sentinel Offender Services
Judicial Corr. Services (Correct Care Solutions)
Georgia Probation Services
CSRA Probation Services, Inc.

Compiled by Prison Legal News (www.prisonlegalnews.org)

Facility Design and Build
Sierra Companies
Hale-Mills Construction
Turner Construction (Hochtief)
Kimme & Associates, Inc.
Primarily Immigration Detention
Ahtna Corporation
Akai Security
Asset Protection and Security Services
Immigration Centers of America
Valley Metro Barbosa Group

Compiled by Prison Legal News (www.prisonlegalnews.org)


I believe this conglomerate has the ability for concentration and ghetto prison camps. An investigative journalist or our own Stilly could look into the contributions to a Trump campaign from this ALECprivate prison group.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Jan 24 - 11:04 AM

Really interesting interview by Judy Woodruff of PBS about the citizen investigators who are helping the FBI track down and charge the rioters from January 6.

The woman interviewed is seen only from the back and her name has been changed. If Trump were to get into office these people's heads would be on pikes leading into town. And there are a lot of people in the FBI who are resisting these investigations. Trump supporters and mid-level hires, no doubt, who haven't left or been fired for malfeasance.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 05 Jan 24 - 12:41 PM

Interesting piece in The Guardian


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 05 Jan 24 - 12:52 PM

The R. House is still hanging together rather than hang separately.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 05 Jan 24 - 12:57 PM

Donald Trump's businesses received millions in payments from foreign governments while he was in office, report finds

"Key points:

"A report details $11.6 million in foreign payments from 20 countries was paid to Trump businesses
   
"The payments in the report are likely a fraction of foreign payments made to Trump, the report said

"China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Malaysia were among the countries"

....

"The report discussed four properties, less than 1 per cent of the 558 corporate entities Mr Trump owned either directly or indirectly as president.

"Mr Trump's accounting firm did not provide documents regarding at least 80 per cent of Mr Trump's business entities, congressional investigators said.

"'These countries spent — often lavishly — on apartments and hotel stays at Donald Trump's properties — personally enriching president Trump while he made foreign policy decisions connected to their policy agendas with far-reaching ramifications for the United States,' the report said.

"The countries included China, Saudi Arabia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malaysia and more."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 05 Jan 24 - 01:09 PM

Trump made over 500 million from China alone.

Donald is fairly certain breaking Constitutional law will go unanswered with his personally selected Supreme Court.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 05 Jan 24 - 01:15 PM

Yeah, but Eric says they donated the profits to the U.S. Treasury. For America!

Checkmate again, libs!

[Rated R for strong irony, sarcasm, bad attitude.]


https://www.newsweek.com/eric-trump-reacts-report-that-donald-trump-got-millions-china-1857928


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 06 Jan 24 - 08:29 AM

Entre nous there is no trace of Russian money going to Trump which is hard to believe.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 06 Jan 24 - 01:48 PM

They say God made Trump to save America:

https://truthsocial.com/@realDonaldTrump/posts/111703421569603715


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 06 Jan 24 - 02:53 PM

Let's please stop with the long editorials and philosophy - and just share news. Less bickering results that way (in most threads, actually.)

The Supremes have agreed to hear an appeal about the Colorado decision to keep Trump off the ballot. So many other things they could get done at the same time. And meanwhile, Trump is warning of trouble ahead (the copy is pasted here in case anyone north of the border wanted to know about this):
Trump warns of ‘big trouble’ as Supreme Court agrees to hear Colorado ballot case.
Former President Trump warned Friday that there will be “big trouble” if the Supreme Court does not rule in his favor on his eligibility for the 2024 presidential ballot.

The Supreme Court is set to hear the Colorado case after the state’s Supreme Court determined last month that Trump should not be on the primary ballot due to his involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection.

“I just hope we get fair treatment,” Trump said at an Iowa rally Friday. “Because if we don’t, our country’s in big, big trouble. Does everybody understand what I’m saying?”

Trump also complained of Democrats casting doubt on the court because Trump appointed three of its justices, claiming that they are attempting to put undue political pressure on the court’s decisions.

“They’re saying, ‘Oh, Trump owns the Supreme Court, he owns it. He owns it. If they make a decision for him, it will be terrible. It’ll ruin their reputations,” he said. “‘He owns the Supreme Court. He put on three judges. He owns the Supreme Court. If they rule in his favor, it will be horrible for them. And we’ll protest at their houses.’”

“That puts pressure on people to do the wrong thing. What they’re doing is no different than Bobby Knight,” he continued, referring to the legendary college basketball coach famous for raucous arguments with referees.

The Colorado case argues that Trump’s actions surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol riots fall under the 14th Amendment’s “insurrection clause,” which disqualifies those who have engaged or assisted in insurrection against the country from holding office.

Any Supreme Court decision will likely also put to bed the issue in other states. Trump’s ballot qualifications have been challenged in over a dozen states, and he was removed from the ballot in Maine on the same argument.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Jan 24 - 07:21 PM

The cover of the New Yorker magazine is opinion and philosophy.

A good cartoon shows MAGA fanatics yelling WE can't trust the voters on 1-6 and today shouting LET the voters decide!


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 09 Jan 24 - 08:57 AM

In GA lawyers for Trump are arguing that Donald had no idea that overturning an election was illegal. Even I know ignorance of the law is no defense. Are these dollar-store lawyers?


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 09 Jan 24 - 10:19 AM

Regardless of that, they're coming up with anything they can think of to delay the trials and whip up public sympathy for their client.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Jan 24 - 11:41 AM

That cover of The New Yorker is perfect. Buy it to add to your collection of Trump covers.

He was in court this morning but apparently there wasn't an opportunity to grandstand on the way in or out. I listened to part of the hearing, it would have been better if it was televised and not just the sound, but we'll take what we can get.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Jan 24 - 04:50 PM

Trump can’t speak during closing arguments in NY civil fraud trial, judge says
In a letter to attorneys for Trump and New York Attorney General Letitia James just after noon Wednesday, Engoron said that Trump hasn’t agreed to conditions he set should the former president wish to give a statement.

“Not having heard from you by the third extended deadline (noon today), I assume that Mr. Trump will not agree to the reasonable, lawful limits I have imposed as a precondition to giving a closing statement above and beyond those given by his attorneys, and that, therefore, he will not be speaking in court tomorrow,” Engoron wrote.

The judge is shutting down the platform that Trump wants to use to continue to blame Biden, to claim the president is prosecuting him.

"“Allowing Mr. Trump to present closing argument will invite more speeches that will ‘unduly disrupt’ the proceedings,” Andrew Amer wrote in an email last Thursday."
Engoron offered Trump the opportunity to speak in his own defense closing argument but said the former president must agree to preset conditions that would limit what he can and cannot say. He would not be allowed to campaign, the judge said.

Engoron also said if Trump violated the gag order, he’d fine him and remove him from court.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 10 Jan 24 - 06:41 PM

Stilly, when Hitler was allowed to speak at his insurrection trial it was a grand mistake. If only a judge Engoran had been on the bench.

Lighter it is perfectly true some arguments are meant to delay but when throwing their dirty underwear against the wall they should have the ability to stick. Trump's arguments are surprisingly 'unstickworthy'. Trump's lawyers are playing for Trump's approval and not a passionate defense. Their heart is not into it which is a good thing.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 10 Jan 24 - 10:23 PM

The pattern of Trump's breathing tonight in his 'town hall' resembled the breathing of James Gandolfini before he had his heart attack. The specific type of breathing shows excessive stress on the heart with loud nasal inhalations. This is not an acute condition but is a warning sign. I only mention this because I was correct about Reagan's dementia 3 years before the famous letter announcing his condition. On TV I said I saw evidence of the President's symptoms of organic brain disease while the rest of the panel of psychologists and 'experts' were aghast and flabbergasted. I was not asked back and NO ONE MENTIONED 3 YEARS LATER that I had been correct. C'est la vie.


btw Chris Christie spoke eloquently, confessionally and directly on C-Span and later on TV tonight.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 11 Jan 24 - 05:58 AM

He didn't exactly help one of Trump's opponents though, did he? Ah, the curse of the microphone...


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 16 Jan 24 - 03:32 AM

Still think we are safe after last night in Iowa? :-(


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 16 Jan 24 - 03:54 AM

Apparently, the result will please the Biden camp, according to this piece on BBC News this morning.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jan 24 - 03:51 PM

The percentage of people who go out to participate in the Iowa caucuses is minute compared to the registered voters of the state. Let them think he won - but make sure everyone gets out to vote in November. Polls, caucuses, even primaries are barely useful to extrapolate from. Only the election itself matters.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 16 Jan 24 - 04:11 PM

I genuinely hope you are right Stilly but, from here, it looks grim :-(


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jan 24 - 04:37 PM

The numbers are meaningless. But media companies want eyeballs and advertisers and they go with the Trump nonsense because they get the ratings. They didn't learn their lesson in 2016, but so many people know what he is up to now that even though his supporters are noisy and brash and out there for the Iowa event, it really doesn't add up to anything.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 17 Jan 24 - 04:25 PM

Everyone knows extreme cold makes caucuses shrink. :^/

Jean Carroll is still getting death threats as Trump continues his misogynist denials.

Entire police and FBI departments treat sexual abuse and rape cases as he said she said scenarios. It would help if only female detectives conducted investigations.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Jan 24 - 05:16 PM

Ivanka Trump Former Employee Ends Up in Father's Jury Pool
"A woman says she worked for Ivanka Trump's company doing communications work in 2017/18 and also says it won't impact her ability to be fair to both sides," Crane-Newman posted to X, formerly Twitter.

The prospective juror's identity, nor her position for Ivanka Trump, has not been made public. It is unclear if she was one of the nine jurors selected.

Former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani told Newsweek that the potential juror's former employment under Ivanka Trump would not be enough to have her removed from the case.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 19 Jan 24 - 03:39 AM

The Supreme Court could have a way out of their predicament. If they rule that the presidency is covered by the 14th amendment but Trump has not yet been found guilty of insurrection in a court of law, then the onus moves to the court trying him for his part in Jan 6.

But what do I know!?


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Jan 24 - 07:48 AM

My position has become conservative! I prefer an original Constitutional Government over a New Government with rampant political violence and dictatorial decree with a license to kill political opponents.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 19 Jan 24 - 08:07 AM

Trump hasn't been charged with "insurrection."

But the 14th Amendment doesn't say who determines whether he did so engage. The states? Congress? The Supreme Court? It's all very murky.

He was charged with inciting an insurrection in his second impeachment but was acquitted by the Senate. Impeachment is a political, not a judicial, procedure. He could still be charged criminally - and at the time of his acquittal, McConnell, Graham, McCarthy, and others insisted that he should be. What changed their minds and turned them back into ardent supporters is unclear.

The current charges against Trump in the 1/6 case are:

Conspiracy to defraud the government [with false electors]

Conspiracy against the right to vote [by attempting with others to overturn the legitimate result of an election]

Conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding [by exhorting the crowd (again with others) to march to the Capitol and "fight like hell"]

Obstruction of an official proceeding [by doing nothing to call off the rioters once they were in the building]


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Jan 24 - 08:19 AM

What you call murky I call cut and dried.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 19 Jan 24 - 08:30 AM

What Lighter calls ‘murky’, and Don calls ‘cut and dried’, I call ‘confused and confusing’.

Although nothing to do with UK, it’s a fact that the election of a US President has a huge effect on us in the UK, and on the rest of the world. All the reporting I see here in the U.K. seems to suggest that none of these cases will come to fruition before the Election, that Trump will be the Republican candidate again, and he will subsequently become 47.

I fear for the US and I fear for the world.

Please, Dog, let me be wrong…


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 19 Jan 24 - 08:58 AM

Trump and his attorneys are using every strategem in the book to delay these trials.

It seems quite unlikely to me that any but the current civil cases will be decided before the election.

But it may not matter. Trump's followers are certain that all these cases are "election interference" and that any convictions will be overturned by the Supreme Court. As I've mentioned, such appeals can take several years.

If Trump is re-elected, he will suspend all the investigations and trials.

His unique claim - on no legal basis whatever - that he has and deserves "absolute immunity" may eventually erode some of his popularity. It's a long way to November.

Right now, though, he's neck and neck with Biden - and more popular as a public figure.

Makes you think.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Jan 24 - 10:01 AM

This is one reason why people are still talking about expanding the court (to dilute the Trump effect) and also putting as much pressure on Clarence Thomas to 1) resign in disgrace or at least 2) recuse himself because his wife was involved in the Jan. 6 stuff.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Jan 24 - 01:46 PM

The Supreme Court was supposed to be apolitical and just decide on the interpretation of the Constitution and settle lower court disputes.
BUT things have changed along with the growth of corruption.

IF the USA only relied on the popular vote, Democrats would have won the last 7 presidential elections and the Republicans only one.

Republicans have relied on becoming loophole masters and legislating litigation to maximize Republican votes by minimizing Democrat votes via voter suppression.

How would I try to make the system more fair for people who are not billionaires?

I would nationalize money that is laundered in the USA and do a Robin Hood for the 'poor'. The biggest laundry of dirty money is in the USA. Russia launders its money in Cyprus. The king of laundered money is in the State of Deleware and a few northern western States via shell companies. The Panama Papers were the blueprint for this hidden money scheme from the records of a law firm that enabled the system.

I'm sure I wouldn't last long after I removed the billionaire's stash.
I might even pay off most of the national debt with the left over cash if I could elude hired assasines. This plan has its risks. Besides billionaires might then look to China to launder their cash. They already do with Chinese super lockdown warehouses for billionaire hard goods.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 19 Jan 24 - 02:24 PM

In the State of Georgia cases against Trump and his allies, it seems DA Fani Willis, a single woman, was dating a separated man who is divorcing his wife. She hired him (at some point - before or after the relationship began?) and it seems his separated wife has decided to get even and is working with Trump attorneys to smear Willis.

Not sure if this is a report or an opinion piece, but here are some details to sort through: Fani Willis Just Made a Critical Mistake, Legal Analyst Warns


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Jan 24 - 02:43 PM

The latest report is that Trump made a speech and sounded more incoherent than usual.

Kind of reminds me of "covfefe." Remember that one?


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Jan 24 - 05:19 PM

He can still recall five items in order...with hesitation.

There is still suspense about whether The Donald is headed for the White House or the Big House. Better minds than mine believe the Supream Court will NOT take up the Colorado ballot case.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Jan 24 - 10:42 AM

From yesterday's Washington Post:

A ‘whale’ of a tale: Trump continues to distort cognitive test he took
The Montreal Cognitive Assessment, a test aimed at detecting dementia or cognitive decline, never included the combination of animals Trump identified this week

I particularly like the quote
Experts also note that the assessment is not an I.Q. or intelligence test, though Trump has often talked about it as if it was.

“It’s a very, very low bar for somebody who carries the nuclear launch codes in their pocket to pass and certainly nothing to brag about,” said Jonathan Reiner, a cardiologist and professor of medicine and surgery at the George Washington School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Addressing the crowd of supporters Wednesday night in Portsmouth, Trump continued with his riff on the test, seeming to wholly invent another hypothetical question.

The irony about the whole age debate is that Biden is a good weight, eats a healthy diet, and has all of his marbles. The stammer occasionally rears it's head to make some of his speech halting, but he's the one people worry about? They can't see past the mess of Trump's pancake makeup and hair gel.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 20 Jan 24 - 11:00 AM

Apropos of cognitive functioning:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-aced-cognitive-test-incorrectly-051229367.html


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 21 Jan 24 - 08:22 AM

My opinion is that while Trump is exceedingly stupid he knows that a lie does not have to be good or believable but merely denounces someone else.
The more he is castigated for his lies, the more grievance points he believes he has. It's the old bad press is good press by staying in the news.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 21 Jan 24 - 08:32 AM

A good cognitive test would be to have Nikki, Joe, and Donald as contestants on Jeopardy.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 21 Jan 24 - 03:43 PM

OK I understand that Christians chose a magic Jew as their Messiah but why did they choose a narcissistic atheist for their second coming?


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 21 Jan 24 - 05:12 PM

Ron DeSantis withdraws from Republican presidential race, endorses Trump

"Ron DeSantis announced his withdrawal from the race on social media

"He finished a distant second behind former president Donald Trump in last week's Iowa caucuses

"Nikki Haley is now the last Republican in the contest with a shot of denying Mr Trump the nomination"

The article also analyses DeSantis' campaign issues and failures.


Donuel said, "OK I understand that Christians chose a magic Jew as their Messiah but why did they choose a narcissistic atheist for their second coming?" but I think you are missing the obvious.

In my opinion, he's not the Second Coming, he is the Anti-Christ. It fits with his narcissistic personality and his power plays and his manipulation of facts into lies. And he didn't raise people from the dead, he sent a huge number to their deaths by COVID.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 22 Jan 24 - 09:12 AM

After one whole term of being lazy
Like an old man he's half asleep
Now it seems that he's half crazy
but is mean as a lieing creep
Trump is not a new sensation
He's done pretty well I think
But this half-ton imitation
is circling down the sink

He's wild again, beguiled again
A simpering, whimpering child again
Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered is he
He's alot like villain John Wilkes Booth
When he tweets he decrees what our eyes should see
Bewitched, he's allergic to the truth

Lost the vote, but so what of it
He is old I agree
He can laugh, and we love it
Although the laugh's on me
Pastors sing to him, folks bring to him
Donations for lawyers that cling to him

Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered is he
He's a fool and don't I know it
But a fool can have his charms
He's confused and he really shows it
Revenge will be his harm
He's the same old sad sensation
Lately I've not slept a wink
Since this half-ton imitation
Washed rights down the sink

He's sinned a lot; I mean a lot
He's like a repeat craven felon
Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered is he
The fringe loves him, but I CRINGE from him
Some worship the red tie that clings to him
Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered is he

When he talks, he is seeking
Hatred to get off his chest
with his word salad speaking, he's at his very best
Vexed again, perplexed again
As God, he wants us obcessed again
Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered is he

Wise at last, my eyes at last
Are cutting him down to size at last
Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered no more
Burned a lot, we've learned a lot
And now he thinks he beat Barak,
Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered no more

For all we know he is dyspeptic
Sanity is a real no go
I hope the election's antiseptic
I hope he's locked in Mar Lago
Donald Trump, finis, your chance, finis
Those ants that invaded our House, finis
Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered no more


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Jan 24 - 10:49 AM

The Sanctimonious one has withdrawn, leaving Nikki Haley as the last woman standing, except she's a Trump toady who has said she will pardon the bastard if he is convicted, leaving him to roll around golf courses the rest of his life. He belongs in prison, and she can go work in some 9-5 office where she isn't causing any harm.

My first Biden/Harris political purchase should arrive in the mail today. A t-shirt. I don't put bumper stickers on the car, I don't want it keyed, but I can pick and choose where to wear the shirt. :)


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 24 Jan 24 - 05:18 PM

An interesting analysis of Nikki Haley's possible chances and strategies and Trumps' (predictable) anger at not getting a higher result:

Donald Trump's anger in New Hampshire followed a primary win that exposed some weakness


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Jan 24 - 05:24 PM

Mother Jones posted on Threads today that if they run headlines about Trump from now on they will appear like this:

Florida Man Facing 91 Criminal Counts Wins New Hampshire Primary
Donald Trump defeats Nikki Haley.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 24 Jan 24 - 05:25 PM

He is going to be your next president. I do hope I am wrong but I can't see any other outcome. I am sorry for you and fear for the rest of the world. :-(


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Jan 24 - 05:34 PM

The view from the UK is so pessimistic. And wrong. And you don't listen to us, telling that Trump doesn't have a chance in hell of winning. He's pushing all of the boundaries he can, but in the end, cheaters won't prosper. Ignore the polls, and ignore what Trump himself says (but believe him when he tells you how he would behave).


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 24 Jan 24 - 06:03 PM

Once again I hope that in November you will say "I told you so".

But it's not just the view from the UK. A lot of the world press is fearing the worst and I have relatives in the US who are making tentative arrangements to move in with us while they look for a house here next year!


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 24 Jan 24 - 07:54 PM

A Trump voter in NH explained why he'd still support Trump in November even if he's convicted of felonies. Can you guess the answer?

















"Because all the charges are phony and any conviction would eventually be overturned by the Supreme Court."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 24 Jan 24 - 08:53 PM

The Republican primary results simply tell what Republican voters think of the Republican candidates. The democratic vote between the final candidates in November will show what voters want.

It ain't over until the obese orange one whinges in November.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Jan 24 - 10:34 PM

We've heard enough of the view from the UK if that's all you have to offer, it doesn't need to be repeated (which is about as annoying as anything can be in this day and age). At a more granular local level here we're all working on it.

Democrats in various local areas where primaries are happening have been asking if they should support Haley to try to keep Trump out of the election, but Trump is the face of the brand and the malignancy that need to be defeated; if the GOP should end up with Haley and were she to be elected we'd have a Trump sycophant who would pardon him of any federal crimes and let him go on his merry way. Best to defeat Trump himself and be done with it.

The civil trial by E. Jean Carroll about defamation should resume tomorrow after a COVID scare earlier in the week. It is about ready to wrap up.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 24 Jan 24 - 11:05 PM

From my home in Oz, and with no real stake in the outcome except in relation to world politics, I'm going with Joe Biden's statement: let the voters decide.

I'm also inclined to think that there are possibly enough voters who are keeping their cards close to their chests with regards to Trump, and probably waiting to see the outcomes of the various legal trials he will have to get through. I think that those voters are more likely to judge him according to the outcomes of his legal battles and I really think there could be enough right-thinking people who would reject him as a president if he loses some or all of those battles.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 25 Jan 24 - 05:21 AM

DAVOS is famous for its wrong predictions. I agree with Stilly that Europe is wrong overall about another Trump Presidency.

Also, election interference techniques are complicated with AI voice fraud techniques already.

An unlikely Trump opponent is returning. JOHN STEWART !


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 25 Jan 24 - 06:32 AM

Trump Wants:
The economy to crash (in his own words)
The border to remain open during Biden's term
Abortion ban to be nationwide
to be reelected
Ukraine to be defeated
Affordable Healthcare banned


These things are not what my neighbors want.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Jan 24 - 11:37 AM

Much of the recent conflicting opinion squabble has been deleted; no one needs to resume the caustic tone that was featured a while back. This thread is mainly about Trump's trials and his campaign. Let's keep it that way.

Today the E. Jean Carroll trial resumes, with Carroll again set to testify. From the CNN update link this morning:
Lawyers for E. Jean Carroll have rested her case against Donald Trump in the civil trial to determine how much in damages, if any, he will have to pay the former magazine columnist for his 2019 defamatory statements following her sex assault allegations.

The plaintiffs called three witnesses including Carroll who testified last week while Donald Trump sat at the defense table making audible comments for which he was admonished by the judge.

Carroll is seeking at least $10 million in damages for the 2019 defamatory statements.

In a separate trial last year, a jury found Trump liable for sexual abuse and defamation similar statements he made in 2022. The jury awarded Carroll $5 million in damages.

Meanwhile, Trump's attorney in the trail, Alina Habba, begged off of court this week because she felt sick, resulting in a trial postponement, only to turn up at a New Hampshire political event. A reporter who busted her for the stunt got kicked out of the NH event.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 25 Jan 24 - 11:39 AM

I am aghast at Trumpian politics and glad that it is guaranteed that he will not be elected. Come November I shall be the amongst the first to congratulate those who made that promise:-)


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Jan 24 - 12:08 PM

Bad news for Trump - a huge thorn in his side is returning to The Daily Show on the Comedy Central network for the rest of the campaign year. As mentioned above, Jon Stewart to return to ‘The Daily Show’ as a host and executive producer
“In our age of staggering hypocrisy and performative politics,” McCarthy added, “Jon is the perfect person to puncture the empty rhetoric and provide much-needed clarity with his brilliant wit.”

Stewart gained acclaim hosting “The Daily Show” for his sharp humor which was deployed to deliver stinging — and hilarious — monologues often aimed at exposing the hypocrisy of politicians.

With the 2024 election featuring Joe Biden and Donald Trump, Stewart is likely to have no shortage of material to work with. Stewart has been a strong critic of Trump and will undoubtedly use the platform to needle the former president.

Stewart’s return to the venerable show is sure to generate significant excitement and provide a much-needed jolt of buzz to boost the show, which has struggled to find its footing in recent times.

"Needle" is putting it mildly. Stewart's jabs connect when he targets Trump, and Trump hates it.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 25 Jan 24 - 12:13 PM

91 INDICTMENTS are but a small sliver of the subject of Trumpian cult grievance-chaos politics and racist fascism.
To assume a simple overview of these issues are irrelevant and should be expunged is myopic in my opinion, especially after it is decreed that no new Trump threads are allowed.

To nearly quote Ben Franklin, for now, we have a Republic if we can keep it.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 25 Jan 24 - 12:29 PM

Sorry, I misspelled Jon Stewart. John Stewart was born in Virginia to Baptists of mixed European and African descent in 1786.
Jon Stewart is born and bred in NYC.

Successfully mocking dictators is an age-old valuable strategy in overcoming such villains. Jon does this very well.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 25 Jan 24 - 03:02 PM

> The view from the UK is so pessimistic.

It reminds us right-pondians too much of some more-painful-than-somewhat episodes of our own recent history, which we neglected to do enough about till it was far too late. It doesn't help that our papers thrive on using scary headlines to increase their sales.

> And wrong.

I really, really hope so. All we can do from this distance is worst-case planning for potential fallout .... and that last word was chosen carefully: "Si vis pacem, para bellum", an' all that.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 25 Jan 24 - 03:50 PM

Well said, MaJoC.

I was thinking of a similar quote, "hope for the best but prepare for the worst".


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 25 Jan 24 - 04:24 PM

Donuel, those are not the things my neighbors want either.

Except for "re-elected."

What they want is Trump. Many "dislike him personally," but "he did a lot of good things for this country," and they will vote for him enthusiastically in November.

Many don't "want" so much as "fear."

What they fear, in no particular order, includes:

Government seizure of firearms.

The government sending jobs to China and Mexico   

Illegal immigrants stealing jobs, smuggling drugs, killing Americans, voting Democrat, and getting free health care and welfare benefits while they slowly become the majority in what's left of the country.

Unelected "activist" judges who twist the law because they were appointed by Clinton, Obama, or Biden.

"Democrat wars" and support for Ukraine, which has nothing to do with us.

Biden and his "crime family" "selling us out" to China for millions in bribes.

Universities that teach atheism, lies, and Marxism.

The removal of statues of American heroes and the renaming of military bases in the South named for Confederate officers, who were just as patriotic as Union officers.

Kamala Harris becoming President.

Hunter Biden getting away with crime because he's a Biden.

Powerful elites who despise ordinary Americans.

Blue states with sanctuary cities and "blue juries."

Persecution of Christians.

The mainstream media that lie about conservatives and won't report the truth.

Federal meddling in our lives.

Regulatory agencies.

Time- and money-wasting sensitivity training.

Islamic terrorists coming from Mexico.

Muslims.

Immigrant kids who speak "strange languages" that "nobody knows" packing our schools and making teaching impossible.

Government and private censorship of MAGA speech.

Legalized abortion.

George Soros.

Laws and lawsuits that hamstring police.

The "Deep State."

The "administrative state."

School shootings that Democrats won't prevent by arming teachers.

Government health care that tells people what doctor they can see and what treatment they can get, and that takes taxpayer cash to treat and give free, overpriced drugs to alcoholics, dope addicts, and other freeloaders.

Dangerous vaccines that don't work anyway.

Doctors who shill for the crooked vaccine manufacturers.

A fascistic government "ordering" people to wear useless, harmful masks in a pandemic.

Climate-change "loons" who want to destroy business and industry and make everyone buy electric stoves and vehicles they don't want and can't afford.

A "weaponized" Justice Department "coming after" Americans for speaking out against the Biden "regime."

The highest crime rates in American history.

The highest taxes in American history.

The worst inflation in American history.

The collapsing American economy.

The "weak," "bumbling," "senile" "tyrant" "Crooked Joe" and his shadowy "handlers" who tell him what to do.

The Socialist "Squad."

Globalists.

Transsexuals.

Gay marriage and the destruction of the family.

Influential fools who teach that America is a Democrat democracy when it's "really" a Republican republic.

LGBTQ teachers "grooming" our kids.

Kids being taught they can choose their own gender.

Teachers telling white kids they and their families are racists responsible for slavery.

Teachers telling black kids they'll always be victims because America is fundamentally racist.

The "woke mob."

"Cancel culture."

The "weakness" and "wokeness" of our military.

Foreign countries "laughing at us" for our stupidity and weakness.

Membership in NATO, which costs us billions and will get us into war.

Biden's high gas prices.

Non-MAGA politicians, who are mostly crooked and un-American.

Elections carefully rigged against conservatives.

Hollywood pushing immorality on our kids.

The Big Lie that Biden won fair and square.

Judges who dismiss the proof that Biden cheated.

A rogue FBI and CIA spying on, framing, and imprisoning American patriots.

Liberal news that smears Trump by taking remarks "out of context" and/or not acknowledging he was "just being sarcastic."

Critical race theory.

BLM mobs burning cities like Portland while liberal mayors look the other way.

The replacement of truthful American history with Marxist Liberal lies and distortions.

The railroading by corrupt DAs and judges, under Biden's orders, of America's "true leader," Donald Trump.


Quite a list. Quite a collective nightmare. Everything in quotes is an actual quote. I have heard or read of every one of these fears from actual Trump supporters.

For MAGA voters these are, in varying degrees, the "real issues."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 25 Jan 24 - 04:56 PM

As for real issues, they have to be real to be real. Belief on the other hand trumps reason and fact. Its how religion works too.
For the most part your list is a collection of post-hypnotic suggestions that only serve Trump and his cronies.

As for his MAGA cronies, Trump is turning on many of them with extreme passion. Any dissent and he responds with threats and vows to blacklist the families, donors and friends of the RHINOS. This vindictive paranoid behavior is typical of Hitler, Stalin, and other dictators who go so far as to kill their own 'fiends', I mean friends.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 26 Jan 24 - 11:53 AM

But none of this matters because he cannot possibly be re-elected.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 26 Jan 24 - 01:17 PM

Michael Tomasky in The New Republic. I think he's right on, at least where I live:

"Support for Democrats has shriveled in rural America to near nonexistence, such that it is now next to impossible to imagine Democrats being elected to public office at nearly any level in about two-thirds of the country.... Right-wing media took over in these places and convinced people who live in them that liberals are all God-hating superwoke snowflakes who are nevertheless also capable of destroying civilization.... If someone had formed a liberal Sinclair [a popular right-wing network] 20 years ago to gain reach into rural and small-town America, that story would be very different today."

Las Vegas odds-makers now pick Trump to win November:

More on MAGA:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/why-trumps-followers-still-love-103005015.html

The godfather of all this, if there was only one, was radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, who started the radical-populist ball rolling around 1990 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by DJT thirty years later.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Jan 24 - 02:16 PM

The jury in the E. Jean Carroll case have been charged with deciding the penalty Trump must pay.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 26 Jan 24 - 02:52 PM

The Vegas odds link:


https://www.vegasinsider.com/odds/us-presidential-election/


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 26 Jan 24 - 05:37 PM

If you haven't heard, an hour ago the jury hit Trump for $83 million.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 26 Jan 24 - 05:50 PM

Good news, Lighter!! But I'm sure it's just small change for Trump. And I am also sure he will appeal the decision.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 26 Jan 24 - 06:47 PM

> I'm sure it's just small change for Trump

I've just been told [Herself, pri comm] that the jury set the penalty .... and methinks they'll have gone by his *reported* level of wealth. Words like "hoist" and "petard" come to mind. How he gets the monies is left as an exercise for the cynic.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Jan 24 - 07:18 PM

By the time he pays off Carroll and the 350 million or so the State of New York attorney general is asking for (a summary judgment has already found him guilty of inflating those values - the judge needs to name the penalty) pundits figure Trump is going to have to start selling properties to pay the bills.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 26 Jan 24 - 09:53 PM

It has already changed his behavior. He did not continue to defame Jean tonight. While an appeal may cut the amount we seem to be speaking his language now.

Navarro and Steve Bannon both got 4 months in jail. Fox News Corp is looking at a 2.7 billion dollar lawsuit from Smartmatic voting machines.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 26 Jan 24 - 10:02 PM

Is there any information available on whether the numbers of people attending his rallies and events are significantly less than in his 2016 campaign? I'm thinking that that might be an indication of whether he is losing support from the people who would have voted for him back then.

I'm wondering whether there is a site which has comparative statistics.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 27 Jan 24 - 08:05 AM

He received eleven million more votes in 2020 than in 2016.

2016: 63 million.

2020: 74 million.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 27 Jan 24 - 10:33 AM

Trump follower:

"I don't care how much they gave her. It didn't happen. If it happened, why didn't she scream? Why did she wait thirty years to bring charges? Nobody saw anything. And these judges won't let him defend himself in court.

"Plus it was a New York jury. They hate Trump in New York."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 27 Jan 24 - 12:58 PM

Thanks Lighter for the info on votes in 2020 compared with 2016. It will be interesting to compare with this year's votes.

I'm wondering whether his supporter numbers are less since his legal troubles began and I'm thinking the attendance numbers at his rallies and events might be an indication.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 28 Jan 24 - 09:06 AM

Make America Wait Again...

to address
Climate change,
Immigration reform,
Racial harmony,
Gun reform,
Responsible journalism,
Federalism,
Electoral College (somehow worse than real college)
A political Supreme Court
Free Elections


That is if Trump wins.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Jan 24 - 12:43 PM

I think E. Jean Carroll will be interviewed again on the Rachel Maddow Show on Monday (Jan. 29 on MSNBC). She is 80 and is going to have to wait through appeals and foot dragging, but Trump has to already cough up the money so it is for now in limbo in the court coffers. She says she has to think about what to do with it (foundation-wise, one assumes), but for now, she plans to start giving her two dogs premium dog food. This is the woman who Trump insists is dining out on the fame and proceeds of his past attention.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 28 Jan 24 - 01:41 PM

Trump supporter in Las Vegas (CNN):

"Trump is doing God's work for this country, and that's why I'll stay with him to the end."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 28 Jan 24 - 02:35 PM

An interview on Australian TV:

Bernie Sanders says US is facing an inequality crisis and Donald Trump is not the answer

"Bernie Sanders doesn't blame ordinary Americans for succumbing to the appeal of Donald Trump.

"'I want the people of Australia to understand it's not because everybody who votes for Trump is a racist, or a sexist or a homophobe,' US Senator Sanders told 7.30.

"According to Senator Sanders, the leader of the US progressive movement who campaigned twice for nomination for president, much of the response to Mr Trump is driven by economic conditions.

"'Millions of people are hurting, they're suffering,' Senator Sanders said."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 28 Jan 24 - 02:46 PM

I thought I had linked this article from the Royal Society before but I cannot find it now. Makes a lot of sense and explains the appeal to so many.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 28 Jan 24 - 03:02 PM

I think Bernie is living in the past.

I don't believe Trump or any of associates has ever said a word about raising wages, strengthening unions, or addressing economic problems other than slapping tariffs on imports. They're not even promising more tax cuts (but wait till the election gets closer).

After more than a decade, Republicans still offer no replacement for Obamacare for the non-wealthy, which they continually promise to revoke.

Low wages and the like undoubtedly contribute to the broad resentment of American society by many working-class GOP supporters, but they rarely mention it, except to assert that immigrants are going to steal their jobs and sponge off their taxes.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 28 Jan 24 - 03:13 PM

Lighter, did you read the whole article? I couldn't decide which bits to quote because it was all relevant.

I think what he said is fairly similar to what you just said.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 28 Jan 24 - 04:56 PM

More from the article I quoted from in the interview with Bernie Sanders:

"'The average American worker today, his or her wages are lower than they were 50 years ago, parents are worried about their kids who might have a lower standard of living than they do,' Senator Sanders said.

"'People are feeling that government does not listen, does not understand their pain. And they are turning to somebody who says: 'Forget all of that. I've got the answer. Don't worry about democracy. I'll take care of it for you.'

"While Senator Sanders doesn't blame ordinary Americans for putting their faith in former president Trump, he says the consequences of a Trump victory would be dire for the entire world.

"'Everything is at stake … If the United States moves in an authoritarian way, it will certainly send a signal to every country on Earth that, that's the future of politics.' Senator Sanders said of Donald Trump.

"'He's a phoney, he's a pathological liar. But I'm afraid his appeal is working.'"

.....

"'I don't want to speculate about the what-ifs, what should have happened, Biden is the candidate and our job is … to make it very clear that Biden has done some good things … I think he's not getting the credit for what he has done.'

"'What we have got to make clear to ordinary Americans is you may not like everything that Biden has done, maybe you think he's too old … but you know what? The alternative is a hell of a lot worse'."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 29 Jan 24 - 04:15 PM

I didn't read the article, Helen. Thanks for posting more of it.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 29 Jan 24 - 07:00 PM

I HAVE BEEN TOLD GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS SO "Trump IS doing God's work for this country, and that's why I'll stay with him to the end."

EX General Flynn is doing all the church work on that end of the Trump campaign.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Jan 24 - 10:20 PM

Rachel Maddow and E. Jean cut Trump down to size this evening. The introduction was excellent - giving an overview of the journalistic career of Elizabeth Jean Carroll. And the revelation that E. Jean made in court - he's not so big and isn't scary when he's cut down to size in court. He doesn't like it when the judge has him under control.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 30 Jan 24 - 06:32 PM

Jean looked at Trump, sized him up, and saw he was a big nothing.

The chair of the RNC tried to publicly cancel the primary vote by declaring Trump the winner now that he has 32 of the 1,215 delegate votes required to win. That is like dismissing 69 million voters.
It is such a bad look for the Republican Party that they walked it back. Canceling elections sounded like the easy MAGA thing to do.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 30 Jan 24 - 07:04 PM

Most likely a Trump supporter made an anonymous call for SWAT to respond to a shooting of a female at Nikki Halley's house.
Only her elderly parents were home and were greeted by dozens of hair-trigger automatic weapons and fully armored 'troops'.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 31 Jan 24 - 01:27 AM

I'm proposing a new entry in the dictionary: not "temper tantrums" but "temper tanTrumps". What do you think?

I'm sure the tanTrumps will be multiplying over the next few months at least, but probably until the election and its aftermath. We've already seen the post E. Jean Carroll settlement tanTrump. :-D


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 31 Jan 24 - 10:23 AM

FUNNY Helen

The Kingdom, the Power and the Glory
American evangelism in the age of extremism by Tim Alberta

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2023/12/01/evangelicals-american-politics-tim-alberta-book-excerpt-00129319

The Trump Messiah Project

There is also a Homeschooling branch of evangelicals teaching Holy Trumpism


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Jan 24 - 12:23 PM

Last night on PBS (Public Broadcasting System) the documentary program Frontline took a look at the reason for the cases around Trump. 90 minutes well spent should you choose to watch it (and if it is available in your country. Might want to use a VPN with a US IP if you can't see it from there.)

A Guide to the Criminal Cases Against Donald Trump
As FRONTLINE examines in the new documentary Democracy on Trial, some of those charges against Trump — who is now the front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination — stem from his election loss in 2020 and his role in widespread efforts to overturn the results.

The former president has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and is scheduled to stand trial in multiple cases in the coming months. Trump has insisted that the cases against him are politically motivated and his lawyers have filed motions arguing that presidents have absolute immunity from prosecution for actions taken while in office. “Donald Trump is going to be the defendant and the candidate all wrapped into one,” New Yorker journalist Susan Glasser tells FRONTLINE in the documentary. “It’s just unprecedented.”

As the scheduled start dates of the trials approach, and Trump’s team has sought delays, here are key details of the criminal cases pending against the former president.

See the list of cases by following the link at the top.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 01 Feb 24 - 01:27 PM

Another lawsuit has not gone in Trump's favour (I've copied the first half of the article):

Donald Trump lawsuit over allegations of 'perverted sexual acts' in Russia dismissed by UK court

"In short: A judge has thrown out a lawsuit which former US president Donald Trump brought against a former British spy, whose dossier containing allegations of ties between Mr Trump and Russia caused a political storm in 2017.

"The so-called Steele dossier claimed Mr Trump also engaged in "perverted sexual acts" in Russia, which Mr Trump has always denied.

"What's next? A judge ruled there were "no compelling reasons" for Mr Trump's claim to proceed to a trial, and he is yet to comment publicly.

"A judge in London's High Court threw out a lawsuit by former US president Donald Trump on Thursday, which accused a former British spy of making "shocking and scandalous claims" that were false and harmed his reputation.

"Mr Trump, the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, had sued private investigations firm Orbis Business Intelligence about claims in a dossier written by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who co-founded the firm.

"The so-called Steele dossier alleged ties between Mr Trump's campaign and Russia.

"Mr Trump, 77, said in a witness statement made public in October that he brought the case to prove claims in the dossier, published by the BuzzFeed website in 2017, that he engaged in "perverted sexual acts" in Russia, were false.

"The uncorroborated allegations caused a political storm just before Mr Trump's inauguration in January 2017.

"Mr Steele, who once ran the Russia desk for Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6, was paid by Democrats to compile research that included salacious allegations that Russians could potentially use to blackmail Mr Trump."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Feb 24 - 03:07 PM

Since it has been proven in court here in the US that Trump partakes in "perverted sexual acts" he really can't make the case over in the UK or Russia.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 01 Feb 24 - 05:37 PM

Wikipedia:

"On March 24, 2022, Trump filed a RICO lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Clinton, Steele, and many others.[543] The case was dismissed on September 8, 2022. The judge wrote that "despite the numerous references to [Steele] in Trump's lawsuit, 'none specifically attribute any false statement about Plaintiff to him'".[544]"


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 01 Feb 24 - 08:19 PM

Thanks Lighter, I knew I had heard of the Steele dossier before. I guess Trump thinks that if a case doesn't work out for him in the U.S. he can try it on again in the U.K.

SRS, I agree. I laughed out loud at this bit:

Trump "...accused a former British spy of making 'shocking and scandalous claims' that were false and harmed his reputation".

Huh??!! What does he think his reputation looks like to everyone? The way to "harm" his reputation would be to polish it up and make him look like a saint ... which he ain't.

Which reminds me, didn't his name get revealed in the documents released about the Jeffrey Epstein case?


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 02 Feb 24 - 07:29 AM

Clinton was "named" too, Helen, which only means mentioned as having associated with Epstein.

Neither Clinton nor Trump was accused of wrongdoing.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2024/01/03/jeffrey-epstein-list-clinton-trump/72086945007/


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 02 Feb 24 - 09:02 AM

Can someone explain how the Fundraising for the presidential campaigns fits in?

The linked article (From Polico, an online news service founded in Washington) seems to indicate that the more money someone has, the more likely they are to be elected :-( I know there is a lot wrong with UK politics but I don't think we have that problem yet! Can you also tell me that the fundraising for Trump cannot go towards his legal bills? It reads as though it does but surely that is fraud. Not that that matters to Trump.

A much more uplifting article from the same magazine (which I can understand) is 30 things about Biden you might have missed. Fire these back at Biden detractors. Not that they will take any nitice but at least it is good ammunition


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 02 Feb 24 - 12:05 PM

Thanks SRS. All I saw was an article which briefly mentioned the documents released and stated that Trump was one of the names listed.

I confess, mea culpa, that as soon as I saw his name on the list I made the assumption that he was likely to have done some of the bad things.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 02 Feb 24 - 07:22 PM

McConnel's lament: the party's over
INTRO.
I always ew you're no good for us.
Learning to lose took guts,
Tore my shirt to stop your bleedin'
But nothin' ever stops your liein
And I'll call you when the party's over
But nothin' is better sometimes
Once we've both said our goodbyes
Let's just let it go
Let me let you go


Verse:
The party's over
It's time to call it a day
They've burst your petty balloon
And taken your cash away
It's time to wind up the masquerade
Just make your mind up the piper must be paid
The party's over
The candles flicker and dim
You golfed and dreamed through the night
It seemed to be right just being the Don
Now you must wake up, all dreams must end
Take off your orange mask, the party's over
It's all over, ass hole
The party's over
It's time to call it a day
Now you must wake up, all dreams must end
Take off your makeup, the party's over
It's all over, ass hole


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Subject: BS: USA FOREIGN POLICY
From: The Sandman
Date: 04 Feb 24 - 04:54 AM

The United States led the ranking of countries with highest military spending in 2022, with 877 billion U.S. dollars dedicated to the military. That constituted nearly 40 percent of the total military spending worldwide that year, which amounted to 2.2 trillion U.S. dollars.30 Nov 2023.
Is there likely to be any difference if Republicans win an elewction instead of Democrats?
Can any USA members know of any specific election promises relating to arms spending


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Feb 24 - 10:21 AM

Dick's dog whistle post (was the start of a new thread) has been moved over here because it boils down to a discussion of what crazy things would Trump do if he was elected again. We can see what Biden is attempting (though quiet diplomacy seems to be a concept beyond the pundits at FAUX news). Support of Ukraine, and still try for a two-state solution. Trump doesn't want either of those.

Put briefly: the Democrats are the party that manages to reduce the national debt, though I don't know if Biden has been able to put a dent in what Trump generated in his four years. The intersection of COVID and the war in Ukraine may have made trimming impossible at this point.

What Trump says and what he does are influenced and often exaggerated by the lunatic chorus in the House of Representatives (in particular). They say they want to spend less but then spend all of their time giving tax breaks to the rich and corporations to reduce revenue, following by cuts in essential services due to the revenue drop. Their spending on military things seems to remain the same (though they say they'll cut off Ukraine if Trump is elected. That's the foolish penny wise and pound foolish approach to world stability.)


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 04 Feb 24 - 12:53 PM

Yesterday I watched this TV show for only the second time. As it happens this episode was about spending intentions of Biden compared with Trump, including military spending, and one of the comments was that Trump has made no statements about his spending intentions or his political aims in his campaign speeches.

(Note: I suspect that his only intention in getting re-elected is to grant himself some pardons and do some damage to those he considers to be his political enemies.)

PBS Washington Week With The Atlantic

The info about the show is: "PBS Washington Week with The Atlantic is the longest-running primetime news and public affairs program on television. The show features a group of journalists participating in a weekly roundtable discussion of major news events. Moderated by Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief of The Atlantic."

The episode I saw yesterday shows it as a preview now but the full episode should become available soon - I expect:

Preview: Coming Up on Washington Week with The Atlantic Feb. 01, 2024 AT 7:23 p.m. EST

Episode overview:

"U.S. Retaliation Amid Middle East Chaos:

"Earlier this week, President Biden told reporters that he has decided how the U.S. will respond to the Iran-backed militia drone attack that killed three American soldiers in Jordan on Sunday. The Biden administration has made it clear that the U.S. does not want war with Iran, as any plans to retaliate could further escalate tensions in the Middle East.

"It’s unclear if the mounting foreign conflicts will spill over into the voting booth as Americans head for a potential Biden-Trump rematch this November.

"Joining editor in chief of The Atlantic and moderator, Jeffrey Goldberg to discuss this and more:

    "Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent, New York Times
    "Susan Glasser, Staff Writer, The New Yorker
    "Lara Seligman, Defense Reporter, POLITICO
    "Nancy Youssef, National Security Correspondent, Wall Street Journal"


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Feb 24 - 01:23 PM

I watch that program almost every week (when I remember). It was Washington Week In Review forever and had some standout hosts. Heartbreak when Gwen Ifill died (age 61). They have had different hosts over the years, not for so long. It is a recent development that they merged with The Atlantic magazine for this program.

I don't remember hearing any particular revelations regarding the outlook for military spending on that program.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 04 Feb 24 - 02:28 PM

Regarding military spending, I think that the Ukraine situation was mentioned, but probably not military spending within the U.S.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 05 Feb 24 - 02:26 PM

Lots of moving parts when keeping track of Trump trials. There are two higher courts looking at his claims of immunity and his standing as far as appearing on ballots in states.

Looking into the final verdict in the civil fraud trial that wrapped up last month, last Friday a spokesman for the New York State Office of Court Administration said "It’s looking like early to mid-February, as a rough estimate, and subject to modifications. But that’s the working plan now."

In the E. Jean Carroll second trial, Trump has 30 days after the judgement to pay at least $90M, though she can't collect until after the appeal. Trump is trying to get the results overturned because Carroll's lead attorney worked in the same legal firm as the judge thirty years ago. He is the king of grasping at straws. He already dropped $5M in cash for the first Carroll verdict last year.

In Business Insider they say
A source familiar with the case, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to do so publicly, told Business Insider that Trump's $5.5 million was still there, pending the outcome of his appeal of that first verdict. An appellate court is set to eventually decide whether Carroll gets all, some, or none of that $5.5 million.

This time around, Trump can again ask the judge to let him set Carroll's second, much higher damages award aside in a court-managed account. There, it would sit pending appeal, just like the $5.5 million from the first verdict.

If the judge says no — and $90 million is a lot for a court to babysit — Trump would have to secure Carroll's money through what's called an appeal bond.

The bond would cost him a lot more. Follow the link for that discussion.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 07 Feb 24 - 02:24 PM

Today there is a rare audio streaming from the Supreme Court regarding the 14th amendment on Trump's eligibility to run for PRESIDENT AGAIN.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 07 Feb 24 - 05:40 PM

US federal appeals court rejects Donald Trump's sweeping immunity claim

"In short: A federal appeals court has ruled the former US president Donald Trump does not have blanket immunity in a case in which he has been charged with plotting to overturn his 2020 election defeat.

"The court found that any "executive immunity" provided by the presidency no longer shielded him from prosecution.

"What's next? The case will be paused until at least February 12 to give Mr Trump's team time to appeal to the US Supreme Court."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Feb 24 - 06:32 PM

The court that issued that ruling gave him only until Monday, Feb. 12 to take it to the Supreme Court, they're not letting him drag it out. That is the important thing, that they reign in his delay tactics. If they don't do anything by then, it goes back to Chutkin and she sets a date.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 07 Feb 24 - 07:19 PM

Nit Pick of the Day: one reins in a bolting horse (eg Trump), esp if he wishes to reign.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 07 Feb 24 - 09:05 PM

All right, MaJoC, very funny! You win the Pick of the Nits today.

I'd say that it's the people with power trying to "reign" him in. LOL


US attorney-general says special counsel has completed a probe into allegations President Joe Biden mishandled documents

"In short: US Attorney-General Merrick Garland has told congress an investigation into whether President Joe Biden mishandled classified documents dating to his time as vice-president was finished.

"Special Counsel Robert Hur's report will be made public soon, Mr Garland said, adding the White House needed to complete a review of the document for potential executive privilege concerns.

"Documents were found at Mr Biden's Delaware home and at a private office he used in between his service in the Obama administration and becoming president."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Feb 24 - 10:53 PM

Gotta love autocorrect, it didn't get the syntax of the word (it was probably fixing my typo - "backspace" is the key I use most often on the keyboard).

They're talking about tomorrow's Supreme Court hearing; I don't know if I'll be able to listen live but I'm sure it will be rebroadcast ad nauseum. This to do with states taking him off of the ballot for participating in an insurrection.

(On MSNBC tonight they're also talking about Clarence Thomas and Dark Money and Leonard Leo and tax laws and the court ethics laws - it feeds into the discussion because it's about how Trump was able to appoint those three justices, supported by Leo.)


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 07 Feb 24 - 11:03 PM

SRS, I should have searched for this before but I thought it wouldn't be available outside of Australia. I've been watching this show since the Trump adventures began. It's very balanced and insightful with some excellent guest interviews.

Planet America

A lot of what you say in this thread aligns with the commentary from the presenters, John Barron and Chas Licciardello.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Feb 24 - 11:20 PM

I find those references to ABC interesting - because we have a national ABC network here also. The squiggly logo was the give away (along with the accents when I hit play). I'll take a look at those, thanks!


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 08 Feb 24 - 12:30 AM

Yes, ABC here and ABC there! :-D

When Trump was elected I also started watching the (American) ABC News with David Muir and others. Before that I never watched those shows but I really started to worry about the state of the world with Trump in charge.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Feb 24 - 06:28 AM

Trump has a small advantage in the Supreme Court today to stay on the Colorado ballot but the Court is damned if they do and damned if they don't.
In such cases it is better to just do the right thing. There is a possibility Trump will lose. His lawyers will go first at 7:30 AM today.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 08 Feb 24 - 06:41 AM

Remind me, please: In which state did Trump not appear on the ballot paper, only for the winner to be "none of the above"?


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 08 Feb 24 - 11:38 AM

MaJoC, I confess to being confused about the primary and caucus voting to choose party candidates but I did hear about this on the Planet America show I mentioned. I just found this article which explains why Haley chose not to be on the primary ballot because there was also a caucus vote. Reading the whole article helped me to get a bit more clarity about the primary and caucus voting:

Nikki Haley loses to 'none of these candidates' in the Nevada GOP primary

"Nikki Haley faced no major challenger Tuesday in Nevada’s presidential primary.

"She still lost, according to NBC News projections.

"Nevada voters in the state-run primary had a choice to reject all the candidates on the ballot, and they did just that — with more people choosing to vote for “none of these candidates” than for Haley.

"Former President Donald Trump, far and away the front-runner for the Republican nomination, wasn’t on the same ballot as Haley because he is set to compete in party-run caucuses Thursday.

"It was a stinging rebuke of Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and South Carolina governor — and one that some party leaders had encouraged. The outcome in Nevada was Haley's third consecutive loss in an early-state primary contest.

"Still, Haley's campaign indicated that the results wouldn't affect how long she'd stay in the race.

"'Even Donald Trump knows that when you play penny slots, the house wins. We didn’t bother to play a game rigged for Trump. We’re full steam ahead in South Carolina and beyond,' spokesperson Olivia Perez-Cubas said."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 08 Feb 24 - 11:40 AM

Alito is giving the Colorado attorney a lot of grief, suggesting he isn't answering the questions. In fact it sounds like he's simply being confrontational, trying to change focus.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 09 Feb 24 - 03:07 AM

I know you don't want to hear it but...

Nevada :-(

Saying it cannot happen when all evidence shows otherwise is a route to disaster


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 09 Feb 24 - 04:36 AM

The arguments of Colorado before the Supreme Court were weak and did not highlight the Trump insurrection. I can not fault the Court if they unanimously sided with Trump.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 09 Feb 24 - 06:12 AM

Results of a chaotic Republican primary are no more foretelling than the holy apparitions of Trump in the skies of Nevada which by the way had two FUBAR competing Trump primaries. Some states have a Republican State Committee that is bankrupt. Remember only Republicans vote in a primary and many of them are motivated by paid attendance, fear, or conspiracy lies.

Eventually, a Republican party is inconsequential to Trump cultism.
For Trumpers the new boss is the exact same guy as the old boss.
The problem is that it is the same scenario for Democrats with Biden.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 09 Feb 24 - 06:43 AM

On top of a Republican decree that the Trump insurrection did not happen we now have the Trump brigade.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 09 Feb 24 - 07:02 AM

Here is the decree.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 11 Feb 24 - 09:25 AM

Billy Graham II Jr. says Trump did not create an insurrection, God chose him to create a resurrection.
The Republicans in Congress all agree to avoid prison time.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Feb 24 - 10:23 AM

The Supreme Court has another at bat coming up soon, to do with the Chutkin trial. He was given until Monday to take that decision before the court; pundits have remarked that the Appellate decision was so tightly and well-constructed that the Supremes may say they're good with it and let it stand.

One can only hope. It would get that trial underway a lot faster.

Too bad Merrick Garland was so busy looking impartial that he didn't get the prosecution going on the Trump cases until after the House of Representatives was at bat.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 11 Feb 24 - 11:21 AM

‘At bat’? Say what??


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 11 Feb 24 - 01:45 PM

I suspect it's a baseball term, though I of course thought of cricket first.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 11 Feb 24 - 01:57 PM

You’re probably right MaJoC, although I’ve never heard the term before. In the case of cricket, it would surely be “At the crease”.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 11 Feb 24 - 03:06 PM

The noun "at-bat" has been baseball lingo for as long as I can remember. The number of a player's "at-bats" is a basic stat. I mean "statistic."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 11 Feb 24 - 03:21 PM

Thanks Lighter - makes sense.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: gillymor
Date: 11 Feb 24 - 03:51 PM

If you're the mighty Casey you're "at the bat".


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 11 Feb 24 - 04:47 PM

Trump is simply batty.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Feb 24 - 05:47 PM

It is a baseball term, an idiomatic phrase that we don't even think about. It means they heard one case this week and they get another whack at him next week with a different case. Another one used a lot is "Batting 1000," which would be a perfect record, hitting every ball perfectly every time.

Trump thought he was batting 1000 in the past court cases he's had when he could get away with the criminal behavior (in civil courts to do with housing laws and zoning laws and with bankruptcy and such) - the reason he was called "Teflon Don." Nothing touched him, until now.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 11 Feb 24 - 07:28 PM

Regarding the Teflon Don handle, someone once told me that the bullying manager I had worked with until he lost me my job was "as slippery as duck $hit" which I understood even better a few years later when I walked through a field full of the stuff. LOL


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 11 Feb 24 - 10:35 PM

My sympathies, Helen: I suffered from the same work problem. I've just realised that's part of why I tend to walk out of the room when Turnip is on the news.

Methinks the news programmes should do with Turnip what they used to have to do in the UK when broadcasting terrorists' voices was banned: have his words voiced by an actor. I nominate Donald Duck.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Feb 24 - 10:52 PM

The horrible boss I worked for (and I retired before they could fire me) supported the same political party I do, but I have to wonder at the anomale; she had no interest in fair play or civil rights. She was too busy trying to run off all of the older employees to capture those wages for other uses. A real Trumpian acolyte (she moved to a new university; perhaps she has now moved to the other party).

Donald Duck would be amusing for Trump's voice. But what about a real villain, someone like Pat Carroll who played Ursula the Sea Witch. It would drive him nuts that the voice was so clear and that it was a woman. :)


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 12 Feb 24 - 12:13 AM

Ah, don't get me started on bullying bosses and toxic work cultures! Sorry for the thread creep. :-(

Did Melissa McCarthy do an impression of Trump at some stage? I seem to remember that.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Feb 24 - 10:47 AM

You've conflated voice work, Helen. Melissa McCarthy played Ursula in the new live action version of The Little Mermaid. I haven't seen that, but I saw and heard the earlier one when my children were small. McCarthy did a stunning impersonation of Sean Spicer several times for Saturday Night Live

Leslie Jones did a great skit about wanting to play him (in which another woman also dresses as Trump, but Leslie gets the last laugh, so to speak).

McCarthy's impersonation of Spicer had some interesting fallout.

I've seen Alec Baldwin return many times to play Trump, but in general it's another actor who portrays him these days. I never remember to watch the show but I see clips later in the week after it plays.

This week should offer ample opportunity to generate more material. He can't shut up when people criticise him or cases go against him.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 12 Feb 24 - 01:39 PM

True confession: I don't know which rock I've been hiding under but I've never seen The Little Mermaid. LOL

On our ABC (Oz) TV I probably saw a snippet of a skit with Alec Baldwin doing an impression of Trump and Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer and conflated that. I just had a memory of MM's face made up as a man and that it was very funny.

An interesting aside: in the Washington Post article about "some interesting fallout" I tried to follow the link (but was blocked due to not being a subscriber) about Trump using the pseudonym "John Barron" because that is the name of one of the presenters on the Planet America show that I mentioned on 07 Feb 24 - 11:03 PM. I can guarantee that Trump would not like our John Barron talking on his behalf to the media!!

And also, on Planet America they sometimes use a very clever voice actor to read out some of Trump's messages that he has posted on social media platforms.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 12 Feb 24 - 02:46 PM

Little Mermaid is great. We did the animated one nearly every weekend when our daughters were little and 30+ years later we watched the live action one a few weeks back. Trump is definitely Ursula. Promises all sorts and then screws you!


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Feb 24 - 05:27 PM

But back to Trump: CAN'T SOMEBODY CONVICT THAT SUCKER?

But I suppose a conviction will drive the MAGA folks to vote Trump in, so he can pardon himself. Hey, you lazy Democrats, get out and VOTE!!


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 12 Feb 24 - 06:04 PM

I'm halfway through the last episode of an Oz series about three of our conservative Prime Ministers who were ousted from their roles: two by political backstabbing in their own party, but the third, Scott Morrison aka ScoMo, by losing the last election. One of ScoMo's key issues was that he undervalued the concerns and issues of women voters and also women who were part of his government. Women's votes were crucial in his party's election loss.

So I second your statement encouraging Democrat supporters to vote but I am adding an encouragement for all women to vote as well, because Trump's attitude to women and women's issues could be crucial in the outcome of the election, IMHO.

Also, I am picking up from a lot of commentary on TV shows here that a lot of Republicans are playing their cards close to their chests, awaiting the outcomes of those trials before they say anything too negative about Trump for fear of getting his supporters offside. If Trump has significant losses in the trials, the game result may be a whole lot different.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 12 Feb 24 - 07:40 PM

Stilly reminded me of my 'poor unfortunate soul' Trump parody song.

Donnie's court schedule this week is a real grab-bag.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 13 Feb 24 - 11:09 AM

Joe, one red state at a time women and their partners are stepping up, and not just Democratic women. They want access to human rights - reproductive freedom. That will be one predictably reliable way to get people to the polls.

The congressional election today on Long Island (after Santos was forced out) is as much a referendum about the GOP as it is the race itself. Trump is currently trying to force the woman heading the RNC out and get his daughter-in-law installed; perhaps the current head isn't paying as many of his legal bills as he wants. The commentators this morning were saying that if the RNC was really at work for the party they'd be looking for other GOP candidates who can stand up to Trump.

Some of our speculative chatter is keeping the thread in view until the next big event. There will be a hearing this week about Fani Willis and her romantic relationship (she should have known better than to think she could have a private life at this point in time!) because Trump hopes if she is removed the court will put a more favorable prosecutor in who will either 1. drop the whole thing or 2. delay delay delay. If on the other hand Fani steps down she can appoint someone from her office to take care of things. Or she can hope to get a fair hearing and stay on for the job.

Trump doesn't care how he wins, and if he can make someone else look bad in the process, the happier he is. I know New Yorkers are still shaking their heads that the country elected this buffoon and now everyone has to deal with and watch his BS.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 14 Feb 24 - 06:51 AM

Fanni has until Valentine's day to appoint a replacement prosecutor to avoid a potential dismissal of her case for possibly having sex with the highest paid lawyer on her staff. That's a real Valentine surprise.

Yeah I know the facts sound like political comic relief.
Just like the two elderly candidates for President are engaged in a battle to the death via high blood pressure strategy. To counter the stress from the indictments; Trump allies hit Biden with not remembering the date and hour of his son's death. Whew Joe's blood pressure spiked that day.

The last time these Methusala candidates faced each other they set the record for the oldest candidates on record to run. This time they are locked in a real death clock battle for survival. Fandual might be the only winner in this septuagenarian dual to the final curtain.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 14 Feb 24 - 02:13 PM

There are plenty of people who attest to Biden's sound thinking and abilities, but Trump will keep hammering away just because he can.

Today it seems one of his acolytes is trying to alarm the American public by hinting that something is happening that Biden should declassify. Top Republican warns of 'serious national security threat,' rankling White House
The president's adviser plans to brief congressional leaders.

Considering that earlier in the week Jake Sullivan set up a meeting with the top House and Senate ("gang of eight") security folks, it sounds like the GOP guy Mike Turner is telegraphing to Trump. Since Trump is given absolutely no security briefings because of his unreliability, Turner is handing Trump a complaint point - something along the lines of "they should share this stuff with the former president" or "if I was in the White House now I'd have fixed this and told you all about it already." Along those lines. If Turner told Trump without permission, he'd be in deep shit and he knows that Trump can't keep a secret, so if he heard something top secret, he's share it immediately on his Truth Social platform.

Yeah, Willis shot herself in the foot, even it if doesn't have any impact on the case. There's a reason they call it "stupid in love."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 15 Feb 24 - 08:21 AM

Like Biden, I have always gotten someone's name wrong or at minimum misspelled names. With theoretical physics, I easily get lost somewhere between observable particles and the fields that are responsible for their partial existence. Some things befuddle me but I can usually ride the comprehension train for most things. I don't feel too old to use memory correctly. Biden has wisdom despite being a lifelong gaff machine, politically speaking.

In comparison, Trump is certifiable depending upon the physicians.

The glaring fact that in only four years! Trump increased the national debt by well over 8 trillion dollars is reason enough to reject him.
Clinton added 1.4 trillion in 8 years. Bush added over 8 Trillion as well as Obama over 8 years. Biden has added 1.2 Trillion so far.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Feb 24 - 06:49 AM

Fanni Willis took the stand without being called and defiantly plopped in the chair. She was angry. Trump lawyers did not uncover any evidence of kick backs and were stymied to the point they could only harp over the same questions until the judge got fed up and told them to sit down.

Apparently, the brief affair with a fellow attorney after Trump's indictment did not end well. What did not come out was that Fanni had to live in a safe house at that time because of the Trump inspired death threats and could not live in her home.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned...Trump lawyers did not see a strong woman coming after them. The scarlet letter they tried to make her wear got ground up under her shoe.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Feb 24 - 07:48 AM

How courageous is Trump? Suppose he faces an imminent jailable offense for a felony, will he become a flight risk?
Will he be as brave
as Navalny and stay?
Will there be a day
when his passport is taken away?


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Feb 24 - 08:37 AM

Tim Scott wants to be Trump's VP which would make Ebony and Ivory vs. Ivory and Rosewood.

FBI informant found to fake documents and testimony of Hunter Biden's Ukraine business. Who needs deep fakes when old-fashioned paid purgery still works? Who would hire such an informant?


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Feb 24 - 09:08 AM

Willis acquitted herself well yesterday - the Trump folks would ask a leading and suggestive question then say "yes or no" and she refused to give them what they wanted. Telling them they asked the question wrong and giving them no ammunition, instead dumping their gunpowder into the water to neutralize it.

Today we should learn about the civil fraud amount from that trial.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 16 Feb 24 - 02:50 PM

Never underestimate the power of a woman. Yay to Judge Fani Willis!!

My personal opinion is that Trump underestimates the power of women in every aspect of his life, and that he will never hesitate to dish the dirt on any woman who tries to prevent him from getting what he wants.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 Feb 24 - 04:34 PM

Someone else can link to a story, but
the judge pronounced Trump guilty
and ordered him to pay a whopper of a fine
and forbade him to transact in the real estate business for three years
and I forget what all else.

The media are jumping all over it.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 16 Feb 24 - 05:32 PM

Donald Trump must pay $US355 million in penalties, barred from NY business for three years, judge rules

"In short: Donald Trump will have to pay $US354.9 million in penalties for fraudulently overstating his net worth by as much as US$3.6 billion a year over a decade to get bankers to give him better loan terms.

"Mr Trump and his adult sons, Don Jr and Eric, were defendants in the case - the younger Trumps were each ordered by the judge to pay $US4 million

"What's next? Mr Trump's lawyer Alina Habba said in a statement that the ruling was a "manifest injustice" and said she plans to appeal the ruling."

...

"Justice Engoron cancelled his prior ruling from September ordering the "dissolution" of companies that control pillars of Mr Trump's real estate empire, saying on Friday that this was no longer necessary because he is appointing an independent monitor and compliance director to oversee Mr Trump's businesses.

"In the ruling, Justice Engoron wrote that Mr Trump and the other defendants in the case 'are incapable of admitting the error of their ways'.

"'Their complete lack of contrition and remorse borders on pathological,' Justice Engoron wrote.

"'Instead, they adopt a 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil' posture that the evidence belies.'"

"It sounds even more impressive in Aussie dollars, $AU543 million.
...


I'm guessing it's just pocket money for him, but not being able to operate in New York for three years will make his blood boil, I bet.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Feb 24 - 06:40 PM

Listening to MSNBC this evening it sounds like it isn't pocket change - Trump has been hemorrhaging cash because he takes cash from profitable businesses and puts it into those that aren't. And from the high of being on TV on the apprentice program to running for office, he lost the cash that used to come in from the Trump branding. He has apparently been quietly selling off properties.

Good.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Feb 24 - 07:41 PM

Trump can't even find a bond for the 5 million he owes Jean.
btw Helen, Fani is merely a prosecutor now but was formerly a judge.

Hey Donald Jr and Eric got 4 million dollar fines on top of the cash dad owes.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 16 Feb 24 - 09:29 PM

I was being facetious. Compared to me and what's in MY pocket, his multi-million penalties are only pocket change for him. LOL

And I realised after I had posted that Fani Willis is an Attorney-General and not a judge, but I feel better knowing that she was a judge before because I recall her being referred to as a judge. (Maybe I'm not losing quite so many marbles as I think I am.)

A more analytical article in (Oz) ABC News:

Donald Trump faces countless court cases. But this $US355 million fraud ruling could hurt the most


It's a long article, but I think it is worth reading. The section headings are:

What did the court decide?
Remind me – what's this case about?
What is a 'scorched earth defence' and why did it backfire?
How has Trump reacted?
What does this mean for Trump's real estate empire?
What other cases are looming over Trump?


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 17 Feb 24 - 08:23 AM

If Trump really needs cash there are billionaires here and in Saudi Arabia that want millions of dollars worth of reasons for Trump to give them a good deal - if he is ever President again.

Nobody is asking me but I think Trump is an historic bad bet.
Even Kushner got 2 billion from the Middle East. Not bad for a Real Estate panhandler.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 17 Feb 24 - 11:04 AM

Surprise ! Judge Cannon has denied the motions to delay the Mara Lago files case.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Feb 24 - 12:32 PM

Jack Smith met with Cannon for several hours last week; perhaps she is beginning to see that the horse she is backing is going down anyway so she might as well help lead him to that water. (Sorry about those mangled metaphors.)

The stories people were telling and illustrating with graphics yesterday were remarkable. Mar A Lago is a prime example - the Florida county estimates it is worth between $18 and $27m, but Trump was reporting 10 times those amounts. The property in Westchester County, NY, was valued by Trump as if the land had been subdivided and seven mansions already built and turnkey ready. No taking into account the process of getting permission to subdivide or the cost of building all of those dwellings.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 18 Feb 24 - 12:42 PM

The courts are having their moment but Congress is still home of the wettest whistles in Washington.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Feb 24 - 12:47 PM

From RawStory

Trump has already been 'quietly' selling off properties before court losses: NYT reporter
"He sold the operating lease to a golf course he had in New York," she elaborated. "He is also been quietly selling condominiums around New York and buildings he owned. He sold a house he owned in L.A. He has been, I don't know, stockpiling the cash he has been selling down, we don't know how much cash he has on hand. He said last year, close to 400 million."

The gold-tone sneakers are his latest desperate attempt to raise cash. I guess he isn't aware of the millions-worth of Kanye West sneakers that Adidas is trying to unload since they cut ties. There may be a glut in the name-brand sneakers world.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Feb 24 - 07:49 PM

I'm thinking the LIV golf association might buy some Trump courses cheap. After all, Trump needs a quarter billion for his legal charges since he only has 300 mil in cash.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Feb 24 - 12:20 PM

Supreme Court allows sanctions against Trump-allied lawyers over 2020 election lawsuit
The justices leave in place an appeals court ruling that partly upheld sanctions arising from a lawsuit claiming that presidential election results in Michigan were rigged.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected appeals brought by Trump-allied lawyers who faced legal sanctions for baselessly alleging in court that the 2020 election in Michigan was fraudulently won by President Joe Biden.

By rejecting the appeals, the court left in place a June 2023 ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that partially upheld the sanctions. . . .The lawyers were ordered to pay legal fees, undertake new legal training and were referred to their respective state bar associations for any disciplinary procedures.

These attorneys are going to be bankrupt long before Trump is.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Feb 24 - 01:49 PM

The LA Times has a paywall you hit pretty quickly, but I'll leave the share crap in the URL and it might open.

Opinion: How not to cover Donald Trump’s bizarre 2024 campaign for president

From October 7, 2023.
It starts:
The press should borrow a lyric from “The Sound of Music” and ask itself: “How do you solve a problem like Donald?” Or, put another way, how should journalists cover Trump’s unprecedented campaign for president while under indictment for trying to overturn an election and more?

The question concerns not just Trump but also politics and campaigns more broadly in an age of fragmented media and polarized politics. The answer requires recognizing journalists’ altered role and fulfilling it with more care, preparation and diligence.

Many confronting the challenge of covering Trump conclude that, as a recent column in the Arizona Republic put it, “It’s time to stop giving Trump airtime.” The larger point is that the media shouldn’t give exposure to people they know are going to make provably false assertions.

The problem with the “Don’t amplify liars” argument is twofold. First, the press is no longer a gatekeeper of what people know; it’s more often an annotator of what they’ve already heard elsewhere. So not covering Trump, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene or others in politics who say patently false things will not silence them. It will just leave them less examined.

Second, it’s a dereliction of the press’ duty to ignore powerful dissemblers and liars in public life. We have an obligation to explain what’s false and offer clear and persuasive evidence of the truth. We have to help the public understand.

The suggestion here is to develop a questioning strategy as an attorney would. "Attorneys identify where they want to end up and work backward, developing a series of questions that will guide a dishonest witness to a place where their evasions are exposed. Journalists need to plan their interviews in the same way but too often don’t."

It describes a Trump interview with Jonathan Swan that didn't go the way Trump wanted because the journalist was prepared to refute the fake stuff Trump spouted. And concludes, regarding the Meet The Press interview used to start the article, "When journalists lack that level of preparation, they slide into a trap Welker fell into. She ended up in a debate with Trump, repeatedly insisting “That’s not true” but having nothing in hand to prove it."

It gives a lot of examples of places journalists should do their research and fact-checking, and spend less time covering rallies (I think that is finally beginning to be the case for Trump rallies, fewer national journalists there, at any rate.)


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 22 Feb 24 - 02:07 PM

Thanks for that article, SRS.

Reading that makes me aware and very, very thankful for the standard of journalism on the Oz ABC radio and TV network. I think they fit that standard extremely well.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 22 Feb 24 - 04:40 PM

The ongoing danger is what the US must deal with after this Trump horserace is surely over. The Christian fascist nationalists will have many representatives in the government and courts for years to come.

Alabama courts are calling zygotes embryos or children now. The judge quotes God but not statutes.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Feb 24 - 08:44 PM

So this happened this afternoon:

Judge denies Trump's request to delay enforcement of $355M fraud case penalties
Trump's lawyers had requested a 30-day delay in the enforcement of penalties.
The judge in former President Donald Trump's civil fraud case has rejected a request from the defense to delay the enforcement of the penalties in the case.

The defendants had asked Judge Arthur Engoron to delay the enforcement of the penalties by 30 days to allow for an "orderly post-judgment process."

"You have failed to explain, much less justify, any basis for a stay," Engoron wrote in an email posted Thursday to the court docket. "I am confident that the Appellate Division will protect your appellate rights.

The rest at the link.

And this from PBS: Trump’s properties could be seized if $454 million civil fraud debt not paid, warns NY AG James
Donald Trump could be at risk of losing some of his prized properties if he can’t pay his staggering New York civil fraud penalty. With interest, he owes the state nearly $454 million — and the amount is going up $87,502 each day until he pays.

New York Attorney General Letitia James told ABC News on Tuesday that she will seek to seize some of the former president’s assets if he’s unable to cover the bill from Judge Arthur Engoron’s Feb. 16 ruling.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 23 Feb 24 - 05:02 PM

With the discovery that the FBI informant on the Bidens is a Russian agent, Chinese agents are also now exposed in the Trump election campaign.

The CIA has a saying "if you keep poisonous snakes in your yard and you disturb them, don't expect them to only bite your neighbors".

Jim Jorden and others have been bit.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Feb 24 - 11:05 PM

The amount Trump is actually going to have to pay since Engoron signed the orders in that case is much higher than the amount calculated by news outlets last week. The orders include the interest on some of those amounts that goes back years, added onto the base announced last week. He owes $454M now and the interest every day until he pays is ~ 111,000.00 PER DAY. They're talking about it on MSNBC tonight.

This story from USA Today gives graphics and scroll to the bottom for a breakdown of the amounts he is liable for so far. How much is Trump ordered to pay? Graphics show a possible $500 million in penalties


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 24 Feb 24 - 12:05 AM

This might be a bit confusing, but ...

I use a term "sheepdogging" in certain situations where someone is out of control (usually in work situations with a pushy person doing things s/he shouldn't be doing) and then another person begins to quietly, determinedly round her/him up, like smart, quietly clever sheepdogs rounding up a mob of sheep based on commands from a nearby human.

It may take a bit of running around by the dogs, but eventually the mob of sheep are doing what they are expected to do. The sheep may not even realise that they have been outwitted by dogs and humans. The dogs don't bark or make a fuss. They just get on with the job.

I've been thinking about that in relation to Trump and his legal adventures. Initially he might think he is in control of the situation, but little by little he is being herded into a place where he no longer has as much control as he expects and he will have to start doing what he is told.

Another way of looking at it is that the noose around Trump's neck - figuratively speaking - is softly tightening, little by little every day and he might think he'll get away with it all, but I think he underestimates his legal opponents.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 24 Feb 24 - 05:21 AM

He doesn't care about the legal opposition. It gives him publicity and a platform to play the victim. The big trouble is, and I expect to be told off for this, it seems to be working :-(


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 24 Feb 24 - 05:22 AM

The RNC says they have their own problems and don't want to pay Trump's legal debts. His Freedom PAC is saying they will. It looks like there will not be any transparency of that dark money.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 24 Feb 24 - 05:34 AM

The next Trump coup will be done all by the House.

Step 1: Ensure a R majority in the House by not certifying certain DEM wins

Step 2: Challenge certain States in the Presidential election.

Step 3: MAKE SURE neither candidate has enough delegates to win and the Constitution says the House will decide the election.



The election deniers can simply not certify and achieve a Trump win.


THIS IS ONE OF THREE POSTS THAT WAS DELETED.


Stop straying off of the topic into esoteric stuff and they won't be deleted. ---mudelf


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 24 Feb 24 - 07:42 AM

Donuel, I read your comment about the zygotes and embryos.

The only reason I knew why you were mentioning that is because on Wednesday on the Oz TV show called Planet America Fireside Chat there was a segment on the Alabama ruling.

One political comment on the show was that this ruling would alienate more voters, especially couples hoping to have successful outcomes with in vitro fertilisation (IVF) programmes. A consequence of preventing or limiting IVF would be to also limit the number of children being born, which would seem to be contrary to the intention of Republicans who want to limit abortions to encourage more children being born.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 24 Feb 24 - 08:16 AM

It’s a very strange phenomenon - Republican ‘Pro-lifers’ defending the rights of the unborn, even of the unfertilised egg, yet decidedly anti-life when it comes to defending the rights of actual, living, breathing children by controlling the guns than kill them in their classrooms.

What a bunch of cockwombles.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 24 Feb 24 - 08:27 AM

My mistake: the Planet America show is broadcast on Wednesday nights here and the Planet America Fireside Chat show is Friday nights.

BWM, I don't actually know what a cockwomble is, but I can guess from the example you mentioned. LOL


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 24 Feb 24 - 08:37 AM

Trump has already distanced himself from the IVF controversy.
Its a 20 year old concern for the religious right. They called the frozen cells snowflake babies and complained extra zygotes were being thrown out with the bathwater when clinics disposed of them.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 24 Feb 24 - 09:36 AM

BWM, I don't actually know what a cockwomble is

Presumably, a cockwomble is a male womble, such as Uncle Bulgaria or Tobermory. Madame Cholet, by that reckoning, would be a henwomble.
;-)

DC


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 24 Feb 24 - 12:10 PM

LOL! Never thought of that, Doug! :-)


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Feb 24 - 12:24 PM

The South Carolina primary is today, and Haley says she's in it for the long run, even if Trump wins today. She can do the math and is hoping that she's the last woman standing when Trump is officially found guilty of a federal crime. Gotta give her credit for figuring that out, but she has been a Trump toady for too long to make her an acceptable candidate. Hell, at this point, Romney should run. He's a lot less crazy sounding now; in his campaign against Obama in 2012 he was rejected as a tool of the rich. At least he is a normal human being. And he'd fit as far as the age of the rest of them, he's a year younger than Trump. :)


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 24 Feb 24 - 01:20 PM

I think the big question re Nikki Haley is whether the Republicans would ever, ever, ever vote for a woman as president. I think she is assuming that they would consider her equal to a man and capable of anything a man could do and I would be very surprised if enough voters would turn out for her.


Very funny, DC!


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 24 Feb 24 - 01:20 PM

Trump ousted RNC chairwoman because she was related to Mitt.
He replaced her with a Trump relation.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 24 Feb 24 - 05:00 PM

BWM & DC, I'm guessing that if the cockwombles and henwombles are free range then they would be Wombling Free.

(The link is just in case the non-Brits and non-Aussies don't know what we're talking about. LOL)


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 24 Feb 24 - 05:15 PM

Nice one Helen! ;-)


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 24 Feb 24 - 05:52 PM

The punchline from Don's RNC article:
And what have the Romneys gotten for their convenient pro-Trump obsequiousness? Their legacy left in rubble, ostracized from a Republican Party they helped to build.

As the saying goes, “Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.”

The media could learn from that also - if you go for the ratings because Trump says stupid things you just promote his brand, as stupid as it is.

For those needing a scorecard (or a court calendar) here is the Just Security site with all of the stats and dates. All week next week Mar-a-Lago stuff is up; the MAL abbreviation suits Trump and this case perfectly; from Dictionary.com: "a combining form meaning “bad,” “wrongful,” “ill,” occurring originally in loanwords from French (malapert); on this model, used in the formation of other words (malfunction; malcontent)."


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 24 Feb 24 - 06:16 PM

And don't forget malnutrition. All those fried foods and burgers. That might be his ultimate downfall.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 25 Feb 24 - 08:02 AM

It's only natural that Trump is deeply envious of Putin's dictatorship. Trump is envious of the fantastic wealth of its oligarchs, the election fix is deeply entrenched, and Russia is in keeping with Trump's ideals on racism. I bet the US drinks more black russains in a day than there are actual Black Russians in Russia.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 25 Feb 24 - 06:20 PM

Can someone remind me, please? --- did the Black Russian turn up in the first or second series of Black Adder?


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Feb 24 - 06:41 PM

Looks like Season 1 and episode 3. Do you suppose Stephen Fry could play Trump if Blackadder came to Washington? (Only because Robbie Coltrane is gone. It would need to be a big lump of a guy to play him.)


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Feb 24 - 01:15 PM

There is a page that is a live tracker of Trump's Debt. I set a timer for 1 minute and it looks like he's paying (right now) about $82 a minute on that debt. It adds up in a hurry.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 26 Feb 24 - 01:33 PM

After March 31 the interest is $87,000 a day.

Finding a billionaire or a collective of billionaires willing to risk cash on a bad penny will be difficult along with someone Trump can trust with the receivership of his property assets.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 27 Feb 24 - 05:31 AM

I'm not sure if the interest clock starts the moment Trump appeals so maybe interest has already started.


Boy, I was totally wrong about Musk. I now think he falls on the side of madness, not genius. I would like to know why he is all in for Russia and is anti American democracy.


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Subject: RE: Trump droppings number II
From: Donuel
Date: 27 Feb 24 - 02:11 PM

Trump is proving his youthful powers by trying things he's never tried before. This week it was a salad.

His court thinks money is speech, corporations are people and Liberty is the freedom to take away rights, especially from women.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Helen
Date: 27 Feb 24 - 06:22 PM

Former Aussie Prime Minister who showed himself as a poor imitation of Trump, in my opinion, is leaving Parliament and will take up two new jobs which are based in the USA but he will be working from Australia. His farewell parliamentary speech was yesterday. I didn't bother watching it.

Scary!!

Questions raised after Scott Morrison’s new defence job revealed

"Mr Morrison will clock in alongside key former Trump figures, former secretary of state Mike Pompeo and ex-security advisor Robert O’Brien.

"Scott Morrison has come under fire for taking on two jobs in the US private defence sector after the former prime minister announced his exit from politics.

"After revealing plans to resign in February, Mr Morrison said he would be joining consulting firm American Global Strategies as non-executive vice chairman.

"He will also assume a strategic advisor role with AUKUS investor DYNE Maritime, alongside former US Secretary of State and ex-CIA director Mike Pompeo.

"The venture capital company invests in technologies related to the joint security agreement that was orchestrated under Mr Morrison’s leadership.

"Greens [political party] defence spokesman David Shoebridge said Mr Morrison’s swift move into the private defence sector was an example of why the public was cynical about politicians.

“'Morrison is leaving politics only to grab his very unfair share of the billions of dollars of public money that he has shovelled into AUKUS,' Senator Shoebridge said.


The rest of the article has some interesting views, which I tend to agree with.

Morrison aka ScoMo was a slippery character while in the role of PM and he'll still be slippery in his new roles.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 27 Feb 24 - 06:48 PM

If for any number of reasons Trump can not get nominated or run for PREZ who will get the nod? Mitch McConnel is available but is older than Biden. I picture Mitch frozen at the mike while a mechanical voice like Hawking drones on. All other contenders seem as unlikely.
Trump may think he will seek and not accept election results but he may not have a liars choice.

Biden might not be able to continue, then what? The masked candidate?
Believe it or not but nearly half of Americans do not want Trump or Biden.


Lucky Aussies.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Feb 24 - 09:05 PM

Tonight on MSNBC someone was discussing the possibility of Don, Jr, getting the nod if his father is prevented from taking office while the race is still underway. [barf emoji]


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 28 Feb 24 - 09:56 AM

I'M NOT INTERESTED IN WRITING AN EXPOSE'. However, the Republicans have engineered the Presidential election wins 3 times with crimes to my knowledge.

The Reagan campaign steered 40 million dollars to Iran to only release hostages to him. The October surprise.

Bush got the Supreme Court to elect him. The Florida surprise.

Trump tried a 3 pronged coup that failed. The January surprise the fake elector surprise and the Rasberger surprises. Trump tried to get the military to seize voting machines but failed.

Taking the long view is eye-opening compared to looking only at current events.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 28 Feb 24 - 01:44 PM

Helen's term sheepdogging can be applied to AI algorithm control of societal thinking.

I stumbled on this link https://sbstatesman.com/122912/opinions/can-ai-lead-to-the-spread-of-fascist-agendas/


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Lighter
Date: 28 Feb 24 - 02:43 PM

There have been numerous "October surprises" at the presidential level, but it only became a meme after 1980.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_surprise

Now calculated "October surprises" are hardly a surprise.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Feb 24 - 05:55 PM

The Supreme Court is going to wade into this. They didn't accept the well-reasoned and well-written decision from the appellate court. The shit is getting deeper. This comes up on the same day that Trump's folks tried to get the court to accept about 15 cents on the dollar of his settlement costs. At least that judge told him "NO." Trump must come up with the full bond amount to cover the $454 million civil fraud trial judgment, appeals court judge rules
Associate Justice Anil Singh, however, lifted a ban on Trump’s ability to obtain loans from a New York bank, which could allow him to access the equity in his assets to back the full bond amount.

Singh denied Trump’s request to delay his obligation to post $454 million until a full appellate panel hears his motion to stay enforcement of that judgment until his appeals of the civil fraud ruling are over.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 28 Feb 24 - 06:44 PM

The Supreme Court heard the Bush V Gore in a week.
They heard the Colorado ballot case in 30 days.
They have now taken 130 days to hear the Trump immunity case which should be enough to delay a trial or stop a trial before the election.

Trump wins no matter how the Court decides as late as the end of June.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Donuel
Date: 01 Mar 24 - 05:29 AM

While Trump gets the S.C. to take his B.S. claim that he is immune which is as absurd as declaring he is a banana, he has quietly moved his two main cash businesses out of N.Y. State and has hidden them in FL. to avoid payment to Jean Carroll and the fraud case. However, he couldn't move Trump Tower.

Moving and hiding his assets is against the judge's orders but I guess he thinks he is immune.


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Subject: RE: Trump INDICTED x4 NO new Trump threads part III
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Mar 24 - 07:07 AM

I heard that story yesterday, moving the cash businesses to Florida. He is dealing with a Federal judge so that move may not stick. If Trump declares bankruptcy Florida protects more assets than most states, but probably not the businesses themselves. Trump Tower is at this point the red herring.


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