Revenge

[Governor] “If Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?” CNN debate moderator Bernard Shaw asked that question of then-presidential candidate Governor Michael Dukakis in 1988. The viewers wanted the visceral response but instead received a thoughtful and principled one, one that...

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  • August 27, 2021

Not prosecuting Trump for what seems to be incontrovertible evidence of his Stormy Daniels payoff seems to be small potatoes only if the big enchiladas are left on the plate. Yet the GQP thinks that they still need him, likely because there are no alternatives, what with Ted Cruz having dinner with...

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  • May 7, 2021

The Atlanta spree killings are unfortunately a story with structural similarity to events elsewhere. How do we know that Robert Long wasn’t on his way to Mar-a-Lago when the cops performed a PIT maneuver on him after he killed eight people. Darn hypotheticals of the culture wars. Mar-a-Lago as spa resort...

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  • March 19, 2021

Without the strange speculation about how Trump is in decline, it is reasonable to think that Trump is consistently inconsistent in not being able to assemble a successful policy or even a political apparatus to execute policy. For example his insistence on claiming credit for COVID vaccine development also comes with...

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  • March 15, 2021

Ron Johnson and a core number of GOP senators does the bidding of Russia for what seems to be the reasons that Kevin McCarthy attributed to Dana Rohrabacher and Donald Trump: Putin pays them. Russia seemed to be on Riley Williams’s mind when she indicated that she wanted to sell...

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  • March 1, 2021

Received this e-mail today from Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón (D. CA), in support of Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager’s (D. CA) State Senate campaign in the upcoming special election to fill outgoing LA County Supervisor Holly Mitchell’s (D. CA) seat on March 2nd: Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager (D. CA) As...

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  • February 25, 2021

Eric Trump appeared on Fox & Friends this morning with Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade. It wasn’t exactly the Algonquin Roundtable. During the conversation, they passed the lone brain cell they share together to whoever wanted to speak next—like it was the tribal conch in Lord of the...

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  • February 22, 2021

How did I miss this? In a recent column on the intractable assholery of conservative Republicans, The Plum Line’s Greg Sargent noted a conversation that the ambulatory Ed Gein lamp known as Steve Bannon recently had with a Boston audience. Seems Bannon has a wild plan that, unfortunately for him, would depend on Donald...

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  • February 19, 2021

Forty-four of the sitting fifty Republicans in the Senate put on their tinfoil hats, held up Q’s, ignored the Constitution, and voted against having a trial for the twice impeached former president. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who previously voted against having a Senate trial, was so unimpressed with Mr. Trump’s...

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  • February 10, 2021

Not really a heist film, but a brief amusement worth another cinematic treatment of financial markets like Trading Places. If not, here’s a quick recap: a bunch of traders — many amateurs — got together on the online discussion forum Reddit and decided they were going to pump up GameStop’s...

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  • January 28, 2021

Here’s the latest news out of Missouri courtesy of Morning Consult’s latest poll: In Missouri, Hawley — who was abandoned by his political mentor, former Sen. Jack Danforth (R-Mo.), and a handful of large financial backers following his starring role in the push to challenge Biden’s victory — ceded much...

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  • January 22, 2021

The national madness of 74 million people sent to the fainting couch by voting for a persistent complainer and his tweeted grievances, often as impure as their iteration. Courtesy must end if only because Trump ignored his intel briefings while in office. His only reason to want them would be...

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  • January 18, 2021

The Big Lie must be thoroughly erased. This delusion is unfortunately the trope deployed as a grand commodity for a national grift that could last until 2024. In the more immediate instance, actions still have consequences, even if Trump implies that he will give pardons in the case of the insurrections....

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  • January 18, 2021

“For weeks Trump had been laying the groundwork to declare victory on election night even if he lost”. All he’s getting is some troops, a band, and seven guns shot three times when he boards the plane leaving for Mar-a-Lago. The public gets stuck with some lovely parting grifts. Donald Trump...

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  • January 17, 2021

​Please practice greater situational awareness from January 17 to January 20. We all trust that those whose jobs it is to keep the nation safe are doing that effectively despite the numbers of law enforcement officials participating in violent anti-government demonstrations. x Police departments across the United States are opening probes...

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  • January 10, 2021

During her second appearance on the leader of the genre in daytime talk, The View (1/5/21), following her maternity leave, Meghan McCain was told in no uncertain terms by one of the other four co-hosts, Joy Behar, that she was not missed.  Although McCain was apparently appalled by the rebuke,...

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  • January 6, 2021

Donald Trump didn’t really say why he blew up the meticulously negotiated $900 billion stimulus bill, throwing Washington into chaos and screwing over millions of people who are simply trying to survive the winter. But since this is Trump, you can be certain the motive was both gobsmackingly petty and monumentally self-serving. Oh,...

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  • December 27, 2020

Even as he puts his White House cronies on the board of the Kennedy Center, Trump criticizes its funding in the latest COVID relief bill.  Pam Bondi, who took an illegal $25,000 donation from Trump to drop prosecution in the Trump University suit, gets a Board seat at the Kennedy...

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  • December 23, 2020

Trump will leave quietly, as Michael Cohen has suggested, likely to Mar-a-Lago early and not return. He will remain noisy throughout, whining about the theft of an election even as he tried to steal it using ridiculous degrees of lawfare, losing with a score of 1-60. Meanwhile, a month of temper-tantrums, as...

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  • December 17, 2020

Received two e-mails from former President Barack Obama. The first one is in support of Jon Ossoff’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaign: Jon Ossoff (D. GA) & Raphael Warnock (D. GA) If Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are going to deliver the change we need to get this pandemic under...

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  • December 1, 2020

Trump really wants Iran to do something stupid before he leaves office, whether it’s a terrorist strike by proxies or something, something Revolutionary Guard attack. x If killing Iranian general Qassem Soleimani didn’t change Iran’s behaviors or its strategic policies and objectives, I doubt that killing it’s top nuclear scientists...

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  • November 27, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA) in support of Jon Ossoff (D. GA) and Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaigns: Raphael Warnock (D. GA) & Jon Ossoff (D. GA) This fight isn't over, We're two seats away from taking back the Senate — and...

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  • November 18, 2020

For a period in history, there existed something called the Whig Party. A group of disaffected Nationalist Republicans and Democrats who saw a need to unify the country after the horrifying presidency of Andrew Johnson. One of the main tenets of the Whigs was a limit on presidential power. Unlike...

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  • November 11, 2020

Angry baby strikes again, ignoring the rules to exact revenge on those who did their duty. Mark Esper will probably not be the last firing, but for today this will divert attention from Trump signaling that he will run again in 2024 to continue the grift. Not unlike other cabinet...

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  • November 9, 2020
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There aren’t a lot of Governor races for me to cover this year. Governors Roy Cooper (D. NC) and Jay Inslee (D. WA) are looking good heading into re-election and Montana’s Governor race is the only real toss-up. But if there’s one race that could possibly break late, it’s the...

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  • October 11, 2020

“Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class.” Trump’s betrayal has come from a number of sources, and he’s going to spend more than a bit of time trying to get revenge on what he called ‘fake news’ today. More interesting will be when someone somewhere picks up the...

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  • September 27, 2020

Back at the beginning of the year, Trump assassinated Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and a close confidant of the Iranian ayatollah. Undoubtedly Soleimani was responsible for a lot of terror attacks and the deaths of Americans, but Trump didn’t kill him because of that. (Trump...

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  • September 14, 2020

An Oregon developer of a proposed gas station next to a creek and wetlands has withdrawn his application. In short:  Victory! Withdrawn App, how sweet the sound, Saving trees … thirty feet around. They were doomed on this place, but now are saved, thanks to Grace. The nearby neighborhoods’ coveys...

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  • September 4, 2020

Donald Trump won’t like this message from his former communication’s director. But Anthony Scaramucci did not mince his words. The revenge of Anthony Scaramucci Watch the full episode here. Anthony Scaramucci gave a fairly lengthy interview on MSNBC, where he was not too kind to Donald Trump or Fox News. He made...

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  • August 23, 2020

I’m Red Woodman, Senior Investigator for what we call the “Frog Court.”  If I can just get through today, I can retire with a pension.  But a whole bunch of new cases just hit my in-basket and I came to work to find a guy sobbing over a couple of baby...

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  • August 14, 2020

It’s long been obvious that Putin favors Trump and wants to keep him in the White House where he can continue to destroy the United States, both because we’ve been blocking Russia’s ambitions and because Putin wants revenge for the breakup of the Soviet Union and other things we may...

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  • August 7, 2020

One of the many stories circulating today about New York Attorney General Letitia James’s announcement of the state lawsuit against the NRA is this one: Donald Trump is losing the culture wars. The peculiar part that caught my eye starts with the subtitle: The Democratic attempt to crush the NRA...

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  • August 6, 2020

Like the Trump administration, four years of missed appointments and scheduling problems. Also there’s a film Trump has blocked for four years. Trump needs to rearm or he won’t win. You shouldn’t worry about the alligator that eats your limbs, worry about the one that eats the boat. x The...

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  • August 2, 2020

Two stories on the news tonight: First is that Joe Biden put out a statement tonight warning foreign governments, and Russia in particular, that if  they try to interfere with our November election, they will pay a heavy price for doing so. (Assuming Biden wins in spite of their interference.)...

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  • July 21, 2020

As weary as we have become with the corruption and venal stupidity, the path to the bunker will feature even more carnage even if Trump is defeated at the polls. Reopening schools is CDC’s “highest risk” for COVID spread which is Trump’s ultimate revenge on the nation when its “second wave”...

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  • July 11, 2020

Trump will do anything to win, but when he loses, more likely will spend the time between election day and inauguration day on revenge and pardons. x Trump's Presidency Is About to Enter Chapter 11 || By: Nicholas Grossman https://t.co/wS8wYfzHLN — SafetyPin-Daily (@SafetyPinDaily) July 7, 2020 (1)   Cheat Trump never...

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  • July 7, 2020
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Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) can (but not will) save the US economy. What with the White House Council of Economic Advisors now reduced to one economist, it’s worth noting that one of their econometric models (Hassett) influenced the prediction that COVID-19 infections in the US would go to zero by...

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  • June 28, 2020

So you’ve no doubt seen this explosive New York Times story about Donald Trump’s treachery, fecklessness, and sickening lack of patriotism. If not, here’s the gist: American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including...

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  • June 27, 2020

(Originally, I had done something on a MMT podcast with some of its major luminaries, but I’ll save it for a future AC chat diary, since Historical events seem more important for MeetUps) 'Boogaloo' Is The New Far-Right Slang For Civil War  x The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA...

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  • May 31, 2020

Trump has gotten sanctioned by Twitter because he’d like looters shot. What kind of outrage will occur this morning when IMPOTUS* sees Twitter’s public interest notice on his tweet. This morning he doubled down, daring Twitter to act on both the @realDonaldTrump and @WhiteHouse accounts. Perhaps Trump will try to...

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  • May 29, 2020

Breaking news in the Washington Post: Targeting Hunter Biden, Senate panel approves subpoena for lobbying firm over Democrats’ objections A Senate committee moved Wednesday to subpoena documents related to the son of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in an escalation of GOP congressional scrutiny into Biden’s time as vice...

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  • May 20, 2020

Trump’s revanchism now manifests itself in the second attempt by Trump to recycle old grievances, mainly from ”Obamagate” first proposed in 2017. Because Trump’s history has always been all about trying to seize land for his domain or at least dominionists, he’s incapable of understanding historical consequences. For Trump, he has yet...

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  • May 15, 2020

The next time I hear another of my fellow Democrats tell me they are not excited by Joe Biden; I have a bleach cocktail to offer them. One of the oldest maxims that pollute our politics is that “Republicans fall in line and Democrats fall in love.” This is not...

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  • April 27, 2020

We are not so much in uncharted territory as much as the Twilight Zone. Death Cab for Cutie-pie x So let me get this straight: the Trump administration is willing to hand out $500B to corporations to save executives, but isn't willing to spend $1 billion on more ventilators to save...

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  • March 28, 2020

UPDATE press holding for daily COVID taskforce briefing following CARES act signing ceremony. x YouTube Video 5pm ET will supposedly feature the daily WH COVID-19 briefing, featuring a Trump stand-up warm-up. Trump's “jack-(w)hole of government”approach means he’ll be doing the relief act signing because he wants to pretend he’s in...

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  • March 27, 2020

It was the same thing, Trump stands with the Russians and fails to acknowledge accountability for the revenge tour. CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta again traded verbal blows with President Donald Trump during a news conference in New Delhi on Tuesday. The fiery exchange saw Acosta tell Trump that CNN’s “record on...

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  • February 25, 2020

Like financial bubbles, health epidemics also appear to be based on implausible or inconsistent views about the future. Trump could double-down on his inaction and use the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to implement more incompetent misuses of power. x 2. Trump also cut funding for the CDC, forcing the CDC to cancel its...

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  • February 25, 2020

It’s shark-jumping time in the White House. Remember that even the revenge-tour could be misdirection for other malign activity. Just to recap: 2/5: Trump is "acquitted" 2/6: Trump uses National Prayer Breakfast to promise vengeance 2/7: Trump starts firing witnesses 2/11: Career officials resign in protest as Trump administration intervenes...

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  • February 13, 2020

IMPOTUS (and he will be IMPOTUS forever) somehow managed to contain himself during the trial, but as soon as the votes were in, he let loose, firing LTC Vindman and Vindman’s brother (the last being akin to the Nazi practice of Sippenhaft — arrest or apprehension of kin), and Amb....

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  • February 9, 2020
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