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First Cabinet Member to Buck Trumpski's Shutdown

courtesy of the Daily Kos


Thought this was interesting: Sonny Perdue Agriculture Secretary, has told Fox Business that the Shutdown needs to end. A quote taken from Axios puts a point on the matter:

The Farm Service Agency has run out of funding, which has forced Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to work with the Office of Management and Budget to try getting farmers loans. Subsidies set aside for farmers hit by President Trump's tariffs have been suspended during the shutdown.


As an aside, I was reading just this weekend of the disaster for soybean farmers who have in the past enjoyed export markets in China. Now the price to plant is higher than they're were offered for the harvest, most of which is rotting.

So much winning!

One wonders if Perdue is the first domino.

Under oath William Barr said . . .

Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation and that a final report should be made to Congress and the American public. He will not play partisan politics, the matter needs to be resolved and the public needs to know the facts.

Score another round for the good guys!


101 Russian Contacts

From Trumpski's mantra--No Collusion, No Collusion, No Collusion to 101 Russian contacts between Trump's 2016 campaign and administration members is a mind-boggling leap. It's difficult to keep the numerous events, people and timelines involved straight. Fortunately The Moscow Project has been doing just that assembling an overview of the disaster we've been watching/hearing/reading. In order to get a sense of the size and overlapping relationships, the Moscow Project offers an interactive map showing the contacts and the players. Lots of good information at the site and an easy way to familiarize or review the history of a portion of the conspiracy.

Interesting, too, that the major portion of these contacts were made by Don Jr. and Jared Kushner. The 'boys' are in deep, deep trouble.

Link here:


This is how Russian State TV Views Trumpski's Shutdown


Don't think any other comment is necessary.

The Level of Cray-Cray That Should Worry Everyone

Today, Trumpski announced that he was willing to continue the government shutdown for months, even years. He's also threatening to up the ante by implementing National Security Emergency Orders to . . . get his way on the wall funds. His reasoning (such as it is) is captured below, a repeating pattern of incoherent blather. This isn't new. It's been going on from the start but I suspect the crazy will ramp up as the pressure increases and legal woes/investigations continue. If anything the following reminds me of an early, rough draft interview with the Wall Street Journal, an interview conducted in the early months of Trumpski's tenure. This presumably is the Leader of the Free World. Not fooling anyone. This is the Squatter-in-Chief in all his ignoble glory.


Btw, I read today that funding for regular court operations will shortly run out. What a coinky-dink! One way to avoid accountability is simply shutting the legal processes down.

Treason weasels, all of them.

Dear Trump Enablers: Cry Me a River

Jennifer Rubin wrote a column the other day: “Dear Trump Enablers: Cry Me A River” from the perspective of Never-Trumpers, those Republicans who immediately saw Trumpski as a narcissistic grifter (as Democrats universally did) and now— according to Ms. Rubin—are owed apologies from their whining GOP colleagues, those who regret enabling an oaf.

Let me start by saying I appreciate that there were 'some' voices out there, conservative intellectuals warning what a disaster Trumpski would be and ultimately is. However, the collective ‘we’ cannot dismiss the false memes and propaganda promoted by Republicans for decades, all of which provided a clear glide path for the abomination known as Donald J. Trump.

Right-wing radio and Fox News has been shoveling pure horseshit for years, certainly since Gingrich's 'Contract with America.' Balanced budgets and austerity programs have been demanded when Democrats hold power, while wild spending sprees and tax give-aways for the rich are deemed perfectly acceptable when Republicans hold the reins.

Bush and Cheney nearly brought the country and the world to its economic knees with hollow ideology, unnecessary wars, deficit spending, corruption. And sheer neglect. Remember deficits-don’t-matter-Cheney? Or “we're an Empire now, we create our own reality?”

Where were Republican voices then?

Even Romney—considered a moderate in Republican circles and in Ms. Rubin’s Universe—felt compelled to reiterate the nonsense that ‘of course, corporations are people, my friend’ giving shelter to the corrosive funding abuses we’ve seen since Citizen’s United was upheld by SCOTUS.

Where were the jeers, the objections?

As we watched, it was left to Obama to pick up the pieces, pull the truck from the ditch and get us back on the road. What did he get for the Herculean effort? Accusals of being foreign born, a Muslim, the Other. Or on the ACA, providing Americans with healthcare insurance, an issue that should never have been partisan. What did we hear? Screams of death panels and communist takeovers for a plan that was hatched at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank.

Where was the condemnation from rational Republicans?

The list goes on through congressional obstructionism; endless, pointless investigations; obscene gerrymandering and voter suppression/voter fraud gimmicks.

Voices. Outrage. Anyone?

Dems are certainly not saints. Far from it. But we as a community believe in the notions of government and governance which is something Republicans surrendered long ago.

Now look at the mess, the sheer lunacy we're witnessing.

I've offered up kudos for Ms. Rubin’s columns in the past. She and others did call Trumpski out, pointed unabashedly to the incompetence, corruption, the withering unfitness. But when it comes to demanding apologies, there are a lot of mea culpas owed. The Never-Trumpers will have to wait their turn.

Right now, the biggest share belongs to the Republic that's being trampled by an unfit lunatic squatting in the White House. Apologies are owed to our parents and grandparents and great-grandparents, etc., those who bled for this country and for all the sacrifices made to keep the idea of America alive, each generation pushing for a better future.

We’ve never been perfect. At best, as a society, as a Nation of laws and principles, we’re a work-in-progress. But hey, a work-in-progress is not a bad moniker.

All those lives, all the ideals and dreams as imperfect as they might be are now at the mercy of a conman, a grifter wiping his feet on the dead, the living, the yet to be born. Trumpski is urged on by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson et al, radio and TV jocks whipping their audiences into a frenzy with . . . lies and innuendo.

So many apologies. Too many to count.

Donald Trump will be a thing of the past in due time, sooner rather than later I hope. Once that happens, once the dust settles, we’ll need to repair and heal. Many will swear they never saw the debacle coming. Yet the signs were all around. The cues were most profoundly obvious in the silence of Republicans who knew better, whispered among themselves but set aside principle for winning at all costs and those who acquiesced to the bullies screaming into the ether. All at the expense of the country for which they so loudly, so passionately proclaimed love.

There’s been treachery in our midst for decades.

Many apologies are owed. Take your ticket Ms. Rubin; it’s going to be a long wait.

While you’re waiting, we’ll have a Nation to rebuild, fences to mend, alliances to reestablish. Let’s hope we all remember the past as it was, not the sanitized version many in Republican circles would have us accept.

Because we either learn from the past. Or we don’t. If the latter is our fate, then this may be our last hurrah.

I sincerely hope that is not the case.


Maria Butina, Red Sparrow extraordinaire!

I've included a thread reader link to a fascinating rundown on what Maria Butina's plea today means, how her confession(s) link in to the overall puzzle that is Trumpski/Russia/NRA/GOP.

The ship is going down to the bottom of the Deep Blue Sea. And it's taking all hands on deck with it.



Whoosh! Just in time for Christmas. Oh, goody!

Sorry if this is a repeat but I just ran across this ad, presumably airing on Fox News:


From what I gather at other sites? This is in fact real as in horror time real--The Trumpy Bear.

The Rewrite Is In-Process But the Script Belongs To Us

Amazing how fast the Republican’s soft whisperings of empathy for Dr. Ford has turned. We’ve gone from: yes, we believe Dr. Fprd was assaulted to the whole thing was a terrible hoax (Trump just this morning). Or Susan Collins having voted for Kavanaugh’s confirmation now saying she believes Dr. Ford but surely the woman is mistaken about Bart O’ and how the whole event has a silver lining—women will more likely report sexual assaults.

Really, Senator Collins?

After driving a shiv into the back of American woman, you have the gall to talk silver linings. Here’s a silver lining just for you: your skinny ass will be defeated in 2020. Enjoy!

I know, Senator, you feel the money raising and the outrage is a form of domestic terrorism and blackmail. But here’s the point:

It isn’t.

Rather, it’s Democracy in action, something you and your Republican colleagues have decided is troublesome, quaint, soon to be replaced by a model more manageable where the Minority rules the Majority. Or as Colin Powell said Sunday morning: where the We the People is short-circuited, replaced by Me the President.

That being said, it’s unfair to attack Collins alone because the entire Republican Senate voted the same way, excoriating Democratic pushback as unseemly. According to the GOP’s edit, we acted like savages, uncivilized, blind and deaf to the rules of decorum and civility. Oh, the irony! Let us not forget Judge Kavanaugh’s obfuscations, his slip and slide answers to reasonable questions or the pitching of snarky answers back to Judiciary Committee members. To underscore the attitude, McConnell sent out a tweet congratulating the women protesting Kav’s confirmation, thereby winning it for the GOP. He referred to those protesting women as:


I’ve mentioned Medusa several times in the last few days. Typically people think of Medusa as a monstrous deity whose only service was to turn good men into stone. Until Perseus arrived, the man who cut off Medusa’s head with the help of Athena and a shiny shield.

But did you know that Medusa, one of the only mortal Gorgons of Greek myth, was once a beautiful maiden? She was raped by Poseidon within Athena’s temple and Athena, so outraged by the desecration, cursed the young Medusa for her crime.

Her crime. Because some things never change and annoying victims must be punished.

The Medusa myth is, however, multidimensional in nature. Throughout centuries, Medusa has been pointed to whenever the patriarchy is threatened, used to undermine women who seek power. It’s no coincidence that Hillary Clinton, Theresa May, Angela Merkel have been depicted as 'monsters' during political battles because Medusa is regarded as the original . . .

Nasty Woman (see Elizabeth Johnston’s comments in the Atlantic).

But over those same centuries, Medusa has been regarded as a protector, a redeemer, the last of the Earth Goddesses who were so reviled by patriarchal societies, a threat to law and order. Of the masculine kind.

Despite all howls from the Right-Wing, the upcoming election on November 6th favors the Democrats, particularly in the House. With less than a month to go, we have the opportunity to sweep Republicans from the House, State legislatures and Governor’s mansions, as well as more local, down-home races. If the Senate comes along for the ride, all well and good. In addition, we have a historic number of women running this cycle.

And we have Medusa’s story echoing over millennia, a story, a script that belongs to us, not to the pretenders or imposters or Perseus wanna-be’s.

We are the women with snakes in our hair. We are coming in droves, along with the men who love and respect us.

Watch for it. Mark it down. On November 6th, our opponents and accusers, their high-fives, their smirks will turn to stone.

And I for one will revel in it!





Poll to Dispel the Doom & Gloom

WaPo published the results of a poll in 69 House battleground districts where Dems lead by an average of 4 points. And before anyone says O.M.G., only 4 points! Please note the following:

By way of comparison, in 2016 these same districts favored Republican candidates over Democratic ones by 15 percentage points, 56 percent to 41 percent.

Yeah, that's a definite shift in our direction, in a race where we need 23 seats to gain the majority. The biggest change?

Women are driving Democratic support in the battleground districts, favoring the party’s candidates by 54 percent to 40 percent.

We can do this! And anyone saying that the Kavanaugh debacle will bring women home to the GOP is flat-out daft.

November 6th. We drive these suckers into the sea.

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