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Zorro's Journal
Zorro's Journal
June 24, 2024

Special counsel probed Trump Mar-a-Lago trip that aides 'kept quiet' weeks before FBI search: Sources

A trip to Mar-a-Lago taken by former President Donald Trump that aides allegedly "kept quiet" just weeks before FBI agents searched the property for classified materials in his possession raised suspicions among special counsel Jack Smith's team as a potential additional effort to obstruct the government's classified documents investigation, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

The previously unreported visit, which allegedly took place July 10-12 in the summer of 2022, was raised in several interviews with witnesses, sources familiar with the matter said, as investigators sought to determine whether it was part of Trump's broader alleged effort to withhold the documents after receiving a subpoena demanding their return.

At least one witness who worked closely with the former president recalled being told at the time of the trip that Trump was there "checking on the boxes," according to sources familiar with what the witness told investigators.

Trump pleaded not guilty last year to 40 criminal counts related to his handling of classified materials after leaving the White House, after prosecutors said he repeatedly refused to return hundreds of documents containing classified information and took steps to thwart the government's efforts to get them back. His longtime aide, Walt Nauta, and Mar-a-Lago property manager Carlos De Oliveira pleaded not guilty to related charges.


June 21, 2024

Ten Commandments in Louisiana schools is fine - as long as they note the ones Trump broke

Louisiana’s governor signed a law requiring a poster-sized display of the Ten Commandments in every public school classroom in the state, something I’m completely fine with as long as those posters say, in large font along the top: “The Ten Commandments, Most of Which Donald Trump Has Violated.”

That seems fair, and I would be comfortable with students of any age walking into a classroom and receiving a daily lesson on the meaning of hypocrisy.

The Republicans who pushed for this law, which makes Louisiana the only state to mandate Ten Commandments posters in schools, seem laser-focused on history and accuracy. They describe the commandments as “a historical document.” And after signing the legislation, Gov. Jeff Landry said: “If you want to respect the rule of law, you’ve got to start from the original law giver, which was Moses.”

Okey doke. Let’s go with that. Because respecting the rule of law matters. And if we’re respecting the rule of law, I’m sure Gov. Landry would agree it would be educational malfeasance not to inform Louisiana students that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and former president – a man Landry himself has enthusiastically endorsed – has broken a slew of the laws outlined on their classroom poster.


And Governor Landry is mistaken about who the original lawmaker was --apparently he's never heard of the Code of Hammurabi.

June 21, 2024

Get high (legally) at the massive new weed oasis inside the California State Fair

For the first time in the 170-year history of the California State Fair, which is scheduled to open July 12 in Sacramento, visitors will be able to do something they haven’t been able to do there before — legally anyway. They will be able to purchase and consume cannabis on-site.

The plans, announced Tuesday by Embarc, the fair’s partner on the project, include having a dispensary and 30,000-square-foot outdoor consumption lounge space at Cal Expo that will allow fair-goers who are 21 and older (and in possession of a valid government-issued photo ID) to buy and try award-winning cannabis.

“When people come to the state fair, they can try the best wine, cheese and craft-brewed beer. That’s already in place,” California State Fair Chief Executive Tom Martinez told The Times. “This was just the natural next step that the legislature and our board of directors is taking.”

The first step came in 2022 when a cannabis exhibit and awards program were added to the fair lineup. It was a chance to showcase the once-demonized plant alongside the rest of the state’s agricultural bounty. “Over the last two years, we’ve had 160,000 people come through that educational exhibit,” Martinez said.

This time around, visitors to the exhibit hall filled with cannabis educational and farm displays will be able to scan QR codes next to displays of this year’s California State Fair Cannabis Award winners and add the goods to an online shopping cart. Then items can be purchased at the checkout at a dispensary just outside. Those who wish to partake can then navigate a few hundred feet farther away and get their smoke on.


June 20, 2024

In 1964, the Klan killed three young activists and shocked the nation

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. — Even in a decade marked by hatred and violence, what happened here on a sultry June night 60 years ago shocked the nation for its brazenness.

Amid Freedom Summer, a daring effort to register Black Mississippians to vote, three young civil rights workers came to town. It was a perilous time. Black churches were being torched throughout the South. Segregationists remained defiant.

As a young boy, James Young would watch his father lie on the living room floor, rifle at the ready, in case someone burst through the family’s door.

“The community would get information that the Klan is riding tonight, or they may be riding this weekend,” Young recounted later in life. “So during those times, my father would be prepped.”


I remember the time, and the later murder of Viola Liuzzo. Seems that the Republicans want to take us back to that era.

June 20, 2024

Officials Livid With Climate Protesters Who Sprayed Stonehenge Orange

Two climate protesters were arrested Wednesday after using orange cornstarch to temporarily paint Stonehenge orange.

According to a press release from the coalition Just Stop Oil, which organized the action, the Stonehenge demonstration is one part of a broader effort to push the incoming U.K. government to commit to signing “a legally binding treaty to phase out fossil fuels by 2030.”

Speaking on the podcast PoliticsJOE, Just Stop Oil spokesman James Skeet emphasized the group’s belief that the orange cornstarch will wash off of the prehistoric monument in a couple of days. In contrast, he said,“the damage that is being done to all of our communities by oil and gas executives and the politicians that they’ve bought is going to run on for many generations.”
During the appearance, Skeet challenged listeners with a question: “What is it that’s more shocking—is it a bit of cornstarch on a treasured monument, or is it the fact that governments have admitted to burning more oil, gas, and coal when we’re just coming off the back of 12 straight months of record temperatures that are leading to fires, floods, crop failures worldwide?”


June 19, 2024

The Totally Hilarious Impending End of the Career of the Odious Bob Good

As you know, there are primary elections in a few states tonight. Virginia is one of them. And there’s one race I wanted to highlight because it’s a sign of the times, of the Trump era. Bob Good is currently the chair of the Freedom Caucus. If you’re assuming that because he’s in the Freedom Caucus he’s awful, well … good call. Because he’s completely awful. It also looks like his political career is going to end tonight. And couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Because Bob Good is awful. The reason his career is coming to an end, though, goes back to his very bad decision to endorse Ron DeSantis. In other words, he crossed Trump, although in a pretty meager way. Once Trump was back in the driver’s seat he made very clear that while he was supporting DeSantis he’d obediently return to the Trump Train as soon as DeSantis officially bowed out.

The other factor in Good’s downfall is that a guy named John McGuire, a Trump superfan, announced that he was going to primary Good. As far as I can tell, at least the beginning this was McGuire’s idea. I don’t think Trump or someone acting on Trump’s behalf recruited him. But perhaps I’m wrong on that. In any case, he started going to Trump events, doing things to curry favor with Trump. Had his picture taken with Trump at a few events. You get the idea.

From this point, two factors had come together to end Good’s career. He crossed Trump. Trump gets mad when you cross him and he’s vindictive. (Except of course when he’s not. Or when it would take some work to get even.) Then, McGuire cued the thing up for Trump. He showed that he was ready to primary Good. He was developing his Trump super-fan brand and he was getting at least a little traction among the far right in his district running against Good as not totally, positively loyal to Lord Trump. Importantly, Trump said a few nice things about him without endorsing him. That helped McGuire get even more traction.

Point being: Trump probably wanted to crush a few people to make a point about the DeSantis rebellion. But he’s also lazy. So he didn’t want to put much time into it. But McGuire cued it up. All he had to do was give the public, ceremonial thumbs-down to Good and endorse McGuire. Which he did.


June 19, 2024

Fox News Goes to War With White House Over 'Cheap Fake' Videos

Fox News fired back Tuesday after the White House accused the conservative cable giant and Trumpworld of peddling deceptively cut “cheap fake” videos to make President Joe Biden look decrepit and feeble.

The right-wing network’s hosts and pundits also made the bizarre claim that it’s a “felony” to mislabel “deepfake” videos and that CNN could find itself in “litigious territory” during the upcoming presidential debate if they criticized Fox’s coverage.

Over the past two weeks, the Republican National Committee and major conservative media outlets have amplified several short video clips supposedly showing the 81-year-old president freezing on stage, wandering off, or even pooping his pants.

While none of the clips have been doctored by artificial intelligence and are thus not technically “deepfakes,” media fact-checkers have noted that once the videos are shown from a different camera angle or viewed within context, they tend to fall apart under scrutiny.


June 19, 2024

Juneteenth also serves as a warning. Millions of Americans want to go backwards.

There was something that happened recently that may not seem like it’s relevant to Juneteenth but it is. You’d be making a mistake to ignore it.

The far-right group Turning Point held its convention in Detroit. The optics of such a group meeting in a majority-Black city is interesting in itself but this meeting took on a special sort of racism. At one point, on the stage, several people unfurled a flag that read “White Boy Summer” and threw out hats with the same name.

That phrase started out as an innocuous one but has since been appropriated by white supremacists. Writes the Anti-Defamation League: "While ‘White Boy Summer’ was not initially intended to be hateful, white supremacists have adopted the slogan and leveraged it for their own purposes.”

Turning Point was once pseudo-mainstream. Now, the hoods are off. And not just with Turning Point. But with many corners of our country.


June 19, 2024

Disney employees sue company over bungled move to Florida

Walt Disney Co. continues to face fallout from its scuttled plans to move 2,000 California employees to a proposed Florida campus — a controversial decision the company reversed last year following the return of Chief Executive Bob Iger.

In 2021, then-CEO Bob Chapek and parks and experiences chairman Josh D’Amaro announced plans to relocate employees supporting Disney theme park and resorts — including the celebrated Imagineers — to a planned $1-billion office park in the Lake Nona area of Orlando. The move was designed for Disney to take advantage of Florida tax credits, but the cross-country shift was deeply unpopular among employees who were asked to uproot their lives in Southern California.

Now some Disney employees are suing the company over the canceled relocation.

According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday against Disney in Los Angeles County Superior Court, numerous workers heeded the company’s calls, dutifully sold their homes in Los Angeles and moved to Central Florida.

Plaintiffs Maria De La Cruz and George Fong, both current Disney employees, alleged they were fraudulently induced to relocate to Florida by being led to believe that they would lose their jobs if they turned down the move. De La Cruz and Fong agreed to the relocation in November 2021. The lawsuit said Disney told affected employees they would have 90 days to “consider and make the decision that’s best for them.”


June 18, 2024

GOP pick for N.C. governor downplayed Weinstein allegations, assault by Ray Rice

Mark Robinson, the firebrand Republican nominee for governor in North Carolina, has for years made comments downplaying and making light of sexual assault and domestic violence.

A review of Robinson’s social media posts over the past decade shows that he frequently questioned the credibility of women who aired allegations of sexual assault against prominent men, including Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Bill Cosby and now-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. In one post, Robinson, North Carolina’s lieutenant governor, characterized Weinstein and others as “sacrificial lambs” being “slaughtered.”

Robinson also wrote repeatedly of a 2014 domestic violence encounter involving then-NFL star Ray Rice, who was seen on a surveillance video dragging his apparently unconscious fiancée out of an elevator. In a post directed at Rice’s “lady friend,” Robinson suggested the woman was at fault for the physical altercation.
“I’m a 350lb man but aint no way in HELL I’m gonna’ slap no pro football player,” Robinson wrote on Facebook. “I’m to old for an a$$whoopin’.”

Robinson has drawn scrutiny for his incendiary remarks on other issues, including about LGBTQ+ people, religion and other political figures. But his comments on domestic violence and sexual assault stand out for their tone and frequency, as well as Robinson’s repeated questioning of accusers.


Sounds like Mr. Robinson might have a domestic abuse skeleton in his closet...

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