Daily Check-In 10/03/2018

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

I would just like to remind everyone that Donald Trump is a cheat, a fraud, and a con man.  Along with being a traitor, rapist, racist, alleged pedophile, and a bad dresser.

Also, I’d like to remind everyone that both his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen is a convicted felon who is cooperating with EVERY law enforcement agency, as well as his bookkeeper Allen Weisselberg.

 

SCOTUS & #METOO

Five days after the FBI began its investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the sexual assault allegations made against him by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the probe is over. Though the White House is already exonerating him, it remains to be seen what kind of information senators can glean from the investigation. One thing that is clear though is that many Senate Democrats won’t be satisfied with the narrow scope of the probe.

According to the Washington Post, FBI agents only spoke to six people as a part of the investigation. Five of them were connected to Dr. Ford and her story of a 1982 sexual assault at the hands of Kavanaugh. Somehow, neither Kavanaugh, nor Ford, were among those interviewed:

Instead, the bureau interviewed three people who Ford said attended the party: Mark Judge, Patrick Smyth and Leland Keyser. The FBI also talked to two other friends of Kavanaugh’s who were listed as attending a gathering during the same summer that Ford alleged she was assaulted: Chris Garrett, who went out with Ford for a time, and Tim Gaudette.

The FBI has only briefly looked into the other allegations against Kavanaugh. While an interview was conducted with Deborah Ramirez, who said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at Yale, investigators did not, as far as Ramirez’s legal team knew, speak to any of the 20 people she said may be able to corroborate her story. Julie Swetnick, who implicated Kavanaugh in a pattern of sexual assaults, was also not interviewed.

I’m trying to stay positive, but it is hard AF right now.  This investigation is a complete and total shitshow if they only interviewed a few witnesses, and only those that were pre-approved by a group with an obvious bias to get a favorable result.

This is how corruption works.

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska gave an impassioned speech on sexual assault and the #MeToo movement on the Senate floor Wednesday night.

Sasse also dropped a bombshell about where he stands on Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s second nominee to the Supreme Court.

“I urged the president to nominate a different individual. I urged the president to nominate a woman,” Sasse said.

He recounted the experiences of two personal friends he said were raped, adding that the #MeToo movement has been “complicated,” but also a “very good thing.”

And then Sasse turned back to Trump: “We all know that the president cannot lead us through this time.”

Kavanaugh, once seen as having a clear path to the nation’s high court, has become the subject of multiple sexual misconduct allegations, leveled against him by former high school and college classmates.

I’m more amazed that we aren’t getting more GOP Senators speaking out.  Not out of shock or patriotism, but just basic self-preservation.  Out of 51 of them, the only one that did anything was Jeff Flake, and he’s eyeing a 2020 presidential run.  I’ve always gambled on self-preservation being a politician’s best friend, but supporting Kavanaugh is a dangerous move.  The optics are terrible for anyone who even remotely backs him.  Every ad will be a version of “XXXXX voted to put a liar and a rapist on the Supreme Court.”

 

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

IMMIGRATION

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

PRESIDENTIAL ALERT

 

TRADE WAR AND ECONOMY

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

David Corn: In the book, you write, “Only if the GOP as currently constituted is burned to the ground will there be any chance to build a reasonable center-right political party out of the ashes.” So your position now, Max, is burn, baby, burn. It sounds like the old Marxists.

Max Boot: I respect some of my friends trying to work on reforming the Republican Party, but at least for the time being, I think it’s a lost cause. So my hope is that the Republican Party will suffer massive and repeated drubbings at the ballot box. That’s why I urge everybody to vote straight-ticket Democratic even though I have a lot of disagreements with Democrats. I’m not a Democrat; I’m an independent. But for the health of our republic, I think we need to destroy the Republican Party. We need congressional oversight of Donald Trump, which you’re never going to get out of Republicans. I think you need to punish the Republicans for taking these appalling positions, abusing minorities, championing white nationalism, isolationism, protectionism. The only way to wean them from that is to punish them electorally.

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTION 2018

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Wednesday.  It’s kind of a fucked up day, and I’m not sure what else is around the corner.

Part of me keeps thinking about writing more singular topic posts, like one about BK, the Party Scene, and how #MeToo works into all of this.  Or what are the implications of a Blue Wave in the long run.  Or wargame out an actual war.

That being said, I’ll probably have time for that in about… 10 years.  Give or take 9.99 of them.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

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