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Wingnuts owning up to owning the ownership

Here's a great line from a piece the other day by DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas. Discussing twumpies who refuse vaccination, Kos said evidence suggests their stance is beginning to change, thanks to the deadly Delta variant and back-handed GOP efforts to pivot on the issue. He summed up this way:

> Will it work? Will branding the vaccine the “Trump vaccine” and blaming the Black woman in the White House finally get conservatives to vaccinate? Can conservative opinionmakers shift base sentiment away from refusing to vaccinate to own the libs, to vaccinating to own the libs?

More: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/7/28/2042447/-Republican-leaders-are-finally-taking-vaccination-seriously-but-is-their-base-listening?pm_source=story_sidebar&pm_medium=web&pm_campaign=most-shared

Opening a Manchin war front -- on his own turf

I just posted the message below on Sen. Joe Manchin's official website (see link after message). Feel free to log in there yourself and let Machination Manchin know what a counterproductive, useless tool of Trumpublicanism you think he is. Here is my message:

𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂, 𝗦𝗲𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿. 𝗣𝗼𝗹𝗹𝘀 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗮 𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝗷𝗼𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗪𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗩𝗶𝗿𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗳𝗮𝘃𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗦𝗲𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗗𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗰𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗸𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗲𝗱𝗴𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗻𝗲𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗿 𝗸𝗶𝗹𝗹. 𝗛𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗹𝘆 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲, "𝗻𝗼 𝘄𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗕𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻" 𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗮 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗥𝗲𝗽𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗙𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗯𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘆. 𝗜 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗪𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗩𝗶𝗿𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗮, 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲. 𝗜𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗮 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗗𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗰𝗿𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝘅𝘁 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝗲𝗮𝘁, 𝗼𝗿 𝗮 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁, 𝗜 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗯𝘂𝘁𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘁 -- 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝘆 𝗯𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗱𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲𝘄𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝘀𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝘄𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗳𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗶𝗱𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗸𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲. 𝗜 𝗺𝗮𝘆 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗯𝗲 𝗮 𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗧𝗿𝘂𝗺𝗽 𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗞𝗼𝗰𝗵 𝗯𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗺𝘆 𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗟𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘄𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘆.



Loudmouth GOP House member faces possible Federal Election Commission inquiry into nearly $3 million in missing campaign funds. His best answer, probably: "My dog ate it."


Subliminal message in Trump et. al. trolling of mail-in ballots: you can't trust organized labor

Ridiculous Sean Hannity on his ridiculous Fox News showboat, as quoted by CrooksAndLiars.com:

> Now, with all due respect to my mailman, I've loved my mailman ever since I was a kid, but are you going to trust the United States postal service with the future of our country? How was your local DMV working out for you? What about your local board of elections?

As Crooks & Liars noted, the U.S. Postal Service does a great job delivering other kinds of time-sensitive mail like retirement checks and prescription medication. But since Trump claimed Democrats must be trying to steal the election by urging followers to use mail-in ballots rather than risk COVID-19 infection at polling places, other Republican backers have felt obliged to support him. So they reverse-engineer Trump's yack by suggesting something/something sinister. And here in my view is what underlies Hannity's concern trolling: Public employee unions.

Republicans are convinced no one who is a member of a labor union (excepting a handful of unions such as those representing police officers or firefighters) is friendly toward Republicans. This might be true to some extent, but what separates those workers from Hannity, Trump, and their ilk is that unionized workers will in most cases perform their jobs with respect to the mission, getting it done to the best of their ability even under adverse conditions. Even when those adverse conditions are engineered by Republicans!

Because Republican politicians nowadays often are so ideological that they seek to gum things up if they don't control what's happening. They hate government and are happy to throw wrenches into the works of public institutions in favor of private businesses that support them. Luckily, 90 percent of Americans respect USPS. The postal workers union kept on working hard and raised the alarm through their union, calling out Trump's subterfuge. No wonder Republicans hate organized laborers. They're well, organized.

Stipulating that the Federal Elections Commission is useless....

I'm surprised there hasn't been a more vigorous legal attempt to interdict Trump's practice of treating most if not all his campaign stops as official government business, characterizing them as tours, listening sessions, or whatever. He's squeezing tens of millions of dollars out of taxpayers to cover his coarse, negative, smear-filled vote hunting. So is Pence.

I doubt it will do them any good at this point. And it isn't as if previous presidents haven't done this occasionally. But it's still the case this is the first truly 24/7, permanent-campaign administration. T's refusal to truly step away from his business interests was an immediate issue but these continuing "I'm just here to pay my respects" or "welcome to our celebration of American Independence" festivities now get no more than shrugs. Of course, he's been so bad on so many far more critical level, so who's got time to worry about such relatively petty transgressions? Nevertheless, he's set a low bar and perhaps a dangerous precedent for unscrupulous successors.

Republican cover-up flaw

Presuming the GOP through Barr and congressional leaders continue to foot-drag or fail to deliver most of all of the Mueller report to the House committees seeking it, there is one way it might pop up anyway.

Sen. Lindsay "Boo Radley" Graham is planning to investigate the investigators, even though the GOP lawmakers already have spent a lot of time questioning principles in the FBI and Justice Department whom they hypothesize were biased and anti-Trump. If those hearings commence, it will be necessary to actually look at the product of the work of all these investigators and lawyers whose work contributed to Mueller's report. You can't ask about the efficacy of the report and the work that went into it without actually discussing the report.

Now I understand Graham is mainly interested in the pre-special counsel period, especially the "discredited dossier" and alleged motivations for beginning investigations of Trump. Maybe that's the way he segregates (appropriate verb for a southern GOP senator) the early days of the probe from the final report, but the final report is, in fact, a prospective proof against the argument that unprofessional hacks didn't care how they did it but they were going to "get" Trump. If you believe Barr (though why would you?), the "liberal" cabal of agents and lawyers in the end absolved Trump. Curious, huh? It's typical, massive, GOP cognitive dissonance, but Repubs and conservatives don't perceive that in themselves, so let the show trial begin.

Indeed, Trump has put the stamp of wonderfulness on the unseen (by others and probably still himself) report, calling it the best report possible. Oh really? Then, again, how do we reconcile the Graham/GOP thesis? By comparing how the investigations began with how they concluded. Recognizing, of course, that Trump is still being investigated.

At the very minimum, you would think this natural progression would force Graham et. al. to at some point go into closed session. But that would obviate the primary purpose of his counter-investigation -- namely, a dog and pony show to impress upon voters how this all really was a witch hunt, and that Hillary and Obama did it.

Maybe the GOP will have ways around this conundrum, even if they're only crude denials of Democratic requests for a fair inquiry. But the public -- most of whom would like to see the report -- will nevertheless be reminded that the GOP is once again in its usual sleight-of-hand mode.


Politico reports that our Preznit has a nasty habit of tearing up official government documents that cross his Prezinential desk. Trying to meet federal retention requirements in the Presidential Records Act, a team of government analysts has been spending its time attempting to reassemble the torn papers.

I gave thought to how this team of hard-working public servants might make their operation more efficient and then it hit me. They should contact the Iranian students who in 1979 managed to reassemble thousands of documents shredded by US diplomats just before revolutionaries took over our embassy there. In fact, just mail the whole truckload of official confetti to Tehran, and I've no doubt it'll be restored to readability in just a matter of a few years -- for free! And probably via Wikileaks.


Re new immigration ban, the Big Disconnect

So do they think we're dolts, or what?

Trump signs an executive order modifying his controversial and court-stalled earlier order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority Mideast countries. This time, however, Iraq is excluded from that group, because, according to the Trump administration, that country satisfied US government security concerns in a matter of just two or three weeks.

Yet both orders were issued ostensibly because of Trumped-up concerns about *our* government's visa and immigration screening procedures, which already are quite intensive. So, for a good chunk of this year and perhaps indefinitely, while TrumpCo takes its sweet time thinking all of that through, those concerns still apply to the other six countries. And yet Iraq is, just like that, off the hook.

If the Trumpists really think our own security screening procedures are inadequate and will require a lengthy period to improve, how could it matter what new efforts Iraq could muster in a matter of two or three weeks? Hmmm?
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