Bonus Track

One of my favorite Frank Burrows tunes, The Place, very much a song for our current tight spot. The sublime C part of this rocker, for my money, is about the greatest — and most heartbreaking — I’ve ever heard.

As Frank emailed back in September 2009 (I’m looking for his lead sheet for I Wish in old emails):

 I keep sending it because I keep feeling it.

“I thought today was Monday, I’ve not been keeping up. The TV says it’s Friday, and everyone’s in love. I’m trying not to listen, just staring at the door. But when I grab that doorknob, I’m headed there once more. Bumping into people, I really do not care. It’s not that I am evil, just slightly worse for wear. Frayed around the edges, and sick inside my gut. But I know where I’m going, and soon I’ve walked enough.”

An evocative song for our times

Here is a beauty by Frank Burrows, a comrade from high school I have embarrassed over the years by repeatedly, and without provocation, calling a genius. I Wish is unique among his works (as far as I know), both instrumentally and because it’s a waltz. My hat’s off to the guy. I love this tune. Take a few minutes, breathe, and take it in. You won’t regret it.

Name that Chant! Name that CHANT!

There is something about chanting that just gets to humans. Chants were the earliest human music. Chanting can have an incantatory effect on those who chant (both words are from the same root, the Latin verb cantare) as well as on those who hear the chant. Chants can induce a meditative state, harmoniously unite chanters with a deity, or with other humans — combining our voices in a chant helps foster a sense of community. Chants can also threaten and terrify those who hear the chanters of certain chants approaching.

It’s hard to get a real sense of the power of a chant just reading it rendered in words on the page, obviously. You really have to hear it. A chant comes to life in human voices.

Here is a chant by a group of militant Trump supporters trying to break down an entrance door at the Capitol last week in what some are calling an “insurrection” — in spite of the president never having called for actual, physical violence from the crowd he urged to come to D.C. on the day they certify the vote for president. He simply called for them to “fight like hell,” and to the end, to overcome the evil, dangerous, sick people who brazenly stole the country from them, under cover of, like, totally fraudulent “democracy”. Listen to this short clip and see how you feel about this visceral two-syllable chant from January 6th, the historic day a Black reverend and a Jewish journalist were elected senators, breaking the long McConnell stranglehold on legislation and appointments, as Trump rallied and inspired America’s most enthusiastic right wing extremists:

Can you tell what they are chanting, this passionate crew? Listen to it again, see if you can make it out.

Give up? Here is the perfectly innocent explanation, from Jew lawyer/legal analyst Ari Melber on MSNBC (note, I am also a Jew lawyer, in case you have a problem with that ironical description, or Melber’s analysis, Naziface).

See? Perfectly innocent! People like me are so ready to hear echoes of the Nazis in the cadences of people who repeat the ancient Blood Libels against the Jews as FACT…

I’m here to offer another bit of reassurance at this scary moment when Washington D.C. is under lockdown against domestic terrorists. On the bright side, look, just because the sworn, hated enemy of this angry, police-assaulting crowd, and their beloved leader, is a loose confederation of activists called Antifa, (anti-fascist), doesn’t necessarily make these militants “fascists.” There are many reasons, having nothing to do with fascism, per se, that a mob might break through barricades and doors at the moment an election they believe to be fake is being certified, looking for Democratic leaders and disloyal Republicans and chanting that they want to hang Vice President Mike Pence.

Also, arguably, plenty of lovers of violent rhetoric, which is protected by the First Amendment (until it becomes incitement — a judgment call), would construct a gallows outside the Capitol. Symbolic acts, such as building a gibbet, are also covered by the prohibition against limiting Free Speech. Anyone who decisively lost a, like, totally rigged election might call for a mob to fight like hell to the end to not accept the results, to show courage and fight, fight, fight.

OK, I give up. There is, of course, no real difference between the angry mob that stormed the Capitol and any lynch mob, any gaggle of pogromists, any group of fascist toughs who believe the way to get power is to smash and grab it from people weaker and less violent than them. Simple, really.

The big question that must be answered now is how deep their planning goes, how many elected officials, active duty military and police participated. It will be determined whether the three members of Congress specifically identified by alt-right asshole and social media personality Ali Alexander (a brown skinned Sammy Davis Jr.-looking guy born Ali Akbar, I shit you not), who claims credit for organizing the recent “Stop the Steal” protest [1] were actually conspirators. Attention-addicted Ali A. has alleged he worked with co-planners, GOP Reps. Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks, and Paul Gosar on his plan to help Trump resist the certification of a, like, totally fake election.

Gosar’s spokeswoman’s comment was “no comment.” Biggs and Brooks, through their reps, denied knowing who Ali Alexander was, let alone working with him. Brooks (R-Alabama) gave a fiery speech earlier in the day of the riot, along with Trump, Trump Jr. and Giuliani (currently reportedly being stiffed by Trump, who is also not taking his calls) committing himself to stopping the certification of the steal. Brooks issued a statement including this imbecilic, bellicose defense of his innocence:

Insider could not reach Brooks for comment, but his office told The Post that he “has no recollection of ever communicating in any way with whoever Ali Alexander is.” Another statement from his office said he did not know that the Capitol siege would occur after he spoke at the rally.

“Further, I spoke very early in the political rally. There was music, there was my speech, there was more music, then there was some number of speakers, then a couple hours or so later, President Trump began speaking,” Brooks said.

He added: “I ask this question, if my remarks were as inspirational as the Socialist Democrats and their Fake News Media allies want the public to believe, why didn’t the Trump rally participants, after my remarks, immediately get up and storm the Capitol?”

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I don’t know, Mo. Maybe they were waiting to hear the speech they’d come for, the main event, the one delivered by their hero and the only man capable of defeating the all-powerful cannibal pedophile sex traffickers who control this country. Just a guess, genius.

Speaking of chants:

Alexander participated in a rally the night before the certification and led a chant of “victory or death!”

On the morning of January 6, Gosar tagged Alexander in tweets calling for Biden to concede the election that he won by 7 million votes.

The Post reported that Gosar and Alexander also spoke at the event on December 19 and that Gosar had called Alexander a “true patriot.” Biggs said in a video message at the event that he and Brooks would challenge the certification on January 6. Alexander had called Biggs a “friend” and a “hero,” according to The Post.

A representative for Biggs told CNN that he appeared in the video after a request from Gosar’s staff.

Alexander told The Post that he had “remained peaceful” and that his speeches had “mentioned peace” but were being misrepresented.

However, in a video after the siege, he said: “I don’t disavow this. I do not denounce this.”

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Were these three named elected Nazi wannabes among the Trump supporters suspected of giving logistical tours to their “collaborators”, the leaders of the violent mob they may have “colluded” with the day before the riot? The insurrectionists seemed to have had detailed knowledge of the layout of the intricate beehive of the Capitol building.

As time goes on, we’ll learn more. Fortunately, neither Bill Barr nor disgraced “loser” Jeff Sessions controls the Department of Justice anymore (though Barr’s former number two — literally– acting AG Jeffery Rosen, gave a short, slimy, distorted and belated account of the DOJ’s snappy response to the siege he condemned strongly, an act conducted by “intruders” and “wrongdoers” who the DOJ cleared from the Capitol — and 70 arrests, too!).

The FBI briefed Mike Pence yesterday about the chatter among white supremacist domestic terrorist groups amounting to a credible threat of domestic terrorist mayhem at the Inauguration (similar to the assessment they were afraid to hand to Trump prior to the Jan. 6 riot) and plans for violence in all fifty states. The Mall will be closed to the public on Inauguration Day as a massive contingent of soldiers guards the nation’s capital — Trump’s inauguration crowd will dwarf Biden’s. On the other hand, there is no longer any doubt (except in Q-Anon dominated Trumpsylvania) that antifa and Black Lives Matter are not the domestic terrorist threat this nation faces.

Watching Pence listen to the FBI briefing with a thoughtful expression on his face, it was almost as if the 25th Amendment had been invoked. Pence also called Kamala Harris and offered his help and support — better very, very late than never. The president, for his part, was too busy, fuming and working on his list of unappealable presidential pardons, to do any other presidential work for a nation that turned on him like a bunch of nasty bitches [2].

You’d be just as mad as him, you must admit, if violent Black groups, anti-fascists. Muslims, transexuals, Mexicans, billionaire Jews and a powerful cabal of cannibal pedophile child sex traffickers had shamelessly and openly robbed you of your rightful power and unlimited liability against prosecution. I’m sure it would make you feel like shooting somebody on Fifth Avenue too.

[1]

I’m afraid world famous dirty trickster life-sized Nixon’s head tattoo adorned twat/pardoned felon Roger Stone would have something to say about that, Ali. Take it, Wiki:

“Stop the Steal” was created by Republican political operative Roger Stone in 2016.[75] A Facebook group with that name was created during the 2020 counting of votes by pro-Trump group “Women for America First” co-founder and Tea Party movement activist Amy Kremer.[76] Facebook removed the group on November 5, and described it as “organized around the delegitimization of the election process”.[76][77] It was reported to have been adding 1,000 new members every 10 seconds[78] with 360,000 followers before Facebook shut it down.[79][80]

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[2]

The lawyer for the colorfully painted shirtless insurrectionist who wore the coyote fur and horns as he stormed the Capitol with his comrades has asked Mr. Trump for a pardon. The fellow, a Q-Anon star on the internet, seems pretty cheerful about his prospects. I’m not sure Trump is smart enough to realize that pardoning these assholes will tip his hand a bit more than he already has as far as his intent to foment a violent takeover in order to stay in power.

Both-sidesism

One of the most popular justification techniques, and defenses, of bad behavior is the claim that anyone on the other side of the argument would do exactly the same thing. If I punched you in the face during a heated argument it is only because I had the courage to do what you wished you could have done, if you weren’t a pussy like Mike Pence (president’s words, yo) [1]. You see how beautifully that works? Both sides truly want violence when they are enraged, it’s human nature, so if one side uses it, who on the other side can blame them without being a liar and a hypocrite since you yourself would have used violence, if you weren’t like Mike Pence?

After an angry pro-Trump mob chanting “Hang Mike Pence! Hang Mike Pence!” (speak of the devil) broke into the Capitol building and sacked it last week we actually heard members of one side, arguing against holding the main instigator of the riot responsible, comparing the violent response to the president’s incendiary lie about a stolen election to the angry nationwide protests over police killing of unarmed black people, like the recent senseless murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (and others since) which were met with justifiable government force and mass arrests (14,000 and counting).

That strained “both sides do the same thing” comparison is absurd, even just in light of the respective actual violence of the two groups. Members of both crowds broke windows, sometimes — true, but the comparison pretty much ends there. In fairness, only one side overran police barricades, assaulted and seriously injured officers (killing one, in another videotaped case beating downed police officers with the poles of American flags while chanting “USA! USA!!”) and smashed up the interior of a public building, violently disrupting the lawful business of the people working there. There are also reports of the MAGA crowd repeatedly calling Capitol Police Officers doing their duty “niggers.” They said the fucking n-word!!!

Also notable in comparing these, eh, “protests” is the five or six hour lag in restoring order during the Capitol riot, while lawmakers were forced to hide from a violent mob, in closed rooms, huddled close together with defiant, mouth-breathing “anti-maskers” [2] and the immediate mobilization of overwhelming police force during the Black Lives protests. In the case of the largely peaceful protests over the unjustifiable police killings of unarmed citizens, the use of government force, batons, horseback maneuvers, tear gas (or ‘non-irritating’ pepper spray, as Barr ridiculously insisted), mass arrests, was often pre-emptive. Think of that phalanx of federal law enforcement, in riot gear, standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial as the Black Lives Matter protesters went by. Think of the instant mass arrests for curfew violations, five minutes after curfew was called. Then think of the president, watching his violent mob live on TV for hours, not taking frantic calls from besieged lawmakers (even from his vice president the pussy), doing nothing whatsoever to stop it [3]. And rioters, strolling unmolested after the curfew in DC was called.

Think back into the dark past, five or six months ago, when Mr. Barr and “Mr.” Trump sent federal anti-riot forces in to break up mostly peaceful protests in what they later deemed “Anarchist jurisdictions”. Federal law enforcement spokespoodles (like the recently departed Chad Wolf –no time like during a national emergency to finally step down) claimed they were enforcing the law against dangerous “violent anarchist” mobs when they deployed anti-riot squads to battle crowds that threatened federal property. These federal anti-riot troops were sent in, usually over the objections of local “anarchist” authorities, pursuant to Mr. Trump’s July 3, 2020 Executive Order on protecting monuments (and federal property) [4] which states, in section 6:

Sec. 6.  Protection of National Garden and Statues Commissioned Pursuant to this Order.  The Attorney General shall apply section 3 of Executive Order 13933 of June 26, 2020 (Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence), with respect to violations of Federal law regarding the National Garden and all statues commissioned pursuant to this order.

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Ah, pursuant to section 3 of Executive Order 13933. Of course. You can google that shit, I don’t need to read (or smell) it at the moment. I remember reading some of it at the time, great fun.

Just one more example of this maddening “both sidesism,” because my anger just won’t resolve into peaceful acceptance at this still perilous moment for us all. If there is a pandemic, let’s say, and my side decides to weaponize health and safety precautions because we think it somehow helps our party maintain political dominance — well, wouldn’t you have done the same if your side had thought of it first? We cleverly become the party of freedom, because we hate all forms of tyranny and lockdown. Your party is the party of tyranny, because you hate freedom and love stupid lockdowns. You close businesses people love, we open businesses people love. You doomsayers are just jealous because we thought of this winning strategy first! YOU WOULD HAVE DONE THE SAME THING WE DID! And, making you even more despicable, you’re too dishonest to admit it.

Sekhnet has been on-line for hours and making phone calls around the clock trying to get an appointment to be vaccinated against COVID-19. She’s having a devil of a time, the websites are all overwhelmed, no appointments available until after June, places giving the shots yesterday are out of vaccine today. We hear that the release of the vaccines has been “botched.” So judgmental. Who botched it? Don’t look at us, cuck!!! It’s the fault of corrupt local authorities, private industry, nothing to do with the federal government that was robbed so openly by tens of millions of traitors!

There is a real cost to convincing citizens that the government is the enemy. The extremism of the president’s party (it’s his party, and he’ll cry if he wants to) is the culmination of a more than sixty year reaction to an “activist” Supreme Court unanimously ruling that racial segregation was not “separate but equal”– that, in fact, segregation imposed an unconstitutional badge of inferiority on American citizens based on their complexion.

The original multi-millionaire racists who organized to fight against the Court’s tyranny, men like Charles Koch’s dad, Fred, and his colleagues in the John Birch Society, framed their jihad for liberty as anti-Communism. Any program initiated to help citizens, or society at large, was part of a massive Communist anti-American conspiracy. Within a decade they’d frame the fight more directly as against “big government”, insisting that private initiative is the best way to deal with any and all problems. Reagan famously quipped about the “scariest nine words” in the English language “We’re from the government and we’re here to help.” Newt Gingrich and presidential medal of freedom recipient Rush Limbaugh and their fellow travelers carried the fight to shrink government so that it could be drowned in a bathtub forward.

Currently that battle, whose shock troops are white supremacists, has been against plainly observable fact, truth itself. Mask wearing during a pandemic is not a sign of social responsibility, not an act of love for our neighbors, it is a sign you hate the president! If you had the election stolen from you, you would also run amok and threaten with death anyone who tried to justify the steal!!

Who is the great enemy of the modern day Republican party? Antifa, which is short for anti-fascist. To be anti-fascist is to be unAmerican in Trump’s America (let’s dig up that antifa murderer Dwight Eisenhower!). We should form a committee in Congress, once Republicans regain control, to investigate and hold public hearings on the unAmerican activities of these opponents of fascism. I nominate Josh Hawley and Lyin’ Ted Cruz to head it, even though they are, technically, senators. They would do no less to us!

[1]

Donald Trump has chosen to spend the waning days of his presidency alternating between feeble efforts to cancel the election and subjecting his vice-president to a series of torments. The New York Times has new details about the latter, which includes Trump making a final demand that Pence attempt an absurd, illegal maneuver to overturn the election results. “You can either go down in history as a patriot,” Trump said, according to two sources, “or you can go down in history as a pussy.”

The sheer stupidity on display in this exchange is worth contemplating. Trump was insisting on a theory that had emerged from far-right fever swamps, according to which the vice-president can unilaterally decertify the electoral votes of any state and for any reason he chooses. The theory implies that the Constitution contains a loophole that gives vice-presidents the ability to negate any election result, but that no previous vice-president has bothered to use this tool.

Trump was further supposing that Pence would submit himself to the humiliation of being smacked down by the Republican-controlled Supreme Court. And he believed, most bizarrely of all, that his best way of winning Pence over to this scheme was to call him a “pussy.”

This is Mike Pence. The extremely religious conservative, who won’t be alone in a room with a woman who isn’t his wife and who was mortified by Trump being caught on tape using the word “pussy.” Try telling him Jesus wants him to do it! It probably won’t work, but the pussy line is definitely not going to work.

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[2]

After the riot, and the confirmed infection of at least three Democratic lawmakers locked down for hours with people refusing to put on the masks they were offered, the Democratic-controlled House leapt into action, immediately passing a strict rule that mandates mask-wearing in the Capitol during the deadly pandemic. Fines imposed under this new rule will be taken directly from the paychecks of those who violate the rule. In this case, I can confidently state that Republicans, in the majority, would have done no less.

Not for nothing, “anti-maskers” turned a terrifying siege by the militant wing of their party into a super-spreader event, as any responsible citizen in their right mind would have done. Clearly.

[3] Donald Trump, Jr. is, undeniably, a moron and a blowhard, though during the riot he helped incite, he showed himself to be smarter than his genius dad:

Around the same time, Trump Jr. headed to the airport for a shuttle flight home to New York. As he waited in an airport lounge to board the plane, the president’s namesake son saw that the rally­goers they had all urged to fight were doing just that, breaching police barricades and laying siege to the Capitol.

An aide called Trump Jr. and suggested he immediately issue a statement urging the rioters to stop. At 2:17 p.m., Trump Jr. hit send on a tweet as he boarded the plane: “This is wrong and not who we are,” he wrote. “Be peaceful and use your 1st Amendment rights, but don’t start acting like the other side. We have a country to save and this doesn’t help anyone.”

But the president himself was busy enjoying the spectacle. Trump watched with interest, buoyed to see that his supporters were fighting so hard on his behalf, one close adviser said.

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but don’t start acting like the other side

lame, yes, but the best he had. At least the little piece of shit stayed on-brand with his sprayed diarrhea, in the course of covering his ass by immediately calling for restraint. When he told the mob they’d have a good time going after traitors, immediately before the riot his dad couldn’t take his eyes off of on TV (“and I’ll be there with you!”), he meant that metaphorically, under the license granted to all great poets and visionaries.

[4] which explains, in the immortal prose of Stephen Miller:

These statues are silent teachers in solid form of stone and metal.  They preserve the memory of our American story and stir in us a spirit of responsibility for the chapters yet unwritten.  These works of art call forth gratitude for the accomplishments and sacrifices of our exceptional fellow citizens who, despite their flaws, placed their virtues, their talents, and their lives in the service of our Nation.  These monuments express our noblest ideals:  respect for our ancestors, love of freedom, and striving for a more perfect union.  They are works of beauty, created as enduring tributes.  In preserving them, we show reverence for our past, we dignify our present, and we inspire those who are to come.  To build a monument is to ratify our shared national project.

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Like the eternal blessed memory of those great men who led the forces of rebellion against the United States, who took up arms to kill their brothers, in the name of States’ Rights to have chattel slavery, if they so choose.

I’ll say this for Trump

He knows how to establish a personal connection with an angry crowd, he shares their grievances in the strongest, most intimate possible manner.

Late last night I found myself reading the transcript of his entire speech to his followers immediately before the riot, transfixed by that long, hallucinatory labyrinth of a speech that sent a fired-up mob down to hang his vice president. There was a hypnotic quality to the speech, and an undeniable intimacy established with the crowd of 30,000 or so passionate strangers standing before him.

The individual parts of the speech, many of them, made no sense. Many of the sentences went nowhere, were not expressions of anything. It was impossible, in many cases, to discern what the hell he was even talking about, specifically. It didn’t matter. There were countless lies, as his historic crowd went from a hundred thousand to two hundred and fifty thousand while he spoke. He didn’t need to explain why, in spite of all the incredibly detailed proof of fraud he recited to his outraged followers, as Congress prepared to perpetuate this evil fraud on the nation, he lost virtually all of his many court challenges, except for the single one he prevailed in (which he highlighted as proof he was right all along). His prose does not reduce itself easily to words on a page. Yet the effect of the words is undeniable. The man knows how to fire up a goddamned crowd, in a uniquely personal way.

This is an undeniable talent he shares with his predecessor in firing up aggrieved crowds with incendiary lies, Herr Hitler. As with Hitler, Trump takes pains to sound like he’s in command of an amazing body of facts, rattling off specific numbers, instances, describing arcane circumstances in great detail, educating his audience. As with the Fuhrer, virtually all of this is bullshit. And like during a Hitler speech, the crowd becomes an essential part of it, chanting its “Amens!” in lusty unison. At one point Trump called the election results after 10 pm election night “bullshit”. And, I shit you not, the crowd immediately took the cue and began chanting “bullshit! bullshit! bullshit!” [1]

I’ve read it so you don’t have to. I didn’t select every part that grabbed me, there are a couple of great paragraphs in there, at different points, reviling the vicious Enemy of the People, the free press, it occurs in a couple of iterations. There were many other great bits I didn’t cut and paste– but this collection will give you a good sense of that acid trip of a speech.

The Washington Post, (where democracy goes to die in a darkness that does not allow low-paid workers in its owner’s vast sweat shops to collectively bargain to protect their health during a pandemic) published the entire speech here. If you have the stomach for it, I recommend it, as an non-chemical alternative to LSD. Again, I read it so you don’t have to. I’ve inserted a few headings for your scrolling convenience. Buckle up:

They gave these people bad things to vote for and they voted, because what did they know. And then, when they found out a few weeks later, again, it took them four years to devise this great — and the only unhappy person in the United States, single most unhappy, is Hillary Clinton, because she said, “Why didn’t you do this for me four years ago?”

(LAUGHTER)

“Why didn’t you do this for me four years ago? Change the votes, 10,000 in Michigan. You could have changed the whole thing.” But she’s not too happy. You notice, she — you don’t see her anymore. What happened? Where’s Hillary? Where is she?

They [Loeffler and Perdue] fought a good race. They never had a shot. That equipment should never have been allowed to be used. And, I was telling these people, “Don’t let them use this stuff.” [continuing praise of brave Republicans supporting him in election fraud claims during final certification] Marsha Blackburn, terrific person, Mike Braun, Indiana, Steve Daines, great guy, Bill Hagerty, John Kennedy, James Lankford, Cynthia Lummis, Tommy Tuberville, the coach, and Roger Marshall. We want to thank them. Senators have stepped up. We want to thank them.

(APPLAUSE)

I actually think, though, it takes, again, more courage not to step up and I think a lot of those people are going to find that out. And you better start looking at your leadership because your leadership has led you down the tubes.

You know, “We don’t want to give $2,000 to people. We want to give them $600.” Oh, great. How does that play politically? Pretty good? And this has nothing to do with politics, but how does it play politically?

And, some of the people here disagree with me on that, but I — I just say, look, you’ve got to let people live. And, how does that play, though? Okay, number one, it’s the right thing to do. But, how does that play politically?

I think it’s the primary reason — one of the primary reasons, the other was just pure cheating — that was the primary — super primary reason. But you can’t do that. You’ve got to use your head.

As you know, the media has constantly asserted the outrageous lie that there was no evidence of widespread fraud. You ever see these people? “While there’s no evidence of fraud.” Oh, really? Well, I’m going to read you pages. I hope you don’t get bored listening to it. Promise? Don’t get bored listening to it, all those hundreds of thousands of people back there.

Move them up, please. Yeah. All they — all these people, don’t get bored. Don’t get angry at me because you’re going to get bored, because it’s so much. The American people do not believe the corrupt fake news anymore. They have ruined their reputation.

(APPLAUSE)

But you know, it used to be that they’d argue with me. I’d fight. So, I’d fight, they’d fight, I’d fight, they’d fight, bump, bump, you’d believe me, you’d believe them. Somebody comes out. You know, they had their point of view, I had my point of view. But you’d have an argument.

Now what they do is they go silent. It’s called suppression and that’s what happens in a communist country. That’s what they do. They suppress. You don’t fight with them anymore unless it’s a bad story. If they have a little bad story about me, they make it ten times worse and it’s a major headline.

But Hunter Biden, they don’t talk about him. What happened to Hunter? Where’s Hunter? Where is Hunter? They don’t talk about him.

We will not be intimidated into accepting the hoaxes and the lies that we’ve been forced to believe. Over the past several weeks, we’ve amassed overwhelming evidence about a fake election. This is the presidential election. Last night was a little bit better because of the fact that we had a lot of eyes watching one specific state, but they cheated like hell anyway. You have one of the dumbest governors in the United States.

(LAUGHTER)

And, you know, when I endorsed him at — I didn’t know this guy — at the request of David Perdue. He said, “A friend of mine is running for governor,” “What’s his name?” and you know the rest. He was in fourth place, fifth place. I don’t know, he was way — he was doing poorly. I endorsed him. He went like a rocket ship and he won.

And then I had to beat Stacey Abrams with this guy, Brian Kemp. I had to beat Stacey Abrams and I had to beat Oprah, used to be a friend of mine. You know, I was on her last show, her last week. She picked the five outstanding people. I don’t think she thinks that anymore.

Once I ran for president, I didn’t notice too many calls coming in from Oprah. Believe it or not, she used to like me. But I was one of the five outstanding people and I had to campaign against Michelle Obama and Barack Hussein Obama, against Stacey.

(BOOING)

And I had Brian Kemp who weighs 130 pounds. He said he played offensive line in football. I’m trying to figure that out. I’m still trying to figure that out. He said that the other night. “I was an offensive lineman.” I’m saying, “Really? That must have been a very small team.”

(LAUGHTER)

But I look at that and I look at what’s happened and he turned out to be a disaster. This stuff happens. You know, look, I’m not happy with the Supreme Court. They love to rule against me. I picked three people. I fought like hell for them. One in particular I fought.

They all said, “Sir, cut him loose, he’s killing the senators.” You know, very loyal senators. They’re very loyal people.

“Sir, cut him loose. He is killing us, sir. Cut him loose, sir.” I will never — I must have gotten half of these senators. I said no, I can’t do that. It’s unfair to him, and it’s unfair to the family. He didn’t do anything wrong. They made up stories. They were all made-up stories. He didn’t do anything wrong. Cut him loose, sir. I said no, I won’t do that. We got him through, and you know what, they couldn’t give a damn. They couldn’t give a damn. Let him rule the right way, but it almost seems that they are all going out of their way to hurt all of us and to hurt our country, to hurt our country.

You know I read a story in one of the newspapers recently how I control the three Supreme Court justices. I control them. They are puppets. I read it about Bill Barr that he is my personal attorney, that he will do anything for me, and I said you know it really is genius because what they do is that and it makes it really impossible for them to ever give you a victory because all of the sudden Bill Barr changed, if you hadn’t noticed. I like Bill Barr, but he changed because he didn’t want to be considered my personal attorney.

(FRAUD IN PENNSYLVANIA AND DEAD PEOPLE VOTING)

There were over 205,000 more ballots counted in Pennsylvania. Now think of this, you had 205,000 more ballots than you had voters. That means you had to — where did they come from? Do you know where they came from? Somebody’s imagination, whatever they need it. So in Pennsylvania, you had 205,000 more votes than you had voters, and it’s — the number is actually much greater than that now. That was as of a week ago, and this is a mathematical impossibility unless you want to say it’s a total fraud. So if Pennsylvania was defrauded.

Over 8,000 ballots in Pennsylvania were cast by people whose names and dates of birth match individuals who died in 2020 and prior to the election. Think of that. Dead people, lots of dead people, thousands, and some dead people actually requested an application. That bothers me even more. Not only are they voting, they want an application to vote; one of them was 29 years ago died. It’s incredible.

(“SEND IT BACK, SEND IT BACK”)

By the way, Pennsylvania has now seen all of this. They didn’t know because it was so quick they had a vote, they voted, but now they see all of this stuff, it has all come to light. It doesn’t happen that fast. And they want to recertify their votes. They want them recertified, but the only way that can happen is if Mike Pence agrees to send it back. Mike Pence has to agree to send it back.

CROWD: Send it back. Send it back. Send it back. Send it back. Send it back. Send it back.

TRUMP: And many people in Congress want it sent back. Think of what you are doing. Let’s say you don’t do it, somebody says, well, we have to obey the Constitution and you are because you are protecting our country, and you are protecting the Constitution, so you are, but think of what happens.

Let’s say there are stiffs and they are stupid people and they say, well, we really have no choice even though Pennsylvania and other states want to redo their votes, they want to see the numbers, they only have the numbers go very quickly and they want to redo their legislature because many of these votes were taken, as I said, because it wasn’t approved by their legislature, you know that in itself is legal, and then you have the scam and that is all of the things that we are talking about.

But think of this: If you don’t do that, that means you will have a president of the United States for four years with his wonderful son, you will have a president who lost all of these states, or you will have a president, to put it another way, who was voted on by a bunch of stupid people who lost all of these states. You will have an illegitimate president. That is what you will have, and we can’t let that happen.16 These are the facts that you won’t hear from the fake news media. It’s all part of the suppression effort. They don’t want to talk about it. They don’t want to talk about it.

(IRAQ)

Afghanistan, Iraq. Remember I used to say in the old days, don’t go in Iraq. But if you go in, keep the oil. We didn’t keep the oil. So stupid. So stupid, these people. And Iraq has billions and billions of dollars now in the bank. And what did we do? We did get nothing. We never get — but we do, actually. We kept the oil here. We kept — we did good.

We got rid of the ISIS caliphate. We got rid of plenty of different things. Everybody knows, and the rebuilding of our military in three years, people said it couldn’t be done and it was all made in the USA. All made in the USA. Best equipment in the world.

In Wisconsin, corrupt Democrat-run cities deployed more than 500 illegal unmanned, unsecured drop boxes, which collected a minimum of 91,000 unlawful votes. It was razor thin, the loss. This one thing alone is much more than we would need, but there are many things.

(Raffensberger — fake Republican)

In Georgia, your secretary of state, who I can’t believe this guy is a Republican. He loves recording telephone conversations. You know, that was a — I thought it was a great conversation, personally. So did a lot of other — people love that conversation because it says what’s going on. These people are crooked. They are 100 percent — in my opinion, one of the most corrupt.

Between your governor and your secretary of state — and now you have it again last night. Just take a look at what happened. What a mess. And the Democrat Party operatives entered into an illegal and unconstitution — unconstitutional settlement agreement that drastically weakens signature verification and other election security procedures.

Stacey Abrams, she took them to lunch. And I beat her two years ago with a bad candidate, Brian Kemp. But they took — the Democrats took the Republicans to lunch because the secretary of state had no clue what the hell was happening — unless he did have a clue. That’s interesting. Maybe he was with the other side.

The radical left knows exactly what they were doing. They are ruthless, and it’s time that somebody did something about it. And Mike Pence, I hope you’re going to stand up for the good of our Constitution and for the good of our country. (APPLAUSE) And if you’re not, I’m going to be very disappointed in you. I will tell you right now. I’m not hearing good stories.

Despite all of this, the margin in Georgia is only 11,779 votes. Each and every one of these issues is enough to give us a victory in Georgia, a big beautiful victory. Make no mistake, this election was stolen from you, from me, and from the country, and not a single swing state has conducted a comprehensive audit to remove the illegal ballots.  This should absolutely occur in every single contested state before the election is certified.

CROWD: We love you, we love you, we love you.

TRUMP: So, when you hear — when you hear, “While there is no evidence to prove any wrongdoing,” this is the most fraudulent thing anybody’s — this is a criminal enterprise. This is a criminal enterprise. And the press will say — and I’m sure they won’t put any of that on there because that’s no good and did you ever see — “While there is no evidence to back President Trump’s assertion.” I could go on for another hour reading this stuff to you and telling you about it.

The Republicans have to get tougher. You’re not going to have a Republican Party if you don’t get tougher. They want to play so straight. They want to play so serious. “The United States, the Constitution doesn’t allow me to send them back to the states.” Well, I would say yes, it does, because the Constitution says you have to protect our country, and you have to protect our Constitution, and you can’t vote on fraud, and fraud breaks up everything, doesn’t it? When you catch somebody in a fraud, you are allowed to go by very different rules. So I hope Mike has the courage to do what he has to do, and I hope he doesn’t listen to the RINOs and the stupid people that he’s listening to.

I think you have 250,000 people — 250,000. Looking out at all of the amazing patriots here today, I have never been more confident in our nation’s future. Well, I have to say, we have to be a little bit careful. That’s a nice statement, but we have to be a little careful with that statement. If we allow this group of people to illegally take over our country because it’s illegal, when the votes are illegal, when the way that they got there is illegal, when the states that vote are given false and fraudulent information.

As this enormous crowd shows, we have truth and justice on our side. We have a deep and enduring love for America in our hearts. We love our country. We have overwhelming pride in this great country. We have it deep in our souls. Together we are determined to defend and preserve government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

(APPLAUSE)

Our brightest days are before us. Our greatest achievements still wait. I think one of our great achievements will be election security, because nobody, until I came along, had any idea how corrupt our elections were. And again, most people would stand there at 9 o’clock in the evening and say, “I want to thank you very much,” and they go off to some other life. But I said something is wrong here, something is really wrong, can’t have happened, and we fight. We fight like hell, and if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.

Our exciting adventures and boldest endeavors have not yet begun. My fellow Americans, for our movement, for our children, and for our beloved country, and I say this despite all that has happened,

the best is yet to come.

(APPLAUSE)

So we are going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue — I love Pennsylvania Avenue — and we are going to the Capitol. And we are going to try and give — the Democrats are hopeless, they are never voting for anything, not even one vote — but we are going to try to give our Republicans — the weak ones because the strong ones don’t need any of our help — going to try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country. So let’s walk down Pennsylvania Avenue.

(APPLAUSE)

I want to thank you all. God bless you and God bless America. Thank you all for being here. This is incredible.

(APPLAUSE)

Thank you very much.

(APPLAUSE)

Thank you.

And Mr. Trump had the genius and shrewdness not to ever say anything that, printed on the page, could be used to prove he had the intent to send an angry mob down there to hang Mike Pence, or to physically ransack the Capitol. HE NEVER SAID THAT!!! FAKE NEWS. All he said is that Pence is a person who maybe needs to find some courage because he’s the only person in America who can do the right thing so that a catastrophe can be averted as time runs out on all of us! And also, how disappointed he will be if Pence does not find the courage to enforce the higher law.

We will not be intimidated into accepting the hoaxes and the lies that we’ve been forced to believe. Over the past several weeks, we’ve amassed overwhelming evidence about a fake election. This is the presidential election. Last night was a little bit better because of the fact that we had a lot of eyes watching one specific state, but they cheated like hell anyway. You have one of the dumbest governors in the United States.

When you catch somebody in a fraud, you are allowed to go by very different rules. So I hope Mike has the courage to do what he has to do, and I hope he doesn’t listen to the RINOs and the stupid people that he’s listening to.

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Many of you have traveled from all across the nation to be here, and I want to thank you for the extraordinary love. That is what it is; there’s never been a movement like this ever, ever for the extraordinary love for this amazing country. And this amazing movement. Thank you.

CROWD: We love Trump. We love Trump. We love Trump. We love Trump. We love Trump. We love Trump. We love Trump. We love Trump. We love Trump.

and

That election, our election was over at 10 in the evening. We’re leading Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia. By hundreds of thousands of votes, and then late in the evening or early in the morning, boom. These explosions of bullshit, and all of the sudden — (APPLAUSE) — all of a sudden, it started to happen.

CROWD: Bullshit. Bullshit. Bullshit.

Don’t Tread On Me

Amy Goodman reports:

Details have emerged about the death of Rosanne Boyland, a 34-year-old QAnon and Trump supporter from Georgia who was trampled by the mob as it stormed the Capitol. Boyland was photographed Wednesday carrying a Gadsden flag — a Revolutionary War-era emblem of a rattlesnake with the caption “Don’t Tread on Me.”

source

14th Amendment, Phooey!

After the Civil War Congress amended the Constitution to abolish slavery (13th), extend equal protection of the laws to all citizens (14th) and ensure that male former slaves and previously freed black men could vote (15th). Each of these Amendments had a loophole or two that could be quickly exploited by the enemies of equality under law.

The thirteenth left open a loophole that allows the involuntary servitude of convicts, which has come in very handy for American business (and is indispensable to the State of California in fighting increasingly severe wildfires). The fourteenth was almost immediately judicially nullified, for use by individuals, for close to a century, (though corporate “persons” made excellent use of it all along) and states were allowed to apply equal protection and due process of law as they saw fit, under “States Rights”. As for the Fifteenth, well, states that didn’t want “black” voting were very creative in coming up with ways of legally quelling it, when they weren’t simply terrorizing potential voters by letting people lynch them.

There is this third section of the 14th Amendment, the amendment intended to extend the protected rights of federal citizenship (specifically the Bill of Rights) to the citizens of all states and has, since 1963, been used countless times to vindicate the rights of those unconstitutionally screwed by state and local governments nationwide. Section three was included because men who had engaged in violent insurrection against the United States were coming back into Congress, and fighting to be heard in lawmaking. We didn’t want blood-smeared traitors, who had recently endorsed the butchering of our army, sitting in the national legislature, making speeches for the slaveholders who’d so recently been robbed of so much of their wealth after losing the war.

Section three of the Fourteenth Amendment is a historical footnote today, a legal oddity that spells out no procedure, but is intriguing nonetheless in light of the continued endorsement of violent insurrection (“this is a moment for unity and healing” [1] “let insurrectionist bygones by bygones, the president learned his lesson” [2] “don’t divide us further, libtard cucks!” [3]) by many members of the Republican party. Like the ones who voted yesterday against Congress officially asking Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove an increasingly desperate, out-of-control president whose predictably wild criminality, including calls seeking to rig the vote count and to violent insurrection inside the Capitol by extremist militias, has soared as uncontrollably as the rampaging pandemic he bears not a whit of responsibility for. If a few breaks had gone differently (for instance if hero Capitol cop Eugene Goodman had not led rioters away from an unsecured door of the Senate chamber) there would likely have been a hostage situation in the Capitol. I wonder how Republican unifiers would have spun Mike Pence swinging from a gibbet [4].

Well, as always, you be the judge. Here’s that pertinent part of the 14th Amendment, see if it applies to anyone you can think of.

Section 3:

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability. 

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The federal government has had no response whatsoever to Trump’s attempted putsch the other day. Silence from the federal government — no statement from any federal authority. So, you know, we can all move on, because Mr. Trump is quietly heading to Alamo, Texas, to run his perfectly appropriate insurrection from there, as the FBI suddenly gets busy tracking rightwing militia (domestic terrorist) plans for the coming week. Too bad about Pence, though. Let’s have unity and healing, y’all!

[2]

No reason to make people feel bad, we’ve heard apologies from some who were arrested after storming Congress chanting “Hang Mike Pence”. They admit they made a mistake. They regret their actions, or at least they say they do after they’re arrested, some of them. Very fine people, on all sides, on all sides!

[3]

After all, as our raging president continues to claim, this election was stolen from him by the traitorous radical Left, who are intent on dictatorship after mobilizing the Blacks, the Mexicans, Muslims, the Chinese, Iran, the Mass Media, Mass Transit, transsexuals, homosexuals, homophiles, homophones, atheists, secular humanists, Communists, Leninists, Socialists, Liberals, Maoists, Trotskyites, disloyal Republicans, Jews, Puerto Ricans, Samoans, and the cannibal pedophile elites who run Hollywood and the Democrat [sic] party. They know who they fucking are!

[4]

How is it that Congress has not passed rules for mask wearing in the House and Senate? Several members of Congress were infected with COVID during the lockdown when Congress was under siege by an armed right-wing mob. They were infected by Republican colleagues who refused to wear masks. Representative Pramila Jayapal, who was infected by these proud “anti-maskers”, reported that they mocked the attempts of others to give them masks. How, even now, that is there no rule in place? Trumpist contrarianism, yo. Time for unity and healing, bitches.