The 1860 election

The last time this country was as divided as it is right now, it was the monetary interests of the tiny minority that owned slaves that decided the two sides needed to settle the Constitutional question of chattel slavery on the battlefield. Today it is a tiny minority of “Right to Work” billionaires who would, in many cases, be happy to employ slave laborers, who are driving a zero-sum culture/legal war to decide the fate of our long experiment in balancing the privileges of our wealthiest and “majoritarian tyrany“.

In 1860 every state that would soon secede from the Union and prepare for The War of Northern Aggression excluded Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln from their ballots. A candidate must circulate a petition to get on the ballot and the future Confederacy would not cotton to such traitors in their midst, so candidate Lincoln had no public advocates and few signatures down south. He was therefore legally left off of the ballot in 1/3 of the then 33 states. When he won a plurality of the vote anyway (there were four candidates) and a majority of the Electoral College, the slaveholders had enough, Lincoln was illegitimate, their states quickly began to secede and prepare for a violent struggle against the tyrant Lincoln.

Today reasonable Republicans, like 88 year-old Chuck Grassley (running for reelection, because why the fuck not?), took only five or six weeks to freely acknowledge that Biden won the election on November 3, 2020. It took him only a day to denounce the MAGA riot, rioter rage fueled by a long-promoted, many times debunked lie, that brought business in the Capitol to a halt. Of course, once he said these self-evident things he got on board with the mastermind of the Big Lie and voted in a bloc to block an investigation into the January 6 MAGA riot, and anything else Biden and his party try to do. That’s politics!

But make no mistake these “Second Amendment, fuck the lazy poor and don’t let them kill their unborn, no need for a living wage, keep our borders closed, climate catastrophe skeptical, no budget for enforcing tax laws against the rich, partisan state legislatures not courts decide national election outcomes” motherfuckers are determined to see blood in the streets, come hell, high water or even criminal prosecutions of the conspirators most hell-bent on installing a permanent one-party oligarchy.

One such conspirator, contemnor [1] Sloppy Steve Bannon, is publically calling for a gigantic army of “shock troops” (storm troopers) for the next round of political violence, exercising his First Amendment right to talk the ugliest possible shit.

USA! USA!!!

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Contempt of Congress

Definition

Congress has the authority to hold a person in contempt if the person’s conduct or action obstructs the proceedings of Congress or, more usually, an inquiry by a committee of Congress.

Contempt of Congress is defined in statute, 2 U.S.C.A. § 192, enacted in 1938, which states that any person who is summoned before Congress who “willfully makes default, or who, having appeared, refuses to answer any question pertinent to the question under inquiry” shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a maximum $1,000 fine and 12 month imprisonment.

Before a Congressional witness may be convicted of contempt, it must be established that the matter under investigation is a subject which Congress has constitutional power to legislate.

Generally, the same Constitutional rights against self-incrimination that apply in a judicial setting apply when one is testifying before Congress.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/contempt_of_congress

Seditious Conspiracy, Mr. Eastman?

Right wing legal extremist John Eastman needs to testify about his expansive role in Trump’s wild plan to overturn certified election results and have himself declared the winner of an election he lost by an 8,000,000 vote margin and an Electoral College tally identical to the one he racked up while kicking Crooked Hillary’s ass, while losing by a much more respectable 3,000,000 votes.

Mr. Eastman had put himself on the radar of Mr. Trump’s political aides during the election when Jenna Ellis, a legal adviser to Mr. Trump’s campaign, had shared on Twitter an article Mr. Eastman had written. The article, in an echo of racist questions stoked by Mr. Trump about where President Barack Obama had been born, questioned whether Kamala Harris, Mr. Biden’s running mate, could legally become president because her parents had not been born in the United States.

Now, confronting election results that showed Mr. Trump lost, one of Mr. Trump’s aides reached out to Mr. Eastman to see whether he could come over to the hotel to help Mr. Trump’s team.

Mr. Eastman said he was only in the room for 15 minutes before being ushered out — but it was long enough, he said, for him to catch Covid-19 there, and he became ill for several weeks. By the time he felt better, it was the beginning of December — when Mr. Trump called to see whether Mr. Eastman could help bring legal action directly before the Supreme Court. In the days that followed, Mr. Eastman filed two briefs with the Supreme Court on Mr. Trump’s behalf, but those efforts quickly failed.

The Lawyer Behind the Memo on How Trump Could Stay in Office https://nyti.ms/3A7XCfE 

This legally sophisticated pettifogging Birther seditionist needs to testify under oath about his role in advising the former president on a supremely brazen last ditch extralegal way to cling to power, and about the intent behind his speech to help whip up the crowd who marched down to the Capitol and lynch the weak, disloyal Mike Pence.

Am I wrong?

Trump Had a Mob. He also had a plan

A great piece by Jamelle Bouie, in the NY Times

Trump Had a Mob. He Also Had a Plan. 

https://nyti.ms/3lX0uH8

When this was first revealed, I assumed that Trump simply wanted Pence to do whatever it would take to keep himself in power. But this week we learned that he had an actual plan in mind, devised by John Eastman, a prominent conservative lawyer who worked with the former president to challenge the election results, a job that included a speaking slot at the rally on the National Mall that preceded the attack on the Capitol.

“We know there was fraud,” Eastman said to the crowd that would become a mob. “We know that dead people voted.”

“All we are demanding of Vice President Pence,” he continued, “is this afternoon at 1 o’clock, he let the legislatures of the states look into this so we get to the bottom of it and the American people know whether we have control of the direction of our government or not!”

These weren’t just the ravings of a partisan. Eastman was essentially summarizing the contents of a memo he had written on Trump’s behalf, describing the steps Pence would take to overturn the election in Trump’s favor.

https://nyti.ms/3lX0uH8

We need a subpoena for John Batshit Eastman

https://www.newsweek.com/some-questions-kamala-harris-about-eligibility-opinion-1524483?amp=1

Footnote (and John Eastman’s 6 point plan for Pence to steal the stolen election on January 6 for himself and his boss)

Trump has no friends, his type never does. They regard men as base coin to gratify their passions, in a phrase used to describe Napoleon’s attitude toward other humans. Some humans’ blindly driving ambition is useful, can greatly benefit the man who knows how to skillfully use others to his own advantage. As base coin, these ambitious types can be cast away at any time and replaced by other tarnished instruments.

Nobody truly likes a deeply damaged, loveless motherfucker [1] like our former president except for ambitious lackeys and angry mobs. Angry mobs adore his relentless in-your-face, norm and common decency smashing assault on liberals, queers, mass media, disloyal party members, Muslims, Mexicans, women of color, disloyal Jews, Blacks, cripples, losers, non-Scandanavian immigrants, socialists, anti-fascists, etc. He rules his spineless, platformless (2020 RNC platform — whatever the big guy wants) party by terror. The famously vindictive man’s sure, vicious revenge, guaranteed to be visited on anyone opposing his will, is a constantly reinforced reminder that he will not be opposed, no matter how insane his demands. Here’s the thing:

This particular angry, boastful, lying Orange maniac did not invent any of the corrupt, lying, authoritarian routine he practices, and while he certainly wasn’t their first choice, radical right billionaires have found their audacious front man to be very useful for their larger purpose, keeping everyone distracted and enraged as they game democracy to protect the privileges of vast inherited wealth in perpetuity. This Orange Polyp, since he is a malignant narcissist and an amoral opportunist, is their go to guy in the war of the few to keep hold of everything, in the face of the rising threat of the John Birch and Federalist Society’s great enemy, ‘majoritarian tyranny’.

Here is what former Trump lawyer John Eastman [2] advised Trump to do in a two page Privileged and Confidential memo entitled Scenario for January 6. This is the action plan part of what Glenn Kirscher and many others have called a blueprint for insurrection.

1. VP Pence, presiding over the joint session (or Senate Pro Tempore Grassley, if Pence recuses himself), begins to open and count the ballots, starting with Alabama (without conceding that the procedure, specified by the Electoral Count Act, of going through the States alphabetically is required).

2. When he gets to Arizona, he announces that he has multiple slates of electors, and so is going to defer decision on that until finishing the other States. This would be the first break with the procedure set out in the Act.

3. At the end, he announces that because of the ongoing disputes in the 7 States, there are no electors that can be deemed validly appointed in those States. That means the total number of “electors appointed” – the language of the 12th Amendment — is 454. This reading of the 12th Amendment has also been advanced by Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe (here). A “majority of the electors appointed” would therefore be 228. There are at this point 232 votes for Trump, 222 votes for Biden. Pence then gavels President Trump as re-elected.

4. Howls, of course, from the Democrats, who now claim, contrary to Tribe’s prior position, that 270 is required. So Pence says, fine. Pursuant to the 12th Amendment, no candidate has achieved the necessary majority. That sends the matter to the House, where the “the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote . . . .” Republicans currently control 26 of the state delegations, the bare majority needed to win that vote. President Trump is re-elected there as well.

5. One last piece. Assuming the Electoral Count Act process is followed and, upon getting the objections to the Arizona slates, the two houses break into their separate chambers, we should not allow the Electoral Count Act constraint on debate to control. That would mean that a prior legislature was determining the rules of the present one — a constitutional no-no (as Tribe has forcefully argued). So someone – Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, etc. – should demand normal rules (which includes the filibuster). That creates a stalemate that would give the state legislatures more time to weigh in to formally support the alternate slate of electors, if they had not already done so.

6. The main thing here is that Pence should do this without asking for permission – either from a vote of the joint session or from the Court. Let the other side challenge his actions in court, where Tribe (who in 2001 conceded the President of the Senate might be in charge of counting the votes) and others who would press a lawsuit would have their past position — that these are non-justiciable political questions – thrown back at them, to get the lawsuit dismissed. The fact is that the Constitution assigns this power to the Vice President as the ultimate arbiter. We should take all of our actions with that in mind.

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NOTHING TO PROSECUTE ANYONE FOR, ON MY SIDE!!! TOTAL WITCH HUNT!

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Of course, sometimes motherfucker simply means motherfucker, but a few words are in order about using this vulgar and inflammatory phrase to describe a vulgar man who treats others like his slaves.

My father, during a few years of my school life, taught a group dynamics seminar where, at one point, he asked Black kids and White kids to give their thoughts on the word “motherfucker.” It’s origin on the plantation, of course, was a guy like Thomas Jefferson, rich, powerful, entitled, who, if he found your mother beautiful, was at liberty to fuck her, since he actually owned her body and controlled her actions. If a child was born, the motherfucker owned another slave, it was win-win for him. So the term was always ambiguous and multi-edged for male slaves on the plantation, you hated the motherfucker, but also, damn.

My father asked an Italian gang leader from a Brooklyn high school what the word motherfucker meant to him.

That’s the last word you hear before the fists start flying and the chains and gravity knives come out,” he said, looking across at the Puerto Rican and Black gang leaders. The Black kid smirked. My father asked him what ‘motherfucker’ meant to him.

Where I come from ‘motherfucker’ is one of the most useful and versatile words we have,” he said. “Contrary to the usage given by my Italian-American colleague over there, it doesn’t generally mean I want to fight you, unless I say it right before I’m going to fight a motherfucker. In that case, I use it as a deliberate provocation, otherwise it means a lot of things, depending on the context.”

For example?

The late great John Coltrane played like a motherfucker. Miles Davis is a motherfucker. Are you crazy, motherfucker? That motherfucker is hilarious. Motherfucker… please… That algebra test was a motherfucker. This motherfucker thinks his shit don’t stink. That motherfucker can’t take a joke. Relax, motherfucker. Motherfuckers were dancing in the street. Motherfucker be like…” and he imitated an idiosyncratic motherfucker they all knew.

My favorite dictionary definition of all-time is Merriam-Webster’s explanation of the word ‘squeamish’: “Exhibiting a prudish readiness to be nauseated.” This language-scrupulous Caucasian motherfucker has a prudish readiness to be nauseated by the word ‘motherfucker,’ and also by the unexpurgated ‘n-word’ and the common ‘f-word’. Oh, my.

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Eastman spoke at the January 6 rally that preceded the attack on the Capitol. He retired from his position as a professor at Chapman University a week after January 6, which occurred amid protests from faculty at the Southern California university over his participation in Trump’s efforts to overturn the election.

Eastman told the Washington Post that his memo merely “explored all options that had been proposed.” In an interview on Tuesday, Eastman told CNN that the two-page memo had been only a preliminary draft. He provided CNN with a longer six-page memo laying out numerous other scenarios for Pence to follow on January 6. Eastman told CNN that during the January 4 meeting he’d had in the Oval Office with Trump and Pence, he had told Pence he should only delay certifying votes in the seven states, not try to throw the election to Trump.

The reality, however, is that a delay was simply another avenue to stop Biden from taking office.

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Did someone say Seditious Conspiracy?

According to a Mother Jones article, entitled FBI Seizes Oath Keeper Lawyer’s Phone in “Seditious Conspiracy” Investigation, the Department of Justice is looking into Seditious Conspiracy charges in connection with the January 6 MAGA riot to stop the final certification of Biden’s victory/Trump’s electoral loss. You will google this story in vain, no other media has published a peep about this search warrant or the investigation into Seditious Conspiracy.

Glenn Kirschner did a piece on the warrant and the seditious conspiracy investigation at the time, based on the Mother Jones reporting, and noted that it is encouraging, a sign that the DOJ is putting its prosecutorial ducks in a row for a real prosecution of the conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election. It is a conspiracy there is ample, public evidence for. The evidence demonstrates intent, the involvement of numerous co-conspirators, and dark money funders of the conspiracy [1], with new pieces of graphic evidence emerging daily.

Yesterday we had this one from the NY Times, about a legal memo outlining various vote fraud conspiracy theories and explaining why they were unfounded, conspiracy theories that, though debunked, were nonetheless lyingly deployed in the conspiracy to overturn, and steal the “stolen” election. After Trump’s team got this memo, on November 13, dismissing as baseless each of these wild counterfactual conspiracies, they went to court to make meritless legal claims based on information they knew to be false. The Times report begins:

Two weeks after the 2020 election, a team of lawyers closely allied with Donald J. Trump held a widely watched news conference at the Republican Party’s headquarters in Washington. At the event, they laid out a bizarre conspiracy theory claiming that a voting machine company had worked with an election software firm, the financier George Soros and Venezuela to steal the presidential contest from Mr. Trump.

But there was a problem for the Trump team, according to court documents released on Monday evening.

By the time the news conference occurred on Nov. 19, Mr. Trump’s campaign had already prepared an internal memo on many of the outlandish claims about the company, Dominion Voting Systems, and the separate software company, Smartmatic. The memo had determined that those allegations were untrue.

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The legal memo referred to in the article (and linked to above) examines claims like the CEO of Dominion Voting Machines having ties to Antifa. It concludes he does not. The memo appears to be silent on Q’s role in the resurrection of a dead Venezuelan socialist and his apparent zombie involvement in the stealing of the disputed election for Chinese Communist Puppet Biden, with the assistance of Italian anti-democracy hackers. No connection was found, the memo reported, between Dominion Voting Machines and the notorious, shady, sneaky, radical Communist Jew George Soros.

One troubling aspect of the memo Glenn Kirschner referred to as a blueprint for insurrection (wait, that was the other memo, written by former law professor, then Trump-lawyer John Eastman, which described an insane claim Pence could make to swing the election to Trump on January 6– I’ll put a link to this batshit crazy memo in a future post [2]), is its heavy reliance on the NY Times and Washington Post to dispute claims Trump and his followers continue to make. Like so (though this bit cites AP):

What the hell’s up with that? Trump lawyers citing the fake media?!!!

Here’s the text of the law, 18 USC Section 2384, Seditious Conspiracy:

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. For a seditious conspiracy charge to be effected, a crime need only be planned, it need not be actually attempted.

Let’s look at just a few elements of the conspiracy to use force to prevent, hinder or delay the execution of law of the United States (note, the Trump-incited MAGA riot tried to prevent, and succeeded in hindering and delaying, the vote certification that is the last official act by Congress to ensure the peaceful transfer of power).

A president loses his bid for re-election, but not to worry. He has set the stage for contesting the results, by repeatedly claiming the only way he could lose was by massive voter fraud. There has been no proof of widespread voter fraud in any American election in recent decades. The diligent, ideologically-driven fraud hunting voter fraud myth promoters that support people like the former president have found about 1 fraudulent vote per million, according to their database that goes back to 1982. The candidate brought literally hundreds (300?) cases in various courts before the election, attempting to limit the number of ballots that could be cast in contested states.

Low turnout has historically helped his minority party. His hand-picked Postmaster General, a “mega-donor” to his campaign, took valiant, brazen steps to slow the mail and limit the votes in urban districts, places the president and his gunsel had designated enemy territory– Anarchist Jurisdictions — by removing and dismantling high speed mail-sorting machines. The former president’s cabinet level supporters constantly warned the public of unfounded, but theoretically possible, potential massive electoral fraud in urban Anarchist Jurisdictions where the former president was understandably hated for simply protecting his religious, rural base.

The election featured massive voter turnout, the largest in American history, during a pandemic that was surging as the election got closer. Every attempt was made by the Republican National Committee to thwart mail-in voting, the safe from of voting favored by anti-Covid Democrats. Republicans, the pro-freedom, pro-COVID party, were willing to show up in numbers, in person, maskless and proud, to support their candidate. To the dismay of the MAGA faithful, record numbers of Democrats stood on line for hours, masked and keeping a safe distance on line, to vote in person. Trump bragged about getting the most votes ever for an incumbent, 74,000,000, which was true, oddly enough. As for the record 81,000,000 votes his opponent got — fake news! Fraud. Communists, anarchists, antifascists, Antifa!!! and other enemies, plotting, stealing and lying, as they always do. The former president lost every one of the sixty post-election cases his myrmidons brought in various courts, he lost for lack of evidence, for lack of any credible legal claim. Fake judges, disloyal, sickening, a conspiracy against a great president, an ongoing miscarriage of justice!

All of this is well-known, by anybody who does not live in Rupert Murdoch’s echo chamber (or the unimaginably even more fair and balanced Newsmax, OANN, Breitbart, Der Sturmer). Then, on January 6, the day a joint session of Congress officially certifies the election, results of which were recounted, more than once, in more than one state the former president lost, the Orange Polyp plans a rally. A huge, wild rally he tweets to his followers they must attend. A gigantic crowd shows up, spurred, in part, by $50,000,000 in ad buys to promote the stolen election. Say that again? FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS IN ADS (PAID FOR BY “DARK MONEY”) TO CONVINCE AMERICANS THE ELECTION HAD BEEN STOLEN [3]. Before the stirring speeches about a stolen landslide victory and the need to fight like hell to take back our country, a stirring propaganda video, portraying American carnage and Trump as our only savior, was played on a giant screen behind the bulletproofed podium in front of the barricaded White House where the president would deliver the final remarks prior to the march on the Capitol [4].

The large crowd that marched down to the Capitol, along with Trump himself, thankfully, did not all choose to break the law by attacking police and storming the building. Had the entire crowd surged in behind the violent leaders it is likely that many lives would have been lost in the fight for the Capitol. An unknown number of the boldest and most violent, an estimated 800, stormed the building to disrupt the final certification of Trump’s loss. Bands roamed the halls calling for Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi, to kill them and decapitate the line of succession (apparently they hadn’t googled “third in line” or they’d have also been after President pro tempore of the Senate, Chuck Grassley). When the National Guard finally arrived hours later, after Capitol police had been instructed not to use anti-riot gear against the surging MAGA mob, and surrounded the building, they did not corral and mass arrest the hundreds who had broken down barricades and assaulted the police, as the law-abiding among us might have assumed, the pro-Trump mob was allowed to peacefully disperse. Eventually about 600 of these folks were tracked down and arrested, charged with various fairly minor crimes. The first plea deals have been made with a small wave of these defendants.

America heard Trump violate every letter of the Georgia law in a recording of the early January call when he tried to cajole, influence, threaten, convince, persuade, pressure, intimidate, and otherwise move Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger to give him a break and just “find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have.” No consequence, nine months later, though there is an ongoing criminal investigation in Fulton County that has not been reported on since the grand jury was convened in April. So, why WOULDN’T Trump try again with Raffensberger, this time with an even bolder lie?

When the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse story broke, a couple of grunts, who’d taken selfies with prisoners they were humiliating, per the directives of Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney, were eventually prosecuted and thrown into prison. The architects of the torture program, those who wrote the tortured legal justification for illegal “enhanced interrogation” (it’s not torture unless the pain is like organ failure) and war mongers like Dick “Other Priorities” Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld who gave the orders for Americans to “go to the dark side”, after ensuring secrecy at torture sites, suffered no consequences at all, outside of lifetime university tenure (John Fucking Yoo), a lifetime federal judgeship (Jay Fucking Bybee) and other honors, along with their comfortable lives.

So you can convict a bunch of zealous, hopped up grunts in Trump’s ragtag, extra-legal army, put a few in jail, but how does this do anything to prevent the repeat of this kind of violent putsch? Without holding the planners, organizers, funders and inciters of the riot accountable, and prosecuting them for instigating a seditious riot, the hope for avoiding the next one is approximately… none. We learned that $3,500,000 was paid to the organizers of the “event” — who, exactly, got paid, for what [3]? Why no charges for seditious conspiracy against the rioters who stormed and defaced the Capitol to prevent the peaceful transfer of power?

We learn:

Last summer, then-Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen sent a memo allowing federal prosecutors to consider sedition charges against police reform demonstrators, particularly in Portland, Oregon, where clashes between rioters and federal authorities raged outside a federal courthouse. It was never used.

But the memo said the Justice Department believed the statute doesn’t require proof of a plot to overthrow the government and could also be used when a defendant tries to oppose the government’s authority by force.

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Fair is fair, justice is justice, the status quo is the status quo and good enough will just have to do. Merrick Garland was tearful at his confirmation hearing, expressing gratitude for this beloved country that had rescued his family from death at the hands of a prior iteration of Trumpism, back in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s. So far, scrupulous about appearing fair and impartial, he has not shown the stomach to stand up in the fight against unprincipled zealots, united behind clearly disprovable lies, and ready to do whatever it takes to make this country great again, including physically attacking and massacring whatever hated enemies need to be taken out of the way, including many Blue Lives Matter traitors, or generals, who believe the rule of law is more important than allowing a very stable genius to continue his world-changing work of making this country great again.

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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island who has tracked the flow of dark money in American politics, told me that a “flotilla of front groups” once focussed on advancing such conservative causes as capturing the courts and opposing abortion have now “more or less shifted to work on the voter-suppression thing.” These groups have cast their campaigns as high-minded attempts to maintain “election integrity,” but Whitehouse believes that they are in fact tampering with the guardrails of democracy.

One of the movement’s leaders is the Heritage Foundation, the prominent conservative think tank in Washington, D.C. It has been working with the American Legislative Exchange Council (alec)—a corporate-funded nonprofit that generates model laws for state legislators—on ways to impose new voting restrictions. Among those deep in the fight is Leonard Leo, a chairman of the Federalist Society, the legal organization known for its decades-long campaign to fill the courts with conservative judges. In February, 2020, the Judicial Education Project, a group tied to Leo, quietly rebranded itself as the Honest Elections Project, which subsequently filed briefs at the Supreme Court, and in numerous states, opposing mail-in ballots and other reforms that have made it easier for people to vote.

Another newcomer to the cause is the Election Integrity Project California. And a group called FreedomWorks, which once concentrated on opposing government regulation, is now demanding expanded government regulation of voters, with a project called the National Election Protection Initiative.

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We now know that Donald Trump’s scheme to steal the 2020 election was put into writing, and we can all read it. Call it the Trump coup memo: John Eastman, a lawyer representing Trump, wrote a memo outlining how Vice President Pence could supposedly subvert Trump’s election loss in Congress on Jan. 6, the day of the violent mob assault on the Capitol.

After the news broke that this memo existed, CNN posted the full text online. It further underscores the argument that schemes like this one illustrate the need for reforming how Congress counts the electoral college votes, lest something like this succeed in the future.

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What fraction of the money Mr. Trump did spend after the election was plowed mostly into a public-relations campaign and to keep his perpetual fund-raising machine whirring, with nearly $50 million going toward online advertising, text-message outreach and a small television ad campaign.

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I’d never seen this video, until more than a month after the riot. The two minute propaganda video, apparently narrated by Trump himself and fired up with a triumphant hiphop soundtrack, begins at 1 minute 19 in this youTube, and resumes at 6:56, 8:54 and afterwards.

Department of Let’s Let Bygones be Bygones

Glenn Kirschner has been promoting the indisputable idea, with everything we’ve seen the last six years or so, where norms and all pretense of fair play are thrown into the shitter along with all other democratic values, that justice matters. “Justice matters” is Glenn’s mantra and coat of arms, and he’s been fighting a hard public fight to encourage his former employer, the US Department of Justice, to pursue accountability for crimes like Seditious Conspiracy for the conspirators who planned, funded and facilitated the January 6th MAGA riot.

Usually the man to turn to for encouragement after some really bad MAGA news, sometimes even Glenn Kirschner gets discouraged, which is heartbreaking to see, but at the same time, it shows that even the most dogged fighter for justice just gets frustrated and tired sometimes. Here he is asking a simple and basic question, and right back on the case the next day:

Here is the video the clip is from:

here is today’s:

The Party of Life will fight to the gates of Hell for the right to infect others

Finally sick of Trumpist governors railing about liberty from government tyranny and ordering mobile morgues for the unvaccinated dying from COVID in their communities, communities where infection rates are far above those of heavily vaccinated areas, places where hospitals and morgues are overflowing again, Biden took to the bully pulpit and ordered millions more to be vaccinated or face large fines for refusing. As Democracy Now! reported this morning:

President Joe Biden: “Despite the fact that for almost five months free vaccines have been available in 80,000 different locations, we still have nearly 80 million Americans who have failed to get the shot. And to make matters worse, there are elected officials actively working to undermine the fight against COVID-19. Instead of encouraging people to get vaccinated and mask up, they’re ordering mobile morgues for the unvaccinated dying from COVID in their communities. This is totally unacceptable.”

The Republican National Committee immediately promised to sue the Biden administration over its vaccine mandates. South Carolina Republican Governor Henry McMaster tweeted, “we will fight them to the gates of hell to protect the liberty and livelihood of every South Carolinian.”

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To the gates of hell, then, see you there, freedom lovers.

Call the MAGA party what it is

Nice soundbite from Madeleine Dean (D-Pa) reminding us, amid radical Republican rhetoric about violent vigilantism, that the MAGA rioters broke into the Capitol to bust up the line of succession by hanging the Vice President and killing the Speaker of the House,

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To answer her rhetorical question: what the GOP learned from Trump’s January 6th riot is that their base loves it and that the funders and organizers of the violent attempt to decapitate the government by killing those in the line of succession appear to be immune from prosecution.

USA! USA!!!