Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Agreeing with Doo-Doo DeSantis?

Who is thinking about voting for Donald Trump?  Have they read this from MEDIAITE:

Mike Davis, a prominent MAGA lawyer and pundit, threatened online Monday to jail and deport MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan if former President Donald Trump is reelected and gives him a top job in his administration – as he is widely expected to do.

Davis made the shocking threat in reply to a segment from Hasan’s weekend show in which the cable news host listed some of the people tipped to be under consideration for roles in another Trump administration.

“For weeks, we’ve been warning you on this show about the dangers of a second Trump term. The former president, after all, has promised retribution, pledged to round up protesters with the military, and suggested using the Justice Department to go after his political enemies. These are plans that should terrify each and every single one of us. But tonight, I want to pull back the curtain and take a look at who could be tasked with carrying out Trump’s radical agenda come 2025,” Hasan said on his show before diving into the likes of Tucker Carlson, Michael Flynn, and Davis.

“Now let’s move on to a man a lot of people may not have heard of yet, Mike Davis,” Hasan said, adding:

Davis shared the clip and wrote on Twitter, “Trump’s Dream Team. @mehdirhasan is now on my Lists 2 (indict), 4 (detain), 6 (denaturalize), and 3 (deport). I already have his spot picked out in the DC gulag. But I’ll put him in the women’s cell block, with @Timodc. So these whiny leftists don’t get beat up as often.”

John F. Kelly, the longest-serving chief of staff in President Donald Trump’s White House, watches Trump dominate the GOP primary with increasing despair.

“What’s going on in the country that a single person thinks this guy would still be a good president when he’s said the things he’s said and done the things he’s done?” Kelly said in a recent interview. “It’s beyond my comprehension he has the support he has.”

Kelly, a retired four-star general, said he didn’t know what to do — or what he could do — to help people see it his way.

“I came out and told people the awful things he said about wounded soldiers, and it didn’t have half a day’s bounce. You had his attorney general Bill Barr come out, and not a half a day’s bounce. If anything, his numbers go up. It might even move the needle in the wrong direction. I think we’re in a dangerous zone in our country,” he said.

No president has ever attracted more public detractors who were formerly in his inner circle. They are closely watching his rise — cruising in the GOP nomination contest and, in most polls, tying or even leading President Biden in a general election matchup — with alarm. Among them are his former vice president, top military advisers, lawyers, some members of his Cabinet, economic advisers, press officials and campaign aides, some of whom are working for other candidates.

Among their reasons for opposing a second Trump term, they cite the 91 criminal charges against him, his attempts to overturn the 2020 election, his false claims of election fraud, his incendiary rhetoric in office, his desire to weaponize the Justice Department, his chaotic management style, his likely personnel choices in a second term, and his affinity for dictators.

Interviews with 16 former Trump advisers — some of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss their former boss — show they are grappling with how they can puncture Trump’s candidacy in 2024, whether they can or should coordinate with one another and whether their voices will even matter.

Additionally, more than a dozen people once in his employ could end up taking the stand and providing testimony as part of multiple criminal trials, according to people with knowledge of the cases and court documents.

I really don't see how he gets re-elected.  Maybe he does.  But Doo-Doo Ron Ron DeSantis is saying he can't be elected.  I hate Doo-Doo and want him to drop out.  But I'm not going to lie and say, "Doo-Doo is wrong!"  On this he may not be.  

Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Monday, November 20, 2023.  Bri-Bri pretends to want to 'help' the Green Party (only a fool trusts her) -- just like the Israeli government wants to 'help' Gaza, right?

What do we do with the stupid?  

In a RISING video THE HILL posted 21 hours ago ("Dr. Jill Stein: Americans Are Sick of 'Empire and Oligarchy'") co-host Robbie Soave declared, "Jill Stein is running for president once again announcing last Thursday that she would seek the Green Party nomination for the second time."  RISING now exists just to sport stupidity.  Jill Stein is not running for the nomination a second time, it's a third time.  She was the failed nominee of 2012 and of 2016.  She is not the nominee for 2024; however, she may become that -- the Party's nominee will be decided next summer at the Green Party's convention.  

Bri-Bri and Robbie are all about defeating the Democratic Party.  Bri-Bri has made that clear in her ridiculous exchange with Kyle and Krystal.  All she wants for 2024 is to see the Democratic Party punished.  Ava and I covered this two months ago in "Media: Hypocrisy, thy name is THE VANGUARD."

Here's the video.

She wants to break "the corporate duopoly" and would rather see even the right-wing Constitutional Party.

She's not smart -- not politically smart -- and she's not aware.  She thinks she's smart but she's an idiot -- Ava and I compared to Diane Chambers -- some people think Diane is smart but she's one of the dumbest characters CHEERS had.  She's pompous and she thinks she's smart -- like Bri Brie.

She says that we don't need to worry about immigrants, women, LGBTQ+ people, people of color, etc losing their rights in 2024.  She's an idiot.

Ava and I noted back then:

We can't afford YOUTUBERS lying.  If someone wants to vote Green, fine.  If they want to vote however fine.  But we need to know what our vote means.  We're not voting Green because there is a plan by the Republican Party to strip people of their rights.  That's dreamers -- and that's even the children of immigrants -- children born in this country -- that the Republican Party thinks they can strip of citizenship.  'B-b-b-but the Constitution!'  Doesn't matter.  Nothing does with an illegal and corrupt Supreme Court.  We saw it with ROE.  We saw it when it rewarded the hate merchant Lorie Smith out of Colorado.  'It would deny her religion if she had to design a website for a same-sex marriage but this Court opinion is not to be expanded upon, honest, pinky promise.'  It's already being used to deny the rights of gays and lesbians. And the GOP extremist goal is to overturn marriage equality.  Why?  Because they believe it is the first time the government has recognized legal rights for gays and lesbians. They think if they overturn this, they can overturn anything.  They have also defined same-sex relationships -- living together, marriage, dating, what have you -- as pornography.  They don't do that for straight relationships.  But they do it for same-sex relationships and their plan is to further attack LGBTQ+ rights by doing that and arguing that free speech does not apply to pornography.  They want to now move on to outlawing birth control.  They think they have the perfect Court to do this with.  They think they can achieve all their dreams and rebuke every advance this country has made in the last 70 or so years on race, gender and equality.  

That's why we're not voting Green.  If you are, we ask that you make demands of your party's eventual nominee.  Building a political party is reason enough to vote for the Green Party.  And we're not going to hiss at your or fault you for it. 

This is not some mythical threat.  As we also wrote in September:

So much didn't get addressed last week.  Take Project 2025.  Various extreme right think tanks got together and came up with this 'project' (planned assassination of checks and balances and of rights and liberties).  Few outlets have bothered to discuss it.  Kyle Kulinski didn't avoid the topic.

Project 2025 is the action plan for the hate merchants of the fright-wing to put into play immediately upon election of a Republican president.  It would decimate the federal government by turning jobs over to patronage and making them exist -- or not exist -- on the whim of the president.  It would launch attacks on the rights of immigrants, people of color, all women and the LGBTQ+ community. 

The illegitimate Supreme Court would most likely back everyone of the items on this agenda.  They're an illegitimate Court with filled with corrupt justices (most infamously Crooked Clarence Thomas) and they're not just bought off by the wealthy, they also have no respect for precdent -- for the very thing our laws are built upon.  The demonstrated that with DOBBS and Clarence Thomas' concurring opinion on DOBBS included a wish list of other laws he'd like to see overturned.  Guess what?  Project 2024 checks off Clarence's wish list.


This should be huge but people don't want to discuss it.  In the few times that it is discussed, it's just the elimination of federal jobs that gets discussed.  

Project 2025 should scare everyone -- even mentally competent Republicans should be scared by it -- if there are any left.

Democrats should be bringing up Project 2025 on every media appearance they make because we doubt nothing would turn out more voters in the fall of 2024 than the knowledge of what an extreme group of Republicans are planning.  

Bri-Bri's an idiot.  She'll always be an idiot.  She was manufactured by a certain segment of White people to be a token -- like a pop crossover artist who couldn't hit the R&B charts -- and that's where her support comes from but she loses support a little more each year.

But she's damn determined to lie and inflict as much harm as she can before she completely falls out of favor.

Jill Stein is a do-nothing.  Well, she did leave the Green Party in debt from her 2016 run -- as Renee Johnston has reported, still in debt to this day.  Then there's the fact that Americans are wanting a retirement age for Congress and the Supreme Court.  How old -- Excuse me, how young is Jill Stein?

She's 73 years young.  That's too damn old in the current climate before you grasp that she has already run two failed campaign -- 2012 and 2016.  That's before we get to how Jill made herself part of the war machine in 2012.  At the end of September 2012, before any presidential debate took place,  Tim Arango (NEW YORK TIMES) reported:

Iraq and the United States are negotiating an agreement that could result in the return of small units of American soldiers to Iraq on training missions. At the request of the Iraqi government, according to General Caslen, a unit of Army Special Operations soldiers was recently deployed to Iraq to advise on counterterrorism and help with intelligence.

Barack ran on his 'success' of getting US troops out of Iraq.  But he never got everyone out (that would be a withdrawal), he only took removed some (a drawdown) and now, ahead of the 2012 election, he was sending more back in and plotting to send even more back in.

Where was Jill?  Oh, that's right, defending Barack from Mitt Romney's attacks.

So, no, we're not impressed with The Attention Whore Stein.  

The Greens deserve a real candidate.  Jill Stein is not one as she has proven over and over.  She is an ego maniac.  And her last bit of ego trippin' -- trying to force the party to break the rules and declare Cornel West the nominee this summer -- has only pissed Green voters off more.

Bri-Bti can't tell you that.  Maybe because she doesn't have her call-ins anymore?  Possibly but more to the point, she doesn't talk to actual people.  And why should she when she already believes every answer is in her own head.

The Green Party needs a real candidate.  She is not it.  Pretending she is?  Just being a liar and the world's got more than enough of those already.  Bri-Bri can't see straight because she's motivated by destroying the Democratic Party.  She can work her grudge all she wants but she needs to stop lying and trying to saddle the Green Party with a has-been, failed candidate.

Turning to Gaza, NBC NEWS notes, "Strong majorities of all voters in the U.S. disapprove of President Joe Biden’s handling of foreign policy and the Israel-Hamas war, according to the latest national NBC News poll. The erosion is most pronounced among Democrats, a majority of whom believe Israel has gone too far in its military action in Gaza."  The slaughter continues.  It has displaced over 1 million people per the US Congressional Research Service.  Jessica Corbett (COMMON DREAMS) points out, "Academics and legal experts around the world, including Holocaust scholars, have condemned the six-week Israeli assault of Gaza as genocide."  AFP notes, "At least 13,000 Palestinians have been killed, 30,000 injured, says Gaza's Health Ministry."  The world watches as the US government is exposed as just another part of the killing machine.  And the see those who stand up and those who just go along.  Lauren Sforza (THE HILL) reported Sunday:

WHO said it sent a joint team with the U.N. to the hospital Saturday to “assess the situation on the ground, conduct a rapid situational analysis, assess medical priorities and establish logistics options for further missions.” The team, who spent one hour inside the hospital, described the hospital as a “death zone” and the situation as “desperate.”

The U.N.-WHO team said they saw a mass grave with more than 80 people buried there at the hospital. 

“Lack of clean water, fuel, medicines, food and other essential aid over the last 6 weeks have caused Al-Shifa Hospital — once the largest, most advanced and best equipped referral hospital in Gaza — to essentially stop functioning as a medical facility,” WHO stated in a press release. “The team observed that due to the security situation, it has been impossible for the staff to carry out effective waste management in the hospital.”

That's what the Israeli government did to a hospital.  We have to add that sentence since THE HILL can't and appears to want readers to think the hospital did that to itself.

Recapping some of Saturday's events, THE GUARDIAN notes:

  • More than 80 people were killed on Saturday by double Israeli strikes on the Jabalia refugee camp, Gaza’s health ministry said. “At least 50 people” were killed in an Israeli strike on early Saturday morning at the UNRWA-run al-Fakhouri school in the Jabalia refugee camp a Gaza health ministry official said. Another strike on a separate building in the camp killed 32 people of the same family, 19 of them children, according to the official.

  • Médecins Sans Frontières strongly condemned a “deliberate attack” on a convoy evacuating its staff members and their families, which it said had resulted in one death and one injury. The convoy was attacked on Saturday, as it was trying to evacuate 137 people, from MSF premises located near Al-Shifa hospital.

  • Thousands of demonstrators, including family members of hostages kidnapped by Hamas, marched into Jerusalem on Saturday in angry calls for the Israeli government to do more to bring their relatives home. The march capped a five-day trek from Tel Aviv and represented the largest protest on behalf of the hostages since they were dragged into Gaza by Hamas on 7 October.

  • Twelve people have been killed after Israeli tank fire hit the Indonesian Hospital in northern Gaza on Monday, according to the health ministry in the territory, which is controlled by Hamas.

    Among the dead are patients who were being treated at the hospital and a member of medical staff, the ministry said.

    Palestinian journalist Anas al-Sharif, who is inside the hospital, told CNN that Israeli tanks were outside the main hospital gates, as well as other locations near the hospital.

    ALJAZEERA notes this morning:

    The UK-based rights group says it has determined that two Israeli strikes last month that killed 46 people in Gaza “were indiscriminate attacks or direct attacks on civilians or civilian objects, which must be investigated as war crimes”.

    The incidents probed by Amnesty were an attack on Saint Porphyrius Church in Gaza City on October 19 and another on a home in the Nuseirat refugee camp the following day.

    “These deadly, unlawful attacks are part of a documented pattern of disregard for Palestinian civilians and demonstrate the devastating impact of the Israeli military’s unprecedented onslaught has left nowhere safe in Gaza, regardless of where civilians live or seek shelter,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Amnesty director of global research, advocacy and policy.

    “We urge the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor to take immediate concrete action to expedite the investigation into war crimes and other crimes under international law opened in 2021,” Guevara Rosas added.

    During its investigation, Amnesty said it spoke to more than a dozen people, including survivors, and reviewed satellite imagery and open-source audio-visual material.

    Over the weekend, a column with Joe Biden's name attached to it (no, he did not write it himself) appeared in THE WASHINGTON POST.  Andre Damon (WSWS) notes:

    Biden’s op-ed should put to rest any claim that the US’s failure to call for a ceasefire in Gaza is a mistake or misunderstanding. Rather, the United States sees crushing the resistance of the Palestinian people as critical to the US’s global strategy. He writes:

    As long as Hamas clings to its ideology of destruction, a cease-fire is not peace. To Hamas’s members, every cease-fire is time they exploit to rebuild their stockpile of rockets, reposition fighters and restart the killing by attacking innocents again. An outcome that leaves Hamas in control of Gaza would once more perpetuate its hate.

    In Biden’s worldview, the precondition for “peace” is a total surrender by the Palestinians. While he refers to Hamas, what he really means is that so long as the Palestinians believe it is possible to resist an occupying force that has dispossessed them of their land and illegally occupies it, American imperialism will continue its efforts to arm Israel and bomb the Palestinians into submission.

    Having bluntly declared the US’s total support for Israel, Biden goes on to add, with consummate imperialist hypocrisy, “There must be no forcible displacement of Palestinians from Gaza, no reoccupation, no siege or blockade, and no reduction in territory.”

    This, as everyone knows, is precisely what the Israeli government is doing. Israeli officials have made clear that their aim is, in the words of Israel’s agriculture minister, “Nakba 2023,” or as Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said, to expel the Palestinian population to “tent cities” in the Sinai desert. As for a “siege or blockade,” that is already happening, with the support of the Biden administration.

    The entire population of Gaza has been subjected to mass hunger, dehydration and the total collapse of medical care. The people of northern Gaza, instructed to flee or face death, are being told to once again relocate further south. And after every atrocity by Israel, the United States declares, “Israel has the right to defend itself.”


    This morning, FRANCE 24 notes:

    People are refusing to be silent.   At ZNET, Dan Sheehan writes:

    Then, earlier this morning, the news broke that Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, essayist, and poetry editor of the New York Times Magazine, Anne Boyer, has resigned from her post, writing in her resignation letter that “the Israeli state’s U.S.-backed war against the people of Gaza is not a war for anyone” and that she “won’t write about poetry amid the ‘reasonable’ tones of those who aim to acclimatize us to this unreasonable suffering.”

    Here is Boyer’s extraordinary resignation letter—in which she takes direct aim at the language used by her (now former) employer in its coverage of the war on Gaza—in full:

    I have resigned as poetry editor of the New York Times Magazine.

    The Israeli state’s U.S-backed war against the people of Gaza is not a war for anyone. There is no safety in it or from it, not for Israel, not for the United States or Europe, and especially not for the many Jewish people slandered by those who claim falsely to fight in their names. Its only profit is the deadly profit of oil interests and weapon manufacturers.

    The world, the future, our hearts—everything grows smaller and harder from this war. It is not only a war of missiles and land invasions. It is an ongoing war against the people of Palestine, people who have resisted throughout decades of occupation, forced dislocation, deprivation, surveillance, siege, imprisonment, and torture.

    Because our status quo is self-expression, sometimes the most effective mode of protest for artists is to refuse.

    I can’t write about poetry amidst the ‘reasonable’ tones of those who aim to acclimatize us to this unreasonable suffering. No more ghoulish euphemisms. No more verbally sanitized hellscapes. No more warmongering lies.

    If this resignation leaves a hole in the news the size of poetry, then that is the true shape of the present.

    —Anne Boyer

    Sandy English (WSWS) explains:

    Boyer is a poet and essayist, the author of 10 books, and the winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction. Her resignation and letter have struck a blow against the pretensions of the New York Times—which has supported the slaughter in Gaza in its editorial policy and reporting—to be evenhanded and “objective,” instead of what it is, an organ of CIA-Pentagon-White House propaganda that invariably sides with oppressor against the oppressed, essentially pro-imperialist yellow journalism.

    As the World Socialist Web Site noted on the resignation—almost certainly coerced—of another New York Times writer, Jazmine Hughes, earlier this month for signing a writers’ petition calling for a ceasefire in Gaza:

    “The Times is itself complicit in this world-historic crime. The protest letter [signed by Hughes] cited an October 14 op-ed by the paper’s Editorial Board entitled ‘Israel Can Defend Itself and Uphold Its Values’ which, while weakly calling upon the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to attempt to ‘minimize’ civilian casualties, declared that the Israeli regime deserved the unequivocal support of the United States and its allies in prosecuting its war against the people of Gaza.

    “At the same time,” the WSWS pointed out, “the Times systematically downplays the war atrocities of the Israeli military. While it cannot avoid reporting on the massive scale of death and suffering being inflicted on Gaza, it employs a crude sleight of hand in its coverage.”

    Boyer’s phrases, “sanitized hellscapes” and “warmongering lies” are precise and excoriating. They rip the veil off the official lying and chloroforming of public opinion by the Times, the country’s flagship liberal publication.


    Kat's "Kat's Korner: Seasoned entertainers (Dolly Parton, Ann-Margaret and Cher)" went up Sunday.   The following sites updated: