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  #2949401 1-Aug-2022 17:27
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A publishing company in New Brunswick, Canada, has terminated its contract with cartoonist Michael de Adder after a drawing he did of President Donald Trump standing over the bodies of two drowned migrants went viral on social media.

 

 

If you're not familiar with de Adder's work, do a Google image search or similar, he's really sharp and he really doesn't pull any punches. That particular cartoon was about par for the course for him, I guess it was the huge amount of publicity over it that made the paper nervous.

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  #2949548 2-Aug-2022 08:31
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https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-lawyers-planning-for-charges-1390669/

 

I bet they are! Although it's not really so "quiet" anymore, is it?


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TRUMP DEMANDS RECOUNT AFTER BIDEN CLAIMS MORE POSITIVE COVID TESTS

 

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) - Donald J. Trump has demanded an immediate recount of COVID tests after it emerged that President Biden had tested positive more times than he did. He told reporters, “There's no way Sleepy Joe could beat me at COVID. His tests were rigged.”

 

Lending Trump support was his former attorney Rudolph Giuliani, who claimed that Biden’s most recent COVID test was rife with fraud. “These COVID tests are like a Breathalyzer,” Giuliani said. “You blow into the damn thing when you’re perfectly sober and it says you’re drunk off your ass.”

 

Trump asserted that once a recount is performed, he will have easily topped Biden’s positive tests. “I don't care how many he claims, I've easy had four more,” he said.
 





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  #2949770 2-Aug-2022 16:47
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Headlines from the Guardian:

 

 

 

 

The second female journalist present, from the AP, was also subjected to a full-body clothing inspection.

 

 

I guess they should have worn a burqa.

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  #2949794 2-Aug-2022 17:35
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Only in America...





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  #2949897 2-Aug-2022 20:42
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A while back I asked about how unusual Trump's insurrection was in the overall picture of US politics. Turns out that, while they're not common, there have been a few insurrections and attempted insurrections/coups in the history of the US. The successful ones were at the state level, including one by white supremacists, but there was also the Business Plot to overthrow FDR and replace him with a dictator, again by right-wing conservatives, and not quite a coup but something close to it, Operation Northwoods, the US military carrying out terrorist attacks in the US and blaming it on Cuba in order to provoke a war.

 

 

Given that the US right likes to portray what-counts-as-the-left-in-the-US as Marxist-Leninist revolutionaries it's interesting that all the planned and actual revolutionary activities were carried out by far-right/white-supremacist/conservative groups, not hordes of Marxist bogeymen.

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  #2949990 3-Aug-2022 08:42
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With Trump, it's always what you suspected, but always far worse.

Axios: A radical plan for Trump’s second term

Former President Trump’s top allies are preparing to radically reshape the federal government if he is re-elected, purging potentially thousands of civil servants and filling career posts with loyalists to him and his "America First” ideology, people involved in the discussions tell Axios.

The impact could go well beyond typical conservative targets such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Internal Revenue Service. Trump allies are working on plans that would potentially strip layers at the Justice Department — including the FBI, and reaching into national security, intelligence, the State Department and the Pentagon, sources close to the former president say.
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[If Trump wins in 2024,] they intend to stack thousands of mid-level staff jobs. Well-funded groups are already developing lists of candidates selected often for their animus against the system — in line with Trump’s long-running obsession with draining “the swamp.” This includes building extensive databases of people vetted as being committed to Trump and his agenda.

The preparations are far more advanced and ambitious than previously reported. What is happening now is an inversion of the slapdash and virtually non-existent infrastructure surrounding Trump ahead of his 2017 presidential transition.

These groups are operating on multiple fronts: shaping policies, identifying top lieutenants, curating an alternative labor force of unprecedented scale, and preparing for legal challenges and defenses that might go before Trump-friendly judges, all the way to a 6-3 Supreme Court.
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  #2949997 3-Aug-2022 08:56
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Jan. 6 text messages wiped from phones of key Trump Pentagon officials - CNNPolitics

 

 

The Defense Department wiped the phones of top departing DOD and Army officials at the end of the Trump administration, deleting any texts from key witnesses to events surrounding the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, according to court filings.

 

The acknowledgment that the phones from the Pentagon officials had been wiped was first revealed in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit American Oversight brought against the Defense Department and the Army. The watchdog group is seeking January 6 records from former acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller, former chief of staff Kash Patel, and former Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, among other prominent Pentagon officials -- having filed initial FOIA requests just a few days after the Capitol attack.

 

Miller, Patel and McCarthy have all been viewed as crucial witnesses for understanding government's response to the January 6 Capitol assault and former President Donald Trump's reaction to the breach. All three were involved in the Defense Department's response to sending National Guard troops to the US Capitol as the riot was unfolding. There is no suggestion that the officials themselves erased the records.

 

The government's assertion in the filings that the officials' text messages from that day were not preserved is the latest blow to the efforts to bring transparency to the events of January 6. It comes as the Department of Homeland Security is also under fire for the apparent loss of messages from the Secret Service that day.

 





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  #2949999 3-Aug-2022 09:01
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Oh no! He's not getting any attention from his beloved Fox News! He must hate that 😁

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/29/business/media/fox-news-donald-trump-rupert-murdoch.html

 

Oh dear. How sad. Never mind.


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  #2950001 3-Aug-2022 09:02
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kingdragonfly: With Trump, it's always what you suspected, but always far worse.

Axios: A radical plan for Trump’s second term

Former President Trump’s top allies are preparing to radically reshape the federal government if he is re-elected, purging potentially thousands of civil servants and filling career posts with loyalists to him and his "America First” ideology, people involved in the discussions tell Axios.

The impact could go well beyond typical conservative targets such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Internal Revenue Service. Trump allies are working on plans that would potentially strip layers at the Justice Department — including the FBI, and reaching into national security, intelligence, the State Department and the Pentagon, sources close to the former president say.
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[If Trump wins in 2024,] they intend to stack thousands of mid-level staff jobs. Well-funded groups are already developing lists of candidates selected often for their animus against the system — in line with Trump’s long-running obsession with draining “the swamp.” This includes building extensive databases of people vetted as being committed to Trump and his agenda.

The preparations are far more advanced and ambitious than previously reported. What is happening now is an inversion of the slapdash and virtually non-existent infrastructure surrounding Trump ahead of his 2017 presidential transition.

These groups are operating on multiple fronts: shaping policies, identifying top lieutenants, curating an alternative labor force of unprecedented scale, and preparing for legal challenges and defenses that might go before Trump-friendly judges, all the way to a 6-3 Supreme Court.
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He has to run again (which he probably will) and then win the election again (which he may not be so strong at this time as he was in 2016) first though.


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  #2950002 3-Aug-2022 09:03
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freitasm:

 

Jan. 6 text messages wiped from phones of key Trump Pentagon officials - CNNPolitics

 

 

The Defense Department wiped the phones of top departing DOD and Army officials at the end of the Trump administration, deleting any texts from key witnesses to events surrounding the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, according to court filings.

 

The acknowledgment that the phones from the Pentagon officials had been wiped was first revealed in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit American Oversight brought against the Defense Department and the Army. The watchdog group is seeking January 6 records from former acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller, former chief of staff Kash Patel, and former Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, among other prominent Pentagon officials -- having filed initial FOIA requests just a few days after the Capitol attack.

 

Miller, Patel and McCarthy have all been viewed as crucial witnesses for understanding government's response to the January 6 Capitol assault and former President Donald Trump's reaction to the breach. All three were involved in the Defense Department's response to sending National Guard troops to the US Capitol as the riot was unfolding. There is no suggestion that the officials themselves erased the records.

 

The government's assertion in the filings that the officials' text messages from that day were not preserved is the latest blow to the efforts to bring transparency to the events of January 6. It comes as the Department of Homeland Security is also under fire for the apparent loss of messages from the Secret Service that day.

 

 

 

I wonder if the carriers would have kept copies of the messages though? That way it doesn't matter if they were deleted off the device, they would still keep a copy, surely?


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  #2950085 3-Aug-2022 10:24
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Only if it was standard SMS. Some people might have been using other tools like RCS/iMessage/WhatsApp, etc and the telcos (or anyone else) won't have access.





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  #2950120 3-Aug-2022 11:20
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quickymart: I wonder if the carriers would have kept copies of the messages though? That way it doesn't matter if they were deleted off the device, they would still keep a copy, surely?



Most Americans would say "it's the DOD. It's bulletproof security" Maybe not so much

Bruce Blair's Nuclear Column: Keeping Presidents in the Nuclear Dark

Last month I asked Robert McNamara, the secretary of defense during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, what he believed back in the 1960s was the status of technical locks on the Minuteman intercontinental missiles. These long-range nuclear-tipped missiles first came on line during the Cuban missile crisis and grew to a force of 1,000 during the McNamara years — the backbone of the U.S. strategic deterrent through the late 1960s

...What he had just learned from me was that the locks had been installed, but everyone knew the combination.

The Strategic Air Command (SAC) in Omaha quietly decided to set the “locks” to all zeros in order to circumvent this safeguard. During the early to mid-1970s, during my stint as a Minuteman launch officer, they still had not been changed. Our launch checklist in fact instructed us, the firing crew, to double-check the locking panel in our underground launch bunker to ensure that no digits other than zero had been inadvertently dialed into the panel. SAC remained far less concerned about unauthorized launches than about the potential of these safeguards to interfere with the implementation of wartime launch orders. And so the “secret unlock code” during the height of the nuclear crises of the Cold War remained constant at 00000000.
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Washington Post: First Jan. 6 defendant convicted at trial receives longest sentence of 7 years

The first U.S. Capitol riot defendant convicted at trial was sentenced to more than seven years in prison Monday, the longest punishment handed down to date over the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on Congress.

Guy Reffitt, a recruiter for the right-wing Three Percenters movement in Texas, was convicted March 8 of five felony offenses, including obstruction of Congress as it met to certify the 2020 election result, interfering with police and carrying a firearm to a riot, and threatening his teenage son, who turned him in to the FBI. Prosecutors said Reffitt led a mob while armed at the Capitol and asked a judge to sentence him to 15 years after applying a terrorism sentencing penalty.

U.S. District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich condemned Reffitt’s conduct in handing down an 87-month sentence, saying in a nearly six-hour hearing that his views espousing political violence were “absurd,” “delusional” and “way outside of the mainstream.”
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A jury found that Reffitt traveled to D.C. from his home in Wylie, Tex., with an AR-style rifle and semiautomatic .40-caliber handgun and repeatedly stated his intention to come armed with a handgun and plastic handcuffs to drag lawmakers out of the building. After returning home from Washington, he threatened his children to ensure they did not turn him in to authorities.
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  #2950153 3-Aug-2022 12:23
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kingdragonfly: With Trump, it's always what you suspected, but always far worse.

Axios: A radical plan for Trump’s second term

Former President Trump’s top allies are preparing to radically reshape the federal government if he is re-elected, purging potentially thousands of civil servants and filling career posts with loyalists to him and his "America First” ideology, people involved in the discussions tell Axios.

The impact could go well beyond typical conservative targets such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Internal Revenue Service. Trump allies are working on plans that would potentially strip layers at the Justice Department — including the FBI, and reaching into national security, intelligence, the State Department and the Pentagon, sources close to the former president say.
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[If Trump wins in 2024,] they intend to stack thousands of mid-level staff jobs. Well-funded groups are already developing lists of candidates selected often for their animus against the system — in line with Trump’s long-running obsession with draining “the swamp.” This includes building extensive databases of people vetted as being committed to Trump and his agenda.

The preparations are far more advanced and ambitious than previously reported. What is happening now is an inversion of the slapdash and virtually non-existent infrastructure surrounding Trump ahead of his 2017 presidential transition.

These groups are operating on multiple fronts: shaping policies, identifying top lieutenants, curating an alternative labor force of unprecedented scale, and preparing for legal challenges and defenses that might go before Trump-friendly judges, all the way to a 6-3 Supreme Court.
...

 

Don't forget to clean out all the Satanic paedophile Democrats, child farmers, Semites, Muslims, 1st, 2nd 3rd generation south of the border immigrants and, well, all those who just do not genuflect and kiss the ring (either end) of Mein Fuhrer.

 

As I stated in a previous post: "This is what happens in right wing authoritarian dictatorships, censorship." plus nepotism.

 

These MAGA people, educated and uneducated, have no idea.

 

Revelations anyone:

 

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