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Constant Vigilance

Posted on: July 12, 2017

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We are going to be stuck with Donald Dump for the foreseeable future. Republicans will not impeach him. Nothing he can do will force them to abandon him. Even as the country tries to absorb Dump Jr’s e-mails confirming he met with a Russian lawyer with government connections to get dirt on Hillary Clinton – GOP collectively yawns. Mitch McConnell says he has no comment. Paul Ryan is MIA. John McCain is concerned and Lady Graham is disturbed. That’s as bad as the recriminations got. (Bernie Sanders, by the way, says we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. The strongest response came from Moe Scarborough who announced he’s leaving GOP to become an independent. Which is nice, but who cares?) The right-wing media has closed ranks around Dump and his abominations. Collusion with the Russians isn’t so bad, Breitbart and Fox have declared. Besides, shouldn’t Hillary Clinton be prosecuted, Sean Hannity asks?

The best response so far came from a surprising source: Trey Gowdy-Doody.

Someone needs to get everyone in a room and say, from the time you saw ‘Dr. Zhivago’ until the moment you drank vodka with a guy named Boris, you list every single contact with Russia,” Gowdy said, referring to the 1965 movie.

But Gowdy-Doody says he will investigate nothing via his House committee; he’s leaving it all to Bob Mueller.

Vice President Pence’s courageous response via his spokesperson was:

The Vice President is working every day to advance the president’s agenda, which is what the American people sent us here to do. […] The Vice President was not aware of the meeting. He is not focused on stories about the campaign, particularly stories about the time before he joined the ticket.

“Before he joined the ticket.” That’s Pence trying to have it both ways. Standing by Trump’s agenda and “Hey, don’t look at me, I just work here!” in case the story has legs. But considering each new story feels like the one that breaks the camel’s back and then it doesn’t… we shouldn’t expect this new story to be any different. Dump is here to stay. If he is to go, it can only be accomplished if Democrats take both House and Senate in 2018 (unlikely), and then the 2020 elections. Until then… we must fasten our seat-belts and get comfortable. The ride will continue to be bumpy.

Which brings me back to Mike Pence’s statement. “The Vice President is working every day to advance the president’s agenda.” What is this agenda? What is the future that Republicans want? It’s all bad. All bad. Mitch McConnell has postponed Senate’s August recess by two weeks, hoping to cobble a coalition that passes their healthcare abomination. Hopefully The Resistance continues the push-back and enough Rethugs are afraid enough of their constituents to vote Nay.

There is another story that came out last week from El Salvador that should chill all our spines because this is essentially the future Republicans want in the US too.

This week a court in El Salvador sentenced 19-year-old Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz following her conviction for aggravated homicide.

Hernandez says she became pregnant after being raped in the small community where she lived, according to her trial statements. She says she did not report the attack out of fear and did not realize she was pregnant.

In April 2016, Hernandez said, she felt strong abdominal pains and lost consciousness in the bathroom. She was taken to a hospital and treated for vaginal bleeding from an out-of-hospital delivery, but there was no newborn.

Authorities opened an investigation and later found the fetus. She was initially charged with having caused in abortion, which is illegal in all situations in El Salvador. The charge was later changed to aggravated homicide.

Hernandez said she did not know she had miscarried. She has been in prison since the incident.

GOP’s assault on women’s right to control their own bodies is decades old. They started fighting abortion rights the minute SCOTUS ruled on Roe v. Wade. They have never la-fg-c1-el-salvador-women-20150415wavered, they turned the issue into perhaps the single biggest cultural wedge issue in the country. And over decades they have chipped away at abortion rights bit by bit by bit. They have been great at branding (GOP always is), controlling the debate, redefining terms (“partial birth abortion,” for example) and seeing abortion rights erode. With Trump and Pence in the White House, and Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, abortion rights are as much at risk as anything else right now. We should look at El Salvador, where abortions under all circumstances – no exceptions – is illegal, as the future we might have in the US. In El Salvador judges rule abortions and miscarriages as homicide and sentence women to decades in prison. World Health Organization estimates that 68,000 women die each year as a result of unsafe/illegal abortions. This is an issue we must remain vigilant about because we know Pence has it in his sight.

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109 Responses to "Constant Vigilance"

And just in time for the Dump agenda, ProPublica’s today story is Dump’s team to roll back regulations.

https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-teams-rolling-back-regulations-led-by-hires-with-deep-industry-ties

Sadly DYB, I believe you are absolutely correct. We are in the throes of a vicious tribal mentality and truth no longer matters — only what an issue does to “us” versus “them”. Truth no longer has purchase beyond a tertiary tactic in order to spin — sprinkle a little truth amongst the lies to move them along.

I must say though, Gowdy-Doody is a keeper as a moniker.

This is awkward for Bernie and Jane, paragons of all virtuous things.

OMG LOL, Jane Sanders has blocked me on twitter! Hahahaha

Oh how you must grieve over Jane blocking you, DYB!

The detachment of Larsen-C ice shelf.

10,000 years and poof during our lifetimes.

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/12/15947448/antarctica-ice-berg-larsen-c-how-big

@4, congratulations D — add that to your profile and resume. LOL

I meant to say, DYB, your post is depressing. I want’e to live in the fantasy that yesterday was the straw that broke the camels’ back, but you are probably right. We are stuck with Dolt 45 for a while.
Also, @1 that article makes me believe that there is a whole lot more to come out. I think they know just which individuals helped the Kremlin. I think the shoes dropping are intended to get GOP stirred into action. Amazing they haven’t had intended effect yet, but there is hope.

@8 Prolix, wow that’s fascinating!

Bingo:

THERE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN SIGNIFICANT COOPERATION BETWEEN RUSSIA’S ONLINE PROPAGANDA MACHINE AND INDIVIDUALS IN THE UNITED STATES WHO WERE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT WHERE TO TARGET THE DISINFORMATION.

Mike Carpenter, former senior Pentagon official who specialized on Russia matters

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@5, DYB, Congratulations!

Ar Berman’s Give Us the Ballot should be required reading for anyone in the Resistance.

Begs the ol’ question: What could possibly go wrong?

If you haven’t already, call!

View story at Medium.com

Great questions on Junior’s pandora’s box.

@19, oh, yes, lots of questions!

@20 Luna, LOL and *cry*

Uh oh…another boom folks.

“U.S. intelligence starting in the spring of 2015 detected conversations in which Russian government officials discussed meetings with Trump associates”

https://www.wsj.com/article_email/russian-officials-overheard-discussing-trump-associates-before-campaign-began-1499890354-lMyQjAxMTI3MjE5MjExMzI0Wj/

Just now catching up.

@5: Consider it a badge of honor.

Excellent post DYB! And I fear you are so correct on the Repubs. They won’t act on anything regarding Trump until it is in their interest to do so. And as long as they are afraid of being primaried from the right it won’t be in their interest.

As far as Pence – pffft! He has already formed his PAC and is already hitting the important primary states like Ohio.

http://abc6onyourside.com/news/local/vice-president-pence-to-visit-the-ohio-state-university-later-this-month

Love the cartoon at the top. Too bad pooty-poot won’t be a Rostrapovich.

Sounds good until you work out the crappy details and implications. Plus, accountants pick what meds are covered? Taxes, meds — hey what’s the big difference!

Buried in Trump’s executive order on drug pricing is a windfall clause for pharma

But in the long term, experts say, extending a safe harbor to chronic care would encourage more employers to adopt these skimpy plans, while shielding the pharmaceutical industry from pressure to lower drug costs.

“It’s hard to view this as anything but a substantial win for pharma,” said Kim Monk, a partner and pharmaceutical expert at Capital Alpha Partners, which tracks laws and regulations for financial institutions.

…the IRS would determine what care and medications are covered.

https://www.statnews.com/2017/07/12/drug-price-executive-order-pharma/?s_campaign=tw&utm_content=bufferc7290&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Trump is unlikely to understand the symbolism of Bastille Day. He’ll be busy worshipping at Napoleon’s tomb.

President Trump was not expected to attend France’s Bastille Day, which this year will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I.

But then he learned there would be a military parade.

French President Emmanuel Macron told Trump in a June 27 phone call about the event, which this year will feature U.S. and French troops marching through the historic streets near the Arc de Triomphe, fighter jets cutting through the skies above, and flags, horses and military equipment on display — the sort of spectacle that Trump wanted to stage at his own inauguration in January.

Trump told Macron he would be there, according to a White House official, and French and U.S. officials rushed to schedule a last-minute trip that will last about 27 hours and include dinner at an opulent restaurant in the Eiffel Tower and a visit to Napoleon Bonaparte’s tomb.

Macron’s jabs at Trump have been widely applauded in France, where a Pew Research Center poll recently found that only 14 percent of people say they have confidence in Trump.

Despite the angst among some about Trump’s visit, it was largely being overshadowed on the streets of Paris by Bastille Day, which marks the storming of the royal fortress during the French Revolution in 1789.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-loves-a-military-parade–its-one-reason-hes-heading-to-paris/2017/07/12/ccd46894-66df-11e7-8eb5-cbccc2e7bfbf_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_trumpparis-628pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.d2cc05d2eedf

New image w/title over on the right side. (h/t to Prolix for title assistance)

@36, how much you wanna bet that when Dolt 45 goes to Napoleon’s tomb he asks, “Why isn’t it red, white, and brown? Like his ice cream?”

Wow, Luna @35. I’m sure having tax accountants decide which medicines I can take will be even better than having insurance accountants doing the job. (A long time ago, after a brief hospitalization, I wrote a post called Shoot Me Now: Health Care in the New Millenium. It’s only gotten *worse*.)

You know what I keep thinking about those two deep red Okie state lege seats that turned blue? This is the first I’ve heard about them. Which means they weren’t on Bernie’s radar either, probably. Which means he couldn’t jump in with endorsements. So they won.

I’m mostly joking. But only mostly.

@41: True dat! LOL

@41, Q, I’m not joking when I say I think you’re right.

@41, Bingo!

@38, Lol!

Hey, maybe he’ll get a souvenir Napoleon hat too!

@41 Quixote – there is still some Bernie fans in the Dem party here – but I think you’re right – these came in under the radar – no national attention & OK is very red. Really good news

Dump is going to Paris because there’ll be a military parade. My first thought about a military parade in Paris was: “Is it the Germans????”

Macron has gotten into some trouble lately by saying some unfortunate things about Africa.

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/07/11/536445457/macron-got-a-lot-wrong-about-africa-but-made-one-good-point

Read this thread. I laughed out loud.

Bill Hemmer asks three times and there’s three denials — if we replace Bill Hemmer with “cock crowing” this is almost biblical. It would answer one of my prayers if Pence was caught up in this up to his sanctimonious follicles and he drowned in his own BS.

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@52 Prolix> Huh, interesting! I’m gonna take that as a “Definitely maybe.”

@52: Oh that would be delightful Prolix.

@53 & 54, he’s lied at every turn about Russia. Something smells really rotten.

Ok so remember when a few weeks ago I said I wanted to start a conspiracy theory about Sanders having Russian help to hack into Clinton voter data? I never posted that outside of here, but Joy Reid just made a connection…

@56, D, you have us if you want a “poor man’s copyright claim” on the conspiracy theory. I fear it doesn’t qualify for trademark or patent IP protection.

Prolix, maybe Joy reads Widdershins?

Hi Joy!

Earlier today Hayes tweeted that he has been skeptical about Trump campaign collusion, but Junior e-mails finally make him think there’s something to that story.

This is highly entertaining since for a long time he’s smiled at Rachel Maddow while thinking she was crazy.

@56: Perhaps Joy is reading us!

@DYB: Aw shit, had not refreshed the page to see your similar comment as mine. I’ll take mine out.

Nah Fredster leave yours! Great minds think alike!

@64: Okie doke, I did.

@67: Hahahahahahaaaa!

DYB, enjoyed the post, even though its depressing I guess we have to face it (sob!).

@37, LOLOL!

@49, wow! I liked the enigma movie with Dougray Scott & Kate Winslet.

@50, oh good grief. I can’t stand that crazy bitch.

@56, that’s an interesting idea. Didn’t he go to Moscow on his honeymoon? I would love it if someone would get the real dirt on that mean old man.

@ 41, quixote:

@72: Ha! When the actual truth doesn’t suit you, make up your own truth.

Contrask: Charles Pierce has a good article on those two Oklahoma races:

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a56278/oklahoma-democratic-victory/

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@81> I remember how livid alt-right and alt-left were at that Chelsea cover. Because…reasons.

@75 Thanks for that article, Fredster! And I had forgotten the Tulsa seat was also a creep replacement 🙂

I have a really hard time believing this is true, but I have seen it now about a half dozen times on Twitter. Unbelievable!

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@81 Prolix -Can’t fake good kids – Love it! and thinking about Jimmy Carter, recovering from cancer and still working for Habitat for Humanity at 92.

@84, it’s a true story.

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Trump’s lawyer is insane.

Oops sorry contrast @87, I posted same story after you.

Holy crap, that Trump quote about the wall being see-through is nuts. Bananas. Demented. Insane in the membrane!

So Dump is already changing his story on Junior’s Russian meeting. Now he says maybe someone might have mentioned somethings about it, perhaps definitely maybe possibly potentially.

@87 & 89, I must say, reading the ravings of Kasowitz I actually learned something. Reading the comments after the ProPublica article, I am now disabused of the false notion that you double space after a period. Now I can’t tell you how I’ve troubled over the issue. You see, when doing posts, the magic gremlins of WordPress format paragraphs and they get all whopper-jawed when you double space after periods. So I had stopped using the double space. But the guilt. The guilt I felt from following the rules set by my typing teacher. I am now guilt free about that extra space. Free at last, free at last. Thanks Kasowitz for all your craziness.

Check this out. (Magnitsky was the one who uncovered this tax fraud scheme) A $230 million case settled for $6 million.

Democratic congressmen on the House Judiciary Committee want to know why Attorney General Jeff Sessions abruptly settled a money laundering case in May involving the same Russian attorney who met with Donald Trump Jr. during the presidential election to offer “dirt” on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The civil forfeiture case was filed in 2013 by Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York — who was fired by Trump in March. The case alleged that 11 companies were involved in a tax fraud in Russia and then laundered a portion of the $230 million they got into Manhattan real estate.

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/07/12/doj-settled-massive-russian-fraud-case-involving-lawyer-who-met-with-trump-jr/

Great post, DYB! And all the links and tweets here are killer!

@94> It’s astonishing how Magnitsky’s discovery is reverberating across the globe.

Are you following the story of that crazy Rethuglican Smith who hunted Hillary and spoke to WSJ – and then died days later? It appears he committed suicide and left a suicide note. Democrats should accuse Russia of murdering him before Republicans start accusing Hillary of murdering him.

Good idea! Someone get to it before Hannity!

@93, Back in the day I did some typesetting, and so was set straight about the 1 space after a period early on. Even set some real metal type too — the college art department had a letterpress and real metal type you set one character at a time. It was used mainly for art chapbooks. Ah, the feel under your fingers of good paper bit into by metal type!

The 2 spaces after a period for typing probably came about because typewriters for many decades had characters which each took up the same amount of space — an ‘m’ or ‘w’ took up as much space as a skinny ‘i’ or ‘l.’ When proportional spacing came out it was a big thing.

Then “desktop publishing” came along. Really, it’s “desktop design,” but suddenly everyone and their cousin was a designer. Progress…. Well, there are still good designers. Funny, I still critique graphic design almost unconsciously.

@96, And people have been dying mysteriously ever since.

Actually, they did so before too, when Der Putin thought they were in the way.

@97, there are a number of rather odd details about that “suicide.”

A see-through wall?!?! Sounds funny. Think of all the nasty shit the Mexicans could paint all over it from their side. And then the Americans couldn’t see through it and the Mexicans could throw over all kinds of stuff.

@97, Good one DYB! I saw that on the news. What a horrible person.

Prolix, I’ve also had a hard time breaking the 2-space habit! Heck, it’s how we were trained.

Fredster, the RP was brilliant as usual!

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