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Brett Kavanaugh lied to the Senate. Many times.

Outstanding investigative journalism and personal accounts from people who knew him show that Brett Kavanaugh lied again and again at his Senate confirmation hearing. How can a serial liar possibly be confirmed into the role of a Supreme Court justice?

Kavanaugh lied repeatedly about Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony that she was sexually assaulted by him at age 15.

Kavanaugh repeatedly lied that her account had been “refuted” by witnesses.

He lied about his behavior in high school and college.

He lied many times about policies he worked on during the presidency of George W. Bush.

“Kavanaugh is such a brazen liar that many of his false claims have been entirely refuted by reporting,” Media Matters for America says in this comprehensive list of his lies under oath before the United States Senate.

Here are some of Kavanaugh’s lies:

Kavanaugh repeatedly claimed Ford’s accusation has been “refuted” by others who she said attended the party — even though the other attendees have said no such thing. Kavanaugh seized on the word “refuted” when responding to Ford’s report, claiming in five instancesthat the three people who Ford says were at the party when Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her had “refuted” her account. That’s an obvious misrepresentation of what those people have said. They have actually all said that they don’t recall the party in question — a major difference from saying something didn’t happen. And Ford’s friend Leland Keyser has said that although she doesn’t remember the party in question, she believes Ford is telling the truth.

Kavanaugh said he “did not travel in the same social circles” as Ford, but he did. During prepared remarks, Kavanaugh said that Ford “and I did not travel in the same social circles. It is possible that we met at some point at some events, although I do not recall that.” But Ford testified that she went out with one of Kavanaugh’s friends, whose name appears 13 times in Kavanaugh’s calendar.

Kavanaugh attempted to fabricate an alibi by suggesting he did not drink on weekdays and was out of town almost every weekend night of the summer of 1982. Kavanaugh claimed that the incident Ford described “presumably happened on a weekend” and suggested that he and his friends didn’t drink during the week because of their jobs while adding he was “out of town almost every weekend night before football training camp started in late August.” In doing so, Kavanaugh attempted to falsely imply that he did not attend the type of get-together that Ford described. Kavanaugh’s lie is readily apparent in the calendars he provided the committee and a contradictory statement he made acknowledging “the calendars show a few weekday gatherings at friends’ houses after a workout or just to meet up and have some beers.” In particular, great attention has focused on his July 1 calendar entry — a Thursday — that showed he was having “[brew]skis” with some of the people Ford said were at the party.

Kavanaugh said he had no connection to Yale University prior to attending undergrad and law school there, but he was a legacy admittee. While denying that he was a heavy drinker in college who drank to the point of blacking out, Kavanagh said, “I got into Yale Law School — that’s the number one law school in the country. I had no connections there; I got in there by busting my tail at college.” In fact, Kavanaugh’s grandfather Everett Edward Kavanaugh attended Yale, making Kavanaugh a legacy student.

Kavanaugh denied every blacking out from drinking and downplayed his alcohol consumption as a young man, but numerous Yale classmates say he was a belligerent drunk. Kavanaugh became angered under questioning from Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) after she asked him if he ever blacked out from excessive drinking. In response, Kavanaugh pressed Klobuchar if she had ever blacked out and claimed that he doesn’t have a drinking problem. The New York Times reported that “nearly a dozen” of Kavanaugh’s classmates “said they recalled his indulging in heavy drinking, with some characterizing it as outside the norms of college life.” His freshman roommate James Roche said Kavanaugh was “frequently unusually drunk” and would become “belligerent and mean,” while classmate Charles “Chad” Ludington said Kavanaugh was “a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker.” Classmate Elizabeth Swisher calledKavanaugh’s claim he never blacked out “a lie” based on her observation of his behavior at the time. Classmate Lynne Brookes told CNN that she and her former classmates were texting each other during the hearing that Kavanaugh was lying about his college drinking habits.

Read more here.

A fitting legacy for President Trump, is there a rule of law in the US?

 

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Michael Lewis’ New Book: Trump vs. the Federal Government

By now the incompetence of the Trump campaign and White House is well known, but Michael Lewis is always worth paying attention to. His newest book, The Fifth Risk, is about just how unprepared the incoming Trump administration was to govern the country. The Guardian has an excerpt:

Chris Christie was sitting on a sofa beside Trump when Pennsylvania was finally called. It was 1.35am, but that wasn’t the only reason the feeling in the room was odd. Mike Pence went to kiss his wife, Karen, and she turned away from him. “You got what you wanted, Mike,” she said. “Now leave me alone.” She wouldn’t so much as say hello to Trump. Trump himself just stared at the TV without saying anything, like a man with a pair of twos whose bluff has been called. His campaign hadn’t even bothered to prepare an acceptance speech. It was not hard to see why Trump hadn’t seen the point in preparing to take over the federal government: why study for a test you will never need to take? Why take the risk of discovering you might, at your very best, be a C student? This was the real part of becoming president of the US. And, Christie thought, it scared the crap out of the president-elect.

Not long after the people on TV announced that Trump had won Pennsylvania, Jared Kushner grabbed Christie anxiously and said: “We have to have a transition meeting tomorrow morning!” Even before that meeting, Christie had made sure that Trump knew the protocol for his discussions with foreign leaders. The transition team had prepared a document to let him know how these were meant to go. The first few calls were easy — the very first was always with the prime minister of Great Britain — but two dozen calls in you were talking to some kleptocrat and tiptoeing around sensitive security issues. Before any of the calls could be made, however, the president of Egypt called in to the switchboard at Trump Tower and somehow got the operator to put him straight through to Trump. “Trump was like … I love the Bangles! You know that song Walk Like an Egyptian?” recalled one of his advisers on the scene.

Christ. Lewis’ very next line is: “That had been the first hint Christie had of trouble.” — which makes Chris Christie the most tone-deaf individual in the world (he was fired the next day, a complete surprise to him).

 

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Kavanaugh is One Sick Dude

Last week, the allegation that Brett Kavanaugh drunkenly assaulted a girl at a party in high school threatened to derail Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. That was bad, yet Republicans (namely Mitch McConnel pushed on)

Now, as Kavanaugh’s accuser prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, two more women have come forward, one to say that Kavanaugh thrust his penis in her face at a party at Yale in the 1980s, the other alleging some very serious and disgusting misconduct by Kavanaugh and Mark Judge as high schoolers:

Julie Swetnick

On Wednesday lawyer Michael Avenatti released the sworn deposition of Julie Swetnick, who details a string of serious allegations against Kavanaugh and friend Mark Judge at house parties in 1980 and 1981:

Here’s the full deposition, via Avenatti:

Swetnick’s allegations aren’t made lightly:

Swetnick’s allegations sure do sound a lot like the recollections of Mark Judge’s college girlfriend:

Rasor recalled that Judge had told her ashamedly of an incident that involved him and other boys taking turns having sex with a drunk woman. Rasor said that Judge seemed to regard it as fully consensual. She said that Judge did not name others involved in the incident, and she has no knowledge that Kavanaugh participated. But Rasor was disturbed by the story and noted that it undercut Judge’s protestations about the sexual innocence of Georgetown Prep. (Barbara Van Gelder, an attorney for Judge, said that he “categorically denies” the account related by Rasor. Van Gelder said that Judge had no further comment.)

[The New Yorker]

Christine Blasey Ford

Christine Blasey Ford, a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University, was the first woman to accuse Kavanaugh of assault. She sent a confidential letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in early July. She told her story publicly in the Washington Post on September 16.

Ford previously described the attack in a couple’s therapy session with her husband in 2012 and in an individual therapy session the following year.

Ford says that sometime in the early 1980s Kavanaugh assaulted her at a house party in Montgomery County, Maryland while his friend Mark Judge looked on:

While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.

“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” said Ford, now a 51-year-old research psychologist in northern California. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”

Ford said she was able to escape when Kavanaugh’s friend and classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling. She said she ran from the room, briefly locked herself in a bathroom and then fled the house.

[The Washington Post]

Deborah Ramirez

On Sunday, the New Yorker published an account of sexual misconduct from a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, who was a classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Yale.

Ramirez said that, when both she and Kavanaugh were freshmen at Yale, she was invited by a friend on the women’s soccer team to a dorm-room party. She recalled that the party took place in a suite at Lawrance Hall, in the part of Yale known as Old Campus, and that a small group of students decided to play a drinking game together. “We were sitting in a circle,” she said. “People would pick who drank.” Ramirez was chosen repeatedly, she said, and quickly became inebriated. At one point, she said, a male student pointed a gag plastic penis in her direction. Later, she said, she was on the floor, foggy and slurring her words, as that male student and another stood nearby…

A third male student then exposed himself to her. “I remember a penis being in front of my face,” she said. “I knew that’s not what I wanted, even in that state of mind.” She recalled remarking, “That’s not a real penis,” and the other students laughing at her confusion and taunting her, one encouraging her to “kiss it.” She said that she pushed the person away, touching it in the process… She remembers Kavanaugh standing to her right and laughing, pulling up his pants. “Brett was laughing,” she said. “I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your pants.” She recalled another male student shouting about the incident. “Somebody yelled down the hall, ‘Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie’s face,'” she said. “It was his full name. I don’t think it was just ‘Brett.’ And I remember hearing and being mortified that this was out there.”

[The New Yorker]

In a statement to the New Yorker, Kavanaugh said, “This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen… This is a smear, plain and simple.” Two of the male classmates whom Ramirez accuses of egging Kavanaugh on at the party said they didn’t remember such an incident occurring. Six other classmates who describe themselves as “the people closest to Brett Kavanaugh during his first year at Yale” also released a statement denying the incident, writing, “We can say with confidence that if the incident Debbie alleges ever occurred, we would have seen or heard about it — and we did not.”

Two of the classmates who signed the statement supporting Kavanaugh’s account soon after asked the New Yorker to remove their names.

Bart O’Kavanaugh

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The accusations come from high school, so what was Kavanaugh up to at that time. The Georgetown Prep ‘83 Yearbook offers some clues. Let’s focus on the Senior Class entries of Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh (whose entry is pictured above). For Mark Judge’s entry, go to this twitter feed and scroll down about 2/3 of the way.

When you do, you’ll find the following:

Kavanaugh:

Judge— Have You Boofed Yet?

Judge:

Bart, have you boofed yet?

The joke? They were asking each other if either had had anal sex yet.

Clearly, Bart, is Brett Kavanaugh, in Judge’s post-rehab memoir, Wasted: Tales of a Gen-X Drunk, “Bart O’Kavanaugh.” A lot of wink, wink, nod, nod stuff going on here.

Here’s how “Bart O’Kavanaugh” was described in that memoir:

In “Wasted,” Judge also describes an exchange with a young woman at a party when talk arose of a friend who puked in a car:
“Do you know Bart O’Kavanaugh?”
“Yeah. He’s around here somewhere.”
“I heard he puked in someone’s car the other night.”
“Yeah. He passed out on his way back from a party.”
Yup, Brett Kavanaugh is a degenerate drunk who gang rapes people. Honestly, pretty much par the course for Republicans these days. Now, watch this and laugh. Or cry:

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Constitutional Convention: The GOP’s Long Game Should Scare the Shit Out of You

There is an enormous threat to our democracy that most people have never heard about. That threat is a constitutional convention called by the states.

The last time such a thing happened was in 1787 and it was a total fucking mess. But there is a renewed effort spearheaded by the GOP and its funders (Kochs) underway, an effort that should keep you up at night.

Conservatives are pushing to call an Article V convention to add amendments to the Constitution. They need the approval of 34 state legislatures to compel Congress to call such a gathering. Right now, they have 28 states on board.

“I think we’re three or four years away,” said former Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn speaking at the annual convention for American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec) – a powerful rightwing organization that links corporate lobbyists with state lawmakers.

Conservatives have been talking about this for some time, completely off the radar of most on the left. The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republica book by talk radio host and lawyer Mark Levin, published in 2013 lays out many of the right’s wishes. In it, Levin lays out and makes a case for eleven Constitutional amendments which he believes would “restore” the Constitution’s chief components: federalism, republicanism, and limited government. That’s right, “Constitutional Conservatives” want to re-write the Constitution.

Here’s what Levin proposed:

  1. Impose Congressional term limits
  2. Repeal the Seventeenth Amendment, returning the election of Senators to state legislatures
  3. Impose term limits for Supreme Court Justices and restrict judicial review
  4. Require a balanced budget and limit federal spending and taxation
  5. Define a deadline to file taxes (one day before the next federal election)
  6. Subject federal departments and bureaucratic regulations to periodic reauthorization and review
  7. Create a more specific definition of the Commerce Clause
  8. Limit eminent domain powers
  9. Allow states to more easily amend the Constitution by bypassing Congress
  10. Create a process where two-thirds of the states can nullify federal laws
  11. Require photo ID to vote and limit early voting

The book debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list in all three categories for which it qualified. It’s sold millions of copies and barely a peep has been made about it in left-leaning media.

It’s a scary list, ironically almost entirely devoted to removing liberty from U.S. citizens. It’s what Conservatives are pushing for and it’s worth the read to be informed on what the opposition is up to.

Also worth a read, Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. It’s a fantastic look at the right’s relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, stop action on climate change, and as discussed here, there plan to permanently alter the Constitution itself.

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A Progressive Definition of Freedom

Pete Buttigieg, a progressive Democrat, it the mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He is also a Rhodes scholar, served a tour of duty in Afghanistan during his time as mayor, and is openly gay.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Buttigieg talked about the need for progressives to win back and recast concepts that conservatives currently “own.” He argues that it’s time for progressives to own freedom, family, and patriotism.

You’ll hear me talk all the time about freedom. Because I think there is a failure on our side if we allow conservatives to monopolize the idea of freedom — especially now that they’ve produced an authoritarian president. But what actually gives people freedom in their lives? The most profound freedoms of my everyday existence have been safeguarded by progressive policies, mostly. The freedom to marry who I choose, for one, but also the freedom that comes with paved roads and stop lights. Freedom from some obscure regulation is so much more abstract. But that’s the freedom that conservatism has now come down to.

Or think about the idea of family, in the context of everyday life. It’s one thing to talk about family values as a theme, or a wedge — but what’s it actually like to have a family? Your family does better if you get a fair wage, if there’s good public education, if there’s good health care when you need it. These things intuitively make sense, but we’re out of practice talking about them.

I also think we need to talk about a different kind of patriotism: a fidelity to American greatness in its truest sense. You think about this as a local official, of course, but a truly great country is made of great communities. What makes a country great isn’t chauvinism. It’s the kinds of lives you enable people to lead. I think about wastewater management as freedom. If a resident of our city doesn’t have to give it a second thought, she’s freer.

Universal healthcare = freedom.

Good public education = freedom.

Clean drinking water and air = freedom.

Fair wages = freedom.

Affordable housing = freedom.

Easy & Secure voting = freedom.

Gun control = freedom.

Policing by consent = freedom.

The concept of freedom has been corrupted, distorted and bastardized. It’s time for progressives to own it.

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Devin Nunes Dramatically Changed his Positions on Russia in the First Half of 2016. Why?

Want to blow your mind? Go read Devin Nunes’ 2014 position on Russia, you’ll be shocked at what he wrote. Here’s his policy plan for dealing with “the bear out there”:

1. Give more help to nations that are threatened by Russia. President Obama is supporting a stronger NATO presence in the Baltics and throughout Central and Eastern Europe, but he is doing close to nothing to help besieged Ukraine. These NATO efforts need to be accelerated, and the alliance should begin supplying Ukrainians with lethal weaponry to help fight off Russian encroachments. We should also isolate Russia diplomatically in every conceivable forum and confront Russia over its violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

2. Encourage the EU to free itself from its debilitating dependence on Russian energy, including, among other measures, by easing our own self-defeating restrictions on cultivating domestic energy sources, with the goal of becoming an energy supplier to Europe. Keep in mind that around half of Russia’s state budget revenues derive from the sale of fossil fuels.

3. Resurrect the Central European missile defense shield scrapped by the Obama administration amid Russian objections.

4. Launch a sustained public communications campaign to ensure Russian speakers receive factual accounts of international events. Voice of America’s Russia service has a paltry $13 million budget, which is no match for the Kremlin’s estimated $300 million budget for RT alone. Voice of America and Radio Free Europe’s Cold War operations provide an effective blueprint for this sort of programming, which should include satellite, radio, and on-line dimensions. In light of the Putin regime’s campaign to control on-line news outlets, our effort should include a comprehensive strategy to promote Internet freedom.

He calls out Russian disinformation and says the US and NATO should be “supplying Ukrainians with lethal weaponry to help fight off Russian encroachments.” Step forward to the the 2016 GOP convention, however, and the only change Trump made to the GOP platform was to weaken US aide to Ukraine. The only change. That should’ve set Nunes off right? After-all, his position on Russia was 100% counter to the Trump change.

In late 2015 New Yorker (A House Divided – How a radical group of Republicans pushed Congress to the right) published a long story about how some Republicans were resisting the takeover by the crazy right wing, in it Nunes was portrayed as one resisting the crazies. There were several stories on the issue; Devin Nunes Explains Why He’s Less Conservative Than He Used to Be & A telling — and disturbing — anecdote about conservative media from a House Republican to name a couple.

From the New Yorker article:

Nunes, who is the chairman of the House Committee on Intelligence, told me that the biggest change he’s seen since he arrived in Congress, in 2002, is the rise of online media outlets and for-profit groups that spread what he views as bad, sometimes false information, which House members then feel obliged to address. The change has transformed Nunes from one of the most conservative members of Congress to one of the biggest critics of the Freedom Caucus and its tactics.

more:

Nunes told me that Ryan needed to figure out how to counter the rising populist forces in the Party. “It’s the difference between a democracy and a democratic republic,” he said. “We are a democratic republic, and yet populist rhetoric, speaking in platitudes, can lead to bad things happening when it’s just pure, unfettered kind of mob-style movements that are out there. And that’s what we’re kind of facing now.”

What in the holy hell happened in the first half of 2016 that resulted in Devin Nunes completely changing his positions on Russia?

Some thoughts:

Nunes has personal/family connections to the Portuguese Island of Lajes, which was very dependent on the US military base there for their economy during the Cold War.

The base, being a submarine hunting operation, fell out of use over the past 20 years as the Cold War came to a slow end. Nunes tried unsuccessfully to pass funding bills and get projects allocated to the island to help boost their economy:

For decades, the most concrete bond between the United States and the Azores was an American military installation on Terceira Island called Lajes Field. During the Cold War, American P-3 planes used Lajes to chase Soviet submarines all over the Atlantic; it also served as a fueling station for cargo planes and fighter jets en route from the United States to military installations in Europe and the Middle East. But the end of the Cold War and technological advances brought an end to Lajes’s strategic importance. The United States no longer needed to worry as much about maritime supremacy in the Atlantic. Cargo planes and fighter jets had sufficient flying ranges that they no longer needed to make as many stops to refuel. Lajes was a natural target for cutbacks, and in 2012, the Air Force announced that it planned to scale back its presence there, ultimately reducing its head count to around 165 from 650.

Even before he was Intelligence Committee chairman, Nunes tried to fight the cuts. He proposed locating an Air Force drone base at Lajes that could be used to target Islamic militants in Northern Africa. He introduced a bill to move the military’s Africa Command from Stuttgart, Germany, back to the continental United States — with the provision that Lajes be made Africom’s forward operating base. He suggested making Lajes a training facility for F-16 pilots. None of the ideas were deemed practical.

More controversial, according to two former government officials, Nunes tried to use his junior perch on the Intelligence Committee to install a National Security Agency listening post at Lajes.

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Once he became chairman, Nunes unveiled a new proposal for Lajes: making it the home of the Joint Intelligence Analysis Complex (JIAC), which included a huge new “intelligence fusion center” for the United States and its NATO allies. But the Pentagon was already planning to build the JIAC at the Croughton Royal Air Force base near London.

In 2011-12, Russian sub activity increased in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, possibly after someone leaked info to them about NATO tactics and defenses.

In June of 2013, the government of Portugal named Nunes a Grand Officer of the National Order of Prince Henry the Navigator.

Aníbal António Cavaco Silva, the same President of Portugal who gave the award to Devin Nunes, is a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. And in the same year that Portugal gave Nunes the award, a Portuguese spy began giving NATO secrets to the Russian government.

Putting that altogether, it would make perfect sense that Nunes, along with some pro-Russian Portuguese, leaked this information in attempt to use the increased Russian sub activity to justify re-opening the base as a sub hunting base.

Flynn & Nunes Parallels

I’d like to point out some parallels between Nunes and Flynn here, seeing as they’ve been friends for a long while.

Flynn argued heavily for the arming of Ukraine during Obama’s presidency, and also warned Obama that Ukraine was in danger from Russia. When Ukraine was invaded he was frustrated and angry, and felt as if Obama had ignored him regarding the danger from Russia.

Flynn, fired from his post at the DIA in 2014, for a chaotic and dangerous management style, then went on a global tour making money speaking out against the Obama administration.

Then in 2016 Obama warned Trump not to hire Flynn due to his contacts with Russian cutouts.

So we see a similar swing in both Nunes and Flynn, following a similar timeline. Somewhere between 2014 and Trumps transition team, Flynn started hugging the Russian bear.

Also of note/things to really start to twist this story.

Putin really doesn’t want Turkey to join NATO, and in intelligence circles it’s known that Turkey has a very high percentage of Russian species in its government and embassies. Remember that story about Flynn kidnapping the Turkish National off of US soil for Erdogan?

 

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The GOP is Compromised

Big news day yesterday as Paul Manafort was found guilty on 8 counts and Michael Cohen pleaded guilty and implicated Trump in a campaign finance violation. Manafort being Trump’s campaign chairman during one of the most pivotal parts of the campaign (when the RNC suddenly changed its tune on Russia and when Pence was selected VP). And Cohen being Trump’s attorney and cleanup guy since about 2006. Cohen was also the finance chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2017 to 2018.

There’s a lot of swamp to drain here.

The GOP is 100% compromised.

They are currently working with the Russians to steal another election.

Over the last few weeks Republican politicians in Congress have been meeting Russian politicians, inviting Russian politicians to Washington, a GOP Senator handed Putin a letter penned by President Trump, have blocked anti-Putin resolutions, and have refused to increase election security funding all the while Russian state media brazenly joke about having President Trump in their pocket.

4th of July, 2018 A group of Republican Senators travel to Moscow and meet Foreign Minister Lavrov.[1] Russian state propaganda brazenly asserted that “Trump is ours,” and joke that the U.S. lawmakers traveled to Russia *“to make deals with our hackers, so they can rig the midterms in favor of Trump’s team.”*[2]

The Eight: Sens. Richard C. Shelby (Ala.), Steve Daines (Mont.), John Hoeven (N.D.), John Neely Kennedy (La.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), John Thune (S.D.) and Ron Johnson (Wis.) , plus Rep. Kay Granger (Tex.).

TOP NRA CONTRIBUTIONS AMONG THESE SENATORS:

18th of July 2018 Congressional Republicans blocked a series of measures related to Russian interference, Republicans blocked anti-Putin resolutions.[3]

In the Senate, Republicans objected to two nonbinding measures that would have put the body on record as being in support of intelligence agency conclusions that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, called on Mr. Trump to fully impose sanctions against Russia and pressed for oversight of the summit meeting, including the production of any notes taken by Americans.

…Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee voted down a request to subpoena testimony from the State Department interpreter who accompanied Mr. Trump into his private meeting with Mr. Putin in Helsinki, Finland. And on the House floor, Republicans blocked a Democratic effort to add hundreds of millions of dollars in grant funding for election security to a spending bill.

18th of July, 2018 House Republicans refuse to renew election security funding.[4]

1st of August, 2018 Republican Senators block $250 million amendment for election security.[5]

1st of August, 2018 In a joint press conference top Trump administration officials Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, FBI Director Chris Wray, National Security Advisor John Bolton, and NSA Director General Paul Nakasone accuse Russia of continuing their information warfare and election meddling against the United States of America.[6]

6th of August, 2018 Republican Senator Rand Paul invites Russian politicians to Washington.[7]

8th of August, 2018 Republican Senator Rand Paul visits Moscow and delivers a letter from President Trump to President Vladimir Putin.[8]

The decisions made by Republican politicians in Congress have been outrageous. It should be noted that not every Republican in America supports the current GOP leadership’s ridiculous, complicit attitude towards Russian aggression. For example Rick Wilson,[9] Steve Schmidt,[10] and David Jolly[11] have all been consistently calling out the Republican party – going so far as to publicly state that they won’t be voting for the GOP until things change.

It’s time to wake the fuck up and understand what’s really going on and stop pretending. Republicans have a plan to steal the 2018 election and are moving forward with it.

We need to vote overwhelmingly Democrat this cycle because there is a clear attack by Trump and Republicans on the constitution and the rule of law.

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Connecting Some Dots on Trump Revoking Brennan’s Clearance

By now you should know that Trump has revoked John Brennan’s security clearance, an unprecedented move. Brennan claims Trump made the decision because he worked with Russians and is getting desperate. Then Trump himself essentially admitted that he revoked Brennan’s clearance to obstruct justice.

Through it all there are some very interesting connections to be made. Check out this tweet from July 24th:

That’s Artem Klyushin a Russian Oligarch and here is more about him. And here’s that tweet translated:

Ex-CIA directors John Brennan and Michael Hayden, ex-FBI director James Komi and his deputy Andrew McCabe, ex-director of the National Intelligence Service James Clapper, ex-national security adviser Susan Rice say goodbye to access to classified materials.

The date of the order to revoke Brennan’s security clearance given by Trump yesterday was July 26. The original suggestion of it was on July 23.

A little more on Artem Klyushin. His wife which he is separated from is Yulia Alferova. She started promoting Trump to run for president in 2015. She met him when he was in Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant.

Seth Abramson has been doing some great work following stories linking Artem Klyushin and Yulia Alferova to Trump. The contact began before he started his campaign, seemingly in order to get kompromat on him.

Emin Agalarov, Aras Agalarov, Yulya Alferova and her then-husband Artem Klyushin: these four people, with Konstantin Rykov in support, lured Trump to Moscow to ink a Trump Tower Moscow deal, get kompromat on him via Rykov’s Dosug prostitutes, and link him up with Vladimir Putin.

And here…

A tweet from Russian Artem Klyushin, around the time his pal Rykov—pictured here—said it was time to “start helping Trump.” There are now credible allegations that Kluyshin and Rykov master-minded the 2013 Russian-prostitute kompromat scheme at the Ritz Moscow (November 9, 2013).

Then today, this:

“That’s how we make history”

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A Montage of Trump’s Hateful, Racist Remarks

Here’s a montage of Trump’s hateful, racist remarks through out the years.

“Maybe hate is what we need if we’re going to get something done.”

“I have absolutely no compassion.”

“A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white.”

“If I were starting off today, I’d love to be a well educated black because I believe they really do have an actual advantage.”

That’s a wrap up of just the first part of the video. A potent reminder of what currently sits in the White House.

Via ThinkProgress

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A Little Mayonnaise with my White Supremacist Sentiments Please

There was a particularly pathetic opinion piece published this weekend. Written by Sandy Hingston in Philadelphia Magazine the trash was titled: “How Millennials Killed Mayonnaise.”

One, what an annoying headline. If it starts with “How Millennials Killed,” you can be sure it’s trash unless of course it someday ends with something like Nazis, the KKK, White Supremacy, or the GOP. Framing these generational differences as if generations exist in defined blocks and as if those blocks act together with intention and spite to reject tradition is stupid.

So, is mayo dying? Not really, sales being down 6.7% over the last five years doesn’t quite equate to the sky falling. That doesn’t stop our author though, after all she wouldn’t be a proud conservative without proudly dismissing factual evidence for some good old fashioned anecdote:

Mom’s extraordinary potato salad — fragrant with dill, spiced by celery seed — went untouched on the picnic table. So did her macaroni salad, and her chicken salad, and her deviled eggs. … When I carted home a good three pounds of painstakingly prepared Waldorf salad — all that peeling and coring and slicing! — I was forced to face facts: The family’s tastes had changed.

Ya. Her sides aren’t killing it at the potluck anymore! Shame millennial! Shame!

So people aren’t eating mayo salad suspensions anymore, surely we can’t extrapolate that into anything too weird. Wait a second, it must be this darn PC culture we’re all forced to live in.

My son Jake, who’s 25, eats mayo. He’s a practical young man who works in computers and adores macaroni salad. He’s a good son. I also have a daughter. She was a women’s and gender studies major in college. Naturally, she loathes mayonnaise.

Naturally.

If only we could return to the days when all children uniformly loved salads made of 95% mayo and no one studied stupid things like gender.

Mayonnaise isn’t bland; it’s artfully blended. It’s an evocation of the era I grew up in, of the homogeneity of that old, dead American dream.

So a dog whistle then. Called it. “Homogeneity?” For some reason I don’t think we’re talking about mayonnaise anymore. Perhaps we are talking about another kind of homogeneity, one that’s the same color as mayo?

Oh shit, she goes there. The fake news media controlled by the SJW leftist millennial fringe killed mayonnaise. It was a hit orchestrated by BuzzFeed which featured two articles about why mayo is bad. It’s nothing less than discrimination against a group that that has suffered more than any other since the beginning of time: white baby boomers:

I thought young people today were supposed to be all about inclusion — about kindness and compassion and making other people feel welcome. So how about you include a little mayo in your picnic fare?

Mayo isn’t dying you wretched old white supremacist. That Wall Street Journal story I linked earlier on the decline of mayo, it also points out that mayo is still America’s favorite condiment. Beating ketchup by a good 200 million pounds a year.

One final quote:

This attitude comes to you from young people who willingly slurp down eight kazillion kinds of yogurt, not to mention raw fish and pork belly and, yo, detergent pods, so don’t talk to me about mayonnaise

Oh, fuck off Sandy.

You can’t even read an article about something as harmless as mayo these days without it including a dog whistle to racists.

If I wanted spicy mayo, I’d reach for some of this.