By now there are celebrations that Donnie has been indicted again. He will beturning himself in, on Tuesday, in Miami. However, Trump may never be tried for this. He may be indicted again for his role leading to the January 6 insurrection and he might not be tried for that either.
Trump was indicted in May in the ‘hush money, investigation. A trial date of late March 2024 has been set. It is estimated that the March 2024, trial will take two to three weeks to complete. That brings the calendar to mid-April. Trump’s team will need time to prepare for a trial relating to the documents trial. That brings the calendar to May or June. This will be when the election season is in full swing. Right now, Trump, is favoured to win the Republican nomination, for President. What judge would be willing to set a trial date for a top Republican candidate, right in the middle of election season. A likely scenario would be a trial date set, after the election. If Trump wins, this all goes away. Trump would order the Department of Justice (DOJ) to drop the case. Plain and simple.
There is an extremely slim possibility that a trial date could be set early in 2024, like January. But the justice system in US does not work that fast.
Trump has one other thing going for him. The location of the trial, if there is one, could have been in Washington DC. However, most of the alleged crimes took place at Mar-a-Lago. Therefore, the trial will likely be in the district where Mar-a-Lago is located. Where a jury pool in Washington would not favour Trump, one in South Florida would.
Bottom line the hope is that Trump does not win the Republican primary If that unlikely event does happen, Trump would run as a third-party candidate. Therefore, Trump has to lose the Presidential election, or else, all bets are off.
There are times when people want something so bad, that they just get sucked in. Many, if not all of Donnie’s Trumpkins are like that. They will believe anything that Donnie and his acolytes on Fox entertainment spews out even if there is not a shed of truth spoken. The best example is the election fraud lies. So many conspiracy theories generated by Donnie, Rudy, Sydney Powell and others.
However, those of us who want Trump to be held accountable are guilty of this, at times, also. There is a tweet rampaging through the Twitterverse, over the past 12 hours, supposedly issues by Trump on his former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Meadows testified before Jack Smith’s Grand Jury a couple of days back. Smith has been very secretive during the entire Trump investigation process. There have been no leaks as to what Meadows said, in front of the Grand Jury. Yet, this supposed tweet by Trump, came out last night.
“When Mark Meadows came crawling to me with tears in his eyes, saying sir I need a job please help me. I felt very sorry for him. I knew he was strongly hated by most of his fellow Congressional Republicans, but I had just fired my previous chief of staff, like a dog, so I decided to have Mark audition for the job, apprentice style.”
The tweet, which was in all caps, went on to say that Meadows had turned on him. The problem though is that the tweet is fake. People like Joe Scarborough, of MSNBC and former January 6 Committee Member, Adam Kinzinger, commented on and forwarded the tweet. Their retweets remained until they found out the Trump tweet was fake. Even now, the Trump fake tweet is being spread as accepted truth on Twitter.
Those of us who want Trump indicted for the cases pursued by Smith have to be patient. It is going to come but we all have to be wary of getting burned in our desire for this to happen.
About Ducking Time!
Attribution to Mdf – Own work
Just a brief chirp today. I am sure everyone has been frustrated, at one time or other, with a cell phone autocorrect feature. You want to say one thing and the autocorrect changes it to a completely different meaning. T-shirts and coffee cups and other items are on the shelf, with the phrase ‘it’s never duck’.
Apple has announced that, this Autumn, the IOS 17 operating system will have an autocorrect feature that will temporarily underline words that have been changed by autocorrect. A user can quickly change the word back to the original word. The autocorrect feature will soon recognize that the original word you want to use is the actual word. The autocorrect feature will then stop changing that word.
As a result, the texting world will see a noticeable decrease in the word duck and its variations, in the future. At least on my cell phone.
Vlad’s Bad Day
Attribution to Kremlin.ru
It is only Tuesday but, Vlad is already having a pretty bad week. First, a number of Russian radio and tv stations bordering Ukraine were hacked. The stations aired a broadcast, supposedly by Putin himself (his image on tv) saying,
“Ukrainian troops armed to the teeth by NATO and with Washington’s consent and support have invaded the Kursk, Belgorod and Bryansk.”
In the broadcast, citizens were told that martial law had been declared and evacuations were underway. The broadcast included a recording from the Ukrainian Minister of Defense showing heavily armed troops looking into the camera with fingers to their lips, accompanied by the following message,
“Plans like silence. There will be no announcement that ‘it’s starting.’”
The message was in referral to the rumors that a Ukrainian counter-offensive would be beginning soon.
As bad as the hack was, things got worse for Putin. Yevgeny Prigozhin, leader of the Wagner Group of mercenaries has been having a running feud with Putin and has been doing so with impunity. According to Igor Strelkov, a retired Russian Special Operations Officer and now a military blogger
“Yevgeny Prigozhin, whose subordinates posted a video in which they mock a senior officer and an entire brigade commander … is allowed to do whatever he wants. He is considered as the highest caste!”
In the latest affront to Putin, the Wagner Group captured a Russian commander who confessed on video that, while drunk, the commander ordered Russian regular army troops to fire on a Wagner convoy, due to his personal dislike for Prigozhin.
Putin’s special incursion into Ukraine is turning into a national and personal nightmare for Putin. As mentioned, in a previous chirp, the concern is how Putin, now a cornered rat, will react.
Loyal To Himself
Attribution to Gake Skidmore from Surprise, Arizona.
Donald Trump is loyal. He is loyal to one person and one person only, that being himself. If anyone says one word that Trump disagrees with, Trump throws that person under the bud.
The latest victim is Kayleigh McEnany, Trump’s former press secretary and long-time Trump devotee. What was Kayleigh’s sin? Well, these are the words of the great man himself,
“Kayleigh ‘Milktoast’ [sic] McEnany just gave out the wrong poll numbers on FoxNews [sic]. I am 34 points up on DeSanctimonious, not 25 up. While 25 is great, it’s not 34. She knew the number was corrected upwards by the group that did the poll. The RINOS & Globalists can have her. FoxNews [sic] should only use REAL Stars!!!”
McEnany was as fierce a loyalist for Trump as he has ever had. He may have gone too far, this time. He has received blowback.
Fox Entertainment Senior Political Analyst, Britt Hume, stated,
“Imagine being so immature as to attack your former press secretary, who was nothing if not loyal, for allegedly misquoting a poll number,”
Jenna Ellis, former Trump advisor and super election fraud supporter was just as biting.
“I will simply leave this here for when people ask why I and *many* others didn’t return for 2024.”
Direct quotes from people who have been around Trump are so effective in bringing the point home. I will conclude this chirp with a quote from Stephanie Grisham, who resigned from the Trump administration on January 6.
“You know this is going to happen to you eventually. When he has no use for you, you’re going to be gone. He. WILL. Turn. On You. There is only loyalty to HIM – not the country, the constitution, his constituents, or anything/anyone else.”
Attribution to Sister Circle TV
A new phrase has come to existence, lately, that being ‘review bombing’. The woman above is Halle Bailey. She is the newest Little Mermaid. She is also Black.
The Little Mermaid, 2023 version, has been a box office success, already raking in international sales of over 250 million dollars. The Rotten Tomatoes score for this movie is 95%. The IMDb rating for this movie is 7 out of 10. In posting this rating IMDb attached the following warning.
“Our rating mechanism has detected unusual voting activity on this title. To preserve the reliability of our rating system, an alternate weighting calculation has been applied.”
Both sites have been ‘bombed’ with one star ratings by bigots who have not even seen the movie. Claire Whitley, a PHD candidate in Screen and Media at Flinders University explained this phenomena as follows,
“It is generally something that people do, not because they want to meaningfully engage or critique media, but because they feel that there is some ideological or cultural message that’s being forced upon them.”
This is just pathetic. Most of these people do not realize that Jesus was brown-skinned. Get a freaking life.
Georgia On His Mind
To make the case for a Trump indictment, intent has to be shown Did Trump know that there was no election fraud. Did Trump knowing this, intentionally deceived the American public into believing that there was election fraud.
The Fulton County District Attorney, Fani Willis, in her ever-expanding case, is seeking information from two research firms, Trump commissioned, in 2020, to investigate election fraud. His campaign paid over one million dollarrs to these two firms, those being, Berkely Research Group and Simpatico Software Systems. Both firms found no election fraud. as per Simpatico founder, Ken Block,
“No substantive voter fraud was uncovered in my investigations looking for it, nor was I able to confirm any of the outside claims of voter fraud that I was asked to look at.”
The findings of these two firms were presented to Trump before his ‘perfect call’ asking for 11,780 votes. Trump knew there was no fraud before making the call HE KNEW! This shows intent and it opens up another can of works for Trump. There are so many such cans that Trump should open up a bait shop.
Have a great Saturday everyone.
Poking The Bear
Attribution to Udo Keppler
The war in Ukraine is now a war in Ukraine and Russia. This should be seen as a dangerous turn. There have been drone attacks on Moscow, itself, including an attack on the Kremlin. There has also been attacks and shelling on the Russian region of Belgorod, which borders Ukraine and has resulted in deaths. The Russia n Bear has been poked on its own home turf.
Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, has been attacked by an increasing number of missiles and drones, with some of these drones provided by Ukraine. Ukrainian defenses have performed remarkably well in shooting down the drones and missiles, although a small number have gotten through. The Ukrainian ground war is more positive for Ukraine, as opposed to Russia and there is a Ukrainian Spring offensive that is (some say already has) soon to get underway.
The attacks, on Russia itself, is worrisome. Putin has put himself in a situation where he is like a caged bear. This special incursion, into Ukraine, is turning into a nightmare, for Putin. The vaunted Russian military machine has suffered a number of embarrassing setbacks and popular opinion is starting to turn against Putin.
Putin’s mental stability is being questioned. Putin and trump are a lot alike. Imagine, if Trump was in power and backed into a corner and he had all yes men surrounding him, how would he respond. This is the scenario for Putin.
Three possibilities might occur. Putin might launch a tactical nuclear strike. Both sides, given the bloodshed might sue for peace. Ukraine would only do so, if it got all its territory, including Crimea, back. Putin will never go for that. The third possibility is that Putin is overthrown.
If the Spring offensive is successful enough that Russian forces are pushed back to Ukraine’s Eastern border, Ukraine needs to stop there. If they decide to push into Russia… No, it can’t happen.
End This Already
Jack Wolverine Smith’s investigation has been going on for six months. The reason he has not indicted trump yet is because there is so much evidence to indict him on. His office must be crushed by the tons of evidence that he has gathered and that has been gift wrapped to him, by the target himself, Donald Trump. Donald has done it again.
Regarding the classified documents, Trump has been claiming, despite the mounting evidence showing otherwise, that all he has to do is think of declassifying a document, and, boom, it is declassified. Jack Smith now has his hands on a tape taken at Trump’s Bedminster’s golf club, in New Jersey, bragging about a four-page document, on a contingency plan to attack Iran. He is heard waving/rustling a document and saying that he can’t share the document, with others at the table, because of its classification status. Boom!
Former Trump Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, described this event, as follows, in his book that no one has read.
“The boss leans back in his chair, dressed in a sport coat and a crisp white shirt that’s open at the neck. He looks at least twenty pounds lighter than he was in office. The president recalls a four-page report typed up by Mark Milley himself. It contains the general’s own plan to attack Iran, deploying massive numbers of troops, something he urged President Trump to do more than once during his presidency. President Trump denied those requests every time.”
Of course, Jack Wolverine Smith, will not take time to determine who all was at the table and interview them. He is also probably going to subpoena Trump or organize a raid on Trump’s Bedminster site. There is so much evidence now that it is pathetic. Smith has enough evidence, now, to indict Trump, but his dogged determination will ensure that once Trump is indicted, he will be found guilty. So, we have to wait.
As for the Trumpkins, this is like water off a duck’s back. Even though the tape has Trump saying this, they will find reasons to discount it. They are at a point that Trump really could walk down fifth avenue and shoot someone, and they would still support him.
Joe Biden has been involved in US politics for over 50 years now. The debt ceiling crisis/drama/play over the last few weeks, brings that to the fore, in that he has manipulated the Republicans into a corner that they can not escape.
A disaster was predicted if an agreement was not reached. The US would go into a major recession and financial calamity would result. Kevin McCarthy, throughout negotiation process drew a number of demands and red lines. The White House just stayed quiets. Pundits were saying that Biden was losing the Public Relations battle over the debt ceiling issue. The deadline date for default, as identified by the Treasury Department was inching closer, yet no deal.
Then, seemingly ot of the blue, a tentative deal was reached. The contents of the deal were such, that the extremes of both parties were angered. But the hard-line right were much angrier and much more vocal about their dislike for the deal. How could Kevin McCarthy betray them like this. One has to ask, what kind of under the table promise did Biden make to get McCarthy to sign into a deal which is a lot more Democrat friendly than Republican friendly.
The Republican hardliners were in full bluster mode for their constituents and for right-wing media. The first big hurdle was for this agreement to pass through the Congressional Rules Committee made up of nine Republicans and four Democrats. If the agreement did not pass here, it could not be vote on by the full Congress. There were three hardliners on the Committee. One of the hardliners, after complaining, voted to approve the agreement, resulting in a 7-6 vote for approval.
The hardliners exploded in anger, at McCarthy because back in January, one of the supposed promises McCarthy made to get to be House Speaker, was that all nine Republican members of the Rules Committee had to give approval before any vote could be taken on the House Floor. A promise broken.
the House vote will be tonight. Republicans, even though they are in the majority, will require some Democrat support for the vote on the debt ceiling to pass. If, by some chance, the vote does not pass, full blame will go to the Republicans. Biden, correctly so, can say, that he reached an agreement with Kevin McCarthy, in good faith, and the Republicans voted it down.
If the vote passes, McCarthy’s speakership is in peril. One of the other promises, McCarthy made in January, was that only one House Member, could ask for McCarthy’s Speakership to be challenged. The hardliners have already promised to do that. Will they do it is another question. Is it a stretch to say that Biden’s under the table promise, might be to convince Democrat House Members to support McCarthy if his Speakership is challenged. Let’s see how this plays out.