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The Law

It looks like The House will finally vote to expel “George Santos” from Congress, despite the fact that it is likely that he will be replaced by a Democrat. But that just shows Republican hypocrisy, as they still solidly support Donald Trump as President, despite Trump’s insurrection, lies, fraud, and other crimes. The reason they are expelling Santos is because he isn’t popular, and is making the GOP look bad.

They know Trump is a nut-job, as many of them have explicitly said in the past. For example, Governor Chris Sununu (R-NH), who just yesterday said he would vote for Trump if he is the GOP primary winner, despite previously saying that Trump is “fucking crazy”. Not to mention all the flip-flopping Lindsey Graham has done between castigating Trump and promoting him.


Everything Wrong with Trump

This “A Closer Look” from Late Night with Seth Meyers was posted on Thanksgiving Day (Nov 23, 2023), but I was too busy to post it right away.


The Daily Show with Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman is hilarious!


One of the Very Stupidest People

Lawrence O’Donnell points out that Donald Trump, who always seems to think he is the smartest person in the room, uttered the stupidest thing he could possibly say during his fraud case in New York, and incriminated not just himself, but also his children. Which absolutely destroys his defense, and guarantees that the Trump Organization will receive the largest punishment possible.


Happy Hallowe’en!

On Hallowe’en, the monsters come out!

© Tom Tomorrow

Will the Democrats save the day? Stay tuned!!!


Here We Go Again

© Tom Tomorrow

You know, it doesn’t have to be like this. I recently returned from a trip that included Rwanda, which just a couple of decades ago was in the middle of a horrible genocide. Now, only a few years later, Rwanda has become one of the most progressive countries in Africa, the civil war is over, and the problems that caused the genocide are virtually gone.

If they could solve this hatred in Rwanda, there must be a way to solve it between Jews and Palestinians. And similar things have happened in other places, such as South Africa and Northern Ireland. I believe that what is needed is leadership that wants to solve problems, rather than use problems (and even create new problems) to keep themselves in power. And yes, I’m looking at both Hamas and the current leaders of Israel.


Jim Jordan is a Jerk-off!

The more you read about Jim Jordan, the worse he looks. You probably know that he was a founding member of the “Freedom Caucus”, which is the Republican group that is keeping the House of Representatives deadlocked. He was an attack dog for president Donald Trump, including being a key ally in Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election, and he refused a subpoena from the congressional investigation into the Jan 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. But it gets worse.

Before he was a politician, he was a wrestling coach at Ohio State, and was mired in scandal. Over 100 former wrestlers have said that Jordan ignored rampant sexual abuse by a team doctor. Jordan claims he never saw or heard of any abuse, but an official investigation found that the abuse was an “open secret”, and that “coaches, trainers and other team physicians were fully aware of [the doctor’s] activities, and yet few seemed inclined to do anything to stop it”. The investigation also found that the doctor had sexually abused at least 177 students.

But even worse, Jordan is completely unqualified to be Speaker of the House, which is the person who decides which bills are brought to the floor for a vote. Jordan was elected to the House in 2006, and in all this time, Jordan has never drafted a bill that was signed into law. Not even when Trump was president. So he is still a jerk-off.

Even those things Jordan does do, he fails at. For example, he has been running an investigation against Hunter Biden (and his laptop) for 10 months, which has gone nowhere. A month ago, Jordan began an impeachment investigation against president Biden, and on the first day his “star witnesses” all admitted that there was not enough evidence for impeachment. If Jordan becomes the Speaker, what are the chances that he won’t be able to pass a budget and the government will have to shut down? That might just kill the Republican Party.

In addition, Jordan is very unpopular with his colleagues, and has been that way for a long time. For example, former Speaker of the House John Boehner described Jordan as a “legislative terrorist”. And now, as Jordan attempts to whip up votes to be speaker, he is doing it by browbeating House Republicans who are voting against him, making him even more unpopular.

© Michael Ramirez

Right versus Left

© Ward Sutton

I don’t really understand why Joe Biden’s favorability ratings are so low. I think he has been doing a good job as president. In fact, I’ve been watching him since he was in the Senate.

Yes, there are a few things he’s done that I disagreed with. For example, voting for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. But I was more upset that President Bill Clinton signed it! At least Biden had the excuse at the time of being a life-long Catholic. Even so, he evolved over time into a strong promoter and defender of same-sex marriage. I’m also a bit unhappy about his decision to build 20 miles of wall on the southern border, but I know why he did it.

However, I can think of lots of things Biden has done right. He’s honest, he has been able to work with the progressive Democrats (and get quite a few of their bills passed), and even has (amazingly) been able to work with a few (reasonable) Republicans.

Why do we wallow in negative news all the time? I keep seeing stories about Biden’s age, but Donald Trump is only 3 years younger than Biden, and is much less healthy. And I don’t have to tell you all the other problems that Trump has.



On May 3, 2016, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), made the following prediction:

“If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed…….and we will deserve it.”

© Matt Wuerker

The Ire of Elites!

New York Times columnist David Brooks complains about the high cost of airport whiskey.

© Jen Sorensen

The Second Amendment

Yes, the right wing, the same people who claim that the Second Amendment guarantees the absolute right to bear arms, now want to lock up Hunter Biden because he purchased a gun (which he never used) when he was taking illegal drugs. What I want to know is how many gun-owning right-wing-nuts have ever used drugs. Should we throw them all in jail?

© Adam Zyglis

Two Trials

This short clip provides some interesting information about one of TFG’s trials and also about Hunter Biden’s trial. I haven’t seen either of these mentioned much, but they are very significant.


Off the Grid

I will be off the grid for a while starting tomorrow (Tuesday). Feel free to post interesting happenings as comments to this post. –Iron Knee

© Clay Bennett

I Know You Are, But What am I?

The Wall Street Journal has an article that doesn’t bode well for our democracy:

Many Republicans refuse to acknowledge Joe Biden’s 2020 victory, saying they have lost faith in the electoral system. They also have doubts that 2024 will deliver a legitimate winner, while Democrats worry that Republicans will contest an outcome that doesn’t go their way.

Close to 70% of Republicans believe that President Biden didn’t legitimately win the election, several polls show, despite multiple federal and state investigations, as well as court decisions, finding no evidence of fraud extensive enough to have changed the result.

I think there are two reasons for this. First is the steady stream of lies coming from right-wing media, including Fox News, not to mention from Republican politicians. As Oliver Darcy on CNN points out:

Talk of imprisoning Democratic politicians — and even their families — in acts of revenge is par for the course. Even floating the outright execution of Biden, as Charlie Kirk recently did, is accepted in the warped world of MAGA Media, where the audience has been programmed through years of conditioning to welcome such vile rhetoric into their homes.

None of this is an exaggeration. It is the reality of what is being broadcast in millions of homes across the country.

But the other reason is even worse. Right-wing MAGA lovers like the idea of having a “strongman” as their president, who incites insurrection, creates fake presidential electors, and disenfranchises voters they don’t like. In order to accept this, they have to believe that the Democrats are even worse, and would do the same things. They believe the election will be stolen, because they themselves would be happy to steal it.

© Clay Jones


Trump Indicted Third Time

As everyone probably already knows, Donald Trump was indicted again by a grand jury, this time regarding the insurrection that happened on January 6, 2021. Jack Smith held a very short press conference (under 3 minutes), where he summarized the four counts against the former president.

He also said that everyone should read the 45-page indictment. So I did, and he was right. It is an impressive document that will go down in history. I’m sure that by tomorrow, every pundit of every political stripe will publish their take on it, but this is one time it is worth seeing the real document. It is easy to read, clear, comprehensive, and convincing. It also includes quite a bit of evidence that even the politicians, members of the Trump administration, and others who strongly supported Trump told him that he was wrong, and yet he continued to lie and subvert the Constitution. He also purposely endangered people’s lives with his lies.

If Trump isn’t convicted and punished, then there is something terribly wrong with this country.

UPDATE: GOP politicians are starting to respond to the new indictment, and one of the popular responses seems to be to change the subject. For example, Speaker Kevin McCarthy accused the DOJ of using this new indictment against the former president to distract from the Republican House probes against Joe Biden and his son Hunter (what they like to call the “Biden Crime Family”). This, despite the fact that yesterday their star witness in their probe didn’t tell them anything illegal or even worth mentioning.

It actually looks like the opposite is true. The Republicans are trying to use their failing probes against Biden to distract from Trump’s actual crimes.