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Friday, August 16, 2019

Electing A Wannabe Authoritarian Will Not Make You Free

Ironically the GOP/RNC cum RAG (Ruse, Artifice, Gimmick) Party and citizenry have elected a wannabe authoritarian๐Ÿ‹ hoping he will make them "free"...the beauty of irony is boundless...

...this time our nation is lucky to have elected a wannabe authoritarian so conspicuously unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced that he has self destructed...it is unwise to depend on luck in future elections...this media presentation from the "enemy of the people" (aka New York Times) may help envision living under authoritarian governance...

...don't forget to laugh...NewYorkerSatire, Redaction of Mueller Report Halted as Barr Passes Out from Sharpie Fumes and TheOnion, Presidential Pardons In History and TheOnion, Shocked Vladimir Putin Slowly Realizing He Didn’t Conspire With Trump Campaign and TheOnion, Mueller Kinda Miffed That Barr Clearly Didn’t Read His Stuff Like He Said He Would

(notwithstanding RAG Party the grifters' fulminations)


LateShow, Jerry Nadler Wants To See It All (The Mueller Report)

FOX Shows Making Fun of FOX (from Apr 2017)






๐Ÿ‹...those seeking to understand and respond to the dynamics of authoritarianism will find Karen Stenner's The Authoritarian Dynamic helpful...she uses just two explanatory variables to elucidate the seemingly infinite variations of the authoritarian dynamic: the first is authoritarian predisposition and the second is conditions of threat... the conditions of threat can be natural (e.g. virus outbreak); perceived bias (e.g. prior trauma); and exaggerated, fabricated or manipulated (e.g. hyped border crisis, threats of attack, threats of war or constant environment of chaos, etc.)...

...Cass Sunstein's Can it Happen Here: Authoritarianism in America is a practical discussion applying the variables of "authoritarian predisposition" and "conditions of threat" to our current political environment...

...both short books will help that final handful of diverse candidates replace the wannabe authoritarian occupying the White House...each will gain insight into why single-party impeachments are not optimal...

...also, Larry Diamond, Saving American Democracy and Ill Winds, Diamond's latest book on preserving democracy...

UPDATED 08/17/2019 NYT, China Said It Closed Muslim Detention Camps. There’s Reason to Doubt That and SCMP, The Village Testing China’s Social Credit System: Driven by Big Data, Its Citizens Earn A Star Rating (Chinese can expect emails from the Nigerian scammers collecting on jaywalking fines)

Guantanamo-Like Detention, Xinjiang 

Redlight Camera for Jaywalkers, Shenyang


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...really...no choice to an unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al...and its ceaselessly contemptible chaotic craziness and convoluted conspiratorial shit crap...

...we can choose to laugh...NewYorkerSatire, Denmark Offers to Buy U.S...before, during and after we vote...








...the attorney general's job description must include extending and perpetuating the chaos of our unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al...  


...who could have foreseen that our unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al. could not foresee that detained immigrants would need humane and habitable detention facilities while detained...(our government has at least one apartment available: Paul Manafort’s Trump Tower Condo Lists for $3.6M ...“excellent condition” and “unobstructed views of Central Park”...more may become available soon...)

...the solution to the continuous chaos and catastrophe created by our unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al. is simple...just ask our unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al. or those "working for" our unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al...



UPDATED 05/29/2019 Reuters, U.S. Special Counsel Mueller Says Charging Trump Was 'Not An Option'


... congress and the courts must make extraordinarily clear, when properly subpoenaed a special counsel or others cannot choose whether to appears before congress or a court...they may respond and read aloud from a report, but they cannot decline to appear...


...it is highly likely that prayers and family interventions are insufficient to obviate our unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al...can we have early elections...


...more rectum-ramblings from our unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al...it's reminiscent of Nixon's "I've never obstructed justice...I'm no crook"...

...our unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al. say's "I don't do cover-ups"...our unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al. forgot the word "well"...

...don't forget to laugh...as a FOX waits for the Republican Party cum RAG Party senators to grab their trump-tar-baby...TheOnion, Entire Southern Border Somehow On Fire 10 Minutes After Kushner Begins Tackling Immigration System...the beauty of irony is boundless...





...the great diversity of ideas coming from the wonderfully diverse candidates running for President of the United States of America in 2020 is a breath of fresh air during the poisonous presidency of our unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al...

...the Democrats' diverse campaigns are an effective antidote to the lethal governance of our unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al. during a period that lethal governance is "protected" by a complicit Republican cum RAG Party controlled senate...


...asleep, any of the Democrats' 2020 candidates is preferable to the Republican cum RAG Party's protected wannabe dictator ...democratic help is on the way...



...[begin words from the court's memorandum opinion, links added ; Donald J. Trump et al. v. Committee on Oversight and Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives et al.]

...INTRODUCTION

I do, therefore, . . .solemnly protest against these proceedings of the House of Representatives, because they are in violation of the rights of the coordinate executive branch of the Government, and subversive of its constitutional independence; because they are calculated to foster a band of interested parasites and informers, ever ready, for their own advantage, to swear before ex parte committees to pretended private conversations between the President and themselves, incapable, from their nature, of being disproved; thus furnishing material for harassing him, degrading him in the eyes of the country . . .- President James Buchanan

These words, written by President James Buchanan in March 1860, protested a resolution adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives to form a committee—known as the Covode Committee [aka United States House Select Committee to Investigate Alleged Corruptions in Government]—to investigate whether the President or any other officer of the Executive Branch had sought to influence the actions of Congress by improper means.

Buchanan “cheerfully admitted” that the House of Representatives had the authority to make inquiries “incident to their legislative duties,” as “necessary to enable them to discover and to provide the appropriate legislative remedies for any abuses which may be ascertained.”

But he objected to the Covode Committee’s investigation of his conduct. He maintained that the House of Representatives possessed no general powers to investigate him, except when sitting as an impeaching body.

Buchanan feared that, if the House were to exercise such authority, it “would establish a precedent dangerous and embarrassing to all my successors, to whatever political party they might be attached.”

Some 160 years later, President Donald J. Trump has taken up the fight of his predecessor.
"...Courts have grappled for more than a century with the question of the scope of Congress’s investigative power. The binding principle that emerges from these judicial decisions is that courts must presume Congress is acting in furtherance of its constitutional responsibility to legislate and must defer to congressional judgments about what Congress needs to carry out that purpose. To be sure, there are limits on Congress’s investigative authority. But those limits do not substantially constrain Congress. So long as Congress investigates on a subject matter on which “legislation could be had,” Congress acts as contemplated by Article I of the Constitution.

Applying those principles here compels the conclusion that President Trump cannot block the subpoena to Mazars. According to the Oversight Committee, it believes that the requested records will aid its consideration of strengthening ethics and disclosure laws, as well as amending the penalties for violating such laws. The Committee also says that the records will assist in monitoring the President’s compliance with the Foreign Emoluments Clauses. These are facially valid legislative purposes, and it is not for the court to question whether the Committee’s actions are truly motivated by political considerations. Accordingly, the court will enter judgment in favor of the Oversight Committee..." --Case 1:19-cv-01136-APM Document 35 Filed 05/20/19--
[end words from the court's memorandum opinion]

...don't forget to laugh...TheOnion, Trump Demands Investigation Into Whether Clintons Gave Him Non-Registry Wedding Gift In 2005...



UPDATED 05/16/2019 WP, Barr Asks Pelosi at Event: ‘Did You Bring Your Handcuffs?’ and USAToday, Attorney General Barr to House Speaker Pelosi: 'Did You Bring Your Handcuffs?' and AP, Pelosi: ‘Nothing Is Off The Table’ To Enforce Subpoenas

...if our unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al. and rogue AG Barr continue spewing drivel and six sigma legal theory, respectively, as justification for ignoring the rule of law, "Madame Speaker" will have more than handcuffs at her disposal to deal with a wannabe authoritarian government...

...the misogyny is more than a little clear in rogue AG Barr's taunt...our unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al.'s long-standing misogyny is widely known...

UPDATED 05/15/2019 Atlantic, Impeach Donald Trump; Yoni Appelbaum; March 2019 and C-SPAN, Attorney General William Barr Contempt Resolution and NYT, Trump Asserts Executive Privilege Over Full Mueller Report

...the only problem with our unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al.'s assertion is that there is nothing for it to decide before complying with the House Judiciary Committee's subpoena...





...don't forget to laugh...TheOnion, Barr Releases Catatonic Mueller After Removing All Sensitive Material From Special Counsel’s Brain...











  ...Congress must start contempt and impeachment proceedings against any Executive asserting a theory or right of conditional compliance with oversight...preferably "with lightening speed"...(WP, Trump Asserts Executive Privilege Over Mueller Report; House Panel Holds Barr in Contempt)

...at the very least the many contempt and impeachment proceedings will have the beneficial therapeutic effect of enabling our unstable, unfit, unwell, unbalanced, and unlawful "new" alt-white-house et al. and its supporters to again spew their "stream of consciousness" theories into our social networks and the public domain...

WP, Trump Delivers Remarks on Medical Billing (i.e. "stream of consciousness')

UPDATED 05/07/2019 WP, McConnell Calls for End to Investigations of Trump, says ‘Case Closed’ and WP, It’s Time to Start Impeachment Hearings. Today. and NYT, White House Signals Fight Over McGahn’s Records With Congress

...wow!, a resolute United States Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer rebuffs the United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell efforts to whitewash a lawless Executive...

...Majority Leader McConnell et al. may want to refresh their recollection of how Americans respond to a lawless Executive and efforts to whitewash its lawlessness...



...wow!, a resolute United States Speaker of the House emphatically rebuffs the AG Barr's, Special Interests', and GOP cum RAG (Ruse, Artifice, and Gimmick) Party's protracted crusade to establish an unimpeachable Executive...


UPDATED 04/30/2019  05/22/2019 CNBC, Judge says Deutsche Bank, Capital One Can Give Trump Financial Records to House Democrats and NYT, Trump Sues Deutsche Bank and Capital One to Block Compliance With Subpoenas and Reuters, Escalating fight, Trump Sues Deutsche Bank, Capital One Over Democratic Subpoenas

....the frivolous complaint filed by our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al. in its private and corporate capacity will not survive summary judgement...the complainants are vicariously complaining that Congress is using subpoenas to harass our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house...pass me the box of Kleenex...

...compliance with the congressional subpoenas need not await summary judgement...our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al. can sue for damage, if any, which may arise from complying with the law (i.e. subpoena)...

UPDATED 05/01/2019 NYT, Mueller Pushed in Letter for Barr to Release Report’s Summaries and UPI, Barr Threatens To No-Show at House Judiciary Hearing Over Format

...it's useful to use the "opportunity" presented by our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al.'s government and other illiberal belligerents! to show how congressional oversight works...the AG can no-show, but not dictate the terms of congressional oversight...if the AG chooses not to respond to informal requests for sworn testimony subpoenas must immediately follow...

...the ignominious behavior of the AG is that of an obsequious stooge and propagandist, which has culpably compromised his ability to credibly do the duties of the United States Attorney General...the AG must resign or face impeachment regardless of Senator Graham et al.'s perpetual crusades to "investigate the investigators"...


...don't forget to laugh...NewYorkerSatire, Americans Beg Trump for Secret to Staying So Young and Vibrant...

"...the people are taking their comedians seriously and their politicians as a joke.."






! ...some (e.g. Zakaria) suppose that impeachment will frustrate and thus exacerbate the conspiratorial claims and retrenchment of the illiberal belligerents and cultural nationalists that supposedly voted for our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al. to send a message to the arrogant and condescending elite...there is so much incorrect with this supposition one barely need respond with...so what?...

...it is always preferable for our electorate to choose a stable, fit, well and balanced leader to guide our nation but, when they do not an evidence based impeachment is the correct remedy...especially if the only evidence is that the unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced leader blockades or otherwise frustrates access to evidence...



...it seems the Democrats are conducting a methodical inquiry to remove our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al. (i.e. government)...the antithesis of "stampeding to impeachment"...if Senator Graham believes our citizenry want perpetual presidential prevarication, propaganda, protectionism, and psychopathy he should join the inquiry and condemn all efforts to impede it, then vote not to remove our unstable, unfit, unwell, and unbalanced "new" alt-white-house et al. (i.e. government) and await the "landslide victory" of the RAG Party in 2020 (WP, Republicans Everywhere Are Waging A Desperate Battle Against Democracy)...

AP, Pelosi: Impeachment The 'Most Divisive' Path

Word for Word: Mayor Pete Buttigieg Discusses 2020 Democratic Message ..."a horror show is a hard thing to look away from, our responsibility is to change the channel to something better"...(e.g. state infrastructure upgrades CNBC, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer Will Meet with Trump to Discuss Infrastructure Plan Next Week)


...don't forget to laugh...TheOnion, Report: You’re Far Too Dumb To Be Reading The Mueller Report Yourself and TheOnion, Trump Sues House Democrat To Block Release Of Tax Returns






⌽...new members that have not mastered the art of working with a mortally flawed foe without losing your message, mission, and  mind will benefit from lunching with the very capable House Speaker or Senate Minority Leader....

UPDATED 04/15/2019 NYT, Trump’s Message to Homeland Security Official: Close the Border Despite an Earlier Promise of a Delay

...sometimes you just have to stop asking "how we got in this mess" or "how we get out of it" and prepare to cleanup the debris field...the good news is that America will never be the same post cleanup...

...don't forget to laugh...NewYorkerSatire, Americans Fear That Former Trump Staffers Will Be Released Into Their Cities and TheOnion, William Barr Agrees To Release Nonverbal, Abstract Visual Representation Of Mueller Report



UPDATED 04/11/2019 NYT, Attorney General William Barr Thinks ‘Spying Did Occur’ on Trump Campaign and Newsweek, William Barr Is Redefining What "Spying" Means

...wow, AG Barr is on a mission to destroy the Department of Justice he's hired to run, without a scintilla of evidence...he hasn't gone off the rails, he's plowing them up...it's not too late to start a prologue impeachment to the impeachment...

...don't forget to laugh...NewYorkerSatire, Trump Names Lori Loughlin Education Secretary




UPDATED 05/10/2019 France24, Surviving China’s Uighur Camps


UPDATED 05/07/2019 Vox, China's Secret Internment Camps
UPDATED 04/15/2019 FP, U.S. Firms Are Helping Build China’s Orwellian State and Bloomberg, This Company Is Helping Build China’s Panopticon. It Won’t Stop There (Nov 2018) and MIT, MIT and SenseTime Announce Effort to Advance Artificial Intelligence Research (Feb 2018) [MIT has recently announced stricter oversight of its cooperation-corroboration with some authoritarian entities (e.g. China, House of Saud etc.)]
UPDATED 04/07/2019 Guardian, Bulldozing Mosques: The Latest Tactic in China’s War Against Uighur Culture
NYT, Guantรกnamo Trials Grapple With How Much Evidence to Allow About Torture
NTY, China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise











Originally Published April 05, 2019; Last Updated August 18, 2019; Last Republished August 16, 2019:

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