(Temporary Substitute Musical Accompaniment To The Last Post Of The Week From The Blog’s Favourite Living Canadian)
My interest is, my one hobby is, maintaining a democracy. If you get these 500,000 soldiers advocating anything smelling of Fascism, I am going to get 500,000 more and lick the hell out of you, and we will have a real war right at home.
—General Smedley Butler on the attempt to overthrow Franklin Roosevelt, 1933.
And, ultimately, there was this resolution on which the House of Representatives may vote on Monday next: “Incitement of Insurrection.” That’s the deadliest charge that can be laid against an official of the United States government. Compared to that, the charges against Andrew Johnson and Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton, and even the earlier charges against this president*, are mewling little things. This is a Jeff Davis charge. This is an Edwin Walker charge. This is Seven Days In May stuff, except this time, the seditionist is not a renegade general but the President* of the United States.
Damn, things started moving fast on Friday afternoon. Speaker Nancy Pelosi turned up the heat, letting the world know that she’d consulted General Mark Milley about keeping “an unstable president” away from the nuclear codes. She also let it be known that, if Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet don’t get moving on a 25th Amendment solution, or if they can’t talk the president* into resigning, impeachment proceedings could start on a rocket sled at the beginning of next week. From the New York Times:
In a letter to members of the House, the speaker invoked the resignation of Richard M. Nixon amid the Watergate scandal, when Republicans prevailed upon the president to resign and avoid the ignominy of an impeachment, calling Mr. Trump’s actions a “horrific assault on our democracy.”
“Today, following the president’s dangerous and seditious acts, Republicans in Congress need to follow that example and call on Trump to depart his office — immediately,” she wrote. “If the president does not leave office imminently and willingly, the Congress will proceed with our action.”
Over 250 members of Pelosi’s caucus are on board with the idea of impeaching the president* again, which means that, should things proceed next week, the Republicans in the Senate will have to decide exactly how far they’re prepared to go to defend a seditious madman. Already, we’re hearing laments from Republican lawmakers about how Wednesday’s events should warn against removing the president* because of the “divisiveness” it would provoke, which comes dangerously close to the traditional definition of chutzpah. We should risk two more weeks with this guy so that the members of his crazy cult don’t rise in rebellion again? What is that except victory for the cult?
Meanwhile, on the Senate side, Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington also appears ready to clean house. From The Hill:
Murray accused her colleagues of undermining the democratic process and supporting “the power of force over the power of democracy” by attempting to throw out electoral votes for Biden after state officials and courts found there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in either state. “At the end of the day, our job is to keep this country a democracy where voices win, not brute force. Any senator who stands up and supports the power of force over the power of democracy has broken their oath of office. Senators Hawley and Cruz should resign,” Murray said in a statement.
Joe Manchin wants the president* to be banned from Twitter. (And I hereby apologize to Vice President-elect Harris for hand-waving her call for that in the very first Democratic primary debate. She was right and I was wrong.) And, mirabile dictu, the FBI has fanned out all over the country to pick up the various thugs and vandals. From the New York Times:
A lawmaker from West Virginia and a man who broke into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office and posed at her desk were among those arrested on charges related to the siege at the Capitol, federal law enforcement officials announced on Friday as they promised an exhaustive investigation into the violence. The authorities also found 11 Molotov cocktails and a semiautomatic rifle in the truck of a 70-year-old man from Alabama who was also arrested, according to prosecutors. He also had two handguns. Hundreds of prosecutors and F.B.I. agents have been assigned to work the investigation and were pursuing dozens of cases, Ken Kohl, a prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington, said in a briefing with reporters. “We are far from done,” added Steven M. D’Antuono, who runs the F.B.I.’s Washington field office.
Ho, ho, ho. Ha-ha, funny man. Go directly to prison, please.
As the investigation blossoms, we also are discovering that the events in Washington were more organized, and more well-funded, than they appeared. From the Alabama Political Reporter:
[Steve] Marshall leads the Republican Attorneys General Association’s dark-money nonprofit Rule of Law Defense Fund, which is listed as a participating organization for the March to Save America on the march’s website, as are the groups Stop the Steal, Tea Party Patriots and Turning Point Action. The website is now down, but archived versions show RLDF as a participating group. “I am honored to lead RAGA’s policy branch, the Rule of Law Defense Fund, and bring conservative attorneys general together in promotion of federalism, freedom, and the rule of law,” Marshall said in a Nov. 10 statement to RAGA.
“I’m calling for the Rule of Law Defense Fund with an important message,” the robocall stated, according to Documented. “The march to save America is tomorrow in Washington D.C. at the Ellipse in President’s Park between E St. and Constitution Avenue on the south side of the White House, with doors opening at 7:00 a.m. At 1:00 p.m., we will march to the Capitol building and call on Congress to stop the steal. We are hoping patriots like you will join us to continue to fight to protect the integrity of our elections. For more information, visit MarchtoSaveAmerica.com. This call is paid for and authorized by the Rule of Law Defense Fund.
And from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The fundraising arm of a group led by Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr called on supporters of President Donald Trump to march to the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to “stop the steal” following the “Save America” rally that preceded the deadly riots in Washington. The recorded call encouraged Trump supporters to go to the Capitol to demand that Congress block certification of the 2020 election, which Joe Biden won, including the results in Georgia. “At 1 p.m., we will march to the Capitol building and call on Congress to stop the steal,” the robocall said. “We are hoping patriots like you will join us to continue to fight to protect the integrity of our elections.” The call concludes, “This call is paid for and authorized by the Rule of Law Defense Fund..
This is the guy that will decide whether there will be any action taken against either the president* or White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for the extortionate phone call the president* made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who needed police protection to get home on Wednesday night. These are Republican Secretaries of State. The rot is all the way through this party. It must be ground into a fine powder and thrown to the four winds. Here’s a Facebook post from Trent Hobbs, who, for reasons that will become plain, is no longer the head of the Republican Party in Henry County, Iowa.
Well, our country is officially screwed. All you Democrats that voted for Biden thinking that was going to be all candy and roses now have the wake-up call that you have set this Republic firmly on the path to Socialism! I would have never guessed in my entire life that the country that Patriots have fought and lost their lives for would so quickly turn this way. Ronald Reagan said that Socialism is only one generation away at any time. That has been proven today. All those people that were bribed to vote in return for free shit are to blame for this. And as I said before, politicians regardless of party affiliation not standing up for a free and lawful election, are just as much to blame. So from this time forward, patriots stay locked and loaded. Keep your family close. Get ready for the coming revolution as the storming of the capital (sic) today will be likened to the shot heard round the world that launched the Revolutionary War. Only this time it will be Red vs. Blue. Pray for America.
Don’t worry about that, pal. We’ve had that covered for four years.
In so-far unrelated news, the FBI came knock-knock-knocking on the doors of several Republican members of the Tennessee legislature. From WKRN:
Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation were at the Cordell Hull building in downtown Nashville, where they were seen searching the office of former Tennessee House Speaker Glen Casada. The legislative offices of representatives Kent Calfee, Robin Smith and Todd Warner were also searched. During a news briefing Friday morning, Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton said Calfee himself was not part of the investigation; however, Calfee’s assistant, Nadine Korby was one of three legislative staff members placed on paid leave following the raids, according to the legislative administration director for the General Assembly.
The director said Carol Simpson, who works as Casada’s assistant, and Holt Whitt, the interim chief of staff for Speaker Sexton, were the other two placed on paid administrative leave. The U.S. Attorney’s Office of Middle Tennessee said the private residences of Casada, Smith and Warner were also searched, along with the home of Casada’s former chief of staff, Cade Cothren.
The rot comes in many forms, and it’s all the way down.
Weekly WWOZ Pick To Click: “Get A Life” (The Original Pinettes Marching Band). Yeah, I pretty much still love New Orleans.
Weekly Visit To The Pathe Archives: Here are some Italian police searching the home of the ringleader of an abortive fascist coup in 1971. Prince Borghese was quite the fellow. A fascist underwater demolition expert during World War II, he became a leader of Italy’s extreme right wing after the war ended, when his virulence earned him the nickname “The Black Prince.” After his coup collapsed, he fled to Spain where he died in dubious circumstances in 1974. Officially, pancreatitis killed him, but it has long been suspected that someone slipped him some arsenic, which, if nothing else, is a traditional Italian method of ending someone’s political career. History is so cool.
Is it a good day for dinosaur news, ABC News? It’s always a good day for dinosaur news!
State Rep. Jack Lewis tweeted Monday that he plans on filing the legislation on Jan. 15, adding that the effort is a good way for children to learn about the legislative process. But first, the Framingham Democrat is asking residents to select from one of two dinosaur species discovered in Massachusetts.
Podokesaurus holyokensis, which means “swift-footed lizard of Holyoke,” was first discovered near Mount Holyoke in 1910 by Mignon Talbot, the first woman to name and describe a dinosaur, according to Lewis. The species was 3 to 6 feet (around 1 to 2 meters) in length, weighed approximately 90 pounds (40 kilograms), and was estimated to run 9 to 12 mph (14 to 19 kph).
Anchisaurus polyzelus, which means “much sought after near lizard” was discovered in 1855 in Springfield. They were more than 6 feet long and about 60 to 75 pounds (27 to 34 kilograms).
Of course, this being the Commonwealth (God save it!), a wildcat campaign is being waged on behalf of the famous orange plastic dinosaur that looms over the neon wilderness that is Route 1. And there certainly was no reason to bring Fenway Park into this. I’m for Podokesaurus because its name is fun to say and because, in all honesty, I’ve had enough of over-inflated artificial orange dinosaurs this week.
I’ll be back on Monday after I spend the weekend on oxygen. Be well and play nice, ya bastids. Stay above the snake-line, and wear the damn mask.
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