The Senate has confirmed three top defense leaders. Last night it confirmed Air Force General Charles Q. Brown Jr. to replace Army General Mark A. Milley as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when he retires at the end of the month. Today, it confirmed General Randy A. George as Army chief of staff and General Eric M. Smith as Marine Corps commandant.
The fact that Rupert can just shuffle off into the sunset to enjoy the wealth he created by weakening democracy, sewing fear and hatred, and spreading lies is a crime against humanity.
And the majority of the GOP that acted against the certification of the 2020 election, and continue to do all they can to obstruct justice should be expelled, indicted, and barred from ever holding elected office.
To allow them to hold the budget, military promotions, justice, voting rights, and any legislation necessary to strengthen democracy hostage is just a continuation of the attack on the American system that peaked on January 6th but started well before the direct, violent attack on the Capitol.
Thank you Heather.
Standing back and watching the GOP/MAGA cult prepare to burn this country to the ground, I can't help but think, do they not think we see their motives?
They are fully prepared to cut off money and services to their own party members as well as the rest of the country to protect Trump.
Do they really think we don't see that?
Who will the Republicans blame when they don't get their Social Security check and other needed services?
Be safe. Be well.
McCarthy-We’re too busy to host a foreign leader/ally in the House Of Representatives.
McCarthy-We’re not getting anything done here so you guys go home for the weekend.
Like the New Yorker cartoon caption put it, "Those who fail to understand history are condemned to repeat it, but we who do understand history are forced to go along for the ride."
And the SP500 and gapped lower to close down -1.65% triggering technical signals that point to a pullback to the October 2022-March 2023 consolidation. So the likely game plan to wreck the economy ahead of the 2024 election looks like it is gearing up in earnest.
What is scaring me is that the Republican rag the Washington Examiner reported that MTG has written an autobiography.
"Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Georgia Republican who overcame Democratic silencing efforts to become one of the most effective voices on the Right, is getting ready to settle some scores with an autobiography that could pave the way to higher office — including the VICE PRESIDENCY." (my emphasis)
This is nicely timed with her being one of the 5 Republicans in the House that voted against bringing McCarthy's attempt to bring the House version of the defense appropriations bill to the floor for debate. McCarthy must be really feeling the sting of that given his statement back during his fight for the Speakership when he said he would do anything for that woman.
McCarthy is craven in his desire to cling to the Speakership--he has the power to break the funding deadlock in the House by walking across the aisle with a bipartisan deal. But that would set up another speakership fight which he would lose now that Trump is being even more brazen in calling for total dysfunction in government.
"He would deny paychecks to millions of working families & devastate the US economy, all in the service of himself.”
But of course. Trump has always been the only thing that matters to Trump. Weird how many look to him for salvation.
Fascinating. I think TfG and Murdoch both suffer from the same malaise: the inability to be accepted into a certain class of society using money alone.
That worm of a former president dares to call himself a patriot and the media continues to put him on the front page. He is a “front runner” because polls of hundreds of people, not thousands or millions of people answered a phone call. We know Russians are involved in throwing the election again and probably with the polls. Tfg attacked his own government. Apologies to worms, snakes and slime, the bully is unfit in every way.
What does the resignation of Rupert Murdoch mean to the Fox media and the entire Republican bricade? Is it a change of direction? Do they want knew audience, far away from the pro-Rs? In any change of leadership mantle, there will be changes.
The reign of Rupert has been marred with lies and misinformation; the Fox profited off from gaming the emotions of the people and making people pit against each other. If you were were Democrat, you deserved to be misreported, misquoted, and misunderstood. The Rs got the better part of the buttered bread in political scene and escape most of the times from being summoned by the truth.
The Rupert model and other anti-democratic MSMs of journalism was and is no longer healthy for the soul. Every news was fashioned to ignite your roller coaster of emotions and put people in darkness. The result? The creation of a wild person with disastrous beliefs and full of misinformation.
Why is there no uproar or MORE uproar against tfg? How come he is still running free to exert influence via his sh…y ‘truth’ platform? How come he is able to be “…trying to assert dominance over the country?” and being quite successful? Do millions of Americans have to continue to suffer his insolence?
And why oh why do upright lawyers like Nora Dennehy have to withhold crucial information about the wrongdoings of people like Mr Whitewash-Barr for 3 years?
Last evening a friend of mine, a life long commented on one of my threads that she just wants out of this mess. She blamed the Democrats for not listening and said she was considering voting Green in the upcoming.
This was my response:
That won’t get us out. Sadly we have only two parties. And only one that is anywhere near functional.
It isn’t that the Dems are not listening. It is that the system itself is broken.
If you vote green the Republicans have a better chance of winning. And they have already announced the plan for American fascism if they win. That is not a campaign tactic by the Dems. It’s a fact.
And even if the Dems win, they do not have nearly the latitude to govern that people think they do.
The corporate oligarchs are more powerful than this government. That is the true enemy. Not the Democrats.
The choice is how much harm will be done. The Republicans are in alignment with the oligarchs. The Democrats will do what they can to avoid the worst harm.
So what can we do? Vote blue to keep the level of authoritarianism where it is, instead of a bare fascist dictatorship. Which would be a hell greater than we can imagine.
And figure out how to either bring down the oligarchy or take ourselves en masse out of its control.
We won’t be able to do any of that under Republican Christo-fascist rule. We will be too busy surviving and maybe risking our lives in the resistance.
First of all, thank you HCR for another informative, albeit scary letter. I really do look forward to reading these letters everyday. I have a question. If the government shuts down and millions of of people won't receive their paychecks, why don't we start with the five or six idiots that are making this happen in the first place? I know this is a pipe dream but, these "people" will never stop acting like spoiled babies unless they feel the pain of their actions. This just illustrates how important it is to VOTE BLUE all the way through!
In the beginning of the week, it was the Freedom Caucus at the mic decrying Biden’s reckless spending and blamed him for inflation and gas prices, but by the end of the week, it has devolved into a s#*tshow.
Donald J. Trump is calling the shots.
'Former President Donald Trump has been charged in four criminal cases over a four-and-a-half-month span. In New York, he faces 34 felony counts in connection with hush money payments to a porn star. In Florida, he faces 40 felony counts for hoarding classified documents and impeding efforts to retrieve them. In Washington, D.C., he faces four felony counts for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election. And in Georgia, he faces 13 felony counts for his election interference in that state.' (Politico)
Donald J. Trump is still calling the shots!
'The extremists are bolstered by former president Donald Trump, who posted on his social media platform today that the Republicans in Congress “can and must defund all aspects of Crooked Joe Biden’s weaponized Government…. This is also the last chance to defund these political prosecutions against me and other Patriots. They failed on the debt limit, but they must not fail now. Use the power of the purse and defend the Country!” (Letter)
'Experts say shutting down the government would not, in fact, end the former president’s legal troubles, but he is actually doing more than that here: he is trying to assert dominance over the country. As Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) said: “Let’s be clear about what the former president is saying here. House Republicans should shut down the government unless the prosecutions against him are shut down. He would deny paychecks to millions of working families & devastate the US economy, all in the service of himself.” (Letter)
'Extremist leader Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) responded to Trump’s statement with his own: “Trump Opposes the Continuing Resolution” to fund the government,” he wrote. “Hold the line.” Ron Filipkowski of MeidasTouch noted: “House Republicans refuse to fund the government to protect Donald Trump.” (Letter)
How will this end?
“The fate of America cannot depend on any one man. The greatness of America is grounded in principles and not on any single personality.” —Franklin Roosevelt
Unfortunately, not sure Murdoch's son is much better..... we'll see.
I have no words to describe these RepubReps who are trying to sabotage the government, which is actually the source of their own wealth. Most of them, I can't imagine their earning an honest living anywhere. A dishonest one, maybe. And TFG - he must still be collecting 6 figures from the gov't. Les saboteurs being rewarded by the "sabotee". What a sinister farce.
The Putin wing of the Republican party is retaliating for our support for Ukraine in acts of legislative terrorism, even including hostage taking as with Kevin McCarthy.