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Republicans are more loyal to their brand name than they are to their voters.

They believe, and rightfully so, that their voters will not judge them on how they vote or don't vote but rather, that they remain true to the tribe.

So long as they have the "R" by their name and they do not badmouth their Leader, then they believe there is nothing they can do to hurt themselves in the next election.

For example, the entire Florida delegation voted against the hurricane relief, or like Marco Rubio, did not vote at all.

After such a catastrophe, it is impossible for me to understand not voting for your own people? Putting politics and Republican brand above their voters.

And the voters do not seem to mind?

I cannot understand why people would buy that brand?

Trump got pissed at the lawyer that refused to lie for him.

It made him very angry and he broke off any further relationship with him. (according to report on CNN)

In June, the lawyer testified before the Janury 6th Committee.


Fifty-Six years ago today..


It was Our Dear Old Uncle Sam with an invitation to take a physical for the U.S. Military Service. In the hills, when your country called, you did not ask why -- you went.

I remember walking out of that dark hollow on an early October morning of 1966 to catch a bus that would take a bunch of us to Fort Campbell, Kentucky. I was then 19 years old and I had matured a lot since graduating from High School the year before. Still, it was an unpredictable, anxious feeling walking down that unlit dirt road of the hollow, with all my clothes in a large paper bag. Thoughts raced and crowded around in my brain. The future was uncertain.

The next morning -- still in our civilian clothes -- we played touch football as we anticipated our progression from a "recruit" to a "private" in the U.S. Army. Off in the distance, I could hear Loretta Lynn's voice coming from the nearby EM Club -- singing something about Uncle Sam being a "busy man" and sending her man to "Viet Nam". It all sounded like a very distant drum.

However, in a few short weeks, after AIT and a short stint in Officer Candidate School for me many of us were given our orders alongside a 30-day leave. Wine, women, and song were only denial mechanisms for the realities that lie ahead. The leave went very quickly. Fort Lewis, Washington was to be our point of departure from the United States of America. Our next stop was to be South Viet Nam.

Most of us had friends that were able to get out of the "draft". We had no ill feelings toward them -- they were simply considered "lucky". The Bill Clintons, Newt Gingrichs, Steve Forbes, the Rush Limbaughs and Donald Trumps -- and millions like them -- were common. They were not exceptions. It was a political reality. Either they went off to college or joined the National Guard or received some type of medical deferment or they accepted the likelihood of going to Southeast Asia to serve our country. We were not looking for deferments and we were not looking for parades. It was simple -- our country called and we went.

As the Northwest Orient jet took off from Japan, on the last leg of the journey, we were all alone with our thoughts. Will we be attacked as soon as the jet lands? Will we have to run for foxholes? Will I be able to kill another human being? Reality fades as the journey begins. Emotions were stuffed into a faraway corner.

Why Trump has not been indicted?

The old saying is, "When you come after the king, you best not miss."

There is little doubt but that the former president is one of the top international criminals in the world. He is one of the "untouchables" of the crime world.

He is not a typical, underworld, New York mafia figure. He competes with the Russian mafia figures and the criminal autocrats around the world. As an enterprise, they compete with the rest of the free world for resources and international interests. Their primary goal is accumulation of wealth and they do not concern themselves with trivial matters such as freedom, democracy, and the common good, unless it furthers their goal.

Whether the DOJ looks at the Trump criminal enterprise in a similar manner is open to question. But they seem to believe that if they indict the former disgraced president, then there can be no open questions about their case. It must be airtight. An indictment must bring a conviction.

Why hasn't he been indicted up to this point? Because it is not as "airtight" as some of us believe. There can be no escape routes. The evidence must be obvious to all.

It seems to this untrained eye that the evidence is piling up and the puzzle pieces are fitting together. It is America versus the International Criminal Cartel. The only remaining question will be: Will they have the courage to pull the trigger, so to speak?

Carl Perkins, George Harrison, Eric Clapton - Medley - 9/9/1985 - Capitol Theatre (Official)

Misinformation online dropped 73% in one week after Trump and allies banned from social media sites.

This was in the WashPost on 1-18-2021


Online misinformation about election fraud plunged 73 percent after several social media sites suspended President Trump and key allies last week, research firm Zignal Labs has found, underscoring the power of tech companies to limit the falsehoods poisoning public debate when they act aggressively.

The new research by the San Francisco-based analytics firm reported that conversations about election fraud dropped from 2.5 million mentions to 688,000 mentions across several social media sites in the week after Trump was banned from Twitter.

Twitter’s ban of Trump on Jan. 8, after years in which @realDonaldTrump was a potent online megaphone, has been particularly significant in curbing his ability to push misleading claims about what state and federal officials have called a free and fair election on Nov. 3.

Trump’s banishment was followed by other actions by social media sites, including Twitter’s ban of more than 70,000 accounts affiliated with the baseless QAnon ideology, which played a key role in fomenting the Capitol siege on Jan. 6.

The anatomy of the lie.

CNN had an interview with Maggie Haberman this morning and they discussed a part of her new book where she asked Trump if he took anything with him when he left the White House?

"Nothing of any urgency", he said.

Then he went off on a tangent about his letters from Kim Jong-Un and how he had many letters from other leaders also.

When asked directly if he had the letters from Kim Jong-Un, he replied that he believed the National Archives had "most of them". But he insinuated that he kept some of them.

When asked about what he was doing as the attack on our Capitol was taking place, he out right lied, knowing what we know now from the J6 hearings. He said he didn't know it was happening. He was in "meetings". He did not turn on his television. The only name he mentioned was "Mark Meadows", as if he knew that was the person that he most trusted to back up his lie.

We now know that he was watching television and enjoying it immensely. That several people called or texted Meadows to get a message to Donald Trump, including well -known FOX media hosts.

He veered off in another direction when he did not want to answer. He did not hesitate to lie outright when it presented a threat to him or was a benefit to him. He never answered any question with a straight honest response. There was always something nefarious hiding behind each and every word.

Republicans will have to clean their own house this November.

Democrats cannot do it for them. Democrats cannot force, intimidate, cajole, or persuade them to change their mind about anything. Why waste their breath?

Republicans will decide what kind of country they want. They can vote for lies and conspiracy theories or they can vote for truth and reality. What is the truth?

The truth is that they lost the last election. Joe Biden won. Trump lost. The truth is that they followed a "Big Lie" that was created solely to keep Trump in power.

In our system of government, when the courts speak, that is the final word. There is no appeal beyond the Supreme Court in our democracy. Republicans took their case to the courts 62 times and lost 61 of those cases. Their only win was that the Court gave them permission to stand closer to the election workers as they were counting votes. Hardly a win at all.

Republicans need to take a long, hard look in the mirror. Their words mean something. Their actions mean something. And their votes mean something. They should vote for their country, not for their big-mouth politicians. They have much more power than Democrats in the next election. They just have to know how to use it.

Does anyone truly believe the former president disposed of some documents for private gain?

Would he have sold them for his own personal benefit, at the detriment of the country?

That would be some valuable information if that could be proven.

Maybe he just removed them surreptitiously, so they could be mementos and souvenirs?

Trump is not deserving of being called "the former president".

He was a former criminal that occupied the White House for four years and corrupted everything and everybody he came into contact with.

Because of his criminal acts against our nation, he also should have any presidential pension removed, as well as all Secret Service protection. He deserves none of the benefits of being a "former president", not even the title.

He has disgraced and weakened our country. He should reap none of the rewards.

There is reason to believe that without Russian assistance, he would never have been in the White House in the first place.

If and when he is ever charged, these are some of the penalties that should be considered, in my opinion.
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