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PENSACOLA – Yesterday, Donald Trump rallied his Trumpians here in Florida’s Panhandle, less than 30 miles from the border with Alabama.
On August 15, Trump’s fellow Republicans in the Heart of Dixie State nominated Judge Roy Moore, a far right evangelical Christian nutcase, who defeated incumbent Sen. Luther Strange in the GOP primary to succeed Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions had been Alabama’s junior senator for twenty years, during which time he distinguished himself as a radical anti-immigration xenophobe, thus earning the admiration of Trump. Sessions was the first senator to endorse Trump.
Trump received sixty-two percent of the votes of Alabamians in last year’s general election.
Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell greatly preferred Big Luther, but Moore, a perennial political candidate in Alabama who was twice elected (why should judges be elected anyway?) as its Chief Justice and twice expelled from that office for disobeying federal court orders, won the primary in Alabama, a state which Trump won overwhelmingly in last year’s election.
McConnell has said that he believes the nine women who have bravely accused Moore of having sexually assaulted them when they were teenagers and when he was a young assistant district attorney in his 30s. McConnell has also said that Moore, if elected on Tuesday, should face charges before the Senate Ethics Committe. But Kentucky’s senior senator has recently been conspicuously walking back from that demand. It’s plain to see that the GOP is desperate to keep Alabama’s two US Senators in the Republican column, even though Moore is a constant and most irresponsible firebrand.
The only thing which Trump really knows how to do (other than sending out irresponsible tweets full of falsehoods) is to incite his Trumpians at campaign style rallies. He’s really good at that, bringing out the worst in America. Last night at the Pensacola rally, he was very pleased that the crowd started chanting “Lock Her Up!,” a distinct reference to Trumpian rallies last year.
Trump holds the levers of executive powers until he is either impeached or defeated, and we have often said that he plans to run for a third term. We dispatched associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones to the rally here. She was not in the least surprised to learn that Trump made special arrangements with Major I. M. Sure, the Commander of Alabama’s Air National Guard 187th Fighter Wing at the Montgomery Air National Guard Base, to fly Moore to Pensacola in one of his F-16C Black 30K Flighting Falcons to join him at the rally. Moore, who has recently extolled the happiness of Alabamians during and because of slavery, campaigns relentlessly, with his mouth foaming, against McConnell and other “establishment Republicans.” Moore agrees with Trump’s close personal friend Vladimir Putin that the United States is in the grip of Pure Evil.
Moore is sure to be defeated on Tuesday by former federal prosecutor Doug Jones, who successfully prosecuted the remaining two Ku Klux Klan members responsible for the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, which killed four African American girls. But in the unlikely event that Moore should win, he will be a perpetual albatross on the necks of the national GOP ahead of next year’s midterms.
Upon his arrival at the Pensacola Naval Station, Moore tossed his cowboy hat high in the air and led the choir of the Fil-Am Baptist Church of Pensacola in a rendition of “Nearer Our Trump To Me” (Moore rewrote the words of the classic hymn “Nearer My God to Thee” to name Trump as the Deity) and walked barefoot with the entire congregation to the rally, where he was warmly embraced by Trump — a man of very dubious Christian morals who has conned evangelical Christians into adoring him.
But then when the two pols were on stage together, Moore, ever defiant of everybody, spoke for three hours on how unChristian Trump is. Moore then instructed his campaign manager, Billy Bob Undercross, to kiss Trump on the cheek, just as Judas did to Jesus to notify the Roman centurions as to which member of the ragtag Jesus Movement was the one to be crucified.
All this was keenly observed by ASR Jones and by associate solitary reporters Rundell Eddy, a Unitarian Universalist minister in Pensacola who describes himself as a religious humanist; and associate solitary reporters Jason Mullunkey and Keith Downey, who made the trip from Gainesville and Stuart, Florida, to observe Moore’s antics.
After Moore’s three hour sermon, which was laced with falsehoods, Trump spoke for two minutes and told everybody in the crowd, most of whom had come from neighboring Alabama, to vote for Moore.
National Academy of Sciences President's Suggestion for Where Trump, McConnell, Ryan & Meadows Can Put the Upcoming Government Shutdown
Always on the ball, Rachel Bade and Sarah Ferris wrote in yesterday’s Politico how Paul Ryan & Company are trying to figure out the most politically expedient way to shut down the government tomorrow, as Donald Trump is blaming Democrats for what’s about to happen — even though the coming shutdown is entirely the fault of hyper-conservative Tea Party Congressional Republicans such as Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (TP-North Carolina, the Bathroom State)(https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/06/freedom-caucus-paul-ryan-shutdown-truce-282072).
All Ryan’s hard work should be seen from the perspective of a recent report, via The Atlantic, that scientists have just been able to receive stunning evidence of a black hole — it took a mere thirteen billion years for the evidence to reach the scientists here on Terra Firma, after Trump walked away from the one agreement — reached in Paris under President Obama’s strong leadership — which might have helped, if only slightly, to reduce global warming.
Associate solitary reporter and Chief Science Reporter Jim Packer has been in frequent communication with National Academy of Sciences President Marcia Kemper McNutt on the evidence from the black hole.
McNutt was the Director of the US Geological Survey, in the Department of the Interior, from 2009 to 2013 under Interior Secretary and former Colorado US Senator Ken Salazar. McNutt is a well-regarded and world-famous geophysicist who has published over one hundred peer-reviewed papers. She has also been the Editor-in-Chief of Science, from 2013 to 2016, and, since July 1, 2016 (when we still had a decent president), she has been the president of the National Academy of Sciences, a private, non-profit, nongovernmental organization. When President Obama was elected in 2008, he tapped Salazar, a moderate Democrat from Los Rincones, in Conejos County in the remote San Luis Valley of southern Colorado (which used to be part of New Spain) to head the Department of the Interior. McNutt was confirmed as head of the USGS by a unanimous vote of the Senate on October 21, 2009.
Associate solitary reporter Melissa Smith, our Chief Congressional Correspondent, asked Ryan why he is so intent on shutting down the government. Ryan took Smith aside to explain that Freedom Caucus Chairman Meadows, a deficit hawk, doesn’t like the idea of a continuing resolution (“CR”) for two weeks, because Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has diddled and daddled on the appropriations bill which the House passed eight weeks ago. ASR Smith is well aware that McConnell is totally obsessed these days in passing a so-called “tax reform” bill which will only benefit the wealthiest Americans while fulfilling a few of Trump’s bogus campaign promises, namely building a super-costly border wall to be paid for by American, not Mexican, taxpayers; repealing the sensible individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act; messing up big-time with the ability of grad students to get by; and increasing military spending.
“The Republican Party does not believe in government,” McNutt said, “and I have a great idea where Trump, McConnell, Ryan, and Meadows can put their government shutdown: in that newly discovered black hole."
It is a truth universally acknowledged that Donald Trump trusts very few people.
His Son-in-Law-in-Chief, billionaire Jared Kushner, is one of them.
Before Trump brought General John Kelly into the West Wing as his Chief of Staff, Trump gave Kushner, 36 and with no previous government experience (except for developing a great dislike for Chris Christie for sending his father to prison) a wide portfolio, including achieving peace in the fraught Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Kushner is an Orthodox Jew.
Trump likes Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu — yup, the guy whom then House Speaker John Boehner invited to address a Joint Session of Congress without even talking to President Obama’s White House.
Naming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a promise Trump made during his unlikely and supremely xeonophobic campaign last year, is a flash point in the Middle East, as all Muslim nations, especially those close to Israel, oppose it.
The roots of the conflict go way back to 1917 with the Balfour Declaration during the days of the British Mandate, and 1947 et seq. when the Arab nations blew it by killing the sensible notion that Jerusalem be an international city.
The US Embassy to Israel is in Tel Aviv. Both Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (who is about to be displaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo) have lobbied Trump hard not to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, lest it ruin any chance of peace between Israel and Palestine.
Annie Karni, one of Politico’s best reporters, said it best: “Kushner bets he can have it both ways on Jerusalem move" (https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/06/jared-kushner-trump-jerusalem-mideast-peace-283770).
But after Kelly arrived to make various (and very difficult) attempts to bring a vague sense of order to the White House, Kushner has lost some of his cred in the West Wing.
Associate solitary reporter Avrum Goldstein was in Jerusalem with Netanyahu, watching Trump’s announcement.
Netanyahu was all smiles. “I’ve just received a call from Donald Trump, for whom I campaigned vigorously last year.”
“He’s invited me to move the Israeli capital to Trump Tower, and I have accepted.”
“Now, whenever I want to talk to AIPAC, I won’t have far to go.”
“I am prepared to offer Israel to Trump’s USA as the fifty-first state.”
When Goldstein called Kelly to report on Netanyahu’s offer, Kelly immediately told Trump, who has scheduled a major announcement tomorrow to accept Netanyahu’s offer.
Goldstein and his large corps of associate solitary reporters are unanimous in declaring that all this is part of Trump’s mojo of distracting voters from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into foreign interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Trumpites (the few still remaining) all around the USA are rushing to bookstores to give themselves and their mostly untrusted GOP Members of Congress the new book by fired Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, Trump’s deputized campaign manager and the president and chairman of Citizens United. Their book is Let Trump Be Trump (https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/12/04/paul-manafort-and-me-216004), an obvious nod to the millions of benighted Reagan followers who let Reagan by Reagan and thereby made America worse again in the process — a prelude to the charade that some call leadership in Washington. Yup, that’s Citizens United, the group that made Supreme Court law declaring that corporations are people. On this point, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws0WSNRpy3g — a musical gift to the world from Tamworth, New Hampshire, with exquisite piano accompaniment from associate solitary reporter Patricia Johannson.
Lewandowski’s piece is “I’ve Got A Crook Running My Campaign: Paul Manafort, Donald Trump, and Me.” Your solitary reporter once spotted Manafort on a shuttle bus at Washington National Airport. Manafort was infuriated that his flight from JFK to Kiev might be delayed. The solitary reporter went up to Manafort and told him that his purported “management” of any GOP candidate would be doomed to failure. How wrong could your solitary reporter, a Denver-based Democratic operative, be?
In his excerpt in yesterday’s Politico, Lewandowski tells his Trumploving readers that during last year’s campaign, Trump tossed numerous f-bombs at Manafort for telling Communications Director Hope Hicks to cancel all Trump’s TV shows. Then, Steve Bannon found out that the Times was about to publish an article documenting Manafort’s nefarious dealings with Ukraine’s pro-Russian political party, the Party of Regions. Manafort was paid some $12.7 million for his work for Putin puppet and once Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych (Ві́ктор Фе́дорович Януко́вич). Yanukovych owns a dacha in the Moscow area which he bought for a paltry $52 million in 2014 after fleeing from Ukraine. Associate solitary reporter Foma Kheroshonsky, based in Moscow, has pounded many times on Yanukovych’s door, only to have stale borscht thrown in his face.
From Minnesota to Alabama, all eyes are on powerful male predators who took advantage of women. But as associate solitary reporter Susanna Sherman notes, Al Franken apologized, while Judge Roy (“Good Ol’ Boy) Moore is in total denial.