According to my daily pill organizer, it is a Tuesday in the Realm and with it comes a whole new batch of headlines that caught my attention this morning.
The Headlines in no particular order:
- Cassidy Hutchinson says it’s a ‘make or break moment’ for the Republican Party to stand against Trump
- A history of government shutdowns: The 14 times funding has lapsed since 1980
- A Supreme Court case about hotel websites could blow up much of US civil rights law
- Hunter Biden sues former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani over infamous laptop
- Trump lawyers say prosecutors want to ‘silence’ him with gag order in his federal 2020 election case
- Trump Vows to Investigate NBC, MSNBC For ‘Country Threatening Treason’ If Elected
- Trump suggests Mark Milley should be executed in possible breach of pre-trial release conditions
- Biden to walk a picket line in Michigan
- Scoop: Biden team’s don’t-let-him-trip mission
- Tucker Carlson finds a new booster: Russian TV
My Commentary on these headlines without ever reading the story:
I think it’s been a ‘make or break moment’ for the Republican Party writ large for a while now. Most of the true Republicans have left the party to become independent Conservatives since Trump rebranded the party four years ago.
I keep reading stories where all the past government shutdowns were caused by Republicans trying to push shit that couldn’t be passed in regular legislation. This is mostly true, but with a couple of exceptions. I recall a shutdown in the mid-1980s where Democrats were trying to force a reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine. But yeah, for the most part, it’s always been Republicans playing fuck-fuck with the government.
The third story is about frivolous law suits, and it does have the potential of pissing the Supreme Court off enough to trigger a massive chilling on civil rights lawsuits in general. I say it’s “potential”, considering that they may just choose to stifle this particular plaintiff. But that doesn’t stop the media from assuming the worst case scenario
I’ve been expecting Hunter Biden to sue the pants off of any and everyone involved with his laptop — and for damn good reason. There are explicit laws concerning the dissemination of computer data, and demonstrable attempts at trying to hack Hunter Biden’s computer accounts. Apparently, Rudy and company tried to use the information found on Biden’s hard drive to access bank accounts and other personal accounts — a federal offense, should any prosecutor decide to pursue it. But it certainly doesn’t stop Hunter from suing the dogshit out of Rudy.
YES! That is exactly the motivation behind a “gag order” in federal or state court — to keep the parties from speaking out about the case and poisoning the jury pool though incitement. Most defendants have the common sense and … well, intelligence … to not publicly talk about their pending criminal cases. There is a reason why you have a right to remain silent in criminal cases — forget ‘anything’, but EVERYTHING will be used against you in trial. EVERYTHING you say or do. Every time Trump opens his gaping shit hole, he provides the government with more ammo to use against him. He’s like the gift that keeps on giving for the prosecution. Funny thing though, while Trump has the Right to remain silent, and retains the Right to free speech, he does NOT have a Right to run for public office and use that as an excuse to put off his legal jeopardy. A criminal defendant can also have his pre-trial release conditions revoked and he could spend the next year or so in a FDC waiting trial. I mean, THIS is what his playing with here.
Ah yes, the “enemy of the state” routine. It also illustrates the idea that Trump and his followers believe that a sitting president gets to decide who gets investigated and/or prosecuted on his own whim. The DOJ may be housed under the Executive Branch of our government (for lack of a better branch to house it under) but it is not under the direct control of the POTUS.
The story about Mark Milley circles back to the gag order set by one of the trial judges that Trump is facing. Trump was ordered not to intimidate or talk shit about witnesses in his cases, and true to form, Trump ignored the order spectacularly.
Oh goody. Biden walks a picket line. Trump will be doing the exact same thing tomorrow. I suppose it’s better than either one of them kissing babies…
Don’t let Biden trip. Well, okay then. LOL
Does it surprise anyone that Tucker Carlson is being repackaged and re-broadcast in … RUSSIA?
I wonder how much of this I got right? Like I said, I haven’t read the actual stories behind these headlines. It could be that I got it all wrong.
What I am streaming now:
Robert Downey Jr collects a lot of classic cars. His collection isn’t quite as large and extensive as Jay Leno, but he does have more than a few. Unlike most shows on cars, Downey is taking six of his classic vehicles and converting them to either hybrids or full electric vehicles. What made me interested in this particular show is in the sixth episode he converts a 1969 VW Transporter Bus to a fully-electric vehicle. You can find it here