Everyday Erinyes #84

 Posted by at 10:41 am  Politics
Jul 222017
 

Experts in autocracies have pointed out that it is, unfortunately, easy to slip into normalizing the tyrant, hence it is important to hang on to outrage.  These incidents which seem to call for the efforts of the Greek Furies (Erinyes) to come and deal with them will, I hope, help with that.  Even though there are many more which I can’t include.  As a reminder, though no one really knows how many there were supposed to be, the three names we have are Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone. These roughly translate as “unceasing,” “grudging,” and “vengeful destruction.”

This case leaves me a little speechless, so I’ll be doing some quoting.  “A Pennsylvania police officer will be sentenced this week after accepting a plea deal in a child rape case — three years after his father was sentenced for abusing one of the same boys

That sentence (the verbal one, not the court one) is accurate, as far as it goes, but it gives the impression this – individual – was following in his father’s footsteps over time.  From all of the dates, it appears more likely that the father and sone were sharing the boys.  The abuse started in 2001, when one of the boys was seven.  The perp was 28 or so and at that time a police officer in Dupont, PA.  It doesn’t appear this case which terminated his employment – he started amassing his criminal record (and I assume that terminology means there was at least one convicton for something) in 2008.

This is 2017, and the boy who was seven is noww 23 and able to stand up for himself.

The 44-year-old Turkos, a former Dupont police officer, threatened to hurt their mother and pets or take away their toys if they revealed the abuse.

One of the boys told police that Turkos choked him and used zip ties to restrain him during the abuse, and investigators said the former police officer held a hand over his mouth to muffle his screams.

“I hope you die — you’re a piece of crap,” Turkos told one of the boys, according to police.

(Is that what’s called adding insult to injury?)

This – individual – has been allowed to plea bargain down to two misdemeanor charges, but at least each of those charges can carry up to five years in prison.  (The father of this – individual – was sentenced to between three months and five years in state prison, BTW.)  It appears hat he has been skating with minimumm penalties, deferred penalties, and victim blaming for a good long time.  He strikes me as one of those who needs to be locked up permanently, and if he becomes a human being, to make a new life in prison.  But that is not going to happen with the current charges.  In fact, he is currently out on $50,000 bond.

But enough about the done deal.  This case, ladies and gentlemen, is why there should never be a statute of limitations on rape, any rape, but especially child rape.  The Victorians had something when they referred to it as “a fate worse than death.”  Like murder, it is life changing forever, and it is irreversible.  And if grown women have trouble standing up to our legal system to even establish that a crime has been committed, how is a young child supposed to accomplish that?  Andrew Vachss is amazing, but he is not omnipresent, and there are not enough of him.  While changing rape culture seems overwhelming, changing states of limitations is something which can be worked on.  Alecto, maybe you would do that.

Meanwhile, in Louisiana, one Congressman put up a post (back in June) on Facebook about which there can be NO doubt that it is intended to incite violence.  Evidently, he is still defending it, and so is Facebook.

Here’s what he said:

“The free world… all of Christendom… is at war with Islamic horror. Not one penny of American treasure should be granted to any nation who harbors these heathen animals. Not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quarter. Their intended entry to the American homeland should be summarily denied. Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down. Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them all.”

I am working from an email here, from MoveOn, soliciting signatures on one of their petitions.  What makes this current when it happened in June is that another elected official, this one in norther Michigan, a Village President (which I assume is like a mayor?) has gotten into the action with a post of his own, and has said he owes no one an apology for calling for the killing of “every last Muslim.”  So I don’t have a single source.

But MoveOn has provided links to their sources, and I’ll share those.

Tisiphone, perhaps you might want to explain to these First Amendment idiots that, while the First Amendment doesn’t protect incitements to violence, it certainly does protect verbal responses to incitements to violence which do not incite violence themselves.

And in Florida – do I have to say any more?  Well, yes, I guess I do.  A video surfaced – well.

Apparently five kids aged 14 to 16 were in a park smoking marijuana when a disabled man walked into a retention pool and got out of his depth.  He started struggling, and screaming for help.  Ultimately he fell under the surface of the water, where he died.  None of the teens called 911.  None of the teens rushed to help.  Instead, they laughed and joked.  And uploaded the video.  THEN someone called the police.

Florida doesn’t have a “Good Samaritan” law that would both protect and demand people help when lives are threatened. As a result, it is unlikely that any of the teens will be charged with a crime.

“While the incident depicted on the recording does not give rise to sufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution under Florida statutes, we can find no moral justification for either the behavior of persons heard on the recording or the deliberate decision not to render aid to Mr. Dunn,” a statement said from the Brevard-Seminole State Attorney’s Office.

Living as I do in a state where recreational marijuana is legal (for adults – but not for 14-16 year olds even here), I find it difficult to believe those brats could not be prosecuted in Florida for possession.  If that is published as a fact, I assume there is some evidence that that is what they were doing.  But I am not a lawyer, nor in law enforcement.

I do find it noteworthy that, when investigators went to the homes of the teens to interview them, they found no smidgen of remorse or grief.  “Only a smirk.”

Megaera, I doubt whether you can get through to them.  But I wish you would try.

The Furies and I will be back.

Cross posted to Care2 here.

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Jul 212017
 

As the noose slowly tightens around the neck of Resident Donald Trump, Fuhrer of the Republican Rectum Reich, it is apparent that he is on the verge of desperate measures. Sad as it it, it appears that there is nothing so sleazy and devious that Trump’s minions won’t pursue it in defense of Republican fascism.

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Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with the effort.

Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves…

…With the Russia investigation continuing to widen, Trump’s lawyers are working to corral the probe and question the propriety of the special counsel’s work. They are actively compiling a list of Mueller’s alleged potential conflicts of interest, which they say could serve as a way to stymie his work, according to several of Trump’s legal advisers…

From <Washington Post>

There are few people capable of dissecting such issues as these as Rachel Maddow.  Here, she talks with Ashley Parker, one of the authors of the Post article.

I did a little research myself and could not find any actual proof that the Fuhrer could not pardon himself, but there are limitations.  First, he would have to do so at the point of resignation, because he could not pardon himself for future offenses.  So, if he can pardon himself and stay in office, he will commit more crimes virtually immediately.  Second, if he could pardon himself, he can do so for federal crimes only.  Therefore it is imperative that State AGs prepare criminal indictments against him for financial felonies committed within their borders.

About Mueller, we need to keep an eye on the fate of Jefferson "KKK Beauregard" Sessions.  If Trump cans him, I think it will indicate that he’s about to go after Mueller.

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Jul 212017
 

I’m feeling pretty tired because the humidity here is si high, I feel sticky, even when I’m cool.  I have a very hot weekend coming up.  For those of you, who worked all week, TGIF!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 3:12 (average 5:10).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): The Media Must Fight Back | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

Keith could not be more correct. When the conspirators lie, their lies should not be covered, unless they are covered as lies. There can be no balanced position between truth and lies. RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: This overt hostility and flagrant assault on transparency has had an impact on a certain sector of the electorate. Trump voters have evolved into a breed of ill-informed, willfully ignorant yokels whose devotion to their Orange Julius Caesar borders on cult worship. This alarming descent into madness is frightfully illustrated in the results of a new survey by Public Policy Polling (PPP). The depth of the delirium of these lost souls is unimaginable. And yet, the data from the PPP pollsters is clear. Here are some examples from the study:

  • Only 45% of Trump voters believe Donald Trump Jr. had a meeting with Russians about information that might be harmful to Hillary Clinton…even though Trump Jr. admitted it. 32% say the meeting didn’t happen and 24% say they’re not sure.
  • 72% of Trump voters consider the Russia story overall to be ‘fake news,’ only 14% disagree.
  • Only 24% of Trump voters even want an investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, 64% are opposed to an investigation.
  • Only 26% of Trump voters admit that Russia wanted Trump to win the election, 44% claim Russia wanted Hillary Clinton to win, and 31% say they’re not sure one way or the other.
  • Even if there was an investigation, and it found that the Trump campaign did collude with Russia to aid his campaign, 77% of his supporters think he should still stay in office to just 16% who believe he should resign.

What manner of sickness is this? Less than half of the Trump disciples believe that Don, Jr. met with Russians despite his having confirmed it. Do they think he’s lying? More troubling though, is that more than three quarters of the StormTrumpers are comfortable with him serving as president even if he conspired with a foreign hostile enemy to steal the election.

The sad thing is that these morons vote. Sadder still, they reproduce. ARGH!! RESIST!!

From Exposed by CMD: Now that GOP state legislators have control over 32 state legislatures (both chambers), thanks in large part to partisan gerrymandering, some extremists are preparing to use their clout to gerrymander the U.S. Senate.

This week in Denver, July 19-21, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will welcome Republican state legislators and its corporate funders, including Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, K12 Inc., Peabody Energy, and PhRMA, to vote on corporate legislative priorities and create cookie cutter “model” bills in task force meetings that are still closed to the press.

ALEC will welcome U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke [ALEC Koch Suckers delinked], Newt Gingrich and other Trump loyalists to the meeting.

On the agenda for debate and discussion? A model bill to repeal the 17th Amendment, which established the popular election of United States Senators in 1913.

Previously, U.S. Senators were selected by state legislatures and political party bosses beholden to powerful industries. The corruption scandals erupting from the wheeling and dealing fueled some of the great muckraking investigative journalism of the early 20th Century. In 1912, progressive Republican U.S. Senator Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette campaigned for the popular election of U.S. Senators as a means of cracking down on political corruption and corporate control of the democracy. Reformers introduced direct primary elections, ballot initiatives, and recall votes, in the same time period.

Now right-wing extremists want to roll back the clock to enable Republican state houses and Republican governors to hijack at least 10 U.S. Senate Seats held by Democrats in Republican trifecta states, and force an ever more extreme agenda through Congress.

We must protect the 17th Amendment from Republican Koch suckers at all costs! RESIST!!

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Sam Is Back – from 7/19

 Posted by at 1:24 pm  Politics
Jul 202017
 

Sam has been gone since 6/29, and she has been sorely missed.  But now she’s back! It’s that time of week again, so here are four excellent video clips from Sam’s show last night.  Enjoy!!

Trump’s Voter “Integrity” Commission

 

Oregon’s Secretary of State, Dennis Richardson, said NO! How about yours? Kobitch can take a long flying fu*k off a short pier!

Louie Gohmert’s Freestyle History Lesson

 

These Congressional Republicans don’t need gender reassignment surgery. They need race reassignment surgery. However, the technology to make them members of the human race is beyond our present means.

When Will Trump Get Impeached? Well…

 

If the House ever looks likely to impeach Trump, he will resign, and Pence will grant him a full pardon. That’s why it’s better to win in 2018 first and go after both.

Thank You, Nasty Women!

 

Kudos!

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Jul 202017
 

It amazes me how clumsy improved vision is making me.  I have lots of muscle memory predicated on what I used to see.  Now that I see something different, I’ve become a bona-fide klutz.  I had a busy morning.  I set up all the appointments for my second eye, which is now scheduled for surgery on 8/28.  I also put in calls to my computer tech to help with some networking issues and to Providence Elder at Home to pick up my Advanced Directive.  I’m awaiting return calls.  I have nothing else scheduled this week, so, God willing, and if the creek don’t rise, I should stay in the saddle.  Finally, here is a pic of me in the Surgery Center.  Ladies, you might want to cover your eyes.  Stumpy is nekkid. Surprised smile

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Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:12 (average 5:23).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MoveOn Channel): Kobach’s Commission

 

Don’t let Trump, Kobitch, or the Republican Reich take YOUR right to vote away! RESIST!!

From NY Times: Phillip Jones, whose job it is to court visitors to this city, spent months warning anyone who would listen: Economic pain will follow if Texas lawmakers pass laws seen as hostile to gay and transgender people.

But after Texas approved a law that critics said might keep people, on the basis of sexual orientation, from adopting children or serving as foster parents, even Mr. Jones was surprised at part of the fallout: a ban by California on taxpayer-funded travel to Texas.

Kudos! Californicate Texas! RESIST!!

From Daily Kos: The Senate Judiciary Committee notified Trump’s legal team today to:

“immediately take steps to preserve all relevant documents in the possession, custody, or control of the Trump Campaign related to Russian interference in the 2016 election, including documents related to the Trump campaign’s contacts with: Russian government officials, associates, or representatives; any individuals who purported to act or whom were believed to be acting on behalf of Russian government officials, associates, or representatives; anyone who might have been involved in or in receipt of information obtained as a result of Russia’s influence campaign.”

The letter is posted at the Committee’s website.

The Committee also requested "all communications to, from, or copied to the Trump campaign relating to” the following list of 41 individuals and entities, which includes one unexpected name, Jill Stein.

It was not unexpected to me. I’ve been documenting Traitor Jill’s collusion with Russia, since before the election.

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Jul 192017
 

I was awake most of Monday night, because I had cotton mouth, as I was allowed no liquids.  The Surgery Center was efficient.  During the surgery, Christine told me that the cancer surgery had made the cataract more difficult to extract and the pain drops were wearing off.  When she applied more drops, I had a brief moment of intense burning, but otherwise there was no pain during the procedure.  I got to look through the eye this morning, and the effect is phenomenal. The vision is clear and colors are brilliant.  The computer screen is still blurry, because I have to wear my glasses, which are intended for distance, to protect the eye.  I can’t wait to get the other eye done.  This is today’s only article, because I have a follow-up appointment this afternoon.

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 2:35 (average 4:19).  To do it, click here.  How did you do?

Short Takes:

From YouTube (GQ Channel): A Timeline of Treason | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann

 

It is what Keith says it is: a timeline of treason. RESIST!!

From The Rachel Maddow Show: Trump, Putin had second, undisclosed, hour-long encounter at G20

Ian Bremmer, political scientist and president of The Eurasia Group, talks with Rachel Maddow about the revelation of an undisclosed second encounter between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin that left US allies concerned and no official record.

 

Consider this in the context that Jared Kushner tried to establish a backchannel of communications with the Russian government, so that nobody in the US government would be aware of what is said. Why does the Trump Reich want to hide dealings with Russia from America? It seems clear that the second meeting between Trump and Putin included only a Russian translator was also a safe way to discuss quid pro quo in secret. That’s conspiracy. RESIST!!

From The New Yorker: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was rushed to the hospital late Monday night with what doctors diagnosed as a low white-vote count.

Doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center said that when McConnell arrived at the facility his white-vote count had fallen below fifty and he had gone into shock.

Dr. Harland Dorrinson, a physician at Walter Reed who is monitoring McConnell’s condition, called his low white-vote count “very serious.”

“Mitch McConnell needs a white-vote count of at least fifty in order to function,” he said. “If it falls below fifty and stays there for an extended period of time, he cannot survive.”

Dang Andy! So that explains it. This might give Bought Bitch Mitch a chance to socialize with his pal, Antonin Scalia. Winking smile RESIST!!

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…for now.

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