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Don midwest
Don midwest

I was up and down yesterday

I began with a wonderful article on the Pope’s new encyclical on fellowship which I posted here. I even sent it out to a couple of friends that it sounded like Bernie Sanders.

Then I looked around for Betty Clermont who has been a stern critic of the Roman Catholic church and its leadership in the curia. She described the conspiracy of Opus Dei to take over the US government.

It scared the shit out of me.

A little known faction with incredible influence for the bad. In short term Trump election, medical care, diversity, etc., etc. And after the country is fucked up it will be much harder to bring it back together. The power of the courts — an unelected group can do huge damage

Here are numerous links. Betty tends to be a little wordy, but her scholarship and analysis are first rate. She had been on these issues for years.

The Federalist society on steroids.

I am trying to contact various groups to get into this and get it out there before the Senate vote in the whole body.

https://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2020/09/barretts-religion-is-off-limits-opus.html

http://churchandstate.org.uk/2019/03/opus-deis-influence-on-the-u-s-judiciary/

http://churchandstate.org.uk/2019/06/opus-deis-influence-is-felt-in-all-of-washingtons-corridors-of-power/

https://opentabernacle.wordpress.com/2020/06/19/opus-deis-william-barr-the-trump-whisperer/

Don midwest
Don midwest

watching democracynow this morning and my blood boils so more on the Amy sham

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

thanks DMW. Wow, I just read the Barretts piece and it is scary. I seem to recall an FBI agent back in the 90’s who was caught as a secret agent and was a member of Opus Dei. Gotta go find that. Sadly, I become more hopeless every day wrt to survival of humanity.

polarbear4

It is scary, Don.

Don midwest
Don midwest

I am sending this out to various people and organizations. It is important to get this into the main stream press.

With all the other things going on, and people scared shitless, hard to get something this complex published, and then for people to understand what is going on.

And it might be dismissed as a conspiracy theory.

Yea, like Covid, global warming, etc.

wi62

I’ll bet theirs a few more groups that make up the PTB that are in the deep state behind the scenes that we should be afraid of.

Don midwest
Don midwest

US citizens are afforted redress in the courts

it was a big deal with Obama had a citizen, Al-Awlaki murdered in Yemen by a drone without even a list of charges

now Trump supports murder in US streets

another element of the October suprise

Trump Boasts About Federal Task Force Killing Antifascist Wanted for Murder in Portland
“We got him,” the president said of a fugitive killed by federal deputies. Witnesses say officers made no attempt to arrest him first

jcitybone

Trump’s town hall was a disaster

🤣🤣🤣

jcitybone

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-town-hall-savannah-guthrie-tax-returns-debt-1076540/

After three straight nights of braying about his greatness and dancing to the Village People in front of his most devoted supporters, President Trump ran into a buzzsaw in Miami on Thursday. Unlike his rallies, the town hall event hosted by NBC took place in reality, and a confused, exceptionally moist Trump spent the better part of the hour wilting under questions from moderator Savannah Guthrie.

Trump’s flop sweat may have been glistening the brightest when Guthrie grilled him over his taxes, a subject of intense speculation since his initial refusal to release his returns prior to the 2016 election. His financials cycled back into the spotlight late last month after The New York Times released a report finding that the president only paid $750 in income tax for years — and that he currently is at least $421 million in debt. Trump has for the most part dodged addressing the report, but Guthrie pressed him over the particulars at length on Thursday.

When asked about the $750 number, Trump didn’t explicitly deny he paid less than a month’s rent on a modest studio apartment to the government every year. Instead, he argued that $750 was only a “statutory number” and a “filing number” before saying he doesn’t know how much he pays annually.

Trump then said the numbers in the Times’ report were “wrong” and that the reporters responsible should probably be in jail for gaining access to his tax return information, because why not?

Though Trump claimed the numbers in the report were wrong, Guthrie was able to get him to admit for the first time that he does indeed owe north of $400 million. Don’t worry, though; he claims it only makes up a “tiny percentage” of his worth.
“$400 million is a peanut,” the president said. Very relatable.

To whom does Trump owe this paltry sum? Not Russia, he said. What about a foreign bank, Guthrie asked? “Not that I know of,” Trump said. “But because it’s so easy to solve, and if you’d like to do, I will let you know whoever I owe such a small amount of money.”

Whether this is actually true is a mystery, and a crucial issue as Trump seeks another term in office. Much of the $421 million Trump owes is coming due in the next four years. This is a problem. “There’s the concern that a president who is personally on the hook for significant loans that come due while he’s the president might take official actions, or appear to take official actions, that are meant to alleviate the personal financial pressure he faces,” University of Texas School of Law professor Steve Vladeck told Rolling Stone last month. “Indeed, there’s a reason why the federal government generally won’t give security clearances to those who have significant debt — it’s because they’re too much of a risk. So, too, apparently, is the president of the United States.”

One way to clear up what kind of financial pressure the president might be facing would be for him to release his tax returns, as every major presidential candidate has done for decades. Since initially refusing to do so, Trump has claimed that he really, really would love to release the returns, but he can’t because they’re under audit. He did the same when Guthrie asked him about it on Thursday, but when she kept pointing out that an audit in no way precludes him from releasing the returns, Trump didn’t disagree, saying that he’s not releasing them due to “common sense, and intelligence, and having lawyers that say—”

But he didn’t finish the thought, instead pivoting to his “rather massive” income.

None of this provided any clarity whatsoever about the president’s financial situation. Instead, Trump’s frantic, sweaty responses only reinforced the idea that he’s lying about something, whether it be how much he’s paying in taxes, to whom he owes money, or how much he’s worth. More than likely, it’s all of the above.

orlbucfan

Well, ain’t that something? Guthrie actually earned about 10% of her overpaid salary.

wi62

I still believe that he flees the country on a very private jet once some of the lawsuits get filed on 1/21/21. Assuming he loses of course. We already know the tax man wants to have a chat with him and Barret cant save his ass on that.

Paul ADK
Paul ADK

I would love to be a fly on the wall the day that someone tells Trump what the song, “YMCA” is about.

wi62

Macho man too 🙂

Benny

I enjoyed dancing to this tune by VP too:

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/10/16/sadistic-and-depraved-trump-rejects-california-request-federal-disaster-aid-recover

After repeatedly downplaying the catastrophic wildfires that have ravaged California in recent months and falsely attributing the blazes to poor “forest management,” the Trump administration this week denied Gov. Gavin Newsom’s request for federal disaster assistance needed to recover from the destruction the fires inflicted across the state.

The Los Angeles Times reported late Thursday that the Trump White House “rejected California’s request for disaster relief funds aimed at cleaning up the damage from six recent fires… including Los Angeles County’s Bobcat fire, San Bernardino County’s El Dorado fire, and the Creek fire, one of the largest that continues to burn in Fresno and Madera counties.”

The White House’s decision to reject California’s request was met with outrage by environmentalists and lawmakers who represent the state.

orlbucfan

Who actually controls this at the Constitutional level? The executive or the legislative branch?

jcitybone

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/white-house-puts-in-politicals-at-cdc-to-try-to-control-info_n_5f8987acc5b66ee9a5ef2873

The Trump White House has installed two political operatives at the nation’s top public health agency to try to control the information it releases about the coronavirus pandemic as the administration seeks to paint a positive outlook, sometimes at odds with the scientific evidence.

The two appointees assigned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Atlanta headquarters in June have no public health background. They have instead been tasked with keeping an eye on Dr. Robert Redfield, the agency director, as well as scientists, according to a half-dozen CDC and administration officials who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal government affairs.

The appointments were part of a push to get more “politicals” into the CDC to help control messaging after a handful of leaks were “upsetting the apple cart,” said an administration official.

jcitybone

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/16/opinion/trump-corruption.html

The appearance of impropriety is not confined to the family’s Washington hotel. From Scotland to New Jersey to Florida and beyond, Trump properties have raked in tens of millions of dollars from those seeking to curry favor with, or at least express their appreciation for, the president.

“An investigation by The Times found over 200 companies, special-interest groups and foreign governments that patronized Mr. Trump’s properties while reaping benefits from him and his administration,” the paper reported, concluding that the president has “built a system of direct presidential influence-peddling unrivaled in modern American politics.”

Some of Mr. Trump’s more egregious self-enrichment projects have failed. Most notably his plan to host this year’s Group of 7 meeting at the Trump National Doral resort near Miami met with so much political blowback that he quickly abandoned the idea. But at this stage, his clan’s routine self-dealing barely raises an eyebrow.

The president’s campaign contributors, large and small, also do their share to support the first family. This cycle, Trump businesses have received more than $4 million from the president’s campaign-related committees and the Republican Party, according to the latest numbers from the Center for Responsive Politics. This includes $380,000 that the campaign spent on a “donor retreat” at Mar-a Lago. The campaign also has been paying around $37,500 a month for space in Trump Tower in Manhattan.

Even Americans who don’t support Mr. Trump are filling his coffers. Each time the president, a family member or certain top administration officials visit a Trump property, taxpayers foot the bill for the security details that must tag along.

jcitybone

Benny

Since there is mention of Trump’s troubling answers from his town hall, I think we should point out the question Biden botched very badly during his TH.

Biden’s rambling response was a disaster. Cedric Humphrey is in student government, and it’s clear he was a Berner or a Warrenite by proclaiming he was a progressive Democrat.

Biden is so fuckin’ old school.

jcitybone

Not great but I’m leaving disaster for a President that supports QAnon

Benny

Very botched response, then. Really- bring up drug addiction? Does Biden bring up drug addiction when a white person asks a similar question?

orlbucfan

Any thing supporting QAsson doesn’t have a brain.

orlbucfan

The semI-senile RW vs. the sem-senile FRightwinger who is obviously nuts. What a pathetic choice. Yet, look at the turnout.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

The turnout appears to be more anti tRump than pro Biden.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

I voted today; wrote in Bernie. Lololol… in spite of Bernie’s wishes. Biden didn’t want my vote as much as he wanted the donations of the 1%.

polarbear4

🤜🤛❤️🌝

orlbucfan

I didn’t dare do that. The FL GOPukes have got the fraud down including what invalidates a ballot. I voted Green only to play it safe.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Write in is an option in GA.

Benny

I think obf is stating what they felt compelled to do in FL.

wi62

With the R’s in control in Wi, I voted for one of the others for Prez on the ballot since green wasn’t their, that way my down ballot vote will count for sure.

wi62

PS You dont know how bad I wanted to write in Bernie!!!!!!!

humphrey

Something to look forward to.😲🤦‍♀️🤦‍♂️

Biden’s Potential Cabinet Full Of Corporatists & Hawks

A bit of an improvement. Maybe?

polarbear4

totally agree with Kyle on appointments over promised policy.

humphrey

Strange bedfellows!🤔

humphrey

phatkhat
phatkhat

Didn’t Colin Powell say the same? Someone else prominent said that…

polarbear4

Thanks, Larry! It’s not binary.

humphrey

AOC and others DEMAND Joe Biden exclude CEOs and Lobbyists from Cabinet

Benny

I mean no disrespect to AOC, but good luck with that. Jaime Dimon has got a point man in place if he’s not invited to be on the cabinet. Donors have to keep control, right?

polarbear4

oh yeah, Dimon, Bloomberg, and all their buddies are propping Joe up.

jcitybone

Pretty amazing and scary

https://www.washingtonian.com/2020/10/16/tj-ducklo-32-joe-bidens-press-secretary-and-he-has-stage-4-cancer/

Everybody on the Biden campaign remembers the day that TJ Ducklo got back on the trail. It was the day before the Democratic primary debate in Iowa last January, just as reports were surfacing about people in Wuhan, China, falling ill with a mysterious pneumonia—essentially, a political lifetime ago. Ducklo was in Des Moines, embracing fellow staffers and chatting up reporters who hadn’t seen him in weeks. He looked good, everyone agreed. A little thin. But good.

Ducklo is the national press secretary and a top spokesperson for Joe Biden. If Biden becomes the 46th President, there’s a decent chance Ducklo will figure in the White House press shop, occupying one of the most powerful perches in Washington. Thirty-two years old and trim, he wears tortoiseshell glasses and is partial to blazers with dress shirts, no tie. If you ran into him at happy hour, he’d blend right into the sea of young media operatives populating the city, a disciplined press aide who aims never to become the story himself. But for one significant difference: A month before the Iowa debate, Ducklo was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. By the time doctors discovered it, the disease had spread to his liver, his gallbladder, and his bones.

It was unfathomable news for someone who’d never smoked a cigarette in his life, let alone an ambitious young operative at the center of what felt like the most consequential national election in a generation. The day that Ducklo’s boss, Biden communications director Kate Bedingfield, broke the news to the staff, aides broke down crying in the campaign’s headquarters. “Even people who weren’t close to him were really rocked by it,” says Matt Hill, one of Ducklo’s deputies.

Ducklo had to step away from his job for a time while he started treatment. Now, walking into the spin room in Iowa, he was pumped to be back in the action. What few people realized, though, was that Ducklo feared this might be his last appearance on the campaign trail. In a week’s time, he would return to the hospital for a CT scan, the first look at whether the cancer was responding to treatment or still spreading. You wouldn’t have known it, watching him work the reporters after the debate wrapped, but the anticipation was consuming him. “I was an anxious mess,” he says.

“Stage 4 cancer is scary as f—.”

Some ten months after his diagnosis, Ducklo feels pretty good. The medication has proven effective, the side effects manageable. But every two months, he has to go in for his regular CT scan, which tells him whether the treatment is still working. “It’s all on the line. And my own—I’m not saying that my own health is more or less important, but I don’t want to live in a world where Donald Trump’s the President for four more years. Like, even healthy or not healthy, I don’t want that to be where I live. I don’t want that to be where my family and my friends have to live,” he says. “So it’s just—I guess the mortality of it all, and thinking about things in that way, just underscores how important this is. And it makes me feel like I’m in the right place doing the right thing at this moment.”

orlbucfan

He may not have smoked cancer sticks but second hand smoke doesn’t just invent itself. It’s lethal but one has to be exposed to people smoking and burning tobacco to get it. And it has to be more than once.

jcitybone

John Nichols

https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/biden-town-hall-president/

What mattered Thursday night was that Biden was Biden. Composed. Compelling. Comfortable enough with himself to answer a question about what a defeat would say about the country. “Well,” he mused, “it could say that I’m a lousy candidate and I didn’t do a good job, but I think—I hope that it doesn’t say that we are as racially, ethically, and religiously at odds with one other as it appears the president wants us to be.”

With that answer, Biden confirmed for any doubtful viewer that he is the antithesis of Trump. NBC hosted a combative president who desperately mustered false bravado in the hope of keeping his dwindling base enthused. ABC hosted a confident challenger, who calmly concluded, “I think the people are ready, they understand what’s at stake. I’m going to take care of those who voted against me as well as those who voted for me. For real. That’s what presidents do. We’ve got to heal this nation.”

phatkhat
phatkhat

I’m going to take care of those who voted against me as well as those who voted for me.

Well, sure. As long as they are in the wealthy class. The rest of us, not so much.

Benny

Yes, with the bread crumbs that he proposed giving to Cedric Humphrey. Biden will continue with 750B or more for Defense and homeland security. GND or MFA. ZERO.

orlbucfan

Screw his semi-senile arse. Glad I did NOTA.

wi62

DNC policy is forgdaa about the voters and their needs as of 1/21/21 gotta focus on the 1% and their needs cause they gotta keep up with the jones and those pesky taxes get in the way

polarbear4

Dear John Nichols,

vote for him. i want him to win. but i want a significant protest vote, which i doubt i will get. That’s ok. i don’t believe Trump is the yuge demon now built up in the eyes of America, and neither do the very same powerful dems who have enabled him all along.

please don’t call him compelling, tell me he’s the antithesis of Trump, or pretend he’s not a closet rapist, er, racist.

Bernie is the antithesis of Trump.