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Monday’s historic trial isn’t about a President and porn star

On Monday, we’ll see the prelude of a historic confrontation.  On one side, a performer who looks directly into the camera and becomes what you want–a diplomat, an executive, a devoted parent, a clown–for your enjoyment and gratification.  On the other, Stormy Daniels.  On one side, a witness who has been consistent in testimony throughout various legal tribulations, proving a reliable witness.  On the other, a former President of the United States.

This isn’t a sex scandal.  No one is scandalized that Donald Trump had a sexual encounter with a porn star.  Nor is anyone shocked that he had an extramarital affair with a Playboy model.  Trump’s infidelity was known thanks to multiple media reports over the last three decades. This isn’t even a scandal about the women being paid to stay quiet; paying someone for signing a non-disclosure agreement isn’t illegal.

The trial will center on a corrupt relationship between a politician and a national media outlet to produce favorable stories to help a campaign.  Simply put:  this is about election interference.  Donald Trump (allegedly) used his money and connections to illegally pay former lovers, using his company’s money, his lawyer, and his media friends to launder illegal campaign contributions to protect his election prospects.

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Giuliani creditors subpoena information on if Trump owes money

The Committee of Unsecured Creditors, the group of companies and individuals to whom Rudy Giuliani owes tens of millions of dollars, served more than a dozen subpoenas to Giuliani’s former business partners and associates to determine if Donald Trump, the adjudicated rapist and presumptive Republican presidential nominee, owes Giuliani money and if they can pursue it, the Independent reports.

Giuliani has listed “possible unpaid legal fees from Donald Trump” in an inventory of his assets for a January bankruptcy filing, but failed to provide more specific information until the following month when he listed $2 million in unpaid fees from the campaign or Trump’s SuperPAC, not Trump himself.

 

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Low Energy Don cancels rally due to stormy weather

In what’s all too easy of a joke because “stormy” and it was his first rally since the trial began, disgraced former President Trump announced via audio to his cult just minutes before he was set to speak in Wilmington, North Carolina that he’s canceling due to, well, stormy weather rolling in.

Too bad. He’s been pretty fucking unhinged lately and was probably going to say something legally and/or politically damaging. Well at least his campaign pissed away a lot of money they don’t have.

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“C” is for “Contract” that’s good enough for Sesame Street writers

The 35 writers who literally put the words in the mouths of Big Bird, Elmo, and the eternal “good friends” Bert and Ernie agreed to a new five-year contract, averting a picket line on “Sesame Street,” NBC News reports.  The Writers Guild of America reported the members approved the deal unanimously in a Friday vote.

The deal includes provisions about improving pay for social media posts, animated segments, and other creative uses of content.  It also provides protections against the use of artificial intelligence, improves royalty payments for streaming use, and increases parental leave benefits.

“We are so proud to work for an organization that values its writers, and we believe this new contract will positively impact writers throughout the children’s media landscape. ‘S’ truly is for Solidarity. We are glad to have a contract in place that allows Sesame to do what it does best — lead,” the union’s unit that negotiated the deal said in a statement.

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Kremlin Caucus looses its shit in House after Ukraine aid bill passes; House passes $95 billion in aid to Taiwan, Ukraine, Israel

After the House passed a $60.8 billion aid bill for Ukraine by an overwhelming 311-112 vote, those 112 did not take the outcome well.  Breaking into cheers after the vote closed, a bill supporter passed out Ukrainian flags.  Colorado consort Lauren Boebert went to the well of the House demanding people put the flags awayMissing link Marjorie Taylor Greene was opening booing members holding Ukrainian flags.  Maxim model and one-time “server” at a strip club Anna Paula Luna grabbed a mike to demand, “Put those damn flags away!”

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Orange Defendant now complaining NYC trial is being “rushed”

Fat former President Trump on Saturday complained that his ongoing 2016 election interference/hush money payoff trial is now happening too fast, posting “THIS SCAM ‘RUSHED’ TRIAL TAKING PLACE IN A 95% DEMOCRAT AREA IS A PLANNED AND COORDINATED WITCH HUNT THAT COULD HAVE BEEN BROUGHT 8 YEARS AGO, BUT EVERYBODY PASSED. INSTEAD THEY WAITED AND BROUGHT IT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF MY PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE WORST AND MOST INCOMPETENT PRESIDENT EVER, CROOKED JOE BIDEN. IT IS BEING PRESIDED OVER BY POSSIBLY THE MOST CONFLICTED JUDGE IN JUDICIAL HISTORY, WHO MUST BE REMOVED FROM THIS HOAX IMMEDIATELY. I DID NOTHING WRONG!” on Truth Social.

Weird how he writes that after also complaining that he should be on the campaign trail instead of stuck in court. Almost like he’s not happy with the jury that got picked and doesn’t think he’s going to be “vindicated.” The orange slob also posted “IF IMMUNITY IS NOT GRANTED TO A PRESIDENT, EVERY PRESIDENT THAT LEAVES OFFICE WILL BE IMMEDIATELY INDICTED BY THE OPPOSING PARTY. WITHOUT COMPLETE IMMUNITY, A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO PROPERLY FUNCTION!” which could possibly indicate that he’s concerned about how the Thursday arguments at the Supreme Court in US v Trump may not go so well for him.

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Self-immolator dies of injuries

NYPD officials on Saturday confirmed that St Augustine, Florida conspiracy freak Max Azzarello died early in the morning at the New York Presbyterian-Cornell Burn Unit just hours after torching himself in Collect Pond Park across the street from the courthouse in which fat former President Trump was sitting through jury selection in his 2016 election interference/hush money trial, 1010 WINS reports.

Azzarello, 37, had tossed out a bunch of pamphlets alleging mafia control of educational institutions before lighting himself up. Tragically, it’s hard to see how this would have happened if not for US Air Force serviceman Aaron Bushnell’s fatal self-immolation outside the Israeli embassy in DC on March 25th. Indeed, while no major news organizations have verified them, there are supposedly quite a few posts by Azzarello praising Bushnell’s act. Either way, people have a habit of inspiring each other to commit such acts, so unfortunately these self-arson suicides may continue happening.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline in the United States is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-273-8255 or 988. Please call or text if you need to talk to someone.

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Moneygrubbing Megalomaniac sees fundraising jump in 1st Quarter as he spends an awful lot of money to get it

After securing the Republican Party Presidential nomination, adjudicated rapist Donald Trump enjoyed a big influx of cash as donors congeal around him, with his Joint Fundraising Committee spending a third of the money raised to raise money.

According to Politico, Trump’s Save America JFC, the campaign’s primary funnel for cash with his PAC, raised more than $65 million in from January to March 2024, more than double the the haul from a year ago.  However, because they spent $21 million to raise that amount, netting the Trump campaign just $38 million.  Among other money sources, Trump’s team-up with the Republican National Committee brought in an additional $23 million, leaving the Trump campaign with most of that money coming from 18 donors who gave the max amount, just over $800,000 each.  Trump’s campaign reported $93 million in cash on hand.

Trump’s take widely trails Biden’s campaign chest:  the Biden campaign reported taking in $90 million in March alone, with $192 million in cash.  According to its FEC filing, the campaign reports 96% of donors gave $200 or less.

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Tennessee Volkswagen workers vote to unionize

In a landslide vote, the workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant voted to unionize, another sign of growing strength and power among unions and a sign of improved worker wages, the Associated Press reports.  In the final tally, about three-quarters of the 3,500 votes cast favored the union.

The move continues a string of union victories, with employees from factories, universities and fast food restaurants organizing across the country.  An anti-union “right to work” state since 1947, Tennessee used that status to attract foreign car manufacturers to the state to claim the workers in the state were willing to accept cheaper wages.  Not so much anymore.

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Random thoughts Friday, Volume CLXIX

  • For the first time since he was sent to military school, Donald Trump’s schedule is being dictated by someone else during his New York criminal trial.  He cannot walk out.  He cannot have a temper tantrum.  He cannot yell.  He is subject to someone else’s rules and it will infuriate him.
  • Threats to oust Preacher Johnson aren’t about politics.  In politics, you win some battles and you lose some battles; that’s the nature of our American process.  But far-right Republicans cannot accept that they lose political fights; they can’t believe Americans don’t support them.  So they take public radical action to appease their hurt egos and try to show people they’re still in charge when they’ve lost self-control. 
  • I have little doubt that Trump’s handlers will sedate him, either with or without his knowledge, on the days he’s due in court for the criminal trial starting next week in Manhattan.  He would be uncontrollable otherwise.
  • Joe Biden’s got to walk a fine line:  he cannot say anything that might influence any of Trump’s trials, but he needs to hammer Trump’s legal troubles home in the campaign.  Simply reminding people that Trump’s sitting behind a defendant’s table instead of campaigning won’t do it, though; it plays into Trump’s desired role of a martyr.  Biden has to continue to stress that Trump is being held accountable for his actions, not his political bent.
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Pandemic flashback: Trump caps Covid deaths at 60,000

There are times when we must be viscerally reminded about the incompetence and dishonesty of Donald Trump and the impact they had on every American’s life.  Four years ago today, April 19, 2020, the denizen of the Oval Office held another of his hour-long daily press conferences during which he touted his declared greatness while telling people the coronavirus would end up being nothing.  Here, eight weeks after he said “within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero [coronavirus case],” Trump took to the podium to downplay his blown prediction:

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Few Americans think Trump will be convicted: YouGov poll

A new YouGov/Economist survey’s question of “Do you think that Trump will be convicted of a crime in the hush-money case?” just 24 percent said yes, while 36 percent said no, with the partisan split of 35 percent yes to 26 no among Dems and 16 percent yes to 52 percent no among GOP voters.

YouGov also asked if Trump “should” be convicted, finding far more saying yes at 43 percent, but a nearly identical 37 percent also saying no, it’s partisan split 80 percent yes/6 percent no among Dems and a nearly exact inverse 7 percent yes to 77 percent no among Republican voters. Whether or not you think this poll is “reliable” the findings are, the deltas between the respective “should” and “will” are just kind of funny given the motivated reasoning applied to a probabilistic outcome on the latter. The 20 percent of Dem respondents saying he should be convicted but won’t are just tired of the fat fuck getting away with everything and don’t expect that to change. Keeping expectations low for political and/or legal justice is so cool in Blue America these days. Kind of like kombucha.

It’s the Republican respondents that stick out more. If they’re so confident that he won’t be convicted then why the hell are they freaking out so badly? Wouldn’t embarrassing Alvin Bragg be the greatest lib-owning since he was acquitted at the first impeachment trial back in February 2020? The wishful thinking expressed in this poll finding does not at all line up with the “vibe” that MAGA world is giving off these days. It’s almost like these respondents know it but didn’t want to say it.

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New York Attorney General asks judge to void Trump’s appeal bond

New York AG Letitia James on Friday asked Manhattan Judge Arthur Engoron to void disgraced former President Trump’s bond for appeal, writing “movants cannot demonstrate that KSIC’s management meets the requirements of trustworthiness and competence under regulations governing insurance placed through a licensed excess lines broker. Accordingly, this provides a further, independent basis for the Court to deny Movants motion to justify KSIC as the surety. Based on the foregoing, the People respectfully request that the Court deny Movants’ motion to justify the surety, declare the Bond to be without effect, and order that any replacement bond be posted within seven days, along with such other and further relief the Court deems necessary and appropriate.”

On a very, very related note, while this was happening, Assistant DA Matt Colangelo told Judge Juan Merchan “It’s hard to think of something that’s more squarely in the wheelhouse of… impeachment information than a finding of a judge of persistent fraud and illegality in the state of New York over a period of years,” while arguing that the verdict in that trial is admissible to the current criminal one.

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Gas attack reported in Manhattan courtroom

People in a Manhattan courtroom reportedly recoiled in disgust after a massive expulsion of toxic gas was leaked in the courtroom where Donald Trump’s criminal election interference trial is underway.  According to Ben Meiselas of the MeidasTouch network, his sources in the courtroom tell him that apart from Trump falling asleep again in court Friday morning, his lawyers were visibly shaken at one point by a noxious odor wafting around the defense table that didn’t seem to disturb the defendant.

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Someone sets themself on fire outside Manhattan courthouse

An unknown individual set themself on fire outside the Manhattan court house where former president and cult leader Donald Trump’s trial in his election interference hush money case is being held.  Photos and video of the incident show flames shooting up from a person seated in a cordoned off area of an outdoor courtyard.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We are not posting the disturbing video here, although it is available at the link above for those who wish to view it.  Any attempt to post the video or photographs to the comments will immediately be deleted.

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White nationalist joins other white nationalist’s motion to vacate

White nationalist Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar signed on as a cosponsor to white nationalist Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene’s motion to vacate Speaker Mike Johnson, making him the third white nationalist on the motion after white nationalist Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie joined it earlier this week, Politico’s Olivia Beavers reports from the white nationalist beat.

“Nearly 11 million illegal aliens have crossed our southern border in the past three years. My congressional district in Arizona, ground zero for the invasion, is getting pummeled by the surge of lawbreakers. These illegal aliens have brought violent crime, deadly drugs, human trafficking and are depleting resources and services meant for US citizens. In fact, every state has become a border state. Communities across the country are being ravaged, families are being destroyed and Americans in need are being ignored [and blah blah blah the usual MAGA bullshit] I have added my name in support of the motion to vacate the Speaker. Our border cannot be an afterthought. We need a Speaker who puts America first rather than bending to the reckless demands of the warmongers, neo-cons and the military industrial complex making billions from a costly and endless war half a world away,” said the white nationalist Gosar in a statement which introduced him as “Paul Gosar, DDS” like being a fucking dentist is somehow germane to serving in Congress, lol.

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Bill Barr endorses man who will attempt to put him in prison

Fred Flintstone-lookalike former US Attorney General Bill Barr is so Yabba-dabba-done with the Biden Administration’s socialism-something and prefers to vote for the guy who reportedly will install an attorney general who will direct line prosecutors in the department to investigate Barr for any and every pretext they can find to make his life miserable, the Huffington Post reports.

“Trump may be playing Russian roulette but a continuation of the Biden administration is national suicide in my opinion,” said Barr in an interview with Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.” Now if you check out Empty Wheel or Mueller She Wrote we’re sure you can find some example of something the Garland Justice Department could and maybe should have prosecuted Barr that he did while he was serving with the Trump Administration. Whatever it is, that would probably be the crime that Trump commands his new AG to pursue. Not even joking about this. Trump would use that.

So maybe save the comments about how much of a spineless bitch Barr is being. It’s not anything surprising to those who pay even the least bit of attention to the drama. So dedicated he is to his country that he would sooner roll the dice on his own freedom and reputation than continue to live peacefully and personally unperturbed under another four years of the “Biden Regime.”

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Utah schoolkids walk out in protest of imaginary furries

Kids and adults participated in an hours-long walkout at Mt Nebo Middle School in Payson, Utah on Wednesday in protest of an imaginary outbreak of furry-ism among the student body, ABC4 reports.

To introduce furries to the religiously conservative Utah media market, the Salt Lake City-based Nexstar-owned ABC affiliate contacted a furry identified only as “Strudel” to serve as their expert on the lifestyle. “Furry is a fandom. We don’t think we’re animals. I really like the idea of animals that walk and talk, so I’m going to dress up as one, as kind of a fun sort of cosplay thing,” Strudel said.

“According to WebMD, a furry is someone who has an interest in animals with human qualities, and who sometimes dresses up as a cartoon-like version of an animal,” the article then says, strongly indicating that the reporter was still deeply confused after speaking to “Strudel” and had to go do some research themselves, settling for a resource that makes it sound like a psychiatric disorder.

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