Journamalism

NY Post: Cop Killed By Trump Supporters Was Trump Supporter, Ergo ... Something

Some A+ logic and reason here.

On Sunday night, the New York Post published an op-ed from First Things Senior Editor Matt Schmidt, titled "What the left wants to ignore about slain Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick." Brian Sicknick, of course, is the Capitol Police officer who was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher by one of the people storming the Capitol. Spoiler alert! The thing we supposedly want to ignore is that he shared the same views as those invading the Capitol, because that totally matters. Somehow.

It should come as no surprise that it was a very, very stupid op-ed that made little to no sense at all.

On Thursday, Brian Sicknick, an officer with the US Capitol Police, died from injuries sustained during the storming of the Capitol Building. Democratic leaders have presented Sicknick as a martyr of the #Resistance against President Trump and his dangerous supporters.

Reality is more complicated.

Oh is it? And have we "presented [him] as a martyr of the #Resistance"? Have we?

Let us review. Brian Sicknick was working at the Capitol during the attempted coup. At some point, one of the participants took a fire extinguisher and bashed him in the head with it, leading to brain injuries that later killed him. I don't know that this makes him a martyr so much as a shining example of exactly how dangerous the people who invaded the Capitol were. You know, because they killed a guy by bashing him over the head with a fire extinguisher, an act one would imagine takes more than a small amount of effort.

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Right Wing Extremism

Mitt Romney Wants To Teach Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley How They Take Out The Trash In Utah

Democracy manages to wobble on.

Mitt Romney is pissed, y'all.

The Utah senator was the epitome of Mormon chill when some Trump-supporting thugs harassed him at the airport Wednesday. But then, a violent insurrection in the Capitol and Ted Cruz's stupid face finally pushed him to the edge.

When Donald Trump's goofball gestapo broke into both chambers of Congress, Romney reportedly yelled at Cruz and the members of his sedition caucus, "This is what you've gotten, guys!" There might've even been an f-bomb thrown in there like “fiddlesticks." Seriously, Romney's right: Cruz and the equally vile if less mirror-shattering Josh Hawley fanned the flames of Trump's madness, hoping it would launch them to the White House in 2024.

Romney later released a scathing statement that didn't just read Trump for filth but his fellow Republicans who've enabled the deranged despot.

We gather today due to a selfish man's injured pride and the outrage of his supporters whom he has deliberately misinformed for the past two months and stirred to action this very morning. What happened here today was an insurrection, incited by the President of the United States. Those who choose to continue to support his dangerous gambit by objecting to the results of a legitimate, democratic election will forever be seen as being complicit in an unprecedented attack against our democracy. They will be remembered for their role in this shameful episode in American history. That will be their legacy.
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2020 presidential election

A Very Desperate Trump Reportedly Considering Hiring The Kraken, Releasing The Military

No one else seems to think these are good ideas!

Once upon a time (in 1999), following the success of the movie Titanic, some weirdos in Italy decided to make their own version of the movie. For children. A cartoon featuring many singing mice called The Legend of the Titanic. In this version, the Titanic doesn't sink and no one drowns, because it is saved by a baby giant squid/octopus/kraken named Tentacolino.

Legend of the Titanic (English) Full Movie youtu.be

There is also a sequel, where the main characters from this movie go to Atlantis, but that is not relevant at this time (although this singing/rapping sharks song is a jam). I also just found out that there is a television series featuring them, and now today is the actual greatest day of my life.

Why am I bringing this up? Because it one of the greatest films ever made, obviously. But also because it is a very apt metaphor for what Donald Trump is trying to accomplish here. According to a report from The New York Times, Trump is considering naming "Kraken" lawyer Sidney Powell as special counsel on the election fraud that did not happen.

Via The New York Times:

President Trump on Friday discussed making Sidney Powell, who as a lawyer for his campaign team unleashed a series of conspiracy theories about a Venezuelan plot to rig voting machines in the United States, a special counsel investigating voter fraud, according to two people briefed on the discussion.

It was unclear if Mr. Trump will move ahead with such a plan.

Most of his advisers opposed the idea, two of the people briefed on the discussion said, including Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, who in recent days sought to have the Department of Homeland Security join the campaign's efforts to overturn Mr. Trump's loss in the election.

Mr. Giuliani joined the discussion by phone, while Ms. Powell was at the White House for a meeting that became raucous at times, according to one of the people briefed on what took place. Other administration officials drifted in and out of the meeting, two of the people briefed said, and the White House counsel, Pat A. Cipollone, pushed back on the ideas being proposed.

Ms. Powell accused other Trump advisers of being quitters, according to the people briefed.

Reportedly, no one except for Sidney Powell thought this was a particularly good idea. Personally, I think it is a fantastic idea, but only because it would be extremely funny.

Also discussed at the meeting, according to the Times' sources, was the idea of seizing the voting machines in hopes that they could use them to prove that the election was rigged, like on Scandal.

Part of the White House meeting on Friday night was a discussion about an executive order to take control of voting machines to examine them, according to one of the people briefed.

Mr. Giuliani has separately pressed the Department of Homeland Security to seize possession of voting machines as part of a push to overturn the results of the election, three people familiar with the discussion said. Mr. Giuliani was told the department does not have the authority to do such a thing.

Another thing that was considered at this meeting was General Michael Flynn's idea of using the military to stop Biden from taking office, which did not go over well either.

It also seemed as though Trump was not 100 percent certain what a "special counsel" did or was for, so much as he just kinda wanted to let Powell in, give her all the clearance and let her do whatever she thinks it takes to keep him in the white house.

In real life, the Titanic was not saved by a giant baby kraken, and, in real life, Trump won't be either. Though it is somewhat entertaining to see him try, so long as no actual harm comes of it.

This is now your open thread! Enjoy!

[New York Times]

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Hot Mess

Mellissa Carone Ain’t Quarantining And You Can’t Make Her ... Now, Where’s Her Goddamn Fireball?

The gift that keeps on giving.

During Rudy Giuliani's cross-country COVID-19 superspreader tour last week, America's most racist mayor sat next to the breakout star of Donald Trump's attempted coup, Mellissa Carone, who is totally a real person.

On Dec. 2, Carone performed a solid 30-minute comedy set before Michigan state lawmakers. Neither she nor Giuliani wore masks. She later posted for photos with Trump's “elite squad" leader, and health officials believe it's “extremely" likely that he was contagious at the time. He's also repulsive even when not infected with COVID-19, so it's just a smart move to avoid close contact in general.

The Ingham County Health Department ordered anyone at the BS hearings who was exposed to Giuliani's grossness for more than 15 minutes to self-quarantine. Carone, naturally, has declined. She told the Washington Post in a phone interview that she was “living her life normally and had no plans to change that." A state judge ruled that Carone wasn't a “credible witness" to alleged “voter fraud," and I have ruled that she isn't a credible witness to a “normal" life.

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