Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Thursday, January 14, 2021

Those right wing bloggers and news sites complaining about Trump's second impeachment?


This is what they're defending and supporting:

Insurrectionist mobs beating and killing a D.C. cop

This guy carrying a traitorous flag through the halls of the Capitol building (he and his son have been arrested.)

This guy: Richard Barnett, 60, of Gravette, Arkansas had a stun gun, so is now charged with entering a restricted building without lawful authority while carrying a dangerous weapon. That charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.  

This guy:


The more we learn, the less this looks like a coup bound to fail, and the more it looks like plain luck that all of our legislators and our vice-president were not murdered.

The white supremacist terrorist and Trump supporter, Peter Stager of Arkansas, who beat a cop with the American flag, is arrested:

"To Trump’s cult “Blue Lives Matter” is meaningless. Obviously, so is the American Flag, the Capitol, and the rule of law. An Arkansas man accused of beating a police officer with a pole flying a U.S. flag during last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol has been arrested. In an arrest affidavit filed Thursday in federal court in Washington, an FBI agent said Peter Francis Stager is shown in video and photographs striking a prone police officer repeatedly with the flagpole after rioters dragged the officer down the Capitol’s west stairs. 

The affidavit says confidential informants had recognized Stager in riot video and photographs and alerted authorities, who have charged Stager with interfering with law enforcement officers during a civil disorder. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Little Rock, Arkansas, confirmed Stager was in custody Thursday. No attorney was listed for Stager in court records. " --Lee Arnold, via AP News

This guy:

Dominic ‘Spazzo’ Pezzola. Ex military. Was a central organizing figure inside the Capitol. He broke through windows with police shields he presumably stole. Has just been arrested. An FBI informant said he aimed to kill VP Mike Pence if got a chance. --Shaun King

A Capitol Police officer was forced to dodge a chair hurled at him while he was trying to bring down a security door as rioters flooded into the Capitol. But the pro-Trump rioters stopped the door from locking into place, allowing them to continue rushing in. 

As the officer turned to move away from the scene, a voice can be heard shouting “You’re scared now, motherfucker.”

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021





The charge is "Incitement of Insurrection"


UPDATE: Republican Leader McCarthy: "Some say the riots were caused by Antifa. There is absolutely no evidence of that. And conservatives should be the first to say so. "  

From my friend Lee Arnold: 

 As the House opens its impeachment hearing, the District of Columbia National Guard says it has been authorized to arm troops assigned to security duty on the U.S. Capitol grounds. 

The Guard said in a statement that the authority was requested by federal authorities and approved by Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy as of approximately 6 p.m. Tuesday. 

Up to 15,000 Guard members are expected to be on duty in coming days in the district to support law enforcement in connection with the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. 

Authorities are concerned about threats of violence, following the insurrection at the Capitol last week.

AP photo



The House will impeach him with a bipartisan vote. 

The only President in United States history to be impeached TWICE. 

The article of impeachment, "Incitement of Insurrection" then goes to the Senate where Mitch McConnell is now saying Trump is guilty of the crime with which he'll be impeached. 

Things are moving quickly.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021



Yahoo News:  

House Democrats Briefed On 3 Terrifying Plots To Overthrow Government 

Matt Fuller·Congressional Reporter, HuffPost Tue, January 12, 2021, 12:44 AM EST 

WASHINGTON ― Capitol Police briefed Democrats on Monday night about three more potentially gruesome demonstrations planned in the coming days, with one plot to encircle the U.S. Capitol and assassinate Democrats and some Republicans. On a private call Monday night, new leaders of the Capitol Police told House Democrats they were closely monitoring three separate plans that could pose serious threats to members of Congress as Washington prepares for Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration on Jan. 20. 

 The first is a demonstration billed as the “largest armed protest ever to take place on American soil.” Another is a protest in honor of Ashli Babbitt, the woman killed while trying to climb into the Speaker’s Lobby during Wednesday’s pro-Trump siege of the Capitol. 

 And another demonstration, which three members said was by far the most concerning plot, would involve insurrectionists forming a perimeter around the Capitol, the White House and the Supreme Court, and then blocking Democrats from entering the Capitol ― perhaps even killing them ― so that Republicans could take control of the government. 

 The members of Congress whom HuffPost spoke to Monday night were extremely concerned by the call. “It was pretty overwhelming,” one member said. Officials on the call warned lawmakers about sharing too much information with the media, saying that divulging specific dates, times and countermeasures could aid the organizers of the plots. 

HuffPost is not disclosing certain information, such as who appears to be organizing these plots and when they are to take place. One member was explicit that these groups were trying to get journalists to report on their demonstrations. 

 “Some of their main communications to organize these have been cut off, so they’re purposely trying to get the media to report on this as a way to further disseminate information and to attract additional support for their attacks,” this member said. 

Democrats were told that the Capitol Police and the National Guard were preparing for potentially tens of thousands of armed protesters coming to Washington and were establishing rules of engagement for warfare. In general, the military and police don’t plan to shoot anyone until one of the rioters fires, but there could be exceptions. Lawmakers were told that the plot to encircle the Capitol also included plans to surround the White House ― so that no one could harm Trump ― and the Supreme Court, simply to shut down the courts. 

The plan to surround the Capitol includes assassinating Democrats as well as Republicans who didn’t support Trump’s effort to overturn the election ― and allowing other Republicans to enter the building and control government. All of these plots may never materialize. 

The Capitol Police have established a new perimeter with fencing and razor wire, and the National Guard has already been called in to help protect the Capitol and lawmakers. But while Capitol Police assured members they were prepared for these terrorist plots, there was obvious concern from a number of lawmakers. 

 One topic of discussion was the need to put every member of Congress through a metal detector before the inauguration. A member on the call told HuffPost that there was an “eyes-wide-open realization” that Capitol Police needed to take precautions against “all these members who were in league with the insurrectionists who love to carry their guns.” “You can’t just let them bypass security and walk right up to [Joe] Biden and [Kamala] Harris at inauguration,” this lawmaker told HuffPost. 

 Another area of concern was the Trump administration’s involvement in tamping down an insurrection. “I don’t think anyone has confidence that the folks at the Pentagon, that may or may not even be needed for some of this, or the Department of Homeland Security, where we don’t even know who’s in charge, are going to be cooperative,” one member told HuffPost. 

 One Democrat on the call also raised the issue of security for members coming from their residences to the Capitol, as well as traveling to Washington, given recent confrontations at airports and on flights between some protesters and lawmakers. One member who spoke to HuffPost said the Capitol Police didn’t have a satisfactory answer about that concern. This member mentioned how the briefing had underscored the wisdom of Twitter suspending Trump’s account, as well as tens of thousands of accounts associated with the right-wing conspiracy theory QAnon, and said the decision to cut off the social media platform Parler “looked a lot smarter” given the efforts to recruit armed extremists to come to the nation’s capital in the coming days. 

 “It’s a decision that might ultimately save lives,” this member said. One of the lawmakers who spoke to HuffPost said members of Congress were all experiencing difficult reactions to the storming of the Capitol last week. “Most of us are feeling that,” this Democrat said. “But we are also feeling that we don’t have time to indulge too much of it, that this is not about us, that it’s about a job that’s way bigger than us, and we are just going to suck it up and get through, and we’ll talk about how nutty it is on the other side.” 

 Amanda Terkel and Jennifer Bendery contributed to this report.

"Madness for Millions"


For five long miserable years I've wondered why seemingly normal people could possibly look at the malignant narcissist, Trump, and believe that he's just the sort of leader America needed.

It turns out that there's some sort of symbiotic craziness that keeps his cultists in thrall to the worst man to ever sit in the Oval Office.

This is very informative and gives an explanation of the sickness that is Trumpism:

From Scientific American: Forensic psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee explains the outgoing president’s pathological appeal and how to wean people from it

What attracts people to Trump? What is their animus or driving force? 

 The reasons are multiple and varied, but in my recent public-service book, Profile of a Nation, I have outlined two major emotional drives: narcissistic symbiosis and shared psychosis. Narcissistic symbiosis refers to the developmental wounds that make the leader-follower relationship magnetically attractive. The leader, hungry for adulation to compensate for an inner lack of self-worth, projects grandiose omnipotence—while the followers, rendered needy by societal stress or developmental injury, yearn for a parental figure. When such wounded individuals are given positions of power, they arouse similar pathology in the population that creates a “lock and key” relationship. 

 “Shared psychosis”—which is also called “folie à millions” [“madness for millions”] when occurring at the national level or “induced delusions”—refers to the infectiousness of severe symptoms that goes beyond ordinary group psychology. When a highly symptomatic individual is placed in an influential position, the person’s symptoms can spread through the population through emotional bonds, heightening existing pathologies and inducing delusions, paranoia and propensity for violence—even in previously healthy individuals. The treatment is removal of exposure.

Why does Trump himself seem to gravitate toward violence and destruction? 

Destructiveness is a core characteristic of mental pathology, whether directed toward the self or others. First, I wish to clarify that those with mental illness are, as a group, no more dangerous than those without mental illness. When mental pathology is accompanied by criminal-mindedness, however, the combination can make individuals far more dangerous than either alone.

 In my textbook on violence, I emphasize the symbolic nature of violence and how it is a life impulse gone awry. Briefly, if one cannot have love, one resorts to respect. And when respect is unavailable, one resorts to fear. Trump is now living through an intolerable loss of respect: rejection by a nation in his election defeat. Violence helps compensate for feelings of powerlessness, inadequacy and lack of real productivity.