Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Thursday, September 16, 2021

"Marshal" Law and MTG


The woman who tweeted this out for all the world to see is a member of Congress. She a U.S. Representative for Georgia's 14th Congressional district.

And she's an idiot. 

But, hey! Even idiots deserve representation, and her district certainly is well represented by her.

Marjorie Taylor Greene: "Court Marshal Mark Milley."*

*Greene has since corrected the above tweet after someone told her to correct it.

Here are some other things this functioning illiterate has tweeted about:

• The QAnon conspiracy theory, which holds that Donald Trump is secretly fighting a worldwide child-sex-slavery ring that was supposed to culminate in the mass arrest of his political opposition, is “worth listening to.” 

 • Muslims don’t belong in government. 

 • 9/11 was an inside job. 

 • Shootings at Parkland, Sandy Hook, and Las Vegas were staged. 

 • “Zionist supremacists” are secretly masterminding Muslim immigration to Europe in a scheme to outbreed white people.

And this gem in which she shows off her galloping ignorance:

. Jewish space lasers caused the California forest fires.

And it's not just the unfortunate people from her district in Georgia who admire this numbskull enough to send her to the U.S. Congress to make a fool of herself. No. She has admirers in the blogging community who believe she's all that.

Here's an example:

"JG says:

Hearing of the DC coup against Trump. It was more than Milley and Joint Chiefs as NSA had to know, and as such CIA, DIA, FBI, and others in Congress. This shows treason by all and they are tied to China. We must vote out all existing in Congress except the few that are outcasts, like Republican Marjorie Green of GA. None have been arrested and will be. If they are not voted out it will likely be due to vote fraud and then the next step is CW2."

Those same people believe Donald J. Trump was the greatest president America ever voted into office and that the only reason he lost the election is because the "libs" got a bunch of aliens to fly their laser-spewing space ships to Earth so they could mail in millions of fake ballots for Joe Biden. They know this is true because those fake ballots had fibers inbedded in them that have been traced to Alpha Centuri. FRAUD! FAKE! ALIENS!

Those "patriots" wanted Trumpy to declare "Marshal Law." Maybe they think Eminem will then "reinstate" Trumpy by October?

Wednesday, September 15, 2021



I have a special interest in California politics, because my daughter and her family live there.

Sunday, September 12, 2021



Foreign terrorists:

Domestic terrorists:

Thank you President Bush for speaking the truth about the current Republican party and drawing the connection between the 9/11 and the 1/6 terrorists. 

 "The Capitol, of course, was the suspected target of Flight 93; the heroes on board that plane spared the lawmakers and others who worked there from the fate of occupants of the twin towers and the Pentagon. 

The 1/6 terrorists breached the building the 9/11 terrorists could not. Both the 9/11 terrorists and the domestic 1/6 terrorists sought to destroy our democracy in service to a crazed ideology of intolerance."

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Have you ever seen the rain?


Twenty years ago it was a clear blue day.

September 11, 2021


In Memory of Kevin M. McCarthy and All Who Were Lost on September 11, 2001


Kevin M. McCarthy

World Trade Center 


 First think of him and Cape Cod. For Kevin M. McCarthy, the man with the catching smile who never encountered a conversational pause he couldn't fill, the salty air, sand dunes and lapping waves of Cape Cod constituted paradise. He found serenity there as a boy, and it was where he took his own family for vacations. Then think of his facility with his hands and his knack for MacGyver-like solutions. "You gave him a string and he could create a universe," said his wife, Debra. 

Then consider his unabashed confidence in himself. Risks didn't register. The proof was 98 stitches. Like the hockey stitches. The stitches from his service days when the antenna of an Army tank sliced off his eyebrow. And the box spring stitches. Unable to maneuver a box spring up three flights of stairs, he cut it in half, meanwhile sawing the inside of his hand. That was 23 stitches. 

Mr. McCarthy, 42, who lived in Fairfield, Conn., with his wife and three children, Chelsea, 12, and Andrew and Stephanie, 5, was also the master of reinvention. He ran a personal service business, then became a stay-at-home father when the twins were born, and then emerged as a bond trader for Cantor Fitzgerald. On the night of Sept. 10, just before they went to sleep, he told his wife, "This is just too good to be true." 

 Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 31, 2001. 

Kevin M., age 42, of Fairfield, CT. is one of the missing victims of the attack of the World Trade Center Twin Towers. He was a Bond Broker For Cantor Fitzgerald. Born in Chelsea and raised in Reading, MA. he was the son of Charles and Marie (Fantasia) McCarthy of Orleans, MA. He was a graduate of Reading High School and attended college in Boston. 

He belonged to the National Guard for a number of years. In addition to his parents, he leaves his beloved wife, Debra Menich McCarthy; three children; Chelsea 11, and twins Andrew and Stephanie, 5, of Fairfield, CT. He is also survived by four sisters; Kathleen Sullivan and her husband, Richard of Concord, MA; Karen Toomey and her husband, Kevin, of Wellesley, MA; Maureen Baumgartel and her husband, Scott, of Sudbury, MA; Mary Ellen Rice and her husband, Tim, of Westport, CT; one brother, Charles Jr. and his wife, Deborah, of Back Bay Boston; and 9 nieces and nephews. 

A Celebration of Life will be conducted Wednesday, October 3, 2001 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bernard's Church, Monument Square, Concord, MA. A Memorial Fund has been established, McCarthy Family Fund, c/o Charles Abercrombie, Esq., 251 Penfield St., Fairfield, CT. 06430 

Friday, September 10, 2021

R. E. Lee Comes Down From His Pedestal

Finally, the statue of the general who betrayed his country and symbolizes "The Lost Cause" comes down.

But not everyone is happy. And that's because they refuse to read history and instead believe in myths. 

Is anyone surprised then that these same folks continue to support Donald J. Trump, a man who hasn't a decent molecule in his body and who has managed to fool his followers into believing he's some sort of messiah come to make America great, when reality shows he's done the opposite?

 What they believe:

ROBERT E LEE power-sawed off its base from Richmond, Virginia.

Such a significant part of our history… And I think we all know Lee did not like slavery but knew it would be hard to overcome in that day…..and that God would put things to right in the future when it was more possible.

I SO wish these people who demand the destruction of our history at least knew it 😦

“Lee in his well-known analysis of slavery from an 1856 letter (see below) called it a moral and political evil. While both Robert and his wife Mary Lee were disgusted with slavery, they also defended it against abolitionist demands for immediate emancipation for all enslaved.[69]”

Lee was a slave owner—his own views on slavery were explicated in an 1856 letter that is often misquoted to give the impression that Lee was some kind of abolitionist. In the letter, he describes slavery as “a moral & political evil,” but goes on to explain that: 

 "I think it however a greater evil to the white man than to the black race, & while my feelings are strongly enlisted in behalf of the latter, my sympathies are more strong for the former. The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, socially & physically. The painful discipline they are undergoing, is necessary for their instruction as a race, & I hope will prepare & lead them to better things. How long their subjugation may be necessary is known & ordered by a wise Merciful Providence. Their emancipation will sooner result from the mild & melting influence of Christianity, than the storms & tempests of fiery Controversy. "

The argument here is that slavery is bad for white people, good for black people, and most important, better than abolitionism; emancipation must wait for divine intervention. That black people might not want to be slaves does not enter into the equation; their opinion on the subject of their own bondage is not even an afterthought to Lee. 

Lee’s cruelty as a slave master was not confined to physical punishment. In Reading the Man, the historian Elizabeth Brown Pryor’s portrait of Lee through his writings, Pryor writes that “Lee ruptured the Washington and Custis tradition of respecting slave families” by hiring them off to other plantations, and that “by 1860 he had broken up every family but one on the estate, some of whom had been together since Mount Vernon days.” 

The separation of slave families was one of the most unfathomably devastating aspects of slavery, and Pryor wrote that Lee’s slaves regarded him as “the worst man I ever see.” [skip] Lee’s heavy hand on the Arlington, Virginia, plantation, Pryor writes, nearly led to a slave revolt, in part because the enslaved had been expected to be freed upon their previous master’s death, and Lee had engaged in a dubious legal interpretation of his will in order to keep them as his property, one that lasted until a Virginia court forced him to free them. 

 When two of his slaves escaped and were recaptured, Lee either beat them himself or ordered the overseer to “lay it on well.” Wesley Norris, one of the slaves who was whipped, recalled that “not satisfied with simply lacerating our naked flesh, Gen. Lee then ordered the overseer to thoroughly wash our backs with brine, which was done.”

Yesterday was a good day!


Yesterday our President announced tangible no-BS policy to thwart those undermining efforts to beat the pandemic. 

Me today: 

And what’s on the agenda for today Joe?!

Monday, September 6, 2021

Labor Day, September 6, 2021


My father was a union man.

Thank you, Possumlady, for this reminder:


Sunday, September 5, 2021



While I find this a tragic statistic (if completely factual), it helps explain why the GQP are so desperate to enact draconian voter suppression laws.

Saturday, September 4, 2021



The Gipsy Kings, Bamboleo:

Friday, September 3, 2021

A friend posted this on Facebook

BREAKING NEWS:Texas judge grants restraining order against anti-abortion group, temporarily preventing lawsuits  

I'm not pro-murdering babies.

I'm pro-Becky who found out at her 20-week anatomy scan that the infant she had been so excited to bring into this world had developed without life sustaining organs.

I'm pro-Susan who was sexually assaulted on her way home from work, only to come to the horrific realization that her assailant planted his seed in her when she got a positive pregnancy test result a month later.

I'm pro-Theresa who hemorrhaged due to a placental abruption, causing her parents, spouse, and children to have to make the impossible decision on whether to save her or her unborn child.

I'm pro-little Cathy who had her innocence ripped away from her by someone she should have been able to trust and her 11-year-old body isn't mature enough to bear the consequence of that betrayal.

I'm pro-Melissa who's working two jobs just to make ends meet and has to choose between bringing another child into poverty or feeding the children she already has because her spouse walked out on her.

I'm pro-Brittany who realizes that she is in no way financially, emotionally, or physically able to raise a child.

I'm pro-Emily who went through IVF, ending up with SIX viable implanted eggs requiring selective reduction to ensure the safety of her and a SAFE number of fetuses.

I'm pro-Jessica who is FINALLY getting the strength to get away from her physically abusive spouse only to find out that she is carrying the monster's child.

I'm pro-Vanessa who went into her confirmation appointment after YEARS of trying to conceive only to hear silence where there should be a heartbeat.

I'm pro-Lindsay who lost her virginity in her sophomore year with a broken condom and now has to choose whether to be a teenage mom or just a teenager.

I'm pro-Courtney who just found out she's already 13 weeks along, but the egg never made it out of her fallopian tube so either she terminates the pregnancy or risks dying from internal bleeding.

You can argue and say that I'm pro-choice all you want, but the truth is:

I'm pro-life.

Their lives.

Women's lives.

You don't get to pick and choose which scenarios should be accepted.

It's not about which stories you don't agree with. It's about fighting for the women in the stories that you do agree with and the CHOICE that was made.

Women's rights are meant to protect ALL women, regardless of their situation!

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Karma, karma, karma, karma ...


Candace Owens, a darling of the Trumpublicans and anti-vaxxer anarchists, experienced some well-deserved karma this week:

Source: The Daily Beast 

The owner of a private COVID testing clinic turned right-wing provocateur Candace Owens away for spreading COVID misinformation and discouraging mask use, according to a screenshot of an email posted online by Owens. 

 “We cannot support anyone who has pro-actively worked to make this pandemic worse by spreading misinformation, politicizing and DISCOURAGING the wearing of masks and actively dissuading people from receiving life-saving vaccinations,” the owner wrote. 

 “My team and myself have worked overtime, to exhaustion, unpaid and underpaid this past year, spending our own capital to ensure that our community remains protected. It would be unfair to them and to the sacrifices we have all made this year to serve you.” 

 According to previous media reports, the owner, Suzanna Lee, runs a private lab in the ski resort town of Aspen, Colorado. She directed Owens to the only other testing site in the city, but said it had inconsistent wait times for results.


GrasshopperWoman @GrasshopperWom1 

Texas: where a virus has reproductive rights and a woman does not😵‍💫 12:05 PM · Sep 1, 2021

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The Tragedy of Afghanistan


Because we give presidents credit or blame for things that happen on their watch, President Biden will be accountable for this final and tragic episode. Had Trump been re-elected things would likely have been more deadly and chaotic, and he would have publicly blamed "the generals," because, as he so often stated, he knows more than they do.

The fact is that blame goes back to G.W. Bush and continued through successive administrations. We remained this long because everyone understood an exit would be at least as messy as what happened, and they were unwilling to take the political hit. 

Also, it is long past time for Congress to take its share of responsibility for committing the country to war. They have been too cowardly to acknowledge responsibility and more than willing to cede responsibility to the executive. That enables them to claim credit when things go well and blame the president when things go wrong.

We are seeing that cynical attitude in action now.

Projecting power in a distant, destitute, tribal,  and hostile land was always going to be a challenge, given costs in lives and resources, and divisions and distractions within the US itself. President Biden had a choice: continue bleeding the US as in the last 20 years, or withdrawing now. He made a wise choice. 

Yes, the withdrawal should have been managed better, but it is not clear how much better it could have been. Partly, the US was caught in a long existing pretension about the strength of the Afghan government and military. It was a house of cards, that was bound to collapse once the props were gone.

In my opinion, the Afghan tragedy may be President Biden's responsibility for the chaotic evacuation, but not necessarily his fault.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Olivia Troye, former Trump White House national security staffer

 Olivia Troye, a former White House national security staffer during the Trump admin., sent this message as an email on behalf of the Republican Accountability Project:

"My heart breaks right now for the people of Afghanistan, and for our allies who are trapped in the country and surrounded by the Taliban. This was a disaster that never had to happen, and I hope they are evacuated quickly and safely.
I'm seeing Republicans claim that Trump would have handled the situation far better—and I know for a fact that's just not true. Until 2020, I was a national security staffer for the Trump administration, until I quit after seeing just how incompetent and cruel he was. Afghanistan was no exception.
I sat in cabinet meetings about getting Americans and our Afghan allies out of the country. In them, Stephen Miller would peddle his racist hysteria. He and his enablers across the government undermined anyone who worked on solving the issues in getting special immigrant visas (SIVs) for our Afghan allies by undermining the system at Homeland Security and the State Department.
I tracked this issue personally in my role at the White House. I met with many refugee advocate organizations who pleaded for help in getting U.S. allies through the process.
But we got nowhere because Trump and Miller had watchdogs in place at the Justice Department, Homeland Security, State and other agencies that made an already cumbersome SIV process even more challenging.
The system wouldn’t budge, no matter how much we argued in National Security Council meetings. The Pentagon weighed in, saying we needed to get these allies through the process. Mattis and others sent memos trying to help. We all knew the urgency, but we were blocked at every turn.
Good people within the Trump Administration tried to counter Miller's obstruction, but their fear of retaliation was palpable. Numerous closed door meetings were held, strategizing how to navigate this issue.
Trump had four years to develop a plan. We could have used that time to lay the groundwork to evacuate our Afghan allies. They were the lifelines for many of us who spent time in Afghanistan.
They’d been waiting a long time, all the while under the threat of death at the hands of the Taliban. The process slowed to a trickle for reviews and “other priorities.” Ultimately, they came to a halt.
I have one thing to say to Trump's defenders who are making blanket statements and pushing false narratives about Afghanistan: please, just stop. Some of you were actively involved in making it harder to get our Afghan allies to safety. Your comments are uninformed and hurtful. And we see right through you.
I’m grateful for everyone now advocating the urgency of getting our allies out of Afghanistan ASAP and those who are doing everything they can to help. This is a matter of national security.
Most importantly, it’s the least we can do for these individuals. The world is watching.
Olivia Troye
Director, Republican Accountability Project"

Sunday, August 29, 2021



His Tweet didn't age well:

Saturday, August 28, 2021



Anti-vax Madness

 Infidel753 has a post up on his blog about this. Go read it.

I live in a country where a large number of people refuse to take a vaccine that's been proven to be effective against COVID and could get this pandemic under control if we all cooperated and took it. 

This large number of people refuse to take it because of various unscientific, irrational reasons, most of which they've found on the intertubz or heard some wacko on FAUX NOOZ. 

One of their beliefs is that they have a "God given" immune system that will protect them. Also, they don't know "what's in the vaccine."

I wonder if any of these people ever had to take an antibiotic to cure a bacterial infection. If so, why didn't they let God cure the infection in them or their children? Would a responsible parent let a child go without medication for his/her strep throat? If they truly believe what they say about a "God given" immune system, wouldn't they just let the strep throat run its course, hoping their child would recover and not develop rheumatic fever as a result of untreated strep? How many parents would risk that, hoping a "God given" immune system would save their toddler or child, and not give that child a proven medication to cure his strep?

Did any of them ever have pneumonia and have to take penicillin? Are any of them on any kind of medication? Diabetes? High blood pressure? Cholesterol meds? Blood thinners?  Do these people know what's in any of these widely prescribed medications that millions and millions of Americans take every day? And why don't they let God cure them instead of western medicine, since as they say, "God is in control?"

Listen to these poor benighted folks convince themselves and others of their scientific ignorance:



Well, well, well, looky here!  

A Conservative religious organization fired someone for speaking the truth!

Isn't it interesting how so many Conservatives whine about the "intolerant Left" that shuts down any speech they don't agree with? 

Friday, August 27, 2021

Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) is urging his party to punish every lawmaker investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol if Republicans take back the majority in 2022.

GOP Rep. Jim Banks:  "Republicans Have A ‘Duty’ To Punish Members Investigating Jan. 6 Riot If Republicans take back the majority in the House, Banks said there should be consequences for the lawmakers on the special committee."


Does anyone remember the Democrats threatening punishment to anyone who called for the investigation of BENGHAZI?

The current Trumpublicans are using tactics like old time mobsters. They threaten punishment to any of their members who act in accordance with the law.

Apparently, the Trumpublican mobsters believe there should be consequences for those who want to get to the bottom of why people were trying to hang/kill Vice President Pence and harm/kill members of Congress. 

The current Trumpublican Party is nothing more than a gang of mobsters whose allegiance to their mob boss, Donald Jobless Trump, is more important than their allegiance to America and the rule of law.

To recap what the mobsters in the current Trumpublican Party are calling for:

That’s the sort of thing criminals would say about someone investigating their crimes.

Thursday, August 26, 2021



NOTE TO BLUEBULLAMERICA:  You haven't been here in a while. Hope you're okay.

To my P.E. readers and friends:

I've been busy over the past few weeks with renovations to my home. Light posting for a few more days when everything will be put back in order.

This caught my eye in a news feed -- and it's in keeping with conservative Rick Wilson's observation:

Everything Trump Touches Dies

Saturday, August 21, 2021


 Michael Jackson  Dangerous

Monday, August 16, 2021



Tragic Afghanistan


The U.S. has reached a deal with the Taliban to ensure that evacuations from Kabul's airport can take place without interference from the group, according to a report by The Associated Press. 

The deal was reached in talks in Doha, Qatar, between senior Taliban officials and Gen. Frank McKenzie. The two sides apparently agreed to a "deconfliction mechanism” in which operations at the airport in Kabul are permitted to continue without interference from the Taliban. 

McKenzie reportedly told the Taliban that any interference would be met with force from the U.S. military, who would move to defend the airport if necessary. 


Featured as part of a section titled "President Trump Is Bringing Peace In The Middle East," the page described how the former U.S. president had "continued to take the lead in peace talks." 

The page also claims that "while President Trump has championed peace, Joe Biden has taken the lead in pushing for endless wars." 

 Abdul Ghani Baradar, the co-founder of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the organization's current political chief, was released from a Pakistani jail at the request of the US while Trump was in office.


Afghans have to decide how they want to live with each other and how much they participate in international community. 

When there has been no foreign intervention, they have as a society managed to fail at civility towards each others and outsiders. 

 Why would 300,000 trained Afghan soldiers lay down their arms against 75,000 Taliban forces? 

 If the Afghan soldiers had no interest in saving their own country and their own people, there is no reason others should continue to shed their blood to help them.


"It is a pleasure to talk to you.... I understand that you are fighting for your homeland. We have been there for 19 years... and withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan now is in the interest of everyone."


“I started the process, all the troops are coming home, they (Biden) couldn’t stop the process. 21 years is enough. They (Biden) couldn’t stop the process, they (Biden) wanted to but couldn’t stop the process.” - Trump, 1 month ago


Seth Abramson @SethAbramson · "For those Democrats inclined to offer a knee-jerk defense of the Biden administration, remember that unlike the Republicans, we're adults: we can love America and deem it flawed; we can support Biden even as we critique some of his decisions. 

We're not a cult as the GOP is."

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Save TheChildren! Except, Ron DeSantis says NO!


Florida Sees Highest Rate of Children Hospitalized With COVID in U.S. 

 Source: Newsweek 

Florida is experiencing the highest rate of children hospitalized with COVID-19 across the U.S. 

 According to data from the CovKid project, which uses COVID-19 hospitalization numbers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as of August 7, Florida is reporting 8.1 children hospitalized with COVID-19 per 100,000 residents. 

The number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 per 100,000 residents in Florida is the highest in the nation, according to the data. 

 Data from the project also shows that over the past seven days, Florida has reported 341 new hospital admissions among those aged 17 and younger, the most in the U.S. 

 Florida is also reporting the highest rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations among those ages 18 and 19. According to the data, as of August 7, Florida reported 20.6 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents in that age group.


While the data show that Florida is reporting the highest rate of children hospitalized with COVID-19, the federal government's hospital capacity data show that Texas is seeing the highest total number of children hospitalized with the virus. 

 As of August 11, showed that Texas had 259 total pediatric patients hospitalized with COVID-19, the most in the U.S., while Florida followed with 194.


DeSantis is part of the political party that wants to overturn Roe v. Wade because they care so much about the lives of fetuses!

Apparently, the lives of  children out of the womb are not important to Trumpublicans like Governors DeSantis and Abbot.

Their ideology is more important than the lives of the children in their states. Those governors have presidential aspirations, and they need Trump's base to get to the White House. That means they have to stick to the stupid idea that wearing masks to save the lives of men, women, and children is useless and an infringement on their FREEDUMBS!

Meanwhile, children are dying.

Meanwhile, children are dying because these governors overruled the local school boards' and governments' mandates for masks.

Once upon a time, Republicans believed in local control in governing. But there are no more Republicans. What is left are TRUMPUBLICANS who are cultists in a DEATH CULT. They are stupid, foolish cultists whose allegiance is to a stupid, foolish cult leader who cares nothing for their health or well-being.

And they are sacrificing their children to this stupid cult leader.

Michael Steele, former head of the RNC on DeSantis:

 He's not a leader; he's a sycophant.

DeSantis:   How many Covid deaths in Florida are acceptable without jeopardizing my presidential prospects in 2024 GQP Primaries?

Ron DeSantis has one policy regarding COVID: How does it play to the 2024 GOP Primary electorate and Fox News?

Monday, August 9, 2021

P.E. will be down for a few days for a mini-vaca...


on the beautiful coast of Maine.

Be excellent to each other!


Former acting AG Jeffrey Rosen testified in a closed-door hearing to the Senate Judiciary Committee FOR SEVEN HOURS about Trump's attempts to overturn the election results. 

Senator Blumenthal called Mr. Rosen’s account to Senate Judiciary “dramatic evidence of how intent Trump was in overthrowing the election.” 

It’s a very big deal that former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen has eagerly testified to the DOJ and Congress about the Trump-Clark plot to overthrow the election.  A crime!

Rosen’s cooperation will hand the DOJ an easy criminal case against Trump and Jeffrey Clark.

Please note:

More context on Rosen: Congressional hearings do NOT happen on Saturdays. For 7 hours. In a closed door session. In August. Unless something is really really important. Like “a coup against the Constitution” important.

Saturday, August 7, 2021





Tucker Carlson, FAUX NOOZ propagandist  and frozen fish food trust fund baby, finds Hungarian anti-democracy strongman, Viktor Orban, just the perfect example of a neo-fascist model for America: 

After 11 years in almost unchallenged power, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban faces a fierce battle for re-election in eight months time, against an unusually united opposition, from left to right, which accuses him of hijacking Hungarian democracy and financially favouring his own coterie of oligarchs and loyalists. 

 Mr Orban also stands accused of using Pegasus spyware purchased from the Israeli company NSO to tap the phones and mine the personal data of up to 300 independent journalists, lawyers and businessmen not aligned with his Fidesz party. 

 The European Commission has suspended the disbursement of post-Covid EU recovery funds, citing insufficient safeguards against corruption. Nordic governments have also suspended payment of funds to NGOs, after failing to reach agreement with the government over who should disburse them. BBC WORLD NEWS



Carlson and Trump simply hate democracy. 

They can't even refer to the opposition party correctly (it's the DEMOCRATIC Party, not Democrat Party) because the word democratic conjures images of free and fair elections, majority rule, and equal rights. 

Orban will be more than happy to counsel Carlson as to the best ways to dismantle the evil democratic republic in favor of the wonders of right-wing dictatorship. At this little tête-à-tête, Carlson will be unmasked in more ways than one.