Thursday, January 07, 2021

Inside agitators


Disguise.  The insurrectionists and their enablers have begun asserting that Antifas disguised as Profas caused yesterday's outrage.  The Washington Times claims to have evidence of this based on facial recognition software, but the software company XRVision sicced its lawyer on them (and presumably on Matt Gaetz, who is already quoting them).  Expect the usual "false flag" crap from the usual suspects.  At least their 1923 role models didn't claim their ranks had been infiltrated by communists.  No dignity.

In the early hours of January 7 Joe Biden's election was finally certified by Mike Pence in front of weary members of Congress who had not abandoned the chamber.  By way of retaliation, Trump apparently banned Pence's chief of staff Marc Short from the White House.  So many staffers can't wait to go that they have to quit in alphabetical order, and Short was near the end of the line.  Over on the Fox News morning couch, Ainsley Earhardt says she hopes Trump will "forgive" Pence for not breaking the law, but she evidently doesn't know him at all.

We might still be awaiting certification if court jester Rudolph Giuliani could handle a phone.  He called the Senate's newest, dumbest member Tommy Tuberville and begged him to sign up for ten more objections to state returns just to "slow it down."  Only being Rudolph, he left the message on the wrong voicemail.  Another unnamed Senator got it and forwarded it to a conservative site, and Coach heard it at the same time as thousands of other people.  Even when he dials with his fingers, Giuliani is not good with the cool new technology.  (If Coach decides to get back into minor league football, there's an opening for an assistant at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga -- Chris Malone was fired for a tweet referring to Stacey Abrams as "Fat Albert.")



The fallout from the terrorist attack of January 6 is just beginning.  At least the four dead were all rioters, three with "medical emergencies" (Trumpanzees tend not to be diet-and-exercise devotees).  The fourth, Ashli Babbitt, was shot by Capitol police while climbing through a broken window.  She was an Air Force veteran and apparently normal until falling into the Q subculture, and now she's another statistic to charge to Trump the Terrible.  There were fewer than a hundred arrests, mostly for violating the 6pm curfew; police were observed opening gates and taking selfies with the rioters.  Fortunately most Trumpanzees are too stupid to think of disguising themselves, so even without XRVision it should be easy to track them down, like the ones who proudly posed with smashed TV equipment or papers looted from the Speaker's desk.

The law enforcement presence included Capitol and District police, state troopers from Maryland and Virginia, national guard, I assume DHS agents of some description, and the Secret Service detailed to Mike Pence and Kamala Harris.  The problem was that no one appeared to be in charge.  The 101st Airborne could have been there but without strategy and a chain of command, what's the use?  This is not up to the mayor or the chief (or chiefs) of police; this is clueless lack of planning.  They knew the "protesters" were coming, and clearly with violent intent.  Where there's no will...look, maybe we should put the TSA in charge.  It's significantly harder to get on a plane with an open bottle of water than to invade the Capitol while Congress is in session.

Stop invoking Tiananmen Square.  Those protesters were neither armed nor violent; they posed a threat only to the prestige of the CCP.  They are true martyrs, not self-pitying losers.

Stop reminding us that the Capitol was invaded in 1812 (actually 1814).  That was the act of a foreign army in wartime.

Other than planning for the next riot, what are you prepared to do?

Impeachment or 25?  Pick one.  


Banned from Facebook and scolded by Twitter, Trump continues to flail impotently.  Yesterday Marc Short couldn't get into his office, today Chad Wolf had his nomination for DHS Secretary withdrawn because he called the riot "sickening."  Now that Mitch McConnell is on the shit-list, Elaine Chao decided not to wait -- she resigned as Secretary of Transportation, joining Stephanie Grisham, the no-show press secretary who moved to the division of #BeBest; Mick Mulvaney, special envoy to Northern Ireland; Sarah Matthews, deputy press secretary; John Costello of the Commerce Department; Matt Pottinger and Ryan Tully, something to do with intelligence, no big deal; and Rickie Niceta, White House social secretary (so no state dinners in the next two weeks).  Staff now consists of Stephen Miller, Andrew Giuliani, Melania's hair and makeup crew and the kid who cuts the grass.   

Jeff Merkley praised the women who work for the Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough and managed to secure the sealed certificates of electoral votes in their handsome (and probably quite heavy) mahogany boxes.  Their names are unknown, which is probably just as well these days.

Trump's lawyer Jerome Marcus has also quit, writing to the court that his client "has used the lawyer's services to perpetrate a crime and...taking action that the lawyer considers repugnant."  He wasn't going to overturn the result in Pennsylvania anyway.  

So where were Lauren Boebert and her legislative aide Mr. Glock?  She ran away like everyone else.  Colorado, take note:  she's all talk.

At 3:31 yesterday, while hiding from the mob he had just saluted, Josh Hawley sent out a fundraising appeal.  Lord Haw-Haw wins the Brass Trump.  Republicans and other germs, meet your 2024 front-runner.





Blogger MarkS said...

JFC, Boebert could have been consistent if she had drilled a few , or joined them. not may people get 2 ways to be right, and pick the third.

3:43 PM  
Blogger MarkS said...

Not a deep bench,apparently

3:59 PM  
Blogger The New York Crank said...

I'm betting that the kid who cuts the grass will be the next Attorney General — on or about January 19th. Who said there's no opportunity for advancement in the Trump White House?

Yours crankily,
The New York Crank

8:31 PM  

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