Deep ‘tule fog‘ this late-afternoon Thursday here in California’s Central Valley — a normal day in a becoming more abnormal of a new year.
Some shit that caught my eye/ear this morning/afternoon — getting weird out there.
First off some sweet normal — Joe Biden was in Raleigh, NC, today and while there made a stop for a burger, including the order for a wonderful-sounding milkshake. ‘“It’s what we call at home a ‘black and white’- vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup,” the President said as he showed off his milkshake. He described it as “triple thick.”‘
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) January 19, 2024
Meanwhile also today. the asshole heart and soul of the Republican party — like a horrible mental disease:
BREAKING: Trump goes on 26-post rampage against the woman he raped, E. Jean Carroll, following day 3 of trial. https://t.co/XMu9M6gan3
— MeidasTouch (@MeidasTouch) January 18, 2024
Trump has been deemed to have sexually abused and raped E. Jean Carroll by a court during a previous defamation trial, and he has already been ruled liable for defamation in the current trial, meaning the trial will now determine the damages Trump will be forced to pay. A jury last year ordered Donald Trump to pay $5 million to Carroll, and the damages in this case are expected to be higher.
On his social media platform, Donald Trump further attacked his rape victim, posting a series of screenshots of Carroll’s old posts on her Facebook and Twitter accounts in which Carroll talked about sex.
E. Jean Carroll became well-known for her “Ask E. Jean” love and sex advice column, which appeared in Elle Magazine from 1993 until 2019.
Trump appears to be trying to weaponize Carroll’s posts about sex to further shame and humiliate her and in essence say that she deserved what happened.
What a piece of shit!
Meanwhile, again, Republicans do understand some decent shit, yet are unable to govern without help:
Speaker Johnson just pulled a McCarthy and teamed up with Dems to keep the government going https://t.co/ti4NbLWYso
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 18, 2024
Details via The Washington Post this afternoon:
The Senate passed the legislation, 77-18, Thursday afternoon. The House followed suit, 314-108, hours later, after GOP hard-liners launched a last-minute pressure campaign to attach partisan border security measures to the funding package. The votes send the legislation to President Biden to sign into law and avert a partial shutdown ahead of the deadline.
The stopgap spending bill, called a continuing resolution, or CR, is intended to give lawmakers in both chambers time to draft and vote on a full slate of annual spending, or appropriations bills, for the rest of the 2024 fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30.
“We have good news for America: There will not be a shutdown on Friday because both sides have worked together,” Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on the Senate floor Thursday.
Schumer and House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) agreed to a $1.66 trillion appropriations deal earlier in January, covering all of what’s known in federal budgeting as discretionary spending. But lawmakers didn’t have time to negotiate and enact the finer details of the package before this weekend’s deadline.
That deal, which largely follows an agreement Biden struck with Johnson’s predecessor, Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), in 2023, would increase total spending this year by $28 billion over the previous fiscal year’s $1.63 trillion in discretionary spending — an amount that, accounting for inflation, represents a cut in real dollars.
“It is an absolutely phony process that these Freedom Caucus guys are pursuing,” Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (Md.), a long-standing Democratic member who sits on the Appropriations Committee, told The Post on Thursday. “We ought to just make them irrelevant. And the way we make them irrelevant is to make a deal with one another because [Republicans and Democrats] together, we’ve got over 300 votes.”
Freedom Caucus members were furious as the day unfolded.
“It is Groundhog Day in the House chamber, all the time, every day, spending money we don’t have,” Rep. Chip Roy (R-Tex.), a stalwart of the group, said on the House floor.
Of course, chaos not governance is the point.
Another crazy from the criminal T-Rump — earlier today not just attacking a woman he raped, but also about being a dictator and above the law:
Hoa absurd. The US has managed to exist for 235 years without any president requiring "total immunity" for events that "cross the line." Yet MAGAites will still buy this demagogic guff from Trump & Republican officials will still support him & legitimize this perilous nonsense. https://t.co/ITCAheBRqb
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) January 18, 2024
Some backlash was reported at the Guardian this afternoon:
Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a New York University historian who studies authoritarian leaders, said: “Trump is telling Americans very clearly that he will be jailing and killing Americans [if he returns to office next year].
“Anyone who votes for him is complicit with these future crimes because of this transparency and these threats. Americans cannot say they did not know ahead of time.”
Joe Walsh, a former rightwing Republican congressman turned Trump opponent, spoke to his party’s voters when he said: “A president with ‘full immunity’ is a king, is a dictator. He’s telling us what he wants. Is this what you want?”
Trump wrote: “A president of the United States must have full immunity, without which it would be impossible for him [or] her to properly function. Any mistake, even if well intended, would be met by almost certain indictment by the opposing party at term end.
“Even events that ‘cross the line’ must fall under total immunity, or it will be years of trauma trying to determine good from bad.”
Joyce Vance, a former US attorney now a law professor at the University of Alabama, said: “One of the obvious problems with this (just one of them), is that no former president has ever been indicted. Just Trump.”
This country along with the whole wide world is truly fucked if that orange-coasted asshole gains the White House again. Although he is still somewhat on a guardrail for the most part, what damage he can still do is unthinkable.
And the pisser: is that which Ms Ben-Ghait spoke above is right out in the full-wide open.
Fog of lies, or not, yet here we are once again…