Opinion: Garland is very soft on Trump…

 

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced today the appointment of former career Justice Department prosecutor and former chief prosecutor for the special court in The Hague, Jack Smith, to serve as Special Counsel to oversee two ongoing criminal investigations. The first is the investigation, as described in court filings in the District of Columbia, into whether any person or entity unlawfully interfered with the transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election or the certification of the Electoral College vote held on or about January 6, 2021. The second is the ongoing investigation involving classified documents and other presidential records, as well as the possible obstruction of that investigation, referenced and described in court filings submitted in a pending matter in the Southern District of Florida” (Department of Justice – ‘Appointment of a Special Counsel’ 18.11.2022).

You can imagine someone inciting to overthrow the elected government and stealing state secrets would walk free for months on end. In the United States of America that’s the case. The Former President Donald J. Trump can try to install himself in the oval office, incite violence and stop the process of an election. While he can also steal, sell and possible endanger the Republic for personal gains. That’s what Trump has done and still he walks free.

Others who was part of the January 6th insurrection is already behind bars. Others have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution. That’s why it’s interesting that the Attorney General appoints a Special Counsel to look into the case of Trump’s involvement in the January 6th Insurrection. When he had power, was the President and could have called it off. They all acted on his wishes and he had the motive to do it. That’s easy to see. The former President was the one who could get a second term, if he had succeed that day.

That’s why you know the Attorney General should have instead indicted and started grand jury proceedings. This is so softly going against a man who was willing to end democracy and get himself into office. That sort of man doesn’t care about justice or rule of law. No, he only cares about himself and his own interests.

The second case is also so obvious and he is being treated so uniquely. Trump are able to walk and be free after taking confidential documents. He possibly took the nuclear codes and other highly sensitive secret documents, which are of national importance. They are acting like it doesn’t matter and doesn’t have any real consequences. Because, Trump did it, but we know others has served time and lost their careers in government for taking a single document or leaking it for that matter. This is why this is infuriating. When you know it is boxes upon boxes, which has been returned from his Mar-A-Lago home in Florida.

Attorney General Garland is too careful. Others would have paid the cost and the price already. The AG should have acted more swiftly and ensured a bulletproof case was already certain. It is like it’s glacier slow and only giving Trump time to get into the ring again in 2024. The latest press conference and order of Special Counsel seems to be another move to stall it. Yes, Mueller was able to do certain things, but he never got the big-dogs. That’s why I have little faith in another man or woman in his stead.

Trump is the winner here. The DoJ and the AG is so meek. There is nothing fierce or willing to humiliate Trump. Garland has shown that his not willing to touch or play fair. No, his just depleting all options and not challenging Trump. While Trump can use one scheme and create another scheme. Before the latest scheme is over, he has done another one and a new crime is committed. Meanwhile, he is never paying the price or ever caught. It seems like Trump is a living “get-out-of-jail-free-card”. Since nothing sticks on him and he never get indicted or prosecuted. There is plenty of investigations, but they are not going anywhere. The only real price he has paid is losing his Foundation and paying damages for Trump University. The rest his off the hook and haven’t really gotten punished. That has to stop.

Especially, when he should face charges of insurrection and stealing government documents. Peace.

Opinion: Is this Papa Don’s final ‘Hail Mary’?

Yesterday the unsurprising event of the Presidential Campaign launch of former President Donald J. “Papa Don” Trump happened at Mar-A-Lago, Florida. No one in his inner-circle or anyone who follows American politics was shocked. There wasn’t any sign of relief either. Papa Don is damaged goods and only his cultist supporters are backing him.

This time around his not a surprise or an outsider. He is neither brilliant, outsmarting people or clever. At this very moment and time, it seems like gimmick and a way of fundraising from fools. The ones still believing he will make a difference and be the supreme leader. However, his term showed that his not that and it’s all just a personal way of profiting from office.

Papa Don will use the White House and the Presidency for personal benefits. Not only the ability to live and have housing in Washington D.C. We know he will use the office to earn profits for his companies and associates. While his at it, he can also ensure some profits on the national secrets or whatnot. That’s why he took classified documents home and could easily found a way of making buck selling that intelligence too. Because, everything is a business for him, especially if he can get a cut.

That’s why it’s amazing that a man who had such a shaky understanding of the truth, the reality and of everything solid is running again. A man who was sacking and changing personnel so often. A man who was impeached twice and is under several investigations. A man who has contested the previous Presidential Election and who tried to coup against the in-coming President. That man is running again.

The man who was willing to overthrow and insert himself on the throne. That man is running for office again. A man who has possibly sold intelligence and highly confidential information to unknown entities. Papa Don, the man who incited violence on the capitol and tried to overturn an election. That man is trying to be on the ballot again and for his own personal gains.

Papa Don won’t serve the interests of America or the American People. They are just idiots who was dumb enough to believe his words. Just like everyone who believed he would build a wall or Make America Great Again. No, he is just a dog-whistler and a man of the far-right. He has the Alt-Right behind him and they cannot wait for his return. That’s why the Outkeepers and Proud Boys was part of the January 6th Insurrection of the Capitol. It’s part of the same spectrum and people who are galvanized by this man.

Papa Don won’t bring change, hope or anything worthwhile. No, he will bring fascism and be a danger to democracy. This time around he could easily target enemies and criminalize them. Especially, since his businesses has been targeted in an investigation and he are possibly losing his empire, the Trump Organization. He would strike back and do like he did with the FBI or other government organization in his term. That’s just what he does…

This time around is different than before 2016. We have seen what this man does and what sort of results it has. That’s why the Republican Party and everyone surrounding it is spineless. They are allowing this to go on and they are afraid of the base of Papa Don. Why wouldn’t they?

He has a Qanon and MAGA cult who worships him like his a deity. That’s why the Democrats and the Independent voters has to rebuke this. We know that Papa Don could do it well in a Primary at this point. Nevertheless, nothing is certain in life. No one who has stolen so much state property has ever gotten off the hook before. While the Department of Justice is working glacier slow on his cases. They are trying to make it bullet-proof, but by doing so… they are giving Papa Don time to cause damage and make the cases seem irrelevant. He is banking on escaping and being able to stall prosecution. That’s what he always does, if not settle and avoid much harm. Therefore, the Attorney General and others has to act. Because, this launch is a way of creating a gambit.

A gamble that he has a platform and a purpose. His not only a former President, but a Presidential Candidate. That his the next in line and could be on the ballot. So, that the Department of Justice and all the court cases can be put on-hold or be delayed again. Just like he tried with another case by flying into a hurricane. Because, that’s something a “stable genius” does…

Well, Papa Don never left, but is certainly trying to return. The ones vouching for him now is either delusional or in cahoots with his madness. There is nothing good coming out of it. Papa Don will not bring back a golden era or a better government. No, he will only use it for wealth and earning more dollars himself. Peace.

A look into the January 6th Select Committee Subpoena of Trump

This was announced to happen. The vote in the January 6th Select Committee had already become news. That’s why no one could be shocked or in awe. Today the subpoena was released to the public, which means the pressure is now on the Former President Donald J. Trump to show up and testify. What is striking is some parts of the subpoena. It is so compelling and if Trump shows up. He has to be prepared, unless he wants to incriminate himself further.

One of the key aspects is this:

Pursuant to that directive, we have interviewed more than a thousands witnesses, reviewed over a million documents, conducted public hearings, and vindicated our rights in court against those who have tried to keep relevant information from the Select Committee. As demonstrated in our hearings, we have assembled overwhelming evidence, including from dozens of your former appointees and staff, that you personally orchestrated and oversaw a multi-part effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election and obstruct the peaceful transition of power” (Thompson, 21.10.2022).

The evidence demonstrates that you knew this activity was illegal and unconstitutional, and also knew that your assertions of fraud were false. But, to be clear, even if you now claim that you actually believed your own false election claims, that is not defense; your subjective belief could not render this conduct justified, excusable, or legal” (Thompson, 21.10.2022).

That’s just a vital part of the texts. Further he has produce both documents and communications with aides, attorneys and people in the Trump sphere. The January 6th Select Committee has clearly investigated it and collected a lot of evidence already. Since, they are ring-fencing the former President. He has had all eyes after the insurrection of the Capitol.

The list of people he has to produce communications with from the November 3, 2020 to January 20, 2021 is Roger Stone, Stephen Bannon, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (retired), Jeffrey Clark, John Eastman, Rudolph Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell, Kenneth Chesebro, Boris Epshteyn, Christina Bobb, Cleta Mitchell and Patrick Byrne. That is huge list of people that the Select Committee wants the texts messages, signal communication, e-mails or documents in general. In addition to that, the Select Committee wants all communications made between the November 3, 2020 to January 6, 2021 from Representative Scott Perry or to any other Members of Congress.

So, the Select Committee is broad in it’s scope. They have all the reasons to and they are defending the democracy by doing so. The people behind the January 6th 2021 insurrection has to answer. Some is already sentenced and even pleaded guilty for seditious conspiracy and obstructing congress. Therefore, Trump has nowhere to hide on this one. The “Stop the Steal” crowds was filled with people was there to overthrow and overrule an election. They were incited by Trump and for the benefit of himself over the Republic. That’s why this subpoena is important and what it states is very clear.

The Select Committee isn’t even basing this on hearsay or random air-quotes. No, they have evidence and proof of the involvement of Trump. However, they want him to produce and show his communications ahead and right after the insurrection with associates, aides and Members of Congress.

Now the reality is hitting Trump in yet another investigation. Whatever the Select Committee finds, they can send it to the Department of Justice and petition criminal investigations in these matters. Meaning the end-game isn’t in Congress, but in the Courts. Therefore, the defence of Trump is becoming slimmer. Just like all the other cases pending, in the works or are currently under investigation for various of breaches of codes, statutes or laws in general. Trump has cases in several of states and these are far from over.

The January 6th Select Committee is just the latest of investigations that is hitting him directly. He cannot runaway from it or use means to avoid it. They have already measured that in the subpoena too. So, if he tries… he is avoiding or obstructing justice further, which can be penalized by the Department of Justice. Therefore, he has no way to hide and there is no relief to gain in this instance.

The truth will come out eventually, but this Select Committee investigation will be brutal to Trump. Since it will show what he was willing to do and what his allies did too. Peace.

Sinclair Media is playing straight-out of Chomsky’s playbook: They are Manufacturing Consent!

Sinclair Media Broadcasting Company, which these days are under fire and for all the right reasons. It isn’t strange that President Donald J. Trump are defending the Media Conglomerate, it is working overtime in his favor. Just as the same company had a Sinclair PAC funneling money to his campaign and ads. This sort of stories you cannot make up, this is a Media House owning local-media and TV-Stations all over the United States. In total about 173 Stations in 80 markets. That is a giant possibility, that many Americans has seen or heard stories that was manufactured for the Presidency.

Just as Pam Vogel reported on 29th March 2018: “Here is a full transcript from one of the segments (there are slight variations among the videos): “Hi, I’m [name] with [station]. Our greatest responsibility is to serve our communities. I am extremely proud of the quality, balanced journalism that [station] produces, but I’m concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country. The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media. More alarming, some media outlets publish these same fake stories without checking facts first. Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control exactly what people think. This is extremely dangerous to our democracy. At [station], it is our responsibility to report and pursue the truth. We understand the truth is neither politically left nor right. Our commitment to factual reporting is the foundation of our credibility now more than ever. But we are human, and sometimes our reporting might fall short. If you believe our coverage is unfair, please reach out through our [station] website by clicking on “Content Concerns.” We value your comments and we will respond back to you. We work very hard to seek the truth and strive to be fair, balanced, and factual. We consider it our honor and privilege to responsibly deliver the news every day. Thank you for watching, and we appreciate your feedback” (Pam Vogel – ‘Here are the “manipulative” ads Sinclair forced local anchors to read, now airing across the country’ 29.03.2018, MediaMatters.Org).

That Sinclair is using this script and using this on all their stations. Showing that this is evident of their manufacturing consent and news. They are themselves creating fake-news, by using same script all-over. There is no afterthought, there is no personal touch or even looking into the facts. The American Local News, should be if the local Pizzaria is with a virus, if there been a shooting at the parking-lot of Wall-Mart. That is the local news, that the nearest airport is closed because of bad weather. Not reading what is fitting for the government and the owners of Sinclair.

Just as Ryan Holiday wrote in 2012 this: “Media manipulation exploits the difference between perception and reality. The media was long a trusted source of information for the public. Today, all the barriers that made it reliable have broken down. Yet the old perceptions remain. If a random blog is half as reliable as a New York Times article that was fact checked, edited and reviewed by multiple editors, it is twice as easy to get coverage on. So manipulators (myself included) play the volume game. We know that if we can generate enough online buzz people will assume that where there is smoke there is fire…and the unreal becomes real. This all happens because of the poor incentives. When readers don’t PAY for news, the creators of the news don’t have any loyalty to the readers either. Everything is read one off, passed around on Facebook and Twitter instead of by subscription. As a result, there is no consequence for burning anyone. Manipulators can deceive journalists because journalists are not held responsible for deceiving readers” (Ryan Holiday – ‘What is Media Manipulation?–A Definition and Explanation’ 16.07.2012, Forbes).

So, Sinclair has no issues with Media Manipulation of the public, as they come from credible local sources, that people trusts. Because they are made by local hosts and anchors, who you can meet on the mall tomorrow. Therefore, their day-job shouldn’t be lying to you or read directly from a state-made script. It is expected that they read from the teleprompter, but not the same as the 173 others. Then it isn’t local, but nation-wide, planned programming. The Sinclair has already done their Terror-Segment, that John Oliver shamelessly attacked with vigor and righteously so. Because, this shows the manner of the Sinclair Media, the propaganda and media manipulation, that they are currently infesting on doing to the American public. They are willingly accepting it too.

A small excerpt from Noah Chomsky’s book Media Control: “So we need something to tame the bewildered herd, and that something is this new revolution in the art of democracy: the manufacture of consent. The media, the schools, and popular culture have to be divided. For the political class and the decision makers they have to provide them some tolerable sense of reality, although they also have to instill the proper beliefs. Just remember, there is an unstated premise here. The unstated premise-and even the responsible men have to disguise this from themselves-has to do with the question of how they get into the position where they have the authority to make decisions. The way they do that, of course, is by serving people with real power. The people with real power are the ones who own the society, which is a pretty narrow group. If the specialized class can come along and say, I can serve your interests, then they’ll be part of the executive group. You’ve got to keep that quiet. That means they have to have instilled in them the beliefs and doctrines that will serve the interests of private power. Unless they can master that skill, they’re not part of the specialized class. So we have one kind of educational system directed to the responsible men, the specialized class. They have to be deeply indoctrinated in the values and interests of private power and the state-corporate nexus that represents it. If they can achieve that, then they can be part of the specialized class. The rest of the bewildered herd basically just have to be distracted. Turn their attention to something else. Keep them out of trouble. Make sure that they remain at most spectators of action, occasionally lending their weight to one or another of the real leaders, who they may select among” (Noam Chomsky – ‘Media Control’ P: 14, 2002).

If this doesn’t seem like the reality right now, like the state of affairs, like the manner of the media. Especially media house like Sinclair, who keeps everyone like herds, even their own staff, who reads and follows protocol. Have to offer money to their PAC, read of the Script and Air Segments that has nothing to do with Dallas or Fort Worth, even Chicago. But, hey the owners of Sinclair orders to drop, the “news” that favors the Republican Party and Trump. Therefore, you got to do it.

Noam Chomsky call this Manufacturing Consent, but Ryan Holiday calls it Media Manipulation, both have been done. This is seriously a matter of issue for the First Amendment, but also for the lack of control of the media. This is no difference from propaganda and neither state controlled TV Channels that are saying what their dictator tell them to say. There is no thought, no journalism involved, just mere AI Robots reading the news. Monkey’s with make-up could have done the job and delivered the stated statements to the markets and the stations of Sinclair. That they do this for the benefit of the power and the President. Shows how merciless and how the lost democratic value, these stations are.

They are not even trying and maybe they can’t because the ownership stops them. The owners want their message out and not undermine the leadership of the day. They want to cry wolf, they want to say dog and they want to stop dissidents of their leader. That is what it seems. This is manipulation and manufacturing consent.

This is strange to see, but the freedom of speech is lacking, the ethics of these journalists and neither the basic understanding of reporting is down. Maybe their moral, but they need their day-job, so they cannot risk it. That is why they are accepting this core, even this vile attempt to undermine the whole industry, by manipulation and manufacturing consent, without thinking or conspiring to think for themselves. Peace.

Who knew? That the White House had a Communication Director, but he has now resigned!

Today the Communication Director of the While House Michael Dubke officially resigns. The resignation letter was delivered to President Donald Trump on the 18th May 2017. As the director recalls himself in a statement:

In a private meeting with the President on Thursday, May 18th I tendered my resignation as Assistant to the President for Communications. I offered to remain in the position through the President’s International Trip and he accepted. The reasons for my departure are personal, but it has been my great honor to serve President Trump and this administration. It has also been my distinct pleasure to work side-by-side, day-by-day with the staff of the communications and press departments. This White House is filled with some of the finest and hardest working men and women in the American Government” (Michael Dubke, 30.05.2017).

It is hard to have seen a Communication Director in the White House of late, as the President Trump is never steady on the message, neither is the people representing him like Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Stephen Miller and Kellyanne Conway.

While Katrina Pierson and Boris Epshteyn are now gone already, one has become part of Sinclair Media, while Pierson has left the map totally. Certainly, she can still explain the difference of aircraft’s that is still in use.

Well, what is more worrying is that the White House had a Communication Director like Dubke. Since nothing has seemed controlled or even well messaged out of the Trump Administration. That is also in par because the President counter the message of his people before 24 hours has gone. So it is not Dubke fault, but he would be the fall guy. The guy beaten day-by-day because of the Administration erratic behavior.

Dubke founded Crossroads Media in 2001 and brought it to a level of national prominence during the 2008 presidential campaign. It is “the premier Republican media services firm,” according to a description on its website. And Dubke has “a unique understanding of the relationship between political strategy and public policy development,” the website explains” (Acosta & McKirdy, 2017). So Dubke has worked on his own with media and serviced the current majority party in the Senate and Representatives House at Capitol Hill. So he should have enough experience and know what was coming when getting the Communication Director at the White House.

Still, he couldn’t have envisioned that the White House would be as hazardous or complex as the President and his team isn’t coherent or not portraying itself like so. Therefore, for a person who has some sort of pride in his work or even want his image not tarnished. It is wise that he is stepping down in the midst of speculations and the Russian Probe. This together with the toxic legislation and the lesser popularity of the President. So he is wise in this manner, though it would have been wiser not to even accept the position in the first place.

Today, is just a mark of further speculation of how fragile and how the futile state of the White House. Just months into term of the President. This is the second resignation of this administration, first one since Michael Flynn. If the erratic behavior and the trouble waters doesn’t get cleared. The dirt and the problems will lead to more people resigning. Even as this administration hasn’t hired the needed people in and around the departments and government agencies. Peace.

Reference:

Acosta, Jim & McKirdy, Euan – ‘Officials: Mike Dubke to be named as White House communications director’ (17.02.2017) link: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/17/politics/mike-dubke-to-be-named-white-house-communications-director/

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