Oh, this is bad: The NYTimes reports (emphasis mine):
“Brian Hook, the State Department’s special envoy for Iran and one of the few national security officials to survive the turmoil in the foreign policy team through most of President Trump’s term, plans to announce Thursday that he is resigning his post.”
“Mr. Hook will be succeeded by Elliott Abrams, a conservative foreign policy veteran and Iran hard-liner who is currently the State Department’s special representative for Venezuela.”
You may recall GHW Bush-pardoned war criminal Elliott Abrams for his assorted atrocities in in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, and the rebel Contras in Nicaragua; you might also recall the Chimpy hired him for essentially the same job after Abrams helped “architect” the Iraq War cluster-eff.
Look, anywhere Abrams goes, crimes against humanity follows. That the 4th Reich is putting him into Iran again is super-bad.
“The light at the end of the tunnel may be the freight train of the virus.”
But wait! There’s more:
JIM CRAMER: “Can we give a huge chunk of money to the people who are disenfranchised? To minorities who want so badly to stay in business and can’t? And to people who are trying to go to college or have student loans who are minorities, who are the most affected because they had the least chance in our country? That’s got to be something both sides can agree to.”
PELOSI: “Perhaps you mistook them for somebody who gives a damn for what you just described.”
“The government’s report Thursday did offer a smidgen of hopeful news: The number of jobless claims declined by 249,000 from the previous week, after rising for two straight weeks, and it was the lowest total since mid-March.
“Still, claims remain at alarmingly high levels: It is the 20th straight week that at least 1 million people have sought jobless aid. Before the pandemic hit hard in March, the number of Americans seeking unemployment checks had never surpassed 700,000 in a week, not even during the Great Recession of 2007-2009. … All told, 16.1 million people are collecting traditional unemployment benefits from their state.”
“About 580 farmers filed for chapter 12 bankruptcy protection in the 12-month period ended June 30, according to federal data. That was 8% more than a year earlier, though bankruptcies slowed slightly in the first half of 2020 partly because of an infusion of federal aid and hurdles to filing during the pandemic, according to agricultural economists and attorneys. …
“The Trump administration is expected to dole out a record $33 billion in payments to farmers this year, according to the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute. The funds, including those intended to help farmers hurt by trade conflicts and the coronavirus, would push government payments to 36% of farm income, the highest share in nearly two decades, the institute said.”
Tweet, Twit, Twat (Image courtesy of Scissorhead Bruce388)
So last night there was a badly reported story saying the Prznint Tweety McTweetface had been locked out of his Twitter account for spreading false pandemic info, you know, about how it was all going to just go away and that children don’t get the Trump-Virus.
What actually happened is that Prznint Stupid’s Campaign tweeted his interview on Petunia and Pals, and Prznint Stupid retweeted that. Twitter locked Prznint Stupid’s 2020 Goat Rodeo out of their accounts, deleted the tweet. I have not checked to see if they are back or how much The New Confederacy is wailing over cancel culture, but honestly I don’t care enough to check. I’m sure of it.
Related news: Facebook took down a Trump post for the first time (Recode)
And back to eff’ery from Faceberg: Instagram hid negative hashtags for Trump, but displayed them for Biden. (Buzzfeed)
Twitter will start labeling the accounts of media outlets affiliated with the governments of countries on the U.N. National Security Council, it announced Thursday.
The new labels won’t apply to all media outlets that receive government funding — only “outlets where the state exercises control over editorial content through financial resources, direct or indirect political pressures, and/or control over production and distribution,” according to Twitter’s blog post announcing the change.
The labels will go on the accounts for China Daily, Russia Today, Sputnik and other media outlets, a Twitter spokesperson said. But not Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, two media outlets funded by the U.S. government, or NPR and the BBC. The blog post described NPR and the BBC as “state-financed media organizations with editorial independence.”
Prosecutors in New York have subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s financial records from his longtime lender Deutsche Bank in a criminal probe, according to a report.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office last year issued the subpoena for the records, The New York Times reported Wednesday, citing four people familiar with the inquiry. The move suggests the inquiry into Trump’s business practices is broader than previously known, the Times said.
Deutsche Bank complied with the subpoena, supplying the DA Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office with financial statements and other records Trump and the Trump Organization had given the bank when he was seeking loans, two people familiar with the inquiry told the Times.
So DA Cyrus Vance already has his hands on the evidence. Things should move fast now, and yes, the state can prosecute a sitting president, even Prznit Stupid.
Then-Governor Mike Pence signs Indiana’s We Don’t Serve Your Kind into law with the approving gaze of Indiana’s various mullahs, clerics, and militia tribesmen.
Our walking termite buffet, VP Mike Pence, a man so self-righteous that he would gladly drive the nails into Jeebus on the cross, has a sad:
EXCLUSIVE: Vice President Mike Pence calls out Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts by name. He says, "Chief Justice Roberts has been a disappointment to conservatives." Watch from my interview with @VP in Florida today. Full report on @700club Thursday + clips on @CBNNewspic.twitter.com/z6IANVONr5
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie gives us the current state of play:
PELOSI WAS TALKING ABOUT Covid relief talks between herself, CHUCK SCHUMER, MARK MEADOWS and STEVEN MNUCHIN. But she might as well have been talking about 2020 more broadly.
BY THE WAY, TALKS are still stalled, and zero progress was made Wednesday. It seems unlikely that a deal in principle or in theory will be reached by Friday. MEADOWS put it this way to reporters: “There are no top-line numbers that have been agreed to. We continue to be trillions of dollars apart.”
There’s some speculation that Meadows and Mnuchin are playing bad/good cop. Meadows being a Tea Partier to his core is reflexively saying NO! to everything. Do continue:
OK, COOL. Now that we got that out of the way …
HERE ARE A FEW DETAILS FROM THE NEGOTIATING MEETINGWednesday:
— AS HAS BEEN SAID PUBLICLY, the meeting between PELOSI, SCHUMER,MEADOWS and MNUCHIN and Postmaster General LOUIS DEJOY was quite heated. SCHUMER repeatedly peppered DEJOY with questions, like: Does he agree with the president that the USPS is not prepared to handle election mail? What’s the Postal Service’s plan for the election? Why, in the middle of the pandemic, did they decide to make operational changes to the USPS?
— THE IDEAOF PENSION REFORM in this bill seems to have gotten more complicated. Republicans insist talks will need to include key senators like CHUCK GRASSLEY (R-Iowa) and LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-Tenn.), which widens the circle beyond the negotiators.
— REPUBLICANS OFFERED to prepare a regulatory fix to pass-through entities affected by SALT caps to sweeten their $200 billion ($150 billion) offer. PELOSI said: “That’s more like salt in the wound.”
— SCHUMER asked if he could provide data to back up the Democrats’ $175 billion ask for K-12 education funding. MEADOWS suggested the price tag is a non-starter for the GOP.
The U.S. dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, destroying the city and killing 140,000 people.Three days later, the U.S. dropped a second bomb on Nagasaki, killing another 70,000.
It’s always worth noting that this happened, that we did this. I do not think it is a celebration, but maybe a cautionary tale. 75 years later, we worry about this technology being in the hands of madmen; I maintain it always has been.