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  1. and good for you. pga

    ABCnews:

    In blow to Trump, golf’s PGA strips major championship from Trump-owned course

    The 2022 PGA Championship will no longer be held at Trump Bedminster.

  2. law not there nor the order.  this story portends quite a court trial of reckoning

    wapo:

    Two days before Congress was set to formalize President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund was growing increasingly worried about the size of the pro-Trump crowds expected to stream into Washington in protest.
    To be on the safe side, Sund asked House and Senate security officials for permission to request that the D.C. National Guard be placed on standby in case he needed quick backup.
    But, Sund said Sunday, they turned him down.
    In his first interview since pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol last week, Sund, who has since resigned his post, said his supervisors were reluctant to take formal steps to put the Guard on call even as police intelligence suggested that the crowd President Trump had invited to Washington to protest his defeat probably would be much larger than earlier demonstrations.
    […]
    It was the first of six times Sund’s request for help was rejected or delayed, he said. Two days later on Wednesday afternoon, his forces already in the midst of crisis, Sund said he pleaded for help five more times as a scene far more dire than he had ever imagined unfolded on the historic Capitol grounds.
    An army of 8,000 pro-Trump demonstrators streamed down Pennsylvania Avenue after hearing Trump speak near the White House. Sund’s outer perimeter on the Capitol’s west side was breached within 15 minutes. With 1,400 Capitol Police officers on duty, his forces were quickly overrun.
    “If we would have had the National Guard we could have held them at bay longer, until more officers from our partner agencies could arrive,” he said.
    Just before 2 p.m., the pro-Trump mob entered the Capitol, sending lawmakers and staff scrambling for safety. D.C. police had quickly dispatched hundreds of officers to the scene. But it wasn’t enough. At 2:26 p.m., Sund said, he joined a conference call to the Pentagon to plead for additional backup.
    “I am making an urgent, urgent immediate request for National Guard assistance,” Sund recalled saying. “I have got to get boots on the ground.”
    On the call were several officials from the D.C. government, as well as officials from the Pentagon, including Lt. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, director of the Army Staff. The D.C. contingent was flabbergasted to hear Piatt say that he could not recommend that his boss, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, approve the request.
    “I don’t like the visual of the National Guard standing a police line with the Capitol in the background,” Piatt said, according to Sund and others on the call.
    Again and again, Sund said, “The situation is dire,” recalled John Falcicchio, the chief of staff for D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser. “Literally, this guy is on the phone, I mean, crying out for help. It’s burned in my memories.”
    […sund recall and timeline of what followed…]
    Sund blamed Trump for putting his officers at risk, saying “the crowd left that rally and had been incited by some of the words the president said.” Sund said he fears what may come next.On Sunday, the Capitol’s rolling green lawn was ringed by high black fencing and patrolled by personnel in green camouflage keeping the public at bay.
    “This is the people’s house. Congress members have always prided themselves on having an open campus,” Sund said. But now, “I’m not sure that will continue to be defensible.”

  3. also in wapo, a story of the loss of another officer:

    […]
    The Capitol Police did not request significant help from other law enforcement agencies in advance of the siege, which unfolded as lawmakers attempted to certify the victory of President-elect Joe Biden. In an interview with The Washington Post on Sunday, Sund said he sought such help but was rebuffed by his bosses in Congress.
    The department did not have enough of its own officers and fortifications — or a backup plan in place — to keep the rioters out of the building.
    A Capitol Police officer, Brian D. Sicknick, died on Thursday after physically engaging the mob. Ashli Babbitt, who breached the building, was fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer during the confrontation; three others died of medical emergencies, officials have said.
    And the agency took another hit Saturday, with the death of off-duty officer Howard “Howie” Liebengood, 51, the son and namesake of a former Senate sergeant at arms, lobbyist and Hill staffer.
    Statements released Sunday by the Capitol Police and its union did not specify a cause of death for Liebengood, who had been with the department since April 2005 and was assigned to the Senate Division.
    But two law enforcement officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to release details that were not being made public, told The Washington Post that Liebengood died by suicide after being on the scene of the Capitol violence. A former co-worker said Liebengood was often assigned to the Delaware entrance of the Russell Senate Office Building — his favorite posting.“We are reeling from the death of Officer Liebengood,” Gus Papathanasiou, head of the Capitol Police union, said in a statement. “Officer Liebengood was an example of the selfless service that is the hallmark of USCP.”
    [continues]

  4. and another wapo story this morning of what happened in re police:

    As a mob of pro-Trump rioters attacked the Capitol on Wednesday, one man in a white hat and backpack grabbed a police officer by the helmet, dragging the officer down the stairs. Soon, other rioters kicked and punched the officer, and one man even bashed the prone figure repeatedly with a pole flying an American flag.
    The shocking violence against an outnumbered officer is shown in a video first aired by CNN on Sunday and which swiftly went viral, garnering more than 1.6 million views on Twitter by early Monday.
    The officer seen in the video, as well as in other photos and videos of the moment that later surfaced on social media, has not been officially identified. It’s also not clear the extent of the injuries the officer suffered in the attack. D.C. Metropolitan Police and U.S. Capitol Police did not immediately return a request for comment on the video late on Sunday.
    [continues]

  5. Joe poses a great question- does the new Congress need to pass a law confirming different law enforcement standards for white, blacks, people from the Middle East who wear Muslim garb, Muslims, people on the left, people on the right…? After all, that’s what we have now.

  6. I want to emphasize a portion of one of the WaPo quotes patd posted above. 

    Just before 2 p.m., the pro-Trump mob entered the Capitol, sending lawmakers and staff scrambling for safety. D.C. police had quickly dispatched hundreds of officers to the scene. But it wasn’t enough. At 2:26 p.m., Sund said, he joined a conference call to the Pentagon to plead for additional backup.“I am making an urgent, urgent immediate request for National Guard assistance,” Sund recalled saying. “I have got to get boots on the ground.”

    On the call were several officials from the D.C. government, as well as officials from the Pentagon, including Lt. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, director of the Army Staff. The D.C. contingent was flabbergasted to hear Piatt say that he could not recommend that his boss, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, approve the request.

    “I don’t like the visual of the National Guard standing a police line with the Capitol in the background,” Piatt said, according to Sund and others on the call.

    Piatt should be discharged and court martialed for dereliction of duty and violation of his oath. 

  7. Craig

    No just a name change at best.  They have always been there.  They will probably always be there.  All MAGA gave them was a slogan and a spokesperson.  Those two items have never been in short supply.

     

  8. OD

    I always liked Arnold.  Forty years ago he was a charming flirt as the world learned with his various sexual infractions, but even when his fingers were tickling up my wrist when I waited on him, he was always a brilliant and fun conversationalist.  

  9. Mary L Trump
     

    @MaryLTrump

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    10h

     

    People like Donald and Cruz and Hawley and Brooks and McCarthy have no shame or decency or dignity. It is pointless to call on them to resign and they shouldn’t have the option. Impeach/convict, censure/expel. We cannot blow this—everything is at stake.

  10. pogo, just heard news report the plan is vote on wednesday.   i assume that means not enough reps are back in House yet so it’s only in the hopper today, rules processing/bypass  committee tomorrow and then on to the floor.

  11. Amen. Free speech doesn’t include killing cops. 

  12. pogo, now they’re saying that today imp. articles to be introduced and a resolution to get pence to invoke 25th, tomorrow resolution will be voted on and wednesday impeachment vote.

  13. BiD & jamie,

    the hill:

    Law enforcement officials have opened at least 25 domestic terrorism cases following the riot that broke out at the U.S. Capitol building last week amid pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington, D.C.

    Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) confirmed on Twitter on Sunday that Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy said during a call that “at least 25 domestic terrorism cases have been opened as a result of the assault on the Capitol,” according to Crow’s notes from the conversation.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ErZxq7BXcAc2s9B?format=jpg&name=360×360

  14. I covered his CA governor race and relentlessly asked him about his father at press conferences. He would just menacingly glare at me, saying nothing. Finally hearing the full story in this video I feel kinda bad for bugging him about it. 

  15. Anthony Sims
    “Both DeVos and McConnell’s wife were asked to leave to hamper the application of the 25th-no majority of the Cabinet, since it is believed by the Administration that “Actings” can’t vote.” Sent by a friend.

  16. Wow…  both those videos were very powerful.
     
    I think the capital of every state had better be prepared for the MAGA crowd on the 20th.  I belong to a FB group of locals that believe in science and reason.  One of them joined Parler just to see what was being said.  She took screen shots.  OMG… those people are absolutely crazy!  

  17. I just turned on a local sports talk radio show…  and the topic is that trumpty dumpty is giving the Medal of Freedom to Patriots coach Bill Belichick.  WTF!  The pandemic is raging around us and SFB is busy giving sports figures medals.  I love my Patriots…  but if Bill accepts that medal…  he’s a fucking asshole!
     
    sorry….  had to get it off my chest…

  18. Sturg, there aren’t any rules I’m aware of regarding the majority vote of the cabinet on a proposed 25th removal.  I’d say that if a quorum exists at the meeting to discuss it (which could be by conference call, Zoom or whatever) a majority of those voting would satisfy the requirement of a majority of the cabinet.  And I don’t think the assumption that acting cabinet members wouldn’t be able to  vote – I believe the only restriction on acting cabinet officials is that they can only serve a year. (Of course in reality I don’t know shit, so all of this could be wrong).

  19. For the first time ever, MLK Day is now a paid holiday at my company, and will remain so.  I can only assume this in response to last week since it was just announced today.

  20. Pogo

    Welcome to the I Don’t Know Shit club.  I just consider it an addition to my membership in the “I Can’t Remember Shit” organization.  lol

  21. I was under the assumption that, in case of national distress and the inability to be present, those who showed up would be enough to do the job.
    Let the Republicans try to hide from their responsibility.  No way to hide. You are against tRUMPsky or you are against the democracy of the USA.   Choose!

  22. Jamie, glad to be in the club. It’s large, distinguished and growing. I happen to be in both the DKS and CRS divisions of the club. 

  23. The Constitution doesn’t define what posts are in the “cabinet”, but does expressly state that “cabinet” members are “Senate-confirmed”.  “Acting” secretaries don’t fit that description 

  24. SCOTUS tells Dumbass to pack up.

    As expected, the Supreme Court refused Monday to fast-track a batch of challenges to the presidential election filed by President Trump and his allies.

    The rejections came without comment or noted dissent and were formal notifications of what already had become clear. Some of the petitions asking for the court to move quickly were filed in early December, and the court had not even called for responses from officials in the states where the results were challenged.
     

    [Supreme Court rejects bid by Trump and Texas to overturn election results]
     

    President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in Jan. 20, and the cases presumably will become moot after that.
     

    Among the cases the court declined to expedite were Trump v. Biden and Trump v. Boockvar, which challenged the results in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, respectively. Other cases filed by Trump allies objected to the outcomes in Michigan and Georgia.

    Got that Donnie? Justice delayed, wait, wrong quote…no means no.

  25. Why is this an “internal” memo leaked to media? Should be a public press release!

  26. Art. XXV, Sect. 25.  “Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide…”  “Cabinet” is not a term used in the 25th Amendment.  Confirmed or not, acting secretaries are principal officers of their respective executive departments.  

  27. Can’t imagine that something bad won’t happen between now and the 20th.  Mix delusions, anger, frustration and guns together and what could go wrong?
     
    BTW, I read the Dumbass Golf management comment on the PGA pulling the PGA Championship from teh Trump National at Bedminster facility and laughed my ass off.  

  28. whatever the interpretation, i’ll assert successful invoking of the 25th is highly unlikely, after a very cursory examination of who those principal officers are, confirmed or otherwise (a bunch of trump loyalists ofc)
     
    …ain’t gonna happen

  29. An unstable government in charge of the world’s largest nuclear arsenal makes us a justifiable target of invasion by a foreign power

  30. From WaPo (In the “shit flows downhill” category):
     

    The funding of U.S. political campaigns is being rocked as some of the nation’s biggest firms such as Facebook, Google, BlackRock, Marriott and Dow announced plans to halt some or all political contributions as a result of last week’s insurrection at the Capitol — a sign of corporate America’s growing uneasiness with the election doubts and violent attacks inspired by President Trump.

    Major companies that collectively pour millions of dollars annually into campaigns through employee-funded political action committees are registering their worry and anger about last week’s chaos by pledging to reexamine their role in American politics.

    Facebook, Google and Microsoft said they will halt all political donations while they reviewed their giving. BlackRock made a similar announcement in a memo to its employees, noting its decision was spurred by “the horrific events in the nation’s capital.” Others, such as Marriott, announced more targeted action: A pause to the campaign cash flowing to Republicans who voted against certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

    Marriott, the world’s largest hotel chain, said its decision suspending donations to 147 Republican U.S. representatives and senators was motivated by “the destructive events at the Capitol to undermine a legitimate and fair election.”The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association said it would do the same, with the provider of health insurance to more than 100 million people pledging to end contributions “to those lawmakers who voted to undermine our democracy.”American Express struck a similar note in a memo sent to all employees Monday, halting contributions to the Congress members who voted “to subvert the presidential election results and disrupt the peaceful transition of power.”

    Mother’s tits starting to dry up.

  31. Today talked to a retired Secret Service official I interviewed many times years ago when he was in service, asked if they could handle a 30k mob assaulting White House when Biden moves in, he said “If they arent panicking about that they’re not doing their job”

    Back in the day I asked him if they ever worried about an agent killing the president or abetting an assassin, thinking he’d bust my chops for asking, but he said “Yes always”, then described their protocols for dealing with it, regular psychological evaluations, time off, stress analysis, background checks, monitoring their communications, political views, who they associate with etc. 

  32. Pogo – heard on the radio that the British Open has been pulled from the golf course there too.  As bad as the brand was losing a couple of years ago it is now down to just a pillow selling guy. 

  33. Craig

    I’ve often considered the possibility of a ss assination.  I wouldn’t put it past one of these MAGAt types willing to be killed to do it.  Biden has requested the return of the agents who used to protect his family so you know the idea has occurred to him as well.

     

  34. Ya know… now that It has been proven that Colin Kaepernick actually had a point with his kneeling for our National Anthem… doesn’t it make sense that it’s been proven that Hillary actually had a point when she said some of trump’s supporters were deplorable.
     
     
     

  35. Sting operations to get the domestic terrorists  to show up at  staging area and just bust them all there and then.  Can’t get them all, but  would take the numbers down.    All of these idiots should just be locked away if they are willing to destroy democracy for that orange liar.   Idiots!

  36. Sturg – That guy is a comedian (the liberal redneck), but this time it’s not funny.  I hope this goes viral so folks know that not every white person in the south is cracker.

  37. They are arrogant and doing it out in the open. It should make them easier to corral. 

  38. …not saying i disagree, BiD, but there aren’t enough jails, cops, troops, or forensic analysts to do all the things you think “should” happen

  39. By the way, observe that we’ve had a over a billion monkeys typing on smartphones, for years, still no “Collected Works of Shakespeare”

  40. Bink, I don’t see it as likely, either, but procedurally it could happen if Pence and half plus one decided it should.
     
    The political world is erupting today.  Huge donors turning their backs on the folks who they support, Cumulus Radio telling its hosts to shut up about election being stolen or face firing, GOP AGs group sent out Robocalls arguably organizing the mob (and now deny it – claim rogue staffers did it…), Supreme Court refuses to step in before inauguration, PGA says it won’t hold the PGA Championship at Bedminster, House intros Article of Impeachment, 7 day rolling average of Covid deaths has increased from 2644 to 3201 over the past week and new cases are very close to 250,000 per day (246,351).  Some day, eh?

  41. BB, yeah, I saw that the Brits said no Open for Trump.  Dumbass that he is. So in one week the sponsors of half the majors in golf pulled their matches from him, and there were never any plans for the third that goes to different venues was going to one of his courses. 

  42. Utterly hysterically watching Fox News desperately protecting Trump, digging up noname legal “experts” saying he showed no intent to incite violence, blaming Pelosi for whatever and whataboutism re: Bill Clinton. Big Tech “censorship”. Total nonsense.

  43. Just heard this on the WTOP sports report, reporter read it off the wire (so to speak), Tom Belicheck is not going to accept the tin medal from SFB.  Something about a coup attempt he did not care for.

  44. BlueB…  thanks for that news.  His first name is Bill, BTW.
     
    pogo…  good luck to your crimson tide.

  45. Somebody texted me that puppy pic, but I didn’t recognize the phone number and deleted it.  

  46. this deserves a trail contest of creativity

    comics out there are having fun imagining what those first words were 

    the hill:

    President Trump and Vice President Pence met in the Oval Office on Monday, marking the first time they have spoken since a mob of Trump supporters breached the Capitol on Wednesday during the certification of the 2020 electoral votes, forcing Pence and others in the building to be evacuated or taken to secure locations.

  47. …just went to thehill.com and one of the ads was for macabre-themed hawaiian-style ”boogaloo” boys shirts.  Nice job, the Hill👎

    (the company selling the pieces of shit was called “Hawailili”)

  48. also at the hill:

    [Fiona] Hill, who served as the senior director for European and Russian affairs on the National Security Council, called the Capitol raid a “coup” in a Politico op-ed, saying that a coup does not need to be a “sudden, violent seizure of power involving clandestine plots and military takeovers.”

    “Trump disguised what he was doing by operating in plain sight, talking openly about his intent,” she said. “He normalized his actions so people would accept them. I’ve been studying authoritarian regimes for three decades, and I know the signs of a coup when I see them.”

    The former Trump official said Trump’s efforts to stay in power during his presidency amounted to a “self-coup” that was ultimately unsuccessful. But she noted “the bad news is that his supporters still believe the false narrative” that the president won reelection after he and other Republicans have promoted unfounded claims that widespread voter fraud led to his loss.

    “Trump has not repudiated it, nor have the House and Senate Republicans who voted against the Electoral College results,” she wrote. “Millions of people still think the election was stolen. They still support Trump the person, not the Republican Party, and many are prepared to take further action on his behalf.”

    “As in the case of other coup attempts, the president’s actions have put us on the brink of civil war,” Hill continued. “Trump did not overturn the election results, but, just as he intended, he disrupted the peaceful democratic transition of executive power.”

    […]

    “If we are to restore democratic norms and make sure this does not happen again, these congressional Republicans will have to take personal responsibility for their actions in support of Trump’s coup attempt,” she wrote. “They must tell the truth to their constituents about the election and what the president tried to do in January 2021. They owe it to the people they represent as well as the country they serve.”

  49. from same article:
     

    Alexander’s “Wild Protest” rally was scheduled to take place on the northeast corner of the Capitol’s lawn, with a websiteclaiming that Greene, Gosar, and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) would all speak at the event. Before the rally, Alexander attended Trump’s speech on the White House Ellipse, posting a picture from the front row.
    “Nice seats,” Alexander tweeted. “Thank you @realdonaldtrump!”
    Alex Jones claims that he and Alexander had some “deal” with the White House about their protest outside of Congress.
    “We had a legitimate deal with the White House,” Jones said in an InfoWars show filmed after the riot with Alexander. “‘Hey Jones and Ali,’ literally, they let us out early, we were supposed to lead a peaceful deal.”

  50. All sponsors should be very aware of the airtime they are buying.    What about country radio?  Thr tRUMPsky brand is worthless.  Sweep the entire crime family into the dustbin of history, along with a growing number of members of Congress who seem to have been brainwashed.  

  51. No, I think they are actively part of the ongoing attempt to keep SFB in office and create a GD family dynasty.  
    Also, I hope GD Ted Cruz is disbarred.  The rat bastard. 

  52. like Josef Stalin, and Ghandi, i… am… the… cult… of…
     

    if you linked it, you had better be rockin’ out to it🧑‍🎤🤙

  53. fyi, you can boost the acoustic quality of a cell-phone by sticking it backwards in a cup or glass, and of a bluetooth speaker by putting it in a sideways shoe-box, or similar 

  54. Renee, thanks. Bama had a great 1st 1/2. 3rd quarter has been so-so. Defense better wake the fuck up or the next 21 minutes will be less enjoyable. 

  55. It was just an innocent game of hang man… Ted Cruz told Fox News that the insurrectionist mob’s repeated chants of “Hang Pence!” were “taken out of context by the radical left Democrat media.”

  56. Corey someone texted me the antifa cartoon, and I forwarded it on to a few folks.
     
    Why risk it?  Biden should be inside and stay inside for his inauguration.  In light of posts here today, Harris should be further away from him. Safety is safety!
     
    Chad Wolf, newly retired homeland security jerk, lives here, of course. The “acting” jerk that is.
     
    In WaPo today is an article about all the polices departments that should have been at the capitol. The sergeants-at-arms were key to that.  
     
    They said they were waiting for approval from further up.  Seems it’s their job to protect those further up people without asking to do it.  Makes no sense, of course.  They just sat on their treasonous hands with their thumbs up their……

  57. bears repeating:

    Ted Cruz told Fox News that the insurrectionist mob’s repeated chants of “Hang Pence!” were “taken out of context by the radical left Democrat media.”

  58. It was a profound failure of foresight and response. Just another Dumbass administration fuckup. It’s what we’ve come to expect because it’s what we get time and time again.

  59. Bama snags another national championship.  Dominating victory over OSU. Congratulations to Nick Saban (his 7th) and the boys. 

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