51 thoughts on “Let’s Roll”

  1. wapo:

    The push for an unprecedented second impeachment of President Trump took a dramatic bipartisan turn Tuesday, as several senior House Republicans joined the Democratic effort to remove Trump for his role in inciting an angry mob to storm the Capitol last week and the White House braced for more defections.
    Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.), the third-ranking House Republican, and Rep. John Katko (N.Y.), the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, both publicly held Trump responsible for last Wednesday’s violence. They were later joined by Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.).
    “The president of the United States summoned this mob, assembled the mob, and lit the flame of this attack,” Cheney said in a statement, adding, “There has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”
    Said Katko, “To allow the president of the United States to incite this attack without consequences is a direct threat to the future of our democracy.”
    Kinzinger added, “If these actions . . . are not worthy of impeachment, then what is an impeachable offense?”
    A senior administration official said the White House expects at least a dozen Republicans to support impeachment in the likely House vote Wednesday. The White House is rudderless, unwilling or unable to mount any defense other than saying that Trump will already be leaving next week, two administration officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to disclose internal dynamics.

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  2. also at wapo:

    YouTube suspended President Trump from uploading new videos to his official account for at least a week, joining fellow social media giants Twitter and Facebook in shutting the president out of his account due to concerns his posts will incite violence.

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  3. the hill:

    Tensions flared Tuesday evening between a handful of House Republicans and the Capitol Police over new metal detectors that were placed outside the House chamber in the wake of the attack on the Capitol.
    The lawmakers were heard by reporters complaining about the detectors and railing against Democrats as they tried to enter the House chamber to vote, saying they were not consulted by Democratic leadership about the decision to install the devices.
    […]
    Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), who has touted her desire to carry her Glock pistol in the Capitol, was also seen by a reporter setting off a detector and refusing to turn her bag over to the police for inspection.
    While it was not immediately clear what the confrontation with the officers was about, Boebert later tweeted, “I am legally permitted to carry my firearm in Washington, D.C. and within the Capitol complex” and that the detectors are “just another political stunt by Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi” that wouldn’t have prevented last week’s riots.
    A Democratic lawmaker fired back at Boebert’s remark, telling The Hill the detectors were not intended to stop a riot and are instead meant to block lawmakers from bringing firearms into the House chamber – something Boebert has said she could do.
    The detectors are “to keep the jackasses from carrying guns into the chamber,” said the Democratic lawmaker.
    […]
    The metal detectors were installed Tuesday to screen everyone — including lawmakers — before entering the House chamber. The devices are the latest defense system to be set up after last week’s violent mob stormed the Capitol, overwhelming police and killing at least one officer.
    “To ensure compliance with Capitol Police Board regulations concerning firearms and incendiary devices, as well as to provide a safe and secure environment in which to conduct legislative business, effective immediately, all persons, including Members, are required [to] undergo security screening when entering the House chamber,” acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett wrote in a notice. 
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  4. Finally, YouTube has shut down that propaganda outlet for tRUMPsky.  Banks and businesses cutting ties finally got attention.    Republicans have no moral courage (nor does Joe Manchin), but they do understand the sound of bank vaults closing and donors walking away.   Impeach & remove immediately!  

  5. wapo:

    JANUARY SURPRISE: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to signal he is open to impeaching President Trump has dramatically shifted the endgame for the Twitterless man on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. 

    McConnell’s (R-Ky.) turnabout — he was reported by the New York Times to be pleased with the idea of impeaching the president after Trump incited a riot at the U.S. Capitol and Republicans lost the Senate majority — has changed the GOP calculus as the House will today likely vote to impeach the president for the second time.

    The majority leader’s move means, according to Senate Republican aides, White House staffers and GOP strategists we spoke to, it’s no longer out of the realm of possibility the Senate could vote to convict the president even as Joe Biden is slated to be sworn in a week from now.

    […]

    Receipts, please: The Kentucky Republican has yet to make a personal commitment to vote to convict Trump. And some view his telegraphing a desire to “purge” Trump from the party and private conclusion that Trump has probably “committed impeachable offenses” to the Times’s Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman, and Nick Fandos as the most expedient way to create an opening for Republicans to move away from Trump and embrace other GOP leaders.

    […]

    Yet McConnell’s move has opened the floodgates for others Republicans to turn against Trump as the House prepares to vote this afternoon on a single article of impeachment charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection.” It’s created a roller-coaster situation for Republicans who are hemming and hawing over how to proceed

  6. Republicans don’t ACTUALLY care about the attack on our democracy.  On one hand,  they are afraid to piss off tRUMPsky loyalists/the base.  (It’s all about the base.)   On the other hand, the money is drying up if they don’t stand up to tRUMPsky.   

    The true north of Republicans is money.  They need the votes of the base  to stay in power and make money.  They need donor money to campaign for those votes.  

    Quite a pickle.

  7. A week past and we are seeing little pieces of information pop up here and show up there, all pointing to the possibility of a large, even international, conspiracy to overthrow the U.S.  Some of the ‘vangicals are looking around and asking the important question, “why are you saying our messiah is a bad person?”  Yes, even after five years of the public exposure, much self exposure, of a horrible person, they think he is leading them.  To what is weird.

  8. BB, is there definitive evidence that the Q world is a russian production? 

    sure seems like their MO but the homegrown militias have always been there, just not this large and capable.   altho they probably have been infiltrated by foreign actors and helped out financially.

  9. Anyone know what happened to Nadler. He’s still Judiciary chair but Nancy has ignored him this time around. Put another committee member, Raskin, in charge.

  10. ‘course, what do they need the russkies for when they’ve got members of congress help.

    NorthJerseycom:

    Rep. Mikie Sherrill, during a live webcast Tuesday evening, said she witnessed some members of Congress leading people through the Capitol on Jan. 5 in what she termed a “reconnaissance for the next day” when insurrectionists took part in a deadly siege on the legislative branch.

    […]

    After laying out her reasons for seeking Trump’s removal, Sherill moved on to those of her congressional colleagues who, she said, “abetted” the president’s attempt to overturn the results of the election and undermine democracy by inciting a violent mob.

    “I’m going to see they are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure that they don’t serve in Congress,” she said, speaking sedately, but severely.

    Sherrill’s commentary on her colleagues is below:

    “We can’t have a democracy if members of Congress are actively helping the president overturn the elections results.

    And so not only do I intend to see that the president is removed and never runs for office again and doesn’t have access to classified material, I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him; those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 – a reconnaissance for the next day; those members of Congress that incited this violent crowd; those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy; I’m going to see they are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure that they don’t serve in Congress.”

    Sherrill did not specify if the “groups” were Trump supporters nor detail what took place during the “reconnaissance.” The term refers to an exploratory mission for the purpose of gaining information.

  11. business insider:

    At least one person involved in the riot has claimed to have had help.

    In a now-deleted Periscope video, Ali Alexander, a far-right leader of the Stop the Steal movement, claimed he had teamed up with Reps. Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs of Arizona and Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama to put “maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting.”

    A representative for Biggs told The New York Times: “Congressman Biggs is not aware of hearing of or meeting Mr. Alexander at any point — let alone working with him to organize some part of a planned protest on Jan. 6. He did not have any contact with protesters or rioters, nor did he ever encourage or foster the rally or protests on Jan. 6.”

    Neither Gosar nor Brooks have responded for request for comment on Alexander’s claims.

    Brooks spoke at Trump’s “Save America” rally prior to the insurrection and told the crowd: “Today is the day American patriots start taking down names and kicking ass.”

    Following the riots, Brooks called for participants to be “prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” but also advanced the unproven theory that the mob included members of antifa. 

    Federal investigators say they’re looking into potential sedition charges for people involved in the riot. 

    Acting US Attorney for the District of Columbia Michael Sherwin said Tuesday that an “unprecedented” investigation into the day’s events was being conducted, though he has not offered any evidence of coordination with people inside the Capitol.

    He said his team of investigators was combing through evidence to determine if the assault was planned in advance. 

  12. AP:

    Democratic Representatives Tom Malinowski of New Jersey and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida on Monday introduced the resolution for censure, which is a public rebuke by Congress.

    “Not only did Congressman Brooks’ fuel an insurrection against the body he serves in, his words helped spark chaos, destruction, injuries and death. Censure seems too trifling a punishment in this horrific case, but it’s the minimal level of accountability Congressman Brooks should face from the same Congress he goaded rioters to assault,” said Wasserman Schultz said in a statement.

  13. naming names this morning on

    CNN: 

    GOP lawmakers’ fiery language under more scrutiny after deadly Capitol riot

    […]

    One of the top organizers of the movement that aimed to overturn the election results has claimed he worked closely with Republican congressmen. Ali Alexander, a leader of the “Stop the Steal” group, said in several Periscope livestream videos last month that he planned the rally that preceded the riot in conjunction with Gosar and two other congressional Republicans, Mo Brooks of Alabama and Andy Biggs of Arizona, as CNN first reported last week.
    “We’re the four guys who came up with a January 6 event,” Alexander said in one video in December. “It was to build momentum and pressure and then on the day change hearts and minds of Congress peoples who weren’t yet decided or saw everyone outside and said, ‘I can’t be on the other side of that mob.'”
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  14. Of interest are the many pictures and videos of U.S. military in the Capitol building along with their weapons.  Real guns as opposed to the civilian stuff.  Even posts referring to the troops being armed with live ammunition.  I am going out on a limb to say this is called forewarning to traitors thinking about storming the building again.

  15. A third bank declared its plans to cut ties with President Trumpand the Trump Organization on Tuesday in the aftermath of the raid on the Capitol last week.
    Florida-based Professional Bank, which once provided Trump with an $11 million mortgage, announced that it won’t conduct future business with the president or his organization. The bank said it “will be winding down the relationship effective immediately,”Bloomberg News reported
    Professional Bank had held as much as $25 million in a money market account for the president’s revocable trust and paid about $1 million in interest for the year, Bloomberg reported, citing a July document. 

    https://thehill.com/policy/finance/533994-third-bank-cuts-ties-with-trump-after-capitol-riot

  16. Ooooooh, section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment.  That could remove SFB and maybe prevent his evil spawn (at least Junior) from running in the future.
     
    Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
     

  17. House debate underway. 

    .@SpeakerPelosi on Impeachment of President Trump: “The President of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion, against our common country. He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love.”

  18. Once again thanks to our Trail Boss and all others who are watching the greedy old perverts shame themselves and the good Dems and Repubs take this day for what it is.  No way could I watch the idiots, especially the Russian July 4 team.  I would like to cheer the good people, but I have this deep concern that it will take more than this vote  to get rid of white supremacists.  Hopefully they will not do something horrible, but I am sure they will because they are ‘vangicals and ready to kill to take over the world.

  19. Every time an asshat republican stands and speaks… I give them the one finger salute.  It may be meaningless… but it makes me feel better.

  20. McConnell won’t reconvene Senate early, likely pushing impeachment trial to Biden term https://t.co/ku1nM3dTX8

    So does Nancy send immediately and let Mitch be responsible for sitting on it? 

    Im leaning toward a strategy where it fails in the Senate so that Republicans are stuck with Trump ruining their 2022 and 2024 prospects. 

  21. Steube just denied trump incited, because he is evil
     
    Here’s footage of more humans voluntarily self-exterminating, because someone threw a ball and someone else caught it:

  22. btw, if you’ll remember, some Dems were displeased with Nadler’s inflammatory rhetoric in the first impeachment debate, “they [Repubs] lie and lie and lie…” he said

  23. There are more US troops deployed on Capitol Hill now than in Iraq or Afghanistan. The 15,000 mobilized for Inauguration equals 3 times the number of US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.

  24. Had Chinese for lunch.  Fortune cookie read: “An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.”. Guess the cookie maker has been watching TV.

  25. I would wish that our guys didn’t lean quite so much  on Liz Cheney.    Were I to wish something political today.

  26. Some more from ABC 

    Dick Cheney  led that letter writing  from all the former Sec. of Def. officials . 
    That would explain Liz’s  statement . 

    If there’s an old bull in the GOP that knows where a lot of bodies are buried , it would be that guy. 

  27. You’d have to be cravenly Grade-A insane to call out for “Unity” after causing what happened in the capitol bldg last Wednesday.  So yes, I think the gop members are exactly that.   Fuckers. Swine.  

  28. The new and improved GOP  talking point –
     
    “Let us come together brother , you can carry my  zip ties , and extra ammo”. 
     
     

  29. Troops quartered  in the capital , just like the winter/spring of 1861 . 
    The number now is 20,000 guard troops. 

  30.  
    I just thought of halloween  1957 . The Russians had just rocked the world on the 8th, with an aluminium grapefruit .  And for her halloween show , Dinah Shore  came on the screen as a sexy witch riding her broom across the night sky  with a crescent moon.  And from that shot she broke into her opening trademark song –
    See the USA in Your Chevrolet
    As she closed the song ,  a little shiney  sputnik  beeped behind her,  across the shot. 
    It was the most amazing thing my 8 year-old mind had ever seen. 
    (I always had a crush on Dinah .)
    Since then , my  “most amazing thing” list has grown rather long , and I graduated from high school in 1968. 
    I can’t believe,  I’ve lived  to see where ,  the “most amazing thing” comes every 20 mins. 
     
     

  31. ” The Americans usually do the right thing , after they have exhausted all other possibilities. ”
    \Churchill 

  32. Next chapter forecast  :
    After noon , 1-20-2021 .
    Large chunks of  Trump World are foreclosed  on.  It will be a rush to the exits by the last fools that fueled this. 
    And given his HR dept the last 4 years.  There will be a lot of “pipe bomb$”  going – off in his book keeping. 
     
    Let the banks chew on his carcass first. 

  33. As for the fight at the capital , this is just the latest battle that really started at Ruby Ridge.  And like all the others the wing nuts failed. 
    History , is a series of  blunders . fueled by miscalculations, ignorance , fear, and just plain ole’ stupid.  

  34. 33%  is not equally devided  it  is  one third. 
    The same boil on our ass since 1619. 

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