28 thoughts on “Jim Crow Lives On”

  1. There’s a new Jim Crow Caucus — and anyone that financially supports them, supports racism at the highest level.

  2. as if we hadn’t guessed already. 

    the guardian:

    Donald Trump was cultivated as a Russian asset over 40 years and proved so willing to parrot anti-western propaganda that there were celebrations in Moscow, a former KGB spy has told the Guardian.
    Yuri Shvets, posted to Washington by the Soviet Union in the 1980s, compares the former US president to “the Cambridge five”, the British spy ring that passed secrets to Moscow during the second world war and early cold war.
    Now 67, Shvets is a key source for American Kompromat, a new book by journalist Craig Unger, whose previous works include House of Trump, House of Putin. The book also explores the former president’s relationship with the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
    “This is an example where people were recruited when they were just students and then they rose to important positions; something like that was happening with Trump,” Shvets said by phone on Monday from his home in Virginia.
    Shvets, a KGB major, had a cover job as a correspondent in Washington for the Russian news agency Tass during the 1980s. He moved to the US permanently in 1993 and gained American citizenship. He works as a corporate security investigator and was a partner of Alexander Litvinenko, who was assassinated in London in 2006.
    Unger describes how Trump first appeared on the Russians’ radar in 1977 when he married his first wife, Ivana Zelnickova, a Czech model. Trump became the target of a spying operation overseen by Czechoslovakia’s intelligence service in cooperation with the KGB.
    […]
    Then, in 1987, Trump and Ivana visited Moscow and St Petersburg for the first time. Shvets said he was fed by KGB talking points and flattered by KGB operatives who floated the idea that he should go into the politics.
    The ex-major recalled: “For the KGB, it was a charm offensive. They had collected a lot of information on his personality so they knew who he was personally. The feeling was that he was extremely vulnerable intellectually, and psychologically, and he was prone to flattery.
    […]
    Special counsel Robert Mueller did not establish a conspiracy between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians. But the Moscow Project, an initiative of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, found the Trump campaign and transition team had at least 272 known contacts and at least 38 known meetings with Russia-linked operatives.
    Shvets, who has carried out his own investigation, said: “For me, the Mueller report was a big disappointment because people expected that it will be a thorough investigation of all ties between Trump and Moscow, when in fact what we got was an investigation of just crime-related issues. There were no counterintelligence aspects of the relationship between Trump and Moscow.”
    He added: “This is what basically we decided to correct. So I did my investigation and then got together with Craig. So we believe that his book will pick up where Mueller left off.”
    [continues]

  3. apologies for the long excerpt but, given the upcoming trial, the book is a very timely read for the senate jurors (aka victims and witnesses of the insurrection).   

  4. also from the guardian:

    Cruz on Thursday had endorsed Ocasio-Cortez’s call on Twitter for a congressional hearing about the decision by the online trading platform Robinhood to restrict trading in GameStop shares. But while welcoming the chance to work across party lines on the issue, Ocasio-Cortez had harsh words for Cruz.

    “I am happy to work with Republicans on this issue where there’s common ground, but you almost had me murdered 3 weeks ago so you can sit this one out,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Happy to work w/ almost any other GOP that aren’t trying to get me killed. In the meantime if you want to help, you can resign.”

    “While you conveniently talk about ‘moving on’, a second Capitol police officer lost their life yesterday in the still-raging aftermath of the attacks you had a role in,” she said. “This isn’t a joke. We need accountability, and that includes a new senator from Texas.”

    a response to above reported in the hill:

    In a letter addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Roy said that it had “come to his attention” that the interaction between Cruz and Ocasio-Cortez had taken place. 

    “It has come to my attention that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent out a tweet a few hours ago in which she accused Senator Ted Cruz, in essence, of attempted murder,” Roy, who previously served as Cruz’s chief of staff, wrote. 

    “As a member of this body who disagreed with ‘objections’ to the electors and who has expressed publicly my concerns about the events leading to January 6th, it is completely unacceptable behavior for a Member of Congress to make this kind of scurrilous charge against another member in the House or Senate for simply engaging in speech and debate regarding electors as they interpreted the Constitution,” he continued. 

    “I ask you to call on her to immediately apologize and retract her comments.” 

  5. Hmmm.  My never-used passport has expired, so I only have one form of ID (DL) unless my work ID counts.    It’s time for Act Blue or some big operation to start figuring this out, make a stink about it so the world can see that Republicans are chiseling away our democracy, and, how to get folks two forms of pic IDs ASAP. 

  6. here’s how harvard book store describes the book – seems to hint at juicy stuff 

    American Kompromat tells the story of the unimaginably corrupt, dissolute, and decadent subculture of the most powerful people in the world and how they have orchestrated, obtained, and used kompromat—Russian for compromising information—as leverage to achieve their political goals.
    In the followup to New York Times bestseller House of Trump, House of Putin, American Kompromat will be situated in the context of the Trump-Russia scandal and the new era of hybrid warfare, kleptocrats, and authoritarian right-wing populism. But this time, rather than follow a trail of laundered money, Craig Unger will be reporting on kompromat—the Russian word for compromising information—operations that amassed the dirty little secrets of the richest and most powerful men on earth.
    Set in a world of Upper East Side mansions and private Caribbean islands, of gigantic yachts and private jets, American Kompromat will show that something much more sinister and important was taking place than the public could ever imagine—namely, that from Donald Trump to Jeffrey Epstein, kompromat operations documented the darkest secrets of the most powerful people in the world and transformed them into potent weapons.
    Unger will explore the nature of the compromising material they obtained, how it was obtained, who was behind it (be they Russians, Israelis, or the new American variety of oligarch), who has had access to the material since it was produced, whether it has been used for blackmail or extortion, and what roles it has played in the Trump-Russia scandal.

    it also can be bought at amazon of course

  7. note it’s subtitle:

    “how the KGB cultivated donald trump and related tales of sex, greed, power and treachery”

     

    sounds like a best seller

  8. And let’s not forget that Marjorie Taylor Greene is a Congress critter from Georgia.
     
    So the republican party of Georgia may have done the right thing concerning the presidential election….   but they obviously don’t want a repeat.

    patd… sounds like a book I’d like to get my hands on…

  9. review by John Sipher worked for the CIA’s clandestine service for 28 years. He is now a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and a co-founder of Spycraft Entertainment.

    in  wapo about the book:

    One of the standard warnings attached to U.S. intelligence reports is that the source of a report intends “to influence as well as inform.” The caveat does not mean that the source’s reporting is wrong or should be discounted, but that the source also has an agenda. Craig Unger’s new book, “American Kompromat,” should be read with a similar understanding, for it opens with the presumption that former president Donald Trump is, as former CIA director Michael Hayden described him, “a clear and present danger.” Unger starts from the premise that Trump is a Kremlin asset and proceeds to advance the argument with great detail.
    Unger is a veteran investigative journalist and writer, and “American Kompromat” is a follow-up to his 2018 book, “House of Trump, House of Putin,” in which he made the case for Russian collusion. “American Kompromat” can be read alongside others that examine Trump’s weak spot for Russia — including Greg Miller’s “The Apprentice,” Michael Isikoff and David Corn’s “Russian Roulette,” Luke Harding’s “Shadow State,” Tim Weiner’s “The Folly and the Glory,” and Seth Abramson’s “Proof of Collusion” — as well as books by insiders such as Peter Strzok, former FBI deputy assistant director of counterintelligence; Josh Campbell, a former FBI special agent and special assistant to then-Director James Comey; and Andrew McCabe, former deputy director of the FBI.
    As the Trump administration came to a spectacular end, Unger must have felt the need to update his book continually. Day by day Trump took actions that added to Unger’s thesis. In the closing weeks of his term, Trump sought to divert attention from a damaging Russian cyberhack, refused to concede Russian President Vladimir Putin’s poisoning of his leading political challenger and brazenly pardoned cronies who refused to testify in Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. (Not to mention allegedly inciting the mob that violently overtook the Capitol.)
    Unger outlines Trump’s decades-long relationships with Russian criminals and his willingness to abet the laundering of dirty money flowing from Moscow, and explains why Russian intelligence would find him an easy mark. The web of Trump’s damning connections and his actions as president suggest some sort of affinity for Putin.
    [continues]

  10. in his concluding paragraph of the book review, sipher pointed out something that should be fixed with regard to qualifying to run in the primaries as a presidential candidate:

    Trump’s election exposed a previously undetected flaw in our system of protecting national security secrets. A duly elected president cannot be denied a security clearance, yet the Republican Party nominated a candidate whose greed, lack of morals and relationship with criminal elements should have disqualified him for the lowest-level clearance, much less the highest office in the land. 

  11. BlueBronc: “need to dump the filibuster rule to re-pass a new voting rights act.”

    Amen! Importance of renewing Voting Rights Act is again empowering DOJ to challenge state  laws with disparate impact on targeted voters. It should include older voters of any race as a protected class because these absentee ballot restrictions also affect them. That’d be a winning political and legal argument. Broaden the threat beyond race. 

  12. looks like that capitol fence will need to be built inside as well as outside

    @CoriBush

    A maskless Marjorie Taylor Greene & her staff berated me in a hallway. She targeted me & others on social media.
    I’m moving my office away from hers for my team’s safety.
    I’ve called for the expulsion of members who incited the insurrection from Day 1. Bring H.Res 25 to a vote.

  13. Ted Cruz billboard

    politico:

    The anti-Trump Republican Accountability Project is kicking off a $1 million billboard campaign Thursday that targets 12 Republican lawmakers, including Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
    The billboards call on the dozen congressional Republicans to resign for spreading falsehoods about the 2020 election. “You lied about the election. The Capitol was attacked,” the billboards read according to details first shared with POLITICO. 
    […]
    The billboards will be placed in each House member’s district, as well as in multiple cities in Texas and Missouri targeting Cruz and Hawley. Thursday’s launch is the first phase of the $1 million campaign, with additional billboards set to launch soon after. Cruz and Hawley aren’t up for reelection until 2024.
    The nine other Republicans targeted in the campaign are: Reps. Devin Nunes (Calif.), Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Louie Gohmert (Texas.), Madison Cawthorne (N.C.), Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Mo Brooks (Ala.) and Dan Bishop (N.C.)
    […]
    A video released Thursday nightby the Republican Accountability Project compiles examples of Cruz, Hawley, Jordan, McCarthy and the other Republicans claiming without evidence that the 2020 election was tainted. The group will run it as an ad during Fox and Friends and Sean Hannity’s show all next week in each member’s congressional district and in Cruz and Hawley’s states.
    [continues]

  14. love it.  probably only time some of the faux viewers will see/hear about insurrection destruction & violence.

    The group will run it as an ad during Fox and Friends and Sean Hannity’s show all next week in each member’s congressional district and in Cruz and Hawley’s states.

  15. Talked to some friends here in Tejas.  A bunch of old farts who will not change from oil and gas.  It’s such a culture of being a repube without ANY information.  They’re ignorant of government and don’t care to learn or know.  They’re just repubes.  Such a black hole of any intelligence here!

  16. I’d like for Cruz and all to complete the thought.  So dictator trump or another dictator gets in, then what?  Finish the thought.  What will Merica look like then?  In 5 years?  In 10?
     
    I watched this the other night on how the holocaust built up from the 1930’s to it’s hideous full glory.  The smart ones got out before it hit full stride.  I now have a current passport and may need to use it to escape whatever this country might become.
     
    https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/interactive/holocaust/

  17. The “you did this ad” will only continue to keep the base stirred up.   Many more probably wish they could’ve taken part or hope they have the chance to do so in the future.  Cruz and the the other traitors in Congress are not ashamed of their words. There only regret is that it didn’t work out as they had hoped.  
    Remember what KO and Niece Mary T said?  This was practice.  This was a rehearsal.  
     

  18. Despite the daughter (age 50) of a former coworker dying of COVID this week, another coworker was spouting off about the over-counting of deaths from COVID.   Despite two more cases in the office last week, others in that department still refuse to wear masks.    Tiptoe is correct about Texas.

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