Gaetz Is A Scared Rabbit

Gaetz buddy Joel Greenberg has asked for 5 more months before sentencing, and federal prosecutors agreed. This means the Feds are still VERY much going after the bigger fish — including Gaetz. Far from stalling, the case has gotten much larger.

Meanwhile… U.S. judge blocks enforcement of near-total abortion ban in Texas — Reuters

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28 thoughts on “Gaetz Is A Scared Rabbit”

  1. Grisham: Gaetz Was ‘Our Boy’ When Trump Needed to Hear He’s ‘Awesome’ (businessinsider.com)

    […]
    “We all knew that whenever Trump needed someone to defend him on TV on anything, Gaetz was our boy,” Grisham wrote in “I’ll Take Your Questions Now.” 
    She went on, “He would do anything for Trump and a TV hit — thought not necessarily in that order. When the president needed someone to tell him how awesome he was, the staff would get Gaetz on the line and he’d sing for his supper.” 
    The Florida congressman, who is currently under federal investigation for paying a 17-year-old girl for sex, has long been closely allied with Trump. At one point during Trump’s presidency, Gaetz signed a letter nominating Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize. Shortly before Trump left office, Gaetz privately asked the White House for a pre-emptive pardon for any crimes he may have committed, The New York Times reported in April. Trump has said Gaetz never asked him for a pardon and the congressman has denied all of the sex trafficking allegations. 
    Gaetz told Insider that Trump “relied” on him more as a messenger than he did Grisham, who never held a press briefing while in the White House.
    “It is true that President Trump relied on me to effectively convey the America First agenda to the people far more than he ever trusted her to do so,” Gaetz said.   
    Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows would also call on other so-called “Trump whisperers,” including Fox News hosts Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity and GOP Rep. Jim Jordan. Grisham wrote that Trump would rely on these men and a small number of White House aides to keep him informed about “what the base believed.”  
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  2. wonder how many of those whisperers sang and still “sing for his supper” as grisham put it based on the power of a pardon promise by the former guy. 

    we don’t know how many pocket pardons may be out there for the loser in chief and his little losers.

  3. the hill reports on the federal court opinion about blocking new TX abortion law:

    U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman’s ruling said that “a person’s right under the Constitution to choose to obtain an abortion prior to fetal viability is well established.” It added that “depriving citizens of this right” would be “flagrantly unconstitutional.”

    The order came in response to the Biden administration’s emergency request to prevent Texas from enforcing the law as the court considers a Justice Department lawsuit challenging its constitutionality. The Supreme Court narrowly allowed it to take effect about a month ago. 

    The order from Pitman noted that Texas requested that the state be allowed to appeal the injunction before it takes effect.

    “The State has forfeited the right to any such accommodation by pursuing an unprecedented and aggressive scheme to deprive its citizens of a significant and well-established constitutional right,” Pitman wrote. 

    “That other courts may find a way to avoid this conclusion is theirs to decide,” he added, “This Court will not sanction one more day of this offensive deprivation of such an important right.”

  4. Good for Judge Pitman. Of course the TX law is a flagrant violation of a significant and well-established constitutional right.

    And Lindsey opposes the short term extension of the suspension of the debt ceiling? Screw him. Just another stupid RW prick.

  5. https://www.texastribune.org/2021/10/06/timothy-mellon-texas-border-wall/

    “Timothy Mellon is the Wyoming-based grandson of banking tycoon Andrew Mellon. He is responsible for nearly 98% of the donations to Texas’ border wall fund.“

    “…he donated $53.1 million in stock to the state in August, according to public records. Mellon is the 79-year-old Wyoming-based grandson of banking tycoon and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon.“

    “Mellon did not respond to multiple requests for comment made to his company, New Hampshire-based Pan Am Systems, and a marketing firm that handled publicity for his 2015 autobiography. Abbott declined to comment. Mellon does not appear to have close ties to Texas. But he was a top donor to the reelection campaign of former President Donald Trump, who made building a border wall a top priority, and has previously donated money to defend legislation targeting immigrants.“

    Was his autobiography titled, Timmy Is Afraid Of Brown People?

  6. Here is an indicator of how bad the U.S. vehicle shortage is.  Yesterday afternoon, I received an email from the dealership I purchased my used Ford F-250 4X4 extended cab long bed 6.0 diesel truck from.  It is a 2004.  It has over two hundred thousand miles on it, and all the oil change companies and the dealer ship know that.  They want to buy my truck, paying over Blue Book on it.  That is astounding.  It also is a deep look at the U.S. car and truck industry in 2021. 
    I can imagine there is some little room somewhere in Detroit where Ford, GM and Dodge (whoever owns Dodge that is) are meeting and talking about creating their own computer chip manufacturing facility.  They cannot exist this way for another year or longer.

  7. BB, Fiat.
    The empty space on car lots is pretty stunning. The Chrysler -Jeep dealership here has a fire in their shop a couple months ago and they areymoving quickly to repair it and reopen. Their used truck & SUV lot which is in a separate facility is open but I’d put their inventory at 50% at best. The Honda dealer here – maybe 30%.

  8. ” It has over two hundred thousand miles on it, and all the oil change companies and the dealer ship know that.”

    BB, likewise my 2003 toyota highlander 4×4 with tow package still getting 20+ mpg.  dealer drools over it every time it comes in for servicing.

  9. No one has called about buying my old Truck, just some nice lads wanting to offer me some kind of warranty.    Joke’s on the dealers, though, my old raggedy-ass 150 has a new engine in it.  lol

  10. McMafia? you mean that gang led by their don, the cheesy big mac capo crimini with nutty buns?

     

    businessinsider:

    A looming court battle in Scotland could see the government there forced into an unprecedented investigation of how former President Donald Trump came to purchase a lavish golf course all in cash.
    A campaign group suspicious of the source of Trump’s wealth hopes to prompt a so-called unexplained wealth order — known informally as a “McMafia” investigation — into the purchase.
    […]
    The source of the money is a secret. The only hint so far — strenuously denied — is an unverified claim that the money came from Russia.
    James Dodson — a famed golf correspondent — claimed that Eric Trump, a director at Turnberry and a second resort in Aberdeenshire, told him in 2014 that the Trump Organization had “all the funding we need out of Russia.”
    […]
    At a judicial review slated for October 26 and 27, lawyers for Avaaz will argue that ministers do in fact have the ability to initiate an investigation into Trump’s finances.
    An unexplained wealth order would allow Scotland to demand that the Trump Organization show how it funded the purchases in Scotland.
    In extreme cases, the orders allow for the confiscation of property, even without proving criminality. The intention was to allow authorities to punish organized criminals without reaching the high threshold for criminal prosecution.
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  11. I think we should challenge churches right to tax free status if they are politically active
    what happened to separation of church and state
     
     
     
     

  12. Gaetz…  the other white meat…
     
    I bought a new Subaru in February…  just before the chip shortage hit the fan.  I plan on keeping it for a long time.
     
    KGC…  Rick and I were just discussing this morning over breakfast that we both thought it’s way past time for the Catholic Church to admit it’s really a political organization masquerading as a religion.

  13. Jennifer Rubin on the Pitman decision to issue an injunction against the TX anti-woman law. WaPo.  

    Pitman first dispenses with the argument that the federal government lacks standing to bring the suit. “Insofar as [the Texas law] impedes the federal government’s ability to provide abortion-related services mandated by regulations, statutes, and case law, the United States has met its burden to demonstrate a concrete, particularized, and actual injury,” he finds. He further concludes that the federal government has standing to sue “for probable violations of its citizens’ Constitutional rights,” giving the stamp of approval for filing a cause of action baseddirectlyon the Constitution. Pitman finds a sufficient basis for “standing where the government’s interest is preventing harms to ‘the general welfare’ and the ‘public at large.’”

    On the merits, Pitman emphatically declares the law to be unconstitutional. “There can be no question that [the law] operates as a ban on pre-viability abortions in contravention of Roe v. Wade, and ‘equates to a near categorical ban on abortions beginning six weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period, before many women realize they are pregnant, and months before fetal viability.’”

    Even if not an outright ban, the court holds that the law imposes an “undue burden” on those seeking an abortion. Indeed, the law has already compelled abortion providers to shut down. For that reason, Pitman writes, a preliminary injunction is necessary to prevent irreparable harm.
    ***
    Finally, Pitman scoffs at the state’s request to enjoin relief while it appeals. “The State has forfeited the right to any such accommodation by pursuing an unprecedented and aggressive scheme to deprive its citizens of a significant and well-established constitutional right,” he finds. “From the moment [the Texas law] went into effect, women have been unlawfully prevented from exercising control over their lives in ways that are protected by the Constitution.” Other courts may find differently, Pitman declares, but “this Court will not sanction one more day of this offensive deprivation of such an important right.”
    ***
    Second, Pitman lays bare the deceitful crafting of a bill that seeks to rob people of their constitutional rights. And unlike the Supreme Court, he is not willing to play along with a ruse that would emasculate federal courts. …
    And finally, it is clear that had Republicans not pulled power plays to keep Garland off the Supreme Court and to jam through Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination, an injunction like this likely would have come from the Supreme Court. (Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joined with the court’s liberals in dissenting on the decision not to block the Texas law.) In a real sense, Republicans’ stacking the Supreme Court has turned the highest court into a cynical enabler of right-wing extremists in the states rather than a guardian of the Constitution. Pitman’s clarity is worth celebrating, even if a right-wing U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and a Supreme Court of “partisan hacks” is likely to overturn his fine opinion.

    Thanks for making a lengthy and dense opinion accessible, Jen.

  14. Hi, KGC, i think the preclusion against political activity for the tax-exemption of churches is one of those legal fallacies, like car headlights needing to be tuned to the road, because apparently that’s not a thing, either.  They’re so goddamned bright, now!

  15. Senate leaders announce debt-ceiling deal, but Republicans could drag out process. – The Washington Post

    Senate Democratic and Republican leaders said Thursday morning they had clinched a short-term deal to raise the country’s debt ceiling, setting Congress on track to avert a government default on its debts in roughly 11 days.

     

    Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced the truce during a brief statement on the Senate floor, noting the agreement would permit the country to continue borrowing unimpeded into early December. Schumer said that chamber leaders now “hope we can get this done as soon as today,” though a vote could slip until potentially this weekend.

    […]

    Schumer and McConnell still must shepherd their deal through the chamber, a process that exposed potential cracks in their strategy by midday Thursday. A number of GOP lawmakers appeared reticent to supply the support needed to proceed to a final vote, prompting Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the party’s leading vote counter, to acknowledge to reporters that the vote is “not an easy one to whip.”

    “In the end, we’ll be there,” Thune said. “But it’ll be a painful birthing process.”

    A successful vote in the Senate, followed soon by the House, would avert a financial crisis with only days to spare ahead of the original October 18 deadline. 

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  16. From crazy to bat-shit crazy. They think vaccines magnetize blood…

  17. The woman in that Ohio statehouse clip is an anti-vax profiteer, “‘Dr.’ Tenpenny”
     
    Lies pay her bills

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