Authoritarianism: July 8–14

Cindy Brown
Jul 16, 2018 · 18 min read

A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends.
— Henry A. Wallace

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by Matt Davies, 2017
  1. Stay away from the “walkaway” — more Russian efforts to disrupt elections. This article also helps visualize how these bot/fake accounts do their work.

2. WOW!

3. Pass this around.

4. We’re very weird.

5. Swap the kids out and put this “doctor” in the cage instead.

6. The horror just keeps going deeper and deeper.

7. I’ve seen bits and pieces of all this over the last two years. Is it accurate? Who knows. But there’s a lot of troubling things here.

8. Useful.

9. Good. Tell the Nazis what you think.

Then maybe don’t fucking harrass ONLINE! Straka of “walkaway” whines:

“I was shaking. I was hurt. I had this huge adrenaline rush. I felt embarrassed and I also felt nervous,” he explained. “At every station of the store, I’d given them my personal information. What if this kid decides to go into the computer and dox [to reveal his personal information] me? I am not a guy who has a lot of money. I can’t have people going to my apartment and harassing me.”

10. Ouch…yes.

11. MicromanagersRus. And sheesh, that was my thought from day one of Kelly’s hire: He’s not going to last. I’m surprised it’s been a year, actually.

Last July, when Kelly was appointed to the job, the retired Marine general was portrayed as a no-nonsense savior, who would “restore order” to Trump’s feuding, factionalized White House. But in recent months the question has become not whether Kelly could tame Trump but how soon Trump would get rid of Kelly.


Turnover among the White House staff, already record-setting in Trump’s first year, has spiked recently, now that no one is really in charge. Late last month, Martha Joynt Kumar, a scholar who has tracked White House staff during the past six Presidencies, reported that the Trump White House has an astonishing turnover rate of sixty-one per cent so far among its top-level advisers.

12. Nazism and Gestapo tactics. Memphis police #policestate retaliate against journalist by using ICE.

13. Sobering read. I’m starting to think SCOTUS judges should have something like a 10 year tenure limit.

14. Erosion of anti-trust laws.

15. Inhumane.

16. I actually do agree here. I want Mueller’s investigation to finish, for starters. And it’s critical we get as many D’s elected as possible on midterms. Looking at the numbers, I seriously doubt that Congress would change so much that an impeachment and indictment would be easy to do. There are more effective ways to stop and reverse this administration.

If T becomes sufficiently unhinged, I’d go based on the 25th amendment instead, frankly.

In any case, I think an interesting read whether or not you agree on impeachment.

17. Yet Another Nazi for GOP

18. More on that San Bernadino “Ghetto” attorney…

19. Well all four possible nominees were all shit choices. I mean there’s not much to choose from among them. But interestingly, Kavanaugh is one of the ones McTurtle DIDN’T want Трамп to nominate (from last week: And yes, that Kavanaugh bleats about sitting presidents, worship, golden idols yaketyak tells you (well nothing new) about Трамп’s fear of Mueller. But honestly, civil lawsuits and indictments? This means criminal lawsuits are another matter, and Mueller ain’t checking out jaywalking charges.

20. This should be interesting. Like I said back when T issued his “rescinding” of the separation policy, it was clear Трамп was trying to buck the limits on detaining families together (with children). A judge just said no to that.

Los Angeles-based U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee dismissed as “tortured” the Trump administrations legal argument to get out from under the so-called Flores consent decree agreed to back in 1997, dictating that children in immigration detention not be held more than 20 days.

21. I have varying opinions of Albright, but her perspective on history is a valuable — and informative — one.

With the benefit of hindsight, she accepts that the west was slow to understand that Russians felt utterly humiliated after the cold war and ready to succumb to a nationalist strongman promising to make them great again. She recalls a Russian man complaining: “We used to be a superpower and now we’re Bangladesh with missiles.” Putin, she tells me, “has seen himself as the redeemer of that man”.

22. It’s difficult to judge how to weigh these. At best, this is horrendous optics that come about because the pool of very rich and powerful is pretty small so they all know each other. At worst, this is unprecedented corruption that allowed a sitting SCOTUS to choose his successor through that same network of the rich and powerful. Either way, it is a blow against the bulwark of U.S. governance. (Note that the timeframe stretches back to 1998 and that the son has not worked at Deutsche for a while now): and ).

Salon lays it out pretty well:

23. We need more of the red states taking this seriously tho.

24. I didn’t see this one coming though I probably should have. Not the Bundys (maybe they are next?) but the Hammonds who set fire to federal lands. This is bad on so many levels.

25. Consequences…

26. This is as yet unverified but if it is, it makes Tainted Justice Gorsuch look like a choirboy.

I’ve found this:

27. You don’t say.

28. We really do need to dismantle ICE.

29. Useful toolkit in case you have any actually useful discussions with pro-lifers.

30. Really worth reading through no matter what you think of immigration (I am completely pro immigration and yet did not realize some of the points contained here…US Immigration law is a complete and utter mess.)

31. Another angle to work on:

Also, net neutrality:

32. Worth reading to understand the damage being done to voting rights.

33. NC accomplishes this by mandating excess early voting hours such that small towns don’t have the budget for it (and put the mandate in after budgets) and have to rescind them altogether.

34. Keep in mind…

35. Your citizenship won’t protect you, especially if you’re not white, as long as ICE is unrestrained.

36. Non-binding, hm? Until it has some teeth in it…

37. Wait, what? What happened in 2017? No new job, nothing different for him but suddenly he repaid $60-$200K in debt? Excluding his residential property, he has $65K in assets.

In 2016, Kavanaugh reported having between $60,000 to $200,000 in debt accrued over three credit cards and a personal loan. Each credit card held between $15,000 to $50,000 in debt, and a Thrift Savings Plan loan was between $15,000 to $50,000.

The credit card debts and loan were either paid off or fell below the reporting requirements in 2017, according to the filings, which do not require details on the nature or source of such payments. Shah told The Post that Kavanaugh’s friends reimbursed him for their share of the baseball tickets and that the judge has since stopped purchasing the season tickets.

38. This is very dangerous. As Yonatan Zunger noted ( )regarding the article below:

Unlike normal federal courts, administrative law judges aren’t part of the Judicial Branch; they’re part of the Executive Branch. Many other aspects of these courts differ a great deal — especially in terms of due process, which has a very different (and much weaker) definition in these courts. For example, there’s no right to counsel or to a translator, even in an immigration court.

What holds these courts together is that administrative law judges, by and large, take their jobs incredibly seriously. In many ways, their job is harder than that of traditional Article III judges: absent the normal guarantees of process, it’s their attention, control over process, and care that make their courts function at all.

On Tuesday, Trump issued an executive order changing this. Administrative law judges will no longer be selected by competitive examination, and subject to civil service protections; instead, all new ALJs are now political appointees, who can be replaced or fired at will.

His post is worth a read for the discussion in comments as well.

39. /facepalm I mean, what’s the point of all this if Congress abdicates complete responsibility?

40. My question is, what is Трамп holding out for? What does he want in order to rescind his tariffs? He seems to want the tariffs for their own sake.

41. The Strzok inquiry has to be seen to be believed.

Let’s just set the stage. Wonkett’s usually good for the snark & they deliver:

Gotta love those pics in the back of the room:

He comes out swinging:

Click this link to play the (uncaptioned) segment at twitter.

As for Gohmert, doncha think that’s a bit much given, well, Трамп?

Of course Gowdy was balls-deep in Benghazi. Why am I not surprised he’s in this shit show too?

Jamie Raskin (D-MD) read off a great list of anti-Трамп quotes from GOP too.

Click thru for (uncaptioned) clip:

More here.

Click thru to play the clip here:

The lawyer’s reaction, behind Strzok, is priceless.

And as Siskind reminds us…

42. Wow. Maybe it is something in the water?

43. Good read, and good info to have on hand…

44. This seems pretty significant.

45. And then there’s NATO. Remember:

Click thru to watch uncaption video clip:


Wrapping up talks with fellow leaders of the 29-nation trans-Atlantic alliance, Mr. Trump reaffirmed support for NATO, but only after stirring more discord with a vague threat that the United States could go its own way if the allies resisted his demands for additional military spending, capping a summit meeting punctuated by his escalating complaints.

Hours later, after landing in Britain, the assault on diplomatic norms continued. In an interview with the newspaper The Sun, published late Thursday, he undercut Prime Minister Theresa May on several fronts on her own turf.

In the midst of a week that has seen Mrs. May parrying threats to her hold on power, Mr. Trump criticized her strategy on cutting ties to the European Union, cast doubt on whether he was willing to negotiate a new trade deal between Britain and the United States and praised Mrs. May’s Conservative party rival, Boris Johnson, who resigned this week as foreign secretary, as a potentially great prime minister.

More on behaving like a complete boor in Britain. Ya notice how he seems to particularly loathe both May and Merkel? I wonder what they have in common…hmm…

Then Трамп just turns around and says whatever shit he wants to like we’re just supposed to believe him.

See also:

Yeah, I think so too.

46. In a nutshell

Essentially, the Trump administration views Britain as an easy economic mark, not a strategic partner. The State Department has been marginalized to the point of irrelevance while “America First” trade negotiators take charge.

Also this sounds familiar, as we’re doing the same to Mexico for example:

The United States is now playing fast and loose with the special relationship and it is having a real impact. A post-Brexit Britain needs close relations with other major countries, and if the United States is difficult to deal with, it will find itself increasingly tempted into a closer economic partnership with China, one that will surely have political consequences. Trump’s antagonistic approach also plays into the hands the leftist leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, a persistent critic of a close U.S.-UK alliance who would likely leap at the chance to weaken the special relationship.

47. The British anti-Трамп protests are magnificent. My favorites:

A floating baby…

You can check out #TrumpBaby on twitter, too:

And its handlers :-)

48. Rosenstein’s announcement.

You’ll want to click thru to read the whole thread:

Good run down. Regarding point #6, it’s clear to me that Mueller’s got a expert level of technical forensics going on there.

49. Because of course Трамп did.

50. And doubling down on completely, utterly, stupid shit like this.

51. And look at her credentials. This isn’t some flighty lefty they’ve driven out…

52. The actual fuckety fuck? This is NOT a person we want to defend…

[ U.S. Ambassador for International Religious Freedom] Brownback raised the case of the activist known as Tommy Robinson in a June meeting with Sir Kim Darroch, Britain’s Ambassador to the United States, according to a British official and two sources close to the organizers of a pro-Robinson demonstration planned for London on Saturday.

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, though he also uses other aliases, is a founder of the English Defense League, which has organized violent demonstrations against Islamic immigrants in the UK in the past decade. More recently, Robinson has branded himself a journalist and campaigner against Islamic extremism, a move that won him contacts with American anti-Muslim activists.

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