Many thanks to Deborah Q-H and her unfailing eye.
A violent white supremist died in a shootout with sheriff’s deputies in Templeton, California, according to a Friday San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office news release. Armed right-wing reactionaries associated with right-wing causes have been active shooting both police and people of color.
White supremacist and other far-right extremist groups have killed 51 police officers since 1990, according to a report published by the Anti-Defamation League last January. At least three more officers have died at hands of right-wing shooters since the repot was published. Left-wing extremist groups, including black nationalists, killed 11 during the same period.
Christopher Michael Straub, 38, shot a deputy and was subsequently killed while hiding in a cemetery after ambushing pursuing police with his handgun.
Deputy Richard “Ted” Lehnhoff, 34, was hit in the leg and airlifted to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery and is in stable condition, the release said.
Straub continued evading deputies and attempted to return to his vehicle through and adjacent vineyard, but additional deputies arrived on scene and intercepted him as he tried to regain access to his vehicle, the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office said.
Straub was pronounced dead at the scene.
The well-known felon and racist was in possession of a stash of four assault-style rifles, one bolt-action hunting rifle, one shotgun, and two handguns along with the handgun he used to shoot at deputies, plus hundreds of rounds of ammunition when he died. California cops said the well-known white supremacist was making illegally manufacturing weapons parts in his home.
“Straub was a wanted felon and it is illegal for felons to possess any weapons,” the sheriff’s office said.
Straub was a known member of a white supremacist gang and the Sheriff’s Gang Task Force was already conducting an investigation before Thursday’s shooting. The shooter had been booked 28 times into jails all across California including two incarcerations in state prison,” the sheriff’s office said.
The Trump administration has drawn some controversy by appointing a Supreme Court Justice less than 90 days away from the presidential election. The president has declared Saturday he will publicly announce his replacement for longstanding Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Many pundits find this move distaste full for two main reasons. First off, this decision is being made only eight days after the passing of Justice Ginsberg. The other concern is Trump selecting a justice within months of an election. Public sentiment seems to be leaning towards allowing the winner of the 2020 election to fill this vacancy. The issue with public sentiment is that it seldomly considers the law of the land. Often is fueled by visceral passions more so than reason.
However, I would be derelict in my duties as an armchair commentator if didn’t voice some criticism of the Trump administration. Let’s…
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Nearly 500 retired senior military officers, former Cabinet secretaries, service chiefs and other officials, have signed an open letter in support of former vice president Joe Biden, saying he has “the character, principles, wisdom and leadership necessary to address a world on fire.”
The letter, published Thursday morning by National Security Leaders for Biden, is the latest in a series of calls for President Trump’s defeat in the November election.
“We are former public servants who have devoted our careers, and in many cases risked our lives, for the United States,” it says. “We are generals, admirals, senior noncommissioned officers, ambassadors and senior civilian national security leaders. We are Republicans and Democrats, and Independents. We love our country.
“Unfortunately, we also fear for it.”
According to Haaretz, an Israeli newspapers that likes to play whack-a- mole with its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, when Israel’s naughty Netanyahu arrives for official visits to Washington he stays at the Blair House – the big dog’s digs across from the White House – to which he brings along “bag’s and suitcases full of dirty personal laundry” from Israel.
US taxpayers foot the bill, according to a story that first surfaced in the Washington Post. The clothes are then “cleaned for the prime minister free of charge by the U.S. staff,” and paid for with American taxpayer dollars, Haaretz says.
The Blair House offers free laundry services to all its guests, assuming most foreign heads of state use the complimentary service in a reasonable manner; basically taking care of the unmentionables they and their families wear during their brief visit.
“The Netanyahus are the only ones who bring actual suitcases of dirty laundry for us to clean,” one U.S. official told the WP in its story. “After multiple trips, it became clear this was intentional.”
American officials are reportedly perplexed. What kind of weasel brings his filthy laundry with him when he travels across the world? Could be the lord of sleaze already has so much Palestinian plunder piled up in Israel there is no more room to store all the weapons Israel will soon be selling to their new Arab buddies.
One of the prognosticators examining the issue mused that the First Lady kept demanding for something to do until hubby arranged for her to fill a few a shifts at the basement tub n’ suds. The Israelis claim they have been reporting the story for years without garnering much attention until today.
It is understandable why the UAE and Bahrain is looking for new friends with guns. They wish to survive the growing hostility of their lusting neighbors It is harder to understand Netanyahu and Trump’s explanation that their trip-wire treaty with the both wildly rich and pathetically weak Arab ministates is about peace rather than safe naval harbors and deeper Israeli penetration into Arabs lands.
The honest reason America cares is that paying weaklings for acceptance and friendship is cheaper than preventing Iran and its growing band of proxies from swallowing them up. The US has to to have deep water Navy bases where American warships can find the safe harbors it needs to operate effectively in the Middle East.
The influential, right-wing Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported the treaties of sort “delinks the resolution of Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians and the creation of an independent Palestinian state from the broader question of its acceptance by the rest of the Arab world.” In other words, screw the Palestinians, they had their chance. Native Americans intuitively understand.
The overarching reality is that the rest of the Arab world, with bigger and better guns and more and more Russian and Chinese arms transfers, aren’t buying the joint US-Israel treaty with two micro-states that can’t survive without big friends.
Netanyahu’s laundry is likely to survive, but his ridiculous “peace” treaty was doomed from the start.
What kind of bug spray works for you.
Times are uncertain and scary. Donald J. Trump and the Russians are on the offensive. Revered RBG is laying in state, already beset by blood-suckers seeking political advantage by abusing a corpse. Trump has already despoiled her glistening legacy by spitting on her final wish.
Meanwhile, the Democrats are fumbling around wringing their hands, pretending they have options up their sleeve to turn back the SCOTUS stampede. Behind them, the Pentagon was very quietly slipping light American armor into Syria to “protect the oil” that government officials somehow believe is theirs.
If there is any good news, it is that Trump’s popularity with old Floridians and young Cubans around Miami and elsewhere in Florida is waning. Looking for more positives? Well, more young people have registered to vote than ever before and the experts say most of them will vote for the Biden ticket. Except, for some 201,000 dead Americans…
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The president initially asked one of his dumber questions on April 23, 2020 after William Bryan, undersecretary for science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security, presented a study that found sun exposure and cleaning agents like bleach have an adverse effect on the coronavirus. Bryan was referring to the use of disinfectants on surfaces and in aerosols, but Trump asked whether the chemicals could be used in a potential COVID-19 treatment, as well. He hasn’t learned much since.
Bryan, who has no background in anything to do with public health policy, was thrust into the national spotlight after his presentation on the effects of heat on COVID-19 was followed by President Donald Trump’s already infamous tangent on “disinfectant.”
Judge orders Eric Trump – the Great Cornholio who plays Butthead on TV – must meet with N.Y. attorney general’s investigators by Oct. 7 for a deposition into his alleged criminal behavior. Eric tried to dodge it but Daddy couldn’t help him this time… The weak link in the Trump gang of grifters is on the hot seat now.
New York AG Letitia James ordered Trump — the executive vice president of the Trump Organization — refused to be interviewed by her office as part of seven subpoenas that were issued for documents and testimony relating to four company properties. The president’s son has since responded that he would cooperate after the Nov. 3 vote.
“We are happy for [Eric Trump] to sit down and be deposed but we need time to go through these materials in order to prepare our client,” his lawyer Alan Futerfas said earlier in the proceeding. “And as I think the world knows, there is an election going on in about four weeks.”
“Neither petitioner [NY AG] nor this court is bound by timelines of the national election,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron said after oral arguments held by video Wednesday in the case, ordering Eric Trump to appear for deposition by Oct. 7.
Thanks Gavin Wooley
2016, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas): “It has been 80 years since a Supreme Court vacancy was nominated and confirmed in an election year. There is a long tradition that you don’t do this in an election year.”
2018, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.): “If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump’s term, and the primary process has started, we’ll wait to the next election.”
2016, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.): “I don’t think we should be moving on a nominee in the last year of this president’s term – I would say that if it was a Republican president.”
2016, Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.): “The very balance of our nation’s highest court is in serious jeopardy. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I will do everything in my power to encourage the president and Senate leadership not to start this process until we hear from the American people.”
2016, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa): “A lifetime appointment that could dramatically impact individual freedoms and change the direction of the court for at least a generation is too important to get bogged down in politics. The American people shouldn’t be denied a voice.”
2016, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.): “The campaign is already under way. It is essential to the institution of the Senate and to the very health of our republic to not launch our nation into a partisan, divisive confirmation battle during the very same time the American people are casting their ballots to elect our next president.”
2016, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.): “In this election year, the American people will have an opportunity to have their say in the future direction of our country. For this reason, I believe the vacancy left open by Justice Antonin Scalia should not be filled until there is a new president.”
2016, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.): “The Senate should not confirm a new Supreme Court justice until we have a new president.”
2016, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Col.): “I think we’re too close to the election. The president who is elected in November should be the one who makes this decision.”
2016, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio): “I believe the best thing for the country is to trust the American people to weigh in on who should make a lifetime appointment that could reshape the Supreme Court for generations. This wouldn’t be unusual. It is common practice for the Senate to stop acting on lifetime appointments during the last year of a presidential term, and it’s been nearly 80 years since any president was permitted to immediately fill a vacancy that arose in a presidential election year.”
2016, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.): “I strongly agree that the American people should decide the future direction of the Supreme Court by their votes for president and the majority party in the U.S. Senate.”
“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.” — Mitch McConnell, March 2016.
Please consider copying and pasting these quotations. Make the demand on your elected officials that they delay the hearing/vote for the next justice.
Silence won’t help.
The Tulsa rally in June, as well as large anti-Trump protests that weekend, led to coronavirus infections, Tulsa officials admitted. Before the rally, local health officials were berated and threatened by Trump team front people for trying to force the rally outside or be canceled. Tulsa health officials have declined to provide numbers or specifics about what happened next. Some attendees have tested positive for covidvirus, including several campaign staff members and Secret Service agents, as well as Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) and former presidential candidate and pizza executive Herman Cain, who died, although it is not known where they contracted the virus.
Trump claimed thousands up thousands of supporters would show up. About 6,000 diehard loyalists risked their lives to see and hear the idiot from New York speak about things he knows nothing about… His shame has no bounds.