Ho Hum. Another Trump Fraud is Coming to Light.

https://tinyurl.com/mubp79mx

In a nutshell, yet another Trump venture sinks into chaos and fraud. This time it is the Trump Media and Technology Group, the parent of Truth Social, that has got itself into hot water with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a result of a whistleblower complaint of fraudulent misrepresentations in the fund raising process.

One tidbit that has come out is that at one point Trump demanded that one of the early senior executives, Andy Litinsky, simply give his equity position to Melania Trump. Litinsky demurred so Trump told him that he would “blow up” the company if he refused. Litinsky still refused and was later summarily removed from his position. He will be seeking redress in court.

Busted!

https://tinyurl.com/4akdjkz6

The Russian Ministry of Defense claims to have thwarted a Ukrainian assault on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. To support this claim it released a video with footage from an attack helicopter destroying a troop-carrying barge. Pretty dramatic stuff and the story was spread by TASS, other Russian outlets, Reuters, and others in the West.

https://tass.com/politics/1500941

Too bad it was a total fake. The “barge” destroyed turned out to be the remnants of an old bridge nowhere near Zaporizhzhia. For those of you who uncritically swallow Russian propaganda, learn from this episode and don’t.

Confirmed : Being a Republican is Hazardous for your Health.

https://arxiv.org/abs/2209.10751

This is a new study confirming what has been very apparent since the beginning of the Covid pandemic. Republicans have been killing themselves with silly partisan stupidity about public health measures. The study found not much difference between Republicans and Democrats UNTIL vaccines became widely available. From that point on the registered Republican’s risk of death has climbed substantially above that of the registered Democrat. Before the vaccines the excess death rate for Republicans was 1.6% above Democrats. After the vaccines that excess climbed to 10.4% higher.

No individual Republican is doomed by these findings. All you have to do is get vaccinated.

Originalist Interpretation of the 14th Amendment.

Conservatives want to gut the Voting Rights Act on the theory that the 14th Amendment must be interpreted and applied in a race neutral way. New Justice Brown set the record straight. Those honoring their much vaunted “Originalist” credentials would have to agree with her. Of course, they won’t. This “conservative” Court is about outcomes, not the Rule of Law.

https://tinyurl.com/y6shktt6

Putin Fights for Jesus!

In Putin’s unhinged rant at the “annexation” ceremony, he gave us some insight as to why he is so popular in MAGA-Republican circles. He know which buttons to push. He is fighting the West not to grab Ukraine but on behalf of Jesus Christ and against Satanism. He is fighting to protect the family and the idea that there are only two genders. Excerpt . . .

“Do we want to have, here, in our country, in Russia, parent number one, number two, number three instead of mom and dad – have they gone made out there? Do we really want perversions that lead to degradation and extinction to be imposed on children in our schools from the primary grades? To be drummed into them that there are various supposed genders besides women and men, and to be offered a sex change operation? Do we want all this for our country and our children? For us, all this is unacceptable, we have a different future, our own future I repeat, the dictatorship of the Western elites is directed against all societies, including the peoples of the Western countries themselves. This is a challenge for everyone. Such a complete denial of man, the overthrow of faith and traditional values, the suppression of freedom acquiring the features of a “reverse religion” [the opposite of what the religion is] – outright Satanism. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ, denouncing the false prophets, says: By their fruits you shall know them. And these poisonous fruits are already obvious to people – not only in our country, in all countries, including many people in the West itself.”

This is what courage looks like.

https://tinyurl.com/ynr5a9xz

This opinion piece in the Washington Post was written by the imprisoned Alexei Navalny. He is the Russian opposition leader who after narrowly surviving a Putin poison job, returned to Russia to continue his protests. He is now in the Gulag.

He goes beyond arguing that Putin must be defeated in Ukraine. He takes as a given that “Ukraine must remain an independent democratic state capable of defending itself.”

He goes beyond regime change as a goal for the West. The removal of Putin is not enough. “No long-term goals can be achieved without a plan to ensure that the source of the problems stops creating them. Russia must cease to be an instigator of aggression and instability. That is possible, and that is what should be seen as a strategic victory in this war.”

His hope for a peaceful and prosperous Russia is its transformation from fascism to parliamentary democracy. The West he says should shape its policy and rhetoric to advance that goal.

He provides this background for the current war . . .

“First, jealousy of Ukraine and its possible successes is an innate feature of post-Soviet power in Russia; it was also characteristic of the first Russian president, Boris Yeltsin. But since the beginning of Putin’s rule, and especially after the Orange Revolution that began in 2004, hatred of Ukraine’s European choice, and the desire to turn it into a failed state, have become a lasting obsession not only for Putin but also for all politicians of his generation.”