Friday Reads: Scoundrels and Deplorables edition

Rhythm, Joy of Life (1930) – Robert Delaunay

Hi Sky Dancers!

I got through my second vaccine with just another sore arm so I’m pretty thrilled to be done with that! This afternoon I’m doing a zoom meeting wiith Greg Mankiw and other of my colleagues in the Dismal Science Field to talk about the equally dismal subject of the Covid-19 Economy.  I’ll let you know if any one sees any sunshine yet.

There’s a couple of things in the news today where there’s some Clean up in Aisle Trumpist Regime Corruption and Crimes going on today.  This first one is something that slipped my mind. Marcy Wheeler (aka EmptyWheel) is on it though.  Remember that banker that tried to bribe Manafort to get him a position in the Trumpist Regime?  The SDNY has him in their sites.

It will be interesting to see what role–if any–a freed and pardoned Manafort will have and if the fifth or the pardon have any impact.  We figured there would be Trump appointees storming the Capitol with the other insurrectionists and it seems they’ve caught a fish.  This is from WAPO: “State Department aide appointed by Trump stormed the Capitol, beat police with a riot shield, FBI says”.  Sounds like one of many nice people on both sides kinda guys.

On Thursday, the FBI arrested a political appointee of President Donald Trump on charges that he stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to a criminal complaint, marking the first member of the former administration arrested in connection with the insurrection.

Federal agents arrested Federico Guillermo Klein, 42, a former State Department aide, on multiple felony charges related to the Capitol riot, according to a criminal complaint published by the New York Times. (Politico first reported the arrest.) The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Friday.

Klein, who is also a former Trump campaign employee, did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Friday. It is unclear if he has hired a lawyer.

Klein was still employed at the State Department as a staff assistant on Jan. 6 when he joined a mob in a tunnel leading into the U.S. Capitol, the FBI said. Then he allegedly “physically and verbally engaged with the officers holding the line” at the building’s entrance, according to the complaint. After ignoring officers’ orders to move back, he assaulted officers with a riot shield that had been stolen from police, the complaint said, and then used the shield to wedge open a door into the Capitol.

At one point, Klein was caught on video shouting for more insurrectionists to come to the front lines, where officers were struggling to hold back the mob.

“We need fresh people, need fresh people,” he said, according to the complaint.

Zebra (1937) – Victor Vasarely

You should  go to the article just to see his picture in his tweedy jacket and MAGA hat.  He looks like some one’s long lost accountant.  Funny how the dull boring white guy types tend to be the angriest of the Trumpers!. But, there he is out beating up police officers and stirring up insurrection.  I imagine he’ll likely spend his time in the Prison Library if he’s smart or he’ll get the usual white supremacist tatoo and hook up with the rest of them and do their taxes in his spare time.

Oh, btw, I’m sharing 10 MOST FAMOUS ABSTRACT ARTISTS AND THEIR MASTERPIECES for today.  Abstract Art is so much better than abstract conspiracy theories.   The internacine back and forth in the Republican party has a new page as Trump v Rove is the newest Argle bargle from Maro Laga.  This is from Reuters and Steve Holland: ” Civil War: Trump attacks Republican strategist Rove, who fires back.”  Talk about to Skunks in a pissing contest!

Former President Donald Trump intensified his war with the Republican establishment on Thursday by attacking Karl Rove, a longtime Republican strategist who criticized Trump’s first speech since leaving office for being long on grievances but short on vision.

Rove wrote of the 90-minute speech: “There was no forward-looking agenda, simply a recitation of his greatest hits. People like fresh material. Repetition is useful to a point, but it grows stale.”

The spat was the latest round in the civil war that has erupted within the Republican Party, with establishment figures such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell eager to put Trump in the rearview mirror, and others, like Trump ally Senator Lindsey Graham, believing the party’s future depends on the energy of the pro-Trump base.

Black Iris III (1926) – Georgia O’Keeffe

These baby men need naps. Now, let’s talk about Paul Gosar who is a completely different kind of animal.  This is from HuffPo and the keyboard of Christoper Mathias: “Paul Gosar Spoke At A White Nationalist Conference. The GOP Doesn’t Care.  The congressman was the keynote speaker at a conference run by a virulent racist and anti-Semite. HuffPost tried to find a Republican lawmaker to rebuke him.”  He’s one of the chief deplorables with no redeeming qualities to be found as far as I’m concerned.

Last week a sitting U.S. congressman delivered a keynote speech at a white nationalist conference in Florida.

“Wow, what a group,” Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) said as he took his place behind a podium emblazoned with the letters “AFPAC” — an acronym for America First Political Action Conference, the second annual gathering of the white nationalist “groyper” movement.

After speaking about “cancel culture,” Big Tech’s supposed censorship of right-wingers, and the need for a big border wall to keep “America First,” Gosar said goodbye to the AFPAC crowd, who’d traveled from across the country to attend the secret gathering inside the Hilton Orlando.

“May God bless you,” Gosar said. “And may God bless the United States of America.”

The crowd — a motley crew of unabashed racists and anti-Semites — broke into a chant of “Gosar! Gosar!” to which the congressman responded with a wave, a smile and what looked like an earnest, heartfelt “Thank you.”

AFPAC’s organizer, white nationalist figurehead Nick Fuentes, took the stage next, telling the crowd that “white people are done being bullied” and that America needs to protect its “white demographic core.”

The next day, Fuentes and Gosar sat down for coffee, according to a photo Fuentes posted to Twitter.

“Great meeting today with Congressman Gosar,” tweeted Fuentes, a 22-year-old Holocaust denier who once compared Jews killed in Nazi gas chambers to cookies baking in an oven. “America is truly uncancelled.”

Okay. That’s not deplorable or even despicable.  It’s evil.  We’re about to see how low they can go as the debate on the Covid 19 relief bill is happening on the Senate floor after yesterday’s public reading forced by Senator Johnson (asshole, Wisconsin).

Composition VII (1913) – Wassily Kandinsky

Well, that about sums it up.  Politico reports that “Dems strike new unemployment benefits deal in $1.9T Covid bill. This legislative endurance run is part of the budget reconciliation process, which Democrats are using to pass Biden’s plan without the need for GOP support.” This puts Vice President Harris front and center in the process.

Senate Democrats struck a new deal on the unemployment benefits in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on Friday, shortly before debate on the bill reached its peak.

A new amendment readied by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) would change the aid bill’s boosted weekly federal unemployment payments from $400 weekly, as approved by the House, to $300. But the Senate’s deal would extend benefits through September instead of August, and the first $10,200 of unemployment benefits will now be non-taxable income. The agreement was hatched by both moderate and progressive Democrats.

Woman I (1952) – Willem de Kooning

So, that’s going on today and CSpan has it all as usual. “Senate Debates Minimum Wage Amendment to $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Bill. “

Okay, so the good news is that the QAnon cult did not manifest much of anything yesterday.  This is from Newsweek “QAnon’s March 4 Failure Prompts Wave of Trump Inauguration Jokes, Memes.”

QAnon conspiracists believed Trump would return to the White House on Thursday because it was the original date of the presidential inaugurations, before it switched to January 20 when the 20th amendment was passed in 1933.

Federal agencies, like the U.S. Capitol Police and the Department of Homeland Security, prepared for possible violence, following the Capitol riots in early January that involved QAnon supporters, among others, storming the seat of government.

After March 4 passed without violence, Twitter users mocked the QAnon theorists on Twitter, sharing jokes and memes about the inauguration that never happened.

So, today I have no gratuitious Ted Cruz bashing so maybe we can return more to normal!

Mask Up!  Be Safe!  Get that Vaccine!  Let us know you’re okay!  We care!

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?


11 Comments on “Friday Reads: Scoundrels and Deplorables edition”

  1. dakinikat says:

    As always, we need to remember some of this stuff will be a sideshow if We don’t stop voter suppression! Have a great day!

  2. djmm says:

    Congrats on your second shot!! Remember that it will take a little while to reach full immunity.

    Love the post and the art!

    Isn’t any time a good time to criticize Se. Cruz? He is almost always doing something that is just wrong. It appears, however, that he and Gov. Abbott are competing to see which can be the most vile Texas politician.

  3. Beata says:

    Yay! Dak got her vac and is feeling okay!

    Love the artwork. Kandinsky is one of my favorites.

  4. dakinikat says:

  5. Enheduanna says:

    Moscow Mitch trying to orchestrate his exit from the Senate:

    I suspect he’s in sad physical shape and hoping to spend his remaining years enjoying the fruits of his lifelong career of plunder and pillage. Hopefully his wife will enjoy her future court appearances.

    • dakinikat says:

      I’d hate to be dealing with some of the crazies in his party right now.

    • NW Luna says:

      “It’s too expensive” to help people who work for wages that barely keep their heads above water, or not even that. Suuuuure. The corporate tax break handout legislation needs to be undone.

    • quixote says:

      Charlie Pierce again. And he’s right about everything. It makes me sick to think that even when we’re rid of that ghoul, he could successfully salt the ground to make sure nothing good ever comes after him.