Poor, poor Donald. Ex-president Donald Trump reverted to full victim mode following the FBI’s raid on his Mar-A-Lago compound.
“These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” whined Trump. “Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before.”
You got that right, Donald.
But that’s only because no other president allegedly removed a trove of classified documents from the White House, which is a violation of federal law and could put you behind bars for three years.
Trump’s band of sniveling sycophants rallied to their Majesty's defense, calling the raid the latest bid to weaponize the FBI.
Kevin McCarthy, the leader of the suck-ups, promised a full investigation of the Justice Dept. in the horrible event that he becomes House Speaker.
Trump doesn’t see any difference between the Florida raid and the Watergate scandal of 50 years ago “where operatives broke into the Democratic National Committee. Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th president of the US.”
The big difference: the Watergate break-in was part of a political spying and sabotage campaign waged by president Richard Nixon’s re-election campaign.
The Mar-A-Lago raiders were looking for documents that may further explain your role in overturning the results of the 2020 election and the Jan. 6 insurrection.
There was a famous 18.5-minute gap in the Nixon tape recordings of the president talking with his top aides.
There is a seven-hour gap in the presidential phone logs on Jan. 6.
The FBI may soon be able to fill that gap.
Stop the presses. The New York Post made money. News Corp CEO Robert Thomson told investors on August 8 that Rupert Murdoch’s pride and joy “formally reported a profit, possibly the first since Alexander Hamilton founded the paper” and is now “on a pathway to increasing profit contribution.”
To celebrate this milestone, Thomson should restore the image of Hamilton on its front cover.
The News Media Group, which comprises the Post and a bunch of Australian and UK papers, was the “single largest contributor to the enhanced profit picture” for News Corp’s fiscal year ended June 30.
Bolstered by increases in digital advertising and revenues, the News Media segment’s profit grew to $217M from $52M.
A buoyant Thomson said the Post’s upbeat performance was due to its “brave journalism that has seen it soar far above media mediocrity."
Let’s not get carried away, Robert.
Many readers visit the Post’s site or pick up the rag out of curiosity.
They want to see what you guys can get away with.
Conning the MAGA crowd. The Federal Trade Commission has finalized its action against Utah-based Lions Not Sheep, marketer of pro-Trump apparel, and its owner Sean Whalen for claiming its junk was made in the US, not China.
LNS sells hats, t-shirts and various accessories emblazoned with jingoistic tags such as “Trumpinator: I’ll Be Back” “God’s Nation,” “Give Violence a Chance,” “Free Man,” “Let’s Go Brandon,” and stars & stripes onesie pajamas.
The FTC charged that LNS yanked “Made in China” tags on its trash and replaced them with a “Made in USA” label. USA, USA, USA, indeed.
The FTC fined the company $211K and ordered it to stop claiming its products are made in the US “unless they can show that the final assembly or processing—and all significant processing takes place here and that virtually all ingredients or components of the product are made and sourced here.”
On its website, LNS states that it buys “blank garments” that are made in various countries such as China, Colombia and Bangladesh.
It then prints, embroiders, laser engraves, tags and bags the stuff in the USA.
The company also links to the FTC guideless about Made in USA claims.
LNS ships a copy of the US Constitution with each order.
Following the July 28 FTC order, LNS should include a copy of chairman Mao’s “Little Red Book” with each shipment.
Aaron Copeland’s 1942 classic “Fanfare for the Common Man” would bomb today as Ordinary Joes and Janes get no respect.
Only 40 percent of Americans trust “ordinary men and women," according to a Ipsos Global Trustworthiness Index released August 1.
Copeland based Fanfare on a speech called “Century of the Common Man” that was given by Henry Wallace, who was VP under Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Wallace, perhaps America's most liberal VP, was the Bernie Sanders of his day.
FDR dumped Wallace from the 1944 re-election ticket after a revolt led by conservative Democrats.
He then appointed Wallace Secretary of Commerce. President Truman fired Wallace after he made a speech suggesting closer ties between the US and Soviet Union.
Progressive rock band Emerson Lake & Palmer recorded a rousing version of Fanfare in 1977.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' Squad should adopt ELP's Fanfare as its theme song.
Aug. 10, 2022, by Joe Honick
I had neglected to add the only humor in all of this: it has been the far right complaining that crime is on the increase because law enforcement and courts have been too lenient. Trump, having pardoned convicted criminals who served little time, including one convicted of a war crime, now wants to smear the nation's top law enforcement officer for doing his job.
SNLis sure to have material.