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The polar vortex may be on its way

By Allison Chinchar, CNN meteorologist January 7, 2021

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/07/weather/polar-vortex-shifts-arctic-air-south/index.html

“The polar vortex appears to be on the move. That's because stratospheric warming is occurring at high altitudes above the North Pole, resulting in a spike in temperatures.

That, in turn, could result in bitter cold air pushing southward into the United States within a couple of weeks, though where exactly that Arctic air will swoop down -- and for how long -- remains uncertain.”

Oh, that's just f'ing great.

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Another comparison to the 1930s rise of fascism.

from: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/08/trump-homegrown-fascism-inequality-poverty  :

Tens of millions of the precariat were already living in a de facto Great Depression before the pandemic, and many working-class jobs will not return in the short term – if ever. This widening disparity creates a level of rage among voters that inexplicably continues to evade Beltway journalists’ understanding.

It’s not that difficult to grasp meaning. Just look to the past. I’ve long been a student of the 1930s – fascism was on the rise in the US throughout the Great Depression. It’s something that never went away; it’s part of the American DNA. Many of the 74 million who voted for Donald J Trump in 2020 would be quite happy with authoritarian leadership. They aren’t going to vanish with the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

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In early 1939, a n a z i  rally at Madison Square Garden drew 20,000 people. The rising authoritarian movement was the subject of a 9,000-word 1940 Harper’s magazine article, The American Fascists, by Dale Kramer.

In the modern era, the Youngstown State labor studies professor John Russo recognized early that anger over the loss of good jobs was leading to a resurgence of fascism. When I interviewed him in 1995, he foresaw the emergence of a Trump-like figure. When I went through Ohio recently on my cross-country journey, John doubled down on his 1995 prediction; he feels that the threat from the far right will not abate. Trump lost “and the thing I say is, ‘So what?’ Right now we are at a tipping point in terms of what the American economy is going to look like, what the American social structures are going to look like,” Russo told me. “2024, that’s going to be the seminal election.”

Russo says there will be “contested terrain”, a fight between progressives and rightwing authoritarianism between now and 2024. If a smarter, more effective Trump comes along, he or she could eclipse the threat that Trump presented to American democracy.

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6 hours ago, James DiEugenio said:

There are five dead now.

That woman should not have been shot. The chief of the DC police resigned today. He should have been fired and I hope he is brought up on charges.  That was the worst example  of policing and crowd control I have ever seen.

The woman was unarmed, defenseless.  Why those cops did not have rubber bullets, tear gas and flash grenades is beyond comprehension. A rubber bullet can break someone's arm. You want to stop someone not kill someone in that situation. Her husband has a good lawsuit.

The chief of Capitol Police resigned today, not the DC Metro Police chief.

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5 hours ago, Kirk Gallaway said:

I've heard this too Dave! When the Congress was sequestered, Minority whip Steny Hoyer phoned Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland for him to activate the National Guard

  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said Thursday that he tried to deploy his state's National Guard to assist in Washington, DC, but was thwarted.

  • Hogan said he was "repeatedly" told he lacked the authorization to deploy the troops, The Washington Post reported.

  • According to The New York Times, the decision to authorize National Guard deployments ultimately came from Vice President Mike Pence, marking an apparent break with the chain in command

  • *******So Pence , who was also sequestered eventually overrode the chain in commend. Nobody's  pieced it together but in the news conference where Hogan reveals this, he then immediately turns around and asks for Trump's resignation!.

  • So we have a collaborating confirmation of this. We'll see where it goes.

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https://news.yahoo.com/maryland-governor-tried-deploy-national-002546744.html

Ah, boyo, it's like the days of fightin' Dick Cheney have returned.

A blocked attempt to transfer power to Mike Pence?

I mean, really - what kind of country does this stuff for fun?

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We  can't leave Trump alone to plot and scheme.

We have to put him on the defensive.

We can't sit around and wait to see what he is going to do next.

Whether it's someone showing up and his office with an arrest warrant, or filing new Articles of Impeachment, or whatever.

We have to make him react to us and not the other way around. He needs to be hounded and harried from pillar to post and not give him time to lay his own plans.

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My lifetime experience tells me that most of the people I have ever personally known who voluntarily chose to go into police, security, prison guard and national guard fields were much more right wing types than liberal or even moderately liberal in their political and even morality mindsets.

Most enlisted military service people who stay in more than the basic 4 year commitment, same thing.

I'll guarantee you that the huge majority of agency people are this way as well, and if registered with any political party, they are registered as Republican.

Hence,  it's logical and very possible in my mind, that a good number of security people all over the country and in DC are more aligned with the Trump base mind set and would be more sympathetic to their worked up, Trump conspiracy believing cause versus a democratic party liberal one.

The fact that some of the security people in the Capital building were actually participating in selfie photo ops with these crazy intruders bolsters the possibility that some may have been in on the sketchy resistance break- in event, again imo.

Watched Trump's stiff, muted and even robotic speaking speech yesterday where he weakly conceded defeat and called for a peaceful transition.

You could so easily tell he was reading these teleprompter lines ( totally written by his damage control team ) with inner disdain and reluctance.

Trump was obviously told ( frantically ) that his standing as president is on the brink of removal and that he had better get in front of the national media cameras and at least try to convey some message other than enraging his base with claims of Democratic Party fraud and injustice directed at Trump and his base with a stealing of the presidency message versus a legitimate and honest election loss.

Trump didn't mean or believe a word he said in that short, weakly toned and spoken contrived content speech, imo.

It was strictly a desperate damage control speaking event created by his desperate damage control people. No one besides Trump's most die hard base believed a word he said in it. And you could see and feel that the squinty eyed, tight lipped, stiff jawed Trump didn't either.

 

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3 hours ago, Bill Fite said:

 

Another comparison to the 1930s rise of fascism.

from: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jan/08/trump-homegrown-fascism-inequality-poverty  :

Tens of millions of the precariat were already living in a de facto Great Depression before the pandemic, and many working-class jobs will not return in the short term – if ever. This widening disparity creates a level of rage among voters that inexplicably continues to evade Beltway journalists’ understanding.

It’s not that difficult to grasp meaning. Just look to the past. I’ve long been a student of the 1930s – fascism was on the rise in the US throughout the Great Depression. It’s something that never went away; it’s part of the American DNA. Many of the 74 million who voted for Donald J Trump in 2020 would be quite happy with authoritarian leadership. They aren’t going to vanish with the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

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In early 1939, a n a z i  rally at Madison Square Garden drew 20,000 people. The rising authoritarian movement was the subject of a 9,000-word 1940 Harper’s magazine article, The American Fascists, by Dale Kramer.

In the modern era, the Youngstown State labor studies professor John Russo recognized early that anger over the loss of good jobs was leading to a resurgence of fascism. When I interviewed him in 1995, he foresaw the emergence of a Trump-like figure. When I went through Ohio recently on my cross-country journey, John doubled down on his 1995 prediction; he feels that the threat from the far right will not abate. Trump lost “and the thing I say is, ‘So what?’ Right now we are at a tipping point in terms of what the American economy is going to look like, what the American social structures are going to look like,” Russo told me. “2024, that’s going to be the seminal election.”

Russo says there will be “contested terrain”, a fight between progressives and rightwing authoritarianism between now and 2024. If a smarter, more effective Trump comes along, he or she could eclipse the threat that Trump presented to American democracy.

Extremely coherent assessment and likely scenario for the following next years.

Our government leaders are seriously oblivious to how close to absolute financial collapse and bankruptcy tens and tens of millions of Americans and their families are...right now!

Just in my family alone, two of us three have lost their jobs due to the Covid and are living on 35% of their previous take home pay and this unemployment income will be gone in just a few more months to boot!

This is real world REALITY!

Right now...today.

For perhaps 1/4th "or even more" of our entire citizenry!

And these lost jobs and the incomes from them...are not coming back!

An honest true reality message to our federal and state goverment leaders... 

WAKE UP!   

We ( 30 to 40% of the country ) are on the brink ( no, we are there!) of true, serious, family destroying financial collapse!

Like Democratic presidential primary candidate Andrew Yang strongly and seriously proposed...we are going to have to initiate a basic income monthly subsidy to all stressed Americans, until this devastation can be addressed and overcome which will take years.

Otherwise, like poster Bill Fite says, we are guaranteed civil unrest with fascist sentiments growing out of anger, fear and deep frustration.

If Germany and most of the German people hadn't been so devastatingly stressed and even crushed economically after WW I and into the thirties, the attraction to Hitler and his promises to bring them out of their dispiriting and humiliating plight wouldn't have been so appealing. And the more Hitler got Germany's economy and job situation improving, the more Germans fell under his spell. 

Trump has constantly used this same ( I will improve your lives economically and I get things done and keep my promises ) Hitler type appeal format. And most of Trump's blindly loyal spell bound followers still proclaim him as their savior in this way.

Trump's signature propaganda sound bite..."Make America Great Again" perfectly matches Hitler's "Make Germany Great Again" political gain and control game plan and agenda.

 

 

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Opening paragraphs from the lead article in today's New York Times:

"Six days before a raucous rally of President Trump’s supporters in Washington, Representative Maxine Waters anxiously grilled the chief of the Capitol Police about his preparations for various scenarios: Were the rooftops secured? Would streets be blocked off? Did he know that violent groups like the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers were vowing to stir up chaos?

"Ms. Waters, a California Democrat, said each of her concerns was met with a similar response from Chief Steven Sund during their hourlong call: “He assured me that they have everything under control, that they were on top of everything.”

On Morning Joe today there were revelations that the Defense Department, Department of Justice, and Homeland Security offered the Capitol Police and the mayor of the District of Columbia ample law enforcement personnel  in advance of the march on Washington. The Chief of the Capitol Police and the mayor turned down the offers. They claim now that they did so because the FBI advised them  that there was nothing to show alarm. As it turned out for weeks Facebook and other media sites carried talk of planned attack.

So our intelligence agencies were asleep for a year while the Russians cyber-hacked on national security networks and again when domestic terrorists were openly planning an attack on the Capitol.

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1 hour ago, Steve Thomas said:

We  can't leave Trump alone to plot and scheme.

We have to put him on the defensive.

We can't sit around and wait to see what he is going to do next.

Whether it's someone showing up and his office with an arrest warrant, or filing new Articles of Impeachment, or whatever.

We have to make him react to us and not the other way around. He needs to be hounded and harried from pillar to post and not give him time to lay his own plans.

Steve Thomas

Steve,

     This is exactly right.  Sociopaths like Donald Trump only respond to the threat of external consequences for their sociopathic conduct.

     Trump is like a wife beater when the cops arrive at the door.

      He only pretended to concede when his advisors warned him that he might be removed from office.

     Mary Trump hit this nail on the head, again, today.

Mary Trump To Lawmakers: Ignore ‘Performative’ Trump Speech, He Must Be Impeached

“There was not any truth in it at all, and if you listen carefully, he doesn’t actually concede the election.”
 

 

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24 minutes ago, W. Niederhut said:

 

     Trump is like a wife beater when the cops arrive at the door.

      He only pretended to concede when his advisors warned him that he might be removed from office.

 

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    This reported about Trump's weak speech yesterday... But the statement was late, and it came after "intervention from his daughter, Ivanka" according to one current White House official.

Trump had to be coaxed into giving this speech by his own daughter? He wasn't going to do this of his own volition?  Egads.

Ivanka must have told him something like...Daddy, we are all about to kicked out of office!   And we will go into the history books as the most screwed up Presidential family ever!

Please, get your "Pu$$y Grabbing A$$ out there and stop this madness!

 

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 Mary Trump hit this nail on the head, again, today.

Mary Trump To Lawmakers: Ignore ‘Performative’ Trump Speech, He Must Be Impeached

“There was not any truth in it at all, and if you listen carefully, he doesn’t actually concede the election.”
 

 

 

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From a 1/6/2021 Newsweek article:

The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf is actually in the Middle East, evidently not thinking that the threat was severe enough for him to be in Washington.

The DHS has been indiscriminate in using its law enforcement arms, now the largest in the federal government—Secret Service agents, ICE, Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Air Marshals and even the Federal Protective Service—to intervene over the past year when protests didn't involve pro-Trump, right wing mobs. The Capitol Police did come out in force when Black Lives Matter and Antifa approached Capitol Hill last summer.

FBI sources told Newsweek that the Bureau was closely watching the various protestors converging on the city, that the Department of Justice was taking the law enforcement lead no matter what other agencies of the government were doing, and that the Bureau had a good sense of the protestors, the size of the crowd, the leaders, and the dangers. The intelligence apparently did not anticipate what the news media was openly speculating about and what the president and his supporters were publicly tweeting.

The District of Columbia government was the only prepared and ready force on Wednesday. Mayor Muriel Bowser activated 340 District National Guardsmen and women before Wednesday. In keeping with a desire not to use soldiers to enforce the law, she kept them unarmed and assigned them to traffic control and other duties to relieve more police officers of the Metropolitan Police Department—3,800 strong, the sixth largest municipal police department in the nation—to enforce the laws.

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