He’s in it, and yet he isn’t. It’s another early Festivus miracle!

Despite Video Evidence, New Hampshire State Rep Frank Sapareto Denies Starring Role In Porn Project

It’s not just the video evidence. There is also a string of e-mails from and to Sapareto discussing the project.

His rebuttal? He’s been kavanaughed! “You saw what happened to Kavanaugh? Now it’s happening to me!”

In an opinion piece for the right-wing Daily Caller, Stone published an exchange he had with Steve Bannon, then the chief executive of the Trump campaign.

Oops.

Last week he said he never discussed WikiLeaks with anybody from the Trump campaign. “There are no such communications,” Stone said, “and if Bannon says there are, he would be dissembling.”

That was his position until the communications were actually produced. Now he has a new position.

Roger Stone is to innocence as Lea Seydoux is to wearing clothing. It’s almost impossible to find an example of either.

I don’t know if you could name a bigger bullshitter or a bigger loudmouth braggart than Donald Trump, but if you absolutely needed a candidate, Stone would be your go-to guy.

As the Good Lord, in His mercy, intended.

In other news, I am now Rabbi Scoopy. In fact, I am a “rabbi plus,” because unlike those other rabbis who hava nagila, I actually have two nagilas.

That’s my motto: “two nagilas, no waiting.”

And I’m proud to announce that I have been nominated for a third nagila.

Mazel tov.

This Pence rabbi is pretty much the ultimate con artist. In the mainstream of Judaism, anyone who accepts Jesus as his savior would not be of the Jewish faith at all, but the Christian. Since those people are actually Christian, therefore nobody of the Jewish faith accepts Christ as a savior, therefore all Jews are going to hell to spend eternity with their fellow horned creature, the devil.

Pretty standard Nazi position. (Not to mention pre-Nazi anti-Semitism).

One clarification to this philosophy: somebody who is Jewish by heritage, ancestry and culture can go to heaven, as long as they are Christian by faith. This is one place where this so-called rabbi would differ from Hitler, who wanted to root out Jewish blood as well as Jewish religious belief.

Well, I guess they would also part ways on the whole genocide thing.

But here’s the real kicker: this guy was conducting a prayer for those who fell in the synagogue massacre. They were mainstream Jews. None of them had accepted Jesus, of course. Therefore, he was speaking at a memorial service about people whom he has condemned to hell! Talk about providing comfort to their families!

To real Jewish people, this guy who calls himself a rabbi is simply running a scam to convert Jews to Christianity. (Hey, the fundies think they can convert gay people to straight. Compared to that, converting Jews to Christianity should be a walk in the park.) What was his training to be a rabbi? He graduated from the Jewish studies program at the Moody Bible Institute, and holds a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Northeastern Bible College, neither of which bears much resemblance to rabbinical training. (They are both Christian institutions. What a surprise!)

It was not a good week for Le Grand Orange. He was starting to rise in the polls before his responses to last week’s tragedies.

He made some grave errors: asking everyone to “have a good time” in the wake of tragedy, failing to tone down his rhetoric, failure to condemn extremist rhetoric in general, and continuing to blow his anti-Semitic dog whistles after the synagogue tragedy.

Once again, I’ll point out that all of the following terms are the neo-Nazi code words for “Jews”: Soros, deep state, Hollywood, globalist. Those are always just surrogates for the J-word in white nationalist internet pamphleteering. (George Soros himself is just a very feeble old man who donates to progressive causes, and almost never has any relationship to the things he’s accused of. For example, there is no reason of any kind to connect him to the infamous caravan. This is another case exactly like “Obama was born in Kenya” of pure scaremongering with no basis in reality.) The other common terms that are starting to fall into this “synonyms for Jews” category are “fake media” and “drain the swamp.” (“Drain the swamp” basically translates to “purge the Jews” on wackadoodle web sites.)

In fairness, I should point out that I haven’t seen any persuasive evidence that Trump is really anti-Semitic. I really doubt that Trump knows precisely what he’s communicating to the neo-Nazis because that would require a subtlety and depth of understand far beyond his capabilities. But he does know that the far-right nuts love this stuff, and he is pandering to them because their cheers at his rallies stoke his ego, and he wants their votes. (His Soros/Caravan narrative is the Obama/Kenya meme repeated again with a new cast. Trump may or may not have known those things were false when he said them, but the truth would not be a relevant consideration for him, not would the implicit racism. He only cares that those things bring him cheers and votes.)

This move is “almost certain to draw legal challenges on constitutional grounds.”

Yeah, no shit, Sherlock.

The vast majority of constitutional scholars believe that ending birthright citizenship would be a violation of the 14th Amendment. You know what? He may be right, and those scholars may be wrong. It is not an action that will defy the explicit words of the 14th, but rather the common interpretation of the italicized phrase beneath. The Amendment states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”

But whether he is right or wrong on the principle of birthright citizenship, this is not a matter that should be decided by an executive order. It should either be a new amendment to the Constitution or a new law subject to interpretation by the courts in the usual manner. Needless to say, the problem with ruling by executive orders is that it is tantamount to having laws written in pencil. If a President can determine such an action, so fundamental to American law and values, with an executive order, then the next President can undo it with his own executive order, and so forth. That’s not the way the American rule of law should work. It is the function of the legislative branch to to create laws, and the judicial branch to interpret them.

Personally, I don’t think he will actually do this at all. I’m guessing that this is just a rhetorical strategy to get immigration to the top of the news cycle prior to the election (as opposed to right-wing violence). Trump and his advisers feel that immigration is the one issue which resonates most strongly with their base, and is most likely to get people to the polls. This is why he keeps haranguing and scaremongering about the migrant caravan.

But then again, Trump is like that stereotypical movie character who “might just be crazy enough to do it.”

By the way, in two related issues:

Shep Smith of Fox News said of the caravan, “There is no invasion. No one is coming to get you. There is nothing at all to worry about.” The pundits on his network are obviously pushing a different narrative.

Some parts of this debate are matters for interpretation, but there is one case where Trump is just completely wrong. He claims America is the “only country in the world with birthright” citizenship. That’s just him making things up, as usual. Because the Western Hemisphere is built on migration, every major country in the Americas offers it, and almost all of the smaller countries. (There are only three exceptions: Cuba, Costa Rica and Suriname.)

I don’t know whether there is anything wrong with this. He was portraying Susan Boyle. (I think it was Halloween, 2012)

But it seems like a lapse of judgment from a man who is supposed to be a distinguished newsman. Do you think Cronkite or Murrow or Brinkley would do this?

But looking back at the Megyn Kelly firing … same network … it seems downright creepy. I take that back. It has nothing to do with Megyn Kelly. It would seem downright creepy even if I had never heard of Megyn Kelly.

Update: This episode has been condemned by management and pulled from (re)broadcast. In addition, the anti-Semitic guest has been banned from all Fox channels.

The man our President calls “the great Lou Dobbs” has not been fired, although he has expressed similar ideas of his own. As you may know, “Soros” is a special synonym that neo-Nazis use because they can’t say “Jews” without severe repercussions. When they say “the State Department is occupied by Soros,” that is their way of getting “the State Department is occupied by Jews” into a public broadcast without facing a direct accusation of anti-Semitism (because they can deny that they meant anyone other than Soros, even though the point usually has no connection to anything Soros actually did or said). The term “deep state” is an even more cryptic and insidious way to say “Jews.” “Hollywood” is yet another.

Newsweek just published an article on the recent rise of anti-Semitism online.

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What the hell is wrong with these guys? Dobbs’ hair dye must be seeping into his brain.

Dobbs brought in one of the customary wingnuts to say that “the Soros-occupied State Department” is funding the so-called immigrant caravans. (See below)

1. This is the exact wild claim that inspired the synagogue shooter to start blasting away.

2. The term “Zionist-occupied government” is basically the official catchphrase of the neo-Nazi movement, and George Soros is their poster boy. In a way this is ironic, because while Soros was raised in a Jewish household, he is pretty much always at odds with Israel.

because … according to him, the NYSE opened the following day after 9-11.

(It was actually closed for about a week. It re-opened on the 17th.)

But it didn’t really matter that he was fact-challenged and memory-challenged, because that is true every day. It’s perhaps more important that he said, “We have our lives. We have our schedules. And nobody’s going to change it. So we’re here. And let’s have a good time.”

And thus the President brings healing to a mourning nation.

Update from Pittsburgh: 11 dead, at least six others injured. Several law enforcement officers injured. The Anti-Defamation League calls the shooting “likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States.”

Here’s what we know about the shooter

TRUMP: “If they had protection inside, the results would have been far better.” Lesson learned: we have the right to worship in peace – as long as we’re packin’ heat.

Two liberal darlings who performed in blackface: Silverman & Kimmel

(plus Jimmy Fallon, whatever his politics are)

Not mentioned: Ted Danson.

And let us not forget that Eddie Murphy and the Wayans Brothers have performed in whiteface.

You won’t hear me lecture about political correctness, because I am intentionally incorrect, thus establishing my foothold on the moral low ground, but we all should recognize that a society’s ethics and mores change. There are a lot of jokes that people made in affectionate fun in the 60s and 70s that are not considered appropriate now. There are jokes I wrote in my blogs in the 90s that make me cringe now.

Needless to say, the comments on his tweet are filled with pictures of him talking to people on his cell phones.

But best of all – that tweet was made on a cellphone, as are almost all of the others.

It’s probably not a bad bet to wager that he uses a cellphone more than any other human being on the planet.

But “rarely.”

I hate to admit it, but they are correct in that he did nothing wrong in this specific case.

Trump donated the portrait to a charity auction, and placed a seed bid. When nobody bid on the obvious white elephant, the foundation was forced to honor its seed bid. The $10,000 went to the Unicorn Foundation, so it was basically just a charitable donation, which is theoretically why the Trump Foundation exists.

The suit, however, is about much more than this specific case. Trump Foundation money was (allegedly) also used to pay off his creditors, decorate one of his golf clubs with the portrait, and boost his presidential campaign.

He wants to use his iPhones even though he has a secure landline designed to keep any calls confidential.

I guess that’s OK

What does it matter, as long as he’s aware that they are listening and conducts himself accordingly.

Just kidding.

You know he forgets that they are there and is blabbing away like a seventh grade girl talking to her friends.

But it’s still OK.

Sure, the Chinese and Russkies are learning every bit of American intelligence known by the President, but the good news is that amounts to nothing. He doesn’t trust the intelligence services and ignores their briefings. Our secrets are safe. Trump actually would have made a great secret agent. Oh, sure, if the enemy captured him and tortured him, he’d break down and tell them everything he knows, but that would do them no good at all!

Packages with pipe bombs sent to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama … Former Attorney General Eric Holder, former CIA Director John Brennan and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also had packages addressed to them. Brennan’s name was on package sent to CNN’s offices.”

The return address on the packages was that of Congressperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose offices also had to be evacuated when one of the packages was “returned” to her because the address was undeliverable.

Needless to say, the usual right-wing wackadoodles are claiming that this was all a political stunt concocted by the Democrats. (Despite the fact that the explosive devices were real, and could have killed the recipients.)

It looks as if the two chambers of Congress will be at political war.

According to 538’s statistical analysis, there is an 82% chance that the Republicans will keep control of the Senate, and an 85% chance that Democrats will take over the House.

To be technical, there is only a 67% chance that the Republicans will take 51 Senate seats or more, but there is also a 15% chance of a 50-50 split, and the GOP will retain control in that case because the VP casts the tie-breaker.

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This is from the same outfit that said trump had a 3% chance of winning the 2016 election?

Not at all. Nate Silver actually said just before the election that Trump had a good chance to win, maybe 30% – and he got royally shit upon by the liberal press!

He was only a hair off on his predictions. He thought Hillary would win 48.5% of the popular vote, and the actual was 48.2%. Where he went wrong was exactly where everyone went wrong. He thought that Gary Johnson would get 5.0% of the vote. In fact, he got only 3.2%. That is a massive difference. It may not sound massive, but 1.8% of the vote is enormous – that’s two million voters in the USA! The one thing pollsters have not yet been able to predict is how many supporters of third party candidates will get cold feet on election day and decide not to cast a meaningless ballot. But that’s only half of the problem. Even if you can figure out how many of them will switch to a major candidate, there is still the question of WHICH major candidate. In this case, it was a lot of voters, and Trump appears to have picked up just about all of them, which was enough to swing some toss-up states into the red column.

How big is 1.8% in reality? That percentage of the voters represents enough to swing Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida and Pennsylvania, and those 75 electoral votes, if reversed, would have given Clinton 302. Even without Florida, which was not as close as the others, the other three states would have brought Clinton to 273, giving her a narrow victory.

I’m not saying that it is impossible to forecast the abandonment of third party candidates, but simply that the math has not yet been worked out.

Man, that Soros is everywhere.

As I’m sure you know, Soros is responsible for most of the evil in the world. He’s the guy responsible for ethnic cleansing, the Khashoggi murder, immigrant caravans, the Kardashians, the designated hitter, reality cooking shows, the DC movies, Siberian gulags, the genocide in Myanmar, my missing sock, 9-11, 7-11, the Oprah book club and the Chinese re-education camps. He even supplied the dogs that Kim Jong Un fed his uncle to.

2018 was a big year for him. This was the first year he passed Satan for the top spot on the Forbes Evil 100. It took him until he was 88 years young to finally pull it off, and oh, did he celebrate. (Two words: double Maalox!)

SWEET! I want a piece of that. Just call me Tio Skupi, and hand me the keys to my new Lexus!

I wonder if those are the same Democrats that want to bring back lynchings for black men! So they love light-to-medium brown people and want to give them BMWs, but hate dark brown people and want to lynch them. They love Immigrant Caravans, but hate gas-guzzling Dodge Caravans. Kind of a confusing ideology. But then again, Democrats have always had a confusing ideology.

Among the GOP’s latest wild-eyed claims is one that’s truly the scam of a master con man. Trump plans to announce a massive tax cut for the middle class just before the mid-terms. Can you see the brilliance in that? Trump can’t pass those tax cuts without a Republican majority in the House, so if you don’t go out and vote Republican – it’s the poorhouse for you, bubba! It’s essentially a bribe to vote GOP. While this sort of pandering is utterly evil, in a way you have to admire the sheer mad genius in it! Trump might be the greatest snake oil salesman in history.

At this point it’s obvious that Stone has lied about pretty much everything, but it’s still not clear what the truth is.

For example, Stone said Randy Credico was his connection to WikiLeaks. Credico has no idea what Stone is talking about, but mentioned that Stone had claimed to him that he had a secret backdoor link to WikiLeaks. “He may have had somebody, I don’t know,” said Credico. “Who can tell with this guy?”

Stone also said “I would never have said I should get credit for coordinating with WikiLeaks since I did no such thing.”

but sources have revealed…

“Stone claimed in separate communications he should receive credit for coordinating with the group.”

It’s really not possible to say with Stone whether his lies are significant. He’s the kind of guy who’s always bragging and trying to impress his listeners, so you really can’t expect him to be consistent in the claims he makes to different audiences. He is, in blunt terms, a bullshitter. I suppose his defense can be, “I was bullshitting when I said that.” (It won’t be in those words, but I convinced that he’ll use something to that effect.) So, to the major question of “Did he share WikiLeaks info with Trump or the Trump campaign?” one can’t use his own words as evidence for or against it. Interpreting his history of claims is like trying to solve one of those logic puzzles where you come to the fork in the road and there are two guys standing there, one of whom always lies and one always tells the truth, but you don’t know which is which, and you only get one question.

Only hard evidence – e-mails, recorded conversations, etc – can tell investigators the real story.

Trump accuses the Saudis of deception and lies

Uncharacteristically, he seems to have a complete grasp of the situation.

He says their explanation is bullshit.

He hopes MbS is not involved, but leaves open the possibility that he might be, and awaits further evidence on that point.

He fears Kushner’s cozy relationship with The Kingdom is a liability.

He reiterates that Saudi Arabia is a valuable ally.

Most people think MbS had to be involved in the murder, but I think Trump is right to be cautious with so much at stake, and to wait for all of his intelligence pros to evaluate and weigh all the available evidence.

Joaquin Castro accuses Kushner of orchestrating killing of Khashoggi

Mind you, this is a guy who graduated from Stanford with honors and got his J.D. from Harvard Law, so he can’t really blame defective genes or a poor education. God only knows what was going through his head.

He referred to “the reporting that Jared Kushner may have, with U.S. intelligence, delivered a hit list, an enemies list, to the crown prince, to MBS, in Saudi Arabia and that the prince may have acted on that, and one of the people he took action against is Mr. Khashoggi.”

Castro, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN he did not have substantial evidence to support his claim, but repeatedly cited media reports on the subject.” He did not identify those mysterious reports. Perhaps he reads crackpot sources like this.

In other words, Castro had no evidence for accusing the President’s son-in-law of orchestrating a brutal murder, but claimed “people are saying” and he did not identify those people. He truly followed the Gospel According to Trump!

Yes, quite the battle. In the heat of the fierce skirmish in which Khashoggi was more than holding his own, he tripped and fell on a bone saw. Terrible accident.

That “fight” claim is technically true. He died in a fight in the same sense that Sharon Tate died in a fight. That stubborn fool Khashoggi had a strong preference for the fashion statement he made with his head attached, and thus fought to keep it on, at least to the best of his ability.

Today’s lesson for you kids: while the pen is mightier than the sword, it pales in comparison to the bone saw.

Needless to say, the Saudis are rounding up the usual suspects as scapegoats. Their goal now is to admit the undeniable facts, while casting blame away from Prince MbS (who essentially IS the Saudi government), and thus avoiding American reprisals by confirming a version of Trump’s “rogue agent” theory. The US has been told Saudis were preparing to pin the blame on Major General Ahmed al-Assiri for misunderstanding orders given by Prince Mohammed.

However …

US officials have told CNN that the operation could not have been carried out without the knowledge of Prince MbS, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler.

Oh, by the way, Prince MbS is heading up the investigation. “The Saudis have set up a commission, led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, that will restructure the Saudi general intelligence directorate and will have one month to release a report, state TV said.”

Needless to say, the Saudis are fully aware that only a gullible idiot would be convinced that MbS could head up an impartial investigation into his own involvement. Gee, I wonder who they think they could fool.

Oh.

Never mind.

Fair enough! At least he’s honest.

“But he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault for body slamming a reporter.”

“I understand that. But I think the point he was making was that he wasn’t talking about the press. He was just making the case, hey, anybody that can pick someone up and body slam them, that’s my kind of guy.”

So if I understand Santorum (which is not easy because this is a guy who once called intelligent design “a legitimate scientific theory that should be taught in science classes”), it is not any better to body slam a reporter than, let’s say, a Republican congressman, but either one is the sign of a cool guy!

Good to know!