The Civil War Never Ended: The Racist Deep Culture of Trumpism (part 1)

Calico Jack – America’s problem about race is fundamental

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Wednesday 6 January will forever be remembered as Trump’s Insurrection Riot Day. It is the day that he wound MAGA Nation up, pointed them at Congress, and let them go to wreck mischief and mayhem. What he didn’t know — I’m convinced of it — was that various militia, Boogaloo Bois, and Proud Boys groups had made plans to use the mob as cover to advance their own nefarious operations namely accelerating the beginning of the race war, and overthrowing the national government.

There is solid evidence that they were planning on detaining Congress people and assassinating them. Namely, they were chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” had erected a gallows outside and had hung a noose from a tree. Then, there were the pictures of the young men running around with zip-tie flexicuffs. Most of the boys with the cuffs concealed their identities with hats and masks. Most of them…

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WITH THE TURNING OF THE YEAR, A GOAL ACHIEVED

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Seven years ago I inherited a house. It had problems. In his last years, suffering from dementia and increasingly frail, my father had been unable to make the decisions to make much needed repairs, and would not have been able to remember what all the activity and noise would have been about, or tolerated it, if I had tried to get them done. The roof leaked, badly in one area (a bad roofing job some years earlier). There were bricks falling off the chimney, and rot in the deck and other spots, and other items. In truth, it was a fixer-upper. It turned out that the antiquated electrical system had things not up to current code, and the furnace setup likely wouldn’t pass inspection either. And, the floor in the upstairs bathroom, damaged by a leak in the wax seal of the toilet. That was all contractor stuff. Then there was the DIY list: Scraping wallpaper and painting, some smaller carpentry jobs, taking apart the garden shed that was getting close to falling apart (and building a deck in its place), building up the parking area that was flooding (fun with gravel), laying down a garden path with stone left over from the chimney job, rebuilding the gutters across the driveway, and more. All in all, a lot of money spent and a lot of work, leading to the cleaning and de-cluttering to get it ready to show. Finally, in November my agent agreed we were ready.

The listing went live on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Several people looked on Wednesday and one made an offer which was unacceptable (30K below the asking price). On Friday there were more lookers, including two agents from another Realtor. One of them made an offer from a client who had seen the listing on-line and liked it (The photographer was very good.). That was for full price with a decent down payment. They wanted to finish Due Diligence (the contingency period in which a buyer can back out and get the down payment back) on 12/15 and Close on 12/22. We negotiated changing the Closing to 12/30. They also offered that the buyer would want to rent the house back to me for four months (January thru April) so as not to have to shut the house down for the winter and to have someone here (She winters in Florida, and also owns a business in town.) The contract was signed on Saturday. So, from listing to contract = 4 days, and contract to closing = 33 days. I was glad of the rent-back plan. Finding a place to rent and getting moved in just a month would have been a scramble, especially, as it turned out, my car decided to break down about the middle of the month. Now, the deal is done. The money is in the bank, and I have four months to find a place and get there.

It was head spinning how fast this went. It doesn’t feel completely real yet in some ways. I’ve known since before Dad died that I would have to sell it. I had no idea it would take so long to get it ready or happen so fast when it did. The truth is that this is a ridiculous much of a house for one person, even ecologically irresponsible to be heating the whole thing for one body. By the time I do leave it in April it will be almost exactly fourteen years I’ll have lived in it. That is longer than any one home in my life. I’m ready for change and something that fits me better.

Call Mitch McConnell to Pressure Him into Removing Trump

Calico Jack – Mitch is resisting having an impeachment trial before 1/20

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Mitch McConnell sent a memo to his caucus saying that without unanimous consent from all 100 senators — is Josh Hawley or Ted Cruz going to object? Does the Pope shit in the woods or a bear wear a funny hat? — he won’t bring the Senate back into session, so impeachment will have to be put off until the Senate reconvenes 1:00 PM on 20 January AFTER Trump’s term ends and one hour into #BidenHarris when he is no longer majority leader but Schumer is (once Harris is VP, it shifts to Schumer).

It’s a nice procedural trick that diffuses responsibility for the Senate failing to remove a clear and present danger to the country. We can’t let him get away with it. We have to let him know that we know what he’s thinking:

McConnell assumes that we will forget this by 2022 and through his continued obstruction…

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WORDS WE ARE HEARING AND WHAT THEY LEGALLY MEAN

We are hearing some of these words a lot this week. Here is what the law says.

18 U.S. Code § 2381 – Treason

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

18 U.S. Code § 2382 – Misprision of treason

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States and having knowledge of the commission of any treason against them, conceals and does not, as soon as may be, disclose and make known the same to the President or to some judge of the United States, or to the governor or to some judge or justice of a particular State, is guilty of misprision of treason and shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than seven years, or both.

18 U.S. Code § 2383 – Rebellion or insurrection

Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

18 U.S. Code § 2384 – Seditious conspiracy

If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

18 U.S. Code § 2385 – Advocating overthrow of Government

Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or

Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or

Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

As used in this section, the terms “organizes” and “organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.

Call Your MoC about Impeaching and Removing Trump from Office

Calico Jack – Impeach again

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Our Members of Congress need to know that we support impeaching and removing Trump from office. It is imperative that we call or otherwise contact our Members of Congress and voice our support. After Trump’s Seditious Riot on 6 January, he has made it clear that he did not learn a lesson from a year ago. He didn’t learn his lesson from the Mueller Report. And even though he woodenly stumbled through his scripted statement supporting a peaceful transfer of power on 20 January, you can’t trust it. We all know he believes whatever he’s saying whenever he says it. When it strikes him to be his advantage to do it again, he’ll do it disavowal or not. So, help your Members of Congress not only support impeachment, but removal this time.

We know that Rep Ilhan Omar and others have already written the Articles of Impeachment and Rep Jerry…

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Support 25th Amendmenting Donald Trump: Contact the Cabinet!

Calico Jack – Amendment 25 & Donald Trump

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We all know the events that happened on Wednesday 6 January when MAGAs stormed the capitol and the Congressional police welcomed them with selfies and removed barriers and allowed them to ransack the offices and chambers of the Congress. A mob that acted at the behest of the Ol’ Pussy Grabber. But, also with the tacit approval and encouragement of 140 representatives and 12 senators who said they would challenge the electors from swing states based on the known lies of the Ol’ Pussy Grabber about the election.

Nothing makes it clearer that the Ol’ Pussy Grabber is a clear and present danger to our democracy. That the mob didn’t know what to do once the Capitol Police allowed them inside the building is a testament to Trump’s lack of ability to even organize a coup. It is a feature of Trump, luckily. But, he now sits in the WH…

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2020 in Review: Ye Olde Blogge Does OKAY

Calico Jack reviews the past year with a Top 10.

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While 2020 has been one of the worst years in US history, if not the absolute worst, it has been one of the best years for Ye Olde Blogge. Everything is up: views, comments, referrals from search engines. I guess it goes to show that nothing drives views to a political psychology blog like anxiety and good SEO. So, we’ll proceed like this: (1) Review of major changes to Ye Olde Blogge and (2) the top ten posts of the year.

Major Changes in 2020

I attribute most of the gains to having attended the WordPress online seminar on how to WordPress good. I paid extra attention to SEO and use of social media. It was lots of fun. I met some good people, improved my skills, and got some good ideas on how to better promote the blog.

We’ve made two big changes at Ye Olde Blogge: (1) We…

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