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January 13, 2023

In 1968 I was a casualty clerk in the Marines on the USS Princeton off the coast of Vietnam. Periodically, the other two clerks and I would crumple up classified documents into grocery sacks and take them to the ship’s furnace to burn. It was huge, circular with many doors, and beastly hot. After all the bags were there, one of us stayed to throw them in, then drag himself to his bunk to dream of beef jerky. As an agnostic, I didn’t consider it a glimpse of Hell; but I’m counting it as a peek into the Abyss.

Point being: the government takes classified material very seriously. However the Trump and Biden carelessness with it plays out, I hope justice is fair and swift. The GOPers are gleefully playing with fire again, pointing out the similarities; but I think they’re going to run out of road as the differences come more into focus.

Based on the first two weeks, 2023 could be the most politically volatile year in the U.S. since 1776. We’re still learning of the mammoth concessions Kevin McCarthy had to promise to land the Speakership. Curiously, one of them made it easier for the House to oust the Speaker. Given the hubris Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene have already displayed, it might be best that we keep them in plain sight. They both come from 75% white districts, so they can safely spout their shit and be re-elected. But I’d be surprised if they can rise above that. That’s the Louie Gohmert track.

You remember Louie, eh? He’s the Texas member of the House who talked of terror babies, compared Obama to Hitler, wanted to impeach Biden and proposed changing Cesar Chavez Day to Border Protection Day. Lincoln Project founder Steve Schmidt called him “America’s craziest and dumbest congressman.” Tragically, Louie did not get re-elected, so he will have to give up the crown, maybe to Gaetz.

The Dems would be smart to tend their own garden and let the Repubs self-immolate. They’ve already forgotten the political price they paid when Aging Orange shut down the government in 2018. If the GOP can’t learn from the results of the last three elections, they deserve the dustbin of history

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2023 4:38 pm

    wtf didn’t biden just tell this after trumps came to light. jackass. all he had to say is, these things happen, i myself… and say how he immediately turned them over and thy checked to see if any others showed up and they did and he turned them over immediately. instead, he pisses on trump about his. men are SO STUPID. no offence! now we will have the hunter and joe shit show from the right for the next 2 years. jesus.

    • January 16, 2023 3:34 pm

      No offense taken. I have often noticed our stupidity as well.

  2. January 13, 2023 4:44 pm

    you’re coming up on your 12 yr anniversary for this blog.

  3. Judith permalink
    January 13, 2023 4:48 pm

    Don’t want you to miss this one
    6/ Republican legislators in Virginia introduced a bill to count a pregnant person’s fetus as a passenger in the car pool lane on highways, advancing so-called personhood laws that seek to protect the rights of the unborn through unconventional means. The legislation would require a pregnant person to have their pregnancy “certified” with the state Transportation Department, would then be “linked” to automated toll collection devices in vehicles. Republicans in Texas introduced a similar measure last year. (NBC News)
    How could Biden screw up so badly? Leaving classified documents at his home??? He is as bad as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump!

    Thanks to your last missive about George Santos is everywhere in my radar now.

    If you are ever in Victoria with a pick up we have a redwood tree that really needs to go in the ground.

    • January 18, 2023 2:01 pm

      I wouldn’t throw Biden and Hilary in the same bucket as Trump, but Biden has indeed screwed up badly and it hints at how big a problem for national security this document hoarding may be. I hope it’s settled soon and policies are tightened. If we’re ever in Victoria, it would probably be in our pick-up, so we’ll drop by. Thanks.

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