Day 589 Friday August 30, 2018 989 Days to Go
Oh I forgot, the worst news from yesterday. The lowest of the low, the most despicable, the most illegal, the most criminal thing that happened yesterday was the release of a candidate’s SF-86 form. This form is the form a person fills out when applying for a secret clearance. This information is very private and intrusive. It is never supposed to be released to the public. So what did the Trump Administration do? A right wing group filled a Freedom of Information Request to get Abigail Spanberger’s SF-86 form and they released the whole thing – unredacted. How did the Spanberger team find out? It turns out that Paul Ryan’s folks got the form and were shopping it around to see how much people would pay for this information.
So let’s be clear, an opposition Republican research firm obtained the highly classified information of a candidate. That’s against the law. They then spread that information around to and including Paul Ryan’s super pac, that too is against the law. Both groups are trying to say, “Hey we got it via a FOIA request. So it’s legal.” Except it’s not. It violates the Privacy Act. Then they say, “Oh well, not our fault. We’re going to use it.” That too is illegal. Some of their sycophantic followers are trying to say, “What does she have to hide? Must be bad.” Yeah, well, maybe nothing, maybe something but this includes her Social Security number and her complete medical history as well as any job she has had and any foreign national she has ever met. This oppo research group has used this information in despicable ways already, trying to link Spanberger to criminals based on a temporary job she had teaching in a school. OMG! By this logic Paul Ryan and Donald Trump have been connected to some of the worst people in the world because they were in the same room as international thugs, dictators, and terrorists. Unlike Spanberger who only taught at a place where others passed through and not necessarily at the time she was there.
Ted Cruz has gone after his challenger Beto O’Rourke for being in a rock band, while he Ted released a video showing that he can’t dribble or shoot a basketball. So the choice for Texas is this, “Rock God? or white kid that can’t dribble or shot?”
In late breaking news, Ron DeSantis who just won the nomination for Governor for the State of Florida just resigned as an administrator on a facebook page called “Tea Party.” It is not part of the national “Tea Party Patriots” facebook page. Oh no, this group says Charlottesville was a hoax orchestrated by the left; compared the Parkland survivors and the Black Lives Matter activists to Hitler; that the NFL players who kneel are “overpaid ball chasers who kneel like ISIS”; that Islam as a religion is “pedophillia, sex slavery, gang rape,..”
Other members of this facebook group are Corey Stewart, Republican nominee for Senator for Virginia; Kelli Ward, Republican from Arizona; and well known anti-Muslim agitator Pam Geller.
So Ron DeSantis is a racist, and was until a few days ago an admin on a racist facebook page that not only advocated racism, but hatred toward: women, Muslims, and people of color. Yeah, let’s elect him governor.
Yesterday, Donald Trump killed the pay raises for everyone in the Federal government.
Also, Kris Kobach is being sued for the names of all the hundreds of thousands of people he removed from the voting roles in Kansas and in the twenty one states that Kobach’s Operation Cross Check removed voters from the rolls.
According to the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation the median American household has $11,700 in savings. The top 1% has $1.1M. The bottom 20% have nothing.
Another Manafort associate pleads guilty. This guy bought tickets to the Trump inauguration for $50K for Ukrainian Russian folks.
Oh yeah, Michael Cohen and Trump tried to buy all the dirt the National Enquirer had that went back decades. There are rumors that Trump paid a woman for her abortion. Tell that to the Christian right!
989 Days to Go
PS Jacob’s Dream by Giorgio Vasari and his workshop 1557-58