More to ignore, Book 23....

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Igor Fruman, one of Rudy Giuliani's former associates, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison on Friday for his role in a scheme to funnel Russian money into US elections.

US District Judge Paul Oetken said it was a "serious offense" and punishment was necessary.

"Our democracy is fragile and it depends on people believing in it," Oetken said.

The sentence was less than what federal prosecutors argued was an appropriate sentence for Fruman's "central role" in the scheme. Prosecutor Hagan Scotten asked the judge to sentence Fruman within the sentencing guidelines range of 37 to 46 months, citing the "grave damage" his actions caused to the public's confidence in a fair electoral system.

Prosecutors also sought a fine ranging between $15,000 and $150,000.


Fruman and fellow Giuliani associate Lev Parnas were arrested in 2019 on multiple campaign finances charges as they were boarding a flight to Europe on a one-way ticket. They were working with Giuliani, then-President Donald Trump's personal attorney, on his efforts to dig up dirt on Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine.....
 

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DOJ attorneys blast Portland for hiding 2018 police-training slideshow with Proud Boys meme
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The meme at the end of the PPB’s 110-slide training presentation on crowd control was authored by notorious Proud Boy figure Kyle Chapman.

The friendly relations between police forces in Portland, Oregon, and the far-right extremists who have made a career over the past five years of invading the city with bused-in Proud Boys, militiamen, and other thugs has long been open knowledge among the city’s residents, not to mention a major source of the distrust Portland residents have for the people ostensibly hired to “protect and serve” them. The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has vigorously denied this is the case, unpersuasively.

Thus the revelation last week that a PPB PowerPoint slideshow used in training the city’s officers concluded with a slide featuring violent and hateful text from a Proud Boys-affiliated group didn’t really surprise anyone—except, perhaps, the attorneys at the Justice Department’s civil-rights division overseeing the city’s compliance with its 2014 settlement agreement on police reforms, who have already found the city out of compliance. They fired off a letter expressing their outrage that the slide’s existence had been hidden, and warned that fresh penalties may be forthcoming for Portland police.
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The slide in question was revealed late last week by Mayor Ted Wheeler, who explained that it had come to the city’s attention as a result of a lawsuit filed over PPB’s use of force. Wheeler denounced the meme, saying he was “disgusted that this offensive content” was part of a police training presentation. PPB Chief Chuck Lovell called it “contrary to PPB’s values and what we are trying to achieve as an organization.’’

It featured a photo of a man wearing body armor and a helmet punching a long-haired protester, accompanied by faux scriptural-style text describing the author’s disgust with “dirty hippy” protesters and extolling people who commit violence against them “with hat, and with bat.”

The meme in fact is known as the “Prayer of the Alt-Knight,” produced by the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights (FOAK), a short-lived offshoot of the Proud Boys, described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as its “tactical defense arm.” Cofounded by a notoriously violent Proud Boy named Kyle “Based Stickman” Chapman in 2017 (along with Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes), intended “for those that possess the Warrior Spirit. The weak or timid need not apply,” as Chapman put it. Chapman is credited as the meme’s author.

By 2019, FOAK had declined into inactivity, largely due to Chapman’s multiple arrests for assault and the conditions of the probation he found himself under as a result: : for hitting a Texas man over the head with a barstool, for fighting a person in Berkeley while filming a promotional video, and for operating a vehicle off-road. He recently attempted to set up an explicitly white-nationalist version of the Proud Boys he called “Proud Goys,” a reference to their belief that Jews secretly control American society.

Last month, Chapman was arrested in Boise, Idaho, for assaulting a health-care provider at a hospital where had been intubated with pneumonia. The judge in that case issued a no-contact order and maintained his bond at $100,000, which he later met.

The meme was incorporated at the end of a 110-slide PowerPoint presentation created by yet-unnamed PPB employees in 2018 to be used in training officers in how to deal with public protests. The rest of the slideshow is entirely comprised of non-satirical information on crowd-control tactics, which in fact appear to have been used by Portland police during protests in 2019 and particularly in 2020.

City officials say the presentation was rediscovered by a PPB employee in September 2021 while reviewing records requested as part of discovery in a lawsuit brought by the nonprofit Don’t Shoot Portland. That suit is focused primarily on PPB’s use of aggressive tactics against Portlanders during 2020 racial justice protests. The city made the existence of the slideshow public only last week because it was due to be revealed in a court filing in the lawsuit.

Wheeler initiated an investigation into the slideshow. City officials say their initial inquiry indicates the training material was intended for officers from the various police agencies in the region that provide officers to serve as members of PPB’s Rapid Response or Mobile Response teams, which frequently comprise a significant component of the police presence at Portland protests.

The revelation incurred the wrath of DOJ attorneys Jonas Geissler and Jared D. Hager, whose section in the civil-rights division oversees Portland’s compliance with the 2014 settlement agreement. They complained that they had been a given a heads-up about the information less than 24 hours before it was released to the press.

“The night before, the city informed us for the first time about what the city described as an ongoing internal investigation to determine who authored certain RRT training slides that have varying degrees of offensive content, incorrect guidance, and false or misleading information related to PPB’s crowd management policies and practices,” the attorneys wrote.

The presentation itself, they said, should have been reported to DOJ in 2018, “when they were developed,” a requirement of the 2014 settlement agreement.

“Some PPB and city employees knew or should have known about these materials for years,” they wrote. “The City Attorney’s Office has reportedly known about them since at least September 2021. Had we known about this RRT training, we might have proposed additional remedies. The United States reserves its rights under the agreement related to this matter.”
 

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The House of Saud is in effect, yA'll, I said the house of Saudi in effect
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The retired federal judge assigned to review the contents of 18 electronic devices seized from Rudolph W. Giuliani’s home and offices in Manhattan last spring has withheld about half of what former president Donald Trump’s personal lawyer argued should be kept out of the hands of investigators because it was privileged.

More than 3,000 communications were released to prosecutors on Wednesday, an action reflected in a four-page report submitted to a judge overseeing litigation on the FBI’s April 28 seizure of Giuliani’s phones and computers. The contents of the devices were not disclosed.

The Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office has been investigating Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine while he was representing Trump. Prosecutors have said Giuliani might have acted as an unregistered foreign agent, which was the basis for the agents’ search........

 

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Mentioning communist China, federal judge sides with UF professors in First Amendment suit

Comparing the grievance to a human rights violation in communist China, a federal judge ordered the University of Florida on Friday to stop restricting how its faculty provides expert witness testimony in cases that challenge the state’s positions in “hot-button political issues.”

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker forbade UF until further notice from enacting its conflict-of-interest policy, which it deemed unconstitutional.

The university cited that policy as the reason it initially barred three political science professors from testifying last fall against the state in a case regarding a new law related to voting access.......
 

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TTM note: Every time Ari gets somebody to admit to a crime in one of his interviews, he briefly shuts his eyes. Cracks me up.
 

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey sued the Biden administration on Jan. 21 over its demand that the state stop sending millions in federal COVID-19 relief money to schools that don’t have mask requirements or that close due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

The lawsuit filed in federal court in Phoenix comes a week after the U.S. Treasury Department demanded that Ducey either restructure the $163 million program to eliminate restrictions it says undermine public health recommendations or face a repayment demand. The Treasury Department also wants changes to a $10 million program Ducey created that gives private school tuition money to parents if their children's schools have mask mandates.

Ducey’s lawsuit said the Treasury Department created restrictions on spending the money Arizona receives under President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act on its own and without legal authority. It asks a court to declare that the Treasury Department's rules are illegal and permanently block enforcement and any demands that it pay back the $173 million it is spending on the two programs.......
 

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Hey, I Think My Blog’s About to Become Illegal in Florida, Neat!
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It’s been one of those ****-you-for-living-here winter weeks in Chicago, and since Omicron hasn’t quite moved on, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to crawl under some fluffy-ass blankets, and experiment with hot cocktails. Despite such lovely intentions, between the shrill, unceasing squeak of my apartment building’s heating unit, pulsing Edgar Allan Poe-ly outside my office window, and the steady stream of wingnut ****ery in my news feed, I have instead gone quite mad. The toddies have been nice, however.

Before we dive into the deep end of the septic tank, let’s pop by the demented day care center known as the “House Republican Conference” real quick, shall we? Ah. I see Dan Crenshaw pitched a fit at a 10-year-old girl, Madison Cawthorn figured a Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing was an appropriate setting to fiddle with his firearm, and Lauren Boebert hilariously accused a group of Jewish visitors to the Capitol of conducting “reconnaissance.”

…America, as you flirt with the idea of handing control of the United States government to this meth lab clown show, just…I mean, caveat freaking emptor, y’know?.......
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A welcome victory in the war against disinformation, as the odious hate-mongers of One America “News” Network got booted off DirecTV, a potentially cataclysmic deplatforming. Good. **** you. Say hi to Milo Yiannopoulos for me, when you finally hit pavement in whatever slum of obscurity you shitbags wind up in once you’ve lost the ability to monetize your bile. Hey, DO FOX NEXT........
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I hope the future alien anthropologists picking through the ruins of our garbage civilization make note of the annual right-wing ritual observed this week; the ceremonial contortion of Martin Luther King Jr. quotes by the growing-more-white-supremacist-daily Republican Party is, in my opinion, perhaps the most fascinating of 21st-century conservatism’s admittedly primitive traditions.

Like…who do y’all think you’re fooling?* Even Mitch McConnell, who’s normally a Jedi master when it comes to keeping the bullshit straight, can’t stop himself from stamping an asterisk onto the end of the term “African-American.” You ****s can butcher public school curriculums wherever you’re able, but you cannot conceal what you’ve become. “Racism isn’t real HEY PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE UNAPOLOGETIC WHITE NATIONALISTS IN OUR CAUCUS.”

Still, they’re really betting heavy on this critical race theory tantrum, aren’t they? On a certain level, I respect the honesty of confessing the only way to create new generations of Republican voters is to indoctrinate children with ridiculous falsehoods, but it’s still straight-up Nazi shit. Don’t forget that.

I mean, Ol’ Glenn Youngkin planted that fashy little flag on day one. “In MY state, we LIE to our kids!” sez Glenn. Good thing Election Day happened to land right in the middle of that two-week inflation scare, now this malicious dolt gets to be Governor for four whole years. Oh, and say goodbye to blue state Covid rules, (the ones that, y’know…work) let’s give the Tate Reeves approach a try; it’s bread n’ funerals, not circuses, a death cult craves.

And down in DeSantistan, the **** Your Feelings Party is attempting to outlaw the truth, wheresoever the truth might make any individual white person feel “discomfort” or “guilt,” (though I’m sure, when the replacement propaganda causes “discomfort” in non-white students and parents, they’ll be treated equally under the law. Y’know, like with stand your ground.) because there ain’t no fascist whinier than an American fascist..........
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I see a group of former Trumpworld enablers n’ collaborators have banded together to “strategize” ways to keep a certain flushed turd from clawing his way back up from the sewer. While the names associated with this movement (John Kelly, Stephanie Grisham, John Bolton, the goddamn Mooch) tend to bring out my Who Farted in Church After First Eating Six Pounds of Yak Rectums face, I certainly wish them well in this endeavor**..........
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The Supreme Court, those ingrates, will merrily strip reproductive rights from millions of women without batting an eye, but when their ol’ pal Donnie (who stole a couple of ‘em their very jobs) needs help shredding a little evidence, suddenly everybody but Clarence Thomas is “washing their hair,” or “laughing at the idiot manchild who never grasped how everyone around him was using him.”

And while the Deposed Dotard’s instincts on nearly every aspect of the human condition, from What Championship Athletes Eat to How to Wear Pants, tend towards the buffoonish, on this one, I have to admit, the impulse to conceal these particular documents was spot freakin’ on.

Cuz about ten seconds after the National Archives released that shit, we got a look at an absolutely chilling draft executive order, directing the seizure of voting machines by the Defense Department, making Sydney Krakhead Powell a Special Counsel to “investigate” the election, like some dipshit mirror universe Bob Mueller, and appointing Stephen Miller Duke of Wisconsin.

There were also, just for laffs, some unused “Remarks on National Healing,” in case Donald Trump decided to throw in the towel and do the right thing for once. I suppose, at such heights, the line between optimism and delusion gets blurry.

ANYHOO, even as SCOTUS tightened one of the many the vises clamped to Off-Brand Orbán’s withered, dusty nutsack, an Atlanta district attorney asked a judge to convene a grand jury in her own investigation of the whole “criminal attempt to overthrow the democratically-elected government” thing. Now, I don’t know what sort of lawyers are left once you’ve blown through the Rudy Giulianis and Lin Woods of the world, but I can’t imagine you want them representing you under such circumstances. Tee hee. .........
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A wave of terror descended upon Washington D.C.’s thriving cocaine dealer community, following news that Kimberly Guilfoyle’s cellphone records had been subpoenaed by th’feds. Eric’s, too; and you know that boy’s phone is 1/3rd seditious conspiracy, 1/3rd kiddie porn, and 1/3rd Google searches for shit like “can you pick your nose so hard you puncture your brain?”.......
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Sifting through the wreckage of the dying days of the Turd Reich…I get it, it’s necessary, but it’s like staring directly into the puckered butthole of madness. The very worst human beings alive, who are also somehow the dumbest (thank god), flailing around in a state of hysteria, willing to commit any crime in order to cling to power. Actively in search of such crimes, in fact. The more we learn about what these scumbags were thinking and saying to each other at the time, the more I want to just scream my throat raw.

Like, we got to see Sean Hannity’s text message exchanges with Kayleigh McEnany from the Stoopid Coo. Now, McEnany was the White House Press Secretary, part of the President’s inner circle. Oval Office access. And Hannity, for the unfamiliar, is an unimpressive white fellow who says foolish things on television. I guess what I’m getting at is WHY THE **** WAS SEAN GOAT-FELLATING HANNITY IN CONTACT WITH THE WHITE HOUSE DURING A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS?

I suppose the gameshowification of American politics was always destined to end in phone-a-friend insurrection. But how much better do you sleep now, knowing there’s nobody left in the executive branch bellowing GET ME HANNITY when shit goes down?.........
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Speaking of Hairplug Himmler’s elite crisis management team, seems Rudy G…hang on, I want to get this right, it says he “oversaw (the) fake electors plot in 7 states.” Now, that feels like the sort of headline that should take up the whole top half of the paper, doesn’t it? “President’s lawyer led criminal conspiracy to steal presidency?” But it wasn’t, and somewhere, Steve Bannon nods approvingly, telling some lurking henchman, “that’s why you flood the zone with shit.”

Anyway, somebody should probably arrest Rudy by now, right? Or, it’s probably more useful to just tap his phone and let him run wild; he does have a talent for entangling people in interesting crimes.............
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Ok. I have to go mourn Meat Loaf now. I know, I know…believe me, I KNOW. Let me just say, there’s been a lotta Loaf on in the background over the years, during the composition of these little rants. You stay safe out there, friends.
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* Ok, fine, Candace Owens and who else?

** But DON’T GIVE THEM MONEY. Share their shit, sure; save your money for Democrats. Maybe McMullin, if he looks competitive.

 

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