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Saturday afternoon before he headed off to Alaska to help out former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R) with her bid to win a House of Representatives seat, Donald Trump lashed out at Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) to "RECLAIM the Electors" from the 2020 election and "turn over the Election to the actual winner (by a lot!)" -- by which, we must assume, he means himself.

Reacting to a ruling to a narrow party-line 4-3 ruling by the Wisconsin state Supreme Court banning the use of ballot drop boxes going forward, the former president insisted the ruling it is retroactive which means he can demand the state's electoral votes.

As the Washington Post reported, "A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court barred the use of most ballot drop boxes on Friday and ruled voters could not give their completed absentee ballots to others to return to election clerks on their behalf, a practice that some conservatives disparage as 'ballot harvesting.'"....
 

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WATCH: Trump Suffers Cognitive Collapse, Claims that 'Everyone Was Happy' When He Was in Office
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Only the most brainwashed disciples of his cult still believe that Donald Trump is mentally competent. He never was the "stable genius" that he laughably called himself. But his psychological decline appears to be picking up steam as his legal peril intensifies in conjunction with his rapidly deteriorating prospects for a return to the White House.

On Friday Trump delivered a campaign speech in Las Vegas for a couple of Republican candidates in Nevada. It was typically rife with lies and unbridled outrage triggered by figments of his overactive imagination. He regurgitated his delusional election fraud claims and flung infantile insults at his political foes.

In addition to his standard narcissistic rambling and psychotic sermonizing, Trump also unleashed the following hysterical observation pulled directly out of his asinine recollection of a warped version of the past:

“We have to stop fighting with each other and unify. That was happening during the greatest period, I believe, in our country's history in many ways. Just before COVID came in from China - and that's where it came from, Wuhan. It came from Wuhan. It can happen again. We were more unified just before that. Everybody was happy.”



Trump is right if what he means by "everybody" is his dimwitted followers and the rage-fueled voices in his head. However, a reality-based remembrance of the Trump years reveals a nation that was more unified in hatred of Trump than happiness. After all, there were unprecedented, massive protests from the very beginning of his term. He had record low approval ratings that never reached 50%. He lost the lost popular vote twice. He lost reelection by over seven million votes. And how could he forget that he was impeached twice? A recent poll shows that even 42% of Republicans don't want him to run in 2024.

Does that sound like a nation that was happy and unified? Trump himself was never happy. He exhibited a constant state of outrage, throwing temper tantrums almost daily. And his animus was not reserved for Democrats. He regularly lashed out at Republicans who he deemed insufficiently worshipful.

Trump's seething anger has never waned in the months since he was deported back to Mar-a-Lago. He is still spewing the furious tirades that embody the whole of his public life. Also in his Las Vegas address, Trump launched a bizarre attack on New York Attorney General Letitia James:

"In many cases, however, racist prosecutors should also be vigorously investigated for their brazen violation of federal civil rights laws. It's happening to me with a racist attorney general in New York who campaigned solely on the fact that she would get Donald Trump. 'I'm gonna get him.'"




James happens to be Black. So Trump regards her as racist because she's investigating the crimes of a White, former reality TV game show host, who cheated on his taxes, lied about his real estate properties, and tried to overthrow the U.S. government. And his complaint that James campaigned on "get[ting] Donald Trump" doesn't help his case. After all, she won. Which proves that it was a smart and relevant campaign issue, and that voters are also anxious to "get Trump."

These are just two of the most recent examples of Trump's descent into madness. Calling a Black Attorney General racist, and recalling his contentious term in office as a time of unity, are about as far removed from reality as one can get. The only worse mental afflictions would be the ones that infect anyone who continues to support Trump.
 

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Michael Flynn is not alone in his descent into madness
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People who know Gen. Michael Flynn think he has lost his mind. Some trace the origin of his insanity to his association with Trump. Others say his irrational behavior was evident when he was the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) under Obama. That post should have been the culmination of a successful career. Instead, he was fired a year before his official retirement date.

Flynn said his ousting was because Obama refused to listen to his warnings of the threat of Islamic terror. But a private email, sent by Colin Powell and subsequently leaked, revealed his dismissal was because he was "abusive with staff, didn't listen, worked against policy, bad management, etc. He has been and was right-wing nutty every [sic] since." No one supports Flynn’s version of events.

Flynn's actions have cast doubt on his mental stability. At the DIA, he would become fixated on an idea and demand that analysts find evidence to support it. These became known as Flynn Facts. Easily disprovable falsehoods that he would continue to repeat. For example, saying that Iran had killed more Americans than al-Qaeda. And he notoriously led a chant of, “Lock her up” at the RNC in 2016.

Trump’s transition team, led by Chris Christie, viewed Flynn as a “loose cannon”. They opposed Flynn serving as National Security Adviser or anything else. Trump ignored the advice and installed him as NSA anyway. He lasted 21 days before resigning. He then pleaded guilty for "willfully and knowingly" lying to the FBI about conversations he had had with the Russian ambassador to the US.

Then he went full-on crazy. In 2020, he posted a video of himself taking an oath associated with QAnon. He claimed that Italy used military satellites to switch votes from Trump to Biden, that an evil global elite perpetrated the COVID-19 hoax, and that the COVID vaccine included mind-control microchips.

He pled the Fifth rather than answer the question from Liz Cheney, “General Flynn, do you believe in the peaceful transition of power in the United States of America?” How does a sane person think answering that question exposes you to criminal liability?

People have noticed. Especially damning are the remarks by his one-time commander, Lt. Gen Stanley McChrystal. He, when asked to comment on Flynn’s mental condition, replied,

“Out of the respect for our service together, and years of closer friendship, I’m now just going to stay silent.”

And Lt. General Keith Kellogg, also once Flynn’s commander and later a White House colleague wrote,

“I have known Mike Flynn for many years going back to our days as Paratroopers in the 82d Airborne Division. As such, he remains a friend and prefer to not talk about him.”


These similar sentiments are easily translatable. “What you are saying is true, but having known and worked with the guy for years, we are not going to throw him under the bus.”

Flynn’s descent into madness is not unique. It is a journey taken by many Americans. Let me give you an example.

When I first met my father-in-law, he was a well-educated professional man who smoked weed and was liberally apolitical. He lived in Hawaii. When not working, he would sail. And in the evenings, he hung out on the lanai with his mates. In the vernacular of the time, he was a ‘cool dude’. He is now a right-wing zealot. Not quite a MAGA as far as I can tell — he does not seem to hold Trump in high regard. But he checks every other deluded box on the conservative checklist. What happened? I cannot tell you. I am neither a psychiatrist nor a psychologist.


But I am an observer. And he is by no means alone.

I call the condition Demented Aging White Guy Syndrome (DAWGS). It can happen to anyone - but the typical victim is its eponymous demographic. These people did not have strong political opinions and, if forced to, would have proclaimed themselves between center-left and center-right. But then something happened, and they became full-throated RW nuts.

The symptoms are consistent. They only watch Fox News — or for the extreme crazies, OANN and Newsmax. They forward chain emails with fact-free claims that an iota of scrutiny would prove nonsensical. How will the UN force the US to change its land-use policies? With the Blue Helmets? How are they going to beat the world’s most powerful military? Sufferers inhabitant the paranoid corners of social media, looking for ‘proof’ of their delusions.

They warn you of feminazis, the LGBTQ+ agenda, teachers encouraging children to change their sex, virulent diseases spread by homicidal ‘illegals’, and gun-stripping Democratic politicians using BLM to confiscate their Bibles and burn down their churches while FEMA builds reeducation camps in abandoned Walmarts.

To a man (and woman) they parrot the same nonsense with no variation in their language. The robotic consistency makes them sound like a cult. Or Star Trek’s Borg. I have yet to hear one offer an original thought.

Flynn is in on this act. Speakers on his “Great ReAwkening” tour claim forces loyal to Satan steal political power in rigged elections. That there is a global conspiracy masterminded by Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum, and Yuval Noah Harari, an Israeli public intellectual. And that some shadowy group manufactured the COVID pandemic as an excuse to mandate dangerous vaccines, which may turn people into “transhumans”.


Flynn himself has referred to “adrenochrome”. A drug that QAnon claims cannibalistic global elites harvest by torturing children, which they then inject to stay healthy and young.

And this guy is on the Trump shortlist for VP in 2024.

A lot of MAGAs are DAWGs sufferers. Rudy Giuliani has notoriously lost the plot. Nikki Halley went from sobriety to wherever she is now. Elon Musk has gone from liberal entrepreneur to sniggering conservative rock thrower. Politicians like Lindsey Graham used to be at the 'sensible’ end of the conservative political spectrum before genuflecting. (Of course, there is no longer a sensible end.)


J.D. Vance threatened to vote for Hillary over Trump in 2016. Now he is kissing the ring. The ex-liberal playwright David Mamet is now a full-blown MAGA. Keri Lake, now a dedicated Trump acolyte, was once a registered Democrat who supported Kerry and Obama. The list is long.

And given their druthers, these people will drag America into the dark, mephitic sewer where they live.
 

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When the Word of the Lord is Not Enough
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Many are outraged at Rolling Stone’s revelation that the right-wing evangelical group Liberty Counsel led “conservative” Supreme Court justices in prayer inside the Court itself. The outrage is appropriate, as a members of single subsect of a single religion performing secret ceremonies in the halls of government is not only an egregious violation of the Establishment Clause, but also much too close to the Simpsons’ Stonecutters for comfort.



Still, while there is reportedly power in prayer, it’s not the kind that moves and shakes the power players of Washington. Which is why our theocratic aspirants hedged their bets with the old, reliable lobbying tool: chow.

Politico reports how Rob Schenck, once head of the same bunch that are now bragging about their prayer sessions (not big Matthew 6 fans) recruited a score of wealthy supporters to wine and dine Scalia, Alito and Thomas and their wives at Washington’s finest troughs.

Rob Schenck, an evangelical minister who headed the Faith and Action group headquartered near the Supreme Court from 1995 to 2018, said he arranged over the years for about 20 couples to fly to Washington to visit with and entertain Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and the late Antonin Scalia.

Schenck said the goal was to create an ecosystem of support for conservative justices, as a way of making them more forthright in their views.

The previously undisclosed initiative by Faith and Action illustrates the extent to which some Supreme Court justices interacted with advocates for the religious right during a period when the court grappled with social issues such as abortion and gay rights. The calculated nature of Faith and Action’s efforts shows how outside actors can use social activities and expensive dinners to penetrate the court’s highly sealed environment.

Ah, yes, “social activities and expensive dinners,” noshes enlivened with such sparkling bon mots as “It’s so important for a child to have a father and a mother” and “You were born for a time like this.”

Now you’re lobbying, brother! Prayer’s all well and good, but if you really want to bring some High Court souls to the altar rail, I suggest a stop by the Capital Grille first (Sorry, Kavanaugh, but Morton’s sucks).

If this all seems a bit, um, bribe-y, not to worry. The High Court, in its wisdom, exempts itself from the code of conduct imposed on all others in the federal judiciary, continuing its unbroken tradition since Marbury v. Madison that “the rules are whatever we say they are.”

Imagine, judges who not only have no rules, but literally decide what laws apply to them. Who like steak. Casino Jack could only dream…

 

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Supposedly representing the party of smaller government, Republicans across red states have in recent months approved a wave of intrusive actions as they work to unravel the “rights revolution” of the past 60 years. These measures include authorizing vigilante lawsuits by private citizens against anyone involved in providing an abortion and state investigations of parents who approved medical transition treatment for their transgender children (both in Texas), as well as restrictions on how both teachers and private companies alike can talk about race and gender and how K–12 teachers can discuss sexual orientation (the “Don’t Say Gay” law, in Florida). DeSantis has penalized in various ways the Walt Disney Company, the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team, and the Special Olympics for objecting to his policies.

In Ohio, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill allowing “genital inspections” of high-school athletes suspected of being transgender (though the Republican State Senate leader says this measure won’t make it into the final legislation). Other red states are considering proposals to authorize lawsuits against out-of-state medical personnel who assist women in obtaining abortions and restrictions to make it more difficult for women to obtain medication abortions. Texas legislators are exploring ways to punish companies that fund travel for employees to seek abortions out of state. [...]

This year’s intensifying campaign debate over the definition of freedom recalls the philosopher Isaiah Berlin’s famous distinction between two types of liberty. Republicans have traditionally stressed what Berlin called “negative” liberty: the freedom to live without interference from government or others. Since the New Deal, Democrats have emphasized what Berlin called “positive” liberty, concerned with creating opportunities for individuals to fulfill their potential. That approach has infused Democratic proposals for generations—Social Security in the 1930s, Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s, the derailed Build Back Better plan today—with a determination to use government to provide Americans with more opportunities....
 

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.....I make a strong claim in this essay, arguing that the Supreme Court of the United States is no longer deciding many major cases in a way that is recognizably “legal.” So let’s start by establishing a baseline definition of what constitutes the rule of law and what it means for a judge to act consistently with this principle.

Societies that adhere to the rule of law must apply the same binding rules to all persons and institutions, including the state itself. According to the United Nations, these rules must be “publicly promulgated, equally enforced and independently adjudicated,” and the rule of law demands “equality before the law,” “legal certainty,” and “avoidance of arbitrariness.”

The late Justice Antonin Scalia offered one of the best explanations of how a judge can act consistently with the rule of law in a 1989 essay. “When, in writing for the majority of the Court, I adopt a general rule,” Scalia explained, “I not only constrain lower courts, I constrain myself as well.” Because “if the next case should have such different facts that my political or policy preferences regarding the outcome are quite the opposite, I will be unable to indulge those preferences.”

Scalia’s formulation captures the rule of equality before the law. If a judge applies a certain rule to Republicans, they must be comfortable applying it to Democrats as well. If they apply one rule to people who oppose abortion, they must apply the same rule to people who support abortion......
 

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.....Insiders have long known that Thomas is the right’s pacesetter on the Court, laying out positions that initially seem extreme yet eventually get adopted. For years, Thomas pulled Justice Antonin Scalia—even, on occasion, Justice Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice William Rehnquist—to the right on issues of crime and punishment. His opinions on campaign finance, once seen as recklessly deregulatory, now command a majority. In 1997, Thomas signalled his belief that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to bear arms, a fringe position that the Court would come to accept, eleven years later, in District of Columbia v. Heller. Even Thomas’s extraordinary claims, in a concurring opinion three years ago, about the racist foundations of abortion and birth control, found their way into a footnote in the Court’s recent abortion decision.

Despite this track record of stealth and success, liberals have often dismissed Thomas as stupid or a sellout, a patsy and a puppet, the Justice who cannot speak. That era is over. Yet Thomas’s significance far outstrips his captaincy of the Court’s war on liberalism. The most powerful Black man in America, Thomas is also our most symptomatic public intellectual, setting out a terrifying vision of race, rights, and violence that’s fast becoming a description of everyday life. It’s no longer a matter of Clarence Thomas’s Court. Increasingly, it’s Clarence Thomas’s America......
 

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