Birnam Wood (a.k.a. Jack Smith) creeps closer to Mar-a-Lago.
Birnam wood moving toward “dunce-inane “.
Thanks, Asha! As usual, enjoyed your podcast with Renato, and your podcast with Michael Cohen was funnier than SNL. Still laughing when I think about “Mar-a-Lardo,” “Idiot-in-Chief” and his Trump impression!!! 😂
You are amazing! I listened to both podcasts with Renato, and the podcast with Paul, and read the piece about CNN. Obviously, I still have more to do. Do you ever sleep?
You’re the greatest, Asha!!! Lordy, there ARE tapes, indeed!! Was wondering how you might manage this tranche of late breaking news this week. Seems like it’s one week after another of earth shattering events for the American Democracy. Our Democracy. Either trump has the document he bragged about having and is purposefully not producing it though under subpoena to produce it. Or he Made it up to brag as if he has an unfillable hole (James Comey’s words to David Remnick in the New Yorker live audience interview), a deep unhealable “narcisstic wound” leaving trump in constant (and I mean constant never ending) need for approval from others. What a sociopath we are dealing with. Last night trump congratulated the North Korean dictator on being appointed by W.H.O. To some leadership position. If you don’t know me by now, I loathe trump and all his treasonous patterns of behavior. The sooner Jack Smith prosecutes trump the better. I’m older than most here. Growing up in the 1960’s & 70’s we were are are believers in America, the Constitution, bi-cameral legislature, insuring that what made it out into law would be good. Had to be. We were innocent then. By the way just an aside. In the videos in your class with the author Tim Weiner, and then another, when you’re summing up at the end, clearly feeling America is in a dark place, and we are no doubt about it, you say “well, I’m sorry to conclude with such a depressing outlook, maybe we should just smoke cigarettes, this always brings a smile to my face. In my peer group we would say don’t know whether to just die now, or explore the opiates, something dark. Your use of this metaphor of smoking cigarettes, CHARMING!! Wishing you and all students a wonderful Saturday!! We will get through this!!
Reading about CNN in the Atlantic gives you a window into how the media (not just CNN but others including print media such as the NYT) has operated in the recent past. But this new guy at CNN is orders of magnitude worse and in over his head. I guess this is how the mighty empires fall -- wrong people at all the wrong places who can't by design right the ship. trump has been lucky all his life with the media treating (milking?) him like a two headed human at a circus and he is too stupid to understand the indignity in it. Ironically, that unawareness gives him an upper hand occasionally and the media gets confused and the cycle goes on. There was some rumble on twitter about how this stupid man can lead a cult but the cheap reply to that would be to say 'have you seen the people at his rallies?' A serious reply is that there is a secondary layer of grifters who have propped him up for their own nefarious purposes (all his life) which gives the illusion to his supporters that he is some functioning leader and in a way, the supporters are also using him for their own nefarious reasons (like he gives them permission to be their vile self). I remember Asha one time said (paraphrasing) that you won't let these people win in elections in the first place. To think 2016 was a big mistake is an understatement and to have him run again, voters are not the only ones sharing the blame here. We better figure out what to do before 2024 campaign season kicks in in full gear for the sake of the country. The other thing I notice is that there are some Rs (never trumpers) who are fretting that his stench will follow all others in the R party and are trying to protect them (like saying Desantis is not that bad; are you kidding me?) It would be better for the country if the rational majority shuns Rs for a few election cycles.
@Asha, does this campaign to harrass scholars studying disinformation by Jordan’s weaponization committee fall under Active Measures? In today’s WaPo, These Academics Studied Falsehoods Spread by Trump
I have to concur with Paul Rieckhoff. The U.S. government needs to take a much more hard-assed approach toward sedition and domestic terrorism.
Now, with that said, the experts need to be cognizant of how little many ordinary Americans, who also tend to lack nuance, actually know about the military and the veteran community. Clearly, domestic terrorist organizations' recruitment of veterans is a concern, and no veteran who participated in events like January 6 deserves a pass.
However, it must be remembered that legitimate discussions of PTSD and reintegration gave way to the "ticking time bomb" myth. The "ticking time bomb" is not based in reality or backed by facts and actually made reintegration harder and isolation more likely. Isolated veterans who struggle to reintegrate and find a purpose are more likely to be recruited by domestic extremist organizations, not to mention foreign actors.
I don’t know about you but I always feel like getting (s.t.u.p.i.d)
Thanks for the update and links. Was just reading an update from Joyce Vance, and would enjoy reading your take. In her piece, she referenced the Deutch and Petraeus cases addressing specifically how their guilty pleas to misdemeanor charges resulting in probation had to do with their mea culpa (shout out to your podcast with Michael Cohen) and how holding a trial would or at least might have exposed the very information DOJ was trying to protect for national security reasons. Is Trump's case in the same ballpark? That what would have to be revealed at trial might be so damaging to the security of the United States that DOJ wants to avoid a trial if at all possible? If banks can be too big to fail, can some defendants know too much to be prosecuted?