Monday, July 15, 2024

This Sure Was A Convenient Assassination Attempt

I started to write first impressions of the shots toward the ex-president Saturday night, but I decided to wait til there was more information.  

As I wait, there really isn't a lot more so far.  Days later.  

It's possible that some lone Republican 20 year old decided to take his AR15 out to where Trump was speaking, climb up on a roof about 150 yards from the ex-president, with a bunch of people seeing him and pointing him out to police and the Secret Service.  It's possible that at the very last minute a local cop saw him and ducked and then the kid shot wildly at the ex-president before a Secret Service sniper shot him.  

It's possible he heard this InfoWars with Ivan Raiklin and Alex Jones discussing how assassinating Trump would absolutely win the election for the Republicans.  Maybe he heard them last February, or more recently, and when Trump came to speak an hour from his home, he decided to act.  

But I think about the Nazis and the Reichstag fire in 1933.  It never was clear that the Nazis arranged for the fire themselves though there are historians who believe they did.  Whether they did or not, they used it to their advantage.  
"[It] induced President Paul von Hindenburg to issue the Reichstag Fire Decree suspending civil liberties, and pursue a "ruthless confrontation" with the Communists.[1] This made the fire pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Germany." [from Reichstag Fire link above]

A Trump attempted assassination that he survives pretty much unscathed the weekend before the NRC convention.  Two days before Judge Cannon dismisses all charges against Trump in the confidential documents case on what most legal experts are saying are crazy grounds.  

This is not nearly as far-fetched as the pedo pizza parlor.  

Really, how did the Secret Service around Trump know the sniper was shot dead?  How did they know there wasn't another sniper?  They didn't, yet let Trump stay there on the stage long enough for him to do his fist pumps.  He should have been hustled away to cover.  Unless. . .

I'm not saying this is what happened.  But I'm leaving it there until it's looked into more thoroughly.  It is as plausible as the lone 20 year old Republican getting through security long enough to shoot at his party's presidential candidate.  

The reporting has been terrible.  The Anchorage Daily News ran a national story today which still alleged that Crooks had donated $15 to a progressive get-out-the-vote campaign in January 2021.  How many 17 year olds make political contributions?  How many Republican 17 year olds make political contributions to progressive campaigns?  This story was already debunked by Sunday if not sooner, when people found another man named Thomas Crooks, a 60 something Democrat, who lives in Pittsburgh and is credited with the contribution.  But, sure.  I don't know that for certain.  

I don't doubt that the Biden team can get a lot more votes than the Trump team.  I am concerned that the party that tried to overturn the election in 2021, will do everything it can to suppress voting, fiddle with voting machine counts, and everything they can think of to throw the election for Trump.  

A Beto O'Rourke interview laid out the many ways the Republicans in Texas have blocked Democrats from voting - from purging the rolls, to putting one polling place in Black neighborhoods, forcing voters to wait in 8 hour lines to vote.  




How one has to pass a test and get certified to register voters, and you have to do that in every county separately.  They're doing this, he said, because they know whites are no longer the majority in Texas and it's only a matter of time.  And if Trump wins this election, they will be able to put off the inevitable forever.  

There are plenty of ways to get involved.  One of the easiest is postcardstovoters.org  This technique - writing post cards to left leaning citizens who don't regularly vote - has gotten lots of people to vote in recent elections.  

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Biking For Veggies Gets Me Into Police Blockade

 It's Thursday.  The Refugee Assistance and Immigration Service of the Catholic Social Services in Anchorage has a farm - Grow North Farm - where I subscribe for weekly veggie pickups over the summer.  It's about 7.4 km or or a bit over 9 miles round trip.  I can do much of it on wooded bike paths.  But eventually I get to a quiet residential street in Airport Heights.  

My first hint was a police car a block to the east.  But then as I headed down the street there were more police cars.  Lots of them.  My first reaction was a bad crash, but I'm on a bike and I can go around on the sidewalk if necessary.  But then I got within about 20 feet of the cars and police behind them, yelling at someone I couldn't see.  But I could see that at least one officer had a gun pointed over the car.  As regular readers of this blog probably know, guns are not a fascination of mine.  But one of the benefits of blogging is that I learn new things.  Here's an image of shotguns I got when I googled 'police guns'.  What I saw most resembled one of the circled guns, probably the bottom one, because he was holding it and I saw that box magazine as well.  (Based on the pictures and interactive description from here.)  Of course, I'm just guessing from my brief look and googling now.  

I realized quickly that if the police had guns pointing further down the street, over their cars, that there was someone down there who might start shooting toward the police, near where I was.  (There are fairly regular reports in the newspaper of Anchorage police involved in a shoot out.)  Rather than pull out my camera and try to catch this dramatic scene, I turned my bike around and headed back, turned the corner and tried the next street over, which got me to DeBarr.  From DeBarr and Airport Heights, I took this picture while waiting for the light to change.  I never heard any shots fired.


I originally encountered one set of police coming from the south.  Now I'm looking south from two blocks to the north.  So there were police on both ends of the street.  

I carried on toward Grow North Farm.  It seemed bizarre that cars and people were carrying on normally so close to this dramatic scene, without even knowing that something was happening.  

On my way back everything on that block was back to normal.  Not a sign that anything had happened.  It was like a movie set had packed up and gone home. (I grew up in LA where there were movie shoots all over.)  But I don't know that a movie set would have cleaned up as well.  


At home I unloaded the veggie haul.  Today's selection was:

• Rainbow Chard/ Collard Greens
• Mizuna
• Cilantro
• And a choose-two grab bag of: Kohlrabi, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Salad Mix, Hot Peppers, Tarragon, and Oregano

From the grab-bag, I chose Kohlrabi and Cucumbers.

I played around a bit with the Curves on my photo program to offer you this somewhat alien looking kohlrabi.




As a bonus, we got to pick out a peony.  This one made it in pretty good shape sticking out of my backpack on the ride home.  



Tuesday, July 09, 2024

Project 2025 Table of Contents + Links For Info On Each Author

The Heritage Foundation has the 800+ page Project 2025 posted online.  It outlines the steps to be taken when President Trump takes office. While Trump recently said he knows nothing about Project 2025, this is clearly untrue [how unexpected].  Many of the authors of sections of the report worked in the Trump administration.  

I recently read someone who suggested downloading a copy of the report because now that it is getting attention in the media and is likely to become a target in the president campaign, they might take it down.  So I've downloaded it and you can download it here.  I promise you this will become the focus of much attention in the election.

As I said, there are over 800 pages.  So as my first blog post about this (well I think I've mentioned it), I'm just offering you the table of contents.  

My value added is that I'm adding to each author a link to info about them.  

But I warn you.  As I'm doing this I realize that somebody - the Heritage Foundation? - appears to have done a good job of scrubbing info about these people off the internet. Others are highlighted on friendly websites, like the Heritage Foundation itself.  But even there you can get information.  Newspaper articles and government documents are still up in some cases.  

So minimally you'll get a sense of who these people are, but Google searches don't net much on these folks, except the most well known.  The Wikipedia entries often have lots of footnotes that take you to more information.


PROJECT 2025 TABLE OF CONTENTS

 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.......................................................................................................ix

THE PROJECT 2025 ADVISORY BOARD................................................................xi

THE 2025 PRESIDENTIAL TRANSITION PROJECT: A NOTE ON “PROJECT 2025”.....................................................................................xiii

AUTHORS....................................................................................................................................xv

CONTRIBUTORS..................................................................................................................xxv

FOREWORD: A PROMISE TO AMERICA..................................................................1

Kevin D. Roberts, PhD

SECTION 1: TAKING THE REINS OF GOVERNMENT...........................19

  1. WHITE HOUSE OFFICE.....................................................................................................23


Rick Dearborn

  1. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES..................................................................................................43


Russ Vought

  1. CENTRAL PERSONNEL AGENCIES: MANAGING THE BUREAUCRACY..............................................................................69


Donald Devine, Dennis Dean Kirk, and Paul Dans    [Can't find much on Kirk. Given the photo, this could be the guy.]

SECTION 2: THE COMMON DEFENSE...............................................................87

  1. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.........................................................................................91


Christopher Miller

  1. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY......................................................133


Ken Cuccinelli

  1. DEPARTMENT OF STATE..............................................................................................171


Kiron K. Skinner

  1. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY......................................................................................201


Dustin J. Carmack

  1. MEDIA AGENCIES.............................................................................................................235


U.S. AGENCY FOR GLOBAL MEDIA.................................................................235

Mora Namdar

CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING......................................246

Mike Gonzalez

  1. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT........................................253


Max Primorac

SECTION 3: THE GENERAL WELFARE..........................................................283

  1. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE..........................................................................289


Daren Bakst

  1. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION...............................................................................319


Lindsey M. Burke

  1. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND RELATED COMMISSIONS..................................................................................363


Bernard L. McNamee

  1. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY.......................................................417


Mandy M. Gunasekara

  1. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES................................................................................................449


Roger Severino

  1. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT....................................................................................503


Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., MD

  1. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR...........................................................................517


William Perry Pendley

  1. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE........................................................................................545


Gene Hamilton   [Hamilton was an aggressive advocate for expanding family separation prosecutions ]

  1. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND RELATED AGENCIES............................................................................................581


Jonathan Berry

  1. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION...............................................................619


Diana Furchtgott-Roth

  1. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.............................................................641


Brooks D. Tucker

SECTION 4: THE ECONOMY......................................................................................657

  1. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE................................................................................663


Thomas F. Gilman

  1. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY........................................................................691


William L. Walton, Stephen Moore, and David R. Burton  [Not sure this is the same William L. Walton, probably]

  1. EXPORT–IMPORT BANK................................................................................................717


THE EXPORT–IMPORT BANK SHOULD BE ABOLISHED.....................717

Veronique de Rugy

THE CASE FOR THE EXPORT–IMPORT BANK..........................................724

Jennifer Hazelton

  1. FEDERAL RESERVE..........................................................................................................731


Paul Winfree  [See this also from a Wikipedia footnote]

  1. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION..................................................................745


Karen Kerrigan

  1. TRADE.......................................................................................................................................765


THE CASE FOR FAIR TRADE................................................................................765

Peter Navarro

THE CASE FOR FREE TRADE...............................................................................796

Kent Lassman

SECTION 5: INDEPENDENT REGULATORY AGENCIES................825

  1. FINANCIAL REGULATORY AGENCIES................................................................829


SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION AND RELATED AGENCIES......................................................................................829

David R. Burton

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU....................................837

Robert Bowes  [Couldn't find much]

  1. FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION................................................845


Brendan Carr

  1. FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION.......................................................................861


Hans A. von Spakovsky

  1. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION.............................................................................869


Adam Candeub

ONWARD!................................................................................................................................883


When I was about halfway through this list, Google got me to this Twitter thread, that was written to point out that while Trump claims to know nothing about Project 2025, many, if not most, of the authors were in his administration.  Most significantly, he adds photos.