Meanwhile, in Colorado Springs . . .

. . . two queers did what 75 cops in Uvalde, Texas, would not do.

UVALDE, TX:  Shooter enters a school, murders 21 kids while 75 heavily-armed cops stand around for 45 minutes with their heads up their asses, afraid to take out the shooter.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO:  Man armed with AR-15 and handgun goes into a gay club, starts shooting.  Two queers jump him, disarm him, stomp the shit out of him, hold him for the cops.

Maybe we need more queer cops.  Especially in Texas.

Here’s a news report.

A patron tackled the gunman inside Club Q and prevented him from killing more people, one of the club’s co-owners said Sunday.

Nic Grzecka said he and his co-owner had reviewed surveillance video that showed the gunman entering the building and immediately begin firing, leaving five dead and two dozen wounded, including customers and staffers.

Grzecka said the shooting lasted no more than two minutes before a patron subdued the gunman and another helped hold him down. Police arrived about three minutes later, he said.

“I don’t even know the names of these people,” Grzecka said of the two patrons. “But what they did is incredible.”

Club Q had an “active-shooter protocol,” which Grzecka’s co-owner, Matthew Haynes, said was “followed to the letter.” The two owners arrived at the scene minutes after the shooting, Grzecka said.

They turned recordings from surveillance cameras inside the club over to investigators. Grzecka said they checked their records, which showed the suspect had never been to the club before.

 

Photos of Hunter Biden committing crimes

Here’s Hunter Biden at Andrews Air Force Base after traveling via his father’s Executive privilege to use his father’s Presidential influence to secure multiple Chinese trademarks.

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OH, WAIT!!!  THAT’S IVANKA TRUMP!!


Hunter Biden, while working in his father’s administration had 41 trademarks fast tracked by China. A conflict of interest at the very least as his father was in trade negotiations with China at the time!!

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DAMN!!! MY MISTAKE!!  THAT’S IVANKA TRUMP AND HER HUSBAND JARED KUSHNER!!


Here’s Hunter Biden with Qatari and Saudi leaders right before securing over $3 billion investments.
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WAIT!!! I’M WRONG AGAIN!!  IT’S JARED AND IVANKA!!!

Less than 24 hours after it became official that the Republican Party would now control the House in 2023, they held their first press conference to warn America that they were about to roll up their sleeves and solve America’s problems! You might be wondering how they plan to do this. Are they going to propose a policy to tackle inflation? No. Are they going to make sure these elections—those they keep denying are real—are more secure? Nope! Are they going to launch a federal investigation into President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, because of his experience with addiction? Yes.

That’s what they are going to do. They also made it clear that this would be the GOP’s jumping-off point to investigate just about everything unrelated to policymaking they can find.

According to the Republicans on the dais, there is a very compelling case against Hunter Biden and governmental corruption. So why don’t we look at the case against the Bidens.

The dying Republican Party is imploding at light speed

Republicans who barely won in a blue district can read the writing on the wall — if they want to stay in Congress, in order to win, they are going to have to switch parties. If just one or two do that, it could make all the difference in the Democrats being back in charge. Furthermore, their majority is slim enough that they could be vulnerable if any vacancies or special elections occur.

By winning the House, the Republicans may have won the battle, but they’ve lost the war.

They know this.

You can see it in their reactions over the past few days.

Their party is imploding. It’s time for the few sane and moderate Republicans to jump ship and either become Democrats or declare as an independent and caucus with the Democrats.  Or, just head out the door saying you’re going out for a pack of smokes… and never come back.

This is the man who will put Trump in jail

From New York magazine, the Intelligencer:

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What We Know About the New Special Counsel for the DoJ’s Trump Probes

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Friday that he has appointed a special counsel, veteran prosecutor Jack Smith, to oversee the Department of Justice’s ongoing investigations into Donald Trump now that the former president has announced he is running in 2024.

Garland’s Announcement

During an afternoon press conference on Friday, Garland cited Trump’s launch of his 2024 campaign and Joe Biden’s intent to run for reelection as the impetus behind the move.

“Such an appointment underscores the department’s commitment to both independence and accountability in particularly sensitive matters. It also allows prosecutors and agents to continue their work expeditiously and to make decisions indisputably guided only by the facts and the law,” he said.

Prosecutor Jack Smith at the Hague in 2021. Photo: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/AFP via Getty Images

Who is Jack Smith?

Garland has selected Jack Smith, a veteran prosecutor, to serve as special prosecutor. Smith has had a long career in the legal world, starting as an assistant district attorney with the New York County DA’s office in 1994 and later serving nine years as assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York. He supervised war-crime investigations for two years at the International Criminal Court and previously served as the chief of the Justice Department’s public-integrity section, where he led a team investigating election crimes and corruption cases.

Smith will be starting the new role immediately, traveling back to the United States from the Netherlands where he’s been serving as chief prosecutor of the special court at the Hague investigating war crimes in Kosovo. Garland said that Smith will be leading the Justice Department’s investigations concerning potential interference in the transfer of power and the certification of electoral votes on January 6, 2021, and the classified documents found at Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago. In that role, Smith has the authority to file federal charges in connection to those inquiries.

Politico notes that Smith has handled investigations into similar crimes in the past:

During his stint at the Public Integrity Section, Smith oversaw the prosecutions of CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who was convicted in 2015 of disclosing national defense information and obstructing justice — two potential crimes at the center of the Trump documents probe. Smith also oversaw the convictions of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and former Rep. Rick Renzi, an Arizona Republican, both for bribery and extortion charges. McDonnell’s conviction was later overturned by the Supreme Court.

“Throughout his career, Jack Smith has built a reputation as an impartial and determined prosecutor who leads teams with energy and focus to follow the facts wherever they lead,” Garland said.  “As special counsel, he will exercise independent prosecutorial judgment to decide whether charges should be brought.”

Trump’s response

“I am not going to partake in it,” the former president said Friday when Fox News Digital asked him about the special counsel investigation. Trump also, as he has in the past, proclaimed that he had done nothing wrong and decried the DoJ investigations as politically motivated.

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Let’s check in on America’s 1st Criminal Family

Eldest daughter in America’s 1st Criminal Family Wants Out of the Family

Ivanka Trump is notably not joining her father’s third bid for the White House, and sources tell the New York Post that she is simply tired of the drama that comes with being involved in national politics.

One source tells the Post in particular that Ivanka “hated all the criticism and the threats, and was unhappy about how a lot of their friends turned their back on them.”

The source added that Ivanka felt a third White House run would be “bad for her family… and negative in general in her circle of friends.”

Additionally, said the source, Ivanka “wants as normal a life as she can arrange for her and her family… she’s unhappy about becoming a political target.”

Ivanka Trump was often the target of attacks after her father employed her and husband Jared Kushner as advisers in his White House, despite the fact that neither of them had any experience in politics.

She and Kushner have since kept low political profiles since the end of Trump’s term, although Kushner has raised eyebrows by securing major investments from foreign countries such as Saudi Arabia, where he performed significant diplomatic work during his tenure in the Trump White House.

The far-right billionaire Mercer family were major funders of former President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, but they apparently won’t be helping him out during his third run at the White House.

CNBC reports that “GOP megadonors Robert and Rebekah Mercer have no current plans to help… Trump’s 2024 campaign for the White House,” even though they were major players in his initial rise to power.

The two are apparently also cutting back their political giving all together, and they join several former major Trump funders as distancing themselves from his new presidential ambitions.

“Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman, Citadel CEO Ken Griffin, wealthy New York businessman Andy Sabin and billionaire Ronald Lauder are among the wealthy GOP donors opting against helping Trump’s latest campaign — at least during the Republican primary,” reports CNBC. “Some of the country’s wealthiest GOP donors do not believe Trump can win again, and have argued for a new face to represent their party in the race for president.”

Trump has been widely blamed for costing the Republican Party multiple winnable races in the 2022 midterms after several of his hand-picked candidates — including former Senate hopefuls Mehmet Oz and Blake Masters, as well as gubernatorial candidates Kari Lake and Tudor Dixon — went down in flames.

Godfather of America’s 1st Criminal Family Melts Down

On Friday morning, Donald Trump went on a multiple-post tirade on his struggling Truth Social platform complaining about how his Trump Organization is being persecuted in a Manhattan courtroom for using accounting scams to avoid paying taxes on income.

According to the Washington Post, longtime Trump financial executive Allen Weisselberg grew teary-eyed when describing the ways he illegally dodged taxes before his boss became president.

The report stated, “Weisselberg, testifying as a witness for the prosecution as part of a plea agreement, said on cross-examination that he was embarrassed by his conduct ‘more than you can imagine’ and that his actions betrayed the Trump family, for whom he had worked for a half-century. He is ‘practically’ family to the Trumps, he said,” before adding, “Weisselberg also testified that he was acting only for his own benefit — a position that could work against a conviction in the criminal tax fraud and conspiracy case against Donald Trump’s namesake company.”

The former president raged against the Manhattan DA on Truth Social, where he set up shop after being banned by Twitter.

The D.A. case against two small Trump entities has fallen apart. Even the Media is saying so,” Trump asserted without providing any evidence. “There has never been a ‘Fringe Benefits’ case such as this brought before. Did a long time executive pay tax on the use of a company car, or a company apartment, or payments (not even taken by us as a tax deduction!) for the education of his grandchildren? For this, he gets handcuffs and jail? The highly paid accounting firm should have routinely picked these things up – we relied on them. VERY UNFAIR!”

In that vein, he continued, “Many people, perhaps most, don’t pay tax on the use of a company car or company apartment. Whether they know or not, that’s just the way it is. It’s called ‘standards and practices,’ referring, I presume, to the standards and practices of large numbers of people within the Country.”

He then added, “Out of fairness, it has a legal meaning. It should be a point in the Manhattan D.A. case. Did the former D.A. Pay tax on the use of his car? In the meantime, Violent Crime in New York has reached an ALL TIME HIGH!”

Section 3, 14th Amendment

Now that a fat old man living at a golf resort in Florida has announced he wants to be President, it’s a good time to remember Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

“No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”

 

Meanwhile, let’s check in with the New York Post with the minor headline “FLORIDA MAN MAKES ANNOUNCEMENT.”

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The NYPost article was buried on page 26.  “Trump also served as 45th President.”

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Jan 6 Committee sets a trap, Trump jumps into it

On Nov. 11, to absolutely no one’s surprise, Donald Trump sued the House Jan. 6 select committee to avoid having to testify or provide documents in response to its subpoena. That was just the latest chapter in Trump’s long history of deploying lawsuits to stall — this time as the clock runs out on the current Democratic majority in Congress and its Jan. 6 committee.

Little matter: The committee has already won the war.

From the outset, the committee chaired by Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi — with the starring role played by Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming — had a threefold mission. First, to uncover facts and issues that would help the American people understand what led to the Jan. 6 insurrection and who was responsible, in order to shape a response through the democratic process. Second, to frame legislative proposals aimed at preventing a recurrence of that travesty.

As part of the legislative branch, the committee was never a route to initiate a criminal case against Donald Trump. But to the extent it established facts that could aid a potential prosecution, the committee’s third and quite collateral function was to make the evidence available to prosecutors for their independent consideration.

Missions accomplished, on all counts

The committee’s subpoena of Oct. 26 invited Trump to tell his story under oath. The committee surely knew the former president would decline the invitation. After all, he took the Fifth Amendment 450 times on Aug. 10 when deposed in New York Attorney General Letitia James’ civil case against the Trump Organization.

This is not a man who has a story of innocence to tell, at least not under oath. So the committee’s latest win is to have that fact confirmed yet again by Trump’s Nov. 11 court filing, where the obvious aim is to avoid testifying until the committee’s clock runs out.

Whether Trump was subpoenaed in May 2021 or October 2022, he was never going to give any substantive testimony. If he had been subpoenaed last year, he would have delayed, by fair means or foul. If actually required to testify, he would have taken the Fifth.

The committee understood from the start that it made little sense to waste time litigating with Trump about a subpoena that would eventually yield nothing. It was far better for the panel to spend its limited resources and ever-shortening lifespan building the case of Trump’s guilt to present to the American people. There would be time enough at the end to subpoena him and show America that under no circumstances would he testify under oath.

It is important to focus on the committee’s central triumph, not this last minor chapter. For weeks this summer, its hearings riveted the country and the media. The public was offered a coherent narrative laid out in hearing after hearing. It proved Trump’s central role in inciting the Jan. 6 violence, his serial attempts to overturn the Constitution, first bloodlessly and then through violence, and his admissions to aides that he had lost the election he falsely claimed to have won. Brazenly, it was that false claim that he used to inflame the mob on the morning of Jan. 6.

The committee’s powerful case became an important backdrop to last week’s surprising midterms. Testimony before the committee demonstrated to any fair-minded person that Donald Trump was the central actor in the conspiracy to end our democracy. That was on the ballot and so was he. Democracy won. Trump lost.

The legal arguments in Trump’s Nov. 11 lawsuit to avoid testifying are feeble.

Trump’s lawsuit against the Jan. 6 committee is a rehash of already-rejected legal claims, and filing it in Florida is the same nonsensical gamesmanship that worked for him in September.

The fact that Trump filed the suit in Florida reflects the same legal gamesmanship that worked for him in September. There Judge Aileen Cannon, whom Trump appointed, ended up handling his suit over the classified documents he improperly held at Mar-a-Lago after the end of his term. Even the conservative 11th Circuit Court of Appeals swiftly reversed Cannon’s most egregious rulings.

No lawyer reading Trump’s latest court filing could miss the rehash of already rejected legal claims about his purported executive privilege or the committee’s alleged lack of legal authority.

Trump’s claim based on the separation of powers is particularly hypocritical, coming from a former president who sought, according to compelling evidence, to corrupt and undermine the legislative branch’s constitutionally assigned authority to certify the winner of a presidential election.

The stark fact that Trump is a former president dilutes his claim. The committee’s letter accompanying the subpoena tellingly quoted President Theodore Roosevelt during his own congressional testimony after leaving office: “An ex-President is merely a citizen of the United States, like any other citizen, and it is his plain duty to try to help this committee or respond to its invitation.”

That is simply common sense. As is the bottom line: If Trump had something to say that might be helpful to his own cause, he wouldn’t be ducking his duty to come forward. He has already lost with the committee, just as he lost last Tuesday with American voters.

And in Arizona, the last election denier bites the dust!!!

Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s Democratic election chief who built a national profile by standing up to false claims about the 2020 presidential election, has won the state’s race for governor.

The Associated Press, NBC News and CNN called the race for Hobbs shortly after 7 p.m. Monday, following a nail-biter week of election returns that highlighted the competitiveness of politics in the state.

“Democracy is worth the wait,” Hobbs posted on social media before issuing a statement thanking her family, volunteers and staff for their work.

“This was not just about an election — it was about moving this state forward and facing the challenges of our generation,” the statement read, ending: “Let’s get to work.”

Late-in-the-race polling showed her Republican opponent Kari Lake, the former television news anchor, with the momentum as Nov. 8 neared. Instead, voters offered a stunning rebuke of Lake, who was one of the nation’s most prominent election deniers.