Apparently Donald J. Trump, ex-president and failed businessman, stole antiquities from Israel. He showed them to his guests at his Mar-a-Lago residence, which is a golf resort. Not only did Trump steal from the National Archives, but from our strongest ally in the Middle East.
That news has been nearly forgotten because Trump just received another target letter from the special prosecutor Jack Smith, this time for charges related to the January 6, 2021 insurrection.
His trial in the Mar-a-Lago Documents case in South Florida is set to begin in May 2024 … which feels like a long time for interested citizens to wait. Plus, that’s a couple months before the national conventions of the two major political parties.
We don’t know — yet — when the district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia will send her target letter(s) to Trump and possible fellow defendants. The D.A., Fani Willis, had me scratching my head when she ended the special grand jury with the jurors recommending charges for about a dozen different people. But then (head scratch) Willis announced she would take that special grand jury’s recommendations to regular grand juries. Plural. Why? What the effin’ hell!
Why are these Trump investigations and possible trials getting stretched out for years? Why did the Attorney General Merrick Garland wait so long to assign a special counsel? Why is Fani Willis dragging her Georgia case out so long? Remember when she said charges in the case were imminent”?
Willis has signaled she will drop the indictments sometime next month.
Something else to remember: Donald Trump can never be treated like other defendants precisely because he is an ex-president with an armed entourage around him 24/7. Plus, he is also running for president and the top candidate for the GOP — by 20 points or more — and that will certainly have an affect on any trials that get started in 2024.
What’s going on with the charges filed by Alvin Bragg for the state of New York? That was a big, digital circus played out on the two existing news networks, CNN and MSNBC. The court in that case has set the trial to begin March 25, 2024.
These are more examples of why Donald J. Trump cannot and will not be treated like the average defendants. How quickly did the trial for the three white men who hunted down Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery and murdered him, take? The three murderers were convicted and sentenced two years after killing Marbery. Then they were convicted and sentenced in federal court for hate crimes.
I stand corrected. It looks like the documents case will go faster than the Arbery case, but January 6, 2021 was over 1,000-plus days ago, almost 2.5 years. Garland didn’t appoint Jack Smith as special prosecutor until November 2022. What took so long?
In many ways Merrick Brian Garland is the perfect attorney General. Unflappable and as fastidiously middle of the road as one can be. He believes in the separation of the Department of Justice and the White House administration. He plays no political favorites either way.
If I were to guess his political leanings I would have to guess he’s slightly to the left of center — but only because he has been appointed to office by two Democrat presidents — Bill Clinton in 1997, to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and then nominated to be the 86thAttorney General for the United States by President Joe Biden.
Then there was that time in 2016 when President Barack Obama nominated Garland for the United States Supreme Court after Antonin Scalia died. In one of the most shameful acts in Senate history, the Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would not let Garland go through the nomination process in the U.S. Senate, denying him and Obama a Supreme Court appointment.
“… the American people should have a say in the court’s direction. It is a president’s constitutional right to nominate a Supreme Court justice, and it is the Senate’s constitutional right to act as a check on the president and withhold its consent.”
The scumbag Senator from Kentucky then reversed himself when he pushed the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to be appointed a month after the ex-president Donald Trump selected her for the high court. McConnell said this to Hugh Hewitt, “… we had very little time left when Justice Ginsburg passed away. That took a good deal of priority and skill to get Amy Coney Barrett through. I think we’ll find out what a difference it makes to the American people.”
It makes a big difference. Over 60% of Americans approve of reproductive rights, opposite of the Supreme Court’s 2022 decision to reverse Roe v Wade, the 1973 decision that made abortions a right protected by the U.S. Constitution. Then there is the decision to strike down affirmative action in U.S. colleges and businesses because … why? The percentage of African Americans getting into higher education is still low, so the number of people that benefitted from affirmative action — including Associate Justice Clarence Thomas — has never been overwhelming. Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote this in her dissent: [The court’s decision] … “condemns our society to never escape the past that explains how and why race matters to the very concept of who ‘merits’ admission.”
Here, as I close this out, there is the news from Florida: The so-called Florida Board of Education … think of that title for a moment. Now consider this in their latest stab at whitewashing American history. They tell educators they must say that slaves received great benefits from being enslaved, learning trades and crafts they could use once slavery was ended. Three of their examples had nothing to do with slavery and it discounts the millions of Africans who were enslaved for hundreds of years before the generation of slaves that were freed by the 13thAmendment in the U.S. Constitution. Governor Ron DeSantis said it wasn’t his decision, but he’s all for it!
There was no upside to slavery. All of those slaves would have preferred not being enslaved. To this day Black people, whether they are descended from slaves or not, are continually being attacked for no other reason than the color of their skin.
Just recently the racist cable TV network (Fox News) had a report pushing back at the reality that there was no upside to slavery. They showed violence in Chicago, and those in front of the camera were all African Americans. What they want their viewers to believe is that Chicago is ruled by violent mobs of Black people nearly every day.
Chicago is a big town. I’ve been there many times. That group of people fighting in that video clip do not represent all of Chicago, or even all of the African Americans that call the Windy City home. It’s just more racist fear mongering from the MAGA Cult’s propaganda channel.
So, this is the day that victim of racist violence Emmett Till would have been 82 years old. The president and vice president commemorated his birthday, and declaring the spot where he was found after being murdered in Mississippi and the church in Chicago that gave Till his eternal home coming are now federally protected monuments to Emmett Till and his mother Mamie Till-Mobley. Monuments that are located across three sites in two states.
So much takes place every day, with the MAGA Cult posing as the GOP, I will undoubtedly forget some people or events. The New York Times is reporting that some climate scientists say the Atlantic Ocean is at or coming close to a tipping point. That’s frightening, but I should have more on that soon.
Tim Forkes started as a writer on a small alternative newspaper in Milwaukee called the Crazy Shepherd. Writing about entertainment, he had the opportunity to speak with many people in show business, from the very famous to the people struggling to find an audience. In 1992 Tim moved to San Diego, CA and pursued other interests, but remained a freelance writer. Upon arrival in Southern California he was struck by how the elected government officials and business were so intertwined, far more so than he had witnessed in Wisconsin. His interest in entertainment began to wane and the business of politics took its place. He had always been interested in politics, his mother had been a Democratic Party official in Milwaukee, WI, so he sat down to dinner with many of Wisconsin’s greatest political names of the 20th Century: William Proxmire and Clem Zablocki chief among them. As a Marine Corps veteran, Tim has a great interest in veteran affairs, primarily as they relate to the men and women serving and their families. As far as Tim is concerned, the military-industrial complex has enough support. How the men and women who serve are treated is reprehensible, while in the military and especially once they become veterans. Tim would like to help change that.