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‘Blood on Her Hands’: Hope Hicks Blasted as The Biggest Trump ‘Enabler’ Amid Reports She May Resign ‘Within 48 Hours’ The ex-cop was hired as a private investigator by a group whose CEO is GOP activist Steven Home (photo).
Home was among a group of Republicans who unsuccessfully sued to have nearly 127,000 Harris County ballots tossed out this year. Greg Abbott from extending early voting during the coronavirus pandemic, a suit for which Aguirre had provided an affidavit, stating that he was involved in an investigation into a “wide-ranging and fraudulent ballot harvesting scheme” in Harris County.
Jared Wood fill, a spokesperson and attorney for Home, confirmed that the Liberty Center hired a company led by Aguirre to investigate election fraud. The company contracted approximately 20 private investigators to work on claims of fraudulent ballots in Harris County and other places in Texas during the 2020 election.
Aguirre also told authorities that he and other unidentified suspects had set up a “command post” at a Marriott hotel in Pearland for days ahead of the incident. Aguirre ran his SUV into the back of the technician’s truck to get the man to stop and get out, according to a court document describing probable cause for the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Aguirre was arrested by Houston police Tuesday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. He’s a fierce opponent of same-sex marriage and was a key figure in the unsuccessful push for the 2017 “bathroom bill” in the Texas Legislature.
Former President Barack Obama and President-elect Joe Biden will both soon be traveling to Georgia to help get out the vote for Democrats Jon Scoff and Raphael Warlock, who are in the January runoff elections against Purdue and Offer. And given Democrats already control the House, President Joe Biden would be free to unleash a progressive agenda while reversing as much of the Trump destruction as possible.
That’s why it’s comical that campaigning today for Senators Purdue and Offer are not GOP bigwigs, but castaways like former vice presidential nominee Sarah Pain, whose popularity has dropped so far she’s rarely invited onto national television anymore. Here’s Pain on today’s bus tour, attacking Democrats and calling for a “restoration” of America, despite Republicans having controlled the White House and the Senate for the past four years.
Joining them is former executive director of Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition, Ralph Reed, who was the target of a Federal Election Commission (FEC) enforcement action in the 1990s, and later linked to the Jack Abram off corruption scandal. Right Wing Watch published the viral video Monday morning featuring the Tea Party Republican from Minnesota.
They’re having a little trouble understanding this entire “we’re still not sure we’re leaving, but we thought we’d line you up just in case” thing. And licking the presidential boots while the Mad King kicks them in a fit of rage can be a little risky to those pearly whites.
But now Pence faces the living hell of having to humor Donald Trump with the full knowledge that on January 21 he will be permanently kicked to the curb by the infidel boss who, it will turn out, was never all that into him for these four long years. Journalists, celebrities, and other media figures on Twitter roasted former Fox Newer and current Trump campaign adviser KimberlyGuilfoyle ’s speech at the Republican National Convention with blistering gusto.
There were comparisons galore, to figures as varied as Cruelly Seville and Adolf Hitler, but a lot of people likened the speech to The Office character Dwight Chute’s Mussolini-inspired address to a paper convention. Journalists in particular obsessed over the fact that Guilfoyle slammed the state of California, whose governor is her ex-husband, Gavin Newsom.
Celebrities like Star Trek actor George Take and singer Bette Miller got some shots in. During the first night of the Republican National Convention, the word “cocaine” started to trend on Twitter, and not because there was any breaking news about the infamous party drug.
Watching some speeches, in fact, felt quite a bit like sitting through that scene in “Boogie Nights where a menacing half-naked cocaine dealer brandishes a gun while pacing and ranting to 1980s hits like “Sister Christian” and “Jessie's Girl.” Don't let them kill future generations because they told you and brainwashed you and fed you lie that you weren't good enough,” Guilfoyle ranted in a speech so hyperventilating and ridiculous that Mother Jones paired it with North Korean propaganda music.
Trump Jr. brought another variation on the cocaine aesthetic, with his hurried speech, bloodshot eyes and skin shining with sweat as he gravely declared that “the radical left” wants “to bully us into submission.” There was even a hat-tip to the unhinged gun-waving with the presence of Mark and Patricia McCloskey, a St. Louis couple who became right-wing heroes after being photographed swinging their guns like “Scarface” characters at a bunch of Black Lives Matter protesters who passed by their home earlier this summer.
A video of their bizarre meltdown was played at the RNC before a subdued but morbid living-room-style chat in which Patricia warned that “your family will not be safe in the radical Democrats' America.” It's about breaking down people's sense of self and their grip on reality, so they turn into putty at the hands of the authoritarian leader, to be rebuilt in the form that he prefers.
The emotional overloading strategy, often openly fueled by stimulant drugs, was a famous aspect of Nazism, which was known for rallies with long and overbearing speeches and a general atmosphere designed to overwhelm participants. Cult leader Jim Jones would suck down mountains of drugs and then rant at his followers for hours through the speaker system at Jones town, breaking them down emotionally so that resistance to his message became impossible.
In fact, the shout, nutty, coked-up atmosphere of much of the televised convention on Monday night is perfectly in line with the aesthetic Donald Trump has used to dominate his audiences for years. After enduring that for however long, the audience is then subjected to a rambling Trump speech that usually clocks in at more than an hour and veers wildly from one incoherent grievance or conspiracy theory to another.
Trump really is just building on what Fox News has been doing for years to get viewers to turn off their rational brain and swim in a sea of overstimulated emotions. But it's important to grasp that the Trump fans who this convention is geared toward have ingested a steady diet of increasingly chaotic media for years now.
Ray Michael's commented 2015-12-19 17:47:27 -0500 · Flag I bet the detainees would love to get a Beria on her to hide that disgusting hairdo and face! Priscilla commented 2015-12-19 14:32:54 -0500 · Flag The twice divorced Kimberly is, as she frequently proclaims, a very devout Catholic.
She’s also “pro-life.” Hmm mm…. Marco commented 2015-12-19 13:55:49 -0500 · Flag Circumvent habeas corpus, ignore the constitution and Geneva Conventions and just kill the prisoners if Gizmo is closed. Truman commented 2015-12-19 13:37:49 -0500 · Flag From what we heard at the last Re pug debate, carpet bombing is the Piggy answer to all of our international problems.
JP commented 2015-12-19 13:32:25 -0500 · Flag These pathetic “news personalities” will have 8 more years of job security to bash Hillary after the election. Radpat_USA commented 2015-12-19 12:08:51 -0500 · Flag Not surprising that one rescued from an extended gig as a mannequin at a women’s discount clothing store has no heart.
David Lindsay commented 2015-12-19 07:51:04 -0500 · Flag Faux appeals to the worst instincts in America. Gizmo and Faux are heavy anchors impeding America’s forward process as a moral country.
Jesse Waters is on “Fox And Friends” promoting his idiocy has spawned his own show! The Security Council initially considered a tougher set of sanctions that would have banned oil imports but agreed to a more moderate draft in order to gain support from China and Russia.
There was no fire sale, mind you, but most of these markets, along with U.S. equity index futures, came under some overnight pressure. Standard & Poor's had downgraded China's sovereign credit rating due to that nation's increasing debt levels.
Markets no longer seem to get badly rattled by these things though, at least not when they involve major economies with their own central banks. If something awful were to develop in this space, I don't think you could call it a “Black Swan” event.
According to Yon hap News Agency (South Korea), North Korean Foreign Minister RI Yong-ho rattled some cages from New York last night when he opined that his nation might consider a nuclear test of unprecedented scale in the Pacific. This came as North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un warned that President Donald Trump and the U.S. will “pay dearly” for threats made earlier in the week from the United Nations in New York.
Then again, which sovereign debt securities would remain havens in the event of such a crisis? In the wake of the Fed's policy decision, Gold has suddenly become slightly more affordable.
This makes the yellow metal appear less valuable to investors in times of tightened monetary conditions. Whittling down the balance sheet does not help here, but it is the steep trajectory of expectations for the Fed Funds Rate that have really taken the axe to this precious metal.
I have long maintained that a 7.5% portfolio allocation toward physical gold is, in my opinion, the appropriate level. I resisted going to 10% as the metal screamed higher for the very reason that I did not trust the U.S. central bank to play this game in a way that would benefit gold all that much.
I see profound support much lower (no kidding, Sarge), in the neighborhood of $1210 to $1220 an ounce. The only thing that we do know for sure is that if a desperate, isolated dictator were to do something stupid, you will wish that you had already bought gold the day before.
OPEC and allied non-OPEC oil producers are meeting today in Vienna. On the table are the possible extension of existing production cuts beyond the first quarter of 2018, perhaps all the way out until the end of next year.
Funny thing happened though, on the way to the meeting: Saudi Arabian oil minister Khalid Al- Fall appears to be a no-show. The next “formal” OPEC meeting is not until November 30, so this allows some times analyze these tough decisions.
It's no secret that Libya and Nigeria were exempt from the original deal that was struck. It's also no secret that over the past year, both countries have added an approximate 550,000 barrels a day worth of increased production, greatly reducing the impact of OPEC's intent in the first place.
These nations were exempt from the deal as a result of internal strife that had badly harmed their economies. In both instances, deals have been struck with warring factions in order to pump more oil to raise badly needed revenue.
Many nations participating in the freeze/cut want to hear from both Libya and Nigeria on just where they are going with their production levels. It's hard to see anything positive happen as far as Crude prices are concerned -- unless the Saudis magically show up.
Wei Crude has traded sideways at elevated levels all week. As I type out this morning note, I remain long four oil names.
This has been my refinery play in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and has been an absolute joy to own. They are designed with strict price targets and panic points, as well as pre-defined timelines that must be followed to the letter.
Williams, who does not vote on policy this year, has opened himself up to the media as this event has progressed. George, who is thought of as perhaps the most hawkish official at the Federal Reserve, does not vote on policy this year.
According to data released by Market, which is not very closely followed by anyone in the industry, manufacturing has remained stable all year, while the service sector has trended into strength. The recent strength seen in market prices for Wei Crude, as well as Natural Gas, should test that trend in the near term.