Another train wreck waiting

The news is out: [Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has said if his fellow Republican senators back the second impeachment of President Donald Trump, it will “destroy” the GOP.
Ten House Republicans crossed the aisle to join Democrats in impeaching Trump this week for inciting a mob of his supporters to storm and ransack the U.S. Capitol, where lawmakers had convened to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, on January 6.
“They will destroy the Republican party… if leadership is complicit with an impeachment, or if leadership votes for an impeachment, they will destroy the party.”
Referring to the riot at the Capitol that left five people dead, Paul said: “Look, I didn’t agree with the fight that happened last week, and I voted against overturning the election, but at the same time, the impeachment is a wrongheaded, partisan notion.
He continued: “If Republicans go along with it, it’ll destroy the party. A third of the Republicans will leave the party. I mean, this isn’t about whether it was a right or wrong debate, this isn’t about… the Electoral College, this is about the future of the party, and whether you’re going to ostracize and excommunicate President Trump from the party. Well, guess what? Millions of his fans will leave as well.”]

Credit for Rand Paul’s extreme stupidity goes to his parents who made the unfortunate decision to keep him, when an abortion was clearly a better option.

Even more corruption

The news is out: [HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi owner of pharmacies and pharmacy distributors has been sentenced to 18 years in prison and ordered to repay the government nearly $287.7 million for his part in what prosecutors described as a $510 million health care fraud involving high-priced pain cream.
Wade Ashley Walters, 54, of Hattiesburg, also was ordered at Friday’s sentencing to forfeit nearly $56.6 million that he gained personally from the scheme, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Walters had been charged in a 37-count indictment. He pleaded guilty in July to one count each of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Sentencing was conducted Friday by U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett.
“The fraud committed by Walters and others in this investigation wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars and deprived individuals of needed medical care,” said David P. Burns, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.]

Non-stop corruption, becoming more daring by the day.

Pardons on sale, 1/2 off

The news is out: [An associate of Rudy Giuliani told a former CIA officer a presidential pardon was “going to cost $2m”, the New York Times reported on Sunday in the latest bombshell to break across the last, chaotic days of Donald Trump’s presidency.
The report detailed widespread and in some cases lucrative lobbying involving people seeking a pardon as Trump’s time in office winds down. The 45th president, impeached twice, will leave power on Wednesday with the inauguration of Joe Biden.
The former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who was jailed in 2012 for leaking the identity of an operative involved in torture, told the Times he laughed at the remark from the associate of Giuliani, the former New York mayor who as Trump’s personal attorney is reportedly a possible pardon recipient himself.]

I wonder how much Trump will charge for the National Security Intelligence briefings? Coming soon on the auction block: license plates made by Trump.

A tale of 2 decisions

The news is out: [Donald Trump will get to take the nuclear football with him when he leaves Washington DC on his final day in office – but the codes will be deactivated at the stroke of noon.
Mr Trump will be accompanied by the 45-pound briefcase when he flies to Florida on the morning of Joe Biden’s inauguration, as he is reportedly expected to do.
But the nuclear codes that accompany it will stop working as soon as Mr Biden is sworn in as his successor 1,000 miles away on Wednesday.
Military officials will have a nuclear football ready and waiting to accompany Mr Biden after he becomes the commander-in-chief, officials told CNN.
Mr Trump has also reportedly not made up his mind if he will continue the tradition of writing a letter to leave for his successor in the Oval Office’s Resolute desk.]

First, hopefully, the nuclear football has been a dud for the past 4 years. Second, hopefully, Biden will share the laughter with the nation if Trump leaves a letter.

Terrorists and traitors

The news is out: [A U.S. Army reservist with a secret-level security clearance and “access to a variety of munitions”—described in court papers as a white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer—has been charged with taking part in the violent Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.
Timothy Louis Hale-Cusanelli of Colts Neck, New Jersey, works as a contractor at Naval Weapons Station Earle, which is also in Colts Neck, according to an FBI affidavit filed last week.
He now faces five federal counts: knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority; disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; disrupting the orderly conduct of government business; parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building; and obstructing a law enforcement officer.
At least 22 present or former members of the U.S. military or law enforcement have now been accused of taking part in the Capitol riot, according to the Associated Press. The first U.S. military member to be arrested for their participation in the deadly riot was Jacob Fracker, a Virginia police officer and current Army National Guardsman.]

Imagine a member of the US Military “described in court papers as a white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer.” Should we support the troops and tie yellow ribbons to trees?