October 1, 2022

Autumn Cleanup: Trash can for Judge Cannon, Prison Putting For Trump

Autumn Cleanup: Trash can for Judge Cannon, Prison Putting For Trump

by Hal Brown 

I read a story about the chance that Judge Aileen Cannon could be removed from the Trump documents case titled

The door to remove Judge Aileen Cannon from the Trump case is now 'wide open': former prosecutor

In a column for Slate, former federal prosecutor Robert Katzberg made the case that U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon's continued interference in the work being done by special master Raymond Dearie in the matter of government documents stolen by Donald Trump could lead to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stepping in and taking the case from her.

I  came up with this image:

The Florida federal district court judge has seemingly been quite camera shy since a Google image search of her comes up with only one other recent photo and a couple of them from her wedding. For those wanting to use her in a photo manipulated image of her in a trash can there's no photos of her standing.

The next stories I looked at had to do with Trump and his racist, violence inciting (and misspelled) Truth Social screed. 

Clicking above enlarges image, does not go to Truth Social, he spells advice :"advise"

It led to lot of blowback on Twitter (where he can no longer post since he was suspended). See: 

'Thinly-veiled incitement to violence and overt racism': Trump's Truth Social post sparks outrage

There's nothing here that could result in Trump going to prison, but needless to say, there are lots of crimes he committed which could end him up residing not his tasteless Florida house and hotel but instead in the big house, aka the greybar hotel, or choose your own slang term for prison.

After attorney Christopher Kise accepted $3 million to represent Donald Trump in the FBI’s investigation of government documents stored at Mar-a-Lago, the veteran litigator argued that Trump should adopt a new strategy.

Turn down the temperature with the Department of Justice, Kise — a former Florida solicitor general — counseled his famously combative client, people familiar with the deliberations said....

Instead, just a few weeks after Kise was brought aboard, he finds himself in a battle, trying to persuade Trump to go along with his legal strategy and fighting with some other advisers who have counseled a more aggressive posture. The dispute has raged for at least a week, Trump advisers say, with the former president listening as various lawyers make their best arguments. 

My assessment of those attorneys who are telling Trump to be aggressive are just telling him what he wants to hear in order to placate him and keep their jobs.

From the Post:

Trump seems, at least for now, to be heeding advice from those who have indulged his desire to fight.

The approach could leave the former president on a collision course with the Justice Department, as he relies on a legal trust that includes three attorneys facing their own potential legal risks.

Here's what Barbara McQuade said on the Katie Phang show:

"I say, Katie, to those lawyers who joined in good faith and think they're going to change Donald Trump: bless you and good luck, here we go again," she replied. "Donald Trump has one mode and it is all offense all the time."

"Anyone who thinks he is going to change, you know, it's like the woman who marries the man and says 'I'm going to change him.' No. People are who they are," she explained. "At this point in life, shame on him for not knowing who Donald Trump is."

Even though Trump's continued belligerence won't directly result in him going to prison there's no way a competent and ethical lawyer wouldn't strongly dissuade him from engaging in this behavior. He is slowly but surely turning more and more of public sentiment against him. This recklessness will ultimately be self-defeating. Attorney General Garland no doubt is aware of this and while this won't directly effect his decision whether to indict him he has to know Trump is daring him, and state prosecutors, to just try to pry the emperor out of his Mar-a-Lago castle....

which reminds me of the following:

Another example of generalized slang for prison that came from a specific prison is the term "the castle." This term used to refer to Sing Sing prison. Located in Ossining, New York, Sing Sing prison is one of America's oldest prisons and used to be called "the castle on the Hudson River." The word "castle" is now used to refer to any jail as well.

Back to my penchant for making illustrations.

The are lots of photoshop-type images of Trump behind bars. It is easy enough to look up prison bars and put them over a picture of Trump.

I began to think of another way to depict what I' d like to happen to him. If and hopefully when Trump goes to prison of course he will need to be protected from harm or harassment from other prisoners and while not being held in solitary confinement he'd need to be segregated from the general population. He will have a right to outside exercise and thus will need to be allowed to spend time in a special fenced in area.

I found a photo of such an area:
I found two photos of Trump putting. One I'd already used here:
This would have been a good one to use except Trump wouldn't be wearing a suit in prison. It is one of the rare photos of Trump not wearing a MAGA hat. 

The only other photo of Trump putting has him wearing a hat, which I suppose might be allowed in prison.

Unfortunately he's wearing his usual golf garb. I doubt he'd be able to dress in his own clothes so  you'll have to imagine him wearing prison casual (below) in my final illustration.

So here is my picture of lucky Trump, who is not only allowed to use a little putter and golf ball and even wear his own clothes, but has a small patch of green grass to practice putting on. Maybe he has one of those rubber office putting practice golf holes to move around and pretend he's really on the putting green at one of his old golf courses. (Click images to enlarge)

I couldn't resist making this one:


During an appearance on MSNBC on Saturday afternoon, civil rights attorney Charles Coleman suggested that Donald Trump's demand that his attorneys aggressively push back at the Department of Justice investigation into stolen documents at Mar-a-Lago could do substantial damage to their careers. From RawStory

Above: Clever title, if you're too young to remember or not up on old musical hits:


September 30, 2022

An Alex Jones InfoWars fan helps me find organic potatoes

An Alex Jones InfoWars fan helps me find organic potatoes

by Hal Brown

Here's a story I guarantee you won't see reported anywhere else:

I was headed to our local big grocery store, Fred Meyers, to buy some organic vegetables, and saw a big pick-up truck flying a large American flag and a Don't Tread on Me flag from the back. I didn't have time to take a photo but then thought, while this is not typical in our liberal community, it isn't rare. I thought no big deal.

In particular I wanted to buy some Russet baking potatoes and was disappointed to see that there weren't any in the loose potatoes bin. I asked a clerk it they had any in the back because on another occasion they did. 

Another customer overheard me and showed me that on the other side of the aisle there had lots of bagged Russets. 

Pretty mundane story, you say?

Not really.

A the friendly man who told me about the potatoes...

Hmm, I thought, this must be a super-patriotic MAGA-man. He's a free American, but then again so am I. Presumably unless you are currently incarcerated, you are also a free American.
 Then he turned around so I could read the back. It was even worse. Not only was he a free American but he was a fan of a raving lunatic.

He was wearing an Alex Jones InfoWars t-shirt.

If by chance you don't know who Alex Jones ....

Click above to read article

I thought it was worth having an unpleasant verbal confrontation, or worse, to take a few photos. Go ahead, pat me on the back for my courage for the cause of keeping loyal readers of my blog informed and sometimes even entertained.

If push came to shove, I'm not sure that my snarky sharp wit would have served me well. Who knows. This is Portland, which despite the interloping Proud Boys, is known to be peaceful and neighbors with diametrically opposed political views often live next to or across the street from each other. 

This is in Milwaukie not too far from my place.

These houses are across the street from each other in Aurora
Alex Jones has been in the news lately (read stories) over his loss in the Sandy Hook parents lawsuit leading to his having to declare bankruptcy, and his maniacal rants about what he considers an outrage.

I tried to find the exact version he was wearing online but couldn't. Here are some others from ETSY:

I wouldn't expect an Alex Jones fan to also be an organic vegetable eater but this man was only buying organic veggies:
No links below, just some screen shots. Jones made millions from selling this crap.


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The far right Supreme Court: As if we don't have enough to worry about

The far right Supreme Court: As if we don't have enough to worry about

By Hal Brown

Unrelated stories that piqued my interest will be at the bottom of this page. Special bonus on bottom of page, an exclusive photo essay you won't see anywhere else.

There have been several articles in the past few days that reminded me that between all the things happening to the country from turning us into a fascist far-right dominated banana republic, the Supreme Court is will begin its next session next on Monday week. 

Here's are the cases likely to be ruled on:

Here are a few more stories, with more to follow if they are published through the day. Let's start with The Nation since they have the best illustration:

The Supreme Court Returns on Monday, Stronger and More Terrible Than Ever by Elie Mystal

This term, the high court will cement its grip on political life in America, overturning affirmative action and other critical protections along the way.

Trumps "Truth" posts add up to the only psychological test you need to diagnose Donald Trump as a dangerous maniac. All the leaders of our allies need to do to be terrifed that he'll be the next president is to read them, by Hal Brown, MSW

In 2017 Dr. John Gartner, the founder of Duty to Warn, wrote  All I Ever Wanted to Know about Donald Trump I Learned From His Tweets: A Psyc...