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SHADES OF JAN. 6, 2021! Syndicated columnist Solomon Jones of the Philadelphia Inquirer casts a more-detailed light on this expression of racism by history’s only chief executive of the U.S. to …

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Black and white | Tom Camfield

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SHADES OF JAN. 6, 2021! Syndicated columnist Solomon Jones of the Philadelphia Inquirer casts a more-detailed light on this expression of racism by history’s only chief executive of the U.S. to have been twice impeached — and who now is under investigation in several states at multiple levels.

“District Attorney Fani Willis in Fulton County, Georgia, is investigating Trump’s attempt to pressure Georgia’s secretary of state into ‘finding’ enough votes for Trump to win a state he lost. New York Attorney General Letitia James is investigating Trump’s questionable business dealings, as is Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. House Select Committee Chairman Bernie Thompson is leading the congressional investigation of Trump’s alleged involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection.”

All are Black — which is particularly difficult in this Trump era. Fulton County Willis asked for FBI protection following Trump’s speech.

Jones concluded in his column: “As a Black man watching him [Trump] spout his insidious rhetoric, I was mortified. Not because he was repeating his lies about winning an election he lost by more than 7 million votes, but because he was explicitly targeting Black Americans who are doing nothing more than their jobs.

“And when Trump calls these prosecutors racists, that is red meat to his followers.

“When he then says there should be protests where they work, it represents a threat that any conscious Black person understands . . . It’s why numerous news outlets begin to sound the alarm. It is why Black Americans must now be on guard . . .”

Meanwhile, our troll Just Inhale rants about a “biased” mainstream media (“MSM”) and gains a measure of support among those who don’t actually bother reading the daily paper. We’re reading every day stories headlined such as “Trump Had Role in Weighing Proposals to Seize Voting Machines” or “Some torn-up records sent to Jan. 6 panel.” Etc.

New accounts show that the former president was more directly involved than previously known in plans developed by outside advisers to use national security agencies to seek evidence of fraud.

No one argues the accuracy of such stories. Trump merely calls the Free Press “The enemy of the people” and our local troll (whoever he/she is) calls the main-stream media “biased.” Neither presents alternative or explanatory facts.

Under the first headline, the story states: “Six weeks after Election Day, with his hold on power slipping, President Donald J. Trump directed his lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to make a remarkable call. Trump wanted him to ask the Department of Homeland Security if it could legally take control of voting machines in key swing states, three people familiar with the matter said. “Mr. Giuliani did so, calling the department’s acting deputy secretary, who said he lacked the authority to audit or impound the machines.

“Mr. Trump pressed Mr. Giuliani to make that inquiry after rejecting a separate effort by his outside advisers to have the Pentagon take control of the machines. And the outreach to the Department of Homeland Security came not long after Mr. Trump, in an Oval Office meeting with Attorney General William P. Barr, raised the possibility of whether the Justice Department could seize the machines, a previously undisclosed suggestion that Mr. Barr immediately shot down . . .”

So as he grasped unsuccessfully for evidence of fraud that would help him reverse his defeat in the 2020 Election, Trump continues to call the Press “the enemy of the people” for continuing to inform the public what he’s up to — according to people familiar with the episodes.

Another headline was over a story that began: ‘’When the National Archives and Records Administration handed over a trove of documents to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, insurrection, some of the Trump White House, records had been ripped up and then been taped back together, according to three people familiar with the records.

“. . . despite the Presidential Records Act. which requires the preservation of memos, letters. notes, emails, faxes and other written communications related to a president’s official duties, the the former presidents infrangible shredding practices apparently continued well into the latter stages of his presidency.”

Illegal petulance? “The Archives transmitted over 700 pages of documents to the Jan. 6 Committee last month that included a melange of records concerning the events of Jan. 6, 2021, including those that were torn up and reconstructed . . .”

There is more, but I am close to the single blog word limit.

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  • Justin Hale

    Why is Tom so fixated on Trump? Maybe because he has zero good to say about the current Administration?

    Tell me how I, a Senior on a fixed income, better off today than I was four years ago. Tell me how the threats of impending WWIII between the Nations are not more agitated now than they were four years ago.

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    Bye the way Tom,,, Congrats on your 70th anniversary.

    "Your Troll".....

    Wednesday, February 9, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    Tell me how I, a senior on a fixed income (but assisted by my wife's pension), am better off today than I was four years ago? It's not that simple. George W. Bush, steered largely by VP Cheney, left our country in a messy recession and endless war that Barack Obama spent two terms dragging us out of. Then came Trump—to make things worse than ever in a short four years, near as I can tell. To expect Biden to make the future rosy against a Senate filibuster in one short lousy year is plain ridiculous. Let's wait for a corrective midterm election in 2022 and 2 or 3 more Biden years (at least).

    And—by the way, thanks.

    Wednesday, February 9, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Wasn't it Clinton who once said "it's the economy" isn't it a truism that people vote their pocketbook? Ever since Biden took office, things for the average Joe/Joan have gotten worse and no amount of diversion tactics, looking backward to whatever Trump is accused of will change that.

    I've asked the question " how are you/the country better off under the Biden/Harris administration". Still waiting for that list.

    I have never voted a party line for POTUS, the Democrats have almost three more years to win me over. Wasting time going after Trump, and calling anyone who supported or supports him a White Supremacist, ***ist, racist or xenophobe isn't going to work.

    Thursday, February 10, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Dang it!!! Of course I meant "sxist".

    Thursday, February 10, 2022 Report this

  • garynovak418

    Dear Tom and Jean,

    I am gladly breaking my year of silence here to wish you a very happy anniversary. You both have been so much a part of this place's history. You have impacted for the better many people that might not even know of all your hard work. Congratulations! Gary and Mary Novak

    Thursday, February 10, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    We can call Clinton "Bill," but I don't think we can refer to former vice-president Cheney as "****"—even though he was seldom referred to as "Richard."

    Thursday, February 10, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    Thanks, Gary and Mary.

    Your comment was posted as I was writing the brief note about new difficulties writing about people to whom we have traditionally referred with the short synonym for Richard.

    Thursday, February 10, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    Congratulations Tom & Jean, a life well lived and please stick around a long time, we need you. I am back in MN, lost a loved one, but still a Leader Reader. And of course Just in hale is wrong about President Biden, the economy is doing much better and most people are happy to have Joe in charge, except of course some Republicans. Trump lost the election, should have lost it in 2016. I sometimes think of where we would be if Hillary Clinton had been president those years. A great loss to our country.

    Thursday, February 10, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    M.S. your visceral hatred for Trump has affected your ability to see the obvious. "most people are happy to have Joe in charge", obviously you don't pay attention to Biden's approval ratings.

    "economy is doing much better" obviously you haven't been grocery shopping lately? Have you filled your gas tank lately? obviously not.

    Obviously, you are unaware that we are in the worst inflation in 40 years?

    Obviously, you think having thousands of un-vax'd illegals entering our country is a good thing.

    Friday, February 11, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    HuffPost

    Trump Denies Clogging White House Toilet With Flushed Records

    Sebastian Murdock

    Thu, February 10, 2022, 8:32 AM·1 min read

    In this article:

    Donald Trump

    45th President of the United States

    Former President Donald Trump said he did not flush records down his White House toilet.

    “Another fake story, that I flushed papers and do***ents down a White House toilet, is categorically untrue and simply made up by a reporter in order to get publicity for a mostly fictitious book,” Trump said in a statement to NBC News on Thursday.

    Trump’s statement was in response to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman’s upcoming book, “Confidence Man,” and a passage she shared with Axios that claims that Trump apparently tried to flush records.

    “Here’s some reporting from the book’s later years — White House residence staff periodically found papers had clogged a toilet, leaving staff believing Trump had flushed material he’d ripped into pieces,” Haberman said in a tweet.

    Earlier this week, the National Archives and Records Administration asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Trump’s handling of records violated the law when he took 15 boxes of White House do***ents to his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, after he was voted out of office. Though Trump has denied wrongdoing in taking the do***ents, the move could be a violation of the Presidential Records Act.

    Despite denying that he flushed records and clogged his toilet, Trump has been an oddly strong proponent of stronger-flushing toilets. In a 2019 White House meeting with business leaders, Trump complained that people“are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once” and were ending up “using more water.”

    Friday, February 11, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    Really Tom? you and HuffPo are concerned about Trump flushing toilets?

    Biden and his administration are pumping up the war with Russia rhetoric, and you're worried about Trump flushing toilets?

    Friday, February 11, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    A year ago, Joseph R. Biden took office as the 46th president of the United States — inheriting an economy weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic, but with effective vaccines to finally deal with it.

    To mark Biden’s first year in office, we take stock of how the U.S. has performed under the new president. Here are some highlights:

    The U.S. economy added 6.2 million jobs since January 2021, but not all of the jobs lost during the pandemic have returned.

    Economic growth slowed in the third quarter, but economists estimate the economy grew by about 5% in 2021 — the fastest in decades.

    A key measurement of illegal immigration rose dramatically. The number of apprehensions at the border with Mexico increased by 317% in Biden’s first 10 full months in office, compared with the same period in 2020.

    Inflation came roaring back. During Biden’s first 11 months in office, the Consumer Price Index increased 6.8%. Gasoline prices jumped 39%.

    Wages and inflation are both up. But real weekly wages, adjusted for inflation, declined 2.2% for production and nonsupervisory workers.

    Corporate profits and stock prices hit new records.

    The number of people without health insurance went down by about 500,000, according to a government survey.

    The U.S. trade deficit, which grew larger under President Donald Trump, continued to increase. The gap grew 27.3% in Biden’s first 10 months.

    The number of people receiving food stamp benefits declined by about 905,000, or 2.2%, after steep increases during the height of the pandemic.

    The federal debt continues to rise, and annual deficits remained in the trillions.

    Biden has kept pace with Trump’s first year in winning confirmation of federal appeals court judges, and exceeded his predecessor in District Court confirmations.

    The U.S. image abroad has recovered. In 12 nations, many of which are key U.S. allies and partners, a median of 62% of foreigners said they held a positive view of the U.S. — up from a median of 34% in Trump’s final year. Fact Check.org

    Trump just wanted to flush us all down the toilet.

    Friday, February 11, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    The economy that the average citizen is concerned with is how much money is left in their pocketbook after they buy the essentials, food, shelter, fuel, and for some, meds.

    If Biden hadn't encouraged migrants to swarm over our border there wouldn't have been all those arrests would there.

    Under Trump N. Korea was constrained in their missile and nuke development, now under Biden they are back to ramping them up.

    Under Trump, the Taliban in Afghanistan was somewhat held in check. Under Biden, the Taliban now controls the Country, and have inherited a huge amount of military weapons that we stupidly left behind.

    "The U.S. image abroad has recovered", "62% of foreigners said they held a positive view of the U.S." So what? I don't vote to make our "allies" happy, do you? Too bad Biden isn't as popular here in the U.S.

    Saturday, February 12, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    Yes, keeping our allies happy is one of my concerns. They are hardly "allies" if we only use them when convenient for US. We are one world and are becoming more so as the population balloons. Our government is obligated to do more than create more billionaires for a Trump clique in the U. S. Our own immediate neighborhoods will do for starters, of course

    And as our new administration is being tested by power-mad Russia, let's keep a President with good sense at the helm.

    Saturday, February 12, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "as our new administration is being tested by power-mad Russia, let's keep a President with good sense at the helm"..... Really Tom?

    Biden shuts down the US gas and oil industry and removes the sanctions against Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline, against the wishes of many of our European allies.

    "Seven countries, all new members from Central and Eastern Europe, have rallied around the position that Russia’s plans to double the capacity of its gas pipeline to Germany run counter to EU interests and risk further destabilizing Ukraine, EURACTIV has learned." (https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy/news/seven-eu-countries-oppose-nord-stream/)

    So, in your opinion making the US once again dependent on foreign oil and enriching Russia while P'sing off our European allies is "good sense"?

    Saturday, February 12, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    The reasons for the price spike are textbook supply and demand from an economics textbook: Americans have gotten back to driving more this summer as the pandemic has moderated, and a combination of domestic supply interruptions and trouble in energy markets overseas have made crude oil more expensive. In MN the price is $3.34 a gallon, in Jefferson County, it was almost $4. The difference of course is the taxes in WA on fuel is much higher. Happens in all states.

    Put together surging demand from the US reopening with supply crunches both domestic and global, and it should be no surprise that gas prices are spiking.

    I remember gas being rationed in the 1970s when Nixon was in office. Odd/Even days.

    High Prices for gas, commodities, it isn't the first time it's happened in the U.S.

    Sunday, February 13, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "a combination of domestic supply interruptions and trouble in energy markets overseas have made crude oil more expensive.".....

    "Within hours of his swearing-in, Biden revoked a presidential permit for the controversial pipeline, which would have transported up to 900,000 barrels per day of Canadian crude to U.S. refineries."(https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-11-30/fact-checking-the-finger-pointing-on-high-gasoline-prices)

    We were an energy(oil) exporter during the Trump administration, in Biden's first year he shuts down the Keystone pipeline and ANWR and then goes begging OPEC to increase their production. Of course, there were other factors that led to increased costs for oil, but what Biden did to shut down US oil production sure didn't improve the situation we all face at the fuel pumps today. So much for "good sense at the helm".

    Sunday, February 13, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    You think it's more complicated? ANWAR was a good choice to stop, unless you don't care about the environment. I think you have forgotten about Biden's pledge to increase alternative energy, electric cars, solar panels, wind energy, etc. Infrastructure for our failing highways & bridges, money to small communities for improvement in broadband.

    There is more important things in our lives than oil. We could survive without it, we did for over 200 years.

    Trump didn't do a thing that didn't improve his or his families fortunes. Four years of wasted time, that was his presidency, blasting out twitter misinformation day after day, treating the White House like his own Mar A Lago, all with the backing of a Republican Senate that followed him like he was the king, not an ignorant narcissist.

    Monday, February 14, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    So for the sake of the environment, Biden stopped ANWR and Keystone, but at the same time he Greenlighted the Nord Stream2 pipeline. "Greenpeace and other environmental groups say construction of Nord Stream 2 has been polluting Germany's Baltic coast with toxic grease found on beaches and in the sea.

    People living near the Bay of Greifswald in northeastern Germany started telling authorities in June about "tennis ball-sized" lumps of pink-purple oil washing ashore, some of it into areas covered by the European Union's Natura 2000 environmental protection program." I suppose you don't see the hypocrisy there.

    Besides the environment, the geopolitical implications of giving Russia the power to affect what happens in E. European countries is a reality we are seeing today. What Biden did is a win-win for Russia and a lose-lose for U.S.

    As I said your visceral hatred for Trump has affected your inability to see the obvious.

    " I think you have forgotten about Biden's pledge".....

    I put more stock in what a politician does, not what he promises. As I said previously, the average citizen is worse off under the Biden administration than they were under the Trump administration.

    "Trump didn't do a thing that didn't improve his or his family's fortunes.".....

    "Trump gave the most to historically black institutions for both undergraduate and graduate studies.

    Obama held that record back in 2010.

    But in 2018, Trump appropriated more than three hundred and sixty million dollars--thirty two million more than Obama. So we can verify, Trump has spent more than any other president on HBCUs." (https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/verify/verify-has-trump-given-more-money-to-hbcus-than-any-other-president/65-543185506)

    You mean like that Marge?

    Monday, February 14, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    We've certainly come a long way on a blog that began with a mention of

    Black History Month. Anyone count any Blacks during the wild Jan 6 Trump-encouraged demonstration against Democratic government?

    Monday, February 14, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    As I have said before. I only comment on your opinions because people need to know what is happening in America today, not misinformation, which is what commenters like Just In Hale spread. I really don't care what Just In Hale says, he is a Trump worshiper, that will never admit what a lousy president Trump was.

    Monday, February 14, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    I care as much about a Black History month as I do a White History month. "Anyone count any Blacks during the wild Jan 6".....Anyone count any Whites among the deadly violent looters at the BLM riots?

    Nah!, that's not racist.

    Monday, February 14, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    First thing you know, we'll be talking about traveling anarchists from Portland . . . blaming them on Blacks . . .

    Tuesday, February 15, 2022 Report this

  • MargeS

    Almost every month is White history month:

    New Year’s Day (January 1) Celebrates the new year, and hope for a good year?

    Inauguration Day (January 20) – this is the 11th holiday designated every four years following a U.S. presidential election but is only observed by government employees in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (the third Monday in January)

    George Washington’s Birthday (the third Monday in February) Slave holder and father of our country, mixed feelings about him and Martha.

    Memorial Day (the last Monday in May) Honoring those killed in wars.

    Independence Day (July 4) When everyone but Women, Slaves, Indians, and people who didn't own property got the vote.

    Labor Day (the first Monday in September) celebrating the Labor Movement (where are labor unions today?)

    Columbus Day (the second Monday in October) in many states now called Indigenous Peoples Day.

    Veterans Day (November 11) – if this holiday falls on a Sunday, employees will generally have off the very next day. ( a day off to remember those who died in wars)

    Thanksgiving (the fourth Thursday in November) Not quite sure except we eat a lot of Turkey.

    Christmas Day (December 25) Christian holiday, so what happened to separation of church & state.

    You really don't care about black history month because you are white. Read a little, open your mind, don't just believe what you read in school.

    Thursday, February 17, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    "I only comment on your opinions because people need to know what is happening in America today, not misinformation".....

    " Read a little, open your mind, don't just believe what you read in school. ".....

    Rrright! I need to open my mind and read a little more so that I can make intelligent, informed comments like "Almost every month is White history month:" and "Anyone count any Blacks during the wild Jan 6 Trump-encouraged demonstration"

    Friday, February 18, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    This is a test to see how or if "son of a *****" is censored when used as a quotation—as I begin working on a new blog..

    Friday, February 25, 2022 Report this

  • Justin Hale

    In the new world of AI you need to learn how to spell to get past the Censor Bot. Try Btich.

    Saturday, February 26, 2022 Report this

  • Thomas Camfield

    Hmmm. Thanks! However, I'm also backed up a bit at present in getting blogs posted.

    Sunday, February 27, 2022 Report this