I can see Trump has only a few paths to being elected this fall. All of them are quite nefarious. Here’s how I see it:
a: Indict Democrats. Attorney John Durham will issue a report and possibly indictments for the purpose of affecting the election. It is a United States tradition not to do such things shortly before an election. Trump is desperate so tradition be damned. Attorney General Barr has already said the tradition will not be followed. I will examine the actions of Durham on Monday through Friday over the next two weeks in relation to his prosecution of FBI Agent John Connolly.
b: Secure Russian Assistance. Trump’s fear of discussing Russian providing arms for the Taliban and its paying of money to have American soldiers killed with Putin is telling. He does not want to alienate him and lose his assistance in the upcoming election. There is no doubt it will come. As one article noted Russia’s goal: (Reversing St Francis of Assisi’s prayer) “is to bring discord in place of harmony, error instead of truth, and despair where there is hope.” It went on to note: “The hostile takeover of the once-moderate US Republican party by Trumpian nationalists on the right and the destruction of classical liberalism by the zealotry of political correctness on the left makes America more vulnerable than ever to the kind of toxic nihilism put out by the Kremlin.”
James Whitey Bulger was made into a very notorious criminal. The Boston Globehad it on June 25, 2011, in a headline that he was “Back in the town he terrorized.” Howie Carr had it about Whitey and his brother Bill on the cover of his 2006 book “how they terrorized and corrupted Boston for a quarter century.” Alan Dershowitz of Virginia Giuffre fame, wrote that there was a case of “mass murder and massive corruption” and that Bill Bulger should have been indicted for extortion and taking bribes.
Dershowitz condemned Bill Bulger around the time when he was buddy-buddy with the notorious pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. According to Virginia Giuffre, who had become one of Epstein’s sex toys, who along with other young girls was given out to old men to be abused, she was given out to Dershowitz. It is almost beyond belief that while Dershowitz was involved with Epstein and his ilk he not only goes after Bulger, but he publicly questioned the integrity of “the Dukakises, Whites, McCormacks, Cardinal Laws, O’Sullivans, Welds, Moakleys, and Silbers.” He said they facilitated the terror campaign imagined by Howie Carr.
The headlines told us he terrorized the City of Boston for 25 years. Yet almost no one heard of him before he fled in December 1991 outside of a small section of the city called South Boston and some in the criminal element.
He was supposed to be a tough guy but there was no record of him ever going into the ring which was done by lots of tough guys in South Boston.
South Boston was known for sending its tough guys into the Marines. When Whitey’s turn came to enlist he opted for the Air Force. How does that prove one’s mettle?
He was convicted of robbing three banks. He said that he robbed more but there is no record of him having done it. I suppose it takes a certain amount of guts and gall to pull of a robbery, or at least an ability to suppress one’s fears. Whitey did this but he always carried a gun doing it and had others with him.
I should ask whether there is a psychological boost some people get carrying a gun. Does that give a person courage to do things that they otherwise would be afraid of doing. I ask that because all of Whitey’s bravado seemed to come when he was carrying a gun.
I mentioned a week ago that the Civil Rights Unit under Bill Delahunt the then Norfolk County District Attorney formed a Students Alliance Against Racism. It was quite successful at the time especially because of the cooperation of the police chiefs and police officers in Norfolk County, Massachusetts along with the many teachers, administrators and principals who sought to make it work
During its existence it had a writing competition back in 1985. Some of the students submitted poems. Here is one that was received:
Why mother? Why don’t the guys want me around?
And when I smile at them they turn around
Mother, is it because I’m different?
I just don’t understand…
Mother, in school no ones shakes my hand.
In the halls no one walks or talks with me,
Is it because I’m different, that they think I’m not fun?
Sometimes, I just want to scream, I want to run
I want to be like everyone.
Really, I’m not ashamed of being different
everyone’s different in their own way.
But if it’s not wrong, why is there a price to pay?
In my time as a lawyer I have a devoted most of it to being a criminal defense lawyer and a prosecutor. Working as the latter I specialized in search and seizure issues giving me an expertise on the Fourth Amendment continually advising police officers relative to what they could and could not do. I also had great familiarity with the Fifth and Sixth Amendments. Here is an edited view of what they say:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, . . against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, . . .
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, . . . and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
The old trickery is back. I suggest they call it “Operation Be Scared.” It’s sort a replay of what we saw in 2018 by the Trump gang when they insisted that caravans of people were ready to invade the American nation. Do you recall how we sent U.S. Military to the borders to thrust back those invaders: mothers and fathers and little children seeking a chance for a better life. After that stunt backfired the troops were withdrawn and the threat quickly disappeared.
We saw the result of our inhumane process. Even back then we had Trump folk justifying the separation of parents from their children pointing to the separation that occurs when a parent is sent to jail or prison. They foolishly pick up on Republican talking points without thinking there is a difference between one seeking a better life an one committing a crime. But as I’ve said before the Trump folk like to echo what their leader says without thinking of the foolishness of it like telling us about the Deep State that suddenly came into existence when Trump decided to run for office.
The New York Times a week ago said it is now going to capitalize the word black. NYT’s Dean Baquet explained: “We believe this style best conveys elements of shared history and identity, and reflects our goal to be respectful of all the people and communities we cover.”
The NYT’s national editor, Marc Lacey, said. “But for many people the capitalization of that one letter is the difference between a color and a culture.” The NYT quoted Destinée-Charisse Royal, a senior staff editor in the Graphics department who said: “My thought was that the capital B makes sense as it describes a race, a cultural group, and that is very different from a color in a box of crayons.”
The NYT looked at capitalizing “white and brown in reference to race.” It decided that,” both will remain lowercase. Brown has generally been used to describe a wide range of cultures. As a result, its meaning can be unclear to readers; white doesn’t represent a shared culture and history in the way Black does, and also has long been capitalized by hate groups.”