We’re still in the realm of recycled post titles. I used this R.E.M. inspired one back in 2008 in a post about evacuation orders issued by then New Orleans Mayor C Ray Nagin. Good times. NOT.
In 2022, I’m referring to how the Kaiser of Chaos’ acolytes are spinning out of control after the search of Mar-a-Doorn. They’re issuing threats of violence on social media and one deranged Trumper attacked an FBI office. In a cautionary note for his fellow nutters: this guy is as dead as Kaiser Bill.
I don’t mean to minimize the potential for violence BUT we cannot live in fear or allow threats of violence to affect our political and legal decisions. I’ll have more about this later today.
Team Trump has concocted a fakakta defense for the removal of classified documents from secure facilities. It’s akin to waving a magic wand and saying abracadabra.
Here we go: If Trump moved documents, they were automatically declassified by standing order. If he returned them to where they belonged, they were automatically reclassified. No muss, no fuss, no paperwork. I am not making this up.
The Mustache of War DBA John Bolton told the NYT that there was no such standing declassification order and that anyone saying otherwise is lying. Anyone surprised?
A reminder that one of the Trumpers advancing the moronic magic wand defense is Kash Patel who styles himself as a wizard in his Trumpy children’s book:
Talk about the Wizard of Idiots.
I feel a musical interlude coming on:
In other chaotic news, Trump enabler Lindsey Graham continues to resist testifying before a Fulton County Georgia grand jury. The contemptible South Carolina senator should be held in contempt, especially if he ignores the latest court order squashing his attempt to quash the subpoena.
What’s next for Graham, who sounds like cartoon character Huckleberry Hound? I often wonder if The Incredible Mr. Lindsey sneezed so hard in 2017 that he blew his brains out:
Bless your heart, Huckleberry.
The artist formerly known as Mayor Combover, Rudy Giuliani, was informed that he’s a target of the Georgia grand jury inquiry. Rudy must be sweating bullets:
In Congress, the QAnon lady has filed articles of impeachment against Merrick Garland. She’s been busy on the Tweeter Tube:
Impeach Merrick Garland and Defund the corrupt FBI!
End political persecution and hold those accountable that abuse their positions of power to persecute their political enemies, while ruining our country.
This shouldn’t happen in America.
Republicans must force it to stop!
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) August 15, 2022
I thought they loved law enforcement and disdained impeachment. Repeat after me: Don’t call them conservatives.
The post title is cribbed from the great R.E.M. song, Disturbance At The Heron House, which I used as an Odds & Sods theme song in 2017. It’s on my favorite R.E.M. album, Document. An apt title for a post about Trump’s document misappropriation. Or as Pete Rose might say at this point, Espionage Act, babe.
Speaking of Disturbance At The Heron House, there an explainer about it at Diffuser. Here’s a quote from Michael Stipe: “Disturbance at the Heron House was my take on Animal Farm – this revolution that grinds to a halt under a hardline regime.”
The quote dates from 2017 but Trumpism may have ground to a halt for the time being. Elected GOPers aren’t quite sure how to handle the allegations of national security damage. They used to be the national security party. They used to be many things until Trumpism infected their political bloodstream.
Finally, a quote from the song:
They’re meeting at the monument
The call came in, the monument
To liberty and honor under the honor roll
They gathered up the cages
The cages and courageous
The followers of chaos, out of control
The call came in to party central
A meeting of the green and simple
Try to tell us something we don’t know
The last word goes to R.E.M. with the studio original followed by a 2008 live version: