Holler co-founder Justin Kanew talks to White House Middle East advisor during the Iran Deal Daniel Benaim about how Trump made the Iran situation more dangerous, and put Americans in harm’s way unnecessarily.
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CLIP: “I get what’s in it for him… what’s in it for us?”
Rep. Susan Lynn GAVELS DOWN TN House Minority leader Rep. Karen Camper for talking politics on committee by responding with facts to GOP Majority Leader Rep. William Lamberth’s opinions — who Rep. Lynn allowed to go on and on UNIMPEDED as he complained about #impeachment. 🤔
At his Nashville rally Bloomberg prioritized defeating Trump, appealed to moderates, and was confronted by a #MedicareForAll supporter & TN-5 candidate Justin Jones, who quoted MLK saying white moderates are a threat to civil rights.
I wrote to my Senators about impeachment, discussing my concerns about the lack of seriousness with which they seem to be taking it, and their endless stream of partisan nonsense.
Here’s the response I got from Senator Marsha Blackburn:
It raises additional concerns.
First off let me begin by noting I’ve spent nearly the past decade studying and researching executive/presidential power, and feel like I know a thing or two about it.
Second, impeachment is nothing like charging an individual with a crime and in continuing this claim Marsha just adds to the confusion over the inherently political process that impeachment actually is.
Aside from the Constitution, we can look to the Federalist Papers – 65 and 66, and in particular Hamilton’s writings on the presidency – to understand Trump’s actions easily meet the supposed “high bar” to which she refers. Courting foreign interference into domestic electoral politics is exactly the kind of thing the Framers were concerned about. For Hamilton, impeachment was Congress’ ultimate check on the executive, just as the president has veto power as a check over Congress.
Next, Marsha claims the House is not and has not been following “due process” – again, impeachment is political, not legal, so there is no due process in the same sense as in our legal/judicial system, as the process is established by existing rules and precedent, and by any rules that a majority of the House agrees to – just as in the Senate for the trial, whereby the Senate will have to have a majority vote to change or create new rules.
Last, Blackburn’s “concern” over the process of the House is not justified in reality. If she were even paying attention to a modest amount of coverage she would see the process unfolding exactly as the House has determined, but the bigger issue is that if Blackburn were truly concerned and cared about the Constitution she would be preparing to take the entire process, especially her role in the Senate, seriously – which from where I’m sitting does not seem to be happening. It also raises concerns as to why she would block election security bills and other efforts to protect elections in the US and ensure voting rights for all Tennesseans.
While I appreciate the fact that her office responded to my comments, I really don’t expect that she’ll be keeping my comments in her thoughts during this process.
“How is rejecting $1 BILLION/year in Medicaid Expansion funds helping TN’s rural communities?”
TN is #1 in MEDICAL BANKRUPTCIES & HOSPITAL CLOSURES. Maternal mortality of a 3rd world country.
Gov. Lee says a BLOCK GRANT means MORE💰, but facts disagree.
Below is our interview with Tammy Hatcher, who runs Maury County’s Confederate Christmas Ball, which Natalie Allison of The Tennessean tweeted about earlier today:
— Natalie Allison (@natalie_allison) December 6, 2019
It turns out it is in fact a real thing, taking place tomorrow night in Columbia.
“Step back in time and fill your dance card as you swirl the floor to authentic Reels, Promenades and Waltzes popular during the 1860s. On site dance instruction provided by dance master Mark Orman, period music provided by the 52 Tennessee Band. Light refreshments will be served.
Period dress is a must for participants and optional for spectators. Tickets go on sale October 1st. 2019.
Advanced tickets 30.00 and 35.00 at the door. Spectator tickets (non period dress) 25.00. For tickets and costume rental contact Tammy Hatcher at 931-698-3876 mailing address 4595 Old Sowell Mill Pike Columbia Tennessee 38401.”
We went ahead and called Tammy Hatcher. Here’s what she had to say.
HOLLER: How long has the Confederate Ball been running?
TAMMY: This is our 23rd year.
HOLLER: And how many people generally attend?
TAMMY: Anywhere from 150… I have had 200.
HOLLER: And what kind of events happen there? What is the program?
TAMMY: It’s basically a historic dance. We have a band that plays period music of the time and we dance. We just dance and have a good time. We do serve finger foods. That’s basically what we do.
HOLLER: What’s your background? Are you born and raised in Tennessee?
TAMMY: I am, yes. Born and raised in Columbia. I’ve always been into history.
HOLLER: And how do people dress at the Ball?
TAMMY: They dress in 1860’s period clothes. Spectators are welcome also. They cannot dance. We reserve the dance for period costumed participants.
HOLLER: Is there an acknowledgment of the racial aspect of it?
TAMMY: No. I have black folks that come. It’s not racially divided in any way. And no – we don’t do speeches, we don’t talk about anything, we dance. That’s all we do.
Tammy then asked about the Tennessee Holler.
TAMMY: Do y’all take… I don’t know how to say this without sounding ugly – there are a lot of people who don’t like people that do what we do. Are y’all on board with that train?
HOLLER: What train is that?
TAMMY: The one that’s trying to cover up our history, tear down our monuments… a lot of people like to advocate for certain kinds of things, and I don’t have any tolerance for those kinds of people. I don’t oppose to anybody knowing what we do. We’ve done it for years. We get together, we dance, and we have a good time. It’s not political. It’s not racial. It’s not anybody trying to segregate or… you know, be ugly to any one group of people.
HOLLER: Seems like what they would say probably is if it’s a celebration of the Confederacy that tends to rub people the wrong way.
TAMMY: It is a celebration of our history. We dance, and we have a good time. That is all we do. It is a Christmas celebration. We just picked the year 1860… but just because I have the word “confederate” in it, I don’t want anybody trying to stir up shit. Because the word “confederate” should not offend anybody. And it does offend a lot of people. But it shouldn’t. It’s ridiculous.
HOLLER: But sometimes the person who gets offended can’t control what offends them, right?
TAMMY: Well that’s true. And that’s what’s wrong with our society today. People can’t seem to control themselves. Just because they’re offended they think everybody else should be offended, and everything should be changed because they’re offended. People need to get over being offended. My goodness. I’ve lived 60 years and I can’t tell you the things that offend me and have offended me during my life – but I don’t try to change people because I’m offended… anybody that wants to come, we are a family-friendly event. We have young people come. Up from children to 15-16 year-old teenagers. No alcohol. Very hospitable. Nothing for anybody to be offended by in my opinion.
Eagle-eyed Nashvillians, including Tennessean reporter Natalie Allison, have spotted Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney and consigliere to President Trump and chief Ukrainian arm twister, in Nashville. We’re pretty confident he ain’t here for the hot chicken.
Rumors have swirled: Is he here for visits with Sen. Marsha Blackburn, another notorious Trump defender and smearer of actual patriots?
Allison reported Monday that Giuliani denied being in Tennessee to see local lawyer Jay Sekulow, another Trump attorney.
But, a local attorney well connected in government circles and reliable Holler source has proposed a theory.
As first reported by Reuters Monday, federal prosecutors have subpoenaed records belonging to Giuliani and his consulting firm. The subpoena doesn’t accuse Giuliani of wrongdoing but does specify the work is part of an investigation of money laundering, wire fraud, campaign finance violations, obstruction of justice, making false statements, and and violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
Which brings us to our theory: Richard W. Westling, an attorney in Epstein Becker & Green’s Nashville and Washington, DC offices, was added as an integral part of Trump associate Paul Manafort’s defense team in 2018. Prior to that, Westling, who counts both tax law and — Shock! Government and internal investigations — among his expertise, was on the defense team for U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous. Porteous, of Louisiana, was impeached and removed from the bench for perjury in signing false financial disclosure forms under oath.
Westling’s bio on Epstein’s website says: “Clients call upon Mr. Westling when facing complex compliance challenges, government investigations, high-profile enforcement actions, or the prospect of severe criminal, civil, or administrative actions.” (Boldface is ours.)
We left a message with Westling’s office to ask if he’s representing Giuliani, but at publication time, had not heard back.
CULT OF TRUMP author Steven Hassan talks about how Trump is like other cult leaders, how to talk to believers, and more. Interview and CLIPS below!
LISTEN to the interview on our podcast over on iTunes.
FULL INTERVIEW: THE CULT OF TRUMP with Steven Hassan
CLIP: HOW TO REACH BELIEVERS
“Sarah Silverman treated David Weissman with respect, asked him questions… get people to think.” – Steven Hassan stresses the importance of being kind and listening in our attempts to reach believers. #CultOfTrump
CLIP: THE STEREOTYPICAL PROFILE OF DESTRUCTIVE CULT LEADERS
Cult of Trump author Steven Hassan explains how Trump, L. Ron Hubbard, etc. are peas in a pod.