The return of Santo Matteo

He may have miscalculated when he broke with Movimento 5 Stelle last year in pushing for an election that never happened, but Matteo Salvini is still the most popular politician in Italy and La Lega is a ruling party in waiting:

Luigi Di Maio has resigned as leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement in a step that will shake up Italian politics and prompt fears of a snap election after months of internal party dissent and coalition infighting.

“It is time to rebuild,” Di Maio said in a speech in Rome confirming his departure as M5s leader. He added that he had worked to grow the movement “and protect it from the profiteers and traps along the way,” but “I have completed my task” and others must now step in to take on the role.

Despite his resignation, Di Maio insisted he remains fully committed to the party, and said the government “must go on” and have time to fix “the mess made by those who governed for 30 years before.”

Earlier, ministers of the co-governing Five Star Movement (M5S) met to discuss strategy ahead of crucial regional elections in Emilia Romagna and Calabria, where the party is expected to face defeat to the right-wing League party led by Matteo Salvini. The 33-year-old insurgent politician is expected to remain on as foreign minister for the coalition government which looks to be on increasingly shaky ground. 

The nationalist forces are rising and are stronger than ever. That’s why the global imperialists, from Scotland to Lampedusa, are desperately trying to avoid elections by hook, crook, or previously unthinkable political alliances.

It’s just the kuru

The authors of a book about the god-emperor believe there is something seriously wrong with Robert Mueller:

The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig, who is the co-author of the new book A Very Stable Genius about President Trump, described on Tuesday how difficult it was for some of Mueller’s close family friends to watch his shaky testimony before Congress last summer.

“Phil [Rucker] and I, my co-author, we are not medical professionals, but over and over again, John, we heard from people who are very close to Bob Mueller who found him a different person, a changed person, after two years of this investigation,” Leonnig told CNN host John Berman.

“They don’t know what that’s about,” Leonnig continued. “Some of them do and haven’t shared that with us. But they know that something happened. He’s a different person. He was stumbling over his words. You saw him in July in his testimony before Congress, there were people that I spoke to who are very, very good family friends of his who said, ‘I couldn’t watch the television anymore, I had to turn it off. It wasn’t the Bob I knew.’”

After a 22-month investigation, Mueller’s team did not find sufficient evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy took place between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. He also declined to make a determination about whether Trump may have obstructed justice but did lay out 10 instances of possible obstruction that Democrats viewed as a road map to continue investigating and possibly seek impeachment. Trump is now facing two articles of impeachment stemming from his dealings with Ukraine.

Speculation about Mueller’s health began to swirl when the former FBI director, known for being sharp and competent, appeared to have difficulty hearing lawmakers’ questions and failed to recall key facts from his report when he testified before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees in July.

In their book, Leonnig and Rucker wrote that when Attorney General William Barr met Mueller before his report was released, Mueller read from his notes, and his “hands shook as he held the paper. His voice was shaky, too.” Barr and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, “couldn’t help but worry about Mueller’s health.”

Remember, Mueller is the one who let off Isaac Asimov’s son, the convicted pedophile, with the gentlest of wrist slaps. He’s been in the Swamp for decades and it’s starting to show.

RIP Sir Bedivere

Another Python has left the building. RIP Terry Jones:

‘We are deeply saddened to have to announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Terry Jones.

‘Terry passed away on the evening of 21 January 2020 at the age of 77 with his wife Anna Soderstrom by his side after a long, extremely brave but always good humoured battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD. Over the past few days his wife, children, extended family and many close friends have been constantly with Terry as he gently slipped away at his home in North London.

We have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man whose uncompromising individuality, relentless intellect and extraordinary humour has given pleasure to countless millions across six decades.’

With Terry Gilliam, Jones wrote and directed what is almost certainly the funniest movie ever filmed, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The mere fact that it is still being quoted on a daily basis around the world despite having been released 45 years ago is astonishing, as is the fact that young men today find it every bit as funny as young men did twenty and thirty years ago. The humor is truly timeless.

Monty Python never again reached such heights, but then, no one else ever did either. And while people will point to the mother in Life of Brian, Cardinal Biggles of the Spanish Inquisition sketch, or Mr. Creosote from the famous “wafer thin” sketch, for my money, his greatest character was Sir Bedivere and his most unforgettable line was from the Holy Grail.

“Who are you, who are so wise in the ways of science?”

It still makes me laugh, every single time.

A THRONE OF BONES six-issue special

We have selected an illustrator for the six-issue A THRONE OF BONES comic special. It will be released in electronic and omnibus editions – no single print issues – and will cover the battle between Legio XVII of House Valerius and the Vakhuyu and Chalonu goblin tribes. The Legend Chuck Dixon is adapting the script from the novel and Arklight Studios will be coloring it.

This is not a scene from the comic, as those familiar with the novel will immediately recognize, it is just one of the samples that the illustrator provided us to demonstrate that he was capable of drawing the various fantasy elements required by the story.

And for those who are not unreasonably concerned this will have a negative effect on the release of our other comics, don’t worry, other than helping select the illustrator(s), I don’t have to do anything on this one.

Democrats upset by docket rocket

They were looking for a railroad, not a rocket:

‘This isn’t a trial – it’s a COVER-UP!’ Chuck Schumer rages against Mitch McConnell’s rules for Donald Trump’s impeachment trial as a ‘national disgrace’

Republicans’ plan for Senate trial of Donald Trump are revealed hours before it begins at 1pm Tuesday. Mitch McConnell wants each side given 24 hours spread over two days to make their case – the Democrats for impeaching and removing, Trump for acquittal. If he gets his way, Democrats could start spelling out why they want Trump removed at 1pm on Wednesday. Planned schedule could put ‘docket rocket’ trial on track to end before Trump delivers the State of the Union address. Nobody will be allowed to subpoena witnesses or documents until after each side has made their case and 16 hours of questions have been asked.

Minority leader Chuck Schumer took aim at the moves calling it a national disgrace and said it was not following the precedent in Bill Clinton’s trial. Plans offer apparent victory for Donald Trump – but will not explicitly allow him to demand instant dismissal of the two articles of impeachment.

Apparently they don’t have enough on enough Republican senators to slow down the Storm. Looks like everything is still under Qontrol.

UPDATE: It’s not going well for the Senate Democrats.

Democrats LOSE their first three battles of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial as Republicans block subpoena after subpoena – but Chuck Schumer vows to keep demanding witnesses long into the night.

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The sham continues

Democrats in the Senate are desperately pushing for a rigged process:

On the eve of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, the Senate leader proposed a compressed calendar for opening statements, White House lawyers argued for swift rejection of the “flimsy” charges and the Capitol braced for the contentious proceedings unfolding in an election year.

Final trial preparations were underway Monday on a tense day of plodding developments with Trump’s legacy — and the judgment of both parties in Congress — at stake.

The president’s legal team, in its first full filing for the impeachment court, argued that Trump did “absolutely nothing wrong” and urged the Senate to swiftly reject the “flawed″ case against him.

“All of this is a dangerous perversion of the Constitution that the Senate should swiftly and roundly condemn,” the president’s lawyers wrote. “The articles should be rejected and the president should immediately be acquitted.”

The brief from the White House, and the House Democratic response, comes as the Senate could be facing 12-hour sessions for the rare Senate trial, with some of the very senators running to replace Trump as president sitting as jurors.

It will be interesting to see if the Democrats still want to drag this out as it becomes clear that the whole effort is tending to work against them. But then, as the rumored leak about Adam Schiff tends to suggest, they may not have any choice in the matter as those identified by Q as criminals are desperate to stop the god-emperor’s Storm.

Cernovich smacks the gammas

Don’t dither or debate. Just delete them without hesitation:

FYI asking “sources?” or other Reddit speak is an instant block.

I don’t post on that site of 115 IQ “secret kings.”

If you speaking like them, I’ll assume you’re one of them and reject you from our tribe.

Only gammas assume that a lack of citation is equivalent to an absence of sourcing. This is because they project their own tendency to simply invent “facts” out of thin air.

The bowties dither

I tend to suspect these rumors may be true, simply because it reminds me of all the conservative morons who are more afraid of winning the wrong way than continuing to lose:

BREAKING: DEVELOPING (RUMINT) D.C. @GOP supposedly have some extremely salacious pictures of @RepAdamSchiff that were recovered when the @FBI served search warrants on Ed Buck’s drug den in Los Angeles. There is debate on whether these obscene pictures should be publicly leaked.

This isn’t even remotely hard. Let the light shine. Let the American people know the truth, whatever it is, about their so-called “leaders”.

It doesn’t matter if winning knocks your damned bowtie askew or not. Damn the bowties and their idiotic obsession with grace and style. If you’re not willing to fight, if you’re not willing to take a punch or two, and especially if you’re not willing to punch your opponent in the face as many times as it takes, then stay the hell out of the ring and get the hell out of our way.

Starting nothing is good. But finishing everything is the point.

An actress beats the Queen of England

Queen Elizabeth II was just stared down by a third-rate half-breed actress:

The Queen and Prince Charles decided not to strip Prince Harry of their HRH titles and Duke and Duchess of Sussex rank to avoid looking ‘petty’, it was claimed today.

Her Majesty is said to have considered stripping the couple of their most prized titles and instead referring to them as the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton – putting them at the same level as Edward and Sophie, Earl and Countess of Wessex.

However, the Queen and Prince Charles are believed to have felt preventing the couple from using ‘HRH’ in public and for commercial use – while still officially retaining the title – was a sufficient enough change.

A source told the Evening Standard: ‘The Sussex title is one of the ancient royal dukedoms given to him ahead of his wedding to Meghan, along with other titles. Removing it was seriously considered and discussed at the highest level.’

Amazing. She could have prevented the whole thing by forbidding Prince Harry to marry an obviously unsuitable woman, but she didn’t. Now she’s kowtowing to an actress for fear of looking petty.

Not a good show by the so-called sovereign. No wonder she’s permitted her country to be invaded and occupied.