the DON JONES INDEX…

 

 

GAINS POSTED in GREEN

LOSSES POSTED in RED

 

   7/16/22...      14,914.48

     7/9/22...      14,953.68

   6/27/13…      15,000.00

 

 

(THE DOW JONES INDEX:  7/16/22… 31,288.26; 7/9/22… 31,430.10; 6/27/13… 15,000.00)

 

 

LESSON for July 16, 2022 – “Cip Cip Hooray!”

 

The One Six Inquisition’s case against former President Donald Trump, his aides, attorneys and minions and other persons of greater or lesser import proceeded to its seventh meeting on Tuesday last; which exploration of the facts and rumours in this long-lasting and much-criticized process featured the debut of attorney and problem solver Pat Cipollone, a man who had already figured prominently in the testimony of no-longer-mystery witness Cassie Hutchinson the previous week.

Hutchinson had testified that Cipollone was present at the creation and evolution of the President’s scheme to steal back the 2020 election he believed, and still believes, had been stolen from him by his successor, Joseph Biden, and by persons various and nefarious within the octagon of the electoral process and, further, contributed at least a tacit assent to the plot to seize and retain office by disqualifying the count of electoral ballots – first through legal challenges in a number of states where he believed sufficient fraudulent votes could be detected and discarded to award him the victory and then, when that failed, to incite a mob to storm the United States Capitol building to terminate the counting of the ballots, overturn the results and... finally... to seize the nominal overseer of the vote counting process, Vice President Mike Pence, and hang him.

A subsidiary skein of testimony from some of those involved in the riot (or insurrection, as some termed it, or tourist outing, as others averred) from public officials, Capitol police offers and participants in the violence... including members of armed, alt-right militants such as the Proud Boys, the Three Percenters and the Oath Keepers (some of whom, under threat of Federal prosecution have chosen to break their oaths).

A transcript of the proceedings is below as Attachment One.  Attached to the attachment are timelines prepared by various media sources and by the producers of this Lesson – at least until 3 PM, after which live television presentation of the Inquisition was terminated by the three broadcast networks, who resumed their customary weekday afternoon programming.  Fox News announced that it would boycott the hearing, and did so.

 

Our lesson of two weeks ago (here) covered the testimony of Ms. Hutchinson, an aide to Mark Meadows who was privileged (or afflicted) to have been present at several important meetings during with creation and furtherance of the Trump Takeover was planned and prepared.

 

Hutchinson “recall(ed) asking Meadows about watching the riot on TV.  Meadows said the President “vahnted to be alone.”  She compares that afternoon to “a bad car accident” and Meadows needed to “snap out of it.”  She remembers pointing to the TV and saying: “The rioters are getting near.  They might get in!”

“Just then, Pat Cipollone (came) “barreling down the hall, saying that the rioters got in.  Meadows replied: “The President doesn’t want to do anything”; Cipollone retorted “...if violence happens, the blood would be on your hands.”  Sen. Jordan (R-Oh) call(ed) back (from the Capitol).  Hutchinson says she went to the dining room as Meadows talked to Jim.  “In the background, she testifies she heard the “Hang Mike Pence chants.” 

“She recall(ed) that Meadows said: “The President thinks the Vice President deserves it.”  (Inquisition Six, 2:47 PM)

 

 “The House Jan. 6 select committee has covered a lot of ground in its seven hearings, but it has left at least one question unanswered...” posited the Los Angeles Time on June 13th, updated a month later. “What was President Trump doing while a mob of his supporters was rioting at the U.S. Capitol, trying to stop Congress from counting the electoral votes that would make Joe Biden president?

“That’s the most likely subject of the panel’s next hearing, which is expected to be held next week,” and which, in fact, has now been scheduled for Thursday, July 21st.

One thing the Times said it did know is that the panel wants to hold the hearing in prime time on the East Coast, similar to the panel’s opening session June 9. That first hearing drew a massive audience: 20 million people, or twice the number who tuned in to this year’s most popular television series.”

The Times also published short summaries of the first seven meetings (See Attachment Two)

They also raised the possibility that the committee “may finally have testimony from former Trump strategist Stephen K. Bannon,” who is awaiting trial on charges of contempt of Congress for defying the panel’s subpoena last year but has, since, stated that he will consent to giving testimony (at present, Bannon’s appearance and whether said testimony will be live... even including questioning from the Inquistors... or remote.  The Times noted that Mother Jones has already published leaked audio from a meeting Bannon held with associates a few days before the 2020 election, “in which Bannon predicted that Trump would preemptively claim victory and then try to overturn the election results if he lost. Bannon was right on both counts.”

 

CIP on Camera

Prior to the Tuesday hearing, Cipollone had, on the previous Friday, “met with the committee behind closed doors for a transcribed interview that lasted eight and a half hours. He spent more than an hour of that time outside the deposition room conferring with his lawyers, and departed the Capitol Hill office building after 5 p.m. ET. He did not answer reporters’ questions.” (CNBC, See Attachment Three)

An account of his appearance had also appeared on CNN (See Attachment Four), during which testimony, Cipollone was asked to confirm or deny Hutchinson’s allegations.  A committee Congressperson, Zoe Lofgren (D-Ca) would go on the record in an interview with Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room”, saying that, in his testimony, Cipollone “did not contradict the testimony of other witnesses, and I think we did learn a few things which we will be rolling out in hearings to come.”

When asked specifically if Cipollone confirmed testimony from Hutchinson, Lofgren said, “not contradicting is not the same as confirming.”  Pressed on the difference, Lofgren added, “Well, he could say so and so was wrong – which he did not say. There were things that he might not be present for or in some cases, couldn’t recall with precision.

Lofgren called the witness “candid” (despite concerns about executive privilege), adding: “I’m sure we will get information that’s of use to him and we will also respect his dedication to these principals that he holds dear.”

Cipollone, who fought against the most extreme plans to overturn the 2020 election but has long held that his direct conversations with Mr. Trump are protected by executive privilege and attorney-client privilege, “invoked certain privileges in declining to answer some of the committee’s questions.”  (New York Times, July 9th)

Tim Mulvey, a spokesman for the panel, said the committee “received critical testimony on nearly every major topic in its investigation, reinforcing key points regarding Donald Trump’s misconduct and providing highly relevant new information that will play a central role in its upcoming hearings.”

“This includes information demonstrating Donald Trump’s supreme dereliction of duty,” Mr. Mulvey said. “The testimony also corroborated key elements of Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony.”

Among these “key elements” were remarks upon Rosen’s deputy Richard Donoghue, who had testified in a committee hearing that Cipollone said of the drafted letter in that meeting: “that letter that this guy wants to send, that letter is a murder-suicide pact. It’s going to damage everyone who touches it. And we should have nothing to do with that letter. I don’t ever want to see that letter again.”

Hutchinson, for her part, said that Cipollone told her on January 3, “We need to make sure that this doesn’t happen, this would be legally a terrible idea for us. We have serious legal concerns if we go to the Capitol that day.”

A BBC preview focused on the other aspect of Tuesday’s hearings... the role of organized right-wing extremist groups like the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers who were moved to action; their members, clad in military-style garb and body armour, were some of the first to breach the Capitol.

“The committee, led by two lawmakers, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Stephanie Murphy of Florida, will detail the plans these militant groups made for 6 January and explore some of the connections they had to advisers close to the president, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone.

·         “Of particular interest to the committee is an 18 December White House meeting involving the president, Mr Flynn and Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell - which was followed the next day by a presidential tweet exhorting his supporters to come to Washington on 6 January for a rally that would "be wild".

Mr Raskin told BBC US partner network CBS News that the meeting and the tweet had an "explosive" effect on violent elements of Mr Trump's political base.

Not to mention the sleepier elements.  Violent... but sleepy.

The Huron (Mi) Daily Tribune, channeling AP data, reported that messages beaming across the far-right forums had laid out plans for the big day that they said Trump was asking for in Washington. It would be a “red wedding,” said one, a reference to a mass killing in “Game of Thrones.” “Bring handcuffs.”

And what would the chaos and carnage have been without a mind excursion into Giza Dreams?

In a Jan. 4 text message from rally organizer Kylie Kremer to Trump ally Mike Lindell, the MyPillow CEO, Kremer explained: “This stays only between us, we are having a second stage at the Supreme Court again after the Ellipse. POTUS is going to have us march there/the Capitol.”

Lindell, who helped sponsor a two-week March for Trump bus tour that ended in Washington on Dec. 14 and spoke at five stops. said his financial backing of the bus tour ended in mid-December. He emphasized to Reuters that he did not help finance subsequent trips to promote the Jan. 6 rally that would devolve into riots. He said he did, however, attend the rally before the march to the Capitol that day, and he spoke the day before during rallies at Freedom Plaza, near the White House.  (He did not provide free pillows to beaten police or sleepy protest people seeking rest, as opposed to arrest.)

The Capitol rioting has not changed Lindell’s views on contesting the election. “I’m never letting the fraud go,” he told Reuters. “It was the most corrupt election in U.S. history, and probably in world history.” (Christopher Krebs, a cyber-security chief for the Trump administration, called the election the most secure in the nation’s history; shortly after the vote. Trump fired him.)

Then Lindell cited the latest baseless conspiracy theory circulating among right-wing groups - that leftist activists, masquerading as Trump supporters, were responsible for the violence at the Capitol.

“It was all a setup,” he said.

 

Moving on to his next appointment: "One of the things that people are going to learn is the fundamental importance of a meeting that took place in the White House" on Dec. 18, the busy Raskin said Sunday, the tenth, on "Face the Nation".  (Attachment Five)

"And on that day, the group of outside lawyers who've been denominated 'Team Crazy' by people in and around the White House, came in to try to urge several new courses of action, including the seizure of voting machines around the country," Raskin said. "And so, some of the people involved in that were Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani was around for part of that discussion, Michael Flynn was around for that. But against this 'Team Crazy' were an inside group of lawyers who essentially wanted the president at that point to acknowledge that he had lost the election, and were far more willing to accept the reality of his defeat at that point."

Raskin said in the middle of the night on Dec. 19, Trump sent a tweet "after a crazy meeting, one that has been described as the craziest meeting in the entire Trump presidency."

"Donald Trump sent out the tweet that would be heard around the world, the first time in American history when a president of the United States called a protest against his own government, in fact, to try to stop the counting of electoral college votes in a presidential election he had lost," Raskin said. "Absolutely unprecedented, nothing like that had ever happened before. So people are going to hear the story of that tweet, and then the explosive effect it had in Trump World and specifically among the domestic violent extremist groups, the most dangerous political extremists in the country. "

Last week, Trump White House counsel Pat Cipollone testified before the committee for more than eight hours. Raskin said Cipollone gave "valuable" information to the committee.

"We are going to get to use a lot of Mr. Cipollone's testimony to corroborate other things we have learned along the way," Raskin said. "He was the White House counsel at the time. He was aware of every major move I think Donald Trump was making to try to overthrow the 2020 election and essentially seize the presidency."

 

MAGA, nominal and RINO Republicans formed a united front over the weekend with even those who might otherwise attempt to dis-influence Trump’s influence on the party (while remaining mindful to the energy of his base and Ol’ 45’s fundraising prowess). 

“Mr. Cipollone repeatedly raised legal and other concerns about President Trump’s activities on January 6th and in the days that preceded,” Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in a statement, reported by the conservative journal Newsmax. "While the Select Committee appreciates Mr. Cipollone’s earlier informal engagement with our investigation, the committee needs to hear from him on the record, as other former White House counsels have done in other congressional investigations.”

 

Trump, himself, railed against Mr. Cipollone’s cooperation. On Thursday, he posted on his social media platform, Truth Social: “Why would a future President of the United States want to have candid and important conversations with his White House Counsel if he thought there was even a small chance that this person, essentially acting as a ‘lawyer’ for the Country, may someday be brought before a partisan and openly hostile Committee in Congress.”

Over the weekend, intimations that the Inquisition would, in addition to Cipollone, call other witnesses that might or might not include members of extremist groups who planned and/or participated in the One Six violence.  Politico collected a gallery of the most likely subjects who could either testify or, if refusing, be the subject of testimony.  (See Attachment Six)

The Pro-Trump Washington Times added more Trump spleen and offered a promise to the faithful: Mr. Trump has decried the Jan. 6 committee’s hearings as a witch hunt designed to stymie his possible 2024 comeback bid for the White House. He is reportedly considering an early entrance into the race to combat the committee’s narrative.

A shaken Team Trump had scrambled to protect their projection of Donald UnHors’d as a worthy frenemy and counterpart to Russia’s shirtless wonder, Mad Vlad Putina... mobilizing the family.

“Why are Pat Cipollone & his lawyers letting the J6 Committee get away with suborning Cassidy Hutchinson’s perjury?” Mr. Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., who has also testified before the panel, had written on Twitter on Saturday. “Only cowards let the Left bully them into sitting quietly instead of speaking up and telling the truth. Stop hiding on background, Pat. Grow a spine & go on record.”

 

So, on Tuesday, Cipollone finally did just that.

As the transcripts and timelines show (Attachment One), testimony was divided into two halves, with Cheney appending a coda at its conclusion… a revelation of and warning against witness intimidation being conducted against witnesses unknown by perfidians unknown. 

Otherwise, Thursday’s Inquisition broke down into testimony by Cip and the appearance of the two hapless and hopeless Trumplish turncoats, Van Tatenhove and Ayres.

 

CIP in the HOUSE…

Time (Attachments Seven A and B) reported on both halves of the Thursday Throwdown… with the dogged Raskin a pointer sniffing out the stench of chaos and conspiracy (neither of which was hard to find, according to Cipollone).

In her opening statement, Rep. Liz Cheney, Republican of Wyoming and vice chair of the committee, said that Trump could not “escape responsibility by being willfully blind”—invoking a legal form of knowledge that federal prosecutors cite on fraud and other charges in which intent is a key factor.

“President Trump is a 76-year-old man,” Cheney said. “He is not an impressionable child. Just like everyone else in our country, he is responsible for his own actions and his own choices.”

Much of the hearing focused on an unruly and unplanned meeting at the White House on Dec. 18, 2021, between Trump and several election denialists such as Gen. Mike Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser; Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer; Trump campaign lawyer Sydney Powell; and Patick Byrne, the CEO of Overstock.com. Several of them were allowed onto White House grounds by an unnamed “junior staffer,” according to the committee.

The committee played recorded testimony from White House aides describing the angry Dec. 18 meeting where a handful of Trump's outside advisers, including his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, attorney Sidney Powell and Patrick Byrne, former chief executive of Overstock.com, encouraged him to fight the election result.

"I don't think any of these people were providing the president with good advice. I didn't understand how they had gotten in," Pat Cipollone, Trump's former White House counsel, said in video testimony reported by Reuters (Attachment Eight)  Raskin then displayed a text from White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson to Deputy White House Chief of Staff Tony Ornato. Opining that the West Wing was “UNHINGED.”

Giuliani, who was escorted from the White House grounds, said in video testimony his argument had been: "You guys are not tough enough. Or maybe I put it another way: You're a bunch of pussies, excuse the expression. I'm almost certain the word was used."

Among the evidence showed Trump's call for his supporters to march on the Capitol was not spontaneous but had been planned in advance was an unsent Twitter message about the rally, Reuters reported, “with a stamp showing Trump had seen it: "Please arrive early, massive crowds expected. March to the Capitol after. Stop the Steal!"

 

Time’s account of White House aides who were present for the more than six-hour meeting—or who were nearby during it— had some of them describing the gathering as “farcical and outrageous. Hershmann said they were pushing “ludicrous conspiracy theories” on the President, including that Venezuela meddled in the election. Cipollone told committee investigators that the group demonstrated a “general disregard for the importance of actually backing up what you say.”

Trump, multiple witnesses averred, was livid at his White House advisers who tried to tell him the ideas being pitched to him were out of touch with reality, and that they were neither workable nor legally sound. “I would categorically describe it as: ‘You guys aren’t tough enough,’” Giuliani said in a taped deposition. He then recounted the more colorful language Trump used: “You guys are a bunch of pussies.”

Shortly after the meeting concluded, Trump posted his now-infamous tweet urging his supporters to come to Washington. “Be there,” he said. “Will be wild!” The panel showed how the tweet unleashed a clarion call to radical right-wing militia groups.

“It ‘will be wild’ means we need volunteers for the firing squad,” one user on a far-right forum posted, according to evidence presented by the panel. “Is the 6th D-Day? Is that why Trump wants everyone there?” another user wrote. “Trump just told us all to come armed. F—-g A, this is happening,” read a third message displayed on the screen.

 

BAD BOYS at the MALL

Trump’s tweets “electrified and galvanized” his supporters, including the Oath Keepers, an anti-government militia, the far-right Proud Boys, and a host of other extremist groups “spoiling for a fight against the government,” Raskin said.

 “It ‘will be wild’ means we need volunteers for the firing squad,” one user on a far-right forum posted, according to evidence presented by the panel. “Is the 6th D-Day? Is that why Trump wants everyone there?” another user wrote. “Trump just told us all to come armed. F—-g A, this is happening,” read a third message displayed on the screen.

Jason Van Tatenhove, a former spokesman for the Oath Keepers who left the group in 2017 was one of two witnesses to testify during Tuesday’s hearing. He told the panel that the militia’s involvement on Jan. 6 meant that the riot could have been far worse. “I think we need to quit mincing words…what it was going to be was an armed revolution,” he said.

In a court filing last week, prosecutors revealed that one of the Oath Keepers had come to Washington on Jan. 6 with a “death list” and explosives. “I think we got exceedingly lucky that the bloodshed…and loss of life wasn’t more,” Van Tatenhove said on Tuesday. “The potential was so much more.”

To further emphasize that point, the panel also played testimony from an unidentified former employee of Twitter’s moderation team, who said he had raised concerns about Trump’s exhortations to potentially dangerous supporters—including telling the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” during a presidential debate.

“My concern was that the former President, for seemingly the first time, was speaking directly to extremist organizations and giving them directives,” the employee said in a voice-altered recording. “We had not seen that sort of direct communication before, and that concerned me.”

The former employee said Twitter “relished” being Trump’s favorite platform, did not intervene in the weeks leading up to Jan. 6 despite evidence that the President’s tweets were galvanizing extremist groups.

“For months, I had been begging and anticipating and attempting to raise the reality that, if we made no intervention into what I saw occurring, people were going to die,” they said.

The hearing was the committee’s seventh so far. Earlier hearings have revealed how Trump continued to spread claims of widespread voter fraud even after multiple White House advisers told him they were not true, and how Trump pressured Pence to reject the congressional certification of Biden’s Electoral College victory. Another focused on Trump’s attempts to pressure state election officials to decertify Biden’s victories, and another on his attempts to corrupt the Justice Department to help overturn the election.

Tuesday’s hearing came at a pivotal moment for the panel; it was the first since the abruptly scheduled session two weeks ago, in which Hutchinson provided the most damning testimony against the former President to date. She told the panel that the Secret Service told Trump that many of his supporters were heavily armed on Jan. 6, but he told them to go to the Capitol anyway, a revelation that some former prosecutors argue opens him up to criminal liability. He also wanted to march with them to the Capitol, despite Cipollone saying Trump would be “charged with every crime imaginable” if he did, Hutchinson testified.

In her closing statement, Cheney said that Trump had recently tried to call a potential witness, who has not yet testified. It was just the latest hint of alleged witness tampering by the former president and his associates.

Toward the end of the hearing, the committee heard testimony from Stephen Ayres, who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 and has since been charged with disruptive and disorderly conduct in a restricted building. He is scheduled for sentencing in September.

Ayres told the panel that Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud—which multiple White House aides told him were categorically false—was what drew him to Washington for the insurrection. “That’s basically what got me to come down here,” he said.

Asked whether he might have acted differently had he known Trump’s claims of a rigged election weren’t true, Ayres responded, “Oh yeah, definitely. Who knows? I might not have come down here.”

After the hearing ended, Ayres approached Capitol police officers sitting in attendance, whose lines he breached that day, to shake their hands.

 

YOU GOTTA NICE FAMILY.  WOULDN’A WANNA SEE ANYTHING HAPPEN TO ‘EM...

Towards the end of the hearing, Cheney revealed that Trump “tried to call a witness in our investigation” and that the committee has notified the Justice Department.

The witness was one who has not appeared in the committee’s public hearings, the Wyoming Republican said, without identifying who it was. The person “declined to answer or respond to President Trump’s call” and “alerted their lawyer,” she said.

“Their lawyer alerted us, and this committee has supplied that information to the Department of Justice,” Cheney said. “Let me say one more time -- we will take any effort to influence witness testimony very seriously.”  (Bloomberg, See Attachment Nine)

Cheney said that person declined to answer or respond to Trump’s call. Instead the person alerted their lawyer who contacted the committee. The committee has notified the Justice Department.  (See Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Attachment Ten)

CBS, following up on reports of witness intimidation noted that: “This is not the first time the Jan. 6 committee has alleged there has been potential witness tampering. At the June 28 public hearing, Cheney said some of the witnesses who have appeared before the committee have received messages from some inner members of Trump's circle. She read some of the texts, including one that said "he wants me to let you know he's thinking about you. He knows you're loyal."

"Most Americans know that attempting to influence witnesses to testify untruthfully presents very serious concerns," Cheney said in closing, noting the committee will be discussing how to proceed.

Committee member Rep. Adam Schiff told CBS News on Thursday that they are "absolutely concerned" about the safety of some of the witnesses. 

"So we're going to do everything we can to protect them," Schiff said. "We're going to refer to the Justice Department any information we have about anyone trying to influence or intimidate a witness." (Attachment Eleven)

The Justice Department should not avoid prosecuting Donald Trump in relation to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack if a prosecution is warranted, Rep. Liz Cheney expounded upon in an interview with ABC News' "This Week" co-anchor Jonathan Karl.

"The single most important thing is protecting the nation from Donald Trump. And I think that that matters to us as Americans more than anything else, and that's why my work on the committee is so important," she said.

"It's so important to not just brush this past and say, 'Okay, well, that's in the past,' but it informs whether this sort of toxin of Trump's belief that he can put himself above the Constitution and put himself above the law -- whether or not we successfully defeat that. And I think it's very important that people know the truth. And that there are consequences," Cheney said.

"Witness tampering is a crime. Are you making a criminal referral to DOJ on this?" Karl asked.

"We'll make a decision as a committee about that," Cheney replied.   "There's no question: A man as dangerous as Donald Trump can absolutely never be anywhere near the Oval Office ever again," Cheney said.  (See Attachment Twelve)

And where would we be without Fox and friends contributed a timeline (Attachment Thirteen) that was remarkably free of editorializing and even insinuating a corporate loss of confidence in HIS GREATNESS!

“Trump 'seized on anger' of his supporters, urged them on during 'last ditch effort' to keep power

"He seized on the anger he had already stoked among his most loyal supporters," Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson said about former President Trump during his opening remarks.

"Today, the committee will explain how, as a part of his last ditch effort to overturn the election and block the transfer of power, Trump summoned a mob to Washington, D.C., and ultimately spurred that mob to wage a violent attack on our democracy," Thompson added.”  (See Attachment Thirteen)

 

Time (Attachments Fourteen and Fifteen) reported on the incidents promoted by alt-right, neo-Nazi and MAGA groups who led the assault on the Capitol – not specifically aimed at witness intimidation, but certainly contributing to the overall ambience of the Thug State America had become under Djonald.  The Guardian U.K cited Cheney’s contention that, “Trump tried to call the unnamed witness after the committee’s sixth hearing last month. The witness, who has not yet been publicly revealed as a participant in the committee’s investigation, declined the call.”

One witness told the committee: “What they said to me is, as long as I continue to be a team player, they know that I’m on the right team. I’m doing the right thing, I’m protecting who I need to protect. … They have reminded me a couple of times that Trump does read transcripts and just to keep that in mind as I proceed through my depositions and interviews with the committee.”  (Attachment Sixteen)

And Cheney said the evidence of possible witness intimidation “raises significant concern”, promising that the committee would investigate the matter further.

Deadline (Attachment Seventeen) stated that Thursday’s hearing would held in primetime, “which would make it only the second of the group’s eight public gatherings to be scheduled in the evening hours. The first primetime hearing — which was also the panel’s first public meeting — attracted 20 million viewers across the 12 networks who carried it. The prospect of another primetime presentation hints that the committee believes it has important revelations to offer.”

Committee Chair Rep. Bennie Thompson declined to say, they added, whether it would be the committee’s final hearing, but told NBC News it would be “the last one — at this point.”

The Deadliners also gifted the world with speculations regarding testimony by Bannon (still problematic at this point, British filmmaker Alex Holder (whose video has proven interesting) and even Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, allegedly testifying about communications she allegedly had with officials very high in the administration about overturning the election.  Her lawyer, however, has thrown “cold water on the possibility.”  And their Peanut Gallery, some of whom appear to be adult Americans, obsessed upon relative ratings of the Fox and other network programming, even the hearings to the Depp/Heard trial.

Once the spinning and the winning (as all partisans proclaimed accrued to their side) was done, there came a beginning of analytics – ranging for the person and trivial to the eggheadish.

The  usually-austere WashPost home invaded a couple of compliant households to solicit their views upon the Inquisition (See Attachment Eighteen) in which a trio of intrepid Clark Kents and Lois Lanes declared that: “Loyal viewers dissect each episode, go to bed still thinking about it, bite their nails over its latest reveal, yell back at the screen, recap it breathlessly for one another (or let the Rachel Maddows of the world recap it for them), send around links to critical analyses, implore those who haven’t been watching to get with it, catch up, join the program. In other ways, it’s this inexorable, anxiety-producing drag — you know you should tune in, pay attention as democracy dangles off a cliff, but your heart just can’t take it.”

They solicited the judgment of Ellen Charles, an elderly Democrat amidst puddles of poodles whose verdict was that the highlight of the hearings so far was Cassidy Hutchinson. “It was exciting to watch a young woman be that brave.”

The usual suspects pop up on the screen, WashPost continued, and she has thoughts: “Roger Stone is “such a dreadful person,” and so is Stephen Miller and Mark Meadows. Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone testifies that Sidney Powell should have never been appointed to any position; Charles nods in agreement. “She’s crazy,” says Charles as Trump’s former attorney gulps Diet Dr Pepper.

“The former president is a minor character in this hearing, but he violates all the moral codes drummed into Charles growing up.

“Win or lose, you’re a good sport – and you don’t cheat,” she explains. “Trump cheats at golf. This is a man who cheats all the time and has gotten away with it.”

Over at Howard University, six blacktivists gathered at the crib of Channing Hill to watch the show.

Trump broke the law “in front of our faces,” she said.

“These are the same people who were calling peaceful [Black Lives Matter] protesters, who were peaceful protesters, criminals, thugs, rioters,” says Dream Bryant, 21, a political science major who’s also vice president of DC College Democrats. “They literally looted the Capitol! You broke in and assaulted public service workers!”

Yo, people died,” Hill said.

This was not a MAGA-friendly crowd but, as the Oath Keepers’ ex-spokesman Jason Van Tatenhove testified about the way that the group legitimized their actions by calling themselves an “educational outreach group” or “veteran support” instead of a militia, Hill shook her head in awe. “I’m not gonna lie … that’s some great twisting. That’s some good spin.”

“Olivia Pope couldn’t even,” Bryant says, referring to the D.C. fixer from the TV drama “Scandal.”

“Olivia Pope could never!” Hill said.

And they dropped in on Alex Holder, a British documentarian who just released “Unprecedented” on Discovery Plus, a three-part film about the former president’s reelection campaign and what happened after he lost. It’s edited and produced by Marcos Azevedo.

 “It’s almost like it’s our competition,” says Azevedo, who repeatedly points out the slick splicing of the live hearing to archival footage and interview clips. “As an editor, I find it to be quite striking, because they are building a narrative. Literally, it’s a film. … Like a really, really great TV show. … They have cliffhangers!” he adds. “They wrote a script. That’s the genius.”

The proof is in the laughter. A grainy clip of a masked Jason Miller, a Trump strategist, produces chuckles, because he looks “creepy, all pixelated.” He “looks like Bane,” Azevedo jokes.

“But the Diet Dr Pepper. That’s the moment,” the Post exalts. “The committee presents a clip of Trump’s former lawyer Powell offering testimony while visibly holding the calorie-free soda. After she finishes speaking, the camera lingers as she takes a huge swig from the can. Everyone in the suite — and probably anyone, anywhere who is watching it — erupts in laughter. It feels so incongruous in such a historic piece of television, the kind of awkward, human moment that happens during a casual Zoom meeting.

“Product placement,” Azevedo says.

“Yeah, at least we didn’t have that,” Holder replies.

The only moment that may produce more laughter — for a similar reason — is when Rudy Giuliani, another of Trump’s endless parade of former lawyers, says a crude word associated with felines but synonymous with “coward,” and not suitable to publish here. “It’s remarkable [the cable news networks] allow swearing,” Holder says.

 

And if Djonald Unsettled can beat or deflect the Federal tampering and intimidation charges, he also still has to deal with state bulldogs in Georgia and New York who would like to question (if not yet lock up) Ol’ 45 for irregularities in his “Stop The Steal” campaigns in those states.  (Guardian U.K. See Attachment Twenty)

Trump and three of his children (Barron excepted) have been summoned to give depositions next month in a class action lawsuit brought by people who say they were tricked into investing in companies Trump was paid to endorse on his programme, Celebrity Apprentice. “The Trumps conned each of these victims into giving up hundreds or thousands of dollars – losses that many experienced as devastating and life-altering,” the lawsuit claims – although said depositions  have been delayed following the death of Ivana Trump, Donald Trump’s first wife and the mother of Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr.

“In light of the passing of Ivana Trump, we received a request from counsel for Donald Trump and his children to adjourn all three depositions, which we have agreed to,” the New York attorney general’s office said.

“This is a temporary delay and the depositions will be rescheduled as soon as possible. There is no other information about dates or otherwise to provide at this time.”

 

The committee’s eighth public hearing, expected to air in prime time July 21, marks its last scheduled presentation of evidence implicating Trump in a multi-pronged conspiracy to overturn his 2020 election loss that culminated in what NBC called “the deadly invasion.” (See Attachment Twenty)

The final hearing will highlight the more-than-three-hour gap between Trump’s departure from a rally that preceded the riot on Jan. 6, 2021, and his eventual call for the mob to go home, committee members said.

The lawmakers “plan to go through that 187 minutes,” said Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., in an ABC News interview Wednesday afternoon. She is set to lead the hearing with Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.

Trump made “inflammatory remarks” at the pre-riot rally, Luria said. Trump pressured then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject key electoral results and vowed to march with his supporters to the Capitol. But Trump returned to the White House after the rally and remained there as the riot played out.

 “We’re going to talk about dereliction of duty — what were his duties, as the president of the United States, to ensure the laws were faithfully executed?” she told ABC on Wednesday. “Did the president live up to his oath and his responsibility to the American people?”

For instance, the panel scheduled an additional hearing on short notice in order to  the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to a Trump White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows.

And the liberal Huffington Post contends that this next hearing by the House select committee is expected to focus on the three hours “when then-President Donald Trump did nothing to quell the violence, despite several entreaties to take action, as his supporters raged through the U.S. Capitol.”

 “We’ll talk about what was going on in the White House while the Capitol was being overrun, and basically we will show what the president — as best we can put together — was doing all that time. Or not doing,” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chair of the committee, said earlier this week.”

The committee’s work is ongoing. Thompson has not ruled out the possibility of scheduling more public hearings as the investigation gathers more evidence in its yearlong probe of the riot.

 

Russia continues bombing Ukrainian civilians, Japan is burying its own former leader and Europe is afire.  Still, the foreign press has been looking at the Inquisition… sometimes with skepticism or even alarm.

Former American leaders… even Richard Nixon… are not supposed to be dragged down and tossed into jail.  That is the traditional way one deals with dictators.  But given Trump’s continued influence and the real possibility he would defeat inflation-dogged President Joe in two years and a bit, their concern might be justified.

Our lesson closes with timelines and selections from the U.K., India and Al Jazeera.  (See Attachments 22, 23 and 24)

 

As of this time, there has been no confirmation, or denial, as to the potential presence of Steve Bannon on Thursday’s show (let alone The Donald himself)!

One of the most notorious, Trump’s disgraced, convicted, pardoned and re-indicted Steve-O, dropped his own bombshell on Sundaythat he would, after all, appear before the suddenly salivating committee and bare his soul... such as it exists... to the Inquisitors.

“It’s not going to happen like you think it’s going to happen. OK, it’s going to be quite extraordinarily different. All I can say is strap in,” the Inquisitors all recalled Bannon saying in a January 5th podcast. “All hell is going to break loose tomorrow. ... So many people said, ‘Man, if I was in a revolution, I would be in Washington.’ Well, this is your time in history.”

 

And, oh by the way, the United Nations predicts world population will reach 8,000,000,000 on November 15th this year.

 

 

 

JULY 9th – JULY 15th, 2022

 

 

Saturday, July 9th, 2022

 

Infected:  88,572,807

Dead:  1,020,852

Dow:  31,430.10

 

 

           

 

July is National Ice Cream Month.  Pat Cipollone reportedly testified for “hours” and was regarded as a cool customer by Inquisitors (once the legalities surrounding executive privilege were negotiated) and his video testimony was dropped into a sealed lock box until Tuesday’s show.

   As Roe v. Wade street protests continue, Arizona introduces novel legislation – making it a crime to film a police officer conducting his police business; whether writing a speeding ticket or shooting someone in the back as, for example, Jayland Walker, whose shooting in Akron inspires more street protests (nobody, however, being killed).

   President Joe has a busy Friday, drafting and signing Executive Orders on issues ranging from gun violence to abortion as his Republican critics assemble their lawyers to contest them.  And there is anger on the left as women march to protest the weakness of his compromise gun control measure and promote a stronger (but doomed) version as Uvalde holds the last of its funerals and Highland Park, IL begins theirs.  The only thing that Don Joneses, red or blue, agree on is that the midterm elections may well decide these and many other issues.  Or not.

 

 

 

Sunday, July 10th, 2022

 

Infected:  88,593,875

Dead:  1,020,861

 

 

 

Tributes pour in for assassinated Japanese ex-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe... SecState Blinken is off to Tokyo to represent America at the funeral.  His conservative Liberal Democrats (??!!?), riding a wave of grief and sympathy, sweep the elections; political unrest sweeps south and east, convulsing Sri Lanka as the ever patient Chinese watch and wait.

   Joe himself will go to the Mideast, pivoting on his earlier condemnation of Saudi Arabia as a pariah state.  The closer military links between Iran and Russia (as well as, why lie, the price and availability of oil) apparently change his mind, as does the closer ties between Prince Salman and the Israelis.  Faced with hundreds of Iranian drones overhead, Ukrainians thank America for sending twelve rockets, but also say we should have sent 112. 

   TV doctors warn that the new Covid variant, Omicron Five Something Something is the most infectious yet and deadlier, too.  71 million refuseniks deemed at risk (44M of whom are children).  Chuck Schumer (above) gets it.

 

 

 

Monday, July 11th, 2022

 

Infected: 88,754,821

Dead:  1,021,306

Dow:   31,173.84

 

 

 

Japanese police say that the Abe assassination suspect believed the ex-PM was member of the late and nnlamented Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church, which took all of his mother’s money.

   Big and old things are in the news: California wildfires are threatening Yosemite’s giant redwood trees, as well as towns and forests all over the West.  But there is a little good news... the expensive and much-troubled Webb telescope starts transmitting images back, some dating to 13 billion years BC and including thousands of near, far, borning and dying galaxies – a few of which have stars whose planets have water vapor.  “These images will show the world that America can still do big things,” says President Joe.

   And airlines are still troubled... airports in Europe are even more crowded and cancellicious than domesic flights.  London Heathrow loses thousands of bags and advises travelers not to come until at least September.  S.A.S. declares bankruptcy.  And a Spirit flight catches fire at the Atlanta airport; passengers are safely evacuated.

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 12th, 2022

 

Infected: 88,754,821**

Dead:  1,021,306

Dow:  30,981.33

 

 

 

 

 

 

The One Six Inquisition holds its Schumer-less sixth meeting, featuring Cipollone video and a pair of real live Proud Boys and Oath Keepers (whose oaths, apparently, were snuffed out at the prospect of Federal prosecution).  The seventh go-round is set for Thursday, July 21st, and addicts wonder and speculate whether Steve Bannon will testify.

   While Biden, perhaps shamed, promises $1.7B in more military aid to Ukraine and ponders the prospects for Mideast peace at Israel’s Holocaust Memorial, younger and younger targeting and random killers are running wild at home.  Robberies and murders are surging at California Seven-Elevens, pre-teens in Philly mug a 73 year old man, then kill him for kicks.  A two year old’s body is found in the trash and police address... all together now!... the mother’s “boyfriend”. 

   An eleven year old, on the other hand, survives a lightning strike.

  

 

 

Wednesday, July 13th, 2022

 

Infected: 88,754,821**

Dead:  1,021,306

Dow:  30,776.23

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s National French Fry day.  Picky eaters assert that the spuds were actually invented in Belgium.  There is also a Supermoon rising over the world, exciting wolves and werewolves... vampires, zombies and the like.

   Drugs, not fries?  Fentanyl now has become the chemical of interest to the DEA and CDC.  But the FDA finds a good drug – greenlighting Novovaxx.

   The new “Thor” movie (full of other Marvel guest stars) is America’s top grosser (in more ways than one).  Something for the white guys to watch!  For the rest of us, HBO’s “Succession” garners 25 Emmy nominations.  But Dr. Jill gets hammered by the PC mob for comparing Mexican immigrants to breakfast tacos, or so they say.

   With Cipollone’s big reveals over and attention turns to next week’s potential Bannon sighting, Djonald and his MAGGats mobilize to spread their version of the truth.  Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Tx) insists that Trump was framed.  In a blizzard of tweets and twitters, Ol’ 45 calls the Inquisitors some names that cannot be reprinted in a family publication.

 

 

 

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

 

Infected: 88,754,821**

Dead:  1,021,306

Dow:  30,630.17

  

 

 

 

 

Continuing on our cheap food week, now its Mac and Cheese Day.

   Don Jones needs cheap food, cheap anything.  The new inflation reports are stunning – overall prices are up 9.1% over 2021.  This apparently prompts the Fed to discard its plans to raise the interest rate by 0.75% and go for a full point.  The Bank of America predicts a “mild” recession.

   Chaos and confusion reign over the arrest of a doctor in Indiana who aborted a 10 year old’s rape baby after she crossed the line from Ohio.  President Joe and Sen. Jim Jordan (R-Oh) exchange insults.  Republicans relent, pivot to the rapist’s illegal alien status.

   Alien life is postulated by Webb astronomers who find water vapor on planets in distant galaxies.  There are also birth stars and death stars. 

   The sharks off Long Island chomp on two swimmers, making four for the week.  Psychologists and marine biologist, the big, hungry critters are being slandered in the human media.  The sharks at Netflix have an addition to their programming – commercials.  Lots of ‘em!

 

 

 

Friday, July 15th, 2022*

 

Infected: 88,754,821**

Dead:  1,021,306

Dow:  31,288.26

 

 

 

RIP Ivana Trump who dies of after falling down her magnificent alimony staircase in New York City at the age of 73.  President Trump calls his first wife (mother of Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric) some nice things he didn’t say during his affair with Marla Maples and subsequent divorce.

   Everybody hates Russia now.  Ukrainians post and repost video of cute 4 year old girl killed in one of the air strikes against civilians.  Britney Griner pleads guilty in a possible prisoner swap brokered by former Amb. Bill Richardson and is locked in a white cage.  President Joe visits the “pariah” Prince Salman in Saudi Arabia, his pivot perhaps inspired by prospects of a Russia-Iran nuclear deal.  (And, of course, oil.)

   Officials in Buffalo decide to reopen the lethal Tops Supermarket because razing it or even turning it into a memorial would leave the poor black neighborhood with no place to buy food.  And officials in Akron revise their story of the police shooting of Jayland Walker... the unarmed black man was shot in the back only 46 times, not 60.  So there!

 

 

Inflation came a-knocking at the door... and it was the worst in over forty years at 9.1% for the month.  The Dow seemed not to care, but Dons across the country are holding their nose at the prospect of Donald Trump running on his (prison?) record, but blaming President Joe for the numbers and the prices.  Lose-lose for America!

 

  *  See below.  The Dow has fallen into a pattern of falling through the week and then recovering on Friday.  Money manipulators still can’t decide whether raising the interest rate a full point would be a good or bad thing.

 

**  Apparently, the Johns Hopkins Webmasters are taking a few days off to enjoy the summer, or perhaps quit in order to find themselves.  The American website has been stagnant.  But other sources infer that the actual toll of plague infections and deaths  was 89,294,234 cases  1,022,863 dead, which would be in line with doctors’ warnings that Omicron 5 whatever, whatever has proven more infectious, more vaccine-resistant and more lethal than any strain yet in 2022.

 

 

 

 

THE DON JONES INDEX

 

CHART of CATEGORIES w/VALUE ADDED to EQUAL BASELINE of 15,000

(REFLECTING… approximately… DOW JONES INDEX of June 27, 2013)

 

See a further explanation of categories here

 

ECONOMIC INDICES (60%)

CATEGORY

VALUE

BASE

RESULTS

SCORE

OUR SOURCES and COMMENTS

 

INCOME

(24%)

6/17/13 & 1/1/22

LAST

CHANGE

NEXT

7/2/22

7/9/22

SOURCE

 

Wages (hrly. per cap)

9%

1350 points

7/9/22

+0.44%

8/22

1,369.61

1,375.62

https://tradingeconomics.com/united-states/wages   27.33 7.45

 

Median Inc. (yearly)

4%

600

7/9/22

+0.03%

7/23/22

602.62

602.79

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   35,911 921 931

 

Unempl. (BLS – in mi)

4%

600

4/22

+5.56%

7/22

633.36

633.36

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000/  3.6% nc

 

Official (DC – in mi)

2%

300

7/9/22

-0.12%

7/23/22

301.60

301.96

http://www.usdebtclock.org/      5,918 911 904

 

Unofficl. (DC – in mi)

2%

300

7/9/22

-0.11%

7/23/22

309.20

309.54

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    10,963 952 940

 

Workforce Particip.

   Number

   Percent

2%

300

7/9/22

 

-0.021%           -0.010%

7/23/22

 

 

300.16

 

 

300.19

In 158,576 609 642  Out  99,321 325 328 Total: 257,970

 

http://www.usdebtclock.org/ 61.49

 

WP %  (ycharts)*

1%

150

6/18/22

-0.16%

7/22

150.24

150.00

https://ycharts.com/indicators/labor_force_participation_rate  62.30 .20

 

 

OUTGO

15%

 

 

 

Total Inflation

7%

1050

8/22

+1.3%

7/23/22

1023.95

1010.64

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +1.0  1.3

 

Food

2%

300

8/22

+1.0%

7/23/22

292.26

289.34

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +1.2 1.0

 

Gasoline

2%

300

8/22

+11.2%

7/23/22

249.39

221.46

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +4.1 11.2

 

Medical Costs

2%

300

8/22

+0.7%

7/23/22

295.52

293.45

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.4 0.7

 

Shelter

2%

300

8/22

+0.6%

7/23/22

295.23

293.46

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cpi.nr0.htm     +0.6 0.6

 

 

WEALTH

6%

 

 

 

Dow Jones Index

2%

300

7/9/22

-0.64%

7/23/22

262.35

260.67

https://www.wsj.com/market-data/quotes/index/   31,430.10  31,288.26 *

 

Home (Sales)

(Valuation)

1%

1%

150

150

7/9/22

-3.57%           +0.25%

7/23/22

170.06

311.72

170.06

312.49

https://www.nar.realtor/research-and-statistics

Sales (M):  5.41 Valuations (K):  406.6 407.6

 

Debt (Personal)

2%

300

7/9/22

+0.12%

7/23/22

293.37

293.01

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    70,037 122 207

 

 

* Note re: the Dow... Stocks rallied on Friday in response to a new round of bank earnings and promising economic data as fears of a 100 basis point rate hike from the Federal Reserve to subdue rising inflation subsided.  (CNBC, 7/14)

Despite Friday’s rally, all the major averages closed out the week with losses. The Dow slipped close to 0.2% while the S&P and Nasdaq fell 0.9% and nearly 1.6%, respectively. The session’s moves left the S&P 500 roughly 19% off its highs.

“The market is getting a little bit more convinced that the Fed is probably not going to be delivering a full point rate increase at the end of the month and that we’re getting close to seeing peak Fed tightening get priced into the market,” said Edward Moya, a senior analyst at OANDA. That’s “giving some relief for investors to scale back into equities,” (according to OANDA-vision).

 

NATIONAL

(10%)

 

 

 

Revenue (trilns.)

2%

300

7/9/22

+0.21%

7/23/22

321.01

321.67

debtclock.org/       4,373 381 390

 

Expenditures (tr.)

2%

300

7/9/22

+0.31%

7/23/22

324.11

325.13

debtclock.org/       6,157 070 051

 

National Debt tr.)

3%

450

7/9/22

+0.05%

7/23/22

444.77

444.55

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    30,553 568 583

 

Aggregate Debt (tr.)

3%

450

7/9/22

-0.16%

7/23/22

442.25

441.55

http://www.usdebtclock.org/    91,611 274 419

 

 

 

 

GLOBAL

(5%)

 

 

 

Foreign Debt (tr.)

2%

300

7/9/22

-0.09%

7/23/22

320.42

320.12

http://www.usdebtclock.org/   7,760 527 534

 

Exports (in billions)

1%

150

7/9/22

+1.31%

8/22

158.81

158.81

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html  252.6 255.9

 

Imports (bl.)

1%

150

7/9/22

+0.50%

8/22

154.44

154.44

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html  339.7 341.4

 

Trade Deficit (bl.)

1%

150

7/9/22

-1.87%

8/22

192.63

192.63

https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html   87.1 85.5

 

 

 

ACTS of MAN

12%

 

 

 

 

World Affairs

3%

450

7/9/22

-0.2%

7/23/22

474.13

473.18

Tributes pour in for Japanese ex-PM Abe as voters surf a wave of sympathy for his (conservative) Liberal Democratic Party.  Putin goes to Iran – buys hundreds of combat drones with which to kill Ukrainian children paid for with... gas? To Iran? Potato? Nukes?  President of Sri Lanka resigns under protest, flees to the Maldives.

 

Terrorism

2%

300

7/9/22

nc

7/23/22

292.86

292.86

Abe killer (above) says his mother’s life savings were stolen by Rev. Moon’s Unification Church, which the PM supported.  Russia continues terror bombing campaign against malls, offices and apartments.  America snuffs out a notorious ISIS leader and locks up a cartel lord (well, actually, the Mexicans do that).

 

Politics

3%

450

7/9/22

-0.1%

7/23/22

461.82

461.36

Leftish speakers at Women’s March for Roe and against guns call President Joe weak and his bills doomed – and Joe Manchin proves them right.  Don Jones agrees... 2/3 of Democrats want him replaced.  But by Trump?  His Saudi saunter praised by realists, cursed by idealists.

 

Economics

3%

450

7/9/22

+0.1%

7/23/22

438.40

438.84

Gas prices falling and falling fast (15¢ for the week) – but there’s still a long way to go back to 2020.  Elon Musk drops Twitter as a bad investment, they sue to force him to buy anyway.  Fed floats a one percent hike while, under plague-y pressure, some credit card companies writing off some debts.  Hayley Bieber markets a $17 “Erewhon” smoothie with avocado, collagen and sea moss (which, she says, “comes from the sea!”).

 

Crime

1%

150

7/9/22

  -0.3%

7/23/22

292.86

291.98

Homeless crazies strike back against athletes – Olympian Kim Glass beaten up by a bum, auto racer Bobby East stabbed to death at a gas station.  Crackdowns on street sleepers promised – that’ll generate more reprisals as rents rise 25.5%; average NYC rents top $5,000/mo.  Mass shooters strike Little League game in NC, p