It Can’t Happen Here

The man who shot at a crowd of Americans at an Independence Day parade posted images of himself draped in a Trump flag and uploaded twisted beheading videos under the rapper name “Awake”, it has emerged.


The man arrested after Highland Park parade mass shooting appeared at pro-Trump rallies and posted music videos depicting gun violence.

Crimo also previously attended nearby rallies in Highland Park and in other North Shore towns supporting former President Donald Trump in 2020.

Patch obtained a photo on Monday that shows Crimo at a 2020 Trump rally dressed in a red and white striped shirt and hat, similar to the outfit worn by the character in the “Where’s Waldo” books.

Other images taken from pro-Trump rallies in Highland Park and Northbrook show Crimo in the outfit. While much of Crimo’s social media postings were taken down within hours of when he was named as the person of interest in Monday’s shooting, archived versions showed his artistic output contained imagery depicting gun violence suggestive of school shootings.


LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to resign on Thursday, with his office saying he will make a statement to the country.

“Boris Johnson will resign as Conservative Party leader today,” BBC Political Editor Chris Mason said on Twitter.

Johnson had been hanging onto power despite the resignation of a string of his top ministers. On Thursday the man he appointed as finance minister less than 48 hours earlier publicly urged Johnson to quit.


UK PM Boris Johnson can’t pull a Trump. British Parliament has too much character and class…

Republicans have no character at ALL.

UK PM Boris Johnson to step down after dozens of his ministers quit over his conduct

The slain victims of Monday’s Highland Park parade massacre include a married couple in their 30s who left behind a 2-year-old son – who’d been found under his dead father during the mayhem.

Irina McCarthy, 35, and her husband Kevin McCarthy, 37, were at the parade with their toddler Aiden when a gunman disguised in women’s clothing opened fire on the Fourth of July celebration, turning the typically joyous event into a blood-soaked nightmare, officials said.

The couple were among seven innocent people shot dead during the mayhem.

Their son was discovered under the body of his mortally wounded father by a fleeing passer-by, according to the Daily Beast.

“My boyfriend handed me this little boy and said he was underneath this father who was shot in the leg,” Lauren Silva, 38, recalled. “They were trying to stop the bleeding, so I brought the boy downstairs into the garage.”

“He kept asking if mom and dad are going to come back soon,” she said.


A vain, outlandish, anti-immigrant, fearmongering demagogue runs for President of the United States – and wins. Sinclair Lewis’s chilling 1935 bestseller is the story of Buzz Windrip, ‘Professional Common Man’, who promises poor, angry voters that he will make America proud and prosperous once more, but takes the country down a far darker path. As the new regime slides into authoritarianism, newspaper editor Doremus Jessup can’t believe it will last – but is he right? This cautionary tale of liberal complacency in the face of populist tyranny shows it really can happen here.

It Can’t Happen Here is a semi-satirical political novel by Sinclair Lewis published in 1935. It features newspaperman Doremus Jessup struggling against the fascist regime of President Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip, who resembles Gerald B. Winrod, the Kansas evangelist whose far-right views earned him the nickname “The Jayhawk Nazi”. It serves as a warning that political movements akin to Nazism can come to power in countries such as the United States when people blindly support their leaders.

We were warned at least twice by our own writers (and also by Orwell and others outside of the US) of letting ignorant populism run away with American politics. I hope that the dire sequence of events under the fictional Windrip will not be echoed by the reality of Trump, but then sometimes fact is even stranger and more terrifying than fiction.

Doremus sums it up near the end of the book: “More and more, as I think about history, I am convinced that everything that is worth while in the world has been accomplished by the free, inquiring critical spirit, and that the preservation of this spirit is more important than any social system whatsoever. But the men of ritual and barbarism are capable of shutting up the men of science and silencing them forever.”



Strip Its Power

With the leak of a draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization formally overruling Roe v. Wade, progressives’ worst fears about an ever more reactionary Supreme Court appear set to come true.

After decades of chipping away at abortion rights, the court’s conservatives—now a rock-solid majority—seem ready to complete that ideological project openly and even triumphantly.

In itself, such a decision would be catastrophic, especially for those who don’t have the resources or the personal freedom to travel vast distances to receive basic health care. The draft opinion’s unapologetic tone also presages similarly harmful outcomes on issues ranging from contraception to same-sex marriage to immigration to climate change. Indeed, some of these outcomes are already here.

An Argument For Fixed Terms And Expanding The Court

Expand It

Let’s start with the obvious: I’m in favor of jurisdiction stripping, weather stripping, or stripping while dancing on a pole if that’s what it takes to stop the Supreme Court from turning the clock back to 1859. I’m in favor of using any and all nonviolent means available to stop the court’s current embrace of bigotry and misogyny. If jurisdiction stripping reminds the court that it is a coequal branch of government and not a judicial clergy, superior to the elected branches, then I’m all for it.

The legal theory behind what has come to be known as jurisdiction stripping is sound. The Supreme Court gave itself the power to declare unconstitutional both laws passed by Congress and orders signed by the president in the 1803 case Marbury v. Madison. This power of judicial review was not written into the Constitution nor contemplated during its ratification battle. The Supreme Court invented it, and that means Congress can, in theory, take it away. Congress can pass a law and then exclude that law from judicial review. Congress can, on its own authority, determine what is constitutional and what is not.