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‘This is really fantastical’: Federal judge in Michigan presses Trump-allied lawyers on 2020 election fraud claims in sanctions hearing

The Republican Party’s top lawyer called election fraud arguments by Trump’s lawyers a ‘joke’ that could mislead millions

It being 1776 again in the MAGA world, here
is The New Yankee Doodle Song all the British soldiers
are getting drunk to in the Boston pubs now:

          -- --

   Mike Lindell called Captain Trump
   and told him he was stolen!
   So Trump got on his hobby-horse
   until his ass was swollen:
         CHORUS:
   Trump is telling every one
   that he has been stolen
   but the only proof he has
   is that his ass is swollen.

          -- --

   Republicans are all with Trump
   and screaming he's been stolen
   and as their proof they're dressing up
   with Trump's revolting colon:
         CHORUS:
   Trump is telling every one
   that he has been stolen
   but the only proof he has
   is that his ass is swollen.

          -- --

   In all the outlets of FOX News
   the talking heads are swearing
   but all their proof of the Great Crime
   is the Trump shit they're airing:
         CHORUS:
   Trump is telling every one
   that he has been stolen
   but the only proof he has
   is that his ass is swollen.

          -- --

   Down at the Trump base they all have
   SURE PROOF of The Great Lie
   and it is that when someone asks
   they all rush to reply:
         CHORUS:
   Trump is telling every one
   that he has been stolen
   though the only proof he has
   is that his ass is swollen.

--S D Rodrian gotopoems.com

Question: Why is Captain Trump's ass swollen?
Answer: Not from Trump riding his hobby-horse but
from the serious ass-whipping that Joe Biden gave him.

Some Republicans Break From Trump’s Attempt To Rewrite Jan. 6 Insurrection

Donald Trump has completed his journey toward embracing the Capitol rioters

Opinion: The latest CPAC lunacy shows why Democrats must get tougher

Livid Trump Wanted Person Who Leaked Bunker Story Executed, New Book Claims

And if Trump had succeeded in becoming dictator, how many & many more Americans might he not have wanted executed and for which trivial crimes! And then who might have saved them?

Joint Chiefs chairman feared potential ‘Reichstag moment’ aimed at keeping Trump in power

Opinion: Gen. Milley’s terror of a Trump ‘coup’ should prompt Democrats to act — now

The striking, growing evidence of the very real Trump coup fears

Trump Says Gen. Mark Milley Should Be ‘Impeached’ Over Coup Fears -- It was the second time Trump denied he was cooking up a coup. He said in a statement Thursday: “One of the last people I would want to do it with is General Mark Milley.”

That's why Trump was replacing bureaucrats everywhere with acolytes who would do anything he ordered--He just ran out of time--and just only because of some slight pushback by a lot of the bureaucrats who were in the government at the time!

Pentagon’s top general defends military as ‘apolitical’ after reported comments about Trump

Documents show Kremlin's plot to put Trump in White House

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Mike Lindell Confirms He Has No Understanding Of U.S. Constitution

No one who has the slightest understanding of the American Constitution, and how important a document it is to humanity, would ever soil themselves by standing anywhere close to Donald Trump.

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Republicans unleashed a deadly vaccine skepticism. Can they now contain it?

What Republicans have unleashed is an unimaginably malicious string of murders upon their own voters strictly for their own personal gain. It is a wonder of all wonders that people whose friends, family and neighbors have been so callously murdered by a gang of vicious criminals with no moral compunction about killing as many of them as they have to just to line their own pockets... can continue to be so easily & readily hoodwinked.

How any Republican voters are going to have to be subjected to this callous butchery by their Republican office holders and still remain dumbly faithful to their exploiters--before finally waking up from their own-made nightmare? I once thought it completely incomprehensible how the Jonestown Cult members gulped down their Kool-Aide all a once, but these Republican voters today keep sipping at their Kool-Aide month after month after year after year even after burying friends & family as if they were hoeing over rows after rows of carrots.

Carl Bernstein Brands Trump As ‘War Criminal’ For Capitol Riot And Pandemic Deaths

Opinion: As Jan. 6 hearings begin, Republicans side with the terrorists

Opinion: The heroes of Jan. 6 expose the lies that Republicans keep telling us

Opinion: Distinguished pol of the week: Someone finally put their foot down

Republicans who have downplayed the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol or have sought to discredit the congressional inquiry into what happened are painfully obviously guilty of being complicit in it or just terrified of being publicly implicated in supporting the insurrection to such an extent that they are even willing to try to portray the violent insurrection as either something "beautiful & patriotic" or as never having happened at all!

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger Says He’ll Serve On Jan. 6 House Committee

Fox News’ Bret Baier Hits Out At Republicans Dismissing Capitol Riot Inquiry

Opinion: Why it matters that Kinzinger and Cheney will serve on the Jan. 6 committee

Opinion: We have questions about Jan. 6. The new House committee can answer them.

Opinion: We have started investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Nothing will be off-limits.

Opinion: The real reason Republicans want to sabotage the investigation into Jan. 6

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Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Is Boosting COVID Deaths For Money, Former Australian PM Says

Men who lack a conscience should never be expected to do the right thing when it's going to cost them anything: Bank robbers will continue to rob banks until they are stopped. Serial killers will continue to murder until they are stopped. And Rupert Murdoch will continue to make money from other people's most tragic grief until he too is stopped. Find a way to stop him but don't ever think you will ever convince him to stop himself.

Opinion: The right-wing media is helping Trump destroy democracy. A new poll shows how.

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Why Papua New Guinea's Highlanders Differ Physically From Those Living Near Sea Level

They're no longer fucking each other much of late.

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What Improves the Chances of Solving a Murder?

1) If the murderer confesses.

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How do scientists calculate the age of a star?

1) first they check to see if she's ever played Shirley Temple's mother

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Opinion: What Biden can do to show he’s serious about voting rights

The filibuster is doomed. The question is who finally kills it to advance their agenda, the Democrats or the Republicans. After all, it was the Republicans (led by the late senator Robert Byrd), not the Democrats, who created the reconciliation process as a way to get around the filibuster. Does anybody (outside of Biden and Joe Manchin) really believe that the Republicans won't shoot it in the head in a second if they need to in order to bulldoze over the Democrats once they're back in power?

Merrick Garland will not deliver your catharsis

He has this theory that if the cops behave virtuously towards the criminals the criminals will behave virtuously. Period. [I'm going out & buying a gun--The Democrats' Agenda is: "Yo On Yo On, My Man!"]

Manchin and Sinema Have Their History Wrong -- "In the absence of a new voting rights bill, President Biden has reportedly urged voting rights groups to “out-organize” voter suppression and neutralize Republican “election integrity” laws through superior tactics. But there’s no out-organizing the effort to take over the election process itself; there’s no activism that can stop Republican state legislatures from giving themselves the power to contest or overturn an election result."

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Trump Urged Justice Officials To Declare Election ‘Corrupt’

Trump Says GOP Lost Senate After His ‘Rigged’ Election Gripes Discouraged Voters

No matter how bad the consequences of his lies, Trump always finds a way of trying to dissociate those bad consequences from his lies! It's terrifying because there are so many morons in this world unwilling to or incapable of acknowledging that Trump's completely unhinged--Although if there weren't [so many morons like that in this world] it would be quite funny and entertaining, actually.

‘Leave the rest to me’: New DOJ memos show there’s more to learn about Trump and Jan. 6

In blow to Trump, Justice Dept OK's release of damning memo, taxes

Opinion: Will Trump ever be held accountable? The Justice Department just increased the odds.

Trump’s diminished power is showing at a very bad time

In one quote, the core of the effort to undermine the 2020 election is revealed

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Opinion: Merrick Garland, don’t politicize the pursuit of justice

Perhaps there should be an inquiry into whether Merrick Garland is being overly influenced by holdovers inside the DOJ.

Merrick Garland is doing more to hold Trump accountable than it appears

Justice Department Warns States About ‘Unusual’ Trump-Inspired ‘Audits’

Why You Can’t Out-Organize Voter Suppression

Georgia Republicans Make Move Toward Fulton County Election Takeover

Opinion: It’s a good thing Republican election-stealers are so incompetent

Maricopa County defies state subpoena seeking to expand GOP ballot review, calling it an ‘adventure in never-never land’

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What if the Olympics were naked again?

Among other things, the TV rating would go up as well.

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Tucker Carlson falsely claims Anthony S. Fauci ‘created’ covid

Now, why isn't this yet another primo libel case against Carlson and FOX?

MyPillow Guy Pulls Millions In Ads From Fox News In Spat Over Conspiracy Theories

Rep. Jim Jordan Polled People On ‘Trust’ And Received A Blunt Home Truth

Ex-RNC Chair Michael Steele Blasts Jim Jordan On His Jan. 6 Trump Amnesia

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Mark Meadows Says He’s Meeting With Trump And Shadow ‘Cabinet Members’ On ‘Real Plans’

Sez they're mostly working on their harmony for their For-He's-A-Jolly-Good-Master background singing. [What's important to Trump.]

‘Botched’: Arizona GOP’s Ballot Count Ends, Troubles Persist

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Female teen lifeguard questions why male teen guards are being paid more for the same job

Answer: Because their male bosses are setting the wages?

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Opinion: Even businesses are trying to thwart the Republican death cult

Future generations will marvel at how we permitted elected leaders to contribute to so much anguish.

Well, not 'we' exactly. Just Republican voters--they do love their Kool-Aide.

Rudy Giuliani Is Reportedly Almost Broke And Trump’s Shutting Him Out

Trump sez he's never heard of him. "Who is this guy? You would have thought he'd drunk his Kool-Aide by now!"

Trump Hired Giuliani Because ‘None Of The Sane Lawyers’ Would Represent Him: Book

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Mistaken Identity Lands Man In Hawaii Mental Hospital For More Than Two Years

"But I'm not crazy." [That's what all the ones who really ARE crazy say.]

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Black activist says two White men jumped him last summer. Now, he’s charged with assaulting his attackers.

"Always make sure the referee only sees the guy you hit hitting you back." [NFL Rule Number One]

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Cracked interstate bridge over Mississippi River reopens after months of repairs

"Drive over our bridge: Now you can't see the cracks!"

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Will God rescue Israel from the fourth COVID-19 wave?

No. But the science of vaccine research might.

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Blagojevich, former Ill. governor granted clemency by Trump, sues for right to seek elected office again

Sez he's finally got the hang of graft.

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Opinion: The route to stealing the 2024 election begins with a simple step -- “Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me,” Trump told a senior department official, per that official’s notes on the conversation.

Donald Trump is (and his Republicans are) the greatest threat this country has ever faced in its entire history.

Yes, Trump Is Ridiculous. He’s Also Dangerous.

Opinion: The GOP scamming of rural Trump voters continues. A new study shows the latest.

Trump-Era GDP Growth Was Worst Since Great Depression, Analysis Shows

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Opinion: How Democrats plan to win in 2022

If Republican voters are willing to see their friends, family & neighbors perish ignominiously from the lies the Republican establishment is feeding them about vaccines, masks (and that Covid-19 even exists)... please tell me how the Devil Democrats can possibly expect such voters to abandon those deadly GOP liars simply because Democrats provide them a couple of jobs here & there?! If the Democrats can't stand up and attack the Republicans head-on just as they're being attacked themselves I think the Democrats are headed for a whopping electoral defeat of their own making, frankly: This could turn out to be The Great Roll-Over of 2022.

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Trump’s Campaign Is Long Over, But His Donors Keep Paying For An Office In His Building

O what a deliciously ratty thief is Trump
who thinks everyone on earth's a chump
and keeps his slippery thievin hands tiny
so he can slip them into your private heinie
(even if you're sitting on a wooden chair)
to take out valuables you had in there:

"Help! Somebody has stolen all my shit!"
You may cry after you've been plumbed
by Trump & left there kinda hurt & dumbed
& singing like an instrument he has strummed
in, "Gee, I wonder how he got his hands to fit
so well into the nethers of my southmost bit?!"

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Opinion: Democrats haven’t given up on their democracy-protection bill -- You’d think that if and when Republicans use the antidemocratic filibuster to sink these basic protections yet again — protections that Manchin and Sinema themselves say are essential — it will be clear that protecting democracy will have to be a partisan achievement, or it won’t happen at all. Whether they will be willing to listen to that argument — or capable of hearing it at all — is another question entirely.

Bipartisan Deal Shouldn’t Stop Senate From Ditching Filibuster, Democrats Say

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‘The stuff of which violent insurrections are made:’ Federal judge punishes Colorado lawyers for 2020 election lawsuit

You can allege anything you want from any soapbox out in the street but when you come into a court of law you must bring proofs & evidence. Those who don't understand this are the marks of hucksters & flim-flam men out in the street, like...

Mike Lindell Gets Fact-Checked Right To His Face, Proposes A Hug

Mike Lindell, a sad unfortunate soul that drowning in a sea of laughter.

Opinion: Yes, Trump tried to stage a coup. By denying it, the right is laying the groundwork for another one.

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Sheepshead fish with human-like teeth caught in North Carolina

Scientists explain that the fish's diet mostly consists of fried chicken, spaghetti, hamburgers, hot dogs, black beans over white rice, and the occasional Chinese takeout. [Note to Trump's MAGA base Republicans: This is just a joke, guys.]

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‘We’re back to panicking’: Moms are hit hardest as camps and day cares are closing again

"Great! Now we are the ones who are gonna have to take care of our damn kids."

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A $5,800 whisky bottle Japan gave to Mike Pompeo is missing. The State Department is looking for it.

Has anybody checked Mike Pompeo's blood alcohol level? [Look in Pompeo's intestines first.]

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Most people who aren’t vaccinated view vaccine as a greater risk than covid-19, poll finds

I suppose they will pay dearly for that view.

As delta cases rise, southern Ohio chooses to keep the masks on the shelf

They'll be sorry, forgetting that old adage: "Better to be safe than sorry!"

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Should you cancel travel because of the delta variant?

Of course not. Go forth! Spread it as far & wide as you can. There are too many people in this world. So, killing a few hundred or even a few thousand of them is bound to make you a good guy, even a hero (you know, like Trump is to his base).

Opinion: Floridians want leadership on covid-19. Instead, they’re getting rotten MAGA antics.

The pandemic is nearly as bad in Florida right now as it has ever been

The Florida governor is thinking of running for president on the Republican ticket.

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Why is the executive producer of ‘Jeopardy!’ the front-runner to replace Alex Trebek?

Why was stupendously unprecedented ignoramus President Trump the one making the final medical judgments for the country?

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Jake Gyllenhaal: 'More And More I Find Bathing To Be Less Necessary'

Curiously, people around him find it more and more necessary that he should bathe.

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Jordan to become a full democracy within a decade

Translation: In 10 years there will be an unnecessarily ugly war between Jordan and Israel.

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Opinion: We can’t let the terrorists rewrite the history of Jan. 6

Ah, but they're trying, they're really trying. And unless the Democrats can find a way to stop them they might just bring down in flames on all our heads the oldest democracy on earth.

House panel investigating Jan. 6 attack seeks records from agencies on insurrection, Trump in first request for information

Opinion: It looks like the Jan. 6 select committee means business

Opinion: Trump’s coup attempt grows even more worrisome as new details emerge

Opinion: Democrats just launched a missile at the GOP’s fortress of minority rule

Election officials are tearing into the Maricopa County audit

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Can these dogs really talk, or are they just pushing our buttons?

Well, I know my dog always asks me to change the channels because he sez he doesn't have the fingers with which to push the buttons.

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Virginia had lovers. Its neighbor to the north had ‘Maryland is for Crabs.’

Well, now we know who gave Maryland the crabs.

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Trump, RNC Refunded $12.8 Million To Duped Donors This Year: Report

Trump sez he needed to keep them happy so he could set'em up for a much greater/bigger, more beautiful/more profitable future scam.

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Black Realtor And His Client Handcuffed By Police During House Tour In Michigan

Neighbors say: No, they didn't call the cops on'em because they thought they were house breakers but because they thought they might buy the house.

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NASA Seeking People To Pretend To Live On Mars For A Year

I pretend to live in Never-Never Land a lot. I wonder whether NASA pays any money for that? [Maybe not NASA, but NADA definitely.]

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The most dangerous scam in American history -- Everyone has, at some point, been fooled into thinking something fake was real.

I wonder whether Mike Lindell was ever finally told Santa Claus is just an essential lie that we tell our children so they realize "how easily we can be fooled into thinking something fake is real?" It's possible Mike Lindell still believes in Santa Claus, you know. Just in case, somebody should challenge him to a polygraph.

My Pillow cyber symposium is yet another font of election fraud lies

The con is winding down

2 Moments From Mike Lindell’s 72-Hour Fraud Fest You Must See To Believe

Mike Lindell’s 72-Hour Fraud Fest Goes From Very Bad To Worse

The spectacular implosion of Mike Lindell

Mike Lindell Loses It On CNN Reporter As His Cyber Symposium Disintegrates

Seth Meyers Gleefully Watches MyPillow Guy Get Bad News At His Own Symposium

Mike Lindell’s War With Fox News Heats Up With Attack On Hannity, Ingraham

GOP Candidate Says Incident With MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Was No ‘Attack’

Mike Lindell Melts Down When Expert Tries To Claim His $5 Million Cyber-Bounty

Dominion’s lawsuits against Trump allies can move forward after judge rejects arguments

Mike Lindell Is Hiding A County Clerk Amid FBI Probe Of A Vote Data Leak: Report

Wonder how long before Lindell makes the FBI's Top 10 wanted fugitives. Though I don't believe he has the brains to be on the run that long.

Now Mike Lindell Predicts Trump’s Fantastical Reinstatement Before Year’s End

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Trump’s brazen attempt to overturn the 2020 election: A timeline -- Separately, Meadows meets with Justice Department officials and mentions a baseless theory that a company in Italy combined with the CIA to rig the election.

I wonder whether this is the theory that meatballs were inserted into voting machines to make them slippery enough so that votes cast for Trump would end up sliding down to Biden? [So I heard.]

Court Orders Arizona Senate To Disclose Cyber Ninjas’ Vote Audit Records

Trump DOJ Ally Reportedly Pushed Wild Theory China May Have Used Vote-Hacking Thermometers

Opinion: Trump’s coup attempt grows even more worrisome as new details emerge

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As Covid Surges in Florida, DeSantis Refuses to Change Course

Well, one way or the other Floridians will have to find a way to pay for having voted for him. [The hard way.]

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NFL QB Lamar Jackson Won’t Commit To Vaccine, Despite Catching COVID Twice

Sez he's determined to see which is stronger: Covid-19 or stupid.

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GOP Congressman Refuses To Say If He’s Vaccinated, Then Walks Away From Interview -- “Are you vaccinated, congressman?” the reporter asked. “I don’t like to get into taking sides on it. OK? So that’s --” said Grothman as he then walked away from the interview.

[Self-evidently Grothman is on the side of not wanting to advocate that people get vaccinated.]

Arkansas’ Republican Gov. Says It Was An ‘Error’ To Sign Law Banning Mask Mandates

Talk is cheap.

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GOP gives Trump credit for an infrastructure bill he opposes

GOP would give Trump credit for the origin of life on earth: It's a cult, stupid.

Opinion: Trump’s coup attempt grows even more worrisome as new details emerge

Opinion: Nothing is more urgent than breaking the GOP voting rights blockade

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A customer said yelling at a bank worker over masks was protected speech. A judge disagreed.

You can say whatever you like, as long as it does not harm others--And because it is strictly subjective, the degree to which 'another' thinks the speech has harmed him must be settled in court. Bring your wallet.

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As mayor of Ecuador’s capital faces possible removal, councilman throws a glass of water at him

Does not say whether he caught it or it broke when it fell on the floor.

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What the Jan. 6 probe can learn from GOP investigations

That Trump, his Jan.6 terrorists, and all the other Republicans were innocent victims of Antifa and of Nancy Pelosi? Sure.

Trump’s election conspiracies are coming to a head — again

Fox News’ Juan Williams Sounds The Alarm On Donald Trump’s ‘Grifting Game’

Jeffrey Bossert Clark: The most dangerous Trump official you’ve never heard of needs to be heard from

Opinion: Trump’s corrupt manipulation of DOJ should prompt big reforms

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Rand Paul calls YouTube suspension over mask skepticism ‘badge of honor’

Right up there with Trump, David Duke, Sidney Powell, Michael Flynn, Louis Farrakhan, and others of their ilk.

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The return of gourmet British 'seaweed'

"Will that be washed, fresh-picked, or sea-floor-dirty, sir?"

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Facebook bans Russian disinformation network that claimed coronavirus vaccines turn people into chimpanzees

Well, I for one, was a chimpanzee long before I had my Covid shot. And I love it: I'd rather be a chimp than a Shetland Pony any day.

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Nearly 60,000 pounds of chicken recalled after salmonella sickens dozens

Officials now asking the public to consider not eating raw chickens or bitin' the heads off live ones.

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Sorry, but there’s zero evidence of aliens, this science writer says

This is very discouraging for me because my greatest ambition has always been to play a game of Checkers against someone from another planet.

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Family of D.C. officer who died by suicide after Jan. 6 riot sues alleged attacker

This is the way justice in America should work: When someone causes you a damage you sue him and recoup whatever damages you can in court. In this case it may not be possible to bring the officer back to life but it will be possible to sue this defendant[s] for the uncounted damages he has caused this officer and his surviving family members.

Trump Made Clear ‘Threat’ To Officer Who Shot Ashli Babbitt, Says Ex-FBI Deputy Director

And why Trump is not being held accountable for the innumerable crimes he has clearly committed is a puzzle: There are always consequences to one's actions, but sometimes there are bad actors who for their own vile reasons decide to block those consequences.

Somebody should tell Trump that in the entire history of losers there has never been a single case of being a sore loser turning losing into winning. Once you're a loser you're a loser once & for all, Mister Trump.

Cruz Whine: Biden Admin ‘Persecuting’ Capitol Rioters

Rupublicans are now fully on the side of the criminals, and they are making no bones about it! I suppose all that talk about being on the side of 'law & order' was just to con the suckers.

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Unvaccinated COVID-19 Patient In Louisiana Hospital Tells Others To ‘Open Your Eyes’

'Others' say they will check with Trump and his MAGA R congressmen whether this might be just more FAKE NEWS.

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Afghanistan’s rapid deterioration leaves allies questioning U.S. resolve on other fronts

Republicans must be licking their chops at the prospect of taking over Washington from Biden like the Taliban took Afghanistan from him.

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Why the heck are members of Congress allowed to trade individual stocks?

Answer: Because Congress makes the rules.

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After Wife Bought Remdesivir Stock, Rand Paul Served As Vector For COVID Misinformation

Nice racket: The more people are hospitalized with Covid the more money Rand Paul and his wife make selling Remdesivir.

DeSantis Top Donor Invests In Regeneron COVID Drug Governor Promotes

Of course: The more people DeSantis can get sick with Covid the more likely they'll need Regeneron: Criminals know how to make money. [You don't--You're stuck with remaining legal. They're stuck with having to face the law eventually. Take yer pick.]

Boebert pushed to loosen drilling rules. She failed to disclose her husband’s income from energy consulting.

Ditto.

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Brazilian bishop resigns days after sexual video circulates -- A Brazilian bishop has resigned less than a week after a video came to light that featured someone, purported to be him, masturbating

This is why I had to let go my last dog Pervy. [Apparently dogs have not been domesticated long enough yet to have learned the red lines of the afternoon tea party.]

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Groom injured while stomping on glass under the huppah

Rabbi tells him: "You're supposed to wear shoes." [In Hebrew.]

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North Korea tortures and executes Christians, USCIRF says

In North Korea's defense: Christians are all they have there to torture and execute.

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Climate scientists warn: Gulf Stream in state of collapse - study

Hang on. I'll be right over and stick my finger in the sea to try to get it going again.

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This vegetable paella recipe is colorful, festive and quick enough for a weeknight

A paella without at least one dead chicken in it is a total waste of cooking gas.

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Carolyn Hax: Fellow patron’s persistent cough was not a fine dining experience

I've had it worse: I once sat behind a fart factory while dining on some fluffy light stuff and I never cracked a protest. Even tipped generosly, as it wasn't my waiter's fault.

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China pressured experts away from a lab-leak investigation. What is it hiding?

Nothing. This is a clear admission that its labs are complicit in having unleashed Covid-19 on the world.

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Biden said U.S. officials lied on Afghanistan. Will they be held to account?

Well, Biden could ask Kerry next cabinet meeting. And everyone there who worked in the Clinton & Obama administrations (including himself).

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Biden EPA To Ban Chlorpyrifos, A Pesticide Linked To Brain Damage In Children

Brain damage in children, eh? No wonder Trump refused to ban it.

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Lawmakers denounce GOP Rep. Brooks for appearing sympathetic to Capitol bomb threat suspect

Rep. Brooks sez he's a Republican: "It's what we do."

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Trump Attacks Biden For Afghanistan Chaos After Giving Taliban The Deal That Ensured It

So, what else is new?

CNN Mocks Trump Over Wild Account Of Maybe Talking To Taliban Leader Who ‘Screamed’

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The Taliban says it will rule under sharia law. What does that mean?

Pretty much the exact opposite of secular democracy: That is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know.

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8th-Graders Lead Effort To Clear The Name Of Wrongly Convicted Salem ‘Witch’

Historians say they cannot explain why Witchovia's name has not been cleared of being a witch before now.

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Highly religious Americans are less likely to believe intelligent life exists on other planets, survey says

Ironically, most factual and theoretical evidence posits that life elsewhere must be just as likely and unlikely to have arisen as here on earth (and here we are). However, religious people believe not facts in evidence but take at face value whatever the Hell they have been told by their more primitive and ignorant predecessors. And so I am a beast more likely to be despised & my life threatened by the religiously instructed than by those savages who have calmly concluded that religion is an imminent danger to human beings like myself: I am a beast in a beastly world. [But I knew that.]

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COMPLETE FAILURE: 20-YEAR ‘NATION-BUILDING’ COLLAPSES IN DAYS

This failure was designed into the original folly of trying to nation-build in an Islamic-majority country: It has never succeeded and it will never succeed. The closest thing came when Spain replaced all of its Muslims to the last one and became a Christian nation again, going on to become the most powerful nation in the Western World.

Biden administration scrambled as its Afghan withdrawal plan unraveled

Secretary Blinken Defends U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said diplomats were being moved to the airport and said America would maintain a core diplomatic presence. -- As cable networks and pundits ruminated on the images of helicopters echoing the U.S. exit from Saigon in the final days of the Vietnam War, Mr. Blinken pushed back. “This is manifestly not Saigon,” he said. "Kimberley Motley, an international human-rights attorney who has worked on Afghanistan issues for 13 years agreed on the ground there: The situation is a “human-rights nightmare. This is like Saigon on steroids.”

"Biden was asked last month about concerns Vietnamese veterans had regarding how the Taliban's efforts to conquer Afghanistan seemed to mirror the fall of Saigon in 1975. At the time, Biden said the Taliban was "not remotely comparable in terms of capability" to the North Vietnamese. -- "There's going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of a embassy in the—of the United States from Afghanistan," Biden said during the July 8 press conference, a clip of which resurfaced in the wake of the Afghanistan government's collapse."

The Afghans should be that lucky, Mister Biden: This one will be ten times worse. [So much for the infallibility of Biden.]

Taliban takeover of Afghanistan shows Israel must be self-reliant - ex-diplomat

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America has time for one last honorable act: Getting our allies out of Afghanistan

Real-world translation: They're on their own. [Would that it were not so.]

Dire scenes — including people clinging to a plane — unfold at Kabul airport

As a Christian O Lord, I pray for all those poor people! Muslims or not, human beings they are. Enemies or friends, our brothers they all are! And their pain is my pain, their sorrow is my sorrow, their tragedy is mine to grieve.

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As Afghanistan falls, a haunting question faces military families: Why did we do all this?

Answer: Because nation-building was a chinch in Europe after WWII and "all-men-are-equal" American planners convinced themselves that Muslim-majority countries are just like European countries where just as in Christian Europe their Muslim citizens longed but for freedom and democracy. It never once crossed their prejudiced brains to consider just how different America would look today if instead of the well-read adherents to the secular principles of the European Enlightenment who founded the United States it had been a gang of cutthroats & highwaymen, rapists, murderers, and every-man-for-himself thieves led by very probably the most unscrupulous serial killer in history, a man who cynically devised for his criminal followers the [purely criminally excusing] principle that God allows/encourages all crimes no matter how heinous if they're committed in His Name. And now you know why nation-building is utter nonsense in Muslim-majority countries where only ISIS or brutal dictatorships can ever rule over such perverted mindsets.

I Was a Marine in Afghanistan. We Sacrificed Lives For a Lie.

Netanyahu rejected Kerry’s Afghanistan-style solution for Palestinians

Thank God he did: Kerry is one of the moron American planners mentioned above.

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Biden’s claim that nation-building in Afghanistan ‘never made any sense to me’

Nation-building means two distinct things:
1) building European-style secular democracies
2) building Islamic (very clearly non-secular)
democracies in Muslim-majority countries

In Muslim-majority countries you can pretty much forget about trying to build secular democracies, of course: there the only alternative to Islamic populism (giving rise to anti-West movements like Hamas, Hezbollah, Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, al-Qaida, Taliban, etc.) is a dictator who can cut deals with the West and enforce them at home in spite of the popular anti-West incitement preached by the mullahs [this is usually a military dictator as in Egypt, but Erdogan and the Saudi monarchs work too]. Those in the West who do not understand this bring about unimaginable costs in lives and monies down on themselves and on the countries they're 'trying to help.'

There were until recently cynics in the West [the UK colonialists] who, understanding the above, thought of nation-building in Muslim-majority countries as promoting and supporting just the sort of Islamic dictators we see today in the most stable nations there. Unfortunately, of late, nation-building in Muslim-majority countries has become the same as the notion of nation-building in non-Muslim countries (as the idea of dictators [anywhere] has become unpopular today in the West). "Sorry ta'see ya go!" Therefore today we concentrate our efforts on 'strengthening institutions,' completely ignoring the fact that any stable government must have strong institutions, whether democratic institutions or Islamic anti-democratic ones--And that trying to saddle a Muslim dictator with strongly democratic institution is the same as promoting Islamic populism (inevitably leading to the terrorist organizations that must follow that).

“After 9/11, I changed my mind," said President Bush: "Afghanistan was the ultimate nation building mission. We had liberated the country from a primitive dictatorship, and we had a moral obligation to leave behind something better." In other words, America had destroyed the populist Muslim society that had ruled Afghanistan between foreign interventions all right (like the Russians before them). But then America tried to build a non-dictator based government there. In other words, one which was neither a populist Islamic movement nor a brutal dictatorship capable of defeating the populist movements--

All purely self-defeating hogwash. It would have been better had America struck the Taliban hard for 9/11 and then left. "We had a strategic interest in helping the Afghan people build a free society,” wrote Bush. And we did, of course, leaving there no one strong enough to control the Taliban.

Bush & all the other American politicos with their heads up their asses should have consulted Mubarak--whom the Americans also worked their little tails off to undermine at this time, much to the great detriment of Egypt and suffering of its people.

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Afghan army’s total collapse forces ‘soul-searching’ at NATO meeting

Cry me a river. Guys, most of the Afghan Army was made up of Talibans pretending to be Western allies in order to collect their Western wages (now they're back to being full-time Talibans).

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Sha’Carri Richardson Places Ninth In First Race Since Suspension Over Drug Test

You'll never know how all those sprinters who lost to her before her drug use was uncovered must feel like now.

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E.T., Phone Hell? Creationist Ken Ham Says Jesus Can’t Save Space Aliens

Sez it's bad enough having to accept some non-whites into Heaven (and stick'em in some segregated out-of-the-way place Jesus never visits, of course), but he draws the line at E.T.s there.

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Taliban to US: Don't encourage Afghans to leave

Well, maybe if you guys stopped killing them they might decide they don't need to leave

Credible reports of executions by Taliban - UN

As much as the Muslim populous encouraged by the mullahs bad-mouths America, almost every Muslim nation in the world is allied with the United States. The Taliban are not Russians, they're not Chinese, and they're not Communists. Are they going to make Afghanistan the only Muslim country in the world that's not allied with the United States?

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Miss Manners: Couples won’t let me seat them separately!

Well, sometimes somebody disrespects your wife and you have to be close enough to throw an effective punch. You can't be telegraphing your punches from across the table--A good host should know that. [Sometimes your wife just wants you to punch somebody for no reason at all and you have to be ready.]

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Scores Of Florida Doctors Stage Walkout To Protest The Unvaccinated

It's hard to blame them: You have on the one hand a patient whose advanced cancer requires an ICU bed and on the other hand another patient who needs the same bed because he didn't feel like taking the Covid-19 vaccine (sez he heard it turns people into zombies or some other looney excuse). I don't know that I too wouldn't refuse to treat the anti-vacc nut case myself.

An Ala. doctor saw patients reject the vaccine. Now he’s refusing to treat them.

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Kind Acts: Rats Prefer to Help Their Own

This explains why we laugh when a stranger slips and busts his ass.

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There’s a bat in your house! Here’s what NOT to do.

Offer it wine: They don't drink... that.

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A flood of heartache: For families of U.S. troops killed in Afghan war, the scramble to exit revives their agony

There is no easy solution to this because ultimately the reason the Afghan war was so pointlessly prolonged was because the American decision makers were operating on flawed assumptions that arose out of their trying to work with lofty ideals in this lowly all-too real world:

No: Not all people are good-intentioned.

No: The reason the American Experiment has survived this long is not due to luck. So it's pointless to roll the dice on every other experiment in democracy out there.

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Can religion strengthen democracy?

Of course. Isn't the Vatican a democracy? [The Pope just runs a very spiffy campaign every year.]

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Carolyn Hax: What do you buy for the family that gives your gifts away?

Buy?!? No. Let you kids make them used newspaper mache 'creations.'

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Texas governor prohibits vaccine mandates

He also prohibited life-saving emergency surgeries and Band-Aids for cuts & scratches. Can Republicans get more nutty? [Sure.] One is left to wonder how almost every Republican out there keeps working against the public good while one can hardly find even one single democrat doing that--and not have everybody voting Democrat!

Republican state lawmakers are expected to move quickly to advance a restrictive new voting bill, which Democrats successfully blocked for weeks by fleeing to D.C.

If the citizens of Texas do not want undue restrictions on their rights to vote they're going to have to vote out the legislators pursuing those restrictions. It may sound counterintuitive, but in a democracy still it's also the only way.

     Those who do not rise up will be put down.

Filibuster Reform Coalition Grows Ahead of Fall Fight Over Voting Rights

GOP Rep. Jim Banks: Republicans Have A ‘Duty’ To Punish Members Investigating Jan. 6 Riot

Opinion: Biden goes after MAGA governors. It’s about time.

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Dominion Hits Newsmax, OANN With $1.6 Billion Lawsuits Over Election Lies

Maybe it's me, but doesn't it seem as if Dominion and Smartmatic are the only ones actually really DOING anything about all the shameless lying the GOP lunatic fringe is doing?

Judge asks why Capitol rioters are paying just $1.5 million for attack, while U.S. taxpayers will pay more than $500 million

D.C. judges express frustration about possible leniency in Capitol riot cases

Seven Capitol Police officers sue Trump, right-wing groups over injuries from Jan. 6 riot

Federal judge in Michigan orders pro-Trump lawyers disciplined over lawsuit seeking to overturn 2020 election

House Jan. 6 committee asks telecom companies to retain phone records related to Capitol attack as it ramps up investigation

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It’s not hard to imagine a worse pandemic, former CDC director says

Republicans risk becoming face of delta surge as key governors fight mandates

Marjorie Taylor Greene fans cheered low vaccination rate in Alabama, which tossed 65,000 expired doses

Those who laugh in the Face of God will be washed away with their tears.

Florida church reeling after six members die within 10 days amid spike in cases

A conservative cardinal who criticized the vaccine caught covid. Days later, he was put on a ventilator.

God is nurturing, forgiving, Bringer of Order to all things. Satan is destructive, vengeful, everywhere Wreaker of Chaos. Therefore whatever side Trump takes--always take the opposite one. For Trump is on the side of Satan.

Most Unvaccinated Americans Still Think Shots Are Riskier Than COVID

He thought COVID was fake news. Now this Florida radio veteran is dead of the disease

Texas GOP Leader Hospitalized For COVID-19 Dies Days After Mocking Vaccines -- The Texas Republican Party issued a statement saying members were “incredibly saddened” to learn of Apley’s death.

In this particular case the meaning of "incredibly" really does mean "not credible." As it is not credible that politicos who can so callously watch as thousands upon thousands of innocent human beings die from a scheme they have concocted just to make themselves a bit of cash would have the humanity to mourn anyone. Least of all one of their co-conspirators.

Ex-Newsmax Host Who Attacked ‘Lying Freak’ Dr. Fauci Over ‘Scamdemic’ Has Died Of COVID

A couple of [Saint Trump's medals for the obviously blind] were placed over his eyes.

GOP Leader Who Fought Against Vaccine Dies After Weeks-Long Battle With Coronavirus

ICU Doc Shows What ‘Anxious and Scared’ Gov. Greg Abbott Did After COVID-19 News

Texas Anti-Mask ‘Freedom Defender’ Caleb Wallace Dies Of COVID-19

Sen. Lindsey Graham Urges People To Get Vaccinated After He Recovers From COVID-19

I don't suppose Republicans have the brains to understand that a little needle prick is a lot less of a bother than a life-and-death struggle to survive Covid, but it's a consolation at least to see that some of them do change their minds once they have to go through the life-and-death struggle themselves.

Southern Hospitals, Crushed By Delta Strain, Report Running Out Of ICU Beds

Israeli anti-vaxx leader dies of COVID-19

Right-Wing Radio’s ‘Mr. Anti-Vax’ Marc Bernier Dies Of Coronavirus

Not sorry for the crime, only sorry about being caught:

Four conservative radio talk-show hosts bashed coronavirus vaccines. Then they got sick.

Opinion: Govs. DeSantis and Abbott, in denial and risking lives, have betrayed the public trust

Right-Wing Anti-Vax Radio Host Who Mocked AIDS Victims Dies Of COVID-19

Republicans risk becoming face of delta surge as key governors fight mandates

I cannot think of another scourge on this nation as terrible as today's Republicans have been!

As Florida faces record deaths, DeSantis says Biden should follow his lead -- Florida is now reporting an average of 228 covid-19 deaths each day — a state record and by far the highest count in the nation.

Former DNC Head Howard Dean Slams Gov. DeSantis As Bigger ‘Lunatic’ Than Even Trump

Opinion: It’s time Democrats stood up for the ‘silent majority’

Florida school districts with mask mandates may be investigated and punished, state says

This is pretty much akin to victims being prosecuted if they do not agree to be murdered. And now you know just how insane it is to vote for any Republican.

Florida Faces Deadliest Phase Of COVID-19 Yet

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Tennis player rants about opponent’s 8-minute bathroom break at U.S. Open: ‘It’s never once taken me that long’

Eight minutes is too long?!? It takes me at least that long just to undo my pants!

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Rep. Jim Jordan Suddenly Remembers At Least One Other Call With Trump On Jan. 6: Report

Smart criminals know that the cops can access phone records, and that the cops catching you in a lie is not the same as you lying the whole day long to Trump's base of stupid deplorables.

Trump Funding Network Paid $4.3 Million To People, Firms Who Set Up Jan. 6 Rally: Report

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As covid-19 surges in Miss., some people take unproven drug intended for treating worms in livestock

They take such astonishing poisons but they can't take a little prick from a vaccine specifically intended to save them from Covid-19! Some people's brains have not even evolved to the level of chimps yet! [Offer them a banana to take the vaccine.]

Don’t Use Horse And Cow Medicine To Treat COVID-19, FDA Warns

The ‘Miracle Cure’ From Hell: Why People Are Eating Horse Paste To Fight COVID-19

Great. Now the GOP nutsies want to de-worm their Republican base for profit. [Has anybody ever looked into whether Trump owned any Clorox stock, by the way? Just asking.]

Rand Paul Blames ‘Hatred For Trump’ For Resistance To Ivermectin

How right-wing media and social isolation lead people to eat horse paste

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Most Americans favor troop withdrawal but criticize Biden’s performance, survey shows

Same with my kids: I love that they eat all their food but I'd still prefer that they eat it like human beings.

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Despite court decision, state withholds school board members’ pay from Broward

Trump Republicans don't acknowledge that the law applies to them. You know, like common criminals--one of them Trump.

McCarthy Warns Phone, Tech Giants That GOP Won’t ‘Forget’ If They Turn Over Jan. 6 Records

Now, how is this NOT a blatantly outrageously self-evident case of witness-tampering & obstruction of justice? You know, like common criminals do--one of them Trump (remember that phone call they recorded in Georgia?). The Jan. 6 committee is investigating instances of law-breaking, after all.

‘Scared’ Kevin McCarthy Trashed On Twitter For ‘Thuggery’ After Threatening Telecoms

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GOP douses Afghanistan withdrawal with misinformation

What a surprise.

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In the Eyes of God, Does a State Have the Right to Kill a Man?

Sure: If God hadn't wanted men to kill every living thing they could get their hands on He wouldn't have given them canines.

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Dogs abandoned at Kabul airport prompted outrage. Here’s what we know.

The Koran sez 'good' Muslims do not own dogs.

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Biden reportedly told Afghan leader, weeks before his government fell: ‘You clearly have the best military’

Biden must have been talking about all the American equipment the Afghan military handed over to the Taliban, not about the Afghan soldiers themselves.

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Doctors dismayed by patients who fear vaccines but clamor for unproven ivermectin

I say: Give it to'em! Some people learn by the thoughts in their heads, others by their lumps. [Sure, some people never learn; but that's how Republicans get reelected.]

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A former Marine was pulled over for following a truck too closely. Police took nearly $87,000 of his cash.

Marine must've thought he was still driving in Afghanistan or Syria. Sucker!

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You Can Store Compost in Your Freezer

Why not? It already smells as if there's been some in there for a while.

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Podcaster Joe Rogan Has COVID-19, Says He Took Ivermectin To Treat It

Does not say whether he stayed at home or went to covalence at Santa Anita.

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Donald Trump Accuses Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Of Hypocrisy

Nikki Haley must be like, what, the 1000th creep who sold her soul to Trump and whom he's now thrown under the bus just to watch the wheels going slowly over her. [And there are a 1000 more creeps waiting in line. Patience.] "Crunchy, crunch!"

Trump Tower’s key tenants have fallen behind on rent and moved out. But Trump has one reliable customer: His own PAC.

Trump-appointed ambassador directed government business to his hotel, emails show

Mary Trump Rips ‘Fascist’ Uncle, Assumes He Doesn’t Even Know What That Means

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National Republicans Strangely Quiet About Texas Abortion Law Ruling

Be careful what you wish for: Republicans know all too well that their attack on women voters was not a very intelligent move. They just don't have an easy way to walk it back now. [But they're strategizing. "O how to blame it on the democrats! How?]

Meanwhile, GOP strategizing on vaccines: Mike Huckabee Blames Vax Hesitancy On Biden ‘Boring Us To Death’ With Science

Why Democrats want to talk about Texas’s abortion law (and Republicans don't)

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Requiring customers to be vaccinated can draw $5,000 fines starting soon in Florida

Shooting someone just because he was walking towards you, on the other hand, is honored in Florida under the Stand Your Ground law.

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Preservationists aim to shoot down plan to demolish Al Capone’s Palm Island house

Yeah! What's going on here?! I thought Al Capone was one of our greatest, most beloved national figures. [What's Kevin McCarthy's number? By Trump's little hands, every Republican out there is gonna wanna be in on this.]

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Satanic Temple Floats Devilishly Clever Strategy To Dodge Texas Abortion Law

Since the anti-abortionist crowds are mostly all nutsy Christians, when you need an abortion simply claim you were inseminated by the Devil and you're now carrying the Antichrist; then the anti-abortionists will all run out to try to get you an abortion instead of trying to oppose it. [Brains-over-Brawn. sir. Brains-over-Brawn.]

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Facebook Apologizes For Labeling Video Of Black Men As ‘Primates’

And here I thought I was a primate. Now I may be thrown in with pigs, sheep, cows, chickens--Who knows what!

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Stop fretting, Democrats. Use your power.

Yeah, no. Republicans are like the crazed murderer threatening to shoot everyone while Democrats are like the dweeb hostage who's always saying: "Oh, I'm sure he wouldn't do THAT."

Opinion: The Justice Department moves to protect abortion rights. It should start a trend.

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Joe Manchin is foolish to indefinitely hold up the reconciliation bill

Never be misled by appearances--the person you least suspect in the world often turns out to be the worst serial killer.

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Indiana University Football Team Can’t Spell ‘Indiana’ And Fans Are Shook

The important thing is whether they can play football. They can always hire some Poindexter to spell their names for them.

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Southern Republicans Cannot Be Trusted With Public Health

Leastwise, not those who never graduated third grade (and which you can easily identify by the fact that they are usually the ones who have been elected to public office down there).

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Rep. Jim Jordan Gets Jabbed On Twitter After Screwing Up Basic U.S. History

You really think if these Republicans would have gotten a decent education they'd be behaving like they are today?

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Californians Coming Home After Fleeing Wildfire Now Face Bear Break-Ins

Man, if there's anything worse than a home invasion it's when the home invaders are naked.

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The GOP’s delusion-fueled election ‘audits’ spell trouble for 2024

These are no delusion-fueled ‘audits’ but deliberately malicious and sinister attempts to subvert our democracy by people who care more about their own personal gains than the general good.

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Scientists uncover 35-year-old recording of Australian duck swearing repeatedly

Apparently duck had such large floppy feet that everybody around him kept stepping on them.

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Hacker claims to have stolen information of 7 million Israelis

Sez now he will finally be able to send them each his or hers birthday greetings on the right date.

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Ask Amy: As 70-something husband chases teen, wife gears up for divorce

"70-something?!" She should just wait for widowhood instead.

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Carolyn Hax: New mom’s loitering in-laws take offense when she asks them to leave

Well, "Get the FK out!" IS pretty frank.

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Opinion: How Republicans manage to be both anarchists and authoritarians

So, you never heard of schizophrenics then?

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Can Birds Tip Us Off to Natural Disasters?

Well, parrots, Magpies... and only if they're carrying enough change for the phone call.

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Lil Uzi Vert Says His $24 Million Forehead Diamond Was Ripped Out While Crowd Surfing

"Dude, here I was trying to keep myself from being suffocated in this crushing mob when suddenly this dude went by with $24 million dollars on his forehead."

"Wow, dude, what did you do?"

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Opinion: Republicans keep crossing the line. Democrats must hold them accountable.

If the Democrat majority can't find the gumption to slap down the few Republicans trying to destroy democracy then they will be shamefully slammed down by these same few Republicans.

'This Is Untenable': Supreme Court Justices Slam Decision On Texas Abortion Ban

Biden must immediately propose FOUR new nominees for the Supreme Court, and if the Senate does not approve them then the country must wait out the 2022 midterms because this present Senate is garbage. [Waiting for the dumpster.]

Opinion: The harsh truth of this moment: Republicans understand power. Democrats do not.

The Texas abortion decision shows why the Democrats must push to add four justices to the court

Democrats To Probe Secretive ‘Shadow Docket’ Following Supreme Court Texas Abortion Ruling

Opinion: One tactic to stop abortion bounty hunters from demolishing women’s constitutional rights

Opinion: What the Justice Department should do to stop the Texas abortion law

Opinion: Stop fretting, Democrats. Use your power.

Opinion: With Democratic help, Republicans notch a victory in their war on government

Opinion: Joe Manchin’s new threat to destroy Biden’s agenda is worse than it seems

Republican Group Rips Rep. Madison Cawthorn Over ‘Bloodshed’ Threat In New Video

Opinion: This is how a Republican lie is born

Opinion: What are Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney waiting for?

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Prince Albert Breaks Silence On Princess Charlene Marriage Rumors

What? Isn't Prince Albert in a can yet?!

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Ask Dr. Andrea: I think I’m a good person, but I’m so jealous of others. What can I do?

Sabotage the Hell outta them! See if there's room in your heart to feel sorry for any of them: Maybe you're a nice guy & don't know it.

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Chemnitz Jewish restaurant attacker given 1-year suspended sentence

Oh wow, what a great opportunity to do it all over again more successfully!

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Progressive Judicial Group Launches $1.5 Million Effort To Expand Supreme Court

Although I am for adding those four additional justices now, the best solution is to do away with lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court and have every new president replace three of the nine justices (replacing the justices who have served the longest, not excluding the chief justice). Again, not every four years but every time a new president is elected, which should satisfy everyone.

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TSA doubles fines for people who refuse to wear masks at airports, in other transportation settings

MAGA nuts want freedom from wearing masks and getting vaccinated but not from wearing clothes:

You don't wear clothes you get arrested. But you never hear the MAGA nuts advocating for the freedom from having to wear clothes (which doesn't harm anyone), at the same time they're clamoring for the freedom from wearing masks or getting vaccinated (which harms everyone). That is the definition of being nuts.

GOP lawmaker who refused to follow mask mandate while flying says she can’t get to the Alaskan capital

Why doesn't she walk? That way she won't be killing a lot of other people just to get her ass there.

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Report: COVID Cases, Deaths Notably Worse In Red States Than Blue States

In the Republicans' defense: It's their business to get themselves reelected, not to keep their constituents from losing their stupid lives (it's up to their constituents to save themselves if they so wish).

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Critics Remind Dan Crenshaw That Mandatory Vaccines Have Existed In U.S. For Decades

Crenshaw sez that's a lie: That he was born yesterday and he doesn't remember any such practice happening during his entire life.

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Trump Drops Big Hint About Presidential Run At Meeting With Manhattan Police

Sez if he's elected again this time anybody who wants anything from the government had better be prepared to pay & to pay cash on the barrelhead, pal.

Opinion: Republicans cannot duck responsibility for Trump

Opinion: Yes, the Jan. 6 insurrectionists were terrorists. George W. Bush just indicted them.

Opinion: How Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and an irrational system make us more vulnerable to the next 9/11

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As California recall vote nears, Republicans ready to blame ‘shenanigans’ for Newsom win

Another election loss, another Republican push to paint elections as pointless. Can despotism and tyranny be far behind?

Opinion: A dangerous trend among GOP candidates shows the Trump threat is here to stay -- Republican Laxalt smarmily insisted the press is attacking anyone who wants “secure” and “fair” elections. In fact, Laxalt is the one threatening to undermine secure and fair elections. -- As this demonstrates, for Trumpist politicians, the refusal to commit to respecting legitimate election losses is now a badge of honor.

I am beginning to believe that thanks to Trump and his Republicans the time is not that far off when Congress will be forced to pass laws (or, preferably, a constitutional amendment) mandating that "no one may run for public office in these United States without first having agreed to accept the results of the election--under penalty of law (such as, in the event that a losing candidate challenges the election in the courts and loses he will then be disqualified from ever again running for any office anywhere in the U.S. if he/she continues to suggest the election was not legit)".

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A stranger injected a woman with semen while she was running errands. Now he’s going to prison.

"I suppose," the woman said, "I should be grateful nobody ever properly explained to him the thing about the bird & the bees."

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Two Florida middle-schoolers charged with plotting mass shooting after ‘extensively studying’ Columbine

When will today's people learn? To teenagers death is glorious, prison is a badge of honor. What you have to do is take a few of these idiots behind the woodshed and whip the crap outta them--That's the thing they don't want and will carefully walk the straight & narrow to avoid when they watch their heroes balling in pain like little sissies.

Students are destroying bathrooms, swiping school supplies in latest TikTok challenge gone awry

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Ancient warrior found buried with his steed and his dog

Gravediggers said that for some reason dog semed to have a disapproving look on its face.

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Ala. man dies after being turned away from 43 hospitals as covid-19 packs ICUs, family says

Yes. nice of his survivors to recommend people get the vaccine now that Covid-19 has killed him. But he forgot to thank the Republicans before he died for convincing him (and all the other freedom-loving covidwhacos who packed those hospitals shut) to not take it: It would have been nicer still.

Now the rght-wing nuts are actually threatening hospitals where vaccine-deniers go to die their miserable deaths instead of advising their followers to simply take the little pinch that could have easily saved their lives, and save the lives of so many others:

QAnon Followers Threaten Hospital After Outspoken COVID Denier Dies Of COVID

Texas Embalmer Shares Nightmare COVID Experiences: ‘Unlike Anything I’ve Seen Before’

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Florida ready to fine cities, counties ‘millions’ for requiring employee vaccinations

Or, in the common parlance, "or so continues the GOP war against everyday Americans" (and, logically enough, primarily their own base because of course they are the ones stupid enough to heed them).

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Florida Man Exposed Himself To 7 Toll Collectors: Police -- Toll workers told troopers the man had no clothes on and was “showing his privates.”

In perv's defense: “Showing your privates” is a time-honored practice of us monkeys ever since we lived up on trees. [Had he done it from inside the monkey cage at the zoo he would have been rewarded with peanuts.]

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Speakers at DeSantis news conference promoted false vaccine claims while Fla. governor stood by

In DeSantis's defense: He's not a Democratic governor, so his job is not to safeguard the lives & health of his contituents (or looking after them in any way, shape, or form).

Opinion: Ron DeSantis reaches a new low of cynicism and recklessness

Opinion: Chris Wallace’s grilling of a GOP governor exposes a much bigger scam

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Dan Quayle Convinced Mike Pence To Ignore Trump’s Decertification Pleas: Book -- “Wow,” said MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell: “Dan Quayle comes to the rescue of the republic.”

Good. He finally learned how to spell p-o-t-a-t-o!

Opinion: Awful new revelations about Trump and Jan. 6 show Mike Pence is no hero

Dan Quayle Convinced Mike Pence To Ignore Trump’s Decertification Pleas: Book

Trump Threatened To Withhold Friendship From Pence Over Election Certification: Book -- Trump reportedly told Pence, “I don’t want to be your friend anymore if you don’t do this.”

Then Trump picked up his baseball & mitten miffed and ran off for his mother (Melania).

Top general was so fearful Trump might spark war that he made secret calls to his Chinese counterpart, new book says -- Milley saw parallels between Jan. 6 and the 1905 Russian Revolution, which set off unrest throughout the Russian Empire and, though it failed, helped create the conditions for the October Revolution of 1917, in which the Bolsheviks executed a successful coup that set up the world’s first communist state. Vladimir Lenin, who led the revolution, called 1905 a “dress rehearsal.” A similar logic could apply with Jan. 6, Milley thought as he wrestled with the meaning of that day, telling senior staff: “What you might have seen was a precursor to something far worse down the road.”

All of this to keep Trump from getting upset

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The GOP is an irrelevant party of ever more & more desperate mere attention-seekers. The only people who are keeping Republicans relevant are Joe Manchin and a couple of other Democrat attention-seekers themselves crying out for selfish personal reasons of their own. The pressure should be entirely on them, if attention is what they're after.

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Donald Trump Predicts America Will End Within 3 Years

Ah! Finally a sign that he doesn't intend running for president again!

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PM Update: Staying sultry through Wednesday

Just be sure to change into a more conservative outfit before reporting for work on Thursday.

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Does your Airbnb have a hidden camera? Experts share tips for protecting yourself.

Don't do anything you wouldn't do on Times Square.

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This pastor will sign a religious exemption for vaccines if you donate to his church

Hey, a least one of them is honest enough to admit that he's just peddling bits & pieces of Jesus for cash.

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The N.F.L.’s New Play: Embrace Betting Ads and Watch the Money Pour In

The heads of the 32 families have agreed to allow gambling & sundry other sins, but say they will put a hit on any player caught selling heroin.

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Should I let my teen daughter wear what she wants?

No. My daughter wanted to go out wearing only her bush & nipples, So I finally had to put my foot down.

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Street closures begin for rally in support of Jan. 6 insurrection defendants

Or, as Cubans call it: The Le Zumba el Mango Rally.

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Donald Trump Blasted Paul Ryan For Condemning White Supremacy, New Book Claims

We can only imagine how much it might have benefitted the nation had Paul Ryan had the courage & patriotism to publicly denounce Mister Trump's incredibly “repulsive” statements.

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The potential trouble with Jan. 6 defendant prosecutions

Seems to me as if the judges are trying to help the defendants find some rationale for verdicts of innocence.

What Congress was doing on Jan.6 was an official proceeding any whichway you want to look at it, and the law specifically says that "Whoever corruptly … obstructs, influences, or impedes any official proceeding, or attempts to do so” can be punished by up to 20 years in prison.

Judges have no leeway to overturn Congress's own definition of what it was doing on Jan.6 as an official proceeding and reclassify it as some 'as luck would have it' meeting to arrange a lobbyist's birthday party or something.

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California’s recall election confirmed everything that is wrong with today’s Republican Party

"Win by hook or crook & let the Democrats try to win it fair & square: See where that gets them. Ha!" [The new GOP Motto.]

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New Zealand men abandon Pakistan tour

Say they're going to instead explore the crater of a volcano that's threatening to explode at any minute now.

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Trump gave six months extra Secret Service protection to his kids, three officials. It cost taxpayers $1.7 million.

Hey, that's scratch Trump would've had to come up with himself. And you all know Trump.

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A woman accepted $50 from a West Virginia police chief so he could rape her 17-year-old relative, feds say

Sometimes one reads such things they make one question whether we're all even in the same species!

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Trump expresses solidarity with rioters arrested in Jan. 6 attack ahead of rally planned for Saturday

If proof was needed that Trump was the traitors' ringleader.

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Opinion: Raphael Warnock’s relentless voting rights push

God bless you Raphael Warnock! Generations of Americans yet unborn will bless you if you win your fight. And I, who am old enough to understand fully just how critical your fight is, and who am here alive today able to tell you in person, say to you: God bless you Senator Warnock for your tireless defense of democracy! If you win we will all win, if you lose we will all lose.

    “It is a contradiction to say we must protect
    minority rights in the Senate while refusing to
    protect minority rights in the society.”

    --Georgia’s Raphael G. Warnock (D)

The Filibuster’s Fate Is Already Decided. Just Look To The 2022 Democratic Senate Candidates.

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Trump Angling To Put In Power Election Officials Who Could Twist Vote For Him In 2024

Well, when you don't prosecute a failed coup's conspirators you have to expect them to try to make their next coup a much more successful one.

The one good thing about all this is that the conspirators are known. The bad thing is how febble the effort is to stop them!

Partner Of Fallen Capitol Police Officer ‘Enraged’ By Trump’s New Support For Rioters

Elise Stefanik’s ‘Hateful Rhetoric’ Ripped In Stinging Editorial By Hometown Newspaper

Judges strike down North Carolina voter ID law, citing its ‘discriminatory purpose’ against African Americans

Opinion: The Jan. 6 attack demands that we protect voting rights

Opinion: How Democrats can capitalize on the MAGA crowd’s frequent humiliations

Lindsey Graham and Mike Lee personally vetted Trump’s fraud claims, new book says. They were unpersuaded.

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Political Operative Pardoned By Trump Accused Of Illegal Campaign Scam

There are legal campaign scams? There are legal scams?

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Seth Rogen Says What We’re All Thinking About The Emmys This Year

"Wasn't the last damn Emmys like two weeks ago~?!?"

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I Had Professional Nude Photos Taken To Surprise My Partner. It Was A Disaster.

Had to be: Who the Hell wants to get pictures like that of one's business partner?

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Ken Burns Thinks This Abraham Lincoln Quote Is Now More Relevant Than Ever

"Off with their heads!"

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I Went To A Nudist Swingers Resort Without My Girlfriend. Here’s What Happened.

We know what happened: All nudists are swingers. None of'em got their shit strapped down so it don't swing.

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Fox News Host Attacks Kamala Harris For Attending A Football Game

In defense of Fox News: Harris isn't saying or doing crazy stupid things like most Republicans. So this is the best Fox News can do to attack her.

Fox News Host Criticizes Biden For Riding A Bike

Guess Biden isn't threatening to destroy the nation like Trump or anything like that then.

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Analysis: Texas’s abortion law is even more unpopular than we thought

Well, what did you expect? Republicans oppose simple little non-intrusive mask mandates in defense of 'freedom' and yet they mercilessly mandate what women may do with the very innards of their own bodies.

Texas Gov. Won’t Budge On Abortion Exceptions When Chris Wallace Grills Him On 15,000 Rapes

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As Yusuf/Cat Stevens reemerges on the public stage, how should we feel about his music — and his legacy?

Well, I've listened to my dog's yelp a lot more than Cat's so I'm thinking maybe I'll continue to go with that.

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Opinion: The Jan. 6 attack demands that we protect voting rights

Is it any mystery that those who believe democratic elections are fraudulent, unnecessary or irrelevant are the greatest enemies of democracy?

How Trump endangered democracy, and how Biden hopes to repair it

It turns out that Trump’s claims of fraud were not scrupulously vetted for accuracy

Opinion: New details about Trump’s Dominion scam help explain our authoritarian slide

By memo or by mob, Trump and his team positioned the country for chaos

Time is running out for Congress to overturn Jim Crow-style laws spreading throughout America

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Telling People To Get Vaccinated Is Leftist Plot Against Trump Voters, Breitbart Claims

Sez Trump voters can't get enough Jim Jones Kool-Aide and that getting Covid to kill them is their only other option.

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Opinion: A Texas Republican’s vile rant shows ‘great replacement’ is becoming GOP dogma -- Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) blasted the Biden administration for “allowing” in one or two million migrants this year. In 18 years, Patrick railed, if “every one of them has two or three children, you’re talking about millions and millions and millions of new voters. Who do you think they are going to vote for?” Patrick seethed.

I did not know all the descendants of the Irish were still voting the way their immigrant ancestors did: I know an awful lot of Irish Republicans. Are most Cubans today voting like their 1960s parents? (I remember they started voting Democrat, then all they switched to Republicans, and now are slowly mostly going back to Democrats. So, what's coming tomorrow?) Are the Polish, the Germans, the Italians, the Jews all still voting like their original immigrant grandparents did a 100 years ago? This would be news to me. Frankly, I think a lot of African-American voters might still be Lincoln Republicans if the GOP wasn't so egregiously trying to take away their voting rights. [The fault, dear Brutus, lies not with the voters but with the Republicans.]

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Trump Sues New York Times Over Tax Bombshells, Seeks ‘No Less’ Than $100 Million

Sez he needs at least that much to avoid his next bankruptcy. [Just like bank robbers think the only way to make money is robbing banks, Trump thinks the only way to make money is by a well-timed bankruptcy that fleeces all his foolishly trusting investors.]

Legal Experts Spot The Fatal Flaws With Donald Trump’s Lawsuit Against His Niece, NYT

Trump couldn't declare bankruptcy & fleece them because they were way too smart to invest in him?

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Report: Zuckerberg OK’ed Filling Newsfeeds With Pro-Facebook Fluff Amid Bad Press

And now you know why it's always a bad idea to let kids who normally should only be living down in their parents' basement in position of power. [They make stupid decisions & always think they're smarter than the cops.] Hello, Trump!

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Susan Collins To Endorse Paul LePage For Another Term As Maine Gov. -- The former governor known for his racist comments once called himself "Baby Trump."

What were you saying again about Susan Collins being a 'moderate' Republican? She's a Republican.

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Sen. Grassley, the oldest GOP senator at 88, announces he will seek another term

Of course, no one really knows whether Grassley still understands he's in the Senate and not in an assisted living home somewhere. Although there might not really be much difference.

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Upset by porn and ‘immoral content,’ a man planted pipe bombs outside cellphone stores, FBI says

Sez he couldn't stop himself from watching porn so he decided to do the next best thing: To blow up all the world's communication networks streaming it.

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A Taliban founder says cutting off hands as punishment will be ‘necessary for security’

Sure, that way they won't be able to shoot at'em. James Garner had the same idea in that western where he'd bust the trigger fingers of rival gunfighters. Taliban probably got the idea from watching that movie.

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Elon Musk And Grimes Split Up!

Yeah, but has anyody looked behind his ears?

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Doctor who has lost over 100 patients to covid says some deny virus from their deathbeds: ‘I don’t believe you’

Do you still have to ask how on earth can Trump be a hero to the mob of MAGA Republicans he's so thoroughly & so often fleeced? How in the world can most Republicans be stupid enough to still believe that any fraud at all occurred in the 2020 election?

Our constitutional crisis is already here -- One Trump supporter didn’t go to the hospital after developing covid-19 symptoms because he didn’t want to contribute to the liberal case against Trump. “I’m not going to add to the numbers,” he told a reporter.

COVID Is Killing Rural Americans At Twice The Rate Of Urban Residents

Somehow, we’re still learning the depths of Trump’s dishonesty

If you think the 2020 election was in some way suspect, you've been misled

The Trump-backed audits that keep debunking Trump, ranked

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Democrats Discussing 2 Options To Change The Filibuster To Pass Voting Rights Laws

Opinion: As the GOP renounces democratic governance, the rationale to keep the filibuster is evaporating -- The inescapable conclusion is that the GOP would destroy elections and the peaceful transfer of power if given a chance.

Don't say you werent warned if you give Republicans a second shot at their coup.

How Democrats’ New Voting Rights Bill Tackles The Threat Of Election Subversion

A liar whose only agenda was lying his way to power preyed on the prejudices of a portion of the electorate and was elected president but ultimately proved too incompetent & ignorant to carry out his planned coup.

Remember the Kansas Compromise crisis before the Civil War, and understand that just like the Kansas Compromise settled nothing Trump's Coup has also failed to settle the constitutional flaws which permitted it: Either address those flaws now and settle the matter once & for all or face a much more serious coup in the future. Those who are not certain it's an inevitability had better count the number of today's Republicans who are pushing not to fix but for strengthening those many flaws.

Opinion: Ominous new details about Trump’s coup attempt require Democrats to act -- “The window is closing,” Rick Hasen, an election law professor at University of California-Irvine, told me. “The filibuster is the major impediment to Congress taking steps to avert a potential stolen election in 2024.” Do Democrats grasp the true urgency of this? It’s not clear that they do.

Valorizing Jan. 6 -- As New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait has written, Trump “has slowly turned January 6 from a black mark that threatened to expunge him from Republican politics, to a regrettable episode that his allies preferred to leave behind, to a glorious uprising behind which he could rally his adherents.”

And this is all because of the manifest timidity by the Justice Department and other law agencies in charging Donald Trump, the undisputed ringleader of this ugly insurrection, with the innumerable crimes he has committed.

Law Expert Wonders Why A Grand Jury Isn’t Mulling Sedition Charges Against Steve Bannon

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Witness: Taliban hang dead body in Afghan city's main square

Say it was great to see a corpse hanging in a main square again--Something which hasn't been seen in the world since back in the Dark Ages.

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Opinion: More evidence that talking to Republicans is useless

The Democrats must start seriously fighting back against the Republican attack on America or soon the battle will move on to the streets. I do not know if that's what the Republicans want, but I'm sure that's not what the Democrats wish for the country.

Our constitutional crisis is already here

Yes, Trump is horridly stupid, but so was Hitler, and so was Stalin, and so was Mussolini, and so was Fidel Castro, and so are most criminals in the world--but that never stopped any of them. They succeeded through a freak combination of breaks which when they finally straightened out landed them dead or in prison. But only after they had brought about immeasurable harm and suffering to others. Trump has done more of that than most & is well on his way to trying to do even more of it in the future.

Biden White House leans toward releasing information about Trump and Jan. 6 attack, setting off legal and political showdown

Biden Not Interested In Giving Trump ‘Executive Privilege’ Protection From Jan. 6 Probe

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How Do I Tell the Story of Robert E. Lee?

Detail what he did and don't try to see it through his eyes: You will say that what he did is treason to his country. That his personal character is written in the false hope he gave Abraham Lincoln, only to stab him in the back. That his generalship consisted mainly of pushing people to their deaths until a more humane opponent gave up the slaughter. And that his surrender(s) came about because he finally had to fight an opponent who also would not give up the slaughter, and he just ran out of men. (Detail especially the battle of Gettysburg.)

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Republicans To Filibuster Bill Averting Government Shutdown, Debt Default

Anything to bring the whole thing down on our heads. No reason: Just to see how it falls.

Opinion: McConnell has given Democrats the justification they need to kill the filibuster

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The nation faces financial calamity. Republicans will be to blame.

Maybe. But Manchin and Sinema will have to bear most of that blame too.

The Legislation Joe Manchin Is Holding Up Would Help His State — A Lot

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Why are there still so many nuclear weapons?

Because people are harder to kill than cockroaches. [I once told this joke at the zoo in front of the monkey cage and the moneys there couldn't stop rolling over with laughter.]

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Opinion: Awful new revelations about Trump and Jan. 6 show Mike Pence is no hero

The problem of Jan.6 was all with our antiquated [failed] electoral college system (and subsequent pointless & superfluous 'ceremonial counting' of the people's vote in congress) and none of it was with the state elections themselves:

The lesson of Jan.6 (if the American People care to learn it) is that congress must do away with this dangerous Electoral College anachronism and specify the merely ceremonial nature of Congress's certification of the election--including also doing away with congressmen's so-called objections to the will of the voters of their states (alleged frauds in elections belong strictly in the courts). Fail to do this and a repeat of Jan.6 can never be outside the realm of possibilities.

Congressional voices in the so-called 'vote count' should be limited to crying out: "The Great State of Such-&-Such casts its votes for The Winner of its popular vote!" (As such criers are wisely obliged to do in our political conventions.)

Those who do not think an election will be fair must be barred from it because not to do so will ensure the outcome will be pointless. Why even run such an election?!?

Opinion: Milley’s revelation about Trump leaves us with five questions

Milley’s calls reflect a crisis. But it’s not a military crisis.

Opinion: The perils that the book ‘Peril’ reveals should be investigated by Congress

Trump, Elder’s campaign falsely claimed fraud before Calif. votes were counted — a growing GOP tactic

Emboldened by recall win, Democrats brush aside talk of unity and escalate attacks on Republicans

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Stephanie Grisham Reveals Trump Called To Tell Her About His Penis

In Donald Trump's defense: He prefers to think of himself as a 'penis' rather than the more vulgarly common 'dick' everybody knows him as.

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R. Kelly Is Convicted on All Counts After Decades of Abuse Accusations

R. Kelly now convinced at last that he can't fly no'mo, no'mo: Down to the airplane hangar for R. Kelly. Permanently. [Wouldn't it had been wonderful if Trump had been the one who'd been found guilty on all charges!]

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Liz Cheney: Many GOP Lawmakers Have Privately Encouraged My Stand Against Trump

And many more longed to engage in rape, child molestation, and cannibalism. But they kept their longings to themselves, as it also might damage their political careers expressing them publicly. [From the best-selling ancient classic So What? by Socrates.]

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Tampa man exonerated for murder after 37 years likely won't receive compensation due to Florida law

After Eighteen Years Behind Bars for a Crime She Didn’t Commit, Rosa Jimenez Is Finally Free

He Was Nearly Executed 4 Years Ago. Now A Texas Appeals Court Has Tossed His Conviction.

Decade of Bad Busts by Authorities Costs New York City $305 Million

The Central Park Five: ‘We Were Just Baby Boys’

Verdicts of guilt or innocence in serious crimes cases (most especially those of murder or mayhem) should not be allowed to devolve into popularity contests. They should be forced to be adjudicated strictly only on the facts in evidence. But, how to do that when juries [now] are allowed to vote however they like, for whatever reason they like?

A jury can go into the jury room and by a quick show of hands decide guilt or innocence (without a word being spoken by any of them on the evidence or why they're voting the way they are). This may take only a few minutes. And then their verdict may be handed to the judge, who has few options but to accept it. This is disgraceful because there is no way to determine if the jury found the accused guilty or innocent on the facts or simply because they liked or disliked him. I can't imagine anyone preferring this system for his/her own trial over some really serious charge!

A wiser system would introduce a jurist into the jury room (not the presiding judge but an independent actor picked by the judge from a pool of outside judges). This jurist would go into the jury room and observe the deliberations, take notes. The jury could not converse with him/her. After the jury reaches its verdict and hands it to the presiding judge, the jurist would render his opinion as to whether the jury reached its verdict on the facts or on some extraneous matter. If the presiding judge finds sufficient cause to believe the verdict was not strictly on the facts presented in evidence he/she could then declare a mistrial. [An alternate method would be that every juror would have to write down a detailed reason of why he/she voted the way they did so the presiding judge may adjudicate whether the vote was on the evidence or on some extraneous matter, requiring either a hung jury or jurors going back to deliberate some more.]

Yes, it would raise the costs of jury trials, but this way a lot fewer innocent people would be found guilty and a lot fewer guilty people would escape justice.

Bill Cosby Has Strong Opinions About R. Kelly’s Conviction -- The disgraced comedian told TMZ the singer “got railroaded” in his sex-trafficking trial that ended Monday.

In case you had any doubts that R. Kelly or Bill Cosby was guilty.

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Biden officials restore penalties for killing birds, reversing Trump

Yes, Col. Sanders is dead, but he didn't get away clean.

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Trump says he did 'pretty much the opposite' of Fauci's COVID advice

Well, that pretty much explains in detail the 500,000 Americans he murdered as effectively as if he'd injected each and every last one of them with the Covid-19 virus.

QUOTE: Fauci said Trump "very likely" caused Americans to die by spreading misinformation about the pandemic, according to Business Insider.

Trump did more than that: He frustrated professional medical personnel's work in trying to safeguard and protect the American public from the pandemic via good & proven means & protocols which would have most probably saved the lives of most of those who perished. Trump worked against mask wearing and general testing, against physical-distancing, and not only claimed a number of ridiculous and dangerous stuff as cures but spoke from the bully pulpit of the presidency about the virus being no worse than a common cold or flu virus! [As if he were making smartass wisecracks over a backyard fence.] And instead of putting in change of fighting the pandemic people with the medical expertise to do so Trump made sure he put in charge of this critical work lost-in-space politico Mike Pence, his idiot son-in-law, and other clowns whose only expertise really was in knowing how to stroke narcissistic Trump's hurt-baby ego.

Although, in the end, I will always ultimately blame the American people themselves who voted for this incompetent vicious criminal: In a democracy the buck always stops with the voters.

Scientist Complained Trump ‘Election Stuff’ Overrode COVID Concerns In His White House

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Pals Aimed To ‘Monetize’ Veterans Medical Records, House Probe Finds

Stephanie Grisham’s Book Details Trump’s ‘Terrifying’ Temper

‘Entitled Know-It-Alls’ Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Hijacked COVID Response, Book Says

Homeland Security Shielded Trump By Ignoring Putin, White Supremacy Risks, Ex-Insider Says

Maddow Reads Damning Giuliani Testimony Showing Roots Of Election Conspiracy

Trump loses case meant to silence former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman

MAGA Fan Behind Arizona Audit Crushes Yet Another Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theory

Pro-Trump conspiracy theorists increasingly face legal consequences

Opinion: Here’s why the Jan. 6 instigators must be punished

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Judge Wonders How So Many ‘Law-Abiding’ Americans ‘Morphed Into Terrorists’ On Jan. 6

Short answer: Utterly horrid criminal Trump
Long answer: the GOP

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Why Don’t Democrats Just Ditch The Debt Ceiling? -- Senate Budget Committee chair Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suggested Republicans would come around, since they’d have to be crazy not to.

That's a crazy bet to make, as the Republicans have proven over & over & over again that they ARE quite psychotic. [Bernie Sanders really IS crazy.]

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The Chicago Bears have been trying to leave Soldier Field for 50 years. They might be closer than ever.

Finally somebody told the big apes to just wait until the crowd starts leaving the stadium and follow them out.

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Opinion: If they’re going to keep passing religious laws, we’re going to need exemptions -- A person can claim a religious exemption to the equal opportunity clause that’s required in all federal contracts; to the contraceptive coverage mandate of the Affordable Care Act; and, in some states, to the requirement that a child be immunized to attend public school.

You mean because I believe in God I should be allowed to murder people?!? Is that in the Constitution?! [I thought that was sharia.]

Opinion: If they’re going to keep passing religious laws, we’re going to need exemptions -- In Louisiana, the attorney general helpfully offered language to parents in his department who object to school mask mandates: “I do not consent to forcing a face covering on my child, who is created in the image of God."

[Same reason the Taliban does not allow terrorists who were created in the image of God to shave.]

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Trump May Have Let Slip Details Of His Election Scheme As He Attacked Georgia Governor -- Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has been investigating Trump’s actions since days after that Jan. 2 call.

Willis sez she thinks another two or three hundred years investigating it will probably happen soon. Sez Trump is not a Negro who stole ten cents worth of groceries in the state--If Trump were he's be doing twenty years pretty quick now. [Sez the law does not like to inconvenience black people by wasting their time waitin' around to be convicted.]

Trump Had a Mob. He Also Had a Plan.

A Trump lawyer wrote an instruction manual for a coup. Why haven’t you seen it on the news?

Arizona Vote Review ‘Made Up the Numbers,’ Election Experts Say

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Analysis: Why is Washington so dysfunctional?

Because there are always a couple of Democrats who just can't quite accept in their own minds that they are Democrats.

Why? Because it's hard to be so utterly selfish without being a Republican:

What is the gain for a senator to block an agenda full of popular proposals?

Personal gains.

Gains which are not entirely the public's are entirely all the personal gains of the politician.

Opinion: Republicans are feeling liberated -- to set the country on fire

Opinion: How to cope with a deceitful, anti-democratic party

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On the death of species

If you're thinking of sitting around sheding tears for species gone you're going to have to live many more lifetimes than just the one your species has.

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Getting Beyond Small Talk: Study Finds People Enjoy Deep Conversations With Strangers

Tell me about it! That's why I'm forced to pace around park benches instead of resting on'em.

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Can Fruit Fly Research Help Improve Survival of Cancer Patients?

Possibly: Some of those fruit flies are very dedicated and conscientious professionals.

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Woman Who Survived Spanish Flu, World War Succumbs To COVID-19

It sounds to me like you're saying she died of extreme old age.

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France’s Sarkozy Sentenced To Year Of House Arrest In Campaign Financing Case

I have never completely understood the concept of 'house arrest.' I've been in 'house arrest' essentially all my life!

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96-Year-Old Accused Nazi Concentration Camp Secretary ‘On The Run’ After Trial No-Show

Sez she would have got clean away if she could have remembered how shoes work.

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Ancient Egyptian killer whale with legs identified as new species

Scientists say that in spite of its ability to jump up in the air like today's killer whales it still used to put its pants on one leg at a time.

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Deaf Man Arrested, Jailed For 4 Months After He Couldn’t Hear Police Commands: Lawsuit

Same thing used to happen to Beethoven, but he was always released right away because his constant tap-dancing wouldn't let the guards sleep.

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Biden Says ‘Everybody Is Frustrated’ As His Agenda Stalls

Claims that being frustrated is a lot better than doing something about it. [Which also happens to be the Democrats' Motto.]

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Merck Says Experimental Pill Cuts Worst Effects Of COVID-19

Trump associate sez pill will short-circuit people's connection with gravity and make them float away into outer space. Fauci sez this is highly improbable.

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Man Wanders Off Drunk, Joins Search Party For Himself

Requests to be placed at the head of the search party because he might know the guy. ["His name sounds familiar."]

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Actor William Shatner, 90, to boldly go to space on a Blue Origin spacecraft

Claims he needs to go because he's certain a Vulcan ship will be passing by then and that's how he's destined to make First Contact; unless the Nexus gets him first, of course. [Blue Origin still plans to take him.]

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With The Biden Agenda Imperiled, It’s Time For Democrats To Break With Foolish Traditions -- Senate rules are not enshrined in the Constitution. Changing them requires a simple majority vote.

If the Democrats choose to not change them, then they and only they are to blame. To blame Republicans for a stop which the Democrats can lift at will any time they wish to is as absurd as parents saying that they'd discipline their kid if only their kid would let them.

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Biden’s polling numbers are even worse than they appear

How can they not be when he's sitting there like some kind of 19th Century President in the middle of 21st Century terror, death, chaos & destruction!

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The GOP’s assault on voting continues unabated. Where are Senate Democrats?

They all have safe Democratic seats. So the rest of he country can just go to Hell with the Republicans. Ha!

Opinion: The GOP has become the stupid party — and proud of it

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Carolyn Hax: He skipped the ring, so fiancee wears her own — to his chagrin -- They just got engaged and her fiance didn’t want to spend money on a ring. He is insulted now that she is wearing her family heirloom ring instead.

You didn't tell them that theirs is destined to be a happy marriage, did you? You might get sued, you know.

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Melania Trump Scorches Tell-All Author Stephanie Grisham As ‘Troubled And Deceitful’

Duh! How do you think she wound up working for the Trumps?

Trump Faces Deadline For Questioning In Defamation Suit

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2,700-Year-Old Toilet Found In Jerusalem Was A Rare Luxury

People without that kind of cash (or toilet paper) would have to just content themselves with doing the Frog outside the house a while.

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Pence says media focus on Jan. 6 insurrection is to ‘demean’ Trump supporters

Give it up, guy: The people whose ass you're trying to kiss will kick your ass if they can get their hands on you. Be start for once and switch from the criminals to the law-abiding.

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Trump Demands Pulitzer Prizes For Russian Election Interference Reporting Be Revoked

Sez he has sole authority to say who gets a Pulitzer Prize, when, and for what (usually some published crap flattering him). Claims this might not be in the Constitution (yet), but will be once he assumes power again. [He plans to rewrite the Constitution all by his super-brainy self, with a Sharpie.]

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ESPN’s Sage Steele calls Obama’s choice to identify as Black ‘fascinating’: ‘His Black dad was nowhere to be found’

In Obama's defense: Americans judge [identify] themselves by the color of their skin, not by the content of their character. [Dr. Martin Luther King's 'dream' in still far, far away in the pipe.]

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My doctor told me to get a dog, but I couldn’t. Meet my emotional support fish.

Dog, fish? Hello! Meet my emotional support wad of cash. [Oh! Yours is an emotional support hold-up gun?]

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While his country struggles, Jordan’s King Abdullah secretly splurges

Hey, what's the use being an autocrat if you can't take the food out of the mouths of millions of hungry babies to buy yourself a few palaces? Trump knows this, why shouldn't Abdullah as well? [What did you think all those GOP/Trump's tax cuts were about?]

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NASA will shoot rocket at asteroid to test ‘planetary defense’ strategy

Cross your fingers & hope this isn't the opening scene of an upcoming horror movie.

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Trump hasn’t been a good businessman for years. His fall from the Forbes rich list just confirms it.

Didn't he scam Forbes to get on it in the first place?

Trump lied to me about his wealth to get onto the Forbes 400. Here are the tapes.

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For decades, Trump fought to climb the Forbes rich list. Now he’s off it.

Lucky Forbes list! Can't wait for the rest of us to see that son-of-a-bitch arch-traitor finally carted off for good.

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Workers on strike at Kellogg’s cereal plants in U.S.

This might be a scam to make us stock-up on Corn Flakes. [This joke is Fake News, flakers: Relax!]

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Yellowstone visitor burned while trying to rescue her dog from a hot spring

Hope the dog appreciated it. A thank-you card might be nice.

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First Vatican sexual abuse trial absolves a former altar boy who served the pope

"It's who you know."

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More than a dozen prominent Trump allies to host fundraiser for Ohio congressional candidate facing domestic violence allegations

Sure. Why not! The GOP is now engaging across the nation in a war against women. So nothing is off the table.

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Supreme Court considers whether information widely known can be ‘state secret’

Happens all the time... in dictatorships, and here in Republican government: Remember!

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A neighbor is blaring racist slurs and monkey sounds at a Black family’s home. Why isn’t it a hate crime?

Because law-enforcement 'there' is 'white' ...? ["Why can't you black people just learn to live with it!"]

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Glenn Youngkin reminds Virginians: The GOP is out to delegitimize elections

That should read: "Glenn Youngkin is a reminder to Virginians that the GOP is out to delegitimize elections." [Glenn Youngkin is a Republican.]

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Missouri Executes Intellectually Disabled Man Despite Objections From Pope, Lawmakers

Pope now claims he did it. Lawmakers want Pope extradited.

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GOP Politician Who Linked COVID Vaccines To Satan Resigns From Committee

Committee members said that after all Satan has done for the GOP they simply had no choice but to force him to resign.

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Why Andy Warhol Peed on This Portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Because he ran out of empty soup cans?

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Wonking Out: Biden Should Ignore the Debt Limit and Mint a $1 Trillion Coin

Then he could turn that little coin into real cash by checking into a Trump property for a night stay. Trump would be so pleased to see Biden there that he's only charge him $10 for the night. And Biden would be so graceful for Trump only charging him $10 that he'd pay for the stay with the Trillion Dollar Coin and tell Trump to keep the change. Presto! Now the coin really is worth a trillion dollars hard cash. And with that cash Trump would then buy The District of Columbia. Trump would then turn around and generously sell D.C. back to the government for just $10 (with the provision that D.C. must be admitted back to the U.S. as a state). I can't imagine anybody more trustworthy than Donald Trump to carry out his delicate financial scheme.

Wonking Out: Biden Should Ignore the Debt Limit and Mint a $1 Trillion Coin

All this nonsense about the public debt is clearly unconstitutional:

The Fourteenth Amendment says in Section 4: "The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned."

In other words, it is unconstitutional for the United States to default on its debt.

This explicitly states that the public debt (the debt authorized [created] by laws the Congress passes) shall not be questioned (i.e. after a law is passed by Congress which incurs the debt you may not pass any law setting it higher/lower nor here-and-there nor even so much as defining exactly how much that debt is (because, reasonably & most logically, that is a function of the original law which incurs the debt). Period. In other words: it is unconstitutional for the United States to default on its debt.

Congress may pass laws which might incur debt, but it shall make no laws [after that] about that public debt [i.e. whether it should pay that debt or not]. Period. Read it as many times as you'd like but it all boils down to the same logic: If Congress passes a law which requires borrowing money to pay for it, it has by definition authorized borrowing enough money to pay for it. Again:

Debt limit options narrowing, 14th Amendment chatter returns

Neil H. Buchanan, a University of Florida law professor, said in an interview that under the 14th Amendment the government “can’t do anything that undermines confidence in the validity of the public debt,” such as missing required payments. So pay up!

The trillion-dollar coin: Is it a solution to the debt ceiling drama — or a gimmick? -- A major concern for economists is hyperinflation. Minting the $1 trillion coin would be like creating money out of thin air. When all that new money poofs into existence, the other currency in circulation becomes less valuable. That could hurt consumers, who are already dealing with price inflation.

The solution to this is to mint a $1 Gazillion Dollars Coin instead (which would either make all the other money in circulation completely worthless OR have the effect of making those who would suggest such a crazy thing have to just shrug their shoulders & go on to other things). But the practical effect would be that it would make the debt ceiling moot in perpetuity.

The debt ceiling is an absurd problem. Only an absurd solution can save us.

Here's another well-rounded reasoning: It is not reasonable that the party in the majority has the power to vote to spend beyond the debt limit... and the party in the minority has the power to say they may not spend beyond the debt limit! This is so absurd that you would think that one might always wish to be in the minority then, as it always requires less effort to come in last.

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Opinion: Mitch McConnell is making a terrific case for reforming the Senate -- Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a member of the GOP leadership, tells the New York Times that "40 or 45" Republicans would allow a clean vote on a debt ceiling suspension, provided they wouldn’t have to cast their ballots in public. Such a profile in courage.

If so many Republicans are so cowardly afraid of losing [merely their day jobs, for God's Sakes] I don't suppose it's imaginable that were the nation to be under attack any of them can possibly be expected to have the courage to put their lives on the line to fight for her. Yes, Republican base, hold these people up as examples to your children.

Trump and his allies target McConnell over deal to avoid default

Yeah! Doesn't McConnell know by now that what Trump wants is destruction for & death to America?! [What a dumb bunny! I mean, it's not as if Trump hasn't been saying this like about a zillion times!]

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Is Your Child an Orchid, a Tulip or a Dandelion?

Don't know. But he stomps on all three of them a lot.

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Trump Goes Full Racist On Fox, Says Many Haitian Migrants ‘Probably Have AIDS’

Gee, I don't know, but I don't think Donald Trump is going to get much Nobel Peace Prize consideration if he keeps saying things like that!

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What’s behind escalating China-Taiwan tensions?

Answer: China has spent billions on shiny new armaments and it doesn't want to have to think that it was all for nothing.

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Prince Charles Says His Aston Martin Runs On Cheese And Wine

So what, my Rambler runs on a wing and a prayer.

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Netflix CEO argues that Dave Chappelle’s new special, criticized as transphobic, is too popular to cancel

Maybe Netflix should be cancelled instead.

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Hezbollah leader wants investigator in Beirut blast replaced

Sez he doesn't like the way the guy is finding out what really happened.

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A Smart Smoke Alarm Alerts You Even When You’re Not Home

"Your house burned down, Harry. If you had been here you could have saved some stuff." [by Smartaleck Smoke Alarms.]

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Former VP Pence delivers pro-Trump message at Israel gala in Texas

Said it's well worth getting hanged to hang around Trump. [And now you know Mike Pence's character.]

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My son wants to make video games his career. I’m trying not to hate this.

I've been there. My son told me he wants to make masturbation his career; and I was like, "There's money in that?" I thought he might be thinking of making videos or something. Thank God he was only thirteen and soon lost interest in it.

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How catching birds bare-handed may hint at Neandertals’ hunting tactics

Scientists say it isn't as easy as you imagine to surprise a bird before it can reach for his gun.

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GOP Rep. Steve Scalise Still Refuses To Acknowledge 2020 Election Was Legitimate

In Steve Scalise's defense: He's extraordinarily naïve, and believes everything he hears.

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Texas Governor Bans All Vaccine Mandates In The State

Sez he's not killing enough Texans fast enough.

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George Clooney Brilliantly Breaks Down Why He Won’t Run For Office

Sez he's too gorgeous to waste his looks hidden away in the Oval Office somewhere.

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Paul McCartney: John Lennon Responsible For Beatles’ Breakup

Sure, talk about him now that he can't defend himself!

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Bosnian Man Builds Rotating House As Monument Of Love For His Wife

Claims she was a dizzy dame.

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UK Police Won’t Act Against Prince Andrew Over Abuse Claim

Say they can't charge him while he's still in office and will have to wait until he's no longer prince. [from the best-selling What's The Difference Between Democracy and Aristocracy?]

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What do we do about Facebook?

Am I the only one who remembers how we were doing just fine before Facebook? You know, like about just a couple of years ago?

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New 'Home Alone' Trailer: The Kid Faces Even Scarier Thieves — Spouses

In the final movie of the series (already in the works) the Kid (now 90) is left alone at the old folks' home [where he's been dumped] after a gas explosion kills everybody else: Let the fun commence!

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Nearly 90 Tangled Rattlesnakes Removed From Beneath Woman’s House

Woman sez she kept having these crazy sensual nightmares. Now they've stopped.

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Ban on vaccine mandates in Texas sharpens political battle lines

Anyone can see that the governor of Texas is a hick, a gas-pumping hick, and you're gonna pay any attention to any medical advice he gives--most especially of all when it goes against the advice of the nation's and the world's top medical professionals?!?

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Trump Tried To Use This Law To Overturn His Loss, But Now Congress Could Change It -- A Republican lawmaker in Arizona even introduced a law--it was not adopted--to formally allow the state legislature to overrule the electorate and certify the election for a candidate of its choosing.

Always having the people make the choice is democracy. Any instance anywhere where the people are not the ones making the choice means democracy has ceased to exist there.

Is there anyone who doesn't understand this? Because it seems incredible to me that this truth should even have to be brought to anyone's attention.

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Catholic troops should be able to reject vaccine if it violates their conscience, archbishop says

Sure. The pious ought to be exempted from not being allowed to kill others. I believe it's in the Bible.

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Trump Jabs At Kanye’s Mental Health In Interview -- Former President Donald Trump called Kanye West's tendencies "loony."

As my cat often sez: "Goodness Meow!"

Ever notice how Trump always likes to insult others with exactly the frailties he knows he himself suffers from.

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3 takeaways from the Senate report on Trump’s brazen efforts to overturn the 2020 election

Trump admitted to DOJ top officials that he wanted them to participate in his coup against the American People:

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According to Rosen, Trump opened the [Jan. 3] meeting by saying, “One thing we know is you, Rosen, aren’t going to do anything to overturn the election.” A transcript of his testimony shows Rosen twice described Trump using that phrase. “One thing we know is [with] Jeff Rosen leading the Justice Department, nothing is going to get done in trying to overturn the election,” Rosen cited Trump as saying. When asked to re-state it, he offered the quote above.

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Opinion: As a stunning new report reveals Trump’s threat to democracy, Republicans shrug

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It all came to a head at an extraordinary White House meeting on Jan. 3, with all the major players in attendance. “One thing we know is you, Rosen, aren’t going to do anything to overturn the election,” Trump said, according to Rosen’s testimony. The question being discussed was whether Trump would fire Rosen and replace him with Clark, who would then begin pressuring state legislatures to overturn their election results.

Here’s Donoghue’s testimony:

I reminded [Clark] that I was his boss, that he was apparently continuing to violate the White House contact policy, that that letter was never going out while we were in charge of the Department. And I sort of orally reprimanded him on a number of points, including reaching out to witnesses, and [said] “Who told you to conduct investigations and interview witnesses,” and things like that. I was getting very heated. And then he turned to Acting AG Rosen, and he said, “Well, the President has offered me the position of Acting Attorney General. I told him I would let him know my decision on Monday. I need to think about that a little bit more.”

Here’s what happened next:

At some point during the meeting, Donoghue... made clear that all of the Assistant Attorneys General would resign if Trump replaced Rosen with Clark. Donoghue added that the mass resignations likely would not end there, and that U.S. Attorneys and other DOJ officials might also resign en masse. Not only that, White House counsel Pat Cipollone and his deputy said that they, too, would resign. Cipollone called Clark’s letter to legislatures a “murder-suicide pact.” Trump backed down.

So how do you defend Trump in the face of that? The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Republican minority under the direction of Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) released a response so laughably indulgent of Trump’s actions that it amounts to, “Mr. Dillinger was merely trying to make a withdrawal from the bank, what is everyone getting so worked up about?”

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SEE:

The amazingly bad voter-fraud theories behind Trump’s DOJ scheme

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One thing to keep in mind in all of this is that these weren’t just theories the White House and its allies were floating for public consumption; these were the things they used to try to convince seasoned, smart lawyers at the Justice Department that their claims had merit — merit enough to get the Justice Department to call the election results into question. The theories were bad enough that Donoghue and Rosen privately derided them in their then-private correspondence:

When then-acting attorney general Jeffrey A. Rosen shared the email from Meadows with Donoghue, Donoghue responded, “Pure insanity.”

About an hour later, Meadows shared previously debunked claims about “signature matching anomalies in Fulton county, Ga.”

“Can you believe this?” Rosen wrote to Donoghue. “I am not going to respond to the message below.”

Donoghue responded: “At least it’s better than the last one, but that doesn’t say much.”

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Intriguing to me is whether Trump and his co-conspirators believed that people at the DOJ were really that stupid or they were convinced that people at the DOJ were as crooked as they themselves. That's a question I'd really wish the Jan.6 House Committee would try to find an answer to.

But more important still is that after Donald Trump self-evidently admitted to top DOJ officials that he wanted them to participate in a coup against the American People (the voters), those officials didn't immediately report this to the House of Representatives (so they could vote out a 3rd impeachment of this dangerous arch-traitor and then pursue sedition charges against him and all of his co-conspirators). And that is also something I would like the Jan.6 House Committee to find an answer to because we need to have in place laws & rules which will immediately trigger law enforcement to pursue these charges without the least moment's hesitation the next time something like this is encountered.

Opinion: Advice to Trump critics and democracy lovers in the GOP: Leave the party

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‘The coup didn’t work’ is not a reassuring argument

It is truly an amazing thing that Donald Trump can so cavalierly try to bring down the government (which so many Americans have bled & died to keep alive for nearly two & a half centuries) in an unquestioned coup and he is still walking around a free man instead of hanging by the neck from a hangman's noose in the public square for the most egregious act of treason ever by any American at any time anywhere. It really speaks of the folly of the near-sighted men & women who hold the power to avert a worse future catastrophe--and really think nothing of it! The deference which they are showing to Trump's Republican co-conspirators is mind-boggling.

New Report Details Trump's Dramatic Efforts To Undercut 2020 Election In Waning Days

Senate report gives new details of Trump efforts to use Justice Dept. to overturn election

Trump and Justice Dept. Lawyer Said to Have Plotted to Oust Acting Attorney General

Opinion: Lawyers at last look ready to step up and defend the rule of law -- "...complaints should be made to every state bar against lawyers who filed frivolous lawsuits disputing the 2020 election--Among the Republican members of Congress who signed on to a joke of a Supreme Court brief seeking to throw out the votes of millions of Americans were scores of lawyers."

There is a moment in history when one man can squash even the end of the world itself under the pressure only of his thumb. But even this little requires immense wisdom and will.

Jan. 6 Was Worse Than We Knew

The Justice Department doesn't have enough evidence to charge Trump with sedition?!? ... The smallest professional newspaper in the country has published more evidence of Trump's sedition than is needed to put the noose around his filthy neck ten times over.

The Once and Future Threat of Trump

Donald Trump Justifies Capitol Riot, Says Election Was The ‘Real Insurrection’

Opinion: The revelations about Mike Pence’s role in Jan. 6 keep getting worse

Trump Aides Who Want To Help Him Cover Up Jan. 6 Could Face Prison Time

Opinion: Without these changes, U.S. democracy will remain vulnerable to Trump and other bad actors

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Opinion: Why would West Virginia and Arizona senators balk at a bill that helps their states so much?

That is the 64 Cent Question indeed. One would think voters elect officials to Congress to represent their interests, not somebody else's interests. But both Manchin and Sinema seem to be representing the interests of the rich and powerful instead of the interests of the ordinary voters in their states who sent them to Congress.

As Manchin Blocks Climate Plan, His State Can’t Hold Back Floods

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Texas school official tells teachers that Holocaust books should be countered with ‘opposing’ views

Sez the Nazis had some very nice points to make about butchering Jews (as well as voting for the GOP).

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Opinion: The media are finally waking up to the ‘rolling coup.’ They must take the side of democracy.

There are not 10 Republicans in the Senate who would place the well-being of the nation above petty partisan gains for the GOP. And there is not a single Republican in the Senate who would even so much as contemplate it seriously. Not one.

House Committee Subpoenas Trump Justice Department Ally Jeffrey Clark

How close were we to an actual stolen election — stolen by Trump?

Opinion: The Trump nightmare looms again

Opinion: One more time Trump tried to undo the will of the voters

The hollowness of the ‘but it didn’t work’ defense of Trump’s attempt to retain power

Fiona Hill Calls Capitol Riot A ‘Dress Rehearsal’ For Further Violence

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Trump cronies who defy subpoenas may be prosecuted. Here’s why that matters.

Because people who break the law should always be prosecuted? Could somebody please tell that to Donald Trump? And to all the people who should have prosecuted Donald Trump by now. Thank you.

Trump May Get Away With Obstruction Of Congress. Again. -- “There is no legal authority establishing Trump’s right to direct his former advisers not to comply with the committee’s subpoenas. But neither is there legal authority definitely establishing that he lacks such a right,” said Jonathan Shaub, a law professor at the University of Kentucky.

In spite of the double negatives in the above sentence, Shaub is incorrect: Only if there is a specific law establishing that Donald Trump has a right to direct his former advisers not to comply with the committee’s subpoenas does he have that right. There is no such law, so he doesn't have that right--As a law has already been established prohibiting anyone other than the sitting president to exercise such a right.

There should never have to be a law allowing something--as if all things were prohibited unless there is a law allowing it. [There should be a presumption that if there is no law prohibiting something then the law allows it--but there is already here a law prohibiting everyone except the sitting president from claiming executive privilege.] Laws ought strictly to be written only to prohibit something (as in the presidential law above), so when there is no law prohibiting something... that something is permitted. The notion that there must be a law to permit something means that we must have a staggering number of laws for every last little thing in the universe because everything in the universe is prohibited unless specifically allowed by a law!

Jan. 6 committee preparing to aggressively enforce subpoenas, targets former Trump DOJ official -- Bannon was not part of the administration on Jan. 6. He left his job as a top White House adviser to Trump in 2017. Several legal experts questioned whether executive privilege could shield Bannon from responding to requests for information about what happened during a period when he was not a White House employee.

Just in case: A serial killer from Somewhere U.S.A. send a request for Trump to invoke executive privilege in his case so he could squash all the evidence the cops had on him. Sez that, like Bannon, he too had not been working at the White House when Trump was cheating & robbing people from there.

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TEXAS GOP SET TO REDRAW THE MAP

"We will not allow the Democrats to run in any fair election again EVER!" Said the GOP Lordmasters of Texas.

Conservative Pundit Torches ‘Absolutely Bats**t Crazy’ Republicans In Texas

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'Just Looking Out!': Capitol Cop Who Warned Rioter To Scrub Facebook Charged By Feds

This inconsequential nonentity has been charged by federal authorities with two counts of obstruction for telling a rioter to scrub his online profile. And yet every day of the week Trump is out there whipping up crowds all over the country with calls for the overthrow of the dully elected government of the United States as free as if he were an honest man! Somebody should drop a dime on Robert Merrick, somebody should try to wake up Joe Biden. Before it's too late--if it isn't already.

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