Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The last stand for white, male dominance?

Lines you never hear in movies; “Do what you want to the girl, just leave ME alone!”    George Carlin If the content of the allegation were not so serious, and the personal suffering involved so emotionally wrenching, there would be an almost Three Stooges aspect to what we’re witnessing right now in the Dr Christine […]
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Trump Wants FBI as Loyal Para-Military Force

The FBI's traces its roots to an inglorious past. Under Hoover, the FBI served as a quasi-police, quasi-intelligence, quasi-military force to go up against "groups" of criminals deemed "subversive" to the "system," many of...
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Republicans worry that working with Trump could harm their reputations—golly, ya think?

Horse. Barn. At least 27 Republicans have sought professional advice over concerns that working for President Trump's administration could damage their reputation, according to The Washington Post. Indeed, the Post's focus is on whether top-level...
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17 Million Americans Purged From Voter Rolls Between 2016 and 2018, Analysis Finds

Millions of Americans are still suffering the consequences of the 2013 Supreme Court decision that loosened restrictions of the Voting Rights Act, giving states with long histories of voter discrimination-free reign to purge voters...
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Stacey Abrams concedes Georgia governor’s race but threatens suit over Kemp’s ‘gross mismanagement’

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams conceded the hard-fought governor's race Friday to her GOP opponent Brian Kemp, but she threatened to bring a lawsuit over Kemp's "gross mismanagement" of state voting laws in his capacity as...
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You wanna blame somebody for Trump? Blame his supporters. Seriously.

Supporters are a wonderful thing. And the most wonderful thing about them is that we all have them. If you come from a normal background, your family are your biggest supporters. Your friends, however many or few there are, are supporters too. And if you’re even moderately qualified at work, and not quarantined, you have supporters there too. But as wonderful as it is to have that support at your back, supporters come with a caveat. Their support is not unconditional. Ask Kevin Spacey about that. Or Bill Cosby. Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson are a couple of more pretty good examples. Steve Wynn too. Because, while people may like you personally, or support the things that you do professionally, there are certain things that they’d really not be associated with. And once you’ve lost their support, you’ve likely lost it for good, there is a whole world of people out there for them to support who won’t bring them personal or professional embarrassment. This is where Trump supporters come in. The sole reason that Trump says what he says, and does what he does, is because his truest, most base supporters continue to give him positive reinforcement for his words and actions His supporters love his antics, he behaves the way that they do after their fifth round at Casey’s on a Friday night. And better yet, they get the vicarious thrill of not having their wife make them sleep on the sofa when he says or does something that they’d like to do themselves. How many times have we all read articles and comments wondering on Trump’s complete lack of civility and shame. What nobody ever seems to comment on is the complete lack of civility and shame in his backers. And they’re full of shit to boot. All the way back during the campaign, and ever since, when Trump’s most loyal acolytes are interviewed, they freely admit that they know that the wall will never be built, they just love chanting the slogan as a communal thing. They know he can’t deliver on what he promises, but they love him anyway, because he gives them license to show their true fears and bigotry. And besides, Trump has already delivered on his most basic campaign promise, he is demolishing the entire political and administrative structure of the government. Never forget, all of the racism and xenophobia aside, that is what they sent him there to do. And they’re thrilled. And he’s using them to kill our political process too. People keep gnashing their teeth about the GOP doing nothing to rein Trump in. Ever watch a politician? They govern with one wet finger sticking up in the air, looking for which way the wind is blowing. And right now, the GOP trade winds are blowing in a Trumperly direction. The old joke is true, the word politics is derived from two ancient Greek words, poly, meaning ‘many’, and tics, meaning ‘many small, bloodsucking insects.” The days of honor and constitutional oaths are gone in the GOP, do you really think that Carlos Curbelo wants to go back to being just another common slob in January? This is why the investigations that the new Democratic controlled House will undertake starting in January are so important. And why they must be so surgically precise. Exposing Trump’s lies and personal greed won’t do any good. Trump’s […]
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‘New Party, Who Dis?’: Ocasio-Cortez Takes No Guff From ‘Irrelevant’ Joe Lieberman

In a jab at former Democratic (and Independent) lawmaker and "corporate shill" Joe Lieberman—who has continued to lobby for powerful private interests after leaving Senate just as did while serving in the body—Rep. Alexandria...
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Democrats pick up two GOP-held legislative seats, the first flips of the Trump era....

On Tuesday night, Democrats flipped not one but two state legislative seats in special elections—and both came in deep red territory. In New Hampshire, Democrat Edie DesMarais defeated Republican Matthew Plache by a 52-48 margin in the state House’s...
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Elizabeth Warren is defining the terms of the debate—it’s the only way to beat...

Donald Trump upended the 2016 election cycle by being such a vulgar purveyor of indecency that no other candidate successfully stooped low enough to go toe-to-toe with him. He managed to prevail partly because...
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‘This is your fault’: Senate Republicans are starting to feel the shutdown strain

Senate Republicans are starting to crack under the pressure of the shutdown they still refuse to vote to end. On Thursday, six Republicans broke ranks and voted to reopen the government, but the real...

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