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Marjorie Taylor Greene and Gaetz Heckled off Stage While Defending Capitol Rioters

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House Republicans Call On DOJ To Answer Questions On January 6 Prisoners - Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
House Republicans Call On DOJ To Answer Questions On January 6 Prisoners – Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has made a career out of publicly harassing her imagined enemies. She got a dose of her own medicine on Tuesday when her joint press conference with Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) was broken up by protesters, one of which was armed with a very loud, very shrill whistle.

The presser outside the Department of Justice was primed to offer some counter-factual counter-programming to the January 6th hearing down the road at the Capitol, during which Capitol Police officers detailed the horror of what they experienced defending the building from rioters who beat them with batons, hurled racial slurs, and threatened to kill them with their own guns. The four G’s of the disinformation apocalypse were out to advocate for the rioters, arguing that they have been mistreated by the DOJ.

But the lawmakers were met by a large group of protesters. One toted a large, inflatable particular ex-president holding a signed that read “Pedophiles for Trump,” a reference to the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation into whether Gaetz sex-trafficked a 17-year-old girl (Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing). Another held a board that read “Traitors + Rapists Sit Down.” Another would not stop blowing a whistle through his Covid mask. “First of all, to the guy who’s blowing the whistle, we are not deterred,” Greene said upon taking the podium.

Thirty seconds later, protesters crowded behind the podium and the press conference was called off. The whistle did not stop blowing.

“The Intolerant Left has shut down the patriotic press conference by @mtgreenee, @RepMattGaetz, @replouiegohmert, @RepGosar, @RepAndyBiggsAZ, & @RepBobGood!” Right Side Broadcasting Network wrote in a tweet that was retweeted by Gaetz. “The Left won’t let us get the answers that we demand!”

It’s fitting that the press conference was called off while Greene was speaking. The conspiracy theorist has a long history of aggressively trolling those with whom she disagrees. In 2019, she followed Parkland High School shooting survivor David Hogg in Washington, D.C., verbally harassing him about his support of gun control. It took Greene until early this year to admit the Parkland shooting actually happened, after previously having claimed it was staged.

Greene has used similar intimidation tactics since joining Congress. In May, The Washington Post reported that she trailed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) out of the House Chamber, yelling “Hey, Alexandria!” and asking why she supports Black Lives Matter, which she falsely labeled a “terrorist” group. A few months earlier, Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) tweeted about a similar encounter. “A maskless Marjorie Taylor Greene & her staff berated me in a hallway,” Bush wrote. “She targeted me & others on social media. I’m moving my office away from hers for my team’s safety.”

After the press conference to defend the Capitol rioters was shut down, Greene was whisked down the sidewalk, trailed by protesters shouting at her. She didn’t address them, just like Hogg didn’t address her in 2019. “He’s a coward,” Greene said then of the school shooting survivor. We doubt she’ll be applying the term to herself after her silent escape on Tuesday.

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/watch-marjorie-taylor-greene-matt-195713254.html

Most unhinged Trump rant about election yet

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Donald Trump has set a pretty high bar for himself when it comes to wild rants. And yet, over the weekend in a speech to Turning Point Action in Arizona, he managed to outdo himself.

Words – or at least my words – can’t do it justice. So, here’s the former President of the United States:

“The county has, for whatever reason, also refused to produce the network routers. We want the routers, Sonny, Wendy, we got to get those routers, please. The routers. Come on, Kelly, we can get those routers. Those routers. You know what? We’re so beyond the routers, there’s so many fraudulent votes without the routers. But if you got those routers, what that will show, and they don’t want to give up the routers. They don’t want to give them. They are fighting like hell. Why are these commissioners fighting not to give the routers?”https://c19c2447a38015baf062a7fbd39adb3a.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Yup. Literally unhinged. I mean, he says the word “routers” 11 times in that rant.

What, you ask, is he talking about?

Well, as part of the ongoing audit of the vote in Maricopa County (Arizona), there has been an attempt by Trump-aligned forces to subpoena the network routers used by the county’s election division.

Why the routers? Oh because the state Senate Republicans leading the audit – as well as the questionable firm they have hired to run said audit – want to know whether the Maricopa County voting machines were connected to the Internet on Election Day. Why? Because of a debunked conspiracy theory that votes were somehow electronically transferred from Trump to Biden. (This is all part of a broader conspiracy theory that Italian satellites were used to change votes. And no, I am not kidding.)

As the Arizona Republic wrote back in May:

“Senate liaison Ken Bennett has said [the routers] are needed to check whether the county’s voting machines were connected to the internet during the election. But a county spokesperson said that the auditors already have the information and machines to perform that check, and a previous independent audit commissioned by the county proved they were not.”

Why won’t the county just turn over the routers to appease Trump? Three reasons actually:

1. Money. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has estimated the cost of replacing routers, which would need to be done if the current ones were handed over for this “audit,“at $6 million. (If you’re wondering the board has a 4-1 Republican majority.)

2. Disruption: Handing over the routers would “severely disrupt the operations of county government because other agencies outside of the recorder’s office and elections department use them,” according to the board.

3. Safety: “Given access to the mail carriers’ – or routers’ – information, it would be easier for a bad actor to get access to a person’s mail, or to target the information inside the network,” wrote the Arizona Republic.

Trump, of course, cares about none of that. It makes a good talking point to say that these routers hold some super-secret information (they do not) and suggest that the county’s unwillingness to turn them over is proof that there is something nefarious on them. (It is not).

And so, we get the router rant. Which would be funny except that, as January 6 proved, lots and lots of people believe – sight unseen – whatever the former president says. And that fact makes what Trump is doing actually dangerous.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/26/politics/donald-trump-2020-election-routers/index.html

Conservative Radio Host Who Mocked Vaccines Hospitalized With COVID: 'Fighting for His Life'

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Nashville is cursed with two 100,000 watt right wing propaganda radio stations, WLAC, and WWTN, where this turkey, Phil Valentine, has been spouting nonsense for years.

I called into his show years ago to supply some much needed facts in rebuttal to the BS he was spewing.  He talked over me for over a minute until he could get to a commercial break.  

The right wing nonsensical propaganda he spews has now hit him directly:

Conservative talk radio show host Phil Valentine has been hospitalized with COVID and is “fighting for his life,” according to his family. After expressing concerns about COVID vaccines, he now plans to “vigorously advocate” for them, they said.

On Thursday, Phil Valentine’s brother Mark Valentine released a statement on behalf of the family reading: “Phil contracted the Covid virus a little over a week ago & has since been hospitalized & is in very serious condition, suffering from Covid Pneumonia and the attendant side effects.”

www.newsweek.com/…

It’s amazing what it takes for some people to become believers in science.  Valentine thought Vitamin D would keep him healthy and COVID free.  Uh …

Phil Valentine has been publicly skeptical about all adults receiving the COVID vaccine. In his latest Facebook post on July 16, he questioned the safety of vaccines. Two days prior he wrote he was feeling better, and claimed without evidence “there are some very effective alternatives to the vaccine,” and told those who are at high risk of dying from COVID to consider getting vaccinated.

In June, he shared a parody song on Twitter called Vaxman, which spoke about personal freedoms.

(emphasis mine)

(Thanks to Ian Douglas Rushlau for adding this in comments):

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“Among the unvaccinated in the United States, covid cases are once again on the rise, due to the highly-infectious ‘Delta variant.’ The rising cases are being fueled by vaccine hesitancy, which itself is being fueled by a dangerous pathogen scientists are calling the Republican party.”

—Stephen Colbert

Sending tots and pears

Kitchen Table Kibitzing

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.Ambiance

(I admit to being a little distracted with our kids having been evacuated.)

There are many reasons to eat out. An easy meal with no dishwashing. Better food than home cooking. Opportunity to meet with a group of friends. Tired of cooking. No food in the house. Power failure at home. Special dishes with uncommon ingredients. Restaurant elegance. And many more.

Mood is important. I remember one experience that had it all. We were both working and felt the need for a special occasion. Château Souverain, a fancy restaurant in Geyserville, had received rave reviews, especially for their beer-battered lobster. It was entered through a vineyard, and up a vast “Hollywood” staircase. It was elegant, and especially quiet, unusual for most restaurants. One end of the dining room was all windows, looking out at vineyards. 

The night we were there it was a full moon, which moved from one side of the main window to the other during the spectacular meal. It was like a cathedral. We were dressed up, a big change from our usual work clothes. The whole experience was spectacular, and memorable.

We can’t go back. It was purchased by Frances Ford Coppola, who made changes and made it kid-friendly, according to stories in the paper. The restaurant is now called Rustic and all that elegant ambiance is gone, never to return.

Did you have a restaurant experience that combined perfect companionship, perfect elegance, perfect ambiance, and a perfect meal? Is your memory accurate or only wishful? Is such perfection attainable?

Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community seriesfor those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another.Drop by to talk about music, your weather, your garden, or what you cooked for supper…. Newcomers may notice that many who post in this series already know one another to some degree, but we welcome guests at our kitchen table and hope to make some new friends as well.

Heat dome coming: Cool your home without relying on air conditioning-Passive Cooling saves power/C02

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How to cool your home without relying on air conditioning:

In a summer of deadly heat, passive cooling can keep people safe and curb carbon emissions. Here are the simple steps you can take.

“In Portland, a new all-time high was set three days in a row: First, 108 degrees. Then 113 degrees. Then 116.
To my astonishment, the apartment stayed tolerable all weekend. The tile floors seemed to emanate coolness. The greenery surrounding my windows blocked direct sunlight and helped bring down the temperature of the outside air. I didn’t have a thermometer, but my guess is that the temperature inside never got above 80 degrees.
“You saw for yourself the power of passive cooling,” buildings scientist Alexandra Rempel told me. “It really can be amazingly, amazingly effective.” www.washingtonpost

 “As the mercury ticked upward in Portland, Ore., last month, I braced for my apartment to become unbearable”

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Heat dome to settle

over country:

The most extensive heatwave of a scorching summer is set to descend upon much of America in the coming week, further roasting areas already gripped by severe drought, plunging reservoirs and wildfires

US weather

US set for punishing temperatures as huge ‘heat dome’ to settle over country

Heatwave to next week roast areas already gripped by severe drought, plunging reservoirs and 

Above article Continued:

On a warming planet, passive cooling can help protect people without access to air conditioning and lighten the load on the electrical grid from those who do. It can also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by burning fossil fuels for power — a necessary step for tackling climate change and the only hope we have for avoiding an even hotter future.

Read more here: washingtonpost

Animals:

Experts express concerns for animal safety as heat waves continue to rip through the Pacific Northwest

Untold numbers of animals are at risk, with extreme heat and climate change damaging natural habitats across the region

www.washingtonpost.com/…

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Headed to Hell in a Handbasket and Other Solutions to Living in a MAGA Polluted US

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     I naively accepted all the myths of American equality and opportunity until my 34th birthday , one year after the election of Ronald Reagan, when I began to sense I had been lied to, manipulated and made irrelevant in the life choices offered me as I matured.  I could live the American dream as long as I was willing to perpetuate glaring discrimination and repression, as long as I was willing to exploit anyone socially or economically below me, of a different gender or with a different skin color, as long as I was willing to accept any and all injustice as long as it did not directly affect me or mine, as long as I was willing to accept the brutal exploitation of people of Non-North American, Caucasian origins. In short, to be a good American in the 1980s and since, I had to be a self-centered good soldier, consume consumer goods prodigiously and accept whatever was given me by my self-appointed betters.  Needless to say, I had a crisis of faith, an un-American questioning  (as most Conservative politicians and Second Amendment “Patriots” would say) of what an American could expect of his society.  I came to the conclusion that, as my Daddy used to say jokingly, “Everyone and everything was going to hell in a handbasket.”

     Interesting phrase that. Prior to the dawning of the 21st century it was a clichéd phrase for unanticipated negative political and social change.  Usually the phrase was conceived as being delivered by a misdirected old coot who simply could not adapt to a changing world.  Actually, the phrase’s true meaning and origin is lost in antiquity.  Perhaps the most viable explanation lies in the history of Charlemagne’s empire building in the eighth century AD.

     Charlemagne’s wars of conquest were going poorly at one point, so the story goes, and Charlemagne’s generals claimed lack of victory on the heavy losses of troops to the barbarians during battle.  After a period of listening to these excuses, the Holy Roman Emperor demanded physical proof of the losses. He required his generals to deliver the right hand of each dead troop to his court in a hand basket, which the generals promptly did.  However, some of the less than honest generals felt the need to pad the count with the right hands of dead enemy troops.  

     Whether Charlemagne was taken in by this ploy or not is not recorded; however, the cutting off of the hands of the northern European tribes’ warriors created an unanticipated backlash as the tribes believed only a warrior who died and was buried physically whole could enter heaven.  Should the dead warrior appear at heaven’s gate missing a body part he was condemned to an eternity in hell, which for most early European tribes was not a place of Dante’s chamber of tortures but an eternity of dark, monotonous nothing..  Thus, Charlemagne’s generals greatly pissed off the surviving members of his enemies by mutilating the battleground fallen to ease their king’s anger at their ineffectiveness.

     We’ve seen this behavior over and over throughout the centuries, the daily body count reported by American generals during the Vietnam conflict as proof of progress is a recent, literal example. So, the real meaning of going to hell in a hand basket would seem to entail a deception meant to enhance the perception of someone’s personal integrity or glory but that, actually, drastically increases the danger for peripheral and non-participants in an existing situation.  In essence no one wins and everyone loses as those in power attempt to maintain their status through deception and manipulation while creating ever new and more severe problems through their arrogance.

     Since the tenor of US politics has seemingly morphed into a general practice of winning elections and maintaining personal power at all costs, the practice of citizen manipulation through the strategic use of lies, misdirection and gaslighting has seemingly become the new norm of reality in almost every aspect of American life. The average citizen from nearly every mid-level and below socio/economic class has begun to recognize that living as a free citizen in charge of his/her own destiny is no longer viable as the uber-wealthy strengthen their stranglehold on US politics and the US economy. These ubermasters seem hell bent on denying the average US citizen the promise of the American dream and the obscuring of the function and legitimacy of an elected government as stated in the US Declaration of Independence: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and happiness.”

     In nearly every era of US history the gradual relinquishing of the power to reserve the benefits of the self-evident truths voiced and endorsed by the Second Continental Congress by the educated and wealthy elites of US society has been the result of ordinary US citizens (and in the early years of non-citizens) challenging what they experienced as injustice. Those challenges resulted in the successes of the increased voting franchise for all adult citizens regardless of wealth, sex, race or both religious and ideological orientation. In today’s society nearly all those successes have been attacked by the wealthy and privileged in their efforts to secure the power of government in order to protect and increase their wealth, to ensure and extend their privilege and segregate those from society who are categorized as inferior and undesirable by established prejudices rooted in unreasonable and unquestioned bigotry.

     The time for the US population to exercise their right “to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and happiness” may be at hand, whether willfully or unknowingly executed.

Power Outage in Michigan ☼ 2 Polls, Bill's + A Question from Pressley ☼

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G’Day Gnusies! Welcome to the Sunday GNR, hosted today by relief gnus from the GNR stable of writers!

2thanks lost his power last night after some storms went through Michigan, so today will be a group effort — Gnusie power! 💪💪🏼💪🏻💪🏿💪🏾💪🏽!

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We are realists, not fools, idiots, or ostriches. We seek the truth. We know we live in a world where active, nefarious, and evil decision-makers do very bad things, and create stress and anxiety in us, our loved ones, our friends, our neighbors, and our allies, and destroy people and systems we hold dear. However, we choose to focus on the good news that people create around the country.

Sometimes we ourselves create Good News. Together we are strong and resilient. We return regularly to these pages to revitalize.

In a Good News Roundup, the weight of bearing good news is not borne by the author alone: Gnusies can be counted on to adorn the comment section with good news. Often commenters create three times as many comments as Recommendations! If you cannot linger with us for hours, I recommend you return in the mid or late afternoon, learn who your favorite commenters are, and Find their names on return visits. We count on certain favorite Gnusies to bless us in the comments with humor, hope, history, and analysis every day.

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A Little Bit of Potential Trouble for the Barr Crowd

Oh please, please, let this have real legs.

CNN:  Erica Orden:  Two Democrats in Congress call on Justice Department watchdog to investigate if Barrack case ‘was inappropriately suppressed’

(CNN)Two Democratic members of Congress are asking the Justice Department’s inspector general to open an investigation into whether the probe of Trump ally Tom Barrack, indicted earlier this week, “was inappropriately suppressed,” after CNN reported Wednesday that prosecutors had enough evidence to charge him last year.

Reps. Ted Lieu of California and Kathleen Rice of New York requested an “investigation into whether Mr. Barrack or any other friends of the former President were given special treatment by the Department of Justice during the last Administration, and whether his case was inappropriately suppressed.”
“We understand prosecutorial discretion,” they wrote in a letter dated Thursday and obtained by CNN. “But that discretion can never be based on how wealthy or connected a defendant happens to be. No one should be above the law, not the former President and not his friends. A bedrock foundation of our democracy is that every person is treated equally under the law.”

    They Sure Do Make Them Extra-Smart Over There in Magaland

    Oh, wait — I meant extra-crispy.  This man is a literal bumbling fool.

    Huffington Post:  Mary Papenfuss:  Date With Destiny: Capitol Riot Suspect Nabbed — This Time With Help From Dating App Bumble

    Yet another Capitol riot suspect has been nabbed thanks to boasts and photos he posted on social media — this time on the dating app Bumble, federal officials revealed Friday.

    Houston business owner Andrew Taake, 32, “discussed his participation in the riot” on Bumble, and sent “several photos,” including one of himself on Jan. 6 after he was “allegedly pepper sprayed by law enforcement officers,” according to the complaint against him filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.

    Taake told another Bumble user — who became a witness for the FBI — that he was inside the building for about 30 minutes, according to an affidavit by an FBI agent.

    Bumble was also helpful because it provided Taake’s location, according to the court papers.

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    Thursday, MCUBernieFan: Good News Roundup Thursday 7-22-21- All the Gnus in Gnuville

    Friday, chloris creator (sub, nifty): Good News Roundup — Friday, July 23

    Saturday, Good News Roundup (Goody!): Democrats United: Republicans in Disarray. It’s the upsidedown and I like it: Saturday’s Good News.

    And every evening at 6:30 CT (5:30 ET), hpg brings us the day’s significant events via the new Evening Shade. Evening Shade was begun by NNNE a long time ago and he kept it up faithfully every single night until Joe Biden won the election. Then, hpg took up the torch and has been bringing us the new Evening Shade ever since. Check it out! There’s nothing I like better after a busy or dispiriting day than to open DKos at 6:30 and get the evening good news! Here’s the link to last night’s:

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    Poll #1: Who Won the Week?

    Gnusie Bill in Portland Maine lets 2thanks repeat the results of his research. He arrayed the following items in his popular Who Won the Week? poll in Friday’s Cheers and Jeers. Many people already voted in that poll. Please enjoy Bill’s on-point analysis and wit, vote in his poll, Rec his diaries, get on his bandwagon, send him a donation, and earn his blessing. 

    Cheers and Jeers archive and future editions here. Way, way more than a nifty thanks to The One, our Wicked Wizard of Wit and writer of Who Won the Week, Willhelm von kosland!

    Wally Funk, the 82-year-old test pilot and “Mercury 13 Women” candidate, who finally got to fulfill her dream of going into space, thanks to a ride on the New Shepard rocket
    U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker, for blocking a Republican law in Arkansas law banning nearly all abortions, including those for pregnancies caused by rape or incest
    Team Biden-Harris: ramps up protections for Afghan translators; reverses Trump’s logging rule in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest; slaps sanctions on Cuban officials; marks 6 successful months in office
    The Poor People’s Campaign, for announcing a Selma-style march from Georgetown, Texas to Austin, led by Rev. William Barber and Beto O’Rourke, to demand Senate passage of a federal voting rights bill
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, for saying it plain during a Senate hearing: “Senator [Rand] Paul, you do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly. And I want to say that officially.”
    The American taxpayer—as of 12:01 p.m. Tuesday, we no longer have to shell out money for Secret Service protection for Don, Jr., Eric, Ivanka, Jared, Lara, and Tiffany
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for booting insurrection supporters Jim Jordan and Jim Banks (whose comms director is Tucker Carlson’s son) off the January 6th commission
    This year’s Kennedy Center Honorees: Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, Lorne Michaels, Berry Gordy, and Justino Díaz
    The Missouri Supreme Court, for ruling unanimously that the voter-approved expansion of Medicaid must be implemented, no matter how bad state Republican politicians want to kill it

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    The 6 R’s of the Resistance

    Joe Biden is now our President. However, we continue to stay vocal and active, we continue to pull Joe to the left, and we continue resist the GQP.

    1. Refresh and Rest: Take care of you, the hero: Eat well, exercise, and rest.
    2. Resist: Protest on the streets, call senators and representatives, etc.
    3. Rebel: Run for office, GOTV (Get Out The Vote), support a progressive.
    4. Revolt: Change the laws, change the culture, build your communities.
    5. Rely: Trust that millions of others are fighting the good fight.
    6. Rejoice: Joy promotes resilience and gives rise to hope.

    How to Resist: Do Something …

    Once again, from Good News Roundup:

    1. Tell your senators to pass the For The People Act.  This link lets you easily send them a message.  Do you already know that they support it?  Send it anyway.  The more they hear from you, the harder they will fight for it.  Do it right now!!
    2. On August 28, the anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, voting rights groups are hosting five simultaneous marches across the country to demand action to protect voting rights. Learn more and sign up for updates here.
    3. Run for something!  Seriously?  Why not you?
    4. Get involved with the Democratic party.  We aren’t perfect, but the other side is fucking evil.
    5. Get involved with Swing Left.  They are working on races right now!
    6. Get involved with Postcards to voters! Influence voters in key areas from the comfort of your own home!
    7. Donate to the AMAZING Florida Rights Restoration!  They are taking buses around Florida to empower returning citizens, remove financial barriers to voting, and increase public safety.  They are really amazing.
    8. Make phone calls FROM YOUR OWN HOME to protect voter rights.  There are phone banks on Wednesdays and on Saturdays.
    9. The ACLU plays a key role in filing lawsuits that often stop voter suppression.  Get involved with them at this link.  You can donate to them at this link
    10. The League of Women Voters work year-round to combat voter suppression through advocacy, grassroots organizing, legal action and public education.   You can get involved with them at this link
    11. Volunteer with Black Votes Matter at this link.   They have on the ground work in 10 states and people from other states can write postcards, phone bank, fundraise, and text.
    12. Spread The Vote works to get voters IDs before voting begins.  You can volunteer with them at this link.  
    13. Sign up at Democracy Docket to stay informed about the fight against voter suppression and the fight for voter rights.
    14. Donate to Common cause.  They have an Emergency Voter Protection fund that will make sure they have the funds to fight attacks on Democracy.
    15. Volunteer with the Election Protection program.  They have a poll monitoring program to keep polling places fair and legal.
    16. Attend an Indivisible event TONIGHT!  They are holding vigils for democracy all over the country.  Click on this link to find one near you
    17. You wrote to your Senator about the For the People Act in Action #1.  Now call them. This link will help you easily do that.
    18. Sign up to get action alerts on voting from the NAACP.  The kinds of legal challenge the NAACP are mounting WORK.  Just this week we saw this headline— Georgia County Agrees to Voter Purge Reforms to End NAACP Suit.  Supporting the NAACP (and other organizations) can increase our success
    19. When We All Vote is an amazing organization.  You can take action with them to advocate for voters rights and/or volunteer with them 
    20. On social media?  When We All Vote can share great things with you that YOU can share to increase awareness and action!  Sign up here to be in the voting #SocialSquad

    Most important: DON’T LOSE HOPE.  This is a giant and important fight for us but, win or lose, we keep fighting and voting and organizing and spreading truth and light.  We never give up.

    On Daily Kos:

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    … Say Something

    We welcome comments in Roundups every day regarding:

    • National or local Good News.
    • Links, stories, music, videos, quotes, tweets. (No tweets or images of the saffron chlamidiot, please.)
    • Your resistance activity.

    In my Sunday smorgasbord Roundups, I especially welcome the following types of comments:

    • Who won YOUR week?
    • Questions about Daily Kos tech issues or our map.
    • Good News Roundups and you.
    • How are you resisting?

    Top Image: Starhawk created this diary’s top image of the rampant gnu and gave it to the members of the Good News Roundup group (Gnusies)! Thank you, Starhawk! This is a quite detailed sketch of a gnu drawn in brown, green, and black. A happy and dynamic gnu dances on its left hind leg in a classic rampant heraldric pose. Joyful letters prance above and behind the mane: “Happy Dance.” Signature: Nick Korolev, 2021.

    Oh my!  It’s a Sunday smorgasroundup.  Pressley and NNNE want to help.

    On the Lighter Side

    Dinosaurs were destroyed by a meteor strike — with republicans, it’s just a meathead spike.

    Most organizations keep their annals.  In the republican party, it’s anals.

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    The Roundup is almost open!

    2 thanks can’t be here this morning to open the festivities.  This is how he usually does it.

    Thank you for fighting for truth and justice with all us Gnusies! 40% of our Readers don’t visit every day, 50% of us do, and 10% are here for the first time! We all do what we can. For 3-1/2 years, we’ve shared positive news, laughed, organized, resisted, rebelled, revolted without being revolting, relied, rested, mentored, created, crossed rivers, chewed our cud, puffed methane out both ends, and laughed. Here’s looking at you, kid, and standing upwind!

    As always, please share more Good News than I can find or provide.

    This is a group diary, and by my power I declare this Good Gnus Salo(o)n open! Let the good-news sharing and community building begin!

    Power with, not power over ❤️ ✊ ❤️

    In his stead, I’m going to open the Sunday salo(o)n and invite all of you to bring us a piece of good news. Take it away, gnusies!

    Happy Sunday!

    Hell on Wheels - A brunch cocktail in a hollowed out pepper.
    A drink you can really sink your teeth into

    Today’s special brunch beverage in the Salo(o)n is the appropriately named Hell on Wheels cocktail.  Guaranteed to grow hair on your chest right before it burns the hair off your chest.

    Brought to us by the fine folks at Town & Country Magazine, It was created by Miguel Aranda at Boticarios, New York City.

    The ingredients are:

    2 oz Sombra Mezcal
    .5 oz ITALICUS Rosolio di Bergamotto
    .33 oz fresh lime juice
    .5 oz agave syrup
    Several dashes habanero tincture

    … and a hollowed out red bell pepper.

    If you are having trouble getting motivated to resist, knock back a couple of these.  You’ll be back to feeling the old fire in your belly in no time.

    Remember to drink responsibly and whatever you do, don’t drive.  Also, don’t use alcohol as an excuse to act like a republican.

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    Et Tu, Brady?

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    Spent another lovely week enjoying the various side effects of the coronavirus vaccine, stuff like “not catching Covid,” “not getting hospitalized with Covid,” and “not dying from Covid.” Like millions of rational people, my satisfaction level with this product is off the dang charts, and in a sane society, that reaction would be nigh universal, but regrettably, I dwell within the all-the-Delta-variant-can-eat buffet that’s made Tucker Carlson the most-watched man on cable: the United States of America.

    (Yes, this one too originated on my blog site: showercapblog.com/…

    Texas Senate Republicans figured they’d finally wailed and whimpered about the alleged evils of “critical race theory” long enough to justify a thorough bleaching of the history textbooks, removing mandates to teach stuff like women’s suffrage and Martin Luther King Jr, and also bits that refer to slavery and the KKK as “morally wrong,” in case this was too subtle for anybody.

    Longtime liberals will recognize this as the Voter Fraud Maneuver, wherein Republicans throw unceasing shitfits about a problem which stubbornly refuses to actually exist, and then, in the name of “solving” it, enshrine white supremacy ever further in the law.  And yes, this is the same state legislature working even now to pass a massive, Thanks Ever So Much For Establishing the Precise Parameters of Plausible Deniability, Chief Justice Roberts minority disenfranchisement law.All this legislation was drafted using George Orwell’s vomit for ink, by the way.

    As expected, Kevin McCarthy tried to fill the January 6th commission with poo-flinging howler monkeys, only Nancy Pelosi said “yeah, we’re not doin’ that, hoss,” and so Kev threw a little tantrum, yanked his entire trollwad from the commission altogether, and sprinted out to bitch n’ moan about “partisanship” for the cameras, as the dutiful drones in the both-sides-drunk media Cillizzasphere did that stenography that they do so well. Well, not “well,” but certainly “reliably.”

    Y’know, here in the fever swamps of 2021, perhaps bipartisanship genuinely does mean that any bipartisan investigation of this act of terrorism must include those who excuse, enable, and even support the insurrectionist mob, but wouldn’t it therefore follow that one of the parties in question has been TAKING OVER BY FUCKING TERRORISTS? And in that scenario, where, precisely, is the virtue in “bipartisanship?” Walk me through it. Use small words.

    Now Keville Chamberlain says his gaggle of fifth columnists will conduct their own investigation, perhaps into that time Pelosi called Hillary Clinton up, seeking advice on how best to give the National Guard a stand down order, who knows, I’m just asking questions here. By “investigation” they mean, “televised event where Gym Jordan shrieks about antifa to generate clips for Fox News’ white supremacist opinion hosts,” of course. Kinda like how a police officer is a “bobby” in England, y’know?

    Anyway, we surely do need to figure out how we found our way to January 6th, 2021 in the first place, and how to avoid unwanted return trips, cuz it turns out that human shower drain clog actually got within 100 feet of Vice President Pants’backup nuclear football, and people who can be prodded to violence by the lies of an obviously insane bedding merchantsimply should not enjoy that kind of access.

    Tom Barrack got arrested for operating illegally as an unregistered agent of a foreign power, and at some point, the nation’s evangelical “Christians” will explain to the rest of us why the object of their adulation surrounds himself exclusively with felons and traitors. Surely. Any day now. Two weeks. (Maybe we should also ask ‘em to clarify just how these “populists” manage to scrounge up $250 million in bail money on a moment’s notice.)

    How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless quarterback! Pumpkin Spice Pol Pot’s failed, cringe-a-minute, lifelong quest to score an invite to the cool kids’ table suffered yet another devastating taint punt this week, as his long-courted man-crush, Tom Brady, not only finally accepted a White House invitation, (now that the overcooked steak fart smell has finally begun to fade) but joined Smilin’ Joe Biden in a double-team worthy of Hawk and Animal. Tee hee.

    Rand Paul is the very best in the world at what he does, and what he does is lose fights to Dr. Anthony Fauci, on television, in the most humiliating fashion imaginable. For the record, Rand’s theatrically indignant spewing of bullshit conspiracy theories is precisely the sort of thing Pelosi is so correct to keep off the January 6th commission.

    Aspiring concentration camp commandant Madison Cawthorn vowed to prosecute Fauci should his gang of fashy mediocrities retake the House next year, to “make sure that consequences are doled out” for valuing the American public’s health over the lies of an erroneously promoted game show host. “On what charges?” one may ask, as though the Lock Her Up crowd would concern themselves with such trivialities upon regaining power.

    The Senate’s most punchable fake doctor and Kid Hitler Vacay aside, it would appear some in the GOP finally noticed their beloved Culture War got stuck on the “mass suicide” setting, prompting an organized, top-down effort to finally encourage their death cult base to take some of the simple steps necessary to get the goddamn pandemic under control, something the first 600,000 or so American corpses failed to inspire. Because until lately, the graveyards swelled in a largely bipartisan manner, you see.

    Ron DeSantis even interrupted his ongoing victory lap (likely because he kept tripping over hospitalized constituents, seeing as how the state he governs leads the country in Covid cases, accounting for as many as one in five new infectionsnationwide) to suggest that vaccine avoidance is not, in fact, the lib-owning panacea it once appeared to be.

    Mike Parson’s Missouri and Greg Abbott’s Texas have the honor of hosting similarly senseless outbreaks, because the official public health policy of the Republican Party has been, for a year and a half now, to actively facilitate the coronavirus’ spread through the populace. Lost in the raw madness of that is the simple fact that we HAVE A FUCKING SOLUTION for this problem and that it works really fucking well, meaning nearly every one of these new deaths is completely preventable.

    While we should neither forget nor forgive all the months of murderous lies, I certainly wish Republicans luck in their reverse brainwashing efforts. They’ll need it. I mean, look at this guy. Really fucking LOOK at him. A tube for every orifice, still howling about his precious freedumb. You broke these fucking people. You set out to break them and now that they’re broken, you can’t figure out how to get them to process reality well enough to even preserve their own fucking lives. Nice work.

    Well, at least Marjorie Taylor Greene still finds all this suffering and death humorous. The very week Covid kills a 5-year-old child in her district, the ghoul can’t help but giggle while continuing to spread the vile disinformation that’s already claimed so many lives. But it’s Liz Cheney who isn’t welcome in your party’s tent? Got it.

    Hey, remember back during the Kavanaughty confirmation hearings, when the FBI rushed through their investigation of young Brettward’s raft of sexual misconduct allegations in record time, seemingly between the nominee’s heaving proclamations of affection for alcoholic beverages? Well, turns out the secret behind their stunning proficiency was Not Actually Investigating Shit. No big deal, not like we were vetting somebody for a lifetime appointment to a position of awesome political power or anything.

    I see the would-be theocrats who’ve driven Mississippi into the bottom five of Everything But Meth Labs have decided the time is ripe to steal some rights from all those uppity broads who imagine they live in a modern society; state Attorney General Lynn Fitch officially took the plunge and asked the 6-3 wingnut Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Makes sense. When you land Gorsuch and Kavanaugh on the flop, then the turn brings Anti Choicey Barrett, you push your chips into the pot. Buckle up.

    Nothin’ conjures regressive meltdowns quite like the formal replacement of a racially insensitive sports team mascot, and I’m certainly looking forward to all the forthcoming rants in the Who’s the Racistest of Them All pageant that is the Ohio Republican Senate primary. (The swimsuit competition has been abandoned this year, in favor of a procession of hooded robe ensembles.)

    You probably heard already, but the Kickstarter for my next comic book, Marguerite vs. the Occupation, is now LIVE, and running through August 19th. For everybody who’s already backed the project, I thank you from the bottom of my drunken, angry heart; the folks who’ve followed this blog these last four years are the entire reason I’ve finally got the confidence to pursue this lifelong dream. No way I can pay y’all back for that, but I’ve tried to make a story you’ll enjoy. I certainly wrote it with you in mind.

    So learn more about it here, and if you are sufficiently impressed (and who wouldn’t be, by the awesome work of our art team: Kasey Quevedo, Laurel Dundee, and Toben Racicot?) give a thought to backing our campaign. Special rewards tiers just for Shower Cap fans, by the way.

    PS, if anybody out there was thinking, “Hey, maybe I should come at Joe Biden,” don’t. Just don’t. 

    And sign up for updates at showercapblog.com and follow @CapShower on the Tweetymachine and all the usual plugs.  

    Elder Widow Eating Alone Leaves A Small Note With Her Tip That Left The Waitress In Sweet Tears.

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    Megan King was pulling a double shift at her waitressing job last Sunday, and was halfway though it, when the customer was seated.

    A quiet, elder woman.

    As Megan told Newsweek“She came in about halfway through my 17-hour shift, and it was on Sunday, which is always pretty busy.

    About halfway through her meal, it started to slow down so we chatted for a few minutes. Small talk, nothing too deep. She told me she was almost 70… and she just wanted to stop by an old favorite for a bite.”

    With her $3.00 tip on the $11.00 check, she left a little note.

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    ‘Thank you very much for your kind service. This was my first time eating out alone since my husband passed. I was hoping I could get through it.’

    As she ate, King noticed that the woman seemed quiet, contemplative and calm. Megan assumed there might be something wrong with the food, but in hindsight, she wished she had been more alert to her charge.

    “I wish I had taken it quietly as an invitation.

    I think that’s what she wanted, looking back… I guess she did, in a way. She needed an ear.”

    She was so filled with reflection and emotion, she started to cry and had to go the staff bathroom to pull it together.

    As many in her generation, she took to twitter.

    With two words.

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    Just a gentle reminder…..please be kind.

    To those around you.

    To yourself.

    We’re all veterans of a long and protracted and exhausting battle.

    Kindness.

    Understanding.

    A little tenderness.