Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Antifa - They're Everywhere, Maybe

Martin Gugino is a volunteer with PUSH Buffalo, which focuses on affordable housing, and Western New York Peace Center, a human rights org. He is also part of the Catholic Worker Movement. He supports peace, opposes nuclear energy, he is 75 years old and he marches in protests when he can -- prostate cancer has slowed him down, but he still gets out.

He came out to join the Black Lives Matter protest this week. All is not clear, but it appears he found a police helmet and stopped a policeman to give it back to him. We don't know what was said, but another cop walked up and shoved Martin. He went reeling backwards and fell, striking his head. The first cop started to help but another pulled him away, and the whole gang of them paraded past without offering any help as blood ran out of Martin's ear onto the sidewalk. He is in the hospital, still alive as I write this.

You have seen this video. But for reference.


And then, just to note for history, here is President Trump's response to this incident:


I don't know for sure, there might be some people in the US who refer to themselves as "antifa." It's short for anti-fascist, and until a couple of years ago I would have though all Americans were anti-fascist. I cannot imagine any of my neighbors thinking that anti-fascists are the bad guys. I have never met an official antifa or seen anything they have produced as far as publications or even tweets, and honestly I am doubtful that such a group even exists, beyond maybe a dozen rowdy teenagers somewhere. I would look for them in Portland, Oregon, if there are any anywhere, but I don't know if there are any there, either.

It does not appear that the group is actually a "group." The Attorney General is trying to get them -- but not the KKK -- classified as a "terrorist organization," but I don't think he will be able to, without producing some evidence that such an "organization" actually exists.

Antifa is mainly a rightwing bogeyman. You can't mention them without mentioning George Soros, who supposedly funds them. As a Jew who survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary, I would not be surprised to learn that he opposes fascism in today's world as well. But the idea that he is the mysterious Illuminati-like force behind this all-powerful but invisible group is a piece of rightwing mythology that does not overlap with any facts. If anybody was funding antifa then wouldn't you expect an ad somewhere, a sign, maybe they would rent a room to meet in? Soros has gazillions of dollars, and antifa doesn't seem to have any money.

For the President of the Freakin' United States to be telling the world that this poor old man who was nearly killed by the cops is part of an antifa conspiracy to "scan police equipment in order to black out the equipment" is malevolence gone too far. And just watch the Republican Party line up behind him.

Part of this story, by the way, has to be the insane conspiracy theories that have been going out all over small-town America. Armed rednecks all over the country have been getting texts and social-media messages warning them that busloads of violent antifa members are coming to their irrelevant, lonely little town, to riot and destroy property. And these ignorant idiots grab their AR-15s and run down to Main Street to stop them, then brag about "scaring them away" when no busloads show up. This myth of the mysterious antifa cabal is very pervasive. And very crazy.

248 Comments:

Anonymous greeeeeeeat again !! said...

I have to agree with you about the cops

they're nuts - I've always said that

the problem is they are brainwashed into thinking the whole world is better off if their authority is never questioned

so you get these maniacs who think that resisting arrest, or even talking back to them, should be punishable by death

I've had the experience

I can usually scare them down by bringing up some legal mumbo-jumbo but they always try their best to intimidate

that being said, most of them are still great guys, and defunding, if taken to extreme, is probably a mistake

I'd like to see their budget for military equipment cut though

but this "antifa" thing

I don't know anything about it but back when all those people were protesting at the World Bank and no one knew what they wanted,

it was the mainstream media that cited "antifa"

now, they say they don't exist?

sounds fishy

June 10, 2020 9:50 PM  
Anonymous you know what makes me laugh? TTF said...

"there might be some people in the US who refer to themselves as "antifa." It's short for anti-fascist, and until a couple of years ago I would have though all Americans were anti-fascist."

you would have though right

when you have a country where the percentage of the population that is anti-fascist roounds to 100 and a group that forms to fight fascism, the implication is that they see fascism where none exists

and then there is what measures they are willing to take to battle this imaginary fascist state

delusioned people fighting against an imaginary evil are generally dangerous

nuthouses are filled with the paranoid

I remember, as a young lad, marching in Vietnam War protests

we chanted "1-2-3-4, we don't want your f**king war, 4-5-7-8, we don't need your fascist state"

but was Nixon really a fascist?

no, not really

most Republican Presidents, or candidates have been accused of being fascist by crazed leftists, who now have captured the mainstream media

Reagan, George W, John McCain...

it's mostly empty rhetoric

but when a certain group starts to believe it and fight back with whatever's necessary, that's a problem

"I cannot imagine any of my neighbors thinking that anti-fascists are the bad guys"

why not ask them?

June 11, 2020 7:06 AM  
Anonymous Welcome to Rumplandia said...

My father was an anti-fascist when he fought in WWII for the US Army.

Rump brought armed US troops into Washington, DC to forcefully remove peaceful American protesters from what is now Black Lives Matter Plaza so he could have a photo op and GOP supporters like Senator Tom Cotton called for him "Send in the Troops."

See: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/06/03/tom-cotton-slammed-encouraging-military-intervention-protest/3139907001/

We see who the fascists are these days.





June 11, 2020 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Yet another lie: “And now the trajectory is great.” said...

While many countries are seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases, infections in the United States appear to be spiking, according to documents obtained by Yahoo News.

In a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document dated June 9, the U.S. had the highest spike of percentage change in daily cases, with a 36.5 percent jump in recent days. Of the top 10 countries in total cases, that is the biggest spike by a significant margin, compared with drops in cases in Brazil, Spain, Italy, Germany and Iran and growths of under 5 percent in Russia, India and Peru.

A June 9 Federal Emergency Management Agency document shows the same spike in cases. The rolling average of deaths in the U.S., per the FEMA document, is starting to trend up over 1,000 per day.

According to tracking from Johns Hopkins University, the United States has had more than 1.9 million positive cases of the coronavirus and 112,000 deaths, the highest reported in either category of any country in the world. Neither the CDC nor FEMA responded to immediate requests for comment.

As Texas continues to reopen, the state has set the record for coronavirus-related hospitalizations for the third straight day. On Wednesday, North Carolina reported a record high for statewide cases.

Cases are also spiking in Arizona, where the state’s largest health system said it is reaching its capacity for patients needing external lung machines. Earlier this week, Arizona’s health director sent a letter to hospitals telling them to “fully activate” their emergency plans.

“We don’t want people to be in crisis mode, thinking that everything is all bad in Arizona with the cases,” said Jessica Rigler, the state health department’s assistant director. “We are certainly monitoring what’s going on and trying to ensure that people understand where we are with COVID-19 in our communities.”

Public health experts have warned that many areas of the country are opening too soon. Lenient social distancing policies in some states combined with Memorial Day weekend gatherings could be responsible for the current rise in cases.

There are also concerns that the massive protests following the death of George Floyd could help accelerate the spread in some communities. According to tracking by the New York Times, cases are rising in 20 states as well as Puerto Rico.

More than a month has passed since the White House’s coronavirus task force held a briefing, despite hundreds of Americans dying daily from the disease. On Monday, Politico reported that President Trump planned to restart his campaign rallies within the next two weeks.

“We were able to close our country, save millions of lives, open,” Trump said on Friday. “And now the trajectory is great.”

The June 9 CDC document noted the 10 counties that had seen the highest number of cases per 100,000 over the last two weeks. Of those counties, two were in Iowa and the others were located in Georgia, Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arizona, Texas, Minnesota and New Mexico.

June 11, 2020 7:30 AM  
Anonymous TTF es muy loco said...

"While many countries are seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases, infections in the United States appear to be spiking"

sounds like the lockdowns haven't worked like they did in other countries

we won't do it again

we have testing, PE, and hospital capacity

no more excuses from the left to close the economy after they hypocritically indulged mass live demonstrations and huge church services for George Floyd for the last couple of weeks

"My father was an anti-fascist when he fought in WWII for the US Army."

everyone in America is an anti-fascist

problem is, there are no fascists to fight

"Trump brought armed US troops into Washington, DC to forcefully remove peaceful American protesters from what is now Black Lives Matter Plaza so he could have a photo op"

actually, the Feds always forcefully move crowds to make Presidential movements safe

it's always overly dramatic, IMO, but it didn't start with Trump

protesters were requested, three times, to move half a block away

they responded by throwing objects at the DC police officers present

Trump's stroll across the street may have been ill-advised, but hardly "fascist"

interestingly, after that day, any rioting ceased

"and GOP supporters like Senator Tom Cotton called for him "Send in the Troops.""

you mean like Eisenhower did in Little Rock or George Bush in LA during the Rodney King riots or Bill Clinton surrounding Waco or apprehending Elias Gonzalez or LBJ bringing troops to DC at the request of Walter Washington in 1968?

was that fascist?

Trump Derangement Syndrome alert

June 11, 2020 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Elie Wiesel said...

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

June 12, 2020 6:38 AM  
Anonymous Rumplandia sucks, big time said...

"Trump's stroll across the street may have been ill-advised, but hardly "fascist"

interestingly, after that day, any rioting ceased"

Interestingly, it was also the day after Rump's troops used brute force to clear peaceful demonstrators from the area.

And the day after that, Mayor Bowser renamed the area for the protestors, not for our banana republican President and his henchmen.

Even the Pentagon’s top general apologizes for appearing alongside Trump in Lafayette Square

“I should not have been there. My presence in that moment, and in that environment, created the perception of the military involved in domestic politics,” said Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Mayor Bowser has my full support,

Meanwhile, your favorite pollster, Rasmussen, reports Rump's disapproval rating continues to climb.

June 12, 2020 6:53 AM  
Anonymous Dave Chappelle said...

8:46

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tR6mKcBbT4

June 12, 2020 7:17 AM  
Anonymous Someone is on the wrong side of history said...

"problem is, there are no fascists to fight"

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Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump
Our great National Guard Troops who took care of the area around the White House could hardly believe how easy it was. “A walk in the park”, one said. The protesters, agitators, anarchists (ANTIFA), and others, were handled VERY easily by the Guard, D.C. Police, & S.S. GREAT JOB!

164K
8:49 AM - Jun 11, 2020
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For those not paying attention, Hair Rump just referred to the Secret Service as the "S.S."

For those that did Nazi that coming, you're not paying attention.


Fortunately, even some Republicans have figured out that this guy is dangerous:

The Lincoln Project
@ProjectLincoln
Today @realDonaldTrump became the Confederacy’s second president.

Our full statement:

We never imagined when we named our initiative to defeat the re-election of Donald J. Trump, The Lincoln Project, that the president would go as far as honoring the Confederate generals who fought against the United States of America to preserve and uphold white supremacy. For all intents and purposes, Donald Trump today became the Confederacy’s second president.

We cannot allow this.

The Lincoln Project and its allies will be doubling its efforts to protect the U.S. Constitution and this nation by defeating Donald Trump in November and watching Joe Biden take the oath of office next January.

The Lincoln Project.

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5:15 PM - Jun 10, 2020

June 12, 2020 8:36 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage said...

"Interestingly, it was also the day after Rump's troops used brute force to clear peaceful demonstrators from the area."

again, that happens whenever the President goes anywhere

it would have happened if Obama entered the square when a large crowd was there

"And the day after that, Mayor Bowser renamed the area for the protestors, not for our banana republican President and his henchmen."

you may remember that Black Lives Matter denounced the move

"Even the Pentagon’s top general apologizes for appearing alongside Trump in Lafayette Square"

why is that "even"? do you "even" think before you type?

the decision to go over to the church was a bad one

but it wasn't fascist, which is what we were discussing

"Mayor Bowser has my full support,"

well, please ask Joe Biden to put her on the ticket

"Meanwhile, your favorite pollster, Rasmussen, reports Rump's disapproval rating continues to climb."

fascinating

check this out

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2020/president/create_your_own_president_map.html

it's an interactive electoral map

as you can see, there are 230 toss-up states

you can fill them in

if Trump wins Texas, Florida, South Carolina, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan, the improvements to the court system will continue!!

June 12, 2020 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Can't wait for November! said...

"as you can see, there are 230 toss-up states"

This is the USA, comrade. There are only 50 states. {bites tongue}

https://www.270towin.com/
Jun 8 2020 consensus:

Democrat: 232 EC votes (38 needed to win, 14 combinations)
Republican: 204 EC votes (66 needed to win, 12 combinations)
Toss-ups: 102 (3 possible ties)



June 12, 2020 9:30 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

RNC Endorses 2020 Platform Calling For Legalizing Anti-LGBT Discrimination And Overturning Marriage Equality

Just in from the Democratic National Committee:

While the RNC preposterously claims Trump has taken “unprecedented steps to protect the LGBTQ community,” they just re-endorsed an unpopular platform that advocates overturning hard-fought LGBTQ+ rights.

The GOP’s 2020 platform “condemns” marriage equality, which has been legal across the United States for five years and is supported by two in three Americans.

GOP Platform: “Our laws and our government’s regulations should recognize marriage as the union of one man and one woman … We do not accept the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage and we urge its reversal.”

Gallup: “U.S. Support for Same-Sex Marriage Matches Record High”

The GOP’s platform supports Trump’s efforts to legalize anti-LGBTQ discrimination.

GOP Platform: “That same provision of law is now being used by bureaucrats — and by the current President of the United States — to impose a social and cultural revolution upon the American people by wrongly redefining sex discrimination to include sexual orientation or other categories.”

Public Religion Research Institute: “72% of Americans favor laws that would protect LGBT people against discrimination in jobs, public accommodations, and housing, including 30% who strongly favor the policy.”

The GOP platform endorses Trump’s cruel and widely unpopular ban on transgender people serving openly in the military.

Gallup: “As President Donald Trump’s ban on most transgender military servicemembers continues to face legal challenges, 71% of Americans support allowing openly transgender men and women to serve in the military.”

The GOP platform endorses discrimination against LGBTQ parents, families, students, workers, individuals experiencing homelessness, and customers.

GOP Platform: “We endorse the First Amendment Defense Act, Republican legislation in the House and Senate which will bar government discrimination against individuals and businesses for acting on the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.”

Public Religion Research Institute: “In 2019, a majority (56%) of Americans said they oppose allowing a small business owner in their state to refuse products or services to gay or lesbian people if providing them would violate their religious beliefs, including 25% who strongly oppose this policy.”

June 12, 2020 3:00 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous like to accuse me of being a troll but they're really projecting their own behaviors on me. For example, they frequently claim Trump is "the most gay friendly president ever" when in fact they're well aware he's been the most antagonistic towards harmless lgbt people of any president in history. They make this claim solely to anger and frustrate good people because they get pleasure out of other's pain.

Research shows internet trolls like Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous are sadists

June 12, 2020 3:01 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Earlier I posted this:

"A fascinating question, and an intriguing study, come to us via University of Nevada Reno psychologist Daniel Jones and four co-authors. The team looked into the tension between the Golden Rule that is considered to be at the heart of most religions, and the savagery that millions of believers are so clearly capable of.

In the words of Psychology Today,

Given that the central message of religion is [allegedly] peace and love, how is it then that the faithful can be incited to acts of violence?

Jones and his colleagues hypothesized that the answer lies, in part, in “self-enhancement,”

… which is the tendency to see yourself in an overly favorable manner. Such people feel driven to engage in acts that support their superiority or protect their delicate but overinflated egos.

For example, although many such people are quite ignorant of history, science, or even the basic facts of the world, they’re unwilling to admit what they don’t know. As a result, they’re highly susceptible to the “false facts” of government propaganda and entertainment media masquerading as news networks. They also tend to engage in overclaiming, that is, asserting that they know certain patently false concepts to be true.

Jones and colleagues started their research with the observation that some people use their religion as a means of self-enhancement. That is, they derive a sense of superiority for themselves because of their faith, especially as compared to non-believers."

June 12, 2020 3:01 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The good people at Pyschology Today don't want to come out and say the truth, that religion divides people and encourages antagonism between groups. The editors want to "pretty up" religion to avoid offending the majority of readers and so they weakly assert that religions' "central message is peace and love" when in reality its about dividing the world into "us versus them".

A lot of people do believe their religion is about peace and love, unfortunately there's so much in the bible and Koran that contradict that and which encourages people to see the world in "us versus them" terms. Look at the seething hatred Wyatt and Regina have for me. They're pretty common and their leaders like Tony Perkins are no different - they see their religion as advocating their superiority and right to abuse harmless lgbt people, even to kill us as their bible commands them to do.

No, the problem with religion is that it doesn't unequivocally put fairness first. There's too much in the bible and Koran that advocates evil behavior and seeing our brothers and sisters as enemies. If we want the best world we can have, everyone must unequivocally state that fairness, maximizing the happiness for all in an equal and fair way comes before anything else in their religion.

June 12, 2020 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Merrick Garland ... LOL said...

"This is the USA, comrade. There are only 50 states. {bites tongue}"

Oh no, there are really 230 that are toss-ups

make sure you use some hand sanitizer when you sew that tongue back together

"https://www.270towin.com/
Jun 8 2020 consensus:

Democrat: 232 EC votes (38 needed to win, 14 combinations)
Republican: 204 EC votes (66 needed to win, 12 combinations)
Toss-ups: 102 (3 possible ties)""

you're encouraged by that?

LOL!

again, even using even your preferred map, give Fla. AZ, Pa, Michigan and he wins

but I have worse news for you: Dems rarely win toss-ups

even worser for you, there is not likely to be as much turmoil in November as now

just don't see people voting for a Biden-Bowser ticket

btw, I see Randy is back again

he's so clearly mentally disturbed

I haven't engaged him in any dialogue for 18 months and it is rare for him to make a post without using some hyphenated names he generally directs at my comments

just ignore him

you don't want him to become any more emotionally stable than he is

he'll blame you

June 12, 2020 4:51 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous haven't engaged me because they're afraid to take me on - they always end up looking stupid.

Wyatt and Regina refer to me as a gangrene, and a virus, they advocate killing harmless lgbt people. If they thought they could "make me emotionally unstable" they wouldn't hesitate to do it.

The truth is, they can't rebut what I write so they hide.

June 12, 2020 5:11 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Its important to have an accurate impression of reality if one wants to make good decisions.

Wyatt and Regina keep claiming Trump is sure to win, they don't have an accurate impression of reality and so their lives aren't as good as they could be.

Trump has never been above a 50% approval rating and he's 14 points behind Joe Biden.

Sure, things might improve from where they are now by November, but they won't be back to where they were when Obama left office. Trump would have lost the presidential election if it were held any time after he took office, and that isn't going to change.

Trump's never been in a winning position and he won't be in November either.

Wyatt and Regina are living in a fantasy world.

June 12, 2020 5:15 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "as you can see, there are 230 toss-up states"

There are only 50 states, you moron!

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!

June 12, 2020 5:22 PM  
Anonymous nice to see government agencies are getting reparative therapy to rid them of Obama's sludge! said...

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday finalized a regulation that will erase protections for transgender patients against discrimination by doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies, a move announced on the four-year anniversary of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando and in the middle of Pride Month.

The rule, which does not differ much from a proposed version released last year, is part of a broad Trump administration effort across multiple areas of policy — including education, housing, and employment, as well as health care — to narrow the legal definition of sex discrimination so that it does not include explicit protections for transgender people.

In other words, sex discrimination is based on the gender you are, not you delusions.

The Affordable Care Act, the 2010 law often known as Obamacare, established broad civil rights protections in health care, barring discrimination on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in “any health program or activity” that receives federal financial assistance.

The Obama administration interpreted the provision about sex discrimination to include discrimination on the basis of “gender identity.” Under the original 2016 rule, health care providers and insurers would have been required to provide and cover medically appropriate treatment for transgender patients.

No more!

“H.H.S. will enforce Section 1557 by returning to the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology,” said a Friday news release issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, which wrote the rule.

The Obama rule has been tied up in litigation for several years, and the Trump administration has declined to enforce it, citing a court ruling from a judge in Fort Worth, Texas.

“It’s really, really horrendous to not only gut nondiscrimination protections, but to gut nondiscrimination protections in the middle of a pandemic,” said Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, the deputy executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “This is a new low. This rule opens a door for a medical provider to turn someone away for a Covid-19 test just because they happen to be transgender.”

The announcement Friday prompted an outcry from groups devoted to gay and transgender rights, including the Human Rights Campaign, which said it plans to sue the Trump administration.

“We will not let this attack on our basic right to be free from discrimination in health care go unchallenged. We will see them in court, and continue to challenge all of our elected officials to rise up against this blatant attempt to erode critical protections people need and sanction discrimination,” the organization said in a statement.

Too bad for them that they backed Hillary in 2016, and now the Supreme Court is in the hands of originalists who won't throw a bunch of crap in the Constitution!

Rolling back the rule has been a cause for social conservatives since its implementation. They have accused the Obama administration of coercing doctors into sexual reassignment operations, procedures that are typically handled by specialists.

Conservatives win!

June 12, 2020 6:28 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Who does it hurt if I live as a woman and people treat me as a woman?

Wyatt and Regina would force my husband and I to split up - how does that benefit us?

June 12, 2020 6:54 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

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June 12, 2020 6:56 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Religion reinforces an "us versus them" mindset.

If humanity is to ever overcome population growth, global warming, and to live in peace we need to be united, seeing all of humanity as our tribe.

Tony Perkins and evangelical christians are waging an unholy war on harmless lgbt people.

Tony Perkins would execute transwomen like me if Trump made it possible, and if he is reelected he just might.

June 12, 2020 6:57 PM  
Anonymous foreign transgenders are running amok on America's blogs, acting like muggles! said...

https://www.jkrowling.com/opinions/j-k-rowling-writes-about-her-reasons-for-speaking-out-on-sex-and-gender-issues/

good article from JK Rowling about how transgenders have tried to bully her for her stance defending women against the transgender movement

June 12, 2020 7:52 PM  
Anonymous hi, it's Joe Biden. is the math on that 1.6 million still good? I already paid for the ads said...

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/coronavirus/country/united-states/

this is getting embarrassing

despite TTF's prediction that a viral calamity would befall the South because they didn't lock their citizens up, 9 of the top 10 states in deaths by region are big blue Eastern and Rustbelt states with big cities run into the ground by dumb Dem mayors

oh, and the media keeps trying to say Texas and Arkansas are exploding with cases

they are 40 and 42 on the list

how long will the lies of Dems destroy the dreams and opportunities of our minority citizens?

June 12, 2020 8:09 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

How does it hurt JK Rowling if I live as a woman and people treat me as a woman?

Bigotry like this has resulted in even biological women being assaulted because they don't meet the standards of femininity of hateful people like Wyatt and Regina Hardiman and Tony Perkins.

June 12, 2020 8:50 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous, all those numbers you linked to were run up in the early days of the pandemic. The situation is entirely different now with blue states like New York having declining numbers of cases whereas red states like Florida, Texas, Alabama, Misssippi, etc. are seeing increases in new cases of 20, 30, 50% and more.

June 12, 2020 8:50 PM  
Anonymous the Village People kicked the cop out of the group because of Defund the Police and now everyone says they're homophobes: ya just can't win! said...

White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said Friday he predicts economic growth will surge in the latter half of 2020 and there will be no need for a second coronavirus lockdown.

"We are not going to shut down the economy," Kudlow said on Friday. "What you do have is certain spots are seeing a little bit of a jump up, some small metropolitan areas are seeing it. The CDC and the health people are all over it. They've sent some task forces out to deal with it."

"But, if you look nationally, the important point is the rate of increase in new cases is between zero and one percent. It’s really flattened out, and with respect to fatalities, it's the same. It's actually lower than that. It’s like zero to a half of a percent," he said.

"I'm not the health expert," Kudlow said. "Ambassador Birx may be out and about later today. Nonetheless, there is no emergency. There is no second wave," he concluded. "I don't know where that got started on Wall Street."

June 12, 2020 9:54 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

GEORGIA: Dem Turnout Tripled Despite Voting Issues

Georgia has perhaps the most corrupt election system in the country. In 2008 the governor refused to recuse himself from overseeing the election even though he was running in it, a clear conflict of interest.

The Republican governor purged a million (if I remember correctly) people off the voter rolls who were predominately black. He further held up the registration of hundreds of thousands of again predominantly black voters. The Republican governor barely eked out a win against Democrat Stacey Abrams. The only reason a Republican is governor of Georgia is because they prevented hundreds of thousands of black people from voting.

I recall something like 80 laws were passed by Republicans to make it harder to vote.

Republicans plan on sending tens of thousands of armed uniformed white men to black polling stations to "suggest" to black voters they might not want to vote because they could go to prison and face thousands in fines if they do.

Republicans have all these claims to "Values" "Americans for family values", "Values voters commission", "Values this" and "Values that" but the truth is Republicans value nothing that doesn't help them cheat to retain power.

June 12, 2020 9:55 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Hospitals in the American south are near or at capacity, coronavirus hospitalizations are rising there and Wyatt and Regina being the sadistic trolls they are are telling everyone there's nothing to worry about, its all sunshine and roses.

If Republicans had been responsible about this from the beginning (some states never had any sort of lockdown in place) and had gotten on it like New York did they wouldn't be seeing big increases in the percentages of hospitalizations and infections. Pretending everything is fine won't make this not kill people and continue to reek havoc on the economy.

If Republicans had taken this seriously it would be under control in all states and the economy could have started recovering. Instead they're exploding the outbreak and the economic downfall that's going to inevitably have.

June 12, 2020 10:00 PM  
Anonymous The Daily Show said...

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June 13, 2020 12:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"again, even using even your preferred map, give Fla. AZ, Pa, Michigan and he wins"

Give enough states to your favorite candidate and of course they'll win. If I can "give" them enough of them to Elizabeth Warren, she'll win! See how easy that is?!

I'm not going to "give" any states to anyone... and by the way, there are still only 50 states. Not 230.

Unless Republicans can suppress enough votes, or Russia can run enough interference, no one is going to "give" those states to Rump. He'll have to earn them.

Rump is so deplorable that he even has republicans campaigning for Biden. It was republicans who termed him "the Confederacy’s second president." While this certainly has made a hero of him among the far right, the rest of America can't wait for Captain Clorox to get booted out of office.

"but I have worse news for you: Dems rarely win toss-ups"

I have news for you. Barack won plenty of toss-up states.

Twice.

June 13, 2020 7:18 AM  
Anonymous i wonder if there are any parts of the Constitution that TTF feel they can live with... said...

Democracy in the United States has failed to enact a socialist agenda.

And everyone knows that when a country needs a socialist agenda, you invade it.

That's why socialists are calling on Canada to invade the United States and impose socialism.

It's their only chance.

Besides, it would be so funny when we drive them back and occupy Montreal.

"again, even using even your preferred map, give Fla. AZ, Pa, Michigan and he wins"

Give enough states to your favorite candidate and of course they'll win. If I can "give" them enough of them to Elizabeth Warren, she'll win! See how easy that is?!

yes, but Fla. AZ, Pa, Michigan are likely to vote for Trump like they did in 2016 and there is no chance whatever they'll vote for Elizabeth Warren, or a senile Biden with an under-qualified running mate who has a good chance of becoming an unelected President

"I'm not going to "give" any states to anyone... and by the way, there are still only 50 states. Not 230."

no, you won't "give" states to anyone

with your IQ, that would be a hollow gesture

and on your map, there are only 180 tossup states!

"Unless Republicans can suppress enough votes, or Russia can run enough interference, no one is going to "give" those states to Rump. He'll have to earn them."

he more than earned them last time

he actually addressed the needs of workers in PA and MI, and he held rallies at airports all over the country on election eve, arriving at the last one in Florida at dawn on Election Day while Hillary was sleeping off the bottle of Chardonnay she downed while celebrating all the polls that showed her winning

"Rump is so deplorable that he even has republicans campaigning for Biden."

thought you said Trump was a fascist

how can he tolerate this dissent?

shouldn't he round them up and execute them?

"It was republicans who termed him "the Confederacy’s second president." While this certainly has made a hero of him among the far right, the rest of America can't wait for Captain Clorox to get booted out of office."

interestingly, last time Hillary and Obama said half of America was deplorable

that didn't work out well for them

Biden, master strategist that he is, has reduced that to 10 to 15 percent

it'll be fun to see Joe "the Sleepy Uniter" Biden explain what 40-50 million Americans he deplores

but I have news for you: Dems rarely win toss-ups

"I have news for you. Barack won plenty of toss-up states.

Twice."

being a first, Obama brought out many people who never voted before

the first only happens once

they didn't return for Hillary

if you think they're coming out for Sleepy Joe, please go ahead and rest in that idea

what you should be doing is riding the Tara story and trying to replace Stupid Sloppy Joe with Cuomo before it's too late

June 13, 2020 9:53 AM  
Anonymous USA TODAY Poll: Forceful clearing of Lafayette Square protest was defining moment for president and protests said...

The police crackdown to clear protesters from Lafayette Square last week looms as a defining moment in the national debate over race and law enforcement that followed the death of George Floyd.

An exclusive USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll finds Americans overwhelmingly endorse the right of peaceful protest outside the White House – a view held by nearly 9 of 10 people across racial and partisan lines. Nearly 9 of 10 heard about the clashes that cleared demonstrators before President Donald Trump walked across the square to stand in front of historic St. John's Church, holding aloft a Bible.

In their wake, Americans by a huge margin, by 22 percentage points, express more trust in the Black Lives Matter movement to promote justice and racial equality than they do in the president of the United States. Former President Barack Obama is more than twice as likely as Trump to be seen as a president who could best handle this moment of civil unrest.

Two-thirds of Americans, 63%, oppose the show of force that swept the protesters from the park just north of the White House, the scene of many demonstrations in the past. Almost half, 44%, say they "strongly" oppose it.

"That was a bad call," says Aaron Jones, 40, a Republican from Katy, Texas.

Charles Ritt, 56, a Democrat from Roseville, Minnesota, who watched the scene unfold on TV, called it "disgusting and ridiculous."...

Biden more trusted to promote justice

The poll underscores the degree to which the president's provocative comments about the demonstrations in particular and the issue of racial justice in general seem out of step with the mood of the country.

The poll was in the field when Trump posted a controversial tweet Tuesday that promoted an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory about a 75-year-old protester who was pushed to the ground and injured by police in Buffalo, New York.

[See https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/05/buffalo-new-york-police-officers-suspended-shoving-man-ground/3153626001/ ]

Thirty-eight percent of Americans say they trust Trump to promote justice and equal treatment for people of all races – much lower than the Black Lives Matter movement, trusted by 60%, or the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, trusted by 51%.

Asked to choose among the current president and the four former presidents who are living, 45% of Americans identify Obama as the one best suited to handle the challenges. Twenty percent choose Trump.

Among Democrats, 75% choose Obama. Among Republicans, 43% choose Trump, lower than the support he and his actions generally command within the GOP. Eighteen percent of Republicans choose former President George W. Bush and 15% choose Obama.

"I think it speaks volumes that the (former) presidents have kind of unified and that so much of the country is unified in its feeling," says Brittany Baca, 31, a Democrat from Oregon City, Oregon, referring to public statements issued by former presidents expressing support for the protesters. Trump "is making opposite, opposing statements" that she calls "atrocious."

Baca, the daughter of a police officer, says cellphone videos showing police violence against Floyd and other African Americans were an awakening for her and others. "It just breaks our hearts to hear what's going on in the country," she says in a follow-up phone interview. "This feels terrible to say, but it's really opened our eyes to the fact that it's happening."...

June 13, 2020 10:12 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "interestingly, last time Hillary and Obama said half of America was deplorable that didn't work out well for them"

Actually it worked out pretty well for Hillary - she got 3 million more votes than Trump. If it hadn't been for Republican voter suppression and extensive Russian interference Hillary would be president today. Trump "won" on a technicality due to the anti-democratic electoral college system.

June 13, 2020 11:43 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...


New COVID Hospitalizations in U.S. Occur Mostly in Heavily Religious States

As states and cities across the country reopen, some are seeing a worrying rise in new coronavirus cases. While in most states, new infections remain flat or are decreasing, in 14 states, new cases are growing. ABC News has found that eight states — Arizona, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah — are seeing increasing hospitalization for COVID-19.

With the exception of Arizona, the states mentioned are heavily religious. Based on 2017 Pew data, seven out of eight are in the top 12 for religiosity, and four (Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Arkansas) are in the top 5. Arizona ranks in the middle at number 27.

June 13, 2020 11:45 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Biden Blasts “Despicable” Attack On LGBTQ Patients


The Hill reports:

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday slammed the Trump administration’s decision to roll back LGBTQ protections in the Affordable Care Act, calling the move “unconscionable.”

“This action is unconscionable — and to do so during Pride Month, on the fourth anniversary of the deadly terrorist attack at the Pulse Nightclub that claimed 49 lives, many of them members of the LGBTQ+ community, is despicable,” the presumptive Democratic nominee said in a statement.

During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Biden accused Trump of being “more consumed with destroying the legacy of the Obama-Biden Administration than protecting the health care of millions of Americans.”

June 13, 2020 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christians Sue DC Mayor For Black Lives Matter Mural

It figures.

Christians were the loudest group in support of slavery during the American Civil War.

Jesus advocated slavery and told slave owners how to "properly" beat their slaves.

June 13, 2020 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"and on your map, there are only 180 tossup states!"

On my map, there are still only 50 states! What country are you living in?


"thought you said Trump was a fascist

how can he tolerate this dissent?

shouldn't he round them up and execute them?"

It takes time to work up to that. You can't start executing people right away, you have to get folks used to smaller transgressions, then build up. He started out by ripping immigrant children away from their parents, while "pro-family" groups twiddled their thumbs. Lately he's ramped things up by tear-gassing peaceful protesters and calling them "terrorists", and suing CNN for putting out poll results... sowing the ground so he can destroy the free press later with impunity ... and these days pretty much ignoring the fact that we have now had twice as many Corona virus deaths in 3.5 months as US soldiers were killed in 11 years in Vietnam.

Once people have let him slide long enough with these transgressions, he can escalate further, eventually getting to the point where he “could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody” and get away with it.

Come November, Republicans will be kicking themselves and wondering why they didn't run someone, ANYone reasonable against Rump in the primary. Losing to Biden will be such an ignominious defeat.

June 13, 2020 12:03 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Christian Hate Groups Behind GOP’s Anti-LGBT 2020 Platform


At the link (read it) you’ll see that among the anti-LGBT groups that pressured the RNC to reuse the 2016 platform were the Eagle Forum and the Family Research Council.

Tony Perkins and Peter Sprigg are amongst the leaders promoting attacks on harmless lgbt people. These people's hate is so deep you can't trust them to not push for executing gays if Trump is reelected - look how their minions Wyatt and Regina advocate for assaulting, imprisoning, and executing innocent lgbt people.

June 13, 2020 12:07 PM  
Anonymous the gay agenda drowns in a tidal wave of common sense.. said...


The Trump administration has a scientific view of sex, and in the eyes of the law, its Department of Health and Human Services will define sex as determined by biology — that is, male and female.

HHS has finalized a rule under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act that restores the traditional definition and revokes the redefinition of sex discrimination implemented under the egregious Barack Obama. The previous administration had defined sex as “one’s internal sense of gender,” in other words a magical unscientific definition that, if you think you are something, you are!

As of Friday, that is no more.

“We are restoring respect to the rule of law,” Roger Severino, the director of the Office for Civil Rights at HHS said. The old definition implemented by Obama, he correctly noted, had created “extraordinary confusion in the science and medical fields.”

The return to the traditional definition is a promise made by Trump-the-candidate, and yet another promise kept by Trump-the-president.

Advancing the front on the culture war is not the objective. Severino says he wants clear-eyed regulators instead, ones guided by science rather than shifting gender-identity politics. “If there's any agency where the biological understanding of sex matters, it would be HHS,” he said. “We've done so much work in the field of medicine and science, where sex is considered a biological variable.”

The administration are confident the courts, which the Trump administration has revitalized with a wave of originalists, will rule on the side of science.

The return to a traditional definition at HHS comes on the heels of a similar decision by the Department of Education. It also comes at a moment when the issue of sex and gender have become political topics. Each of the Democratic primary contenders, except for Joe Biden, made a show of defining their gender identity and adding their preferred pronouns to their Twitter bios.

While the decision to define sex according to biology will cause some whining among the lunatic fringe, Severino says it will in no way affect how HHS “respects the dignity of every human being.”

“As we have shown in our response to the pandemic, we vigorously protect and enforce the civil rights of all to the fullest extent permitted by our laws as passed by Congress. We are unwavering in our commitment to enforcing civil rights in health care,” he added.

And the administration says that this decision will not harm the rights of those who identify their sex as different than male or female. The return to the traditional definition, instead, Severino said, makes clear that biological sex and gender are different.

“To conflate the two is a mistake, both as a matter of law, but also leads to all sorts of confusion that could lead to tragic consequences,” he added.

The director pointed to a tragic case documented in the New England Journal of Medicine when a man arrived at a hospital experiencing severe abdominal pains. Nurses did not consider the case an emergency, until they realized that the patient was pregnant. He was a transgender man in labor. The pregnancy ended in a stillbirth.

“Treating sex as a biological reality or not,” Severino added, can make a tremendous difference to health outcomes.”

June 13, 2020 3:55 PM  
Anonymous hi, it's Stacey Abrams. If Joe Biden doesn't pick me, he ain't a Democrat! said...

"The return to the traditional definition is a promise made by Trump-the-candidate, and yet another promise kept by Trump-the-president."

that's right

and he won election making that promise

the majority of states backed Trump in a smashing victory!

no non-incumbent has ever won the Presidency advocating the gay agenda

even our most radical President won his first by saying marriage should be defined as between a man and woman

Biden has really painted himself into a very unfortunate corner

right now, 180-230 states are tossups that he won't win!

June 13, 2020 4:03 PM  
Anonymous homosexual marriage is an inherently sado-masochistic arrangement that should be discouraged by any civilized society said...

the Dems supported slavery

they created Jim Crow laws

they formed the KKK

they stood in doorways in doorways to prevent blacks from attending public schools

they passed a crime bill in the 90s that sent swaths of young black males into permanent imprisonment

they oppose inner city blacks from having a choice to send their kids to a school other than the dangerous hell-holes that Dem school run

now this:

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina is the only black Republican senator.

He is also the only member of Congress’s upper chamber who is subjected regularly to the racist allegation that he is a “token." It even happened this week during Scott's appearance on NBC’s 3rd Hour of TODAY.

The moment occurred during an interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin, who pressed Scott to respond to a number of questions about the senator's efforts toward criminal justice reform and the White House’s response to the national debate surrounding the wrongful death of George Floyd.

“Senator, you have faced a fair amount of criticism,” Melvin said, “especially over the past few days, because you are the only black Republican senator.“

The NBC anchor added, “Some have said that your party is using you, they’ve even thrown around the word ‘token,’ as well. Your response to that criticism?”

Before we go any further, let us appreciate just how sleazy that question is. For starters, Melvin provides no citation for the “token” allegation. The anchor actually asked a United States senator to respond to anonymous trolls. What an excellent use of everyone’s time.

Further, there is a dirty industry secret at play here: Reporters often use the “some people say” formulation to level criticisms they generally agree with but do not want to state outright for fear of appearing biased. So, to maintain the appearance of objectivity, and to dodge being held responsible for stating their own controversial thoughts, reporters often couch their questions in terms of a shadowy “they” who are saying something. Melvin goes so far as to give airtime to nameless persons — remember, the anchor offers no citation for the slur against Scott — who say the senator is a puppet of his mostly white overlords.

June 13, 2020 4:14 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Lindsey Graham In New Ad: 'Joe Biden Is As Good A Man As God Ever Created'

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) gushes in a new Republican ad that former Vice President Joe Biden is “as good a man as God ever created” — while President Donald Trump is a “xenophobic, race-baiting, religious bigot.”

What a difference an administration makes. The comments were pulled from Graham’s past, “before he lost his conscience” and became one of the president’s staunchest defenders, noted a statement from the Republican Voters Against Trump.

“You want to know how to make America great again?” Graham asked in 2015. “Tell Donald Trump to go to hell.”

The ad backing Trump’s Democratic presidential rival features a very different Graham. It will run on Fox News in the Charlotte and Greenville markets, reaching both South Carolina and the swing state of North Carolina. It will also air on Fox News in Washington, D.C.

The old Graham “lays out in explicit terms just how clear the choice is in this election, and why Joe Biden is suited to unite the country,” said RVAT spokesperson Sarah Longwell. “Joe Biden has the empathy and proven experience to reach across the aisle and work with people” — even Lindsey Graham.

Check out the ad up top.

Here’s more of Graham’s comments about Biden in an interview in 2015, the same year he was bashing Trump:

June 13, 2020 4:42 PM  
Anonymous Barb McQuade said...

If only someone thought to subpoena Bolton's testimony...

Ryan Lizza: From the press release for the John Bolton book: "he argues that the House committed impeachment malpractice by keeping their prosecution focused narrowly on Ukraine when Trump's Ukraine-like transgressions existed across the full range of his foreign policy..."

June 13, 2020 6:34 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "he Dems supported slavery they created Jim Crow laws they formed the KKK they stood in doorways in doorways to prevent blacks from attending public schools".

Yep, and then in the 50's and 60's the Democrats and the Republicans swapped positions and now it is the Republicans who are racists seeking to oppress black people and Democrats who are the champions of black people. There's a reason well over 90% of black voters vote Democratic - the won't be gaslighted by the likes of you two.


Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "they passed a crime bill in the 90s that sent swaths of young black males into permanent imprisonment"

And Republicans were fully behind it and loved it from day one.

Now Trump has taken it further and is using the military to suppress peaceful protests. The dictator is showing his colours.

June 13, 2020 6:44 PM  
Anonymous trangenderism is sexist and anti-woman: a gangrene on society said...

Destroying a business is tolerated, reopening one forbidden.

Democrats are bailing out rioters, and sending salon owners to prison.

Going to church is worse than trying to burn it down.

Protesting is a threat to public health, until experts declare your cause worthy enough.

These are the new, ever-changing rules of Democrats’ America. We’ll forgive you if you have a hard time keeping up – but they won’t.

After months shaming Americans who had the audacity to want to reopen their businesses safely as COVID-19 cases waned, social distancing is suddenly less important than “social justice,” according to the media’s health “experts.”

It was an “ugly and dangerous scene.” Rioters hijacking protests? Cops murdered? Minority communities devastated? No, this was CNN’s description of Americans packed into Michigan’s Capitol in opposition to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s unconstitutional decree that made abortion clinics essential during the stay-at-home order, but barbershops not. “Protests are supposed to be peaceful,” CNN sneered, as Michiganders – some armed – peacefully gathered to demand their rights back. Now, when streets are filled with George Floyd marchers and rioters, Chris Cuomo wonders since when protests had to be “peaceful,” anyway? The answer: 1791.

Gov. Whitmer’s tune on the right to assemble has transformed, too. She was appalled to see people without masks and parents “handing things to children, bare-handed” six weeks ago.
The horror.

“This kind of activity flies in the face of all of the best science,” she scoffed, threatening to punish the protesting plebeians with a shutdown extension.

She expected their obedience.

The supposed science took a back seat last week when Whitmer kneeled in the street, shoulder to shoulder with activists, in violation of her own rules.

But that’s nothing new.

Her husband can non-essentially travel to their second home, and name-drop his wife to try to cut to the front of the line and get their boat launched before Memorial Day weekend.

The Democratic mayor of Chicago can get a haircut, but you can’t -- you’re not on TV.

The Democratic governor of Virginia can go to the beach without his mask, not even painted on.

It’s “dangerous” to protest, Nancy Pelosi says, until she joins in.

President Trump supports peaceful protests, then and now.

Democrats only called one “illegal activity.”

Anti-lockdown groups were banned by Facebook for defying “government’s guidance on social distancing,” while left-wing Black Lives Matter demonstrators were given free rein. People enjoying a stroll on a beach were derided as “morons,” despite studies showing the virus dies quickly in sunlight, and little documented evidence of virus transmission outdoors.

Now, instead of just covering protests, the media is letting reporters join them. After accusing protesters who wanted to work or attend church of having a “twisted conception of liberty,” exactly one month later The New York Times opinion page declared protesting the “only hope for our collective liberation.”

Some protesters are more equal than others.

June 13, 2020 9:36 PM  
Anonymous trangenderism is sexist and anti-woman: a gangrene on society said...


Our constitutional rights are not conditioned on whether your cause, like the radical “defund the police” movement, is “woke” enough.

Americans outraged by the unjust killing of George Floyd have every right to peacefully protest, as do those outraged by governments shutting down their livelihoods.

Some things are worth the risk, like protesting or mourning lost loved ones.

It is essential to our humanity to be able to pay our respects, regardless of arbitrary edicts from politicians.

It is important to gather to mourn George Floyd and David Dorn.

Sadly, so many families over the past few months were unjustly denied that right because of arbitrary stay-at-home orders.

These infringements must end.

We built up hospital capacity, flattened the curve, and under President Trump’s leadership, delivered millions of medical and testing supplies.

The American people must be given the respect they deserve, and be trusted to make the best decisions for themselves and their families, communities, and customers, like many Republican governors have from the start.

America is opening for business again.

If governors want the best for their states, they will join the great American comeback.

Instead, Democrats like North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper hold their states back.

While Gov. Cooper celebrates thousands marching in Raleigh – the same place a woman was arrested for violating his stay-at-home order just two months ago – he turns his back on the crowds who want to safely gather and bring millions in economic development to his state in late August. But Cooper only calls for “fewer people” when it’s Republicans gathering in his swing state in an election year.

Our rights are granted by God, not by governors bestowing exemptions for political correctness. We will gather to re-nominate and re-elect our president. It’s essential to upholding our founding principles of equal justice under the law, not obsequiousness to a mob.

We don’t expect plaudits from Democrats and the media -- we never do. But have they already forgotten their new rules? Social distance shaming is passé. Our rules remain the same: America First.

June 13, 2020 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Dems and the Taliban both tear down statues said...

Between indiscriminate protesters and eager-to-look-woke corporations, the country’s seeing a whole lot of foolishness in response to George Floyd’s death.

Not-so-peaceful protesters are mauling monuments across the country — and not just Confederate ones: Massachusetts saw a Christopher Columbus statue beheaded, as well as graffiti defacing a 9/11 memorial, an Abigail Adams statue and the Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment Memorial — which is dedicated to the mostly black heroes portrayed in the film “Glory.”

Philadelphia “protesters” spray-painted “colonizer” on the statue of Matthias Baldwin. Huh? He was an abolitionist who not only fought for black voting rights 30 years before slavery ended but also founded a school for African American children and paid for it — and the teachers’ salaries — out of his own pocket.

The message this idiocy sends isn’t “Black Lives Matter” — it’s that too many protesters are merely acting out.

Even when it comes to Confederate memorials, removal must come through the democratic process or it’s just vandalism, no matter the provocation.

Sadly, people who actually work in the cultural field aren’t always much more discriminating. Yes, a good chunk of “Gone With The Wind” is wince-worthy, but HBO’s move to stop streaming the movie is silly: As National Review’s Kyle Smith noted, it “means canceling the first Oscar performance by a black woman.”

Ending “Cops” after nearly 33 years on the air? Or, over in Britain, suppressing a “Fawlty Towers” episode because it satirizes bigotry?

We slapped The New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer earlier this week for their disastrous retreats in the face of “cancel culture,” but it’s starting to feel like all the custodians of the West’s heritage have given up.

June 13, 2020 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Can't wait for November! said...

"Gov. Whitmer’s tune on the right to assemble has transformed, too. She was appalled to see people without masks and parents “handing things to children, bare-handed” six weeks ago.
The horror."

Yeah, people without masks, (but with PLENTY of guns) six weeks ago - just 2 weeks away from the peak daily death tolls, and before people could reliably get toilet paper from their grocery stores - much less face masks and hand sanitizer, or sufficient testing, and before the country had started opening back up, turning themselves in to human petri dishes. What could be scary about that? Just because meat packing plants were shutting down because hundreds of their workers were infected doesn't mean everyone else should be careful, does it?

The political right (and perennially wrong) has been whining about being under lockdown too long for the better part of two months. Now that lockdowns have been lifted, daily deaths and death rates are a fraction of what they were 6 weeks ago, testing is much more widely available, and people are exercising their Constitutional rights - with lots of face masks even - Republicans are saying Dems should shut up and go back inside.

There are reasons people call Republicans the stupid party.

June 14, 2020 12:04 AM  
Anonymous blue state governors are not the solution to our problems, blue state governors are the problem said...

"Yeah, people without masks, (but with PLENTY of guns) six weeks ago - just 2 weeks away from the peak daily death tolls, and before people could reliably get toilet paper from their grocery stores - much less face masks and hand sanitizer, or sufficient testing, and before the country had started opening back up,"

if the Dems had anything to do with it, we wouldn't be opening at all now

the second the demonstrations had died down, late last week, the CDC issues guidelines that mass gatherings are not safe

that's apparently only true unless some cause the Dems and the mainstream media, aka the Dem PR branch, deem worthy is being pushed

citizens of the US have the right to peaceably assemble to petition the government for the redress of grievances

TTF thinks only those advancing Dem causes have that right

btw, the guys with the guns in Michigan come to every demonstration in Michigan and have for years

they have the constitutional right to bear arms and have not caused any problem

"turning themselves in to human petri dishes. What could be scary about that?"

that's just as true now as it was back then

"Just because meat packing plants were shutting down because hundreds of their workers were infected doesn't mean everyone else should be careful, does it?"

no, it doesn't

thanks for making that obvious point

"The political right (and perennially wrong) has been whining about being under lockdown too long for the better part of two months."

never before in our history, and we've had many pandemics before, did the government believe it had the right to lock people who are not contagious in their houses

and it doesn't look like we did any better than the pandemics of 57-59 or 69-70 when these unconstitutional measures were not employed

"Now that lockdowns have been lifted, daily deaths and death rates are a fraction of what they were 6 weeks ago, testing is much more widely available, and people are exercising their Constitutional rights - with lots of face masks even - Republicans are saying Dems should shut up and go back inside."

I haven't heard any Republicans saying protesters should shut up and go back inside

in all honesty, "black lives matter" has become a national state of mind in the last few weeks

"There are reasons people call Republicans the stupid party."

the only people you hear say that are people, like Hillary Clinton, who don't win elections

Hillary said the deplorables were half of America

Sleepy Joe says it's only 10-15%

he still has some explaining to about how he could say that and unify the country

June 14, 2020 7:10 AM  
Anonymous the "smart" Dem Party has been running the nation's largest cities for decades and has done nothing about racist police brutality said...

The death of George Floyd, an African-American, at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer has sparked weeks of urban protests—some marked by looting and violence—across the United States. It has also brought fierce condemnations of President Donald Trump. New York City mayor Bill de Blasio partly blamed the president for the unrest, noting “there’s been an uptick in tension and hatred and division since he came along,” while Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot said that she had a message for the president: “It’s two words. It begins with F and it ends with U.” The New York Times, meantime, excoriated Trump for what the paper described as a “violent ultimatum” issued to unruly protestors, and former vice president Joe Biden charged Trump with “calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain.”

Less anger, though, was directed at Minneapolis’s political establishment. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (a merger of Minnesota’s Democrats and the state’s Farmer-Labor Party) has run the city since 1975. Instead, the New York Times ran a mild piece observing that, for Democratic leaders of Minneapolis and other cities, the violent events were “testing their campaign promises and principles.” The protests, the paper opined judiciously, necessitated “careful calibration of liberal leaders, between projecting empathy for the protesters and denouncing property destruction and theft.” (The Times did acknowledge that the Minneapolis police department, currently run by a black police chief, has a “long history of accusations of abuse.”)

Floyd’s death was only the latest in a series of disturbing incidents that have fed a growing belief among African-Americans that they’re a target of abusive cops. For many, today’s tragic events evoke the experiences of the 1960s, when blacks who had moved into northern cities clashed with hostile police departments, setting off similar destructive riots. “To some Negroes police have come to symbolize white power, white racism and white repression,” the Kerner Commission’s 1968 report on the upheavals of that era declared. Nearly 50 years later, the Justice Department, in a report on the Baltimore Police Department in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death in police custody in 2015, concluded that “the relationship between the Baltimore Police Department and many of the communities it serves is broken.”

Though both reports’ conclusions were hotly contested, it’s indisputable that in each period, the principal controversies largely revolved around police departments in Democrat-controlled cities, with a few notable exceptions, like Ferguson, Missouri. Despite decades of Democratic Party governance and numerous promises of reform, these cities—Baltimore, Chicago, and Minneapolis are notable cases—continue to struggle with relations between the police and minority communities; in some cases, those relations have even regressed. The media rarely acknowledge this monumental failing of the party, and it seems to evoke little self-reflection among urban Democrats themselves.

June 14, 2020 7:21 AM  
Anonymous the "smart" Dem Party has been running the nation's largest cities for decades and has done nothing about racist police brutality said...


The Democratic Party of the late 1950s and 1960s was principally a blue-collar political movement. It dominated northeastern and midwestern cities through powerful local political machines dispensing patronage to supporters—including plum positions in police departments. Corruption was endemic, and it often occurred at the expense of black residents.

Those conditions set the stage for some of the most explosive riots of that period. In July 1967, two Newark police officers arrested a black cab driver and dragged him into a precinct house, where he was beaten. Protests erupted and swiftly turned violent, lasting four days and costing 26 lives. Investigations in the aftermath uncovered widespread corruption. Newark’s mayor, Hugh Addonizio, had returned from serving in Congress to run the city because, he reportedly said, “There’s no money in Washington, but you can make a million bucks as mayor of Newark.” The city’s police department was tied to organized crime; mob bosses had helped elect Addonizio, and directly picked his police commissioner, a man widely disliked in the black community. That same summer, a Detroit police raid on an after-hours club hosting a homecoming party for two African-American Vietnam vets sparked five days of rioting that saw 43 people die in the city. As in Newark, black residents complained that the police were corrupt—for example, taking bribes to ignore street crime. Reports issued after the riots showed that the department had strong ties to local organized crime.

The Newark and Detroit riots, and riots in more than 150 other cities, that summer brought sweeping political changes, including the election of a generation of new black urban Democratic leaders. But policing remained a glaring problem. In Detroit, voters elected radical labor organizer Coleman Young, an African-American, as mayor in 1974. He went to war with his own police department, slashing its ranks by 20 percent and installing a black police commissioner, with instructions to reduce enforcement in the city radically. Both strategies—hiring more black police leaders (and officers, generally) and reducing police presence—became common in major cities. Crime exploded in Detroit, and in most American urban areas; as middle-class residents, predominantly white, left for safer suburbs, poorer blacks, living in increasingly dangerous city neighborhoods, were the biggest victims.

June 14, 2020 7:24 AM  
Anonymous the "smart" Dem Party has been running the nation's largest cities for decades and has done nothing about racist police brutality said...


The story only changed when a few criminologists, led by the Manhattan Institute’s George Kelling, and visionary police leaders, like William J. Bratton, began to advocate for community-based policing, including enforcement of quality-of-life offenses, and the deployment of more sophisticated data to target crime hot spots, to bring order back to urban neighborhoods. After Bratton became New York’s police chief under Republican mayor Rudolph Giuliani in 1994, crime started to fall dramatically—including violent felonies, which fell by 70 percent.

As crime declined, so did some key indicators of police misconduct. The New York Police Department keeps extensive records on how often officers fire their guns, and the numbers tell a powerful story. In 1991, at the peak of the city’s crime wave under Mayor David Dinkins, officers discharged their guns 307 times. Ten years ago, in a much safer city, police fired their guns fewer than 100 times—and last year, they did so just 52 times, representing a greater than 80 percent decline from 1991.

About a decade ago, a narrative reemerged in America that police departments are deeply racist and single out minority residents disproportionately. The timing seemed unusual. America had just elected its first black president, which might have signaled that the country’s racist past was firmly behind it—certainly in the sense of systemic or institutional racism. And yet, with Barack Obama in the White House, individual conflicts between the police and African-Americans were not downplayed but amplified, at times by the president himself. Speaking about the case of Eric Garner, a New Yorker arrested for selling contraband cigarettes who died in police custody after resisting arrest, Obama said that the incident spoke to “larger issues that we’ve been talking about now for the last week, the last month, the last year, and, sadly, for decades, and that is the concern on the part of too many minority communities that law enforcement is not working with them and dealing with them in a fair way.”

New York’s progressive mayor, Bill de Blasio, found larger meaning in the confrontation, explaining that he told his son Dante, who is half-black, that he faced extra danger when interacting with the police. “With Dante, very early on, we said, ‘Look, if a police officer stops you, do everything he tells you to do. Don’t move suddenly. Don’t reach for your cellphone,’” said de Blasio. “Because we knew, sadly, there’s a greater chance it might be misinterpreted if it was a young man of color.” Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, used his bully pulpit to argue repeatedly that police and public school officials disproportionately and unfairly targeted young blacks. Holder led federal investigations of several police departments and used the Department of Justice to force teachers and administrators to reduce suspensions of African-Americans students.

Though statistical evidence showed no disproportionate targeting of blacks, it’s clear that many African-Americans believed this narrative of the Obama years. And the rhetoric surrounding the 2020 unrest suggests that many still do. So why did so little change under a Democratic president, and in typically Democratic-run cities? The answers might lie in looking closely at some of the most egregious confrontations that occurred in blue cities over the last few years.

June 14, 2020 7:26 AM  
Anonymous the "smart" Dem Party has been running the nation's largest cities for decades and has done nothing about racist police brutality said...

In October 2014, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot at least 16 times by a police officer on a Chicago street and killed. Initial reports claimed that he was walking erratically down the street, carried a knife, and lunged at the police. Testimony from witnesses and other evidence, however, cast doubt on the official version of events. The city turned down numerous requests to release video of the incident, which took place in the middle of a difficult reelection campaign for then-mayor Rahm Emanuel, who eventually won a run-off for a second term in April 2015. When the city, under pressure, eventually provided access to several videos, the evidence showed that McDonald was walking away from the cop when shot. The release provoked widespread protests, and the officer was eventually convicted of second-degree murder.

Emanuel refused calls to resign, despite emails obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request showing that he and members of his administration were aware that the videos existed. Instead, he established a review board headed by Lori Lightfoot, then president of the Chicago Police Board, to recommend police reforms, which a Justice Department report deemed essential to restore trust between the force and the community. While Chicago, governed by Democrats since 1931, made some changes, such as providing officers with tasers, which they could use as an alternative to their guns, no sweeping reforms or reorganization of the force took place. Lightfoot ran for mayor three years later, promising that she would finish the job of reform. In office for a year, with violence spiking in the city, she came under fire in minority communities for not being tough on crime. She has resorted to some of the same strategies that Emanuel was criticized for, including flooding crime-plagued neighborhoods with extra cops.

While the McDonald case festered in Chicago, in April 2015, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who had been arrested for carrying a knife, sustained head injuries while riding in the back of a Baltimore Police Department van and died in the hospital. Protests broke out shortly after, and some were violent, involving looting and arson, prompting Maryland governor Larry Hogan to declare a state of emergency and send in the National Guard. During the riot, the city’s mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, was criticized for declaring, “While we tried to make sure that (protesters) were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.”

Under intense criticism for her role during the riots, she decided not to run for reelection. A subsequent Department of Justice investigation accused the city police, headed by an African-American commissioner, of making unconstitutional stops and searches and of using excessive force. The task of reform fell to Rawlings-Blake’s successor, Catherine Pugh, the eighth consecutive Democrat elected mayor since 1971, who ran on a platform of restraining the police. Like many of her Democratic predecessors, her strategy revolved around reducing policing—but as police withdrew, crime and disorder spread. Murders, which had declined to as low as 197 annually, spiked to more than 300. Pugh had to resign after just two and a half years in office for pressuring groups to buy a book she had written. She eventually pled guilty to conspiracy and tax evasion and was sentenced to three years in prison.

June 14, 2020 7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Though no such postmortems have taken place yet on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, we can already see the likely direction they will take. The Minneapolis Police Department hired a black police chief in 2017, and he pledged to institute broad reforms, but he’s faced resistance. One problem typical of Democratic-controlled cities is that public-sector unions are powerful, and the Minneapolis police union has apparently stymied efforts by the new chief to discipline and suspend officers accused of misconduct. “During recessions [the city] would give the union management rights in lieu of money,” Robert Olson, former chief of police in Minneapolis, told Reuters two years ago. “We’re not talking about just one union contract. We’re talking about incremental changes in contracts over years that cumulatively, suddenly, there’s all of these hoops, which makes it far more difficult for chiefs to sustain discipline.” It’s an old obstacle that the city’s political leaders haven’t rushed to fix, despite years of complaints from minorities, because unions are deeply embedded in the political landscape. Minneapolis has one of the highest rates of unionization of public employees of any metro area in the country.

Speaking on TV during the recent unrest, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden promised, if elected, to make police brutality a key issue for his administration.

It was the latest in a long line of promises by leading Democrats to address what they see as police misconduct toward African-Americans.

One wonders when they will be called to account for their repeated failures to do something about it.

June 14, 2020 7:36 AM  
Anonymous Tucker Carlson's racism costs him advertisers said...

Tucker Carlson has one of the most-watched shows on cable news, but the Fox News Channel host is losing advertisers – again.

Whereas in 2018, when 20 companies yanked their ads after Carlson obtusely proclaimed that undocumented immigrants made America “poorer, and dirtier, and more divided,” this time the exits are over the host’s stance on the death of George Floyd and the ensuing nationwide protests against police violence and racism.

Both Disney and T-Mobile have cut ties with the primetime Tucker Carlson Tonight over the host’s polarizing point of view on the Black Lives Matter movement and the desire for justice and equality in America many of its members advocate. Along with Papa Johns and SmileDirectClub, the media giant and the telecommunications brand faced a backlash in recent days for their association with Carlson and his belief that the well attended protests were “Black Lives Matter riots.”

Or, put another way, putting money in Rupert Murdoch’s corporate pocket was not a branding position Disney or T-Mobile wanted to be in at this moment in America...

Last week, Carlson told his primarily conservative audience that they weren’t “required to be upset” about Floyd’s Memorial Day death in broad daylight on the street at the hands of cops. This is the same host who last summer pronounced white supremacy a “hoax” that should be put on the “conspiracy theory” shelf.

“This may be a lot of things, this moment we’re living through, but it is definitely not about black lives,” Carlson then told his viewers on June 8, the first day of Floyd’s memorial in his adopted hometown of Houston. “Remember that when they come for you, and at this rate, they will,” the FNC host added cryptically.

A FNC spokesperson earlier this week said that the “they” Carlson was referring to on Monday was the Democrats and local politicians and not BLM members or activists.

Nonetheless, those inflammatory words provoked the Deutsche Telekom AG-owned T-Mobile to respond online, “We haven’t run ads on Tucker Carlson Tonight since early May and have cancelled all future placements.” The cell phone carrier added: “We will continue to support those who stand against racial injustice.”...

Still, in a yet another monologue tonight, one-time COVID-19-warning Carlson also piled up against the stay-at-home orders that state and local governments put in place during the past three months to keep spread of the often-fatal disease under control.

“Corrupt politicians scared us into giving up control over the most basic questions in our own lives,” Carlson declared, with aim directly at Democrats, even though the White House is held by Republican Donald Trump. “At the same time, they gave more power to their obedient followers like Antifa, while keeping the rest of us trapped at home and censored online.”

Despite such claims by Carlson and the former Celebrity Apprentice host, the anti-fascist group, which has become an obsession in FNC and GOP circles, has not shown up so far in any of the Justice Department cases of those arrested for looting and unrest following Floyd’s death.

At the same time, as the nation reopens sporadically, about 113,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus. America leads the world in confirmed cases of the disease with more than 2.04 million cases, so far.

“Turns out cable news anchors don’t make very subtle propagandists,” Carlson tellingly said tonight with zero irony. On that perhaps, all parties would agree here.

June 14, 2020 7:41 AM  
Anonymous hold Dem government responsible for brutally racist city cops said...

read through your post there and don't see anything that would justify an advertiser boycott

could you tell us anything Carlson said that is offensive?

"At the same time, as the nation reopens sporadically, about 113,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus. America leads the world in confirmed cases of the disease with more than 2.04 million cases, so far."

kind of shows that the lockdowns had no beneficial effect

a startling percent of cases, and deaths, were in the greater NYC metropolitan area, as locked down as anywhere

a much better strategy would have been to take some extraordinary steps to protect retirement home and some economic support for anyone over fifty who CHOSE to stay home

if we'd done that, we'd have fewer overall deaths now and be much better prepared for any future wave, with the economic strength to fight the virus

June 14, 2020 8:25 AM  
Anonymous Captain Clorox to the rescue said...

"kind of shows that the lockdowns had no beneficial effect"

Until of course you compare that to countries that did lockdowns, combined with effective testing and contact tracing, that did WAY better. Our country of course had a leader that was pretending the problem would magically go away "like a miracle" when those actions could have been employed effectively.

‘S**thole’ Countries Have Handled The Coronavirus Better Than The United States

he coronavirus didn’t hit wealthy countries first, but it hit them hard. So far, nearly four out of five global COVID-19 deaths have occurred in the global north, which encompasses most developed nations.

The United States, Italy, Spain, France and the United Kingdom contain just 7.5% of the world’s population — and two-thirds of its coronavirus death toll.

While the failures of the developed world to contain the virus have been well-documented, the successes of the global south — comprising newly industrialized or developing countries — have gone mostly unnoticed.

Last month, the World Bank reported that developing countries make up 85% of the global population but account for just 21% of COVID-19 deaths. In late May, the entire region of West Africa — which has a greater population than the United States — had recorded just 654 COVID-19 deaths, a figure some Western countries were racking up every day.

This phenomenon is no coincidence. The global south features countries with a vast range of demographic, climatic and geographic features. Many coronavirus superstars, including Vietnam, Mongolia and Slovenia, share borders with pandemic hotspots. And while it’s true that poor countries have lower testing rates — and some may be fabricating their statistics entirely — conditions on the ground give little indication that the developing world has experienced the coronavirus pandemic as severely as its wealthier counterpart.

So what explains the strikingly lower death tolls in what President Donald Trump once called “shithole countries”? The most convincing explanation, experts said, is that poor countries have simply managed the pandemic better than rich ones.

June 14, 2020 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Captain Clorox to the rescue said...

“Whenever we see success in the developing world, we tend to tell the story in terms of things that are outside their control,” said Charles Kenny, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and the author of ”Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding and How We Can Improve the World Even More.” Over the last few decades, he said, the global south has made huge strides in terms of infrastructure, literacy, health care and welfare policy. Those achievements laid the groundwork for poor countries’ coronavirus response — but have gone almost entirely unnoticed in the developed world.

“We have a problem talking about the policy successes of developing countries, which are considerable,” Kenny said. Western media sources tend to emphasize developing countries’ challenges rather than their achievements. Even when they do get credit for lifting their populations out of poverty, stories in the international press often emphasize the role of Western charities rather than domestic efforts.

But the available evidence suggests that developing countries have tackled COVID-19 not through luck or chance, but rather through the diligent efforts of their politicians and their populations.

In January, while Trump was assuring Americans that the few known cases would soon fall to zero, Senegal was closing its borders, initiating contact tracing and committing to provide a hospital bed to every COVID-19 patient. In February, as Western European leaders allowed the virus to spread at mass gatherings, Mongolia canceled its national lunar new year celebrations and set up a task force with more than 800 staff members.

And in March, as the United States distributed meager social benefits and bailed out corporations, the Cook Islands, a small country with incomes roughly on par with Sri Lanka, devised a welfare package worth 11% of its gross domestic product that included cash payments to older adults and a three-month waiver of electricity bills for every household.

These cases are not outliers. Many poor countries with small coronavirus outbreaks took deliberate, early and decisive steps while those in the West wasted precious time dithering. And they took these steps against considerable odds.

Senegal, like many sub-Saharan African countries, has a mostly informal economy, making quarantines both logistically difficult and economically devastating. The entire country had just 86 intensive care unit beds at the start of the pandemic. Nevertheless, within weeks of the global outbreak, local officials had established 78 field offices, dispatched contact tracing teams and allocated a $160 million response budget.

As of Saturday, Senegal had just 47 deaths. Pennsylvania, a state with roughly the same population, had 5,931.

“We’ve managed to set politics aside and put solidarity and togetherness first,” said Aminatou Sar, the Senegal program director for PATH, an international public health nonprofit. The country has spent the years since the 2014 Ebola outbreak deliberately strengthening its health care infrastructure and establishing data gathering and surveillance systems. Senegal didn’t get lucky; it did the work many of its wealthier counterparts refused to.

June 14, 2020 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Captain Clorox to the rescue said...

Poor Countries Intervened Early
Perhaps the most decisive step developing countries took to control the coronavirus was intervening before it was too late. Across the global south, countries closed their borders and locked down their populations far sooner than Western countries.

Trinidad and Tobago, for example, shut down its economy the day after recording its first case. Rwanda halted all commercial flights five days after detecting the virus. The Cook Islands, a country whose economy is almost entirely dependent on tourism, canceled all incoming flights before recording a single case of COVID-19.

Albania, a Balkan country with so little hospital capacity that a member of parliament set up a GoFundMe to buy ventilators, has deep economic ties to Italy, one of the countries hardest hit by the virus. On March 8, the same day it confirmed the first case of COVID-19, the country canceled all travel to Italy. Two days later, it imposed one of Europe’s strictest quarantines, imposing large fines and even jail time for citizens who left their homes. The government shut down public transit, banned gatherings of more than two people and forced residents to apply for permission to use their own cars.

By early June, the country had recorded just 33 deaths, a fatality rate roughly one-tenth as severe as Germany’s and one-thirtieth as severe as that of the United States.

But the best illustration of how important early intervention was to halting the spread of the pandemic comes not from comparing poor countries to rich ones but from comparing them to each other.

Armenia and Georgia are neighboring countries in the Caucasus region with similar climates, links to the outside world and per capita GDP.

When it comes to the coronavirus, however, they have much less in common. As early as January, Georgia had halted flights from Italy and implemented temperature screening at airports. TV channels gave doctors airtime to describe the course of the virus and give sanitation advice. The government implemented a strict lockdown order on March 6.

Armenia, by contrast, never imposed a strict quarantine and waited to announce a lockdown order until March 15. By early June, Georgia had 800 cases of coronavirus. Armenia had more than 10,000.

Governments That Do More With Less
The developing world’s success at containing COVID-19 doesn’t just come from its community organizations. It also comes from its governments.

The best example of this is Vietnam. Rather than try to reinvent the wheel, Vietnam simply executed tested advice from local and international experts: Quarantine people at risk; trace positive patients; advise citizens to wash their hands, and wear masks in public.

Once the pandemic started, the government sent daily text messages to all citizens. Residents used “rice ATMs” to pick up food without violating social distancing rules. The government closed hospitals and quarantined villages when new cases appeared. These might not be the most exciting strategies, but they’re the result of years of deliberate investment.

June 14, 2020 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Captain Clorox to the rescue said...

“We applied an approach that we know works,” said Nhu Nguyen, PATH’s global health securities lead in Vietnam. “Vietnam experienced SARS and the avian influenza epidemic. The public health system has been investing in preparedness for the past 10 years.”

So far, it has paid off. The Vietnamese population experienced considerably less disruption than residents of wealthier countries. Nguyen said that in Hanoi, people were only under strict quarantine for three weeks. As of last week, restaurants had reopened (with temperature checks and a steady supply of hand sanitizer), and offices had invited back their workers.

“We’re already living in the new normal,” Nguyen said.

Many other developing country success stories reflect the same dedication to evidence-based policies and local innovation.

South Africa dispatched more than 28,000 health care workers to check symptoms and spread information door to door. Albania launched an entire TV channel dedicated to educating the public about the virus. Ghana elevated its testing rate by combining samples from multiple patients and following up with individual tests only if the batch came back positive.

All of these innovations reflect the steady improvement in living standards and infrastructure that characterizes recent history in the developing world. Over the last 20 years, many poor countries have built comprehensive welfare systems. Many middle-income countries also have universal health care, a structure that has proven to be more capable of allocating resources and tracking patients than America’s fragmented, quasi-privatized system. These governance systems may not capture the world’s attention but they were decisive in tackling COVID-19.

“One of the best-kept secrets about developing country governments is that they do a far better job of providing public services than Western governments did when they were at the same income level,” Kenny said.

June 14, 2020 10:44 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Record spikes in new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations sweep parts of U.S.

(Reuters) - New coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in record numbers swept through more U.S. states, including Florida and Texas, as most push ahead with reopening and President Donald Trump plans an indoor rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Alabama, Florida and South Carolina reported a record number of new cases for the third day in a row on Saturday, which many state health officials partly attribute to gatherings over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in late May.

Oklahoma reported record new cases for the second day in a row, and Alaska did so for the first time in weeks. Arizona and Nevada reported a near-record number of new cases.

In Louisiana, which had been one of the earlier virus hotspots, new cases were again on the rise with over 1,200 - the most there since May 21.

Perhaps more troubling for health officials is many of these states are also seeing record hospitalizations - a metric not affected by increased testing.

Arkansas, North Carolina, Texas and Utah all had a record number of patients enter the hospital on Saturday. In South Carolina, 69% to 77% of hospital beds are occupied, depending on the region.Record spikes in new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations sweep parts of U.S.

June 14, 2020 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Gays marrying benefits them and society said...

Why has Trump still failed to implement a national testing and tracing strategy??? Tens of thousands of people are dying needlessly due to Trump's pretending the pandemic isn't happening.

June 14, 2020 2:45 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Florida Hits Biggest Daily COVID-19 Jump As It Gears Up For GOP Convention

Florida coronavirus cases jumped 35% over the previous day on Saturday, smashing a single-day record, just as state officials are gearing up to host thousands of visitors for the Republican National Convention in August.

It was the third day in a row in which the state hit a record number of new COVID-19 cases, The Miami Herald noted.

June 14, 2020 2:47 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

One can understand the need for people to protest, but these protests are going to accelerate the coronavirus epidemic.

Trump claims he wants to help black people but he has done nothing to address systemic police racism and the needless killings of young black men.

If Trump really cared about black people he'd act on national police reforms but instead he forces blacks to protest knowing these typical Democratic voters will be killed disproportionately by coronavirus.

June 14, 2020 2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trump Death Clock

69,656

Estimated U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Due To POTUS Inaction
In January 2020, the Trump administration was advised that immediate action was required to stop the spread of COVID-19. According to NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, “there was a lot of pushback” to this advice. President Trump declined to act until March 16th. Experts estimate that, had mitigation measures been implemented one week earlier, 60% of American COVID-19 deaths would have been avoided. (For further reading, click here).

June 14, 2020 2:53 PM  
Anonymous Conservative christian marriages are abusive and should be discouraged by society said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "hold Dem government responsible for brutally racist city cops"

The president is Republican, NOT Democratic. If anyone needs to be held to account for brutally racist cops, its the current president, Trump, who has no national strategy to deal with systemic racism and who eliminated the various programs Obama had in place for dealing with them.

June 14, 2020 2:57 PM  
Anonymous Trump's failure to act on coronavirus is racist said...

Blacks are four times more likely to die from coronavirus than whites. Trump has failed to act on coronoavirus partly for this reason - its killing more democratic voters than Republican voters.

Black people aren't fooled by Trump's false claims to care about them - where are the national police reforms that could put an end to protests and minimize coronavirus transmission in the black community???

June 14, 2020 3:01 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous keeps screaming "Blame Democrats for racist police forces!".

But Democrats aren't in a position to make changes to address police racism, Republicans are. And yet they do NOTHING to improve the situation despite having had control of the Senate and the presidency for four years!

Vote out Do Nothing Republicans!

June 14, 2020 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Nitasha Tiku said...

Washington Post

New: more than 140 scientists funded by @ChanZuckerberg sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg today calling Facebook's policies on misinformation and incitements to violence "antithetical" to CZI's mission to build a better future and urging him to do better.

Facebook has been letting Trump run ads filled with lies and advocating violence against others.

June 14, 2020 5:47 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Bending Truth - How Adults Get Indoctrinated

June 14, 2020 5:48 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Protests over black injustice have spread deep into largely white, small towns in counties Donald Trump easily won across Michigan, Ohio,Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in 2016. Now, the president faces a test of whether he can hold that key voting bloc

June 14, 2020 9:45 PM  
Anonymous when will Dems take responsibility for the horrible cities they run said...

"Black people aren't fooled by Trump's false claims to care about them - where are the national police reforms that could put an end to protests and minimize coronavirus transmission in the black community???"

you sound like someone from another country

we don't have a national police force

that would be kinda fascist

Trump can help black people most by campaigning against city and state Dems who have made false promises for years and delivered rundown cities full of racist cops

when Stevie Wonder sang "you haven't done nothing", he wasn't talking about the GOP

June 14, 2020 11:03 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

I said "national police reforms", not "national police force"

You know, national police reforms, like Obama's commission on 21st century policing, consent decrees and so on.

Obama led the way on dealing nationally with police force reforms against systemic racism.

Trump eliminated those programs and has done nothing to help.

Trump hates black people.

June 15, 2020 12:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "that would be kinda fascist"

Right, fascist, like ordering the federal military into the streets without identifying marks to "dominate the battlefield" against the American public.

Fascist like arguing in court Trump can do anything he wants just by asserting its in the country's best interests.

Fascist like using the Justice department to end investigations into your own wrongdoing while using it to attack those trying to uphold the rule of law.

Fascist, thy name is Donald Trump.

June 15, 2020 12:23 AM  
Anonymous hi, rememba me?, it's Merrick Garland again. just checking to see if there are any openings on the Supreme Court said...

"I said "national police reforms", not "national police force""

Randy, you didn't identify yourself or else I wouldn't have responded

give my apologies to your therapist

I don't want to make his job any harder by contributing to your emotional instability

just take a double dose of your meds

and slip away into the lala land of delusion

yes, yes, Randy, there are fascists everywhere

Russians are controlling our elections too

most people don't understand, they don't see the things you do

watch out for heffalumps

zzzzzzzzzzzzz..........

June 15, 2020 5:38 AM  
Anonymous revenge of the deplorables said...

By most conventional indicators, Donald Trump is in danger of becoming a one-term president. The economy is a wreck, the coronavirus persists, and his poll numbers have deteriorated.

But throughout the Republican Party’s vast organization in the states, the operational approach to Trump’s re-election campaign is hardening around a fundamentally different view.

Interviews with more than 50 state, district and county Republican Party chairs depict a version of the electoral landscape that is no worse for Trump than six months ago — and possibly even slightly better. According to this view, the coronavirus is on its way out and the economy is coming back. Polls are unreliable, Joe Biden is too frail to last, and the media still doesn’t get it.

“The more bad things happen in the country, it just solidifies support for Trump,” said Phillip Stephens, GOP chairman in Robeson County, N.C., one of several rural counties in that swing state that shifted from supporting Barack Obama in 2012 to Trump in 2016. “We’re calling him ‘Teflon Trump.’ Nothing’s going to stick, because if anything, it’s getting more exciting than it was in 2016.”

This year, Stephens said, “We’re thinking landslide.”

Five months before the election, many state and county Republican Party chairs predict a close election. Yet from the Eastern seaboard to the West Coast and the battlegrounds in between, there is an overriding belief that, just as Trump defied political gravity four years ago, there’s no reason he won’t do it again.

Andrew Hitt, the state party chairman in Wisconsin, said that during the height of public attention on the coronavirus, in late March and early April, internal polling suggested “some sagging off where we wanted to be.”

But now, he said, “Things are coming right back where we want them … That focus on the economy and on re-opening and bringing America back is resonating with people.”

June 15, 2020 6:46 AM  
Anonymous revenge of the deplorables said...


In Ohio, Jane Timken, the state party chair, said she sees no evidence of support for Trump slipping. Jennifer Carnahan, the chairwoman of the Minnesota Republican Party, said the same. And Lawrence Tabas, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, went so far as to predict that Trump would not only carry his state, but beat Biden by more than 100,000 votes — more than twice the margin he mustered in 2016.

“Contrary to what may be portrayed in the media, there’s still a high level of support out there,” said Kyle Hupfer, chairman of the Indiana Republican Party. He described himself as “way more” optimistic than he was at this point in 2016.

The Republican Party apparatus that Trump heads in 2020 is considerably different than the one that looked at him warily in 2016. At the state level, many chairs who were considered insufficiently committed to the president were ousted and replaced with loyalists. But their assessments would be easier to dismiss as spin if the perception of Trump’s durability did not reach so far beyond GOP officialdom.

When pollsters ask Americans who they think will win the election — not who they are voting for themselves — Trump performs relatively well. And if anything, Trump’s field officers appear more bullish than Trump and some of his advisers. Even the president, while lamenting what he views as unfair treatment by his adversaries, has privately expressed concerns about his poll numbers and publicly seemed to acknowledge he is down.

“If I wasn’t constantly harassed for three years by fake and illegal investigations, Russia, Russia, Russia, and the Impeachment Hoax, I’d be up by 25 points on Sleepy Joe and the Do Nothing Democrats,” he said on Twitter last week. “Very unfair, but it is what it is!!!”

Yet in the states, the Republican Party's rank-and-file are largely unconvinced that the president is precariously positioned in his reelection bid.

“The narrative from the Beltway is not accurate,” said Joe Bush, chairman of the Republican Party in Muskegon County, Mich., which Trump lost narrowly in 2016. “Here in the heartland, everybody is still very confident, more than ever.”

At the center of the disconnect between Trump loyalists’ assessment of the state of the race and the one based on public opinion polls is a distrust of polling itself. Republicans see an industry that maliciously oversamples Democrats or under-samples the white, non-college educated voters who are most likely to support Trump. They say it is hard to know who likely voters are this far from the election. And like many Democrats, they suspect Trump supporters disproportionately hang up on pollsters, under-counting his level of support.

June 15, 2020 6:51 AM  
Anonymous revenge of the deplorables said...


Ted Lovdahl, chairman of the Republican Party in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, said he has friends who will tell pollsters “just exactly the opposite of what they feel.”

When he asked one of them why, his friend told him, “I don’t like some of their questions. It’s none of their business what I do.”

Recalling that polls four years ago failed to predict the outcome, Jack Brill, acting chairman of the local Republican Party in Sarasota County, Fla., said, “I used to be an avid poll watcher until 2016 … Guess what? I’m not watching polls.”

Instead, as they prepare for a post-lockdown summer of party picnics and parades, Republican Party organizers sense the beginnings of an economic recovery that, if sustained, is likely to power Trump to a second term. They also see a more immediate opening in the civil unrest surrounding the death of George Floyd.

“The further and further the Democrats tack left, and the further you get to where it’s the defunding the police,” said Scott Frostman, GOP chairman in Wisconsin’s Sauk County, which Obama won easily in 2012 but flipped to Trump four years later. “I think we have the opportunity as Republicans to talk to people a little bit more about some common sense things.”

Biden has rejected a national movement to defund police departments. But elections are often painted in broad strokes, and local party officials expect Trump — with his law and order rhetoric — will be the beneficiary of what they see as Democratic overreach.

“The other side is overplaying its hand, going down roads like defunding the police and nonsense like that,” said Michael Burke, chairman of the Republican Party in Pinal County, Arizona, a Trump stronghold in 2016.” “Most of the American people are looking like that saying, ‘Really?’”

June 15, 2020 6:53 AM  
Anonymous revenge of the deplorables said...


By most objective measures, Trump will need something to drag Biden down. He has fallen behind Biden in most swing state polls, and he lags the former vice president nationally by more than 8 percentage points, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average. A Gallup poll last week put Trump’s approval rating at just 39 percent, down 10 percentage points from a month ago. Democrats appear competitive not only in expected swing states, but in places such as Iowa and Ohio, which Trump won easily in 2016.

Little of that data is registering, however. State and local officials point to Trump’s financial and organizational advantages and see Biden as a weak opponent. They’re eager for Trump to eviscerate him in debates. “While the Democrats have been spending their time playing Paper Rock Scissors on who their nominee is going to be, we’ve been building an army,” said Terry Lathan, chair of the Alabama Republican Party.

James Dickey, chairman of the Texas Republican Party, said it took Biden “days to figure out how to even successfully operate, or communicate out of a bunker” and that he “has clearly not been able to deal with any real challenging interview.”

Local officials brush off criticism of Trump by Republican fixtures such as former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who said last week that Trump “lies all the time.” They dismiss press accounts of the race. Dennis Coxwell, the chairman of Georgia’s Warren County Republican Party, said: “It’s gotten to a point where I cannot believe anything that the news media says.”

Many admire Trump’s bluntest instincts — the same ones that have cost him among women and independent voters, according to polls. “The left called George Bush all kinds of names and just savaged him all the time … and Bush never said a word,” said Burke, who worked for Trump in the late 1980s and early 1990s overseeing his fleet of helicopters. “It was frustrating for those of us on the right. Now a guy comes along, you attack him, you’re getting it back double barrel. And everybody’s sitting around saying, ‘Yeah, that’s right, give it to ‘em.’”

And most of all, they put their confidence in an expectation that the economy will improve by fall.

Doyle Webb, chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party and general counsel to the Republican National Committee, said the only concern that he would have about Trump’s reelection prospects is “if the economy had another downturn.”

“But I don’t see that happening,” Webb said.

Instead, he predicted an improving job outlook and a return to “the old Clinton mantra: ‘It’s the economy, stupid.’”

“I think that people will be happy,” Webb said, “and [Trump] will be re-elected.”

It’s a widely-held view. In Pennsylvania last week, Veral Salmon, the Republican Party chairman of the state’s bellwether Erie County, measured enthusiasm for Trump by the large number of requests he has received for Trump yard signs. In Maine, Melvin Williams, chairman of the Lincoln County Republican Committee, saw it in a population he said is “getting sick of this bullshit,” blaming coronavirus-related shutdowns on Democrats. And across the country, in heavily Democratic San Francisco, John Dennis, the chairman of the local GOP, was encouraged by the decreasing number of emails from the “Never Trump” crowd.

Not in his city, but nationally, Dennis said, “I’m pretty confident that Trump is going to pull it off.”

June 15, 2020 6:56 AM  
Anonymous Record spikes in new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations sweep parts of U.S. said...

June 14 (Reuters) - New coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in record numbers swept through more U.S. states, including Florida and Texas, as most push ahead with reopening and President Donald Trump plans an indoor rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Alabama, Florida and South Carolina reported a record number of new cases for the third day in a row on Saturday, which many state health officials partly attribute to gatherings over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in late May.

Oklahoma reported record new cases for the second day in a row, and Alaska did so for the first time in weeks. Arizona and Nevada reported a near-record number of new cases.

In Louisiana, which had been one of the earlier virus hotspots, new cases were again on the rise with over 1,200 - the most there since May 21.

Nationally, there were over 25,000 new cases reported on Saturday, the highest tally for a Saturday since May 2, in part due to a significant increase in testing over the past six weeks.

Perhaps more troubling for health officials is many of these states are also seeing record hospitalizations - a metric not affected by increased testing.

Arkansas, North Carolina, Texas and Utah all had a record number of patients enter the hospital on Saturday. In South Carolina, 69% to 77% of hospital beds are occupied, depending on the region.

While Utah's governor announced last week that most of the state would pause its reopening, no state is talking about a second shutdown as they face budget shortfalls and double-digit unemployment. Many went ahead with reopenings before meeting government infection rate guidelines for doing so.

Fears that a second wave of infections is happening - or that states failed to curb their first wave - prompted health officials to plead with the public to wear masks and avoid large gatherings.

Trump still plans to hold his first campaign rally since early March on Saturday in Tulsa, although those attending will have to agree not to hold the campaign responsible if they contract COVID-19.

About a third of the record new cases in the state came from Tulsa County, according to state data. The Tulsa Health Department on Friday said the outbreak was linked to indoor gatherings. Hospitalizations and the percent of tests coming back positive have been steady in the state.

"I have concerns about large groups of people gathering indoors for prolonged lengths of time. It is imperative that anyone who chooses to host or attend a gathering take the steps to stay safe," said Bruce Dart, the department’s executive director, in a statement that advised people at gatherings to wear masks.

Trump has refused to wear a mask at a series of recent public events.

June 15, 2020 7:23 AM  
Anonymous for millenia, mankind has defined marriage as the union representing all the genders said...

when you hear Dems rant about the RECORD number of new CASES in red states, remember two things:

1. they were low to begin with so a RECORD is not that significant

2. DEATHS are falling sharply overall across the US - the chart is on the front page of the Post daily

btw, if lockdowns were really the answer, we should be seeing big spikes in large cities right about now from the massive BLM protests two weeks ago

on another topic, here's an analysis of the systematic racism in the Dem Party from the Civil War on

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jun/12/of-course-there-is-systemic-racism-in-america-and-/

it takes more than rhetoric, Dems

you need to overcome your craven systematic racism

June 15, 2020 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's why so many dems are out in the streets supporting the BLM movement, rather than branding them as thugs like Fox news.

June 15, 2020 9:09 AM  
Anonymous if Sleepy Creepy Joe is innocent, why not have Tara over for tea to swap swap stories with Jill ? said...

it's well-documented that Dems can't win elections without near monolithic black support

they'll say anything to get elected

but history shows they don't deliver

I'm sure black folks were amused to see Dems kneeling in the House wearing Kente cloths

but they'd probably rather see their kids get education and opportunity

Stevie Wonder sang forty-some years ago:

"we are amazed but not amused

but all the things you say you do

and we are sick and tired of hearing your song

telling us how you were going change to right from wrong

if you really want to hear our views:

you haven't done nothing"

and nothing's changed

June 15, 2020 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Supremes see the light! said...


Supreme Court says gay, transgender workers are protected by federal law forbidding discrimination on the basis of sex

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, beside protecting against workplace discrimination because of race, also prohibits discrimination “because of sex.” The question was whether that means only that women may not be treated worse than men, and vice versa, or that it also forbids discrimination against LGBTQ individuals.

June 15, 2020 10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

History shows Republicans don't deliver too, but they are great at making "Willie Horton" style ads.

June 15, 2020 10:25 AM  
Anonymous HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!!! said...

The vote was 6 to 3, with Justice Neil Gorsuch writing the majority opinion. He was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts.

6-3 in favor of gay rights

HIP HIP HOORAY FOR GORSUCH AND ROBERTS!!

June 15, 2020 10:28 AM  
Anonymous ALL HUMANS ARE CREATED EQUAL said...

"you haven't done nothing"

and nothing's changed"

That's right.

Stevie Wonder's still a superstar and you are still a nobody.

Stevie supports equal rights for all while you choose to discriminate against some of God's creations.

Try discriminating against LGBT folks now and maybe you'll get to join other criminals in jail.

June 15, 2020 10:33 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality is inherently sado-masochistic said...

"HIP HIP HOORAY FOR GORSUCH AND ROBERTS!!"

after all the whining, it turns out you like the Supreme Court

they were interpreting a law, not the Constitution, so this just means the law has to be fixed to the original intent of the legislators

btw, you have to concede the integrity of Goresuch to be impartial and above politics

"That's right.

Stevie Wonder's still a superstar and you are still a nobody.

Stevie supports equal rights for all"

ironic that you are for equal rights and then imply I'm not entitled to my opinion because I'm not a superstar

hmmmmm…

in any case, I cited the words of a superstar, which I guess means it's right in your world

Dems always think celebrities validate them

which is one reason Americans across the heartland distrust Dems

turns out, you don't have to be conservative to see the Dems are bogus

"while you choose to discriminate against some of God's creations."

I've actually never discriminated against any homosexual, I just don't think it's the government's place to interfere in social interactions

"Try discriminating against LGBT folks now and maybe you'll get to join other criminals in jail."

well, one could be subject to civil penalties no criminal ones under the now misinterpreted act

when that starts happening, look for legislative action

this will make a great campaign issue!

June 15, 2020 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"they'll say anything to get elected
but history shows they don't deliver"

In the past 40 years, there has been:
1: Black Republican Senator
6: Black Democratic Senators

O: Black Republican Presidents
1: Black Democratic President

(And we won't soon forget how Republicans treated our nation's first black ("secretly Muslim with a fake birth certificate") president.

Republicans were great for black in the 19th century - all 20 US Representatives were republican in the 19th century, but that was back when they could still claim they were the party of Lincoln.

Since the start of the 20th century however Republicans have pretty much abandoned black citizens.

Combined 20th and 21st century:
7: Black Republican Representatives (Only 3 for the entire 20th century)
120: Black Democratic Representatives

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_African-American_United_States_Representatives

June 15, 2020 11:04 AM  
Anonymous ALL HUMANS ARE CREATED EQUA said...

"Stevie Wonder's still a superstar and you are still a nobody.

Stevie supports equal rights for all"

ironic that you are for equal rights and then imply I'm not entitled to my opinion because I'm not a superstar"

The only one assuming I implied you are not entitled to your opinion due to your non-superstar status is you.

I actually re-stated your opinion, you stupid idiot. I said, "Stevie supports equal rights for all while "you choose to discriminate against some of God's creations."

Restating your opinion is about as far from "implying [you're] not entitled to [your] opinion" as the GOP and Rump are from TRUTH.

June 15, 2020 11:44 AM  
Anonymous when will Dems be held responsible fo the racist urban police forces they oversee? said...

"In the past 40 years, there has been:
1: Black Republican Senator
6: Black Democratic Senators

O: Black Republican Presidents
1: Black Democratic President"

well, for one thing, the sample size isn't large

Senators, the closest thing w have to royalty, tend to stick around for life

also, one black President doesn't make up for the years of systematic racism

there have been many blacks mentioned as possible GOP presidential candidates

they always polled well

or one reason or another it didn't work out

just like all the black candidates running against sluggard Biden in 2020

do you really think he is a better candidate than Kamala Harris, Corey Booker, Julian Castro, Andrew Yang, Tulsi Gabbard, and Deval Patrick?

of course not

it's the systematic racism of the Democratic Party that rescued Biden as the only electable candidate

on the basis of what?

his race, obviously

"(And we won't soon forget how Republicans treated our nation's first black ("secretly Muslim with a fake birth certificate") president."

our only modern President to spend a portion of his youth overseas, attend a Muslim school, and write a book idolizing a father who was not a US citizen and was radically anti-American

to say he deserves a pass because of her race is, actually, racist

"Republicans were great for black in the 19th century - all 20 US Representatives were republican in the 19th century, but that was back when they could still claim they were the party of Lincoln."

how about their racism in the 20th and 21st centuries?

"Since the start of the 20th century however Republicans have pretty much abandoned black citizens."

you must be kidding me?

they didn't start the KKK

Dems did

they didn't protect Jim Crow laws

Dems did

they didn't stand in the doorway at Little Rock

Dems did

GOP President Eisenhower sent national troops to protect the black kids

in 1972, racist George Wallace was doing great in Dem primaries until he was shot

in the 1970s, candidate Jimmy Carter said there was nothing wrong with protecting the "ethnic purity" of America's neighborhoods

in the 90s, Bill Clinton produced a crime bill that jailed a swath of black youth or life

to this day, Dems oppose school choice for inner city blacks

"Combined 20th and 21st century:
7: Black Republican Representatives (Only 3 for the entire 20th century)
120: Black Democratic Representatives"

until the 60s, most blacks lived in the South, where they where racist Dems prevented them from running for ofice

June 15, 2020 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Peanuts! Popcorn! Candy! said...

I am enjoying watching the troll twist in the wind, hoping Rump wins again, and today hoping state legislatures can undo what the Supreme Court just did, just like they have so far tried -- and failed -- to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Spew some more of your BS.

It's so entertaining!

June 15, 2020 12:28 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "Priya, you didn't identify yourself or else I wouldn't have responded

You don't identify yourself, why should I?

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "I've actually never discriminated against any h*sexual"

Again with the outrageous lies. You've demonized and dehumanized gays just like the Nazis did to the Jews. You've advocated for assaulting, imprisoning, and executing gays. That's discrimination on an evil scale.


Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "
"they didn't start the KKK Dems did they didn't protect Jim Crow laws Dems did they didn't stand in the doorway at Little Rock Dems did".

The situation has entirely reversed itself since then. Now Democratic politicians are the champions of black people and Republicans are the racists doing everything possible to oppress black people.

Trump is president, not a Democrat and yet he does NOTHING to address systemic police racism and the killing of unarmed black people and the Republican Senate blocks reforms Democrats have put forward.

Obama had various programs in place to deal with the police misconduct. and Trump eliminated them all because he hates black people.

June 15, 2020 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Harry Enten said...

Democratic nominees for Senate/president have been outperforming Clinton's margin by an average of 10 points in (mostly swing) state phone polls since protests began. This implies a double-digit Biden national lead and a Democratic lead in the race for Senate Control.

June 15, 2020 12:52 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Colin Powel Says He 'Cannot' In Any Way' Support Trump, Will Vote For Joe Biden

Its been a flood of one well respected Republican after another saying they don't support Trump and will never vote for him.

June 15, 2020 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"and write a book idolizing a father who was not a US citizen and was radically anti-American"

If someone writes a book idolizing their father, there's a very good chance it's because the man was a good father, and deserves the praise. Just because his father wasn't American, doesn't mean Obama was unpatriotic or un-American for writing about him. It's entirely possible to love your father and your country at the same time. Don't be absurd.

And just because you didn't like Obama's policies, doesn't mean he was "radically anti-American." On the whole, he treated Americans far better than the Rumpster has.


"you must be kidding me?

they didn't start the KKK"

The folks who started the KKK haven't been around for decades. Since then, the KKK has become a far right fringe group supportive of the xenophobic and anti-LGBT Republican policies and tendencies. They have found a home for themselves among all the other Conservative Christians making a point of making life difficult for LGBT people. There's a reason they called it a "Unite the Right" rally and not a "Unite the Left rally" - they know no one on the left will have anything to do with them. But Rump says all the things they love to hear.

"well, for one thing, the sample size isn't large

Senators, the closest thing w have to royalty, tend to stick around for life"

40 years, a country with over 300 million people, 12.1% of them black, and that's the best "rationalization" you can make up for why they didn't manage to elect say... 2 of them?

And Senators aren't royalty. They were bought and paid for by (hopefully mostly) American businesses. But that doesn't stop Moscow Mitch from acting like a king though.

"in the 1970s, candidate Jimmy Carter said there was nothing wrong with protecting the "ethnic purity" of America's neighborhoods"

I see you're fond of black history... it's a shame you didn't bring up this little episode:

"The day after the United Nations voted to recognize the People’s Republic of China, then–California Governor Ronald Reagan phoned President Richard Nixon at the White House and vented his frustration at the delegates who had sided against the United States. “Last night, I tell you, to watch that thing on television as I did,” Reagan said. “Yeah,” Nixon interjected. Reagan forged ahead with his complaint: “To see those, those monkeys from those African countries—damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!” Nixon gave a huge laugh."

You can listen to Ronnie and Tricky Dicky laughing it up here:
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/07/ronald-reagans-racist-conversation-richard-nixon/595102/

June 15, 2020 12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"until the 60s, most blacks lived in the South, where they where racist Dems prevented them from running for ofice" [sic]

And yet somehow that didn't stop "racist dems" from sending (and resending) black Representatives to Congress for decades from 1935 to 1959. What was stopping Republicans again?

"in the 90s, Bill Clinton produced a crime bill that jailed a swath of black youth or life"

Bill was a follower, not a leader. He followed along with a lot of stupid Right-wing policies, like deregulating investment banking and the "get tough" right-wing "law and order" tactics. Bill signed those into law, but make no mistake - those fiascos came straight out of the Republican playbook. I never voted for Bill, or any other Democratic candidate for president until Barack came along. I would have thought most people had learned their lesson about bad Republican policies after Bush II. But apparently some people LIKE to suffer.

"to this day, Dems oppose school choice for inner city blacks"

Yeah, because they know that with Republican tax cut policies, most of the kids left behind in the public schools will have even fewer resources going to them - which will only exacerbate poverty problems. Making things better for a few students at the expense of the rest is not a good trade-off. The poverty problem in the US, particularly among the black community needs to be solved for everyone, not just the few in a position to take advantage of a smattering of vouchers.

June 15, 2020 12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "give my apologies to your therapist I don't want to make his job any harder by contributing to your emotional instability just take a double dose of your meds yes, yes, Priya, there are fascists everywhere Russians are controlling our elections too".

Whatever happened to "I'LL NEVER RESPOND TO ANOTHER ONE OF PRIYA'S COMMENTS AGAIN!!!"?

Just another lie by Wyatt and Regina Hardiman.

If you're not trying to contribute to my "emotional instability", why are you referring to me as Randy instead of Priya?

That's what you do when you want to cause someone distress, not to prevent it.

Let's face it, if you thought you could cause me emotional distress you wouldn't hesitate to do so. The truth is you're afraid to debate me because I crush you every time.

June 15, 2020 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "to this day, Dems oppose school choice for inner city blacks"

School "choice" as you so euphemistically put it, will eliminate public schools and prevent poor black families from getting any education for their children whatsoever because only rich people can afford school "choice".

"School choice" is another anti-black move designed to give wealthy white people an even bigger edge over poor black families.

The average black family's net worth is 10% of the average white family's net worth. Republicans are only trying to make this income gap worse by eliminating free public schools.

June 15, 2020 1:03 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

You'd better be careful, Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous. First you respond to one of my comments here, then you respond to one of my comments there and the next thing you we're having a conversation and I've convinced you that if we want to have the best world possible society's highest priority has to be maximizing the happiness for all in an equal and fair way.

You seem pretty attached to your war on lgbt people, you might want to avoid getting in real debates just in case I convince you it's unjust and its wrong to put your religious beliefs ahead of our well being.

June 15, 2020 1:14 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

The problem with poor school performance in poor black neighbourhoods is not due to a failure of the schools, its due to a failure of the funding.

Half of school funding comes from property taxes so schools in poor black neighbourhoods get far less funding than schools in rich white neighbourhoods.

The way to deal with failing schools in poor black neighbourhoods is to put all the property tax funding into a pot and distribute it equally to each school.

Republicans oppose this and want to make the current situation even worse by defunding public schools and giving that money to private education interests like Betsy Devos owns to further increase the opportunity and income gap between white and black families.

There's a reason why Donald Trump hasn't done a damn thing to deal nationally with systemic police force racism.

Obama had a National Task Force on 21st Century Policing and various consent decrees in place to improve the situation and Trump eliminated all that.

Republicans are bad for black people.

June 15, 2020 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"School choice" is just another way to segregate white school children from black school children using the ten to one net worth gap between white and black families.

It will be a very rare black family that can afford to send their black children to an expensive white private school.

"School choice" means fewer schools with fewer resources for black children.

June 15, 2020 2:20 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"School choice" is just more Republican gaslighting of the poor and middle class.

June 15, 2020 2:24 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "DEATHS are falling sharply overall across the US"

Its far from "sharply". And deaths are falling in states like New York that have had strict lockdowns in place and that now have the virus under control - deaths are rising in red states that either never locked down or have re-opened prematurely.

Wyatt and Regina want to have it both ways. They want to blame blue states for the large number of deaths early on but they don't want to give credit to blue states which are responsible for the decline in the total death rate.

Deaths down in blue states.

Deaths up in red states.

Again and again, its the Republicans denying reality and causing needless death.

June 15, 2020 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Sleepy, Creepy Joe is in deeeeep trouble and his campaign is headed for the rubble said...

the Post has a wonderfully even-handed editorial this morning

it says, as we re-open, we need to decide when to take the risk of mass gatherings and when to avoid them

it says it is worth the risk for constitutional rights, such as "worship and protest"

but not for things like concerts and sports games

looks like they have come around to my way of thinking

and have disabused themselves of the TTF thinking that the right to assemble for protest and the right to worship are more important than letting the government take an one-size-fits-all approach to fighting the pandemic

and not limited to online experiences while incarcerated at home!

did you know that the June 2016 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll says Joe Biden is viewed less favorably than Donald Trump?

ouch!!

Biden among registered voters: 37 percent positive

Trump among registered voters: 40 percent positive

In the June 2016 the same poll —

Clinton: 33 percent positive

Trump: 29 percent positive

Now Republicans still have the opportunity to define Biden — 23 percent of voters have a neutral opinion of him (compared to 8 percent for Trump now and 12 percent for Clinton in 2016).

Trump has improved on his numbers from four years ago

And Biden still has plenty of work to do with the youngest voters (his favorable rating among them is just 26 percent, and his VERY positive rating is just 17 percent (though that’s 2 points higher than Clinton’s in June of ’16)



June 15, 2020 5:40 PM  
Anonymous face facts: two homosexuals don't reproduce so they aren't a marriage said...

"In the June 2016 the same poll —

Clinton: 33 percent positive

Trump: 29 percent positive"

and we all laugh daily about how that turned out!

June 15, 2020 6:24 PM  
Anonymous two groups that think you can change history by tearing down statues: Taliban and the Democraps said...

"I am enjoying watching the troll twist in the wind, hoping Rump wins again,"

well, you should enjoy yourself while you can

the time of the Dems draws short

as they say in the House of Stark, winter is coming

"and today hoping state legislatures can undo what the Supreme Court just did,"

how many grades in school have you completed?

say something like that to your teacher and she'll make you repeat a grade

the law ruled on was a Federal law

"just like they have so far tried -- and failed -- to overturn Roe v. Wade"

don't say this to your teacher either

Roe was a constitutional interpretation

it can't be changed by state legislatures

"Spew some more of your BS.

It's so entertaining!"

well, you're in for a lot of merriment until the your big shock in November!

"If someone writes a book idolizing their father, there's a very good chance it's because the man was a good father, and deserves the praise."

well, generally, yeah

but his father was an enemy of America

"Just because his father wasn't American,"

it wasn't just that

he was also ANTI-AMERICAN

"doesn't mean Obama was unpatriotic or un-American for writing about him."

didn't say it did

"It's entirely possible to love your father and your country at the same time."

yes, it is, but when the father is ANTI-AMERICAN, it's not absurd to raise the question

June 15, 2020 8:15 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "did you know that the June 2016 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll says Joe Biden is viewed less favorably than Donald Trump?"

Lol, who gives a damn about 4 years ago. Now Biden is viewed far more favourably than Trump and Trump was so upset about a CNN poll showing Biden up by 14 percentage points that he threatened to sue CNN - they just laughed :)

That you keep asserting Trump is sure to win just shows how dishonest you are.

June 15, 2020 8:29 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Trump’s numbers in Utah keep falling. In January, Trump was up over Joe Biden by 18 points. Recently he’s only up by 3 points (which fall under the margin of error). In other words, Mitt Romney is “dominating” Trump in Utah.

June 15, 2020 8:30 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Even when the economy was at it's best Trump couldn't get a positive approval rating. He's been an average of 8 points behind Joe Biden since before Joe declared and lately he's been averaging 10 points behind Biden.

The economy might improve between now and November but it's not going to be back to where it was. There's no reason to believe Trump can beat Biden given that.

June 15, 2020 8:35 PM  
Anonymous two groups that think you can change history by tearing down statues: Taliban and the Democraps said...

"And just because you didn't like Obama's policies, doesn't mean he was "radically anti-American.""

did I say that?

look back, I was talking about his father

"On the whole, he treated Americans far better than the Rumpster has."

what "whole" would that be?

a parallel universe?

Trump reduced minority unemployment to the lowest level in history, boomed the stock market, reformed the justice system that jailed swaths of young blacks, appointed originalists to the Supreme Court, put American workers ahead of illegal immigrants

sounds like he "treated Americans" pretty well

Obama?

shrugged off 10% unemployment for years while he wrote a childrens' book and redecorated the Oval office and tried vainly to solve Mid-East peace and took his family on dozens of overseas trips and said sluggish growth was the new normal and said American manufacturing would never come back and agreed to be "more flexible" with the Russians after the election

how could we ever thank him enough?

"The folks who started the KKK haven't been around for decades."

the Democratic Party is still around

"40 years, a country with over 300 million people, 12.1% of them black, and that's the best "rationalization" you can make up for why they didn't manage to elect say... 2 of them?"

that, and the fact that few blacks were Republicans

blacks are started to realize the Dems lied to them

"I see you're fond of black history... it's a shame you didn't bring up this little episode"

you can find similar statements by all the Dems of the time as well

remember George Wallace would have won in 76 if Jimmy Carter hadn't stopped him

Southern Dems at the time were very racist

"And yet somehow that didn't stop "racist dems" from sending (and resending) black Representatives to Congress for decades from 1935 to 1959. What was stopping Republicans again?"

how many?

from where?

"Bill was a follower, not a leader. He followed along with a lot of stupid Right-wing policies, like deregulating investment banking and the "get tough" right-wing "law and order" tactics."

there's a reason for that

the American public tends conservative and Clinton was trying to please them but didn't understand them

so, he callously sent black men to prison in a misguided quest for support

kind of like when he bombed a drug factory to distract from Monica

"I never voted for Bill, or any other Democratic candidate for president until Barack came along."

so why are you so desperately flailing around trying to defend them?

June 15, 2020 8:50 PM  
Anonymous two groups that think you can change history by tearing down statues: Taliban and the Democraps said...


"Yeah, because they know that with Republican tax cut policies, most of the kids left behind in the public schools will have even fewer resources going to them - which will only exacerbate poverty problems."

are you insane?

the Dem Party runs inner cities, the taxes are very high

failing DC schools spend more per pupil than anywhere in the country

"Making things better for a few students at the expense of the rest is not a good trade-off."

it would give choices to all poor kids

"The poverty problem in the US, particularly among the black community needs to be solved for everyone, not just the few in a position to take advantage of a smattering of vouchers."

LOL, there are only a smattering because Dems resist expanding the programs

""School choice" is just another way to segregate white school children from black school children using the ten to one net worth gap between white and black families."

how so?

btw, which teacers' union do you belong to?

"It will be a very rare black family that can afford to send their black children to an expensive white private school."

the point is to give them a choice to get out of the dangerous hell-holes the Dems have made of inner city schools

""School choice" means fewer schools with fewer resources for black children."

can you give us one example of a kid who had access to "fewer resources" because of school choice?

June 15, 2020 8:56 PM  
Anonymous foreign transgenders are running amok on America's blogs, acting like muggles! said...

did you know that the June 2020 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll says Joe Biden is viewed less favorably than Donald Trump?

ouch!!

Biden among registered voters: 37 percent positive

Trump among registered voters: 40 percent positive

In the June 2016 the same poll —

Clinton: 33 percent positive

Trump: 29 percent positive

Now Republicans still have the opportunity to define Biden — 23 percent of voters have a neutral opinion of him (compared to 8 percent for Trump now and 12 percent for Clinton in 2016).

Trump has improved on his numbers from four years ago

And Biden still has plenty of work to do with the youngest voters (his favorable rating among them is just 26 percent, and his VERY positive rating is just 17 percent (though that’s 2 points higher than Clinton’s in June of ’16)

June 15, 2020 9:17 PM  
Anonymous a true blue TTFster said...

Trump among registered voters: 40 percent positive

Biden among registered voters: 37 percent positive

ouch!!

eeeech!

argghhh!!!!!

that really smarts!

owwwwwwwww!

June 15, 2020 9:47 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...


Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "the Dem Party runs inner cities, the taxes are very high".

Trump has done nothing to help this, only Democrats work to help schools

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "failing DC schools spend more per pupil than anywhere in the country".

An anomaly that isn't representative of the rest of the country where schools in poor neighbourhoods are grossly underfunded due to the failed funding system of property taxes.

Good anonymous said "Making things better for a few students at the expense of the rest is not a good trade-off."

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "it would give choices to all poor kids"

That's absurd. Taking money away from free public schools to open private schools that charge thousands per year per student does not give any poor child an opportunity to go to the overfunded rich white people's schools.

Good anonymous"The poverty problem in the US, particularly among the black community needs to be solved for everyone, not just the few in a position to take advantage of a smattering of vouchers."

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "LOL, there are only a smattering because Dems resist expanding the programs".

Because vouchers take away from the funding of inner city black schools to give them to private schools poor blacks can't afford. Again we see Democrats work for black people and Republicans punish poor black people to help the rich white people.

I said ""School choice" is just another way to segregate white school children from black school children using the ten to one net worth gap between white and black families."

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "how so??
Because poor black families can't afford to send their children to expensive private schools - are you really that stupid?

I said "It will be a very rare black family that can afford to send their black children to an expensive white private school."

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "the point is to give them a choice to get out of the dangerous hell-holes the Dems have made of inner city schools"

When it costs thousands to send your children to a well funded private school that is a choice poor black families can't make. Again you help the rich white people while punishing the poor black people.

"School choice" means fewer schools with fewer resources for black children.

June 15, 2020 10:42 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "can you give us one example of a kid who had access to "fewer resources" because of school choice?".

Can you name anyone who died of coronavirus in Iran? Does your failure to name someone prove no one died of coronavirus in Iran?

Your suggestion that if I can't name any of the children shortchanged by defunding private schools means it doesn't happen is just bad faith debate.


You argue with the logic of a child.

June 15, 2020 10:46 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Alabama Sees Fourth Day Of Record New COVID Cases

Alabama has recorded record numbers of new coronavirus cases for four straight days amid a worsening outbreak in the state.

Covid is getting out of control in red states. You can pretend mother nature doesn't exist, but you'll still pay the price.

June 15, 2020 10:49 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

POLL: Biden +17 In Swing States Trump Won In 2016

You've got to be highly dishonest to keep claiming Trump is sure to win in November.

June 15, 2020 11:32 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

There was an absolutely huge rally for Black Trans Lives Matter in NYC yesterday.

Black transwomen are the most victimized group in society. Its long past time for protections for society's most vulnerable.

June 15, 2020 11:48 PM  
Anonymous Americans should have equal protection under the law; special protections for L or B or G or B or T is wrong!... said...


https://www.realclearpolitics.com/coronavirus/country/united-states/

Time for our regular check-up on how accurate TTFsters are when they make alarmist predictions to advocate for inane policies.

When many red states started opening about six weeks ago, TTFsters predicted catastrophe and a viral "explosion"

Sort the linked chart by deaths per million

you'll see that eleven of the twelve worst states are blue states

meanwhile, of the twelve states that have done the best at protecting their citizens' lives, nine are red states

one of those nine, Arkansas, never closed anything

the TTFsters, who must realize by now how wrong they were, will go apoplectic and rant that it's changed now

but, those nine have now had as much time since re-opening as they did shutdown

Dems own the economic disaster that has hit minority communities and working class citizens more than the woke elites

and that will become clearer and clearer as we approach November


June 16, 2020 6:00 AM  
Anonymous a true blue TTFster said...

"Sort the linked chart by deaths per million

you'll see that eleven of the twelve worst states are blue states"

ouch!!

eeeech!

argghhh!!!!!

that really smarts!

owwwwwwwww!

June 16, 2020 6:06 AM  
Anonymous a true blue TTFster said...

"Dems own the economic disaster that has hit minority communities and working class citizens more than the woke elites

and that will become clearer and clearer as we approach November"

ouch!!

eeeech!

argghhh!!!!!

anon is really smart!

owwwwwwwww!


June 16, 2020 6:09 AM  
Anonymous a true blue TTFster said...

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2020/president/pa/pennsylvania_trump_vs_biden-6861.html

oh nooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

the most recent poll shows Biden losing his state of birth, Pensylvania

ouch!!

eeeech!

argghhh!!!!!

that really smarts!

owwwwwwwww!

June 16, 2020 6:21 AM  
Anonymous Bad news for bumbling, tumbling Biden said...

U.S. retail sales jumped 17.7% from April to May, the largest increase ever, with spending rebounding after the coronavirus had shut down businesses, flattened the economy and paralyzed consumers during the previous two months.

The Commerce Department’s report Tuesday showed that retail sales have retraced the record-setting month-to-month plunges of March (8.3%) and April (14.7%) as businesses have increasingly reopened. June is expected to expand the recovery even further.

Meanwhile, Trump is preparing a trillion dollar infrastructure bill to supercharge the economy.

Stocks are way up on the news.

June 16, 2020 11:03 AM  
Anonymous grrrrrrrrrrrrrreat again !!!!.... said...

I know you kids are excited about yesterday's ruling, which you should be

I personally disagree with the law but that's not the same as disagreeing with the interpretation of the law

in this case, the SCOTUS ruled in favor of textualism, the legal theory that you interpret law by the letter of code and not by the intent of legislators

that may not always produce results you like

as a matter of fact, it is similar to originalism

finally, the ruling is a hopeful sign that we have the non-partisan high court we need

June 16, 2020 11:20 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "Sort the linked chart by deaths per million you'll see that eleven of the twelve worst states are blue states".

Most of those deaths happened early on in the epidemic, the situation has entirely changed now. Blue states are dropping their death rates and red states are increasing their death rates.

Blue states have flattened the curve, red states have failed to do so and are experiencing record numbers of cases and hospitalizations.

To No One’s Surprise, More Coronavirus Outbreaks Are Traced Back to Churches

June 16, 2020 12:54 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

That Wyatt and Regina keep declaring Trump is certain to win in November shows just how disconnected from reality they are. People need to have a good understanding of reality to make the best decisions. Wyatt and Regina obviously operate on a fantasy of what reality is like so they don't live as good a live as they could.

June 16, 2020 12:56 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "in this case, the SCOTUS ruled in favor of textualism, the legal theory that you interpret law by the letter of code and not by the intent of legislators as a matter of fact, it is similar to originalism"

Originalism means you interpret the law the way according to the understanding of the authors intent. Texturalism is the exact opposite of that.

Again Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous pretend to be smart and just make fools of themselves.

June 16, 2020 1:00 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Pence Urged Governors To Lie About COVID Spikes


The New York Times reports:

Vice President Mike Pence encouraged governors on Monday to adopt the administration’s explanation that a rise in testing was a reason behind new coronavirus outbreaks, even though testing data has shown that such a claim is misleading.

Poll: American “Happiness” At Lowest Level In 50 Years

Trump's never above 50% approval rating shows he couldn't have won another presidential election at any point in his presidency. Things might get better by November but they won't be back to where they were at their best. Covid is obviously not going to be under control given the surges we've seen after reopenings in red states show. People have lost a significant portion of their income and have had to borrow or sell stocks to get by. Paying back those debts isn't going to see the economy back to where it was for a very long time.

Barring some unimaginable change in things Trump is going on to lose in November. Honest people admit that.

June 16, 2020 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the ruling is a hopeful sign that we have the non-partisan high court we need"

I'm pleased to hear you say that.

Now tell Tony Perkins and Peter Sprigg and Franklin Graham to lay off their unjust war on harmless lgbt people and do so yourselves. It benefits you not in any way to persecute us and the resources you spend doing so could go to reducing poverty or some other worthwhile cause. It makes no sense from any perspective for you waste your resources harming us.

I know I hit you two pretty hard, Wyatt/Regina, but your rhetoric dehumanizing and demonizing lgbt people, advocating for us to be assaulted, imprisoned, and executed...you deserved that just as Tony Perkins and the "Family" "Research" "Council" did.

You people started the war on harmless lgbt people, its up to you to come back into compliance with the social contract before I have any moral obligation to treat you fairly.

I will treat you fairly if you treat us fairly. None of this "I don't believe I personally have ever discriminated against a h*sexual" bullshit. You don't get to demonize and dehumanize us and then claim you have no part in the discrimination you promote against us.

June 16, 2020 1:27 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina said "the ruling is a hopeful sign that we have the non-partisan high court we need"

Doubtful, based on past history:

Conservative Justices Are The Real "Judicial Activists".

If we judge "judicial activism" by some objective standard such as, say, how often they vote to strike down laws passed by the citizens' elected representatives, the more conservative justices have done so significantly more than the more liberal justices.


"[Professor Geoffrey] Stone concludes that the moderately liberal justices apply an approach in line with “the original concerns of the Framers of the Constitution and in their distinctive understanding of the special responsibility of courts in our constitutional system,” while the Court’s conservatives’ “votes cannot be explained by any consistent theory of constitutional interpretation” but are instead driven by their own policy preferences.


June 16, 2020 1:29 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality is inherently sado-masochistic said...

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order on policing Tuesday amid nationwide protests over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and other African Americans at the hands of law enforcement officers.

Trump said at the signing in the Rose Garden that he had just met with the families of several recent victims of lethal police violence, adding, "All Americans mourn by your side. Your loved ones will not have died in vain."

"I could never imagine your pain or the depth of your anguish, but I can promise to fight for justice for all of our people," the president said.

Trump said that order will use grants to help departments meet certification standards on the use of force, create a national database on excessive force complaints, and encourage the involvement of mental health professionals when responding to nonviolent cases, like addiction, homelessness and mental illness.

The president also said the order would prioritize grants to police departments to certify that they meet certain standards, and those standards would include a ban on chokeholds except with an officer's life is at risk.

The goal of the executive order is to take action without restricting the ability of police to do their jobs, a White House official said, noting that Democrats are going way too far with proposals that "would render police departments ineffective."

The White House official described Tuesday's executive order as a "starting point," telling NBC News that it was "as far as we can go at the executive level."

Attorney General William Bar, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt, who represents a number of Black families who've had loved ones die in encounters with police, also joined Trump in the Rose Garden.

"I am committed to working with Congress on additional measures," Trump said Tuesday.

"Hopefully they will all get together and come up with a solution that goes even beyond what we're signing today."

Senate Republicans have been working on a plan, which Trump said would go "hand-in-hand" with his executive order.

Last week Senate Majority Leader McConnell tapped South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott — a Black Republican in the Senate — to lead efforts on a police reform bill. Republican leadership is expected to act on the measure soon after the July 4 recess .

June 16, 2020 1:42 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Joe Biden Hails “Momentous” Ruling On LGBTQ Rights



Via press release from Joe Biden:

Today’s Supreme Court decision is a momentous step forward for our country. Before today, in more than half of states, LGBTQ+ people could get married one day and be fired from their job the next day under state law, simply because of who they are or who they love.

This landmark 6-3 ruling affirms that LGBTQ+ Americans are entitled to equal rights under the law.

The story of our nation is one of a relentless march toward greater justice and greater equality for all people. Fifty years ago this month, the first Pride march took place in New York City as a protest — as a call for liberation.

Today, by affirming that sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination are prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Supreme Court has confirmed the simple but profoundly American idea that every human being should be treated with respect and dignity. That everyone should be able to live openly, proudly, as their true selves without fear.

This decision is another step in our march towards equality for all. And while we celebrate this victory today, we know that our work is not yet done. As President, I look forward to signing into law the Equality Act, protecting the civil rights of LGBTQ+ Americans, and championing equal rights for all Americans. Happy Pride!

June 16, 2020 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Sleepy, Creepy Joe Biden is pathetic said...

The brutal death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers has sparked protests and riots around the United States. We have witnessed humanity at its finest and at its ugliest. Citizens of faraway nations have expressed solidarity with black Americans; police officers have marched alongside protesters; protesters have defended businesses against looting and destruction. At the same time, rioters have burned down buildings and looted businesses; protesters have been pepper-sprayed and beaten; cops have been shot and run over with cars.

At the root of the unrest is the Black Lives Matter movement, which began with the acquittal of George Zimmerman in 2013 and rose to national prominence in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in 2014. My view of BLM is mixed. On the one hand, I agree that police departments too often have tolerated and even enabled corruption. Rather than relying on impartial third parties, departments often decide whether to discipline their own officers; the legal doctrine of qualified immunity sets what many say is an unreasonably high bar for civilians bringing civil-rights lawsuits against police officers. Bodycams (which increase transparency, to the benefit of both wrongly treated police suspects and wrongly accused police) are not yet universal. In the face of police unions that oppose even reasonable reforms, Black Lives Matter seems a force for positive change.
On the other hand, the basic premise of Black Lives Matter—that racist cops are killing unarmed black people—is false. There was a time when I believed it. I was one year younger than Trayvon Martin when he was killed in 2012, and like many black men, I felt like he could have been me. I was the same age as Michael Brown when he was killed in 2014, and like so many others, I shared the BLM hashtag on social media to express solidarity. By 2015, when the now-familiar list had grown to include Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, and Walter Scott, I began wearing a shirt with all their names on it. It became my favorite shirt. It seemed plain to me that these were not just tragedies, but racist tragedies. Any suggestion to the contrary struck me as at best, ignorant, and at worst, bigoted.

My opinion has slowly changed. I still believe that racism exists and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms; I still believe that, on average, police officers are quicker to rough up a black or Hispanic suspect; and I still believe that police misconduct happens far too often and routinely goes unpunished. But I no longer believe that the cops disproportionately kill unarmed black Americans.

Two things changed my mind: stories and data.

June 16, 2020 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Sleepy, Creepy Joe Biden is pathetic said...

First, the stories.

Each story below involves a police officer killing an unarmed white person. (To demonstrate how commonly this happens, I have taken all of them from a single year, 2015, chosen at random).

Timothy Smith was killed by a police officer who mistakenly thought he was reaching into his waistband to grab a gun; the shooting was ruled justified.

William Lemmon was killed after he allegedly failed to show his hands upon request; the shooting was ruled justified.

Ryan Bolinger was shot dead by a cop who said he was moving strangely and walking toward her; the shooting was ruled justified.

Derek Cruice was shot in the face after he opened the door for police officers serving a warrant for a drug arrest; the cops recovered marijuana from the property, and the shooting was ruled justified.

Daniel Elrod robbed a dollar store, and, when confronted by police, allegedly failed to raise his hands upon request (though his widow, who witnessed the event, insists otherwise); he was shot dead. No criminal charges were filed.

Ralph Willis was shot dead when officers mistakenly thought that he was reaching for a gun.

David Cassick was shot twice in the back by a police officer while lying face down on the ground.

Six-year-old Jeremy Mardis was killed by a police officer while sitting in the passenger seat of a car; the officer’s intended target was Jeremy’s father, who was sitting in the driver’s seat with his hands raised out the window.

Autumn Steele was shot dead when a police officer, startled by her German shepherd, immediately fired his weapon at the animal, catching her in the crossfire. Shortly after he killed her, bodycam footage revealed the officer’s despair: “I’m f------ going to prison,” he says. The officer was not disciplined.

For brevity’s sake, I will stop here. But the list goes on.

For every black person killed by the police, there is at least one white person (usually many) killed in a similar way.

The day before cops in Louisville barged into Breanna Taylor’s home and killed her, cops barged into the home of a white man named Duncan Lemp, killed him, and wounded his girlfriend (who was sleeping beside him).

Even George Floyd, whose death was particularly brutal, has a white counterpart: Tony Timpa. Timpa was killed in 2016 by a Dallas police officer who used his knee to pin Timpa to the ground (face down) for 13 minutes. In the video, you can hear Timpa whimpering and begging to be let go. After he lets out his final breaths, the officers begin cracking jokes about him. Criminal charges initially brought against them were later dropped.

June 16, 2020 1:57 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

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June 16, 2020 2:06 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

In the 2016 campaign Trump said he was going to be a super pro lgbt president, that he'd definitely be better than the terrible Democrats on this issue. Wyatt and Regina Hardiman said the same thing throughout the campaign - "Most gay friendly president ever"

During the campaign Trump said "Ask yourself, "Who is really the friend of women and the lgbt community?". Donald Trump with actions, or Hillary Clinton with her words".

"As your president I will do everything in my power to protect our lgbtq citizens."

Instead, as the trolls Wyatt and Regina Hardiman believed he would, relentlessly attacked lgbt people around the world. Just the other day Wyatt and Regina were telling us how pleased they were Trump had recinded protections for lgbt people in Healthcare, allowing, for example, EMT's to allow a transwoman to die because they don't want to treat her.

Wyatt and Regina offensively claim "I don't believe I've ever discriminated against any h*sexual." while they promote and praise laws that allow medical personnel to allow lgbt people to suffer irreparable harm or even die just by claiming their religion demands it. If you can't see that's discrimination in itself, you're lying to yourself.

The surprise 6-3 Supreme Court ruling that said sexual orientation and gender identity are covered under the 1964 Civil Rights Act is a huge blow to the unjust war Tony Perkins, Peter Sprigg, Franklin Graham, Donald Trump, and Wyatt and Regina Hardiman have been waging on harmless lgbt people. The progression of that war was heading towards executing gays and lesbians as the Jewish and christian bible and Koran demand. If Trump is reelected in 2020 expect these evangelical christians to do everything in their power to push Trump that way.

Trump was happy to wage war on lgbt people to please evangelical christians despite his campaign promise to protect us. Wyatt and Regina cheered this war on and expressed their glee at every successful assault. If you want to protect lgbt people from assault, imprisonment and execution as evangelical christians are encouraging and enabling around the world, you must get out and vote Democratic.

June 16, 2020 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Sleepy, Creepy Joe Biden is pathetic said...


At a gut level, it is hard for most people to feel the same level of outrage when the cops kill a white person. Perhaps that is as it should be. After all, for most of American history, it was white suffering that provoked more outrage. But I would submit that if this new “anti-racist” bias is justified—if we now have a moral obligation to care more about certain lives than others based on skin color, or based on racial-historical bloodguilt—then everything that I thought I knew about basic morality, and everything that the world’s philosophical and religious traditions have been saying about common humanity, revenge, and forgiveness since antiquity, should be thrown out the window.

You might agree that the police kill plenty of unarmed white people, but object that they are more likely to kill unarmed black people, relative to their share of the population.

That’s where the data comes in.

The objection is true as far as it goes; but it’s also misleading.

To demonstrate the existence of a racial bias, it’s not enough to cite the fact that black people comprise 14 percent of the population but about 35 percent of unarmed Americans shot dead by police. (By that logic, you could prove that police shootings were extremely sexist by pointing out that men comprise 50 percent of the population but 93 percent of unarmed Americans shot by cops.)

Instead, you must do what all good social scientists do: control for confounding variables to isolate the effect that one variable has upon another (in this case, the effect of a suspect’s race on a cop’s decision to pull the trigger).

At least four careful studies have done this—one by Harvard economist Roland Fryer, one by a group of public-health researchers, one by economist Sendhil Mullainathan, and one by David Johnson, et al.

None of these studies has found a racial bias in deadly shootings.

June 16, 2020 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Sleepy, Creepy Joe Biden is pathetic said...


Of course, that hardly settles the issue for all time; as always, more research is needed. But given the studies already done, it seems unlikely that future work will uncover anything close to the amount of racial bias that BLM protesters in America and around the world believe exists.

All of which makes my view of Black Lives Matter complicated. If not for BLM, we probably would not be talking about ending qualified immunity, making bodycams universal, increasing police accountability, and so forth—at least not to the same extent. In fact, we might not even have a careful national database on police shootings. At the same time, the core premise of the movement is false. And if not for the dissemination of this falsehood, social relations between blacks and whites would be less tense, trust in police would be higher, and businesses all across America might have been spared the looting and destruction that we have seen in recent weeks.

But isn’t this the price of progress? Isn’t there a long tradition of using violence to throw off the shackles of white supremacy, going back to the Haitian revolution and the American Civil War? Didn’t the urban riots of the late 1960s wake Americans up to the fact that racism did not end with the Civil Rights Act of 1965?

To start, any analogy to slave rebellions or justified revolutions can be dismissed immediately. Taking up arms directly against those enslaving you is one thing. Looting clothing stores or destroying grocery stores is something else entirely. We must be careful not to confuse the protesters with the rioters. The former are committed to nonviolence. The latter are simply criminals and should be treated as such.

As for the riots of the late 1960s, progressives should not praise them for shocking Americans into action without also noting that they helped elect Richard Nixon president, which progressives certainly did not intend; that they directly decreased the wealth of inner-city black homeowners; and that they scared capital away from inner cities for decades, worsening the very conditions of poverty and unemployment that the rioters were supposedly protesting.

What’s more, the case for violence rests on the false notion that without it, little progress can be made. Recent history tells a different story. In 2018, the NYPD killed five people, down from 93 people in 1971. Since 2001, the national incarceration rate for black men ages 18-29 has gone down by more than half. Put simply, we know progress through normal democratic means is possible because we have already done it.

June 16, 2020 2:11 PM  
Anonymous Sleepy, Creepy Joe Biden is pathetic said...


In a perfect world, I would like to see the yearly number of unarmed Americans killed by police decrease from 55 (the number in 2019) to zero. But the more I think about how we would achieve this, the less optimistic I am. At a glance, copying the policies of nations with very few police shootings seems like a promising path. But on closer inspection, one realizes how uniquely challenging the American situation is.

First, America is a huge country—the third largest in the world by population. That means that extremely low-probability events (such as police shootings) will happen much more frequently here than they do elsewhere. For instance, if America were the size of Canada, but otherwise identical, about six unarmed people would have been killed by police last year, not 55.

Second, America is a gun country, which makes policing in America fundamentally different than policing in other nations. When cops pull someone over in the United Kingdom, where the rate of gun ownership is less than one-twentieth the American rate, they have almost no reason to fear that the person they’ve stopped has a pistol hidden in the glove compartment. That’s not true in America, where a cop gets shot just about every day. So long as we are a gun country, American police will always be liable to mistake a suspect’s wallet or smartphone for a gun. And we will not be able to legislate that fact away—at least not completely.

A third factor (not unique to America) is that we live in the smartphone age. Which means that there are millions of cameras at the ready to ensure that the next police shooting goes viral. Overall, this is a good thing. It means that cops can no longer reliably get away with lying about their misbehavior to escape punishment. (And that the claims of those accusing police in such situations will face objective video scrutiny.) But it also means that our news feeds are perpetually filled with outlier events presented to us as if they were the norm. In other words, we could cut the rate of deadly shootings by 99 percent, but if the remaining 1 percent are filmed, then the public perception will be that shootings have remained steady. And it is the public perception, more than the underlying reality, that provokes riots.

Combine all three of these observations and one arrives at a grim conclusion: as long as we have a non-zero rate of deadly shootings (a virtual certainty), and as long as some shootings are filmed and go viral (also a virtual certainty), then we may live in perpetual fear of urban unrest for the foreseeable future.

The only way out of this conundrum, it seems to me, is for millions of Americans on the left to realize that deadly police shootings happen to blacks and whites alike.

As long as a critical mass of people view this as a race issue, they will see every new video of a black person being killed as yet another injustice in a long chain dating back to the Middle Passage. That sentiment, when it is felt deeply and earnestly, will reliably produce large protests and destructive riots.

The political Right has a role to play as well. For too long, “All Lives Matter” has been a slogan used only as a clapback to Black Lives Matter. What it should have been, and still could be, is a true movement to reduce the number of Americans shot by the police on a race-neutral basis. If the challenge for the Left is to accept that the real problem with the police is not racism, the challenge for the Right is to accept that there are real problems with the police.

If the level of discourse among our public officials stays where it currently is—partisan and shallow—then there is not much hope. In a worst-case scenario, we may see a repeat of the George Floyd riots every few years. But if we can elevate the national discourse, if we can actually have that honest and uncomfortable conversation about race that people have been claiming to want for years, then we might have a chance.

June 16, 2020 2:12 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "I personally disagree with the law [1964 Civil Rights Act]"

Remember Wyatt and Regina posting repeatedly about how the KKK, and the people standing in doorways to prevent black school children from attending a white school were Democrats?

They were Democrats up until Democrats passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act that made blacks equal to whites. Then they joined the Republican party in protest which had opposed the Civil Rights Act.

So, yeah, the KKK, people standing in doorways so black schoolchildren can't attend white schools? They're Republicans now.

June 16, 2020 2:19 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

So now Wyatt and Regina are denying that there is any racism in the way blacks are treated by American police forces.

These two absolutely despise minorities. Their sole purpose in life is to enrich old white heterosexual men and punish everyone else.

It doesn't get much more deplorable than that.

Barrack Obama put several national programs in place to deal with systemic police force racism and Trump eliminated them all

Trump and Republicans are waging a war on people of colour and lgbt people.

June 16, 2020 2:22 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

And for the man who Wyatt and Regina Hardiman said was "the most gay friendly president" ever?

Trump sided with the bigots who argued that the 1964 Civil Rights Act didn't protect people based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Coronavirus rages on with thousands of needless deaths every week and the highest priority for the Trump administration is harming lgbt people.

One of the plaintiffs Trump sided with in the case fired a social worker because he joined a gay softball team. Oh, the horror! You definitely can't be a social worker any more if you're on a team like that.

President Trump told the Supreme Court that your boss should be able to fire you anywhere in America if you join a gay frickin' softball team".

He lost, but Trump is still president and he and his administration are still doing everything they can to make the lives of innocent lgbt people miserable and dangerous and unprotected as possible

Just last Friday Trump changed the rules to allow anyone in Healthcare to refuse to help transgender people.

115,000 dead from coronavirus and cases spiking around the country. But no, the real problem, the real serious problem that they needed to act to solve is that its not legal everywhere for health providers to turn people away from treatment just because they don't like transpeople.

They can't get coronavirus tests in nursing homes where 45,000 Americans have been killed in the past four months, can't figure out any kind of infection control protocol in federal prisons where there are tens of thousands of coronavirus infections and they're not even testing the staff but they're Johnny on the spot when it comes to whipping up a new federal rule change so transpeople can affirmatively be discriminated against by health providers.

Because Whewf, that was a problem the country needed working on - not enough discrimination against transpeople in health care.

Who goes into government for this purpose?

After rolling out that new "its okay to discriminate" rule on Friday night for health providers the Trump Administration is now working on a follow up rule that will make it affirmatively okay for transpeople to be discriminated against in housing as well.

Because, sure, why not? What else does President Trump got that's more important than making transpeople's lives harder and making it clearly legal and welcome for anybody in America to discriminate against transpeople and hurt them - gotta get workin' on that! Definitely don't have time to stop people dying from coronavirus but we gotta get our discrimination factor up against the trans community.

To rub it in, the Trump aministration put out this anti-trans rule on the anniversary of the Pulse gay nightclub massacre where 49 people were killed by a religious extremist.

(H/T Rachael Maddow)

June 16, 2020 2:47 PM  
Anonymous hi, it's Merrick Garland again. Just checking to see if there are openings on the Supreme Court.... said...

The President on Tuesday described the issue of school choice as the civil rights issue of the decade "and probably beyond."

Trump delivered remarks in the Rose Garden on an executive order to encourage police reforms amid national unrest over police brutality and racial injustice when he touched on his administration's push for school choice.

"We're fighting for school choice, which really is the civil rights of all-time in this country," Trump said. "Frankly, school choice is the civil rights statement of the year, of the decade and probably beyond. Because all children have to have access to quality education.

"A child’s ZIP code in America should never determine their future, and that’s what was happening," he continued. "All children deserve equal opportunity because we are all made equal by God."

The Trump administration has advocated for increased school choice, arguing that it would allow residents living in distressed communities the opportunity to send their children to more competitive educational institutions.

Vice President Pence earlier Tuesday raised school choice when asked whether black Americans have a harder time making it in the U.S.

"I mean, [Joe] Biden says everybody ought to have a fair shot at the American Dream. Well, we would say, 'Well, why don't you support allowing African American families to choose where their kids go to school?'" Pence said.

June 16, 2020 2:59 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

I ask you:

Who is hurt by me living as a woman and society treating me as a woman?

Wyatt and Regina want to coerce my husband and I into ending our relationship. How are we better off apart than together?

June 16, 2020 3:04 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "school choice is the civil rights statement of the year, of the decade and probably beyond. Because all children have to have access to quality education."

The net worth of the average black family is 10% of the net worth of the average white family.

Trump and Republicans want to defund free public schools and give the money to private schools to enrich people like Minister of Education Betsy Devos.

There's no "choice" for poor black families when it costs thousands a year to send your child to a private school. All "school choice" will do is result in fewer more poorly equipped schools in black neighbourhoods.

June 16, 2020 3:08 PM  
Anonymous for millenia, mankind has defined marriage as the union representing all the genders said...

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than four dozen progressive groups have signed a letter to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign criticizing his police reform proposals and warning that if he doesn’t adopt more progressive policies he risks losing black voters — and the election — this fall.

“You cannot win the election without the enthusiastic support of Black voters, and how you act in this moment of crisis will play a big role in determining how Black voters -- and all voters concerned with racial justice -- respond to your candidacy. A “return to normalcy” will not suffice, the letter reads.

It criticizes in particular Biden’s commitment to add $300 million in funding for community policing programs, arguing that such programs have contributed to police violence against black Americans.

The signers ask that Biden instead ensure “that the federal government permanently ends and ceases any further appropriation of funding to local law enforcement in any form, whether it be money for trainings, equipment, hiring, re-hiring, overtime,” and redirect the funds towards education, healthcare and other community services.

Biden has resisted calls to support defunding the police, which have intensified in recent weeks among progressives in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man.

The letter, which is signed by more than 50 groups, including the Bernie Sanders-linked Our Revolution, Black Voters Matter, and the League of United Latin American Citizens, among others, was dated June 11, nearly two weeks into the nationwide protests — and renewed conversation around criminal justice and policing reform — that erupted in the wake of Floyd’s killing. It also came the day after Biden wrote a USA Today op-ed that reiterated his earlier proposal to add new funds for community policing.

June 16, 2020 3:11 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

"School choice" is a euphemism for segregation and racism.

Republicans are constantly trying to gaslight people into voting against their own best interests.

Trump is out to benefit old white heterosexual men alone.

Trump's goal is to crush minorities.

June 16, 2020 3:13 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "for millenia[sic], mankind has defined marriage as the union representing all the genders "

For millennia same sex couples have been getting married.

Marriage is good for gay couples and good for society.

Now with the Supreme Court ruling that The Civil Rights Act covers sexual orientation and gender identity the bigots dream of banning gay marriage again is over.

Trump's latest efforts to increase discrimination against transwomen will also eventually be rescinded due to this long overdue ruling.

June 16, 2020 3:16 PM  
Anonymous Sleepy creepy Joe Biden is so screwed - Dems are damned, if they do or they don't said...

More than four dozen progressive groups have signed a letter to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign criticizing his police reform proposals and warning that if he doesn’t adopt more progressive policies he risks losing black voters — and the election — this fall.

ouch!!

eeeech!

argghhh!!!!!

that really smarts!

owwwwwwwww!

It criticizes in particular Biden’s commitment to add $300 million in funding for community policing programs, arguing that such programs have contributed to police violence against black Americans.

The signers ask that Biden instead ensure “that the federal government permanently ends and ceases any further appropriation of funding to local law enforcement in any form.

Biden has resisted calls to support defunding the police, which have intensified in recent weeks among progressives in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man.

The letter, which is signed by more than 50 groups, including the Bernie Sanders-linked Our Revolution, Black Voters Matter, and the League of United Latin American Citizens, among others, was dated June 11, nearly two weeks into the nationwide protests — and renewed conversation around criminal justice and policing reform — that erupted in the wake of Floyd’s killing. It also came the day after Biden wrote a USA Today op-ed that reiterated his earlier proposal to add new funds for community policing.

June 16, 2020 4:07 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Hate Group Leader Has The Sadz: This “Outrageous” SCOTUS Ruling Is An “Incredibly Dark Day” For America

From Focus On "The Family" founder James Dobson:

"If there was any question that our country is in the midst of a spiritual war over its very heart and soul, this abhorrent decision removes any shred of doubt. "

"Abhorrent"? You mean "just and overdue".

James Dobson and evangelical christians seek to oppress and harm innocent lgbt people even though it doesn't benefit them in any way.

Anti-gay people are evil people. The essence of morality is "Do whatever you want, but harm no one". The "heart and soul" of evangelical christians like James Dobson and Tony Perkins are very dark indeed.

Lying Wyatt and Regina have falsely claimed I've said morality is "Do whatever you want", leaving off the "but harm no one" part. They tried to justify that lie by saying they can't see any difference between the two statements. They say they don't see any difference between "harm no one" and "harm anyone you want"

Wyatt and Regina are not good people.

You can't be a good person and seek to harm lgbt people merely for being lgbt.

June 16, 2020 4:35 PM  
Anonymous Trump will tell any lie that sounds good to him in the moment said...

Trump Celebrates Nonexistent “AIDS Vaccine”

Mediaite reports:

President Donald Trump got ripped apart on Twitter after praising the non-existent AIDS vaccine during his speech on police reform on Tuesday.

“Before the end of the year, I predict we will have a very successful vaccine, therapeutic, and cure. We’re making tremendous progress. I deal with these incredible scientists, doctors very very closely. I have great respect for their minds,” Trump said during the briefing.

“And they have come up with things, and they’ve come up with many other cures and therapeutics over the years. These are the best, the smartest, the most brilliant anywhere. And they’ve come up with the AIDS vaccine.”

June 16, 2020 4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"More than four dozen progressive groups have signed a letter to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign criticizing his police reform proposals and warning that if he doesn’t adopt more progressive policies he risks losing black voters — and the election — this fall."

We can all be sure not a single supporter of any of those four dozen group' will be voting for Rump!

And neither will the big money former GOPers and their supporters who have started various PACs and groups that specifically oppose Rump.

Never Trump
Republican Voters Against Trump
Americans Against Trump

What happened to your Rumpified Supreme Court yesterday?

Gorsuch and Roberts joined the four liberals to uphold the law and one the very most basic ideas that makes America the special place it is -- we are all created equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights.

You never know where you might find anti-Rumpettes, even a Rump selected Supreme Court appointee!

June 16, 2020 4:53 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Just remember that when Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous tells you about how Trump is going to be good for black people they also oppose the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Wyatt/Regina keep pointing out how the KKK was started by Democrats but all those racists Democrats became Republicans after Democrats passed the Civil Rights Act.

Republicans are the enemy of the poor and people of colour.

June 16, 2020 5:02 PM  
Anonymous I wonder if TTF likes any parts of the Constitution said...

"President Donald Trump got ripped apart on Twitter after praising the non-existent AIDS vaccine during his speech on police reform on Tuesday."

he was unfairly attacked on social media?

what a surprise!

obviously a slip of the tongue

you don't think Biden would ever do that, do you?

LOL!!!!!!

"We can all be sure not a single supporter of any of those four dozen group' will be voting for Rump!"

well, we'll see

but the big issue is they say they won't vote for Biden

a vote for the Green Party is a vote for Trump!!!!!

LOL!

"And neither will the big money former GOPers and their supporters who have started various PACs and groups that specifically oppose Rump.

Never Trump
Republican Voters Against Trump
Americans Against Trump"

well, Trump has taken power away from the elites and deep state actors of both parties

which is a reason that those people who think Biden is just more of the same may consider Trump

he, at least, tries to fulfill his promises

"What happened to your Rumpified Supreme Court yesterday?"

if you're talking about the originalist Supreme Court, they made a ruling on the wording of a law

the ruling shows the law was flawed, as its writers never intended to apply to sexual deviants

it's subject to revocation, or amendment

we'll see where this goes

"Gorsuch and Roberts joined the four liberals to uphold the law and one the very most basic ideas that makes America the special place it is -- we are all created equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights."

you are really going off on a tangent

Title VII, concerning employment discrimination, is the only section that prohibits sex discrimination

public accommodations, housing, et al don't mention sex

so, Trump's ruling this week that Americans don't have to subsidize sex change operations is safe

further, they didn't endorse the law

they simply ruled on what it said

sorry to disappoint you

"You never know where you might find anti-Rumpettes, even a Rump selected Supreme Court appointee!"

the guys he selected seem pretty supportive

they likely aren't wild about creepy sleepy Joe Biden, the Democrap!

June 16, 2020 5:36 PM  
Anonymous Thanks Tristero and Digby -- Ain't that special said...

"Protesters in Albuquerque wrapped a chain around the neck of a bronze statue and began tugging and chanting, “Tear it down,” shortly before sunset on Monday. Their efforts to pull down a monument of Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate suddenly stopped as four shots rang out.

Most people instinctively turned toward the noise, videos from the scene show. A few screamed. Just yards away, a group of men sporting militarylike garb and carrying semiautomatic rifles formed a protective circle around the gunman.

The gunshots, which left one man in critical but stable condition, have set off a cascade of public outcry denouncing the unregulated ‘militia’’s presence and the shooting. On Tuesday morning, the Albuquerque Police Department announced that detectives had arrested Stephen Ray Baca, 31, in connection with the shooting.

Baca was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and firearm enhancement, according to a criminal complaint."

Please don’t misunderstand. I’m very glad this thug was arrested. I’m also very glad that he was arrested alive even after the shooting began. It shows that at least when it comes to right wing militia types, the police are perfectly capable of capturing even highly dangerous and armed suspects without kneeling on their necks for 9 minutes or shooting them in the back.

And in Ohio, Bethel, Ohio was overrun with biker gangs on Sunday, leaving the village in an ongoing state of tension.

Sunday’s protest, billed as Bethel’s Solidarity with Black Lives Demonstration, was expected to have a turnout of 80 to 100 people. But soon, per a joint statement by the village’s mayor, chief of police and administrator, “several motorcycle gangs, back the blue groups, and second amendment advocates” caught wind of the event and decided to show up, armed with guns and bats.

Online ahead of Sunday’s protest — and again ahead of a second protest on Monday — rumors flew that buses full of outside agitators were coming to town.

Video from Sunday showed several counter-protesters hurling racial slurs at the demonstrators. Other footage also captured counter-protesters appearing to shove and hit the demonstrators with impunity. In one instance, as at least two uniformed police officers looked on, a man, surrounded by an angry crowd, was punched in the back of the head.

“Sir, I just got punched in the back of the head,” the man told the police officer standing in front of him. The officer suggested the man file a report.

Later video captured a counter-protester saying of the incident, “He’s lucky he didn’t get shot.”

This video is something else. I can’t imagine where the stereotypes of MAGA cultists come from …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=141&v=obK8zWF7y34&feature=emb_logo

June 16, 2020 6:40 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Has The “Neil Gorsuch Is A Sellout” Sadz: This Cultural IED Will Be The Lingering Horror Of His Legacy

"It will mean, like Roe v. Wade did, years and years of hard-fought, deeply passionate debate. And more division. "

It would have meant that anyway if the Supreme Court had ruled against harmless lgbt people.

Rights of individuals need to be balanced, no one's rights are absolute.

The Supreme Court sided with those who believe its not fair to have a devastating effect on lgbt lives just because it gives people like Tony Perkins, Peter Sprigg, and Franklin Graham a sadistic thrill and feeling of superiority.

The U.S. Constitution requires equality and balance under the law. Its long past time to stop evangelical christians from entrenching their legal superiority over other Americans

If christians can't be fired for being christian then neither should anyone have the right to fire lgbt people merely for being lgbt.

June 16, 2020 8:36 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Imagine if the resources evangelical christians put into harming lgbt people were put into a worthwhile cause like poverty or helping with the pandemic.

June 16, 2020 8:41 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Teenagers with strict parents 'struggle in later life', study says

Teenagers with strict parents have always felt sorry for themselves, but a study suggests that controlling parents might actually be doing their children harm.

Researchers at the University of Virginia found that overbearing behaviour by parents was associated with children having difficulties in relationships and education as adults.

By the time they’re 32, those with strict, overbearing parents were less likely to be in relationships, and likely to have lower educational achievements, the researchers said.

Read more: Lockdown and screen overload: how to escape your screens

Dr Emily Loeb, of the University of Virginia, said: “Parents, educators and clinicians should be aware of how parents’ attempts to control teens may actually stunt their progress.

“This style of parenting likely creates more than a temporary setback for adolescent development because it interferes with the key task of developing autonomy at a critical period.”

The damage caused by such parenting is “not easy to repair”, the researchers said.

June 16, 2020 11:18 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage said...

Politico is on the other side of the aisle and generally unfriendly to the president. So it was a little surprising to see this headline: “‘We’re thinking landslide’: Beyond D.C., GOP officials see Trump on glide path to reelection.”

Interviews with more than 50 state, district and county Republican Party chairs depict a version of the electoral landscape that is no worse for Trump than six months ago — and possibly even slightly better. According to this view, the coronavirus is on its way out and the economy is coming back. Polls are unreliable, Joe Biden is too frail to last, and the media still doesn’t get it.
***
Phillip Stephens, GOP chairman in Robeson County, N.C., said, “We’re thinking landslide.”

I don’t know about a landslide, but I too think the ground is shifting in Trump’s favor. In January, I thought he was a 99% lock for re-election on a record of peace and prosperity. Then the Wuhan virus came along, and state shutdowns devastated the economy. Next, while peace reigns abroad, left-wing rioters, looters and arsonists have destroyed it at home. But as usual, the Democrats can’t help themselves. They have gone much too far with absurd proposals to abolish the police, and with essentially insane attacks on white people–who, last time I looked, comprise two-thirds of the electorate. And I do think you have to get outside of D.C. to get a sense of the electorate’s mood.

The current environment reminds me of 1972, and a conversation I had then with a friend who was, like me at that time, on the left. The contest then was between Nixon and McGovern, and my friend said, “Nixon will win because he is for America, and McGovern is against America.” He and I didn’t see it that way, but we knew that was how the race was coming across to most voters. That is true in spades this year: McGovern was wrong about a lot of things, but he was a sincere patriot. Today’s Democrats, in contrast, really are against America. The country has slipped since 1972, but I still don’t think that hostility to one’s own country is a winning platform.

Watch for it: on November 4, it will once again be Republicans singing “Happy Days Are Here Again.”

June 17, 2020 12:15 AM  
Anonymous trangenderism is sexist and anti-woman: a gangrene on society said...

On Tuesday’s episode of The View, Meghan McCain called out what she sees to be a double standard when it comes to two current hot-button issues: While President Donald Trump has been criticized for holding an upcoming rally in the midst of a pandemic, says McCain, those participating in nationwide protests haven’t been subject to the same criticism.

“There’s a lot of hypocrisy to go around,” said McCain, “and this is one of the issues that I’m really enraged about.”

While McCain made it clear that she thinks all large public gatherings are dangerous during this time, she made the point that Trump rally-goers are being treated differently than the protestors.

“Is COVID a pandemic that we all have to stay sheltering in place and inside, or is it not?” she asked. “Or is it only a pandemic if you are a conservative and you’re a Trump supporter and then you have to stay inside, and you’re a hypocrite if you sign this waiver and you go into his rally?”

That waiver she referred to would be the one that the Trump administration is making rally-goers sign before attending, waiving their right to sue if they contract the coronavirus.

The debate between the co-hosts grew testy, with Joy Behar, the most unAmerican personality on American TV, sparring with McCain over Trump’s role in the handling of the pandemic.

“If he hadn’t been so incompetent, we all probably would be out of this by now,” Behar sneered. McCain replied, saying, “This is an American problem, this is a problem that is bipartisan, this is not just a Trump administration problem.”

And lest you think McCain was sticking up for Trump, she made it clear she was only bringing to light the unbalanced coverage, in her eyes. Trump was famously unkind to her father in 2016. “I’m no Trump fan, everybody knows that,” she said. “But you make me defend him when you say things like ‘he wants people to die’, ‘he doesn’t care about public health’.”

June 17, 2020 6:56 AM  
Anonymous Trump is not well said...

How weak do you have to be to need two hands to take a drink of water?

June 17, 2020 7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage "

You keep lying about marriage.

No wonder you support Rump, the biggest liar of them all.

I'm sorry to inform you but two Americans of the same gender are legally able to marry here in this great nation, home of the free.

Your hatred for them is your problem.

June 17, 2020 7:52 AM  
Anonymous Coronavirus hotspots flare in Arizona and Florida; Oregon church linked to outbreak said...

For a second week in a row, half a dozen U.S. states face a surge in new coronavirus cases and rising hospitalizations, including an outbreak linked to a church in rural Oregon.

Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma all reported record increases in new cases on Tuesday after recording all-time highs last week. Nevada also reported its highest single-day tally of new cases on Tuesday, up from a previous high on May 23.

At the Tucson Medical Center on Monday, just a single intensive care unit (ICU) bed designated for COVID-19 patients was available, with the other 19 beds filled, a hospital representative said, adding they were working to increase capacity.

"ICU to be expanded, hopefully, in coming days," Dr. Steven Oscherwitz, an infectious disease expert at the hospital, said in a tweet on Monday night. "Not sure where people needing ICU care will be able to go, since most AZ (Arizona) hospitals are pretty full now."

North Carolina reported record coronavirus hospitalizations on Tuesday with about 74% of its hospital and ICU beds filled, according to a state website.

Health officials in many states attribute the spike to businesses reopening and Memorial Day gatherings in late May. Many states are also bracing for a possible increase in cases from tens of thousands of people protesting in the streets to end racial injustice and police brutality for the past three weeks.

In Oregon, health officials are trying to contain an outbreak tied to the Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church in Union County.

The Oregonian newspaper reported that a video on the church's Facebook page on May 24 showed hundreds of people standing close together singing. Large gatherings were not permitting under the state's reopening plan at that time. The video has since been deleted, it said.

Reuters was not immediately able to reach the church for comment.

Across the United States, 17 states saw new cases rise last week, led by Alabama, South Carolina and Oklahoma, according to a Reuters analysis.

In Oklahoma, where President Donald Trump plans to hold an indoor campaign rally on Saturday, new cases rose 68% to 1,081 in the second week of June, while the rate of people testing positive for the virus increased to 4% from 2% the previous week.

June 17, 2020 7:59 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "trangenderism is sexist and anti-woman: a gangrene on society"

Just like the Nazis did with the Jews, Wyatt and Regina Hardiman are dehumanizing and demonizing lgbt people. Little doubt Wyatt and Regina tell their friends they "love" lgbt people like good christians but in their heart they want to kill us.

Wyatt and Regina have advocated for assaulting, imprisoning, and executing us. They will certainly move society this way if Trump is reelected.

I ask you, who does it harm if I live as a woman and society treats me as a woman?

Wyatt and Regina want to force my husband and I to split up. How are we better off apart than together?

June 17, 2020 12:10 PM  
Anonymous BeaverTales II said...

Mike Pence: "The number of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma has declined precipitously."

Oklahoma Health Department: "Oklahoma has begun experiencing over the past two weeks an increase in the number of cases and hospitalizations due to COVID-19..."

June 17, 2020 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Harry Enten said...

Democratic nominees for Senate/president have been outperforming Clinton's margin by an average of 10 points in (mostly swing) state phone polls since protests began. This implies a double-digit Biden national lead and a Democratic lead in the race for Senate Control.

June 17, 2020 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Chelsea Handler said...

This is how our president handled coronavirus versus other competent countries.

Hint: Its not good.

June 17, 2020 12:13 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Trump Aides Know His Polls Are Terrible—And Tell Him Otherwise

This past week, Donald Trump’s campaign did what one senior aide on the president’s 2020 team described to The Daily Beast as the “dumbest thing I’ve read in a long time.”

In a cease-and-desist letter dated June 9, 2020, the president’s re-election staff demanded that CNN retract and apologize for a recently released poll that had presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leading Trump by 14 points. The letter, which the cable news network immediately laughed off, heavily cited the work of Trump pollster John McLaughlin, whose company alleged that CNN had somehow engaged in a “defamatory” act of “misinformation” and deliberately “skewed” data in an attempt to depress the president’s supporters.

The legal threat quickly became a punchline in political media and even in some sectors of Trump’s own political operation.

In one respect, it was just the latest effort by the president’s aides to attempt to satisfy the boss’ appetite for retribution. But it also revealed an element of the Trump political operation that has increasingly demanded time, money, and attention—mainly, the task of convincing Trump that the electoral landscape and polling deficits he faces aren’t as dire as he’s been hearing.

“This helps keep the president from flying into a rage as much as he otherwise would,” said a White House official who’s been in the room for these types of sessions.

June 17, 2020 12:14 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

“‘We’re thinking landslide’: Beyond D.C., GOP officials see Trump on glide path to reelection."

Lol, and you're "Really loving our new Supreme Court that's going to abuse lgbt people".

That didn't work out so well for you, did it?

Hahahahahahahahahaha!

June 17, 2020 12:21 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "h*sexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage "

"producing life" has never been a requirement for marriage and never will.

Banning gay marriage is bad for gays and for society.

June 17, 2020 12:25 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

In an attempt to further squash freedom of speech Republican Bill Allows Lawsuits Against Social Media

This bill remove the immunity online platforms have from liability for their user's posts while allowing them to engage in good faith content moderation.

This is intended to stifle speech and allow conservatives to lie on social media.

This is Republicans acting to help Trump become dictator of the United States.

June 17, 2020 12:31 PM  
Anonymous just the facts, ma'am said...

In footage taken near Seattle's police-free "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone," a black woman blasts Democrats as "the same people who built the KKK" and said "the Republican Party is the party of the blacks." Independent Seattle journalist Katie Daviscourt posted this video from the scene:

"I know people don't like Trump. I get that," one woman is heard saying. "But let me tell you something, if I had to pick between him and Joe Biden, I'm not voting in Joe Biden. You want to see a bunch of black people go to jail by the next four years? Put Joe Biden in. Watch what happens. You want to see black men get killed substantially? Put Joe Biden in and see what happens."

"These Democrats, and I'm sorry to say this, they hate black people," she continued. "These are the same people who fought to keep slavery in. These are the same people who built the KKK. The Republican Party is the party of the blacks."

June 17, 2020 1:50 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Yep, the Democrats built the KKK and fought to keep slavery.

Then in 1964 Democrats passed the landmark Civil Rights Act and all those racists Democrats, angry at their own party, became Republicans and the Republican party welcomed the racists into their fold. And its been that way ever since - Republicans hate black people and Democrats work for black people.

Even Wyatt and Regina Hardiman said in this thread they oppose the 1964 Civil Rights Act - that's a racist position.

June 17, 2020 2:10 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Biden Widens Lead To +13 In New Reuters National Poll



Reuters reports:

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has opened up a 13-point lead over President Donald Trump – the widest margin this year – according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll as Americans grow more critical of Trump over the coronavirus pandemic and protests against police brutality.

In the June 10-16 poll, 48% of registered voters said they would back Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in the Nov. 3 election, while 35% said they would support Trump.

Biden’s advantage is the biggest recorded by the Reuters/Ipsos poll since Democrats began their state nominating contests this year to pick their party’s nominee to challenge Trump in November. A similar CNN poll from earlier this month showed Biden with a 14-point lead over Trump among registered voters.

June 17, 2020 2:39 PM  
Anonymous BeaverTales II said...

Sad News

LGBTQ activist Sarah Hegazi, exiled in Canada after torture in Egypt, dies at 30

https://disq.us/url?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbc.ca%2Fnews%2Fcanada%2Ftoronto%2Fsarah-hegazi-death-1.5614698%3AaCzzwTd7Z5pUYsg6KFi91jDCRPY&cuid=1478235

Hegazi struggled with depression, trauma after enduring 3 months of torture by Egyptian authorities

A prominent LGBTQ activist who sought asylum in Canada after being arrested and tortured in her native Egypt has died, leaving behind unfulfilled dreams of liberating other people targeted for their sexual orientation and political beliefs.

Sarah Hegazi, 30, is being remembered as an inspiring symbol of resistance and bravery by mourners around the world.

She was found dead in her Toronto apartment on Saturday, June 13, of an apparent suicide.

Hegazi was imprisoned in the fall of 2017 after waving a rainbow flag at a concert in Cairo by the Lebanese band Mashrou'Leila, whose lead singer Hamed Sinno is openly gay.

The sight of the flag associated with LGBTQ liberation being so prominently displayed at the concert outraged many in the Egyptian establishment. It ignited a three-week anti-gay crackdown by the authorities, in which Hegazi was the only woman arrested.

June 17, 2020 2:46 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

^^^That's where American evangelical christians want to take the United States.

June 17, 2020 2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doctor says around 90% in ICUs here are African American.

The coronavirus epidemic affects blacks far more than whites.

That's another reason why Trump and Republicans don't want to do anything about it - its disproportionately killing Democratic voters.

June 17, 2020 4:12 PM  
Anonymous deaconrta said...

From the bored, lazily disengaged reaction of the republican senators during the drumpf impeachment trial, I can gather that, unless you happen to be a Democrat who stained a blue Gap dress with semen, which, if you're a republican, this is unacceptable and a high crime and misdemeanor that demands impeachment and removal, there's literally nothing a republican can do that warrants impeachment, conviction and removal.

June 17, 2020 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Suntory Saving Time said...

From WaPo, good grief: "Bolton attributes a litany of shocking statements to the president. Trump said invading Venezuela would be 'cool' and that the South American nation was 'really part of the United States.' Bolton says Trump kept confusing the current and former presidents of Afghanistan, while asking Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to help him strike a deal with Iran. And Trump told Xi that Americans were clamoring for him to change the constitutional rules to serve more than two terms, according to the book."

June 17, 2020 4:36 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

When Chinese president Xi became president for life Trump said "President for life? I like that, maybe we'll have to try that here."

Wyatt and Regina Hardiman: "Nope, I don't see no fascists here, nosiree."

June 17, 2020 4:37 PM  
Anonymous ka-ching! the gay-friendliest President in history scores again said...

Democrats, the fascist party that has locked American in their homes for months, is in deep trouble

they have a presumptive nominee who will 78 in November

if elected he will be 8 years older than anyone who ever won before

he has committed to a token female for VP

ouch!!

eeeech!

argghhh!!!!!

that really smarts!

owwwwwwwww!

and, amazingly, he has a plan to hire more police across the country

Dems have run racist police departments for decades and the bill for their malicious incompetence is coming due

Amid the swirling sea of media coverage of the Black Lives Matter protests taking place all over the country, a few against-the-tide moments have garnered attention. These range from distraught African American women lamenting the looting of their neighborhood stores to young black activists dressing down white vandals dressed in the hooded garb of the antifa movement.

Some, more overtly partisan, commentary has taken direct aim at the prevailing wisdom that the modern Democratic Party is the only choice for minority voters. First, a video rocketed around social media earlier this week showing an African American female street preacher in Seattle’s CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone) explaining to a white woman (presumably a liberal Democrat) why she would never vote for Joe Biden.

"You want to see a bunch of black people go to jail by the next four years? Put Joe Biden in there. Watch what happens. You want to see black men get killed substantially, like you’ve never seen before? Put Joe Biden in there. Watch what happens. These Democrats, and I’m sorry to say this and I’m not trying to be racist, but they hate black people. These are the same people who fought to keep slavery in. These are the same people who built the KKK. The Republican Party is the party of the blacks."

Bishop Aubrey Shines made a similar argument earlier this week in an op-ed in the Washington Times:

"The Democratic Party, true to form, never lets a crisis go to waste. It has seized on what should be a time of healing and instead made the conversation more divisive by lecturing us all about how systemic racism is supposedly rampant in the United States. The great irony here is that yes, there’s plenty of systemic racism in our country; it’s all wrapped up in the history of the Democratic Party."

June 17, 2020 10:32 PM  
Anonymous ka-ching! the gay-friendliest President in history scores again said...


Shines, who is the founder of Glory to Glory Ministries, also chairs a newly formed group called “Conservative Clergy of Color,” whose mission is to spread the gospel that Democrats have been cynically taking advantage of black voters for years. It’s a minority position within the minority community, to be sure. Yet in the midst of the national upheaval over police brutality and claims of systemic racism, it also highlights the fact that Democrats have been in control of nearly every major urban center in America for decades. It’s worth looking at a list:

Atlanta has been controlled by Democrats for the past 140 years.

Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi’s father and eldest brother, have held the mayor’s office in Baltimore for all but eight of the last 89 years.

In Chicago, Democrats have been in charge of the nation’s third-largest city exclusively since 1931.

Detroit has been run continuously by Democrats since 1962, including 39 years of stewardship by African-American mayors between 1974 and 2013.

In Los Angeles, 13 of the past 15 mayoral terms have been held by Democrats. Their control of the city began in 1961 and was interrupted by Republican Dick Riordan’s two terms from 1993-2001.

Democrats have held control in Philadelphia since 1952.

City Hall in Seattle was, by design, nonpartisan until 1990 when three-term incumbent Charles Royer left the mayor’s office. The year before, Seattle was named one of the “best managed cities in the nation.” Since then, Democrats have run the city exclusively, including through the recent turmoil and the uproar resulting from the city’s first GAY mayor, Ed Murray, resigning after MULTIPLE allegations of CHILD SEX ABUSE.

Whatever problems exist today in America’s major cities, and in their respective police forces, they are not bipartisan in nature. Republicans have been shut out of the governing apparatus of these cities and excluded from any serious discussion of policy solutions for decades. Donald Trump spoke to this paradox:

“All Democrats have done is take advantage of your vote,” he added. “If you keep voting for the same people, you will keep getting exactly the same result.”

Trump’s primary pitch to black voters has been the undeniable upsurge in jobs and economic growth for African Americans. Those gains have essentially been wiped out by the coronavirus lockdown. But the Trump campaign is pointing to the president’s criminal justice reforms and his increases in funding for historically black colleges and universities.

The message of the street preacher in Seattle and the Conservative Clergy of Color is that there is a disconnect between the Democratic Party’s rhetoric and how it governs “minority-majority” cities. This is a far bigger issue than one election and ultimately has little to do with Donald Trump. It’s about accountability -- about which of the two major political parties can build a better future for those living in America’s storied, but long-troubled, urban centers.

June 17, 2020 10:38 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Longtime Republican John Bolton has released a book about his time in the White House. He says the Trump administration has obstructed justice "as a way of life".

Trump asked Chinese President Xi to help him get reelected in 2020. Bolton says Trump's corruption went far beyond asking Ukraine to open investigations into Biden in exchange for him releasing defence aid.

Trump explicitly told Bolton the defence aid wouldn't be released until Ukraine gave him documents showing Biden was being investigated.

In a conversation with Chinese President Xi, Xi explained to Trump why he was opening concentration camps in China. Trump told Xi that was a good idea and he fully supported this move.

Bolton tells of Trump offering to drop prosecutions into chinese and Turkish companies in exchange for their help in getting him reelected.

Trump's corrupt attorney general Bill Barr has announced he's looking at charging Bolton criminally for releasing the book. Again, straight out of the dictators playbook, using the justice department to attack the president's enemies and to scare anyone else thinking of coming forward with evidence of Trump's corruption into keeping quiet.

Trump has gone through the upper levels of the Justice Department and fired long time non-partisan leaders and replaced them with corrupt players loyal to Trump instead of the country.

Trump has done this with the Judiciary as well and has fired top level leaders of the post office and throughout the government to replace them with people who will do his bidding and put his personal goals ahead of the best interests of the country.

Trump is well on his way to cementing himself in place as dictator of the United States. Massive voter suppression is now underway to again subvert American democracy.

Be vigilant, fight back! Vote Democratic!

June 17, 2020 10:43 PM  
Anonymous Stop Trump's creeping fascism said...

Book: Trump Called For Executing “Scumbag” Reporters



Former White House national security adviser John Bolton reportedly claims in his forthcoming memoir that President Trump called for “scumbag” journalists to be executed.

Bolton said that Trump made the comments during a meeting last summer in New Jersey, according to a copy of Bolton’s book obtained by The Washington Post. During the meeting, Trump said that journalists should be jailed so they would have to expose their sources, Bolton wrote.

“These people should be executed. They are scumbags,” Trump said, according to Bolton’s account chronicled in the memoir, “The Room Where It Happened.”

The free press is under attack by Trump and Republicans, another fascist move.

June 17, 2020 10:46 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Trump took billions of your money, sent it to big businesses, and is now refusing to tell you where it went.

June 17, 2020 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Dems are doomed to defeat in November 2020 because of the gay agenda said...

"From the bored, lazily disengaged reaction of the public during the Trump impeachment trial, I can gather that, unless you happen to be a Democrat who stained a blue Gap dress with semen, which, if you're a republican, this is unacceptable and a high crime and misdemeanor that demands impeachment and removal, there's literally nothing a republican can do that warrants impeachment, conviction and removal."

well, a Republican President could be impeached if they committed a crime

otherwise, people will tend to get bored and disengaged

as we saw, Trump's favorability rating went up the longer the kangaroo trial went on

Dems couldn't even agree what crime they wanted to falsely accuse Trump of

June 18, 2020 5:29 AM  
Anonymous without heterosexuality, humanity would have no future, hence the societal preferencing said...

We have 20 weeks until Election Day.

In Presidential politics, that's an eternity

Twenty weeks ago, more than 40 million people now receiving unemployment had jobs. Twenty weeks ago, Trump had been acquitted of impeachment (remember that?) and was cruising to reelection atop an amazingly rapid economic recovery from all those “shovel-ready jobs” that Biden promised were just around the corner in 2010 but never arrived. And many of us thought a pandemic was a special at IHOP or Olive Garden.

The next dictionary edition should have a MAGA hat by the definition of “loyal.” Nothing can dissuade them from election confidence. They’ve stuck with Trump through thin and thinner. And still do because “he’s a fighter,” because “the media is biased” and because “polls are always wrong.”

True, they often are wrong if you read them as predictions. Exactly four years ago this week, someone named Hillary Clinton surged to an enlarged 12-point lead over Trump. Even more ominous though, 55% in that Bloomberg poll said they would never ever vote for the billionaire.

In the end, that number was quite close; 54% did not vote for Trump. But his 46% of the popular vote came from just the right places to win the Electoral College while too much of her 48% was wasted in overkill in places such as California and New York. And the 20 remaining weeks that year included her “basket of deplorables” speech and the next day collapsing and being dragged into a vehicle.

So, a lot can happen during these next 140 days. For starters, next month Biden is likely to announce his female running mate, which should bring a brief poll bounce. She better be good at clean-up and explaining her partner’s often confounding syntax and inaccuracies. He calls people and viruses by the wrong name, even with notes. He claims overwhelming support from Delaware’s Black population, which he says is the nation’s eighth largest. It’s 33rd. And as for the coronavirus, he states, “We have to take care of the cure. That will make the problem worse no matter what.”

All this before the Trump campaign unleashes more than $150 million in ads defining Biden as muddled and extreme left on energy, taxes, immigration, among others. Never a prolific fundraiser, Biden can’t get his own federal financial bump until the official nomination at the Democratic National Convention the third week of August, possibly online.

While Biden is only now emerging from the Zoom desk in his basement, Trump has the presidential bully pulpit like any incumbent.

And. as we saw in the primaries, until his rivals all quit at once, the more the public sees of Biden, the less they like him.

June 18, 2020 5:55 AM  
Anonymous emerging campaign issue: Dem monopoly control of inner cities has led to poverty and racism said...

What are the real problems in America’s inner cities? Is it all about racism, or could it be a combination of several factors? According to a survey of Chicago parents by the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, poverty, violence, and crime are also some of the biggest concerns in their neighborhoods. Good jobs and capitalism could solve the poverty part of the problem, but if cities make it hard for businesses to come into town or for a local person to start a small business, citizens with little mobility stay poor.

Why wouldn’t these cities want the freest, most business-friendly laws and policies imaginable for their citizens? The answer is often that politicians care very little about their constituents but care deeply about their own power and money.

High taxes, crony capitalism (meaning favors for politicians and others who have the power to give the “right” companies the contracts), excessive regulations, and a culture of “it’s who you know” combine to crush entrepreneurs and small business owners who are not among those favored by the powers that be.

Remember, Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1931. In fact, not only is Mayor Lori Lightfoot a Democrat, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Secretary of State Jesse White, Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton, and Governor J.B. Pritzker are all Democrats. When one party is in power for such a long time, dissenting voices are not heard. The interests of the monopoly party trump the needs of the community.

In 2018, the University of Illinois at Chicago found that “Chicago [is] the most corrupt city in the country and Illinois [is] the third-most corrupt state.” Government corruption hurts communities in a variety of ways. Businesses don’t want to come to your city if it is corrupt. Corrupt politicians (many aldermen in Chicago’s case) have faced allegations and convictions of receiving kickbacks and favors for signing certain contracts to the businesses giving them the most goodies. These aldermen have had the power to deny building licenses or business licenses for companies unwilling or unable to pay up to the corrupt politicians. Of course, this hurts the poorest neighborhoods the most. Poor people cannot afford such dirty money dealings even if they wanted to engage in such depravity.

Violence and crime cause further poverty. “It can take years, even decades, for businesses to return to neighborhoods that were burned and looted . . . Having begun to emerge from poverty, these merchants are plunged back into it when criminals demolish overnight what they have worked so hard to build.” Without a strong police presence (and I would say moral change to the community), even if store owners are able to rebuild after devastation, they only risk being looted and burned again.

Poverty is not, as the Left would have us believe, owing to a lack of social safety-net funding. “According to the U.S Department of Energy’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey . . . Over 99 percent [of those classified below the poverty level] have a refrigerator, television, and stove or oven. Eighty-one percent have a microwave; 75 percent have air conditioning; 67 percent have a second TV; 64 percent have a clothes washer; 38 percent have a personal computer.” In the United States, most poor people (over 80 percent) have cell phones. People are not living in abject poverty as they do in third world countries, where people are starved for the basic necessities of food, clothing, clean water, and housing.

read the rest: https://amgreatness.com/2020/06/17/the-democrats-corruption-of-americas-inner-cities/

June 18, 2020 8:22 AM  
Anonymous homosexuals partners never have kids. what kind of fool calls that marriage? said...

Canada has lost its latest bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council despite an expensive and star-studded campaign.

It lost out to Ireland and Norway for the two "Western bloc" seats

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invested heavily in the campaign, employed 13 full-time staff and invited diplomats to a Celine Dion concert in New York.

Pathetic....

Canada said it shelled out roughly $1.74m.

The United States has a permanent seat and allows some loser states to have a short two-year seat at the table but Canada, which has become an international embarrassment under Trudeau, couldn't convince the members to give them a seat.

It's thought that Trudeau's racist past, including blackface antics and dressing up in stereotypical garb in India, sunk Canada's chances.

That's what happens when you elect a child.

June 18, 2020 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Hey RUMP -- NOPE! said...

Supreme Court rules against Trump’s attempt to end DACA, a win for undocumented ‘Dreamers’ brought to U.S. as children

June 18, 2020 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Duh, stupid! said...

"homosexuals partners never have kids. what kind of fool calls that marriage? "

It would be similar to the marriage of infertile heterosexual couples.

If they want kids, they foster and/or adopt them.

There are plenty of unwanted discarded children produced by fertile heterosexuals.

Foster care is always looking for caregivers.

June 18, 2020 10:35 AM  
Anonymous the inherent racism of Democraps said...

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin Wednesday cautioned lawmakers against doing any police reform that is “token.” Durbin’s remarks came after the Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Tim Scott, an African American Republican senator from South Carolina, introduced their measure.

Scott later delivered an emotional rejection to any suggestion that his police reform bill is “token.”

In a Senate floor speech, the South Carolina Republican commemorated the five-year anniversary of the tragic mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and criticized Democrats for playing politics on police reform.

“To have the senator from Illinois refer to the process, this bill, this opportunity to restore hope and confidence from the American people, from African Americans, from communities of color, to call this a token process hurts my soul for my country, for our people,” Scott said in his speech.

"To think that the concept of anti-lynching as a part of this legislation to be considered a token piece of legislation because perhaps I'm African American, the only one on this side of the aisle, ... those comments again hurts the soul," he added

Democrats often refer to blacks that don't support the Democratic agenda as "tokens."

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has said that blacks he don't vote for him aren't "real blacks."

This follows years of racist remarks by Democrats about black leaders, such as Clarence Thomas and Ben Carson, who don't follow the Democratic agenda

June 18, 2020 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Rodney King said it "Can't we all get along?" said...

No, whitey won't get along with blacks.

Fifty-fire photos in this USA Today article show every person in police custody in Bethel, OH, was white.

Many of those white folks came to a political protest armed with guns and bats, one wore a MAGA hat and one had a confederate flag proudly mounted on his truck.

See for yourselves or do like Rump orders you to do -- do not believe what you see with your own eyes.

It's your choice.

Hopefully one day you will stop choosing to hate and open your eyes and learn instead.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/06/17/bethel-ohio-protests-black-lives-matter-meets-small-town-america/3207842001/

June 18, 2020 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Merrick Garland.....LOL!!!!!! said...

Other than Democratic politicians, America is really not very racist at the current time. The country is united in a determination to end police brutality against minorities. the sad media will jump at any chance to make it seem the country is racist, but it really isn't.

Now, that America sees the "experts" sold us a bill of goods on the coronavirus, let's rethink what the "experts' say about global warming.

In “Coronavirus and the Climate,” Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Russell Mead swallows the big lie about global warming.

Mead’s column posted on June 15 begins by sharing a projection that draconian coronavirus lockdown measures will reduce 2020 global CO2 emissions by about the amount that the United Nations Environment Program has determined is supposedly needed annually “if the world is to have any chance of keeping the average temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

Mead then laments that most of these measures “aren’t economically sustainable.” Teleworking adopted during the lockdown may become the norm for many rather than the exception, but “a campaign to ‘cut the commute’ globally won’t solve the climate problem.”

But Mead never considers the key question: is there is a “climate problem”?

He simply accepts as undeniable scientific truth that keeping the earth’s temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees is necessary to prevent catastrophic harm.

The scientific evidence does not support this proposition. There are speculative, pseudo-scientific projections and models that purport to show that global warming will lead to climate doom. But actual scientific data instead show that global warming has not been harmful and presents no danger to future generations.

First, rather than imperiling human life, the data show that global warming saves lives. A 2015study by 22 scientists from around the world found that cold kills over 17 times more people than heat.

The scientists examined over 74 million deaths in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States in 1985-2012.

The data they compiled show that cold caused 7.29 percent of these deaths, while heat caused only 0.42 percent. The data also show that “moderately hot and cold temperatures” caused 88.85 percent of the temperature-related deaths, while “extreme” temperatures caused only 11.15 percent.

June 18, 2020 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Merrick Garland.....LOL!!!!!! said...

Second, the number of natural disaster deaths declined by over 80 percent as the earth’s temperature has been rising. NASA data show that since 1920, the earth’s temperature has risen by 1.25 degrees Celsius. Since 1920, world population also has quadrupled from less than two billion to over seven and half billion. Yet during this period, EM-DAT (The International Disaster Database) data show that the number of people killed by natural disasters has declined from almost 55,000 per year to less than 10,000 per year.

Third, the global air pollution death rate has fallen by almost 50 percent since 1990. University of Oxford economist Max Roser and researcher Hannah Ritchie show in Our World in Data that “since 1990 the number of deaths per 100,000 people have nearly halved,” declining from 111.28 to 63.82.

Fourth, even the Cassandras acknowledge that any impact on the nation’s economy is likely to be minimal. The National Bureau of Economic Research estimated in 2019 that if the earth’s temperature rises by 0.01 degrees Celsius per year through 2100, total U.S. GDP in 2100 will be 1.88 percent lower in 2100 than it would otherwise be.

June 18, 2020 12:30 PM  
Anonymous Merrick Garland.....LOL!!!!!! said...

Yet based on the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate of a 1.4 percent annual real long-term potential labor force productivity growth rate, the nation’s per person GDP will be about 204 percent higher by 2100. With the reduction that NBER estimates based on global warming, GDP per person would be an almost indistinguishable 200 percent higher.

The NBER’s extreme case projection that if the earth’s temperature rises by 0.04 degrees Celsius per year through 2100 (five times the actual rate of increase since 1880), total U.S. GDP will be 10.52 percent lower in 2100 than it would otherwise be, similarly would leave GDP per person about 172 percent higher.

In other words, after taking account of the supposedly harmful impact of global warming, U.S. income per person in 2100 will be about triple today’s level.

Don’t swallow the big lie. Check the data. Global warming has not been harmful and presents no danger to future generations.

June 18, 2020 12:31 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous said "without heterosexuality, humanity would have no future, hence the societal preferencing".

With heterosexuality humanity is going to have no future if we don't get to zero population growth.

Heterosexuals remain just as "preferenced" when gays get married. Gays marrying harms no one.

You can see Wyatt and Regina are afraid of people reading what I've posted - after my posts they post a bunch of long tedious cut&pastes to try and drown out my comments.

Does anyone even read their Rube Goldberg ideas about how we can be certain Trump will win in November?

June 18, 2020 12:39 PM  

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