Sunday, June 19, 2022

A Surge in Anti-LGBT Violence

June being Pride Month, some homes on 31st Street in Baltimore displayed rainbow flags and other LGBT banners and signs. Wednesday night somebody came up and, apparently dousing the flags with gasoline, set four homes on fire, sending three people to the hospital, two in critical and one in serious condition. Two homes were completely destroyed.

A neighbor said, “We’ll double down and everybody’s gonna get Pride flags on their houses now just to show like we’re not gonna live in fear of it, but I mean, it definitely makes you a little scared. You know, you can’t just live like that.” Baltimore Sun: Three people injured in Baltimore fire; authorities investigating a burned Pride flag

But you know, you are going to "just live like that," because that's how things are now.

It was big news this week when more than thirty Patriot Front members were arrested in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The group was planning to join with other nazi groups to beat people and break up a Pride Festival there. These are the people who organized the Charlottesville Unite the Right event in 2017, and it appears they intended extreme violence this time. Luckily the attack was broken up by police, and reports on social media suggest that the festival was a great success, the biggest crowd they'd ever had, with music, bubble machines for the kids, dancing in the park.

Drag queen story hours have been a big hit at libraries across the country, which you just know has been driving the nutty ones crazy. Why should any American be allowed to dress in nontraditional clothing and yet act like a decent human being? Last Saturday the Proud Boys stormed a Drag Queen Story Hour in San Larenzo, California, disrupting the event. I am trying to imagine how you brag about something like that later: me 'n the guys went down and hollered a bunch of cusswords at kids listening to stories and some guys in dresses at the library. It just doesn't sound that macho, y'know what I mean?

Somebody suggested that it would have been smarter for them to host a Proud Boys story hour. Man, I bet parents would love to bring their kids to that.

The oldest gay bar in Detroit burned down Tuesday, and the Fire Department is calling it a total loss.

Nearly 240 anti-LGBTQ bills filed in 2022 so far, most of them targeting trans people

If we took two steps forward, this seems to be time for one step back, as hate comes out of hiding across the country. We will have to hold the line to keep from losing more ground.

We in Montgomery County were, ironically, among the first communities to be hit by this wave of anti-gay and anti-transgender bigotry. A small group of rightwing activists tried to defeat a sex-ed curriculum that mentioned sexual orientation and gender identity, and then they tried to force a referendum on trans civil rights. This county is deeply blue, I think we had one Republican school board member fifteen years ago. Yet a group of about ten core members and maybe as many as fifty part-time supporters -- in a county of one million people -- generated national news and almost succeeded at imposing their ignorant opinions on the rest of us.

I am not sure why these sexual-identity issues set them off. Well, I have my theories. Somehow the idea that a gay person would live their life without shame makes these nuts violently angry. I used to think it was a cheap shot to suggest that these haters have personal ambivalence about their own sexual feelings, but that is definitely part of it. So many of the worst ones have fallen out of the closet.

Conservatism is the defiance of hypocrisy. You express some principles and behave exactly the opposite of them, then shrug off the contradiction.

The fact is, the Trump presidency and rise of the America First nazi movement have put gay and trans people in actual physical danger. The crazy fascists are getting more and more violent, and there is no end in sight. Conservatives cannot understand the concept of minding your own business when someone is different from yourself. They have been packing the courts with conservative judges, packing the election boards with nutty cheaters, and even though there are not very many of them we still face a steep uphill battle just to maintain our American democracy and our freedom.


Anonymous Rodney King said...

Can't we all just get along?

June 20, 2022 6:48 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality can't produce life, why would we call that a marriage? said...

Sanity prevails in the international world of competitive swimming

FINA, the governing body for international swimming, approved new policies for transgender swimmers which will go into effect on Monday.

The "gender inclusion policy" will only permit swimmers who transitioned before the age of 12 to compete in women’s events. FINA members voted 71.5% in favor of the new policies.

btw, Disney is shocked that its new Buzz Lightyear movie bombed at the box office this weekend

it was basically the only family-targeted movie out on Father's Day weekend

could it be that, despite international calls to delete a gratuitous same-sex kiss, they did it anyway?

nah, America loves same-sex kissing


"reports on social media suggest that the festival was a great success, the biggest crowd they'd ever had, with music, bubble machines for the kids, dancing in the park"

any objective reports?

most pride festivals and parades have a lascivious and profane elements

a lot of stuff no sane parent would take their kid to

but "social" media can make things look like a blast

"Drag queen story hours have been a big hit at libraries across the country"

at least in Montgomery County, where wokery is ENFORCED

"Last Saturday the Proud Boys stormed a Drag Queen Story Hour"

could you be more precise?

what did they do to "storm"?

"The oldest gay bar in Detroit burned down Tuesday and the Fire Department is calling it a total loss"

interesting phrase from the Fire Department

are they trying to imply it was done for insurance?

how old was this bar anyway?

you hear about old structures, grandfathered in to get exemption from fire codes, burning down all the time

I remember when the dorms at Georgetown Visitation burned down a few years back

no one claimed it was the KKK

of course, neither did Mr TTF here

just intentionally positioned it in comments to make the implication

"Nearly 240 anti-LGBTQ bills filed in 2022 so far, most of them targeting trans people"

"anti" is misleading

are laws banning prostitution anti-hetero?

June 20, 2022 12:56 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality can't produce life, why would we call that a marriage? said...

"If we took two steps forward, this seems to be time for one step back, as hate comes out of hiding across the country. We will have to hold the line to keep from losing more ground."


what are you wokesters willing to do?

have another Stonewall Riot if guys can't dress like girls and steal all the womens' sports records?

"We in Montgomery County were, ironically, among the first communities to be hit by this wave of anti-gay and anti-transgender bigotry"

actually, the curriculum was riddled with assertions that have no empirical basis and conflated it with actual science to confuse kids

it lost in court the first time because they weren't careful enough to cover up the anto-religious bigotry of their motivation

"I am not sure why these sexual-identity issues set them off"

I think they didn't want the kids brainwashed

"Well, I have my theories. Somehow the idea that a gay person would live their life without shame makes these nuts violently angry. I used to think it was a cheap shot to suggest that these haters have personal ambivalence about their own sexual feelings, but that is definitely part of it. So many of the worst ones have fallen out of the closet."

that group was mainly composed of women

are you saying they were lesbians trying to hide their true feelings?

just trying to make sure we understand your "theories"

"Conservatism is the defiance of hypocrisy. You express some principles and behave exactly the opposite of them, then shrug off the contradiction."

that's interesting because I find liberals to be especially hypocritical

also interesting is that Trump is probably the least hypocritical current politician and, yet, I agree with you that he is toxic to our society in general

but he always says what he thinks and follows through

I don't remember any other President in the 21st century who actually tried to do in office what he proposed on the campaign trail

""The fact is, the Trump presidency and rise of the America First nazi movement have put gay and trans people in actual physical danger"

Trump was very tolerant of gays and Nazis are too fringe to be called a movement

media and blogsters who treat them so seriously help them recruit

"The crazy fascists are getting more and more violent,"

as opposed to the pro-choicers posting home addresses of SCOTUS justices and burning down pregnancy centers and destroying and defacing property

"Conservatives cannot understand the concept of minding your own business when someone is different from yourself"

when they intervene in outrageous school curriculum that expose young kids to perversion, that's their business

just ask Disney

"They have been packing the courts with conservative judges, packing the election boards with nutty cheaters, and even though there are not very many of them we still face a steep uphill battle just to maintain our American democracy and our freedom."

if that's "packing", liberals did it for years

originalists followed the rules and put people in place that agree with their judicial philosophy

that's how democracy works

anytime a liberal loses, they claim the system is broken

the Supreme Court, electoral college, filibusters, voter ID laws...

they all have to go unless they achieve a liberal victory...

June 20, 2022 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Raffensperger, Sterling will headline [6/21/22] Tuesday's Jan. 6 hearings said...

"The "gender inclusion policy" will only permit swimmers who transitioned before the age of 12 to compete in women’s events"

And as you well know, that will be impossible in states that label parents who help their trans children transition "groomers" and when graduates of TrumpUMedSchool pass laws like this:

Alabama Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Gender-Transition Procedures for Children

Bill banning gender-affirming care for children passes Idaho House

Transgender youth treatment banned by Arkansas

AG Pax­ton Declares So-Called Sex-Change Pro­ce­dures on Chil­dren and Pre­scrip­tion of Puber­ty Block­ers to be ​“Child Abuse” Under Texas Law

Utah lawmaker proposes ban on transgender surgery for kids, limits on gender-based care

June 20, 2022 3:04 PM  
Anonymous remember Brett Kavanaugh? he was the final nail in the gay agenda's coffin said...

"And as you well know, that will be impossible in states that label parents who help their trans children transition "groomers""

I do know that

the FINA ruling and the state laws will work together to protect the opportunity of fair competition for females

June 20, 2022 5:23 PM  
Anonymous Corporations shouldn't have to pay taxes, they can't vote. It's taxation without representation said...

The warning signs are there. They know it—even if they won't admit it. The Democratic Party is in deep trouble this November.

Doubling down on wokeism, alienating half of the country, being poor stewards of the economy and choosing white liberals over Blacks and Hispanics has led to a confluence of circumstances that could lead to Republican dominance for a generation.

In the Los Angeles mayoral primary, businessman Rick Caruso, a registered Democrat running on Republican policies, advanced to a runoff with Karen Bass, a Black progressive Democrat and former congresswoman. With endorsements from some in Hollywood and a large war chest, Caruso is well positioned to become LA's next mayor.

In Cuyahoga County, Ohio (home of Cleveland), there is a competitive race for county executive. With a constituency of over 1.2 million, the county executive's relevance is second only to the governor in the state of Ohio. In a blue county that has never had a Republican county executive and hasn't voted for a Republican for President since Richard Nixon in 1972, Lee Weingart, the GOP candidate, is outraising Chris Ronayne, the Democrat.

Just this past Tuesday, the Rio Grande caused a political earthquake by sending Mayra Flores to congress. Texas' first Mexican-born congresswoman just became the first Republican to represent her district in over 100 years.

And if that wasn't enough, voters in San Francisco, one of the most liberal cities in America, sent Chesa Boudin, their ultra woke, soft on crime prosecutor, packing. His defeat was even more pronounced in areas with large populations of minorities.

"We're looking around, and a lot of the bodies that are stacking up, whether it's from fentanyl or from violent assaults from folks who should not have been on our streets... are people of color," said Andrea Shorter, the spokesperson for Safer SF Without Boudin. "There's this romantic notion of what being a progressive means versus the reality of policies that are not having a positive impact on our lives," Shorter explained. "When there are open-air drug markets in the Tenderloin—well, who's getting hurt by that? We're all getting hurt, but it's mostly people of color that are hurt."

It is indisputable that the Democratic Party has gone too far to the Left, alienating formerly loyal constituencies and becoming anathema to the rest of the country. Some of them seem to get it. On CNN, Van Jones warned about Democrats saying "weird stuff" like "Latinx" and "BIPOC," showing how disconnected they are from average Americans.

"We're in danger of becoming a party of the very high and the very low," Jones said. "If you pull out the working class, you have people who are very well educated and very well off. Those people talk funny. Latinx? I've never met a Latinx. I've never met a BIPOC. This weird stuff that these highly educated people say is bizarre. Nobody talks that way at the barbershop, the nail salon, the grocery store, the community center. But that's how we talk now."

June 20, 2022 5:34 PM  
Anonymous Corporations shouldn't have to pay taxes, they can't vote. It's taxation without representation said...

But there are some Democrats who still don't get the message. People like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, who foolishly insinuated that it was racist to make juvenile criminal records accessible for a background check for gun buyers under 21. We finally have a bipartisan compromise to address horrific school shootings and progressives complain that the bill isn't woke enough. It's unreal.

But the average American sees all of this. The Democrats have been playing with fire, reverting back to the hyper-liberalism that locked them out of the presidency for three terms in the Reagan era. Now it's combined with arrogant, self righteous, judgmental and preachy wokeism. And voters are responding accordingly.

Instead of addressing real issues like inflation, the supply chain, gas prices, food prices and other things that have a real impact on the lives of Americans, today's Democratic Party is focused on pronouns and microaggressions. It sends a signal to the average person that the Left is either unconcerned or is powerless to address the issues that every day Americans are facing.

Every day Americans, including people of color, have been left in the dust for this woke white agenda.

It's too late for the 2022 midterms, but if the Democrats don't course correct quickly, they risk losing voters permanently. There will be many who say, "I didn't leave the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party left me." In fact, they're already saying it. And many of them aren't white.

June 20, 2022 5:35 PM  
Anonymous it's not just blacks and hispanics - asians are fed up with Dems too - other than Montgomery County TTF-type liberals, whose going to vote Dem this year?... said...

(CNN)A lot of attention has been paid to the problems President Joe Biden and other Democrats have with core party constituencies, including young and Hispanic voters. And there's been plenty of polling to back that up.

Far less attention, though, has been paid to potential declines in Democrats' standing among groups for which polling is more limited. Getting data on these groups usually requires aggregating polls and looking at trends in real-world elections.

But what about Asian American voters, who made up only 4% of the electorate in 2020? Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial or ethnic portion of the electorate, which makes them electorally important.

And that's where we begin our statistical journey today.

My interest in examining Asian American voters within the context of the larger electorate came about because of what has arguably been the political earthquake of the year thus far -- the June 7 recall of progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin in deep-blue San Francisco.

One big reason Boudin went down to defeat: Asian American voters.

That election result and other data reveal that Asians are still likely to vote Democratic on the whole, but the party has seen a disproportionate decline in support among this group.

June 20, 2022 5:42 PM  
Anonymous it's not just blacks and hispanics - asians are fed up with Dems too - other than Montgomery County TTF-type liberals, whose going to vote Dem this year?... said...

Let's start with the national polling. As I mentioned at the top, it's hard to get national polling that tracks Asian voters specifically. I would therefore take these trends as preliminary.
Pew Research Center polling, however, does show that Biden's standing with Asians has dropped precipitously. He's averaged a 53% approval rating and a 47% disapproval rating (or a +7 net approval rating, without rounding) in 2022 data. Biden won Asian voters by 44 points in 2020, according to Pew data.
In other words, his net approval margin with Asian adults now is 37 points lower than his margin over Republican Donald Trump among Asian voters in 2020.
That's far greater than the drop he's had with the electorate overall. Biden's net approval rating has averaged about -14 points this year in Pew polling. He won the 2020 election by a little less than 5 points, according to Pew data. That puts his net approval rating about 19 points lower than his margin over Trump in 2020.
A peek at the generic congressional ballot shows that these trends are not happening in a vacuum.
Pew's March poll gave Democrats a 28-point advantage among Asians on the ballot test, which asks voters which party they would support for Congress in their districts. That's 16 points lower than the margin Biden won them by in 2020. The same generic ballot had Democrats and Republicans tied among all voters, which is only about a 5-point drop for Democrats overall compared with Biden's 2020 margin. So the dip in Democratic support among Asian voters looks to be about 3 times as large as it is overall.
The Cooperative Election Study, a large academic data set, showed something quite similar in its late 2021 survey.
Biden's net approval rating was +15 points among Asians who said they had voted in the 2020 election. The same group said they had voted for Biden by +38 points. That's a 23-point dip.
Biden's overall net approval rating was -7 points among those who said they had voted in the 2020 election. He beat Trump by about 3.5 points among this group. This makes for about a 10-point drop.
This means Biden was down more than twice as much among Asians than among voters overall.
And like with the Pew data, the generic ballot, according to the Cooperative Election Study, reflects what Biden's approval rating would suggest: a disproportionate Democratic drop with Asian voters.
Democrats led the 2022 generic ballot by 29 points among Asians who said they had voted in the 2020 election. That's a 9-point drop from Biden's 2020 margin

June 20, 2022 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Merrick Garland ... LOL! said...

suddenly, it's OK to talk about how old Slidin' Biden is:

June 20, 2022 5:45 PM  
Anonymous Critics Erupt Over Vicious Attack On LGBTQ Community By Texas GOP: After the party declared "homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice," furious opponents counted the ways Texas Republicans are "abnormal." said...

The Texas Republican Party is getting blasted for its shocking new platform declaring that “homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice.”

The party’s updated mission statement, passed Saturday at its convention in Houston, also declares opposition to “all efforts to validate transgender identity” ― and calls for a ban on any gender-affirming medical care, including hormone therapy, for anyone under the age of 21.

At the same time, it supports debunked and dangerous “conversion therapy” — which it now calls “Reintegrative Therapy” — to eliminate “same-sex attraction.”

“These are just crazy people,” Michael Cargill told KXAN-TV in Austin, speaking about the Texas Republican Convention. Cargill — the acting chairman of the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas, which represents LGBTQ Republicans — lashed the party’s “hateful language” as “un-Christian.”

The party banned the Log Cabin Republicans from having a booth at the convention this year.

They “need to dig deep into the Bible, spend a little time in church on Sunday and listen to what the Lord says about loving all of his children,” Cargill said.

Even Donald Trump Jr. suggested it was political suicide for the party to fight with other conservative Republicans, who may be LGBTQ, instead of going after Democrats and “RINOs,” shorthand for “Republicans in name only.”

Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston, attributed the hard-right turn by an already extremist party to Donald Trump.

“Donald Trump radicalized the party and accelerated the demands from the base,” he told The Texas Tribune. “There simply aren’t limits now on what the base might ask for.”

Twitter was flooded Monday with criticism of a party that cannot tolerate members of the LGBTQ community but can tolerate forcing a 12-year-old girl to have the baby of her rapist and accepts the murder of 19 children in Uvalde, Texas, as the cost of having firearms.

Political commentator Lindy Li said the real thing that’s “abnormal” is Texas Republicans — as several other critics also noted.

Lindy Li
Texas GOP declares homosexuality “an abnormal lifestyle choice”

You know what’s abnormal?

Worshipping at the altar of a twice-impeached criminal psychopath

Kids running around w/ AR-15s decapitating kids

Policing our vaginas

Terrorizing our Capitol

The GOP is f’ing abnormal
12:10 AM · Jun 19, 2022 from Philadelphia, PA

Activist actor George Takei lashed the new state party platform as “neo-fascist dehumanization,” noting that targeting vulnerable groups and classifying them as enemies is straight from the fascist playbook.

George Takei
We must see the labeling of homosexuality “an abnormal lifestyle choice” by the Texas GOP’s platform for what it is: neo-fascist dehumanization.

Fascists target vulnerable minority groups and seek to galvanize public hate against them. The Texas GOP is practicing fascism.
4:28 PM · Jun 19, 2022

Li also wondered if gay billionaire Peter Thiel will now stop forking over hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Republican Party.

Lindy Li
Texas GOP condemns homosexuality as “an abnormal lifestyle choice”

Gay billionaire Peter Thiel is spending his billions supporting these very same far-right religious extremists

Pete, if you don’t think they’re coming for you, you are gravely mistaken
6:10 PM · Jun 19, 2022 from Philadelphia, PA

Plenty of others attacked the extremist Texans too.

The Texas GOP thinks homosexuality is abnormal but forcing a twelve year old to have her predator’s baby is just god’s will.
12:25 PM · Jun 20, 2022

The most common “abnormal lifestyle choice” in Texas is the GOP. No doubt next time they meet they’ll advocate the repeal of the Emancipation Proclamation.
1:29 PM · Jun 20, 2022

Rep. Eric Swalwell
Republicans are seeking to declare being gay is an “abnormal lifestyle choice.” How about we show them abnormal voter turnout in November? #VotePride
3:51 PM · Jun 19, 2022

June 20, 2022 9:15 PM  
Anonymous grapefruit moon, one star shining - is more than I can bear... said...

"The Texas Republican Party is getting blasted for its shocking new platform declaring that “homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice.”"

I guess they had to do that because lunatic fringe gay advocates are constantly trying to push homosexuality as normal

"The party’s updated mission statement, passed Saturday at its convention in Houston, also declares opposition to “all efforts to validate transgender identity” ― and calls for a ban on any gender-affirming medical care, including hormone therapy, for anyone under the age of 21."

sounds rational

why should the government be validating delusions or allowing underage children to make choices they aren't ready to make?

"At the same time, it supports debunked and dangerous “conversion therapy” — which it now calls “Reintegrative Therapy” — to eliminate “same-sex attraction.”"

debunked by lunatic fringe gay advocates

it's no more "dangerous" to try to help someone overcome same sex attraction than it is to help someone overcome an addiction to smoking or overeating

"“These are just crazy people,” Michael Cargill told KXAN-TV in Austin"

Michael, until not very long ago, this is what everyone thought

I know, from watching Green Acres, that, theoretically, everyone can be crazy

but is that what you're saying?

until s few years ago, everyone was crazy?

"Cargill lashed the party’s “hateful language” as “un-Christian.”

"They “need to dig deep into the Bible, spend a little time in church on Sunday and listen to what the Lord says about loving all of his children,” Cargill said."

I thought you said opposition to government preferences for homosexuals is a violation of church and state

now you say tolerance for homosexuality is a religious principle

could you make up your mind?

"Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston, attributed the hard-right turn by an already extremist party to Donald Trump"

Trump is kind of moderate

he was a Democrat until a few years before he decided that was not the best way to become President

"Twitter was flooded Monday with criticism of a party that cannot tolerate members of the LGBTQ community"

well, homosexuals do know how to pitch a fit

they're known for that

"Political commentator Lindy Li said the real thing that’s “abnormal” is Texas Republicans"

thank you for sharing, Lindy Li

but what does Condy Loo Hoo think?

June 21, 2022 7:10 AM  
Anonymous Hate breeds hate while love breeds love said...

Elon Musk's Transgender Child Petitions Court For Name Change, Declaring Split From Dad
She no longer wishes to be "related to my biological father in any way, shape or form," according to a Los Angeles court filing.

Jennifer Lopez Introduces Child Emme With They/Them Pronouns Before Sweet Duet
"They're my favorite duet partner of all time," the music superstar said of the 14-year-old.

June 21, 2022 7:54 AM  
Anonymous here comes your 19th nervous breakdown... said...

A school tuition voucher program in Maine must be allowed to pay for religious schools, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The justices ruled prohibiting religious schools from receiving the funds violates the Constitution.

Justices ruled 5-4 that Maine’s tuition program, which allows parents to use state funds to pay tuition for private schools if their children for some reason can’t attend a public school locally, cannot legally block the funds from being used on religious schools.

The court ruled the state’s “nonsectarian” requirement—meaning a school can’t be religiously affiliated—violates the Constitution’s “free exercise” clause, which protects freedom of religion.

June 21, 2022 10:53 AM  
Anonymous progressives are threatening an insurrection to overthrow the government....Congressional investigation in January when the new GOP Congress takes over... said...

As the nine Justices prepare to issue their final opinions of the current term, barricades are going up around the Supreme Court building. It’s a sad but necessary security measure because violence can’t be ruled out in response to the rulings.

The threat is explicit on abortion, as the arrest of an armed man outside Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home attests. Demonstrators continue to protest outside the homes of some Justices, and now comes a vow from the shadowy group that calls itself Jane’s Revenge to commit what sounds like what Democrats would call insurrection if it were aimed at another part of government.

A friend last week sent a photo of a flyer popping up around Washington. “DC CALL TO ACTION NIGHT OF RAGE,” it declares. “THE NIGHT SCOTUS OVERTURNS ROE V. WADE HIT THE STREETS YOU SAID YOU’D RIOT.”


That’s an incitement to more than peaceful protest against the Court. The threat of violence has to be taken seriously because Jane’s Revenge has already taken credit for acts of destruction against pregnancy-crisis centers around the country. Our Nicole Ault nearby reports on this ominous trend against pro-life groups that counsel pregnant women considering abortion.

Media reports say the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the attacks, and we hope so. Attorney General Merrick Garland made a show of establishing a domestic terror unit at the Justice Department, and equal justice means it can’t be aimed merely at right-wing groups.

The Jane’s Revenge threats have received little attention in the rest of the press, but we hope the Washington, D.C., and Capitol police are much better prepared than they were for the riots of 2020 and 2021. The Justices and the Court as a democratic institution have to be protected.

June 21, 2022 10:58 AM  
Anonymous where's the TTF post about violent pro-choicers?... said...

When left-wing extremists vow to achieve their goals “by any means necessary,” believe them.

They’ve made that shockingly, appallingly clear in the seven weeks since May 2, when Politico reported on a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion of the pending ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, an abortion-related case that could overrule Roe v. Wade.

Since then, pro-choice extremists — groups with names like Jane’s Revenge and Ruth Sent Us — have been protesting menacingly outside the homes of Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr. (who authored the draft opinion), Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, and of Chief Justice John G. Roberts’. That’s in flagrant violation of Title 18, Section 1507, a federal law that criminalizes parading or picketing in front of the homes of judges with the intention of influencing the outcome of pending litigation.

Regardless of one’s position on abortion rights, that’s not just illegal and unethical, it’s indefensible.

What, in some respects, is even more deeply disturbing than the illegal protests themselves is Attorney General Merrick Garland’s deafening silence and craven cowardice in his seeming unwillingness to condemn the unlawful activity, much less order the arrest and prosecution of the lawbreakers.

Mr. Garland’s inaction is all the more reprehensible because, as a former federal appeals court judge himself, one who was nominated in 2016 for a seat on that very same Supreme Court, he obviously knows it’s wrong. (Perhaps he views the refusal to do his job in this case as some sort of perverse payback for being kept off the court by a Republican-controlled Senate. But if that’s the case, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, did the American people a public service by preventing the ascension to the highest court in the land of such a petty, vindictive man.)

June 21, 2022 11:08 AM  
Anonymous where's the TTF post about violent pro-choicers?... said...

Last Wednesday, Mr. McConnell and 11 of his fellow Republican senators co-signed a letter to Mr. Garland, demanding to know why his Justice Department was MIA on the matter and had yet to arrest or prosecute any of the illegal protesters.

“We continue to be baffled over the lack of prosecutions under Title 18, Section 1507 of the U.S. Code,” they wrote. “We understand it is the policy of the Justice Department not to discuss any pending or potential investigations, but this is an urgent matter of national importance.”

Just as an aside: Did the other 38 Republican senators — those who didn’t sign the letter — not consider it “an urgent matter,” or were they just not asked to do so? And did their 48 Democratic and two nominally independent Senate colleagues not consider it an issue of sufficient “national importance” to be signatories to the letter?

If Democratic senators weren’t invited to sign it, that was poor judgment, because concern for the personal safety of the justices and their families — and concern for judicial independence — should be completely nonpartisan. On the other hand, if they were asked to sign, but refused, shame on them, because, as Plato once observed, “Your silence gives consent.”

On Thursday, just one day after the Senate GOP letter to Mr. Garland, a coalition of 25 pro-life, religious and conservative public-policy groups sent the attorney general a letter of their own, demanding action in the face of dozens of instances of pro-choice terrorism and intimidation. These include documented cases of graffiti, firebombing and other forms of violence and vandalism against pro-life groups, pregnancy resource centers and churches.

“One extremist group is advocating for violence in response to the final Supreme Court decision on Dobbs, while another group has published home addresses, and encouraged people to show up at Supreme Court justices’ homes, churches, and their children’s schools in an attempt to coerce the justices and influence their final decision,” the letter reminds Mr. Garland. “[On June 8], there was an attempted assassination of a sitting Supreme Court justice at his home.”

That, apparently, is what left-wing extremists mean when they say “by any means necessary.”

Mr. Garland should likewise use any means necessary to shut them down, starting with prosecuting those breaking federal law in protesting outside justices’ homes — and by investigating who illegally leaked the Dobbs case draft opinion and prosecuting him or her as well.

June 21, 2022 11:08 AM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden is making inflation great again !!!!!!!!!!.......... said...

Kimberly Berryman lives in the countryside outside Fredericksburg, Va., but drives 20 miles to the suburbs to do her shopping. She keeps a cooler in the trunk to keep her corn cold as she travels from store to store, trying to find the best deals on groceries.

For Berryman, it's worlds away from the hearings about the Jan. 6 insurrection going on at the U.S. Capitol.

"I got other things to do," she said with a laugh.

Berryman, who works with special needs students, said she was shocked by the riot at the Capitol. But she said she's more worried about price hikes and supply shortages than litigating Jan. 6.

"Just move on to something else," she said.

Berryman said she usually votes for Democrats, including Abigail Spanberger, who currently represents the competitive 7th Congressional District in Congress. But Berryman said she'll consider voting for a Republican if they do a better job addressing her concerns about high prices.

"There are people out here that really can't afford it. And I'm one of them," she said.

June 21, 2022 1:10 PM  
Anonymous I wonder if TTFers agree with any part of the Constitution.... said...

Indicators show an upcoming blood bath for Democrats in the midterm election, according to a recent analysis by a polling group.

Recently, Gallup looked at several metrics for President Joe Biden and the American public. It compared them to where previous presidents sat at midterm elections. The summary: It’s not good news for Biden and the Democrats and only going to get worse in the coming months.

Many times the midterms elections can be a referendum on the party controlling the White House. In recent years, it has had massive swings towards the other party.

When former President Donald Trump was in office, his midterm elections saw Democrats pick up 40 seats in Congress.

The Gallup analysis found that Biden’s approval rating of 41 percent is worse than every president except George W. Bush’s 38 percent in 2006. Current Congressional approval is at 18 percent, which is the only time it’s been below 20 percent since the polling started.

And the whammy, U.S. satisfaction is at a historically low level. It sits at 16 percent, which would be the lowest with the next closest being 22 percent recorded at the midterms in 2010 under President Barack Obama.

“Gallup finds presidential job approval and three other key national mood indicators well below the historical averages measured in past midterm election years,” the polling group noted. “On their own, those numbers would all predict a greater-than-average loss of seats for the Democratic Party this fall.”

On average, there has been a loss of 23 seats for the party in the White House during the midterm elections, Gallup found.

Currently, the Democrats control a very slight majority in the Senate, but that includes two independents who often vote with the liberals. Democrats currently have a 10-seat majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

June 21, 2022 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Lyin' Hillary tries out some new flip-flops for the first day of summer..... said...

Hillary Clinton, the biggest liar of the 21st century, has changed her tune on the importance of transgender rights ahead of the midterm elections, indicating during a recent interview that it shouldn’t be a priority for Democrats who want to hold onto their razor-thin majorities in Congress.

Clinton’s comments are a stark departure from what she once described as the "highest priority."

During her miserably failed 2016 presidential campaign, Clinton repeatedly promised to work with Congress to pass the Equality Act, a still-stalled bill that would give special privileges and protections to transgender and other LGBTQ folks.

"We have to pass the Equality Act," Clinton said in October 2015, adding, "You will be able to count on me to fight for you."

"Our fight for equality must continue to ensure transgender people are treated with equal rights and dignity," she tweeted in January 2016.

As recently as March of this year, she tweeted, "We must stand up for trans people."

Clinton's comments Friday about the midterm elections come amid a heated national backlash surrounding women's sports and fairness, spurred by the rise of now-former University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, a guy who thinks he's a woman, and his record-breaking wins competing on the women’s team. Thomas, who previously competed on the school’s men’s team, has insisted he doesn’t hold a competitive advantage over his female teammates.

Clinton has been noticeably silent about her position specifically on trans "women" competing in women's sports.

Several states have pushed to ban hormone treatments and gender transition surgery for minors, as well as prevent males who are transgender from competing in women's sports and from using female bathrooms and locker rooms.

Back in March, Clinton slammed such laws as "government overreach" that endanger transgender folks.

"It feels more important than ever to mark this year's Trans Day of Visibility as laws threatening trans people pass through state legislatures around the U.S." she tweeted March 31. "These laws represent government overreach that targets an already-vulnerable group."

Now, she says "let's surf the backlash wave"


June 21, 2022 1:56 PM  
Anonymous TTF was formed to save the status quo school board - the long arc of history has been toward justice..... said...

"Hillary Clinton, the biggest liar of the 21st century, has changed her tune on the importance of transgender rights ahead of the midterm elections, indicating during a recent interview that it shouldn’t be a priority for Democrats who want to hold onto their razor-thin majorities in Congress."

it's amazing how the media frames Trump as a liar

say what you will about him, he said what he planned to do and never lied to get votes

for Dems, it's their MO

Bill: it depends on your definition of "is"

Obama: (to Russians, in private): I can be more flexible after the election

Obama: you like our doctor, you can keep him

Hillary: I lost because Donald colluded with the Russians

Biden: inflation is only temporary

June 21, 2022 2:20 PM  
Anonymous Troll takes the fifth just like Roger Stone, Michael Flynn, Jeffrey Clark, John Eastman etc. said...

Eighteen comments in two days

June 21, 2022 4:34 PM  
Anonymous Hmmmm, interesting said...


Barack Obama

Hillary Clinton

Bill Clinton

Joe Biden


Roger Stone (every question asked)

Michael Flynn ("repeatedly")

Jeffrey Clark (over 100 times

John Eastman (146 times)

June 21, 2022 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Protection for election workers and their families is now needed thanks to GOPer Giuliani's big fat lies about them. said...

"the arrest of an armed man outside Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home"

Let us know when Kavanaugh's mother and grandmother get stalked and harassed like Trump Troops did to Shaye Moss's mother and grandmother, all based on Giuliani's lies about "suitcases" stuffed with Biden ballots.

Shaye Moss’s life forever changed on Dec. 10, 2020, when Rudy Giuliani, then President Donald Trump’s top campaign lawyer, publicly claimed that she and her mother, a fellow poll worker in Fulton County, Ga., had rigged the outcome in her state.

Moss’s supervisor suggested that day that she check her social media accounts to see if she had received any threats, as others in the office had. She was stunned by what she saw when she pulled up her Facebook Messenger account.

“It was just a lot of horrible things there,” Moss said at a hearing Tuesday before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. Many of the messages were racist and “hateful,” said Moss, who is Black. “A lot of threats wishing death upon me, telling me I’ll be in jail with my mother and saying things like, ‘Be glad it’s 2020 and not 1920.’ ”

That was only the beginning. Moss eventually stopped going to the grocery store, where she feared acquaintances might say her name and call attention from believers of Trump’s voter-fraud claims. Election deniers showed up at the home of her grandmother and tried to push their way in to search for evidence of fraud. Both she and her mother, Ruby Freeman, were forced into hiding. They quit their jobs with the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections, where Moss had proudly served as a poll worker for more than a decade.

“I’ve always been told by my grandmother how important it is to vote and how people before me, a lot of people, older people in my family, did not have that right,” Moss told the committee. “So what I loved most about my job were the older voters. They like to call. They like to talk to you. I was excited always about sending out all the absentee ballots for the elderly disabled people. I even remember driving to a hospital to give someone her absentee ballot application.”

Moss’s and Freeman’s emotional testimony capped a riveting hearing, the committee’s fourth so far, that focused on Trump’s pressure campaign on state and local officials to reverse his loss in a half-dozen contested states. The mother and daughter, in particular, revealed in searing detail the cost of Trump’s baseless accusations about the 2020 contest on the lives of rank-and-file election workers, many of whom have described violent threats.

June 22, 2022 7:34 AM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden is such a pitiful mess... said...

Looks like Cherelle Griner, gay wife of a WNBA star, is fed up with Slidin' Biden's incompetence:

Slidin' Joe Biden can’t handle the high inflation that’s killing the working glass. He can’t handle the high gas prices either. There’s a supply chain crisis. He’s dragging us into another forever conflict in Ukraine. He thinks the US isn’t on the precipice of another recession when all the indicators point to a brutal year for the economy. No, it’s been a brutal economy ever since this good-for-nothing geriatric assumed his custodial role at the White House. There is not a single thing he’s been able to solve or make better for the American people. All he can do is sign worthless executive orders that he says are doing an excellent job of making this economic fallout from Russia worse. No, sir. It’s you. Your economic aides looked like grade-A idiots peddling the ‘it’s Russia’ talking point to explain why everyone is having their wallets torched.

Ok, let’s try something simple, like getting WNBA star Brittney Griner out of jail in Russia. One American is being locked up abroad. You can bust her out, right? No. No, he can’t. Griner has been behind bars in Russia for months for an alleged drug offense. She’s been detained since February 17. Supposedly, Russian authorities found vape cartridges with cannabis oil. It’s weak sauce, but she’s been over there—and Slidin' Joe Biden really doesn’t care. He’s in Rehoboth, Delaware falling off bikes. An American is reportedly being wrongfully detained and he’s doing nothing. When Lavar Ball’s son was detained in China for an alleged shoplifting incident in 2017, Trump got him out. That is a fact. With Slidin' Biden—not so much.

Griner’s wife has also gone nuclear on the Slidin' Biden administration. On their anniversary, a call arranged between the two women never occurred because no one was on the other line at the US Embassy in Russia to connect the call. You cannot make this up:

WNBA star Brittney Griner tried to call her wife nearly a dozen times through the U.S. Embassy in Russia on the couple's fourth anniversary Saturday, but they never connected since the phone line at the embassy was not staffed, Cherelle Griner said Monday.

The couple has not spoken by phone in the four months since Griner's arrest in Russia on drug-related charges. That was to have changed Saturday, when a long-awaited call was to have finally taken place. But the day came and went without any contact, leaving an anguished Cherelle Griner to wonder what went wrong and to suspect at least initially that Russian authorities had thwarted the call.

On Monday, she said she learned from her wife's lawyers a more distressing truth: Brittney Griner had actually tried to call 11 times over a period of several hours, dialing a number she'd been given at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, which the couple had been told would then patch the call through to Cherelle Griner in Phoenix. But each time, the call went unanswered because the desk at the embassy where the phone rang was apparently unstaffed Saturday.

June 22, 2022 10:38 AM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden is such a pitiful mess... said...

For Cherelle Griner, the experience has further exacerbated already simmering frustrations about the U.S. government's response to her wife's case. U.S. officials have repeatedly said they are working behind the scenes to get the two-time Olympian home from Russia and consider her case a top priority. But Cherelle Griner said she remains "very pissed" by Saturday's ordeal, especially since the call had been on the schedule for two weeks and yet no one warned her during that time that it might be logistically impossible because of the weekend.

She added: "I find it unacceptable and I have zero trust in our government right now. If I can't trust you to catch a Saturday call outside of business hours, how can I trust you to actually be negotiating on my wife's behalf to come home? Because that's a much bigger ask than to catch a Saturday call.''

Cherelle Griner said a contact in the U.S. government had apologized to her for the error. She said she has since learned that the one number Brittney Griner had been told to dial typically processes calls from prisoners on Mondays through Fridays but not weekends.

"But mind you," Cherelle Griner said in the interview, "this phone call had been scheduled for almost two weeks -- with a weekend date."

I can see now how our exit from Afghanistan devolved into a shambolic mess. I can see how our State Department gets outmaneuvered and pushed around. Where’s Tony Blinken on this? Where’s anybody from this administration on this supposedly wrongful detention of an American citizen? You get our people out especially if it’s on some minor drug charge. She didn’t murder anyone. She wasn’t dealing drugs. This is Sesame Street stuff, and it shouldn’t be hard. Even things that could be easy wins for this government become a tortured process. It’s a tire fire. The simple things cannot be done with this crew. They couldn’t even manage a phone call that everyone knew was coming on a weekend week in advance. Griner remains detained until at least July 2.

Happy Juneteenth. What a mess.

June 22, 2022 10:40 AM  
Anonymous government ain't the solution, it's the problem said...

"Eighteen comments in two days"

I'm just committed to the TTF mission: teach the facts!


Barack Obama

Hillary Clinton

Bill Clinton

Joe Biden"

for that matter, neither did Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, George W Bush, or Donald Trump

truth is, it is unheard of for presidential couples to have to testify

the rare exception was Bill Clinton, who lied, thus committing a felony


Roger Stone (every question asked)

Michael Flynn ("repeatedly")

Jeffrey Clark (over 100 times

John Eastman (146 times)

June 22, 2022 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Digby: Beyond Jan. 6: Trump's mob violence is now the standard GOP model said...

Trump encouraged his followers to use threats and intimidation to force political acquiescence over democracy

There is so much evidence emerging from the January 6th hearings that it's sometimes hard to wrap your arms around what it all means. They are making a strong case that Donald Trump knew the election was legitimate yet spread the Big Lie that it was stolen anyway. He was also told that his scheme to have his vice president, Mike Pence, overturn the election was illegal and unconstitutional. The committee on Tuesday, during its fourth hearing, laid out how Trump was intimately involved in the pressure campaign to persuade Republican state officials to illegally change the legitimate results and "decertify" the will of the people. Future hearings will discuss the plot to corrupt the Department of Justice(DOJ) and incite the mob to intimidate the joint session of Congress and the vice president into overturning the election.

All roads lead to Trump and his henchmen. It's clear that there were many enablers around him — as even those who resisted internally didn't publicly sound the alarm.

Trump ordered the Republican National Committee to "help" with the "fake elector" scheme, knowing that there was no constitutionally valid alternative, which they were happy to do. Yet the so-called Team Normal surrounding Trump, who knew their leader was staging a coup, simply shrugged and backed away quietly. Lawyers in Trump's orbit testified that they knew the "fake elector" scheme was illegal and unethical and simply washed their hands of it rather than step up to say something.

Nonetheless, there were Republican officials who did their duty and Tuesday's hearings featured three of them.

Arizona's Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers movingly testified to the intense pressure brought to bear on him to use his office to help Trump overturn the election in his state. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger talked about that famous phone call in which Trump asked him to "find" just enough votes for him to win and Gabriel Sterling, the Chief Operating Officer of Raffensperger's office, spoke at length about how the accusations of fraud were disproved over and over again. Unlike most of the people around Trump (and many in the states), these were people who took their oaths of office seriously and refused to do Donald Trump's bidding. Their testimony in that regard was very compelling.

Hovering over all these hearings, however, is the ongoing threat of political violence and that narrative is unfolding right along with the narrative of the coup plot itself. The violence was unleashed long before Jan. 6th and looking back it seems inevitable that it was leading to an insurrection. Tuesday's hearing illustrated how that was felt by the individuals on the receiving end of those threats. Various officials relayed their experiences with threats and harassment at their homes and on their jobs, some of which is ongoing. Bowers's gravely ill daughter and neighbors, for instance, were threatened and he still has video panel trucks running by his house and in his neighborhood calling him a pedophile and pervert. Raffensperger's wife got what he called "sexualized" threats and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson was intimidated at her home. These stories can be repeated all over the country as elected officials were harassed for failing to follow Trump's orders to make him the winner of the 2020 election regardless of the legitimate election results.

But that was nothing compared to the horrors inflicted on innocent election workers who were targeted for allegedly cheating on behalf of Joe Biden. None suffered more than Fulton County election worker Shaye Moss and her mother Ruby Freeman, both of whom gave testimony to the committee.

June 22, 2022 11:17 AM  
Anonymous Digby: Beyond Jan. 6: Trump's mob violence is now the standard GOP model said...

In his famous phone call to Raffensperger, Donald Trump called Freeman a "professional vote scammer and hustler." His lawyer Rudy Giuliani told a Georgia legislative hearing that the two women were committing voter fraud, "surreptitiously passing around USB ports as if they are vials of heroin or cocaine." It turned out that the "USB ports" (the supposed tech expert meant USB drive) was actually a mint that Freeman passed to her daughter. This disgusting slander was all over right-wing media:

Parker Molloy

For real, being tuned into right-wing media after the election was like nothing else I'd ever seen before. Just non-stop lies, conspiracy theories being presented as facts, etc.

John Whitehouse+

Cannot emphasize enough how ubiquitous the Georgia "suitcase" video was in right-wing media
Tucker Carlson suitcases/Georgia
Sean Hannity suitcases/Georgia
Ingraham Angle suitcases/Georgia
3:34 PM · Jun 21, 2022

And where did that come from? It started in the far corners of the right-wing fever swamp and ended up on Fox News and in Donald Trump's mouth.

Moss described how her life was turned upside down by what Trump and his followers did to them. Angry Trumpers tried to push through her grandmother's front door saying they were there to make a citizen's arrest. The FBI told Freeman she needed to leave her home because her life was in danger. Both of them are afraid to use their names in public and Moss has quit her job as an election worker along with everyone she worked with on the 2020 election. These women were hounded, harassed and threatened all because Donald Trump's ego wouldn't let him admit he lost the election and many of his followers have lost all common sense and common decency.

The violence of January 6th had been a long time coming, even before the election.

We saw state houses taken over by armed militia "protesting" mask mandates. Public health officials were threatened at their homes. School board members were plagued with taunts of "we know how to find you" at public meetings. Many of these "protesters" are armed.

The RNC even called January 6th "legitimate political discourse." The threat of political violence is now an everyday feature of right-wing political activism.

Trump didn't create this phenomenon. He's just the first president to openly endorse it and coerce the GOP establishment to fully embrace it. The violent rhetoric of the right-wing media was way ahead of him. Recall original gangster Rush Limbaugh who said decades ago now, "I tell people don't kill all the liberals. Leave enough so we can have two on every campus — living fossils…. " Or consider Ann Coulter when asked what was her biggest ethical dilemma said, "There was one time I had a shot at Clinton. I thought 'Ann, that's not going to help your career.'"

Violent rhetoric has been the coin of the realm in right-wing media since Trump was a Democrat. But it's gone into overdrive since he came on the scene and his Big Lie and coup attempt were destined to end up with people getting hurt and killed.

We don't yet know what the committee has uncovered about Trump's knowledge of the various violent plots that were cooked up around January 6th. It's possible he knew nothing of them. But that doesn't absolve him of responsibility for the atmosphere he amplified during his time in office. He not only publicly modeled the bullying and authoritarian style of the mob boss, but he also encouraged his followers to use threats and intimidation to force political acquiescence over democratic means. Of course, they would resort to violence. That's the whole point.

June 22, 2022 11:17 AM  
Anonymous more of them polls that TTFers like so much...... said...

"There is so much evidence emerging from the January 6th hearings that it's sometimes hard to wrap your arms around what it all means"

you mean it's hard to twist it to fit the liberal media propaganda

there has been no new evidence, just media pretending it is

we all know what happened

and voters are sick of Dem Senators spinning it around and around

which is one reason many will be leaving at year end

"They are making a strong case that Donald Trump knew the election was legitimate yet spread the Big Lie that it was stolen anyway."

that's actually irrelevant

he has a right to make any case he wants

"He was also told that his scheme to have his vice president, Mike Pence, overturn the election was illegal and unconstitutional."

news flash: having someone tell you something is illegal and unconstitutional, doesn't mean it is

"The committee on Tuesday, during its fourth hearing, laid out how Trump was intimately involved in the pressure campaign"

"pressure campaign" is another name for politics

"For real, being tuned into right-wing media after the election was like nothing else I'd ever seen before. Just non-stop lies, conspiracy theories being presented as facts, etc."

interesting because fewer people watch left-wing media by the day

"We saw state houses taken over by armed militia "protesting" mask mandates. Public health officials were threatened at their homes. School board members were plagued with taunts of "we know how to find you" at public meetings. Many of these "protesters" are armed.

The RNC even called January 6th "legitimate political discourse." The threat of political violence is now an everyday feature of right-wing political activism."

and yet, you aren't bothered by BLM forces burning down police stations and pro-choicers burning down pregnancy clinics and pressure campaigns, along with violent threats, against the Supreme Court justices, and Merrick Garland using anti-terrorism tactics against parents dissenting at school board meetings

June 22, 2022 12:10 PM  
Anonymous more of them polls that TTFers like so much...... said...

Americans largely avoided CNN during Father’s Day weekend as the network continued to hemorrhage support from the demographic most coveted by advertisers.

CNN managed only 67,000 average viewers between ages 25-54 from June 18-19 for its smallest weekend audience since 2000 in the category that pays the bills. It was the network’s third-worst performance in the critical demo during a weekend since 1993.

It was also the network’s smallest audience on a Saturday among the demo since October 1993 when only 58,000 tuned in, and only the second time that CNN delivered under 60,000 demo viewers on a Saturday in 29 years.

In total-day viewership, CNN had its smallest Saturday audience since 1997 and its smallest primetime audience on a Saturday since 2000.

On Sunday, CNN’s "Reliable Sources" with left-wing host Brian Stelter averaged only 421,000 total viewers and a mere 56,000 among the demo. It was the smallest audience for "Reliable Sources" since December 27, 2015, among total viewers and the smallest since Dec. 29, 2013, among the demo.

Reruns of "Family Matters, "Roseanne, "The Office," "Shark Tank" and "Family Guy" all outdrew Stelter’s program among the 25-54 demo, as did children's programming such as "Peppa Pig" and "Spongebob SquarePants." Over 5,000 cable telecasts topped "Reliable Sources" in the demo last week.

CNN’s rough weekend came after Friday concluded a miserable weekday stretch, averaging only 88,000 demo viewers June 15-17 for its worst three-weekday performance since June 2014. For the week, CNN only aired two of the 100 most-watched cable telecasts

CNN has shed viewers as recently appointed CNN chairman and CEO Chris Licht is evaluating who should be shown the door, as he is "determined to tamp down spectacle" and restore the network’s hard news reputation it shed under Jeff Zucker.

All ratings data courtesy of Nielsen Media Research.

June 22, 2022 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Look at that admission: The troll holds different standards for Presidents of different parties said...

The same troll who replied:

Digby: ""They are making a strong case that Donald Trump knew the election was legitimate yet spread the Big Lie that it was stolen anyway."

troll: that's actually irrelevant"

Also said:

troll: "Bill Clinton, who lied, thus committing a felony "

June 22, 2022 12:37 PM  
Anonymous AMANDA MARCOTTE: Shaye Moss's ordeal and the Texas GOP platform: Trump's Big Lie was always about white supremacy said...

Wandrea "Shaye" Moss's abuse at the hands of Donald Trump is terrifying for the same reason serial killers are terrifying: Because the victims feel so randomly selected. Ted Bundy roamed beaches and college campuses looking for any long-haired white girl he could torture and kill. Moss did not speculate, during her short but powerful testimony before the January 6 committee on Tuesday, on why Trump and his odious sidekick Rudy Giuliani picked her and her mother, Ruby Freeman, for a vicious smear campaign falsely accusing them of injecting fake ballots into counting machines. She didn't need to speculate, because it was painfully obvious. Trump and Giuliani wanted their victims to be Black women because their conspiracy theories about a "stolen" election are all about tickling the lizard brain racism of the GOP base.

Moss and Freeman were singled out for the same reason that Fox News runs endlessly ridiculous segments villainizing Vice President Kamala Harris for every sneeze or smile. She was targeted for the same reason Republicans turned the confirmation hearings for Ketanji Brown Jackson into a circus of white resentment. Trump zeroed in on these two women for the same reason he spent years hyping the ridiculous conspiracy that President Barack Obama was not a natural born citizen of the United States. It's all a head nod in the direction of the unspeakable but clearly animating belief of MAGA nation: People of color are not legitimate American citizens.

With all the right-wing noise about Dominion voting machines and "dead people voting," it can be easy for some to lose sight of how the Big Lie was, from its inception, a white supremacist conspiracy theory. The Big Lie channels the white conservative belief that only they are real Americans and gives them the pretext to discredit voters of racially diverse cities like Philadelphia and Detroit as "frauds." There were endless numbers of photos and videos of election workers counting ballots that Trump and Giuliani could pretend to see illicit activity in. They clearly wanted Black women to be the face of their accusations about "fraud" voters, and unfortunately for Moss and Freeman, they were the unlucky names pulled out of the red baseball cap. The conspiracy theory about Moss and Freeman was, in both its intent and effect, a hate crime.

The background articles giving context to Moss' testimony were a brutal reminder of what unsubtle and noxious racists both Trump and Giuliani are. Falsely accusing Freeman of supposedly passing thumb drives to Moss (it was actually candy), Giuliani literally used the phrase "like they were vials of heroin or cocaine" during a hearing with Georgia lawmakers. He was leaving nothing to chance in trying to make this conspiracy theory go viral on the right. The over-the-top racism worked, as the lie crashed through right-wing social media like a tsunami, resulting in the horrendous abuse and threats to her life that Moss recounted Tuesday.

It's not even fair to describe the GOP mask as "slipping" off these days. It's much more like they're gleefully ripping it off.

Over the weekend, the Texas GOP held their convention and released a new party platform, which included a call to repeal the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It's telling how straight-up fascist the overall document was that this item barely registered in mainstream media coverage of it, which was more focused on the declaration that "President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was not legitimately elected" and that homosexuality is an "abnormal lifestyle choice." But it's startling nonetheless. The Voting Rights Act was pivotal legislation that made voting a right in practice and not just theory for Black Americans. Openly demanding the repeal of the law is nothing less than publicly endorsing the Jim Crow laws that prevented over 90% of Black Americans in some states from voting prior to the law's passing.

June 22, 2022 1:24 PM  
Anonymous AMANDA MARCOTTE: Shaye Moss's ordeal and the Texas GOP platform: Trump's Big Lie was always about white supremacy said...

The call to repeal the Voting Rights Act isn't the only direct shot at the right of people of color to vote in the platform, either. As Paul Waldman of the Washington Post pointed out on Monday, the platform also calls for a "state-level electoral college, eliminating one person-one vote" so that "the votes of white rural Republicans will count more" in statewide elections for races like governor, senator, and president. Even the white Southerners who passed Jim Crow laws didn't think to do that. But, as Waldman observed, the goal here is gutting democracy so "the voters can't stop you and all your darkest fantasies can be realized."

These attacks on voting rights are, of course, intimately tied up with the Big Lie.

The Big Lie is wielded as the main justification for the crackdown on voting, which is justified as an attempt to root out "fraud." But the call to repeal the Voting Rights Act and to overweigh white rural voters in elections gives the game away. Republicans aren't worried about dead people voting or double votes or fake votes. What angers them is not illegal voting at all. They're mad at all the legal voting. They're furious that people of color have the franchise, and they're doing everything they can to reduce the power of those votes, if not eliminate those votes completely.

Much of the mainstream media discussion about this white supremacist assault on voting rights reframes it as a partisan issue. Voters of color, especially Black voters, favor Democrats and so Republicans are targeting them for partisan reasons. The presumption is that the desire for partisan advantage is the motivator and the racist results are collateral damage. Hopefully, Moss's testimony rattles that assumption.

Her ordeal is a chilling reminder of how much the Trumpist base is motivated by naked racism. Her image was put out there by Trump and his cronies because they knew how his supporters would react with nearly animal rage at the sight of two Black women in the banal process of counting ballots. He and Giuliani knew because they feel it themselves. The GOP base is moved by a visceral loathing of Black people, especially women, participating in the machinery of democracy as full and equal members of society. It's not that partisanship leads to racism. It's the other way around: White supremacy is why Trump and the Republicans are so hell bent on gutting democracy.

June 22, 2022 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Merrick Garland....LOL!!!!!!!!!!! said...

"Bill Clinton, who lied, thus committing a felony "

hey stoooopid!

Clinton lied, under oath, about a fact

the kind of lying you accuse Trump of is the kind of promotion opposing lawyers do in courtrooms every day to make their case

there is no proof that what he said is wrong, however unlikely

and Dems do the same on a regular basis

Stacey Abrams still tells everyone she's the governor of Georgia

Al Gore still tells everyone the presidency was stolen from him in 2000

don't even get me started on Hillary, the biggest liar of our time

June 22, 2022 4:21 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage said...

"Wandrea "Shaye" Moss's abuse at the hands of Donald Trump is terrifying"

just judging from what you've posted here, the "terrifying" and "brutal" "abuse" consists of accusing her of doing something she didn't do

under that standard, Trump suffered terrifying" and brutal abuse form Hillary and Obama

"for the same reason serial killers are terrifying: Because the victims feel so randomly selected"

after making this inane statement, you then argue it wasn't random at all but based on race

we know you're desperate because the whole Jan 6 commission is not resonating with the voters but please make up your mind what crap you're going to promote

"She didn't need to speculate, because it was painfully obvious. Trump and Giuliani wanted their victims to be Black women"

what's obvious is that her race was why Dems chose her to testify

it's always their last resort in any situation

accusations of racism are the last resort to which the scoundrel clings

and there are no bigger scoundrels than Dems who have created an economic catastrophe of historic proportions the last year and a half

neither Trump and Giuliani are racists

Trump did more for the interests of minorities during his term than any President since LBJ

"Moss and Freeman were singled out for the same reason that Fox News runs endlessly ridiculous segments villainizing Vice President Kamala Harris"

I don't watch Fox news but if you think Harris is being criticized because of her race, you're hopeless

"the ridiculous conspiracy that President Barack Obama was not a natural born citizen of the United States"

his father was not a US citizen and pushed anti-America propaganda, he has extended family outside the country, and his grandmother was saying she saw him born in Kenya

"With all the right-wing noise about Dominion voting machines and "dead people voting," it can be easy for some to lose sight of how the Big Lie was, from its inception, a white supremacist conspiracy theory"

classic CRT crap

everything is blamed on systematic racism

this is another reason Dems will lose big in November

Trump's claims were just him desperately trying to retain power

nothing to do with race

June 23, 2022 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Willful blindness. continues unabated.... said...

"just judging from what you've posted here, the "terrifying" and "brutal" "abuse" consists of accusing her of doing something she didn't do"

I see, and so Rudy smearing her and her mother's name on social media was not "terrifying abuse" to you?

I wonder how you'd like that treatment toward you and your mother.

And the Trumpthugs who went to her grandmother's house to "search for evidence" was not evidence of "brutal abuse" toward her family to you either huh?

Again, I'd like to see how you'd like having your grandmother harassed by the President's henchmen because you did your job.

""the ridiculous conspiracy that President Barack Obama was not a natural born citizen of the United States"

his father was not a US citizen and pushed anti-America propaganda, he has extended family outside the country, and his grandmother was saying she saw him born in Kenya"

Oh brother, there you go again, repeating disproven lies.

Donald, You’re Fired. Trump repeats false claims about Obama's birthplace.

"...He claims the president’s grandmother says Obama was born in Kenya. In fact, the recording to which he refers shows Sarah Obama repeatedly saying through a translator: “He was born in America.”
He claims that no hospital in Hawaii has a record of Obama’s birth. Hospital records are confidential under federal law, but Honolulu’s Kapi’olani Medical Center has published a letter from Obama calling it “the place of my birth,” thus publicly confirming it as his birthplace.
He insists that the official “Certification of Live Birth” that Obama produced in 2008 is “not a birth certificate.” That’s wrong. The U.S. Department of State uses “birth certificate” as a generic term to include the official Hawaii document, which satisfies legal requirements for proving citizenship and obtaining a passport.
He claims that there’s no signature or certification number on the document released by Obama. Wrong again. Photos of the document, which we posted in 2008, clearly show those details.
He says newspaper announcements of Obama’s birth that appeared in Hawaii newspapers in 1961 “probably” were placed there fraudulently by his now-deceased American grandparents. Actually, a state health department official and a former managing editor of one of the newspapers said the information came straight from the state health department.
He claims “nobody knew” Obama when he was growing up and “nobody ever comes forward” who knew him as a child. “If I ever decide to run, you may go back and interview people from my kindergarten,” Trump said. Well, two retired kindergarten teachers in a 2009 news story fondly recall teaching a young Barack Obama...

The conservative National Review agreed as long ago as July 2009, when it wrote that “a few misguided souls among the Right” had bought into the sort of “foolishness” that Trump now embraces. “Like Bruce Springsteen, he [Obama] has a lot of bad political ideas; but he was born in the U.S.A.,” the Review’s editors said..."

But by all means, keep lying.

June 23, 2022 9:22 AM  
Anonymous more of them polls that TTFers like so much...... said...

President Biden's public approval rating fell for a fourth straight week to 36%, its lowest level, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll completed on Wednesday.

The president's approval rating has stayed below 50% since August, a warning sign that his Democratic Party could lose control of at least one chamber of the U.S. Congress in the Nov. 8 midterm elections.

(ha-ha, ya think?)

The economy is the most important issue currently facing the United States. Biden has been plagued by 40-year-highs in inflation.

Only 18% of Americans think the country is headed in the right direction.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll is conducted online in English throughout the United States. The most recent poll gathered responses from 1,002 adults, including 435 Democrats and 379 Republicans. It has a credibility interval - a measure of precision - of four percentage points

June 23, 2022 10:07 AM  
Anonymous more of them rulings that TTFers like so much... said...

The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a restrictive New York gun law in a major ruling for gun rights.

The justices’ 6-3 decision is expected to ultimately allow more people to legally carry guns on the streets of the nation’s largest cities — including New York, Los Angeles and Boston — and elsewhere.

About a quarter of the U.S. population lives in states expected to be affected by the ruling, the high court’s first major gun decision in more than a decade.

The ruling comes as Congress is actively working on gun legislation following recent mass shootings in Texas,New York and California.

In their decision, the justices struck down a New York law requiring people to demonstrate a particular need for carrying a gun in order to get a license to carry one in public.

The justices said the requirement violates the Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms.”

California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island all have similar laws likely to be challenged as a result of the ruling. The Biden administration had urged the justices to uphold New York’s law

June 23, 2022 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Bowers reads a December 2020 passage from his personal journal in which he wrote, "I do not want to be a winner by cheating. I will not play with laws I swore allegiance to." said...

Just what we need. More people with guns!

"President Biden's public approval rating"

Too bad he's not running this year!

June 23, 2022 12:28 PM  
Anonymous I wonder if TTFers agree with any part of the Constitution.... said...

"Over the weekend, the Texas GOP held their convention and released a new party platform, which included a call to repeal the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Voting Rights Act was pivotal legislation that made voting a right in practice and not just theory for Black Americans. Openly demanding the repeal of the law is nothing less than publicly endorsing the Jim Crow laws that prevented over 90% of Black Americans in some states from voting prior to the law's passing."

the Supreme Court ruled the Voting Rights Act of 1965 no longer necessary several year ago

it's no longer needed

the Jim Crow laws devised by Dems are no longer effective

"The Big Lie is wielded as the main justification for the crackdown on voting,"

no one is cracking down on voting

they are restoring voting integrity measures gutted in 2020 using COVID as a justification

"They're furious that people of color have the franchise,"

there are few people in America "furious" that people of color can vote

we elected a black man as President in 2008 and he initially had approval ratings of 70%

we elected a black woman as Vice President in 2016

you're delusional

"how much the Trumpist base is motivated by naked racism"

much of Trump's base are blue collar workers abandoned by the Dems and people committed to protecting the Constitution

neither are racist

"Too bad he's not running this year!"

right you are

we have to wait two and a half more years to throw the bum

we can keep him from causing more trouble though, by throwing the bums in Congress out

Oh, great. In addition to monkey pox, homosexuals are now spreading meningitis.

At least six people have died in Florida as the state battles “one of the worst outbreaks of meningococcal disease among gay and bisexual men in U.S. history,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.

The outbreak is both sudden and deadly, with the six deaths coming from a total of just 24 cases among gay and bisexual men in Florida this year, the CDC said.

The outbreak has left health officials and Florida LGBTQ+ groups scrambling to alert the public to avoid contact with homosexuals. The deadly disease is usually fatal in about every tenth case and can cause brain damage or limb loss in every fifth.

The first symptoms of the disease include high fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea or vomiting, or a dark purple rash. While initially resembling the flu, these symptoms are known to quickly worsen, the CDC says.

Health officials are pushing for all gay and bisexual men to immediately get the meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY) vaccine. Dr. José R. Romero, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a statement the disease is highly preventable with vaccination.

“Getting vaccinated against meningococcal disease is the best way to prevent this serious illness, which can quickly become deadly,” Romero said. “Because of the outbreak in Florida, and the number of Pride events being held across the state in coming weeks, it’s important that gay and bisexual men who live in Florida get vaccinated, and those traveling to Florida talk to their healthcare provider about getting a MenACWY vaccine.”

Pride events are notorious super-spreader events because of the, um, activities of the participants

June 23, 2022 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Obama and Garland were stopped so we have a tip-top terrific Supreme Court... said...

This just ain't your lucky day, is it?

The Supreme Court gave Republican legislative leaders in North Carolina a win Thursday in a fight over the state's latest photo identification voting law.

The 8-1 decision means that the legislative leaders can intervene in the federal case to defend the law.

A family takes a selfie outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote: “Through the General Assembly, the people of North Carolina have authorized the leaders of their legislature to defend duly enacted state statutes against constitutional challenge. Ordinarily, a federal court must respect that kind of sovereign choice, not assemble presumptions against it.”

North Carolina voters amended the state constitution in 2018 to include a voter ID mandate. Lawmakers then passed the law at issue in the case to put in place the change. The law requires voters to show a photo ID to vote — a driver's license, a passport or certain student and local government identifications

June 23, 2022 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Dems completely lose their minds.... said...

Keith Olbermann took to Twitter to slam the Supreme Court following its decision on New York's concealed carry law.

The court released its ruling early Thursday, deeming the law that required "proper cause" in order to purchase a gun of any kind unconstitutional. Olbermann, a New York resident, responded by suggesting New York simply "ignore this ruling."

"It has become necessary to dissolve the Supreme Court of the United States. " Olbermann wrote.

Users responded on Twitter, compared the commentator to other infamous figures in history who bucked authority.

"Racist Democrats probably said the same thing after the Brown v. Board of Education decision," media personality CJ Pearson said. "Democrats never really change their talking points, do they?"

"Sounds like you are advocating insurrection," filmmaker Paul Ray Ramsey wrote. "You need to be reported to the police under the 'red flag' laws."

Olbermann also went on to attack the justices who were in the majority ruling of this decision.

"Also, f*** Alito, Thomas, Roberts, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and the paralegal Coney Barrett," Olbermann wrote.

"Weird how he singled out the only woman on there as a 'paralegal,'" YouTuber Ian Miles Cheong wrote. "Misogynist."

June 23, 2022 2:56 PM  
Anonymous Dem monopoly control of inner cities has led to poverty and racism said...

"I see, and so Rudy smearing her and her mother's name on social media was not "terrifying abuse" to you?"

oh, not saying it was nice, although I'm sure exactly what the "smear" was

still, "terrifying" and "brutal" seems a little much

"And the Trumpthugs who went to her grandmother's house to "search for evidence" was not evidence of "brutal abuse" toward her family to you either huh?"

did they break in? if so, call the police

I guess they were waiting for the Dems to come

anon said: "his father was not a US citizen and pushed anti-America propaganda, he has extended family outside the country, and his grandmother was saying she saw him born in Kenya"

moron said: "Oh brother, there you go again, repeating disproven lies."

no, anon told the truth

"The conservative National Review agreed as long ago as July 2009

But by all means, keep lying."

I never said he wasn't born in the US

I simply said there were grounds for suspicion

June 23, 2022 11:05 PM  
Anonymous hi, it's Andrew Cuomo. should I run for President? said...

President Biden really does not want the public to know about his federal takeover of election administration. Dozens of members of Congress have repeatedly asked for details, to no avail. Good government groups, members of the media, and private citizens have filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act. Not a single one has been responded to. All signs indicate a concerted effort to keep the public in the dark until at least after the November midterm elections. The lack of transparency and responsiveness is so bad that the Department of Justice and some of its agencies have been repeatedly sued for the information.

When President Biden ordered all 600 federal agencies to “expand citizens’ opportunities to register to vote and to obtain information about, and participate in, the electoral process” on March 7, 2021, Republican politicians, Constitutional scholars, and election integrity specialists began to worry exactly what was up his sleeve.

They had good reason. The 2020 election had suffered from widespread and coordinated efforts by Democrat activists and donors to run “Get Out The Vote” operations from inside state and local government election offices, predominantly in the Democrat-leaning areas of swing states. Independent researchers have shown the effect of this takeover of government election offices was extremely partisan and favored Democrats overwhelmingly.

At the time the order was issued, Democrats were also hoping to pass H.R. 1, a continuation of the effort to destabilize elections throughout the country via a federalized takeover of state election administrations.

Biden gave each agency 200 days to file their plans for approval by none other than Susan Rice, his hyperpartisan domestic policy advisor. Yet fully nine months after those plans were due, they are all being hidden from the public, even as evidence is emerging that the election operation is in full swing.

June 23, 2022 11:11 PM  
Anonymous hi, it's Andrew Cuomo. should I run for President? said...

There are several major problems with Biden’s secret plan, critics say. It’s unethical to tie federal benefits to election activity. It’s unconstitutional to have the federal government take authority that belongs to the states and which Congress has not granted. And, given that all 50 states have different laws and processes governing election administration, it’s a recipe for chaos, confusion, and fraud at a time when election security concerns are particularly fraught.

Mobilizing voters is always a political act. Choosing which groups to target for Get Out The Vote efforts is one of the most important activities done by political campaigns. Federal agencies that interact with the public by doling out benefits can easily pressure recipients to vote for particular candidates and positions. Congress passed the Hatch Act in 1939, which bans bureaucrats and bureaucracies from being involved in election activities after Democrats used Works Progress Administration programs and personnel for partisan political advantage.

Executive Order 14019 ignores that the Constitution does not give the executive branch authority over elections. That power is reserved for the states, with a smaller role for Congress. With H.R. 1 and other Democrat Party efforts to grab more control over elections have thus far failed, Congress hasn’t authorized such an expansion.

As with previous efforts to destabilize elections, the chaos and confusion that would occur are part of the plan. The Executive Order copied much of a white paper put out by left-wing dark money group Demos, which advocates for left-wing changes to the country and which brags on its website that it moves “bold progressive ideas from cutting-edge concept to practical reality.” Not coincidentally, Biden put former Demos President K. Sabeel Rahman and former Demos Legal Strategies Director Chiraag Bains in key White House posts to oversee election-related initiatives.

Rahman serves as senior counsel at the White House office that oversees regulatory changes, meaning he approves every federal agency’s regulations and provides legal review of executive orders before they’re released. If you were looking to rush out constitutionally and ethically questionable orders, this post would be key to fill. Bains had been Demos’ director of legal strategies, helping write the paper that was turned into an executive order. He reports directly to Susan Rice, the hyperpartisan head of the Domestic Policy Council.

Rice has served in political positions in Democrat White Houses and the scandal-ridden Brookings Institution. She played a role in the spying-on-Trump scandal, blatantly lying about the same, lying about the Benghazi terrorist attack, and lying about Bowe Bergdahl’s military record.

Rice is described as President Obama’s “right-hand woman,” and it’s been said she was “like a sister” to the former president. She was his National Security Advisor at the same time Hunter Biden was hitching rides on official White House aircraft to other countries for meetings with oligarchs and corrupt government officials. She spread conspiracy theories about the law enforcement officers in Portland during the violent BLM riots that besieged the city. Most worrisome, she was briefed on the Clinton campaign’s Russia collusion hoax, which was used to destabilize the 2020 election and question its illegitimacy.

June 23, 2022 11:12 PM  
Anonymous hi, it's Andrew Cuomo. should I run for President? said...

Conservatives may be in the dark, but left-wing activist groups are fully involved in the plot. The left-wing dark money group Demos put out press releases immediately after the executive order was issued, saying it would be happy to work with federal agencies on the project.

And then the group admitted publicly that it “organized agency-based working groups and met with the staff in these agencies to provide technical expertise as they developed their initial voter registration plans, to ensure those plans reflect the knowledge and priorities of various agency stakeholders.” It also admits it “developed research and resources to assist and advance agency efforts to implement robust voter registration opportunities, including a slide deck explainer of the agencies’ potential for impact, best practices for conducting voter registration at federal agencies, and recommendations for modernizing and improving the accessibility of”

All of that information should be available to oversight authorities in Congress and the American taxpayers paying for its implementation, not just the left-wing groups that produced it. Yet as of this publication date, none of it has been shared.

Biden’s plan “raises serious ethical, legal, and constitutional concerns,” wrote Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., along with three dozen Republican members of Congress on January 19, in a letter to the head of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), demanding more information by February 28 about the secret plot. It went unanswered.

The top Republican members of nine House committees and subcommittees likewise demanded information from Rice and the head of OMB in a letter they sent on March 29. They noted that election activity goes well beyond “the scope of each agency’s authorizing statute and mission.”

One of the concerns shared by the members was that Biden was directing agencies to work with third-party organizations. Nobody knows which third-party organizations have been approved by Rice for her political efforts, nor which are being used. They also asked how much money is being spent on the effort, which statutory authorities justify the election activities, and what steps are being taken to avoid Hatch Act violations. They received no response.

The Foundation for Government Accountability filed a lawsuit on April 20th to compel the Department of Justice to respond to the FOIA request for information. And the American Accountability Foundation (AAF) filed suit on June 16 to compel Justice to comply. Those suits are ongoing.

June 23, 2022 11:14 PM  
Anonymous hi, it's Andrew Cuomo. should I run for President? said...

While the White House and agencies are steadfastly refusing to share details about how they’re complying with the executive order, who they met with to develop their plans, or how they’re justifying their involvement in something Congress has not authorized them to participate in, some details are trickling out. Here are a few examples of the widespread and coordinated effort by Biden’s political appointees to meddle in the state administration of elections.

In the midst of a labor crisis, the Department of Labor boasted that it was turning 2,300 American Job Centers previously focused on helping displaced workers find jobs into hubs of political activism. These new federally funded voter registration agencies were given guidance about how to bring in organizations to conduct “voter outreach.”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services likewise announced plans to turn community health centers into voter registration agencies, using thousands of health care facilities to focus on voter registration and turnout.

The Housing and Urban Development Department sent notice to public housing authorities that they should begin voter registration drives and participation activities. Previously, officials had been barred from electoral activities because they receive federal funding.
“It is presumed residents of public housing might disproportionately vote Democrat. … The executive order targets people receiving government benefits who might think their benefits depend on one party in power,” Stewart Whitson, legal director for the Foundation for Government Accountability, told the Daily Signal.

The Department of Education sent “dear colleague” letters to universities, telling them that Federal Work Study funds could now be used to support voter registration activities, contrary to previous guidance. The change was made without having gone through any rulemaking process to allow the change.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it’s using its child nutrition programs to push voter registration and enlisting state, local, and federally funded employees to implement voter registration drives in local schools.

The Commerce Department produced a massive, 113-page report which likely took four agency officials many hours to generate. It directs local voting board members about polling stations and poll worker training.

The tactics being used by these agencies were almost certainly contained in the plans submitted to Rice that have been withheld from investigators and overseers who had hoped to have some transparency about what the plans were. Frequently, the agencies claim the tactics are in response to the executive order, yet information about how they were developed has been withheld from the public for much of the year.

It is unclear why Biden and his political appointees are being so secretive about the work that went into their plan to engage in a federal takeover of election administration.

Whatever the case, Americans have a right to know whether these bureaucracies that are meddling in elections have experts in for each state’s election laws, what type of training is going on to ensure that state laws are being followed, whether they are allowing inspections and oversight to ensure no illegal activity, how they are determining whether a third-party group is genuinely non-partisan, whether they are allowing state investigators to approve money, and how much is being spent on this federal takeover of elections.

June 23, 2022 11:14 PM  
Anonymous Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema invite you to enjoy a Capitol Fourth!............ said...

here's a little trip down Memory Lane:

Build Back Better


June 24, 2022 6:12 AM  
Anonymous Susan Collins and Mitch McConnell invite you to enjoy a Capitol Fourth!............ said...

here's a little trip down Memory Lane:

Merrick Garland


June 24, 2022 6:17 AM  
Anonymous Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett invite you to enjoy a Capitol Fourth!............ said...

here's a little trip down Memory Lane:

Roe v Wade


June 24, 2022 6:19 AM  
Anonymous "Imagine a future where the president could screen applicants to the Justice Department with one question: 'Are you loyal to me or to the Constitution?' And it wouldn't take long to find people willing to pledge their loyalty to the man," Kinzinger argued. said...

It's good to see how nervous the hearings are making the troll.

That's another 10+ comments since Trump's DOJ leadership staff told the world what a conniving liar Trump is.

June 24, 2022 6:29 AM  
Anonymous catch a wave and you're sittin' on top of the world... said...

The Supreme Court, flexing its originalist constitutional muscle, ruled on Tuesday that the state of Maine must include religious schools in a tuition program that paid only for private, “nonsectarian” education. In a 6-3 decision, the justices settle a centuries-old debate about blurring the line between church and state.

To the six Supreme Court justices who carried the day in Carson v. Makin, this provision went too far. “There is nothing neutral about Maine’s program,” the majority opinion declared. “The State pays tuition for certain students at private schools — so long as the schools are not religious. That is discrimination against religion.”

In a spirited defense, written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the three liberal justices warned that their colleagues are leading the country “to a place where the separation of church and state becomes a constitutional violation.” Sotomayor added, “This court continues to dismantle the wall of separation between church and state that the Framers fought to build.”

Did they?

Joining the dissent, Justice Stephen Breyer argued that the GOP-appointed justices overstressed the Free Exercise Clause, which forbids the government from prohibiting the free exercise of faith, at the expense of the Establishment Clause, which prohibits the establishment of religion.

Anticipating this erroneous argument, the chief justice begged to differ. “A neutral benefit program in which public funds flow to religious organizations through the independent choices of private benefit recipients does not offend the Establishment Clause,” Roberts wrote. “A State’s antiestablishment interest does not justify enactments that exclude some members of the community from an otherwise generally available public benefit because of their religious exercise.”

June 24, 2022 6:36 AM  
Anonymous catch a wave and you're sittin' on top of the world... said...

But the modern-day tension between the Free Exercise Clause and the Establishment Clause is rooted in the Founding era. Because the colonies had varying levels of preferred denominations and taxes to support those preferred denominations at the time the Constitution was penned, one might have read the Establishment Clause as barring Congress from making laws respecting establishment of religion in the states. Today, we understand the clause as prohibiting Congress from establishing a state-sanctioned church.

Tensions arise when the court affords equal protection to religious organizations, because liberals believe that by providing state protection – and in recent cases, state funds – the court is in fact “obliterating the wall of separation” and de facto establishing some semblance of state religion.

Yet the court has long held that indirect aid to religion does not necessarily violate the wall of separation. Justin Dyer, director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, explained that when the state makes a benefit generally available, but “carves out the one single exception of using it at a religious institution, that is discriminatory and violates Free Exercise principles.”

That was the principle at issue in Carson, and in Espinoza v. Montana, a 2020 case decided on a 5-4 vote that overturned a state law precluding private school scholarships – if those schools were sectarian. It is up to the state to allocate its funds, the court ruled, but if a state chooses to subsidize private education, “it cannot disqualify some private schools solely because they are religious,” Roberts wrote in that decision.

Although various legal scholars warn that the courts are legitimizing theocratic impulses of religious conservatives in this country, viewed in a historic context – and compared, say, to the Middle East – such fears seem overblown and, indeed, ridiculous.

On a basic level, the separation of church and state simply means that the offices of church and government are distinct. In The United States, there is still no relationship between the offices of government and the offices of the hundreds of faiths, denominations, and church organizations. There has never been any religious test for holding public office.

“If I were looking to say that there was an obliteration of the line between church and state, I would be looking for whether or not there was an official church of the United States with some public official at its head, appointing the bishops who then had representation in Congress,” explained Dyer. “But to say that applying an equal protection principle, or a religious liberty principle…is obliterating or dismantling the separation of church and state, seems pretty strong to me.”

Additional freedom of religion cases are in the pipeline. It’s likely that in the pending Kennedy v. Bremerton School District and Roman Catholic Diocese v. Cuomo decisions the Free Exercise Clause will trump the Establishment Clause – no pun intended – but that does not mean the wall of separation is crumbling.

June 24, 2022 6:36 AM  
Anonymous Apparently there were enough mass shooting victims in Uvalde said...

The 21 victims of the Uvalde school shooting

Makenna Lee Elrod, 10
Layla Salazar, 11
Maranda Mathis, 11
Nevaeh Bravo, 10
Jose Manuel Flores Jr., 10
Xavier Lopez, 10
Tess Marie Mata, 10
Rojelio Torres, 10
Eliahna “Ellie” Amyah Garcia, 9
Eliahna A. Torres, 10
Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10
Jackie Cazares, 9
Uziyah Garcia
Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10
Maite Yuleana Rodriguez, 10
Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10
Irma Garcia, 48
Eva Mireles, 44
Amerie Jo Garza, 10
Alexandria “Lexi” Aniyah Rubio, 10
Alithia Ramirez, 10

Let's hear it for 15 GOPers who joined every Democrat to pass a tiny improvement to try to stop America's mass shootings.

Senate passes bipartisan gun violence bill, marking breakthrough

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is poised to pass the House Friday and be signed by President Biden. It includes the most significant new gun restrictions since the mid 1990s.

"...The resulting Bipartisan Safer Communities Act garnered support from all 50 members of the Democratic caucus and a cadre of dealmaking Republicans on Thursday, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has opposed previous attempts to toughen gun laws after mass shooting

“This is the sweet spot … making America safer, especially for kids in school, without making our country one bit less free,” McConnell said on the Senate floor Thursday.


In subsequent remarks with reporters, he explained the political logic of his stance, saying he hoped the GOP support for the deal “will be viewed favorably by voters in the suburbs that we need to regain in order to hopefully be a majority next year.”..."

June 24, 2022 6:45 AM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden is making inflation great again !!!!!!!!!!.......... said...

The new bill has a partly appropriate focus in that it enhances school security, which is the real issue.

We keep hearing the media say things like "we haven't had new gun legislation in 25 years", as if laws should be passed on a regular basis

25 years ago, the Congress passed the Brady Bill establishing the national background check system, a 10-year-ban on assault weapons and restrictions on gun sales to domestic-violence offenders.

Not long after. we had the mass shootings at Columbine.

There had been no mass school shootings prior to that

June 24, 2022 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Biden's family is not above the law said...

The Supreme Court has ended imagined constitutional enablement for killing unborn children that had been in place nearly 50 years in a decision by its constitutional majority to overturn Roe v. Wade. Friday's outcome is expected to lead to abortion bans in at least half the states.

The outcome will rejigger voting demographics. People who wouldn't even consider voting for Democrats will now feel they can morally make a decision between the candidates. Supreme Court nomination hearings will no longer be a circus and can return to rubber-stamping a President's choice.

We all owe a debt of gratitude to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who stuck it out to the end, allowing Amy Coney Barrett to join the court.

Everyone stay home tonight. Pro-choice domestic terrorists have promised a violent night of rage...

June 24, 2022 11:04 AM  
Anonymous I wonder if TTFers agree with any part of the Constitution.... said...

the opinion, for your reading pleasure:

June 24, 2022 11:10 AM  
Anonymous new holiday in Texas said...

SCOTUS just overruled Roe & Casey, ending one of the most morally & legally corrupt eras in US history. Praise the Lord.

Abortion is now illegal in Texas.

And today I’m closing my office—and making it an annual holiday—as a memorial to the 70 million lives lost bc of abortion

-Texas Attorney General

June 24, 2022 12:20 PM  
Anonymous SCOTUS also decided to allow people to carry loaded guns said...

I'd like to thank the Supremes for helping assure Democrats maintain their majorities in the House and the Senate this year.

Poor Mitch, thought he was making inroads into the suburbs with his trifling gun control vote.

Money is pouring into Democrat campaigns like there's no tomorrow.

June 24, 2022 12:32 PM  
Anonymous History lesson time said...

"25 years ago, the Congress passed the Brady Bill establishing the national background check system, a 10-year-ban on assault weapons and restrictions on gun sales to domestic-violence offenders.

Not long after. we had the mass shootings at Columbine.

There had been no mass school shootings prior to that"

June 24, 2022 12:48 PM  
Anonymous looking for fun and feelin' groooovy.......... said...

"I'd like to thank the Supremes for helping assure Democrats maintain their majorities in the House and the Senate this year"


no one can make an argument that voting for a Dem in 2022 will reverse the SCOTUS decision

people will be voting against inflation, failed foreign policy, CRT, transgender overreach, and the new gay disease, monkey pox

"Money is pouring into Democrat campaigns like there's no tomorrow."

don't tell Jeb and Hillary

they thought their money wrapped it up for them in 2016



that was college

the topic is public schools before college

before 25 years ago, when Congress passed the Brady Bill establishing the national background check system, a 10-year-ban on assault weapons and restrictions on gun sales to domestic-violence offenders, there had never been a mass shooting in high school, middle school, or elementary school

now, they happen with regularity

gun control is not effective

btw, shootings don't happen in private schools either

school choice could be part of the answer

While the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was written by Justice Samuel Alito, a concurring opinion in favor of the conservative majority by Justice Clarence Thomas raises the likelihood that rulings protecting contraception and same-sex marriage could be overruled as well in the near term.

“In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents,” Thomas wrote, pointing to Griswold v. Connecticut (contraception), Lawrence (same-sex marriage), and Obergefell (same-sex marriage). “Because any substantive due process decision is ‘demonstrably erroneous,’ we have a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents.”

The dissenting opinion, by liberal Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan, agreed that supposed constitutional rights that aren't actually in the Constitution could be at risk.

"No one should be confident that this majority is done with its work," the dissenting opinion reads. "The "right" Roe and Casey recognized does not stand alone. To the contrary, the Court has linked it for decades to other settled freedoms involving bodily integrity, familial relationships, and procreation."

June 24, 2022 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Trump Privately Called a Roe v. Wade Reversal 'Bad' for His Party said...

The man most responsible for shaping a U.S. Supreme Court that delivered the conservative movement a long-sought victory has spent weeks saying he did not think it will be good for his party.

Publicly, after a draft of the likely decision leaked in May, former President Donald Trump was remarkably tight-lipped for weeks about the possible decision, which the court ultimately handed down Friday, ending federal abortion protections. But privately, Trump has told people repeatedly that he believes it will be “bad for Republicans.”

The decision, Trump has told friends and advisers, will anger suburban women, a group who helped tilt the 2020 presidential race to Joe Biden, and will lead to a backlash against Republicans in the November midterm elections.

His advisers had encouraged Trump to keep quiet about the issue until a ruling was issued, in part to ensure he was not accused of trying to influence the decision. Still, the contrast between Trump and conservatives who have heralded the decision and who worked in his administration, such as former Vice President Mike Pence, has been striking. On Friday morning, Pence issued a statement saying, “Life won,” as he called for opponents of abortion to keep fighting “in every state in the land.”

A spokesperson for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment about his private remarks or his view of the ruling. But in an interview that Fox News published after the decision Friday, Trump, asked about his role, said, “God made the decision.” He said the decision was “following the Constitution, and giving rights back when they should have been given long ago.”

“I think, in the end, this is something that will work out for everybody,” Trump told Fox News.

Trump supported abortion rights for many years, although he said he abhorred the procedure. In 2011, preparing for a possible campaign, he reversed course and told a conservative political conference that he opposed abortion rights. And throughout his political career, he has privately called it a “tough issue” and publicly struggled to discuss it.

In an interview with The New York Times in May, Trump uttered an eyebrow-raising demurral in response to a question about the central role he had played in tipping the balance on the Supreme Court and paving the way for the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

“I never like to take credit for anything,” said Trump, who spent his career affixing his name to almost anything he could.

Pressed to describe his feelings about having helped assemble a court that was on the verge of erasing the ruling that protected abortion rights, Trump refused to engage the question and instead focused on the leak of the draft opinion in early May.

“I don’t know what the decision is,” he said. “We’ve been reading about something that was drawn months ago. Nobody knows what that decision is. A draft is a draft.”

June 24, 2022 2:24 PM  
Anonymous government ain't the solution, it's the problem said...

"The man most responsible for shaping a U.S. Supreme Court that delivered the conservative movement a long-sought victory has spent weeks saying he did not think it will be good for his party"

Trump has one priority: numero uno

as much as you kids like to believe evangelicals are crazy about Trump, it was simply a deal made

they agreed to vote for him if he agreed to nominate judges who would take an originalist approach in interpreting the Constitution

he may be right about the political fallout, not because of any backlash, but because there will no longer be as compelling a moral reason to not vote Democratic

but it would take a pretty amoral person to suggest retaining Roe for that reason

ladies and gentlemen: Donald Trump

btw, Dems seem to try to perpetuate racism because it is good for their party

"The decision, Trump has told friends and advisers, will anger suburban women, a group who helped tilt the 2020 presidential race to Joe Biden,"

abortion will still be legal is states where this will be a factor

so, there will be no reason for anger

those women, concerned about their families' welfare, will vote about the economy stupid

June 24, 2022 3:04 PM  
Anonymous they're burning RBG shirts in the streets.... said...

The Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade Friday resulted in meltdowns from many liberal journalists blaming late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Taking their grievances to social media, journalists and other media figures slammed the formerly revered liberal icon for not retiring sooner.

Ginsburg died in September of 2020 at 87 years old, leaving a vacancy for President Trump to nominate Justice Amy Coney Barrett to take her place on the Court.

Columnist Scott Feinberg said Ginsburg's decision not to retire "helped lead to the destruction" of Roe v. Wade. "Sadly, this will be a big part of her legacy," he tweeted.

Podcast host Katie Halper mocked the late justice in a sarcastic tweet. "So glad RBG kept planking instead of retiring from the Supreme Court," she wrote.

Rebecca Fishbein, a freelance writer for liberal outlets such as Jezebel and Vice, suggested Ginsburg and President Obama were responsible for this outcome.

Responding to a tweet sent by the former president blasting the Court's decision, Fishbein wrote, "hm well maybe someone could have convinced rbg to retire."

Angry woman yelling after the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade in Washington, Friday, June 24, 2022. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin


Journalist for The Independent, Skylar Baker-Jordan, griped, "But at least RBG got to die in office."

Freelance journalist Eoin Higgins agreed, taking shots at both Ginsburg and Obama for the demise of the abortion precedent.

Conservatives cheered the Court's decision and also gave credit to the late liberal justice

June 24, 2022 3:20 PM  
Anonymous sayonara, gay agenda! said...

In sharp and somber remarks from the White House, President Biden criticized the Supreme Court’s decision to deprive millions of women across the country of the federal right to kill unborn children.

“So many of us are frustrated and disillusioned,” Biden said.

The right to kill unborn children had been protected by the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade. But with that precedent now obliterated, traditional states can outlaw killing unborn children altogether.

Roe’s demise came courtesy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who stayed on long enough for Trump to nominate an evangelical to the court, and Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, in which six justices agreed that killing unborn children was not an inherent right and could thus be banned by states where morality is considered important. Biden called the ruling “a realization” by the court, which at present only includes three crazed liberals.

President Biden at the microphone, wearing a pained expression. LOL!

“It is a sad day for the court and a sad day for the country,” Biden said, reading notes prepared by Jill about his own long-standing support for killing unborn children.

“This is not over,” Biden said, echoing what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said earlier in the day at her nauseating weekly press conference.

Attending to their cellphones, White House staff wait for the arrival of President Biden, next to a portrait of Presidential Predator Bill Clinton.

Although the Dobbs decision had been widely expected since the leak of a draft opinion in May, it was not until the ruling was finally issued on Friday that the wonderful reality of a post-Roe nation became impossible to ignore. In 13 states, existing “trigger laws” call for killing unborn children to become illegal as soon as Roe is revoked.

In the aftermath of the ruling, protesters gathered in front of the Supreme Court, and Washington, D.C., braced for the prospect of violent protests by pro-life domestic terrorists. Biden pleaded with demonstrators to “keep all protests”

The president also vowed to make it easier for women to gain access to abortifacient chemicals. Both he and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland vowed to protect women who may need to travel to a state where they do not live in order to kill an unborn child.

“We recognize that traveling to obtain "reproductive care" may not be feasible in many circumstances,” Garland said in a statement of his own. “But under bedrock constitutional principles, women who reside in states that have banned access to comprehensive "reproductive care" must remain free to seek that "care" in states where it is legal.”

June 24, 2022 4:00 PM  
Anonymous hi, it's Hunter Biden. would anyone like to buy my art for 500K? did I mention my dad is President? said...

Speaking at a maternal health care event in Plainfield, Ill., on Friday afternoon, Vice President Kamala Harris said the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has already triggered "a health care crisis."

"Millions of women in America will go to bed tonight without access to the health care and reproductive care they had this morning," Harris said.

"This is the first time in the history of our nation that a constitutional right has been taken," she continued.

Harris said the court's opinion leaves other new "rights", such as same sex "marriage", vulnerable to the discovery that they are not actually in the Constitution by the court's originalist majority.


She's smarter than anyone gives her credit for!


June 24, 2022 4:29 PM  
Anonymous Polling shows record-low confidence in Supreme Court said...

A new poll from Gallup has found confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court has reached a record low as the branch’s conservative majority continues to pass down controversial rulings.

In a survey released Thursday afternoon, Gallup found that only 25% of Americans have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the Supreme Court. This is down 11% from last year and 5 points below the previous low in 2014. The polling occurred prior to Thursday morning’s ruling striking down restrictions on concealed carry of guns, which was harshly criticized by Democrats. It also comes before an expected ruling that would eliminate legal abortion access for millions of Americans by overturning the 1973 decision Roe v. Wade.

The court’s anti-abortion stances have likely been a key factor in the recent dip in approval, which has a 6-3 majority of Republican appointees, newly expanded under former President Trump. A national survey from the Marquette Law School taken in May after a leaked draft ruling showed a 5-4 majority was primed to overturn Roe found a similar dive. (Chief Justice John Roberts, despite being an appointee of former President George W. Bush, was not part of the majority in that draft decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito, a fellow Bush appointee.) Approval in that poll was just 44 percent, down 10 points from November 2021 and 22 points from September 2020.

While members of the court have rejected the idea that they are a political body, the current makeup is the result of a years-long conservative project and maneuvering from Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell held open the seat of Antonin Scalia, who was appointed by Ronald Reagan, for the final 11 months of Barack Obama’s presidency, refusing to even grant a confirmation hearing to Obama’s nominee for the seat, Merrick Garland, allowing Donald Trump to subsequently choose the replacement. McConnell then sped through the replacement of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in September 2020, to make sure she was replaced by conservative Amy Coney Barrett even if Trump lost the 2020 election.

The decline in Supreme Court approval has been trending since last year, when they allowed a restrictive Texas law limiting abortion access to go into effect. A Gallup approval poll in September 2021 found that only 40 percent of Americans approved of the court, an 18 percent dip from a similar survey taken a little over a year prior.

Quinnipiac found a similar result that month, with just 37 percent of Americans approving of the court. It was the worst job approval since the university began asking the question in 2004 and a 15-percent drop from July 2020.

June 24, 2022 8:13 PM  
Anonymous here is a post-Roe paradise... said...

"only 25% of Americans have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the Supreme Court"

not surprising after the relentless attacks on the legitimacy of the Court by the media

still, higher than confidence in Congress, currently run by Dems

indeed, polls show that most Americans want the Congress to flip to the GOP later this year

the media, btw, has failed to inform Americans

for example, polls show most Americans didn't want the now defunct Roe ruling overturned

but, if you ask their views without mentioning Roe, it's clear they disagree with Roe

In Phoenix on Friday night, state troopers used tear gas after pro-abortion protesters banged on the doors of the Arizona Senate building, and after part of a door was broken, state Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said.

The gas was deployed from the roof of the House of Representatives, he said. There were no arrests. The Senate, which was in session, was interrupted but later resumed.

So, they banged on a door and broke it

they stopped official proceedings

just like January 6 but no arrests were made

June 25, 2022 7:41 AM  
Anonymous gooood mornin', TTF!!!!!!!!!!!! said...

After 50 long years, the Supreme Court finally struck down on Friday the cases that created a right to the legalized, intentional killing of unborn children and prevented the states from restricting the procedure.

Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh ruled that Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey were unsound decisions that improperly conferred a right to obtain an abortion in a 6-3 decision , with Chief Justice John Roberts concurring. Nowhere in the Constitution, and nowhere in our nation’s history and tradition, is there such a thing as a right to terminate a pregnancy at any stage, the justices argued.

The majority opinion, written by Alito, states:

Guided by the history and tradition that map the essential components of the Nation’s concept of ordered liberty, the Court finds the Fourteenth Amendment clearly does not protect the right to an abortion. Until the latter part of the 20th century, there was no support in American law for a constitutional right to obtain an abortion. No state constitutional provision had recognized such a right. Until a few years before Roe, no federal or state court had recognized such a right. Nor had any scholarly treatise. Indeed, abortion had long been a crime in every single State.

At common law, abortion was criminal in at least some stages of pregnancy and was regarded as unlawful and could have very serious consequences at all stages. American law followed the common law until a wave of statutory restrictions in the 1800s expanded criminal liability for abortions. By the time the Fourteenth Amendment was adopted, three-quarters of the States had made abortion a crime at any stage of pregnancy. This consensus endured until the day Roe was decided. Roe either ignored or misstated this history, and Casey declined to reconsider Roe’s faulty historical analysis.

Rather than dealing with these facts, Roe and Casey advocates, including the justices who were responsible for them, decided that the right to abortion must fall under a broad and vague “right to privacy," or the freedom to make “intimate and personal choices,” Alito wrote, which has shifted and been redefined countless times over the past several decades, as Justice Clarence Thomas noted in his concurring opinion. True freedom, however, “sets limits and defines the boundary between competing interests,” Alito said, and the fact is that there are just as many people in the U.S. who would like to see abortion restricted as there are those who would not. They deserve just as much of a say in the process.

The court also argues that stare decisis on its own is not enough to justify upholding Roe and Casey, especially since those cases are based on an improper interpretation of the Constitution that has radically distorted our political system. “Stare decisis is not an inexorable command, and ‘is at its weakest when [the court] interpret[s] the Constitution,’” Alito wrote. “Some of the Court’s most important constitutional decisions have overruled prior precedents,” such as Brown v. Board of Education, which overruled Plessy v. Ferguson.

The decision is a marvel and triumph for the pro-life movement, which has labored tirelessly for the past 50 years to bring us to this point. It is the culmination of our legal, political, and cultural efforts to eradicate abortion nationally and the reasons women seek it out in the first place. Now, the next phase of the fight for life will begin

Alito concludes: “We end this opinion where we began. Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives.”

Praise God

June 25, 2022 8:16 AM  
Anonymous best summer vacation ever.... said...

Can America still settle its political conflicts democratically, and peacefully? We’re about to find out after the Supreme Court Friday overturned Roe v. Wade and returned the profound moral issue of abortion to the states and democratic assent, where it has always belonged.

Critics say the Court’s 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is rule by unelected judges. But Roe was the real “exercise of raw judicial power,” as Justice Byron White put it in dissent in 1973. That’s when seven Justices claimed to find a constitutional right to abortion that is nowhere mentioned in the Constitution and had no history in American common law. The Court on Friday finally corrected its mistake, which has damaged the legitimacy of the Court and inflamed our politics for 49 years.

The Justices in the majority deserve credit for sticking with their convictions despite the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion in May. The leak was probably intended to create a furor to pressure the Justices to change their mind, and it has led to protests in front of their homes and even an apparent assassination attempt against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. By holding firm, they showed the Court can’t be intimidated.

Justice Alito’s majority opinion hews closely to his draft, and it is a careful, thoughtful survey of abortion law and its history in the constitutional order. His opinion takes apart, brick by logical brick, the reasoning of Roe and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the other main abortion precedent the Court overrules in Dobbs.

The central point, underscored by Justice Kavanaugh in his concurrence, is that abortion can be found nowhere in the Constitution. The parchment is neutral on the issue. The supporters of an abortion right claim to have found it in the due process clause of the 14th Amendment, which was ratified in 1868. But until the latter part of the 20th century, the idea of a right to abortion could be found nowhere in American law. No state constitutions included it, and until shortly before Roe no court had recognized such a right. Justice Harry Blackmun ignored that history and invented the right in Roe.

Casey entrenched Roe in 1992, yet it did so without considering that history, while asserting that abortion was part of a gauzy right to privacy that includes “intimate and personal choices.” The three controlling Justices in Casey sought to balance that right against the “potential life” of a baby in the womb.

But their judgment of how to strike that balance supplanted the moral choices of millions of Americans. “Our Nation’s historical understanding of ordered liberty does not prevent the people’s elected representatives from deciding how abortion should be regulated,” writes Justice Alito.

The three dissenting Justices claim the majority has steamrolled the doctrine of stare decisis, or respect for precedent. But Justice Alito’s opinion deals step by step with the Court’s traditional stare decisis analysis, and his most telling point is that Roe and Casey haven’t come close to settling the issue.

The controlling Justices in Casey went so far as to make an essentially political plea that Americans let their ruling settle the abortion issue. It was a futile attempt to end debate on a question that touches people at their deepest moral convictions. Abortion continues to roil American politics, and states continue to pass laws challenging the logic of both opinions. When a ruling is still controversial and unworkable after five decades, that is compelling evidence it was wrongly decided.

June 26, 2022 3:57 AM  
Anonymous best summer vacation ever.... said...

Chief Justice John Roberts writes in a concurrence that the Court did not have to overturn Roe to uphold Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks in this case. He says this would have been more judicially modest and less jolting to the public.

We agree on his point about upholding the Mississippi law, but such a halfway ruling would only have been a legal holding action. More states would have written more laws that would have challenged Roe and Casey, and sooner or later the Court would have had to overrule both or uphold some remnant of them as settled law. Better to take this opportunity to return the issue to the states sooner rather than later.

The political left is making much of Justice Clarence Thomas’s argument in a concurrence that the Court should revisit all of its precedents that are based on the use of substantive due process to find rights in the Constitution. That includes precedents on contraception and gay marriage.

Substantive due process is a long-time preoccupation of Justice Thomas, and we respect him for it. But the doctrine is also deeply embedded in countless Court precedents that have far better stare decisis claims than does Roe. Overturning the Obergefell ruling on gay marriage, for example, would jeopardize hundreds of thousands of legal marriage contracts. That’s the definition of a reliance-interest justification for upholding a precedent. Justice Thomas also acknowledges in his concurrence that abortion is different from these cases, and note that no other Justice joined his opinion.

Which brings us back to the politics of abortion and democracy. The debate will now shift from courts to the political branches, which should be healthy for the judiciary. Democrats made clear on Friday that they will make abortion rights a major campaign theme in the midterm elections, and President Biden declared that “this is not over.”

Fair enough. Both sides of the abortion debate will now have to achieve their policy goal the old-fashioned way—through persuasion, not judicial fiat. Some in the pro-life movement want Congress to ban abortion nationwide. But that will strike many Americans as hypocritical after decades of Republican claims that repealing Roe would return the issue to the states.

A national ban may also be an unconstitutional intrusion on state police powers and federalism. Imposing the abortion values of Mississippi or Texas on all 50 states could prove to be as unpopular as New York or California trying to do the same for abortion rights.

One tragedy of Roe is that it pre-empted an abortion debate that was moving in the states a half century ago. That debate can now resume. Some states will ban it in most cases, while others like California may seek to pay for the abortions of women from other states.

It will take awhile, and more than one election, but we hope that eventually the public through its legislators will find a tolerable consensus, if not exactly common ground. That’s the best we can ask for in our imperfect republic, if we can keep it.

June 26, 2022 3:57 AM  
Anonymous remember FDR? our next 18-year presidency begins in 2024... said...

No President in the post-war era, not even Obama, has so clearly demonstrated the foolishness of progressive liberalism as Slidin' Joe Biden.

Conservatives are measuring the drapes in the Oval Office. And in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Less than halfway through Joe Biden’s first term, rightward-leaning political players have plans for making each and every administrative agency in the entire federal government their own.

The Heritage Foundation is betting that President Biden won’t be reelected – and that even if Biden doesn’t run again his successor will not be a Democrat. For months, the veritable conservative think tank has been designing a ready-to-go agenda for a future Republican White House, detailing everything from what policies a Republican administration ought to pursue to which staffers they should hire.

While certainly proactive, especially this early on, such blueprints are not new. What is unique is the coalition that Heritage has built and RealClearPolitics is first to report: a broad alliance of nearly two dozen major organizations, spanning the conservative universe and working in concert to prepare the next GOP president to begin undoing the Biden legacy “on hour one, day one.”

The blueprints are the product of what Heritage calls the “2025 Presidential Transition Project.” The coalition: “the Advisory Board.” The overarching goal: “cleaning up the devastation caused by four years of Joe Biden’s rule.”

That is the vision according to Heritage President Kevin Roberts who took the helm of the organization last autumn. “It is not enough for conservatives simply to win elections,” he said. “We must ensure that the right people – those who love this country and are willing to fight for her – are serving in key roles in the next administration.”

June 26, 2022 4:10 AM  
Anonymous catch a wave and you're sittin' on top of the world... said...

Americans prefer a GOP congress in the fall election

how did liberals mess up so bad, so fast?

when your chance comes

ya gotta grab it while you can

cuz when it's gone

it won't be back again!

thank you, RBG?

make that lady a t-shirt


June 26, 2022 2:06 PM  
Anonymous Roe casts shadow on pride parade - that's a damn shame! LOL.......... said...

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is casting a shadow on this weekend's Pride events in the Bay Area.

What was supposed to be a celebration in San Francisco, may now be more of a demonstration as many noted Friday that the decision means this is time to rally, not celebrate.

“I’ve been worried that any Proud Boys or other White supremacist group might try to interrupt the parade,” said Robert Makowka of San Francisco. “It’s depressing to step backwards and that it could impact gay rights.”

He and his partner Eric have been together for 20 years and worry, along with others, the court’s decision could trigger a domino effect leading to challenges of other constitutionally-protected rights, like marriage rights.

“If they can take away the rights of a women whether or not she wants to reproduce then why would they not go back on gay marriage?” said Jacquie Pullie, visiting from San Diego.

SFPD said it has all hands on deck, cancelling all days off to ensure safety for both the Pride events and now, the expected Roe v. Wade protest.

June 26, 2022 11:11 PM  
Anonymous summertime....and the livin' is eeeeasy! said...

did you know that polls show that most Americans oppose abortion after the first trimester?

did you know that the egregious and defunct Roe ruling said second trimester abortion was a constitutional right?

and yet, polls show most Americans don't think the egregious and defunct Roe ruling should have been overturned

clearly, the media has colluded with radical abortion advocates to misinform Americans about the egregious and defunct Roe ruling

did you know that no place in the world considers abortion a constitutional right and that abortion is regulated by the legislature in every country?

that now includes the United States

did you know that in countries that allow abortion, it is usually allowed, on average, up to 15 weeks?

which is, coincidentally, the limit in the Mississippi case where the SCOTUS just overturned Roe?

so, the Supreme Court wisely joined the rest of the world and allowed the American people to decide the legality of abortion by the ordinary process rathe than imposition by a court

so why is the progressive-media-entertainment complex having such a collective fit?

btw, did you that no where else in world is homosexual marriage considered a constitutional right?


June 27, 2022 6:28 AM  
Anonymous I wonder how many TTFers have switched to the GOP this year? said...

A political shift is beginning to take hold across the U.S. as tens of thousands of suburban swing voters who helped fuel the Democratic Party's gains in recent years are becoming Republicans.

More than 1 million voters across 43 states have switched to the Republican Party over the last year, according to voter registration data analyzed by The Associated Press. The previously unreported number reflects a phenomenon that is playing out in virtually every region of the country — Democratic and Republican states along with cities and small towns — in the period since President Biden replaced former President Donald Trump.

But nowhere is the shift more pronounced — and dangerous for Democrats — than in the suburbs, where well-educated swing voters who turned against Trump's Republican Party in recent years appear to be swinging back. Over the last year, far more people are switching to the GOP across suburban counties from Denver to Atlanta and Pittsburgh and Cleveland. Republicans also gained ground in counties around medium-size cities such as Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Raleigh, North Carolina; Augusta, Georgia; and Des Moines, Iowa.

Ben Smith, who lives in suburban Larimer County, Colorado, north of Denver, said he registered as a Republican earlier in the year after becoming increasingly concerned about the Democrats' support in some localities for mandatory COVID-19 vaccines, the party's inability to quell violent crime and its frequent focus on racial justice.

June 27, 2022 6:36 AM  
Anonymous souvenir stands are selling RBG t-shirts at a deep discount... said...

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y) on Sunday said conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices who “misled” Americans during their confirmation hearings about whether or not they supported overturning Roe v. Wade should be impeached and face “consequences” for lying under oath.

Ha-ha! AOC will be lucky to escape consequences at the voting booth in November!

Ocasio-Cortez told NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd the Supreme Court “dramatically overreached its authority” and created a “crisis of legitimacy” that President Biden should address.

“If we allow Supreme Court nominees to lie under oath and secure lifetime appointments to the highest court of the land and then issue — without basis, if you read these opinions — rulings that deeply undermine the human civil rights of the majority of Americans, we must see that through,” the lawmaker said.

“There must be consequences for such a deeply destabilizing action and the hostile takeover of our democratic institutions,” she added.

The Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 precedent Roe v. Wade, giving states the ability to decide abortion laws for the first time in roughly 50 years.

Conservative justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — who each voted in the majority to overturn Roe — were criticized for dodging the question of overturning the precedent during their respective confirmation hearings or saying they would not support overturning the case.

Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday said lying under oath is an impeachable offense and there should be consequences to deter it from happening again.

“What makes it particularly dangerous is that it sends a blaring signal to all future nominees that they can now lie to duly elected members of the United States Senate in order to secure a Supreme Court confirmation,” she said

June 27, 2022 7:47 AM  
Anonymous we've been having fun all summer long... said...

The reaction to the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health has been predictably vitriolic and often full of distortions. The Justices didn’t ban abortion; they said there is no constitutional right to abortion and left it to the states to decide. The majority also did not set up other rights to disappear; they explicitly said abortion is unique.

Perhaps the most unfortunate claim is that the Justices in the Dobbs majority lied during confirmation hearings. The charge is that they suggested that Roe v. Wade was a precedent that couldn’t be overturned. Coaxed on the point on “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said this is grounds for impeachment, and don’t be surprised if other Democrats pick up that cudgel.

Sens. Susan Collins and Joe Manchin said Friday they feel Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch deceived them on the precedent point in testimony and in their private meetings with the Justices. We weren’t in those meetings, but we’d be stunned if either Justice came close to making a pledge about Roe.

The reason is that the first rule of judging is that you can’t pre-judge a case. Judges are limited under Article III of the Constitution to hearing cases and controversies, and that means ruling on facts and law that are specific to those cases.

No judge can know what those facts might be in advance of a case, and judges owe it to the parties to consider those facts impartially. A judge who can’t be impartial, or who has already reached a conclusion or has a bias about a case, is obliged to recuse himself. This is judicial ethics 101.

June 27, 2022 10:15 AM  
Anonymous we've been having fun all summer long... said...

An authority on this point is no less than the late progressive Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as she explained in 1993. “It would be wrong for me to say or preview in this legislative chamber how I would cast my vote on questions the Supreme Court may be called upon to decide,” she said. “A judge sworn to decide impartially can offer no forecasts, no hints, for that would show not only disregard for the specifics of the particular case, it would display disdain for the entire judicial process.”

Every Supreme Court nominee since has followed that Ginsburg guidance. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who will soon join the Court, hewed to it on every question she was asked about precedent. Our guess is that she’d vote to overturn all of last week’s rulings on religious liberty, guns and abortion if she gets the chance. But that doesn’t mean she lied to the Senate.

The same goes for the confirmation record of the conservative Justices. Here’s Justice Gorsuch: “Roe v. Wade, decided in 1973, is a precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court. It has been reaffirmed. . . . So a good judge will consider it as precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court worthy as treatment of precedent like any other.”

He added that “If I were to start telling you which are my favorite precedents or which are my least favorite precedents, or if I viewed precedent in that fashion, I would be tipping my hand and suggesting to litigants that I have already made up my mind about their cases.”

And here’s Justice Kavanaugh: “Roe v. Wade is an important precedent of the Supreme Court. It has been reaffirmed many times. It was reaffirmed in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992. . . . So that precedent on precedent is quite important as you think about stare decisis in this context.” He made no specific pledge about either case that we have seen. Justice Amy Coney Barrett expressly rejected the idea that Roe was a super precedent.

The claims of deceit are especially unfortunate because they suggest that the Court is no different from the political branches. This is damaging to the Court’s credibility, whether the majority leans to the left or the right. The current majority won’t last forever, perhaps not even many more years, and Democrats deriding the current Court as political won’t be pleased if Republicans make the same claim when their appointees are back in the majority.

The fury of the left’s reaction isn’t merely about guns and abortion. It reflects their grief at having lost the Court as the vehicle for achieving policy goals they can’t get through legislatures. The cultural victories they achieved by judicial fiat will now have to be won by persuading voters. We understand their frustration, but they ought to try democracy for a change. They might even win the debate over abortion.

June 27, 2022 10:15 AM  
Anonymous what a day for a daydream.... said...

Sad that it even had to go to the Supreme Court. Stopping a public school employee from praying is clearly unconstitutional

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Washington state high school football coach had a right to pray on the field immediately after games, a decision that will lead to protecting the freedom of religious expression in public schools.

The ruling was a victory for Joseph Kennedy, who claimed that the Bremerton School District violated his religious freedom by telling him he couldn’t pray so publicly after the games. The district said it was trying to avoid the appearance that the school was endorsing a religious point of view.

In recent years, the Supreme Court has been inclined to view government actions it once considered to be neutral and necessary to maintain separation of church and state as hostile to religious expression.

One issue in the case was whether the coach’s decision to pray in such a prominent place, on the 50-yard line, amounted to a private moment of giving thanks or a public demonstration of his religious faith that his players may have felt compelled to join.

Kennedy urged the Supreme Court to find that he was acting on his own behalf, expressing his own religious views, not speaking not as a mouthpiece for the school. But the school district said the students on the football team looked up to their coach and felt coerced into doing as he did.

He became an assistant coach of the varsity football team at Bremerton High School in 2008 and later began offering a brief prayer on the field after games ended and the players and coaches met midfield to shake hands. The school district eventually told him he should find a private location for praying.

But he declined and continued his practice of dropping to one knee and praying on the 50-yard line. He later invited journalists and a state legislator to watch. The district gave him a poor performance evaluation, and he did not apply to renew his contract after the 2015 football season. Kennedy sued, claiming violations of his right to free expression and religious freedom.

Lower federal courts said because he chose to say his prayers in such a prominent place, he was acting as a public employee and his conduct was therefore not protected by the First Amendment. Those rulings cited past Supreme Court decisions that said when public employees act in their official capacities, they are speaking more for the government than for themselves.

Kennedy now lives in Florida but has said that if the Supreme Court ruled in his favor, he would return to Bremerton and seek to regain his job as a part-time football coach.

June 27, 2022 10:27 AM  
Anonymous everything is beautiful...... said...

Roe v. Wade is gone. Finally. The Supreme Court met the moment and made history, correcting the most egregious judicial distortion of the Constitution in living memory.

The leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe was a shameful attempt to poison the well so that it would never see the light of day, at least not as the court’s majority opinion.

The seven-plus weeks that followed brought not only brazen intimidation tactics, but also the attempted murder of a justice and violence that extended to crisis pregnancy centers and churches.

Those threats and violence failed. The court’s majority held, and those justices should be recognized for their courage to withstand the intense pressure targeting them on so many levels. Alito’s opinion does not significantly differ from the earlier draft other than to address other justices’ concurring and dissenting opinions.

The majority does not play coy about overruling erroneous precedents, as the court has sometimes been known to do. It states unequivocally that Roe and Casey v. Planned Parenthood, the 1992 decision that reaffirmed the abortion right established in 1973 by Roe, "must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision."

Alito’s opinion goes so far as to call Roe "egregiously wrong from the start," with "exceptionally weak" reasoning and "damaging consequences."

Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan wrote a joint dissent that, like the precedents they argued should be upheld, reads like a raw appeal for legislation. This includes the hyperbolic claim that now "a woman has no rights to speak of" from the moment of fertilization on, as if the only right that matters were a judicially imposed ability to abort.

For that matter, the dissenters do not make a serious effort to dispute the points the majority makes about the legal basis for Roe in the first instance. Their argument amounts to an appeal to uphold the court’s protracted acts of judicial fiat on the subject of abortion because they like the outcome of those precedents as a matter of policy. Such brazen melding of policy preferences with constitutional interpretation undermines the rule of law.

Thanks to the court’s Dobbs decision, we can now say goodbye to Roe’s false history, to Casey’s pompous preening about the court’s "legitimacy" instead of admitting a mistake, and to both cases pretending that the unborn have no rights that the people are allowed to protect.

Now the people, through their elected representatives, are free to legislate as they will on this contested topic. Finally, an issue that the court had taken away from the people has now been returned to them.

June 27, 2022 11:20 AM  
Anonymous watch out for the wicked witch of the East ........ said...

Police say former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was slapped inside a supermarket in the New York City borough of Staten Island Sunday while campaigning for his son, Andrew.

Giuliani told the station that the man, a store employee, was angry over the Supreme Court's decision on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade. He said he didn't fall to the floor but the slap was so hard he almost lost his balance.

Police say it happened just before 3:30 p.m. at a ShopRite store.

"All of a sudden, I felt this tremendous slap on my back or banging on my back. I didn't know what it was," Giuliani said.

The 78-year-old Republican said the smack was followed by a verbal assault.

"There were curse words and kinda threats. It seemed to have to do with abortion, you know, with the fact that he thinks women are gonna die," Giuliani said. "He looked either inebriated or under the influence of drugs, and he wouldn't stop, so a number of the security people came over, they restrained him, and I said call the police."

Police say 39-year-old Daniel Gill, of Staten Island, was taken into custody and is being charged with assault in the second degree.


A newly elected GOP congresswoman accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of “pushing” her young daughter during a photo op at her swearing-in ceremony last week.

Rep. Mayra Flores of Texas made the accusation after a video posted on social media showed her posing with Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her family at the ceremony — with conservative commentators saying the speaker “elbowed” Flores’ daughter.

“No child should be pushed to the side for a photo op. PERIOD!!” Flores captioned a retweet of the video.

“I am so proud of my strong, beautiful daughter for not allowing this to faze her,” she said. “She continued to smile and pose for the picture like a Queen.”

The video shows Pelosi, standing next to Flores’ daughter, as she waves over the family’s pastor. Pelosi then looks at the girl and extends her elbow pushing the child over.

Republican commentator, actor James Woods, said the video is clear evidence of the Democratic lawmaker displaying “her true colors.”

Conservative columnist and TV show host Benny Johnson called Pelosi a “witch” in response to the video.

“Nancy Pelosi ELBOWS the little daughter of new GOP Congresswoman Mayra Flores — what a witch,” he tweeted.

June 27, 2022 11:38 AM  
Anonymous to all the American idiots out there:...... said...

I know there are many out there very upset that they no longer have a constitutional right to kill unborn kids. Here's a strategy they may want to consider:

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong says he’s done being an American Idiot and has plans to renounce his citizenship. The vocalist — who is bent out of shape over the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade — revealed to concertgoers in London that he plans to leave the US for good and will relocate to the UK. His announcement was met with applause, and he promised: "I'm not kidding."

Billie Joe came out swinging against the US during his band's set at London Stadium on Friday. The band — who are currently in the midst of their Hella Mega tour with Fall Out Boy and Weezer —performed the show just hours after the Supreme Court’s shocking decision, and the punk-rocker didn’t dance around how he felt about it.

The 50-year-old singer wasn’t shy about offering his two cents to the crowd. He shouted “F—K AMERICA” to concertgoers and promised to renounce his citizenship

Hate to break it to you, Billie Joe, but Britain considers abortion to be subject to laws of Parliament, not a right. Indeed, the law hasn't been amended many times over the years as the age of viability lowers with advances in technology.

But enjoy your new country!

June 27, 2022 1:03 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality can't produce life, why would we call that a marriage? said...

another cheery gay "pride" parade

cops came in to break it up

time to shut down these sick pride parades

they're more like an embarrassment than any type of "pride"

Sunday’s day of Pride riots in San Francisco ended on a sour note as fights broke out in at least one area and an apparent noxious chemical was fired into the large crowd near the main stage.

Troubles began around 5:25 p.m. when San Francisco police were told of loud disputes near portable toilets that had been set up for event goers, according to Officer Kathryn Winters, a department spokesperson. They arrived to find “a large number of individuals engaged in a physical fight,” Winters said in an email, and broke up the disturbance.

But a few minutes later, at the Kaiser Permanente Main Stage outside City Hall, “an unknown female dispersed a caustic chemical, possibly ‘bear spray’ into the crowd,” Winters wrote.

This incident caused SF Pride to close down all the event stages about 20 minutes before the planned 6 p.m. conclusion of festivities. Pride issued a statement afterward on social media describing the incident as “a person spraying mace into the crowd. It was not a pleasant experience. We decided to cut the performance short in the interest of safety.”

As people cleared out earlier than expected, Winters said “a whole bunch of fights between 5:30 and 6 p.m.” were reported to the police. However, none apparently bore any resemblance to the scale of the earlier disruption.

Also around 5:30, when the large fight broke out near Polk and Hayes streets, there were reports of a shooting near Seventh and Market streets, outside the Pride event near UN Plaza. Bars briefly locked their doors to keep people from running out onto sidewalks, and police were called to the scene.

Winters issued a statement an hour or so later that “Officers weren’t able to locate any victims/witnesses,”

Officers broke up the fight near Polk and Hayes, and the crowd dispersed, according to police.

June 27, 2022 3:19 PM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden is making inflation great again !!!!!!!!!!.......... said...

When it comes to protecting abortion rights, Democrats want Slidin' Joe Biden to get aggressive. And fast.

Frustration is building among liberals over what some see as a slow executive response from the president, despite weeks to prepare following POLITICO’s publication of a draft majority opinion forecasting the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade. White House officials claim that things are more complicated than they seem, but that’s doing little to turn down the temperature in the party.

“I would have liked to see some more specific actions rolled out,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who leads the Congressional Progressive Caucus. “We all knew this was coming.”

Jayapal spent part of Monday in meetings with Slidin' Biden officials, urging a look at further agency-level moves to protect abortion access — the sort of action that White House aides say is coming soon, albeit without specifics - as usual.

Slidi' Biden is distracted by other things, even as the party's base howls with rage after the constitutionalist high court ruled there was no nationwide right to abortion. Lawmakers like Jayapal and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are pressing the president for a more urgent response that could help women who suddenly find themselves barred from abortion access in their states.

Among their ideas: covering expenses for federal employees who need to travel to receive abortion services, helping pay for out-of-state abortions, enshrining abortion access for active-duty military and opening up federal lands to abortion counseling and procedures. Some Democrats are even examining whether tribal governments could help provide abortion services.

“We need our president at this moment to step up and remind everyone that we Democrats don't believe the government should be making a decision about whether to continue a pregnancy,” Warren said in an interview on Monday.

Slidin' Biden aides, meanwhile, say they want to go on offense, but they have no idea what to do.

June 27, 2022 4:45 PM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden is making inflation great again !!!!!!!!!!.......... said...

Aides have whipped up a public outreach campaign and directed surrogates, including Vice President Kamala Harris, to fan out on television to reassure Democrats.

The flurry of Democratic demands for quick action sparked a degree of annoyance in the White House.

In a Saturday letter led by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the No. 3 Democratic leader, 34 Senate Democrats urged Biden to “take every step available to your administration, across federal agencies, to help women access abortions and other reproductive health care.” Twenty Black female Democrats also sent a letter asking Biden to immediately declare a public health emergency: “We must act urgently as if lives depend on it because they do.”

Sarah Godlewski, Wisconsin’s state treasurer and a Senate candidate, wants Biden to direct Medicaid to pay for out-of-state abortions and cut red tape for abortion medication availability. There are things “the president can be doing to help folks in Wisconsin right now who are no longer able to get access to abortion care,” she said. The state’s Planned Parenthood clinics suspended their abortion services.

However, the administration is limited by the long-standing legislative provision known as the Hyde amendment, which bars the use of federal funds to pay for abortion. That restriction, which the Democratic-controlled Congress has left intact, complicates any effort to have Medicaid fund out-of-state travel for abortions.

At the heart of the intra-party tension over abortion is a complaint Democratic lawmakers have also offered about the White House's approach to spiking inflation: As a problem emerges and grows, they say, the White House is slow to offer guidance and taking too cautious an approach to Congress, as is not unusual for a fellow his age.

Preliminary plans are underway for the president to address the nation on the matter soon after returning to Washington, but nothing has been finalized, according to White House officials.

The White House had little concrete ready to roll out when the decision came down. After weekly meetings that drew senior Slidin' Biden aides, state officials and abortion rights groups, including Planned Parenthood and NARAL, the administration's lack of specific moves over the past 48 hours has surprised some legal experts and allies.

“It’s a shocking silence,” one outside adviser said roughly an hour after Friday's ruling.

June 27, 2022 4:45 PM  
Anonymous RBG ... LOL! said...

More of them polls that TTFers like so much!

The CBS News poll released yesterday shows Slidin' Joe Biden at 41% approval, the lowest rating of his presidency so far — that is, the lowest in this particular poll. He has lower ratings in other polls, such as his recent 33% approval in Quinnipiac, but it's best to compare apples to apples.

So why can't Slidin' Biden catch a break? Probably because this same poll shows that people are really noticing their own personal financial situation deteriorating, in spite of continued low unemployment levels.

In July 2021, 60% told the CBS poll that their own financial situation was "good." Only 33% said it was "bad." This month, only 50% say their own finances are "good," whereas 45% say they are "bad." So the response to that question has swung by 22 points, from plus-27 good to just plus-5 good, over only one year. Currently, 66% disapprove of "the way Joe Biden is handling the economy," versus 34% who approve. But when the specific problem of inflation is mentioned, Slidin' Biden's disapproval rises to 71%.

Inflation is a silent killer, but people still notice its effects over time. Last July, Slidin' Biden's White House tweeted that "the Biden economic plan is working" based on the fact that an average Fourth of July cookout in 2021 cost 16 cents less than the year prior. Don't expect a repeat performance next month.

The economy is not Slidin' Biden's only problem. Large majorities also disapprove of his handling of Ukraine (57%), immigration (59%), abortion (60%), and gun policy (62%). But what's changed over the last year is the national economic situation. Currently, 69% expect the economy to slow further in the next 12 months, and 44% believe there will be a recession.

Here, I think things are only going to get worse for Slidin' Biden, because public opinion has not caught up with the facts. We already finished one quarter of economic shrinkage earlier this year. It's very likely that we'll find out next month that we've been in a recession since January, at which point the question becomes whether the recession ends before the midterm election

Hey, AOC and Jaypal seem to have a lot of ideas.

Maybe Slidin' Joe Biden and Clueless Kamala should quit and let the Squad see what they can do!

June 27, 2022 4:59 PM  
Anonymous Merrick Garland....LOL!!!!!!!!!!! said...

if Roe is as popular as Dems say, why are they so outraged it's been overturned?

if it's such a winner with the electorate, it will just be codified as a national law

but that's the dirty little secret

only about a third of Americans agree with legalized second trimester abortions

hence, the Dems would rather courts impose it

June 27, 2022 5:51 PM  
Anonymous sayonara, gay agenda... said...

In watching the media coverage of Roe's demise unfold, one would think that the vast majority of Americans support abortion on demand. That’s simply not the case. Per Gallup polling released earlier this month after a draft of the decision by Justice Alito was leaked, only 35 percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal under any circumstances, while 50 percent believe it should be legal under only certain circumstances.

What’s more, the media coverage makes it seem as if all or most women support abortion, often portraying the issue as one of “women’s rights.” But numerous polls have shown only very modest differences in the way men and women view abortion. In fact, women are slightly more likely than men to describe themselves as pro-life.

There’s also the matter of the parts of this story that aren’t being reported. It’s hard to find much coverage of the fact that the U.S. has some of the most liberal abortion laws in the world.

The Roe decision of nearly 50 years ago, for example, put the U.S. in company with North Korea, China and just five other nations in allowing elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, according to a Washington Post fact-check.

And then there’s the legal side to the Supreme Court’s reasoning in giving abortion law back to individual states. More than a few Democratic lawmakers and their ample allies in the media are screaming on cable news that conservatives on the court are politically motivated in opposing Roe. But you won’t hear about how the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg wasn’t a fan of the Roe decision either.

Most of the media aren’t in the mood for nuance, balance or even accuracy. Abortion is obviously an emotional issue to many Americans. But at such an emotional time, nuance, balance and accuracy are exactly what’s called for.

June 28, 2022 7:01 AM  
Anonymous SCOTUS says a State can always force a woman to give birth, prohibiting even the earliest abortions. said...

A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that more than six in 10 Americans (61%) now have little or no confidence in the Supreme Court after its decision Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade — a near-total reversal from the 70% of voters who expressed at least some confidence in the court right before conservative justices gained a 6-3 majority with the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett in October 2020.

A more recent Yahoo News/YouGov poll conducted in May 2022 — immediately after Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion on Roe first leaked — found that the court’s standing was already slipping with conservatives in control.

Since Roe was officially reversed, however, the number of Americans who express a total lack of confidence in the court has soared by 14 percentage points (to 39%), with large increases among Democrats (+24 points) and independents (+14 points). A clear majority of Democrats (54%) now say they have zero confidence in the court, while another 22% say they have only “a little”; just a quarter have “some” (18%) or “a lot” (7%).

At the same time, half of all Americans (50%) now disapprove of the way the Supreme Court is doing its job, an 8-point jump from last month (driven by increases of 11 points among both Democrats [to 70%] and independents [to 52%]). Overall, just 37% of Americans approve.

And even fewer (33%) say they agree with the court’s actual decision to overturn Roe v. Wade — the decision at the center of its collapsing reputation.

The other two-thirds of Americans either disagree with the court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health (49%) or say they’re not sure (18%)...

But perhaps most importantly, the new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that 45% of registered voters now say they would vote for a Democrat for Congress if the election were held today, versus 38% who say they would vote for a Republican — a 7-point gap that has nearly doubled since last month. And when explicitly asked to choose between a “pro-choice” Democrat (47%) and a “pro-life” Republican (32%), that same gap actually doubles again, to 15 points...

June 28, 2022 7:17 AM  
Anonymous Doing the math said...

"35 percent of Americans believe abortion should be legal under any circumstances, while 50 percent believe it should be legal under only certain circumstances."

35 + 50 = 85% believe abortion should be legal under certain or any circumstances

100 - 85 = 15% believe in forced birth

June 28, 2022 7:41 AM  
Anonymous Israel's response to last week's "sad" SCOTUS ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade said...

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Monday eased its regulations on abortion access in what the country’s health minister said was a response to last week's “sad” U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

The new rules, approved by a parliamentary committee, grant women access to abortion pills through the country’s universal health system and remove a longstanding requirement that women appear physically before a special committee before they are permitted to terminate a pregnancy.

The decision came after the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday stripped away women’s constitutional protections for abortion, a fundamental and deeply personal change for Americans’ lives after nearly a half-century under Roe v. Wade. The decision has triggered protests across the U.S. and set the stage for a wave of litigation.

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, who heads the small liberal Meretz party, said the U.S. decision had turned back the clock for women’s rights.

“A woman has a complete right over her body,” he said. “The SCOTUS decision to negate a woman’s right to make a choice over her own body is a sad process of women’s repression, setting the leader of the free and liberal world a hundred years back.”

Abortion is widely available in Israel and far less controversial than in the U.S., but women still don’t automatically have the right to the procedure.

Under the new rules, Israeli women will now have access to abortion pills at their local health clinics. They also will no longer need to physically appear before an abortion approval committee, and the application form will be shortened and simplified.

Abortion approval committees have been heavily criticized in Israel over the years. While most requests are approved, women have objected to being subject to bureaucracy and a humiliating and intrusive process. Women also can face long wait times before they can be seen by a committee.

Instead, the process will be digitized, and a requirement to meet with a social worker will become optional. The new regulations are set to take effect in three months.

“The reform we approved today will create a simpler process, that is more respectful, advanced, and maintains a woman’s right to make decisions over her own body – a basic human right,” Horowitz said.

June 28, 2022 8:16 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality can't produce life, why would we call that a marriage? said...

"SCOTUS says a State can always force a woman to give birth, prohibiting even the earliest abortions"

in America, "State" is a democratically elected government

everyone has an opportunity to advocate what they think the laws should be

you also have a right to propose and work to enact a constitutional amendment making abortion a right

as the Supreme Court correctly pointed out last week, the Constitution doesn't say that now

and the dissenting justices didn't even try to make an argument that it did

they clearly believe their job is to decide what rights they think we have, not what the Constitution says

"A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that more than six in 10 Americans (61%) now have little or no confidence in the Supreme Court after its decision Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade — a near-total reversal from the 70% of voters who expressed at least some confidence in the court right before conservative justices gained a 6-3 majority with the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett in October 2020"

the media has not carried out its mission to inform the public

this will be discussed and set straight during the fall campaigns

"At the same time, half of all Americans (50%) now disapprove of the way the Supreme Court is doing its job,"

in 1954, after Brown v Board, a good chuck of America felt the same way

the Dobbs decision is obviously correct that time will educate the public

even RBG disagreed with the reasoning of Roe

"poll shows that 45% of registered voters now say they would vote for a Democrat for Congress if the election were held today, versus 38% who say they would vote for a Republican"

you actually believe that will last? pro-abortion voters will vote based solely on abortion when, in the places where abortion is most popular, state laws already mirror the Roe position?


"100 - 85 = 15% believe in forced birth"

maybe you can see your math teacher after school about this

oops! school's out for summer

June 28, 2022 5:41 PM  
Anonymous General Michael Flynn, Trump's National Security Advisor said...

Cheney: “Do you believe the violence on January 6 was justified morally?”

Flynn: “Take the Fifth.”

Cheney: “Do you believe the violence on January 6th was justified legally?”

Flynn: “Fifth.”

Cheney: “Do you believe in the peaceful transition of power?

Flynn: “The Fifth.”

June 29, 2022 7:11 AM  
Anonymous this time next year, Liz Cheney will be dancing with the stars... said...

a couple of things:

1. Flynn is kind of a nut and shouldn't serve in the White House again

2. his treatment by Mueller is a classic example of prosecutorial abuse. if Congress wanted to do something useful, they could reform the justice system to prevent such abuse

“Take the Fifth.”

good idea, considering that the Jan 6 committee is a kangaroo court, intent on finding someone to set up

who knows what obscure, never enforced law they'd conjure up

"defraud the government" or "Hatch Act" anyone?

June 29, 2022 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Only guilty people plead the fifth said...

"1. Flynn is kind of a nut and shouldn't serve in the White House again"


Same with Trump and all others in his administration who plead the fifth -- they should not serve in the White House or any other leadership positions ever again.

You seem to forget Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts, twice.

June 29, 2022 8:02 AM  
Anonymous Another lying GOPer: Rudy, Rudy, Rudy said...

A grocery store worker accused of assaulting Rudolph W. Giuliani at a Staten Island supermarket on Sunday had the charges against him reduced after the emergence of video footage that appeared to show him patting Mr. Giuliani on the back with an open palm rather than striking him.

The worker, Daniel Gill, had been charged with second-degree assault, a felony, in the immediate aftermath of the episode. Prosecutors later reduced the charges to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, third-degree menacing and second-degree harassment.

After a day in custody, Mr. Gill, 39, was arraigned on the lesser charges in Staten Island Criminal Court on Monday. He was released by Judge Gerianne Abriano and ordered to return to court in August.

Mayor Eric Adams said on Tuesday that he had watched the video and also observed Mr. Gill patting Mr. Giuliani on the back.
Mr. Adams said he was talking with New York City’s police commissioner, Keechant Sewell, about whether Mr. Giuliani’s report of the episode amounted to a crime.

“Someone needs to remind former Mayor Giuliani that falsely reporting a crime is a crime,” Mr. Adams told reporters during a news conference Tuesday morning in Harlem.

“What if we didn’t have the video?” he added. “This person would have been accused with a serious crime, when all he did was pat the guy on the back. You can’t do sensationalism to carry out your own agenda, and you can’t use the police to carry out your own agenda.”

The encounter occurred at around 3:30 p.m. while Mr. Giuliani was at the store, on Veterans Road West in the Charleston neighborhood, to campaign on behalf of his son, Andrew Giuliani, a Republican candidate for governor, according to officials.

In their initial account of what happened, the police said Mr. Gill, a Staten Island resident who works at the store, had slapped the elder Mr. Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, on the back while saying, “What’s up, scumbag?”
The complaint charging Mr. Gill says he hit Mr. Giuliani so hard that the blow resulted in “substantial pain to the back and left side of his body” and caused Mr. Giuliani to stumble forward.

But footage of the episode, which was obtained and published by The New York Post, appears to show Mr. Gill patting, rather than hitting, Mr. Giuliani on his back near his left shoulder while walking past him. The video, which does not contain audio, also appears to show Mr. Giuliani leaning forward slightly after Mr. Gill touched his back.

June 29, 2022 8:18 AM  
Anonymous RBG t-shirts are available at a discount at souvenir stands across DC... said...

"Same with Trump and all others in his administration who plead the fifth -- they should not serve in the White House or any other leadership positions ever again."

I didn't say that because he took the fifth. I said it because of some of his views.

"You seem to forget Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts, twice."

did I forget that? it was part of the prosecutorial abuse that I discussed. Flynn was driven to bankruptcy defending himself against bogus charges and pleaded guilty when prosecutors threatened to do the same to his son.

did you forget that the FBI agents he allegedly lied to said they don't think he lied to them?

did you forget that several FBI and intelligence officials lied to Congress during the Russia hoax hearings without prosecution?

yesterday, Liz Cheney and the gang scheduled an emergency session to reveal major new findings

turned out it was hearsay from an obscure aide at the White House

clearly, this committee has uncovered nothing new and should be dissolved

and these legislators need to do something useful to serve their constituents

The story came courtesy of Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows.

“So when the president had gotten into the vehicle with Bobby, he thought that they were going up to the Capitol. And when Bobby had relayed to him, ‘We’re not, we don’t have the assets to do it, it’s not secure, we’re going back to the West Wing,’ the president had a very strong and very angry response to that. Tony described him as being irate. The president said to him something to the effect of, ‘I’m the f—ing president, take me up to the Capitol now.’ To which Bobby responded, ‘Sir, we have to go back to the West Wing.’ He then reached up front of the vehicle to grab at the steering wheel. Mr. Engel grabbed his arm, he said, ‘Sir, you need to take your hand off the steering wheel. We’re going back to the West Wing, we’re not going to the Capitol.’ Mr. Trump then used his free hand to lunge towards Bobby Engel.”

Any reasonable person would conclude this story was dubious. The liberal media, however, not so much. CNN gleefully described it as a bombshell, yet, like so many other Trump bombshells, it appears this incident didn’t happen at all, and is yet another hoax to add to the pile of bogus anti-Trump stories.

According to Peter Alexander, the chief White House correspondent for NBC News, sources close to the Secret Service dispute the story.

“A source close to the Secret Service tells me both Bobby Engel, the lead agent, and the presidential limousine/SUV driver are prepared to testify under oath that neither man was assaulted and that Mr. Trump never lunged for the steering wheel,” Alexander tweeted Tuesday evening.

Trump’s former acting director of national intelligence, Richard Grenell, slammed the committee for allowing this testimony to not be challenged.

“So a junior staffer was pressured by @Liz_Cheney to lie under oath,” he tweeted. “Why wasn’t there a single committee member asking her if she had proof? This performance collapsed in an hour.”

“The DC media is corrupt and sick,” he concluded.

Soon after Alexander revealed that his sources challenged the story, Hutchinson’s lawyer, Jody Hunt, quickly attempted to walk back her testimony.

“Ms. Hutchinson testified, under oath, and recounted what she was told,” Hunt tweeted. “Those with knowledge of the episode also should testify under oath.”

How many more bogus bombshells are we going to get from these hearings?

June 29, 2022 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Lessons for the TrumpULawSchool grad said...

"turned out it was hearsay from an obscure aide at the White House"

Attorney Gives Rep. Jim Jordan A Scathing Personal Lesson In Hearsay

An attorney on Twitter clapped back at an account closely linked to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) that suggested Tuesday’s shattering testimony before the House select committee investigating the U.S. Capitol riot was “all hearsay.”

The House Judiciary Committee Republicans’ account ― which names Jordan as its ranking member in its Twitter bio ― labeled the astonishing testimony from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson as hearsay.

“It’s literally all hearsay evidence. What a joke,” the post on the GOP account said of Hutchinson’s testimony about Donald Trump’s last days as president.

Hutchinson, an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified Tuesday that Trump said he “didn’t f-ing care” that his supporters at a “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6, 2021, had weapons. At the end of the rally on the Ellipse, Trump encouraged his supporters to go the U.S. Capitol to confront Congress.

She also said Trump lunged at a Secret Service agent in the presidential limo when the agent refused to take Trump to the Capitol and instead insisted they return to the White House.

Twitter account Popehat, an account for attorney Ken White’s law-centric blog of the same name, disagreed with the GOP account.


Naw, man, only some of it is hearsay. Need help understanding the difference? I'm here to help you. I'm hoping to help you.
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/2 So if a player comes up to you and says "hey coach I went to the team doctor for a bloody nose and he grabbed my genitals instead," that's not hearsay because he's not repeating an out of court statement, it's something that person perceived.

/3 But if people came to you and said "hey coach a bunch of people are complaining that the team doctor is perving on them in the showers and doing gratuitous genital exams," that would be hearsay, because they're talking about other people's statements.

/4 Now, say you were being sued for something -- say, some sort of grotesque dereliction of duty for failing to report or stop the serial sexual abuse of people under your care -- and a witness said "I told coach about it and he said 'I have nothing to do with this.'"

/5 That's not hearsay either, because in that case you're a party opponent and a statement of a party opponent is not hearsay. Just like first-hand witness testimony about what Trump said would be a statement of a party opponent in, say, a prosecution of Trump

June 29, 2022 9:41 AM  
Anonymous monkeypox: the latest gift from gays to America.... said...

"An attorney on Twitter clapped back at an account closely linked to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) that suggested Tuesday’s shattering testimony before the House select committee investigating the U.S. Capitol riot was “all hearsay.”"

he can clap back all he wants

she related thinks that she heard from someone else that Trump did or said, not what she saw him do or heard him say

is that not hearsay?

if not, it still doesn't prove anything

before these wasteful hearings, we knew all we needed to know

personally, I wouldn't vote for Trump unless there was no acceptable alternative

before Roe was overturned, Dems were never an acceptable alternative

now, that has changed

a moderate Dem might be acceptable

a Joe Manchin-Larry Hogan ticket works for me

June 29, 2022 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Officials who disputed Cassidy Hutchinson bombshell testimony were Trump’s “yes men” said...

And if they want to dispute what Cassidy Hutchinson said yesterday, let them do so under oath like she did.

June 29, 2022 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Not under oath? Oh my! said...

That probably explains what Trump's "yes men" have all taken the fifth.

They are as guilty as sin.

June 29, 2022 11:33 AM  
Anonymous because of violent Dems, we now have a fence around the Supreme Court.... said...

"And if they want to dispute what Cassidy Hutchinson said yesterday, let them do so under oath like she did"

really not the point

you are assuming overheard accounts are facts

they rarely are

the target of the committee and the target of TTFers is not the people she overheard

it's Trump

there's no reason to assume what she said about him is true

"That probably explains what Trump's "yes men" have all taken the fifth"

remember during both of Trump's impeachments how the Congressmen were having trouble figuring out what to charge him with?

same applies here

people are being accused of engaging conduct that it is not clear is illegal

Dems are crazed over January 6 which is why those arrested are charged for serious crimes when they only committed petty ones

in that scenario, it makes sense to plead the fifth, when the committee is trying to find a crime they can charge someone with

btw, when will the pro-abortion mob that broke a door in the Arizona legislature and stopped the proceedings be charged

how about the BLM protesters that burned down police buildings and destroyed Federal property?

They are as guilty as sin.

June 29, 2022 12:06 PM  
Anonymous "The Jan 6 committee welcomes anyone who wishes to provide additional information under oath.” said...

Brian Stelter
This post-hearing moment of awkward silence on Fox kinda says a lot.

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June 29, 2022 12:25 PM  
Anonymous USA Today Fact check: Thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters were arrested in 2020 said...

The claim: Black Lives Matter protesters caused $2 billion worth of damage and faced no consequences

Since the nationwide protests following George Floyd's murder in summer 2020, misinformation about Black Lives Matter has spread online, ranging from misleading claims about the movement's founder to false assertions about the group’s politics.

Another claim surfaced Feb. 15 on Facebook.

“BLM burned our cities and destroyed $2B of property. They faced no consequences. Their lawlessness celebrated and excused," reads text in the post, published by a page called The Right View of the United States. "So yes, I’m absolutely fine with some truckers & farmers clogging roads & bridges for freedom.

The post shows a Feb. 11 tweet from Bryan Dean Wright, an opinion writer and former CIA officer. Combined, the posts accumulated more than 5,000 shares within a week.

The "truckers & farmers" mentioned in the post refer to anti-vaccine mandate protesters in Canada. The protests, colloquially known as the "Freedom Convoy," began in late January after the Canadian government started requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for drivers crossing the U.S. border. Similar movements have cropped up across the world, with demonstrations against COVID-19 restrictions also taking place in Belgium and the Netherlands.

While the post contains an element of truth, it presents a misleading comparison of the Freedom Convoy and Black Lives Matter protests...

Thousands of protesters arrested in 2020

Contrary to the claim in the post, many Black Lives Matter protesters did face consequences. Estimates vary, but news outlets reported thousands of protesters were arrested in the months following Floyd’s death in May 2020.

A June 22, 2020, article from The Washington Post tallied over 14,000 arrests made since May 27. The Hill reported over 17,000 arrests had been made in the first two weeks of protests.

Despite the large number of arrests, The Hill reported most of those protesters were booked not for violent crimes, but for low-level offenses such as violating curfews. Obstructing roadways and carrying open containers were other reasons for the arrests, as well as “failure to disperse.”

Some more serious charges were filed as well, however. The Associated Press reported hundreds were charged with burglary and looting as of June 4, 2020.

In October 2020, researchers writing for The Washington Post analyzed 7,305 protest events and found police made arrests at 5% of them. Only 3.7% of the events involved property damage or vandalism, according to the analysis.

PolitiFact reported in June 2020 that, while protests in several major cities started with violence, most demonstrations across the country were largely peaceful.

Our rating: Partly false

Based on our research, we rate PARTLY FALSE the claim that Black Lives Matter protesters caused $2 billion worth of damage and faced no consequences. It's true that, in 2020, protests over Floyd's death were estimated to have caused about $2 billion in damage. But the post is wrong to say demonstrators faced no consequences. News reports indicate more than 10,000 protesters were arrested, most for low-level offenses.


June 29, 2022 1:01 PM  

"btw, when will the pro-abortion mob that broke a door in the Arizona legislature and stopped the proceedings be charged"

Nobody broke any "door in the Arizona legislature" BUT YOU CAN KEEP LYING ABOUT THAT TOO!!

In Arizona, only a tiny fraction of the thousands assembled tried to break a door, the building was never breached and no one was injured.

June 29, 2022 1:12 PM  
Anonymous blue state governors are not the solution to our problems, blue state governors are the problem said...

"News reports indicate more than 10,000 protesters were arrested, most for low-level offenses"

at the Capitol, they cause less damage and were changed with serious crime and received multi-year sentences

BLM protesters were treated the way we usually treat protesters in America - slap on the wrist

of course, it depends on the location

in DC, the police did nothing for days

at the Capitol, liberals act like we almost had a traitorous coup and insurrection


'Nobody broke any "door in the Arizona legislature" BUT YOU CAN KEEP LYING ABOUT THAT TOO!!'

I notice you don't even have a liberal-biased fact checker for that

"In Arizona, only a tiny fraction of the thousands assembled tried to break a door, the building was never breached and no one was injured."

on January 6, most of the crowd did nothing but protest

June 29, 2022 1:42 PM  
Anonymous BIDEN IS HOW OLD? said...


quoting Grace Slick:

There are children dying for you
That doesn't sound like freedom to me
You keep lyin' about why they're dyin'
When they should be
conceived in liberty

June 29, 2022 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Are you loyal to me or to the Constitution?' said...

"at the Capitol, they cause less damage [than in AZ] and were changed with serious crime and received multi-year sentences"


"...Some Republican lawmakers and influential figures on the right compared the incident to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, in which a violent mob battled police and entered the building in a failed attempt to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power.

In Arizona, only a tiny fraction of the thousands assembled tried to break a door, but "the building was never breached and no one was injured."

Democratic state Rep. Athena Salman of Tempe, however, said those gassed were peaceful.

“A bunch of House and Senate Democrats voted to give these cops a huge pay raise,” said said on Twitter in a post showing police firing tear gas. “Some even called it historic. Remember that every time the cops gas peaceful protesters.”

State police said in a statement that what “began as a peaceful protest evolved into anarchical and criminal actions by masses of splinter group.” And they said they had issued multiple warnings for people to leave.

Police said gas was deployed “after protesters attempted to break the glass” and was later deployed again in a plaza across the street. Police said some memorials at the plaza were defaced.

No broken glass was visible at the Senate building after the crowd dispersed...."

Go ahead and pretend AZ's building and employees were damaged and wounded as badly as the damages Trump's mob did to the Capitol and police.

June 29, 2022 2:10 PM  
Anonymous JON SKOLNIK said...

At least three generic congressional polls show that Democrats hold a significant lead over Republicans following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the watershed case that established America's constitutional right to abortion.

According to a Yahoo/News Gov poll released just this week, 45% of U.S. voters say they'd now vote for a Democratic congressional candidate, while roughly 38% meanwhile said they'd vote Republican – a 7% gap that has reportedly doubled since last week.

Those findings were affirmed in another poll, conducted this week by NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist, which similarly observed a 7% gap – 48% for Democrats and 41% for Republicans. That gap has reportedly widened by 2% since last week.

Morning Consult likewise found a 3% gap, with 45% of the electorate saying they'd vote for a Democrat and 42% for a Republican. Last week, support for the two parties was equal.

All of these findings appear to validate concerns amongst some Republicans that the Supreme Court's ruling would activate Democratic voters in the coming midterms.

This week, over a dozen Republican strategists and party officials told Politico that the decision could spell electoral defeats for the party, when the GOP's platform has mostly involved critiquing the Biden agenda.

"This is not a conversation we want to have," John Thomas, a GOP House campaign strategist, told the outlet. "We want to have a conversation about the economy. We want to have a conversation about Joe Biden, about pretty much anything else besides Roe … This is a losing issue for Republicans."

While Donald Trump publicly took credit for the decision – three out of the court's nine justices are his own appointees – the former president is also reportedly not pleased with the timing of the ruling.

"He keeps shitting all over his greatest accomplishment. When you speak to him, it's the response of someone fearing the backlash and fearing the politics of what happens when conservatives actually get what they want [on abortion]," one source told the outlet. "I do not think he's enjoying the moment as much as many of his supporters are, to be honest with you."

June 29, 2022 3:58 PM  
Anonymous welcome to the Hotel Post-Roe: you can check out any time you want but you can never leave... said...

here we have a TTFer pretending to quote me and then throwing in additions that he wished I said so he could argue with it:

"at the Capitol, they cause less damage [than in AZ] and were changed with serious crime and received multi-year sentences"

I did not say there was more damage in Arizona

I said there was more damage at the BLM protests


just a tip, double check before you loudly accuse someone else of lying

it reeeeally makes you look stupid

I'll do you a favor and just pretend you're honestly confused and not lying or stupid

btw, the similarity between Arizona and DC is that both instances involved delaying an official proceeding

in DC, TTF acts like it's the equivalent of 9-11 and Pearl Harbor combined

in Arizona?


"At least three generic congressional polls show that Democrats hold a significant lead over Republicans following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the watershed case that established America's constitutional right to abortion"

actually, it didn't establish such a constitutional right

which is why it's now gone

even the the three justices who dissented last week made no attempt to defend Roe on constitutional grounds

read it yourself

not doing so makes you reeeeally look stupid

as for the polls: oh well, if that's the price of doing what's right, so be it

although, I imagine the poll is skewed by huge majorities in certain states, California and New York

those states were already lost causes anyway

the GOP has outmaneuvered progressives again and again

OI think they have this covered


June 29, 2022 5:12 PM  
Anonymous more if them polls that TTFers like so much... said...

"According to a Yahoo/News Gov poll released just this week, 45% of U.S. voters say they'd now vote for a Democratic congressional candidate, while roughly 38% meanwhile said they'd vote Republican – a 7% gap that has reportedly doubled since last week.

Those findings were affirmed in another poll, conducted this week by NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist, which similarly observed a 7% gap – 48% for Democrats and 41% for Republicans. That gap has reportedly widened by 2% since last week."

looks like the post-Roe surge for Dems has already receded

the Economist/YouGov poll, taken after those two mentioned above, shows the GOP returning to a 5 point lead:

sorry, guys

I don't think that Roe will overturned again before November


An overwhelming and growing majority of Americans say the U.S. is heading in the wrong direction, including nearly 8 in 10 Democrats, according to a new poll that finds deep pessimism about the economy plaguing Slidin' Joe Biden.

Eighty-five percent of U.S. adults say the country is on the wrong track, and 79% describe the economy as poor, according to a new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The findings suggest Slidin' Biden faces fundamental challenges as he tries to motivate voters to cast ballots for Democrats in November’s midterm elections.

Inflation has consistently eclipsed the healthy 3.6% unemployment rate as a focal point for Americans, who are dealing with high gasoline and food prices. Even among Democrats, 67% call economic conditions poor.

“He’s doing the best he can — I can’t say he’s doing a good job,” said Chuck McClain, 74. “I just don’t feel the Democratic Congress is doing enough.”

The Las Vegas resident is a loyal Democrat who said he doesn't miss an election, but he said he feels as though Washington is unresponsive to his needs.

“My wife and I are very frustrated with where the country is headed, and we don’t have a lot of hope,” he said.

The poll shows only 39% of Americans approve of Slidin' Biden’s leadership overall, while 60% disapprove. The Democratic president gets hit even harder on the economy, with 69% saying they disapprove of him on the issue. Among Democrats, 43% disapprove of Biden's handling of the economy.

June 29, 2022 5:56 PM  
Anonymous more if them polls that TTFers like so much... said...

Just 14% say things are going in the right direction, down slightly from 21% in May and 29% in April. Through the first half of 2021, about half of Americans said the country was headed in the right direction, a number that has steadily eroded in the past year.

Dorothy Vaudo, 66, said she voted for Biden in 2020 but plans to switch allegiance this year.

“I’m a Democrat so I had to vote Democrat, but that’s going to change,” said the Martin County, North Carolina resident.

In recent weeks, Americans have endured even more bad economic news, with inflation continuing to rise, interest rates increasing dramatically and the S&P 500 entering a bear market as many serious economists predict a recession.

Douglass Gavilan, a 26-year-old in Miami, is concerned about the “skyrocketing” prices and rent that he sees in his community. Shelter costs are roughly a third of the U.S. consumer price index, so the run-up in rents and home values has started to strain the budgets even of many people living where there are strong job opportunities.

“I don’t even know if I’m going to be able to live here in a few years,” Gavilan said. “I definitely don’t feel confident in the economy.”

Though he doesn’t identify with a political party, Gavilan voted for Slidin' Biden in 2020. He doesn't think Biden has proposed anything to make a meaningful difference in his life.

The poll was conducted from Thursday to Monday, with many interviews conducted after the Supreme Court on Friday struck down Roe v. Wade and allowed states to ban abortion.

The national dissatisfaction is bipartisan, the poll shows. Ninety-two percent of Republicans and 78% of Democrats say the country is headed in the wrong direction. Since last month, the percentage of Democrats saying the country is headed in the wrong direction rose from 66%.

Only 36% say they approve of Slidin' Biden’s handling of gun policy; 62% disapprove.

But the economy is what weighs on many Americans as their top priority.

Curtis Musser, 57, a chemistry teacher from Clermont, Florida, said he expects a recession is coming.

Musser said many Americans simply feel as though they're at the mercy of events beyond their control, whether that's the pandemic, rate hikes by the Federal Reserve, war in Europe or political hostilities within the U.S.

“I feel as an individual somewhat helpless,” he said.

June 29, 2022 5:57 PM  
Anonymous the gay agenda has been blown to smithereens!.......... said...

One of the central justifications for the left’s proposed court-packing scheme is to claim that the reversal of Roe v. Wade is so radically out of step with the American public that it is an undemocratic, minoritarian power grab. Not only is the argument based on the unconstitutional notion that justices should weigh the vagaries of public opinion before ruling, but it also relies on the irreconcilable claim that empowering the public to vote on an issue unmentioned in the Constitution is an attack on “democracy.”

Now, that’s all bad enough, but the thing is, even the underlying claim isn’t true. Take, for instance, this new poll by Monmouth, headlined, “Majority Disapprove of Reversing Roe.” Yes, a majority of 60 percent disapprove of overturning Roe v. Wade. And after 50 years of cultural and political indoctrination about abortion “rights,” it’s almost surely the case that a large part of that 60 percent of voters barely have any idea what Roe entailed, or any legal arguments for why it shouldn’t be overturned, or much understanding of what its demise means.

A deeper look at the poll shows that 46 percent say Congress should pass a national law “allowing abortions” — what a ridiculously vague phrase — but “44% say let states decide and 7% say pass a national ban.” So, even with the purposely opaque wording of the poll, Monmouth could have headlined the findings: “54 Percent of Americans Oppose A National Law Codifying Roe.”

How could that be? Does anyone believe that among the same 60 percent who support upholding abortion by judicial decree are those opposed to codifying the same exact rights through the democratic process? Or is the public confused about what Roe meant?

Pollsters have been highlighting these irrelevant questions about abortion, a practice that most Americans probably have complicated feelings about, for decades. And it probably isn’t going to get any better. Not long ago, Politico asked voters about the prospect of prison for women who obtain abortions, which Dobbs has nothing to do with and the pro-life movement has always opposed. Abortion laws in place punish abortionists, not pregnant women. The Texas law everyone was freaking out about specifically exempts women from homicide charges for abortions.

Then there is NPR, which reports, “Poll: Majorities oppose Supreme Court’s abortion ruling and worry about other rights.” The NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist, a transparent push poll, doesn’t even bother asking about policy. It offers no context for why anyone should believe their “rights” would be imperiled — and abortion, of course, isn’t a right. (Even with all this, a majority in the NPR poll oppose packing the court.)

When Monmouth asks if voters support Democrats’ plan “allowing abortions” they too are misleading the public. We already know what the Democrats’ national bill would do. So a more honest question would be: “Do you support the Democratic Party’s efforts to legalize abortion through all nine months of pregnancy on demand for any reason, paid for by taxpayers, in all 50 states?”

For that matter, why don’t pollsters ask voters if they agree with the Biden administration that abortions are vital in keeping down the poor population, increasing labor-force participation, and helping the economy? Why don’t they ask voters if they support the Democrats’ efforts to force states to allow abortions after viability and sex-selective abortions, and strip parental or guardian notification for minors? These are real-life policy proposals that Democrats want to pass. The only national bill Republicans in Congress have forwarded in recent years has been a “heartbeat” bill. And guess what? It polls very well.

Then again, Dobbs finally allows us to find out what people really think.

June 30, 2022 12:15 AM  
Anonymous Keep your hands on the wheel: What's real — or a distraction — about Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony said...

The House Select Committee on January 6 has marshaled facts in fastidious detail showing Trump's intent for a coup

In the public hearings so far, the House Select Committee on January 6 has marshaled facts in fastidious detail showing that former President Trump's attempted coup was plotted and organized by the president himself with the help of his chosen accomplices and enabled by Cabinet members, aides and staffers who knew it was wrong but said nothing. The first four hearings made it clear that Trump and his henchmen knew the election had not been stolen and yet they insisted to his followers that it had been. They launched spurious lawsuits, pressured election officials, tried to corrupt the Department of Justice and strong-armed Vice President Mike Pence all in an attempt to overturn the election. But we hadn't heard any direct testimony — until yesterday — that Trump was aware in advance that Jan. 6 could turn violent but incited the mob anyway. Now we know that he even knew that day that many in the crowd were armed. Thanks to Cassidy Hutchinson.

The former Trump White House aide and assistant to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows gave extended live testimony on Tuesday about the tumultuous days leading up to Jan. 6 and on the day itself. There were colorful anecdotes about the president throwing his lunch against the wall when he heard that former Attorney General Bill Barr had told the press there was no vote fraud and a somnolent Meadows telling a frantic White House Counsel Pat Cipollone that Trump didn't want to stop the riot because Pence deserved it. Her testimony that she was told Trump had tried to grab the wheel of the presidential SUV and force the driver to take him to the Capitol after his speech on the 6th has dominated the media, however, mainly because a source has disputed her account so that gives them a juicy "he said/she said" storyline.

But those stories are not particularly relevant to the meat of Hutchinson's testimony, which addressed the stunning fact that just as people had begged Trump not to continue trying to overturn the election once the court challenges had come to the end of the line and tried to stop him from listening to daft conspiracy theories, people were once again trying to stop him from executing his final plot to overturn the election by personally leading his mob up to the Capitol to stop the vote count. As Amanda Marcotte wrote in Salon, "Trump's minions saved him from himself." Cipollone made the point most clearly, telling Hutchinson: "We're going to get charged with every crime imaginable if we make that movement happen."

Trump said in his speech that he would "be there with you," but there was a question as to whether he really meant it or if he was just saying it to inspire them to do it. According to Hutchinson, this was very much a discussion in the White House for days leading up to Jan. 6. Trump was adamant about going up to the Capitol himself. It is unclear what he planned to do once he arrived, but there was a hint offered in Hutchinson's testimony about a conversation she had with Rudy Giuliani on January 2 after a meeting between him and Meadows:

As Mr. Giuliani and I were walking to his vehicles that evening, he looked at me and said something to the effect of, Cass, are you excited for the 6th? It's going to be a great day. I remember looking at him saying, Rudy, could you explain what's happening on the 6th? He had responded something to the effect of, we're going to the Capitol.

It's going to be great. The President's going to be there. He's going to look powerful. He's — he's going to be with the members. He's going to be with the Senators. Talk to the chief about it, talk to the chief about it. He knows about it.

June 30, 2022 6:46 AM  
Anonymous Keep your hands on the wheel: What's real — or a distraction — about Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony said...

Later Hutchinson testified there had been talk that Trump might give another speech or would go into the House chamber, all of which suggest some kind of putsch in which Trump saw himself marching into Congress uninvited (which a president is not supposed to do because it is a co-equal branch of government) and doing something dramatic like running into the Senate chamber and seizing the dais or personally handing the "alternate elector" votes to Pence and ordering him to count them. Whatever he had in mind, he expected to have a riotous mob backing him up.

Hutchinson said that after that discussion with Giuliani she went back into the White House and asked Meadows about it and he dolefully replied as he doom scrolled through his phone, "There's a lot going on, Cass, but I don't know. Things might get real, real bad on January 6."

The White House had been receiving a flurry of information from a variety of government sources during those first days of January that there was a serious threat of violence. On the 3rd they received a specific threat assessment that showed the Proud Boys were planning for violence on the 6th but were targeting Congress instead of counter-protesters. Hutchinson couldn't say that she'd ever heard any specific discussions about their involvement in the rally and planned march but she did recall hearing the words Proud Boys and Oath Keepers when "Giuliani was around."

On the night of January 5, Hutchinson testified that Trump ordered Meadows to call his henchmen Roger Stone and Michael Flynn who had set up a "war room" at the Willard Hotel with Giuliani, John Eastman, Steve Bannon and others. (Stone was careful not to be with them in the suite at the Willard but he did meet with a member of the Oath Keepers who has since pleased guilty, just hours before the insurrection.) Meadows also planned to go to the Willard personally for a meeting but was talked into calling in instead. We don't know what they talked about on these calls but it is a direct link between Trump and the plotters at the Willard who had ties to Proud Boys and Oath Keepers who have been charged by the Department of Justice with seditious conspiracy.

Just as Trump was preparing to give his big speech the next day he was told that people in the crowd were armed and dangerous and that many were refusing to come through the metal detectors and were instead gathering outside the perimeter. Trump told the Secret Service they wouldn't hurt him, and demanded that the metal detectors be removed. Likewise, when Meadows was informed of the same thing, he said "all right, anything else?" Neither one of them seemed surprised to learn this and neither one showed even the slightest concern. If one didn't know better, one might just think they knew in advance that there would be armed demonstrators in that crowd.

Remember what Mark Meadows told Cassidy Hutchinson back on January 2 after meeting with Rudy Giuliani. "There's a lot going on, Cass, but I don't know. Things might get real, real bad on January 6th." They knew. That was the plan.

June 30, 2022 6:47 AM  
Anonymous Yahoo! said...

About half say Trump should be charged for 1/6: AP-NORC poll

WASHINGTON (AP) — About half of Americans believe former President Donald Trump should be charged with a crime for his role in the U.S. Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021, a new poll shows.

The survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 48% of U.S. adults say the Republican former president should be charged with a crime for his role, while 31% say he should not be charged. An additional 20% say they don’t know enough to have an opinion. Fifty-eight percent say Trump bears a great deal or quite a bit of responsibility for what happened that day.

The poll was conducted after five public hearings by the House committee investigating Jan. 6, which has sought to paint Trump’s potential criminal culpability in the events that led to deadly insurrection. But it was taken before Tuesday’s surprise hearing featuring former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. Her explosive testimony provided the most compelling evidence yet that the former president could be linked to a federal crime, experts say.

Views on Trump's criminal liability break down predictably along party lines, with 86% of Democrats but only 10% of Republicans saying Trump should be charged with a crime. Among Republicans, 68% say he should not be charged and 21% say they don’t know. Still, the fact that nearly half the country believes he should be prosecuted is a remarkable position for the former president, pointing to the difficulties he could face if he makes another run at the White House in 2024.

For Ella Metze, a South Carolina Democrat, Trump's culpability has been clear from the beginning, when he urged his supporters to march to the Capitol on the morning of Jan. 6 and “fight like hell.”

“It was meant to provoke violence because he kept encouraging them," the 86-year-old told The Associated Press. "As it happened, I watched it all and I just thought why doesn't somebody stop this? Why doesn't he stop this?”

Chris Schloemer, a Texas independent, agreed Trump holds responsibility for egging on the crowd with his baseless claims of election fraud. But, the 61-year-old doesn't lay the blame solely on Trump.

Schloemer feels Republicans in Congress have a hand in what happened that day, too: “I feel like people were afraid of Donald Trump, especially Republican politicians, and so they wouldn’t rein him in, and I think that just emboldened him."

And he's not alone. While views of Trump’s role have not changed since December, Americans are somewhat more likely now than they were then to say Republicans in Congress were significantly responsible for the events of Jan. 6.

Forty-six percent say that now, up slightly from 41% in December. An additional 21% say GOP lawmakers had some responsibility and 30% say they were not responsible. The change in the share saying Republicans in Congress have a large amount of responsibility was driven mostly by Democrats and independents.

Ulysses Bryant, a Democrat from Florida, said while he always believed Trump and the rioters should be charged with a crime, he hadn’t known of the involvement of congressional Republicans until he began to follow the hearings.

Close to 6 in 10 Americans — 56% — say they followed news about the congressional hearings. A smaller but still sizeable share -- 42% -- say they watched or listened...

June 30, 2022 9:20 AM  
Anonymous if Dems are horrified by Amy Coney Barret, b-b-baby, you ain't seem nothin' yet!!!!!!!!!!! said...

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in West Virginia vs. EPA in favor of plaintiffs who argued that the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the power to regulate carbon dioxide from power plants—the country’s second-largest source of CO2 emissions—without input from Congress.

Imagine that! These guys actually thinks Congress makes laws

not the White House or the courts

revolutionary thinking!


The ruling almost completely disrupts any major plans of Dems to fight climate change at the federal level in the U.S. by executive fiat

oh well.....

according to Al Gore, we're past the tipping point anyway

what's the point?

"About half of Americans believe former President Donald Trump should be charged with a crime for his role in the U.S. Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021, a new poll shows"

in America, we don't charge people based on opinion polls

indeed, lynching mobs and crowds with pitchforks are seen quite negatively

right now, there is no evidence that could convict Trump of any crime

"Her explosive testimony provided the most compelling evidence yet that the former president could be linked to a federal crime, experts say"

ah, the old "experts say" routine that dominates propaganda media these days

truth is, Hutchinson provided no evidence at all

she simply reported what others have told her

why is that any more significant than anyone else who repeats what they heard?

June 30, 2022 10:41 AM  
Anonymous I wonder if TTFers agree with any part of the Constitution.... said...

President Joe Biden reportedly cut a deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to appoint an anti-abortion judge in Kentucky, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Kentucky does not have any judicial openings but under the deal reported by the outlet, Biden would nominate Federalist Society member Chad Meredith, an anti-abortion attorney, when a vacancy comes up. Under the deal, McConnell agreed not to hold up Biden's future federal nominations, according to the report.

Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., told the outlet that he "strongly opposes" the trade.

"Given that a judicial position isn't currently open on the Eastern District Court, it's clear that this is part of some larger deal on judicial nominations between the president and Mitch McConnell," he told the outlet. "The last thing we need is another extremist on the bench."

The deal comes after the Supreme Court overturned federal rights to kill unborn children last week. Biden vowed after the decision to "do all in my power to protect a woman's right in states where they will face the consequences of today's decision."

June 30, 2022 11:43 AM  
Anonymous Secret Jewish Space Laser Corps said...

"ah, the old "experts say" routine that dominates propaganda media these days"


Brian Stelter

This post-hearing moment of awkward silence on Fox kinda says a lot.

Watch on Twitter
3:01 PM · Jun 28, 2022

June 30, 2022 1:14 PM  
Anonymous "if Tony Ornato testified under oath " FAT CHANCE! said...

A reporter who has written a book on the Secret Service shredded the credibility of a former agent who has pushed back against Cassidy Hutchinson's bombshell testimony.

The former White House aide testified that Tony Ornato, who moved from the Secret Service to deputy chief of staff, told her that Donald Trump became irate when his security detail would not take him to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and lunged for the steering wheel of his armored SUV and physically attacked his lead agent, and Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig poured cold water on his denials.

"This is a person who worked as President Trump's security detail leader, and the boss liked him so much he installed him in a political White House job," Leonnig told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "That broke every Secret Service tradition in the book because he stayed as a Secret Service employee, but Trump essentially had him directing the Secret Service to make sure that all of its campaigns events, all of his photo ops, everything that he wanted to do to get re-elected went off without a hitch."

"That included paid rallies that caused COVID surges and included the forcible clearing of peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square," Leonnig continued. "Tony was the secret hand behind all of that, and that is what Trump wanted. Trump White House staffers and Secret Service agents have told me repeatedly, he's a Trump acolyte. He will defend the president to the end, and he remains in contact with Trumpworld, so I want to stress that also Tony Ornoto has indicated that this story Cassidy Hutchinson told didn't happen. Well, Tony Ornato said a lot of things didn't happen. He tried to say to the press and to me indirectly that the clearing of Lafayette Square was not done for President Trump's photo on, that's not true. He was at the center of that, so I take the points because they're saying in their experience, things that we reported, Tony tried to deny."

"The Secret Service often tries to deny things that are unflattering, and then when the rubber hits the road, we learn there is a little bit more to it," Leonnig added. "I want to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and if Tony Ornato testified under oath that he exaggerated this story and it didn't happen in the limo, forgive me, in the Suburban on Jan. 6, as she relayed, then that is important and we should take that seriously."

June 30, 2022 1:51 PM  
Anonymous what we have here is a failure to be credible... said...

it's starting to look like Americans don't think Slidin' Biden can handle this job:

that's right!

for 50th consecutive week, it's a new low!


you guys sure know how to pick 'em!

"A reporter who has written a book on the Secret Service shredded the credibility of a former agent who has pushed back against Cassidy Hutchinson's bombshell testimony."

what a relief!

a person who discredits a person who discredits a person who discredits the former President who discredits the person

this is fun!

let's keep it going!

who wants to discredit the person who discredits a person who discredits a person who discredits a person who discredits the former President who discredits that person?

btw, is anyone credible?

June 30, 2022 7:02 PM  
Anonymous just think: things would be so different if Dems hadn't nominated Hillary in 2016- they're kicking themselves every night... said...

Following the demolition of Roe v. Wade and its invented right to abortion, Democrats have raged that the decision killed the Supreme Court ’s legitimacy. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) described the 6-3 majority as having “burned” it.

Such statements usefully point to the truth, which lies in the opposite direction. Far from delegitimizing the Supreme Court, the ruling in Dobbs upholding Mississippi’s abortion restrictions re-legitimizes it, rescuing it from decades of jurisprudential impropriety. The Left hates the loss of the abortion rights, certainly, but no more than it detests the broad implication that the court, as currently composed, will restrain itself and the other two branches of the government when they overreach.

Contrary to what the Left says, the Supreme Court delegitimizes itself only when it slips its constitutional anchor and sails into oceans of policymaking, politics, and ideological preferences that are meant to be decided democratically and are not sanctioned by either history or America’s ratified founding documents.

The more unmoored the court is, the better it suits Democrats, who have long regarded the Constitution as an intolerable impediment rather than the proper foundation on which to build and maintain a sustainable political culture. The Left and its party cannot explicitly kill the Constitution, so instead, they have argued it is a “living” thing that can mutate beyond recognition to mean whatever they want it to mean.

Most people would say a defining feature of any law is that it has a consistent meaning. How else could it be fair, and how else could we have rule of law? A Supreme Court that hews to the original meaning of the Constitution thus commands public respect in a way that would be impossible if nine justices bent constitutional guidelines to suit their own preferences or those they believe the public to hold. That is what politicians are elected to do. The Supreme Court will gain respect to the extent that it isn’t a handmaiden to any ideology for which politicians fail to drum up popular support.

The need for the Constitution, and any law, to remain constant in meaning also falsifies the claim — it comes from both parties, but more from Democrats — that the court should be roughly evenly divided between liberals and conservatives because the country is.

This reflects the dangerous idea that the court should be a political body, but it also gets another thing backward. A bench on which there is an equal number of liberals and conservatives, with swing votes from one or two justices in the middle, is a court that will tack back and forth from one constitutional position to its opposite as judicial nominations from successive presidents are confirmed.

July 01, 2022 12:39 AM  
Anonymous just think: things would be so different if Dems hadn't nominated Hillary in 2016- they're kicking themselves every night... said...

Proponents like to talk of a “balanced” court because balance sounds reasonable and moderate. But balance is inherently unstable — think of a teeter-totter — and a little new weight at either end tips it fully one way or the other. A bench on which there is, by contrast, a clear majority of justices who are originalist (on the Constitution) and textualist (on statute) is one that cannot be tipped toward improper decisions made on political or ideological grounds. A balanced court tipping to and fro makes plain that laws don’t have consistent meanings and will be manipulated from one year to the next. How can such a court command public respect and legitimacy?

Thus, the Dobbs decision — admitting what even abortion-supporting constitutional lawyers, including the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, acknowledged, that Roe v. Wade was weak and contorted legal reasoning — courageously admits a grave institutional error and signals that the institution will correct itself when it has gone awry.

It is partly for this reason that Michael Stokes Paulsen, writing for Public Discourse, describes Justice Samuel Alito’s Dobbs opinion, and its backing by another five justices, as “a rare act of judicial courage” and holds out hope that it is “potentially transformative of American society, for the better.”

Imagine, a Supreme Court that won’t arrogate political decisions to itself or, to put it another way, that declines to save elected politicians the trouble of persuading voters!

There is talk of President Joe Biden trying to counteract Dobbs with executive orders, of building abortion clinics on federal land within red states, and of codifying Roe into federal law. None of these efforts seem likely to go far and should be seen as the spasms of an enraged loser. Most likely is that beneath the rage and poison of our politics, politicians seeking election will now increasingly have to persuade a democratic majority of the merits of their agenda.

We’ll have a re-legitimized Supreme Court to thank for that.

July 01, 2022 12:39 AM  
Anonymous cut the cable - the slapstick misadventures of Slidin' Joe Biden is all the entertainment we need...... said...

Democrats are blasting President Slidin' Joe Biden for agreeing to nominate an anti-abortion Republican to a lifetime federal judgeship in Kentucky, less than a week after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

"The president is making a deal with the devil and once again" and "the people of Kentucky are crushed in the process," Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Charles Booker tweeted after The Courier Journal broke the story Wednesday night.

"At a time when we are fighting to protect human rights, this is a complete slap in the face."

July 01, 2022 7:12 AM  
Anonymous A fertilized egg is legally more valuable than a woman in many states now. said...

""The president is making a deal with the devil and once again" and "the people of Kentucky are crushed in the process," "

Yes, and the "devil" is Sen. Mitch McConnell, KY, GOP Senate leader, who stole Obama's SCOTUS nominee.

Meanwhile Yahoo! reports more bad news for lying GOPers and their leaders:

Mark Meadows’ associate threatened ex-White House aide before her testimony

Hugo Lowell
Thu, June 30, 2022, 8:52 PM

Former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson received at least one message tacitly warning her not to cooperate with the House January 6 select committee from an associate of former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Related: Ex-White House aide delivers explosive public testimony to January 6 panel

The message in question was the second of the two warnings that the select committee disclosed at the end of its special hearing when Hutchinson testified about how Donald Trump directed a crowd he knew was armed to march on the Capitol, the sources said.

“[A person] let me know you have your deposition tomorrow. He wants me to let you know that he’s thinking about you. He knows you’re loyal, and you’re going to do the right thing when you go in for your deposition,” read the message. The redaction was Meadows, the sources said.

The message was presented during closing remarks at the special hearing with Hutchinson by the panel’s vice-chair, Liz Cheney, who characterized the missive as improper pressure on a crucial witness that could extend to illegal witness tampering or intimidation.

The exact identity of the person who sent Hutchinson the message – beyond the fact that they were an associate of Meadows – could not be confirmed on Thursday, but that may be in part because the select committee may wish to interview that person, the sources said.

That appears to indicate that the person who sent the message was a close associate of the former White House chief of staff who may themselves be a fact witness to what Trump and Meadows were doing and thinking ahead of the Capitol attack.

Neither a spokesman for Meadows nor Hutchinson responded to a request for comment on Thursday evening.

The other message was also directed at Hutchinson, the sources said; the quote displayed on the slide was one of several calls from Trump allies that Hutchinson recounted to House investigators.

“What they said to me is, as long as I continue to be a team player, they know that I’m on the team, I’m doing the right thing, I’m protecting who I need to protect, you know, I’ll continue to stay in the good graces in Trump World,” the slide read.

“And they reminded me a couple of times that Trump does read transcripts and just to keep that in mind as I proceeded through my depositions and interviews with the committee.”

The identity of the people who called Hutchinson, warning her presumably not to implicate the former president, could not be established beyond the fact that they were people close to Trump, though the select committee is understood to be aware of all of the people...

July 01, 2022 8:01 AM  
Anonymous if Biden is innocent why not have Tara over for tea with Jill said...

"Yes, and the "devil" is Sen. Mitch McConnell, KY, GOP Senate leader,"

yes, that's what the Dem nominee said

that's the whole point

while Dems act like McConnell is a devil, their pathetic leader makes deals with him

kind if undercounts the hyperbole about the overturning of Roe

"who stole Obama's SCOTUS nominee"

and by "stole", you mean patiently persevering in playing by the rules and achieving victory over the wretched Dem scheme to use the court to legislate

you see, anytime Dems lose, our institutions are broken and they were "robbed"

got it

the making of laws has been returned to the people by Dobbs and yesterday's major decision

it's called democracy and our originalist Supreme Court has restored it

a party that calls itself "Democratic" should know that better than anybody...

"more bad news for lying GOPers"

you accuse TTF of lying and you post this?:

"Mark Meadows’ associate threatened ex-White House aide before her testimony"

what does "associate" mean?

next-door neighbor?

golf partner at the club?

friend from church?

and, looking at the messages, it's hard to see any "threat" other than that Trump might not like her

not much of a threat since he really doesn't like anyone other than his kids

and even Ivanka has gotten on his bad side lately

beyond that, maybe there's an implied threat that he'll make a mean tweet about her


and this with several degrees of separation from Trump


these increasingly desperate attempts to make something up just highlight how little the January 6 commission has come up with


and the cherry on the top of the cake:

"Neither a spokesman for Meadows nor Hutchinson responded to a request for comment on Thursday evening."

even the supposed victim won't confirm


July 01, 2022 9:45 AM  
Anonymous what does "associate" mean? said...

For the TrumpU dropout

noun | əˈsōsēət, əˈsōSHēət |
1 a partner or colleague in business or at work: he arranged for a close associate to take control of the institute.
• a companion or friend: his old friend and hearty associate.
2 a person with limited or subordinate membership of an organization: an Associate of the Linnaean Society.
• a person who holds an academic degree conferred by a junior college (only in titles or set expressions): an associate's degree in science | an Associate of Arts.
3 mainly Psychology a concept connected with another: the patient was asked to commit to memory a list of five paired associates.

You know, associates of Trump and his White House, most of all of whom prefer to either plead the fifth or executive privilege rather than tell the truths they know about "irate" Trump on Jan 6, 2021..

July 01, 2022 11:02 AM  
Anonymous the TTF niughtmare just keeps getting worse and worse.... said...

"For the TrumpU dropout"

thanks, but your definition doesn't suffice

we still don't what is meant by associate

btw, you're always bringing up "TrumpU"

tell us more about it

July 01, 2022 11:20 AM  
Anonymous I read banned books said...

July 01, 2022 11:39 AM  
Anonymous jus think how many times liberals lost in the last week..mind-boggling..... said...


thanks for the great article on Trump U

what kind of fools would pay tens of thousands for a picture taken with Donald Trump?

sounds like the got what they deserve

if Trump didn't do it, someone else would

maybe the courts can appoint a conservator to monitor their affairs...

actually, prior to announcing he was running for President, Trump was always the favorite pet of the media and liberals

the talk show had himm on all the time

he hosted SNL

indeed, he was a big donor to Dem politicians and great friends with the Clintons

Chelsea and Invanka had playdates with their kids

I remember when he signed the lease on the Old Post Office, DC's political leaders were rapturous

next up for liberal fools: Kamala in 2024!


"I read banned books"

oh my

tell us what "banned" books you've read and who banned 'em

(this should be funny)

July 01, 2022 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Take your pick said...

July 01, 2022 1:24 PM  
Anonymous because of violent Dems, we now have a fence around the Supreme Court.... said...

I didn't ask for a list of "challenged" books

I asked for what books you've read that were "banned"

your statement:

"I read banned books"

surprised me for a couple of reasons:

1. we don't ban books in America

2. TTFers don't appear very well-read

anyway, here's your chance to elaborate and set the record straight

be brave and go for it!

July 01, 2022 3:43 PM  
Anonymous "experts" say the 2020 was the most secure in history - whoever these experts are, they're lying... said...

The purpose of the January 6 committee is to further the lie that there was nothing seriously wrong with the 2020 election and to criminalize any questioning of the election. The January 6 riot gives the committee a nice hook, but that’s not what they really care about.

They want to prevent you from admitting the election was irregular, faulty, or anything less than the most perfect election in the history of mankind, and from supporting people who fought against those irregularities. In service of this goal, the January 6 committee repeatedly lied about the actual claims Donald Trump supporters have made about the flaws in the election.

The January 6 Committee is conducting a show trial, not a criminal one. Show trials, common in authoritarian regimes, are held for propaganda purposes, to punish political opponents, and to cover up the truth of what the regime has done.

Democrats’ show trial is completely one-sided. The members on the committee were appointed exclusively by Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. There are zero Republican-appointed members. In fact, Pelosi refused to allow the top Republicans Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy picked for the committee — an unprecedented violation of House rules and norms.

No one represents the accused or advocates for their rights. No cross-examination or presentation of a defense has been allowed from the targets of the trial. The committee does not follow House rules on evidence or witness depositions. The so-called investigation has declared off-limits any good-faith inquiry into issues that contradict their persecution, whether a look at what led to the lack of security by Capitol police forces or a look at the legitimate concerns about the unique and novel way the 2020 election was conducted.

The show trial is deeply and profoundly un-American. This week’s “surprise” hearing has already imploded under the weight of the inaccurate testimony given by young staff assistant Cassandra Hutchinson.

July 01, 2022 6:15 PM  
Anonymous 2 Secret Service sources told CNN that Trump angrily demanded to be taken to the Capitol on January 6, partly confirming Cassidy Hutchinson's explosive testimony said...

Two Secret Service sources told CNN on Friday that they heard about former President Donald Trump lunging at the driver of his presidential SUV on January 6, 2021.

The pair of sources, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, backed up much of former Trump aide Cassidy Hutchinson's explosive testimony on the altercation in the motorcade vehicle known as "the Beast" after Trump found out he wouldn't be driven to join his supporters at the Capitol.

"He had sort of lunged forward – it was unclear from the conversations I had that he actually made physical contact, but he might have. I don't know," one of the Secret Service sources told CNN. "Nobody said Trump assaulted him; they said he tried to lunge over the seat – for what reason, nobody had any idea."

The other source, who said they had spoken directly with Trump's driver from that day, said they did not hear anything about Trump trying to grab the steering wheel, in line with the other agency member's recollection of conversations about the incident.

The first source said they had heard about Trump's altercation with the driver going back to February 2021.

Hutchinson's account, which she gave under oath, came from a discussion with Tony Ornato, the White House deputy chief of staff at the time.

"I noticed the head of Mr. Trump's security detail sitting in a chair, looking somewhat discombobulated, a little lost," Hutchinson testified. "I looked at Tony, he said, 'Did you effing hear what happened in the Beast?' I said, 'No, Tony, I just got back, what happened?'

"Tony proceeded to tell me that when the president got in the Beast, he was under the impression from Mr. Meadows that the off-the-record movement to the Capitol was still possible and likely to happen but that Bobby had more information," Hutchinson continued. "As the president had gotten into the vehicle with Bobby, he thought that they were going up to the Capitol. And when Bobby had relayed to him that we're not; we don't have the assets to do it; it's not secure; we're going back to the West Wing, the president had a very strong, very angry response to that."

July 02, 2022 7:00 AM  
Anonymous New Insights Emerge About Trump's Attempt To Join The Capitol Riot said...

New media reports about Donald Trump’s behavior during and leading up to the Capitol riot last year corroborate witness testimony and help illuminate what he knew about the violent events of Jan. 6, 2021.

Fifteen sources ― including former government officials, aides and law enforcement officers ― offered their insight in a Washington Post report published Friday. Several said Trump had brought up the idea of marching to the Capitol alongside his supporters several times after he lost the election, but they assumed he’d made the remarks in a “joking manner.”

Thus, no arrangements were made for Trump to lead the crowd and no speech was written for him to deliver.

“There was no plan for what to do if Trump showed up,” an adviser to former Vice President Mike Pence told the Post. “Frankly, we didn’t think it was going to happen.”

One aide told the Post that no one on staff was even sure where Trump got the idea to march to the Capitol.

When Trump brought it up again on Jan. 4, two days before Congress was set to certify the election in favor of Joe Biden, senior staff reportedly warned him it would “be logistically impossible and dangerous” to carry out this plan, the Post reported.

When Trump told the crowd at his Jan. 6 rally that “we’re going to walk down [to the Capitol] and I’ll be there with you,” his staff was in shock.

“I told people we were not really going to the Capitol,” one senior staffer told the Post. “It never crossed my mind that was legitimate.”

Two Secret Service agents also spoke with CNN about what transpired between Trump and his security detail as he left his Jan. 6 rally in the presidential motorcade.

Those moments came under intense scrutiny after Cassidy Hutchinson, a former assistant to Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified Tuesday before the House committee investigating the riot that Tony Ornato, the White House deputy chief of staff for operations, told her Trump had lost his temper when his Secret Service agents refused to drive him to the Capitol, lunged toward an agent and tried to grab the steering wheel.

The story has circulated throughout the Secret Service for the past year, the agents told CNN. They were not present in the car but heard several accounts similar to Hutchinson’s.

“He had sort of lunged forward ― it was unclear from the conversations I had that he actually made physical contact, but he might have. I don’t know,” one said. “Nobody said Trump assaulted him; they said he tried to lunge over the seat ― for what reason, nobody had any idea.”

Neither of the agents told CNN they’d heard stories about Trump trying to grab the steering wheel.

Sources who spoke to the Post also commented on the car incident, with one former law enforcement official saying three agents who were with Trump on Jan. 6 are disputing that Trump ever grabbed or assaulted anyone or reached for the steering wheel. However, the source said, they do not dispute that Trump was furious at them.

July 02, 2022 7:33 AM  
Anonymous As Ohio restricts abortions, 10-year-old girl travels to Indiana for procedure said...

On Monday three days after the Supreme Court issued its groundbreaking decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an Indianapolis obstetrician-gynecologist, took a call from a colleague, a child abuse doctor in Ohio.

Hours after the Supreme Court action, the Buckeye state had outlawed any abortion after six weeks. Now this doctor had a 10-year-old patient in the office who was six weeks and three days pregnant.

Could Bernard help?

Indiana lawmakers are poised to further restrict or ban abortion in mere weeks. The Indiana General Assembly will convene in a special session July 25 when it will discuss restrictions to abortion policy along with inflation relief.

But for now, the procedure still is legal in Indiana. And so the girl soon was on her way to Indiana to Bernard's care.

Indiana abortion laws unchanged, but effect still felt across state

While Indiana law did not change last week when the Supreme Court issued its groundbreaking Dobbs decision, abortion providers here have felt an effect, experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of patients coming to their clinics from neighboring states with more restrictive policies.

Since Friday, the abortion clinics where Dr. Katie McHugh, an independent obstetrician-gynecologists works have seen “an insane amount of requests” from pregnant people in Kentucky and Ohio, where it is far more difficult to get an abortion.

A ban on abortions after six weeks took effect on last week in Ohio. Last Friday the two abortion providers in Kentucky shut their doors after that state’s trigger law banning abortions went into effect.

Indiana soon could have similar restrictions.

That pains doctors like Bernard.

“It’s hard to imagine that in just a few short weeks we will have no ability to provide that care,” Bernard said.

For now, Indiana abortion providers have been fielding more calls from neighboring states. Typically about five to eight patients a day might hail from out of state, said McHugh, who works at multiple clinics in central and southern Indiana. Now, the clinics are seeing about 20 such patients a day.

Kentucky patients have been coming to Indiana in higher numbers since earlier this spring when more restrictive laws took effect there, McHugh said.

A similar dynamic is at play at Women’s Med, a medical center that performs abortions in Indianapolis that has a sister center in Dayton, Ohio. In the past week, they have doubled the number of patients they treat for a complete procedure, accepting many referrals from their Ohio counterpart.

More than 100 patients in Dayton had to be scheduled at the Indianapolis facility, a representative for Women’s Med, wrote in an email to IndyStar.

Women and pregnant people are “crying, distraught, desperate, thankful and appreciative,” the representative wrote.

The two centers are working together to route patients to Indianapolis for a termination after a pre-op appointment in Dayton. In recent months, they have also had people from southern states, like Texas, come north for a procedure.

Many patients, particularly from Ohio and Kentucky, are seeking care through Women’s Med while also making multiple appointments in other states so if one state closes down, they will still have some options, the representative wrote.

The center is advising pregnant people with a positive pregnancy test to book an appointment even though prior to the Supreme Court ruling they asked people to wait until their six-week mark to do so.

For years people have traversed state lines for abortions, particularly if a clinic across the border is closer to their home than the nearest in-state facility.

In 2021, 465, or about 5.5% of the more than 8,400 abortions performed, were done on out-of-state residents, according to the Indiana Department of Health's most recent terminated pregnancy report. More than half, 264, lived in Kentucky and 40 in Ohio.

July 02, 2022 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Let's talk adoption said...

Who is going to adopt and nurture that 10 year old rape victim?

July 02, 2022 1:46 PM  
Anonymous why do Dems oppose showing ID to vote unless they want people who don't qualify to vote? said...

"Two Secret Service sources told CNN on Friday that they heard about former President Donald Trump lunging at the driver of his presidential SUV on January 6, 2021.

The pair of sources, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, backed up much of former Trump aide Cassidy Hutchinson's explosive testimony on the altercation in the motorcade vehicle known as "the Beast" after Trump found out he wouldn't be driven to join his supporters at the Capitol.

"He had sort of lunged forward – it was unclear from the conversations I had that he actually made physical contact, but he might have. I don't know," one of the Secret Service sources told CNN. "Nobody said Trump assaulted him; they said he tried to lunge over the seat – for what reason, nobody had any idea."

The other source, who said they had spoken directly with Trump's driver from that day, said they did not hear anything about Trump trying to grab the steering wheel, in line with the other agency member's recollection of conversations about the incident.

The first source said they had heard about Trump's altercation with the driver going back to February 2021."

this latest Dem obsession is pathetic on so many levels.

to begin with, they have yet to produce a witness that actually saw this incident

just people who "heard" it happened

further, most Americans sympathize with Presidents, who have no freedom to do anything without the permission of a bunch of Secret Service officers

more to the point, it isn't illegal to try to take the wheel of a car

and, and now, the discussion is being seriously had whether there was "physical contact" so we can say this elderly guy "assaulted" these defenseless agents


a new poll shows that only a third of Americans agree with the Democratic Party's position that abortion should "be allowed" in all cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll finds a growing percentage of Americans calling out abortion or women’s rights as priorities for the government in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, especially among Democrats and those who support abortion access.

With midterm elections looming, President Joe Biden and Democrats will seek to capitalize on that shift.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in remarks immediately after the decision that “reproductive freedom is on the ballot in November.”

Twenty-two percent of U.S. adults name abortion or women’s rights in an open-ended question as one of up to five problems they want the government to work on, according to the poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

The Dobbs ruling kicks decision-making on abortion back to states, and in the last week, Republican governors and legislatures have moved to introduce or advance legislation that bans or curtails abortions.

A majority of Americans think abortion should be banned or be available only in certain circumstances. Only about a third say abortion should be legal in all cases.

July 03, 2022 6:49 AM  
Anonymous NO FORCED BIRTHS said...

"further, most Americans sympathize with Presidents, who have no freedom to do anything without the permission of a bunch of Secret Service officers"

Let's see your evidence of this claim. A poll perhaps.

"A majority of Americans think abortion should be banned or be available only in certain circumstances. Only about a third say abortion should be legal in all cases."

Nice lying spin.

Here's what Gallup says:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- More than eight in 10 Americans believe abortion should be legal to some degree, and a majority don't want Roe v. Wade overturned. At the same time, the country remains far from unified on the extent to which abortion should be legal.

According to Gallup's May 2022 update on Americans' abortion views, 35% of U.S. adults believe abortion should be legal "under any circumstances," 50% say it should be legal "only under certain circumstances" [35+50=85 ahem, my 85% above "say it should be legal", how about that] and 13% say it should be illegal in all circumstances.

And here are some parts of the AP article you omitted when you chopped it up:

"It does feel like a major setback,” said 26-year-old Lauren Nelson of San Diego, who has been worrying about the environment her young niece will grow up in. She doesn’t think the midterms will change the course that states are on. “You can’t help but feel kind of helpless, as though there’s not much that can be done...

The new poll, which included interviews conducted before and after the Supreme Court’s ruling, finds prioritization of the issues grew sharply following the decision....

Polling conducted before the decision showed it was unpopular with a majority of Americans, who wanted to see the court leave Roe as is. A majority of Americans support abortion access in general, though many say there should be restrictions. About a third say abortion should be legal in all cases, roughly another third legal in most cases, about a quarter illegal in most cases. About 1 in 10 say it should be illegal in all cases.

Mentions of abortion specifically are not limited to Americans who support abortion rights; instead, the poll shows abortion is named as a priority by roughly a quarter of adults with hardline opinions on both sides of the issue — those who think abortion should be legal in all cases and those who think abortion should be illegal in all cases...."

July 03, 2022 8:01 AM  
Anonymous Grifters gonna grift said...

Donald Trump may soon officially announce he’ll run for the presidency because he’s having a fit about the dirt revealed about him in hearings investigating the Capitol riot, and because he has “all the impulse control of a freaking toddler,” a former GOP official scoffed Saturday.

“At the end of the day, he’s going to do whatever he wants. He’s shown that time and time again,” Kurt Bardella, a former deputy communications director for the GOP-controlled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told MSNBC. (He’s now a Democrat and news commentator.)

“This guy has the impulse control of a freaking toddler. So nobody should be surprised about that at all. I think that Republicans, yeah, this is the golem they created,” Bardella added.

Bardella was responding to a New York Times story Friday that Trump is hoping a stepped-up announcement about going for the presidency — yet again — will distract the public from a “stream of damaging revelations,” and could officially declare he’s entering the race as early as this month.

“We all know from past experiences Donald Trump doesn’t care about anybody else but Donald Trump,” Bardella told MSNBC host Alex Witt. “So it doesn’t surprise me that when faced with the criticism that’s been mounting right now, following the January 6th hearings, that he’s thinking about pulling the trigger now.”

That timing will likely “ruin” things for the Republicans ahead of the midterms as more negative testimony taints the candidate, said Bardella. But it’s what Republicans deserve for tying their future to Trump, he said.

“You know what, Donald?” Bardella said. “Go out there, show everybody who you are, what you want to do, implode the Republican Party before November.”

“These guys have wanted to divorce themselves from Donald Trump for the last five years; they just have lacked courage, the ability, the guts to actually do it,” Bardella added. Behind the scenes “they are rooting for the Jan. 6 committee.”

Bardella claimed that “nobody was was more excited” about the powerful testimony early this week by Cassidy Hutchinson than “Republicans who want to dispense with Donald Trump.”

Among her most damning revelations, Hutchinson, who was an aide to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified that Trump wanted to drop security screening for his supporters, who were known to be carrying weapons, and allow them to march to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. “They’re not here to hurt me,” Hutchinson quoted Trump as saying.

July 03, 2022 2:58 PM  
Anonymous more if them polls that TTFers like so much... said...

it says exactly what I said it did

Only about a third say abortion should be legal in all cases

meaning, for one thing, they don't think it's a right

if it was, it would be available regardless of circumstance

but most people don't favor that

And Joe Biden thought his job approval numbers look bad. They do, of course, but according to the latest Harvard CAPS/Harris poll, his re-elect numbers look worse. Seventy-one percent of respondents do not want Biden to run in 2024, leaving 29% — about nine points lower than his current RCP average — backing Biden’s re-election.

By golly, I think we found Biden’s floor. Maybe:

Seven in 10 Americans say they do not want President Biden to run for a second term, according to a new poll that comes as Biden’s approval numbers remain low and his party braces for losses this November.

A Harvard CAPS–Harris Poll survey shared exclusively with The Hill found that 71 percent of respondents polled do not think Biden should run for a second term, compared to 29 percent who say he should run.

Among the contingent of respondents who believe the president should not run, 45 percent said Biden should not make another bid because he is a bad president, while about one-third of respondents said he is too old and about one-quarter said because it is time for a change.

How bad is it? Pollster Mark Penn told The Hill that Biden would only get 30% support in a Democratic primary. The general-election numbers should be bad enough to generate interest in one, too. If you add 45% and 25% and 33%, you get … 103%, no? Clearly these reasons overlap each other. There appears to be a significant contingent who feel that Biden is a bad president and he’s too old and it’s time for a change.

Biden actually scores worse than Donald Trump on re-elect opinion in this poll by ten points.

July 03, 2022 11:57 PM  
Anonymous LOL said...

Look what keeps the troll up at night, fantasies about defeating Biden, who isn't running for anything in 2022.

SCOTUS and Trump are the biggest downers on GOP plans.

July 04, 2022 7:37 AM  
Anonymous wake up, we're in a dangerous world with an inccompetent President.! said...

guess what?

by 2024, Slidin' Biden will be even more senile

guess what?

in 2023, Congress will be GOP and Slidin' Biden will have zero chance to do anything

guess what?

in 2024, the GOP will win the White House

guess what?

in 2024, Alito and Thomas will retire and the GOP President will nominate a couple of originalist judges - one of them a black woman - to keep the Supreme Court originalist for a looooong time

guess what?

2020 was the Dems' last chance and they blew it with Biden

guess what?

for the good of the nation, Biden and Harris should resign and Manchin and Youngkin should be appointed to finish their terms

July 04, 2022 8:43 AM  
Anonymous whatever will TTF do? said...

"fantasies about defeating Biden"

A Harvard CAPS–Harris Poll survey found that 71 percent of respondents polled do not think Biden should run for a second term, compared to 29 percent who say he should run.

So yeah, the idea of beating a guy with a solid 29 percent cushion is a longshot.

but we'll hang in there.....


July 05, 2022 5:08 AM  
Anonymous more fantasies about taking down a political heavy-weight called the Big Guy.... said...

It’s pretty clear that the left is organizing to dump Slidin' Joe Biden when it becomes evident that he’s a certain loser in 2024. Rather that waiting for a Ted Kennedy-like figure to challenge him in the 2024 primaries, which would likely doom Democrats to certain defeat, the left will need to push him out early, and clear the calendar for one or more Democrats to organize a serious presidential campaign. (It goes without saying the Democratic Party intelligentsia knows that Kamala Harris is a hopeless candidate.)

There really isn’t a towering Ted Kennedy-like figure in the Democratic Party today. It is worth recalling that in the summer of 1979, as Kennedy was considering a challenge to Jimmy Carter, a steady stream of Democrats all quietly urged Kennedy to run, including more conservative Democrats like Scoop Jackson and Pat Moynihan, to further left figures like John Culver and Frank Church. Their motive was the same—they wanted to save their own skins. (And in fact Culver and Church went down in the Reagan 1980 landslide.)

The left’s pincer move to force Slidin' Biden to step aside will have three clear parts.

First, we can expect a steady drumbeat of media stories such as the latest from mainstream political reporter Ronald Brownstein. His latest headline: “Is Slidin' Biden a Man Out of Time?” What Brownsteain’s article makes clear is that the media and the Democratic base wish Biden would be even more aggressively leftist and polarizing:

An array of frustrated Democrats this week openly complained that Slidin' Biden and other administration officials had failed, in their initial reactions to the [Dobbs] ruling, to reflect the urgency and anguish of abortion-rights supporters. Although Slidin' Biden quickly denounced the decision last week, he has avoided any broader condemnation of the Court’s direction or legitimacy and dismissed proposals for changing its structure. . . Slidin' Biden’s earlier tepid reaction had drawn loud alarms across the party.

Even so, many Democrats share a sense that on all these issues, abortion included, Biden and his team have been following, not leading. And that tendency points to an enduring question about Slidin' Biden. . .

But to frustrated Democrats, the administration’s cautious response to the abortion decision is further evidence that Slidin' Biden’s roots in an earlier political order have left him slow to acknowledge, much less respond to, the radicalization of the Trump-era GOP. The growing chorus among the president’s internal critics is that even if Slidin' Biden was the right man for beating Trump, he has become the wrong man for combatting Trumpism.

In addition to the direct “reporting” about Slidin' Biden’s problems, there will be indirect attacks about general failures of the administration. This week Politico ran a long piece about what a terrible press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre is turning out to be.

July 05, 2022 5:23 AM  
Anonymous more fantasies about taking down a political heavy-weight called the Big Guy.... said...

The second part of the pincer move will be party insiders who start publicly dumping on Slidin' Biden. This week it is David Axelrod, the impresario of Barack Obama’s rise to power. Appearing on CNN, Axelrod said that “There is this sense that things are kind of out of control and he’s not in command.”

“Not in command” is a euphemism for you-know-what.

Then there is the polling data, which will be the third part of the pincer move to oust Slidin' Biden. The worst polling news for Slidin' Biden right now comes from a new Harvard-CAPS/Harris Poll that finds 71 percent of respondents don’t want Slidin' Biden to run for a second term in 2024. The Hill reports:

“President Slidin' Biden may want to run again but the voters say ‘no’ to the idea of a second term, panning the job he is doing as president. Only 30 percent of Democrats would even vote for him in a Democratic presidential primary,” Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard CAPS–Harris Poll survey, said. . .

The development comes as Slidin' Biden continues to suffer low approval ratings. The Harvard CAPS–Harris Poll survey found that the president has an overall approval rating of 38 percent, with respondents giving him low marks on handling inflation (28 percent), the economy (32 percent), stimulating jobs (43 percent) and reacting to COVID-19 (50 percent), among other issues.

Of course, running a poll so that the media can then call it “news” is a premier example of what Daniel Boorstin called a “pseudo-event.” Look for the pace of Bad-News-for-Biden polls to pick up in frequency and intensity. It becomes a self-reinforcing feedback loop for party insiders like Axelrod and the media alike: every new poll gives them the opportunity to provide “analysis” that all points in the same direction.

You can expect these three pincers to show up every week in the news cycle from here on out, likely accelerating after the midterm election.

July 05, 2022 5:23 AM  
Anonymous face facts: two homosexuals don't reproduce so they aren't a marriage said...

The rollback of abortion rights has been received by some American women with a sense of shock and fear, and warnings about an ominous decline in women’s status as full citizens.

But for as many women, the decision meant something different: a triumph of human rights, not an impediment to women’s rights.

“I just reject the idea that as a woman I need abortion to be successful or to be as thriving as a man in my career,” said Phoebe Purvey, a 26-year-old Texan. “I don’t think I need to sacrifice a life in order to do that.”

The Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade was a political victory, accomplished by lobbyists, strategists and campaign professionals over the course of decades. But it was also a cultural battle, fought by activists across the country including those in the exact demographic that abortion-rights advocates warn have the most to lose in the new American landscape: young women.

Often pointed to by anti-abortion leaders as the face of the movement, a new generation of activists say they are poised to continue the fight in a post-Roe nation.

Not all of them are Christian conservatives. Some are secular and view their efforts against abortion as part of a progressive quest for human rights. All have grown up with once unthinkable access to images from inside the womb, which has helped convince them that a fetus is a full human being long before it is viable.

Many believe the procedure should be banned at conception — that even the earliest abortion is effectively murder

July 05, 2022 5:31 AM  
Anonymous global warming is a conspiracy theory.... said...

For 120 days in summer 2020, violent protesters destroyed some $2 billion in property and injured 1,500 police officers in riots that led to over 35 deaths.

Because blue-state mayors and governors saw BLM and Antifa instigators as useful street soldiers, most of those arrested were never tried in court. Street thugs paid no price for declaring themselves de facto owners of downtown areas of Seattle, which police themselves conceded were no-go zones. Why did public officials in blue states ignore the violence? They were certain that it enjoyed majority support among their leftwing constituencies.

Indeed, some leftist icons cheered on the violence. Well after the failed attempt to storm the White House grounds, in June 2020, the Democratic candidate for vice president Kamala Harris warned us that protestors were “not going to let up, and they should not.” What did Harris mean by “should not?”—when she knew numerous protests that summer had ended in terrible violence? Was she reckless in the manner Trump was said to be by encouraging a demonstration on January 6?

The architect of the “1619 Project” Nikole Hannah-Jones assured the nation that vast destruction of (someone else’s property) was not a real crime. CNN’s Chris Cuomo gushed that violent demonstrations and riots were American traditions. Were these national voices urging calm during weeks of violent rioting and looting?

There were no investigations, no congressional committees, and no voices of outrage from the left-wing establishment over months of such carnage. Indeed, much of the organization of the violent protests was facilitated by social media that was apparently unbothered that the medium under their stewardship was used to torch and loot.

Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) urged her followers to tail, dog, and get in the faces of Trump government officials to the point that they would lose their freedom to even be seen in public. “And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” she famously admonished.

Corporations began boycotting events deemed illiberal in fears of being boycotted themselves. Not saluting the flag for professional athletes was considered patriotic, saluting it insurrectionary. Mobs of leftists, cheered on by Democratic grandees, began tearing down statues of Confederate generals—but only as a preliminary to defacing the Lincoln Memorial and other statues of Lincoln, Jefferson, and Frederick Douglass.

July 05, 2022 5:39 AM  
Anonymous global warming is a conspiracy theory.... said...

From 2015-16, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with impunity had wiped away thousands of her supposedly personal emails on a likely illegal private server. To cover her tracks, she ordered her devices destroyed, despite many being under subpoena.

Clinton also sought to warp the entire machinery of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Clinton’s skullduggery was hidden behind three firewalls—the Democratic National Committee, the Perkins-Coie legal firm, and the Fusion GPS opposition research firm—to mask her likely illegal payments that enlisted a foreign national and ex-spy, Christopher Steele, to assist her campaign by destroying Donald Trump.

Steele proved a clumsy, grifting con artist who tapped Clinton’s money, her friends, and her former subordinates in concocting a fake “dossier” of gossip, lies, and slander aimed at rendering Trump unelectable. No matter—Steele used Clinton’s State Department contacts and former government clients to compile and seed the lies among a toady media to undermine her political opponent and later sabotage the Trump presidency.

The Left, in revolutionary fashion, has waged a sustained and unapologetic attack on constitutional norms and long-held institutions—whenever it senses they no longer prove conducive to its own radical agendas.

Barack Obama declared during a funeral oration for the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) that the filibuster was racist and must end—although as a senator Obama had used it and declared it essential.

The Electoral College? When the so-called “blue wall” fell, it transmogrified from valuable to a bankrupt fossil. In fact, the Left has wanted to create two new blue states (the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) to fast track four left-wing senators, and cram through a national voting law to make the states’ constitutional prerogative to require voter IDs illegal.

July 05, 2022 5:41 AM  
Anonymous global warming is a conspiracy theory.... said...

There is no border. For two years, Joe Biden, again in true revolutionary fashion, has simply abrogated federal immigration law by fiat. In less than two years, he has welcomed 3 million illegal aliens without audit—or COVID-19 tests or vaccinations—during a pandemic in which unvaccinated federal employees and military personnel faced dismissal. Biden had taken an oath of office to faithfully execute the laws of the United States, but then shortly thereafter destroyed immigration laws as we knew them. No prior president has simply rendered an entire corpus of law null and void.

Fueled by leftist billionaires, the Left waged a multiyear effort to elect big-city district attorneys whose agendas were pure nihilism: to not enforce laws, to release arrested criminals without indictments, to end cash bail, and prematurely to release convicted and hardened lawbreakers. The guiding principle was the revolutionary theory that the law was a simple construct used against marginalized peoples and the poor, and therefore simply could be ignored or discarded.

There is no longer free speech on college campuses. Guests who voice minority opinions are in danger of being shouted down or put into physical danger—with the near certainty that their attackers will face few if any consequences.

“Safe spaces,” dorms, and graduation ceremonies are often racially exclusive—all knowingly in violation of the spirit and the letter of once vaunted civil rights legislation. At many colleges, faculty and potential faculty are asked to write “diversity statements,” apparently in emulation of the old McCarthy “loyalty oaths” that likewise served both to eliminate any dissent and to frighten would-be apostates. Any dissident professor will have his biography thoroughly scanned for thought crimes, and then be libeled as a “racist” or “sexist”—as a clear warning to others to keep silent.

There is a revolutionary war now being waged against the Supreme Court, because it no longer characteristically legislates from the bench. If the Court was once beloved as an iconic institution that was a sort of liberal judiciary, legislature, and executive all in one, it is now utterly despised as counterrevolutionary. Indeed, it is declared illegitimate, and its rulings to be ignored.

Former law professor Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) screams about a need to pack the Court—an insurrectionary attempt to end 160 years of judicial law and custom, that would be impossible without first ending the 180-year filibuster.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called out Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanagh by name at the doors of the Court, issuing biblical warnings of violence to both: “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

What sort of “force” did a U.S. senator refer to by screaming to a mob about what might “hit” the justices or when he further threatened, that the two “have released the whirlwind and [they] will pay the price”? What price? What whirlwind?

Did such physical threats incite would-be nuts to seek out a court justice—as in the recent case of 26-year-old Nicholas John Roske arrested armed near the home of Justice Kavanaugh and who currently faces a charge of attempting to murder an associate justice of the Supreme Court?

Illegally leaking rough drafts of future opinions is now not unlawful but a voice of conscience—as long as it is seen as another effective leftist tool to intimidate conservative justices.

Leftists, egged on by Democratic politicians, now routinely mass, circle, shout, and seek to intimidate at the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices—a felony violation that is never prosecuted.

Joe Biden, who claimed Trump showed insufficient respect for the judiciary, now while abroad savagely attacks the U.S. Supreme Court in off-topic rants before his smiling foreign hosts.

July 05, 2022 5:42 AM  
Anonymous global warming is a conspiracy theory.... said...

In sum, laws are said to be irrelevant and to be ignored by states, cities, and counties at will—depending on their usefulness or impediments to the Left’s agenda.

Indeed, leftists are at times states’ rights extremists. They attack the federal government’s authority on immigration issues and simply nullify it—as evidenced by 550 sanctuary city jurisdictions in blue states designed to render inert federal immigration law.

Yet at other times, the Left seeks to crush states’ rights. Currently it is calling for the federal government, in violation of the Hyde Amendment, to nullify states’ rights to establish abortion laws—by creating abortion clinics on federal military bases and national parks inside red states (that is, in states where about 10 percent of the nations’ yearly abortions occur).

The common denominators are not principles—but only the retention of power, and the notion that law is fluid and gains legitimacy only when advancing leftist dogma.

Former Obama Administration Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan both lied under oath—without legal consequences—to the Congress.

The FBI itself has descended into a sort of revolutionary police force rather than a disinterested investigative body focusing mostly on intrastate and federal crimes. The fired former Director James Comey feigned amnesia or ignorance 245 times in his responses under oath to a House committee.

The subsequent interim director Andrew McCabe admittedly lied three times to federal investigators and likely discussed wearing a wire to entrap the president of the United States. He was never charged with any federal crime.

An FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith altered a federal affidavit to warp a FISA court hearing. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller claimed under oath that he had no idea what the Steele dossier or Fusion GPS was, even though, arguably, they were the goads that prompted his own 22-month-long investigation.

There is no need to review the creepy careers and texts of FBI lawyer Lisa Page and her paramour FBI agent Peter Strzok, other than to note both used FBI resources to advance political agendas. The entire agency was knee-deep in fueling the Russian collusion hoax, itself a veritable revolutionary attempt to destroy a political campaign, a presidential transition, and a presidency.

In the fashion of the former East German Stasi, the FBI hounds political opponents on the Right by surveilling parents at school board meetings, sending a SWAT team to arrest a flamboyant Trump supporter Roger Stone, arriving at the house of journalist James O’Keefe in the deep of night to confiscate his files and devices, and putting former White House advisor Peter Navarro in veritable shackles. The common denominator is the FBI devolving into a retrieval service for the Biden family syndicate, whether by putting on ice Hunter Biden’s incriminating laptop or hounding out Ashley Biden’s lurid diary or intimidating Biden critics.

Yet when asked to produce relevant cell phones of possibly wayward agents, the FBI claims that such data was erased, shrugs, and does not comply. Apparently, the FBI leadership fears the progressive Washington political-bureaucratic-media nexus far more than it fears the consequences of violating the law it is sworn to uphold.

July 05, 2022 5:44 AM  
Anonymous global warming is a conspiracy theory.... said...

Retired four-star admirals and generals no longer just revolve out of service to woke corporate boards and lobbying firms. Now they must first prepare their trajectories by violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice, in damning their commander-in-chief and thus virtue signaling their bankable corporate orthodoxy.

As a result, the left-wing media and elite have dropped their traditional dislike of such federal authorities, be they the FBI, the CIA, or the Pentagon. Indeed, the Left has come to love those with badges and guns—but solely as a revolutionary force far more efficient than the clumsy Congress in greenlighting their progressive agendas and making life hell for their opponents.

As far as rejecting the outcomes of federal and state elections, for leftist insurrectionists the validity of an election hinges on whether the Left is a declared winner or loser. Once Hillary Clinton lost the election in 2016, her opponent became “illegitimate.” She joined the “Resistance” and later advised Joe Biden to reject the ballot tally if he lost the popular vote. No one claimed she was endangering hallowed institutions or sounding insurrectionary.

For Time journalist Molly Ball, the billionaire effort to undermine the 2020 election by infusing hundreds of millions of dollars of dark money to usurp the work of selected county registrars was a giddy “conspiracy.” For former Obama Pentagon lawyer Rosa Brooks in 2017, the 11-day tenure of newly inaugurated President Donald Trump was already an occasion to weigh the relative advantages of either impeachment, invocation of the 25th Amendment—or a military coup to remove him.

Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams became a left-wing cult figure by touring the country claiming she was the real governor of her state who somehow, nonetheless and illegitimately, had lost her campaign by 50,000 votes.

As far as violence goes, the Left has descended into full assault pornography over the last few years.

Former vice president and “uniter” Joe Biden boasted that he would like to beat up President Trump: “If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him . . .” or “He’s the bully that used to make fun when I was a kid that I stutter, and I’d smack him in the mouth.”

Do we remember when Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), another 2020 presidential hopeful, railed that, “My testosterone sometimes makes me want to feel like punching him Trump, which would be bad for this elderly, out-of-shape man that he is if I did that. This physically weak specimen.”

Robert De Niro similarly announced that he had his sights on Trump, “I’d like to punch him in the face.”

Do such threats have consequences? Maybe. On the day Trump was inaugurated, Madonna incited a crowd outside the White House by warning that she had thought of blowing up the White House. Comedian Kathy Griffin trumped that in a video in which she held up a facsimile of a decapitated Trump head.

Few today remember James Hodgkinson—a former Bernie Sanders campaign worker—and his 2017 attempt to assassinate Republican congressmen at a practice for a charity baseball game.

So yes, let us fear that democracy is dying in media darkness. Real insurrectionists are seeking to dismantle the Constitution, to end centuries-long customs and traditions, to justify the use of political violence, and to disobey all the laws they find inconvenient.

July 05, 2022 5:46 AM  
Anonymous I wonder how many TTFers have stayed overnight in a nuthouse before... said...

Did you know that the most powerful figure on the Supreme Court is a black man appointed by a republican president who won both the electoral and popular votes?

Clarence Thomas is the senior justice whenever the five originalists win over the three activist and one moderate comprised justices.

Which will be virtually always in big cases.

And the senior justice on the winning side chooses who writes the opinion.

So, either Roberts can join the originalists, or Thomas writes the opinion.


Appearing on MSNBC's "Way Too Early" to discuss what Americans can expect from the next Supreme Court session in October after a series of consequetial rulings, Axios founder Mike Allen told host Jonathan Lemire that longtime Justice Clarence Thomas will be the effective leader of the court as Chief Justice is shunted to the side by the conservative majority.

Discussing a post-July 4th article at Axios that notes that the court with its five far-right justices who no longer need the more moderate Roberts vote will run roughshod over the executive branch, Allen explained that Thomas will have undue influence over the ruling due to his seniority.

"We heard about voting rights coming under the Supreme Court scrutiny," host Lemire began. "You can broaden that to the executive branch and federal power. Why this matters is that, when the Supreme Court constrains federal power, it can be difficult or impossible to do."

"The federal government is likely to be able to do fewer things than it can now," Lemire went on. "Clarence Thomas, he was appointed by George H.W. Bush who, of course, who won the popular vote in 1988. Axios writes he is now at the peak of his powers; now the, quote, 'main character at the Supreme Court.' Tell us why."

"What's interesting about that, is, in addition to his obvious monumental tectonic effect on American law, he's also at the peak of his power inside the court," the Axios co-founder stated. "So Clarence Thomas is playing the long game. That is, if you take his opinions and his dissents together, they're not random points about particular cases."

"Over the years, he's formed what Sam Baker at Axios calls his own body of law; his own precedence," he continued. "Except it is one man, one justice speaking for himself. Here's an incredible fact in Sam Baker's story. That is, in the one person abortion comments that Thomas made, he cited 11 of his own precedents."

"Here's another quirk about his muscle inside the court," he elaborated. "The senior justice, the longest-serving justice on the winning side gets to assign the writing of the opinion. Thomas can assign -- if Chief Justice Roberts is not in the majority -- Clarence Thomas can assign it to himself, or he can assign it to whichever justice he thinks would most likely reflect his views but also keep the majority."

July 05, 2022 9:09 AM  
Anonymous sorry, Dems, but democracy rocks!!!!!!!!!!.................... said...

Dems know they will lose Congress in November and that will mean no Slidin' Biden legislation will pass for the next two years unless Slidin' Biden follows Bill Clinton's lead and defers to GOP direction.

However, they probably console themselves that they still control the deep state and don't need the voters to pursue their agenda.


In a less noticed case last week, the Supremes dealt a mortal blow to the administrative state...

The howls of anguish from Democrats over the Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency may not have been quite as loud or as hysterical as the hyperbole generated by its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization the previous week. But savvy liberal observers understand that this case—which prevented the EPA from issuing a sweeping new set of regulations regulating carbon emissions at power plants that could have raised the price of energy and had a devastating impact on the economy and consumers without the express permission of Congress—is every bit as significant as Dobbs. It sets up a legal roadblock that should block the Biden administration from implementing some of the most significant and far-reaching policy shifts that are at the top of the Democratic base's climate change wishlist.

This decision isn't a case of right-wing judicial activism. It is instead based on a basic idea that ought to be at the heart of democratic self-rule. The laws and regulations that impact the everyday lives of both industries and individuals should be the result of the will of Congress—not an administrative state that has effectively taken over the nation's day-to-day governance.

For those raised on the "Schoolhouse Rock" explanation of the three branches of government, the existence of the administrative state is something of a mystery. Though technically under the purview of the executive branch, it has in essence taken over the responsibilities of Congress and the legislative branch. Partly the result of congressional inertia and gridlock, but mostly the product of the vast expansion of the government and its bureaucratic arm that has continued to metastasize since President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, it has become the long arm of the state drafting and then enforcing regulations that have the power of law, even though they were never part of any bill passed by Congress.

Unless Congress reasserts its lawmaking prerogative, the only other force that can check the administrative state is the judiciary. But the judiciary has been inhibited from doing so by the so-called "Chevron rule," named after a 1984 Supreme Court case in which it accepted the idea that judges should defer to administrative agencies' interpretations of the authority that Congress gave them in situations where the statutory text is ambiguous and the agency's interpretation is reasonable.

In the intervening 38 years, that has led to a state of affairs in which the courts have allowed the administrative state to completely usurp the constitutional role of the elected legislative branch—Congress.

The result is that the "Schoolhouse Rock" lesson on the Constitution has become obsolete. Despite the intentions of the Founders, it is now bureaucrats who are drafting the laws (in the form of regulations) and implementing them while simultaneously claiming that Congress passed legislation decades ago—in the West Virginia case, it was the Clean Air Act of 1970—giving them the authority to do so.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who is otherwise deferential to the point of obsequiousness when it comes to the Washington establishment, has nonetheless taken on the dismantling of the administrative state as a personal project.

July 05, 2022 10:42 AM  
Anonymous Democraps: party of the 1% said...

at this point, I think it's fair to say the gay agenda has been blown to smithereens

here's an idea:

write it all down and put it in a time capsule to be opened in about fifty years

should be timed with the next chance you get

July 05, 2022 11:44 AM  
Anonymous Place your 14 comments above into your time capsule said...

Your dangerous obsessions are showing.

You should never be allowed to own a weapon of war.

July 05, 2022 1:04 PM  
Anonymous homosexual "marriage" is sado-masochistic said...

"Your dangerous obsessions are showing"

I see

the FACTS I've pointed out have been reclassified from "fantasy" to "obsession"

reminds me of the first three years of Trump's presidency

the media printed daily extrapolations and hyperboles about the Russian collusion hoax

then, if Trump objected to any of it, the next day the media would be speculating on why he's so obsessed With the Russian collusion story


you guys are a riot!

so, now me addressing the topic the blog is set up to discuss is "obsession"

and, "dangerous" at that...


I guess your options are limited by FACTS

how ironic!

"You should never be allowed to own a weapon of war."

at a a minimum, I shouldn't be allowed anywhere near nukes


July 05, 2022 3:02 PM  
Anonymous more of them fantasy polls that TTFers like so much.... said...

It's been a year since the majority of Americans approved of Slidin' Joe Biden and new polling shows that the low ratings could only continue for the president, as those figures plummeted again last month.

A Monmouth University poll released Tuesday found that Slidin' Biden's approval rating dropped to a new low in June, with 59 percent of Americans saying they disapprove of the job he's doing. Just over a third of Americans—37 percent—approve.

While the new figures show only a slight shift from May, they are part of a downward trend that first hit the Slidin' Biden presidency last summer. The survey also marks a year since Biden has had a net positive rating. The last time more Americans approved of Slidin' Biden than those who didn't, according to Monmouth's polling, was July 2021, when 48 percent approved and 44 percent disapproved.

June's all-time low of 59 percent has also surpassed the relatively high rating Biden held when he entered office. The same month he was inaugurated, 54 percent of Americans approved of the job he was doing as president.

Only 29 percent of independents and 3 percent of Republicans approve of his job in the White House.

The current state of the U.S. economy has become a particularly difficult challenge for the Slidin' Biden administration to overcome.

Skyrocketing inflation—which the White House had initially believed to be transitory— has many Americans worried. Nearly half of the public said it is the biggest concern facing their family right now.

Despite efforts by the federal government to help Americans with consumer costs, the latest poll is the first time in five years that more than 3 in 10 Americans are struggling to remain where they are financially.

The survey also found that 57 percent of Americans say that the recent actions of the federal government have only hurt their family when it comes to their most important concern—the first time this sentiment was in the majority opinion. The closest it had come previously was in January 2015, when 47 percent of Americans said the same.

"The state of the economy has Americans in a foul mood. They are not happy with Washington," Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a press release.

July 05, 2022 4:02 PM  
Anonymous gender has consequences said...

JK Rowling has been attacked by lunatic fringe gay advocates for calling out the madness of transgenderism.

Now, a gay icon is joining the backlash.

Bette Midler began her career singing in AIDS-incubating gay baths with a closeted Barry Manilow. But even she is pushing back on the transgender crap:

Bette Midler caught some fire on Twitter on Monday when she tweeted about the trans community and the language used to describe them.

The “Hocus Pocus” star, 76, scribed: “WOMEN OF THE WORLD! We are being stripped of our rights over our bodies, our lives and even of our name!”

“They don’t call us ‘women’ anymore; they call us ‘birthing people’ or ‘menstruators,’ and even ‘people with vaginas!’ Don’t let them erase you! Every human on earth owes you,” she continued.

“Really disappointed in this as a trans man and a Bette Midler fan. Bette, including trans men in the conversation about reproductive health does not harm women. We have the same organs, and even greater vulnerability, as cis woman,” one person replied to the “First Wives Club” alum.

Author Roxanne Gay said: “No one is trying to erase women with inclusive language about people who need abortion care. No one is calling you anything but what you prefer. You should extend that courtesy in return.”

Another fan chimed in: “You know not all women are “birthing people” and not all birthing people are women?! On the wrong side of history with this one. #TransWomenAreWomen #TransMenAreMen #TransRightsAreHumanRights.”

Someone else explained: “As a woman without a uterus, I support inclusive language to normalize that trans men need reproductive healthcare too, 100% It’s not trans people who are taking away my right to bodily [anatomy]. We’re all fighting the same fight.”

“Don’t do this, Bette. ‘Birthing people’ is language used to make sure we don’t exclude trans comrades. It doesn’t erase women at all,” another user pointed out.

Midler’s comments come on the heels of hot-button statements made by singer Macy Gray.

Gray, 54, appeared on Piers Morgan’s TalkTV program recently and discussed that being a woman requires being born with “boobs” and a “vagina.”

“Just because you go change your parts doesn’t make you a woman,” she said. The crooner also clarified that while she defends transgender rights, she draws the line at athletic competitions.

July 06, 2022 6:11 AM  
Anonymous Today's GOP voters said...

"You backstabbing son of a bitch. You go against Trump y'all known y'all mother are sitting up there lying like a damn dog,"

"Gonna come protest in front of your house this weekend. We know where your family is and we're going to get you, you little c***sucker. Gonna get your wife, gonna get your kids."

"You're going to swing for f***ing treason, you communist f***."

Viewer discretion is advised.

July 06, 2022 6:43 AM  
Anonymous for millennia, society has said: no loonies in the ladies loo !... said...

we have hundreds of millions of people living in this country

and untold numbers of visitors with malicious intent

there are bound to be some who lash out when they don't win, who resort to threats

it happens to many of all types of political persuasion

we are certainly seeing that with the pro-abortion crowd - the FBI has recently warned about them

and it's not a recent phenomenon, just corrupted human nature

the internet makes it easier to deliver threats but that doesn't mean people have gotten worse

so, don't feel special, Adam

anyone who becomes well-known will face threats

and even obscure legislators like you

July 06, 2022 7:10 AM  
Anonymous The Christian right is facing some serious credibility issues said...

By Ja'han Jones

The conservative, Christian movement is better positioned to impose its will on American politics today than at any other time in recent memory, thanks to right-wing judges ex-President Donald Trump put on the federal bench and Supreme Court.

On everything from abortion to education, courts have sided with Christian ideology across the land. Meanwhile, the facade of Christian moral superiority continues to crumble.

A couple of incidents come to mind. First, there’s the scandal still unfolding at Agapè Boarding School, a Christian facility for young men in Missouri that's facing a slew of child abuse allegations. Agapè pitches guardians on its ability to “biblically teach your child the importance of submission to authority and the joys of being an obedient law-abiding citizen.”

It’s unclear what that means, but if you believe allegations from several students who attended the school, it translates too frequently into assault. The Missouri State Highway Patrol has been investigating Agapè for systemic child abuse for more than a year now. On Monday, The Daily Beast reported new details about several students who have filed lawsuits alleging they were sexually abused and beaten by workers at the school. (Agapè denied the allegations in a statement to The Daily Beast.)

That alleged culture of abuse sounds similar to the one victims say was fostered by the Southern Baptist Convention, an ultraconservative denomination of Christian nationalists. In May, church leaders released a report showing hundreds of pastors and church workers have been accused of sexual abuse. The SBC, which is in ideological lockstep with the conservative movement, has since released the names of pastors it says were accused between 2000 and 2019. When the news dropped, SBC President Ed Litton said in a statement there “are not adequate words to express my sorrow at the things revealed in this report,” and that Southern Baptists “must resolve to change our culture and implement desperately needed reforms.”

These revelations are quite damning for the conservative, Christian movement and its members. For months, we've seen members of the Christian right framing themselves as protectors of children and ethical stewards of our world. But it's an impossible sell when the worlds they operate appear even more broken than the one they want to “fix.”

July 06, 2022 10:02 AM  
Anonymous 'Reclusive and unpleasant' Ron DeSantis looks like the heir to Richard Nixon said...

If you liked the Supreme Court revisiting the 1970's, you'll love what Republicans are thinking about for the Executive branch...

As former President Donald Trump faces potential criminal inquiries for his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, some have speculated that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will be Trump's heir apparent in Republican primaries.

However, Washington Post columnist (and former Republican) Max Boot warns that DeSantis could also be dangerous to the health of the American republic, and he said the Florida governor reminded him of former President Richard Nixon.

“Smart and disciplined but reclusive and unpleasant: Who does that remind you of? That’s right: Richard M. Nixon," wrote Boot.

Boot recalled that Nixon once claimed his opponent Adlai Stevenson was a coward and a Communist. He had an "enemies list" and he used government resources to go after them. He recruited the white bigots opposing desegregation in the infamous Southern strategy "and exacerbated social divisions in an attempt to mobilize the Silent Majority against liberal elites."

DeSantis is on a similar path "with even less respect for democratic norms than Nixon displayed. Indeed, he wages culture war with a ruthlessness that recalls Nixon during the bombing of Cambodia.”

Boot then pointed to some of DeSantis's attacks on the freedom of teachers with the so-called "Don't Say Gay" law and his decision to revoke special regulatory privileges given to Disney World after the company criticized the law.

Essentially, Boot explained, "DeSantis is engaged in one of the most alarming assaults on free speech and academic freedom since the dark days of McCarthyism in the 1950s, when Nixon rose to power. His actions may not be as blatant as inciting a mob to attack Congress, but his record reveals a troubling pattern of authoritarianism and vindictiveness that would be extremely dangerous in the Oval Office."

He might be smarter than Trump, (not a high bar, admittedly) but Boot warned he's just as dangerous if not more so.

July 06, 2022 10:15 AM  
Anonymous !!!Free Americans from Fear with Gun Free!!! said...

No Freedom from Fear for the people in the "Land of Freedom", not even on the Day of Freedom!!

Everyone nowadays in the U.S. must learn how and be prepared to RUN, HIDE or FIGHT anywhere anytime.

Arm the teachers, arm the priests, arm the doctors/nurses, arm the shopping mall personnel, and now...during the July 4th parades/concerts/fireworks arm all the parents/adults!? Why not just simply disarm everyone from sea to shining sea??

The Constitution should be a Living document that breathes with rather than suffocates the people as well as evolves with time and space.

Time to review/reconsider the 2nd, brutally taking away numerous innocent and precious American lives in the 21st century by a concept of the 18th century, outdated and uncivilized.

!!!Free Americans from Fear with Gun Free!!!

July 06, 2022 10:54 AM  
Anonymous I wonder if TTFers agree with any part of the Constitution.... said...

Slidin' Biden is not very popular with the other kids on the Dem playground.

The White House orchestrated a call with celebrity Democratic supporters amid the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade... and it didn't go very well. According to a report from CNN, Debra Messing was among the participants "fed up" about President Slidin' Biden's lack of urgency and the administration being unprepared despite weeks of warning.

"Messing said she'd gotten Slidin' Joe Biden elected and wanted to know why she was being asked to do anything at all, yelling that there didn't even seem a point to voting. Others wondered why the call was happening," says CNN's Edward-Isaac Dovere. "That afternoon, participants received a follow-up email with a list of basic talking points and suggestions of Slidin' Biden speech clips to share on TikTok."

CNN cites three sources who described the mood on last Monday's call as "fatalistic" with many wondering why the call was taken place. White House aides co-organized the call with the advocacy group Build Back Better Together.

"The conservative, Christian movement is better positioned to impose its will on American politics today than at any other time in recent memory"


I thought you guys are always saying Christianity is in decline

is this your way of admitting you were wrong?

"thanks to right-wing judges ex-President Donald Trump put on the federal bench and Supreme Court"

every judge you refer to was put on the bench not by Trump but by a democratically and approving Senate

please correct and apologize for this deception

"On everything from abortion to education, courts have sided with Christian ideology across the land"

on abortion, they sided with no "ideology"

they said, correctly, that no right to abortion exists in the Constitution

this was tacitly confirmed by the three dissenting judges, who offered no argument that abortion exists in the Constitution

the majority didn't judge whether abortion was right or wrong but simply said it was a matter for the legislative process to settle

that's actually the opposite of imposing anyone's will on others

you actually want to impose your view of abortion on the rest of the country by judicial fiat

"Meanwhile, the facade of Christian moral superiority continues to crumble"

Christianity is based on the idea that no one on Earth is morally superior

let me know if you'd like me to provide some scripture references to educate you on the matter

"It’s unclear what that means"

you don't know what it means but you're happy to quote it anyway?

that pretty says it all

"Southern Baptists “must resolve to change our culture and implement desperately needed reforms.”"

they deserve credit for recognizing that

if only public schools, which work hard to make kids submissive and obedient to the authorities at the school, and which have had regular reports of sexual abuse of students by teachers, would recognize it

"For months, we've seen"


how many months?

"members of the Christian right framing themselves as protectors of children and ethical stewards of our world."

really? how about some quotes?

"But it's an impossible sell when the worlds they operate appear even more broken than the one they want to “fix.”"

from your quote above, it sounds as if they want to fix their own culture, not anyone else's

July 06, 2022 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden is making inflation great again !!!!!!!!!!.......... said...

"If you liked the Supreme Court revisiting the 1970's, you'll love what Republicans are thinking about for the Executive branch"

how old are you?

the 70s were much more liberal than today's world

perhaps you meant 50s

"As former President Donald Trump faces potential criminal inquiries for his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election,"

he'll never be convicted

that would require evidence

"some have speculated that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will be Trump's heir apparent in Republican primaries"

it's possible

I like his positions but he's not very charismatic

hopefully, sometime in 2023, Glen Youngkin will announce

he has the potential to be another Ronald Reagan

"However, Washington Post columnist (and former Republican) Max Boot"

no exactly a citadel of objectivity

"former President Richard Nixon"

surprised you don't like Nixon

he was a RINO who even started the EPA, ended the draft, signed the Paris Peace Accords, and oversaw widespread desegregation of schools

"Boot recalled that Nixon once claimed his opponent Adlai Stevenson was a coward and a Communist. He had an "enemies list" and he used government resources to go after them."

sounds like Bill, Hillary and Barack

"he wages culture war with a ruthlessness"

it's not like he's forbidden drag queens to teach kindergarteners about transgenderism

oh, wait a minute, he did

how ruthless!

"so-called "Don't Say Gay" law"

"so-called" is right

"revoke special regulatory privileges given to Disney World after the company criticized the law"

why should Disney get special privileges when they try to jump into partisan politics and support perversion in kindergarten?

why should they be favored over Universal and Seaworld?

"Boot warned he's just as dangerous if not more so"

actually "Max Boot" sounds like a perfect stage name for *&@*&#&@#&*&@*#&*@&#*

July 06, 2022 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Republicans have given up on Democracy and here are some of their plans to overturn it said...

The Washington Post editorial board warned readers on Tuesday that the Supreme Court’s next move “might cripple our democracy.”

In an opinion piece, the newspaper editorial board criticized the court’s recent decision to hear Moore v. Harper, a case in North Carolina that could imperil voting rights and decimate protections against extreme partisan gerrymandering.

“Our democracy’s path rests mostly with the Supreme Court. If five justices overturn the North Carolina decision, they will know what they are doing, which is writing a recipe for election tampering,” the Post editorial board wrote. “They will also know why they are doing it: not because the Constitution demands it, but because they can.”

The case centers around congressional maps drawn by state Republican legislators in North Carolina after the 2020 census. The state’s Supreme Court ruled in February that the maps were unfairly gerrymandered in favor of Republicans in violation of the state’s constitution.

Republicans in the state legislature are appealing a new map drawn by the state Supreme Court, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to endorse a radical legal theory that would block state courts from their role in enforcing the election clauses of state constitutions.

A ruling in favor of this argument would eliminate one of the last remaining checks on extreme partisan gerrymandering and could also have a major effect on the 2024 presidential election.

“Should the Supreme Court buy into this radical doctrine, governors and other state and local officials responsible for running elections might also end up with their hands tied,” the editorial board wrote.

The board warned this could lead to state legislatures overruling voters.

“It could also create manifold opportunities for mischief of the sort then-President Donald Trump and his allies attempted in 2020: Legislatures might remain restrained from deciding to ignore the popular vote and appoint their own slates of electors after the fact of a lost presidential race, but they could plausibly pass laws ahead of time establishing a process that allows them to do just that,” the editorial board wrote.

The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case in its fall 2022 session.

July 06, 2022 12:10 PM  
Anonymous "The only reason you’re celebrating Independence Day is because citizens were armed," the NRA tweeted. Unless you've been killed by an armed citizen. said...

America's birthday in a midwest suburb becomes mass murder by a lunatic with weapons he should've neer had. A Trump-supporting lunatic acted out his sick fantasies, because Republicans let him shop for weapons like he's at a developing-nation arms bazaar.

July 06, 2022 12:50 PM  
Anonymous when will Hillary be tried for the Russian hoax?.... said...

"The board warned this could lead to state legislatures overruling voters."

you could say the same about the State Supreme Court

gerrymandering is a tricky question but someone has to make a call

at least the legislature is accountable to the voters

"The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case in its fall 2022 session"

so why are you talking as if the case is already settled?

"Unless you've been killed by an armed citizen"

Dems assume that if the 2nd amendment is repealed that no one will ever be killed again

they are many other ways for the insane to lash out

"A Trump-supporting lunatic acted out his sick fantasies"

has that been established?

By almost every measure, red states, run by Republicans, beat blue states, run by Democrats.

And now, it’s official: Moody’s Analytics has crunched the numbers. The red states' win is dramatic.

11 of the 15 best performers were states run by Republicans.

8 of the 10 worst were states run by Democrats.

The biggest winners were Florida, Texas and North Carolina.

The losers: California, New York and Illinois.

Strange, isn't it, that the governor of California thinks his performance makes him presidential material.

Gavin Newsom's ad runs in Florida, says "join us in California, where we still believe in freedom."

And the Governor of Illinois, billionaire Democrat, J.B. Pritzker, is also now considered a possible White House contender.

Ok, let’s move on.

How come the red states are winning?

Well first, look at the response to COVID.

Democrats loved those masks, vax mandates, social distancing and remote learning in schools, and kept all the restrictions in place as long as possible.

No wonder so many people chose freedom for themselves and their children.

Don't forget taxes! In the 10 states that lost the most people, the average state income tax was 8%.

There is no state income tax in Florida, Texas, Tennessee or Nevada!

What Moody’s is describing is the biggest shift in people and money in at least a generation.

In my opinion, policy is at the heart of it.

Democrats are top-down authoritarians. Do this. Do that. Pay more tax and shut up. No wonder they're losing

July 06, 2022 1:23 PM  
Anonymous transgender madness is sweeping the nations.... said...

"Harry Potter" author and British billionaire J.K. Rowling quipped that she'll purchase Macy Gray's "entire back catalogue" after the "I Try" singer made controversial remarks in line with Rowling's beliefs on gender identity.

The apparent pledge came after the Grammy winner appeared Monday on "Piers Morgan Uncensored" and said she agreed with Rowling that transitioning, having gender-affirming surgery or using she/her pronouns "doesn't make you a woman."

As backlash over Gray's interview with Morgan heated up online, a Twitter user mused that Gray's remarks will "kill what's left" of her career.

Gray, 54, replied with "truth hurts."

Rowling, who has had a history of making common sense comments, screenshot the exchange and captioned it with, "Today feels like a good day to ensure I’ve bought @MacyGraysLife’s entire back catalogue."

Gray's original remarks on Morgan's streaming Fox Nation show Monday were sparked by a discussion of her Juneteenth Market Watch op-ed and the heated debate she incited last year for suggesting a change in the American flag because she believes the current version no longer represents democracy and freedom.

She told Morgan that people should "let go of needing to be better than everyone else" and their "hang-ups about superiority," which led to a discussion of gender identity and how she thinks that "he/she/they" pronoun changes that transgender individuals make are "getting a bit confusing."

Gray aligned with the controversial journalist's stance on supporting trans rights for "fairness and equality" and Morgan's belief that trans women "born to obvious superior physical bodies" should not compete against real women in sports.

"I totally agree," she told him. "And I will say this — and everybody's going to hate me — but as a woman, just because you go change your parts doesn't make you a woman. Sorry.

"I know that for a fact. Like, if you want me to call you a 'her,' I will, because that's what you want. But that doesn't make you a woman just because I call you a her and just because you got a surgery."

From there, the two discussed the differences between biological sex and gender identity, and Gray argued that "women go through just a completely unique experience."

"And surgery and finding yourself doesn't change that," she added. "Being a little girl is a whole epic book, you know, and you can't have that because you want to be a woman."

That's when Morgan brought up Rowling. He said that when the author or others make similar arguments, they get attacked, canceled or called transphobic — and that Gray could get the same treatment for her views.

"But it's the truth," Gray said. "And I don't think you should be called transphobic just because you don't agree. There's a lot of judgment and throwing stones at people for just saying what it is."

July 06, 2022 2:28 PM  
Anonymous transgender madness is sweeping the nations.... said...

Not surprisingly, a debate ensued online. Morgan defended Gray on Tuesday on Twitter after he too came under fire. Like Rowling, Gray was called a TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) and "whack" by "Pose" and "Hacks" star John Sibilly.

"If there's one thing worse than the vicious trans activist mob coming for women who defend women, it's virtue-signalling men like this fuelling the pile-on. Repulsive," Morgan wrote, replying to Sibilly's tweet.

Both Gray and Rowling's remarks also come on the heels of Bette Midler getting heat for tweeting anti-trans concerns about the word "women" over the weekend. Writing, "Don't let them erase you!," Midler commented on the ongoing debate over reproductive rights following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last month to overturn the landmark abortion case, Roe vs. Wade.

Abortion-rights advocates and organizations including Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union have moved toward using more inclusive and accurate language around reproductive healthcare to recognize that trans and nonbinary people also seek such care. And the Trans Journalists Assn. has noted that “it is important to remember that people who are not women do get pregnant and do get abortions” in its best practices on language used in news coverage.

Rowling has been active about that discourse on Twitter and retweeted a thread from another user arguing that Midler and Gray "aren't receiving pushback because they said something hateful or inaccurate," but that "they are being demonized as heretics for rejecting the dogmas of a new religion."

In 2020, Rowling came under fire for repeatedly expressing anti-trans sentiments, which have been condemned by Wizarding World actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Eddie Redmayne. She then wrote an essay titled, “J.K. Rowling Writes About Her Reasons for Speaking Out on Sex and Gender Issues."

She was notably name-checked last fall in comedian Dave Chappelle's controversial Netflix special "The Closer," which resulted in an employee walkout for the streaming service because Chappelle proudly declared himself a TERF in solidarity with Rowling.

July 06, 2022 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Obama and Garland were stopped so we have a tip-top terrific Supreme Court... said...

At an evangelical victory party in front of the Supreme Court to celebrate the downfall of Roe v. Wade last week, a prominent Capitol Hill religious leader made a wonderful revelation: that she prays with sitting justices inside the high court. “We’re the only people who do that,” Peggy Nienaber said.

Liberal media outlets are suggesting this is a major conflict of interest. Nienaber’s ministry’s umbrella organization, Liberty Counsel, frequently brings lawsuits before the Supreme Court. In fact, the conservative majority in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which ended nearly 50 years of federal abortion rights, cited an amicus brief authored by Liberty Counsel in its ruling.

In other words: Sitting Supreme Court justices have prayed together with evangelical leaders whose bosses were bringing cases and arguments before the high court.

Nienaber is Liberty Counsel’s executive director of DC Ministry, as well as the vice president of Faith & Liberty, whose ministry offices sit directly behind the Supreme Court. She spoke to a livestreamer who goes by Connie IRL. “You actually pray with the Supreme Court justices?” the livestreamer asked. “I do,” Nienaber said. “They will pray with us, those that like us to pray with them.”

July 06, 2022 4:03 PM  
Anonymous sports world rallies to protect women athletes from transgender encroachment... said...

A stance on transgender athletes made by one of the world’s most important athletic federations has sent ripples of hope throughout the rest of the sports world and, hopefully, will model even wider changes to come.

The governing body of international competitive swimming announced a policy that will only allow athletes who’ve transitioned before the age of 12 to take part in any of the elite international swimming competitions.

The decision made by FINA pointed to what the organization says is a “performance gap” that emerges between biological males and females during puberty.

"Without eligibility standards based on biological sex or sex-linked traits, we are very unlikely to see biological females in finals, on podiums, or in championship positions,” read the statement in part.

FINA cited coming to the decision after consulting with scientists and policy makers. USA Wrestling and the International Rugby League have already followed suit and announced similar policies and other governing bodies are likely to follow suit.

July 06, 2022 4:13 PM  
Anonymous more of them fantasies that TTFers like so much.... said...

The conventional wisdom declared that recent rulings from the Supreme Court provided a boost to the sagging political fortunes of the Democratic Party. "The Fall of Roe May Save Democrats in the Midterms, at Least in the Suburbs" declared one headline from Time Magazine.

True, the topic provided a conversation changer from $5 gasoline and soaring inflation. But don’t be so sure these trends will hold until November. Here are five reasons why.

One, the decision is the latest reminder of President Joe Biden’s status as a relic of the past. Five decades ago, a 30-year-old newly-elected senator from Delaware declared the Supreme Court went "too far" on abortion. A half century later, as the soon-to-be 80-year-old head of the Democratic Party, the same man is spitting mad.

But words are not enough for some ostensibly in Biden’s camp. Progressives such as U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., demanded, "more specific actions rolled out … We all knew this was coming."

Which gets to the second reason: the left’s most extreme voices are taking center stage – and so are their ideas. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren declared the court had "lost legitimacy" and proposed abortion tents at national parks. The aforementioned AOC suggested impeaching the justices. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot yelled "F--- Clarence Thomas." Even the former (and future?) Democratic standard-bearer, Hillary Clinton, jumped in, announcing, "women are going to die."

So much for Biden’s call in his Inaugural address to "lower the temperature."

Third, the Biden presidency is on the brink of unraveling. His approval rating hit a new low of 38%, according to Real Clear Politics. At this point in their respective terms, President Barack Obama’s approval stood at 46% while President Donald Trump was at 42% – and their party received shellackings in the first midterms. Biden’s legislative agenda is hopelessly stalled. Instead, his White House is already focused on the onslaught of congressional probes in the likely event of a GOP Congress.

Worst of all, the quiet whispers about Biden’s ability to run for re-election have snowballed into an open conversation among leading Democrats. Both Clinton and Ocasio-Cortez are facing questions about their 2024 plans.

The speculation has left Team Biden understandably "irked," according to the New York Times. After all, he was elected with the most votes ever less than two years ago.

It’s been all been downhill since, for both Biden and the country, which brings us to the fourth reason.

Heading into Independence Day, America is in a rut. An Associated Press survey showed 85% of adults believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, and it’s easy to see why. Anyone planning to travel for the holiday weekend faces a choice between widespread flight delays and cancellations, soaring prices and shortages of rental cars, and the highest gas prices in our nation’s history – prices that American consumers will face "as long as it takes," according to Biden. Even the average cost for a cookout is up 17% from last year.

The fifth and final factor: the Biden presidency has not been a boon to the economy (or frankly much of anything), but it has been a shot in the arm for GOP voter registration numbers. New data from the Associated Press showed more than one million voters across 43 states have switched to the Republican Party. The American public is voting with their feet, and well before election season. The Democrats are handing back all the gains they made during the Trump years.

The Supreme Court is now in recess until October, and the dust will start to settle from the recent spate of rulings. When it does, the Democratic Party will be heading into a daunting midterm landscape led by a president who has lost more than a few miles per hour off his fastball. The die has been cast, and now the party in charge has little left to do but brace for impact.

July 06, 2022 4:51 PM  
Anonymous What about the children?!?! said...

"By almost every measure, red states, run by Republicans, beat blue states, run by Democrats.

And now, it’s official: Moody’s Analytics has crunched the numbers. The red states' win is dramatic."

Yup, it sure is dramatic - in some cases, as much as 8 times "better":

Firearm Mortality by State

State ... Death Rate per 100K:
Mississippi ... 28.6
Louisiana ... 26.3
Wyoming ... 25.9
Missouri ... 23.9
Alabama ... 23.6
Alaska ... 23.5
New Mexico ... 22.7
Arkansas ... 22.6
South Carolina ... 22
Tennessee ... 21.3
Montana ... 20.9
Oklahoma ... 20.7
Kentucky ... 20.1
West Virginia ... 18.1
Georgia ... 17.7
Idaho ... 17.6
Indiana ... 17.3
Nevada ... 17
Kansas ... 16.9
Arizona ... 16.7
North Carolina ... 16
Colorado ... 15.4
Ohio ... 15.2
Michigan ... 14.6
Delaware ... 14.4
Texas ... 14.2
Illinois ... 14.1
North Dakota ... 13.8
Florida ... 13.7
Utah ... 13.6
South Dakota ... 13.6
Pennsylvania ... 13.6
Maryland ... 13.5
Virginia ... 13.4
Oregon ... 13
Wisconsin ... 12.2
Vermont ... 11.6
Iowa ... 11.2
Washington ... 10.9
Maine ... 10.4
Nebraska ... 10.1
New Hampshire ... 8.9
Minnesota ... 8.9
California ... 8.5
Connecticut ... 6
New York ... 5.3
Rhode Island ... 5.1
New Jersey ... 5
Massachusetts ... 3.7
Hawaii ... 3.4

July 06, 2022 4:53 PM  
Anonymous Conservatives - yanking American medical care back five decades said...

A devastating clip of actor Debbie Reynolds sharing a story of pregnancy loss is recirculating in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

In a 1989 interview, the late actor said she suffered a stillbirth before the landmark 1973 ruling that guaranteed the right to an abortion. Due to pre-Roe anti-abortion laws, doctors refused to remove the fetus even after it “died inside of” her about seven months into her pregnancy, she said.

“It’s just something that I have never forgotten, the pain of it,” Reynolds, who died in 2016, told interviewer Joan Rivers in the now-viral clip.

Reynolds explained to Rivers that at the time, she already had two children, Todd and actor Carrie Fisher, with her ex-husband Eddie Fisher. She wanted to have two more children when she married her second husband, Harry Karl.

Reynolds said that when she and Karl tried to have another child, she became pregnant easily, but lost the pregnancy in her third trimester.

She did not say exactly when this occurred, but she was married to Karl from 1960 to 1973. That was before the Roe v. Wade ruling, which was overturned last month by a conservative-majority Supreme Court.

The court’s ruling opened the door to state-level abortion bans which already have dramatically restricted access to reproductive health care in some states, which experts have warned will lead to trauma, danger and even death.

During her interview, Reynolds lamented the restrictions that were placed on pregnant people before 1973.

“In those days, there were no abortions allowed, whether you were ill, whether you were raped, whether the child died, which is disgusting to think there is those laws. It’s ridiculous,” she said.

Reynolds said that once she and her doctors discovered what had happened, she was told she had to carry the fetus to “full-term.”

“That was the law. It didn’t matter,” she explained. “It had to abort itself — it could not be taken from me. It’s insane to think that could be.”

Reynolds explained that there was an emotional toll involved with continuing to appear visibly pregnant. She said people asked her questions such as, “How’s the baby? What name are you going to name the baby?”

The situation was also physically dangerous. Doctors eventually removed the fetus because her life was at risk, but first “a board” had to take a vote, she said.

“They couldn’t leave it anymore because now the child is in the sac but, of course, finally after so much time, all the poisons and everything would have killed me,” Reynolds said.

She said that it took her over a year to “get rid of the poisons that they put in me and all this junk to take this child out.” Afterwards, Reynolds said she was “lucky enough” to get pregnant again, but it resulted in a stillbirth.

While anti-abortion laws were still in effect at the time, Reynolds said she insisted on having the fetus removed immediately, and was provided with the life-saving care from doctors who knew what she endured previously.

“The same thing happened. Second baby dies, just like that,” Reynolds said. “This time, I said, ‘I don’t want to know from Congress. I don’t want to know from any of you. You are taking this baby now.’”

July 06, 2022 5:10 PM  
Anonymous you have to wonder if Dems will ever win again, after they are thrown out of Congress this fall.... said...

"A devastating clip of actor Debbie Reynolds sharing a story of pregnancy loss is recirculating in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade"

well, it has absolutely no relation to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

no pro-life advocate favors leaving dead fetuses inside a woman

"state-level abortion bans which already have dramatically restricted access to reproductive health care in some states, which experts have warned will lead to trauma, danger and even death"

what you euphemistically refer to as reproductive health care is synonymous with the death of a human life

July 06, 2022 8:29 PM  
Anonymous in addition to the tremendous leading role played by RBG, Biden deserves an pro-life Oscar for best supporting actor.. Thanks, Joe.... said...

It has been 12 days since the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to an abortion. So far, Biden has reacted to that news with one middle-of-the-afternoon “press event” during which he said he “stands with” women. We have not seen Biden even agreeing with calls for immediate action to protect reproductive rights.

It has been 65 days since the Supreme Court’s draft opinion. The federal government should not be extended the luxury of sticking its head in the sand when it has forewarning of impending doom.

Indeed, the revocation of abortion rights has been more than theoretical for at least 308 days. That’s when Texas’s Senate effectively outlawed abortions. Biden promised a “whole of government” response to the Texas bill. So far, we’ve seen a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice that was dismissed by the Supreme Court before the ink was dry on it, and nothing else from the whole rest of government.

But even before then, every Democrat had been on notice that reproductive rights were under dire threat. Six hundred and fifty-six days ago, Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away. That’s when everybody knew that the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade. Biden wasn’t yet president, but since taking office he’s had 532 days to prepare to address the threat, and in that time his administration has done nothing—nothing to protect reproductive rights, nothing to blunt the power of the courts to take them away, and nothing to set up backup protections for pregnant people to access services we knew the Supreme Court was going to take away. For the Biden administration to come into office without a clear plan and strategy for this exact situation is executive malpractice. Republicans were ready to take advantage of the Dobbs decision the moment it came out. Why weren’t Democrats ready with countermeasures?

Instead of political and moral leadership, Biden has offered a politics of appeasement. He has spent the past week and a half telling people what he can’t do, instead of telling people what he's going to do.

Even in this moment of national crisis, Biden is still allowing Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell to dictate the rules of the game. Last week, news leaked that the president was set to nominate a pro-life extremist to a lifetime federal judgeship in Kentucky as part of a “deal” with McConnell. In exchange for giving the Senate minority leader another anti-abortion judge who will wield power for the rest of his days, Biden is set to get two US Attorneys—prosecutors—in the state.

Biden is trading one lifetime appointment for two temporary appointments, which is obviously bad. It is only by Senate convention (not a law, not even a “rule”) that senators get to tell the president whom they’d like to see nominated as US Attorneys for their states. It’s a convention that Donald Trump regularly ignored while in office. All Biden needs is 51 votes in the Senate to get his picks from Kentucky confirmed, not the consent of McConnell.

If Biden goes through with the “deal,” he will be putting up a pro-life judge in exchange for two temporary appointments McConnell cannot stop anyway. It’s like allowing my 9-year-old to drop out of school in exchange for taking a bath when I could just dunk the kid in water and then tell him to get his narrow ass on the bus.

July 07, 2022 4:59 AM  
Anonymous in addition to the tremendous leading role played by RBG, Biden deserves an pro-life Oscar for best supporting actor.. Thanks, Joe.... said...

Meanwhile, Biden and Senate Democrats are on track to leave 60 judicial vacancies open by the end of the year, effectively inviting a post-midterm Republican-stacked Senate to block all future judicial appointments. Biden and his administration exceeded expectations when it came to filling judicial vacancies during their first year in office, but their efforts in year two have stalled, for no appreciable reason. That Biden is even willing to entertain a “deal” with McConnell for prosecutors who can be fired by the next administration while leaving judicial vacancies open until after the midterms defies reason and screams incompetence.

Meanwhile, Biden keeps asking for more votes.

Biden’s approach reminds me of George McClellan, the commander general of the Union Army for the first part of the Civil War. McClellan always wanted more: more troops, more time, more training. When he took the field, he was slow and turned every stalemate into a loss, and every loss into a retreat. He didn’t want to fight with the army he had, and he kept waiting for Lincoln to furnish him with a bigger one. McClellan almost lost the war, but before that could happen, Lincoln fired him. Lincoln kept firing generals until he found one who knew how to win.

Lincoln fired generals and Roosevelt threatened to pack the court because that’s what great presidents do: They find a way. When their people are under attack, when the public is suffering, when lives and livelihoods are threatened, great presidents find a way to do something to fight back.

Forgettable presidents find a way to do nothing.

July 07, 2022 4:59 AM  
Anonymous Dems look forward to two and a half more years of misery.... said...

Top Democrats complain the President isn't acting with -- or perhaps is even capable of -- the urgency the moment demands.

"Rudderless, aimless and hopeless" is how one member of Congress described the White House.
Two dozen leading Democratic politicians and operatives, as well as several within the West Wing, say they feel this goes deeper than questions of ideology and posture. Instead, they say, it gets to questions of basic management.

More than a week after the abortion decision, top Biden aides are still wrangling over releasing new actions in response, despite the draft decision leaking six weeks earlier.
White House counsel Dana Remus had assured senior aides the Supreme Court wouldn't rule on abortion that day. A White House press aide assigned to the issue was walking to get coffee when the alert hit. Several Democratic leaders privately mocked how the President stood in the foyer of the White House, squinting through his remarks from a teleprompter as demonstrators poured into the streets, making only vague promises of action because he and aides hadn't decided on more.

Then, Biden's July 1 meeting with governors to talk about their efforts to protect abortion rights was planned so last minute that none of those who attended came in person, and several of those invited declined to rearrange their schedules to appear virtually.
Multiple Democratic politicians who have reached out to work with Biden -- whether it's on specific bills, brainstorming or outreach -- often don't hear anything back at all. Potential appointees have languished for months waiting to hear if they'll get jobs, or when they'll be done with vetting. Invitations to events are scarce, thank you calls barely happen. Even some aides within the White House wonder why Biden didn't fire anyone, from the West Wing or at the Food and Drug Administration, to demonstrate some accountability or at least anger over the baby formula debacle.

Inside the White House, aides are exhausted from feeling forever on red alert, batting at a swarm of crises that keeps growing -- enough for White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre to make an offhand joke about the constant "eleventh hour" decision-making in the building when under fire at a recent daily briefing.

Several officials say Biden's tendency to berate advisers when he's displeased with how a situation is being handled or when events go off poorly has trickled down the ranks in the West Wing, leaving several mid-level aides feeling blamed for failings despite lacking any real ability to influence the building's decision-making. That's contributed to some of the recent staff departures, according to people familiar.

Democrats worry the lack of decisions and authority are deepening their own midterm problems and feeding a sense that the President couldn't truly handle the extra complications of a run for reelection in 2024 -- and along the way, reinforcing narratives that he's an old man not fit for the moment.

The President who campaigned on putting America back together again after four years of deep divisions appears to have stopped trying/

July 07, 2022 5:07 AM  
Anonymous blue state governors are not the solution to our problems, blue state governors are the problem said...

When Georgia and Florida reopened after the initial COVID-19 lockdowns, many self-styled experts scoffed at these states’ efforts to get their economies back up and running. But as they were the first two states to reopen, all eyes were on them to see what would happen.

Both states’ economies came back to life, and other red states followed. So it’s no surprise that red states are the ones on the leading edge of a post-pandemic economic recovery.

“red states—those that lean Republican—have recovered faster economically than Democratic-leaning blue ones, with workers and employers moving from the coasts to the middle of the country and Florida,” reports Josh Mitchell at the Wall Street Journal.

Red states have added nearly 350,000 jobs since February 2020, while blue states are still down 1.3 million jobs since the beginning of the pandemic. That’s a massive difference, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Migration is a big reason for the recovery in red states.

“Forty-six million people moved to a different ZIP Code in the year through February 2022, the most in any 12-month period in records going back to 2010, according to a Moody’s analysis” Mitchell writes. “The states that gained the most, led by Florida, Texas and North Carolina, are almost all red. The states that lost the most residents are almost all blue, led by California, New York and Illinois.”

Several factors play into what has made red states more attractive places to live. Lower or no state taxes are a plus, and many large and small companies have relocated to red states because of the business-friendly atmosphere in those areas.

The mass migration to red states coincides with a move away from urban cores to suburbs and rural areas with lower costs of living, and conservative states often offer both a more affordable standard of living and more house for the money than bluer areas.

Mitchell points out that “large urban areas with high shares of commuters lost residents in the 12 months through July 2021. Among that group, large urban counties with the highest median home values experienced the biggest declines.”

“Small and medium-size cities, suburbs and rural areas—all of which tended to have less expensive housing than large urban areas—all gained residents,” he continues.

One of the biggest factors in the move to red states is the pandemic itself. Mitchell references a study showing that families have preferred to move to locales with more relaxed COVID protocols — often with little to no restrictions at all.

“We find more than 12% of moves between April 2020–December 2021 were influenced by COVID-19, with a significant shift in migration towards smaller cities, lower cost of living locations, lower tax locales, and locations with fewer pandemic-related restrictions,” the abstract of the study reads.

If you live in a red state or a conservative area of a blue state, this information shouldn’t surprise you. But the national media is catching on, which tells you how significant the advantage of living in red states has become.

July 07, 2022 5:18 AM  
Anonymous the gay agenda is totalitarian said...

Speaking to reporters at the White House Tuesday afternoon, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre feigned ignorance when asked about a newly unearthed voicemail from President Joe Biden to his son -- Hunter Biden -- about his shady foreign business dealings.

Biden and his former press secretary, Jen Psaki, have repeatedly denied any discussion with Hunter about the deals. Given mounting evidence, this is clearly a lie.

July 07, 2022 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Do they still have the death penalty for treason? said...

Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone is set to testify in private on Friday before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riots, and attorney Paul Rosenzweig told CNN on Thursday that it could be pivotal in whether criminal charges are brought against former President Donald Trump.

Rosenzweig began his analysis by noting that it's unlikely Cipollone will deliver captivating bombshells that we've seen in past J6 Committee hearings, but he said he could still be a critical witness in the investigation.

"I think genuinely people like [former Mark Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson] are probably more likely to break through and create interest than the probably pretty dry and guarded testimony of somebody like Mr. Cipollone," he said. "What is critical about Mr. Cipollone, though, his testimony will cement evidence of the seeming criminal intent of many of the actors. if your lawyer says, 'Don't do that, it is a crime,' and you go ahead and do it anyway, that's significant evidence not just for the January 6th Committee, but for potential prosecutions at the Department of Justice or elsewhere."

Hutchinson testified that Cipollone told her to not allow Trump to go to the Capitol on January 6th, as it likely would have resulted in criminal charges potentially related to obstructing an official act of Congress. She then alleged Trump desperately tried to go anyway before being blocked from doing so by the United States Secret Service.

If Cipollone were to confirm Hutchinson's account, it could go a long way toward proving Trump had criminal intent with his efforts to block the certification of the 2020 election.

July 07, 2022 10:08 AM  
Anonymous If you thought Republicans couldn't be more unhinged, you were wrong. Jan 6 co-conspirator Alex Jones is pushing for the Jewish Space Laser Conspiracy Theorist said...

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) revealed that running for president is "not something that I don't consider."

During an interview on Wednesday, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones pushed the Georgia lawmaker to launch a 2024 campaign.

"I think you would poll better and be a better candidate than [Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R)] and [former President Donald Trump]," Jones insisted. "I'd rather just go ahead and back you for president."

"You're way smarter," the radio host pressed after Greene laughed. "You're smarter than both of them and you've got the guts we need. Everybody loves you. I'm serious. We need to think about MTG for president."

"Get the New World Order off my back! Stop the Drag Queen story time!" he shouted. "We want you, MTG!"

"Well, thank you, Alex, and I will tell you it's not something that I don't consider," Greene replied. "But you know I'm the kind of person that if I ever get engaged in something, I'm going to win. And I won't do something unless I think it's possible."

Greene went on to say that she would serve as a Vice President for Trump or Florida Gov.

July 07, 2022 10:17 AM  
Anonymous don't let trans steal the title "woman"... said...

"Do they still have the death penalty for treason?"

well, yes

But I think Hillary will get a light sentence

"if your lawyer says, 'Don't do that, it is a crime,' and you go ahead and do it anyway, that's significant evidence ...for potential prosecution"

lawyers have different opinions on what is criminal

there were other people giving Trump the opposite advice

he has little chance of being charged or convicted

"If you thought Republicans couldn't be more unhinged, you were wrong. Jan 6 co-conspirator Alex Jones is pushing for the Jewish Space Laser Conspiracy Theorist"

you are much more informed about Alex Jones than most Republicans

they ignore him

One of the biggest mistakes of the 21st century is when the Dem Party nominated Hillary Clinton to run against Donald Trump. Virtually any other candidate than the baggage-laden, corrupt and daft Hillary would have made short work of a clown like Trump. The result? A Supreme Court that will never support the Dems' reinterpretations of the Constitution.

And so, it's with extreme merriment that we hear she is now being discussed as the best candidate for the Dems in 2024. What a dream-within-a-dream!

Pollster and consultant Douglas Schoen said Hillary Clinton should run for president again in 2024 and she would be one of the best options for the Democratic party right now.

In an opinion piece for The Hill, published on July 3, Schoen dismissed current President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris' chances due to their waning popularity.

"Our reasoning was that President Biden's low approval rating, doubt about his capacity to run again, Vice President Harris' unpopularity, and the absence of another strong Democrat to lead the ticket have created a leadership vacuum within the party that only Clinton— as an experienced and politically savvy 'change candidate'— can fill," Schoen said in the article.

President Joe Biden's popularity has continued to stumble with his approval rating sitting just around 40 percent as the November midterms approach.

The cost of living crisis and the conflict in Ukraine are among some of the key issues that GOP opponents will hope to seize on as the more conservative branches of the party gather influence nationally.

Biden's critics regularly cite the president's popularity in their attacks, with analysis showing he has a lower approval rating than Trump had at the same point in his presidency.

Schoen also added the recent Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade could prove to increase the case for Clinton's candidacy due to her dedication to women's rights.

"Regardless of one's own political affiliation or opinion of Clinton, the country knows her as an experienced politician and a champion of women's rights," he said.

July 07, 2022 11:18 AM  
Anonymous ha-ha said...

"it's with extreme merriment that we hear she is now being discussed as the best candidate for the Dems in 2024"

that is wonderful news for the Grand Old Party

when the GOP wins again

America feels so grand!

their hearts starts beating like a big brass band

July 07, 2022 11:23 AM  

Them Dems is mad as a kicked-over hornets' nest.

And they blame Biden!

In the wake of the latest Supreme Court term which saw the reversal of Roe v. Wade, among other consequential, conservative decisions, Politico ran a Thursday report about liberals who are annoyed that President Joe Biden hasn't even tried to reform the Court, much less expand it.

The article, written by White House political correspondent Eugene Daniels, focused on members of a "bipartisan" commission of academics and judicial experts promulgated by Biden in 2021 to study the Supreme Court and advise reforms.

According to Daniels, many of the people who were part of this commission are frustrated that Biden has refused their recommendations for Court reforms and are giving him the "I told you so" treatment after the Court’s "rightward turn."

Daniels began, "The recommendations issued by that bipartisan commission were moderate in scope, focusing on matters of transparency and ethics. Ultimately, they were brushed aside, ignored by a president largely resistant to large-scale reforms."

He added, "Half a year later, some of the members who called for that bold action are saying, I told you so."

Daniels spoke to one of the commission members, Former U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner, who said that the Roe reversal and other recent decisions "vindicated her belief that more seats should be added to the nine-member body."

Gertner claimed she is "deeply frustrated" that Biden hasn’t done anything to stop the conservative-majority Court form doing "whatever it wanted to do."

The author spoke to others annoyed with President Biden’s reluctance to heed recommendations of reform, writing, "A growing number of voices on the left now say the Biden administration has deeply underappreciated the problems presented by the conservative court."

Daniels quoted Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe, who slammed Biden, saying, "His admiration for the court as an institution has been overtaken by reality. And I think it’s time to wake up." Tribe also torched the institution, claiming, ""It’s the court itself that has plunged ahead without any inhibition on a kind of highly activist, agenda driven, right-wing ideological jihad."

July 07, 2022 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Do they still have the death penalty for treason? said...

"you are much more informed about Alex Jones than most Republicans

they ignore him"

FYI, Alex Jones was a major push - especially for the alt-right and Q-anon crowds - for getting Trump into office in the first place. He was also there on Jan. 6 whipping up the crowds with a bullhorn for Rumpie's coup attempt.

"But I think Hillary will get a light sentence"

Trump will be in jail before Hillary is.

July 07, 2022 12:55 PM  
Anonymous guys shouldn't dress like girls and play sports with them... said...

It's a delusion of Dems that people like Alex Jones played any significant role in getting Trump elected. The main factors were that people were concerned with protecting the Constitution from reinterpretation by liberal activists and that blue collar workers perceived that Dems no longer were committed to their interests. Hillary herself was also an issue, but then, so was Trump.

btw, the tragedy of declining public schools due to the influence of radical advocacy groups like TTF is becoming recognized and will play a role in November.

In the wake of school shutdowns, distance learning, and widely publicized school board battles, two trends have become increasingly difficult to conceal. The first is the failure of many of America’s primary and secondary schools to educate children competently—a failure marked by distressingly low levels of student proficiency and widening achievement gaps in core subjects like math and reading. The second is the growing prominence of radical ideology in the nation’s K-12 classrooms.

Equally disturbing is evidence that these trends are largely correlated and that an iron triangle of self-interested actors is contributing to their acceleration in school districts across the country—even those esteemed for high achievement.

Over the past decade, local school districts have proved easy targets for radical ideologues seeking to acquire cultural power. Though prolonged distance learning and draconian mandates have shaken the pre-pandemic confidence that many parents had in edu-crats to put the well-being of their children first, local districts and school boards have historically enjoyed a high level of public trust. Until recently, little attention was paid to union politics, school board decision making, classroom curriculum, or teacher training. As a result, activists and special interest groups bankrolled by far-left foundations have inundated primary and secondary education with radical race, gender, and queer theory, usually under the guise of innocuous sounding phrases like equity-based education, culturally responsive teaching, and social and emotional learning. While children are increasingly being taught that western institutions are systemically and irredeemably racist, sexist, etc., they are not adequately learning to read or do math. The districts most vested in radical ideology often have the worst results in terms of academic achievement and racial disparities. Seattle has embraced left-wing initiatives for decades and has one of the worst black-white achievement gaps in the nation.

Many people concerned about the perversion of children’s minds by radical theories still believe that the poisoners are animated by the good intentions of promoting racial sensitivity, tolerance, and advancement of the vulnerable and less privileged. More attention, however, ought to be paid to the monetary and other interests motivating those facilitating such initiatives and how these actors directly gain by betraying the interests of children.

July 07, 2022 3:41 PM  
Anonymous guys shouldn't dress like girls and play sports with them... said...

In his new book, investigative journalist Luke Rosiak highlights pocket lining by captured interests. In the name of “equity” (a code word for forcing equal outcomes and making reparations for real or alleged past injustice, even by lowering the bar and rigging the stats), school districts have hired an army of extravagantly paid bureaucrats and consultants. Even as children were barred from attending schools, newly installed equity officers continued to bring in six figure salaries. School districts across the nation, including many that are financially struggling, frequently dole out hundreds of thousands to cover the extravagant fees charged by “anti-racism” consultants, sometimes having to lay off teachers as a result.

These highly paid hustlers are not the only ones who profit from the lucrative “equity” and “anti-racism” racket. Union leaders, superintendents, and others seeking to conceal responsibility for failure have a vested interest in maintaining the charade. Rather than working to fix the problem and admitting that they are failing children, tax paid activists promulgate the idea that attendance requirements, performance standards, and other criteria used to measure merit and success are rigged to preserve white cis-gender privilege. Low and high performing educators alike are pressured to drastically lower the bar. Practically speaking, this has resulted in wide-spread grade inflation, eliminating testing and attendance requirements, and graduating students from high school who are functionally illiterate. This enables self-interested parties to cook the books and claim success even when the situation has worsened.

All of this dysfunction is funded by elite foundations, staffed by radicals and stuffed with billions of tax-free dollars. “It doesn’t occur to most people that the Ford Foundation is a villain,” Rosiak says. “The people behind CRT are the foundations I named, they are profoundly radical and profoundly powerful. And so it’s like a lot of things in the school’s world. Radicals escape accountability through anonymity.”

This shameful coverup for the abysmal performance of government schools hurts poor, minority, and other vulnerable students most. Furthermore, the bigotry of low standards, which has only aggravated disparities, is used to justify expansion of the same initiatives that contributed to the problem in the first place. In the end, the destructive cycle further advances the interest of radical ideologues. Children who aren’t prepared academically, who are told that they are either victims or perpetrators of racism, and who are constantly pressured to question their identity, are more easily groomed into disgruntled activists. Lacking the skills required for upward mobility and the capacity to critically evaluate what they have been taught, they become useful serfs in the Left’s cultural revolution.

It’s time for lawmakers who believe that education should be directed towards academic achievement and preparing American children from all backgrounds to live responsible, meaning-filled lives to stop funding radical, destructive interests. Instead, they should vest power, influence, and options directly into the hands of parents—the only group across race and class whose self-interest is based simply on a desire to see their children thrive

July 07, 2022 3:41 PM  
Anonymous The last two Republican presidents could barely read - is it any wonder Republicans have such disdain for education? said...

Once again, right wing propaganda doesn't match up with the actual data...

One of the best predictors of how bad your school is whether or not it's in a red state, which dominates the lower half of this list. More data and metrics are here:

Data from

Overall Rank … State … Academic Performance Rank
1 … New Jersey … 2
2 … Massachusetts … 1
3 … Connecticut … 3
4 … Minnesota … 9
5 … Wisconsin … 4
6 … Virginia … 5
7 … Maryland … 8
8 … Illinois … 7
9 … New York … 14
10 … Utah … 11
11 … New Hampshire … 10
12 … Vermont … 6
13 … Pennsylvania … 15
14 … Rhode Island … 30
15 … California … 34
16 … Colorado … 13
17 … District of Columbia … 38
18 … Georgia … 31
19 … Kentucky … 12
20 … Kansas … 26
21 … Hawaii … 36
22 … Delaware … 25
23 … Iowa … 19
24 … Ohio … 17
25 … Florida … 27
26 … Missouri … 16
27 … Arkansas … 24
28 … Texas … 28
29 … Indiana … 21
30 … North Dakota … 40
31 … Maine … 29
32 … Nebraska … 23
33 … North Carolina … 20
34 … South Dakota … 37
35 … Washington … 35
36 … Michigan … 32
37 … Montana … 22
38 … Arizona … 45
39 … Tennessee … 18
40 … Oklahoma … 47
41 … Alabama … 39
42 … Nevada … 43
43 … Wyoming … 33
44 … West Virginia … 46
45 … Alaska … 49
46 … Oregon … 44
47 … Idaho … 42
48 … Louisiana … 48
49 … South Carolina … 41
50 … Mississippi … 50
51 … New Mexico … 51

Academic Performance
1. Massachusetts
2. New Jersey
3. Connecticut
4. Wisconsin
5. Virginia

47. Oklahoma
48. Louisiana
49. Alaska
50. Mississippi
51. New Mexico

College Enrollment
1. Rhode Island
2. District of Columbia
3. Massachusetts
4. Connecticut
5. New York

47. Wyoming
48. Montana
49. New Mexico
50. Nevada
51. Alaska

Bachelor’s Degree
1. District of Columbia
2. Massachusetts
3. Colorado
4. Maryland
5. Connecticut

47. Louisiana
48. Kentucky
49. Arkansas
50. Mississippi
51. West Virginia

July 07, 2022 5:44 PM  
Anonymous will Dems ever be happy again?..... said...

"The last two Republican presidents could barely read - is it any wonder Republicans have such disdain for education?"

Trump went to Wharton. You need to know how to read beyond barely to get in

Of course, community organizer B. Hussein Obama went to Harvard but didn't have sufficient reading skills to understand the Constitution. He lost more constitutional challenges than any President in history

"Once again, right wing propaganda doesn't match up with the actual data..."


you don't like to think too hard, do you?

"One of the best predictors of how bad your school is whether or not it's in a red state, which dominates the lower half of this list. More data and metrics are here:

Data from

Overall Rank … State … Academic Performance Rank"

did you read what makes up that?

things like how many kids enroll in AP courses and how kids take the SAT...


let's look at SAT scores and high school graduation rates

SAT scores

Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Iowa, Kansas are the top five

four of them voted for Trump in 2016

HS graduation rate

Iowa, New Jersey, Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas

four of them voted for Trump in 2016

July 07, 2022 9:32 PM  
Anonymous if you're a gay agenda Dem, the future looks mighty grim.... said...

During a press conference earlier this year, a reporter asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell about how Republicans would govern if they reclaimed both congressional chambers in the upcoming midterm elections.

“That is a very good question,” McConnell replied. “And I’ll let you know when we take it back.”

But you don’t have to wait until after the November midterm elections to know what a huge faction of Republicans have in mind. A little-noticed budget document, the Blueprint to Save America, released in June by the Republican Study Committee, details the group’s priorities. Since nearly 75 percent of Republican House lawmakers are RSC members, these priorities are shared by a majority of the GOP caucus. The 122-page manifesto, containing a laundry list of longstanding conservative desires, calls for drastically limiting abortion access nationwide, effectively ending efforts tp combat climate change, raising the age requirement to receive full Social Security benefits, cracking down on transgender rights, and making it easier for Americans to carry concealed weapons.

House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) warns that the document spells out how a future GOP-led House would govern. “The new members Republicans get if they unseat our members and take our open seats are going to be even more conservative than the people who put this together,” he says in an interview. “I think this would be exactly the blueprint that they would try to adopt.”

July 08, 2022 6:54 AM  
Anonymous tales form a kangaroo court... said...

The Secret Service is doubling down on its denial of an alleged altercation between former President Trump and his security detail on Jan. 6 of last year.

The extraordinary anecdote of a clash in the presidential SUV — recounted last week in public testimony from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson — has received outsized attention in the days since then.

The narrative has sparked a quick denial from the agents involved, and prompted Trump loyalists to attack Hutchinson’s broader credibility.

Through backchannels, the Secret Service has confirmed Trump’s eagerness to join the protesters at the Capitol.

“There’s a lot of what Ms. Hutchinson said that is true. Certainly Trump wanted to go to the Capitol, that much we know. He said that publicly, he reiterated that inside the car,” a source close to the Secret Service told The Hill on Tuesday.

But the agency has also pushed back on Hutchinson’s account that Trump lunged for the SUV’s steering wheel, and then toward the neck of Secret Service agent Robert Engel, after being told he was going back to the Oval Office — and not to the Capitol — following his speech on the Ellipse.

Those acts of aggression, Hutchinson said, were relayed to her at the White House shortly after the rally by Tony Ornato, who upset Secret Service tradition by temporarily serving as Trump’s deputy chief of staff for operations. Engel was in the room during that conversation, she added, and did not dispute the details.

Both Ornato and Engel, who remain active Secret Service agents, have said they are willing to testify under oath to dispute Hutchinson’s narrative. The unnamed driver, the agency has signaled, is also denying her account.

“There are three people in that vehicle: Bobby Engel, President Trump and the limo driver,” the source said, and both agents are “saying that did not happen.”

“The sham committee’s star witness is already discredited less than 24 hours after her testimony,” said Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.). “It was all hearsay.”

July 08, 2022 7:09 AM  
Anonymous former Democratic Party nominee for VP supports the Supreme Court on religion.... said...

When I read the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, the one that allowed the school football coach to pray on the field after the game, I thought of my maternal grandmother, Minnie Manger. As I look back, it turns out that "Baba," as we called her, played a large part in the formation of my understanding of the religion clauses of the First Amendment.

Baba emigrated from Central Europe to the United States at the beginning of the last century in pursuit of religious freedom and economic opportunity. She found both in abundance here, and that is why Baba was one of the most patriotic Americans I ever knew. Her five children worked their way up the American ladder of economic opportunity. None of them went to college, but each of 10 grandchildren did and then went on to live successful lives that were unlimited by their Jewish faith or observance. In 2000, one of her grandsons was even nominated by the Democratic Party for vice president of the United States.

Baba was proud of all that family achievement, but I think she was most emotionally grateful for the religious freedom America gave her. She once told me that I probably could not appreciate how much it meant to her that on Sabbath when she walked to synagogue services in Stamford, Connecticut, instead of being the target of verbal abuse or worse, as she had been in the "old country," here her Christian neighbors would stop and say, "Good Sabbath, Mrs. Manger."

Once during my youth, there was a local controversy in which a group of people protested the presence of a nativity scene in a public park near Baba’s house. She told me she did not understand the protest, explaining that the presence of that nativity depiction in the park clearly meant something spiritual to the people who put it up, and she respected that, but it did not in any way compromise the wonderful religious freedom she enjoyed in America. So why would she oppose it?

In that response, Baba captured what I believe is the meaning of the First Amendment’s religion clauses. If government action does not compromise freedom of religion, in any way, that government action is not prohibited. The Constitution promises freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. Therefore, it seems to me (and I think would to Baba if she were still alive) that because Coach Joseph Kennedy’s prayers after the game did not limit anyone’s freedom of religion or anyone’s freedom not to be religious, they were not an establishment of religion, as prohibited by the Constitution.

"Respect for religious expressions is indispensable to life in a free and diverse republic," Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in his opinion for the Supreme Court majority. And he added (perhaps to reassure people that he was not establishing Coach Kennedy’s Christian religion but only protecting his right to pray) that if the Bremerton School System could fire the coach for his prayers on the field, "a school could fire a Muslim teacher for wearing a head scarf in the classroom or prohibit a Christian [or observant Jewish] aide from praying quietly over her lunch in the cafeteria."

At law school, I was taught that over time Supreme Court decisions could slide on a "slippery slope" from what their authors intended to unacceptable applications. In his opinion, Justice Gorsuch has put up some strong roadblocks against such sliding, and we must, as always, depend on future Supreme Courts to understand that the great goal of the First Amendment is to protect freedom of religion, and that the prohibition of the establishment of a religion is in the Constitution to protect every American’s freedom of religion, not to banish religious expression from American life, as my Baba understood and taught me.

July 08, 2022 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Dems want to pack the Supreme Court but polls show the American people will send Dem Congressmen packing.... said...

Four months from the November midterm elections, President Biden is plumbing the depths of unpopularity. Only 39% or so of Americans approve of the job he’s doing.

Some Democrats appear to think abortion politics will save them, as suburban women revolt against the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade. They’re renewing their campaign to pack the High Court with two or maybe four more Sonia Sotomayors. A member of President Biden’s commission on Court reform, former federal Judge Nancy Gertner, is saying she’s “deeply frustrated” with Mr. Biden for failing to meet the moment.

Not to spoil the progressive reverie, but look again at the polling, starting with the latest Harvard/Harris survey, which was conducted after the Court overturned Roe. Fifty-five percent of voters, including 61% of women, say they oppose that reversal. Yet many people, as usual, don’t seem to understand what exactly Roe enshrined, which was an unrestricted right to abortion before about 23 or 24 weeks.

When, specifically, do the respondents think abortion should be legal? Starting with the most restrictive, 37% say only after rape or incest. Another 12% say until six weeks of pregnancy, and 23% say up to 15 weeks. Add those figures together and it’s nearly three quarters of voters (including 75% of women) who desire a policy that Roe deemed illegal.

As for the furious response to the loss of Roe, 59% of voters, including 61% of independents, say it’s “wrong” for Democrats to call the Supreme Court “illegitimate.” Also, 62% say people shouldn’t be allowed to protest outside the Justices’ private homes, and 51% believe such activists should be arrested. As for the election, 36% say Roe’s reversal makes them more likely to vote for Democrats, 36% say the same for Republicans, and 29% say it won’t matter.

This is one survey, and the usual caveats apply, but the picture is remarkably consistent. (See our June 10 editorial, “The Contradictions of Abortion Polling.”) Democrats might not respect the median view on abortion, and their bill in Congress suggests they don’t. But many of them seem not even to comprehend it.

July 08, 2022 10:32 AM  
Anonymous guess what? guns are banned in Japan... said...

I'm so glad the gay agenda put Joe Biden in the White House.

This has mastered the art of making it look like he's doing something when he isn't doing anything at all!

Under pressure to do more to respond to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, President Biden on Friday issued an executive order that aimed to ensure access to abortion medication and emergency contraception while preparing for legal fights to come.

President Biden has repeatedly said that he does not have the authority to restore the constitutional right to abortion that the Supreme Court ended when it overturned Roe v. Wade last month.

But the order is vague about how the president hopes to accomplish those goals, leaving the details largely to Xavier Becerra, his secretary of health and human services, who has said the administration has “no magic bullet” that can restore access to abortion.


And Mr. Biden’s order stops far short of demands from abortion rights advocates, who have criticized him for failing to move quickly to take action after the court’s decision two weeks ago.

July 08, 2022 2:04 PM  
Anonymous boogie woogie bugle boy of company B said...

Transgenders can't change their name is they need to be watched.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled against allowing a transgender woman to request a name change due to an existing status on the state's sex offender registry.

In a 4-3 ruling justices cited the state's law forbidding people on the registry from changing their names or using aliases. The case surrounds a 22-year-old transgender woman, identified in court only as Ella, who was placed on the registry at the age of 15 for sexually assaulting a disabled 14-year-old boy, according to court records.

Attorneys for Ella argued preventing the name change and removal from the sex offender registry violated the First and Eighth Amendments as a violation of free speech as well as cruel and unusual punishment, though the court rejected both arguments.

“Consistent with well established precedent, we hold Ella’s placement on the sex offender registry is not a ‘punishment’ under the Eighth Amendment,” Justice Rebecca Bradley wrote for the majority. “Even if it were, sex offender registration is neither cruel nor unusual. We further hold Ella’s right to free speech does not encompass the power to compel the State to facilitate a change of her legal name."

July 08, 2022 2:35 PM  

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