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.

94 Comments:

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

LOL!

"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."

really?

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:

https://www.nationalreview.com/the-morning-jolt/the-taboo-lifts-on-discussing-bidens-age/

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
@lindyli
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
@GeorgeTakei
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
@lindyli
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.



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@antifaoperative
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



Steve
@FelidaPete
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
@RepSwalwell
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.”

It continues: “‘TO OUR OPPRESSORS: IF ABORTIONS AREN’T SAFE, YOU’RE NOT EITHER.’ JANE’S REVENGE.”

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"

LOL!

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...

THESE PEOPLE NEVER TOOK THE FIFTH AMENDMENT:

Barack Obama

Hillary Clinton

Bill Clinton

Joe Biden

ALL OF THESE TRUMPETTES HAVE PLEADED THE FIFTH AMENDMENT:

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!

"THESE PEOPLE NEVER TOOK THE FIFTH AMENDMENT:

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

ALL OF THESE TRUMPETTES HAVE PLEADED THE FIFTH AMENDMENT:

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
@ParkerMolloy

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+
@existentialfish

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 Vote.gov.”

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

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

*cough*

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:

https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/24/politics/dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health-organization-opinion-text/index.html

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"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Texas_tower_shooting

http://behindthetower.org/a-brief-history-of-mass-shootings

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"

LOL!

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

LOL!

"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Texas_tower_shooting"

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

BILL MAHER SAYS RUTH BADER GINSBURG ‘SHOULD’VE QUIT' UNDER OBAMA: SHE DIDN'T ‘TAKE THE HINT’

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.

LOL!

She's smarter than anyone gives her credit for!

ROFL!

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

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/2022-generic-congressional-vote-7361.html

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

LOL!!!!!!!!

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?

interesting.....

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?

please....

"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  

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