Thursday, June 02, 2022

Notes After Uvalde

I have a few observations after the Uvalde mass killing of nineteen children and two teachers.

First a preface: law enforcement is a necessary function in a complex society. Cops are just people with a job, like anybody else, there is nothing unusually good or bad about them as individuals and I believe most take the job in hopes of making the world a better place. It is time to look critically at the characteristics of the role we have assigned them, the norms they have adopted, how these things serve the function of law enforcement, and how they don't.

Everybody knows this uncomfortable fact: the police in Uvalde this month, as well as at Parkland in 2018, and other violent incidents, were cowards. They stood around and let murderers kill helpless children at will and then lied, and continue to lie, about it. We expect the police to punch down at the weak -- it's a professional norm -- but when we really need them in a violent situation, their priority is their own safety.

If you or I were sitting at home watching TV and we heard someone murdering children outside, we would do something. It's not our job, it's our obligation as human beings. In Uvalde, more than a dozen policemen stood outside the door for an hour and listened to the slaughter of children without intervening.

Almost everything the police in Uvalde have said about the mass murder has been a lie.

I know it's politically correct to call them heroes and swoon over the risks they take, but the number of police that are killed on the job is dwarfed by the number of people they kill. Police departments often do not cooperate in keeping records of their own acts of homicide, so we don't really know the number of their victims. For instance, the twenty-one innocent victims of police inaction in Uvalde will certainly not be counted as killed by police. In 2021, 84 officers in the US died from felonious assaults, that is, somebody killed them; BLS says there are currently 665,380 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in the US. Records show 1,100 people were determined to have been killed by police in that same year.

The police shamelessly jack up their "killed in the line of duty" statistics with COVID deaths, which outnumber being actually killed on duty by a great margin. The pro-police National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum database says 458 officers died in the line of duty in 2021. Reading further, we see that 381 of those were COVID deaths; they refuse to take the free, effective, universally available medicine and they get sick and die. That does not make them heroes. Approximately one one-hundredth of one percent of police officers were killed by someone in 2021.

When police use their personal judgment to stop and question "suspicious-looking" people, the result is harassment of minorities and subsequent unequal enforcement of the law. Even in deep-blue Montgomery County, the police stop Black drivers at twice the expected rate, given their frequency in the population. And trust me, it is worse in other places.

Police are paid to enforce the law, they do not prevent crime.

Law enforcement is an important role in a civil society, and we count on them as professionals to carry out their duties.

It turns out the police do not legally have to protect citizens unless they want to. The Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that the police have no special duty to protect anyone. See also Washington Post: U.S. judge says law enforcement officers had no legal duty to protect Parkland students during mass shooting.

Arming the police with military equipment does not make anyone safer.

"Police-involved shooting" is a passive way to a describe an event as if it just happened on its own, with no one responsible. "A policeman was standing there and his gun went off and the bullet hit someone." When you see that wording in the news, you know the media are covering for police violence. "A police officer shot someone" is accurate and assigns agency where it belongs.

Police defenders blame "a few bad apples" without quoting the rest of that saying.

  1. It is not an especially dangerous job
  2. A police state is the definitive dystopia
  3. They aren't "heroes" for doing what they are paid to do

A police department's version of "what happened" is self-serving and often not true. Cell-phone video has proven this many times. (Read the police report on George Floyd's death as a reminder.) The initial report in Uvalde was pure fiction. Because we as a culture accept the "myth of the hero" their reports are almost never questioned.

The fatuous relaying of police interpretations of important events by journalists allows officers to operate without scrutiny. American public life would be very different if journalists interviewed witnesses as well as quoting police statements.

A good guy with a gun is more dangerous, and no more effective, than a good guy without one.

Crime is decreasing, except for gun crime.

Mental illness is rarely involved in mass shootings, and is not the reason that the US has many many times more mass shootings -- we have more than two a day, on average -- than any other place on the planet. There were at least twelve mass shootings in the US over the recent Memorial Day weekend.

Most mass murderers are rightwing extremists.

Making teachers carry guns at school is too stupid to even argue about. It is not a serious suggestion and we don't need to waste time on it.

Violent nuts do not kill because of critical race theory.

They also do not kill people because they did not have two parents.

More Christianity in school will not reduce mass killings.

More "security" and surveillance does not prevent mass shootings.

The idea of limiting school access to one door is, again, too stupid to argue about.

After nearly every mass shooting, rightwing social media circulate a story that the murderer was transgender, often with photographs of some random person. This is never true.

Every sensible person knows that the gun situation in America is insanity.

Even Republicans and NRA members know we need to regulate access to deadly military weapons.

There is no such thing as a "lone wolf" mass murderer. This is a concept made up by the gun lobby. Every one of them got the idea somewhere. Their manifestos and social-media postings are all the same: rightwing hate, misogyny, antisemitism, racism, conspiracy theories.

Thoughts and prayers do not mean anything. We need rational policies on guns.

Fairness, kindness, and decency did not used to be partisan political issues, and should not be. Daily mass murders of totally innocent citizens is not acceptable. We should be in agreement on these things.


Anonymous SIGNS OF OUR GUN EPIDEMIC: Tulsa shooting added to the growing list of recent tragedies The incident is the 20th U.S. mass shooting since the 5/24 shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas said...

Tulsa police confirmed Wednesday that four people were killed, including the shooter, during a mass shooting at a medical facility in the northeastern Oklahoma city.

The Tulsa World reports the shooting occurred Wednesday afternoon in a building just south of Saint Francis Hospital. Tulsa Police Capt. Richard Meulenberg described a "catastrophic scene" at the Natalie Building at 64th Street and Yale Avenue.

Tulsa Police

ACTIVE SHOOTER UPDATE: We can confirm 4 people are deceased, including the shooter, in the active shooting situation at St. Francis hospital campus.
Officers are still clearing the building. More info to follow.

7:22 PM · Jun 1, 2022

Tulsa City Councilor Connie Dodson was at St. Francis Hospital's emergency room when the shooting took place.

"They locked it down without announcing anything, but then people heard the large presence of police and responders in the area and were getting alerts on their phones," she told the World. "There were approximately 30 people in the ER at the time, but everyone was calm and watching the activity outside and live reports on the TV."..


Text ACT to 644-33

By the way, THIS IS TOTALLY FUCKING LEGAL in Oklahoma: "Police received a call of a man walking with a rifle near a medical office."

A good guy with a gun in Tulsa until he opened fire. #okleg

7:43 PM · Jun 1, 2022·Twitter Web App

According to the Gun Violence Archive, the incident is the 20th U.S. mass shooting—defined as acts in which at least four people are shot—since the May 24 massacre of 21 students and staff at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

It was also the second mass shooting in Oklahoma this week. One woman was killed Sunday and seven others were injured when a gunman fired more than 40 rounds during a Memorial Day festival in Taft, near Muskogee.

The Oklahoma shooting occurred on the 101st anniversary of the second and final day of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre, in which scores and possibly hundreds of Black residents of the city's prosperous Greenwood District, popularly known as "Black Wall Street," were shot, burned, beaten, and bombed to death by racist mobs of white people, at least 10 of whom were also killed.

June 02, 2022 8:13 AM  
Anonymous I wonder if TTFers agree with any part of the Constitution.... said...

"Fairness, kindness, and decency did not used to be partisan political issues"

that's true

it was long ago that many Dems opposed killing unborn children

and even Sir Barack Obama opposed homosexual "marriage" until Slidin' Joe Biden bullied him into it

As President Joe Biden and Congress respond to respond to the latest U.S. mass shootings by refusing to increase security at schools, the Supreme Court is due to decide a major case that could undermine new efforts to enact unconstitutional gun control measures while voiding existing ones.

The justices are expected to rule by the end of this month in a challenge by two firearms owners and the New York affiliate of the National Rifle Association to that state's restrictions on carrying concealed handguns in public.

Oral arguments in the case held last November indicated that the court's 6-3 conservative majority was ready to shoot down New York's restrictions. Such a ruling could set the stage for other state-level gun restrictions to be undone, including bans on assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines.

The ruling in the New York case could clarify the way judges evaluate whether firearms restrictions violate the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms - a potential new test emphasizing the provision's text and the history and tradition of gun regulations dating back centuries.

June 02, 2022 10:17 AM  
Anonymous naked people don't carry guns - ban clothes!.......... said...

"Crime is decreasing, except for gun crime"

the "gun crime" that gets so much attention and prompts predictable cries to revoke the second amendment is mass shootings

they were down in 2020 and 2021, probably because of the pandemic

and, even after the past couple of weeks, they haven't increased this year, although we have some year left to go

but the more important point is that, though they are sensationalized, they aren't that significant compared to other causes of death

more people hit the lottery and are hit by lightning every year

in short, although tragic, te shootings don't justify revoking the constitution

you don't have much chance of being affected by a mass shooting

increasing security at schools is a much more rational approach than banning guns

June 02, 2022 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Brookings: McConnell’s fabricated history to justify a 2020 Supreme Court vote said...

We all remember how McConnell finagled those Supreme Court justices, denying Obama a Supreme court nominee months before the end of his presidency but giving Trump a Supreme Court nominee one month before the end of his.

"In March 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to justify denying a vote on Obama’s nomination of DC Circuit Court Judge Merrick Garland to replace Justice Antonin Scalia: “All we are doing is following the long-standing tradition of not fulfilling a nomination in the middle of a presidential year.”

There is no such tradition."

Oh, another GOPer liar!

No surprise there!

June 02, 2022 11:01 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality can't produce life, why would we call that a marriage? said...

"We all remember how McConnell finagled those Supreme Court justices,"

yes, by using the authority granted under the Constitution to the party elected to office

"denying Obama a Supreme court nominee months before the end of his presidency but giving Trump a Supreme Court nominee one month before the end of his"

Obama always thought he was a potentate who didn't have to adhere to constitutional requirements

that's why he lost more cases in the Supreme Court than any other President

even though he was aware of what he was doing, he was a graduate of Harvard Law, he resorted to illegal Executive Orders time and again when Congress wouldn't ratify his proposals

hence, he thought any SCOTUS nominee he sent over should be rubber-stamped

if he had given it some thought and considered the composition of the Senate, he could have sent over an originalist who Dems could live with

as long as the Republicans have power, they won't put someone on the court who won't defend the Constitution

you may want to contemplate the fact that even without approving Garland, Republicans still took the White House

you may also want to contemplate the fact that Garland disturbingly tried to impede the right of parents to dissent by threatening them with FBI harassment

we are fortunate he wasn't placed on the court

June 02, 2022 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden is making inflation great again !!!!!!!!!!.......... said...

Here's Joe, just like new, except he's a moderate, just like old Joe, he's great for road trips and unifying, and then it turns out everything was a con job. The irony of this whole thing is that Trump got blamed for being a salesman, right? When basically all he was trying to do was sell himself. And then when he became president, sell America to the world. That was his job. Biden was the sale of the century, a con job orchestrated by the far left in order to get him in, so they could fill him with their progressive agenda. It's probably one of the greatest bait and switches in political history, and we're alive to see it.

June 02, 2022 11:43 AM  
Anonymous Trump's excuse for A.G. -- all that matters is the politics said...

Durham in September 2021 indicted former Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussman, alleging he lied to the FBI about his ties to the campaign while discussing his suspicions about Trump's ties to Russia with former FBI general counsel James Baker. Sussman's attorney argued that the charge was a "circus full of slideshows" as Durham used the proceedings to stoke Trumpworld conspiracy theories. A jury acquitted Sussman on Tuesday in a major blow to the investigation, which Trump and his allies had hyped for years.

Fox News host Jesse Watters on Wednesday pressed Barr on whether he felt "responsible" or "disappointed" for how the Durham situation unfolded.

Barr said he was responsible for his appointment but stressed he was "very proud" of the investigation.

"I think he and his team did an exceptionally able job, both digging out very important facts and presenting a compelling case to the jury," he said.

Barr acknowledged that Durham "did not succeed in getting a conviction from the D.C. jury" but argued that he accomplished "something far more important": boosting Trump's narrative [AKA lie] about the Justice Department probe into his Russia ties.

Barr's claims and Durham's probe are yet another attempt by Trump allies to make the former president out to be the victim of the Russia investigation, a narrative Trump has successfully pushed in some parts of the Republican Party. But the narrative ignores the fact that numerous Trump campaign officials and allies actively worked with or solicited help from Russians or Russian agents during his 2016 campaign...

Legal experts slammed the Durham probe as "incredibly weak" and a "roaring waste of money and time."...

"Barr suggests that the value of Durham's case against Sussman was that it brought out evidence against the Clinton campaign," tweeted former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti. "Making evidence public is not a proper reason to charge someone with committing a crime. Sussman's life was turned upside down before he was acquitted."

June 02, 2022 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Merrick Garland....LOL!!!!!!!!!!! said...

Actually, Sussman did lie. He was acquitted because the jury was Dem-leaning. Remember, Michael Flynn was convicted of lying to the FBI, even after the FBI themselves said they didn't think he did so intentionally, the judge and jury were also Dem-leaning. Still, the evidence presented clearly showed Hillary approved spreading the false information.

btw, Mueller said the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia. Your pathetic link to the Senate investigation said Manafort "may" or "might" have done something. To TTfers, that makes it fact. But the only proven fact so far is that Hillary created a hoax that harmed our country.

The Biden administration are dedicated to their radical left policies. They figure the time is running out. So they do everything they can to try and make more Americans dependent on government, grow deficit spending. This is what they want to do. This was their aim. This, again, this didn't just happen. This isn't an accident. Everything all the problems are experienced in this country today. Almost all of them, you know, the big ones are caused by radical left policies, that this is what they ran on.

You remember, they were going to fundamentally transform America. You know, now we're seeing what fundamental transformation looks like. Open borders, 40 year high inflation, record gasoline prices, rising crime. They are fundamentally destroying this country. They need to be stopped. That's what elections are going to be all about in November.

June 02, 2022 12:54 PM  
Anonymous i wonder how long Hillary's sentence will be.... said...

TTF suggestion for bipartisan agreement:

"Daily mass murders of totally innocent citizens is not acceptable."

Unifying Slidin' Biden's response, according to his gay press secretary:

"President Biden does not support the 'hardening' of schools"

June 03, 2022 7:10 AM  
Anonymous FOX NEWS immediately blamed the jury for its lemmings to tout said...

Fox News Immediately Blames Jury for Finding Clinton Campaign Lawyer Not Guilty

June 03, 2022 7:12 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage said...

The Michael Sussmann trial is over, but the stench lingers. Special counsel John Durham did more than expose Hillary Clinton’s dirty political tricks. He exposed the incestuous elite Washington world that enabled those tricks to succeed. America, meet again the Beltway swamp.

Mr. Sussman was acquitted Tuesday of lying to the FBI, but not before the Durham team revealed the Clinton campaign’s work in 2016 to use both the FBI and the media to smear Donald Trump. The campaign relied on outside techies for false accusations of Trump links to Russia’s Alfa Bank, which Mr. Sussmann fed to the FBI. Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele separately funneled their infamous dossier to the Bureau. Then the Clinton team shopped the dirt to the media, using the fact of FBI investigations as proof it deserved coverage.

Still, it’s a long way from unfounded smears to full-fledged FBI investigations. The entire Clinton operation depended on getting the FBI to bite. The Durham trial was a glimpse at the chummy web of brokers who used their access and influence to make that happen.

One trial revelation was that Rodney Joffe —the tech executive who used privileged access to nonproprietary data to create the Alfa claims—was a confidential human source for the FBI in 2016. Yet Mr. Joffe, according to testimony, didn’t take his accusations to his regular handler. He instead gave them to . . . Mr. Sussmann, a lawyer in private practice whose clients included Mrs. Clinton.

Why? Mr. Sussmann was tight with the FBI. So tight that according to trial evidence, the bureau in 2016 allowed him to edit the draft of one of its press releases. Mr. Sussmann was even on a first-name basis with then-FBI general counsel James Baker. He was able to text his “friend” (Mr. Baker’s description of their relationship) and score a meeting the next day. He assured “Jim” he didn’t need a badge to get in the building—he already had one. All this allowed Mr. Sussmann (who later sought to recruit Mr. Baker to his firm, Perkins Coie) to avoid the pesky agents and questions that would accompany any average Joe trying to sell the FBI on wild claims.

Mr. Joffe meanwhile called a separate special contact at the FBI (again, not his handler), an agent who had once nominated the techie for an award. Mr. Joffe relayed his Alfa data again and asked the agent to pass it along but not tell anyone he was the source. The prosecution during trial dryly asked this agent if he was familiar with “circular reporting”—where a source plants info with two different parts of the FBI to make it look corroborating. It’s a crafty tactic—one that most people wouldn’t have the access to pull off.

June 03, 2022 7:21 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage said...

The Steele dossier likewise received special handling. Fusion GPS happened to choose for its dossier duties a guy who’d also worked as an FBI source. Mr. Steele initially went to regular FBI agents. But he followed up with his own top contact—former senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, whose wife worked for (where else?) Fusion. Mr. Ohr handed the dossier up to Deputy FBI Director Andy McCabe. Mr. Steele separately shopped his dossier to a top State Department appointee, Jonathan Winer —who also handed it up the chain.

Getting the dirt to the top made all the difference. Prosecutors in the trial introduced an internal message from FBI agent Joseph Pientka two days after the Sussmann-Baker meeting, reading: “People on the 7th floor to include Director are fired up about this server. . . . Did you guys open a case? . . . Its [sic] not an option—we must do it.” This despite testimony from rank-and-file agents who said they’d quickly dismissed the claims as ludicrous.

And the powerful guys at the top continued to work their influence. Former CIA director John Brennan tipped Harry Reid to the collusion claims, prompting the Senate minority leader to write a letter that went public with the accusations. Mr. Comey engineered a Trump briefing in January 2017 that served as catalyst for BuzzFeed to publish the dossier. Mr. Comey secretly memorialized his privileged conservations with the president, later leaking these to provoke the appointment of his colleague and mentor Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate President Trump. All this was aided by the Beltway media, which ably served as scribes for their claims, and those of their buddies at Fusion GPS, some of whom formerly worked for the Journal.

The trial environment was no less intimate. Judge Christopher Cooper worked with Mr. Sussmann at the Clinton Justice Department in the 1990s. Merrick Garland, today attorney general, officiated at the judge’s marriage to Amy Jeffress, an Obama Justice Department official and now a private lawyer representing former FBI lawyer Lisa Page. And on and on the special circles go, down to the judge’s refusal to grant prosecutors’ request to dismiss a juror who admitted her daughter is on the same crew team as Mr. Sussmann’s child.

None of this—the special access, the abuse of power—would be granted to an average American, and it explains how the Clinton team was able to spiral a dirty trick into a national hysteria. If Washington institutions want to reclaim the public trust, they’ll first need to remember that the country is rooted in the notion of one set of rules for all. Not a special set for D.C. operators.

June 03, 2022 7:21 AM  
Anonymous how to fail at presidency by screwing America over... said...

Approaching his 500th day in office this week, Joe Biden is the least popular U.S. president at this point in his first term in the modern polling era. His approval rating might drop even further now that Americans are home from their Memorial Day weekend travels. According to AAA, this was one of the most expensive Memorial Day travel periods on record, with gas prices hitting $4.62 — the highest average price at the pump ever recorded.Sign up for a weekly roundup of thought-provoking ideas and debates

But as Americans were struggling to put gas in the tank, President Biden appeared to praise high gas prices as a necessary part of our historic shift away from fossil fuels. “Here’s the situation,” Biden said at a Tokyo news conference on May 23, “when it comes to the gas prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that is taking place that, God willing, when it’s over, we’ll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels.”

An “incredible transition?” For Americans barely making ends meet, the only thing incredible about gas prices is how high they are.

But this was not just another Biden gaffe; it is administration policy. Testifying before Congress on May 19, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland repeatedly refused to say that gas prices are too high. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) asked her point blank: “Do you believe that gas prices are too high?” The obvious answer was: “Yes, senator, of course they are.” But instead, Haaland hemmed and hawed. When Barrasso asked again, “It sounds [like] you’re unwilling to say that gas prices are too high,” she still refused to say they were. The message was unmistakable.

If the Biden administration cared about high gas prices, they would be doing everything in their power to increase domestic production. After a federal judge invalidated an offshore oil and gas lease sale in January, the administration chose not to appeal and has since canceled three transactions in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Alaska — taking millions of acres off the auction block. The Post called the move “a victory for climate activists intent on curbing U.S. fossil fuel leasing,” which “effectively ends the possibility of the federal government holding a lease sale in coastal waters this year.” Worse, the administration is about to let the nationwide offshore drilling program expire next month without a new plan in place.

This is exactly what Biden has promised his climate-obsessed left-wing base. While President Donald Trump opened 100 million acres of public land and water to exploration, Biden promised in 2020 to ban all “new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters.” And one of his first acts in his first week as president was to halt all new federal leasing. It was only after a Louisiana judge struck down his moratorium last summer that his administration involuntarily resumed leasing. Releasing gas from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, as Biden has been doing, is little more than a symbolic measure, whose impact even he admits is “unknown.”

June 03, 2022 7:33 AM  
Anonymous how to fail at presidency by screwing America over... said...

Taken together, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that Democrats welcome high gas prices as part of an intentional strategy to speed our transition away from fossil fuels. They don’t like the political blowback, so they are trying to divert blame onto Russian President Vladimir Putin, as Biden did in a Wall Street Journal op-ed this week. But many Americans are beginning to suspect that, just as the government deliberately raised the cost of cigarettes to curb smoking, Democrats want to see gas prices rise so that Americans will stop using fossil fuels.

Even if they were to succeed in using high gas prices to coerce more Americans into buying electric cars, there is no infrastructure to support those vehicles. Biden has set a goal of making half of all new car sales electric in less than 10 years. But there are fewer than 46,000 EV public charging sites in the United States, and just 5,627 fast-charging sites. We need 1 million fast-charging stations to support the administration’s goal, ABC News reports. The infrastructure bill Biden signed will produce just half that number by 2030.

And while raising the cost of smoking does not harm our national security, raising the cost of fossil fuels does. One of the great geostrategic developments of the early 21st century was our nation’s emergence as an energy superpower. On Trump’s watch, the United States supplanted Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. This not only created jobs for Americans, it also transformed the national security landscape in our favor.

Now, Biden is desperately turning to the United States’ enemies for oil. In March, he sent officials to Venezuela to discuss lifting sanctions and allowing the country to sell its oil on the international market. And two weeks ago, his administration eased restrictions on Chevron, the main U.S. oil company in Venezuela, allowing it to enter talks about restarting production. Why would Biden want to increase our dependence on rogue states such as the Russian-, Chinese- and Cuban-backed regime in Caracas?

Simple. He doesn’t want to increase domestic production because he sees the crisis with Russia as an opportunity to speed our “incredible transition” from fossil fuels. In Tokyo, he just said the quiet part out loud.

June 03, 2022 7:33 AM  
Anonymous for millennia, society has known that two genders are necessary to make a marriage said...

Unifying Slidin' Biden

he promised to unify us and he has

we all agree we need to give him the heave-ho

June 03, 2022 7:35 AM  
Anonymous GOPers like Mitch to school kids: "LET THEM EAT CAKE" said...

Millions of kids face "disaster" as McConnell, GOP threaten to kill school lunch waivers

Even Joe Manchin and Susan Collins want to extend school lunch waivers, but so far Mitch McConnell won't budge

In less than 30 days, a slew of federal waivers that have enabled schools across the U.S. to provide free breakfast and lunch to students during the coronavirus pandemic are set to expire, potentially leaving millions of children without easy access to critical meals.

And to the dismay of advocates, Congress — which is currently on recess — doesn't appear poised to act.

"There is no urgency and political appetite to even have this conversation," Jillien Meier, director of the No Kid Hungry campaign, told Vox's Rachel Cohen on Wednesday. "Frankly this is not a priority for Congress and the White House. People are really focused on having a 'return to normal'... folks aren't talking about it and they have no clue that this crisis is looming."

In March, obstruction by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and much of his Republican caucus killed an effort to include a temporary extension of the waivers in an omnibus spending package.

First approved in 2020, the waivers have given the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) authority to lift regulatory obstacles to universal school meals, such as income-based eligibility requirements, which entailed paperwork and other red tape.

Because of the flexibility offered by the waivers, an estimated 10 million additional children nationwide were able to access school meals — progress that advocates fear will be lost if Congress allows the waivers to lapse. Some states are rushing to enact their own universal free school meal programs in anticipation of losing the waivers.

"The consequences of not extending waivers are severe," Lisa Davis, senior vice president of the advocacy organization Share Our Strength, warned in March after the Senate unveiled an omnibus spending package that omitted waiver extensions.

First approved in 2020, the waivers have given the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) authority to lift regulatory obstacles to universal school meals, such as income-based eligibility requirements, which entailed paperwork and other red tape.

Because of the flexibility offered by the waivers, an estimated 10 million additional children nationwide were able to access school meals — progress that advocates fear will be lost if Congress allows the waivers to lapse. Some states are rushing to enact their own universal free school meal programs in anticipation of losing the waivers.

"The consequences of not extending waivers are severe," Lisa Davis, senior vice president of the advocacy organization Share Our Strength, warned in March after the Senate unveiled an omnibus spending package that omitted waiver extensions.

"Children in rural communities," Davis added, "will face more barriers to accessing summer meals when important flexibilities like multiple meal pickup and delivery options disappear."

June 03, 2022 8:02 AM  
Anonymous more of them polls that TTFers like so much...... said...

"Millions of kids face "disaster" as McConnell, GOP threaten to kill school lunch waivers

Even Joe Manchin and Susan Collins want to extend school lunch waivers, but so far Mitch McConnell won't budge

In less than 30 days, a slew of federal waivers that have enabled schools across the U.S. to provide free breakfast and lunch to students during the coronavirus pandemic are set to expire, potentially leaving millions of children without easy access to critical meals."

the strategy of Dems, rejected by America, is to make all pandemic assistance permanent

and make Americans perpetually dependent on the Feds

if kids need breakfast and lunch paid for by the government, let the local government pay for it - it can be monitored and directed more effectively closer to the action

meanwhile, the backlash against the gay agenda is picking up steam:

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration Thursday asked the state board regulating doctors to essentially ban transition-related care for transgender minors.

The state Health Department made the request hours after another state agency issued a 46-page report to justify banning Medicaid coverage for transgender people of any age who want puberty blockers, hormone therapies or gender-reassignment surgery.

The two-pronged effort, which ensures DeSantis can act quickly and without the need for legislative approval, drew instant approval from Florida voters. They have increasingly lauded DeSantis, a Republican, for common sense, as he seeks re-election and builds a national brand as a culture warrior and potential 2024 White House contender.

Leading the charge for DeSantis: esteemed Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo, who oversees the Health Department.

In April, Ladapo issued guidance recommending against transgender treatments for minors who feel their bodies and their gender identities are misaligned.

June 03, 2022 11:32 AM  
Anonymous more of them polls that TTFers like so much...... said...

Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration issued its report Thursday questioning the science and safety of hormone therapies, puberty blockers and gender-reassignment surgery. Ladapo then asked the Florida Board of Medicine to “establish a standard of care” Thursday that could ultimately result in prohibiting doctors from prescribing the therapies for transgender youths.

“While some professional organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Endocrine Society, recommend these treatments for ‘gender affirming’ care, the scientific evidence supporting these complex medical interventions is extraordinarily weak,” Ladapo wrote in his letter.

“The current standards set by numerous professional organizations appear to follow a preferred political ideology instead of the highest level of generally accepted medical science,” he wrote. “Florida must do more to protect children from politics-based medicine.”

DeSantis’ administration notes that Sweden and Finland, which were among the first countries to engage in prescribing a broad range of transition-related care for transgender children, have severely curtailed their use now.

Republican-led states have focused on transgender-related issues since Biden took office in 2021 and recommitted the federal government to promoting transgenderism. Biden appointed the first transgender assistant secretary of health and human services for health, Dr. Rachel Levine, whose office released a fact sheet promoting transgender procedures, which Ladapo's office criticized.

Florida was one of the first states to ban transgender women and girls from participating in women's sports, but states such as Alabama and Arkansas have led the way in limiting hormone and puberty-blocking therapies for kids.

Florida seized the national spotlight during the Legislature’s winter lawmaking session when DeSantis signed legislation to inhibit classroom discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity. When Disney sided with LGBTQ activists, DeSantis accused the company of a “woke” misrepresentation of the law and successfully pushed for additional legislation that could undo a special taxing district for Disney World in the Orlando area.

Asked in April whether he would sign a ban on transition-related care for transgender children, DeSantis said he would.

“There’s a concerted effort in society to push these kids in to do some type of medical intervention,” he told podcaster Lisa Boothe.

By having Ladapo ask the Florida Board of Medicine to take executive action, DeSantis’ administration essentially bypasses the Legislature and speeds the process of enacting a ban on transition-related care. The Florida Board of Medicine has a 12-member board of physicians who are technically independent of the state but are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.

June 03, 2022 11:32 AM  
Anonymous beware the Dem-corporate-media-TTF complex... said...

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) vetoed $3.1 billion in spending as he signed a $109.9 billion budget Thursday, slashing funds that would have, in part, gone toward a youth sports complex earmarked as a possible spring training facility for the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Republican cited the need to protect the state "against what very well may be a Biden-induced recession" at the signing ceremony. The facility in question, in Pasco County, would have cost $35 million. The veto comes after the Rays published a call to end gun violence in the aftermath of the Texas and New York mass shootings Reportedly, the decision was in response to the team "politicizing" the massacres.

June 03, 2022 11:55 AM  
Anonymous The political "right" in America has given up on Democracy said...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California man pleaded guilty Friday to plotting to blow up the state Democratic Party’s headquarters in what prosecutors said was the first in a planned series of politically-motivated attacks after the defeat of former President Donald Trump.

Ian Benjamin Rogers, 46, of Napa, pleaded guilty to conspiring to destroy a building by fire or explosives, possessing an explosive device and possessing a machine gun under a plea agreement that could bring him seven to nine years in federal prison.

U.S. prosecutors in San Francisco charged Rogers and Jarrod Copeland with conspiring to attack targets they associated with Democrats after Trump’s defeat in the November 2020 presidential election.

The pair “hoped their attacks would prompt a movement,” prosecutors said when they announced the charges in July.

Copeland, 38, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy and destruction of records.

“I want to blow up a democrat building bad,” Rogers wrote in one of the messaging apps he used to communicate with Copeland, according to the indictment. In a different message he said that after Democratic President Joe Biden was inaugurated, “we go to war.”

Their first planned target was the John L. Burton Democratic Headquarters in Sacramento, prosecutors said.

Law enforcement officers who searched Rogers’s home in January 2021 seized nearly 50 firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition and five pipe bombs, prosecutors said.

He was taken into custody then on state charges after the FBI said he sent text messages that agents perceived as threats against the unoccupied Governor’s Mansion and social media companies Facebook and Twitter.

Under a universal agreement, the federal sentence will be served concurrently with a 10- to 12-year state sentence on similar Napa County charges of possessing fully automatic weapons and explosive devices, said Rogers’ attorney, Colin Cooper.

Rogers “has never been in trouble before,” Cooper said.

“He’s accepted responsibility and he is desirous of paying his debt to society and resuming a life of productivity, of being a good father and good husband and a good family man” with an 11-year-old son, Cooper said. ”He feels awful about what happened and what he’s done to his family, and he’s a guy I think we’ll never see again in the (criminal justice) system.”

Rogers remains in custody awaiting his sentencing, set for Sept. 30.

June 03, 2022 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Care2 said...

Stop McConnell’s ploy to deny school meals to millions of hungry kids!

Sign the petition:

June 03, 2022 12:00 PM  
Anonymous It's nice to have a president that keeps adding more jobs, instead of losing 22 million said...

US employers added 390,000 jobs in May, representing a robust but slower pace of hiring, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly jobs report released Friday. The unemployment rate stayed at 3.6% as more people started looking for work.

While the number of jobs added was down from the revised total of 436,000 in April, it was better than many were forecasting. The consensus of economists surveyed by Reuters had been for a gain of 325,000 jobs. And while the unemployment rate did not fall to 3.5% as predicted, it remained at a level considered to be full employment by many economists.

The report comes at a time when fears of a recession are rising, partly because the Federal Reserve is in the process of raising interest rates to try to tame inflation. Higher rates can cause businesses to pull back on expansion and investment plans, including hiring.

The job gains were widespread, with 69% of the industries tracked by the Labor Department adding workers. The major exception was in retail, the nation's largest sector in terms of jobs. In May, there was a net loss of 60,700 retail jobs, according to the report.

Automakers and their parts suppliers also lost 3,500 jobs as plants had to temporarily shut down or eliminate shifts due to a shortage of computer chips and other materials needed to build cars and trucks.

The biggest job gains came in the leisure and hospitality sector, which added 84,000 jobs in anticipation of a strong summer travel season, due to pent-up demand from people wanting to go on vacation.

Employers were able to add jobs despite a shortage of workers looking for positions. There are nearly two job openings for every job seeker, according to a separate Labor Department survey.

The shortage of available workers helped to raise average wages in Friday's jobs report. The average hourly wage of $31.95 was up 5.2% compared to a year ago. But that was slightly lower than the rate of increase in five of the last seven months.

June 03, 2022 12:07 PM  
Anonymous How do you spell nepotism and conflict of interest?? said...

House Committee Is Investigating $2B Saudi Investment in Kushner’s Firm

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform is investigating whether Jared Kushner used his position as senior adviser in the Trump administration to secure a $2 billion investment from a Saudi Arabian wealth fund. Kushner formed a private equity firm six months after leaving the White House, where he had oversight over Middle Eastern diplomacy and developed an unusually close relationship with Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), leader of the committee, sent Kushner an eight-page letter requiring that he provide documents related to the Saudi fund’s investment in his firm within two weeks. Maloney also asked for personal communications between Kushner and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In the letter, Maloney specified that the committee is investigating whether Kushner’s own financial interests influenced his foreign policy decisions while he worked in the White House and wrote that there is “the appearance of a quid pro quo for your foreign policy work.” The committee is examining whether the U.S. needs stricter laws curtailing former public officials’ ability to do business with past government partners.

And let's not forget Ivanka's and daddy's trademarks from China.

June 03, 2022 12:09 PM  
Anonymous Merrick Garland....LOL!!!!!!!!!!! said...

"Stop McConnell’s ploy to deny school meals to millions of hungry kids"

if every Dem in America would contribute a couple of bucks, no kid in America would miss breakfast

then, you could say you did something to help kids instead of using the government to force other people to do it

"US employers added 390,000 jobs in May, representing a robust but slower pace of hiring, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly jobs report released Friday. The unemployment rate stayed at 3.6% as more people started looking for work."

we have a strong and robust economy forged by the Reagan era

it's just recovering from the pandemic repression

everyone except crazed progressive liberals knows that

jobs are plentiful and were before Biden got in

right now, we have inflation, which the CBO says was caused by the unneeded stimulus Biden pushed through as political stunt to try and match the needed stimulus Trump pushed through the year before

that way, Biden surmised he could claim credit

but the ploy has blown up in the face of Dems who will pay for creating inflation, supply issues, and massive labor shortages

don't crow about job growth when job growth was not what we needed

"House Committee Is Investigating $2B Saudi Investment in Kushner’s Firm"

thank goodness while the world dodders on the brink of disaster from nuclear war, pandemic, and supply shortages, Dems are keeping a focus on attacking the past administration

you'd never catch Slidin' Biden cozyin' up to the Sauids!

oh, wait a minute...

Saudi Arabia will increase its oil production by 648,000 barrels per day starting in July as Slidin' Joe Biden has agreed to travel to Riyadh for photo ops with the sheiks. Slidin' Joe Biden is applauding this decision, but he seems to forget that high gas prices are partially the result of his administration’s energy policies. He wants more oil from OPEC nations but refuses to let American producers meet the demand of the market.

Biden was not worried about high gas prices in May. “Here’s the situation. And when it comes to the gas prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that is taking place that, God willing, when it’s over, we’ll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over,” he said. It should not come as a surprise that Biden has the worst approval rating in modern presidencies after speaking like that.

Democrats are scared of November’s midterm elections and rightfully so. Republicans are leading in midterm polling because the Biden administration is fumbling right into the GOP’s hands. Inflation is the No. 1 issue in America right now, and Biden’s rampant stimulus spending has overheated the economy. Democrats refuse to take responsibility, yet the Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that Biden’s spending played a role in creating inflationary pressure.

June 03, 2022 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Trump asked whether China had attacked U.S. with a “hurricane gun” said...

"you'd never catch Slidin' Biden cozyin' up to the Sauids!

oh, wait a minute..."

Biden plans to do his job by asking the Saudi's to ramp up oil production and I swear there'll be no hands on the glowing globe while Biden meets with them!

June 03, 2022 1:07 PM  
Anonymous U.S. oil output rises 3% in March to highest since November -EIA said...

NEW YORK, May 31 (Reuters) - U.S. crude oil production rose in March by more than 3% to the highest since November, according to a monthly report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Tuesday.

Oil production rose to nearly 11.7 million barrels per day in March from 11.3 million bpd the month prior, the report showed.

Output is slowly recovering from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and is still far below its record high of 12.3 million bpd in 2019.

Production in New Mexico rose to almost 1.5 million bpd, the highest on record. Output in Texas gained to nearly 5 million bpd, the highest since December.

Monthly gross natural gas production in the U.S. Lower 48 states rose 1.7 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) to 106.4 bcfd in March, its highest since December 2021, the EIA said.

In top gas producing states, monthly output rose 2.7% in Texas to 30.3 bcfd and fell 1.3% in Pennsylvania to 20.5 bcfd.

Demand for U.S. crude and petroleum products rose in March to 20.5 million bpd, its highest since December, the EIA said.

Demand for motor gasoline rose to 8.9 million bpd, the highest since December, the EIA said.

June 03, 2022 1:14 PM  
Anonymous guys shouldn't dress like girls and play sports with them... said...

"U.S. oil output rises 3% in March to highest since November"

have fun explaining to Americans why they just had the most expensive Memorial Day weekend ever

every gas station sign, with their current prices, is a campaign sign for the GOP!

Americans will long remember what happened when they trusted liberal Dems...

June 03, 2022 1:33 PM  
Anonymous Hey it's Donald - Has anyone seen my pillow guy? He was supposed to get me back in the Oval Office by now. said...

"we have a strong and robust economy forged by the Reagan era"

We were in a recession as Bush I was ending his first term. Clinton got the economy going again and nearly balanced the budget.

Not content with a booming economy, Bush II continued enacting disastrous deregulation of the banking and financial sectors promulgated by short-sighted Republicans like Dick Cheney who claimed "Reagan proved deficits don't matter," restarting the reckless "borrow and spend" economy that nearly tripled the US debt under Regan.

The unregulated "new economy" Republicans kept claiming required the dismantling of old regulations worked great for Wall Street - until it didn't, and dropped us into the Great Recession - with Hank Paulson (an ex-Goldman Sachs VP) covering the private losses of banks and hedge funds with public tax money - socialism for the rich - Wall Street bankers got multi-million dollar bonuses for their "great work" while job opportunities for workers shrank because of their malfeasance. Capitalism for the poor.

Obama got the economy humming again despite Republicans in Congress trying to stop him at every turn - inventing "sequestration" to keep him from increasing any expenditures necessary to help boost the economy.

After obstructing, undermining, whining, and complaining for nearly decade about how bad the economy was under Obama, suddenly the economy was absolutely amazing under Trump, despite the fact that he added jobs at a slower rate during his first 3 years than Obama did during his last 3 - despite lowering taxes and printing more money to spend.

Then, thanks to his mishandling and lying about the pandemic, Trump made a bad situation even worse, leading to over 22 million people losing their jobs in 2020 - pushing the unemployment rate to an 80 year high. The last time a US president left office with fewer jobs than when he went in, it was Herbert Hoover - yes, another Republican. If there is one party that should have learned that under-regulated financial markets could lead to economic disasters, it should have been Republicans. But they keep doing the same things and expect different results.

"it's just recovering from the pandemic repression
everyone except crazed progressive liberals knows that
jobs are plentiful and were before Biden got in"

Yes, the economy has been recovering from the pandemic recession, and the summer of 2020 saw some hopeful bounce back from the disastrous spring. Still, Trump managed to lose another 115,000 jobs during his last full month in office -

Dec 2020--

Biden hasn't had a losing job month yet.

"right now, we have inflation"

Indeed we do. But our economists don't subtract out the price gouging and profiteering made by private corporations from their "inflation" numbers.

Anyone can look at the record profits corporations have been raking in for the past 18 months and know where all their money is going - it's not "inflation," it's cold hard capitalists bilking consumers for every penny they can get.

This is another problem of deregulation - letting corporations get so big that not only are they "too big to fail," they are oligopolies that can set prices to whatever they like, just like Opec. That problem won't go away until those big corporations are broken up, like they had to do with steel and railroads in the 19th century.

There is some inflation in our economy, but it is dwarfed by the massive profit taking of large corporations. Of course, you don't hear much about this on main stream media - why? Because they've been bought out and merged into giant corporations to thanks to lack of the regulations that used to keep those business at a reasonable size. It is now no longer in their interest to let consumers know what the real source of their suffering is - because they are part of the problem!

June 03, 2022 1:33 PM  
Anonymous Republicans have given up on Democracy and here are some of their plans to overturn it said...

Video recordings of Republican Party operatives meeting with grassroots activists provide an inside look at a multi-pronged strategy to target and potentially overturn votes in Democratic precincts: Install trained recruits as regular poll workers and put them in direct contact with party attorneys.

The plan, as outlined by a Republican National Committee staffer in Michigan, includes utilizing rules designed to provide political balance among poll workers to install party-trained volunteers prepared to challenge voters at Democratic-majority polling places, developing a website to connect those workers to local lawyers and establishing a network of party-friendly district attorneys who could intervene to block vote counts at certain precincts.

“Being a poll worker, you just have so many more rights and things you can do to stop something than [as] a poll challenger,” said Matthew Seifried, the RNC’s election integrity director for Michigan, stressing the importance of obtaining official designations as poll workers in a meeting with GOP activists in Wayne County last Nov. 6. It is one of a series of recordings of GOP meetings between summer of 2021 and May of this year obtained by POLITICO.

Backing up those front-line workers, “it’s going to be an army,” Seifried promised at an Oct. 5 training session. “We’re going to have more lawyers than we’ve ever recruited, because let’s be honest, that’s where it’s going to be fought, right?”


In the introduction graphic on his training presentation, Seifried says the RNC’s goal is to “make it easy to vote and HARD TO CHEAT.”

But election watchdog groups and legal experts say many of these recruits are answering the RNC’s call because they falsely believe fraud was committed in the 2020 election, so installing them as the supposedly unbiased officials who oversee voting at the precinct level could create chaos in such heavily Democratic precincts.

“This is completely unprecedented in the history of American elections that a political party would be working at this granular level to put a network together,” said Nick Penniman, founder and CEO of Issue One, an election watchdog group. “It looks like now the Trump forces are going directly after the legal system itself and that should concern everyone.”

Penniman also expressed concern about the quick-strike networks of lawyers and DAs being created, suggesting that politically motivated poll workers could simply initiate a legal conflict at the polling place that disrupts voting and then use it as a vehicle for rejecting vote counts from that precinct.

On the tapes, some of the would-be poll workers lamented that fraud was committed in 2020 and that the election was “corrupt.” Installing party loyalists on the Board of Canvassers, which is responsible for certifying the election, also appears to be part of the GOP strategy. In Wayne County, which includes Detroit, Republicans nominated to their board a man who said he would not have certified the 2020 election.

Both Penniman and Rick Hasen, a law and political science professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, said they see a domino effect that could sow doubts about the election even when there was no original infraction: A politically motivated poll worker connecting with a zealous local lawyer to disrupt voting, followed by a challenge to the Board of Canvassers that may have nothing to do with the underlying dispute but merely the level of disruption at the polling place.

“You shouldn’t have poll workers who are reporting to political organizations what they see,” Hasen said. “It creates the potential for mucking things up at polling places and potentially leading to delays or disenfranchisement of voters,” especially “if [the poll workers] come in with the attitude that something is crooked with how elections are run.”

June 03, 2022 1:42 PM  
Anonymous Republicans have given up on Democracy and here are some of their plans to overturn it said...

‘The precinct strategy’

The recordings are among the first windows into what former Trump strategist Stephen Bannon, who’s been urging listeners to his podcast to take on election leadership positions, calls “the precinct strategy.”

But Penniman, the election watchdog, believes the strategy is designed to create enough disputes to justify intervention by GOP-controlled state legislatures, who declined to take such steps in 2020.

“Come election day you create massive failure of certification” in Democratic precincts, Penniman said. “The real hope is that you can throw the choosing of electors to state legislatures.”

Participants in the recorded training sessions said their goal is to root out fraud, not just achieve more Republican poll workers in majority Democratic precincts.

Among panelists at a May 14 “Election Integrity” summit in Detroit was Jacky Eubanks, a Trump-endorsed state house candidate who warned “kids my age who are communists do and will staff our elections” in urging Republicans to become “paid, full-time elections workers” to police absentee ballot signatures, according to a recording of the summit.

Speaking separately to Macomb County Republicans, Eubanks also recently said, “The election system is rigged, and who best to steal it but our clerks.”

A focus on Michigan

For decades, the RNC was barred from so-called “ballot security” measures after it settled an early 1980s case in which it was accused of voter suppression in violation of the Voting Rights Act, including sending armed police officers off duty to polling places in minority areas. In 2018, a federal judge allowed that consent decree to expire.

“The 2020 election would have been the first year that the RNC could have done anything with election integrity,” said Seifried in the tapes.

Of all former President Donald Trump’s battleground-state allies, Republican operatives in the state of Michigan came the closest to throwing the 2020 election — and the nation — into a constitutional crisis. So many volunteer challengers overwhelmed Detroit’s TCF Center, where votes were being counted, that police intervened because Covid safety protocols had been breached.

The poll watchers accused poll workers of “bullying” them and blocking them from voting tables due to pandemic social distancing requirements. They also falsely alleged “phony ballots” were smuggled into the center, helping lay the predicate for a weeks-long delay in certifying the state’s electoral votes. That’s despite the fact that then-Democratic candidate Joe Biden had won the state by more than 154,000 votes.

June 03, 2022 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Republicans have given up on Democracy and here are some of their plans to overturn it said...

Pressuring the Detroit clerk

The approach is proceeding as planned.

In an interview, Winfrey, the Detroit elections clerk, confirmed that the RNC delivered a list of more than 800 names in early May and that she is likely to give “a good number” of the individuals roles as long as they attend training sessions and are confirmed registered voters.

“Before every election we always reach out to both the Democratic and Republican parties to let them know we are recruiting poll workers” and “we get what we get,” or mostly Democrats in a majority Democratic-voting city.

The list comes nearly a year after Griffin, during a June, 2021 meeting, outlined how GOP lawyers could corner Winfrey into either hiring their recruits or establishing the basis for a lawsuit. “How do we build the proper evidence and how do we build a trap for Janice Winfrey?” said Griffin.

Submitting a list of people “whom she’s not going to hire” would open “up the door for a mandamus lawsuit for them to start following the law,” or seating more Republicans. Two months later, in a separate meeting, Griffin reiterated the strategy is building lists of Republican poll workers who might be rejected and hence “creating the evidence for future cases.”

When informed of the tapes, Winfrey said she is “not shocked” and “not in any way intimidated.”

“Apparently they think I’m stupid,” she said. “Apparently they think I don’t follow the law. I’m not surprised by their ignorance.”

June 03, 2022 1:51 PM  
Anonymous no more loonies in the ladies' loo..... said...

"Hey it's Donald"

thanks for sharing your, um, alternative view of history

tell me, do all the other inmates in your nuthouse share your views

make sure you're up to date with our meds before answering...

June 03, 2022 2:26 PM  
Anonymous more of them polls that TTFers like so much...... said...

Fed-up Democrats in San Francisco and Los Angeles, liberal-leaning California cities reeling from COVID-era spikes in homicides and gun violence, may punish their own party at the polls next week over its criminal justice policies.

San Francisco's progressive district attorney, Chesa Boudin, is likely to be pushed out of office in a recall vote, while voters in Los Angeles will be choosing a new mayor – with an ex-Republican as a leading candidate.

The results could send a blinking-red warning to Democrats ahead of November's midterm elections.

In congressional and local races across the United States, Republicans have seized upon calls by progressives to reduce police department budgets and other liberal criminal justice policies to paint almost all Democratic candidates as lenient on crime.

Democrats have struggled to formulate a persuasive rebuttal, even as a new wave of moderates, such as New York Mayor Eric Adams, has urged them to take a more tough-on-crime approach.

In April, the pollster Gallup found concern over crime was at its highest level since 2016, with 53% of Americans saying they worried "a great deal" about it. An ABC/Washington Post poll in May showed Americans trusted the Republican Party over Democrats to handle crime by 12 percentage points.

June 03, 2022 2:57 PM  
Anonymous rules and regulations, who needs them?... said...

"Thoughts and prayers do not mean anything"

a touching confession from TTF that they don't ever think before they speak

after all, to them, thinking is worthless

reminds me of a line from Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey:

"All this thinking these days. I blame the war. Before 1917, no one thought about anything at all..."

June 03, 2022 3:47 PM  
Anonymous Hey it's Donald - Has anyone seen my pillow guy? He was supposed to get me back in the Oval Office by now. said...

"tell me, do all the other inmates in your nuthouse share your views
make sure you're up to date with our meds before answering..."

Lacking an intelligent response, or even a cogent counterpoint, you have once again resorted to that backbone of right-wing arguments - the ad hominem attack. Classic.

The facts speak for themselves. Republicans have sucked at handling the economy for the last 100 years:

List of recessions in past century and who was president

1923–24 Recession: May 1923 – June 1924 - Calvin Coolidge (R)

1926–27 Recession: Oct 1926 – Nov 1927 - Calvin Coolidge (R)

Great Depression: Aug 1929–Mar 1933 - Started under Hoover (R), Ended as Roosevelt (D) entered office

The Roosevelt Recession: May 1937–June 1938 - Roosevelt (D)

(Roosevelt led Allied forces to total victory in WWII)

The Union Recession: February 1945–October 1945 - Started under Roosevelt (D), Fixed under Truman (D)

The Post-War Recession: November 1948–October 1949 - Truman (D)

The Post-Korean War Recession: July 1953–May 1954 - Eisenhower (R)

The Eisenhower Recession: August 1957–April 1958 - Eisenhower (R)

The "Rolling Adjustment" Recession: April 1960 – February 1961 - Started under Eisenhower (R), Fixed under Kennedy (D)

The Nixon Recession: December 1969–November 1970 - Nixon (R)

The Oil Crisis Recession: November 1973–March 1975 - Started under Nixon (R), Fixed under Ford (R)

The Energy Crisis Recession: January 1980–July 1980 - Regan (R)

The Iran/Energy Crisis Recession: July 1981–November 1982 - Regan (R)

The Gulf War Recession: July 1990–March 1991 - Bush I (R)

The 9/11 Recession: March 2001–November 2001 - Bush II (R)

The Great Recession: December 2007–June 2009 - Started under Bush II (R), Fixed under Obama (D)

COVID-19 Recession: February 2020 - Jan 2021 - Started under Trump (R), Fixed under Biden (D)

June 03, 2022 4:13 PM  
Anonymous Pay attention Supremes: 'Pro-Choice' Identification Rises to Near Record High in U.S. said...

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Gallup poll conducted mostly after the draft of a Supreme Court decision addressing abortion rights was leaked finds a marked shift in public attitudes over the past year. After a decade in which Americans' identification as "pro-choice" varied narrowly between 45% and 50%, the percentage has jumped six points to 55% in the latest poll, compared with the prior measure a year ago.

Pro-choice sentiment is now the highest Gallup has measured since 1995 when it was 56% -- the only other time it has been at the current level or higher -- while the 39% identifying as "pro-life" is the lowest since 1996.

Similarly, for the first time in Gallup's trend on the moral acceptability of abortion, originating in 2001, a majority of Americans (52%) consider abortion morally acceptable, while a record-low 38% call it morally wrong.

The latest survey was conducted by telephone May 2-22 with a nationally representative sample of 1,007 U.S. adults. A leaked draft of the Supreme Court's opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization was reported by Politico on the evening of May 2, shortly after the start of interviewing for the new poll.

The opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito provides the court's reasoning behind its preliminary decision to uphold a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. In this first draft, Alito argues that the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that affirmed a constitutional right to seek abortion was wrongly decided and must be overturned.

Democrats Rally to 'Pro-Choice' Side as Roe Is Threatened

The increase in pro-choice identification over the past year is mainly driven by Democrats; 88%, up from 70% last year, consider themselves pro-choice.

The poll also shows significant increases in pro-choice identification among Democratic-leaning groups, including younger adults and women. Pro-choice identification increased by nine percentage points to 61% among women, 12 points to 67% among adults aged 18 to 34 and nine points to 58% among adults aged 35 to 54. The percentage "pro-choice" did not change significantly among Republicans, independents, men or older Americans.

Abortion Views Flip From Majority Restrictive to Majority Permissive
Separately, Gallup asks Americans if abortion should be legal under any circumstances, legal only under certain circumstances or illegal in all circumstances. Those who say it should be legal only under certain circumstances are then asked whether they would prefer it to be legal in most or only a few circumstances.

The latest data show Americans are less likely than a year ago to say abortion should be illegal in all circumstances, falling six points to 13%, the lowest Gallup has recorded for this position since 1995. At the same time, the 35% wanting it legal under any circumstances is the highest in Gallup's trend by one point, after increasing slightly each of the past three years.

The combined percentage opting for one of these more supportive positions is now 53%, up from 45% a year ago. Meanwhile, the combined percentage favoring more restrictive policies has fallen from 52% to 45%.

Mirroring the demographic shifts in Americans' preference for the pro-choice label, support for abortion being legal under any or in most circumstances shows the largest increase among Democrats, jumping from 69% to 82%, as well as adults aged 18 to 34, rising from 52% to 63%. It has also increased more among women (up eight points to 59%) than among men (increasing five points to 45%).

Support for abortion being broadly legal increased seven points over the past year among political independents but did not change appreciably among Republicans or adults aged 55 and older...

Bottom Line

The prospect of the Supreme Court overturning the case that established women's right to seek an abortion has clearly jolted a segment of Americans into identifying with the pro-choice side of the issue and expressing more unequivocal support for abortion being legal.

June 04, 2022 1:58 PM  
Anonymous the "smart" Dem Party has been running the nation's largest cities for decades and has done nothing about racist police brutality said...

"Pay attention Supremes: 'Pro-Choice' Identification Rises to Near Record High in U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A Gallup poll conducted mostly after the draft of a Supreme Court decision addressing abortion rights was leaked finds a marked shift in public attitudes over the past year. After a decade in which Americans' identification as "pro-choice" varied narrowly between 45% and 50%, the percentage has jumped six points to 55% in the latest poll, compared with the prior measure a year ago.

Pro-choice sentiment is now the highest Gallup has measured since 1995 when it was 56% -- the only other time it has been at the current level or higher -- while the 39% identifying as "pro-life" is the lowest since 1996.

Similarly, for the first time in Gallup's trend on the moral acceptability of abortion, originating in 2001, a majority of Americans (52%) consider abortion morally acceptable, while a record-low 38% call it morally wrong."

so, what's the problem?

the Supreme Court will soon rule, correctly, that killing an unborn child is not a constitutional, even if the kid is inconvenient

if you think that most people think it should be legal to do that, it will be the law, passed by our democratically chosen state legislatures

sounds like you are scared most people won't vote to make it legal

June 04, 2022 8:57 PM  
Anonymous remember when Hillary said she lost because of Russian collusion with Trump: that was the Big Lie... said...

So, the Biden anti-inflation plan has crashed like a lead balloon.

Even their apology tour, with their leading players begging for forgiveness for having missed the inflation threat for a near 14 months, looks more like a hostage video than a real apology. See for yourself:

JANET YELLEN: Look, I think I was wrong then about the path that inflation would take. As I mentioned, there have been unanticipated and large shocks to the economy that have boosted energy and food prices and supply bottlenecks that have affected our economy badly that I, at the time, didn't fully understand.

Ms. Yellen, the president, and other spokespeople will not accept the reality that their modern monetary theory and radical progressive policies of excessive government spending, welfare state expansion, the war against fossil fuels, the regulatory attacks on businesses, and the money printing by the Federal Reserve are the root causes of the high inflation that still faces us and will continue problematically for a good, long while.

It's not Vladimir Putin. It's not pandemic supply shortages. It's the progressive campaign against free-market capitalism and the failed big government socialist attempt to transform America into a state-run economy.

Mr. Biden has a 35% economic approval rating, according to the RealClearPolitics average, and his recent increase in inflation messaging is not going to change that, but he's got a lot of other problems as well.

His failing presidency is being rejected by the voters on virtually all accounts. They got inflation wrong. They were always a dollar short and a day late on Ukraine. More recently, they bungled the baby formula crisis.

In fact, yesterday, the president convened a meeting of the baby food producers and didn't bother to invite the country's largest baby formula producer, Abbott. Really? Is that the Biden version of a public-private partnership?

It kind of reminds me of when, awhile back, the president convened a meeting with the electric vehicle carmakers. Remember that? All the big guns were there, except, wait a minute, somehow they forgot to invite Elon Musk, whose Tesla company is by far the biggest electric carmaker.

This was even before Musk came out in favor of Twitter free speech and even before he said he was so disgusted with the mean Democrats that he's voting Republican this fall.

No, Elon's sin way back then was that he actually had a non-union factory. Oh my goodness! This is vintage Biden stuff. You got to fit the "woke mode" in order to succeed in Biden-land and stay on the inside track. You have to hate fossil fuels, rich people, large and small businesses, wealth, and you have to love the big welfare state, over-regulation, high taxes, and cheap money. Well, you get the picture.

June 05, 2022 6:24 AM  
Anonymous remember when Hillary said she lost because of Russian collusion with Trump: that was the Big Lie... said...

Mr. Biden has failed at the border. He's failed at the gas station. He's failed with parents. He's failed with cops, and he's failed in foreign policy, too.

In some sense, the beginning of the collapse of the Biden presidency occurred with his extraordinary mishandling of Afghanistan —as our military was ordered to rush out of the country, as we fled the Bagram airport, and all of the expensive weapons hardware that we left behind, as our military left before our civilians or their friends, and as even today the U.S. perfidy has still left probably thousands of friends and collaborators in Afghanistan at the mercy of the Taliban.

Lately, there are a lot of White House gossip rumors of staff resignations and replacements and political arrow-shooting at one another, as White House staff tries to dodge the bullets of failure.

I read about 21 Black staffers who are resigning because of a lack of promotion and attention. I also read reports of a top Treasury official and an NEC deputy, both of whom were architects of the Biden tax hike plans, which were doomed to failure as "Build Back Better" never passed and never will pass.

I can't vouch for any of these personnel changes. As someone who has served twice in the White House, I don't much like to gossip.

For me, the essential issue is not who's up and who's down in the West Wing pecking order. The essential issue is that the radical progressive policies of this administration have failed. The culprit is the president and only the president.

For the past nearly 50 years, I've heard people talk about how this president is being manipulated and that president is being manipulated, and this one is taking orders from one of his big shots – blah, blah, blah. But let me tell you, I worked for Reagan, and later for Trump. It is the president who makes the final decision in the Oval Office.

Nobody told Joe Biden to run as a moderate and then govern as Bernie Sanders and AOC. If his advisers suggested this strategy, which has failed so badly, it was Mr. Biden who agreed to follow it, and that's why his administration is falling apart.

Big government socialism doesn't work. Modern Monetary Theory doesn't work. Radical woke progressivism doesn't work. America never wanted to be transformed, culturally or economically.

You know which person in the White House has seen their stock fall the lowest? Who all intelligent fingers are being pointed at? That's easy. The guy's name is Joe Biden.

June 05, 2022 6:27 AM  
Anonymous NO FORCED BIRTHS said...

"sounds like you are scared most people won't vote to make it legal"

Do you often hear sounds when you read?

I live in Maryland where in 1992, voters decided the abortion issue.

Maryland abortion law settled by ballot question in 1992

Maryland voters decided the abortion question 30 years ago on the ballot, and that decision stands today.

It was a heated debate in the 1992 November election in Maryland over ballot question 6, which legalized access to abortion as a matter of state law. Voters approved the ballot measure by a 2-1 margin, and it remains standing today.

"The legality of abortion in Maryland is stable, and I think Marylanders can rest assured they will continue to have the same right to abortion they have today," said Professor Leslie Henry, with the University of Maryland Carey Law School.

1992 Maryland abortion ballot question language

"Revises Maryland's abortion law to prohibit state interference with woman's abortion decision before fetus is viable, or, under certain conditions, at any time and to provide certain exceptions to the requirement that a physician notify an unmarried minor's parent or guardian prior to minor's abortion; repeals pre-abortion information requirements about abortion alternatives; repeals some, and clarifies other, provisions related to abortion referral; requires that abortions be performed by licensed physicians; provides good-faith immunity under certain conditions to physicians performing abortions; authorizes State to adopt abortion regulations; repeals certain penalty and disciplinary provisions related to the performance of abortions."

Legal experts said the Maryland law was intended to protect access to abortion, even if Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court, which seems likely now.

A draft opinion published Monday night by Politico indicates the U.S. Supreme Court is inclined to overturn Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide, and throw the issue of access to abortion back to the states.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday confirmed the authenticity of leaked draft opinion and ordered an investigation.

"If Roe v. Wade and the subsequent cases upholding Roe v. Wade are overturned by the Supreme Court, Maryland will still provide abortions as a legal right to abortions in this state," Henry said.

Attempts to restrict access to abortion in the Maryland General Assembly have failed. Instead, in the 2022 legislative session, lawmakers expanded access to abortion by allowing additional health care providers to perform them. The new law went on the books after legislators overrode Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's veto.

One consequence of the Supreme Court's likely decision is demand for abortion in Maryland could grow.

"We are surrounded by states where abortion access for people in those states is less likely after this decision than it is now," Henry said. "And, if people in neighboring states don't have access to abortion, there is an increased likelihood they will travel to Maryland to seek that access."

A bill to amend Maryland's constitution to include abortion rights overwhelmingly passed the House of Delegates this past session, but it did not get a vote in the Maryland Senate before the session ended.

June 05, 2022 8:29 AM  
Anonymous sleazy-peasy... said...

so, overturning Roe doesn't affect the availability of services to kill unborn children in Maryland

so, why do liberals act like overturning Roe is some cataclysm?

anyone in America who wants to kill their unborn kid can just come to Maryland

June 05, 2022 1:02 PM  
Anonymous Empathy? What's that? said...

Sure, anyone can afford to travel out of state for medical care!

Why not?

After all, this is America where we tell rich from poor this way: a poor man washes his own Cadillac.

And by all means, let's keep things fair.

If you expect women to travel to Maryland get reproductive health care, all limp men can travel to bright red Florida to pick up their viagra prescriptions.

I hear it's a big seller there.

June 05, 2022 1:37 PM  
Anonymous heterosexuality is how life is perpetuated and it has a privileged status said...

when you say it's alright to kill a defenseless unborn child because it is inconvenient to the lifestyle you want to live, the concept of fairness has become superfluous

June 05, 2022 8:45 PM  
Anonymous That's the way the laws are in Texas said...

Starr County District Attorney Gocha Allen Ramirez said Sunday he has filed a motion to dismiss a murder charge against a woman for performing a "self-induced abortion."

Ramirez said the case stemmed from a report made to police by a local hospital in January.

The Starr County Sheriff's Office arrested 26-year-old Lizelle Herrera on Thursday and held her in custody on $500,000 bond. By Saturday night, Herrera was released from custody after an abortion rights advocacy fund posted bail on her behalf.

Ramirez said the Starr County Sheriff's Department "did their duty in investigating the incident brought to their attention by the reporting hospital” but this was not a criminal matter under Texas law.

"In reviewing applicable Texas law, it is clear that Ms. Herrera cannot and should not be prosecuted for the allegation against her." Ramirez said.

This is a dramatic turnaround from an indictment signed March 30, 2022, stating that Herrera “did then and there intentionally and knowingly cause the death of an individual J.A.H. by a self-induced abortion.”

Steve Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law, said that based on the information available, the murder charge didn’t make sense.

“The Texas murder statute does apply to the killing of an unborn fetus," he said, "but it specifically exempts cases where the person who terminated the fetus is the pregnant woman.”

Vladeck said Herrera’s situation showed what will happen as legal protections around abortion crumble. “I think what this case really is, is an ominous portent of what things are going to look like on the ground in states that have aggressive abortion restrictions,” he added.

Jessica Brand, a former prosecutor and founder of the WREN Collective, a criminal justice nonprofit organization, agreed. “We've had a lot of wake up calls in Texas for how far people are willing to go to prosecute women to strip women of their rights,” she said.

Melissa Arjona, who co-founded South Texans for Reproductive Justice, said the arrest is a consequence of SB 8, which criminalized abortion as early as six weeks and deputized private citizens to sue anyone who provides an abortion or “aids and abets” a procedure.

“I mean, they criminalized pregnancy, basically, and abortion access," she said. "And so we knew something like this was bound to happen eventually.”

While SB8 explicitly exempts pregnant women who get an abortion from criminal repercussions, it makes it nearly impossible to access abortion services in Texas, so many people are left with little to no legal options to terminate their pregnancy.

The controversial law went into effect in September 2021. As legal challenges make their way through the courts, thousands of Texans have gone out of state to get abortions.

“Criminalizing pregnant people’s choices or pregnancy outcomes, which the State of Texas has done, takes away people’s autonomy over their own bodies, and leaves them with no safe options when they choose not to become a parent," said Rockie Gonzalez, founder and board chair of Frontera Fund, which organized a protest on Herrera’s behalf outside the Starr County jail on Saturday.

“We want people to know that this type of legislation impacts low-income people of color communities the most when state legislators put restrictions on our reproductive rights,” Gonzalez told TPR.

Lynn Paltrow, executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, said it was also troubling that this incident began with hospital staff making a report to police.

“We should not be living in a country where people who get pregnant are afraid to go for help at a hospital, because somebody there will turn them in or might turn them in, and it will result in arrest,” Paltrow told TPR.

“This is a disaster not only for any hope of equality, but also for public health. Because what these kinds of prosecutions do is frighten people away from hospitals when they need them from speaking honestly to their doctors when they need them.”

June 06, 2022 7:06 AM  
Anonymous I wonder if TTFers agree with any part of the Constitution.... said...

"pregnant people’s choices"

"pregnancy outcomes"

"autonomy over their own bodies""

"choose not to become a parent"

all being used as euphemisms for killing an unborn child

the need to use euphemisms just indicates you know this is wrong

June 06, 2022 10:16 AM  
Anonymous Hi, it's Andrew Cuomo. Rememba me? I was the big hero of COVID who was thrown out because I like girls. Should I run for President?... said...

Over 70 percent of Americans disapprove of President Biden’s handling of soaring inflation and gas prices, indicating that economic security remains a high priority for the voting population.

As of June 3-4, 71 percent said they are unsatisfied with Biden’s efforts to curb inflation and 72 percent said the same for gas prices specifically, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll released Sunday. Meanwhile, 28 percent say they are content with Biden’s management of the inflation crisis.

Thirty-seven percent said they approve of the president’s handling of the economic recovery following the Covid-19 downturn, a stunningly sharp drop of 16 percent from July 2021, when 53 percent approved of Biden’s performance on economic recovery.

June 06, 2022 12:41 PM  
Anonymous more of them polls that TTFers like so much...... said...

28 percent say they are content with Biden’s management of the inflation crisis.

28 percent is a good grade.

I mean, that's higher than most TTFers would score on an IQ test!

June 06, 2022 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Outcomes made easy by the Second Amendment said...

Mass Murder








June 06, 2022 1:19 PM  
Anonymous how did Slidin' Biden fool Delaware for so long?.... said...

President Joe Biden and his aides have grown increasingly frustrated by their inability to turn the tide against a cascade of challenges threatening to overwhelm the administration.

Soaring global inflation. Rising fuel prices. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A Supreme Court poised to take away a constitutional right. A potentially resurgent pandemic. A Congress too deadlocked to tackle sweeping gun safety legislation even amid an onslaught of mass shootings.

In crisis after crisis, the White House has found itself either limited or helpless in its efforts to combat the forces pummeling them. Morale inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is plummeting amid growing fears that the parallels to Jimmy Carter, another first-term Democrat plagued by soaring prices and a foreign policy morass, will stick.

Outcomes made easy by eliminating constitutional rights:

Mass Murder








June 06, 2022 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Somehow, "right wing" and Christian is a dangerous mix no matter what country you're in said...

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African court has convicted a pastor of plotting to overthrow the government and to kill thousands of Black people in the country.

Harry Johannes Knoesen, 61, a leader of the National Christian Resistance Movement, was on Monday found guilty of high treason, incitement to carry out violent attacks, and recruiting people to commit attacks.

Knoesen’s group explored the possibility of using a biological weapon to infect and kill Black people, including the poisoning of water reservoirs supplying Black communities, according to the prosecution.

Knoesen was also found guilty of unlawful possession of firearms by the Middelburg High Court. Weapons and ammunition were found when he was arrested in Middelburg, a small town in the eastern Mpumalanga province.

The plot by the pastor’s group was foiled in 2019 by South Africa’s police and intelligence services, who have since dismantled the organization’s cells across various parts of the country and arrested some of its leaders.

Knoesen was convicted on evidence from witnesses including members of his group who are already serving jail sentences after they were convicted of similar crimes.

The state alleged that Knoesen’s plot was motivated by his “highly racial views” and that he sought to justify his beliefs on religious grounds, claiming that he was ordained to “reclaim South Africa for white people.”

“To further this end, he planned to attack government institutions and more specifically police and military institutions,” Monica Nyuswa, a spokeswoman for the National Prosecuting Authority, told The Associated Press.

He also identified townships and informal settlements occupied by Black South Africans as targets for attack, she said.

Knoesen allegedly used social media platform Facebook to incite violence against Black people and to recruit former members of South Africa’s military to join his movement and to carry out the planned attacks. These were foiled when he was arrested in November 2019 and the cells in various parts of the country were dismantled.

In his testimony, Knoesen admitted to sharing “recipes” to manufacture explosives with his followers on Facebook, according to the Middelburg Observer newspaper.

This is not the first racist, treasonous plot to be uncovered in South Africa.

In 2013, 20 members of the right-wing white supremacy group known as the Boeremag were sentenced to prison for plotting to kill South Africa’s first Black president Nelson Mandela, overthrow the government and kill thousands of Black people.

They were handed sentences ranging from five to 35 years following a 10-year treason trial, one of the longest in the country’s history.

That group, like Knoesen’s, was opposed to South Africa’s democracy which brought an end to apartheid, the country’s regime of white minority rule that ended with the first democratic elections in 1994 which elected Mandela president.

Knoesen is expected back in court on June 10 for the beginning of sentencing proceedings.

June 06, 2022 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Ex-GOP Lawmaker Quits Republican Party Over Trump 'Cult Of Personality' said...

Former Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.) says he quit the Republican Party because the GOP has veered away from conservative principles and toward conspiracy theories and a cult of personality devoted to former President Donald Trump.

“I think the party left me some time ago,” Riggleman told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, adding that he quit due to the GOP’s “belief systems.”

“It’s absolutely insane what people have sort of put their arms around. If you look at ‘Stop the Steal,’ if you look at, you know, some of the COVID issues with the vaccination conspiracy theories, when you look at all the things in total, the fact is that a lot of that has been pushed by people around” Trump, Riggleman said.

He called the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters attempting to stop the certification of the election an “attempted coup” and said this week’s House select committee hearings will be revelatory for many Americans.

Unfortunately, Riggleman leaving the leaving the Republican party isn't enough to guarantee Trump isn't the de facto leader of conservatives in the US. Until GOP "belief systems" can be rectified, the rest of the country is in danger.

June 06, 2022 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Amanda Marcotte said...

After reassuring multiple people by text that my partner and I had been tucked safely in bed at 11:30 on Saturday night, I finally cracked and posted a general reassurance on Facebook. No, we had not been near the shooting on South Street in Philadelphia, where we live, that resulted in 3 deaths and 11 major injuries. But people's concerns weren't misplaced. We had been at a party in that neighborhood just the night before. Saturday's was the ninth mass shooting in the city this year alone, according to the Gun Violence Archive. There have been shootings at train stations and house parties. One group of victims was going to the prom. These things really are a matter of luck in a society that's swimming in as much gun violence as ours.

What made the South Street shooting particularly nerve-rattling was how unhinged the situation seems to have been. Current reports suggest it started as a fight between two young men, but at least three other civilians and a police officer whipped out guns and sent bullets flying everywhere. There's a very Wild West quality to the whole thing, except, you know, it happened in a 21st-century crowded city, with advanced gun tech, making the body count much higher than someone like Billy the Kid would have experienced.

This is all by design.

As Melissa Ryan wrote Monday morning in the Ctrl Alt Right Delete newsletter, "For the Right, mass shootings are a feature, not a bug." And as I have been arguing for at Salon, mass shootings are effective for Republicans at demoralizing their opposition and training their base to unlearn any lingering sense of empathy. Historian Ruth Ben-Shiat argued in October in the Washington Post, that gun violence "fosters political, social and psychological conditions that are propitious for autocracy." A major GOP campaign message going into the midterms is that "woke" Democrats are letting criminals run amok in the cities. Dramatic gun violence really helps sell this message, which is why Republicans are guaranteed to block any bill that would make it even slightly harder for violent and unhinged people to get guns.

This is how Republicans operate: Break things and then blame Democrats for the damage.

It was true of the 2008 economic crash. The misery was largely the fault of Republicans, due to lax regulation under George W. Bush and the GOP's unwillingness to support more robust recovery efforts when Barack Obama became president. Republicans didn't hide, however, that they planned to obstruct Obama's attempts to fix the problems. In Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's infamous words, it was his mission to make Obama a "one-term president." We saw a similar strategy deployed against President Joe Biden. First, Republicans make the pandemic worse by convincing their voters not to vaccinate. Now they blame Biden because the pandemic is still a problem.

Gun violence in Philadelphia is bad, just like in the rest of the country. The reasons aren't mysterious. Gun sales surged during the pandemic because decades of propaganda caused people to think they needed them to be "safe." (In reality, having a gun in the house increases your chances of injury or death.) More guns lead to more violence. Research shows that was especially true of this gun buying surge, as the percentage of newly purchased guns being used in crime surged. Things only promise to get worse because, no matter how much research says otherwise, people still have this asinine idea that the way to protect themselves from gun violence is to buy more guns. So this vicious cycle is perpetuated. People buy guns, which leads to more gun violence, which leads to more gun sales, and so on and so forth. Next thing you know, there are shootouts on South Street because everyone thinks they're in some goddamn action movie.

June 06, 2022 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Amanda Marcotte said...

This works out great for the gun companies, who are booking record profits. It's also working out for Republicans, who happily exploit all this gun violence to sell paranoid, racist voters a story about how it's all the fault of Democrats, "wokeism" and Black people. Sometimes this gets very explicitly white nationalist. As Roger Sollenberger of Daily Beast reported over the weekend, Blake Masters, the Donald Trump-endorsed GOP candidate for Senate in Arizona, gave an interview in April in which he summed up what he thought was the cause of gun violence: "Black people, frankly."

The racism looks even uglier in the aftermath of the Buffalo, New York shooting, in which a white 18-year-old is alleged to have murdered a bunch of elderly Black grocery shoppers because he bought into the "great replacement" conspiracy theory Masters is peddling. It also notably ignores actually links shootings across the country, whether its's gang violence, fights, or mass shootings: Angry young men, regardless of race, who have way too easy access to weapons. Masters isn't stupid, and while I have no doubt his racism is entirely sincere, he is also a cynical propagandist. He's feeding directly into this vicious cycle. Whip up his conservatives into thinking they're in danger from people of different races, so that they buy more guns and support lax gun laws that then leads to more crime. Then use the crime to whip up more racist paranoia.

Of course, other Republican propagandists are a bit more subtle — though only a little bit — in their race-baiting, blaming "woke" prosecutors for crime instead of evoking racist stereotypes directly. Fox News is, of course, blaming Philadelphia's progressive district attorney, Larry Krasner, for the shooting. Right-wing media has also been hyping a recall election focused on similarly progressive San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin. As the Washington Post notes, violent crime "remains at some of the lowest levels it has been in four decades" in San Francisco, but that hasn't slowed down the GOP narrative one bit.

"It is nothing more than a new version of the Southern strategy," Krasner told Business Insider. "They're saying 'big cities, lawless,' except all the big cities they're talking about are very Democratic and have huge Black and brown populations."

This race-baiting is especially gross when one considers that, despite the paranoia of the white GOP, racial minorities are more likely to be victims of gun violence. But that underscores just how nasty and cynical the Republican strategy here is. They back policies that lead to violence that harms people of color, then they blame people of color in order to get votes from racist white people. For Republicans, it's all political upside. For the rest of us, however, it comes at the price of living in a society where any of us, at any time, could find ourselves the victim of the latest angry young man with a gun taking his grievances out on strangers.

The price we're paying for the GOP's political propaganda is being paid, every day, in blood. And it's likely to get worse as the summer heats up and people's nerves remain frayed after all the stress of the past few years.

June 06, 2022 3:12 PM  
Anonymous Hell yes! said...

Democrat proposes filibuster-proof 1,000% tax on AR-15s that would raise price by up to $20,000

Rep. Don Beyer says Democrats can pass the measure without any Republican votes

With senators negotiating a gun control package that is expected to leave out a reinstatement of an assault weapons ban and expanded background checks on gun purchases, Rep. Don Beyer is proposing a unique method of keeping AR-15s and similar semiautomatic weapons out of people's hands.

The Virginia Democrat said late Sunday that he's drafting a proposal to impose a 1,000% excise tax on firearms like the ones used by numerous perpetrators of mass shootings in recent years.

With AR-15s costing between $500 and $2,000, the tax would add up to $20,000 onto the weapons' price tag. The tax would also apply to high-capacity magazines that carry more than 10 rounds of ammunition, Business Insider reported, and weapons with one or more military characteristic including a pistol grip, a forward grip, or a folding or telescoping stock—the type of firearms Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., are seeking to ban with legislation introduced in 2021.

Beyer said Sunday he believes the proposal could pass with a simple majority in the Senate via reconciliation, allowing it to bypass the legislative filibuster, which requires 60 votes for bills to pass. Right-wing Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., have opposed reforming the filibuster, obstructing their own party's agenda since President Joe Biden took office.

"What it's intended to do is provide another creative pathway to actually make some sensible gun control happen," Beyer told Insider. "We think that a 1,000% fee on assault weapons is just the kind of restrictive measure that creates enough fiscal impact to qualify for reconciliation."

According to Insider, the proposal could be included in a spending bill containing parts of Biden's climate action and taxation agenda.

Beyer said revenue from the tax could go towards a restitution program for family members of people killed in shootings.

The proposal comes two years after Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., proposed a 30% tax on handguns and a 50% tax on shells and cartridges.

June 06, 2022 3:51 PM  
Anonymous the despicable day of anti-family forces is nearing nightfall said...

good idea, Don

throwing this into a reconciliation bill will make sure it doesn't pass

just like Build Back Better

you must be a closet GOPer

btw, reconciliation bills bypassing the GOP will only be possible for about six more months

a new Congress will be in place in January and the chance Dems will have a majority in either side is slim and none

and you can't even get one through when you have a majority


June 06, 2022 4:14 PM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden shold call it a day and ride into the sunset.... said...

While gas prices spike and President Biden’s poll numbers sink, former Trump administration official Kellyanne Conway called out Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris Monday for not being present to address the issues Americans are facing.

"They are so disconnected from the American people. They don't even show up at a small business. They don't give a speech. He literally goes to the beach. Vice President Harris is nowhere on the weekends," Conway told "The Faulkner Focus."

"Look at her public schedule, America, you pay for her, and she's really nowhere on the weekends in terms of her official duties."

Conway became the first woman to ever run a successful presidential campaign after Donald Trump declared victory in the 2016 election.

June 06, 2022 4:55 PM  
Anonymous And to think, GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde called it a "normal tourist visit" said...

Five members of the Proud Boys street gang — including their leader, Enrique Tarrio — were indicted Monday on seditious conspiracy charges for their role in the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., returned the rare indictment, which charges that Tarrio and four other members of the Proud Boys — Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl and Dominic Pezzola — played an outsize role in the planning and execution of the insurrection. A sixth Proud Boy, Charles Donohoe, wasn’t included because he’d already pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in a plea deal that will force him to testify against his fellow gang members.

Dozens of Proud Boys were among the thousands of people who stormed the U.S. Capitol that day in an effort to stop the certification of Joe Biden as president. Prosecutors say that Tarrio and his fellow defendants were instrumental in the planning stages of the attack; Tarrio allegedly looked over a document titled “1776 Returns” on Dec. 30, 2020, detailing plans to occupy several buildings in Washington on Jan. 6, including six House and Senate office buildings.

Tarrio didn’t join his gang on the day of the insurrection — he was under court order to stay away from D.C. following his arrest over other crimes he committed with the Proud Boys in December — but the other members led the charge. They stood at the front of a massive throng that marched to the Capitol following a speech by defeated President Donald Trump, joined by members of the Oath Keepers, a self-described “militia” that often shows up to Proud Boys events, whose leaders are also facing seditious conspiracy charges.

Several people died as a result of the attack on the Capitol, including police officers, and hundreds more were injured.

Seditious conspiracy is serious and rarely prosecuted. It holds that two or more people not only conspired to carry out an attack, but did so with an intention to “overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States.”

The seditious conspiracy charges will be slapped on top of the conspiracy charges each member already faced. They’re scheduled to appear together in court on June 9.

The indictment comes the same week that a House committee tasked with investigating the events of Jan. 6 is prepared to hold its first hearings.

June 06, 2022 5:28 PM  
Anonymous Because apparently, a shooter would never think of going through a ground floor window said...

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday said that the Republican suggestion to limit school entrances to a single door to stop mass shootings is the “definition of insanity.”

“The idea that us being the only developed country where this happens routinely — especially in terms of the mass shootings — is somehow a result of the design of the doorways on our school buildings is the definition of insanity, if not the definition of denial,” Buttigieg told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “The Week.”

He didn’t mention any names.

But Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz most notably pitched the single-door strategy to protect children from attacks by gunmen armed with assault rifles. Schools would be better protected by “having one door that goes in and out of the school [and] having armed police officers at that one door,” he insisted.

More than 100 trained, armed officers on the scene were unable to stop the killing of 19 children and two teachers in the attack last month at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde ― Cruz’s home state. It’s difficult to understand how a sole officer stationed at a single entrance could have made a critical difference.

States with warmer climates often have small, free-standing classroom buildings spread throughout a school campus, each with one or two entrances. That would mean armed guards or police officers would need separate security stations at each classroom door opening to the outside under Cruz’s plan.

Yet the “strategy” has long been a talking point of the gun industry, and was pitched as a solution after an earlier Texas school mass shooting in 2018 by then-Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

June 06, 2022 5:35 PM  
Anonymous What is a Republican to do if he can't lie to Congress? said...

This House Republican says 'you can't even lie to Congress' if you are a Republican

(CNN)Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert was trying to make the point that the scales of justice are tilted against Republicans these days. He did it in the worst possible way.

"If you're a Republican, you can't even lie to Congress or lie to an FBI agent or they're coming after you," Gohmert said in a Friday interview on NewsMax. "They're going to bury you, they're going to put you in the DC jail and terrorize and torture you and not live up to the Constitution there."

Last time I checked, it is against the law to lie to Congress. As CNN's Laura Jarrett noted in 2017:

"Federal law makes it a crime to 'knowingly and willfully' give 'materially' false statements to Congress, even if unsworn -- which is not to be confused with the more general crime of perjury for lying under oath."

It is also -- surprise, surprise! -- against the law to lie to the FBI. It's right there in the US Code -- and carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.

June 06, 2022 5:46 PM  
Anonymous OMG! Ohio GOPers want to peek in trans teen girls' underpants! said...

Ohio House Republicans passed a bill at 11:15 pm (yes pm) on Wednesday, which would not only ban trans girls and women from participating in girls' high school and college sports but would subject people to a humiliating, degrading “verification process” if they’re accused of being trans, per local outlet NBC 4. That process includes looking at their genitals. Schools found in violation of these rules would open themselves up to lawsuits.

June 06, 2022 6:50 PM  
Anonymous to tell the truth, TTF doesn't really want anyone to teach the facts..... said...

"Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday said that the Republican suggestion to limit school entrances to a single door to stop mass shootings is the “definition of insanity.”

no, the definition of insanity is to name an unqualified homosexual to be Transportation Secretary

you might wind up with a catastrophic supply issues

oh, wait a minute....

"More than 100 trained, armed officers on the scene were unable to stop the killing of 19 children and two teachers in the attack last month at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde"

on the topic of insane, how about that statement?

"States with warmer climates often have small, free-standing classroom buildings spread throughout a school campus, each with one or two entrances. That would mean armed guards or police officers would need separate security stations at each classroom door opening to the outside"

or some alternative

how locking or shuttering one of the entrances?

but you knew that

you are using the standard liberal demagogue routine

it's become clear we need to do something to protect kids,

and regardless of whether gun control promotes the socialist agenda, it won't stop nuts from getting guns to kill kids with

"It is also -- surprise, surprise! -- against the law to lie to the FBI. It's right there in the US Code -- and carries a penalty of up to five years in prison."

and yet Hillary's lawyer did it and was acquitted anyway

apparently, it's only illegal if you're a Republican

June 06, 2022 8:45 PM  
Anonymous making New York grand again.... said...

Andrew Giuliani, who had been considered a long shot in New York's gubernatorial race, has pulled ahead of the pack in at least one major poll, and he said on Monday that's because he's been building his grassroots base since announcing his candidacy a little over a year ago.

"We've got to be careful with polling and believing everything that's in there, but I think more than anything for us, it's a matter of whether we can get out the vote," Giuliani, a political advisor and son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, said.

New York pollster John Zogby, reporting the "stunning new findings" in a Unite NY/John Zogby Strategies poll, said Giuliani's lead over Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., is widening for the GOP nomination.

Giuliani is also ahead of 2014 nominee Rob Astorino and upstate millionaire Harry Wilson, other contenders in the June 28 primary, the poll noted.

Giuliani said Monday several debates are coming up.

"I've said, 'Hey, look, we have 22 days; let's do 21 debates,' " Giuliani said. "I want to make this about as many New Yorkers as possible."

President Donald Trump has yet to endorse a candidate, but he is holding a fundraiser next week for Giuliani.

Giuliani said he doesn't expect Trump to endorse anyone, but "he has talked a lot to me, I would say, probably once a week privately about the race, where it's going, given us great advice. It's not just a matter of working four years for him in the White House, but he's been kind of like in like an uncle to me for the last 25 years."

The winner of the primary will face off against the horrible New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, who replaced egregious former Gov. Andrew Cuomo after his resignation. Giuliani said he thinks Hochul is "very vulnerable" considering the state's crime rates, the arrest of her first major appointee, and several other issues.

Giuliani also said he thinks there will be a "June surprise" with the primary being just a few weeks away.

June 07, 2022 5:37 AM  
Anonymous baseball players resist pressure to promote homosexual agenda... said...

The latest backlash development:

Five players on the Tampa Bay Rays roster opted not to wear a patch the team added to its uniforms intended to celebrate Pride month in Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox. During the team's 16th annual Pride Night celebration Rays caps and uniforms had logos colored in the style of the modern LGBTQ+ pride flag, but not everyone in the clubhouse chose to participate.

Pitchers Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson were among the players who did not wear the patch on their uniforms and chose to wear the team's standard caps for the June 4 home game.

Adam was selected by the organization to speak on behalf of the players who opted out, and called it a "faith-based decision" and that the decision wasn't "judgmental," per the Times:

"So it's a hard decision. Because ultimately we all said what we want is them to know that all are welcome and loved here. But when we put it on our bodies, I think a lot of guys decided that it's just a lifestyle that maybe — not that they look down on anybody or think differently — it's just that maybe we don't want to encourage it if we believe in Jesus, who's encouraged us to live a lifestyle that would abstain from that behavior, just like Jesus encourages me as a heterosexual male to abstain from sex outside of the confines of marriage. It's no different."

June 07, 2022 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Hey it's Donald - Has anyone seen my pillow guy? He was supposed to get me back in the Oval Office by now. said...

"and yet Hillary's lawyer did it and was acquitted anyway"

For now in this country, you still have to prove a crime "beyond a reasonable" doubt before you can convict them.

Hillary's lawyer gave them information about something the FBI was already investigating, with information they already had.

June 07, 2022 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Thanks for sharing the minority opinion of 5/40 of the Tamp Bay Rays said...

"Five players on the Tampa Bay Rays roster opted not to wear a patch"

Wow, 5 out of 40 huh?

2022 Tampa Bay Rays Roster (40-man)

June 07, 2022 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Hi, it's Mario Cuomo. Guiliani's kid will be governor and not mine. I'm rolling over in my urn..... said...

"For now in this country, you still have to prove a crime "beyond a reasonable" doubt before you can convict them"

beyond a reasonable doubt is a subjective standard

comparing the cases of Sussman and Flynn, you would tend to get the impression that benefit of the doubt goes to Dems and not Repubs

the jury in Sussman case decided that the level of lying Sussman engaged in was ordinary in the Washington swamp

but, he clearly lied to the FBI

"Thanks for sharing the minority opinion of 5/40 of the Tamp Bay Rays"

it's a significant portion, considering the pressure that was applied to conform to the gay agenda

June 07, 2022 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Simple math said...

"comparing the cases of Sussman and Flynn"

OK, Flynn plead guilty twice.

Sussman plead guilty zero times.

June 07, 2022 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Hey it's Donald - Has anyone seen my pillow guy? He was supposed to get me back in the Oval Office by now. said...

"comparing the cases of Sussman and Flynn, you would tend to get the impression that benefit of the doubt goes to Dems and not Repubs"

"OK, Flynn plead guilty twice."

Yeah, somehow when you plead guilty they give you the benefit of the doubt that you are guilty.

Funny how that works.

It's almost like you're admitting to the crime you were charged with!

June 07, 2022 1:07 PM  
Anonymous summertime and the livin' is easy.... said...

"OK, Flynn plead guilty twice"

OK, that piece of trash called Robert Mueller threatened to prosecute his son for some bogus crap if he didn't plead guilty

back in the days of the Salem witch trials, they would hold suspected witches under water

if they drowned, it meant they were innocent because they had no magical powers to prevent it

in North Korea, if they think you don't really love the fat dictator enough, they torture you to confess

if you die from the torture, it proves you were innocent after all

The White House is quietly preparing for a Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, a consequential decision expected to come this month that will create immediate pressure to respond and take action.

Members of the administration have held listening sessions with state officials, advocacy groups and other stakeholders on abortion rights regarding the legal barriers to abortion already in place in certain states.

Individuals who participated in those meetings said that they are still waiting for concrete details about how the White House will answer the expected decision.

“I believe that we are at least setting the stage to fight a bigger fight that’s going to happen,” said Marsha Jones, executive director of The Afiya Center, an organization devoted to the health of Black women and girls in Texas. “The White House, at least they are giving the perception that they are willing to fight this fight with us.”

“I do need to see something tangible,” added Jones, who participated in a May 21 meeting with Gender Policy Council Executive Director Jennifer Klein and Vice President Harris’s domestic policy adviser Rohini Kosoglu. “We’re all just sitting on pins and needles.”

Publicly, President Slidin' Biden has been largely mum on the issue of abortion in the weeks since he expressed outrage at the Supreme Court draft ruling nixing Roe, which leaked at the start of May.

Harris, meanwhile, has become one of the administration’s leading voices on the subject, holding a roundtable on Monday with faith leaders on abortion rights in Los Angeles and releasing a video on social media last week arguing that other rights are at risk if the court overturns the landmark abortion ruling.

That oughta scare the heck outta 'em!

Administration officials have been quiet about steps they are weighing in response to the ruling, probably because they have no idea.

“Protecting Americans’ constitutional right to make personal decisions about their own bodies and lives is a top priority for the President, and as he has said, the Administration will be ready when any ruling is issued,” said White House spokesgayperson Alexandra LaManna.

June 07, 2022 1:17 PM  
Anonymous summertime and the livin' is easy.... said...

Since the draft decision leaked, White House officials have met with advocates from medical organizations, faith leaders and businesses, as well as elected officials from states that have moved ahead with restrictive abortion laws, such as Texas and Oklahoma, and states that have passed measures to protect abortion rights, including Connecticut and Maryland.

The focus on state and local leaders underscores that without action by Congress, the steps the Slidin' Biden administration can take are limited and likely to be subject to Republican-led legal challenges.

The leaked draft ruling demonstrates the high court is demolish Roe v. Wade, an dastradly 1973 decision that "found" the Constitution protected a woman’s right to kill their unborn children, sent shock waves through Washington last month and engendered a new sense of urgency in the West Wing.

Advocates for access to the murder of the unborn who have met with the administration said that the White House has been interested to hear about needs on the ground while it is deciding how to respond.

LOL, that's a good one!

“They wanted us to let them know how the White House can help in our advocacy and in our battles in our states,” said North Carolina state Rep. Julie von Haefen (D), who along with other state lawmakers participated in a meeting with Klein and White House intergovernmental affairs director Julie Chavez Rodriguez on Friday.

Von Haefen said that questions from White House officials included ones about access to abortion medication and any state bills prohibiting expenses for travel to receive an abortion.

“They’re really curious about what’s on the ground, and I know they’re weighing all of their options,” added Yvonne Hsu, chief policy and government affairs officer of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.


I bet they are!!!!!!!!!

June 07, 2022 1:22 PM  
Anonymous summertime and the livin' is easy.... said...

She pointed to areas the White House can focus on immediately to lessen the burden on women that were discussed in the May 21 meeting, including addressing the lack of access to information in languages other than English, squashing disinformation and curtailing fear in immigrant communities.

“What I am thankful to this White House for is not only calling those meetings, but calling them actually to listen, listen to what our concerns were across states,” said Kelly Davis, executive director of New Voices for Reproductive Justice.

well, what else could they do, Kelly?

they were plum outta ideas the second they got here


She said she expressed a “series of concerns,” including that, compared to other groups, “Black pregnant people are going to experience the majority of health, finance and self-determination consequences.”

Also, fewer unborn black children will be killed before they even see daylight!

Still, other crises have seemed to take precedence at the White House in recent weeks, such as the string of mass shootings and the subsequent renewed push for gun control legislation, leaving some to worry that the abortion fight has taken a back seat.

ya think?


“I think the moment has kind of passed and it isn’t on the front burner now as far as I can tell. The administration has got consumed with Ukraine, firearms and inflation,” said Lawrence Gostin, a public health law professor at Georgetown University.

“It’s not that they don’t want to do anything, it’s just that they just don’t think there’s anything immediate and powerful that they can do under the law,” he said.

why would anyone want someone who thinks that to be President?


June 07, 2022 1:27 PM  
Anonymous summertime and the livin' is easy.... said...

In the immediate wake of the leaked draft opinion, Slidin' Biden, who is a devout Catholic, used the word “abortion,” which marked a shift from not publicly speaking the word out loud during his presidency. Advocates for abortion access are hopeful that Biden leaning into the issue could mean he is more bullish when a ruling is out.

“I would love to see the White House take the following steps in the coming months, including that linguistically they have managed to actually speak in alignment with movements that talk about the word abortion,” Davis said.

by jove, that's the answer

just say the magic word


With limited action available now, Democrats are also looking to make abortion an issue on the campaign trail ahead of the looming midterm elections, hoping that the fight will help energize members of the base and bring in swing voters.

please, please, please

do it!

Slidin' Biden has called for voters to mobilize and elect more pro-abortion rights lawmakers to the state and federal levels, a call he reiterated when a vote failed in the 50-50 Senate last month on legislation that would have protected various abortion procedures. Harris has also echoed that message.

Then, Slidin' Biden took a nap, and Kamala went shoppin'

The White House has sought to paint Republicans as extreme for enacting abortion restrictions at the state level and opposing the Women’s Health Protection Act, a law that would codify federal abortion rights.

they oughta push that in the fall

that'll put those pro-life nuts in their place

“The Biden-Harris Administration is continuing to speak out as extremist Republican leaders are weaponizing the use of the law in states across the country to punish and control women,” a White House official said

some of these GOPers just want to Ultra Make America Great Again

the noive

June 07, 2022 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Huh, why the need for secrecy for a perfectly "legal" move?? said...

A Trump campaign staffer instructed a group of Republicans in Georgia who were planning to cast Electoral College votes for former President Trump to conduct the plan in “complete secrecy,” according to an email obtained by media outlets.

The Washington Post and CNN reported Monday evening that the email, written by Trump campaign Georgia operations director Robert Sinners, instructed the fake electors to tell security at the state capitol that they had appointments with two state senators.

“I must ask for your complete discretion in this process,” Sinners wrote.

“Your duties are imperative to ensure the end result — a win in Georgia for President Trump — but will be hampered unless we have complete secrecy and discretion,” Sinners wrote.

The email was sent on Dec. 13, 2020, and instructed the electors not to “mention anything to do with Presidential Electors or speak to the media.”

The Hill has reached out to a representative for Trump and to the former president’s campaign for comment.

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said in January that the Department of Justice was investigating fake electors who supported Trump.

Fake documents were sent to the National Archives in December alleging electors for the Electoral College supported Trump in seven states President Biden had won.

People from Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have since been subpoenaed to appear before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack for their involvement with the alleged scheme.

June 07, 2022 1:49 PM  
Anonymous remember when Hillary said she lost because of Russian collusion with Trump: that was the Big Lie... said...

"More Christianity in school will not reduce mass killings"

is that true?

of the 27 school shootings this year, how many were at public schools and how many were at the many Catholic or Evangelical private schools across our land?

June 08, 2022 7:02 AM  
Anonymous VOA: HOUSE OF WORSHIP SHOOTINGS Mass shootings at churches, temples, synagogues and mosques have become more frequent since the mid-2000s said...

The first mass shooting at a house of worship in the modern era occurred in 1980 during Sunday services at First Baptist Church in Daingerfield, Texas.
Five people were killed and 10 others were injured. The shooting was prompted by revenge involving a criminal domestic issue.
Mass shootings are defined by the Congressional Research Service as having four or more victims.
Since the mid-2000s, mass shootings in churches, temples, synagogues and mosques have become more frequent, and been committed by perpetrators with a history of racism, anti-Semitism, anti-Christianity and Islamophobia, with ties to white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups.
From 1966 to 2000, only 1% of mass shootings were motivated by religious hate. After that, the number escalated. From 2000 to 2014, 9% of mass shootings involved religious hate. That number jumped to 17% between 2018 and February 2020.
The Violence Project classified worship mass shooters in two distinct groups: those motivated by anti-Semitism, Islamophobia or anti-Christianity, who were not members of the congregation where they committed their crime; and those motivated by domestic issues whose spouse, girlfriend or other family members belonged to a congregation where the attack occurred.
In 2012, six people at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in the town of Oak Creek were shot to death by a 41-year-old white supremacist who had discussed a racial holy war. One of the injured victims died in 2020 from his head wound, becoming the seventh fatality.
Igniting a race war was the confessed motive of the 25-year-old white supremacist and neo-Nazi who killed nine black parishioners in 2015 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina — the oldest black church in the South.
In 2018, 11 Jews attending services at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, were fatally shot by a white supremacist with a history of anti-Semitism.
A family feud is believed to have prompted the deadliest mass shooting in modern Texas history, as well as at a house of worship, in 2017. Twenty-six people, half of them children and one unborn, were killed at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas....

Click the link and read all about the facts rather than cherry picking "the 27 school shootings this year"

June 08, 2022 8:52 AM  
Anonymous GOP views on gun laws are shifting. After the Uvalde shooting, could that push Congress to a deal? said...

Shifts in public opinion are raising the stakes for lawmakers and the president as the effort to tighten gun laws intensifies in Congress this week.

More Republicans now see loose gun laws as a factor that is fueling mass shootings, an exclusive USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll finds – and more Democrats are ready to blame Joe Biden for not getting something done about it.

The combination raises a tantalizing possibility: A quarter-century since the last big gun law was passed, could a significant deal on guns finally be reached?

The House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on an Democratic package that would tighten gun laws, but the proposal has little chance of passing the Senate. In the Senate, a bipartisan group has been negotiating behind closed doors, but some Democrats fear the proposal may not go far enough.

On complicated and divisive issues – restricting guns and overhauling immigration, for two – the safe bet in Washington is always on inaction. The result of endless debate is more likely to be talking points drafted than a solution enacted.

That said, in our new poll:

The percentage of Republicans who said "loose gun laws" had at least some responsibility for mass shootings rose by double digits, to 43% from 27% in a March 2021 poll. That could make GOP lawmakers feel more comfortable about compromising.

The percentage of Democrats who said Biden had at least some responsibility jumped by double digits since last year, too, to 33% from 20%. That could raise pressure on the White House to get something – anything – done.

Americans put even more blame on Congress: 49% held congressional Republicans responsible; 44% held congressional Democrats responsible.

The online poll of 1,117 adults, which has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.6 points, was taken Friday through Monday, the worst weekend of gun violence of the year. At least 17 people were killed nationwide over the three-day weekend. There were at least a dozen shootings that killed or injured four or more people.

"You don't feel safe anywhere," said Kaye Hendrickson, 80, of Hardy, Iowa, population 57. She was among those surveyed. "I don't understand how in this country, where we have freedom – where it's so much worse than every free country in the world, that you have to worry about, wherever you go, you might be shot."

However, the poll found some signs that Americans were becoming accustomed to living in an era of gun violence, or at least believe it's not going to happen to them.

By 6-1 (81%-14%), those polled said they have felt very or mostly safe in public spaces over the past few weeks. That's a significant increase since last year, when respondents reported feeling safe by 3-1 (67%-23%).

Only a fraction have taken steps in their daily lives as a result of the shootings:

One in four, 25%, have talked with their families about what to do if there's a shooting in their area. That's nine percentage points higher than a year ago.

One in five, 20%, say they have avoided shopping in crowded places, four points lower than last year.

18% have skipped public events where there will be a lot of people, also down four points.

7% have contacted public officials asking for new laws to prevent mass shootings, down two points. That included 10% of Democrats and 5% of Republicans.

Most Democrats reported taking at least one of these four steps, but nearly two-thirds of Republicans, 64%, said they hadn't taken any of them.

June 08, 2022 9:10 AM  
Anonymous on behalf of conservatives everywhere, I'd like to thank TTF for supporting the election of Joe and Kamala in 2020..... said...

Their president is the most unpopular in the history of modern polling. Gas prices on their watch are about to hit $5 a gallon nationwide — and then keep rising. Inflation is higher than it has been in 40 years, and shoppers are being forced to cut back on basics.

At the southern border, record numbers of undocumented immigrants are pouring across the border. At the northern border, moms are driving to Canada to find baby formula for their children.

Crime is rising, parents are fleeing public schools and COVID is still infecting thousands every day.

And then there’s Afghanistan, China, Iran and Russia.

Welcome to the Democrats’ Thunderdome, 2022.

To casual followers of politics, the news for New Hampshire Democrats is bad. But for political pros and pollsters, it’s disastrous.

“Every midterm has been bad for the president’s party since 2006, and this cycle shows every sign of following that pattern,” said University of New Hampshire political science professor Dante Scala. “What’s striking to me in the latest UNH poll is how few New Hampshire folks think the country is on the right track — just 15%, a 20-year low. Even most Democrats feel the country is going the wrong way. When your own party is depressed …”

GOP strategist Jim Merrill, who has worked on two Mitt Romney presidential campaigns, has seen good political times and bad.

“It is hard to imagine a more hostile environment for incumbents at the federal level to run in,” Merrill said. “My prediction for what Democrats face in the 2022 midterms is the same as Clubber Lang’s prediction in ‘Rocky III’: ‘Pain.’”

One of the key indicators of how federal candidates are likely to perform in a midterm is the approval rating of the incumbent president. According to data expert Sean Trende at RealClearPolitics, “The single most determinative factor in midterm outcomes is the president’s job approval.”

And at this point in a presidency, nobody — literally no other president — has had an approval rating this low. As the Washington Post reported on May 27:

“Of the 13 presidents during the polling era, none has been in worse shape at this point in his first term, almost 500 days into a presidency, than (President) Biden’s 40.5% approval rating.”

That’s right: Biden’s approval rating is lower than Donald Trump’s. Ask Republicans how that worked out in 2018. (They lost 40 seats and control of the House.)

June 08, 2022 11:55 AM  
Anonymous on behalf of conservatives everywhere, I'd like to thank TTF for supporting the election of Joe and Kamala in 2020..... said...

But it’s not just presidential approval ratings. Democrats are also facing a brutal issues set this cycle as well.

Polls consistently show the top issue affecting voters — by far — is inflation, followed by the related concerns of gasoline prices and the overall economy. In a new ABC News/Ipsos poll released Sunday, 83% of Americans say the economy is a top issue determining how they’ll vote. And 80% said inflation will play a key role.

Critics ask why Biden doesn’t sit down for a one-on-one interview with a major journalist — something he hasn’t done in more than 100 days — and lay out his strategy to fight inflation. (Biden has agreed to appear on TV comic Jimmy Kimmel’s show.)

But it may not matter because polls also show voters don’t trust Biden or his party to handle inflation or the economy. In the new Ipsos poll, Biden’s approval on the economy is just 37%. On inflation, it’s 28%; and on gas prices, it’s down to 27% approval.

And an ABC News/Washington Post poll released last month found Americans trust the GOP more than Democrats on inflation by 19 points and the economy overall by 14 points.

And then there is the Democrats’ biggest challenge of all: Joe Biden himself.

“What strikes me this cycle is that the Biden presidency already feels worn out,” Scala said. “He’s like a second-term president. Progressives are looking past him. Conservatives are looking past him.

“It’s partly because of all the very big, very negative news: Inflation! Pandemic! Ukraine! But also because Biden seems to be a hostage to current events,” Scala said.

There are not many rock-solid predictions that can be made in American politics, but here’s one: Joe Biden will not get a single day younger between now and November.

June 08, 2022 11:55 AM  
Anonymous anti-family forces have become the dominant domestic terror threat.... said...

An armed man was arrested near Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's Maryland home after allegedly making threats against Kavanaugh, according to a Supreme Court spokesperson.

The man was arrested at about 1:50 a.m. Wednesday and taken into custody in Montgomery County.

The suspect's name has not been released but a law enforcement official told ABC News that he is from California.

Montgomery County police said the case has been transferred to the FBI.

The Department of Homeland Security warned in May that there could be threats against Supreme Court justices over the leaked draft of the Roe v. Wade decision.

A bulletin obtained by ABC News in May said the draft leak "prompted a significant increase in violent threats -- many made online via social media and some of which are under investigation --directed toward some U.S. Supreme Court Justices and the Supreme Court building."

The National Capital Threat Intelligence Consortium identified at least 25 violent threats on social media that were referred to partner agencies for further investigation, the bulletin said.

"Some of these threats discussed burning down or storming the U.S. Supreme Court and murdering Justices and their clerks, members of Congress, and lawful demonstrators," the bulletin said.

June 08, 2022 1:50 PM  
Anonymous more sunny summer fun........... said...

President Biden’s approval rating among Americans has hit an all-time low, according to a new Morning Consult poll.

The poll published on Wednesday found that 58 percent of those surveyed disapprove of Biden’s performance as president, while 39 percent of respondents approve.

That’s down from 42 percent of respondents who approved of Biden’s performance in a Morning Consult poll taken last month.

Morning Consult noted that Biden’s latest polling numbers are worse than his predecessor, former President Trump, at this time in his presidency four years ago.

This was also Biden’s lowest approval rating and highest disapproval rating since he took office in January 2021, according to Morning Consult’s polling.

Biden is heading into the midterms struggling with soaring inflation and record gas prices, as well as Russia’s grinding war in Ukraine, a recent string of gun violence and a pending Supreme Court decision likely overturning Roe v. Wade.

Biden last week launched a three-part plan to address inflation, including an acknowledgment that the Federal Reserve has “a primary responsibility to control inflation.”




He has also released millions of barrels of oil from the U.S. strategic reserve and is reportedly planning meet Saudi Arabia’s crown prince to beg him to increase global oil supplies and push down prices.

Asked by reporters, the crown prince doubled over with laughter!

The latest Morning Consult poll was conducted on June 4 through 5 and had a total of 2,006 respondents. The margin of error in the poll was 2 percentage points.

June 08, 2022 4:23 PM  
Anonymous did Hillary really think she'd get away with it? said...

Looks like Slidin' Biden appointed a homosexual press secretary, and all the woke Dems in the press office are quitting.


New White House press secretary Karine Jean Pierre was delivering her third on-camera goodbye to a departing staffer in less than 24 hours when she quipped to reporters, “I promise we will have a press shop.” She added: “Not everyone is leaving.”

Sure, the gay gofers are staying.

The administration press office is undergoing a period of unusually high staff turnover as President Slidin' Joe Biden nears 18 months in office. Long hours, low morale, relatively low pay, and too many gays hanging around, are taking a toll on both the ranks of the senior staff and the more numerous junior aides who keep the White House functioning.

The swiftness of the change has been stark at times: Two-thirds of the White House press shop, much of the COVID-19 response team, two of the deputy counsels to the president, even the staffer who manages the White House Twitter account are all leaving within a few weeks of each other.

June 08, 2022 5:37 PM  
Anonymous Robert Mueller...LOL!! said...

Mr TTF says:

"More Christianity in school will not reduce mass killings"

a very brilliant commenter cites THE FACTS:

"is that true?

of the 27 school shootings this year, how many were at public schools and how many were at the many Catholic or Evangelical private schools across our land?"

TTF affirms the very brilliant commenter:

"Mass shootings at churches, temples, synagogues and mosques have become more frequent since the mid-2000s"

well, to begin with Mr TTF made a specific attack on Christianity, so incidents at synagogues and mosques are not germane

further, Mr TTF mentions schools not houses of worship

but changing the subject you have proved the very brilliant commenter's point

"Click the link and read all about the facts rather than cherry picking "the 27 school shootings this year""

cherry picking? Mr TTF is the one who made the topic about schools

27 was ALL the school shootings

you're not too smart

say, did you vote for Biden?

June 08, 2022 11:27 PM  
Anonymous A turnabout said...

One of the defining characteristics of the pandemic’s early stages was its disproportionate toll on Black and Latino Americans.

During Covid’s early months in the U.S., the per capita death rate for Black Americans was almost twice as high as the white rate and more than twice as high as the Asian rate. The Latino death rate was in between, substantially lower than the Black rate but still above average.

“We’re most vulnerable to this thing,” Teresa Bradley, a nurse in Michigan, told The Times in 2020, after surviving a Covid hospitalization. When she was wheeled through the emergency room, she was pained to see that every other patient she saw there was also Black.

These large racial gaps seemed as if they might persist throughout the pandemic, especially because white and Asian Americans were initially quicker to receive vaccine shots. Black and Latino Americans, by contrast, had less convenient access to the shots and many were skeptical of them.

But these large racial gaps in vaccination have not continued — and as a result, neither have the gaps in Covid death rates.

Instead, Covid’s racial gaps have narrowed and, more recently, even flipped. Over the past year, the Covid death rate for white Americans has been 14 percent higher than the rate for Black Americans and 72 percent higher than the Latino rate, according to the latest C.D.C. data.

It is a remarkable turnabout, a story of both public health success and failure.

Bottom up
The successful part of the story is the rapid increase in vaccination among Black and Latino Americans since last year. Today, the vaccination rate for both groups is slightly higher than it is for white Americans, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s surveys.

That has happened thanks to intense outreach efforts by medical workers, community organizers and others. In Chattanooga, Tenn., for example, the Rev. Steve Caudle preached about the importance of vaccines: “If it’s the truth, if it’s going to save lives, it should be preached from that pulpit,” he told The Chattanooga Times Free Press. In Imperial County, just north of California’s border with Mexico, health workers took advantage of the medical infrastructure that Obamacare helped create, according to Joe Mathews of Zócalo Public Square.

One crucial feature of these campaigns has been their bottom-up nature. Local leaders have often designed outreach campaigns to fit their own communities. Rachel Hardeman, the director of the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity at the University of Minnesota, described this approach to me as “centering at the margins.”..

The partisan factor
As I mentioned above, the narrowing of Covid’s gaps does involve some bad news: The share of white Americans who have received a Covid vaccine shot has barely budged since last summer.

The main culprit is politics. Only about 60 percent of Republican adults are vaccinated, compared with about 75 percent of independents and more than 90 percent of Democrats, according to Kaiser. And Republicans are both disproportionately white and older. Together, these facts help explain why the white death rate has recently been higher than the Asian, Black or Latino rate.

In heavily conservative, white communities, leaders have not done as good a job explaining the vaccine’s benefits — and Covid’s risks — as leaders in Black and Latino communities. Instead, many conservative media figures, politicians, clergy members and others have amplified false or misleading information about the vaccines. Millions of Americans, in turn, have chosen not to receive a lifesaving shot. Some have paid with their lives.

June 09, 2022 6:56 AM  
Anonymous every time you drive down the street and see the price signs at the gas station, you are reminded how stupid America was to elect Slidin' Joe Biden... said...

rates of death among different racial groups is really not relevant to anyone other Dems who benefit from and work hard to create and perpetrate racial division

as for messaging, Slidin' Biden and Clueless Kamala worked hard to sow doubts about the vaccine that Trump was responsible for getting produced in record time

people have access to information and the vaccine itself, so they are free to take their own risks

freedom has always been a hard concept for Dems to accept

June 09, 2022 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Impact of Trump's Promotion of Unproven COVID-19 Treatments and Subsequent Internet Trends: Observational Study said...

Numerous treatments have been suggested for the novel COVID-19 disease, with only remdesivir recently showing some potential efficacy prior to its approval on May 1, 2020 [1]. The efficacy of other therapies, such as hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine, and azithromycin, remains unproven, though they have been praised by numerous public figures, such as US president Donald J Trump.

This study is the first to show the media landscape of COVID-19 therapies prior to gaining approval or complete disregard from the scientific community. Our results show that there was a substantial increase in purchases and searches for previously unpurchased and unsearched therapies by the general public following the backing of US president Donald J Trump. These increases correlated with his discussions in press conferences and personal social media posts advocating for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine cures. Conservative outlets provided the most airtime to hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, and airtime for these therapies only peaked on liberal media outlets after the chloroquine-induced death occurred. Many of the increases in the purchases of these products mirror the increases in searches and airtimes that followed the initial press conference on March 19, 2020, during which Donald J Trump touted these therapies, and the subsequent social media endorsements on Twitter by Donald J Trump. Remdesivir, the treatment with the most evidence from small preliminary studies and largescale testing for COVID-19, had the least coverage time from all stations assessed in this study until just before its emergency approval on May 1, 2020. Donald J Trump has not advocated for its use publicly, except during the initial press conference on March 19, 2020, when all the suggested treatments were outlined.

During unknown medical situations, delicacy is required when determining the best treatments. Previous studies have shown that individuals are susceptible to easy claims and conspiracies without appropriate evidence [32], and once these inauthentic claims are given momentum, they are hard to dissuade [33]. It is for this reason that individuals often seek out influential figures for guidance and knowledge [34]. Providing assurances for unverified claims and treatments is dangerous, given that medications can have numerous side effect profiles. Recent trials have in fact been halted due to their general risk, as was the case with hydroxychloroquine [35]. Additionally, their utility for approved conditions, such as malaria, has been compromised due to limited access and hoarding [36].

Efforts need to be made to prevent further harm. In some instances, this has already occurred. Google has decreased access to links that sell chloroquine, whereas Amazon has removed links to chloroquine phosphate and provided COVID-19–related information on associated links. However, this is only true for the US version of the website. Other domains, such as .ca, still provide easy purchasing for medicine substitutes [37]. Public heath individuals must do more to advocate for safer, evidenced-based approaches. For example, Twitter has recently provided users the ability to flag COVID-19 misinformation and take down posts. This has occurred to Donald J Trump twice after April 30, 2020 for making nonfactual hydroxychloroquine claims [5].

There are limitations in this study. The estimated number of purchases and searches on Google and Amazon were both estimates, as they were provided by external providers rather than the services themselves. However, given the limited data access, these estimates are the best available to third party providers and researchers. Still, ours is first study to examine the purchasing behaviors of individuals and the media landscape of COVID-19 treatments following Donald J Trump’s endorsements. Future studies will examine the searches and purchases of certain key words/items, such as masks, ultraviolet, and disinfectants.

June 09, 2022 7:44 AM  
Anonymous for millennia, the world has recognized that any valid marriage needs to include both genders.......... said...

funny that there are no "studies" by the Library of Medicine on the misstatements of the Slidin' Biden administration

oh, that's right

Slidin' Biden is their boss

which would tend to undermine the objectivity of the study

here's some stats for you to ponder:

March 2020 to December 2020, there were fewer COVID deaths than in February 2021 to November 2021, even though there was no vaccine widely available in 2020

June 09, 2022 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Dems always lose in the long-run by badly overplaying their hand said...

There are five stages of grief, according to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, beginning with denial and ending with acceptance.

The Slidin' Biden administration must have learned from that sequence, since it regularly trots out five successive explanations for its mounting policy failures. Like Kübler-Ross, the administration begins with denial.

Here are the Slidin' Biden administration's five stages:

1. It's not really a problem. You just think it is.

2. It's only a problem for some people, especially rich people. It doesn't affect ordinary folks.

3. It's only a temporary problem. Although folks may be feeling some pain right now, it will go away soon, thanks to our policies.

4. The problem is lasting a little longer than expected, but none of the experts anticipated that. The president himself is working hard to fix everything.

5. It's not our fault, and there's nothing we can do to fix the problem. Who is to blame? (In 2021, it was Trump; in 2022, it is Putin.)

Voters aren't buying it. They elect presidents to solve problems, and they hold them responsible when they fail.

Polls show only about one-fifth of the country thinks we are "on the right track," a catastrophic number for the party in power.

They don't blame Republicans, either, because Democrats control the White House, Senate and the House of Representatives.

They point directly at Biden and his flailing party.

June 09, 2022 12:43 PM  
Anonymous the despicable day of anti-family forces is nearing nightfall said...

The arrest early Wednesday of an armed man outside Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Maryland home is a depressing sign of the fanatical times. Violence in the name of politics now threatens the judiciary, and Washington’s remaining adults have an obligation to act with dispatch to protect the Justices, their families and the Court as an institution.

Californian Nicholas John Roske, 26 years old, was arrested at night dressed in black. He allegedly had a suitcase, backpack, a Glock 17 with two magazines and ammunition, pepper spray, a tactical knife, hammer, screwdriver, crow bar, zip ties and duct tape.

According to the Washington Post, Mr. Roske told police he “was upset over the leaked draft of an opinion that would overturn the constitutional right to abortion” in Roe v. Wade. The man allegedly said he came to kill Justice Kavanaugh “thinking it would give his life purpose.” He has been charged with attempted murder.

We warned after the leak of Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion that a fanatic could attempt a violent act against one of the Justices, and here we are. The draft opinion suggested there is a 5-4 Court majority to overturn Roe, and it’s all too easy to imagine some 21st-century John Brown thinking he could prevent the ruling by assassinating a Justice. Now comes a dangerously close call.

The threat is especially acute this month as the Court winds down its term. Abortion-rights protesters have been demonstrating in front of the Justices’ homes. Public passions are running high, and on Tuesday in New York topless pro-choice protestors rushed the court during a WNBA game. That may seem more stupid than threatening, but the protests are likely to get worse.

The Justices live in suburban Washington neighborhoods, not in gated compounds. They receive personal security as individuals, which has been enhanced since the leak. But their families don’t, and Justice Amy Coney Barrett has school-age children.

June 09, 2022 2:15 PM  
Anonymous the despicable day of anti-family forces is nearing nightfall said...

If America is more polarized than at any point since the Civil War, as progressives often claim, then the political class needs to take the risk of violence more seriously. The Senate in early May unanimously passed a bill to enhance security for the Justices’ families, in line with what’s offered for high-ranking executive and legislative officers.

Yet the Supreme Court Police Parity Act has been languishing in the House. Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.) told a reporter recently that he’s “very much” concerned by the delay. Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell was right on Wednesday to call on Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats to pass the bill immediately.

This is important for the Justices’ personal safety and to show that the Court, as a vital institution of government, can’t be compromised by threats or violence. No political party has a monopoly on political violence, and Mr. Roske is responsible for his actions.

But Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s 2020 remarks in front of the Supreme Court look even worse now than they did at the time. “I want to tell you, Gorsuch, I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price,” Mr. Schumer said. “You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions.”

Also notable is that the man outside the Kavanaugh home appears to have found the Justice’s address online, and the locations of some of the Justices’ homes were posted by the abortion activist group Ruth Sent Us. The Twitter reaction from Ruth Sent Us included skepticism that Mr. Roske was even a threat: “Oh, what was this ‘weapon’ the ‘California man’ had? If it was a gun or even a knife, police would say so.” They would, and they did.

Democrats now have a particular obligation to lower the public’s blood pressure about the Court. They’re predicting the end of abortion in America, and that isn’t close to what would happen if Roe is overturned. The abortion debate will merely move to the states and the political process in state legislatures.

Everyone on the right and left should be denouncing political violence, and that starts with President Slidin' Biden. The consequences of a Supreme Court assassination are horrible even to contemplate.

June 09, 2022 2:15 PM  
Anonymous Talk about despicable anti-family relations! said...

Former President Donald Trump took a shot at his own daughter Ivanka Trump over video testimony that aired during Thursday night’s House Select Committee hearing on the January 6th attack.

The former First Daughter played a unique role in her father’s administration as she worked in the West Wing as a Senior Advisor, alongside her husband, Jared Kushner. During the prime time hearing, a video of Ivanka aired in which interviewers asked what she thought of former Attorney General Bill Barr’s assessment that the election wasn’t stolen, as then-President Trump has and is still baselessly claiming.

“It affected my perspective. I respect Attorney General Barr so I accepted what he said,” Ms. Trump testified, which represented another, quite personal and familial, nail in the coffin of Trump’s baseless claims.

Considering that her father continues to claim he only lost the 2020 general election because of widespread electoral malfeasance, none of which has been proven in a court of law, this is remarkably damning. So much so that the former president took to his social media platform Truth Social, and did the previously unthinkable: he threw his daughter under the bus, saying:

"Ivanka Trump was not involved in looking at, or studying, Election results. She had long since checked out and was, in my opinion, only trying to be respectful to Bill Barr and his position as Attorney General (he sucked!)."

Since the select committee hearing aired Thursday night, Trump has been on a rageaholic bender on Truth Social, spewing most of his bile on his former Attorney General. Not many predicted that he would also go after his own daughter, but here we are.

June 10, 2022 10:04 AM  
Anonymous the despicable day of anti-family forces is nearing nightfall said...

Pro-choice group Ruth Sent Us hinted at targeting protests at Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett after the attempted attack on Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Protestors march outside of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett's home
Ruth Sent Us posted a call for demonstrations at Barrett's home and church in response to speculation that she will concur with a previously leaked draft court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade.

A Department of Homeland Security report said the Supreme Court draft opinion has unleashed a wave of threats against officials and others and increased the likelihood of extremist violence.

"If you’re in the DC metro area, join us. Our protests at Barrett’s home moved the needle to this coverage," the group said on Twitter.

Ruth Sent Us specifically noted the Barrett family's daily schedule and the school her children attend.

They wrote, "Falls Church is a People of Praise stronghold. She sends her seven kids to a People of Praise school that she sat on the Board of Directors for. She attends church DAILY."

The tweet was posted on the morning of June 8 – after the early morning arrest of Nicholas John Roske but before the arrest was first reported.

Roske of Simi Valley, California, was carrying a gun, ammunition, a knife, pepper spray, a screwdriver, zip ties and other gear when he was arrested by Montgomery County Police Department officers Wednesday morning near Kavanaugh’s Maryland home, according to a criminal complaint.

Roske told detectives that "he was upset about the leak of a recent Supreme Court draft decision regarding the right to an abortion as well as the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas," and believed Kavanaugh "would side with Second Amendment decisions that would loosen gun control laws," according to the affidavit.

A small group of pro-choice activists gathered at Barrett's home Thursday.

Waving banners and holding up signs, the group walked up and down the sidewalk chanting call-and-response slogans like, "Your neighbor says post-Roe, we say hell no!" and "Hey-hey, ho-ho, the handmaiden has got to go!"

June 10, 2022 12:32 PM  
Anonymous more of them facts that TTFers like so much.... said...

a recent Gallup poll says 55% of Americans say they are pro-choice

but it also says that only 36% believe that abortion should be legal in the second trimester

and only 20% believe that abortion should be legal in the third trimester

so, not pro-choice in the sense that they agree with Roe, which says it's a constitutional right up until 24 weeks

oh yeah, 67% say they don't think Roe should not be overturned

but they clearly aren't informed about what Roe says, thanks to the propaganda media/entertainment/Dem complex

remember the case that will soon overturn Roe involves a ban on abortion after 15 weeks

that's in the second trimester so most Americans agree with the Mississippi law

as for "reproductive rights" or "right to privacy", neither Roe nor Casey nor most Americans believe in this

they all envision that, at somewhere during a pregnancy, abortion can be banned

June 10, 2022 12:52 PM  
Anonymous it's the economy, stupid Slidin' Biden....... said...

Inflation accelerated further in May, with prices rising 8.6% from a year ago for the fastest increase since December 1981, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

The consumer price index, a wide-ranging measure of goods and services prices, increased even more than the 8.3% Dow Jones estimate. Excluding volatile food and energy prices, so-called core CPI was up 6%, even higher than estimates.

On a monthly basis, headline CPI was up 1% while core rose 0.6%.

Surging shelter, gasoline and food prices all contributed to the increase.

Energy prices broadly rose 3.9% from a month ago, bringing the annual gain to 34.6%. Within the category, fuel oil posted a 16.9% monthly gain, pushing the 12-month surge to 106.7%.

Shelter costs, which account for about a one-third weighting in the CPI, rose 0.6% for the month, the fastest one-month gain since March 2004. The 5.5% 12-month gain is the most since February 1991.

Finally, food costs climbed another 1.2% in May, bringing the year-over-year gain to 10.1%.

Those escalating prices meant workers took another pay cut during the month. Real wages when accounting for inflation fell 0.6% in April, even though average hourly earnings rose 0.3%, according to a separate BLS release. On a 12-month basis, real average hourly earnings were down 3%.

Markets reacted negatively to the report, with stock futures indicating a sharply lower open on Wall Street and government bond yields rising.

“It’s hard to look at May’s inflation data and not be disappointed,” said Morning Consult’s chief economist, John Leer. “We’re just not yet seeing any signs that we’re in the clear.”

June 10, 2022 1:15 PM  
Anonymous I wonder if TTFers agree with any part of the Constitution.... said...

About 1.6 million people in the United States are transgender, and 43 percent of them are young adults or teenagers, according to a new report providing the most recent national estimates of this population.

The analysis, relying on government health surveys conducted from 2017 to 2020, estimated that 1.4 percent of 13- to 17-year-olds and 1.3 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds were transgender, compared with about 0.5 percent of all adults.

Those figures revealed a significant rise among younger people: The estimate of transgender people 13 to 25 nearly doubled since the researchers’ previous report, published in 2017, though the reports used different methods.

June 10, 2022 2:36 PM  
Anonymous hi, it's Hunter Biden. would anyone like to buy my art for 500K? did I mention my dad is President? said...

clearly, despicable anti-family forces are recruiting

June 10, 2022 3:14 PM  
Anonymous America thought it was getting a moderate, instead we elect an elderly guy to weak to stand up to the radicals that pushed his campaign...... said...

For nearly a year, inflation has been hammering Americans. Every month when the consumer price index report gets released detailing the trend of consumer prices, they’ve stayed high or gone higher.

Hopes that elevated prices were beginning to settle were dashed Friday morning when the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released data showing that the CPI, its broad measure for prices of goods and services, reached 8.6% for the month of May.

The number represents the highest level of inflation in the U.S. since 1981, and it has top economists starting to get worried, like, really worried.

“The overall reality for the Fed is that inflation is not under control,” Charlie Ripley, a senior investment strategist for Allianz Investment Management, told Fortune. He said he sees Friday’s CPI release as proof that the central bank needs to be more aggressive in its approach to inflation and institute greater interest rate hikes throughout this year.

The Fed has already increased its baseline interest rate twice this year in an attempt to rein in inflation. A Bank of America Research team led by Aditya Bhave wrote on Friday that the market is pricing in another 50bps hike, even though the Fed is on course to hike by 25bps. In other words, it’s pessimistic.

The April CPI report showed that inflation had dropped to 8.3% following a previous peak of 8.5% in March, offering a faint glimmer of hope. Friday’s report, however, proves that inflation will be a more difficult puzzle to solve.

“The numbers are catastrophically bad for Americans and the policy makers in Washington,” says Nancy Tengler, CEO and chief investment officer of Laffer Tangler Investments, a Nashville, Tenn.-based firm, echoing comments she previously made to MarketWatch.

Though housing, airline fares, and used and new vehicles saw the highest price increases last month, almost all other areas saw increases of some sort, according to the BLS report. Price indexes for markets as varied as medical care, home goods, recreation, and apparel all showed increases in May.

“We now have clear evidence that inflation is broadening and accelerating,” says Peter Earle, research fellow at the nonprofit think tank The American Institute for Economic Research.

June 10, 2022 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Ginni Thomas pressed 29 Ariz. lawmakers to help overturn Trump’s defeat, emails show said...

Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, pressed 29 Republican state lawmakers in Arizona — 27 more than previously known — to set aside Joe Biden’s popular vote victory and “choose” presidential electors, according to emails obtained by The Washington Post.

The Post reported last month that Thomas sent emails to two Arizona House members, in November and December 2020, urging them to help overturn Biden’s win by selecting presidential electors — a responsibility that belongs to Arizona voters under state law. Thomas sent the messages using FreeRoots, an online platform intended to make it easy to send pre-written emails to multiple elected officials.

New documents show that Thomas indeed used the platform to reach many lawmakers simultaneously. On Nov. 9, she sent identical emails to 20 members of the Arizona House and seven Arizona state senators. That represents more than half of the Republican members of the state legislature at the time.

The message, just days after media organizations called the race for Biden in Arizona and nationwide, urged lawmakers to “stand strong in the face of political and media pressure” and claimed that the responsibility to choose electors was “yours and yours alone.” They had “power to fight back against fraud” and “ensure that a clean slate of Electors is chosen,” the email said.

Among the lawmakers who received the email was then-Rep. Anthony Kern, a Stop the Steal supporter who lost his reelection bid in November 2020 and then joined U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) and others as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Vice President Mike Pence, a last-ditch effort to overturn Biden’s victory. Kern was photographed outside the Capitol during the riot on Jan. 6 but has said he did not enter the building, according to local media reports.
Kern did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday. He is seeking his party’s nomination for a seat in the Arizona state Senate and has been endorsed by former president Donald Trump.

On Dec. 13, the day before members of the electoral college were slated to cast their votes and seal Biden’s victory, Thomas emailed 22 House members and one senator. “Before you choose your state’s Electors … consider what will happen to the nation we all love if you don’t stand up and lead,” the email said. It linked to a video of a man urging swing-state lawmakers to “put things right” and “not give in to cowardice.”

Speaker of the House Russell “Rusty” Bowers and Rep. Shawnna Bolick, the two recipients previously identified, told The Post in May that the outreach from Thomas had no bearing on their decisions about how to handle claims of election fraud.

But the revelation that Ginni Thomas was directly involved in pressing them to override the popular vote — an act that would have been without precedent in the modern era — intensified questions about whether her husband should recuse himself from cases related to the 2020 presidential election and attempts to subvert it. Ginni Thomas’s status as a leading conservative political activist has set her apart from other spouses of Supreme Court justices...

June 10, 2022 7:09 PM  
Anonymous global warming is a conspiracy theory.... said...

On Monday, fending off what threatened to be a crippling blow to growth in the rooftop solar energy industry, President Biden announced a set of executive actions intended to protect the industry. They will likely be successfully challenged in court. Such failures have been not exactly what environmentalists had hoped for, not exactly.

Despite assuming office with what activists describe as the most ambitious climate change agenda in history, Biden has experienced a series of setbacks that threaten to leave him with little progress on the issue, showing just how ill-equipped he is at accomplishing anything.

The president is facing backsliding on almost every front in his fight against climate change: His clean energy proposals are stuck in the Senate, surging oil and gas prices have even Democratic state governments cutting gasoline taxes, and the need to wean America’s European allies off Russian fossil fuels has led the administration to propose boosting gas exports. Also, a bill passed by the House of Representatives could get in the way of offshore wind energy expansion.

Meanwhile, the president’s broad power to regulate under existing laws is being constricted: One federal court ruling forced him to sell new fossil fuel leases on federal lands and waters; and the Supreme Court is on the verge of limiting the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to regulate carbon dioxide, the most prevalent greenhouse gas causing global warming.

“It’s hard to be a glass-half-full kind of person at this moment,” Jake Schmidt, senior strategic director for international climate at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told Yahoo News

June 10, 2022 11:13 PM  
Anonymous let them eat cake and ride rickshaws... said...

it's the Green New Deal that Slidin' Biden secretly made with the lunatic fringe

Slidin' uses his best passive aggressive skills to pretend he doesn't know what he's doing while intentionally raising the price of fossil fuels until solar is comparatively cheaper


only problem is you only have until November

June 11, 2022 8:47 AM  
Anonymous The unethical Justice Thomas said...

Too bad Biden's not running this November.

Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, emailed *29* Republican legislators in Arizona urging them to overturn Biden's victory by appointing fake electors.

Is it any wonder that Clarence Thomas was the only Justice to vote against providing this evidence to the special committee investigating the January 6th attack?

Clarence Thomas has routinely ruled on cases relating to his wife’s anti-democracy advocacy work.

The Supreme Court does not have a code of conduct for itself.

Justices are free to rule on cases no matter how obvious their conflicts of interest are.

Apparently conflict of interest is a foreign term to them.

June 11, 2022 10:36 AM  
Anonymous hi, rememba me?, it's Merrick Garland again. just checking to see if there are any openings on the Supreme Court said...

"Too bad Biden's not running this November"

true, then we have a clean sweep of Dems out of all Houses of government:

White, Representatives, Senate

June 11, 2022 1:38 PM  
Anonymous defund the Dems said...

More than half — 53% — of voters say they believe the Biden administration is intentionally letting gas prices increase to make Americans use less fossil fuels, according to a new poll by The Trafalgar Group.

They poll asked 1,091 general election voters if they believe the administration is intentionally letting gas prices rise to make Americans use less fossil fuels:

"Surging gas prices are creating immense hardships both for everyday Americans and for our economy at large," said Mark Meckler, president of Convention of States Action. "The hard-to-fathom, surreal idea that Washington, D.C., is working against the American people explains why Biden’s poll numbers are in the tank."

June 11, 2022 2:32 PM  
Anonymous how can you let this go on? force him to resign and put him out of his misery... said...

Rarely in political events does punishment follow crime so quickly. Washington’s foreign and domestic policy blunders combined to produce the worst drop in real paychecks on record as well as the least public support for presidential economic policy.

Friday’s report that consumer prices rose by 8.6% year-on-year as of June means a drop in inflation-adjusted weekly earnings of nearly 4%, worse than the depths of the 2008-2009 Great Recession. Taking into account underreported inflation in shelter, the actual inflation rate is closer to 11%, and the real drop in earnings is about 7%.

That implies a political implosion for the Biden administration, which faces an 83% disapproval rating for its economic performance. By contrast, Jimmy Carter at the peak of the Great Inflation of the 1970s had a 78% negative rating for economic performance.

June 11, 2022 3:11 PM  
Anonymous So what have those "fine people" been up to lately? said...

31 Patriot Front Extremists Aiming To 'Riot' At Idaho Pride Event Arrested

The white supremacists, who were dressed in nearly identical uniforms and masks, "did not come here to engage in peaceful events," said the local sheriff.

Idaho police on Saturday arrested 31 members of the Patriot Front hate group who planned to “riot” at a Pride event in downtown Coeur d’Alene, officials announced.

Members of the group — who all appeared to be white men — were crammed into a U-Haul truck and were discovered when it was pulled over by police who had received a tip from a “concerned citizen.”

The tipster saw the members of the white supremacist organization — which “looked like a little army” – loading into the truck with masks and shields, according to officials. Police also found shin guards, at least one smoke bomb, and what was described as an “operations plan,” which officials declined to detail. They wore arm bands and hat patches saying “Patriot Front,” according to police.

The members were nabbed close to an area where a Coeur d’Alene LGBTQ Pride event was taking place. Photos and video from the scene when they were arrested show the members dressed almost identically in khakis, navy blue shirts, beige hats, and a white cloth covering their faces. Some of the T-shirts included slogans, such as “Reclaim America.”

“They came to riot downtown,” Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said at a news conference (see the video up top). All have been charged with conspiracy to riot.

White said police had received information for days that there were plans by various right-wing extremists to disrupt Pride events in town. Consequently, there was a strong police contingent on duty, and the arrests were made without incident, he said. He thanked the “extremely astute citizen” who alerted police about the men.

White said he personally did not see firearms, but the search was just beginning, including at a hotel where the men were staying. He also said local police officials were in regular contact with the FBI.

Based on material collected from the truck, the men planned to riot in a number of locations, according to police

“It appears they did not come here to engage in peaceful events,” Kootenai County Sheriff Robert Norris, told the Coeur d’Alene Press.

Norris emphasized at the news conference that information was only preliminary, and that an investigation was continuing into any other possible activities the group may have been plotting.

Those arrested came from at least 11 states: Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Illinois, Wyoming, Virginia and Arkansas.

June 11, 2022 10:53 PM  
Anonymous Racists, liars, haters, killers said...

Many of those arrested were wearing logos representing Patriot Front, which rebranded after one of its members plowed his car into a crowd of people protesting a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville in 2017, killing Heather Heyer and injuring dozens.

In photos and videos posted on social media, a group of men dressed in hats, sunglasses, white balaclavas and Patriot Front’s signature khaki pants were seen kneeling on the ground with their hands zip-tied behind their backs as police officers kept watch. An onlooker taunted the group, yelling, “Losers!”

Authorities had been aware of online threats leading up to the weekend, White said, so police had increased their presence in the city’s downtown. Two SWAT teams and officers from the city, county and state assisted in the arrests.

The Panhandle Patriots, a local motorcycle club, had planned a “Gun d’Alene” event on the same day as Pride in the Park to “go head to head with these people,” an organizer said in April during an appearance with state Rep. Heather Scott (R).
The organizer was not identified by name in a video but wore a vest bearing the alias “Maddog” and the insignia of the Panhandle Patriots group. He lamented that the Pride gathering would be “allowed to parade through all of Coeur d’Alene,” saying that “a line must be drawn in the sand” against such LGBTQ displays. Scott did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post late Saturday.

In a news release posted on the group’s website, the Panhandle Patriots encouraged the community to “take a stand” against the LGBTQ “agenda.” It also suggested without evidence that “extremist groups” were trying to hijack the event to provoke violence and said the group would change its event name to “North Idaho Day of Prayer” in response.

Reached by phone late Saturday, a representative for the Panhandle Patriots declined to comment on the day’s events, telling The Post, “We are not answering questions right now.”

June 12, 2022 8:54 AM  
Anonymous They know they're guilty so they asked for pardons said...

The House select committee investigating the Capitol attack revealed at its inaugural hearing that Donald Trump’s top Republican allies in Congress sought pardons after the January 6 insurrection, a major disclosure that bolstered the claim that the event amounted to a coup and is likely to cause serious scrutiny for those implicated.

The news that multiple House Republicans asked the Trump White House for pardons – an apparent consciousness of guilt – was one of three revelations portending potentially perilous legal and political moments to come for Trump and his allies.

At the hearing, the panel’s vice-chair Liz Cheney named only one Republican member of Congress, congressman Scott Perry, the current chair of the ultra conservative House freedom caucus, who sought a presidential pardon for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.

The select committee did not elaborate on which other House Republicans were asking for pardons or more significantly, for which crimes they were seeking pardons, but it appeared to show at the minimum that they knew they had been involved in likely illegal conduct.

The extraordinary claim also raised the prospect that the Republican members of Congress seeking clemency believed Trump’s election fraud claims were baseless: for why would they need pardons if they really were only raising legitimate questions about the election.

“It’s hard to find a more explicit statement of consciousness of guilt than looking for a pardon for actions you’ve just taken, assisting in a plan to overthrow the results of a presidential election,” Jamie Raskin, a member of the select committee, told reporters.

June 12, 2022 11:19 AM  
Anonymous Play stupid games, win stupid prizes! said...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rudy Giuliani, one of Donald Trump’s primary lawyers during the then-president's failed efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, must now answer to professional ethics charges, the latest career slap after law license suspensions in New York and the District of Columbia.

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the disciplinary branch of the District of Columbia Bar, filed the charges against the former federal prosecutor and New York mayor alleging that he promoted unsubstantiated voter fraud claims in Pennsylvania. The action was filed June 6 and became public Friday.

At issue are claims Giuliani made in supporting a Trump campaign lawsuit seeking to overturn the election results in Pennsylvania. That suit, which sought to invalidate as many as 1.5 million mail-in ballots, was dismissed by courts.

The counsel's office said Giuliani’s conduct violated Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct “in that he brought a proceeding and asserted issues therein without a non-frivolous basis in law and fact for doing so” and “that he engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.”

The counsel asked that the D.C. Court of Appeals Board on Professional Responsibility take up the matter. Giuliani has 20 days to respond, according to the filing. An attempt Saturday to reach a lawyer for Giuliani was unsuccessful.

The step is the latest against Giuliani for his role in Trump’s debunked claims that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent.

Last June, an appeals court suspended him from practicing law in New York because he made false statements while trying to get courts to overturn Trump’s loss. An attorney disciplinary committee had asked the court to suspend his license on the grounds that he had violated professional conduct rules as he promoted theories that the election was stolen through fraud.

The D.C. Bar temporarily suspended him last July although the practical implication of that action is questionable, given that Giuliani’s law license in Washington has been inactive since 2002.

News of the counsel's action follows the first public hearing by the House committee investigating the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. Giuliani met for hours with the committee last month.

June 12, 2022 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Delusions of grandeur said...

Former Trump adviser and conservative figure Steve Bannon melted down on his podcast over the possibility of a Trump indictment in connection with January 6.

Attorney Ron Filipkowski posted a clip of Bannon from Bannon's "War Room: Pandemic" podcast in which the Trump ally raged at the possibility that Trump might face an indictment in connection with the January 6 Capitol riot, and threatened Attorney General Merrick Garland with impeachment.

"Trump won the presidency. And he is the legitimate president of the United States, and your guy's illegitimate and the American people are awakening to that," Bannon said, parroting the former president's groundless conspiracy theories of widespread voter fraud.

"We don't care what you have to say. And I dare Merrick Garland to take that crap there last night and try to indict Donald J. Trump," Bannon said, referencing the first of six hearings on the January 6 riot.

"We dare you because we will impeach you. We're winning in November and we're gonna impeach you and everybody around you. Fuck — screw the White House. We're going to impeach you and everybody in the DOJ," he added.

The January 6 Committee's members say that the panel has uncovered enough evidence to indict Trump for trying to invalidate President Joe Biden's win. Democratic lawmaker Rep. Adam Schiff said on ABC News on Sunday that he "would like to see the Justice Department investigate any credible allegation of criminal activity" on Trump's part.

As for Bannon, a report published by The Atlantic last week cast doubt on whether or not the political strategist truly believes Trump's baseless claims of voter fraud. Former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg told the outlet Bannon only parroted Trump's election fraud conspiracy theories to get a presidential pardon. Bannon did indeed secure a pardon from Trump as one of the latter's last acts in office. At the time, he was facing fraud charges linked to the "We Build the Wall" online fundraising campaign.

Bannon was himself in November formally charged by the DOJ after his noncompliance with a subpoena handed down from the House panel investigating the Capitol riot. He is expected to go on trial in Washington, DC, next month, and is facing two criminal charges of contempt of Congress.

June 13, 2022 7:51 AM  
Anonymous just as a disinterested observer,, I think the Dems should run a youngster in 2024. AOC would be perfect...HAHAHAHAHahohohoHEEHEEhawhawHARDYHARHARrofl&LOLOLOLOLOLOL. ZIPPETY doo DAH HAHAHA!!!!!...... said...

President Joe Biden's age is starting to weigh on the minds of more Democrats as midterm elections and 2024 draw closer.

Democratic heavyweights like David Axelrod, President Barack Obama's chief strategist, are sounding the alarm about what could happen if Biden, 79, chooses to run for president again in 2024. Biden already faces heavy criticism for gaffes and misstatements many attribute to age, and he would be 86 years old at the end of a second term.

"The presidency is a monstrously taxing job and the stark reality is the president would be closer to 90 than 80 at the end of a second term, and that would be a major issue," Axelrod told the New York Times.

Lined up behind Axelrod are a slew of Democrats grateful for Biden's defeat of former President Donald Trump in 2020, but desire younger leadership in 2024.

"Democrats need fresh, bold leadership for the 2024 presidential race. That can’t be Biden."" Lawyer and Democratic National Committee member Shelia Huggins told NYT.

"I need an equivalent of Ron DeSantis, a Democrat, but not a 70- or 80-year-old — a younger person," Alex Wyshyvanuk, 33, told NYT. "Someone who knows what worked for you in 1980 is not going to work for you in 2022 or 2024."

DeSantis, the Republican governor of Florida, is 43 years old.

Biden's poll numbers aren't helping his case either, with the president's approval rating continuing to hit new lows.

Some stars within the Democratic Party are already appearing to break with Biden ahead of the midterms and 2024. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, refused to say she would vote for the president in 2024 on Sunday.

"You know, if the president chooses to run again in 2024, I mean, first of all, I'm focused on winning this majority right now and preserving a majority this year in 2022," Ocasio-Cortez told CNN. "So, we'll cross that bridge when we get to it … I think if the president has a vision and that's something certainly we're all willing to entertain and examine when the time comes."

CNN host Dana Bash then interjected, saying "That's not a yes."

"You know, I think we should endorse when we get to it," Ocasio-Cortez responded. "I believe that the president has been doing a very good job so far. And, you know, should he run again? I think that I… you know, I think it's … we'll take a look at it."

June 13, 2022 12:26 PM  
Anonymous more of them polls that TTFers like so much...... said...

November gets closer every day!

President Joe Biden has seen the largest decline in his approval rating among young voters—who helped drive his win in 2020 when they turned out in record numbers—since he took office, according to a new Morning Consult poll, which found Biden’s approval rating fell 20% among voters ages 18-34 from January 2021 to June 2022.

Only 43% of young Democratic voters believe the president is following through on promises he made during his campaign trail.

Biden’s approval rating fell to 41% among several age groups surveyed by Morning Consult from June 4-6 2022, including young voters—52% of whom disapproved of Biden’s performance—as well as voters ages 35-44 and 65 and older.

The decline among young voters has been largely fueled by female Democrats.

Democrats under the age of 35 were less likely to believe Biden is prioritizing a host of issues including voting rights, the economy and inflation compared to the average Democrat.

Young female Democratic voters were also less likely than young male Democrats to believe Biden is focusing on those issues.

June 13, 2022 12:46 PM  
Anonymous RINOs are in danger of political extinction said...

Representative Liz Cheney, a rare member of the Republican party who has been critical of Donald Trump, is at risk of losing her seat in Congress to Harriet Hageman, who has been endorsed by the former president.

Cheney, a Wyoming Republican first elected in 2016, has earned praise from the liberal mainstream media as a maverick unafraid of defying her party for her role on the House select committee investigating the events of January 6.

But back home in Wyoming, Cheney's role on the committee and vote to impeach former President Donald Trump has angered the conservative voters who dominate the deeply conservative state, where Trump secured nearly 70 percent of the vote in 2020.

Ahead of the August primary, polling released last week found Cheney trailing her top opponent Hageman by 28 points.

Hageman led with 56 percent of voters saying they plan to support her—while only 28 percent of respondents said they planned to back Cheney in the August primary. It's largely in line with other polls, which have indicated Cheney is facing a challenging reelection bid.

June 13, 2022 1:55 PM  
Anonymous just as a disinterested observer,, I think the Dems should run a youngster in 2024. Kamala would be perfect...HAHAHAHAHahohohoHEEHEEhawhawHARDYHARHARrofl&LOLOLOLOLOLOL. ZIPPETY doo DAH HAHAHA!!!!!.... said...

She is even more unpopular than her decrepit boss.

And she's all in the gay agenda!


Vice President Harris criticized Republican-led states that have passed dozens of laws "targeting" LGBTQ youth during a speech at a Capital "Pride" Festival in D.C. on Sunday.

“No one should fear going to a nightclub for fear that a terrorist might try to take them down,” Harris said on Sunday.

**fact-check - no state has legalized "taking down" LGBTQ youth in nightclubs**

“No one should fear loving who they love,” Harris also said at the festival. “Our children in Texas and Florida should not fear who they are.”

**fact-check - no state has passed any law that would make anyone "fear loving who they love" or "fear who they are" - while we're on the topic, no government could do such a thing**

“We should not have to be dealing with 300 laws in states around our country that are attacking our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters,” she added.

**fact-check - no state has legalized "attacking" anyone's "LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters"**

The vice president’s remarks come after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed an order directing the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate the parents or guardians of youth who enable them the youth to change gender.

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed the Parental Rights in Education Act, also known by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which bans the discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through third grade.

**fact-check - the Parental Rights in Education Act doesn't forbid "saying gay" nor does it ban discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through third grade. it merely directs that teachers not initiate these discussions of perversion with children younger than fourth grade**

June 13, 2022 2:27 PM  
Anonymous Head GOPer liar Trump heeded drunken Rudy's election night advice and Fox news has learned ignoring the Jan 6 hearings costs viewers. Duh...... said...

Fox News was the only major cable news network not to carry the Jan. 6 committee’s first primetime hearing last week, opting to allow hosts Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham to talk over the House select panel and rebut its findings commercial-free.

“We’re not playing along,” Carlson told viewers, adding that the top-rated cable news network would “not be carrying their propaganda live.”

On Monday morning, however, Fox News did play along, carrying the Jan. 6 hearing live as scheduled.

And those who tuned in saw testimony from Chris Stirewalt, a former Fox News political editor who was fired by the cable network in January 2021 amid backlash from former President Donald Trump’s supporters over the network's decision to accurately call Arizona for Joe Biden on election night.

Stirewalt defended the call, telling the committee that after Trump lost Arizona, he was “better off to play the Powerball” than win reelection.

They also heard videotaped testimony from former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, adviser Jason Miller, Ivanka Trump and other top aides who said they alerted the former president to that reality on election night.

The aides told the committee that Trump instead decided to listen to the advice of Rudy Giuliani, who Miller said appeared to be intoxicated when he urged the former president to declare victory and say the election was being stolen.

During a break in the hearing, Fox aired analysis from pundits, including former State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, who said that Monday’s testimony from aides shows that Trump gave his supporters “a false sense of hope” and “lit this match” that led to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

“We saw a portrait of a president today who was increasingly at odds with reality,” Harf said.

The decision not to air last week’s primetime hearing likely contributed to Fox losing its usual top spot in the cable news ratings that night.

According to Nielsen, MSNBC’s coverage of Thursday’s primetime hearing drew more total viewers (4.16 million) than Fox (2.96 million) and CNN (2.62 million). And CNN drew more viewers in the coveted 25-to-54-year-old demographic (709,000) compared with MSNBC (550,000) and Fox (513,000).

ABC, NBC and CBS also preempted their regular coverage to cover Monday’s hearing.

June 13, 2022 2:34 PM  
Anonymous hi, it's Merrick Garland. I believe in the Constitution right of free speech, as long as the speakers agree with me. otherwise, they're domestic terrorists !!!!!!!!!!... said...

why is this committee looking into whether Trump knew he lost?

he has a right to his opinion, and the right to voice his opinion

whether he's correct is irrelevant

if we start saying that anytime someone uses someone's words as justification for violence, they are guilty too, our supposed freedom of speech is a hoax

btw, did Schumer's warning that Brett Kavanaugh would "reap the whirlwind" encourage someone to try to kill Kavanaugh?

the guy who tried to stop Roe from being overturned by assassinating Kavanaugh was trying to prevent a function of government

truthfully, it might have worked if he hadn't been stopped by law enforcement

all the January 6 rioters did, or could have done, is prevent the elector count by a few hours

yet, the media uses "insurrection" to characterize the latter and brushes off the former as a crazy lone wolf

why aren't the media focusing on the pro-lifer and whether he was part of a conspiracy?

I think we all know why...

June 13, 2022 2:57 PM  
Anonymous Head Lying GOPer exposed as the grifter he is. said...

Today's hearing has ended and the upshot is that Trump signaled the Big Lie before the election, and on the night of the election he listened to a drunk Rudy Giuliani who told him to declare victory against the advice of everyone else in the White House. The picture is of a man who was told over and over and over again from everyone on his staff and in the administration that the election was not stolen. He carried on with the Giuliani freakshow instead. And, at the end, they pointed out that Trump got a quarter of a billion dollars in fundraising off the Big Lie in the weeks after the election.

Let's follow the money!

"Former President Donald Trump established the Save America political action committee in November 2020, just days after he lost the presidential election to Joe Biden...

Since forming, it has received $124.4 million in contributions — with over $85 million of that coming in 2021. As of Feb. 28, it still had more than $110 million on hand, according to its most recent filing with the Federal Election Commission...

However, despite its massive reserves, Save America has donated just $205,000 to 41 House and Senate candidates running for office in 2022. The relatively small amount is at least partly attributable to campaign finance rules that limit how much the PAC can give to federal candidates, which is a maximum of $5,000 per candidate...

Since forming, it has received $124.4 million in contributions — with over $85 million of that coming in 2021. As of Feb. 28, it still had more than $110 million on hand, according to its most recent filing with the Federal Election Commission....

In Georgia, it donated $5,000 to David Perdue, a former U.S. senator whom Trump has endorsed in the GOP primary in the gubernatorial race. Trump criticized Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who is up for reelection, because he did not support Trump’s efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 elections results in Trump’s favor. In a statement announcing his endorsement of Perdue for governor, Trump claimed that “Brian Kemp has failed Georgia.”

Likewise, Save America gave $7,000 to Rep. Jody Hice, another Trump-backed Republican, who is running for Georgia secretary of state against Republican incumbent Brad Raffensperger. In an infamous January 2021 phone call, Trump urged Raffensperger, the top elections officer in the state, to “find” enough votes for Trump to be declared the winner in Georgia.

But its largest contributions so far were made to the America First Policy Institute, a conservative policy think tank founded in April by former Trump aides, and the Conservative Partnership Institute, a group started in 2017 by former Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina. Mark Meadows, Trump’s former White House chief of staff, joined the Conservative Partnership Institute as a senior partner in January.

Save America donated $1 million to both organizations..."

Where is the rest of that quarter of a billion dollars raised?

June 13, 2022 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Trump's troll's truth. said...

"all the January 6 rioters did, or could have done, is prevent the elector count by a few hours"

Oh really.

No destruction of federal property, no injuries and no deaths?

By the numbers: The cost and consequences of the Jan. 6 riot

When a mob stormed the United States Capitol last Jan. 6 – hoping to stop a lost election they claimed was stolen – they were only inside for a few hours. Security forces cleared the building by the early evening.

After hours of debate in both houses of Congress, Joe Biden officially became president-elect the next morning.

The short insurrection failed, but it cast a long shadow. In the year since, the country’s politics have become more aggrieved. Voting rights have been restricted in some states and politicians have adjusted to death threats – which likely reached an all-time high in Congress in 2021.


Amid the political rhetoric over the Jan. 6 riot, it can be easy to lose sight of what actually happened that day. Here are some of the hard facts around the attack and its fallout.

The insurrection was short. But as a House select committee investigates that day from Washington, the malaise in American politics speaks to its influence. A year later, Jan. 6 is still with us.

The graphic below charts the quest to unravel details of that day.

800-1000 people breached the capitol on Jan 6

725+ defendants have been arrested

165 defendants have pleaded guilty

1 in 7 suspects in the riot have ties to known extremist groups

$1.5 million to repair Capitol building after attack...

9 people died on Jan 6 or in the months following the attack

June 13, 2022 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Violent Crime: let's give it a more accurate name: abortion... said...

"Oh really.

No destruction of federal property, no injuries and no deaths?"

actually, this statement is typical TTF bullshit

ever hear of context?

of course you have, you liar

that's why you got out of it

the charge, repeatedly made by TTF-type propagandists, is that the January riot was an insurrection that came very close to to a coup preventing an elected President from taking office

but that never could have happened

wasn't even possible

but Kavanaugh's would-be assassin, is successful, could have prevented a government function - the overturning of Roe

"Voting rights have been restricted in some states"

this is a lie

voting integrity laws were returned to a pre-COVID state for the most part and much-attacked new laws in Southern states were actually more lenient than states in the Eastern megapolis

"and politicians have adjusted to death threats"

nothing new

liberal lunatics sent death threats to Susan Collins in attempt to scare her from confirming Kavanaugh

and they actually shot Steve Scalise

"800-1000 people breached the capitol on Jan 6"

oh dear

commoners defiled the sacred halls of the royal satraps

"725+ defendants have been arrested

165 defendants have pleaded guilty

1 in 7 suspects in the riot have ties to known extremist groups"

so what does that prove?

"$1.5 million to repair Capitol building after attack..."

oh dear

the total is much higher for all those statutes destroyed by mobs in the summer of 2020, not to mention police stations and small businesses destroyed

"9 people died on Jan 6 or in the months following the attack"


let's go through each one and explain how each died

June 13, 2022 10:42 PM  
Anonymous government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem said...

Did the Covid lockdowns save lives? Statistics can help answer the question.

In April, free-market economists Phil Kerpen, Stephen Moore, and Casey B. Mulligan published a working paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research entitled “A Final Report Card on the States’ Response to COVID-19.” Their report considered three variables for all 50 states and Washington, D.C.: health outcomes (measured by adjusted mortality), economic performance throughout the pandemic (measured by unemployment and GDP), and the pandemic effect on education (measured by the percentage of cumulative in-person instruction). The authors investigated the relationships among the three variables using simple linear regression, a tool to summarize and study relationships between two continuous variables. This method yields a correlation coefficient that rates both the strength and the direction of the relationship between the two variables.

The results: locked-down economies did not have better health outcomes, open schools were slightly negatively correlated with health outcomes, and the lockdown of schools and economies were highly correlated.

Since the underlying data are available, I ran my own analysis, and the results were largely the same. Indeed, the relationship between health outcomes and economic effects was statistically insignificant. So, too, was the relationship between health outcomes and open schools. Thus, one cannot conclude that economic lockdowns or school closures were associated with saving lives during the pandemic. A significant relationship existed between states that locked down the economy and closed schools, which means that governments that were willing to lock down businesses also sent students home. Ultimately, whether a state or district locked down the economy or closed down schools hardly predicted the health of those that live there.

In short, lockdowns hurt the economy, impeded education, and harmed the development of children. Empirical evidence shows these policies to have been unwise. The next time government officials seek to destroy life and livelihood in the name of safety, we should bear these findings in mind.

June 13, 2022 11:35 PM  
Anonymous History lesson time said...

Is your chosen author, Brenden Patrick Purdy, any relation to Patrick Purdy, the 1989 Stockton, CA school shooter?

Liar grifter GOPer Trump was president, March 15, 2020, the date of the first US shutdowns.

A month later, in April 2020, Trump suggested:

"So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous - whether it's ultraviolet or just very powerful light," the president said, turning to Dr Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response co-ordinator, "and I think you said that hasn't been checked but you're going to test it.

"And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside of the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you're going to test that too. Sounds interesting," the president continued.

"And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning?

"So it'd be interesting to check that."

Pointing to his head, Mr Trump went on: "I'm not a doctor. But I'm, like, a person that has a good you-know-what."

He turned again to Dr Birx and asked if she had ever heard of using "the heat and the light" to treat coronavirus.

"Not as a treatment," Dr Birx said. "I mean, certainly, fever is a good thing. When you have a fever, it helps your body respond. But I've not seen heat or light."

"I think it's a great thing to look at," Mr Trump said.

June 14, 2022 6:03 AM  
Anonymous Go right ahead, explain their deaths to TTF readers said...

"let's go through each one and explain how each died"

June 14, 2022 6:25 AM  
Anonymous TTF, teaching tomfoolery! said...

wow, your response to a study showing shutdowns caused more harm than good is that Trump would sometime speculate on types of research that could be done

you are pathetic

his comments may be somewhat ignorant but he didn't pretend to be an expert and actually deferred to one

I guess you just can't get over the fact that Trump did more to reduce death and illness from COVID than any other person

if it weren't for Trump's Operation Warp Speed, with its unprecedented enablement of research, we might have just recently gotten a vaccine rather than a year and a half ago

likely saved hundreds of thousands of lives

nothing Biden has done has helped

just a unnecessary stimulus package that set off an inflationary spiral and a mask mandate for planes even though planes had the best filtration systems anywhere

what a joke!

the only side benefit is that Americans will never again elect someone who has substantial support from progressive liberals

long-term, the country will benefit in that way

June 14, 2022 6:35 AM  
Anonymous hi, rememba me?, it's Merrick Garland again. just checking to see if there are any openings on the Supreme Court said...

"Go right ahead, explain their deaths to TTF readers"

well, that would be up to the idiot who said:

"9 people died on Jan 6 or in the months following the attack"

notice the imbecile said "following", not "because of" or "due to"

if he wants to explain what nine people he referred to and how they died, we can discuss

but, meanwhile, here's a fact to teach:

the protesters on January 6 killed no one

June 14, 2022 6:41 AM  
Anonymous the future called, it said hi to the gay agenda and then smiled... said...

Biden's approval rating is now 38%, not just in a couple of polls, but the average of all polls:


Republican Florida Senator Rick Scott on Monday released the latest installment in a series of television ads targeting President Joe Biden and promoting a "Rescue America" plan.

"Joe Biden has destroyed America’s economy," Scott says in the ad. "It’s time to be honest with the American people. Joe Biden is unfit for office and should resign."

The ad warns that Biden is forcing America into a recession. In a previous ad, Scott called Biden "incompetent and confused."

The ads are part of a campaign to promote Scott’s "Rescue America" plan: an 12-point guide for how Republicans can "save this country" should they reclaim power after the midterms. It covers areas from education, to immigration, to the economy.

June 14, 2022 6:50 AM  
Anonymous 7 + 2 = 9 said...

that would be up to the idiot who said:

"9 people died on Jan 6 or in the months following the attack"

A bipartisan Senate report found that at least seven people had lost their lives in connection with the Jan. 6 attack.

WASHINGTON — As a pro-Trump protest turned into a violent attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6 last year, four people in the crowd died.

Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, was fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer as rioters tried to breach the House chamber.

Kevin D. Greeson died of a heart attack, collapsing on the sidewalk west of the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Rosanne Boyland appeared to have been crushed in a stampede of fellow rioters as they surged against the police.

Benjamin Philips, the founder of a pro-Trump website called Trumparoo, died of a stroke.

Mr. Greeson and Mr. Philips died of natural causes, the Washington medical examiner said in April. He added that Ms. Boyland’s death was caused by an accidental overdose.

In the days and weeks after the riot, five police officers who had served at the Capitol on Jan. 6 died.

Officer Brian D. Sicknick of the Capitol Police, who was attacked by the mob, died on Jan. 7.

Officer Jeffrey Smith of the Metropolitan Police Department killed himself after the attack.

Officer Howard S. Liebengood of the Capitol Police also died by suicide four days afterward.

The Capitol Police had previously said that Officer Sicknick died from injuries sustained “while physically engaging with protesters.” The Washington medical examiner later ruled that he had died of natural causes: multiple strokes that occurred hours after Officer Sicknick’s confrontation with the mob. The medical examiner added, however, that “all that transpired played a role in his condition.”

A bipartisan Senate report, released in June, found that the seven deaths were connected to the Capitol attack. But the report was issued a month before two Metropolitan Police officers — Gunther Hashida and Kyle DeFreytag — died by suicide in July.

June 14, 2022 6:53 AM  
Anonymous the Dems have long known that the Jan 6 hearings are their only hope to avoid disaster in November - well, the hearings are a flop..... said...

thanks for the rundown on the nine deaths "following" January 6

as I said, the protesters killed no one

there is no rational reason why the incident would cause anyone to kill themselves or have a stroke or a heart attack

except perhaps remorse for killing a woman guilty of nothing but trespassing

the repeated mantra hummed by Dems that seven, or nine people, died is disingenuous to the point of outright deceit

June 14, 2022 7:04 AM  
Anonymous homosexual marriage is an inherently sado-masochistic arrangement that should be discouraged by any civilized society said...

Fewer than half of all Americans are convinced that the Democrats’ Jan. 6 Commission is making an honest attempt at discovering the truth about the mostly peaceful political demonstrations that took place on Capitol Hill that day, the latest data from the I&I/TIPP Poll show.

Some 44% of Americans said they were either “very confident” (21%) in the committee’s investigation or “somewhat confident” (23%) that the Democrat-dominated Jan. 6 Commission “will make a genuine effort to uncover the truth.”

The online poll of 1,310 adults was taken from June 8 to June 10. It has a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.

Fully 40% in June’s poll said they weren’t confident, with equal parts saying they were “not at all confident” (20%) and “not very confident” (20%). As the pie chart below shows, another 15% said they were “not sure.”

The commission’s heavily partisan makeup — only two Republicans, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney and Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, are on the nine-person panel, and both only by special invitation of the Democrats. This has angered many mainstream Republicans, since both Republicans on the committee are outspoken critics of former President Trump and voted to impeach him.

Rank-and-file GOP members see the hearings as a weak attempt to distract from the growing host of disasters and serious problems that have emerged during President Joe Biden’s troubled presidency, still less than a year-and-a-half into Biden’s first term.

And the Biden presidency’s problems are legion: A partial reckoning includes an economy-killing supply-chain collapse, soaring inflation, record energy prices, a steep stock market correction, declining standards of living, soaring violent crime rates, a number of failed foreign policy adventures, including the calamitous departure of U.S. troops from Afghanistan resulting in 13 dead, not to mention an increasingly open southern border that has turned into a genuine security threat.

June 14, 2022 7:07 AM  
Anonymous Haters gotta hate, especially facts said...

Looks who is calling the findings of a bipartisan Senate committee "disingenuous to the point of outright deceit"

"a woman guilty of nothing but trespassing"

That's "bullshit."

Capitol Police officer exonerated in Ashli Babbitt shooting on Jan. 6

The United States Capitol Police Office of Professional Responsibility has cleared the officer involved in the shooting of Ashli Babbitt, U.S. Capitol Police announced in a press release on Monday, saying that officer "will not be facing internal discipline."

An internal investigation found the actions of the officer were "lawful and within Department policy," it said.

Babbitt can be seen on video on Jan. 6 attempting to kick through a window, shortly after she entered the Capitol. She was subsequently shot and killed by the officer. The agency says they've reviewed all available evidence in connection with the shooting including video and radio calls.

Capitol Police stood by the officer and said their actions saved the lives of lawmakers and family members.

"The actions of the officer in this case potentially saved Members and staff from serious injury and possible death from a large crowd of rioters who forced their way into the U.S. Capitol and to the House Chamber where Members and staff were steps away," the statement says. "USCP Officers had barricaded the Speaker's Lobby with furniture before a rioter shattered the glass door. If the doors were breached, the rioters would have immediate access to the House Chambers."

The statement adds that the officer's actions were consistent with training and USCP policy and procedure.

June 14, 2022 7:20 AM  
Anonymous Hey hater .... said...

Google can't find any "I&I/TIPP Poll "

June 14, 2022 7:38 AM  
Anonymous don't hate nothing at all except hatred said...

here you go:

June 14, 2022 9:34 AM  
Anonymous when will Hillary be tried for the Russian hoax?.... said...

"Looks who is calling the findings of a bipartisan Senate committee "disingenuous to the point of outright deceit""

calling the committee "bipartisan" is disingenuous to the point of outright deceit

it consist only of Senators who were in the losing side of a vote to remove Trump from office a couple of days early

a couple of Rinos, one of whom is losing badly is her re-election campaign which indicates she doesn't represent Republican voters in her state, and the rest Dems

right now, they are focusing on whether Trump really knew if he lost the election

which is irrelevant, freedom of speech and thought means it's not illegal to be either mistaken or to lie

the only relevant matter is whether he colluded in the riot

and there is no evidence he did

anon said:

"a woman guilty of nothing but trespassing"

imbecile says:

"That's "bullshit.""

the imbecile has a point

she also broke a window

is that a capital offense now?

June 14, 2022 9:47 AM  
Anonymous hi it's Beto - I'm afraid I'm going to lose again - that's embarrassing.... said...

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has a substantial lead over Democrat Beto O'Rourke in the race to lead the state as the nation is still grieving a deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

A new poll published on Monday found that Abbott leads O'Rourke by 19 points among likely Texas voters.

The BluePrint Polling survey found that 48.5 percent of respondents said they would definitely vote for Abbott, while 7 percent were leaning toward the Republican. A further 32.9 percent said they would definitely vote for O'Rourke and just 4.3 percent said they were leaning toward the Democrat.

While 7 percent of those surveyed said they were unsure who they would vote for, the figures show aggregate support for Abbott now stands at 56 percent and O'Rourke enjoys just 37 percent support—a gap of 19 points.

The poll was conducted from June 8 to 10 among 603 voters and had a margin of error of +/- 3.99 percent.

The mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde took place on May 24 and left 19 children and two teachers dead. O'Rourke tried desperately to get some attention by standing up and yelling during a press conference held by Abbott in he aftermath of the tragedy.

June 14, 2022 10:17 AM  
Anonymous An extreme political party that makes it harder to vote and easier to die of gun violence is unfit to govern said...

That poll was:

"The online poll of 1,310 adults was taken from June 8 to June 10. It has a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points."

I'm sure the questions will be polled again once the Jan 6 committee has completed its presentation.

So far every witness who testified has been a GOPer.

"she also broke a window

is that a capital offense now?"

She was breaking and entering the Speakers Lobby, a hallway which leads into the House chamber. She refused to stop even when so instructed and with guns pointing at her.

As a trained soldier, she should have known better and had respect for officers doing their jobs to protect Congress.

What happened to GOPers?

GOPers used to be pro cops and in support of law and order.

Oh yeah, Trump happened!

June 14, 2022 10:18 AM  
Anonymous ya betcha, look who's back... said...

"I'm sure the questions will be polled again once the Jan 6 committee has completed its presentation"

really doesn't matter

most people rightly perceive the committee is a political kangaroo court, timed with the vain hope of affecting the November election

the whole line of questioning about whether Trump knew he lost just shows that

it's irrelevant

just like the gay agenda

"She was breaking and entering the Speakers Lobby, a hallway which leads into the House chamber. She refused to stop even when so instructed and with guns pointing at her."


she was unarmed

"As a trained soldier, she should have known better and had respect for officers doing their jobs to protect Congress."

sounds like demagoguery

civil disobedience is as old as Thoreau

how did you become so evil that you think police she should shoot unarmed citizens dead?

"What happened to GOPers?

GOPers used to be pro cops and in support of law and order."

we used to be a people that thought it was wrong for China to fire on unarmed protesters at Tiananmen Square

now, you think someone should be shot dead for breaking a window and crawling through it?

Former Alaska Gov. and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has a substantial early lead over the other 47 candidates running for her state’s open spot in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to The Associated Press. The four top vote-getters, regardless of party, will advance to a special election in August.

Sarah Palin, a Republican is seeking the sole U.S. House seat in Alaska.

After the passing of longtime Rep. Don Young back in March, the search for a stand-in for the rest of his term has deviated from the political norm in the “The Last Frontier.” Several candidates joined the race with hectic, last-minute filings, and the primary has been conducted almost entirely by mail.

According to CNN’s live count of the special primary results, Palin holds a significant lead at 29.8%, which translated to 32,371 votes at the time of publishing. She has more than 11,000 votes more than the next candidate, former Sen. Mark Begich, who has 19.3% of votes. Al Gross and former House Rep. Mary Peltola, hold 12.5% and 7.5% of the votes, respectively.

June 14, 2022 10:53 AM  
Anonymous Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different outcome said...

"now, you think someone should be shot dead for breaking a window and crawling through it?"

Like it was any window broken just for fun and there weren't hundreds of insurrectionists armed with baseball bats, flag polls, bear spray, et cetera, behind her chanting HANG MIKE PENSE and WHERE ARE YOU, NANCY.

Let's hear it for the half governor and losing former vice presidential nominee!!

Does anybody think she'll stick out her entire two year congressional term if she wins?

June 14, 2022 11:14 AM  
Anonymous no fence was necessary around the Supreme Court when Roe was issued said...

"Like it was any window broken just for fun and there weren't hundreds of insurrectionists armed with baseball bats, flag polls, bear spray, et cetera, behind her chanting HANG MIKE PENSE and WHERE ARE YOU, NANCY."

why didn't the "insurrectionists" bring guns if they intended to overthrow the government?

even if they did intend such a thing, shooting an unarmed person didn't change anything

the Russian soldier convicted of war crimes in Ukraine made the same argument when he shot an unarmed civlian

said he might help the Ukraine soldiers

"Let's hear it for the half governor and losing former vice presidential nominee!!

Does anybody think she'll stick out her entire two year congressional term if she wins?"

ya betcha

June 14, 2022 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Hey it's Donald - Has anyone seen my pillow guy? He was supposed to get me back in the Oval Office by now. said...

"why didn't the "insurrectionists" bring guns if they intended to overthrow the government?"

They don't let much news down under that rock you live in, do they?

Most heavily armed January 6 rioter pleads guilty to bringing five firearms and 11 Molotov cocktails to Capitol
Lonnie Coffman admits federal weapons charges after bringing arsenal of firearms and explosive devices to Capitol

Alabama man sentenced to 46 months for bringing guns, Molotov cocktails, other weapons to Capitol Hill on Jan. 6


Man charged with carrying loaded firearm to the Capitol on Jan. 6
Though reports of rioters charged with carrying firearms have been limited, the number has been steadily climbing.

January 6 rioter charged with bringing gun to Capitol grounds, undercutting GOP claims that the pro-Trump mob was unarmed

Maryland man, indicted for bringing gun to Capitol riot, could face decades in prison
Christopher Alberts is accused of carrying a pistol and a large capacity ammunition device without a license into the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

June 14, 2022 1:07 PM  
Anonymous A Running List of Gun Arrests Tied to the U.S. Capitol Attack said...

Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, 36, of Florida, was arrested at a Washington, D.C., hotel on January 4 for burning a Black Lives Matter flag he stole from a Black church last month. Metropolitan Police Department officers serving the warrant found him in possession of two AR-15/M4-compatible 30-round magazines branded with the Proud Boys insignia.

Harlen Boen, 48, of Colorado was arrested near Freedom Plaza on January 5 by a Metropolitan Police Department officer who noticed a bulge on his hip. He was found to be in possession of a Glock 23 handgun and a large-capacity magazine holding 13 rounds, which is three rounds over the legal limit in D.C.

Thomas Gronek, 46, of North Carolina was arrested half a mile from the Capitol on January 5 by Metropolitan Police Department officers who stopped his bus. Upon a search, they found a Springfield XD-S 9mm handgun, a pink .22-caliber Ruger rifle, a 110-round drum magazine, four .9mm magazines, and 275 rounds of ammunition.

Leslie Grimes, 25, of Michigan, was arrested a few blocks from the White House on January 6 by Metropolitan Police Department officers and charged with carrying a pistol without a license, possession of a large-capacity magazine, and possession of unregistered ammunition. Prosecutors later dropped the charges.

Christopher Michael Alberts, 33, of Maryland, was arrested outside the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center an hour and a half after curfew on the evening of January 6. A Metropolitan Police Department officer noticed a bulge in his pants and discovered a 9mm Taurus handgun that held 12 rounds — two more than the legal limit — and another magazine holding 12 rounds.

Lonnie Leroy Coffman, 70, of Alabama, was arrested on the evening of January 6 by a Capitol Police officer who came upon his truck and found an assault-style rifle, a shotgun, three handguns, a large-capacity magazine, and components for 11 molotov cocktails. Police also found a handwritten note with the name of a Muslim House representative on it.

Grant McHoyt Moore, 65, of Georgia, was arrested on January 6 by a Capitol Police officer who came upon his truck a block away from the Capitol and found a Ruger .380, three loaded six-round magazines, and 12 loose rounds. Moore had a carry license from his home state but the handgun was not registered in D.C. He was charged with carrying a pistol without a license.

Julian Snell, 40, of Virginia, was arrested a few blocks from the White House on January 6 by a Metropolitan Police Department officer and charged with carrying a pistol without a license and possession of a large-capacity magazine.

Timothy Wolfe, 32, of Virginia was arrested a few blocks from the White House on January 6 by a Metropolitan Police Department officer and charged with carrying a pistol without a license, possession of a large-capacity magazine, and possession of unregistered ammunition.

Cleveland Grover Meredith, Jr. of Colorado was arrested on January 7 by FBI agents who came to his Washington, D.C., hotel room to investigate a text he’d sent about shooting Nancy Pelosi. He agreed to let the agents search his trailer parked outside and they found a Glock 19, a Tavor X95 assault rifle, and more than 2,500 rounds of ammunition.

Samuel Fisher, 35, of New York was arrested in Manhattan on January 20 and charged with disorderly conduct on restricted grounds and unlawful entry. Based on social media posts and messages, FBI agents allege that Fisher was at the Capitol on January 6, and “in possession of multiple firearms” while in D.C. At his arraignment, prosecutors said he was found with a shotgun, a semiautomatic rifle, a handgun, and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition upon his arrest and said more charges could be coming soon. The guns were cited by the judge in his decision to deny Fisher bail.

June 14, 2022 1:12 PM  
Anonymous How soon and repeatedly they forget said...

"Anonymous no fence was necessary around the Supreme Court when Roe was issued"

True, but bulletproof windows at Blackmun's home years after Roe was decided would have been nice.

Shot Fired Through Blackmun's Window

June 14, 2022 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden is making inflation great again !!!!!!!!!!.......... said...

We are having a Congressional investigation about an attempt tp stop Congress from voting on a certain matter but Biden is silent about an attempt to overthrow the Supreme Court.

“Democrat leaders, including Joe Biden, have refused to condemn the assassination attempt against Justice Brett Kavanaugh,” said Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a separate statement, “It’s an outrage that President Biden found the time to appear on a late-night comedy show and predict a ‘mini revolution’ if the Supreme Court doesn’t rule his way on abortion, yet remains silent on the attempted murder of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.”

The president didn’t bring up the assassination plot during his interview with ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel last Wednesday. He didn’t work that topic into a speech about inflation two days later, either, though he managed to preface those same Friday remarks by denouncing the Jan. 6 riots as “a brutal assault on our democracy.” Biden spoke publicly this week, but again, nothing about Kavanaugh on Monday.

June 14, 2022 2:40 PM  
Anonymous Try harder to crawl out from under the rock said...

White House 'condemns' in 'strongest terms'

The White House says President Joe Biden condemns the actions of the armed individual arrested outside Kavanaugh's home. White House spokesman Andrew Bates told CNN "President Biden condemns the actions of this individual in the strongest terms, and is grateful to law enforcement for quickly taking him into custody."

"As the President has consistently made clear, public officials -- including judges -- must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety or that of their families. And any violence, threats of violence, or attempts to intimidate justices have no place in our society. He has said that himself, and his spokespeople have been forceful about this from the podium."

Bates noted that Biden "supports legislation to fund increased security for the court and judges."

Attorney General Merrick Garland said Wednesday that "threats of violence and actual violence against" Supreme Court justices "strike at the heart of our democracy and we will do everything we can to prevent them and to hold people who do them accountable."

"This kind of behavior is obviously behavior that we will not tolerate," Garland told reporters. "Threats of violence and actual violence against the justices of course strike at the heart of our democracy and we will do everything we can to prevent them and to hold people who do them accountable."

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement that there has been "heightened security" at the homes of justices since last month.

"I call on leaders in both parties in Washington to strongly condemn these actions in no uncertain terms. It is vital to our constitutional system that the justices be able to carry out their duties without fear of violence against them and their families," said Hogan, a Republican.

"We will continue to partner with both federal and local law enforcement officials to help ensure these residential areas are secure," Hogan said.

June 14, 2022 2:57 PM  
Anonymous When you come to TTF for the facts said...

you will be taught them.

June 14, 2022 3:09 PM  
Anonymous more of them polls that TTFers like so much...... said...

"When you come to TTF for the facts
you will be taught them."

it's more like you learn them

I learn about the liberal capacity for self-delusion here

for example, I see you have no problem with Biden's advisers' hearsay being the only response from the administration on the attempted assassination of Kavanaugh while Biden throws January 6th comments into every speech

apparently, to Biden, trying to stop Congress is a national tragedy on which we must dwell in perpetuity

trying to stop the Supreme Court, by murder no less, gets an tepid, obligatory mention by the staff

June 14, 2022 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Army Brat said...

"apparently, to Biden, trying to stop Congress is a national tragedy on which we must dwell in perpetuity"he

Why must you lie every time?

The Jan 6 insurrectionists were trying to stop the peaceful transfer of power in the United States of America for the first time in history.

Not only will Jan 6 be forever known as a national tragedy, it will also be forever known as a national disgrace.

June 14, 2022 4:03 PM  
Anonymous Get a grip said...

"for example, I see you have no problem with Biden's advisers' hearsay"

It was White House spokesman Andrew Bates - his whole JOB is to speak for the president while the president is doing the job of running the country. The White House spokesman is NOT an adviser - he is tasked with finding out the President's positions, thoughts, and words on various topics and relaying those accurately to the press.

"Biden's advisers' hearsay being the only response from the administration on the attempted assassination of Kavanaugh"

The alleged "assassin" never broke any of BK's windows or even tried to get into his house, much less beat up any cops with a flag pole or pepper spray, or even chanted "Hang BK!"

The same can NOT be said of the Jan 6 rioters - which were chanting "Hang Mike Pence!"

In fact, the person you claim attempted "assassination" called 911 and turned his suicidal self in before harming anyone - unlike the mobsters at the Capitol, whose violence you always minimize.

The California man accused of hatching an ill-fated plot to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh texted his sister in the moments before he abruptly abandoned his plan and called 911 on himself, authorities have revealed.

Nicholas John Roske, 26, was allegedly armed with a Glock 17 pistol and knife when he was apprehended by police after taking a cab to Kavanaugh’s Maryland home in the early hours of June 8.

Roske’s sister convinced him to surrender when he contacted her after arriving outside Kavanaugh’s home, Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones told the Washington Post on Monday.

“The suspect arrived by taxi and observed the US Marshals, and he turned around to contemplate his next move,” Jones said.

“This is when he texted his sister and told her of his intentions, and she convinced him to call 911, which he did.”

It wasn’t immediately clear exactly what Roske told his sister — or what she said in response that resulted in him abandoning his alleged plot.

It also isn’t clear how long the siblings had been texting before Roske called 911 and confessed his alleged plans to kill the Supreme Court justice.

Cops arrived minutes after Roske told the 911 operator he was having “suicidal thoughts,” according to a criminal complaint from last week.

In newly released audio of the 911 call, Roske indicated that his gun was locked in a suitcase he had with him.

“Do you have access to any weapons?” the 911 operator could be heard asking.

“Yes. I brought a firearm with me, but it’s unloaded and locked in the case,” Roske allegedly responded. “I’m standing near it, but the suitcase is zip-tied shut. I just came from the airport.”

In addition to the weapons, Roske had ammunition, zip ties, pepper spray, duct tape and other items on him that he told police he’d planned to use to break into Kavanaugh’s home and kill him, the complaint said.

Investigators probing the plot believe the presence of two marshals outside Kavanaugh’s home had acted as a deterrent.

“While the deputies did not witness anything that would have resulted in an enforcement action, their vigilance and posture averted a potential violent act against the Justice,” Drew J. Wade of the US Marshals Service told the outlet.

[Funny, the presence of 100s of cops outside the Capitol did nothing to stop right-wing mobsters from breaking and entering. Meanwhile, the deputies outside BK's house didn't "witness anything that would have resulted in an enforcement action."]

Roske said he was angry over the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion expected to overturn Roe v. Wade and the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 students and two teachers dead, according to the complaint.

Given that he reported "suicidal thoughts," Bate's biggest crime might be that he was mentally ill.

June 14, 2022 4:37 PM  
Anonymous never again will America trust progressives with our economy.... said...

"Why must you lie every time?

The Jan 6 insurrectionists were trying to stop the peaceful transfer of power in the United States of America for the first time in history."

well, they had absolutely no chance to succeed

they were trying to stop a rubber stamp ceremony, which they did for a couple of hours

but it was sure to happen anyway

and the supposed "insurrectionists" didn't fire a shot at anyone and didn't kill anyone

the level of violence was not as bad as some of the riots in summer 2020

"Not only will Jan 6 be forever known as a national tragedy, it will also be forever known as a national disgrace.'

only in the hyped mind of the progressive liberal

you hear talk like "people don't realize how close we came to losing our democracy"


what was a tragic day has been exploited to farce by a desperate Dem party that won't have any true power after November

and never again unless they change and purge themselves of the gay agenda and the Squad

"It was White House spokesman Andrew Bates - his whole JOB is to speak for the president while the president is doing the job of running the country."

oh, was Biden trying to do that again

it's hard to tell

seems like chaos

of course, he's not too busy to keep bringing up January 6 in the few speeches he gives

"The White House spokesman is NOT an adviser - he is tasked with finding out the President's positions, thoughts, and words on various topics and relaying those accurately to the press."


I wonder if he's found any positions yet

face it, Biden isn't busy with anything

his handlers won't let him talk much because he can't open his mouth without saying something stupid

but he should come out and talk about how a nutty dangerous pro-choicer tried to stop the Supreme Court from ruling

if he had killed Kavanaugh, Roe would not be overturned

and Biden would never name an originalist to replace him

June 14, 2022 8:39 PM  
Anonymous never again will America trust progressives with our economy.... said...

"The alleged "assassin" never broke any of BK's windows or even tried to get into his house, much less beat up any cops with a flag pole or pepper spray, or even chanted "Hang BK!"

The same can NOT be said of the Jan 6 rioters - which were chanting "Hang Mike Pence!"

In fact, the person you claim attempted "assassination" called 911 and turned his suicidal self in before harming anyone - unlike the mobsters at the Capitol, whose violence you always minimize."

regardless of what you imagine, the January 6 rioters had absolutely no chance of stopping Biden from taking office

the assassin could have stopped Roe from being overturned

so, that would be more consequential

"Investigators probing the plot believe the presence of two marshals outside Kavanaugh’s home had acted as a deterrent."

ya think?

"Funny, the presence of 100s of cops outside the Capitol did nothing to stop right-wing mobsters from breaking and entering."

they reported to Pelosi and Bowser

enough said

Wholesale prices rose at a brisk pace in May as inflation pressures mounted on the U.S. economy, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.

The producer price index, a measure of the prices paid to producers of goods and services, rose 0.8% for the month and 10.8% over the past year. The monthly rise was in line with Dow Jones fears and a doubling of the 0.4% pace in April.

Excluding food, energy and trade, so-called core PPI rose 0.5% on the month, an increase from the 0.4% reading in the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, the core measure was up 6.8%, matching April’s gain.

The two PPI measures remained near their historic highs — 11.5% for headline, and 7.1% for core, both hit in March.

The data is significant in that prices at the wholesale level feed through to consumer prices, which are running at their highest levels since December 1981. The consumer price index increased 8.6% annually in May, defying hopes that inflation had peaked in the spring.

June 14, 2022 8:46 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage said...

Republican Rep. Tom Rice lost his solidly conservative South Carolina House seat Tuesday after nearly a decade in Congress, because he voted to impeach former President Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 riots.

Trump responded by endorsing South Carolina state Rep. Russell Fry. Fry blasted Rice for his impeachment vote. In reaction, Rice, a former tax lawyer, focused his hefty war chest on Fry, ripping him as "a tax-and-spender."

Fry on Tuesday secured more than 50% of the primary vote, avoiding a runoff with Rice on June 28.

Remember how President Joe Biden wanted to be an historic president — pointedly hanging FDR’s portrait over the fireplace in the Oval Office?

Turns out, as we now officially fall into bear market territory and Americans are getting poorer by the minute, Biden’s dreams are coming true.

Already, Biden has notched some historical firsts.

For example, consumer sentiment plummeted in June to the lowest level ever recorded in the 70-year history of the University of Michigan index. It is a stunning collapse, not seen even during the darkest days of the COVID-19 scare.

Meanwhile, the New York Federal Reserve just reported that consumer expectations for inflation hit a record level in May, as did pessimism about the stock market.

It seems the country has never been so gloomy. Way to go, Joe!

June 15, 2022 6:16 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage said...

Clearly there is something going on.

I call it The Great Distrust. Simply stated, Americans have lost their confidence in our leaders, our institutions (think FBI, Congress, public education, CDC etc.) and, most especially, our president. We are trying to keep our balance on an ever-shakier foundation, trying to move forward as the pillars of our country are eaten away by a rising tide of political discord and dishonesty.

At the heart of that corrosion: President Joe Biden.

Consider Biden’s recent speech at the Port of Los Angeles, where he addressed inflation which he alternately called his "top economic priority" and "Putin’s tax on both food and gas."

Biden’s speech went way beyond his usual misleading blather about "creating" 8.7 million new jobs since he took office and "cutting the federal deficit by $1.7 trillion."

It wasn’t the only time:

"Millions of Americans are moving up to better jobs and better pay." Actually, real wages tumbled 3% over the past year.

"And since I took office, families are carrying less debt on average in America. They have more savings than they’ve had." Reality: debt is rising and personal savings are falling.

"What economists call ‘core inflation’ — moderated the last two months." Reality: core inflation of 0.6% in June remained at the highest level recorded over the past six months.

June 15, 2022 6:17 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage said...

These are little lies, but Biden’s White House indulges in Big Lies, too. Lies about voting rights and border security and the imminent danger posed by climate change.

But it is lies about the economy that are convulsing our markets and that could well lead us into recession.

First up, is not admitting that spending $1.9 trillion from the Democrat-only American Rescue Plan ignited inflation.

When Biden signed that bill, the country was growing at 6% and recovering rapidly from the COVID-19-induced downturn. Biden claims the economy was on the brink of recession when he took office and required the lavish handouts; that is not true.

Not being honest about the source of inflation — excess spending — means Biden can continue to pretend that his Build Back Better program, realistically estimated to cost $3-$5 trillion, would reduce inflation. Nobody believes that, including those 17 Nobel laureates the president often cites as having endorsed the giant bill.

The Washington Post did a survey of those academics and, no surprise, many backtracked from the assertion that BBB would lower prices.

Americans no longer believe in Biden.

The turn came when he misled Americans about the disastrous pullout from Afghanistan, which left 13 service members dead. He said he hadn’t been warned about the risks of a hasty departure; in an extraordinary breach of decorum, his most senior military officials, including Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley, disputed that claim.

A president who loses the trust of his country will pay a hefty price, but so do his constituents. We are witnessing that today, as stock prices crash.

Investors are selling assets because they have zero confidence that this White House and this president have any idea how to put our economy back on a sounder path.

After dismissing rising alarms about inflation, and then fabricating endless excuses as to why they were not responsible, the people in charge have ceded their credibility.

Biden and his team advocate for proposals that are an unwelcome reversion to Obama-era anti-business policies, which caused the slowest-ever recovery from a recession.

They argue it wasn’t higher taxes and increased regulation that sapped business confidence and stalled investment after the Great Recession, but rather that the amount of stimulus money shelled out to stimulate the economy was too small. After spending more in the past three years than was sent went to wage World War II, we are seeing the danger of such an approach.

Most crazily, Biden continues to plug for the Green New Deal and renewable energy, refusing to unleash the greatest of all American comparative advantages — our huge oil and gas reserves. This, even as polling shows Americans frantic about the soaring price of gas at the pump and blaming Joe Biden for the increase.

Can anything turn around Joe Biden’s sinking fortunes and revive America’s innate optimism? He could start by being honest — about our problems and about possible solutions.

That seems a long shot

June 15, 2022 6:17 AM  
Anonymous I reeeeeeeeally like our Supreme Court.and the best is yet to come!!!!!!! said...

guess what?

Republicans will win in November and, then, the investigations of Joe Biden begin

he will be impeached

June 15, 2022 6:21 AM  
Anonymous Do it said...

November 4, 1998: Democrats Score Significant Upsets

June 15, 2022 7:39 AM  
Anonymous Dominion voting machines anyone?? said...

"start by being honest "

Oh that's a good one coming from a lying GOPer!

June 15, 2022 7:42 AM  
Anonymous more evidence the Squad supports violence to achieve their goals............ said...

The House on Tuesday finally passed a bipartisan bill to step up security for Supreme Court Justices and their families, and the embarrassment is that Speaker Nancy Pelosi sat on the measure for weeks, even after a man with a gun showed up at Brett Kavanaugh’s house in the middle of the night. More than two dozen Democrats apparently don’t think the Justices deserve additional protection.

The Supreme Court Police Parity Act passed the Senate unanimously in May. The purpose of the bill is to extend extra security to the families of Justices, consistent with protections offered for senior Members of Congress or executive appointees.

“If the families of Supreme Court Justices have the same profile and exposure as the highest ranking officials in our government, they deserve the same level of protection,” Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons said last month. He’s right.

The next few weeks could be especially volatile as the public awaits a decision in the Mississippi abortion case, Dobbs v. Jackson. Yet House Democrats ignored the security bill for more than a month. Democrats claimed to want to broaden the bill to protect clerks and other court staff. But clerks don’t vote in cases and have no public profile. The real threat here is to the Justices—from a fanatic trying to preclude a 5-4 ruling, such as one overturning the abortion precedent Roe v. Wade.

That threat isn’t hypothetical after a young man dressed in black with a gun and burglary tools showed up near the Kavanaugh residence last week, upset about the impending abortion decision and perhaps mentally unwell. Senators pressed the House to pass the security bill, and Mrs. Pelosi relented and on Tuesday put the measure on the floor, where it passed 396-27.

But wait: 27 nays? Yes, more than two dozen Democrats voted against sensible protections. The dishonor roll includes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.); Pramila Jayapal (Wash.); and Josh Gottheimer, Tom Malinowski and Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey. That’ll show Justice Kavanaugh and his wife.

President Biden would be wise to sign the bill immediately, and tell members of his own party to call off the intimidation campaign against the High Court. The rancor of American politics today will look quaint if political violence harms a Justice and changes the makeup of the Court.

June 15, 2022 9:47 AM  
Anonymous the Dems dwell on Jan 6 but cover-up the attack on pro-lifers and the Supreme Court.... said...

The biblical teaching that violence only begets violence has long been proved true but rarely more poignantly than in the recent attacks on pregnancy counseling centers in Oregon and New York, disruption of church services, and the alleged plot on the life of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.

Maybe America was too busy burying its slain children from the most-recent mass shooting at a school to connect the dots among the many efforts to intimidate, and thus influence, conservative justices as they consider reversing Roe v. Wade. Given that these acts of violence were all aimed at pro-life people, they should be investigated as terrorist acts.

It is a terrible irony that the people who want to protect life must put their own lives at risk. Maybe violence is what we should expect when abortion, one of the most-violent acts conceived by humankind, is Ground Zero. Whatever one’s argument for abortion, there’s no debating the utterly inhumane violence inflicted upon a gestating human being.

The entire abortion apparatus is reprehensible on its face, but over time we’ve become accustomed to it. In the process, we’ve found ways to discuss abortion that sidestep its appalling reality. We make the objectionable more acceptable by manipulating language. The object of termination isn’t a “baby,” we’re told. It’s a fetus. The terminology may be accurate, but “fetus,” despite its definition (”unborn offspring of a mammal”), does sound rather reptilian.

Republicans and Democrats have predictably defaulted to their usual crouches, each side accusing the other of insufficient outrage. Usually, the effect is a standoff, but this time Republicans have the stronger case. The public hasn’t heard much from the media about the reported dozens of attacks on churches and crisis-pregnancy centers since May 2, according to the Washington Stand, a news site recently launched by the pro-life Family Research Council. A draft Supreme Court opinion that outlined the end of abortion rights was leaked on that date.

If you go looking for stories about this or that bombing, you’re likely to find them only in religious news outlets, such as the Catholic News Agency or Get Religion. The pregnancy centers that were destroyed or damaged do nothing worse than help vulnerable pregnant women through counseling and resources, as well as provide diapers and other baby supplies. So much for pro-lifers caring for babies only until they’re born.

June 15, 2022 9:52 AM  
Anonymous the Dems dwell on Jan 6 but cover-up the attack on pro-lifers and the Supreme Court.... said...

Despite these attacks — and the alleged attempted assassination of Kavanaugh — President Biden hasn’t been moved to condemn them. Kavanaugh’s would-be assassin, Nicholas Roske, 26, told police he was upset about the leaked opinion and concerned that Congress would tighten gun restrictions in the wake of the Uvalde, Tex., school shooting. He arrived at Kavanaugh’s home equipped with a Glock 17 pistol, ammo, a knife, zip ties, pepper spray and duct tape and said he intended to break in, and kill Kavanaugh and himself to give his life meaning.

The National Review points out that Biden had three opportunities before large audiences to condemn these events. Instead, he apparently delegated that job to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who has said that the president condemns all political violence.

Well, that must have been balm for Kavanaugh’s soul. Biden also failed to condemn protesters who surrounded Kavanaugh’s home for several days. Rather, he took the time to say that protests are fine as long as they’re peaceful. In fact, that’s not true. It’s illegal to protest at the private homes of judges under Title 18, Section 1507, of the U.S. Code, enacted in 1950.

One would think Biden, who headed the Senate Judiciary Committee for a time, might have checked with counsel before condoning illegal acts that easily could have escalated. This is an outrage, period.

Biden should have used a bullhorn to condemn all the above, presuming he was apprised of them. He surely would have done so had the justice in question been any liberal. Can you imagine the outcry from the media? He surely would have strongly condemned the firebombings had the targets been abortion clinics run by Planned Parenthood, which, through its advocacy arm, pledged to spend $45 million on Biden’s behalf in 2020 (three times what it spent in 2016).

My best guess is that the justices won’t deliver their abortion opinions until later this month. This means Biden still has time to be very clear that federal penalties for acts of terrorism can include life imprisonment and, in certain circumstances, death.

Violence, after all, begets violence.

June 15, 2022 9:53 AM  
Anonymous New poll finds overturning Roe won't have significant impact on midterms. said...

What's going on at the Supreme Court?

Several weeks ago, someone with access to the Supreme Court’s inner workings leaked a draft of Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. Written in February, the draft decimated the legal foundation of abortion as a constitutional right and overturned the federal right to an abortion as guaranteed by Roe v. Wade. Although this draft did not represent a final decision, the leak itself was obviously meant to stir up controversy. It was perhaps also likely designed to persuade undecided justices to shift their votes. Regardless, it was incredibly damaging to the reputation of the court and its tentative ability to remain above the partisan fray.

After the leak, protesters gathered outside the homes of several justices, including Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh, as well as Chief Justice John Roberts. Again, for many, these were obvious attempts to intimidate the justices for the purpose of persuading them to vote against anything that would overturn Roe. The situation escalated when a man was arrested near Kavanaugh’s home, apparently plotting to assassinate the justice because of his views.

Where is Roberts's leadership in this? Why doesn’t Roberts release the Dobbs opinion in order to safeguard the Supreme Court from further harassment and intimidation? It’s possible Roberts is holding the release of Dobbs to prove that neither he nor the Supreme Court will bend to the demands of any mob, but that seems far-fetched. Plus, it’s not working. Roberts should draw a line in the sand and disabuse the notion that any leak or pressure can affect the interpretation of law.

Protesting, albeit not outside of justices' homes, is a fundamental right.

But the pursuit of coercion, intimidation, and violence is unjustified.

Roberts must lead.

June 15, 2022 10:17 AM  
Anonymous more of them polls that TTFers like so much...... said...

President Biden’s approval rating has dropped for its third straight week, according to a new Reuters-Ipsos poll.

The poll, which was completed on Tuesday, showed Biden’s approval rating at 39 percent, with 56 percent of Americans disapproving of his job performance. A three-week decline for Biden’s approval rating marks a tough month for the president with the cost of gas and goods surging for Americans.

Biden’s approval rating hit 39 percent last week in a Morning Consult poll, which was an all-time low at the time in that survey.

The president is heading into the midterms contending with soaring inflation, as well as Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, multiple recent mass shootings and a pending Supreme Court decision likely overturning Roe v. Wade.

Biden has stressed that he is focused on lowering inflation. To deal with gas prices, Biden has ordered the release of millions of barrels of oil from the U.S. strategic reserve. LOL!

The latest Reuters-Ipsos poll was conducted on June 13 and 14 and among a total of 1,005 respondents. The margin of error in the poll was 4 percentage points.

June 15, 2022 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Mitch McConnell: To hell with "nameless" SCOTUS "staff that no one knows" said...

The 396-to-27 vote Tuesday came after top Senate Republicans escalated the tiff by threatening to block a competing House bill that went further than the bill passed Tuesday by covering the families of court staff, not just the families of justices.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) delivered the unusual public ultimatum Monday night. “The security issue is related to the Supreme Court justices, not to nameless staff that no one knows,” he told reporters in a rare Capitol hallway interview.

June 15, 2022 12:25 PM  
Anonymous it's alarming how charming I feel... said...

Personally, I hope Donald Trump never becomes President again. But the votes to impeach were preposterous political acts among shallow legislators, hoping for some good press.

Voters are expressing their thoughts on such swamp creatures.

For Liz Cheney, Tuesday was a bad day for her political future.

South Carolina Rep. Tom Rice, who, like Cheney, was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump in the wake of the January 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol, was crushed in a primary by state Rep. Russell Fry, who ran with the former President’s endorsement.

“The ‘Impeacher’ was ousted without even a runoff,” Trump posted on his social media website Truth Social. “A GREAT night.”

Rice is the latest Republican to watch their political future disappear in the wake of their vote to impeach Trump.

Already, Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, John Katko of New York, Fred Upton of Michigan and Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio have announced their plans to retire at the end of this term – a decision forced on them, at least in part, on the negative reaction from their constituents to the impeachment vote.

The five incumbents who have remained on the ballot this year face decidedly uncertain futures.

Washington GOP Reps. Dan Newhouse and Jaime Herrera Beutler face Trump-endorsed challengers in their August 2 primary fights. Ditto Michigan GOP Rep. Peter Meijer in the state’s August 2 primary. (California Rep. David Valadao is currently in second place in the 22nd Congressional District in the state, where the top two vote-getters regardless of party move on to the general election, following the June 7 primary. CNN has yet to project the second candidate who will advance in the race. Valadao is the only of the 10 who did not face a Trump-backed opponent.)

But the race that has drawn the most attention – and money – from national Republicans and Trump is in Wyoming, where Cheney, the vice chair of the House select committee investigating January 6, faces a Republican primary against Harriet Hageman, who has the former President’s endorsement.

Cheney’s vote to impeach Trump has already cost her a slot in House Republican leadership. Trump has repeatedly attacked her, saying of Cheney at a recent rally for Hageman in Wyoming: “She’s the face of the Washington swamp and the same failed foreign policy of the Clintons, Bushes, the Obamas, the Bidens and the entire sick political establishment.”

Rice’s defeat sends a chilling message to Cheney – and the other remaining members of the Trump 10. Why? Because aside from his vote to impeach Trump, he was a down-the-line conservative and a committed backer of Trump’s policies.

Rice has a 92% score from Heritage Action, the conservative think tank. According to FiveThirtyEight, Rice voted with the Trump agenda 94% of the time. 94%!

What those numbers make clear is that Rice lost on Tuesday – and lost badly – for one reason and one reason only: He voted to impeach Trump. The rest of his decidedly conservative – and pro-Trump – record didn’t matter. Voters decided that he was not Trump-y enough solely because of the impeachment vote.

Which is very bad news for Cheney, who is basing her campaign on the idea that while she and Trump don’t see eye to eye on impeachment and January 6, she is the sort of conservative who Wyoming voters have consistently sent to Congress. (For what it’s worth, Cheney has an 87% rating from Heritage and voted with the Trump agenda nearly 93% of the time, per FiveThirtyEight.)

The simple fact is that, at least based on what we know now, voting to impeach Trump over January 6 is totally disqualifying in the eyes of Republican voters. That doesn’t mean that all of the remaining Trump 10 will lose, but it sure doesn’t look good for them

June 15, 2022 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Dems are their own worst enemy... said...

The media taboo against talking about Joe Biden’s age and the obstacle it presents to his running again in 2024 is finally off.

Which should put a lantern on another looming problem for the Democrats — waiting in the wings is a deeply unpopular officeholder, who makes Biden look like a prospective electoral juggernaut by comparison.

Democrats can be forgiven for considering the possibility of only Kamala Harris standing between them and a return of Donald Trump and telling themselves, “Well, maybe 80 is the new 75,” or, “Biden’s always been gaffe-prone, so what’s a few more gaffes between friends?” or, “Biden campaigned from a basement in 2020 — surely, he can campaign from some similarly secluded and safe space in 2024.”

Harris is the single best argument for Democrats trying to prop up Biden no matter what. She has been a disaster as vice president, even as she’s done nothing particularly noteworthy either good or bad. Her abysmal ratings reflect not just Biden’s troubles but her own profound, inherent flaws as a political figure.

Kamala Harris has the authenticity of Hillary Clinton, the charm of Al Gore and the common touch of Adlai Stevenson.

She could have been engineered in a lab as a conviction-less opportunist lacking basic political horse sense — and she more or less was. She came up in a California where the dominance of TV ads makes retail politicking all but unnecessary, and internal Democratic politics is largely based on identity politics. Compared to her, Biden really is Middle Class Joe. The contrast with Chuck Schumer, another Democratic leader from a deep blue state, is instructive — Schumer had a tough statewide race against a Republican within memory and is aware that not all voters are extremely online “woke” progressives.

Harris could have run as an ideologically interesting, tough-minded former prosecutor in the 2020 Democratic nomination fight — a little like Eric Adams in the New York City mayoral primaries last year. Instead, she got sucked into the idea that the winning lane would be a couple of ticks to the right of Bernie Sanders. She cosponsored his “Medicare for All” proposal, before making a confusing hash of her position when she realized the political implausibility of the plan.

She seemed defensive about her record as a prosecutor, which came under withering assault from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard from the left.

Her signature moment — attacking Joe Biden for his opposition to busing based on her own experience getting bused — didn’t pay the expected dividends because of its self-evident calculation.

Harris is a politician who always seems to be reading stage directions out loud. Her laugh, a target of critics, usually sounds forced and highly deliberate, at times bordering on inappropriate affect. It’s a valuable political skill to seem at ease even when reaching for the brass ring at the highest level of American politics. Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama all had this ability. Harris has shown no indication that she has it or will develop it.

Biden has done her no favors with her assignments as vice president. Given the foolhardiness of the underlying Biden policies, there was no realistic way she was going to diminish migration at the Southern border. Nor was she going to do anything to get a voting rights bill passed. That said, Harris hasn’t mastered any particular issue area and gives the impression of seeking tableaus that will lend to her gravitas without ever succeeding.

On top of all this, she hasn’t managed to secure a close, trusted relationship with the president.

Any rational observer could have predicted that Biden’s VP pick was going to be particularly sensitive given that, as de Gaulle famously said, “Old age is a shipwreck.” Instead, Biden played identity politics by choosing Harris, and it’s understandable now that some Democrats would like, against all evidence, to bank everything on Biden’s youthful vigor

June 15, 2022 1:35 PM  
Anonymous Hey it's Donald - Did China pay for all those tariffs yet? said...

You know the conservative is desperate when he floods the blog with opinion polls and conjecture on primaries.

Trying to distract people from what's happening in the Jan 6 hearings plays well with the "Team Drunk Rudy" crowd, but not with "Team Normal."

June 15, 2022 1:47 PM  
Anonymous some mighty fine things have been laid upon my table...... said...

"You know the conservative is desperate when he floods the blog with opinion polls and conjecture on primaries"

oh yeah, I'm such a desperado!


it's tough to handle so much validation

the unknown is so terrifying, it's hard to persevere

I mean, what if the American people decide they like inflation after all and keep the Dems in control and pass BBB and make Roe a national law


"Trying to distract people from what's happening in the Jan 6 hearings plays well with the "Team Drunk Rudy" crowd, but not with "Team Normal.""

actually, in all honesty, there's no need to distract anyone

most people can't stay awake during that snorefest

that being said, it's obviously keeping Liz Cheney up at night


June 15, 2022 2:42 PM  
Anonymous another desperate attempt to distract TTFers from hearing that Trump thinks he won!!!!!!.........LOLOLOLOL!!!!..... said...

CNN senior data reporter Harry Enten said Tuesday night on CNN that President Biden was doing worse than Jimmy Carter on inflation and that American people were "holding him responsible."

Host Anderson Cooper asked Enten about inflation and how bad it really was for Americans. The CNN reporter said it was "awful."

"How people feel about it is even worse, I mean you look at the consumer sentiment right now and what do you see? This is the worst consumer sentiment ever measured by the University of Michigan going all the way back to 1952," Enten said, referencing data from the University of Michigan that was posted on the screen.

He also noted that inflation got Carter and "killed that presidency" and that the Consumer Price Index was the worst it's been in a midterm cycle since 1974.

Enten noted Biden's disapproval rating on inflation was over 70% and that Carter's was at 66% when he was in office.

"When you're doing worse than Jimmy Carter's doing in the minds of Americans on inflation you know that they're holding you responsible for the conditions that are currently on the ground that are hurting Americans in their pocketbooks," Enten said.

He said that while it was not a surprise, Americans "much more trust the Republican Party" on inflation.

Inflation hit 8.6% in May, reaching a new 40-year-high.

Enten also emphasized that inflation was the driver behind the negative views of the president.

"Obviously for Democrats, any comparison to Jimmy Carter at this stage for President Biden, it's not a great comparison," Cooper said.

Enten agreed and added that inflation was the number one issue for voters ahead of the midterms.

He said that in looking at the generic congressional ballot ahead of the midterms, Republicans had the best position "basically, of all time at this point in a midterm cycle."

Politico reported that the White House was worried the parallels to the Jimmy Carter presidency were going to stick with the administration amid skyrocketing gas prices and inflation.

The president is also very frustrated about his approval rating dipping below former President Donald Trump's.

June 15, 2022 2:52 PM  

Republicans flipped a majority-Hispanic seat in South Texas for the first time in more than a century Tuesday night, a result that spells major trouble for Democrats ahead of the 2022 midterms.

Republican Mayra Flores became the first Mexican-born woman elected to Congress after she defeated Democrat Dan Sanchez by 8 points in the special election for Texas's 34th Congressional District, which incumbent Filemon Vela (D.) vacated in March. A Republican has not represented the area since 1870, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Flores's historic win will almost certainly send Democrats reeling just months away from November as the party loses its long-held grip on Hispanic voters. Vela won the district, which is 84 percent Hispanic, by 20 points in 2018 and 14 points in 2020. But record-high inflation, gas prices, and illegal immigrant encounters under President Joe Biden have driven South Texas's Hispanic voters to the Republican Party in droves. Flores, for example, defeated Sanchez in Cameron County, which is 90 percent Hispanic. Biden won the county by double-digits less than two years ago.

Bienvenido in Action—the first Hispanic PAC to support Flores in the special election—said that by electing Flores, "Hispanics are telling the rest of the country that we are fed up with reckless liberal policies and want change."

"Mayra won because she ran a campaign rooted in our community's values: God, family, and country," the group said in a statement. "Meanwhile, Joe Biden and the Democrats have made life more expensive for Hispanics, our neighborhoods less safe, and a mockery of our culture."

"While gas prices go through the roof and families struggle to find baby formula," the group continued, "Biden and the left have weakened our communities, radicalized our school curricula, and even tried imposing offensive terms like ‘Latinx' to upend our language."

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment

June 15, 2022 4:20 PM  
Anonymous hi, it's Merrick Garland. I believe in the Constitution right of free speech, as long as the speakers agree with me. otherwise, they're domestic terrorists !!!!!!!!!!... said...

National Football League defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was fined $100,000 by the Washington Commanders last week after he dared to voice an unauthorized opinion regarding the partisan Jan. 6 show trial now underway on Capitol Hill.

Refusing to parrot tired Democrat-issued talking points, Del Rio made a fairly straightforward observation to reporters when he contrasted the media’s hysterical response to what happened at the Capitol building with their muted interest in covering the violent riots sparked by the death of George Floyd in 2020.

“I see the images on TV. People’s livelihoods are being destroyed. Businesses are being burned down. No problem. And then we have a dust-up at the Capitol — nothing burned down — and we’re going to make that a major deal? I just think it’s kind of two standards,” Del Rio said. “If we apply the same standard and we’re going to be reasonable with each other, let’s have a discussion.”

Of course, reasonable discussion isn’t allowed in our modern political climate. Anyone who deviates from the approved script must be immediately condemned and then humiliated. So, predictably, Del Rio was forced to apologize for his remarks. Commanders Head Coach Ron Rivera then issued a remarkably dishonest statement.

“I want to make it clear that our organization will not tolerate any equivalency between those who demanded justice in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the actions of those on January 6 who sought to topple our government,” Rivera said. “Coach Del Rio did apologize for his comments on Wednesday and he understands the distinction between the events of that dark day and peaceful protests, which are a hallmark of our democracy.”

Rivera is intentionally conflating two very separate issues. Any sane football fan who isn’t looking to advance a radical political agenda knows that Del Rio wasn’t speaking about those who peacefully “demanded justice” but was instead referring to the unprecedented destruction caused by a subset of protesters.

There were many more casualties and arrests during so-called “peaceful protests” back in 2020 than on Jan. 6 Additionally, documented incidents of vandalism and looting during the summer of civil unrest resulted in up to $2 billion in property damage nationwide. More than 1,500 businesses were damaged in Minneapolis and St. Paul alone.

June 15, 2022 4:45 PM  
Anonymous hi, it's Merrick Garland. I believe in the Constitution right of free speech, as long as the speakers agree with me. otherwise, they're domestic terrorists !!!!!!!!!!... said...

One of those businesses belonged to Ibrahim Demaag, who immigrated to Minnesota from Ethiopia 30 years ago. “We left our country for a future to see the American dream and look how it happened,” he told Fox News’s Laura Ingraham after his business was burned to the ground by rioters. “You work hard. You pay our taxes. We have not done anything wrong,” Demaag continued.

Then there’s Linda Carpenter, whose furniture store in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was reduced to ashes during violent protests in that town. “It’s all gone … we didn’t do nothing to nobody,” Carpenter said while sobbing. “I don’t think it’s justifiable for anyone to destroy anybody else’s property.” Her store had been in business for more than 40 years before being torched. There are thousands of stories just like this one.

Yet Democrats and the corporate media are unbothered by these stories and others that directly affect the daily lives of regular, hard-working Americans. They have no interest in covering violent crime rates in big cities, record-breaking inflation, or disastrous energy policies that have led to soaring gas prices. The country’s out-of-touch elites are insulated from all of it. Can’t afford fuel? Just buy a Tesla, they shriek.

More than anything, what the Del Rio story from the world of sports highlights is the growing and pervasive class divide in the United States of America. While leftist elites obsess over the events of Jan. 6, the rest of the country is rightly concerned about the things that actually matter.

They want to know if they’ll be able to afford groceries or find baby formula for their newborns — not who Donald Trump Jr. last texted. Del Rio, in this way, spoke on behalf of millions of men and women. In so doing, he shined a light on an utterly fraudulent and painfully dishonest professional class that is unworthy of being taken seriously. In the end, that was his real crime.

June 15, 2022 4:45 PM  
Anonymous Meanwhile, much more recently than 1870... said...

Trump Says Judge’s Mexican Heritage Presents ‘Absolute Conflict’

Donald Trump's racial comments about Hispanic judge in Trump University case

Trump’s ‘Mexican’ label against judge brings up slur history

Fact check: Mexico never paid for it. But what about Trump's other border wall promises?

June 15, 2022 5:45 PM  
Anonymous why do Dems love RBG when she is responsible for the end of Roe by narcissistically staying on the court until she died.... said...

"Meanwhile, much more recently than 1870"

from the time Trump announced he was running for President, Dems tried frantically to employ their regular weapon of choice: accusations of racism

unfortunately for them, the supposed victims don't agree

Dems have flagrantly turned their back on their historic constituencies, thinking they have an irresistible ace in the hole: scandalous hearings timed to right before the election

unfortunately for them, Americans couldn't give a crap:

A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll reveals that a large number of Americans seem indifferent to the high-profile hearings by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, protests at the Capitol.

In fact, the new survey of 1,541 U.S. adults — which was conducted from June 10 (the day after the committee’s first hearing) to June 13 (the day of its second) — found that fewer than 1 in 4 (24%) say they watched last Thursday’s initial primetime broadcast live. Only slightly more (27%) say they caught news coverage later. Nearly half (49%) say they did not follow the hearings at all.

June 15, 2022 9:23 PM  
Anonymous revealing the hypocrisy of TTF... said...

This stuff just keeps happening, and aside from stray headlines, local coverage, and scrutiny from right-leaning outlets, this spree of political violence and crime is hardly generating any national attention. Political violence is a right-wing problem, you see, and examples contrary to that approved narrative are to be ignored, downplayed, or mis-categorized. Here is the latest of many recent instances:

The Seattle field division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said Friday it was helping authorities in Oregon investigate a fire that was "suspicious in nature" at a pregnancy center run by a Christian organization. The fire at the Gresham, Oregon facility came after a similar anti-abortion facility in Eggertsville, New York, was damaged in an alleged arson attack earlier this week. That incident is also currently under investigation, according to the Buffalo News. The U.S. government is preparing for a potential surge in political violence from the Supreme Court's ultimate ruling on abortion rights in the coming weeks...First Image, the anti-abortion organization that runs the Gresham Pregnancy Resource Center, said in a post on its website that a fire broke out at the facility at about 3 a.m. on Friday. Extensive fire damage was mostly contained to one room but there was additional water and smoke damage in other parts of the building, the organization said. No one was injured in the incident.

Even excluding this, there have been at least 3 pregnancy centers or pro-life officers firebombed in the last month. Almost 2 dozen places vandalized. There is a wave of terror targeting pro-life groups that is being severely underplayed.

Imagine being so pro-abortion, a fringe that goes well beyond 'pro-choice', that you terrorize and assault organizations that help women choose not to have abortions. A left-wing group has taken responsibility for some of these attacks. It is not a rebuttal to the point about under-coverage to cite some news stories about it. 'See, the media isn't ignoring this, stop lying!' The press is doing the bare minimum here because they don't want to make a big deal out of political intimidation and criminal activity by their allies on an issue about which journalists are particularly biased. Incidents like these are inconvenient and uncomfortable for them, so they get buried. It's undeniable, just as it's undeniable that if these were attacks carried out by anti-abortion zealots against clinics, it would be heavily and breathlessly covered as a major epidemic, which would be used to tar mainstream pro-lifers. It's similarly undeniable that if a heavily-armed right-winger had traveled across the country to murder, say, Justice Sotomayor because he was angry about her jurisprudence, the reaction of the legacy media would not be to bury the story in the back pages.

June 16, 2022 5:55 AM  
Anonymous revealing the hypocrisy of TTF... said...

I realize the media is profoundly biased, but this is still astonishing. A Supreme Court justice was targeted for assassination and attempted murder charges have been filed against the fanatic who showed up at that justice's home (the address was doxxed and published by left-wing radicals who have not even been condemned by the White House) with an arsenal of weapons -- and the non-Fox networks devoted zero minutes to it on their signature, DC-centric Sunday morning political shows. These psychos have gotten more aggressive since the attempted assassination arrest. The press response is muted or nonexistent. This is why many conservatives view journalism as irredeemable. For what it's worth, as of yesterday, the President of the United States had not bothered to comment on the assassination plot. Amazing, disturbing stuff. We don't have to guess or deal in hypotheticals about how things would go if the ideological shoe were on the other foot. We've seen it before. Democrats with press badges simply have different rules for threats and violence against conservatives versus liberals. It's a disgraceful fact of life in modern America. And even some honest liberals aren't even trying to deny it/

The group “Shut Down DC” plans to “blockade the streets around the Supreme Court” on Monday, according to its website, as part of a protest that aims to “shut down” the Supreme Court as it prepares to hand down a ruling that could overturn Roe v. Wade.

Try to shut down Congress to temporarily block a vote on a presidential election you think was fraudulent: nationally televised congressional hearings to investigate things we are already fully aware of

Try to shut down the Supreme Court to keep it from overturning the most notorious decision since Plessy v Ferguson: meh..

June 16, 2022 5:55 AM  
Anonymous it's not just Hispanics, other minorities are on to the lies of the Dems.... said...

A record number of Black Republican candidates are running for congressional office this year. The National Republican Congressional Committee counted 81 African American candidates running under the GOP banner in 72 congressional districts in 2022.

This new development comes after decades during which the GOP struggled to attract minorities into its ranks—both minority voters as well as minority candidates.

But now, in the post-Trump era, it appears the GOP is beginning to embrace a new strategy, one that includes supporting minority and female candidates to appeal to a broader swath of voters. One of the lessons the party seems to have learned of late is that representation matters.

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) says that having more Black conservatives in the House has helped to inspire more Black voters to give GOP candidates a chance. "They see me. They see Burgess. They saw [Rep. Allen West of Florida]. They saw [Rep. Mia Love of Utah]. They see [Virginia Lt. Gov.] Winsome Sears. They see [North Carolina Lt. Gov.] Mark Robinson," he explained. "And what they say is, 'You know what? Maybe I should step up, too.'"

Recent data shows that Donalds' assessment is spot on: In March, the Wall Street Journal published the results of a poll showing that Democrats were bleeding support among Black Americans. Meanwhile support for GOP candidates in the upcoming congressional elections rose to 27 percent from last November.

It seems that a slow, much-needed change is in the works. A record number of Black Republicans are running—and they're revolutionizing the party of Lincoln.

And much of the impetus behind the uptick in the percentage of Black voters willing to give GOP candidates a chance has more to do with the Democrats' incompetence and inattention to matters that affect the Black community than it does with any actual policy or proposals Republicans have on offer. Black Americans have become disenchanted with a party that made sweeping promises for decades without following through. At least some have become fed up with being taken for granted and repeatedly lied to.

To put it simply, Democrats are repelling Black Americans more than Republicans are attracting them.

Still, the GOP has much in common with the Black community; after all, two-thirds of Black Americans consider themselves moderate or conservative.

The fact that so many African American candidates are running under the GOP banner is a welcome sign. The level of support they are receiving reflects a tremendous paradigm shift in the thinking of the conservative movement when it comes to voting groups that have proven to be elusive in the past. The Right is ready for a change in strategy, and with Black Americans becoming less loyal to the Democrats, the Republicans have an unprecedented opportunity.

June 16, 2022 6:21 AM  
Anonymous Here comes the Judge said...

Retired federal judge J. Michael Luttig, a Republican who is testifying at Thursday's January 6 committee hearing, will provide a sharp condemnation of former President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 election, saying Trump and his allies "instigated" a war on democracy "so that he could cling to power."

Luttig outlined in his statement how close he believed democracy came to the brink.
"It is breathtaking that these arguments even were conceived, let alone entertained by the President of the United States at that perilous moment in history," Luttig wrote. "Had the Vice President of the United States obeyed the President of the United States, America would immediately have been plunged into what would have been tantamount to a revolution within a paralyzing constitutional crisis."

Luttig will testify at Thursday's House select committee hearing on the US Capitol attack, which is focused on Trump's pressure campaign against then-Vice President Mike Pence to try to overturn the 2020 election on Jan 6 2021. Luttig was involved in advising the Pence team against claims from Trump allies like attorney John Eastman, who wrote a memo saying Pence had the power to single-handedly block the certification of the election for Joe Biden.

Luttig concluded that Jan 6 "was the final fateful day for the execution of a well-developed plan by the former president to overturn the 2020 presidential election at any cost."

The retired judge praised Pence for his actions on Jan 6 and his willingness to stand up to Trump and his allies. "There were many cowards on the battlefield on Jan 6," Luttig wrote. "The Vice President was not among them."

On Jan 5, 2021 -- after Pence's lawyer, Richard Cullen, called Luttig asking for help -- Luttig tweeted a statement explaining that the Constitution gave Pence no powers to reject electors and overturn the election, as Trump was demanding. Pence cited the statement in his letter on Jan 6 explaining why he would defy Trump and certify the election.

Luttig wrote in his statement to the committee: "From their inception, the legal arguments that underlaid the efforts to overturn the 2020 election were, in that context, little more than beguiling and frivolous, perhaps appropriate for academic classroom debate, but singularly inappropriate as counsel to the President of the United States of America in his effort to overturn the presidential election -- an election he had lost fair and square and as to which there was not then, and there is not to this day, evidence of fraud."

Luttig's role pushing back against Trump's efforts to subvert the election were all the more noteworthy because of his stature as a judge in Republican circles. Eastman, who drafted the point-by-point memo claiming Pence could stop the certification on Jan 6, was a clerk for Luttig.

In his statement, Luttig also warned that the efforts to overturn the election in 2020 amounted to an attack on American democracy, a threat he said continues today thanks to Trump's ongoing claims that election was stolen from him.

"This false and reckless insistence that the former president won the 2020 presidential election has laid waste to Americans' confidence in their national elections," Luttig wrote. "More alarming still is that the former president pledges that his reelection will not be 'stolen' from him next time around, and his Republican Party allies and supporters obeisantly pledge the same."

Luttig also offered a defense of the committee's focus on Jan 6, warning that "America's democracy was almost stolen from us" and urging the American public to pay attention.

"No American ought to turn away from Jan 6, 2021," he said, "until all of America comes to grips with what befell our country that day, and we decide what we want for our democracy from this day, forward."

June 16, 2022 10:04 AM  
Anonymous Dems are donkeys because they are as sad as Eeyore.... said...

"Retired federal judge J. Michael Luttig"

is an old crank who think he can get attention with hyperbole

"Luttig outlined in his statement how close he believed democracy came to the brink"

right here, he forfeits any serious consideration of his comments

democracy came nowhere close to "the brink"

"It is breathtaking that these arguments even were conceived, let alone entertained by the President of the United States at that perilous moment in history,"

he always thought outside the box but that was already apparent when Americans elected him

thinking that the VP could overturn the election was risible but no one in a position to validate his claim did

Trump is entitled to a fringe opinion

the only real problem on January 6 was the riot, not that democracy's future was in question

what is much more concerning for democracy is the dastardly moves Hillary took to reverse the 2016 election

she was actually assisted by many in position of power and trust including the intelligence community, Senators and Congressman, prosecutors, judges, and the media

her lies set back the country for three years

"Had the Vice President of the United States obeyed the President of the United States, America would immediately have been plunged into what would have been tantamount to a revolution within a paralyzing constitutional crisis."

actually, this wouldn't have happened even if Pence acquiesced to Trump

but the larger point is that he didn't

you might as well had said "if FDR had slipped the Allies' D-Day plans to Hitler, we'd have a crisis"

sheer fiction doesn't make a point

"There were many cowards on the battlefield on Jan 6,"

actually, that's not true

Trump had few who agreed with him that day, just a handful of fringe legislators

"Luttig's role pushing back against Trump's efforts to subvert the election were all the more noteworthy because of his stature as a judge in Republican circles."

virtually every judge America disagreed with Trump

Luttig isn't out of the ordinary

"This false and reckless insistence that the former president won the 2020 presidential election has laid waste to Americans' confidence in their national elections,"


Democrats regularly dispute election results and make claims of irregularities

why have one of those claims, made over the years, "laid waste to Americans' confidence in their national elections"

what a load of crap!

June 16, 2022 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Hey it's Donald - Has anyone seen my pillow guy? He was supposed to get me back in the Oval Office by now. said...

"what a load of crap!"

That summarizes your bogus dismissals and ridiculous rationalizations better than anything.

Full marks for that.

June 16, 2022 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Oooo, 81 black candidates huh? said...

Look at all those blue borders vs red borders and notice which party has more.

Let us know when you think black GOPers might come close to reaching Democrats' numbers.

June 16, 2022 11:28 AM  
Anonymous There is only "voter fraud" when lying GOPers lose said...

Nevada Republican Jim Marchant insisted there hadn’t been a legitimate election in his state in more than a decade. All of Nevada’s election winners since 2006, he said on a recent podcast, were “installed by the deep-state cabal.”

But when Marchant won the Republican nomination for Nevada secretary of state this week, he immediately celebrated the victory as legitimate.

“I am beyond humbled by the overwhelming support of our campaign. Nevadans made their voices heard,” Marchant declared on social media.

Such inconsistency has become a hallmark of election deniers in Republican primary contests across the U.S. in this year’s midterms. Dozens of GOP candidates who sought former President Donald Trump’s backing in Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and elsewhere have spent months parroting his baseless claims of 2020 election fraud but then declared victory without raising such concerns in their own elections.

Amid such seeming hypocrisy, many Republican candidates are still vowing to pursue a series of election reforms that could make it more difficult to vote — particularly for those who traditionally support Democrats — in the name of election integrity.

Democratic National Committee Chair Jamie Harrison warned that “MAGA Republicans will do anything in their desperate chase for power.”

“From undermining our democracy by spreading Trump’s Big Lie, to laying the groundwork to try to cancel votes when they don’t agree with the outcome, but falling silent if they win, this is today’s Republican Party,” Harrison told The Associated Press.

In Nevada on Tuesday, Marchant was among a slate of election deniers who secured their places on the November ballot without questioning the legitimacy of the results. The group included candidates for Senate, state treasurer and a Las Vegas-area congressional seat. That’s even as the majority of counties relied upon Dominion voting machines, which continue to be the target of conspiracy theories by Trump and his allies.

The phenomenon extends well beyond Nevada.

In Pennsylvania, Republican nominee for governor Doug Mastriano spearheaded a state Senate hearing in which witnesses — including former Trump campaign attorneys Jenna Ellis and Rudy Giuliani — aired false claims about mass voter fraud. Mastriano also was outside the U.S. Capitol when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the building during the deadly 2021 insurrection. And he later tried to bring a partisan election audit to Pennsylvania before he was stripped of his committee chairmanship by his own party.

Mastriano made no mention of voter fraud as he declared victory in Pennsylvania’s Republican primary for governor last month.

“God is good,” a smiling Mastriano told cheering supporters.

The Mastriano campaign declined to respond to a question about the apparent double standard.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also ignored questions about his contradictory positions on voter fraud.

Paxton won his fiercely contested primary last month after spending much of the last year championing Trump’s bogus claims of election fraud. In the aftermath of Joe Biden’s presidential win, Paxton filed a legal challenge to the election results in four battleground states. He asked the U.S. Supreme Court to set them aside and allow the Republican-controlled state legislatures to determine the winner.

Seventeen other Republican state attorneys general supported the effort.

The high court rejected the challenge three days after the lawsuit was filed, finding Texas did not have standing to sue other states over how they conduct their elections. And the state bar moved to discipline Paxton just days after his primary win, claiming his leading role in petitioning the Supreme Court to block Biden’s victory was “dishonest.”

June 16, 2022 12:31 PM  
Anonymous we are amazed and quite amused by TTF.... said...

"That summarizes your bogus dismissals and ridiculous rationalizations better than anything.

Full marks for that."

there's a thorough and hard-hitting analysis for you!


"Let us know when you think black GOPers might come close to reaching Democrats' numbers."

oh, you miss the point

literally every election won by Dems since 1976 wouldn't have happened if not for near-monolithic support by blacks

it would have taken only about a 10% shift among blacks to change the outcome

and blacks are fed up with the unkept promises of Dems

all they've gotten is decaying inner cities, dangerous failing inner city schools, and racist inner city police forces

Trump produced the lowest minority unemployment rate in history, championed school choice for minorities, ended Clinton's mandatory sentencing that incarcerated a generation of young blacks, aided HBCs, pardoned blacks sentenced in racist ways

June 16, 2022 12:34 PM  
Anonymous duh! said...

let's face it:

school shootings happen in public schools, not private ones

the best way to protect kids is to expand school choice

June 16, 2022 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Trump's pride kept him from accepting he had lost said...

"it would have taken only about a 10% shift among blacks to change the outcome"

I see, this is what you consider to be "thorough and hard hitting analysis?"

"all they've gotten is decaying inner cities, dangerous failing inner city schools, and racist inner city police forces"

Aren't you the one who touted cops support for Trump?

Racists would tend to support other racists!

You seem to be completely unaware of the black middle class families all over suburbia.

Let's hear it for true blue Maryland and DC:

The African American middle class exists throughout the United States, particularly in the Northeast and in the South, with the largest contiguous majority black middle class neighborhoods being in the Washington, DC suburbs in Maryland.[4] The African American middle class is also prevalent in the Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Dallas, New York, San Antonio and Chicago areas. [5] [6]

June 16, 2022 1:01 PM  
Anonymous when will Hillary be tried for the Russian hoax?.... said...

"I see, this is what you consider to be "thorough and hard hitting analysis?""

well, it's a specific assertion that can be empirically discussed, unlike:

"That summarizes your bogus dismissals and ridiculous rationalizations better than anything."

which is merely a nebulous statement which can't

"Aren't you the one who touted cops support for Trump?"

not sure, did I?

"Racists would tend to support other racists"

well, I may have misspoken

I don't think inner city police forces are racist

I just think they lack procedures to remove vicious types of racists from their ranks

so while, as a whole, they are non-racist'

unfortunately, inner city police forces are not anti-racist

they are overseen by Dems who really don't care about the welfare of racial minorities

"You seem to be completely unaware of the black middle class families all over suburbia."

I'm completely aware of "black middle class families all over suburbia"

what's your point?

"with the largest contiguous majority black middle class neighborhoods being in the Washington, DC suburbs in Maryland"

I've actually been to the Washington, DC suburbs in Maryland

June 16, 2022 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Hey, It's MTG - several are saying the only way to save our Republic is for Trump to call for Marshall law said...

"there's a thorough and hard-hitting analysis for you!


Everyone can read Judge Luttig's legally significant opinion and compare them to your meaningless drivel for themselves. If you don't understand why Judge Luttig's stance grossly outweighs your own, there is nothing any rational person can say that will persuade you otherwise.

Your facile dismissal of the Jan 6 insurrection is a measure of just how much you have given up on democracy and embraced authoritarianism in pursuit if your Christian Dominionist agenda.

June 16, 2022 3:03 PM  
Anonymous “They would have killed Mike Pence if given the chance.” said...

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s last-gasp scheme to overturn democracy so he could remain in power endangered the life of Mike Pence as Trump’s social media attack on the vice president further enflamed the mob that had already breached the Capitol, the House Jan. 6 committee detailed Thursday, including the revelation that the pro-Trump Proud Boys group was prepared to murder Pence on that day.

Committee Chair Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, said Pence himself explained in a recent speech that it was “un-American” to do what Trump wanted.

“Mike Pence said no. He resisted the pressure. He knew it was illegal. He knew it was wrong,” Thompson said.

The pressure on Pence, which Trump had been applying in both private and public for weeks, continued even on Jan. 6 itself, with a late morning phone call Trump initiated.

The call became “heated,” according to testimony revealed Thursday, with one former Trump aide telling investigators that he heard Trump call Pence “a wimp” and say he had “made the wrong decision” five years earlier when he chose Pence as his running mate. An aide to daughter Ivanka Trump said she was upset because Trump had called Pence “the ‘P’ word.”

Just three hours later, after Pence publicly announced he would not do as Trump wanted, Trump tweeted an attack on Pence, claiming the vice president “didn’t have the courage” to do what was necessary.

“Donald Trump turned the mob on him,” Thompson said.

The committee revealed evidence from the Department of Justice’s investigation into the Proud Boys extremist group that a witness has sworn that “they would have killed Mike Pence if given the chance.”

As the panel had done in the other two hearings in the past week, it shared testimony from Trump’s own inner circle to show how damning Trump’s actions were in the weeks leading up to the Capitol assault and on that day itself.

On Thursday, it came from Greg Jacob, the former counsel to Pence at the White House who testified in person, and from former Pence chief of staff Marc Short, who provided videotaped testimony.

Also appearing in person was J. Michael Luttig, the retired federal appellate judge who, at the request of Pence, helped him with a statement that was released as Trump was still speaking at his pre-insurrection rally near the White House on Jan. 6.

Luttig told the committee that had Pence “obeyed the orders from his president,” it would have thrown the country into the first true constitutional crisis since the founding. “That declaration of Donald Trump as the next president would have plunged America into what I believe would have been tantamount to a revolution within a constitutional crisis,” Luttig testified Thursday.

June 16, 2022 5:35 PM  
Anonymous You know it's bad when you beg for a pardon before most people even know you've done anything wrong said...

Integral to Trump’s plan were the slates of fake, pro-Trump electors that Trump’s campaign began organizing not long after his loss was confirmed. These groups met in seven states won by Joe Biden on Dec. 14, 2020, the day of the Electoral College vote, to send fraudulent Trump ballots to Washington, D.C.

The strategy was for Pence, having before him “competing slates” of electors from these states, to invalidate all of them, leaving Trump with a majority of electoral votes from the remaining states — which would let Pence award Trump a second term. Alternatively, Pence could send the ballots back to the states, where GOP-controlled legislatures would override the popular votes in those states and declare Trump the winner.

That theory was pushed by a group of pro-Trump lawyers, led by John Eastman, who were pressing Pence to act unilaterally.

Jacob, who had been conducting an extended argument with Eastman on the topic, said his own research into the Constitution and the 1887 Electoral Count Act made it clear that the drafters of the Constitution, having recently broken free of a tyrannical king of England, would not have put such power into the hands of the vice president.

“There was no way they would have put it in the hands of one person to determine who would be the president of the United states,” Jacob testified Thursday.

Luttig said Eastman was simply wrong. “There was no basis in the Constitution or laws of the United States for the theory espoused by Mr. Eastman at all. None,” he said.

Pence, in any event, refused to go along with the scheme, and in the days leading up to Jan. 6 enlisted the help of Luttig, a longtime icon in conservative legal circles who was considered for the U.S. Supreme Court by former President George W. Bush.

Luttig on Jan. 5 posted a series of tweets explaining why Pence had no authority to do what Trump was demanding. “The Constitution does not empower the vice president to alter in any way the votes that have been cast, either by rejecting certain of them or otherwise,” Luttig wrote.

Pence’s team then cited that Twitter thread in the letter he released to Congress and the public at the start of the certification ceremony on Jan. 6.

The committee on Thursday revealed that Eastman, in the closing days of Trump’s tenure, asked Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani for a pardon. “I’ve decided I should be on the pardon list, if that is still in the works,” an email displayed by the committee read.

June 16, 2022 5:37 PM  
Anonymous fortunately, Obama and Garland were stopped so we have a terrific Supreme Court now!!! said...

"Everyone can read Judge Luttig's legally significant opinion and compare them to your meaningless drivel for themselves"

oh, OK

now where getting somewhere

as I said, I don't fully disagree with him

I just think he exaggerates

it's not uncommon for certain elements in protests getting out of hand and trying to take over a building

you may remember police stations being burned down is the BLM summer riots of 2020

Pelosi and Bowser didn't provide adequate security to prevent this

"If you don't understand why Judge Luttig's stance grossly outweighs your own, there is nothing any rational person can say that will persuade you otherwise."

if you're thinking of yourself as a rational person, you apparently can't provide us with your "understanding"

that's alright

not everyone has the capacity to articulate their thoughts

I'm sure you're doing your best

"Your facile dismissal of the Jan 6 insurrection is a measure of just how much you have given up on democracy"

oh, I'm a big supporter of democracy

that's why I think Hillary should be jailed for trying to override the 2016 election by providing false information to law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and investigators

the people chose to turn down her offer to alter the Constitution and she tried to change their verdict corruptly

as a big supporter of democracy yourself, I'm sure you'd to see her brought to justice!

"and embraced authoritarianism in pursuit if your Christian Dominionist agenda."

actually, "Christian Dominionist" is an oxymoron

any honest reading of the New Testament would lead one to conclude that Christianity is designed to be a minority point of view

it's hard to make sense of it otherwise

June 16, 2022 5:49 PM  
Anonymous Walmart pulls MyPillow products from stores said...

Walmart said it pulled MyPillow products from its stores as the pillow company’s founder and CEO Mike Lindell continues to falsely claim the 2020 presidential election was rigged against former President Trump.

A Walmart spokesperson confirmed the products’ removal after Lindell posted a series of live videos on his Facebook page in which he talked about the decision in interviews with conservative podcasters.

“While we are no longer carrying them in stores, MyPillow products continue to be available on,” a Walmart spokesperson told The Hill.

In a livestream Lindell posted on Thursday of him speaking with Steve Bannon for an episode of “Bannon’s War Room,” the MyPillow CEO said the removal would be a “$10 million hit” to his company.

He also told Bannon the company was spending $500,000 a week on television advertising, adding that he offered to lower the price of MyPillow products for Walmart.

In a separate interview Lindell livestreamed on Wednesday, he said Walmart was “canceling” him.

“You guys are canceling us just like the other box stores,” Lindell said he had told a Walmart executive. “Shame on you, Walmart. You’re disgusting.”

Lindell, an ally of Trump, has repeatedly made debunked claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

He has been sued by voting system companies Dominion and Smartmatic for defamation over his claims. Lindell also filed suits against the two companies, but both his counterclaims have been dismissed.

And in May, a federal judge ordered Lindell to pay some of Smartmatic’s court costs and fees, saying some of the MyPillow CEO’s allegations against the company were “frivolous.”

June 16, 2022 8:14 PM  
Anonymous Mary Poppins was always grand and gay!... said...

Disney has done it again!

The new Buzz Lightyear movie has a same sex kiss

countries outside the US and Western Europe asked Disney to delete the scene

they refused

hence, the movie is banned from half the world

nice move, Disney!

I'm sure your stockholders really appreciate it

this is almost as helpful as when you screwed up all your Florida tax preferences just to protect the right of drag queens to push perversion on second graders

June 16, 2022 8:37 PM  
Anonymous disgraced former CNN anchor Chris "Fredo" Cuomo: "And please, show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful." said...

Congress should investigate fully the January 6 riot at the Capitol - and similar recent riots at iconic federal sites.

But unfortunately, it never will. Why not?

The current committee is not bipartisan. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., forbade Republican nominees traditionally selected by the House minority leader to serve on the committee.

No speaker had ever before rejected the minority party's nominees to a select House committee.

Pelosi's own cynical criteria for Republican participation was twofold: Any willing minority Republican members had to have voted to impeach former President Donald Trump while having no realistic chance of being reelected in 2022.

Of some 210 Republican House members, that left just Representatives Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., who were willing and able to fit Pelosi's profile.

A real investigation would have ignited argumentation, cross-examination, and disagreements - the sort of give-and-take for which congressional committees are famous.

In contrast, the January 6 show trial features no dissenting views. Its subtext was right out of the Soviet minister of Internal Affairs Lavrentiy Pavlovich Beria's credo: "Show me the man and I'll show you the crime."

If Trump was not considering a third run for the presidency, would the committee even have existed?

Its slick Hollywood-produced optics demonstrate that the committee has no interest in inconvenient facts. Why did a Capitol officer lethally shoot a petite unarmed woman entering a Capitol window? And why was the officer's identity and, indeed all information about his record, withheld from the public?

Why did the committee not investigate whether large numbers of FBI agents and informants were ubiquitous among the crowd? After all, progressive New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg who was there on January 6, claimed, "There were a ton of FBI informants amongst the people who attacked the Capitol."

About his own journalistic colleagues advancing a psychodramatic "insurrection" narrative, Rosenberg scoffed, "They were making too big a deal. They were making (Jan. 6) some organized thing that it wasn't."

A real committee would also investigate why there were lots of warnings that a large crowd would assemble, but apparently little government follow-up to ensure security, should rogue elements turn violent.

A real committee would learn why the government and media insisted that officer Brian Sicknick was killed by Trump supporters - even when it was known he died of natural causes.

None of the questions will be answered because none will be asked because the committee's role is not inquiry but confirmation of a useful narrative.

June 17, 2022 4:57 AM  
Anonymous "1619 Project" architect and CRT advocate Nikole Hannah-Jones: "Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence." said...

A real committee would also investigate the other, far larger and more lethal riots on iconic federal property months earlier.

On May 31, 2020, for example, violent demonstrators tried to rush the White House grounds. Rioters sought to burn down the nearby historic St. John's Episcopal Church.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser mysteriously did not send police to reinforce overwhelmed Secret Service agents who, at moments, seemed unable to keep the mob from the White House itself.

The giddy New York Times later crowed, "Trump shrinks back." Was the Times preening that the president was a coward for retreating from a righteous mob?

As a precaution, the Secret Service removed the president and first family to a safe underground bunker.

Such riots near or at the White House continued for much of the fall, before mysteriously tapering off in the last weeks before the election.

Less than three weeks after the violent Washington riot, Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris seemed to incite the continuing violent protests, "They're not going to stop . . . This is a movement . . . they're not going to let up. And they should not, and we should not."

Note that Harris' cheerleading was joined by a host of prominent left-wing luminaries who contextualized the violence. The "1619 Project" architect Nikole Hannah-Jones boasted, "Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence."

Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo pontificated, "And please, show me where it says protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful."

Note that the 2020 summer rioting, arson, and looting continued for nearly four months. Its toll resulted in over 35 dead, some 1,500 police officers injured, around 14,000 arrests, and between $1-2 billion in property damage.

The violence was often aimed at iconic government buildings, from courthouses to police precincts. There were never any federal investigations to determine why state, local, and federal officials allowed the destruction to continue.

Why were the vast majority of those arrested simply released by authorities?

And how had antifa and BLM radicals orchestrated the violence using social media? What was the role of prominent elected officials in either condoning or encouraging the violence or communicating with the ring leaders?

A truly bipartisan House select committee dedicated to ending all violence directed at the White House, the Capitol, or federal courthouses might have been useful in probing this dark period in American history.

And that is precisely why there was no such committee.

June 17, 2022 4:59 AM  
Anonymous for millennia, society has known that two genders are necessary to make a marriage said...

I was desperate to find something, anything, negative to say about Dems. After a lengthy search of the internet, I finally found this. That's ten seconds of my life I'll never get back:

Even though inflation has reached 40-year highs, topping out at 8.6 percent for the month of May, some took minor solace in the fact that prices haven’t increased at the rates seen during the Jimmy Carter era. But one influential analyst thinks that solving skyrocketing prices will require nearly as much effort—and quite possibly, economic pain—as breaking the back of inflation did during the 1970s and early 1980s.

Former Treasury Secretary and longtime Democrat Larry Summers recently co-authored an important paper analyzing long-term inflation trends and statistics. The paper demonstrates that changes to the way the federal government measures inflation via the Consumer Price Index since the Carter era understate the current scope of the problem—and the challenge the Federal Reserve faces in getting inflation under control today.

Summers and company also note that, compared to past decades, a smaller portion of the Consumer Price Index consists of goods with volatile prices. This suggests that combating inflation will require a longer and more sustained effort.

For instance, in the early 1950s, food and clothing comprised roughly half of the total Consumer Price Index, as opposed to approximately 17 percent today. The shift means that more elements of the CPI come from “sticky” industries and sectors—ones less amenable to sudden price shifts.

While a grocery store or clothing retailer changes its prices quite often, for instance, manufacturers of computers or other durable goods alter their prices less frequently. The fact that the latter types of sectors dominate the CPI compared to prior decades suggests that wringing inflation out of the economy will not happen overnight, nor very easily.

Summers famously predicted last February that inflation would accelerate if Democrats rammed through their $1.9 trillion “stimulus” legislation. Sure enough, it did. His newest analysis therefore bears watching, as does one ominous conclusion: that bringing inflation down to the Fed’s desired 2 percent level “will…require nearly the same amount of disinflation as achieved under [Federal Reserve] Chairman [Paul] Volcker.”

Volcker, who served from 1979 to 1987, eventually tamed inflation—but not before having to raise interest rates as high as 20 percent, sparking the deep recession of the early 1980s. American families could face a reprise of these hardships in the coming months and years, thanks in no small part to the profligacy of both the Federal Reserve and the Democrats of the current Congress.

June 17, 2022 5:15 AM  
Anonymous homosexual marriage is an inherently sado-masochistic arrangement that should be discouraged by any civilized society said...

Want to know why Hispanics are deserting the Dems?

Read on:

The number of migrants encountered attempting to enter the United States illegally from Mexico rose in May, surpassing all previous records over the past century, an indication of the scale of the illegal immigration crisis at the border.

U.S. border officials intercepted 239,416 migrants attempting to enter the country illegally last month, the fourth consecutive monthly rise, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Wednesday evening.

In the first 16 full months of President Joe Biden’s term in office, federal law enforcement officials at the southern border have stopped noncitizens attempting to cross into the U.S. without permission 2.975 million times, including migrants denied admission at ports of entry, CBP data show.

CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus predicted that the numbers will increase further this summer.

The 239,416 figure is the highest on record, outpacing the previous record of 234,088 in April, federal data show.

The number of encounters has increased by nearly 75,000 from February's 165,000 as news spread that the Biden administration would stop immediately returning illegal immigrants to Mexico and other countries in the coming months. The administration announced on April 1 that it would end Title 42 . The policy was set to expire May 23, though a federal judge has barred the Biden administration from doing so.

When Biden took office in January 2021, his administration stopped turning away children who showed up alone at the border, as had been protocol under Trump. In that time, more children have arrived at the southern border than at any other time in U.S. history.

Biden also attempted to halt deportations for 100 days, suspended hundreds of miles of border wall construction projects, and vowed to rescind initiatives that turned away asylum-seekers at the nation’s borders, moves that sent a signal to the world that likely prompted many to travel to the U.S. In addition, the pandemic has had the harshest economic effect on Latin American nations, leading more people to flee to the U.S. and other countries in the Western Hemisphere.

Migrant encounters quickly rose in 2021, topping 169,000 that March as Biden rescinded Trump-era border policies, including the Migrant Protection Protocols that had forced migrants to live in Mexico while asylum cases were processed in U.S. courts.

Biden initially downplayed the uptick in illegal migration last spring as “seasonal.” Sounds like infamous take on inflation. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas rolled out a four-pronged plan at the time to stem the flow of migrants illegally entering the country. The plan included addressing the root causes that lead people to leave their home countries, rebuilding the asylum process, improving border security management, and taking down smugglers. To date, the Biden administration has not seen the desired effects of its plan.

The situation at the southern border , already a humanitarian and national security crisis, threatens to become far worse in the weeks ahead as DHS has predicted as many as 18,000 people being taken into custody each day once Title 42 ends. At present, border officials are encountering 8,000 people daily, a far cry from the "1,000" figure that the Obama administration once said constituted a crisis.

The extent of illegal immigration is not fully known because federal data only track those who were intercepted and cannot account for people who were not detected or evaded arrest. Because Border Patrol agents have been pulled from the border to transport and process those arriving, areas of the border have been left unmanned.

June 17, 2022 6:57 AM  
Anonymous remember when Hillary said she lost because of Russian collusion with Trump: that was the Big Lie... said...

As inflation keeps rising and recession fears loom, a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that Joe Biden is currently in the worst shape of his presidency.

The survey of 1,541 U.S. adults, which was conducted from June 10-13, found that if another presidential election were held today, more registered voters say they would cast ballots for Donald Trump (44%) than for Biden (42%) — even though the House Jan. 6 committee has spent the last week linking Trump to what it called a “seditious conspiracy” to overturn the 2020 election and laying the groundwork for possible criminal prosecution.

Since Biden took office, no previous Yahoo News/YouGov poll has shown him trailing Trump (though Biden’s most recent leads have been within the margin of error, like this one is for Trump). One year ago, Biden led Trump by 9 percentage points. In 2020, Biden won the White House by more than 7 million votes.

Yet Biden’s job approval rating has been atrophying for much of the last year, and the new survey shows that it has never been weaker. A full 56% of Americans now disapprove of the president’s performance — the highest share to date — while just 39% approve. Three weeks ago, those numbers were 53% and 42%, respectively.

On average, Biden’s job approval scores are now a few points worse than Trump’s were at the parallel stage of his presidency.

Among all Americans, Trump (43%) now has a higher personal favorability rating than Biden (40%) as well. Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds of independents (64%) have an unfavorable opinion of Biden, and just 28% say they would vote for him over Trump.

The bad news for Biden comes as prices continue to increase at the fastest pace in 40 years, upending expectations and overshadowing other concerns. According to the poll, 40% of registered voters (up from 33% last month) now say inflation is “the most important issue to you when thinking about this year’s election” — more than four times the number for any other issue.

Politically, this is crippling for Biden. A full 61% of voters disapprove of the president’s handling of the economy (up from 58% last month), and Republicans now hold a 15-point advantage among voters on the question of which party would do a better job handling the economy (up from 11 points last month).

In recent days, a series of stories questioning whether Biden will run for reelection in 2024 — and quoting concerned Democratic sources — have surfaced in the press. The concern isn’t limited to party officials. Just 21% of Americans — down from 25% three weeks ago, and the lowest number to date — say Biden should run again. But perhaps more strikingly, a greater share of 2020 Biden voters now say he shouldn’t run again (40%) than say he should (37%). Last month, those numbers were reversed.

In contrast, a clear majority of Trump voters (57%) say Trump should mount another bid. Just 21% say he shouldn’t. And while 57% of independents say Trump shouldn’t try to make a comeback in 2024, far more — a full 76% — say the same about Biden.

June 17, 2022 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Hey it's Donald - Has anyone seen my pillow guy? He was supposed to get me back in the Oval Office by now. said...

"actually, "Christian Dominionist" is an oxymoron"

Actually, it's not. Christian Dominionism encompasses a particular subset of Christians here in the US that have been trying to destroy the "separation of church and state" that our country was founded on.


Dominionism and the Christian right

In the late 1980s, the sociologist Sara Diamond[46][47] started to write about the intersection of dominion theology with the political activism of the Christian right. Diamond argued that "the primary importance of the [Christian reconstructionist] ideology is its role as a catalyst for what is loosely called 'dominion theology'". According to Diamond, "Largely through the impact of Rushdoony's and North's writings, the concept that Christians are Biblically mandated to 'occupy' all secular institutions has become the central unifying ideology for the Christian Right"[46]: 138  (emphasis in original) in the United States.

While acknowledging the small number of actual adherents, authors such as Diamond and Frederick Clarkson have argued that postmillennial Christian reconstructionism played a major role in pushing the primarily premillennial Christian right to adopt a more aggressive dominionist stance.[48]

Misztal and Shupe concur with Sara Diamond and Frederick Clarkson by arguing that "Reconstructionists have many more sympathizers who fall somewhere within the dominionist framework, but who are not card-carrying members".[49] According to Diamond, "Reconstructionism is the most intellectually grounded, though esoteric, brand of dominion theology".[48]

Journalist Frederick Clarkson[50][51] defined dominionism as a movement that, while it includes dominion theology and reconstructionism as subsets, is much broader in scope, extending to much of the Christian right in the United States.

In his 1992 study of dominion theology and its influence on the Christian right, Bruce Barron writes,

In the context of American evangelical efforts to penetrate and transform public life, the distinguishing mark of a dominionist is a commitment to defining and carrying out an approach to building society that is self-consciously defined as exclusively Christian, and dependent specifically on the work of Christians, rather than based on a broader consensus.[52]

In 1995, Diamond called the influence of dominion theology "prevalent on the Christian Right".[53]

Journalist Chip Berlet added in 1998 that, although they represent different theological and political ideas, dominionists assert a Christian duty to take "control of a sinful secular society".[54]

In 2005, Clarkson enumerated the following characteristics shared by all forms of dominionism:[55]

Dominionists celebrate Christian nationalism, in that they believe that the United States once was, and should once again be, a Christian nation. In this way, they deny the Enlightenment roots of American democracy.

Dominionists promote religious supremacy, insofar as they generally do not respect the equality of other religions, or even other versions of Christianity.

Dominionists endorse theocratic visions, insofar as they believe that the Ten Commandments, or "biblical law," should be the foundation of American law, and that the U.S. Constitution should be seen as a vehicle for implementing Biblical principles.[55]

June 17, 2022 2:21 PM  
Anonymous Christian Dominionism and Violence said...

Unfortunately the full article is behind a paywall, so I can only include the Summary here:

Christian Dominionism and Violence


There are several forms of Christian Dominionism. However, all of them advocate “taking America back for God,” which is to say, from “non-Christians” (however understood), undocumented aliens, “sexual deviants,” “femi-Nazis,” liberal progressives, and the like. To be sure, most individual Dominionists and most Dominionist congregations are not violent. Nevertheless, some are. This is not because these few are ignorant, isolated, or insane, but rather because they reside in a particular kind of social/cultural milieu, one that normatively encourages them to harm others (in the name of their god) and offers them opportunities to do so, and where they are not subject to external restraints that might otherwise deter them from acting out their supremacist proclivities. One implication of this is that in order to avert Dominionist-motivated violence, policymakers must do more than merely criticize Dominionist theology—as important as this may be. Additionally, they must deal with local normative expectations that embolden potential terrorists and provide them easy access to high-powered weaponry. They must also protect vulnerable, marginalized populations from being targeted and step up law-enforcement vigilance and preparedness.


If you want to understand what happened on January 6th, 2021, you need to know how Christian Dominionism has infected the Republican party and our country's politics.

"any honest reading of the New Testament would lead one to conclude that Christianity is designed to be a minority point of view

it's hard to make sense of it otherwise"

Any honest reading of history will show you that all sorts of Christians read whatever they like into the New Testament, and use that to justify all sorts of terrible behavior and actions. Leading other Christians to claim "well, those aren't TRUE Christians" or that isn't a "true reading" of the text, or "that was taken out of context and doesn't apply."

The worst of course are those that are convinced that THEY are the ones that really know what the New Testament says.

Because they can blithely ignore all the ambiguity in the text and convince themselves of their God-given "correctness" and find excuses to justify nearly any behavior and / or actions.

June 17, 2022 2:32 PM  
Anonymous when will TTF thank Trump for the vaccine? said...

"Actually, it's not. Christian Dominionism encompasses a particular subset of Christians here in the US that have been trying to destroy the "separation of church and state" that our country was founded on."

but Jesus, commitment to whom everyone agrees is the minimum necessary to call a group "Christian" originated the idea of the separation of church and state

they didn't separate religion from state in Greece, Rome, Egypt, Bablylon, et al

hence, "Christian Dominionist" is an oxymoron

that's different than the kind of moron you are

on the other hand, it depends what you mean by the "separation of church and state"

here in America, liberals have interpreted "separation of church and state" to mean an aggressive suppression of any religious thought or speech from the public sphere

let me know if you'd like examples

"the concept that Christians are Biblically mandated to 'occupy' all secular institutions has become the central unifying ideology for the Christian Right""

Sara isn't too brilliaat

Christians are entitled to vote for people who agree with their point of view

that would only be "dominionist" if they sought to forbid non-Christans from voting for people who agree with their non-Christian point of view

based on mentally challenged analysis, anyone who votes for people who agree with them is a "domininist"

for example, you would be a homosexual dominionist, following her line of thinking

but, again, the idea of coercing people to hold Christian beliefs contradicts Christian scripture

and that's true even if can cut and paste people writing on the internet who don't understand that

"In this way, they deny the Enlightenment roots of American democracy."

you want to explain how the Enlightenment was the root of American democracy?

"If you want to understand what happened on January 6th, 2021, you need to know how Christian Dominionism has infected the Republican party and our country's politics."

actually, if you want to understand what happened on January 6th, you have to look into why Dems had stopped trying to provide adequate police protections from protesting mobs

in Summer of 2020, violent protests were indulged across the country as government buildings and property were destroyed

understanding that would help you understand why Pelosi and Bowser didn't heed warnings about a fringe set of actors coming to the event

over the years, these types of groups, both right and left, are always present at large demonstrations in Washington

I've seen them at presidential inauguration parades

why, on this day, did the police fail to restrain them when they had always done so before?

remember, the Capitol police force is larger than the city of Atlanta's

and they had the DC police helping them

"The worst of course are those that are convinced that THEY are the ones that really know what the New Testament says."

read it yourself and let us know where you see any support for "Christian Dominionism"

June 18, 2022 5:25 AM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden is not the solution to the Dems' problems, Slidin' Biden is the problem... said...

In its attempt to blame former President Donald Trump for the crimes committed on January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats have spent the week focused on Trump’s unsupported claims of widespread election fraud. The Jan. 6 select committee and the legacy media outlets promoting the show trial completely ignore, however, the verifiable evidence of systemic violations of election law, illegal voting, and the constitutionally deficient execution of the November 2020 election—including issues Trump challenged following the election.

Georgia provides a peach of an example. President Biden won Georgia and the state’s 16 electoral votes by a margin of 11,779 individual votes, but before the state certified the results of the November 2020 election, Trump challenged the outcome, based on evidence indicating that tens of thousands of illegal votes were improperly counted.

While Trump’s legal team argued illegal votes in some 30-plus categories were improperly included in the final election tally, violations of Section 21-2-218 of the Georgia election code alone closed the gap between the two presidential candidates. That section provides that state “residents must vote in the county in which they reside, unless they changed their residence within 30 days of the election” and “outside of the 30-day grace period, if people vote in a county in which they no longer reside, ‘their vote in that county would be illegal.’”

Shortly after the November general election, Mark Davis, the president of Data Productions Inc. and an expert in voter data analytics and residency issues, compared voting records obtained from the Georgia secretary of state’s office with the National Change of Address (NCOA) database. After excluding individuals who moved within 30 days of the general election, Davis “identified nearly 35,000 Georgia voters who indicated they had moved from one Georgia county to another, but then voted in the 2020 general election in the county from which they had moved.”

Trump highlighted this evidence during a telephone conversation with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. His election lawyers, he said, noted from that data they “have actually hard numbers” of tens of thousands of votes that were counted illegally, and that with the margin of victory less than 12,000, “that in and of itself is sufficient to change the results or place the outcome in doubt.”

Yet the January 6 Committee and their cohorts in the press cast all the challenges to the November 2020 tabulations as crazy conspiracy theories of fraud peddled by Trump to steal the election.

The same anti-Trump media lied about Trump’s telephone call with Raffensperger, falsely telling the country that Trump had “pressured the Georgia Secretary of State’s chief investigator Frances Watson” to “find the fraud,” promising that she would soon be a “national hero.” But two months later, when the transcript of the call was released, it became clear that Trump was speaking of establishing there were 11,780 illegal votes from the various categories identified by his lawyers.

Meanwhile, the Jan. 6 Committee continues to spin challenges to the November 2020 election as concerning nothing but nonsensical claims of voter fraud. With the corrupt media’s cooperation, the vast majority of Americans may never learn of the systemic violations of election law, illegal voting, and the disparate treatment of voters in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, the latter seen most clearly with the infiltration of funding from Mark Zuckerberg to targeted Democratic-heavy populations.

Heck, it’s unlikely most members of Congress know of these systemic problems with our electoral system. But with midterms around the corner and Democrats likely facing a bloodbath, don’t be surprised if left-leaning politicians and their friends in the press discover substantial problems in about five months’ time

June 18, 2022 5:39 AM  
Anonymous The big lie persists said...

" verifiable evidence of systemic violations of election law, illegal voting, and the constitutionally deficient execution of the November 2020 election—including issues Trump challenged following the election."

No there isn't, as every court of law has agreed.

June 18, 2022 9:09 PM  
Anonymous YouTube pulls Jan. 6 committee post, citing election disinformation [AKA The Big Lie] said...

YouTube took down a clip uploaded by the Jan. 6 committee to the video platform, saying the video, which featured a clip of former president Donald Trump telling lies about the 2020 election, spread misinformation without the proper context.

The video was one of many uploaded by the House committee, which is investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, as a way to create an online record of its work and share it with a larger number of people.

The video featured former attorney general William P. Barr but also included a clip of a TV interview in which Trump said some of his votes had been given to Joe Biden. The video was short and didn’t include Barr or anyone else specifically calling out Trump’s statement as a lie.

“Our election integrity policy prohibits content advancing false claims that widespread fraud, errors or glitches changed the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, if it does not provide sufficient context,” YouTube spokesperson Ivy Choi said. “We enforce our policies equally for everyone.”

In the wake of the 2020 election, YouTube changed its policies to ban claims that the election was fraudulent or stolen. In the days after Jan. 6, it banned Trump’s channel from the platform, an action that was also taken by Facebook and Twitter on their sites.

YouTube has for years been a key platform used to broadcast false claims about vaccines and election results. During the pandemic, the company began clamping down on disinformation about the coronavirus and the efficacy of vaccines. The 2020 election and the campaign by Trump and his supporters to have its results overturned forced the company to grapple even more with its role as a broadcast platform for false claims that may undermine people’s faith in elections.

The company’s leaders have said repeatedly they don’t want to act as political censors or gatekeepers and have tried to craft policies that they can enforce in a way that appears neutral. That appears to be the reasoning behind taking down the Jan. 6 committee’s clip.

June 19, 2022 8:39 AM  
Anonymous ATTENTION HATERS: God creates rainbows after storms. Good luck destroying those. said...

...Rousseau was a member of Vanguard America, which dissolved after the Charlottesville attack. He formed the Patriot Front in its ashes, organizing chapters across the country. Over the last couple of years, he’s led the group in a nationwide hate crime spree, destroying dozens of Black Lives Matter murals and symbols across the country, according to a HuffPost investigation earlier this year.

A video obtained by the independent media collective Unicorn Riot also showed Patriot Front members burning a rainbow Pride flag during a ceremony in the woods. “To those who destroy our nation, we will destroy your symbols and all that you worship,” one of the members says in the video. “If you think we will lay down and perish, you are gravely mistaken.”

Patriot Front members, like hooded Ku Klux Klan members in the 1920s, often keep their membership in the group a secret, so the 31 arrests on June 11 in Coeur D’Alene amounted to a mass-doxxing event.

As the Patriot Front members sat in the grass, hands zip-tied behind their backs, most wouldn’t talk to police, according to a report from the Coeur D’Alene Press. But Wesley Van Horn of Lexington, Alabama, allegedly did.

When a police officer remarked that Van Horn had “traveled a long way for his cause,” Van Horn replied, “We go where we’re needed.

June 19, 2022 9:01 AM  

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