Monday, July 17, 2023

Why Would MCPS Give False Information Twice?

I am intrigued by the situation involving opt-out at MCPS, as a kind of pure, possibly intractable, dilemma. So far the protesters -- who want to remove their children from lessons with storybooks containing LGBT+ characters -- have controlled the message, and the press has perpetuated a number of errors. Elected progressives, except for Kristin Mink, have stayed out of the discussion; a couple of politicians commented on Kojo Nnamde's radio show for a few minutes, and that's about it.

There are some major questions about what's going on. One is the relationship between rightwing political extremists and the religious -- mostly Muslim -- groups who are speaking out. Muslim spokespersons insist their objections arise from deep religious beliefs and that they are not puppets of the far right, and they sound credible. I want to believe them and to believe that they are rational, mature people with sincere beliefs. If that's the case then there is hope that something can be worked out in a reasonable way. But affiliating with conservative extremists raises the possibility that the whole "religious values" argument is camouflage for maga-aligned forces trying to slip their own bigotry into local government and school policy. Which is a thing that is happening all over the country. I will want to get into that topic later. For now, a big question is why MCPS seems to have misled the public about the opt-out policy -- twice that I know of.

I don't think anyone thought it was necessary for the school district to have a policy that said students have to attend their classes. Nobody needed to make a rule stating that students did not have the choice to decide what classes were acceptable to them, and requiring the school to provide a different class if the student objected to the one that was offered. That just isn't how school works. The sex-ed curriculum was controversial when it was implemented, and Annapolis lawmakers required the schools to allow students to opt-out of some specific lessons, but that was a special case. The current situation is about English classes. And apparently there was no written system policy that said kids have to go to their English class, or that they could choose not to go.

But some parents believed there was an option, and you can see why. New inclusive reading materials came out in January, and it appears some parents worked out something with their neighborhood school to get their children out of the classes where gay or trans story characters would be discussed. There was no central control over the process, and no consistency across schools. It was basically a loophole, where MCPS hadn't actually said you couldn't do that, and so some people did.

On March 22nd, Fox 5 reported:

The MCPS Spokesperson shared with FOX 5 on Wednesday, "When a teacher selects the curriculum, a notification goes out to parents about the book. If a parent chooses to opt out, a teacher can find a substitute text for that student that supports these standards and aligns with curriculum."

The very next day, March 23rd, the school district issued a statement saying in part:

Students and families may not choose to opt out of engaging with any instructional materials, other than 'Family Life and Human Sexuality Unit of Instruction'' which is specifically permitted by Maryland law. As such, teachers will not send home letters to inform families when inclusive books are read in the future.

They refuted their own statement from the day before. Were they just stating a fact, or changing something? It looks like they were trying to keep the decision making in the administrative offices, and not in the separate schools all over the county. It does not appear to be a new policy, but a restatement of an implicit existing one.

Something similar happened this month, when the Washington Post wrote:

The school system put an opt-out provision in place when the books were introduced, schools spokeswoman Jessica Baxter said. But that guidance shifted in March. Montgomery school officials say that Maryland law doesn’t allow students to withdraw from school lessons, except for a portion of the state’s health education curriculum on family life and human sexuality.

Jessica Baxter was MCPS's Director of Public Information, and sometime between talking to the Post and the article being published, she left her job.

Someone, presumably in Baxter's office, said something incorrect to Fox 5 in March, the school district had to respond immediately with a firm statement saying the opposite thing, then a few months later the office Director herself made the same mistake again? I am pretty sure the topic of Screw-up Number One was discussed in some meetings, and the responsible party was read the riot act. And then committed Screw-up Number Two. The exact same thing again. Why? How are you talking about official policy to one of the country's biggest newspapers, and you just make stuff up, knowing already that it's wrong? (By the way, the Post doesn't seem to have any correction or edit to that statement at this time.)

The protesters say there was an opt-out policy and it was taken away. Maybe some parents thought that their informal arrangements were a policy. After March 23 there was an explicit statement forbidding it; before that -- as far as anyone can tell -- there wasn't anything one way or the other. Which makes sense, kids gotta go to class, you shouldn't have to put that in a formal document.

There is no evidence that the district ever had any kind of policy allowing students to opt out of English classes. But MCPS spokespersons told the press there was. Twice. There is also a religious-diversity guideline that offers to let kids do an alternative lesson if something runs against their religion, but it is pretty waffly and specifies that this should only happen infrequently. Also, it is not an official policy, just a guideline document that was produced, I'm sure, with the best intentions for accommodating various holidays and traditions.

The school district has done a lot to create the wrong impression. Their actual position, I believe, is There is no opt-out and there never was. So why did they twice say there was such a provision? And why don't they face the TV cameras and state there was none, if it is indeed the case?

You get framing like the Post's lede, which is worth blockquoting:

For the past few months, hundreds of Muslim and Ethiopian Orthodox parents have called on Maryland’s largest school system to restore an opt-out provision for books that feature LGBTQ+ characters.

But there was no provision to restore. Right?

MCPS needs to make that point clear, one way or the other. If there actually was an opt-out policy and it was taken away with no explanation and no input from the community, then the whole debate changes. There is no real evidence that that happened, but many people believe it and the point needs to be clarified.

The Muslim spokespersons say that the school district will not return their calls or set up any kind of meeting with them. So how does the district think this will work? MCPS should have been reaching out to religious leaders as they were developing their LGBT+ inclusive reading program, should have been showing them that the readings do not promote or encourage behavior a group finds sinful, but teach students about the varieties of people they will meet in the world. There are Muslim characters in classroom stories, presented with that same intention, not to convert anyone to Islam but to teach children about the world they are growing up in. A mature and trusting outreach program could have prevented the whole controversy. Instead, it appears the school district is taking a "deal with it" approach, creating polarity and opposition.

There is a lawsuit filed by a high-powered law firm, and they will argue that it is a violation of religious freedom to force kids of certain religions to read stories with two dads in them. The judge may agree it is a violation and order the schools to allow opting-out, which will be a slippery slope to who-knows-what. Or the judge may say it's not a violation, and then they're back to square one, demands suspended in the air, standoff continuing. Communication dead in the water. Zero leadership from the County. CAIR adamant and polarized, claiming victimhood. I think pro-LGBT+ groups are waiting to see what the court decides. Meanwhile, in the absence of facts, the protesters are giving the press a narrative that is not accurate, teaming up with far-right extremists behind the scenes, and winning public sympathy for their wishes.

I would not like to see this end with the Muslims starting a private school. They are a positive part of our community and it is a healthy thing to have them in public school learning side by side with all the other kids. Of course -- unless the court requires it -- this cannot end with students opting out of their reading lessons. Grade school can't turn into a pick-and-choose menu of options; that would get insane real quick. MCPS had the responsibility to show that this baby-step forward is not harmful but they have played their hand very poorly.

By the way, I want to hedge my bet by admitting that it is actually possible that somewhere in the bowels of the administration there was once a policy that allowed opting out of classes. It is impossible to prove a negative, and if anyone produced a document showing such a policy it would settle this particular question. I would look forward to seeing that, and we would discuss the situation in a different way. At the present time, though, it seems almost certain that there was never such a policy.

Though their connections to rightwing radicals are troublesome, I am willing to believe that the Muslim protesters are good, reasonable people and that they are telling the truth about what they believe. Their views on homosexuality go back fourteen hundred years and they're not just going to drop it, but they can adapt a little without giving up their beliefs. MCPS had a responsibility to manage this, and instead they misinformed and confused the public.


Later in the day when I posted this piece, the Washington Post published an op-ed by Zainab Chaudry, the firebrand director of the Maryland office of CAIR. Even the headline itself has at least three discrete errors in it. It reads: Montgomery parents want an opt-out on sexuality, gender education restored. First of all, a very tiny number of parents want opt-out, while the very great majority of actual "Montgomery parents" of students want their children to learn about the world as it is. Second, there is a "sexuality, gender education" curriculum, and it does have opt-out. We're not talking about that here, this op-ed is about English classes. There is no sex in the stories, though there is gender -- can you imagine a story without it? It is just part of a story, characters are male and female. Third, nothing can be "restored" if nothing has been taken away. There never was opt-out, and so it cannot be restored. Some religious persons are asking for a new opt-out provision, which, sure they can ask for it, but it is inaccurate to state it in terms of "restoring" something. The rest of the piece follows through with a narrative that maintains this level of veracity.


Anonymous let's put a Chik-Fil-A pop-up in every public schools... said...

sounds like TTF is mighty worried that they may lose a major part of their propaganda machine: inserting books that support their world-view into public school curriculum

indeed, such books dominate public school curriculums

"Their views on homosexuality go back fourteen hundred years"

actually, Islam isn't the only religion that holds that homosexuality is immoral

they all do

indeed, Islam has a relationship to Abrahamic religions such as Judaism and Christianity that also hold homosexuality to be immoral

and it's not just religious people

the atheist regimes of the 20th century under people like Stalin and Mao also considered homosexuality to be immoral

let's face it: for most of recorded history, virtually everyone considered homosexuality to be immoral

considering that, let's just keep books that normalize homosexuality out of schools

problem solved

July 17, 2023 8:35 AM  
Anonymous So said...

Wow I am *so* sorry the world is changing and people you don't understand are getting the same respect as everybody else. That must be *so* tough for you. Why, I bet some of those people are icky, aren't they? Boys kissing boys, ick. Girls kissing girls, ick. Girls turning into boys, boys turning into girls, ick ick ick. And all without your permission. *So* sad for you.

July 17, 2023 7:54 PM  
Anonymous when will we have another Pride month? this last one was a blast! LOL!!!!!!!!!........... said...

"Wow I am *so* sorry the world is changing"

things haven't changed all that much

society tried to humor gays and ignore them

the thanks society got was a focus on gays recruiting children to their worldview and a lot of lewd public behavior

everyone is sick of it and are pushing back

so sorry, Charlie

the world is changing and is through indulging the gay agenda

that's why TTF is so worried about the public school book issue

the times they are a-changing

July 17, 2023 8:29 PM  
Anonymous Oh look, religious conservatives projecting again said...

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. - A Montgomery County pastor was found guilty Tuesday of second-degree rape and a fourth-degree sex offense against a parishioner.

The pastor, Erick Odir Vidal-Fuentes, 39, of Hyattsville, "abused his position as head of a church to gain the confidence of this parishioner, and then violated her trust, victimizing her," said State’s Attorney John McCarthy

According to the state's attorney's office, the incident occurred on September 29, 2020, at the Iglesia Pentecostal El Fin Viene in the 7500 block of New Hampshire Ave. in Takoma Park.

Takoma Park police began looking into the allegations in June 2021. Vidal-Fuentes was arrested on August 5, 2021, and charged at the time with second-degree rape and fourth-degree sex offense. The victim, who attends the church, has not been identified.

Vidal-Fuentes currently has another case pending for assault on an additional church member who came forward and testified during this trial.

He faces up to 20 years in prison.

July 18, 2023 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Oh look, religious conservatives projecting again said...

A former Texas pastor who supported legislation that would have criminalized abortions in the state has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse. Stephen Bratton is accused of having “sexual intercourse multiple times a day or several times a week” with a teenage relative, over the course of two years, according to court records. Bratton was a pastor at Grace Family Baptist Church near Houston, and was an outspoken supporter this year of a bill that would have ended abortions in Texas and threatened to criminally charge women who have an abortion with homicide. Bratton reportedly came forward with the abuse to his wife on May 15, and confessed to three Southern Baptist clergy members the next day. He has since been excommunicated from the church, and is no longer living with his wife and their seven children. Bratton posted $50,000 bond and has been released from the Harris County Jail.

July 18, 2023 9:08 AM  
Anonymous We need to keep pastors out of bathrooms said...

A former youth pastor who was arrested last month for allegedly filming girls as young as 14 in the bathroom of a South Carolina church was slapped with 24 new charges of criminal sexual conduct, bringing his total so far to 70 as investigators say he also recorded women in bridal parties changing their clothes.

Daniel Kellan Mayfield, the former youth pastor at First Baptist Gowensville in Landrum, was already facing 46 criminal sexual conduct charges when a Greenville County magistrate judge signed the 24 additional charges on Friday, Greenville News reported.

Of the 24 new charges, six are for sexual exploitation of a minor in the first degree, while the remainder are voyeurism charges connected to three weddings that occurred in 2019 and 2021. At two of the weddings where Mayfield, 35, was hired to provide videography service, he allegedly recorded women in areas where they had a "reasonable expectation of privacy." Mayfield, according to the warrants cited by Greenville News, set up cameras in areas where the bridal party changed their clothes.

At the third wedding held at First Baptist Church Gowensville, Mayfield, while acting as a "representative and keyholder" at the church, allegedly filmed the bridal party in secret and stored the video on his MacBook Pro.

"This was a complete and total shock to everyone who knew him, from parents to volunteers to students to family and close friends," First Baptist Church Gowensville Senior Pastor Josh Phillips told Greenville News. "Unfortunately these things usually are surprises. It is the people you do not expect."

Early last month, investigators from the Greenville County Sheriff's Office discovered that Mayfield had unlawfully filmed multiple girls, some as young as 14 years old, inside the bathroom of the Landrum church.

That discovery followed an earlier announcement by investigators that Mayfield was caught recording a woman outside the bathroom window of her mother's house in Greenwood on May 27. The woman reported that she and her sister found Mayfield standing alone in their backyard after she noticed a light outside the window.

When they initially confronted him about what he was doing, he denied making any recording. Eventually, he confessed to recording the woman while she was showering and gave her his phone so she could view the video. A redacted affidavit details how, after he was caught, Mayfield declared, "Oh sh—" before he managed to end the recording.

First Baptist Gowensville has not provided any additional updates on its website about the investigation beyond a May 27th statement about Mayfield's dismissal.

"On May 27th, 2023, First Baptist Gowensville leadership was made aware of an incident of moral misconduct perpetrated by one of our staff members. Proper authorities were notified immediately, and the employee was terminated from his role," the statement says. "Due to the nature of the investigation, FBC Gowensville refers all questions to the law enforcement authorities involved. We remain dedicated to providing a safe worship environment and will be ever vigilant in protecting all persons involved in any of our events."

In addition to his work at the church, Mayfield's archived profile on First Baptist Gowensville's website also states that he worked at Compassion International as an event director.

Tim Glenn, global public relations director for Compassion International, previously told The Christian Post that Mayfield was not directly employed by the Christian humanitarian organization.

"He was employed by a company that Compassion contracted for marketing events, from 2013-2014," Glenn said. "He has also served as a volunteer at some Compassion marketing events until 2016. Though he applied for a position with Compassion, he was never hired."

July 18, 2023 9:13 AM  
Anonymous A Little Mouse said...

Ever since spending time with Grandpa Mouse yesterday, Grandma has been passed out on what we call "the orange chair." It's actually an old piece of orange peel that is bent a certain way, in the other wall where nobody usually goes. Grandpa and Grandma Mouse like it in there.

After she got up, Grandma Mouse was on the Internet and she started laughing. "Hey looky here what Charles Barkley said." We went in and looked over her shoulder at the tiny computer screen. He had said, "Hey, lemme tell you something. All you rednecks or assholes who don't want to drink Bud Light, fuck y'all. If you're gay, God bless you. If you're trans, God bless you. And if you have a problem with them -- fuck you."

Grandma has been chuckling all day over that. She actually doesn't like Bud Light but she used to think it was funny that the rednecks guzzled that rank stuff. We all agreed that Charles Barkley is a pretty cool guy, for a human.

July 18, 2023 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Lock him up! said...

Special counsel Jack Smith has informed former President Donald Trump by letter that he is a target in his investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election, sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News.

Trump also confirmed the development in a post on his Truth Social platform.

The letter, which sources said was transmitted to Trump's attorneys in recent days, indicates that yet another indictment of the former president could be imminent -- though it is not immediately clear what kind of charges he could ultimately face.

Target letters are typically given to subjects in a criminal investigation to put them on notice that they are facing the prospect of indictment.

Trump similarly received a target letter from Smith before he was indicted by a grand jury in Florida for his alleged mishandling of classified documents after leaving the White House and his alleged efforts to obstruct the government's investigation.

Smith took control of the sprawling Justice Department investigation into the failed efforts by Trump and his allies to thwart his election loss upon his appointment as special counsel in November of last year, and in recent months dozens of witnesses have appeared to testify before a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C.

According to sources, prosecutors have questioned witnesses specifically about the efforts to put forward false slates of so-called false electors that were to have cast electoral college votes during the certification for Trump in key swing states that he lost to President Joe Biden.

July 18, 2023 11:45 AM  
Anonymous I can't wait for 2024's pride month...... said...

"We all agreed that Charles Barkley is a pretty cool guy"


he famously once said he's not a role model

good thing, since he's been arrested multiple times for physically assaulting people who verbally expressed disagree with him

he's employed as a sports broadcaster so he'd be fired if he didn't support the gay agenda

his obscenities won't help the gay promoting Anheuser Busch though

their fate has already been determined

they are going to the beer graveyard with Schlitz

"it is not immediately clear what kind of charges he could ultimately face"

Jack Smith is still making that up

the motto of the Biden DOJ: figure out who you want to arrest and then find a crime

"According to sources, prosecutors have questioned witnesses specifically about the efforts to put forward false slates of so-called false electors"

how could he do that? what does "put forward" even mean?

hey, did you hear that Congress has a committee studying censorship?

RFK Jr has complained about being censored so the chair of the committee scheduled him to testify

Dems are trying to stop him from testifying

how desperate are Dems that they are trying to censor someone from speaking before the censorship committee?


July 18, 2023 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Lock them up too! said...

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s attorney general filed felony charges Tuesday against 16 Republicans who acted as fake electors for then-President Donald Trump in 2020, accusing them of submitting false certificates confirming they were legitimate electors despite Joe Biden’s victory in the state.

Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that all 16 individuals would get eight criminal charges, including two counts of forgery, which is a 14-year felony. The group includes Republican National Committeewoman Kathy Berden and Meshawn Maddock, former co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party.

“It would be malfeasance of the greatest magnitude if my department failed to act here in the face of overwhelming evidence of an organized effort to circumvent the lawfully cast ballots of millions of Michigan voters in a presidential election,” Nessel said in a statement.

The group is alleged to have met on December 14 and signed their names to multiple certificates stating they were the qualified electors for Trump. These false documents were then transmitted to the U.S. Senate and National Archives.

In January of last year, Nessel had asked federal prosecutors to open a criminal investigation into 16 Republicans.

Nessel alleged a “coordinated effort” among Republican parties in several battleground states including Michigan to push so-called alternate slates of electors with fake documents. She said she wants federal authorities to make an evaluation for possible charges.

July 18, 2023 5:07 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality is not healthy for children and other living things... said...

We all knew, sooner or later, that lunatic fringe gay activists would go too far. They are now trying to indoctrinate America's children into their non-empirical worldview and isolate the kids from any common sense parental input. America has had enough.

A campaign is under way to introduce schoolchildren to the latest ideas about sexual orientation and “gender identity.” Pupils in New Jersey are expected to understand the differences between these concepts by fifth grade. An official of the National Education Association, the largest U.S. teachers union, recommends asking preschoolers their “preferred pronouns.” The NEA’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ Caucus has a reading list for elementary-school children that includes titles such as “My Princess Boy” and “Jacob’s New Dress.”

It’s important that children learn to accept differences; but indoctrinating them or promoting an agenda is another matter. Parents, many of whom find such ideas objectionable or exotic, are often kept in the dark about what their children are being taught, or told they have no right to opt out if they are informed. Parents around the country have filed lawsuits alleging that school officials withheld vital information about their own children from them.

Children develop at their own pace. Many aren’t psychologically or emotionally ready to discuss or think about their “identity.” I have seen many young adolescents overwhelmed by the need to know “who and what I am” in a heated and socially pressured environment. I have even had teen patients tell me that “identifying as heteronormative”—yes, they’ve been trained to talk that way—is stressful in an environment that idealizes being “queer.”

Preadolescent children are only beginning to discover who they are. All children (adults too) have both masculine and feminine parts of their personalities, which they should be free to explore in play. If a girl doesn’t like wearing dresses and a boy enjoys playing with dolls, it’s cruel and destructive to lead them to believe they’re actually members of the opposite sex.

The harm to children is physical as well as psychological. Medical societies and some schools promote off-label puberty blockers and life-altering surgeries for children and adolescents diagnosed with “gender dysphoria.” Seattle schools teach fourth-graders that “some people decide, with the help of their doctor, to take medicine or hormones to change puberty on purpose to better match their gender.” Side effects of puberty blockers include mood disorders, brain swelling, seizures and cognitive impairment.

The Florida Legislature last year passed the Parental Rights in Education Act, which requires that classroom discussion of sexual matters be “age-appropriate” and prohibits it altogether before fourth grade. It’s a good first step. Society needs to respect the role of parents and empower them to make decisions that are best for their families. For too long we have put the needs of adults over children when it comes to child care, education and safety—and now sexual ideology.

July 18, 2023 6:20 PM  
Anonymous A Little Mouse said...

Grandpa Mouse was in a spunky mood today. Usually he falls asleep in his recliner after dinner but this evening he sat at the table and explained his political philosophy to me. Here are his main points as I remember them:
- The FBI are secret leftists
- Blackrock is communist
- Disney is obscene
- Rainbow flags & diversity is dictatorship
- Banning books is free speech
He says everybody can see these facts are obvious. Oh yeah and the queers, he went on for a while about that. He said he doesn't really care who somebody boinks but "they always want to ram their stuff down my throat." I reminded him that it's just us mouses in these walls. And actually mouses don't care if their partner is a boy-mouse or a girl-mouse, and we definitely don't care who somebody else's partner is. Still, Grandpa gets cranky.

July 18, 2023 8:33 PM  
Anonymous drink more OJ said...

Let's go through the schizo rodent's mockery of decency and concern for children:

- The FBI are secret leftists

Actually, "the FBI" is not like the Borg with a shared hive mind. Most agents are decent and dedicated public servants. The leadership, however, appointed by politicians, has become invested in protecting the deep state. By any means necessary.

- Blackrock is communist

Have no idea what this is referring to and don't intend to look it up.

- Disney is obscene

Sadly, Walt's magic kingdom has become an enemy of the nation's youth. They supported classes for young kids on transgender ideology. Worse, they tried to suppress Cry of Freedom, last week's number 2 movie at the box office. This movie raises consciences about the importance of fighting international child sex rings. Disney owned the movie since 2018 and refused to release it. Why? They want young kids to be indoctrinated in dubious transgender ideas but want to keep adults from knowing about the tragedy of child sex abuse.

- Rainbow flags & diversity is dictatorship

Those who consider rainbow flags their symbol will stop at nothing to stop any speech that contradicts the gay agenda. They have totalitarian impulses. They aren't believers in anything you could call diversity.

- Banning books is free speech

What idiots like TTFers call "book banning" is actually parents trying to make sure their children are only exposed to age-appropriate material. If that's what these hypocrites called "book banning", they favor plenty of book banning themselves

July 18, 2023 10:15 PM  
Anonymous This is one of Barkley's finest moments said...

It's easy to sometimes dismiss Charles Barkley as just a joker. He is, after all, incredibly funny. Says goofy stuff. Can even be crude. But the one thing Barkley is above all else is real. The realest of the real. That's why something he did recently was so important because you know it comes from his big, goofy, real heart.

Barkley did something that shouldn't even be notable but in this world of LGBTQ and anti-trans hate, with politicians and even sports journalists attacking the transgender community in particular, what Barkley said recently isn't just notable, it's refreshing and vital. Barkley's words show him not just as a commentator or funny guy, but as someone who gets it, and is a clear ally of the LGBTQ community.

Barkley was at a bar in Lake Tahoe where he was playing in a celebrity golf tournament when he bought a round of drinks for the crowd. The video of what Barkley does next has gone viral and outraged the bigots. Barkley, in his unique way, makes what is an unmistakable and powerful move of support.

"So I’m gonna buy some drinks for y’all and I’m gonna buy Bud Light," Barkley said.

The Bud Light remark was obviously intentional. It's a rebuke of how the right-wing has attempted to destroy the brand after Bud Light used a trans influencer, Dylan Mulvaney, for an Instagram promotion. It triggered an anti-trans backlash and boycott.

Read more columns:This is how you fight hate: Dwyane Wade continues to be an ally of trans community.

There was a mixture of cheers and boos from the crowd but Barkley kept going.

"Hey, lemme tell you something," he says in the video. "All you rednecks or (expletive) who don’t want to drink Bud Light, (expletive) y’all. Hey, y’all can’t cancel me!"

Yes, this is pretty amazing.

Then came the best part.

"Hey, I ain’t worried about getting canceled because lemme tell you something," Barkley said, "if y’all fire me and gimme all that money, I’m gonna be playing golf every (expletive) day. So listen, as I said last night, if you’re gay, God bless you. If you’re trans, God bless you. And if you have a problem with them (expletive) you."

Tell 'em, Chuck. Tell 'em (expletive) over and (expletive) over and (expletive) over again.

What Barkley did was important because when a gigantic star of his caliber, literally too big to for the hatemongers to cancel, isn't just an ally, but a public one, an explicit one, an unabashed one, he can almost serve as a sort of protective umbrella.

Incredibly, according to the New York Post, Barkley defended the LGBTQ community on two separate nights at the same bar. His message on the other occasion was just as supportive and explicit.

July 19, 2023 9:17 AM  
Anonymous A Little Mouse said...

A group of monkeys is challenging humans' views on sexuality by showing that same-sex behavior among males strengthens their social networks and may even help them father more offspring. The findings, reported this month in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, suggest that same-sex behavior is not only natural in the animal kingdom, it can be socially advantageous.

Just a minute, "animal kingdom?" You mean us mouses get lumped in with some monkeys? Of course we have "same-sex behavior," as they call it -- why wouldn't we? Everybody does. Humans sure do. Well at least we don't swing from trees by our tails and - yuck - eat bananas.

July 19, 2023 3:00 PM  
Anonymous Thanks, Marge said...

President Biden’s video featuring clips from a Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) speech to tout his legislative accomplishments reached more than 30 million views in 12 hours after it was posted Tuesday evening, according to statistics first shared with The Hill.

The video received the second-highest impressions on a Biden video since he was inaugurated, only behind his reelection campaign launch video that dropped in April.

The video received more than 34 million views as of Wednesday around 10:30 a.m. and more than 10 million of those were in the first three hours since it dropped. It also received more than 200,000 shares and more than 2 million engagements as of Wednesday morning.

Greene’s speech at Turning Point USA was intended to attack the president on policy issues. But, the Biden campaign video set the speech to uplifting music as she lists the president’s agenda and legislative priorities and compares him to former Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

“I approve this message,” Biden said on Twitter, sharing the video Tuesday evening.

When it was first posted, other Democrats rallied around the video and shared it, including Gov. Gavin Newsom (Calif.) and Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Adam Schiff (Calif.).

“Joe Biden had the largest public investment in social infrastructure and environmental programs, that is actually finishing what FDR started, that LBJ expanded on, and Joe Biden is attempting to complete,” Greene said in her speech this weekend.

“Programs to address education, medical care, urban problems, rural poverty, transportation, Medicare, Medicaid, labor unions, and he still is working on it,” she added.

July 19, 2023 3:19 PM  
Anonymous TTFers looove bananas - if they're properly........... said...

"The findings, reported this month in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, suggest that same-sex behavior is not only natural in the animal kingdom, it can be socially advantageous."

Never understood why lunatic fringe gay advocates think it's an appealing argument that animals engage in homosexuality.

So, you think we should all act like a bunch of animals?

"Just a minute, "animal kingdom?" You mean us mouses get lumped in with some monkeys?"

No, monkeys are much more advanced.

They can peel bananas with their feet, just like most TTFers do.

Also, no one would feed a monkey to a boa constrictor but that's what's going to happen to your creepy kids.

Hey, guess what?

There aren't many anti-semites in Congress, but they're all Democraps

Nine House Democraps voted against a resolution that rejected all forms of antisemitism following comments from Rep. Pramila Jayapal that criticized Israel.

The measure from Rep. August Pfluger, of Texas, breezed through the chamber, 412-9. Rep. Betty McCollum, Minnesota Democrap, voted “present.” The measure passed under a suspension of the rules, a fast-track maneuver that requires approval from two-thirds of lawmakers for passage.

Yet nine Democraps voted against the measure.

The nine Democrap lawmakers that voted against the measure were: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Cori Bush of Missouri, Andre Carson of Indiana, Summer Lee of Pennsylvania, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Delia Ramirez of Illinois.

July 19, 2023 3:23 PM  
Anonymous If you want to know how to shut down colleges, talk to Ron said...

New College of Florida, which in recent months has been taken over by allies of Florida Gov.

Ron DeSantis, is facing major staff shortages as faculty members are fleeing for other jobs.

In fact, the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that the school has lost more than a third of its faculty in the last few months, a churn rate that Provost Bradley Thiessen described as "incredibly high."

DeSantis and his allies may welcome the departures given that their stated goal is to transform the university into an "anti-woke" learning establishment.

Nonetheless, it's causing big headaches for school administrators who are now scrambling to ensure they have enough faculty to teach classes.

Biologist Liz Leininger, for one, told the Tampa Bay Times that she felt guilty for leaving the school behind but said she felt she had little alternative, and she has since taken a job as chairperson of neuroscience at St. Mary's in Maryland.

However, this is cold comfort for third-year cognitive science major Alaska Miller, who tells the Tampa Bay Times that her diploma has now been put on hold indefinitely.

"Either I don't graduate on time or I'd have to abandon my major," she explained to the newspaper.


For those not familiar with history, because they like banning books about it or otherwise, when authoritarians take over - or get worse, the smart people leave first. Just ask the Russians that left their homeland after Putin invaded Ukraine.

This works out well for the authoritarian, because he has fewer people to speak out against him, but in the long term, the authoritarian regime collapses. Usually not before making everyone around them miserable though.

July 19, 2023 5:03 PM  
Anonymous blue state governors are not the solution to our problems, blue state governors are the problem said...

"For those not familiar with history, because they like banning books about it"

for those of you who only get their news from TTF, no one, in Florida or any other place n America, is banning books.

The incessant repetition of lies is actually a sign of a group seeking to become authoritarian.

Homosexual advocacy groups have totalitarian tendencies, always seeking to ban speech that doesn't support their agenda.

Most universities in America, however, have devolved into authoritarianism. Non-woke views are banned and will be suppressed.

July 20, 2023 5:30 AM  
Anonymous If you don't want gay marriage there is a simple solution: When a gay person asks to marry you, just say "No thank you." said...

"The incessant repetition of lies is actually a sign of a group seeking to become authoritarian."

Well, that explains why conservatives keep lying about the books they are banning claiming they are "pornographic" and "grooming" kids. They're not, and they never have been. In fact, the bible has more sexuality, bestiality, and violence than the books they are banning do.

"Homosexual advocacy groups have totalitarian tendencies, always seeking to ban speech that doesn't support their agenda."

Banning hate speech isn't totalitarian. Many western democracies have laws against hate speech. Here is a list:

After World War II, several European countries passed laws against hate speech for obvious reasons that students should know about. Instead authoritarian right-wing groups had "Maus" banned from schools.

"Most universities in America, however, have devolved into authoritarianism. Non-woke views are banned and will be suppressed."

Most universities in America accept student from all over the United States and even the rest of the world. Often those arriving from outside the country pay considerably higher than US citizens, especially those that live in-state. The last thing these universities want is for a bunch of red-neck hicks making lives miserable for their highest-paying customers and cause them to leave. A little bit of DEI training will help them understand people from different cultures better and make life more interesting and better for everyone.

"Non-woke views are banned and will be suppressed."

You can still say those things in America, as we have no "hate speech" laws here. It astounds me how difficult it is for right wingers to just treat everyone with a modicum of dignity and respect. That would be so much easier than flooding social media with all these lies about banning "non-woke" views.

They don't really have to ban non-woke views on university campuses. The fact of the matter is, when you start meeting more people of different sizes, shapes, colors, religions, nationalities, and persuasions and see how they interact with the rest of the world, you realize they are just regular people like you are, and that you have more in common than you have different. It becomes a lot harder to hate people like that, especially if one of them is your lab partner in chemistry class (for example).

That's why people who graduate from Universities tend to be more socially liberal (and economically conservative, with reduced authoritarianism), according to this study:

But the Republican party has cultivated a cult in the "high-school and under" crowd that seldom has to venture outside their isolated bubble, allowing hatred to fester for generations unchecked. So it is easy for them to believe right-wing propaganda about some nefarious "woke" conspiracy to take away their "freedom of speech" than it is for them to realize that all folks are asking them to do is to just stop being a flaming asshole.

July 20, 2023 11:21 AM  
Anonymous the Biden crime family is not above the law.... said...

President Joe Biden’s economic approval numbers have risen in the wake of efforts by the White House to promote what it calls “Bidenomics” and some improvement in inflation. A substantial majority of respondents to the CNBC All-America Economic Survey disapprove of Biden’s handling of the economy.

The survey also found that Republicans hold double-digit leads on which party Americans believe is best to handle critical economic issues like inflation and jobs and that higher interest rates are beginning to hit Americans in their wallets.

The president’s economic approval rating stands at 37% approving and 58% disapproving.

The survey showed Americans’ views on the economy remain depressed. The percentage of Americans saying the economy is excellent or good is 20%. The percentage saying the economy is just fair or poor is 79%. Just 24% of the public believes the economy will improve in the next year.

July 20, 2023 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Why is it that when conservatives can't win by words, they go for violence? said...

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Five members of the white nationalist hate group Patriot Front were convicted Thursday of misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to riot at a Pride event.

A Kootenai County jury found Forrest Rankin, Devin Center, Derek Smith, James Michael Johnson and Robert Whitted guilty after about an hour of deliberation, news outlets reported.

A total of 31 Patriot Front members, including one identified as its founder, were arrested June 11, 2022, after someone reported seeing people loading into a U-Haul van like “a little army” at a hotel parking lot in Coeur d’Alene, police said.

Police found riot gear, a smoke grenade, shin guards and shields inside the van after pulling it over near where the North Idaho Pride Alliance was holding a Pride in the Park event, Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White has said.

James Michael Johnson, Forrest Rankin, Robert Whitted, Devin Center and Derek Smith were found guilty by a northern Idaho jury on Thursday of misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to riot at a Pride event.

Once “an appropriate amount of confrontational dynamic had been established,” the column would disengage and head down Sherman Avenue.

Those arrested came from at least 11 states, including Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Illinois, Wyoming, Virginia and Arkansas.

Rioting is generally a misdemeanor in Idaho.

Conspiracy to riot is punishable by up to one year in jail, as well as a $5,000 fine and up to two years of probation.

The five men are scheduled to be sentenced on Friday.

July 21, 2023 9:15 AM  
Anonymous BANNNED BOOKS said...

"for those of you who only get their news from TTF, no one, in Florida or any other place n America, is banning books."

Here's news from Miami New Times:

Here, listed in alphabetical order by county and by author, are all the books banned in Florida's school districts since July 2021:

Brevard Public Schools
The Haters by Jesse Andrews
Damsel by Elana K. Arnold,
Infandous by Elana K. Arnold,
Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold,
What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold,
Forever... by Judy Blume,
This Book Is Gay by Juno Dawson
Crank (Crank Series) by Ellen Hopkins
Tilt by Ellen Hopkins
Triangles by Ellen Hopkins
Tricks (Tricks Series) by Ellen Hopkins
Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson,
Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Sold by Patricia McCormick
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
Push by Sapphire
Lucky by Alice Sebold
Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

Clay County School District
All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson

Flagler Schools
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

School District of Indian River County
Ace of Spades by Àbíké-Íyímídé, Faridah
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo,
How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater (Edward Zanni Series) by Marc Acito
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Girls Like Us (2019) by Cristina Alger
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
Hear These Voices: Youth at the Edge of the Millennium by Anthony Allison
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Feed by M. T. Anderson
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
The Haters by Jesse Andrews
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place by Jackson Bird
Boy2Girl by Terence Blacker
Bowery Girl by Kim Taylor Blakemore
Someone I Used to Know by Patty Blount
Forever... by Judy Blume
Black Girl Unlimited: The Remarkable Story of a Teenage Wizard by Echo Brown
Ready or Not (All-American Girl Series) by Meg Cabot
King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle
Graceling (Graceling Realm Series) by Kristin Cashore
Awakened (House of Night Series) by P. C. Cast
Betrayed (House of Night Series) by P. C. Cast
Burned (House of Night Series) by P. C. Cast
Chosen (House of Night Series) by P. C. Cast
Destined (House of Night Series) by P. C. Cast
Hidden (House of Night Series) by P. C. Cast
Hunted (House of Night Series) by P. C. Cast
Marked (House of Night Series) by P. C. Cast
Redeemed (House of Night Series) by P. C. Cast
Revealed (House of Night Series) by P. C. Cast
Tempted (House of Night Series) by P. C. Cast
Untamed (House of Night Series) by P. C. Cast
The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments Series) by Cassandra Clare
Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen
The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

July 21, 2023 9:20 AM  
Anonymous BANNED BOOKS Continued said...

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
The Facts Speak for Themselves by Brock Cole
Rift (Nightshade Prequel Series) by Andrea Cremer
Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña
Blended by Sharon M. Draper
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry Series) by Simone Elkeles
Who Am I Without Him?: A Short Story Collection about Girls and Boys in Their Lives by Sharon G. Flake
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
Dime by E. R. Frank
The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person by Joseph Frederick
Lush by Natasha Friend
A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities by Mady G.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
Melissa (George) by Alex Gino
Joshua and the City by Joseph F. Girzone
The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys Series) by Abbi Glines
Cross My Heart (Cross My Heart Series) by Sasha Gould
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
What We Saw by Hartzler, Aaron
Black Lives Matter: From a Moment to a Movement by Hillstrom, Laurie Collier
Crank (Crank Series) by Ellen Hopkins
Perfect (Impulse Series) by Ellen Hopkins
Traffick (Tricks Series) by Ellen Hopkins
Triangles by Ellen Hopkins
Tricks (Tricks Series) by Ellen Hopkins
The Kite Runner by Hosseini, Khaled
Brave Face: A Memoir by Hutchinson, Shaun David
Brave New World by Huxley, Aldous
This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Jewell, Tiffany
The Breakaways by Johnson, Cathy G.
All Boys Aren't Blue by Johnson, George M.
This Is My America by Johnson, Kim
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by Johnston, E. K.
How to Be an Antiracist by Kendi, Ibram X.
They Called Me Red by Kilbourne, Christina
The Music of What Happens by Konigsberg, Bill
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Kuklin, Susan
Trail of Crumbs by Lisa J. Lawrence
My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt
I'll Be the One by Lyla Lee
Rape On Campus by Bruno Leone,
Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything by E. Lockhart
Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, Plural. If My Life Weren't Complicated, I Wouldn't Be Ruby Oliver by E. Lockhart
Thanks a Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Charmed by Carrie Mac
Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides Are Wrong in the Race Debate by Kenan Malik
Did I Mention I Need You? (DIMILY Series) by Estelle Maskame
The Truth About Alice: A Novel by Patricia McCormick
Sold by Joy McCullough
Blood Water Paint by Charlton D. McIlwain
Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, from the Afronet to Black Lives Matter by Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy Series) by Meg Medina
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Tony Medina
I Am Alfonso Jones by J. P. Miller
Brave Leaders and Activists by Ken Mochizuki
Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
l8r, g8r by Lauren Myracle
The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
The Witch Boy (The Witch Boy Series) by Molly Knox Ostertag
The Best at It by Maulik Pancholy
Sisters/Hermanas by Gary Paulsen
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez
grl2grl by Julie Anne Peters

July 21, 2023 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Why is it that when conservatives can't win by words, they go for violence? said...

CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A woman charged with arson of an abortion clinic officially plead guilty today.

Lorna Roxanne Green, 22, pleaded guilty today, July 20th, in federal court in Cheyenne in front of Judge Alan Johnson. Greens attorney, Ryan Semerad said that today went “as expected” with the change of plea hearing. At the conclusion of the hearing, Green was allowed to self surrender, and later did to the custody of the U.S. Marshalls. Throughout the hearing, Semerad says that his client took the situation as well as she could “I think she it took it as well as she could, obviously there’s a level of nervousness and anxiety with this but I think from her perspective, it was necessary it needed to happen and there’s a sense of relief to get it over with and put it behind her.”

There will be a pre-sentence investigation process, and after that process is completed, the next step is the hearing where Judge Johnson will impose a sentence. According to Semerad, the expectation that both him and the government share is that the guideline calculation will recommend a sentence below the mandatory minimum of five years, but because of the mandatory minimum she will have to serve that five year period of time. Green faces a minimum of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, three years of supervised release following her incarceration, a $100 special assessment, and restitution. Judge Johnson will determine Green’s sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

July 21, 2023 9:21 AM  
Anonymous BANNED BOOKS said...

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Living Proud! Coming Out and Seeking Support (Living Proud! Growing Up Lgbtq) by Robert Rodi
Lucy Peale by Colby Rodowsky
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Series) by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Bait by Alex Sanchez
Rainbow Boys (Rainbow Trilogy Series) by Alex Sanchez
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Lucky by Alice Sebold
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow
Safe by Susan Shaw
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Marriage of a Thousand Lies by S. J. Sindu
Grasshopper Jungle (Grasshopper Jungle Series) by Andrew Smith
The Opposite of Innocent by Sonya Sones
What My Mother Doesn't Know (What My Mother Doesn't Know Series) by Sonya Sones
Maus 1: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda by Jean-Philippe Stassen
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Odd One Out by Nic Stone
A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
Drama: A Graphic Novel by Raina Telgemeier
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
#BlackLivesMatter: Protesting Racism by Rachael L. Thomas
Blankets by Craig Thompson
Gossip Girl: A Novel by Cecily von Ziegesar (Gossip Girl Series) by Cecily von Ziegesar
Spinning by Tillie Walden
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Empty by K. M. Walton
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
What Is Black Lives Matter? (What was...? Series) by Lakita Wilson
Doing It!: Let's Talk About Sex by Hannah Witton
Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America by Ibi Zoboi

Orange County Public Schools
Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe

Pinellas County Schools
Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe

Polk County Public Schools
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Melissa (George) by Alex Gino
The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys Series) by Abbi Glines
It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie H. Harris
Tricks (Tricks Series) by Ellen Hopkins
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini,
I am Jazz by Jazz Jennings
Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan,
Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, Plural. If My Life Weren't Complicated, I Wouldn't Be Ruby Oliver by E. Lockhart
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Drama: A Graphic Novel by Raina Telgemeier

July 21, 2023 9:21 AM  

From July to December 2022, PEN America found 1,477 instances of individual books banned, affecting 874 unique titles. This represents an increase from the prior six months, from January to June 2022, in which 1,149 instances of book banning were recorded. The bans occurred in 37 states, with Texas, Florida, Missouri, Utah, and South Carolina leading the nation, according to PEN America’s latest Banned in the USA report.

The fall 2022 banned book list is a searchable index of each documented book ban in the first half of the school year. The Index lists instances where students’ access to books in school libraries and classrooms in the United States was restricted or diminished, for either limited or indefinite periods of time. Some of these bans have since been rescinded and some remain in place. More information about PEN America’s definition of school book bans can be found here.

July 21, 2023 9:36 AM  
Anonymous I wonder if there is any part of the Constitution that TTFers feel they can live with... said...

Those are lists of books that are considered inappropriate for kids in public schools. They aren't banned. Any adult can buy them. Any parent can obtain a copy and give it to their kids. Further, most promote the idea that homosexuality is normal, which is not empirically valid, and represents a metaphysical position. As such, parents are free to start a charter school that promotes this philosophical position. To say they are "banned" is a lie.

Just one of a number of lies that circulate here on a blog that should be renamed Teach the Crap.

How about CRT?

The ambition of the critical race theorists and their confederates in “diversity, equity, and inclusion” is not simply to achieve cultural hegemony over the bureaucracy, but to use this power to reshape the structures of American society. But in the miasma of mystical reasoning and therapeutic language, it is sometimes easy to lose sight of the critical question: What specifically do they want?

The answer is to be found in the original literature of critical race theory which, before its transformation in the euphemisms of “diversity, equity, and inclusion,” was remarkably candid about the discipline’s political objectives. They had abandoned the Marxist-Leninist vocabulary of their precursors, such as Angela Davis and the Black Panther Party, but the critical race theorists imagined a revolution that struck just as deeply. They cobbled together a strategy of revolt against the Constitution, using the mechanisms of institutional power to change the words, meanings, and interpretations that provide the foundation of the existing order.

“The Constitution is merely a piece of paper in the face of the monopoly on violence and capital possessed by those who intend to keep things just the way they are,” said legal theorist Mari Matsuda. Tearing it down was not a transgression; it was a moral obligation. When necessary, Matsuda argued, the critical race theorists could appeal to the Bill of Rights and the Constitution to advance their interests, but ultimately, they believed, “rights are whatever people in power say they are.” The point was not to uphold the principles of the Constitution, but to wield them as a weapon for securing authority.

July 21, 2023 9:49 AM  
Anonymous I wonder if there is any part of the Constitution that TTFers feel they can live with... said...

In place of the existing interpretation, the critical race theorists proposed a three-part overhaul of the American system of governance: abandoning the “colorblind” notion of equality, redistributing wealth along racial lines, and restricting speech that is deemed “hateful.”

To begin, the critical race theorists made the case that “color-blind constitutionalism” functions as a “racial ideology” that “fosters white racial domination” and advances an implicit form of “cultural genocide.” The system of individual rights and equal protection, they argued, provided an illusion of equality that failed to ad- dress the history of racial injustice. The way stations of “multiculturalism,” “tolerance,” and “diversity” were inadequate substitutions for “legitimate governmental efforts to address white racial privilege.” To rectify this deficiency, the critical race theorists proposed a new interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment that moves from a system of negative rights—or, protection against state intrusion—to a system of positive rights, or an entitlement to state action.

As Derrick Bell explained, the remedy for the limitations of the Fourteenth Amendment, which had failed to achieve substantive racial equality, was to “broaden the Constitution’s protections to include economic rights” and an “entitlement to basic needs—jobs, housing, food, health care, education and security—as essential property rights of all individuals.” In practice, the implementation of this view would require a system of affirmative ac- tion, racial quotas, reparations, and group-based rights. The Constitution would thus become “color-conscious” and the state would treat individuals differently according to race, deliberately reducing privileges for whites and securing privileges for minorities. “The only substantive meaning of the equal protection clause,” explained Mari Matsuda, “mandates the disestablishment of the ideology of racism.”

There is no bottom to this line of thinking. For the critical race theorists, the word “racism” included everything from explicit discrimination to unconscious bias to unequal outcomes of any kind. And, as Bell insisted, it had an eternal, indestructible power over American society. As a consequence, the critical race theorists abandoned the hope of racial integration and equality under the law, which was deemed naïve, and would replace it with a permanent machine of racial reasoning and reapportionment.

At the abstract level, this would mean foreclosing the promise of the Declaration, the Emancipation, and the Fourteenth Amendment. At the practical level, it would mean permanently categorizing, ranking, sorting, rewarding, and punishing individuals on the basis of identity, rather than character, merit, or individual accomplishment. For the critical race theorists, the question was how, not if, racism has occurred, and any alternate explanations for disparities, such as family, culture, and behavior, were dis- missed as rationalizations for white supremacy.

July 21, 2023 9:50 AM  
Anonymous I wonder if there is any part of the Constitution that TTFers feel they can live with... said...

How could this system of white supremacy be corrected? First and foremost, through the equalization of material wealth through racial redistribution.

The key justification for this policy came from UCLA law professor Cheryl Harris, who wrote an influential Harvard Law Review paper called “Whiteness as Property,” which was celebrated by Derrick Bell and republished as one of the founding texts in Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement. In the essay, Harris argued that property rights, enshrined in the Constitution, were in actuality a form of white supremacy and must be subverted in order to achieve racial equality.

“The origins of property rights in the United States are rooted in racial domination. Even in the early years of the country, it was not the concept of race alone that operated to oppress blacks and Indians; rather, it was the interaction between conceptions of race and property which played a critical role in establishing and maintaining racial and economic subordination,” Harris wrote. “Only white possession and occupation of land was validated and therefore privileged as a basis for property rights. These distinct forms of exploitation each contributed in varying ways to the construction of whiteness as property.”

Harris thus established the emotionally loaded premise—whiteness and property are inseparable from slavery—that she then projected onto modern society. “Whiteness, initially constructed as a form of racial identity, evolved into a form of property, historically and presently acknowledged and protected in American law,” she wrote. But this had been mystified by the racial ideology of the Constitution. “Although the existing state of inequitable distribution is the product of institutionalized white supremacy and economic exploitation, it is seen by whites as part of the natural order of things that cannot legitimately be disturbed. Through legal doctrine, expectation of continued privilege based on white domination was reified; whiteness as property was reaffirmed.”

Harris, however, believed that this system was not inevitable and, through the process of demystification, could be overthrown. She argued that the basic conceptual vocabulary of the constitutional system—“‘rights,’ ‘equality,’ ‘property,’ ‘neutrality,’ and ‘power’”—are mere illusions used to maintain the white-dominated racial hierarchy. In reality, Harris contended, “rights mean shields from interference; equality means formal equality; property means the settled expectations that are to be protected; neutrality means the existing distribution, which is natural; and, power is the mechanism for guarding all of this.”

The solution for Harris was to replace the system of property rights and equal protection, which she described as “mere nondiscrimination,” with a system of positive discrimination tasked with “redistributing power and resources in order to rectify inequities and to achieve real equality.” To achieve this goal, she advocated large-scale land and wealth redistribution, inspired in part by the African decolonial model. Harris envisioned a temporary suspension of existing property rights, followed by a governmental campaign to “address directly the distribution of property and power” through property confiscation and race-based reapportionment.

“Property rights will then be respected,” Harris noted, “but they will not be absolute and will be considered against a societal requirement of affirmative action.”

July 21, 2023 9:51 AM  
Anonymous I wonder if there is any part of the Constitution that TTFers feel they can live with... said...

In Harris’s formulation, if rights were a mechanism of white supremacy, they must be curtailed; if property was “racialized property,” it was the legitimate subject for racialist reconquest. And the state is justified in pursuing a regime of “affirmative action,” which Harris defined broadly as “equalizing treatment,” including South Africa–style wealth seizures, which, she said, were “required on both moral and legal grounds to de- legitimate the property interest in whiteness—to dismantle the actual and expected privilege that has attended ‘white’ skin since the founding of the country.”

The next question facing the critical race theorists was more practical: How would this proposed system of group-based rights and racialist redistribution be enforced? The answer was clear: through the regulation of “harmful” speech.

In a book titled Words That Wound, Mari Matsuda, Charles Lawrence III, Richard Delgado, and Kimberlé Crenshaw laid out the case for dramatically restricting the First Amendment in order to suppress individuals and institutions that represent the forces that would “advance the structure and ideology of white supremacy.”

The foundation of their argument was that speech can be a form of violence and, as such, must be restricted by the state in a similar manner. “This is a book about assaultive speech, about words that are used as weapons to ambush, terrorize, wound, humiliate, and degrade,” they write in the book’s opening paragraph. As with private property and colorblind equality, the critical race theorists proposed that the First Amendment was not designed to protect individual speech, but to cynically enable “racist hate speech” and protect the system of white supremacy.

Freedom of expression, they argued, does not serve citizens equally; in fact, it is both a means and a mask for the subordination of minorities. When the state permits harmful speech, which ranges from subconscious racial messaging to explicit racist polemics, it threatens the physical and psychological safety of racial minorities. “We are not safe when these violent words are among us,” Matsuda wrote. “Victims of vicious hate propaganda experience physiological symptoms and emotional distress ranging from fear in the gut to rapid pulse rate and difficulty in breathing, night- mares, post-traumatic stress disorder, hypertension, psychosis, and suicide. Patricia Williams has called the blow of racist messages ‘spirit murder’ in recognition of the psychic destruction victims experience.”

In order to adjudicate guilt, the critical race theorists argued that the concept of “harmful speech” must be interpreted through the lens of intersectionality, with the victim-perpetrator distinction offering a rubric for culpability. The writers of Words That Wound were explicit in their argument that whites, and whites only, had the capability of committing speech violence.

Racist language used by minorities against whites, such as Malcolm X’s famous tirades against the “white devil,” would be exempted from restrictions. “Some would find this troublesome, arguing that any attack on any person’s ethnicity is harmful,” Matsuda argued. “In the case of the white devil, there is harm and hurt, but it is of a different degree. Because the attack is not tied to the perpetuation of racist vertical relationships, it is not the paradigm worst example of hate propaganda. The dominant-group member hurt by conflict with the angry nationalist is more likely to have access to a safe harbor of exclusive dominant-group interactions. Retreat and reaffirmation of personhood are more easily attained for members of groups not historically subjugated.”

July 21, 2023 9:52 AM  
Anonymous I wonder if there is any part of the Constitution that TTFers feel they can live with... said...

In addition to racial speech, the critical race theorists would also regulate political speech. Under their ideal regime, Marxist speech would be protected by the First Amendment; “racist,” “fascist,” and “harmful” speech would not.

In practice, the critical race theorists would institute a system of speech codes, behavior regulation, bias detection, and reshaping of the subconscious in order to produce a predetermined outcome of “anti-racist” speech, behavior, and culture. The justification, following the example of Cheryl Harris’s treatment of private property, was that speech power must be redistributed in order to dismantle the institutions and ideologies that prop up the racist system. Speech that embodies “whiteness” must be suppressed; speech that embodies “blackness” must be supported. The content of speech, beginning with “unconscious racism” and ending with the “fighting words” of racial threats, must be reordered and redirected toward the substantive goal of overturning the existing system.

Taken together, the three pillars of the critical race theorists’ ideal system of governance—the replacement of individual rights with group rights, the race-based redistribution of wealth, the suppression of speech based on a racial and political calculus—constitute a change in political regime.

Under the ideology of the critical race theory, the meaning of the First Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the protections of private property would be demolished. The result would be a form of tyranny: the state would not only control the distribution of material resources, as in a collectivist economic regime, but would also extend its domain over individual psychology, speech, expression, and behavior. These twin goals— material and nonmaterial reapportionment—would be achieved through the heavy hand of the state, which would be granted unprecedented intrusion into public and private life.

As the ideologists and bureaucrats of critical race theory entrenched themselves in the institutions, they worked to turn these concepts into pol- icy. They believed their ideas were ready to see the light of day.

July 21, 2023 9:53 AM  
Anonymous I wonder if there is any part of the Constitution that TTFers feel they can live with... said...

The rise of the DEI regime is no longer an academic exercise.

In recent years, left-wing bureaucracies have proposed and enacted a range of policies predicated on the logic of critical race theory. For example, during the coronavirus pandemic, some states created a race-conscious formula for distributing vaccinations that would deny treatment to whites in order to achieve “racial equity.” On the West Coast, some cities have created income transfer programs exclusively for racial and sexual minorities. In government, some agencies have started to mandate separate

employee training programs for “whites” and “people of color” so that whites can “accept responsibility for their own racism” and minorities can insulate themselves from “any potential harming [that] might arise from a cross- racial conversation.” Some public schools have followed suit, segregating students by race for field trips and extracurricular activities, which are, according to school officials, designed to “create a space of belonging,” which, they say, without a hint of irony, is “about uniting us, not dividing us.”

At the federal level, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren has introduced an “Anti-Racism in Public Health Act” that seeks to use the theory of “intersectionality” to direct resources to favored racial-political factions and to embed the monocausal “racial disparities” doctrine into every appendage of the federal government. Likewise, on his first day in office, President Joseph Biden issued an executive order seeking to nationalize the approach of “diversity, equity, and inclusion” and “embed equity principles, policies, and approaches across the Federal Government.” In business, every Fortune 100 corporation in America has submitted to the ideology of “diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

July 21, 2023 9:54 AM  
Anonymous I wonder if there is any part of the Constitution that TTFers feel they can live with... said...

This is only the beginning. This movement seeks to establish itself in every layer of the public and private administration, which will be refitted to advance the substitute morality of critical race theory and replace governance by the Constitution with governance by the bureaucracy. The strategy is not to amend the Constitution through the democratic process— which, the critical race theorists concede, would be an impossibility—but to subvert it through a thousand administrative cuts. Their gambit is to normalize the regime of group-based rights, active discrimination, speech suppression, and racialist redistribution of resources through small administrative decisions, which can, over time, legitimize broader policies.

The critical race theorists’ ultimate ambition is to establish these principles as state orthodoxy from the top down. In an essay for Politico Magazine, Boston University professor and bestselling popularizer of critical race theory Ibram Kendi unveiled his proposal for an “anti-racist amendment” to the Constitution. “The amendment would make unconstitutional racial inequity over a certain threshold, as well as racist ideas by public officials,” Kendi explained. “It would establish and permanently fund the Department of Antiracism (DOA) comprised of formally trained experts on racism and no political appointees. The DOA would be responsible for preclearing all local, state, and federal public policies to ensure they won’t yield racial inequity, monitor those policies, investigate private racist policies when racial inequity surfaces, and monitor public officials for expressions of racist ideas. The DOA would be empowered with disciplinary tools to wield over and against policymakers and public officials who do not voluntarily change their racist policy and ideas.”

In other words, the scope and power of the new “Department of Antiracism” would be nearly unlimited. In effect, it would become a fourth branch of government, unaccountable to voters, that would have the authority to veto, nullify, or suspend any law in any jurisdiction in the United States. It would mean an end to the system of federalism and to the lawmaking authority of Congress. Furthermore, under the power to “investigate private racist policies” and wield authority over “racist ideas,” the new agency would have unprecedented control over the work of lawmakers, as well as auxiliary policymaking institutions such as think tanks, research centers, universities, and political parties.

Although Kendi’s proposal is framed as an amendment to the American constitutional order, it is better described as an end to the constitutional order. In the name of racial justice, the critical race theorists and their fellow travelers would limit, curtail, or abolish the rights to property, equal protection, due process, federalism, speech, and the separation of powers. They would also replace the system of checks and balances with an “anti-racist” bureaucracy with nearly unlimited state power—and every other institution would be forced to fall in line.

July 21, 2023 9:54 AM  
Anonymous I wonder if there is any part of the Constitution that TTFers feel they can live with... said...

If critical race theory should succeed as a system of government, it is easy to imagine the future: an omnipotent bureaucracy that manages trans- fer payments between racial castes, enforces always-shifting speech and behavior codes through bureaucratic rule, and replaces the slogan of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” with the deadening euphemism of “diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

This is not yet the regime in America, but unless there is a reversal within the institutions, the slow, hulking machine of critical race ideology will continue to accumulate power and marginalize democratic opposition. Once the public has been sufficiently alienated from the Constitution of 1789— when its heroes have been destroyed and its memories severed from their origins—the Constitution will finally become “merely a piece of paper,” a palimpsest to be written over in pursuit of the “total rupture” with the past. It will become, in the words of Derrick Bell, nothing but “roach powder” used to suffocate and destroy American liberty.

The triumph of the new ideological regime would mean the end of a society oriented, however imperfectly, toward the eternal principles, and the installation of society of racial score-settling and bureaucratic leveling, abandoning the individual to his fate.

July 21, 2023 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Today on "Every Accusation is a Confession" said...

Conservative provocateur and YouTuber Steven Crowder has been having some problems ever since he declined what he called a “slave contract” of $50 million to join Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire operation in January. Amid Crowder’s messy divorce, a video from 2021 was made public last week in which he yells at his wife while she’s eight-months pregnant with their twins. Crowder, who has complained of the no-fault-divorce laws where he lives (in Texas), scolded her for not behaving in a “wifely” manner and refused to allow her to use their car. In a statement from his soon-to-be ex, Hilary, she claims that he has been engaging in “mentally and emotionally abusive behavior” for years.

While Crowder denied the claim, a report from the New York Post on Tuesday describes allegations from ten former employees who say Crowder oversaw an “abusive” company where he continually harassed them. Chief among their allegations is that Crowder would often expose himself at work.

In March 2018, Crowder and his crew were driving in a van when a former producer he liked to call “Not Gay Jared” fell asleep in the back row. “Steven was in front, and he was joking about what he was going to do,” a witness said. “He climbed over and dropped his junk on top of Jared’s shoulder.” The same ex-staffer recalled that Crowder had exposed himself to Jared in 2017 while they were filming a parody version of Ghost. And on a flight in 2018, a different employee claims they saw Crowder put his testicles on his childhood friend and assistant, John Goodman. Another employee remembered that Crowder had showed his genitals to Dave Landau, a comedian and former co-host who called Crowder a “bully” last week. (Landau claimed that Crowder installed a “‘Dave don’t talk’ button” on the show to get him to be quiet on air.) “At first, I took it as him trying to be friendly or one of the guys,” said an ex-staffer. “Now, I see it was a power play.”

Crowder allegedly sent production assistants to do his laundry and could be an “unreasonable micromanager” who would make wild requests after hours to “set people up for failure.” Ex-staffers claimed that he would “regularly” berate his team and threaten to fire people on the company’s Discord channel. He even went after his own father, Darrin Crowder, per one source, who claimed Crowder would yell at his dad in front of employees when Darrin was working as his son’s booker. (Darrin did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.)

“I’m not shocked, but it was pathetic what he did to Hilary,” a former employee said regarding the video of Crowder yelling at his pregnant wife. “That might not be the Steven you see on his show, but that was the real Steven.”

July 21, 2023 10:03 AM  
Anonymous Republicans aren't the solutions to our problems, they ARE the problem said...

"Those are lists of books that are considered inappropriate for kids in public schools."

Only by right-wing extremists hell-bent on cancelling any and all LGBT people from the public sphere.

"They aren't banned."

They are banned from those schools. Playing your word games doesn't change that fact one iota.

"Any adult can buy them. Any parent can obtain a copy and give it to their kids."

So? They could do that with any book in the school library. The idea behind libraries is for everyone to have access to them for free so that they can learn from them. This is especially important for families of low income, who can't afford school lunches, much less having to buy a bunch of books just because religious zealots don't like them.

"Further, most promote the idea that homosexuality is normal, which is not empirically valid, and represents a metaphysical position."

Statistically, about 5% of people are gay. That's just an empirical fact, no matter how much you hate it. It's not a "metaphysical position."

Variations in appearance, size, behavior, intelligence, emotional response, strength, and hundreds of other characteristics are a natural part of biological diversity. Those variations are part and parcel of how evolution advances and adapts to new environments. But that whole "evolution" thing conflicts with your "beliefs" as well.

"As such, parents are free to start a charter school that promotes this philosophical position."

Why don't you send your obnoxious kids to a parochial school and stop bothering everyone else instead?

"To say they are "banned" is a lie."

Just because they aren't banned everywhere (which has NEVER happed to ANY book in history) doesn't change the fact that these books were banned in those schools. You know this.

Your tenuous grasp on language doesn't make everyone else liars. It just makes you look like a desperate Orwellian trying to rewrite history.

July 21, 2023 10:21 AM  
Anonymous I wonder why Hunter left his cocaine in the West Wing.... said...

"Only by right-wing extremists hell-bent on cancelling any and all LGBT people from the public sphere"

we weren't talking about the public sphere

we were talking about impressionable young children who are forced into public schools by the government and don't have the right to choose their own reading material

their woke teachers are pushing a worldview on them that is different from their parents

how many books are they allowed to read that present the traditional and historical view of homosexuality?

or warn of the dangers of homosexuality and trangenderism?

"They are banned from those schools. Playing your word games doesn't change that fact one iota."

you are the one playing a word games and you know it

you didn't say "banned from those schools"

you said "banned", implying a ubiquity

but you are even wrong about "banned from those schools"

kids whose parents have given them these books are not prohibited from bringing them to school with them

it just that public taxpayer money will not buy them, and encourage kids to read them

kids can even choose to do book reports on them when there is an opportunity to choose a book to report on

which is why you object

because few kids would choose such a book unless it is forced on them by woke teachers

and you know it

and, let's face it, what you seek is an impression on young children that the government endorses the metaphysical notion that homosexuality is normal and valid

"So? They could do that with any book in the school library. The idea behind libraries is for everyone to have access to them for free so that they can learn from them. This is especially important for families of low income, who can't afford school lunches, much less having to buy a bunch of books"

providing families of low income with access to reading material is what the public libraries are for

public school libraries are to enhance the educational experience

parents in low income families can get their kids library cards

although most public libraries flag certain reading material if the card holder is underage, and require parental to check them out

a process you call "book banning"

July 21, 2023 1:20 PM  
Anonymous I wonder why Hunter left his cocaine in the West Wing.... said...

"just because religious zealots don't like them"

this is bigoted statement

religious people hold all kinds of views and plenty of people who have no particular religious views at all are opposed to homosexuals trying to impose their world view on young children

further, even if it were true that only "religious zealots" oppose imposing a homosexual world view on young children, they could only have this power by using democratic means

so, they made their case and won elections


because most people oppose the effort impose a homosexual world view on young children

that's why Anheuser-Busch and Target and Disney and Charles Barkley are in so much trouble

"Statistically, about 5% of people are gay. That's just an empirical fact, no matter how much you hate it. It's not a "metaphysical position."

the metaphysical position is not that some people say that they are attracted to people of their own gender

the metaphysical position is that this is normal

"But that whole "evolution" thing conflicts with your "beliefs" as well."

my beliefs? I don't think I've given them but, since you're asking, it seems that evolution within species is rationally obvious

that's why the COVID virus is no longer much of a threat

in a survival of the fittest realm, if you kill off your hosts, you won't survive long

still, there has never been any back-up to the title of Darwin's book, Origin of the Species

there is no evidence species are created by evolution and no explanation for the origin of life itself

"Why don't you send your obnoxious kids to a parochial school and stop bothering everyone else instead?"

most parents oppose the effort impose a homosexual world view on young children

so, you are the one bothering everyone else

why don't you start a pro-homosexual charter school to send your kids to?

the majority of gays don't have kids, for obvious reasons, so why are they trying impose a homosexual world view on young children?

"Your tenuous grasp on language doesn't make everyone else liars."

actually, your statement that books are being banned in America makes you a liar

"It just makes you look like a desperate Orwellian trying to rewrite history."

Orwell was writing about the tendency of leftist regimes to redefine words for propaganda purposes

just like what you're doing!

July 21, 2023 1:46 PM  
Anonymous I hear Slidin' Joe Biden is going to announce a government bailout of Anheuser Busch... said...

Mr. Trump is running an issues campaign. Time and time again, speech after speech, he has delivered white papers, he has delivered videos. Millions of people have seen him on the key issues, on the economy, inflation, taxes, deregulation, on border security, on safety. And including Ukraine, which is a sleeper issue, Mr. Trump wants to make a peace deal. He does not want Joe Biden's war to continue. And I think the next success of the Republican Party does not want to keep spending $200 billion a year on Ukraine. Score another one for Trump...

The polls show that Democrats don't want Biden. The polls show independents don't want Biden. The polls show Republicans don't want Biden. But right now, he doesn't have a strong challenger. Gavin Newsom is running a shadow campaign. I think he is within a few inches of absolutely declaring, but he doesn't quite cross that line. So, it's hard to figure.

I still think inflation is a big problem. Real wages are falling. I think voters are not happy. That's why Biden's polls are so low. He has got physical issues and so forth.

If it's a Biden-Trump race right now, I think Trump's going to win that race because of the issues.

July 21, 2023 2:01 PM  
Anonymous hey, don't worry dems - there's always plan B.... said...

"If it's a Biden-Trump race right now, I think Trump's going to win"

that's a damn shame...

maybe the Dems could nominate one of their super-candidates:

1. Gavin "I have a lot of experiences running deficits" Newsome

2. RF "I think vaccines are causing homogaeity" K Jr

3. Kamala "I'm here because I was bussed" Harris

4. Anthony "hey, hasn't everyone sent pictures of themselves around occasionally?" Weiner

5. Hillary "third time's a charm" Clinton

6. Bern 'I better get lime jello with those fish sticks" Sanders

7. Elizabeth "I'll accept donations in the form of wampum" Warren

July 21, 2023 4:52 PM  
Anonymous I wonder how many Supreme Court justices Trump will appoint this time? said...

you caught me smilin'


July 21, 2023 5:48 PM  
Anonymous The judge ain't buyin' what conservatives are sellin' said...

A federal judge has denied a bid by Jacob Chansley — the Jan. 6 rioter who famously wore a horned helmet and left a menacing note for Mike Pence on the Senate dais — to throw out his conviction by citing videos aired in February by then-Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth said the videos aired by Carlson, which showed Chansley roaming the halls of the Capitol, occasionally alongside outnumbered Capitol Police officers, were devoid of meaningful context, especially when contrasted with the extraordinary volume of evidence of Chansley’s crimes.

In fact, if Chansley, who pleaded guilty in September 2021 to obstructing Congress’ proceedings, were sentenced today, Lamberth wrote in a 35-page opinion on Thursday, he might be inclined to sentence him to a lengthier prison term than the 41 months he received.

“Without Mr. Chansley’s apparently unequivocal acceptance of responsibility, the Court is confident that he would have received a higher sentence,” Lamberth wrote.

Chansley, who strode through the Capitol on Jan. 6 shirtless and carrying a spear-tipped flagpole, has been one of the most infamous members of the Jan. 6 mob. Known as the “QAnon shaman,” he surged into the building within moments of the first breach and joined a 30-minute standoff between rioters and Capitol Police outside the Senate chamber.

Chansley ignored repeated exhortations by officers to leave before he entered the Senate floor, strode onto the rostrum and said a prayer. He then scrawled a note to Pence, who had been standing on the same rostrum just minutes before: “It’s only a matter of time. Justice is coming!”

Chansley was one of the first prominent members of the mob arrested after Jan. 6 and was placed in pretrial detention. He was sentenced in November 2021 and was released earlier this year.

Speaker Kevin McCarthy granted Carlson exclusive access to Capitol security footage in January, shortly after Republicans took the House. After mining the thousands of hours of footage, he aired a few clips of never-before-seen videos of Chansley meandering through the halls, encountering officers who gave him little resistance.

Carlson didn’t air footage of Chansley getting into the Capitol or of the moments that featured prominently in his indictment and guilty plea.

Lamberth used his opinion to confront Carlson directly, calling his depiction of the Jan. 6 footage “ill-advised.”

“Not only was the broadcast replete with misstatements and misrepresentations regarding the events of January 6, 2021 too numerous to count, the host explicitly questioned the integrity of this Court — not to mention the legitimacy of the entire U.S. criminal justice system — with inflammatory characterizations of cherry-picked videos stripped of their proper context,” he wrote. “In so doing, he called on his followers to ‘reject the evidence of [their] eyes and ears,’ language resembling the destructive, misguided rhetoric that fueled the events of January 6 in the first place.”

“The Court finds it alarming that the host’s viewers throughout the nation so readily heeded his command,” Lamberth added. “But this Court cannot and will not reject the evidence before it. Nor should the public.”

Lamberth said the newly aired footage added no significant new details to Chansley’s case, virtually all of which were known to Chansley and his attorney prior to his sentencing. In fact, the one clip that prosecutors turned over after Chansley’s sentencing — a 10-second video of Chansley walking near the Senate chamber — had no “exculpatory” value, Lamberth wrote.

July 21, 2023 6:40 PM  
Anonymous The judge ain't buyin' what conservatives are sellin' said...

“Mr. Chansley possessed the facts in the videos well in advance of his plea agreement, yet still determined, quite sensibly, to accept responsibility for his role in the criminal events of January 6, 2021,” Lamberth wrote. “What is more, the record shows that the government disclosed virtually all of the videos at issue weeks before Mr. Chansley’ s sentencing. These facts and the underlying law conclusively demonstrate that Mr. Chansley is not entitled to relief.”

Lamberth noted that subsequent to Chansley’s sentencing, prosecutors had unearthed terabytes of new material, some of which might add to the aggravating factors in Chansley’s case. He noted that prosecutors, for example, might today be able to show Chansley was aware of the gallows erected outside the Capitol when he scrawled his note to Pence — a detail that might have counseled in favor of a lengthier sentence, rather than a shorter one.

Lamberth also expressed regret that Chansley appeared to have “recanted the contrition he displayed at his sentencing hearing nearly two years ago.” At the time, Lamberth appeared moved by Chansley’s effusive acceptance of responsibility and sentenced him to the lowest end of the recommended range.

“Such an about-face casts serious doubt on the veracity of any of Mr. Chansley’ s claims, here or elsewhere,” Lamberth wrote in Thursday’s opinion.

Chansley’s lawyer, William Shipley, said after the ruling that it is “always a challenge” to set aside a conviction or sentence, adding that “the relief available even if we prevailed was uncertain” because Chansley has already served his sentence.

“Our main goal was to simply force the government to explain why video evidence was not timely produced during a period defendants like Jake were being detained in custody,” he added. “We still believe the government has not provided a sufficient justification in that regard.”

Of course you don't William. Because like most conservatives you think you can get away "cherry picking" evidence and hope no one will notice. Just because your client was taped not committing crimes that day doesn't excuse him from the crimes he DID commit that day.

July 21, 2023 6:44 PM  
Anonymous it is never too late to interrogate your fears, measure them against the facts, and change your mind said...

"Those are lists of books that are considered inappropriate for kids in public schools. They aren't banned. Any adult can buy them. Any parent can obtain a copy and give it to their kids. Further, most promote the idea that homosexuality is normal, which is not empirically valid, and represents a metaphysical position. As such, parents are free to start a charter school that promotes this philosophical position. To say they are "banned" is a lie."

I posted the book listed by the Florida county in which they are banned from being inside the public schools, where students may read them as they choose.

Homosexuality has existed since the beginning of time and is as normal as left-handedness.

July 21, 2023 9:26 PM  
Anonymous fortunately, Obama and Garland were stopped so we have a terrific Supreme Court now!!! said...

"it is never too late to interrogate your fears, measure them against the facts, and change your mind"

sounds right

you should try it

"I posted the book listed by the Florida county in which they are banned from being inside the public schools,"

they aren't banned

schools just won't make them available to students

designing curriculums involves choices and the voters have weighed in on whether to provide gay agenda propaganda to students

if parents want their kids to read the books, they have numerous ways to allow them to do so

the books aren't banned, we have freedom of press under the US Constitution

"where students may read them as they choose."

you have a lot of nerve to bring up "choice"

there's no choice in MCPS

if the schools tells you that have to read some gay propaganda, you have no choice

that's what has TTF upset

they don't want kids to have a choice not to read their crap

"Homosexuality has existed since the beginning of time and is as normal as left-handedness."

you have a lot of nerve to bring up "the beginning of time"

since the very dawn of history, homosexuality has been considered immoral

TTF clearly favors banning any book where the protagonist considers homosexuality immoral

even though it is an age-old view

July 22, 2023 1:53 AM  
Anonymous Republicans aren't the solutions to our problems, they ARE the problem said...

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Republican legislative candidate who traveled to Washington for former President Donald Trump's “Stop the Steal” rally was arrested Friday and charged with federal crimes for his role in the U.S. Capitol riot, officials said.

Matthew Brackley, 39, of Waldoboro, Maine, entered the the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and asked for the location of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office before shouting, “Let’s go," according to prosecutors.

He was arrested on felony charges including assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers and civil disorder, along with several misdemeanors. He made his initial court appearance on Friday.

It was not clear if Brackley had a lawyer, and he did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.

Brackley tried unsuccessfully to unseat Democratic state Sen. Eloise Vitelli of Arrowsic last year. His campaign website described him as a Maine Maritime Academy graduate whose approach would be to have “respectful, thoughtful conversations on the issues.”

At the Capitol, prosecutors said, Brackley led a group that pushed through police officers several times before ultimately being dispersed by chemical spray and exiting.

More than 1,000 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the Jan. 6 attack.

Approximately 100 of them have been convicted by juries or judges after trials, and more than 600 have pleaded guilty.

Over 570 riot defendants have been sentenced, with more than half receiving prison terms ranging from three days to 18 years.

July 22, 2023 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Why do conservatives hate the Constitution so much? said...

Lansing — Michigan's Secretary of State's office ordered Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot on Thursday to cease involvement in administering elections after he was one of 16 Republicans charged with eight felonies for signing a false certificate claiming Donald Trump had won the state in 2020.

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the charges against Grot and the other Trump electors on Tuesday, alleging they had committed forgery by creating a false document that attempted to give Michigan's 16 electoral votes to Trump. However, it was Democrat Joe Biden who won Michigan by 154,000 votes or 3 percentage points.

The allegation that Grot violated Michigan law by attempting to award the electoral votes to someone other than the person elected by voters "undermines voter confidence in the integrity of elections," wrote Jonathan Brater, Michigan's elections director in a letter to Grot on Thursday.

"Therefore, in order to ensure public trust and confidence in the integrity and security of elections, I am instructing you to refrain from administering any elections held in Shelby Township while these charges are pending against you," Brater added in his message to Grot.

Grot has been a longtime and influential figure in Macomb County politics. Shelby Township has a population of about 80,000 people, and Grot has been the clerk there for longer than a decade.

In a phone interview, Grot said Shelby Township doesn't have any elections to administer until next year, and elections are only a small part of his job as clerk.

But Grot said he would follow the request from Brater.

"I'm innocent," he added. "I haven't done anything wrong."

Grot and the other Trump electors gathered in Michigan Republican Party headquarters in Lansing on Dec. 14, 2020, and signed the certificate falsely claiming that Trump had won the state.

Trump supporters hoped the document, which was submitted to the National Archives and the U.S. Senate, would give the Republican candidate a chance to continue to challenge the results in Michigan and nationally.

However, the certificate incorrectly stated that Trump had won Michigan and that the GOP electors had convened inside the Michigan Capitol, which they hadn't.

"Did I read it? Maybe, I didn't," Grot told The Detroit News last year.

The Trump electors' actions "plainly violated the law," Nessel said Tuesday.

"My department has prosecuted numerous cases of election law violations throughout my tenure, and it would be malfeasance of the greatest magnitude if my department failed to act here in the face of overwhelming evidence of an organized effort to circumvent the lawfully cast ballots of millions of Michigan voters in a presidential election," added Nessel.

Under Brater's letter, Grot is barred from performing voter registration, ordering election supplies and training election inspectors.

Michigan election law gives Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, under whom Brater works, supervisory control over Michigan's election officials, Brater noted.

The Associated Press first reported the letter to Grot on Thursday.

Grot and the other 15 Trump electors are scheduled to make their initial appearances in court on Aug. 10 in Ingham County.

July 22, 2023 9:39 AM  
Anonymous here's an idea to boost the economy: get TTF to boycott America - when TTF boycotts something, it usually booms - just ask Chik-Fil-A..... said...

"Why do conservatives hate the Constitution so much?"

you mean like when they appoint Supreme Court justices who are committed to interpret the Constitution as intended by its writers?

what do you think they'd do if they loved it?

invent fanciful extrapolations that make everyone mad, like a constitutional right to murder unborn children and another constitutional right to force local governments to recognize homosexual partners as married in violation of societal norms in that area?

yeah, that would be loverly

"16 Republicans charged with eight felonies for signing a false certificate claiming Donald Trump had won the state in 2020"

much ado about nothing

July 22, 2023 11:39 AM  
Anonymous A Little Mouse said...

Well here's something we hadn't thought of. Countries in Europe want to start naming extreme heat events like we do hurricanes. These heat waves are becoming so common that they sometimes blur together in people’s consciousness. But what naming system to use, which forecasts warrant names, and who should make the calls are far from settled.

But the Bible says there's no such thing as global warming, doesn't it? Or does it just say that humans are responsible for managing the planet? Sorry, but I've eaten more Bible pages than I've read. Whoever's in charge, they are not paying attention. Dominion -- I forget, is that a voting machine company or a utility company? Cuz it sure ain't Genesis 1:28. (Tasty page, by the way.)

I remember when the electricity went out and the air conditioning in this church stopped working. Man, it was hot in these walls. Luckily the freezer also didn't work, and melted ice-water leaked out onto the floor and under the baseboard. The little Little Mouses liked that but us big Little Mouses were worried that it might not get fixed. We shoulda named that event, that would be neat wouldn't it? Ah yes, I remember Outage Abigail, lasted for three days...

July 22, 2023 1:51 PM  
Anonymous I wonder why Hunter left his cocaine in the West Wing.... said...

Here's the scripture passage the sad and facetious commenter refers to.

“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Let's see some TTF interpretation of the ancient passage.

As far as climate alarmism goes, one, of many things, to keep in mind is that climate-related deaths are a fraction of what they were a century ago and life expectancy, in general, although slightly dinged by COVID overreach measures, is up significantly.

Sounds like rising temperatures are a good deal for humanity.

July 22, 2023 2:37 PM  
Anonymous So said...

This is *so* easy. Humans have the intelligence, the tool-making capability, and the ability to gain knowledge that allowed us to domesticate livestock and grow crops in an orderly and dependable way, to create a stable and secure lifestyle rather than hunting and foraging randomly like other animals, hand to mouth. We subdivided the land into owned parcels and shared territories and managed the parts we were responsible for, coordinating with our neighbors in organized systems we call "government." We created waste and disposed of it, we maintained the populations of nature's creatures and replenished flora when it was destroyed. Because of our language ability we were able to see our surrounding nature objectively and to intentionally transform it, that is, subdue it, to our needs. Christians take this statement from God to mean we should shit all over the place and make as much money off it as we can before we die, leaving a burnt-out wasteland for our descendants, but some of us don't read Genesis that way. Because some of us aren't assholes.

July 22, 2023 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Republicans aren't the solutions to our problems, they ARE the problem said...

"invent fanciful extrapolations that make everyone mad, like a constitutional right to murder unborn children and another constitutional right to force local governments to recognize homosexual partners as married in violation of societal norms in that area?"

Marriage simply isn't in the Constitution. So it was a fanciful extrapolation the straight marriages are protected and gay ones aren't. That was made clear by the attempt to add an amendment to the Constitution that defined marriage so that it excluded same-sex couples. But if you have to add an amendment to the Constitution, you're explicitly changing it from the original. So much for "Constitutional Originalism."

As for unborn children being murdered by their heterosexual parents, that's just typical of their assumed heterosexual privilege they like to wave around and abuse in front of everybody, while claiming marriage should be reserved only for them. It's amazing they got away with such shameless ass-holery for so long.

"16 Republicans charged with eight felonies for signing a false certificate claiming Donald Trump had won the state in 2020"

"much ado about nothing"

You wish.

If it had been a bunch of black people storming Congress on Jan 6th, and Joe Biden pushing a fake elector scheme in 7 swing states, Republicans all over the nation would be practicing "2nd Amendment Solutions" on Democrats everywhere.

But sure, keep trying to distract people with inconsequential posts about poor Bud Light sales so that by the time the full fascist wing of the Republican party takes over, it will be too late.

You don't possess the deft media skills of Joseph Goebbels, but you certainly understand his importance in overturning Germany's democracy, and installing a demagogue into power.

The educated left reads history though, and we know why you're trying to dilute or ban it from our schools. While the "high school and under" crowd will cheer you on, relishing "owning the libs" and oblivious to the path you're leading them down, the rest of us will call you out for your authoritarian obsession.

July 22, 2023 6:41 PM  
Anonymous Someone has been breathing too many gas fumes said...

"Sounds like rising temperatures are a good deal for humanity."

How do I put this delicately?

Dude, you're a blithering idiot.

Scientist started suspecting we would change the planet's atmosphere and increase global temperatures back at the beginning of the industrial revolution.

Since then, court cases have shown that the international oil companies' own scientists figured out global warming was going to be a problem and so the paid scientist shills to dispute the data in public and blame it on things like naturally occuring sun cycles. Everyone paying attention knows those have been accounted for in all the models, along with dozens of other effects like volcanos, ocean albedo, and differing moisture levels.

The "explanations" those corporate mouth pieces spewed out has been shown in the court of law not only be wrong, but willfully intended to confuse and divide the public about what is really happening.

Since you obviously aren't intelligent enough to dispute the data and conclusions on a scientific basis, it is highly unlikely you are being paid by oil companies to bloviate your blather.

That leads to the inescapable conclusion that you were fully duped and indoctrinated by the oil companies' propaganda, and even with the all legal evidence available to everyone, are still incapable of grasping the fundamental facts of climate change, much less their significance and danger.


The teacher gives you the pointy hat to go sit in the corner.

July 22, 2023 6:53 PM  
Anonymous While some people have been denying the problem, others have been working hard to fix it said...

The global energy crisis has triggered unprecedented momentum behind renewables, with the world set to add as much renewable power in the next 5 years as it did in the past 20

The global energy crisis is driving a sharp acceleration in installations of renewable power, with total capacity growth worldwide set to almost double in the next five years, overtaking coal as the largest source of electricity generation along the way and helping keep alive the possibility of limiting global warming to 1.5 °C, the IEA says in a new report.

Energy security concerns caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have motivated countries to increasingly turn to renewables such as solar and wind to reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels, whose prices have spiked dramatically. Global renewable power capacity is now expected to grow by 2 400 gigawatts (GW) over the 2022-2027 period, an amount equal to the entire power capacity of China today, according to Renewables 2022, the latest edition of the IEA’s annual report on the sector.

This massive expected increase is 30% higher than the amount of growth that was forecast just a year ago, highlighting how quickly governments have thrown additional policy weight behind renewables. The report finds that renewables are set to account for over 90% of global electricity expansion over the next five years, overtaking coal to become the largest source of global electricity by early 2025.

“Renewables were already expanding quickly, but the global energy crisis has kicked them into an extraordinary new phase of even faster growth as countries seek to capitalise on their energy security benefits. The world is set to add as much renewable power in the next 5 years as it did in the previous 20 years,” said IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol. “This is a clear example of how the current energy crisis can be a historic turning point towards a cleaner and more secure energy system. Renewables’ continued acceleration is critical to help keep the door open to limiting global warming to 1.5 °C.”

The war in Ukraine is a decisive moment for renewables in Europe where governments and businesses are looking to rapidly replace Russian gas with alternatives. The amount of renewable power capacity added in Europe in the 2022-27 period is forecast to be twice as high as in the previous five-year period, driven by a combination of energy security concerns and climate ambitions. An even faster deployment of wind and solar PV could be achieved if EU member states were to rapidly implement a number of policies, including streamlining and reducing permitting timelines, improving auction designs and providing better visibility on auction schedules, as well as improving incentive schemes to support rooftop solar.

Beyond Europe, the upward revision in renewable power growth for the next five years is also driven by China, the United States and India, which are all implementing policies and introducing regulatory and market reforms more quickly than previously planned to combat the energy crisis. As a result of its recent 14th Five-Year Plan, China is expected to account for almost half of new global renewable power capacity additions over the 2022-2027 period. Meanwhile, the US Inflation Reduction Act has provided new support and long-term visibility for the expansion of renewables in the United States.

July 22, 2023 7:07 PM  
Anonymous While some people have been denying the problem, others have been working hard to fix it said...

Utility-scale solar PV and onshore wind are the cheapest options for new electricity generation in a significant majority of countries worldwide. Global solar PV capacity is set to almost triple over the 2022-2027 period, surpassing coal and becoming the largest source of power capacity in the world. The report also forecasts an acceleration of installations of solar panels on residential and commercial rooftops, which help consumers reduce energy bills. Global wind capacity almost doubles in the forecast period, with offshore projects accounting for one-fifth of the growth. Together, wind and solar will account for over 90% of the renewable power capacity that is added over the next five years.

The report sees emerging signs of diversification in global PV supply chains, with new policies in the United States and India expected to boost investment in solar manufacturing by as much as USD 25 billion over the 2022-2027 period. While China remains the dominant player, its share in global manufacturing capacity could decrease from 90% today to 75% by 2027.

Total global biofuel demand is set to expand by 22% over the 2022-2027 period. The United States, Canada, Brazil, Indonesia and India make up 80% of the expected global expansion in biofuel use, with all five countries having comprehensive policies to support growth.

The report also lays out an accelerated case in which renewable power capacity grows a further 25% on top of the main forecast. In advanced economies, this faster growth would require various regulatory and permitting challenges to be tackled and a more rapid penetration of renewable electricity in the heating and transport sectors. In emerging and developing economies, it would mean addressing policy and regulatory uncertainties, weak grid infrastructure and a lack of access to affordable financing that are hampering new projects.

Worldwide, the accelerated case requires efforts to resolve supply chain issues, expand grids and deploy more flexibility resources to securely manage larger shares of variable renewables. The accelerated case’s faster renewables growth would move the world closer to a pathway consistent with reaching net zero emissions by 2050, which offers an even chance of limiting global warming to 1.5 °C.

July 22, 2023 7:09 PM  
Anonymous This is how Germany gets amped said...

On Sunday, May 8, [2016] Germany hit a new high in renewable energy generation. Thanks to a sunny and windy day, at one point around 1pm the country’s solar, wind, hydro and biomass plants were supplying about 55 GW of the 63 GW being consumed, or 87%.

Power prices actually went negative for several hours, meaning commercial customers were being paid to consume electricity.

Last year the average renewable mix was 33%, reports Agora Energiewende, a German clean energy think tank. New wind power coming online should push that even higher.

“We have a greater share of renewable energy every year,” said Christoph Podewils of Agora. “The power system adapted to this quite nicely. This day shows again that a system with large amounts of renewable energy works fine.”

Critics have argued that because of the daily peaks and troughs of renewable energy—as the sun goes in and out and winds rise and fall—it will always have only a niche role in supplying power to major economies. But that’s looking less and less likely. Germany plans to hit 100% renewable energy by 2050, and Denmark’s wind turbines already at some points generate more electricity than the country consumes, exporting the surplus to Germany, Norway and Sweden.

Germany’s power surplus on Sunday wasn’t all good news. The system is still too rigid for power suppliers and consumers to respond quickly to price signals. Though gas power plants were taken offline, nuclear and coal plants can’t be quickly shut down, so they went on running and had to pay to sell power into the grid for several hours, while industrial customers such as refineries and foundries earned money by consuming electricity.

July 22, 2023 7:15 PM  
Anonymous George Wallace, Bull Connor, and Jefferson Davis were all Democrats said...

"Dude, you're a blithering idiot"

Well, possibly.

However, you spent several paragraphs arguing against things I didn't say.

I didn't say that temperatures haven't risen and didn't eliminate any possible cause, including human activity

what I did point out was that, as temperatures have risen, deaths from climate-related causes have plummeted and life expectancy has risen dramatically

this is likely because of the very things you suspect are causing climate change: technology, industrialization, mass production...

and the solutions you propose will likely hinder these advances

more than merely idiotic, it may also be amoral

July 24, 2023 5:26 AM  
Anonymous for millennia, society has known that two genders are necessary to make a marriage said...

"This is *so* easy."

Well, it's summertime, and the living should be easy so I gave you an easy assignment

let's see how you did

"Humans have the intelligence, the tool-making capability, and the ability to gain knowledge that allowed us to domesticate livestock and grow crops in an orderly and dependable way, to create a stable and secure lifestyle rather than hunting and foraging randomly like other animals, hand to mouth. We subdivided the land into owned parcels and shared territories and managed the parts we were responsible for, coordinating with our neighbors in organized systems we call "government." We created waste and disposed of it, we maintained the populations of nature's creatures and replenished flora when it was destroyed. Because of our language ability we were able to see our surrounding nature objectively and to intentionally transform it, that is, subdue it, to our needs."

so far, so good

"Christians take this statement from God to mean we should shit all over the place and make as much money off it as we can before we die, leaving a burnt-out wasteland for our descendants, but some of us don't read Genesis that way. Because some of us aren't assholes."

well, here are some glaring issues

Christians have varied opinions on the environment, and any other issue not intrinsic to their fate. Even with their varied views, however, I think most would agree with everything you said before this point. Your statement represents anti-Christian bigotry. It's false and malicious.

July 24, 2023 5:34 AM  
Anonymous another one of them polls that TTFers like so much... said...

The latest Harvard-Harris poll has both Trump and DeSantis beating Biden in the general election.

But let's hope Slidin' Biden makes it to the end of his term.

His VP is a first-class caliber liar who revels in inflaming racial tension.

NBC reports that Kamala Harris intends to visit Florida today to criticize its new school curriculum:

In remarks Thursday, Harris blasted efforts in some states to ban books and “push forward revisionist history.”

“Just yesterday in the state of Florida, they decided middle school students will be taught that enslaved people benefited from slavery,” she said at a convention for the traditionally Black sorority Delta Sigma Theta Inc. “They insult us in an attempt to gaslight us, and we will not stand for it.”

This is a brazen lie. It’s an astonishing lie. It’s an evil lie. It is so untrue — so deliberately and cynically misleading — that, in a sensible political culture, Harris would be obligated to issue an apology. Instead, NBC confirms that she will repeat the lie today during a speech in Jacksonville.

I have been trying to work out how best to illustrate the sheer scale of Harris’s falsehood, and I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way to achieve it is to list in one place all the relevant parts of the course about which she is complaining. So, below, I have copied and pasted every single reference to slavery, slaves, abolitionism, civil rights, and African Americans that is in the document.

The list is extremely long. That’s because, pace Harris, there’s a lot in there. If you are able to read it and conclude that the single reference to slaves developing skills (which I’ve bolded) is indicative of the narrative direction of the course, rather than a tiny (and correct) part of it, then you are beyond saving and you deserve to live your life as an ignoramus. There is simply no way of perusing this course and concluding that it “gaslights” people or whitewashes slavery. Among many, many other things, it includes sections on “the conditions for Africans during their passage to America”; “the living conditions of slaves in British North American colonies, the Caribbean, Central America and South America, including infant mortality rates”; “the harsh conditions and their consequences on British American plantations (e.g., undernourishment, climate conditions, infant and child mortality rates of the enslaved vs. the free)”; “the harsh conditions in the Caribbean plantations (i.e., poor nutrition, rigorous labor, disease)”; “how the South tried to prevent slaves from escaping and their efforts to end the Underground Railroad”; the “overwhelming death rates” caused by the practice; the many ways in which “Africans resisted slavery”; “the ramifications of prejudice, racism and stereotyping on individual freedoms”; and “the struggles faced by African American women in the 19th century as it relates to issues of suffrage, business and access to education.” Many of these modules apply to Florida specifically.

July 24, 2023 5:52 AM  
Anonymous another one of them polls that TTFers like so much... said...

Here’s the list. It’s 191 items strong. It contains the word “slave” 96 times, “slaves” 23 times, and “slavery” 45 times. I’ve pulled each line out in the order in which they appear, which is largely chronological. It starts with “the earliest slaves” and ends with “the integration of the University of Florida”:

Instruction includes what life was like for the earliest slaves and the emancipated in North America.

Examine the Underground Railroad and how former slaves partnered with other free people and groups in assisting those escaping from slavery.

Examine key figures and events in abolitionist movements.

Instruction will include the Emancipation Proclamation, 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States.

Examine the roles and contributions of significant African Americans during westward expansion (e.g., Benjamin “Pap” Singleton, James Beckwourth, Buffalo Soldiers, York [American explorer]).

Examine the experiences and contributions of African Americans in early Florida.
Instruction includes African American communities (e.g., Fort Mose, Angola Community, Black Seminoles, Fort Gadsden, Lincolnville, Eatonville).

Understand the causes, courses and consequences of the slave trade in the colonies.
Identify Afro-Eurasian trade routes and methods prior to the development of the Atlantic slave trade.

Instruction includes how slavery was utilized in Asian, European and African cultures.

Instruction includes the similarities and differences between serfdom and slavery.

Describe the contact of European explorers with systematic slave trading in Africa.

Instruction includes the comparative treatment of indentured servants of European and African extraction.

Instruction includes the transition from an indentured to a slave-based economy.
Describe the history and evolution of slave codes.

Instruction includes judicial and legislative actions concerning slavery.

Analyze slave revolts that happened in early colonial America and how political leaders reacted (e.g., 1712 revolt in New York City, Stono Rebellion [1739]).

Examine the service and sacrifice of African patriots during the Revolutionary Era (e.g., Crispus Attucks, Peter Salem, James Armistead Lafayette, 1st Rhode Island Regiment).
Analyze events that involved or affected Africans from the founding of the nation through Reconstruction.

Explain early congressional actions regarding the institution of slavery (i.e., Northwest Ordinance of 1787, Three-Fifths Compromise, Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves of 1808).
Explain the effect of the cotton industry on the expansion of slavery due to Eli Whitney’s Cotton Gin.

July 24, 2023 5:54 AM  
Anonymous another one of them polls that TTFers like so much... said...

Examine the various duties and trades performed by slaves (e.g., agricultural work, painting, carpentry, tailoring, domestic service, blacksmithing, transportation).

Instruction includes how slaves developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit.

Instruction includes how collaboration of free blacks, whites, churches and organizations assisted in the Underground Railroad (e.g., Harriet Tubman, William Lambert, Levi Coffin, William Still).

Identify political figures who strove to abolish the institution of slavery (e.g., Thaddeus Stevens, Abraham Lincoln, Zachariah Chandler).

Evaluate various abolitionist movements that continuously pushed to end slavery.

Instruction includes the Society of Friends (Quakers) and their efforts to end slavery throughout the United States.

Instruction includes writings by Africans living in the United States and their effect on the abolitionist movement (e.g., Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, David Walker, Martin Delaney).

Examine how the status of slaves, those who had escaped slavery and free blacks affected their contributions to the Civil War effort.

Examine the causes, courses and consequences of the slave trade in the colonies from 1609-1776.

Examine the condition of slavery as it existed in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe prior to 1619.

Instruction includes how trading in slaves developed in African lands (e.g., Benin, Dahomey).

Instruction includes the practice of the Barbary Pirates in kidnapping Europeans and selling them into slavery in Muslim countries (i.e., Muslim slave markets in North Africa, West Africa, Swahili Coast, Horn of Africa, Arabian Peninsula, Indian Ocean slave trade).
Instruction includes how slavery was utilized in Asian cultures (e.g., Sumerian law code, Indian caste system).

Instruction includes the similarities between serfdom and slavery and emergence of the term “slave” in the experience of Slavs.

Instruction includes how slavery among indigenous peoples of the Americas was utilized prior to and after European colonization.

Analyze the development of labor systems using indentured servitude contracts with English settlers and Africans early in Jamestown, Virginia.

Instruction includes indentured servitude of poor English settlers and the extension of indentured servitude to the first Africans brought to Jamestown, Virginia by the Dutch in 1619.

Instruction includes the impact of the increased demand for land in the colonies and the effects on the cost of labor resulting from the shift of indentured servitude to slavery.
Instruction includes the shift in attitude toward Africans as Colonial America transitioned from indentured servitude to race-based, hereditary slavery (i.e., Anthony Johnson, John Casor).

July 24, 2023 5:56 AM  
Anonymous another one of them polls that TTFers like so much... said...

Instruction includes the Virginia Code Regarding Slaves and Servants (1705).

Analyze the reciprocal roles of the Triangular Trade routes between Africa and the western hemisphere, Africa and Europe, and Europe and the western hemisphere.

Instruction includes the Triangular Trade and how this three-tiered system encouraged the use of slavery.

Instruction includes how the desire for knowledge of land cultivation and the rise in the production of tobacco and rice had a direct impact on the increased demand for slave labor and the importation of slaves into North America (i.e., the importation of Africans from the Rice Coast of Africa).

Examine the development of slavery and describe the conditions for Africans during their passage to America.

Instruction includes the Triangular Trade routes and the Middle Passage.

Instruction includes the causes for the growth and development of slavery, primarily in the southern colonies.

Instruction includes percentages of African diaspora within the New World colonies.
Compare the living conditions of slaves in British North American colonies, the Caribbean, Central America and South America, including infant mortality rates.

Instruction includes the harsh conditions and their consequences on British American plantations (e.g., undernourishment, climate conditions, infant and child mortality rates of the enslaved vs. the free).

Instruction includes the harsh conditions in the Caribbean plantations (i.e., poor nutrition, rigorous labor, disease).

Instruction includes how slavery was sustained in the Caribbean, Dutch Guiana and Brazil despite overwhelming death rates.

Analyze the headright system in Jamestown, Virginia and other southern colonies.

Instruction includes the concept of the headright system, including effects slave codes had on it.

Instruction includes specific headright settlers (i.e., Anthony Johnson, Mary Johnson).
Evaluate how conditions for Africans changed in colonial North America from 1619-1776.
Instruction includes the history and development of slave codes in colonial North America including the John Punch case (1640).

Instruction includes how slave codes resulted in an enslaved person becoming property with no rights.

Evaluate efforts by groups to limit the expansion of race-based slavery in Colonial America.

Examine different events in which Africans resisted slavery.

Instruction includes the impact of revolts of the enslaved (e.g., the San Miguel de Gualdape Slave Rebellion [1526], the New York City Slave Uprising [1712]).

Instruction includes how Spanish-controlled Florida attracted escaping slaves with the promise of freedom.

July 24, 2023 5:58 AM  
Anonymous another one of them polls that TTFers like so much... said...

Describe the contributions of Africans to society, science, poetry, politics, oratory, literature, music, dance, Christianity and exploration in the United States from 1776-1865.
Instruction includes contributions of key figures and organizations (e.g., Prince Hall, Phillis Wheatley, Benjamin Banneker, Richard Allen, the Free African Society, Olaudah Equiano, Omar ibn Said, Cudjoe Lewis, Anna Jai Kingsley).

Instruction includes the role of black churches (e.g., African Methodist Episcopal [AME]).

Explain how slave codes were strengthened in response to Africans’ resistance to slavery.

Instruction includes early laws that impacted slavery and resistance (i.e., Louisiana’s Code Noir [1724], Stono Rebellion in [1739], South Carolina slave code [1740], Igbo Landing Mass Suicide [1803]).

Instruction includes foreign and domestic influences on the institution of slavery (i.e., Haitian Revolution [1791-1804], The Preliminary Declaration from the Constitution of Haiti [1805], German Coast Uprising [1811], Louisiana Revolt of [1811]).

Instruction includes how African men, both enslaved and free, participated in the Continental Army (e.g., 1st Rhode Island Regiment, Haitian soldiers).

Examine political actions of the Continental Congress regarding the practice of slavery.

Instruction includes examples of how the members of the Continental Congress made attempts to end or limit slavery (e.g., the first draft of the Declaration of Independence that blamed King George III for sustaining the slave trade in the colonies, the calls of the Continental Congress for the end of involvement in the international slave trade, the Constitutional provision allowing for congressional action in 1808).

Examine how federal and state laws shaped the lives and rights for enslaved and free Africans in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Instruction includes how different states passed laws that gradually led to the abolition of slavery in northern states (e.g., gradual abolition laws: RI Statutes 1728, 1765 & 1775, PA 1779, MA & NH 1780s, CT & NJ 1784, NY 1799; states abolishing slavery: VT 1777).

July 24, 2023 6:01 AM  
Anonymous another one of them polls that TTFers like so much... said...

Instruction includes the Constitutional provision regarding fugitive persons.

Instruction includes the ramifications of the Dred Scott v. Sandford decision.

Analyze the provisions under the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution regarding slavery.

Instruction includes how slavery increased through natural reproduction and the smuggling of human contraband, in spite of the desire of the Continental Congress to end the importation of slaves.

Instruction includes the political issues regarding slavery that were addressed in the Northwest Ordinance of 1787.

Instruction includes the Three-Fifths Compromise as an agreement between delegates from the northern and the southern states in the Continental Congress (1783) and taken up anew at the United States Constitutional Convention (1787) that required three-fifths of the slave population be counted for determining direct taxation and representation in the House of Representatives.

Analyze the contributions of founding principles of liberty, justice and equality in the quest to end slavery.

Instruction includes the principles found in historical documents (e.g., Declaration of Independence as approved by the Continental Congress in 1776, Chief Justice William Cushing’s notes regarding the Quock Walker case, Petition to the Massachusetts Legislature on January 13, 1777, Constitution of Massachusetts of 1780, Constitution of Kentucky of 1792, Northwest Ordinance of 1785, Northwest Ordinance of 1787, Southwest Ordinance of 1790, Petition from the Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery of 1790, Petition of Free Blacks of Philadelphia 1800, United States Congress Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves of 1808).

Instruction includes the contributions of key figures in the quest to end slavery as the nation was founded (e.g., Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay).

Examine the range and variety of specialized roles performed by slaves.

Instruction includes the trades of slaves (e.g., musicians, healers, blacksmiths, carpenters, shoemakers, weavers, tailors, sawyers, hostlers, silversmiths, cobblers, wheelwrights, wigmakers, milliners, painters, coopers).

Instruction includes the variety of locations slaves worked (e.g., homes, farms, on board ships, shipbuilding industry).

Explain how early abolitionist movements advocated for the civil rights of Africans in America.

Instruction includes leading advocates and arguments for civil rights (e.g., John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Rush).

Instruction includes the abolitionist and anti-slavery organizations (e.g., Pennsylvania Abolition Society [PAS], New York Manumission Society [NYMS], Free African Society [FAS], Maryland Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery and the Relief of Free Negroes and Others Unlawfully Held in Bondage, Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery).

Evaluate the Abolitionist Movement and its leaders and how they contributed in different ways to eliminate slavery.

Instruction includes different abolitionist leaders and how their approaches to abolition differed (e.g., William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, President Abraham Lincoln, Thaddeus Stevens, Sojourner Truth, Jonathan Walker, Albion Tourgée, Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Wilberforce [United Kingdom], Vicente Guerrero [Mexico]).
Instruction includes how Abraham Lincoln’s views on abolition evolved over time.
Instruction includes the relationship between William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass and their respective approaches to abolition.

July 24, 2023 6:02 AM  
Anonymous another one of them polls that TTFers like so much... said...

Instruction includes the efforts in the creation of the 13th Amendment.

Instruction includes different abolition groups and how they related to other causes (e.g., women’s suffrage, temperance movements).

Instruction includes the efforts of the American Colonization Society towards the founding of Liberia and its relationship to the struggle to end slavery in the United States.
Describe the impact The Society of Friends had on the abolition of slavery.

Instruction includes the relationship between the Abolitionist Movement involving the Quakers in both England and the United States.

Instruction includes how the use of pamphlets assisted the Quakers in their abolitionist efforts.

Instruction includes key figures and actions made within the Quaker abolition efforts in North Carolina.

Explain how the Underground Railroad and its conductors successfully relocated slaves to free states and Canada.

Instruction includes the leaders of the Underground Railroad (e.g., Harriet Tubman, Gerrit Smith, Levi Coffin, John Rankin family, William Lambert, William Still).

Instruction includes the methods of escape and the routes taken by the conductors of the Underground Railroad.

Instruction includes how the South tried to prevent slaves from escaping and their efforts to end the Underground Railroad.

Instruction includes how the Underground Railroad and the Abolitionist Movement assisted each other toward ending slavery.

Explain how the rise of cash crops accelerated the growth of the domestic slave trade in the United States.

Instruction includes how the demand for slave labor resulted in a large, forced migration.

Instruction includes debates over the westward expansion of slavery (e.g., Louisiana Purchase, Missouri Compromise, Wilmot Proviso, Compromise of 1850, Kansas-Nebraska Act).

Compare the actions of Nat Turner, John Brown and Frederick Douglass and the direct responses to their efforts to end slavery.

Describe the effects produced by asylum offered to slaves by Spanish Florida.

Instruction includes the significance of Fort Mose as the first free African community in the United States and the role it and the Seminole Tribe played in the Underground Railroad.

Instruction includes the role of Florida and larger Gulf Coast region in the War of 1812 as the British offered liberation to slaves.

Analyze the changing social and economic roles of African Americans during the Civil War and the Exodus of 1879.

July 24, 2023 6:04 AM  
Anonymous another one of them polls that TTFers like so much... said...

Instruction includes the status of slaves, escaped slaves, and free blacks during the Civil War.

Instruction includes examining the roles and efforts of black nurses, soldiers, spies, scouts and slaves during the Civil War.

Instruction includes the significant roles of African Americans in the armed forces (e.g., 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 13th U.S. Colored Troops, Buffalo Soldiers, Sgt. William Carney, Pvt. Cathay Williams, Harriet Tubman).

Instruction includes the establishment and efforts of the Freedman’s Bureau.

Examine social contributions of African Americans post-Civil War.

Instruction includes how the war effort helped propel civil rights for African Americans from the early Civil Rights Movement (1865-1896) to the modern-day Civil Rights Movement, demanding the American promise of justice, liberty and equality (i.e., 13th Amendment, 14th Amendment, 15th Amendment).

Instruction includes the founding of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Examine the importance of sacrifices, contributions and experiences of African Americans during wartime from the Spanish-American War through the Korean War.

Instruction includes the contributions of African American soldiers during World War I. (e.g., 369th Infantry Regiment [Harlem Hellfighters], 370th Infantry Regiment, Sgt. Henry Johnson, Cpl. Freddie Stowers).

Instruction includes the heroic actions displayed by the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. (e.g., Gen. Charles McGee, Gen. Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James, Capt. Roscoe C. Brown, 1st Lt. Lucius Theus, Charles Alfred “Chief” Anderson, James Polkinghorne).

Instruction includes the contributions of African American women to World War I and World War II (e.g., 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion [Six Triple Eight], Lt. Col. Charity Edna Adams, Addie W. Hunton, Kathryn M. Johnson, Helen Curtis).

Evaluate the relationship of various ethnic groups to African Americans’ access to rights, privileges and liberties in the United States.

Instruction includes landmark United States Supreme Court Cases affecting African Americans (e.g., the Slaughter House cases, Yick Wo v. Hopkins, Plessy v. Ferguson).

Instruction includes the influence of white and black political leaders who fought on behalf of African Americans in state and national legislatures and courts.

Instruction includes how organizations, individuals, legislation and literature contributed to the movement for equal rights in the United States (e.g., Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, Carter G. Woodson, Henry Beard Delany, Emma Beard Delaney, Hiram Rhodes Revels).
Instruction includes how whites who supported Reconstruction policies for freed blacks after the Civil War (white southerners being called scalawags and white northerners being called carpetbaggers) were targeted.

Explain the struggles faced by African American women in the 19th century as it relates to issues of suffrage, business and access to education.

Instruction includes the role of African American women in politics, business and education during the 19th century (e.g., Mary B. Talbert, Ida B. Wells, Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman?).

July 24, 2023 6:06 AM  
Anonymous another one of them polls that TTFers like so much... said...

Describe the emergence, growth, destruction and rebuilding of black communities during Reconstruction and beyond.

Instruction includes the ramifications of prejudice, racism and stereotyping on individual freedoms (e.g., the Civil Rights Cases, Black Codes, Jim Crow Laws, lynchings, Columbian Exposition of 1893).

Instruction includes acts of violence perpetrated against and by African Americans but is not limited to 1906 Atlanta Race Riot, 1919 Washington, D.C. Race Riot, 1920 Ocoee Massacre, 1921 Tulsa Massacre and the 1923 Rosewood Massacre.

Instruction includes communities such as: Lincolnville (FL), Tullahassee (OK), Eatonville (FL).

Examine economic developments of and for African Americans post-WWI, including the spending power and the development of black businesses and innovations.

Instruction includes leaders who advocated differing economic viewpoints (e.g., Marcus Garvey, Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee Institute, W.E.B. DuBois, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People [NAACP]).

Instruction includes the Double Duty Dollar Campaign as an economic movement to encourage community self-sufficiency.

Instruction includes the impact of Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company.

Instruction includes the contributions of black innovators, entrepreneurs and organizations to the development and growth of black businesses and innovations (e.g., National Negro Business League, National Urban League, Universal Negro Improvement Association [UNIA], NAACP, Annie Malone, Madame C.J. Walker, Negro Motorist Green Book, Charles Richard Patterson of C.R. Patterson & Sons, Suzanne Shank, Reginald F. Lewis).

Examine political developments of and for African Americans in the post-WWI period.
Instruction includes landmark court cases affecting African Americans.

Instruction includes the ramifications of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal (1933-1945) on African Americans.

Instruction includes the effects of the election of African Americans to national office (e.g., Oscar De Priest).

Instruction includes the push and pull factors of the Great Migration. (e.g., race riots, socio-economic factors, political rights, how African Americans suffered infringement of rights through racial oppression, segregation, discrimination).

Instruction includes how the transition from rural to urban led to opportunities and challenges. (e.g., Emmett J. Scott: Letters of Negro Migrants, Jacob Lawrence: The Migration of the Negro, red-lining, 1935 Harlem Race Riot, broad increase in economic competition).

Describe the Harlem Renaissance and examine contributions from African American artists, musicians and writers and their lasting influence on American culture.
Examine and analyze the impact and achievements of African American women in the fields of education, journalism, science, industry, the arts, and as writers and orators in the 20th century.

Analyze the impact and contributions of African American role models as inventors, scientists, industrialist, educators, artists, athletes, politicians and physicians in the 19th and early 20th centuries and explain the significance of their work on American society.

July 24, 2023 6:08 AM  
Anonymous another one of them polls that TTFers like so much... said...

Explain how WWII was an impetus for the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Instruction includes how WWII helped to break down the barriers of segregation (e.g., 1948 Executive Order 9981, Executive Order 8802 signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Tuskegee Airmen, “Double V” campaign, James G. Thompson).

Examine key figures and events from Florida that affected African Americans.

Instruction includes key events that occurred in Florida during the 19th century (e.g., Battle of Olustee).

Instruction includes early examples of African American playwrights, novelists, poets, actors, politicians and merchants (e.g., Jonathan C. Gibbs, Josiah Walls, Robert Meacham, Blanche Armwood, Mary McLeod Bethune, Harry T. Moore, Harriet Moore, James Weldon Johnson).
Instruction includes the settlements of forts, towns and communities by African Americans and its impact on the state of Florida post-Civil War (e.g., Fort Pickens, Eatonville, Lincolnville).

Analyze economic, political, legal and social advancements of African Americans and their contributions and sacrifices to American life from 1954 to present, including factors that influenced them.

Analyze the influences and contributions of African American musical pioneers.
Instruction includes significant musical styles created and performed by African American musicians.

Analyze the influence and contributions of African Americans to film.

Instruction includes Oscar Micheaux’s films as an influential component of the modern- era Civil Rights Movement and future film industry (e.g., Lincoln Motion Picture Company, George P. Johnson, Noble Johnson, Spike Lee, Sidney Poitier, Melvin Van Peebles, Julie Dash, William Packer, Hattie McDaniel).

Examine the importance of sacrifices, contributions and experiences of African Americans during military service from 1954 to present.

Analyze the course, consequence and influence of the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Instruction includes the early Civil Rights Movement (1865-1896) to the modern-era Civil Rights Movement and define the modern-era Civil Rights Movement as an economic, social and political movement from 1945 to 1968 (e.g., speeches, legislation, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis).

Instruction includes the events that led to the writing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Instruction includes the March on Washington and its influence on public policy.

Compare differing organizational approaches to achieving equality in America.

Instruction includes the immediate and lasting effects of modern civil rights organizations (e.g., The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People [NAACP], Congress of Racial Equality [CORE], Southern Christian Leadership Conference [SCLC], Student Non- Violent Coordinating Committee [SNCC], Black Panther Party [BPP], Highlander Folk School, religious institutions).

Instruction includes different methods used by coalitions (i.e., freedom rides, wade-ins, sit-ins, boycotts, protests, marches, voter registration drives, media relations).
Examine organizational approaches to resisting equality in America.

Instruction includes the immediate and lasting effects of organizations that sought to resist achieving American equality (e.g., state legislatures, Ku Klux Klan [KKK], White Citizens’ Councils [WCC], law enforcement agencies, elected officials such as the “Pork Chop Gang,” private school consortiums, Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission [MSSC]).
Instruction includes different methods used by coalitions (e.g., white primaries, acts of violence, unjust laws such as poll taxes, literacy tests, sundown laws, anti-miscegenation laws).

July 24, 2023 6:10 AM  
Anonymous another one of them polls that TTFers like so much... said...

Instruction includes commentary on just and unjust laws (e.g., Letter from Birmingham Jail, I Have a Dream Speech, Chief Justice Earl Warren’s ruling opinion on Loving v. Virginia, commentary of Senator Everett Dirksen).

Explain the struggles and successes for access to equal educational opportunities for African Americans.

Instruction includes how African Americans were impacted by the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision that overturned Plessy v. Ferguson.

Instruction includes Ruby Bridges, James Meredith, Little Rock Nine, 1971 Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education and 1978 Regents of the University of California v. Bakke.

Instruction includes the evolution of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to include land grant status and liberal arts studies.

Instruction includes local court cases impacting equal educational opportunities for African Americans.

Analyze the contributions of African Americans to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Examine the key people who helped shape modern civil rights movement (e.g., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Claudette Colvin, Rosa Parks, Stokely Carmichael, Fannie Lou Hamer, Freedom Riders, A. Philip Randolph, Malcolm X, Justice Thurgood Marshall, Mamie Till Mobley, Diane Nash, Coretta Scott King, John Lewis, Medgar Evers).

Instruction includes local individuals in civil rights movements.

Identify key legislation and the politicians and political figures who advanced American equality and representative democracy.

Instruction includes political figures who shaped the modern Civil Rights efforts (e.g., Arthur Allen Fletcher, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President John F. Kennedy, President Lyndon B. Johnson, President Richard Nixon, Senator Everett Dirksen, Mary McLeod Bethune, Shelby Steele, Thomas Sowell, Representative John Lewis).

Instruction includes key legislation (i.e., Civil Rights Act of 1957, 1960, 1964, 1967 and 1972 Title VII, Voting Rights Act of 1965).

Analyze the role of famous African Americans who contributed to the visual and performing arts (e.g., Florida Highwaymen, Marian Anderson, Alvin Ailey, Misty Copeland).

Analyze economic, political, legal and social experiences of African Americans and their contributions and sacrifices to American life from 1960 to present.

Instruction includes the use of statistical census data between 1960 to present, comparing African American participation in higher education, voting, poverty rates, income, family structure, incarceration rates and number of public servants.

Instruction includes the Great Society’s influence on the African American experience.
Instruction includes but is not limited to African American pioneers in their field (e.g., President Barack Obama, Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, Justice Clarence Thomas, Representative Shirley Chisholm, Arthur Ashe, Ronald McNair).

Examine key events and persons related to society, economics and politics in Florida as they influenced African American experiences.

Instruction includes events and figures relating to society, economics and politics in Florida (e.g., Florida Supreme Court Justice Joseph W. Hatchet, Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy A. Quince, Gwen Cherry, Carrie Meek, Joe Lang Kershaw, Arnett E. Girardeau, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, A. Philip Randolph, Tallahassee Bus Boycott of 1956, Ax Handle Saturday, St. Augustine summer of 1964).

Instruction includes the integration of the University of Florida.

Instruction should include local people, organizations, historic sites, cemeteries and events.

July 24, 2023 6:12 AM  
Anonymous another one of them polls that TTFers like so much... said...

Kamala Harris is lying. Shame on anyone who helps her do so.

July 24, 2023 6:12 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage said...

Did you know that debating issues in Congress is part of the culture war and is bad for democracy?

That’s what The Washington Post (motto: “Democracy Dies in Darkness”) implied in its front-page story after the Republican-led House approved the National Defense Authorization Act in a 219-210 party-line vote.

The bill authorizes an $886 billion defense budget and rolls back some of the Democrats’ schemes aimed at turning America into a Marxist version of Sodom and Gomorrah. These include tax-subsidized travel for abortions, transgender drugs and surgeries, and programmers who browbeat the troops with transgender ideology and diversity, equity and inclusion propaganda.

The bill’s passage, the Post said, came after “an acrimonious battle … that reduced the chamber of America’s democracy into a battleground in its increasingly polarized culture wars.”

Remember, under their rules, the “chamber of America’s democracy” is supposed to march in lockstep, not engage in debate.

The left’s idea of democracy is a centralized, one-party state where everyone must salute the pride flag, embrace socialist economics and trash “White supremacists” whose ranks include Hispanics, Asians, Blacks and Native Americans who hold conservative values.

The term “culture war” isn’t aired when Democrats brazenly assault the natural order, only when there’s resistance. Any ground the left gains is automatically considered settled and beyond debate.

“Why would Republicans want the military to prepare for real wars when fighting culture wars is so much more fun?” asks Post columnist Catherine Rampell. She’s especially torqued that the defense bill would ban pride flags and require military-run schools to remove “radical gender ideology” books.

If I read her correctly, the way to prepare to fight “real wars” is to saturate children on military bases with LGBTQ and climate change propaganda, bring in drag queens and indoctrinate service members in the latest “woke” ideology.

Anyone trying to undo this mess and allow the armed forces to focus instead on defending the country is somehow weakening the military. The Post’s story warns that Republicans are not only “restricting military personnel’s access to reproductive care and diversity protections” but are “imperiling lawmakers’ mandate to set major national security priorities.”

Really? Run for your lives!

July 24, 2023 10:17 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage said...

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy dismissed Democrats’ outrage, quipping, “We don’t want Disneyland to train our military.”

Indeed not. Disney went “woke” long ago and shows no signs of slowing down despite a string of box-office bombs, a drop in attendance at its theme parks and an estimated $1.5 billion loss in its streaming service.

The company, whose stock price plummeted 44% in 2022, is slashing $5.5 billion in costs and laying off 7,000 employees worldwide.

By the way, Disney acquired “Sound of Freedom” in 2018, only to shelve it before Angel Studios was able to secure the rights and get it into theaters this past July Fourth weekend. Starring Jim Caviezel and Mira Sorvino, the thriller about former Homeland Security agent Tim Ballard’s daring rescues of trafficked children has racked up more than $100 million in ticket sales in only three weeks’ release.

The Democrats are right about one thing: There is a culture war raging in America. They touched it off, expecting little resistance. Now there’s serious pushback, and they don’t like it.

When they’re not trying to bully parents or prevent the military from shucking “woke” madness, leftists are assailing the Supreme Court. Over the last two years, the court has issued multiple rulings that have set Democrats’ hair on fire.

The justices ruled in favor of Harold Shurtleff, who was prevented from flying a Christian flag at Boston City Hall where dozens of others had flown without incident, including the pride flag.

In another First Amendment decision, the court said Washington State high school football coach Joe Kennedy could pray quietly after games at the 50-yard line and not lose his job.

The court also ruled 9-0 that Gerald Groff, a Christian postal employee, could not be forced to work on the Sabbath (Sunday) just because the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service began delivering for Amazon.

The justices ruled that in Colorado, Christian designer Lorie Smith could not be forced to create a website for a same-sex wedding. This expanded their earlier ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.

The court also rejected the Biden administration’s totalitarian COVID-19 shot mandate and President Biden’s $400 billion student loan payoff scheme.

And the court slapped the Environmental Protection Agency for exceeding its mandate and employing sweeping new powers without congressional approval.

Finally, there was the big one — the Dobbs ruling, which struck down Roe v. Wade. By this time, Democrats had launched all sorts of trumped-up allegations against the court and Justice Clarence Thomas in particular.

The Supreme Court, the Democrats say, needs lots of oversight and new rules to curb conflicts of interest.

Nonsense. Democrats had no problem when Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan refused to recuse themselves from the 2015 Obergefell case creating a new right to same-sex marriage even though they had themselves officiated at same-sex ceremonies.

Yes, there’s a culture war raging, because the side of sanity is fighting back. We had better hope and pray that it continues until the ship of state is righted and liberty prevails across the fruited plain.

July 24, 2023 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your troll seems to have a firecracker up his ass.

July 24, 2023 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Decent folk can not wait until Amy Coney Barrett gets a gander at a homosexual marriage case !!.. said...

"Your troll seems to have a firecracker up his ass."

intelligent comment...LOL!

shows where the gay mind tends to go

probably the best you can do in the worst of times for the gay agenda

July 24, 2023 2:41 PM  
Anonymous maybe Hunter was selling cociane to the White House staff said...

If Biden were tried in a regular court, he could declare himself not guilty by reason if senility. But he is a President so he can only be tried by the Senate. And there, unfortunately for him, senility is not a defense strategy - it's further grounds for impeachment.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy broached the “I-word” Monday night regarding the foreign-money corruption accusations involving President Biden and son Hunter.

The California Republican said recently unearthed FBI documents about possible foreign bribery and supporting bank records are a game changer.

“This is rising to the level of impeachment inquiry,” he said.

Mr. McCarthy also invoked the specter of the first, and to date only, U.S. president to resign from office under a cloud of corruption and abuse of power.

“This president also has used something we have not seen since Richard Nixon … used the weaponization of government to benefit his family and deny Congress the ability to have the oversight” needed to investigate corruption claims, he said.

Mr. McCarthy has not previously referred in public to impeaching Mr. Biden. Some Republican lawmakers have talked about impeaching Mr. Biden, but they have been back-bench members of the party rather than from its legislative leadership team.

“I believe we will follow this all the way to the end and this is going to rise to an impeachment inquiry the way the Constitution tells us to do it,” he said.

July 24, 2023 10:31 PM  
Anonymous PRIDE month....LOL! said...

If “Bidenomics” is the future, we’re all in big trouble. As our tone-deaf president stumbles around the country attempting to convince people that his economic policy hasn’t been a complete failure, hardworking American taxpayers beg to differ.

The reality is that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are feeling exhausted, depressed and anxious — and this bleak outlook is inextricably linked to President Biden’s disastrous policies and warped vision for America.

Allowing Mr. Biden and his allies on the radical left to strong-arm our country into a dysfunctional Western European-style social democracy would set us up for a dark future of sluggish economic growth and hopelessness for our children and grandchildren.

One of the reasons America became the envy of the world is that our free market economic system gives anyone willing to work hard an opportunity to get ahead and do better than their parents and grandparents before them. But for millions upon millions, this feeling of optimism is slipping away because of Mr. Biden.

It’s absolutely imperative that the next president of the United States reestablish the promise that America’s best days are yet to come. We must not allow Mr. Biden’s false god of economic malaise to penetrate the American psyche.

Mr. Biden’s dream of an all-controlling and abusive executive branch, along with high taxes and overregulation, is wrecking the American dream. Mr. Biden is seeking to eliminate the notion of American exceptionalism brick by brick, just like his old boss, former President Barack Obama.

This destructive mindset cannot become the new normal. As Mr. Biden mumbles through sleepy campaign events trying to put lipstick on a pig, Americans see gasoline prices still up $1.18 a gallon since former President Donald Trump left office. For the average worker filling their 15-gallon gas tank twice a week for a year, that amounts to a new $1,800 tax, courtesy of Mr. Biden’s inflation and his left-wing energy agenda.

And at the supermarket, the impact of Mr. Biden’s costly economic vision for America is even worse. For millions of Americans, it feels like what you used to get at the grocery store for $200 now costs $250 or more. According to a recent report from ABC News, food prices “continued to accelerate faster than overall inflation, rising 5.7% in June compared to a year ago.”

These are not good times we’re living in.

July 25, 2023 6:08 AM  
Anonymous PRIDE month....LOL! said...

Our country is at an inflection point, and voters are clearly concerned. Only 38% of Americans approve of the way Mr. Biden is handling economic issues, while 58% disapprove.

Even more depressing is that 66% think economic conditions in America are getting worse compared with 27% who think things are getting better economically, according to Gallup.

It should come as no surprise that 67% of Americans think our country is on the wrong track under Mr. Biden, compared with 23% who think we’re heading in the right direction.

Adding insult to injury, a recent report found that 57% of consumers are living from paycheck to paycheck. Under Mr. Biden, planning for the future is simply a nonstarter at too many kitchen tables.

A family living under these stressful conditions can’t save for vacations or college, and retirement isn’t part of the equation — all because of the policies that have been coming out of the Biden White House for nearly three years.

Despite not having a mandate, Mr. Biden came to office yearning to govern like President Franklin D. Roosevelt, complete with a massive expansion of government and an irresponsible multitrillion-dollar increase in federal spending.

This arrogance brought the American middle class years of inflation-fueled economic pain and high interest rates. Had Mr. Trump been reelected, our economy would have been allowed to bounce back on its own without all the crazy spending, overtaxing and regulation.

Elections do indeed have consequences. Mr. Biden, a weak and incompetent leader, enacted the economic agenda of the radical left instead of doing what was best for America, and we’re all still literally paying the price.

Our beloved constitutional republic is on the ropes because Mr. Biden and his agenda failed us at a moment when we needed strong leadership and principled conservative governance. Bidenomics is synonymous with a country in decline. Let’s reject it and strive to be exceptional again.

July 25, 2023 6:09 AM  
Anonymous Kerik was pardoned by Trump in 2020 after serving four years in prison on felony charges of tax fraud and lying to Whte House officials said...

Bernard Kerik, a close ally of former President Donald Trump and a key figure in the effort to overturn the 2020 election, has given thousands of documents to special counsel Jack Smith, his lawyer said Monday.

Kerik, a former New York police commissioner, worked closely with attorney Rudy Giuliani to investigate unfounded claims of voter fraud after Trump lost the election to President Joe Biden. Smith’s team had subpoenaed Kerik for documents collected during the attempt to overturn the 2020 results, but the former commissioner had resisted those demands until the Trump campaign had reviewed the material for any privileged information.

“I have shared all of these documents, approximately 600 MB, mostly PDFs, with the Special Counsel and look forward to sitting down with them in about 2 weeks to discuss,” Kerik’s lawyer, Tim Parlatore, told CNN and NBC News in a statement.

Smith is widely expected to be close to charging decisions in his ongoing probe into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack at the U.S. Capitol. Trump said earlier this month that the special counsel had informed him he is a target of that investigation, warning he could soon be indicted on federal charges for the second time in two months. Smith’s team has already leveled 37 criminal charges against the former president over his handling of classified documents after he left the White House.

Kerik wrote on Twitter later Monday that there was nothing “nefarious” going on and he had not turned on Trump or Giuliani.

“To clarify, I was subpoenaed several months ago and cooperated with that subpoena, giving the Special Counsel the documents that I could,” he wrote. “No one has flipped, no one is selling out Trump or Giuliani. This is about giving the Special Counsel the evidence that the legal team collected under the supervision of @RudyGiuliani, and was reviewing in the aftermath of the 2020 election relating to voter/election fraud, and improprieties in that election.”

Kerik is expected to meet with the special counsel’s office in August for a voluntary interview.

The former commissioner was pardoned by Trump in 2020 after serving four years in prison on felony charges of tax fraud and lying to White House officials.

July 25, 2023 6:15 AM  
Anonymous report from Slidin' Biden's banana republic... said...

"Bernard Kerik, a close ally of former President Donald Trump and a key figure in the effort to overturn the 2020 election, has given thousands of documents to special counsel Jack Smith, his lawyer said Monday.

Smith’s team had subpoenaed Kerik for documents collected during the attempt to overturn the 2020 results"

WOW! Amazing and unbelievable story! A guy was subpoenaed for documents and provided them.

You guys seem increasingly desperate...

"Smith is widely expected to be close to charging decisions in his ongoing probe into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack at the U.S. Capitol. Trump said earlier this month that the special counsel had informed him he is a target of that investigation, warning he could soon be indicted on federal charges for the second time in two months"

Well, if the charges are as dubious as the last set, Trump doesn't have much to worry about.

Meanwhile, we have a guy who is actually President, being investigated for bribery and influence-peddling who is using governmental powers to try to imprison the person currently ahead of him in polls for the next election.

When did we become Venezuela?

July 25, 2023 7:42 AM  
Anonymous USA Today: Bellwether? Ohio voters back abortion rights amendment in a test case for other states said...

Sweeping support for a proposed Ohio constitutional amendment enshrining abortion rights spotlights the potential power of the issue to drive voter turnout and affect races up and down the ballot, even in Republican-leaning states.

A new USA TODAY Network/Suffolk University survey of Ohio showed the amendment guaranteeing access to reproductive services backed by a double-digit margin, 58%-32%. Significant support crossed partisan lines, including a third of Republicans and a stunning 85% of independent women, a key group of persuadable voters.

The poll of 500 likely voters in Ohio, conducted by landline and cellphone from July 9 to 12, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points for the full sample.

The battle in Ohio, the only state likely to have an abortion measure on the ballot in November's off-year election, is being watched by activists nationwide who are considering a push for state-based initiatives in the next election cycle to codify or restore abortion rights. That could include swing states such as Arizona and reliably red ones like Florida, Missouri and South Dakota.

Ohio stands as a test case.

And Kansas showed us how it goes!

July 25, 2023 10:23 AM  
Anonymous Go E. Jean Carroll: It turns out Trump couldn’t sexually abuse someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it. said...

"When did we become Venezuela?"

When the GOP allowed Jim Jordan to speak for them.

Too bad he didn't speak up for sexual abuse victims when he was a coach.

Sports Illustrated reported: Ex–Ohio State Wrestler Says Rep. Jim Jordan Asked Him to Deny Abuse Allegations

July 25, 2023 10:30 AM  
Anonymous gender matters... said...

"Sweeping support for a proposed Ohio constitutional amendment enshrining abortion rights spotlights the potential power of the issue to drive voter turnout and affect races up and down the ballot, even in Republican-leaning states."

if history is any guide, the poll is either false or pro-infanticide people just don't show up to vote in sufficient numbers

as far as voter turnout affecting races, that's unlikely to be to the Dem advantage in Ohio

if a GOP woman decides to support the amendment, there is no reason to believe she will vote Dem on races for office

"USA TODAY Network/Suffolk University survey of Ohio showed the amendment guaranteeing access to reproductive services backed by a double-digit margin, 58%-32%"

you do realize that constitutional amendments in Ohio require 60% approval to pass, right?

even if the poll holds up, the amendment won't pass

"Go E. Jean Carroll: It turns out Trump couldn’t sexually abuse someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it"

actually, we all knew that already

it's a little difficult to see how a thirty-year old could be corroborated

btw, Carroll accused trump of rape and, even at the lower civil suit threshold, the jury didn't agree

July 25, 2023 10:16 PM  
Anonymous gender matters... said...

"When the GOP allowed Jim Jordan to speak for them.

Too bad he didn't speak up for sexual abuse victims when he was a coach."

actually, Biden is turning America into a banana republic by weaponizing Federal law enforcement in an attempt to lock up the rival who currently leads Biden in the polls

July 25, 2023 10:22 PM  
Anonymous The leading cause of death for children in America is guns. said...

"actually, Biden is turning America into a banana republic by weaponizing Federal law enforcement in an attempt to lock up the rival who currently leads Biden in the polls"

No. Actually Biden and Rump each lead in some polls at this very early date, but you can pretend it's all Rump all the way if it helps you sleep at night.

Meanwhile haters gotta hate, and some want to kill:

All-Male Anti-Abortion Panel Calls for Death Penalty

A group of anti-abortion Operation Save America members gather in prayer.

It’s a tale as old as time: A group of men who very openly despise women assemble like the Avengers of upholding patriarchal violence and decide what pregnant people can and can’t do with their bodies. Over the weekend, a panel of all-male anti-abortion movement leaders gathered in Georgia to kick off a weekend of harassing a nearby abortion clinic and brainstorming strategies to subject people who have abortions to the death penalty.

According to the Georgia Recorder, every speaker at the extremist group Operation Save America’s abortion panel—which included voices from a diversity of groups including End Abortion Now and Georgia Right to Life—was a man, in an image we’ve seen before quite a few times. We’ve seen all-male Congressional panels weigh birth control restrictions; we’ve seen all-male legislators vote to pass an abortion ban in Alabama; we’ve even seen men wearing “WOMEN FOR KAVANAUGH” apparel. And now we’ve got a group of “pro-life” dudes on stage saying people who choose not to be pregnant should be put to death.

They called for more “equal protection” legislation modeled after an unsuccessful Georgia bill to grant embryos with personhood and threaten people who have abortions at any stage with the death penalty. And they discussed model legislation for fetal personhood laws that would limit IVF and not just criminalize abortion, but further criminalize a range of behaviors during pregnancy—a terrifying outcome that we’re already seeing.

Operation Save America’s status as an extremist group is well-known among abortion rights advocates; as Reproaction has flagged, the group’s leader was present at the Jan. 6 insurrection and called for political leaders he disagrees with to be shot.

July 26, 2023 6:51 AM  
Anonymous Giiuiliani thinks his admitted lies are "constitutionally protected" by the First Amendment. said...

WASHINGTON − Former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani conceded that he made false statements about two Georgia election workers he accused of rigging the 2020 election and counting extra votes.

His latest court filing Tuesday is an attempt to resolve their litigation against him.

It also says he refuses to accept his statements caused damage to the plaintiffs, Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, who said they faced harassment and death threats after former President Donald Trump accused them of election fraud.

Giuliani maintains his latest admission should not affect his argument that his statements about the 2020 election are “constitutionally protected" by the First Amendment.

The court document says Giuliani did not contest that "to the extent that the statements were statements of fact and otherwise actionable, such actionable factual statements were false," and that he published those statements to third parties.

Surely Rudy knows dressing in drag is FREE SPEECH. Why else would he have dressed in drag as NYC's mayor, and allowed Rump to motorboat his fake boobs!

July 26, 2023 10:57 AM  
Anonymous for millennia, the world has recognized that any valid marriage needs to include both genders.......... said...

"No. Actually Biden and Rump each lead in some polls at this very early date, but you can pretend it's all Rump all the way if it helps you sleep at night."

I assume this is your juvenile way to refer to the former President. If so, you are correct that the lead switches on a regular basis. But that doesn't change the fact that Biden is behaving like a banana republic dictator by trying to imprison his main political rival in the next election. Democracies let the voters decide.

As for sleeping through the night, the biggest thing that concerns me is that America will have to choose between Biden and Trump. I'd favor many of the GOP and, at least a couple of Dems, over either. Truth is, Biden is a mortal danger to democracy and needs to be persuaded to resign.

July 26, 2023 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden cures cancer said...

Previously, Al Gore was the most amazing Dem, having invented the internet.

Now, Slidin' Joe Biden has upped the ante: he says he's cured cancer:

"One of the things I'm always asked is why Americans have sort of lost faith for a while in being able to do big things. If you could do anything at all, Joe, what would you do? I said I'd cure cancer. They looked at me like, why cancer? Because no one thinks we can. That's why, and we can. We ended cancer as we know it," he stated.

Amazingly, he made the remark at a White House meeting to discuss mental health awareness.

July 26, 2023 3:54 PM  
Anonymous FACT OMITTED said...

"President Joe Biden’s son Hunter pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two crimes after a plea deal with federal prosecutors unraveled during a court hearing following the TRUMP APPOINTED judge's concerns over the agreement."

Nothing < political > to see here!

July 26, 2023 4:09 PM  
Anonymous where have all the plea bargains gone? said...

the media and Dems are working to undermine our judicial system by continually identifying who appointed every judge who doesn't rule in their favor, like they are legislature

the majority of Americans think there is more to uncover and don't think the Big Guy should be able to pull strings to get his son out of it

Biden has been a corrupt politician so long, he assumed the deep state would be able to save him

the times-they-are-a-changing

the Biden crime family is not above the law

July 26, 2023 9:34 PM  
Anonymous instant karma's gonna get you said...

Everything the Dems do comes back to bite them on the ass.

Remember they eliminated the filibuster for approving SCOTUS justices?

That's why Trump could appoint three originalist judges and the Dems were powerless to stop it.

Now, some obscure, rarely enforced, law they charge\d several trump associates with is what will send Hunter Biden to jail.

Hunter Biden could face new federal charges related to his failure to register as a foreign agent while he was cutting lucrative deals with Ukraine, China and other countries where his politically-powerful father held sway.

Prosecutors Wednesday said there is an ongoing probe of President Biden’s son that potentially includes offenses related to the Foreign Agent Registration Act or FARA.

Prosecutors made the statement during a federal court proceeding where Hunter Biden was slated to plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and agree to a deal to spare him a felony gun charge.

The agreement fell apart when U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika, amid legal briefs from critics asking her to reconsider the deal, began asking questions.

She forced prosecutor Leo Wise to acknowledge the Justice Department is investigating Hunter Biden for other potential charges, including charges related to FARA violations.

The 1938 law requires special registration with the Justice Department by anyone who works on behalf of a foreign country to influence U.S. policy or public opinion.

Mr. Wise’s statement comes amid mounting evidence that Hunter Biden used his father’s political clout to help secure massively profitable deals with China, Ukraine, Russia and perhaps additional countries that wanted to influence U.S. policy.

While rarely used before 2016, the Justice Department ramped up FARA prosecutions beginning in the Trump administration. They used the once-obscure law to charge several Trump associates, including his former national security advisor, Michael T. Flynn, campaign manager, Paul Manfort, and Trump’s inaugural committee chairman, Tom Barrack.

July 27, 2023 5:40 AM  
Anonymous QAnon's latest conspiracy said...

According to a new report by Newsweek, the details surrounding the tragic death of the Obamas' personal chef, Tafari Campbell, have become fodder for new conspiracy theories from some far-right conservatives and members of QAnon, a political conspiracy theory and movement that centers on fabricated claims made by an anonymous individual or individuals known as "Q."

Shortly before 10 a.m. on Monday, police divers recovered Campbell's body from Edgartown Great Pond near the former president's home on Martha's Vineyard. The chef, who started as a sous chef at White House during the Obama administration, had been paddleboarding and drowned, according to authorities. However, a growing number of far-right commentators are challenging that sequence of events, despite having no concrete evidence to support another.

For instance, Ian Miles Cheong — a prominent Malaysian pro-Trump conservative — commented on Twitter (now rebranding to X) that the death of a "trained swimmer who drowned in a shallow pond outside the Obama family home while paddle boarding, is strange.What do you think really happened?" As Nesweek reported, QAnon advocate Liz Cronkin, who "says that America is secretly being run by a cabal of satanic child molesters" then insinuated that Campbell perhaps knew too much. "What did he know?" she wrote.

In a statement, the Obamas said that Campbell was "a warm, fun, extraordinarily kind person who made all of our lives a little brighter."

July 27, 2023 6:51 AM  
Anonymous for know... said...

The only place I ever hear about Q-anon's theories is TTF. TTF's looks like the main PR outlet.

As it is, TTF is acting like there's some outrageous conspiracy theory About Obama's drowned aide. But the only thing they produce is a statement that the drowning is suspicious, which it is.

btw, President Biden is merely pretending to do his job. But will the charade collapse before he can finagle another election victory?

In czarist Russia, a Russian governor named Potemkin built a fake village to deceive Catherine the Great about the condition of the peasants she ruled.

In today’s Washington, the media are partnering with Team Biden to concoct a Potemkin village to deceive Americans about Biden’s faltering fitness for office.

Last month at the Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado, Biden stumbled leaving the podium.

It took multiple Secret Service agents to eventually get Joe back on his feet.

In a bizarre finish for a recent MSNBC puff-piece appearance, Biden practically jumped out of his chair and shuffled off stage like a hungry geezer responding to the dinner bell at the nursing home.

Biden has gotten lost on stage so many times that Waze should create a special app for Joe to navigate his next steps.

The Atlantic noted last year that Biden’s “aides look visibly nervous at times” when he is giving a public speech. What do they know that we don’t?

Biden has stumbled several times going up the steps to Air Force One.

White House staff “fixed” that problem by having the president take the short stairway into the plane’s belly to “reduce the risk of a televised fall that goes viral,” NBC News reported Monday.

As long as Biden is not being loaded onto the plane via a hydraulic medical lift, the media will pretend there is nothing to see.

July 27, 2023 7:06 AM  
Anonymous for know... said...

The Times tries to soft pedal Biden’s age, but the details are damning

The White House built a fake Oval Office equipped with a teleprompter for Biden’s announcements. But the president struggles reading routine words aloud.

Visiting Japan for a May summit, Biden uncorked a 40-second, utterly incoherent answer to a question that mystified even his biggest devotees.

Some commentators speculated the jet lag and time difference undermined the drugs that Biden routinely takes to spur apparent mental sharpness.

But Biden is often detached from reality even on East Coast time, such as his false claim that he swayed Congress to enact his federal student-loan-forgiveness scheme or his wacky claim Tuesday: “We ended cancer as we know it.”

And then there are Joe’s ludicrous assertions his son “did nothing wrong” despite Hunter admitting guilt in a corrupt wrist-slap plea bargain.

“Joe Biden’s age is his superpower,” according to Biden re-election campaign co-chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg. In reality, Biden’s “superpower” is a craven press that shamelessly pretends he is mentally and physically fit for another five years of the presidency.

Biden won in 2020 in part because the media enabled his “basement campaign strategy” — purportedly because COVID made mass gatherings unsafe except when denouncing the police.

The biggest Potemkin village nowadays is the pretense that Biden is really in charge of the federal government and national policy. Major media outlets assiduously avoid even recognizing the curtain hiding DC’s actual power brokers. Who is actually making the decisions?

“Shut up — it’s for your own good” is the tacit elite media response.

“How do we know?” Americans wonder.

“Trust us — we are insiders who had higher SAT scores than you did” — the ultimate Beltway proof.

But deferring to the media’s storyline is folly considering the sordid record of the press corps betraying truth to snare Oval Office access.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson was left partially paralyzed and mentally incapacitated from a severe stroke. In 1920, New York World reporter Louis Seibold scored the first interview with Wilson after his illness. He claimed he saw Wilson “transact the most important functions of his office with his old-time decisiveness, method, and keenness of intellectual appraisement.”

Brazenly lying about Wilson’s competence won Seibold the 1921 Pulitzer Prize.

Flash forward a couple decades and the press corps propagated the sham that President Franklin Roosevelt was fit for a third term — even though he was obviously dying by late 1944.

How many Biden “senior moments” has the White House press corps covered up? Thanks to a Judicial Watch lawsuit, Americans belatedly learned this week that Biden’s German shepherd “Commander” attacked seven Secret Service agents late last year and early this year.

If Americans didn’t even hear about Biden’s dog badly mauling a Secret Service agent, what are the chances we hear about all of Biden’s own stumbles?

The media may help Biden dodge political debates, frequent public appearances or even interviews with anyone who refuses to kowtow. But it is a riverboat gamble whether Biden’s worsening debility can be hidden until November 2024.

July 27, 2023 7:09 AM  
Anonymous No sandbag said...

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joked Wednesday evening that he got “sandbagged” when he froze for an extended period of time while delivering remarks to open a press conference earlier in the day.
McConnell told reporters that President Biden called to check in on him after the episode.

“The president called to check on me. I told him I got sandbagged,” McConnell said, referring to Biden’s trip and fall over a sandbag at the U.S. Air Force Academy commencement last month.

Reporters asked the GOP leader how he was feeling, whether he knew what happened or planned to see a doctor. He responded multiple times by saying, “I’m fine.”

“Gotta watch those sandbags,” he added while on the way to the Senate floor.

McConnell, 81, stepped aside during the press conference after members of his leadership team asked if he was all right and had anything else to say.

He eventually returned to the mics to answer questions from reporters, telling them at the moment that he was “fine” and proceeded as he does during most other press conferences. A McConnell spokesperson said after the episode that he was lightheaded.

Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) reportedly said that he and McConnell had their standing 3 p.m. ET meeting shortly afterward and that the Kentucky Republican appeared fine. He added that he is not concerned for the leader’s health.

July 27, 2023 7:26 AM  
Anonymous AP: Threats of impeachment and censure used to be rare. In this Congress, they’re becoming routine said...

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have held it over Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for months. Attorney General Merrick Garland is facing it too. And President Joe Biden seemingly isn’t far behind.

Driven by the demands of hard-right members, Republicans in the House are threatening impeachment against Biden and his top Cabinet officials, creating a backbeat of chatter about “high crimes and misdemeanors” that is driving legislative action, spurring committee investigations, raking in fundraising money and complicating the plans of Speaker Kevin McCarthy and his leadership team.

Long viewed as an option of last resort, to be triggered only for the most severe wrongdoing, the constitutionally authorized power of impeachment is rapidly moving from the extraordinary to the humdrum, driven in large part by Republicans and their grievances about how Democrats twice impeached President Donald Trump.

Republicans remain so opposed to Trump’s impeachments, in fact, that they are pressing for votes to expunge the charges altogether — an attempt to clear his name that is without direct precedent in congressional history.

“We’re seeing a generation of Republicans who are much more willing to test the boundaries of how much you can weaponize procedures,” said Julian Zelizer, a Princeton University historian and political scientist.

McCarthy on Sunday made Garland the latest target of a potential impeachment investigation as Republicans examine how the Department of Justice handled the prosecution of Hunter Biden for federal tax offenses. It capped a tumultuous week in which hard-right Republicans forced a vote to send articles of impeachment against Biden to a committee for investigation and also voted to censure Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff for his remarks and actions during the 2017 investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia.

Some Republicans are pushing for yet another censure action, this time against Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson for his leadership of the House committee that investigated the Jan. 6 insurrection.

In the past, lawmakers have reserved censure, a punishment one step below expulsion, for grave misconduct. When former Rep. Charles Rangel, a New York Democrat, was censured in 2010 on a bipartisan vote for ethics violations, then-speaker Nancy Pelosi solemnly summoned him to the well of the House, where censured members must stand as the resolution is read in a moment of public shaming.

“We really tried hard to put aside the partisan considerations because we knew how sharp and potent the weapon (of censure) was,” said former Rep. Steve Israel, Democrat of New York, who was among Pelosi’s closest confidantes. “This thing used to be rare. Now, it’s in every cycle, in breaking news.”

When Schiff was censured last week, the proceedings quickly took on a carnival-like quality. Democrats, Pelosi included, streamed forward to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the well of the House. They heckled McCarthy as he read the charges — calling out “Shame!” “Disgrace!” and “Adam! Adam!” — until the speaker left the dais.

“What goes around comes around,” one Democrat could be heard shouting in the chamber. Republicans streamed from the chamber shaking their heads.

“That was wild in there,” said Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla. She had brought the censure resolution against Schiff, using a legislative tool that allowed her to bypass leadership and force a vote.

The fervor in the House for doling out punishment shows no signs of breaking — in part because lawmakers are reaping the media attention and fundraising dollars that are steadily replacing committee chairmanships as the locus of power in the House.

July 27, 2023 8:28 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality can't produce life, why would we call that a marriage? said...

"Threats of impeachment and censure used to be rare. In this Congress, they’re becoming routine said."

this Congress?


you do remember that the last President was impeached twice, right?

that being said, Biden won't be impeached.

it's close enough to the election that hearings can be held to expose the truth.

then, voters can deliver the final verdict.

July 27, 2023 9:27 AM  
Anonymous no loonies in the ladies' loo said...

The language is undeniably different, and yet White House officials said four different times Wednesday that “nothing has changed” concerning President Biden’s longstanding denial that he was ever involved in the foreign business dealings of his son Hunter.

House Republicans, meanwhile, contend that the deviation in wording now employed at the White House reflects a strategy to distance the president from Hunter Biden ahead of potentially damaging new testimony.

Biden said on the campaign trail in September 2020, “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings,” a categorical denial he later repeated the next month in a radio interview with WBZ Boston when he said, “I don’t discuss business with my son.”

But the verbiage shifted in June when Ian Sams, a spokesman for the White House counsel’s office, said, “As we have said many times before, the president was not in business with his son.” On Tuesday, the White House press secretary repeated that line.

Asked by RealClearPolitics at the daily White House briefing Wednesday why the language had shifted and if both statements were simultaneously true, Karine Jean-Pierre replied, “Nothing has changed on this. You could ask me a million different ways on this question. Nothing has changed.”

The exchange was enough for New York Rep. Elise Stefanik, the chairwoman of the House Republican conference, to allege that the White House was engaged in a coverup.

“The facts are the facts,” Stefanik told RCP. “The White House has changed their statement on Hunter Biden. The American people are smart and no matter how many times the Biden White House claims otherwise, they know that the White House is lying.”

July 27, 2023 10:01 AM  
Anonymous Clinton had Monica, Trump lunged at every female in sight, Biden had Tara and affair with Jill when he was married to someone else. Obama didn't seem interested........ said...

Barack Obama's estranged half-brother took to Twitter with a bold accusation, swiftly deleting his bombshell post after. "This man is definitely gay," it read.

The now-scrubbed message was shared by Malik Obama in response to an open letter the former commander-in-chief shared with librarians across the nation against book bans.

"Today, some of the books that shaped my life — and the lives of so many others — are being challenged by people who disagree with certain ideas or perspectives," Barack's open letter stated. "It's no coincidence that these 'banned books' are often written by or feature members of the LGBTQ+ community."

"Either way, the impulse seems to be to silence, rather than engage, rebut, learn from or seek to understand views that don't fit our own," the 44th president continued.

Malik posted his tweet in response to the letter, and although he was quick to pull it down, social media users had already spotted it.

July 27, 2023 10:35 AM  
Anonymous BRIAN KAREM said...

During one brief period of recent history in this country it looked like things were getting better:

It was the 1970s. The Jimmy Carter era.

Everyone walked around in platform shoes, flared pants, multi-colored ruffled shirts and wide ties. Even the white guys had Afros.

Or as the president of Boston's Museum of Science, Tim Ritchie, told me recently, "It was a brief moment when we all recognized diversity as the best way for our nation. We took it for granted and while we all didn't agree on how to get there, most of us understood inclusion and diversity was the way of the future."

Then came Ronald Reagan and the dark times.

Now, more than 40 years later, the United States in 2023 actually resembles the United States in 1923 — with the additional prospects of nuclear annihilation and disastrous climate change thrown in.

Of course, there are those who don't see it.

Those people are supposedly grown men, too busy playing with Barbie dolls — and burning them.

Listening to politicians, their rabid supporters and a few people in my industry, it seems obvious that many people stop maturing right after they shed their pull-ups. For some, it's before that.

This disintegration of the United States has led to screams of possible civil war, mostly coming from Donald Trump's supporters who vow violence or worse if Trump is indicted again, found guilty, locked up or denied the presidency for whatever reason in 2024.

This comes at a time, as National Security Council spokesman John Kirby explained to me this week, "when the need for America to represent stability and democracy has never been stronger." Wars in Ukraine and Africa, missile tests in North Korea and disarray in the Middle East further sow the seeds of division. "American stability is important for international peace and survival," Kirby explained.

Yet the MAGA world still screams about civil war. Norman Eisen of the Brookings Institution, also a legal analyst for CNN, says it is mostly just that – screaming. "Jan. 6 showed that insurrection won't succeed," he said, but while increased violence isn't necessarily in the offing (this country is already exceedingly violent, with an average of two mass shootings per day this year), many of the states that joined the Confederate insurrection 160 years ago are still trying to undermine the federal government.

July 27, 2023 10:41 AM  
Anonymous BRIAN KAREM said...

In Alabama it's all about voting districts. In Texas it's about our international border. In Florida it's all about history class.

In Texas, the Justice Department filed a suit against the state and Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday, claiming violations of federal law after the state installed a floating barrier in the Rio Grande and the Texas state police said Abbott was having immigrants tossed back into the river, particularly small children.

John Fugelsang, a comedian, political pundit and Sirius XM radio host, believes that's not very Christian of Abbott, who claims to be a devout believer. There's "no Jesus-based defense" for the actions of Trump, Abbott and many others who claim to follow the teachings of Christ, Fugelsang said: "They've prostituted Christianity into a mean little cult."

In Florida, in one of the most insidious moves ever made by any legislature since the end of the Civil War, new laws demand that school children be taught that there were benefits to slavery. You know, skills. As if slavery was an extended trade school with room and board.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Alabama's redistricting effort and demanded it redraw its legislative maps to include a second district with a Black majority. (At the moment, there's one, represented by the state's only congressional Democrat.) The state has refused to do so, and that case is headed to court. It could end up, Eisen suggested, with "U.S. marshals involved," contempt charges against Alabama office-holders and the federal government drawing up the voting districts.

This is how the new civil war is being waged, with individual states defying the federal government and demanding to take action separately from the rest of the country. "We certainly haven't seen this type of pushback since before the Civil War," Eisen said. Thing is, the federal government cannot afford to look the other way, at risk of seeing the United States disintegrate. If the government loses even one such case, it will be severely weakened. Those sons and daughters of the South who've been taught propaganda about the noble "lost cause" of the Confederacy will get the last laugh.

Still, if you fear such events, it's useful to remember the mental acumen of those who want to defy the will of the people. Consider Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, the former Auburn football coach, who wants to limit our national defense readiness by refusing abortions to service members and their families. That hasn't gone over well at the White House, and even some of his allies in Congress think he's gone too far.

Then there are Kevin McCarthy, Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jim Jordan and the usual gang of idiots, now including Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, who want to impeach Joe Biden without any evidence to justify it. These people are all mental flatlines.

Compare them to people like Kirby, who has to deal with international problems including potential nuclear conflagration, UAPs and Russia's bid for regional hegemony; Eisen, who was involved in prosecuting Trump's first impeachment; Ritchie, a man of science who has to deal with climate-change deniers and those who consider the teaching of science evil; and Fugelsang, a comedian, actor and commentator — all of them remain hopeful for the future.

But they also recognize that the next year and a half will be a very bumpy road indeed, both domestically and internationally.

Donald Trump began a process he can no longer control, though he'll never admit it. He's given politicians, and everyone else on the planet, leeway to embrace their darkest nature. The neo-Confederate movement in defiance of the federal government is a direct result of Trump's appeal to those who have nurtured their sadistic and misanthropic fantasies many generations after the end of the Civil War.

July 27, 2023 10:53 AM  
Anonymous BRIAN KAREM said...

But their success is limited, and ultimately they will fail. That's reflected in Trump's own actions. He is under two criminal indictments and faces at least two more — and one of those, in Georgia, can't be erased by a presidential pardon should Trump regain the White House. Then there's Rudy Giuliani. Like many of Trump's minions, he's facing potential indictment himself. And it doesn't make things better for Rudy that this week he had to admit in a Georgia civil case that he lied about the actions of two election workers and grossly defamed them. It's enough to make the hair dye run down his face. "If the devil was as incompetent as Giuliani, hell would be empty," Eisen explained on the podcast "Just Ask the Question."

The challenges from individual states to the federal government will fail, ending whatever "civil war" the former Confederacy wishes to start — and Norm Eisen also believes Trump's presidential campaign will fail. In fact, he shares my belief that Trump may not even be on the ballot next November. Trump may face four criminal trials between October and next July, when the Republicans meet to pick their candidate. "He can't dodge that many bullets," Eisen said. "He's been good at dodging them before, but they've never come this quick and this hard. He could have two convictions by next July."

That leads to the ultimate question for those following the long-running Trump melodrama. Will he go to prison? Michael Cohen hopes so, and Eisen thinks so: "This is going to be a presidential race for the record books," he said.

There will be at least one substantial third-party challenge. The current president is 80 years old. Trump is only three years younger and in questionable health. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is older than both of them, suffered a "moment of lightheadedness" in the Capitol on Wednesday. Our leaders are aging. Our politics is badly divided. Our most recent former president seems hell-bent to tear it all down.

What does the future bring? Civil war? Or, perhaps, if you listened to a "whistleblower" who testified before Congress on Wednesday, an alien incursion?

Ritchie, the head of Boston's science museum asks the ultimate question we all have to consider: "Are we courageous enough to greet reality as a friend?"

On Wednesday afternoon, that purported whistleblower, a former intelligence agent named David Grusch, told a congressional committee that the U.S. government is in possession of alien technology and "biologics" that are "non-human." If we are being observed by advanced species, how foolish we must seem to them.

Instead of cooperating, we compete. Instead of tolerating each other, we fight among ourselves. We divide ourselves by race, color, sex, religion, wealth, perceived slights and just about any means we can — to what end, we have no idea, although we think it's all about control and power that we actually do not have and can never possess.

The next year and a half will unveil our national character, and our national will.

I join others in being hopeful, but that hope is tempered by the realization that the moves made by Texas, Florida and Alabama portend a great upheaval that will only be settled when we all decide to embrace our better angels instead of our darker ones.

Barack Obama had a saying attributed to Martin Luther King Jr. stitched into the Oval Office rug: "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."

The key word is "long." It will be at least 16 long months before we see whether the light at the end of the tunnel justifies our hope, or is just an oncoming freight train.

July 27, 2023 10:54 AM  
Anonymous George Wallace, Bull Connor, and Jefferson Davis were all Democrats said...

"During one brief period of recent history in this country it looked like things were getting better:

It was the 1970s. The Jimmy Carter era.

Everyone walked around in platform shoes, flared pants, multi-colored ruffled shirts and wide ties. Even the white guys had Afros."

those were years of economic misery, especially for lower income people

unemployment was high, inflation was through the roof

don't take my word for it: civil rights leader Rev Ralph Abernathy, a close friend of MLK, said during the 1980 election "there's no way n the world brother Reagan can do us any worse than Jimmy Carter"

"It was a brief moment when we all recognized diversity as the best way for our nation. We took it for granted and while we all didn't agree on how to get there, most of us understood inclusion and diversity was the way of the future."

the future is here - we are a diverse nation with opportunity for all

we could always do better, but Dem resist

minorities will have more opportunity if school choice is enacted everywhere

we now have had a black President who was re-elected and currently have a black woman for VP

there are two blacks and a Hispanic on the Supreme Court

among the major candidates for the GOP nomination for President is an Hispanic guy, an Asian woman, and a black guy

"Of course, there are those who don't see it."

the lonely cry of the delusional in nuthouses across America

"It will be at least 16 long months before we see whether the light at the end of the tunnel justifies our hope"

the Federal government is controlled by people that agree with you now

how would re-electing them make anything better?

July 28, 2023 7:34 AM  
Anonymous Dem monopoly control of inner cities has led to poverty and racism said...

"We divide ourselves by race, color, sex, religion, wealth, perceived slights and just about any means we can — to what end, we have no idea"

the reason Dems do that is because they think it is the best way to win elections

the can't win on economic or foreign policy issues so they seek to inflame racial tensions

July 28, 2023 7:37 AM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden is not the solution to the Dems' problems, Slidin' Biden is the problem... said...

"Consider Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, the former Auburn football coach, who wants to limit our national defense readiness by refusing abortions to service members and their families."

national defense readiness?

consider that we won the war of 1812, WWI, and WWII without the government paying for abortions

we lost the Vietnam War after the Supreme Court erroneously declared abortion a constitutional right

also consider that your ideal President, Jimmy Carter, signed a bill forbidding the Federal government from paying for abortions

when a reporter noted that was unfair to poor people, Carter famously said "life is unfair"

Liberals, who at the time shared the views you have now, hated Carter

RFK Jr's Uncle Ted ran against Carter, making Carter on one-term President

just RFK Jr will do to Biden!

July 28, 2023 11:06 AM  
Anonymous remember Brett Kavanaugh? he was the final nail in the gay agenda's coffin said...

"among the major candidates for the GOP nomination for President is an Hispanic guy, an Asian woman, and a black guy"

note that this diversity trio are all from the South

one is governor, another was governor, another is Senator

unfortunately, the ex-guv and Senator are from the same supposedly racist state

a shame because they would make a great ticket

July 28, 2023 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Creating An Unwanted Stereotype Of Small Towns, By Reed Anfinson said...

A country life promoter, supporter of rural romantic nights, farmers, the good life in a small town, and the value of America’s Heartland, Jason Aldean has earned a place in the hearts of country music fans.

Like many music stars, he has the voice, musical talent, and stage presence to be the entertainer, but his music and lyrics are often written in collaboration with others. Songwriters Kelley Lovelace, Neil Thrasher, Tully Kennedy, and Kurt Michael Allison wrote the music and lyrics for his recently released “Try That in a Small Town.”

The song debuted in May but only in recent weeks was it not only pushed to the top of the charts but also the editorial pages of newspapers and the online music critic sphere. It has divided musicians and fans who once supported his songs.

It is the combination of the lyrics and music video that caused a “swift and severe (reaction) with CMT pulling the video mere days after it debuted,” Skylar Baker-Jordan, a graduate student in Appalachian studies and Aldean fan who lives in Tennessee, wrote in the Daily Yonder.

His video highlights the lyrics, marrying each line with disturbing visuals:

“Sucker punch somebody on a sidewalk

Carjack an old lady at a red light

Pull a gun on the owner of a liquor store

Ya think it’s cool, well, act a fool if ya like

Cuss out a cop, spit in his face

Stomp on the flag and light it up

‘Yeah, ya think you’re tough

Well, try that in a small town

See how far ya make it down the road”

‘Round here, we take care of our own

You cross that line, it won’t take long

For you to find out, I recommend you don’t

Try that in a small town

None of us supports violent protests where rioters and looters smash store windows, start police stations on fire, take baseball bats to police squad cars, spit in the face of law enforcement officers. They are inexcusable acts.

While the video has carefully excluded any images of race, you would have to be naïve to not see the connections. Mounted law enforcement officers, burning buildings, and confrontations with the police – we’ve all watched the scenes too often in recent years. Many have followed the shooting of another Black youth.

Aldean sings the lyrics in front of the Maury County Courthouse in Tennessee. We’ve been told it was an unfortunate mistake. The music video’s producers say they had no idea it was where a mob lynched an 18-year-old Black youth accused of attacking a White girl in 1927. The girl never identified him as the supposed attacker.

After a couple minutes of scenes of violence in big cities, we see the inclusion of images of idyllic country life. And, of course, men carrying guns and hunting. The visual emphasizes the lyrics:

“Got a gun that my granddad gave me

‘They say one day they’re gonna round up

Well, that sh… might fly in the city, good luck

July 28, 2023 1:02 PM  
Anonymous Creating An Unwanted Stereotype Of Small Towns, By Reed Anfinson said...

Defending his song

Aldean says the song “refers to the feeling of a community that I had growing up,where we took care of our neighbors, regardless of differences of background or belief.” Aldean is hardly a small-town boy. He was born and raised in Macon, Georgia, a city of 150,000 people. He now lives in Nashville.

Aldean’s fans and supporters of the song don’t see implied violence in its lyrics. They see it as a protest against vandalism, looting, crime in big cities, and acts they see as unpatriotic.

“In the past 24 hours, I have been accused of releasing a pro-lynching song,” Aldean says. He has been accused of attacking the Black Lives Matter movement. “These references are not only meritless, but dangerous. There is not a single lyric in the song that references race or points to it,” he says.

“As so many pointed out, I was present at Route 91-where so many lost their lives and our community recently suffered another heartbreaking tragedy,” he wrote, referring to the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas. “No one, including me, wants to continue to see senseless headlines or families ripped apart.”

Out of tune

Lyrics protesting violence with implied violence in return strike a sour chord. We believe it is out of tune with what rural America should strive for to not just survive, but flourish in the coming years.

While Aldean’s lyrics may seem flattering to small towns, they do the opposite. They do damage to our efforts to be welcoming communities. The song doesn’t inspire, it divides. It doesn’t promote small towns, it stereotypes and diminishes them.

Portraying small towns as “Full of good ol’ boys, raised up right” ignores the fact that our rural courts have their share of these “boys” charged with a wide variety of crimes. There are plenty of these “boys’ who show little respect for law enforcement, their neighbors, or their community. Those “gold ol’ boys” can be seen as a group of white males filled with prejudices and ready to run those out of town who disagree with them.

“Small towns contain multitudes. Black people live in small towns,” Baker-Jordan writes. “Gay people live in small towns. Progressives live in small towns. They have never been the sole purview of conservative white men like Aldean who have an ax to grind against anyone who doesn’t believe just like them. Small towns belong to us all.”

Small towns are changing. The infestation of our homes with televisions, computers, and smartphones has turned us inward. We interact with our neighbors far less than in rural America’s idyllic past.

Our brothers, our son and daughter, who live in metropolitan cities have neighborhoods of their own. They have friends they can rely on.

We certainly have pride in our small towns, but it isn’t built on threats of violence toward those who don’t act and think like we do. It is built on a welcoming and inclusive community.

July 28, 2023 1:03 PM  
Anonymous So said...

It is *so* obvious that the song is simply bragging that small towns will not tolerate independent thinking or deviation from narrow conservative conformity. You know this is true. Don't try being Black or gay or liberal or foreign or homeless in a small town, if we don't shoot you we'll just beat the shit out of you. Gee haw.

July 28, 2023 3:26 PM  
Anonymous BIDEN IS HOW OLD? said...

Here's some advice for Democrats that can be safely shared. To win in 2024, they need to disassociate themselves from TTFism.

Back in 2016, neither Trump nor Clinton were widely liked. But Trump got some important help among a key group that amounted to about a fifth of voters: those who didn’t like either of them. Trump’s advantage among these “double haters” helped him win the presidency. This cycle a key role will likely be played by a similar group, also amounting to about a fifth of voters: those who like neither Trump nor Biden.

These “double haters” at this point seem to lean toward Biden. But closer scrutiny of this group, afforded by a 6,000 person survey from the Survey Center on American Life (SCAL), suggests Democrats’ hold on this group is not at all secure. First, while the SCAL survey also finds that double haters lean toward Biden against Trump, a matchup of Biden against DeSantis finds the same group leaning toward DeSantis and even more heavily. So the Biden support here is quite soft.

Moreover, a huge swathe of these double haters—about 40 percent—at this point are noncommittal when asked to choose between Biden and Trump. This group, like double haters in general, displays jaundiced attitudes toward both parties in most areas. But there are some notable divergences in these attitudes that indicate considerable vulnerability for Biden and the Democrats. Consider the following.

Undecided double haters consider both parties “too extreme” but more (59 percent) think that about the Democrats than think that about the Republicans (54 percent).

Among this group, a mere 28 percent think the Democratic Party “shares my values;” a considerably larger share (42 percent) think Republicans share their values.

About half think the Democrats “look down on people like me”. Less (42 percent) feel that way about the Republicans.

Just 36 percent think Democrats “look out for the working class” compared to 45 percent who think that about the Republicans.

On patriotism and valuing hard work, attitudes toward the parties are essentially inversions of each other. By 63 to 37 percent, undecided double haters say “patriotic” does not describe the Democratic Party. But by 59 to 41 percent they say patriotic does describe the Republicans. Similarly, by 60 to 40 percent, they say “values hard work” does not describe the Democrats. In stark contrast, by 64-36 percent, they believe Republicans do value hard work.

July 29, 2023 5:35 AM  
Anonymous BIDEN IS HOW OLD? said...

Democrats’ vulnerability is underscored by views among this group on contentious issues dividing Republicans and Democrats. Take the issue of racism in our society. Is racism “built into our society, including into its policies and institutions”, as Democrats contend, or does racism “come from individuals who hold racist views, not from our society and institutions?” In the SCAL survey, by 64 to 34 percent, our undecided double haters chose the latter view, that racism comes from individuals, not society.

Or consider the question of transgender athletes participating in team sports. Should “transgender athletes… be able to play on sports teams that match their current gender identity” or should they “only be allowed to play on sports teams that match their birth gender?” By a staggering 75 to 20 percent, those who dislike both Trump and Biden but currently can’t choose between them, choose the second option, that sports team participation should be determined by birth gender.

The same pattern can be observed on issues ranging from the funding of police departments to the “greatness of America” to the continued use of fossil fuels: views associated with the Republicans are much more popular with this swing group than those associated with the Democrats. On the latter issue, when given a choice between the country using “a mix of energy sources including oil, coal and natural gas along with renewable energy sources” and the current Democratic approach, phasing “out the use of oil, coal and natural gas completely, relying instead on renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power only”, they endorse the continued use of fossil fuels by a thumping 80 to 20 percent.

All this suggests Democrats have much work to do—and Republicans have considerable opportunity to take advantage of their vulnerablities. Right now, Plan A for the Democrats seems to rely on the projected success of “Bidenomics,” along with an intransigent refusal to compromise on cultural and green issues beloved by the party’s liberals and aggressive attacks on Republicans as racist reactionaries, if not fascists.

Perhaps they should consider a Plan B, where the success of the Bidenomics pitch is not assumed and compromise is not anathematized. Democrats have generally dealt with culturally-freighted issues by some combination of ignore (change the subject) and attack (our opponents are hateful bigots who want to roast the planet). The latter now seems like the preferred Democratic approach. But there is a third way, if you will, that would fit nicely into a Plan B.

That approach is to defuse. This means moving aggressively to neutralize vulnerabilities in cultural areas by (a) dissociating the party from extreme positions in their own ranks; and (b) embracing a common-sense approach to these issues which typically aligns well with both Democratic values and public opinion.

The defuse approach relieves Democrats of the need to defend a multitude of unpopular, controversial practices—thereby giving voters the impression that Democrats are unwilling to draw any lines anywhere against the activist left—and allows them instead to occupy the moral and policy high ground against Republican attacks on common-sense moderation. That’s way better than the situation they currently find themselves in on many cultural issues where the Democratic image is defined by the most leftward position pushed by activists.

In the hand-to-hand combat likely to define the 2024 election, Democrats can ill afford to leave any swing voter behind. They should accept the fact that many, many voters are likely to dislike both Trump and their own standard-bearer. A little compromise is a fair price to pay for reaching more of these voters and having a better chance of victory—especially when we consider what the price of losing might be.

July 29, 2023 5:35 AM  
Anonymous Merrick Garland ... LOL! said...

"Aldean’s fans and supporters of the song don’t see implied violence in its lyrics. They see it as a protest against vandalism, looting, crime in big cities, and acts they see as unpatriotic."

which is what it is

and since most Americans agree, the song is a huge hit and Dems, as usual, shoot themselves in the foot by saying anyone who is alarmed by rising violence is just a racist

"Lyrics protesting violence with implied violence"

one way that liberals have abused our language and degraded our society over the years is to redefine all use of physical force as "violence"

using physical force to defend the innocent is not violence

here's the definition of violence:

the use of physical force so as to injure, abuse, damage, or destroy

most Americans know this but TTFers don't

"Those “gold ol’ boys” can be seen as a group of white males filled with prejudices and ready to run those out of town who disagree with them."

of course you think that, it fits your warped worldview

but you find no support for this in the lyrics of Jason Aldean's song, or in the video

he doesn't mention race in any way and denounces random violent crime not any philosophical disagreement

“Small towns contain multitudes. Black people live in small towns,”

indeed, and those black people are just as opposed to violent crime as whites

"It is *so* obvious that the song is simply bragging that small towns will not tolerate independent thinking or deviation from narrow conservative conformity."

A complete lie

"You know this is true. Don't try being Black or gay or liberal or foreign or homeless in a small town, if we don't shoot you we'll just beat the shit out of you. Gee haw."

a liberal fantasy from the fifties

nothing in the song supports this view

July 29, 2023 6:01 AM  
Anonymous gooood mornin', TTF!!!!!!!!!!!! said...

So, it took Slidin' Joe Biden years to acknowledge his granddaughter and he made clear he won't pardon Hunter

what a great family man!


he should pardon Hunter and announce he won't seek re-election

this would be best for his family, for the Democratic party, and for America

this way he could take care of his family honestly instead of continuing with a web of lies in a useless quest to make it all go away

while he's at it, he should pardon Trump, which will take away the claim of martyr that Trump is using to great advantage

by pardoning Hunter and Trump and declining to run, he would give the nation a fresh start and hope for the future

just think: Rick Scott v Gavin Newsom instead of Trump v Biden

we could actually have a civil debate on the issues in 2024

July 29, 2023 6:17 AM  
Anonymous for millennia, society has known that two genders are necessary to make a marriage said...

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Limited Government held a hearing on the horrors of child transgender medical interventions Thursday. Here are the highlights:

Chloe Cole, a 19-year-old detransitioner who had a double mastectomy, testified before lawmakers about the “nightmare” she experienced as a victim of adolescent transgender ideology.

“It’s caused permanent changes to my body. My voice will forever be deeper, my jawline sharper, my nose longer,” she said. “My bone structure permanently masculinized. My Adam’s apple more prominent. My fertility unknown. I look in the mirror sometimes, and I feel like a monster.”

“My childhood was ruined, along with thousands of detransitioners that I know through our networks,” Cole said, after beginning medical attempts to transition at the age of 12.

Cole announced a lawsuit in February against the doctors who operated on her.

Cole broke down in the hearing when at one point, she addressed another witness on the panel who is a professional counselor and parent of a child in pursuit of transgender medical interventions. Myriam Reynolds is the mother of an 18-year-old daughter who has identified as male since she was 11 years old with parental encouragement.

When Texas Republican Congressman Chip Roy asked Cole to respond to the other witnesses on the panel, Cole directed her remarks to Reynolds.

“I understood that Mrs. Reynolds is scared for her child, and I just want to set the record straight that I don’t hate her; I don’t think anybody in this room hates her,” said Cole. “In fact, I see my own mother and my own father in her and that clearly she really loves her child, and she’s doing the best with what she’s been given.”

“Unfortunately, it’s not much, and for that, I’m sorry. I think every parent deserves the utmost grace and guidance with how to help their child. That being said, I don’t wish for her child to have the same result that I did,” she added.

Paula Scanlan, a former swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania, testified she and her teammates were compelled to change in the women’s locker room with male teammate Lia Thomas by school athletic officials “18 times per week.”

“When we tried to voice our concern to the Athletic Department, we were told that Lia swimming and being in our locker room was non-negotiable, and we were offered psychological services to attempt to re-educate us to become comfortable with the idea of undressing in front of a male,” Scanlan said. “To sum up the university’s response: we, the women, were the problem, not the victims. We were expected to conform — to move over and shut up. Our feelings didn’t matter.”

Scanlan testified the school required women to change in front of their male peers despite prior history as victims of sexual misconduct.

“I know of women with sexual trauma who are adversely impacted by having biological males in their locker room without their consent,” she said. “And I am one of these women. I was sexually assaulted on June 3, 2016, in a bathroom. I was able to forgive my attacker, but violence against women still exists.”

Thomas became a mascot of male domination over women’s sports when he began to rack up championship titles over female competition. Last year, Thomas won first place in the NCAA Women’s Swimming Championship in the 500-yard freestyle.

Tennessee Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen offered a solution to female athletes uncomfortable with men in women’s locker rooms.

“I think Penn didn’t deal with your situation like they could have and should have,” Cohen said to Scanlan, explaining how the school should have put up “some type of different barriers in the women’s area of the locker room.”

It’s almost as if separated locker rooms could do the trick.


July 29, 2023 6:28 AM  
Anonymous face facts: two homosexuals don't reproduce so they aren't a marriage said...

Hamtramck, Mich., a Detroit enclave with 28,000 people, has the first all-Muslim City Council in American history. When it was inaugurated in January 2022, no one expected it to get crosswise with local Democrats. Yet local liberals have erupted against the council in a clash that is a microcosm of the national battle over religious freedom, tolerance, and the future of the Democratic Party.

The council passed a resolution in June prohibiting gay-pride flags from being displayed on city property. Former Mayor Karen Majewski described the decision as a “betrayal.” She and other Democrats felt they deserved gratitude for defending and supporting Muslims against Donald Trump’s travel ban on some Muslim-majority countries.

The Trump era brought major gains for American Muslims. After Barack Obama largely kept them at arm’s length during his presidency, the Democratic Party embraced Muslims as a core constituency in its patchwork coalition of minority groups. For a time, being loudly and ostentatiously pro-Muslim was a reliable way to signal one’s anti-Trump bona fides. According to a 2016 survey by my Brookings Institution colleague Shibley Telhami, few things predicted partisan affiliation more accurately than attitudes toward Muslims and Islam.

But Muslims who were brought into the Democratic tent didn’t necessarily align themselves with the party’s evolving views. Asma Uddin, in her book “When Islam Is Not a Religion,” describes “a tacit agreement that Muslims, as religious believers, will never challenge any of the rights championed by the Left, such as a progressive vision of gender or sexual equality.” Muslims became an integral part of the party not as a faith community with distinct theological commitments but as a “marginalized” group requiring protection from Republican bigotry.

For a time the bargain appeared to be holding and even solidifying. According to a Pew Research Center survey, in 2007 only 27% of American Muslims said homosexuality should be “accepted by society.” By 2016 that number had jumped to 52%. Many Muslims justified the shift by arguing that while same-sex relationships may be haram—forbidden by Islamic law—they weren’t so under American law.

But during the Trump years, the Democratic Party veered sharply to the left on social and cultural issues. The Republican Party lost interest in Muslims, with Mr. Trump neglecting to antagonize them during his 2020 re-election bid. The new enemy was “wokeness,” and a growing number of Muslims found themselves on the GOP side of that divide. According to the AP VoteCast Survey, as many as 35% of Muslims voted for Mr. Trump in 2020, compared with 8% to 13% in 2016.

July 29, 2023 6:39 AM  
Anonymous face facts: two homosexuals don't reproduce so they aren't a marriage said...

The Democratic Party’s cultural turn has intensified. In March the Montgomery County Board of Education—the largest school district in Maryland, in a Democratic stronghold with a significant Muslim population—informed parents that they would no longer be notified when their children were reading from the school’s approved “selection of over 22 LGBTQ+-inclusive texts,” and that no opt-outs would be tolerated. Hundreds of Muslim parents have since sounded out in protest, some of them joining Christians in filing a First Amendment lawsuit against the mandate.

The kind of Islamophobia not so long ago associated with the GOP is now making an appearance among Democrats. Montgomery County Council member Kristin Mink said that this issue casts “some Muslim families on the same side of an issue as white supremacists and outright bigots.” In Hamtramck, Ms. Majewski, who lost her re-election bid in 2021, sounded a similar tune: “We supported you when you were threatened—and now our rights are threatened, and you’re the one doing the threatening.”

The left’s dismissal of Muslims as bigots echoes old right-wing insinuations that Muslims were more loyal to Shariah than to their country. Yet when Hamtramck’s City Council passed its ordinance, it did so by appealing to love of country and liberal neutrality, letting only national, state, city and prisoner-of-war flags to be flown. Mayor Amer Ghalib argued that the city government should maintain neutrality on contentious religious, racial and political questions.

Republicans doubtless sense an opportunity to make common cause with minorities while driving a wedge in the Democratic coalition. It’s easy enough for the left to dismiss white evangelical Trump supporters. But when the party does the same to Muslims, who for years had been loyal Democrats, it demonstrates its disrespect for actual cultural diversity.

July 29, 2023 6:40 AM  
Anonymous "'the boss' wanted the server deleted." said...

Attempting to delete the surveillance footage has not only obstruction of justice ramifications but will also be useful to prosecutors in demonstrating consciousness of guilt. It is the consciousness of guilt that is particularly compelling. Innocent parties don't take steps to delete evidence of innocence.

The indictment alleges efforts by De Oliveira to determine how long security footage was stored on the Mar-a-Lago system. It alleges he later told another Mar-a-Lago employee that "'the boss' wanted the server deleted."

The indictment also accuses De Oliveira of making false statements to investigators about his involvement in moving boxes at the property, saying he "never saw anything." He has been summoned to appear on July 31, 2023, at the federal courthouse in Miami.

July 29, 2023 8:03 AM  
Anonymous Majority of Americans believe Trump has done ‘something illegal’ said...

A majority of Americans believe former President Trump has done “something illegal” or “unethical,” according to a new poll.

The NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist National Poll released Friday, found that 51 percent of Americans believe the former president has done “something illegal,” 27 percent said he’s done something “unethical,” but “not illegal” and 19 percent said he’s done “nothing wrong.”

The new poll comes just one day after the Department of Justice (DOJ) levied new charges charges against Trump in the Mar-a-Lago classified documents case for attempting to delete surveillance footage.

The superseding indictment brings the total number of counts facing the former president in the classified documents case to 40. However, a note on the timing of the survey said the poll ended before the new charges were announced.

The poll also found that the percentage of Democrats who think Trump has done “something illegal” has increased — up from 78 percent in June to 84 percent. The number of independents that believe the same also increased from 50 percent to 52 percent in the same period, according to the poll.

The number of Republicans that believe Trump’s actions are “illegal,” however, has remained steady around 13 percent. But, as the poll notes, there was a dip in Republicans that believe Trump has done “nothing wrong — going from 50 percent to 41 percent since June.

July 29, 2023 8:19 AM  
Anonymous heterosexuality is how life is perpetuated and it has a privileged status said...

"A majority of Americans believe former President Trump has done “something illegal” or “unethical,” according to a new poll.

The NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist National Poll released Friday, found that 51 percent of Americans believe the former president has done “something illegal,"

not very high, a bare majority, considering the media blitz that presumes guilt until innocence is proved

also, there is no gauging the severity of the illegality people think he has engaged in

most people have done something illegal before

recall that he is in a statistical tie in polls concerning who will be the next President

also, a higher percentage of Americans think Biden took bribes when he was VP

July 31, 2023 5:04 AM  
Anonymous It's only summer -- with record breaking heat said...

On July 22, u/8andahalfby11, a Reddit user in the Phoenix, Arizona area shared an experience in subreddit r/baking that has heated up the entire forum. In the post, the Redditor shares their experience with baking a batch of cookies using not an oven, but their car.

“I live in Phoenix and baked cookies in my car,” the user wrote. To note, Phoenix is experiencing above-average heat, even for the desert city, marking 28 consecutive days as of July 27 hitting temperatures over 110 F.

Included in the post were several images of a Hyundai car’s interior showing the unconventional baking process. First, balls of cookie dough placed on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper get ready to cook in the summer sun. According to a thermometer in the image, the interior of the car started at 122.5 F.

The next image shows the cookies baking in the sweltering heat, with the interior temperature reaching 163.6 F. Although they don’t look like the typical golden-brown cookies we’re all used to (because browning occurs at above 280 F) another image of the cookies sitting in a bowl shows that they have finished their bake.

Reaction to the bake ranged from shock at the record temperatures in the OP’s area to other concerns and, obviously, astonishment, with users taking to the comments to share their thoughts.

“ooooh your car probably smells great now,” wrote one Reddit user, to which another added, “it’s got that new cookie smell.”

“My husband keeps joking about baking cookies in the car. But I don’t want to go outside long enough to put them in the car lol,” wrote another Reddit user.

“As a fellow Phoenix resident… I love the science but I hate that this is even possible,” commented another.

“This is amazing and well done! But also slightly horrifying?” wrote yet another — a sentiment shared by many in the thread.

Many Reddit users became concerned for the OP’s safety (and intestinal health) so they later shared a comment covering all the frequently asked questions they seemed to be getting, including if they were worried about salmonella.

“For this experiment I used a premade pillsbury cookie dough that is designed to be eaten raw,” the user wrote, further revealing that the weather outside the car reached 113 F at its hottest. “I deliberately did it this way because most scratch-made cookie batters use eggs or untreated flour, which when cooked this slowly presents a salmonella risk.”

July 31, 2023 11:23 AM  

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