Thursday, August 24, 2023

The Democracy Thing

Well now we've got the Atlanta indictments, more than forty more charges, a queue of suits from the former President on down lining up for mugshots and fingerprinting. Former President Trump is now indicted, on top of everything else, for a "serious felony" calling for a mandatory five-year prison sentence, and with no way to pardon himself or fire the prosecutor. This is his fourth set of indictments -- you've got the Mar-a-Lago documents case, the Stormy Daniels payoff case, January 6th and efforts to subvert the 2020 presidential election, and now charges for racketeering and attempting to overthrow a legitimate election in the state of Georgia. He is currently in the pipeline for four trials involving ninety-one separate charges.

Never mind that the Trump Organization has had to pay big fines for fraud, and Trump is still getting slapped around in the case where he raped a woman and then badmouthed her in public and she won her case for defamation and he kept flapping his jaw and she sued him again. The House of Representatives is about to produce a report on emoluments, enumerating some of the ways the Trump family and their parasitic mobsters enriched themselves while he was in office. That ball will begin rolling soon; the DOJ wants to act like that kind of robbery is normal but they will have to do something once the evidence is placed right in front of them. There are also other grand juries looking at stuff, we don't know what. Well, there is talk about Arizona following Georgia's example; still in the rumor stage though.

Donald Trump is a bad person.

Oddly, he is popular with a certain small segment of the population. It is the modern version of the same subpopulation that supported Hitler before the US entered World War II, who identified then as now with the slogan "American First." Woody Guthrie referred to them in a song as Firsters, which is pretty good.

If there is something you could call an "idea" behind it, it is for America to have a strong leader who will be able to sidestep the slow-moving and inefficient government, the "administrative state," to allow cops and judges to put more people in prison for longer sentences on weaker evidence, to give the police more power to harass and execute "suspicious" people on the street. We wouldn't necessarily go to war with foreign countries but would cut off the US from the rest of the world with travel bans and tariffs and brutality at the borders. A narrow segment of the country would be favored in all government decisions, and nonmembers of that ingroup, including LGBT+ people, nonwhite and immigrant people, women, the poor, non-Christians, intellectuals, artists, people who criticize the leader, would live under an ongoing dynamic of stochastic punishment.

Sensible people describe this as a threat to democracy, which raises the question: what if the majority of voters actually want that? Right now Joe Biden is presiding over a period of unprecedented prosperity and stability, with good relations with the rest of the world, and his approval ratings, last I looked, were in the thirty-percent range. Trump's ratings are also in the thirties but it is hypothetically possible that, in a fair election, the population would select an unapologetic, narcissistic, multiply convicted felon for President. Isn't that democracy?

Well, no, not really. Democracy is not the same as "majority rule." The US has been systematically working for a couple hundred years to put together a system of laws, policies, and processes that keep the country thriving while protecting both the property and the rights of citizens. There was irony in the original "All men are created equal," of course, they didn't really mean "all people" as we would mean it today, but over the years the circle has expanded, and we now recognize that all races and ethnicities should be treated as equal to everyone else, women should be treated equal to men, renters should be equal to homeowners under the law. Even gay and trans people get protection under the law, technically speaking. (Not so much progress on the indigenous front, but it's coming.) The democratic ideal is that the justice system should treat everyone the same. We're not there yet, but it's a good noble project and progress has been made.

If voters turn the country back over to Trump or some other autocrat in the next election, we will lose all that. As he did last time, he will activate the justice system to execute his personal revenge whims and treat the Presidency as a smash-n-grab -- it'll look like one of those videos of teenage gangs stealing stuff from department stores, but counting in the billions of dollars, not hundreds. Picture the armed paramilitary on Lafayette Square in uniforms with no identifying patches or badges, shooting into a crowd to clear the plaza for a hypocritical photo-op of the President with an upside-down Bible. Even if the next authoritarian is elected by a majority of votes, this is not what democracy looks like. It is not government "for the people."

The rightwing pundits are outraged that Trump is being treated like any other criminal, for instance Laura Ingraham said this week, "These people are sick. How is a mug shot of the former president in any way necessary or in any way good for America?" They literally believe that their man-god is above the law, and cannot understand why it is reasonable for the justice system to treat him like any other person who has been indicted on multiple felonies. The Magna Carta has simply been lost on them. That was 1215, that's a long way to roll the clock back.

Here's my understanding of this. The government is big, slow, inefficient, expensive, hard to deal with, sometimes makes wrong decisions -- everybody knows that. Most Americans believe that the Constitution is based on important and sound principles, and that it describes an ideal system for serving the needs of the greatest number of people, given careful monitoring and attention. The people who believe the system can work are called "liberals." They see the same problems with the bureaucracy as everyone else, but they try to find ways to make it work, and more or less succeed at that -- look at Biden's management of the economy, for instance, what happened to the inflation you were complaining about? What about that unemployment rate? Weren't we supposed to have a recession? Liberals are people who believe that a democratic, constitutional system of government can work, with competent management.

But there is another group of people who feel that they are very insightful because they can see that the government is an inefficient, frustrating bureaucracy. So first of all they assume that liberals ("libtards") can't see how inefficient government is, or that they like it that way, and second of all, because it's easier to complain than to fix things, they think it would be smarter to tear the whole thing down and put an authoritarian in charge. I won't go into the reasons that democracy is better (basically, it buffers against corruption), but, well, look at the Trump presidency and see how well that worked. Trigger warning: it did not work. Think of Trump declaring that Obamacare is a "disaster," and then all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't think of anything better in four years of single-party rule. Not even a proposal. A big, fat book of blank pages, literally. Look at his seven or eight aborted "infrastructure weeks," versus Biden's actual infrastructure bill that is making the country a better place to live. Authoritarianism does not work for a country with three hundred million people. We hate it but there needs to be administration, bureaucracy, rules. "Daddy will spank you if you're bad" does not scale up to the national scope.

In one act of majority-rule, if by some twist of fate a fair majority supports him, or at least a majority of the electoral college, the public can reject democracy for the future and put an end to this historic experiment in self-government. One authoritarian's ingroup will make the decisions for all of us, while they're stuffing their pockets with tax money and payoffs. Look at them -- Michael Flynn, Sydney Powell, the My Pillow Guy, Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon, Roger Stone, Javanka -- living in a world of delusion where they are the victims and "bad people" (outgroup members) need to be punished instead of themselves. The Internet can't even keep up with the list of Trump associates who have been indicted, convicted, or pled guilty to serious crimes, never mind the thousand-plus who have been busted for the insurrection at the Capitol building. Once Trump or somebody like him is in the White House, issuing pardons and interfering with elections in the states, destroying education, there will be no return to democracy.


Anonymous hi, it's Joe Biden - do you think they'll let m=me serve my time under h=house arrest? I have a pretty nice house... said...

if the corrupt senile fool that lives in the White House wants to prevent Trump from becoming President again, he can do two things:

1. pardon Trump

2, announce he won't run for re-election

August 24, 2023 9:59 PM  
Anonymous Rump's THUGSHOT looks like he's farting said...

Judge denies motion for Montgomery Co. families to opt kids out of lessons with LGBTQ+ books

Parents opposed to a curriculum featuring LGBTQ+ inclusive books can't opt their children out of lessons just yet in Montgomery County, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

The request was submitted by a group of Montgomery County Public School parents on Aug. 9. If it had been granted, a preliminary injunction would have let those parents immediately opt their kids out of engaging with certain books in English classes, if those books go against the parents' religious values.

Without that injunction, denied by a U.S. District Court judge on Thursday afternoon, all students returning to school on Monday will participate in lessons as laid out in the curriculum.

Thousands of parents were waiting on the ruling in the culture war clash.

LGBTQ+ allies and parents rallied outside Montgomery County's Board of Education on Thursday, standing in solidarity with the school system's lesson plans.

That included MCPS parents like Mara Greengrass, who makes it her mission to introduce her kids to diverse books.

"I think it's really important that everybody is included, that kids get exposure to people who are not like them," she told News4.

LGBTQ+ advocates believe MCPS is advocating for inclusivity in their curriculum. That's also what MCPS attorneys argued earlier this month.

In that lawsuit, three families sued Montgomery County Public Schools, saying the school district is breaking a Maryland state law allowing students to opt out of sex education by including the books with LGBTQ+ themes.

The school district, on the other hand, argued it's just teaching tolerance.

Some of the books at the center of the clash include "Pride Puppy," geared toward preschoolers and "Uncle Bobby's Wedding," geared toward students in kindergarten through 5th grade.

Those rallying Thursday to support MCPS said they believe the approach will benefit students once they graduate and enter into the real world.

"Our young folks now are growing up with a lot more representation in the media and out there in the world," said Lee Blinder, the co-chair for the Coalition for Inclusive Schools and Communities.

Philip Alexander Downie, the other co-chair, added, "Queer people exist in every facet of every part of our society, in every religion."

The parents suing the school district filed the lawsuit because they believe MCPS is infringing on their religious rights.

They wanted to be able to immediately opt their children out of lessons involving LGBTQ+ books, "to represent the right of parents to protect their religious training and upbringings of their children," said Eric Baxter, attorney for the group of parents.

August 25, 2023 8:43 AM  
Anonymous Continued: Judge denies motion for Montgomery Co. families to opt kids out of lessons with LGBTQ+ books said...

“We want to be able to be in control of what our children are learning in school,” father Dagmawi Lakew said on Aug. 9 in an interview outside the federal court.

“You feel like your rights as a parent are just being stripped away,” he said.

The law firm representing the three families suing MCPS issued a statement to News4 on Thursday, which said in part:

"The court's decision is an assault on children's right to be guided by their parents on complex and sensitive issues regarding human sexuality. The School Board should let kids be kids and let parents decide how and when to best educate their own children consistent with their religious beliefs."

In a statement about the injunction denial, MCPS said, in part:

"The decision comes after plaintiffs filed a motion for preliminary injunction in June and following a hearing on August 9 before District Judge Deborah L. Boardman. MCPS remains committed to cultivating an inclusive and welcoming learning environment and creating opportunities where all students see themselves and their families in curriculum materials."

"We also will continue to adhere to our responsibility to include instructional materials that reflect the diversity of the local and global community by exploring the aspirations, issues, and achievements of women and men, people with disabilities, people from diverse racial, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, as well as those of diverse gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation," MCPS said.

The ruling on the injunction does not mean that the lawsuit stops. The court still needs to hear the full case, and issue a final decision.

A rally for parents in favor of opting students out of lessons is planned, with security set up in front of the MCPS building on Thursday afternoon.

August 25, 2023 8:43 AM  
Anonymous Stupid Laura said...

"These people are sick. How is a mug shot of the former president in any way necessary or in any way good for America?"

Here's the real question, Laura:

How is having a President who commits crimes that require his arrest like any other citizen good for America?

August 25, 2023 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Slidin' Joe Biden: making inflation great again.... said...

"How is having a President who commits crimes that require his arrest"

Trump hasn't committed any crime that "requires his arrest"

I always assumed they had evidence of some kind of blatant extortion

but, if you read the Georgia charges handed down last week, he is being charged with exercising his freedom of speech

considering the number of defendants and spurious charges, the trial will take years

the only jurors who can take that time are retired people and they will tend to sympathize with Trump

August 25, 2023 10:25 AM  
Anonymous “Donald Trump added $8 trillion to our debt, and our kids are never going to forgive us for this.” said...

I read the entire charge and there was no charge for free speech.

Why don't you cut and paste your claim there was a charge for free speech for us all to see?

We'll wait while the crickets continue chirping.

Conspiring to overthrowing the votes of actual US citizens by telling the GA Secretary of State, "I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have in the state" is illegal and a violation of any US President's duty.

August 25, 2023 11:05 AM  
Anonymous remember: Slidin' Biden's Afghan fiasco was the biggest transfer of arms to a terrorist group in history - and that was just beginning of Bumblin' Joe's annus horriblus... said...

Trump thought there was fraud and wanted the guy to find it.

He has a constitutionally protected right to say that.

If not, Al Gore and Stacey Abrams would have been charged.

We don't even need to bring up Hillary, who really should have been charged with intentionally providing false information to Congress and law enforcement agencies, in an attempt to overturn the 2016 election.

August 25, 2023 3:37 PM  
Anonymous How many ex-presidents have a prisoner number? said...

"Trump thought there was fraud and wanted the guy to find it."

No he didn't.

There were multiple recounts, audits, checks for "dead" voters and 60 of his lawsuits for lack of any evidence.

Trump wanted the Georgia governor to "find" 11,780 votes in the same way that a mugger wants you to "find" the $100 he lent you earlier that day.

You like to think you're clever, but you're only making up "convincing" arguments for yourself, and other idiots who share the same 2-digit IQ.

A jury listening to all the facts just isn't going to be stupid enough to fall for that kind of contorted "logic."

August 25, 2023 4:57 PM  
Anonymous Al Franken's Hovering Hands said...

The guy who wrote "Rich Men North of Richmond" is pissed that the GOP used his song in their debate. "It was funny seeing it at the presidential debate because it, like, I wrote that song about those people,” Oliver Anthony said. “So for them to sit there and have to listen to that, that cracks me up." Anthony added: "That song has nothing to do with Joe Biden. It’s a lot bigger than Joe Biden. That song is written about the people on that stage." Oops.

It's like they say, Trumpers think they're the only ones that can see the government is fucked up. No, they're the only ones who don't have any ideas about how to make it work.

August 25, 2023 6:30 PM  
Anonymous A Little Mouse said...

A former youth pastor and kindergarten teacher in Morganton NC has been arrested for a second time this week. He was first charged with three counts of third-degree sexual exploitation with a minor on Tuesday evening. He’s now charged with nearly a dozen counts of felony indecent liberties with a child

It says here that he worked as a youth pastor at Thrive Church, but was fired after they learned of the arrest.

I suppose that is a little embarrassing for the church. I mean, who ever heard of a pedophile church youth pastor? It's not like drag queens, you know, grooming little ... hey just a minute. Ninety percent of the time you hear about somebody molesting kids it's some kind of pastor or priest or preacher of some sort. The other ten percent are Republican politicians.

I have never heard of a drag queen molesting a child, have you?

August 26, 2023 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Waaaah waaah waaah said...

"Trump thought there was fraud and wanted the guy to find it. "

Whatever Trump may or may not have "thought," his words to GA Secretary of State are on tape: "So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state."

Search the transcript and enjoy every bald-faced lie your messiah spoke in what he calls his "perfect phone call."

You will find the word "fraud" never comes out of Rump's mouth during the entire 1 hour + phone conversation but poor baby, you go right ahead and keep lying about it if it makes you feel better.

And enjoy the latest polling too:

"Despite Republicans’ best efforts to neutralize the political impact of former President Donald Trump’s four criminal indictments by playing up the legal travails of President Biden’s son Hunter, a growing number of Americans say Trump and his family are more “corrupt” than Biden and his family, according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll.

The survey of 1,665 U.S. adults, which was conducted from Aug. 17 to 21, found a 10-point gap between those who believe the Trumps are more corrupt (46%) and those who believe the Bidens are more corrupt (36%). The last time the question was asked, in October 2022, the margin between the Trumps (42%) and the Bidens (35%) was 7 points.

Likewise, a majority of Americans (53%) now say Trump and his family are corrupt, compared with just 28% who say they are not. Since October, that gap has increased from 18 to 25 points. It is now more than twice as large as the 11-point difference between those who think the Bidens are corrupt (45%) and those who think they are not (34%)."

August 26, 2023 3:44 PM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden is not the solution to the Dems' problems, Slidin' Biden is the problem... said...

"Whatever Trump may or may not have "thought," his words to GA Secretary of State are on tape: "So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.""

not one time does Trump tell anyone to make up votes, he says to "find them," implying real votes

there is no reason to conclude that he was asking to find non-existent votes

"The survey of 1,665 U.S. adults, which was conducted from Aug. 17 to 21, found a 10-point gap between those who believe the Trumps are more corrupt (46%) and those who believe the Bidens are more corrupt (36%)"

you're bragging because more than a third Americans believe Slidin' Biden is more corrupt than Donald Trump

sounds like a good Dem campaign strategy..LOL!

August 27, 2023 12:09 AM  
Anonymous More sexual misconduct claims against CPAC chair Matt Schlapp said...

A senior board member of the parent organization behind the prominent Conservative Political Action Conference who resigned on Friday urged an independent investigation into additional allegations of sexual misconduct against Chairman Matt Schlapp.

The vice chairman of the board of the American Conservative Union, Charlie Gerow, announced his resignation on Friday in a letter to other directors that called on them to authorize an investigation including any additional allegations that they or staff have become aware of, according to multiple people familiar with the letter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.

Earlier this year, Schlapp was sued for alleged sexual battery and defamation by a Republican campaign operative who claimed that the CPAC leader groped his crotch during a campaign trip last fall. Schlapp has denied the claim.

In addition to that lawsuit, some board members and staffers have been told about other incidents involving Schlapp, 55, and two younger men, multiple people with direct knowledge of the situation said.

In one incident, a staffer said Schlapp attempted to kiss him while drinking late after a work function in 2017. The staffer also provided documentation from that night to The Washington Post showing physical contact that the staffer said was unsolicited.

In another incident, Schlapp allegedly made unwanted physical advances on someone else’s employee during a CPAC business trip in Palm Beach, Fla., in early 2022, according to multiple people informed of the incident. The alleged victim did not respond to requests for comment...

Gerow’s resignation is the third by a member of the board’s eight-member executive committee in recent months. When ACU Treasurer Bob Beauprez quit in May, he wrote a resignation letter saying he had “lost confidence” in the organization’s financial statements, blamed Schlapp for excessive staff departures, and suggested that violations of the organization’s bylaws could expose the organization to lawsuits or criminal prosecution.

In the lawsuit filed in January in Virginia, GOP operative Carlton Huffman accused Schlapp of groping his genitals while driving Schlapp to his hotel in Atlanta after campaigning for Senate candidate Herschel Walker. Call logs, texts and videos provided by Huffman and his confidants to The Post and in his lawsuit matched his account, and six family members and friends and three Walker campaign officials confirmed to The Post that he told them about the alleged incident that night or the next day.

Schlapp has acknowledged drinking with Huffman that night but denied making any sexual advances. The lawsuit is in the discovery phase.

August 27, 2023 9:37 AM  
Anonymous I'll take stupid Republican campaign tactics for $500 Alex said...

"sounds like a good Dem campaign strategy..LOL!"

During the Republican debate last week, most of the candidates raised their hand to show their winning strategy is to vote for a convicted felon.

"Law and Order Party" my a$$.

August 27, 2023 10:43 AM  
Anonymous heterosexuality is how life is perpetuated and it has a privileged status said...

"most of the candidates raised their hand to show their winning strategy is to vote for a convicted felon"

No convicted felon is running and it's likely no one running will be a convicted felon on election day.

The media coverage of Trump's being booked was hysterical. They kept talking about how this indictment was huge because the previous ones were unlikely to see conviction or jail time but this indictment is the real deal. Not long ago they were talking about the seriousness of those previous indictments.

In truth, the Georgia indictment is the most ridiculous yet. The prosecutors need to prove there was a COORDINATED attempt to commit a crime. They can prove neither.

Politicians and pundits continue to assure the public that this indictment is not just the criminalization of political speech or election challenges. Much of that spin returns to a familiar point of reference: Trump’s call to Georgia officials. However, “the call” is not evidence of a crime, even though the actions of the Georgia officials who resisted Trump’s requests, including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, were the right thing to do..

The strength of the Georgia indictment could be measured on the weight given to “the call,” a highly debatable claim that Trump expressly called for fraud. But doubts about this call (which Fulton County Fani Willis cited as the impetus of her investigation) do not stem from any refusal to accept that Trump could be charged or convicted.

Although there are strong criminal allegations against some of the defendants on individual acts, the effort to prosecute Trump is based on loose alleged conspiracies and little new evidence involving his own actions.

For that reason, it is telling that pundits have again made “the call” the focus of this sprawling racketeering theory.

First, a brief reminder of what “the call” is. This was not some back-room, smoke-filled political wheel-and-deal call. It was similar to a settlement discussion between largely antagonistic figures and their opposing teams. State officials and the Trump team were seeing if they could resolve their differences without further litigation. The Trump team wanted a new statewide recount. Trump had lost the state by less than 12,000 votes and was making the case that he could still show that he had won the state. He stated, “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have because we won the state.”

If you are going to argue for another recount or continued investigation, the obvious argument is that it would not take statistically many votes to make a difference.

Trump's claim of systemic voting fraud is wrong. Trump’s Jan. 6 speech was irresponsible. Vice President Mike Pence and his certification of the election of Joe Biden were the right thing to do. Much criticism of Trump is warranted. Stiil, there is no compelling evidence of a crime.

August 27, 2023 1:19 PM  
Anonymous heterosexuality is how life is perpetuated and it has a privileged status said...

When the Washington Post first reported this call, most were critical, based on its initial, erroneous account that Trump had ordered Georgia officials to just “find” the needed votes. Such a demand would be breathtaking.

But a few hours later, the actual transcript of the call was released, showing a strikingly different context for the “find” comment than the Post had reported. Trump was clearly referring to his objective in finding votes and the threshold he needed to meet. That is a predictable argument for a candidate in pushing for a continued investigation.

The Post also ran a misleading story on a separate, related call that left the same false impression. By the initial account, Trump had supposedly told investigator Frances Watson to “find the fraud” and promised that she would be “a national hero.” In fact, Trump had stated that, if the officials did a neutral investigation, “you’re going to find things” including “dishonesty.” The Post had to issue a correction at the top of this second story after the Wall Street Journal found a recording of the call. “The recording revealed that The Post misquoted Trump’s comments on the call, based on information provided by a source,” the paper acknowledged.

Phillip Bump’s recent Washington Post column continues to cite the paper’s original, skewed account of that call. Yet even in doing so, Bump inadvertently demonstrates the danger of using this call to prosecute Trump.

He maintains that the call was criminal because Trump had already been assured that another recount would not produce the votes and that there was no evidence of widespread fraud. “Trump’s entreaties” are deemed criminal because he had refused to accept “the truth” over the arguments of his advisers. Bump argues further that it does not matter if Trump actually intended to engage in fraud in the call, because the meeting was part of a general pattern of spreading “false statements and writings.”

There is no self-awareness at all in Bump’s argument. Bump has repeatedly spread false stories and then refused to accept the falsity of his own earlier claims, even after most of the media have admitted the errors. But more importantly, the standard that Bump sets forth for prosecution — imputing criminality to a politician’s refusal to accept inconvenient facts — could just as easily be used to prosecute any number of others, such as Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who baselessly sought to block certification of Trump’s 2016 victory by disenfranchising the voters of Florida.

Was Hillary Clinton guilty of criminal “false statements” when she claimed that her defeat was the result of a “stolen” election and called Trump an “illegitimate president”? How about Stacey Abrams in Georgia, who refused to accept her own defeat for governor in 2018? Then there are Democratic lawyers such as Marc Elias, who filed challenges to overturn a New York election of a Republican on the basis of a conspiracy theory about machines changing the outcome.

Mediaite has called “crazy” any comparison between what Trump did and Democrats challenging prior certifications, because “by the time Trump unsuccessfully leaned on” Raffensperger, recounts had already been carried out. He must have known that it was false, the argument goes, because a further investigation was unlikely to produce enough votes. However, there was never any credible evidence to support Democratic challenges such as those brought by Raskin and others in 2016. Nor was there ever any evidence that that election was “stolen” as Clinton claimed, nor that Abrams was robbed.

Critics have long denounced Trump as a megalomaniac who could not accept that he lost. Ironically, their criticism could now prove a defense for Trump. There is a vast difference between making unfounded election claims and committing a crime.

Just as Trump was blind to the realities of the election, these prosecutors and pundits are blind to the implications of this indictment.

August 27, 2023 1:26 PM  
Anonymous Corporations shouldn't have to pay taxes, they can't vote. It's taxation without representation said...

the current prosecutions of Trump will end the same way the Mueller investigation did:

after several years-

Trump exonerated, the prosecutors humiliated, and TTF frantically pretending something else happened

oh, and Trump will be in the White House, democratically elected

and the final nail having been driven into the casket of the gay agenda, the whole mess will be lowered and buried!

a grim future for the authoritarian gay agenda and TTF....

August 27, 2023 4:35 PM  
Anonymous remember: Slidin' Biden's Afghan fiasco was the biggest transfer of arms to a terrorist group in history - and that was just beginning of Bumblin' Joe's annus horriblus... said...

"what happened to the inflation you were complaining about?"

who is "you"?

everyone sees the damage done by the inflationary period caused by the incompetent management of Slidin' Joe Biden

there was no call for the trillions of COVID stimulus launched by Slidin' Biden in his first year, which raised prices permanently

go to the store - literally everything cost more and the prices won't go back

the average family has an annual hit of thousands of dollars

too bad - they could use the money for private tutoring because Slidin' Biden polices kept schools closed too long and the average public school kid is a year and half behind

no one will vote for this senile old coot!

August 27, 2023 5:11 PM  
Anonymous Trump drops 6 points in post-debate GOP poll said...

Former President Trump saw a slight decrease in his support among Republican primary voters after he skipped the first GOP debate last week, according to a new poll from Emerson College.

The poll, which was conducted Aug. 25-26, found 50 percent of GOP primary voters said they plan to vote for Trump, down from 56 percent in a pre-debate poll and the lowest support to date in an Emerson poll.

At the same time, multiple candidates saw a slight uptick in support in the aftermath of the debate, which took place Wednesday in Milwaukee.

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley saw the largest boost, with her support jumping from 2 percent to 7 percent after the debate.

The poll found Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at 12 percent, up 2 percentage points from before the debate.

Former Vice President Mike Pence got 7 percent support in the poll, up from 3 percent before the debate.

The poll found that 27 percent of voters felt entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy won the debate last week, but it did not immediately translate to an increase in his support, which dropped from 10 percent to 9 percent in the Emerson poll.

The poll surveyed 1,000 registered voters and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

August 28, 2023 12:12 PM  
Anonymous government is not the solution to our problems, government is the problem said...

"Former President Trump saw a slight decrease in his support among Republican primary voters after he skipped the first GOP debate last week

At the same time, multiple candidates saw a slight uptick in support in the aftermath of the debate

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley saw the largest boost, with her support jumping from 2 percent to 7 percent after the debate."

all good news for the GOP

bad news for TTF

it would great for the GOP to have a reasonable candidate

Haley looks like she could be that person

the truth is, when the primaries start up, things move fast

if Haley wins New Hampshire, it won't matter if Biden or RFK win the Dem primary

August 28, 2023 3:20 PM  
Anonymous more if them polls that TTFers like so much... said...

"Former President Trump saw a slight decrease in his support among Republican primary voters after he skipped the first GOP debate last week, according to a new poll from Emerson College"

another notable item in the new Emerson poll:

severally-indicted Donald Trump leads lamebrain Slidin' Biden in the general election poll

in what low esteem must voters hold lamebrain Slidin' Biden that they prefer someone with 4 felony cases and scores of charges to the Big Guy himself?

August 28, 2023 6:03 PM  
Anonymous A Little Mouse said...

Seems like every time us Little Mouses are eating a piece of newspaper we see another story like this. A church choir leader was in custody Monday in San Diego on suspicion of sexual assault of a minor, police reported. Rafael Magana was arrested Thursday on a felony warrant charging him with oral copulation and other lewd and lascivious acts with a minor.

I hate to think what these Christians would do to a Little Mouse. I think it's best for us to hide in the walls.

August 28, 2023 8:32 PM  
Anonymous I'll take "Ax Murderers" for $300 Alex said...

Former Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan (R) urged his party to ditch Donald Trump before it’s too late.

“As a Republican, the dashboard is going off with lights and bells and whistles telling us all the warning things that we need to know,” Duncan ― who testified to the grand jury in Georgia that indicted Trump and 18 others in the state’s election interference case ― said on Monday night.

He called Trump a “fake Republican” who racked up $8 trillion in debt in the White House and 91 indictments in four separate cases after leaving.

Duncan said Republicans have all the evidence they need to not make him the party’s 2024 nominee “including that fact that he’s got the moral compass more like an ax murderer than a president.”

But he warned that time is running out.

“We need to do something right here, right now,” he said. “This is either our pivot point, or our last gasp as Republicans.”

August 29, 2023 8:09 AM  
Anonymous for millennia, the world has recognized that any valid marriage needs to include both genders.......... said...

President Joe Biden arrived back at the White House yesterday after taking yet another vacation, this time in Lake Tahoe. Biden also took an extensive vacation in Delaware just weeks ago. Biden has spent the majority of August on vacation.

The President and First Lady Jill Biden could be seen arriving back at the White House last night. President Biden appeared confused, walking with his usual strange shuffle. It appears that no matter how much time this Presidents takes for vacation, he never returns appearing to be well-rested. Whatever his issue may be, it is foundational, unfixed by rest and relaxation.

There has never been a President that takes as many vacations as Joe Biden. It is sad that the Democrats have resorted to essentially hiding Biden as the 2024 Election nears. Their tactic begs the question, will the DNC attempt to replace Joe Biden before the 2024 Election?

August 29, 2023 9:30 AM  
Anonymous Will conservatives ever learn? said...

It's funny, a few years ago conservatives complained Joe was hidin' in his basement during the pandemic, and couldn't possibly win against a fat, loud-mouth competitor who was turning his political rallies into COVID-spreading events.

Biden then proceeded to win the election with more votes than any president in history, even exceeding the previous holder of that title: Barack Obama.

Looking forward to another 4 years of a president who isn't collecting criminal indictments like they're baseball cards.

Why don't you tell us which US president cost the American taxpayer the most in golfing expenses.

I'll give you a hint - his initials are "DJT" as in "Doin' Jail Time."

August 29, 2023 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Who needs facts when you've got uninformed fears? said...

"“A guy can walk into a woman’s bathroom at any time and just say, ‘I just feel like I’m a woman today’ and have the time of his life in there, and he’s not in the least bit… He’s just taking advantage of that situation,” Cooper continued. “Somebody’s going to get raped""

Well then Alice is as dumb as CRC. See Shower-Nuts Admit Rio Incident Was Staged

Googling for "transgender woman rapes CIS woman in ladies room" leads to such finds as:

Security guard raped transgender woman in bar bathroom, Miami police say

2 Women Charged With Sexual Battery Of Trans Woman In North Carolina Bar

Transgender people over four times more likely than cisgender people to be victims of violent crime

We're still waiting for all the crimes MoCo was supposed to experience after passing protections for God's LGBTQI people.

August 29, 2023 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Merrick Garland....LOL!!!!!!!!!!! said...

"It's funny, a few years ago conservatives complained Joe was hidin' in his basement during the pandemic, and couldn't possibly win against a fat, loud-mouth competitor"

no, their objection was that he could win without actually going out and campaigning

which is what happened

as it turns out, Americans regret acquiescing in that campaign strategy

"who was turning his political rallies into COVID-spreading events"

his rallies were outdoors

btw, a new strain of COVID is going around

will Biden issue new restrictions?

go ahead

make our day

"Biden then proceeded to win the election with more votes than any president in history,"

that's what happens when you loosen voter integrity rules

"Looking forward to another 4 years of a president who isn't collecting criminal indictments like they're baseball cards."

Presidents aren't indicted while in office

Biden's impeachment inquiry, however, begins next month

"Why don't you tell us which US president cost the American taxpayer the most in golfing expenses."


"I'll give you a hint - his initials are "DJT" as in "Doin' Jail Time.""

Trump, who usually worked wherever he was, was always energetic

Biden is a doddering fool who personifies the gay agenda

August 29, 2023 10:58 AM  
Anonymous Looking forward to co-conspirators making deals with the prosecutors said...

"as it turns out, Americans regret acquiescing in that campaign strategy"

No we don't. Only the unpatriotic Americans that voted for a known sexual assaulter and lying authoritarian are upset because their nihilism wasn't enough to destroy American democracy.

"Biden's impeachment inquiry, however, begins next month"

Looking forward to another "investigation" and accusations that last for years, costs millions of taxpayer dollars, and in the end, have little or nothing to show for them. Please, don't start until I get a REALLY large bucket of popcorn.

Still waiting for something significant from Hunter's laptop.


Wrong, fool.

"Trump, who usually worked wherever he was, was always energetic"

Trump doesn't even know how to pronounce "Yosemite," one the country's most famous National Parks, and he thinks because he could remember “Person, woman, man, camera, TV,” he got extra points on some kind of "intelligence" test. And many times much of his energy went into trying to keep his dentures in so he didn't slthur histh speeth thoo mutch.

"Biden is a doddering fool who personifies the gay agenda"

Trump's last vote count made him America's biggest loser president.

And he helped kill the last predicted "red wave."

August 29, 2023 1:36 PM  
Anonymous Having 18 co-defendants is a big problem for Donald Trump said...

Cracks are already forming in the Georgia 19's alliance. It didn't take long for some of the lower level people in the alleged "criminal enterprise" to start pointing fingers at Trump. David Shafer, the former chair of Georgia's Republican Party, has already filed documents alleging that he was just acting on Trump's orders when he tried to interfere in the election. Two other defendants quickly followed suit, blaming the former president for their alleged or apparent misdeeds. While those people haven't yet become prosecution witnesses, it sure sounds like they're warming to the idea. Add to this the number of people who are angry they have to pay for their own lawyers because their notoriously cheap ex-boss won't do it, and you've got a rapidly thickening baseline of discontent toward the conspiracy's head honcho.

Two of the lawyers involved in the "fake elector" scheme, Kenneth Chesebro and Sidney Powell, have insisted on their right to a speedy trial, which Willis says is just fine. Chesebro has already had his trial date set for Oct. 23. This directly conflicts with Trump's well-known strategy of trying to delay every legal proceeding as long as possible, until it becomes moot. Chesebro has already gotten his case severed from Trump's with this request, but that will create pressure to move the rest of the cases along.

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has requested that his case be moved to federal court, in a motion argued before a judge on Monday. In a Washington Post analysis, Aaron Blake argues that this, along with the demands for speedy trials, creates a whole new set of headaches for Trump. For one thing, all these early trials and hearings will put a lot more evidence out in public, further underscoring how strong the case against Trump is. Other defendants may well decide they have to throw Trump under the bus to save themselves. If either Chesebro or Powell (or both) is convicted, that could well scare other defendants into trying to cut a deal.

...and Doin' Jail Time complains these proceedings are interfering with is golf schedule.

August 29, 2023 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Poor Alice, Reality Bites said...

Alice Cooper's partnership with LGBTQ-owned cosmetics brand Vampyre Cosmetics ended after the rock performer called "cases of transgender" a "fad" in an interview.

The day after the interview was published, Vampyre Cosmetics announced the end of their partnership with Cooper.

"In light of recent statements by Alice Cooper we will no longer be doing a makeup collaboration. We stand with all members of the LGBTQIA+ community and believe everyone should have access to healthcare," the statement reads.

August 30, 2023 7:11 AM  
Anonymous Judge Jeanine Pirro said...

Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro ranted on the air just days before the 2016 election that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton couldn’t be president because of the investigation into her use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.

Pirro’s monologue has resurfaced and gone viral on social media in recent days because of the mounting legal woes engulfing Donald Trump, who she has repeatedly defended and praised.

“We cannot have a country led by a president subject to ongoing criminal investigations, potential indictment, and never-ending hearings,” Pirro said at the time in footage that’s still posted on Fox News’ YouTube channel.

“We cannot have a president under that level of scrutiny that inevitably leads to even more questions and more investigations,” she continued. “And irrespective of what happens to her, whether she’s indicted or even guilty, it doesn’t matter. Her guilt is a moot point. She cannot take the Oval Office.”

Clinton was never charged.

Trump, meanwhile, faces four felony trials.

August 30, 2023 7:37 AM  
Anonymous Today on "Every Accusation is a Confession" said...

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama legislator was arrested Tuesday on felony voter fraud charges accusing him of voting in a district where he did not live.

Republican Rep. David Cole of Huntsville was arrested on charges of voting in an unauthorized location, according to Madison County Jail records.

The details of the charge were not immediately available in court records, but the arrest comes after accusations that Cole did not live in the district in which he was elected.

Cole, a doctor and Army veteran, was elected to the House of Representatives last year.

Voter fraud is a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The Alabama attorney general’s office is prosecuting the case against Cole, a spokeswoman confirmed.

House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter issued a statement Tuesday saying he had learned of Cole’s arrest and is waiting to learn more details.

“In recent years, the Alabama House has prioritized legislation that promotes election integrity, and we believe that any allegation of fraud must be addressed regardless of the party, public official, or candidate involved,” Ledbetter said.

Elijah Boyd, the Libertarian candidate in the district, had filed an election challenge in civil court, arguing Cole did not live in District 10 and was not eligible to represent the district.

Court records were not immediately available to show if Cole has an attorney to speak on his behalf. His attorney in the election challenge is not representing him in the criminal case. Cole was released on bond, according to jail records.

August 30, 2023 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Have another drink, Rudy said...

A federal judge has ruled former New York City mayor and Donald Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani liable for defaming two Georgia election workers whom he falsely accused of tampering with the 2020 election results.

Judge Beryl A. Howell entered a default judgment against him “as a straight-up sanction” for his failure to provide necessary documentation to the plaintiffs.

Giuliani will still go to trial in D.C. federal court on the amount of monetary damages he owes to Ruby Freeman and her daughter Wandrea ArShaye “Shaye” Moss. But Howell has already ordered Giuliani to pay roughly $132,000 in sanctions between his personal and business assets for his failures to hand over relevant information. And she said those failures, combined with Giuliani’s own admissions, compelled her to rule without a trial that he defamed both women, intentionally inflicted emotional distress on them as part of a civil conspiracy, and owes punitive damages.

Last month, as part of the wrangling over the records he had failed to share, Giuliani agreed not to contest that he made false and defamatory claims about the two poll workers. But in the same filings, he said he was not giving up the right to argue that his comments were constitutionally protected speech that did not cause damage, along with other defenses. On Wednesday, Howell said that admission had “more holes than Swiss cheese,” and that Giuliani was trying “to bypass the discovery process and a merits trial — at which his defenses may be fully scrutinized and tested in our judicial system’s time-honored adversarial process — and to delay such a fair reckoning by taking his chances on appeal.”

But, she said, Giuliani cannot “have his proverbial cake and eat it too.”

August 30, 2023 1:20 PM  
Anonymous fortunately, Obama and Garland were stopped so we have a terrific Supreme Court now!!! said...

Let's look at Mr TTF's post section by section, first things first:

"Well now we've got the Atlanta indictments, more than forty more charges, a queue of suits from the former President on down lining up for mugshots and fingerprinting. Former President Trump is now indicted, on top of everything else, for a "serious felony" calling for a mandatory five-year prison sentence, and with no way to pardon himself or fire the prosecutor."

Frankly, there is nothing in the Georgia indictment that couldn't have been charged to past former presidents. It's mainly based on a call made to a Georgia official which has been taken out of context. It is unlikely that 12 jurors can be found in Georgia who are stupid enough to fall for it. The New York indictments are preposterous and unlikely to produce a conviction. As for the Federal indictments, if Trump wins, he doesn't have to pardon himself. His DOJ will simply drop the case.

The truth is the indictments show the Democrats care little for the welfare of the nation, and the preservation of democracy. Notably, Trump didn't pursue charges against Hillary who clearly mishandled classified information before the 2016 election and defrauded the US government after the 2016 election.

"Never mind that the Trump Organization has had to pay big fines for fraud,"

not uncommon for a huge corporation

it probably wouldn't have been pursued if he weren't a President who tackled the deep state

"and Trump is still getting slapped around in the case where he raped a woman"

actually, a jury in this civil case found him not guilty of rape

and civil cases require a lower standard of proof than criminal cases, so it's unlikely he raped the woman

"The House of Representatives is about to produce a report on emoluments, enumerating some of the ways the Trump family and their parasitic mobsters enriched themselves while he was in office."

give us a break from your propaganda

at the same time, can you explain why the Clintons and Biden are so wealthy?

"the DOJ wants to act like that kind of robbery is normal"

oh sure

because Merrick Garland is so pro-Trump

"There are also other grand juries looking at stuff, we don't know what. Well, there is talk about Arizona following Georgia's example; still in the rumor stage though."

if there's one thing TTF is known for, it's repeating unverified rumors

"Donald Trump is a bad person."

all politicians are

"Oddly, he is popular with a certain small segment of the population."

not as small as the segment of the population that favors the radical extremist views of TTF

"It is the modern version of the same subpopulation that supported Hitler before the US entered World War II, who identified then as now with the slogan "American First."

let's be honest

Hitler was expansionist and Trump is an isolationist

they have little in common

the head of any entity is charged with promoting its interests

Trump wants America to be great

if TTF doesn't want America to be great, what do they want it to be?

if not first, where does TTF think an American president should rank America?

September 01, 2023 2:49 AM  
Anonymous Slidin' Joe Biden and his family are not above the law said...

Polls have gone from bad to worse for President Biden in recent months. But one that was released this week from the Associated Press has even his cheerleaders in the press worried.

The AP survey, conducted with NORC Center for Public Affairs, showed that more than three-quarters of Americans — 77% — say Biden, age 80, is too old for a second term. When asking Democratic voters, that number remains exceptionally high, with 69% saying the 46th president should hang it up after one term.

In contrast, the poll shows 51% of voters saying 77-year-old Donald Trump is too old to hold office; just 28% of Republicans think that.

"It’s not death that’s the worrying thing about a second Biden term," former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich wrote in 2022. "It’s the dwindling capacities that go with aging."

"Joe, please don’t run," he concluded.

Nicholas Kristof, the long-time liberal New York Times columnist, has a warning for his fellow Democrats: dismiss Oliver Anthony at your peril.

“Have Democrats retreated so far from their workingman roots that their knee-jerk impulse is to dump on a blue-collar guy who highlights ‘folks in the street, ain’t got nothin’ to eat?'” Kristof asks.

Anthony has been called a “racist” by some on the left, but it’s the general disdain that the left holds for working-class Americans that will cost them at the ballot box next year. And as Kristof has pointed out, “Harvard professor Michael Sandel has noted, one of the last acceptable prejudices is disdain for the less educated.”

This disdain manifests itself throughout our culture. Hollywood’s portrayal of working-class whites as ignorant bigots is standard fare. Racists, misogynists, violent — their portrayal of these Americans breeds a contempt that’s hard to disguise.

And then Democrats wonder why they’re losing the votes of these people?

September 01, 2023 3:09 AM  

"actually, a jury in this civil case found him not guilty of rape "

But they did find him guilty of SEXUAL ABUSE, which apparently is OK to the ttftroll

Rump shoved his fingers up inside Ms. Carroll's vagina.

If someone did that to your wife or daughter against her will, what would you call it?

In Rump's case, Judge Kaplan wrote that the jury’s unanimous verdict was almost entirely in favor of Carroll, except that the jury concluded she had failed to prove that Trump raped her “within the narrow, technical meaning of a particular section of the New York Penal Law.”

The judge said the section requires vaginal penetration by a penis while forcible penetration without consent of the vagina or other bodily orifices by fingers or anything else is labeled “sexual abuse” rather than “rape.”

He said the definition of rape was “far narrower” than how rape is defined in common modern parlance, in some dictionaries, in some federal and state criminal statutes and elsewhere.

The judge said the verdict did not mean that Carroll “failed to prove that Mr. Trump ‘raped’ her as many people commonly understand the word ‘rape.’ Indeed … the jury found that Mr. Trump in fact did exactly that.”

September 01, 2023 7:59 AM  
Anonymous "I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab 'em by the pussy." said...

In the video, Trump tells Bush about a failed attempt to seduce Nancy O'Dell, who was Bush's co-host at the time (circa 2005) of the recording:[16]

I moved on her, and I failed. I'll admit it.

I did try and fuck her. She was married.

And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, "I'll show you where they have some nice furniture." I took her out furniture—I moved on her like a bitch. But I couldn't get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she's now got the big phony tits and everything. She's totally changed her look.[10]
Later, referring to Arianne Zucker (whom they were waiting to meet), Trump says:

I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab 'em by the pussy. You can do anything.[10]

September 01, 2023 8:04 AM  
Anonymous The "Stand back and stand by" boys learn there are consequences for their "normal tourist visit" said...

Two leaders of the Proud Boys street gang were each sentenced Thursday to more than a decade in prison for their role in the planning and execution of the violent plot to overturn the 2020 election in favor of Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021.

Joseph Biggs, an Army veteran and former correspondent for Alex Jones’ Infowars, was sentenced to 17 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Tim Kelly in Washington on Thursday. In a separate hearing later that day, Zachary Rehl, former head of the Philadelphia chapter of the Proud Boys, was sentenced to 15 years by Kelly.

Biggs and Rehl are two of five Proud Boys leaders convicted in May in the seditious conspiracy case, which served as one of the Justice Department’s highest-profile indictments against any Capitol rioter.

Biggs wore an orange prison jumpsuit and black, thick-rimmed glasses as he spoke before Judge Kelly early Thursday afternoon, taking breaks to sob during a brief statement.

“My curiosity got the better of me and I will have to live with that for the rest of my life,” he said. “I’m so sorry.”

Judge Kelly responded with a note that the actions taken by Biggs and the Proud Boys upended not just the election process on Jan. 6, but the election process going forward.

“What happened that day ... it broke our tradition of the peaceful transfer of power, which is the most precious thing we had as Americans,” Kelly said. “Notice I say had — we don’t have it anymore.”

Their Proud Boy co-defendants — Enrique Tarrio, Ethan Nordean and Dominic Pezzola — are all set to be sentenced over the next week in Washington.

All of them except Pezzola were found guilty in May of seditious conspiracy, a rare and serious charge historically brought against terrorists acting on American soil. Each was found guilty on a range of other federal charges, including obstructing Congress, destruction of government property and assaulting law enforcement.

Prosecutors sought 33 years in prison for Biggs, recommending 15 years more than the longest sentence handed down in any Jan. 6 case thus far. Oath Keepers leader (and Proud Boys ally) Stewart Rhodes was sentenced to 18 years in May.

The Justice Department painted Biggs as a tactical planner of the Proud Boys’ movements in the months leading up to Jan. 6 as well as on the day.

On Nov. 10, 2020, shortly after news networks called the election for Joe Biden, Biggs posted a blog post on his website, The Biggs Report, in which he called directly for civil war.

“Buy ammo, clean your guns, get storable food and water,” he wrote in the now-deleted post. “Be prepared! Things are about to get bad before they get better.”

On Jan. 6, Biggs and Rehl carried walkie-talkies as they moved with a group of hundreds of rioters — many of them Proud Boys — toward the Capitol, barking orders to other members as they worked to breach the building.

“January 6 will be a day in infamy,” Biggs said in a video of himself he recorded outside the Capitol. Later, he took a selfie inside the Senate gallery, which he breached alongside other rioters, case exhibits show.

The sentences handed down to Biggs and Rehl set Judge Kelly’s tone for the rest of the Proud Boys’ sentences — especially for Tarrio, the gang’s chairman, who wasn’t present at the Capitol but who played an outsize role in the seditious plot to overturn the election. Tarrio was initially set to be sentenced on Wednesday, but his hearing was delayed to Sept. 5 after Kelly came down with an unrelated illness.

"I love the poorly educated!" - Donald "Doin' Jail Time" Trump

September 01, 2023 11:03 AM  
Anonymous whay can't TTF teach the facts? said...

"But they did find him guilty of SEXUAL ABUSE"

so you agree that Mr TTF didn't teach the facts

no court, including in civil cases, with their lower standards of proof have found him guilty of rape

that's not to defend his actions

although it all took place in another era

"I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything."

when someone "lets" you do something, that's not rape

by definition

Biden, btw, is known for putting his hands all over females

as his senility surges, that will likely get worse

September 01, 2023 11:42 AM  
Anonymous Paul tells us, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” (Rom. 12:18) said...

But this is Christianity, Rump-style:

"when someone "lets" you do something, that's not rape"

Way to take one portion of the rapist's remarks out of all else he said.

We all see you skipped this part:

"I don't even wait."

So Rump just feels entitled to force himself on any woman anytime he wants.

Do let us know how your mother, sister, wife and daughter feel about having kisses and/or pussy grabs forced on them.

September 02, 2023 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Another one's gone, and another one's gone, another one bites the dust! said...

A federal judge sentenced two more high-ranking Proud Boys to prison on Friday over the far-right street gang’s outsize role in the planning and execution of the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Dominic Pezzola, who breached the Capitol by smashing a window with a stolen police riot shield, was sentenced to 10 years behind bars in a D.C. District Court, four months after he was found guilty on obstruction and other charges related to the attack. Ethan Nordean, the gang’s most notorious bruiser ― known for numerous violent assaults at political rallies in the Donald Trump era ― was sentenced to 18 years in a second hearing Friday afternoon.

“Trump won!” Pezzola said while walking out of the courtroom after being hit with a decade behind bars.

Pezzola was found not guilty on the most serious charge of the trial, seditious conspiracy, unlike Nordean and three other Proud Boy co-defendants this past May. But he played a key role in the riot as the first person to smash through a Capitol window using a stolen police shield, and prosecutors argued he should spend 20 years behind bars.

Pezzola, who wore an orange prison-issued jumpsuit and sported a long beard, spoke before his sentencing and apologized for his actions the day of the Capitol attack.

“I messed up and I let the people who care and depend on me the most down,” Pezzola said, according to reporters in the courtroom.

Pezzola described his time in jail as an “emotional black hole,” and apologized to his eldest daughter, who was not in the courtroom.

“I pray for the court’s mercy to be there for you in the future,” he said before receiving his 10-year sentence.

He added that there was “no place in my future for groups or politics whatsoever.”

U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly offered little sympathy for Pezzola.

“The reality is you ... smashed that window and let people stream into that Capitol building and threaten the lives of our lawmakers,” Kelly said. “It’s not something I ever would have dreamed I would see in our country.”

Despite his ostensible remorse, as Pezzola was led away from court, he raised a fist in the air and shouted “Trump won!”

Four other members of the far-right street-fighting group were found guilty in March on seditious conspiracy charges: Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl and the gang’s chairman, Enrique Tarrio. All five were accused of scheming to stop the peaceful transfer of presidential power after the 2020 election.

Nordean was sentenced later on Friday. Prosecutors argued he should spend 27 years behind bars for leading a group of nearly 200 men to the Capitol grounds.

During his sentencing, Nordean said he regretted not being a “better leader” the day of the Capitol attack.

“I would like to apologize for my lack of leadership that day,” he said.

Nordean joined Elmer Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the far-right Oath Keepers group, in having received the longest sentence handed down to a Capitol attacker. Rhodes was sentenced to 18 years after being found guilty of seditious conspiracy and other charges last year.

Kelly sentenced Biggs and Rehl on Thursday to 17 and 15 years, respectively.

Tarrio’s sentencing was scheduled to take place Wednesday, but was abruptly canceled and rescheduled for Sept. 5, reportedly due to the judge falling ill.

Like the Oath Keepers trials, the Proud Boys’ trial allowed the government to lay out its argument that the extremist groups planned extensively for violence on Jan. 6, 2021, holding meetings and texting one another.

Prosecutors described Pezzola in a sentencing memo as “an enthusiastic foot soldier” in the conspiracy to disrupt Congress, which that day was officially certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election. Nordean, prosecutors said, was attempting to “lead a revolution against a government he viewed as illegitimate.”

September 02, 2023 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Another one's gone, and another one's gone, another one bites the dust! said...

Like other rioters, the Proud Boys viewed themselves as akin to American Revolution soldiers.

At about 2 p.m. that day, Pezzola used a riot shield he’d forcefully taken from a U.S. Capitol Police officer to break a window on the northwest side of the Capitol. The breach allowed pro-Trump protesters to begin streaming into the building, where they came dangerously close to running into members of Congress and then-Vice President Mike Pence.

A woman described in court documents as Pezzola’s common-law wife told investigators that Pezzola was not interested in politics before the COVID-19 pandemic. In a journal entry, Pezzola said he had come to see the political landscape as a “battle between good and evil” that required people like him to “stand up and take back our god given liberties just like our Founders did.”

Nordean repeatedly voiced support for politically motivated violence in the weeks leading up to the Capitol attack. In mid-November 2020, he said on a podcast that politicians who said Joe Biden had won were “evil scum” who deserved “to die a traitor’s death.”

Prosecutors said Nordean acted like “the general of an army” the day of the riot, leading “his men” across trampled police barricades.

Pezzola took the risky step of testifying at the group’s trial. He did not deny his actions.

“I got caught up in all the craziness,” he said, per The Washington Post. “I broke one pane of glass — one.”

He said he’d only wanted the government to listen to him.

In a video taken from inside the Capitol, Pezzola can be heard saying: “I knew we could take this motherfucker over if we just tried hard enough! Proud of your motherfucking boy!”

As Nordean put it in his own post-riot video, which was entered into evidence: “Seventeen-seventy-fucking-six, bitch!”

During his sentencing, Pezzola’s partner, Lisa Magee, wept as she gave a statement to the court.

“In no way am I making excuses for Dominic’s actions that day,” she said. “As I said on the stand, he’s a fucking idiot.”

"I love the poorly educated!" - Donald "Doin' Jail Time" Trump

September 02, 2023 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Try AA, Actual Accountability, Rudy said...

An FBI whistleblower filed a statement asserting that Giuliani “may have been compromised” by Russian intelligence while working as a lawyer and adviser to Trump during the 2020 campaign.

That contention is among a host of explosive assertions from Johnathan Buma, an FBI agent who also says that an investigation involving Giuliani’s activities was stymied within the bureau.

In July, Buma sent the Senate Judiciary Committee a 22-page statement full of eye-popping allegations, and the document leaked and was first reported last month by Insider (after a conservative blogger had posted it online). According to Buma’s account, Giuliani was used as an asset by a Ukrainian oligarch tied to Russian intelligence and other Russian operatives for a disinformation operation that aimed to discredit Joe Biden and boost Trump in the 2020 presidential race. Moreover, Buma says he was the target of retaliation within the bureau for digging into this.

The FBI declined to comment on Buma’s claims.

Buma’s revelations may only be the start. A source familiar with his work tells Mother Jones that other potential FBI whistleblowers who participated in the investigation involving Giuliani have consulted the same lawyer as Buma and might meet with congressional investigators in coming weeks. That attorney, Scott Horton, declined to comment.

Giuliani faces a heap of legal and financial problems, including those felony charges in Georgia. He is also an uncharged co-conspirator in the federal case in which Trump was indicted for his efforts to retain power after losing the 2020 election. He has been sued by a former assistant for rape. And apparently Trump has not helped the supposedly broke Giuliani cover his legal bills, though the former president did agree to headline a fundraiser for Giuliani.

Still, Buma’s statement suggests that Giuliani has been lucky to avoid deeper trouble over his attempt during the 2020 race to deploy made-in-Ukraine disinformation to sully Joe Biden.

It is widely known that Giuliani tried mightily to unearth and disseminate dirt on Biden in Ukraine—particularly regarding the unfounded allegation that as vice president Biden squashed an investigation of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company for which his son Hunter was a director. This smear campaign led to Trump’s first impeachment and resulted in a federal investigation into whether Giuliani violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Prosecutors ended that probe last year.

But Buma’s allegations that FBI and Justice Department officials blocked his efforts to investigate these Giuliani activities and the work of suspected Russian agents who may have influenced the former New York City mayor could spark a new dust-up on Capitol Hill. As Republicans keep trying to gin up a controversy over the Bidens, Burisma, and other matters, Buma’s statement reinforces the case that this supposed Biden-Ukraine scandal was egged on or orchestrated by Russian intelligence. And it contradicts the narrative pushed by Trump and his defenders that the FBI and Justice Department have been in cahoots with Democrats.

Giuliani’s role in Trump’s coup attempt and his string of public humiliations may overshadow the Ukrainian chapter in Giuliani’s downfall. But, according to Buma and various US intelligence findings, Giuliani apparently was a dupe—a useful idiot—for suspected Russian operatives and propagandists. And the bureau, Buma says, investigated this—until it didn’t.

September 02, 2023 11:40 AM  
Anonymous remember when Hillary said she lost because of Russian collusion with Trump: that was the Big Lie... said...

Today's Wall Street Journal has our doddering fool of a president tied with Donald Trump in polling for the the 2024 election.

Think about that: The incumbent President is so poorly regarded by Americans that he is tied in the polls with a guy who's been indicted for 96 felonies over four separate cases.

He's like Jimmy Carter with a nasty side!

Billy Bob's brother was very unpopular. So unpopular that when a Kennedy, who had once left his girlfriend to die in the icy waters off a Massachusetts island so his wife wouldn't find out about her, ran against him, it was a competitive race - and Carter wasn't re-elected.

Well, it's deja vu all over again. Biden, the first president since Carter to preside over high inflation, is being challenged by Ted Kennedy's nephew, RFK Jr. And history will come a

A few words from RFK Jr:

I think there are a lot of misgivings among the vast majority of voters, Republicans and Democrats, about the president's capacity and mental acuity.

I think it is important for the president to have a debate, to show that he has the vigor, the mental acuity, and to put those misgivings aside for the American people. Not only a debate, but have unscripted conversations with voters and do some retail politics. If he is going to have to debate President Trump, or whoever the Republican is, at some point -- to say that he should sit on the couch -- it's like telling a prizefighter you're going to prepare for the prize fight championship by sitting on a couch eating Chik-fil-a. You need to be practicing and you need to be getting on your feet and making sure.

We're asking him. The American people, even Democrats who don't like me, particularly because they've been misled about what I believe, virtually all Democrats want to see a debate.

September 02, 2023 3:00 PM  
Anonymous Michael Tomasky said...

It was hard to watch that Mitch McConnell video. That’s the second time he’s gone blanko in recent weeks in front of the cameras. We have no idea how often it’s happened when he wasn’t in front of the cameras. But odds are pretty good those aren’t the only two times.

Word is that some senators are considering a meeting to try to figure out what to do about this. There does exist a rump anti-McConnell faction of a sort: Florida GOP Senator Rick Scott, the old Medicare fraudster, mounted a challenge to McConnell last year. It failed badly, but Scott did get 10 votes. One Republican senator told Politico that any attempt to dethrone McConnell “will be a rerun of last time.”

I’m sure that’s true today. But I wonder how long it will hold. The reason is pretty simple: The McConnell video is really about Joe Biden.

Why? Age, obviously. McConnell is 81. Biden is 80. Trump and the GOP (and Fox News and One America and Sinclair and so on) are going to be making Biden’s age a major issue in the presidential campaign. And I have to say you can’t blame them. Polls show that Biden’s age is obviously his greatest vulnerability.

This seems to set up a situation where his fellow Republicans are going to throw McConnell to the wolves. Think about it. If they keep McConnell and defend him and say everything’s fine, they’re saying that an octogenarian who is clearly losing his connection to terra firma is just fine, everything’s hunky dory, and he’s totally up to the job. That is implicitly saying that Biden too is up to the job of president. And that is something they cannot do.

They can’t do it for plain political reasons because they would be taking an untenably hypocritical position (not that that ever stops them, but this is a high-profile matter). But it’s even more than that: They can’t do it because it would offend Dear Leader, and that, above all, they cannot do.

Donald Trump wants to talk, and talk, about Biden’s age. But he can’t do that effectively if his own party is keeping an 81-year-old man in his rigorous job. Especially when that 81-year-old man has had episodes like these last two.

And besides that, Trump hates McConnell, as we know. The aspersions are numerous. Earlier this month at a South Carolina dinner, where Lindsey Graham was once again sitting at the top of Mount Genuflection, Trump said: “These guys, what they’re doing with the election interference and the Senate has to step up and do something. The House is doing a lot of things. The Senate, under perhaps the worst leader in the history of the country running the Senate, Mitch McConnell, has to stand up and do something.” He also speculated that the Democrats must “have something” on McConnell. That’s Trump’s way of saying that he has something on McConnell, which he wants McConnell to believe, whether it’s true or not.

McConnell may be safe for now as his colleagues rally around him. But if he has one more episode, that’ll be three, and three is (for no particularly good reason, but it is) a magic number when it comes to these sorts of things. People will start asking then, if not before, how the GOP can stand behind McConnell yet call Biden too old. Trump will make his party choose: It’s Mitch or me. And they’ll throw McConnell to the wolves.

Mind you, I’m not suggesting we throw a pity party here. McConnell has set a pretty high bar of Trump capitulation himself over the years. In 2016, he offered Trump high praise right before the election. In 2020, The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer wrote a long profile that called McConnell Trump’s “enabler-in-chief.” True, McConnell has criticized Trump here and there, most memorably in that speech after the second impeachment. But remember—that speech came after McConnell voted to acquit.

September 02, 2023 7:10 PM  
Anonymous Michael Tomasky said...

That was the key moment right there, the moment that history will remember. McConnell reportedly told an aide at the time, “The Democrats will take care of the son of a bitch for us.” But this wasn’t true and couldn’t be true, and he knew it. The Democrats had 50 Senate votes, and 67 are needed to convict. Seven Senate Republicans voted with the Democrats. But McConnell had it in his power to direct 10 more votes toward conviction. He chickened out.

So did Kevin McCarthy, who on January 6 itself was outraged at Trump’s actions. But both men pulled back. In their book This Will Not Pass, New York Times reporters Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin wrote: “The leaders’ swift retreat in January 2021 represented a capitulation at a moment of extraordinary political weakness for Mr. Trump—perhaps the last and best chance for mainstream Republicans to reclaim control of their party from a leader who had stoked an insurrection against American democracy itself.”

That was the one chance Republicans had to seize their party back from Trump (and just return to the normal, pre-Trump, run-of-the-mill racist dog-whistling, xenophobia, and warmongering). And it was all in McConnell’s hands, much more than McCarthy’s. The votes of 10 more Senate GOP heavyweights, including McConnell’s own vote, might not have sealed Trump’s fate; his following would still have been rabid. But a conviction would have emboldened many in the party to speak out against Trump and start to move past him.

McConnell couldn’t do it. His stated reason—that there were constitutional issues raised by convicting a president who was no longer in office—was a thin rationale. He was afraid. He needed to hold on to his power. And now he’s held on too long. I don’t wish the man ill health. But if I’m right, and this ends up being his downfall, all because of a man he once had the power to neutralize but did not, it will be the kind of ignoble end that a man who turned the U.S. Senate into an ideological gutter deserves.

September 02, 2023 7:12 PM  
Anonymous homosexual marriage is an inherently sado-masochistic arrangement that should be discouraged by any civilized society..... said...

"It was hard to watch that Mitch McConnell video. That’s the second time he’s gone blanko in recent weeks in front of the cameras. We have no idea how often it’s happened when he wasn’t in front of the cameras. But odds are pretty good those aren’t the only two times."

McConnell isn't in a position where his age-related issues threaten the welfare of the country.

Slidin' Joe Biden is

impeachment could be appropriate but it's coming by Christmas over the Biden Crime Family activities anyway

September 03, 2023 12:03 AM  
Anonymous Burning man is washed out said...

And the ttf troll supports the "guy who's been indicted for 96 felonies over four separate cases."

September 03, 2023 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Rump supporters heading to jail said...

Pezzola, a recent Proud Boy recruit, was the only one of the five to be acquitted of seditious conspiracy. However, he was convicted of assaulting, resisting or impeding a police officer, robbery of government property and destruction of government property.

At Friday’s sentencing hearing, Pezzola apologized for his actions and told U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly that Jan. 6 was “the worst, most regrettable decision in my life,” according to NBC News.

Pezzola sobbed in a Washington, D.C., courtroom Friday as he asked a federal judge for leniency in his Jan. 6 sentence and vowed to stay out of politics in the future.

“Your honor, I stand before you as a changed and humbled man,” he also said, according to WUSA. “But, nonetheless as a man who has always taken responsibility for his actions … I have never denied what I did on J6.”

However, after receiving a 10-year prison sentence, and after the judge left the courtroom, Pezzola reportedly raised his fist and shouted, “Trump won,” as he left the courtroom, according to WUSA.

Another Jan. 6 rioter, who used a Taser on former D.C. police officer Michael Fanone in the neck as he was dragged through the crowd, similarly shouted the phrase “Trump won” following his sentencing in June.

September 03, 2023 8:10 AM  
Anonymous But Benghazi! said...

"impeachment could be appropriate but it's coming by Christmas over the Biden Crime Family activities anyway"

That will require something the Republican are never good at finding - EVIDENCE.

Republicans are GREAT at making accusations, and holding sham trials to keep people like Hillary out of office.

They hoped they could get Bill Clinton out of office by finding some evidence of shady land deals, but they couldn't. They had to settle for infidelity, which really isn't a problem for them as long as Republicans are the ones doing it.

And they couldn't find evidence for Obama's fake birth certificate either.

Republicans have had 5 years, millions of dollars, and a Trump appointed lawyer to investigate Hunter's laptop. They caught him cheating on his taxes, which he has since paid, and lying about his drug use when he bought a gun. If there was actual EVIDENCE of him engaging in major "crime family" activities, they would have found it by now. But they haven't.

Just like they haven't found any evidence for the Clintons killing people all around them, or running a child porn ring out of a pizza parlor basement.

When are you going to learn the much of right-wing media is BS just to get you outraged and make you ignore the fact that corporations are stiffing you in the wallet?

Probably never, but I thought I'd ask. Who knows, you might provide a good laugh trying to answer that one.

September 03, 2023 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Merrick Garland, Goresuch & Kavanaugh & Barrett....LOL!!!!!! said...

"That will require something the Republican are never good at finding - EVIDENCE."

actually, there is ample evidence Slidin' Biden was involved in Hunter's influence peddling business

but "evidence" isn't required

just the votes of the Senate

Trump was impeached twice without any evidence at all

"Republicans are GREAT at making accusations"

well, politicians are anyway

remember, Hillary who said she lost because Trump colluded with Russia?

"They had to settle for infidelity"

he wasn't impeached for "infidelity"

he was impeached for perjury

the Senate didn't decline to remove him because he was innocent

it was a political negotiation

"Republicans have had 5 years, millions of dollars, and a Trump appointed lawyer to investigate Hunter's laptop"

the investigation was compromised by DOJ interference

"If there was actual EVIDENCE of him engaging in major "crime family" activities, they would have found it by now. But they haven't"

LOL! you need to read up on what you're talking about

"the fact that corporations are stiffing you in the wallet?"

ah, how so?

September 03, 2023 2:16 PM  
Anonymous systemic racism is a conspiracy theory said...

Last year, at an event at the White House, former president Barack Obama jokingly referred to the current president as “Vice President Biden.” At the time, it was described as the more popular politician “reminding Biden who’s boss.” Yet, this needling carried an added bite, given reports of Obama’s private doubts about Biden’s judgment.

In 2020, Obama had famously warned fellow Democrats, “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f— things up.”

Obama is now being asked to bail Biden out from another debacle of his own making, going back to his time in Obama’s administration. Various committees and private groups are seeking more than 5,000 emails from Biden in which he used an array of aliases during the Obama administration.

Under the Presidential Records Act, Obama has 30 days to bar the release of the emails and to help shield his former vice president in a growing corruption scandal over the influence-peddling operation run by Biden’s son, Hunter.

Recently, it was learned that Joe Biden went by a variety of code names and false names, including Robin Ware. Robert L. Peters, JRB Ware, Celtic and “The Big Guy.” House investigators believe that may only be a partial list. For many Americans, it is understandably unnerving to learn that their president has more aliases than Anthony Weiner.

Then-White House press secretary Jay Carney said, “We do not use and should not use private email accounts for work.”

The problem is that there was “work” being discussed on some of these emails, including official foreign travel plans and the hiring of associates of Hunter for high-level positions. More importantly, some emails are relevant to the clients of Biden’s son. Biden has previously lied that he knew nothing of these dealings, but these emails could reveal even more about his knowledge and involvement.

Congress is investigating more than $20 million that was transferred to members of the Biden family from foreign sources through a labyrinth of shell companies and accounts. Even the Washington Post has been forced to admit that the president has lied in the past about aspects of Hunter’s dealings. Devon Archer recently confirmed that Joe Biden’s long-standing denial of any knowledge of their business dealings is “categorically false.”

Most reporters now admit that Hunter was clearly engaging in influence-peddling, Washington’s favorite form of corruption. Yet in the face of this growing evidence, Democrats insist that Hunter and his associates were merely selling “the illusion of influence,” not actual access or influence over Joe Biden.

Obviously, these foreign clients believed that they were buying more than an illusion for the millions they spent. One corrupt Ukrainian figure said that Hunter Biden was dumber than his dog, but that he paid him anyway for access to his father.

There are indications that these clients did receive more than illusion. For example, Archer described how Burisma executives were worried about the anti-corruption investigation being conducted by Ukrainian prosecutor general Viktor Shokin. Archer testified that Hunter immediately “called D.C.” in response to the plea. Shokin was later fired at Joe Biden’s demand.

Both Biden and Obama could easily allow the release of these emails to Congress. After all, the use of aliases has been defended on the basis that these emails are trivial or personal matters. If so, transparency will put all the allegations to rest. If it is not true, it would mean that Biden was using false names to convey important information to third parties, and the question would be why.

In one email from Hunter’s laptop, Biden associate James Gilliar explained the rules to Tony Bobulinski, then a business partner of Hunter. He was not to speak of the former veep’s connection to any transactions. “Don’t mention Joe being involved,” he wrote, “it’s only when u are face to face, I know u know that but they are paranoid.” Instead, they referred to the Big Guy or Celtic.

September 03, 2023 3:33 PM  
Anonymous ha-ha said...

that's right!

growing corruption scandal....

September 04, 2023 8:46 AM  
Anonymous But, but, but her e-mails! said...

Never underestimate the ability of Republicans to flog a dead horse.

September 04, 2023 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Good news -- lower core inflation said...

The odds of the US suffering a severe economic slump anytime soon have dropped to just 1-in-7 with the Federal Reserve close to calling time on its war against inflation, according to Goldman Sachs.

The bank said Tuesday that there's now just a 15% chance the US slips into a recession over the next 12 months, down from 20% previously.

Chief economist Jan Hatzius said Goldman Sachs had changed its outlook because it's increasingly confident that the Fed is done hiking interest rates, having lifted borrowing costs from near-zero to around 5.5% over the past 18 months.

"On net, our confidence that the Fed is done raising rates has grown in the past month," he wrote in a research note.

"We view Chair [Jerome] Powell's promise at Jackson Hole to 'proceed carefully' as a signal that a September hike is off the table and the hurdle for a November hike is significant," Hatzius added, referring to the central banker's speech in Wyoming last month.

In recent months, cooling inflation and the first signs of labor market weakness appear to have made it less likely that the Fed will press ahead with further interest-rate hikes.

The US Consumer Price Index rose just 3.2% in July, while last week's Non-Farm Payrolls report showed that unemployment crept up from 3.5% to 3.8% and wage growth fell from 0.4% to 0.2% in August.

Those economic data-points could help to convince some of the more hardline Fed policymakers that further tightening won't be necessary necessary, according to Hatzius.

"The combination of a higher unemployment rate, slower wage growth and – most importantly – lower core inflation should help the more hawkish FOMC participants get comfortable with the notion that they can keep the funds rate at its current level while assessing whether further hikes are needed," he said Tuesday.

"If the committee skips not only September but also November, the hurdle for restarting the hikes at a later point would probably rise," Hatzius added.

September 05, 2023 9:24 AM  
Anonymous for millennia, the world has recognized that any valid marriage needs to include both genders.......... said...

A recent poll conducted by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) newspaper, spanning from August 24 to August 30, indicates that 59% of voters disapprove of President Joe Biden's handling of the economy.

Worryingly, nearly three out of four voters believe inflation is heading in the wrong direction.

The poll also unveiled that a majority of voters, particularly 59%, perceive President Joe Biden, who is currently 80 years old, as too old for a second-term run, and only 39% view him favorably.

Of utmost concern for President Biden is the poll's revelation that he is tied with former President Donald Trump in a hypothetical 2024 rematch.

These findings surface as Trump maintains his position as the front-runner within the Republican Party, despite facing legal challenges at both the federal and state levels.

September 05, 2023 9:30 AM  
Anonymous Red state racism said...

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Federal judges said Tuesday that they will draft new congressional lines for Alabama after lawmakers refused to create a second district where Black voters at least came close to comprising a majority, as suggested by the court.

The three-judge panel blocked use of the state's newly drawn congressional map in next year's elections. A special master will be tapped to draw new districts for the state, the judges said. Alabama is expected to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“This is a significant step toward equal representation for Black Alabamians,” said former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which backed one of the court challenges that led to the decision.

The Republican-controlled Alabama Legislature hastily drew new lines this summer after the U.S. Supreme Court in June upheld the panel's finding that the map — that had one majority-Black district out of seven in a state where 27% of residents are Black — likely violated the U.S. Voting Rights Act.

The three-judge panel, in striking down Alabama's map in 2022, said the state should have two districts where Black voters have an opportunity to elect their preferred candidates. Because of racially polarized voting in the state, that map would need to include a second district where Black voters are the majority or “something quite close,” the judges wrote.

Alabama lawmakers in July passed a new map that maintained a single majority-Black district and boosted the percentage of Black voters in another district, District 2, from about 30% to almost 40%.

The three judges said Monday that they were “deeply troubled” that Alabama lawmakers enacted a map that ignored their finding that the state should have an additional majority-Black district “or an additional district in which Black voters otherwise have an opportunity to elect a representative of their choice.”

“We are not aware of any other case in which a state legislature — faced with a federal court order declaring that its electoral plan unlawfully dilutes minority votes and requiring a plan that provides an additional opportunity district — responded with a plan that the state concedes does not provide that district. The law requires the creation of an additional district that affords Black Alabamians, like everyone else, a fair and reasonable opportunity to elect candidates of their choice. The 2023 Plan plainly fails to do so,” the judges wrote.

In a hearing last month, all three judges pointedly questioned the state's solicitor general about the state's refusal to create a second majority-Black district.

“What I hear you saying is the state of Alabama deliberately chose to disregard our instructions to draw two majority-Black districts or one where minority candidates could be chosen,” Judge Terry Moorer said.

The state argued the map complied with the Voting Rights Act and the Supreme Court decision in the case. The state argued that justices did not require the creation of a second majority-Black district if doing so would mean violating traditional redistricting principles, such as keeping communities of interest together.

“District 2 is as close as you are going to get to a second majority-Black district without violating the Supreme Court's decision,” Alabama Solicitor General Edmund LaCour replied to Moorer.

Abha Khanna, an attorney representing one group of plaintiffs in the case, argued during the hearing that Alabama chose “defiance over compliance” and urged the judges to reject the state's map.

“Alabama has chosen instead to thumb its nose at this court and to thumb its nose at the nation’s highest court and to thumb its nose at its own Black citizens,” Khanna said.

September 05, 2023 11:31 AM  
Anonymous WSJ: Resilient U.S. Economy Defies Expectations said...

Steady hiring and robust consumer spending offer the latest evidence that the pandemic's effects and the government's unprecedented policy responses made the economy surprisingly resilient to the Fed's most aggressive interest-rate increases in 40 years.

Consumer spending, the primary driver of economic growth rose 0.8% in July.

More than a year after the Federal Reserve began rapidly raising interest rates to tame inflation, the hallmarks of a widely expected recession remain elusive.

Employers are hiring aggressively, consumers are spending freely, the stock market is rebounding and the housing market appears to be stabilizing—the most recent evidence that the Fed's efforts have yet to significantly weaken the economy.

Instead, the lingering effects of the pandemic have left consumers and employers still playing catch-up. That momentum could prove self-sustaining.

Americans are splurging on the activities they skipped during pandemic lockdowns, such as travel, concerts and dining out. Businesses are staffing up to satisfy the pent-up demand. Government policies in response to the pandemic—low interest rates and trillions of dollars in financial assistance—left consumers and businesses with lots of money and cheap debt. The same inflation that so worries the Fed translates into higher wages and profits, fueling spending...

Job gains, in particular, remain robust, pumping more money into Americans' wallets. Payrolls grew by a surprisingly large 339,000 in May, and the increases for the preceding two months were higher than initially estimated, the Labor Department said Friday.

The Biden economic plan is working — powering a historic economic recovery and building an economy from the bottom up and the middle out, not the top-down. And due to the bipartisan action taken by Congress last week, which protected President Biden's key accomplishments, his Investing in America agenda will continue to deliver good jobs for the American people in communities throughout the country.

No wonder Trump says, "I Love the Poorly Educated"

They tend to forget that "Donald Trump added $8 trillion to our debt."

September 05, 2023 1:57 PM  
Anonymous You go, girl! said...

AMAZING NEWS! Gloria Johnson, one of the Tennessee Three, just launched her campaign for US Senate against Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee! I can’t think of anyone better to take on & defeat Marsha than Gloria Johnson. Republicans & Marsha should be terrified. This is huge.

September 05, 2023 2:34 PM  
Anonymous remember how stuoid TTF was during the pandemic? said...

It was all for nothing. Really, for nothing. The miseries we inflicted on ourselves after March 2020 — the school closures, the ruined businesses, the debts, the authoritarianism — were caused by a moment of lightheaded panic.

How can I be so sure? Because, three-and-a-half years on, the results are in. And, let me warn you, they make dismal reading for anyone who went along with the lockdowns. You see, there was a counterfactual all along. Sweden did not impose mask mandates or stay-at-home orders. It did not close its borders or its businesses. Other than banning large meetings, it carried on as normal and told people to use their common sense.

Internationally, Swedes were portrayed as gamblers defying the scientific consensus. But it was they who were following the epidemic protocols drawn up by the WHO in cooler-headed times — protocols that never contemplated the mass immobilization of the population.

The rest of the world embarked on an experiment; Sweden was the control. And the leaders of other countries knew it at the time. Hence their resentment of that stolid, sensible social democracy.

In a series of leaked WhatsApp messages, the British health minister, Matt Hancock, raged at what he called the “f*****g Sweden argument.” In one of his texts, he instructed an adviser to “supply three or four bullet [points] of why Sweden is wrong.”

Note the phrasing: “why” not “if.” Britain, like most of the world, had by then committed itself to the most illiberal and expensive policy in the modern age. The idea that it had overreacted was too awful to contemplate.

For a while, Sweden did seem to be faring worse than comparable countries. It was never the outlier that it needed to have been to vindicate the lockdowns. Its reported death toll by the end of June 2020 — 517 deaths per million people — was higher than in the rest of Scandinavia but lower than in Spain and Italy.

Still, that early bump allowed critics to pronounce that the policy of openness had failed. The New York Times dismissed Sweden as a “pariah state.” Former President Donald Trump declared, “Sweden is suffering very greatly. You know that, right? Sweden is suffering very, very badly.”

But the declared purpose of slowing transmission had been to flatten the curve so that hospitals would not be flooded at any given moment. Unsurprisingly, then, Sweden’s infections were front-loaded. But they never came close to overwhelming the healthcare system.

In any case, even within Scandinavia, different countries had different rules for recording Covid deaths. In Norway, Covid had to be declared a cause of death by the attendant physician. In Sweden, if you choked on a meatball while carrying the virus, you counted as a Covid death.

That is why statisticians said at the time that we needed to wait until the figures were in to make like-with-like comparisons. The most basic measure is overall excess deaths — that is, how many people died during the three years of the pandemic versus the previous three years.

On that measure, Sweden did not just avoid a high death rate. According to Eurostat, the official EU statistical agency, it had the lowest death rate in Europe, below even Denmark, Norway, and Finland — 4.4% higher than in the previous period, compared to 11.1% for Europe as a whole.

September 05, 2023 4:45 PM  
Anonymous remember how stuoid TTF was during the pandemic? said...

We can fine-tune that calculation by factoring in age, obesity levels, and so on and asking how many people we would normally expect to die. If we do that, Sweden actually lengthens its lead over the rest of Europe.

Other rankings use different methodologies, and Sweden is not always the single best performer. But it is always at or near the top of the table, far above countries that chose to incarcerate their peoples.

Our World in Data, for example, puts Sweden’s excess death rate at 5.6 per cent compared to 10 per cent in Britain and 14% in the United States. The Economist puts it at 180 per 100,000 people, compared to 345 in Britain and 400 in the United States.

The gap is growing as the long-term consequences of lockdown, from mental health problems to missed cancer screenings, kick in. And poverty tends to correlate with lower life expectancy. According to the OECD, the world economy at the end of 2021 was 2.9% smaller than it would have been with no pandemic, but Sweden’s was 0.4% larger.

No, there is no way to sugarcoat this. The people who ordered the lockdowns caused needless poverty, illness and death. They did not mean to, but they did.

September 05, 2023 4:45 PM  
Anonymous Halloween season is still a few weeks away but it's time for Dems to get scared - BOO!!!!!!!!!!!! said...

In any other election season, Joe Biden would be looking to be a one-term president at this point. When peeling away the onion on specific issues, the president is vastly underwater — on the economy (-20), inflation (-30) crime (-23), immigration (-27) and foreign policy (-15).

No president since 1948 has been reelected with an approval rating at or below 46 percent. Biden is currently at 41.8% approval on average, which appears to be the ceiling in the past year. But it gets worse: Very few Americans apparently believe the best is yet to come for this presidency, as 77% of them in a recent AP-NORC poll think Biden is too old for a second term.

And yet here we are, with polls consistently showing a statistical dead heat when the matchup is Trump v. Biden. And for those who believe a Ron DeSantis matchup with Biden would be more favorable to the GOP because the Florida governor doesn't have over 90 criminal counts and multiple other cases pending against him in state and federal courts, think again. Here are the last three major polls conducted in August:

Biden 43, DeSantis 39 (Morning Consult)
Biden 45, DeSantis 40 (Yahoo News)
Biden 44, DeSantis 39 (Fox News)

But how can this be? On paper, this is a rerun of 1980 with the last one-term Democratic president, Jimmy Carter. Republican Ronald Reagan won 44 states in a landslide.

Enter Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-Va.), who ran one of the best campaigns we've seen in the 21st century. Here you had a rookie politician with little name recognition and zero experience in politics going up against Clinton royalty in the form of former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe. In late August 2021, just nine weeks before the Virginia gubernatorial election, McAuliffe led by 9 points. Yet Youngkin went on to win relatively comfortably anyway.

Youngkin showed discipline in sticking to just a handful of major issues and hammering them home — a contrast to McAuliffe, who shot himself in both feet when he said parents shouldn’t have any say in their child’s education: “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

McAuliffe, sensing Youngkin's momentum in the polls in October as the Republican seized the education issue to win suburban women's votes, called on President Biden to campaign for him. And Biden talked about the person who was the primary driver behind his own election victory a year prior: Donald Trump.

At an event with McAuliffe just weeks before the election, Biden broached Trump’s name two dozen times during his pitch for McAuliffe in a relatively short speech. McAuliffe’s actual opponent was an afterthought.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin on June 15, 2023 in Arlington, Virginia.
Many view Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin as a potential presidential contenderDrew Angerer/Getty Images

It should be noted that Youngkin won without campaigning with Trump. And it was all the more remarkable of a victory, since Biden captured Virginia by more than 10 points in 2020.

So one has to wonder if Youngkin is considering a run for the presidency to save his party.

If he did, Democrats certainly would have their hands full, because Youngkin is likable and not polarizing. He's not too old (56). His ranking in Virginia is 57% approval, 32% disapproval. Again, this is in a blue state that no Republican presidential candidate has won since 2004.

How would Youngkin do against Biden in Virginia for its crucial 13 electoral votes? A survey conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University in August found that if the presidential election were held today, it would be Youngkin 44, Biden 37.

That’s a decisive seven-point margin. A hypothetical matchup between Trump and Biden in the same state shows Biden topping Trump by 3 points, a ten-point swing from Youngkin’s number.

September 05, 2023 6:01 PM  
Anonymous Halloween season is still a few weeks away but it's time for Dems to get scared - BOO!!!!!!!!!!!! said...

Some in the media already are issuing a warning. "Virginia Democrats are worried the national party isn’t doing enough to stop Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin, raising alarm bells that he could try to use wins on the state level to pull Virginia to the right and, potentially, mount a presidential bid," an Aug. 21 NBC News report read.

Youngkin has been non-committal so far, simply pointing to state elections in Virginia this fall that could expand GOP power in the state.

"Young Kin. Now that's an interesting take. Sounds Chinese, doesn't it?" Trump sophomorically wrote on Truth Social last November as rumors swirled about a possible 2024 run. Trump went on to say Youngkin couldn't have won in Virginia without his endorsement — but that’s exactly what Youngkin essentially did, since Trump didn't speak at one Youngkin rally, not having been invited.

“You all know me, I do not call people names. I really work hard to bring people together,” Youngkin said when asked by reporters to respond to Trump. “That’s not the way I roll and not the way I behave.”

A perfect, refreshing answer.

Will the governor of Virginia jump into the 2024 race?

He is term-limited for his current office. He has a record. He's optimistic. And he has a story to tell.

Perhaps more importantly, he isn't Donald Trump, a candidate who gets out the vote for the other party like no presidential candidate ever has.

September 05, 2023 6:02 PM  
Anonymous Another one's gone, and another one's gone, another one bites the dust! said...

Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, the former chairman of the violent neo-fascist gang the Proud Boys, was sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol attack.

U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly handed down the sentence in a District of Columbia courtroom Tuesday, the longest sentence yet for a Capitol attacker. His sentence also included 36 months of supervised release. The Justice Department had sought 33 years for 39-year-old Tarrio for the pivotal role he played in orchestrating the violence on Jan. 6 that left more than 100 police officers injured.

Given the opportunity to speak before his sentencing, Tarrio’s voice cracked and he wiped away tears as he told the court he had “failed” his family, according to reporters in the courtroom.

“Standing before you today, I feel I failed as a brother, fiancé, nephew, as a son,” Tarrio said. “I will always regret making decisions that did not put them first. I’ve taken care of my grandfather for most of my life, and now I’ve failed him.”

Though Tarrio was not at the Capitol on Jan. 6, prosecutors argued that he was instrumental in mobilizing the gang to Washington and overseeing their assault on the Capitol in what was ultimately a failed effort to keep former President Donald Trump in power.

Tarrio oversaw the attack from a hotel in Baltimore. He was barred from entering Washington after being arrested two days prior on charges that he defaced a Black Lives Matter banner during a pro-Trump rally in December 2020. Tarrio and four other Proud Boys were convicted in May as part of the Justice Department’s seditious conspiracy case against the gang’s leadership.

The Proud Boys were “lined up behind Donald Trump and willing to commit violence on his behalf,” prosecutor Conor Mulroe told jurors during Tarrio’s trial in April. “These defendants saw themselves as Donald Trump’s army, fighting to keep their preferred leader in power no matter what the law or the courts had to say about it.”

On the day of the attack, Proud Boys members Joe Biggs and Zachary Rehl carried walkie-talkies as they moved through the crowd, yelling marching orders to other members to breach the building. Proud Boys member Dominic Pezzola was the first to smash a Capitol window and lead rioters inside after he stole an officer’s riot shield.

Judge Kelly said Tarrio’s absence from the Capitol served “strategic purposes.”

“It did allow his lieutenants to rile up the crowd, and it did, from his perspective, insulate him in just the way he’s arguing now, distanced himself from what in fact unfolded that day,” Kelly said. “That’s useful to someone as smart as Mr. Tarrio. And then, before the day was out, publicly putting on social media: ‘I’m proud of my boys and my country’ and ‘Don’t fucking leave.’”

"I love the poorly educated!" - Donald "Doin' Jail Time" Trump

Trump's 3-D chess move to win the 2024 election: Get his most ardent supporters stuck in the pokey for a decade or two.

September 05, 2023 7:08 PM  
Anonymous I wonder if TTFers agree with any part of the Constitution.... said...

The calendar says summer is ending, vacations are over and it’s time to get back to work. If you’re a Democrat, it’s also time to get serious about dumping Joe Biden as your 2024 nominee.

It’s been eons since the president has enjoyed even decent poll numbers, but amid a glut of bad ones, last week’s Wall Street Journal survey stands out.

With only minor exceptions, it shows Biden and his policies, especially on inflation and the economy, are wildly unpopular and that the vast majority of all registered voters do not want him to seek re-election.

Instead, they want him to turn out the lights and take a permanent vacation.

Meanwhile, a Journal survey of just Republican voters paints such a rosy picture of Donald Trump’s support that he appears to be on an unstoppable march to the nomination.

The former president now holds a 46-point lead over runner-up Ron DeSantis, with the Florida governor’s backing at just 13%, continuing its months-long ­decline.

But it is among the larger group of registered voters from both parties and independents where the Journal poll has the worst-possible news for Biden and Democrats.

The top finding is that an astounding 73% of all respondents believe Biden, at 80 and in obvious decline, is too old to run for a second term.

Remarkably, that number ­includes two-thirds of Dems, the Journal says.

The contrast between the leading contenders for the Oval Office is striking.

Less than three years after Biden took the White House from Trump, the winner is in something of a free fall and the loser is on a roll.

September 06, 2023 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Mike KulishecK said...

Our recent poll explores voters' attitudes about Trump's role in efforts to overturn the 2020 elections, the January 6 riots at the Capitol, and the former President's indictments. Predictably, three-quarters of Republicans reject criticism of Trump for what happened after the 2020 elections. That said, a sizable bloc of Republicans are consistently alienated by Trump's behavior and critical of his post-election actions. Among Republicans in our poll, 22% say Trump only cares about himself and cannot be trusted, 22% are less favorable to Trump because of his indictment, 24% say they are less likely to vote for him against Biden because of the indictments, and 44% of Republicans say that if convicted, Trump should face the possibility of prison time. If the base of the Republican Party is the party of Trump, and these are big red flags for him.

Remember, Donald Trump only lost 6% of Republicans in 2020. While Trump is holding onto his base, our data reveals fissures in his Republican support that would be more than enough to sink his candidacy and re-elect Joe Biden.

Similarly, Trump is on his heels with Independents in our poll when the political conversation is about January 6th, overturning elections, and indictments. Two-in-three Independents say Trump cannot be trusted, 61% say they are less likely to vote for Trump against Biden because of his indictments, and 72% believe he should face prison if convicted. Moreover, in spite of his protestations, Independents believe Trump knew he lost in 2020 and that he attempted to overturn a fair and free election. When asked about the January 6th riots, Independents overwhelmingly say it was an insurrection and an attempted coup.

These are not good numbers for Donald Trump among Republicans or Independents.

Our polling shows that the indictments are turning off majorities of Independents and enough Republicans to make Trump's path to victory extremely tight in 2024. In a race that will be decided narrowly in a handful of states, Trump cannot afford to lose anyone from his 2020 coalition.

Given the divisions in the U.S., the middle of the electorate – Independents and moderates – are especially interesting these days. When Independents break strongly one way or another, we pay attention. For example, the reaction among Independents to Trump's recent indictments is meaningful because fully two-thirds break against the former President.

Trump's greatest challenge is calibrating his message to the audience that will get him 271 electoral votes. Trump has always maximized adulation by preaching to his base. He seldom leaves the safety of the rightwing echo chamber. This is a reasonable strategy to win the Republican nomination, but it makes winning a general election harder. The question for 2024 is whether Trump can make himself presentable enough to win back the suburbs, more educated voters, and the bloc of voters across the country that has been activated around the overturning of Roe v. Wade by Trump's hand-picked Supreme Court.

Joe Biden needs to find a way to tell his story of success as President. He has an enviable record of accomplishment. After voting against it, even Republicans are promoting the benefits of Biden's Inflation Adjustment Act to their red-state constituents. Right now, the economy and inflation are moving in the right direction. Making his policy achievements personal for voters is the key to Biden's success in 2024. President Biden also benefits from reminding voters that the 2024 election is a choice between two people with very different views and values when it comes to our shared future as Americans.

September 06, 2023 10:02 AM  
Anonymous the gay agenda is totalitarian said...

"Joe Biden needs to find a way to tell his story of success as President"

you mean like when he over-stimulated the economy and ignited the first significant inflation in 40 years and permanently raised the price of everything?

how about when he deserted our allies in Afghanistan to retribution by the Taliban? Who would feel safe helping us again?

and when he delegated the border to Kamala - the border is a crisis, btw

then, there was the time he hobnobbed with transgender lunatics going topless on the White house lawn while hanging that ugly gay pride flag above the Stars and Stripes on the portico

also, slow rolling aid to Ukraine and resisting sending effective weapons in a timely manner while Russia decimates cities

President Joe Biden held a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House this afternoon. The ceremony was held to present Captain Larry L. Taylor with the prestigious medal.

The presentation ceremony came to an abrupt end when President Joe Biden unexplainably bolted from the room, racing towards the door and making his exit in the middle of the ceremony.

What happened? Why did Biden run out of the room? Why would he be so incredibly disrespectful to our Military?

During a prayer reading at the Medal of Honor ceremony today, President Joe Biden could be seen struggling to remove his mask.

This President appears to be completely lost! Jill has COVID, and she usually leads him around because he's become an imbecile. Biden barely makes appearances in public anymore, and when he does, America seems to always be subjected to total embarrassment.

Why does Congress refuse to address Biden’s health? This has reached a point of absurdity.

September 06, 2023 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Happily married heterosexuals don't obsess over gay marriage said...

"you mean like when he over-stimulated the economy and ignited the first significant inflation in 40 years and permanently raised the price of everything?"

Biden didn't "over-stimulate" the economy causing inflation. Oil companies and other producers decided it was the perfect time to line their pockets with extra profits to make up for their HUGE losses at the end of the Trump administration. If inflation was the problem, it would have taken a huge bite out of their profits - it didn't their record profits were multiples of the inflation rate.

Black Rock and other private investors bought up loads of cheap housing after Bush collapsed the housing market in 2008, and they also thought 2022 would be a good time to jack up rents to make up for their pandemic losses.

The economy keeps sucking wealth from the poor and the middle class up to the rich the way it has been designed since Ronnie Raygun got into office.

Keep shilling for the billionaires and this is just what you can expect - don't complain when folks told you that "trickle down" economics wouldn't work for most Americans and that is exactly what has happened. Even George W. Bush called it "voodoo economics."

The US has the best economy and the lowest inflation rate of all the G7 countries.

"how about when he deserted our allies in Afghanistan to retribution by the Taliban?"

It was Trump who let THOUSANDS of Taliban out of prisons a year before he announced he was going to leave, and then did NOTHING to get the THOUSANDS of Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) paperwork through the State Department so they could be moved to safer countries. Meanwhile, the Taliban had a year to make plans, collect materiel, and move into position all over the country.

Biden had to get that going AFTER he got into office, and then he pulled off one of the largest evacuations in that short a time in human history, finally getting us out of one of the most expensive and useless wars we've been in. It's a shame Bush didn't have the balls to leave when he never found Bin Laden there - remember - he said he wanted to destroy Al Qaeda?

"Who would feel safe helping us again?"

Well, certainly not Kurds or Shiites after Bush I let Saddam run them down with helicopters after the end of the first Gulf War. I imagine anyone who thought the US would stick around and help after that would have to be pretty naive or never learned any of the history of how the US keeps injecting itself into the Middle East and making things worse for everyone.

"also, slow rolling aid to Ukraine and resisting sending effective weapons in a timely manner while Russia decimates cities"

Biden has led our allies to the biggest destruction of Russian military personel, equipment, and fighting capability since the end of World War II... all while not having to put American troops in danger.

You keep ignoring the fact that Putin has a bunch of nuclear missles he can launch at any time, and he's just crazy enough to use them if he's not handled properly. It's the proverbial "frog in hot water" technique - you want to keep raising the temperature slowly enough that Putin can still think he will eventually prevail. If he's backed into a corner, he will attack like a cornered rat, and what he's done to Ukraine will just be the prelude.

"What happened? Why did Biden run out of the room? Why would he be so incredibly disrespectful to our Military?"

Well, gee, since he's the president, all sorts of things could have happened all around the world that could suddenly be more important. It may be a secret military operation, an assassination, a weather disaster threatening millions of people. We voted him in to take care of those things, not spend his time golfing at his own expensive golf resorts and charging the US taxpayers a premium so his Secret Service detail could stay there like our last president.

September 06, 2023 12:52 PM  
Anonymous Happily married heterosexuals don't obsess over gay marriage said...

"Why does Congress refuse to address Biden’s health? This has reached a point of absurdity."

They haven't refused at all. They're still waiting for Mitch to unfreeze and tell them what to do next.

Apparently he has lost the ability to stand and talk at the same time.

And just a few lines before you were complaining about Biden running. Make up your mind, schizoid.

Besides, if Trump was doing the same things, you'd just say "let the people decide with their vote."

We did Trump lost.

Get over it.

September 06, 2023 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Happily married heterosexuals don't obsess over gay marriage said...

"I wonder if TTFers agree with any part of the Constitution."

Of COURSE we do -- especially the 14th Amendment.

Can't wait to see the Insurrectionist in Chief behind bars and barred from holding office for life.

What I don't know though is if that weasel is going to find a way to keep grifting millions of dollars from his delusional supporters every year once he's President of his Cell Block.

September 06, 2023 1:13 PM  
Anonymous more gay agenda damage said...

A Virginia mother is suing her local school district which she says declined to notify her that her daughter was identifying as a male at school and was being harassed and assaulted by other students.

What’s more, Michele Blair says the Appomattox County Public Schools‘ failure to notify her led to her daughter running away from home and being sexually abused around the country.

In her lawsuit, Ms. Blair says her daughter, Sage, had told a school official that she identified as male but did not make her gender identity change known at home — and the school did not do so, either.

Instead, school officials encouraged Sage to use the male restroom, where she was harassed and assaulted, according to the legal filing.

“Notably, Mrs. Blair was notified and had to consent to her daughter receiving a Tylenol at school, yet was never informed about something as consequential as being affirmed as a boy, using the boys’ bathroom and being harassed and sexually assaulted at school,” states the 54-page lawsuit, which was filed Aug. 22 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

Ms. Blair said the school’s decision to withhold important medical information about her daughter led to a decline in her mental health, to the point that Sage ran away from home. As a result, she was kidnapped, drugged and raped by a number of men from Washington, D.C., to Maryland and eventually to Texas, the lawsuit states.

The mother also alleges that a lawyer in Maryland who was working for the state kept Sage in transgender and group housing, and did not release her to Ms. Blair.

Sage was 14 at the time of the rapes. The lawsuit says she will have to undergo lifelong therapy to address her post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Blair family is suing the district for allegedly violating Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, saying it was indifferent about Sage’s claims of sexual assault and harassment at school, and for allegedly violating civil and privacy rights.

“Please do not leave us in the dark,” Ms. Blair said of the school’s interactions with parents. “We love our children. If you see anything going on with a child, you need to notify a parent immediately.”

Vernadette Broyles, a lawyer representing Ms. Blair, said this is just one of roughly 20 cases of parents suing schools for not disclosing matters related to gender identity.

“We are overrun,” said Ms. Broyles, president and general counsel for the Child & Parental Rights Campaign. “Lawsuits are being filed all the time.”

She said schools used to work openly with parents to do what’s best for the child, but there’s been a historic shift in which schools have not been transparent with parents.

The Blairs’ case is just one of several pitting parents against schools.

One involves a group of parents from diverse religious backgrounds who have asked the 4th Circuit to allow them to opt their children out of story time when the books involve gender and sexuality issues, like promoting LGBTQ rights.

In August, California’s attorney general sued the Chino Valley Unified School District, which had a policy of notifying parents when their children decide to use pronouns inconsistent with their biological sex.

Around the same time, another California school system — Spreckels Union School District — decided to settle a lawsuit with a family for $100,000 after withholding information about a student’s gender transition and reportedly encouraging the gender change.

September 06, 2023 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden and the Bern: two identical cranky socialists,,,, said...

For the second time in a week, a poll shows that three-quarters of Americans, including two-thirds of Democrats, consider President Biden too old for the office.

In the new Wall Street Journal poll, 73 percent of Americans said the phrase “too old to run for president” captures Biden at least “somewhat well,” with even Democrats agreeing overwhelmingly. The results echo an Associated Press-NORC poll from last week, which found that 77 percent of Americans overall and 69 percent of Democrats said Biden was “too old to effectively serve” another four-year term.

It’s evident that this is a growing problem for Biden. But how much might it actually matter in a deeply polarized country in which the likely alternative has been criminally indicted four times?

Let’s take the first part of that first.

Biden’s age problem is clearly bigger than it once was. But more specifically, it’s a growing perceived mental-sharpness problem, and the gap between him and former president Donald Trump on such questions has also expanded.

Here’s how that breaks down:

Those two-thirds of Democrats who say Biden is too old is up from earlier polling. Previously, around half of Democrats generally said Biden was too old, including in a spring Washington Post-ABC News poll, a May Yahoo/YouGov poll and a June Quinnipiac University poll.

The AP-NORC poll also asked people for the first word that comes to mind when they think of Biden. In February, around 2 in 10 who offered a response chose a word referencing Biden’s age (“old,” “grandpa,” for example) or mental fitness (“bumbling”). But today, 4 in 10 choose such a word.

When Biden was running for president in October 2020, an NBC News poll showed about half of Americans had major or moderate concerns that both he and Trump had the “necessary mental and physical health” to serve as president (51 percent for both men). By June 2023, 68 percent said that of Biden, while Trump’s number rose only slightly, to 55 percent.
A Pew poll in March 2021 showed a majority of Americans said “mentally sharp” described Biden at least “fairly well.” By April, that had declined to 3 in 10.

A Fox News poll in September 2021 showed independents said 53 percent to 41 percent that Biden didn’t have the “mental soundness” to serve effectively. That split is now an overwhelming 76-22 against Biden — among the voters who generally inhabit the political middle. (Biden’s 54-point gap is also much larger than the 19-point gap for Trump, with independents saying 59-40 that Trump lacks the requisite mental soundness.)
The Fox News poll isn’t the only one to suggest that the mental angle is now significantly more of a liability for Biden than Trump. The Washington Post-ABC News poll showed that while 69 percent of independents said Biden didn’t have the required “mental sharpness,” just 43 percent said the same of Trump.

September 06, 2023 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden and the Bern: two identical cranky socialists,,,, said...

It’s natural to ask at this point how much it matters. The New York Times in April published an analysis downplaying the significance and pointing to the impact of polarization — as well as to Trump’s many problems not related to age or mental sharpness. Polling expert Nate Silver, by contrast, argued over the weekend that Democrats ought to be more concerned than they currently are.

Silver’s analysis strikes me as reasonable. It’s not that the three-quarters of people who say Biden is too old won’t actually vote for him; many will. Democrats as a whole have increasingly rallied around Biden, and the alternative of Trump looms large.

What’s more, there is evidence that “too old” isn’t close to a dealbreaker for many of the would-be Biden supporters who have that reservation about him. In a July Suffolk University poll, 37 percent of Democratic-leaning voters said Biden’s age made them less likely to support him, as compared to the two-thirds who now say he’s too old.

That 37 percent saying they were less likely to back Biden over his age was similar to the 34 percent of Republican-leaning voters who said the same of Trump’s initial indictment in New York. And much of the conventional wisdom pretends as if Trump’s indictments are something of a political non-factor.

But Silver’s analysis closes with an important point. It’s not so much that this is currently a major liability; it’s that it’s going to loom on the campaign trail. “This election is probably going to be close, and Trump might be only one Biden-has-a-McConnell-moment away from winning,” Silver wrote, referring Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) two on-camera freeze-ups.

The problem is that the margins are just so fine, and this issue presents the vast majority of voters with a historically unusual liability, however compelling they might ultimately find it, to balance against Trump’s liabilities.

There is a large universe of people who not only think Biden is too old but, relatedly, that his mental acuity is actually an impediment to his service as president. When those saying these things include 7 in 10 independents and two-thirds of your own base — the people most likely to view you in the most positive light and give you the benefit of the doubt — it’s something that must be reckoned with.

There is logically a point at which that impediment could rise as a priority, depending in part on how Biden deals with it and in part on the perceived magnitude of Trump’s own problems. For now, the issue is trending in the wrong direction for Biden.

September 06, 2023 5:44 PM  
Anonymous another thing to thank Biden for: extending school shutdowns for no reason and hurting public school students.. said...

A day after First Lady Jill Biden tested positive for Covid with mild symptoms, the White House announced that President Joe Biden will once again be wearing a mask indoors and will only remove it “when sufficiently distanced from others.”

The news comes as health officials in major urban centers, including New York City and Los Angeles, are urging Americans to wear masks again, citing a new strain of Covid spreading through the country. Some colleges and universities, too, are bringing back mask mandates, as are large employers like Kaiser Permanente at its Santa Rosa, California, campus, along with a group of hospitals in New York.

An elementary school near Washington, D.C., on Tuesday imposed a mask mandate — stressing that it would be passing out KN95s, no less — on third graders after a handful of kids tested positive for Covid.

Here we go again.

Having gotten a taste of what unlimited power and authority they could wield under the pretext of pandemic management, the American public health bureaucracy — aided and encouraged by Democrats at every level of government — is gearing up to reassert control over our lives, dictating what we can and can’t do, where we can and can’t go, and what counts, or doesn’t count, as an “essential business.” The reemergence of mask mandates is simply the first sign of what’s to come.

And it doesn’t matter at all to them that masks have been more or less conclusively shown not to work. Over the weekend, CNN’s Michael Smerconish confronted Anthony Fauci with a study from earlier this year, the most comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the efficacy of masking during Covid, which found that masking made no difference.

pThe study’s lead author, Tom Jefferson of Oxford University, said in an interview in February that there’s no evidence that masks, whether N95s or the plain cloth types, had any effect, “Full stop.” Asked about other preventative measures like hand-washing and social distancing, Jefferson said, “There’s no evidence that many of these things make any difference.”

This wasn’t some woefully flawed, nonrandomized study of the sort that too often informed slapdash policymaking during the pandemic. It was conducted by a dozen experts for a British nonprofit called Cochrane, which is considered the gold standard for health care data review and analysis. The study’s conclusions were based on the results of 78 randomized controlled trials involving more than 610,000 people in multiple countries. Areas with mask mandates, the authors found, fared no better than areas without them. As the pandemic ran its course in the U.S., this became obvious, as different states (and often cities) had different masking rules. The mandates made no difference.

Asked about this study, Fauci’s response was abject nonsense. He simply waved it off with a bit of legerdemain saying, “Yeah but there are other studies” that show masking protects at the “individual level,” even if the data show no effect of masking at the “pandemic level.”

September 06, 2023 8:55 PM  
Anonymous The Senility Thing said...

President Joe Biden and the first lady launched a PR push last week by visiting a middle school in Washington, D.C. – and trying to gaslight parents.

As children returned to class this school year, memories of pandemic-related school closures are no doubt still fresh on the minds of families. Too many of the nation’s students – in particular, the most vulnerable – were forced to stay home for more than a year, causing tremendous losses in learning, from which they may never recover.

Yet, Biden has a different take on how this all went down – one in direct conflict with reality.

The same day the president visited the school, the White House released a statement, claiming in part:

“Today, thanks to the President’s swift actions and historic investments, every school in America is open safely for in-person instruction. Since Day One, President Biden has worked to help every school open safely for in-person instruction, accelerate academic achievement, and build communities where all students feel they belong.”

Biden must really think parents are dumb.

Anyone who paid attention in early 2021 knows Biden’s actions were hardly “swift.” His goal to fully open schools within his first 100 days quickly fizzled, and it became clear that the teachers unions who helped get him elected played an outsized role in dictating health and policy guidelines that kept schools shuttered far longer than necessary.

September 07, 2023 7:58 AM  
Anonymous The Senility Thing said...

Vice President Kamala Harris said that she is prepared to "take over" if President Joe Biden is unable to complete his term, standing firm on her position as the commander-in-chief strives for reelection and maintain office until age 86.

As the oldest president in U.S. history, Biden has repeatedly been bombarded with questions related to his mental acuity amid his 2024 campaign.

"Questions about the president's age often go hand-in hand with questions about how you would step in the role if necessary. Do you feel prepared for that possibility?" Associated Press reporter Chris Megerian asked Harris during an overseas trip.

"let us also understand that every vice president, every vice president, understands that when they take the oath, that they must be very clear about the responsibility they may have to take over the job of being president," Harris said. "I am no different."

The VP said she would step into the role at the ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia after Megerian cited an AP-NORC poll that found 77 percent of Americans believe the sitting president, now 80, is too old to run for reelection.

Desperate Democrats are "begging" for Michelle Obama to run, with party insiders "secretly testing" public support for the former First Lady after seeing Biden's poll numbers.

September 07, 2023 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Post all the irrelevant Biden hit pieces you like, it won't stop Trump's march to prison said...

A former director of information technology at Mar-a-Lago won’t face criminal charges after cooperating with special counsel Jack Smith in his probe into former President Donald Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents, according to a new court filing.

Yuscil Taveras, who was identified as “Trump Employee 4” in the superseding indictment filed by Smith earlier this year, reached a deal with prosecutors after receiving a target letter saying he would be investigated for allegedly making misleading statements, according to the filing from the worker’s former attorney Stanley Woodward.

Taveras then agreed to strike a “non-prosecution agreement” with Smith and change his testimony, Woodward wrote.

Taveras appeared before a grand jury in July. His testimony resulted in new charges against Trump, his aide Walt Nauta and a new defendant, Carlos De Oliveira, a property manager at the Florida estate.

The former IT director testified that he was pressured by De Oliveira to delete surveillance footage from the Mar-a-Lago servers, which the indictment explains was an effort to conceal the video from the grand jury.

De Oliveira allegedly told Taveras “‘the boss’ wanted the server deleted.”

Trump, Nauta and De Oliveira have all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

September 07, 2023 11:32 AM  
Anonymous if Biden tries to impose masks and shut down business, I say: go ahead,..make,, said...

"Post all the irrelevant Biden hit pieces you like, it won't stop Trump's march to prison"

you seem to think I'm pro-Trump

I'm not

I am opposed to Trump Derangement Syndrome, which is leading Dems to rip our democracy apart, doing whatever it takes to stop Trump

if Dems succeed in getting juries to convict Trump, the weaponization of our justice system will be an accepted tactic moving forward

making us all less free

all that being said, there may come a scenario where Trump is the lesser of evils

but I think Gavin Newsom for Dems and Glen Youngkin for the GOP would give America the kind of choice they deserve choice

I. myself, would vote for Youngkin

there are other appealing GOP candidates

Nikki Haley would be a terrific President

Ron Desantis and Rick Scott and, even, Mike Pence have potential

September 07, 2023 6:19 PM  
Anonymous another of those "hit" pieces TTF likes so much - hittin' with the facts again - howunfair!.... said...

Democrats woke up Thursday to yet another poll showing a large percentage of voters are concerned about President Biden’s age and data that showed most GOP primary candidates fared well in hypothetical match-ups with Biden.

A CNN poll contained numerous red flags for Biden and Democrats. It found 46 percent of registered voters said any Republican presidential nominee would be better than Biden in next year’s election, and 49 percent said Biden’s age was their biggest concern about him as a candidate in 2024.

Biden’s overall approval rating in the poll was 39 percent, and just 74 percent among Democrats.

And in hypothetical head-to-heads, Biden is neck and neck with most of his potential Republican opponents, including former President Donald Trump, the front-runner for the GOP nomination. Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) led Biden by 6 points in a theoretical general election match-up between the two, according to the CNN poll.

The CNN poll is only the latest in a string of troubling surveys that show Biden’s approval remains stagnant and his age continues to be a concern for voters.

“These numbers are not good, and they’re consistent with most of the other polling that we’ve seen. The country is in a sour mood,” David Axelrod, a former Obama White House and campaign strategist, said on CNN.

It is part of a larger trend of recent surveys that have shown voters are concerned about Biden’s age. The president is 80, and he would be 86 at the end of a potential second term.

A Wall Street Journal poll conducted Aug. 24-30 found 42 percent of voters approve of Biden’s performance as president, and 73 percent of registered voters said the phrase “too old to run for president” described Biden well.

An Associated Press/NORC poll also conducted in late August found that 77 percent of Americans and 69 percent of Democrats think Biden is too old for a second term, though 82 percent of Democrats said they would probably or definitely support him as the party’s nominee.

Vice President Harris, who this week traveled to Indonesia, sat for interviews with The Associated Press and CBS News. In both cases, she was asked about her readiness to serve as president, a nod to the persistent storyline about Biden’s age and ability to serve out a second term.

September 07, 2023 10:28 PM  
Anonymous the future for Slidin' Biden and the Gay Ageda is grim said...

NEW POLL: LOTS OF REPUBLICANS CAN BEAT JOE BIDEN. These days, each poll seems to bring discouraging news for President Joe Biden. Voters think he's too old. They don't approve of his job performance. They prefer someone else be the Democratic nominee for president. They think he was involved in his son Hunter Biden's shady international influence-peddling business. And they would choose a Republican over Biden in a head-to-head 2024 matchup.

All of that bad news and more is contained in a poll from CNN.

There's more discouraging news for Biden on the Hunter Biden front. The pollsters asked: "Based on what you have heard or read, do you think Joe Biden did or did not have any involvement in his son Hunter Biden's business dealings in Ukraine and China while serving as vice president?" Sixty-one percent said Joe Biden did have some involvement in Hunter Biden's business, while 38% said he did not. Joe Biden, has, of course, strongly denied any involvement, meaning most Americans don't believe him.

And then there is Joe Biden versus the GOP. The pollsters measured Biden against all of his major Republican would-be challengers and found that, while all the scenarios were close, the president could defeat only one of them — Vivek Ramaswamy — and then by just a single point.

First, of course, the pollsters asked about Biden versus former President Donald Trump. The result: Trump 47%, Biden 46%. Then, other Republicans, and more bad news for Biden: Mike Pence 46%, Biden 44%. Tim Scott 46%, Biden 44%. Chris Christie 44%, Biden 42%. The results show Biden struggling and losing against candidates who are sure to be also-rans in the Republican primary race.

When the contest was Joe Biden versus Ron DeSantis, the two men tied, 47% to 47%. When it was Biden versus Ramaswamy, Biden won, 46% to 45%. Only one matchup yielded a significant lead for either candidate. When matched against Nikki Haley, Biden lost 43% to Haley's 49%. That 6-point margin was the biggest of any matchup between Biden and a Republican.

And Biden is weak, not just against Haley but against every Republican. If that continues, it will surely have a profound influence on the way Biden campaigns. In this way: If Biden were far ahead, he would likely run an old-fashioned Democratic campaign stressing how much money he and his Democratic colleagues in Washington have spent, how many new programs they have created, to benefit the middle class. But if Biden is in a fight for his political life, his campaign will become a scare campaign, based on dark warnings of a MAGA movement that wants to destroy democracy.

You say that would only happen in a Biden versus Trump match? Of course it would. But Biden and the Democratic Party will use it against any other Republican who might become the GOP presidential nominee. If she becomes the nominee and is highly competitive against Biden, Nikki Haley will become a MAGA extremist. Tim Scott will become a MAGA extremist. Ron DeSantis, of course, was already portrayed that way when he appeared to be a strong threat to supplant Trump. If Biden is in trouble, any Republican he runs against will be a MAGA extremist.

So, there is a very good chance that this will not be a highly edifying presidential campaign. The new CNN poll shows a broad range of factors threatening to derail Joe Biden's slow shuffle to reelection. Those factors will likely become more ominous, from Biden's perspective, as time goes by.

September 08, 2023 8:38 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality can't produce life, why would we call that a marriage? said...

Despite the efforts of a dishonest president, his Democrat media stenographers and Deep State defenders, most refuse to be gaslit about the corruption of the Bidens and the authorities that have protected them.

A new CNN poll shows 61% of Americans believe then-Vice President Joe Biden was involved in son Hunter’s business dealings in Ukraine and China.

A majority, 55%, also believe the now-president has acted inappropriately regarding the so-called investigation into his son.

The poll numbers come amid rumblings of a pending impeachment inquiry this fall and news that special counsel David Weiss intends to indict Hunter on gun charges — a face-saving measure the prosecutor was forced into after the collapse of a sham plea deal that was a product of the very phony “investigation” the public ties to the president.

Both developments illustrate the dueling scandals at play transcending Biden’s actions as vice president: that the Bidens engaged in a corrupt, criminal and compromising multimillion-dollar international influence-peddling scheme and that the Department of Justice and FBI have conspired to cover up the scheme, obstructing justice to protect President Biden (and themselves).

Start with scandal one: Hunter Biden’s business dealings and Joe Biden’s involvement in them.

“Business dealings” is a euphemism for influence peddling. Joe’s involvement in his family’s influence-peddling scheme, seemingly bag-manned by Hunter, was definitional.

Hunter lacked the requisite knowledge or experience to have any business whatsoever with Ukrainian energy oligarchs — as he himself has admitted — Chinese financiers or any other such figures.

Millions flowed into the Biden family coffers, on down even to Joe’s grandchildren, through nearly two-dozen shell companies, from individuals and entities hailing from adversarial and/or corrupt countries around the globe — without the Bidens rendering any recognizable service.

Americans are onto the truth about Joe and Hunter, after years of media stonewalling
The only thing Hunter brought to the table was political power — the “Biden brand,” on which the entire influence peddling scheme was based, headlined by patriarch Joe.

Maintaining that brand evidently involved Joe dining with Hunter’s “business” counterparts, popping into their meetings, writing college letters of recommendation on behalf of at least one of their kids and taking at least one call from Hunter when demanded by a client to get it out of a jam.

That client was Burisma. Here, Joe’s involvement would seem to be most direct and damning.

As Biden boasted publicly in 2018, two years prior he leveraged $1 billion in US aid — in a seeming dramatic policy shift — to entice Ukraine’s then-president to fire the prosecutor probing Burisma. An FBI informant has alleged the company’s founder had bribed Joe and Hunter each with $5 million to make that probe go away.

Irrespective of whether Joe took such a bribe, as the House Oversight Committee wrote in an August memorandum, “President Biden’s family is the vehicle to receive bribery payments.” Per the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, “payments to family members to corruptly influence others can constitute a bribe.”

Beyond the money that flowed to Biden’s family members, Hunter’s and Joe’s finances were commingled to a degree.

The key remaining questions then are: What other actions did Joe Biden take directly or indirectly benefitting his family’s international influence peddling operation? And to what extent did Joe directly or indirectly benefit?

September 08, 2023 1:50 PM  
Anonymous homosexuality can't produce life, why would we call that a marriage? said...

Scandal two is the DOJ and FBI coverup of all this via their sabotaged investigation and sham prosecution of Hunter Biden.

DOJ’s new plan to indict Hunter on gun charges — but not yet on the Foreign Agents Registration Act or tax evasion and fraud — is itself an indirect indictment of a DOJ engaged in damage control and a continuation of the coverup given the nexus of the influence-peddling scheme associated with these offenses to Joe.

Only after IRS whistleblowers indicated DOJ and FBI systematically obstructed the Hunter probe — including preventing the pursuit of leads to Joe — while statutes of limitation on the most serious crimes lapsed, and Biden appointees prevented charges from being brought, did now-special counsel Weiss rush to negotiate a sweetheart deal with Bidens’ counsel.

And only when that deal collapsed was Attorney General Merrick Garland forced to grant Weiss the special-counsel authority he was not supposed to need to prosecute Hunter, preceding this planned indictment.

September 08, 2023 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Post all the irrelevant Biden hit pieces you like, it won't stop Trump's march to prison said...

"I am opposed to Trump Derangement Syndrome, which is leading Dems to rip our democracy apart, doing whatever it takes to stop Trump"

I'm opposed to Trump Derangement Syndrome as well, but like everyone else in Bizzaro World, you have it entirely backwards and are projecting your own derangement on everyone else.

Trump is currently the biggest homegrown threat to our democracy, not Democrats. And prosecuting politicians who break the law simply isn't weaponizing our justice system. If more of them start following laws, it will be GOOD for democracy - no one is king here - no one is above the law.

You, like most conservatives these days have lost all objectivity, and will tow the Republican party line all the way to a theocratic dictatorship, (or just a dictatorship if it's Trump) all because of your blindness and the effectiveness of decades right-wing propaganda.

Democrats aren't the enemy and never have been, and I didn't used to vote for them very often. But these days they are the only counterbalance the conservative right's headlong march into corporate and theological autocracy. For a while I hoped that sane Republicans would kick out the lunatics and they'd be a viable and responsible party again, or perhaps the party would split into separate entities, and the insane group would be out-voted by Dems and Republicans making them a loud but ineffectual political nuisance. Unfortunately, the patients are now running the insane asylum.

Most Republicans haven't even realized that there best hope for getting past Trump and the authoritarian poison he has infected them with is to band together, denounce him, and do everything they can to make sure he never runs for office again.

But those obsequious office holders would have to grow a spine or a testicle before that could happen.

September 08, 2023 1:51 PM  
Anonymous Another conservative false equivalence fails when it hits reality said...

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has tackled a major argument from three of the false electors charged alongside Donald Trump in Georgia.

David Shafer, Shawn Still and Cathleen Latham have argued that they were following precedent set by Democrats in Hawaii after the 1960 election when the three defendants signed certificates falsely claiming to be legitimate presidential electors favoring Trump after the 2020 election.

The three Republicans are seeking to move their cases to federal court.

Willis argued against the move in court papers filed Thursday, as first reported by Politico’s Kyle Cheney. She took aim at the Hawaii argument, which Republicans have long used to defend Trump’s false-electors scheme.

“Repeated invocations to ‘precedent’ allegedly set in Hawaii during the 1960 presidential election misses the mark by a wide margin,” Willis wrote.

“First, and this principle hardly seems necessary to explain, actions that did not result in prosecution 60 years ago — in a different jurisdiction, with different election code and criminal statutes, presided over by different prosecuting agencies, and with differing substantive evidence of criminal intent — provides zero protection for Defendant Shafer and his co-defendants who conspired to advance the 2020 fraudulent elector scheme in Georgia.”

“Second, the factual situations are so readily distinguishable as to make the comparison meaningless,” she added.

In 1960, after Richard Nixon appeared to have narrowly won Hawaii’s presidential election, the state’s governor certified the results in his favor.

However, when a recount indicated that John F. Kennedy might take the lead, Hawaii’s electors for Kennedy were given legal advice to sign certificates to ensure their votes would be counted by Congress if the recount changed the election result.

It did, and the Democratic electors were ultimately certified as the state’s legitimate slate.

Willis noted that when Hawaii’s Democratic electors met in 1960, an official recount was underway.

In the 2020 case, when Shafer and other fraudulent electors met, “two recounts had already been completed, each of which confirmed a margin of victory for then-candidate Biden of thousands of votes,” she wrote.

Several of Trump’s co-defendants are seeking to move their cases to federal court, including the false electors and Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows, arguing that they were acting in their capacity as, or at the direction of, federal officials.

Willis asked the court to reject Shafer’s bid to move his case, pointing out he produced no evidence and “no coherent theory” to support that claim.

September 08, 2023 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Dems can't be happy with how the election is going to go... said...

"Trump is currently the biggest homegrown threat to our democracy, not Democrats. And prosecuting politicians who break the law simply isn't weaponizing our justice system. If more of them start following laws, it will be GOOD for democracy - no one is king here - no one is above the law."

Nice spin, LOL!

Actually, twisting laws beyond the intent of lawmakers is how Dems are weaponizing our justice system.

Racketeering laws, for example, were never intended to be used against politicians looking for technicalities to overcome electoral defeats.

Paying off an old affair to keep people from finding out about it is not a campaign expenditure.

If former President Trump's handling of classified information was illegal, so was the same by VP Biden and Secretary Hillary.

If someone riots after becoming enraged when hearing you speak, that doesn't make your speech illegal.

Recently, as the House Oversight Committee's investigation into the Biden family business has ramped up, his narrative changed to having "never been in business" with his son.

But according to a new poll from CNN, a majority of American voters believe Biden was in fact doing business with his son. Both failed to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act.

Sixty-one percent of respondents believe Biden had "some involvement" while he was vice president during the Obama administration, including 42 percent who believe he did something illegal.

September 09, 2023 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden threatens Americans' constitutional rights - again!.... said...

A federal appeals court ruled the Biden administration’s policing of social-media content during the pandemic violated the First Amendment, a decision that bars White House aides and other officials from pressuring online platforms to suppress protected speech.

In a 74-page opinion released late Friday, the New Orleans-based U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals said administration officials coerced social-media platforms to censor disfavored views about Covid-19 health policies, the origins of the pandemic and other divisive topics including election security and Hunter Biden.

The ruling came in a case that is among the most potentially consequential First Amendment battles pending in the courts, testing the limits on government scrutiny of social-media content on Facebook, YouTube, X (the renamed Twitter) and other major platforms.

The decision affirmed the conclusions of a federal judge who ruled against the government on July 4 and castigated the Biden administration for establishing what he called an “Orwellian ‘Ministry of Truth.’ ”

September 09, 2023 2:22 PM  
Anonymous But, but, make him release his LONG FORM birth certificate! said...

"Racketeering laws, for example, were never intended to be used against politicians looking for technicalities to overcome electoral defeats."

Do you keep spinning like that so you can feel more drunk?

Trump's call to "find" votes was on Jan 2nd - nearly a month after Georgia had counted the votes THREE times, well after 5 dozen courts had thrown out his "widespread voter fraud" allegations for evidence, after Bill Barr (the guy who got his position in the White House after he wrote a paper saying sitting presidents can't be convicted) told him the "voter fraud " allegations were "idiotic" and "bullshit," and after the DOJ and his own investigators found no evidence of voter fraud. He wasn't asking about any "technicality" at that point, he was asking for votes to be made up out of thin air.

"Racketeering laws, for example, were never intended to be used against politicians looking for technicalities to overcome electoral defeats."

They weren't intended to be used against wealthy parents paying off school officials to get their kids into elite universities either. And tax laws were never expected to get a murderous mob gangster, know for ording assassinations in prison for tax evasion, but the thing about laws is, it doesn't who you are, if you break the law, are tried and convicted in court, you go to jail for it. It's not really a hard concept to grasp - one party likes it so much they like to call themselves the "law and order" party for it. Maybe you need to read up some more law books to see how it works in this country.

"If former President Trump's handling of classified information was illegal, so was the same by VP Biden and Secretary Hillary."

No one was charged for how they "handled" classified information - but keep trying to deflect like most people are stupider than your are.


"If someone riots after becoming enraged when hearing you speak, that doesn't make your speech illegal."

Never said it was. Encouraging a bunch of idiots to riot is though - it's called "incitement to riot." Being in an out of court all his life, Trump knows words he has to avoid being obvious, but given what happened that day, and the months he spent angering right-wing militias that were working with his buddy Roger Stone, the DOJ has a pretty good case to prosecute here. We'll have to see what a jury thinks.

"But according to a new poll from CNN, a majority of American voters believe Biden was in fact doing business with his son. Both failed to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act."

Most Americans believe a bunch of BS, because American media is blasted through with loud-mouthed right-wingers spewing so much hateful propaganda that now a large chunk of its populace think it's no big deal when a bunch of White Nationalists march around spewing Nazi propaganda, assaulting people, and occasionally killing someone.

If a Biden broke laws, the should be tried and convicted for it. You won't hear me complaining about it.

The problem is that Republicans think there's a huge bonfire every time they see a little blue smoke, and the facts that come out in the never justify all the fear and rage they incite - so it's a little hard for me to get worked up about another conspiracy theory outrage that probably won't pan out.

So chill out, and have some fresh pizza from a place that never had Hillary's child sex dungeon in its basement.

September 09, 2023 3:00 PM  
Anonymous Biden loses IQ points daily said...

"Trump's call to "find" votes was on Jan 2nd - nearly a month after Georgia had counted the votes THREE times, well after 5 dozen courts had thrown out his "widespread voter fraud" allegations for evidence, after Bill Barr (the guy who got his position in the White House after he wrote a paper saying sitting presidents can't be convicted) told him the "voter fraud " allegations were "idiotic" and "bullshit," and after the DOJ and his own investigators found no evidence of voter fraud. He wasn't asking about any "technicality" at that point, he was asking for votes to be made up out of thin air."

again, the only way you can convince yourself of something so ridiculous is that you suffer from a bad case of Trump Derangement Syndrome

for one thing, it's part of Trump's emotional make-up that he believes certain things regardless of what the experts and elites think

you may remember that Al Gore kept demanding more recounts in 2020

the Supreme Court finally said enough but no one suggested that Gore be arrested for not accepting earlier recounts

because he had a constitutionally protected right to free speech

and even if he thought that he had lost but was hoping someone could find enough votes to change the result, he has a constitutionally protected right to say false things

but even more significant, if you read the entire phone call in question, Trump specifically told the guy not to do anything illegal

the whole indictment centers on a conversation taken out of context

"They weren't intended to be used against wealthy parents paying off school officials to get their kids into elite universities either. And tax laws were never expected to get a murderous mob gangster, know for ording assassinations in prison for tax evasion,"

both cases were wrong to bring

cheating on a college application is not illegal

if Al Capone were "know for ording assassinations in prison", the government has to prove it to take action against him

even criminals have rights

"but the thing about laws is, it doesn't who you are, if you break the law, are tried and convicted in court, you go to jail for it"

yes, and "it doesn't who you are", you are entitled to free speech

even if Democraps really really don't like you

It's not really a hard concept to grasp

"No one was charged for how they "handled" classified information - but keep trying to deflect like most people are stupider than your are.


his view is that he had a right to possess the documents

if the Biden administration disagrees, it can sue to retrieve the documents they should acted through the civil action in courts

that's what has happened in previous disputes between former and current admnistrations

the Democraps just wanted to arrest him

they didn't sue to settle the disagreement

because their intent was not to protect national security

it was to hurt Trump politically

September 09, 2023 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Slidin' Biden loses IQ points daily said...

"Never said it was. Encouraging a bunch of idiots to riot is though - it's called "incitement to riot.""

this was a favorite charge that the government would bring against antiwar protesters in the 60s and 70s

the Chicago 7 and Angela David were charged with it

"the DOJ has a pretty good case to prosecute here. We'll have to see what a jury thinks."

well, the SCOTUS will determine the matter

but not only did Trump not encourage anyone to riot, his speech before the march told them not to

"But according to a new poll from CNN, a majority of American voters believe Biden was in fact doing business with his son. Both failed to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act."

"Most Americans believe a bunch of BS, because American media is blasted through with loud-mouthed right-wingers"

actually, people on both sides are concerned

as for the media, there are both sides represented

the American public has access to a multitude of opinions

"The problem is that Republicans think there's a huge bonfire every time they see a little blue smoke, and the facts that come out in the never justify all the fear and rage they incite"

stop bringing up the Russian collusion hoax

September 09, 2023 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Happily married heterosexuals don't obsess over gay marriage said...

"the Supreme Court finally said enough but no one suggested that Gore be arrested for not accepting earlier recounts"

No one suggested Trump be arrested for not accepting earlier recounts either.

Your deflection and false equivalencies add nothing to your argument. I guess you must be using them for typing practice.

Al never orchestrated a multi-state fake elector scheme, anger Democrats into attacking the Capitol to stop / delay certifying the vote, or get his lackies to try and illegally sequester voting machines either.

"both cases were wrong to bring"

That's your own bogus opinion. It's a good thing you're not a lawyer.

"cheating on a college application is not illegal"

And what does that actually have to do with what they were convicted of?

"his view is that he had a right to possess the documents"

He also thinks he's a very stable genius. His views are irrelevant. We have laws in this country.

"if the Biden administration disagrees, it can sue to retrieve the documents they should acted through the civil action in courts"

It's best for Biden to stay as far away from any Trump legal issues as possible, and he's being doing a GREAT job at that.

There is a whole Department of Justice filled with lawyers responsible for making sure folks follow the laws, and investigating when it looks like they haven't. The further politicians are from the whole process, the better off Americans are. It shouldn't take a constitutional scholar to figure that out.

"the Democraps just wanted to arrest him...

it was to hurt Trump politically"

Even if that were true it's not against the law, and not anything different from what Republicans do.

Did you have a point with that or were just practicing typing again?

September 09, 2023 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Biden permanently raise prices by an average 2,000 per family and he will pay at the polls if he doesn't drop out.... said...

"No one suggested Trump be arrested for not accepting earlier recounts either"

well, it was more than suggested

Trump has been charged because he called a Georgia official and suggested he examine the ballots to get rid of fraudulent votes

"Your deflection and false equivalencies add nothing to your argument. I guess you must be using them for typing practice."

this was your assertion:

"he was asking for votes to be made up out of thin air"

that is false

"Al never orchestrated a multi-state fake elector scheme"

Don hasn't been charged with that either

"anger Democrats into attacking the Capitol to stop / delay certifying the vote,"

I assume "Democrats" is a typo

you are again implying that a person is responsible for an extremist reaction to their words

that would pretty much end free speech as we know it

authoritarians use that argument against their opponents in third world regimes all the time

"or get his lackies to try and illegally sequester voting machines either"

Al wasn't President

so, he couldn't do that

but this is a matter to be settled in a civil court, not a criminal one

"That's your own bogus opinion. It's a good thing you're not a lawyer."

plenty of lawyers also have this "bogus opinion"

it's prosecutorial abuse to charge people with an overly expansive interpretation of some law because you can't prove they did something clearly illegal or because you don't like what they did

"His views are irrelevant. We have laws in this country."

actually, the law has never been applied this way to a former President before

disputes have been settled in a civil court not criminal prosecution

and, yes, intent is relevant

"It's best for Biden to stay as far away from any Trump legal issues as possible, and he's being doing a GREAT job at that."

actually, I used the term "Biden administration" but, since you bring it up, Biden is doing a great job of doing nothing all day

he's taking care of business

"There is a whole Department of Justice filled with lawyers responsible for making sure folks follow the laws, and investigating when it looks like they haven't."

this is a DOJ that has been acting as an advocate for Hunter Biden and tried to intimidate parents who protest at school boards

"The further politicians are from the whole process, the better off Americans are. It shouldn't take a constitutional scholar to figure that out."

the current DOJ is as political motivated as it could possibly be

"Even if that were true it's not against the law,"

well, it's unconstitutional

is the constitution part of the law in your mind?

"and not anything different from what Republicans do."

Republicans never charged Hillary with her part in the Russian collusion hoax

September 10, 2023 7:36 AM  
Anonymous Progress said...

Atlanta-based U.S. District Court Judge Steve Jones has denied former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows' bid to move his Georgia criminal case to federal court, stating that he did not meet the "quite low threshold for removal" because his activities for the Trump campaign were outside the scope of his federal role, according to CNN.

Both Meadows and Jeffrey Clark wanted their cases handled — and ultimately dismissed — by federal courts because of their work for the Trump administration, but that obviously did not fly with the judge.

"The Court finds that the color of the Office of the White House Chief of Staff did not include working with or working for the Trump campaign, except for simply coordinating the President's schedule, traveling with the President to his campaign events, and redirecting communications to the campaign," Jones wrote. "Thus, consistent with his testimony and the federal statutes and regulations, engaging in political activities is exceeds the outer limits of the Office of the White House Chief of Staff." Per CNN's coverage of the judge's decision, "The ruling is also a personal blow to Meadows, who took a significant risk by testifying at a recent hearing about the removal bid, where he was questioned under oath by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' team."

September 10, 2023 11:25 AM  
Anonymous “MORONS!”: Trump, triggered by Fox News, challenges Biden [and others] to an "acuity test" said...

Donald Trump slammed the Wall Street Journal and Fox News on Sunday over a poll he complained asked voters questions about his age and mental acuity.

"In a phony and probably rigged Wall Street Journal poll," Trump fumed on his TruthSocial social media platform, "coming out of nowhere to softened the mental incompetence blow that is so obvious with Crooked Joe Biden, they ask about my age and mentality. Where did that come from? A few years ago I was the only one to agree to a mental acuity test, & ACED IT. Now that the Globalists at Fox & the WSJ have failed to push their 3rd tier candidate to success, they do this."

The former president then went on to challenge Rupert Murdoch, who helms the conglomerate of conservative media networks, President Joe Biden, and Wall Street Journal executives "to acuity tests!"

In a follow-up post shared not long after, Trump alleged he would "name the place and the test, and it will be a tough one," adding that "physical activity" could be added to the mix.

"Page 2: I will name the place and the test, and it will be a tough one. Nobody will come even close to me! We can also throw some physical activity into it. I just won the Senior Club Championship at a big golf club, with many very good players. To do so you need strength, accuracy, touch and, above all, mental toughness. Ask Bret Baier (Fox), a very good golfer. The Wall Street Journal & Fox are damaged goods after their failed DeSanctimonious push & stupid $780,000,000 'settlement.' MORONS!!!"

Trump has consistently derided President Biden over his age and perceived mental deterioration by the public. And, as a recent WSJ poll notes, "Voters overwhelmingly think President Biden is too old to run for re-election and give him low marks for handling the economy and other issues important to their vote."

The subject term limitation for political leaders has been a topical one as of late, largely owing to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's, R-Ky., recent health scares during public appearances. On two separate incidents, the 81-year-old seemingly froze, unable to speak, prompting questions about a potential stroke or seizure disorder. After McConnell was given an ostensibly clean bill of health from the U.S. Capitol attending physician, Dr. Brian Monahan, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., hit back, telling reporters that Monahan's explanation was "inadequate" and "not a valid medical diagnosis."

"It doesn't look like dehydration to me," Paul, a licensed ophthalmologist with a medical degree from Duke University, said. "It looks like a focal neurologic event. That doesn't mean it's incapacitating, it doesn't mean he can't serve, but it means that somebody ought to wake up and say, 'Wow! This looks like a seizure.'"

Digby noted:

The test is designed to track cognitive changes over time. It's not an "acuity" test or an IQ test but Trump has gone back to it again and again as proof of his mental fitness. In the famous interview in which he bragged that he had been able to remember a string of words, he explained that it was actually quite difficult:

"TRUMP: I asked the doctor, I said, 'is there some kind of cognitive test that I could take?' ... the last questions are much more difficult. Like a memory question. You'll go 'person, woman, man, camera, TV.' So they say -- 'can you repeat that?' ... for me it was easy." ��"

No normal person would make such a big deal out of that test because it's obvious to anyone with a brain that it's just a memory test that many elderly people take to see if they may have signs of dementia. He acts as though he just scored 1600 on the SAT (which, by the way,he reportedly paid someone to take for him.)

September 11, 2023 1:39 PM  
Anonymous Sad said...

"Never forget that Donald Trump's initial reaction to 9/11 was to boast that after the towers fell he suddenly owned the tallest building in downtown Manhattan."

September 11, 2023 3:09 PM  
Anonymous Reality bites said...

Senate GOP says House lacks evidence for impeachment

Senate Republicans say the House GOP doesn’t appear to have enough evidence to pursue impeachment proceedings against President Biden and are skeptical about the prospect of setting up an inquiry with multiple committees already investigating the president and his son, Hunter Biden.

Republican senators are highly skeptical that Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) could even muster enough votes in the House to pass an article of impeachment and warn it would be quickly dismissed if it ever got to the Senate, possibly without going to a full trial.

“It really comes to how do you prioritize your time? I don’t know of anybody who believes [Senate Majority Leader] Chuck Schumer [D-N.Y.] will take it up and actually have a trial and convict a sitting president,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the Senate GOP leadership team.

Cornyn noted that House Republicans could investigate the Bidens without launching a formal impeachment inquiry because they control the lower chamber.

“Since they got the majority, they got the chairmen of the various committees, they could do all of that now without going to a formal inquiry,” he said. “Members of the House don’t really care what I think. All I can tell you, it’s unlikely to be successful in the Senate.

“Rather than doing something they know is unlikely to end the way they would like, maybe they want to emphasize other things.”

Cornyn is far from alone in his assessment.

Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.) on Monday expressed reservation about linking a bill to avoid a government shutdown to a vote on launching impeachment proceedings.

Asked if there’s enough evidence to impeach Biden, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), another member of the Senate GOP leadership team, replied: “I do not.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), for his part, said attempting to impeach a sitting president “should generally be avoided for the interest of the country.”

“It can’t become routine,” he warned.

Some Republican senators remember that the impeachment of then-President Clinton backfired politically in the 1998 midterm election, when the president’s party picked up five House seats, a notable break from the historical trend.

September 12, 2023 7:52 AM  
Anonymous Oops! Fox Host Demolishes Key Fox Anti-Biden Talking Point said...

At age 80, Biden is the oldest president in U.S. history. Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates have repeatedly argued that he is too old and suffering from cognitive decline (while ignoring that their party’s front-runner is just four years his junior). Most recently, the GOP has seized on Biden’s Sunday press conference at the G20 summit in Hanoi, during which he joked he was “going to bed.”

But Fox reporter Peter Doocy inadvertently set the record straight. “He has been basically working all through the night, the equivalent of an all-nighter Eastern time,” he said of Biden. “So he’s probably pretty tired, pretty jet-lagged, but—”

Doocy then stopped mid-sentence as he realized what he had just admitted.

Watch him yourself!

September 12, 2023 12:25 PM  
Anonymous Raskin cuts through the bullshit. -- Thanks, Jamie said...

In a statement, Raskin denounced Comer's committee’s efforts as:

… a transparent effort to boost Donald Trump’s campaign by establishing a false moral equivalency between Trump—the four time-indicted former president now facing 91 federal and state criminal charges, based on a mountain of damning evidence for a shocking range of felonies, including lying to the FBI, endangering national security by illegally keeping classified documents, and conspiring to subvert the U.S. Constitution—and President Biden, against whom there is precisely zero evidence of any wrongdoing whatsoever. To the contrary, Chairman Comer’s investigation has conclusively disproven the Republican allegations against President Biden.

Raskin provides receipts:

Not only does this voluminous evidence fail to even suggest any wrongdoing by President Biden, it in fact proves the opposite. Specifically:

-None of the bank records Comer has released shows any payments to President Biden.
-None of the SARs the Committee reviewed alleges, or even suggests, any potential misconduct by President Biden, nor do the SARs show any involvement by President Biden in Hunter Biden’s financial or business relationships.
-Not one of the witness accounts provided to the Committee has shown any evidence of wrongdoing by President Biden, including accounts from two IRS agents and a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent, who were involved in the DOJ’s investigation of Hunter Biden.
-Former business associates of Hunter Biden who have been interviewed by the Committee—Eric Schwerin and Devon Archer—explicitly stated that they have no reason to believe President Biden had any involvement in Hunter Biden’s business deals, much less any reason to believe President Biden took any official action on behalf of his son’s business ventures.
-Mr. Schwerin, who performed bookkeeping and other administrative tasks for then Vice-President Biden and therefore had access to his bank records, stated that he was not aware of any involvement by President Biden in the financial conduct of his relatives’ businesses, much less any transactions into or out of the then-Vice President’s bank account related to business conducted by any Biden family member.
-Two IRS agents who testified before the Committee affirmed that they do not have any evidence of political interference by President Biden or Attorney General Merrick Garland.
-The Former FBI Supervisory Special Agent interviewed by the Committee rejected Republicans’ claims that prosecutorial decisions by U.S. Attorney David Weiss or his team were the result of any political interference.

September 12, 2023 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Finally, Thomas makes some sense said...

The man at the center of a landmark gun rights case before the Supreme Court shot a pistol at a woman a handful of times in a public parking lot, according to police records obtained by HuffPost.

Zackey Rahimi is challenging a longstanding federal law barring domestic abusers from possessing guns. But this previously undisclosed incident underlines advocates’ fears that allowing abusers to retain firearms will lead to more violence against women and undermine public safety.

The case is one of dozens in which lower courts have scrapped well established gun restrictions to comply with the sweeping reinterpretation of Second Amendment rights penned by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas last year.

“This order should have prohibited him from having a gun,” said David Pucino, deputy chief counsel at Giffords Law Center, a gun reform nonprofit. “The fact that he had a gun allowed him to go ahead and use it, and fire it at yet another woman.”

Under the standard described by Thomas, the only gun restrictions permitted by the Constitution are those that existed in some form historically dating back to an unspecified period some time between 1791 ― when the framers signed the Bill of Rights ― and the end of the Civil War....more about gunslinger Zackey Rahimi here


September 13, 2023 1:40 PM  
Anonymous People with GUNS KILL PEOPLE said...

The number of school shootings in the U.S. just hit a record high.


There were 188 shootings with casualties at public and private elementary schools during the 2021-22 school year, according to new federal data. About two-thirds of them caused injuries. Fifty-seven led to deaths.

It’s the second year in a row that the number of shootings with casualties hit an all-time peak in American schools. And it’s more than twice as many casualty-involved shootings than were last recorded: Last year’s figure, 93, was the highest in two decades.

The data is part of the National Center for Education Statistics’ (NCES) annual crime and safety report, which was published Wednesday. Though the report’s authors advise interpreting data since the onset of the pandemic “with caution,” the statistics indicate a significant spike in certain types of school shootings even in post-pandemic years.

The findings come as the U.S. grapples with historically high levels of gun violence. The total number of gun-related deaths so far this year has already surpassed 30,000, according to the Gun Violence Archive. Earlier this summer, Fourth of July celebrations were onceagain marred by the specter of widespread mass shootings.

Who are the most likely school shooters?

The report gives insight into the types of shooters that have wrought havoc on campuses over the past two decades. Of the 47 people responsible for active shooting incidents at elementary and secondary schools in the past two decades, 46 were male. The vast majority, 34, were 12 to 18 years old.

School shootings were defined in the report as incidents in which “a gun is brandished, is fired, or a bullet hits school property for any reason, regardless of the number of victims, time of day, or day of week.” There have been 30 school shootings so far in 2023, per Education Week’s national school shooting database. Sixteen people, including 12 students and children, have been killed. Thirty-two in have been injured.

One of the most recent fatal shootings happened Tuesday at St. Helena Career & College Academy in Greensburg, Louisiana. The incident left one student dead and two injured. Law enforcement took a suspect, another student, into custody.

A national NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll conducted in May showed most Americans – six in 10 – think controlling gun violence in the U.S. is more important than gun rights. That figure was the highest it’s been in a decade. The poll surveyed nearly 1,300 adults.

September 14, 2023 6:23 AM  
Anonymous boy, the Dems have a real gem of a candidate in Joe Biden - LOL!!!!!!!!!!!! said...

we need to provide the same kind of security to kids in public schools that we do to museums

the reason nuts do this is because schools always have lax security

infringing on the constitutional rights of citizens accomplishes nothing

September 14, 2023 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Rep. Maxwell Frost, D FL "15 days from now when our country comes to a halt, remember who did this to you. Speaker Kevin McCarthy and the extremist House Republicans, who care more about themselves and their politics than you. said...

Frost, the House’s youngest member, also railed against Republican attempts to impeach President Biden over his son’s business deals. McCarthy announced he would back plans for an impeachment inquiry this week.

“And the cherry on top of all of this is that instead of getting to work on funding the government, they’re trying to impeach Hunter Biden, I think, who — spoiler alert — is not the president of the United States,” he added.

McCarthy has also been under fire from members of his own party over the impeachment inquiry, including from Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who has pushed McCarthy to go farther on going after Biden. Gaetz has floated votes to oust McCarthy in recent days.

“This speaker doesn’t even have the votes for impeachment, doesn’t even have the votes to fund the government,” Frost said. “It’s unclear if he even has the votes to keep his own job.”

The House has struggled to move forward on bills crucial for government funding, including a bill on defense funding measures that sank after opposition from far-right Republicans. Government funding expires at the end of the month.

“We are 15 days from a government shutdown that will impact millions of working people, and Speaker McCarthy can’t get his own party to pass any significant pieces of legislation,” Frost said.

September 15, 2023 8:08 AM  
Anonymous And let's not forget said...

The millions of dollars brought in by Biden family members trading on their famous name is a monumental scandal, but the billions of dollars brought in by Trump family members using similar means is totally kosher; and that Biden, the man Republicans have spent years portraying as senile and over-handled, is really a hands-on criminal mastermind.

Work is too much for the GQP House of Representatives....

Wednesday, House Republican leaders brought to the floor the annual defense appropriations bill, which routinely passes year after year because, without it, U.S. troops would not be funded. Yet five minutes before the House gaveled in for its legislative session on Wednesday to conduct its first substantive business since July, the Republican whip’s office announced that the House would instead go back into recess. Right-wingers from the House Freedom Caucus, angry that McCarthy had not (yet) caved to their long and growing list of demands for government-wide spending cuts and policy changes, blocked the House from even debating the defense bill, much less passing it.

Throughout House offices, televisions cut from the floor to a blue screen (a familiar sight for much of this dysfunctional year) announcing: “The House is in recess subject to the call of the chair.” More than four hours later, House GOP leaders still hadn’t come up with the votes to begin debate. They called off the day’s session and shelved the defense bill for the rest of the week.

Asked by reporters whether he had a plan for next week, a defeated McCarthy replied: “I had a plan for this week. It didn’t turn out exactly as I planned.”

With two weeks to go before the government shuts down, the hard right in the House has bottled up 11 of the 12 appropriations bills, as well as all attempts so far at a short-term patch to keep the lights on.

Across the rotunda, Republicans in the Senate (which is moving all 12 of its annual appropriations bills with broad bipartisan support) looked with pity on the powerless speaker. McCarthy is “under a lot of pressure over there,” Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.) told reporters. Ya think? With two weeks to go before the government shuts down, the hard right in the House has bottled up 11 of the 12 appropriations bills, as well as all attempts so far at a short-term patch to keep the lights on.

To paraphrase speaker McCarthy --- what a bunch of ef-ing idiots!

September 15, 2023 9:10 AM  
Anonymous Irony of Ironies said...

Hunter Biden is facing a felony gun charge in federal court and right-wingers who insist that the Second Amendment's right to bear arms is so unfettered that even domestic abusers and terrorists can't be denied their constitutional right to own them are cheering it on.

Hunter Biden is a messed up man who ran a sleazy business in which he traded on his daddy's name, like generations of offspring of powerful men. But he is not running for anything so there's really no need for all this hype. And according to a 538 analysis of the polling, all the nervousness that it's going to hurt the president politically is overblown. Mainly it's serving the purpose of hurting Joe Biden personally which is part of the plan.

Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said the other day that she wants to make the impeachment inquiry "long and excruciatingly painful for Joe Biden" so I'm sure nothing makes her and her fellow GOP sadists happier than for his troubled surviving son to be put through the legal wringer. If they could make it bad enough for Hunter to crack under pressure and lose his sobriety, it would make their year. It doesn't even have to have any political purpose. They just want to see Joe Biden suffer.


September 15, 2023 11:37 AM  
Anonymous GQPer Lauren Boebert Caught Fondling Date’s Genitals During Family-Friendly Musical: Video said...

Newly released security camera footage appears to show Rep. Lauren Boebert, the far-right Republican congresswoman known for her strong stance against drag queens and transgender people, claiming their mere existence “sexualizes” spaces, engaging in inappropriate behavior during a family-friendly musical at a packed theater. Boebert and her companion were asked to leave the show due to their disruptive actions during a performance of the musical Beetlejuice.

In the video, Boebert's companion, identified by multiple news sources as 46-year-old Quinn Gallagher (a Democrat who owns a bar at which drag shows have occurred), is seen touching Boebert's chest during the show. Boebert, in response, appears to place her hand near his crotch and whispers something to him, Mediaite reports.

The suggested age for Beetlejuice is 10 and over.

This footage quickly went viral on social media, leading to widespread outrage.

The incident led to various social media posts, including the phrase "Not a drag queen," along with the video of Boebert involved in the handsy behavior.

Independent journalist and trans activist Erin Reed, who is engaged to Montana Rep. Zooey Zephyr, called out the right-wing hypocrisy demonstrated by Boebert’s actions.

“Lauren Boebert has talked a lot about LGBTQ people, 'appropriate behavior.' And now she gets caught fondling her partner in a packed theatre. Imagine for one moment a trans person was caught doing this. The news stories. The bills. The media circus,” she wrote on X, formerly Twitter, adding, “Still not a drag queen.”

Boebert and her companion were confronted by theater officials at their seats inside the Buell Theater, as previously shown in video footage obtained by Denver NBC affiliate KUSA. After a brief conversation, they were escorted out of the theater.

The security camera footage also captures Boebert taking flash photographs, dancing, and using a vape pen inside the theater. Subsequently, she left the venue after theater staff threatened to call police. Initially, Boebert jokingly attributed the incident to "laughing and singing too loudly" and denied vaping, suggesting that the smoke came from the theater's fog machine. However, a separate video contradicted this claim, showing Boebert using her vape pen and blowing smoke toward the audience.

An incident report stated that Boebert protested her removal, asking, "Do you know who I am?" and referring to her supposed board membership and intentions to contact the mayor.

Many people noted the apparent hypocrisy in Boebert's actions, given her history of making derogatory remarks about the LGBTQ+ community, painting its members as sexually deviant.

Boebert's critics enjoyed tremendous schadenfreude, with Boebert being the one caught engaging in public sexual behavior in a theater where children were present.

Boebert issued an apology late on Friday, expressing regret for the vaping incident, which she claimed to have no recollection of, and attributing her disruptive behavior to her ongoing divorce proceedings, The Colorado Sun reports.

September 16, 2023 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Let's go to the videotape said...

Alejandra Caraballo

Laurent Boebert was jerking her date off in public while he gropes her in a theater where children were present and yet she continues to attack LGBTQ people as "threats to children."

6:43 PM · Sep 15, 2023

September 16, 2023 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Is Joe Biden too old said...

• to insist that his inaugural crowds were the biggest of all time, sending his quaking and feckless and ill-attired press secretary out there to tell an obvious and totally unnecessary and pointless—but all too tone-setting—lie on his very first day in office?

• to have an adviser, trying to spin her way out of that lie, speak in all seriousness of “alternative facts” that he believed in and adhered to?

• to demand personal loyalty from his FBI director at a private dinner, at a time when it was known that his own campaign might be under FBI investigation?

• to invite the Russian foreign minister to the Oval Office and reveal highly classified information to him there that “jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic state”?

• to fire the aforementioned FBI director and admit on national television that he did so because the FBI was investigating him?

• to doctor a hurricane forecast with a Sharpie to make it seem like an obvious lie he told was correct, potentially frightening millions of people in one state into worrying that their homes might be destroyed or they might have to flee when they were never under threat?

• to get the Boy Scouts—the Boy Scouts!—to boo his predecessor?

• to assert that a crowd of white nationalists carrying torches and chanting “You will not replace us” included “very fine people”?

• to try to buy Greenland?

• to try to find a way to bomb Mexico?

• to want to use a nuclear weapon on North Korea?

• to say that he believed a murderous autocrat over his own country’s intelligence agencies?

• to constantly mock the United States military and its generals and say that he—whose “military experience” ended in boarding school and, later, included a bone-spur deferment that got him out of being drafted into the armed services during the Vietnam War (thereby forcing some other young, less connected man from Queens to go in his stead)—knew better than all of them?

• to say that certain members of Congress should “go back” to their own countries, when most of them were in fact born in the United States and the one who wasn’t became a citizen in 2000 at age 17?

• to watch a dangerous virus spring to life across the globe and be warned universally by experts that his government had better be buying ventilators and masks—and resolutely refuse to do so?

• to say, just as that virus was reaching American shores, that “when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done”?

• to make that statement, and many, many others like it, even while knowing that the truth was much uglier and the virus much more dangerous (“deadly stuff”) because he wanted to “play it down”?

• to suggest seriously that people should inject chloride as a cure for that virus?

• to wallow in such inaction that said inactions were responsible, according to a highly respected medical journal, for 461,000 excess U.S. deaths?

• to order the tear-gassing of peaceful protesters so that he could walk to a church and use it as a prop, standing in front of it, holding a Bible?

• to threaten to withhold crucial aid to a foreign head of state unless said head of state agreed to announce an investigation into his top political opponent?

• to openly encourage an armed assault on the U.S. Capitol, marking the first time the Capitol was stormed by a mob since the War of 1812, and the first time ever it was stormed by Americans?

• to make attempt after attempt to steal an election, telling lie after lie after lie on social media, eventually losing 61 of 63 court cases?

• to make himself, day after exhausting day, hour after ceaseless hour, the center of attention, demanding that we focus our thoughts on him, as authoritarian leaders do?

September 17, 2023 6:29 AM  
Anonymous Yeah, mob boss said...

Former Trump-era White House lawyer Ty Cobb claimed during a recent CNN interview that Donald Trump told his staff to commit obstruction.

Asked by anchor Erin Burnett on Tuesday for his thoughts on Trump reportedly telling his assistant, Molly Michael, "You don't know anything about the boxes" in regards to troves of classified documents stowed at his Mar-a-Lago resort, Cobb, concluded that Trump's alleged orders may be evidence of witness tampering, in addition to mishandling documents.

"I hear Trump — really, for the first time in terms of the way this evidence has rolled out — speaking in the terms of a mob boss, giving a direct order to somebody that he probably should have no reason to believe would lie for him, but expecting [Michael] to do so," Cobb said. "There's a difference between loyalty and breaking the law, and that's not a line she was going to cross. So it really is Trump directly ordering obstruction, and that will certainly be helpful to enhance the credibility of others who will testify about the obstruction."

September 20, 2023 4:00 PM  

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