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#261 Posted : Monday, June 21, 2021 10:57:35 PM
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'Breathtaking stupidity': Trump critics stunned by his 'genocidal' plan to ship COVID patients to Guantánamo


According to a bombshell report in the Washington Post, Donald Trump suggested shipping Americans infected with COVID-19 to Guantánamo as the pandemic began to spread across the United States.

"In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, as White House officials debated whether to bring infected Americans home for care, President Donald Trump suggested his own plan for where to send them, eager to suppress the numbers on U.S. soil," with Trump asking aides, "Don't we have an island that we own? What about Guantánamo? We import goods. We are not going to import a virus."

The report notes that the ex-president's aides were "stunned" by his suggestion -- and it was quickly dropped.

Equally stunned were critics of the one-term president as the report spread on Twitter, with one commenter calling out Trump for his "genocidal callousness."
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#262 Posted : Monday, June 28, 2021 8:44:59 PM
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Yes, election fraud does happen now and then, but oddly, Republicans scream the loudest about fraud even though Republicans are the ones committing the fraud!

Fourth person linked to former congressman Scott Taylor’s campaign is charged with election fraud

A fourth person who worked on former Virginia congressman Scott Taylor’s failed 2018 reelection bid has been charged with election fraud and turned himself in to authorities on Monday.

Rob Catron, who worked as a consultant on Taylor’s campaign, was indicted June 21 on 10 counts of making a false statement and election fraud, a felony, according to court records. WAVY News 10 first reported the indictment.

The allegations appear tied to a 2018 petition fraud scandal in which Taylor’s campaign sought to get a third-party spoiler candidate on the ballot, purportedly to siphon votes away from Taylor’s Democratic challenger, now-Rep. Elaine Luria.

But a judge ordered the candidate, Shaun Brown, off the ballot after finding many of the signatures gathered by Taylor’s campaign were forged. An investigation by the Virginian-Pilot found that some of the people whose signatures appeared on the petition were dead, while others did not recall signing anything or did not give permission for their name to be used.

The scandal dogged both Taylor’s 2018 campaign and his 2020 rematch against Luria, who repeatedly bashed Taylor over the scandal as he insisted he did not know about the forged signatures.

Three former staffers pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor election fraud charge as part of a plea deal, admitting to signing off as witnesses on the election petition that included the forged signatures. Their attorneys have said their clients did not know signatures were forged.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#263 Posted : Sunday, July 4, 2021 8:48:24 PM
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MITCH MCCONNELL: IT’S ‘WILDLY INAPPROPRIATE’ TO SPEND FEDERAL MONEY ON SOCIAL PROGRAMS


According to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), it’s “wildly inappropriate” for the Biden administration and congressional Democrats to suggest spending billons of dollars of federal money to fund social programs.

Speaking with business leaders in Bowling Green, Kentucky, this week, McConnell said he supports the bipartisan infrastructure bill making its way through Congress that would provide some $1 trillion for roads, bridges, and other physical infrastructure. But in the next breath, the Kentucky Republican slammed a separate piece of legislation that would expand social programs such as elder care and help combat climate change, according to The Bowling Green Daily News:

“We have some really serious differences about the way forward. The infrastructure bill is popular on both sides of the aisle, but the Democrats would like to authorize spending a total of $7 trillion.”

McConnell added he thinks Democrats are “playing Russian roulette with the country’s economy.”

However, what McConnell didn’t address is that Donald Trump was in the White House and Republicans controlled the Senate when mismanagement of the COVID-19 crisis by the Trump administration plunged the U.S. economy into a deep recession which is just now starting to ease under the leadership of President Joe Biden.

Ironically, McConnell admitted that the American Rescue Plan passed in the early days of the Biden administration, has indeed been good for states:

“There is about $4 billion coming to Kentucky. I think of this as a once-in-a-lifetime windfall.”

It should be noted that not a single Senate Republican voted for the American Rescue Plan, and yet now they’re singing its praises when they go back home and meet with constituents.

Also, while McConnell likes to suggest that Democratic policies are bad for the economy, recent data suggests that Biden is currently overseeing the greatest economic expansion since 1984.

If McConnell and others in his party are so opposed to helping the American people with federal money, they should return the money they receive every year from the U.S. Treasury and quit being hypocrites.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#264 Posted : Sunday, July 25, 2021 10:17:07 PM
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Finally, after more than half a million deaths, even FOX recognizes the need to be vaccinated.

Fox News host Sean Hannity declared late Monday he “believes in science” and the “science of vaccines” as he urged viewers to get inoculated against COVID-19.

“Please take COVID seriously, I can’t say it enough,” he said from his anchor desk. “Enough people have died. We don’t need any more deaths.”

“It absolutely makes sense for many Americans to get vaccinated,” Hannity concluded. “I believe in science, I believe in the science of vaccination.”
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#265 Posted : Saturday, August 7, 2021 9:29:33 PM
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GOP senator debunks infrastructure misinformation: 'Critical Race Theory is not in this bill'

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) debunked four items of misinformation that the far-right is spreading about the bill.'"

"Politics isn't a game & we need to stop playing games with rebuilding our country's infrastructure. The Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act is a historic investment in our nation's infrastructure. But there's a lot of misinformation out there. Let's clear it up," the Louisiana physician posted to Twitter.

"First, this is a HARD infrastructure bill—$110 billion for roads and highways; $65 billion in grants for broadband deployment; $55 billion for water infrastructure, which includes sewage and drainage system improvements; $47 billion for resiliency; $40 billion for bridges across the country; $25 billion for airport improvement projects such as terminal expansions, assistance with planning, rebuilding runways, improving lighting, and funding air navigation facilities; $23 billion for state Drinking Water and Clean Water Revolving Loan Funds; $15 billion to remove lead service lines; $17 billion for Army Corps of Engineers infrastructure projects; $10 billion for Ports and Waterways; $3.5 billion for flood mitigation; $3.5 billion to clean up Superfund sites, America's most contaminated areas; $1.5 Billion for Brownfields Grants to revitalized blighted properties," Cassidy noted.

"Second, this bill is fully paid for. We always said CBO wouldn't give us credit for half of our pay-fors. We repurpose $53B in unused Unemployment Insurance, for example. Congress already allocated the money but CBO doesn't acknowledge it. It's a fiscally responsible bill," Cassidy wrote.

"Third, Critical Race Theory is not in this bill, never has been. Equity is not a catch-phrase for CRT," Cassidy explained. "Language in this bill DOES NOT change current anti-discrimination laws at all."

"Fourth, there is no mileage tax in this bill. What you are hearing is about a study to figure out if such a fee would even be possible for issues like electric cars driving on our streets without paying the gas tax like the rest of us. It does not implement a new tax," Cassidy wrote.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#266 Posted : Friday, August 13, 2021 12:29:44 PM
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#GOPPedoRing trends after prominent Republican indicted for sex trafficking a minor: 'Hey QAnon we found them'

Republican strategist and campaign manager Anton Lazzaro was indicted Thursday morning on five counts of sex trafficking and three counts of obstruction of justice. He is the latest in a line of Republicans involved in underage sex scandals, leading activists and progressive groups to allege it's part of a #GOPPedoRing.

Ironically, the QAnon conspiracy group has long alleged that Democrats have been running some sort of secret sex ring with children where they drink their blood in pizza parlors. But in real life, a startling number of Republicans over the past 20 years have been linked to underage sex scandals.

Former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) was discovered sending sexual messages to underage boys working as pages at the U.S. Capitol. Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) only recently left prison in 2017 after federal prosecutors indicted him on charges of molesting at least four boys during his time as a high school wrestling coach.

Speaking of wrestling, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is accused of looking the other way as more than 100 former Ohio State students were sexually assaulted by a former athletics doctor. Six athletes said that Jordan had to know what was going on. At least in that case the students were barely over 18.

Then there's Judge Roy Moore, who allegedly molested multiple teen girls. Oklahoma Trump campaign co-chair, state Sen. Ralph Shorty rainbow was caught in a hotel room with underage boys.The Republican running against Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) in the 2022 primary confessed to impregnating a 14-year-old when he was 18. Additionally, Florida tax collector Joel Greenberg pleaded guilty to several counts of sex trafficking a minor. His friend, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is now under investigation for being involved but has denied all involvement.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#267 Posted : Tuesday, August 17, 2021 11:47:15 PM
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GOP lawmaker's attack on Biden Afghanistan debacle backfires after old tweet shows he praised withdrawal plan

Many Republican lawmakers heaped scorn on President Joe Biden for the chaos engulfing Afghanistan, despite the fact that many of them were on record supporting a total withdrawal of American forces from the country just weeks before.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) was one such Republican, who attacked Biden for presiding over a "Saigon" moment, referencing the final defeat of the United States at the hands of the North Vietnamese military in 1975.

"Even MSM condemns POTUS reckless withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan as a 'fiasco' and 'debacle,' calling the accelerating crisis and the Taliban's takeover as 'Biden's Saigon,'" he wrote. "The world is watching as the horror unfolds."

However, just this past April, Duncan enthusiastically praised Biden for following through on a plan to withdraw troops by former President Donald Trump.

"I try to give credit where credit is due, and in that spirit, if Joe Biden follows through on his commitment to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan this year, he will do so with my support and appreciation," he wrote. "Pres Trump deserves tremendous credit for getting us to this point, and Joe Biden will deserve credit if he can take this last and final step. Endless wars and using our military as an international police force is not in our country's best interest."
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#268 Posted : Thursday, August 26, 2021 3:00:31 AM
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Karma?

.Anti-vaxx lawyer for dozens of Capitol rioters is now on a ‘ventilator’ with COVID-19: report.

Attorney John Pierce, who has represented Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooting suspect Kyle Rittenhouse as well as more than a dozen Capitol rioters, reportedly is on a ventilator after contracting COVID-19.

Pierce's illness was first reported Wednesday after it prompted a hearing for accused Capitol rioter Shane Jenkins to be delayed, according to independent journalist Marcy Wheeler and Washington Post reporter Rachel Weiner.

"Pierce is not AT this hearing, he sent the lawyer from his office who is not barred in DC again," Wheeler reported.

"Mr. Pierce is in the hospital, we believe, with COVID-19, on a ventilator, non-responsive," one of the attorneys who was present reportedly told a judge.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#269 Posted : Thursday, September 2, 2021 7:24:41 PM
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Can we finally stop pretending it's radical to expand the Supreme Court? What's radical is enabling Supreme Court justices — appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote — to take away voting rights and reproductive rights from millions of Americans.

~ Robert Reich ~
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#270 Posted : Tuesday, September 7, 2021 7:21:14 PM
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.JIM JORDAN GETS AN ONLINE HISTORY LESSON AFTER HE CALLS VACCINE MANDATES ‘UN-AMERICAN’.

As the nation was celebrating Labor Day on Monday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) thought he’d let the entire internet know that his knowledge of American history is considerably less fulsome than the average high school student, firing off a tweet criticizing vaccine mandates despite a massive increase in COVID-19 cases in many states, especially those where the vaccination rate remains low.

But as HuffPost notes, the notion that it’s “un-American” to mandate vaccines goes against what history teaches us about other times when vaccines have indeed been mandated:

“As PoliticFact previously noted, Gen. George Washington ordered his troops to be inoculated against smallpox in 1777 via a precursor to vaccination called variolation.

“Healthline reported last month that school vaccine mandates have existed in the United States since the 1850s when the first one was enacted in Massachusetts to stop the spread of smallpox.

“And Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global health law at Georgetown University, told NPR last week that the Supreme Court upheld vaccine mandates more than a century ago.”


Social media then took over, giving the Ohio Republican an online history lesson, with many citing past vaccine mandates while others noted that inciting an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is about as un-American as it gets:

Sit down, Jim. You know nothing about history or common sense.
The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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#271 Posted : Friday, September 24, 2021 2:05:29 AM
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.Maricopa County celebrates Cyber Ninjas audit admitting that Joe Biden did, in fact, win.

"A monthslong hand recount of Maricopa County's 2020 vote confirmed that President Joe Biden won and the election was not "stolen" from former President Donald Trump, according to early versions of a report prepared for the Arizona Senate," The Arizona Republic reported Thursday evening, one day before the findings were scheduled to be released.

"The three-volume report by the Cyber Ninjas, the Senate's lead contractor, includes results that show Trump lost by a wider margin than the county's official election results," the newspaper noted. "The hand count shows Trump received 45,469 fewer votes than Biden. The county results showed he lost by 45,109."




The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of his country for what it does, and the nationalist is proud of his country no matter what it does; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility, but the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to war.
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