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#181 Posted : Friday, May 21, 2021 9:43:33 PM
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How can ANY person view the hours of video taken at the United States Capitol building and claim January 6 was a peaceful protest?

How can ANYONE trust Republicans when they NOW claim January 6 was just like any other tourist visit?

During that January 6 riot and ensuing insurrection, Republican Representative Andrew Clyde was photographed, looking absolutely terrified, standing behind a Capitol Police guard with his service weapon drawn to defend the House from the insurrectionists. Today, that same man claims the riotous insurrectionists were just like any other peaceful tourists!


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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#182 Posted : Saturday, May 29, 2021 6:54:50 PM
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The American people want action, not never-ending "negotiations" and obstructionism, and they will not come out and vote for a party that does not deliver. And if the Republicans do regain control of Congress, we can be sure that the economy will move steadily forward toward a system in which the rich get richer thanks to increased corporate domination. We can be sure that the climate crisis will intensify, diminishing the likelihood of our children and grandchildren living in a healthy and habitable environment. We can be sure that our government will drift away from democracy, as voter suppression, dark money and conspiracy theories continue to dominate our political system.

This is an unprecedented moment in American history. The Democrats in Congress must move forward boldly, protecting the working families of our country and restoring faith in government. Yes, the future of the country is at stake.


~ Bernie Sanders ~
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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#183 Posted : Thursday, June 10, 2021 11:33:43 PM
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"a breath of fresh air"

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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#184 Posted : Tuesday, June 22, 2021 12:54:16 AM
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White House stands firm against increasing gas tax as Biden, senators prepare to meet on infrastructure


President Joe Biden's administration reasserted Monday that it would not support increasing the federal gas tax, a levy on fuel that hasn't been changed since the 1990s, as he and a bipartisan group of senators try to hash out a way to pay for a massive infrastructure plan.

A bipartisan group of 21 senators identified public-private partnerships, redirecting money previously allocated for COVID-19 relief, and "indexing" the federal gas tax annually to match inflation as possible funding options for their $1.2 trillion infrastructure framework, according to a draft outline obtained by USA TODAY.

But the White House, which supports enforcing a minimum tax on corporations to pay for infrastructure, made clear Monday that raising the gas tax is off limits. Several Senate Democrats – including members of the bipartisan group of senators – also have objected.

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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#185 Posted : Thursday, July 8, 2021 8:41:10 PM
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For the record, we stand at an inflection point between democracy and authoritarianism, between inclusion and white nationalism, between stewardship of the planet and climate catastrophe. There can be no compromise between these goals, no halfway point between these values.

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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#186 Posted : Wednesday, August 4, 2021 5:46:05 PM
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Judge rips Trump supporter who stormed Capitol: 'Your vote doesn't count any more than anyone else's'

A federal judge laid into a Capitol rioter and former president Donald Trump during a plea hearing.

Karl Dresch, of Calumet, Michigan, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of willfully and knowingly parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building as part of an agreement with prosecutors that will allow him to avoid additional jail time -- but not a tongue-lashing from the judge, reported The Detroit News.

"We're not here today because he supported the former president," said D.C. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson. "Millions of people voted for him and did not heed his call to descend on the nation's Capitol. He was arrested because he was an enthusiastic participant in an effort to subvert and undo the electoral process.

"At the end of the day," the judge added, "the fact is that the defendant came to the Capitol because he placed his trust in someone who repaid that trust by lying to him."

Dresch went inside the Capitol for about 25 minutes and posted Facebook photos of himself in the building, and referred to former vice president Mike Pence as a traitor, compared the insurrection to July 4, 1776, and vowed to "be back stronger."

"Your vote doesn't count any more than anyone else's," Berman Jackson said. "You don't get to cancel them out. Patriotism means loyalty to country ... not to single head of state"

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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#187 Posted : Monday, August 9, 2021 5:39:57 PM
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Voter fraud is a myth. Voter suppression is real. We have a moral obligation to protect the right to vote!

~ Senator Elizabeth Warren ~
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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#188 Posted : Wednesday, August 18, 2021 12:37:49 AM
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Why Mike Pompeo's vacillations on Afghanistan matter

The former secretary of state celebrated our withdrawal from Afghanistan a month ago. Now he's trying to complain about the policy he backed.

A month ago today, Mike Pompeo was in Iowa and spoke briefly to the Associated Press about U.S. policy in Afghanistan. The former secretary of state was only too eager to "applaud" the withdrawal of U.S. troops, saying he wants "fewer kids in harm's way."

The Republican added, "I want the Afghans to take up the fight for themselves."


Yesterday, Pompeo nevertheless appeared on Fox News to denounce President Biden for pursuing a policy course that Pompeo celebrated 30 days earlier.

The rhetoric was obviously lazy and intended for gullible partisans. Pompeo, ahead of a likely national campaign, seems to believe the GOP base will respond favorably to random references to buzz words -- so in a discussion about governmental collapse in Afghanistan, he squeezed in superfluous references to climate change and critical race theory, just for the heck of it.

But what Pompeo didn't want to talk about was his own record -- which includes both praise for Biden withdrawing from Afghanistan and the former cabinet secretary's own role in negotiating the deal with the Taliban in which U.S. forces would exit the country.

Indeed, it was 11 months ago when Pompeo published this tweet, with a photograph of him standing alongside Mullah Baradar, a Taliban cofounder who's likely to become Afghanistan's new president now that the country's government has collapsed.



Secretary Pompeo ~ @SecPompeo

Met with Taliban Political Deputy Mullah Beradar to welcome the launch of Afghan peace negotiations. The Taliban must seize this opportunity to forge a political settlement & reach a comprehensive & permanent ceasefire to end 40 years of war. This effort must be Afghan led.
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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#189 Posted : Saturday, August 28, 2021 9:28:50 PM
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.AMERICANS CALL OUT MARK MEADOWS FOR FALSELY BLAMING AFGHANISTAN CHAOS ON BIDEN.

Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows dared to lay the chaos in Afghanistan at President Joe Biden’s feet this week, only to get rightfully called out by Americans who know better.

Meadows has a vested interest in blaming the Biden administration because he is tied to the Trump administration. As we all know, disgraced Florida retiree Donald Trump is the one who negotiated the American withdrawal from Afghanistan. He is also the one who helped free 5,000 Taliban fighters who are running amok in the war-torn country and even secured the release of the Taliban leader, all while reducing our troop presence to only 2,500. Yet, Meadows made it seem that the Biden administration is to blame.

The chaos that is unfolding now would have happened under a second Trump term had he actually won the election instead of losing by over seven million votes. Except it would have been much worse because Trump would have abandoned the tens of thousands of those who are being evacuated to be slaughtered by the Taliban. Just ask our Kurdish allies in Syria. It would be even more of a bloodbath.

The Biden administration is certainly not inept, incompetent, and callous. It’s the Trump administration that Meadows is describing to a tee, which Twitter users reminded him.
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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#190 Posted : Sunday, September 5, 2021 6:24:51 PM
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.A Florida doctor said she's refusing to treat unvaccinated patients in person but denied violating the Hippocratic Oath, says report.

A doctor in South Miami, Florida said she is refusing to treat any unvaccinated patients in person because it is "not fair" on others, Newsweek reported.

Dr. Linda Marraccini said she decided to implement the policy, which will go into effect on September 15, because she has other patients who are immunocompromised or in chemotherapy and does not want to expose them to the virus in her clinic.

"It's not fair for people who are unvaccinated to harm other people," Marraccini, who continued to see all of her patients in person during the pandemic, told Newsweek.

The doctor insisted she was not violating the Hippocratic Oath, which is still held sacred by many physicians.

"The Hippocratic Oath is very science-based. I am following the science. I'm applying this to the benefit of the sick," she said.

"Responsibility has to do with each individual," Marraccini added. "This is a global health issue, and everyone owns part of that responsibility."

Marraccini said she will still be seeing unvaccinated patients, but only through virtual meetings. She said that she would make exceptions for people who cannot get the vaccine for health reasons.

"We're not going to leave them out there in the cold," she insisted, according to Newsweek.

Florida is in the grip of its deadliest wave of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, which is largely driven by the highly contagious Delta variant.

Just over half (54%) of Florida's population is fully vaccinated, according to a tracker by The New York Times. More than 46,000 people in the Sunshine state have so far died from the virus, data from Johns Hopkins University shows.
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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#191 Posted : Saturday, October 23, 2021 6:13:57 PM
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.This from the Washington Examiner.


Joe Biden, frequent Delaware vacationer, doesn’t have time for your stupid border

President Joe Biden still hasn’t been to the U.S.-Mexico border, where a humanitarian crisis of his administration's own making has raged for the past several months. He is just too darn busy, the president explained Thursday evening during a town hall event hosted by CNN.

Yes, all presidents are busy. But not all presidents make two dozen trips to Delaware over the span of 10 months.


As of this writing, Biden is scheduled to spend yet another weekend at his home in Delaware. This marks his 20th such trip since becoming president, according to former CBS News reporter Mark Knoller.

In total, Biden has visited Delaware 24 times since January.

The president has also done 10 weekends at the presidential retreat at Camp David, according to Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering.

“Biden enjoys leaving the White House on Friday and returning home on Monday, following a similar schedule that he enjoyed as a U.S. senator,” Spiering notes. “Instead of riding Amtrak, Biden utilizes the presidential Marine One helicopter to fly back and forth from Washington, D.C.”


Yes indeed, what a difference a day makes.

Donald Trump took weekends off to go to Maralago and play golf... tens of thousands of dollars just to fly back and forth. Not a peep from the right-wingers!
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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#192 Posted : Tuesday, November 2, 2021 11:18:54 PM
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It is time for Manchin to help the people of West Virginia rather than his rich fossil fuel pals!

.Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema make it about themselves till the very end.

On Thursday morning, the White House unveiled a framework for the Democrats’ massive budget package, and surprisingly — after months of negotiations that seemed to be going nowhere — it looks pretty good.

Yet, on Friday morning, the bill was still hanging in the balance because of Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, two of the most selfish senators I’ve seen in my decades of following national politics. For months, these two have bullied the White House and progressive Democrats into bending to their will.Key liberal priorities such as paid family leave and medical leave and measures to reduce prescription drug costs, provide two years of free community college and repeal key elements of the Trump tax cuts have been jettisoned. The total cost of the bill has been cut in half — from $3.5 trillion to around $1.75 trillion — all to satisfy Manchin’s and Sinema’s demands.

By making it all about them, Manchin and Sinema are making it increasingly difficult for Democrats to focus on what their framework budget agreement would accomplish. And to paraphrase President Joe Biden, it’s a pretty big deal.
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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#193 Posted : Friday, November 19, 2021 7:31:42 PM
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.Why do GOP leaders keep complaining about fentanyl seizures?.

Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican National Committee, published a tweet this morning, alerting the public to some developments along the U.S./Mexico border:

"899 lbs of fentanyl and 15,631 lbs of methamphetamine were seized at the southern border in October alone. That much fentanyl is the equivalent of 204 MILLION lethal doses. We need border security!"


Of course, part of the problem is that the third sentence doesn't quite match the first: If all of these illegal drugs were seized at the border, then we clearly already have quite a bit of border security.

For Republicans to criticize the seizures is a little weird. In fact, common sense suggests GOP officials should focus attention elsewhere, since the seizures disprove one of the party's favorite talking points: If the president had implemented an "open-border" policy, as the right routinely claims, U.S. Customs and Border Protection wouldn't have stopped these shipments before they entered the country.
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.
Sydney J. Harris
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