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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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#272 Posted : Thursday, October 14, 2021 9:29:17 PM
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I watched it all unfold from the inside:

I was at a North Carolina megachurch when Obama was elected and I saw the shift take place firsthand. I saw the fear slowly being ratcheted up and the agenda become solidified and the prejudices leveraged.

I was speaking regularly at the Billy Graham headquarters when Fox News reporters and Republicans like Sarah Palin started walking the halls with frequency.

I saw the messages at pastor’s conferences grow more incendiary and urgent, and heard the supremacist dog whistles become louder and more frequent.

While many decent people around this nation celebrated the progress of a black president and the many civil and human rights victories and gradually let down their guard—the white Conservative church set off the alarms and prepared for a holy war.


.johnpavlovitz.com.
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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#273 Posted : Sunday, October 24, 2021 10:29:43 PM
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.Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick eats crow: had to pay a progressive for reporting Trump voter fraudster..

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick thought his million-dollar bounty would catch Democratic voter fraud. Instead, he had to pay a progressive for Trump voter fraud.

Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick had to pay for making a fool of himself or go down as a bigger fraud. I wrote about the incident a few weeks ago.

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman wants to collect his $2 million from Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick for finding voter fraud. ...

John Fetterman appeared last night on the Rachel Maddow show and pointed out yet another case of Republican fraud in Pennsylvania. So while Trump and his sycophants and enablers are trying to claim there is voter fraud in Pennsylvania. Ironically, the only ones found are those attempted by Trump voters.

It seems, anytime Republicans cry voter fraud, it is found on their side. One should remember the major fraud a couple of years ago in North Carolina. Projection is apropos here.
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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#274 Posted : Sunday, October 31, 2021 7:27:20 PM
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.Lindsey Graham Reportedly Called for Law Enforcement to Shoot Jan. 6 Rioters During the Attack: ‘We Give You Guns For a Reason. Use Them.’.


Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) reportedly called for law enforcement to gun down the rioters who broke into Congress during the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.

The Senate and House leaders also had been evacuated by Capitol Police and taken to an undisclosed location, but many lawmakers remained in their chambers for a few minutes before they were led to safety in the Hart Senate Office Building. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham was irate that senators were forced to flee their own chamber. He yelled at the Senate sergeant-at-arms. “What are you doing? Take back the Senate! You’ve got guns. Use them.” The South Carolina senator was adamant. “We give you guns for a reason,” he repeated. “Use them.”

In the immediate aftermath of the Capitol riot, Graham declared himself politically done with Trump and refused to go along with his colleagues objecting to the certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory. But in the months that followed, Graham has fallen back in line — holding up the ex-president as the Republican Party’s leader, and cozying up to him in person.
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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#275 Posted : Wednesday, November 10, 2021 9:43:45 PM
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Why are workers striking?

Corporate greed.

Kellogg’s CEO made $11.6 million in 2020.

The company cut jobs and benefits.

John Deere’s CEO got a 160% salary increase.

The company laid off hundreds of workers.

Workers aren’t putting up with it any longer.


~ 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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#276 Posted : Sunday, December 5, 2021 1:42:35 AM
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.Editorial: Since Boebert seems incapable, we’ll apologize to Omar for her.

The Denver Post editorial board has mostly tried to ignore U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert’s antics because they add so little to the public discourse.


But last week, Boebert crossed a line and now we must stand up for common decency. Boebert is intentionally using her platform to peddle a gross and false narrative about Muslim Americans. We cannot fathom what evil intent drives this behavior, but after first apologizing, Boebert now has made matters worse.


Boebert told supporters a story about getting on an elevator and seeing a security guard rush toward her as the doors were closing:

“I look to my left and there she is: Ilhan Omar. And I said, ‘Well, she doesn’t have a backpack. We should be fine,’” Boebert said in the video to cheers from the audience. “I looked over and I said, ‘Oh look, the jihad squad decided to show up for work today.’ ”

Making a joke about suicide bombers and suggesting that a congresswoman is a threat to safety and security because she is a Muslim is both racist and a form of religious bigotry. Boebert did apologize to “anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep. Omar,” and she pledged to call Omar directly, however, Boebert reported in a strange video on Monday that that phone call went poorly, and it’s no wonder given that she prefaces the conversation by once again raising the specter of concern about Omar and threats to American security.


Rep. Ilhan Omar deserved nothing short of a full apology. Instead, Boebert used the phone call as a publicity stunt and further insulted Omar. Boebert is clearly incapable of remorse or reflection, so as her fellow Coloradans — a beautiful place of tolerance and respect, diversity and freedom — we will help her.


May Lauren Boebert never face this kind of anger, discrimination or bigotry. We stood up for her once when others crossed the line and now we stand up to her and ask her to stop spewing her hatred across this great nation.
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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#277 Posted : Sunday, December 19, 2021 10:35:46 PM
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.Joe Manchin Says NO to Build Back Better. Leaving the poor & Middle Class behind is evil, codified..


Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) on Sunday said that he could not support Democrats’ roughly $2 trillion bill to overhaul the country’s health care, education, immigration, climate and tax laws, dealing a potentially fatal blow to the final piece of President Biden’s economic agenda.

The statement of opposition amounted to the most forceful condemnation yet from the moderate Democratic holdout, who cited rising consumer prices, a growing federal debt and the arrival of a new coronavirus variant as reasons he could not supply his must-have vote to help his party adopt its signature spending package.

Manchin’s stalwart refusal immediately thrust the bill, known as the Build Back Better Act, into fresh political peril. Without his support, Senate Democrats simply cannot move the sprawling measure through the narrowly divided chamber even using the process known as reconciliation, an intricate legislative tactic that allows the party to bypass a guaranteed Republican filibuster.

Joe Manchin claimed that he told the President and Democratic leaders about his decision. He blamed inflation, the deficit, and the price tag for not supporting the bill. Unfortunately, he never once spoke about the people helped by the bill.
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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#278 Posted : Thursday, December 30, 2021 6:12:11 PM
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.MAGA rioter kept baton he used to attack cops as a memento – and his judge isn’t impressed.

Mason Joel Courson, 26, of Tamarac, Florida had been arrested December 15 on multiple assault charges for an “assault of a Metropolitan Police Department officer who was beaten by a group armed with a baton, flagpole and crutch,” according to the Associated Press. Courson also was accused of having taken part in “heave ho” efforts to breach a tunnel at the Capitol, the report said.

I find it significant that [Courson] kept the baton with which he assaulted [the officer],” U.S. Magistrate Judge Jared M. Strauss wrote in a Dec. 23 detention order issued in federal court in Fort Lauderdale. “Whether [Courson] intended to keep it as a trophy or a memento, I cannot determine. However, the fact that [Courson] kept that weapon over the course of the last year is not emblematic of someone who has remorse or has come to regret his actions after the passions of the moment have subsided.”

[Courson] was among those seeking to ‘battering ram’ their way through officers protecting the entrance and actually entered the Capitol,” Strauss wrote. “Even more significantly, he attempted to injure another person–specifically [one] officer…by striking him with the baton and [a second] officer…by assisting in dragging him down the stairs.

“Despite his ‘Thin Blue Line’ face covering (seemingly showing support for law enforcement), he stated that he felt these officers were not ‘thin blue line’ but rather were traitors,” wrote Strauss.

“Clear and convincing evidence indicates [Courson] took part in what can only be described as an armed insurrection against American democracy,” Strauss said in his order rejecting bond for Courson.

“The rioters sought to overturn the results of a democratic election with which they were unhappy–not by politics or by law, but by force. I cannot conceive of anything evincing a greater disrespect for the rule of law.”
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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#279 Posted : Thursday, January 6, 2022 6:57:59 PM
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Karl Rove wrote in an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal, headlined “Republicans’ Jan. 6 Responsibility,” that the GOP has a duty to condemn the riot.

“There can be no soft-pedaling what happened and no absolution for those who planned, encouraged and aided the attempt to overthrow our democracy,” he wrote Wednesday. “Love of country demands nothing less. That’s true patriotism.”

While Rove claimed that most who were at the Capitol were not violent, the former deputy chief of staff for President George W. Bush pushed Republicans to think about a scenario in which the events of Jan. 6 unfolded with liberals storming the Capitol instead of a pro-Trump mob.

If Democrats had done what some Trump supporters did on that violent Jan. 6, Republicans would have criticized them mercilessly and been right to do so,” he wrote. “Republicans would have torched any high official who encouraged violence or stood mute while it was waged and been right to do so. Republicans would have demanded an investigation to find who was responsible for the violence and been right to do so.”
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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#280 Posted : Friday, January 14, 2022 6:58:47 PM
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Lying comes naturally to Republicans!

.An old video has surfaced of Sen. Rand Paul telling students that spreading misinformation is a 'great tactic'.

An old video has surfaced of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul telling an auditorium of students that he would occasionally spread misinformation, calling it a "great tactic."

The clip, posted to Twitter by epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding, shows the Kentucky senator speaking to students during a lecture at the University of Louisville's school of medicine in 2013.

The lecture was reported on at the time by The Atlantic, which detailed the context of the question. According to The Atlantic, Paul was asked by a student if he had "last-minute advice" for their exams the next day.

In response, Paul said that he "never, ever cheated" and did not condone the practice, but added: "But I would sometimes spread misinformation. This is a great tactic. Misinformation can be very important."


Paul then described how he and some classmates would spread misinformation to students they viewed as competitors and send them down the wrong path during exam prep.

"We just started spreading the rumor that we knew what was on the test, and it was definitely going to be all about the liver, everything, a vast majority of the questions all about the liver," he said. "We tried to trick all of our competing students into over-studying for the liver and not studying for the kidney and every other organ."

"That's my advice, misinformation works," Paul said.



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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