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Posted 02 December 2020 - 10:24 AM

American traitor Michael Flynn apparently believes his oath to uphold the Constitution has expired. He has called for suspending it and declaring marital law. Remember that Trump squealed that Flynn was treated unfairly and he wanted him back in the administration.

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Last night, fresh off his pardon for past crimes, retired General Mike Flynn endorsed a call for President Trump to suspend the constitution and declare martial law. It came in a tweet in which Flynn tweeted and endorsed a manifesto calling on President “to immediately declare a limited form of Martial Law and temporarily suspend the Constitution and civilian control of these federal elections for the sole purpose of having the military oversee a national re-vote.”

There’s a lot more awful stuff in the declaration. But that quote, I think, includes all we ever need to hear: declare martial law, throw out the results of an election you lost. In a democracy, this is essentially sedition, a call to overthrow the state.

In 2015 and 2016 we saw in Gen. Flynn a man of extraordinarily bad and reckless government married to vast personal, venal corruption. Here he shows us again this is who he is and remains.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 02 December 2020 - 10:42 AM

 golden_valley, on 01 December 2020 - 05:29 PM, said:

The Georgia Secretary of State's press person says this:
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Maybe I'm crazy but I suspect that AOC and the left wing is not the source of this behavior, but of course maybe it's a diabolical "false flag" operation to make Trump supporters look bad.

The offices of Trump, Loeffler, and Perdue have apparently issues (incredibly quietly) half-hearted tsk tsk letters about the threats from their supporters. All refused to back off the lies that are causing the situation in the first place. Of course Trump, being Trump, has doubled down on the lies and attacks.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 02 December 2020 - 11:10 AM

Do assault democracy and bring in fascism it helps if you have a compliant press. The Republican Party has that in spades. Bill Barr, a loyal goose stepping general to "the cause", has done more to cover for Trump and his cronies than just about anybody but he just failed the purity test because he simply couldn't come up with any evidence of voter fraud. Now he feels the wrath of the propaganda ministries.

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Since he was confirmed as attorney general, William Barr has been somewhat of a hero in the right-wing media universe. He has assailed the Russia probe. He has talked a big game about cracking down on Antifa. He has sharply criticized the news media. On and on it goes.

But his celebrity status took a hit on Tuesday when he undercut President Trump's brazenly false contention that there was massive voter fraud in the 2020 election. Speaking to the Associated Press, Barr said that, "to date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election."

The statement from Barr, which merely recited a simple fact, not only cut against what Trump has been saying, but also what Trump's propagandists and allies in right-wing media have been feeding their audiences. For weeks, these media personalities have strung their audiences along, suggesting that damning proof of fraud was just around the corner. Which is why the comment from Barr stung so bad.

The comment effectively forced these right-wing stars to pick between acknowledging the reality Barr laid out or continuing Trump's fantasy. Trump's most devoted propagandists chose the latter. And so they started to throw Barr under the bus, just as they've done with every other conservative who has dared to contradict the president. (Think about how former conservative stars such as Jeff Sessions, Justin Amash, Paul Ryan, and others were treated when they didn't blindly oblige Trump's demands.)

Fox Business host Lou Dobbs, whose conspiratorial program is a favorite of the president, attacked Barr in brutal terms on his show. "For the attorney general of the United States to make that statement — he is either a liar or a fool or both," Dobbs said. Dobbs then went further, suggesting Barr was "perhaps compromised." He characterized Barr as having "appeared to join in with the radical Dems and the deep-state and the resistance."

Dobbs wasn't the only one. Newsmax host Greg Kelly, who has risen to fame in right-wing media circles in the last few weeks for suggesting Trump could emerge as the winner of the election, went after Barr on his show. "Some of us are wondering if he is a warrior with the Constitution or if he's just a bureaucrat," Kelly said. Kelly added that he "can't believe" if Barr "looked for voter fraud he wouldn't find any." And Mark Levin said he "regret[ted] to say" that Barr's comments were "misleading."

The far-right blogs were even harsher. The Gateway Pundit, a fringe website which Trump has repeatedly promoted, published a post that said Barr had revealed himself as "totally deaf, dumb and blind." The post went on to say that Barr's "masquerade as someone opposed to the criminality of the Deep State" had been "exposed as a venal lie" and that he was a "fraud." It concluded, "You either fix the damn corrupt system or we will abandon you...Our days of tolerating betrayal are over."

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 02 December 2020 - 02:14 PM

It just doesn't end. Trump along with (and probably lead by) a pile of enablers is still trying to create the imperial presidency where he can fire a whole new classification of career civil servants for saying anything he doesn't like. The is aided and abetted by a variety of Republicans so I'm not dropping this one solely in his loser lap.He's not bright enough to have come up with or drive this on his own. Here's the opener but if you read the entire piece you'll see that this is clearly a Republican Party driven policy to take over the civil service much like they took over the courts.

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Thousands of civil servants are entering the holiday season fearful of a new Trump policy that could change their lives for the worse.

Now, that policy has take on the form of an Excel file.

The spreadsheet — or rather, multiple spreadsheets, spread across the executive branch agencies — is currently being used to compile a list of federal employees that will lose civil service protections and instead be treated as “at-will” presidential minions, newly vulnerable to political pressure, arbitrary dismissal and meddling from on-high.

Though time is running out for him, President Donald Trump’s October executive order creating this new class of government employees — known as “Schedule F” — has spooked unions and public policy advocates worried about last-minute purges and score-settling from political appointees.

The order is “a constitutional dumpster fire that everybody’s going to have to figure out how to put out together,” said Jason Briefel, director of policy and outreach for the Senior Executives Association, a professional organization for senior civil servants.

In essence, Trump’s order says that certain government workers ought to be much easier to fire — specifically, those in “positions of a confidential, policy-determining, policy-making, or policy-advocating character.”

Trump’s order says these “Schedule F” positions will lose their civil service protections, becoming more like political appointees who are named by (and accountable to) the President and his deputies around the government. It’s part of the administration’s years-long struggle against government employees.

That’s what the Excel sheet is for: Fulfilling the President’s wish for a government-wide list of jobs he wants more control over.

In October, Trump directed agencies to provide preliminary lists of Schedule F positions within 90 days of his executive order — that is, by Jan. 19, the day before Joe Biden’s inauguration. But the political leadership of some agencies are rushing to get their work done early.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 02 December 2020 - 02:16 PM

 LFC, on 02 December 2020 - 10:42 AM, said:

The offices of Trump, Loeffler, and Perdue have apparently issues (incredibly quietly) half-hearted tsk tsk letters about the threats from their supporters. All refused to back off the lies that are causing the situation in the first place. Of course Trump, being Trump, has doubled down on the lies and attacks.

Perdue and Loeffler have also doubled down on their lies that are driving the threats of violence. They are unfit to be Americans much less hold any position dealing with government.

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Sens. David Perdue (R-GA) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) refused to apologize for playing into President Donald Trump’s election conspiracies Tuesday night after being called out by a top Georgia elections official.

Their spokespeople used similar language: both condemned violence of “any kind” before doubling down on the President and his allies’ baseless criticism of their own state’s election administration.

“Like many officials, as someone who has been the subject of threats, of course Senator Loeffler condemns violence of any kind. How ridiculous to even suggest otherwise,” tweeted Stephen Lawson, Loeffler’s communications director.

Lawson, however, continued: “We also condemn inaction and lack of accountability in our election system process—and won’t apologize for calling it out. Senator Loeffler will continue fighting to ensure we have a fair, trusted, and accurate election because the future of our country is at stake.”

Perdue’s statement was similar.

“Senator Perdue condemns violence of any kind, against anybody. Period,” said Perdue spokesperson Casey Black.

Then: “We won’t apologize for addressing the obvious issues with the way our state conducts its elections. Georgians deserve accountability and improvements to that process — and we’re fighting to make sure the January 5th election is safe, secure, transparent and accurate.”

On Tuesday, election official Gabe Sterling ripped off his mask and unleashed a furious tirade at a press conference, calling out all those who let Trump’s conspiracy theories go unchecked and his followers threaten election workers with violence.

“Senators, you have not condemned this language or these actions,” Sterling, a top-ranking official in the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, said, referring to Purdue and Loeffler. “This has to stop. We need you to step up. And if you’re going to take a position of leadership, show some.”


Raffensberger is none too happy either.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 02 December 2020 - 03:43 PM

There was a time when this clown could be written off as a fringe character that did not really represent any segment of the GOP. That time is long gone. There are a pile of them now. And the two asshole Senators from GA are pre-gaming possible losses with the same lies.

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Meet Errol Webber, a cinematographer based in Los Angeles. He ran against Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) as a Republican in California’s 37th District, an overwhelmingly liberal bastion that Democratic presidential candidates have won in landslides, and lost spectacularly by a full 80 points.

But rather than accepting the fact that he got eaten alive in a congressional bid doomed for failure, Webber still staunchly refuses to concede the race even after a full month since the election, insisting that the race was tainted by voter fraud.

“I will NOT concede,” the GOP candidate thundered via Twitter on November 9. “Every LEGAL vote needs to be counted!”

Several days later, Webber issued a lengthy statement rife with evidence-free claims of election fraud in which he declared that he won’t concede “because the consequence of this election is bigger than my electoral race.”

“What my detractors still don’t get is that it’s about setting a new election precedent that, whether or not a candidate is in a red or blue district, and whether or not they’re in a seemingly competitive race or not, ALL criminal elections behavior will be challenged by all Republicans running for office,” he said.

And Webber isn’t the only defeated down-ballot Republican who won’t let go of his or her race outcome despite losing by a Grand Canyon-sized margin.

Republican Maryland House candidate Kimberly Klacik, who was crushed by Democratic incumbent Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-MD) by more than 40 points, initially congratulated her rival. Then she abruptly reversed course and claimed without evidence that the race had been “stolen” from her through a conspiracy between Republican Gov. Larry Hogan ® and Mfume. Klacik has pledged to “investigate” the election results and compared herself to Martin Luther King Jr. for vowing to do so.

Then there’s Loren Culp, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s (D) Republican challenger who lost by approximately 545,000 votes. Culp has refused to acknowledge his defeat, and he told supporters on Monday night during a Facebook livestream that he was “uncovering multiple layers of fraud” that he baselessly claimed to be cooked up by Washington’s elections officials, and that “[w]e will not quit. We will not surrender. We will fight to the end for We the People.”

Finally, GOP Pennsylvania House candidate Sean Parnell joins the circus with a Trump-esque lawsuit seeking to throw out millions of mail-in ballots after losing to Rep. Connor Lamb (D-PA) (the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected the suit on Saturday). With a loss margin of two points, Parnell’s defeat was far less egregious than that of his fellow failed candidates, though his allegations of fraud are no less grounded in fiction.

None of the candidates or the Democratic incumbents responded to TPM’s request for comment.

All of these shenanigans come right straight out of President Donald Trump’s post-election playbook as he regurgitates lies about nonexistent mass voter fraud and files sloppy lawsuits to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

However, Webber’s talk about “setting a new election precedent” raises a red flag, and elections experts tell TPM that the importance of conceding one’s race goes beyond simple politeness. A refusal to do so can be just as damaging at a local and state level as it is in the national realm.

“Democracy depends on certain norms, and it depends on people graciously stepping aside,” Jane Hall, an American University professor at the School of Communication who specializes in politics, said in a phone interview.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 02 December 2020 - 05:04 PM

Another Trump attorney is calling for revolution and jailing the Georgia governor who refused to steal the election.

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An attorney who says he is representing President Donald Trump encouraged a group of angry supporters to target Gov. Brian Kemp ® at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Georgia on Wednesday.

“We’re going to send them a message!” Lin Wood shouted, referring to Georgia officials. “And the message is this. It’s 1776 in America again! And you’re not going to take our freedom. We’re going to fight for our liberty!”

“This is America! You picked a fight with the wrong people,” he continued. “Get out of our country, George Soros! We are not going to allow ourselves to go back into the polling booth — and you hear us out, Gov. Kemp, you hear me.”

“You’re not going to sell our votes to China!” Wood said. “We’re not going to vote on your damn machines made in China! We’re going to vote on machines made in the USA!”

Trump’s attorney then invoked Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I believe that a great man one time called upon the Black Americans to take action,” Wood said. “Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in non-violent civil disobedience. I want you to go to the governor’s mansion, I want you to circle it, I want you to blow your horns until Brian Kemp comes out and orders a special session of the Georgia Legislature. Get us our legislature! And we want him to fix the mess that he created!”

“And then he can resign. And then as far as I’m concerned, lock him up!” he shouted, prompting the crowd to chant, “Lock him up! Lock him up!”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 02 December 2020 - 05:26 PM

Republicans are now out to deadlock the FCC with a completely unqualified candidate. They didn't even pretend. Here's Trump's illustrious pick that they're jamming through. There are more details in the article.

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Senate Republicans are rushing to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to the Federal Communications Commission in order to create a 2-2 deadlock for the Biden FCC.

In a 14-12 party-line vote today, the Senate Commerce Committee approved Trump's nomination of Nathan Simington. If Simington is confirmed by the full Senate, the FCC would be deadlocked at two Republicans and two Democrats after the upcoming departures of Chairman Ajit Pai and Michael O'Rielly. To get a 3-2 majority on the FCC, President-elect Joe Biden would have to nominate a Democrat after taking office and hope that the Senate confirms the nomination.

Senate Democrats said today that Simington is not qualified to be an FCC commissioner and that he misrepresented his work in the Trump administration during the committee's confirmation process.

"I will continue this fight on the Senate floor," Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said. "I will continue to do everything I can to hold this nomination and to oppose it because I think Mr. Simington lacks the qualifications and independence that are required of an FCC commissioner."

Approving Simington would create "a deadlock at the commission in the middle of a national crisis," Blumenthal also said. "Perhaps the telecommunications and media companies want that kind of deadlock. They may wish for an FCC that is absent and neutralized. But we face right now a national emergency, both a pandemic and economic crisis that requires this independent agency to be more active than ever in protecting consumers and our telecommunications. The fact is, Mr. Simington has failed to provide this committee with an assurance that he will have the candor and independence that is required."

No Republican senators offered any justification for confirming Simington at today's meeting, which covered three nominations, including Simington's, and lasted less than 15 minutes. Blumenthal and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) pointed out that Simington was nominated only after Trump pulled the renomination of O'Rielly, who did not support Trump's attempted crackdown on Twitter and Facebook for alleged anti-conservative bias.

"It would seem that Mr. Simington was nominated for just one purpose: to support the president's indefensible assault on the First Amendment," Blumenthal said. "It appears in fact to be his sole qualification—his reason for replacing Commissioner O'Rielly."

As Cantwell said, O'Rielly's "nomination was reportedly pulled as retaliation for Mr. O'Rielly speaking his mind about problems with the FCC trying to issue rules related to section 230 at the president's behest." The process "raises real questions about why the White House chose Mr. Simington, particularly given his lack of experience with the FCC, its statutory responsibilities, and many of the key issues at the agency," she said.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 10:49 AM

Outright calls to commit voter fraud are (once again) an absolutely acceptable action in today's Republican Party.

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A bizarre, hilarious and maddening story out of Georgia. A Florida Republican lawyer from Bay County, Florida is caught on tape encouraging Florida Republicans to claim phony residence in Georgia to vote in the run-offs. He says he’s registering at the address of his brother who lives in Georgia. When local reporter Nicole Carr asked the lawyer, Bill Price, about the video he said that it was all a joke and that of course he didn’t make a bogus registration at his brother’s address.

But she checked and he had registered. Now Price is being investigated for vote fraud by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

After the joke excuse didn’t pan out Price apparently changed his story and insisted that he made the fraudulent registrations to prove how susceptible Georgia’s voting system was to fraud.

When I dug a bit more into this it seems this call for Floridians to commit voter fraud in Georgia has been an open secret for at least a week. I found an article from a week ago in which the head of the Bay County GOP, on whose Facebook page the video appeared, conceding the Price perhaps got a bit too enthusiastic but that it wasn’t that big a deal. The video remained up for days and only came down after it became clear there was an investigation underway.

Clearly there’s quite a bit going on here. More tomorrow.


From the referenced link we also have the call to block voting in heavily Democratic Atlanta (bold mine).

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“I’d love to tell you that there are legal avenues for success in the courts, but as a realist and as a lawyer myself, I know that that’s just not going to happen,” he said.

Instead, Price encouraged the crowd to work toward a “billion-man” march at the State Capitol, show up in Atlanta on Election Day, and move if they can do it.

“We absolutely have to hold the Senate and we have to start fighting back, and we have to do whatever it takes,” Price said in the video. “And if that means changing your address for the next two months, so be it. I’m doing that. I’m moving to Georgia and I’m gonna fight and I want you all to fight with me.”

Price told the group he’s moving to his brother’s address in Hiram, Georgia in order to register to vote in the January runoff. He repeats and spells and his brother’s name and address, as members of the group jot it down. They can be heard mumbling the address in the background while some write.

“We can truly register at that address?” one woman asks.

“Sure,” Price answers, adding they have to plan to show a move, suggesting they have mail sent there.

“And can it be anywhere in the state of Georgia you can register?” another woman asks. “So if you’ve got cousins, dogs, cats that live somewhere else, it doesn’t need to be one particular county?”

“Yep,” Price answers. “This is going to be a statewide election on Jan. 5th. I’m gonna be voting for Kelly Loeffler?” (In the recording, his voice indicates a question, as he mispronounces the senator’s last name). “And David Perdue.”


Bonus asshole points for saying it was a "joke." Really? A "joke?" Well good luck in your court defense. "Thoughts and prayers," motherf***er.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 11:03 AM

Little Lindsey remains a taint licking sycophant until the end. If he wasn't such a steaming pile he would stand up and state the obvious: there was no large-scale voter fraud and Biden won the election fairly. F***, even Bill Barr was able to do it. Instead he's now playing Trump concern troll. Pathetic.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Wednesday night urged President Donald Trump’s legal team to actually provide evidence in their court fights backing up their baseless accusations that the election, which was won decisively by President-elect Joe Biden, had been tainted by fraud.

“To the Trump legal team: You’re making all these claims…you gotta prove it,” the senator said during an interview on Fox News. “Doing a video is not proof. You need to take these claims into a court of law and get relief.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 12:55 PM

Several retired military officers are less than happy with Michael Flynn's open call for treason.

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One of Flynn’s colleagues in Army special-operations, retired Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, who recently ran for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire as a Republican, said he hadn’t seen the petition. But as a matter of principle, Bolduc called it irresponsible.

“I respect Mike Flynn, and a lot of people respect Mike Flynn, and with that respect comes a tremendous responsibility to be extremely careful with what you say,” Bolduc, who until recently commanded U.S. special operations forces in Africa, told The Daily Beast. “We are nowhere near suspending the Constitution and using the military to redo the election. That would be a colossal mistake. Grant and Lincoln are rolling over in their graves at what the hell is going on.”

Paul Yingling, a retired Army colonel, put it more bluntly. “Flynn's anti-election propaganda is an essential precursor to violent terrorist attacks on legitimate electoral outcomes,” Yingling told The Daily Beast. “When the bombs go off, the blood is on Mike Flynn's hands.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 12:59 PM

 LFC, on 03 December 2020 - 12:55 PM, said:

Several retired military officers are less than happy with Michael Flynn's open call for treason.

Good to see this. These kinds of criticisms must come from his peers. It makes it harder to write off criticism as mere politics.

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 06:02 PM

Here's another retired military officer aiding in the treasonous destruction of American democracy. Read this and realize that somebody who swore an oath to uphold the Constitution shamelessly went before Georgia lawmakers with his bag of lies and obfuscation. You, sir, are a traitor.

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During testimony today in Atlanta, Georgia, regarding the Trump campaign’s allegations of mass voter fraud, one of the Trump campaign’s star witnesses, Retired Army Col. Phil Waldron, was on the receiving end of a grilling by state Democratic Senator Jen Jordan over his testimony and a video that claims to show ballots being “pulled from under a table” after poll workers were allegedly told to leave the room.

Jordan asked Waldron if he was indeed suggesting that the ballots represented in the video were somehow fraudulent, to which Waldron replied that “we do have affidavits of people who trucked in ballots from out of state into other states…”

“And to be clear — into Georgia?” Jordan interjected.

“Not into Georgia,” replied Waldron, who was presented by Rudy Giuliani as a cybersecurity and elections expert.

After pointing out that the ballot counting process varies from state to state, Jordan asked if Waldron’s opinion about alleged voter fraud that took place in Georgia is “based on the fact that there are affidavits of other people from other states who have alleged that they trucked in ballots from other states — so then your testimony is saying that, ergo, these ballots in this video must have been trucked in from other states and are unlawful?”

Waldron replied that he’s not making that direct claim, but rather a “full forensic audit would determine that.”

Jordan then said that if the ballots were indeed fraudulently injected into the counting process, “then you would expect then that the number of ballots would exceed the number of registered voters to have requested absentee ballots and-or you had voted in person. Correct?”

“Underneath the — within the margin for error,” Waldron replied. “We’ve seen — again, not — I haven’t seen in Georgia, so I can’t testify to that, but we’ve seen in other places where ballots were segregated, separated and discarded, or not counted, and other ballots were injected, and those were by affidavits that have been acquired by all the legal teams.”

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 06:54 PM

 LFC, on 03 December 2020 - 06:02 PM, said:

Here's another retired military officer aiding in the treasonous destruction of American democracy. Read this and realize that somebody who swore an oath to uphold the Constitution shamelessly went before Georgia lawmakers with his bag of lies and obfuscation. You, sir, are a traitor.

These people have no idea how the election process works but are suddenly experts on how it can be subverted and cheated based on some imaginary system. And they further imagine that they've actually seen cheating and subversion based on video and still photos taken who knows where and at what time.

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Posted 03 December 2020 - 09:14 PM

 LFC, on 03 December 2020 - 10:49 AM, said:

Outright calls to commit voter fraud are (once again) an absolutely acceptable action in today's Republican Party.

And the trend of the few cases of voter fraud are *always* commited by Republicans continues.
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And rather than holding a fast hearing and rejecting Trump's nominee we have Senate Republicans sitting quietly while treason is openly called for. I wish I could say I was shocked and disgusted but I'm just disgusted.

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The President’s nominee for a top Pentagon job boosted calls for martial law on Wednesday.

And that’s just one piece of the off-the-walls social media presence of Scott O’Grady, Trump’s nominee to become assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, CNN reported. O’Grady’s nomination was sent to the Senate on Monday.

O’Grady also retweeted numerous false claims that Trump had in fact won a second term in office, by a landslide, and described Joe Biden’s winning the presidency as a “coup” attempt carried out in coordination with Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to CNN’s review.

The Pentagon nominee, if confirmed, would serve through the end of Trump’s presidency.

On Wednesday, O’Grady retweeted an article about Michael Flynn’s call for martial law in light of the election results. Then, he retweeted another message from the same account that had shared the article, CNN found.

“I don’t know who needs to hear this,” read the message that O’Grady retweeted. “But calling for martial law is not a bad idea when there is an attempted coup against the president and this country happening right now.”

Like other Pentagon officials in the wake of Trump’s purge of top Defense Department officials, O’Grady’s social media is full of conspiracy theories and outrageous claims — like the assertion that former President Barack Obama is a “sworn socialist” and that former Secretary of Defense James Mattis is a “traitor.”

Following the election, O’Grady retweeted assertions about Georgia elections officials having “something to hide” and about Donald Trump winning the state of California, which in fact Joe Biden won by more than 30 points. He also shared conspiracy theories about COVID-19. CNN flagged a 2019 tweet in which O’Grady wrote that “the growing muslim populations” would pose a problem for Europe.

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 11:00 AM

Local examples of Republican brownshirts and, in the last cast, storm Trumper police intimidating or blocking people from voting. Welcome to American fascism brought to you by the Republican Party.
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 LFC, on 04 December 2020 - 11:00 AM, said:

Local examples of Republican brownshirts and, in the last cast, storm Trumper police intimidating or blocking people from voting. Welcome to American fascism brought to you by the Republican Party.

I was surprised that this sort of thing was not nearly as widespread as I feared.

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 03:15 PM

Here's a set of pieces at RawStory on the insanity of the Republican hard right, how the party wants to use them, and how that doesn't necessarily work out. Here's a piece quoting a report on the MAGAts.

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Since Trump’s defeat, the MAGA revolution has begun devouring its own. As it does, some conservatives are discovering the downsides of having a president who spreads malicious conspiracy theories, subverts faith in democracy and turns the denial of reality into a loyalty test. As the internet meme goes, people voted for the Leopards Eating People’s Faces Party, and now the leopards are turning on them.

It also explains the evolution of the MAGA movement and how it has transformed the entire Republican Party as the writer noted that most who opt to become entangled with Trump “often end up diminished or disgraced.” It is no secret that the president has a habit of publicly lambasting those he feels personally attacked or offended by. Now, instead of just attacking people, his movement appears to have waged war on the political party, itself.

By turning the Republican Party into a cult of personality, Trump changed that. As the archconservative Jeff Sessions learned years ago, even a lifetime of ideological service is no defense when you’ve displeased Dear Leader.


This one discusses the quietly complicit Republicans who are still hoping to harness the rage for electoral gain.

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Trump’s post-election flights of lunacy provide an excellent case in point. While “mainstream” Republicans covertly whisper in Joe Biden’s ear that they know he won the election, and assure him that they find Trump’s twaddle about “rigged” votes and what have you terribly uncouth, they remain quiet in public, ostensibly because they want to let Trump have his tantrum and run out the clock, at which point we will pretend that all this unpleasantness never happened. This is, of course, nuts. President-elect Biden and every other Democrat who goes before the cameras to reassure Americans that the Republicans understand that Trump is off his rocker and that as soon as he’s gone we’ll all get back to normal are enabling them to continue the sabotage of our democracy. Democrats have no obligation to cover for Trump’s accomplices and they need to stop doing it.

Republicans have been wringing their hands about “voter fraud” for years — despite no evidence to support such claims — in order to make voting more difficult, which is of course their ultimate goal. It’s not as if Donald Trump came up with all this on his own. It’s been a GOP staple for decades. He’s just turned the dial up to 11, as he does with everything.

It’s not hard to imagine that the more flamboyant Republicans who are egging Trump on, as well as the quiet ones who are content to let this play out, see an opportunity to leverage Trump’s following to enact some truly egregious vote suppression tactics in swing states they know are not going their way. With 50 million angry Trump voters out there who at least claim to be convinced that the entire system is corrupt, who knows what they may be able to accomplish?

Republicans are counting on Trump fading away quickly while they continue to take advantage of the system he has broken. It’s a risky play. The conspiracy theories have become so byzantine and surreal that it won’t be easy to appease the mob, not even with extreme measures like outlawing early voting or voting by mail. Trump’s followers are being whipped into a frenzy, and it’s starting to blow back on the GOP.


And this covers some of Trump's enablers in Georgia who the mob has now turned on. Thoughts and prayers, mofos.

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According to a columnist for the New York Times, some of Donald Trump’s most avid supporters are finding out the hard way what it is like for people who have opposed the president as death threats and harassment from his followers rain down upon them for not backing the president’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Case in point, as the NYT’s Michelle Goldberg points out, is Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, who has been under withering attack from the president and his fans that has led to death threats for certifying the election for President-elect Joe Biden.

As the columnist points out, this should not come as any surprise to officials like the Republican Raffensperger who have stood by for four years while the president has created “havoc” for his opponents both imagined and real.

“There is nothing new about Trump inciting harassment against private citizens, or of his lackeys calling for violence against the president’s opponents. In 2015, after an 18-year-old college student asked Trump a question he didn’t like at a political forum, he targeted her on Twitter, and she was deluged with graphic, sexualized threats,” Goldberg recalled. “Ahead of the 2018 midterms, a man named Cesar Sayoc sent homemade pipe bombs to Trump critics; he’s been sentenced to 20 years in prison.”

In a succinct description of what is occurring as the president attempts to hang onto power, Goldberg wrote, “the MAGA revolution has begun devouring its own.”

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Posted 05 December 2020 - 12:40 PM

They're eating their own over their coronavirus lies. They are completely and totally insane. But yeah, both sides are radicalized now.

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A group of Ohio Republicans has officially filed articles of impeachment against Gov. Mike DeWine ® in response to his coronavirus orders.

GOP state Rep. John Becker of Clermont County led a group including fellow Republican state Reps. Nino Vitale, Candice Keller and Paul Zeltwanger in filing 12 articles of impeachment against DeWine, calling it an "effort to restore the rule of law."

The allegations claim DeWine’s administration implemented unconstitutional orders in response to the pandemic.

In a statement shared with local news outlets, Becker's office blasted DeWine, alleging "mismanagement, malfeasance, misfeasance, abuse of power, and other crimes include, but are not limited to, meddling in the conduct of a presidential primary election, arbitrarily closing and placing curfews on certain businesses, while allowing other businesses to remain open."

The group of state Republican lawmakers argues that DeWine violated Ohioans' civil liberties by issuing a stay-at-home order and requiring them to wear masks. They have argued that the face covering rule “promotes fear, turns neighbors against neighbors, and contracts the economy by making people fearful to leave their homes.”

The lawmakers first threatened the articles of impeachment in August, announcing they were being drafted.

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