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#441 LFC

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 11:39 AM

Oh, Rudy. Are you actually spending time trying to figure out how to make yourself an even bigger buffoon? Have you hired a small army of consultants to bring you ideas on how to look foolish and pathetic?

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Conveniently ignoring his history of pushing former President Trump’s falsehoods, Rudy Giuliani took to Twitter Wednesday night to fire off a tone-deaf tweet calling for the end of “misinformation” — which the former Trump personal lawyer is notorious for spreading.

On Wednesday night, Giuliani got on a pedestal about the dangers of “misinformation” and how it endangers democracy. Giuliani’s months-long jaunt of fruitless legal battles contesting the legitimacy of the election process fed into the Trumpian rhetoric that incited the pro-Trump mob behind the deadly Capitol insurrection earlier this year.

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Misinformation has become a daily occurrence on social media platforms. If continued unaddressed, it will eventually lead to Jefferson’s worst nightmare of a poorly informed citizenry, which he saw as the greatest danger to democracy.

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I didn't have the stomach to click on the link.
" '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

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 01:49 PM

View PostLFC, on 04 March 2021 - 11:39 AM, said:

Oh, Rudy. Are you actually spending time trying to figure out how to make yourself an even bigger buffoon? Have you hired a small army of consultants to bring you ideas on how to look foolish and pathetic?



I didn't have the stomach to click on the link.
I would send this to the “Takes One to Know One” Department, or file it under “Pr,” for Projectors.
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Posted 04 March 2021 - 03:10 PM

Here we go

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"I can't go out because of the virus" sounds whiny and boring. I'm going with: "I've sworn an oath of solitude until the pestilence is purged from the lands." because it sounds more valiant and heroic. As a bonus, people might think you're carrying a sword.

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I get it. They had a guy ratf**k the post office. They filled the courts with hacks. They spent a ton of money. They filed so many lawsuits. They even started a riot ! It’s so unfair that they went to all that trouble and still lost. Anonymous

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Posted 05 March 2021 - 11:07 AM

At least the Murdoch print media is hovering closer to reality

Of course, the investor class who buys their papers represents more "Republican Classic" members, and not so much the MAGAt base.
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Posted 09 March 2021 - 09:08 AM

Russia is at it again/still, this time with COVID vaccines. Is it any wonder the Republicans have politicized this entire pandemic so badly? They are Putin's puppets and he knows just how to make them dance.

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Russian intelligence, it appears, are attempting to sow distrust in the U.S. COVID-19 vaccine in order to bolster the sale of its own supply.

According to a new Wall Street Journal report, the State Department’s Global Engagement Center has identified at least four publications that have been used as Russian intel fronts in the past that are publishing articles questioning the safety of the Pfizer vaccine and other Western vaccine companies.

The publications reportedly have spread disinformation about the side effects of the Pfizer shot and have suggested the development of the U.S. vaccine was dangerously rushed. Experts at the Alliance for Securing Democracy, part of the German Marshall Fund, identified the disinfo as part of a broader effort to boost the sales of the Russia-produced Sputnik V vaccine.

“We can say these outlets are directly linked to Russian intelligence services,” a Global Engagement Center official told WSJ. “They’re all foreign-owned, based outside of the United States. They vary a lot in their reach, their tone, their audience, but they’re all part of the Russian propaganda and disinformation ecosystem.”

The White House is currently attempting to combat vaccine hesitancy, but is concerned that supply of the vaccine in the U.S. might soon outstrip demand. Increasingly, the hesitancy seems to be disproportionately Republican. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that Republicans have the highest number of respondents that will “definitely not” get the vaccine — 28 percent. (It’s been widely noted that communities of color are skeptical of the shot, largely due to mistreatment by the U.S. health system. Kaiser found that 14 percent of Black Americans will “definitely not” get the vaccine while an additional 34 percent intend to “wait and see.”)

Though Trump recently urged followers to get the vaccine, the message may be another case of too little too late. Trump and former first lady Melania Trump received the vaccine while in office, but chose to do so in private, breaking with a wave of politicians — including Biden — and public figures who were getting the shot in public at the time to combat fear of the new vaccine. As the most loud and respected voice of the Party whose voters are now most likely to be skeptical of the vaccine, it’s just one of Trump’s many misfires with regard to the pandemic.

" '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 05 April 2021 - 01:10 PM

The Republican Party marches goose steps onward. One quote says it all: "Republicans have their own version of reality."

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Three months after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol to try to overturn his November election loss, about half of Republicans believe the siege was largely a non-violent protest or was the handiwork of left-wing activists “trying to make Trump look bad,” a new Reuters/Ipsos poll has found.

Six in 10 Republicans also believe the false claim put out by Trump that November’s presidential election “was stolen” from him due to widespread voter fraud, and the same proportion of Republicans think he should run again in 2024, the March 30-31 poll showed.

Since the Capitol attack, Trump, many of his allies within the Republican Party and right-wing media personalities have publicly painted a picture of the day’s events jarringly at odds with reality.

Hundreds of Trump’s supporters, mobilized by the former president’s false claims of a stolen election, climbed walls of the Capitol building and smashed windows to gain entry while lawmakers were inside voting to certify President Joe Biden’s election victory. The rioters - many of them sporting Trump campaign gear and waving flags - also included known white supremacist groups such as the Proud Boys.

In a recent interview with Fox News, Trump said the rioters posed “zero threat.” Other prominent Republicans, such as Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, have publicly doubted whether Trump supporters were behind the riot.

Last month, 12 Republicans in the House of Representatives voted against a resolution honoring Capitol Police officers who defended the grounds during the rampage, with one lawmaker saying that he objected using the word “insurrection” to describe the incident.

" '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 05 April 2021 - 01:20 PM

View PostLFC, on 05 April 2021 - 01:10 PM, said:

The Republican Party marches goose steps onward. One quote says it all: "Republicans have their own version of reality."

I suppose those folks think that the people who say the protests of last summer were mostly peaceful except for those who took advantage of the situation to throw things, break window, and burn stuff are living in an alternate universe too. The excuses made in terms of the 1/6 insurrection mirror those statements pretty closely. So it's "checkmate libs!" " Both sides do it!" etc...glossing over the mob's intent to interfere with the process of government.





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