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Posted 03 March 2021 - 04:30 PM

Republicans get yanked around with the rest of the House members as MGT plays games with no apparent goal other than to be a douchebag.

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A number of Republicans crossed the aisle on Wednesday to side with Democrats after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) forced a third vote on adjourning the U.S. House of Representatives.

In a protest on Wednesday, Greene called for the House to be adjourned, forcing members to return to the chamber to cast votes for the third time in the span of several days.

Washington Post correspondent Paul Kane noted that Republicans are getting "ticked off" at the repeated stunts.

According to Kane, all Republicans voted with Greene on her first attempt to adjourn the House. But by the third vote on Wednesday, at least 18 Republican lawmakers had defected.

"She's increasingly irritating folks in her own conference," Kane explained. "Which, of course, she is fine with doing, she doesn't care."

" '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 03 March 2021 - 04:59 PM

View PostLFC, on 03 March 2021 - 04:30 PM, said:

MGT plays games with no apparent goal other than to be a douchebag.
There are some like Moscow Mitch that want power for their donor base. And then there are others like MTG who are shrieking chimpanzees, who just want to smear excrement on the wall.
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Posted 03 March 2021 - 05:10 PM

View Postpnwguy, on 03 March 2021 - 04:59 PM, said:

And then there are others like MTG who are shrieking chimpanzees, who just want to smear excrement on the wall.

With the usual apologies to chimpanzees, of course. (On a side note I read that this is not really a natural behavior. It's mostly displacement behavior only exhibited by primates in captivity. I guess in the wild they have better things to do.)

I wonder if I can make a version of this with MGT's face.
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" '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."

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

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 05:12 PM

Michigan Republicans really have no shame and one Democrat just lost it on them.

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A Michigan Democrat shamed his Republican colleagues for openly encouraging domestic terrorism.

State Sen. Jeremy Moss called out the GOP majority for taking up a resolution stating their support for the Second Amendment and the rest of the U.S. Constitution "against every aggression, either foreign or domestic," which the Southfield Democrat considered bitter irony.

"That's patently false," Moss said. "The last several months here there has not been an attempt by the majority of this chamber to protect many of us from aggression, from domestic aggression. When you go to the gallery to pal around with gunmen during the height of an armed mob in our building and those men are later charged with a plot to overthrow this government and create mass death in this building, you are not defending the Constitution against every aggression, either foreign or domestic."

"When you invite them to your office to coach them on their messaging and help them out in delivering their goals you are not defending the Constitution against every aggression, either foreign or domestic," Moss continued. "When you sign a letter perpetuating this big lie that there was voter fraud here in the state of Michigan so pervasive that perhaps our election results were inaccurate on the eve of an actual insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, despite the fact that all 83 counties submitted their canvassing results unblemished to the state board of canvassers, despite the fact that the state board of canvassers approved of those reports, despite the fact that we've had endless oversight committee meetings in the House and Senate -- some of them a circus -- that found no credible claims that there was criminal activity in this election, and despite the fact that just yesterday the secretary of state released the results of the audit affirming so."

"When you sign that letter," Moss concluded, "you are not supporting or defending the Constitution against every aggression, either foreign or domestic -- and I'm angry about this right now. Because when people outside this building gather and threaten our lives in this chamber, especially in a way that promotes anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish talk and behaviors, there's just one bullet they need to find the Jewish senator to achieve their goals in this chamber, and I'm not protected here by the actions in this Senate by ignoring the real threats that many of us face every day on this Senate floor. So, no, I'm not supporting this resolution because the thesis of it is blatantly false."

" '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 March 2021 - 05:20 PM

View PostLFC, on 03 March 2021 - 04:30 PM, said:

Republicans get yanked around with the rest of the House members as MGT plays games with no apparent goal other than to be a douchebag.

I definitely get the sense of "attention whore" here -- anything to stay in the news cycle, as long as it's her name out there.
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Posted 04 March 2021 - 11:42 AM

Republicans prove they haven't lost one of their few actual talents: gumming up government to make it as ineffective as possible.

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Senate Republicans on Wednesday suggested they are planning to force the chamber’s clerks to fully read Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill — a stalling tactic that could take by some estimates up to 10 hours, delaying the vote.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said he will request a reading of the legislation and that another Republican senator has been briefed on it, according to a Hill pool report.

Johnson later Wednesday told a Wisconsin radio station that he may attempt to drag the process out into the weekend by offering amendments, on the condition that another senator seconds him.

The senator, according to CNN, added that he will force the Senate clerks to read the Senate Democrats’ bill.

Johnson confirmed his stalling tactic in a tweet later Wednesday.

" '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 04 March 2021 - 11:46 AM

View PostLFC, on 04 March 2021 - 11:42 AM, said:

Republicans prove they haven't lost one of their few actual talents: gumming up government to make it as ineffective as possible.

It's probably too much to hope that there's an obscure Senate rule that requires someone who makes a motion to have the whole bill read into the record to stay in the Senate Chambers during the entire reading. No bathroom breaks for the maker of the motion. I'm willing to increase my taxes to pay for Depends for the guy.

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 04:13 PM

The right-wing professional victims are, of course, screeching full volume about "cancel culture" over the private trust owning the rights to the Dr. Seuss books to stop publishing several due to content that hasn't aged well. The article explains the outrage about this, and other things, quite well. The title and subtitle make a nice summary though.

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The Seuss debate shows Republicans' cancel culture war is a fight against the free market
The escalating rhetoric on so-called "cancel culture" is conservatives' way of saying they are losing power in society and they want someone to stop that.


I liked how he looked at what's going on through the lens of voting rights and the free market, something Republicans are supposedly in support of. That, like anything else, changes quickly if it doesn't deliver power to them.

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Perhaps looking to voting rights can help sharpen the picture. In a Supreme Court hearing on Tuesday over whether a restrictive Arizona law unconstitutionally discriminates against minorities, Republican National Committee lawyer Michael Carvin told the court that striking down the law — making it easier to vote — would put the GOP “at a competitive disadvantage relative to Democrats.”

It was a startling if not surprising admission. Republicans have lost the presidential popular vote in seven of the last eight elections — or to put it another way, they have been losing political market share. But instead of adjusting their product (their candidates and policies) or how they sell it (their messaging), the GOP increasingly relies on government interference to maintain power, including the distortionary nature of the Electoral College and the U.S. Senate (which is evenly split despite the fact that Democrats represent 41 million more constituents), radical gerrymandering and restrictive voting laws, like Arizona’s.

But it’s not just anti-democratic (or anti-Republican) to try to reduce the system’s responsiveness to the will of the people; it’s anti-market. The GOP is, in effect, trying to use the heavy hand of government to pick and choose who can be a consumer rather than responding to their will.

In other words, the right’s growing disillusionment with free markets might have to do with the markets’ drift away from the right.

Companies are taking a more holistic view of what factors drive their decisions. For instance, the Business Roundtable — hardly a bastion of AOC stans and Bernie bros — announced in 2019 that the purpose of a corporation extended beyond strict adherence to the bottom line and includes “all stakeholders — customers, employees, suppliers, communities and shareholders.”

Conservatives may not like which market forces companies respond to, but in a free market, that's not their call. But in a less free market, they believe, maybe it could be.

" '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 04 March 2021 - 05:01 PM

I brought up Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) before. He's only 25 years old but already has a deep history of sexual harassment and lies. This piece lines it all up in one nice summation. I knew about most but not all of it. Republicans elect the best people.

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1. In July, he posted an Instagram video of himself at the border wall in El Paso, Texas spouting off debunked conspiracy theories about human trafficking.

2. Cawthorn created a racist attack website directed at journalist Tom Fiedler, who had covered Cawthorn unfavorably, stating Fiedler left a career in academia "to work for non-white males, like Cory Booker, who aims to ruin white males running for office." Fiedler was a former dean at Boston University and worked on Booker's 2020 presidential campaign.

3. Women in his hometown near Asheville complained of Cawthorn's aggressive sexual behavior. The allegations were reported before he was elected to Congress.

4. On November 3, when he was elected to Congress as its youngest member ever at age 25, Cawthorn's response on Twitter was "Cry more, lib."

5. He then used his new-found platform to push baseless theories about voter fraud and told a pro-Trump group to "lightly threaten" members of Congress.

6. Cawthorn misled the public about training for the Paralympics. He also lied about being accepted into the Naval Academy, a plan he says was derailed by the car accident that left him paralyzed (in fact, the Academy rejected him prior to the accident). And he tried to represent himself as a successful real estate investor; he actually owns a six-acre vacant lot in Georgia, which he bought at auction for $20,000 in October of 2019.

7. Cawthorn gave a speech to rally the mob that carried out the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol. He regrets that. Or he doesn't, he doesn't know. Later, Cawthorn sought to overturn President Biden's election win.

8. Several women at the extremely conservative Christian college Cawthorn attended in northern Virginia in 2016 complained that Cawthorn sexually harassed them, including in his car during what he called "fun rides."

9. At the same school, Patrick Henry College, Cawthorn told a group of people that his friend left him to die in "a fiery tomb" following the vehicle crash that rendered Cawthorn paralyzed. He also said he was legally dead immediately following the crash. Neither of those things are true. The friend, Bradley Ledford, helped pull Cawthorn out of the burning vehicle, he says. Cawthorn's own father says Ledford saved his son's life.

" '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 04 March 2021 - 05:21 PM

South Dakota's governor Kristi Noem has proven herself to be as capable of grift as the next Republican. Way to steal COVID relief money, Kristi!

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem ® is coming under fire after it was discovered that the businesses of her family members were given $600,000 in COVID-19 funds from a state grant program pushed by her.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that out of the 126 businesses across South Dakota, only five were given grants of $500,000, including a ranch owned by the Noem family.

The business, which is run by Noem's brothers Rock and Robb Arnold, got the full amount after their sister expanded the amount.

"The Legislature approved the grant plan in October, but the family businesses benefitted from adjustments the Republican governor made," said the AP. "The plan initially capped grants at $100,000, but later in the month, with plentiful federal funds at their disposal, Noem's administration adjusted the grant cap to $500,000. The governor also later opened up a second round of grant applications to businesses hurt by the pandemic from September to November."

The report said that there is no evidence that Noem was part of the decision to give the Noem family the funds.

The Noem family is refusing to answer questions about the grant or provide their financial statements for transparency.


Yeeeeaaaahhhhh.
" '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 04 March 2021 - 05:24 PM

WTF? Three House Republicans just tried to illegally change the vote of own of their colleagues! Ethics violations? They should be prosecuted and sent to prison! There's no excuse for this other than IOKIYAR.

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Something strange happened in Congress last night that may tag three Republican members with an ethics violation.

The House held an overnight session so that they could avoid the U.S. Capitol amid the fears of another attack on the building from militia members and conspiracy theorists.

Punchbowl News' John Bresnahn explained that during a vote for HR 1280: The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021, Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) cast a vote for the bill. His Republican colleagues freaked out, saying that it needed to be changed. Three of them protested, attempting to change the vote in with the Tally Clerk.

When members vote they have a card they can insert into voting stations and cast their vote. If they want to change their vote they can do so at any time, but if they want to change the vote in the last five minutes of the count, they have to go to the Tally Clerk and take a "red card," sign it, and hand it to the Clerk. At no point did Gooden use the red card option, but three other Republicans attempted to, signing Gooden's name to it.

According to Bresnahn, "The cards were rejected by House clerks. A possible ethics violation by [Reps.]Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Randy Weber (R-TX) and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND)."

Reporter Jamie Dupree went back to CSPAN to look at the tape seeing a man in a blue suit racing down the center aisle of Congress.

"That person keeps running past the dais, but reaches out with his right hand and leaves a Red voting card for the clerk," said Dupree. "That person continues running past the dais - a very unusual way to vote - and heads toward the Speaker's Lobby door upper left in the photo. The voting clerk picks up the Red card - you can clearly see it in his hand - as the person who left it exits the chamber upper left."

"After conferring with others on the dais, the vote is not counted (Red card still visible in the clerk's hand, and one floor staffer goes out in the Speaker's Lobby to look for the person who dropped off the card," said Dupree. "Why is this of note? Lawmakers cannot cast a vote in the House for another member like that. It would be the House version of vote fraud."

There are rules for members voting by proxy during the pandemic, but the proxy has to be noted by the member ahead of time.

" '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 04 March 2021 - 05:34 PM

After Gov. Abbott said Texas would be reopening President Biden said that we need to avoid this kind of "Neanderthal thinking." I'm putting putting this hear rather than the COVID thread because the response are just soooooo f***ing stupid. The Republican rhetoric just gets dumber and dumber. It really is the party of drunken Faux News loving uncles. Here's the Lt. Gov of Texass, Uncle Dan.

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick ® fired back on Thursday after President Joe Biden accused some states of "Neanderthal thinking" over the decision to life mask mandates.

"What I would call Neanderthal thinking is Gov. Newsom in California telling people not to come out of their cave for a year," Patrick told Fox News host Harris Faulkner. "And I would call Neanderthal thinking allowing people to cross the border illegally with COVID, tested positive and put them on a bus!"

Patrick also suggested that Joe Biden's son was a Neanderthal because his name is "Hunter."

"Of course that word would come to the president very quickly because if you look up the definition of it, it says Neanderthal were hunter/gatherers and that of course would be the name of his son, who gathers millions for his family from countries around the world," the Texas Republican opined.

"But I go back to the president," he added. "How dare him attack Texas for our policies when he is allowing the border to be overrun by people coming here by the hundreds, by the thousands and testing positive and coming on a bus to your state, where you have to live in the United States of America! What a hypocrite!"


Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) shows that it's not just the guys who are stupid! And here I thought it was ridiculous to have Republican "originalists" claiming to know the minds of people from the 18th century. She takes that to a whole new level!

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Sen. Martha Blackburn (R-TN) on Thursday defended the honor of Neanderthals after President Joe Biden used the term as a pejorative earlier this week.

During an appearance on Fox Business, Blackburn was asked to comment on Biden decrying the "Neanderthal thinking" of repealing statewide mask mandates even as the novel coronavirus pandemic is still killing thousands of Americans per day.

"We were called Neanderthals when I led the fight against the state income tax!" Blackburn said proudly. "So you know what I did? I started the Neanderthal Caucus!"

Blackburn went on to explain what she believed to be the virtues of Neanderthals, which have been extinct for tens of thousands of years.

"Neanderthals are hunter-gatherers, they're protectors of their family, they are resilient, they're resourceful, they tend to their own!" she gushed. "So, I think Joe Biden needs to rethink what he is saying."

" '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 March 2021 - 04:15 PM

Republicans are f***ed up, but you already knew that.

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A former staffer at the Missouri House of Representatives has filed a lawsuit alleging that he was canned for complaining about the lack of a mask mandate at the state Capitol building. Tad Mayfield, who wants punitive damages and his job back, claims in the suit that he first expressed his concerns about working in the statehouse without a mask mandate in an email to Assistant House Clerk Emily White, on which former House Speaker Elijah Haahr and House Clerk Dana Miller were copied. “At the risk of sounding confrontational, which I in no way wish to convey, I think it is important to state unequivocally, by not requiring face coverings, the House has become a hostile work environment,” he wrote in July 2020. The next month, he emailed Haahr and Senate President Pro Tem David Schatz to request a mandatory face mask policy. Three days later, he was told “his employment was ending for alleged poor performance,” according to the lawsuit.

Mayfield says he got the boot for exercising “his rights guaranteed by the First Amendment by speaking out before all of the defendants upon matters of public concern.” His lawsuit lists Haahr, Miller, White, and House Human Resources Director Judy Kempker as defendants.

" '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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