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#1401 LFC

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Posted 25 February 2020 - 11:23 AM

This is the Republican Fascism Party. Be afraid.

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We woke up this morning to the news that President Trump is calling his purge of supposed disloyalists within the government good for America AND demanding that Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg recuse from any cases involving Trump.

It recalls the brilliant long-running episodic Slate series: “If It Happened There”

The conceit is simple: “American events are described using the tropes and tone normally employed by the American media to describe events in other countries.” (Making the series even more salient today, the second installment back in 2013 was about the end of Michael Bloomberg’s mayoralty: “If It Happened There: Twilight of an Oligarch.” Maybe, maybe not.)

In addition to spoofing the ways and manners of American correspondents abroad, the series also indirectly mocks the too-close-to-it earnestness, caution, and dependence on euphemism that mark domestic political reporters. It’s a two-fer that slays in both directions.


Got that? If you don't bow down to Dear Leader you will be fired if your a government employee and smeared if you are a judge. And once again as near as I can tell the entire GOP is in on it. Nobody's defending America over this.
" '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 27 February 2020 - 01:00 PM

Glenn Beck is back on the crazy train! Steve King is right there with him.

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The death of a former Department of Homeland Security employee last week has caught the attention of prominent conspiracy theorists, who are pinning it on none other than Barack Obama’s deep state agents. But so far, the people promoting the conspiracy theories—including Glenn Beck and Rep. Steve King (R-IA)—don’t really have any evidence that the death is even a murder.

On Friday, sheriff’s deputies in Amador County, California, found the body of Philip Haney, a former DHS employee, near an RV stop. While Haney’s death is still under investigation, a sheriff’s press release said Haney had suffered a “self-inflicted” gunshot wound.

Haney, 66, had been briefly famous on the right as a DHS “whistleblower” during the Obama administration, appearing at a congressional hearing and on Fox News to promote his claims that Obama officials had squashed his investigations into Islamic terrorism in the United States. Since then, Haney had claimed he was on a “special covert assignment” against prominent Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, a prominent Muslim-American Democrat.

Even as all the evidence around Haney’s death points to a suicide, Trump allies in right-wing media and government were quick to claim he had been the victim of a sinister murder plot. On Twitter, King implied that Haney had been killed for speaking out against Obama.

“He was a target because of all he knew of Islamic terrorist coverups,” King wrote. “He insured his life by archiving data that incriminated the highest levels of the Obama administration. Phil Haney didn’t kill himself.”

Fox News contributor Sara Carter tweeted that Haney had been “murdered.”


Beck of course understands that the biggest flock of sheep to be fleeced is on the right.

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Glenn Beck, now fully done with his attempted NeverTrump transformation and sliding anew into the crazed blackboard-theorizing Beck of the past, made dark insinuations about Haney’s demise too.

“He didn’t kill himself,” Beck said, hunched over his microphone in a camouflage jacket. “No man who speaks like Philip Haney did goes off and kills himself.”

Cue the ominous music.
" '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 27 February 2020 - 02:24 PM

View PostLFC, on 27 February 2020 - 01:00 PM, said:

Beck of course understands that the biggest flock of sheep to be fleeced is on the right.

Wait till he starts boosting Corona gold bars and coins.

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Posted 02 March 2020 - 04:20 PM

Make up a story, screech your outrage over your fabrication, and then use the power of the government to punish those you made the story up about. It's now the Republican way. Actually it has been for a while now.

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It still hasn’t ended.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) sent a letter March 1 indicating that he wants to begin issuing subpoenas in his investigation of the same debunked allegations that featured in President Trump’s impeachment.

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SCOOP: Chairman Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee @RonJohnsonWI wants to subpoena witness tied to US firm and Burisma where the former Vice President’s son sat on the board. Letter obtained @CBSNews says government records indicate concerns warranted pic.twitter.com/BBoTB0lGh0

— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) March 2, 2020


So the Senate’s Ukraine-Hunter Biden investigation continues, as does former Vice President Joe Biden’s candidacy, which received a weekend boost with a victory in South Carolina and with South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg’s exit from the race.

The upshot of the letter is that Sen. Johnson has been fighting to issue subpoenas to former Ukraine embassy in D.C. staffer and Rudy Giuliani buddy Andrii Telizhenko, and to Blue Star Strategies, a D.C.-based lobbying firm that Burisma hired in 2016 to burnish the gas company’s image.

The missive reveals that Sen. Johnson may be days from sending subpoenas in the probe, saying that he plans to hold a vote to issue the demands for documents and testimony.

The issue comes down to testimony from Telizhenko, who has spun unsupported stories since President Trump’s election to the effect that the DNC colluded with the Ukrainian government in 2016 to damage Trump’s candidacy.

Though unsubstantiated, Telizhenko’s narrative served as a useful cudgel for the GOP during the process of Trump’s impeachment, giving the President’s allies a set of ready-make, whataboutist allegations with which to bludgeon Democrats.

" '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 2020 - 10:51 AM

Senate Democrats are trying to play defense against the Republican-Russian disinformation offensive.

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Senate Democrats tried last week to block the Republican-controlled Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs from issuing a subpoena for testimony from a Ukrainian who has peddled conspiracy theories central to the extortionate dirt-digging project that got President Trump impeached.

Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) moved in a Friday letter to block a subpoena for testimony from Andrii Telizhenko, a former staffer at Ukraine’s embassy in Washington who has spent most of the Trump administration parlaying his stint as a post-Soviet diplomat into unsubstantiated allegations that the DNC colluded with the Ukrainian government to hurt Trump in 2016.

“I remain concerned that the United States Senate and this Committee could be used to further disinformation efforts by Russian or other actors,” Peters’s letter to Johnson disapproving of a Telizhenko subpoena reads.

“Because these efforts pose a threat to our national security, I have asked for this Committee to receive defensive briefings — specifically regarding Mr. Telizhenko — from relevant intelligence community and law enforcement officials, to ensure the Senate is not used to advance any disinformation campaigns.”

" '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 2020 - 05:13 PM

Another Republican liar. This isn't the spin of the 70s and 80s. This is wholesale fabrication. Everything about the GOP is false today.

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A memorandum from the Georgia Attorney General’s office confirmed this week what many suspected all along.

AG officials said in the memo that they were recommending closing the investigation into sensational 2018 claims by then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp that Democrats had tried to hack Georgia’s election system.

The memo said that the investigation had failed to reveal “any evidence” supporting a prosecution against the person who appeared to be the target of Kemp’s claim.

Kemp made the allegations just days before his gubernatorial election, where he was facing a competitive race against Stacey Abrams, and while his office was facing scrutiny for election policies that were disproportionately burdensome for minority voters.

After posting a press release to the secretary of state’s website the Sunday before the 2018 election announcing that “the Democratic Party of Georgia is under investigation for possible cyber crimes,” Kemp aides rebuffed many questions about the allegations. They referred reporters to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which also at the time declined to get into specifics.

" '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 2020 - 02:05 PM

Little Lindsey Graham says he and other Republicans will continue promoting the Biden-Ukrainian lies. No shock there. They hate American democracy and fake scandals and "investigations" into political rivals are the fascist way.

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It’s not just former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign experiencing a resurrection in light of his strong Super Tuesday performance.

After telling CNN reporter Manu Raju Wednesday morning that he told President Trump that Biden will be “tough” to beat in the general election, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared to suggest that Senate Republicans plan to go after the former vice president for his son’s tenure on the board of Ukraine energy company Burisma.

“If you are going to run for President, and you were in charge of the Ukrainian anti-corruption campaign as vice president, and your son is sitting on the most corrupt company in the country while you’re trying to clean up the country, yeah that will come up,” Graham said.

When asked whether he plans to launch an investigation in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Graham responded that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is “doing it.”


Let me make one of the easiest predictions possible in American politics. If Biden is the candidate and wins the "investigations" will continue through his entire presidency. If he loses they will be wrapped up within months after the election with no evidence of wrongdoing after a firehose of right-wing outrage just like Benghazi. Rinse, wash, repeat.
" '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 2020 - 06:07 PM

Hard to say they'll be wrapped up within months. Hillary is under a court order to obey a subpoena to testify about Benghazi.

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Posted 05 March 2020 - 10:34 AM

View PostJackD, on 04 March 2020 - 06:07 PM, said:

Hard to say they'll be wrapped up within months. Hillary is under a court order to obey a subpoena to testify about Benghazi.

They produced the report ... that, like those produced by the 7 or 8 valid committees, showed no wrongdoing. Of course that didn't really make the news compared to the breathless months of endless coverage of "BENGHAAAAAZZZZZIIII!!!!!"
" '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 2020 - 02:30 PM

And like clockwork here comes the fake indignation over Schumer's comments from the Nazi Republican Party. Remember that this is the same party that screeched at 11 over Obama's DOJ determining that right-wing groups including ex-service members were a mounting threat to our nation. When they take responsibility for their own words we can talk. Until then they can STFU.
" '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 06 March 2020 - 10:20 AM

Two of the dumbest motherf***ers to have ever held office are at it again. They are, of course, Republican where being a dumb motherf***er is a plus. Hell, it might be a prerequisite at this point.

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Two Republican lawmakers took to the House floor last week to push a conspiracy theory that the recent death of a former Homeland Security official may have been the result of a political hit job, even though law officials say it was a “self-inflicted” gunshot wound.

In a pair of bizarre, little-noticed speeches on Feb. 28, Reps. Steve King (R-IA) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) insinuated that former Department of Homeland Security official Philip Haney’s death one week prior was actually a murder meant to keep him from revealing secrets about the government.

“I’m standing on the floor here saying, Madame Speaker, I don’t believe that Phil Haney committed suicide,” King said. “I expect that we’re going to get a thorough investigation. The evidence that is coming to me indicates that he was murdered.”

“Phil often said, ‘I would never commit suicide,’” King added in his speech.

Sheriff’s deputies in Amador County, California, discovered Haney in a roadside pull-over area on Feb. 21. The initial cause of death was described as a gunshot wound that authorities said was “self-inflicted.” Nevertheless, Haney’s death set off fevered speculation on the pro-Trump internet about a “deep state” conspiracy meant to silence Haney. That it was picked up by members of Congress and then spread on the floor of the House of Representatives illustrates the degree to which those online fever swamps have permeated the highest levels of political life.

Hey, Steve-o. Here's a tip about people. If they often talk about suicide, even if they're often claiming they'd never do it, that means that they're thinking about it a whole lot more than the average person. Now could be please be stupid someplace else?
" '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 06 March 2020 - 11:13 AM

View PostLFC, on 06 March 2020 - 10:20 AM, said:

Two of the dumbest motherf***ers to have ever held office are at it again. They are, of course, Republican where being a dumb motherf***er is a plus. Hell, it might be a prerequisite at this point.

It's supposed to be a representative body, reflecting the will and wisdom of the people.

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Posted 06 March 2020 - 11:25 AM

View PostProbabilistic, on 06 March 2020 - 11:13 AM, said:

It's supposed to be a representative body, reflecting the will and wisdom of the people.

' ...reflecting the will and wisdom of the people. ' Or lack
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Posted 06 March 2020 - 01:31 PM

View PostLFC, on 06 March 2020 - 10:20 AM, said:

Two of the dumbest motherf***ers to have ever held office are at it again. They are, of course, Republican where being a dumb motherf***er is a plus. Hell, it might be a prerequisite at this point.



Hey, Steve-o. Here's a tip about people. If they often talk about suicide, even if they're often claiming they'd never do it, that means that they're thinking about it a whole lot more than the average person. Now could be please be stupid someplace else?

Take a tragedy and turn it into a political football.

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Posted 06 March 2020 - 01:51 PM

View PostProbabilistic, on 06 March 2020 - 11:13 AM, said:

It's supposed to be a representative body, reflecting the will and wisdom of the people.

So that's all right then.
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Posted 06 March 2020 - 02:25 PM

View PostRich T Bikkies, on 06 March 2020 - 01:51 PM, said:

So that's all right then.

c'est la vie! :)

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Posted 06 March 2020 - 02:30 PM

View PostProbabilistic, on 06 March 2020 - 02:25 PM, said:

c'est la vie! :)

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Posted 06 March 2020 - 03:21 PM

View PostRich T Bikkies, on 06 March 2020 - 02:30 PM, said:

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Mr Bikkies studying the finer plumage characteristics of Yellow-legged Gull, Larus michahellis.
" '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 06 March 2020 - 03:36 PM

View PostLFC, on 06 March 2020 - 03:21 PM, said:



Mr Bikkies studying the finer plumage characteristics of Yellow-legged Gull, Larus michahellis.

I'm so cheesed off I haven't even noticed the bird.
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Posted 08 March 2020 - 12:50 PM

Do they burn the books they don't approve of? Republican fascism, Tennessee style.

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Libraries have long advocated for everyone’s freedom to read and access information—but a pending bill in the Tennessee legislature would bring widespread censorship to the state’s public libraries.

HB 2721/SB 2896, also known as the Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act, would establish a five-person review board for every public library in Tennessee. These oversight groups would be separate from library boards and would have the final say over which materials and programs are acceptable for children and teens; libraries would be banned from providing what these boards deem “age-inappropriate sexual material” to minors. Any library defying the oversight group’s restrictions faces the loss of state funding—and its staff could be fined or jailed.

Librarians are trained to build diverse collections that serve the varying needs of their communities. They recognize that different families have different values and beliefs, and that everyone has the right to choose from a wide array of materials and programs. HB 2721/SB 2896 would give small groups of individuals the power to override librarians’ expertise and the library board’s authority, and to impose their personal views on all young people in their communities.

" '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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