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#2261 LFC

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 04:57 PM

This belongs here. North Dakota Republicans are so willfully STUPID that they just passed a bill to BAN any future mask mandate at any level of government no matter what the situation. No ... matter ... what. This is the state with one of the worst death rates in the nation and probably the worst if you look after, say, July 1 when the states surrounding NYC got hit with the initial wave.

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Mask-hating North Dakota Republicans this week passed a bill that would make mask mandates in their state illegal.

Local news station KFYR-TV reports that North Dakota House of Representatives moved to ban implementing mask mandates, no matter how severe future pandemics might be.

"Our state is not a prison camp!" Republican North Dakota State Rep. Jeff Hoverson fumed arguing in support of the legislation.

According to the Bismarck Tribune, Republican Gov. Doug Burgum implemented a mask mandate last November in an effort to contain surging COVID-19 hospitalizations in his state.

The governor has since dropped the mask mandate now that hospitalizations have fallen significantly from their peak, but that apparently isn't good enough for Republican hardliners in the state who want to make sure the governor never does anything to protect public health again.

The bill, which passed by a slim margin of 50 to 44, now heads to the North Dakota State Senate.

" '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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Posted 23 February 2021 - 05:16 PM

Taco Tuesday Teddy goes full metal victim on being called out on his escape from the crisis in Texas. Greg Sargent points out that this is absolute standard Republican fare anymore as Trump pulled this card often and still pulls it after losing the election.

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Sen. Ted Cruz has been facing widespread criticism for heading to Cancún, Mexico at a time when millions of Texans were without electricity, heat and running water during a cold snap that brought deadly freezing temperatures. When the Texas Republican appeared on Sean Hannity's show on Fox News on Monday night, he painted himself as a victim of political persecution — and that victim mentality, according to liberal Washington Post opinion columnist Greg Sargent, is typical of far-right Republicans and allies of former President Donald Trump.

"Republicans have hit on a new way to spin away their own screw-ups and scandals: by claiming the media focus on their political travails is driven by the press' search for a new Republican victim, now that former President Donald Trump has largely exited public life," Sargent explains in his column this week. "Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has just road-tested this new line in response to continuing questions about his trip to Cancún during the Texas power shortage, which left millions freezing without power."

When Cruz's trip to Cancún became a scandal, he insisted that he wasn't turning his back on Texans during a dangerous crisis and claimed that he was only trying to look after his wife and daughters by joining them in Mexico. Cruz claimed that he was being a good family man, but his critics find that explanation to be incredibly lame — including Sargent.

"This may seem silly and desperate, but it's worth pausing over because it illustrates a deeper intellectual habit that post-Trump Republicans are increasingly falling back upon — one that is likely to get more widespread," Sargent writes. "We're talking here about the relentless instinct to portray Trump as a victim, not just as misdirection, but also, as a catchall justification. And this reaches far beyond Cruz's Cancún excursion. It's the through line to something of far greater consequence: the GOP escalation of voter suppression and counter-majoritarian tactics in states across the country."

On Hannity's show, Cruz told the far-right opinion host, "The media is suffering from Trump withdrawal, where they've attacked Trump every day for four years. They don't know what to do. So, they obsess over my taking my girls to the beach."

During that interview, Cruz painted himself as the victim when he was the one who screwed up — and that, Sargent emphasizes, is right out of the Trump playbook.

"This smuggles Trump into the discussion, not just as misdirection, but also, as a way to win the sympathy of an audience that can be counted on to believe Trump was unfairly victimized by the media for four years," Sargent writes.

" '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 23 February 2021 - 06:11 PM

View PostLFC, on 23 February 2021 - 05:16 PM, said:

Taco Tuesday Teddy goes full metal victim on being called out on his escape from the crisis in Texas. Greg Sargent points out that this is absolute standard Republican fare anymore as Trump pulled this card often and still pulls it after losing the election.
I have to admit that the noise about Cruz is too much...it's funny and his attempt to blame it on being a good dad was funny. But after two days of funny memes, it's just over kill. This is not the worst Cruz will do.

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 07:24 PM

View Postgolden_valley, on 23 February 2021 - 06:11 PM, said:

I have to admit that the noise about Cruz is too much...

The problem is that Ted and his supporters keeps giving it oxygen. The story came up but he maintained silence. Then he got caught sneaking home. Say it was a mistake and he's sorry. Don't say another word. It would have died in a day or two. Instead he blamed his daughters and said he was coming right back home all along. He got caught in that lie. Then his supporters said "he wasn't using resources." WHAAAAT? Next he and his wife got caught in the lie that it was about his daughters in the first place. Now he's the victim because he kept the story alive?

I think if Ted had apologized and taken a big dose of STFU it would have evaporated days ago. He's in a f***-up of his own making.
" '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 24 February 2021 - 02:04 PM

DeSantis's posthumous licking of Limbaugh's boots isn't working out very well.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ® wanted to make a big show of honoring the late, racist shock jock Rush Limbaugh after Limbaugh died last week at 70. By Wednesday, that plan had fallen to pieces as it became clear DeSantis’ subjects weren’t too thrilled about the idea.

In a defiant statement Tuesday night, a county commissioner in Palm Beach County, where Limbaugh lived, said the county would defy the governor’s directive to lower the county courthouse’s flag in Limbaugh’s honor.

“Our decision is to keep our flags at normal protocol today,” Lisa De La Rionda, director of the county’s public affairs department, subsequently confirmed to TPM on Wednesday.

The governor said on Friday last week that flags across the state would be lowered to honor Limbaugh, who he called an “absolute legend.” But Democrats including Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried objected, saying DeSantis was using the flag as a political prop.

When DeSantis finally issued a formal memorandum Tuesday on honoring Limbaugh it specified just three buildings that would lower their flags to half staff: The state Capitol, the city hall in Palm Beach, and the courthouse in Palm Beach County.

Melissa McKinlay, a county commissioner, wrote on Twitter Tuesday night that the courthouse would not lower its flag in Limbaugh’s honor.

“Although Rush Limbaugh was a significant public figure, he was also an incredibly divisive one who hurt many people with his words and actions,” McKinlay wrote. “I cannot and will not support the lowering of flags in his memory.”

Meanwhile, DeSantis posted a picture on Twitter of the flag at the state’s Old Capitol Building, in honor of his late friend.

" '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 24 February 2021 - 03:02 PM

View PostLFC, on 24 February 2021 - 02:04 PM, said:

DeSantis's posthumous licking of Limbaugh's boots balls isn't working out very well.
FIFY
"All glory to the HypnoTrump, or else..."

"It all makes sense when you remind yourself that the GOP is no longer a political party but turned into an organized crime family"

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 04:01 PM

Swamp oysters?
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Posted 24 February 2021 - 06:02 PM

View Postbaw1064, on 24 February 2021 - 04:01 PM, said:

Are those made from manatee testicles?
"All glory to the HypnoTrump, or else..."

"It all makes sense when you remind yourself that the GOP is no longer a political party but turned into an organized crime family"

"I hope to live long enough that the name Trump is reviled as much as the name Hitler or Stalin"

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 06:09 PM

View Postpnwguy, on 24 February 2021 - 06:02 PM, said:

Are those made from manatee testicles?

I should hope not, as manatees are an at-risk species, unlike right wing grifters.
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Posted 24 February 2021 - 09:26 PM

 baw1064, on 24 February 2021 - 06:09 PM, said:



I should hope not, as manatees are an at-risk species, unlike right wing grifters.
However, one can question the presence of testicles on some RW grifters, no? Granted, some of them have major ... chutzpah.
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Posted 24 February 2021 - 09:26 PM

Sorry, double post.
Politics these days is show business. Elections are Dancing with the Stars with consequences. ~Rue Bella

(About fame) Living for likes, shares and follows is a form of validation. The question is whether it is also the source of our self esteem. If it is, we’re screwed. And, culturally, it seems as if it’s become more and more our shared value. ... Meringue is no longer a sweet and pretty topping but the body itself. ~Charles Perez

The trouble is that editors and their journalists are simply employees of large profit-seeking corporations whose executives have no idea of what "truth" is; only "ratings" or "clicks" or share price. ~Rich T Bikkies, 10/1/2020

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." --Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:384, via LFC, 12/1/2016

Competent people go in one of a few directions. But incompetence is infinite. ~David Brooks, NY Times

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Posted 24 February 2021 - 10:31 PM

 LFC, on 24 February 2021 - 02:04 PM, said:

DeSantis's posthumous licking of Limbaugh's boots isn't working out very well.
Our county made noises about defying the edict, too. The only thing I can say based on limited observation the last couple days is that university facilities didn’t lower the flag until today. Since the statute is written in such a way as to include “prominent Floridians,” and they did it for Shula, who in some respects made MAJOR contributions to South Florida,...
Oh, wait...
Politics these days is show business. Elections are Dancing with the Stars with consequences. ~Rue Bella

(About fame) Living for likes, shares and follows is a form of validation. The question is whether it is also the source of our self esteem. If it is, we’re screwed. And, culturally, it seems as if it’s become more and more our shared value. ... Meringue is no longer a sweet and pretty topping but the body itself. ~Charles Perez

The trouble is that editors and their journalists are simply employees of large profit-seeking corporations whose executives have no idea of what "truth" is; only "ratings" or "clicks" or share price. ~Rich T Bikkies, 10/1/2020

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." --Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:384, via LFC, 12/1/2016

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Posted 25 February 2021 - 01:45 AM

You can always lower the flags and say it's due to the 500,000 COVID deaths.
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Posted 25 February 2021 - 10:36 AM

View Postbaw1064, on 25 February 2021 - 01:45 AM, said:

You can always lower the flags and say it's due to the 500,000 COVID deaths.

Today through tomorrow...that's the order.

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Posted 25 February 2021 - 12:47 PM

Although DeSantis might be such a putz that he'll call out people for lowering flags for the wrong reason.
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Posted 25 February 2021 - 02:40 PM

The PA GOP got together to vote on censuring Pat Toomey ... but failed because they couldn't master voting on Zoom. It feels like a f***ing metaphor of the party as a whole.

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A Pennsylvania Republican state committee’s verdict on whether to censure on Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) after the senator voted to convict former President Trump of “incitement of insurrection” was inconclusive after a Wednesday night meeting.

CNN reported Thursday that a source on the meeting’s Zoom call said that the more than four-hour meeting encountered technical difficulties when counting votes. According to CNN, the committee could possibly decide whether to take action against Toomey at a later date.

The Pennsylvania Republican state committee’s censure vote hiccup came on the heels of several GOP county committees across the commonwealth handing Toomey censure resolutions for daring to buck Trump during the former president’s second impeachment trial.

" '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 25 February 2021 - 03:03 PM

View PostLFC, on 25 February 2021 - 02:40 PM, said:

The PA GOP got together to vote on censuring Pat Toomey ... but failed because they couldn't master voting on Zoom. It feels like a f***ing metaphor of the party as a whole.

Sounds like an excuse to avoid having the embarrassment of a defeated motion...oh oh sorry, your video is freezing up and can't hear you...it's breaking up!

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 11:11 AM

Is the Republican Party the Trump Party? McConnell said he'd back Trump in a presidential run in 2024.

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Yet in an interview with Fox News’s Bret Baier on Thursday, McConnell signaled that he would not let the growing rift between him and the former president get in the way of the Republicans reclaiming the White House. Asked by Baier whether the Senateminority leader would support Trump if he won the party’s presidential nomination in 2024, McConnell offered a succinct reply: “Absolutely.”

But then he said this:

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But when Baier pressed McConnell on the prospects of Trump running for president again, the GOP leader posited that Trump wouldn’t be the only one in the race.

“There’s a lot to happen between now and ’24,” McConnell said. “I’ve got at least four members, I think, that are planning on running for president, plus governors and others. There is no incumbent. Should be a wide-open race and fun for you all to cover.”

McConnell is trying to have it both ways. Is he making anyone happy with his fence sitting?


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Posted 26 February 2021 - 12:03 PM

View Postgolden_valley, on 26 February 2021 - 11:11 AM, said:

McConnell is trying to have it both ways. Is he making anyone happy with his fence sitting?

If it's a barbed wire fence then I'd be pretty happy about it.
" '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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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 03:57 PM

CPAC never fails to disappoint.

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Even by the standards of the alleged kooks and conmen commonly found on the CPAC roster, one of this year’s speakers has an extraordinary background which includes fronting an organization which claimed—in all seriousness—to be able to channel Donald Trump’s guardian deity through a magical medium.

The former political leader of a Japanese cult called Happy Science, Jay “Hiroaki” Aeba, is on the bill for Friday.

Like Trump, Aeba has been accused of fraud back home but he doesn’t think that should be held against him.

We asked Aeba for clarification but didn’t get a reply. He is now head of the Japanese Conservative Union although he said last year he was still a believer in Happy Science.

Aeba’s guru, Ryuho Okawa, claims to be a Venusian god named El Cantare who created life on earth—and is also a reincarnation of the Buddha, just in case you were wondering. Okawa is not only a snazzy dresser and a self-proclaimed deity, but he says he has the power to channel the spirits of any person, living or dead. He claims to have had a great awakening in 1981 and subsequently founded the Happy Science religion (Kofuku no Kagaku) in 1986. In American terms, he’s like Billy Graham crossed with Shirley MacLaine. He’s channeled the spirits of Jesus, Kim Jong II, and in 2016, he even managed to obtain an exclusive interview with the guardian spirit of Donald Trump.

In that amazing encounter, Trump’s spirit correctly stated, via Okawa, that he would be the next president.

You’ve never quite seen anything like the spirit of Donald Trump possessing a Japanese visionary and discussing New York cheesecake as a political metaphor. It’s too bad that the God (Okawa) himself can’t make it to CPAC but at least his former disciple, Aeba is speaking.

CPAC which runs through Sunday afternoon, features the best and the brightest of the Republican party and its allies, such as insurrection rousing Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, and the usual assortment of foxes and fiends from Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp. Aeba is scheduled to take the podium right after Donald Trump Jr and speak about China’s threat to the U.S.

" '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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