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Posted 04 June 2019 - 03:03 PM

In Alabama I guess this is OK. His form of "I'm not a racist but..." is pretty weak.

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Mark Chambers, the mayor of Carbon Hill, Alabama, is remaining defiant after he made comments about “killing” LGBT Americans in a recent Facebook rant.

AL.com reports that Chambers recently went off on a social media tirade against gay Americans and “socialists” while lamenting the purported decline of the United States.

“We live in a society where homosexuals lecture us on morals, transvestites lecture us on human biology, baby killers lecture us on human rights and socialists lecture us on economics,” he fumed.

When a Facebook friend of Chambers argued it might “take a revolution” to right the ship, Chambers didn’t disagree.

“The only way to change it would be to kill the problem out,” he replied. “I know it’s bad to say but without killing them out there’s no way to fix it.”

Despite his seeming endorsement of violence, Chambers has told local news station WBRC that he only meant to describe the likely outcome of a second American civil war and wasn’t calling for violence specifically targeting LGBT Americans.

“I never said anything about killing out gays or anything like that,” he said. “If it comes to a revolution in this country both sides of these people will be killed out.”

" '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 05 June 2019 - 10:42 AM

Steve King (R-Racistville) wants his committee positions back. Iowa should be collectively ashamed.

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) feels extremely ill-used by his caucus leaders and is determined to get his committee assignments back now after about a week has passed since his most recent offensive comments.

According to Politico, he has only been able to rally minimal support to the cause.

His closest allies in Congress, far-right conservatives like Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX), have been struggling to rustle up enough signatures to get King his assignments back.

And in another bleak sign for the nine-term incumbent, his fundraising has been anemic so far in 2019 and he’s already facing down multiple GOP challengers.

" '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 05 June 2019 - 12:56 PM

The British military created a list of traits that might signal that a soldier is a dangerous right-wing extremist. Look at the list and think how many of these are in the Republican mainstream today. Other than the spelling of the word "generalisations" it's almost all accurate and right-wing acceptable.

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  • Describe themselves as "Patriots"

  • Add 'istan' to British place names

  • Describe multicultural towns as 'lost'

  • Have tattoos with overt and covert XRW iconography

  • Look at opponents as 'Traitors'

  • Use the term 'Islamofascism'

  • Discuss the creation of 'white only' communities

  • Become increasingly angry at perceived injustices or threats to so called 'National Identity'

  • Refer to individuals ready to challenge their XRW views as being 'indoctrinated'

  • Make generalisations about Muslims and Jews

  • Claim that immigration is the root of injustices against vulnerable people (e.g. old age pensioners, veterans)

  • Involve colleagues in closed social media groups

  • Refer to Political Correctness as some left wing or communist plot

  • Make inaccurate generalisations about 'the Left' or Government

  • Threaten violence when losing an argument, although claiming that XRW groups protest peacefully

  • Actively seek out impressionable individuals to indoctrinate or recruit

  • Use blatantly untruthful or incorrect references to immigrants, Judaism or Islam

  • Talk of an impending racial conflict or 'Race War'

  • Claim that it is acceptable to abuse Jews or Muslims as Judaism or Islam are not 'races'

  • Have extreme XRW group stickers or badges on clothing and personal items

" '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 07 June 2019 - 10:04 AM

Daddy Suckabee creates a face palm moment. What is WRONG with these people? They are such an embarrassment to America.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee ® speculated that German chancellor Angela Merkel felt “awkward” during the D-Day commemoration with other world leaders.

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Must have been an “awkward” moment for Angela Merkel to sit in ceremony as the Allies commemorated D-Day that broke the back of Nazi Germany. https://t.co/pnNGCoD3B0
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 5, 2019


And Twitter did not like it.

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Trump described white nationalists as “very fine people” and is currently keeping migrant children in detention camps and taking a way their legal rights whilst several have died in custody. Merkel happened to have grown up in Germany. It’s should only be awkward for one of them. https://t.co/3L1G7A0jB5
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) June 6, 2019

Merkel has been going to these events for years and accompanied President Obama to Buchenwald. She should be celebrated for her grace, her fidelity to the US alliance, and her defense of the values that the D-Day ceremony represents. https://t.co/yB9rySLamo
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) June 5, 2019

The dumbest and foulest tweet of the day is from @GovMikeHuckabee. Which is saying something. https://t.co/FwPMrupJs0
— Bret Stephens (@BretStephensNYT) June 6, 2019

well since she’s definitely not, and never was a Nazi and the war was 75years ago, and she’s honored the heroes of WWII since she became Chancelor- I think she’s good. Ding dong.
— alyssa “activist witches 2020” mastromonaco (@AlyssaMastro44) June 6, 2019

Actually no. She’s a true leader and strong ally. Grew up under communism, broke the political glass ceiling in Germany and saw her nation united and democratic. Not comprehending any of this is why you’ll never be at such a ceremony: there’s no kids’ table for cornpone grifters. https://t.co/CSQYbPFXc7
— Mike Murphy (@murphymike) June 6, 2019

" '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 07 June 2019 - 03:46 PM

How come the ones defending the Confederacy as part of our history always miss one big "dark" part of that history? You know, the fact that the secession was treasonous and was primarily over losing the right to enslave other human beings. Better to praise both sides, even in Maine.

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Maine legislators recently approved a new state ballad, a task one would expect to be simple and drama-free.

Alas, in the year 2019, it’s not so easy. Some Republican state lawmakers in the northeastern state were concerned that the ballad chosen cast too negative of a light on the Confederacy, according to a new report from the Maine Beacon.

The song, titled “The Ballad of the 20th Maine,” tells the story of a Maine infantry regiment that fought in the Civil War, and unsurprisingly, has a pro-Union message. Two Republicans found this inappropriate.

“I find it a little bit, we are united states, we are not Union, we are united states. And I find it just a little bit – I won’t say offensive but that’s what I mean – to say that we’re any better than the South was,” Republican state Rep. Frances Head said last month while discussing the song, per the Maine Beacon.

Republican state Rep. Roger Reed expressed similar hesitations.

“I am a lover of history and especially a lover of the civil war period and regardless of what side people fought on, they were fighting for something they truly believed in,” Reed said, according to the Beacon. “Many of them were great Christian men on both sides. They fought hard and they were fighting for states’ rights as they saw them.”

" '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 07 June 2019 - 10:45 PM

Where is Mr. Peabody when you need him. Let's drop Roger Reed in a vat of henna then have Mr. Peabody drop him off on the auction block in, say, Mobile. Then see if he still thinks there are "some very fine people on both sides".
Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

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On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:49 AM

View PostLFC, on 07 June 2019 - 03:46 PM, said:

“I am a lover of history and especially a lover of the civil second world war period and regardless of what side people fought on, they were fighting for something they truly believed in,” Reed said, according to the Beacon. “Many of them were great Christian men on both sides.”

I only needed to change the name of the war.
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Posted 08 June 2019 - 09:36 AM

View PostD. C. Sessions, on 08 June 2019 - 07:49 AM, said:

I only needed to change the name of the war.

Might be better if you cite the first WW. A lot of truly evil men involved with the 2nd.
Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 10:21 AM

View PostAnBr, on 08 June 2019 - 09:36 AM, said:

Might be better if you cite the first WW. A lot of truly evil men involved with the 2nd.

As with the War of Northern Aggression. No changes required to be perfectly accurate.
The way a lot of catastrophes happen is that X doesn't occur because there are safeguards in place, therefore people assume X isn't a worry and they remove the safeguards. Then X happens.
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"Robots aren't the problem. Capitalism is." -- Last words of Stephen Hawking.
These days, "libertarian" is just a euphemism for a Nazi who's afraid to commit.
"If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." -- Heather Heyer
"I'd rather have my child, but by golly, if I gotta give her up, we're gonna make it count." -- Her mother
"Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. You will rule or ruin in all events." -- some RINO

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 09:22 PM

I took the gist differently than what you meant.
Pray for Trump: Psalm 109:8

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 06:40 AM

A question for the membership:

The fact you cannot argue with a Trump Follower or see the anger in their faces makes me wonder:

Are they simply mad at themselves because they may be realizing they've been "taken" by a con man ?

Are they just "doubling down" on their beliefs because admitting Pres Trump is not what they were hoping for, would collapse their "lives" ?

I've studied a lot about WWII Germany. I also heard first hand stories from my Mom about the Italian Leaders of the time. I can't help but see parallels in what the average citizen of those countries was saying "The Fuhrer will save us, wonder weapons are coming, allies will collapse, etc. " and what the average fan of Pres Trump is saying/thinking.

I worry when the dénouement comes Pres Trump's followers will not be happy and likely flail out at the "enemy within" that made him fail.

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 07:26 AM

 andydp, on 10 June 2019 - 06:40 AM, said:

I worry when the dénouement comes Pres Trump's followers will not be happy and likely flail out at the "enemy within" that made him fail.

Enough of them have been having wet dreams of a civil war for years now to precipitate local, if not national, violence. On the other hand, I really doubt that the military command structure is going to be going along with that, not least because Derp Trumpenfuhrer has spent the past three years pissing on said senior command. At some point, they're likely to have become quietly pissed off as well. That in addition to having all been taught how the previous parallel turned out and seeing the likely outcome.
The way a lot of catastrophes happen is that X doesn't occur because there are safeguards in place, therefore people assume X isn't a worry and they remove the safeguards. Then X happens.
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"Robots aren't the problem. Capitalism is." -- Last words of Stephen Hawking.
These days, "libertarian" is just a euphemism for a Nazi who's afraid to commit.
"If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." -- Heather Heyer
"I'd rather have my child, but by golly, if I gotta give her up, we're gonna make it count." -- Her mother
"Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. You will rule or ruin in all events." -- some RINO

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 07:53 AM

I think Shanahan's move on the McCain will backfire magnificently. I am very curious about the internal investigation on this. It went down the chain of command, so there were trumpies in there. But enough non-trumpies to blow off the cover. Going to be very hard to put that genie back in the bottle.
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Posted 10 June 2019 - 08:34 AM

The whole Trump/McCain saga is one of the key arguments against any Trumpian cunning. McCain may have been a total asshole and selfish etc. but he was their asshole, and that part about sticking around in Hanoi when he could have gone home is not forgotten. Nor, for that matter, is the one bit of actual consistency in his political career (besides looking out for McCain, anyway): he really did back the VA and the troops and not just in the usual Republican sense of "spend more money on arms that the DoD doesn't want."

Of course, the fact that the ship in question was named after his father, who did good work in the Pacific during WWII, is another point. Along with the massive disrespect that they've gotten for things like threat evaluations and projected outcomes of Bolton's wet dream ...

If the Party is expecting the military to back a coup, I think they're not just dreaming but seriously delusional.
The way a lot of catastrophes happen is that X doesn't occur because there are safeguards in place, therefore people assume X isn't a worry and they remove the safeguards. Then X happens.
— Nate Silver
"Robots aren't the problem. Capitalism is." -- Last words of Stephen Hawking.
These days, "libertarian" is just a euphemism for a Nazi who's afraid to commit.
"If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." -- Heather Heyer
"I'd rather have my child, but by golly, if I gotta give her up, we're gonna make it count." -- Her mother
"Your purpose, then, plainly stated, is that you will destroy the Government, unless you be allowed to construe and enforce the Constitution as you please, on all points in dispute between you and us. You will rule or ruin in all events." -- some RINO

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 11:30 AM

Alabama again. If you thought their abortion stance was over the top...

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey ® has signed a law that requires chemical castrations for felons who committed sex crimes against children under the age of 13.

According to the Associated Press, the castration would occur before their parole. A judge, not a doctor, would decide when the procedure could be stopped; or, the convict can decide to stop the procedure and serve out the rest of his term in prison.

According to the Washington Post, the procedure is actually not castration, but a temporary testosterone inhibitor: it is reversible, does not prevent men from having children and does not definitively eradicate a man’s sex drive. And, as sexual desire is often not the only motivator for those driven to commit sex crimes, it could be limited in its effectiveness.

" '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 11 June 2019 - 11:58 AM

They really don't want Roy Moore running for Senate again.

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 12:00 PM

View PostProbabilistic, on 11 June 2019 - 11:58 AM, said:

They really don't want Roy Moore running for Senate again.

IIRC I read stories of Moore hitting on girls as young as 14. The law covers acts with children under 13. Looks like they gave him a one year buffer just in case.
" '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 24 June 2019 - 04:17 PM

AOC isn't afraid of calling out racist Steve King as a racist and is also happy to raise campaign funds off their spat. Good for her.

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After Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) dissed Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for his suggestion that she visit a Holocaust memorial, her campaign put out a fundraising email about the feud that equated King with “completely certified, card-carrying and flag waving racists.”

“Before making any comment on anti-semitism and racism, Steve King should look in the mirror. Last year, King was stripped of all of his committee assignments after brazenly defending white nationalism — in reality, he should have resigned,” the fundraising email said. “No Republican — especially Steve King — can force this campaign to stop speaking truth to power. We’ve build a movement that will fight for justice in all of its forms.”

The Ocasio-Cortez fundraising email asked supporters to donate $3 to the campaign before the next Federal Election Commission deadline at the end of the month.

“This campaign has absolutely zero patience for completely certified, card-carrying and flag-waving racists,” the email continued. “They thrive off attention — which is why we must starve them of 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

"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 June 2019 - 04:12 PM

TDB discusses the meltdown and radicalization of Oregon's Republican Party. This is a prime example of what the GOP looks like when it loses power through the democratic process. Democracy, voters, constitutions, and everything else that makes democracy work gets thrown into a wood chipper when it doesn't hand them power. Steve King and Louie Gohmert would probably fit right in.

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It’s been a busy week for Oregon Republicans. On Thursday, the state’s 11 state senators went AWOL in an attempt to block a vote on a climate change bill, with most of them apparently headed across the border to Idaho.

Armed right-wing militias offered to help them fight off state police sent to bring them back to the Senate, and one senator threatened to shoot them himself, warning that anyone sent after him best be a bachelor.

On Saturday, the state capitol was shut down over threats from the militias. To cap it all off, the Oregon Republican Party sent a tweet mocking the Democrats, saying that “Oregon senate Democrats canceled their weekend session citing a fear that Republican voters may show up.”

While the Oregon Senate walk-out has earned national headlines, this isn’t the first time the state’s conservatives have gone wild. Over the past few years, Oregon Republicans have fought vaccines and brought in militias as their private security. Even as they’re increasingly marginalized in state government, Oregon Republicans have grown more extreme.


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The state GOP’s loss of power has sometimes driven it to the fringe. In May, the state senate’s Republicans staged another walkout, this time aimed in part at killing a vaccine legislation. The vaccine bill would have eliminated exemptions parents use to avoid vaccinating their children, following a measles outbreak in Portland.

Instead, because of the Republicans’ walkout, Democrats killed the bill.

Both Senate walkouts this year follow in a long tradition of minority parties denying quorums in an attempt to block legislation. Texas Democratic lawmakers fled the state in 2003 to stop a redistricting bill, while Wisconsin Democrats left that state in 2011 in an attempt to block legislation cutting union rights.

This is likely the first time, though, that a quorum-busting legislator has threatened to shoot police. In a TV interview, State Sen. Brian Boquist warned that he would shoot any of the state police Gov. Kate Brown (D) had sent to bring the senators back.

“Send bachelors and come heavily armed,” Boquist said. “I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It’s just that simple.”

Boquist didn’t respond to a request for comment.


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While Oregon has been characterized as hyper-liberal on shows like Portlandia, it was the only state whose original constitution forbid non-white people from living there. Those racial divisions persist in the state, according to Eric Ward, the executive director of the Western States Center, a left-leaning political nonprofit.

“Even slight demographic change is seen as anxiety-provoking throughout the state,” Ward said.

Much of the right’s anger in Oregon has been directed towards Portland. For the past two years, right-wing groups like the Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer have held rallies in the city in an attempt to bait antifascist activists into fights.

“Portland is seen as this den of iniquity,” Ward said.

In January, Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson imposed a vigilante ban on wearing masks in the city and took to the streets with his allies, assaulting their political foes and pulling their masks off.

“They can no longer manipulate the democratic processes in the state, and are now relying on threats of intimidation and harassment and violence,” Ward said.


Meanwhile roughly 100 bills could end up dying including many that fund the state government and help people in rural areas. This isn't going to remain just a case of a stalling tactic made in protest. This is burning the functionality of the entire state government to the ground because they don't control it. Like I said above, it's a prime example of what we can expect from Republicans as they lose power. They hate actual democracy because lately it hasn't been working well enough to their advantage.
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Trump's own appointee reported that Kellyanne Conway, despite warnings, violated the Hatch Act at least 11 times. House Republicans had a f***Ing meltdown in a completely shameless display of IOKIYAR.

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House Republicans used White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s no-show at a Hatch Act hearing as an opportunity to berate and question the credibility of the Trump-appointed watchdog who accused Conway of repeated violations of the law that bars federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity.

Ranking member of the House Oversight Committee Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) kicked things off before Office of Special Counsel chief Henry Kerner gave his opening testimony by arguing that the self-described conservative got his “feelings hurt” by Conway’s defiance during TV interviews.

“The reason we’re here today is because Mr. Kerner got his feelings hurt, he told that to the White House counsel’s office. He said he took great offense to Ms. Conway’s response and that’s why, that’s why he rushed the report and only gave Ms. Conway 16 hours to respond,” Jordan said. “Mr. Kerner felt slighted. Ms. Conway didn’t pay enough attention to him and his office. And you know why she didn’t? Because the allegation is ridiculous.”

Jordan argued that Conway — who the OSC claims violated the Hatch Act at least 11 times by advocating for things like Roy Moore’s Senate bid in 2017 or Ivanka Trump’s clothing line — has been targeted by Kerner because she is “good at what she does.”

Read on. It gets worse including Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) repeating a known lie to attack him. They aren't even pretending anymore.
" '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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