Wednesday, September 30, 2020

AOC: How do we pay for it?

By using our tax money on programs for we the people instead of it being stolen by our government to pay off big money interests.

Lincol Project on Twit's debate collapse

Battle against bias is a daily practice

See this article. It's a good point that even when we become aware of our biases that doesn't make them go away. We need constant and continual vigilance to catch them operating below awareness to have any semblance of control over them.

"But the thing about biases is that they seem inhabit a place that is preeminent to our moral codes. They give thought, and even reason at first, a weight in one direction or another. It seems (for me at least) that it is only with practice and the persistent reapplication of reason that these biases can be unseated, if only for a short time. [...] The strange thing is that I still discover personal biases to this day and am certain that I will continue to do so in the years to come."


Bernie on the debate

On the Kimmel Show last night. For me one of Joe's low points was distancing himself from Bernie when confronted by Twit on 'socialism.' It would have been nice had Joe gone after the fake socialism label instead, as his accepting that framing and claiming to be against it did indeed put off us progressives. That was Kimmel's first question for Bernie, who himself avoided it by changing the subject and focusing on the nightmare that is Twit. We progressives understand Bernie's strategy, as that's where our focus needs to be instead of getting defensive about it.

Hartmann: Twitler goes full dictator

From his FB post:

"Trump Goes Full Authoritarian Dictator. What we saw last night was the dictator‘s playbook.
Tell violent white supremacist racists to 'stand by' and encourage them to show up at polling places to intimidate voters.
"Bully, bluster and threaten like Mussolini did, promoting your brand as “tough guy“ when in fact you’re a lazy coward. Claim that the other side is evil, like Hitler did, setting up excuses for state-run police violence and vigilante brutality.Trash-talk democratic institutions, including the vote, like Hungary’s Victor Orban and and Saudi Arabia’s dictator Mohammed bin Salman do.
"While millions of Americans are struggling with loss of jobs, lack of healthcare during a pandemic, and an absolutely gutted social safety net after 40 years of Reaganomics, all Trump did was brag, yell, and threaten. This is classic dictator’s playbook. The only winner of last night’s 'debate' was dictatorship and oligarchy. Russia, China and authoritarianism around the world were the big winners last night. America was the loser."


Talbot on the debate

He describes it best so I'll let his words speak for themselves. Twit's only hope, and he know it, is to challenge the election results that will end up invoking the 12th Amendment and a decision by the Supreme Corp. Let's hope that Roberts and the new Coney Barrett have our country more in mind than their allegiance to Party.

"Do you feel slimed, America? You should. That's what it feels like to watch a big, boozed-up bully start an ugly brawl in a bar. And we couldn't do anything about it, except gape open-mouthed at our TVs. Trump's debate 'strategy' -- if you can call it that -- was to blow up the debate. And he succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. The trouble. of course, is that he has the same goal for the presidential election. He knows he's going to lose -- so he's doing everything he can to smash it to pieces.
"The gobsmacked TV pundits used words they'd never uttered to describe tonight's freak show: 'Shitshow' (CNN's cautious Dana Bash really said that); 'a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck' (Jake Tapper); 'a moral swamp' (Van Jones). Political junkie James Carville said he had to force himself to watch Trump's crash derby beyond the first 30 minutes -- 'and I got paid to watch it.'
I'll call it here. This is the end of Donald Trump. Even Rick Santorum and Chris Christie recoiled in horror (and Christie helped coach him). They shook their heads and commented that Trump was 'too hot' and 'overplayed it.' The GOP cheering squad can't come out and say it, but it's obvious. Trump self-immolated tonight.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

NPR fact checks the Presidential debate

Not that it will make any difference to the Twitiots who will deny it as fake news, and those predisposed to facts already know Twit is a liar, but here it is.

First Presidential debate

I watched the first hour and can't take anymore. I still have it on in the background. What a giant, useless circus. Twit just lied, bullied and interrupted while Biden continually fell for his baiting, got flustered while ineptly stumbling through his responses. I'm sure the fact checkers will provide numerous Twit lies, and Biden defenders will inaccurately praise him for handling himself well. I will not waste the time to watch another one of these fiascos which will no doubt not make one bit of difference to anyone who has already long decided their choice.

Update: I think Joe did recover and stay more focused near the end talking about climate change policy. It would have been nice had he done that from the beginning.

Meidas Touch ad: Bye Kayleigh

Clips showing she is as big a liar as her boss.

Darth's deplorable brother

Scumbagery runs in the family.

Democrats surrender on Coney Barrett

Continuing this post where Cenk recommended 5 ways to at least slow down the Senate Supreme Corp approval process, it turns out the spinless Dems will do none of them and instead once again just surrender. What happened to "using every arrow in our quiver?" Once again it's just empty rhetoric and we the people will watch, one SC decision at a time, all of RBG's legacy being destroyed along with our women's and civil rights. We simply must primary all of the establishment Dems and replace them with fierce progressives like Bernie and AOC if we can ever hope of returning our government to we the people.

CDC Director on Twit's pandemic crony: "Everything he says is false"

Ana reports on the story of what Director Redfield said of Twit's lying pandemic crony Atlas. But that's exactly why Twit put Atlas in charge of the Blight House task force: In order to lie about it so that Twit could could open up the economy regardless of the loss of human lives and the devastation of our health.

Biden v. Twit on tax policy

I hope this comes up in tonight's debate. See the link for details.

"Trump has not only refused to deliver for struggling working families, he is now pushing for another misguided tax giveaway for America’s wealthiest families. [...] Joe Biden will not raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000. Period. But he will ask wealthy Americans and big corporations to pay their fair share."


Monday, September 28, 2020

Catholic lobby rejects Amy Coney Barrett

Here are the words of  Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice. This is what a true Christian sounds like.

"As a Catholic Sister who tries to follow the teachings of Pope Francis, I cannot support Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. I know that Judge Barrett shares my faith, but her past words and actions prove that she does not hold all life to be sacred. As a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Barrett voted to allow employment discriminations against the elderly, attacked the protections of the Affordable Care Act, and even tried to uphold the wrongful conviction of a man based on faulty evidence. Shockingly, she does not hold the basic principle of stare decisis that provides for continuity in our Constitutional system. These are not the opinions of a nominee worthy of a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land. 

"President Trump appears to be courting the Catholic vote with this nomination. Judge Barrett was chosen for one reason: she firmly and clearly opposes abortion and the settled ruling of Roe v. Wade. As a Catholic Sister, let me be clear: Catholics will not be bought off by a predetermined vote against Roe v. Wade. It is insulting to act as if my faith boils down to one issue. Catholics cannot support judges or politicians who blatantly ignore the breadth of Catholic Social Teaching on women’s rights, voting rights, immigrant’s rights, health care, environmental protections, and so much more. 

"This crass partisan power grab by the President, Senator McConnell, and his Republican colleagues is an insult to our democracy. It is an assault on our democratic system to rush a vote while they cling to power. The people and their next chosen President must decide on the next Supreme Court Justice. If Senator McConnell and President Trump think that pushing this through will help them win Catholic votes, then they don’t know Catholics. Unlike these politicians focused on taking power at all costs, we love our country more than political power. We Catholics will vote for integrity, justice, and the common good."

Twit reuses his infamous Ukrainian line

It's standard operating procedure with him though. Same story, different day.

Hartmann on Twit's financial history

See his FB post here. Twit starting out with an inheritance that he squandered. The he was rescued by a TV show, which fortune he again squandered. Now up to his bad haircut in debt the next question is from whom will he borrow yet more money to prop up his failures? We already know Kushner got a billion dollar loan from the Middle East to bail him out, and for which Twit returned the favor with advanced weapons sales. Now that Twit owes the IRS hundreds of millions with what foreign government(s) will he negotiate the US's interests away for a bail out?

Bernie on Twit's taxes

A refund being investigated for fraud no less.

AOC on Twit's tax scam

So this is your guy? A guy who is supposed to be rich but who is really so poor he claims he can't pay his taxes? He is the SWAMP and needs to be jailed for tax fraud.


Sunday, September 27, 2020

NYT obtains 2 decades of Twit's tax returns

Revealing what we've long known, and why he's hidden them for so long: Twit is a giant LOSER and FRAUD who is in debt up to his fake hair. From the report:

"The New York Times has obtained tax-return data for President Trump and his companies that covers more than two decades.[...] Among the key findings of The Times’s investigation:

  • Mr. Trump paid no federal income taxes in 11 of 18 years that The Times examined. In 2017, after he became president, his tax bill was only $750.

  • He has reduced his tax bill with questionable measures, including a $72.9 million tax refund that is the subject of an audit by the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Many of his signature businesses, including his golf courses, report losing large amounts of money — losses that have helped him to lower his taxes.

  • The financial pressure on him is increasing as hundreds of millions of dollars in loans he personally guaranteed are soon coming due.

  • Even while declaring losses, he has managed to enjoy a lavish lifestyle by taking tax deductions on what most people would consider personal expenses, including residences, aircraft and $70,000 in hairstyling for television.

  • Ivanka Trump, while working as an employee of the Trump Organization, appears to have received “consulting fees” that also helped reduce the family’s tax bill.

  • As president, he has received more money from foreign sources and U.S. interest groups than previously known. The records do not reveal any previously unreported connections to Russia."

Lincoln Project: The choice

Twitler and his corrupt Repugnantan cronies whose only allegiance is to power and money? Or some semblance of democracy?

The history of Supreme Count packing

And the necessity of doing it going forward. See this article. Unfortunately, even if we win the House and Senate and they pass legislation to do it, the President must sign off on it. And Biden is on record opposing it, so that's the next hurdle. In this article he hedges on his previous position. When Coney Barrett gets Senate approval this will be our only option available to save a number of women's and civil rights from being overturned. So the newly elected Democratic House and Senate must pass this legislation and we the people must continually pressure Biden to sign it. Given his concessions to some progressive policies that he's incorporated into his platform I think we can convince him to go along with it.

Klobuchar slams Cruz

What an inspiring speech she gave when Cruz said the whole Supreme Corp nomination process was political theater. It is real life that will affect women's and civil rights for a generation to come and Amy nails his utter hypocrisy and putrid posturing.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Maher: How's that Dembecile anti-Hillary vote working out for you?

He rightly reams them for giving us Twit and shows us the difference of what we'd still have had she won. This is particularly so with the Supreme Corp. Twit will now get to pick a 3rd Injustice and the Corp will overturn all those civil rights and protections that we'd still have with Hillary's picks. And here we go again with the same Dembeciles making absurd comparisons between Biden and Twit. Give 'em hell Bill.

Maher interviews Bernie

Bernie tells us to listen to what Twit is saying. He comes right out and tells us what he's planning: a coup against democracy. 

Senator Warren on Twit's SC pick

She nails it, from her FB post:

"The name of Trump's illegitimate Supreme Court nominee in many ways doesn’t matter. We know exactly what that person is being picked to do: complete a decades-long assault on our judiciary by billionaires and giant corporations to tilt the courts for the rich and powerful.
"Trump made a bargain in 2016: support him and he would let right-wing, pro-corporate groups hand-pick their favorites for the Supreme Court. Trump has dutifully pulled all his nominees’ names straight off the extremist-approved list. Trump is often reckless and unpredictable, but when it comes to the courts, he has let Mitch McConnell run the show, methodically working with his right-wing overlords to flood the judicial system with narrow-minded lawyers who work for the wealthy and well-connected.
"We know Trump will pick a Supreme Court nominee who will deliver the death blow to the Affordable Care Act and rip health care away from millions of people during a deadly pandemic. We know it because he’s already in Court demanding this.
"We know Trump will pick a Supreme Court nominee who will overturn Roe v. Wade and take our country back to the time of back-alley abortions. We know it because he’s already told us over and over again that he’ll do it. 
"We know Trump will pick a Supreme Court nominee who will rubber-stamp his attacks on immigrants, from ripping away protections for our Dreamers to rewriting the Census. We know it because he’s already told us after he lost court cases.
"And we know Trump will pick a Supreme Court nominee who will strip away voting rights and help him steal the election already underway. We know it because he’s already told us his game plan to do it.
"The awesome power of the presidency is in the hands of a man who spits on our Constitution. We cannot stand down when Donald Trump tries to hand our highest court – and the rights and liberties of the American people – over to extremists."


Dembecile rationalization

The same rationalization against Hillary that gave us Twitler. And now his Supreme Corp pick from a radical Catholic sect that inspired The Handmaid's Tale. And some wonder why I call them Dembeciles.

Legal scholars look at SC nominee Barrett

Good article with various scholars looking at how her history will affect the Supreme Corp's rulings. Some examples follow. Barrett:

Thinks abortion is immoral; judges are not bound by precedent; is sympathetic to opponents of Obamacare; is sympathetic to gun rights and against regulation; is decidedly against the majority of the voting public on issues of "abortion, Obamacare, gun rights, sexual assault and immigration"; will be at the far right of the Corp; is a sure vote to overturn Roe v. Wade; will vote to expand gun rights; will vote to eliminate Obamacare; "can be expected to tear down many precedents and protections that the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg devoted her life to"; her "history tells a story of anti-LGBTQ Ideology."

To quote Twitler in the context of RBG

"I moved on her like a bitch."

Friday, September 25, 2020

The real instigators of violence at protests revealed

Twitler's brown shirts. Robert's Reich FB post follows commenting on this article. Makes sense for a fascist to create the violence so he can blame it on the protesters and institute martial law. Welcome to the Fourth Reich.

"Leaked chat logs from an Oregon right-wing militia group detail members’ discussions about stockpiling arms and ammunition, strategizing about how to spark violence at protests, and even advocating for attacking Democratic politicians. One of the group’s most outspoken members advised the others to ignore weapons statutes and encouraged them to bring bats, mace, and stun guns to protests. Another member told group members not to freeze paintballs for maximum damage, but rather to invest in 'glass breaker balls that are rubber coated metal.' And yet another member advocated for 'taking care of the justice ourselves' by going after “our DA and then move on to the governor.”
"Meanwhile, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf testified to senators yesterday that white supremacist extremists pose the 'most persistent and lethal threat' when it comes to domestic terrorism. Make no mistake: Trump is fueling the rise in right-wing extremism and political violence. The real threat to law and order is not Black Lives Matter protesters taking to the streets to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, as Trump claims — it’s the far-right militia members and vigilantes he is actively encouraging."



Bernie's radical idea

But then where would corrupt politicians get their bribe money?

Safeguarding the Court

According to this report, a memo so named is circulating on Capitol Hill encouraging Congress to use procedural tactics to delay a Supreme Corp vote. It notes that failing to do everything necessary to achieve this goal will be an abandonment of we the people and would likely suppress voter enthusiasm and turnout. If the Dems actually want to win they will use "every arrow in our quiver" like Pelosi promised. Senate suggestions include:

"Speaking at length; objecting to routine consent agreements; new legislative day; objecting to lifting quorum calls; motions to adjourn and recess; layover requirements; raising points of order; filing cloture; fast-track vehicles; utilizing rule 14."

There are more delaying tactics that the House and Judiciary Committee could use. This is yet another test to see if the Dem Party really has our interests at heart or if once again they will spinelessly capitulate to the Repugs. Please call or write your Senators and Representatives demanding they live up to using "every arrow in our quiver" to protect our civil rights via the Supreme Corp. And let them know that our future votes for or against them hang in the balance.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Dump Trump, then battle Biden

From this letter signed by 50+ progressive writers and activists, including Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich and Cornel West.

"Protestations that Biden is beholden to elites are true but beside the point. The lesser evil is evil, but in this case, the greater evil is simply off the charts. Claims that not voting sends a message are true. But the message that not voting in swing states sends in 2020 is that we are okay with Trump for four more years as long as we don’t have to sully our hands by voting for Biden."

"Claims that more votes for the Green Party’s or any other third party’s presidential candidate are necessary to win long-term progressive goals ignore the many ways that Trump’s re-election—with his climate policies, his nuclear weapons policies, his undermining of democracy and the courts, and his racism and sexism—would obstruct all positive social change."

"Not voting for Biden in swing states won't bring on a revolution. Not voting for Biden in swing states will not make anyone the slightest bit more progressive, radical, or revolutionary. So, it comes down to this. Dump Trump, Then Battle Biden. Vote for Biden at least in swing states—and urge others to do so as well. And then get on with building grassroots movements for ongoing fundamental change."

Twitler's latest election cheat

In this story Twit plans to get Repugnantan-controlled States to appoint electors to vote for Twit regardless of the popular vote. So that's their latest fascist scheme. Lie, cheat, stead; that's their deal.

"The Atlantic’s Barton Gellman reports that the Trump campaign has been discussing 'contingency plans to bypass the election results and appoint local electors in battleground states where Republicans hold the legislative majority.' Citing the president’s baseless claims of fraud, Team Trump could ask GOP-controlled state governments to choose electors, completely ignoring an unfavorable or uncertain popular vote, state and national Republican sources told Gellman. [...] Indeed, state Republican leaders have already casually indicated that they’d be all too happy to enable this kind of power grab." 

  Image may contain: text that says 'LIE CHEAT STEAL THAT'S OUR DEAL'

Senate races update

The latest from 538. The Dems have a 62% chance of taking the majority with 51 seats. Some close key races:

Ernst has a 55% lead in IA; Cunningham has a 62% lead in NC; Kelly has a 77% lead in AZ; Hickenlooper has a 77% lead in CO; Gideon has a 58% lead in ME.

Repugs own Senate report clears Biden

Imagine that: Their own Senate investigation shows no wrong-doing. Funny how this doesn't make headlines.

"An election-year investigation by Senate Republicans into corruption allegations against Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son, Hunter, involving Ukraine found no evidence of improper influence or wrongdoing by the former vice president, closing out an inquiry its leaders had hoped would tarnish the Democratic presidential nominee."

Seth Abramson reviews The Social Dilemma

Continuing this post, some excerpts from Abramson's review, points I've previously made in online discussions.

19/ It's not a dialectic because you refused the terms of the dialectic: social media company wins or I do. What you did—instead—was cultural judo: metamodernism. You accepted that the social media company was going to do what it does and then chose to use that to your advantage.

21/ In Tristan's view, social media companies are "winning," and it's a *dialectic*, which means the "user" has to be portrayed as unarmed. A victim. Helpless. Abused. That's absurd. In fact, the social media companies have "tools" (plural) and users have "tools" (again, plural).

22/ The first tool the user has is the platform—so *obviously* a tool it's amazing the doc tells us with a straight face it isn't. The user *also* has a meta-tool even more powerful than the tool itself—knowledge of what the social media company wants its platform to be used for.

33/ We should *teach*—yes, for college credit—generative, creative, lawful forms of platform-hacking, gamebreaking, modding, remixing, mashups, misappropriations, intelligent misuse, and (above all) the understanding of how "poetics" enables these digital creative modes and more.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Petition to demand Senate unanimous consent

This is one of those tactics Cenk talked about. We must demand our Democratic Senators use it to keep the Repugs from approving another Twit Supreme Corp nominee. We must take a stand right here and now or lose our hard fought civil rights for at least a generation. From Demand Progress:

"Donald Trump has made it clear he plans to nominate a right-wing extremist to the Supreme Court, and Mitch McConnell has vowed to speed them to confirmation. The best chance we have to stop this is for Democrats to shut down the Senate, as we explain below. Yesterday Democrats delayed Senate activity in a protest against a rush to confirm a SCOTUS nominee. But some Senate Democrats are scared to act.

"The Senate runs on unanimous consent. If a single Senator objects to anything, even routine procedure, everything grinds to a halt. That is what Senate Democrats must do: block unanimous consent on every single thing for the rest of the year. It may be our best chance to stop Trump and McConnell. Will you help?

"Senate Democrats can block every motion, force every bill to be read in full, and use a wide range of parliamentary tactics to shut down the Senate between now and January, when new Senators and the president are inaugurated."

Sign the petition: Shut down the Senate to stop Trump and McConnell from picking RBG's successor!

Pakman: Never-Biden left lies about Biden's economic plan

Every time I bring up his positive proposals, like his tax plan, the never Biden libtards only excuse is that he's lying. They're starting to sound like the Twitiots on the other side, why I now call them Dembeciles.  Pakman explains. Warning to Dembeciles: facts ahead.

Liberal Redneck: America after RBG

As usual, down-home wisdom for us libtards.

Review of The Social Dilemma

Continuing my previous post, from this review:

"This is nonsense, based on ancient, discredited behaviorist myths. Dopamine doesn’t give anyone a 'hit.' And people do not 'learn' to become addicted through rewards and reinforcements. William Brewer’s classic review of behaviorist experiments found that the presence or absence of reward stimuli or negative reinforcements made no difference to whether subjects learned or did not learn the behavior that the experimenters were looking for. Yet, unexamined behaviorist ideology has seeped into addiction research, generally fused with the most reductive evolutionary psychology — and this documentary has more dubious evolutionary babble than a pickup artist’s handbook."

Democratizing knowledge

From The Next System Project Executive Summary. See the link for more:

"The current public health crisis is demonstrating how deficiencies in our approach to intellectual property (IP)—a unique set of rights and protections that applies to the creations of the human intellect—and research and development (R&D) imperil the health, safety, and livelihoods of millions of people around the world. As has happened all too often in the past, the choice to prioritize corporate profits and an exclusionary version of IP rights and R&D over affordable medicines and medical supplies is proving not only to be deadly, but also threatens to dramatically increase economic, geographic, and social inequality."

Why Twit needs to fill RBG's seat ASAP

This story reports what is plainly obvious: Twit needs another lackey on the Supreme Corp to rule in his favor when he contests the election, thereby making the fascist coup complete. Twit admitted it:

"We need nine justices. You need that. With the unsolicited millions of ballots that they’re sending, it’s a scam. It’s a hoax. Everybody knows that. And the Democrats know it better than anybody else. So you’re gonna need nine justices up there, they’re going to be very important."

We have the money all right

Deep reckonings

Following up on the last post, see this deep reckoning project.* If only, eh? It would be great if these folks were capable of such self-evaluation but it's unlikely they ever will. Such deep sociopathy precludes giving a shit about others to consider the impact their madness has on them.
The project does though highlight how their behavior indeed caused harm. I suggest you also do one on a liberal that refused to vote for Hillary (and now Biden) out of some misguided sense of 'principle.' It would be gratifying to see their self-reckoning of the harm their vote caused given the result of Twitler and company. Maybe Jill Stein?
* From the FB post
"Lots of you have heard me talk about the deepfake project I've been working on.'s finally live! Introducing DEEP RECKONINGS — a series of explicitly-marked deepfake videos that imagine Mark Zuckerberg, Brett Kavanaugh, and Alex Jones having a reckoning. Watch the videos, explore the site, and if you deem it worthy, *please* spread the word"

Liberal madness

This chart shows that your 3rd Party protest vote gave us Twitler. You claim you voted this way out of conscience and principle, but the egregious harm created by the Twit and his Twitiots shows just how much that is a lie. Hopefully by now you've awakened to that fact and realize that four more years will much further destroy our lives. If you care about people's lives more than your spoiled, self-serving 'principles' you'll vote in a way that helps them. 

And no, I'm not trying to 'shame' you. It's apparent that your narcissistic madness is beyond actual conscience and humanitarian consideration. Sociopaths feel no shame as their behavior harms others because their only concern is themselves. Others are mere tools to prop up a deep hole inside at feeling unloved and unworthy. It is a madness that needs intense psychotherapy to even begin the process of recovery. Here's hoping that looking at how the Twit has harmed people around you might wake you up. Another four years of Twit will very likely negatively impact your own wretched life if it hasn't already. Vote Biden for yourself if you can't do it for others.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Barrett member of cult that inspired The Handmaid's Tale

I continually noted while watching Atwood's TV series that it wasn't far off from reality. And now the leading candidate for the Supreme Corp, Amy Coney Barrett, is a member of People of Praise. Atwood said  groups like that inspired her book and the TV show. If Atwood's work scares you, Barrett on the Corp should be especially frightening. From the wiki on the group: 

"The highest office a woman can hold in the community is 'woman leader' (formerly 'handmaid'). Women leaders 'teach women on womanly affairs, give advice, help in troubled situations' and lead specialized women's activities. The term handmaiden was chosen in 1971 as a reference to Mary, the mother of Jesus, who in the Bible described herself as a 'handmaid of the Lord' or a woman who is close to God. The Community teaches that husbands are the head of the household as well as the spiritual head of their wives. While it emphasizes traditional gender roles, the organization encourages women to pursue higher education and employment.

"Women are not able to be coordinators. The community, which refers to itself as a 'family of families,' sees this as following a biblical, traditional, and patriarchal model of the family. [...] Traditional roles are reinforced by encouraging men to do most of the heavier physical work involved when a family is moving to a new home or re-roofing a house, and when setting up for meetings and similar tasks. Women are encouraged to provide food and childcare and run an effective household."

A clear choice

If freedom is you're rallying cry, here's your choice.

Repugnantan priorities

And they don't include we the people. 

If you think Twit will repay you for your support

Twitiots should keep in mind that Twitler has stiffed everyone who has ever supported him. So if they're expecting any return on their investment then they are even bigger fools. If that's even possible.


Isaac: Time for Dems to play Constitutional hardball

Especially since there are now not enough Repug Senators to block the Supreme Corp nomination. Tactics include eliminating the filibuster entirely and expanding the Corp should Dems take the Senate. Others include making DC and Puerto Rico States to get their votes. It is long past time to fight back with every means necessary, since the Twit and the Repugs have absolutely NO respect for ANY rules to maintain their power.

Romney, Gardner say they'll support new SC nominee

While both Murkowski and Collins have said they won't support a nomination until after the election results, the other two possible holdouts in Romney and Gardner have now said they will support a Supreme Count nominee. So the hope of getting 4 Senators to thwart the process has now be dashed. Dems will have to resort to other means to prevent this nightmare.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Hartmann discusses what happens with another CON SC (In)Justice

Continuing this post, here's Thom video on the topic.

Uygur: 5 ways Dems can thwart Supreme Court nominee

Continuing this post, Cenk describes these 5 tactics. Watch the video below for details. Of course it will take guts for the Dems to do these things so we the people need to harass them continually to take action. Don't let them get away with claiming there's nothing they can do.

1. Ask for unanimous consent of every vote in the Senate from now until Nov. 30.

2. Don't raise the debt ceiling.

3. Block the resolution to fund the budget. 

4. Start another impeachment hearing.

5. Threaten to expand the Supreme Court with more Justices after the election, the first of which will be Hillary Clinton.

Repugnantan motto

And they don't even try to hide it anymore.

Barr declares NYC, Portland and Seattle 'anarchist jurisdictions'

The accelerating steps toward full fascism in plain view. Can't wait to see what he and Twit do now.
Especially since it was they who sent in violent agitators to justify their fascist play.

"The Department of Justice on Monday released a list of cities it has deemed 'anarchist jurisdictions' under President Donald Trump's instructions earlier this month to review federal funding to local governments in places where violence or vandalism has occurred during protests."

Ball: Dems need to break norms too to win

Krystal makes a good case that the Repugs breaking their own rule to not approve another Supreme Corp nominee in an election year is the rule rather than the exception. They no longer have any principles, instead constantly and consistently violating them to what's most expedient at hand to win. She further makes the point that Dems must be willing to do the same or they will continue to lose these battles and the long-term war for power. You cannot win by always playing by the rules when the opposition has no regard for them whatsoever. So will the Dems make good on their threat of eliminating the filibuster and court packing if they win the Senate?

Hartmann: The consequences of the Supreme Court

In his FB post copied below these are the results of Presidential elections. Not only must we stop Twit and the Repugs from nominating and approving another of their ilk, it's why Dems must win the Presidency in November. THIS is what we're voting for.

"A Hard-right Supreme Court Nominee Could Completely Alter Life As We Know It
Ruth Bader Ginsberg has died, and while everybody is focusing on abortion, the Supreme Court, if it falls into hard-core conservative hands, could do massive damage to the entire spectrum of life in America.
Ever since the 1930s, Republicans have been trying to either destroy or privatize Social Security, and a hard right conservative majority on the Court could make that happen.
Since the 1960s, Republicans have been yelling that Medicare and Medicaid are actually forms of socialism. While a conservative Court will almost certainly destroy Obamacare, it’s also likely to end Medicare and Medicaid.
In the early 1930s, the Supreme Court ruled that both minimum-wage laws and child labor laws were unconstitutional. Expect these to once again become issues.
Since the Reagan revolution, Republicans systematically torn apart our nation’s public schools, with the state of Michigan, where Betsy DeVos has been focusing her efforts, now about half privatized. With a conservative Court, we could even see the end of a functional public school system nationwide.
Are you concerned about how climate change is driving wildfires, massive flooding storms, and hurricanes? A conservative Supreme Court could rule that laws or policies to reduce carbon emissions are an unlawful violation of refiners and other fossil fuel companies rights to do business.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

AOC: We are up against a profoundly corrupt, establishment network

She comments on McConnell's pledge to replace RBG as soon as possible. And the corrupt Repugnantan machine that enables Twit. We must fiercely fight back with everything we have. "Now is not the moment for cynicism" (4:45).

AOC: November is about survival

She brings home the stark differences in this election and as usual hits the nail on the head.

"November is about survival. Voting for Joe Biden is no longer about whether you agree with him. It's a vote to let our democracy live another day. [...] On the left, there's a lot of—there's a huge diversity, right? And we get mad at each other. That's the way it is because it's incredibly frustrating. I get incredibly frustrated. You all know I get incredibly frustrated with my own party, too. We all have our disagreements. And that's fine because we all recognize that November—frankly I wish it wasn't like this; it only serves to highlight the brokenness of our entire system—but whether we like it or not, November's about survival. November's about survival."

Bernie on the climate crisis

And the absolute necessity for the Green New Deal. From his FB post:

"What does the future look like if we do not get our act together? Look at the unprecedented wildfires on the West Coast. Look at the increasing number of climate refugees. A Green New Deal is our moral responsibility."


Repugnantan Biden ad

Of course we progressives only wish this was true. But the fact that Repugs are using it as a scare tactic indicates to me that the reality lies somewhere in between, leaning more on the progressive side.

Repugnantan lies on Supreme Corp nominee

Continuing this post, this morning on Meet the Press they had a Repug Senator rationalizing their hypocrisy noting that their previous statements only applied if the President and the Senate were from different Parties. Todd rightly noted that they made no such distinction when they argued against it previously. They are unprincipled liars that only do what's politically expedient to maintain power. 

Lots of climate-related jobs await us

According to this article:

"Remediating climate change will involve unimaginably labour-intensive tasks, like relocating every coastal city in the world kilometres inland, building high-speed rail links to replace aviation links, caring for hundreds of millions of traumatized, displaced people, and treating runaway zoonotic and insect-borne pandemics. These tasks will absorb more than 100% of any labour freed up by automation. Every person whose job is obsolete because of automation will have ten jobs waiting for them, for the entire foreseeable future."

If, and only if, governments take up ecological laws that recognize the crisis and commit to addressing it via the green jobs necessary to get it done. And that ain't the US under the current admin. Our Green New Deal would create those jobs but we need a different admin to get to work. And yes, Biden's climate proposals go a long way toward that aim. Hence the very real difference and necessity to vote for him.

Given the establishment Dem Party I understand the cynicism. But Bernie and our progressive movement have moved both Biden and the Party left because they know they need us to win the election. It is reasonable to assume they will both drag their feet on implementing what they proposed, but that's up to us and Bernie to hold their feet to the climate fire after the election. 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

We should but

Will we? Will enough Dems have the will and courage to do what's necessary? Given their spineless history I have my doubts.


You won't get it but we'll give it anyway

You think people helping other people is monstrous so it figures you won't get it. Good thing the help you will get will address that mental illness.

List of Senate Repugnantan hypocrite liars on Supreme Court

I know this will be no surprise to anyone. But here's the list of 13 Repugnantan Senators who previously argued that we cannot nominate a new SC Justice in an election year. How many do you think will follow through on that now that RBG is gone? If you guessed zero you have a solid grasp of reality. Click the link to read their previous statements of fake principle.

Cory Gardner. John Cornyn. Ted Cruz. Lindsey Graham. Marco Rubio. Jim Inhofe. Chuck Grassley. Joni Ernst. Thom Tillis. David Perdue. Tim Scott. Ron Johnson. Pat Toomey.

Twit plans to use the 12th Amendment if he loses

Here's the report from Greg Palast. Twit even admitted as much. Now with RBG gone to be replaced by another lackey, even if this is challenged to the Supreme Corp, much like they stopped the Florida recount in 2000 they will likely let it slide. We're in the midst of a fascist coup and there's apparently not much we can do about it. Even Thom Hartmann has discussed this very real and horrifying likelihood.

Friday, September 18, 2020

RBG dies!

Oh no, Twit gets to replace her and it will be 6 - 3. And we know that replacement will be horrible. From this story:

"And yet her death means that the age of Trump will almost certainly be our new normal. With Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, the power to shape our Constitution was split between four liberals, four archconservatives, and Chief Justice John Roberts — a conservative whose respect for institutions and for procedural regularity sometimes tempered his fellow conservatives’ tendencies. Justice Ginsburg’s death means a sixth Republican appointee and Trump’s third. On issues ranging from abortion to elections to health care, the Supreme Court will now be entirely dominated by conservatives."

Duh, yeah

It's been proven that most of the protesters are not the ones rioting. It's also been proven that some of the police arresting unarmed black men are the ones murdering them.

Let's hope this is a trend in every State

That we have massive turnout to defeat Twit's fascism. And remember, if you don't want to brave in-person voting and you don't trust the corrupted mail, you can request a mail-in ballot and hand deliver it to the county clerk's drop box.

Same idiotic justification as no masking

Twit's achievements

Give credit where it's due.

Twit's EO to push white supremacist history

In the next step on the road to fascism, Twitler's Executive Order denounces the 1619 project teaching the real history of slavery as "toxic propaganda." Instead he describes white supremacy as "patriotic education." The Fourth Reich marches on.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Top Pence staffer on Covid-19 speaks out against Trump

"Olivia Troye was Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor to Vice President Pence, and served as Vice President Pence's lead staff member on the COVID-19 response." She explains why she is voting for Biden.

50 ways Twit has screwed workers

Ok, that's my title for a recent Economic Policy Institute study. Workers know they are continuing to get screwed big time under this Presidunce. Remember that when you vote. I've copied just a few of the headlines below. See the details at the link. Note when they say 'it' they mean Twit's Disadministration. Although 'it' is the proper pronoun when referring to Twit.

1. It has failed to support adequate fiscal stimulus during the coronavirus pandemic.

2. It has diminished the integrity and accuracy of the 2020 U.S. Census.

3. It stopped funding for Social Security.

5. It has engaged in persistent efforts to take away workers’ health care.

9. It has failed to act to protect the health of workers during the pandemic.

10. It issued guidance that allows states to deny unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to workers who refuse to return to unsafe jobs.

14. It allowed poultry plants to increase line speeds during the coronavirus pandemic.

25. It has decreased workplace safety inspections.

34. It denied workers a minimum wage increase.

45. It passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—which benefits the wealthy at others’ expense. 

Borowitz: Repugnantans develop herd mentality

He spoofs Twit's idiocy.

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Researchers at the University of Minnesota believe that Republican members of Congress have obtained “extremely high” levels of herd mentality, a new study shows.

According to the study, the researchers found that, in obtaining herd mentality, the G.O.P. lawmakers have developed “near-total immunity” to damning books, news reports, and audio tapes.

Herd mentality was observed in congressional Republicans from every region of the country, with the exception of one senator from Utah, Mitt Romney, who was deemed an outlier and therefore statistically insignificant.

Davis Logsdon, the scientist who supervised the study, said that Republicans were exhibiting herd mentality to a degree never before observed in humans.

“Herd mentality at these levels historically has appeared only in other mammal species, like lemmings,” the researcher said.


AOC: Fair distribution of wealth

Not what we got now by a long shot.

What a Twitiot

From his recent ABC town hall.

Good slogan

And we know exactly who that is.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Fact checking Twit's town hall last night

As usual he lied through his false teeth. Some fact checks: CNN had 20 lies; ABC's fact check, who hosted the event; WaPo gave Twit 4 Pinocchios. Twit can't help but lie with every foul breath.