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It's all connected. I feel like if it's normal to say "Gun control won't work, don't bother", then..

It's probably also going to be normal to say...

"Disease eradication won't work, don't bother"

"Corruption elimination won't work, don't bother"

"Closing the gap between the richest and the poorest won't work, don't bother"

We're not going to be black-bagged and death squad-ed into oppression and tyranny, we're going to shrug our shoulders into it.

But hey, at least you have your guns

The Republican Party took away your demand to have a mature and responsible government.

Fox News, Breitbart, InfoWars, and Gateway Pundit took away your ability to be reasonable.

The health insurance companies took away your freedom from fear if you ever get sick or injured.

The worst white people told you it was better to side with them than with the 'other' and took away your community.

Right-wing religious leaders took away your money and your spirituality.

Shooters took away your kids.

But the mean ol' Democrats never came and took away your guns, so... yay?

I'm sorry, but I think the "victory" in the Cold War looks increasingly meaningless by the day

You've got a country that:
* Oppresses its own people
* Deals in terror against its neighbors
* Has a nuclear arsenal with a madman at the button
* Kills dissidents in other countries

And then you've got Kissinger saying that Ukraine needs to cede land to Russia and that we shouldn't be trying to humiliate the Kremlin.

I mean, to me, they sound just like the USSR, except, you know, not communist.

I get it; the west wants to save face, many conservatives want to preserve Reagan's legacy that according to them he was the one who struck the killing blow to the USSR, and Kissinger and others may want to justify the breathtaking human and civil rights abuses our country perpetrated in Latin America, Africa, and Asia and that the ends justified the means...

But it's time to face a hard and brutal fact:

The "victory" in the Cold War gave us an even more dangerous Russia... except, you know, not communist.

Always remember this simple truth whenever the right-wing mentions "mental health"

At its heart, the right-wing ideology even with its veneer of "compassionate conservatism" and with its mask of right-wing evangelicalism, it still sees mental illness as a sign of the "other"; as a consequence of sin, as a personal failing, as a flaw, a defect.

The "cure", according to them, isn't talk therapy, isn't understanding, isn't working against binary thinking and other perceptive errors, isn't anti-psychotic medication, but you know what it is? More marginalization, more isolation, more exclusion, more stigma, more shame.

It's time to start talking about... legitimacy

In political science, legitimacy is the right and acceptance of an authority, usually a governing law or a regime. Whereas authority denotes a specific position in an established government, the term legitimacy denotes a system of government—wherein government denotes "sphere of influence". An authority viewed as legitimate often has the right and justification to exercise power. Political legitimacy is considered a basic condition for governing, without which a government will suffer legislative deadlock(s) and collapse. In political systems where this is not the case, unpopular régimes survive because they are considered legitimate by a small, influential élite. In Chinese political philosophy, since the historical period of the Zhou Dynasty (1046–256 BC), the political legitimacy of a ruler and government was derived from the Mandate of Heaven, and unjust rulers who lost said mandate therefore lost the right to rule the people.

In moral philosophy, the term legitimacy is often positively interpreted as the normative status conferred by a governed people upon their governors' institutions, offices, and actions, based upon the belief that their government's actions are appropriate uses of power by a legally constituted government.

The Enlightenment-era British social philosopher John Locke (1632–1704) said that political legitimacy derives from popular explicit and implicit consent of the governed: "The argument of the (Second) Treatise is that the government is not legitimate unless it is carried on with the consent of the governed." The German political philosopher Dolf Sternberger said that "legitimacy is the foundation of such governmental power as is exercised, both with a consciousness on the government's part that it has a right to govern, and with some recognition by the governed of that right". The American political sociologist Seymour Martin Lipset said that legitimacy also "involves the capacity of a political system to engender and maintain the belief that existing political institutions are the most appropriate and proper ones for the society". The American political scientist Robert A. Dahl explained legitimacy as a reservoir: so long as the water is at a given level, political stability is maintained, if it falls below the required level, political legitimacy is endangered.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legitimacy_(political)


Who is consenting to be governed by...

The whack-a-doodle five of the SCOTUS that will say dreams are evidence and evidence of innocence is not enough for an exoneration?

Law enforcement authorities that will practically give MIT to investigate miscarriages but will throw an etch a sketch at those who want to enforce red flag laws and say "that should cover you for five years"?

The Trump cult of personality?

The own-the-libs people?

The "I read on Facebook that they are putting litterboxes in school bathroom" crowd?

The "Michael Flynn is a living martyr" types?

QAnon?

Who? Not me.

And no, this should be beyond elections. My preferred candidate, my party losing an election does not mean I consent to the above. I am withdrawing consent to the possibility of being governed by the above tyrants and murderers.

Astronomers are going to have a field day with all the stars we'll be seeing soon

As in...

"We have the greatest healthcare system in the world*"
* - Just don't talk about the maternal mortality rate
* - Just don't talk about the black maternal mortality rate in particular
* - Just don't talk about the medical bills associated with childbirth
* - Just don't talk about the early childhood death rate

Hold up...

Let's get serious. If you think women will be jailed for miscarriages, you're just overreacting

I mean, it's just ludicrous to think that...

A Man Spent Two Years in Prison for 'Cocaine' That Was Powdered Sugar

Delaware may be the second smallest state in the US, but it's had some big problems with its drug testing lab. A scandal in 2014 revealed that employees at the state's Controlled Substances Lab were stealing drug evidence. The lab was shut down after it was found to be riddled with "systemic failures" including mismanagement, nonexistent security, and bumbling incompetence.

The fallout from that scandal continues as this week Jermaine Dollard, a man convicted in 2012 of supplying cocaine to a Kent County distribution ring, is free and suing the state along with several of its current and former employees. The reason for his lawsuit is that the evidence in his case—alleged to be two kilograms of cocaine—was recently retested (or tested for the first time, as no one is sure it was ever really tested before) and found to be powdered sugar.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/8qkxzv/a-man-spent-two-years-in-prison-for-cocaine-that-was-powdered-sugar


Florida Man Awarded $37,500 After Cops Mistake Glazed Doughnut Crumbs For Meth

In December 2015, 64-year-old Daniel Rushing had just dropped off a friend at chemotherapy and was driving home an older woman from his church who worked at the 7-Eleven and would otherwise walk the 2 miles home.

As Rushing drove away from the convenience store, police pulled him over. The officer said he had been driving 42 miles an hour in a 30 zone and had failed to come to a complete stop before entering the roadway. When Rushing handed over his driver's license, Officer Shelby Riggs-Hopkins noticed his concealed-weapons permit. Rushing confirmed he had a pistol, and she asked him to step out of the car for her safety.

But Riggs-Hopkins had noticed some crystals on the floorboard of the car, and when officers used a field testing kit, the white substance tested positive for methamphetamine.

Orlando police sent the evidence it had collected from Rushing's car to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for further testing — which determined that just as he'd said, the white crystals were not a controlled substance. (Results did not indicate whether the substance was sweet and delicious.)

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/16/558147669/florida-man-awarded-37-500-after-cops-mistake-glazed-doughnut-crumbs-for-meth


$2M worth of 'fentanyl' seized turns out to be sugar, lab says

What officials thought was $2M worth of fentanyl seized in a drug bust turned out to be sugar, a drug testing company said.

On July 13, three people were arrested in a drug raid, and deputies in North Carolina seized what they believed to be 13 pounds of fentanyl.

According to CBS affiliate WREG, the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office tested several samples of a powder-like substance that was found with a Scott Company Drug Testing CSI field test kit and determined that the substance was fentanyl.

However, when the state lab tested the powder again, they realized the error. Results from a private company, NMS, proved that the "fentanyl" was actually sugar.

https://www.wvlt.tv/content/news/2M-worth-of-fentanyl-seized-turns-out-to-be-sugar-lab-says--492118231.html


... women who miscarry will ever be accused of murder, be convicted, be jailed, have their lives turned upside down by authorities in a post-Roe world with the best forensic techniques and most unbiased minds. Crazy. It'll never happen.

Never.

Great Replacement - But how do they know white people aren't really non-white people in disguise?

(Or how we can '"Oh, you believe the Moon is REAL? LOL" to people who think the moon landing was faked' but for this conspiracy theory)

"Great Replacement" seems to be the latest conspiracy theory making the rounds, but I seem to remember conservatives said a lot of things about...crisis actors, body doubles, lizard people in disguise, using plastic surgery, etc.

Remember that?

*Raises hand*

I do!

Let's go over some of the history, shall we?

Rick Wiles: Hillary Clinton Has A Body Double, Fakes Her Campaign Rallies

Citing videos he viewed on the internet, “Trunews” host Rick Wiles on Friday suggested that Hillary Clinton is faking her campaign stops, claiming that in videos of the events, the images that appear on the attendees’ smartphones are not images of the rallies.

“She’s nowhere to be seen, the flags are not there, you can’t even distinguish what they are looking at, it’s nowhere to be seen on the stage,” he said. “Are they faking her personal appearances?”

Wiles also alleged that Clinton’s campaign sent out a body double to speak to the press outside of her daughter’s apartment after she had fallen ill at a September 11 memorial event: “I personally think it was a double. I don’t think Hillary passed out on the curb and then an hour or two later was walking around smiling and grinning. That just doesn’t happen in normal life.”

https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/rick-wiles-hillary-clinton-has-a-body-double-fakes-her-campaign-rallies/


Marjorie Taylor Greene in 2019 suggested Ruth Bader Ginsburg was replaced with a body double

Marjorie Taylor Greene said in February 2019 that then-Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- who died in September 2020 -- didn't really make a public appearance, implying she was replaced by a body double. Greene is now a member of Congress from Georgia and has been selected by her Republican colleagues to serve on the House Budget Committee and the House Committee on Education and Labor.

https://www.mediamatters.org/supreme-court/marjorie-taylor-greene-2019-suggested-ruth-bader-ginsburg-was-replaced-body-double


Right Wing Bonus Tracks – 9/16/16

Bradlee Dean can’t believe that people are so stupid that they can’t see that Hillary Clinton is obviously using a body double.

https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/right-wing-bonus-tracks-91616/


Alex Jones Has Been Named In Two More Defamation Suits

Two lawsuits were filed against conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars network last night on behalf of the parents of children murdered in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012, who Jones claimed were “crisis actors”—a claim he maintains to this day.

The suits filed against Jones last night seek more than $1 million in damages from Jones for proliferating the objectively false claims that the parents of children murdered at Sandy Hook were actors and that no children actually died on the scene of the mass shooting. Sebastian Murdock at HuffPost reported:

https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/alex-jones-has-been-named-in-two-more-defamation-suits/


Trump’s Team: The Bigoted, Unhinged Conspiracy Theorists Benefiting From Donald Trump’s Campaign

Ahead of the crucial Florida primary, Trump released a statement touting the endorsement he received from Pastor Carl Gallups, and then asked Gallups to deliver the invocation at a campaign rally in Pensacola.

Homosexuality has been a major focus of Gallups’ activism; he has repeatedly warned that same-sex marriage will completely destroy society by bringing about economic turmoil, severe persecution, the “enslavement” of Christians and divine punishment.

Gallups has also latched on to the Sandy Hook truther movement, which claims that the government faked the murder of schoolchildren and educators in Newtown, Connecticut, in order to justify new restrictions on firearms.

He called the massacre a “hoax” and said that grieving parents were actually crisis actors.

https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/trumps-team-the-bigoted-unhinged-conspiracy-theorists-benefiting-from-donald-trumps-campaign/


Is the QAnon Fantasy Unravelling?

Q’s disappearance (which lasted for nine days until the anonymous figure resurfaced again on Nov. 12) coupled with Trump’s defeat in the presidential elections, led to a range of responses from his followers. Some stood their ground and doubled down on the conspiracies, while others began to question whether they themselves had been fooled. Followers (known as Anons) flooded forums, Telegram chats, and Q-friendly spaces to discuss the events, share their despair, and seek comfort from others.

“We Have (sic) been told time & again Trump wins in the end!! Don’t give up so easily, if you believe don’t give up,” one poster told a QAnon group of several hundred members on Telegram. Another responded that “giving up is NOT an option for me!!”

This is not the first time that QAnon believers have faced disappointment. One of the initial claims of the conspiracy theory was that Hillary Clinton would be arrested and imprisoned in 2017. When that did not happen, QAnon followers recalibrated and decided that Clinton had been placed under house arrest and was wearing an ankle bracelet. Even her appearances in public only emboldened them to raise the stakes and claim that the deep state had replaced her with a clone.

Then in 2018, Q claimed that Republicans would dominate the midterm elections and reclaim the U.S. House of Representatives. This, of course, did not come to pass, and while this likely impacted some of Q’s followers, the movement only continued to grow over the next couple of years.

https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/is-the-qanon-fantasy-unravelling/


Right Wing Bonus Tracks: The Blood Drinkers

Stella Immanuel, one of MAGA world’s leading anti-COVID-19 vaccine “experts,” claims that many world leaders are clones inhabited by demons whose “job is to make laws that will cause people to die. And you know why? Because they are blood drinkers.”

https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/right-wing-bonus-tracks-the-blood-drinkers/


Right Wing Bonus Tracks: Rational People Like Us

Bishop Larry Gaiters claims that President Joe Biden, Tom Hanks, and Bill and Hillary Clinton are all dead and have been replaced by clones.

https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/right-wing-bonus-tracks-rational-people-like-us/


So that immigrant family moving in down the street? Part of that great replacement, right?

... but what about the white family next door, are you sure they're actually white? Are you sure? Conservatives, take a look at your own words before saying you are sure they are.

But don't worry about it. And I'm white. That's what I put down on government forms that demand that information, and I look white. So I MUST be white. Definitely no secret George Soros plastic surgery lab involved in my whiteness, no sir. I'm white. Yes! Yes. Yes... yes.

... yes.

"It will just send it back to the states" - And this is what those states will do

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