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Lindsey Graham tears up while explaining why Black Americans need Herschel Walker to win

He is SO full of shit!

Lindsey Graham tears up while explaining why Black Americans need Herschel Walker to win
Brandon Gage
November 11, 2022

The hotly contested race between Republican Herschel Walker and incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock for Georgia's United States Senate seat is headed to a runoff on December 6th because neither candidate earned fifty percent of the vote in the Tuesday midterms.

Whichever man wins could determine partisan control of the upper congressional chamber. Given those enormous takes, there are significant efforts among supporters of Walker and Warnock to convince Georgians to show up to the polls in a little less than four weeks. On Thursday night, Walker was the beneficiary of a bizarre last-minute pitch by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), who broke down into tears on Fox News while declaring that Black people need Walker to prevail.

Graham, who proclaimed last month that Walker's nomination proves that racism is nonexistent inside the GOP, is a key witness in Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis' criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump's scheme to overturn President Joe Biden's Peach State victory in the 2020 election.

"Here's the most important point I'm going to make tonight. They're trying to destroy Herschel to deter young men and women of color from being Republicans. If they destroy Herschel, it will deter young people of color from wanting to be a conservative Republican because you just had your life ruined," Graham griped to host Sean Hannity.

"We cannot let that happen. We need to have his back. If Herschel wins, he's going to inspire people all over Georgia – of color – to become Republicans and I say all over the United States," Graham blubbered. "Herschel Walker is a nightmare for liberals. He's an African-American conservative. They have belittled him. They have treated him like crap, his family, stand by Herschel tonight."


Posted by babylonsister | Sat Nov 12, 2022, 07:24 AM (48 replies)

A Historic Midterm for Democrats


A Historic Midterm for Democrats
November 11, 2022 at 5:57 pm EST By Taegan Goddard

President Biden’s first midterm performance for president is one of the best in modern history: Only in 1934 (FDR), 1962 (JFK), 2002 (Bush) did the president’s party not lose Senate seats and fewer than 10 House seats.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Nov 11, 2022, 09:15 PM (6 replies)

Did We Just Save Democracy?


The American Prospect
Did We Just Save Democracy?
The 2022 midterms were stunning as much for what didn’t happen as for what did.
by Robert Kuttner
November 11, 2022

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, takes the stage at an election night party in Pittsburgh, early Wednesday morning, November 9, 2022.

We had a very narrow path to saving American democracy this year, and we just might have begun that journey. For starters, it’s likely that Democrats will hold the Senate. Catherine Cortez Masto seems on track to eke out a narrow win in Nevada once all ballots are counted. That success, along with the almost certain victory of Democrat Mark Kelly in Arizona, means that Democrats are likely to keep 50 Senate seats whether or not Raphael Warnock wins the December 6 runoff in Georgia.

So even if Democrats very narrowly lose the House, Biden will have a Senate that can confirm nominees, conduct investigations, and block crazy Republican legislation. And if it’s clear that Democrats have kept control even without the Georgia seat, that is likely to depress Republican turnout more than Democratic turnout when Georgians vote. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, an anti-Trump Republican, cruised to re-election, and we can expect an honest vote count.

More remarkably, the anticipated Trumpian claims of election fraud, as well as Republican attempts to use it to their advantage, totally fizzled. Trump’s calls were widely ignored. Almost everywhere, it was a normal election.

Efforts at voter intimidation at polling places were blocked. With a few exceptions, even conservative courts refused to connive with Republican strategies to deter or depress voting.


Tuesday proved that America is still a democracy. We are going to have to keep fighting like hell to keep it that way.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Nov 11, 2022, 10:04 AM (10 replies)

31 Kids Found Working Graveyard Shifts on Meat Plant 'Kill Floors,' Feds Say

31 Kids Found Working Graveyard Shifts on Meat Plant ‘Kill Floors,’ Feds Say
One child worker, a 14-year-old middle school student, was injured while working from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., five to six days, officials said.
Josh Fiallo
Breaking News Reporter
Updated Nov. 10, 2022 7:42PM ET / Published Nov. 10, 2022 4:46PM ET
Department of Labor

In a complaint filed Wednesday that reads straight out the Great Depression, the feds requested a temporary injunction on a massive sanitation company that’s accused of employing children as young as 13 in “dangerous” overnight shifts at food processing plants.

Packers Sanitation Services, known as PSSI, is under investigation by the Department of Labor after a credible tip uncovered that at least 31 children were employed to clean industrial equipment, the complaint said.

At least two of the child workers suffered caustic chemical burns and other injuries while working on the “kill floor”—where cattle are butchered—at a plant operated by JBS Foods in Grand Island, Nebraska, the complaint said.

PSSI hires local workers throughout the country to sanitize industrial plants, like food processing facilities, often in overnight shifts that includes “work with and around dangerous machinery” and use of “strong chemicals,” according to an employee onboarding video on YouTube. The company’s website says it has 17,000 employees.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Nov 11, 2022, 09:23 AM (60 replies)

QOTD: Jamie Raskin


QOTD: Jamie Raskin
Published by digby on November 9, 2022

[P]olling failed to capture the widespread feeling among Democrats, which grew after the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade and the Jan. 6 hearings over the summer, that their core democratic rights were increasingly at risk.

“I think that pundits sometimes project onto the public a crude materialism, where all people care about is pocketbook issues in the narrowest sense,” Mr. Raskin said. “People understand how precarious and precious a thing constitutional democracy is, and they don’t want to lose it.

Everyone always assumes that materialism is just “the way people think” as if it’s a law written in stone. But people are complicated and are motivated by many things that have nothing to do with money. Good old Marxist theory only goes so far to explain how society works.

There’s a lot going on in this country right now that goes beyond “the economy stupid” and it would seem that many Americans do understand that. When they start putting certifiable nuts into important positions of power and taking away rights, it gets people’s attention.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Nov 9, 2022, 06:17 PM (8 replies)

Mandatory Evacuation Ordered for Mar-A-Lago


Mandatory Evacuation Ordered for Mar-A-Lago
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Wednesday November 09, 2022 · 2:48 PM EST
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Mar-a-Lago is under a mandatory evacuation order as Tropical Storm Nicole approaches. It’s currently teetering on hurricane strength and is expected to be at least a Category 1 storm when it makes landfall. The evacuation zone is projected to have a “life threatening” storm surge of five feet or more, with accompanying huge waves pushing more water ashore. Situated on a spaghetti-thin barrier island at minimal elevation, Mar-a-Lago is at considerable risk. Quelle dommage!

Should Trump choose to evacuate, he and his associates really ought be closely watched to see if they take any boxes of documents along. Being caught red-handed would be a delicious cherry on top of his miserable showing as a kingmaker in yesterday’s elections, no?
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Nov 9, 2022, 04:56 PM (62 replies)

In Memoriam: William Rivers Pitt (1971-2022)

And today is Will's birthday.


In Memoriam: William Rivers Pitt (1971-2022)
By Truthout Staff, Truthout
Published November 9, 2022

Illustrated portrait of author William Rivers Pitt with autumn trees behind him, wearing red shirt, grey cap, and rose tinted glasses.
William Rivers Pitt (1971-2022)
Ayo Walker / Truthout

William Rivers Pitt was Truthout’s lead columnist and senior editor. He died on September 26, 2022, at the age of 50. In his two decades at Truthout, Will chronicled and analyzed the political issues of the day, from George W. Bush’s administration and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the rise and fall of Donald Trump, to the dangers of the ongoing pandemic. (Click here to visit an archive of all of Will’s columns.)

Will was a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of three books: War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn’t Want You to Know, The Greatest Sedition Is Silence and House of Ill Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America’s Ravaged Reputation. His fourth book is The Mass Destruction of Iraq: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible, co-written with Dahr Jamail.

More than just a colleague, Will was also a friend to many here at Truthout, both current and past staff members. Truthout Board President and Editor-at-Large Maya Schenwar notes that Will reminded us that the fate of the world is not decided — “we can’t predict the future: We have to do the future.” Dahr Jamail, a Truthout contributing writer, Board of Advisers member and former staff reporter, offered this reflection on his personal friendship and professional relationship with Will. Mark Karlin (retired), recalls that Will had a “powerful voice that acknowledged the obstacles facing us as advocates of social justice, while at the same time urging fierce resistance despite those obstacles.” Beloved by readers, as well as his family and friends, Will is memorialized in a public Facebook group. You can support a fund for his daughter Lola here.

In honor of William Rivers Pitt, Truthout is establishing a new fellowship to nurture the work of emerging opinion writers. This paid position will see the hiring of a 20-hour-per-week column writing fellow whose work will focus on political commentary. We hope you’ll read and enjoy this fellow’s articles for years to come as part of our way of honoring Will’s legacy.

If you’d like to make a financial contribution to help us fund this fellowship you can donate any amount here.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Nov 9, 2022, 01:31 PM (27 replies)

Fox News Wonk Can't Get Over 'Absolute Disaster' For Republicans In Election


Fox News Wonk Can't Get Over 'Absolute Disaster' For Republicans In Election
Conservative columnist Marc Thiessen called the midterm results a "searing indictment" of the GOP.
Ron Dicker
Nov 9, 2022, 08:45 AM EST
Updated 8 minutes ago

Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen on Tuesday gave an analysis of Republicans’ performance in the election that sounded more like a death knell. (Watch the video below.)

Thiessen, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and now a Washington Post columnist, decried the absence of the predicted “red wave” and called the night an “absolute disaster” for the GOP.

Fox News political anchor Bret Baier asked Thiessen to process Democrat John Fetterman’s triumph over Republican Mehmet Oz in the Pennsylvania Senate race, but Thiessen went further afield. Baier wondered how inflation, crime and President Joe Biden’s low popularity could have failed to deliver GOP dominance.

Thiessen did not hold back.

“That is a searing indictment of the Republican Party,” he said. “That is a searing indictment of the message that we have been sending to the voters. They’ve looked at all of that, and looked at the Republican alternative, and said no thanks. The Republican Party needs to do a really deep introspection look in the mirror right now because this is an absolute disaster for the Republican Party and we need to turn back.”

Thiessen assailed “radical candidates” who “put the Republican Party in a terrible position.”
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Nov 9, 2022, 10:33 AM (20 replies)

Trump Hilariously Tries To Spin His Crushing Midterm Defeat As A Great Night


Posted on Wed, Nov 9th, 2022 by Jason Easley
Trump Hilariously Tries To Spin His Crushing Midterm Defeat As A Great Night

Donald Trump tried to claim that a night where he led his party straight into the dumpster of midterm defeat was a great night.

Trump posted on Truth Social, “174 wins and 9 losses, A GREAT EVENING, and the Fake News Media, together with their partner in crime, the Democrats, are doing everything possible to play it down. Amazing job by some really fantastic candidates!”

Democrats especially should be celebrating Trump because he likely got them the next Pennsylvania governor and senator. Trump has seen an entire slate of his election deniers crash and burn, and the candidates that appeared with him and won were mostly in red states (Florida, Ohio, Iowa).

Trump has again demonstrated that he is totally toxic to voters outside of the Republican Party. His appeal to help Republican candidates is limited to GOP primaries and red states.


For Donald Trump, it was a terrible night. A historically bad midterm election that showed that if he is given the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, Trump will run the GOP into the ground.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Nov 9, 2022, 09:00 AM (9 replies)

We Still Don't Know Who Won, But Republicans Lost

We Still Don’t Know Who Won, But Republicans Lost
Democrats always expected to lose seats in the House. What no one seemed to expect, however, was that they could possibly restrain a GOP majority to just a few seats.
Matt Fuller
Senior Politics Editor
Sam Brodey
Congressional Reporter
Published Nov. 09, 2022 2:25AM ET


After four years of Democratic control in the House, two years of unified control between Congress and the White House, and a year of inflation driving voter concerns, the GOP seemed poised to ride a tide of dissatisfaction into power.

Even with plenty of races yet to be called, it was clear that Republicans wouldn’t be winning the seats they’d expected to constitute the foundation of their majorities. John Fetterman pulled out a narrow victory in Pennsylvania against Dr. Mehmet Oz to flip the Senate seat there. The GOP fell flat in New Hampshire, with Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and both Democratic House lawmakers—Reps. Chris Pappas and Annie Kuster—winning re-election.

And Republicans struck out on a number of other targets: Democratic Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX), won their races. The GOP failed to flip an open Rhode Island seat that Allan Fung, a prized McCarthy recruit, was hyped to win. And Republicans lost competitive open seats in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

In fact, by 1 a.m. ET, just two Democratic incumbents, Reps. Elaine Luria (D-VA) and Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), had lost. Somehow, Democrats had flipped two GOP-held seats of their own in the state of Ohio alone. In Michigan, GOP extremist John Gibbs defeated the more moderate Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI) in the primary—and then lost to Democrat Hillary Scholten on Tuesday night.


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Nov 9, 2022, 08:16 AM (20 replies)
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