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The Rude Pundit: The Terrorists Are in the House. Let's Unify Over Getting Rid of Them.

https://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-terrorists-are-in-house-lets-unify.html


The Rude Pundit
Proudly lowering the level of political discourse
1/29/2021
The Terrorists Are in the House. Let's Unify Over Getting Rid of Them.


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3. She thinks that the Rothschilds (google it - basically, it's shorthand for "Jews," just like "Soros" ) and a California energy company used "space solar generators" to fire a laser that started the wildfires in that state in order to clear land for a high-speed rail system that will financially benefit the above and Jerry Brown and, Jesus fuck, I feel dumber just for having written that. In her hilarious Facebook post on the space laser, Greene assures us, "I'm posting this in speculation because there are too many coincidences to ignore." If you've ever wondered who the fuck are the people who post this shit, well, they're in Congress now.

4. She has suggested that Nancy Pelosi should be executed by firing squad for treason and that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama should be hanged for something something Iran, and you gotta imagine that that kind of shit is an HR nightmare.

5. Oh, this is not to mention her racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, and generally despicable world view where white Christians who support Donald Trump are the only people who should have any say. In one truly fucking idiotic act, she marched into the Capitol in February 2019 to try to get Reps. Omar and Tlaib (you know, part of the Squad, the Moby Dick to the nutzoids Ahab) to retake their oaths of office on a Bible rather the Quran they had used because she thinks that's illegitimate. Except you can take your oath with your hand on anything: "I swear by the crisp and stuck-together pages of this copy of the Marquis de Sade's 120 Days of Sodom..." The oath is important, not the book you fondle while taking it.


And that's just Greene. Gun nut and food poisoning enthusiast Lauren Boebert and Nazi-lover (and that's not hyperbole) Madison Cawthorn, both also actually at least as dumb as Louis Gohmert, deserve their own lists of bullshit. By the way, none of these are working class, everyday people suffering from economic anxiety. Greene is fucking wealthy, so she's just attention hungry, power mad, and bugfuck insane.

This is the kind of shit that Republicans and the news media ignore when they're asking Democrats why they're not "unifying" the Congress or the country. It's beyond ludicrous. Democrats are being asked to work with people who have stated that they should be killed by mob law. You don't "unify" with your terrorists. You unify with others to get rid of the terrorists, and you tell anyone who wants to let the terrorists terrorize without consequences to go fuck themselves.

The question should be posed to Republicans: "Why won't you join with Democrats to condemn the fucking violent assholes in your caucus and call for their removal? Wouldn't that make Congress function better? Why do you hate unity?"

But, instead, we're supposed to be worried because President Joe Biden is signing a lot of executive orders to unfuck the country that the terrorist leader fucked.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jan 29, 2021, 01:01 PM (4 replies)

Republican Accountability Project Launches Ad Campaign to Get Cruz and Hawley to Resign

https://www.politicususa.com/2021/01/29/republican-accountability-project-launches-ad-campaign-to-get-cruz-and-hawley-to-resign.html

Posted on Fri, Jan 29th, 2021 by Alan Ryland
Republican Accountability Project Launches Ad Campaign to Get Cruz and Hawley to Resign


The Republican Accountability Project has launched an ad campaign to force Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) to resign over their decision to vote against the Electoral College certification after a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters violently stormed the Capitol in a bid to overturn the results of an election that President Joe Biden won handily.

“You lied about the election. The Capitol was attacked,” the billboards read.

The billboard campaign cost the group $1 million. The group made headlines earlier this month for announcing it would donate $50 million to reelect any members of the GOP who vote to impeach or convict Trump for inciting the insurrection against Congress. Details about the campaign were first discussed with Politico.

“The billboards will be placed in each House member’s district, as well as in multiple cities in Texas and Missouri targeting Cruz and Hawley,” the outlet reported.

“These representatives and senators helped incite the attack on the Capitol by spreading lies about the election,” said Sarah Longwell, the executive director of the Republican Accountability Project. “They have proved that they are unfit to hold office. They should be nowhere near power.”

“It took a lot of players within the Republican party to convince the vast majority of their voters that the election was fraudulent,” Longwell added. “We are here to be an institutional memory of what happened and who said what.”

Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jan 29, 2021, 12:42 PM (5 replies)

A Rural County in Georgia Vaccinated Teachers. The State Suspended Vaccine Shipments to Punish Them.

Deplorable.

https://www.motherjones.com/coronavirus-updates/2021/01/a-rural-county-in-georgia-vaccinated-teachers-the-state-suspended-vaccine-shipments-to-punish-them/

23 hours ago
A Rural County in Georgia Vaccinated Teachers. The State Suspended Vaccine Shipments to Punish Them.
Experts question the state’s decision.
Kiera Butler


In most places in the United States, teachers don’t yet qualify for COVID-19 vaccines. But one county in rural Georgia decided several weeks ago that its educators deserved early protection from the coronavirus—and now will face stiff consequences as a result.

Bucking designated priority group orders from the Georgia Department of Public Health, officials in Elbert County allowed teachers to be vaccinated at the same time as senior citizens over the age of 65. The county, which is in the northeast corner of Georgia, opened schools for in-person learning in the fall. Elbert County officials explained to the Atlanta Journal Constitution that many local students lack internet required for remote learning, and some rely on schools for food. The teachers are “seeing it, they’re facing it every day, a lot of times with 20 kids in their classroom,” Elbert County School District superintendent Jon Jarvis told the Atlanta Journal Constitution earlier this week.

But yesterday, Elbert County got word from the Georgia Department of Public Health that it would be punished for flouting the guidelines. The state plans to suspend all vaccine shipments to Elbert County for six months.
According to Georgia DPH spokesperson Nancy Nydam, the state will not resume shipments to Elbert County until late July. “It is critical that DPH maintains the highest standards for vaccine accountability to ensure all federal and state requirements are adhered to by all parties, and vaccine is administered efficiently and equitably,” Nydam wrote to me in an email.

That decision doesn’t sit right with Peter Hotez, a vaccinologist, pediatrician, and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. “I think it’s really important that we stop punishing groups or individuals for vaccinating those outside state or [national] COVID-19 vaccination guidelines,” he wrote to me in an email. He wrote that the guidelines aren’t laws, and that they were proposed “without a full understanding of our depleted health system for administering adult vaccinations.” He added that the guidelines “mostly serve as a barrier or hindrance to vaccinations rather than their intended purpose.”

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https://www.motherjones.com/coronavirus-updates/2021/01/a-rural-county-in-georgia-vaccinated-teachers-the-state-suspended-vaccine-shipments-to-punish-them/
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jan 29, 2021, 11:46 AM (7 replies)

Pentagon May Send Troops to Assist with Vaccines

https://politicalwire.com/2021/01/29/pentagon-may-send-troops-to-assist-with-vaccines/

Pentagon May Send Troops to Assist with Vaccines
January 29, 2021 at 7:29 am EST By Taegan Goddard


New York Times: “The Pentagon is considering sending active-duty troops to large, federally run coronavirus vaccine centers, a major departure for the department and the first significant sign that the Biden administration is moving to take more control of a program that states are struggling to manage.

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency is hoping to set up roughly 100 vaccine sites nationwide as early as next month, and on Wednesday night requested that the Pentagon send help to support the effort. The sites, and the use of the military within them, would require the approval of state governments.”
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jan 29, 2021, 09:08 AM (4 replies)

Eric Boehlert: Memo to media: the GOP's Trump "reckoning" is never coming

https://pressrun.media/p/memo-to-media-the-gops-trump-reckoning

Memo to media: the GOP's Trump "reckoning" is never coming
Chasing unicorns
Eric Boehlert
1 hr ago

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A Fox News headline announced, "McConnell Furious With President, Supports Move to Initiate Impeachment Proceedings." And from CNN: "Many Republican senators are staying quiet about whether they'll back conviction -- a sign that they, too, could support conviction in an effort to rid Trump from their party."

Wait, what? By saying nothing about impeachment Republicans were signaling they might support impeachment? What a strange tealeaf-reading exercise from journalists who were anxious to create a storyline about a rebellious wing of the Republican Party standing up to Trump. The whole thing was a mirage.

The press has been making this mistake for years, anxiously portraying Republicans as being deeply concerned over Trump's reckless and dangerous behavior. Last summer, the Times announced GOP members were “despairing” over Trump. "The result is a quiet but widening breach between Mr. Trump and leading figures in his party," the newspaper insisted. The breach though, was only visible to members of the press.

This kind of coverage has been predictably wrong throughout the Trump era because journalists have been projecting a rational thought process onto the Republican Party, and especially after he incited a deadly mob, leading journalists to think, ‘Of course they'll punish Trump, of course he'll be forced to pay a price, right?’

Not by this radical GOP. It was never a realistic option. The press needs to cover today's GOP for what it actually is — fringe and erratic — and not the mainstream version they want it to be.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jan 29, 2021, 08:53 AM (6 replies)

"People are not okay": The mental health impact of the Trump era


“People are not okay”: The mental health impact of the Trump era
His presidency is over, but the trauma isn’t.
By Anna North Jan 28, 2021, 10:00am EST
A red MAGA hat on fire in the road.

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The problems Trump brought to light — racism, xenophobia, and transphobia, to name just a few — certainly didn’t start with him. But from the moment he announced his campaign in a speech maligning Mexican people as rapists, he made such attitudes more explicit than ever before within the bounds of traditional party politics.

His rhetoric helped embolden a wave of hate crimes across the country targeting Muslim Americans, immigrants, and a number of other groups he had demonized. Meanwhile, his constant all-caps tweeting, his preference for staff who enabled rather than checked his worst impulses, and his return to campaign-style rallies shortly after his election all led to a relentless news environment that subjected Americans to the president’s disjointed and frequently abusive thoughts multiple times per day. In the first three years of his presidency, Trump tweeted more than 11,000 times — 5,889 of those tweets, according to the New York Times, “attacked someone or something.”

While Trump was able to energize a core of supporters with his mix of bravado, defiance, and racism, for many others, his presidency was, quite simply, scary. In the American Psychological Association’s 2016 “Stress in America” survey, 63 percent of Americans said the future of the country was a “significant source of stress,” and 56 percent said they were stressed out by the current political climate. In the 2018 version of the survey, those numbers went up to 69 percent and 62 percent, respectively.

Clinical psychologist Jennifer Panning even coined the term “Trump anxiety disorder” to describe the stress many people were feeling in the weeks and months following the 2016 election. “People tended to experience things like ruminations, like worries of what’s going to be next” as they awaited each new tweet or action by the president, Panning told Vox.

Trump also subjected people in America and around the world to language and tactics used by abusers, Farrah Khan, a gender justice advocate and manager of the Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education at Ryerson University in Canada, told Vox. That includes gaslighting (like when he claimed that the official Covid-19 death tolls were fraudulent, or that the virus would “go away on its own”), lashing out in anger (his perennial rage-tweets about “PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT”), and seeking revenge on people for perceived wrongs (his attacks on Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after she criticized his administration’s Covid-19 response). In a relationship with an abuser, “you’re constantly hypervigilant to what he’s going to do next,” Khan said. Under Trump’s presidency, that hypervigilance extended to the millions of Americans affected by him and his policies.

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https://www.vox.com/2021/1/28/22249273/trump-presidency-trauma-covid-19-2020-election
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jan 28, 2021, 08:40 PM (8 replies)

You Knew It Was Coming: NY Times Tells Biden To Ease Up On Executive Actions

https://crooksandliars.com/2021/01/you-knew-it-was-coming-ny-times-tells

1/28/21 7:50am
You Knew It Was Coming: NY Times Tells Biden To Ease Up On Executive Actions
The Gray Old Lady needs a hearing aid.
By Susie Madrak


We knew it was going to happen.

Without the flood of news-ready chaos generated by the Trump administration, the New York Times was going to have to dig deep to find something to complain about with Joe Biden. And here it is, an editorial entitled 'Ease Up on the Executive Actions, Joe".

But this is no way to make law. A polarized, narrowly divided Congress may offer Mr. Biden little choice but to employ executive actions or see his entire agenda held hostage. These directives, however, are a flawed substitute for legislation. They are intended to provide guidance to the government and need to work within the discretion granted the executive by existing law or the Constitution. They do not create new law — though executive orders carry the force of law — and they are not meant to serve as an end run around the will of Congress. By design, such actions are more limited in what they can achieve than legislation, and presidents who overreach invite intervention by the courts.

But legal limitations are not the only — or even perhaps the biggest — point of concern. Executive actions are far more ephemeral and easily discarded than legislation, which can set up a whipsaw effect, as each president scrambles to undo the work of his predecessor. Just as Mr. Trump set about reversing as many of President Barack Obama’s directives as possible, Mr. Biden is now working to reverse many of Mr. Trump’s reversals. With executive orders, there is always another presidential election just a few years off, threatening to upend everything.

This creates instability and uncertainty that can carry significant economic as well as human costs. Just consider how the Dreamers, immigrants illegally brought to the United States as minors, have had their lives disrupted in recent years. Mr. Obama established DACA to protect them from deportation. Upon taking office, Mr. Trump moved to end the program, setting off years of legal challenges and throwing these people’s lives into a nightmarish limbo. Mr. Biden now has moved to reaffirm the protections. The fragility of the Dreamers’ status has been laid bare. Presidents have wide latitude, both constitutionally and statutorily, to set immigration policy. But Dreamers deserve better than to be subject to the whims of whoever holds the White House. It is long past time for Congress to establish a clearer, more permanent path for them.


Let me think. Hmm. Is there perhaps some reason Joe Biden isn't counting on legislation to get things done?

Undoing some of Mr. Trump’s excesses is necessary, but Mr. Biden’s legacy will depend on his ability to hammer out agreements with Congress. On the campaign trail, he often touted his skill at finding compromise, and his decades as a legislator, as reasons to elect him over Mr. Trump. The country faces significant challenges to recovering from the pandemic, from a global recession, from years of safety nets and institutions and trust being eroded. Now it is time for the new president to show the American people what permanent change for a better nation can look like.


Oh! Congress! Let's see, who would be obstructing progress in Congress?

I'm tired of this game. The Times op-ed board knows who the bad guys are, but in their eagerness to prove "both sides" is the hill on which they'll die, they produce an editorial that, without relevant context, is just plain silly -- like much of their coverage.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jan 28, 2021, 08:30 PM (10 replies)

Joe Biden's Done More Good in a Week Than Donald Trump Did in Four Years


Joe Biden’s Done More Good in a Week Than Donald Trump Did in Four Years
FRESH AIR
Of course, Trump did virtually no good. And yes, it’s early days. But there are specific things about this administration that give ample reason for hope.
David Rothkopf
Published Jan. 28, 2021 5:03AM ET


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None of this was preordained. The Biden team inherited what is likely to be viewed as the greatest public health crisis in U.S. history (we will probably pass the death toll for 1918 flu epidemic sometime this spring), the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression, a political crisis that included a coup attempt against the U.S. government, a crisis linked to America’s institutional racism, and the profound and deepening climate crisis. The outgoing administration also actively worked to impede the transition—more so than any of its predecessors in our history.

Nevertheless, the new president and his team continued to build on the discipline and effectiveness of their well-run political campaign. Despite provocations and attacks, they never took the bait from their conspiracy-theory and big-lie promoting opponents. They remained focused on the work at hand and confident in America’s political institutions.

In fact, Biden’s calm certainty that American democracy would survive the demented and corrupt onslaught of attacks from the leaders of the opposition and from the threatening network of right-wing extremists and white supremacist groups deserves more note than it has gotten. Biden was the steady hand, not just a politician but a man who understood both public service and the foundational concepts on which our system depends.

The result was not only unmistakably restorative; it was a commitment to the basics of doing the work, a return to once quotidian, recently neglected, notions of good governance. Nor was it simply a rhetorical shift or one that occurred simply within the confines of the White House.


As reported in a recent story by David Sanger in The New York Times, within days the Biden team had filled over 1,000 top jobs in the administration—a full quarter of all those open to them to fill. They also began to remove appointees put in place by the previous administration, some who had been put in jobs they hoped would preclude their removal, to serve as “moles” or as a kind of wannabe “deep state” for their patrons.

To those who understand how Washington works, it is a stunning start under the worst of circumstances. Much credit must go not only to the president and vice president but to the extremely capable team they have put in place led throughout this period by long-time Biden adviser and now White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain. Management is often the most undervalued skill set among our political elites. Not this time.

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I should add that the Biden team stands out among the pool of potential Democratic nominees to these jobs not only by virtue of their experience and because they are regarded to be among the smartest members of the Democratic policy community. Also, as a former senior member of the Obama administration said to me, “[Biden] didn’t pick many assholes. The asshole quotient is very low in this group. They will get along and they won’t try to blow each other up.”

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https://www.thedailybeast.com/joe-bidens-done-more-good-in-a-week-than-donald-trump-did-in-four-years?ref=home
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jan 28, 2021, 09:45 AM (5 replies)

Trump Adviser Refuses to Eat His Shoe



https://politicalwire.com/2021/01/28/trump-adviser-refuses-to-eat-his-shoe/


Trump Adviser Refuses to Eat His Shoe
January 28, 2021 at 8:16 am EST By Taegan Goddard


Trump campaign advisor Harlan Hill, who promised to eat his shoe if Joe Biden won the presidential election, is now refusing to do so, making the false claim that former President Donald Trump won instead, Business Insider reports.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jan 28, 2021, 09:35 AM (2 replies)

Tens of thousands of voters drop Republican affiliation after Capitol riot


Tens of thousands of voters drop Republican affiliation after Capitol riot
By Reid Wilson - 01/27/21 12:59 PM EST


More than 30,000 voters who had been registered members of the Republican Party have changed their voter registration in the weeks after a mob of pro-Trump supporters attacked the Capitol — an issue that led the House to impeach the former president for inciting the violence.

The massive wave of defections is a virtually unprecedented exodus that could spell trouble for a party that is trying to find its way after losing the presidential race and the Senate majority.

It could also represent the tip of a much larger iceberg: The 30,000 who have left the Republican Party reside in just a few states that report voter registration data, and information about voters switching between parties, on a weekly basis.

Voters switching parties is not unheard of, but the data show that in the first weeks of the year, far more Republicans have changed their voter registrations than Democrats. Many voters are changing their affiliation in key swing states that were at the heart of the battle for the White House and control of Congress.

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https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/536113-tens-of-thousands-of-voters-drop-republican-affiliation-after-capitol
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jan 28, 2021, 07:22 AM (9 replies)
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