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January 31, 2021

The Scariest Thing About Marjorie Taylor Greene? She's Not Alone.

The Scariest Thing About Marjorie Taylor Greene? She’s Not Alone.
For the United States Congress, she’s still a little on the extreme side. But out there in red America, there are millions of Marjorie Taylor Greenes. Yes, millions.
Molly Jong-Fast, Editor-At-Large
Published Jan. 31, 2021 4:57AM ET


Taylor Greene is an odd mélange of all the worst elements of Trump’s Republican Party. She’s got all the crazy of a Louie Gohmert mixed with the virulent racism of a Steve King with a dash of the weird paranoia of a Devin Nunes. Her social media is a virtual oppo research file filled with some of the craziest, most disturbing Boomer brain worm content imaginable, from QAnon conspiracy theories to the preposterous idea that 9/11 was an inside job. And even before she was sworn in, MTG was at the White House having a “planning session” with the Trump team about how she was going to stop Joe Biden from “stealing the election.”

But probably the scariest thing about Taylor Greene isn’t her insane beliefs. It’s that she’s not alone. For starters, she is the representative of Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, a place where “more than six thousand recently signed a petition to save a local statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.”

Pulling the camera back, Taylor Greene represents a real part of the Boomer mom conspiracy-minded Trump base. She may be a little on the extreme side for Congress. But we have every reason to believe that out there in red America, there are millions of people who think everything she thinks and believe every word she says. Yes, I said millions.

To say Taylor Greene is red-pilled doesn’t begin to cover the Alex Jones-style bugs gnawing on her cerebral cortex. She’s flirted with 9/11 trutherism, and the idea that school shootings are false flags, writing on Facebook that “I am told that Nancy Pelosi tells Hillary Clinton several times a month that ‘we need another school shooting’ in order to persuade the public to want strict gun control.” Then there’s the March 2019 video of her harassing school shooting survivor and teenager David Hogg. The visual of a middle-aged woman screaming at a teenager on the street is pretty jarring. CNN noted that in a deleted Facebook post MTG called Hogg #littlehitler.


January 31, 2021

Suspect in Duck Hunters' Killing Found Dead in Tenn. Lake

Good. This is tragic.


Suspect in Duck Hunters’ Killing Found Dead in Tenn. Lake
Tracy Connor
Executive Editor
Published Jan. 30, 2021 10:34PM ET
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

After a weeklong manhunt, authorities have found the body of a 70-year-old man wanted in the slaying of two Tennessee duck hunters. David Vowell was discovered in Reelfoot Lake, the same body of water where he allegedly ambushed Zachery Grooms, 25, and Chance Black, 26, on Monday. The victims were in a duck blind when Vowell allegedly drove his boat in and opened fire, according to the Jackson Sun. A third hunter knocked out Vowell but told police that as he tried to get the victims to safety, he saw the gunman walking toward the riverbank. Vowell, who owned a lumber company and had no criminal record, was facing first-degree murder charges. His cause of death has not been released.
January 31, 2021

Kathleen Parker: The GOP isn't doomed. It's dead.


Kathleen Parker: The GOP isn’t doomed. It’s dead.
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Saturday January 30, 2021 · 6:16 PM EST
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That is the title of this superb Washington Post column, which to put it mildly, is absolutely on fire, superbly written, with prose at which you cannot help but go”Wow!”

I will not go through the entire column, because you really should read it. Trust me.

It begins simply enough, but as you will quickly see, by the end of the second paragraph Parfker’s words are — to put it simply — on fire:

With the electoral eviction of Donald Trump from the Oval Office, Republicans had a shot at redemption and resurrection.

They missed and failed — and deserve to spend the next several years in political purgatory. The chaos now enveloping what’s left of the Grand Old Party after four years of catering to an unstable president is theirs to own. Where conservatism once served as a moderating force — gently braking liberalism’s boundless enthusiasm — the former home of ordered liberty has become a halfway house for ruffians, insurrectionists and renegadewarriors.

Note that last groups of words: a halfway house for ruffians, insurrectionists and renegadewarriors.

But as you can see below, she is just getting started.

Try this, and after you read it, read it again:

The party’s end was inevitable, foreshadowed in 2008 when little-boy Republican males, dazzled by the pretty, born-again, pro-life Alaska governor, thought Sarah Palin should be a heartbeat away from the presidency. The dumbing down of conservatism, in other words, began its terminal-velocity plunge, with a wink and a pair of shiny red shoes. Palin cast a spell as potent as the poppy fields of Oz, but turned the United States into her own moose-poppin,’ gum-smackin’ reality show.

Forget Kansas. We’re not in America anymore.

There is much more of that pointed language.

Immediately after what I just quote is a paragraph that begins

Eight years of Barack Obama added insult to injury and paved the way for Trump — a gaudier, cinematic version of the “thrillah from Wasilla.” Seizing upon our every worst instinct, he turned Palin’s lipsticked pig into a herd of seething, primitive barbarians.

In trying to explain today’s Republicans, Parker muses that either Trump has lots of incriminating videos, or
today’s Republicans are the weakest, wimpiest, most pathetic crop of needy nincompoops in U.S. history.

There is more, including a final paragraph which I will leave you to read as the culmination of reading the entire piece.

Do it.

Then pass it on.

You’ll be glad you did.
January 30, 2021

Trump left behind a sanctions minefield for Biden

Trump left behind a sanctions minefield for Biden
The new administration may find that reviving the Iran deal is much easier said that done.
01/30/2021 07:00 AM EST

It was one of Joe Biden’s few concrete campaign promises on foreign policy: He’d rejoin a nuclear pact his predecessor ripped as “horrible” and “the worst deal ever.” But to achieve that goal, is Biden willing to declare that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is not a terrorist organization?

How about lifting U.S. sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran, which stands accused of funding proxy Middle East militias? Or will Biden do away with sanctions aimed at Iranians who tried to interfere in the U.S. election?

Thanks to President Donald Trump’s imposition of these and other sanctions on Iran, such questions are sure to plague Biden and his aides as they seek a path back to the 2015 nuclear agreement. The president’s team is in a political bind: They must tread carefully before rolling back the thicket of sanctions Trump left behind, but Iran insists most if not all of them must be eliminated before the deal can be revived. Already, Republicans – and even some Democrats — are signaling they intend to fight Biden every step of the way. And while Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said Friday that tackling Iran’s nuclear program is a “critical early priority,” others in the administration have declined to put a timeframe on returning to the nuclear deal.

For now, career U.S. government employees involved in sanctions policy have been thinking through what steps to take to return to the deal, a U.S. official said. They plan to submit their ideas to incoming Biden political appointees, including Rob Malley, a veteran foreign affairs practitioner whom Biden has named as a special envoy for Iran.

So what will Biden do? Here are the basic contours of the debate:


January 30, 2021

Stimulus payments being cut for some with government debts

Stimulus payments being cut for some with government debts
Congress allowed the reductions for people behind on taxes, student loan payments and other obligations
01/29/2021 02:14 PM EST

Millions of people who owe taxes and other money to the government are seeing their economic stimulus payments cut or wiped out to cover the debts because Congress peeled back a protection that had been in place for months.

The cuts may be particularly hitting those most in need of relief money because of the coronavirus pandemic, including veterans, Social Security recipients and students.

The problem has arisen because the IRS is redirecting stimulus payments for some people to settle unpaid federal and state taxes, Social Security and Veterans Affairs debts, student loan debt and child support obligations, according to the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an in-house IRS watchdog.

Congress had shielded previous payments from being rerouted for those types of things, except for unpaid child support, but moved the goalposts at the end of December, when it approved another round of stimulus payments of up to $600 per person.

Most of those payments went directly to households, through direct deposits or paper checks, and their money can’t be redirected.

But millions of others who didn’t get direct payments need to file tax returns this year and claim a recovery rebate credit, or RRC, to receive the stimulus money. Some 8 million households are in that boat, according to a recent Treasury Department estimate, and a good share of them might not get the credit because Congress directed the IRS to instead steer the money to cover various debts, National Taxpayer Advocate Erin Collins said.


January 30, 2021

Nadler presses DOJ to prosecute all involved in Capitol riot

Nadler presses DOJ to prosecute all involved in Capitol riot
By Tal Axelrod - 01/29/21 04:14 PM EST

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) is demanding answers from the Department of Justice (DOJ) in response to reports that it is considering not charging more of the people who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Nadler expressed alarm at the possibility that some might not be charged, saying it was "critical that all of the perpetrators of this insurrectionist attack be identified, investigated, arrested, charged and subsequently prosecuted,” he wrote in a letter to acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson

“The Department of Justice must dedicate every available resource to its offices across the country in order to ensure that all of these individuals are held accountable,” he wrote.


January 30, 2021

Biden Ready to Stop Efforts to Woo Republicans


Biden Ready to Stop Efforts to Woo Republicans
January 29, 2021 at 7:59 pm EST By Taegan Goddard

“A week and a half into Joe Biden’s presidency, Democrats are adopting a more muscular approach to dealing with Republicans, essentially declaring they will work with them if they can but are prepared move past them if they must,” the Washington Post reports.

“Many Democrats are concluding that Republicans are unlikely to work with them and that waiting for them to do so would be a mistake. Biden seems to be heeding that argument to some degree.”
January 29, 2021

Black Lives Matter movement nominated for Nobel peace prize

Black Lives Matter movement nominated for Nobel peace prize

Norwegian MP cites global impact of BLM in raising awareness and consciousness of racial injustice
Martin Belam
Fri 29 Jan 2021 12.52 EST
Last modified on Fri 29 Jan 2021 16.41 EST

The Black Lives Matter movement has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel peace prize for the way its call for systemic change has spread around the world.

In his nomination papers, the Norwegian MP Petter Eide said the movement had forced countries outside the US to grapple with racism within their own societies.

“I find that one of the key challenges we have seen in America, but also in Europe and Asia, is the kind of increasing conflict based on inequality,” Eide said. “Black Lives Matter has become a very important worldwide movement to fight racial injustice.

“They have had a tremendous achievement in raising global awareness and consciousness about racial injustice.”


January 29, 2021

Two Women in Capitol Riot Were 'Looking for Nancy to Shoot Her Friggin' Brain': Docs


Two Women in Capitol Riot Were ‘Looking for Nancy to Shoot Her Friggin’ Brain’: Docs
Pilar Melendez, Reporter
Published Jan. 29, 2021 6:06PM ET

Two Pennsylvania women were arrested on Friday after allegedly storming the Capitol on Jan. 6—and expressing their intent to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Dawn Bancroft and Diana Santos-Smith are facing three charges including knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building without lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. In a criminal complaint, prosecutors allege the pair were seen in a video trying to exit the Capitol after the riots. “We broke into the Capitol…we got inside, we did our part,” Bancroft, who is wearing a MAGA ski-cap, said in the video. “We were looking for Nancy to shoot her in the friggin’ brain but we didn’t find her.”

When the FBI questioned Santos-Smith on Jan. 20, she initially said she only attended former Trump’s rally and didn’t physically enter the Capitol. After agents showed her the video of her and Bancroft, Santos-Smith admitted they went inside but didn’t “have a pre-planned agenda” to do so. She added that when she and Bancroft arrived at the Capitol, they heard protesters saying “they’re letting us in,” which she interpreted as being allowed entry. The pair entered through a broken window—which Santos-Smith said she knew they should not have done.
January 29, 2021

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


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


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.

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