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The New York Times Video "Day of Rage: An In-Depth Look At How a Mob Stormed the Capitol"

https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000007606996/capitol-riot-trump-supporters.html

(I have a NYT account, so I hope this is accessible. It's 40 minutes long. )

"I don't put it beyond the realm of assassinations." Republican Pete Meijer, Michigan

Just what are Republicans afraid of? They know we know.

From Mother Jones on Facebook:


Republicans are now trying to rewrite the history of January 6 to portray the assault on the Capitol that left five dead as a benign protest. But lawmakers’ fears of extremist violence are reflected clearly in recent campaign filings that show a dramatic surge in spending on security.

The GOP’s most lavish spenders on security are two of its biggest promoters of the Big Lie: Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley. Cruz's campaign dropped more than $74,000 on a security firm in early 2021, the most of any GOP lawmaker. Hawley, whose memorable raised-fist salute to Trump supporters outside the Capitol on the morning of the attack became an iconic image of that dark day and his role in helping to inspire it, hired security consultants, to the tune of at least $44,000, following the insurrection.

https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/cOeC4/21/

From MJ's article link: "Members of Congress Are Spending More Than Ever on Security"
by
RUSS CHOMA
SINDUJA RANGARAJAN




In total, congressional campaigns and political parties spent an estimated $2.6 million on security in the first three months of 2021. During the comparable timeframe in 2019, at the start of the last Congress, Federal Election Commission filings show campaigns and political parties made $902,000 in security expenditures. In 2017, parties and campaigns together spent $2 million over the course of the entire year—less than the security costs racked up in the three months after January 6.

The campaign operation of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who voted to convict Trump during his first and second impeachment trials, paid more than $43,000 to Ambolt Security Group, a Utah-based firm run by former law enforcement officers that offers services including close protection, “safe room consulting and design,” “residential escape plans,” and threat assessments. “Political uncertainty, rioting in US streets, attacks on governance are contributing to a climate of fear within our communities, the business sector, and most troubling our homes and families,” the company notes on its website. (Security is not a subject that members of Congress seem eager to discuss. Mother Jones reached out to 10 lawmakers, including Cheney, Romney, and Toomey. None responded.)


And the FEC ultimately imposed no strict limitations on who could be paid with campaign funds to perform security. In a brief, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee—the NRSC's and the NRCC’s Democratic counterparts—contended that in doing so the FEC was "opening the door to the improper use of campaign funds to compensate fringe militia groups under the guise of legitimate security expense." The groups noted that some Republicans have known links to far-right organizations like the Three Percenters, Proud Boys, and Oath Keepers, whose members participated in the Capitol attack. (In at least one instance, members of the Three Percenters militia group provided security at a campaign event for then-candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene, although they don’t appear to have been paid.) What was stopping Republican lawmakers from employing guards associated with the very same groups involved in the assault on the Capitol?

Rep. Peter Meijer, a first-term Republican from Michigan who voted to impeach Trump and recently decried members of his party for “salivating for civil war,” told Rolling Stone he foresees more political violence ahead: “I don’t put it beyond the realm of assassinations.”


https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/06/members-of-congress-are-spending-more-than-ever-on-security/?fbclid=IwAR0c4-mur7J508SQQfz3W3Y0aFyze_aAIiJbRd6ea2LFOkFDMCPAZc3Y4gE

On Climate: "We've left the era of fucking around, and we're now entering the era of finding out."

From The Rolling Stone

"I Moved to Portland Because It Seemed Like a Safe Bet in the Face of Climate Change.
I Was Naive"
by Tim Dickinson



https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/portland-heat-wave-2021-1190804/amp/



Portland is a leafy, tree-festooned city that sits further north than either Toronto or Montreal. A typical hot summer day might spike into the 90s, but this week the city experienced the kind of radiant, baking temperatures and convection-oven winds more typical of Death Valley. A rare high-pressure formation blocked the region’s evening coastal breezes, forming a “heat dome” over Oregon and Washington. The previous record high temperature for Portland was 107, set in 1965 and tied in 1981. On Saturday, the mercury hit 108. On Sunday, it spiked to 112. And then yesterday, 116.

Heat waves are natural phenomena, of course. But such record-shattering heat extremes are one of the most predicted impacts of manmade global warming, which has now run rampant for decades. As meteorologist Eric Holthaus described the record heat: “We’ve left the era of fucking around, and we’re now entering the era of finding out.”

I’ve been writing about global warming for nearly two decades. One of my first features for Rolling Stone, in 2004, “Diary of a Dying Planet,” grappled with the first observable effects of climate change. That story began with a description of a deadly 2003 heat wave that killed some 70,000 people across Europe, and reported that global warming was no longer an over-the-horizon threat, but here and now:

Droughts are longer, torrents heavier, flooding more severe. Heat waves are turned up to 11. “Because of our fossil-fuel burning, we are changing the climate,” says Sir John Houghton, former co-chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.… Houghton, a mild-mannered knight, insists he’s “not a hyping sort of person.” Yet as the scientist surveys the recent string of heat waves, floods, and other extreme weather wracking the planet, he concludes that they are the “most obvious manifestations” of global warming in our time. “These are the biggest disasters we know in the world,” Houghton says. “They cause more death, more economic loss.… I have no hesitation in describing it as a weapon of mass destruction.”


I prefer to err on the side of thinking that climate dynamics like the high pressure dome over Oregon and Washington will move the change needle on that region's alt-right, and that it will move the nation's partisan resolve to become bipartisan enough to make President Biden's climate agenda funded, structured and coordinated. For their children's children's children.




RIP Gift of Gab -- His was the music of political and personal survival.



Blackalicious -- "Shallow Days"




I just keep moving on (moving on...)
I just keep moving on (moving on...)

Time and time, a brother asks why
The rhyme is not laced with a gangsta touch
I said "simply because I don't live that way
Still kickin' them rhymes rugged and rough"
"But that won't sell,
'Cause you gotta keep it real
So that we can feel
Where you're coming from
Because these streets is ill so if you ain't
Killing niggas in rhymes
Your whole sound's just bubble gum"
I said "I won't contribute to genocide
I'd rather try to cultivate the inner side
And try to evolve the frustrated ghetto mind
The devil and his army never been a friend of mine"
"But niggas don't wanna hear that shit" said the brother
Who was obviously totally misled and yelled out
"Murder murder, kill, murder" instilled in the influential parts

Of our kids' heads

Shallow days, you never wanna
Let a brother be a brother
Fully inner to the outer caught up
In all them hollow nights
Can't escape 'cause everywhere that I look

People front, and it just ain't right
Shallow days, you never wanna
Let a brother be a brother
Fully inner to the outer caught up
In all them hollow nights
Can't escape 'cause everywhere that I look
People front, and it just ain't right

I said "don't you know the powers that be
Are using people as pawns, devouring we
Until they see us all gone and outta the scene"
And as I passed the chronic, he said "look at where I be
I tried to get a job for real
But all the homies hit licks and rob and steal
And keep fat pockets, caught in a rut to catch ground
This way's in, plus who could you trust?"
I said "I'm all about protecting mine
But neglecting minds for getting left behind
Why don't you change your environment?"

He said "this is all I know
Plus my fam's all that I got, I can't go"
I said "you gotta make it for the fams"
"Damn, " he said "I didn't make the ghetto
The ghetto made the man"
I said "you're more than just that"
Shook his hand, said "damn, you gotta find a way

To break the devil's master plan, peace"

Shallow days, you never wanna
Let a brother be a brother
Fully inner to the outer caught up
In all them hollow nights
Can't escape 'cause everywhere that I look
People front, and it just ain't right
Shallow days, you never wanna
Let a brother be a brother
Fully inner to the outer caught up
In all them hollow nights
Can't escape 'cause everywhere that I look
People front, and it just ain't right

The word "peace" is just an expression
Used to say bye when it's time to jet
And them red, black and green medallions
Was all just part of the trend, I guess
Hardly ever see them around brothers' necks no more
Instead of that gold gats
Inspiring gangstas and macks
Who at the young age of four
Be seeing more drama than war veterans

Instead of learning God's laws
And hip-hop is our voice so we enlist that

To express how we be feeling about this and that
But music does reflect life
And kids look up to what you're portraying
And mimic what you act like
It's time for a new day
An era in rap, conscious styles
Makin' them aware of the happenings
But their ears seem more steered towards
Self-annihilation so then they might laugh
And write this off, like I'm out here just
Blowing wind, maybe label us soft or unreal
Something they can't feel, while they keep yelling
"Murder murder murder, kill kill kill"

I just keep movin' on (moving on ...)
I just keep movin' on (moving on ...)

Shallow days
Hollow nights


Gift of Gab, the nimble rapper in Bay Area duo Blackalicious known for his clever wordplay and tricky rhyming acrobatics, has died at the age of 50.

“It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear brother, Timothy J. Parker a.k.a. “The Gift of Gab,” the hip-hop collective Quannum announced Friday. “Tim peacefully departed this earth to be with our ancestors on Friday, June 18, 2021. He is survived by two brothers, one sister, many nieces and nephews, countless friends, and fans across the globe. We ask that the family’s privacy is respected as we mourn the tremendous loss of our dear brother.”

A representative for Blackalicious confirmed to Rolling Stone that Parker died of natural causes. In recent years, the rapper suffered from kidney failure, undergoing dialysis multiple times a week until finally receiving a new kidney in January 2020, which also marked Blackalicious’ final concert prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.


https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/blackalicious-rapper-gift-of-gab-dead-1189400/

Yo! Lincoln Project! Conservatives go from "Support the troops!" to "Defund the military!" Well?

In the spirit of Biden's strategy to take it to the opposition, this is the thing to go at Republicans for, even before 2022.

It only took one presidential term for the cult to go from "Support the troops!" to "Defund the military!"

That right there is an alt-right leadership stance that progressives can attack.
So of course, so-called liberal WaPo is warning Republican leadership not to publicly use that slogan.



"...Gaetz was first and foremost among House Republicans in pressuring military figures about supposedly “woke” policies, including critical race theory. Gaetz pressed Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on the topic, drawing combative responses from the retired general.

By Wednesday night, exchanges like Gaetz’s blossomed into a segment on Fox News in which host Laura Ingraham proposed withholding military funding until things like critical race theory are rooted out.

“Why is Congress not saying, ‘We’re not going to give you a penny until all of this is eradicated from the military budget?’ ” Ingraham said. “

‘Nothing. This is my offer to you: nothing.’ That’s what I would say. I’m totally outraged by [Austin] and his ridiculous response today.”


Even before the Chair of the Joint Chief's testimony, Republicans like Florida Reps Byron Donald and Matt Gaetz have called to defund the military. Not because the military gives its surplus to police departments. Hell no, they're fine with that. And hell yes, liberals have fought against militarizing police across the nation.

Republicans, like their Mar-a-Lago boss, call to defund the military because they want to erode public trust in the #1 most trusted entity across the nation. Yet another Putin goal.

Behind them all is Insurrection Leader Trump, who has wanted to defund the military until it endorses his politics and its adjacent ideologies. So, on cue, CRT now becomes trumpcult's "issue de jour." It was seven months ago that ILTrump refused to sign a military budget bill.

Seven months. That is how long Defund The Military as a Republican slogan has had the chance to gain traction in our so-called liberal media.

Media have been silent about that emerging attack. from Trump and his cult.
Suddenly, media love to push right wing hype about CRT being core liberal ideology.

This year, pressure media to wean itself from anti-liberal Republican hype.
Media need to get up to speed on Republican attacks on the #1 trusted US military.

WE are the conservers of democracy and the U.S. Military.

Think you could kick this one off, Lincoln Project?




Floods, Fires, Heat and Droughts Prove Mother Earth Does. Not. Care. About Our Politics




And this is just us.
We had better get it together.
Even before we are at the 2 degree Celsius threshold, Earth is warning us what the next million years will be like once we arrive.

National commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions currently fall far short of what’s needed to fulfill the Paris Agreement, according to a United Nations analysis released earlier this year.
Global leaders are expected to present more ambitious climate goals ahead of the UN-sponsored COP26 climate talks, due to be held in Glasgow in November.
Pressure from the public as well as international competition has generated momentum on the policy front in recent months, although significant issues remain unresolved, including the creation of an international carbon market that would put a price on emissions.


https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/data-shows-global-warming-could-pass-1-5-degree-celsius-in-next-five-years-121052700131_1.html


Attorney General Garland & President Biden Unveil The Administration's Strategy to Prevent Gun Crime

Start 30:10

We can also read how this as part of the June 21 National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/National-Strategy-for-Countering-Domestic-Terrorism.pdf


It IS Over. Get this blood sucking rule of the 32% off the body politic of the 68%.

It IS over, unless Senate Democrats -- ALL DEMOCRATS -- are willing to do exactly what Republicans would do. If Republicans take back the Senate in 2022, Mitch will end the filibuster on Day One, and the Republicans will pass nationwide voter restriction laws.

This "fight" has now been dragged past the line of negative returns.
If the filibuster blockage of "For The People" is not resolved before August recess it will 'normalize' fascist minority rule with back home voters, especially the 38% Senate Repubs represent.

This is not the "BOLD" that Schumer talked about over 100 days ago.

Again:
If Republicans take back the Senate in 2022, Mitch will end the filibuster on Day One, and the Republicans will pass nationwide voter restriction laws. And officialize the minority rule of fascism.

Furthermore, to stand by and watch this filibuster "fight" theater is insanity theater.

VOTING RIGHTS OF AMERICANS SHOULD NEVER HANG ON A SENATE RULE'S EXISTENCE.

ELIMINATE THE FILIBUSTER RULE BECAUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE ALREADY NULLIFIED REPRESENTATION OF 68% OF AMERICANS THROUGH THIS RULE. IT IS OVER.

NUKE THE FILIBUSTER WITHOUT A SENATE VOTE.
JUST NUKE IT.

NUKE IT ON THE DAY BEFORE RECESS.
THEN TAKE THE VOTE ON 'FOR THE PEOPLE' ACT.
LET REPUBLICANS GO HOME AND RAIL ABOUT THE LOSS OF DARK MONEY AS THE LOSS OF DEMOCRACY.

REPUBLICANS CANNOT AND WILL NOT DO A THING ABOUT THE NUKE BECAUSE THEY ARE NO LONGER A **DELIBERATIVE** BODY. THEY HAVE THOUGHT THAT WITHOUT THE FILIBUSTER THEY CAN'T WIN IN 2022. THEY HAVE KNOWN THAT AFTER THEY ELIMINATE THE FILIBUSTER IN 2022 THEY WILL STAY PERMANENTLY IN POWER.

NUKE THE FILIBUSTER WITHOUT A SENATE VOTE.
JUST KILL THE FILIBUSTER. NUKE IT. END IT. ONCE AND FOR ALL.

UP OR DOWN FLOOR VOTES WILL COME AFTER DELIBERATIVE COMMITTEE VOTES FROM NOW ON.


THAT RIGHT THERE, NUKING THE FILIBUSTER, SAVES THE SOUL OF AMERICA -- DEMOCRACY.
THE BLOODSUCKING TORTURE IS OVER.




This is for you, Senate Majority Leader Schumer:





Rachel Maddow June 21 2021 -- Who We're Up Against

Rachel's story is the latest reminder to

remind Sinemanchin and Ten Other Republicans That, Fan Voters or No, What Lies Ahead For Them Is Even More Taint From This Kind of Grift Stupidity. Ask If Their Donors' Money Is Worth That.

"Meadows Pressed Justice Department to Investigate Election Fraud Claims"
"that included a fantastical theory that people in Italy had used military technology and satellites to remotely tamper with voting machines in the United States."


The grift of trump remnants and their donors has always been solely performative governance of a republic that never arrives, never lands, never delivers, always takes, where no one's coming but is always on the move for freedom, and when you knock on their doors, the lights are on and no one's there.





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Sinema — DC (202) 224-4521; in AZ (602) 598-7327

Manchin — DC 202-224-3954 , 202-228-0002
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— WV Eastern Panhandle: 304-264-4626, 304-262-3039
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