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Thanks in no small part to Rupert Murdoch.

If Cuomo is a criminal, indict him. Otherwise, his reputation is destroyed before he’s had a chance to defend it.

I wrote about GOSAR two weeks back. Didn't get a reply.

GOP rep Gosar skips town to speak at KKK event Friday, CPAC Saturday.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100215168449

Only mentioned Ali Alexander’s role in passing, though.



'Stop the Steal' organizer Ali Alexander says 3 GOP congressmen helped him plan the rally that preceded the storming of the Capitol

Sarah Al-Arshani
Business Insider, Jan 14, 2021, 1:25 AM

* Ali Alexander, the organizer of the rally that preceded the siege of the Capitol on January 6, said GOP Reps. Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks, and Paul Gosar helped him plan it, The Washington Post reported.

* Biggs and Brooks denied helping Alexander, and a representative for Gosar declined to comment.

* "We four schemed up of putting maximum pressure on Congress while they were voting," Alexander said, according to The Post.


Source: https://www.businessinsider.com/stop-the-steal-organizer-gop-members-helped-him-plan-rally-2021-1



I don’t mind the work...it’s the time.

Fox Fiends: "Biden, stop talking about 'the 500,000 dead'; quit kicking Trump 'in the groin.'"

Breaking wind:



Fox News host says Biden should stop talking about 'the 500,000 dead' and quit kicking Trump 'in the groin'

A Fox News host chided President Biden for dedicating part of his speech to the COVID-19 death toll.

"We don't need to go over the 500,000 dead. We had that moment," Brian Kilmeade said Friday.

Kilmeade said Biden doesn't give the Trump administration credit and "kicks them in the groin."


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https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/fox-news-host-says-biden-should-stop-talking-about-the-500000-dead-and-quit-kicking-trump-in-the-groin/ar-BB1ewix6

Hey, Brybry, Fix & Friends, Rupert Murdoch: FUCK YOU! If any American ever deserved to be kicked in the groin, it’s Donald J Trump.

"When the right answer comes out, you'll be praised."

Rigged, like pro wrestling...





Wall Street Journal: Trump pressured Georgia investigator to find 'the right answer' in baseless fraud push

By Jason Morris and Sara Murray, CNN
Updated 8:53 PM ET, Wed March 10, 2021

(CNN)In a phone call to the Georgia secretary of state's office in December, then-President Donald Trump urged a top investigator to find fraud in the 2020 presidential election, telling her that she would be "praised" for overturning results that were in favor of Joe Biden, according to newly reported audio of the call obtained by The Wall Street Journal.

The report is the latest example of Trump's extraordinary efforts to influence Georgia election officials as they certified the results, even though there is no evidence of widespread fraud in the election. Trump's actions have drawn the attention of Georgia's Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, as well as a Fulton County prosecutor who has launched a criminal investigation.

"When the right answer comes out, you'll be praised," Trump tells Frances Watson, the chief investigator at the Georgia secretary of state's office, in a six-minute conversation on December 23, according to the Journal.

"I won everything but Georgia. And I won Georgia, I know that. By a lot. And the people know it. And something happened there. Something bad happened," Trump reportedly told Watson during the phone call.

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https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/10/politics/donald-trump-georgia-phone-call/index.html



The Fake President wanted a Fake Election.

Greg Palast clobbers Piers Moron (sic)



Piers Moron aka Piers Morgan

Yes, it’s personal

by Greg Palast
Based on original investigative series for Vice, March 9, 2021

Recidivist criminal, conman, creep, liar… I’m sure you’ve guessed I’m talking about Piers Morgan, the alias of Piers Moron, who’s been given a few days off for spewing vicious, inhuman comments about Meghan Markle’s suicidal depression.Piers Morgan and Donald Trump

I say, “a few days off” because British and US media moguls’ love affair with Morgan has kept this racist piglet on prime time for decades, putting their wallets where there ethics should be.

Piers undoubtedly thought that, by attacking a woman of color, he was protected by the latent racism in some Little Englanders’ reaction to a royal marrying someone of the “wrong” skin tone.

Does this sound personal? Oh, believe me, it is. Let’s go back to July 1998 when Moron was editor of a tits-and-tattle rag called, The Mirror, and ran an entire front page consisting of a photo of a reporter under the headline, bigger than “Hitler Defeated,” screaming, “THE LIAR.”

That was the first of several front page attacks on me as an investigative reporter for The Guardian and its Sunday paper, The Observer. I’d gone undercover and secretly recorded lobbyists who detailed new Prime Minister Tony Blair’s inner circle’s tawdry little dealings selling influence and government secrets to Rupert Murdoch, Goldman Sachs, Enron and other corporate pirates.

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https://www.gregpalast.com/piers-moron-aka-piers-morgan/

Greg Palast is a real journalist. How do I know? Palast reports the truth.

Leona Helmsley loathed Dumpy

Regarding the tax dodging, from about five years back...

Massive leak exposes how the wealthy and powerful hide their money

https://upload.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=7736046

And from 2013...

The $32 Trillion Hidden Offshore Needs IRS Attention.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10023378455

From 2008...

Know your BFEE: Phil Gramm, the Meyer Lansky of the War Party, Set-Up the Biggest Bank Heist Ever.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x4055207

Lucy Komisar did pioneering research.

https://www.thekomisarscoop.com/about/

Once they were easy to find. Seems the algorithm’s changed...

Lucian K. Truscott IV details the "flying Swiss Army knife"

Even by Pentagon terms, this was a dud: The disastrous saga of the F-35

The military-industrial complex spent $2 trillion building a "flying Swiss Army knife." Now it's been shelved


By LUCIAN K. TRUSCOTT IV
Salon.com, FEBRUARY 27, 2021

Excerpt...

The F-35, on the other hand, can't fly at twice the speed of sound. In fact, it comes with what amounts to a warning label on its control panel marking supersonic flight as "for emergency use only." So it's OK to fly the thing like a 737, but if you want to go really fast, you have to ask permission, which promises to work really, really well in a dogfight. What are pilots going to do if they're being pursued by a supersonic enemy jet?

The F-35 will carry four different air-to-air missiles, six air-to-ground missiles and one anti-ship missile, but the problem is, all of them have to be fired from the air, and right now, the F-35 isn't yet "operational," which means, essentially, that it's so unsafe to fly the damn things, they spend most of their time parked.

Take the problem they have with switches. The developers of the F-35 decided to go with touchscreen switches rather than the physical ones used in other fighters, like toggles or rocker switches. That would be nice if they worked, but pilots report that the touchscreen switches don't function 20 percent of the time. So you're flying along, and you want to drop your landing gear to land, but your touchscreen decides "not this time, pal" and refuses to work. How would you like to be driving your car and have your brakes decide not to work 20 percent of the time, like, say, when you're approaching a red light at a major intersection?

But it gets worse. The heat coating on the engine's rotor blades is failing at a rate that leaves 5 to 6 percent of the F-35 fleet parked on the tarmac at any given time, awaiting not just engine repairs, but total replacement. Then there's the canopy. You know what a canopy is, don't you? It's the clear bubble pilots look through so they can see to take off and land, not to mention see other aircraft, such as enemy aircraft. Well, it seems F-35 canopies have decided to "delaminate" at inappropriate times, making flying the things dangerous if not impossible. So many of them have failed that the Pentagon has had to fund an entirely new canopy manufacturer to make replacements.

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https://www.salon.com/2021/02/27/even-by-pentagon-terms-this-was-a-dud-the-disastrous-saga-of-the-f-35/

Lippy.

So, I'm wrong for saying we campaign and govern like Democrats?

That’s not what the facts show. People — including a large swath of the deplorables — are ticked because government doesn’t do much of anything to make the quality of life better. If they were smart, they’d have figured it out.



Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy

BBC, April 17, 2014

The US is dominated by a rich and powerful elite.

So concludes a recent study by Princeton University Prof Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Prof Benjamin I Page.

This is not news, you say.

Perhaps, but the two professors have conducted exhaustive research to try to present data-driven support for this conclusion. Here's how they explain it:

Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.


In English: the wealthy few move policy, while the average American has little power.

The two professors came to this conclusion after reviewing answers to 1,779 survey questions asked between 1981 and 2002 on public policy issues. They broke the responses down by income level, and then determined how often certain income levels and organised interest groups saw their policy preferences enacted.

"A proposed policy change with low support among economically elite Americans (one-out-of-five in favour) is adopted only about 18% of the time," they write, "while a proposed change with high support (four-out-of-five in favour) is adopted about 45% of the time."


On the other hand:

When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.


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https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-27074746



Ans that is why I propose bringing back the New Deal approach to government.

Interesting suggestion, rownesheck.

Perhaps the Senate can represent regional interests...West Coast, Rocky Mountains, Great Lakes, Midwest, Great Plains...

What the historic corruption trail shows, the Senate serves the wealthy.



Disturbing data: The rich and powerful get their policies adopted, even if opposed by most voters

Whether or not a government policy is favored by most Americans “matters not a whit,” an eminent political scientist tells a University of Minnesota audience.


By Eric Black | columnist
MinnPost, May 8, 2015

You won’t be shocked to learn that wealthy people get the policies they want from government more often than those of low or moderate means. Nor will you be surprised that organized special interests — the kinds of groups that send lobbyists to Washington to advance pro-business agendas — have an impact. But, at least if you’ve been watching your old Frank Capra movies, you might think these tendencies can be overcome, or at least partially offset, by the power of the people, the ordinary voter, without whose support no one can reach high office in America.

Even a legislator who sympathizes with or has sold his political soul to the rich and powerful (you might think) has to take into account the policy preferences of the ordinary voter.

You might think that, but according to research by an eminent political scientist presented at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School, you would be wrong.

Whether or not a proposed change in government policy is favored by the majority of Americans “matters not a whit” in leading to the adoption of such policy changes, Princeton professor Martin Gilens has concluded. On the other hand, the support of a proposed policy change by wealthy Americans, or by organized lobbies, matters quite a few whits.

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https://www.minnpost.com/eric-black-ink/2015/05/disturbing-data-rich-and-powerful-get-their-policies-adopted-even-if-opposed/



I propose they wear official clothing similar to race car driver fire suits, appropriately labeled with the sundry and colorful corporate logos of the lobbyists who sponsor them.
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