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Name: Sharon
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Hometown: Chicago area, IL
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Chicago violence victims' families call on Darren Bailey to stop commercials.

CHICAGO -- Vickie Ponciano feels like breaking her television every time she sees a video clip of her nephew's murder being used in a Republican ad campaign that seeks to pin violence in Chicago on Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the city's Democrats.

"Every time I see that freaking commercial I just start cursing in front of my kids. And I don't know how to control it," Ponciano said Thursday while standing alongside the Rev. Michael Pfleger during a rally at 875 N. Michigan Ave., the building formerly known as the Hancock Center.

*snip*

"Mr. Bailey, stop pimping. Stop pimping the pain and trauma of families for your own political self - either stop these commercials or get out of the whole damn race, we're tired of you using our families," Pfleger said.

*snip*

The PAC has also come under fire for using footage of a Lake View woman being mugged in a separate ad seeking to showcase the city's violence.

"Whatever we need to do to raise awareness and wake people up to understand the situation with what's going on," Bailey previously said when asked of his personal opinion of that commercial. "Because it's real. And some parts of the city, they may not understand it."

https://abc7chicago.com/darren-bailey-jb-pritzker-chicago-violence-shooting/12255983/


So evidently, Darren Bailey, a farmer from deep southern Illinois, thinks he understands what's going on in Chicago better than the city's own residents? What an arrogant jerk. Hey, Darren, how would you like it if Lori Lightfoot and JB showed up at your farm and started telling you how to plant your corn and soybeans? Not much, right? Good thing they won't, because unlike you, they have enough sense to stick to what they know.

Ugh, I hate those ads, and I can't stand that arrogant clown. I can't wait till the election is over and that hick goes back to the sticks where he belongs.

My reaction to what's happening in Ukraine.



Yeah, you should never have poked that sleeping lion, Vlad. But you did, and now I hope he eats your face!

I actually blame Mitch more than I do Trump.

Mitch knew exactly what he was doing. He never liked Trump, but he saw a golden opportunity to stack the federal courts with RW judges and ran with it. He hid his contempt for Trump and played him like a fiddle to accomplish that goal and succeeded, all the way to the Supreme Court.

All Trump did was sit in the Oval and rubber stamp whoever Mitch and the Federalist Society put in front of him. He didn't know one judge from another and wouldn't have had the patience (or the reading comprehension) to vet judicial candidates himself.

I'm sure Trump was happy with the results and more than happy to take the credit, but Mitch was the mastermind behind the whole thing. They're both to blame, but I think Mitch bears a greater share of the responsibility. Trump was literally just a tool (in every sense of the word) that Mitch wielded to get something he very much wanted.

My beautiful grandkitties!

My daughter sent me this lovely photo of her two girls, Banshee and Pooka.



Pooka is the gray one, and Banshee is the one who looks Siamese. They are sisters/litter mates, and I think they're about the same age as Siwsan's two "big boys," Madoc and Gryff.

My daughter says Banshee got her name because she "screamed" so much. Daughter and her boyfriend/partner then chose another name from Irish/Celtic mythology for her sister.

Here's some background on the names, if anyone is interested:

https://www.theirishroadtrip.com/the-banshee/
https://www.theirishroadtrip.com/the-puca/

Yes, most forced birthers believe Plan B is an abortifacient, and want it to be banned.

I think the quote says a lot about how few fucks Abbott actually gives about the so-called "pro life" movement. If he REALLY believed abortion was murder and was motivated by a desire to protect the "unborn," he would be anti-Plan B like the rest of them.

This quote makes it clear to anyone who is really paying attention that he couldn't care less about what happens to fetuses, embryos, blastocysts, and fertilized eggs and is motivated purely by a desire to score political points. Which makes his gleeful promotion of abortion bans that much more despicable, afaic.

Sweet baby Jesus, that merchandise! 😱

That Nazi crap freaks me out more than other thing they do. Even more--a lot more, actually--than the Confedeeate battle flags. How ANYONE can look at that garbage and NOT see pure evil staring back at them is completely beyond me.

It says a lot, I think, about what a shitty job the public schools in most U.S. states are doing in the area of teaching about WWII and the Holocaust (if they do it at all). If kids were taught what that garbage REALLY stands for, they might be less likely to grow up to embrace it as something harmless and fun as adults.

I live in one of a handful of states that mandate teaching about the holocaust. And it IS a literal handful: California, Florida*, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York.

*I'm shocked, shocked I tell you, that DeSatan hasn't gotten Florida taken off this list by now. Is he afraid of losing Jewish votes or something?

Lori Lightfoot accuses conservative super PAC of darkening her skin tone in an ad

Lori Lightfoot accuses conservative super PAC of darkening her skin tone in an ad boosting Illinois GOP governor candidate



2022 ELECTION
Lori Lightfoot accuses conservative super PAC of darkening her skin tone in an ad boosting Illinois GOP governor candidate
One Democrat called the ad “racialized carnage porn.” The PAC called Lightfoot’s allegation “insane.”

CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot is calling out a conservative super PAC over a new attack ad aimed at Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, accusing the group of using “racist tropes” to create a scary image of Black Chicago and altering her skin to appear darker in the ad.

The ad opens with Lightfoot, who is Black, saying, “This will be the summer of joy in Chicago.” It then cuts to sounds of gunshots, screams and scenes of shadowy figures in the streets shooting. The words “Chicago violence is coming to the suburbs” appear on the screen. The clip of Lightfoot, a fellow Democrat, is from a speech she gave to the City Club of Chicago in April. Her skin color appears noticeably darker in the ad compared to the original video.

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The ad was run by the People Who Play By the Rules super PAC, which is fronted by longtime Illinois conservative operative Dan Proft and largely funded by billionaire GOP financier Richard Uihlein. The PAC supports Pritzker’s Republican opponent, Darren Bailey, for governor in this fall’s election. Uihlein, who did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment, has given the PAC at least $26 million so far this year. The ad is filled with scenes of live shooting, sometimes prompting a warning on YouTube before it can be viewed. Three unaffiliated political ad makers — two who work mainly with Democrats, one who works with Republicans — who reviewed the ad after being contacted by NBC News said the mayor’s skin appeared noticeably darker than in the original video.

Two of the ad makers and a longtime Democratic strategist who has conducted research on race said the ad overall used overtly racial imagery to depict the city in a sinister light. The ad takes aim at Pritzker over a bill he signed eliminating cash bail. The law, which has drawn criticism from some state’s attorneys, goes into effect next year, does away with cash bail in the state but allows judges to keep suspects behind bars based on risk and danger to the community.

More: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2022-election/lori-lightfoot-accuses-conservative-super-pac-darkening-skin-tone-ad-b-rcna44402


If you want to see just how bad this ad is, there's a link to the video in the article (in the very first sentence).

When Medication Risks Birth Defects, Abortion Bans Force Women Into an Agonizing Dilemma

Yet more evidence that draconian abortion bans are stupid, short-sighted, and just plain cruel...

If I were to get pregnant, our baby would be loved. But for weeks, before I would ever find out I was pregnant, she would be exposed to psychiatric medication that can cause serious birth defects—the same medication I take each morning and night to manage my bipolar disorder. By the time I found out, I would be terrified for her health. I would also be terrified that I would have to go off my medication. Our baby would be loved. I would want an abortion.

“Depakote.” My doctor sat beside me in the inpatient psychiatric unit, where I’d been for nearly three weeks. We weren’t seeing enough improvement in my mood, and she was adding a new medication to my regimen. To someone starved for the beauty of the outside world, someone on her third stay in the psychiatric unit that year, it sounded like the scientific name of a strange and beautiful type of seashell. The syllables caught my attention more than the side effects.

My doctor told me it was a mood stabilizer. I don’t remember what else she said about it. My mind was a smear, a smudge, a soupy stain. Maybe she said it was a last resort drug. Maybe she said something softer, something that didn’t imply that I was on the edge of unfixable. I don’t remember. My mind churned. I decided to try it. In that moment, it felt like the choice to hold the seashell of Depakote up to my ear, hoping to hear the peace of the ocean, of life, again.

Over time, I improved. Though I still struggled, I was much more stable. I had been on Depakote for two years before a specialist in reproductive psychiatry told me the medication was “teratogenic”—it has the potential to cause birth defects.

More: https://slate.com/technology/2022/08/abortion-access-mental-health-depakote-bipolar.html

This is a fairly long article, but it is so powerful and so informative that I'm really glad I read the whole thing. I urge everyone else to do the same, if you possibly can.

When Medication Risks Birth Defects, Abortion Bans Force Women Into an Agonizing Dilemma.

Yet more evidence that draconian abortion bans are stupid, short-sighted, and just plain cruel...

If I were to get pregnant, our baby would be loved. But for weeks, before I would ever find out I was pregnant, she would be exposed to psychiatric medication that can cause serious birth defects—the same medication I take each morning and night to manage my bipolar disorder. By the time I found out, I would be terrified for her health. I would also be terrified that I would have to go off my medication. Our baby would be loved. I would want an abortion.

“Depakote.” My doctor sat beside me in the inpatient psychiatric unit, where I’d been for nearly three weeks. We weren’t seeing enough improvement in my mood, and she was adding a new medication to my regimen. To someone starved for the beauty of the outside world, someone on her third stay in the psychiatric unit that year, it sounded like the scientific name of a strange and beautiful type of seashell. The syllables caught my attention more than the side effects.

My doctor told me it was a mood stabilizer. I don’t remember what else she said about it. My mind was a smear, a smudge, a soupy stain. Maybe she said it was a last resort drug. Maybe she said something softer, something that didn’t imply that I was on the edge of unfixable. I don’t remember. My mind churned. I decided to try it. In that moment, it felt like the choice to hold the seashell of Depakote up to my ear, hoping to hear the peace of the ocean, of life, again.

Over time, I improved. Though I still struggled, I was much more stable. I had been on Depakote for two years before a specialist in reproductive psychiatry told me the medication was “teratogenic”—it has the potential to cause birth defects.

More: https://slate.com/technology/2022/08/abortion-access-mental-health-depakote-bipolar.html

This is a fairly long article, but it is so powerful and so informative that I'm really glad I read the whole thing. I urge everyone else to do the same, if you possibly can.

I cannot wait to see this!

I just went to the link and watched every one of the trailers and teasers, some more than once. I think this series is going to be highly informative, eye-oening, and heart-wrenching. It's also going to piss off a lot of people, not all for the same reasons.

I don't think a lot of Americans are aware of just how little we actually did as a country to help the Jews of Europe when they were being rounded up and methodically exterminated. It's not that we did nothing, but we could have done SO much more. Some are not going to want to believe the facts, because they are so uncomfortable. We Americans like to think of ourselves as the "good guys," and we don't like being reminded of the times when we weren't.

Then there are the haters, the antisemites, the Holocaust deniers. Some of them are deeply invested in denying or minimizing what the Nazis did, while others believe the Nazis didn't do enough, and none of them will be happy with the way this flies in the face of their ideology. Their reactions are not going to be pretty.

But boy, does America ever need this! Especially right now, with antisemitism on the rise and democracy fighting for its continued existence. I would even venture to say that this is exactly what we need.
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