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Well, well, well. What a shame.


Optics have also been a significant hurdle for White Lives Matter organizers, who hoped to tap into the influx of “normie” MAGA supporters on Telegram following the January 6 Capitol riot. They knew that if they wanted to get any significant numbers for rallies on April 11, they’d have to broaden their appeal and avoid associating their event with explicitly Nazi or white supremacist content. This has been a common goal of several suit-and-tie white nationalist groups in recent years, who rely on dog whistles and euphemism to push their ideas mainstream. But subtlety quickly proved to be a steep challenge for White Lives Matter organizers. [snip]

Gee, ya think?

The Michigan Proud Boy drafted a statement to distribute to various Telegram channels. “Remember, if you wish to be taken legitimately and professionally, behave accordingly,” he wrote. “It shouldn't have to be said, but if your profile picture has swastikas, iron crosses or any other symbols that is commonly associated with the NS movement, consider removing them.”

But then he got self conscious. “God this sounds like left wing sensitivity bullshit drivel,” he added. [more]

There's a bit more detail in the article, including a sadly amusing story about the Michigan Proud Boy getting in trouble with his organization because of his involvement with WLM.

Racists in disarray! GOOD.

Vanity Fair op-ed mentioned in the story:


Last week’s scandal, which centers on a Justice Department investigation into allegations of possible sex trafficking of a minor, also involves accusations of the same crime of which I was a victim: the nonconsensual sharing of intimate images. And in a twist of irony, the accused person, Matt Gaetz, is one of the few colleagues who came to my defense when it happened to me. [snip]

But then CNN reported that Matt had shown at least two lawmakers photos and videos of naked women. The women on his phone likely had no idea that the nude photos and videos they’d either privately shared or that he’d taken (with or without their consent) were being passed around and ogled by Republican congressmen. If true, Matt had engaged in the very practice he’d defended me from.

Sharing intimate images or videos of someone without their consent should be illegal, plain and simple. It shouldn’t matter if it was done to hurt someone, as with revenge porn, or to brag about your sexual conquests, like Matt has been accused of doing. In fact, I’ve spent the last few months advocating for a bill called the SHIELD Act to be included as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which just passed the House and is headed to the Senate. If enacted, it will become a federal crime to knowingly distribute an intimate visual depiction of someone without their permission. [snip]

Let me state it as clearly as possible: If, despite his denials, Matt Gaetz did have sex with a minor, if he did provide girls and young women with drugs and money and gifts in exchange for sex, if he did ask these girls and young women to recruit other women for the same purpose, and if he did show his colleagues images of nude women without their consent, he needs to be held responsible. Some of these actions are criminal and some of them should be. All are morally reprehensible and unacceptable for a lawmaker.

If there is even a fraction of truth to these reports, he should resign immediately. [more]

Gaetz voted against the SHIELD Act, as well as the Violence Against Women Act. Much more at the link.



Amazon workers around the world are anxiously awaiting the results of a high-stakes union election at one of the company’s warehouses in Bessemer, Alabama.

Voting wrapped up on March 29 in the election to determine whether roughly 5,800 workers at the BHM1 warehouse will join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. Vote counting began the next day and the public portion of the count is expected to begin as soon as Wednesday. [snip]

The election is being closely watched by workers, labor advocates, politicians and other groups for its potential to kickstart future organizing attempts elsewhere. The RWDSU has already heard from more than 1,000 U.S. Amazon workers who are eager to organize.

With ballots mailed in and vote counting underway, it may seem that Amazon and the union are nearing the finish line in the election. But the process is likely far from over. Both sides can contest ballots, and depending on the outcome of the vote, further legal battles could lie down the road.

Here’s what to expect as the union election continues: [more]

RWSU - Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union

BI article re True the Vote is well worth a read.

In late December, the watchdog group Campaign for Accountability filed a separate complaint with the Internal Revenue Service accusing True the Vote of running afoul of its 501(c)3 nonprofit status by explicitly engaging in political activity through its partnership with the Georgia GOP.

"This case touches on the fact that voter suppression and big money in politics are two sides of the same coin," Fischer said. "Efforts to limit the vote and to protect or expand the influence of secret donors, ultimately they're both having the effect of depriving average voters a voice in the political process."

This a pattern for the organization, and not just in GA. It's a wonder they haven't lost their 501(c)3 status.

Oh, poor guy. He's handling the situation with remarkable grace.

Meanwhile... great link to the Independent article. Snagged this tidbit:

Video of Gaetz saying Roy Moore should have “no place” in Republican party amid allegations he had sex with a minor reemerges
A video in which US Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is under investigation for alleged child sex trafficking, condemns former US Senate nominee Roy Moore for sexual assault allegations include two from people who were minors at the time, has resurfaced.

In the video, Mr Gaetz said “If these [sexual] allegations are true, Roy Moore has no place in the Senate and no place in the Republican party.”

The video isn't showing up for me, but I also found this:


Rep. Matt Gaetz weighed in on the Alabama Senate race Friday morning during an appearance on CNN from downtown Pensacola.

Gaetz said he agreed with other Republicans that if the allegations made in a Washington Post report about former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore were true, he shouldn't be in the senate or the Republican party.

"I absolutely agree that if the allegations are, they are hideous," Gaetz said. "They are disgusting, and Roy Moore should step aside. And frankly, shouldn't be free walking among us."

All righty then.

Ted Lieu: Rep Matt Gaetz should be taken off the House Judiciary Committee

Ted Lieu @tedlieu
Rep Matt Gaetz should be taken off the @HouseJudiciary Committee until the @TheJusticeDept investigation is completed. He should not be sitting on a Congressional Committee with oversight over the DOJ while the Department is investigating him.

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Michael S. Schmidt @nytmike
EXCLUSIVE: Matt Gaetz, Trump's close ally, is being investigated by DOJ over whether he had a sexual relationship w/17-year-old girl and paid for her to travel with him. Investigation was opened in the final months of Trump admin under Barr. w/@ktbenner https://nytimes.com/2021/03/30/us/politics/matt-gaetz-sex-trafficking-investigation.html

7:02 PM · Mar 30, 2021

Ted Lieu makes a good point. Following up with another good point:

Ted Lieu @tedlieu
Why would Rep Matt Gaetz go on national TV and volunteer a new derogatory allegation about himself that hadn’t appeared in the press articles?

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Aaron Rupar @atrupar
Gaetz mentions that someone has alleged there's photos of him with child prostitutes. He claims such pictures don't exist. [video of FOX interview]

9:37 PM · Mar 30, 2021

John Bolton had a hand in it as national security advisor. Because of course.


When Bolton became Trump’s national security adviser in 2018, he quickly moved to disband the White House National Security Council’s Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense, which President Barack Obama set up after the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak to lead federal coordination and preparation for disease outbreaks.

In April 2018, Bolton fired Tom Bossert, then the homeland security adviser, who, the Washington Post reported, “had called for a comprehensive biodefense strategy against pandemics and biological attacks.” Then, that May, Bolton let go the head of pandemic response, Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer, and his global health security team. The team, the Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense, was never replaced.

At the time, the Trump administration and Bolton argued the cuts were needed to streamline the National Security Council.

Here's an idea to go along with that:

Give the insurance industry firearms insurance to replace the revenue from health insurance. Then overhaul health insurance, giving them little to no wiggle room for crying poor.

Get yourself a Senator who looks at Ted Cruz like this


A picture is worth a thousand words... at least. Amy Klobuchar is all of us in this one.

All Georgia residents 16+ are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.


GaDeptPublicHealth @GaDPH

All Georgia residents 16+ are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Learn the facts about the safe, tested, and effective vaccines and register for your appointment at http://dph.ga.gov/covid-vaccine, http://myvaccinegeorgia.com, or http://vaccinefinder.org

7:30 AM · Mar 25, 2021


All Georgia adults can receive coronavirus vaccines beginning Thursday, Gov. Brian Kemp said as he announced a dramatic expansion of eligibility in a state still facing challenges in distributing the lifesaving doses.

The expansion, which will cover Georgians age 16 and over, comes less than two weeks after the state expanded eligibility to people age 55 and older and those suffering from “high risk” medical conditions — a category defined so broadly it encompasses more than two-thirds of the state’s adult population. [snip]

About 1.1 million Georgians are fully vaccinated in a state of nearly 11 million people, according to state data, and more than 2 million have received at least one dose, including roughly three-quarters of Georgia’s senior citizens. [snip]

In a major step, the federally supported mass vaccination site at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will start working Wednesday to administer 6,000 shots a day, and it is offering evening hours to reach more people.

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