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Monitoring Biden and other Contemporary Events

 
 
BillW
 
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Reply Sat 16 Oct, 2021 07:45 pm
@blatham,
Thanks for the info Bernie. I held Jane in very high esteem and honor her passing greatly. I can feel for her problems in that just a couple of months ago I had a rampant infection running through my body (not covid either). I went to the Emergency Room and ended up immediately in Intensive Care where I spent the next 3 or 4 days on heavy amounts of antibiotics. I couldn't even get out of Intensive Care, much less the hospital until I had a solid white blood cell count. They told I was in a matter of an hour or two of going into sepsis; from which it is iffy to remaining alive. My heart goes out to you too - stay solid!

BTW, I had basically what Bill Clinton has.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sat 16 Oct, 2021 11:44 pm
@blatham,
My sincere condolences, Bernie.
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hightor
 
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Reply Sun 17 Oct, 2021 03:29 am
@blatham,
So very sorry to hear this sad news.
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Sun 17 Oct, 2021 03:47 am
@blatham,
blatham wrote:

For those of you who knew her, my ex-wife Jane passed away about 30 minutes ago. She had a number of health issues on top of which a recent viral infection (not covid) was the cause. She and I had remained in touch and close as had her daughters and I. I'm very sad.


So sorry, Bernie. I will remember our many parties together at your apartment in New York...and our trips to the Pan. She was always such a pleasure to be with.

Stay strong. I'm going to mention this over in the new Lola thread started by Steve. I will also let Jonathan and Thomas know since they almost never come here any more.


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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 17 Oct, 2021 06:40 am
My condolences. She was one of the best from what I know of her.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Sun 17 Oct, 2021 06:41 am
@blatham,
So sorry to hear of your loss. May she RIP.
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Builder
 
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Reply Sun 17 Oct, 2021 05:50 pm
The Biden Administration is sinking under the weight of its feeble figurehead, who is clearly living in a world of his own creation rather than living on planet reality. As Biden’s approval ratings plummet to near-historic depths, the people who run his administration – some say it’s really led by demon Susan Rice – are not backing off their hyper-authoritarian approach to…well, everything.

In fact they’re doubling down.

Nurse shortage? Tough – get your shot.
Billions of containers waiting to be unloaded and trucked to fill empty shelves? Tough – get your shot.
Murder alley Chicago facing 50 percent less cops because those who don’t want the vax are being fired? Tough – get your shot.
No one to fly the plane? Tough – get your shot.
No teachers? Tough – get your shot!

Into this explosion of malevolent incompetence staggers US Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Department Wally Adeyemo – second-highest ranker in the entire Department. The Nigerian-born Adeyemo, who previously served as director of African American outreach for the inspiring John Kerry 2004 presidential campaign and as a senior advisor to corrupt “woke” multi-gazillionaire Larry Fink, should be given credit for at least being honest about the intentions of his bosses in the Biden Administration.

Sometimes they tell the truth by accident.

Interviewed on ABC News on Thursday, Adeyemo was asked about the thousands of container ships anchored offshore in California and elsewhere as US store shelves begin to look like Bulgaria circa 1975 – and even Santa Claus is sweating “supply chain” strangulation as Christmas quickly approaches.

It’s not because Newsom’s California is a Marxist hellhole, where the religious fundamentalism of the Green New Deal fanatics has taken massive numbers of truckers off the road. Nope.

It’s not Biden’s vax mandate which has unleashed a massive outflux of workers from their jobs – quitting or fired – at a time of severe labor shortages. Nope.

The problem is you. You unwashed vermin who refuse to have a cocktail of experimental goop jabbed into your arm.

In the ABC interview Adeyemo admitted what we all know: inflation is beating the hell out of middle America (though Biden’s multi-millionaire chief-of-staff laughed it off as “high class problems“).

“We are seeing high prices for some of the things that people have to buy,” Adeyemo told ABC’s Stephanie Ramos. But it’s not the Administration’s fault. Shelves bare? Treasury’s Number Two tells America it’s all the fault of those who have not yet succumbed to his boss’s demand that you take the jab:

The reality is that the only way we’re going to get to a place where we work through this transition is if everyone in America and everyone around the world gets vaccinated.

There is a word for this and it’s not actually blackmail. It’s terrorism. Until that part of America which has to this point decided that it does not want to take an unproven medical treatment is browbeaten – or worse – into submission to Fauci’s needle, the rest of the country will continue to suffer through empty shelves and a crappy Christmas.

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neptuneblue
 
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Reply Sun 17 Oct, 2021 10:27 pm
@Builder,
I guess the thing that got me the most was...

A crappy Christmas.

How...Christian of you.

You do realize the meaning of Christmas, don't you?

Well, maybe not, so allow me to spin it in a way that may be lost to you.

Christmas isn't about how many useless presents you get or receive. And it's very so ironic that it actually has to be spelled out to you.

No Grinch, it isn't the presents, the toys, the noise, the food or cheer. And I really can't believe I have to explain this to you.

Heart to heart and hand in hand.

Look it up, view the cartoon or movie. You need a refresher.




Builder
 
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Reply Sun 17 Oct, 2021 11:35 pm
@neptuneblue,
How very clear you've made your total dismissal of the content of the article.

Way to go.

I might direct you to a dictionary's descriptor of the word "comprehension".

It's a skill many people enjoy, but you seem to have missed completely.
ManOfTruth
 
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Reply Mon 18 Oct, 2021 01:23 am
Democrats hit the panic button. Is it too little too late for Joe Biden?

Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff and Joe Biden Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images

Democratic voters are depressed, demoralized, and tuning out — and there's no use in denying it.

President Joe Biden's economic agenda is stuck in the mud, supported by 96% of Democrats in the Senate yet blocked by two senators whose massive egos and lobbyist addictions are causing them to turn against the party. Biden failed to enact vaccine mandates early enough or broadly enough so now millions of Fox News-addled Americans still are resisting vaccines, prolonging the pandemic and contributing to the national sense of despair. On top of that, Donald Trump has faced no real consequences for his attempted coup while the various criminal apparatchiks he surrounds himself with are also walking around happy and free. So efforts to stop the next coup are moribund, hitting the wall of Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who love that lobbyist-pleasing filibuster more than they love democracy.

Biden and Democrats were able to pass the American Rescue Plan early in his administration, and that staved off a worse situation. But "well, it could be worse" is an unsatisfying message, especially when the country is in dire straits and the threats against democracy are only escalating. The sense that this country is in a nosedive hasn't changed, even if the rate of descent has been temporarily slowed down.

Unsurprisingly, then, Democratic voters are increasingly giving up hope.

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Biden's approval ratings are down and he's taking a hard hit among the very voters Democrats need to win in 2022 and 2024. As NBC News reported this week, "A Pew Research Center poll found that from July to September, Biden's approval rating fell by 18 points among Black voters, 16 points among Hispanics and 12 points among women." His approval is down 13 points among Democratic voters. As Cleve Wootsen writes in the Washington Post, the "Black and other minority voters who helped fuel Biden's victory" have started to "see what they consider unfulfilled promises and dwindling hope for meaningful change."

Karen Tumulty of the Washington Post details a similar phenomenon in which "female voters, whose engagement and activism fueled the gains that Democrats made during Donald Trump's presidency, are increasingly tuning out politics." Pollsters report that women in focus groups register a "sense of growing political ennui." One pollster noted that Black women especially are saying, "It doesn't matter who we elect, it's all the same."

This is really bad, especially as Republican voters are fired up by their bottomless sense of aggrieved entitlement and ready to turn out in 2022. Add to that voter suppression and gerrymandering, and it's looking like a bloodbath for Democrats in the midterms if they can't turn this ship around.

To be entirely fair to Democratic leadership, they seem well aware that they have a serious problem on their hands, and they are trying to do something to change the growing sense that Democrats are a do-nothing party.

The first big test of whether or not Democrats can show even a modicum of initiative and spine is in the handling of Trump crony Steve Bannon, who could soon be held in contempt of Congress for his refusal to answer a subpoena pertaining to Trump's coup and the January 6 insurrection. In theory, this is a jailable offense and Bannon should be in danger of a dramatic perp walk. Bannon clearly believes Democrats don't have the guts to do it. Democrats, however, are insisting otherwise.

"He will be prosecuted, that's our expectation," Rep. Adam Schiff of California told MSNBC. "He apparently feels he's above the law. But he's about to find out otherwise."

Big talk, but can they make good on it?

The process of actually doing so — described by CNN as "a series of steps needed to move forward," including holding meetings, writing a report, and referring it to the House for a vote, then referring it to the Justice Department — doesn't inspire confidence. Every step allows the notorious cowards in the party to get cold feet and telling themselves an idiotic story about how inaction somehow plays better with the voters than action. No wonder Bannon is so sure he'll get away with this.

Looking to the legislative agenda, there's a similar question about whether or not Democratic leaders, who clearly understand that their future success depends on current accomplishment, can get anything past the do-nothing obstructionists in their own party.

Voters want the entire package Biden promised, $3.5 trillion price tag and all, but Manchin (sigh!) is demanding they shrink the size of it. The good news is it appears most of the Democratic caucus is ready to play ball, understanding that doing something is better than doing nothing. House Democrats are strategizing about how to cut the topline number to placate Manchin, without giving up on must-pass policy items.

The remaining problem appears to be Sinema, who is, if it can be believed, an even worse person than Manchin.

Arizona's senior senator is reportedly still insisting that a smaller infrastructure bill that she helped craft with Republicans be passed before the larger bill. Her motives aren't exactly mysterious — this is a transparent effort to trick the 96% of the party that disagrees with her into giving her what she wants, so she can then renege on the deal and kill the bigger bill. Sinema isn't as clever as she thinks she is, but she is unfortunately powerful. Her combination of ego and idiocy may prove fatal to Biden's agenda.

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Finally, there's voting rights and democracy reform, without which, there is probably no stopping Trump's out-in-the-open plans to steal the 2024 election.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is still trying to get bills to prevent at least some of the GOP efforts to gut democracy. Next week, he is bringing up for a vote the Freedom to Vote Act, a pared-down version of earlier voting rights legislation that Manchin claims to believe will attract enough Republican votes to overcome the filibuster.

Of course, it will not. The GOP is unified in their opposition to democracy. Even the two anti-insurrectionist House Republicans who are on the January 6 commission reject bills to shore up the right to vote. But Schumer's clear hope is that Manchin will see the entire GOP vote down a bill Manchin put so much hope in, and will change his mind, allowing filibuster reform so that voting rights can be protected.

I'm not holding my breath. Manchin's commitment to the filibuster is likely not as principled as he claims, but rooted more in protecting wealthy interests that constitute his donor base, who feel threatened by the possibility of real progressive change. But as repugnant as Manchin is acting, his behavior is just the symptom of a larger problem, which is the institutional morass making it hard for Democrats to make any of the changes necessary to stave off the looming threat of a total GOP takeover and, eventually, Trump's second term as president.

Still, it is actually quite remarkable how, despite all the roadblocks and institutional failures, a strong majority of Democrats on Capitol Hill do seem to understand both the problems the country faces and what the solutions should be. That wasn't always true, as anyone who has witnessed decades of do-nothing centrist control over the party can attest. In many ways, that makes the 2022 electoral bloodletting that is the likely result if Democrats can't turn the ship around even more tragic. These are mostly folks that are trying, and simply running up against a wall built by generations of their forebears who feared all change.

No wonder voters are so depressed. A party that refuses to listen to voters is frustrating, but so is a party that hears them but still can't do anything about it. Either way, it may not feel to many worth the effort to even vote.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/democrats-hit-the-panic-button-is-it-too-little-too-late-for-joe-biden/ar-AAPzCNI
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ManOfTruth
 
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Reply Mon 18 Oct, 2021 01:25 am
GooTube: Dems' Kiddie Propaganda Arm

In case you hadn't heard, Vice President Kamala Harris' venture into government space propaganda for children was a galactic bust.

The veep's smarmy performance in a NASA agitprop video touting World Space Week was universally ridiculed and exposed this weekend after a local Monterey, California, TV station interviewed one of five child actors who auditioned for roles in the YouTube production. Canada-based Sinking Ship Entertainment (does it get any better than this?) cast and oversaw the scripted special for YouTube Originals, which the New York Post dubbed "bizarre." The Sun in the U.K. called it "cringe-worthy." It was phony-baloney on steroids (or maybe one too many mimosas, judging from Harris' tipsy delivery).

But there's so much more to the story.

What the "Get Curious With Vice President Harris" clip really shows is how deep the incestuous ties between the Biden-Harris (mis)administration and Google/YouTube run — and why every parent should be very wary about allowing their children to be exposed to GooTube's commie-style programming masquerading as educational entertainment.

Did you know, for example, that the creative executive and producer for YouTube Originals is a veteran Obama-Biden operative, consultant on the Biden-Harris administration's vaccine education campaign, and close former aide of Michelle Obama? YouTube Originals' staffer Lauren Vrazilek tweeted last week that she "had a blast" making the Harris video. She tagged four top Harris staffers in her tweet: VP communications director Ashley Etienne, VP digital strategist Brenna Parker, VP director of press operations Peter Velz and VP personal aide Opal Vadhan.

Velz promoted the "Get Curious" video last week, tweeting that Harris invited "five kids from around the country to her residence at the Naval Observatory to learn about space and be inquisitive." He called it "super cute," but failed to mention that the young performers were not just naturally "inquisitive," but had all been auditioned beforehand to ensure they could ask Harris questions on cue.

For those who are, ahem, curious, Vrazilek served as former first lady Michelle Obama's media consultant on her "Becoming" book tour in 2018-2019. Prior to that, the YouTube Originals creative director and producer worked for the Obama White House for nearly six years as an intern, director of correspondence, associate director of digital engagement, and deputy press secretary to Mrs. Obama. When Biden-Harris took office in January, Vrazilek exulted on Twitter:

"Apparently when you don't work in DC people expect you to work on Inauguration Day? I had a bowl of ice cream and a cry before 8am — the chances of me doing anything but gushing over President Biden and Madam Vice President Harris are slim to none."

"Slim to none" are also the odds that parents can rely on YouTube to provide anything other than slanted brainwashing to their kids. Google/YouTube's parent company, Alphabet, forked over $21 million to Democrats in 2020. The revolving door between Google and White House Democrats is notorious. In April 2016, the Campaign for Accountability tracked 61 Google or Google-tied employees leaving the tech conglomerate to take federal government jobs and 171 Obama-Biden staffers jumping ship to work for Google.

Even more insidiously, you must remember that GooTube has repeatedly violated children's privacy:

— Google/YouTube admitted to data mining children's emails without consent and in violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

— In 2019, the Federal Trade Commission levied a $170 million fine against Google/YouTube over its violation of the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

— Last September, Google/YouTube was slapped with a massive class-action lawsuit in the U.K. accusing "the platform of routinely breaking U.K. and European data protection laws by unlawfully targeting up to five million under-13-year-olds with addictive programming and harvesting their data for advertisers." Lawyers for families lambasted the Silicon Valley giant in their announcement, claiming execs and employees "know full well that millions of children watch YouTube. They're making money from unlawfully harvesting data about these young children as they watch YouTube videos — and then running highly targeted adverts, designed to influence vulnerable young minds."

Truly curious journalists in the Beltway might want to know more about how many more Lauren Vrazileks are planted at Google/YouTube and working intimately with Biden/Harris to pump out political programming for young online addicts whose data is being mined, monetized and weaponized by the manufactured-reality managers of Big Tech.

https://www.creators.com/read/michelle-malkin/10/21/gootube-dems-kiddie-propaganda-arm
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ManOfTruth
 
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Reply Mon 18 Oct, 2021 01:30 am
Tucker: This is the most cynical anti-democratic exercise in American politics

“I’m sitting here stunned at the suck-uppery of Stephen Colbert”…


https://video.foxnews.com/v/6277489487001#sp=show-clips
hightor
 
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Reply Mon 18 Oct, 2021 03:27 am
@neptuneblue,
Media Bias/Fact Check wrote:
Overall, we rate The Liberty Beacon a far-right biased conspiracy/pseudoscience website that is both tin foil hat and quackery level.

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ManOfTruth
 
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Reply Mon 18 Oct, 2021 03:29 am
Rest in peace David Amess, murdered in cold blood by a deranged leftist.
MontereyJack
 
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Reply Mon 18 Oct, 2021 05:03 am
@ManOfTruth,
tucker ccarlson is an irresponsible idiot fantasist conspiracy theorist and anyone who believes him is deep into nonreality. and is a credulous fool.
ManOfTruth
 
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Reply Mon 18 Oct, 2021 05:46 am
@ManOfTruth,
Quote:
Rest in peace David Amess, murdered in cold blood by a deranged leftist.


Those down thumbing this post support the murder of David Amess.

Important to remember that this is what we're up against.

Pure evil.
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neptuneblue
 
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Reply Mon 18 Oct, 2021 05:47 am
@Builder,
Yes, I dismissed the content. I just am not going to blame the Biden Administration's efforts to inoculate our country.

You have shown contempt and disdain for the process, even agree about calling it "terrorism."

Look up "terrorism." There's nothing unlawful about getting a vaccination.

Then get your shot so we all can be and stay healthy from Covid. That's the point YOU have missed.

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izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 18 Oct, 2021 07:14 am
@MontereyJack,
Tucker Carlson is a sick nonce.
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Glennn
 
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Reply Mon 18 Oct, 2021 07:27 am
@MontereyJack,
Quote:
tucker ccarlson is an irresponsible idiot fantasist conspiracy theorist and anyone who believes him is deep into nonreality. and is a credulous fool.

Oh I don't know about that. What's the one thing he said that you especially take issue with?
MontereyJack
 
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Reply Mon 18 Oct, 2021 10:11 am
@Glennn,
I on the other hand do know about that. The only thing he has said that I would agree with is his name.
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