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Monitoring Biden and other Contemporary Events

 
 
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2022 09:35 am
@snood,
snood wrote:

That was a wowser


Very few people who give as much clarity to the situation in which we now find ourselves...and even fewer willing to acknowledge being on the wrong side of as many questions as has he.

I love to hear him speak...and when he and Nichole Wallace agree on how degenerate the GOP has become, it is a delight.
snood
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2022 09:53 am
@Frank Apisa,
Have you ever watched the movie ‘Game Change’? After I saw that movie, and found out that it depicted Nicole Wallace and Steve Schmidt accurately in their revulsion at Sarah Palin - is when I began following and listening to both of them. They are both pretty exceptional.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2022 10:03 am
@snood,
snood wrote:

Have you ever watched the movie ‘Game Change’? After I saw that movie, and found out that it depicted Nicole Wallace and Steve Schmidt accurately in their revulsion at Sarah Palin - is when I began following and listening to both of them. They are both pretty exceptional.


I cannot watch the two of them speaking on her MSNBC show without thinking about that film. It was actually an enjoyable one...and showed Palin as the petty bit of fluff she was. We can only hope the people of Alaska sees her for what she is...and dump her.

And yes, Schmidt and Wallace are both exceptional.
glitterbag
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2022 03:19 pm
@snood,
I have got to watch Game Change, will be looking for it tonight. Yesterday I followed a bunch of tweets from Steve Schmidt about McCain and his daughter...I was shocked by the story....I shouldn't be, but I was. I could never figure out which bonehead decided Sarah Palin should be on the ticket, I was afraid they thought because she was a woman all the other bonehead women would automatically support her......of course they didn't but I met a lot of men who were mucho impressed with Palin....My uncle was almost in rapture talking about how great it would be to have her in office..........that had to be the most insulting thing I ever heard him say.
snood
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2022 04:30 pm
@glitterbag,
I’m rewatching it for like the 3rd time. It is a great movie with awesome cast (and the lovely Juliane Moore).
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2022 04:40 pm
@glitterbag,
He put Palin up because he thought the RNC would put up a fight and settle for him to name Dick Lieberman.

What I've heard is McCain loathed Palin and he thought everyone else would, too. The tea party had longer stroke than anyone knew. And there was a general feeling in both parties to avoid too much "politics as normal".
bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2022 04:41 pm
@Frank Apisa,
Off topic: you were absolutely right about the cataract surgery.
snood
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2022 04:41 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
Have you seen the movie? By all accounts, it tells what actually happened.
glitterbag
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2022 05:12 pm
@snood,
I am definitely tuning in tonight........
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2022 05:49 pm
@snood,
Going to watch it.
BillW
 
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Reply Tue 10 May, 2022 11:32 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
Just finished watching it. Knew Palin was screwed up and knew nothing; but, didn't realize how truly crazy she was. She brought out and out lying to the Republican way.
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Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Wed 11 May, 2022 03:27 am
@bobsal u1553115,
bobsal u1553115 wrote:

Off topic: you were absolutely right about the cataract surgery.


GREAT! Apparently you are getting the terrific same result I got. Congratulations.
Frank Apisa
 
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Reply Wed 11 May, 2022 03:28 am
@snood,
snood wrote:

I’m rewatching it for like the 3rd time. It is a great movie with awesome cast (and the lovely Juliane Moore).


It was a very enjoyable movie...and Moore was terrific as Palin.

I love the comments from Nichole Wallace about Palin!
hightor
 
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Reply Wed 11 May, 2022 03:53 am
Quote:
That Republicans appear to be on the cusp of overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion seems to have thrown them into confusion. Since Nixon first raised the issue of abortion as a political wedge in 1972, the year before Roe (recall that Nixon characterized 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern as the candidate of “acid, amnesty, and abortion”), they have used the issue to raise money and turn out voters. But now, with the prize seemingly within reach, they are ratcheting up their demands, at least in part to continue to raise money and to turn out voters. They also need to re-create their sense of grievance against the “libs” they have just “owned.”

With the overturning of Roe v. Wade seemingly on the horizon, right-wing lawmakers are now escalating their attacks on national policies their base voters oppose. This means, for example, that Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson and Mississippi governor Tate Reeves are standing behind the “trigger laws” they have signed to take effect as soon as the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, laws that outlaw abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest. Other lawmakers are suggesting they are willing to outlaw contraception, and pharmacists in Texas are already refusing to fill prescriptions for medications commonly prescribed for miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies.

And for all that ending Roe was supposed to turn the issue of abortion over to the states to decide as they wished, there is now talk of advancing a national ban on abortion so that states could not, in fact, choose to protect abortion rights.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is backing federal legislation to punish corporations who pay to fly their employees to different states for abortion care and gender-affirming care for their children. “Our tax code should be pro-family and promote a culture of life,” Rubio said. “Instead, too often our corporations find loopholes to subsidize the murder of unborn babies or horrific ‘medical’ treatments on kids. My bill would make sure this does not happen.”

In Michigan, Republican Ryan Kelley, who is running for governor, has openly attacked the idea of democracy. “Socialism—it starts with democracy,” he said. “That’s the ticket for the left. They want to push this idea of democracy, which turns into socialism, which turns into communism in every instance.” Kelley’s distinction between “democracy” and a “constitutional republic” is drawn from the John Birch Society in the 1960s, which used that distinction to oppose the idea of one person, one vote, that supported Black voting.

In turn, the Birchers drew from the arguments of white supremacists during Reconstruction after the Civil War, who warned that Black voters would elect leaders who promised them roads, and schools, and hospitals. These benefits would cost tax dollars that in the postwar South would have to be paid largely by white landowners. Thus, white voters insisted, Black voting would lead to a redistribution of wealth; by 1871, they insisted it was essentially “socialism.”

That context explains Kelley’s insistence that “we truly are losing our country to the radical left.” But the argument is not only racial and economic. American evangelicals are converting to the Russian Orthodox Church out of support for its nativism, white nationalism, rejection of LGBTQ rights and abortion, and support for authoritarian Russian president Vladimir Putin. Like him, they object to the diversity inherent in democracy.

Journalists for Business Insider ran the numbers and found that 84% of the state lawmakers who have sponsored trigger laws are men, five states had no women sponsors for trigger laws, all but one of the 13 governors who have signed trigger laws are men, and 91% of the senators who confirmed the antiabortion majority on the Supreme Court are men. These men are overwhelmingly Republican: 86% of the trigger law sponsors were Republican, all of the antiabortion justices were nominated by Republicans, and 94% of the senators who voted to confirm the antiabortion justices were Republicans.

At the same time that a small minority is imposing its will on the majority of Americans, Republicans are insisting they, not those who are losing their rights, are the victims.

When the draft first leaked, there was outrage across the right as people jumped to the conclusion that the draft had leaked from the office of a liberal justice. A Newsmax host even claimed that newly confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson had leaked the draft, [ Rolling Eyes ] although she will not take a place on the court until Justice Stephen Breyer steps down.

There are almost none of those accusations now, since leaks have continued, and they are clearly coming not from the offices of the liberal justices, but from the right-wing justices. On May 7, a Washington Post story had several comments about ongoing deliberations reported by “conservatives close to the court.” Law professor and legal analyst Steve Vladeck called such sievelike behavior “stunning.”

Now the argument that Republicans are victims centers around the protests over the draft decision, some of which have taken place in front of the homes of the Supreme Court justices. The protests have been peaceful in reality, but the right wing has portrayed them as violent—so violent, in fact, that Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) compared them unfavorably with the events of January 6, which, in his rewriting of history, he claimed were peaceful. The rumor—unsourced, and later proved false—that Justice Samuel Alito, the author of the draft decision, had to be moved to an undisclosed location swept right-wing media.

Portraying the Republicans as victims of a mob reached ridiculous proportions when Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) called the police Saturday night because someone had written in chalk on the sidewalk in front of her home in Bangor: “Susie, please, Mainers want WHPA→ vote yes, clean up your mess.” WHPA, the Women’s Health Protection Act, is a bill that would protect abortion rights and block medically unnecessary restrictions and bans on the procedure.

Collins cast a deciding vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, stating she was confident he would not overturn Roe v. Wade. Collins says she will vote against WHPA because she believes it goes too far.

The apparent outrage over protests in the wake of the leaked draft decision seems disingenuous considering the violence of antiabortion activists, who have burned down clinics, murdered abortion providers, and continue to accost patients at clinics. Indeed, the Supreme Court struck down a law creating a buffer zone around clinics to stop harassment of patients on the grounds that such protest was free speech covered by the First Amendment. More generally, there has been little concern from Republicans about the armed protests that have taken place over vaccine and mask mandates and over the alleged teaching of Critical Race Theory during the past two years.

When a reporter asked Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) if he was “comfortable with the protests that we saw outside the homes of Supreme Court justices,” Schumer answered that he is, so long as they are peaceful. “Yes. My house, there’s protests three, four times a week outside. That’s the American way to peacefully protest... [his phone rings]...that’s my wife. Maybe there’s a protest outside.”

With all this going on, Americans’ confidence in the Supreme Court has collapsed since Trump packed it with a 6–3 right-wing majority. Half of U.S. voters and 53% of Americans in general now have little to no confidence in the court.

hcr
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 11 May, 2022 05:26 am
All kicking off in Sri Lanka right now, police have been given orders to shoot protesters on sight, and politician's homes and businesses are being burnt to the ground.
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bobsal u1553115
 
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Reply Wed 11 May, 2022 06:09 am
@Frank Apisa,
As soon as they took the bandage off, I could see 20/20 and no astigmatism so far as I can note. Pretty amazing, short, painless procedure.
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snood
 
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Reply Wed 11 May, 2022 06:53 am
@Frank Apisa,
Frank Apisa wrote:

snood wrote:

I’m rewatching it for like the 3rd time. It is a great movie with awesome cast (and the lovely Juliane Moore).


It was a very enjoyable movie...and Moore was terrific as Palin.

I love the comments from Nichole Wallace about Palin!


I really enjoyed seeing Steve Schmidt put the harpy in her place. I could easily see the real life Schmidt doing that.
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snood
 
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Reply Thu 12 May, 2022 03:48 am
Calm down and get serious - Donald Trump can’t win.
Calm down, Trump will grow into the job.
Calm down, there are adults to rein him in.
Calm down, Impeachment will stymie him.
Calm down, a second impeachment will.
Calm down, Mueller’s got the goods on him.
Calm down, of course he’ll accept the election results.
Calm down, John Roberts will do the right thing.
Calm down, Roe is settled law.
Calm down, police reform is coming.
Calm down, so is gun control.
Calm down, he can’t “ban” Muslims.
Calm down, MAGA people aren’t violent.
Calm down. The process takes time. Merrick Garland will bring the criminals to justice.
Just be patient.
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
revelette1
 
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Reply Thu 12 May, 2022 09:52 am
@snood,
Great, you should put that on something for more people to see.
snood
 
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Reply Thu 12 May, 2022 10:36 am
@revelette1,
It’s not all original - I borrowed from a couple of different places and added my spin.
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