Monitoring Biden and other Contemporary Events

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Reply Fri 13 May, 2022 05:17 am

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Reply Tue 17 May, 2022 05:40 am
So, as it turns out, Elon Musk is going to purchase Twitter at about the same time as when Donald Trump gives us his tax returns.
Reply Tue 17 May, 2022 10:52 am
Another mass shooter spouting white supremacist theories he heard from Fox News, and the Kremlin's favorite American host Tucker Carlson and his fellow Fox News hosts are trying to save face.

Fox News suddenly goes quiet on ‘great replacement’ theory after Buffalo shooting

As details of the Buffalo mass shooting emerged over the weekend, much of the media focussed on the shooter’s self-stated motivation: his belief in “great replacement” theory, the racist notion that white Americans are being deliberately replaced through immigration.

Over at Fox News, however, there was barely any mention of the white gunman’s alleged reasoning for opening fire at a supermarket, killing 10 people and wounding three more, in a predominantly Black area.

The absence of coverage of the motive was revealing, given Fox News’s most popular host, Tucker Carlson, has pushed the concept of replacement theory in more than 400 of his shows – and has arguably done more than anyone in the US to popularize the racist conspiracy.
Great replacement theory, or white replacement theory, states that a range of liberals, Democrats and Jewish people are working to replace white voters in western countries with non-white people, in an effort to achieve political aims.
In a monologue on his Monday night show, Carlson did not directly address replacement theory. He claimed the Buffalo shooter’s manifesto was “not recognizably leftwing or rightwing: it’s not really political at all”, despite the rambling document referencing a number of rightwing conspiracy theories.

bobsal u1553115
Reply Tue 17 May, 2022 08:12 pm
One of the major qualification for the after 8:00PM Fox lineup is apparently Neurosyphilis.
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Reply Wed 18 May, 2022 06:57 am
This Is What Hate Does. It Kills.

The Far Right Is Poisoning Our Societies With Hate and Violence

By now, you’ve heard. A fascist walked into a grocery store and committed a massacre. He seems to have killed ten people because of the color of their skin, and wounded more. A cop was killed, trying to defend them. The fascist wore body armor and carried a machine gun — oh, sorry, an assault rifle. He wrote a long, foolish, ugly “manifesto,” citing “the great replacement.”

On Sunday and Monday, I wrote about the far right turning fascist, and openly wanting to slit democracy’s throat — motivated by “the great replacement.” On Thursday and Friday, we published those posts. And on Saturday, a massacre happened, and the perpetrator literally cited the great replacement.

There are days when being right makes me feel nauseated, angry, and sick. This is one of those days. I take no pleasure in issuing warnings that come true just days later at this point. It’s a depressing and futile job, frankly, to have to do, for societies that don’t listen. I’d much rather be making music. But here we are. Do you believe me yet?

You didn’t have to be a genius to see it coming. You just had to be a vaguely sane and thoughtful person. I’m sure that you felt this coming in your bones, too.

They accuse me, often, of hyperbole. Of exaggeration. They keep calling us alarmists. For warning of horrors like this. Over and over again. “The far right? They don’t want to slit democracy’s throat! Come on, they’re just joking around! LOL — guys, stop exaggerating!” Meanwhile, fascists are out there committing massacres. Think about how idiotic this is for a moment, how genuinely painfully frustrating this cycle of denial is.

Let’s talk about what just happened, and grieve for democracy together, caught in this suicide pact between fascists and the complicit, weak-minded idiots who enable them.

The “great replacement.” What is it? An ugly, stupid, and false pseudo-“theory.” Where does it come from? It originated with a French pseudo-intellectual. He imagined — made up out of whole cloth — the idea that “real” French people, meaning of course white ones, were being “replaced” by immigrants. That theory spread like wildfire, from America to Australia to Britain and beyond. It is now one of the ideological foundations which turned yesterday’s dull conservatism into today’s violent, raging, murderous neofascism.

And it’s everywhere, even if you don’t know it. Who’s cited it? “A French presidential candidate, conservative Valérie Pécresse, referred explicitly to the ‘great replacement’ on the campaign trail in the winter. Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) highlighted its tenets in a congressional hearing last year. And Tucker Carlson, the most-watched host on Fox News, has championed the ideology, which holds not just that immigration is reshaping demography and politics but that a cadre of elites is engineering population changes for political gain.”

“The great replacement,” in other words, has gone mainstream. And in that sense, the hate of the far right has consequences. This wasn’t just “the work of a lone gunman.” No, he wasn’t crazy — go ahead and ask my wife the doctor, who’s worked in psychiatric wards with actually crazy criminals. Crazy doesn’t make you a mass murderer. What does? Being goaded, radicalized, rewarded, incentivized to believe hateful things. Like theories which justify mass murder in pre-emptive retaliation for the “genocide” of “your race.”

Like all fascist fantasies, “the great replacement” is a delusion, and like all delusions, it’s based in reality, only an imaginary, exaggerated version of it. It’s true that rich countries have declining birth rates in majority, meaning “white” populations. America’s fertility rate is 1.6, France’s is 1.8, and so on.

The reason for declining birth rates, though, is not some malign conspiracy from — of all people — immigrants. Can immigrants force anyone to have less babies? Of course not. The reason for declining birth rates is very simple. Young people can’t afford to have kids as much anymore. Go ahead and look at Millenials and Zoomers. They’re doing what economists call “deferring consumption” — in the real world, that means delaying having families. Why? Because they barely make any money, can’t afford to move out of their parent’s homes, and so they are basically stretching adolescence into adulthood.

Go ahead and tell me how much fun it is trying to make a baby when you’re barely earning poverty wages at some pointless internship — and you’re living in Mom’s basement.

Declining birth rates, in other words, are a consequence of inequality between generations. Boomers had it good, Gen X had it way less good, pretty bad, in fact, and Millennials and Zoomers are out there getting absolutely hammered by stagnation. They’re wrecked — at least in America — by student debt, by homes that are laughably expensive for which they’ll never be able to even really afford down payments.

Hence, many of them have given up — and shifted into a pattern of not even trying to save. Because that’s an adaptive response to a failed economy. It makes sense to try to enjoy your days now, if you know you’ll never be able to afford a home, retirement, “getting on with life” in the old sense. But that also means that starting a family is probably going to be far, tougher, on average, than it was for older generations, who hold all the resources, from homes to money — and that’s why birth rates have declined.

So the “great replacement” is a collective paranoid delusion. When people are faced with adversity like this, plenty of them can’t take it. They look for answers. Some turn to fanatical religion — and some blame the nearest scapegoat. In this case, immigrants have been scapegoated for declining birthrates — but like I said, that poor Syrian or whomever can’t exactly stop you from having a kid. That’s your choice, and it’s been taken away from two or three generations at this point because our economies have failed them. Collective delusions are in this way the result of economic stagnation.

The “great replacement” is a new form of an old, old idea: “white genocide.” White genocide, the idea that they’re out to get us, has been around for centuries. Americans used it to justify slavery, in fact. It has a long and sordid history, from the days of the Fugitive Slave Act, to the Nazis who were inspired by it. When you zoom out, it’s easy enough to see why. “White” people — they’re actually pink, LOL — are a global minority. Most people on this planet are not “white.” They never have been. They are everything else. Hence, it’s easy enough for members of this “race” — and let’s remember “races” are imaginary things cooked up during, ironically, the Enlightenment — seem to feel persecuted, by sheer virtue of being a global minority.

“White genocide” therefore seems all too real to a simple mind living through the dislocating experience of declining birthrates, falling living standards, and stagnation throughout the developed — meaning “white” — world. It seems all the more real because it’s parroted — in the novel form of “the great replacement” — at every turn, if you surround yourself with paranoid right wing media and culture. Its politicians will bellow about it, its pundits will shout it, it’s message boards will scream in rage about it. And pretty soon, a simple mind will get radicalized.

It will really believe all this claptrap and nonsense bombarding it day after day — and think to itself something like: “My God! My race is under attack! And ‘race’ is the only form of community and belonging there is — it’s in the blood. I need to defend it, before it’s wiped out!” That’s how you get to a kid massacring people at a grocery store. And writing a manifesto about it, because such a mind really believes that it is taking on a noble cause, which the whole world needs to know about. It has no idea it has fallen prey to a collective paranoid delusion, peddled by demagogues, enabled by a sycophantic media, which legitimizes this theory and its ilk as just another “side.”

These aren’t “sides.” It is not an acceptable or legitimate side in a democracy that preaches hate and encourages violently killing scapegoats. It is a remarkable shame that despite this obvious fact, the far right doesn’t just have a foothold in culture — it has a stranglehold over it. From Elon Musk buying Twitter to the capture of the Supreme Court to fascism rising across the globe to conservative glee, to pundits and politicians both openly espousing violence motivated by delusional “theories“ like “the great replacement.”

There aren’t two sides here. There’s a number of groups in society who value democracy — from gay to straight to minority, men and women, all kinds. And there’s one group who wants to end it, violently. Both-sidesing what’s essentially at this point open fascism plays a critical role in our societies collapsing at the hands of fanatics and lunatics, because it cheats all the other groups of recognition, and democracy itself of legitimacy and strength.

The far right has a goal by now, and a means to get there. It goes like this. Its leaders espouse crackpot theories like “the great replacement.” They scapegoat vulnerable groups. They encourage their foot soldiers to target them. And they do. After they do, the far right walks it all back, and pretends to be horrified, surprised, and shocked. The media, gullible and feeble, swallows this lie. It presents all this bad faith as “good faith.” The violent fanatics are said to be “lone wolves” or “bad apples” or what have you. And the larger understanding that the far right is literally making an organized attempt to kill democracy is lost.

That is why our side is losing. And it is losing badly.

Context is everything. This attack doesn’t come out of the blue. Far from it. It comes a year and a half after the American Capitol was the scene of a bloody, violent coup attempt. It comes at a moment, when the far right has subsumed the right whole, consuming it like a shark eats a school of fish — and then openly threatens society with violence.

Out of the blue? Not at all. This attack comes at a time when teachers are being smeared as “pedos.” When you literally can’t say the word “gay” to kids in schools. When books are banned. When tip lines have been set up to report on all the above. When bill after bill modeled on the Fugitive Slave Act, creating a society of citizen-vigilante-informants, is being deployed…against women, gays, minorities, kids.

You would have to be a fool to think this attack comes out of the blue. The context here is as chilling as it is simple. The far right has learned that it can use what are essentially terror tactics to demoralize and frighten people into losing their democracy. It threatens everyone from teachers to parents to politicians. Member of Congress who are part of it make death threats to their colleagues, thinly disguised as “jokes.” This attack comes at a moment when the far right is literally building the apparatus of a totalitarian-fascist society — planning to stop women from leaving states, erasing the existence of gay people, scapegoating minorities, rewriting history for kids so slavery never happened, monitoring, surveilling, enforcing.

The far right’s goal now — in plain sight, formally, procedurally, in speech and in action — is total control of society, through intimidation, fear, and terror. Total control of all its words, ideas, expressions, social connections, relationships, forms of intimacy, knowledge, truth, collective and individual action. Everything. Everything is to be ground to dust under the banner of a fascist-theocratic crusade, from freedoms of bodily autonomy to speech to association.

That is the context for this attack.

And when you understand that, it makes a whole lot more sense, doesn’t it?

So what sense can we make of this horror? The cycle of denial prevails. Who bears responsibility? Who’s culpable for these deaths? From the media which enables demagogues to spout theories like this as if they’re legitimate, to the politicians who parrot them, to those who encode in slightly more subtle forms. This is not about “lone wolves” and it isn’t about “bad apples” and it certainly isn’t people being “crazy.” It is about a far, far bigger problem, a structural one, an ideological one, a systemic one. That problem is the far right.

The far right is the problem, because it is hate, violence, and terror.

That is not “what it wants” or “what it might do” or “something it’s capable of.” That is what it is. It is just that, and nothing more. There is nothing to be redeemed in it, no greater truth to be glimpsed in it, nothing to learn or understand from it. It is just hate, violence, and terror. And for that reason, either it exists, or democracy does for the rest of us.

Hate has consequences. When hate like this is allowed to flourish and breed, when it’s legitimized and normalized, this is what happens. Violence. Innocent people get massacred, because of course the point of hate is to take people’s personhood away, and this is where that road ends.

Hate leads to violence. History teaches us over and over again — and yet, even our side is full of useful idiots to the other one, who will not understand this simple enough point. Must it keep being taught in blood? At what point is denial complicity?

Learn something today, my friend. Learn it well, and never forget it. They want to kill us. To erase us. To take away our personhood. To make us unpeople. This is what they want. They are showing you, as clearly as a thing can ever be seen.

And yet, as Orwell is said to have stated: “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” Wake up. It doesn’t matter how “safe” you think you are. Ah, but I’m not gay, Black, a woman, a minority, you think to yourself. It doesn’t matter. They are showing you what they want. To kill anyone who stands in the way of their goal. A Reich. A society only for the pure and true, meant to last a thousand years, of persecuted heroes, who’ve risen to become Ubermen again. No good, no evil. Just power.

Hate becomes violence. And violence becomes death. This is all that the far right is. Just this. Nothing more. At its core, beneath the delusions called “theories,” made by crackpots, legitimzed by gullible fools — there is just this. Hate becomes violence and violence becomes death.

Or will it take another massacre for us to get it?

bobsal u1553115
Reply Wed 18 May, 2022 07:03 am
It also, more dangerously, pushes the rest of us into considering arming for "protection", just like them.

This is not he first time this sort of thing happened. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance and and the ballot box.
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bobsal u1553115
Reply Wed 18 May, 2022 07:06 am
Ain't it grand, though?

Elon is even more dangerous than 45. 45 is pretty much done. Elon has a whole life of abuse, wreck and ruin in front of him. He really deserves our close attention.
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Reply Wed 18 May, 2022 10:04 am
Shaun King
12 mins ·
Yesterday in Buffalo, as I stood just a few feet away from where a white supremacist slaughtered 10 Black men and women that were shopping for groceries on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, families asked me to say the HARD THINGS that needed to be said out loud. ⁣

🚨And here’s the truth. ⁣

The leaders of this country, from the elected officials and police of Buffalo, to the elected officials of New York, to the House, the Senate, and the White House want us to believe, year after year, attack after attack, that they ACTUALLY care about white supremacy.⁣

But they don’t care. They don’t. ⁣

To @joebiden & @govkathyhochul and @speakerpelosi & @chuckschumer if you ACTUALLY care about interrupting and stopping white supremacist attacks…⁣


Show me the budget, the plan, and the staff you’ve recruited and hired to take this problem seriously. ⁣


We are finished believing your kind words that are NEVER followed up with corresponding actions.⁣

If you don’t show us your budget, plan, and staff that make white supremacy the priority it needs to be, then quit lying to our communities about how much you care.⁣

If the staff and budget and plan isn’t comparable to what you are doing RIGHT NOW in Ukraine halfway across the world, we don’t believe you. ⁣

Had you taken Tulsa seriously…⁣
Had you taken lynching seriously…⁣
Had you taken Charleston seriously…⁣
Had you taken Charlottesville seriously…⁣
Had you take 1,000 white folk storming the CAPITOL seriously…⁣

We might not even have what just happened in Buffalo.⁣

But every elected official in America is ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL when it comes to white supremacy. ⁣

Keep your thoughts and prayers to yourself. ⁣

We can think and pray for ourselves.⁣

We need budgets, plans, and staff. ⁣

Anything else is lip service. ⁣
bobsal u1553115
Reply Wed 18 May, 2022 10:14 am
Great post, edgar.
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bobsal u1553115
Reply Wed 18 May, 2022 10:15 am
When it comes to Garland, many people, including the news media, ignored these facts.
Garland has only been in office a little over a year.

He took office soon after the attack on the capital and the first attempted coup in our history.

When he took office he took over a DOJ that was ravaged by Trump. It was a mess. He had to hire new staff, lawyers, prosecutors. This takes time.

When he took office he had to search, identify, through videos and tips hundreds of people who stormed the capital. So far over 800 people have been arrested. All of them have to be prosecuted.

With all of the above Garland had to learn, catch up, with all the investigations The DOJ was conducting across the country and around the world.

With all the above Garland still found time to start investigating people like the fake electors.

To say Garland had a full plate when he took office is an understatement.

When you consider all of the above, it is fair to say it would have been near impossible for him to start a major investigation into the leaders of the attempted coup soon after taking office. It looks like he decided early on to let the committee start the investigation into the top coup plotters until he got caught up.

Garland is now caught up. he is starting to look at the top people. The committee is nearing the end of their investigation and Garland will use all their evidence.

Years from now we may all learn Garland was not really moving too slowly. In many ways he was moving quickly, deliberately, wisely.

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bobsal u1553115
Reply Wed 18 May, 2022 11:01 am
Jen Psaki agrees Peter Doocy sounds like a “stupid son of a b****” — but blames Fox News

"He works for a network that ... might make anyone sound like a stupid son of a b****"

By Madeleine Beck
Published April 15, 2022 12:39PM (EDT)


White House press secretary Jen Psaki agreed that Fox News reporter Peter Doocy sounds like a "stupid son of a bitch," but that it's the network who is to blame.

Psaki's statement was in response to the question of whether "Peter Doocy is a stupid son of a bitch or does he just play one on TV?" during a live episode of the "Pod Save America" podcast on Thursday.

"He works for a network that provides people with questions that, nothing personal to any individual, including Peter Doocy, but might make anyone sound like a stupid son of a bitch," Psaki replied.

The question was referencing a Jan. 24 press conference where President Joe Biden mocked Doocy after he asked whether inflation is a political liability going into the midterms. There was much debate on whether or not Biden knew the microphones were on, or if he forgot about the hot mic.

"No, it's a great asset," Biden said sarcastically. "More inflation. What a stupid son of a bitch."

Shortly after the remark, Biden called Doocy to "clear the air," Doocy said during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.

"It's nothing personal, pal," the president said, according to Doocy.

"You don't have to like everything Peter Doocy says or does, but that is certainly a moment of grace by Peter Doocy," Psaki said of the reporter. Doocy, Psaki said, could have used that interview with Hannity to slam the president after that call.
bobsal u1553115
Reply Wed 18 May, 2022 11:04 am
House 1/6 panel rejects Justice Dept.'s transcript request
Source: Associated Press

The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is rejecting a request from the Justice Department for access to the committee’s interviews, for now.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the committee’s chairman, said Tuesday that the Justice Department had made the request as part of its ongoing criminal investigation into the attack. But he said it was “premature” for the committee to share its work at this point because the panel’s probe is ongoing.

The Justice Department’s request comes as prosecutors have been issuing subpoenas and seeking interviews with people who had been involved in planning events leading up to the attack on the Capitol last year. The request to the House panel — which has conducted more than 1,000 interviews so far — exemplifies the breadth of the Justice investigation into one of the largest attacks on democracy in American history.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/capitol-siege-government-and-politics-subpoenas-criminal-investigations-merrick-garland-73d8309734a5dad4532f96c53f14a403
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Reply Wed 18 May, 2022 03:19 pm
@bobsal u1553115,
Peter Doocy is to Fox News what Stuttering John was to Howard Stern.
bobsal u1553115
Reply Wed 18 May, 2022 07:12 pm
Of course Stuttering John is the more eloquent and honest.
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Walter Hinteler
Reply Sat 21 May, 2022 10:44 am

Russia bans 963 Americans, including Biden and Harris — but not Trump.
Reply Sat 21 May, 2022 11:55 am
@Walter Hinteler,
When they gonna learn he can't do anything for them?
Reply Sat 21 May, 2022 12:02 pm
But if he can, I hope we find out yesterday, so we can stop it.
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Reply Sat 21 May, 2022 01:08 pm
roger wrote:

When they gonna learn he can't do anything for them?

It's an honorary exemption for all that Trump did for Putin during his administration, e.g. undermine NATO, compromise Ukraine, etc..
Reply Sat 21 May, 2022 03:32 pm
That's big of them. I figured they would ask what had he done for them lately.
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Reply Sat 21 May, 2022 03:38 pm
Voting is surging in Georgia despite controversial new election law

GRIFFIN, Ga. — When the Spalding County Board of Elections eliminated early voting on Sundays, Democrats blamed a new state law and accused the Republican-controlled board of intentionally thwarting “Souls to the Polls,” a get-out-the-vote program among Black churches to urge their congregations to cast ballots after religious services.

But after three weeks of early voting ahead of Tuesday’s primary, record-breaking turnout is undercutting predictions that the Georgia Election Integrity Act of 2021 would lead to a falloff in voting. By the end of Friday, the final day of early in-person voting, nearly 800,000 Georgians had cast ballots — more than three times the number in 2018, and higher even than in 2020, a presidential year.

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