Fragile Democracy? Just the opposite. A would-be dictator has been defeated by the voters, the courts, election officials – – and Congress did its job despite a life-threatening mob. Republican cowards in the Senate can’t change that. Our Democracy won!
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And yet in moves of logical jiu jitsu they will attempt to co-opt the results of the election, the court cases and electoral vote as evidence that they are the party of responsibility although the MOCs of their party are the only ones who challenged voting methods, voting results, electoral votes and now the impeachment of the president who gathered and directed the mob that invaded our Capitol.
Happy Lunar New Year! The year of the metal (vaccine needles) ox (dependable, steady, persistent). So long, ratty.
Will those Senators hoping to start a conservative, non-tRUMPsky, party actually vote with Dems?
Because, again, Dems aren’t afraid of the mob; they will vote to convict. So, any Republicans not voting to convict must actually be in favor of domestic terrorism. Made in America, baby!
Welcome to the Year of the Ox
How will your sign do in the year of the Ox? It’s looking good for Monkeys.
Press Run has a good thought piece on GOP Cowardice
Again, if Democrats aren’t afraid to vote to convict, it isn’t cowardice that prevents Republicans from doing the same. Republicans are siding with the domestic terrorists.
False choice, BiD. It’s both IMHO.
OK, Republicans are white supremacists with no balls.
i imagine some are being pressured by loved ones who are being subject to and are terrified by the death threats they (spouse, children, extended family, themselves) have received
nikki’s shot over the bow to potential competitors for 2024 run
good luck burying your head…
Nikki Haley is trying to do the above…. bury her head.
I believed that trump would never get the republican nomination…. I was wrong. She’s wrong if she thinks that trump won’t try to remain relevant. Stupid woman!
no wait…. let me add to that…. stupid republican woman!
also from that very very long cover story, here’s nikki vs fox in the concluding paragraphs:
what if the GOPers run haley-cheney in 2024? not likely given the current white supremacism & misogynism rampant in the party, but who knows. pigs can fly at times.
look who they ran in 2016 and, unfortunately for u.s. and the rest of the world, won.
The trumpanistas in the rePugnican party will not vote for a ticket that includes Liz Cheney, and those of them who can red and do read the Haley article won’t vote for her, either. I’m hoping Dumbass believes he will have the same following in 2024 that he had in 2020 and starts a new party to challenge the rePugs and the Dems. I’ll send a $5 donation to him if that tips the scale.
There is still human kindness
The correct response about being friends, Nikki, would be no.
Hayley’s comment about Orange Julius being irrelevant is like Susan Collins saying he had learned his lesson the last time.
Democrats are surely targets of the ws creeps, but they will vote to convict. That’s why it seems Republicans are of the same (sick) mind as the domestic terrorists.
Haley has been running for prez for years. Part of her act is to cover all sides of the greedy q perverts sewer with some words of some kind. Her main thing is to get her picture out. She plans on doing the “hot” politician who is “smart” skit (I’m not Palin). Now that Harris has broken the color barrier on the V-P position Haley can do the “I’m not black like her” speeches to smooth over that she is not lily white like the white supremacists who are the party now. In one way she is not going around spouting absolute nonsense or worse. Will she be competitive? Yes. the gqp does not have a lot of winners to choose from. Can she go up against Biden-Harris and win? No. Not to predict the future too much, the U.S. will be a lot different in three years. It will lean very hard left as the Dems get people housed, fed and to some type of job.
This Trump “defense” is a festival of laughable and irrelevant whataboutism.
As if Harris laughing on the set of “Ellen” is just as bad as Trump urging an audience of armed, angry Proud Boys to assault the Capitol less than a mile away.
Poobah, roger that. God it’s ridiculous. They impugn speech (that did not even arguably incite violence) by members of congress and say they should be removed but say that Trump’s speech (which arguably did) is protected.
These Trump “defense” videos look eerily similar to what I’ve seen on Hannity.
Lest it be forgotten in the excitement over the impeachment, coronavirus still rages. Now 478000 are dead and while the numbers of infections and deaths are (thankfully) coming down and the Biden administration has done a great job of catching up with the vaccine deficiencies (secured another 200M doses as I understand it). Over teh past week:
New daily reported cases fell 22.2%
New daily reported deaths fell 3.5%
Covid-related hospitalizations fell 15.7%
Among reported tests, the positivity rate was 6.2%.
The number of tests reported fell 4.2%
The death rate is now back to where it was around January 7 or 8 and the case rate is where it was around November 5 or 6. Some progress – not enough, but some.
Is there anyone who can explain to me how the 75M trump voters would be “cancelled” by a conviction? I’ve struggled to understand that argument and simply don’t.
For those who aren’t familiar with it, the Brandenburg v. Ohio case was decided this way, per Oyez:
Liz Cheney’s analysis of Dumbass’ actions seems to fit the requirements for prohibited speech:
What escaped the lawyers representing Dumbass did not escape Cheney.
Good news the car lot guys got the 2 homeless fellows to the shelter , and just in time too.
We just started a solid week of below freezing here , and it bottoms out on Monday morning at -5 degrees with a forecast high of 8 .
Ft Worth was lucky with that giant pile up on the I-35W .
A gasoline tanker could have been one of those 18 wheelers driving into that pile.
Castor just walked into a left hook. Said “No” to a question from Romney, Collins, et al. whether Dumbass knew Pence had been removed and secreted when he issued his 2:46(?) tweet saying that Pence had failed them. Dumbest answer of the day.
Why so cold ? ( Yes it’s winter)
Note that the cold has been driven from the top of the world by all that “heat” up there.
Tennessee comes up with stupid bill of the day in the state house, letting a man decide to block a woman from having an abortion. He does not have to prove he is the father, which does not matter anyhow considering how stupid this is. The idea is that women are breeding stock, just like a cow or a pig, subject to the whims of the owner. Gotta give the far right vangicals the moxie to try and do this again. Women and children are chattel, property to be done with as the white male deems fit.
I don’t believe I’ve ever seen whataboutism in response to every question asked of a lawyer before. Trump did a good job of finding bottom feeders to represent him. Perhaps they forget that you cant swing a dead cat in the senate with out hitting a lawyer. van der Veen is an utter prick. Perfect pick for Dumbass.
So now the word Fight, used repeatedly, does not imply violence. Who knew?
Is Vegas giving odds on how many GOP will vote yea or whether McConnell will vote yea or nay?
Some senator ought to ask Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen why he sued Trump last year for lying about election results..
Bill Gates is about a to drop a new book on climate change, Cooper will be interviewing him on 60 Mins. Sunday.
The Siberian Tundra Is Doing That Exploding Thing Again
There’s a hell of a book in all this , say set 10 years from today. Quasi-fiction.
A Russian sailor lights a cigarette sailing in the now ice free waters Northeast of the Yamal , a huge explosion follows .
A team is sent out to investigate , they find the Arctic Ocean on fire .
Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen perfect for him, as big a jerk as he is
Not that it will do in any good, but the House managers are totally outclassing all the President’s fools.
Life is pretty strange , the topic of climate change is now more palatable, than politics or plagues .
So did the trump defense successfully gaslight 7 billion people who heard and saw what happened on Jan. 6?
The entire GOP is trapped between the 7th and 8th grades in 1962 .
I look forward to the video montages of other isolated words on Colbert, etc.
On CNN right now: @jamiegangel reporting this new exchange from McCarthy’s heated call with Trump during the insurrection:
Trump: “Well Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.”
McCarthy: “Who the f*** do you think you are talking to?”
As for the current “trial” , don’t sweat it . His grapes are about to be crushed by his whinery allies.
He’s wounded , and bleeding , that is why Haley brought out her knife.
His head must be spinning like “Beetle Juice”.
So many to hate so little time.
CNN BREAKING: New details of Trump’s call with McCarthy show Trump had no intention of calling off January 6th rioters at Capitol.
Defund the Police –
He called them to a rally in DC on 1/6. He sent them to the Capitol. He sat on his tiny hands while it happened. Those tiny hands have blood on them.
Weak words from Haley. Not a knife. More like a plastic spork.
Poor, poor, Mr. Pence. His wife and girl were in that scrum on the stairs with the “Nuclear Football”.
I wonder if he’s sharpening his spork?
The press needs to understand that even if 45 get’s off , this whole can of worms is moving minds that may not vote now , but will be voting very soon. Like that Douchebag Bank in Germany.
When a moose dies in the woods , it takes a few days for the ticks to jump-off the carcass.
Bingo Blue !
The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand.
History does not repeat it’s self , but it sure as Hell rhymes.
The US Senate’s page on Joe –
What they fail to include , was that “Tailgunner Joe” was waving a blank sheet of paper during that speech in Wheeling.
from that CNN story craig mentioned above:
When Eisenhower came to power in 1952 , he never took on Joe head on. Maybe by that time he knew Joe was doomed.
He was serious drunk in a death spiral by 52′.
The American Right has had this monster on the slab for a very long time. Trying to reanimate a whole host of dead ideas .
When they finally shocked it to life in 2016 with the help of the Fucking Russians playing the part of “Igor”, little wonder it ran amuck.
When LBJ signed those civil rights bills. And re-alined American politics forever.
Nixon was there , to kiss the snake of race , and Lincoln rotated is his grave.
There are a couple of thoughts that SFB may have misunderstood “Pence has been taken out” to mean the mob version of taken out, not the moved out of the way. After he was told that he sent out the tweet which sounds like he was referencing bobble-head in the past tense. Speculation, but a lot is plausible now.
Time to bring back a great old title from this stream of American thinking.
‘The Know Nothings”
See the Irish famine , and the “Gangs of New York”.
Trump’s party is the, “New Know Nothings”.
So where did this label come from ?
When pressed about their views , these guys said , “I know nothing”. The New York press tagged them with that title.
This is 1846 . And our nativism is in full bloom , we were invading Mexico , driving the first nations west , and shipping slaves down the river to the Delta to feed the birth of “King Cotton”.
Most of America thinks that MAGA means the 1950’s , not true, it’s 1846 . When the Mormons were being driven out every place they tried to settle. Their sin ? They were sleeping with more than one woman.
Natchez , Miss. had more millionaires in late 1840’s than New York.
Drive there , their homes still stand.
In 1829 Mexico abolished slavery, but it granted an exception until 1830 to Texas. That year Mexico made the importation of slaves illegal. Anglo-American immigration to the province slowed at this point, with settlers angry about the changing rules.
This is why Travis was at the Alamo . Not all that bullshit , about “freedom” . But extending an economic system that was making white guys very rich.
Shelby Foote in Burn’s masterpiece , quotes this –
When the constitution was signed , the snake of slavery was curled around the foot of the table.
When New York started digging it’s subway , it was Irishmen.
When the Union Pacific started building out of Omaha . it was Irishmen.
When we built the US Capital , it was slaves.
When we fought WWII the Mexicans, picked our food.
It was the Chinese that scaled the Donner Summit for the Central Pacific , not a bunch of fat white guys. When that track crew hit the Nevada flat land, they set a world record for laying iron by hand.
No one ever came close to their efforts.
America was always great , and terribly wrong at the same time. It is not one or the other .
The world is bi-polar , A or B , Up or Down , Plus or Minus , North and South.
But we live in that human mess where black guys love Chinese Food.
Watched Spielberg’s Lincoln tonight. A tour de force performance for Daniel Day Lewis. If you haven’t, you should watch it. A nice switch from the Dumbass show.
i’m watching “Jojo Rabbit” and waiting for the pay-off, assuming there is one- it’s like a cross between “Borat” and a Wes Anderson movie🤷♂️
(edit: was good👍)
When I drove the lower 48 . One of my main goals was to see all the places I had read about. When I was “stacked” at Fallon I was in the books at their little gem of learning .
I read the entire Multon edition of the journals of Lewis and Clark. All seven fat volumes while I was out of work.
There I met Pompeii, Sacagawea’s son . Who Clark nicknamed , and took under his wing . They first met her at the Mandan Villages , she was 16 a stolen girl far from home and pregnant . The wife of a French asshole. It was 50 below.
She , and her son made the entire trip with the Corps of Discovery.
Today there only one place that marks their passage , a place on the Yellowstone called “Pompeii’s Pillar” . Clark carved his passing in the sandstone.
Late one night , as I was truckin’ out of Nevada into Southeast Oregon , I saw a marker pointing to Pompeii’s grave . I stopped and back tracked. And there he was .
In one of the most lonely places in America.
And I said, “Pompeii What Are You Doing Here” ?
This guy had met some of the crown heads Europe. He was famous.
He sleeps in the sage in the West
The one thing that pisses me off about our age , is the bozo’s telling us what America is .
If they didn’t have their phones , they could have never found the Capital.
“Remember this day forever”
-trump, Jan 6, 2021
Don’t worry, we will
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