Old Republican White Guys feel their legacy is to rule

According to a recent North Country Public Radio report, , by Emily Russel, Trump supporter, Bruce Bourgeois sees, January 6th a lot differently. Bourgeois is from Virginia but spends summers in the small Adirondack town of Saranac Inn. He thinks Trump is innocent and doesn’t trust the investigation.

“From what I can see, he didn’t break any law,” said Bourgeois. I ask him how he would react if the committee determines otherwise. “I wouldn’t believe them. It’s a rigged committee, quite frankly,” replied Bourgeois.

I used to think that people who give Donald Trump their unquestioning support were either stupid or willfully ignorant, Ditto, those who cling to the belief that the 2020 election was rigged.

81,284,666 people voted for Joe Biden or against Trump. He lost the election by 7,060,347 votes. And, not one Republican officeholder objecting to Biden’s victory has objected to their own wins, on the same day, on the same ballots, using the same election systems — not one!  

Given the above, it is reasonable to conclude that Trump supporters are neither stupid or willfully ignorant. They know Trump is a lying conman, a moral degenerate with no redeeming qualities — and they don’t care — they feel that are entitled to rule the country because old white guys like them, allegedly, made America Great — so, if elections that don’t go their way, elections be damned! — wfw ####

“These people are traitors to our country”

Al Scoonzarielli’s letter to the editor (Post Star, June 17, 2022) excoriates Fox News, Republican Party officials, and Trump’s useful idiots for spreading lies on behalf of the traitor, Donald Trump. — wfw

Is anyone surprised that Fox said they won’t be covering the Jan. 6 hearings? No shocker there but I’m amazed that they said it out loud. They usually keep their listeners in the dark by quiet omission. It seems Fox can’t trust it’s audience with the truth, so they edited out the actual violence in the attack. Then they downplayed the violence with a false narrative. You’d think that they couldn’t get away with this but their viewers see what they want to see and then defend that narrative. It is a closed loop where the propaganda reinforces the lie resulting in a massive barrier to truth and reality. Rupert Murdoch and his family have probably hurt this country more than the Trump family even has.

Fox and the other right-wing outlets like OAN, Newsmax and the others continuously broadcast propaganda with their lies, disinformation and deceit while the Trumpites and co-conspirators keep repeating and thereby institutionalizing the false narratives. It was leaders like Rep. Stefanik who violated her Congressional Oath of Office to vote against accepting The People’s vote, knowing full well this lie made her action criminal. Then she promotes the millions she has delivered to our area. Does she think she can buy our votes while selling out our precious democracy? We’re not for sale.

These people are traitors to our country, just like Benedict Arnold who attempted to turn over West Point to the British for money. Had he been caught, he would have been hung. We are being attacked by Trump and right-wing extremists who wish to rule without our consent. We fought the Revolutionary War for that right. We won’t surrender it so easily. There you go! Salud!                                                                                 ####

Related: Insiders reveal how Fox News became a propaganda outlet for Donald Trump

He knew, but he lied anyway — and Elise Stefanik doesn’t care

Martha Hodges letter to the editor (Adirondack Daily Enterprise, June 16, 2022) calls out Trump’s toady — wfw

To me, the most disturbing takeaway from the Jan. 6 investigation is confirmation that Trump knew there was no election fraud, but he lied anyway. Testimony under oath by his loyalists (including Attorney General William Barr) document how Trump was told time and again that no evidence was found despite numerous investigations. And still, he lied.

Trump was informed that the Proud Boys were an extremist right-wing militia hate group. But he lied anyway, calling them fine people and continuing to encourage their agitation at Black Lives Matter rallies (while blaming it on the imaginary antifa).

Trump knew the election wasn’t “stolen.” But he lied anyway, heightening the outrage that led to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection in hopes of stopping the legitimate transfer of power. The fact that he didn’t call in National Guard reinforcements to help the Capitol police who were being bludgeoned and injured reveals that “Back the Blue” was just another lie.

And every unscrupulous politician who stood behind him, ignoring his dishonesty, his disregard for rule of law and his obsessive demand for absolute power is culpable in the harm done to the integrity of our government; Rep. Elise Stefanik being one of his most willing puppets.                                                                                                            ####

Richard Bittner’s letter to the editor (Post Star June 16, 2022) makes it clear that he has had enough of Trump’s accomplice, Elise Stefanik

Regarding the public hearing about the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Many Republicans are poised to defend former president Trump. Rep. Elise Stefanik of N.Y. said Wednesday the committee’s “shameless prime-time show” is nothing but a “smear campaign against the former president, his party and his supporters.” Our representative would have us believe that an investigation into an attempt by the former president and his inner circle to overturn the will of the American voters and install the losing candidate as president is theater. Nothing to see.

Imagine if you will that the shoe was on the other foot. The very next day, Congresswoman Stefanik voted no on a modest step toward curbing gun violence against school children, saying: “As far-left Democrats double down on their unconstitutional agenda that shreds our Second Amendment rights, I will continue to stand up for the Constitution and push for solutions.” Like what? Increased mental health care? She votes against public health measures and has not proposed anything that resembles a coherent policy. Instead she calls the other party names instead of reaching out to them to try to craft a solution.

What folks want is for their kids to go to school and not get killed, and Elise, while protecting us from the nonexistent threat of CRT (which is not being taught in public schools), has it that an AR-15 assault rifle in the hands of a deranged 18-year-old is fine. And she is working to make it easier to carry concealed weapons anywhere in N.Y., perhaps without a license. Enough.                                                                             ####

“Speaka United States”

Sam Smith – In recent months the Progressive Review has replaced the term LBGTQ with alternative sex and gender feeling that the initials are another example of how our intellectual class follows its own rules of language and can’t figure out why this adds to the separation of that class from the bulk of Americans, who – as my high school teacher told us to do – “speaka United States.” 

Sam Adams warned against Trumpism

 “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” – Samuel Adams

Too Sly To Die

I’ve known Barney Murray since their second U.S. tour of Blood or Whiskey (Celtic-Punk band founded by Barney and the late Paul Walsh). Read the London Celtic Punks review. Blood or Whiskey was staying at our house when the 9-11 attacks took place, so a memorable visit was underscored by an unforgettable event. wfw

Artist: The Winter Codes

Title: Set The Darkness Reeling

Lead Single: Too Sly to Die

Release: 13/05/22

F.F.O: Richard Thompson, The Undertones, Bob Dylan

 

Irish folk duo The Winter Codes (David Walshe and Barney Murray) are back with their upcoming LP Set The Darkness Reeling and its lead single Too Sly To Die.  Fuelled by classic Irish folk influences, this album showcases the band’s pure love and devotion for their country with a thrashy and attitude filled flair balanced with an emotional tribute to their fallen band member…

Set The Darkness Reeling is a credit to the band’s wealth of experience as musicians. Infused with classic Irish folk that can be heard in the strings and the percussive elements, The Winter Codes embody a unique spirit that make them an indie rock band quite unlike any other…

 

“We got the idea to record an EP of five of our songs which then became the Set The Darkness Reeling album.”

 

The EP itself saw the duo travel out to the famous Grouse Lodge recording studio. The studio, which housed Michael Jackson as he recorded and lived there, has since been the backdrop to a lot of the recording of the emotionally charged and energetic LP Set the Darkness Reeling.

 

The first single off the album is Too Sly To Die where the band stick to their roots of traditional Irish folk with an uplifting and positive twist. Capturing this patriotic spirit, the band opted to shoot the single’s accompanying video in Dublin landmark pub The Cobblestone. Having hosted traditional Irish music for decades in one of Dublin’s oldest neighbourhoods, the bar is synonymous with music from the regionand with Too Sly to Die, The Winter Codes join the annuls of such musical greats.

 

The collaborations on this album span across many great minds including Daithi Meila from the Irish/Bluegrass band Jig Jam, folk singer Lisa Loughrey, and engineer Sean Montgomery – Dietz.

Running throughout Set the Darkness Rising is the emotional tribute to band member Paul Walshe who tragically passed away ten years ago. With this release, he is immortalised on the incredible LP, in memory and with his expert musicianship gracing some of the tracks.

 

Set the Darkness Reeling is a must listen for fans of Irish folk, rock, and everything in between! Audiences can look forward to hearing the LP upon its release 01/08/22 with lead single Too Sly to Die available across all platforms now.

 

 

“She never met a back she wouldn’t stab”

June Woodward’s letter to the editor (Post Star, June 7, 2022) calls out Elise Stefanik’s penchant  for lying — and her supporters acceptance of her on-going bull-shittery. — wfw

Just a reminder to Stefanik’s misguided supporters claiming that The Lincoln Project puts out horrendous filth. That “filth” comes directly from Stefanik’s own mouth! She accused innocent people of being “pedo-grifters,” and constantly repeats conspiracy lies that people believe and then act on them, killing innocent people! Anyone who supports Stefanik needs to reassess their morals! Trying to blame Democrats for what she says and how she acts is a desperate political ploy!

The ad will not backfire on Democrats because it shares proven facts about her behavior. She has clearly spoken her lies to the members of Congress in open floor debates! All of which are recorded!

Stefanik supporters have stooped to a new low accepting her lies as facts. The Lincoln Project is exposing her lies for all to see. And the best part is, a group of Republicans are the original group that formed The Lincoln Project! Don’t like what they are doing? Then tell Elise to shut her lying mouth!

Related: Mean Girl (The Lincoln Project)

44% of republicans “don’t even care” about gun massacres

Newsweek (Thomas Kika, June 5, 2022) reports that, despite a continuing wave of deadly mass shootings in the U.S., nearly half of Republicans say that they are something that must be accepted as part of a “free society,” according to a new poll.

In the wake of shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, a new poll conducted by CBS News and YouGov surveyed Americans about their thoughts on guns and gun control. One question, in particular, asked respondents if they felt that mass shootings are an unavoidable by-product of a “free society” or if they believed the issue could be tackled.

Nearly half of all respondents who identified as Republicans, around 44 percent, said that shootings like those in Uvalde and Buffalo are “unfortunately something we have to accept as part of a free society.” By comparison, 85 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of Independents said mass shootings are “something we can prevent and stop if we really tried.” A majority of those who identified as Republicans, 56 percent, said the same.

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Ignore Guns, Talk Inflation’: Memos Show GOP Strategy After the Uvalde Massacre

The tragic history of police responding too late to active shooters

Snippet: The AR-15:

It’s America’s gun.

Josh Clark is a Republican running for Georgia’s U.S. Senate seat.

An AR-15 was used to carry out the mass shooting in Uvaldeto. The AR-15, like its military version, is designed to kill people quickly and in large numbers, hence the term assault-style rifle, The following is a partial list of when an AR-15-style weapon was used in a mass shooting:

  • Feb. 14, 2018: Shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida leaves 17 people dead.
  • Oct. 1, 2017: The Las Vegas slaughter of 58 people.
  • Nov. 5, 2017: The Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting that claimed 26 lives.
  • June 12, 2016: The Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., that left 49 dead.
  • Dec. 2, 2015: The San Bernardino, Calif., shooting that killed 14 people.
  • Dec. 14, 2012: The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that took 27 lives.

There are 20 million AR-style weapons in circulation in the US, according to the the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Related:

Here is what a Georgia crime prevention specialist is doing to attempt to halt mass shootings

“Liar, liar…”

In his letter to the editor, “False praise for Stefanik,” (Adirondack Daily Enterprise, June 4, 2022) Steve Erman underscores Elise Stefanik’s ploy of routinely taking credit for government initiatives that she voted against. That’s how she rolls, folks, that’s how she rolls.. — wfw

In a letter to the editor printed on June 2, (“Grant funding for Upward Bound is good news,”) Ian Clark of Canton praises Congresswoman Elise Stefanik for delivering over $900,000 in grant funding to North Country colleges from the Upward Bound Program. What is not said is that the 2022 funding authorization for Upward Bound was part of a larger package of college financial aid measures which were authorized through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022, H.R. 2471. This funding bill was voted on by the House of Representatives on March 9. Congressional records clearly show that Elise Stefanik led her Republican colleagues in opposition and Stefanik voted no.

Once again, we have a case in which our member of Congress is given credit for delivering important funds for NY-21 while she actually voted against the legislation authorizing the program.

I am all for applauding those members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats, who honestly work on behalf of their constituents; however, in this case, Elise Stefanik is being praised for delivering funds from a measure that she did her very best to eliminate.

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Elise Stefanik: thoughts and prayers and bullshit too

“I do not support gun control, I stand up for the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.” says Elise Stefanik, whose husband, Matthew Manda , works as the manager of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, based in Newtown, Conn. The trade group — whose stated mission is “to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports” — was among the plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit seeking to block a New York law that increases potential liability for gun manufacturers. The suit was dismissed by a  judge in Albany earlier this week, though an appeal is likely.

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Drinking coffee linked to lower risk of death

By Aria Bendix NBC News, May 21, 2022

Personally, I prefer fresh ground whole bean coffee — wfw

Contrary to popular myth, forgoing coffee isn’t likely to improve your health. The opposite might be true: Years of research suggeststhat drinking coffee is linked with a lower risk of death.

The latest addition to that body of research was published Mondayin the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study looked at around 120,000 people in the U.K. who regularly drank unsweetened or sugar-sweetened coffee over seven years. The findings suggested that those who drank 1.5 to 3.5 cups a day had a lower risk of death during those seven years than non-coffee drinkers, even if they added a teaspoon of real sugar — not artificial sweetener — to every cup.

On the whole, people who drank unsweetened coffee were 16 percent to 21 percent less likely to die during the study period than people who didn’t drink coffee at all, the results showed.

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Stefanik claims CRT is being forced upon New York students

Stefanik lies, routinely. because she knows the tales she tells are what her republican constituents want to believe. They are willfully ignorant, thus poorly educated, and Elise likes ’em that way. — wfw

BY ZACH HIRSCH (REPORTER) NCPR News

May 31, 2022 — 

This month, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has talked a lot about critical race theory (CRT), a framework for understanding racism as a systemic problem. Stefanik describes the theory as “radical and racist,” and claims New York State is using federal funds to force it on students.

The State Education Department says that claim is “patently false.” And political observers say it fits a pattern for Stefanik: importing far-right, national issues into the North Country.

The pattern has been underway for a long time. Stefanik amplified conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. In 2021 she posted campaign ads, accusing Democrats of colluding with immigrants to stage an insurrection. She falsely claimed New York’s school mask mandate was illegal. And in April and May, she made claims about critical race theory.

What do people mean when they talk about “critical race theory”?

For the conservative movement, CRT has become a catch-all for any educational materials related to race and bias. But it’s actually a pretty obscure legal and academic concept that doesn’t have a place in K-12 schools, according to Gloria Ladson-Billings, who helped bring CRT to the field of education. She tried to clear up some misconceptions in a video last year.

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Detection of THC in Blood, Exhaled Breath, is Not Correlated With Impairment

Roseville, CA: Neither the detection of THC in blood nor in breath is correlated with impairment of performance or recency of cannabis exposure, according to data published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports

Scientists quantified THC levels in the blood and in the breath of regular cannabis consumers prior to smoking and thereafter. Researchers also assessed the duration of subjects’ impairment following inhalation.

Consistent with other studies, investigators reported that a majority of subjects possessed residual levels of THC in their blood (at levels of 5ng/ml or higher) at baseline. Authors acknowledged that THC was present in these subjects’ blood despite “the absence of any impairment.” 

Following subjects’ inhalation of cannabis, authors identified an “inverse relationship” between THC blood levels and impairment of performance – a finding that is also consistent with prior research. 

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Stefanik’s lies trump Donalds

It’s “thoughts and prayers” time again, but gun owners have no cause to worry because — In the aftermath of back-to-back massacres — the gun industry has a mouthpiece with intimate access to U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, the number three Republican in the House — her husband! 

In his letter to the editor May 28, 2022 Al Muench underscores the fact that “Stefanik’s words are worthless.” — wfw

I used to think that Elise was just an immoral, misguided person who would step on anyone to reach her goals. That was bad enough.

Now it is clear that she is a staunch adherent of the “great replacement theory” that is responsible for more and more of the mass murders in this country. The murders at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo are but one of the most recent examples.

Clever little Elise does not use the precise replacement theory label. Instead, she refers to “illegal” immigrants and falsely accuses President Biden, Democrats and the Democratic Party of a nefarious “plan to grant amnesty to 11 MILLION illegal immigrants (to) overthrow our current electorate and create a permanent liberal majority in Washington.” Elise feels this gives her plausible deniability. Nobody is fooled. We know what you mean. The killers know what you mean. To paraphrase, a pile of crap by any other name still stinks.

Her paid mouthpieces wail that she never used the term “great replacement theory,” but we are not fooled. She doesn’t have the guts to admit that she is using the very same dog whistles that led to 10 deaths in Buffalo and dozens before that. It is becoming more and more clear that Elise has blood on her hands. She didn’t pull the trigger, but she certainly helped to encourage the killer. Now, Elise has even voted against the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022. She has no business being in Congress. She has no business representing the North Country. She has no business enjoying the same civilized society she seems actively trying to destroy.

Her words lead to deaths and she offers worthless thoughts and prayers. The innocent dead don’t need them. The innocent living don’t need her.

Related: Stefanik’s husband works for leading gun industry trade group

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Why Sebastian Vettel is the voice the world needs

Most Americans have never heard of Formula One racer, Sebastian Vettel. I have been following F-1 racing for two and a half years and, from my observation, Vettel is no posuer,.he talks the talk and he walks the walk. For example, he helped clean up trash following the 2021 British Grand Prix., and he does much more. — wfw

By: Luke Smith, Autosport, May 16, 2022

OPINION: The four-time world champion made an appearance on UK TV last week, proving to be more eloquent and honest than certain other guests, while also outlining his value to Formula 1 as a vocal and honest ambassador

As 20 of the finest athletes in the world, racing in the most international of international series, Formula 1 drivers have grown accustomed to a certain way of travelling. First class flights and private jets are the norm for many in F1, a world that is often (rightly) seen as elitist, detached from much of reality and blinkered by its own dramas.

Yet had you been sat on the 1516 South Western Railway service from Feltham last Thursday, you would have seen a man with tousled hair wearing a blue and green check shirt. You’d probably have walked past him without batting an eyelid, and definitely not said hello or attempted any interaction – an unwritten commuting rule in London.

It’s hardly the mode of transport a four-time F1 world champion would be used to but, for Sebastian Vettel, this was an important day. Having made it back to Europe from Miami, where a clash with close friend and protege Mick Schumacher had ended both their hopes of points, Vettel was now embarking on a very different mission. Arguably, a much bigger one as he prepared to speak up on one of his biggest platforms to date.

This had nothing at all to do with Formula 1. Vettel was appearing on the famous BBC political debate show Question Time, in Hackney, becoming the first active F1 driver to do so. Question Time is an institution within both British television and British politics. Since the show began in 1979, all serving British prime ministers, with the exception of Margaret Thatcher, have appeared on the panel, which always features a minister from the serving government, a counterpart from the opposition, and three other public figures.

Vettel has become one of F1’s most important and relevant voices on matters outside of sport in recent years. Along with Lewis Hamilton, he was one of the most vocal members of the grid amid the activism against racism around in the world in 2020 following the killing of George Floyd. He protested against Hungary’s anti-LGBTQ+ law referendum in 2021, calling it “embarrassing” and wearing a rainbow shirt on the grid that landed him a reprimand for breaking FIA protocols. He has been particularly outspoken about climate change, stressing the need for F1 to do more to be conscious of the issues facing the world right now.

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Another problem with white supremacists

Sam Smith – Progressive Review One thing that fascinates me is that white supremacists, who put people like themselves at the top of the social and political chart, are universally those I don’t want anything to do with. They are ignorant, dishonest and cruel. I wouldn’t want a son hanging out with Tucker Carlson or a daughter marrying him.  Their actions and arguments are embarrassing rather than inspiring and, as a white guy who happily lived in a majority black Washington DC for five decades and  who has a Puerto Rican sister-in-law with four sons and daughters,  I can’t think of a single reason why living with a bunch of white supremacists would be preferable.

I mention this because because people like the Buffalo murderer and Tucker Carlson are not only evil they are bizarre.  There is no defensible logic to their arguments.  And it’s not limited to a few. 

As the Washington Post put it, “‘You don’t find this philosophy just on the fringes of the Internet and among the most extreme groups anymore,; said Milan Obaidi, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Oslo who has studied ‘great replacement’ rhetoric and the violence it has provoked. ‘It’s becoming mainstream. You see established politicians in Europe and the U.S. touting similar ideas’….

“Nearly 1 in 3 Americans say they are extremely or very concerned that ‘native-born Americans are losing economic, political, and cultural influence in this country because of the growing population of immigrants,’ according to recent polling from the Associated Press and NORC.”

We treat this as a political issue but it is also a major mental problem. The false assessment of others is a distortion of the mind and, frankly, politicians and journalists are not skilled at fixing this. We need wise mental professionals to help guide us. 

For example, it has long troubled me that the media  has predominantly treated ethnic matters as a problem to be solved rather than an asset to be understood and appreciated. And children are often introduced to multiculturalism in a corrective but non-positive fashion.

The Buffalo disaster is a troubling example of why we need more mental experts to help turn this crisis around. We also need more teachers explaining multiculuralism in a positive manner and more journalists offering examples of how it can work well. 

This was not only a hate crime, it was a late one as well. We need to get on the case and change how people think about others who are different in appearance, culture and views. Just throwing the worst cases in prison won’t do the job.

Related: From Jim Crow to Buffalo, replacement theory’s trail of destruction runs across American history

Elise has blood on her hands

Tom Boggioni reports that Rep. Elise Stefanik has been a proponent of the conspiracy-minded “Great Replacement” belief popular among white supremacists.(Raw Story, May 15, 2022. — wfw

Reacting to the Buffalo, New York mass shooting at a grocery store in a predominately Black neighborhood committed by an admittedly racist 18-year-old white man, Rep Eric Swalwell (D-CA) pointed the finger at the third-ranking Republican in the House for a tweet she made earlier that has received universal condemnation.

As was noted Saturday afternoon following the shooting that claimed ten lives and left three more wounded, Rep. Elise Stefanik has been a proponent of the conspiracy-minded “Great Replacement” belief popular among white supremacists.

Eight months ago, the Time Union took Stefanik to task in an editorial, writing, “That rhetoric has been resonating ever since in the right-wing, repackaged lately in what’s known as ‘replacement theory,’ espoused by conservative media figures like Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. And it has seeped into the mainstream political discourse in the Capital Region, where Rep. Elise Stefanik has adapted this despicable tactic for campaign ads.”

With that in mind, Swalwell noted that prior to the shooting Stefanik attacked liberals on Twitter where she wrote, “The White House, House Dems, & usual pedo grifters are so out of touch with the American people that rather than present ANY PLAN or urgency to address the nationwide baby formula crisis, they double down on senEAD MOREding pallets of formula to the southern border. Joe Biden has NO PLAN.”

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RELATED: Officials say a gunman’s attack that killed 10 was a racially motivated hate crime

GOP lawmakers scorched for promoting the ‘hateful paranoid nonsense’ that led to the Buffalo mass shooting

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who In a blunt column for the conservative Bulwark, Cato Senior Fellow Cathy Young’ explained, “.. jumped on the bandwagon as well with a Facebook ad claiming that the Democrats were going to use amnesty for illegal immigrants to ‘overthrow our current electorate and create a permanent liberal majority in Washington.'”

Elise lies, and lies, and lies…

David Badash, (The New Civil Rights Movement) recent commentary on Raw Story, underscores the fact that GOP Chair, Elise Stefanik, lies as a matter of course. It’s what she does. — wfw

It’s no secret there is a national baby formula shortage, but many in the GOP and on the right are falsely claiming it is the job of the federal government to ensure the supermarket shelves are stocked with food for infants. Ironically and hypocritically these are the same right-wingers who have been charging everyone on the left with their derogatory slur “socialists,” which is exactly what having the federal government manufacture or supply baby formula would be.

The right isn’t bothering to educate Americans about the problem or its causes, so I will: A small number (4) of multinational conglomerates own the baby formula marketthe Trump administration entered into a trade agreement that makes it difficult and expensive to import baby formulaa voluntary recall of reportedly bacteria-contaminated formula after four infants got sick and two of them diedhoarding, and price-gouging.

Instead, they falsely insist, just like the high price of gas, it’s Joe Biden’s fault.

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Time to bring out the Tomato Blood

According to Accuweather the moon will turn red during an eye-popping spectacle unlike any other in the night sky in 2022 — as long as it isn’t cloudy.

The moon will plunge into darkness this weekend to create a celestial spectacle that has not been seen in the sky over the entire contiguous United States since the turn of the decade.

Just as the sun sets over North America on Sunday evening, the sun, Earth and moon will begin to align to create a total lunar eclipse.

Folks may have to stay awake later than usual for a chance to see Sunday night’s eclipse as it unfolds throughout the first half of the night. However, losing some sleep will be worth it as the eclipse could be the top astronomy event of 2022.

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Abortion is not murder. Killing a woman’s right to choose is

(AP Photo)

Doug Thompson (Capitol Hill Blue) May 13, 2022 opinion piece nails the fact, to the Bible Thumper’s door, that there is no reference to “God’s Law” in the American judicial system — wfw

The right-wing zealots who proclaim America must follow a non-existent “God’s law” keep trying to return the nation to the dark ages but the progressive light is far too strong

In the late 1960s, a student in what was then called Radford College in Southwestern Virginia was put on “social probation” after she answered the phone in the Pocahantas dorm with “Pokey Abortion Center. Your rape ’em, we scrape ’em.”

The phrase emerged after a student raped at Virginia Tech had to travel to another state to get an abortion to terminate the pregnancy that came from the rape. Nowadays, a student uttering that questionable prose on a front desk phone would probably face expulsion.

Back in the sixties, abortion was against the law in Virginia, but not so in some other states. Young women facing an unwanted pregnancy still found those who would perform the procedure. At the Roanoke Times, I wrote a column about a 16-year-old Patrick Henry High School student who got pregnant from the night she lost her virginity in an encounter that would not be called “date rape.” She sought an abortion but lost her ability to have children in the future at the hands of an illegal, and incompetent, abortionist.

Letters to the editor at the Times declared the unnamed teenager “a Jezebel” or “whore” and claimed her loss of a future ability to have children as “God’s righteous judgment.” Several criticized the Times for publishing the story and called me “a sinner” for writing it.

The Virginia Press Association disagreed. They awarded the column First Place in the features category of their annual news writing competition. It would be the first of several awards in a career of writing and photographing the news.

The high school student later became a high school teacher. She and her husband adopted four kids and now have great-grandchildren.

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Who let the Orcs Out?

The Bush-Cheney regime unlocked the door to bigotry by demonizing muslims, but it was Donald Trump who kicked ithe door open and let the Orcs out. — wfw

In his article, “Trump Emboldened White Supremacists — And Now They Know He Has Their Back, (August 30, 2017) Michael Keegan, president of People For The American Way, stated, “Anyone who has been paying attention remembers that Trump’s presidential campaign was grounded in disgusting, broad-brush smears of racial and religious minorities. The fact that the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website endorsed him less than two weeks after his immigrant-bashing launch did not seem to cause a moment’s pause or reflection. He pushed the racist lie that President Obama was not born in this country. He said an American-born judge could not be trusted because of his Mexican heritage. He retweeted white supremacist Twitter accounts—including content from a user called @WhiteGenocideTM whose profile photo showed the founder of the American Nazi Party—sending their hateful messages to a sprawling audience they could not have otherwise reached. Trump went out of his way to avoid denouncing these figures, like when he infamously failed to condemn David Duke and the KKK during a CNN interview before blaming it on a bad earpiece.”

Note: no amount of objective evidence will influence Trump’s Mob, if a factual story is critical of Trump — it’s FAKE NEWS! For them, it’s so much easier to remain willfully ignorant and act out however they want because Donald told them they were “fine people.” — wfw

Some Of Donald’s Fine People

Buffalo mass shooting – latest: Ten dead in ‘pure evil’ racially motivated attack at supermarket

Pa. man who shot up a Democratic Committee office after Trump’s loss will spend 3 years in prison

Florida teacher told students that ‘Black people are beneath white people’ to justify using the N-word: lawsuit

Trump spokesperson: Babies would have formula if ‘our rightful president’ was in the White House

Slur-spewing man calls cops on ‘Stop Asian Hate’ protesters – then gets hit with hate crime charges

Lauren Boebert trashed by her former employees: ‘Her head blew up’ and she became a ‘monster’

White nationalist ‘America First’ group plunges into chaos after high-ranking official gets a girlfriend

‘Having sex with women is gay’: White nationalist praises involuntary celibacy

Sadly, the above examples are a minuscule sample of lthe lunacy that Trump normalized. — wfw

Snowflake GOP Senator, Susan Collins, alleged victim of sidewalk chalk hate crime

Bints of a feather flock together

Wonkette reports that GOP Senator Susan Collins has been grievously hate-crimed WITH SIDEWALK CHALK.

Wonkers, we are deeply concerned. As the Bangor Daily News was first to report, the Maine Republican called the police to report a threatening message written by an unknown person or persons defacing the sidewalk outside her home, an act of gross vandalism that can only be repaired by an afternoon shower or a garden hose.

“Susie, please, Mainers want WHPA —–> vote yes, clean up your mess,” wrote the dastardly criminal, demanding Collins vote for the Women’s Health Protection Act, a federal statute to protect abortion access nationwide before the Supreme Court allows 26 states to ban it altogether. In February Collins voted against allowing the bill to advance for a floor vote.

Presumably the part about her “mess” is a reference to Collins’s votes for Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, all of whom assured her they had the greatest respect for precedent, as if they were not being put on the nation’s court as part of the right’s fifty-year campaign to undo every bit of social progress of the past two generations, with women’s rights to bodily autonomy the grand prize.

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A Collaborator, in the worst sense of the word

In a letter published in the May 10, 2022 edition of the Press-Republican (Plattsburgh, NY) Rod Driscoll argues that Elise Stefanik is an unabashed Trump Toady, who has abandoned ant pretense of honoring her oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;” — wfw

A recent fund raising letter to donors makes it clear that Congresswoman Stefanik has turned into an unabashed, MAGA right wing radical who doesn’t accept the result of the last election, fully embraces the disgraced former president, doubles down on her opposition to public health measures and sees any opponents as socialists, communists and Marxists.

Not exactly the bipartisan moderate she’s has always claimed to be.

The mailing features a picture of her with Mr. Trump. In it she touts the creation of a “MAGA-Stefanik National Advisory Board,” her role as “an aggressive pro-Trump fighter,” and her friendship with the former President who helped instigate a violent attack on our Capitol.

The mailing demonstrates her disingenuous assertions of various made up crises. She repeats the silly and strange claim that “…Marxism (like critical race theory)…” is infiltrating the public schools, though there isn’t one school district in the entire country that teaches advocacy of either of those unrelated concepts.

The letter skirts around her legislative failures. Stefanik is one of the least productive members of Congress, authoring only two successful bills over her seven years, for a commemorative coin and renaming a post office.

She opposed all of the infrastructure and economic recovery legislation passed under the Biden Administration, though in recent mailings and press releases she falsely takes credit for the millions of dollars from those bills flowing into upstate New York.

Congresswoman Stefanik seems to believe no one is paying attention. Let’s hope she’s wrong about that.

The Encyclopedic, Often Mavelovent, Machinations of Donald Trump

As compiled by the Progressive Review. How low did he go? Check it out. — wfw

CHINA

Forbes Estimates China Paid Trump At Least $5.4 Million Since He Took Office, Via Mysterious Trump Tower Lease 

GENERAL

The case against Trump

BANKRUPTCIES

Washington Post –  Trump’s Taj Mahal opened in April 1990 in Atlantic City, but six months later, “defaulted on interest payments to bondholders as his finances went into a tailspin,” The Washington Post’s Robert O’Harrow found. In July 1991, Trump’s Taj Mahal filed for bankruptcy. He could not keep up with debts on two other Atlantic City casinos, and those two properties declared bankruptcy in 1992. A fourth property, the Plaza Hotel in New York, declared bankruptcy in 1992 after amassing debt. PolitiFact uncovered two more bankruptcies filed after 1992, totaling six. Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts filed for bankruptcy again in 2004, after accruing about $1.8 billion in debt. Trump Entertainment Resorts also declared bankruptcy in 2009, after being hit hard during the 2008 recession.

New York tenants sue Donald Trump for rent fraud scheme affecting up to 14,000 apartments in buildings owned by his father

Donald Trump’s Net Worth Fell by a Third During His Presidency|
Donald Trump Has Stake In Hydroxychloroquine Drugmaker: ReportTrump Has More Than 2,500 Conflicts of Interest and Counting, Watchdog Finds

In 1980s, Trump banned Christmas decorations to harass elderly tenants

Trump hotel price spike explained

The Trump Organization’s Hostile Takeover of the U.S. Government

His first real estate project resulted in a Justice Department accusation of discrimination against blacks. An agreement was reached between Trump and the DOJ.

 How Trump’s businesses are booming with lobbyists, donors and governments

Trump’s Justice Department Says the Emoluments Clause Doesn’t Apply to His Hotels 

Trump involved in 3500 law suits including non payment claims. Of the 3,500 suits, Trump or one of his companies were plaintiffs in 1,900; defendants in 1,450; and bankruptcy, third party, or other in 150. Trump was named in at least 169 suits in federal court.

Trump wanted braille removed from elevators in his building

 Trump Gets $25 Million Tax Write-Off For Trump University Settlement

Donald Trump Has Stake In Hydroxychloroquine Drugmaker: Report

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

COST

ECONOMICS

Trump says he lost billions while in White House

 Donald Trump Has Done Almost Nothing for the Working and Middle Classes

Trump wants to raise your postage rates

Trump’s Trade War Will Cost Average Family $1,277 This Year, Budget Office Reveals

Trump’s tax cuts were an economic bust

GDP Growth Under Trump Was the Worst Since Hoover

 FAMILY

GOLFING

IMMIGRATION

LABOR

LIES ETC

Washington Post counts 30,573 false or misleading claims in four years by Trump30 broken Trump promisesTrump was a fraud on ‘Apprentice,’ too

LIFESTYLE

  • The New York Times reportsthat Trump paid $70,000 in hairstyling while on “The Apprentice.” Nine Trump companies have written off at least $94,000 paid for Ivanka Trump’s hair and makeup stylist. 

 TRUMP MOB

 TRUMP AND THE LAW

19 legal actions against Donald TrumpHow This Attorney General Beat Trump 40 Times in Court11 Trump associates have now been charged with crimesTrump regime losing badly in federal court 

Trump’s 3500 lawsuitsIt’s a crime to threaten witnesses such as Michael CohenTrump’s rotten judicial appointments  Mueller has uncovered $48 million in tax evasionWatchdog groups say Trump and NRA illegally coordinated during campaignWord: Trump and money launderingTrump forced staffers to sign unconstitutional non-disclosure pactsTrump tax return admits self-dealingTrump loses all of his libel suitsTrump’s companies have destroyed thousands of emails in defiance of court orders Trump’s hotel opening was illegal

Trump told chief of staff Hitler ‘did a lot of good things’, book saysTrump used words like ‘invasion’ and ‘killer’ to discuss immigrants at rallies 500 times since 2017Trump’s ex-wife said he had a book of Hitler speeches near his bed

PRESIDENCY  

POLITICS

REAL ESTATE

RUSSIA

 SCIENCE

TRUMP UNIVERSITY

WOMEN  

YOUTH

Move over Jebus!

Trump says he’s done more for ‘religion than anyone, ever. He has also said the same thing about the black community, women and veterans, who he called ‘losers and suckers.’

One thing he hasn’t done is serve in the U.S. military which, apparently, is a family tradition. In the 150-plus years that the Trump family has lived in the U.S., not one of them enlisted or was drafted into military service, not one — ever! – wfw