Relationship Between Marijuana and Opioids

Cannabis access is associated with reduced rates of opioid use and abuse, opioid-related hospitalizations, opioid-related traffic fatalities, opioid-related drug treatment admissions, and opioid-related overdose deaths

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  • This cohort study of New York State Prescription Monitoring Program data from 2017 to 2019 included patients receiving MC for chronic pain while also receiving opioid treatment. Of these, patients receiving LOT [long-term opioid therapy] prior to receiving MC were selected. Individuals were studied for 8 months after starting MC [medical cannabis]. … The daily MME [morphine milligram equivalent] for the last month of the follow-up period among patients receiving longer MC was reduced by 48% in the lowest stratum, 47% in the middle stratum, and 51% in the highest stratum compared with the baseline dosages. … In this cohort study of patients receiving LOT, receiving MC for a longer duration was associated with reductions in opioid dosages. … These findings contribute robust evidence for clinicians regarding the potential benefits of MC in reducing the opioid burden for patients receiving LOT and possibly reduce their risk for overdose.Changes in prescribed opioid dosages among patients receiving medical cannabis for chronic pain, New York State, 2017-2019, JAMA Network Open, 2023

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Trump’s dead-enders are at each other’s throats

“An Enemy of the People” – New Hampshire Republicans Offer Resolution to Censure Mitch McConnell

New Hampshire Republicans are offering up a resolution at the state’s convention on Saturday to censure Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

McConnell made funding Ukraine his highest priority this past year. Mitch not only forgot about funding Republican senate candidates, he openly badmouthed Republicans while he funded horrible Independent candidate Lisa Murkowski in Alaska. Mitch truly is the enemy of the people.

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Schoharie County government defies state order to reinstate health director

Dr. Amy Gildemeister was unanimously approved for a new contract by the county Board of Health, but the supervisors’ board has refused to authorize her salary.

Rachel Silberstein Jan. 27, 2023Updated: Jan. 27, 2023 3:22 p.m.

SCHOHARIE — Defying a direct order from New York’s health commissioner to reinstate Schoharie County’s longtime health director, the county Board of Supervisors — which previously criticized the ousted health official’s implementation of state COVID-19 guidelines — has locked her out of county offices and put an interim health officer in her place, according to email communications obtained by the Times Union.

Amy Gildemeister, who has served the county for nine years, was unanimously reappointed for another term by the county Board of Health in December, but the county supervisors, who act as the rural county’s legislative body, have refused to authorize her salary.

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AT&T and DirecTV drop Newsmax — conservative poseurs claim censorship

There’s nothing conservative about Trump’s Dead-enders, as evidenced by their actions on January 6, 2020. –wfw

The “head of Newsmax played the white right victimhood card,” they were dropped was for their political views. That is 100% a lie. The GOP wants to force businesses to do what they want or suffer consequences like their beloved Putin does in Russia.” — Sirius XM host and attorney Dean Obeidallah

Republicans in both the House and Senate are falsely screaming “censorship” and threatening to haul executives from DirecTV and AT&T in to testify before cameras in congressional hearings after the digital satellite TV service provider dropped Newsmax over the far-right wing, pro-Trump channel’s demand for higher fees.

DirecTV is majority-owned by multinational telecom giant AT&T, which has a history of donating to far-right extremist Republicans. AT&T also spent millions to fund the creation of another far-right channel, One America News Network, better known as OAN or OANN. Last year Newsweek reported “AT&T sits atop a list of corporate donors to U.S. senators and congressmembers who voted against certifying the election for Biden.”

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What did the Congresswoman know?

Update: January 24, 2023 Elise Stefanik under fire from donors for suckering them in with George Santos endorsement

Elise Stefanik has yet to comment on her unquestioning support for serial lier, George Santos which comes as no surmise given that she has yet to comment on Donald Trump’s call to terminate the U.S. Constitution and reinstate him as president. — wfw

Peter Wilson (Lake Clear, NY) letter to the editor was published in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise on January 20, 2023.

An open letter to Rep. Elise Stefanik.

As the new Congress — and its close-to-even split between Republicans and Democrats — gets to work, New York state has had the dubious distinction of attracting attention, not for any great acts of statesmanship, but for the gall exhibited by a man (from downstate) who won his election having spewed lie, after lie, after lie, and on and on. 

For New York’s Republican Party, one might call the victory part of the “Red-Faced Wave.” They stepped up last week, admitted they’d done a terrible job of fact-checking (lie-checking?) and called on Rep.* Santos (or whatever name he goes by) to resign.

But what of the House of Representatives’ highest-ranking New Yorker, our own 21st Congressional District’s Rep. Elise Stefanik, the Republican caucus chairperson? She campaigned hard for Mr. Santos during her all-out push for the 2022 — disappointing — Red Wave. She even lent the candidate the expertise of her top political aides, but has she stepped up to publicly insist he bow out with whatever shred of grace he might maintain? No.

Most recently, we have learned that Congressperson* Santos wasn’t as expert, as news consumers might have assumed, at covering his tracks and preventing the voting public from uncovering his shams and scams. Some of his own staff, several deep-pocket donors, even some members of the New York GOP establishment expressed grave concerns long before he was chosen to be the candidate. How could it be that the Leader Number Three in the House GOP, and such a powerful campaign voice on Santos’ behalf, was utterly fooled?

I respectfully request that Congresswoman Stefanik do something other than sweep this issue under the rug. You, Rep. Stefanik, have done your best to avoid commenting, leaving me (and probably at least a few others constituents) wondering whether you were either, one, an unwitting victim, or two, fully aware and thus part of Santos’ scam, turning a blind-eye, sacrificing integrity (yours, and that of the GOP, the state and Congress) in the interest of winning at any cost. If your answer is Number One, shame on you for your lack of due diligence; if it’s Number Two, shame on you for your brazen greed for political power.

Representative Stefanik, admit that the GOP shot itself in the foot in the case of Rep.* Santos. You helped foist him upon the people of your state, you should be part of ushering him out – sooner rather than later, before any more deceptions (as entertaining as they can be) are uncovered, any more “shoes drop.”

(* Like sports statistics that reflect special circumstances, this Long Island Congressman holds his title under a shadow of controversy, shame, and dishonesty. His name should henceforth be marked with an asterisk.) ####

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NORML Remembers David Crosby

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) was saddened to receive news of the passing of David Crosby, who joined NORML’s Advisory Board in 2018.

“David Crosby was a genuine American original and an outspoken advocate for ending our nation’s failed war on cannabis consumers. We were ecstatic to have him join NORML’s Advisory Board in 2018 and have him lend his platform and voice to the ongoing fight for cannabis freedom after a lifetime of personal advocacy,” stated NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri, “NORML extends our sincerest condolences to David’s family, friends, and fans. He will be missed, but there is no question he leaves behind an indelible mark on the social and cultural landscape.”

Upon formally joining NORML’s Advisory Board in 2018, Crosby himself stated:

“I’d like cannabis to be legal everywhere. I knew people who were in jail for years over a couple of joints, and it’s just not right. I feel a responsibility to stick up for people who have been jailed for it unfairly, and that is why I’m partnering with NORML to lend my name and talents to help end our multi-decade failure that is prohibition. Bottom line is: It should be legal and people shouldn’t be going to jail for it, and I want to reinforce that to the degree that I can.”

Rest in Power, David.

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The Party of Trump is coming for your Social Security

And Sen. Joe Manchin wants to help them!

Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit. Social Security is totally funded by the payroll tax levied on employer and employee. If you reduce the outgo of Social Security, that money would not go into the general fund to reduce the deficit. It would go into the Social Security Trust Fund. So Social Security has nothing to do with balancing a budget or erasing or growing the deficit. — Former President Ronald Reagan

Sen. Joe Manchin provoked outrage Wednesday by suggesting congressional Democrats should agree to pursue changes to Social Security as part of a debt ceiling agreement with Republicans, an idea one advocacy group condemned as “negotiating with legislative terrorists.”

In an interview on Fox Business—conducted at the annual gathering of corporate and political elites in Davos, Switzerland—the West Virginia Democrat said that “we have a debt problem” and argued members of both parties should “work together” on solutions. The senator singled out Social Security, even though the program can’t by law add to long-term deficits…

The Party of Trump goes all in on Idiocracy

White House torches House GOP for ‘handing the keys’ to purveyors of ‘dangerous conspiracy theories’

The White House criticized House Republican leadership over their reinstatement of two controversial members, Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ), to assignments on the House Oversight Committee, in a statement released to NBC News on Wednesday.

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Toke more — Hit the booze less

Analysis: Adult-Use Legalization Associated with Less Alcohol Abuse, No Increase in Psychosis

Minneapolis, MN: Residents of states where cannabis is legal do not possess elevated rates of psychosis, and they are also less likely to exhibit symptoms of alcohol abuse, according to longitudinal data published in the journal Psychological Medicine.

A team of researchers affiliated with the University of Minnesota and the University of Colorado assessed the relationship between adult-use cannabis legalization and psychosocial functioning in a cohort of 240 pairs of identical twins. One twin resided in a jurisdiction where adult-use cannabis sales were legally permitted, while the other lived in a state where marijuana was criminally prohibited. 

Investigators reported that legalization was associated with a slight uptick in the frequency with which subjects reported consuming cannabis – a finding consistent with prior studies. However, they also reported that those in legalization states were less likely to engage in behaviors associated with problematic alcohol use. That finding is consistent with prior data indicating the use of cannabis is associated with a decrease in the amount of alcohol consumed by individuals seeking alcohol treatment.

Authors further reported that legalization was not positively correlated with increased incidences of psychosis, substance abuse disorder, or other adverse outcomes. 

They concluded: “Recreational cannabis legalization causes increases in mean cannabis frequency and residents of recreational states have fewer recent symptoms of AUD [alcohol use disorder]. Broadly speaking, our co-twin control and differential vulnerability results suggest that the impacts of recreational cannabis legalization on psychiatric and psychosocial outcomes are otherwise minimal. … Both sets of results are reassuring with respect to public health concerns around recreational cannabis legalization.”

Although the use of cannabis and other controlled substances tends to be more common among those with psychotic illnesses, studies indicate that lifetime incidences of marijuana-induced psychosis are relatively rare among those who do not already have a prior diagnosis of a psychiatric disease. According to one recently published study, fewer than one-half of one percent of cannabis consumers had ever reported experiencing psychotic symptoms requiring medical intervention – a percentage that is lower than the rate associated with alcohol.

“…all enemies, foreign and domestic…”

A substantial number of rank and file republicans still support the traitor, Donald Trump, and his treasonous allies. –wfw

After watching a clip of Rep. Jim Jordan on Fox News on Sunday, former Republican Party advisor Tara Setmayer went on an extensive rant about the Ohio Republican who will soon chair the House Judicial Committee.

During her appearance on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show,” Setmayer made a point of noting that the GOP lawmaker is likely being investigated by the DOJ and that his committee will be overseeing their work.

“I want to remind people who Jim Jordan is,” Setmayer told host Jonathan Capehart. “Jim Jordan is potentially under investigation by the Department of Justice. He is now about to become the chairman of the Judiciary Committee which has direct oversight of the Department of Justice; there’s something incredibly wrong with that.”

“Jim Jordan was an insurrectionist,” she charged. “He was one the people in those backdoor deals with Rudy Giuliani and all those others to overturn the fair election in this country. He now has the power of the gavel, of the oversight committee for the Department of Justice. This is what people have voted into power.”

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They are without shame

Schoharie County health director Amy Gildemeister, who enforced state and federal COVID mandates, has long been opposed by anti-maskers, and anti-vaxxers, including Republican Assemblyman Chris Tague, who, like most republican politicians, toes the GOP party line.

The Schoharie County Board of Supervisors has forced her out of her job. Also, the board removed Fulton Town Supervisor, Phil Skowfoe, from the Public Health Committee for failing to support the board”s initial decision by calling for a re-vote. It appears that they — like their counterparts in the nation’s capitol — are without shame.— wfw

Schoharie County health director forced out following COVID-19 conflicts, as reported by the Times Union (Albany, NY).

SCHOHARIE — Simmering tensions between Schoharie public health experts and county legislators came to a head last month, resulting in the ouster of the county’s top public health official — creating a leadership void as the county grapples with a surge in the respiratory disease being experienced nationwide.

Schoharie County health director Amy Gildemeister joins the many public health leaders across the U.S. who have resigned or been forced out in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the state level, more than half of New York’s 57 county health officials — 29 in total — have retired or left their jobs since 2020, according to data collected by public health advocates.

Gildemeister — who was hired in 2014 during a period of upheaval for the agency for the largely rural county — was unanimously recommended for a six-year term by the seven-member county Board of Health last month. However, the Schoharie Board of Supervisors, the county’s legislative body, opted not to renew her $94,700 annual salary at a December meeting, the Times Journal first reported.

“It is what it is,” she said Tuesday in an interview. “I feel that we have done excellent work. I feel that the work we have done has saved lives.”

Gildemeister, who holds a doctorate in environmental health science from the University of Michigan, has “qualifications that are beyond reproach,” her critics acquiesced during a board meeting Tuesday night. 

Board chairman Bill Federice alleged the results of an investigation led to the decision — but refused to provide specifics, calling it a “personnel” matter.

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Are rank and file republicans willfully ignorant?

Thom Hartman raises the question: When Will Republican Voters Wake Up to Their Own Oppression? — wfw

When will Republican voters figure out how badly they’re getting screwed by Republican politicians? 

— Desperate workers struggle with soaring rents (courtesy of Republican-donor hedge funds); 
— lack of healthcare (12 GOP-controlled states still refuse to expand Medicaid for under-$15,000/year workers) is literally killing Americans; 
— wages have flatlined since Reagan declared war on workers in 1981 while the merely rich have become the morbidly rich; 
— Americans pay 10 times as much as Canadians for some drugs because Republicans block any effort to bring competition to that marketplace; 
— at the same time Trump and his GOP buddies in the House and Senate borrowed $1.7 trillion to fund a tax giveaway to his billionaire buddies, student debt passed the $1.7 trillion mark… 

Yet somehow the “conservative” base voters never seem to figure it out. Why?

Most Republican voters don’t think much about it, but there are two very distinct layers to the GOP. It’s like a pyramid with a capstone at the very top.  

The vast base of the pyramid are the white voters who Richard Nixon invited into the party after the Democrats embraced racial equality in 1964/1965 with the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.

They mostly live in all-white neighborhoods, attend all-white churches, and send their kids to all-white schools. While most aren’t the Confederate-flag-toting “out and open” racists like the folks who showed up at the Capitol on January 6th, they’re nonetheless “uncomfortable” with nonwhite people. It’s their “culture,” they’ll tell you.

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Payback’s A Bitch

Alternet reports that people who worked for — and gave their unquestioning support to the traitor, Donald Trump — are now whinging because no-one wants to give them a job. And that raises the question: why should anyone hire these self-serving scum? — wfw

‘I’m so mad and upset’: Former White House aides ‘angry’ that Jan. 6 made them ‘unemployable’

Newly released records from the Jan. 6 committee expose a text message conversation between Julie Radford, Ivanka Trump’s former aide, and Hope Hicks, a former White House political advisor. In the message conversation, the two aides reveal their candid reactions to Donald Trump’s handling of the insurrection, CNN reports.

Hicks, who previously served as Trump’s communications director, wrote that any Trump staffers who “didn’t have jobs lined up will be perpetually unemployed.” She continued, “I’m so mad and upset. We all look like domestic terrorists now.”

Referring to Trump’s targeting of then-Vice President Mike Pence after he refused to help Trump overturn the election, Hicks also said in the texts, “Attacking the VP? Wtf is wrong with him?”

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I have no doubt that these self-righteous butt wipes patted themselves on the back for a job well done — wfw

A dying US cancer patient used cannabis to ease pain. His hospital called the police

‘You’d think they would have shown compassion’: patient’s son decries Kansas police who issued citation as father suffered

Hospital staff in Kansas called the police on a man dying of cancer who was using cannabis products to cope with his symptoms, in an incident that has since sparked outrage and renewed calls to rethink the state’s strict cannabis laws.

The encounter took place in mid-December, when police in the city of Hays say two officers showed up at the cancer patient’s hospital room to issue him a citation for a drug violation. Police also took away a vaping device and cannabis product that hospital staff had already confiscated.

While the police department later dropped the citation, which would have required the cancer patient to appear in court, reports of the incident fueled debate over the continued criminalization of cannabis in Kansas, one of the three US states that has not legalized the product in any context.

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This is the new face of the Republican Party – updated

In 2016 the Republican Party couldn’t come up with a responsible adult to to be their presidential candidate, so they turned to Donald Trump. And — by the end of 2022 — they dumped the Trump, and now they’re counting on Marjorie Taylor Greene, a lack-witted loudmouth and deranged misfit, to represent the Republican Party’s base. They have — without a doubt — gone all in on Iiocracy — wfw

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Trump’s fellow traitors privately plotting’ to issue their own Jan  6th report — wfw

A report from Axios states that a Republican Party “shadow committee” has been “secretly plotting” to release their own report on the Jan. 6 insurrection in an effort to undercut the reported 1,000-page report coming from the bi-partisan House select committee this week.

According to Andrew Solender and Alayna Treen of Axios, the thrown-together GOP committee is made up of Republicans who were not given a seat on the House committee due to their ties with Donald Trump.

The report notes, “Republicans aim to cast the select committee’s report as partisan by contrasting its expected focus on former President Trump with their concentration on Capitol security,” with a source stating, “We’re prepared to release it when they release theirs.”

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Trump loving misfit in action

Trump loving misfit, Mike Lindell, wants to run the Republican Party

“We need someone who knows how to run a business to lead one of the most important organizations in our country,”says the My Pillow guy.

Given Lindell’s ruinous lawsuits in defense of Donald Trump’s rigged election lies, it would be a boon to the Democratic Party if Lindell succeeded in his effort. One can only imagine what a shit-show would ensue via Lindell’s leadership. — wfw

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Mickey is 100% running against Ronna McDaniel

Quitting Twitter? Check out these social networks

NPR’Reports:

Ever since Elon Musk bought Twitter in October, many users of the social media platform have discussed taking their musings elsewhere — and some have actually done it.

Some object to Musk’s spreading of falsehoods, the rise in hate speech after he took over, his layoff of half of Twitter’s staff and his reinstatement of former President Donald Trump’s account. Some figure that the site will go down entirely at some point due to many of the company’s engineers leaving the company. And some just say the site’s best days are behind it.

Either way, Twitter has had real “Closing Time” vibes over the last two weeks, with many longtime users taking to heart Semisonic’s counsel: You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.

Here’s a look at where some Twitter users are testing the waters.

Biden’s word is worthless

President Biden vowed during his presidential campaign to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah” following Khashoggi’s killing, but he reversed course in July as he traveled to the country and gave a fist bump to bin Salman.

The Hill reported that Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Sunday voiced agreement with the Biden administration’s decision to grant sovereign immunity to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, shielding the autocrat from a lawsuit over the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

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​“There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.” – Goethe

Marjorie Taylor Greene is a malignant misfit, and the Republican Party plans to give her the opportunity to demonstrate that fact . — wfw


			
				                                Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., waves while former President Donald Trump points to her in Bedminster, N.J., July 30. Greene will be attending Trump’s Saturday rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township.
                                 AP file photo

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has made no secret about what she wants to accomplish in her second term in office.

She rattles off the investigations she wants the new Republican majority in the House to launch immediately: Hunter Biden’s laptop, the military withdrawal from Afghanistan, federal aid to Ukraine and COVID-19′s origins.

The Rome Republican may be in a position to make it happen. She has become an outspoken ally of House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, defending him against a challenge by fellow conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus. Greene said her colleagues were wrong in supporting an eleventh-hour challenge that ultimately was unsuccessful.

She expects to be rewarded for her loyalty by receiving an appointment to the powerful Oversight and Reform Committee. Three Georgians — Democrat Hank Johnson and Republicans Andrew Clyde and Jody Hice — serve on the panel, but Hice won’t be back next term.

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Stand up for your rights

By Bill Branson – VVAW Board member

As we approach another Veterans Day and as many of us are in our seventh decade of living, we have much to be concerned about. The war in Ukraine still continues, our hard won freedoms are under attack, and the fascist hordes are at the gates. We feel like we have fought these battles before. No matter how sick and tired of this we are, we need to stand-up (or sit up) and fight for our rights. Whatever form that takes. We need to fight for ourselves and those younger than us. We cannot let those who want to strip away our rights win.

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Voters: Tell Trump and his MAGA cult ‘Hell NO’ when you vote

The following plea from Doug Thompson, publisher and founder of Capitol Hill Blue:

One week from today, voters American voters have the majority this nation needs to stop the sad, pathetic attempts to overturn democracy and destroy our way of life. But the only way to stop that is by voting. If the majority shares the belief that attempts by the rabid-right wing cultists who genuflect before disgraced and criminal former president Donald John Trump is sedition against America, then the blatant, and illegal, attempts by the right and Republicans will be stopped dead in their tracks.

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Castelli could go bust banking on rational Republicans

Stefanik has the advantage in NY21. Castelli is banking on a more moderate approach

To appeal to more voters on the left and the right, Castelli is running as a Democrat and a Moderate, which he sees as key to his campaign strategy. — NCPR

“One of the things that’s unique about our campaign is we’re sort of pushing back against the extremes on both sides and bringing people together in the middle and that’s what people are thirsting for.”

There aren’t enough rational Republicans in MAGA infested NY21 to give Castelli a victory in this election. By embracing a wimp persona Castelli tells progressive Democrats “I’m not your guy.” — wfw

Hardcore Republican won’t vote for party

Since I was old enough to vote I have been a registered Republican. The Republican Party was once the political party of big ideas but has become the party of “No,” weakening the democratic system it pledged to uphold.

Elise Stefanik, Lee Zeldin and many Republican candidates running for public office have drunk the Kool-Aid and are supporting and defending Donald Trump’s “big lie” concerning the results of the 2020 election, all having been proven to be false and baseless. By doing this and whitewashing the Jan. 6 insurrection, they have broken their sacred oath of office by failing to defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. How can they proclaim to “Support the Blue” with their silence on the violent attack on the Capitol, its police and the American rule of law?

It is the extreme vitriol of politicians that has triggered the significant increase in domestic terrorism — even calling for the killing of FBI agents and VP of the United States. At Charlottesville, Trump gave oxygen to the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers — the neo-Nazi militias of hate, white supremacy, white nationalism and anti-Semitism.

Don’t forget the barrage of right-wing unfounded conspiracy theories from “pizza gate,” that antifa was the cause of the Jan. 6 insurrection, the Great Replacement Theory, QAnon, climate change denial, the COVID hoax and more

We are witnessing our United States slowly trending toward authoritarianism, taking chapters from the fascist playbook of Nazi Germany.

True patriots don’t fuel racist or religious divisions. True patriots don’t ban books or prevent teaching about our past. True patriots don’t incite an insurrection and support an attempted coup.

Real patriotism strengthens our democracy and lifts the voices of all Americans and this is what we must strive for — before it is too late! ####

Roger Friedman, Schroon Lake (published in the Post Star, Glens Falls, NY)

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!                                                                                 ####

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