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

Back to the future with the Republican Party

In his Raw Story commentary (May 2, 2022) Them Hartmann wrote:

The America I was born into and grew up in as a kid was a very different place from today. In the 1950s the country was firmly under the control of straight white men:

  • Blacks (and other minorities, varying by region) were confined to certain parts of town and were routinely beaten, arrested, or even killed for stepping into whites-only areas.
  • In 1951 only about 15% of Blacks were successful in registering to vote in all of the former Confederate states.
  • With few exceptions, the only minority faces seen in media were those portrayed as either buffoons or criminals.
  • Abortion was illegal, and in many states you could go to jail, even if you were married, for possessing birth control of any sort, including condoms, in your own home. IUD’s and birth control pills did not exist.
  • Schools, restaurants, hotels, and most private businesses were racially segregated.
  • Women (even white women) couldn’t sign a contract, get a credit card or open a bank account in their own names without the signature of a father or husband.
  • Immigration into America was regulated to maintain the country’s racial balance.
  • Gays and lesbians were routinely beaten, imprisoned, raped, and murdered with no consequence to their tormentors
  • Police had carte blanche to terrorize and kill minorities of all types.

They are the good old days that the Republican Party now yearns for, and. It goes without saying that they would prefer it if the country was still predominately populated by white folk, but they will settle for a one party dictatorship headed by Donald Trump or his ilk. Just sayin’ — wfw

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South Carolina GOP county chairman arrested for alleged child abuse

Benjamin “Ben” Ignatowicz, (note the alleged perp’s shit eating grin and flag pin)

The Chairman of York County, South Carolina Republicans was arrested Monday morning and charged with multiple counts for allegedly causing severe bruising by spanking a child’s bare bottom. 

Benjamin “Ben” Ignatowicz, 33, of York County was taken into custody by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) for unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person for allegedly causing a child bodily harm, according to WIS 10 News.

Warrants state that on March 27, 2021, he spanked an unidentified minor child at his residence. The WIS 10 report indicates that during an interview, Ignatowicz said he was frustrated when he spanked the child and told SLED agents that “it had been a day.”

“When shown a picture by SLED of the bruising, Ignatowicz said: ‘based off the picture’ he would agree that it was excessive,” according to the charging documents.

The charge is a felony under South Carolina law and carries up to 10 years in prison for a conviction. The York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson is a Republican and said that because of the political affiliation his office turned over the case to SLED.

Ignatowicz’s biography on the York County Republicans website states that, in addition to his county GOP chairmanship, he has served as chairman of the school board of Riverwalk Academy since 2020. Riverwalk Academy is a private K-10th school in Rock Hill, SC.

It also indicates that he has “two precious daughters” with wife Elizabeth.

Read the original Raw Story article by Timothy Evans

The hypocrisy is mind boggling

The following letter to the editor from Al Muench, Chestertown, NY, was published in the Post Star (Glens Falls, NY) on May 1, 2022. Kudos Al!

To Elise the truth is something like a hot potato. Elise rails against legislation approved by the House that would remove marijuana from the federal list of Schedule 1 drugs. The list that equates marijuana with cocaine and heroin.

Even though marijuana should never reasonably be placed on Schedule 1, Elise says removing it makes us soft on crime. Too bad she didn’t read the bill. Much easier to generate false statements. The bill allows states to continue to regulate marijuana in any way they choose. States’ rights, remember?

Elise says the House has much higher priorities to address such as inflation and crime … and, Elise’s favorite, forcing chocolate milk into all schools.

How Elise loves to incarcerate the poor and minorities! No bail for you! She’s still soft on Deadbeat Donald whose many crimes included fomenting insurrection and extorting foreign countries like Ukraine. “I need you to do me a favor, though.”

Elise says Governor Hochul should resign because her lt. governor lied to her and hid his illegal dealings. What about Elise’s desire to see more women in government? I guess Hochul is not the right kind of woman. Do we really need more like Elise? And who in their right mind would call her buddy, Deadbeat Donald, a truth-teller? Elise’s hypocrisy is simply mind-boggling.

Elise has spent the last few years clawing her way to the top of the GOP cesspool where she swims with the likes of Marjorie “Marshall” Greene, Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, Paul Gosar and Madison Cawthorn, to name just a few. She kicked a conservative woman out of the way to get to number 3. She has her sights on number 1. Who among you really believes she didn’t help leak the very damaging conversations with Joseph, oops I mean Kevin, McCarthy?

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Republican Taliban Alert — May 2, 2022

Tennessee Does Its Part In National School Censorship Crusade — Dr, Zoome, Wonkette April 29, 2022

The Tennessee General Assembly passed an exciting new school censorship bill Wednesday that will give a politically appointed commission the power to decide what books are allowed in every school library in the state. No more worries about local control, because the commission will now be able to dictate what kids all over the state can read. And to sweeten the deal, the bill’s House sponsor, state Rep. Jerry Sexton (R), said that if it were up to him, any books the commission didn’t approve would be burned. Sadly for the more censorious culture warriors in the Lege, actually putting books to the torch didn’t make it into the law. There’s always next year! 

We also feel compelled to point out that Rep. Sexton represents a place called “Bean Station,” which frankly sounds a little too risqué for the good God-fearing people of Tennessee. Wouldn’t want the ladyfolk to get ideas. 

As the Tennessean reports, the bill, with the actual we’re-not-making-this-up bill number HB 2666,had earlier passed in the state Senate as a far less horrifying plan to 

add members to the state’s textbook commission and task the commission with providing guidance for schools when reviewing materials to ensure they are “appropriate for the age and maturity levels” of students.

We sure love it when promoters of moral panic use the Number of the Beast in their culture war bills. Idaho legislators, you’ll recall, set out to jail librarians with HB 666 earlier this year, although the proposal died in the state Senate.

But merely providing guidance and creating general standards was apparently far too liberal and wimpy for Sexton. First, he added an amendment that would have required the commission to issue a list of “approved” instructional materials that could be used in Tennessee schools, thus making sure no teacher could ever pollute kids’ minds with anything that hadn’t been vetted at the state level. Flowers, by state decree, would be red, and teachers would damn sure color only within the lines. 

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Trump backed, candidate crazy pants, won’t recognize “illegitimate president” Biden if elected governor of Arizona

Kari Lake, a former TV host who has been endorsed by Donald Trump for Arizona governor, suggested this week that she will not recognize Joe Biden as president if she wins the race.

Note that conspiracy theories alleging widespread fraud in the 2020 election have been exhaustively debunked by state and local officials, experts, law enforcement authorities and the courts. — wfw

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Eat a burger — kill the rain forest!

The deforestation of the Brazilian rain forest was covered in the course on Brazilian history which I took at SUNY Stony Brook (NY) in 1978. Much has changed since then — and it hasn’t been for the better. Greed, denial, and consumer indifference are destroying the rain forest. — wfw

Devouring the rain forest – By Terrence McCoy and Júlia Ledur, The Washington Post

Cattle ranching, responsible for the great majority of deforestation in the Amazon, is pushing the forest to the edge of what scientists warn could be a vast and irreversible dieback that claims much of the biome. Despite agreement that change is necessary to avert disaster, despite attempts at reform, despite the resources of Brazil’s federal government and powerful beef companies, the destruction continues.

[How deforestation is pushing the Amazon toward a tipping point]

But the ongoing failure to protect the world’s largest rainforest from rapacious cattle ranching is no longer Brazil’s alone, a Washington Post investigation shows. It is now shared by the United States — and the American consumer.

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In the two years since Washington lifted a moratorium that was imposed on raw Brazilian beef over food safety concerns, the United States has grown to become its second-biggest buyer. The country bought more than 320 million pounds of Brazilian beef last year — and is on pace to purchase nearly twice as much this year. The biggest supplier is the beef behemoth JBS, whose fleet of brands stock some of America’s major retail chains and businesses: Kroger, Goya Foods, Albertsons (the parent company of Safeway, Jewel-Osco and Vons).

JBS, the world’s largest beef producer, has repeatedly been accused by environmentalists of buying cattle raised on illegally deforested land. Greenpeace first alleged such ties in a 2009 report. In 2017, Brazil’s environmental law enforcement agency, Ibama, fined the company what was then more than $7.5 million, alleging that two of its Amazon meatpacking plants had purchased nearly 50,000 such animals. In October, federal prosecutors focusing on deforestation alleged widespread “irregularities” in the company’s direct supply chain from January 2018 to June 2019 in Pará state.A truck with JBS signage drives near the company’s beef production facility in Greeley, Colo., in June 2021. JBS is the world’s largest beef producer. (Michael Ciaglo/Bloomberg News)

But in a forest where some beef producers still don’t track cattle origins, and in a country where no law specifically prohibits the purchase of cattle from illegally deforested land, JBS considers itself one of the good guys. It says it has prioritized the environment and blocked more than 14,000 cattle ranches that didn’t comply with company standards. It has signed agreements with environmentalists and federal prosecutors promising not to purchase cattle from ranches that were illegally deforested. It publishes the names of the ranches from which it purchases cattle.

None of it has been enough.

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And the beat goes on

You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” John Ehrlichman, Richard Nixon’s domestic policy advisor

Racial disparity in Marijuana Arrests

NORML reports that African Americans are arrested for violating marijuana possession laws at nearly four times the rates of whites, yet both ethnicities consume marijuana at roughly the same rates.

Old White guys in the U.S. Senate oppose legalizing marijuana on a federal level

This has been the same old, same old story for decades, and none of these folks — not one — can cite any credible evidence to support their opposition. wfw

WASHINGTON ― Even though a supermajority of Americans say marijuana should be legal for adults and the House has passed a bill to legalize it, major cannabis reform remains unlikely this year.

Why? Because Republicans and a few Democratic senators don’t want to do it.

“Marijuana? I haven’t even thought about marijuana. Jesus Christ, you smoking?” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) asked HuffPost on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, the House passed a bill that would legalize weed at the federal level, expunge cannabis-related criminal records and set the stage for a nationwide legal marijuana industry. But that bill is almost certainly dead on arrival in the Senate.

Instead, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have been trying to build consensus for a Senate version of cannabis reform.

The trio collaborated on a discussion draft last year that, like the House bill, would have legalized marijuana by removing it from the list of drugs banned under the Controlled Substances Act, which lists “marihuana” in the same category as heroin. The bill would also have expunged nonviolent federal criminal records and allowed marijuana businesses greater access to financial services.

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Republican Taliban Alert – Update April 27, 2022

Today it’s burning books, tomorrow it’ll be burning dissidents at the stake. Of course, he’s wearing a flag pin so that makes it patriotic. — wfw

A Republican Tennessee state congressman on Wednesday openly advocated for burning books during a debate in the state’s House of Representatives.

As flagged by the Associated Press’s Kimberlee Kruesi, the remark came when Tennessee State Rep. Jerry Sexton was asked by Democratic State Rep. John Ray Clemmons what he planned to do with all the books he’s been pushing to get rid of with his proposed House Bill 2666.

“Let’s say you take these books out of the library — what are you going to with them?” asked Clemmons. “You gonna put ’em on the street? Light ’em on fire? Where are they going.”

“I don’t have a clue, but I would burn ’em,” replied Sexton.

As described by local news station WSMV, House Bill 2666 seeks “to change what materials will be allowed in schools due to the belief that specific materials should not be available for students due to inappropriate content.”

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What goes around…

Atheist activist Chaz Stevens has sent a delightful letter to Miami-Dade County asking that the Bible and any book mentioning the Bible be banned on the exact same grounds people want to ban all of the other books.

His complaints include: Age Appropriateness, Bestiality and Rape, Wokenness, and Social-Emotional Learning.

Also — “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is the exact sort of woke, Social Emotional Learning that good, decent Republicans are fighting against all over America. The kind of nonsense that destroys our beautiful American tradition of bullying children who are different badly enough so that they move far, far away as soon as they graduate, leaving small towns blissfully free of adult nonconformists. Children don’t need to learn “empathy” or “how to navigate social situations” from school. They can learn it from their parents and those that don’t will just shoot the school up anyway before they graduate and no one will have to deal with them after that. Just the way God intended.

This Florida Atheist’s Bible Banning Petition Is Goddamn DelightfulRobyn Pennacchia Wonkette April 23, 2022

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Related: Brooklyn Library Gonna Give Teens All The Banned Books They Want

Stefanik is so hungry for power she needs a drool cup — updated April 29, 2022

Elise Stefanik knows that Trump will do anything to stay in power, including tormenting a civil war, and she’s okay with that — for now — which raises the question: how long will it be until the toad-eater kicks her master to the side of the road? — wfw

Sarah Burris (RawStory) reports that Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is feeling the heat after it was revealed that he wanted former President Donald Trump out after the January 6th MAGA riots. 

According to recordings released to New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns, McCarthy was pushing Donald Trump to resign, while also making it clear to the caucus that he opposed Trump’s behavior.

McCarthy previously said reports about his comments were false — until the authors released the tapes.

Speaking to Joy Reid on MSNBC Friday, Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson said that from what he understands the anti-McCarthy attacks are secretly coming from Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)…

It was Jim Jordan for a while who looked like the one who would take down McCarthy. But today, the buzz in D.C. is all about Elise Stefanik, that she’s the one who is behind some of this and she’s putting the knife into this guy. She’s extremely ambitious. She has a very close relationship to Trump. She’s gone full MAGA in every way. So, I think if Kevin is thinking through his immediate future, telling major donors as he has been, that unless they keep him he can’t block the Trump people.I think Kevin should get a food taster at this point.”

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Related: Former RNC official: GOP Trump supporters are ‘power-hungry cowards’ willing to ‘debase’ themselves

Republican leader Elise Stefanik secretly told GOP members Trump was a ‘disaster’ prone to ‘dumb’ decisions

Time to imprison Trump and his coven of conspirators – updated April 23, 2022

Mega-Dittos to Doug Thompson at Capitol Hill Blue

Many in the mob he incited to invade the Capitol, kill police and others and threaten the very existence of our democracy are facing trials. Why aren’t Trump and his mob.

Stop pussyfooting. It’s past the time to charge the disgraced, corrupt former president of our nation and throw the son-of-a-bitch in jail to rot as a reminder that this is a democratic republic and not a fiefdom for a criminal pretend-dictator who spent four years plotting the U.S. treasury and killing people with his failure to act decisively against the pandemic that has killed millions worldwide.

Donald Trump is a toxin that must be excised from the body of an America he continues to try to destroy. Many of the mob he incited to invade the Capitol, kill and injure police officers and threaten to kill elected representatives of our government are facing justice now before the courts, but the man who incited this must also pay the price for his criminal activity and treasonous actions.

Not only should Trump be behind bars, so should corrupt attorney Rudy Giuliani and others who helped Trump try to overturn the legal will of the voters. This wasn’t “free speech,” as they claim. It was, and continues to be, an open rebellion against the Constitution and the American way of life.

It is pathetic that the primary Republican who seems to have more balls than any of her counterparts is Mary Cheney. She stands tall over the traitorous House Minority Leader Keven McCarthy and others of his ilk.

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Related: WATCH: Attorney lays out ‘powerful’ insurrection case against Marjorie Taylor Greene in his opening statement

Former Georgia US Attorney apologizes on behalf of his state for Marjorie Taylor Greene

Digitis Impudicus

The Independent (UK) reported thatThousands of Ukrainians have waited in long queues to buy postage stamps showing a soldier giving the middle finger to Russia’s flagship that sunk earlier this month. 

Some have waited hours in line for the sheets – with eight stamps on each – that say on the perforated margin: “Russian warship, go …!” The implied “f*** yourself” is left out.

Two thirds of Americans say the Feds should legalize pot

Washington, DC: Two-thirds of Americans say that the adult use of marijuana ought to be legal under federal law as well as under the laws of their home states, according to nationwide survey data compiled by CBS News and YouGov.com. 

Support for federal legalization was strongest (73 percent) among those respondents between the ages of 30 and 44; however, majorities in all age groups – including those ages 65 and older – supported a change in federal policy. Democrats (79 percent) and Independents (67 percent) were strong supporters of legalization, but Republicans (49 percent) were not.

Twenty-four percent of respondents acknowledged that they consumed cannabis either regularly or occasionally. Sixty-three percent said that they had never tried marijuana.

Thanks to NORML for the heads up!

Say it ain’t so, Joe!

Joe Biden has told Barack Obama he will run for re-election in 2024, according to a Washington website, the Hill.

Say it ani’t so, Joe! Joe Biden won the presidency in 2020 because he wasn’t Donald Trump! That’s all folks!  The only thing worse than a Biden second run for the president is a reprise featuring Hillary Clinton. It’s way past the time to move on from the same old, same old, anachronistic. Duo. — wfw 

Joe Biden has told Barack Obama he will run for re-election in 2024, according to a Washington website, the Hill.

The site cited two anonymous sources. One was quoted as saying Biden “wants to run and he’s clearly letting everyone know”.

It was not clear when Biden told Obama his plans. But Obama visited the White House earlier this month, to celebrate the Affordable Care Act.

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Dumpster Fire in Progress – updated 4-18-2022

According to a report from the Washington Post on former half-term Alaska gov Sarah Palin’s re-emergence onto the political scene, the former vice presidential candidate/reality show celebrity offered to bring early ’70’s rock star Ted Nugent to the state GOP convention beginning April 21st.

But that shit show was too much, even for the Alaska GOP, who declined the offer.

READ ALL ABOUT IT

Related: ‘An embarrassment’: Alaska GOP voters say they don’t take Sarah Palin seriously and don’t back her congressional bid

Republican Taliban Alert

Critical Race Theory is not being aught in American schools, but these folks are going to ban it anyway because their freedom to tell your children what to think — without question — is more important than providing your children with a fact-based education. — wfw

The state of Florida is rejecting 28 mathematics textbooks as a result of Republicans’ purported outrage over Critical Race Theory.

On Friday, Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced that the state had rejected the math textbooks under the state’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) standards…

Reasons for rejecting textbooks included references to Critical Race Theory (CRT), inclusions of Common Core, and the unsolicited addition of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in mathematics,” the department announced…

Corcoran has been pushing the moral panic over Critical Race Theory.

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Related: Virginia school board members call for books to be burned

A Covid time bomb

A lot of Covid stories seem like hyperbole, but — in this care — I have personal knowledge that it isn’t. Last  August, my cousin became infected with Covid and was hospitalized for 12-days. He recovered, and went about his business without a hint of after effects until a couple weeks ago when he was hospitalized because of shortness of breath and fatigue.

The doctors discovered that he had blood clot on his lungs. They administered blood thinners and sent him home, and he will have to take blood thinners for the next six months. — wfw

IF you’ve had Covid and gotten over the nasty bug, you might think you’re out of the woods.

But experts have revealed that people who catch coronavirus are more at risk of a deadly stroke.Strokes are a medical emergency and happen when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. There are usually two main causes, this can be because of a blood clot or when a weakened blood vessel supplying the brain bursts

Another related condition is called a transient ischaemic attack (TIA), where the blood supply to the brain is temporarily interrupted.

Medics investigating illness after Covid infection found that people who had the virus faced a 72 per cent higher risk of heart failure after 12 months.

Even those who didn’t have an illness severe enough to be hospitalised could develop problems.

Omicron is the dominant strain in the UK and the majority of Brits have been protected with vaccines and booster doses.

A string of hugely positive studies show Omicron is milder than other strains, especially in the vaccinated.

Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.

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Stepping with the Fitbit

BERKELEY, Calif. — Legendary Terror frontman Scott Vogel was caught incessantly checking his Fitbit watch while pacing back and forth in hopes of improving his overall cardiovascular health, according to several distracted audience members.

“I want to make sure everyone in this place is going nuts at all times, and sometimes I’m so focused on all the kids stage diving that I forget I need to pay attention to myself,” noted an out-of-breath Vogel, using the mixer’s USB connection to charge his Fitbit in between bands. “I signed up for a ‘30-Day Beach Body Challenge’ and I use the stage as my gym. It’s tough to work out in the van, so I need to make the most of what I have.  Is it imperative that I win the ‘Over 40 Most Steps of the Month’? I think you know the answer.”

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The House More Act aims to rectify the damage done by Cannabis prohibition –updated 4-14-22

Cannabis has long been one of the major engines driving excessive policing and incarceration. Between 2001 and 2010, there were about 8.2 million cannabis arrests, according to the ACLU. he vast majority of which — 88 percent — were for possession alone.

In recent years, many states have legalized cannabis use for medical and/or recreational use. However, there were still 663,000 cannabis arrests in 2018, accounting for fully 40 percent of all drug arrests. Again, almost 90 percent of these were for possession.

Around 40,000 people are still in jail for cannabis offenses. Imprisonment has huge negative effects on people’s long-term prospects.

Being incarcerated makes it more difficult to get a job. It cuts wage growth by 30 percent over a person’s lifetime. Each year in prison takes two years off a person’s life expectancy.

Human suffering is inflicted at a high dollar cost. Police enforcement of cannabis amounts to around $3.6 billion yearly.

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One of the greatest evils of Marijuana Prohibition is that many of the people responsible for enacting and enforcing the ban on pot were aware that it wasn’t a dangerous, addictive substance, they knew the truth — and they chose to ignore the facts.— wfw

Related: Several GOP Senators Oppose Legalizing Pot Following MORE Act Vote

Note: none of these senators can back up their opposition to legalizing marijuana with anything approximating factual, objective evidence. All they have is boilerplate bullpucky.

The squares are freakin’ out! — updated 4/13/22

Conservatives are fond of wrapping themselves in the flag and yammering on about freedom, but — the fact is — the only freedom they care about is the freedom to dictate how you, and people like you live your lives, as illustrated by Dianne Roberts commentary in the Florida Phoenix (April 11, 2022). — wfw

Republicans are angry.So very, very angry.

Deranged White Man Syndrome has not yet been listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, but it’s just a matter of time.

Seriously, these dudes (and they are mostly male-gendered persons) are on a rampage of rage and loathing which cannot be healthy.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham stormed out of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings twice. He was practically foaming at the mouth, demanding she rate her faith and shouting about Brett Kavanaugh, child molesters, and how Jackson is a Black woman, fine, but she is the wrong kind of Black woman.

To which I say: Get help, son.

READ THE COMMENTARY HERE

Related: ‘Highest rates ever’: Conservatives force school districts to ban over 1000 books – LGBTQ and Black authors targeted

Related: There’s a significant spike in ultra-violent right-wing threats against teachers supporting LGBTQ+ rights

Related: NYT slammed over piece on 8 conservative men who don’t feel ‘free to be themselves in the culture’

Republican rake in million$ from corporate price gougers

Jon Skolnik, in his recent Salon Commentary (April 9, 2022) underscores the hypocrisy of republican officials, who blame Biden for inflation while profiting off of corporate price hikes.

According to an Accountable.US report exclusively obtained by Salon, three Republican senators and fifteen members of the House GOP caucus have raked in at least $5,709,425 from corporations that have used inflation as a pretext for jacking up prices.

“Corporate profits were the highest they ever were last year, and you have the Republican caucus in the Senate and the House basically trying to give them a pass,” said Tony Carrk, Executive Director of Accountable.US.

Chief among Corporate America’s political guardians is Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who last year raked in $1.24 million from industry behemoths like Walmart, Kroger, Chevron, Johnson & Johnson, and Ford.

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I have often stated that the Democratic Party has its share of self-serving lowlife, but when to comes the sheer numbers of self-serving, hypocritical scumbags, there’s no beating the GOP. — wfw

Like father, like scum

Trump Jr. Texts Show ‘Coup Was the Plan’ From the Start, Legal Experts Say

BY JASON LEMON  Newsweek April 9, 2022

Some legal experts contend that newly reported text message sent from Donald Trump Jr. to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows demonstrate that the former president and his allies were planning a “coup” from the start—even before votes were fully counted in the 2020 election.

CNN first reported on Friday that Trump Jr. sent a November 5, 2020 text message to Meadows which said: “It’s very simple … We have multiple paths We control them all.” The former president’s son reportedly laid out plans to subvert the Electoral College process and keep his father, former President Donald Trump, in the White House. Notably, that message was sent just two days after the election—before the results were finalized and as many states continued to count ballots.

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I can understand the disgust and frustration with the political establishment led people to vote for Donald Trump in 2016 — but that was then and this is now — and now it is clear that Donald Trump, his son, and their allies are traitors to this country, and everything is stands for, ergo, anyone who supports Donald Trump now is either willfully ignorant, or willfully evil — a collaborator in the worst sense of the word. — wfw

Bears are waking up in the Adirondacks

If you go down in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise
If you go down in the woods today, you’d better go in disguise
For every bear that ever there was 
Will gather there for certain because 
Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic

Black bears are active in the Adirondacks this time of year as they leave hibernation. 

While the mountains are home to over half of the State’s black bear population, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) says that encounters are not common.

Still, the DEC is urging New Yorkers to make sure their properties are organized so as not to attract bears. 

In a recent release, the DEC encourages folks to take down bird feeders, store garbage within “secure buildings” until collection and keep pet food inside.

There are around 4,000 black bears in the Adirondacks. In fact, the DEC deems most of upstate New York as “bear country.”

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Workplace testing for marijuana use is unconstitutional!

Washington, DC: A plurality of Americans oppose workplace policies that permit employers to drug test employees for cannabis in states where its off-the-job use is legal, according to nationwide polling dataprovided by YouGov.com. 

Forty-four percent of respondents said that they opposed “allowing employers to test workers for marijuana in states where [it] is legal.” Thirty-six percent of respondents supported the policy and 20 percent were undecided. 

In recent months, several states – such as Nevada, New Jersey, New York, and Montana – have enacted legislation limiting employers’ ability to either pre-screen applicants for past marijuana exposure or refuse to hire them. New York’s policy further limits employers’ ability to sanction current employees for their off-hours marijuana use absent evidence of “articulable symptoms of cannabis impairment.”

City officials in several metropolitan areas – such as AtlantaBaltimorePhiladelphia, and St. Louis – have also recently adopted local laws prohibiting marijuana-specific pre-employment and random drug screenings for public employees in non-safety sensitive positions.

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Nuff Said – updated April 3, 2022

By Dan Whitcomb and Tim Reid

(Reuters) – Sarah Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president in 2008, announced her run for Alaska’s only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday.

By Dan Whitcomb and Tim Reid

(Reuters) – Sarah Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president in 2008, announced her run for Alaska’s only seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday.

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Alaska Republicans Trash Sarah Palin

https://www.rawstory.com/sarah-palin-2657085039/

Elise votes against legalizing marijuana

Elise Lies!

Congresswoman ,Elise Stefanik, said she opposes legalizing marijuana after hearing concerns from people, including parents, that marijuana use is a gateway to other drugs.

That is — without a doubt — the grand-daddy of lame excuses. There isn’t a credible bit of evidence to support that contention, and Elise knows it. She lies, and lies, and lies… It’s her SOP! — wfw

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The House votes in favor of legalizing marijuana

But, it’s likely that the Troglodytes in the Senate, aka Republicans and their ilk, will cling to their nonsensical opposition and kill the Bill — wfw

The Hill reports that the House passed legislation on Friday to legalize marijuana nationwide and eliminate the longstanding criminal penalties for anyone who distributes or possesses it. 

Lawmakers passed the bill largely along party lines, 220-204, with three Republicans joining all but two Democrats in support.

The three Republicans who voted for the bill were Reps. Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Brian Mast (Fla.) and Tom McClintock (Calif.), while Democratic Reps. Henry Cuellar (Texas) and Chris Pappas (N.H.) voted against it.

The measure now goes to the Senate, where Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is working with fellow Democrats to introduce a marijuana legalization bill as soon as this spring.  

But it’s not clear a bill to broadly legalize marijuana could clear the necessary 60 votes to advance in the Senate.  

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Judge rules against Trump and Eastman: legal expert

Raw Story reports that a federal judge “brought down the hammer” on Donald Trump and law professor John Eastman over their efforts to overturn the 2020 election, and a legal expert analyzed the ruling that found they “likely committed” multiple crimes as part of the scheme…

“In short, Judge Carter concluded, ‘this plan was a last-ditch attempt to secure the Presidency by any means,'” Wehle wrote. “It violated the Constitution and, per Eastman’s own admission, ‘several provisions of statutory law.’ Eastman knew it. Trump knew it. And to this day, the world knows it.”

The judge found ample evidence that Trump and Eastman were trying to pressure vice president Mike Pence to disrupt the joint session of Congress, and Carter found that Trump almost certainly knew his justification was baseless, because his own officials had told him there was no election fraud and more than 60 courts dismissed his election challenges.

READ MORE HERE

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