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Cheers and Jeers: Thursday

Daily Kos - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 07:51

Who's Behind the Jan. 6 Republican Insurrection Today?

Here's the current list of those responsible, updated at 7:30am ET by the Republican National Committee:

Democrats hypnotized by The Squad…Antifa hypnotized by George Soros…Tourists hypnotized by Critical Race Theory…The FBI hypnotized by Doc Fauci…The Greens…Planned Parenthood…The Pope and Opus Dei…The cicadas…The murder hornets…The Pope and Opus Dei riding cicadas like horses under secret orders from the murder hornets…Not Republicans no way nuh uh...Socialist children standing on each other's shoulders under body armor to make it look like they're adults…France…Cancel Culture…the gays, feminists, and pagans (who had time to do it because it wasn't hurricane-manipulating season yet)…fake Republicans led by that Raffensperger fella from Georgia…and, of course, Randy Rainbow and His All-Star Dancing Insurrectionists.

Next update at 8:30am ET. Stay vigilant.

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Cartoon: A Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at an ex-Presidency

Daily Kos - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 07:50

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Categories: Politics

Late Night: Former NRA President Tricked Into Speaking At Fake High School Graduation

Balloon Juice - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 23:50

Kattails just sent me this, and wondered whether the release of this video might have been timed to correspond with Biden’s speech today.  Interesting thought!  It was certainly timed to coincide with the graduation ceremonies that more than 3,000 class of 2021 graduates will not be able to attend because they died from gun violence.

Well done, Parkland dad.  I am sorry for your loss, but you are not letting them forget.

A Former NRA President Was Tricked Into Speaking At A Fake High School Graduation

Change the Ref, an organization founded by Manuel and Patricia Oliver, whose son Joaquin “Guac” was killed in 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, held a fake high school graduation for what they call “The Lost Class” of students.

They invited Keene and John Lott, an author and gun rights activist, to give remarks to a high school graduating class and filmed what they were told was a rehearsal in a stadium of empty chairs.

Ironically, had the men conducted a proper background check on the school, they would have seen that the school is fake,” a Change the Ref spokesperson said in a press release.

After filming, Keene and Lott were told the graduation was canceled and were not informed before the videos were released on Wednesday that the event was fake.

“You’re telling me the whole thing was a setup?” said Lott, when he responded to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment. “No, I didn’t know that.”

The stunt was designed to highlight how powerful gun advocates speak. “These two guys are part of the problem,” Manuel Oliver told BuzzFeed News. “We need to call them out, we need to show everyone — this is how they process the logic behind the gun industry.”

“We need to show we’re brave and we’re not afraid of these guys,” Oliver said. “We’ve already felt the worst possible situation. There’s no threat that can make me feel different.”

In videos released on Wednesday, Lott and Keene’s graduation speeches — in which they call for gun rights protections and talk about James Madison, the Founding Father who proposed the Second Amendment — are interspersed with audio from 911 calls about school shootings and the sound of gunfire.

Read the whole thing.  And watch the video.

One of David Hogg’s tweets from yesterday said this:

One of the best ways to make sure young people don’t vote is to make it practically impossible for the elected officials (we helped elected) to do their job and pass legislation that the majority of Americans support.

We need to abolish the filibuster.

You know that is all part of the Republican plan.  Bastards.

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Categories: Politics

A Day At The Beach In Normandy, France - 122 Years Ago

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 23:00

This is a film taken in about the late 1890's from The Netherlands and France but enhanced with the most modern AI technology. From the blurb:

The film begins at a train station with holidaymakers arriving.
Before the Riviera became popular, Parisians headed to the sea fronts of Normandy. Observe the mobile beach huts for the more adventurous women to change into swimming costumes.
The huts were then rolled down to the waters edge for a secluded dip in the water.
Another interesting feature are the diving boards attached to moored boats.
We don't have an exact date for this footage but judging by the various fashions and accessories this is some time between 1896 and 1906.

Open thread below...

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News Roundup: Americans say democracy is in peril; Biden takes actions on guns, immigration

Daily Kos - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 22:30

In the news today: A new poll suggests that American voters are far more concerned about the future of American democracy than their senators are. The Biden administration isn't just ending the Trump Team's white nationalism-premised "Remain in Mexico" immigration rules, they're taking steps to help remedy the wrongs done. Tucker Carlson continues to be a major propagandist for fascist insurrectionists, but we quickly learned that pro-Trump militants were planning for violence on Jan. 6 long before they arrived in Washington, D.C. The more evidence comes in, the stronger that case gets.

Here's some of what you may have missed:

Categories: Politics

Let’s Talk Music: The Number Ones

Balloon Juice - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 22:07

Medium Cool with BGinCHI – Music!

Let’s talk music.  I have had this site open in a tab for over a month: The Number Ones

It’s been so long that I don’t even recall who first posted the link, but I do recall some good-natured cursing at the person who did, by people who had gone down the rabbit hole.

Once this post goes up, I’ll add it to the Featuring menu in the sidebar so the conversation can continue any time you want to talk music overnight.

edit:  h/t Nicole!

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Categories: Politics

On The Road – randy khan – Springtime in Paris – Floating along the Seine

Balloon Juice - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 22:00
randy khan

While a lot of the really touristy things in Paris are entirely skippable, here are some that you really should do.  One of them is taking a boat ride on the Seine.  It’s a great way to get off your feet for a while, and it also gives you a different perspective on the city.  There are boats that just do a circuit from roughly the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame and back, and there also are boats where you sit down for lunch or dinner; we’ve done both.  These photos are from a dinner cruise, arranged by our Parisian friend, as we never would have thought of it ourselves.

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Categories: Politics

Let’s Sabotage Ron DeSantis’s Stupid Survey

Kevin Drumm - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 21:48

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, in an effort to maintain his leadership in the people's struggle against oppressive Critical Race Theory indoctrination, has signed a bill that sets up an annual survey of the "college community":

Under HB 233, signed by DeSantis on June 22, the Florida Board of Education will now require Florida colleges to survey students every year and assess “the intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity” at each institution....In this case, college community refers to students, faculty and staff. The survey will check how free they feel to express their own beliefs and viewpoints while on campus and in the classroom.

This is great. If Florida progressives have any sense, they will organize a campaign of mass lying on this survey. The results, when tallied, will show that higher education in Florida is chock full of conservatives who feel completely free to express their admiration for Comrade DeSantis and the tenets of kulturkampf Trumpism. The whole thing should be turned into a ridiculous embarrassment that exposes the shallowness of DeSantis's claims to managerial competence.

So let's get on this, OK?

Categories: Politics

Support C&L -- Before It's Too Late

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 20:31

I've been writing for years how social media companies kowtow to the conservative fire-breathing a**holes who complain they're being persecuted.

So how did they respond? Tucker Carlson's outlet, The Daily Caller, gets hired as---you guessed it! A fact checker for Facebook.

These moves have hurt Crooks and Liars and many other progressive news and blogger sites tremendously.

Traitor Trump profited more from Facebook and Twitter than any other politician before him because, as the numbers confirm, conspiracy theories are far more popular than actual news. And Trump was the king of conspiracies, the court jester of grievances, and the king of the birthers.

If you go back 10 years, there were an abundant number of great progressive writers all over the Internet. Now, without a level playing field from corporate media, the numbers are dwindling as we speak. Don't let us be one of them.

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Foreign Affairs Open Thread: Has It Really / Only Been Five Years of Brexit?

Balloon Juice - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 20:31

If I’d had more warning, I’d have asked Tony Jay to write an explainer for us. On the other hand, I don’t want to be responsible for the poor fella stroking out…

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Categories: Politics

This is How You Talk To Assholes

Balloon Juice - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 18:35

Here’s that General Milley CRT*-in-the-military response everyone’s been talking about.

(OT, but I’d like to know what he found of military use in those Mouse books he mentioned, but that’s for another time.)

This isn’t quite as enamel-removing as that Austalian general’s blistering message on sexual abuse, but it’s exactly what is needed from our senior military leadership and elected officials.

The Republicans are weaponizing White nationalism–race based fascism–by dressing it up as “concern” for historical accuracy or American idealism or what have you. They are trying to regain power by denying the reality of our past and present, using very clever marketing to do so. You don’t win that fight by correcting them fact by fact. You win it by punching them (metapohorically) in the face.

General Milley does that within the bounds set by his uniform and his obligation to respond to civilian authority. Now we need our elected to go full bore as well, with the added freedom of expression they have compared to a serving member of the armed services.

Some are. More need to. And we need to work the media as hard as possible to shift the representation of this fight there. Twitter warriors, mount up!

Oh…and open thread.

*No, no, no…not those old-style TVs that some supply sergeant may still have to account for.

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Categories: Politics

Something Good Open Thread: ‘Navajo Nation celebrates its first official Pride parade’

Balloon Juice - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 17:20

Cheering read from the Washington Post — “‘We’re here, we survived and we’re going to be okay’“:

Navajo Nation Pride began as a small event hosted outside the offices of a feminist collective in Window Rock’s Ch’ihootso Indian Market Place four years ago. Since then, the annual event has grown into the country’s largest Indigenous Pride — peaking at an estimated 7,000 attendees in 2019 — with year-long programs and scholarships dedicated to supporting LGBTQ2S+ youth and leaders.

This year, Pride came as the Navajo Nation, which suffered some of the worst effects of the pandemic, leads the country in vaccinations. Cars adorned with gay and trans pride flags, signs reading “Diyingo ‘Adaanitsíískéés” — Navajo for “We are sacred” — and rainbow streamers paraded from the Navajo Nation Museum through central Window Rock and to the Navajo Nation Council Chambers.

There, attendees settled in folding chairs spaced six feet apart to hear speakers address movements to reclaim Indigenous LGBTQ2S+ identity, the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis among American Indians and Alaskan Natives, and the work to pass inclusive legislation such as the Navajo Nation Equality Act. The theme of the year was “the sacred resilience of Indigenous womxn.”

“This year is our fourth year and in Diné culture we understand that the number four is a very sacred number,” invoking the four directions and the four sacred colors, said Navajo Nation Pride’s youth director Geronimo Louie (Navajo). “We are a matriarchal society at heart and through our teachings and understandings and our origin stories, women have always been leading and paving the way for all of us as Indigenous people.”…

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Categories: Politics

Former NRA president tricked into giving graduation speech to 3,044 chairs representing dead teens

Daily Kos - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 17:12

If the name David Keene rings a bell that’s because he’s the former president of the NRA. He’s one of those guys in the photos with suspected Russian NRA operative Maria Butina. He and his wife seemed to want to get into the Russian jet fuel business back in 2017. Seriously. Keene is no longer the president of the pro high school shooting gun club, but he remains a board member—even through all of the downs and downs and downs the NRA has suffered the last few years. Knowing where the bodies are buried probably helps. John Lott is also a name you might remember as the “academic” researcher who proved that more guns made society safer, but was humiliated when no one could replicate his findings and it was revealed that he was using anonymous accounts to write opinion pieces praising himself as an important scholar.

On June 4, both Keene and Lott gave speeches to the James Madison Academy 2021 graduating class in a Las Vegas stadium. The audience was made up of 3,044 empty folding chairs. According to BuzzFeedNews, Keene told the empty space to fight restrictive gun laws and to “follow your dream and make it a reality." Lott spoke about background checks. What Keene doesn’t seem to have realized is that the 3,044 empty chairs he was addressing represented an estimated 3,044 children that would not be graduating this year as a result of gun violence. James Madison Academy is not an actual school.

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Matt Gaetz tries to showboat on 'critical race theory,' an angry Gen. Mark Milley isn't having it

Daily Kos - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 17:04

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz has been trying very hard to shore up Republican base support in anticipation of possibly being indicted on federal sex trafficking charges, and that means Gaetz jumped at a chance to say the words criticalracetheory at Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley. (Yeah, an alleged sex trafficker who's been exposed as part of a sex crimes ring is on the House Armed Services Committee. Republicanism!)

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Ohio Republican Who Forged His Father's Signature To Vote Twice Calls It 'An Honest Mistake'

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 16:42

For his "honest mistake" the younger Mr Snodgrass who voted for his dead father got himself:

  • 3 days in jail
  • $500 fine
  • Assessed court costs

An elected official who commits voter fraud probably shouldn't be an elected official, right?

Source: The Hill

A Republican Ohio government official admitted to forging his deceased father's signature on an absentee ballot in the 2020 presidential election, calling his actions “an honest error."

Edward Snodgrass, a Porter Township trustee, told NBC News that he had been signing documents on his father's behalf for several years due his father breaking his arm.

“It was there with a pile of other paperwork,” Snodgrass said of the absentee ballot. “I was sleep-deprived and not thinking clearly. But I’m not going to run away from it.”

“I was simply trying to execute a dying man’s wishes,” he added, saying that it would be wrong to characterize what he did as “just Trump voter fraud."

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Matt Gaetz Is PWNED By Chairman Of Joint Chiefs Of Staff

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 16:30

Apparently, Matt Gaetz thinks wailing about critical race theory will distract from him being under investigation for trafficking underage girls and then witness tampering about it.

During a House military budget hearing, Gaetz and his Republican colleagues wanted to make the teaching of "critical race theory" in the US Military academies a thing. It's not a thing.

And of course Republicans didn't really want an answer from witnesses on that topic, they were showing off in the hopes that their outrage alone would make it onto the Fox News primetime lineup.

So Democrat Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania yielded some of her time to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Mark Milley, to give his thoughts. Which were perfect, and went immediately viral.

GEN. MARK MILLEY, CHAIRMAN, JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF: Sure. Critical race theory, et cetera, a lot of us have to get smarter on whatever the theory is. I do think it's important actually for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and be widely read. The United States Military Academy is a university. And it is important that we train and we understand.

And I want to understand white rage, and I'm white and I want to understand it.

So what is it that caused thousands of people to assault this building and try to overturn the Constitution of the United States of America? What caused that? I want to find that out.

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Psaki Explains VP Harris' Border Trip To Doocy Like The Child He Is

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 16:20

Proof positive that no matter what Vice President Kamala Harris does, the winger press is going to skewer her for it. Witness Psaki-bomb masochist Peter Doocy in today's press briefing.

"About today's announcement, why is the vice president visiting the border this week, when earlier this month, she dismissed a trip like that, saying it would be a grand gesture?" he asked Jen Psaki.

She replied, smiling, "She also said, in an interview with NBC, that she would be open to going to the border if it was an appropriate time. She said that after she said that, so that's important context as well."

Not that Doocy would recognize context, since it's doubtful he's up to the "C"s, yet, but here we are.

He soldiered on, not having gotten his fill of correction, with the following: "Okay, and important context, I've got the NBC interview right here, she was talking about how she hasn't been to the border, she hasn't been to Europe, either. So, does she think that these two things are the same?"

Sure, Petey. Harris thinks Europe and the southern border are exactly the same.

Psaki was more professional, as usual, than I would have been.

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DC Mayor Schools Ron Johnson On Whether DC Residents 'Deserve Statehood'

Crooks and Liars - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 15:59

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Tuesday pushed back against Sen. Ron Johnson's (R-WI) suggestion that residents of her city don't deserve statehood because they have a greater interest in the federal government than other Americans.

The confrontation occurred during a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

"Those individuals who are within the District obviously have a vested interest in a very powerful federal government," Johnson said while arguing against statehood. "Which is counter to the power vested in the states [and] the states want to maintain their sovereign power."

"To me, this seems just like a naked power grab," he continued. "In 2020, 92.2% of D.C. votes went to the Democratic candidate; 5.4% went to the Republican candidate. In the last 80 elections, no Republican candidate has gotten more than 10% of the vote."

Johnson went on to cite the median income of the residents as a point against statehood.

"In the end, people choose to live here," he added before turning to Bowser to complain about how insurrectionists were treated after breaching the Capitol on Jan. 6.

"Have you seen any information as to how much damage was done during the summer rioting?" Johnson wanted to know.

But Bowser insisted on responding to Johnson's suggestion that D.C. residents do not deserve equal representation because they have a vested interest in the federal government.

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Seriously, ACLU?

Kevin Drumm - Wed, 06/23/2021 - 15:55

Today the Supreme Court sided against a school district that tried to punish a high school student for sending a "vulgar message" away from school grounds. The ACLU defended the student, and good for them. Free speech is free speech, and it should protect even kids on their own time.

But then there's this:

Really? Are they trying to make sure to offend the public over this? Shouldn't our goal be to get people on our side, not to make them wonder if this is the right side after all?

Come on, people. Think. We're supposed to be the adults here.

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