Crooks and Liars
The State of Minnesota had some fun by holding a naming contest for their new snowplows. Some of the winners are pretty funny and some are just groaners.
The votes are in: After more than 122,000 votes cast, we’re excited to announce the winners of our Name a Snowplow contest! These eight names will soon be on snowplows across the state. Learn more: https://t.co/4BFXpnrtaz pic.twitter.com/4FyIHZrzfc
— Minnesota Department of Transportation (@MnDOT) March 2, 2021
But seeing that it's Minnesota, I'm surprised that Mary Tyler Moore Snow and Raspberry Brr-et didn't score higher.
You can see the list of winners and runners up at their website.
Open thread below...
When Carol Lindeen died last week, her obituary had an unusual request: "In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Ron Johnson’s opponent in 2022."
Carol Lindeen, a longtime Madison resident who died last week at 81, never got directly involved in politics, though her daughter, Laurie Lindeen, described her as a “political junkie” who consumed books on politicians and politics.
“She was fascinated with it,” Laurie said. “I remember being grounded one summer and watching Watergate with her. What’s in the news or politics has always been the background music to my growing up. But she never got involved.”
A unique request Laurie included in her mother’s obituary, however, changed that.
“In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Ron Johnson’s opponent in 2022,” the obituary read.
And what was the final straw for her mother, a mild-mannered woman who raised her children not to talk about politics or religion in polite company?
Richard Barnett screamed at the judge to be let free, “I’ve been here a long time … another month … It’s not fair. You’re letting everyone else out … I need help,” he yelled.
Barnett's outburst didn't seem to help, as Judge Cooper immediately gaveled the court into recess and then ignored his "request" to be let free on bond, and set Barnett's next court date for May.
Don't do the crime if you can't do the time (Don't do it)
Source: New York Times
Richard Barnett, the Arkansas man charged with breaking into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office and stealing her mail during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, threw a tantrum during a virtual court hearing on Thursday, yelling at the judge and his own lawyers that it wasn’t “fair” that he was still in jail weeks after his arrest.
One of the most recognizable figures from the Capitol assault, Mr. Barnett, 60, was photographed on Jan. 6 with his feet up on a desk in Ms. Pelosi’s office and a cattle-prod-like stun gun dangling from his belt.
From the moment he was taken into custody, he has waged an ongoing — and so far unsuccessful — effort to be freed on bond, and he loudly lost his patience with the process at an otherwise routine hearing in front of Judge Christopher Cooper of Federal District Court in Washington.
While the country is still suffering through a pandemic and trying to mass-produce and implement enough vaccines to protect the entire United States population, Fox News is furious that President Biden hasn't held a full press briefing yet.
Sandra Smith claimed the Biden administration lacks transparency because he hasn't held a full press conference in the first 43 days. Fox News is more interested in his press availability than the crises facing the country right now.
Correspondent Kristin Fisher explained that we are getting daily press briefings and Joe Biden has answered questions many times since he took office.
"He has taken a few shouted questions -- very different than a formal news conference with the entire White House Press Corps," Fisher ceded.
Again, we are still in the throes of a pandemic.
Smith then put up a graphic to show when Bush, Obama, and Trump gave their first pressers but failed to mention that none of them had to deal with a pandemic, economic crisis, racial tension, and more.
Fox News and the entire right-wing media complex are once again trying to paint President Biden with a diminished mental capacity, falsely claiming he is not actually running the country.
As we know, the QAnon super big-brain trust have latched onto March 4 as the date that Prznint Stupid will be inaugurated as the 19th president (following President Ulysses S. Grant, who was according to them, the last legally elected president; no word on whether or not Grant will attend the festivities) —based on their superior understanding of Constitutional history and logic too sophisticated for me to understand.
The FBI said that the potential attack could involve the Three Percenters whose name is “based on the myth that only three percent of American colonists took up arms against the British during the American Revolution. ” The 3%ers “regard the present-day U.S. Government as analogous to the British” during the Revolutionary War, so you see that they have all the legal grounds covered for another revolution. In other words, you cannot have an insurrection against a country that doesn’t exist? Something like that? I told you that they were thinkier than us!
But I digest…
Texas Congressman Louie Gohemert, who was admonished by FOX Business for promoting anti-Semitic George Soros conspiracy theories to Lou Dobbs, now claims he doesn't know any Republicans who believe in QAnon.
The Capitol police advised Congress of security threats being made from QAnon and other Trump supporters over their latest March 4th conspiracies. Some Qanon types believe March 4 is a magic day in which Trump will somehow be sworn in for a second term.
The claim got under Gohmert's mask.
Why March 4th? Because that was the country’s original Inauguration Day, of course.
Speaking on the House floor, Gohmert said, "We were told 'no,' there is some concern from somebody that the QAnon announced inauguration will be tomorrow (March 4) so we need to get out of town."
Gohmert continued, "Apparently there's somebody that believes --I don't know anybody on our side, but perhaps the Speaker and the Majority Leader are the believers in QAnon. Nobody else here I know of."
Ummmm, Marjorie Taylor Greene?
Trump believes in QAnon.
Michael Flynn believes in QAnon.
Rep. Lauren Boebert believes in QAnon.
QAnon believes in QAnon. In the service of returning Donald Trump to office. Pelosi and Schumer? Not so much.
The list goes QAnon and on and on.
The House stayed in late Wednesday to wrap up a critical week's of work: passing H.R. 1, the sweeping voting and democracy reforms, and a expansive overhaul of American policing, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The House was shuttered Thursday, a result of the threat of violence against the Capitol bubbling up from those forces that, in part, make the legislation necessary: those with fascist and white supremacist instincts to impose their will over the majority, and particularly citizens of color, by keeping them out of the polls and under constant threat from law enforcement.
For five years Donald Trump used the most offensive language and nasty attacks on his political rivals or anyone that disagreed with him either during press events, interviews, and on social media.
Republicans stayed silent.
The GOP snowflakes in government and right-wing media seized up in spasms of whinery.
Greg Abbott said, "It's not the type of word a president should be using."
Yes, Abbott (Not with Costello) actually said that.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves claimed he had a PTSD attack from Biden's word, reliving the "trauma" from when Hillary Clinton called some crazy republicans "deplorables."
"Today I feel the same way as I did the day Hillary Clinton called all of us in middle America deplorables."
And to cap it off, on Fox and Friends, Missouri's seditious Senator Josh Hawley was flummoxed and attacked Biden for not being "Mr. Unity," and getting out to middle-America more.
Pres. Biden just came back from Texas offering millions of dollars of federal aid, but whateves.
Rachel Maddow didn't sugarcoat it Wednesday night. Elaine Chao misused her office as Trump's alleged "Transportation Secretary" from the beginning, appearing regularly to promote her father's business while in office. Drain the swamp? Not in the Transportation Department!
Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, the D.C. National Guard commander, testified to the Homeland Security committee yesterday he did not receive approval to send troops during the Jan. 6th insurrection until more than three hours after he had requested it. Via the New York Times:
He said he had received a “frantic call” at 1:49 p.m. from Steven A. Sund, then the chief of the Capitol Police, about half an hour before rioters breached the Capitol.
“Chief Sund, his voice cracking with emotion, indicated that there was a dire emergency at the Capitol,” General Walker testified. “He requested the immediate assistance of as many available National Guardsmen that I could muster.”
He said he had immediately alerted Army leaders and even put troops on buses “ready to move to the Capitol.” But Mr. (Christopher) Miller did not approve the request until 3:04 p.m., after military officials had expressed their concerns about optics. General Walker did not receive word that Pentagon officials had authorized his request until 5:08 p.m. — three hours and 19 minutes after he had received Chief Sund’s plea.
He testified that Mike Flynn's brother (who officials originally insisted was not on the call) and Gen. Piatt were concerned about the optics of sending the Guard, and said he thought there was a double standard that only applied to Black Lives Matter protests.
The five teachers from the private Christian School District near St. Louis (40 years of Biblical education) had a picture of themselves posted to social media holding up cards with the block letters spelling out "COONS." The St. Louis chapter of the NAACP was not amused.
Source: KSDK, Missouri
The St. Charles County branch of the NAACP and several parents are calling for change after five teachers were pictured on social media holding up a racial slur.
"I'm angry, I'm hurt because I trust you with my child," said one parent with a child in the Christian School District.
It started as a game of human Scrabble. The photo shows faculty from the https://www.ksdk.com/article/news/education/christian-school-district-ra... rearranging letters to form the word "coons." Someone then posted it to social media, parents said it was even on the school district's website. However, Principal Jake Ibbetson told 5 On Your Side Wednesday that wasn't the case. He said the photo was never posted to the school's website or any of the school's social media accounts.
Thank God there's at least one prominent Democrat in Florida to speak out about this disgusting "donations for vaccines" practice by Trump mini-me Ron DeSantis. The state agriculture official called it "corruption at its worst."
The Miami Herald reported yesterday that former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner made a $250,000 campaign contribution to Ron DeSantis last week after the high-end Florida Keys community where Rauner owns a home were among the first in the state to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Via the Sun-Sentinel:
Rauner’s connection to the favorable treatment first was reported Wednesday by the Miami Herald, which obtained a memo the management of the exclusive Ocean Reef Club sent to residents noting that its medical center had vaccinations for residents age 65 and over while most Floridians struggled to access the shots. DeSantis has used the state’s vaccination program to open special distribution sites in select communities while skipping state and local vaccine registration logs, various Florida news outlets have reported..
Alysin Camerota summed it up. "Former vice president Mike Pence has broken his silence in an op-ed about the election. and a new election law. His op-ed cries out for a reality check and John Avlon is here to oblige," she said.
"There's not a phrase in English for what former VP Mike Pence did yesterday. He emerged himself with an op-ed trying to curry favor with some of the same people who wanted to kill him at the Capitol," Avlon said.Hang Mike Pence! Hang Mike Pence!
"I mean, this is more than a fool's errand or exercise in political masochism. Listen to the first part of the first line. 'After an election marked by significant voting irregularities, I share the concerns of millions of Americans about the integrity of the 2020 election.' He's trying to dignify the Big Lie. The same one that almost got him killed. Because, of course, there were not significant voting irregularities.
"You need more evidence than the 60 court cases Team Trump lost, listen to election officials nationwide or former AG Bill Barr, Chris Wray. Pence knows a certain truth. Why is he doing it? Stockholm syndrome is when you start to identify with your captors. This is way worse. Listen to him trying to meet the mob halfway.
During an unhinged rant Tuesday evening, Fox News host and all around racist Laura Ingraham flailed at the immigration bill the Biden administration sent to Congress.
She began by hitting Biden for reopening immigration centers which had been previously closed before moving on to her real point.
"Democrats need to keep this crisis under wraps for as long as possible, because they know if the real truth gets out about this situation, their amnesty bill is sunk," she explained.
She continued, "What's happening is a purposeful repopulation of America and the exploitation of migrants for cheap labor." Oh Laura. Projection much?
"As for ordinary citizens of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and colors just trying to make a decent life for themselves, and maybe make a decent living, well you are out of luck," she went on, as if she actually cared about anyone other than those white folks who anxiously tune in to hear about how awful it is to share with others.
You know who talked about "repopulating Detroit" with Syrian immigrants? Yeah, that was Republican 2016 hopeful Jeb Bush. And boy howdy, did National Review rip him for it, too. And here is noted neo-Nazi Richard Spencer suggesting that Manhattan should be "repopulated" with Black people.
Just as we are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, Texas governor Greg Abbott wants to snuff it out with his reckless reopening of the state and revocation of the mask mandate. Just down the road a piece, Mississippi governor Tate Reeves is hot on Abbott's heels, declaring the state open for business, COVID variants, death and misery.
Joe Biden is not happy about it, as he made clear after giving a statement on how he intends to battle cancer and wrestle it to the ground, and kill it forever as a killer of people.
When asked by reporters, Biden was...chagrinned. "We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way in which we're able to get vaccines in people's arms. We've been able to move that all the way up to the end of May to have enough for every American to get -- every adult American to get a shot," he said. And the last thing -- the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that, in the meantime, everything is fine, take off your mask. "
"Forget it. It still matters," he cautioned.
FOX Business host Stuart Varney brought on the odious Trump propagandist Pete Hegseth to celebrate Texas opening up 100% and eliminating mask mandates.
Varney was ecstatic about the word "freedom" and asked Pete if the same mood of optimism in North Carolina is brewing because of Gov. Abbott's reckless attempts to distract from his inept handling of Texas blackouts and the freeze.
"Big time, " Hegseth replied. "Everyone has the option. You can wear a mask if you want to. You don't have to if you don't want to."
This is a lie, of course.
North Carolina does indeed have a mask mandate, but Pete was thrilled over the fact that not all places are enforcing it.
You do have the option to disregard CDC and North Carolina guidelines on wearing masks and social distancing at your peril and the peril of your family, friends and innocent bystanders.
Hegseth categorized the refusal to wear masks as "common sense." It's more like a possible death sentence, but that's just me.
Texas has been roundly panned by any serious person for taking these actions. (Are there many serious persons in Texas? If so, why can't they get elected to public office?)
Fox News, the no information network, continues to promote lies that endanger the health of American citizens.
Here is what they're celebrating:
What's that, you say? Another member of the Flynn family caught up in lies and traitorous behavior? Color me shocked.
Major General William Walker testified that Michael Flynn's younger brother was indeed on the phone call while the Capitol was being overwhelmed by violent insurrectionists on January 6. The Army had previously denied Flynn's presence on the call D.C. Police Chief Steven Sund placed, requesting back up from the National Guard to help secure the building.
Not only was Lt. General Charles Flynn on the call, over by 1:49 p.m. that day, he was one of the people arguing that the "optics" of having the National Guard show up to protect Congress and the Capitol wouldn't be good. It took over three hours for the "optics" of NOT having them there to get bad enough to send them in.
According to Maj. Gen. Walker's written prepared remarks, “The approval for Chief Sund’s request would eventually come from the Acting Secretary of Defense and be relayed to me by Army Senior Leaders at 5:08pm–three hours and 19 minutes later."
Many people were left shaking their heads in disgust with Texas Governor Greg Abbott when he announced yesterday that he was opening the state back up 100% and lifting all mask mandates. Among those criticizing the decision was San Antonio Spurs' head coach, Gregg Popovich.
Source: USA Today
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich continuously shook his head in disbelief.
He has often called spoken out on social issues. So it was not surprising Popovich had a strong opinion on Texas Governor Greg Abbott announcing he would lift mask mandates. Popovich called the decision “pretty mystifying” considering the coronavirus pandemic remains a problem both with infections, deaths and vaccine distribution.
Stacey Abrams knows how to answer a question about that failed president we just got rid of.
On Tuesday night's Late, Late Show with James Corden, the host asked Abrams about that guy's CPAC speech, where he hinted at a 2024 run.
"I don't care what that man does." said Abrams. "The film I produced, All In: The Fight for Democracy, is about how we can't be stymied by one person or one idea, that we have to be focused on our goals. And the goal of full inclusion in our democracy, means that we can't give the attention that a megalomaniacal narcissistic authoritarian failed president wants. The extent to which we focus our attention on him, and not on the people who need our help, we are doing exactly what he wants. And now I've given him thirty seconds more than I ever intended to."
Here's the trailer for Stacey Abram's movie, which is widely expected to receive an Oscar nomination this year:
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