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-Land of the Free
Texas Is Crafting Measure to Bar Big Tech Censorship, Following Florida’s Lead
[EpochTimes] Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
... governor of Texas. Abbott is a Republican. His 2014 Dem opponent, state senatrix Wendy Davis, thought the absolute, most pressing, most important issue facing the state was abortion. Abbott beat the pantyhose off her. His 2018 opponent, Lupe Valdez didn't dwell too heavily on abortion, but she lost too...
says he’s working with state politicians on a bill to prevent big tech companies from taking action to moderate user content based on political viewpoints.

"We are working with Sen. [Bryan] Hughes on legislation to prevent social media providers like Facebook & Twitter from cancelling conservative speech," Abbott said in a Feb. 7 statement on Twitter.

His announcement follows a Florida proposal that would seek to penalize social media companies that de-platform candidates during an election. The legislation would fine companies $100,000 a day until the candidate’s access to the platform is restored.

Florida would also require companies who promote a candidate to record such endorsements as a political campaign contribution at the state’s election commission.

Several states are taking steps to protect the free flow of speech and prevent Silicon Valley companies from using their monopoly to police speech they don’t agree with. These companies have been scrutinized repeatedly for their perceived political bias and alleged unbalanced moderation of users’ content. Critics say much of the companies’ moderation in the past year has focused on conservative speech and speech from individuals deemed to be supporters of former President Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
Hughes, a Republican, told Inside Texas Politics that the measure he and Abbott intend to introduce will address any unbalanced moderation of user accounts by social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook.

"Federal law does allow us to regulate these companies and so the bill we’re getting ready to file will say that if a company discriminates against you, if the platforms blocks or kicks you off based on your viewpoint, based on your politics or religion based on viewpoint discrimination, it will give you a way to get back online," Hughes said.

Officials at Google, Facebook, and Twitter didn’t immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment.

On the same day, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also confirmed that his state will take further steps to address big tech censorship, adding that the state has already started by filing an antitrust lawsuit against Google in December 2020.

"I am so encouraged with what he’s doing in Florida. Thank you Gov. [Ron] DeSantis for doing that," Paxton told Fox News’ "Sunday Morning Futures."

"We have already started. We have a lawsuit against Google that focuses some of the very issues about their dominance, about how they abuse consumers, about how they take their private information, they don’t pay these consumers and they then use that information to make billions of dollars without the consumer really knowing how their private information is going to be used.

"So yes, I think you’re going to see more from my state in the coming months and coming years because if we don’t do something now, it’s maybe too late and these companies will have such dominance and so much money."

Paxton took the lead in filing that multistate lawsuit against Google, alleging that the technology behemoth had violated multiple federal and state antitrust and consumer protection laws. The lawsuit accused Google of engaging in false, misleading, and deceptive acts while the company was selling, buying, and auctioning online-display ads.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/11/2021 01:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6506 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I hope it includes jail times, massive fines and deplatforming any of them here in Texas by making providing them services like electricity and water illegal. And make sure to spread the love, ensure that employees and CEO's held accountable.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 02/11/2021 15:52 Comments || Top||


Legislation In South Dakota Seeks To Nullify Biden Executive Orders
We are a federal republic, and each of the states is a petri dish trying different experiments to see what works best.
[DailyWire] Legislation introduced in the South Dakota House of Representatives seeks to give the state’s attorney general the authority to review executive orders from President Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Candidate for president in 2020. When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'...
and potentially nullify any order deemed unconstitutional.

State Rep. Aaron Aylward (R-Harrisburg) introduced HB 1194, which is described as an act "to authorize the review of certain executive orders issued by the President of the United States."

The process to potentially nullify an executive order, which by nature bypasses congressional approval, "begins with a review by the Executive Council of the Legislative Research Board, followed by a referral from the Council to the attorney general and the governor," South Dakota news station KELO-TV reported last week. "Once the referral has been made, the attorney general may examine the order to determine whether the state can seek an exemption or declare it unconstitutional."

The bill specifies that Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg could exempt South Dakota from any law or order "that restricts a person’s rights or that is determined ... to be unconstitutional" if the law or order relates to the following:

  • A pandemic or other public health emergency

  • The regulation of natural resources

  • The regulation of the agricultural industry

  • The regulation of land use

  • The regulation of the financial sector through the imposition of environmental, social, or governance standards, or

  • The regulation of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms

  • Aylward told KELO-TV that the proposed legislation is not specific to Biden

"This isn’t just a President Biden issue but rather an overall executive overreach issue that we’ve been experiencing for a long time," Aylward said. "The U.S. Congress has abdicated their duty for a long time in different areas. This bill is simply setting up a process to nullify acts that would be unconstitutional. When looking at the U.S. Constitution, the President only has the powers that are laid out in Article II."

Asked about opposition to a potential national mask mandate from Biden under his legislation, Aylward responded in the affirmative: "This pertains to our rights that are protected under the U.S. Constitution. If the President ordered a nationwide mask mandate, it would go against the power laid out in Article II, and it would also go against the protection of the rights that may lie underneath the 9th and 10th Amendments."

If the bill were to pass, the Republican said, "it would give South Dakota much of its power back. Per the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution, the powers of the federal government need to line up with what is laid out in the document. ’Which shall be made in pursuance thereof[.]"

South Dakota, under the leadership of Republican Gov. Kristi Noem, has bucked the status quo when it comes to lockdown measures, instead, as Noem has articulated it, offering her constituents guidance and adhering to the science.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/11/2021 01:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under:

#1  On the surface it seems doomed to failure even if it passes, 'cause of the whole State vs Federal wheelhouse thing. On the other hand, jury nullification is a longstanding, accepted concept in the individual vs. an unjust law arena. A smart AG could extend that idea to State vs unjust Federal fiat/ukase/fatwa.
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/11/2021 8:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe Mercutio but the whole Sanctuary City nonsense the Libs put up years ago seem to have traction although maybe it was just the wet noodle spines of the Pubs at the time.
Posted by: Warthog || 02/11/2021 10:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Democrats are dead.
Posted by: crazyhorse || 02/11/2021 10:42 Comments || Top||


US court blocks NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s capacity limits on houses of worship
[IsraelTimes] In victory for church groups, federal court resinstates 50% attendance restriction for synagogues instead of differential 33% and 25% limits

A federal US judge has struck down an executive order by New York Governor Andrew Sonny Cuomo that instituted percentage-based capacity limits on houses of worship in his state’s COVID-19 cluster zones where cases were increasing.

Tuesday morning’s decision by the Brooklyn District Court constitutes a major victory for Orthodox groups, like the advocacy organization Agudath Israel, which challenged the executive order on religious discrimination grounds.

The US Supreme Court and 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals had blocked some of Cuomo’s restrictions last year.

"There was never any legitimate reason to treat religious worship less favorably than office work and shopping," said Avi Schick, the lawyer who represented Agudath Israel in the case. "We are grateful that religious practice has been restored to its constitutionally mandated place as an essential activity."

The executive order, which was first put in place in October and limited attendance at houses of worship in areas with high COVID-19 test positivity rates to 25 percent and 33%, depending on the severity of the positivity rates, were challenged by Agudath Israel, as well as the Brooklyn Catholic Diocese, in an appeal for an emergency injunction from the US Supreme Court.

The court, with its new conservative majority,
Thank you, President Trump!
ruled in favor of Agudah and the diocese in November, saying that Cuomo’s limits on cluster zones favored secular establishments like liquor stores over houses of worship by only imposing capacity restrictions on the latter and treating the former as "essential." Restrictions that kept services to 10 people or fewer, regardless of the size of the house of worship, were eliminated.

Further, the high court ordered an appeals court to reevaluate an earlier ruling that allowed the restrictions and in December, a federal appeals court followed the Supreme Court’s lead, ruling that the capacity limits on houses of worship in areas with rising COVID-19 cases constituted a violation of religious liberty.

The appeals court then sent the case back to the district court to decide if the percentage capacity limits — which limited attendance to 25% of the building’s capacity in "red zones," where COVID-19 positivity rates were especially high, and 33% in "orange zones," where positivity rates were somewhat lower — were needed to accomplish the government’s aim of slowing the spread of the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
The district court blocked those percentage capacity limits Tuesday, leaving houses of worship subject to the 50% capacity limit that was in place before the cluster zones plan.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/11/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Seems to me that if government can establish building capacities in the first place they can revise that capacity as they see fit, but they cannot treat different buildings differently, including (especially) churches. And 'essential' exceptions would need to be very rare and clearly justified. But IANAL.
Posted by: Glenmore || 02/11/2021 12:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Building capacity is set for Fire and Life Safety requirements based on occupancy. A rave is not a church service, and Andy is just showing who's in charge. Til he's not.
Posted by: Frank G || 02/11/2021 13:12 Comments || Top||


Europe
French ‘far-right’ leader Le Pen appears in court in hate speech trial
With Madame Le Pen looking like a viable candidate again, it’s time to haul out the old false accusations, in the hope that will hobble her just enough for the Anyone But Le Pen candidate to slide through again.
[IsraelTimes] French far-right leader Marine Le Pen appears in court on charges she broke hate speech laws by tweeting pictures of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
atrocities, a case she slammed as a politically motivated attempt to silence her.

The trial comes as opinion polls show Le Pen will likely face off again against Emmanuel Macron in next year’s presidential contest, after her National Rally made its strongest showing ever in the 2017 vote.

Le Pen shared the gruesome images in December 2015, a few weeks after Islamic State group jihadists killed 130 people in attacks in Gay Paree, in response to a journalist who drew a comparison between IS and her party.

One of the pictures showed the body of James Foley, an American journalist beheaded by the jihadists

Another showed a man in an orange jumpsuit being run over by a tank, and the third a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage.

"ISIS is this!" Le Pen wrote in a caption, using an Arabic acronym for IS.
Precisely right. The French Deep State should be ashamed of themselves, but they’ve been surrendering as hard as they could since the 1970s.
"I am obviously the victim of a political trial," Le Pen tells journalists at the courthouse in Nanterre, a Gay Paree suburb.

"The media published them, editorialists, newspapers, TV channels, and nobody was ever prosecuted for doing so — only Marine Le Pen is being prosecuted," she says.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/11/2021 01:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Home Front: Politix
Pelosi Banned Congresswoman's Military Officer Son From Attending Her Swearing-In
[Daily Caller]
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi would not allow Republican New York Rep. Claudia Tenney to have her son present in the gallery for her swearing-in Thursday, Tenney told the Daily Caller.

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer sent out a tweet Thursday morning with the news that Pelosi denied Tenney’s request to let her son, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, watch her get sworn in from above the floor in the gallery. The Daily Caller contacted Tenney about the news, to which she confirmed it was true.

"I guess he’s considered a risk," Tenney told the Caller. Tenney said that Pelosi told her the news about her son not being allowed to watch from the gallery in a "text from staff and in person," adding that there were "several exchanges."

Tenney’s son received a phone call from former President Donald Trump before he deployed to Iraq in 2017.
Posted by: Dino Bumble1005 || 02/11/2021 17:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6507 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What does the new DOD guy -- uhhh, General Austin? Have to day about this?

Pelosi is Klingon for 'pond scum'.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/11/2021 18:41 Comments || Top||

#2  The Democrat leadership had the same sort of petulant behavior in 1993.
Posted by: magpie || 02/11/2021 20:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Now U C when minds are stuck in the fog of the last century and can not deal with reality of the recent past 2016-2020 or the present time ---
- Delusion !
- Massive Group Insanity !

They are called DEMOCRATS
Posted by: Spats Brown8899 || 02/11/2021 21:01 Comments || Top||

#4  He could only watch from the parking garage. I am sure the 30,000 member National Guard protecting Pisslosi's chamber now know.
Posted by: Blackbeard Barnsmell6454 || 02/11/2021 21:49 Comments || Top||


Exclusive: Dozens of former Republican officials in talks to form anti-Trump third party
(Reuters) - Dozens of former Republican officials, who view the party as unwilling to stand up to former President Donald Trump and his attempts to undermine U.S. democracy, are in talks to form a center-right breakaway party, four people involved in the discussions told Reuters.

The early stage discussions include former elected Republicans, former officials in the Republican administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Trump, ex-Republican ambassadors and Republican strategists, the people involved say.

More than 120 of them held a Zoom call last Friday to discuss the breakaway group, which would run on a platform of "principled conservatism," including adherence to the Constitution and the rule of law - ideas those involved say have been trashed by Trump.

The plan would be to run candidates in some races but also to endorse center-right candidates in others, be they Republicans, independents or Democrats, the people say.

Egg McMuffin Evan McMullin, who was chief policy director for the House Republican Conference and ran as an independent in the 2016 presidential election, told Reuters that he co-hosted the Zoom call with former officials concerned about Trump’s grip on Republicans and the nativist turn the party has taken.
So it's the usual Never-Trumper Grifters like Bill Kristol, now that the Lincoln Project of pedophiles has blown up
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/11/2021 07:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6541 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Dozens..." Heh...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/11/2021 7:07 Comments || Top||

#2  "rotten eggs"; "one basket"
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/11/2021 8:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Does this mean they will leave the Republican Party?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/11/2021 8:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Who is running the show? McCain's kid?
Posted by: b || 02/11/2021 8:56 Comments || Top||

#5  "Nativist" -- the idea that government should favor citizens and legal immigrants over the subjects of foreign nations.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/11/2021 9:23 Comments || Top||

#6  Caste is not party. Loyalty to your caste is not loyalty to the party. The party is the customer base. You're not selling your 'product' to that base. Your appeal has become more 'selective'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/11/2021 9:28 Comments || Top||

#7  Where will they purchase supporters? Antifa?
Posted by: 3dc || 02/11/2021 9:38 Comments || Top||

#8  Where will they purchase supporters? Antifa?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/11/2021 9:50 Comments || Top||

#9  Where will they purchase supporters? Antifa?

I'm sure the Democrats will be more than willing to loan Antifa/BLM out to this party. After all they are really the same group.

(Sorry pressed 'submit' on previous posting before it was ready.)
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/11/2021 9:52 Comments || Top||

#10  "and his attempts to undermine U.S. democracy"

MSM; just keep saying it and everyone will believe it
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 02/11/2021 9:53 Comments || Top||

#11  I wish them luck! /sarc
Posted by: Pakvi Roti || 02/11/2021 9:56 Comments || Top||

#12 
Posted by: DarthVader || 02/11/2021 9:58 Comments || Top||

#13  The only way they got voted in was by lying, claiming to be Republican.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 02/11/2021 10:18 Comments || Top||

#14  We'll call it the....Beltway Party !
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/11/2021 10:25 Comments || Top||

#15  Me, I call it - Washington Dis Connected Bad Way - They just go around in circles - Dogs Chasing their tails - Clang ** Bell & Howl ... And now 535 members are behind barricades, or a JAIL of their own making, Please DON'T let the Dogs Out !
Posted by: Deadeye Wittlesbach3430 || 02/11/2021 10:45 Comments || Top||

#16  McMuffin huh. Kinda like basing a multi-million ad around Snooki. Then think that was such a good idea, to do another.

There is a new line of pillows coming out with pre-washed bite marks, super absorbent, good way to get things going.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/11/2021 10:46 Comments || Top||

#17  Congress = An Institution to which States send their Best Villiage Idiots to "Represent" Them.
Posted by: Deadeye Wittlesbach3430 || 02/11/2021 10:51 Comments || Top||

#18  Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomintang Republican Party?
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 02/11/2021 11:05 Comments || Top||

#19  'Dozens'? I bet the real number of them could all fit in a broom closet.
Posted by: Raj || 02/11/2021 11:09 Comments || Top||

#20  Antidisestablishmentarians?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/11/2021 11:37 Comments || Top||

#21  I'm sure in '1984' style (which they take as an instruction manual) they will call it the 'Freedom Party'.
Much like the Ministry of Truth...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/11/2021 11:57 Comments || Top||

#22  Where will they purchase supporters?
Dominion?
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/11/2021 12:17 Comments || Top||

#23  I bet the real number of them could all fit in a broom closet.

Getting them back out of the closet would be the trick.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/11/2021 12:35 Comments || Top||

#24  "Out of the closet, the deuce you say?"
John Weaver
Posted by: Frank G || 02/11/2021 13:02 Comments || Top||

#25  Part Astroturf Group and part Country Club RINOs -- hard to tell which.
Posted by: magpie || 02/11/2021 13:06 Comments || Top||

#26  Gotta keep the grift going at all costs.
Posted by: Zorba Lumplump1243 || 02/11/2021 13:50 Comments || Top||

#27  The Progressive billionaires will finance it, in the hope of slittng off enough Republicans to pur the Democrat in the White House again.

Recalling dear little Evan McMullin’s 2016 presidential run, The Savior of the Republicans in the end won no states and nearly no votes, getting third place in Utah (21.5%, behind both Trump and Clinton) and 0.53% of the popular vote nationwide.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/11/2021 16:05 Comments || Top||

#28  in the hope of slittng off enough Republicans

I have no idea what word slittng was meant to be. I do apologize.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/11/2021 16:08 Comments || Top||

#29  Where will they purchase supporters

Champion Sports? But, I don’t think they have much to support.
Posted by: KBK || 02/11/2021 16:20 Comments || Top||

#30  Evan McMullin? Is that grifter still around?
Posted by: tu3031 || 02/11/2021 20:47 Comments || Top||

#31  ^ True - with the demise of Kristol's rag and the cutback in Cruiseships ("Ahoy"), you'd think they be doing gloryholes in DC
Posted by: Frank G || 02/11/2021 21:00 Comments || Top||


Democrat Who Said Conservatives are Terrorists at Sham Impeachment Hearing Took Pedo Bucks From Jeffrey Epstein
[BigLeaguePolitics] “Congresswoman” Stacey Plaskett, a token representative from the Virgin Islands who is sometimes humored as if she is an actual legislator, said repeatedly that conservatives are domestic terrorists during the phony impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

However, Plaskett took multiple substantial financial contributions from deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, as Epstein bought favor with Plaskett so she would not call attention to his child sex trafficking operation in Little St. James, which is technically under Plaskett’s jurisdiction.

After it was revealed that the pedophile donated to Plaskett, she initially refused to return the total of $5,400 that she received from Epstein. Only after overwhelming pressure did she finally acquiesce to returning money given to her by the infamous Democrat-affiliated predator.
Posted by: Angumble Phish5980 || 02/11/2021 02:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under:


GOP Plans to Retake the House
[Epoch Times] The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) noted in a memo that the Republican Party is just five seats away from holding a majority in the House of Representatives, saying that the GOP can be competitive in four-dozen districts.

"We are just a few weeks into the Biden Administration and Americans are already seeing the job-killing initiatives House Democrats support," stated NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer in a release. "We will relentlessly hold House Democrats accountable for their socialist agenda and ensure voters understand the damaging impact policies like defunding the police, government-run health care, and ending the Keystone XL Pipeline will have on Americans’ everyday lives."

Emmer noted that in the House, the GOP is "just five seats short of a majority and are prepared to build" on its 2020 success.

The list includes 29 districts that either didn’t support President Joe Biden or supported the House incumbent by 5 points or less. The GOP also identified 10 Democrats who might have redistricting issues next year—as well as eight Democratic lawmakers who won by fewer than 10 points and also underperformed Biden.

The GOP, Emmer added, "will stay laser-focused on recruiting talented and diverse candidates, aggressively highlighting Democrats’ socialist agenda and raising enough resources to win."

During the last election, Democrats lost a total of 11 seats. No House Republican incumbent was defeated, although they picked up three open GOP seats.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/11/2021 00:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6515 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh, rat poop! That's "retake" the House.

As Seafarious used to say, "What's wrong with a little dyslexia?"

Fixed
Posted by: Bobby || 02/11/2021 0:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe it was "lysdexia". Blame the Irish whiskey.
Posted by: Bobby || 02/11/2021 0:34 Comments || Top||

#3  I would have fixed it for you, Bobby, but one of our quicker moderators quietly got there first. I love when that happens!
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/11/2021 0:46 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm half blotto now but it looked fine to me!
Posted by: Raj || 02/11/2021 1:04 Comments || Top||

#5  The more important one is the Senate. How do they plan to retake that AND ditch the weak sisters who hold them back? Romney, Murkowski, Sasse, and a couple others must be replaced - their states will send Republicans so why not send conservative populists to replace the swamp things? Plus Georgia will be having a re-do on Warnock. A Senate that can and will block court-packing, judges, etc is far more important than the house.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/11/2021 1:47 Comments || Top||

#6  GOP had both Houses before and didn't do jack egesta.

Supreme Court is in the balance, too, I would say (gawd how I loathe Roberts).
Posted by: Clem || 02/11/2021 3:24 Comments || Top||

#7  Why do they need to say it is their plan? Shouldn't the house, the senate, the presidency, the governors and the state & local always be the plan for a party?

Posted by: 3dc || 02/11/2021 9:48 Comments || Top||

#8 
Posted by: 3dc || 02/11/2021 9:50 Comments || Top||

#9  It's all Kabuki theatre unless you fix the Dominion voting steal...
Posted by: Warthog || 02/11/2021 10:21 Comments || Top||

#10  Yeah. It's really just up to Dominion now.
Posted by: Angstrom || 02/11/2021 10:41 Comments || Top||

#11  The precedent was set in November and January.

The Democrat vote fortification operation will find the necessary votes if the Democrats want to find the necessary votes.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 02/11/2021 11:08 Comments || Top||

#12  I'd like to see Sarah Palin primary Murkowski.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/11/2021 11:41 Comments || Top||

#13  Kind of think that if they don't control the House they should be trying to retake the house. Seems common sense.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/11/2021 11:50 Comments || Top||

#14  Ooooo, finally a plan! Maybe next they will send out an appeal for money with really good graphics and stirring words about things they think i care about. Gosh, maybe they can even work in that wholesome idea of being bipartisan since that really means so much! Again, party of evil and party of stupid format appears right on schedule.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 02/11/2021 12:52 Comments || Top||

#15  Wow, really?!

Not the Senate though, just the House.

Charlie, your last chance to out-bid the democrats to Dominion came and went by not hitting the mail-in fraud. Could have kept playing the game. You too democrats, done stuck it in the mashed potatoes too.

Now?

Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/11/2021 13:51 Comments || Top||

#16  Will ALWAYS be NANCY'S HOUSE until she retires and they know it.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 02/11/2021 14:04 Comments || Top||

#17  Won't happen so long as the mail-in ballot clusterfook exists.

If the last 4 years taught us anything, it's that we don't need to swap out a few Uniparty members for new faces; we need a complete overhaul of our country's political institutions. They're hopelessly corrupt.

Without thorough institutional reform -- of our elections, our media and tech industries, our security apparatus and our administrative state -- absent reform and recalibration of all of the above, nothing will change.
Posted by: Phailing Fleretch1528 || 02/11/2021 17:38 Comments || Top||

#18  In a low-tech past I seem to recall the prompt and salutary efficacy of lampposts somewhere in that reform concept
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 02/11/2021 20:14 Comments || Top||


Biden promises break from Trump-era politicization of military
For such an elderly man he should beware dropping lips and other organs off by lying
Technically he won’t be the one politicizing — it would be the senior generals.
[JPost] President Joe Biden promised he would never politicize the U.S. military as he made his first visit to the Pentagon as commander-in-chief on Wednesday, seeking to draw a contrast with the Trump-era in a far-reaching speech that emphasized diversity in the armed forces.

Biden, whose late son, Beau, was a soldier who deployed to Iraq, bristled at former President Donald Trump's approach to the military during the presidential campaign, including a report that Trump once privately called American soldiers killed during World War One "losers" and "suckers."

Critics say Trump openly flouted norms of behavior in open pursuit of political support among U.S. troops, who are meant to be loyal to the U.S. Constitution - not any party or political movement.

"I will never ever dishonor you, I will never disrespect you, I will never politicize the work you do," Biden said from the Pentagon briefing room.

He added: "This is personal for me. The Biden family is a military family."

Pentagon leadership is under pressure to show progress in combating white nationalism and other extremism in the ranks, after current and former military service members were found to have participated in the pro-Trump siege of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Navy's top admiral condemned two racist incidents involving hate symbols on warships, which sources said included a noose that was left on a Black sailor's bed.

Biden made history by naming retired Army general Lloyd Austin the first Black U.S. defense secretary. In his Pentagon address on Wednesday, Biden stressed other groundbreaking achievements by Black soldiers, from pilots who fought in World War Two to soldiers who fought in the Civil War.

"Right now, more than 40 percent of our active duty forces are people of color. Now it's long past time that the full diversity and full strength of our forces are reflected at every level of this department," Biden said.
Still, discrimination persists in the U.S. military.
Posted by: Frank G || 02/11/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Was the capital surrounded by national guard troops at the time?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/11/2021 0:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Transgender General ?
Posted by: crazyhorse || 02/11/2021 1:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Still, discrimination persists in the U.S. military.

Solution - RuPaul for Defense secretary!

(wait - you mean that won't work?)
Posted by: Raj || 02/11/2021 1:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Some in the ex-military might want to sock him one, but remember he is nearly 80 years old and recently got beaten up by his old German Shepard.

Posted by: Fleresh Uleart1138 || 02/11/2021 3:04 Comments || Top||

#5  "The Biden family is a military family."

That include Ensign Crackpipe? The Biden who was bounced from the Navy for cocaine use almost immediately upon enlisting?

"I will never disrespect you ..."

... even though most of you are filthy racists who need to be investigated and either 'reprogrammed' or cashiered

"I will never politicize the work you do"

... I'll just stage witch hunts and force you to prioritize identity politics theatricals over actual preparations for combat
Posted by: Thruger Gromosh5499 || 02/11/2021 3:45 Comments || Top||

#6  As the Dems are hardly "the" anti-war party, I think we'd better hope we don't go to war and rely on the human factor (and West Point cheaters).
Posted by: Clem || 02/11/2021 4:46 Comments || Top||

#7  "I will never disrespect you ..."

"now clap for that you stupid bastards"
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 02/11/2021 7:37 Comments || Top||

#8  "Of course, I'll respect you in the morning"

"I'm from the government, I'm here to help you"

"The check is in the mail"

"It's only a cold sore"
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/11/2021 8:44 Comments || Top||

#9  "a noose that was left on a Black sailor's bed"

Based on past history, it was either a garage pull or an exercise ring.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/11/2021 9:25 Comments || Top||

#10  Bring our troops home from DC, I'm tired of these foreign adventures.
Snark O'The Day
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/11/2021 11:18 Comments || Top||

#11  IIRC, the US population 60% white, 40% people "of color", so if 40% of the military consists of POCs that is exactly like America.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 02/11/2021 11:22 Comments || Top||

#12  ...Hispanic is an ethnic group not a race. More like 75%+ white.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/11/2021 12:33 Comments || Top||

#13  Democrats are the war party. Just or not Democrats got us into WW1, WW2, Korea, & Vietnam.

Historically, outside of the Bush Family, Republicans have been opposed to war (with the exception of war to end slavery and a few brushfires)
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/11/2021 12:46 Comments || Top||

#14  Biden is already against "Lying, dog-faced pony soldiers"...
Posted by: magpie || 02/11/2021 16:47 Comments || Top||


Arizona Senate falls vote short of holding Maricopa County supervisors in contempt
[Tuscon.com] A bid by Senate Republicans to hold Maricopa County supervisors in contempt faltered Monday as one GOP politician balked.

Sen. Paul Boyer, R-Glendale, said he believes the Senate does have the power to use its subpoena power to demand access to the county’s voting machines and ballots from the Nov. 3 election.

"That authority is clear, and it will be used if necessary," Boyer said. But he said he believes that power should be used "sparingly and reluctantly."
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Posted by: trailing wife || 02/11/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6506 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Toothless threats. The criminals got away with it because of gutless legislators

"That authority is clear, and it will be used if necessary," Boyer said.

Maricopa deliberately defied subpeonas and tampered with the evidence. What more does that arrogant ass need? Primary him, hard. His days must be numbered. If he will not impose consequences on criminals, then consequences must be imposed on him for blocking neccesary actions.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/11/2021 1:50 Comments || Top||

#2  The Arizona GOP is a rats nest. This is the heritage of John McCain, may he burn in hell.
Posted by: Deadeye Jaiting7534 || 02/11/2021 1:52 Comments || Top||

#3  Perhaps, elected officials from the Right need to revisit "The Federalist Papers". They might then comprehend the importance of their failure in political activity, decision making, and commitment to the Republic.
Posted by: Fleresh Uleart1138 || 02/11/2021 4:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Ayuh. About that thing going around saying we're in good shape because the GOP has majorities at the state level.
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/11/2021 8:12 Comments || Top||

#5  Lefties learned long ago that you can get what you want if you target a handful of people with money or threats.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/11/2021 12:47 Comments || Top||


-PC Follies
Facebook Filtering out ALL POLITICAL Content In Distraction Tactic for Elites [Big League Politics]
[Big League Politics] Facebook is moving to eliminate the proliferation of all content related to politics and government in its feed algorithm, hoping to distract users from matters the platform identifies as reserved for ruling class elites.

It’s expected that the platform will emphasize ‘lifestyle’ content in its stead, with users redirected to images of dogs, softcore pornography, snacks, and rap music.
“It’s important to note that we’re not removing political content from Facebook altogether,” said Aastha Gupta, Facebook’s product management director, in a statement. “Our goal is to preserve the ability for people to find and interact with political content on Facebook, while respecting each person’s appetite for it at the top of their News Feed.”

While those who use Facebook for purposes of political news now stand to lose their voice and source of information, the trend is merely the latest predictable move to turn Facebook into a propaganda institution for the ruling oligarchy. Facebook is no longer a place for citizens of so-called western democracies to criticize their leaders, point out the systemic corruption within western governments, and hold the oligarchs who lead global corporations to account.

In Facebook’s last earnings call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted the platform was seeking to disincentivize political expression broadly, citing the need to bow in obedience before President Joe Biden and stifle domestic criticism of his governance.
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#1 
Posted by: Clons Schwarzeneggar1650 || 02/11/2021 9:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Facebook is really trying to earn Myspace status.
Posted by: Zorba Lumplump1243 || 02/11/2021 11:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Bongino pointed out that FacistBook doesn't seem to have a problem with New York Democrats claiming Election and Tallying fraud this month. No problem at all.
So you can drop the 'ALL' political content claim.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 02/11/2021 12:15 Comments || Top||

#4  When's Biden going to have all the social media bigs up to White House for a blue crab fest and some Delaware style peach pie? That's how things get decided, yes?
Posted by: jpal || 02/11/2021 14:09 Comments || Top||

#5  All Leftist candidates can be pseudo-endorsed by "Issue Advocacy Messages". In the same manner that the Labor Unions and Left-wing PACs dodged the campaign finance limits for decades. Right-wingers will be swiftly censored.
Posted by: magpie || 02/11/2021 17:29 Comments || Top||

#6  FacistBook doesn't seem to have a problem with New York Democrats claiming Election and Tallying fraud this month. No problem at all.

Last summer during the Democrats' NY state presidential primaries, the Democrats rejected 21% of their own delegates' mail-in ballots for irregularities, fraud and other violations.

Twenty-one percent. Of their own voters.

And these assholes tell us to shut up and accept a general election outcome in which the rejection rate for heavily-Democrat mail-in ballots was less than 1/100th the rate that they themselves certified, just a few months before.

F--- this nonsense. No election in this country in which half or more ballots are mailed in can possibly be legitimate.
Posted by: Unusomp Untervehr9634 || 02/11/2021 17:48 Comments || Top||


Government
Georgia prosecutor opens criminal probe into ‘attempts to influence’ US election
Unity.
[IsraelTimes] A Georgia prosecutor says in a letter that she has opened a criminal investigation into "attempts to influence" the outcome of last year’s general election. Former President Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
is not specifically named in the letter, but he has come under intense criticism for a call he made to the state’s top elections official.

In a phone call last month, Trump pressed Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find" enough votes to overturn Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Candidate for president in 2020. Old, boring, a plagiarist, fond of hair sniffing and grabbing the protruding parts of women, and not whatcha call brilliant...
’s victory in the state.

In a letter to Raffensperger obtained by The News Agency that Dare Not be Named, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis informs him an investigation has been opened and that all records related to the administration of the election should be preserved, particularly those that may be evidence of attempts to influence the actions of people administering the election.
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