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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are we going to hear any Republicans or conservative posters criticize this attack on free speech? Not holding my breath.

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At a town hall meeting on Wednesday, WRCB reporter Meredith Aldis wanted to ask Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) a question about the fierce blowback she has faced this week over old social media posts that promoted baseless claims and endorsed violence.

But when Aldis tried to ask her question at the meeting in Dalton, Ga., Greene rebuffed her.

“I’m talking to my constituents,” Greene said, refusing to listen to the reporter’s question or offer any response.

Then, staffers from Greene’s office told the reporter she had “caused a disturbance” and demanded that she and her team leave, WRCB reported Wednesday night. A sheriff’s deputy threatened to arrest Aldis and her crew for trespassing at the public town hall, which reporters had been invited to attend, the station reported.

The incident capped days of fiery criticism of the freshman congresswoman, who is the first member of Congress to openly endorse the QAnon extremist ideology that the FBI has deemed a domestic terrorism threat.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHOK_9hWU5U


Biden's inauguration led to mom escaping QAnon


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2021 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCiFqrL6PK0




All But 11 GOP Vote To Back Greene In Vote To Strip Committee Assignments | The ReidOut | MSNBC


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By a 239-199 vote on mostly party lines, the House voted to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of committee assignments. All but 11 Republicans voted to back Greene. Aired on 2/4/2021

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2021 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Taken over by the foulest of the foul.

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Feb. 27, 2021 at 5:26 p.m. PST


An Illinois lawmaker married to a member of Congress, who was herself recently criticized for quoting Hitler, is facing his own rebuke for displaying the logo of an extremist movement on his pickup truck at the U.S. Capitol complex in Washington on Jan. 6.

A photo shared on Twitter on Wednesday showed Chris Miller, a Republican member of the Illinois General Assembly, had a decal of the Three Percenters anti-government movement prominently displayed on his truck while it was parked at the East Front of the Capitol — an area that was highly restricted Jan. 6.

His wife, Rep. Mary E. Miller (R-Ill.), had been sworn in to her first term in the House just days earlier.

A group of Illinois Democrats is now calling for the state’s Office of the Legislative Inspector General to investigate “to what extent Miller played a role in the events of January 6, 2021.”

Miller has denied involvement with the Three Percenters movement and claimed he didn’t know what the logo represented. In an email to the Daily Beast, which first reported on the photo, Miller said he displayed the “cool” sticker given to him by an “Army friend” and only removed it after the backlash.

Then, in a statement from Miller’s office Friday, he said the sticker was given to his son by a family friend who said it represented “patriotism and love of country.”

“My intention was to display what I thought was a patriotic statement. I love our country and consider myself a patriot,” the statement read.

Miller did not immediately respond to The Washington Post’s requests Saturday seeking clarification or issue a response to the call for him to be investigated.

Identifying far-right symbols that appeared at the U.S. Capitol riot

State lawmakers such as Bob Morgan, a Democratic representative from suburban Chicago, rejected Miller’s denials. On Twitter, he called the Three Percenters display “unacceptable for an average person” and “garbage and disqualifying” for a member of the Illinois General Assembly.

“I really look at Jan. 6 as a clear line in the sand,” Morgan told The Post Saturday. “If you choose insurrection, you don’t deserve to serve as an elected official.”

Several of his Democratic colleagues already viewed Miller and his wife as “central figures” in the attempted coup Jan. 6. and said flaunting a Three Percenters logo is part of a broader trend by the couple.

Rep. Mary Miller spoke at one of the rallies ahead of the Jan. 6 riot where she told the audience, “Hitler was right on one thing. He said, ‘Whoever has the youth has the future.’ Our children are being propagandized.”

She later apologized for quoting the Nazi leader while also accusing people of trying to “twist” her words.

Her husband identifies as a member of the so-called “Eastern Bloc,” an unofficial caucus of populist, anti-tax and anti-regulation state Republicans in the deepest-red parts of Illinois. The group opposed the state’s stay-at-home orders at the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year.

On Jan. 6, moments before insurrectionists attacked the Capitol, Miller live-streamed a video in which he called Democrats “terrorists” and declared “we’re engaged in a great culture war to see which worldview will survive.”


“I don’t think there’s much ambiguity about the side they’re on,” Morgan said.

Democrats and a small number Republicans have cited the Capitol insurrection as a wake-up call about the rising tide of right-wing extremism in the country. U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) is among the few members of the GOP to call out his party’s embrace of conspiracy theories and extremism. He was among the just 10 House Republicans who voted to convict former president Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial.

Kinzinger has specifically rebuked the Millers before, condemning Rep. Mary E. Miller’s quoting of Hitler as “garbage” last month. Friday, Kinzinger tweeted of state Rep. Chris Miller, “Our party needs to handle this and I support further investigation.”

Illinois Republican leadership has not weighed in on Miller’s decision to display an extremist group’s logo on his car or the calls for him to be investigated over it. The chairman of the Illinois Republican Party did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.

As Trump departs, his extremes live on in state GOPs

The Anti-Defamation League called the embrace of an anti-government extremist symbol “deeply disturbing” in a statement Saturday.

“We expect our elected officials to speak out against hate and extremism, not embrace and display their symbols,” said David Goldenberg, the regional director for the ADL Midwest. “Ignorance of extremist symbols, especially by elected officials, is unacceptable.”

The group noted it contacted Rep. Mary E. Miller last week to share troubling data coming from and around the congressional district she has been newly elected to serve. Between 2019 and 2020, the ADL said it documented more than 50 hate, extremist, antisemitic and terrorist incidents in Illinois’ 15th congressional district.

Three Percenters subscribe to a core ideology that the government has tyrannical tendencies and seeks to undermine civil liberties and constitutional freedoms, and thus must be kept in check by forceful militia groups, according to Arie Perliger, who studies political violence, extremism and far-right politics at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and wrote the 2020 book, “American Zealots: Inside Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism.”

“There is a much larger group that don’t dispute to the core ideology of the Three Percenters but [who] agree that the government is overreaching and eroding some basic American way of life,” Perliger told The Post.

The Three Percenters ideology emerged in 2008 around the idea that a small number of “patriots” protect Americans from the tyranny of big government, with the name itself being a reference to the debunked claim that only 3 percent of the population fought against the British in the American Revolution.

Almost every state has a chapter of the Three Percenters and their own visual artifacts; Perliger described them as unique logos and memorabilia — shirts, hats, stickers — that all reference the Roman numeral three, stars and “percent” written or represented by a symbol.

“There are lot of people who identify with this idea, even if they don’t always subscribe to the full range of the ideology,” Perliger said.

As for Miller’s defense of plausible deniability, Perliger is unconvinced.

“He’s a politician. He’s a public figure. He should know when he puts a political sticker on the car, he has a responsibility to verify what it means,” Perliger said. “He’s either lying or he’s admitting he’s not being responsible.”
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28, 2021 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's funny is they all plead ignorance!

Just like Trump, I don't know them, I've never met them, but I heard they like me.

Their recent adds to the House are really a lot of Trumpian idiots.

The wheelchair guy from NC is a liar and a loser.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/02/27/making-madison-cawthorn-how-falsehoods-helped-propel-career-new-pro-trump-star-far-right/?arc404=true
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trump has made lying the GOP family value.

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ar gas is fired at supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. (Evelyn Hockstein/for The Washington Post)
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Jeremy Barr
March 1, 2021 at 3:00 a.m. PST

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Instead of an attempt to overturn the election by radicalized Donald Trump supporters, it was a choreographed attack staged by antifa provocateurs. Rather than an armed insurrection, it was a good-natured protest spoiled by a few troublemakers.

And instead of a deadly event that put the lives of hundreds of lawmakers, police officers and others at risk, the riot was no big deal at all.

A legion of conservative activists, media personalities and elected officials are seeking to rewrite the story of what happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6, hoping to undermine the clear picture of the attack that has emerged from video and photo evidence, law enforcement officials, journalistic accounts and the testimonials of the rioters themselves: that a pro-Trump mob, mobilized by the former president’s false claims of a stolen election, stormed the seat of American government to keep Trump in power through violent means.

Six weeks after the attack, some are taking advantage of fading memories and unanswered questions to portray the riot in a different, more benign light. The effort comes as federal authorities begin prosecuting scores of alleged marauders, congressional committees seek to plug obvious security failures, and lawmakers consider establishing an outside commission to examine the matter.

On his top-rated Fox News Channel program last week, commentator Tucker Carlson told his audience that the attack did not constitute an “armed insurrection” and accused Democrats of a “relentless and coordinated” campaign to misrepresent the riot.

The next day, during the first public appearance of top Capitol security officials in charge during the riot at a Tuesday hearing, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) spent much of his allotted time reading a firsthand account from Jan. 6 suggesting the violence was perpetrated by a small cadre — including left-wing extremists — who were out of character in an otherwise jovial crowd.


Five people died in an armed insurrection by white nationalist Trump supporters. So the conservative rally for Trump in Florida used a Nazi design for their stage. Worse than the Copperheads and know nothings.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And indeed, there are more lies. Of course Trump fired senior officials at defense--so he could use the new guys (always guys) help in not responding to the seditious riot he was planning. It didn't work completely--but it did make it harder to mobilize the National Guard. Of course, the response when caught is always to lie.



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March 1, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. PST

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“Capitol Police requested National Guard help prior to January 6th. That request was denied by Speaker Pelosi and her Sergeant at Arms.”

— Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), in a tweet, Feb. 15, 2021

Though the Capitol Hill insurrection was inspired by former president Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election and mounted by his followers, some Republicans have tried to pin the blame elsewhere. One prominent target is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), as this tweet indicates.

We were convinced by House Republican staff to hold off on fact-checking this tweet before last week’s testimony by key figures in the Capitol Hill security during the Jan. 6 events. But if anything, that testimony further undermined Jordan’s widely circulated tweet.

(Jordan also tweeted it “took over an hour” to get approval on Jan. 6 for National Guard support from “Pelosi’s team” after a request was made. We will hold off on fact-checking that, because there continues to be a gap between phone records and individual recollections of the calls. But the New York Times reported that video indicates Pelosi approved the request on the spot once the request was passed to her.)


The criminal conspiracy remains active.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a challenge to make a list of GOP representatives who have a moral compass.

I can think of a few! Perhaps more than a few (7).

The rest are really too lost.

SAD really!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2021 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From Politifact, on meme that 95 of poorest 100 counties are in red states;

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o how did the data turn out?

For median income, we found that 95 of the 100 poorest counties were located in red states. Here are the 10 poorest, all of them in red states:

1. Owsley County, Ky.

2. Jefferson County, Miss.

3. Wolfe County, Ky.

4. Brooks County, Texas

5. McCreary County, Ky.

6. Hudspeth County, Texas

7. Hancock County, Tenn.

8. Jackson County, Ky.

9. Clay County, Ky.

10. Holmes County, Miss.

For percentage of residents in poverty, we found that 93 of the 100 poorest counties were in red states.

1. Shannon County, S.D.

2. Clay County, Ga.

3. East Carroll Parish, La.

4. Sioux County, N.D.

5. Todd County, S.D.

6. Hudspeth County, Texas

7. Holmes County, Miss.

8. Corson County, S.D.

9. Wolfe County, Ky.

10. Humphreys County, Miss.

So there are some differences between the most recent Census data and what the meme said, but they are pretty small. Numerically, we don’t have much to quibble with.

Our bigger question concerns whether it’s significant that a lot of poor counties are located in red states. There’s reason for at least a bit of skepticism.

For starters, the list is dominated by rural areas. Generally speaking, rural areas have a lower cost of living, so the small income you make in a poor, rural Texas county is going to go further than it would if you lived in a poor, urban area like Detroit or Camden, N.J. This raises questions about how comparatively disadvantaged poor Americans are in rural and urban areas.

Also, rural areas are areas where Republicans tend to do well electorally. By contrast, impoverished areas of big cities are big enough population-wise to be balanced by more affluent neighborhoods, and these poor urban areas are often (though not always) in blue states.

It’s also worth pointing out that many of the counties on the list are located in Appalachia, particularly in such states as Kentucky, West Virginia, Mississippi and Georgia. That’s a region that has suffered economically for generations -- long predating the time when Republicans took over from Democrats in most elected offices.

In Appalachia, "it’s clear there’s a regional problem, born of isolation, geographic and political; exploitation, of timber and coal; and poor education," said Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky.

Finally, there’s an eccentricity that shaped both of the top-100 lists. Each is dominated by three states: Texas, Georgia and Kentucky. What ties together these three states? They have a lot of counties. In fact, these three states rank first, second and third on the list of states that have the most counties. Texas has 254, Georgia 159 and Kentucky 120.

This means that these three states have lots of rural, small-population counties, so they take up a disproportionate share of the spots on these lists. On each list, these three states collectively account for more than 40 percent of the counties listed.

Importantly, each of these three states are red states. If some of the bigger blue states had been sliced into as many counties as Texas, Georgia and Kentucky were, some of those blue-state counties might have been poor and rural, and that could have changed the complexion of the list. As it is, blue states tend to have smaller numbers of counties. New York has 62, California has 57, Washington state has 39, Oregon has 36, New Jersey has 21 and Massachusetts has just 14.

Our ruling

The meme said that "97 percent of the 100 poorest counties in America are in red states." According to the most recent data, that’s a few percentage points high, but not by much.

However, measuring a county’s lack of affluence this way skews the map of poorest places toward rural states (which tend to be red) and away from big cities (which tend to be blue). This undercuts the simplicity of the meme’s political message.

The statement is accurate but needs clarification or additional information, so we rate it Mostly True.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2021 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess corruption is no longer a thing?

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Long-anticipated reports were released only this month on two senior Trump officials. One found evidence that Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao may have misused her position by repeatedly deploying her staff on personal business. A second concluded that former White House physician Ronny Jackson bullied his staff and drank on the job.

The timing meant their damaging disclosures emerged only after the former president left office and Jackson, a former Navy rear admiral, was elected to Congress from Texas.

Tensions between federal watchdogs and the administration they monitor are not uncommon. But 11 inspectors general or their senior aides who served under Trump, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal government deliberations, said hostility to oversight reached unprecedented levels during his time in office.


Two long-running ethics probes of Ryan Zinke, Trump’s first interior secretary, remain in limbo more than two years after the president forced him out. The Pentagon watchdog has not released the results of a two-year audit of a $400 million contract to build the border wall that was awarded, at Trump’s urging, to a politically connected North Dakota construction company.



Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he requested that Trump fire his department’s veteran inspector general, Steve Linick, who was ousted last year. At the time, Linick’s office was investigating several allegations related to Pompeo, including whether he had used staff to perform personal tasks. Pompeo has said he was unaware of the probe and the firing was not retaliatory.




The complaint to Congress revealed that a contracting investigation was stymied after the White House refused to release emails with more than a dozen key Defense officials. Two people familiar with the matter said the dispute related to the audit of the border wall contract, which was launched in December 2019 at the request of Congress.

Pentagon investigators complained in another report, published last April, that the White House had withheld communications that impeded their ability to definitively determine whether administration officials played a role in awarding a massive $10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft.

The contract had been expected to go to Amazon, whose founder, Jeff Bezos, owns The Washington Post and was a frequent target of Trump’s ire. Overall, the report found no evidence of undue influence or pressure on Defense Department personnel in the awarding of the contract.

An investigation exploring former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s work for foreign interests — long delayed by the criminal case against him — was completed and forwarded to Army leadership seven days after Trump left office.

At Transportation, Trump officials helped orchestrate an extraordinary behind-the-scenes push to remake the leadership of the inspector general’s office, even as it pursued the particularly sensitive investigation of Chao.


Released this month, the report found evidence of potential ethical violations by Chao, concluding she asked government employees to perform personal tasks, some of which were meant to aid her father, James S.C. Chao. A spokesman for Chao said accusations against her were baseless.


Trump officials hindered at least nine key oversight probes, watchdogs said. Some may finally be released in coming months.
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