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Rally to observe 1st Anniversary of invasion of Ukraine
Rally to observe 2nd Anniversary of Nuclear Ban Treaty
2nd Anniversary of attack on Capitol
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Governor DeSantis takes on the question of whether there has ever been a Palestinian state. No, but neither was there a Southern Italian state until the 1860s, where the DeSantis family comes from.
Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel feels Republicans need to take an aggressive, forward-looking anti-choice position. Problem is, there simply is no good way to talk about abortion. I looked into the issue in the late 70s. There is no position that will ever be acceptable to both sides!
bombardments of civilian buildings.
More on Russia’s fragmented military.
Heh! Opponents of the Black Little Mermaid defeated! After the movie is previewed, the Ariel doll outsells all other dolls on the market!
Update (26 May): Good stuff! Very well-done movie!
"Ted Cruz: Democrats 'Hate' Clarence Thomas 'Because He's A Black Man'"
But Justice Thomas was pretending to be jes’ reg’lar folks, puttering around in a camper while he was actually living it up in grand style, taking all-expenses-paid international trips! He also “forgot” that his wife earned multiple hundreds of thousands working for the Heritage Foundation. So yeah, in addition to being a "Black Man," Thomas is also wildly corrupt! Problem is, he’s a lifetime appointee, so the only consequence is that he’s temporarily a bit embarrassed.
Noam Chomsky feels that US atrocities in Iraq outweigh Russian atrocities in Ukraine. I opposed the Iraq War from well before it was launched, but it seems to me that the worst US atrocity was Abu Ghraib, where grown men who were at least suspected of guerrilla activity were brutalized. Bucha in Ukraine, on the other hand, was just mass atrocities on civilians.
Neither Biden nor Trump wants to hold primaries. Biden’s two opponents are both completely hopeless. DeSantis was Trump’s most credible opponent. Now he’s just clearly going to be an asterisk to the 2024 race.
Tch, tch, tch! Another
“smoking accident,” it appears! “An
oil depot is on fire in Sevastopol after being hit by a drone…”
When he took over Twitter, it was clear that Elon Musk didn’t understand free speech and the 1st Amendment vs running an online platform like Twitter. In his talk with Bill Maher, it’s crystal clear that Musk has learned nothing.
A fellow who was shooting an AR-15 in his front yard was
asked to stop doing so because they had a baby that was
trying to sleep. He had "an angry response" and he "shot and killed
CNN’s Acosta discusses gun violence with a Congressional supporter of unlimited guns everywhere. It’s clear the fellow isn’t willing to reform the 2nd Amendment and how we deal with guns, but he has absolutely no idea how to address the gun problems.
This is very deeply concerning. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has a lot of wacky beliefs. The public should be made aware of those beliefs because they would then realize to stay far away from the guy. ABC News presents him as a just a regular politician, then admits, in a forum that very few people will ever even be aware of, that yeah, it was wildly irresponsible of them to put out that highly misleading interview!
I learned about libertarianism during my Freshman year in college. I thought it was wildly impractical then. Still do. The blogger goes over the many contradictions between "boot-strapping" conservatives and their independent ways versus how the urban people live that the libertarians look down on.
And here's more on red-staters expecting the government to bail them out. It's truly awful that people are caught in "war-torn countries," (Sudan, in this case) but what the %$#&?!?! How is the US Government supposed to keep everyone who's in a foreign country safe and secure?
Update (24 May):
Since fighting began on April 15 between the forces of two rival generals, more than 132,000 refugees have arrived in Egypt, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday. More than a million others have been displaced internally in Sudan, and across the borders of other countries.
What’s going on and the stakes in Sudan.
McCarthy brought his indefensible debt ceiling hostage note to the House floor this week. How many “pragmatic and governance-minded” Republicans voted against it?
Keep in mind that just four "Nay" votes could have ended the whole debt limit "crisis" right off the bat. There were no such votes. There essentially is no moderate wing of the Republican Party. They’re all “Freedom Caucus” members!
attack on a civilian high-rise building.
Officer from the Wagner mercenary group takes over
Also, a member of Putin’s personal guard the Rosgvardia
As another blogger put it, Speaker McCarthy is not explicitly telling businesses: “Just write the checks and then look the other way while we pursue far-right priorities,” but...yeah, that's pretty much what he's saying!
Extremist Republicans have been enabled by media coverage that treats what is essentially a hostage crisis created exclusively by one side as a normal, two-sided partisan squabble
The mainstream media can deal with a situation where both sides can reasonably be assigned at least some of the blame. They’re proven for many decades now, that they simply can’t deal with a situation where blame can only be assigned to one side, This is a very bad habit that only helps the blame-worthy side!
We seriously need to cooperate with China if we’re going to survive human-caused climate change.
Senator Tim Scott decides to go the bombthrower route and accuses the left of being "The enemy for the American people...”
BTW, Scott is in the latest Fox News poll as being in the middle of a group of five Republican candidates, all of whom are getting “strong likes” by less than 10% of the Republican electorate. Mike Pence and Nikki Haley are both doing better than he is. This poll is on page 7.
Mural on side of building in Bakhmut. The
building was blown up.
The Supreme Court Justices collectively put out a letter concerning their ethics. The letter is widely considered to fall considerably short of satisfactory.
Representative Greene asks a lesbian whether she's a
lesbian responds that she is, by marriage. Greene feels that she's
not a "real" mother then and goes on to insult the woman as
being unqualified to fulfill her governmental function.
A woman describes a horrific medical condition that she wasn't able to end because she wasn't permitted to have an abortion. Senator Graham raises his eyes to the ceiling, clearly bored by her description.
Interesting to compare the two reelection ads from Biden and Trump. Biden’s presents a hopeful picture of a successful nation that’s nowhere near finished. Trump presents an America in decline, that of course only “Our Glorious Leader” can rescue.
This is very concerning! Seems the background investigation process that incoming military members have to pass is badly broken. Airman Texiera should never have passed it!
Our blogger had a more extensive background check to work at UPS than Airman Texeira did to have access to top-secret information!
Representative Greene gets all confused about human-caused climate change, rambling on about taxes, the Ice Age and government.
Very good news! Democratic Senator Sinema has zero chance of being re-elected, no matter what scenario we look at!
Early summary of E. Jean Carroll case that Donald Trump sexually abused her.
Consumer electronics, specifically
smartphones, can have all kinds
of military uses!
Chornobyl (Chernobyl) stamp, representing
anniversary of the
disaster and survival.
The House bill that's written to address the debt ceiling and that everyone’s been waiting for has passed! Speaker McCarthy has been asking to sit down with President Biden to discuss what they’re going to do about the debt ceiling. For many weeks, Biden has said “Pass a bill first, that way I know where your party stands.” So now they have. The bill is, of course, an utter monstrosity.
Details on the bill.
I don’t know what the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Roberts, has planned to tackle the corruption in the Supreme Court, which is clearly the worst since the 1800s, but skipping down the path, humming a cheerful tune, just isn’t going to do it!
Will the Russians give Ukraine the opportunity to blow
up a T-14?
probably not. They’ll probably keep a few in reserve and
them out for the victory parade over Bakhmut, if of course, they ever
take that city. Ukraine has allocated 100 “kamikaze drones” to
Update (24 May): Still no sign of the T-14 on the battlefield, even though Bakhmut has fallen.
Republicans have long loved to add the term “freedom” to everything, from “freedom fries” to “Freedom Caucus,” so what happens when Democrats appropriate the term?
NY Times cites low unemployment rate, saying it’s a sign of a good economy, then wonders why Biden isn’t more popular. Gee, ya think it may be because the NY Times doesn’t tell people about good news? Mainstream media has the problem of not recognizing that they affect the news!
Mildly interesting. Neither Biden nor Trump will engage in debates prior to debating each other. Of course, neither one has significant opposition, either.
Yup! Every day I see another post from Speaker McCarthy blaming Biden for not negotiating the debt ceiling and calling for negotiations to reduce our debt. This is a great response from Politics Girl!
The Montana House is just determined that the Montana state Representative Zooey Zephyr not be permitted to speak on a bill that intimately affects her. A large crowd of protesters demanded “Let her speak!”
The Senator from Montana defends the suppression of speech by the transgender lawmaker Zooey Zephyr.
Many Republicans just can’t seem to grasp the political impact of the demise of Roe v Wade. They’re convinced that women will simply get over it. A recent poll shows that, nope, they’re very much on the wrong side of the issue.
The blogger agrees with the Rachel Maddow Show of 24 April. Yeah, Tucker Carlson will be just like Father Coughlin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly, super-popular, until one day, he just isn’t.
Truly amazing. A report that Don Lemon was fired from CNN, apparently for disagreeing with a complete nutcase who was arguing that Blacks benefited from the 2nd Amendment. In the video clip, the white woman keeps her distance from the conversation between the two Black men.
Russia’s biggest propagandist, Vladimir Soloviev, offers
Carlson a job with his team.
Tucker Carlson is out a Fox News! That was unexpected, but a very welcome consequence of Fox nearly losing the Dominion lawsuit. Nina Jankowicz, of course, is very happy to see this!
Tucker Carlson says he wanted to interview Putin. Granted, that was a year before the war with Ukraine, but hey, now he has the free time! He can now join Russian state TV!
Blogger reviews Tucker Carlson’s “Greatest Hits,” including the French Nazi theory of “Great Replacement.” After World War II, the fellow fretted “against ‘the invasion of Europe by Negroes and Mongols,’ by which he meant Americans and Soviets.”
So as far as political values go, both Donald Trump and Representative Jordan seem to put partisan loyalty at the absolute center. Absolutely nothing outweighs it. The heck with "Truth, Justice and the American Way," these guys figure that supporting the Republican Party is a matter of supreme importance.
Thinkpiece on where Ukraine’s Spring Offensive could go.
GOP in Montana calls for civility while misgendering Zooey Zephyr. Essential problem is that the Montana legislature can’t abide criticism and felt the need to simply shut her down rather than to try and reason with her.
It’s important for morale that
theater commanders show up at the
front line to recognize troops who are doing well.
Republicans are pressing for a radical wish list. If they don’t get it, they have no problem causing an economic catastrophe.
Representative AOC suggests Speaker McCarthy is essentially a puppet for more radical manipulators within his caucus. Hard to disagree with that.
The President made a comment on the environment for Earth Day. The comments on Twitter are filled with skepticism and denial.
Blogger reviews the statistics. Global heating is a real and serious problem. Summer glacial melt is an extremely important source of drinking water. Glaciers that supply India and Pakistan are not regenerating the way they used to.
Julie Su is extremely well-qualified for the pot she’s been nominated for. The California Business and Industrial Alliance is dead-set against her.
Update (22 May):: "Biden’s Labor pick in limbo as confirmation comes down to the wire"
Elon Musk launched a rocket that was a bit bigger than th Saturn rockets that got our men to the Moon. The ship blew up shortly after launch. Looks like Musk did some serious corner-cutting that may have blown up the rocket.
It's just absolutely amazing that this guy gets interviewed on CNN. Of what possible value can it be to have someone who says things like "Trump ushered global harmony, not war." I mean...what?!?!?! This fellow actually thinks the former president ran a foreign policy that was something other than a complete disaster! Must've been living under a rock the whole time!
Looking at Representative Byron Donald's Twitter feed, he thinks Senator Tim Scott would make a good president, Whoopi Goldberg and Sunny Hostis of The View think he's got "Clrence Thomas Syndrome," and that the Republican debt ceiling "plan" is the only plan on the table! Actually, the Democratic plan is to raise the ceiling and to handle all of the Republican budgetary demands via the usual budget procedures.
A Ukrainian soldier in shadow answers
questions questions about
life on the front.
Belgorod is only about 30km from the Ukrainian border and is a major supply center. It’s well within rocket artillery range and just at the limits of shell artillery. The city of Donetsk is within easy range of everything in Ukraine’s arsenal. Ukraine could very easily reduce these cities to a smoking ruin. Why don’t they? Ukraine wants the moral high ground. They want to appear more civilized than their foes.
I’ve really never understood Speaker McCarthy’s point here. By comparing the US federal budget to a child with a credit card, he makes it sound as though his party has no effect on the level of spending or taxes. The budget is open to negotiation and always has been.
From the Full Send podcast
"The world community should get rid of nuclear weapons instead of focusing on the problem of global warming", - said Donald trump.
"instead of?" Why choose? We can walk and chew gum at the same time. We're entirely capable of both denuclearizing and heading off human-caused climate change. I disagree with the idea that we have to choose one or the other.
If anyone needs an argument to present to skeptics as to
US supports Ukraine, this is a lengthy and eloquent one. It
a popular “peace” proposal and finds it seriously flawed.
Mike Lindell issued a $5 million challenge to prove his electronic data was false. Someone stepped up and did so.
Update (19 May): Fellow who won the $5 million still hasn't been paid.
Emptywheel presents a 10-minute segment by Chris Hayes where Hayes explains the jam that Fox News put itself into. A jam that was exploited by Trump, who was a bigger demagogue then they were.
People Magazine (!!!) is actually doing a pretty good job covering the abortion issue. They successfully cover many important aspects of it.
Speaker McCarthy releases
list of budget cuts he’d like to make. Biden kicks McCarthy’s
proposal to the curb.
The 320-page document is a panoply of red-meat base messaging and benefits cuts...
Representative Nancy Mace is considered a "serious" Republican. Here she is, doing a walking selfie, accusing the "Biden crime family" of supporting prostitution. Does she have the slightest scrap of real evidence, something she'd be willing to take to court? Ha, ha, ha! Of course not!
Hmm, perhaps I'm just a liberal American who hasn't personally visited Iran, but it didn't appear to me in 1979 that the utterly corrupt Shah of Iran was leaving any affection behind. I got the impression he was widely hated. I find the idea that his son leads any political movement there as highly implausible.
Oh, okay. So launching an unprovoked war of aggression contributes to world peace, eh? BTW, the war is in violation of the Budapest Accord, where Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons in return for non-aggression from Russia.
Representative Cori Bush joins Representative AOC in calling for the impeachment of Justice Thomas.
NYC DA Bragg is unimpressed with Representative Jordan’s “field hearing.”
US to prosecute
Dominion Voting Systems settles with Fox for $787.5 million. Fox admits in a press release that it lied.
Hmm. On second thought, this is an awfully vague, fuzzy statement from Fox that will most likely go over the heads of many of their supporters: “We acknowledge the Court’s ruling finding certain claims about Dominion to be false.”
The $%#@ing “No Labels” group!!! In a closely-divided electorate, are they idiots or deliberate saboteurs? Seriously Senators Manchin, Sinema and Collins make really lousy allies! The contributions of Manchin and Sinema in an evenly-divided Senate were purely destructive!
Speaker McCarthy’s speech at the NY Stock Exchange.
His speech was, as usual, devoid of details about those spending hard lines: He vaguely mentioned work requirements, reducing spending to fiscal year 2022 levels, limiting future growth of spending during the next decade to one percent and not raising taxes.
McCarthy brags about all the bills the House has passed, but he knows full well that if the Senate refuses to take up the bill and also pass it, it’s a waste of time. What the Republican House needs to do is to work with the Democratic Senate.
Yep, sure is a deep and troubling problem to see how anti-trans hatred takes root in the US and how it’s helped along by the NY Times!
Blogger expects Ukraine to
request F-16s at the next Ramstein
Airbase meeting and for the US to turn them down.
Justice Thomas knows full well that what he and his billionaire buddy are doing is plainly corrupt as $%#@!!! That's why he "forgot" to disclose the goodies he was getting!
TPM reproduces a claim made by an aide of Thomas that, yeah, pretty much confirms the claim I made above.
Good! C-Span will not televise Representative Jordan’s DA Bragg’s hearing.
Democrats are calling for the Justice Department to investigate Justice Thomas as his fellow Justices clearly won’t do anything.
In prisoner swap, 130 more Ukrainian have been returned.
It’s very highly doubtful that Representative Greene is this stupid. What’s far more likely is that she knows that her audience IS this stupid! Greene goes through a lot of vague, fuzzy language and misleading points to bamboozle her audience into thinking that human-caused climate change is not a thing.
A better chart than the one the piece offers at the end.
More on the science. 350 Parts Per Million (ppm) of carbon in the atmosphere is safe. We’re above 420 ppm today.
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