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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

Here's what I wish: I wish investigative journalists, particularly those investigating the Trump presidency, The Big Lie, January 6, etc, would recognize the urgent need for information to be released in order to save our democracy rather than release information in dribs and drabs to generate prepublication interest the book. I'm just saying.

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

Daria,

Serious question:

Dr. Richardson has released more than enough "information" just on this website, to jail Trump and all in his merry men (some in drag apparently based on today's letter).

She, and MANY others, have plenty enough information already available for Americans to see the Republican Party with clarity, yet, those Americans persist in Trump love and Biden hate,

....do you think "information" on reality matters at all to the people in the Republican party?

I do not think reality is something the folks in the Republican Party are seeking Daria. I think some sort of vision of a fantasy, combined with demons (Democrats) has been placed in front of them by Fox News, (some) of their churches, some of their local leaders and, more importantly, their own mental apparatus.

I think Republicans will chase this fantasy, as reality, no matter what actual reality flashes in front of them, temporarily, before they jerk the fantasy back in place.

Fantasy has firmly supplanted reality in many minds in America.

I am not hugely optimistic that reality, presented by anyone, will matter one tiny little bit to that large segment of America.

Only when, bit by bit, when those living in fantasy land run into the reality they wanted AFTER it is in place, and, end up locked up for speaking out about something local that they disagreed with, will they wake up.

Way too late by then.

I hate to be the guy writing this. I really do. I am doing everything that I know how to do (which is tiny amount of stuff) to try to reveal fantasy for what it is in minds I care about, including, making myself unpopular with my own family and some friends and some local town guys.

But, I think fantasy land, as seen by the minds of brainwashed Republicans, has a high probability of occurrence. I hope I am wrong.

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I gave your comment a heart as a confirmation. But I don't really mean heart, if you know what I mean. The commitment to the "Big Lie", Tucker's tirades, the so-called "Christian values" nonsense are all reminiscent of our long, long history of fanatical obsession. History is littered with the bodies of innocent lives destroyed by such madness.

Revealing facts to those sucked up into the vortex of fantasy is never effective. Their whole journey began with ignoring the difference between verifiable facts and fantastic ideas promoted by fear mongering political hacks. TFG knows this. He took his lessons from Hitler seriously.

There is only one solution. Scare enough people who care about democracy and truth to show up and vote. No point in talking to walls of reality denial. Are there enough of us?

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

Bill, I love you too with a heart! I agree but don't know if enough folks recognize what might be coming.

I guess America has always been susceptible to those who will hold a fantasy (some perfect landscape) plus demons to offer a clear enemy.

Salem MA fell victim to men who were willing to play this game (and then it spread to women). Those demonized paid a high price, those not demonized were scared to say anything lest the preacher (Tucker Carlson) called them out too.

From our very founding principals. Fantasy and Demonization.

John Adams overcame it briefly to run a revolution and write a Constitution.

I wonder how fast it all vanished after he was gone?

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

I am going to hazard an opinion of what occurs in my mind when you speak of fantasy(which peals loudly by the way). We have many such fantasies which have, subsequently turned themselves into cults and grown into current Christian churches whose doctrines are clearly fantasy. Perhaps we may see the mutation of this current mess coalescing into the United Pentecostal Trumpets of the Death Star Temple. As such we might be able to get other Republican Christian faithful to distance themselves thus remanding them to an enduring obscurity. Yes they will probably knock on our doors, or send missionaries among us. Feel free to add Fern’s cast as the original apostles.

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The ignorance and abject stupidity boggle the mind. It is insanity according to Rupert, since he was the first in my memory, to broadcast lying drivel to the masses. The lessons from Hitler/Goebbels have indeed been studied, by Vlad as well.

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Oh Jeri, Jeri, Jeri. Your generosity astounds. Truly Texan. For my own part I say their reading comprehension skills are relegated to magazines with large glossy photos.

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As for the number of judgeships Trump appointed, just for the record, Pat, I go in for accuracy as your know. Sorry to load you up. There is a lot to this story, and I just provided you with a smattering.

'Trump stands out for the large number of federal appeals court judges he appointed in only four years. Not surprisingly, the overall number of judges appointed by Trump in his single term (226) is well below the totals of recent two-term presidents, including Obama (320), George W. Bush (322) and Bill Clinton (367). But when it comes to the nation’s 13 federal appeals courts – which have the final word on most legal appeals around the country – Trump’s influence is clear.

'Trump appointed nearly as many federal appeals court judges as Obama – in half the time.

Trump appointed 54 federal appellate judges in four years, one short of the 55.'(PewResearchCenter)

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/01/13/how-trump-compares-with-other-recent-presidents-in-appointing-federal-judges/

'To date, Pres­id­ent Biden has nomin­ated the most demo­graph­ic­ally diverse set of judi­cial candid­ates in history, includ­ing the first LGBTQ woman to serve on a court of appeals, the first Muslim Amer­ican to serve as a federal judge, and the first Black woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court. Twenty-six percent of all Black women currently serving as active judges were nomin­ated by Pres­id­ent Biden. Nearly 30 percent of Biden’s nomin­ees have served as public defend­ers.'

'Using data from the Federal Judi­cial Center, this article analyzes how much Pres­id­ent Biden can alter the aggreg­ate demo­graph­ics of the federal bench during his current term. For context, we exam­ine pertin­ent demo­graphic char­ac­ter­ist­ics of all 782 active federal district and circuit judges. The article then focuses on 277 active federal District and Circuit Court judges who repres­ent likely poten­tial federal judi­cial vacan­cies because they are or will be eligible to retire or take senior status during the remain­ing three years of this admin­is­tra­tion (the “Cohort”). How many vacan­cies result, coupled with the results of the 2022 congres­sional elec­tions, will likely determ­ine the pres­id­ent’s success towards this goal.'

https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/diversity-federal-judicial-selection-during-biden-administration

A number of young and prominent Trump-appointed judges are writing their opinions with provocative language, diving into the culture wars in ways offering an audition for a future Supreme Court opening.

Why it matters: Most judges who are would-be justices try to avoid controversy, preserving themselves for a confirmation hearing. But with the specter of former President Trump mounting another run for office, their opinions may not only create opportunity but curry favor with the person who could fulfill their ambitions.

During his term, Trump had tremendous impact on the federal bench.

He appointed 234 judges who will rule on some of the most consequential issues for decades to come.

One of them, 35-year-old Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, recently — and single-handedly — struck down the federal mask mandate on public transportation.

What we're watching: James Ho, 45, sitting on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has called abortion a "moral tragedy."

In his very first opinion about campaign finance, he wrote extrajudicially: “If you don’t like big money in politics, then you should oppose big government in our lives."

https://www.axios.com/trump-judges-audition-for-supreme-court-96e08552-3739-477e-80bb-27e8ed363ba8.html

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Fern, GREAT POST. I read the whole thing twice.

Yes, for the people in my extended friend group in Texas, they often mention how they find Trump distasteful but LOVE the fact that he appointed a bunch of nuts to the Bench.

It seems that when those otherwise well meaning folk speak of freedom, they do not mean freedom to be gay, freedom to think on their own without Tucker Carlson telling them what to think, freedom to love whomever we want, and freedom to choose our life's path including hard choices if we make mistakes.

Yep, freedom for Pubs means: Restricting everyone not like them.

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Pat, the "other Christian faithful" are solidly behind the 300 judges that were appointed under Trump. They view Trump as a "distasteful necessity" in their march toward zero abortion, no gay marriage, etc.

In other words, they back up the complete fantasy with the full faith and credit of Jesus Christ.

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The way it is for sure. For sure. There are way more of us. Way more. They are no longer amoebic we have them sized up. And I predict when the sky falls it will be on them.

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Jesus weeps

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Ride'm cowboy...

'Hazzard County is a six-piece Modern Country, high-energy party band looking to change the way you think about the sweet sounds of the South. Based in …'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=242hZIldwOg

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Don’t forget Savonarola . . .

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

Is HCR ready to be the screenwriter of a combined gangster/horror flick? Wouldn’t we love to see ‘TRUMP, IVANKA, DONNIE Jr., KURSHNER, KOCH, McConnell, McCarthy, GAETZ, BROOKS, GOHMERT, BOEBERT, MOORE, CARLSON, HANNITY, De SANTIS, ABBOTT, JORDAN, CAWTHORN, etc., etc., etc. v. DEMOCRACY at our neighborhood movie theater; a full-scale musical on Broadway and a graphic novel … ? Wouldn't we rather see the shenanigans of these weird traitors immortalized on stage and screen instead of in our lives?

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Please add the dramatic, forgetful, gun-totin' MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE to your list , although an "etc." is all she should get.

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Thank you, Mona. She will be the comic relief.

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 29, 2022

I don’t want to see/hear any one of those traitors in any venue for the rest of my time on earth. I also do not want to share heaven or hell with any.

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I have tenure. Neither side wants me.

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I was thinking tenuous time maybe.

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Too soon, Fern.

I like the idea - maybe "Book of Mormon'' meets ''Rocky Horror'' - but our nightmare is still unfolding.

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R, With all the copious material the epic/opus, and I forgot opera -- this is great material for opera -- will be updated, adapted and serialized. We could have daylong performances. What do you think now?

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The actual first thought that came to mind was Wagner.

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Please add Cruz to that list of miscreants. I was envisioning another Batman movie. The fantasy world they have chosen to inhabit reminds me of Gotham City and they are the dregs of society.

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Cruz, of course! You're definitely on the creative team, Ellen. Tell us more.

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Yes, Fern. Or at least finalized.

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

After elimination of the filibuster; duels; competitive wrestling matches; gladiatorial feats; a plethora of audio tapes and imprisonment?

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And where is your international hook up!

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I truly believe there are. Republicans at large are only a third of the country, and the serious MAGA/QANON are only half of that third. Choosing to register as an Independent implies that there is a some kind of responsible thought process so if a majority of those voters live in reality we can and will be at 65%. The only problem is this is our one chance. If we all don't "Vote like We're Ukranians" then next time it will not matter if we are the majority of the country!

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Apr 29, 2022·edited Apr 29, 2022

In Michigan, we Dems are rallying to defeat 3 term U.S. Rep Jack Bergman, who was bought and paid for by oil, lives in Louisianna, but could then afford a little cabin in our Upper Peninsula and claim he represents us, so he can vote down all our attempts to stop the dangerous Enbridge Canadian crude oil Line 5 which is lying (and rotting) under Lake Michigan. Our superb Democratic candidate is Dr. Bob Lorinser from Marquette, physician who also worked for 11 years with the state department abroad:

https://www.votedrbob.com/allaboutbob

The saying here goes, "If you're still voting for Bergman, you don't know Jack." We need a better message (this is insulting to the voter, too), with an action verb and a clear view, like "Send Jack Back to Louisianna!" Or, "Vote like we're Michiganders!"

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I send Bob Lorsiner a monthly contribution and let my friends in his district know about his candidacy. and I live in Minnesota!

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WONDERFUL!!! Thank You Deborah!! I will let our group know! And when I can visit my twin cousin south of Minbeapokis, I will let you know!

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P.S. a fair number of Republicans signed Dr. Bob's candidate petition, once informed about Jack.

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How about "Jack? Who Dat?" Just Kidding!

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I think it is worse than has been historically proven. We have social media now.

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I woke up this morning with the idea of 'social media' as the former 'gossip at the well'; people fetching water and having a chat; on a gigantic scale. Marshal McLuhan's 'Media, the Medium is the Message', came to mind. The true message of social media is still to be understood, but maybe 'instant global gossip' is a possible start.

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The phrase is, as you say, "the medium is the message". But the title of McLuhan's book was "The Medium is the Massage". The Wikipedia article on 'The medium is the message' explains the book title. 'Instant global gossip' is a very benign description of what social media have (not 'has') become.

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I can't see the comparison because Russian interference in social media is new; algorithms used to divide and radicalize are new.

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

There isn’t enough of us distributed properly to counter gerrymandering and general red state f$$$ery. If democrats with power still see republicans as gettable then we deserve the hellhole this country will become.

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You bet yah!!! There Are Enough Of Us!!!!

Not Giving Up!!!🙂🙃

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Yeah, Hitler, Mussolini, the Salem Witch Trials…

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I certainly hope so.

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Why do we care what extremist Republicans (and that is most of the party) think? They are a minority of the nation and their numbers shrink with every passing day. We criticize Republicans and the media for normalizing extremism, but then we play into their hands by crediting the extremists with far, far more power than they have. There are six months until the fall elections. If we stop crying out that the sky is falling and get to work now, there is still time to remind the American majority of the threat that the nation faces from Trump and his allies at home and abroad. We need to stop bemoaning our fate and get to work, calling out the would-be authoritarians and their oligarchic allies full-time, in full voice. That means telling editors that they need to stop treating everything as if it must be Joe Biden’s fault, and getting to work for Democratic candidates who will tell it like it is and not mince words because they are afraid of offending donors. If you are on social media, it means speaking your mind, and not just to your friends who already agree with you. If we all get to work, we can defy history and give democracy and the Constitution a big push in the right direction.

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

"but then we play into their hands by crediting the extremists with far, far more power than they have." I saw this in spades yesterday with Chuck Todd speaking off handedly as if the Republican return to power this November were a foregone conclusion. It isn't "if" but "when" with many in the media. That definitely doesn't help - any viewer who is already despondent, and disappointed their party has not done what they said they would do (failing to recognize that the Republican tactic of blocking the entire agenda is working on them to perfection), will feel even more despondent, and maybe sit it out come November. Thanks Chuck. To me, this midterm cycle is like no other. It is true that rational people hold the majority in this country - all that has to happen is to get them out to vote. That is all. BTW Val Demings said last night that in Florida it doesn't matter what Desantis does; that Democrats will come out and vote anyway. While I don't believe that is the case in reality, in theory it is true. The key I believe is letting despondent or lethargic people (gen-z, college kids, black/brown) know that they stay home and they slit their own throats.

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Chuck Todd should not have a platform. I hope we can get voters out and that Demings is right. She is one where we will donate.

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I agree! Chuck Todd is even more offensive than Carlson - because he pretends to be on our side. He is NOT!

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When I get text requests from Val Demings as well as Sen. Warnock and one or two others, I make a donation (however small, whatever I can) and I feel a little less powerless about having any impact on the bigger picture.

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Make that Upchuck Toad.

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Chuck Todd is a disgrace to his profession (journalism and investigative reporting). His is a lazy, short-range thought process, and it's pretty obvious, at least to me, that he curries the favor of the ruling class (big business and billionaires). He tells them what they want to hear far too often to be taken seriously by a thinking public.

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I completely agree. I NEVER watch him. He should be fired IMO.

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Cheesey Chuck was a poor replacement, huh?

I think maybe we need to give the 'gen-z, college kids, black/brown' and whoever else you may think is slacking a little bit of credit. It's because of their efforts in 2020, which gave us the win, thar the GOP has set their hair on fire and attacked every facet of the electoral system to stop them from voting again. They attack those who have hurt them the worst. Just a thought.

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Remains to be seen. If my own family is any indication, 2022 is going to e a disaster.

We have a daughter who has essentially fled the country (now lives in S. Korea), a daughter who is so disgusted with the failure of the Biden administration to come through on their promises, that she promises to sit out 2022. And a son who is of the same bent as the daughters except leans communist and therefore hates Democrats as well, and thinks the country deserves the hell it is going to get. There are three votes in 2020 that in all likelihood will not be there in 2022, in just one household. Despite my efforts to convince them to stay the course. Republicans are nothing if not politically savvy. Their "block everything" agenda is working to perfection.

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We need to remember that “the enemy of our enemy is our friend”. Why do we feel the need to keep carping on our own loyalty and not spend that time pointing out the Trumpists non-loyalty to their own country?

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______(Word that rhymes with Chuck) CHUCK!!

I am telling anyone who will listen that it is not about "Politics" this time.

The vote will be simple: Anti-Trump/Democracy or Trump/EndOfDemocracy!

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Colbert recently joked about Dems losing the midterms. Not funny.

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One of the problems with comedy news is the conflict of laughing at the comedian which means laughing at the story, usually something very serious. I once saw a study that some less sophisticated viewers or channel surfers often don’t know the difference between truth and sarcasm in the comedy news.

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Colbert is clear in his leanings. Todd, not so much

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Remember when some folks thought Jon Stewart's Daily Show was a news show?

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Not a joke!

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I agree and write frequently about any journalist who makes it looks worse and blames the democrats instead of themselves. I don’t think it’s at all hopeless this election cycle.

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I don't either. I have a sense that the leaked SCOTUS doc about overturning Roe might just wake up enough of those 82% who believe abortion should be legal when the health of the mother is in danger and 79% when the pregnancy was caused by rape or incest to think about what it will mean if republicans gain (more) control of the government. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/05/03/most-americans-say-supreme-court-should-uphold-roe-post-abc-poll-finds/

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Apr 29, 2022·edited Apr 29, 2022

And the Bots stayed home or went third party over their disgust with Hillary and along came Trump.

Cast your vote.

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I tried so hard to convince some friends in a very left FB group in 2016 that if they didn't vote for Hilary and "Putin's friend" got in, Roe would be in great danger. They wouldn't listen. Sigh.

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Well said, Jon. Now, how to stem the tide of outright lies that keep the voters in a frenzy of fear that they're going to lose their ... everything, if the Democrats stay in control for another two years? As a nation, we've been conditioned to desire immediate gratification. If we don't get what we want right this minute, well, the other guys are promising to deliver it, so switch quickly to the other side. I'm tired of being on the extreme seesawing that has become our norm, and wish we could somehow get back to the business of making the nation work bottom-up FOR the people, rather than top-down AGAINST the people.

For my part, I do everything I can to encourage people to go vote, even if they live in places where they believe they can't make a difference. I tell them, start with local elections, and get sane people in. Go to the next level with state elections, and oust the extremists and ideologues. Only then can the federal elections reflect the actual will of the people.

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We stem the tide of lies by doing what you’re doing. A tide can’t be stopped in an instant, so we should not expect instant success. The secret is to keep on keepin’ on.

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I just watched Lawrence O'Donnell announce on "The Lat word" that Bennie Thompson said the first Jan 6 investigation hearings will begin on June 9 2022.

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It’s like I told my wife Jon. (True) Honey I know we can get this truck through the bog. 16 hours later I showed her! She talked about it for the next 40 miles. She had no quit in her!

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This shirt I proudly wear can’t hurt either 😉: https://bsgeneralstore.com/collections/bitter-apparel/products/vote-dammit

(The “BS” has quite a few dandy items)

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Passing on my t-shirt ideas:

"WALK the VOTE"

"If you want Democracy, GET IN LINE!"

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These are great, Liz. And how about this standby: Vote Blue in '22 and Once More in '24!

Then Jeff Carpenter's "We, the People, All of Us This Time!"

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I LOVE The Bitter Southerner. I’ve been a subscriber for years, and have several of their t-shirts. ❤️

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What a great site; thank you! I liked "Practice Radical Empathy"

I just saw that the Vote t is on sale for $16 instead of $30 so I ordered one! Thanks for the introduction!

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

You’re welcome, Chaplain Terry! I’m quite fond of “Practice Radical Empathy” as well.

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Oh, that is fabulous, Ashley.

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Hmm, I won't usually wear T's anymore but for this one I'd make an exception. Thanks, Ashley!

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Lynell, even if you only wear it during yard work, grocery shopping, something of that ilk, packs a potent, little punch. 😉

Also, the site has other offerings besides shirts, with the same powerful messages.

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One of the best things that needs to happen is anti-gerrymandering laws. Gerrymandering needs to be illegal and punishable by law, since it infringes on the majority of voters from having their voice count.

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Well we just learned that the NY State democratic party didn't follow our own d___ anti-gerrymandering laws passed several years ago and had its redistricting maps thrown out by NY State courts! ...hoist on our own petard!

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Just noted yesterday a post that mentions that one of the 19 Ds vying for District 6 here in Oregon has called himself a Democrat Socialist. She thinks this is great; I think it is the kiss of death. We have some good candidates who are progressive and smart enough not to tag themselves in this way. This is Matt West and not the Flannel Shirt Crypto Flynn. I hope once the primary is over, we can all work on getting the Ds elected and not be deflected by this other nonsense. We plan personally to start donating to particular candidates across the country also. Right now our donations go to organizations who work to register voters. I am trying not to be pessimistic for the next election, but it is difficult given all the R efforts to suppress the vote. All the sane Rs I know here do not support death star, but the area is full of people who do.

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

"If we stop crying out that the sky is falling and get to work now, there is still time to remind the American majority of the threat that the nation faces from Trump and his allies at home and abroad. We need to stop bemoaning our fate and get to work, calling out the would-be authoritarians and their oligarchic allies full-time, in full voice. "

John, I agree that we need to work hard. I agree there is still time.

I am not sure all that will overcome Gerrymandering and Fox News and a good sized number of churches and their preachers and followers.

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Nothing is certain but death and taxes, and I still hope to live forever. We can but try.

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I am with you and I am trying.

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Churches have been the biggest propaganda spewers, sorry to say. Not all, but a majority in my opinion. Bought Fox across the board. Started in 2006, thanks, Karl Rove

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Jeri, yes, I grew up in the Southern Baptist Church. Plus, even attended some Friday night tent revivals. No joke, no lie, they were still coming through in the mid 70's.

Breaking free (that's what I call it) from that indoctrination and control methodology was difficult, painful and took a bit of time for sure.

I look back to the me before and the me after and shake my head.

I completely understand how it is that people can believe in a fantasy that is not reality because: I remember when I was that person.

Note: Some aspects of the fantasy are not bad, like, "drinking alcohol is a sin and you will go to hell". That kept me completely cold sober for many years, helping enable stellar academic performance, and by the time I realized that was all a crock, I understood that alcohol can be a life killer and STILL did not drink much even today.

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

This quote may ring true for you too. From George Saunders acceptance speech….”What seems other is actually not other at all, But just us on a different day.” Hard to think that I could have been some of these cult nuts though.

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Started in the 1970s — most of us simply didn’t take it seriously.

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well Mike, we could start by following our own anti-gerrymandering laws here in NY State, about which NY State court reminded us by rejecting democratic party's redistricting maps on Tuesday.

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My mailboxes are full of solicitations from Democratic legislator. Each one highlights a 'critical' comment from Republicans from both houses, which they failed to push back at the time in either the House or the Senate, or else the reporters never turn their cameras onto their responses. However, a couple, like Raskin and McMorrow have been shown. I think maybe the Dems are afraid to confront them. I can't blame the media if they don't have an opportunity to report.

There is little profit in supporting people who are going to do nothing, and I have responded to many of those solicitations with comments such as this. No responses yet, just reminders thar I have helped in the past and really need to step up the donations.

When all those GOP Legislators went to Moscow before the 2016 election, when we learned that the majority of Trump's administration was people with recent and continued ties to Russia, it was dismissed and poohpoohed as not a thing. When McConnell led the push to undo Obama's sanctions against Russia, there was no connection made to the donations he and other GOP members received from Putin.

Now we have a host of GOP legislators, conservatives and rightwing new outlets dedicated to Putin's agenda. All GOP, Republicans, Christian Nationalists, and white supremacists are doing everything possible to destroy democracy.

Now do we understand the appointment to the SC? When the J6 committee pushes for prosecution, I cannot imagine that the Supreme Court will uphold democracy.

Yes, they are a minority and should not be able to exercise their power, but that is the way of all despots. It is not as though this insurrection was planned after the election.

Senator McMorrow said that they could not bully their way to victory unless people like her allowed it. This also applies to the voters, like us.

Somehow the cameras found her at the podium, bitch-slapping one of those people the taxpayers are funding to destroy our Republic.

What the hell does 'woke' mean?

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I remember being shocked, yes, “SHOCKED” at the Texas Rangers, en masse, going to a “seminar” in Moscow. I think it was in 2014, but can’t remember. Does anyone else remember?

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I’m in the camp you speak of, Jon. It is very difficult for me to “care” about their platforms which are ignorant. My focus is on we the people, all of us.

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I had a vision of a circular firing squad when I read this LFAA. Maybe that's just my wishful thinking, but it seems to me a lot of fingers are being pointed and not all of them are pointing at the "demon" (Democrats) right now.

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No, I don't think "information on reality" matters at all to most Republicans at present. What matters to them is keeping their power. Period. Whatever dishonesty and criminality that entails. Their playbook is right out of the abuser's playbook--keep the person you want to control always off balance, afraid of what you'll do next, amazed that you never stop lying and hurting them, and amazed at how low you will go. It's the people who are not Republicans who need to continue to pay attention to reality, and especially the reality that abusers do not care what they do to retain power. And their abusive actions tend to escalate over time. That's what therapists know, and what needs to be general knowledge.

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"What matters to them is keeping their power. Period. "

Exactly, exactly correct.

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Thank you! Brilliant observation.

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Mike, I tend to agree with you; I think that the heart of this Republiqan party has no interest whatsoever in the world outside their "true belief" in what is being fed to them by Faux, tfg, etc. The Daily Kos piece link that Hugh sent out says some interesting things.

Just FYI, I am in Verona NY this morning on my cross-country journey. The drive along the NY Throughway was very similar to land in western Oregon, although the farming operations appeared to be more in line with the larger ones that I've seen east of the Cascades. What is the attraction with pontoon boats (I happen to think they are the perfect lake vessel, and would love to have one, but they are not real common where I'm from.)

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I think a pontoon boat is simply a better balanced party boat. Less apt to tip over as you get tipsy. I could be wrong, but that's been my observation.

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Which is why I like it!! I've just never seen such a concentration of them as we saw driving past.

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Fun stuff. The only downside is if they putt putt near your tranquil lakeside location and blast the music you can't stand.

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Pontoon, stable platform for fishing, swimming, cruising, sun bathing with elbow room. They are the new Van Conversion rides for water play

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In days of yore my family would get picked up on the shore by relative who had a cottage on island, on their pontoon, putt, putt, putt. The funniest thing I saw in later years was a pontoon boat racing to beat all get out, like the turtle that just found roller skates 😁

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

Ally, yes, Republican leadership are playing a cynical game.

Republican rank and file believe the fantasy game is reality and appear to be uninterested in actual reality.

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Also, Ally, Verona is not far from me but I have no real way to invite you to where I am without leaving behind my contact info for the entire world, which, I am loathe to do.

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It’s utterly depressing reading Heather’s posts about the squalid, sordid infighting among the ranks of those who somehow got a seat at the big table.

I’d say “childish” as well, but what have children done to deserve such a comparison?

I am not prone to hate, but I feel it welling up with each new factual recitation I hear. These people are debasing humanity.

And on the genuinely sad side, I doubt I’ll ever hear the word “lingerie” again without a visual image of MC leaping, unbidden and unwelcome, to mind. through

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Speaking of “what does ‘woke’ mean, anyway?” — What was that black bra about, anyway?

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

Mike, you said: "Dr. Richardson has released more than enough "information" just on this website, to jail Trump and all in his merry men..."

I absolutely respect and appreciate Heather's work. However, I am going to make what some might perceive to be a heretical comment: Heather does not release her own newly discovered information about current political affairs that she has dug up and researched using various sources. Heather taps into a broad spectrum of sources, reads, analyzes, and aggregates current political affairs, often comparing what's going on today in a historical context. I'm not diminishing what Heather does, what I am saying is that many of us, unless Heather is one's sole source for news, have already read, digested and formed an opinion about the topics presented in her daily Letters. And that's as it should be.

Journalists( or politicians/fixers/former cabinet members) who write a book and sit on info is only concerning to me IF the relevant and damning information hasn't been submitted to the appropriate authorities prior to public leaks to generate buzz and sales for an upcoming book release. In my mind, our democracy is far more important than someone's personal gain. Obviously there are plenty of people out there who believe otherwise.

I agree that Republicans have built a fantasyland for their constituency. There is no way most Republicans will shift gears and change lanes without having the crimes committed by Republicans at ALL levels of government* exposed and successfully prosecuted. This, of course, includes prosecuting right wing talking heads** who have participated in any of the illegal acts. Sunlight is a powerful disinfectant.

Sadly, I share your pessimism. If people really cared we wouldn't be where we are now.

* Including dog catcher

**There are probably more than a few.

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Information in the form of audio transcripts, testimony at Jan. 6 Commission hearings, telephone recordings, photographs and video together PROVE that there was a conspiracy to overturn the election. The only missing ingredient is the will to proceed with indictments. So, the remaining question is WHERE IS MERRICK GARLAND?

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Daria, thanks,

"I'm not diminishing what Heather does, what I am saying is that many of us, unless Heather is one's sole source for news, have already read, digested and formed an opinion about the topics presented in her daily Letters"

At least for me, Dr. Richardson's letters are often new information. I read the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal but I have limited time in the mornings for this.

My perception of her letters is different than yours though: I think the vast majority of Americans would learn something new every day reading them.

I definitely do.

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Mike, indeed, I do learn something new from her most days - not usually the news she analyzes and presents but more often context. We are very fortunate that there is someone who is willing to put in the long hours necessary to sift through and present levelheaded food for thought. Would we be better off if more folks read HCR? I think so too.

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Daria: “In my mind, our democracy is far more important than someone's personal gain.“

With this statement you have distilled the malaise of U.S.A. Into the perfect summation. Thank you.

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Patricia, thank you.🌷

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Apropos of this topic, I'd like to post a quote from Facebook that has given me no shortage of consternation. This is from a fellow I knew in high school -- a petroleum engineer (retired) who now lives in Texas. Verbatim (WARNING: potentially triggering):

"On the day Bye Den implements his Gun Surrender Order, drive to a place far from your home and leave your phone at that location and leave it turned on. That will tell the IRS Agents that you aren't at home and they will believe that they will face no resistance when they storm your home. Keep in mind, that under the Bye Den Order, a search warrant is not required because you have been pre-classified as a domestic terrorist and you no longer have the right to due process. So, when the IRS Agents show up, fire away. They are not expecting you and you are the last line of defense our Constitution will ever have. Aim carefully because local law enforcement officers will be employed to accompany the IRS Agents. Bye Den knows you won't shoot your local law enforcement officers (that you have probably known for years), so your friends are actually being used as Pawns in Bye Den's scheme to disarm everyone and rewrite the Constitution to his liking."

I don't believe this is a poor imitation of a right-wing Andy Borowitz: he and I had a short exchange, and I think he is serious. I also don't think this guy is a paid propagandist, though I can't guarantee it.

So a couple of interesting things.

At core, he is worried about exactly the same thing we are worried about here: the collapse of the US into some kind of authoritarianism. If you read past all the nonsense, it's clear he is terrified. We ALL see what is coming.

The argument is nonsense, but what I find most interesting is that it is ACTUALLY NONSENSE, meaning it has verged over into a world where pigs fly and water runs uphill. Assuming that "the government" really wanted to take away everyone's guns -- just for the sake of argument -- there is no world in which it would ever be attempted this way. The proposed reaction is even more unhinged: mistargeted (IRS???), murderously violent, and ultimately, a form of quasi-religious suicide.

This isn't politics, and it isn't about information bubbles. This is much more akin to a religious hysteria.

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I’ve “liked” your post, which convinces me I made the right choice in never signing up for Facebook (or Twitter, or Instagram.) Just two observations:

Did you ever notice that conservatives demonize liberals because of what they are GOING to do (take away our guns, declare martial law and implement sharia law, open the borders and allow hordes of immigrants to overrun the country, re-make the U.S. into a socialist state), whereas liberals fear conservatives because of what they have ALREADY DONE (re-make states into white Christian nationalist theocracies, justify the packing of the Supreme Court with conservative judicial activists with malleable and hypocritical arguments as to when it is acceptable to hold up or ram through confirmations, disenfranchise voters opposed to them, using the power of the state to punish corporations who disagree with them, and attempt to violently overthrow the results of a free and fair election)?

The diatribe presented by your high school classmate is truly delusional – right up there with lining one’s headgear with tin foil to keep the aliens from beaming thoughts to one’s brain. I was taught in medical school that it is futile to try to dissuade people suffering from paranoid delusions using rational arguments, because the false beliefs that possess them are irrational at their root, and being willing to debate them, in their troubled minds, validates those beliefs. (It is better to medicate them heavily and return at a later date when their thoughts are less muddled.)

If it is true, as has been discussed elsewhere in this forum, that rational debate is no longer effective in this post-truth society, is our only option to ignore Michelle Obama’s counsel, and when they go low, we go lower? Is the only way to save democracy from the crazies by becoming our enemy? A sad dilemma….

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Like every human endeavor -- it seems -- the real magic in a "thing" is in the months or years before it becomes a "thing." Once it has become a "thing," the magic has already turned to "hype," and the objective is to make money, which pokes a hole in the bottom, and all the magic drains out.

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Yes, I have noticed that. I've also noticed that "conservatives," on the whole, are more inclined to "Better that a thousand be hanged, than one guilty might escape."

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Joseph,

" meaning it has verged over into a world where pigs fly and water runs uphill."

That has been the entire Republican Party since 1980.

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If "information" mattered, the problem would never have arisen. Trump would have come down his escalator and kept going. Down.

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"If "information" mattered, the problem would never have arisen"

BEST POST OF THE DAY TC. :-)

Exactly correct.

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"....do you think "information" on reality matters at all to the people in the Republican party?"

While I would perhaps have chosen the word "truth" rather than "information", I sadly think your observation is spot on. The GOP have learned their lessons well from the Russian principles of propaganda: deny, dismiss, distort, distract, dismay, divide.

They'll use what keeps them in power, and the "D"s are clearly working well in that regard. (McCarthy's obedient bending of the knee to Trump is but one of many examples.)

What scares the heck out of me is the conclusion one must draw: if information and truth no longer matter, then rational evidence-based debate is doomed to fail, and what options are left to us?

It doesn't justify capitulation, but it sure makes me pessimistic.

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The politics of reality and truth.

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There are those in the fantasy, and also those in reality that cheer the anarchy.

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Mike S upstate NY - on a separate note - I watched the movie Fair Game last night. After reading your post earlier in the week, talking about the "Big Lie" the Bush administration generated about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction, I was curious to learn more of the details of what went on in the CIA. It was eye-opening. Thanks for mentioning the movie in your post.

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Laurie K, thank you.

I think completely understanding how evil the Bush administration was as it jockeyed to invade IRAQ, a stable nation filled with beatiful cities, wonderful bazaars, doctors, hospitials, Schools with GIRLS GOING TO THEM, and a variety of civil services is important.

We killed around 200,000 !!! Iraqi civilians during that war and it is still going on.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Iraq_War#:~:text=The%20Iraq%20Body%20Count%20project%20(IBC)%20figure%20of%20documented%20civilian,violence%20and%20increased%20criminal%20violence.

We, us here in the US, are guilty of the crime of ignorance around what we did.

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The statistics are staggering - approximately 200,000 civilian deaths... As you alluded to earlier in the week, we were just as guilty during the Bush administration, as Putin is now. Incredible plot twists politicians will fabricate to support their agendas. Thanks again!

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A good reason to keep republicans out of office.

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

Laurie,

Not many people thank me for pointing out the horros of what we have permitted and supported on the good people of the Middle East. Let's say responses to me vary from "yawn" (70%) to shouting me down before I even get done with lies fed to them about terrorism.

Iraq was ZERO terrorist threat to the world in 2003. GIRLS were going to school there.

Now? Iraq is a failed state with a corrupt government waiting to become a terroist state.

Thank you.

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I knew, but was alone in my W-worshipping crowd.

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Yes, our ignorance of our deeds, those long past and those recent and ongoing, is a crime. But Exceptional Americans pardon ourselves.

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Carol, I do not pardon myself. I do hold myself responsible.

I did not vote for a Republican, or any politician that supports the wars in the Middle East since.

I routinely lobby my local representatives to cut military spending.

The US is a death colony for the Middle East spreading death and destruction in many ways.

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

Me, neither. I hope people who take responsibility are not exceptions.

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Somebody had to write (say) it Mike; might as well be you, you said it well.

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I refer to my family as “The Land of the Lost.”

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 30, 2022

Timothy Snyder calls this "cognitive colonization". Trying to take over what people think and replace previous ideas with fascist ideas.

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I just wrote and inadvertently erased a response to you. I'll rewrite and post, Mike.

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Speaking of fantasy land, here's a book you might enjoy (maybe "enjoy" is not the right word): Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, by Kurt Andersen (2017).

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The issue isn't how much information concerning January 6 is being released the real issue is who is listening. As Mike said below "I do not think reality is something the folks in the Republican Party are seeking Daria. I think some sort of vision of a fantasy, combined with demons (Democrats) has been placed in front of them by Fox News, (some) of their churches, some of their local leaders and, more importantly, their own mental apparatus."

I just checked FOX News. The headline is about Biden's tanking economy. There is ZERO information/reality about what we see and talk about. And then there is MTG diatribe (700 words) against Catholics today. The Catholics have sleep walked their single issue voting into a shit storm and they don't even realize it. I had a nice man and good Catholic tell me the other day in all seriousness that "Our President has dementia." I told him that if enough edited, spliced footage of me was made I could look like I was running a terrorist operation out of my office. I believe it came out with a forceful "oh for God's sake" blast of anger.

So. This is what we are dealing with.

But I do know one thing. I am going to put MTG's diatribe against Catholics right under some Catholics' noses and tell them the quote from Nazi Germany which begins "First they came for the Jews." Hitler hated Catholics also. Something has to wake people up.

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My deceased husband lived with Alzheimer's for years. POTUS is not afflicted with any sort of dementia.

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Yes. I know that. This, however, is how FOX Newsmax and Oan work.

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My AlzHeimer’s person may be demented but he’s not bat-shit crazy, even after 14 years

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Am sorry Jeri. I hope all is well.

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Barbara, I just read your post, and, yep, you are definitely an American terrorist.

You have written all that is true. A real danger to America.

:-)

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You can lead a horse to water....

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WHAOEU, WEUL/KWRUPH! SO TKPWAOD TO SAOE U!

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As I recall, it was essentially investigative journalists that brought Nixon down, and for far, far less than we've seen in today's scenario with the past administration and the actions of certain elected congresscritters, both representative and senatorial. Of course, it was the congresscritters who went to Nixon and told him to resign; now, our congresscritters (and others) who are jumping on that bandwagon.

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Ally Sorry, but you are writing about the Woodward-Bernstein myth that was fostered in All The President’s Men. I wrote a synopsis on Watergate that I submitted to the president of the Washington Post and to Dick Helms (father of a member of my Investor’s Club), who was CIA director during Watergate.

The WP president (a good friend for whom I was a reference for this job in an hour conversation with Katie Graham—head of The Washington Post Company) argued that I had underplayed the role of Woodward/Bernstein. Inn contrast, Director Helms ‘indicated’ (spooks are cagey) that I was spot on.

The fact is that, despite Woodward/Bernstein exposes, Nixon won a smashing re-election victory and the White House thought that Watergate was behind them

A massive turning point was courageous Judge Sirica. When the Watergate Five (those directly involved) pleaded guilty (financed by White House bribes), Sirica said that there was something smelly and threatened to throw the book at them. McCord, a former CIA operative who was head of security at CREP (Committee to re-elect the president) was in his 50s. He thought that he had been serving his country working for ex-Attorney General John Mitchell. He didn’t want to spend years in jail. He wrote Judge Sirica a letter detailing the involvement of the White House, especially the Plumbers Unit of Liddy and Hunt.

This triggered the Erwin Senate Watergate hearings in Spring, 1973. Though the revelations were considerable, the question was ‘What did President know and when did he know it.’

Former White House Counsel John Dean spelling out the conspiracy in an astonishing 7-hour presentation. However, it was still Dean’sword vs. Nixon’s, until Colonel Butterfield revealed that Nixon had been taping himself.

The fight to get the full Nixon tapes took over a year, including the Saturday Night Massacre, when Attorney General Elliot Richardson put country over President Nixon’s subversive order to fire special counsel Archibold Cox.

Only in the second half of 1974, as the House had voted impeachment proceedings, was Nixon’s goose cooked. The Supreme Court unanimously voted that Nixon was obliged to turn over the unadulterated White House Watergate tapes.

By then Nixon’s public support had plummeted and, finally, a Republican Senate delegation went to Nixon and said that the Senate would vote to impeach him. On August 9th Nixon resigned.

I don’t believe that a smattering of reporters’ revelations will have a major impact on the 74 million folks who voted for Trump in 2020. The more promising route would be a House 1/6 committee public hearing together with a series of indictments of the BIG LIE perpetrators initiated by Garland and DOJ prosecutors.

The challenge is to demolish the ‘false facts’ that have mesmerized so many Americans.

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

You are so f-ing brilliant Keith and then you stir in your very real experience. I love your historian story postings. I always look for them.

Salud!

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I love our Keith Wheelock! His wife need not worry — I’ll keep my adoration in check. 😉

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Dear Not-Doc, thanks for the backstage pass and VIP tour!

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Keith,

Attorney General Elliot Richardson helped Nixon out the door as well. He played a key role as a non-lackey, actual honest man.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Iraq_War#:~:text=The%20Iraq%20Body%20Count%20project%20(IBC)%20figure%20of%20documented%20civilian,violence%20and%20increased%20criminal%20violence.

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

Mike My admiration of Elliot Richardson was sparked in 1969 when, as Acting Secretary of State, he spent an hour of intense conversation conducting my exit interview from the Foreign Service. This unprecedented intervener in the exit of a mid-level Foreign Service Officer (an effective pain in the ass) was my hero when, four years later, he placed country and Constitution over Tricky Dick’s imperial order.

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Would like to hear more of your analysis and stories.

I think we are going to need to rely on the Jan 6th Committee hearings this summer combined with the wake up call that is Ukraine. AG Garland is unlikely to act until after the mid terms.

(i wonder if you new my father, FSO Dale Fisher who we lost in Ethiopia in ‘61, or my godfather, Ambassador Philip Bonsal?)

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David I don’t recall your dad. Wasn’t that about the time that the exalted emperor had to get his ass out the window with American assistance? I knew your godfather by reputation—I was in Chile 1966-1969 after 1960-1966 in/on Congo. As I read into Latin America, your godfather’s distinction was writ large.

I read his father’s Unfinished Business at an early age was was greatly impressed.

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Keith, some day let's have a beer together. Upstate NY is not a bad place to visit in summer. Just have to figure out logistics.

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Mike Come visit me at our summer home in Orient. My house beer is Lagunitas Maximus. I normally have only one at dinner, but exceptional circumstances are cause for rule breaking.

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Jives with my memory, but, oh those details. Priceless.

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This is quite compelling, Keith! Question. During Watergate, did the journalists publish whatever news they had on a particular day as opposed to the "dribs and drabs" as Daria has described is happening now with J6? Thanks for your reply.

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

Lynell Woodward and Bernstein aggressively published whatever they uncovered, under the watchful eye of managing editor Ben Bradlee. On several occasions they misfired and prompted a scathing White House rebuke.

I am unaware of any reporter who, at that time, held back info for a forthcoming book. A exception was Theodore White, THE MAKING OF A PRESIDENT, whose book, published 1961, revolutionized presidential election books. I suspect that he was under strictures that permitted him to get inside the presidential campaigns with his promise to publish nothing until after the election.

In recent years Woodward has written a number of topical political books on presidents that include explosive, often anonymous, quotes that had not previously appeared in the Washington Post.

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Keith, thank you for this. I'm glad I read through the comments before responding to several others here. You took the words out of my mouth.

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Thanks, Keith. Your memory is stellar!

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

Lynell I wish that, at 88, my body was functioning as well as my mind. That I was on Nixon’s White House Enemies list made all of Watergate unforgettable. Ditto with Joseph McCarthy. I co-organized a student trip to Russia after Stalin’s death. President Griswold of Yale courageously supported it, while Harvard President Conant was frightened by McCarthy. After the uprising in East Germany in June, 1953, the Soviets nixed our trip, which is why I spent the next seven years in the Middle East, where I made a documentary, Egypt Today, and published NASSER’S NEW EGYPT: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS (1960) before joining the Foreign Service and enjoying the ‘tranquility’ of Congo—1960-1966.

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True. But Woodward and Bernstein were not investigating for a book. The book followed the investigation.

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Bingo!

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Now the congresscritters mostly just shrug their shoulders and say, “So what?” The previous congresscritters did have some respect for the law; the current ones have none.

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Fox News was not around to keep Nixon innocent in the fantasy of Republican minds.

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The most important words in our country today. The lying, skewing and “haloing” would make Goebbels proud

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Unfortunately, today, unlike in the Nixon era, there are "news" stations and social media outlets who are not calling out illegal behavior, in fact just the opposite (see Mike S's post).

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Political views aside, there isn't anyone in the current Congress with the stature that Sens. Goldwater and Scott and Rep. Rhodes had when they went to the White House and told Nixon, in the greater interest of the nation and the Party, he had to resign because he was going to be impeached. It's possible that if/when the Jan. 6 committee starts televised hearings people's interest will be renewed because it was the daily presentation of Nixon's behavior that led most people to support impeachment and conviction. It's also, unfortunately, possible that the whole mess has dragged on so long that even TV won't rekindle and overwhelming concern.

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The news had ‘watergate’ every day. I agree with Daria the dribs and drabs aren’t helpful to motivate the majority who apparently don’t want the Republican agenda to become America. This majority needs to find their voice. The media can help that happen. January 6 bad actors should be exploding in the news as watergate once did. Yet, it’s strangely pushed to dribs and drabs.

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It is frustrating, but I want to believe that just because its not been shared with us, does not mean it’s not been shared with Garland.

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I'd like to think that too, runragged.

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Morning everyone. Thought some might be interested in a bit of armchair investigative journalism to share regarding the math textbook ruse in DeSantisworld (apparently in his pea brain, a more significant corporate entity than Disneyworld.

Noting early on the “small print” fact of guv Youngkin of Va participation in the single math book approved for FL schools told me exactly what I needed to know as an educator and parent regarding the charged public school landscape in Florida. Apparently, some others noticed also and they added another book citing no approval criteria. Heat is on.

https://sarasotaheraldtribune-fl.newsmemory.com/?publink=221b7dacb_1348430

For those without time to read the article, the salient point is that Glen Youngkin was co-CEO of the investment firm Carlyle Group that acquired Accelerate Learning (relatively unknown in school publishing world amongst the biggies) in December of 2018. Accelerate Learning math series only one chosen by Desantisworld this past month. Information sketchy as to company’s ability to supply meeting demand for books.

Unless their was a plan in place……..

DeSantis and Youngkin…two more wannabe oligarchs supported by real oligarchs mucking up the works with governance based on political theater.

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Thanks, Christine. I read about Accelerate Learning/Youngkin the other day. Can't remember whether I posted it, but glad you did. Interesting that he couldn't get it to Virginia due to strong pushback from Dem majority in State Senate.

Then there's this latest from my county:

"And, thus, it came to pass that on the 102nd Day of Mad King Glenn’s reign, the Senate defeated his attempt to nullify the will of Loudoun County voters by a tally of 22-18, with one republican joining the Senate's 21 Democrats.

"We celebrate a great victory for our community and for democratic values, protecting our right to vote into office who we see fit to serve – specifically, the Loudoun County School Board (LCSB) – and have them complete their terms without interruption by the whims of a madly ambitious Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who seeks to rule by stunts and royal decrees in order to thrill the Republican rabble.

"It was, after all, insane to think that Democrats, with a majority in the Senate, would permit him to single out the LCSB, cutting short their terms of office by one year. You might reasonably think, well, there must have been some rationale, some underlying issue, that led the governor to this action. But, actually, NO, there wasn’t. He was merely joining in a race to the bottom with fellow culture warriors and presidential aspirants DeSantis and Abbott, attacking public education, equity and diversity.

"If you’re just joining us, the background is this: A bipartisan bill, HB1138, intended to restructure LCSB elections, staggering members’ terms, passed both houses unanimously. Youngkin, rather than merely signing the measure, amended it to require all members of the LCSB, elected to serve until 2023, face election this fall.

"And then, today, as they have throughout this year, Senate Democrats stood their ground defeating regressive GOP policy initiatives. The original bill now goes back to Youngkin for his signature or veto.

"We are grateful for the outpouring of support from both partisans and non-partisans, editorial writers and, of course, the general public writing to their senators to defeat Youngkin’s amendment.

"But we must remain vigilant and united. This was nothing more than a political feint; we expect more stunts as Youngkin contemplates the presidency in 2024.

"Today is day 102… There are 1,358 remaining in his term."

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Very interesting article, someone's making some $$$$$, eh? Thanks, Christine, for sharing another slice of life from Desantisworld. Be well🌷💙🌷

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Christine, I read your post from earlier in the week and followed up.

Yep, the new company that can supply all the books was a former employer of Yongkin.

So, really, the book thing in Florida is all about MONEY. No surprise to me.

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Cha ching!

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Agreed Daria... still, I find it interesting when they leave a trap for McCarthy who then walks right into it... then they release the audio.

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And the process dares beg them “do it again (lie) and we expose you”

Problem is, Republicans now celebrate the lying , business as usual

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Morning Stephen. McCarthy is deliberately walking into the “trap”. It’s merely a ruse of the week. And meticulously calculated to get feathers in a ruffle. Keep people glued to the soap opera and not what really is happening literally hour by hour in some of the worst world crisis since WWII.

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It is interesting, Stephen, in this day and age of technology people actually think they can say: "I didn't say/do/write that" and get away with it.

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What information we have is because dedicated, diligent, and courageous investigative reporters are in the trenches, every single day for years, gathering and sharing information we would never so easily have without their formidable efforts.

That the takeaway for so many here is to complain they are not doing enough - or might personally benefit from their work - truly shocks me.

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I think you are right, Lin. The investigative reporter provides something different than an investigator preparing a case for civil or criminal prosecution. The dribs and drab might sound an alarm, but more than likely get lost at the tip line. The Woordwards of the journalistic world shed light and create a plausible narrative to explain; a standard much lower than that required for conviction by a jury. I might wish they blew the lid off the cesspool, but what then? We get enough of that breaking news and sensationalism from Fox and if they became the standard we'd get plenty of swift convictions (think of the pilloring of the innocent in public opinion and lynchings predicated upon reported facts) but not justice. Just saying.

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I tend to agree with Lynell (below) about the dribs and drabs. I recognize that these are useful for promoting a book, but today's viewers seem to be more inclined to stay tuned if the information of the day is short and dramatic. For more lengthy background, Rachel Maddow spends quite a bit of her opening laying out detailed information supporting whatever topic she focuses on for the night. Same with Ari Melber - he opens with a rather long and detailed monologue, somewhat legalese, but not what one might called "sensational" in style.

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There may be a desire here not to throw too much out at once for public consumption. At this advanced stage of my life, I tend to be overwhelmed when presented with a tsunami of info. And yes, we're talking about news not a court of law.

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lin, with all due respect, I am not devaluing the work of investigative reporters OR the risk they take doing their work. I understand those things far better than you can ever know. But, to be clear, to think that the release of information just prior to a book's publication isn't driven to boost sales and profits is naive. Publishers and authors both want the biggest bang for their buck and this is how they get it, releasing juicy tidbits, or red meat, if you prefer, in dribs and drabs.

You're shocked by my opinion? What should shock you is even the remotest possibility that information gathered might not have been turned over to the appropriate authorities.

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"What should shock you is even the remotest possibility that information gathered might not have been turned over to the appropriate authorities."

And exactly what evidence can you present to support your hypothesis - that there is even the remotest chance these reporters have withheld information from the appropriate authorities? Who are the appropriate authorities you are referring to?

Do you believe that DOJ and the Jan 6 Committee et al have not scoured the same public record and private sources that the reporters have delved into? Do you think making information public prematurely carries no risks to the cases being built?

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

lin, It is OK to propose a reasonable hypothesis that book publishers and book authors withhold information to spring for the book release.

btw: Hypothesis don't have to stand the "fact" test. They just have to be reasonable, which, honestly, daria's and yours are both imminently reasonable.

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What evidence do you have to support your notion that these (or other) reporters have turned over evidence to the DOJ and the January 6 Committee? Why is it wrong for me to question the timing and motive of leaks prior to yet another exposé being released? Assuming that all the "right" things have been done and that all rocks have been looked under is part of the problem. We the people too often trust that the right things are being done when they may not be. We spend hours bashing the Right who, with glazed eyed, drooling obedience pay fealty to a man and a party because their mantra is: Trust me because I/Fox said so". Are you saying we on the Left should do the same? No thank you, lin.

If a case is being built information that can damage that case should not be released unless there is other information to support the premise of the case.

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There is a third possibility. The release of information is actually strategic — letting those who have not yet testified that their accusers know more than the stalled testifies wanted them to know? I’m just guessing and hope that what I’ve written makes sense — but . . .

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Oy. I think you are sacrificing reason to a rhetorical exercise to justify what looks more like reflexive suspicion than diligence. At least to me.

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Sigh, ok.

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Drips and drabs can also be part of the overall strategy. The closer we get to the midterms in November, the more the info will come together and become (hopefully) a dominant narrative. Having hearings live in late August/early Sept gives the energy to move toward Election Day and hopefully NOT allow the gop to capture the congress.

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I prefer getting info out there. Media have failed us in holding it for getting a book published or a more timely for them exposure. We are at a very critical time for our constitutional republic. It the Jan 6 committee releasing information or is it reacting to what the media are doing?

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Rep Raskin contends the public hearings will blow the roof off. Dribs and drabs may upset that.

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I tend to think J6 has wraps on the roof-blower info yet to be heard by us.

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Yes, Daria. Agree. Success of the book being published is what is taking precedence in “investigative journalism”. It no longer is focused on what is being investigated to bring nefarious practices to an end. The focus is on the success of the book and the scheme to get people hooked on the dark intent and look at it as a soap opera fantasy.

I’ll make a simple statement about all that the authors have juiced up in their “let’s play telephone he said she said scandal”. Republicans, even those that follow McCarthy with loyalty, see the following as gospel. They want Jim Jordan as Speaker of a Republican majority in the house and that’s that. That’s the current soup du jour and this new “blockbuster” will be used by the Repubs to further that end.

I do marvel and detest at the same time their ability to take any news and concoct it as palatable bites for their political palate. And their number one in the kitchen sous chef? Tuckems. Do not count him out in a political career. He is salivating at the prospect.

Continue to be fierce, Daria. Love that about you. Crunch time coming with summer season close.

Salud!

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It's all about the Benjamin$, baby.

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Seriously. Think a moment. What are you doing to turn the tide of authoritarianism and kleptocracy? Do you think HCR does this for the dollars? These investigative reporters don't either.

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They sometimes risk their personal safety to do the job.

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It's important to realize that the release of said information has already happened, to little effect. It's what Democrats do with that information that matters. Where is Merrick Garland?

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I agree, but we are so good at forgetting that I think there is some merit to having it come out in dribs and drabs, letting the whole thing build up until the election. The last minute release of more email news from FBI director James Comey cut into Hillary Clinton’s vote. We forget. Covid helped warp our sense of time. Some of us even forgot what we saw with our own eyes on Jan. 6. It is a faded memory of something once pretty shocking and important. But not as faded for people who need to believe the idea Jan. 6 was a tourist visit or patriots trying to save America.

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Commerce "trumps" the public's wellbeing.

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Daria...I totally agree...since the onset I've felt the information, such as what's in todays "letters from an American" that HCR puts in her daily commentaries should be broadcast far and wide. The old adage "A strong Offense is the best Defense" is applicable. Make no mistake...the enemies of our American democracy won't be swayed...But, perhaps the rest of America, especially the silent many, or the truly unaware will finally take heed. Does anyone really believe that the onslaught against our Democracy will be defeated in one or two election cycles? Face the fact that if the Repugnant Republicans gain the majority in the next few months we will be lost. Look what they have done to date, and continue to do, to steal the upcoming elections. If and when they do steal it...look carefully at what they are proposing, eg, Social Security, Obama Care cuts or elimination as well as, broad reach tax increases on lower income folks.

Wake up America.

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Apr 28, 2022·edited Apr 28, 2022

Thank you, Professor, for providing a lens for us to clearly see the repubs doing their job, which appears to be fighting among themselves, lying and not working for the voters who sent them to Washington. In the meantime, millions of people are suffering from Russia’s war in Ukraine, gas prices and sources are a concern, we’re worried about Putin’s next move, we have diplomats and professionals including our president, Joe Biden, working with NATO trying to prevent a World War. At home the Democrats are governing. But our Democracy depends on our representatives working for the people, a two party system that requires the cooperation and attention of both parties. While one party attempts to gover