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Let’s be completely clear:

The opposition to Justice Brown is purely racist and sexist.

The central reason anyone has a problem with this fabulous woman is because she is not white, because she is not a man, and because she stands for democracy and for diversity, and not for the Neanderthal society that keeps whites in charge, keeps men in charge, keeps straights in charge, keeps rich people in charge, and keeps Christians in charge (thank you Christy for the last one).

Welcome to the Confederacy, Marsha Blackburn, you are just another person who might as well be a KKK supporter.

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And because she is appointed by Biden and not Republican. Let's still hope for her swift approval.

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And why are Republicans so united in opposing the Democrats? What lies underneath that animosity? What is the source of that furious opposition?

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Because they are afraid. They are in the process of being outnumbered demographically. And they think that life is a zero sum game. The "others" will take their jobs, their homes, their food and their rights to be bigots, controllers of women's bodies and wow...have differing religious views or even none. They are terrified of diversity - whether it is skin color or thought. Their world view is that of a warring pack of hyenas. They will not be converted to decency. They simply need to be outnumbered and outvoted. Marginalized.

That fear is fueled every day by Rupert Murdoch - an Australian billionaire puppeteer. And fueled by an economic system that rewards outrage and lies - that make millionaires out of liars. Carlson, Rogan and the like make fools of Americans and get rich doing it.

There needs to be a "fact check" channel that will evaluate the statements of all broadcasters, politicians, pontificators and podcasters.

Of course, if we were really serious about condemning such, we wouldn't buy the products pushed on Fox.

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Bill, You said it all. FEAR.

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Exactly!

Explains their need for guns ‘n ammo.

Also explains their need for an autocrat in the WH.

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Maybe they will see the flaws in the autocrat thing, since even if Putin accomplishes his goal, he and his country will suffer greatly in treasure and lives. Even autocrats like Hungary's Orban and Turkey's Erdogan aren't supporting Putin.

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I would also add in a strong dash of rage.

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Fear is the primary tactic used by the Republicans. FEAR is how Trump defined Power. Perfect explanation is stated by Michael Douglas in "The American President" when he says his opposition (in the movie) - clearly a Republican - is that the only tactic is to find something to make the voters fearful and then play on that fear - but never suggest a solution. In the current case, what would the GOP suggest as the "cure" of their fear of Judge Brown-Jackson - an all white SCOUS? (which is what they would say if they dared speak their position out loud)

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Love that movie. And that soliloquy.

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Bill, they're already outnumbered, now we need to be sure they're outvoted!

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👍 x a gazillon

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BBBAMMO!! good shot Nancy.

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Feb 26, 2022·edited Feb 26, 2022

With all of the frustration and distractions, and now the abomination taking place in Ukraine, the most pressing task for all of us is to ignore the lies of the right wing, overcome the voter suppression, and do everything we can to vote and to help those who are in danger of disenfranchisement to do the same. Watching the grim determination of Ukrainians in the face of enormous odds fight the enemy, the least we can do is to quit whining about inflation and the price of gas and decide to make a difference.

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Amen!

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A fact check channel, indeed, Bill. I actually pitched Amazon on creating Amazon Orb, an app with an algorithm that collects all pertinent information on a subject and determines the truth. I realize the proposition is a little scary, but there has to be an alternative to politically motivated politicians and talking heads telling us what to think.

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Feb 26, 2022·edited Feb 26, 2022

That's a great idea, although the GOP would simply refer to it as a "liberal" or "radical leftist" channel and completely ignore it! After all, they have "alternative facts"!

I keep seeing and hearing Jack Nicholson's famous line from A Few Good Men: ":You can't handle the truth!"

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Love your idea Randy 🏆

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Yup.. wheww..and that is sure a tricky-one. We want to be careful of anyone who espouses writing some kind of "Rule-Book" for such. Thank you for the "Orb" thing. The last people we want to kick are those providing the "stuff". The "people" we need to pay attention to are the ones 'in charge of what can be said on their site(s). Remember, I said "keep an eye on" ..and that of course leads to the "fact Checker" and who is paying to keep that site on the air. Did I mention 'Advertisers'? How about some wealthy (politically driven) sponsor. Aarrrgh..gag me! I'm with you though, Randy.

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Don't forget the hatred. Anger is an easier emotion to have.

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Indeed. It is much easier to be angry than admit to fear.

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Right! Although I've practiced Buddhism for many years, practicing equanimity in the face of racism, misogyny, viciousness and bad behavior in general, finds me giving into anger and polarization, too. It's hard to keep an open, understanding mind, much harder than say, posting a pic of Putin with a Hitler mustache on Twitter which I did yesterday! (God, it felt good!)

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Reiki also asks that we do the same and it is darn hard especially in the face of monstrous evil. So I make exceptions and use reiki to ground myself.

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Unfortunately (well maybe) we are not dealing with Bots. Pulling a trigger is so easy, watching the consequence(s)..not so much.So hard to vacate the human mind of hatred.. Re: the South. Re: belief(s) in some kind of 'god' Re: one nation under god(?) Re: with freedom and justice for all. Hahahaaa..and I would be remiss if I failed to include Re: "we are a Christian Nation". Yeah...all others stay home! Huh? yeh HOME is where you just came from... now GO. Yea Ally House..., we have amongst us an angry mob, miss-guided lambs who have lost their way. And 'church' is now a small part of the answer. The 'church of trump' comes into view. Sickening.

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Yes, it can stop us, or push us into heinous acts. Or acts of good and mercy. What is in between? Good vs Evil.

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While I agree with you 100%, I fear that many of these folks do not want to know the truth or the facts. The lies suit them and make them "feel good" (although it is not making them feel good.) A friend send me a scathing email a year ago, fuming that the price of gas was going to rise to $10 in the summer and furious at Biden over this. Huh?! Did they have a crystal ball? My take is that they're angry, they want to be angry, and they do not care about truth or facts because it's all about their feelings and emotions, "values" and principles." The times that I have confronted people I know with the falsities in their messages to me, they say nothing, and just keep hanging with their tribe, on to the next grievance.

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I agree with you Kim—it’s like their point of view is their armor and their anger a drug of choice.

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Hi Liz. Hope you are well. Good to see you here. And thanks.

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Rock On Kim, rock on. "they're mind" is made up.. and they won't (ie WILL NOT!) be confused by the facts. Yeah.. NEXT! hahahahhhaaa.

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Feb 26, 2022·edited Feb 26, 2022

I don’t think your comment was tongue and cheek. You hit a home run…..a hole in one. Bill you are a genius. I have long puzzled over the cure for disinformation. A fact finding channel! In concert with NPR perhaps. Or a subsidiary of Heather international. With true and believable due diligence we can appropriately penalize those who traffic in misinformation. Perhaps with categorical venues. You know, one for congressmen one for each so called news agency one for each political party. Call it the Stoplight . Green yellow red. Sum up monthly totals and give percentage evaluations to individual liars. Easy to fund with a para-mutual betting component. Since honesty in both photography and journalism is impossible to achieve your idea of a catch-all “fact-finding”channel might well replace or obviate the need for laws regulating truth in advertising. Let’s “Bill” em. 1500.00 per lie. 750.00 per half-truth. The GOP would be bankrupt in an hour.

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Brilliant!!!

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BLAMMMO.. good shot Pat.

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And CNN is currently in a scandal involving the managers conspiring with the Cuomo family about how to present them in a favorable light. So they were caught doing what Trump did every day at Fox. Since tv is driven by commercial ads it’s hard to imagine one that would survive on checking all the boring facts.

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Zucker, the head of CNN who resigned was also connected to trumps web. https://www.washingtonpost.com/media/2022/02/03/jeff-zucker-donald-trumo-cnn/.

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hahahaa...bye bye Zucker. Keep an eye on that seemingly spinless kid.

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And can someone explain to me what their motivation is for doing an entire show about Alex Jones?!?

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Finally Liz, WE are spreading the 'light' if you will, that sites/networks, etc have to pay attention to what their sponsors wishes are. Simple fact, sponsors keep the "lights" on when viewership is great.., because 'Advertisers' whose cash pays the sponsor $$$$ are very happy with viewership numbers. So gunning down the poor folks we call the 'media' isn't where the problem is. So many people I speak with never really consider that aspect. Why is faux news everywhere..HAH!! Their advertisers are very happy.. Funny how that woiks :)) huh. I enjoy your posts.

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Feb 26, 2022·edited Feb 27, 2022

Any chance there is a list of those advertisers somewhere? I don’t watch any of those channels.

I read recently that most of those networks makes most of their money not from advertisement but from cable fees. Also, that it’s some sort of law/deal that requires cable companies to carry them. Is there any truth to that?

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A "fact check" channel. Absolutely! I have been dreaming about such a thing since the 80's when 'The Morton Downey, jr. Show' got big. Anyone remember that? He was on afternoon t.v. where I lived and became pretty well known. The garbage he spewed was maddening to me. I now see him as the first mass media assault on truth in ideological discussion. It's been stuck in my craw all this time as I've watched that cancer metastatize through society ever since. I always wanted a response show to dissect and refute his arguments point by point. Probably why I find Prof. Richardson's newsletter such a balm.

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Feb 26, 2022·edited Feb 26, 2022

YES, hell yes.

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You are absolutely right! Fear of becoming the subject of hate and discrimination after years of promoting such behavior.

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That’s a curious thought: the racists and sexists becoming the subject of scorn and contempt the same way they have treated others. Nice Judith 👍

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Yeh.. sowing seeds of "hate" and, dissension. Their advertizers' might just pull their ads... bbbboink ...lights out! Gotta luv that!

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Yes, you write the truth. Fear is a great driver of evil and it’s been at the the root of humanity. From the beginning, everywhere, including here in America where we destroyed a people who lived here for millennia.

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Depends on which "they" you are speaking of. The politicians are consumed by a dark lust for more and more power and money. The MAGA folks in the suburbs, cities and farms are the ones being manipulated by fear and anger being drummed into their heads by the evil rich folks.

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Fear + Greed = Monstrous Destruction

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Perhaps in part. But I think it is a psychosis that overwhelms any logical fears. It is visceral

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Fear? U-Kno-It! Rock on Bill..., rock on!!

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Nice Bill. Excellent. 🥰

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If Murdoch marginalized and isolated.

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Feb 26, 2022·edited Feb 26, 2022

Roland.

Perhaps the all day, every day Fox News Demonization of anything associated with democracy or democrats has had a large impact on lining up Pubs?

IF a Republican were to support Jackson then the subsequent Fox News shrill howling at the moon would end their career in public life.

Also. The Rush Limbaugh show makes Fox commentary look reasonable. I listened yesterday and could not believe the nutty stuff they are faking as “callers”.

Lots of folks listening to all this hate that “freedom” allows Roland.

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Mike, I read the letters late yesterday and so most probably didn't see this: I commented that I was utterly disgusted with Fox and Tucker Carlson and so emailed them to say that I was appalled with their misinformation, misguided "patriotism" and with Tucker Carlson in particular. I said it is probably a futile attempt, but I felt compelled to say something.

Should you or any other reader feel the same, here is a handy link to contact them.

https://www.foxnews.com/contact

Considering all that the Ukrainians have to face and fight, sending a quick email seems very little to ask to have our voices heard.

Have a good weekend, Mike S. Spring is coming soon.

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Sent Fox my "feelings". We should really look at the list of advertisers.

https://dropfox.com/advertisers/

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I looked at that, Bill. Depressing.

BTW, back when Texas put out their outrageous abortion ruling, someone on the forum posted a list of the CEOs/addresses of the major corporations headquartered in Texas. I wrote every single one of them. Not even a form letter in reply from any of them.

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Thank you for Fox advertiser list. Will boycott and spread the word.

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Thanks for the link, Miselle. I wrote an email. And I don't care whose list I get on. I've been protesting since the 60's and feel that we must do all we can to oppose those who oppose democracy.

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Miselle. Thank you.

I will think about if I want to elevate my email and IP address to Fox.

It might be a bad idea long term.

We do not know how this story turns out and there is no guaranteed happy ending.

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It might even be a bad idea to be a subscriber here.

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I wonder if Anonomous could take a mome t to shut down Murdick and expose the personal information of his members... Hello, Anonomous, are you there, reading HCR?

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Agreed, Miselle!

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Thanks! Will do!

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Done.

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And I know--from some in my own family--that Fox is the only place they get their "news."

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Yes. They are more loyal to Fox News propaganda than to their own family.

If someone in their family disagrees with Tucker Carlson they are excommunicated from said family.

Amazing accomplishment.

Fox has made people religiously radical about Fox lies and propaganda.

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May I say that I think Rupert Murdoch and his family should be relieved of their citizenship (that Murdoch was awarded citizenship is thanks to Ronnie Raygun, which says everything one needs to know about the both of them) and tossed out of the country--after paying a huge fine in reparation for the damage to the nation's collective sanity--I doubt Australia would take him back, nor would the UK.

The Canadian and UK peoples were so profoundly uninterested in the baloney that Faux Noise parades as "news" that the network "decided to discontinue" airing the show there due to "low viewership". Smart countries...wish we were as smart.

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All the more reason to troll fox and present truth to the propaganda. Use your voice!!

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Call Fox News

212-301-3000.

Leave a message to tell them to stop the lies and why you are cancelling your Fox service. Then call or email your cable company and unbundle Fox from your selections.

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I read that Fox is only surviving by charging much more to the cable outfits than other cable channels, hence cable prices would be less if Fox was not on the menu. Not sure if you can unbundle.

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Spectrum allows unbindling. Check with your cable company.

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That's the exact situation.

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In my opinion lil tommy tucker and fools Rush in are keys tools in the attempted destruction of our country. Thank you Mike.

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Yup.. and we need to keep it that way. Makes it easier to separate the wheat from the chaff. And It's of no use trying to explain to them where the Bear shit in the buckwheat. They get great pleasure dissing you and I as socialists and Bern-outs.

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Perhaps it is but a pure, naked lust for power that is couched with rhetorical nonsense. I am not so certain that most Republicans could even clarify a particular ideology. Not to sound too quaint, but perhaps there is a certain thread of human darkness, little e evil that runs through them. You could, I suppose, elevate that idea and call it social Darwinism. There is something going on here that is difficult to describe.

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Propaganda explains all, just ask Goebbels

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They leave no room for thought. To do otherwise would lead to differences of opinion.

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Visceral combination of hatred, guilt and fear of blacks. They would gravitate to Martians before people of color. “Practical” fears are a rationale.

The disquietude at the “other” is baked in. Start from that premise.

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"The disquietude at the “other” is baked in. Start from that premise."

And then move on to how that baked in disquietude is exacerbated, misdirected, and weaponized.

How racism is manufactured to misidentify the actual source of existential threats, misdirect rational fears away from that source, and misdirect justifiable anger away from its proper target.

Target the exploited rather than the exploiters

The entire right wing apparatus, including the Republican dominated courts, employed to perpetrate racial injustice in order to

perpetuate economic injustice.

Judges who bent German law to serve the Nazi regime were prosecuted at the Nuremberg trials, in order to emphasize the importance of an independent judiciary.

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I really like how you extended my comment. But tonight the Like button died on the vine to prevent me affirming it.

Yes, I so agree. There is an impulse taken to the farthest reach in America to compete, to hustle, to get the edge on others, to exploit…It applies to perhaps 1% of the population but they do enormous damage.

And the result of how they manipulate is that it’s baked in more. Plus ça change, plus c’est le même chose.

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Exactly so. You can’t build a cogent belief system in piles and piles of lies - so many contradicting the last, but allowed to seep down - and hope to address the real problems in the real world in a clearheaded way. I think these folks are angry and fearful because none of it makes sense anymore.

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Lemme toss this out. I am fairly confident that there are may politicians faking it just to be in the right place should numbnuts run or even prevail. They "Fear" being accused of "failure to be uptight".., Thus having their career terminated, preventing them from actually doing some good, for Dems and R's alike, once the election is done with. A means to an end. Ughhh

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They fear their own base.

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The source of the opposition, besides opportunism and racism is the complete and utter moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the husk that is the Republican Party. It proudly has no platform or program. It exists solely to obstruct America’s best values and to grab power for its own sake. Oh, and the party is irredeemably corrupt. Other than that, no problem.

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And this sells like hot cakes to what I used to call the rank and file. Now I just call them cult

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People who are emotionally immature and are just obstructionist, and then there is their fealty, their obeisance to Trump.

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Their hate runneth over. I also suspect and underlying self esteem issue.

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Yes. The whites-first or whites-only (+ males-first, straights-first, et al) mentality is rooted in low self-esteem. Who am I if I don’t have the power of being white in a white-dominated society?

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We Can Stop Fox Network's Lies:

"Russia is now playing Tucker Carlson's false "news" on Fox (regarding their invasion of Ukraine) to the Russian people. This is propagada. See the message below, call Fox, then unbundle Fox from your cable service!!!"

"Tell Fox News: Stop pushing Russian propaganda. Put America and democracy first. Please make a brief call right now. The Fox News number is 212-301-3000. You can tell them:

"I'm an American citizen and a patriot. What your channel is doing right now is aiding our enemies. Put America first. Put democracy first. Don't just push out Russian propaganda. I'm going to follow up with your advertisers and my cable network to tell them the same thing."

[I did it!!! I was able to leave a message after punching (a little angry) number 3. See script below. I also contacted Spectrum and told them to unbundle Fox Network from my TV cable service and I no longer will pay for their channel. (Spectrum isn't the only one that allows this). Thank You!]

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Time was FCC regulations strictly limited content for News programs. That should be restored. Stations that do not meet those standards could be labeled (Network) opinion/gossip/nonsense/etc

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Nancy It seems to me that station executives have set a strictly limited time for news. I remember Edward R. Murrow. who prohibited any advertising in the middle of his 30-minute nightly news programs. He had the now outlandish belief that he was responsible for providing news rather than an advertising sandwich with a sliver of news squeezed into this sandwich.

Incidentally, Campbell Soup agreed to Murrow’s terms. [My dad handled the Campbell’s advertising account at that time. He met Murrow when they both were in wartime England. Later I would go fishing with Murrow and he introduced my THIS I BELIEVE on CBS radio in 1954.]

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WOW Keith!!!

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Just wow. He and Walter are greatly missed. But another old wannabe “newsman” is trying to undo their standards. Well, abolish them. Too bad the younger generation has NO clue…

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Fox is legally labeled entertainment, but doesn’t keep them from blasting Fox News everywhere. Should be a law against this

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I still fail to see what is entertaining about that whole pack of lies.

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MaryPat, thanks for the suggestion and the script; I just called Fox and left a message. I don't have cable, but I do very much care about how the Murdoch family, Fox News, and its propagandizing personalities are undermining democracy and actively supporting Russia.

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And I'm sharing your script on FB, to widen the action among my contacts. Thanks.

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Fox IS a propaganda outlet, like state-operated propaganda outlets in totalitarian countries. Think Tass, Chinese outlets. Think Orwell.

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I think Goebbels on steroids

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Roland, I don’t wanna think Orwell....

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I did this and ditched a few advertisers that I knew about.

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Jabba....

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Lol!

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Roland, I believe that the furious opposition is based on their need to demonize Democrats, because otherwise they are barred from winning elections. If they admitted to the fact that Biden has kept his nose to the grindstone, has worked tirelessly to bring our democracy back on course, has managed the pandemic and would have mostly eradicated it except for Rethuglicans' determination that their minions would refuse vaccination, had passed the Relief Act and thus saved our economy, had passed the first infrastructure bill that, even in our Rethuglican-led State, is repairing infrastructure that was crumbling (of course Shotgun Kemp isn't advertising that Biden did this and it's Federal funds at work), then Georgia would be bright blue, rather than iffy purple. The reason for the opposition is simple, the right wing has no platform other than culture wars, to which the majority of voters are opposed, and cutting taxes for the uber wealthy, while the left wants to stimulate business and allow all of us to share in the rewards - you know - the Socialist/Communist thing. They're doing their best to gerrymander, nullify properly-cast votes, and spread misinformation at every turn, hoping that the voters will either be obstructed from casting votes in urban, diverse areas, or be stupid enough to listen to the miscreants on the right who tell them they need to stand up and prove their "Amurikan" creds. As for trying to defeat Ketanji Brown Jackson, surely the racist, sexist Neanderthals are desperate to keep her out of the club, where her presence would suggest to diverse voters that they might be considered citizens, too. I still hold that if the right isn't allowed to nullify votes, we can win the midterms, because whatever the perils, there are still more of us than them!

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Your eloquence is only exceeded by your enthusiasm.

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Thanks, Bill. I realize that many do not share my enthusiasm, but I'm sticking with it, although I can clearly see the downside possibilities. We can't give up.

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Money....

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Power.

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Fear of losing money and power.

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Yep, and white dominance.

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The dread of losing power.

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All in lockstep with the propaganda master

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The national party is now transcendent. There is no room for a Rockefeller Republican, a Jacob javitz. You can’t run for dog catcher nowadays without falling in line, or you will never make it thru the primary. You can thank newt Gingrich for this. Am anxious to see how Liz Cheney campaigns, if she bothers.

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Evil Newt left an evil legacy, and a devoted Catholic, what a joke. Going to be a bottleneck at St. Peter’s gate when these deliberately evil types show up.

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I have been hollering about Newt ever since I subscribed here. In addition to all of his other crappy contributions, he took republican sociopathic mendacity and organized it for them. The Contract with America was their class project. He deserves a significant part of the credit for what the rethugs are today.

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We need Cheney. Would understand if she retires, but maybe she can keep the faith in the spirit of Kyiv.

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... team players ... they are playing football ... GameTime USA!!

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Feb 26, 2022·edited Feb 26, 2022

Selfish ambition begets fear which begets contempt which begets divisions, necessitating alliances for control - being mindful that even these alliances will soon enough be at war with each other. tfg proved this is the way he treats his friends.

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Feb 26, 2022·edited Feb 26, 2022

I am reminded of "Gone With the Wind." Simply put, their way of life is over. Their vituperative, often irrational statements and behaviors mean desperation IMO. Similarly, as a rich white male supremacist Christian Orthodox authoritarian, Putin is desperate, too. That's not to say they will "go easily into their graves," or that the change is immediate but it is inevitable. On some level they know it.

I'm also reminded of a joke: A man of the nature described above was languishing in Hell. A newcomer arrived and the man recognized and old friend. "Good Lord, Beauregard, what brings you here?" he asked. "You've always led an exemplary life." Beauregard answered, " I did go to heaven and met God. She is Black! I had no other choice."

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They want to run the country and support their donors. They seem to have little love for this country as a truly democratic society. The ignorant (as opposed to stupid) do not understand this and have little knowledge of our history. That’s why.

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“Let's still hope for her swift approval.”🏆🙏

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I can see it now. The irony of VP Harris casting the tie breaking vote in her favor.

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YES Roland.

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I will give it all my hope energy Roland.

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Personally, I think this is more relevant. The repubs are basically against anything Biden says or does or doesn't say or doesn't do or thinks or doesn't think.

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I'm in favor

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Feb 26, 2022·edited Feb 26, 2022

For some background about Ketanji Brown Jackson and how she thinks, here's a Slate article about her first Appeals Court opinion piece she wrote this week. Clear and logical. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2022/02/ketanji-brown-jackson-supreme-court-nominee-opinions-rulings.html

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Thanks for this link Barbara.

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My first thought as well.

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Yes please.

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It's also because the Republicans deny the legitimacy of any nomination by the Democrats...just as they deny their right to govern when faced with an election that gave results that they consider inconceivable.

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Yes. And why would Republicans in Congress (representing their ilk in society at large) deny Joe Biden and Kamala Harris the right to govern, pushing the Big Lie, voting in large numbers on January 6 after the attack to nullify the election and keep Orange Sewage in charge? What is the source of that furious animosity-opposition-hatred?

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Propaganda non-stop against the libtards and socialists, bull Schitt all. HST knew them well “Socialism is the epithet they have hurled at every advance the people have made inThe last 20 years. Socialism is their name for almost anything that helps all the people.” Make that ever instead of 20 years in our time.

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More like nearly 200 years. The needle stuck on their disc a long time ago.

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Hunter S Thompson said that??

Apologies for the attempt at levity. The escapism of Gonzo Journalism was too hard to resist

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Nice diversion but...

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It is not always instructive to reduce those that hold views that are differen in binary terms...black and white as you would suggest. There's a lot more to it than that. Be it loss of status, opposition to social programs, taxation or government spending, desire to bring the power closer to the people or whatever. The list can be long but everybody doesn't have to agree with the Dems and will never do so thankfully as that way does represent necessarily the will of ALL the people.

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But, as we all have seen ad nauseam, propaganda works

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❤️

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I agree—reductive reasoning negates complexity.

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Senseless blind loyalty to The Team ... the very idea that Judge Jackson is "radical left progressive" is laughable ... progressive yes, contrasted with radical right regressive mentality ... radical left? Not even close - if that were so, would she have gone to school, gotten the degree, gotten the job, paid her taxes and worked within the system?? Uhmm ... maybe not ....

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Yes. If you are still living in the bubble, the obsolete reality, of the old whites-only male-dominated world, of course putting a black woman on the Supreme Court is radical. Having Michelle and Barack in the White House is radical. So what is laughable to people with their eyes open, who accept the equal status of women and people who aren’t white, is radical to a woman (and an entire political party, Orange Garbage included) who is clearly a relic of the antebellum South. If going into that world is unfamiliar, you have to pull out an old western or old whites-only style movie, to get a feel, or a reminder, for that gestalt.

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I happen to be vacationing in Charleston SC among many normal and nice southerners enjoying the 80 degree weather and I’m enjoying the ante vellum architecture that I’m very glad survives though they shot the first cannon at Ft. Sumter.

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Thanks, Liz. Many people see a southern “red” state and assume that it means that we are all right-wing, Confederate-flag-waving crazies. We are not. In evidence, I present the 2020 election. Over the U.S. Census South Region, President Biden received approximately 28M votes to the 31M that TFG received. Yes, we lost most of those states. Those losses hide the great diversity of the South. (Thank you, Electoral College and red/blue maps…) In particular, Brookings shows that, “Fully 58% of the nation’s Black population resides in the South.” There are also several areas with above average populations of Latinx people in the South.

Also, people need to remember that no news reporter (or comedian) ever comes to the South looking for sane people. What Americans see in the media does not necessarily reflect the makeup of the places visited.

Still, there is much to fix, starting with Marsha Blackburn! Help us.

https://www.fec.gov/resources/cms-content/documents/2020presgeresults.pdf

https://www.brookings.edu/research/mapping-americas-diversity-with-the-2020-census/

https://bittersoutherner.com/ Learn about the better South?

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Thank you for the reminder, Liz - every era contributes value to the evolving organism of human culture ... and I get that people for whom that paradigm works want it to survive - only, how do we see that it does not work well for one and all - it has a place in the whole scheme of things - but is not fit to dominate and dictate universal values for everyone ... who has that right and wherewithal to govern - especially when it descends into perpetual rape/murder and exploitation of the disadvantaged ...?

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Liz, I wonder why AutoIncorrect substituted "v" for "b" ("ante vellum"!) It gave me a chuckle. Maybe it would have preferred to write on birch bark?

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It seems that this particular Orange is NOT the new Black after all

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Roland. See my other comment regarding Fox and other far right propaganda.

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Propaganda. There are no lies told them except for everything told them

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The lock step approach to hang onto power a la Mitch.

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I'm sure those are factors, but I think Linda Weide hit the main reason, which is that Biden recommended her.

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Yes, but why do they oppose everything Biden does?

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Because that has become their platform since Obama was first elected. The Newt began the dismantling of across the aisle discourse,

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Yes 👍

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When the first African-American became President, when we had our first African-American First Lady, they freaked. That’s when it suddenly dawned on them that the changes in society are structural, permanent, and that their way of life, the old (racist and sexist) society of whites in charge and men in charge, the old society that is near and dear to their hearts, is being seriously threatened. When you think “Republican Party,“ you have to think “diehard racism and sexism,“ or their actions just don’t make sense.

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About two days after Obama's inauguration, I turned on N PR in my car only to hear several minutes of diner-dwellers whining "I want my country back." NPR wouldn't call out the racism then and I doubt they, or NYT or WaPo, will do it going forward. Our media are complicit in the destruction of our democracy.

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I’m not able to ❤️ your comment for some reason, but I totally agree.

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My heart eventually popped up. I sometimes need to learn patience.

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Try refreshing-works for me.

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I'm having that trouble too, I wonder why?

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It is a Substack glitch. Two solutions: Keep clicking on the Heart button or refresh the page and see if it "took" the first time; if not, try again and it should work.

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Galilee, I ‘heart’ you. (Don’t have an emojis on this tablet).

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It’s not a new thing, would require a trip back to Ronnie , maybe Dickie, or even the Coup of 1934. Being old helps

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... marching lockstep with their team ... Major League GameTime USA!!

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Marsha Blackburn is trying to be worse than her male, dumb colleagues. She will say and do anything to make sure she stays in the spotlight with them. When we talk about the fact that women should be in charge, we are NOT thinking of her!

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I was disappointed in Sen. Marsha for just saying that the nomination is evidence of the Radical Progressive Left. She left out Communist, Maoist, Trotskyite, etc. Jabba would never forget to throw in all the words he has learned lately.

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No, we are not. I am daily surprised how low some women can go.

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Reading about KBJ’s personal story in the NYT was JOY. She’s so very worthy.

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Marsha is just true to form. Anything else would be shocking

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She’s an embarrassment to TN

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I’ve lost track of all the embarrassments. They’re in every state. I cheered wildly, in my heart, when Devin Nunes retired from politics to go to a new venture that is guaranteed to fail, just another orange grift.

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Worse than

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A snip from an AP story.

“Biden and Senate Democrats are hoping for a bipartisan vote on the nomination, but it’s unclear if they will be able to win over any GOP senators after bitterly partisan confirmation battles under President Donald Trump.”

The Democrats did their best to shoot down Republican nominees to the Court. Republicans will return the fire.

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Anybody want to compare the Repub nominees to the latest one, Nah, nobody wants to remember Mitch’s dirty tricks and the less than stellar nominees…

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Perhaps Murkowski and Collins will make it bipartisan....maybe Romney.

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Nope. I'm done believing there are "reasonable" Republican. They are, each and every one of them, Republiqans, devoted to hatred and conspiracy theories. Murkowski is enough of a maverick that she might vote for Jackson, but not Collins or Romney.

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... football ... time for a 'Statue of Liberty' play ...?

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Gorsuch got three ( I think ) thumbs up from Dems, so I don’t expect parity at all.

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Marcia should STFU and go back to reading her book.....

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COMPLETELY CLEAR. And HORRID. All the power and gratitude to President Biden for appointing such an outstanding candidate to our Supreme Court. Time for democracy to reign.

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Agree completely. So bogus that she says the President cannot nominate anyone when there is a war somewhere. What she means is that no Democrat should nominate anyone ever. Who knows she might actually be a KKK supporter since she is clearly for white supremacy.

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What she means is that nobody should nominate a black, ever, ESPECIALLY if she is a woman.

But yes I agree, what she means is that no Democrats should nominate anyone ever.

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Michelle, it occurs to me that there was a "war going on somewhere" when Jabba appointed justices. More republican hypocrisy on top of layers of hypocritical lies....

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As Jan Brady might say at this juncture re: Sen. Blackburn, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha..."

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Eloquently stated Roland. That is exactly the point. I think this sh*t is getting old.

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Racism is getting old. Sexism is getting old. Stupidity-ignorance is getting old. The babies in our society need to grow up.

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It appears her degree in Home Economics prepared her for many things but not for being on the Judiciary Committee in the U.S. Senate. This is not a slam against Home Ec in anyway, just her amoral behavior.

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I didn't think Biden should have restricted his choice by promising a nominee of a particular gender and race. But it's obvious to me that Brown is eminently qualified to be on the Supreme Court, and I think that as a Black woman, her perspective will make it a better, fairer Supreme Court.

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Biden could have chosen a white male and the Republican reaction would have been the same. This is their standard reaction to everything he does. In fact, I am surprised they did not tie this to him aiding Putin, and weakening America. But wait, the days are early yet. Whatever he does they will be coming up with all kinds of outlandish and crazy stories about each and every thing he does because that is the party modus operandi. It us up to everyone else to throw that back on them and say, "they are obviously unhinged and not operating with a full deck!"

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Sick truth, dear Roland & Christy.

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Perfect Roland! I wonder if Marsha would be ok if the mid-terms get delayed or canceled due to ongoing conflict with Russia?!

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Ukraine is alone. The people do not know how they will survive.

Last night, on The Rachel Maddow Show, a man spoke with Rachel, a restaurant owner who is living with some neighbors in the basement of their apartment building, which was bombed by the Russian military. He said that he didn’t know whether to stay in Kyiv or to leave. ‘No place is safe.’ He asked the people of the world to help Ukraine. ‘We are a small country. We cannot match …’

‘Please, don’t be silent.’

‘My friends are in basements, in flight, and under fire. Help.’

By Timothy Snyder

‘Yesterday I sent out a list of charities and NGOs who are helping Ukrainians during Russia’s senseless and murderous invasion. Some of you asked for places where you could use your credit cards instead of bank transfers. The below list are international charities working in Ukraine who can take donations from credit cards:’

Libereco Partnership for Human Rights, evacuation and medical assistance

https://www.lphr.org/en/humanitaere-soforthilfe-fuer-die-ukraine/

Caritas, humanitarian assistance

https://www.caritas.org/ukraine-appeal-22/

Malteser International, evacuation assistance. (Make sure you have selected "Ukraine")

https://www.malteserinternational.org/en/donation.htmlamount-100&interval=0&fb_item_id=24633

‘And then others of you were intrigued by the mention of the crowdsourcing of the Ukrainian army. If you want to do that, go to

Army SOS'

https://armysos.com.ua/en/help-the-army

To fund protective and other defensive gear for the Ukrainian army, go to

Save Life'

https://savelife.in.ua/en/donate/

Please help them.

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Fern, here are some additional resources from Valarie Kaur of The Revolutionary Love Project (( https://www.revolutionarylove.net/ )):

HOW TO HELP IMMEDIATELY:

#1 Click here for a curated list of organizations you can choose from to support the people of Ukraine. These have been vetted by partner organizations we trust and our friends on the ground.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CdrWLAkEaOMV7fBbIWzHsgHmFz8s1GM6e_7a57oc3ug/mobilebasic

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#2 Contact your elected officials to voice your support for peace in Ukraine.

https://www.uacrisisresponse.org/events

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To learn more, read these:

Russia's at war with Ukraine. Here's how we got here (NPR) - A detailed overview of what's happened between Russia and Ukraine since Ukraine gained independence.

https://www.npr.org/2022/02/12/1080205477/history-ukraine-russia

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Ukraine profile (BBC) - This timeline provides deep historical context on the evolution of the region that is modern day Ukraine.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-18010123#:~:text=1772-1795%20-%20Most%20of%20western%20Ukraine%20is%20absorbed,development%20of%20Ukrainian%20literature%2C%20education%2C%20and%20historical%20research

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... and this message from Valarie:

"My loves,

"I have been breathless watching the terror in Ukraine unfold. Russia’s invasion comes in the midst of nearly a decade of escalating tension, violence, and antagonization. Since 2014, at least 14,000 lives have been claimed as the result of Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea and persistent military presence.

"To the people of Russia: We see you marching in the streets, risking arrest, bearing the cold, and holding your signs high: NO WAR. Your courage is a beacon. You show the world that Russia’s leadership is not Russia’s people. Only you have the power to stop this war at the source. Keep going!

"To the people of Ukraine: We see you — waking to the sound of sirens, pulling your children from the windows, and preparing to protect all you love. We tremble with you, and wail with you. You are not alone. We are rising up in solidarity and sending you our prayers, our action, and our aid.

"To the children of Ukraine: When I told my son about you, he wanted to send you our prayer Tati Vao Na Lagi. My grandfather sang this as a soldier in World War II. When German air raids came at night, he slept on the ground and imagined this Sikh prayer as his shield. So tonight, we closed our eyes and sang his prayer for you. We imagined a shimmering gold shield around your homes and your families and you. The prayer means: “The hot winds cannot touch you, you are shielded by Love.”

"And so, I ask all of us:

"What if we made a shield of love?

"What if this was the moment an unprecedented number of people around the world stood against war? What if we shifted collective consciousness so that never again would any government win support to start a war? What if our voices and songs and actions flooded Russia and Ukraine now, bringing aid and courage and change?

"We can choose to see no stranger — to see the people of Ukraine as our family, and the soldiers of Russia as lost ones who can be called home. We can let that sight shape how we grieve — and what we do. Each of us has a role.

"Just remember, my love, we are tired and wired and stressed from pandemic and injustice. Now, war. So breathe and rest before you push, read and learn before you respond. Revolutionary love is not the sacrifice of an individual, but the practice of a community. Together, courage."

Yours,

Valarie

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... and more, from this inspired, purpose driven young mother:

A GUIDED INQUIRY FOR THIS MOMENT

I invite you into this guided inquiry to process emotion and find breath and action.

Where do you notice feeling grief in your body? What is the quality of that grief? What is the shape of grief inside of you? If it feels uncomfortable, take another deep breath and stay with it. Breathe through it.

What does your body need to be brave with this grief? What do you need to feel it and to move through this energy? What rituals are you called to? Who do you need by your side.

Who have you not yet grieved with? Whose story have you not fully let into your heart? What community’s struggle have you not fully taken in? Notice what is happening in your body. If your fists tighten, or your heart beats fast, or if shame rises to your face, it’s okay. Breathe through it. Trust that you can. The heart is a muscle: The more you use it, the stronger it becomes. You don’t need to know people in order to grieve with them. You grieve with them in order to know them.

What do you need to do to be able to grieve with them? What vigils or marches need you? What houses of worship are you ready to visit? What phone call are you ready to make? You can begin where you are, with a simple text or email, saying to someone “I’m here for you."

You have a role to play that no one else can play. You don’t have to know all the answers now. You simply need to allow yourself to feel the power that you have, the abilities that you have, the voice that you have, and invite that deepest wisdom inside of you to guide you into what you need to do now and next.

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This guided inquiry comes from the GRIEVE portal on our Learning Hub. Explore the full Learning Hub, with all our resources, available to you here:

https://valariekaur.com/learninghub/

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The Revolutionary Love Project envisions a world where love is a public ethic and shared practice in our lives and politics. We generate stories, tools, and thought leadership to equip people to practice the ethic of love in the fight for social justice.

https://www.revolutionarylove.net

https://www.facebook.com/valarie.kaur.page/

https://www.facebook.com/revloveproject/

https://mobile.twitter.com/revloveproject

https://www.instagram.com/valariekaur/

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The Revolutionary Love Project is a project of Community Partners, a nonprofit fiscal sponsor and intermediary organization that provides us with administrative services, expert guidance, and the benefits of tax-exempt status.

https://communitypartners.org

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How could I have not known about the Revolutionary Love Project and Valerie Kaur until now? This is just what our country and the world needs. I know that I need it. I look forward to reading Valerie Kaur’s book, See No Stranger.

Thank you so, so much, Kathleen, for sharing this.

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Thank you ☺️

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❤️❤️🌿❤️❤️❤️

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Yes, I am with Fern's many hearts on this! Another Bravo!!

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