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May 2, 2023·edited May 2, 2023

The Supreme Court Justices.. self-assessing their own ethics? Like asking the foxes to guard the henhouse... /snort

Also, the "Republicans’ “Default on America Act,” or “DOA,” which “offers two choices: either default on the debt or default on America, forcing steep cuts to law enforcement, veterans, families, teachers, and kids" is appropriately "Dead On Arrival" as an extortionate attempt by the Rethugs...

And Dr. Heather, you are up QUITE LATE!! Hopefully you have turned off the computer and the house lights and have gone to bed in the few minutes since you posted this. THANK YOU for these daily LFAAs. 💜💜💜

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When does HCR ever sleep?

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I ask that all the time!! And, she pulls it all together (daily letter, podcasts with Prof. Joanne Freeman, 2 political chat videos/week, writes books, teaches, mentors PhD candidates, gets out in a kayak, gets married, has friends, etc.) whether in Maine, Massachusetts or traveling to parts unknown! And, she is a major influencer of the best kind (knowledgeable, educated, willing to share, and down to earth). I'm exhausted just writing those things down :) When I started getting the Letters, only a few hundred people were followers . . . I was instantly addicted.

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I vote for Heather Cox Richardson.....President of the USA!

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Definitely a candidate for presidential advisor.

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That we have the privilege to read but more APPRECIATE.

It’s quality , a rare and cherished voice amidst the din.

So from this comes today a reflection : How years have changed perception ‘as the world turned’ and I/We listened ( or didn’t) and what we valued , worked for, and now appreciate.

In a nutshell things have improved, we’ve come somewhat out of the dark ages and get to laugh at The Dark Brandon. We realize the challenges ahead most of US in comfortable lives and aware of the new challenge ahead.

I am hopeful.

I believe in America .

I believe identifying the areas of concern will bring the needed change and I strongly believe my fellow Americans are waking up to see their vote does count and where we DONT want to go.

Thanks for your support

💙VOTE💙

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That's so sweet. It's like you're voicing her titles. 🧡

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"The eyes of love never sleep." The words inscribed on Harry Houdini's tombstone. All Americans, and our beautiful America, are the fortunate recipients of the endless love from Dr. Heather Cox Richardson. Gratitude flows into the vast ocean of her love for humanity. Her waters are deep, and they are true. They embrace all living beings equally.

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Thank-you!

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Yes I fear that she is working hours more appropriate to the 18th Century. I would be glad to see her have two days off a week, but at least take one day a week for rest.

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I would be even happier if some of her columns appeared in the major newspapers.

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It is understandable that HCR would want to avoid the hate mail and general aggravation that might result from her columns appearing in the MSM and papers, trolls abound, but many Americans would enjoy and benefit from her thoughtful work as much as we subscribers and it could only help our democracy to have better informed citizens.

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Since when is cutting and pasting from Media Matters and Huff Post considered great journalist work? Can you cite ONE example of original work EVER posted here? One ? Its all word for word the same ideas you when find anywhere in leftist media. It's top down group think. On the other hand, I understand that it takes great courage these days to deviate from leftist orthodoxy one inch. That's why the least courageous people in America are in academia.

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Well, if you really believe that HCR is randomly cutting and pasting from others, and that we are all part of the leftist orthodoxy, and that you so fervently wish to disparage folks in academia, why are you even here, except to troll and spew your right wing, elite-hysteria rubbish?

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Just read Huff Post or Media Matters, its word for word the same.

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With child labor laws reverting to the 18th century, HCR as usual is ahead of the curve and thats why she works 18 hours/day and 9 days a week. I had my REPUBLICAN'T Congressman introduce a bill a few years back to add another day to the and it passed easily. Now I also work 8 days/week. I call it retirement. The REPUBLICAN'TS call it: not enough

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I came across this fascinating article on the BBC site of the Medieval habit of "2 sleeps". One goes to bed relatively early, wakes up after 2-3 hours sleep, putters about and does stuff for 2-3 hours, then goes back to bed. This kind of sleep habit lasted into the 18th and 19th centuries in some places.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20220107-the-lost-medieval-habit-of-biphasic-sleep

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That's what I do, now that I'm retired.

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There are numerous references to this kind of sleep pattern in early American writings, right into the 1900s. It it common in other cultures as well. Some members of my family (including me) still follow this pattern. And there have been studies that suggest that this may be the normal sleep pattern for human beings. The change seems to have emerged from the development of an industrial economy and "shift work", and the resulting impact on other members of the family, and on other institutions that adapted to that significant change in sleeping patterns.

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Fascinating article! This two phase sleep makes sense in "light" of keeping the fire going, caring for infants and small chidren, managing livestock, and such. Thank you for this eye-opening, illuminating reference.

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Would that be a split shift?

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Copying my comment in here where it really belongs...

Read "Why We Sleep" by Matthew Walker, PhD before you decide to sleep in two chunks like they may have done in the far past or still do in some cultures. I'm more inclined to think our increasingly short and broken sleep patterns of the past 80 years or so are partly responsible for the rise in dementia and some other brain dysfunctions.

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Heather, have you ever utilized CHAT/GPT to help you with your writing?

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JL, An Historian’s work is never done!

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Good historians are researchers who dig DEEPLY compared to others. They would make Sherlock & Hercule Poirot seem like SLACKERS with their attention to detail.

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And Heather is a Force of Nature all by herself…..aren’t we SO lucky to know her and to learn from her?

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Does a Catholic priest regret taking his vows ? OUR SURVEY SAYS...... 😉🤔

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Maybe, but they don’t rule over my non-Catholic belief system….Nine humans determine everything for 330,000 million of us. Yes, We the People are ruled by nine people, essentially and 100 Senators and 435 something Congresspeople. It sucks, frankly.

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May 2, 2023·edited May 2, 2023

As in sciences such as evolution, cosmology, geology/paleontology, archeology, doing it right when tracking history appears to mean exhaustive research and fact checking; attention to fine distinctions and subtle connections.

Fictional sleuths are fun (murder mysteries are my guilty pleasure) but most of the time rely on deus ex machina insights that make them tall tales. Evidence in history is often less readily testable than is that for the "hard"(tangible) sciences, but our best guesses about the future, or workable potential futures, can only be informed by what we accurately observe in the past. We can exercise foresight, yet we never get to see what has yet to be until it's upon us.

That said, I claim with that high degree of (my own ) confidence that the sun will "rise" tomorrow morning, and that much that we expect will occur. It seems very wise to look (rather carefully) before we leap.

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I'm sure that even I get more sleep than she does, & I'm an INSOMNIAC thanks to my mother's genetic contribution AND working third shift during the late 1980's.

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I worked in capital intense industry that ran 24 / 7, almost 365 days a year. (2 days we didn't run were Christmas and Mother's Day, we ran July 4.) Most workers hated 3 to 11 more than night or what we called graveyard. Reason for hatred of 3 to 11 was you never saw your family. They were either asleep or at school. Tough life but it paid well with lots of overtime. Harder yet was the unit supervisors or what used to be called foremen. We dropped that term years ago with many women taking those jobs. What was such a killer was these were rotating shifts, 3 weeks on days, 3 weeks on 3 to 11 and 3 weeks on graveyard.

From my perspective the hardest is 12 hour shifts for nurses and other hospital medical staff. They don't get Christmas or Mother's Day off either. Sick people are sick 365 days a year. Covid made this really hard, we have a daughter who is a Nurse Pactisher.

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Not to mention the toll overnight and late evening shifts take on our neurons. We evolved to sleep when the sun was down.

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I'm retired from county law enforcement; in the 28 years I worked full time, we had (except for a brief period in 2008-2009 where we dropped 24 hour coverage due to the recession) three shifts: days, swings, and graves. We had shift bid twice a year, and for three month intervals. For the second half of my career, we worked four 10 hour days with overlapping hours at the busiest times of day. For all but the last 5 years, I worked primarily graveyard (I found out why hospitals called that the NOC shift; nocturnal, because I suppose "graveyard" carries connotations you don't want in a health care facility). The last 5 was day shift, where I had a start time of 0600 and had a typical awakening time of 0330 so that I could work out before going to work. I am still on a sleep pattern where I am up and awake between 0430-0600, even after being retired 10 years.

I agree that 12's are awful, especially if there are mandated day/night rotations occurring less than every three months. There are some things that just don't stop because of the calendar and holidays...

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Melatonin and more often Valerian from Whole Foods ( they vet the content ) has saved me. A sleep doc cannot hurt. So much in life that can trip us ----Melatonin with alcohol will mess with your hormones.

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Melatonin also can interfere with some prescription drugs.

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I'll freely admit that I stay up late for the express purpose of catching the latest LFAA fresh off the virtual press! It's hell on my diurnal rhythm, but a price I am willing to pay...

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May 2, 2023·edited May 2, 2023

Right now we are living in Spain (but soon to return to the States). We are six hours ahead of the east coast of America. But the first thing I do every morning is to look for the latest LFAA. Don't start your day without it!

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Same, no easing into the morning, eh? Right to the greatest and most literate take of the day. Have you watched "How the South Won the Civil War?" It is available on https://www.c-span.org/video/?471923-1/how-south-won-civil-war.

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I post Heather's letters to my Facebook page immediately. I included some commentary about the party of death and then somewhat sarcastically wished people good morning because nothing about the content today is good.

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I haven't seen it Ed, but I will see if I can find it, thanks.

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Thanks for this!

Now if I can only figure out how to get it to stream via my Apple TV! :)

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I got the book. Is there a video version, too?

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If I may ask (and not to stray too far from this group's purpose), in what part of Spain are you living, and how do you like it? I'm reconnoitering the Iberian peninsula, including Portugal, with an eye to relocating somewhere there for the last chapter, and am eager for any insights and pointers.

I don't quite know how to do it, but there must be some way to discuss outside of this group (if you're interested in passing along your thoughts) and still maintain privacy and security. Maybe WhatsApp?

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Dear pts, we are always happy to talk about Spain. We are not rich but we worked our entire lives and lived pretty frugally with the intent of having a good retirement (something future generations may not have). Any way, we bought a small house in the south east corner of Spain in 2006. We love it here and since we retired we can spend more time. I would tell you that the people, the food, the wine and the cost of living is all fabulous. Does it have it flaws? Of course, but there are SO many pluses that far outweigh them. We have 340+ sunny days a year, we are a 4 minute walk from the Mediterranean, we are surrounded by mountains and our village has about 800 year round people living here and we are the only Americans. That is all on the plus side. One the negative side, we can only stay 90 days then we have to leave the country for 90 days so, it is a bit expensive to go back and forth but it is worth it. Also, speaking at least some Spanish is important. Gas is more expensive than in the States, but cars are more fuel efficient (go figure) and everything else is less expensive. We can continue this conversation on PM on FB or we can connect on WhatsApp.

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I don’t!

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I need behavior modification, BIG TIME. It's easy to mark it up to my DNA, so much so that it's becoming my default response.

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Not for me! I'm traveling in the UK right now and reading this the next day because I found my favorite part of her letters are the comments and discussions.

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That's very interesting! I had not heard of this, but it makes sense, since having my upper body raised enables me to breathe better.

Where can you find risers for your bed that are stable and strong?

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Yes, and let’s not forget she teaches a full day of classes on Tuesdays before going home and doing her politics chat on Facebook. Wonder Woman.

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My hope is that she has hired staff with some of the proceeds from Substack who can scan the news of the day. Someone who is as busy in so many things for so many years has to have found ways to be efficient. So in my mind, she's having breakfast with Buddy while her staff finishes collating the deluge of b.s., sprinkles the results with her vast knowledge of history, writes the day's post in no yime with no mistakes, and calls it a night.

Or she's superhuman.

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He is a very hardworking and honest man. She inspires me.

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There's this remedy called "a power nap". You just close your eyes. People think you are sleeping, and they keep quiet and don't try to wake you. You can announce you will be taking a nap, which helps. It doesnt really matter if you sleep: you get a change of pace, which is as good as a rest. Zzzzzzzzz.....

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Spot on Just Janice; FYI to the Community., on 3/24/23.The Guardian's Ed Pilkington reported that justice Samuel Alito was flown to a religious liberty Summit in Rome on 7/21/22 by the Religious Liberty Initiative "whose faculty have filed amicus briefs in at least 6 high profile cases since 2020". The Guardian Editors posted a photo illustration of Alito in a tux gesturing to an audience standing by behind a thick plated see-through lectern.

This was all in the Scotus' Summer Break of 2022 before the day in April 2023 when Alito chose Murdoch's Wall Street Journal to make an accusation ( no evidence ) against fellow Justices on the very day Pro Publica exposed Justice Thomas's acceptance of luxurious travel & gifts from a right wing Mega Donor. These are not ethics violations, these acts

civil and/or criminal liability matters.

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Discord is the GOP's main god, along with the god / goddess Ignorance & Untruth. An Unholy Trinity.

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Don't forget money! They primarily worship money, even though they like to say it's "Jesus".

They aren't really Christians at all, but Mammonites.

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Karen - Darths Maul & Sidious would be better Christians than these affronts to common decency.

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NOW ! THAT IS A Great DISCRIPTION,~ of MANY !, in the MANKIND GROUP!!

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It's like the fox lives in the henhouse and the hens have all been eaten. I am hoping that Biden follows the paths that are laid out by Paul Krugman, of a few ways out of the debt ceiling mess. https://www.berkshireeagle.com/opinion/columnists/by-paul-krugman-a-few-ways-out-of-the-debt-ceiling-mess/article_71f201b3-ad3c-5e5a-bdb8-ba518b0b67f2.html I do not want to see the Budget implode.

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I love reading Paul Krugman's opinion pieces! He explains things in a way that I can understand. 😊

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I agree. He made me relieved because one can see that while it is not commonly being discussed, there are things that can be done.

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Thank you Linda. This is a good read from a trustworthy voice.

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Great article! Thanks for posting!

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Thanks very much for sharing Krugman's piece. Very helpful!

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I agree with you, giving judges the right to judge their own ethics is the height of humor.

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May 2, 2023·edited May 2, 2023

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eth·ics

noun

plural noun: ethics; noun: ethics

1.

moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conducting of an activity.

Similar:

moral code

morals

morality

moral stand

moral principles

moral values

rights and wrongs

principles

ideals

creed

credo

ethos

rules of conduct

virtues

2.

the branch of knowledge that deals with moral principles.

eth·ic

noun

plural noun: ethics

a set of moral principles, especially ones relating to or affirming a specified group, field, or form of conduct.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting ethics or moral philosophy; also used attributively): from Old French éthique, from Latin ethice, from Greek (hē) ēthikē (tekhnē) ‘(the science of) morals’, based on ēthos (see ethos).

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'Both morality and ethics loosely have to do with distinguishing the difference between “good and bad” or “right and wrong.” Many people think of morality as something that’s personal and normative, whereas ethics is the standards of “good and bad” distinguished by a certain community or social setting.' (Britannica)

What does 'ethics' mean in America these days?

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I look at it as 'defaulting on the budget' is 'defaulting on America'!

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Yes, I checked my Ipad around 2:30am and there was no new letter. Heather is one busy lady! I can't imagine how she ever has time to sleep and today Tuesday is a busy day for her. The semester or quarter should be about ready to wrap!

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What in the hell are you talking about?

The Republicans voted to raise the debt ceiling by $1.5T and hold federal spending to 2022 levels. If there is a default its on the Democrats. There is a budget in place.

Here is a novel idea. With a $31.5 Trillion dollar deficit, maybe America ought to live within its means. BTW we don't need 80,000 new IRS agents. Especially when the Biden administration is weaponizing the IRS against its citizens. It was a nice move to send an IRS agent to journalist Matt Tiabbi house the day he was to testify before Congress.

This nothing new for the Democrats. Who can forget the Obama years when the IRS was going after conservative groups. Lois Lerner, an IRS official, plead the Fifth amendment before congress after emails showed her hatred of conservatives and targeting of conservative groups.

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Of course, if people were serious about the US deficit they would raise taxes on those who have milked the system for the last 20 years. But those are the Republican donors. They have bought the Republicans and the Supreme Court. They want to turn the country into a kleptocracy. That’s the MAGA way.

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Sorry to embarrass you, but stop with leftist cliches:

1) All the wealthiest people are democrats. Pick a city: NYC, Boston, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, et cetera, all the wealthiest areas are run by Democrats.

2) Who are the constituents of the democratic party? Silicon Valley, Wall Street, High Tech, Pharma... the wealthiest industries are donors to the Democrats. You are right they BOUGHT

THE DEMOCRATS.

3) If there is Kleptocracy is the Democrats. They haven't changed any tax rules on Hedge funds. They haven't limit the power of Big Tech to censor or use your personal info. They colluded with big pharma to lie about the efficacy of COVID vaccines/booster while making billions.

Bernie was the only one fighting against the unholy alliance of big money influence on Democrats until he was strong armed into silence.

You are delusional my friend.

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I'm sorry, James A, that you haven't heard about Koch money, ALEC, the Federalist Society, the Heritage Fund, Leonard Leo, and so many others who have been working hard for the last maybe 40 years to undermine democracy. They were clever, to be sure, by targeting the judiciary, re-districting, local school boards and city councils in order to pepper them with conservatives who would ensure the destruction of progressive policies.

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Why do I have to embarrass yet another person.

READ THE POST RESPONDED TO. Their claim is that all the mega money coming from Republicans. That's joke.

Here is a list of the Top Donors to 2022 Midterms:

Rank Contributor Total To Liberal Groups To Conservative Groups

1 George Soros $176,752,713 $176,752,713 DEMOCRATS

2 Richard & Elizabeth U $86,446,015 REPUBLICANS

3 Kenneth C. Griffin $71,050,000 $0 REPUBLICANS

4 Jeffrey S & Janine Yass $56,241,400 REPUBLICANS

5 Timothy Mellon $41,700,000 $0 REPUBLICANS

6 Michael R. Bloomberg $41,262,025 DEMOCRATS

7 Sam Bankman-Fried $38,837,000 DEMOCRATS

8 Stephen A. Schwarzman $36,000,058 DEMOCRATS

9 Peter Thiel $35,250,000 $0 $35,250,000 DEMOCRATS

10 Fred Eychaner $32,100,000 $32,100,000 DEMOCRATS

Its pretty even.

Its time to grow up, stop being lazy, and do your homework. If you don't like money in politics start by cleaning up your OWN PARTY.

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We no longer have a two (2) party system. The Republicans stopped being republicans back in 2015-2016. You have not ridiculed the largest political grouping, the wide array of Independents or the Age Group that is deciding the most recent critical elections, the18-30's with few hang-ups. I cannot wait for my granddaughters to take over currently aged 10 & 13. Political life is changing as fast as the computer chip on your cell phone. PS: I report personal attacks to Substack Inc my neighbor.

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May 2, 2023·edited May 2, 2023

You are asking for unilateral disarmament. Democrats fund up because it's the only way to respond to Republicans funding up. The only solution requires putting the genie back in the bottle: overturn Citizens United. Remove all private funding from campaigns, not only the big donors and corporations, and level the playing field by allowing public funding only.

Focus on the evil of the current funding system, which is an uncontrolled race to outspend the other side with no rules or limits. Fix the real problem and let these people keep their money (which we can then tax).

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You only embarrass yourself, duh

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For your fist point what do rich / wealthy cities have to do with your reply?

Second, the constituents of the Democratic party are not companies, they are people... It's pretty widely accepted and known that most C Suite people and CEO's typically vote Republican. The donors that you mentioned above donate to both the Republican Party and GOP Party pretty equally most years.. You are being willfully argumentative if you don't think that Silicon Valley, Wall Street, High Tech, and Big Pharma don't donate to both rather equally. You can look up the donations here: https://www.businessinsider.com/fortune-500-companies-republican-democrat-political-donations-2018-2#facebook-10 or here for each cycle: https://www.opensecrets.org/elections-overview/top-organizations

3) You want to talk about a kleptcracy, that isn't party specific. Both parties have their issue with that. Additionally, you know that neither party wants to change tax rules on hedge funds, and neither party has done anything to protect our data with big tech. To pass most legislation you know that you need 60 votes in the Senate right? Especially when it comes to Data protection. Maybe if one party wasn't always oppositional and had an interest in governing we'd be making progress on that front. I'm not even going to get into your Covid comment, because it's clear that you still think Covid was really just one virus and it didn't mutate into different viruses that caused a reduction in efficacy. It's really poor form to armchair quarterback a global pandemic after the fact, while scientists and virologists were trying to keep people alive and prevent spread to make it seem like there was collusion. On the Bernie front you are correct, but at least be consistent in your debate. Do you want more tax revenue and to limit big money in politics? They why do you support Republican big donors? Do you support Citizens United? You said, you didn't want more IRS agents, but Bernie wants to go after all billionaires?

You seem to be very contrarian and just nitpick democrats which is your prerogative however at least be consistent logically and also go after people in your own party as well. Or better yet, lets go after everyone in all parties and hold them accountable. Not everything needs to be a team sport.

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"You are delusional my friend."

Thanks for questioning my mental status. I realize that at my age I certainly have my moments. You sir, seem blind in one eye, and only able to see what you want see and hear what you want to hear. Yes, "do your homework" is a good suggestion. Follow it. Check out Russian money and NRA money: not distributed balanced.

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Well, James...you're one guy with an opinion, like the rest of us. You've dropped into a space with a somewhat provocative tone, a space where you'll find very few convivial listeners. A little piece of advice; it's not a wise mission to attempt to convince others who hold nearly diametrically opposed views; somewhat like trying to convert an Imam to become a Southern Baptist. You'd be better off speaking to the undecided. There's an increasingly dominant fraction of the electorate who are neither registered GOP nor Dems. We are the "independents" or non-affiliated. We listen to voices that make sense, not demagogues. There's unbelievable amounts of money flowing around the entire political universe. The government operates carrying debt greater than a year's national economic output. Sort of like my mortgage, I guess. Were we to value the entire nation's economic energy like a business, I believe we'd find that the long term debt is not unbearable. Would we be better off with less? Perhaps, but then many investments would not have been made, either. Someday in the not too distant future, I'll turn my considerable mortgage into a somewhat less considerable but substantial pot of cash with which to downsize. Yes, it's debt and yes, I pay interest, but I'm also building equity and experiencing the rising valuation of the asset. At risk of pushing the analogy too far, we're doing the same here in America. And, investing in the capacity to pursue the biggest, most ingenious corporate tax scofflaws with a foothold on every continent doesn't seem like a bad investment, particularly if their actions return more than they cost. I'm certain there's a blog where you'll feel more at home; good luck in your search!

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This willful naïveté on the part of Republican supporters who persist in pretending that blatant political brinksmanship is a level playing field, is the dividing line between honest but misinformed politicians and criminals dressed up as politicians, like wolves in sheep’s clothing. Why don’t the House Republicans submit a bill which includes rolling back Trump’s massive tax cut to his cronies, which is the root of the ballooning of the deficit? Do you make enough money to have benefitted from that? I am in the group that saw my taxes go up. The Republicans could make some small argument for freezing spending if the freeze was equitable across all government entities including DOD and their own Congressional perks. But that is not what their cuts consist of, by their own admission. How many people do you know who are dependent on Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare? If you don’t know anyone, go to a Community Senior Center and talk to the people there, and then come back and explain how forcing the country into default benefits honest people who paid their taxes all their working lives.

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Honest? Who are you kidding? You might want to put down the bong and read a little recent history:

Start with the Biden's. They've been selling influence for years to the Chinese and the Russians/Ukrainians. Why Joe was dumb enough to let his crack addicted son Hunter be the bag man is beyond me.

Then there is the Clinton's. My personal favorite was the Haiti Relief Fund. After the World community raised almost 10 Billion in relief aid, Bill volunteered to manage the money. Only about 10% of the money went to the Haitian government. The rest went to "FRIENDS OF THE CLINTON's" who then generous donated to the Clinton Global Initiative. The result was a trainwreck of mismanaged infrastructure and fraud. The Haitian government was so appalled they told the Clinton's to get lost. To this day there are still Haitians protesting the thievery in front of the Clinton Global Initiative offices in NYC.

It took almost as much Chutzpah as Sec of State for Hillary to fly around the selling influence out in the open.

As for brinksmanship, what in the hell are you talking about? The Republicans voted to raise the debt ceiling 1.5TB. If there is default its on the democrats.

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Thank you you for this quote, Heather!I have just been discussing this very issue with someone here, based on yesterday’s letter! I hope it will not create confusion if I quote this in yesterday’s threads. “....while Republicans are blaming Democrats for creating inflation by pumping too much money into the economy through social welfare programs, The Wall Street Journal yesterday embraced the argument that a key factor in inflation has been price gouging by corporations. A piece by Paul Hannon noted that businesses are boosting their profit margins, confident that consumers will blame supply chain issues and higher energy prices rather than the companies padding their profits. Oil giant Shell just announced almost $9.6 billion in profits in the first three months of 2023.”

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How else is the IRS going to come down on Millionaire & Billionaire Tax Cheats? That’s a huge job that takes a huge labor force to handle!

If EVERYONE pays their fair share of taxes, we would be more than able to live within or even below or means.

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That's naïve and ridiculous.

The government could collect more taxes from "Millionaires and Billionaires' ANYTIME IT WANTED TO.

CLOSE ALL THE LOOPHOLES. Democratic Millionaire and Billionaire donors want those loop holes. End of Story.

You don't need 80,000 more federal employees. Unless you want to go after your citizens and throw a bone to federal unions. Its a joke.

The fastest way to waste money is to hire more federal employees.

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“The fastest way to waste money is to hire more federal employees.” That sounds like a gop cliché. However, I think maybe a compromise could really help, IF that compromise is “close all the loopholes” AND repeal the trump tax cuts. That should level the playing field, reduce the deficit, and balance the spending picture. But the IRS agents need to stay and pursue the questionable tax-dodgers of both parties.

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And repeal Reagan's the government is the Enemy.

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Hmmmm.... I just looked at your "Newsletter". Instead of Pragmatist, I think Antagonist is a better description. Now I know what the 'A' stands for!

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>The Republicans voted to raise the debt ceiling by $1.5T and hold federal spending to 2022 levels. If there is a default its on the Democrats. There is a budget in place.

The problem is that we've already agreed to new spending, and the future budget vs existing agreed upon expenses should always be reviewed separately. The GOP raised the debt ceiling 3x under Trump and other previous Republican Presidents, additionally in the "budget" that McCarthy presented it is very vague and punts the budget cuts to the house appropriations committee so it doesn't actually provide details. You seem to be arguing in bad faith sir... Did you even read the actual budget / debt ceiling proposal by McCarthy, it is super vague and not detailed at all, lots of platitudes but no details.

>Here is a novel idea. With a $31.5 Trillion dollar deficit, maybe America ought to live within its means. BTW we don't need 80,000 new IRS agents. Especially when the Biden administration is weaponizing the IRS against its citizens. It was a nice move to send an IRS agent to journalist Matt Tiabbi house the day he was to testify before Congress.

The new IRS agents are definitely needed to go after the rich people that can hire teams of lawyers so they don't have to pay their taxes. There is no evidence that the IRS is being weaponized against citizens. Just imagine thinking that paying taxes appropriately is weaponization... Not everything is a conspiracy. The alternative is a flat consumption tax, or what some Republicans want which is to end all Federal tax which isn't a solution either.

>This nothing new for the Democrats. Who can forget the Obama years when the IRS was going after conservative groups. Lois Lerner, an IRS official, plead the Fifth amendment before congress after emails showed her hatred of conservatives and targeting of conservative groups.

That is frankly a bit overstated. After an investigation if you remember the IRS did go after all political groups across the spectrum that specifically applied for tax-exempt status. Conservatives claimed that they were specifically targeted by the IRS, but a report released by the Treasury Department's Inspector General in 2017 found that from 2004 to 2013, the IRS used both conservative and liberal keywords to choose targets for scrutiny. Initial reports described the selections as nearly exclusively of conservative groups with terms such as "Tea Party" in their names. According to Republican lawmakers, liberal-leaning groups and the Occupy movement had also triggered additional scrutiny, but at a lower rate than conservative groups. The Republican majority on the House Oversight Committee issued the report, which concluded that although some liberal groups were selected for additional review, the scrutiny that these groups received did not amount to targeting when compared to the greater scrutiny received by conservative groups. Words matter, but you making it seem like there is some hatred towards conservative people by the entire IRS is bad faith at best. The government overall is split pretty evenly on how people vote, and has it ever occurred to you that GOP led groups with mysterious donors might need more scrutiny?

I know you believe that the Republicans are the good team and the Democrats are the bad team, but at least try not to show your partisanship and debate in good faith. Country before party remember?

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Lying James

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Another leftist who can't think their way out of a paper bag.

To show how stupid you are, you didn't even to cite what you "claim" I'm

lying about.

Leftism is the haven of the anti-intellectual. To show how bad it is, Heather doesn't offer an ounce of original thought other than pasting news from Media Matters or Huffington Post.

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

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Those sound like fighting words...was that your intention? In your experience, does lobbing insults bring you more validation for your views? I feel badly for you, trying to swim in a pool of hostile combatants, but it seems like you threw the first punch up there a ways. Again, there's probably a forum where your views will find a more favorable audience. The best of luck with that!

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Join me in reporting him as well (…under his comments).

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Excellent assessment of Supreme Court tirades. The conservative right faction acts like toddlers that feel that the world revolves around them....

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Alito is worried about the threat of assassination to justices due to the Dobbs leak, but not the threat of death to millions of women of child-bearing age imposed by that decision. That's where we are.

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Alito is scum. He doesn’t know the difference between a blastocyst and a human being, must really hate women.

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Alito's misogyny has become more and more clear.

Roberts seems to have a problem with the concept of universal suffrage. "Certain people," it seems, don't actually have the right to vote. Corporations, however, have the "right" to distort the bote and own politicians. Judges and Justices too, evidently! 😡

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Alito, like the original scumbag Scalia, loves the NRA and as long as he is rewarded, guns. It should be legal to pack a gun into the Supreme Court so they understand how kids feel in school. No permit needed except the 2nd Amendment. I bet they would find for “a well regulated militia”.

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Alito’s entire legal career has been about killing abortion rights.

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I meant "vote."

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That is a typo I make all the time. The three dots next to "reply" allow you (on some devices) to make edits. I can do that on my laptop, but not my iPhone.

Given that I am a "two spacer after a period" person, I frequently type a sentence that ends "wonderful comment. b" since the "b" is right next to the space bar.

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For me, it's just arthritic fumble fingers.

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Pretty funny yes? Alito is probably the source of the leak and now? He is worried about the consequences of his own actions.

What a concept. One's actions have consequences. Who knew??

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Not (in)Justice Alito, apparently.

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May 2, 2023·edited May 2, 2023

And, the threat to every single one of us with the unfettered proliferation of guns and military style weapons.

And, while a financial disaster is in the making (and totally the fault of the repugs ) McCarthy is out of the country. Jimminy Cricket, my hair is beyond on fire (as Heather would say!) Every.single.day there is a pending shit show! It has permanently destroyed our national psyche and rendered subsequent generations feeling helpless that any positive changes will ever take place despite all the efforts. The saying "pissing in the wind" comes to mind. I do admire Biden's drive to keep things moving in a better direction.

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I think the same way you do, especially about these shows. I'm sick of them.

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behind the Speaker and his motley crew are rooms full of strategists parsing every possible nuance of potential outcomes for his position. One of the most venerated tactics on the Hill over many decades has been the art of the bluff, and also calling that bluff. It wouldn't surprise me if the "clean" debt limit hike document has already been written and vetted by congressional legal advisors, just waiting in case the bluff fails. how long does it take to submit the bill, hold the vote and then send it over to the Senate for ratification? You can be sure that the calendar has been carefully marked with the drop dead dates, back-calculated to when each step must be taken to avoid that atomic default. The wrangling will go on right up to the bitter edge. I've chosen to avoid chewing my fingernails to the quick. There will be plenty of time for that later if they DO drive the bus over the cliff.

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I think you give too much credit to the perceived "abilities" and people behind McCarthy. Regardless, the game they are playing is dangerous, costly, and so unnecessary.

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I guess we'll see before long, no? I'll reserve my grief for the event and it's aftermath.

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Or the threats to all Americans by gutting common sense gun laws! This is the most unethical probably corrupt SCOTUS ever! No wonder we don't have ANY faith in them!

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Hey it's all about the safety of wealthy, white cis-gendered males, right? Could they make it any clearer that it's all about THEM and their comfort and peace of mind???

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Maternal Death rates were 62% higher in2020 in abortion-restriction states than in abortion-access states (28.8 vs 17.8 per 100,000 births) according to the Common Wealth Fund. And this was before the Dobbs decision, and the increased restrictions or near total bans on abortion. Also many OB/GYN docs are leaving or considering leaving abortion-restriction states for fear of increasing that number of deaths themselves by their own states vagueness at doctor liability when saving a pregnant person’s life. This should increase the dire health outlook for all in those states. No one’s family will be immune. Obstetric complications happen. Women will die. Families will be deprived of a loving parent. Workers with pregnant-age partners will have to question the wisdom of taking/keeping a job in a state that may prove dangerous and harmful for their family’s health. So not only do you create a healthcare drain on your state, but also a talent/brain drain.

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Washington state is offering safe harbor for women and doctors from Idaho.

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Governor Inslee's letter to Idaho is a good read. Even better is WA's well thought out statutory changes for protection from out of state attacks. Makes me want to go back to Capitol Hill. Very awake in Seattle.

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Bravo Washington state! It’s both beautiful AND sane!

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Most certainly, some state borders will become populated by physicians who hold licenses in adjacent states, drive from one side to the other to deliver services according to state laws, with patients following. There's probably more than enough money in this nation to assist women in traveling to places where they can legally get the services they need, but it'll be complex to mobilize it and damned inconvenient, even expensive until someday the pendulum swings back the other way in state legislatures, courts, governor's mansions. There will be consequences, victims, tragedies when emergency circumstances prevent the requisite travel. It's a messy world we are enduring presently.

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Makes me wonder, if the leak prompted assassination threats, when it turned out to be true, what changed? Is this yr waddyacallit, pettifog? Alito trying to pass the blame for bad law onto the leaker somehow? He must think we're stupid, like fox co. treats their viewers.

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They are trying so terribly to deceive the people that it looks incredibly stupid.

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Suzanne, to me, allow me to say, that 'ruling' was built to fail from the beginning. It flew in the face of the religiots! Huh? Who? Your neighbors! That's who. Society... our society.., has slapped the banner "abortion" right over the real issue being the health of a woman; a "woman" being a human being with a uterus at birth. Being a jet engine mechanic, that's about as specific as I can get to defining a "woman".. sorry.

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You're absolutely right, it's horrible how such people have the courage to speak out at all.

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Well said, Suzanne. Alito is a true descendant of the Spanish inquisitors.

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"Today, Roberts responded that they had agreed to the ethics statement on April 25, and said that justices policed their own ethics as they 'consult a wide variety of guidance on ethics issues, including statutes, judicial opinions, advice [from legal experts], scholarly commentary, and historical practice, among other sources. ' "

When you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance...

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May 2, 2023·edited May 2, 2023

"When you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance..."

Roberts' statement is just outright funny!

I think we can probably find that Mexican Cartels follow this same model: They police themselves. Now, this works out very well as we can all see with the unstoppable flood of drugs into the US.

Similarly, slave owners once "policed themselves" as well, right? They came up with their own police force, the precursor of modern police forces and...... I am sure the black folks living on the Plantations could trust those "police".

In fact, I think we should ALL start "policing ourselves". Then, when I/we feel like something is OK, I/we can just do it. No need to worry about laws, or ethics of others or societal norms or anything that I might have learned in say, Harvard Law School (which apparently does not teach ethics anymore).

The "Supreme" Court Republican appointed "Justices" are now just part of the larger House of Prostitution that Republicans have turned our government into.

The Republican appointed judges are just Prostitutes for those that give them money, their "Johns" so to speak. It is a good way to get rich and a great way to get more power.

And? There appears to be no way to stop their migration to Mexican Cartel Ethics.

Aye. If John Adams could see us now. All that work he did to empower. Gone.

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You will recall that Alan Dershowitz, the MAGnut, defended tfg manbaby at one of his impeachments by saying if the president believes he is doing the right thing,he is basically above the law. Seems to apply to all MAGnuts.

https://www.google.com/search?q=dershowitz%20defense%20of%20trump

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Alan Dershowitz claiming that if the president believes he is doing the right thing, he is above the law is total bullsh!t. If you were the parent if a teenager saying something so stupid to avoid discipline, would you buy that line of crap?!

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That still remains to be seen.

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You can teach ethics, but it looks more and more like you can't make the Justices abide by them.

Yet we must. I understand that many of the lower court judges un the Federal System are LIVID that the SCT refuses to adopt and abide by an ethical system. I hope their pressure will help get the SCT to adopt and enforce one. For starters, they could simply adopt the system already in place for the lower courts.

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Agree, you can teach ethics. But if there isn't a brain, or soul, to absorb the information...

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Unlike republicans, who give tit for tat, prostitutes fulfill their obligations.

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Right you are Mike S!

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Well said. A perfect comparison to the Mexican cartels.

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Well Mike, your observations are true to an extent(?).., so where would you start cleaning things up? And, 'how' would you do that?

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Oversight is where I would start.

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May 2, 2023·edited May 2, 2023

I had that exact thought: blind ‘em with bullshit...omg.

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MIAVA - Make Ignorance A Virtue Again.

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It already is, and in places I didn't expect.

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Even relatively intelligent people can be indoctrinated to believe utter CRAP, take it from Moi.

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Ha-Ha! Good one!

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The Richard Gere/“Chicago” school of law.

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Roxie: Jesus, Mary & Joseph: Moma: Deary, you're talking to the wrong people.

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"Razzle-dazzle 'em, and they'll make you a star!."

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Truth, J.L....you speak truth!!!! I had to rub my eyes when I read that. If the high Court hasn't formulated a Code of Ethics on their own in all these years, why should we believe an ethically challenged Chief Justice when he claims they have came up with a Code a mere two weeks ago. What does it postulate as a guidelines? Somehow, I suspect it's a single sentence: "Don't Get Caught!"

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What’s the plan for when they get caught?

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They are so arrogant that they probably don't even care--or, perhaps a single word: "Lie". In parenthesis there might be a notation that the lie doesn't even have to be plausible.

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That's probably how it is. In addition to the "Rake in as much money as you can" clauses.

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T L again, although they apparently hadn't formulated a code of ethics until a week or two ago, they HAVE accepted the nominal need to report gifts and other sources of income. Report it to whom and for what presumed purpose?

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May 3, 2023·edited May 3, 2023

My understanding is that there is already an established requirement for filing financial disclosure reports, just as there has been for other government officials on down to the local level. Just as I had to do for appointment to a local committee tasked with voting on use of certain funding.

The issue is that Justices Thomas, Gorsuch and Roberts have failed to do that. Relatively little reporting on Roberts' wife's tax filings in which she is said to have claimed millions of dollars of commissions from entities who likely had business before the SC as "salary". Don't know, wasn't reported, whether the Roberts file jointly but surely he knew about that one way or another.

From NY Times "Justices, who are largely self-policed, are required to make annual disclosures about their finances — including the source of spouses’ income, the type and the date but not the amount. In his annual disclosure, the chief justice, who has apparently never recused himself from a case because of his wife’s work, listed her employers but not the names of her clients or her earnings, usually offering a brief description: “attorney search consultants — salary.” Gifted link: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/31/us/john-roberts-jane-sullivan-roberts.html?unlocked_article_code=KKJyn271AzfqYbFnevWP1_ikyHGEhPh5h8n6eHoVePotSnh8TC8CHTVwH3kd8LK1x6f82S7lqLHZYdn-AsZpsXfDVW3QRE5bkIeRptpNG4k6Sr6DEULU1f2WmWZPQ8VsrHyGUj5DHXkjpR0hrzFgxp6zg5NSOrcdgfEqX_0toqXy_vjDn8L9kmwdkig5W8GsTcifkYSDLOp4kZKKAXUJgR49i-72hx5kc5WLN3SYGQU4F5A6nUl0-jzk05U0kQjcipC646wLRR5Yzedm8qXKwC9giWQfv8wlTvcNKmBTCKIkvBi-UV6crqsGpiGbrrQF5uymQ63thL-WLCXaogImoxlPc1j-OAY&smid=url-share

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I'm going to think hard about the possible motives for the strategy that delivers "Don't worry, we already did it" (barely) rather than "We need it, we're far past due and WE WILL do it NOW!" I think he's trying to wish away the scrutiny, as in "please, oh please, let us get back to our comfortable, semi-reclusive rosewood-finished chambers and tell those pesky reporters to find someone else to scrutinize"

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Legal experts from the Federalist Society.

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Which means exactly nothing, since the Federalist Society doesn't give even a mouse-sized shyte about what kind of law was studied or how much experience their potential candidates possess; Lennie Leo only cares that they have a very conservative bent and will follow the partisan agenda laid out for them.

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Yeah, but T L, it has a cool brand - Originalism.

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Yeah..."originalism" as long as it appears to validate what THEY want it to. When "originalism" doesn't support what the arrogant six conservative Justices want, the originalism gets thrown out the window and they go rummaging about in 16th century legalist philosophy for their arguments. That isn't so cool.

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But that was one of my arguments - that a law about self-defense was a law before we became a country!

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May 3, 2023·edited May 3, 2023

I'm referring to Alito' stupid opinion in Dobbs; looking for supportive legislation on denying women's right to their own bodies and to destroy the previously hammered out decision on Roe vs. Wade. Alito used Burke, for goodness sake. How about staying in THIS flippin' century Alito, you crusty old fossil?

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The state of the Extreme Court is beyond despicable. Our Congress should have begun impeachments already. That would have to be a Congress with integrity, of course. Ooops.

All of this and so much more will only be resolved with the huge Blue Wave in 2024. If there is any thing close to a default of our national debt, the pain will be so widespread, perhaps the GQP will be pounded in that election. In the meantime, our focus should be on turning the tide - registering young voters. Moaning and groaning is natural. But action is required. We need a Congress that reflects the wishes of Americans on climate, guns, healthcare, education - clean water!

That being said, Robert Reich has clear guidance for President Biden on the debt ceiling.

https://robertreich.substack.com/p/advice-to-biden-on-how-to-handle?utm_source=post-email-title&publication_id=365422&post_id=117716068&isFreemail=false&utm_medium=email

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J L it would seem that when dealing with Chief Justice Roberts... "that he was concerned about the separation of powers and about “preserving judicial independence"...when invited to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee, it would be worth pursuing this line of questioning with a history of the courts adherence, at least in form if clearly not in substance, to requirements for government employees to disclose gifts and other sources of income. This requirement for disclosure was apparently sufficiently accepted for Justice Thomas to have allegedly sought advice about reporting when he joined the court 30 (?) years ago.

To whom do the justices disclose their gifts and other sources of income?

For what putative purpose do they make these disclosures?

What is the purpose and obligation of the agency receiving those reports and what regulatory power does it have?

Perhaps Heather could include answers to these questions and the apparent logical inconsistency when next dealing with Roberts' refusal to meet with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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What, exactly, have the justices done to "police their own ethics"?

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Ann W they have reported their gifts and other sources of income and Justice Thomas claims to have sought advice about how to do that some 30 years ago!...

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No, they have not--at least not forthrightly and completely. See: Allegations re Gorsuch; Thomas; Roberts either outright fraud or extremely unethical. You are defending them because....?

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May 3, 2023·edited May 3, 2023

First, Justice Thomas claims to have sought advice from unidentified people but said nothing about seeking legal advice. His excuse is flimsy at best.

Gorsuch failed to report the identity of the buyer of property from him for $1.8 million, someone who regularly has business before the Court. This article addresses the questionable ethics of 3 Justices. https://www.npr.org/2023/05/02/1173138576/supreme-court-ethics-hearing

Roberts has reported the millions in commissions as salary, commissions that his wife received for recruiting attorneys for law firms some of which have or have had business before the Court, a misleading claim. Gifted link: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/31/us/john-roberts-jane-sullivan-roberts.html?unlocked_article_code=UPXgtI4MkNeCvzuhBNqjfPVPG4STGfvBYiGgjIACS-CfxyAIIboxYdADpyD-FzKNhaKiCYWgWH8agl1W7ci8OS4UmUR5KQsT-mA4S5lukSyLnFTNFYZIzTe5t4m4UK8QphEGpgxl90rtuYMD9oxAtJriuMoptQAxqVEUaHu_sDI8BdNT2inhapXPZCbvLsIeIYUDGv71V8VTYYtqJhb4E2myhkb6T6LMIngwTZiWFk8O9KyozHED4mZq_IqADEbiprX-_ssG2EjQw3ouYSr5AyOe2FkCQf3HYEL-ldKLmupYgEmV-GtVI5Ip6RCj92QsaElSpwb_tL9SEX16kEjpyZgVbwys6MI&smid=url-share

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This is an outright absurdity in the judicial structure. They are their own judges, even the thought of it frightens me.

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“Power must never be trusted without a check.”

-John Adams

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Lawyers have been self-monitoring their ethics for decades. Need more be said in this light? Robert's even wrote a statement of principle and the judges duly signed it. Decision rendered. Next case. Appeal denied. Next case. Ethics of the nine certified by the nine sitting justices. Ethics of all so determined. [Heavenly string music playing in the background as the justices levitate above their thrones, tiny black winds flapping.]

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“Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.”

- John Adams

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Perfect truth about the quixotic nature of power once acquired and can corrupt the incautious. Thanks. John Adams was wise. I must read his biography.

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It is becoming clear that the Supreme Court of the United States is absolutely festering with corruption. I've long wondered how much money Roberts raked in (via that numbered Swiss account, of course) for Citizens United. It must have been in the billions. I guess the good news is that he'll need to retire soon in order to fully enjoy his booty. "Trust us, we are honorable, as witness these priestly black robes. And be assured that we will let you know when we determine that we have crossed some ethical line. Don't trouble your pretty little heads with the details." My god, what towering arrogance!

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You must also ask how much legislators have raked in. After Susan Collins voted for Kavanaugh, Leonard Leo held a big fund raiser for her at his NorthEast Harbor, Maine estate (which a recent complaint to the IRS presents evidence of Leo usng funds from his tax free non profits to purchase.)

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May 2, 2023·edited May 2, 2023

You have a way with words, Mr. Surlamont! Thank you. Yes. Six of those high and mighty Justices have become so very arrogant that they appear to be completely unembarrassed by the discovery of their corrupt doings. Very right-wingish of them, innit?

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May 2, 2023·edited May 2, 2023

Yep, the US has pretty much devolved, as a government, into a "Democratic House of Prostitution".

Big donors (Johns) pay their Prostitutes ("elected" representatives) and their Prostitutes ask them what they want and the elected "Prostitutes'"...

Do it for their Johns (Big Donors). Including the Supreme Court.

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You have expressed as well as possible what it looks like. The amount of arrogance there is in them is shocking.

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This U.S. Supreme Court and the billionaires that created it will never relinquish an ounce of the absolute power they wield. We are living in a successful coup enabled by fatal flaws in our Constitution.

The only saving grace -- the billionaires may not allow the Republicans to crash the economy. Then, if the government survives through the 2024 elections and a super majority of American voters overcomes the voter suppression/fraud of the Republicans, we may just get sufficient control of the legislative and executive branches to fix the court (as Roosevelt planned to do when faced with similar challenges).

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JRay, we MUST keep at this. We cannot back down, as posted by Jay NorCal above. I have hope from reading Heather’s wise words and learning from her about our history through new eyes. Many brave and strong people have gone before us and many will come after. Now is our moment to stand together and face calumny (don’t you love that word?) and deceit by the repugnants. We don’t have to live this way, as Heather intones all the time!

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Heather, it's a breath of fresh air in these difficult times that brings us all together. Thank you to her for continuing to write for us.

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"the billionaires may not allow the Republicans to crash the economy."

I just read an analysis that argues that Republican billionaires WANT the economy to crash because they get much richer during crashes. Several examples of how that works were given, one being that they buy stock at low prices knowing it will come back eventually thereby enriching themselves.

I thought of Warren Buffet buying stocks madly during 2009 when everyone else was in the dumps of unemployment, housing loss, etc. Buffet made out big time.

Don't count on the Billionaires. They win in a crash.

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Thank you for clarifying this. I support your point. We shouldn't rely on them.

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. . . for some of the reasons you list, I qualified the chance of a crash over the debt ceiling with: "may."

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We also need to repair our state legislatures. They are in disarray due to gerrymandering and corruption. And our municipal budgets are out of balance with the most $ going to militarized police. Lots of work to do.

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hope springs eternal...

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"The court today agreed to hear a case that could gut the government’s ability to regulate business. "

And this friends, is what the Federalist crew were put there to do. The gutting of civil rights protections, protections from gun violence, and separation of church and state protections was a sop to racist right wing religious extremist gun fanatics (ie the court's version of the Souther Strategy.) Now we get to what Leonard Leo's plutocrat patrons are paying the big money for - the end of government regulation of business. Gorsuch (the Alito of the new crew - actually much nastier than his more flamboyantly egregious colleagues) is infamous for his 'frozen trucker' case - where he ruled that the driver of a truck which broke down in a storm had no right to seek shelter, but should have risked dying rather than leave his employer's property.

And seriously, all this is brought to fruition by those who sat on their hands rather than hold their nose and vote for Hillary Clinton. While Republicans held their nose, voted for Trump, and captured the court. 2024 is closer than it looks.

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Let's hope Sheldon Whitehouse can focus his understanding of the Federalist Society's diabolical agenda in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, and spark some action to defend democracy from the SCOTUS plan of attack.

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May 2, 2023·edited May 2, 2023

Yes. Sheldon Whitehouse! Along with Jamie Raskin, living national treasures.

Whitehouse has also brought in Lisa Graves of TrueNorth Research who has traced the Leonard Leo network of dark and dirty money behind almost every antidemocratic movement in the United States

https://truenorthresearch.org/articles/

https://truenorthresearch.org/2023/03/leonard-leo-tied-republican-state-leadership-committee-aids-kelly/

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Thanks, lin•! I had not heard of TrueNorth before.

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"all this is brought to fruition by those who sat on their hands rather than hold their nose and vote for Hillary Clinton"

lin, I think very few people who were Democrats "sat on their hands" instead of holding their nose to vote for Hillary.

What I also think is that the Democrats had a chance to move on from the failed Clinton experiment of the 90's where Bill Clinton, dogged by Republicans, managed to drop his pants IN the OVAL OFFICE and have a near teenager take a go at him in a blue dress for a little "stress relief".

Running Hillary Clinton was just judgement error. She cannot win her way out of a wet paper sack. I knew it. I did vote for her, but, I also find her and her husband repugnant in the extreme.

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Yes, I could go one on one with anyone on critiquing the odious Clintons and Hillary's clueless campaign. And yes, I volunteered nearly full time for her. Maine has two congressional districts and splits its electoral votes. My district went for Trump. I cannot tell you how many people, who were convinced Hillary did not need their vote, apologized to me after the election. And how many people who didn't think they had to campaign for her. More significantly, I heard the same thing from volunteers in the Milwaukee area and other swing states. In 2016 Clinton was too busy building bridges to nowhere in Texas, to mend fences with Black voters Bill and Hillary had alienated by treating Obama so badly in the primary. In 2020, Jim Clyburn united the Black vote for the unlikely Biden - and saved us from Trump2. Biden has grown in office. We still have a lot of work to do for 2024.

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Anyone who thought Hillary did not need all the help she could get was not paying attention to how unpopular the Clintons became and not all just because the Republicans dogged them constantly.

Clinton's "crime bills" put thousands of black men into jail for 30 years for having 2 oz of Marijuana which both Clinton's probably smoked regularly.

Bill Clinton managed to turn off even the likes of me, who, by then was on to the Republican BS.

Let us be honest: If Bill Clinton had just kept his pants on in the Oval Office, a seemingly trivial requirement, GORE would have won the election, Afghanistan and Iraq would never have been invaded. Thousands of US troops would not have been wounded and killed for nothing and trillions of dollars wasted while China quietly built its "Belt and Road" initiative around the world.

Voting for Hillary was just not on too many people's MUST DO list.

And the Democrats should have seen that coming from afar. I had absolutely NO interest in Bill Clinton being back in the White House terrorizing teenagers as an old man with medium dementia now.

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Stephen King wrote a great book about a guy who was to travel in time and prevent the assassination of JFK. Someone should write one about going back to correct the Florida error that stole the election from Al Gore.

Just imagine having a President two decades ago who would have focused us on the Climate Crisis and pushed that agenda instead of being a puppet of the Military Industrial Complex and using the fake pretext of WMDs to invade a country! We could have become energy independent using the right sources of electricity! Millions of people could have avoided death and suffering!

And Bill Clinton when interviewed, was asked why he had Monica under the desk. He paused and then said: "Because I could." How does a Rhodes Scholar and super talented speaker become so arrogant and stupid. You are right Mike. I blame "Slick Willy" for Gore's loss. And don't get me started on NAFTA. And banking deregulation. Clinton was Republican Lite. And a jerk.

Willy cost us the W v. Gore election. And he diminished the family name so badly that Hillary was always going to have an uphill battle. You are right. She was the wrong candidate. She would have made an infinitely better "45", of course. But she was handicapped from day one.

"W" and the Orange Con Artist will compete in the history books for the most evil, stupid and destructive humans of modern history. And we owe it all to William Jefferson Clinton.

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Indeed.

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Mike, I had a lot of disgusted "Bernie Bros" in my circle who either sat out the election or voted for Jill Stein. I think that the undervote in certain states might be telling.

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Ally. Could be. I was a big Bernie fan. Rolling over him was a mistake. He would have beat Trump into the dust.

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Hillary lost to the Electoral College. Enough of us "held our nose." The Electoral College is a corruption of Democracy.

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Hillary lost the Electoral College because she did not run an Electoral College campaign. She was so certain that she would win big that she did not even campaign in major swing states where Democrats can win like Wisconsin and instead campaigned in Texas! Many Bernie Sanders supporters, such as myself, set our anger at the DNC aside because ... Trump. But a decisive number of potential Democratic voters ignored the danger or declared a Trump win would "teach the Democrats a lesson" no matter the damage.

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Agree with you again Mike S. I also voted for Hillary because I felt I had no choice. Actually I have agreed with all your posts today.

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Old history. Give it a rest. When you say “the Democrats” which individuals do you have in mind?

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You're right. We can make great strides when we work as a team.

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I simply can’t understand why these obvious traitors are allowed to get away with this corruption over and over again! Why can’t this be stopped? How can America even call itself a democracy anymore?

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Kristin, it can’t really. Try being Black, Gay, Trans, etc in this environment. I was afraid to wear my Indian clothing in south Florida in recent years. Who knows what monster might emerge from their lair and shoot you???? And, you know many, many people are packing heat....

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Elisabeth, my European and UK friends have always thought the US is insane on guns. Now I can't go to any social gathering without this conversation coming up, with everyone in sheer horror over the latest five, ten, twenty mass shootings. It is incomprehensible to sane people.

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We had that same conversation about guns in America with British and then German friends just yesterday. They think people in the USA are just crazy and they cannot understand why in a nation as great as ours, we cannot get it under control. My husband, a retired government teacher, told them how the idiots have bastardized the 2nd Amendment and that their argument to support guns is absolutely flawed but they keep falling back on the same old crap! It is so discouraging.

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2A people talk about rights & NOT about responsibility. In MT , suicide by gun is one of the highest in the nation.

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May 2, 2023·edited May 2, 2023

You are so right Carole. First it breaks my heart and then it just makes me angry that we cannot seem to solve these gun problems...

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