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Somehow, doubling down on forced birth seems like a bad strategy for the unhinged Republicans.

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It is and they know....as they wipe their social media of any mention of that stance, but thank you, Graham, for putting it front and center with headlines. The Q theories have led to the a man killing and wounding his family in Michigan. It's not a surprise that death star likes them. May Putin wobble right out of power, but we have to ask how many people will fall out of windows first. R ads here in Oregon are very negative. D ads tout plans not platitudes and accomplishments if they have held office before. Jamie McLeod Skinner has on her s**t kicking boots in one ad as R try to make her into someone from CA....she holds track records in high school in Ashland, OR.

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not sure Putin wobbling out of power would be a good thing. sounds like anyone else who follows him... will be much more of a war-monger. right now, those are the people who are criticizing him. he's not pulling out all the stops on Ukraine that they want is what it appears.

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Good point. You are right that the ones openly critical of Putin are even more extreme and dangerous. But if Putin were perceived as weak enough, perhaps his other opponents might head for the streets - younger people who don't want conflict with the West and are horrified by Ukraine. The flood gates could be opened by the bad guys.

I think political chaos in Russia is inevitable. It's a tradition. Let's just hope the nuclear codes are held by those with some sort of ethics.

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The Russians are losing their criminal war on Ukraine. Anyone who pushes out Putin just might have enough sense to blame Putin for the whole debacle and get out.

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That would be the easiest and most economical for them. Maybe Putin will be falling out of a window soon.

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And maybe tfg will too!

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Who knows. There’s such a propaganda war going on. Pro-Russia sources continue to insist that Russia is a fearsome monster that will absolutely win. Facts on the ground don’t match that claim.

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I think the overall problem with Russia is most citizens there honestly don't know Putin is a despot. How can they rise up or even support a new leader via coup when they don't know what's going on. I've spoken to people who have family there. They call and try to inform their loved ones, but aren't believed. They think We are being lied to. I have considered it, but know that this opinion is worldwide, not just our little corner.

It's heartbreaking.

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I understand and I agree with Bill below. We can only hope for some kind of resolution that doesn't destroy the rest of us. As he notes, it is likely to get chaotic.

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And I remember tfg when asked about the Q...he never heard of it! Sure!!!!

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He is just using them to get his narcissistic attention and keep the chaos flowing.

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Pensa, he’s a user alright, among other nasty things.

In that Q meme Heather referenced and included in her notes under ☢️ picture, it says “WWGIWGA.” No clue what that acronym is.

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It’s actually WWG1WGA, “Where we go one, we go all.” It was first used in the Ridley Scott movie, “White Squall,” but QAnon crazies, particularly Flynn & his family, purport that it was engraved on a bell on one of JFK’s sailboats (it wasn’t).

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Thanks, Linda. Wow.

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How long do we think before DOD returns Flynn to Active Duty so they can Court Martial him??

Does anyone think DOJ would move any faster?

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Just looked it up:

From a phrase read from a ship's bell by a character in the 1996 movie White Squall. The phrase itself means "Where one of us goes, we will go together," or "We will go together with any one of our members."

Wiki.

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Thanks, Ricia!

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As an old friend commented to me last night, "SCOTUS should have taken away the Vote from women before overturning Roe................"

I guess they weren't as strategic as they thought they were. :0)

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Given this SCOTUS, I wouldn't put it past the R's to try to do just that-take away women's right to vote.

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Base on the "way back history" they used to overturn Roe they would claim this for women's right to vote by claiming that the 19th amendment wasn't correctly ratified. Or maybe a married woman must be supervised in voting booth. Sounds crazy but so does Dobbs and Citizens United.

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Dobbs, Citizens United, and several other of their decisions do not just 'sound' crazy, they are Crazy.

Dobbs was not only Bat Sheet Crazy, but would have received an 'F' for Alito in Law School. Horribly Multi-faceted Wrong decision. Very Un-Constitutioal!

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And then there would be Hell to pay!

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I hope you are right - I have talked with some women here in Gilead Tennessee who are all for this. My mind still has the memory emblazened in it forever of too many women failing us in 2016 and not voting HRC - a would-be president who would still have a couple years left in perhaps a historically great presidency. So sad, what could have been.

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It's important to remember that this "strategy" has been going on for some time now. Back in the summer of 2020 the GOP decided to go with NO platform,.... as in None At All. This was interpreted to mean, Whatever-Chump-Wants (us-to-do).

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2020/08/25/the-2020-republican-party-platform-letat-cest-moi/

With nothing but a vacuum and just Chump holding rallies and *ucker Carlson holding court, each professing only Hate-The-Libs (translation: Democracy) the result was predictable with their illiterate base going from Low IQ to Full Q which is where we are just two years later.

Sadly, Lapdog Lindsey really has nowhere else to go. To even try to stay relevant and in the "news" the only ones he can speak to are the very ones the GOP trained to lower their IQ from the depths they even started from (see above).

How he/they believe doubling down on eradicating women's rights to be a winning strategy makes one realize that Mr Graham has been drinking the very same Kool-Aid they've sold to their circus seals. Of course, should his circus masters Chump & Carlson decide to change "strategies", Lindsey can do that, too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0QjNNib_3c

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Will Lindsey now propose gun legislation in line with those in European countries?

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Doubt it--the R's gotta have guns so they can incite more violence.

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None of his cronies would go for that. They are owned by the NRA.

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None of his cronies would go for that. They are owned by the NRA.

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Can I borrow that name - Lapdog Lindsey - I haven't seen it before, and it is oh so appropriate.

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Lindsay is a despicable hypocrite. How does he even sleep at night.

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Got that right. He has company. Rubio, Cruz many more. These effin' morons have significantly degraded the quality of our national government. And understatement.

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Personally, I'm rather fond of a nickname I read on another substack, "Pittypat". So descriptive.

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I remember Miss Pittypat, Charles Hamilton's silly aunt in Gone With the Wind, known for her frequent swooning spells and her inability to get facts straight. .

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What an awful thing to say. Miss Pittypat may not have been too bright, but she was a sweetheart and nothing like Lindsey. If you want to compare him to anyone in GWTW, try Jonas Wilkerson, Tara's former overseer.

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Pittypat and goes with the pearls

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I hadn't come across that moniker but guessed it was him.

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Wish I could take credit for it but, that goes to another real American. I think everyone that develops any one of the many appropriate positive responses to the factions trying to destroy the country would be proud for you to extend and increase their contribution(s). So, Go For It.

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Mr. Graham is like a rabid weasel.

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That’s an insult to rabid weasels!

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Sadly, even with a no-policy hate-based nonplatform, they still got over 70 million votes. Some seem to think by doubling down they can improve their chances. In a logical world they would do much worse. The next two months will reveal the mental status of the country.

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Classic “dog catches car — now what?” moment for the GOP. Some prognosticators predicted that SCOTUS’s right-wing justices would follow CJ Roberts’s strategy of whittling down Roe without explicitly overturning it so they would still have it as an issue. The predictions were wrong, of course, and the backlash is something the oh-so savvy, Very Serious Person MSM pundits didn’t predict. Now Roberts is whining that public opinion is being mean to him and his precious legacy of calling balls and strikes. But Roberts took a wrecking ball to voting rights, with the Selby decision and the various cases approving badly gerrymandered districts, and the Citizens United case opened the money floodgates. If Roberts is the umpire he’s being paid by one of the teams.

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I have no sympathy for the SCOTUS justices who followed their ideology instead of legal precedent and actual justice, resulting in public loss of respect for the court. It’s hard to respect the playground bully. They created the mess and they need to stop whining and fix it.

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What league is Roberts talking about? Kavanaugh's beer league?

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Lindsey Graham has been unhinged for a long time! An amazing Republican trait for several years now! It just seems to me like it continues to worsen! We need to keep that Blue Wave going! No time to relax!

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Now as unhinged as a ping-pong ball in a concrete room. How did he win re-Election in 2020 even in SC??

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Must have been with money from Putin/Trump. He got very chummy with Trump! Remember!

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Sep 14, 2022·edited Sep 15, 2022

How could one forget. Almost the entire RepubLieCon side of the Senate has been very chummy with Vlad the Annexer since 2016 (if not before).

Still, Lindsay was not one of the 'Prostrate Eight' who decided to celebrate the 4th of July, 2018 in Moscow, reportedly returning with bags of Gold (earning them the Team name of "Moscow Mules").

Nor was he #MoscowMitch, who also reportedly visited returning with more bags of Gold.

Sharon, do you have any more specific info on his relationship as I do not remember any of his Russian Escapades. (Now, Madison Cawthorn, may the gods rest his sorry behind, I do remember.)

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No, Westtrekker, I don't have specific info... but he suddenly was spending lots of time with tfg! And, I feel tfg owes his soul to Putin!

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tfg certainly believes he owes his soul to Putin - and possibly to whomever holds the PP Tapes.

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Sep 14, 2022·edited Sep 14, 2022

In Michigan there are only 2 ads playing for our Governor's race. The first features our fabulous Gretchen Whitmer. The second features her only opponent - in an ad FOR Whitmer. The Republican declares she is against abortion. The reporter asks, "Even for rape & incest of a 14 year old girl?" "Exactly." Waving Blue here!!

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Reps have to replace unmasked items lost to Covid.

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They must know ... can they be that Stupid or Self-Righteous?

So, which Dem(S) is/are going to introduce a bill in the opposite direction??

Nothing radical, just medically sound with equal rights forefront?

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There’s a bill to codify the right to cont one’s body in the Senate now, and Schumer has pledged to bring it to a vote this session.

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TY. I had heard talk weeks ago, but did not know it was that far along. I don't think I need to remind Sen Schumer that the session is getting shorter not longer as for some other bills. However, I imagine they want to wait for the most timely moment to make sure everyone is paying attention.

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In order to introduce abortion legislation that represents all interests fairly...we should perhaps return to the original ruling, 'Roe vs. Wade'.

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Not sure who McConnell despises more now, Graham or Trump.

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I’m rooting for injuries in this contest!

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What worries me most: those who intend to vote for Republican extremism. Much as it seems increasingly likely that the wave will be purple or blue, there’s no guarantee. The calls for a national abortion ban are mind-boggling, given the response to, and activism because of Roe v. Wade being overturned.

Might Republicans be proposing unpopular measures, and voting against popular initiatives to provoke a blue wave, then claim the midterms are rigged to instigate another coup, or a civil war? While it feels far-fetched, these days I’d not put anything past them and their desire for a fascist theocracy.

Just dang, y’all!

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I believe you just put your finger on the crux of the Republican strategy. Now just waiting for them to announce federal legislation that will allow 16 year olds to purchase assault rifles.

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There is a primary candidate for New Hampshire's Rep who was a long term officer in the military. Clean cut and articulate. He says he believes that the election was stolen, and if he is elected he will be the person to carry Trump's vision forward. It is astounding that people are flocking to him. NH is a purple state.

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We have Mastriano in PA running for governor...the gop is like the zombie apocalypse...they just keep coming. The sad part is they vote. The REAL sad part is they also breed.

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I saw an interview about him; yet another incredibly out there candidate who has all the wrong qualities and motivation to run for office.

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They are the zombie apocalypse

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They also rig elections.

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We have a partial zombie for President now! And the only apocalypse would be Harris as President

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How's that kool aid taste, Tommy?

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It tasted fine when inflation was 2%, gas was $2.46, unemployment 3.7%, we weren’t in a proxy war with Russia, my IRA was in tact, China was in neutral, inflation tax of 8.6% wasn’t in force, crime wasn’t running rampant, and folks like you haven’t a clue. Oh, and my President Trump didn’t have two drug addict kids or a son that made millions off brokering his father, also an accomplice to his illegal activities. Please feel free to supply any facts that show errors in my thinking or statements.

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No, “your” president stole government documents. Yes, he illegally took highly classified records that could prove to be deadly to you and to us. Oh and his kids are hardly Pollyannas! They are disgusting humans who grift, too. AND Jared...well he will be investigated for espionage as well as his father-in-law. I am afraid you, Tommy Hollenbeck, have been lied to. Please open your eyes and ears.

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No, folks like me don't have a clue. But we do defend the constitution. We don't hold with liars and charlatans. And we don't abide those who dishonor the office. It's not about the money, Tommy, though the grifter is still doing his level best to get it from the fools who follow him. He's on the wrong side of history, as are you.

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Tommy, please take your trolling opinions and totally inappropriate comments elsewhere. They're not welcome in this forum. No trolls are.

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Your talking about white racist crime, are you? And the inflation caused by the greedy oligarchy jacking up their prices? Bidens administration did not raise prices. You are targeting the wrong ciulprits.

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Plop

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Your unpresidented is a LOSER just like you tommy two cents!

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Tommy,

Thank you for joining HCR and her insightful readings. I think, even though you have different opinions as many of Heather's readers, it is good for all of us to listen. I think name calling from any reader is not productive. It only feeds the bipolar fires of our country. If we have something to say, we should say it as well informed adults that are trying to preserve a Country in so much trouble and becoming weaker as we speak, because of our differences. If we act like those at the January 6th insurrection, we are no better. What are we teaching our children, because all this is likely very contagious....they are listening and watching. We all have our own different opinions, however, how do we want to maintain our dignity in this Country. We have never read any bullying from Heather. It's the facts as she researches it and adds her touch of history. To understand history, is to understand exactly what is happening today. So please people, be kind and understanding. I have wonderful friends and family who do not feel like I do....I still love them. I don't understand them, but love them. Everyone has a different world view, and everyone has a reason for being the way they are....

We can do this!!!

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Ms. White, you make good points. I find it very difficult to abide those who would destroy what we all have risked so much to keep. As I pointed out to another commenter, the best remedy for those who write to incite is to ignore them.

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Ms. White you are being very kind and generous to a commenter who seems bent on trolling. Kudos to you, truly.

I spent a good part of yesterday doing my utmost to stay reasoned and polite to 'gentlemen' (an exaggeration, trust me) who insisted on "explaining" how handing the states the ability to rule on abortion is fair and proper and "all women have to do is vote for what they want...".

So today I'm not even going to engage because 99% of the contrary commenters are not here to exchange reasoned, thoughtful opinions.

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Finally!! It’s the Barbara Ann Whites and Heather Cox Richardsons of the world I want my kids to learn from. They are the future if we don’t destroy this tiny blue dot.

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Sep 14, 2022·edited Sep 14, 2022

Mamalde on my fingers (Queen Mum sandwich, you know) prevents me from hearting your comments. Perhaps Tommy O will take your comments to heart and share he ideas rather than merely the sneers I sense here today.

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Barbara Ann White

Wonderful attitude!

Indeed, forgiveness must be always be offered to offenders, except those who would destroy American democracy.

Offenders forgiven of their misdeeds must earn our trust before we embrace their existence!

Put all remorseless offenders into prison or ship them all off to an island to live with each others vial hate and lunacy until they repent.

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Go back to Flyover Loserville where you're spent all your worthless life, with the rest of the Trumpscum, ga-ga old white male boomer

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Typical uninformed uneducated liberal who can only respond with hate a but no factual rebuttal. Sad, how’s your state doing? I lived for 25 years in Pacific Palisades and doubt you could afford gas money to get there from your house.

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California is doing amazingly well thanks to a truly forward thinking governor. It is liberals who have given you safety nets, rights to speak lies as you have just done, and believe that everyone has rights for their beliefs. You are a disgruntled being and need somewhere to place your anger.

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You win. Happy now?

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Tommy, what rock have you been hiding under? Go back there. Game, set, match!

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You lack

too bad

Scrambo tommy-o

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Huh? Where are you from?

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Actually, as a NH resident, the story is more nuanced and darker. The DNC spent $3m on ads attacking Chuck Morse the "main line" Republican candidate (endorsed by Republican Governor Chris Sununu) in order to help Don Bolduc, the Trump-endorsed candidate. Before these ads started early last summer, Morse was set to win the nomination, having raised roughly 4 times the money Bolduc did. As of August, Bolduc was leading by 21 points. Bolduc is nuts. NH Democrats and Independents know this (2/3 of the electorate). Destabilizing the Republican field to help Senator Maggie Hassan win the general election is somewhat dirty politics, but, it seems to be working. :)

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I am from NH too but I hope this strategy does not backfire. The Free State crowd + Trumpers— a dangerous combination. I am really worried about what happens on the state level in the House and Senate.

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Sep 14, 2022·edited Sep 14, 2022

At the state level, Ian Freeman, the free stater who sneakily slashed the Croydon school board's budget, LOST the Republican District 10 State Senate primary. I live in District 10 and was afraid he'd win the Republican primary. Thank heavens he didn't! We have 2 very good Democratic candidates and either will be good for NH.

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That is good news.

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YES!!! Dumb gamble... and something DNC seems to be doing in other races, as well. Sometimes it does backfire on them. However, they say they have their own agenda... and that's obvious in this scenario.

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I hope this strategy doesn't bite us in the— ummm, end.

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quite literally Russian roulette. A backfire is unacceptable. On the other hand - even Republicanism-light is entirely unacceptable. So why not.

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Seems very dangerous in a world of vulnerable minds

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seems really stupid, strategy-wise... risky... and not something to practice. DNC has their own agenda... as they have publicly said.

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His name is Don Bolduc; he's running for the U.S. Senate to replace. Maggie Hassan. His ads are obnoxious, as are other NH Republican ads-they're all attack ads and lies and fail to put forth ANY policy ideas. I hope we can keep Maggie Hassan as our U..S. Senator.

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His name is Don Bolduc and he has a lead right now—37% to 36% for Chuck Morris with 85% of the vote counted. What's worse is Karoline Leavitt won the House race in District 1 for the Republicans. She is a Trump loyalist to the core. I am from NH and it boggles my mind that she won and Bolduc might too. We can only hope that NH stays purple in November. The NH Republican Party is a lost cause. The Free Staters have taken the reins of the party and are Trumpers on steroids.

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I know what you mean, Arthur. It's extraordinary how the Trump ignorance and idiocy spreads like wildfire. How are people are so willing to be under the thumb of authoritarianism, even in the state that wants to "LiveFree or Die?" What does that say about us as Americans? I hope Maggie prevails. Sending you a neighborly hello from Vermont!

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Fear. Brainwashing. Racism. Greed. Superiority. Weapons. Power = Nazis. History repeating itself because our educational systems intentionally were messed with and failed accurate history and critical thinking skills to avoid being manipulated by celebrity con-artists they see on tv. America. We have a lot of work to do.

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Yes we do! An estimated three generations to do . . .

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Sep 15, 2022·edited Sep 15, 2022

And I'm sending Arthur a hello from your moose-strewn neighbor to the East!

Cheer up...we Mainers have a former embarrassment of a governor...running for governor AGAIN. Paul LePage is running for Governor

and Maine Dems are making the green-hurling emoji face and gearing up for a huge fight. Also, whiny, poor loser Bruce Poliquin is trying desperately to hang onto LePage's coat-tails. Our CD#2 Rep is Jared Golden--he's a Dem--very much a centrist...but on the other hand, he is far, far better than Poliquin and Congressional District #2 is very rural and very red...so we are all rooting for Golden to keep his seat. Rural Mainers don't much admire millionaire hedge fun managers who hide in ladies bathrooms to avoid media questions (which is exactly what Poliquin famously did).

Commiserations all around--fingers crossed and nose to the Dem groundwork for the mid-term election!

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NH was also the only state in the union that went for Buchanan. After that happened, all the disaffected righties from Mass moved up there, so they could live free or die, while also keeping their lucrative Boston jobs while chained to a soul sucking commute and property taxes that would choke a horse.

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You NH guys are right on.

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My brother-in-law lives there. I hope he has time to campaign for Maggie.. if she loses to this repugnant republican, he's gonna have to move. To Massachusetts, or Vermont, or Maine. Some place that still has a connection to reality.

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These are the ones I worry about, they are the evil dressed up as normal. They know better

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Terrifying.

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which candidate, Hope? just saw a young woman (staffer for dumpster) who believes the big lie ... won. different race? only 2 US Reps in NH, right?

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"...Republicans vying to take on Senator Maggie Hassan... Don Bolduc, a retired Army general" NYT.

Sorry, Suz, he's running for Senate! Argh! At this moment he's ahead of two others with 38% of the vote. Maggie won her primary handily, thank heavens.

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no apologies,, Hope... just thanks for explaining... yikes... they're everywhere.

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Suz-you're correct-we have only 2 U.S. Representatives. However, the Republican majority legislature redrew the Congressional maps so that it would result in a split of 1 Dem and 1 Republican in the U.S. House instead of the current 2 Dems. The map wound up going to Court and a Special Master redrew them. For details, please read.: https://indepthnh.org/2022/05/31/supreme-court-adopts-special-masters-congressional-map/

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'WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—As critics questioned whether she knew what the Nineteenth Amendment is, Rep. Lauren Boebert stated that “the Nineteenth Amendment doesn’t exist because God gave Moses only Ten Amendments.”

'The Colorado lawmaker said that people who believe that there are nineteen amendments “need to turn off their NPR and pick up the good ol’ Bible.” (Satire, NewYoker)

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Thankfully she doesn’t represent my district here in CO, though that satire nails it!

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My morning eyes misread your post as "she doesn't represent ANY district here in Colorado ".... LOL

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It speaks volumes about Boebert that you have to say the quote is satire.

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You added to our mirth. Thank you, Michael. 🤬

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This just arrived yesterday!! Thanks for the inspiration Fern!

Profiles in Ignorance

by Andy Borowitz

https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Profiles-in-Ignorance/Andy-Borowitz/9781668003886

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🤣😅😂 Thank You, as always, Fern!!

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When in the dumps, use humor! Love this!

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if she and MTG aren't poster girls for why we NEED education in this country... i don't know who is. ever since seeing that film called "idiocracy" ... well... that's who and what i see.

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You are right to be wary of the right. They are so wrong on every issue. And will stop at NOTHING

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Worries me too. On the one hand I firmly believe these extremists all think they are more popular than they are. On the other hand, I firmly believe they are not to be underestimated, and their leaders have managed to tilt the playing field in their favor with gerrymandering and voter suppression, etc. That must be overcome with huge voter turn-out. Our biggest enemy right now is merely apathy and disappointment - the stay home complex that disproportionately affects liberal citizens and mid-term elections. These winger fuc_ers are not popular, but by god they vote.

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They are experts at such opportunism. Deviously brilliant! My mind would never conjure such a scheme, but then again, I'm not narcissistic, ignorant, sociopathic, or whatever other negative human traits these magas are.....

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Spooky Singer (CO via CA)

“…then claim the midterms are rigged to instigate another coup, or a civil war…”

I have only visited Wall Mart once for 15 very scary minutes.

The lair of trumpets.

Lampooning magically dodging through aisles stuffed with plethora’s of morbidly obese;

Banging around in those battery powered Wall Mart bumper carts squeezed with sugared impregnatednesses

Lower extremities endemically inflated.

Masquerading in a red-purple radiance:

Mocking severe diabetic peripheral neuropathy

A witnessing of a base unfamiliar with the politic of critical thinking.

Easily deceived by the republican burlesque of lies & fantasies!

It would seem,

Eh!?

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I largely boycott Walmart; however on the handful of visits there, I was amazed by many shoppers. They were ill-humored, buying many mainstream products that are overly processed and largely bad for health.

In all fairness, many patrons appeared to make well-informed choices, and merely needed to pinch pennies.

Regardless, a diverse swath of our fellow citizens patronize Walmart.

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TWO HUNDRED FIFTEEN BILLION DOLLARS pummeled daily out of thousands of minimum wage slaves...

The walton family's greed is evil like all republicans

Vote with your dollars!

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I will, as soon as you can name a non-evil corporation. Until then, I recommend voting via local vendors - IF you can afford it.

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In the area where I grew up (Medford, OR), Malwart has really contrived to run small, local groceries out of business. That area of the country is also very, very red in its political outlook.

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There's just no evidence that Republicans are clever enough to be that conniving, Spooky.

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While I can’t disagree, Richard, one never knows. Just this evening drumpf, mob boss that he believes he is, threatened “trouble” if he’s indicted.

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That makes me think that now even Drumpf believes he's in very serious trouble. Let him bluster and and threaten trouble. You'd think they way he abandoned everybody on January 6th, that they'd have taken his measure and know he's all talk and no walk...but you never know.

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Agreed … it’s laughable that he makes such meaningless threats. He can’t be indicted, prosecuted and imprisoned soon enough!

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I truly think that that will be the strategy regardless of the margin of blue victory. The R's know damn well that they simply cannot win on their non-platform and their courtship of the most radicalized base. They are counting on the Repubbie controlled state legislatures to start the "Electoral College Coup".

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Indeed, and that coup could/will lead to something bigger, and far more dangerous to our democracy and to citizens.

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I've been racking my brain to figure out why R's would support this measure. Your "crazy" idea doesn't seem so crazy, Spooky. Dang is right!

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Yikes!

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Dang Dang Dang!

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Jeese, Buddy. You just made the QAnon hangings, on the Mar-a-lago front lawn, after the storm, sound slightly less impossible.

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Thank you for the positive truth about what our dedicated national leadership is accomplishing. It is tremendous and is reversing so much of the damage done not only by Trump and his acolytes but Republicans and their billionaire "friends" . It will take years to rebuild but the beginning is robust. Look at the development of semiconductor, etc. plants!!! NOW--on to the corruption, lies, and active attempts to destroy this country from within. Keep shining the light of truth, HCR---may that light burn away the darkness that envelops the GOP and all things they touch---the development with T* and Qanon is truly frightening---this is more than just a "cult"---it is a belief system that promises destruction, slaughter, and more---truly a False Religion of what can be called demonic proportions.

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Your assessment of the Q-effect is chillingly accurate.

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Damn, and I thought that we really aren’t that stupid, but seems we (so many of us) really are. It takes a special kind of “deliberately ignorant” to buy that Schitt. Nazis started out as a cult…

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After a point. I think human nature, including mine, is vulnerable to cult dynamics, but most of it moderate it with some degree of self-questioning and critical thinking; some awareness of context and and our own process. Full blown cults are closed to counter evidence, such as the relative safety and protection from the immunological "This is a drill" of a vaccine versus invasion of one's DNA by a predatory virus.

I think the Nazis were a cult throughout WWII, and fascists (and other despots) go to great lengths to keep their following trapped in a cult mentality emotional whirlpool.

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Extreme classic cults do extreme things, from the suicides of Jonestown, to the Third Reich. Sometimes what they purport to believe ludicrous things, such as Heaven's Gate cult belief that taking cyanide, which they did, to allow them to join the "spaceship" hidden in the tail of the comet Hale-Bopp. It's utterly absurd, but absurdity as a basis for actions can be uniquely dangerous.

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Well, maybe there is a comet coming round soon that they can all prepare to join? T'wold solve some problems in America and thereabout.

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They sorta tried that with COVID, but with much "collateral damage".

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JL, this is apropos of nothing: I am watching “Night Sky” on Amazon Prime. Just starting, so I won’t be able to give a spoiler alert and wouldn’t anyway....it’s about a couple (Sissy Spacek plays Irene, the wife) and her husband Franklin (don’t ask me his actor name) and they seem to be in touch with outer space and can go “there” from the basement in their house, where they seem to have a headquarters for the spaceship. Your comment somehow reminded me....it’s quite good if you need a distraction from the circus here at home.....

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The circus here at home is our life and possibly our future. I know you don’t ignore that, but fiction seems so blasé at present.

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Sometimes fiction is a better medium for human truths than unadorned data. While science and math decode the core patterns of our circumstances, the arts transmit the sentient experience we humans inhabit in resonant ways. The play "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (which I suspect is terrible or objectionable because it never seems to be assigned or quoted) is claimed to have had a significant impact on public opinion about the evils of slavery, even though that would seem to have been (and apparently wasn't) universally self-evident. Plays of Shakespeare have provided meaningful metaphors for real-world personality types. Thomas Nast's political humor was cited in my school history book as having impact on public awareness. See Drydren's / Handel's Ode to St. Cecilia's day for extravagant claims about the power of music. "Let me make the songs of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws." - Andrew Fletcher

Unfortunately evil clowns are evil.

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👋 👋 👋

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It is absolutely essential that President Biden expand the Supreme Court. It has become far too political and is putting the U.S. back into the dark ages.

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If we can win the midterms and have a majority in both houses, this might be possible. I think we The People have got to get busy organizing around demanding this be done. The SCOTUS is really out of control. I get my blood boiling whenever I think how Moscow Mitch swindled Obama’s right to nominate and confirm Garland. It’s outrageous! Grrrrrrr......

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Nearly every day, I send a Resistbot message to ‘federal’ - my Congress critters and President Biden - to Expand the Courts. (The lower courts need expanding too, to handle the workload and reduce the impact of Trump servants like Cannon in FL and that anti-health-care guy in Texas. ) It’s quick to send, and adds each time to public pressure to do it.

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I've been reading for a few years and finally subscribed today. Thank you, and keep 'em coming!

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Thank you for being here, Michael.

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Welcome, Michael.

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Paid LFAA member; welcome Michael.

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Welcome, Michael, to an incredible group! But you already know that....Glad to have you around.

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Welcome to the group Michael.

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👏👋👋👋 Welcome!

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Welcome Michael!

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Welcome aboard.

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Welcome, Michael!

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Welcome, Michael! to a great group.

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Adding to the welcomes, Michael!

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“Meanwhile, Russian president Putin’s power at home is wobbling. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz tweeted today that he had a 90-minute phone call with Putin in which he demanded that Russia withdraw its troops from Ukraine and recognize Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Fifty Russian municipal deputies have publicly called for Putin to resign.”

The more wobbly, the better!

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IMO, fifty Russian politicians speaking out and not fearing for their lives is incredible. The end is near!

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no. they are more dangerous than he is. they're the hawkish oligarchs, not true dissidents wanting peace. they're the only ones who can speak out. as far down the fascist road as we are looking here, those 'speaking out' in Russia are NOT who you think. and don't want what we want.

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At least they must see the economic stupidity of invading Ukraine.

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seems like they would, tho who knows? and maybe it's driven more by ideology than economics?

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Indeed! That’s fifty very brave Russian municipal deputies.

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Brave or egotistical?

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In Putin’s Russia any low-level (municipal) official who publicly criticizes the top dog is definitely brave and/or suicidal.

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Yes, there's a track record of low level politicians "falling out of windows" or "sinking on their yachts."

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Point out: Graham's National Abortion Ban not only takes away the state's right to set their own law, it does not "raise" the ban to 15 weeks for states that enact "heartbeat" bills nor "conception" limits.

He was also asked at the press announcement what about nonviable conceptions detected at, say, 16 weeks gestation, and his response was in essence "too bad."

As an OB/GYN, I REPEAT - medicine has NOTHING to offer previable fetuses. Unless development has reached the point ventilation can be performed, death is inevitable. This is why the term "viability" in Roe is pertinent. These bans lead to criminal investigations of caregivers and ultimately pregnant women, for outcomes that no one had control to change.

Many people point out (AGAIN) that Senator Graham has NO UTERUS, NO Marriage, NO (known) partner, and NO children.

The GOP/GQP are not stopping at "forced birth." They aim to take away access to contraception, marrying who you love, and other rights. They are going to take away Social Security that people have invested in over years, and remove other social "safety nets".

They are completely ignoring and against Jewish tradition and "definition" of life beginning with first breath and ending with last breath.

VOTE. VOTE. VOTE. ROEVEMBER is coming.

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Meanwhile, in neighboring Minnesota, the Republican candidate/baby doctor Scott Jensen is playing the wink-wink, Kavanaugh/Barret SCOTUS testimony routine that abortion is a protected right, while being on record for legislation to ban abortions. Love to ask him whether he'd sign legislation to overturn that right?

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Thank you for providing these details.

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Thank You Beverly!! I see hope in Michigan. Our Governor Whitmer's most poweful campaign commercial features her opponent insisting that banning abortion for 14 year victims of incest is exactly what should be the law. Also, when the co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party called Pete Buttigieg (whose home is here in Grand Traverse county) "a weak little girl" all our area Repiblican state representatives and candidates renounced her!

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Governor Whitmer is both a good leader/governor AND BRAVE.

The fact these anarchists and anti-government types who have taken over the GOP are using armed threats and actually planning kidnapping and other harm to officials needs to be taken VERY SERIOUSLY. Intimidation, violence and voter suppression remains real, since BEFORE the U.S. Civil War, the Jim Crow Era, the Civil Rights work of the 1950-1960s, and continuing unabated through the present day.

45 NEVER intended for there to be a President following him. He always has, and continues now both on his "social media" and in rallies, to say the quiet part out LOUD, that he intends to rule for life.

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And there is so much racist ire out there tRump can stir up to fuel and support his dictatorship. I take heart that many businesses are ending their allegiance (and donations) to tRump. But it is just a financial decision, no conscience or care involved. Thanks for your insights Beverly. Oh, we still have so much work to do.

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Hurrah for Gretchen Whitmer! Michigan is so lucky to have her.

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We are lucky, and we worked very hard to get her elected. She walked or crosscountry skied through every Michigan county,, city and village during her year long campaign. And she listened.

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Thank you. The truth must be bolder and louder than the lies. Thank you.

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Perseverance furthers. Successful progressive movements have kept specific truth in the foreground until it penetrates the smokescreen of deliberate distraction, and begins to bother us, or to dawn on us that there are alternatives, or both.

Once light beings to leak into the lair of greed-roaches, they get very worried and agitated. Sometimes violent. Enough light, and they scurry.

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They just hide for awhile

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Or "possess" another warm body. Same script, different actors.

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But corruption ebbs and flows in differing countries and eras, and affects societies unevenly. It's always an uphill battle, but life is so nasty (and too often, brutish and short) down there in "the swamp", and the battle on this soil has been getting tougher.

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Hard to be louder than Rupert’s 90-decibel propaganda machine that grinds on 24-7

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No need to be louder. The quiet channel is more effective, and easier to maintain. It does take persistence.

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Not too quiet, but strong, informed and firm. My wife once taught taught at a high school where an out of control gang problem was emerging. One principal had the air of authority to handle them, after another didn't.

Greta turns the tables on Trump's insults, and has projected herself as the teenage adult in the room. All the more important in a madhouse where actual, universal "free speech" is conflated with money.

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Today’s Letter, which arrived before midnight (a sign of married life?) began with an event at the White House. Senator Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) announcement that he will introduce a national abortion ban came next. ‘CNN Capitol Hill reporter Melanie Zanona reported this afternoon that at least 80 House Republicans are introducing their own bill, similar to Graham’s.’ (Letter) Moving along, the Letter took us to DJT’’s Truth Social network, where the showman has been talking the QAnon talk. HCR ended with Russia, which is almost as omnipresent as DJT. ‘Missy Ryan of the Washington Post reported that a senior U.S. official has revealed that since 2014, Russia has spent at least $300 million in more than 24 countries to weaken democracies and strengthen global forces friendly to Putin’s interests.’

The Letter felt to me as though it was quaking and shaking in its reflection on the USA. New York City, where I live, feels separate from the country, but it’s connected. Is any place in the USA free of the feeling that random violence may strike at any time? The Letter composed by HCR’s mind and hand is a steadying force and its truth does not shield us from the rage on board.

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I think the random violence has already begun and has been going on for quite awhile, maybe “disguised” as other things, caused by mentally ill shooters. We see how many of these wackos are connected to dump. He is fomenting the violence on his pitiful “platform:, but the word is out in Q World in spite of all the ineptitude....scary.

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You are so right, we deny at our peril…

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Rage that is directed at all of us. Thanks to Rupert’s stoking of the fires that divide us.

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The storm is coming? Yeah, WTF.

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Yeah, W.T.F., Lynn.

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'Tomorrow, PRESIDENT BIDEN IS HOSTING a WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT TO ADDRESS THE GROWING THREAT OF HATE-FUELED VIOLENCE IN OUR COUNTRY.'

'Five years ago, we filed our Unite the Right lawsuit because those in power were not stepping up to address the growing crisis of extremism. On the contrary, many were fueling the crisis with bigoted policies and rhetoric.'

'So we’re heartened that President Biden -- who has highlighted the attack on Charlottesville as motivation for his presidential run -- is taking key steps forward in confronting this crisis, with his recent address on democracy and now this important White House event.'

'The “United We Stand” Summit will detail recent efforts to address the threats facing our communities and democracy, including with anti-hate crime legislation like the Jabara-Heyer Act, named for Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer. And -- because far more needs to be done as extremism is increasingly normalized in our politics and society -- the summit will provide a forum for local leaders to share effective strategies aimed at violence prevention, accountability, deradicalization, and healing divisions within communities.'

'We’re honored that IFA has been invited to participate in tomorrow’s event -- a clear recognition that the work we’ve done together taking on neo-Nazis and white supremacists has made a powerful impact.'

'But we’re not the only ones invited. Everyone is welcome to join the livestream beginning at 10am ET.'

'And we do hope you’ll tune in, because we need as many people as possible to be part of this national conversation and the work that comes after. The challenges before us are enormous and can only be overcome when those on the side of tolerance, equality, and inclusive democracy stand together and fight back.' (Integrityfirstforamerica) See link below.

https://www.integrityfirstforamerica.org/

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Fern, I posted the article (after reading it!) on FB. Great news, but so much more to be done, as you note. Thank you!

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10 am on Thursday, Sept 15. I will listen at 8:30 pm in India. Thanks for this info. Fern, you are the best!

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Very happy that you will be with us.

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You are truly “something,” newlywed. ❤️

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Lindsay Graham is one of the most loathsome creatures to ever walk the earth.

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Ditto cruz,mcconnell, abbott, bannon, boebert, palin, paul, nunes, drumpf, kutchner, ivanka, flynn and a whole host of others!

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definitely got a point... lotsa slimeballs

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