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  • Avatar of Egberto Willies
  • October 25, 2021

Paraphrasing Pvt. Sam Watkins, 1st Tennessee, Co. H. ‘America has no north, no south, no east, no west,’ those words could apply to the pandemic. Watkins was lamenting brother against brother killing each other in the American Civil War. All of America is watching the unvaccinated kill each other and...

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  • September 8, 2021

RWNJs spent more time today demonizing COVID data whistleblower Rebekah Jones rather than focusing on the various data violations and network attacks happening regionally, causing panics over fuel supplies. The real news is the ransom amount of 5 million dollars paid to the Russian hacking group. Colonial Pipeline paid $5m ransom to...

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  • May 13, 2021

Fuck this guy: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), a noted vaccine skeptic, has once again cast doubt on the effort to inoculate Americans against the coronavirus on conservative radio ― this time by using real information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that has repeatedly been cited out of...

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  • May 10, 2021

Diverting information foregrounds the developing investigations of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL). The pattern is familiar, defenses that try to construct logical fallacies in preparation for lawfare. Schadenfreude builds as everyone waits for actual indictments. Yet the periphery is littered with a barrage of “facts” including a story reminiscent of Iran-Contra....

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  • March 31, 2021

The attack on the postal service continues. Postmaster General Louis Dejoy is strategically crippling it for what I think is a specific reason. He wants to destroy the postal service See full episodes here. You do not hear politicians telling the truth about what is occurring with the postal service. The...

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  • March 24, 2021

No, not by the US but by that jolly benevolent Empire of the British. Of course, it was started by a corporation. But something changed in 1765, shortly after the East India Company took control of the subcontinent and established a monopoly over Indian trade. They arranged a sweetheart deal....

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  • February 23, 2021

The not-guilty verdict ending the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump was as expected, but it revealed something even more sinister about the Republican party. After the Senate trial ended, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, made a public display of the hypocrisy in the GOP. He prattled on about the former...

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  • February 15, 2021

Ali Velshi made it clear. Private prisons are a perverse incentive. The same applies to healthcare. It is tantamount to extortion for both. Ali Velshi nails it See full episodes here. Early in Ali Velshi’s piece, he said that private prisons are a stupid amoral idea. Later he made the case...

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  • Avatar of Egberto Willies
  • February 3, 2021

You know what? NO. You don't get to do this. Not this time, Fox News. During the violent insurrection at the Capitol building, everyone was on the same page. Our Capitol hadn’t been invaded since 1814. People couldn’t believe what they were seeing. No one dared empathize with the malevolent traitors...

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  • January 9, 2021

Apparently Trump leaked the Raffensperger audio to WaPo — how clueless is that, even if the NY Times is reporting that it was taped and released by the GA SOS. Most of the call repeats his contrived logic and numbers ad nauseam, as if to flood the transcript with his disinformation stream. Trump is so delusional...

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  • January 4, 2021

There are varying theories on how hypnosis affects the state of mind. Some believe a hypnotic trance is an altered version of one’s being, while others believe it is an altered state of cognizance that allows you to subconsciously role play. I am not sure my explanation makes sense or...

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  • December 11, 2020

It is indeed a tough way to make a living, but our lived experience tells us that we can survive Trumpism. Even if he steals the election he will get removed. Like the Las Vegas show The Act, and the Steele report of golden showers in the Russian hotel, it...

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  • August 21, 2020

Absentee voting, which Trump and his family utilize every year, is critical during a pandemic. However, Trump just told the states of Nevada and Michigan that he is perfectly fine with thousands suffering and dying from the coronavirus because he plans to deliberately withhold needed aid to any state that expands absentee...

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  • May 20, 2020

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/446461592029630464?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw With his catastrophic mishandling of the coronavirus, Trump has established himself as the worst president in U.S. history. Far worse is the human carnage. We already have more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Trump claimed on Feb. 26 that the outbreak would soon be “down to close to zero.”...

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  • April 6, 2020

FUBAR’s definition is – thoroughly confused, disordered, damaged or ruined x America First is the Trump campaign slogan pic.twitter.com/KwGTOnWoDm — Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) March 29, 2020 x All these right-wingers kept saying that socialism would kill us and now their cult leader is literally telling people to go out during a...

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  • March 29, 2020

Some big news today from ABC News Campaign Reporter, Molly Nagle, on Twitter: x NEW: @JoeBiden's campaign confirms that he has reviewed @ewarren’s bankruptcy plan closely, and is endorsing her proposal, as he said in his IL town hall. That's a significant shift, as the proposal would largely undo the...

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  • March 14, 2020

This anticipated move of Meadows to replace Mulvaney could distract from the current Trump messaging. Mulvaney gets to work on his golf game for the remainder of the Trump term. He can still be subpoenaed, but he’s at least out of the WH. A four-term lawmaker, Meadows announced in December that...

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  • March 7, 2020

Daily Task Force Press Briefing: “(W)hole of government approach” Pence says the risk of contraction remains low. Elderly people with underlying conditions should use common sense and caution, especially with cruise ship travel. Community transmission numbers low-balled. Pence mentions that he will be meeting with cruise industry executives because that sector will...

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  • March 6, 2020

Stunt for stunt. In the age of Trump the price of revealing the origin of DNA could be set at $130,000 an event. If you had Donald Trump’s DNA, what would you do with it? The idea isn’t as outlandish as it may seem: An anonymous organization called the Earnest Project is...

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  • February 18, 2020

Lady Justice has functioned very well—for years, being blind, but now Donald Trump, William Barr, and  Republican officialdom are rendering her mute.  Last night, and for as long as Attorney General Barr does not collapse under the weight of a tweet, he publicly admitted the President is pulling away the...

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  • February 14, 2020

I don’t much like John Bolton. I don’t like his politics, I don’t like his superior attitude, I don’t like his opinions, I don’t like his free abandon to send other peoples sons and daughters to war, and I don’t like that goddamn mustache, which mostly looks like something you’d...

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  • January 28, 2020

OK, it’s not Kabuki as much as it is Shadow Puppetry. What makes anyone think Trump won’t run to court to get an injunction against Bolton, claiming executive privilege and national security, if Bolton receives a subpoena? Any competent court would rule against Trump, but Trump would appeal. That litigation...

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  • January 7, 2020

Using a description from Wikipedia, admittedly a dubious source, after the roll of a pair of dice and the chance presentation of a single pip on each die, placed together they resemble a snake’s eyes. This sort of roll also draws a comparison with the discomfiting reputation of the snake...

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  • January 3, 2020

Trump continues to service Russia and support the “dirt on Biden” quest, whining that it doesn’t feel like he’s been impeached. Because shaking down the Ukrainian president isn’t violating bribery and extortion statutes even if Congressional aid was worth $391 million in announcing investigations. If only Zelensky had been found having sexy...

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  • December 19, 2019

Trump continues to service Russia and support the “dirt on Biden” quest, whining that it doesn’t feel like he’s been impeached. Because shaking down the Ukrainian president isn’t violating bribery and extortion statutes even if Congressional aid was worth $391 million in announcing investigations. If only Zelensky had been found having sexy...

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  • December 19, 2019

When the history obscene bathroom-stall doodles of this presidency are finally written, they will note that Donald Trump was an impeached president. And you’ll be able to find GOP Congress members’ souls for sale at deep discounts in St. Vinnie’s bargain bins across the country — because having sold them...

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  • December 19, 2019

“Shall the man who has practised corruption, and by that means procured his appointment in the first instance, be suffered to escape punishment by repeating his guilt?”– George Mason According to the current United States Senate Majority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY.), the most ‘deliberative body’ in the world is...

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  • December 18, 2019

Manufactured facts, fresh from Eastern Europe, as Rudy Giuliani and One America News (OAN) tries to invent alternate truth in the Arms for Dirt scandal. My favorite part is when they assassinate the archduke Ferdinand 🐮 https://t.co/jK1ZUcGU0Z — Devin Nunes’ cow 🐮 (@DevinCow) December 16, 2019 Budapest | Kiev |...

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  • December 16, 2019

One guesses that omitting Obstruction of Justice leaves it to be pursued later, in the criminal indictments elsewhere and after the 2020 election. The facts are overwhelming, regardless. This is a streamlined impeachment with a narrow focus to ensure impeachment (regardless of the GOP Senate majority). What remained from the House...

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  • December 10, 2019

“People’s beliefs and perceptions are shaped more by whatever the leaders of their own political tribe say than by ideology, history, or even their own self-interest,” Paul Pillar, former senior CIA analyst. Putin can take over the world and Donald Trump will help him spread his propaganda wow ! I...

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  • December 8, 2019

They’re now trial ballooning damage control measures, perhaps there will be a wrist slap by the Senate where the vulnerable 2020 GOP senators will call for a censure. The GOP media frame would then be “compromise and comity” because “no harm, no foul” (which unfortunately also assumes “no Constitution”). So, they...

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  • December 4, 2019

x @KremlinAnnex pic.twitter.com/8x2t8CfwXH — goodlittletiger (@goodlittletiger) December 4, 2019 x BREAKING: In a closed door vote, the Intelligence Committee has formally passed the impeachment report. This means the report is passed out of Committee as the formal majority view of the Democrats in Congress, and will move forward with the...

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  • December 4, 2019

Throughout the House Intelligence Committees’ hearings centering on the Impeachment of the 45th President of the United States, Devin Nunes’ opening statements, preceding the testimony of witnesses bemoaned the Democrats for wasting time and not doing the business of America. Yesterday, California Rep. Eric Swalwell, introduced an article from the...

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  • November 22, 2019

x Tonight we have so much to chant, sing and talk about! Join us at 7:30 pm and also help us sing this cheerful song at the #KremlinAnnex!✌️🇺🇸 #Resisthttps://t.co/bhGzo0kqZS — Kremlin Annex (@KremlinAnnex) November 21, 2019 x SCHIFF: “One question posed by your testimony, Mr. Holmes, is what do we...

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  • November 22, 2019

Pudding, proof, eating. x My favorite part about the Republicans' whole “you can't trust anyone who doesn't have first-hand knowledge” excuse is that the *very next witnesses* (Vindman and Williams) both have first-hand knowledge and have testified privately that Trump conditioned aid on political help. — Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen)...

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  • November 18, 2019

Greg Sargent at WaPo writes about the potential for a GOP frame that makes Gordon Sondland the mastermind of the Arms for Dirt plot, rather than Trump. And what deal will Rudy try to make, considering the looming SDNY criminal investigation. Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, is now...

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  • November 17, 2019

When asked if she felt threatened, former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch answered with a simple, “yes.” Anyone, to this point, who does not believe the President of the United States has not warranted his own Impeachment is either pouring the water, stirring in the sugar or opening the packages of...

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  • November 15, 2019

On 12 October 2019, Gordon Sondland's decision to testify was a complete turnaround. He said he'd been directed by the State Department to not speak to the committees. The difficulty of a perjury conviction might not be enough to compel him to not show up Wednesday, considering there are now two witnesses to Trump’s direct...

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  • November 14, 2019

A desperate Trump imagines himself in numerous ironies in advance of must-see TV. x But you didn't. You didn't sign the Whistleblower Protection Act. The law in its present form was signed by President Clinton in 1998. You are a liar and an idiot @realDonaldTrump, which is why you are...

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  • November 11, 2019

Recall that this was the day the GOP stormed the SCIF. This DoD fact-witness nails down the issues holding up military aid and the elements of the narrative that is not simply about one conversation but a parallel, insurgent process to abet bribery and extortion.  The testimony of Deputy Assistant Secretary...

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  • November 11, 2019

Recall that this was the day the GOP stormed the SCIF. This fact-witness nails down the issues holding up military aid and the elements of the narrative that is not simply about one conversation but a parallel, insurgent process to abet bribery and extortion. Laura Cooper's testimony reveals how Trump froze...

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  • November 11, 2019

Trump’s going to try to distract MSM with a new release of a second, April “transcript” which probably resembles the non-verbatim memorandum of a telcon from 25 July already released that confirms the arms for dirt scandal. It presumably will be as “perfect” as the first one. And just as diverting...

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  • November 11, 2019

George Kent reaffirmed Trump’s 2016 obsession and his 2020 objectives in his testimony. Trump still believes in debunked CTs, and the GOP witness list reflects that level of disinformation. https://twitter.com/AaronBlake/status/1192555367097675790? One of the central defenses of President Trump’s actions regarding Ukraine is that he’s really just interested in rooting out corruption....

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  • November 10, 2019

A new article describes the trial ballooning of GOP narratives that would try to divert the impeachment and pin the crime on someone, anyone else. No one seems to fit even as Sondland, Mulvaney, and Giuliani appear on a short list to not make Trump guilty of bribery, extortion, or...

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  • November 8, 2019

The call was perfect, so perfect that unlike his written responses during the Mueller report, Florida Man should appear in open session and testify before Congress. Because isn’t he the stable genius, smarter than all his generals. He’s all about the stunts, and because short of dog-wagging, he’s now going...

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  • November 8, 2019

On July 27, 2016 Donald Trump asked the Russians to help him defeat Hillary Clinton. The infamous comment by Mr. Trump was “I will tell you this: Russia if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing, I think you will probably be rewarded...

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  • November 7, 2019

It truly is that simple, The whistleblower is irrelevant, Lindsey won’t even consider the case when it comes before the Senate, and more deposition transcripts are coming. Step-by-step, Gordon Sondland won’t be left holding that bag. David Corn and Dan Friedman in Mother Jones identify that “Trump designated Giuliani as the...

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  • November 6, 2019

It’s still not about the “Perfecto” conversation of 25 July 2019 which so far is only a memo and not a transcript. It was in reality a months-long conspiracy, threatened Ambassador Yovanovitch, and involved more than the “Three Amigos”. Tweet your praise of Don Trump, the Stooge-father and Amigo-herder Not one...

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  • November 4, 2019

In the Tom Cruise sci-fi film version of War of the Worlds, the unstoppable aliens intent on destroying mankind was eventually killed by the earth’s polluted environment, a floating swamp so to speak.  What is destroying the Trump administration is the poisonous environment he has created.  Involving himself in foreign...

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  • November 4, 2019