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Former Republican Congressman David Jolly dispelled the GOP stereotype applied to Black Lives Matter with one simple statement. Black Lives Matter truth. x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. David Jolly appeared on a panel on Nicolle Wallace's show. Wallace called out the GOP for using a sort of identity...

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  • April 22, 2021

Apparently the spree killer in Indianapolis was also a “Brony”, a follower of My Little Pony as reported by the Wall Street Journal. We are in our pandemic (l)anguish, even more confused by a sad shape for online culture. Not unlike the infantile imagery used by Boogaloo Boys, racism and sexism filter into...

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  • April 19, 2021

A band of brothers that needs to be broken up. On 1/6 there was a plan to bring a substantial firearms cache to the Capitol occupation.  x It's a rolling coup and it won't stop until we make it stop! #RollingCoup Military coups always start by activating the vets and...

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  • April 19, 2021

Who failed: “The FedEx gunman legally purchased his two semiautomatic rifles just a few months after the police seized a shotgun from him amid concerns about his mental health. Authorities apparently didn’t consider him subject to Indiana’s red flag law.” “Red flag”laws only work when they’re properly applied: Indianapolis police...

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  • April 18, 2021

Ending qualified immunity for police officers would certainly fill the gap in insurance company revenues created by universal healthcare in the US. There’s plenty of other liabilities that insurance companies can cover including civilian firearms liability insurance on the model of auto insurance. Forcing individual officers to bear more individual liability...

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  • April 13, 2021

Apparently John (no relation) Kennedy (R-LA) may endorse those sober drivers who run over demonstrators in Oklahoma, because a guy who “went to Oxford” should know something about logical fallacies. x Hours after America's second mass shooting in a week, Sen. John Kennedy downplays the gun problem by noting that...

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  • March 26, 2021

Concealability had nothing to do with Monday’s massacre in Boulder, Colorado, but the details tell us more about the marketability of semi-automatic firearms using high-capacity magazines. Discussing open-carry regulation may have been rendered irrelevant with the death of the police officer although some details will be important: was he carrying his “patrol rifle” and...

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  • March 25, 2021

There is supposed to be another presser at 1030am ET in Boulder. The shooter was injured. The details will simply get worse. At least three people were shot in the street presumably as the shooter entered the store. The location is south of the university campus and the central city in...

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  • March 23, 2021

Still early and a far too familiar pattern has been repeated today in Boulder, Colorado. 10 are dead including one first responding police officer. More information has yet to be revealed much like the shootings in Atlanta. If only Republicans were as concerned about checking the backgrounds of people who...

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  • March 23, 2021

Prosecuting hate crime is another thing some prosecutors might not want especially when a Bible Belt jury might want to condone violence against the victimless(sic) crime industry. “Let those pesky feds do it”. As the alleged suspect said, “he was at the end of his rope” because irony runs deep...

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  • March 17, 2021

Eight people are now dead. Six of those victims are Asian women. “Subject was arrested after a high speed chase and brought into custody unharmed” Eight people, including six Asian women, were killed in shootings at three different massage parlors in Atlanta and Acworth, Georgia, on Tuesday, according to local...

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  • March 17, 2021

Today will feature questioning of Christopher Wray about the intelligence on the Insurrection of 1/6. It’s true that not ACAB, but an armed bunch of them showed up to foment sedition on 1/6. Accordingly, some GOP members of the judiciary committee will likely proclaim that they were shocked, shocked that anyone would...

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  • March 2, 2021

In 2008 when former President Obama was thrust into one of the biggest financial messes since the depression of 1929, his stated goal was to get us out of the ditch. With jobs being lost by some accounts at a rate of 800,000 per month and people wondering where and when...

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  • February 17, 2021

Ron Johnson didn’t see an ‘armed insurrection’ because who could have foreseen that Trump would threaten violence. In August 2016, Trump called for “second amendment solutions” if Hillary Clinton was elected. Now is the time for 14th Amendment solutions. x By @cgdeaton: Block Trump from office with the 14th Amendment's...

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  • February 16, 2021

If you want to catch Sen. Ron Johnson in a lie, just ask him a question. If you merely want to catch him, put a peanut in a box with a hole that’s big enough for him to slide his hand through but not big enough for him to remove...

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  • February 15, 2021

Wow: Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R) was caught on tape making cracks about physical violence against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), who last year was the target of a kidnapping plot by right-wing militia extremists. He was also recorded spreading lies about the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S....

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  • February 10, 2021

This is CYA in my opinion but does not explain her close ties to the 3 percenters.  AJC ( Atlanta Journal) had a story up on her ties with  the 3 percenters and other Militia groups which are supposed to be illegal in Ga.   She asked  a guy named Doles...

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  • January 28, 2021

While Trumpler festers in Mar-a-Lago having his version of “Mein Kampf”: “The Great Steal: I want my cookies back”, written for him. Only 15 Republicans find organizing actual sedition mildly distasteful. After all they keep saying we agreed with his “conservative” policies e.g. letting 430,000 Americans die. Many of The...

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  • January 28, 2021

The Rand corporation think-tank reports that there are bipartisan efforts to set up a 1/6 commission, but the reality is that there’s still so much fact-finding and discovery ahead. Trump mob actions go back far but gained importance in events like Trump’s trips to Arizona and Oklahoma, where armed elements chose...

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  • January 27, 2021

Here’s the latest news out of Virginia: Former governor Terry McAuliffe has released his plan for reforming the state’s criminal justice system, focusing on parole, marijuana legalization and the restoration of voting rights. The Plan of Action for a Fairer Commonwealth prioritizes rehabilitation and second chances, fighting to achieve justice in...

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  • January 25, 2021

Now everybody knows there’s exceptions to this rule, Now don’t be getting’ mad, when we playin’; it’s cool Rapper and actor Queen Latifah, wrote those words in 1993. Her words seem most appropriate for Republicans who ruled the Senate with an iron fist in a barbed wire glove. The denial...

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  • January 22, 2021
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Impeachment and insurrection part deux on deck for next week, even as there’s now mixed messaging on the part of Pence invoking the 25th Amendment. Lots of banality of evil around and about. x 🇺🇸 Impeachment 🔵@SpeakerPelosi / #Democrats House Can ✔️Submit Articles of Impeachment ✔️Put it in Permanent Record...

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  • January 10, 2021

The current bit of pseudo-coup is still about kayfabe and scripting. The first WH staff resignation by Stephanie Grisham has just happened because of this violence.  Trump’s resignation could happen simply because this latest attack on Congress facilitates the award of Pence’s pardon of Trump, not due to weaseling but for something,...

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  • January 7, 2021

Two hours after the Trump speech was scheduled, the joint session begins, leaving us to wonder what Trump said to excite the crowd. The big banana wants his republic back. Congress is in a session recess as the building has been “locked down”. UPDATE: march protesters are now on the Capitol’s...

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  • January 6, 2021

“A 22-year-old self-proclaimed member of the “Boogaloo Bois” movement pleaded guilty on Wednesday to trying to sell weapon parts to Hamas after traveling to Minneapolis amid this summer’s George Floyd protests.”  What’s curious is that for these Boogaloo Bois, while domestic terrorism remained the goal, the path had that Iran-Contra...

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  • December 17, 2020

The grievances continue as Trump imagines offences that only reinforce how much he was thought of as a danger to democracy. “We will find that hundreds of thousands of ballots were illegally cast in your state and all over the country, by the way, more than enough to give us...

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  • December 8, 2020

I have republican family members and I know right-wing fellow workers.I researched for the unions in the South for a decade.   I’ve done collective bargaining to protect the health plan of an industrial worker group of several hundred union members who voted almost 100% for Trump in 2016.  The...

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  • November 8, 2020

Apparently the person who gave their gun to Kyle Rittenhouse has some explaining to do. x Blue Lives Matter Supporters Say Kyle Rittenhouse Not Reflective Of Most Peaceful Apologists For Police State https://t.co/JdlxmfEkix pic.twitter.com/CMlVBh6Teq— The Onion (@TheOnion) October 17, 2020 Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old gunman charged with killing two men with...

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  • October 23, 2020

Trump probably created more “diers” today with a crowd who wanted to celebrate something probably not miraculous, but the product of magical thinking. x WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump makes 1st public appearance since hospital release; White House won't say if he's still contagious with virus.— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) October 10,...

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  • October 10, 2020

More Florida men-a-tee, standing their ground even as it moves beneath them at 101 mph, hot brass flying around the cabin of the pickup truck. Shooter appears to have shot through a partially opened driver side window, and then there’s that jump-cut to the front-facing image of presumably the target vehicle; OTOH he...

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  • September 29, 2020

Much jackboot-quaking as a much-touted demo in Portland had a weak showing north of the anarchist jurisdiction.  x tickled by this because I watched 5 seconds of the KATU coverage and the proud boy on the mic said something like 2,000 people were there— voltaverse (@voltaverse) September 26, 2020 x...

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  • September 26, 2020

Feral pigs are the crying-wolf excuse for some firearm owners, as though the average hunter needed a modern sporting rifle (semi-auto long gun with large capacity magazine) to defend their home and children against predator species. Then there’s Kenosha’s 17 year-old killer and his AR-15 pattern rifle with 30-round magazine. The...

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  • September 20, 2020

Trumpian legal defense logic would suggest that like the COVID toll, Wendy Rittenhouse helped her kid with his guns but she didn’t get killed, and the death toll from her son’s shooting spree was a lot less than Newtown. Trump claims he’s saved millions of lives even as his inaction and incompetence...

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  • September 1, 2020

Because we’re still using stereotypes from the 1960s, the Nixonian 1968 campaign Trump now has hate riders and flags. And violence. Presently lots of disinformation on twitter with RWNJs spinning the event. One version of reporting is that a person with a Patriot Prayer hat sprayed someone with pepper spray...

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  • August 30, 2020

Some good news today out of South Carolina: x We’re finding the South Carolina Senate race tightening up! https://t.co/3qA6oaKS0d— PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) August 12, 2020 Click here for the full results. The polls was conducted on behalf of the Giffords PAC. Speaking of which, Harrison isn’t afraid to go after Graham...

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  • August 13, 2020

Rootin’ — Tootin’ Sam is a member of antifa, despite his penchant for firearms. “Now say your prayers!” x Right-wing extremists have killed 329 victims in the last 25 years, while antifa members haven't killed any, according to a new study: https://t.co/GLo2gStPqA Cc @tedcruz https://t.co/6PjDk941zB— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 5,...

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  • August 5, 2020

Scott Bixby at The Daily Beast has a great piece out that calls out U.S. Senate candidate, John James (R. MI), for following the GOP playbook to talk tough on China as a way to rile up their base. But of course, like pretty much every GOPer trying to make...

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  • July 30, 2020

Could Donald J. Trump hate our troops any more than he already does? No. No, he couldn’t. Apparently it wasn’t enough for Trump to ignore bounties placed on the heads of our soldiers in Afghanistan (yeah, remember that one?) simply because he has a dictator-man-crush on Vladimir Putin. Now Trump has caved (again) to...

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  • July 13, 2020

The problem of Trumpian logic and math is that epidemiology has too many syllables. A “99% US survival rate” for Trump is the rhetorical acceptability of a million deaths. The weeks have become even more absurd as the election approaches. That 99% meme accompanies attempts on Twitter to convince people that masks...

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  • July 5, 2020

CHAZ/CHOP is over but not gone, even if it lasted not as long as the Paris Commune. Ultimately it remains about power and autonomy. Basta ya. The fact that the police express feeling “castrated” with the victory of the movements for Black lives, underscores the synthesis of racism, patriarchy, violence,...

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  • July 1, 2020

Hunny Bunny & Clod performed Ozark cosplay in St Louis’s Central West End neighborhood. The court of public opinion is now open and class/race affiliations now emerge to conflict. The private road vestiges from the Gilded Age are always problematic for unarmed folks walking while Black to protest a Mayor who...

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  • June 30, 2020

The Summer’s enraging so many tough guys and their snowflakery, because in 2016, the Russians got Facebook groups to confront each other in Texas meatspace as well as influencing the following year’s violence in Charlottesville.. It’ll be patriotic to beat up leftists and re-liberate Autonomous Zones, because apparently Facebook is...

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  • June 25, 2020

From the Leavenworth Times editorial board today: Guns should be kept safely and securely. The news that U.S. Senate candidate Kris Kobach had four guns stolen from his truck in Wichita earlier this month underscores the importance of treating firearms with respect and care. “Secretary Kobach always has at least...

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  • June 25, 2020

I can’t breathe a long sigh when the two exemplars for bad firearms safety, Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam are revised like the cops in E.T. relegated to brandishing radios. Like Trump at St John’s church, some props don’t work. All that’s left is Porky Pig’s speech disability. “Animators working on the...

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  • June 7, 2020

There are reasons on the one hand for police brutality in terms of being paranoid about armed protesters but the reality is that there is no armed insurrection and more likely opportunists are doing conventional robberies of drug stores, pawn shops, and gun stores, mostly far away from demonstrations.  Three have died...

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  • June 7, 2020

I know I touched upon this in a diary last week but I’m happy that Eleanor Clift at The Daily Beast brought this up today: Texas Senator John Cornyn voted 20 times to do away with Obamacare, but says that the “good news” for the millions of people who lost...

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  • May 21, 2020

Trump will present another WH stunt-presser today at 4pm EDT that won’t start on time. It’s meant to divert attention from the now burgeoning COVID-19 contagion within the WH, and assure people that IMPOTUS* is “in charge”. President Trump and members of his administration will hold a press briefing to discuss...

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  • May 11, 2020

Another rally to resist sheltering by threatening a virus with firearms… this time in North Carolina. Fortunately there were only eleven of them. So much weirder with the fake weapons, making security theater less threatening. x The inert AT-4 is sad, but the guy taking a selfie with wooden .50 cal...

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  • May 10, 2020
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