Tyranny

Because Hawley’s whines about Big Tech while promoting sales of his book on Amazon, the epitome of …. Big Tech. “Democrats are eyeing a comeback in Missouri, believing the Capitol riot hurt Republicans in the state, not least because of Josh Hawley’s prominent role.” “Don’t try to censor, cancel, and silence...

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  • May 10, 2021

Insurrection part Deux may be coming, but it’s a distraction from an emerging Raw Story report about Russian mobsters and Trump that includes money laundering in Kazakhstan. This doesn’t even touch the tax fraud prosecution. Thank jeebus CPAC is over and that concentrated hate and stupidity is over for another year. Even...

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  • March 1, 2021

Donald Trump’s time in office was defined by death, destruction, disarray, and multiple attacks on democracy. Yet we must never forget that Trump’s legacy also includes an evil milestone, reached in 2018, when the United States, for the first time ever, ranked among the top five deadliest countries for journalists....

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  • February 6, 2021

It’s not so much “when you’ve lost the National Review…”, but the attempt to ensure that there might be an autonomous, conservative GOP rather than a Trumpist party. Aside from fanciful premises about “process” repeated during the House floor debate, the National Review still supports impeachment. He urged a crowd to...

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  • January 13, 2021

Unfortunately, the House will seat the 140 GOP representatives pledged to object to the election certification. 17 days left. “Trump Won.” Earlier, I filmed new Congresswoman @mtgreenee She is wearing a mask that says “Trump Won.” Earlier, I filmed new Congresswoman @mtgreenee. She is wearing a mask that says “Trump Won.”...

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  • January 3, 2021

Stories do have consequences, and following Trump’s American Carnage, truth will out in the larger American narrative. This James Fallows essay is worth reading, made important by the trial balloon of making Andrew Cuomo the AG nominee. For Biden personally, as president, the best thing he can do for most of...

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  • December 13, 2020

If the expected Bluewave rushes over the levee of American politics and washes away the dirt of tyranny; are we looking at a red-secession? If you listen to the massing voices of Republican discontent, war is coming. Story after story is highlighted daily of some Army-surplus-store-toy-soldiers threatening to take to the...

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  • October 30, 2020

The hope for a post-Trump era will bring with it already growing challenges to democracy. Along with $3 for a glass of water. x Pres. Obama campaigning for @JoeBiden: “If he had been focused on COVID from the beginning, cases wouldn’t be reaching new record highs across the country this...

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  • October 27, 2020

It took credible evidence and the words of the self-identified victims of underage sexual advances, to allow Doug Jones to defeat Roy Moore for the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions in 2017. Mr. Jones deserved to win the race on integrity alone. Confirmed in 1997 as the United...

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  • September 23, 2020

Only kings or potentates, dictators, and despots believe the propaganda of their own words. The worst of them, impose it by force and murder.  King Salman, President Erdogan, Supreme Leader Khamenei, and President for life, (lest you risk being poisoned), Vladimir Putin have all declared themselves either supreme or believe they should...

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  • September 7, 2020

We should all be impressed with the Joe Biden campaign. So far they are fast-acting. In this clip, a fiery former vice-president tears into Trump. Joe Biden blasts Donald Trump’s comments  x x YouTube Video Watch the full episode here. Biden gives a well-designed rebuke of the president for his statement...

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  • September 4, 2020

Yes, that’s the same Herman Cain who literally died of COVID-19. In a now-deleted tweet, Herman Cain (or, rather, Herman Cain’s Twitter account) claimed that the fake news media has been overhyping the coronavirus. Because this is 2020, and absolutely nothing is too horrifying or stupid for 2020. A deleted...

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  • August 31, 2020

WaPo published an update to the estimation of whether Trump was more than a rhetorical trope as a fascist, or more of an actual, historical fascist. 29 more “Benitos” to go, Trump has yet to win reelection by rigged balloting and only has a fraction of the population incarcerated. Ripping children...

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  • August 22, 2020

Former Romney Republican Strategist Stuart Stevens recently appeared on TV and said he will be voting democratic. He gave specific reasons. Strategist Stuart Stevens is voting Democratic to save Democracy from Trump tyranny x x YouTube Video Watch the full episode here. “What I'm going to do is support Democrats,” the former...

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  • August 1, 2020

Trump’s attempts to rationalize his future grievances resemble the excuses he’d created for an anticipated 2016 loss. He had hoped to grift for his quasi-empire from his opposition to a Clinton presidency when he gained it via the Electoral College. He’s repeating that tactic, only this time his adoption of the 1968...

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  • July 31, 2020

Philadelphia is where the Founding Fathers met to write the Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of George III. The Philadelphia district attorney is continuing that tradition: He will defend the city from the tyranny of Donald I. Philly DA Krasner vows to arrest federal law enforcement if they break...

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  • July 23, 2020

The President is pushing hard for the reopening of schools come August and September of 2020. The paranoia of the President makes him believe that anyone opposing sending their kids, possibly into a diseased Petri dish, is out to get him. “Corrupt Joe Biden and the Democrats don’t want to open...

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  • July 8, 2020

“…Facebook right now continues to host boogaloo groups who are getting around just the basic level of content moderation they’re doing for these groups….” — MSNBC reporter Brandy Zadronzny “[DemocracyNow.org]…we have seen the boogaloo movement congregating on Facebook for several months now…. they’ve been organized really since the outbreak of the...

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  • June 24, 2020

Oh, Wisconsin. Just when I start to feel a little pride in my home state, you snatch it away from me. I grew out of the rich loam and manure of the Badger State, and I encountered many a beer-spattered, fromage-festooned troglodyte along the way, so this doesn’t really surprise me...

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  • April 17, 2020

Which film version of Mutiny on the Bounty does Trump prefer (extra points if a reporter asks this during the COVID presser). The Mel Gibson version? Or is he only doing this to divert attention from the fictional Caine Mutiny. If we assume that the president can read (which, honestly, is a...

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  • April 14, 2020

Just posted on Politico: DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies — part of a push for new powers that comes as the coronavirus spreads through the...

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  • March 21, 2020

Kudos to Travis Gettys at Raw Story for capturing this moment from U.S. Senator Martha McSally’s (R. AZ) interview on Fox & Friends regarding COVID-19: x “asymmetric people are spreading this virus” pic.twitter.com/MPq6zG69GF— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) March 18, 2020 “I am begging them, their grandparents saved the world from tyranny,...

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  • March 18, 2020

Donald Trump is king of the bungle, but he’s not, in any formal sense, a monarch. That didn’t stop him from suggesting it this morning in a tweet, though: x …..biggest test of his presidency emboldened, ready to claim exoneration, and take his case of grievance, persecution and resentment to...

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  • February 15, 2020

As our liberal democracy decays into tyranny faster than Lindsey Graham responds to the coo of Trump’s velvety, dying-hyena voice, it’s nice to see that many people in this country still respect and understand our values: x Sustained standing ovation for Marie Yovanovich at Georgetown University where she accepted the...

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  • February 13, 2020
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  • January 31, 2020

2020 will continue Trump’s lying and incessant touting about an economy that has underperformed with the growth given him by PBO. Numbers artificially propped up by deficits and tax cuts will result in a potentially catastrophic and looming recession. Trump’s “trade war” has contributed to global slowing. With the new year...

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  • December 28, 2019

Constitutional law expert Michael Gerhardt, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was blunt in his assessment of the current impeachment proceedings during his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee this morning. And he’s, quite clearly, rightly terrified of what might happen to our country if...

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  • December 4, 2019

Looks like we now have a better idea how Rudy Giuliani and Trump zeroed in on Hunter Biden’s work as a way to attack his dad Joe Biden.  Both Hunter and Rudy Giuliani worked for a crooked Romanian businessman back in 2016. The businessman was Gabriel “Puiu” Popoviciu, a wealthy...

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  • October 25, 2019

That's one way to try halt public debate in this country: by threatening mass violence and a bloody people's revolt in the streets. That's what conservative media voices, including those on Fox News, have done in recent days. Specifically, the reckless rhetoric has revolved around proposed new gun laws in the...

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  • September 8, 2019

That's one way to try halt public debate in this country: by threatening mass violence and a bloody people's revolt in the streets. That's what conservative media voices, including those on Fox News, have done in recent days. Specifically, the reckless rhetoric has revolved around proposed new gun laws in the...

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  • September 8, 2019

It might be fun to sit in on Fox News editorial meetings as they wonder aloud how they can further unbalance the humors of cranky old white men now that they’ve reached the AOC supersaturation point. Hmm, let’s see. Hillary? No, their hearts can’t take that anymore. Fluoride in drinking...

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  • June 6, 2019

In solidarity,  Debra Schrishuhn for Alan, Mike F, Mike H, Janis, Dan, Shayna, Dr. Bill, Kimberly, and Bryan—your PDA National Team Help Us Hold Trump AccountableSupport Our Efforts To Stop Trump The drip, drip, drip of details from the Mueller report and Congressional hearings reveal deep-seated corruption and obstruction of...

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  • May 19, 2019

whom I realize is not a favorite of many here.  He was a speechwriter for a Bush, and if you did not know, was once involved in the Presidential campaign of one former mayor of NYC named Rudy. He is, however, one of the more prominent among the conservative intellectuals...

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  • May 19, 2019

Normal, healthy people can all agree that you don’t torture children to punish adults. You don’t rip children from their parents to serve as a deterrent or warning to others.  Yet Trump followers aren’t normal. Last year, government officials and random followers told Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo to just shut...

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  • April 14, 2019

The real national emergency is we’re surrounded by fellow citizens who don’t know shit about the United States or its history. And Donald Trump is the predictable denouement of our dumbfuckery.  If you don’t really understand the Constitution, separation of powers, the respective roles of the executive and legislative branches, the history...

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  • February 18, 2019

President Trump and the U.S. Constitution (and established norms of governing) have been on a collision course since day one of the Trump presidency, but there is one looming, and overdue, Constitutional conflict that has not been discussed generally and which could serve, surprisingly, as a corrective outcome of the Trump presidency:...

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  • March 25, 2018

When Barack Obama announced his Presidential campaign in Springfield, Illinois he spoke of climate change. Let's be the generation that finally frees America from the tyranny of oil. We can harness homegrown, alternative fuels like ethanol and spur the production of more fuel-efficient cars. We can set up a system...

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  • May 28, 2015

Note how few ideas for managing the Federal government appear in this speech. I think that he's copying Ronald Reagan's stump speech from the 1976 and 1980 primary campaigns, mixed with the old Southern Strategy. Here's the text with annotation on the highlights below the fold: April 7, 2015 Sen....

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  • April 8, 2015

CIA needed a substitute for Naziism and Communism. Wahhabi Islam, al-Qaida are financed out of Saudi/GCC. They wouldn't do. Even later as ISIS and all the lovely Muslim Brotherhood death squads… “Free Syrian Army”… wouldn't do. So of course, what else? Iran became the new monster state. Words from Mahmoud...

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  • March 21, 2015