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On 3/29/2021 at 8:15 AM, Long_Before_Sunrise said:

They should have ignored him in 2015-2016. It's too late now. There's no going back to "before Donald Trump," not after he was president for four years. 

Indeed. Like, he's no longer president, and thank god for that, and I'm definitely sick to death of talking and thinking about him, but we can't just let this go, otherwise we'll never learn from this.

 

On a brighter note, Biden does seem to have some form of New Deal type plan going on. Hopefully it passes, because at first glance it does seem okay.

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"I heard the governor of South Dakota recently saying, 'this isn't infrastructure -- it's got money for pipes.' Well, we believe that pipes are infrastructure, because you need water to live." - Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg 

 

Infrastructure is the foundation that makes it possible for Americans to thrive. And what we know is that foundation has been crumbling. We’re still coasting on infrastructure choices that were made in the 1950," he said. "Now’s our chance to make infrastructure choices for the future that are going to serve us well in the 2030s and onto the middle of the century." - Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg 

 

*insert Mitch McConnell squawking and flapping as a deficit hawk here*

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GOP not bothering to pretend they're not the MOB now.

 

The National Republican Congressional Committee says to donors who opt out of recurring monthly donations: “We will have to tell Trump you’re a DEFECTOR.”  The New York Times 

 

 

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The language appears to be an effort by the National Republican Congressional Committee to increase its volume of recurring donations, which are highly lucrative, while invoking former President Donald J. Trump’s popularity with the conservative base. Those donors who do not proactively uncheck the box will have their credit cards billed or bank accounts deducted for donations every month.

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2 hours ago, Long_Before_Sunrise said:

GOP not bothering to pretend they're not the MOB now.

just saw that on Rachel Maddow, and my jaw practically hit the floor on how blatant this fleecing is.

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18 hours ago, Long_Before_Sunrise said:

GOP not bothering to pretend they're not the MOB now.

 

The National Republican Congressional Committee says to donors who opt out of recurring monthly donations: “We will have to tell Trump you’re a DEFECTOR.”  The New York Times 

 

 

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The language appears to be an effort by the National Republican Congressional Committee to increase its volume of recurring donations, which are highly lucrative, while invoking former President Donald J. Trump’s popularity with the conservative base. Those donors who do not proactively uncheck the box will have their credit cards billed or bank accounts deducted for donations every month.

Is this legal??? It feels so illegal but I also would not be surprised if it wasn't. 🙄

 

In other news, my Facebook feed has been swimming with the anti-trans bill discourse that went through Alabama recently. I'm so angry. How do these people even function properly? It takes so much cognitive dissonance to outlaw medical treatment for minors. Ugh. Poor kids. 

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25 minutes ago, hazeh said:

Is this legal??? It feels so illegal but I also would not be surprised if it wasn't.

If it was different non-politically-connected group, there's no doubt it would considered illegal. But it's political, so it's murky and a case for advanced legal experts to decide.

 

As for the trans kids, that's simple. It's the belief that hatred for weakness is strength. And that not living up to the idealized cisgendered nuclear family is considered a sign of weakness. And churches declaring Jesus made a New Covenant that wiped out the Old Testament rules... except they teach the Old Testament rules, but only the ones that they agree with. No one goes around asking, "Have you eaten baby goat boiled in its mother's milk?," but that's one of the Commandments in the second set of the Ten Commandments: You shall not eat a baby goat boiled in its mother's milk. No Cream of Capretto soup for you. 

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What we've learned in the last five years

 

There's a lot of Americans who think having cartoonishly villainous leaders is good idea.

That they will enthusiasticly support them no matter what.

That they're big enough fools to think their money and support means they'll be exempt from authoritarian actions.

That seeing other supporters being left stranded, left freezing cold, extreme heat, dark of night, wound up hospitalized, would up in jail, or arrested by the FBI and were abandoned by those leaders with no help or apologies doesn't change their opinion that it won't happen to them.

That they really do feel that they entitled to be considered superior to others just by giving support to that leadership.

That they will blame the victims and not the perpetrators.

That these people are adults.

That there are a lot more of them than we previously thought.

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On 4/9/2021 at 7:21 AM, Long_Before_Sunrise said:

What we've learned in the last five years

 

There's a lot of Americans who think having cartoonishly villainous leaders is good idea.

That they will enthusiasticly support them no matter what.

That they're big enough fools to think their money and support means they'll be exempt from authoritarian actions.

That seeing other supporters being left stranded, left freezing cold, extreme heat, dark of night, wound up hospitalized, would up in jail, or arrested by the FBI and were abandoned by those leaders with no help or apologies doesn't change their opinion that it won't happen to them.

That they really do feel that they entitled to be considered superior to others just by giving support to that leadership.

That they will blame the victims and not the perpetrators.

That these people are adults.

That there are a lot more of them than we previously thought.

I have to agree and want to add one:

 

I'm related to some of these people.

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City of Albuquerque refers Trump campaign bill to collection agency

 

The city is seeking approximately $200,000 following the president's rally in Rio Rancho in 2019.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller doesn't expect the collection agency to get money out of Trump.

"Given what else has happened, I mean in terms of, even his own campaign owing money to donors and lots of shady stuff there, so unfortunately I don't really expect us to get paid," he said. "But it's important that we do, and you know, we would do it for anyone else, so he's no different."

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Former President Donald Trump has to sit for a deposition in a lawsuit by a group of human-rights activists who say his security team assaulted them during a 2015 protest outside Trump Tower, a New York appeals court ruled.

 

A state court judge in the Bronx in 2019 ordered Trump to answer questions under oath in the case, but the then-president argued on appeal that he could not be compelled to testify. On Tuesday, the appellate panel threw out the challenge as moot because Trump is no longer president. Bloomberg

 

Think he'll even show up?

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On 4/28/2021 at 2:40 AM, Long_Before_Sunrise said:

Former President Donald Trump has to sit for a deposition in a lawsuit by a group of human-rights activists who say his security team assaulted them during a 2015 protest outside Trump Tower, a New York appeals court ruled.

 

A state court judge in the Bronx in 2019 ordered Trump to answer questions under oath in the case, but the then-president argued on appeal that he could not be compelled to testify. On Tuesday, the appellate panel threw out the challenge as moot because Trump is no longer president. Bloomberg

 

Think he'll even show up?

 

Pffft, he'll probably run from it as per usual. Honestly I hope he never gets back into presidency, I don't think my family can survive another 4 years under him, with half being republican and half democrat, we saw a lot of sides of people I never thought I'd see. Don't want to go through that again or have to listen to them complain all the time.

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41 minutes ago, demonicvampiregirl said:

Don't want to go through that again or have to listen to them complain all the time.

 Unfortunately, complaining is more popular than football, baseball, Coca-Cola, peanut butter, apple pie and vanilla ice cream. And costs nothing to initiate (although it can come with a cost after you said it.)

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The Cyber Ninjas, the company 'recounting' the ballots in Georgia in an attempt to find a win for Donald Trump, requested the county passwords from the Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone.

 

 

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Giving the sherriff a reason to look forward to tellingyou off should not be on your Bucket List.

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14 minutes ago, trystan said:

i thought over the weekend i saw somewhere they called off that silly recount

Me, too. The headlines said the judge was extremely critical of how they were doing it, but I guess, as before, since no one immediately stepped in to stop them, they ignored that and kept going.

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55 minutes ago, Long_Before_Sunrise said:

Me, too. The headlines said the judge was extremely critical of how they were doing it, but I guess, as before, since no one immediately stepped in to stop them, they ignored that and kept going.

the more dren i read, the more i keep thinking a whole lotta people drank a whole lotta funny kool-aid

*sigh*

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Many people had high hopes than when Trump left the White House in January, it was over and he was a past event.

They've been steadily getting their hopes dashed.

 

May 10, 2021 Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC): "The most popular Republican in America—it's not Lindsey Graham, is not Liz Cheney, it's Donald Trump. To try to erase Donald Trump from the Republican party is insane. And the people who try to erase him are going to wind up getting erased." 

 

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I know the election is over and Biden won, but we can't afford to be complacent about what is going on in this country.

 

Right now the Republican party is so bent on bringing down the Biden administration that they are willing to kill people to do it. 90% or more of new cases are among the unvaccinated. Hospitalization and death among the breakthrough cases are almost non-existent. There is plenty of vaccine available for everyone. We have the means to break CoVid's hold. If enough people get vaccinated and the pandemic comes under control, the economy will improve. The Republicans don't want that! If the economy is bad when elections roll around the party in power almost always loses. The Republicans have their eye on 2022 and more importantly 2024. Therefore we have all this anti-vaccine rhetoric by people who have already been vaccinated themselves (or refuse to say whether they have been vaccinated or not :o, so probably have been.) The crowd actually cheered at the recent CPAC convention when it was announced that the federal government was failing to meet its vaccination goals! These are not stupid people -- they don't believe the conspiracy theories and anti-vax horror stories they are spreading or encouraging! They are just using them to hold on to power any way they can! Even if it is killing people!

 

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I just read the above Guardian article and wanted to post it, too, but I noticed I was ninja'd. These developments are really horrifying!

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it's all perpetrated by what's his name's Big Lie, and rewriting of history *sigh*

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It's also part of an decades long attacks on people working together as communities for the common good. People were sold the idea that they just needed their nuclear family units and a small satellite of friends to live happily and harmoniously, and politics was just soap opera for the elderly. 

 

 

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