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Covid-19; You Might Want to Cancel Those Vacation Plans Next Summer ...


Published November 14, 2020 In April 2020, Pew Research did a poll showing that if a vaccine were available, 72% of those polled would take it.: https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2020/09/17/u-s-public-now-divided-over-whether-to-get-covid-19-vaccine/ Gallup did the same poll at the end of September /beginning of October 2020, the number dropped to 50%: https://news.gallup.com/poll/321839/readiness-covid-vaccine-falls-past-month.aspx​ Herd immunity ... Sweden tried that route with its people, getting catastrophic results: https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200813/swedens-no-lockdown-policy-didnt-achieve-herd-immunity​ In the case of the Pfizer vaccine, it's showing initial data of being 90% effective: https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/pfizers-covid-19-vaccine-90-percent-effective-initial-data-68138​ Oxfam ... reported 13% of the world's population has purchased 51% of the promised doses for leading vaccine candidates: https://www.oxfam.org/en/press-releases/small-group-rich-nations-have-bought-more-half-future-supply-leading-covid-19




The 2020 Election; This Nightmare Will Never Be Over (A Tale of Division During the Digital Age)


Published November 12, 2020 Fraud—and by this, I mean actual election fraud, not fraud as currently used by the Republican administration as a tool to stoke fear: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/11/voter-fraud-used-to-be-rampant-now-an-anomaly/ Mr. Trump had said the U.S.-China trade tariffs were great for the country ... we know they nearly bankrupted the farming industry: https://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2020/01/21/trump-tariff-aid-to-farmers-cost-more-than-us-nuclear-forces/?sh=3c083e046c50 Or when Nancy Pelosi illustrates why she is the pinnacle of "Karen Technology: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/it-was-setup-pelosi-snips-salon-publicized-her-rule-violating-n1239139




The GOP's Parler Tricks


Published November 16, 2020 Alexandria Splonskowski, "I was just sick of being censored for just posting different opinions nothing hurtful, nothing harmful, just having a different viewpoint than the far left." https://www.kfyrtv.com/2020/11/11/social-media-app-parler-tops-charts-sparks-controversy According to estimates from Sensor Tower ... from November 3rd to November 9th, 2020, Parler was downloaded more than two million times in the United States. https://www.cnet.com/news/parler-downloads-soar-as-conservatives-flock-to-the-twitter-clone-after-biden-win/




Kamala Harris: Hillary Clinton Version 2.0


Published November 19, 2020 The first was her reticence towards the support and implementation of state-wide body camera laws for police officers in 2015. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/how-kamala-harris-record-on-police-body-cameras-fits-into-the-2020-debate-on-criminal-justice The second was when she had worked with the Legislative Black Caucus of California in 2015 on helping to make changes when it came to police shootings. https://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-ca-harris-police-shootings-20160118-story.html In 2016 it was made abundantly clear through an email information dump on Wikileaks https://wikileaks.org/dnc-emails/ Old Guard vs New Guard https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/11/nancy-pelosi-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-feud-1407292




The Republican Legislation Which Could Legalizie Murder During A Riot


Published November 21, 2020 McCloskey's came out with husband Mark brandishing an AR-15 rifle, while wife Patricia had her finger on the trigger of a semi-automatic handgun. ... “I really thought it was storming the Bastille — that we would be dead, and the house would be burned, and there was nothing we could do about it. It was a huge and frightening crowd.” https://www.vox.com/2020-presidential-election/2020/8/24/21398970/mark-patricia-mccloskey-republican-convention-guns-black-lives-matter Because of the outpouring of love by the conservative base for Mr. and Mrs. McCloskey's actions, they were asked to speak at the 2020 Republican National Convention. https://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2020-53891184 ROADWAY OBSTRUCTION AMENDMENT: https://le.utah.gov/Interim/2020/pdf/00004501.pdf




The Supreme Court Rulings Untethering Police From The Law


Published November 25, 2020 Heien v. North Carolina https://www.npr.org/2014/12/15/370995815/supreme-court-rules-traffic-stop-ok-despite-misunderstanding-of-law According to Henry A. Wallace Police Crime Database, along with the Washington Post's police shooting database, between the years of 2005 and 2014 there were around 1,000 people fatally shot every year by police officers. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/investigations/police-shootings-database/ The first happened on June 27th, 2005 in the case of Castle Rock v. Gonzales. barneslawllp.com/blog/police-not-required-protect Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, "Our cases recognize that a benefit is not a protected entitlement if government officials may grant or deny it in their discretion." https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/545/748/




Section 230 And The Real Constitution Crisis: The Freedom of Speech


Published November 29, 2020 47 U.S.C. § 230, a Provision of the Communication Decency Act https://www.eff.org/issues/cda230 Two months later during a Senate Hearing, Professor Eugene Volokh of UCLA School of Law and Feinstein got into a back-and-forth about free speech. https://reason.com/2017/06/19/in-major-free-speech-victory-scotus-rule/ Senator Patrick Leahy Quote 11/29/18 (D Senator VT): The First Amendment was the most important part of our Constitution because it promised the freedom of speech. https://www.leahy.senate.gov/press/112918defendingpressfreedom Freedom of speech executive order https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-colleges/trump-vows-executive-order-requiring-free-speech-at-colleges-idUSKCN1QJ0JD Mitch McConnell calling the SJW's: “the grievance-industrial complex,” https://nypost.com/2020/07/22/mitch-mcconnell-quotes-salman-rushdie-in-cancel-culture-speech/ EARN IT ACT https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s3398 Section 230 is one that would do so by stripping it of all its protections. These protections would only be given back if internet companies follow a list of "best practices" set up by a government commission of 15 people. eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/graham-blumenthal-bill-new-path-doj-finally-break-encryption




Qanon: The Most Dangerous American Conspiracy Theory


Published December 1, 2020 A study published on April 7, 2011 in the Current Biology journal https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(11)00289-2 The most famous incident that involved the pedophile ring was "Pizzagate." https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/12/5/13842258/pizzagate-comet-ping-pong-fake-news For those of you unfamiliar with Qanon, it is a conservative conspiracy group/theory that top Democrats like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and George Soros are the leaders of a worldwide pedophile ring. https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/how-three-conspiracy-theorists-took-q-sparked-qanon-n900531 Agency Advance Democracy, a nonpartisan nonprofit that tracks misinformation, found that 1 in 7 tweets about “#Dominion” https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/11/16/5-facts-about-the-qanon-conspiracy-theories/ "The Storm." https://www.nytimes.com/article/what-is-qanon.html Qanon falls silent after election https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/qanon-donald-trump-2020-us-election-b1721362.html the FBI has classified Qanon as a domestic terrorist group. hsdl.org/c/conspiracy-theory-trends-qanon/




40 Years of Democrat Hypocrisies


Published December 4, 2020 Consistently over time it has shown that those who are college educated, and those who view college positively with a 2 to 1 ratio, tend to be Democrats. https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/essay/the-growing-partisan-divide-in-views-of-higher-education/ Pelosi quote:"That’s my responsibility: to protect the Constitution of the United States." https://time.com/5762021/nancy-pelosi-trump-impeachment-gamble/ Pelosi quote: “Today the Republican majority is not judging the president with fairness but impeaching him with a vengeance. In the investigation of the president, fundamental principles which Americans hold dear ..." https://www.sungazette.com/opinion/other-commentaries/2020/02/impeachment-trial-remember-when-pelosi-nadler-insisted-on-bipartisanship/ Pelosi's spokesperson Drew Hammill said in a statement. "This business offered for the Speaker to come in on Monday and told her they were allowed by the city to have one customer at a time in the business." "I trusted that," Pelosi added. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/09/03/what-we-know-nancy-pelosis-hair-salon-trip-amid-coronavirus/5708541002/ Biden reveled in the politics of the 1994 law, bragging after it passed ... https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/6/20/18677998/joe-biden-1994-crime-bill-law-mass-incarceration Biden quote: "It was a big mistake that was made." https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2019/01/21/biden-says-he-regrets-1990-s-crime-bill-calls-big-mistake-mlk-day-event/2639190002/ Filthy 15 - https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/pmrcs-filthy-15-where-are-they-now-60601/




The Separation Of Church And State Does Not Exist In America


Published December 6, 2020 According to a study done by Christianity Today in 2020, for United States Protestant pastors ... https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2020/october/pastors-endorse-political-candidates-personal-pulpit-lifewa.html 2020 study done by Lifeway Research ... https://lifewayresearch.com/2020/10/27/more-pastors-endorsing-candidates-apart-from-church-role/ Trump catered to them by signing an executive order relaxing the IRS ban ... https://www.abajournal.com/news/article/trump_expected_to_sign_order_relaxing_irs_ban_on_political_activity_by_tax But until you use some of that Netflix money ... https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/satanic-temple-chilling-adventures-of-sabrina-lawsuit-netflix-1203034905/ They also found through the National Election Pool exit poll, Bush received 78% of the vote among white evangelicals, up 10% from 2000. https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2004/12/06/religion-and-the-presidential-vote/




Covid-19; Update, Apparently It Does Impact The Children


Published December 9, 2020 In the Granite School District in Utah, nearly 14,000 in-person and online students received one or more F grades or incompletes in the first quarter — more than twice the number from the first quarter in 2019. Another 1,200 students received all Fs or incompletes — a whopping five times greater than last year. https://www.sltrib.com/news/education/2020/11/08/thousands-utah-students/ Covid-19 vaccine: First person receives Pfizer jab in UK: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55227325 Oregon's McNary High School located in Salem-Keizer Public School district, 38% of grades in late October were failing, compared with 8% in normal times. Also, hundreds of students initially had not just Fs, but grade scores of 0.0%, indicating they simply were not participating in school at all. https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/schools-confront-off-rails-numbers-failing-grades-74571072 In Charleston, South Carolina, administrators and teachers are raising the possibility of adjusting grading the way they did in spring, where instructors were told to give 50s instead of 0s to make it less punitive for disengaged students. https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/nation-world/schools-confront-failing-grades/507-738f4fec-7dc6-4ada-a26c-582ef4724c8c Prior to COVID-19, 37 million people in the U.S. struggle with hunger. Feeding America estimates that as a result of the pandemic, that number may rise to 54 million people, including 18 million children in 2020. https://www.feedingamerica.org/sites/default/files/2020-09/FA_Supply_Demand_One-pager_FINAL.pdf Hospitals face catastrophic financial challenges in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The AHA estimates a total four-month financial impact of $202.6 billion in losses for America’s hospitals and health systems, or an average of $50.7 billion per month. https://www.aha.org/guidesreports/2020-05-05-hospitals-and-health-systems-face-unprecedented-financial-pressures-due#:~:text=Hospitals%20face%20catastrophic%20financial%20challenges,of%20%2450.7%20billion%20per%20month. After ranking countries based on their levels of education and health, the study found that the US ranked 27th in the world on these metrics as of 2016, behind a host of top-ranking Nordic countries, including Finland, Iceland, Denmark, and the Netherlands. https://www.businessinsider.com/us-ranks-27th-for-healthcare-and-education-2018-9 Retention may bestow advantages in the short-term, but longer term detrimental effects on social acceptance may lead to the documented longer term negative effects of retention. Alexander, Entwisle, and Dauber (2003) found that early-retained children in Baltimore schools, relative to matched promoted children, were more likely to drop out of school in adolescence, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2864494/ About 13 million US workers have more than one job. https://www.census.gov/library/stories/2019/06/about-thirteen-million-united-states-workers-have-more-than-one-job.html




The War On Drugs (Or: How To Perpetuate A Failure)


Published December 11, 2020 Police still make over 1 million drug possession arrests each year and 450,000 people are incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses on any given day in the US. https://www.prisonpolicy.org/reports/pie2020.html Every 25 seconds, someone in America is arrested for drug possession. The number of Americans arrested for possession has tripled since 1980, reaching 1.3 million arrests per year in 2015--these numbers are especially surprising given they are six times the number of arrests for drug sales. https://www.hrw.org/report/2016/10/12/every-25-seconds/human-toll-criminalizing-drug-use-united-states As Nixon was quoted as saying, "I want a goddamn strong statement on marijuana … I mean one on marijuana that just tears the ass out of them." https://www.csdp.org/research/nixonpot.txt After legalizing everything, the ensuing years ... https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/dec/05/portugals-radical-drugs-policy-is-working-why-hasnt-the-world-copied-it After decriminalization, the number of people in Portugal receiving drug addiction treatment ... https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/law-and-social-inquiry/article/abs/uses-and-abuses-of-drug-decriminalization-in-portugal/1F68DA5A8F0369F3FBA6B2B04E454BBE The present study examined the impact of Project DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), a widespread drug-prevention program, 10 years after administration. A total of 1,002 individuals who in 6th grade had either received DARE or a standard drug-education curriculum, were reevaluated at age 20. Few differences were found between the 2 groups in terms of actual drug use, drug attitudes, or self-esteem, and in no case did the DARE group have a more successful outcome than the comparison group. - https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1999-03346-017 In 2016 another study was done by the National Institute of Drug Abuse https://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/df_high_school_and_youth_trends_june2016_final.pdf After legalizing everything, the ensuing years saw dramatic drops in problematic drug use, https://transformdrugs.org/drug-decriminalisation-in-portugal-setting-the-record-straight/




The Eternal Wellspring Of American Exceptionalism


Published December 17, 2020 Per Pew Research, a studiy in 2015 showed the US was ranked 38th in math and 24th in science. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/15/u-s-students-internationally-math-science/ According to a new study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington showed that overall, the US ranked 27th in these metrics as of 2016. https://www.businessinsider.com/us-ranks-27th-for-healthcare-and-education-2018-9 In a 2018 study by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation sampled 1,000 Americans and found that only 36% could actually pass the test. Pew research has had similar results with their finding when they have done the same test periodically over the last 15 years. https://woodrow.org/news/national-survey-finds-just-1-in-3-americans-would-pass-citizenship-test/ The history of the world is dictatorship, tyranny, subjugation, whatever you want to call it of populations ..." https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/09/12/an_explanation_of_american_exceptionalism_for_vladimir_putin_and_barack_obama/ In 2018 Glenn Beck surmised that our American Exceptionalism was centered around taking care of your fellow man. "America, this is who you are: You just set a record high in charitable giving this past year. America, you eclipse the world in total dollars given from your own hard-earned wallet. And the vast majority of that money — $287 billion — was given, not by corporations or foundations, but by single individuals. People like you and me." https://www.glennbeck.com/glenn-beck/america-this-is-who-you-really-are Though there are no specific statistics for people who don't wear masks simply because they don't want to, a Pew Research poll in September of 2020 does give us a clue. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/10/29/both-republicans-and-democrats-cite-masks-as-a-negative-effect-of-covid-19-but-for-very-different-reasons/ Of course, the CDC has said otherwise to this person's assertions about masks and safety. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/p0714-americans-to-wear-masks.html Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel was heard wondering aloud ... When the fund was reopened, for instance, 160 members of Congress, nearly all Republicans and including current Vice President Mike Pence, opposed it. https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/12/politics/jon-stewart-911-bill-first-responders/index.html




The New Year's Resolution That Democrats Need To Make — And Complete — In 2021


Published December 21, 2020 AOC calls Amazon jobs a 'scam' because more than 4,000 of its employees are on food stamps. In 2019, she called into question why Amazon paid zero in federal income taxes on more than $11 billion in profit. https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/news/aoc-calls-amazon-jobs-a-scam-because-more-than-4000-of-its-employees-are-on-food-stamps/ar-BB1c3Zry?li=BBnb7Kz Walmart and McDonald’s are among the top employers of beneficiaries of federal aid programs like Medicaid and food stamps, according to a study by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. https://www.gao.gov/assets/720/710203.pdf Other notable companies with a large number of employees on federal aid include Amazon, Kroger, Dollar General, and other food service and retail giants. About 70% of the 21 million federal aid beneficiaries worked full time, the report found. Walmart recently reported net income of $5.14 billion for its most recent quarter, while McDonald’s reported net income of $1.76 billion for the same period. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/19/walmart-and-mcdonalds-among-top-employers-of-medicaid-and-food-stamp-beneficiaries.html In a 2013 study by Americans for Tax Fairness, it was found that Walmart's low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing, according to a report published to coincide with Tax Day, April 15. https://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2014/04/15/report-walmart-workers-cost-taxpayers-6-2-billion-in-public-assistance/?sh=5f8f13fb720b Though the full-year net income fell 5.7% in 2013, they still generated a net income profit of $16 billion. https://www.forbes.com/sites/maggiemcgrath/2014/02/20/wal-mart-lowers-outlook-as-profit-falls-and-same-store-sales-decline-could-a-family-dollar-acquisition-turn-things-around/?sh=3f210b1b1cdc It shows there are 41.2 million working people, or nearly 30 percent of the workforce, receiving public assistance such as food stamps, housing subsidies and cash assistance to make ends meet. https://www.ibtimes.com/welfare-america-most-low-wage-full-time-workers-use-food-stamps-housing-assistance-2300713




The War On Christmas


Published December 25, 2020 Dr Fauci: "I don't want to do that," he said. "I want people to be more careful. I want them to limit traveling to the extent possible." https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/22/health/us-coronavirus-tuesday/index.html Henry Ford is the one who really kicked off the "War on Christmas" in the modern sense. “Last Christmas most people had a hard time finding Christmas cards that indicated in any way that Christmas commemorated Someone's Birth." https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/12/war-on-christmas-short-history-101222 Looking into the past, it seemed that by the mid 1980s, much of the kerfufle over the "War On Christmas" had died down. Two landmark Supreme Court Cases earlier in that decade mtsu.edu/first-amendment/article/737/lynch-v-donnelly “All over the country, Christmas is taking flak. In Denver this past weekend, no religious floats were permitted in the holiday parade there. In New York City, Mayor Bloomberg unveiled the ‘holiday tree,’ and no Christian Christmas symbols are allowed in the public schools. Federated Department Stores—that’s Macy’s—have done away with the Christmas greeting ‘Merry Christmas.’” https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/12/war-on-christmas-short-history-101222 Chicago Tribune poll showed that 68% of respondents affirmed their belief in a War on Christmas. http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1868542,00.html




The Stimulus Part Two: More Giveaways


Published December 29, 2020 Tucked into Congress’s massive stimulus bill: Tens of billions in special-interest tax giveaways https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/12/22/congress-tax-breaks-stimulus/ The Second Stimulus Legislation https://rules.house.gov/sites/democrats.rules.house.gov/files/BILLS-116HR133SA-RCP-116-68.pdf The PPP is implemented by ... https://www.severson.com/the-cares-act-litigation-thus-far-and-a-prediction-of-litigation-to-come/ One lawsuit contends that the guidance of CARES Act funds ... https://www.wlvt.org/blogs/cares-act/states-join-in-lawsuit-against-cares-act-education-spending/ Conservative Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York. https://www.sltrib.com/news/2020/12/21/exasperated-over-last/ Restaurant chains P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and Chop’t received aid of between $5 million and $10 million. Numerous organizations ... https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/06/coronavirus-stimulus-list-of-ppp-small-business-loan-recipients-released.html An end to most forms of surprise medical billing is in the legislation. The most significant climate-change legislation in at least a decade (and arguably ever)--which is a surprise given how little the republicans want any funding to go towards that. https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/12/what-is-in-covid-stimulus-omnibus-climate-pell-grants-medical-billing.html In April, another lawsuit came about ... https://www.maldef.org/2020/08/maldef-statement-on-federal-court-ruling-in-discrimination-lawsuit-on-cares-act/ According to the IRS (ITIN): https://www.irs.gov/individuals/individual-taxpayer-identification-number




Pardon Me, Mr. President?


Published January 1, 2021 On November 26, a Venezuelan court convicted and sentenced six executives of Houston-based oil refining company Citgo ... https://www.ropesgray.com/en/newsroom/alerts/2020/12/The-Controversial-Conviction-of-the-Citgo-6-a-New-Wave-of-Anti-Corruption-Enforcement-in-Venezuela CITGO employees Tomeu Vadell, Gustavo Cardenas, Jorge Toledo, Alirio Jose Zambrano, Jose Luis Zambrano and Jose Angel Pereira ... https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/26/politics/citgo-6-found-guilty-venezuela/index.html US Slaps Sanctions On Venezuelans For Jailing Ex-Citgo Executives. https://www.barrons.com/news/us-slaps-sanctions-on-venezuelans-for-jailing-ex-citgo-executives-01609342803?tesla=y This thought seems to gain tranction in a 2018 New Yorker article ... https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/what-james-comey-and-donald-trump-have-in-common State Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla of Manhattan ruled in 2019 that Trump pay $2 million ... https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/11/08/trump-foundation-saga-troubled-charity-ends-2-million-judgment/2532798001/ 1973 issued an internal memo stating that the position of a sitting president cannot be indicted. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-indictment-explainer/can-a-sitting-u-s-president-face-criminal-charges-idUSKCN1QF1D3




Washington D.C. To Host First-Ever Purge: Beginning January 6th, 2021


Published January 4, 2021 Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., was the first senator to announce plans to object to the electoral vote count. He received swift criticism from senior Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2021/01/03/senate-republican-schism-electoral-vote-certification/4112162001/ Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and nine other Republican US senators or senators-elect said on Saturday they will reject presidential electors from states where Donald Trump has contested his defeat by Joe Biden, “unless and until [an] emergency 10-day audit” of such results is completed. Utah Senator Mitt Romney described it as “nonsense”, the idea that a congressional audit would restore trust in the election, saying the American people trusted federal judges more than Congress. Though I disagree with the assessment of citizens trusting federal judges, he is correct that an audit itself would restore complete faith in the process (given that almost half of the country doesn't believe the process anyway if the results don't pan out). https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/02/ted-cruz-republican-senators-reject-election-result-biden-trump McConnel: "the politics of fear have no place in our society," https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/wheres-my-money-mitch-mcconnell-home-vandalized-after-dollar2000-stimulus-check-vote-blocked/ar-BB1cq6VQ?li=BBnb7Kz Rep. Gohmert Calls for Street Violence as Another Legal Loss Sends MAGA World Spiraling U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Kernodle, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, dismissed a hail-mary lawsuit filed by Gohmert and 11 Arizona Republicans that attempted to give Vice President Mike Pence the ability to overturn the results of the November presidential election won by Joe Biden.Gohmert then seemed to encourage violence as a means to this end. “But bottom line is, the court is saying, ‘We’re not going to touch this. You have no remedy’—basically, in effect, the ruling would be that you gotta go the streets and be as violent as Antifa and BLM.” https://news.yahoo.com/rep-gohmert-calls-street-violence-183409939.html These Are The Republicans Who Have Acknowledged Biden’s Victory https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewsolender/2020/12/10/these-are-the-republicans-who-have-acknowledged-bidens-victory/?sh=70eb9357417b




The Aftermath of Democracy's Funeral; How Did We Get Here?


Published January 7, 2021 Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said ... https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/live-blog/electoral-college-certification-updates-n1252864/ncrd1253068#blogHeader ... reality it was Donald Trump Jr. that had the loudest ... https://thehill.com/homenews/532886-donald-trump-jr-gathering-of-trump-supporters-in-dc-should-send-a-message-to-gop Eric Trump solidifed this conflict with a tweet ... https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/06/politics/eric-trump-republicans-2022/index.html




All of History's "Winners" Have Failed Us


Published January 9, 2021 Anti-suffragists everywhere were concerned with societal disruptions. Corrine McConnaughy, who teaches political science at George Washington University said ... https://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/10/22/450221328/american-women-who-were-anti-suffragettes Trump beat Clinton with white women in 2016 by a final tally of 47%-45%. Not a huge margin, but given all of the scandals the president had been in concerning women, it was surprising to see him win that demographic. https://time.com/5422644/trump-white-women-2016/ I think the most accurate assesment of how this happened was from Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/20/14061660/women-march-washington-vote-trump Names like Mobil Oil Corp, Amoco Corporation, Chevron Corporation, etc. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Standard-Oil The US Congress eventually put a stop to Rockefeller’s monopoly. https://inspirationfeed.com/john-d-rockefeller-quotes/ On January 25th 1936, during a political event at the Mayflower Hotel ... https://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-socialism-20190213-story.html "I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished. The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." https://www.nps.gov/frde/learn/photosmultimedia/quotations.htm#:~:text=%22I%20pledge%20you%2C%20I%20pledge,Deal%20for%20the%20American%20People.%22&text=%22In%20these%20days%20of%20difficulty,love%20toward%20our%20fellow%20man.%22 "It seems to me to be equally plain that no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country." http://docs.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/odnirast.html




Cancel Culture Part 2: Breathtaking Hypocrisies


Published March 4, 2021 The issue I have with them firing her is in the fact that lead actor Pedro Pascal had put out a controversial tweet in 2018. https://mobile.twitter.com/pedropascal1/status/1009572721548595201?lang=en Per a 2017 study done by Prison Policy Initiative, it states that in 2015, police shot 124 people experiencing a mental health crisis. In 36% of those cases, the officers were called to help the person get medical treatment, and shot them instead. https://www.prisonpolicy.org/research/mental_health/ Hate crimes have surged nearly 20 percent during his administration. https://www.newsweek.com/hate-crimes-under-trump-surged-nearly-20-percent-says-fbi-report-1547870 Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional (LCDP) in the State of Delaware Dr. Todd Grande made a couple of profound statements in a recent video discussing cancel culture. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TNI1Nas4yfk




How So Many People Live In A Fact-Free World (Or: What Exactly Is Being Taught In Our Schools)


When examining what they teach, it is no wonder that Texas has had so many controversies over the textbooks spanning the last decade... He found a score of inaccuracies ... "These textbooks were teaching pretty much the opposite of the truth," Lester said. "Some of the publishers have corrected the passages in question, while others have not" Quinn said. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/11/17/texas-textbook-inaccuracies/19175311/ In 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, Texas textbook controversy ... https://www.texastribune.org/2015/10/05/controversial-social-studies-textbooks-under-fire-/ https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/09/21/historians-urge-texas-education-board-reject-racist-textbook ... published by Bob Jones University Press and A Beka Press--both of which are Christian educational institutions. https://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2012/06/21/a-close-look-at-some-evangelical-textbooks/ https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2012/08/photos-evangelical-curricula-louisiana-tax-dollars/




The Importance of President Joe Biden's First Transgression


Published January 17, 2021 "I see no way this gets 10 Republican Senate votes in its current form," Brian Riedl, a budget expert at the conservative-leaning Manhattan Institute in touch with GOP offices, said in an interview. https://www.businessinsider.com/biden-stimulus-plan-uphill-battle-through-congress-republicans-economic-aid-2021-1 In fact, this latest inaccuracy portrayed by Biden has even been used to stoke the fires of the "Ocasio-Cortez v. Biden (Traditional Democrats)" war. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-stimulus-plan-aoc-problem “We will finish the job of getting $2,000 in cash relief to people who need it the most,” Biden said, adding that the “$600 already appropriated is simply not enough.” https://www.marketwatch.com/story/two-ways-joe-bidens-proposed-stimulus-checks-are-different-from-the-first-two-rounds-11610735997




Suspending Donald Trump's Twitter Account Is Dangerous To The Nation


Published January 19, 2021 Earlier in 2021, Amazon suspended web-hosting service for Parler. https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/story/2021-01-13/amazon-says-parler-danger-to-its-employees John Matze Jr., the CEO of Parler LLC, claimed he's gone into hiding after receiving death threats from Amazon https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-01-16/parler-ceo-goes-into-hiding-blaming-amazon-flak-death-threats In a report by Forbes magazine, the FBI knew for weeks ... https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2021/01/14/weeks-before-the-siege-the-fbi-was-investigating-parler-users-call-for-proud-boys-violence-on-capitol-hill/?sh=1b8a6b276a0c With reports that former President Donald Trump is planning to issue around 100 pardons ... https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/17/politics/trump-pardons-expected/index.html




Immigration and the Last Echos of MAGA


Published January 22, 2021 Often we have heard the argument that it was Antifa which was bussed in and stormed the US capitol. https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-factcheck-antifa-police-dc/fact-check-d-c-police-did-not-act-as-private-security-for-antifa-on-jan-6-claims-feature-old-video-idUSKBN29B2V7 Attorney General Bill Barr called Antifa the "new form of urban guerrilla warfare.” https://www.foxnews.com/transcript/bill-barr-antifa-is-new-form-of-urban-guerrilla-warfare With quotes from people like Jenna Ryan ... https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-capitol-siege-riots-32a212d3ac899905be744632d236862c You are nervous. ... https://www.heritage.org/immigration/commentary/does-the-us-owe-amnesty-future-illegal-immigrants An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is a tax processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS issues ITINs to individuals who are required to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but who do not have, and are not eligible to obtain, a Social Security number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration (SSA). https://www.irs.gov/individuals/individual-taxpayer-identification-number The $900 billion relief package approved in December ... According to the National Immigration Forum, https://www.marketwatch.com/story/two-ways-joe-bidens-proposed-stimulus-checks-are-different-from-the-first-two-rounds-11610735997 ... provided a pathway to citizenship for 11 million people living in the country illegally. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/18/us/biden-executive-orders-first-days.html Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants https://apnews.com/article/biden-8-year-citizenship-path-immigrants-4f2dffdb7a688e1e126a62a8acd59730




The Toxic Misdirection of Online Influencers (Or: How Did We Get Here Part II)


Published January 24, 2021 A 2017 report released at Psychology Today ... https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/culture-shrink/201703/the-psychosocial-risks-social-media-and-the-internet In a 2019 article about the subject of body positivity ... https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/national-international/anti-diet-movement-influencers/152689/ From both of them losing their contracts with multi-billion dollar makeup corporation Morphe, https://www.insider.com/morphe-cuts-ties-jeffree-star-cosmetics-backlash-drama-shane-dawson-2020-7#:~:text=Cosmetics%20company%20Morphe%20announced%20on%20Friday%20that%20it%20would%20%22cease,co%2Dcollaborator%2C%20Shane%20Dawson. ... keep in mind this number is hovering around 4.5 billion views. https://socialblade.com/youtube/user/shane In a 2019 article about the subject of body positivity ... Mallorie Dunn, founder of the body positive fashion line SmartGlamour said, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-truth-about-exercise-addiction/201608/what-does-body-positivity-actually-mean




Wall Street Vs. The Middle-Class; How We Learned to Count Cards In The World's Largest Casino


Published January 29, 2021 Melvin Capital is a hedge fund (worth US$12.5 billion until recently) took a "short position" on Gamestop. https://theconversation.com/gamestop-how-redditors-played-hedge-funds-for-billions-and-what-might-come-next-154076 Friedman said the Nasdaq's role as a "self-regulatory organization" is to make sure activity in the market is "legitimate" and to root out manipulation in the market. https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/nasdaq-monitors-social-media-halts-unusual-trading-friedman-market-manipulation-2021-1-1030011156 There isn't enough space in this article to list everyone who lives in the world of wealth or power and has been incarcerated for various felonies tied to these activities. https://www.govtrack.us/misconduct It has already been determined that there will be hearings by the Democratic leaders of the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Banking Committee. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/28/gamestop-cruz-ocasio-cortez-blast-robinhood-over-trade-freeze.html Because of the upheaval that this has caused, even Adena Friedman, CEO of NASDAQ, has spoken ... https://news.yahoo.com/nasdaq-head-calls-regulators-manage-182306902.html Bill Ackman, CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, https://www.forbes.com/sites/antoinegara/2020/03/25/billionaire-bill-ackman-100-fold-return-on-coronavirus-hedge-2-billion/?sh=1f994d326fcc Per Dictionary.com, manipulate means: to adapt or change (accounts, figures, etc.) to suit one's purpose or advantage. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/manipulate




Minimum Wage and Income Inequality


Published February 4, 2021 “None of us on either side want to live in a scorched-earth Senate,” McConnell said. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/01/26/mcconnell-scorched-earth-fillibuster/ For the third time in six years, the majority party in the Senate detonated the so-called nuclear option in April 2019 ... https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/03/us/politics/senate-republicans-nuclear-option.html You see that when the minimum wage had been increased to go along with inflation (which was done in ... https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/minimum-wage/history/chart Yet since the late 1960s, lawmakers have let the value of the minimum wage erode. https://www.epi.org/publication/raising-the-federal-minimum-wage-to-15-by-2024-would-lift-pay-for-nearly-40-million-workers/ Early in 2020, Pew Research released two studies that exemplify the wage inequality in America. https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2020/01/09/trends-in-income-and-wealth-inequality/ The wealth gap between America’s richest and poorer families more than doubled from 1989 to 2016. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/02/07/6-facts-about-economic-inequality-in-the-u-s/ The average full-time minimum worker needs to work at least 97 hours to afford a two-bedroom rental or 79 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom rental, according to the report. https://www.businessinsider.com/full-time-minimum-wage-workers-cant-afford-rent-anywhere-us-2020-7#:~:text=The%20average%20full%2Dtime%20minimum,rental%2C%20according%20to%20the%20report.




The Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Catastrophe From A Frontline Worker's Perspective


Published February 8, 2021 The Covid-19 vaccine has been approved under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA https://www.fda.gov/emergency-preparedness-and-response/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/covid-19-vaccines This is a new type of vaccine, one that doesn't include any live or dead virus, one that modifies your RNA so your immune system can fight off the virus. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html




The Defect and Other Lies By Omission


Published February 10, 2021 I have included in the bibliography a link which has the history of the US deficit, https://www.thebalance.com/us-deficit-by-year-3306306 “This is a cowardly budget. I'm going to tell you why because he didn't -- and I think there's a set-up going on here.” https://www.foxnews.com/transcript/hannity-obamas-cowardly-budget-will-bankrupt-the-country




Eugenia Cooney Is Peddling Anorexic Fetishism


Published February 13, 2021 * In 2017, 8.5 million American adults suffered from both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorders.1 https://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/addiction-statistics
Medically, addiction is known to be a “chronic, relapsing disease” according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
https://danapointrehabcampus.com/blog/2019/11/what-percentage-of-addicts-stay-clean/ Bankole Johnson. Professor of neuroscience at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and author of Addiction Medicine, S told Scientific American …
Joseph A. Califano, Jr., former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare and founder of the National Center on Addiction and Substance.
https://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/success-rates-and-statistics The TRUTH About Pro-Anorexia Forums
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZb0taGNLmU




Is The U.S. Constitution Worth The Paper It's Written On?


Published February 16, 2021 “It will be of little avail …
https://ammo.com/articles/founding-fathers-quotes#:~:text=%E2%80%9CAny%20government%20is%20free%20to,a%20party%20to%20the%20laws.%E2%80%9D&text=%E2%80%9COur%20new%20Constitution%20is%20now,certain%20except%20death%20and%20taxes.%E2%80%9D
“The Constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the Judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.”
https://www.constitutionfacts.com/?section=funZone&page=famousquotes.cfm “The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.”
http://www.whatwouldthefoundersthink.com/the-founders-on-a-living-constitution Also, in a 2000 Office of Legal Counsel memo,
https://www.lawfareblog.com/indicting-president-not-foreclosed-complex-history




Hey, Cancel Culture-Stop Shoving Your Morals Down Our Throats


Published February 18, 2021 In the 1950s, as today, the FCC also prohibited …
https://chnm.gmu.edu/exploring/20thcentury/regulatingtelevision/ In Gallup surveys in the 1950s, over 90% of the adult population identified as Christian, with only a small percentage claiming no religious identification at all or identifying with a non-Christian religion.
https://news.gallup.com/poll/187955/percentage-christians-drifting-down-high.aspx




Rush Limbaugh Was Right About ONE Thing; Also, Dems Need To Pull Their Heads Out Too ...


Published February 21, 2021 "Can somebody point to me the conservative on the ballot?" Limbaugh asked on his radio show, according to a transcript posted to his official website.
https://www.businessinsider.com/rush-limbaugh-donald-trump-not-conservative-2016-9 "What I would say to Senator McConnell: I know Trump can be a handful, but he is the most dominant figure in the Republican Party," the South Carolina Republican continued. "We don't have a snowball's chance in hell of taking back the majority without Donald Trump. If you don't get that, you're just not looking." There is no question former President Trump bears moral responsibility," McConnell wrote Monday in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal of the riot. "His supporters stormed the Capitol because of the unhinged falsehoods he shouted into the world's largest megaphone. His behavior during and after the chaos was also unconscionable, from attacking Vice President Mike Pence during the riot to praising the criminals after it ended."
https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/16/politics/trump-mcconnell/index.html "Former President Trump's actions that preceded the riot were a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty," added McConnell. "Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day."
https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/13/politics/mitch-mcconnell-acquit-trump/index.html Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez insisted …
"We, the Democratic Party, gave up a lot of leverage," Ocasio-Cortez said of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act passed in March.
https://www.businessinsider.com/we-need-new-leadership-aoc-criticizes-pelosi-and-schumer-2020-12 "Why does AOC complain that you have not been grooming younger people for leadership?"
https://www.businessinsider.com/pelosi-rejects-aoc-concerns-about-democratic-party-leadership-video-2021-1
With the recent $1.9 Trillion proposal released by Biden,
https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/14/politics/biden-economic-rescue-package-coronavirus-stimulus/index.html




Utah GOP Thinking For Themselves; Breaking From LDS Church And Party


Published February 24, 2021 “Part of our doctrine is the principle of moral agency — people make choices for themselves,” said Jack Gerard, an LDS general authority Seventy. https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2018/09/12/recreational-use/ Utah has unfortunately ranked in the top 10 in the nation for overdose deaths over the past 10 years. https://www.ksl.com/article/50049960/covid-19-complications-likely-increasing-the-severity-of-utahs-opioid-crisis#:~:text=As%20with%20COVID%2D19%2C%20the,falls%2C%20and%20motor%20vehicle%20crashes. “It is a time for Utahns to celebrate,” Christine Stenquist, a medical cannabis patient and founder of the advocacy group TRUCE Utah, said. “I think it’s fantastic that we’ve crossed this hurdle.” https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2018/11/07/medical-marijuana-leaps/ The replacement legislation crafted by lawmakers and both sides in the Prop 2 debate overhauls pretty much everything. https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2018/12/03/utah-house-passes-medical/ “Although Senator Romney and I usually vote together — and with a majority of Senate Republicans, we voted differently,” said the statement from Lee issued through his 2022 reelection campaign. “It shows neither one of us blindly defers to anyone.” https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2021/02/19/sen-mike-lee-is-defending/ “I’m not in a place yet where I’m comfortable with the bill as it stands right now,” Cox said Thursday at his monthly news conference with PBS Utah. “Those discussions are ongoing. We still have a lot of work to do.” https://www.advocate.com/transgender/2021/2/19/utah-gov-meeting-transgender-kids-changes-your-heart




Why Are The Wealthy Profiting From Human Suffering?


Published February 27, 2021 When setting up the infrastructure, former Governor of Texas George W. Bush …
“Deregulation was something akin …”
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/21/us/texas-electricity-ercot-blackouts.html First off, the Enron Scandal.
https://www.britannica.com/event/Enron-scandal The Wall Street Journal did an excellent job giving the numbers, context, and impact of Covid-19 on the market.
Wading into the market during swoons big and small has been profitable over the past 10 years.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-did-stock-markets-rebound-from-covid-in-record-time-here-are-five-reasons-11600182704
The latest available government data, via the Federal Reserve from 2016, shows a relatively small share of American families (14%) are directly invested in individual stocks but a majority (52%) have some market investment mostly from owning retirement accounts such as 401(k)s.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/teresaghilarducci/2020/08/31/most-americans-dont-have-a-real-stake-in-the-stock-market/ The stock market hit a new high, over 30,000 in November 2020. At that time, the national unemployment rate was 6.7.
https://www.ncsl.org/research/labor-and-employment/national-employment-monthly-update.aspx In the month of November 2019 it ended at 28,054.41
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/29/dow-futures-black-friday-thanksgiving-holiday.html




President Joe Biden Has Added Another Hypocrisy To The List


Published March 1, 2021 California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna. "There is absolutely no justification for a president to authorize a military strike that is not in self-defense against an imminent threat without congressional authorization."
https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/27/politics/syria-airstrike-biden-letter-to-congressional-leadership/index.html “The United States took this action pursuant to the United States’ inherent right of self-defense as reflected in Article 51 of the United Nations Charter,” Biden wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President pro tempore of the Senate Patrick Leahy.
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/27/biden-tells-congress-syria-strikes-are-consistent-with-us-right-to-self-defense.html As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee …
Biden acknowledged, “We voted to give him the authority to wage that war. We should step back and be supportive.”
https://www.factcheck.org/2019/09/bidens-record-on-iraq-war/





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