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    Quote Originally Posted by JackDaw View Post
    Been watching a lot of US edition of Master Chef Junior.

    Looking a the way the kids interact with each it’s hard to believe America is a fractured society…the kids from wondrously diverse backgrounds palpably like and respect each other, united perhaps by a shared love of cooking.

    Maybe the future is bright?
    Yeah, a lot of it depends on location considering our country is so large. I grew up in NYC and rode city buses to school. We couldn't be more diverse and we got along well. But again that was NYC.
    I do believe the future is bright though, if we can try to understand one another. My current medium-sized city is very diverse, even politically - Biden and Trump bumper stickers were about 50/50 in 2020. It's very peaceful even if we don't agree on everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Speaking of which, this is Mitt Romney's excuse for not voting for the Voting Rights Act


    Amazing how he equates Trump's lies with an effort to counter the Voter Restriction efforts of his own party.
    Bigger font don't persuade, the Steal happened out of Democrat frustration and fear. Progs must be having buyer's remorse though, if you are going to destroy democracy to put your party in power do it with someone that will get your program done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xheight View Post
    Bigger font don't persuade, the Steal happened out of Democrat frustration and fear. Progs must be having buyer's remorse though, if you are going to destroy democracy to put your party in power do it with someone that will get your program done. Ride with the machine die by the machine.
    There was no "steal" when are you going to wake up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby101 View Post
    Not endorsing sedition would be good.

    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/...itol-riot.html

    And following the law would be also good.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...00-salary.html

    But IOKIYAR
    Whatever standard you'd use against Clarence Thomas has to apply in all cases. It would certainly be exploited by the right. In this case, all federal judges who failed to disclose spouses' salaries on paperwork would suffer the same consequences. However you phrase a ban on a spouse expressing controversial views would apply to Democrats as well. It also has serious disability implications for anyone married to anyone with mental health issues.

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    I think it is perfectly reasonable to limit such activities as the pool of resources is in question. Hence the non-uproar of Nancy Pelosi's spouse making investments around the legislative agenda. It is not insider trading but effect is the same. Again our laws fail us with a misplaced notion of individualism.
    We would have to determine what the appropriate law is. Financial restrictions are a bit different than freedom of speech restrictions, especially as people in business can benefit financially from information judges and legislators are privy to.

    But what restriction should be acceptable on the speech of the spouse of a judge or legislator?
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    I did find his response odd and so did Politico.

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    It wasn’t so long ago when White House aides were happy to promote the fact that Sanders (I-Vt.), chair of the Budget Committee, wrote the initial Build Back Better legislation in the Senate as a signal to progressives that Biden was truly their champion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xheight View Post
    Bigger font don't persuade, the Steal happened out of Democrat frustration and fear. Progs must be having buyer's remorse though, if you are going to destroy democracy to put your party in power do it with someone that will get your program done. Ride with the machine die by the machine.
    What exactly do you mean by "the steal." What happened that you think should have been against the law?



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    trump's DOJ said anyone knowingly spreading COVID could be charged with terrorism. Is that no longer in effect?
    It is obviously a bad idea to hang out with other people if you know you have Covid, but regulations should be different now that everyone who wants it has access to a vaccine as well as boosters that diminish your chances of getting Covid, of transmitting Covid, and of suffering through serious consequences.


    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Speaking of which, this is Mitt Romney's excuse for not voting for the Voting Rights Act



    Amazing how he equates Trump's lies with an effort to counter the Voter Restriction efforts of his own party.
    It's not the entirety of his reasoning.

    It's a 700+ page bill with a lot of provisions reasonable people can disagree with.

    Overblown rhetoric in its favor doesn't help.
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    On this date in 2015, “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” posted a profile of John McGee, a former Idaho state senator whose career came to an abrupt halt after over the course of a few weeks back in 2012. You see, after attending a golf tournament where he had about eight drinks too many, he was found passed out in the road drunk behind the wheel of a stolen SUV with a 20 foot trailer blocking the road, and a blood alcohol level of .15. In the months after the incident, McGee was going to have to make a case to the rest of the Idaho State Senate of why he should keep his job, when news also broke that he had sexually harassed a female staffer who he had flashed his junk at and asked for sexual favors. We’ll at least give the guy credit for giving us a story where we don’t even have to look at their voting record.

    On this date in 2016, “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” posted a Saxby Chambliss, a former U.S. Senator from Georgia who a few months after 9/11, Chambliss told a reporter his plan for security after the terror attacks was to have sheriffs “arrest every Muslim crossing the state line.” After surviving this controversy by having President Bush, still riding on high approval ratings after 9/11, campaigning on his behalf on three separate occasions in the same election cycle. But where things truly got ugly was when Chambliss ran an advertisement that questioned Max Cleland’s commitment to national defense and homeland security, where images of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein were juxtaposed against photos of Cleland, as if he was supporting terrorists and dictators. This would have been the same Max Cleland who is a Vietnam veteran, and lost three limbs in the conflict while serving his country. The ad was disgusting enough to get massive criticism even from Chambliss' fellow Republicans, including Sen. Chuck Hagel and Sen. John McCain. Meanwhile, as much as a "patriot" as Chambliss liked to pretend to be, he voted against the Zadroga Bill to provide healthcare for 9/11 First Responders. During his career, Chambliss voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, and to attempt to make English the national language and voted for a constitutional amendment to allow government buildings to erect monuments of the Ten Commandments.(both of which the Supreme Court had already voted down as unconstitutional at the time, voted for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton for lying about having an affair with Monica Lewinsky. Chambliss co-sponsored the Iraq War Resolution in 2002, advocated for repealing federal income taxes, and instead, to place a 30% sales tax upon all items purchased in the United States, which. economists called this proposal "foolish", if not "crazy" and even some noted conservative commentators saying, "The national sales tax is crazier, by an order of magnitude, than any other crazy idea I’ve seen at the national level. It’s so crazy that even really crazy right-wingers think it’s pretty crazy." Chambliss also consistently voted to ban same sex marriage, and when asked if he would reconsider his position on the issue, and he offers the bizarre response of, "I’m not gay. So I’m not going to marry one." In June of 2013, during a hearing on sexual assaults occurring within our military against female service members, Sen. Chambliss blamed the phenomenon on "hormones", a disgustingly passé view of things. In August 2014 Chambliss was still willing to go on CBS' "Face the Nation" and defend the use of waterboarding, still insisting that it isn't torture. He retired a few months later.

    On this date in both 2017, 2018, 2019, as well as in 2020, “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” had its first profile of Missouri State Senator David Sater, whose name suddenly turned up in the press a full decade into his career back in 2014 during discussion of an anti-abortion measure in the Missouri state legislature he was sponsoring (an extension of a waiting period for abortions from 24 to 72 hours) that Sater argued against exceptions for pregnant rape victims getting an abortion, blaming them for not just going and getting the "Plan B" pill the day after their rape. That was only somewhat revolting, but became hypocritically disgusting when it was noted by many that David Sater has spent his entire career as a legislator consistently voting against blocking access to Plan B Contraceptives, including once sponsoring a bill to allow pharmacies to refuse to stock it. A few months later, David Sater was continuing to argue against exceptions against rape for his 72 hour waiting period by arguing that getting an abortion after a rape was akin to "knee surgery" that he himself was waiting on. Democrats in the chamber then asked if he needed 72 hours to rethink his knee getting operated on, and Sater admitted he actually didn't. We want to be thorough, here, the stories about David Sater downplaying rape and abortion as akin to his own elective surgical procedures are not the only examples of his extremism, when you look at his voting record, including unconstitutional attempts to pass legislation to allow public prayer in public schools, to drug test welfare recipients, or to attempt to nullify the Affordable Care Act or the United Nations' Agenda 21 treaty. In 2019, Sater submitted SB 562, a bill aimed at establishing work requirements for Medicaid recipients, the majority of whom are on Medicaid because they are disabled to begin with, and unable to work. He simultaneously also submitted SB 561, which was a work requirement bill for food stamp recipients, however Sater decided that if a parent is unable to work, then not only would they lose their allotted food stamps, but so would their children. Because starving someone’s kids is a “great motivator”, in his inhuman logical mind. David Sater’s time in office came to an end due to the good fortune that Missouri’s state legislature has term limits.

    On this date in 2021, “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” profiled Jay Allen, who was a failed 2020 candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in Maine’s 1st Congressional District, hoping to knock Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree out of office. Allen is a longtime member of our military, and liked to think of himself as still honoring his oath to defend the Constitution, because in his mind, “Democrats were destroying the Constitution”. He never exactly explained what rights or freedoms Democrats were destroying, but Jay Allen is an actual physician who during the Covid-19 pandemic was claiming “Masks do not stop this virus – they may slow it down but they will not stop it.” Allen pulling the upset was an unlikely task, as Maine’s 1st leans +8 Democratic in the Cook Partisan Voting Index. But maybe, just maybe, Allen was figuring if he landed some punches in a debate against her, maybe he would have a chance. And, during a discussion on how the United States might want to reconcile its problem with systemic racism in our country, Allen decided to explain that based on his experience in the military, there couldn’t be any racism because he saw people from all walks of life working together towards a common cause, including “Orientals” in his list of people of color. Suffice to say, if in your argument against systematic racism actually existing, you use a racial slur, you might be proving the point for your opponent. But he wasn’t done being racist, as the moderator asked Allen why police are almost three times as likely to kill Black Americans then White Americans. His reply was, ”Crime is committed by more African Americans, too. And it goes back to the fact that they are raised in homes that do not have fathers, that they do not have that principled leadership within the home.” The moderator then asked him to clarify if he was saying police officer is more likely to shoot a Black because there isn’t a father in the home, and he was somehow even more racist, following up, “Less likely. They are less likely. Because they know if they shoot a Black person then they will face an inquisition if they shoot a Black person. So they need to be pretty sure that that Black person needs to be shot.”[/QUOTE] Suffice to say, Rep. Pingree then wiped the floor with him when allowed to give a rebuttal, and went on to coast to victory over Jay Allen, who got all of 38% of the vote against her, which is probably 38% more than he deserved. As he seems unlikely to win office, we will set aside his profile at this time to cover another wacky Republican today instead. (Current crazy/stupid scoreboard, is now 1065-50, since this was established in July 2014.
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    Matt Gurtler

    Welcome to what is the 1065th original profile here at “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day”, where we’ll be discussing Matt Gurtler, who served two terms in the Georgia House of Representatives for District 8 of that body from 2017-2021 before making an ill-advised run for U.S. House of Representatives in Georgia’s 9th Congressional District in 2020. We can note easily that Gurtler is a supporter of Personhood when it comes to abortion, says that Roe V. Wade is unconstiutional due to the 10th Amendment (go to civics class, Matt) and backed that up when he voted for Fetal Heartbeat Anti-Choice legislation. But we’re troubled to see that Gurtler voted against legislation regarding penalties to be set for hate crimes, which is about to make sense given the next bit…

    Our bigger concern about Matt Gurtler wasn’t his voting record, rather, it was how he turned up at an event to be photographed at a American Patriots USA event with long-documented white nationalist Chester Doles, who founded that group because he needed to rebrand after his two prior hate groups, the National Alliance and Hammerskins already got pegged for being exactly what they were. Doles is also proud of his heritage in relation to the Ku Klux Klan, and not shy about it.

    Even if that isn’t a red flag, American Patriots USA frequently shares content with 9/11 Truther conspiracy theories that probably should have made any politician hesitant to appear at any of their events, let alone that they’re started by a hatemonger.

    When the Atlanta Journal Constitution tried interviewing Gurtler about the company he was keeping, he refused, only offering the meek explanation that, “I was asked by a voter to speak to a pro-gun, conservative group that supports President Trump. There was a group picture with all the candidates and speakers.

    In spite of having ties to a hate group, Republican voters were not too dismayed about voting for Matt Gurtler, still giving him about 44% of the vote. Which is a testament to how far the voting bloc of the GOP has fallen, in terms of holding people accountable. The only regretful thing is that meant Andrew Clyde, noted hypocritical member of the House Sedition Caucus, won the primary and went on to be in Washington on Jan. 6th.
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    I'll follow up on the above tale of "Republican state legislator met with Klansmen sponsor" with the additional tale that Chester Doles appeared at a rally in 2020 with Marjorie Taylor-Greene and Senator Kelly Loeffler, and Doles is currently running for a place on a County Board of Commissioners in Georgia, and is registered on the ballot as... of course, a Republican.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Mets View Post
    What exactly do you mean by "the steal." What happened that you think should have been against the law?




    It is obviously a bad idea to hang out with other people if you know you have Covid, but regulations should be different now that everyone who wants it has access to a vaccine as well as boosters that diminish your chances of getting Covid, of transmitting Covid, and of suffering through serious consequences.


    It's not the entirety of his reasoning.

    It's a 700+ page bill with a lot of provisions reasonable people can disagree with.

    Overblown rhetoric in its favor doesn't help.
    There are a lot of rules and regulations reasonable people would disagree with in all of that “election security” legislation mass distributed by ALEC and the Heritage Foundation, but Republicans are ramming it down peoples throats without legitimate debate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thwhtGuardian View Post
    There was no "steal" when are you going to wake up?
    Yeah, right! Next you're going to try to tell us that high ranking Democrats weren't running a pedophile ring out of the basement of a pizzeria. You can't prove they weren't, ergo they absolutely were!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4saken1 View Post
    Yeah, right! Next you're going to try to tell us that high ranking Democrats weren't running a pedophile ring out of the basement of a pizzeria. You can't prove they weren't, ergo they absolutely were!
    The lack of evidence proves it’s all a big cover-up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xheight View Post
    Bigger font don't persuade, the Steal happened out of Democrat frustration and fear. Progs must be having buyer's remorse though, if you are going to destroy democracy to put your party in power do it with someone that will get your program done. Ride with the machine die by the machine.
    Over 70 election fraud court cases have been thrown out, many by Trump appointed judges, because of lack of evidence!

    If you personally have some “magic bullet” to prove the nefarious plot to steal the election, I would suggest getting in contact with a lawyer or Sean Hannity.

    You’re a cult member.

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