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    Oh, Bush JR was definitely racist. He just doesn't seem as racist as openly racist as Trump.

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    This is still going.

    Hostage-taker at Texas synagogue calls for the release of Pakistani national from US prison, authorities say
    https://www.cnn.com/2022/01/15/us/co...ion/index.html

    (CNN)BREAKING NEWS UPDATE 10:34 P.M.

    A CNN team heard a loud bang followed by a short blast of rapid gunfire coming from the direction of the Colleyville synagogue.
    Krakoa and Arakko forever! Justice for Hellion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Mets View Post
    The argument about the voting rights act isn't that racism has disappeared but that we shouldn't use generations old determinations about which places are especially racist.
    It was a specious argument then too.

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    This is nuts, very immature

    GOP senator plans to introduce FAUCI Act after clash at hearing


    Republican Sen. Roger Marshall (Kan.) plans to introduce a bill named after Anthony Fauci after he clashed with the nation's top infectious diseases expert at a Senate hearing this week.

    Marshall will be introducing the Financial Accountability for Uniquely Compensated Individuals (FAUCI) Act after he said Fauci’s records were not readily accessible to the public, a spokesperson for the senator told The Hill.

    The FAUCI Act would require the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) website to provide the financial records of administration officials like Fauci and a list of those in the government whose financial records are not public.
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    Someone on Twitter commented on how Trump, in his rally in AZ, told his followers that they were being discriminated against by not being allowed to get the vaccine. How whites were being forced to the end of the line.

    It just hit me, he's tapping into their psychology to convince them to get vaccinated by framing it as a White Grievance. Can't say if this is intentional or not, but if it disarms the antivaxxers and convinces more people to get the vaccine.. .

    I'm curious to see how Faux News covers it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    Oh, Bush JR was definitely racist. He just doesn't seem as racist as openly racist as Trump.
    Specifically why?

    Did he pass any legislation that blatantly discriminated against minority groups? Did he use racist language?

    On the surface…I can’t see any obvious reason why he’d be regarded as racist..but my knowledge of US politics is very weak, of course.

    (I can remember him using language about the people of Pakistan that Brits regard as an offensive term…but assumed at the time he genuinely didn’t regard it as such…that it was just a mistake based on not knowing the terms implications rather than through ill intent.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackDaw View Post
    Specifically why?

    Did he pass any legislation that blatantly discriminated against minority groups? Did he use racist language?

    On the surface…I can’t see any obvious reason why he’d be regarded as racist..but my knowledge of US politics is very weak, of course.

    (I can remember him using language about the people of Pakistan that Brits regard as an offensive term…but assumed at the time he genuinely didn’t regard it as such…that it was just a mistake based on not knowing the terms implications rather than through ill intent.)
    The families of a few million dead Iraqis would like a word with you for a start. Being less racist than Trump isn't a high bar, tbh, and George W. says some of the right things, as he should. But saying the right things is a far cry from actually doing the right thing, and he gladly utilized the politics of white supremacy to his advantage as every GOP candidate has. You absolutely can draw a line from the campaigns or Reagan to W to Trump to show the decline of the GOP.
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    https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/st...85756387778566

    Asha Rangappa is a former FBI agent. In this thread, she outlines by the means that the Trump administration was trying to overturn the election. Yes, it was an attempted coup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyblob View Post
    When it comes to Bush Jr I always thought he was a bad President but Dubya as a person would be fun to just hang with for an afternoon and watch Baseball and bad movies with.
    I think Bush Jr. is a weak person who is very much influenced by the person he is with. Which is why he seems nice when he hangs out with Michelle Obama. Kind of makes me wonder what his presidency would have been liked with a different VP. Say, Bob Dole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/st...85756387778566

    Asha Rangappa is a former FBI agent. In this thread, she outlines by the means that the Trump administration was trying to overturn the election. Yes, it was an attempted coup.
    But I was told that because some of the people who stormed the Capitol were cosplaying and losing their purses, this was clearly never going to happen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Someone on Twitter commented on how Trump, in his rally in AZ, told his followers that they were being discriminated against by not being allowed to get the vaccine. How whites were being forced to the end of the line.

    It just hit me, he's tapping into their psychology to convince them to get vaccinated by framing it as a White Grievance. Can't say if this is intentional or not, but if it disarms the antivaxxers and convinces more people to get the vaccine.. .

    I'm curious to see how Faux News covers it.
    I'm gonna take a wild ass guess and say they won't. That would screw up Faux News' storyline about how the vaccine is bad for freedom loving conservatives.
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    https://www.jpost.com/science/article-692642

    A new research paper featured by the American Psychology Association (APA) reveals a new “crucial but overlooked” factor in what drives people to act sadistically: a feeling of boredom.
    Earlier research on sadistic behavior dealt primarily with its correlation to power dynamics. The question of what scenarios trigger sadism was most famously explored in Philip Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment, which claimed that putting generally non-sadistic people in positions of power could induce sadistic behavior — Zimbardo arbitrarily appointed several study participants as "prison guards" over others and reportedly had to be cut short when the mistreatment of the "prisoners" got out of hand. New evidence, however, has challenged Zimbardo's findings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/st...85756387778566

    Asha Rangappa is a former FBI agent. In this thread, she outlines by the means that the Trump administration was trying to overturn the election. Yes, it was an attempted coup.
    So, in other words, I was not making up and sharing a conspiracy theory on this forum, but operating within facts.

    Thanks for confirming!
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    On this date in 2015, “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” ran a profile of Joe Read, a former member of the Montana House of Representatives who got into office by a mere 72 votes during the 2010 Tea Party Wave, and served one zany term in office with his goatee giving him the look of Mephistopheles himself. Read became infamous for submitting unconstitutional legislation repeatedly during that term, including separate bills to nullify the Affordable Care Act, environmental regulations, and went as far to produce one that not attempt to nullify federal firearms laws, but declare it a crime for federal agents to attempt to enforce them in Montana. Read's "over the line" moment came two months into his career, though, when he drew the attention of the Colbert Report by drafting legislation that would declare global warming not just a natural phenomenon that's totally not man made, but also declare that the phenomenon was "beneficial to the welfare and business climate of Montana". Joe Read's ideas were kooky enough that he decided to leave the GOP in the 2014 election cycle, attempting to find his way back into office as a member of the Constitution Party. He failed, and has now been out of office since early 2013.

    On this date in 2016, “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” posted a profile of David Dewhurst, the former Lieutenant Governor of Texas who back in 2010 falsely claimed that Phoenix, Arizona has become second only to Mexico City in the rate of kidnapping and in 2014 while interviewed by Sean Hannity, and discussed illegal immigrants in hyperbolic, and demonizing terms, claiming one quarter of them had criminal records. Not long thereafter, Dewhurst was campaigning in public by claiming Muslim prayer rugs had been found along the U.S./Mexico border by law enforcement (which was a huge lie) to further stir up anti-immigrant fears. He also was a part of the Texas GOP's attempts to ban abortion in 2013 after the filibuster by State Senator Wendy Davis, calling them, “An unruly mob, using Occupy Wall Street tactics, disrupted the Senate from protecting unborn babies.” He later would lie and accuse Davis of "doing a fund-raiser in Chicago with the international socialists organization". David Dewhurst's politcal career is all but over now, as in his past two runoff election losses, he spent millions of dollars of his own personal fortune desperate to hold on and win against Tea Party challengers. And that's not even including the fact that while he ran against Dan Patrick, one of his top aides, Buddy Barfield got caught embezzling a couple of million dollars, himself (he's looking at a 7 year prison sentence).

    On this date in 2017, “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” profiled Mike Webb, a challenger in the GOP Primary for the U.S. House seat against Rep. Charles Hernick, because of his online presence, and apparent savvy in social media, the proof being that at one point, Webb had the fastest growing Facebook page of any Republican running in 2016. Fast forward five months from that report to April of 2016, and things didn’t look as promising, after Webb failed to file his FEC report on time… which he suspiciously blamed on a “targeted cyber-attack” whose origins or execution was never exactly explained. Webb began raving about online critics with user names like “GOP Establishment”, wished people on his Facebook page a “Happy 4/20” (because so many Republicans are fans of marijuana legalization) and could never produce evidence to prove any of the online harassment, criminal or otherwise. On May 7th, at the Virginia GOP convention, they named Charles Hernick their candidate for the general election on May 7th. Webb wasn’t giving up, though, and vowed he would still run for office as an Independent. Nine days later, Mike Webb made the news cycle by using all of his online savvy to have posted an image of his own computer where he showed a Google search of Curzon Staffing Agency in his district to call them out for, in his mind, “pranking him” with a job offer on his Facebook page. As DJ Khaled might say, Mike Webb “played himself”, and may have been playing with himself, too. Because the other tabs open on the screenshot on Mike Webb’s internet browser included two links separate pornographic videos. The screenshot was up for almost half a day before Webb took it down, and then tried explaining his inquiries into adult entertainment as an “empirical inquiry”, and promising that his political career was “far from over”. (Hint: It was pretty much over.)

    On this date in both 2018, as well as 2019, “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” first profiled Texas State Senator Konni Burton, a Fundamentalist who was propped up and into office in the 2014 elections by over a million dollars of campaign donations and the support of that unlikable blight on the Lone Star State, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. Every step of the way, Konni Burton’s voting record has shown her willing to go to extremes on abortion (more on that later). But just as one cannot live on bread alone, Burton is unable to spend all of her time on an insane quest to find a way around Roe v. Wade. Instead, her off-hours as a legislator have been spend demonizing the LGBTQ community, with perhaps her most alarming effort having been a bill she proposed in November of 2016 that would force teachers in school to “out” gay and transgendered students to their parents. She also interpreted the 2nd Amendment absolutely, and wanted to outlaw all abortion. Rest assured, that with her obsession with making LGBTQ citizens treated so poorly, Burton’s seat was strongly targeted by Democrats in 2018, and with the Blue Wave and Beto-Mania running wild that November, Democrat Beverly Powell managed to send this Fundamentalist twit packing.

    On this date in 2020, as well as 2021, “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” profiled South Dakota State Senator Jeff Monroe, a chiropractic neurologist who has served on that body since first winning office back in 2012 by a whopping 35 votes in the GOP Primary against incumbent Tad Perry. He has not been given a primary challenge now since Perry attempted to avenge that loss in 2014, and when facing off against Democrats in 2014 and 2018 in the general election, Monroe has won comfortably by over an average of 20 points. One of the first bills Jeff Monroe submitted in the legislature was based on anti-vaccination paranoia, and wanted to allow South Dakota, one of the states with the most lax vaccination requirements, to make it even easier to allow parents to refuse to vaccinate their children, and leave them vulnerable to highly-preventable diseases. But it’s the bills that don’t pass that draw our interest to Monroe. Back in 2014, Jeff Monroe first made himself noteworthy by sponsoring SB 112, a bill aimed at prohibiting public schools from forbidding teachers from teaching intelligent design in classrooms. For those keeping track, the Supreme Court already ruled in 2005 that such a bill would be unconstitutional because it’s an obvious violation of the separation of church and state. When SB 112 died in committee because smarter folks acknowledged it would just result in South Dakota getting sued, losing, and paying a fortune in legal fees, Monroe did what you might expect… he submitted SB 114 the next year, a bill that aimed at doing exactly the same thing. The same thing happened. So he sponsored another one in 2016. And that died. So he submitted another one in 2017. He also submitted legislation to allow the questioning of actual scientific theories, like climate change or evolution. Of course, Monroe is also committed to anti-choice buffoonery, as in 2016, he submitted a “fetal pain bill” aimed at banning abortion at 20 weeks, and in 2019, he was still petitioning Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, based on the highly-doctored, fraudulent video produced by the Center for Medical Progress almost four years prior. Jeff Monroe lost his seat in the 2020 GOP Primary, falling over 1,000 votes shy of making the cut. As he is no longer in office, we will set aside his profile at this time to cover another wacky Republican today instead. (Current crazy/stupid scoreboard, is now 1064-50, since this was established in July 2014.
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