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    On this date in both 2019, as well as 2020, “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day” profiled the now former U.S. Senator from Arizona, Martha McSally, a position to which she was appointed by shady-as-hell Arizona Govenror Doug Ducey, after the predictable resignation of Senator Jon Kyl in early 2019, who himself was appointed to finish out the six-year term that John McCain was elected to in 2016. The fact that she became a Senator defies most respect for Democracy, considering Arizona voters rejected the thought of her as their Senator in the 2018 elections, choosing Democrat Kyrsten Sinema over her after she spent almost two years sucking up to Donald Trump and adopting his racist demagogue stances. It was one thing to see McSally fearmongering about MS-13 and calling for a border along the U.S./Mexico border, but Martha McSally actually was caught up in xenophobic euphoria that she called for a border wall to be built between Arizona and California, too. As McSally began to trail behind Sinema in polls, she started pushing a disgusting barrage of campaign ads where McSally claimed that Sinema’s anti-war protests against the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 featured her “denigrating the troops (Sinema’s criticism was for the war pigs ordering the invasion, not the brave Americans asked to carry it out). That still failed to put Mcsally in the lead, and as final polls began to show that McSally would end up on the losing end of the race and allow Arizona to have a Democratic senator for the first time in decades, she responded with a Hail Mary, accusing Sinema of “advocating for treason in their debate in October of 2018. Because accusing your opponent of a capital offense is totally reasonable.

    Martha McSally was never a candidate the people of Arizona rallied behind, as even with a gerrymandered map helping her try and win Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District in the House of Representatives, she still lost in 2012, and even in the 2014 elections with Republican tail winds behind her, she only won over Democrat Ron Barber by 161 votes. She inspired the people of Arizona so much that she got caught during the campaign using sock-puppet accounts to post compliments to herself.

    McSally’s voting record during her two terms in the House had her keeping pace with the conservative extremism that embodied the Republican caucus over the past decade, and once she hit the Senate, she was willing to sign off on William Barr becoming the most corrupt Attorney General in modern American history, as well as voting both against witnesses being allowed in Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial as well as voting against convicting him by just ignoring the mountain of evidence in the name of partisanship.

    But in 2020, Martha McSally had a far tougher challenge to face up against in the election than Kyrsten Sinema… she was facing down against Mark Kelly… even her attack strategy of using her military service as a fighter pilot to attack her opponent as “treasonous” isn’t just moot, it’s dwarfed by the guy who not only has that on his resume, and then went on to go into space. They were polling dead even a year prior to the election, with and McSally has firmly placed herself as an acolyte of Donald Trump… whose fortunes have decidedly taken a turn for the worse in polls throughout 2020... which left McSally scrambling to try and crawl back to the center in Arizona, and tethered to all the stupid decisions Trump makes that affect her state, like say, threatening Mexico with tariffs that would cripple Arizona’s economy.

    And then there was Sen. McSally’s moment where she let her mask slip, and showed everyone how bitter and petty she truly is. Manu Raju, a reporter for CNN, was asking McSally her opinion on if the Senate should consider new evidence in the impeachment trial and she dismissed him with sheer contempt, saying:

    So now she’s embraced Trump enough to start attacking the media. Outstanding. She had the nerve to try and spin the incident as if she was the victim, doubling down and saying she called him a hack because “it’s the truth”, and that the media reacting to her disgusting behavior was somehow just sexism directed at her because she’s a woman and not supposed to say things like that.

    Revolting. Man or woman, it’s inappropriate. But it’s revolting to mock the media with that defense.

    We were wholly expecting her to get desperate sometime before the 2020 elections and start fearmongering that if Mark Kelly is elected, he’ll “take all your guns away” with his support of gun control, even though his stance on the issue is pretty measured, and obviously motivated by personal experience, what with being the supportive husband of Gabby Giffords, a former Congresswoman and survivor of gun violence. But we’re almost betting McSally will do something that dumb, because that’s the sort of blunder she’s has become synonymous for. McSally was nothing if not predictable and did that in the final weeks before the election, doing precisely that. And honestly, those attack ads worked a lot better than the smears she posted about Mark Kelly supposedly doing “taking a flag of Communist China to space, because seriously, what the ***?

    When November came around, many vulnerable Senate Republicans inexplicably survived and got another term around the country… but alas, Martha McSally was not one of them, getting bounced from office by Mark Kelly by about 80,000 votes. As clear of a rejection as that is, she currently has the dips***s from “Cyber Ninjas” trying to avenge her in the embarrassing “Maricopa County Fraudit”, as the only races those idjits feel were impacted by the nonexistent fraud were the presidential and Senate races. McSally, for her part, has disappeared off the radar altogether since November 18th, 2020, not even posting anything further on social media after conceding defeat then.

    We would like to wish her our finest “GOOD RIDDANCE AND KEEP F***ING OFF ON OVER THE HORIZON” salutes at this time.
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    Oh God, we're in the 90s now.

    I can't do this again!

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    Guess what I got in the mail.....

    From the Electric company....

    Temperatures are on the rise and ERCOT, the state’s grid operator, is anticipating a high demand for electricity. They’re asking Texans to conserve. You can help lighten the load by making a few adjustments in your home this week:
    Raise your thermostat a few degrees or more. Running your fans counter clockwise will also keep cool air from rising
    Use large appliances like washing machines and ovens sparingly in the afternoon and early evening when demand for electricity peaks
    Turn your blinds upward to reduce incoming heat
    Unplug devices that aren’t in use
    Our app offers you an easy way to see your usage at any time. You can also visit our website for more information on dialing back.
    You would THINK freezing most of Texas would get them to prepare for the heatwave or at least make sure we have power.

    3 of the major school districts are still having school this week. It was so hot in my office-I had to go home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainEurope View Post
    Biden says it 'remains to be seen' whether Ukraine will be admitted to NATO

    President Joe Biden made clear Monday that Ukraine does not yet have the go-ahead to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a move long sought by Ukraine and vehemently opposed by Russia.

    For a moment, it appeared Ukraine may be closer to joining the trans-Atlantic mutual protection treaty when President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appeared to announce a change on Twitter shortly before Biden began a news conference in Brussels, where he was attending a NATO summit.

    "Commend @NATO partners' understanding of all the risks and challenges we face. NATO leaders confirmed that (Ukraine) will become a member of the Alliance," Zelenskyy tweeted. His tweet did not say when the country would join.

    Biden, who has previously called for Ukraine to join NATO, made clear that such a move had not been approved yet.

    "School's out on that question. It remains to be seen," he said when asked for a "yes or no" about Ukraine joining the organization. "In the meantime we will do all we can to put Ukraine in a position to be able to continue to resist Russian physical aggression."
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    Yeah, was going to say that seemed like a pretty big deal and didn't see anything anywhere else about it.

    Curious how that conservation of energy thing is going to go in Texas. Normally I'd imagine it'd be dismissed as sounding too much like Jimmy Carter/communist gobbledygook but perhaps given the situation this winter folks will see the necessity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirby101 View Post
    If there was "no indication" they wouldn't be investigating it.

    Police Investigating Whether Lawmakers Gave Rioters Tour of Capitol Before Siege


    And Trump and GOP culpability is certainly one of the reasons McConnell, McCarthy et al are opposing the commission.
    Five months ago they investigated whether members of Congress gave tours to anyone who did something dumb.

    That's not the same thing as anyone giving inside information. It is legal for members of Congress to give tours, even to people who do something criminal and stupid later. I'll note that five months and eight days later, there's no proof this happened, despite records of everyone who takes congressional tours being a COVID protocol, and all the cameras in the capitol.

    The question of whether the investigation is meaningful is complicated. If members of congress call for an investigation, their concerns should be taken seriously. But it's not evidence of serious concerns. Members of congress you disagree with are going to call for investigations for the wrong reasons, but it's often better to have the investigation just to avoid the talking point.


    Quote Originally Posted by Revolutionary_Jack View Post
    Neither are really libertarian. Too infected with Christian posturing to be libertarians.



    Neoliberalism is the political-economic consensus operational since Thatcher and Reagan (though actually beginning under Jimmy Carter to some extent). Both parties were involved with Neoliberalism, though Obama far less than anyone before him, and far less than Trump anyway.



    Classic golden mean fallacy that inherently assumes all stated viewpoints merit equal interest and engagement.



    That's actually not representative of Jim Clyburn's views at all. Contrary to what you would like to believe, Clyburn isn't Joe Manchin.
    Which of these approaches fits Clyburn?

    He does not appear to fit "Just America" given his concern about "defund the police" hurting Democrats politically.
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    There has not been a full investigation. That is what the Commission is for.. My article is from May and this has not been resolved.
    And yes Members of Congress who give info to people planning an insurrection is against the law.

    Looks like you will never accept how culpable your Party was in all this.
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    Iowa Republican Rep. Ashley Hinson appeared on the House floor Monday to press for legislation that would bar Vice President Harris from taxpayer-funded international travel until she visits the southern border first.


    Harris, whom President Biden deputized to lead efforts in Central America to eradicate the "root causes" of the massive waves of illegal immigrants heading from there to the U.S. border, has faced strong Republican criticism for not bothering to experience firsthand the crisis she's playing a role in ending.
    Typical GOP nonsense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    Typical GOP nonsense.
    At this point, it's a win for them if she goes, and a win if she does not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainEurope View Post
    At this point, it's a win for them if she goes, and a win if she does not.
    Yep. /10char

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    Iran's hardline presidential frontrunner could take the country back to a dark past

    Iran's political elite has decided that the next face of the Islamic Republic should be a figure steeped in its conservative roots and directly linked to some of the darkest chapters of its history.
    Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline judiciary chief with a brutal record on human rights, is running virtually uncontested in this week's presidential election, after Iran's clerical rulers barred most of his rivals from the race to replace outgoing Hassan Rouhani.




    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    Typical GOP nonsense.
    Harris is loathed by the right and the far left.

    Anything other than putting up a wall and shooting immigrants on site is too lenient for the GQP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robotman View Post
    Harris is loathed by the right and the far left.
    Sounds about white.

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    Racial Gaps Persist As COVID-19 Death Toll Nears 600,000

    The virus has proved adept at exploiting inequalities in the U.S., with Black and Hispanic people dying at higher rates.

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    Majorie Taylor Greene Visits Holocaust Museum To Remind Herself That Genocide Is Bad

    The Georgia Republican’s comments came after intense bipartisan backlash for her efforts to compare pandemic-era public health guidelines to the Holocaust. Four words about Trashy Greene's visit: dog and pony show. No one should need a "reminder" about one of the darkest periods in human history.

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    Cashier Killed After Mask Dispute At Georgia Supermarket, Authorities Say

    A man shot the supermarket employee dead following an argument about face masks, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said. Senseless and needless.

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    Texans Asked To Conserve Energy As Main Power Grid Struggles To Keep Up

    Grid operator ERCOT came under fire earlier this year for dangerous power outages that left millions without electricity and hundreds dead. Governor Greg Abbott could call for action to fortify the power grid, but NOOOOOOOOOOO! He's more concerned about getting Trump's wall built.

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    US Intel Warns Of More Violence From QAnon Followers

    Adherents of the bizarre conspiracy theory may target Democrats and other political opponents for more violence as the movement’s false prophecies don’t come true. And their standard bearers in Congress like Marjorie Trashy Greene are probably elated over that.
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    Capitol Rioter apparently running for congress:


    Jason Riddle, a New Hampshire man who stole and drank wine while participating in the January 6 Capitol insurrection, has said that his related arrest will likely help his campaign to run for Congress.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...?ocid=msedgntp

    Poor WBE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    Capitol Rioter apparently running for congress:



    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...?ocid=msedgntp

    Poor WBE.
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