10,000 on ignore, Book 90: Lancing the boil.....

Discussion in 'Test/Politics Board' started by Ten Thousan Marbles, Jul 5, 2020.

  1. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829


    TTM note: This was streamed today. The version at the tweet may cut out after a few minutes. But, Fauci makes some key points before that happens.
     
    81 Ten Thousan Marbles, Jul 6, 2020
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2020
  2. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/7/6/1958549/-Trump-s-COVID-19-response-plan-total-surrender
    Trump's COVID-19 response plan: total surrender
    Laura Clawson

    Donald Trump is going to need to figure out his coronavirus response if he wants to have a chance of defeating former Vice President Joe Biden in November. But figuring out his coronavirus response has two parts, and Team Trump only seems interested in the less important one.

    When it comes to the pandemic, there’s the actual response—how does the government act to keep the disease from spreading and to provide economic relief? Trump isn’t interested in that and his advisers don’t seem to be pushing it. Instead, they’re all about the political response. Trump’s advisers, The Washington Post reports, “are seeking ways to reframe his response to the coronavirus—even as the president himself largely seeks to avoid the topic because he views it as a political loser.” They’re not looking to change anything about the COVID-19 response that has left the U.S. as the global epicenter of the virus. Just looking to reframe the response. And Trump isn’t even interested in doing that. The thing dominating life in the U.S. right now isn’t a political winner, so he just doesn’t want to talk about it.
    ......
    “White House officials also hope Americans will grow numb to the escalating death toll and learn to accept tens of thousands of new cases a day, according to three people familiar with the White House’s thinking, who requested anonymity to reveal internal deliberations.” Grow numb. To life being defined by a serious sickness. Team Trump expects us to “live with the virus being a threat,” as a senior administration official told the Post.


    “Live with the virus being a threat.” That’s not a slip of the tongue. “They’re of the belief that people will get over it or if we stop highlighting it, the base will move on and the public will learn to accept 50,000 to 100,000 new cases a day,” according to “a former administration official in touch with the campaign.”

    This is surrender. It is negligence as policy. No, it is failure as policy. And it is a wish that we surrender for the sake of Trump’s political future.

    Part of the plan is denial. Pretending that the thing that is happening is not happening.

    Part of the plan is to scam us into believing a vaccine will arrive in time to make just enough people want to vote for Trump in November. At this point, Trump is so blatantly hanging his hopes on a vaccine that if one did get FDA approval before November 3, we’d have to be very seriously worried about how the approval process had been compromised by politics and how that affected the safety of the vaccine.

    By contrast, Biden has a plan for a science-based response that protects workers.
     
  3. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/20...iends-former-staff-cash-in-on-COVID-19-crisis
    Shock doctrine in action: Trump friends, former staff cash in on COVID-19 crisis
    Joan McCarter

    It's all grift all the time in Trump world. And very, very swampy. A Public Citizen analysis has uncovered 40 Trump-connected lobbyists—including five former administration officials—securing more than $10 billion in coronavirus aid from the federal government and says that former administration officials lobbying violates Trump's own ethics policy. (I know, right? Trump and ethics in the same sentence.)

    The 40 lobbyists were in the administration, on Trumps' campaign, on the inaugural committee, and on the transition team. Many are major donors and fundraisers for his reelection. They are very prominent, establishment Republicans. For example, the finance chair for the Republican National Committee, Brian Ballard, was on Trump's transition team and has raised more than $1 million for Trump. In March he became the lobbyist for Laundrylux, which supplies commercial laundry machines. Laundromats were not included in the Department of Homeland Security's initial guidance as essential businesses that could remain open. After Ballard's hiring, presto—they were added to the list. It's unclear how much Ballard took home for that bit of intervention. Trump adviser Dave Urban has definitely earned $2.3 million this year lobbying for companies like Walgreens during coronavirus.
    .....
    A former deputy assistant secretary for legislation in the Department of Health and Human Services under Trump, Courtney Lawrence, is now a lobbyist for health insurance giant Cigna. The spouse of former White House counsel Don McGahn, Shannon McGahn, worked for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in 2017-18. Now she's the top lobbyist for the National Association of Realtors, where she lobbies her former coworkers at Treasury in addition to Congress and other agencies.

    Another former Treasury senior staffer, Jordan Stoick, is vice president of government relations at the National Association of Manufacturers. He also lobbies his former coworkers at Treasury. McDonald's has Geoffrey Burr lobbying for it through the firm Brownstein Hyatt. He worked for Treasury Secretary Elaine Chao, who is married to Mitch McConnell. Who Burr lobbies. One of his colleagues at that lobbying shop is Emily Felder, who used to work for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She's been lobbying both the White House and Congress on coronavirus issues.


    The disclosure for all these people show them lobbying both the administration and Congress, and some of them lobby their own former agencies. The executive order Trump signed in his first weeks in office—the one about the swamp—ostensibly prohibited former officials from lobbying their old agencies for at least five years after leaving the government job, and supposedly prohibits former political appointees from lobbying for the duration of Trump's term in office. For some reason, enforcing those executive orders hasn't been a priority for Trump. Go figure.
     
  4. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
  5. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
  6. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
     
  7. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
  8. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
     
    odshowtime likes this.
  9. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/20...dly-they-ve-been-screwed-by-Trump-and-the-GOP
    Millions of Americans are about to find out just how badly they've been screwed by Trump and the GOP
    Dartagnan

    Robert Reich, writing for The Guardian, weighs in on the fairy tale that our country is somehow “roaring back,” as Donald Trump characterized it when he hawked a report last week based on misleading unemployment statistics, numbers which were already woefully out of date at the time they were released:

    The US economy isn’t roaring back. Just over half of Americans have jobs now, the lowest figure in more than 70 years. What’s roaring back is Covid-19. Until it’s tamed, the American economy doesn’t stand a chance.

    As former Labor Secretary Reich notes, “The uptick in jobs in June was due almost entirely to the hasty reopening, which is now being reversed.”

    Last month, many businesses rehired previously laid-off employees based on cues they received from state governors assuring them the crisis had passed, that it was “time to reopen.” Those governors and Republicans in their legislatures, in turn, took their cues from a political imperative pushed relentlessly by the White House. But, as most of these governors well knew, that wasn’t the reality at all. It was simply a story spun out of thin air by an administration growing increasingly desperate about its re-election chances; a story to mollify a restless public grown increasingly frustrated at the endless lockdowns; a story to provide temporary cover for Republicans at the state and federal level who had absolutely no clue how to handle this pandemic.

    But mostly it was a story to satisfy their donors, who were seeing their corporate profits evaporate and taking it out on their paid stooges in Congress and the states. And the GOP jumped to the task, bailing out businesses as much as they possibly could with hundreds of billions of dollars, without ever telling the American public where those funds were actually going (Hint: it was to their donors). But it wasn’t done out of any concern for American workers. If it had been, the GOP would have come up with a game plan that didn’t simply involve waving some fairy dust at the end of May and telling people it was now suddenly safe to go back to work.
    ...….
    In effect this was all an untested medical experiment on a grand scale, collectively embraced by the GOP, with ordinary Americans as its unwitting subjects. The reopening push was not based on any scientific or medical planning to address the pandemic, but on wholly on “feel-good” politics designed to satisfy their donors for a few months. After that charade had done its work--zero.


    So when those June unemployment numbers trumpeted by Trump and his GOP-state media last Thursday were actually compiled, reported Covid-19 cases in this country were averaging 25,000 daily, because all those reopenings in late May were only beginning to register a corresponding spike in infections. Since that report, cases have now jumped drastically to an average of 55,000 per day or more, forcing many states that had prematurely reopened to reverse themselves, shutting down businesses once again in a desperate attempt to prevent the virus from spiraling out of control and overwhelming their state’s medical capabilities. Last week, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci warned that we were likely to see 100,000 cases of new infections every day, thanks to inadequate efforts to contain the virus, and thanks to these misguided reopenings.
    ……..
    Republican state legislators from Texas to Arizona, to Wisconsin, where Covid-19 cases are now shooting through the roof, all rode the “reopening” bandwagon for months while pounding their chests on their Facebook pages about their “patriotism,” attending rallies in support of gun-toting Neo-Nazi militias, and bringing frivolous lawsuits to force businesses to reopen. In most Republican-led states (and some Democratic-run ones as well) , the GOP’s blind push and often violent agitation to force accelerated reopenings caused several states to issue blanket, credulous edicts to reopen long before it was safe to do so. In states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, where they did not control the governor’s mansion, GOP-controlled legislatures introduced articles of impeachment to try to force their states to reopen, or petitioned like-minded judges to overrule the lockdown measures.


    But in less than a week since those new job numbers were released, instead of a nation “roaring back” we are now witnessing an embarrassing and hasty retreat by the GOP from everything they and Trump had assured us of with such certainty. Meanwhile, as Reich painstakingly points out, the pandemic hasn’t gone anywhere in the last four months. It still hangs around, strong as ever, like a voracious beast, ready to devour anyone foolish enough to try to defy it.

    Now, all of those efforts are proving to be disastrous:

    Arizona’s Republican governor, Doug Ducey, initially refused to order masks and even barred local officials from doing so. This week he closed all gyms, bars and movie theaters in the state. The governors of Florida, Texas and California have also reimposed restrictions. Officials in Florida’s Miami-Dade county recently approved the reopening of movie theaters, arcades, casinos, concert halls, bowling halls and adult entertainment venues. They have now re-closed them.

    And so on across America. A vast re-closing is under way, as haphazard as was the reopening. In the biggest public health emergency in US history, in which nearly 130,000 have already lost their lives, still no one is in charge.
    …......
    You’d think some Republicans would have the decency to apologize. But none has, to date. Meanwhile, as a result of Republican dithering and inaction, millions of Americans are now finding themselves teetering on the edge of a financial abyss, thanks to the complete lack of a coherent national response to this crisis by this president, and thanks to Republican officials at all levels who abetted him. Reich plainly lays out what is coming in the next few weeks, all Republican “magical thinking” and fantasy-spinning to the contrary:


    Brace yourself. Not only will the virus take many more lives in the months ahead, but millions of Americans are in danger of becoming destitute. Extra unemployment benefits enacted by Congress in March are set to end on 31 July. About one in five people in renter households are at risk of eviction by 30 September. Delinquency rates on mortgages have more than doubled since March.

    An estimated 25 million Americans have lost or will lose employer-provided health insurance. America’s fragile childcare system is in danger of collapse, with the result that hundreds of thousands of working parents will not be able to return to work even if jobs are available.
    ….....
    The GOP-controlled U.S. Senate has all but abandoned the field in this pandemic, blocking attempts by Democratic lawmakers in the House to provide additional emergency aid to suffering Americans, and instead going on vacation throughout the entire month of June. In this conscious act of cowardice they deliberately left millions of Americans to their fate. Mitch McConnell and his colleagues have long since exhausted their quiver of phony, supply-side, “market-based” solutions and are now willingly leaving millions of American citizens to be crushed by an ongoing economic catastrophe only now beginning to take shape in its full ferocity.


    As the true, stunning magnitude of this crisis finally hits home to Americans, the Republican Party will be offering no solutions, because they have none. Helping Americans in a crisis like this is not in their playbook, and they have no point of reference, even if they had the inclination to do anything. In the end they they will be only too happy to scamper away to whatever gated communities continue to offer them shelter, muttering their worthless platitudes as Americans collapse into economic hardship, hunger, and in many cases, homelessness.

    By late summer all people of voting age in this country are going to be forced to make brutal, existential decisions about their futures and those of their families, and none of Trump’s hysterical babbling about Confederate statues or other race-baiting dog-whistles is going to make one whit of difference. This crisis is about to go into overdrive, far beyond any Republican attempts to “wish it away.” Millions of peoples’ lives are about to come on line with a fierce urgency that may well consign the Republican Party to the sorry trash bin of history, as Americans realize just how badly they’ve been screwed and lied to.
     
  10. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
  11. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
  12. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/poli...ege-voters/ar-BB16oL0K?ocid=spartan-ntp-feeds
    Faithless electors: Supreme Court says states can punish Electoral College voters

    The Supreme Court said Monday that states can punish members of the Electoral College who break a pledge to vote for a state's popular vote winner in presidential elections.

    The case comes as the election season is heating up, putting the Electoral College once again front and center in an increasingly polarized and volatile political atmosphere.

    In 2016, 10 of the 538 presidential electors went rogue, attempting to vote for someone other than their pledged candidate. In all, 32 states and the District of Columbia have laws that are meant to discourage faithless electors. But until 2016, no state had ever actually punished or removed an elector because of his or her vote.

    The vote count was 9-0.

    "Today, we consider whether a State may also penalize an elector for breaking his pledge and voting for someone other than the presidential candidate who won his State's popular vote. We hold that a State may do so," Justice Elena Kagan wrote.

    "The Constitution's text and the Nation's history both support allowing a State to enforce an elector's pledge to support his party's nominee -- and the state voters' choice -- for President," she added.

    The ruling was "not surprising," said Steve Vladeck, CNN Supreme Court analyst and professor at the University of Texas School of Law.

    "Given the potential implications of a holding that electors could vote for anyone they chose, it's not surprising that the justices held that states can prevent them from doing so," Vladeck said.

    "The only surprise is the unanimous vote in cases at least some expected to divide the Court," Vladeck added. "Here, at least, concern over the consequences of a contrary ruling appears to have united the Justices."...…
     
  13. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/poli...s-concerns/ar-BB16pqZA?ocid=spartan-ntp-feeds
    Chuck Grassley, oldest GOP senator, says he will skip RNC due to coronavirus concerns

    The Senate's oldest Republican, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, told local reporters on Monday that he won't attend the 2020 Republican National Convention because of coronavirus concerns. Grassley is 86 years old.

    "I'm not going to go. And I'm not going to go because of the virus situation," Grassley said during a call with reporters, according to The Des Moines Register. The senator's office confirmed to CNN that the comments reported by the newspaper are accurate.....
     
  14. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/poli...nnsylvania/ar-BB16p7Cf?ocid=spartan-ntp-feeds
    Poll finds Biden leading Trump by 5 points in Pennsylvania

    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads President Trump by 5 points in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, according to a new poll.

    The latest survey from The Trafalgar Group finds Biden at 48 percent and Trump at 42.7 percent. The survey found that 6.4 percent of voters said they'd vote for someone else and 3 percent are undecided.

    The Trafalgar poll is in line with other recent surveys of Pennsylvania. Biden leads there by 6.5 points in the RealClearPolitics average.

    Trafalgar's recent surveys of other battlegrounds show a tighter race for the White House than other pollsters have found.

    Trafalgar found Trump leading Biden 45.5 percent to 44.6 percent in Wisconsin. In Michigan, Trafalgar put Biden's lead about 1 point.

    The Trafalgar group weights its polls to account for "social desirability bias," or the so-called shy Trump voters who are embarrassed to tell pollsters that they support the president. The firm is not revealing how it accounts for those voters, although in 2016 they did it by asking voters who they thought their neighbors might be supporting.

    Trafalgar pollster Robert Cahaly has told The Hill that he believes there are more "shy" Trump voters in 2020 than there were in 2016. Trafalgar was the only pollster to conduct a survey to find Trump leading in Michigan heading into Election Day in 2016.

    The Trafalgar survey of 1,062 likely voters in Pennsylvania was conducted between June 29 and July 2 and has a 3 percentage point margin of error.
     
  15. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/mar...ourt-order/ar-BB16prrE?ocid=spartan-ntp-feeds
    Keystone XL Pipeline Stays Blocked in U.S. Supreme Court Order

    (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused to let construction start on TC Energy Corp.’s Keystone XL oil-sands pipeline, rejecting a bid by President Donald Trump’s administration to jump-start the long-delayed project.

    The justices, without explanation or noted dissent, left in force part of a federal court order that blocks use of a key federal permit. Although the justices cleared the way for other oil-and-gas pipeline construction projects to use the permit, they refused to do so for Keystone XL.

    The rebuff means almost all Keystone XL construction is delayed until 2021, according to court papers filed by TC Energy. The company told the high court that lifting the order probably would have let construction start by August on the pipeline, which would carry more crude than some OPEC members produce......
     
  16. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/g...onal-guard/ar-BB16pBvW?ocid=spartan-ntp-feeds
    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declares state of emergency, calls up National Guard

    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Monday declared a state of emergency and activated as many as 1,000 National Guard members.

    Kemp, a Republican, said the executive order follows "weeks of dramatically increased violent crime and property destruction in the City of Atlanta."

    The governor's statement says more than 30 Georgians were wounded by gunfire over the extended holiday weekend, including five people who died.

    One of the five deaths was that of an 8-year-old girl who was shot while riding in a car with her mother and another person. Secoriea Turner was killed Saturday night as the car tried to enter a parking lot that had illegal barricades, police said.

    The shooting was near the scene where a now-fired Atlanta police officer fatally shot Rayshard Brooks after he fought with officers and tried to run away with a stolen Taser.

    "We've had over 75 shootings in the city over the past several weeks," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said when talking about the 8-yeard-old's death on Sunday. "You can't blame that on APD (Atlanta Police Department)."

    After the death of George Floyd in late May there were protests in downtown Atlanta, several of which were followed by looting and vandalism.

    "Peaceful protests were hijacked by criminals with a dangerous, destructive agenda. Now, innocent Georgians are being targeted, shot, and left for dead," Kemp said in a statement. "This lawlessness must be stopped and order restored in our capital city."
     
  17. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
    tgar likes this.
  18. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
     
  19. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...-precaution-at-next-trump-rally-idUSKBN24726R
    White House says masks encouraged as precaution at next Trump rally

    Donald Trump’s re-election campaign made the decision to “strongly encourage” masks at the Republican president’s next rally as a precautionary measure, the White House chief of staff said on Monday.

    The Trump campaign plans an outdoor rally on Saturday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

    “Obviously we’re looking forward to being in the Granite State and back with the folks up in New Hampshire, and as we look at that it’s more a factor of precaution,” Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said in an interview with Fox News.....
     
  20. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
  21. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829






     
  22. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
  23. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
     
  24. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829


     
    tgar likes this.
  25. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
     
  26. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
  27. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
  28. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
  29. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829

    Donald Trump is losing—which is not news. He’s been losing to Joe Biden since the first hypothetical poll was taken pitting the two men against each other. But what has changed is that, by all accounts, Trump now knows he’s losing.

    What he doesn’t know is how to fix it.

    Which leaves him with two options.

    (1)   Cheat

    (2)  Bail
     
  30. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
     
  31. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
  32. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
  33. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
  34. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829


    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/20...-to-silence-whistleblowers-in-the-White-House
    Trump engaged in yet another 'internal investigation' to silence whistleblowers in the White House
    Mark Sumner

    Donald Trump’s silence over the Russian scheme to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan hasn’t been getting much press, displaced from the headlines by Trump’s own schemes for killing wholesale volumes of American civilians in America. But never let it be said that Trump can’t multitask. Trump can hate everyone who tries to inject any semblance of reality into the nation’s planning for the coronavirus pandemic, and Trump can hate everyone who spilled the beans on how he kept chatting up Vladimir Putin months after he was aware that Putin had put contracts on Americans.

    As Politico reports, Trump is engaged in an internal investigation to locate and punish the people who let slip both the knowledge of Russia’s efforts to buy American deaths in Afghanistan, and the people who keep making it clear that Trump knew about the scheme for over a year. But this is just the latest in Trump’s long line of efforts to determine who stole the strawberries. And just as likely to succeed.
    .......
    Whistleblowers of any sort have long been on Trump’s naughty list. His own twisted sense of morality requires that personal loyalty to Trump trumps all other concerns—even when Trump is in the midst of plans that could harm large numbers of people or the nation. Even when he’s doing something purely illegal. Trump made it clear that he was perfectly willing to breech both the spirit and the letter of whistleblower protection laws during his impeachment (Reminder: Donald Trump was impeached!) and the purge of inspectors general shows that Trump is out to get the tattletales, no matter where they live. Who watches the watchmen? No one, as far as Trump is concerned.


    Trump is still engaged in announced investigations of who posted an anonymous op-ed back in September of 2018 that said, among other things, “many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.” And Trump is still looking for the person who distributed internal schedules in 2019 showing that Trump spent well over half his time either thumbing buttons on Twitter, or appreciating the softness of the Charmin, in unstructured “executive time.”

    And now even more of Trump’s White House is involved in investigating those scoundrels at … Trump’s White House, this time in an effort to catch whoever let slip the Russian bounty scheme, and then kept making if obvious that Trump knew. Because he did. As a quick reminder:
    • Trump was personally briefed on the Russian operation by John Bolton over a year ago.
    • Trump received updates on the scheme at multiple points, including a February 27 daily brief.
    • Trump has called Putin at least five times since March, with the content of those phone calls unknown.
    • Trump has made repeated demands, despite knowing that Russia was both conducting a proxy war against American forces and engaged in an effort to thwart peace negotiations in Afghanistan, to have Russia readmitted to the G7, and threatened to invite Putin personally if other nations did not agree.
    Amusing as it may be to see how much effort Trump puts into chasing his own tail, it’s even more frustrating that all of these whistleblowers are content to remain whistleblowers. Again and again, members of Trump’s staff have spoken up to denounce his policies after they’ve been removed from office—and often after they’ve secured a book contract so they can collect a check for describing just how dysfunctional things are within Trump’s regime. But none of them seem to be willing to step forward openly and immediately when seeing Trump engaged in behavior harmful to the nation.

    There should always be whistleblower protections, and the information brought forward by these women and men is invaluable. But the fear with which insiders continue to regard Trump is frustrating specifically because Trump mistakes that fear for respect.
     
  35. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/20...up-the-they-hate-America-attacks-on-Democrats
    Desperate Republicans rev up the 'they hate America' attacks on Democrats
    Laura Clawson

    [​IMG]
    Sen. Tammy Duckworth

    Desperate Republicans are going back to an old favorite: charging their political opponents with “hating America.” It’s always been an outrageous claim that having a different vision for the nation, a vision of more equality and justice, equals hate. But in the age of Donald Trump, it’s outrageous and absurd. Trump is setting the tone, though—with Republicans like Fox News’ Tucker Carlson jumping on gleefully to level the charge against Sen. Tammy Duckworth, of all people.

    Carlson admitted it was a difficult move, saying “You’re not supposed to criticize Tammy Duckworth in any way because she once served in the military.” Except that Republicans have never ever observed their own rule about not criticizing people who served in the military if those people happen to be Democrats, as John Kerry and Max Cleland could tell you. Duckworth, of course, lost her legs when the helicopter she was piloting in Iraq was shot down. And Carlson was dishing up a warning that Duckworth’s history will not shield her from even the cheapest attacks if Joe Biden picks her for vice president.
    …...

    Carlson attacked Duckworth as a “deeply silly and unimpressive person” and then went on, “But in the face of all of this, the conclusion can’t be avoided. These people actually hate America.”

    The “all this” was Duckworth suggesting that, when it comes to taking down statues of George Washington because he was a slave owner, “I think we should listen to everybody. I think we should listen to the argument there.” Oh noes, not listening to people! Such hatred!

    In her discussion of Washington, Duckworth was much more interested in that answer in pointing out that, at Mount Rushmore, Trump “spent more time worried about honoring dead Confederates than he did talking about the lives of our 130,000 Americans who lost their lives to COVID-19, or by warning Russia off of the bounties they're putting on Americans' heads.” She expanded on her point about the Russia bounties in a USA Today op-ed, writing “I first ran for Congress so that when the drums of war started beating, I’d be in a position to ensure that our elected officials fully considered the true costs of war: not just in dollars and cents, but also in human lives. I never imagined I’d have to use my position to point out that the American president should care when another nation puts a bounty on the heads of our troops.”

    As for Carlson, Duckworth dispatched with him in a brief tweet:

    Trump’s own speech at Mount Rushmore insisted on himself as the defender of American heritage against “Angry mobs” who are “trying to tear down statues of our Founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities.” As dogs sat up and began howling, Trump continued, “Many of these people have no idea why they are doing this, but some know exactly what they are doing. They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive. But no, the American people are strong and proud, and they will not allow our country, and all of its values, history, and culture, to be taken from them.” Where he places the Confederacy firmly within the nation’s values, history, and culture, and opposition to racism outside the nation’s values. While he’s had virtually nothing to say about bounties being placed on the troops he has stationed overseas. Statues over human lives.


    The Republican “they hate America” train is apparently just getting revved up.

    Hating monuments to the Confederate States of America, which are monuments both to slavery and to an actual rebellion against the United States of America, is not hating the United States of America. Being willing to question the legacy of slavery, even as it involves figures like George Washington, is not hating the United States of America. It’s striving to improve the country and to reckon with its full history.


    But that’s not a Republican interest. They’re facing a tough—potentially devastating—election year, and claiming their opponents “hate America” is a time-honored tactic for Republicans. So expect to see a lot of it.
     
    tgar likes this.
  36. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
     
  37. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
  38. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
     
    tgar likes this.
  39. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829
     
  40. Ten Thousan Marbles

    Ten Thousan Marbles Well-Known Member
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2014
    Messages:
    53,586
    Likes Received:
    10,829

Share This Page