More to ignore, Book 80.......

Ten Thousan Marbles

Well-Known Member
Feb 6, 2014
106,483
18,612
1


FYWa8R2X0AE1g1A
 

Ten Thousan Marbles

Well-Known Member
Feb 6, 2014
106,483
18,612
1

No matter your views of the Jan. 6 special committee, the facts it is laying out in hearings are sobering. The most horrifying to date came Thursday in a hearing on President Trump’s conduct as the riot raged and he sat watching TV, posting inflammatory tweets and refusing to send help.

Shortly after Mr. Trump urged protesters to march on the Capitol, he was told violence was breaking out. At about 1:30 p.m. he went to the dining room, where he stayed until 4 p.m. There is no official record of what he did, and the photographer was told no pictures......
 

Ten Thousan Marbles

Well-Known Member
Feb 6, 2014
106,483
18,612
1
WOAH! Rupert Murdoch's Right-Wing New York Post Scorches Trump as 'Unworthy' to Be President
News Corpse

This has been a bad week for Donald Trump. It began with the Pulitzer Board rejecting his preposterous and impotent demand to rescind awards given to the Washington Post and the New York Times for their reporting on his unsavory connections to Russia. And it ended with the conviction of Steve Bannon, his former campaign boss and White House advisor, on two counts of contempt of Congress.

In between, the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th insurrection that Trump incited exposed his flagrant and purposeful negligence during the Capitol Hill riots. The Committee presented testimony and damning video documenting how Trump (who is fixated on the hearings) spent 187 minutes deliberately choosing to do nothing while members of Congress were under attack and law enforcement officers were violently assaulted. Well, he wasn't exactly doing nothing. He was gleefully watching his StormTrumpers assault the seat of American democracy on Fox News.

On Friday another development took place that is sure to rattle the former reality TV game show host. The New York Post, which is owned by Fox News magnate, Rupert Murdoch, published an editorial titled "Trump’s silence on Jan. 6 is damning." The article was profoundly critical of Trump and his future electoral prospects. It said in part that...

"As his followers stormed the Capitol, calling on his vice president to be hanged, President Donald Trump sat in his private dining room, watching TV, doing nothing. For three hours, seven minutes."

And that...

Trump "was the only person who could stop what was happening. He was the only one the crowd was listening to. It was incitement by silence."

And that...

"To his eternal shame, as appalled aides implored him to publicly call on his followers to go home, he instead further fanned the flames."

And that...

"His only focus was to find any means — damn the consequences — to block the peaceful transfer of power."

And finally that...

"It’s up to the Justice Department to decide if this is a crime. But as a matter of principle, as a matter of character, Trump has proven himself unworthy to be this country’s chief executive again."

Wow! That's pretty harsh condemnation of the man they've been propping up for years. To be clear, this was not merely an op-ed by a guest author with anti-Trump views. This was the official opinion written by the Post's Editorial Board. And if Trump has lost the New York Post, can Fox News be far behind?

Of course, the Post isn't altering their hardcore, ultra-rightist political bias. Neither would Fox News be, if/when they adopt this criticism of Trump. It would just be their attempt to cover their asinine worship of Trump for the past seven years as his multitude of crimes become more obvious, his putrid reputation becomes increasingly harder to defend, and his popularity plummets.

Fox News has already begun paving the way for a Trump replacement, even if their audience isn't quite ready for it. They have been busy elevating Florida's budding authoritarian governor, Ron DeSantis, as his Herr Apparent. So there seems to be a consensus, that includes Fox News, that the January 6th Committee's work is having an impact on both the Trump-fluffing media and the public. Hopefully it's having an impact on Attorney General Merrick Garland as well.
 

Ten Thousan Marbles

Well-Known Member
Feb 6, 2014
106,483
18,612
1
Gun manufacturers livid after Newsom signs 'bounty' bill curbing illegal firearms' sale
Dartagnan

In almost any mass shooting involving an assault-style weapon in this country there are varying levels of moral culpability. The first and most obvious is the culpability of the shooter himself (they are almost always men), who consciously chooses to make use of that weapon for its intended purpose, by killing one, two, or sometimes scores of human beings. His culpability is not only moral, but legal, and as a result he is the one who faces consequences for his actions.

The second, more indirect culpability is shared by the manufacturer and seller of the weapon itself. These parties, of course, argue that they are not culpable at all — that they, in fact, are simply taking advantage of the laws as they are written -- and bear no responsibility when their products are used as intended (to kill people). Because in most cases they cannot legally be held liable, they indignantly insist that they bear no moral culpability for such shootings.

The third morally culpable party is the legal structure or system that permits those sellers and manufacturers to sell their lethal products more or less with impunity, i.e., without fear of reprisal, legal restrictions or consequences. At the pinnacle of that legal framework sits the conservative majority currently dominating the United States Supreme Court. They, in turn, wash their hands of any culpability whatsoever, pointing to the Constitution which they have deliberately interpreted as permitting the manufacture and sale of these weapons in the first place: an artful dodge that also eliminates any responsibility (at least in a legal sense) for the manufacturers and sellers of those same weapons. The fact that individuals on the Court owe their positions in large part to the lobby that represents such sellers and manufacturers is seen as beside the point.

For the manufacturers and sellers of such weapons this circular system of self-insulating against blame for the killing of innocent Americans has proved incredibly lucrative. As mass shootings in the U.S. have soared, so have gun industry profits; in fact, the more mass shootings that occur, it appears, the more gun manufacturers profit from sales of their weapons. And as a bonus, when a mass shooting happens (there have over 300 in this country so far this year) the media focus is always on the shooter himself, and to a lesser extent, on how he obtained his weapon of choice (whether he had passed a “background check” or exhibited any “red flags,” for example). The manufacturer of the weapon itself is almost never blamed or held responsible in anything but vague allusions to the nation’s “gun problem.” And the right-wing Supreme Court and those individual Justices who have allowed the widespread propagation of such weapons are usually never even mentioned.

So when someone upsets the applecart and devises a way to hold not only the shooter, but the sellers, the manufacturers and even the Supreme Court responsible for such shootings, it’s perfectly understandable that feathers tend to become ruffled and feelings are hurt.

...........
Last December, after the state of Texas passed a law permitting private citizens to sue abortion providers and those who assist pregnant individuals in obtaining abortions (the so-called “bounty” law), in response, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared that if the Supreme Court allowed such an appalling law to stand, his state would adopt a similar tactic with guns, allowing Californians victimized by gun violence caused by illegal weapons (such as unserialized and untraceable “ghost guns” self-assembled from “kits” of components legally purchasable by anyone) the right to sue the gun manufacturers and the sellers who provide them. Leading media outlets at the time for the most part seemed to treat Newsom’s vow as a politically motivated stunt.

But this week, the proposed legislation, California SB 1327, is set, in 2023, to become law in the state of California. As reported by CNN’s Veronia Stracqualursi:

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a bill into law that allows private citizens to bring civil action against anyone who manufactures, distributes, transports or imports assault weapons or ghost guns, which are banned in the state.
California Senate Bill 1327 is modeled after a Texas law that allows private citizens to bring civil litigation against abortion providers or anyone who assists a pregnant person in obtaining an abortion after as early as six weeks of pregnancy. The US Supreme Court in December allowed Texas’ six-week abortion ban to remain in effect, which prompted Newsom, who has been supportive of abortion rights and pro-gun control, to say he was “outraged” by the court’s decision and direct his staff to draft a similar bill to regulate guns.
Under the California law, a person would also be able to sue a licensed firearms dealer who “sells, supplies, delivers, or gives possession or control of a firearm” to anyone under 21 years old. It allows citizens to sue for a minimum of $10,000 on each weapon involved, as well as attorney fees.

As explained in Los Angeles Magazine, the gun industry is not at all happy.

Sam Paredes, the executive director of Gun Owners of California, told the Los Angeles Times that the legislation is a “retaliation against lawful gun owners and the court because of the Texas decision,” and that the bill’s authors are being “vindictive.” Paredes said that the firearms industry will have a “strong reaction” to the bill going into law, according to the Times.

But a strong reaction is exactly what Newsom is counting on. Since the Supreme Court has thus far allowed Texas’ noxious “abortion bounty” law to stand, he believes the California legislation, which is closely modeled on the Texas legislation, will have to stand as well. As Stracqualursi’s report notes, SB 1327 contains a provision that will render itself invalid if and when the Supreme Court invalidates the Texas “bounty” law.

“The Supreme Court opened the door,: Newsom said. “The Supreme Court said this was OK. It was a terrible decision. But these are the rules that they have established.”
Newsom believes there is “no principled way” that the court could overturn SB 1327 without also striking down Texas’ law.
“If they’re going to use this framework to put women’s rights at risk, we’re going to use it to save people’s lives in the state of California,” Newsom said. “That’s the spirit, the principle behind this law.”

Shawn Hubler, writing for the New York Times, notes that the gun manufacturers are naturally prepared to look to their protectors at the Supreme Court for absolution. She also interviewed Mr. Paredes:

Mr. Paredes said a coalition of gun rights groups and gun manufacturers had already begun work on a legal response to the California measure, which he said had a critical difference from the Texas abortion statute now that Roe v. Wade had been reversed by the Supreme Court.
“Unlike abortion,” he said, “the right to keep and bear arms is a constitutionally protected right.”

But it isn’t the constitutionality of gun ownership that SB 1327 targets, but the sale of guns and gun components in violation of state law. One key aspect of the California law that parallels the one in Texas is that by deputizing private citizens as opposed to state entities to act as enforcers of the law, it is explicitly drafted to evade judicial review in federal court. That provision is intended to limit challenges to its “constitutionality,” and, in Newsom’s view, that places the onus directly on the Supreme Court to justify its failure to strike down the Texas law, or else forever demonstrate its hypocrisy to the rest of the country.

Stracqualursi quotes Newsom on this point:

“We believe this will be litigated in the Supreme Court and we believe the Supreme Court will be challenged. Because if there’s any principle left whatsoever – and that’s an open ended question – with this Supreme Court, there is no way they can deny us the right to move in this direction,” he said after signing the bill at Santa Monica College, the site of a 2013 shooting spree.

Creative measures like California’s SB 1327 help to explain why California is safer place to live than Texas, or just about anywhere else:

California’s gun laws are among America’s strictest, helping the state deliver one of the nation’s lowest rates of gun deaths. In 2020, the state’s rate of firearm mortality was about 40 percent lower than the national average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Public Policy Institute of California has determined that Californians are about 25 percent less likely to die in mass shootings, compared with residents of other states.

But beyond that, what Newsom has done with this legislation — whether it survives or not — is to remind Americans that culpability for these shootings does not begin and end with the shooter, but goes straight to the heart of our conservative-dominated judiciary, operating in a twisted symbiotic relationship with the gun manufacturer lobby.

It’s a relationship that no nation can tolerate if it expects to survive.
 
  • Like
Reactions: tgar

Ten Thousan Marbles

Well-Known Member
Feb 6, 2014
106,483
18,612
1

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A man accused of attacking New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin during a recent campaign rally told investigators he’d been drinking that day and didn’t know who the congressman was, authorities said as the man was arrested on a federal assault charge Saturday.


David Jakubonis, 43, made an initial court appearance Saturday before a federal magistrate judge on a single count of assaulting a member of Congress with a dangerous weapon. The charge carries a potential maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

He was ordered held until a bail hearing in federal court Wednesday. Prosecutors said he should remain detained as a risk of flight and dangerous, according to a court filing.

Jakubonis was arraigned Friday on a separate state charge of attempted assault in the second degree and was released by a local judge. That prompted criticism from Zeldin and other Republicans who held it up as an example of the need to reform New York’s bail laws, something Zeldin has called on Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul to toughen.

A 2019 bail reform law in New York eliminated pretrial incarceration for people accused of most nonviolent offenses. The law gives judges the option to set bail in nearly all cases involving violent felonies, but it has exceptions for certain attempted felonies like attempted assault.
............
The federal criminal complaint filed Saturday alleged Jakubonis, an Iraq War veteran, told investigators he was drinking whiskey on Thursday before he went onstage as Zeldin addressed a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in the town of Perinton to ask the speaker if he was disrespecting veterans.

Jakubonis “did not know who the speaker was or that the speaker was a political person,” according to the complaint, which was filed in Rochester federal court. The complaint added that when Jakubonis watched video of Thursday evening's incident he told investigators he “must have checked out” and that what was depicted in the video was disgusting.

According to video of the attack, Jakubonis raised his arm toward Zeldin as he held a keychain with two sharp points. The congressman from Long Island then grabbed Jakubonis' wrist and the two tussled to the ground as others jumped in to help. Zeldin, who also served in the military, suffered a minor scrape.

A message was left Saturday with the assistant federal public defender representing him.
 

Ten Thousan Marbles

Well-Known Member
Feb 6, 2014
106,483
18,612
1
Comically wrong Newsmax host Dick Morris predicts QAnon conspiracist Tina Forte will beat AOC
JGibson


image.jpg

Tina Forte on Jan. 6 wearing a 1776 patch on her tactical vest / Tina Forte on Twitter.

Onetime Bill Clinton strategist predicted Republican Tina Forte would unseat Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York's 14th congressional district, which includes the boroughs of The Bronx and Queens.

Morris claimed Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, was "tacking left while her constituents are tacking right."

"The oddsmakers say Tina can't win, but they're wrong," Morris said. "They don't see the fundamental change in the Hispanic vote coming."
[...]
Last August, the fact-checking website Snopes exposed Forte as a Jan. 6 attendee.

"During a recent investigation into QAnon activity on Facebook, our research led us to social media accounts managed by Forte, which included heavy promotion of the deadly Jan. 6 “Save America” rally, the event that resulted in the Capitol riot that left law enforcement officers bloodied. Five people died just before, during, or after the riot, and dozens were injured," Snopes reported. "We found Forte repeatedly used hashtags related to QAnon conspiracy theories. The QAnon mentions even included cries of “Save the Children,” referring to the debunked conspiracy theory that makes claims of mass pedophilia and “Satanic blood-drinking” by Democrats. She took multiple photographs in October, November, and December 2020 with far-right Proud Boys leader Henry 'Enrique' Tarrio."....
 

Ten Thousan Marbles

Well-Known Member
Feb 6, 2014
106,483
18,612
1

President of Ukraine meets with US Congress' House delegation​


President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a meeting with the delegation of the House of Representatives of the United States of America led by Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Adam Smith.

The head of the Ukrainian state noted the importance of this visit, which is a strong signal of support for Ukraine, its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

"We appreciate the help of the United States in defending our territory, our land and the Ukrainian people. I would like to thank President Biden and the US Congress, where we have important bicameral and bipartisan support, for the leading position of the United States," Zelenskyy said.

The President also thanked for the warm welcome First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska received during her visit to the United States, for the opportunity given to her to speak in the Congress and deliver important messages from the Ukrainian people.

The head of state noted the importance of security assistance to Ukraine from the United States, the latest package of which, containing the much-needed HIMARS launcher systems, shells and unmanned aerial vehicles, was announced the day before.

Zelenskyy briefed the U.S. congressmen on the large number of missile strikes launched today by Russian troops on Ukraine, in particular on the territory of the Odesa port. He said that this happened less than a day after the agreements regarding the export of Ukrainian grain were reached in Istanbul.

"This proves only one thing: no matter what Russia says and promises, it will find ways not to implement it. Geopolitically, with weapons, bloodily or not, but it has several vectors, as it always acts," the President said.

The head of state said that this is why Ukraine cannot be a country where there is a "frozen" war. According to him, it is extremely necessary for our state to be able to take appropriate steps to de-occupy Ukrainian territories.

During the meeting, Zelenskyy also informed the representatives of the United States Congress about the work on the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine, the first stage of which is the implementation of the Fast Recovery Plan – a plan for the quick restoration of destroyed residential, educational, and medical infrastructure.

"We appeal to our partners, in particular the United States, with a proposal to take an active part in the implementation of this ambitious but extremely important project," the President said.


Zelenskyy also thanked the congressmen, in particular the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Adam Smith, for their determination to continue supporting our state, helping it defend its independence and territorial integrity.
 

Ten Thousan Marbles

Well-Known Member
Feb 6, 2014
106,483
18,612
1

......Bill Cunningham, a fixture on conservative talk radio airwaves in Cincinnati for decades, told The Daily Beast that voters, party activists, and even statewide officials are telling him that Vance has been phoning it in. Vance is allegedly missing from many of the county fairs, party meetings, and campaign stops where candidates in this state are expected to be.

“The Republican faithful are telling me,” Cunningham said, “they can't find J.D. Vance with a search warrant.”

Others say it’s not just that they don’t see Vance—the anti-Trump literary celeb turned MAGA firebrand—pounding the pavement in Ohio. Privately, some aren’t even getting calls back from him, or his campaign, to discuss how they can help.

That group includes campaign donors whom Vance literally cannot afford to lose. The candidate’s fundraising has been anemic, and because he’s carrying debt from the bruising primary, Vance is in the unenviable position of asking donors to pay off those debts.

One GOP source in state politics said Vance’s lack of followup with some important donors in the state has been disappointing. “When the fundraising numbers came out, it’s full-on panic now,” they said.

“It’s a code red,” said Ron Verb, a longtime talk radio host in Youngstown, who has been sounding the alarm about Vance on his show. “I think he’s running the worst campaign that you could possibly run.”

Meanwhile, Republicans begrudgingly admit that the Democratic nominee, Rep. Tim Ryan, is perhaps running the best possible campaign from a Democrat in this increasingly conservative state.

Ryan has raised a staggering $12 million for his campaign so far. And he is using that war chest to blanket Ohio airwaves with ads touting his blue collar bona fides, amplifying his professed desire to break with fellow Democrats on key issues, like inflation and crime. (Notably, Ryan has been a reliable Democratic vote during his two decades in Congress.)

With Vance largely absent on the airwaves and the campaign trail, Republicans fret that Ryan is successfully defining himself before Vance is—and that time is running out for the Republican to right the ship.

A GOP source in state politics said it’s a “widespread trend” that Republicans officials are hearing in their networks about Ryan’s crossover appeal. “People who are Republicans are saying, ‘that Tim Ryan guy, he’s alright, I like the way he sounds,’” the GOP source said.

That’s why Vance’s mid-campaign venture to Israel especially rankled some Republicans. “Tim Ryan is talking about kitchen-table issues, and J.D. Vance is out there going to ****ing CPAC in Israel,” said a veteran strategist with deep ties to the state. “Republicans are like, ‘Are you out of your ****ing mind?’ This isn’t some ****ing book tour, dude.”

Cunningham, the Cincinnati talk radio host, said he has been speaking regularly with Vance. He shared with The Daily Beast his advice to the candidate: “I told J.D., ‘This race is yours to lose, and at this point, you’re losing it.’ Your staff won’t tell you, but I just did.”.......