Donald Trump is a punk. He’s obviously got Russians monitoring his feed 24×7. This was knocked down in less than a minute! No problem. I’ll post it here. It’s called Freedom of Speech you drooling goon. You CAN’T silence your critics. Every voice you silence will spawn a hundred more. Resign Donald. DO IT NOW. The Russians are going to release all of your dirt and the world will soon KNOW what a scumbag you are. Please don’t drag our whole country down into that sewer with you. Resign. Do it now.
Here’s the entry in Wikipedia. Thomas and Harvey are no doubt turning over somewhere.
Some of his more noteworthy remarks. (Snopes)
It will look almost as good as one of these on his gravestone.
Having lost my dear friend
to lung cancer, I can truly say that I understand the gravity of the situation.
You won’t be forgotten… that’s for certain.
Your entry in this list will be a lasting reminder of GOP corruption gone wild.
Enough yet boys? Is it??!
How can anyone wearing the robes of a judge sit quietly by as the very concept of justice is made a mockery of? Roberts is proving decisively that he is a creature of the GOP and unfit to wear the robes of Chief Justice. From the very beginning when he tried to muff Obama’s swearing in to now, he’s been a quietly smiling assassin of democracy.
The GOP’s vote today not to have witnesses or evidence is proof that Trump is guilty.
There is a firsthand witness and evidence that these people are also involved – and are now running the trial they are suppressing witnesses and evidence from – neat, eh?
Vice President Pence
These guys make Nixon look like a piker.
November? Seriously?? Give this crowd of halfwit holier-than-thou hooligans hundreds of days more to wreck our nation??
That is the wrong answer folks.
Trump has to go NOW, the damage being done on a daily basis is horrendous and getting worse by the day.
Now that his buddies look to be giving him a free pass, you can count on it getting far, far worse.
I have every expectation Trump will try to order a nuclear strike somewhere in the middle east at the first opportunity.
Let’s hope our military leaders intervene and save us all.
FRL has been under steady attack since 8:00am today – well over 100 attacks in 10 minutes.
Golly, y’think the local GOP has tagged us a threat to Trump?
Sad. SUPER sad. The CO GOP has become an arm of the GRU.
There’s a very interesting story here.
I sent Matt a short list of questions as a private citizen and after receiving his answers, asked if I could publish them on FRL. His response was curious to say the least. He claimed he wouldn’t change any of his answers, but because I didn’t tell him I was a news outlet, he retracted it all, with some elaborate (and pointless) claims of privacy.
Matt, you’re a public figure now. If this is how you react to the spotlight, I really don’t think City Council is the place for you.
Based on your website, you have absolutely zero experience as a Council member and see City Council as little more than a booster for local businesses.
Also, based on my findings on the web, you’d be a developer’s dream – happy to sign off on virtually any project.
When I first heard about your bid for Council, it was obvious you were the candidate for the GOP even if you didn’t say so. Clearly Trump has made the GOP brand too radioactive. I understand your desire to distance yourself from that dumpster fire.
However, transparency seems to be tough for folks on the right and this exercise proves that.
I would strongly urge Longmonters not to send Mr. Garrett to Council or our beloved hometown could easily see a series of very-unwanted ‘deliveries.’
Questions sent to Matt Garrett that he decided the public didn’t need to see answers to:
I sent Matt a short list of questions and below are the questions and his answers to same. – FRL
(Not published at candidate’s request)
From your website ‘Where I Stand’ :
“Longmont’s small businesses need to have major support from all city government, using every resource available to promote local purchasing.”
Q : Can you characterize (give 2-3 examples of) what you consider ‘major support’?
“City government should not be obstructionists.”
Q: What specifically has council obstructed? Why do you think they did so?
(Not published at candidate’s request)
“Large and small corporations representing a broad range of business models should all feel welcome…”
Q: Can you give an example of the kind of business that Longmont is lacking or that you’d like to see?
(Not published at candidate’s request)
In your interview with John Fryar you are quoted:
“Garrett said he might be considered “a little bit to the right” on the political spectrum because “I have a lot of conservative approaches to economics and government involvement.””
Q: Can you be specific? What approach in use by council now would you change?
(Not published at candidate’s request)
“…cited his opposition to any hydraulic fracturing operations from the surfaces of properties within Longmont’s boundaries.”
Q: Do you believe fracking is environmentally safe in any location?
(Not published at candidate’s request)
(Not published at candidate’s request)
The Times-Call still has absolutely no shame nor class. That they keep supporting this kind of political assassination in the name of news is sad. Oh well, anything for a buck, right?
This lovely little hit piece came out recently when the Longmont GOP decided to Trump it up.
First, let’s look at the small print at the bottom of this little hit piece:
These six have done more to damage Longmont than any other force – and they’ve been at if for a LONG TIME.
Where have we seen this little cabal in action before? The Pink Letter – a heavy-handed lie fest orchestrated by one of Longmont’s absolute worst.
Longmont, you deserve much better than these people. Vote their cronies and their influence OUT of YOUR home town. Your grandkids will thank you for it.
SO YOU’RE A RACIST TOO?
TRUMP SAYS INSANE RACIST THINGS AND YOU STAND SILENT?
RESIGN NOW, YOU’RE A TRAVESTY JUST LIKE TRUMP.
Postscript: since the publication of this article, this site has been under steady attack from an IP in the Russian Federation – hundreds of attacks per minute, using the search string ‘bryan baum’. Attempting to do an SQL injection attack. As usual, clumsy, sad and pathetic; i.e. very likely orchestrated by Extremists for Buck aka Pooty & Pals. Come clean Ken, you working with the Russians too? I thought commies were BAD…? You GOP’ers change your tune so much you’re like an eight-track on a paint shaker!
Just read about Stephen Bradley Mell, now 53, who pled guilty in court to sex crimes.
In the air.
With a 15-year-old.
TimesNow News has more background and it’s really sordid.
Mell clearly groomed his victim, arranged for a time and place, then knowingly put a dangerous vehicle on autopilot so he could have intercourse with a fifteen-year-old girl.
I mean, what could GO WRONG?
Final upshot: yet another victim in the neverending stream of abused, rich guy horks up some cash, hangs out for a few years and in all likelyhood, gets out and does it again – except now with expert support from people like Jeffrey Epstein.
Seven years in prison, five of supervised release, $40,000 fine, $32,500 restitution, $5,000 for Victims of Trafficking Act assessment.
Honestly? That’s it?
No punishment for doing something so reckless with an aircraft??
Does the FAA endorse sex while flying? They must… because I didn’t see a peep about them in the article. I’m just thinking of the people on the ground who could have easily gotten screwed as well if any of a number of things had forced the plane down.
One more case of aerial moronity.
YO. Air community. Let’s be safe up there. (cause it’s US you crash down on)
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The civility dogwhistle
The way this is playing out today is usually couched in calls for “civility.” I hear well-meaning people — often people I agree with on many points — mourning the loss of civilized discourse in our society, implying that if we could just have a nice conversation with the bigots, the intolerant, the racists, the homophobes, that would fix everything.
The ultimate conclusion of this line of thought is the claim that we have to “treat all opinions with respect.” Which is not only wrong, it’s downright dangerous. I am under no obligation to treat the opinions of white supremacists with respect. My moral obligation, in fact, is to shout them down, make sure that they hear loud and clear that they cannot get away with denying someone’s rights, safety, or personhood.
The words “respect” and “civility,” in fact, have become dogwhistles. No matter how poisonous the claim, you can’t call it out as such, because that would be “disrespectful” or “uncivil.” It’s pulled the teeth from our capacity for confronting intolerance and prejudice unequivocally and forcefully, made us question ourselves when in fact we’re the ones on the moral high ground, we’re the ones who should be able to say, “No. This is wrong, and I will not let it go by unchallenged.”
For example, what do you make of this?
So what you’re saying is that if I disagree with you politically, I have no right to live in the same state as you? Or, according to the first person, no right even to live in the United States? Forget civility. If that’s your opinion, go to hell. And if that response bothers you, causes you to unfriend or unfollow me, or whatever, good riddance.
Then there’s Mark Chambers, the mayor of Carbon Hill, Alabama, who posted on Facebook, “We live in a society where homosexuals lecture us on morals, transvestites lecture us on human biology, baby killers lecture us on human rights and socialists lecture us on economics!… The only way to change it would be to kill the problem out. I know it’s bad to say but with out [sic] killing them out there’s no way to fix it.”
When he began to get backlash, he deleted the post and then lied, denying he’d written it. (A tactic Donald Trump is finding out doesn’t work so well.) Then he said that, okay, he wrote it, but it didn’t mean what it explicitly and obviously meant. “Although I believe my comment was taken out of context and was not targeting the LGBTQ community,” he wrote, “I know that it was wrong to say anyone should be kill [sic].”
This mealy-mouthed non-apology is unacceptable. Here we have an elected official who has suggested a Final Solution for the “LGBTQ problem.” This should be loudly, forcefully, and repeatedly challenged — and Mark Chambers should resign. Now.
Women: “Can I have birth control?”
Women: “I couldn’t get birth control so I got pregnant. Can I have an abortion?”
Women: “You prevented me from having an abortion so I’m carrying the fetus, but my employer won’t provide reasonable accommodations and is threatening to fire me. Would you please pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act?”
Women: “I had the baby, but I’m out of work. Can I have WIC and food stamps until I get back on my feet?”
Women: “I found a job, but it doesn’t offer me insurance. Can I have government guaranteed insurance?”
Women: “My kid got sick and I got fired because I missed time caring for him. Can I get unemployment?”
Women: “I’m having a hard time getting my kid from school consistently. Can we fund after-school programs?”
Women: “I’m prepared to work to support my family. Can you make sure that a full-time job’s minimum wage is enough to do that?”
Republicans: No. But what’s the matter with you and your family, that working two jobs can’t lift you out of poverty? And what kind of a mother are you, letting someone else watch your child while you work? If your child doesn’t do well in school or gets in trouble, it’s entirely your fault. You shouldn’t have had a child if you weren’t prepared to take care of her.”
Reposted from the Orange Street News without permission.
By Hilde Kate Lysiak
The OSN was working on a story in Patagonia, Arizona when a law enforcement officer threatened the reporter with arrest unless she stopped reporting the news.
The OSN was biking down Roadrunner Lane investigating the tip at about 1:30 pm on February 18th when the reporter was stopped by Patagonia Marshal Joseph Patterson and asked for identification.
The Orange Street News identified herself as a member of the media, including name and phone number.
“I don’t want to hear about any of that freedom of the press stuff,” said Patterson.
The Marshal continued “I’m going to have you arrested and thrown in juvey. “
The Marshal didn’t have his lights on and passed several people who were on the streets without stopping them or questioning them.
“I can have you arrested, do you understand?” the Marshal answered.
Asked what he could arrested for, the officer first said it was for “disobeying his command,” then said it was for riding on the wrong side of the road. Finally, the officer said a Mountain Lion was spotted in the area despite their being other people in the area who were not kicked off the road.
“I’m worried about your safety, the area you were in we were dealing with a mountain lion,” said Patterson.”
“I gave you a lawful order and if you disobey a law enforcement officer….Lying to me and saying you were going to your friends house wasn’t acceptable.”
“If you paste my face on the internet it’s against the law so I’m not giving you permission to use my picture or my face on the internet, do you understand all that?”
The OSN answered, “I understand all that.”
The court says the First Amendment gives citizens the right to record police officers in public while they are performing their duties. But that doesn’t mean you’re allowed to record if you’re doing so secretly interfering with the officer, or otherwise breaking the law.
The Officer told the reporter he was calling her parents.
“You aren’t an adult so don’t act like,” Marshal Patterson said before driving off.
Ironic that Marshall Patterson’s final remark sums up how I feel about HIM. Officer, you’re a DISGRACE to the badge, you should be arrested and jailed for threatening a journalist with LIES! Big hero you are. Why don’t you go DO your job and stop harassing kids you sad excuse for a
I saw this posted on Facebook and wanted to put it out on the web in plain sight for all to see. It’s excellently-written and the Archdiocese needs to get about a million copies of it. They’ve hidden their physical address but here it is:
Diocese of Covington
1125 Madison Ave.
Covington, KY 41011
From: Scott Mills – Concerned Citizen
To Whom It May Concern,
As you already know, there are many of us in society who are outraged at the behavior of your “so-called” students who disrespected the Native American Elders in Washington yesterday. Please add my name to what must be the ever-growing list of thinking Americans, who wish to call your school to task for this incident.
I wish I could be standing in front of you, the people who supposedly organized these students to attend the “March for Life” gathering. I’d like to look each of you in the eye as I tell you what I want to say…just to see if anything of it registers at all with you.
Somewhere along the way, you have lost the true teachings of the very religion you so desperately cling to. It seems you’ve either forgotten or paid little attention when the concepts of love, compassion, empathy and the brotherhood of man, were mentioned by the man standing at the altar. These are the tenants which form the foundation of your own faith…and those of so many others. Yet, these children came to our nation’s capital, representing your church…and behaved as though they had never heard of any of these. They came as entitled brats….who just couldn’t come home without making sure they had left their mark……and that being on the indigenous people of this country, you might remember…the ones living here, worshiping in their own way, protecting the earth on which they lived and loving their families….LONG before they were ever introduced to Christianity. And quite frankly, Christianity did them no big favors either.
When did you stop teaching children the important things that will get them through life on a much evener keel? When did you stop really looking at the face of a child who may be hurting or disturbed? When was it that you decided that whatever that child’s needs were…you would do nothing more than spout Bible verse? When was it that you stopped thinking about the overall good in people..and focus strictly on what you do or don’t agree with? And when was it that the church became so political, that politics and religion began to walk hand-in-hand? When did all this take place?
Haven’t we seen enough of this in our country’s short history? Haven’t we learned a thing?
And of all those who have suffered at the hands of men……the very first ones subjected to inhumane treatment were those very same Native Americans. By now I thought we would have come to honor and respect those who came before us……but apparently, that must not be taught in your “Christian” school. These students are the proof, that somewhere down the line….you and your church dropped the ball…big time.
And were there not counselors or adult members of the church school accompanying these boys? Where were they as the harassment took place? Or were they in the crowd…sporting their “MAGA” hats as well? Let me make a suggestion here. The next time you send your backwoods students to Washington, a city that has prided itself on diversity since it’s inception, I suggest you sit their lily-white asses down before they leave and tell them to lose the racist articles of clothing first. Then explain to them that they will encounter people of all races, creeds, nationalities, colors, sexual preferences and the like……and then ask them…..”What Would Jesus Do?”, after all, that seems to be quite a favorite expression of Christians today. The trouble of it is…..most don’t have a clue. They are so far away from acting like a spiritual being….it’s very hard for them to comprehend what that means. More proof that you have not done the job given to you.
You wonder why people are backing away from organized religion in droves? The behavior your students exhibited in Washington is only but one of the reasons. You’ve taken sides against your fellow man, and that’s not what Jesus would have done.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), days after his swearing in (so his oath should have been fresh in his mind) – made a thinly-veiled threat that if the investigation into Trump’s crimes isn’t stopped, the United States is in danger of a “coup d’état”.
Mr. Gaetz, if the GOP impedes the investigation into Trump’s crimes, your entire party will be labelled as traitors for all time.
Sit down, shut up and READ YOUR DAMN OATH you oaf.
This is an open message to ALL Trump supporters – you idiots START a civil war and we’ll FINISH IT. When we’re done with you there won’t be two bricks on top of each other in the red states. It will make Sherman’s march look like a church picnic.
Seriously. Stop the talk of insurrection. Do it now. It’s disgusting and unAmerican – which is becoming the GOPs callsign.
Time to warm up your dialing fingers again — H.R. 620 aims to make it incumbent upon disabled people to complain when a business does not provide adequate access for them… and then there is a window of many months before any action might be required. This is ridiculous. Disabled and mobility – impaired people have a right to go about their daily business without having to make complaints about compliance. The ADA says the onus should be on the businesses, and that is where it should remain.
Three Colorado Representatives are on the co-sponsor list for this bill – due to be voted on, on Thursday!
Congress Wants to Change the Americans With Disabilities Act and Undermine the Civil Rights of People With Disabilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act is the most comprehensive and foundational civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. Yet, 27 years after it was passed, people with disabilities still face enormous barriers. People with mobility disabilities routinely find themselves blocked from the simplest of social interactions. They are unable to go to the corner grocery store to pick up a quart of milk because there is a step at the door. They are unable to go to the local movie theatre with their friends because there is no accessible seating. They might be able to get into the door of the local restaurant, but are stymied if they have to go to the bathroom while they are there, because it is the size of a postage stamp.
Title III of the ADA creates a proactive duty on businesses to remove architectural barriers and other obstacles that impede access to the establishment. But businesses have resisted making such changes for decades. And, now, they are asking Congress to help them. A harmful new bill in the House of Representatives, the so-called ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620), is gaining steam. It will be debated in the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning and may go to House floor for a vote soon thereafter.
We must stop this bill from ever becoming law.
H.R. 620 would completely change the way in which a business is required to comply with the ADA. Instead of requiring that a business comply proactively, the bill would place the burden on the individual who is being denied access. This bill proposes that after an individual with a disability is denied access she must first notify the business owner, with exacting specificity, that her civil rights were violated, and then wait for six months to see if the business will make “substantial progress” toward access, before going to a court to order compliance.
Business owners can spend years out of compliance and face no penalty even after they receive notice, so long as the owners claim “substantial progress.” By allowing a business an endless amount of time to become compliant with the ADA’s reasonable requirements, H.R. 620 removes any incentive for a business to proactively ensure that people with disabilities have access. Instead, the bill encourages businesses to just wait until an individual’s civil rights are violated before making any changes.
Those who support H.R. 620, particularly business groups, have argued that the bill makes only a minor and noncontroversial change to the ADA. They claim that the bill merely gives business owners additional time to make their facility accessible after they are notified of a problem. This argument is specious at best and should be rejected.
Supporters of this legislation ignore that shifting the burden in the bill goes completely against how our nation has enforced its civil rights laws since the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. When Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, it included a provision that allowed an individual who is denied access to a public accommodation because of race, color, religion, or national origin to immediately seek relief to gain access. This enforcement mechanism served as a powerful and incentivizing tool to ensure that businesses proactively complied with the law.
The success of the public accommodation provision in the Civil Rights Act influenced Congress when it drafted the Americans with Disabilities Act. Indeed, the public accommodation enforcement provision in the ADA is modeled on the enforcement provision in the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Congress recognized that the civil rights of people with disabilities and their access to places of public accommodations should be treated no differently than the civil rights protections based on race, color, religion, or national origin.
This principle has stood in law for more than a quarter century. But now some in Congress are trying to change the way our country treats the civil rights of people with disabilities. That’s why the ACLU is fighting to ensure that the guarantees of the ADA continue; that the civil rights of people with disabilities are protected; and, in keeping with the intent of Congress, that they be treated no differently than others.
It is imperative that members of Congress stand up for the rights of people with disabilities. The Judiciary Committee in the House of Representatives is planning to vote and debate H.R. 620 on Thursday. The ACLU is urging all members of the Committee to vote against the bill and to stop it from going to the full House for a vote.
The bottom line is that people who use wheelchairs or who have other needs deserve the same right to visit local businesses as any other individual. Forcing people with disabilities to wait months to visit a supermarket or bookstore is precisely the kind of discrimination the ADA was designed to prevent. Businesses have had more than enough “notification” to comply with disability rights law. People with disabilities deserve equal access today — civil rights should not be delayed or tied up in bureaucratic red tape.