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GOP and the Death of Accountability – among other things

From Walter Einenkel at Daily Kos

America last: Rep. Porter has receipts showing Trump chose a quick buck over American lives

Rep. Katie Porter has been all business since being elected to office. Today, Rep. Porter released a report showing that in spite of growing concerns and warnings about the potential oncoming pandemic threat of the COVID-19 virus from top officials and experts, Donald Trump not only did nothing about it, but he also allowed ramped up exportation of much-needed medical supplies. The report, titled “EVERYONE BUT US,” charges Donald Trump with misapplying and mismanaging our nation’s medical supplies in the months leading up to our current crisis.

Rep. Porter, like many Democratic officials, has long pleaded with Trump to use the powers afforded him under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to ramp up production and supply chains for much-needed medical supplies. These essential medical supplies were needed weeks ago at the front lines of the battle to save lives. Trump has instead been stingy in his application of the DPA, trying to gaslight away the death count under his watch.

But while Trump’s incompetence and criminal negligence has been well covered, Porter’s team has analyzed “previously unreported government trade data” that paints an even darker picture of how complicit in our country’s misery Donald Trump is. According to the report, the United States was not simply ill-prepared for the coming pandemic—they were actively making big money depleting our medical resources, making us even less prepared: “The value of U.S. ventilator exports jumped 22.7% percent from January to February.”

And it wasn’t only ventilators. Porter says her team “found that in February 2020, the value of U.S. mask exports to China was 1,094% higher than the 2019 monthly average.” Think about that every time you read a pick-me-up story of some designer creating PPE masks for ER staff, or some grade-school kid donating their mask. And to be clear, during this same time the U.S. imported fewer PPE and cleaning supplies, as well as fewer ventilators.

It is clear that one of the fundamental tragic flaws of conservatism in America is how shortsighted its greed for money and power is. By not being more serious in January and February, and even in March, the Trump administration and the Republican power apparatus, in general, have worsened the economic problems we now face and will continue to face in the not so distant future. What this report shows is that this short-sightedness is pathological in nature, like a fish with a seven-second memory, wondering why it keeps getting hooked in the mouth every time a worm miraculously appears from the sky.

The Conservative ‘Warrior’

As someone who’s very interested in the hijinks of the far-distant right-wing fringe, I subscribe to a number of email lists that give me a peek into the ‘mind’ of extremists.

Recently I got an email from Conservative Party USA that started with this noble-sounding line:

What is the Code of the Conservative Warrior?

Unlike liberals and radical progressives, the Conservative Warrior takes charge of his thoughts, feelings and actions. He happily discovers cause and effect relationships in the sphere of human action. His sense of life allows him to experience the joy of his existence.

This is just hilarious on its face.

From my experience, “conservative warriors” let Fox News tell them what to think and that’s what they think – to the exclusion of any and all facts. Period. ‘Sense of Life’? These trogs have less sense and less life than a potted plant. As for experiencing joy, again, from harsh experience I’ve learned that “conservative warriors” only true experience of joy is when they’re beating someone – either metaphorically or literally. They have no sense of fairness or decency. If money’s involved, then it’s no-holds-barred. I was young during the 60s and I *KNOW* how conservatives talk about anyone that doesn’t put on the brown shirt and march in lockstep. They will kill us all, given half a chance.

Self-Mastery means
The individual knows he exists as a being who possesses power. It is possible to call him or her a warrior
That means you gain control of any situation by calculating everything of importance. Then you take the necessary action based on your convictions and beliefs.
Remember, you’re not a leaf who is at the mercy of the wind; although the Deep State would like to reduce you to that state of existence.

Yes, because POWER is the only thing worthy in this world and woe to them without it. Truly Christian. Cold, calculating, controlling and merciless – the exact image of the ‘Deep State’ they’re howling about. Guys. GET A FUCKIN MIRROR.

As a Conservative Warrior
No one can push you or make you do things against your better judgment. You are tuned to survive, and you survive in the best of all possible fashions.”
Not only do you tune yourself to survive, you also thrive. You understand reality and you use your knowledge to succeed in your endeavors.

Yep! That’s RIGHT! If you don’t WANT to do it, “NO ONE’S THE BOSS OF ME”. Very mature. So helpful in a dangerous situation. As for ‘better judgment’ – keep in mind, these “conservative warriors” are the ones who eagerly voted for a man so racist and hateful he’d put children in cages because he didn’t think they were human because of their color. Or point-blank ignore a pandemic warning until it was a crisis. Yes, you “conservative warriors” are really doing your level best to kill us all.

During these trying times
You obtain peace of mind because you are confident in your ability to overcome challenges and obstacles. You believe that you will achieve your goals and desires.
Life continually presents you choices. Your success rides on your ability to make more correct decisions than incorrect ones. That’s especially true when you’re faced with big decisions. You know, the ones that can make or break you. If you decide to live a life filled with reason and rationality…and love that which you most value, you will enjoy living by the Code of the Conservative Warrior.

More code: “You’ve got enough money stashed away to live like a king while your neighbors starve and die, GOOD FOR ME!” Also,

“Life presents you with choices – screw everybody else, get YOURS NOW, so what if they die!! Dirty fucking hippies deserve it.”

It’s important
That you continue to seek new thoughts and new ideas, especially from the great conservative economists and philosophers. So many people shut themselves out when all they need to do is open up and look out. You should always be on the outlook for more information, never taking anything for granted, and never fully believing everything you hear. You must continue to exercise your mind, expanding it into unknown territory.

Yes, lap up the swill pouring from the mouths of thugs like Limbaugh and Hannity, your gods. NEVER BELIEVE WHAT YOU’RE TOLD – unless your gods tell you. It’s all a big liberal lie. That kind of retardation is going cost America a LOT of lives – nearly as many as we wasted in their idiotic wars like Vietnam and Afghanistan and Iraq already. “Conservative warriors” a term of art for “vicious, cold-blooded opportunistic sociopathic racists” and anyone calling themselves such marks themselves as an enemy of Humankind in my opinion. If you do and are reading this, please throw yourself directly into a tree chipper, it’s the highest service you could do right now.

The Conservative Party USA is:
Committed to protecting your individual rights…and enhancing your personal liberty and economic freedom.
The great economist Ludwig von Mises chose a verse by Virgil to be his motto: “Do not give in to evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it.”

Faithfully yours,

Sam Gallo, Chairman Emeritus
Marcus Kohan, Chairman
Keith Westbrook, President
And all our other team members

As long as the wealthy approve those rights and as long as you pay homage to them. Again, more hilarity ensues at the mention of Mises – who came to be widely regarded as an “archetypal ‘unscientific’ economist”– polite way to say ‘loon’ in common parlance.

Lastly, Sam Gallo. Jesus… the guy is over 90, white as a soda cracker and from Louisiana. Want to bet he’d bring back slavery in a heartbeat? Wonder if he has a child bride. I mean, a real “conservative warrior” can do anything he wants, right?

This, right here, is the face of the force that’s working hard right now to wreck our country.

Cold-blooded, calculating, ruthless sociopaths that will do anything to get their way.

America is watching guys. Watching close. Taking names and details down.

When this crisis has passed there will be accountability for the crimes that have been committed. With any luck, this “conservative warrior” will be taking a dirtnap by then but his pals will be held up to blowtorching scorn for the rest of time.

People’s families and friends are dying RIGHT HERE AT HOME.

Best you sit down now and STFU now Sammy boy – this crazy talk is going get more people hurt.

Farewell to Rush

List of Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (Wikipedia)

Here’s the entry in Wikipedia. Thomas and Harvey are no doubt turning over somewhere.

Some of his more noteworthy remarks. (Snopes)

At least he got his medal

It will look almost as good as one of these on his gravestone.

Having lost my dear friend

Kaye Sillery Fissinger – 5/16/44 – 5/18/17

to lung cancer, I can truly say that I understand the gravity of the situation.

Farewell Rush.

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??!

“Justice” Roberts

Cory Gardner – VOTED FOR NO WITNESSES IN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL OF DONALD JOHN TRUMP Jan 30, 2020

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

Rick Perry

Mike Pompeo

Bill Barr

Lindsey Graham

Devin Nunes

John Solomon

Joe diGenova

Victoria Toensing

Rudi Giuliani

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.

Standing Up to the Beast

David Clark Harrison

David Clark Harrison

First published at DavidClarkHarrison.com

Trump-Miller are attacking our entire democracy
Comprehensively and simultaneously
At all levels, on all fronts.

While we have been responding to individual threats.
To feints and maneuvers meant to distract us
Unable or unwilling to acknowledge the scale
The enormity of what they are doing.

We have been defending ourselves with peashooters.
With platoons and regiments, getting absolutely nowhere.
When what is needed is for the entire country to rise up as one army
With everyone doing their part.

If it is democracy that is under attack
Then democracy itself must respond.

We can’t leave the fight to someone else.
We’ve got to take a stand.
And challenge everyone to do the same.
Democracy depends upon it.

Democracy needs us.
Our planet needs us.

Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln – marching together.
Beneath American flags, fifes and drums playing.
Every school child’s image of our founding.
Their cause was Democracy.

Our country stands for nothing if it does not stand for Democracy.
This is our cause, and it is being taken away from us.
Our country is being taken away from us.
Trampled underfoot by dictators at home and abroad.

When the Beast invades our homes, our places of peace
With intent to harm, our only choice is to resist.
If, in defending our homes, our country, our planet
Someone is offended, someone gets hurt, so be it.

Our cause is forced upon us.
To save our country for democracy.
Gently and with loving kindness if possible.
Aggressively if necessary.
But always: to hear and be heard.

1930’s National Socialism has metastasized to our shores.
All who would defend democracy
Reason and science, compassion, truth, and civility
Must take a stand.

Our Generation’s Civil War Has Begun.
Standing Up to the Beast.
Is where I stand.
Not the end, but only the beginning.

To my Republican friends, so very kind in person
So very cruel, insensitive, and disrespectful in your beliefs
Challenged by facts and logic, addicted to lies
Indifferent to personal character
Heedless of the catastrophe bearing down on us.

Heed this.
Admiral Yamamoto’s warning:
I fear that we have awakened a sleeping giant
And filled him with terrible resolve.

Democracy is a cause unlike any other.
Countless millions have fought and died for it.
Hong Kong fights and dies now.
Many millions more will rise up here with terrible resolve.

How then will you take away our democracy?
Our rights, our freedoms, our civil liberties?
Over our dead bodies!

To the rest of us
We are not passengers on a plane that’s just crash-landed.
Strapped to our seats, immobilized by shock
Waiting passively for the end to come.
We are soldiers in a cause. taking the fight to the enemy
Secure in the knowledge that our cause is just.
We will prevail.

The time to change minds ends
When there are no longer minds to change.
When there is only unreasoning hysteria, hatred, and madness.
Rampant guilt projected onto “them.”

Our skies are inflamed with the fires of hell.
It will be time enough to make peace, to trust and make friends
When the light of Reason and respect shines again.

When guilt is banished for the lie that it is
And truth is restored.
Innocence — our sanctuary and our strength.

It will happen.
But for now: Uncle Sam wants YOU!

David C. Harrison
Redondo Beach, California
7 December 2019 – Pearl Harbor Day

Our Generation’s Civil War Has Begun

David Clark Harrison

David Clark Harrison

First published at DavidClarkHarrison.com

Trump-Miler’s self-styled “victims” could be expected to want to become a political force.
To achieve fairness and social justice — to end victimization.
As FDR’s followers wanted — genuine victims of the Great Depression.

Of course, that’s not what the Trump-Miller mob wants.
Their political pedigree is of the opposite stripe.
From the opposite side of the Atlantic in the same era.

They want a victim-in-chief to validate their projection of guilt onto others.
Their supposed “persecutors.”
To justify switching one victim for another so they can persecute.
So others can be the “losers” and they can be the “winners.”

Blindly following the Winner-in-Chief makes them winners by association
A status they will never relinquish so long as their champion lives.
No matter what evils he perpetrates.

Far from being a flawed human being, he is their Savior, their Chosen One.
More exalted than history’s greatest heroes — Lincoln, Churchill.
Are we afflicted with daily horrors?
This is Horror.

Cruelty is not a by-product of their behavior; it is its very purpose.
Cruelty to others directed by their role model is proof positive.
That they have arrived, and he has gotten them there.
That they and he are one and the same.
The bond between them could not be stronger if it were real blood and soil.

Reacting to their cruelties with horror and outrage doesn’t give them pause.
It’s music to their ears, a red flag waved in the face of the raging bull.
An incitement to further madness, more cruelty.

The Beast’s grasp of power has already gone too far to stop him by democratic means.
Republicans, the Senate, the judiciary — pitiful institutions — shrink in relevance before our eyes.
While impeachment grinds inexorably toward meekness and inconclusion.

With democracy already lost, horror and outrage are irrelevant.
Impeachment is irrelevant.

Tinkering with articles of impeachment won’t change the political dynamics.
When it’s plain for all to see: The Republican Senate can’t be moved.
Their base, inflamed by their impotent rage and right-wing propaganda, can’t be moved.
The politicized, emasculated Supreme Court, can’t be moved.
It’s too late!

Sounding the alarm over systemic cruelty at the border.
Is commendable, honorable, patriotic, courageous.
It’s never acceptable to ignore abandoned children bleeding to death.
We must continue to bear witness, to alleviate suffering.

But the moral ground has shifted.
We must adjust.

All that’s left in the present circumstances is to re-channel the force of feeling.
To unite in search of a leader who will rally us against the Beast.
To unite in fierce opposition to the Beast with all the resources at our disposal.
To defend Democracy, science, compassion, justice, and civility.
To defend civilization and our habitable planet.
To fight for our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren.

The fight — our generation’s Civil War — has already begun.
The only question is: who can lead us in the fight?

When Republicans circled the wagons after Trump-Miller’s crimes were exposed.
When they abandoned Reason for rationalizing and surrendered to the mob.
That’s when the war began.
The vote in the Senate to acquit will only be a formality.
The decision of the Supreme Court to protect Trump’s tax returns will only be a formality.

Reason has already left the room.
What more proof that we have been abandoned by Reason.
Than five minutes of right-wing media?
Than five minutes conversation with anyone who supports Trump?

Yes, victimization of immigrant children at the border.
Has not drawn the attention, the outrage, that it deserves.
Forgive our Democratic compatriots for their blunders, their shortcomings.
But we must move on.

I offer solidarity with anyone who will join me in this cause.
We must find and get behind the right candidate with everything we’ve got.
Short of Trump-Miller dying of natural causes.
And their base melting away — not a likely prospect.
It is our only hope.

David C. Harrison
Redondo Beach, California

Thoughts from a letter to a friend
6 December 2019

Why Not Wait?

Bob Seay

First published at BobSeay.com

Should Congress impeach the President? Why not just wait for the 2020 elections and let the voters decide?

These are legitimate questions. Voters, having expressed their preferences at the ballot box, are rightfully suspicious of efforts to overturn those results. Colorado Republicans were reminded of this when they tried and failed to recall Governor Polis and several members of the Colorado legislature.

Many Democrats were disappointed when Speaker Pelosi refused to hold impeachment hearings immediately after regaining control of the House in 2018. Despite this political pressure, Pelosi refused to consider impeachment for presidential actions within the scope of the Constitution. Nancy Pelosi respects the election process and knows how Americans feel about overturning an election. Although she disagrees with President Trump, the Speaker of the House respects the constitutional authority of the President.

President Trump is not facing impeachment because Democrats disagree with his policies. President Trump is facing impeachment because he broke the law.

The President broke the law when he threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine unless the Ukrainian President promised to smear Joe Biden. This was the quid pro quo, which literally means “this for that”, to which witnesses testified before Congress. The “quid” was American military aid which Ukraine needed to defend itself from an increasingly aggressive Russia. The “quo” was that the Ukrainian government would help President Trump in the 2020 election. It was as if President Trump told the Ukrainians, “Nice country. It would be a shame if something happened to it.”

The evidence is clear. The only question is whether President Trump’s actions rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors” required for conviction.

So why not just wait for the 2020 elections?

Congress must impeach to protect the integrity of the Constitution, which members of Congress have sworn to support and defend. The authors of the Constitution were concerned about corrupt foreign influence and made specific provisions to guard against it. Government officials, including the President, are forbidden from accepting “any present… from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” President Trump has referred to this as “the phony emoluments clause”, but it is as much a part of the Constitution as the Electoral College that put him into office. Dirt on Joe Biden, if such dirt were available, would be a gift from the Ukraine, paid for by the American people.

Congress must impeach to protect the integrity of the presidency. Future Presidents need to know that Congress will not tolerate a President who exploits their office for personal gain.

Congress must impeach to protect the integrity of our elections. Americans need to know that our elections will not be influenced by foreign governments who wish us harm. Americans need to know that American elections are decided by American voters and not by outsiders working against us.

If the President is not impeached, future Presidents will know they can extort foreign governments for personal benefit. Future Presidents will know they can use the United States Treasury as a campaign slush fund. They will know they are above the law.

This is why this President must be impeached in the House and convicted in the Senate. Americans need to know their Constitution works.

Ukrainian Thugs

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.

Matt Garrett

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’?

Matt:

(Not published at candidate’s request)

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“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)

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“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)

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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)

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(same interview)

“…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)

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(Not published at candidate’s request)

Still Dirty After All These Years

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.

Attack mailer against Joan Peck. Funded by the absolute worst of Longmont’s rightwing crew.

First, let’s look at the small print at the bottom of this little hit piece:

Gabe Santos, Julia Pirnack, Leona Stoecker, Bob Askey, Bonnie Finley, Dale Bruns

These six have done more to damage Longmont than any other force – and they’ve been at if for a LONG TIME.

Gabe Santos, still slime mongering

Julia Pirnack, still queenly

Leona Stoecker

Leona Stoecker, still shadowy

Bob Askey, still staunch GOP

Bonnie Finley, still scheming with oil

Dale Bruns, still skulking

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.

 

All Roads Lead to Putin

Donald J. Trump - Travesty

Nancy Pelosi telling Trump “…All roads lead to Putin.” – at which point he lost his shit completely.

Trump : Travesty

Trump responding like an angry child while the staff around him cringe at his idiocy. Pompeo looks like he’s having an aneurism.

 

Sex on Autopilot

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)

The GOP and Women

Dust bowl mom

Almost a century now of GOP abuse of women.

Women: “Can I have birth control?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “I couldn’t get birth control so I got pregnant. Can I have an abortion?”
Republicans: “No.”

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?”
Republicans: “No”

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?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “I found a job, but it doesn’t offer me insurance. Can I have government guaranteed insurance?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “My kid got sick and I got fired because I missed time caring for him. Can I get unemployment?”
Republicans: “No.”

Women: “I’m having a hard time getting my kid from school consistently. Can we fund after-school programs?”
Republicans: “No.”

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.”

Planks

Bruce Lindner - Portland, OR - Pony Espresso
Bruce Lindner, Portland, OR

Things I expect the 2020 Democratic nominee to support:

  • Return the U.S. to the Paris Climate Accords, fast-track climate change measures domesticallyReturn the U.S. to the JCPOA
  • ERA: It’s 4 decades overdue. Renew it, expand it to include race, religion, gender, etc., push it hard, pass it. Git ‘er done.
  • Double-down on rectifying GOP ObamaCare sabotage, promote healthcare for ALL
  • Establish fair working wage job standards
  • Declare all out war on Citizens United. Draft a Constitutional Amendment that would regulate money in politics
  • Challenge the NRA at every turn, push for a ban on military-style weapons from public ownership
  • Fire every single functionary leftover from the Trump administration: CLEAN HOUSE! Fumigate, if necessary
  • Abolish the tariffs
  • Restore our commitment to NATO. Beg Canada, Mexico, Australia, our European allies to forgive us for our arrogance and bravado… even China
  • Propose (internally) standards to deal with any future nations that attempt to interfere in our elections
  • Reinstate the Fairness Doctrine
  • Restart normalization of relations with Cuba. Offer olive branch to some other ostracized nations, even Iran, Venezuela, in exchange for specific diplomatic goals: Eliminate “my way or the highway” global U.S. attitude
  • Declare war on RACISM, white supremacism. Establish defined parameters for race-based and faith-based terrorism
  • Renew our commitment to a Two-State solution in the Middle East. Make any potential foreign aid to 👉🏼 either side 👈🏼 contingent upon it. Demand compliance with U.N. resolutions 242 and 338
  • Make nepotism on a Federal level punishable by law
  • Require all future Presidents, Supreme Court Justices, Senators, Congressmen/women to submit to a mental evaluation before they can serve
  • Require all future Presidents, Supreme Court Justices, Senators, Congressmen/women to make their tax records public before they can serve
  • Fund green programs, infrastructure, etc., restore all Obama era environmental, Interior Department, National Parks protections
  • Restore the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to previous administration’s vision. Regulate payday lenders. Unless she’s elected POTUS 46, insist that the job be given to Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

But… but Bruce! If we do all that, then NO Republicans will crossover and vote Democratic! It’s just sooo radical! 😱

That’s 👉🏼 the POINT! 👈🏼 If we do all that, we won’t NEED to woo them. We’ll win everyone else. Okay?

So what did I leave out? 🤔 Feel free to amend it. Is there anything on this list that’s so unreasonable, so radical, so batshit CRAZY that any of the Democratic candidates for President couldn’t embrace it?

Let the above (or a reasonably modified version of it) be the foundation for the official platform. Let’s build on it.

Thanks!

Police Harrass Journalist

Marshall Joseph Patterson of the Patagonia, AZ police department needs fired. NOW.

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 man. – FRL