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  #2791687 8-Oct-2021 10:29
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REPUBLICANS BLAST FACEBOOK FOR ENDANGERING DEMOCRACY: “THAT’S OUR JOB”

 

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Senate Republicans have blasted Facebook for endangering democracy, with Senator Mitch McConnell defiantly declaring, “That’s our job.”

 

Several of McConnell’s Senate colleagues, including Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, concurred that, by destabilizing democratic institutions, Facebook was encroaching on Republican turf.

 

“On January 6th, I was on the ground, giving insurrectionists a hearty fist pump,” Hawley said. “When it comes to attacking democracy, I don’t need Facebook’s quote-unquote ‘help.’ ”

 

“When it was time to delegitimize the election results, where was Facebook?” Cruz said. “The hard, grinding work of shredding democratic norms fell to dedicated foot soldiers, like yours truly.”

 

But the harshest critique of Facebook came from McConnell, who called Facebook’s efforts to undermine democracy “amateurish at best.”

 

“Facebook made out it was a big deal when their network shut down earlier this week,” the Senate Majority Leader said. “Well, we Republicans have been working tirelessly to shut down the entire U.S. government. Sorry, Facebook, but I’m not impressed.”





'Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.' Voltaire

 

'If you believe in things that you don't understand, then you suffer.' Stevie Wonder - 'Superstition'

 

 


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  #2791703 8-Oct-2021 10:31
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Washington Post: Senate report gives new details of Trump efforts to use Justice Dept. to overturn election

...[Department of justice officials] met in the Oval Office for a final confrontation on Trump’s plan to replace attorney general Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, a little-known Justice Department official who had indicated he would publicly pursue Trump’s false claims of mass voter fraud.

...Trump opened the meeting by saying, “One thing we know is you, [attorney general] Rosen, aren’t going to do anything to overturn the election.”

For three hours, the officials then debated Trump’s plan, and the insistence by Rosen and others that they would resign rather than go along with it.

During the meeting, [deputy attorney general] Donoghue and another Justice Department official made clear that all of the Justice Department’s assistant attorneys general “would resign if Trump replaced Rosen with Clark,” the report says. “Donoghue added that the mass resignations likely would not end there, and that U.S. Attorneys and other DOJ officials might also resign en masse.”

A key issue in the meeting was a letter that [minor DOJ employee] Clark and Trump wanted the Justice Department to send to Georgia officials warning of “irregularities” in voting and suggesting the state legislature get involved in questioning the election results. Clark thought the letter should also be sent to officials in other states where Trump supporters were contesting winning Biden vote totals, the report said.

Rosen and Donoghue had refused to send such a letter, infuriating Trump. According to the report, the president thought that if he installed Clark as the new attorney general, the letter would go out, fueling his bid to toss out Biden victories in a handful of states.

The Senate report says opposition to the idea came not only from the Justice Department but from the top White House lawyer, Pat Cipollone, who made clear that he and his deputy also would quit if Trump went through with his plan.

At one point in the meeting, Cipollone called Clark’s letter a “murder-suicide pact,” for the chain reaction it would be likely to set off inside the government, the report says.

Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), the committee’s chairman, told reporters Trump’s attempt to “take over” the Justice Department was “stopped by a handful of people who stood up for principle and against Trump’s strategy.”
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  #2791709 8-Oct-2021 10:45
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I guess Trump's lawyers are asking for cash up front, because a Trump promise and $5 will buy you a cup of coffee.

Politico: Trump tells 4 former aides to defy Jan. 6 committee's subpoena

The House panel probing the Capitol attack had demanded documents and testimony from the former president's former aides by [today].

Former President Donald Trump is directing a group of his former aides to ignore a subpoena from the House committee probing the Jan. 6 Capitol attack and signaling he will go to court to block their testimony to the investigators.

...a Trump lawyer tells them not to cooperate with the probe.

The letter stated the committee is seeking materials that are covered by executive privilege, as well as other privileges.

...Then the letter directed its recipient to hold back any documents about his White House work and to refuse to testify about his official duties.

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  #2791713 8-Oct-2021 10:49
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But if he gets a subpoena he has to respond to it or attend court, right? He can't just say, "oh, I don't like this, so I'm going to get it blocked" and ignore it? He has to respond, right?


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  #2791812 8-Oct-2021 14:26
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Reading these posts just gets me more and more depressed. Who decided to give Presidents such free rein to ruin the country?

 

And Trump is still there interfering, along with his cronies.


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  #2791851 8-Oct-2021 16:40
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linw:

Reading these posts just gets me more and more depressed. Who decided to give Presidents such free rein to ruin the country?

 

 

That's the weird thing about the US, they fought a revolutionary war to get rid of a king and then created their own one, albeit one who's up for renewal every four years unless he manages to get enough of his cronies in the right places during his initial term.

 

 

It's (mostly) worked so far because the president has always been a career politician who knows they have to play (mostly) within the unwritten rules. However Trump is an outsider and has no qualms about turning the role of President into El Presidente, and since the distinction between President and El Presidente has always been set by gentleman's agreement there's not much in the US Constitution or derived precedent to stop him from doing so.

 

 

The only redeeming grace so far is that Trump is about as effective an El Presidente as Idi Amin. What's scary is that he's shown what you can get away with to the next El Presidente, who will be far more competent than Trump was.

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  #2791861 8-Oct-2021 17:14
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neb: That's the weird thing about the US, they fought a revolutionary war to get rid of a king and then created their own one ...

 






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  #2792313 9-Oct-2021 16:15
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If Trump was in charge of a Columbian drug cartel, he's find a way to bankrupt it.

AP news: Trump hotel lost $70M despite millions in foreign business

Former President Donald Trump’s company lost more than $70 million on his Washington, D.C., hotel during his four years in office despite taking in millions from foreign governments, according to documents released Friday by a congressional committee investigating his business.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform said the luxury hotel just a few blocks from the White House was struggling so badly that the Trump Organization had to inject $27 million from other parts of its business and got preferential treatment from a major lender to delay payments on a $170 million loan.

The committee said the losses came despite an estimated $3.7 million in revenue from foreign governments, business that ethics experts say Trump should have refused because it posed conflicts of interest with his role as president.
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  #2792317 9-Oct-2021 16:25
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Here's Trump's explanation of Republican refusing vaccinations during an "interview" with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Thursday night:

"During my administration, everybody wanted the vaccine.

There was nobody saying oh, gee, I don't want to take it.

Now they say that. And that's because they don't trust the Biden administration.

I can think of no other reason.

But they say we don't want it, we aren't going to take it.

When I was there, everybody wanted it and we were doing great. Well, the military did a fantastic job."

From 2007:

“When I was growing up, autism wasn’t really a factor,” he told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in a 2007 interview. “And now all of a sudden, it’s an epidemic. Everybody has their theory. My theory, and I study it because I have young children, my theory is the shots. We’re giving these massive injections at one time, and I really think it does something to the children.”

From 2009

"I think the vaccines can be very dangerous. And, obviously, you know, a lot of people are talking about vaccines with children with respect to autism. ... “But I don’t think I would inject them with all sorts of vaccines that, really, nobody even right now knows if it works with respect to what they’re — what they’re looking at right now, Neil.”

From 2012

The Fox hosts noted that most physicians disagreed with his theory that vaccines cause autism.

“Well, it’s also very controversial to even say, but I couldn’t care less. I mean, I’ve seen people, where they have a perfectly healthy child, and they go for the vaccinations, and a month later the child is no longer healthy.”

He continued: “It happened to somebody that worked for me recently. I mean, they had this beautiful child, not a problem in the world, and all of a sudden, they go in, they get this monster shot — you ever see the size of it? It’s like they’re pumping in, you know it’s terrible, the amount, and they pump this into this little body, and then all of a sudden the child is different a month later. And I strongly believe that’s it.”

From 2015

“If you take this little beautiful baby, and you pump … I mean, it looks just like it’s meant for a horse, not for a child, and we’ve had so many instances, people that work for me, just the other day, 2 years old, 2½ years old, a child, a beautiful child, went to have the vaccine and came back, and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic.”

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  #2792340 9-Oct-2021 17:04
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".... a lot of people are talking about..."

 

"... people are saying..."

 

"... you know a lot of people say..."

 

 


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  #2792341 9-Oct-2021 17:05
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arcon:

".... a lot of people are talking about..."

 

"... people are saying..."

 

"... you know a lot of people say..."

 

 

 

"... the voices inside my head are telling me... "

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  #2792344 9-Oct-2021 17:14
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"...we did a fantastic job..."
Does that also apply to the January 6 riot? If memory serves right, he still lost?


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  #2792348 9-Oct-2021 17:30
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US Politics 101:

 

 

Spot the Democrat in this image.

 

The original caption: The tokay gecko bites back despite being held in the coils of the golden tree snake.

 

This image was shortlisted in the Royal Society of Biology's photo competition.





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  #2792352 9-Oct-2021 17:48
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Another variant on the theme, a black-headed heron vs. a (probably) rinkhals snake. A bit pixelated, cropped from a larger image taken with a very long lens.

 

 


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  #2792649 10-Oct-2021 11:01
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The New York Times - Jan. 6 Panel Threatens to Pursue Charges Against Bannon

 

08 Oct 2021

 


A lawyer for Stephen K. Bannon said he was refusing to comply with a subpoena from the committee on the directive of the former president.

 

The select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot threatened on Friday to pursue criminal charges against Stephen K. Bannon, the former chief strategist to President Donald J. Trump, for refusing to comply with its subpoena, announcing it would consider initiating contempt of Congress proceedings. ...

 

The committee has ordered four former Trump administration officials - Mr. Bannon; Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff; Dan Scavino Jr., a deputy chief of staff; and Kash Patel, a Pentagon chief of staff  - to sit for depositions and furnish documents and other materials relevant to its investigation. ...

 

 

 





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