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Don midwest
Don midwest

Glenn has many times pointed out that Fox is for republicans, MSNBC is for dems they play the “each side” card

Don midwest
Don midwest

Glenn on Tucker Carleson on dangers of attack on dissent

5 min video

could Glenn say this on MSM?

https://t.co/kSq1vrWkoa?amp=1

polarbear4

polarbear4

worth a listen.

they are using this just like 9/11. tbh, i wonder if the Repubs (+?) knew this and it was part of the hands off the “insurgents.” here’s the surveillance part of the neolib agenda, right on time. hope we can stop it, but i’m less inclined to even use the word hope anymore.

Don midwest
Don midwest

well, well

Army falsely denied Flynn’s brother was involved in key part of military response to Capitol riot

It makes sense that Flynn, as the Army’s deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and training, would have been involved in the Pentagon response. The D.C. Guard answers to the president, but the president delegates control over the force to the defense secretary and the Army secretary, essentially leaving it to top Army officials to make critical decisions regarding the District’s military force. Flynn, however, is not in the chain of command.

The Army’s initial denial of Flynn’s participation in the critical Jan. 6 meeting, despite multiple inquiries on the matter, comes as lawmakers demand transparency from the Defense Department in the aftermath of one of Washington’s gravest national security failures, which left one police officer and four rioters dead, the Capitol desecrated and the lives of Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress endangered.

The episode highlights the challenge for the Army in having an influential senior officer whose brother has become a central figure in QAnon, the extreme ideology that alleges Trump was waging a battle with Satan-worshiping Democrats who traffic children. Michael Flynn, who previously ran the Defense Intelligence Agency and left the Army as a three-star general, has espoused QAnon messages, and QAnon adherents are among those who have been charged in connection with the attempted insurrection. In November, Trump announced he had pardoned Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

The night before the Capitol siege, Michael Flynn addressed a crowd of Trump supporters at Freedom Plaza near the White House, saying: “This country is awake tomorrow. . . . The members, the members of Congress, the members of the House of Representatives, the members of the United States Senate, those of you who are feeling weak tonight . . . we the people are going to be here, and we want you to know that we will not stand for a lie.”

***

Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who has since resigned in the wake of the security failure, and acting D.C. police chief Robert J. Contee III were flabbergasted by the Army’s reaction, according to four people on the call. Sund had stressed that the Capitol had been breached by protesters and told those on the call that he had reports of shots being fired on the scene.

Army officials declined to answer several questions about Flynn’s statement, including how long he was in the room during the call, whether he said anything, and if he was the one who described the crowd at the Capitol as mostly peaceful.

The Army also declined to answer why it falsely said for days that Flynn, who already has been confirmed by the Senate for a promotion to four-star general, was not involved.

“Thank you for the opportunity to comment, however we have nothing further to add,” the Army said in response to questions posed by The Post through email.

Don midwest
Torabs
Torabs

Kind of bizarre to see Yves criticize the article by taking the exact positions criticized by the article (saying it’s only a particular form of capitalism that’s bad, implicitly assuming the employer-employee model is ok, etc.).

NYCVG

Good morning Benny and all of us who gather there.

I was glad to see that Benny opened with Covid. Here’s my reporting on an item in yesterday’s NY Daily News.

I’m calling it, Where Have All The Vaccines Gone?

From the News,”Israel has struck a deal with Pfizer, promising to share vast troves of medical data with the drug giant in exchange for the continued flow of its hard-to-get vaccine.”

Bibi said, “Israel will be a global model state. Israel will share with Pfizer and the entire world the statistical data that will help develop strategies for defeating the coronavirus.”

(As you may have heard, this effort will not include Palestinians.)

The exact quid pro quo is unclear. We don’t know how much Israel is paying for the vaccine.

What we do know is that NYC with a population of 8.9 million, similar to Israel’s 9.3 million will be out of vaccine either today or tomorrow.

orlbucfan

Netanyaboob ain’t in jail yet?

wi62

If the universe adjoined just right yaboob and trumpcorp would be sharing a cell somewhere

polarbear4

I was hoping he would begin to bring back production to the USA. That may be why–we’ve outsourced so much drug manufacturing. I would LOVE to see us ramp that up again. The kind of job that is a win win for everyone. I know Big Pharma is a danger, but at least it’s not drones and it puts people to work. Drug prices would go up some, most likely. But if we regulated pharma and had more govt. funding for meds, it would be fine.

i can dream.

LieparDestin

jcitybone

https://www.vox.com/2021/1/20/22241280/bernie-sanders-inauguration-day-memes-coat

The inauguration came just two weeks after the surreal, terrifying January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, and the memes seemed to project that Sanders wasn’t there to celebrate in a difficult moment, but to get the ritual over with and get back to work.

Just as they did throughout 2020, Bernie memes provided an Inauguration Day entry point for many Americans into a fraught political moment. There may be an extraordinary amount of uncertainty and anxiety around the near future, but Bernie and his reliable overcoat offer some much-needed familiarity, reassurance, and warmth (pun intended).

jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/20/oval-office-joe-biden-busts-paintings-mlk-fdr-franklin

As Joe Biden sat down in the Oval Office on Wednesday, just hours after being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, it was clear more had changed in the room than the administration.

Biden revealed some new decor as he invited reporters into his new office to watch him sign a stack of executive orders.

Donald Trump’s portrait of Andrew Jackson – the censured and fellow populist 19th-century president – was replaced with Benjamin Franklin, meant to signal Biden’s interest in science, according to the Washington Post. Other intentional changes include a portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and paired paintings of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton – representing two people with vastly differing ideologies who worked together.

Placed on the mantle and other shelving are now busts of Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks, and Robert Kennedy. Also notable are a bust of César Chávez, the American labor leader and Latin American activist, and a sculpture of the Chiricahua Apache Tribe, which belonged to the late senator Daniel K Inouye, the first Japanese American elected to both houses of Congress.

polarbear4

that last pararaph actually makes me very mad, seeing as how he with the corporate imperialists, so far. defunding Yemen is great, but recognizing Guaido? was he for what happened in Bolivia?

and as far as helping the marginalized, ignoring Jayapal and turning to his buddies in the insurance industry, no canceling of debt, new surveillance, and god knows what is to come, MLK would be marching against him, as would Robert and probably Rosa. Apaches were not know for their “unity,” either.

but kente cloth is dems.

jcitybone

Really not seeing what the last paragraph has to do with Venezuela. Agreed that Biden’s foreign policy will leave a lot to be desired, as well as other aspects of his domestic policies, but he will be a lot better for race relations (MLK and Parks) and labor (Chavez) than fascist, white supremacist, insurrectionist Trump and his Republican cronies. Do you really think that if Trump had won with a Republican Congress that things would be just the same? Any chance for Covid or economic aid? Why do you think Bernie and our progressive elected politicians all strongly supported Biden. Now that he’s elected that strong support will depend on Biden’s actions. The more we push, the more we will get. But we will not get everything we want. Biden needs to listen to progressives if he doesn’t want to the Dems to be swamped in the midterms.

polarbear4

relating the last paragraph, Chavez, probably MLK, and others would be horrified at his recognizing Guaido.

As for the rest, i agree we need to push him, i disagree as to how much good it will do.

They supported him bc Trump, who is now gone.

if having that decor truly inspires him to do great things, great, i’ll eat crow until i die. if it’s used as performance to virtue signal to the millions who eat this up, that angers me bc it’s how we keep getting what we got for at least the next four years.

I recognize that this anger seems especially hot today, and will try to not comment so much. y’all know where i’m at, i don’t have to keep inserting it when you are being hopeful. lol

Torabs
Torabs

I don’t mind some well-earned skepticism. If I only wanted to see cheerleading for this shit-show, I’d hop back on Twitter.

Torabs
Torabs

Has defunding the war on Yemen been made official? I hadn’t seen that.

polarbear4

maybe not. it’s been talked about by some pretty high up people on his team. how the Houthis are bad too, but it’s bad….

and it is a high profile thing that is very important and i will genuinely thank them for that when (if) they do it.

Torabs
Torabs

Very much on the “if” side of the scale, the new regime is very fond of their militarism.

I’m similarly very skeptical about rejoining the Iran nuclear deal, for the same reasons.

jcitybone

orlbucfan

RFK had a checkered past. Maybe he actually repented before he ran for Prez, and maybe not. I read all the hero worship about him with a slightly raised eyebrow. I was already a political junkie back when he was alive.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/535197-democrats-shoot-down-mcconnells-filibuster-gambit?amp&__twitter_impression=true

Democrats are shooting down an effort by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to include protections for the legislative filibuster as part of a Senate power-sharing deal.

“We’re not going to give him what he wishes. If you did that then there would be just unbridled use of it. I mean nothing holding him back,” said Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), the No. 2 Senate Democrat, on Thursday.

wi62

Lets see if the D’s found thier spine to shoot down the🐢? After seeing that senate sked 2 years is like 6 months

orlbucfan

Well, well, well, so the Dems are showing cajones?

jcitybone

is a function of the administration* now departed that any discussion of democracy, decency, and truth would resonate as a rebuke, but it’s hard to believe that so much of that speech wasn’t aimed at the previous president* and, more important, at the country that elected him, and came so very close to electing him again. There was an unmistakable toughness beneath the warm evocations of our common citizenship.

We face an attack on our democracy and on truth. A raging virus, growing inequity, the sting of systemic racism, a climate in crisis. America’s role in the world. Any one of these would be enough to challenge us in profound ways. But the fact is, we face them all at once. Presenting this nation with one of the gravest responsibilities we’ve had. Now we’re going to be tested.

There are barbs in that first sentence, so that it will strike deep and hold fast in the targets at which it is aimed. I have no idea how, say, Ted Cruz didn’t start bleeding from every orifice sitting there listening to it. He was being told, in the language of unity, that he and the president* to whom he paid unflinching fealty remain threats to the republic on a par with an uncontrolled medical emergency, an existential global emergency, and the country’s original sin for which it has not yet atoned.

And here we stand, just days after a riotous mob thought they could use violence to silence the will of the people, to stop the work of our democracy, to drive us from this sacred ground. It did not happen. It will never happen. Not today. Not tomorrow. Not ever.

jcitybone

Well if the shoe fits Rand

https://www.newsweek.com/rand-paul-joe-biden-liars-racists-fox-news-1563331

Republican Senator Rand Paul has said that President Joe Biden’s call for an end to lies in public discourse was a veiled accusation of racism towards people like him who held different political views.

During Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony in front of the U.S. Capitol, Biden described how there were “lies told for power and for profit,” and that everyone had a duty “to defend the truth and defeat the lies.”

This was an apparent reference to debunked claims his election victory had been marred by voter fraud, which spurred supporters of former President Donald Trump to gather outside the Capitol on January 6. Trump has been impeached on an article that says he incited the supporters to storm the building.

“We must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured,” Biden said.

But Paul took exception to Biden’s speech, telling Fox News: “Much of it is thinly veiled innuendo calling us white supremacists, calling us racists, calling us every name in the book, calling us people who don’t tell the truth.”

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Glad Rand got the message. Lol.

orlbucfan

How about we see garbage like him, Sick Rott, Beijing/Taiwan Mitch, Tom Cotton, etc., etc. ad. nauseum get kicked out of office?? When and how will that go down??!

orlbucfan

Spare me the sanctimonious Byedone here. Only reason I give him any cred is cos of Lady Gaga’s singing of the 🇺🇸 Anthem.

jcitybone

Again 2021 is very different than 2009.

https://theintercept.com/2021/01/21/joe-manchin-stimulus-checks/

In 2009, progressive organizations were warned by the White House not to pressure conservative Democrats. Biden doesn’t have that control this time.

It may be no coincidence that not long after Manchin’s initial comments to the Washington Post, he was getting pounded at home by a brutal radio ad. “Joe Manchin thinks he knows better than both our president and the Democrats,” says the ad. “I guess Joe just don’t know what it’s been like to live through the pandemic. We should call his office and let him know.”

The spot was narrated by Corbin Trent, the former spokesperson for New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Trent, Justice Democrats co-founder Zack Exley, and former Ocasio-Cortez chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti had put together a new political action committee — the No Excuses PAC — to pressure Manchin to back the $2,000 checks. The ad reached an estimated quarter million people each time it aired, according to Trent. It was precisely the kind of targeted ad that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel in 2009 told progressive groups was “fucking retarded” and needed to come off the air. The progressive groups complied.

Now, with an evenly divided Senate, Democrats like Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema are uniquely positioned to hold leverage over their party and block desperately needed relief. House Democrats also have little room for error in steering the nation out of a crisis, given their razor-thin margin. No Excuses PAC intends to push back against any Democratic lawmakers who try to hamper ambitious policy with similar rapid-response ad campaigns in the future, Trent told The Intercept.

“The only way we won’t do this is if Democrats just push through everything that needs to be done, keep all their promises, and do what’s right for the people who just gave them the House, the Senate, the White House,” Trent said. “But my guess is — not to be a jaded, cynical bastard — my guess is they’re going to need a little bit of encouragement, a little bit of cajoling from time to time.”

polarbear4

yayyyy. i would contribute to something like that.

jcitybone

https://www.politico.com/newsletters/transition-playbook/2021/01/12/progressives-to-biden-dont-forget-supreme-court-reform-792734

When President-elect JOE BIDEN first floated the idea of creating a bipartisan commission to advise on how to reform the Supreme Court, progressives knocked it as yet another panel that would stymie actual change.

Now, progressive activists are pushing the president-elect to get moving on it as they seek to put the issue of court reform back on the agenda following Democrats’ Senate victories in Georgia.

In a letter to Biden’s transition team obtained exclusively by Holly, Demand Justice, Indivisible, Demos, Take Back the Court and other groups called on such a commission to start work immediately because “the threat is urgent” and “there is no time to waste.”

The organizations also urged Biden to only appoint people to the commission who back serious change to the Supreme Court. During the campaign, Biden said that the commission would include Democrats and Republicans. Progressives fear that would give an opening to the GOP to pressure Biden to include supporters of the status quo.

“Just as a climate change commission would never include a climate denier or a criminal justice reform commission would never include a skeptic of systemic racism, the prerequisite for each commissioner here must be the recognition that our Supreme Court needs to be reformed,” the organizations wrote.

Biden proposed forming a commission in the final weeks of the presidential campaign in October, after President DONALD TRUMP nominated AMY CONEY BARRETT to fill the late RUTH BADER GINSBURG’s Supreme Court seat. But he ducked calls by many liberals to endorse an expansion of the court.

At the time, Demand Justice said the commission “runs the risk of stalling momentum for serious reform.” Democracy for America, another liberal group, said, “We don’t need to be promised a nice report about reform delivered to the White House, we need Vice President Biden to assure Americans that he will take bold action to ensure our courts don’t remain dominated by a right-wing fringe.”

What changed? Take Back the Court director AARON BELKIN explained the shift this way: “Biden effectively has no time on the clock to restore democracy.”

jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/jan/21/cancel-student-loans-joe-biden

Thousands of student debtors have launched a campaign urging Joe Biden to enact full student loan cancellation within the first 100 days of his presidency.

The Debt Collective, which has more than 9,300 members, has tapped 100 debtors to be a part of the “the Biden Jubilee 100” – 100 people going on a debt strike, one representing each day during Biden’s first 100 days. Many have over $100,000 of student debt.

“It’s the right thing to do as the first step to ensuring a fairer higher education system,” said the collective in a petition to Biden. “Even before Covid-19, one million new student debtors were defaulting on their student loans every year. Student loans defaults are hitting women, Black, Indigenous and brown borrowers the hardest.”

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/01/21/now-lets-cancel-them-demands-aoc-biden-extends-pause-student-loan-payments

Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez late Wednesday called on President Joe Biden to use his executive authority to immediately cancel student loan payments after the president signed an order extending an existing pause through at least the end of September.

“OK now let’s cancel them,” the New York Democrat tweeted in response to Biden’s order, which directs the Education Department to freeze “federal student loan payments and collections and keep the interest rate at 0%.”

“Too many Americans are struggling to pay for basic necessities and to provide for their families,” the White House said in a statement. “They should not be forced to choose between paying their student loans and putting food on the table.”

While the extension of the payment freeze was a welcome day-one action by Biden, progressives have long argued that the president has the legal authority—and a moral obligation—to unilaterally cancel the student loan debt that is saddling tens of millions of Americans.

orlbucfan

I continue to worry about her. She has mentioned this being her last term in office. AOC has taken a beating from the craporate political media that we in the Nest can only barely comprehend.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Beautiful. I got to send a lil somethin somethin to the No Excuses Pac.

orlbucfan

They also need to deliver in 2 years regarding primaries.