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A viral Russian election video has been blasted as homophobic after the presence a gay man at your house was included in the parade of terrors caused by not voting.

The clip, watched more than 3 million times on Facebook, is set on the night before Russia’s March 18 election, in which Vladimir Putin is expected to be reelected easily.

A portly husband dismisses his his wife’s desire to vote in the election, and says that her vote does not matter before he falls asleep and begins to dream.

The waking nightmare he finds himself in the next morning because of his apathy includes walking to the kitchen to find a “gay on a homestay,” part of a program where Russian families are forced to support LGBT people who don’t have partners.

The gay man, seen eating a banana, later appears in bed next to the clip’s middle aged protagonist before he wakes up.

Other “evils” pointed out by Russia viewers included military conscription for those up to 60 years old, a black man in the military, reminders of a Soviet youth program, massive inflation and rationed time to use the toilet.

But the targeting of LGBT people, who face discrimination in most of Russia including a ban on parades and “gay propaganda” since 2014, has earned the most attention both in local political circles and abroad.


Who is helped by awful videos like this?


Putin is certainly going to win but he wants to make sure the turnout is not so low that people will question the legitimacy of the election

Don midwest
Don midwest

UK thinker, journalist, theater, activist, etc in a short interview about why Jeremy Corbyn has gained traction. Same reasons that Bernie did.

why is European left struggling

Hint: the left has to walk away from neoliberal economics

Don midwest
Don midwest

looks like I will have to directly post the link

Don midwest
Don midwest

wow! this was even better than using the link option at the top of the page

has it always been like this if one just posts a link in a comment?


Corbyn gaining traction, which is why the knives are out for him too.

He’s being smeared constantly as a communist, a spy and one Tory even compared him to British MI6/KGB agent Kim Philby (who defected to the Soviet Union in 1963).


and the Russians posted cool things about him is why he got so many votes.


If the hill weren’t steep enough, Mr. O’Rourke also has refused to hire outside consultants or pollsters, and he will only accept contributions from individuals. He has no interest in using big data. When he tells this to Democratic colleagues in the House, some have simply turned and walked away from him, unable to take him seriously.

But there is power in the giant-killer narrative and signs that his anti-campaign playbook campaign is working. He raised $2.4 million in the last quarter, and gets applause when he notes that was $500,000 more than Mr. Cruz took in.

He has a restless energy that has put him in 217 of Texas 254 counties, driving tens of thousands of miles, fueled by bad coffee and Hostess cupcakes that supporters bring him.

In Lufkin, he was greeted with chants of “Beto, Beto, Beto.” His campaign took in $1,258 in checks and cash dropped into a large jar.

“I think he can win. I think he can inspire Texans,” said Susan McCulley, adding, “we’re not just mad, we’re scared.”

Another supporter, Ferryn Martin, said, “In 2010, the Tea Party was mad. This year, we are mad.”

His theory of the case is that he can make the sale in rural Texas in part simply by showing up. If he can cut down Mr. Cruz’s margins there and generate energy in urban precincts and suburbs, he can become the first Democrat since Lloyd Bentsen in 1988 to win a Texas Senate seat.


President Trump encouraged Pennsylvania Republicans on Tuesday to challenge the state’s new congressional map in court, saying that the original map — deemed unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court — “was correct.”

“Hope Republicans in the Great State of Pennsylvania challenge the new ‘pushed’ Congressional Map, all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary,” Trump tweeted. “Your Original was correct! Don’t let the Dems take elections away from you so that they can raise taxes & waste money!”

Trump’s tweet came a day after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court unveiled a new congressional map that increases Democrats’ electoral chances in several districts currently held by Republicans.

The state Supreme Court ruled last month that the previous congressional map was unlawfully gerrymandered along partisan lines, and ordered a new map to be drawn.

Pennsylvania Republicans requested that the U.S. Supreme Court stay that decision, but that request was ultimately rejected earlier this month. Republicans in the state have said that they plan to take the issue to federal court to try to block the new map from taking effect.


trying to make it past the elections?


Efforts to find solutions to the opioid epidemic have managed to stay mostly above the fray of partisan politics. But inject the issue of immigration into just about anything these days and even the pretense of unity evaporates.

The hearing by the House Judiciary Committee’s immigration subcommittee was triggered by complaints from Nick Rodgers, president of the Denver police union, that Denver’s sanctuary city ordinance — which discourages officers from communicating with federal immigration authorities — is impeding efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

Trouble is, it turns out there’s precious little evidence to back that up. In fact, the Denver Police Department itself disagrees with Rodgers.

Things quickly devolved into a series of partisan barbs.

“It would seem to me that if tomorrow morning everyone magically woke up in their home country where they could legally reside, it would immediately stop all the illegal drug distribution in America,” said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, at the Feb. 15 hearing. He was responding to comments by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., that Republicans “delight in scapegoating immigrants.”

Multiple law enforcement and policy experts characterized King’s comments as “insane,” “ridiculous” and “outrageously stupid.” In general, they said the hearing appeared designed to allow those who are already opponents of sanctuary cities to use the opioid crisis to bolster their arguments.


Top comment about RussiaGate by Jordan, formerly of TYT Politics. I got this from his twitter feed since I couldn’t post the link:

Gee must have imagined the 75-125 campaign rallies/debates/ conventions I covered & thousands of voters I interviewed in 2016. Maybe Russian bot infiltrated my body and/or microphone & I this couldn’t get the objective perspective that Russian bots aren’t why @HillaryClinton lost