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Friday Talking Points -- A Busy Week

[ Posted Friday, January 21st, 2022 – 17:37 UTC ]

It was an eventful week in Washington, with a holiday and an anniversary thrown in for good measure, so we're going to try to be a little more succinct in this week's rundown. Well... try to, at any rate.

The week began with Martin Luther King Junior Day, saw a historic (but failed) vote in the Senate on voting rights, contained a marathon of a presidential press conference, and marked the first year President Joe Biden has spent in office. Plus a whole lot of other notable developments along the way.

The biggest of the other developments of the week surrounded the investigation into the January 6th insurrection attempt, which seems to have picked up pace in a considerable way. These efforts were aided this week by the Supreme Court ruling 8-1 that Donald Trump's papers at the National Archive could indeed be turned over to the House investigating committee. His claims of executive privilege were essentially laughed out of court, and the transfer has already begun. Which immediately led to the leak of a jaw-dropping document in Politico, which published an extraordinary Trump draft executive order in full. The White House was fully prepared -- although the order was never actually given -- for federal agents to seize voting machines across the country. This is astounding news, and puts the lie to anyone who thinks the events of that day or Trump's connection to them have somehow been "overblown." The president's lawyers put together a document where the federal government would have aided and abetted the stealing of a presidential election. "Stunning" doesn't even begin to describe this development.

Trump had a pretty bad week all around, as his legal woes continue to mount. The Washington Post had a good summary of his week (so far):

On Tuesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) submitted a 157-page filing detailing much of the evidence her investigators have gathered so far on the business practices of Trump and his children, focused on a possible pattern of fraud. The civil investigation is separate from a criminal probe James is running in tandem with new Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D).

Then, on Wednesday, the Supreme Court rejected Trump's request to block the release of some of his White House records to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.

Thursday brought a double whammy: The House committee sent a letter to Ivanka Trump requesting her voluntary testimony. In the letter, the panel said witnesses have told investigators that the former White House adviser might have direct knowledge of her father's actions before, during and after the mob of his supporters tried to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden as president.

And in Atlanta, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D) requested a special-purpose grand jury to aid in her investigation into whether Trump and others committed crimes by trying to pressure Georgia election officials to overturn his loss in the 2020 election.

The article only itemized things that personally happened to Trump and his family, so it left out the fact that Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and two other Trump personal lawyers were subpoenaed by the House committee this week, too. The committee put out a statement to explain: "The four individuals we've subpoenaed today advanced unsupported theories about election fraud, pushed efforts to overturn the election results, or were in direct contact with the former President about attempts to stop the counting of electoral votes." In a related story, Rudy was apparently the driving force behind Republicans creating fake slates of presidential electors in multiple states, in another effort to overturn a free and fair election.

We have to say, the committee promised they'd be upping the pace in the new year, and so far they seem to be living up to that promise.

But let's get back to President Biden's week. The biggest news of the week came out of Biden's press conference, which clocked in at almost two full hours. Perhaps he was responding to media complaints that he hasn't given enough interviews or press conferences in his first year in office, as Biden tried to outlast the entire White House press corps. Overall he did a pretty good job (we wrote our snap reactions to the presser earlier this week, in case you're interested, or you can read a liveblog of it from the Washington Post). He stumbled a bit in talking about the situation between Russia and the Ukraine, which caused some consternation abroad, but by week's end the White House had done a good job of clarifying what Biden's official position is -- that no invasion will be considered a "minor incursion."

Biden did a fairly good job at attempting to reject the framing the media is using and provide his own. He pushed back on the focus on the handful of schools that had gone remote and pointed out the fact that 95 percent of them were still open across the country.

Biden also tooted his own horn on the economic recovery he's overseen and the progress of the pandemic. These points really need to be made if the Democrats are going to have any chance at all in November, and Biden is the one with the biggest bully pulpit around, so it was refreshing to see him doing a decent job of getting his message out to the people. In fact, he did such a good job one wonders why he doesn't do more of it. Perhaps that will change, too -- like all new presidents, Biden expressed his wishes to get outside the Washington bubble and go talk to more people across the country. If he puts some effort into doing so, it would go a long way towards reframing the political discussion among the punditocracy (and in the population as a whole, too).

This is absolutely necessary, since the political media keeps right on proving how much they love the shiny, shiny distracting objects the Republicans keep tossing their way. The current joke of a concern from the right is that Biden is somehow being "too divisive" in his language. Instead of accurately pointing out that, yes, the Republicans are indeed standing on the side of Bull Connor and all the other racists, the reporters decide that somehow the real problem is that Republicans' feelings are hurt when Biden calls the GOP out on it. And somehow it should all be Biden's fault.

This was during the same week, it's worth mentioning, that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (who used to take pride in his support for voting rights laws) actually said the following: "...if you look at the statistics, African-American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans." Got that? They're two separate and distinct groups, to Mitch. They're not even bothering to hide their true feelings anymore. So why shouldn't Biden and other Democrats point it out? The media certainly hasn't been, so why not?

Biden's first anniversary in office passed this week, which gave rise to a whole raft of articles grading him on his performance (which we joined in with yesterday). We gave him a solid "B," and noted room for him to improve.

The most poignant commentary we read on the anniversary, however, came from the same person who stole the show at the Inauguration: poet Amanda Gorman. She wrote an anniversary article for the New York Times where she explained the terror she felt in the days leading up to the event -- both personal terror and fear for our country. The key paragraph (for us, at least) harkened back to another historic inaugural speech (emphasis in original):

I'm a firm believer that often terror is trying to tell us of a force far greater than despair. In this way, I look at fear not as cowardice, but as a call forward, a summons to fight for what we hold dear. And now more than ever, we have every right to be affected, afflicted, affronted. If you're alive, you're afraid. If you're not afraid, then you're not paying attention. The only thing we have to fear is having no fear itself -- having no feeling on behalf of whom and what we've lost, whom and what we love.

So, once again (for us), Amanda Gorman stole the show. Take the time to read her whole article, it is definitely worth it.

The big legislative news was the failure of the Senate to pass voting rights bills, and the failure of the Senate Democrats to alter the filibuster rule enough to allow the bills to pass. In the first instance, Republicans voted unanimously against voting rights, and in the second instance the Republicans were joined by Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. Yet another chapter in the ongoing saga: "Profiles In Cowardice," we suppose.

Some of their fellow Democrats weren't shy about saying what they thought of this performance. Bernie Sanders, in particular, didn't mince words: "It's not just this vote. These are people who I think have undermined the president of the United States. They have forced us to have five months of discussions that have gone absolutely nowhere." Which is accurate -- the worst thing about this whole situation is how much time was lost chasing this wild goose.

 

Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week

Before we get to the main award, we have to hand out an Honorable Mention to President Joe Biden, for the sheer endurance on display at his press conference. We expected it to be a normal, traditional hour plus maybe a few extra minutes -- which is how long these things usually last. But an hour and twenty-five minutes in, Biden looked at his watch and challenged the press to keep going "for another two or three hours," then laughed and said he'd give them another 20 minutes. And he didn't even end it then, he went on for another ten minutes or so afterwards. Pretty good for the oldest president ever!

In a more serious vein, we also have to award an Honorable Mention to Representative Jamaal Bowman, who was arrested outside the Capitol protesting the lack of action on voting rights:

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) was arrested Thursday while participating in a voting-rights protest near the Capitol, according to a spokesman.

The news comes one day after Senate Republicans rejected an attempt by Democrats to change the chamber's rules, effectively killing a year-long Democratic effort to pass federal voting rights legislation.

Marcus Frias, Bowman's director of communications, said the congressman "was arrested alongside at least 20 others, including faith leaders and youth who have been hunger striking for our democracy."

"Today, Congressman Jamaal Bowman joined a voting rights non-violent direct action at the North Barricade of the U.S. Capitol Building and was arrested by the U.S. Capitol Police," Frias said in a statement.

You'll note that he was not attempting to violently storm the building or prevent Congress from doing its constitutional duty. An important distinction, these days.

But we have to admit being biased this week, because our choice for Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week is Louisiana Senate candidate Gary Chambers. Chambers released the most strongly pro-legalization ad we have ever seen, where he lights up and smokes a fat "blunt" of marijuana. The voice-over he reads is equally as powerful as the visual impact, as well (note: the ad itself is 37 seconds long):

Every 37 seconds someone is arrested for possession of marijuana. Since 2010, state and local police have arrested an estimated 7.3 million Americans for violating marijuana laws. Over half of all drug arrests. Black people are four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana laws than White people. States waste 3.7 billion dollars enforcing marijuana laws every year. Most of the people police are arresting aren't dealers, but rather people with small amounts of pot -- just like me. I'm Gary Chambers and I'm running for the U.S. Senate and I approve this message.

He also put out a statement to further clarify his position:

For too long, candidates have used the legalization of marijuana as an empty talking point in order to appeal to progressive voters. I hope this ad works to not only destigmatize the use of marijuana, but also forces a new conversation that creates the pathway to legalize this beneficial drug, and forgive those who were arrested due to outdated ideology.

He's right. We've been begging Democrats for years to start using pro-legalization messages from a position of strength. This is a winning issue, it actually cuts across the partisan divide (rare for any issue, these days), and it motivates people to vote who normally don't bother. The days of a politician "paying a political price" for being pro-legalization are long gone, folks. And it's about time the rest of the Democratic Party truly took this lesson to heart.

For showing precisely how effective and how powerful the issue can be, Gary Chambers is easily our Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week. More power to him, and we'll be watching his campaign with interest.

[Gary Chambers is a candidate for office and we do not link to candidate web pages, so you'll have to look his contact info up yourself if you'd like to let him know you appreciate his efforts.]

 

Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week

There was one odd piece of news this week, but we're going to reserve judgment (and awards) until things get a little clearer. Representative Henry Cuellar was apparently raided by the F.B.I. this week, although everyone is being very hush-hush about what they might have been looking for.

For the time being, we have yet another pair of Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week awards to hand to (you guessed it) Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.

Their basic position is that it is more important for the Senate to reach bipartisan agreement on each and every thing than it is to protect the voting rights of minorities in states where Republicans unilaterally are making it harder and harder for Black and Brown people to vote. There's just no other way to put it.

The astonishing thing was that the Senate actually debated something, for once. Here's the best overview we read of what took place:

While defeat appeared assured, Democrats on Wednesday moved forward with a day-long final debate on the issue. Party leaders encouraged Democratic senators to remain at their desks on the Senate floor through the day as the final vote approached to emphasize the gravity of the issue. While GOP attendance was more sparse, more than a dozen Republican senators delivered floor speeches rebutting the Democrats throughout the day.

There were moments of strong words and pointed emotion, as well as occasional exchanges between members of opposite parties that resembled the sort of bygone, freewheeling debates that many senators say should be a more routine feature of an institution that was once deemed, in seriousness that has evolved into sarcasm, the "world's greatest deliberative body."

HuffPost also noted how extraordinary the session was:

"That was the most substantive back and forth I have seen in my 13 years in the Senate," remarked Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) after an extended exchange between Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) over the failure to reauthorize parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Floor debate in the Senate is often theatrical, highly choreographed, and basically fake. Unanimous consent requests and objections to such requests are negotiated and scheduled ahead of time. Few, if any, senators stick around on the floor to listen to their colleagues deliver remarks -- especially when it concerns a member of the opposite party. Colloquies do happen occasionally, but they, too, are rare.

When senators do gather on the floor to actually listen to each other speak, it's usually to show their support for a retiring member, who normally opines on how the Senate used to function and doesn't anymore, and why they've decided to leave.

"I think the problem is we've gotten lazy," Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) observed at one point.

Not going to disagree with that one.

Salon had the best direct quotes, first from the Ossoff-Collins discussion:

Ossoff noted that Collins previously said that reauthorizing the 1965 Voting Rights Act would "ensure that the voting rights afforded to all Americans are protected" and accused Republicans of hypocrisy for praising the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., while opposing the bill named after him.

"I speak for the state of Georgia when I say do not invoke Congressman Lewis' name to signal your virtue while you work to erode his legacy and defy his will," Ossoff said.

And this, from Senator Cory Booker's response to Senator Tim Scott (after Scott scoffed at the idea that this was some sort of "Jim Crow 2.0"):

"Don't lecture me on Jim Crow," Booker fired back. "I know this is not 1965. That's what makes me so outraged -- it's 2022 and they're blatantly removing more polling places from the counties where Blacks and Latinos are overrepresented. I'm not making that up. That is a fact."

Booker noted that Black voters statistically have to wait in line to vote twice as long as white voters.

"In the United States today, it is more difficult for the average African American to vote than the average white American," Booker said. "That is not rhetoric, that is fact."

But none of this rather rare display of actual substantive debate in the Senate budged either Manchin or Sinema an inch.

And, just to add salt to the wound, Manchin reportedly had dinner with a bunch of Republicans during the night, while Sinema found her own way to be obnoxious:

More than a half-dozen Republican senators lined up to shake Sinema's hand after the vote, including Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., one of the GOP members who voted to block the certification of Joe Biden's victory after the Capitol riot of Jan. 6, 2021.

So yet again, the choice was pretty obvious this week. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema can add another Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week to their growing piles.

[Contact Senator Joe Manchin on his Senate contact page, and Senator Kyrsten Sinema on her Senate contact page, to let them know what you think of their actions.]

 

Friday Talking Points

Volume 647 (1/21/22)

We have to begin with something funny Mitt Romney said this week, just because it didn't really fit anywhere else. During Joe Biden's press conference, he made a point of saying that he still respects Republicans in the Senate and is even friends with some of them. He used one particular term to praise Mitt Romney, which is (shall we say) a bit outdated... or at least, now has multiple meanings. Romney, who actually does have a sense of humor, responded that his wife Ann had told him that Biden "said that I was a 'straight guy' and someone tweeted that that made Ann happy to know."

It's rare these days when Republicans are actually funny, but we have to give credit when it is due.

With that out of the way, let's move right along to what Democrats should be saying, after the eventful week that was. As always, use responsibly!

 

1
   Not just from the North

Since we all celebrated his birthday this week, we thought it'd be a good idea to post a quote from Martin Luther King Junior to kick off the talking points. Note that what King is talking about is no longer confined just to the "North." It can be found in places like West Virginia or Arizona, in fact.

A second area in which there is need for strong leadership is from the white northern liberals. There is a dire need today for a liberalism which is truly liberal. What we are witnessing today in so many northern communities is a sort of quasi-liberalism which is based on the principle of looking sympathetically at all sides. It is a liberalism so bent on seeing all sides, that it fails to become committed to either side. It is a liberalism that is so objectively analytical that it is not subjectively committed. It is a liberalism which is neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm. We call for a liberalism from the North which will be thoroughly committed to the ideal of racial justice and will not be deterred by the propaganda and subtle words of those who say: "Slow up for a while; you're pushing too fast."

 

2
   Seriously? I mean, seriously?!?

This was just too ridiculous, so it certainly deserves some ridicule.

"Republicans are clutching at their pearls because they think President Biden said something mean about them, lumping them on the same side of the civil rights struggle as Bull Connor and Jefferson Davis. Awwww... poor benighted Republicans! Such fragile little snowflakes! It's like they live in some alternate universe where the previous four years -- and the guy they slavishly follow now -- just never existed. I mean, seriously? They're upset that Biden insulted them? I would invite them to pick any week whatsoever between January 20th, 2017 and January 20th, 2021, and I guarantee I can find a Trump tweet from that week where he says something worse about somebody. This is such a laughable double standard, folks. Seriously? You're swooning and pearl-clutching over something Joe Biden said? You poor things, you."

 

3
   Mitch, please!

All kinds of people expressed their righteous outrage over Mitch's recent comments, so we thought we'd join in.

"This week in his press conference, Joe Biden asked a very good question -- what is Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans actually for? So Mitch gave us a truly ugly answer. McConnell tried to draw a distinction between African-American voters and, quote, Americans, unquote. No, really. In the year 2022. He was quite properly raked over the coals for his viewpoint on social media (with the hashtag #MitchPlease). But you know what? He deserves all of it and probably more. Republicans everywhere are starting to say things out loud and in public that they used to only think to themselves or talk about behind closed doors. African-Americans are indeed "real" Americans, Mitch, and the whole point of the argument is that they should have equal voting rights as everyone who looks like you. Why is that such a hard concept for Republicans to grasp? So, yeah -- Mitch, please!"

 

4
   Credit where it isn't due

We fully expect to see more and more of this, as we get closer to the election. And each and every one needs to get called out by the media, so the voters know.

"I see that Republican Representative Ashley Hinson is celebrating some of the infrastructure money that Joe Biden signed into law. She boasted that 'we secured' $829 million from the feds to restore locks and dams in Iowa. She tweeted: 'This is game-changing for Iowa's agriculture industry & our Mississippi River communities!' There's only one big problem, though -- she voted against it. So I have no idea what 'we' she is talking about, because she was on the side that didn't want that money to come to her state -- it was Democrats and a few other Republicans who made it possible. Hypocrisy, thy name is Ashley Hinson."

 

5
   Trump crime family

Stay tuned....

"It looks like the entire Trump crime family is getting closer and closer to being forced to legally answer for their criminal activities. They're getting subpoenaed to explain the tax fraud and bank fraud they signed their names to, they're getting requests to testify before the January 6th committee, and a brand-new grand jury has been created in Georgia to address the election-rigging attempt made by Donald Trump on that infamous phone call where he asked the state's GOP leaders to just 'find' enough votes for him to win. Even all three Supreme Court justices he nominated to the high court ruled against Trump's laughable claim to executive privilege this week. The legal watchdogs seem to be circling the Trump crime family from pretty much every direction, folks. Can't wait to see what happens next!"

 

6
   Getting closer

OK, this one is spin to help the defeat go down easier, we fully admit. But hey, the news wasn't universally bad.

"While the effort did ultimately fail, what I found interesting is that 48 Democrats in the Senate voted this week to weaken the filibuster rules. That is good news, because never before have this many of them gotten on board with the idea. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema used to have a lot of company taking their stance that the filibuster is so holy that it can never be changed, but one by one each of the other Democrats came around to the realization that bipartisanship is just never going to exist on issues that directly deal with guaranteeing constitutional rights for all -- at least not any time soon. None of the state laws passed to suppress voting rights had to pass a 60-percent filibuster margin in their statehouses, so why shouldn't a simple majority of the United States Senate be able to legislatively overturn these efforts? If Democrats could pick up two more Senate seats in the midterms, then the filibuster could actually be changed or abolished -- and plenty of Democratic candidates in possible battleground states are already running on promises to do just that. Sure, the defeat was tough to swallow, but at the same time we should realize just how much progress we made this time around. A full 48/50ths of the Senate Democratic caucus is on board -- and that just wasn't true even a few months ago."

 

7
   Let me check... yep, still the same!

And finally, one just for President Biden's first anniversary in office.

"You know what the best thing about Joe Biden's first year of being president was? He's still not Donald Trump. That's exactly what I voted for, and I am overjoyed to see that after a full year in office, it is just as true today as it was on Day One."

-- Chris Weigant

 

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Cross-posted at: Democratic Underground

 

240 Comments on “Friday Talking Points -- A Busy Week”

  1. [1] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    I think Biden meant straight shooter when describing Romney. I know Biden-speak very well. You often must read not only between the lines but, between the words, as well. :)

    'Romney is a straight-shooting guy!'

    Ahem.

  2. [2] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    well it's not like he was talking about dick cheney

  3. [3] 
    Michale wrote:

    "It's not just this vote. These are people who I think have undermined the president of the United States. They have forced us to have five months of discussions that have gone absolutely nowhere."

    BBBBBWWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA

    OK... So let me see if I understand this..

    Bernie is pissy because people are "undermining" the President and there was "5 months" of going nowhere..

    Yet DEMOCRATS as a whole spent 4 YEARS undermining President Trump including a 3 year 33 million dollar investigation that went NOWHERE...

    WOW...

    It's always gratifying to see my tagline confirmed so blatantly and so obviously..

    Hypocrisy.. It's not a bug in Democrat programming. It's a feature.

  4. [4] 
    Michale wrote:

    Once again, it's very funny to me to see Democrats so riled up over Sinema and Manchin when they always heap effusive praise on "mavericks" from the GOP who do Democrats bidding..

    But TRUE mavericks from the Dem side who do what's best for the country??

    Well, according to Democrats, at least the female maverick deserves the back of Democrats' hands...

    Great Party ya'all got there.. Let's beat the Democrat women (but ONLY the women) who don't toe the Party line.. :eyeroll:

    Funny how not a single solitary person here in Weigantia spoke out against that, eh??

    "Silence Gives Assent"

  5. [5] 
    Michale wrote:

    "This is I think where Democrats look bad. Like, 'We're the people of science' and then a lot of what they do has nothing to do with science like suggesting you wear masks outside. There's no science to that. Or that the virus can get me when I'm walking in a restaurant but not when I'm sitting down. There's so much mindless bureaucracy! [NBA star] Kyrie Irving can play on the road but not home games!' That- it's just stupid!"
    -Bill Maher

    And here we have the Liberals' Liberal laying it out exactly how frak'ed the Democrat Party has become..

    As Maher notes, Democrats only believe in DEMOCRAT "science"... IE only the science that supports the Party agenda.. The REAL science Democrats simply ignore..

    Science... REAL science... Is like facts... It/They don't bow to political ideology.. It/they simply exist...

    That's the problem with Democrats and their "science"..

    Democrat "science" is barely one step removed from the Democrat activism it started out as...

  6. [6] 
    Michale wrote:

    Seems to be the morning for Maher quotes.. :D

    "Democrats must thank President Biden for his great service to America and then move him into a more ceremonial role. Joe Biden has been president now for a year and a day. The day was pretty good, but the year? Not horrible, certainly better than the alternative, but for some reason, America has lost its faith in Joe. Sometimes that just happens."
    Bill Maher

    Maher nails it here.. Although I would contend that the year WAS horrible and the alternative would have been LOTS and LOTS of better... All one has to see is all the good President Trump did in the 4 years he DID have to know that this is factually accurate..

    And the fact that President Trump did ALL that good while having half the country stabbing at his throat with razor sharp knives the ENTIRE 4 years??

    The feats of President Trump's accomplishments are simply amazing... TOTALLY unprecedented..

  7. [7] 
    Michale wrote:

    Hoo boy!!! I might just have to sue Bill Maher..

    "Of course, you're saying 'But Obama can't be president again. He's had two terms and that's the rule.' Yeah, the rule… You know politics, often called the ‘art of the possible,’ really is now become the ‘art of whatever you can get away with,’ something only Republicans seem to realize. Like when they just made up that presidents can't appoint a Supreme Court justice in an election year. Or when they changed their mind and said, 'Oh wait, they can when our side is in power. To them, hypocrisy is not a bug. It's a feature… That's the essence of Trumpism. You wanna see my tax returns? Show me where that's written down. You want me to concede when I lose? That's just a tradition."
    -Bill Maher

    He's using my tagline!!! :D

    Yes, it's true.. McConnell was hypocritical at that point.. That's one...

    President Trump was hypocritical a few times... In general, the Right can, on occasion, be hypocritical..

    But, what Maher ignores (at this point.. He's an entertainer, so he can be forgiven) is that Democrats WALLOW in hypocrisy.. Day in, day out Democrats are ALWAYS hypocritical about SOMETHING... Practically EVERYTHING..

    Hypocrisy is ingrained into politics.. It's the nature of the beast..

    But ONE Party above all others has elevated Hypocrisy to an art form...

    For ONE Party, above all others, hypocrisy is a defining characteristic..

    And THAT Party is the Democrat Party...

  8. [8] 
    Michale wrote:

    "There's no big dick energy coming out of the Democratic Party. And their bench is so thin, they're even talking about running Hillary again! And I'm sure she's thinking, 'Well, who else you got?' Kamala? Her approval rating is lower than Biden's! Bernie's too old, Pete's too young and this didn't work out."
    -Bill Maher

    This is exactly why it's practically a shoe-in that President Trump will be back in the Oval Office in 2025...

    Joe is too old and too senile so he won't run in 2024... Headboard Harris is more unpopular than Vice President Dick Cheney so she won't win. If Democrats try and run Buttigig, the entire black American wing of the Democrat Party will stay home in 2024...

    Barring a successful assassination of President Trump (gods help Democrats if there is an UNSUCCESSFUL assassination attempt... If you are going to try and kill the king, you better KILL the king...) or a major illness of President Trump, he will be POTUS again..

    The logic is infallible...

  9. [9] 
    Michale wrote:

    And, once again, we see how Democrats manipulated the pandemic to instill fear and compliance in the American people..

    Number of patients hospitalized ‘with COVID’ vs. ‘for COVID’ is shifting

    But health experts say hospitals are still under strain and the virus remains serious business.

    While hospitals are still under strain from an influx of patients and staff shortages due to quick spreading omicron variant, they’re now seeing a marked increase in patients who have COVID-19, but were admitted for some other medical issue.

    That’s a change from earlier waves of the pandemic, when a majority of people entering hospitals with COVID-19 had trouble breathing or low blood oxygen levels and often needed respiratory support.

    Also different is how the current omicron variant appears to affect most people, resulting in fewer falling seriously ill.
    https://www.ocregister.com/2022/01/21/number-of-patients-hospitalized-with-covid-vs-for-covid-is-shifting/

    So, why is the distinction between "FOR" and "WITH" so important...

    Because hospital admissions is a parameter to indicate how serious a given pandemic is...

    Let me give you an example..

    Let's postulate a mass MASSIVE transportation accident where 10,000 people are injured and go to the hospital..

    They were admitted FOR being involved in an accident..

    While in the hospital, they become infected by COVID..

    So, NOW... NOW they are in the hospital WITH COVID...

    So, if someone... oh, let's call him Joe Democrat..

    Joe Democrat wants to scare people into thinking the pandemic is really REALLY REALLY bad, Joe Democrat will say that, "10,000 people admitted to hospital for COVID!!!!! AAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!"

    Upon reading that, people become compliant with government directives..

    And THAT is how it has been with this pandemic.. Democrats want people to be fearful so they will be compliant in giving up their freedom and liberties..

    COVID has never been as bad as Democrats wanted us to believe.. COVID is a slightly more serious pandemic the likes of which we have every few years...

    Many MANY more people actually die from the seasonal flu than have died actually from COVID...

    And NOW the facts are coming to light how the Democrat Party has manipulated COVID to make the American people more compliant..

    And these facts coming to light couldn't have POSSIBLY come at a more opportune time... RIGHT before the mid-term elections that is already going to bear witness to a Democrat slaughter... :D

    I mean, how much bad can the Democrat Party absorb and still be an organized Party??

    We're about to find out.. :D

  10. [10] 
    Michale wrote:

    And Democrats are still whining hysterically about 6 Jan...

    Here is the ONE overriding FACT of 6 Jan...

    If Pelosi and Schumer had deployed the 10,000-20,000 National Guard troops as President Trump had ordered..

    The 6 Jan riot would NEVER have occurred...

    This is REALLY the only relevant fact here..

    Sure, punish the scumbags who attacked the cops.. Take them out back and shoot them for all I care..

    Nothing excuses attacking LEOs...

    And Lt Byrd?? He doesn't deserve a medal for his actions, but nor does he deserve any scorn or animosity.. He did his job and it was a good shoot.. Ashli Babbit was an LEO herself and she should have known the consequences of disobeying a lawful order from an LEO with violence.. Her death was a tragedy, but it was a good shoot..

    The simple fact is, Pelosi and Schumer are the ones primarily responsible for 6 Jan..

    How do we know this?? Because HUNDREDS of USCP cops wanted to testify before the 6 Jan committee on the TOTAL breakdown of leadership before 6 Jan even arrived... Of course, Pelosi wouldn't allow THOSE cops to testify... Because the FACTS from THOSE cops do not fit the fantasy narrative that Democrats want to be part of the record...

    The 6 Jan committee is a farce.. Like the impeachment trials that preceded it and the Russia Collusion Delusion that preceded them, the 6 Jan committee is simply another ultimately vain attempt to bring down President Trump..

    And, when the GOP takes the House in Nov, you can bet that the 6 Jan committee will be replaced with Joe Biden Impeachment Committees before the last vote is counted...

  11. [11] 
    Michale wrote:

    Well, according to Democrats, at least the female maverick deserves the back of Democrats' hands...

    "So I am thinking to myself, 'Don't slap the President, Don't slap the President'... Next thing I know, I am back-handing him like a mouthy caddy!!"
    -Mayor Randall Winston, SPIN CITY

    :D

  12. [12] 
    Michale wrote:

    So, I read somewhere that Democrats are pumped that 48 Democrat Senators voted to gut the filibuster...

    Tell ya what...

    Let's ask those Democrats how "pumped" they will be to gut the filibuster AFTER the mid-terms when the GOP owns the Senate..

    I kinda get the feeling that Democrats will fall all over themselves to protect the filibuster and to claim how bad the filibuster is needed to protect the rights of the minority.. :eyeroll:

    Hypocrisy.. It's not a bug in Democrat programming. It's a feature.

    Doesn't that level of hypocrisy bother ANY of ya'all??

  13. [13] 
    Michale wrote:

    How the Biden Administration Lost Its Way

    Biden gets low marks from Americans for his handling of the presidency at home and abroad in his first year in office Credit - Doug Mills—The New York Times/Redux

    Last October, President Biden went to Capitol Hill to meet with the Democrats in the House of Representatives. Party members had been feuding over his proposed legislation, and leaders believed only the President could rally them together. Instead Biden stunned the caucus by sending them back to the drawing board. As he was leaving, a member approached him and pleaded, “Mr. President, we need a plan.” Biden didn’t answer, according to a source familiar with the exchange.
    https://news.yahoo.com/biden-administration-lost-way-120017061.html?fr=sycsrp_catchall

    The claim that Biden deserves a 'B' for his 1st year in office is wildly inaccurate spin..

    The American people give Biden a SOLID 'D' with a third of the country giving Biden an EPIC FAIL...

    I get it.. Democrats are trying to put the best spin on it they can...

    But just like you can't get wine from water, just like you can't get blood from a stone...

    You can't get competence from a Democrat...

  14. [14] 
    Michale wrote:

    Three months later, the fate of Biden’s social-spending and climate package is more uncertain than ever. The pandemic he promised to bring to heel rages out of control. Inflation is at a four-decade high, canceling out rising wages. The border is a mess. Violent crime continues to climb. His approval rating has sunk to the low 40s. In the eyes of many Americans, “it’s just been one disappointment after another,” says Iowa-based nonpartisan pollster J. Ann Selzer. “Joe Biden was supposed to be the expert at dealing with all of these issues. What is it that he’s done right? Other than getting infrastructure passed, what has he done that’s come off really well?”

    I have to dispute one notion here..

    the fate of Biden’s social-spending and climate package is more uncertain than ever.

    The fate of Build Back Broke is not uncertain at all..

    It's DEAD... Completely and utterly DEAD... As in DOORNAIL dead...

    No uncertainty whatsoever..

    But the question this piece asks is dead on ballz accurate..

    What HAS Joe Biden done well??

    And the answer is FAIL... That is what Joe Biden and the Democrats have done really REALLY well..

    They have failed..

  15. [15] 
    Michale wrote:

    One year in, there’s a growing sense that the Biden presidency has lost its way. An Administration that pledged to restore competence and normalcy seems overmatched and reactive. Biden has been caught flat-footed by not one but two COVID-19 variants. He has repeatedly failed to close the deal with the Senate he boasted of mastering. The former chair of the foreign relations committee has presided over escalating tensions with Russia and China as well as a chaotic pullout from Afghanistan. The consequences to America’s credibility abroad could be lasting, says Ryan Crocker, former U.S. ambassador in Kabul. “What could be more damaging to internationalism in this country than an internationalist who is perceived as having just completely screwed the pooch?”

    That pretty much sums up Biden's first year in the Oval Office...

    Everything he said he WOULD do he didn't do..

    Everything he said he COULD do he can't do...

    Who woulda thunked that Democrats could so royally screw things up???

    Well... Besides me, I mean... :D

  16. [16] 
    Michale wrote:

    The cover of TIME perfectly sums up Joe Biden's first year in office..

    https://tinyurl.com/mux3a7xb

  17. [17] 
    Michale wrote:

    With regards to COVID..

    The Administration vowed to let scientists lead the way, but the result has been a confounding lack of coordination. The heads of the CDC, National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration and the President’s COVID-19 task force have made conflicting statements on everything from boosters to quarantines, leaving the public befuddled and anxious. “I would argue that the American people have less trust in federal health officials now than a year ago,” says Dr. Leana Wen, a public health professor at George Washington University. In a CBS News poll released Jan. 16, two-thirds of Americans said the U.S. COVID-19 response was going badly.

    That is because Biden and the Democrats discovered that the real science was not compatible with the Democrat Party agenda..

    So, of course, Democrats and Biden went with the agenda and to hell with the real science..

    The was more trust under President Trump because President Trump stayed with the real science....

  18. [18] 
    Michale wrote:

    Since the start of the pandemic, experts have emphasized high-quality masks, yet it took until Jan. 19 for the White House to announce it would begin providing them free to the public. On Jan. 18, the Administration unveiled a website that allows each household to order four free rapid tests. But they won’t ship until late January, after the Omicron wave has crested in many places. “It’s good that the Administration has finally responded to the loud voices of frustration,” Dr. Eric Topol, director and founder of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, wrote in December, “but it’s an exemplar of too little, too late.”

    That is the Democrat Party mantra under President Joe Biden...

    TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

  19. [19] 
    Michale wrote:

    Under pressure from civil rights activists and amid concern about Republican efforts to subvert elections, Biden decided to go to the mat on voting rights. In a fiery speech in advance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, he dropped his longtime resistance to altering the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster threshold. But far from being pleased, leading Black organizations boycotted the speech. The Senate then planned a series of votes on the issue beginning Jan. 19, which were widely expected to fall short. The only result was likely to be a showcase of the President’s failure on an issue dear to his base.

    This is what I don't get about Democrats in general and Biden in particular..

    WHY go ahead with a vote that is doomed to fail..

    Sure, I understand the symbolic nature that sometimes accompanies illogical votes like this.. It sometimes serves a greater purpose... The greater good..

    But in THIS case, there is ZERO upside... There was simply NO POSSIBLE gain from this..

    It was ALL downside.. Under the system of PROs and CONs this was ALL CONs... All it did was lay out PERFECTLY the completely incompetence of the Democrat Party..

    I can't believe that Democrats were actually STOOPID enough to go through with it..

    I mean, whaa??? After Sinema waited until Biden was at the door to stick a knife in the filibuster gambit?? Whaaa? Did Democrats ACTUALLY think she would change her mind???

    The stoopidity of this entire ploy is simply mind-boggling...

    Does anyone here see an upside to this completely and utter dunsel of a maneuver???

  20. [20] 
    Michale wrote:

    On Jan. 13, Biden returned to Capitol Hill, this time to make a show of strong-arming his party’s Senators to pass voting legislation. But the gambit broadcast weakness instead. Just before he arrived, Sinema blindsided him with a floor speech blasting the idea. In the meeting itself, Biden spent several minutes reminiscing about the days of Robert Byrd and Strom Thurmond, Senators reported afterward. Sinema did not speak up in the meeting, and Biden did not call on her to explain herself. One Senator told TIME the President was “soft-spoken” and difficult to hear. Immediately afterward, Manchin reaffirmed his opposition as well.

    In the Capitol, reporters clustered around Biden, seeking his perspective on the way forward—a plan. He offered only a shrug. “I hope we can get this done,” the President said. “But I’m not sure.”

    Again, this begs the question...

    With Sinema's obvious opposition and Manchin's soon after back up for Sinema....

    WHY did Democrats go ahead with this???

    OK... I'll end this discussion on that note..

    Take a break for a bit and give ya'all some time to catch up... :D

  21. [21] 
    Don Harris wrote:

    Michale (6)-
    Yes Bill Maher, CW and other Deathocrat supporters do look silly making the claim that Biden is better than the alternative. But so do you when you accept/agree that Deathocrats and Republikillers are the only alternatives.

    The only thing that makes the Deathocrats and Republikillers alternatives is citizens choosing which one gets to takes to take a turn at the barrel. It is a choice between which one is going to get to use and abuse citizens for the benefit of the big money interests.

    Both the Deathocrats and Republikillers are far worse than the alternative of small donor only candidates which you join the Deathocrat supporters in wanting to pretend that it does not exist.

    You and Deathocrat supporters are two sides of the same bullshit coin.

  22. [22] 
    Michale wrote:

    DH,

    Yes Bill Maher, CW and other Deathocrat supporters do look silly making the claim that Biden is better than the alternative. But so do you when you accept/agree that Deathocrats and Republikillers are the only alternatives.

    In the here and now, they are the only alternatives.. Rationally, that is..

    I had a whimsical hope that, once President Trump won the election, he would declare himself an Independent (a'la Jack Ryan in EXECUTIVE ORDERS) and open the door for a viable 3rd Party...

    But it was definitely whimsical and I am realistic enough to recognise that...

    Both the Deathocrats and Republikillers are far worse than the alternative of small donor only candidates which you join the Deathocrat supporters in wanting to pretend that it does not exist.

    You and Deathocrat supporters are two sides of the same bullshit coin.

    Be that as it may...

    But in the hear and now, it's the ONLY coin of the realm...

    We do elections with the voters we have, not the voters we wish we would have...

  23. [23] 
    Michale wrote:

    I had spent all season studying his interviews, watching his games and reading books he'd recommended on "The Pat McAfee Show." The impression I got was that he wanted to be understood, but he didn't feel like most people (particularly his critics) were even willing to listen.

    Rodgers explained that he didn't think he was right about everything. He was saying it was essential we listen to opposing views, and then be allowed to debate.

    "We isolate ourselves into these echo chambers where we're only going to listen to things or read things or watch things that confirm our initial thoughts about things," Rodgers said. "That's no way to grow; that just keeps us divided even more."

    His entire season, on some level, had been about this: He wasn't going to back down from anything.
    https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/33088151/the-unfiltered-year-aaron-rodgers

    This guy sounds like he is talking about ME and not Aaron Rogers.. :D

  24. [24] 
    Michale wrote:

    Yunno, the more I read that ^^^^ Aaron Rodgers, the more I see myself.... It's uncanny...

    Granted I can't throw a football fer shit, but other than that.. We could be twins...

  25. [25] 
    Kick wrote:

    CW

    This is a winning issue, it actually cuts across the partisan divide (rare for any issue, these days), and it motivates people to vote who normally don't bother.

    This!


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  26. [26] 
    Michale wrote:

    Liz,

    That is a very reasonable demand by Russia

    I understand what you are trying to say here and, from that perspective, you are factually accurate..

    One only has to consider how the US reacted to Russia and Cuba working together to place Med-Range nuclear missiles on Cuban soil.. And how the US reacted to THAT...

    Russia feels now what the US felt then..

    So, yes.. It's a logical and rational reaction that Russia has..

    But the crucial difference is that the US embargoed Cuba to prevent Russian equipment from reaching Cuba..

    In this case, Russia is invading Ukraine... While both are acts of war, an embargo can be accomplished without casualties.. An invasion is unlikely to...

    So, while Russia's reaction to NATO member Ukraine is logical and rational from their perspective, that doesn't make Russia on the side of the angels..

    The Russians are the bad guys here.. A fact that Democrats made so completely and utterly clear during President Trump's administration..

  27. [27] 
    Michale wrote:

    I am also constrained to point out that Democrats didn't even WANT to defend Ukraine..

    Didn't WANT to send military hardware that Ukraine could use to defend itself..

    Democrats ONLY wanted to send medical equipment and blankets.. :eyeroll:

    It was President Trump who pushed for REAL military aide to Ukraine...

  28. [28] 
    Michale wrote:

    "Sending US troops to Ukraine is not on the table. We have a moral obligation and a legal obligation to our NATO allies if they were to attack under Article 5, that’s a sacred obligation. That obligation does not extend to … Ukraine."
    -Biden

    Biden just threw Ukraine under the bus..

    China now knows that the US will not defend Taiwan either..

  29. [29] 
    Michale wrote:

    The U.S. has remained defiant and refused to allow Russia to dictate how NATO operates, saying it will uphold the open door policy for any nation to join – including Finland and Sweden, which may now view NATO as necessary protection against a country that shows no sign of deescalating a tense situation.

    Well, that's encouraging..

    We'll see if Biden sticks to that or if he loses his nerve and kow tows to Putin like Biden did when Biden rolled over and showed Putin his belly re: the Nord Stream Pipeline...

  30. [30] 
    Michale wrote:

    OK Now let's turn our discussion to how Democrats badly lost on the Abortion issue...

    Is This The Last Anniversary Of Roe v. Wade?

    Looming Supreme Court decisions that could scrap or fundamentally alter abortion rights have darkened this year’s commemoration of the landmark case.

    This weekend marks the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that protects the right to abortion. It could be the last time reproductive rights advocates celebrate the anniversary of Roe — next year, they might be looking back at the law in memoriam.

    The upcoming Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization weighs heavily on this year’s anniversary, which falls on Saturday. The case centers around a Mississippi law that bans abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancy — a direct contradiction to Roe, which made it a constitutional right to access abortion until a fetus becomes viable at around 24 weeks. The Mississippi law cuts that almost in half.

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    The Supreme Court could strike down the law, which means Roe would remain intact. But advocates and experts agree that during oral arguments last month, the court’s conservative majority signaled that it would likely uphold the law by either banning abortion outright or tinkering with the viability line. Either of those options would effectively overturn Roe — setting off a nationwide battle where some states outlaw abortion and others go to great lengths to protect it.
    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/is-this-the-last-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade_n_61e9716de4b0a864b07d0ca4

    Here is where Democrats utterly FAILED on their infanticide issue..

    They ignored the science...

    They simply ignored the fact that their "glue" that held their idea of abortion together was ethereal and diaphanous and was bound to be totally decimated by technology and REAL science..

    This "glue" of course, being viability...

    It was an argument and a parameter that was destined to fail and fade away to nothing...

    And that day has come..

    Over 80% of Americans support restrictions on abortions at some point during the developmental stage..

    Democrats want NO RESTRICTIONS on abortion up to the point the baby is delivered..

    Abortion On Demand..

    Abortion As Birth Control..

    A position that has absolutely NO BASIS in science, morality or ethics...

    Once again, Democrats moved too far Left on this issue and the American people are going to yank the issue back to the right (and Right) where it belongs..

    After we get rid of that monstrosity that is Roe V Wade, the next step will be to define a person as 6 weeks from conception..

    Then Democrat States will NOT be able to allow abortions..

    The baby's choice is to LIVE... And patriotic Americans will enforce that choice with the force of law..

  31. [31] 
    Michale wrote:

    Texas’ abortion law accelerated the current environment and galvanized many anti-abortion radicals on the state and federal levels. To date, at least six other states have introduced Texas-style abortion bans and lawmakers from several other states have expressed support for passing similar restrictions.

    The Supreme Court’s blessing of the Texas abortion ban last month gave abortion rights advocates even more reason to believe that the high court will not protect Roe in the Dobbs case. The justices ruled that federal court challenges against the ban could proceed, but allowed the six-week ban and the enforcement mechanism to remain in effect during that time.

    “Wherever we go, whether that be in Texas or Nebraska or Ohio or Kentucky or Florida … we can go anywhere now and say, look, this enforcement mechanism has survived before the Supreme Court of the United States,” Mark Lee Dickson, the architect of the Texas abortion restriction, said after the Supreme Court made its decision on the ban last month.

    Between the Texas law remaining in effect and the Supreme Court signaling support for extreme restrictions like those in Mississippi and Texas, anti-abortion advocates and lawmakers have been given a signal that they’re winning — and that a post-Roe world is just around the corner.

    Texas had the right idea...

    And, as the author of this piece notes...

    SILENCE GIVES ASSENT

  32. [32] 
    Michale wrote:

    “What I have said to family members in conversation is that Roe impacts more than just abortion access,” said Kat Sánchez, policy manager at Bold Futures, a New Mexico-based reproductive justice organization. “As a queer person in New Mexico, this directly impacts my partner and I and our family, including our four kids. This impacts our family and our friends. Everyone should be concerned about Roe.”

    The Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs case will affect every American to some degree, said Goss Graves, from NWLC.

    “The fight in Mississippi is the fight in Colorado, in Maine, in Michigan and in every place in this country,” she said. “The issue in front of us isn’t disconnected from the broader conversation around access to the ballot, around the state of the courts and around the rule of law. So it matters what happens in this case. It matters for our very democracy.”

    How, EXACTLY, does killing Roe V Wade "affect every American"???

    Answer... It doesn't..

    Once again, Democrats are simply laying on the fear-mongering in hopes of scaring Americans..

  33. [33] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    You know what the best thing about Joe Biden's first year of being president was? He's still not Donald Trump. That's exactly what I voted for, and I am overjoyed to see that after a full year in office, it is just as true today as it was on Day One.

    Thank you -- I couldn't quite articulate why I've felt so at ease since right around when Joe took office. To tell the truth I didn't think about it all that much because I didn't want to somehow talk myself out of my new and improved headspace.

    BUT you just nailed it on the head for me.

    Yeah, Afghanistan was a fiasco and it sucks to have inflation for the first time in decades but, no matter what, effing Trump is NOT President.

  34. [34] 
    Michale wrote:

    A Defining Moment for the Roberts Court

    After years of bitterly divisive political battles over judicial nominations — including the U.S. Senate’s refusal to consider a nominee because the president nominating him belonged to the other party — the Supreme Court is at an institutional crossroads. It can save what remains of its reputation for nonpartisanship by preserving women’s long-held rights, or it can destroy the last vestiges of that reputation by voiding them. In the long run, I’m confident women’s rights will triumph — as fundamental individual rights have throughout American history. And I’m hopeful that, in the short run, this court will not cast us backward while also further politicizing the judiciary and diminishing public trust in it.
    https://www.bloombergquint.com/opinion/threats-to-roe-v-wade-provide-defining-moment-for-roberts-court

    Bloomberg is going to be in for a HUGE disappointment..

    He goes on and on about women's rights..

    What about the baby's rights?? The baby's right to live??

    That takes precedence over a woman's feelings of inconvenience...

  35. [35] 
    Michale wrote:

    @Cad

    Yeah, Afghanistan was a fiasco and it sucks to have inflation for the first time in decades but, no matter what, effing Trump is NOT President.

    Actually that is not factually accurate..

    President Trump is STILL referred to as PRESIDENT Trump..

    And, 3 years from now, President Trump will be back in the Oval Office..

    Boy it sure sucks to be you, eh?? :D

  36. [36] 
    Michale wrote:

    Woke Is Broke and Costing Democrats

    We are in the first month of 2022, and, from every sign, it appears my Democratic friends are determined to stick to their guns when it comes to both their agenda and how they intend to sell it. In other words, America has not heard the last of the Woke Police.

    The 2021 elections, especially in Virginia, could have served as a wake-up call for Democrats. When Terry McAuliffe announced he thought parents should not be telling schools what to teach, the voters spoke loudly and clearly that they felt differently. Attempts to make Republican Glenn Youngkin into the Old Dominion’s version of Donald Trump fell flat as he scored a solid victory.
    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2022/01/22/woke_is_broke_and_costing_democrats_____147080.html

    Democrats ascribe to the insanity theory of politics..

    Doing the same thing over and over again in hopes of a different result..

    In other words, Democrats are doubling down on STOOPID...

  37. [37] 
    Michale wrote:

    You might think that after the events of 2021, Democrats would be inclined to engage in some self-reflection. You would be wrong. How do we account for the largest increase in the inflation rate in a generation? President Biden has decided Sen. Elizabeth Warren has it right. Defying logic, gravity, and common sense, they have placed the blame on “meat conglomerates.” Why the cost of a steak would cause spikes in the cost of so many other items, including gasoline, is a carefully guarded secret. Why don’t Democrats in a position of leadership make clear they will not submit to viewpoints held by such a small percentage of the public?

    "I know, right!??"
    -FixIt Felix, WRECK IT RALPH

    Democrats are simply INCAPABLE of learning from their mistakes.. They fail over and over again and then just assume that it's the American people who are whacked..

    "If we do the same things, THIS TIME they'll come around!!"
    -Democrat Party

    :eyeroll:

    Apparently, Democrats just LOVE failing again and again and again..

  38. [38] 
    Michale wrote:

    Note to Bashi...

    Attempts to make Republican Glenn Youngkin into the Old Dominion’s version of Donald Trump fell flat as he scored a solid victory.
    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2022/01/22/woke_is_broke_

    ^^^^^^^^
    THERE is the link for the "Big Reveal"... Just in case you missed it.. AGAIN..

    BBBBWWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    "Don't cross brains with Spock. He'll cut you to pieces every time.."
    -Ensign Sulu, STAR TREK

    Should have taken my deal.. :D

  39. [39] 
    Michale wrote:

    Rasmussen reports 59% of Democrats support placing those who have not been vaccinated under house arrest. Fully 45% of Democrats agree with placing the unvaccinated in “designated facilities.” This has the odor of concentration camps.

    WOW...

    Democrats, by FORTY FIVE PERCENT, support creating concentration camps for the unvaccinated...

    Just as the Democrat Party hasn't moved far from the racist roots....

    It ALSO hasn't moved far from the Party that created concentration camps for American citizens who's SOLE "crime" was looking different than other Americans..

    WOW... Just WOW....

  40. [40] 
    Michale wrote:

    For Democrats and the leaders of the Woke Police, it is not merely a matter of conservatives and Republicans being wrong. Instead, they define the battle as being between truth and lies. Many liberals explicitly state that nothing less than punishment is justified.

    Doubt this statement? A recent survey of younger Americans indicated that while 37% of Democrats would not be friends with a Republican, only 5% of Republicans felt the same way about Democrats. On a related question, 71% of Democrats would not date a Republican, versus 31% of Republicans who said they would not date a Democrat.

    And Democrats consider themselves part of the Party of inclusion and tolerance???

    BBBBWBWBAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

    What a crock o' shit, eh??

  41. [41] 
    Michale wrote:

    How does one hold these positions while claiming to belong to the party of tolerance and inclusion? Writing for MSN News, Sarah Jones said of Republicans: “They want impunity for themselves in public and private. If young liberals are unwilling to give it to them and their supporters, that’s a good sign for the future.” Salon writer Amanda Marcotte went even further, stating, “If you — quite correctly — believe Republicans are plotting to destroy democracy, then why would you want to be friends with people who support that?” Juan Williams put a cherry on this sundae with a piece titled “The GOP is the anti-American party.” No doubt, his own Republican son might disagree.

    This combination of disconnection and arrogance has been prevalent in elite America – academia, the mainstream media, and the world of entertainment – for a long time. For the most part, it is a recent phenomenon in the world of politics.

    How long Democrats will persist in claims that to disagree with them is to oppose democracy itself is an open question. As the leader of a national Republican organization, let me be the first to encourage them to stay the course.

    Yes... By ALL means, Democrats..

    Please continue this course of action...

    Guarantee that you will make your Party be the minority Party for a couple of decades at least..

    All America will thank you if you keep doubling down on STOOPID...

  42. [42] 
    Michale wrote:

    And we have even MORE from the ONLY OFFICIAL Weigantia™ objective and unbiased news source...

    *TRIGGER WARNING* Bashi's "big reveal" is coming up!! How do you live with the embarrassment of being so brutally intellectually over-matched, Bashi?? :D

    BBBBWWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Joe Biden Completes His Historic Failure

    Joe Biden campaigned as a moderate elder statesman who could help heal a divided country. The press played up the narrative that Biden put in place a team of professionals and technocrats who would provide real governing expertise as a salve from the chaos of the Trump years. The truth, of course, has been just the opposite.

    Many Americans are coming to believe that, contrary to the expectations going in, the Biden administration is a rudderless, leaderless, overly ideological mess. Biden did not help himself at his rare press conference Wednesday.
    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2022/01/21/joe_biden_completes_his_historic_failure_147077.html

    ^^^^^^^^ "Big Reveal".... :D

    Biden LIED to the American people.. Democrats are complicit in that lie..

    Every American who voted for Biden has the blood of American soldiers on their hands...

  43. [43] 
    Kick wrote:

    Michale
    151

    And the premiere Weigantian™ Troll continues to hide in past commentaries, afraid to face me in current commentaries..

    I agree you are the premiere Weigantian Troll, but I disagree that anyone is afraid of you.

    As for facing you, that would require having somebody to extricate your tiny little head from out of Donald Trump's ass.

    What a scared little bitch she is.. :D

    Okay, I can admit when I'm wrong; your wife is scared she won't be able to extricate your tiny little head from out of Donald Trump's ass.

  44. [44] 
    Michale wrote:

    When challenged on America's declining faith in the competence of his government, Biden denied reality. He said the Afghanistan withdrawal was never going to be easy. This directly contradicts his assurances before the withdrawal when he said we could do it "responsibly, deliberately and safely." Biden's earlier statements are not a secret, and everyone knows that 13 American soldiers died after Biden outsourced security around the withdrawal to the Taliban. Deflecting this reality is dishonest, and it's not helpful to Biden politically.

    Biden couldn't have been more incompetent on Afghanistan if he had tried.. :^/

  45. [45] 
    Michale wrote:

    I agree you are the premiere Weigantian Troll, but I disagree that anyone is afraid of you.

    Ahh yes.. The old I KNOW YOU ARE BUT WHAT AM I debate technique..

    BBWBBWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    I outgrew that in the 3rd grade...

    And, by making more personal attacks on my wife, Victoria Troll concedes that she is afraid of me and knows her personal attacks on me are impotent and useless..

    Once again, Victoria is PWN'ed!!! All she can do is flail around impotently....

    BBWBWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  46. [46] 
    Michale wrote:

    Well, once again, my evenings belong to my lovely wife..

    I'll just let Victoria Troll wallow around in her pathetic-ness and impotency...

    It's OK, Victoria Troll.. I am done for the night.

    You can come out.. It's safe...

    BBBBWWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA

  47. [47] 
    Kick wrote:

    Michale
    45

    Ahh yes.. The old I KNOW YOU ARE BUT WHAT AM I debate technique..

    As if what you do here is "debate." *laughs* Debate requires mental efficiency far beyond your redundant elementary school routine.

    I outgrew that in the 3rd grade...

    At the height of your developmental level.

    And, by making more personal attacks on my wife, Victoria Troll concedes that she is afraid of me and knows her personal attacks on me are impotent and useless..

    So you're impotent. Got it. No one wants to discuss your medical problems; ED is associated with a high incidence of cardiovascular disease.

    No one is afraid of you and your worn out routine. You really should stop disparaging your wife personally and then whining when people notice. You choose to get personal and then whine like a toddler that things got personal. Watch out you don't hurt yourself clutching on your pearls, snowflake. Cry more.

    Once again, Victoria is PWN'ed!!! All she can do is flail around impotently....

    Well, now, I'm flattered that you'd name your impotency after my pseudonym, I really am, but how many times are you going to keep prattling on and on about your medical condition on this forum?

  48. [48] 
    Kick wrote:

    Michale
    46

    I'll just let Victoria Troll wallow around in her pathetic-ness and impotency...

    OMG. Still prattling on and on about the same thing.

    How many times you going to repeat the same thing on this forum? Rhetorical question.

    It's OK, Victoria Troll.. I am done for the night.

    You were done before you started; your routine never varies.

  49. [49] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    [48]

    Thing of it is, both of our trolls either don't know and/or don't care how stupid they look. There's really no reason to interact with them except to sharpen your Snark.

  50. [50] 
    MyVoice wrote:

    Ooh, oooh - Three twins in a row! My snark don't need no sharpening.

  51. [51] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Michale,

    Do you suppose that I am a fan of Putin?

  52. [52] 
    Kick wrote:

    MyVoice
    50

    Ooh, oooh - Three twins in a row!

    :)

  53. [53] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Joshua,

    Ha!

  54. [54] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    @liz,
    Were you responding to [2]?

    @m,
    Concentration camps? Really? Based on a poll question? Also, language!

    @kick,
    You know the wife comment was unnecessary.

    JL troll

  55. [55] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    my bridge has pie under it. you know you want some.

  56. [56] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Joshua,

    I think so! :-)

  57. [57] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    @m,
    Concentration camps? Really? Based on a poll question? Also, language

    DITTO!

  58. [58] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Joshua,

    I don't like this place, anymore ... but, it's a lot better with you in it!

  59. [59] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    That didn't come out quite right ... but, you know what I mean.

  60. [60] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    Yeah. Thanks a lot, Elizabeth.

  61. [61] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    I'm not talking to you. :)

  62. [62] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    I stopped missing you Sunday nights.

  63. [63] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Caddy,

    But, I would very much like to compliment you on how you are handling things around here, lately. Ignoring is a good policy. It sure beats joining in on all of the juvenile repetition that has become a hallmark of this place, once again.

    Just try not to comment so much about how you are ignoring all of the nonsense, okay?

  64. [64] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Can you ever forgive me, my Caddy, for my unforgivable conduct? Please say you can!!!

  65. [65] 
    Michale wrote:

    Liz,

    Do you suppose that I am a fan of Putin?

    Of course not.. I just think you are a very empathic person.

    Like me, you can see many sides of the issue..

    You are looking at the Ukraine issue from Putin's point of view.. And your assessment is dead on ballz accurate..

    From Putin's point of view, his actions are perfectly logical and rational..

    But in the arena if international relations and law, they are counter-productive.. And illegal..

    Finland and Sweden are also considering joining NATO.. Would an invasion of those countries by Russia be valid??

    Ukraine or Finland or Sweden are no threat to Russia, with or without NATO membership..

    NATO nor the US has designs on invading or destroying Russia..

    The same cannot be said for Russia vis a vis NATO and the US..

  66. [66] 
    Michale wrote:

    Concentration camps? Really? Based on a poll question?

    What would YOU call "designated facilities" for holding people against their will who have committed no crime??

    Also, language!

    Since you applied it equally, I accept your admonishment and will strive to do better..

    @kick,
    You know the wife comment was unnecessary.

    Of course she knows.. But she is cruel and heartless and doesn't care who she attacks or who she drags into this bloodsport.. She only cares about dominating me and will escalate things more and more in her vain attempts to do so..

    But, as usual, she will fail.. And fail miserably.. :D

  67. [67] 
    Michale wrote:

    Liz,

    Just try not to comment so much about how you are ignoring all of the nonsense, okay?

    Exactly!! :D

    If someone is claiming to ignore a person and then comments daily how much they are ignoring that person...

    Are they REALLY ignoring that person?? :D

    Of course not...

    Cad can't help himself.. He's pwn'ed.. :D

  68. [68] 
    Michale wrote:

    Liz,

    I don't like this place, anymore ...

    It's not THAT bad.. But I admit it could be better...

    And it WOULD have been better if Bashi and Kick weren't so desperate. They realized they couldn't defeat me and that their personal attacks on me were impotent and meant nothing..

    So they had to escalate things and use my wife as their shields..

    And here we are...

    Bashi had the opportunity to end it a couple days ago.. But he, like the Democrat he is, decided to double down on STOOPID...

    And I was content to keep the nuclear warfare relegated to past commentaries where no one but the combatants would be affected. But Victoria couldn't handle that and had to make EVERYONE suffer by dragging things into the current commentary...

    If Bashi and Victoria and Cad would be content to address the messages and not attack the messenger or certainly not attack the messenger's family, then Weigantia™ would be a fun place again... But their constant personal attacks on commenters and commenters' family is the cause of all this... This is fact..

    So, whatever will be will be...

  69. [69] 
    Michale wrote:

    OK Let's get down to it.. Where did we leave off??

    Abortion?? Ukraine??? Filibuster?? Democrat failures??? Bashi/Victoria/Cad Failures??

    Aww, hell.. Let's just tackle all of them.. :D

    Gonna be a fun day.. I've cleared my calendar.. :D

    Just think.. If Bashi had acted like an adult, my comments to 20-30 a day...

    But Bashi doubled down on STOOPID and here we are.. :D

    Let's get to it..

  70. [70] 
    Michale wrote:

    This comes from the Uber-Left Wing Rag SLATE...

    Will Democrats Ever Stop Embarrassing Themselves?

    On Wednesday evening, the last night of the first year of Joe Biden’s presidency, the Democrats finally accepted what has been obvious for months: With their bare majority in the Senate, they could not get 50 votes to change the chamber’s rules and pass a package of voting rights bills. It’s unusual for a Senate Majority Leader, such as Chuck Schumer, to call a vote that divides his own party—and formalizes two members of his majority as pariahs—against a united opposition. But if that’s what it took to end this cycle of Democrats repeatedly running their heads into a wall on the issue, then so be it.
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/will-democrats-ever-stop-embarrassing-themselves/ar-AASZ7xP

    It's like Democrats are WANTING to showcase their impotence and failures..

    The author of this commentary seems to believe that now that practice will end..

    But if Democrats have taught us ANYTHING the last year, it's that they LOVE to double down on stoopid...

  71. [71] 
    Michale wrote:

    Democrats haven’t done much of anything other than headbutt brick walls these past several months. The party spent half a year trying to square the circle on the Build Back Better Act, their catch-all social spending and climate legislation, before Sen. Joe Manchin unceremoniously pulled the plug on it in December. Afterwards, Democrats turned to the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. These had even less chance of passing, since the Democrats would have needed to carve out an exception to the Senate filibuster in order to enact them with a simple majority. Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema could not have said more clearly or more often that they would never change the sixty-vote threshold, no matter how many Jim Crow references their colleagues lobbed around. Trying to corner and isolate them may have been Democratic leaders’ best strategy for changing their minds, but it didn’t work.

    Exactly.. Democrats KNEW that Manchin and Sinema wouldn't budge.. So, what did Democrats do?? They viciously and grossly attacked two of their own and even threatened VIOLENCE against them..

    Yea... THAT will change people's minds, eh? :eyeroll:

    Nothing says, "Hay, com'on.. See things OUR way.. Come on over to OUR side of things..." like vicious attacks and threats, eh??

    We have seen how well that works here in Weigantia™, eh?? :eyeroll:

    But the point is Democrats *KNEW* they were going to fail.. Democrats *KNEW* there was no upside to failure..

    And yet, Democrats went ahead with it..

    Mind-numbingly stoopid plan...

  72. [72] 
    Michale wrote:

    These exercises in unproductivity have come at a cost. Pick your favorite polling average, and Biden’s net approval at an all-time low. While Democrats have fumbled around kicking the tires on an agenda with ambition that exceeds their narrow majorities, Biden’s marks for handling the economy and COVID—the top two issues among voters—have only gotten poorer.

    As Biden and the unified Democratic Congress begins its second year, the question is whether it can move on from this cycle of embarrassment.

    It’s at least conceivable. Biden is reportedly tiring of the legislative morass and his tenure as a “senator-president.” But after spending roughly a bajillion hours shooting the breeze with Manchin in the Oval Office while failing to reach a deal on Build Back Better, White House officials are once more restarting talks with the West Virginia Senator, this time on a stripped down version of the bill that might actually meet his demands. At a press conference on Wednesday, the president conceded he might have to “break up” BBB and pass “big chunks” of it, then fight for the rest later.

    Aww com'on! Let the poor deceased equine rest in peace... It's dead.. It's not coming back..

    Oh sure. You might get a horseshoe out of it.. But jeeeze.. Let it go, people...

  73. [73] 
    Michale wrote:

    The last few months have been an abysmal period for Democrats in which they’ve produced nothing but intra-party fighting heading into an election year. For now, they have to try and get votes where they’re available, then move it along.

    The question is... Will Democrats see the wisdom of this approach and move on??

    Or will they continue to fight losing battles over and over and over again??? Right up until they become the Minority Party in perpetuity

    My money is on the latter...

  74. [74] 
    Michale wrote:

    Biden at Year One: Stubborn, Distrusted, Radical, Incompetent, and Mean

    Today marks one year exactly since Joe Biden took office as the 46th President of the United States. It’s been a rough 365 days, to say the least. In a press conference Wednesday – his first in 10 months and just the second of his presidency – Biden attempted what the media has begun referring to as a “reset,” a desperate new effort to persuade Americans to support his leadership and policies even as a record number of them now disapprove of his presidency.

    But while Biden did not appear to have much success Wednesday on resetting the direction of his administration, here are five reason why Biden’s presidency has gone so poorly and was likely doomed from the very beginning.
    https://amac.us/biden-at-year-one-stubborn-distrusted-radical-incompetent-and-mean/

    The ONLY reason Biden was elected is because he wasn't President Trump..

    Democrats could have nominated a brainless scarecrow (which, come to think of it... THEY DID...) and he would have won..

    So, Biden wasn't elected for skill or experience or competence...

    And now America is paying the price for Democrats' hatred and bigotry...

  75. [75] 
    Michale wrote:

    Biden can’t admit when he is wrong and blames everyone else when things go south.

    Joe Biden often repeats the line that “the buck stops with me.” However, his rhetoric and actions are more reflective of a president who thinks every problem is anyone else’s fault but his own.

    Dead on ballz accurate...

    It's always Republican's fault.. It's always Manchin's fault.. It's always Sinema's fault..

    Biden has never emphatically and unequivocally taken responsibility for ANY of his failures..

    And, when he CAN'T blame anyone else, when it's obvious to even the most dullard person that Biden is SOLELY responsible.. Biden simply denies reality...

    One only has to look at the cluster-frak that was Afghanistan and Biden's insistence that it was "an extraordinary success" to know that Biden lives in a dream world...

  76. [76] 
    Michale wrote:

    On COVID-19, perhaps the clearest example of a crisis that has gotten worse, not better under Biden’s leadership, the president has blamed unvaccinated Americans, Donald Trump, and Republicans in general for soaring case and death numbers. Never mind the fact that his administration failed to anticipate future variants of the virus, abandoned the Trump administration’s strategy of aggressively investing in therapeutics in addition to vaccines, and presided over testing shortages two years into the pandemic. There’s also the inconvenient truth that it was Biden himself who was the first to sow vaccine hesitancy and politicize the pandemic ahead of the 2020 election.

    Another perfect example of Biden ducking responsibility and living in a dream world..

    Biden and Headboard Harris are the parents of vaccine hesitancy.. So, to blame the unvaccinated is a HUGE dose of hypocrisy...

    As with Afghanistan (which we will touch on again in the next comment) President Trump had a GREAT plan for dealing with COVID.. All Biden had to do was swallow his pride and do what's best for the country.. But Biden's ego was more important to Biden than the welfare of the country..

  77. [77] 
    Michale wrote:

    Following Biden’s disastrous pullout from Afghanistan, the pattern of blaming others began again. Despite the fact that multiple top military officials are on record saying they opposed Biden’s withdrawal strategy, the president claimed otherwise, saying that it was them who advised him to take the disastrous step of abandoning Bagram Air Base. Biden also blamed President Trump, as well as the Afghan army and political leaders, accusing the latter of an “unwillingness to fight” – after they had done most of the fighting and dying in the country over the past several years with U.S. support. Biden’s finger-pointing was so egregious that even his reliable ally Jake Tapper over at CNN openly criticized the president after a major speech on the failure, saying, “He said the buck stopped with him in a speech full of finger pointing.”

    Put pure and simple..

    Biden and the Democrats OWN Afghanistan..

    Sure, Afghanistan has been a cluster frak for a long time before Biden.. Which is why President Trump arranged a truce, a cease-fire and organized a withdrawal.. All Biden had to do was follow President Trump's plan and the withdrawal would have been orderly and safe and, most important of all, American troops would not have to die..

    But Biden thought he knew better. So, he abandoned our ONLY Strategic Asset in the TOP, left behind *EIGHTY BILLION DOLLARS* of top of the line military hardware including fully functional Apache gunships..

    Basically, Biden armed terrorist groups throughout the region with top of the line US military hardware...

    As egregious and foolhardy and utterly MORONIC as that is, that's not even the WORSE thing Biden did..

    Biden released THOUSANDS of ISIS terrorists back into the wild.. A mind-numbingly, stupendously MORONIC act that *DIRECTLY* led to the brutal killing of 13 brave American troops..

    If there EVER was a valid impeachable offense, cowardice and stoopidity before the enemy is the one..

    And you can bet that, once the GOP take the House and Senate????

    A Biden Impeachment For Cowardice And Stoopidity In The Face Of The Enemy in Afghanistan will be the first papers filed..

  78. [78] 
    Michale wrote:

    Biden made a corrupt bargain with the Radical Left and surrendered his presidency to them before it even started.

    From the beginning of Biden’s political career, he has always appeared driven far more by a personal ambition for power than any commitment to a specific set of ideological principles.

    Over his nearly four decades in politics, Biden has shifted his position on nearly every issue imaginable – racial integration in schools (Biden originally opposed it), crime and mass incarceration, the filibuster, U.S. involvement in the Middle East, and, more recently, vaccine mandates, just to name a few examples. Wherever the political winds have shifted, so too has Joe Biden, saying and doing whatever was necessary to move up to that next rung on the ladder of power.

    Personally I don't think Biden is all that ambitious... I don't think he has an aspirations of being a great transformational leader..

    He's simply a doddering old man who is senile and just wants to be liked... So he is easily led around by his desire to be everyone's pal..

    He is someone to be pitied.....

  79. [79] 
    Michale wrote:

    JL,

    Also, language!

    "Wait a second. No one else is gonna deal with the fact that Cap just said 'Language'...???"
    -Tony Stark, AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON

    :D

  80. [80] 
    Michale wrote:

    As far the current issues here in Weigantia™ are concerned, consider this.

    Politics is a contact sport...

    My actions are akin to playing a rough and tumble no holds barred kick ass football game against Victoria, Bashi, Cad et al...

    It's vicious, it's brutal, it's bloodthirsty.... We punch, we kick, we bite, we claw But it's the nature of the beast..

    BASHI's actions and VICTORIA's actions (fortunately, Cad seems to have SOME semblance of propriety and hasn't gone there yet.. That is to his credit and I hereby render same)... But Victoria's and Bashi's actions are akin to LEAVING the football game and driving to my house and attacking my wife and children.. Biting and punching and clawing and kicking my family...

    This is why I hold the moral and ethical high ground here..

    I confine things to the arena... I keep things on the field of battle.. Where it belongs...

    Bashi and Victoria know they can't beat me in the arena.. On the battlefield they are impotent and irrelevant.. Their attempts to bring me down are feeble and puny, frail and powerless.. They lose EVERY TIME...

    EVERY.... DAMN.... TIME...

    So, they go outside the arena to attack my family.. They leave the battlefield and enter the suburbs to attack their foe's family...

    Ironically enough, that's the same mindset and thought process that terrorists use.. Obviously the cowardice and perverse acts of Victoria and Bashi are much less serious than actual terrorism.. By a factor of thousands..

    But it IS interesting and relevant that the MINDSET... the thought process is the same..

    Again, this is why I hold the moral and ethical high ground here.. And always will... Granted, I have had my lapses in the past.. I freely admit that.. But they WERE lapses and they ARE in the past.. The far past...

    Today... In the here and now... I hold the moral and ethical high ground..

    OK Back to our regularly scheduled mayhem...

  81. [81] 
    Michale wrote:

    Liz,

    Here's an in-depth article of the Ukraine situation..

    It's a long read but it's a good one.. Especially the quoted part..

    I stand ready to discuss it with you..

    The Day After Russia Attacks
    What War in Ukraine Would Look Like—and How America Should Respond

    The Biden administration has already signaled its backing for Menendez’s bill. Biden should take one step further and shepherd it through the Senate and the House, maneuvering carefully to ensure that these critical measures do not become another casualty of partisan bickering. Biden got off to a good start with a recent meeting on Ukraine with senators from both parties. To further ease partisan divides, Democratic senators should consider adding elements to the Menendez bill from a competing bill introduced by Jim Risch, Republican of Idaho and the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
    https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/ukraine/2022-01-21/day-after-russia-attacks

    Putin is counting on the partisan divisions in the US preventing the US from responding forcefully to an illegal Ukraine invasion..

    We need to make sure that ALL Americans come together and support Ukraine to the fullest extent possible..

    And, who knows.. Maybe such bi-partisan actions will start a trend...

    Stranger things have happened... :D

  82. [82] 
    Michale wrote:

    We can hem, we can haw and discuss what the meaning of 'IS' is until the cows come home..

    But the simple fact is, Biden stepped in it with his "minor excursion" permission to Putin...

    This is not in question..

    How Big of a Mistake Did Biden Just Make on Ukraine?

    In one sense, what Biden said was true. There is a difference between a minor incursion (define it however you will) and a major invasion. The NATO allies, and perhaps the American public, would be less willing to make sacrifices or take extravagant steps if Putin merely took another slice of eastern Ukraine.

    But in the art of diplomacy and deterrence, this is not what a president should say publicly, especially as the moment of truth nears. This was a mistake. We’ll soon find out if it was a big one.
    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2022/01/biden-putin-russia-ukraine-minor-incursion.html

    Of course, there is a difference between a minor incursion and a major invasion..

    But you don't tell your enemy that..

    You don't tell your enemy that you will give them room to destroy..

    Your enemy has to believe that, if they look cross-eyed at Ukraine, the US will rain holy hell fire upon Russia the likes that hasn't been seen since Hiroshima and Nagasaki...

    THAT is art of Warfare By Other Means... AKA Diplomacy..

  83. [83] 
    Michale wrote:

    Let's turn our attention to another of the Democrats' pet projects... The racist CRT..

    For a year now +/- Democrats have been claiming that CRT is not taught in public schools..

    But, as is per the norm with Democrat claims, the FACTS say otherwise..

    From the ONLY OFFICIAL objective and unbiased news source that's acceptable in Weigantia™..... Real Clear....

    No Critical Race Theory in Schools? Here's the Abundant Evidence Saying Otherwise

    Mary Nicely, who is now second-in-command at the California Department of Education, went on her personal Facebook page this summer to denounce conservatives who oppose teaching critical race theory in schools as “yet another White right and education reformer distraction.”

    Nicely also reposted a newspaper column in July defining critical race theory as a key used in law schools to expose racism in the legal system: “It is taught, if at all, in law school — not high school.”

    AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File
    Randi Weingarten, teachers union leader: Her denial about critical race theory in schools is at odds with the evidence.
    AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File
    Her claim echoed other education experts, like Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, who tweeted: “We could explain until our last breath that CRT is not taught in K-12, but the actual definition of CRT doesn’t matter anymore in these debates.”

    These denials, which have been amplified by many news organizations, are at odds with overwhelming evidence – documented by class lessons, school curricula, focus groups, teacher surveys and public statements by educators – that CRT is not only taught in class, but is also heavily promoted by the K-12 education establishment.
    https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2021/12/22/no_critical_race_theory_in_schools_heres_the_abundant_evidence_saying_otherwise_808528.html

    The facts CLEARLY show that Democrats are lying out there teeth when they claim that CRT is not taught in public schools at the children level..

    If a school is teaching "equity" in the context of anti-racism, then that school is teaching CRT..

    And, as we all know for a fact, Democrat "anti-racism" is to REAL anti racism what the Democrat Republic of North Korea is to REAL democracy. And a REAL republic..

  84. [84] 
    Michale wrote:

    Some high schools are already teaching lessons and units on CRT, where students write papers demonstrating their facility with applying the theory, while other schools are introducing CRT concepts, such as systemic racism, white privilege, microaggressions, implicit bias and intersectionality.

    Twitter.com
    Mary Nicely, California education official: “It is taught, if at all, in law school — not high school.”
    Twitter.com
    Public and private schools are also training teachers, staff, administrators – and even parents – on the elements of critical race theory, which school administrators see as an indispensable tool for dismantling what activists describe as America’s racial caste system.

    A July survey by EducationWeek found that barely a year after the murder of George Floyd by a Minnesota cop, 8% of K-12 teachers said they have taught or discussed CRT with students; the figure for teachers in urban schools is much higher: 20%.

    Meanwhile, the Association of American Educators found in July that 4.1% of teachers were actually required to teach critical race theory, and 11% said that teaching CRT should be mandatory.

    If those percentages hold true for the nation’s estimated 2 million secondary school teachers in public and private schools, that would translate to more than 150,000 middle- and high-school teachers who teach or discuss CRT.

    You people know that I am all about facts..

    And, the facts prove beyond any doubt that Democrats are lying when they claim CRT is not taught to our children in public schools..

    For those who claim I never have any facts to support my claims??

    Well, the FACTS clearly show that THAT is also a lie..

  85. [85] 
    Michale wrote:

    Ya'all might say, "Well, you don't have any schools coming out and stating specifically that they are teaching CRT.."

    Au contraire...

    “Our curriculum is deeply using critical race theory, especially in social studies, but you'll find it in English language arts and the other disciplines. We were very intentional about creating a curriculum, infusing materials, and embedding critical race theory within our curriculum.”
    Detroit Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti

    Once again.. The claim that I never have any facts to support my comments is demonstrably and provably a lie...

  86. [86] 
    Michale wrote:

    CRT became a lightning rod in local, state and national politics this year as conservatives and others exposed examples of schools separating students by race and workplaces pressuring employees to apologize for their white privilege and encouraging them to be “less white.” Progressives blamed the controversy over CRT for helping fuel Republican Glenn Youngkin’s upset win in Virginia’s gubernatorial race and observers say it could weigh down Democrat candidates in the 2022 midterms.

    It's my understanding that we are striving towards a TRUELY equal society...

    A Society where claims of "The first black American to" blaaa blaaa blaaa or "The first woman to" blaaa blaaa blaaa or "The first gay to" blaaa blaaa are met with a puzzled expression and a perplexed, "Yea??? So????"

    Isn't that what Democrats CLAIM to want???

    Then why oh why are Democrats going out of their way to LABEL people.. To put them in a lane and make sure they STAY in their lane??

    Why would Democrats do this??

    Because the Democrat Party is still the racist Party.. Still the Bigot Party...

  87. [87] 
    Michale wrote:

    Still, it perplexes CRT advocates who believe progressives should be embracing an idea that they equate with the inerrant truth about the pervasiveness of racism in the United States.

    “It seems foolish to engage in this subterfuge if CRT principles are part of the curriculum,” said critical race theorist andré douglas pond cummings, a business law professor and co-director of the Center for Racial Justice and Criminal Justice Reform at the University of Arkansas School of Law, who teaches courses on business law, corporate justice and “Hip Hop and the American Constitution.”

    ualr.edu/law
    andré douglas pond cummings, critical race theory advocate: “It seems foolish to engage in this subterfuge if CRT principles are part of the curriculum."
    ualr.edu/law
    “CRT represents a true narrative from the perspective of black and brown citizens,” said cummings, who doesn’t capitalize his name. “It is the way these Americans have experienced this country.”

    Jonathan Zimmerman, a professor of the history of education at the University of Pennsylvania, believes it is “educational malpractice” not to teach students about critical race theory at the height of its cultural moment. But Zimmerman thinks it’s perverse to teach it and claim not to.

    “I think it’s a defensive posture,” he said of progressives. “They know the Republicans have succeeded in demonizing it and I don’t think they have the confidence and the courage to defend it.”

    As with most things un-American....

    The GOP controls the narrative.... :D

  88. [88] 
    Michale wrote:

    I stopped missing you Sunday nights.

    Oh SNAP!!!! That's gotta hurt... :D

  89. [89] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Michale,

    Finland and Sweden are also considering joining NATO.. Would an invasion of those countries by Russia be valid??

    Of course, not.

    Seeing things from Putin's point of view is a way of considering how the US and its allies have acted towards Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union not as an invitation for invasion.

    Somewhat surprisingly, we seem to be on the same page here. :)

  90. [90] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Michale,

    Of course, there is a difference between a minor incursion and a major invasion..But you don't tell your enemy that..

    Yeah.

    And, Biden realized - out loud - how what he said sounded a few questions later when another reporter asked about it. Biden then cleaned up his earlier response, himself!

    But, of course, everyone remains focused on the 'minor incursion' remark and, rightly so, I admit.

    The only difference between me and everyone else is that I moved on when Biden corrected himself. Heh.

  91. [91] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Michale,

    As for 'critical race theory' ...

    Help me understand as I am confused about what all the hullabaloo is about.

    What is CRT?

    As far as school curriculum is concerned, isn't it important to teach about the history of slavery in America and about the experience of Black Americans in America and how all of that is inextricably entwined with American history as a whole?

  92. [92] 
    Michale wrote:

    Seeing things from Putin's point of view is a way of considering how the US and its allies have acted towards Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union not as an invitation for invasion.

    I completely agree.. Know thy enemy...

    As I pointed out, Russia is feeling with Ukraine what the US was feeling with Cuba in the 60s..

    It's an understandable reaction..

    But the difference is, the US doesn't have designs on territory and wants to accomplish this by the expansion of NATO..

    Russia has no reason to fear a NATO expansion in the here and now.

    Having said that, it's possible (likely) that Putin is concerned about what some future US leader may do with NATO expansion..

    Somewhat surprisingly, we seem to be on the same page here. :)

    Not all that surprising.. :D

    You are a logical and rational person, just like me. :D

  93. [93] 
    Michale wrote:

    Liz,

    Help me understand as I am confused about what all the hullabaloo is about.

    What is CRT?

    If you strip away all the elitist hoity toity posturing
    and snobbish virtue signaling, CRT teaches that it is perfectly acceptable to be racist in FAVOR of black Americans because they were discriminated against in the past..

    Further, CRT teaches that all white people today are racist, simply by virtue of white people being racist in the past... That because white people had advantages in the past, they have advantages in the present.. That ZERO progress has been made in equalizing the races..

    THAT is what CRT teaches..

    Further, this deal with "equity".. Equity imposes equal outcomes.. Basically, the person that sits on their ass all day playing video games will get the same success as the person who jobs their ass and works hard 80, 90, 100 hours a week.. But ONLY if the lazy ass is black. If yer white or asian or hispanic and you sit on yer ass, tough cookies... You don't get jack..

    That is "equity"... What we have NOW is equality.. That means everyone has the same opportunity to succeed... But success must be EARNED..

    Under equality success is not freely given..

    Under equity success is freely given..

  94. [94] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    But, my question was about what is so wrong about teaching American history?

    If what you say CRT is is actually what CRT is, then the whole thing sounds like something cooked up out of whole cloth by people who have no interest in teaching American history - all of it - in schools.

    Also, if what you say about CRT is true, then it really is a faux issue.

  95. [95] 
    Michale wrote:

    But, my question was about what is so wrong about teaching American history?

    I am SOOO glad you asked that.. :D

    NOTHING is wrong with teaching US History...

    It SHOULD be taught at age appropriate levels..

    US History should be taught, warts and all..

    The WHO, the WHAT, the WHERE and the WHEN.. The facts should ALL be taught...

    The problem is Democrats want to teach the WHY.... Worse yet, Democrats want to teach *ONLY* their version of the WHY... And that's where CRT comes in.. It teaches a version of WHY that is not compatible with the facts, not compatible with freedom and liberty and is solely based on a specific racist ideology.. The ideology that racism is PERFECTLY acceptable as long as it benefits black people..

    NO ONE has ANY problem with teaching the FACTS.. The facts SHOULD be taught..

    But ONLY the facts.. Let the kids themselves determine the WHY...

    Let the children themselves figure out the WHY and what it means to them in the here and now and their place in society...

    Democrats and CRT wants to force the WHY on the children.. AGAINST the wishes of the parents..

    And I am sure you will agree that THAT is just wrong as wrong can be...

  96. [96] 
    Michale wrote:

    Also, if what you say about CRT is true, then it really is a faux issue.

    Not if you are a parent..

    To a parent, it's the ONLY issue..

    Imagine the outcry if Republicans wanted to actually TEACH KKK, Jim Crow style racism to school children..

    That is the SAME outcry we are seeing today because Democrats want to teach BLM, CRT style racism to school children..

    It's abhorrent.. And it's EXACTLY why McAwful lost the Virginia election...

  97. [97] 
    Michale wrote:

    Liz,

    What is CRT?

    If you strip away all the elitist hoity toity posturing
    and snobbish virtue signaling, CRT teaches that it is perfectly acceptable to be racist in FAVOR of black Americans because they were discriminated against in the past..

    If it helps you to understand, think of CRT as Affirmative Action on steroids..

    Affirmative Action is blatant racism to address racism of the past..

    CRT takes Affirmative Action to it's next logical progression..

  98. [98] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    But ONLY the facts.. Let the kids themselves determine the WHY...Let the children themselves figure out the WHY and what it means to them in the here and now and their place in society...Democrats and CRT wants to force the WHY on the children.. AGAINST the wishes of the parents..And I am sure you will agree that THAT is just wrong as wrong can be...

    So, here is my take ... American history - the good, the bad and the ugly - and CRT are two distinct things. The former is based in fact while the latter is nothing more that a faux issue that I am sure is NOT being taught in US schools.

    I still don't know what you mean by the 'Why' of American history. But, I am done with discussing the made up issue of CRT.

  99. [99] 
    Michale wrote:

    So, here is my take ... American history - the good, the bad and the ugly - and CRT are two distinct things.

    You and I completely agree... We are definitely on the same page here..

    The former is based in fact while the latter is nothing more that a faux issue that I am sure is NOT being taught in US schools.

    And yet, it is.. I have documented that it is..

    REAL CLEAR has documented that it is...

    https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2021/12/22/no_critical

    Detroit Public Schools came right out and STATED they were teaching it..

    Advocates of CRT are encouraging Democrats to SHOUT OUT they are teaching it... Be PROUD of teaching it..

    This is all well documented facts..

    I still don't know what you mean by the 'Why' of American history.

    The WHY is why things happened the way they happened..

    CRT wants to teach that everything the US did or does is bad and it's ALL because of racism..

    You and I, being logical and rational people, know that this is simply not factually accurate..

    There are a multitude of reasons why things unfolded in the US they way things unfolded..

    Racism is simply one of that multitude..

    It's like in the here and now when Anti Cop fanatics claim that the disparity in arrests of black people vs white people is SOLELY because of racism.. That's utterly ridiculous as there are a multitude of reasons, NONE of which has anything to do with racism...

    Racists on the Left are like hammers.. When one is a hammer, EVERYTHING is a nail..

    When one is a racist, EVERYTHING is racism..

    But, I am done with discussing the made up issue of CRT.

    Yer just nervous because we are agreeing on everything.. :D

  100. [100] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    [64]

    You're right, of course. And you're forgiven, of course -- nothing to forgive, really.

    BESIDES, who can even stay angry with a Canadian, for Pete's sake?

  101. [101] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Heh.

  102. [102] 
    BashiBazouk wrote:

    Liz,

    Michale's link in [99] is ironically all you need to know about CRT. It's basically looking at how certain racist policies had an effect on society. For example that a white drug dealer is much more likely to get a lesser sentence when busted than a black drug dealer for the same crime and what effect that has on both communities. Or something like in the San Francisco bay area, touching the city limits of San Francisco is Daly City. When it was first being developed only white people could buy homes there. How did that effect the development of the bay area as a whole. Things like that and it's meant to be in addition to the traditionally taught history not a replacement.

    Of course it has now become the big bugaboo to strike fear into the plebs on the right. Florida is trying to ban the teaching of it even though it has never been in the curriculum in the first place. And of course being a huge country you can always find examples of it being pushed too far but no more than you can find examples of the right wing Christians injecting biblical theories where they don't belong.

    But fear not, the right seems to be moving on to critically important issues like M&M's not being sexy enough...

  103. [103] 
    Kick wrote:

    nypoet22
    54

    @m,
    Concentration camps? Really? Based on a poll question? Also, language!

    I know, right. The Michale Troll can't stop itself... over and over ad nauseam:

    Bitch be PWN'ed!!! :D

    ~ Weigantia Michale Troll [cannot stop itself]

    @kick,
    You know the wife comment was unnecessary.

    Oh, I agree, too bad Weigantia Michale Troll cannot stop itself from bringing her up over and over. If the troll wouldn't litter this forum with that reference to his wife, I would wager a shit-ton of money that no one else would ever mention her... because who cares? I promise you, I don't give a rat's ass.

    Remember that time (among many) that Michale was whining incessantly about me when I wasn't (visibly) around? You made a very astute observation at the time that I don't talk about him when he's not around. I didn't respond because I was reading the forum while not responding at that particular time; I am tricky that way, but I am never not here. I should now like to double back to that post and thank you for noticing.

    So to recap: When the troll isn't around after having thrown a series of pity parties for itself, who gives a rat's ass about it? I seriously couldn't care less. But when it is around, everybody needs to stop whining that those who respond to it should stop doing it and just ignore it. Surely if you can ignore the troll, you can take the next step and ignore the responses to the troll that you don't like. Meanwhile, you can stop expecting everyone else to remain quiet and pretend there's not a trollshit mountain of pilfered excrement all over the board.

  104. [104] 
    Kick wrote:

    nypoet22
    55

    my bridge has pie under it. you know you want some.

    I just want to find 11,780 votes.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-55524676

  105. [105] 
    Michale wrote:

    And the Weigantian™ terrorist whines and cries and goes blaa blaaa, once again proving her ignorance and shows how, once again, she is PWN'ed..

    I accept your concession, Victoria..

  106. [106] 
    Michale wrote:

    Michale's link in [99] is ironically all you need to know about CRT.

    Why, thank you for acknowledging the facts, Bashi... :D

    Yer coming along quite nicely...

  107. [107] 
    Kick wrote:

    Elizabeth Miller
    63

    Just try not to comment so much about how you are ignoring all of the nonsense, okay?

    I have a better idea. Why can't you just ignore the posts of MtnCaddy -- and the myriad of posts from other commenters -- that fail not to notice the obvious trollshit mountain? Why is everyone else supposed to wade through the knee-deep pile of excrement and pretend like it's not happening and/or that there must be a pony in there somewhere?

    I shall now provide you an analogy that should help get my point across because it's right in your wheelhouse [yes, I know, a banned phrase]:

    What happens when we turn a blind eye to climate change?

  108. [108] 
    Michale wrote:

    What happens when we turn a blind eye to climate change?

    Absolutely NOTHING... LIFE GOES ON....

    DUH.....

  109. [109] 
    Michale wrote:

    Why is everyone else supposed to wade through the knee-deep pile of excrement and pretend like it's not happening and/or that there must be a pony in there somewhere?

    You obviously didn't understand what Liz was trying to say..

    Look at it this way.. You can't use a STAND YOUR GROUND defense if you are committing a crime in the process..

    You can't claim to be ignoring someone and then brag EVERY frakin' comment how much you are ignoring someone..

    If you DO brag about ignoring someone every time they comment, then you aren't really ignoring that person..

    Do you get it??

    Or do I need to use smaller words??

  110. [110] 
    Michale wrote:

    https://mfccfl.us/hypocrisy.jpg

    A PERFECT representation of the Democrat Party..

    Hypocrisy.. It's not a bug in Democrat programming. It's a feature.

  111. [111] 
    Michale wrote:

    Democrats’ Hypocrisy on Voting Rights Advances the Cause of Political Slavery

    If you choose to be unquestionably devoted to any political party you have chosen to be a slave.
    https://amgreatness.com/2022/01/22/democrats-hypocrisy-on-voting-rights-advances-the-cause-of-political-slavery/

    I do believe I have said the EXACT same thing on MANY occasions... :D

  112. [112] 
    Michale wrote:

    The great Thomas Sowell opined, “The fact that so many successful politicians are such shameless liars is not only a reflection on them, it is also a reflection on us. When the people want the impossible, only liars can satisfy.” I am reminded of Sowell’s statement whenever I contemplate the irony of today’s Democratic Party advocating for the voting rights of black Americans.

    White Democrats are not seeking voting rights to empower black Americans. They strive to maintain power for themselves, consistently exploiting black Americans toward that end.

    It is an indisputable historical fact that the 1965 Voting Rights Act was necessary because the Democratic Party systematically stole elections for over 100 years. It is also a historical fact that in a 100-year reign of terror, Democrats used bribery, intimidation, torture, and murder against black Americans and poor whites to illegally maintain power.

    THIS^^^^^ EXACTLY THIS ^^^^^^^^

    These are FACTS that Democrats try and hide and obfuscate and equivocate..

    "They weren't REALLY Democrats.. They were Republicans in disguise.."

    :eyeroll:

    The Democrat Party history is a history of slaves and racism and racist murders and racist terrorism.

    THIS is the legacy of the Democrat Party...

  113. [113] 
    Michale wrote:

    White Democrat shamelessness and the treachery of what I call “The Iron Triangle” (most black politicians, black preachers, and black civic organizers) are on full display, when you come to realize that the same Democratic Party that burned black churches because they conducted meetings educating African Americans about their right to vote, now organize in black churches to deliver the vote for themselves. The same Democratic Party that whipped, murdered, and castrated black men because they attempted to vote or because they were Republican now uses street money to bribe and to deliver these black men to the polls because they are their most reliable voters.

    The same Democratic Party that claims to be the black community’s benevolent savior has brought nothing to the ghettos they control but poverty, crime, mass incarceration, illiteracy, and death. The same Democratic Party that has been the most perpetually evil organization against black Americans on the face of the earth since its inception in 1800, now utilizes the black vote as the catalyst to remain the absolute master of black America.

    THIS ^^^^^ is your Democrat Party, people... ^^^^^ THIS is how your Democrat Party works...

  114. [114] 
    Kick wrote:

    Michale
    66

    Since you applied it equally, I accept your admonishment and will strive to do better..

    That would be great.

    Of course she knows.. But she is cruel and heartless and doesn't care who she attacks or who she drags into this bloodsport..

    Three things:

    (1) Your asinine exercises in claiming to know what everyone on this forum thinks say more about you than anyone else.

    (2) I see you have latched onto Bashi's term for your behavior:

    Your "bloodsport" is you being a dick.

    ~ BashiBazouk
    http://www.chrisweigant.com/2022/01/20/grading-bidens-first-year/#comment-183638

    Bashi wasn't referring to this political forum via the use of that term; he was referring to your attitude.

    (3) This is a political forum and not "bloodsport."

    She only cares about dominating me and will escalate things more and more in her vain attempts to do so..

    Three things:

    (1) I care about a plethora of things.

    (2) I have no desire to "escalate things." I couldn't care less about you.

    (3) Dominating you? Nice fantasy you got there. You could get a lot of mileage out of that delusion were it not for your admitted impotency that you won't stop prattling on and on about. Like I said, check with your cardiovascular medical professional, it's not an infrequent condition for those with heart conditions.

    But, as usual, she will fail.. And fail miserably.. :D

    When I "fail," you'll start clutching your pearls and whining like you always do. Then you'll start prattling on and on about your wife like you always do. :)

  115. [115] 
    Michale wrote:

    Abraham Lincoln said in his Cooper Union Speech in 1858, “Much is said by Southern people about the affection of slaves for their masters and mistresses . . . A plot for an uprising could scarcely be devised and communicated to twenty individuals before someone of them to save the life of a favorite master or mistress divulge it.”

    Bearing this statement in mind explains the mindset of most southern black Americans in the 1960s when they were finally free to vote but refused to start an alternative party to the Democrats. They held majorities in three Southern states and many counties and cities. Instead of making a real difference, however, they succumbed to their Stockholm Syndrome and joined the party of their oppressor, the white Democrats. Some black Democrats were so prolific in their treason white Democrats even allowed them to win political office as Democrats.

    Ya'all seeing the pattern here???

    The Democrat Party is STILL the Racist Party.. They have simply changed the physical slavery plantation to the socio-economic slavery plantation...

  116. [116] 
    Michale wrote:

    This new invention, “The Southern Black Democrat,” then set about organizing and corralling the black votes by oppressing their community for the benefit of their white masters. Jim Clyburn, a 30-year black Democrat congressman in one of the poorest districts in the nation, organized the black vote for Joe Biden in the South Carolina primary. Clyburn’s efforts in corralling black votes for Biden, a known racist, cementing the Democratic Party nomination for the presidency, is a modern-day example of this black Democrat “House Negro” mentality in which betraying one’s own people for his white Democrat master is called virtuous.

    This black support has now become traditional in the black ghettos, with cognitive dissonance and tribalism overtaking Stockholm Syndrome as the mental affliction that keeps the African American shackled to an oppressive Democratic Party. The Iron Triangle are the black collaborators who benefit enormously from this mental stress.

    I look forward to the day that black Americans recognize en masse how much they have been used, abused and beaten by today's Democrat Party...

  117. [117] 
    BashiBazouk wrote:

    Michale,

    Did you check your link in [99]? I don't think it goes where you planned...

  118. [118] 
    Michale wrote:

    Why did Republicans allow the Democrats to keep this monopoly in the South? Democrats murdered Republicans and lied to black Americans. Speaking of heinous devices contrived by this evil monopoly to manipulate the slave into voluntarily accepting enslavement, in 1858, again during his Cooper Union speech, Abraham Lincoln spoke of Democrat lies to black slaves regarding Republicans. He said, “The slaves would scarcely know there is a Republican party . . . but for your misrepresentations of us, in their hearing.”

    These misrepresentations still exist. By 1960 the Republican Party in the South did not exist. This lack of political competition is fatal in a representative republic. With the assistance of black traitors, white Democrats have always maintained this political monopoly exclusively in the black community and nowhere else. This lack of competition in the black community was the foundation of white Democratic Party power during the era of black slavery in the past and it is the basis of black slavery in the present.

    Once one understands the FACTS and the REALITY, it's easy to see why black Americans still support the Party of the Slave Owners..

  119. [119] 
    Michale wrote:

    This mental hold white Democrats have consistently held over impoverished and oppressed black people is a sad phenomenon. Like an addict advocating for his pusher, these mistreated American citizens now march in the streets, advocating for a voting rights bill that will guarantee their masters’ ability to oppress them in perpetuity.

    The worsening poverty, crime, fatherlessness, illiteracy, incarceration, envy, and unforgiveness plaguing the black American community since the civil rights movement is all the proof needed that the Democratic Party has been and still is an oppressive regime. It is also proof that when it comes to voting, Democratic interest in the black community is purely exploitative in the sense that black Democrats will be debased, and the white Democratic masters will be exalted. This is nothing new. It has always been thus.

    If we want to talk about “wokeness,” let’s hope that the black community finally wakes up to the fact that because God gave us all free will, slavery is a choice, and if you choose to be unquestionably devoted to any political party you have chosen to be a slave. Wake up to that fact; refuse to be a puppet for people who obviously hold you in contempt. Shun the slavery of party politics. Have the courage to vote your values. And choose to be happy and live as a free American.

    Word....

  120. [120] 
    Michale wrote:

    Weigantian™ terrorist says blaaa blaaa blaaa and whines and cries...

    She's PWN'ed and she knows it..

    She can't even address facts, she just has to whine and cry, full of hate and bigotry..

    She is to be pitied...

  121. [121] 
    Kick wrote:

    Michale
    67

    If someone is claiming to ignore a person and then comments daily how much they are ignoring that person...

    Are they REALLY ignoring that person?? :D

    Yes. MtnCaddy's (and other posters) failing not to notice the trollshit mountain and making a comment about scrolling through its abundance versus actually reading its contents are two wholly and entirely different things. One can comment on the shitstorm while also totally ignoring the content and the poster; the two are not mutually exclusive.

    Cad can't help himself.. He's pwn'ed.. :D

    So, to recap: MtnCaddy (and other posters admittedly) are frequently, purposely, obviously, demonstrably, regularly, and declaratively scrolling right straight past your redundant pilfered excrement while you are admittedly reading MtnCaddy's "every comment." So who is pwn'ed? Hint: Check your mirror.

  122. [122] 
    Michale wrote:

    Well, carp... I was hoping to watch the Bucs go to the Super Bowl today.. :(

    Oh well.. Now I have more time for beat downs. :D

    Are they REALLY ignoring that person?? :D

    Yes.

    No.. IGNORING a person means not even acknowledging them or anything they do..

    If a Joe Blow is ignoring John Doe, the Joe does not even acknowledge that John is alive.. Joe does not acknowledge ANY of John's actions.

    THAT is what it means to IGNORE someone..

    Cad is constantly acknowledging my presence here.. CONSTANTLY calling attention to my comments here..

    "Look!!! I am ignoring Michale!!!!"

    I realize it's beyond yer feeble intellect, but by commenting constantly my existence, Cad is doing the OPPOSITE of ignoring me..

    I get it... Yer not to bright in the braincase..

    That's why I pity you...

  123. [123] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    also, if russia didn't want "security" concerns, perhaps they shouldn't have invaded crimea.

  124. [124] 
    Michale wrote:

    Now let's talk some more about Democrat hypocrisy..

    It's such a ripe subject with loads and loads and loads of FACTS to support the claims..

    It's why no one responds because SILENCE GIVES ASSENT and, as anyone with more than 2 brain cells to rub together (sorry Cad.. That lets you out) the facts are inarguable..

    Hence the silence from the Weigantian™ Peanut Gallery..

    “We are mindful of the unique role the Senate plays in the legislative process, and we are steadfastly committed to ensuring that this great American institution continues to serve as the world’s greatest deliberative body. Therefore, we are asking you to join us in opposing any effort to curtail the existing rights and prerogatives of Senators to engage in full, robust, and extended debate as we consider legislation before this body in the future.”
    -Senate Democrats, 2017

  125. [125] 
    Kick wrote:

    Michale
    68

    It's not THAT bad.. But I admit it could be better...

    This place is full of redundant spew and pilfered trollshit excrement that is copied and deposited onto another man's blog, which man made you aware in no uncertain terms his thoughts regarding same.

    Obviously, we all agree it could be better.

    And it WOULD have been better if Bashi and Kick weren't so desperate.

    You now aren't just obsessed with me; you are additionally obsessed with Bashi.

    They realized they couldn't defeat me and that their personal attacks on me were impotent and meant nothing..

    We all get it. You're impotent. So what? It's a normal condition for those with cardiovascular issues wherein the flow of blood is impeded in multiple organ systems. Speak with your cardiovascular physician and try to stop whining about it on this forum where no one cares.

    So they had to escalate things and use my wife as their shields..

    FACT: No one here discusses your wife unless you bring her up first.

    And I was content to keep the nuclear warfare relegated to past commentaries where no one but the combatants would be affected. But Victoria couldn't handle that and had to make EVERYONE suffer by dragging things into the current commentary...

    You were whining incessantly that others were scared to face you in the current commentary. You got exactly what you wanted. I'm not usually so accommodating so consider yourself lucky.

    If Bashi and Victoria and Cad would be content to address the messages and not attack the messenger or certainly not attack the messenger's family, then Weigantia™ would be a fun place again... But their constant personal attacks on commenters and commenters' family is the cause of all this... This is fact..

    I don't read the vast majority of your trollshit mountain so it would be quite impossible to comment on it. If you bring up your wife again in response to one of my posts, I will mention that you're disparaging your wife. The common thread through all of this is that it's your behavior that is the catalyst.

  126. [126] 
    Michale wrote:

    also, if russia didn't want "security" concerns, perhaps they shouldn't have invaded crimea.

    Very good point....

  127. [127] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Indeed.

  128. [128] 
    Michale wrote:

    . If you bring up your wife again in response to one of my posts, I will mention that you're disparaging your wife

    Except I am not disparaging my wife...

    I am disparaging you...

    So, once again, I caught you in a lie..

    It's really easy to catch you in a lie, Victoria, because lying is all you do..

    It is YOU who is disparaging my wife and you only do so because I kick your ass all over Weigantia™...

    And, as you have been told by people much better than you (Myself, JL, Liz) such behavior on your part is not appropriate, not civilized and simply should not be done..

    But I understand why you do.. Your feeble and impotent attacks just brush off me so you have to escalate things because you are so desperate for relevance..

    Even the late CW knew my wife and he knew what a great person she is...

    I will never be afraid to put my wife on a pedestal be it in Weigantia™ or in real life..

    Your constant attacks on her simply proves to everyone here what a disgusting and heinous reprobate you truly are...

  129. [129] 
    Kick wrote:

    Michale
    105

    And the Weigantian™ terrorist whines and cries and goes blaa blaaa, once again proving her ignorance and shows how, once again, she is PWN'ed..

    (1) Well, you do whine and cry and go "blaa blaaa" a lot. Very much like other posters have commented, I don't read the vast majority of the piles of your pilfered trollshit excrement because I, like everyone else, am free to ignore you and your batshit at my own choosing.

    (2) I will be happy to refer to you as the Weigantian Michale Terrorist if that is your wish. All you had to do was ask.

    I accept your concession, Victoria..

    Is there a better way to prove your delusion than the repetitive admission that you're accepting something that does not exist? Rhetorical question.

  130. [130] 
    Michale wrote:

    Blaaa blaaa blaaa..

    You were caught in another lie, Victoria... I know it.. You know it.. Everyone here knows it..

    Yer PWN'ed day in and day out, you are PWN'ed.. :D

    "Yer nothing. Live with that."
    -Demi Moore, A FEW GOOD MEN

  131. [131] 
    BashiBazouk wrote:

    If Bashi and Victoria and Cad would be content to address the messages and not attack the messenger or certainly not attack the messenger's family, then Weigantia™ would be a fun place again... But their constant personal attacks on commenters and commenters' family is the cause of all this... This is fact..

    It took a lot of you dodging your own message before I decided you had no intention of returning to it before I...moved on to other forms of entertainment...

    Except I am not disparaging my wife...

    I am disparaging you...

    Right back at you. Change "my" to "your" same meaning other side. I never use the word except when copy/paste quoting you. What does that say about you?

  132. [132] 
    Michale wrote:

    Before we were rudely interrupted by the peon, we were talking about Democrat hypocrisy...

    Liz, I think you will appreciate this speech...

    “At its core, the filibuster is not about stopping a nominee or a bill, it is about compromise and moderation. That is why the Founders put unlimited debate in. … It does not mean I get my way. It means you may have to compromise. You may have to see my side of the argument. That is what it is about, engendering compromise and moderation.”

    “Abolishing the filibuster is ultimately an example of the arrogance of power. It is a fundamental power grab by the majority party. Folks who want to see this change want to eliminate one of the procedural mechanisms designed for the express purpose of guaranteeing individual rights, and they also have a consequence, and would undermine the protections of a minority point of view in the heat of majority excess. We have been through these periods before in American history but never, to the best of my knowledge, has any party been so bold as to fundamentally attempt to change the structure of this body.”

    “What shortsightedness, and what a price history will exact on those who support this radical move.”

    “This is being done in the name of fairness? Quite frankly, it is the ultimate act of unfairness to alter the unique responsibility of the Senate and to do so by breaking the very rules of the Senate. … This is the single most significant vote, as I said earlier, that I will have cast in my 32 years in the Senate.”

    “The nuclear option [abolishing the filibuster] extinguishes the power of Independents and moderates in this Senate. That is it. They are done. Moderates are important only if you need to get 60 votes to satisfy cloture. They are much less important if you need only 50 votes.”
    Senator Joe Biden

  133. [133] 
    Michale wrote:

    Right back at you. Change "my" to "your" same meaning other side. I never use the word except when copy/paste quoting you. What does that say about you?

    It says I slap the shit outta Victoria on a daily, oft times, HOURLY basis.. :D

    The fact that you try to make it something it's not, as you yourself admit, says a lot about you as well..

    IE you are a self-admitted liar...

  134. [134] 
    Michale wrote:

    It's really hilarious...

    Many of you whine and cry and piss a bitch because of the number of posts in the commentaries..

    But ya'all's immature personal attacks and attacks on family causes DOZENS and DOZENS of posts...

    So, as per the norm.. I have caught ya'all in ANOTHER lie...

    The facts clearly show that you really don't care about the number of posts... :D

  135. [135] 
    Michale wrote:

    And, once again, from Real Clear.... Weigantia's™ OFFICAL News Source ....

    Biden's Election Integrity Reply Puts WH in Cleanup Mode

    Less than 24 hours after President Biden told RealClearPolitics – and a national TV audience – he was not prepared to say that the coming midterm elections would be legitimate, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was saying the exact opposite Thursday during television interviews, on Twitter and twice to reporters in the briefing room.

    The clarification may have come too late. Before Psaki could do damage control, both Vice President Kamala Harris and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, the Democrat perhaps most responsible for making Biden president, seemed to amplify a message that the White House would have to disavow hours later.
    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2022/01/21/bidens_election_integrity_reply_puts_wh_in_cleanup_mode_147078.html#2

    And another perfect example of Democrats talking out both sides of their ass....

  136. [136] 
    Michale wrote:

    “If there are no changes in terms of federal voting rights legislation going forward, the president does still feel confident that the elections this fall will be legitimate?”
    -News Reporter

    "Yes."
    -Biden Spokesperson

    OK.. So, we really DON'T NEED that Election Cheat act that Democrats want to pass so bad..

    Problem solved..

    Let's get cake....

  137. [137] 
    BashiBazouk wrote:

    It says I slap the shit outta Victoria on a daily, oft times, HOURLY basis.. :D

    See, this is just as bad as what you complain about. Beyond the personal attack, which is neither here nor there, it's just so misogynistic and stupid. IMO it absolutely justifies the retort:

    You did what to your wife?

  138. [138] 
    Michale wrote:

    See, this is just as bad as what you complain about.

    Not even close..

    My attacks on Victoria are ON VICTORIA...

    Her attacks are on my wife..

    If you can't see the difference than you are to dumb to understand the most simple concepts..

    IMO it absolutely justifies the retort:

    You did what to your wife?

    EXACTLY how does it justify??

    I call you a bitch and you respond "So's your wife"..

    How does me calling YOU a name justify you calling my wife a name..

    Can you explain that?? No, you can't..

    Because it's clear to everyone that yer simply full of shit and trying like hell to justify the unjustifiable..

  139. [139] 
    Michale wrote:

    If you want to defend the indefensible.. If you want to help Victoria be a Weigantian™ Troll, have at it..

    All I am saying... All JL is saying.. All LIZ is saying.. ANY civilized person would say..

    All we ALL are saying is that you should leave my wife out of it..

    If you can't understand that then you admit you are too stupid..

  140. [140] 
    BashiBazouk wrote:

    Nobody called your wife anything. They insinuated you called you wife something. They turned your words against you. As for the two attacks similarity, that is an opinion. In my opinion, I understand that Kick is just turning your words against you and is not disparaging your wife. Whereas your misogynistic and stupid comment is worse. You may have a differing opinion. But your opinion does not reign as we are a community, I would assume the overall community opinion is that we should all shut the fuck up and go do something else with our lives as far away from here as possible. But beyond that...

  141. [141] 
    BashiBazouk wrote:

    Now is time for the second half where Brady is going down!

  142. [142] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Michale,

    I think I remember that Biden speech!

    But, there has been a paradigm shift, ahem, and I can understand why Biden no longer believes so much in the filibuster. The filibuster has lost all sense of its original meaning and purpose.

    Perhaps, ENDING the filibuster may actually promote more bipartisan votes in the Senate as Republicans and Democrats may not feel so forced to stick to the party line (Hey, there's a fun PRiSM tune in there!) and vote in favour of things just because it is in the best interests of the American people and the nation.

    Imagine THAT for a moment!

  143. [143] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Hey, Bashi! Thanks for reminding me ... this will be fun to watch. :-)

  144. [144] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Actually, I may have missed the most fun part. :(

  145. [145] 
    Michale wrote:

    Bashi,

    Nobody called your wife anything. They insinuated you called you wife something.

    You can tap dance around the facts ALL you want..

    But the FACT is, you and Victoria dragged my wife into this bloodsport..

    Justify it all you want.. Whatever you have to do to sleep at night..

    But the simple fact is, you and victoria dragged my wife into our argument..

    And that's a pretty reprehensible thing to do..

    In my opinion, I understand that Kick is just turning your words against you and is not disparaging your wife

    Of course, that is your opinion.. Because of your political bigotry.. If Victoria had done the EXACT same thing to a fellow Democrat's wife, you would be aghast and tell Victoria to chill out..

    So, your opinion doesn't mean shit because it's SOLELY based on your hate and bigotry..

    You and that bitch, Victoria dragged my wife into our argument...

    This is fact...

    You can tap dance and play with what the meaning of "IS" is until the cows come, but the simple fact is ya'all attacked my wife..

    Spin it how you like so you can sleep at night.. It's meaningless.. Yer scum and that's that..

    By the by, I accept your concession that you were lying when you said *I* attacked my wife..

  146. [146] 
    Michale wrote:

    Liz,

    But, there has been a paradigm shift, ahem, and I can understand why Biden no longer believes so much in the filibuster. The filibuster has lost all sense of its original meaning and purpose.

    It's funny that Biden's "paradigm shift" happened at the EXACT same moment that Democrats were in the majority and they needed to push unpopular anti-America crap that not even their own PARTY agrees with!! :D

    And, yunno, I'll even go out on a limb with a prediction..

    When the GOP takes the Senate in 2022, I am betting that Biden will undergo ANOTHER "paradigm shift" and be totally FOR the filibuster, ala his Senate speech on protecting the filibuster.. :D

    Liz, you and I both know it's not a paradigm shift.. It's pure, unadulterated hypocrisy...

    Perhaps, ENDING the filibuster may actually promote more bipartisan votes in the Senate as Republicans and Democrats may not feel so forced to stick to the party line (Hey, there's a fun PRiSM tune in there!) and vote in favour of things just because it is in the best interests of the American people and the nation.

    Imagine THAT for a moment!

    All we would have is the tyranny of the majority..

    But Hay.. OK.. Let's you and I make a New Years Resolution in Jan of 2023 and we will BOTH support killing the filibuster in the name of promoting bipartisan votes for the 2023-2024 legislative session.. :D

    K??? :D

  147. [147] 
    Michale wrote:

    Bashi,

    *I* told you that family should be left out of these flame wars..

    JL told you that family should be left out of these flame wars..

    LIZ told you that family should be left out of these flame wars..

    ANY CIVILIZED person will tell you that family should be left out of these flame wars..

    Yet.. ALL of those people are wrong..

    And YOU and Victoria are right..

    Do you realize how full of shit you and Victoria are???

  148. [148] 
    Michale wrote:

    Now is time for the second half where Brady is going down!

    I have never been a fan of Tom Brady.. But he is on the only Florida team that can seem to win so....

    Mahomes is my new Tom Brady.. The quarterback I love to hate...

  149. [149] 
    Michale wrote:

    Aww right.. It's that time again.. Dinner and a movie with my lovely wife..

    Bright and early, we can pick this up... :D

    Maybe hit 250 comments!!??? :D

  150. [150] 
    Kick wrote:

    Michale
    109

    You obviously didn't understand what Liz was trying to say..

    Liz wasn't "trying to say" anything; she wasn't vague or ambiguous in any way in her comments.

    Look at it this way.. You can't use a STAND YOUR GROUND defense if you are committing a crime in the process..

    Look at it this way. I've never been arrested for any crime nor have I ever been sued in a court of law for committing multiple crimes on a repetitive basis (which is obviously pubic record), and I will be taking the legal advice of someone who has when Hell freezes over.

    You can't claim to be ignoring someone and then brag EVERY frakin' comment how much you are ignoring someone..

    We already know that MtnCaddy owns you because you've admitted on multiple occasions that you read his "EVERY frakin' comment"... but please continue to reiterate that fact at every chance you get.

    If you DO brag about ignoring someone every time they comment, then you aren't really ignoring that person..

    Incorrect. If you spew out a bunch of diarrhea all day long that you copied from other websites and deposited it onto another man's blog, somebody coming along at the end of the day and claiming they ignored you doesn't mean they didn't notice your mountain of copied and deposited verbal diarrhea. You are confusing failing not to notice a fairly obvious mountainous pile of shit you've had to scroll through with not ignoring it, and those two things are different. Mentioning the obvious pile of shit doesn't magically mean it wasn't also ignored. Those two things are not mutually exclusive.

    Someone acknowledging that they saw a giant pile of dogshit pie but ignored it isn't the equivalent of walking the dog.

    Do you get it??

    Yes, I get it. Your dog shit pie is being ignored by people who scroll through it. One poster reporting to the forum that they're ignoring the pie doesn't magically make them a consumer.

    Or do I need to use smaller words??

    When I'm not scrolling through your mountain of pilfered excrement and absolutely ignoring the vast majority of it, I can assure you that I haven't failed to notice you've already mastered the art of redundant small word usage, and you'd be incorrect if you believed I hadn't additionally noticed your redundant usage of small ideas. That's why I ignore a shit-ton of your trollshit mountain and why I suspect MtnCaddy and others do likewise.

  151. [151] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    [114]

    You could get a lot of mileage out of that delusion were it not for your admitted impotency that you won't stop prattling on and on about. Like I said, check with your cardiovascular medical professional, it's not an infrequent condition for those with heart conditions.

    Yessirree we have a Body Slam haha.

  152. [152] 
    Kick wrote:

    Michale
    122

    Well, carp... I was hoping to watch the Bucs go to the Super Bowl today.. :(

    I was hoping they got their ass kicked just like Aaron Rogers. Heh.

    No.. IGNORING a person means not even acknowledging them or anything they do..

    Your problem here is that MtnCaddy doesn't generally claim he's "IGNORING a person." Case in point from today's commentary:

    [49] MtnCaddy wrote:
    [48]

    Thing of it is, both of our trolls either don't know and/or don't care how stupid they look. There's really no reason to interact with them except to sharpen your Snark.

    http://www.chrisweigant.com/2022/01/21/friday-talking-points-a-busy-week/#comment-183678

    He usually says something along the lines of "there's no reason to interact with the trolls." Then you come along and claim that MtnCaddy isn't ignoring you when he, in fact, never mentioned you.

    I will concede the fact that you've proven on multiple occasions that you obviously know you're a troll.

    If a Joe Blow is ignoring John Doe, the Joe does not even acknowledge that John is alive.. Joe does not acknowledge ANY of John's actions.

    If Joe says he is ignoring the trolls and then John comes along and claims to be the troll who is not being ignored, then I would say John Doe obviously knows exactly who he is.

    THAT is what it means to IGNORE someone..

    So you are acknowledging you're a troll? Rhetorical question.

    Cad is constantly acknowledging my presence here.. CONSTANTLY calling attention to my comments here..

    MtnCaddy is claiming to ignore the trolls. You are the one acknowledging to being a troll and CONSTANTLY calling attention to yourself. If you weren't depositing so much pilfered shit on this forum, there'd obviously be no need for him or anyone else to notice the troll shit and make a comment.

    "Look!!! I am ignoring Michale!!!!"

    That's a fake quote and your interpretation. So you are acknowledging you're a troll.

    I realize it's beyond yer feeble intellect, but by commenting constantly my existence, Cad is doing the OPPOSITE of ignoring me..

    I realize it's beyond "yer" feeble intellect, but isn't it you who are insisting you're the troll? Rhetorical question.

    I get it... Yer not to bright in the braincase..

    I will be nice and not post what I'm thinking. Suffice it to say, it wasn't me who was "not to bright" and landed you in "yer" Shithole, but you will always have my pity.

    That's why I pity you...

    It doesn't work on me because it's always been my phrase for you, but I do thank you for letting me know what hits the mark. :)

  153. [153] 
    BashiBazouk wrote:

    You can tap dance around the facts ALL you want..

    I don't have the dance around squat. I have the English language backing me up.

    You want to play victim complex have fun, but on the way you might ask the fellow forum members what they think of your misogynistic posting that triggers the retort.

    Do you realize how full of shit you and Victoria are???

    A hell of a lot less than you...

  154. [154] 
    BashiBazouk wrote:

    All three games decided by a field goal with 4 seconds left visiting team winning. Amazing. See if they can complete the set. Go Bills, by a field goal!

  155. [155] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Michale,

    It's funny that Biden's "paradigm shift" happened at the EXACT same moment that Democrats were in the majority and they needed to push unpopular anti-America crap that not even their own PARTY agrees with!! :D

    Well, that wasn't the paradigm shift I was talking about.

    The Senate is not what it used to be and so it is time for ... New Rules!!!

  156. [156] 
    Kick wrote:

    Michale
    128

    Except I am not disparaging my wife...

    I am disparaging you...

    You are desperately making the attempt and looking like a dick in the process; however, I laugh in your general direction and wonder why you are disparaging your wife.

    So, once again, I caught you in a lie..

    You caught me assuming the person you were referring to in that disparaging term was you wife.

    It's really easy to catch you in a lie, Victoria, because lying is all you do..

    Said the guy who claimed on this forum that he was a cop and then when he got called on that lie proceeded to claim that he never claimed to be a cop, which is provable lie.

    It is YOU who is disparaging my wife and you only do so because I kick your ass all over Weigantia™...

    The fact you think this is an attack on your wife and not an attack on you proves just what a snowflake you are. <--- Props to Bashi

    And, as you have been told by people much better than you (Myself, JL, Liz) such behavior on your part is not appropriate, not civilized and simply should not be done..

    It's patently obvious that you're under the nonsensical delusion that you and certain other posters are better than everyone else on this forum, and therein is the crux of your problem. Add to that fact your other problem of constantly whining like a snowflake that others should follow certain rules while you are free to post whatever absolute garbage you desire. You are such a snowflake that you want a safe space where you prattle on endlessly with all manner of bullshit while anyone who reciprocates is to be admonished. Well I'd tell you that you can go screw that except for the obvious fact you're impotent and can't shut up about it.

    But I understand why you do.. Your feeble and impotent attacks just brush off me so you have to escalate things because you are so desperate for relevance..

    You understand very little. Otherwise you wouldn't toss out terms toward other posters that elicit the same response every time. If you want to remind me of your wife, you know exactly how to do it. Not rocket science. Also, enough already about your impotency. It's irony at its finest that the biggest dick on the board has erectile dysfunction. Kindly seek medical help and stop whining constantly about your physical imperfections.

    Even the late CW knew my wife and he knew what a great person she is...

    CW is very much alive, and you're obviously butthurt and crying out desperately for his attention. I'm not concerned about whether she's a great person one way or the other, and I also don't recall CW writing a column about your wife since she's obviously not a politician. I do recall you posting that you voted for her and posting her name on the forum.

    I will never be afraid to put my wife on a pedestal be it in Weigantia™ or in real life..

    I don't care.

    Your constant attacks on her simply proves to everyone here what a disgusting and heinous reprobate you truly are...

    I'm not the one who is admittedly using a particular term in a nonsensical attempt to disparage another poster who puts a value on my opinion that is less than zero. You quite obviously believe you and other posters are better than others; however, I neither suffer that delusion nor do I suffer fools like you gladly.

  157. [157] 
    Kick wrote:

    BashiBazouk
    154

    All three games decided by a field goal with 4 seconds left visiting team winning.

    I know, right?

    See if they can complete the set. Go Bills, by a field goal!

    Texas reminds you that we're talking about Patrick Mahomes. :)

  158. [158] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    well so much for the field goal pattern. that last one was decided by a touchdown in overtime.

  159. [159] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    yikes, i wonder what the over-under was for that one.

  160. [160] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    I don't know much about football but that rams bucs game was pretty exciting

  161. [161] 
    ListenWhenYouHear wrote:

    Some high schools are already teaching lessons and units on CRT, where students write papers demonstrating their facility with applying the theory, while other schools are introducing CRT concepts, such as systemic racism, white privilege, microaggressions, implicit bias and intersectionality.

    Systemic racism and white privilege aren’t concepts that CRT introduced… so discussing these concepts individually is not the same as discussing CRT. If CRT uses these as arguments to define the theory, then they can be viewed as ingredients that when mixed together correctly, make a final product. You don’t take one ingredient by itself and claim it is the final product. Eggs aren’t pie. So when I discuss eggs, you screaming to stop discussing pie is blatantly dishonest.

    It's my understanding that we are striving towards a TRUELY equal society...

    A Society where claims of "The first black American to" blaaa blaaa blaaa or "The first woman to" blaaa blaaa blaaa or "The first gay to" blaaa blaaa are met with a puzzled expression and a perplexed, "Yea??? So????"

    Isn't that what Democrats CLAIM to want???

    Then why oh why are Democrats going out of their way to LABEL people.. To put them in a lane and make sure they STAY in their lane??

    Why would Democrats do this??

    A “TRULY equal society”? You mean one where we do not celebrate our individual accomplishments? Where we are all paid the same and have no choices in our lives? Sounds a lot more like communism is what you are wanting for our country.

    And for someone who thinks LABELING is so wrong, you sure loved talking about BLACK crime stats in this country earlier in the week! You never owned slaves, so why should you be made to feel guilty for slavery in this country’s past, right? The guilt lies with those that actually committed the crimes… unless you are talking about the Black community and crime stats, I guess.

  162. [162] 
    Michale wrote:

    Liz,

    Well, that wasn't the paradigm shift I was talking about.

    The Senate is not what it used to be and so it is time for ... New Rules!!!

    OK.. Fine.. I'll touch bases with you when the GOP has the Senate and see if you feel the same.. :D

    Fair enough??

  163. [163] 
    Michale wrote:

    Russ,

    Systemic racism and white privilege aren’t concepts that CRT introduced…

    True.. But CRT uses them falsely and non-factually to the max...

    A “TRULY equal society”? You mean one where we do not celebrate our individual accomplishments?

    But you people are not celebrating individual accomplishments. You people are celebrating accomplishements based on race or gender or lifestyle choice or medical status..

    A "TRULY equal society" is where we don't celebrate accomplishments based on race or gender or lifestyle or medical status..

    In a TRULY equal society we celebrate a PERSON'S accomplishments.. Not a groups'...

    Let's say you do something completely and utterly fantastic.. Cure cancer or something.

    What would you prefer to hear??

    WOW!! Look what a gay person did!!! The first gay person to cure cancer!!!

    Or would you rather hear what a TRULY equal society would say??

    WOW!! Look what Russ Finklestein did!! He cured cancer!!!

    Which statement is more representative of a truly equal society??

    And for someone who thinks LABELING is so wrong, you sure loved talking about BLACK crime stats in this country earlier in the week!

    It was in the context of the discussion we were having at the time..

    You people use LABELS all the time... There are times when labels are appropriate when in the context of the discussion..

    In the context of the discussion about a TRULY equal society, labels/groups are NOT appropriate...

    You never owned slaves, so why should you be made to feel guilty for slavery in this country’s past, right?

    Exactly..

    The guilt lies with those that actually committed the crimes…

    You should tell your CRT buddies... They are ALL about "collective guilt"...

    unless you are talking about the Black community and crime stats, I guess.

    In the context of the discussion that andygaus started about black people being arrested more for marijuana use than white people, the stats were appropriate..

    They are facts that explain why black people are arrested more...

    In the discussion of why black people are given harsher sentences, the stats are FACTS that explain that issue..

    If you don't want to hear those stats then get your people like andygaus to shut up about criminal justice being based on racism.. Because that claim is bullshit without absolutely NO relevant facts to support it..

    Nice doing the back and forth with ya, Russ.. :D

    Apologies if you don't like what you see in the mirror.. :D

  164. [164] 
    Michale wrote:

    Biden really scroo'ed da pooch with giving Putin the green light for "minor incursions" into Ukraine..

    Putin wouldn't have even CONSIDERED messing with Ukraine under President Trump....

    Biden's a wussy...

  165. [165] 
    Michale wrote:

    And, in the TOTALLY DELUSIONAL department..

    Jen Psaki: President Joe Biden's first year marked by tremendous progress
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/jen-psaki-president-joe-bidens-first-year-marked-by-tremendous-progress/ar-AASZ3Es

    BBBBWWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA

    Saki's got jokes.... :D

  166. [166] 
    Michale wrote:

    A year ago, few would have imagined that 2021 would be the greatest year of job growth in American history. That the unemployment rate would be at 3.9% now, down from 6% at the start of 2021 – the biggest one-year drop in history. And that unemployment claims would be at historic lows because so many Americans were back to work, often at better jobs with better pay.

    Those are jobs that already existed, created by President Trump.. The people were RETURING to those jobs after having to leave them due to the pandemic..

    Those we're NEW jobs...

  167. [167] 
    Michale wrote:

    Hay Saki...

    Howz those FREE TEST KITS coming along?? :D

  168. [168] 
    Michale wrote:

    President Biden has gotten results, and the greatest year of job creation in history shows that, and he will keep up that fight every day and every year on the challenges that remain.

    That's the ONLY claim Biden can make and it's based on a lie...

    Which sums up Biden's entire Presidency to date..

    One big fat lie..

  169. [169] 
    Michale wrote:

    Now that we have seen Saki's fantasy BS, let's take a look at the FACTS..

    The Political Power of Inflation Will Destroy Joe Biden and the Democrats

    The current 7% rate of inflation is the highest it’s been in 40 years. This is very significant because it means that a large majority of Americans have never experienced inflation like this in their lifetimes
    https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2022/01/23/the-political-power-of-inflation-will-destroy-joe-biden-and-the-democrats-n1552027

    Higher pay don't mean diddley squat if the cost of living is astronomically higher due to inflation..

    DUH....

  170. [170] 
    Michale wrote:

    Inflation was a fact of life 40 years ago. You expected to walk into a grocery store and see the price of an item you bought the week before a few cents higher. You expected to drive by your local gas station and see a price increase from the previous day.

    “Inflationary expectations” actually contributed to the real rate of inflation. When people anticipate prices going up, businesses factor in those expectations for the future. It’s a vicious cycle, and once it starts, it’s very difficult to turn off.

    This is what Joe Biden is facing in the coming months. As inflation begins to settle into the American consciousness, expectations collide with reality, and fear begins to take over.

    A fearful electorate does not normally support the party in power.

    cad and many others have commented here that inflation will get better in time for the mid-terms..

    That's just a pipe dream.. It's not going to happen..

    Biden's approval ratings haven't found their bottom yet.

  171. [171] 
    Michale wrote:

    How do we know that cad's hope of inflation improving before the mid-terms is a pipe dream??

    Because Biden's OWN economic advisors have stated so...

    Biden’s own economic advisors are saying that inflation won’t moderate until the end of 2022 — after the election. And given their track record on inflation — initially claiming it was “transitory” and would quickly dissipate — that prediction of the demise of inflation should be taken with a large grain of salt.

    So, even if Biden's own advisors are right this time, it's not going to matter for the election.. Democrats will STILL get massacred and lose the House and the Senate..

    As a matter of fact, it would not surprise me to learn that it's BECAUSE the GOP has been given control of Congress that we will get inflation under control..

  172. [172] 
    Michale wrote:

    So, one has to ask.. Whom do we have to blame for this crappy economy on fire (not in a good way)??

    Well, none other than Biden and Democrat Party policies..

    How Biden torched the Trump recovery

    The White House celebrated its first-year economic achievements by tweeting: “When @POTUS and @VP were sworn in, our economy was on the brink of collapse.”

    That is a flat-out lie.

    As Biden first set foot in the Oval Office a year ago, real GDP was growing at 6.3 percent, inflation was 1.4 percent, the price of gasoline was $2.39 a gallon and Michigan’s consumer sentiment index stood at 79. Today, real growth has slowed to just over 2 percent, inflation is at 7 percent, gas is up to $3.31 a gallon and the Michigan Index is 68.8.

    In addition, real wages dropped 2.4 percent over the past year, with inflation overwhelming pay hikes after several years of gains under President Trump.

    In just one year, Biden has managed to torch an economy that was recovering robustly when he took office. One bad decision after another, compounded, to be sure, by certain events beyond his control, have scuttled the turnaround that was well underway the day he became president.
    https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/590451-how-biden-torched-the-trump-recovery

    I know that in my absence, ya'all weren't aware of all the facts of how bad Democrats are doing...

    I guess it's a good thing for ya'all that I decided to grace Weigantia™ with my presence again.. :D

    Else, ya'all would have continued to wallow in ignorance and been totally and completely shocked when Democrats were Uber-Nuclear-Apocalyptically shellacked in November..

    Naw, it's OK.. Don't thank me.. Happy to lend a hand.. :D

    Awww, com' on.. Don't gush.. :D

  173. [173] 
    Michale wrote:

    How exactly did Biden and the Democrats scroo da pooch??

    I am glad you asked that..

    His major mistakes? Depressing oilfield investment, reversing U.S. oil output and leaving us at the mercy of OPEC and higher gasoline prices; stoking out-of-control federal spending with the Democrat-only American Rescue Plan (ARP), sidelining millions of workers and fueling an ongoing labor shortage; delivering mask mandates that have exacerbated that worker shortage; ignoring the resulting inflation until voters rebelled, demanding the Federal Reserve take what may be harsh measures to change course.

    Those are just the high points.

    Under President Trump, America became energy independent and the largest EXPORTER of natural gas in the world..

    Now, I don't know about ya'all, but for a guy like me who grew up in the Carter years I remember vividly the huge gas lines and the gas rationing...

    To actually become INDEPENDENT from that.. To actually be able to be the largest EXPORTER???

    Well, for those who grew up as I did during the height of OPEC hostage-taking, it was magical...

    And Biden and the Democrats threw all that away...

    And for what!??? Some mythical global warming that has been PROVEN with REAL science to be a con??

    Lemme ask ya'all something.. If a US Pipeline would contribute to global warming and must be shut down, how is it that a LARGER RUSSIAN pipeline is perfectly acceptable??

    You see why we KNOW that the global warming crap is just a con???

    So yea... Biden and the Democrats OWN this crappy economy.. It is ALL their doing..

    But there is good news on the horizon.. Once the GOP owns Congress in November and President Trump is back in the Oval Office in 2024???

    Things are going to turn around once more.. :D

  174. [174] 
    Michale wrote:

    But hay.. OK.. Ya'all can complain I am using Right Wing sources... So, let's hear from a dyed-in-the-wool Left Wing rag, the NY Grime...

    President Biden’s Economy Is Failing the Big Mac Test

    Measured by the value of the wages that workers take home, which this board regards as the most important metric for assessing the health of the American economy, President Biden’s first year in office was not a very good year.

    The dollar figures on workers’ paychecks rose handsomely over the past 12 months. But for most workers, that wasn’t enough to keep pace with the highest inflation in several decades, which eroded the value of each of those dollars.

    The purchasing power of the average worker’s weekly pay declined by 2.3 percent from December 2020 to December 2021. Data for the final 20 days of Mr. Biden’s first year, not available yet, is unlikely to improve that picture.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/22/opinion/president-biden-inflation-economy.html

    As an aside to Bashi... THERE ^^^^^ is the "big reveal"... :D No need to make a big deal out of it a few comments down the line, eh??

    heheheheheheheehehehehehe

    Anyways even the NY Grime, Democrat Water Carrier Extraordinaire is saying how bad Biden's economic policies have scroo'ed da pooch..

  175. [175] 
    Michale wrote:

    Most Americans don’t share the administration’s sunny view of its economic record, and it is little mystery why: The average worker’s paycheck doesn’t buy as many hamburgers as it did last year. (Using hamburgers to measure inflation is a twist on The Economist magazine’s Big Mac Index, which tracks the price of the classic hamburger in different currencies.) The government’s Consumer Price Index rose by 7 percent in 2021, the biggest jump since 1982. Mr. Biden’s approval rating remains low, and poll after poll finds that Americans are not pleased with his handling of the economy. Nearly two-thirds say the administration is insufficiently focused on inflation, according to a recent CBS News poll. There are similar numbers in other recent polls.

    The American people know a bum steer when they see one.. And Biden and the Democrats are the bum'est of steers...

    The nation’s mood has soured even as the economy has added more than six million jobs over the last year. For the core of the labor force, workers ages 25 to 54, employment recovered more quickly than in the prior three recessions, dating back to 1990. That’s a big deal: Even when paychecks are losing value, it’s better to get one.

    Again with the six billion jobs added.. Those jobs aren't NEW jobs.. They WERE new jobs back when they were created by President Trump during his awesome administration..

    When Democrats force people out of work due to a over-exaggerated pandemic, Democrats don't get to claim NEW JOBS when those people return back to their jobs that were previously created under President Trump's leadership...

  176. [176] 
    Michale wrote:

    Mr. Biden, however, has contributed to his own political woes. Through much of the fall, the president and other administration officials seemed to be downplaying the dangers of inflation. Mr. Biden also continues to present the administration’s longer-term economic initiatives, like antitrust enforcement and a push for child care subsidies, as measures that would help to combat inflation. The effect of such policies would not be felt for some time, and Mr. Biden’s insistence on this implausible narrative may be contributing to a sense that he is not taking inflation seriously.

    First, there was no inflation...

    Then Biden admitted that, yes there is inflation but it's transitory...

    Biden has been WRONG about everything..

    Biden is destined to repeat Jimmy Carter's one term presidency...

  177. [177] 
    Michale wrote:

    So, that belies the claim that I only use Right Wing sources..

    Of course, being a Left Wing Rag, the NY Grime HAS to say some nice things about Biden and Democrats..

    But overall, the writing is on the wall...

    Even Left Wing Water Carriers are throwing Biden and the Democrats to the wolves...

  178. [178] 
    Michale wrote:

    250 comments today is going to be a long slog...

    But I can give it the ol' Weigantian™ try... :D

  179. [179] 
    Michale wrote:

    Speaking of the Global Warming con...

    Al Gore on his hopes for the planet: "Job number one is to stop using the sky as an open sewer"
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/al-gore-climate-change/

    The crazed sex poodle is still alive???

    WOW....

  180. [180] 
    Michale wrote:

    He has been sounding the climate alarm for more than four decades — first as a young congressman and then 15 years ago, with his film "An Inconvenient Truth."

    It earned him an Oscar, a Nobel Peace Prize, and plenty of scorn from climate change deniers.

    Despite all his accolades, Gore said he has not succeeded in getting the message across.

    The inconvenient FACT of "An Inconvenient Truth" is that it's a fantasy movie totally devoid on any real scientific fact....

  181. [181] 
    Michale wrote:

    And here is an explanation as to why the global warming fanatics continue to fail and fail and fail again in the courts..

    The past year has not been a great one for supporters of the climate litigation campaign.

    There were several devastating blows dealt to climate lawsuits, both on the process and the merits, and as Law360 summed up:

    “The U.S. Supreme Court expanded the ability for fossil fuel companies to fight climate nuisance lawsuits lodged by state and local governments, and the Second Circuit rejected one such suit outright.”

    In response, the plaintiffs’ attorneys have had to call in the reinforcements and place academics on their payroll to help explain why, against all the evidence, these lawsuits aren’t failing. Meanwhile, major activist organizations are holding personal meetings with top government officials in order to recruit them to their side.
    https://eidclimate.org/2021-revealed-why-climate-litigation-will-continue-to-fail/

    What part of *NO* do the global warming fanatics not understand???

  182. [182] 
    Michale wrote:

    And, in the MAJOR DEFEATS category... :D

    SCOTUS Ruling

    One of the most devastating defeats of the nearly decade-long climate litigation campaign came in May when the U.S. Supreme Court overwhelmingly sided with the energy companies on a key procedural question that will help decide if these lawsuits are heard in federal or state court.

    In a 7-1 decision, the court ruled that the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals should have considered all grounds for removal before affirming a lower court’s decision that sent the City of Baltimore’s case back to state court. The decision had significant ramifications for the climate litigation campaign, and cases from California, Colorado and Rhode Island also landed back in the circuit courts for further consideration.

    The magnitude of the ruling wasn’t lost on the media. Bloomberg Law observed that the industry now has the “the upper hand” in these cases, while Reuters reported the lopsided decision meant a difficult path now lies ahead for the plaintiffs.

    And this was a FULLY bi-partisan decision for the SCOTUS where a Democrat sided with the Conservative majority..

    Global warming fanatics need to come to grips with the FACT that they lose and lose and are going to keep on losing..

  183. [183] 
    Michale wrote:

    New York City Defeat

    On the merits of climate litigation, New York continues to be the poster child for these flailing lawsuits. The New York attorney general’s case against ExxonMobil was decisively defeated in 2019, and in April of this year, the 2nd Circuit affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of New York City’s public nuisance lawsuit, ending the case for good. The court ruled that lawsuits aren’t the proper tool for addressing climate change:

    “To permit this suit to proceed under state law would further risk upsetting the careful balance that has been struck between the prevention of global warming, a project that necessarily requires national standards and global participation, on the one hand, and energy production, economic growth, foreign policy, and national security, on the other.” (emphasis added)

    The defeat is a sharp rebuke to outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio who blatantly admitted the goal of the suit was to put the oil and natural gas industry out of business, saying in 2018, “Let’s help bring the death knell to this industry.”

    Despite the loss, less than a month later, de Blasio filed yet another climate lawsuit despite politicians in New York having an 0-3 record, this time focused on consumer deception claims.

    DeBlowHole strikes again... :eyeroll:

    Once again, loss stacks up upon loss... Like their Democrat sponsors, global warming con artists are ONLY good at losing.. And losing.. And losing...

  184. [184] 
    Michale wrote:

    King County Withdraws

    In the spring of 2018, King County, Washington (home of Seattle) was among the first municipalities to file a climate lawsuit. Just over three years later, it threw in the towel on the case.

    In September, the county gave “notice of its voluntary dismissal of this action,” making it the first plaintiff to give up on a lawsuit. The move also represents a blow to plaintiffs’ attorney Matt Pawa, who was a key player at the infamous La Jolla conference in 2012 where the playbook for the entire climate litigation campaign was mapped out and who was at the helm for San Francisco and Oakland’s loss as well as the New York City defeat.

    And another defeat for the global warming zealots..

    All they know how to do is LOSE..

    And why???

    Because sane rational Americans are simply NOT buying the kaa-kaa anymore...

    As an aside to Liz..

    Don't blame me for off topic comments. It was Vick who brought up Climate Change... :D

  185. [185] 
    Michale wrote:

    Yunno what's even MORE hilarious!!!????

    The global warming litigation people disputed THEIR OWN SCIENCE!!!!

    BBBBWWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAAHAHHAHA

    Attribution Proponents Criticize Their Own Science

    This defeat can be clearly labeled as an “own goal.”

    The use of climate lawsuits has spawned the development of so-called “attribution research” – or the flawed attempt to assign a certain amount of carbon emissions to specific companies.

    In June, a group of academics – who are outspoken supporters of the climate litigation campaign – released a report that admits that the climate attribution science currently being deployed by plaintiffs’ attorneys has serious flaws:

    “We find that the evidence submitted and referenced in these cases lags considerably behind the state-of-the-art in climate science, impeding causation claims.”

    Hey, that’s their words – and it’s very clear why they’re speaking out, and it has nothing to do with the pursuit of greater knowledge through scientific understanding. Instead, it’s all about the litigation. As Friederike Otto, one of the authors of the report, told E&E News just a couple months earlier:

    “Unlike every other branch of climate science or science in general, event attribution was actually originally suggested with the courts in mind.”

    Admitting your made-up science is really about lawsuits + saying the science stinks = a big defeat for climate litigation.

    How hilarious is that!!!??? :D

    Global warming fanatics got together and exclaimed with ONE VOICE:

    "Let's all put on metal cleats, whip out our dicks and then STOMP on them!!!"

    heheheheheheheheeheheheheheehe

  186. [186] 
    Michale wrote:

    Looking Ahead

    The SCOTUS ruling is expected to continue to have ripple effects through 2022, as state courts are directed to consider all grounds for removal before moving a case forward at the state or federal level.

    Meanwhile, the energy industry continues to invest billions of dollars a year into improving efficiencies of their systems and developing new technologies to address climate change.

    So, after several years of waging war in the courtroom without racking up even a single victory, and with a Congress and White House that have expressed a sincere desire to do the things that could actually tackle climate change, why are the proponents of litigation continuing to waste taxpayer resources in this vain effort so a few trial lawyers can hopefully become very rich while accomplishing precisely nothing on climate change?

    And THERE is the other shoe dropping..

    The global warming con has NEVER been about the climate..

    It's ALWAYS been about making money...

    Period...

  187. [187] 
    Michale wrote:

    OK... Gotta get ready for work...

    I'll see ya'all in a bit..

    Onward and upward to TWO FIFTY!!!!!! :D

  188. [188] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    Global warming fanatics need to come to grips with the FACT that they lose and lose and are going to keep on losing..

    fifty years of humans losing our chance to preserve a habitable climate for ourselves isn't easy to come to grips with, whether by fanaticism or denial.

    in science there's no such thing as 100% certainty, but calculus does provide for such things that are so nearly certain there's very little point disputing them, except to provide further proof. one such certainty is that the combined systems in which humans live have gotten significantly hotter over the past century. another such certainty is that human activity has been the most significant cause of that increase.

    poor politics or poor lawsuits don't change those facts, they just mean we as a species aren't doing a very good job at self-preservation.

    Eggs aren’t pie. So when I discuss eggs, you screaming to stop discussing pie is blatantly dishonest.

    heaven forbid we should stop discussing pie!

    ~JL climate pie troll

  189. [189] 
    Michale wrote:

    OK.. Where were we...

    Oh yes... The global warming con..

    Well, I guess I have factually beat enough on that deceased equine..

    MOVING ON...

    Josh Freed: Florida feels like another planet compared with Quebec

    I have a confession to make: I recently fled Quebec for a week, a refugee from Legault’s 2.0 curfew-and-confinement rules.

    A friend told me about an available condo in Florida, my wife and I made a last-second decision to briefly escape and work remotely. But the second we landed, it felt like we’d arrived on another planet.

    While Quebec is in full confinement mode, Florida is Cowboyland, where you barely know COVID is happening, despite much higher new case and hospitalization rates than ours .

    It’s lunacy by Canadian standards, but an eye-opening experience. For starters, everyone’s out and about, filling bars, restaurants, movies, gyms, and jam-packed sports arenas.

    Stores and supermarkets don’t require masks but some cashiers and customers wear them, though often under their nose or chin — Florida-style. It seems a way of announcing: “Look — I’m masked!” when they’re not.
    https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/josh-freed-florida-feels-like-another-planet-compared-with-quebec

    Florida is frakin' AWESOME!!! :D

    Even Canadians are escaping the totalitarian regimes in favor of sanity and freedom!!

    Liz you should come visit!! My lovely wife and I would personally love to show you the nation's oldest city...

  190. [190] 
    Michale wrote:

    By any measure, Florida life seems surreal, as if everyone’s wearing blinders and trying not to notice a disease that’s killed more than 63,000 Floridians. That’s about twice as many deaths as in all of Canada, in a state with two-thirds our country’s population.

    It’s health madness, but there’s a psychological upside, since COVID doesn’t dominate all life like here. We Montrealers live in a tense, depressing pandemic bubble — all-COVID, all the time — which is why many people avoid following the news.

    In Florida, entire conversations happen without the C-word mentioned, unless you bring it up — which, of course, I did. I asked a group of seven 60-somethings I met at a restaurant terrace how they felt about Florida’s non-existent pandemic rules.

    Every last one said they loved how Florida handles things. In the words of one woman “Our philosophy here is: I look after myself and you look after yourself. If you want to wear a mask indoors, you should. If you don’t want to go to a restaurant, you shouldn’t.”

    When I asked about our collective responsibility to protect others she shrugged and said: “That’s just not how we think here.”

    I mentioned Quebec’s recent curfew, but they all just laughed, dismissing it as “Canadian communism.” Many others obviously agree as more people moved to Florida during the pandemic than any other state .

    Omicron has not killed ANY Floridians.. Even the number he cites is not factually accurate.. 5% of that number is the factual COVID death count..

    The author is talking OLD BS that has already been debunked as nothing but fear mongering..

    Thousands of Quebecers have also looked into moving there since the pandemic.

    There is a reason for that...

    Human beings crave freedom and liberty...

    "They that would give up personal freedom and liberty for a little temporary safety do not deserve freedom OR safety..."
    -Benjamin Franklin

  191. [191] 
    Michale wrote:

    {Quebec's} curfew was lifted, but we still can’t legally invite anyone to our home, while other Western countries and Canadian provinces allow from five to 20 guests.

    This is simply MIND-BOGGLING!!

    Imagine the GOVERNMENT telling you you can't have guests in your own home!!!

    What kind of slave would put up with such restrictions!!???

  192. [192] 
    Michale wrote:

    To fly home we needed a COVID PCR test, almost impossible to come by in Montreal, with lineups hours long at most hospitals. Consequently, the Quebec government won’t allow anyone but the very sick to take them, while travellers must go to private clinics and pay perhaps $200.

    Meanwhile, every Florida pharmacy does free PCR tests, even for travelling foreigners. It seems bizarre in a country with no universal medicare, where people are often bankrupted by medical bills.

    But when we went for our free test at a pharmacy, there were a dozen people waiting, all wearing masks, the only place I’d seen that all week.

    For the first time, it felt a bit like home.

    The sheep always feel at home with such restrictions. :^/

  193. [193] 
    Michale wrote:

    Back to the Filibuster...

    Is the Filibuster a 'Dead Rule Walking'?

    After Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer fell two votes short of altering the filibuster rule and easing passage of voting rights legislation, progressive opponents of the filibuster were quick to find the bright side.

    “Despite this setback, it has never been clearer that the filibuster is a dead rule walking,” read a statement from the Fix Our Senate coalition. “Forty-eight Senate Democrats support reform. President Biden, a long-time supporter of the filibuster, now supports reform. Every Democrat running for Senate, from moderates to progressives, supports reform. … As the late [Senate Majority] Leader [Harry] Reid said, it’s not a matter of if the filibuster will be eliminated, but when – and who is in charge when that happens.” Former Reid aide and author of the anti-filibuster book “Kill Switch” Adam Jentleson shared on Twitter that “the trajectory is clear. Dems have crossed the rubicon & grasp the need for reform in a way they didn't before.” Jonathan Chait of New York magazine wrote, “[N]early the entire Democratic Party has figured out that, in the long run, the filibuster hurts them more than it hurts Republicans. The next time Democrats gain control, they will do away with whatever remains of it.”
    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2022/01/24/is_the_filibuster_a_dead_rule_walking_147082.html

    Fine...

    If that's the way Democrats want to look at it, then the ONLY logical course of action is for the GOP to get rid of the Filibuster when they take control of the Senate..

    That will give the GOP at least 6 years to push this country back to the Right where it belongs..

  194. [194] 
    Michale wrote:

    The filibuster is not on an inevitable path to its demise; a lot of political stars still need to come into alignment. And then, even if that happens, what follows may not be what the majority expects.

    Exactly.. The laws of unintended consequences..

    Harry Reid's killing of the filibuster for judicial nominees directly lead to a 6-3 Conservative SCOTUS..

    Democrats have always been short-sighted and refuse to even CONSIDER long term consequences... But this time is a whole new level of stoopidity for Democrats..

  195. [195] 
    Michale wrote:

    But here's what I'll do..

    When the GOP takes control of the Senate in 2023, let's revisit the Filibuster issue, mm kay??

    If Democrats STILL want to get rid of the filibuster then, I'll support ya'all to the hilt!..

    How can it be any more fair that that?? :D

  196. [196] 
    Michale wrote:

    Once again, Joe Biden is throwing Americans under the bus. This time it's in Ukraine instead of Afghanistan..

    No Evacuation for Now of U.S. Citizens in Ukraine: State Dept.

    The United States is not "at this time" organizing an evacuation of American citizens from Ukraine despite rising fears of an unspecified military action by Russia, a State Department spokesperson said Saturday.

    In the event matters deteriorate, however, "American citizens should not anticipate that there will be U.S. government-sponsored evacuations," the spokesperson said, speaking on grounds of anonymity.

    "Currently, commercial flights are available to support departures."

    The State Department had already advised U.S. citizens not to travel to Ukraine due to concerns about Covid-19. A department website also urges them "to reconsider travel due to increased threats from Russia."
    https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/01/22/no-evacuation-for-now-of-us-citizens-in-ukraine-state-dept-a76122

    Why does Biden hate Americans so much???

  197. [197] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Michale,

    OK.. Fine.. I'll touch bases with you when the GOP has the Senate and see if you feel the same.. :D Fair enough??

    Of course, I'll feel the same. You don't really read my comments, do ya ... :(

  198. [198] 
    Michale wrote:

    Of course, I'll feel the same. You don't really read my comments, do ya ... :(

    I read every word...

    But I must have missed that one..

    If it was interspersed with the Weigantian™ troll (Bashi) and/or Weigantian™ terrorist (Vick) comments that would explain why I missed it..

    I am adopting the phase of ignoring their comments unless they are on-topic..

  199. [199] 
    Michale wrote:

    But that's great that you will feel the same..

    Because after reading the above posted commentary, I am coming around to the idea that getting rid of the filibuster might be the best course of action for the GOP..

    I still don't agree with getting rid of the filibuster.. But I am coming around to supporting the action..

  200. [200] 
    Michale wrote:

    I have a new subject to discuss, Liz..

    But I'll hold off and see if you want to delve into the filibuster discussion, or anything else I have posted, more thoroughly..

  201. [201] 
    Michale wrote:

    WOOt!!!! 200!!!! :D

    Quantity **AND** Quality.. :D

  202. [202] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    I am adopting the phase of ignoring their comments unless they are on-topic..

    Well, I'll believe THAT when I see it. Ahem.

  203. [203] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Gotta run ...

  204. [204] 
    Michale wrote:

    Well, I'll believe THAT when I see it. Ahem.

    Your skepticism is well founded.. I hope to prove you wrong.. :D

  205. [205] 
    Michale wrote:

    Gotta run ...

    Awwwwww :^( Ya know what happens when ya leave me to my own devices.. :D

  206. [206] 
    Michale wrote:

    OK.. Let's talk about the Ferguson Effect..

    New Evidence for the Ferguson Effect

    Recent studies support a long-standing theory connecting police protests and rising violent crime.

    In 2015 and 2016, the coincidence of a major surge in homicides following mass protests over the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, prompted a heated debate about whether the demonstrations, and the anti-police hostility they engendered, helped cause the murder spike. Law enforcement leaders and some public commentators—including City Journal contributing editor Heather Mac Donald—identified a “Ferguson Effect,” whereby public scrutiny reduced police proactivity and led to an increase in violent crime. Supporters of the protests just as fervently derided the idea as imaginary and “debunked.”
    https://www.city-journal.org/new-evidence-connects-police-protests-and-rising-violent-crime?skip=1

    The Ferguson Effect is a real and provable effect that explains how Democrats are screwing over the minorities they claim to care about..

    And it makes sense..

    Cops are human, after all.. They are not going to go out there and put themselves in a position where they could be prosecuted simply for doing their jobs..

    I mean, when I patrolled the streets, I didn't really given any thought to political considerations.. I did my job to the best of my ability and I (probably naively) assumed that I couldn't be faulted for doing honorable, legal and morally correct actions..

    While I was in several shootings, I never had to worry about politics because I knew I was morally and ethically in the right..

    I really feel for today's cops who have to navigate such a political and ideological mine-field..

  207. [207] 
    Michale wrote:

    The more-recent study, just published in the Journal of Public Economics by university economists Cheng Cheng and Wei Long, looks at the effect of Brown’s death on police activity and crime on a week-to-week level in St. Louis (which is near Ferguson), and on a month-to-month level in 60 big cities. The St. Louis police department collects high-quality data on self-initiated activity, the authors note, allowing them to assess in specific detail police behavior just before and just after Brown’s death.

    Their findings manage somehow to be both unsurprising and shocking. In the immediate aftermath of Brown’s death, self-initiated arrests fell 62 percent. Similar declines are seen across nine out of 11 categories of self-initiated activities, including foot patrol (down 82 percent) and pedestrian checks (76 percent). Notably, the decline in arrests is concentrated among misdemeanor arrests (more discretionary than felonies) and among arrests of blacks (rather than whites). This reduction in police activity persisted for at least the next two years. In the same period, the city experienced a significant rise in homicide and aggravated assault.

    The multicity analysis shows a similar pattern. Cheng and Long assume that a Ferguson Effect will be more common in cities with higher black population shares, so they compare those in the top quartile of black population against the other cities as a control. They identify the same phenomenon as in St. Louis: the blackest cities saw larger declines in arrests relative to those with smaller black populations, driven by a decline in misdemeanor arrests, and a simultaneous large (10 percent) increase in homicide.

    The facts are clear..

    Anti-police sentiment and active attacks on LEOs greatly diminishes the LEOs desire to be pro-active in their day to day patrols..

    And once cops pull back, violent crime and crimes of all types flourish...

    All caused by Democrats and their DEFUND, DEMONIZE, DEMORALIZE THE POLICE policies..

    And those policies are the DIRECT result of Democrats doing so utterly poorly in down-stream elections in 2020...

  208. [208] 
    Michale wrote:

    Russ,

    This is what I don't get about your support for the Democrat Party..

    They hate cops... For me, that's a deal breaker.. I could not support a Party that hated on cops as a party platform..

    I dunno.. Maybe it's because I was actually a cop who patrolled the streets...

    "Being a cop is not what we do, it's who we are.."
    -James Woods, THE HARD WAY

    That is probably one of the BIGGEST reasons I cannot nor will ever support the Democrat Party..

  209. [209] 
    Michale wrote:

    Cheng and Long’s observations are consonant with a drop in police activity and an increase in violent crime following the events in Ferguson. But what about the effects of officer-involved fatalities in general? A second study, by Deepak Premkumar of the Public Policy Institute of California, compares arrest patterns among police departments in 52 cities that experienced high-profile shooting incidents to 2,688 police departments that did not—and comes to a similar conclusion.

    Just as in Cheng and Long’s study, Premkumar finds that police reduce their activity—as measured by arrests—after a high-profile incident, but not evenly. He finds large average declines in arrests for minor offenses (up to 33 percent for marijuana possession) but no significant decline in arrests for major offenses, whether violent crime or property crime. At the same time, cities that experienced high-profile incidents, relative to those that did not, saw a 10 percent to 17 percent increase in murders and robberies, as well as small increases in theft and grand theft auto.

    Both studies not only identify a decline in police activity and an increase in homicide after a high-profile incident but also argue that the nature of the decline in activity supports a “public scrutiny” mechanism for the effect. In particular, a drop in police activity for minor offenses drives the overall policing pullback. This fact supports a theory (as articulated by Premkumar) whereby officers reduce arrests that they deem “less important” in order to minimize public contact. That differs from a competing theory under which a loss of police “legitimacy”—which, in turn, reduces community engagement with the cops—drives the Ferguson Effect. If the competing theory were borne out, the study should have found reductions in arrests for offenses of all kinds.

    Again, it's a no brainer.. When a political Party, as a Party platform, has a DEFUND, DEMONIZE, DEMORALIZE law enforcement, scumbags are encouraged to attack and target cops..

    It's so hard to be a cop anyways.. By Democrats adding a POLITICAL target on cops' backs in addition to all the other targets on cops' backs, Democrats just make it that much harder and that much more dangerous to be a cop..

    The result?? Violent crime and crime in general flares out of control...

    As we see in Democrat-run areas....

  210. [210] 
    Michale wrote:

    In other words, these two studies provide good evidence that high-profile policing incidents and the ensuing scrutiny drive discretionary police activity down and violent crime, especially homicide, up. That doesn’t settle the debate, of course. It remains an open question why a reduction in enforcement of petty crimes would lead to an increase in serious ones like homicide. But it does give support to those who propose a relationship between 2020’s wave of anti-police protests and the ensuing homicide wave still sweeping the country—and to those who believe that continued hostility to the police will lead to more bloodshed.

    It remains an open question why a reduction in enforcement of petty crimes would lead to an increase in serious ones like homicide.

    Not really.. It's called Broken Windows Policing...

    A reduction in the enforcement of petty and quality of life crimes (IE Vandalism, Broken Windows, etc etc) emboldens the criminal element and makes them believe that there is not a credible law enforcement and therefore they are free to attack and ravage whole neighborhoods..

    Under Democrat policies, crime DOES pay...

  211. [211] 
    Michale wrote:

    NATO sending fighters, ships to region; UK to withdraw some staff from embassy in Ukraine
    European Union aims to show united front in face of what it sees as Russian aggression

    https://www.foxnews.com/world/uk-to-withdraw-some-staff-from-embassy-in-ukraine-due-to-threat-from-russia

    On the road to war... :^/

    Rather apropos that WW III would start under a Democrat administration.. :^/

  212. [212] 
    Michale wrote:

    Russia has insisted that it has no intention to invade its neighbor, but its recent actions could suggest otherwise. Russian troops have been deployed to the eastern border with Ukraine and tensions were not eased after talks Friday between Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva.

    Russia wants concrete assurances that NATO will not continue to expand, because Moscow sees that expansion as a security risk. NATO has said the demands are unacceptable and that joining the alliance is a right of any country and does not threaten Russia.

    Here's the facts.. While Russia's actions are understandable, there are absolutely NO FACTS to support the claim that the US or NATO is a threat to Russia territory or sovereignty...

    Given that fact, Russia's actions are inappropriate and illegal...

  213. [213] 
    Michale wrote:

    Referencing comment #208 above...

    BLM DC complains that shot police officers treated as 'heroes' in 'tear jerker press conferences'

    Black Lives Matter DC says, 'Being Black in DC is more dangerous than any job'
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/blm-dc-complains-shot-police-officers-treated-heroes

    Only if you are a scumb-bag criminal who preys on the weak and the helpless...

    And remind the few....
    When ill of us they speak.....
    That we are all that stands between....
    The monsters and the weak.....

  214. [214] 
    Michale wrote:

    Reading the above news article..

    How do Democrats sleep at night, supporting such a scumbag and terroristic and opportunistic group like BLM??

  215. [215] 
    Michale wrote:

    Now let's hear from one of the Democrats most ardent water carriers....

    "President Biden’s news conference on Wednesday was designed to kick off a second year reset of his presidency, recapture his political identity, if you will, but our new NBC News poll suggests Mr. Biden does need a reset because he's lost his identity a bit."

    "He's no longer seen as competent and effective, no longer seen as a good commander-in-chief, or perhaps most damaging, as easy-going and likable. In fact, just 5% of adults say Mr. Biden has performed better than expected as president, one of the many lowest firsts and fewest in our poll."

    "But as you can see, two of our three most important indexes is sitting in shellacking territory right for the Democrats. This is a dangerous place for the party and the president to be at the one-year mark of this presidency."
    -Chuck Todd, NBC NEWS

    WOW... Just... WOW...

    Like I have always said..

    If yer SUPPORTERS are starting to come down on ya like THIS...

    It's time to rethink things..

  216. [216] 
    Michale wrote:

    Supreme Court will consider challenge to affirmative action in college admissions

    The case, naming Harvard and the University of North Carolina, is the most serious threat in decades to affirmative action at public and private colleges and universities.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/supreme-court-will-consider-challenges-affirmative-action-harvard-unc-admissions-n1287915

    FINALLY!!

    Let's get rid of ALL systemic/institutionalized
    racism...

    It's the *ONLY* way to have a color-blind everyone is equal society that DEMOCRATS claim they want...

  217. [217] 
    Michale wrote:

    In ruling for Harvard, a federal district court judge said abandoning considerations of race "would cause a sharp decline in the percentage of African American and Hispanic students."

    Exactly how??

    Are they saying that black and hispanic students would be afraid they couldn't compete if the admissions process was color blind??

    Sounds like a pretty racist attitude to have, eh??

  218. [218] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    college admissions aren't just about having to "compete," they're about creating a community that stimulates thought, which tends to include people from a variety of cultural backgrounds. if by being "blind" to considerations of ethnicity we create cultural homogeneity, we're doing a disservice to all the students, regardless of ethnicity.

  219. [219] 
    Michale wrote:

    college admissions aren't just about having to "compete," they're about creating a community that stimulates thought,

    Really??

    I thought college was about training future leaders, not making people feel good about themselves..

    if by being "blind" to considerations of ethnicity we create cultural homogeneity, we're doing a disservice to all the students, regardless of ethnicity.

    So, yer saying that we should admit people into college who may lack the skill, maturity and ability to succeed because they may (or may not) have faced challenges in the upbringing??

    We ALL face challenges in our upbringings.. These days, most if not all, have NOTHING to do with the color of our skin..

    All I am saying is, if Democrats TRULY want a society based on equality, then race based criteria has GOT to go..

    If you DO want a society with a race based system instead of a system based on meritocracy, then enforce a quota system where the exact percentages of races in college equal the exact percentages of races that are in the general community...

    There ya go.. There is the Democrat version of "equality"...

  220. [220] 
    Michale wrote:

    If you DO want a society with a race based system instead of a system based on meritocracy, then enforce a quota system where the exact percentages of races in college equal the exact percentages of races that are in the general community...

    It's the only way to be sure to have a race based system that is directly representative of the community...

    "Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure"
    -Riply, ALIENS

  221. [221] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    @m,

    i'm not implying any of the leaps you've made. cultural diversity does not equal accepting people who are unqualified.

    JL

  222. [222] 
    Michale wrote:

    i'm not implying any of the leaps you've made. cultural diversity does not equal accepting people who are unqualified.

    Imposing or forcing cultural diversity is the anti-thesis of a merit-based equality-based society.

    Democrats either need to give up on the notion of imposing race-based criteria or concede that they are not really interested in a society of true equality

    They can't have both...

  223. [223] 
    Michale wrote:

    Imposing or forcing cultural diversity is the anti-thesis of a merit-based equality-based society.

    And, forgive my presumption but... Just to address the point that is a Left Wing progression of the afore mentioned point...

    A society that is not merit-based is a society of dullard sheep...

    Think the Children Of Vaal :D

  224. [224] 
    Michale wrote:

    i'm not implying any of the leaps you've made.

    Do I detect a bit of an :eyeroll: there?? :D

  225. [225] 
    Michale wrote:

    CNN's Acosta, liberal media melt down over Bari Weiss’ COVID remarks: ‘Grow up’

    According to Acosta, Weiss must understand 'trolling people to own the libs is not a sacrifice'

    MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan ripped Weiss for "moaning" about the pandemic as part of his high-speed "60 Second Rant" segment on Sunday.

    "Oh, it’s ridiculous, is it?" he responded. "People who should be complaining right now are our overworked and burned-out healthcare workers. But no. It’s never them moaning or whining about the pandemic."
    https://www.foxnews.com/media/cnns-acosta-liberal-media-melt-down-over-bari-weiss-covid-remarks-grow-up

    You mean the overworked burned-out healthcare workers that you and your fellow Democrats tried to throw under the bus because they wanted to follow the science???

    Frakin' hypocrite...

  226. [226] 
    Michale wrote:

    NYC council member demands 'racist' NYPD be closed down: 'Thugs in blue'

    Democrat Socialist Councilwoman Kristin Richardson Jordan has spent career attacking NYPD

    The New York City police department should be closed down, all criminals should be released from jail and police officers are a "racist, rogue military force" who are "thugs in blue."

    So says the new city council member who represents the Harlem district where the shocking ambush of two of the NYPD's finest occurred Friday night.

    Democrat Socialist Councilwoman Kristin Richardson Jordan has spent a career attacking the NYPD that she says needs to be dismantled because it is a suppressive tool of White American society.
    https://www.foxnews.com/us/nyc-council-member-demands-racist-nypd-closed

    The anti-cop attitude of Democrats is well documented...

  227. [227] 
    Michale wrote:

    "Always remember that the police & prison systems were created to preserve slavery. To break the chains we must fight for total abolition."

    The essence of Critical Race Theory....

  228. [228] 
    Michale wrote:

    Biden’s now losing support from the base

    The biggest warning sign from the latest polling: The president’s not just cratering with swing voters, but losing ground with his core supporters.

    One of the most worrisome political signs for the Biden administration from the latest round of polling is that the president isn’t just losing support among typical swing voters—suburbanites, independents, anti-Trump Republicans—but he’s now starting to take friendly fire from his own base.

    This vicious cycle is the political version of inflation, providing the White House few obvious tools to get out of the mess they’ve created for themselves. It’s a self-inflicted problem. Just as the president overstimulated the economy by pushing through $1.9 trillion in COVID stimulus, he inflated expectations among his supporters that he’d pass a transformative big-government agenda like FDR and LBJ.

    He’s now dealing with a nasty hangover, with two centrist members of his own party blocking his Build Back Better social-spending plan along with a last-ditch effort to roll back the legislative filibuster to pass voting reform. He’s taking heat on all sides: Frustrated moderates facing tough reelections amid fierce political headwinds and disillusioned progressives who believe all hope is lost.
    https://www.nationaljournal.com/s/716300/bidens-now-losing-support-from-the-base/?unlock=I5WACY8X4T6RJEWX

    This is a VERY worrisome sign for Joe Biden and the Democrats..

    It shows that there is no bottom in sight for Biden's approval numbers...

  229. [229] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    Checking in...alas, excessive trollery. *surprised look on my face*

    Someone ought to get a life.

  230. [230] 
    Michale wrote:

    Once again, cad proves how he is incapable of ignoring me.. :D

    Someone ought to get a life.

    Says the guy who spews multiple drunk-posts in a row when he is sure it's safe and I am not around.. :D

  231. [231] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    It's like having your drunk right-wing Uncle show up at the dinner table every night of the year and not just Thanksgiving.

  232. [232] 
    Michale wrote:

    Democrats admit that their DEFUND, DEMONIZE, DEMORALIZE THE POLICE policies have resulted in the huge uptick in crime and violence in Democrat run cities..

    White House blames 'underfunding of some police departments' for violent crime spike

    Democratic cities across America pledged to slash police funding after 2020 uprisings

    White House press secretary Jen Psaki blamed the "underfunding" of some police forces for the spike in crime gripping America.

    During the White House press briefing on Monday, Psaki was asked by Fox News’ Peter Doocy on what the Biden administration believes is fueling the crime surge that has stunned Americans.

    Psaki pointed to "gun violence" as a "huge reason" for the uptick in crime as well as the "underfunding of some police departments and their need for additional resources."
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/psaki-blames-underfunding-police-crime-spike

    The only question that remains...

    Why do Democrats hate America so much???

  233. [233] 
    Michale wrote:

    It's like having your drunk right-wing Uncle show up at the dinner table every night of the year and not just Thanksgiving.

    "Quit trying to {ignore} me and {ignore} me!!!"
    -Morpheus

    Yunno, we had a Weigantian™ like cad about 8-10 years ago..

    Kevin was his name, I believe..

    He too would also go on and on about how he was "ignoring" me..

    He would delight in posting EVERY DAY how much he is "ignoring" me... :D Just like cad..

    Proof positive how much space I occupied in his head...

    JUST like cad... :D

    It's so adorable..

  234. [234] 
    Michale wrote:

    Several police departments across America saw their funding slashed as the far-left "defund the police" movement gained steam, after the 2020 murder of George Floyd.

    Many prominent Democrats — including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — were vocal proponents of the movement, pushing the idea on social media amid the protests.

    And ta think there are actually people who HONESTLY believe that Democrats don't want to DEFUND, DEMONIZE, DEMORALIZE THE POLICE...

    It boggles the mind...

  235. [235] 
    Michale wrote:

    The Black Lives Matter chapter in Washington, D.C., recently expressed indignation that police officers who are shot in the line of duty are automatically treated as "heroes" after an officer was shot and wounded Sunday night in Northwest D.C.

    As the scene was still unfolding, Black Lives Matter D.C. took the opportunity to promote its #StopMPD campaign and warn against the spread of "copaganda."

    "This is the point we’ve been making for months," the group tweeted Sunday night. "Look at the reaction and coverage tonight. Tear jerker press conferences and proclamations of heroes coming soon. Imagine if people knew these folks’ names. Being Black in DC is more dangerous than any job.

    And BLM proves once again how scumbag they are and how anti-America they are...

  236. [236] 
    Michale wrote:

    OK.. It's that time again, my fellow Weigantians..

    We got close to #250!!! :D

    Have a great night..

    It's safe, cad.. You can come out now.. :D

  237. [237] 
    ListenWhenYouHear wrote:

    Systemic racism and white privilege aren’t concepts that CRT introduced…

    True.. But CRT uses them falsely and non-factually to the max...

    THAT is how one answers when they know that they have no idea what they are talking about. Short and sweet and let’s move on ASAP!

    And come to think of it, your answer only proves the point I was making! You admit that CRT did not define these concepts, but then you go on to claim that CRT “uses them falsely” — further proof that it is dishonest when people claim CRT is being taught in our schools when it is actually Systemic Racism being discussed.

    A “TRULY equal society”? You mean one where we do not celebrate our individual accomplishments?

    But you people are not celebrating individual accomplishments. You people are celebrating accomplishements based on race or gender or lifestyle choice or medical status..

    A "TRULY equal society" is where we don't celebrate accomplishments based on race or gender or lifestyle or medical status..

    In a TRULY equal society we celebrate a PERSON'S accomplishments.. Not a groups'...

    You’ve got it backwards… when we say, “The first (RACE) man to do….”, it’s because society had prevented anyone but white males to compete in that field. It’s celebrating that our society is becoming more equal by their accomplishment!

    Or maybe that is really what upsets you… that people different from you that have been denied the same opportunities that white males have enjoyed for centuries are finally able to enjoy them as well?

    Let's say you do something completely and utterly fantastic.. Cure cancer or something.

    What would you prefer to hear??

    WOW!! Look what a gay person did!!! The first gay person to cure cancer!!!

    Or would you rather hear what a TRULY equal society would say??

    WOW!! Look what Russ Finklestein did!! He cured cancer!!!

    Which statement is more representative of a truly equal society??

    Only the first person who discovers a cure for a disease gets credit for it. Did you not know that?!?

    Strange that someone so interested in us having a society based on EQUALITY would have been against marriage equality and supported the cake bakery that did not want to make a wedding cake for a gay couple!

    You people use LABELS all the time... There are times when labels are appropriate when in the context of the discussion..

    In the context of the discussion about a TRULY equal society, labels/groups are NOT appropriate...

    So they are only appropriate when they support a negative connotation and are wrong when they are meant to highlight a positive?

    Apologies if you don't like what you see in the mirror.. :D

    Who told you that I want to redo our master bathroom? I hate it!

  238. [238] 
    Michale wrote:

    THAT is how one answers when they know that they have no idea what they are talking about. Short and sweet and let’s move on ASAP!

    No.. THAT's how one answers when they are discussing FACTS...

    Do you have any facts of your own to dispute my facts??

    No, you do not..

    You admit that CRT did not define these concepts, but then you go on to claim that CRT “uses them falsely” — further proof that it is dishonest when people claim CRT is being taught in our schools when it is actually Systemic Racism being discussed.

    No, it's CRT being discussed. Since CRT uses the EXCUSE of systemic racism to justify their OWN systemic racism..

    This is fact.. Well documented fact..

    You’ve got it backwards… when we say, “The first (RACE) man to do….”, it’s because society had prevented anyone but white males to compete in that field. It’s celebrating that our society is becoming more equal by their accomplishment!

    Which has absolutely NO RELEVANCE in a TRUE Equality Society..

    You are celebrating a RACE or other group's accomplishment when the RACE or other group didn't accomplish dick.. A PERSON accomplished it..

    And whatever roadblocks may have existed in the past has NO BEARING on the *PERSON*'s accomplishment in the here and now..

    Thank you for confirming my point...

    Only the first person who discovers a cure for a disease gets credit for it. Did you not know that?!?

    YES... The first *PERSON* gets the credit.. Not the first PERSON of a specific race/gender/lifestyle choice/medical condition...

    In a TRULY equal society, a PERSON'S accomplishment is celebrated.. THAT is how Dr Martin Luther King wanted our society to be.. Completely color blind..

    But you Democrats want to continue living in a race based society..

    And that ain't gonna happen..

    Strange that someone so interested in us having a society based on EQUALITY would have been against marriage equality and supported the cake bakery that did not want to make a wedding cake for a gay couple!

    In a TRULY equal society, the gay couple would simply move on to a different baker... Remember, we're talking equal SOCIETY...

    So they are only appropriate when they support a negative connotation and are wrong when they are meant to highlight a positive?

    No, they are only appropriate in the context of a discussion ABOUT racism..

    Andygaus claimed that black Americans were arrested in MA for marijuana use more, SOLELY because they were black..

    I provided stats that PROVE other reasons are at work and there are no facts to support a claim of systemic racism..

    If you don't want to see those stats without those kinds of connotations, quit making the claim of systemic racism where you have NO FACTS to prove it exists..

    Who told you that I want to redo our master bathroom? I hate it!

    I am everywhere... :D

  239. [239] 
    Michale wrote:

    Yer gonna miss this when I am gone, Russ.. :D

  240. [240] 
    Michale wrote:

    You're gonna miss this
    You're gonna want this back
    You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast
    These are some good times
    So take a good look around
    You may not know it now
    But you're gonna miss this

    TRACE ADKINS
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBDN8yWyNYU

    :D

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