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The Republican Party Going Forward v 2.0
The GOP is basically OCP upper management, except that the people who think they're Bob Morton are actually the I'd Buy That For A Dollar! guy.
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I'm just glad that MTG isn't going to tear down all those statues of Satan that have gone up everywhere to teach kids the history of, uh, hell.

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Why are conservatives appropriating "feckless cunt"? That will always belong to my gal, Samantha Bee. I find it very hard to believe that @ASimplePatriot is a Samantha Bee fan.
I think these screen captures and giant (Dildi? Is there a plural?) are just the next step in the JJ Abrams online adventure series. Very slyly played, Bitches Leave.-Tom Fuchs
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(05-26-2021, 11:52 AM)bradito Wrote: I'm just glad that MTG isn't going to tear down all those statues of Satan that have gone up everywhere to teach kids the history of, uh, hell.

@_@

The church of Satan has almost got a couple of those statues up at city hall, those scamps.

That Hulu doc is worth checking out by the way.
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(05-26-2021, 12:05 PM)boristhecheese Wrote: Why are conservatives appropriating "feckless cunt"?  That will always belong to my gal, Samantha Bee.  I find it very hard to believe that @ASimplePatriot is a Samantha Bee fan.

More seriously, and more hypocritically, where are all the religious conservatives condemning her for using profanity?

Oh, that's right. They're fucking hypocrites who only care about morality when it allows them to control people who don't agree with them.
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"How will we teach children that authoritarianism is wrong? Should we educate them on its evils and inhumanites while providing the historical context in order to understand how this type of horror emerges, what it does to a society, and how it can be avoided in the future...?"

"No, let's just build monuments to authoritarians, so we can show them to children and say, 'Look, this guy was terrible, so we built this larger-than-life statue of him in order to show you the consequences of his awfulness.'"

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Florida should be thanking the Democrats in Congress who provided that money you're taking credit for, governor:

https://twitter.com/GovRonDeSantis/statu...7217680384

Quote:Schools in Florida are open, and we're saying thank you to our hard-working teachers in the classroom by giving them $1,000 bonuses and raises. 
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Republicans are getting crazier and crazier:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/...d=msedgntp

Quote:Republicans in Arizona's state legislature passed a measure on Tuesday to strip Democrat Katie Hobbs of her election powers as Secretary of State after she criticized the state's controversial, GOP-led audit of the 2020 election.

The bill, which passed both the state House and Senate Appropriations Committees, would transfer election powers from Hobbs to Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who Hobbs filed a still-pending ethics complaint against last year, first reported by AZ Central.

In a comment to Insider, Hobbs said she filed the complaint against Brnovich because he engaged in a pattern of unethical and partisan behavior. She said she filed the complaint with the State Bar of Arizona in October in hopes that the issue would be resolved in a professional and nonpartisan manner.
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When you get this...

https://twitter.com/TomCottonAR/status/1...7994907653

Quote:This tweet is approved by the Communist Party of China.

...from this:

https://twitter.com/JakeSullivan46/statu...9845855238

Quote:On the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, we reflect on the fact that dismantling systemic racism is also a national security priority. The fight for racial justice at home and abroad is foundational to our future & to how the world sees us.
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(05-26-2021, 08:32 PM)Iron Maiden Wrote: Republicans are getting crazier and crazier:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/...d=msedgntp

Quote:Republicans in Arizona's state legislature passed a measure on Tuesday to strip Democrat Katie Hobbs of her election powers as Secretary of State after she criticized the state's controversial, GOP-led audit of the 2020 election.

The bill, which passed both the state House and Senate Appropriations Committees, would transfer election powers from Hobbs to Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who Hobbs filed a still-pending ethics complaint against last year, first reported by AZ Central.

In a comment to Insider, Hobbs said she filed the complaint against Brnovich because he engaged in a pattern of unethical and partisan behavior. She said she filed the complaint with the State Bar of Arizona in October in hopes that the issue would be resolved in a professional and nonpartisan manner.

I mean, if your goal is to hold onto power at all costs, and it ends up working, is it really crazy?
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A fair point.  If Trump taught Republicans anything it's that there are no consequences to anything.  In fact, they got tons of votes in November and inched closer in the House.

Paul Ryan's got something to say tonight, I guess, though:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/27/politics/...urce=twCNN

Quote:Former House Speaker Paul Ryan is set to criticize former President Donald Trump and his hold on the Republican Party during a speech Thursday night, according to excerpts obtained by CNN.

Ryan, a critic of the former President in the past, is expected to say at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, that Republicans must move away from the "populist appeal of one personality" because "then we're not going anywhere."

"Once again, we conservatives find ourselves at a crossroads. And here's one reality we have to face: If the conservative cause depends on the populist appeal of one personality, or on second-rate imitations, then we're not going anywhere. Voters looking for Republican leaders want to see independence and mettle," Ryan is expected to say.
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Texas says 151 people were killed in the winter storm, BuzzFeed's analysis shows that the true number is likely four or five times that:

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/pet...death-toll

Quote:The true number of people killed by the disastrous winter storm and power outages that devastated Texas in February is likely four or five times what the state has acknowledged so far. A BuzzFeed News data analysis reveals the hidden scale of a catastrophe that trapped millions of people in freezing darkness, cut off access to running water, and overwhelmed emergency services for days.

The state’s tally currently stands at 151 deaths. But by looking at how many more people died during and immediately after the storm than would have been expected — an established method that has been used to count the full toll of other disasters — we estimate that 700 people were killed by the storm during the week with the worst power outages. This astonishing toll exposes the full consequence of officials’ neglect in preventing the power grid’s collapse despite repeated warnings of its vulnerability to cold weather, as well as the state’s failure to reckon with the magnitude of the crisis that followed.

Many of the uncounted victims of the storm and power outages were already medically vulnerable — with chronic conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and kidney problems. But without the intense cold and stress they experienced during the crisis, many of these people could still be alive today.

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BuzzFeed News reached out to relatives of people who died during the power outages, identified from dozens of wrongful death lawsuits as well as death reports obtained from public records requests to medical examiners in eight of the biggest counties in Texas. Interviews revealed stories of anguish and confusion, as families struggled to find out exactly how their relatives died.
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More pictures at the link:

https://twitter.com/ryanjreilly/status/1...2392781826

Quote:UPDATE: state Sen. Doug Mastriano (who propagated Trump's Big Lie) was photographed on at least three separate occasions with a Trump fanatic who bragged about macing cops on Jan. 6 and is wanted by the FBI. Nov., Dec. (in D.C.) and May (Giuliani event). 

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Any noods?
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Someone on Twitter called Greene a "comment section come to life," and I wish I could take credit:

https://twitter.com/AndrewSolender/statu...2321442816

Quote:Greene, moments later: "You know Nazis were the National Socialist Party. Just like the Democrats are now a national socialist party."
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Johnson loves outsourcing, so this is on brand:

https://twitter.com/mkraju/status/1398100308614582279

Quote:Susan Collins say Ron Johnson is the GOP senator holding up moving to final votes on the China bill.  He’s doing it over something related to the border wall, she told @tedbarrettcnn
 
The Senate is at a complete standstill as several votes await, including to advance Jan 6 bill
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"Why, it’s almost as if the right of individual conscience or freedom of contract was never the basis for the Republican position at all."

Fancy that.

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/...orida.html

Quote:Several Republican-run states have enacted laws forbidding private businesses from requiring proof of vaccination. The reductio ad absurdum of this stance comes via Florida governor Ron DeSantis, who is threatening to block a cruise line from resuming service if it requires passengers to be vaccinated. But the law DeSantis signed in Florida would impose a fine of $5,000 per person required to show proof of vaccination, and the governor says he will not back down.

Cruise ships are, of course, a well-known vector for the coronavirus. They inherently pack a lot of people into a confined space, and have terrifyingly high rates of infection. Aside from the public-health ramifications, it’s difficult to imagine cruises luring anything close to their pre-pandemic number of customers without being able to give them the assurance that their fellow passengers will be vaccinated.

The DeSantis position is that both the public interest in suppressing virus transmission, and the private interest of businesses in protecting their workforce and reassuring customers, are overridden by an even more compelling interest: safeguarding the rights of individuals who refuse to get vaccinated.

And keep in mind, nobody is even contemplating requiring anybody to take a vaccine. The question is whether you can refuse the vaccine and still walk into any room you wish, whether or not the owner of that room and the other people there want you. DeSantis believes your right to breathe infected germs on other people trumps every other right at issue.

Suppose you owned a bakery. And instead of refusing to sell a couple a cake because it’s for a gay wedding, you refuse to sell them a cake because they are potentially carrying a deadly virus into your shop that may infect or kill you, your fellow employees, or your customers. Conservatives say the state can force you to make that transaction anyway. Objecting to their homosexuality is a legitimate basis for excluding them, but objecting to their potential transmission of a deadly virus is not.

Why, it’s almost as if the right of individual conscience or freedom of contract was never the basis for the Republican position at all.
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Here are the Republican senators who voted in favor of the commission:

https://twitter.com/Liz_Cheney/status/13...1123629060

Quote:Thank you to Senators Cassidy, Collins, Murkowski, Portman, Sasse, and Romney for voting for truth and defense of our constitution. History will remember those who put country ahead of politics.
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PERFORMANCE THEATRE
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PERFORMANCE THEATRE
PERFORMANCE THEATRE

or as they say in US ENGLISH

PERFORMANCE THEATER
PERFORMANCE THEATER
PERFORMANCE THEATER
PERFORMANCE THEATER
PERFORMANCE THEATER
PERFORMANCE THEATER
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I'm so done with the "history will remember" goofballs. That's such an empty and meaningless promise.

If people here and now aren't learning anything from history, what the fuck makes you think that people 50-100 years in the future are going to suddenly wise up?

Teacher: "And on January 6th 2021, there was an attempted insurrection when President Donald Trump refused to concede and unleashed a horde of his barbarian supporters on the U.S. Capitol to prevent the certification of the election results."

Student: "Are we going to have to know this for the test?"

Teacher: "No, it's just trivia. Anyway, if you'll open your 'Art of the Deal' textbooks to Chapter One..."
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Lots of bullshit here:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/...d=msedgntp

Quote:The Texas legislature on Saturday moved closer to enacting dozens of new restrictions on the voting process, as Republican lawmakers reached a deal that imposes a raft of hurdles on casting ballots by mail and enhances civil and criminal penalties for election administrators, voters and those seeking to assist them.

The measure would make it illegal for election officials to send out unsolicited mail ballot applications, empower partisan poll watchers and ban practices such as drop boxes and drive-through voting that were popularized in heavily Democratic Harris County last year, according to a final draft distributed by legislative staff to voting right advocates Saturday morning.

In a last-minute addition, language was inserted in the bill making it easier to overturn an election, no longer requiring evidence that fraud actually altered an outcome of a race — but rather only that enough ballots were illegally cast that could have made a difference.
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Jake Tapper pressed Rep. Michael McCaul over the Texas State Senate passing its voting restrictions bill, pointing out that the legislation appears to specifically target black voters:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/jake-tappe...itter_page

Quote:As part of Republicans’ nationwide push to limit voting access and overhaul election laws in the wake of Donald Trump’s decisive 2020 electoral loss, the Texas senate rushed through a bill over the weekend that would ban drive-thru and 24-hour voting in the state. Besides also restricting absentee voting and limiting polling locations, the legislation also bans voting on Sundays before 1 p.m., essentially disallowing voting drives at Black churches.

During his interview with McCaul on CNN’s State of the Union, Tapper went over the number of restrictions the bill would implement and noted that the legislation also includes a measure that allows federal judges to toss out election results without requiring evidence that fraud changed the outcome.

“What do you say to people who look at what’s going on with this kind of law and say, ‘Republicans are trying to make it harder to vote because they can’t win the battle of ideas, ultimately, so they’re just trying to make it tougher for Black Americans to do Souls to the Polls voting by saying you can only do voting on Sundays after 1 p.m.’? I mean, that’s how it looks to millions of people,” the CNN anchor declared.

Claiming he “hadn’t had a chance to look at” the completed bill yet because it had just been passed, McCaul did say there were a “couple of fundamentals” that most people could agree on, such as voter ID requirements and signature verification. He also insisted that Americans have “lost faith in our elections” and, therefore, it was necessary to “take measures to take fraud out of the system or even potential for fraud.”

Noting that Texas “had a very successful, very clean election” and that Republicans did very well statewide, Tapper wondered aloud why the GOP push to roll back voting access, especially since there are very few real-world instances of voter fraud.

“The Houston Chronicle reports there were only 43 pending voter fraud charges in Texas. Just to repeat that for our viewers, not 43,000. Not 4,300. 43. And only one, one, is from the 2020 election,” the State of the Union host exclaimed.

“Again, I don’t disagree with what you’re saying about polls and the American people supporting making sure there isn’t fraud, but this is beyond that,” Tapper added. “This is — I mean, why would legislators, not you, why would those legislators make it easier for a judge to throw out an election without even, without anyone having to prove that there’s fraud?”
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In the upcoming elections, Republicans are going to cheat and lie like hell.

They know they can't win because they have shown themselves to be monstrous hypocrites without any sort of forward looking policy positions*.
They willfully embrace incompetence and encourage ignorance...and they do this knowingly, which makes people like McConnell, Graham, et al arguably worse because they know better but don't give a shit.

*Of course, this has been true for at least several decades but their embracing of DJT has pulled back the curtain on their cruelty/avarice.
I used to be with "it", but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what I'm with isn't "it", and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.   -Grandpa Simpson
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In response to February’s electricity outages, Texas lawmakers are considering legislation that would add charges to most Texans’ power bills to cover companies’ financial losses during the winter storm:

https://www.texastribune.org/2021/05/26/...042a40826f

Quote:Most Texans will likely have higher charges on their power bills for years to come to cover gas utilities', electric cooperatives' and electric companies’ financial losses from the storm and prevent customers from having to pay huge bills in a short time.

Lawmakers are close to passing bills that would allow companies to seek billions of dollars in state-approved bonds backed by charges on customers’ bills to stabilize the state’s distressed energy market.

After state electricity regulators set power prices at the maximum rate, $9,000 per megawatt-hour, and natural gas fuel prices spiked during the storm, many companies — especially natural gas utilities and rural electric cooperatives — were financially wrecked. Others owe massive debts to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

Lawmakers on Friday approved bills that would allow around $4.5 billion in ratepayer-backed bonds for natural gas utilities and another $2 billion in such bonds for electric cooperatives. The measures will now go to Gov. Greg Abbott for approval.
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Lol at everyone who moved to Texas for the freedom to pay a higher utility bill.
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And, unless they're rich, higher taxes as well!

But I guess they pwned us (by making our state better with their absence)!
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I hope they encourage others to make a similar pilgrimage.
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Documents at the link:

https://twitter.com/keribla/status/1398013430653665284

Quote:Remember last year when Texas prisoner sued for soap and social distancing? 

I got back records today showing how much the state spent fighting that lawsuit, and to avoid being forced to give people things like hand sanitizer during a pandemic: 

OVER $1.1 MILLION
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This guy's running against Maxine Waters, and he had a shitty childhood, I guess:

https://twitter.com/RealOmarNavarro/stat...9247147017

Quote:The new Disney Cruella with Emma Stone just ruined my childhood with an openly flamboyant gay in the movie. 

Disney persist shoving the LGBT agenda down our throat.
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What's the agenda? People exist?
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101 Dalmatians was the only thing that stopped his tantrums. Until today.

Also, statistically, at least 10 of those dogs were gay.
Gamertag: Tweakee
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https://twitter.com/samthielman/status/1...9456905217

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Gonna be honest here, if 101 Dalmatians was a cornerstone of your sexual identity, you've probably got a lot bigger issues.
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Those bigger issues being... Lola Bunny.
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You don't understand what they meant to each other, Brad!
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