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  1. #12766

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    If Kentucky were to express interest in secession, I would certainly be among the first to say "good riddance". Agree totally with "frigging menace". GH

  2. #12767

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    Sen Raymond Burr's smartphone was taken away as part of an investigation.
    It is obvious that this man sold his stock when he got the info that Covid19 would hit hard and that the markets would be severely affected. We also know that this is just a mob-job ordered by Tiny and being executed by Barr. But I want to know: you know you are about to lose several hundreds of thousands of $$$, which you can avoid by getting out of your investment. You can sell and avoid it. It is a crime, indeed, but, who would NOT do that?
    After this entire hell is over, you have to pass laws regarding the handling of assets by public figures. And who can run for office (Georgia senator Kelly Loefler not only SOLD her stock, she is married to the CEO of the NYSE, making her the poster girl for the concept of "conflict of interest"). The definition of "Blind Trust" has to be re-enforced and the assets of senator, representatives and cabinet members must be locked into these trusts.
    The USSA. You know what I mean.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  3. #12768

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    When it comes to sexual harassment or molestation, all women must be believed.
    And then the claims must be unbiasedly verified.
    ‘Manipulative, deceitful, user’: Tara Reade left a trail of aggrieved acquaintances
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  4. #12769

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    Aaron Rupar @atrupar
    Trump posted 50 tweets or retweets today before noon

    rzrwiresunrise @rzrwiresunrise
    Replying to @atrupar
    Obama is still gonna be on TV.

    For an hour.

    LuLu Baker @lululovesdogs66

    Replying to @rzrwiresunrise and @atrupar
    On all networks
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  5. #12770

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    Wajahat "Social Distance Yourself" Ali @WajahatAli

    The "red pill" meme emerged from extremist, whites nationalist circles. It is now a mainstream Republican talking point used by conservatives and Trump's daughter. Here we are.

    Replying to @WajahatAli
    Better than that. They ripped it off from The Matrix, a movie created by the Wachowski brothers, who are now the Wachowski sisters, having both undergone gender changes.

    It's ironic considering how the other place the red pill shows up all the time is in MRA circles.
    I had no idea why someone telling Feckless Barbie to eff off was news. Sometimes you have to wait for the news to come to you.

    Elon Musk @elonmusk
    Take the red pill
    Ivanka Trump @IvankaTrump
    Lilly Wachowski @lilly_wachowski
    Replying to @IvankaTrump
    EFF both of you

    Matthew Prorok @MJtheProphet

    Yes, the trans allegory written by two trans women was, through a strange turn of events, coopted by white nationalists, anti-feminists, MRAs, and anti-religious bigots.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  6. #12771

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    The famous red pill scene in case someone hasn't seen it

    Roger forever

  7. #12772

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    Quote Originally Posted by suliso View Post
    The famous red pill scene in case someone hasn't seen it

    Thanks suliso!

    I wonder who these idiots think Morpheus is? Just thinking about the mental gymnastics they're putting themselves through cracks me up.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  8. #12773

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    The original scene was one of the great moments of 90-ties cinema. In fact it has little to do with the identity of Morhpheus himself, it's about truth and knowledge - once you learn it it's impossible to unlearn it no matter how much you'd like to later. That's why Morhpeus says "This is your last chance, after this there is no turning back"

    Of course what is truth and knowledge for the crowd mentioned above is a completely another story...
    Roger forever

  9. #12774

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    I never noticed the interplay between Fisburne and Reeves until seeing that scene isolated from the rest of the film. Fishburne quickly moves forward and Reeves moves back. Great visual. And yes it's one of the classic scenes from 90's film.

    Also the philosophy behind what Morpheus is telling Neo is of course something the RWNJ want to adopt as their own so that they can fool people that they're onto some huge secret when all they're really about is the grift.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  10. #12775

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    Jane Roe’s Deathbed Confession: Anti-Abortion Conversion ‘All an Act’ Paid for by the Christian Right

    The new FX documentary “AKA Jane Roe,” out May 22, contains a shocking revelation: Roe (of “Roe v. Wade” fame) played the part of an anti-abortion crusader in exchange for money.

    Cassie Da Costa
    Entertainment Writer
    Published May. 19, 2020 11:59AM ET

    In its final 20 minutes, the documentary film AKA Jane Roe delivers quite the blow to conservatives who have weaponized the story of Jane Roe herself—real name, Norma McCorvey—to argue that people with uteruses should have to carry any and all pregnancies to term.

    McCorvey, who died in 2017, became Jane Roe when, as a young homeless woman, she was unable to get a legal or safe abortion in the state of Texas. Her willingness to lend her experience to the legal case for abortion led to the passing of Roe v. Wade in 1973, which legalized abortions in all 50 states (though red states do all they can to get around this; recently, several have even used the COVID-19 pandemic to make abortions functionally impossible to procure). But conservatives had a field day in the mid-‘90s when the assertive, media-savvy pro-choice advocate and activist McCorvey became an anti-abortion born-again ex-gay Christian with the help of leaders of the evangelical Christian right, Reverend Flip Benham (of the infamous Operation Rescue) and Reverend Rob Schenck. A conservative film, Roe v. Wade, starring Jon Voight and Stacey Dash, will dramatize McCorvey’s “conversion.”

    But those filmmakers, and the rest of the pro-life evangelical community, have another curveball coming. In the final third of director Nick Sweeney’s 79-minute documentary, featuring many end-of-life reflections from McCorvey—who grew up queer, poor, and was sexually abused by a family member her mother sent her to live with after leaving reform school—the former Jane Roe admits that her later turn to the anti-abortion camp as a born-again Christian was “all an act.”

    “This is my deathbed confession,” she chuckles, sitting in a chair in her nursing home room, on oxygen. Sweeney asks McCorvey, “Did [the evangelicals] use you as a trophy?” “Of course,” she replies. “I was the Big Fish.” “Do you think you would say that you used them?” Sweeney responds. “Well,” says McCorvey, “I think it was a mutual thing. I took their money and they took me out in front of the cameras and told me what to say. That’s what I’d say.” She even gives an example of her scripted anti-abortion lines. “I’m a good actress,” she points out. “Of course, I’m not acting now.”

    Sweeney shows the video of McCorvey’s confession to her friends and acquaintances on the pro-abortion and anti-abortion sides, including pro-choice activist Charlotte Taft who, on the verge of tears, says, “That just really hurts because it’s big stakes. It’s just really big stakes.”

    Reverend Schenck, the much more reasonable of the two evangelical leaders featured in the film, also watches the confession and is taken aback. But he’s not surprised, and easily corroborates, saying, “I had never heard her say anything like this…But I knew what we were doing. And there were times when I was sure she knew. And I wondered, Is she playing us? What I didn’t have the guts to say was, because I know damn well we’re playing her.” Reverend Schenck admits that McCorvey was “a target,” a “needy” person in need of love and protection, and that “as clergy,” people like Schenck and Benham were “used to those personalities” and thus easily able to exploit her weaknesses. He also confirms that she was “coached on what to say” in her anti-abortion speeches. Benham denies McCorvey was paid; Schenck insists she was, saying that “at a few points, she was actually on the payroll, as it were.” AKA Jane Roe finds documents disclosing at least $456,911 in “benevolent gifts” from the anti-abortion movement to McCorvey.

    Reverend Benham then blurts out, “Yeah, but she chose to be used. That’s called work. That’s what you’re paid to be doing!” Schenck’s thinking is quite different: “For Christians like me, there is no more important or authoritative voice than Jesus,” he explains. “And he said, ‘What does it profit in the end if he should gain the whole world and lose his soul?’ When you do what we did to Norma, you lose your soul.”

    In fact, Reverend Schenck underlines his own conversion, which took place in the last decade: “I still identify as an evangelical, but I like to think of myself as lovingly critical of my community. I guess in some ways I’d like to use whatever years I have remaining to undo the damage that I did and that many movement leaders did on the pro-life side. I used to think that Roe v. Wade would never be overturned. I think Roe v. Wade could be overturned now. And I think the result of that would be chaos and pain. And to impose that kind of crisis on a woman is unthinkable.”

    Another crisis the evangelicals imposed was that of their homophobic teachings. To be born-again, McCorvey was required to stop having a romantic relationship with her long-time girlfriend—and, for a while, only family—Connie. According to interviews, this confused and hurt Connie, though she stayed in the relationship for a decade after McCorvey’s conversion. Eventually, in 2004, Connie had a stroke; McCorvey moved out after a few years. Connie died two years before McCorvey, in 2015. McCorvey always kept mementos from their romance, including jewelry Connie gave her, and expresses profound sadness over Connie’s death in the documentary. Unfortunately, AKA Jane Roe never explains why, if McCorvey’s born-again anti-abortion stance was all for the money, she would’ve ended her romantic relationship with Connie while continuing their domestic one. And if, on the contrary, the relationship wasn’t really over, then what could explain Connie’s anguished interviews—surely, the act of a conservatory-trained actor if they, too, were a ruse?

    AKA Jane Roe does succeed at painting a complex portrait of McCorvey, who was punished for being attracted to women from the time she was ten years old and ran away with a girlfriend. (After being caught at a hotel, where the two conned their way to a room, police asked the very young McCorvey if she had committed sodomy, and after clarifying what they meant by that, she said yes.) Throughout the documentary, McCorvey closely resembles her pre-‘90s self, wisecracking and uninhibited. “I wonder how many abortions Donald Trump is responsible for,” she offers. “I’m sure he’s lost count, if he can count that high.” Her sardonic manner also comes with serious wisdom: “If a young woman wants to have an abortion—fine,” says says, coloring in the nursing home. “That’s no skin off my ass. You know, that’s why they call it ‘choice.’ It’s your choice.”
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  11. #12776

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    Whoosh!!! GH

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  13. #12778

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    How unusual. Conservatives cheating.
    It is a simple thing. For conservatives, the end always justifies the means. I hope for the rest of us, we at least pause and think about it for a little while.
    Face it. It's the apocalypse.

  14. #12779

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    Republicans are realizing the crisis is pulling them toward disaster

    Paul Waldman
    Opinion writer
    May 21, 2020 at 1:14 p.m. EDT
    “The worst is behind us,” declared Herbert Hoover in 1930. Two years later, Franklin Roosevelt won the presidency by an 18-point margin, capturing 42 states.

    Now, nearly 90 years later, at least some Republicans are starting to worry that President Trump could meet a fate similar to Hoover’s, and drag them down with him.

    The latest weekly employment figures, released Thursday, show the magnitude of this economic catastrophe: Another 2.4 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total to 38.6 million over nine weeks. Analysts are now predicting that the unemployment rate will soon top 30 percent. The highest it reached during the Great Depression was 25.6 percent.

    And what’s on the minds of the Republican leadership? They’re worried that we’re coddling the unemployed:

    At issue is the enhanced unemployment aid Congress approved in late March, which includes an extra $600 in weekly payments to out-of-work Americans. On Tuesday, President Trump articulated his reluctance to extend those benefits during a closed-door lunch with Senate Republicans, many of whom share his concern that the expanded federal payments deter people from returning to work. The enhanced benefits expire in July.
    In fairness, in some contexts it is indeed possible for unemployment benefits to be so generous that they deter people from seeking new jobs. At some point that extra $600 a week (which is given on top of what people would normally receive from unemployment insurance, a figure that varies from state to state) should be wound down.

    But the problem right now is that there aren’t any jobs. It’s not like millions of businesses can’t operate because no one’s answering their help wanted ads. That extra money is keeping people afloat, and is quickly recirculated into the economy, multiplying its beneficial impact.

    So this is the position of the president and the Republican leadership in Congress: What we really have to worry about now is that Americans are being lazy, and what we need to get them out there reviving the economy is some good old-fashioned deprivation.

    Yet at the same time, there are cracks showing in the GOP’s resistance to further economic rescue. With the election only 5½ months away, some in the party are questioning whether having Democrats demand that the government take action to help struggling Americans while Republicans say no is a brilliant strategy.

    CNN reports that the number of Republicans coming around to some kind of further rescue package is growing:

    Publicly and privately, Republicans are signaling that they believe the Senate will have to move beginning in June on another recovery package, calls that many believe will intensify next month after senators hear concerns about the deteriorating economy in their states during next week's Memorial Day recess.

    And some are quietly urging President Donald Trump to get more involved.
    Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he’s pushing Trump to get behind a plan to pump more money into infrastructure projects -- even though that idea has gotten an icy reception from McConnell so far.
    There are a few other Republicans in the Senate expressing an interest in an infrastructure bill — which of course they had three years to do and never did, so much so that “Infrastructure Week” became a running joke — while others are looking at some more aid to states, and some want to shore up the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides loans to businesses.

    What all these ideas have in common, however, is that they don’t provide direct assistance to people, either in the form of extended unemployment benefits or another round of cash payments. And this shows how Republicans are struggling to reconcile their conservative ideology with the economic and political demands of this unprecedented crisis.

    Unlike Democrats, who are comfortable with the kind of aggressive government action required to alleviate this depression, Republicans naturally recoil from the kinds of steps that may be required to prevent them from being wiped out in November.

    So here’s the situation. In one corner you have Trump, who is opposing further rescue packages not because of firm ideological convictions but because he’s gripped by magical thinking. He’s possessed of the hope that just as there is a miracle cure for the coronavirus, with enough cheerleading (and a heavy dose of blame-shifting), the economy will come roaring back in a few months.

    In another corner you have Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who remains adamantly opposed to any further rescue bills. His opposition is a little hard to explain, though he may have concluded that Trump will lose, so Republicans might as well hold the economy down so President Biden can suffer the consequences.

    Then you have these other Republicans, many of whom are up for reelection, beginning to come around to the idea that doing something — even if it’s not in line with their small-government principles — is far better than doing nothing, if the latter means defeat in November.

    We don’t know yet whether they can persuade Trump and McConnell that inaction means disaster. But with each passing day, our economic hole grows deeper and the likelihood of us crawling our way out by the end of the year grows smaller.

    At some point Republicans may all come to understand the position it has put them in. But by then it may be too late.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  15. #12780

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    Defense lawyers look to reopen cases where Tara Reade testified as an expert
    Reade stated under oath she had an undergraduate degree that her college said she never earned and appears to have exaggerated her role in Joe Biden’s office.


    05/21/2020 11:55 PM EDT

    Updated: 05/22/2020 10:37 AM EDT

    Under the name Alexandra McCabe, Tara Reade has for years testified for the prosecution as an expert in domestic violence cases.

    But a number of California defense attorneys are considering challenging the convictions of their clients amid questions about whether Reade misrepresented her credentials under oath.

    Reade, the former Joe Biden staffer who recently accused him of sexually assaulting her in 1993, stated she had an undergraduate degree that her college says she never earned and appears to have exaggerated her role in Biden’s office, according to trial transcripts in two court cases reviewed by POLITICO.

    Six cases involving Reade’s testimony are already under review by the Sixth District Appellate Program, Executive Director Patrick McKenna told POLITICO Thursday. The state-funded office oversees appointed defense counsel in appellate cases covering four California counties, including Monterey County, where the prosecution often tapped Reade as an expert witness.

    The review will determine whether the attorneys can petition a judge to review their clients’ conviction, and potentially order a new trial.

    “I have at least six cases where she testified and I have lists pending from various attorney groups where she testified as a violence expert. I expect that list will expand significantly,” said McKenna. “We’re trying to get the lists together. We’re aware of Ms. Reade, we’re in the mode of trying to review the transcripts to see if she misrepresented herself in court.”

    He said the calls for a review came as news reports raised questions about her background and detailed her credentials, including the fact that she did not complete an undergraduate degree.

    “Last week, I was informed she testified as an expert. Last week I was also informed she lied about her credentials. I didn’t connect the dots on the significance of those two things until yesterday when I was contacted by an attorney,” McKenna said.

    The concerns about Reade’s testimony come after she leveled sexual assault charges against Biden in March. In 2019, Reade at first alleged sexual harassment, but she has since explained that she wasn’t yet ready to tell the full story — an experience Reade and her attorney argue is common with victims of abuse.

    NOTE: Her lawyer dropped her today

    Reade has written and talked extensively about her own experience as a victim of domestic violence. In 1996, a judge in San Luis Obispo Superior Court authorized a temporary restraining order against Reade’s then-husband. Her former husband has denied her claims.

    An attorney for Jennifer Vasquez, a woman convicted of attempted murder, said he is currently reviewing options for his client in the wake of recent revelations about Reade.

    In that December 2018 case, Reade gave an account of her educational background that conflicts with the account of university officials. When asked to detail her credentials as an expert in domestic violence in the case, Reade testified that she had a law degree from Seattle University and graduated from Antioch University in Seattle with a bachelor’s degree.

    Karen Hamilton, a spokeswoman for Antioch University, said in a statement that Reade did not graduate and was never a faculty member. Reade attended Antioch for three academic quarters, in 2000 and part of 2001, the university said.

    Reade declined to comment for this story and instead texted a screenshot from a previously published article where she claimed she obtained an undergraduate degree under a special arrangement with a former chancellor of the university, Toni Murdock. CNN first reported on questions regarding Reade’s educational background.

    However, university officials conferred with Murdock, an Antioch official told POLITICO, and confirmed that no special arrangement existed.

    Seattle University School of Law confirmed that Reade graduated from there in 2004. According to a 2009 article in the law school’s alumni magazine, Reade entered law school under an alternative admission program.

    In a follow-up question about whether students in that program can be admitted without a bachelor’s degree, a spokesman pointed to current requirements, which require an undergraduate degree.

    “Our current admission requirements are publicly posted on the Seattle University School of Law website, which apply to all admitted students,” David Sandler said. “As in the past, they are consistent with American Bar Association standards for law schools. Federal privacy regulations prevent us from sharing additional information about the educational records of former students.”

    Reade also appears to have embellished her role in Biden’s office. Reade served in his Senate office from December 1992 to July 1993 as a staff assistant, a relatively junior position. Reade has said she managed interns for a time. But when queried about her job experience at the trial, Reade referred to herself as a legislative assistant — a more senior job classification that conveyed more responsibility — in his office, according to the transcript.

    “I worked with domestic violence prevention for over 20-some years in different capacities. I started working for US Senator Joseph Biden. I was a legislative assistant. He worked on the Violence Against Women Act, the federal act,” Reade testified.

    She was later asked if her degree from Antioch University was in political science.

    “Liberal arts, yeah,” Reade responded.

    “But your resume says liberal,” the attorney followed up.

    “Yeah. The focus was political science. I worked for Leon Panetta and Joe Biden and then moved on to King County prosecutor's office,” she said.

    In response to a question from the lawyer about whether she was being compensated, Reade said she was paid a stipend and provided with a hotel room.

    Vasquez’s attorney, Scott Erdbacher — who directed questioning and whose objection to her as an expert witness was overruled by the judge overseeing the case — said he is revisiting the issue.

    “We’re just looking at it to see if there is a reason to reopen it,” Erdbacher told POLITICO. “ I’m sure that anybody who had her on a case will be looking into it very closely. Her testimony in cases, especially if her credibility is a problem, those are all things we would have asked her at trial that would have influenced the outcome.”

    Prior to her testimony in the Vasquez case, defense attorneys were given Reade’s resume, a copy of which was provided to POLITICO.

    The resume cites a BA from Antioch, as well as separate work for the university.

    “Ongoing Online Visiting Professor since 2007 for various Student BA packet reviews: Review the final papers with students via phone and email; provide guidance for final BA,” reads one line from her resume.

    A university official confirmed that Reade was not a faculty member, though she did several hours of administrative work total as an independent contractor over 2008, 2009, 2010.

    Reade testified in at least two cases for the Monterey County district attorney’s office as recently as last year. In a January 2019 press release, the prosecutor’s office specifically touted Reade’s testimony as pivotal to the conviction.

    “Tara McCabe, a domestic violence expert, provided critical testimony which aided the jury’s understanding as to why victims of domestic violence recant, minimize, and frequently stay in abusive relationships,” the office said.

    The prosecutor’s office did not respond to a request for comment, nor did Reade’s attorney.

    Reade has long described herself as a domestic violence survivor and victims’ advocate, citing past work with domestic violence survivors, including as a volunteer for a time in King County, Washington. A spokeswoman with the King County prosecutor’s office confirmed that someone named Alexandra McCabe was employed as a victim advocate from Aug. 1999 through October 2000.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

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