Post-democracy politics

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Today starts the early voting period here in Georgia. We’ll hear the usual, “this is the most important election in our lifetime” speech over and over until November. While it gets old, this election is truly important and not just for the residents of Georgia.

Across the country, there are many candidates for office who are election deniers. The majority of GOP candidates on the ballot for November espouse the belief that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. Think of the cognitive dissonance required to believe that Trump lost on the same election where hundreds of Republicans won.

Yet, here we are in 2022 staring at the ballot and there’s a chance that many elections in 2024 will be run by people who believe that very thing. Democracy itself is officially on the ballot and maybe even on life support. Welcome to the world of post-democracy politics.

At this point a vote isn’t just about a party preference, ideology, or your single area of concern. We’ve devolved to where we’re basically voting to determine whether or not we remain a democratic society where freedoms are enjoyed and rights are protected. It’s a simple yes or no vote, either you want democracy or you don’t. Period. One party is actively working to bend our democracy into a country that benefits them above all others. The other party is working to protect democracy for everyone, including the people actively working against them.

I don’t generally make endorsements when it comes to elections. Like religion, I think everyone is entitled to their own beliefs when it comes to politics. However, defending democracy and protecting the Constitution is priority number one for me. For that reason, I implore everyone to ignore the polls and naysayers. Get out and vote against the GOP like your life depends on it. That may very well be the truth for your neighbors.

Republicans don’t even hide their disdain for America anymore. In what universe would Dr. Oz and Herschel Walker be a legitimate candidate for an office of such importance as the US Senate? Do either of them project the confidence they could handle making decisions in life or death situations or have the ability to handle some of America’s intelligence secrets?

I can’t answer for you, but when I hit the voting booth, the choices will be very easy. Will I vote for folks who want to end body autonomy, end social security, and flood our streets with even more guns? Or, will I vote for someone who wants to ensure that my kids have the same rights that I have now? For me, the choice is easy, and I’ll do all I can to protect the rights of everyone. I’m not ready to give up on democracy, only on the party that’s trying to end our democracy.

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  1. Justice Thomas temporarily blocks Graham testimony in Georgia
    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday temporarily blocked Sen. Lindsey Graham’s testimony to a special grand jury investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in the state.

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  2. Justice Thomas Temporarily Blocks Graham Testimony In Georgia
    Thomas temporarily blocked Sen. Lindsey Graham’s testimony to a special grand jury investigating whether then-President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in the state.

    Supreme Court justices (as a matter of all judge) should have a guard rail when they should recuse themselves. Till now it was honor system and if there was conflict of interest justices took the proper steps. Thomas showed we need strict rules and regulations these justices need to follow. Every Tom Dick and Harry have to follow rules why not these ass wipes.

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  3. Marjorie Taylor Greene Tells Reporter She Is In Talks With Trump To Be Running Mate
    “What Greene possesses that Trump so craves is loyalty,” New York Times Magazine writer Robert Draper said.

    Melania and Ivanka you got serious competition. This whore will put out with the drop of a dime. LOL

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  4. Armed Individuals In Tactical Gear Are Showing Up At Arizona Ballot Boxes
    At least three run-ins have been documented at a Maricopa County drop box during early voting.

    For once, I like to see one these gun nuts shoot one of these pricks instead of unarmed elementary school kids. Then I’ll send truck loads of thoughts and prayers.

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    • It’s starting late.

      From NBC

      WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick Garland will hold a news conference Monday afternoon to discuss “significant national security cases addressing malign influence schemes and alleged criminal activity by a nation-state actor in the United States,” the Justice Department announced in an advisory.

      Garland will speak at 1:30 p.m. ET and will be joined by Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Assistant Attorney General for National Security Matthew G. Olsen and other Justice Department officials.

      The advisory didn’t provide any additional details about the case, including what the alleged criminal activity entails or what foreign country or countries may be involved.

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  5. Tweets of the Week Oct 16-22 2022

    When @DrOz loses I’m gonna send him a consolatory bottle of pee

    — Bill Corbett’s Ghost (@BillCorbett) October 16, 2022

    Heard an elementary school had to install spittoons in classrooms because a kid identified as a rootin’ tootin’ son-of-a-bitch

    — David Venhuizen (@David_Venhuizen) October 16, 2022

    Dog whistle to English dictionary:

    Soros – Jews
    Coastal elites – Jews
    New York values – Jews
    Hollywood liberals – Jews
    Globalists – Jews
    International bankers – Jews
    American Jews – Jews who dare question Israel’s government

    I hope you enjoyed this week’s Jews Clues

    — The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) October 16, 2022

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  6. “Up Jumped The Devil” . . .

    Satan is always on the prowl.

    Three dead, including gunman, after shooting at St. Louis high school, officials say.

    Chaos unfolded inside Central Visual and Performing Arts High School shortly after 9 a.m. when authorities learned of a shooter with a long gun inside.

    “At this time, the scene is secure and there is no active threat,” police said in a tweet.

    St. Louis Mayor Tishaura O. Jones weighed in on the shooting as news of the incident spread.

    “Help us Jesus,” she tweeted.

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    • ” I have seen something further under the sun,

      that the swift do not always win the race, nor

      do the mighty win the battle, nor do the wise

      always have the food, nor do the intelligent

      always have the riches, nor do those with

      knowledge always have success, because time

      and unexpected events overtake them all. ”

      Ecclesiastes 9:11

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  7. Better three hours too soon than a minute too late. . .

    Procrastination is one of the most common mistakes people make with their finances.

    Criminal trial of the Trump Organization on tax fraud charges set to begin Monday

    There’s been so much focus on whether Donald Trump will be indicted for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection and for stashing top secret documents at his Mar-a-Lago home that it’s easy to overlook that his namesake organization is set to go on trial Monday in a Manhattan courtroom on charges of tax fraud and other crimes.

    Trump and his children were not indicted themselves and don’t face any jail time. But the trial could hurt the Trump family business which owns hotels, golf courses, and commercial and residential buildings around the world.

    The trial in State Supreme Court will present an embarrassing scene for the former president, pushing to the forefront one of several criminal investigations swirling around him.

    This case centers on special perks doled out by the former president’s business, the Trump Organization, which comprises a universe of more than 500 corporate entities. Last year, the district attorney’s office accused two of those entities — The Trump Corporation and Trump Payroll Corp. — of awarding off-the-books benefits like rent-free apartments and leased luxury vehicles to a few top executives who failed to pay taxes on the perks.

    As jury selection begins on Monday, the district attorney, Alvin L. Bragg, appears to have the upper hand. The Trump Organization’s 75-year-old chief financial officer, Allen H. Weisselberg, recently pleaded guilty to conspiring with the two corporations to carry out the scheme — and agreed to testify at their trial.”

    “Having the company’s top financial officer as your star witness is a prosecutor’s dream,” said Daniel J. Horwitz, a former prosecutor in the district attorney’s office who is now a partner at McLaughlin and Stern, where he defends corporations in white collar crime cases.

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/10/24/2130561/-Criminal-trial-of-the-Trump-Organization-on-tax-fraud-charges-set-to-being-Monday?pm_source=story_sidebar&pm_medium=web&pm_campaign=recommended

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  8. Not only do I believe Ukraine will win but I also believe they’ll put a halt to Russia holding up Assad and Syria. What’s that game where you try to conquer the world? Putin sux at that game.

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  9. Trapped in the closet

    United States Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other Republican lawmakers holed up in a janitorial closet during the January 6th, 2021 Capitol insurrection, according to excerpts from Cruz’s new book that were obtained by Newsweek.

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  10. The Liverpool Echo has started a “state of play survey” on the performance of the RS, Klopp and Fenway Sports Group.

    https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/liverpool-state-play-survey-want-25225510

    If I can stop laughing, I’ll pour myself a nice glass of schadenfreude this evening.

    The Reds won the Carabao Cup, FA Cup, finished a solitary point behind eventual champions Manchester City and reached the final of the Champions League where they were beaten by Real Madrid last time round.

    Oh – City beat Everton 1-0 late last year when Everton had an appeal for a stone-cold PK turned down. Everton really needed the point at the time and a number of the RS fans (younger ones) wanted Everton relegated. With a draw City would have finished 1 point behind the RS.

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      • Klopp has done an excellent job – and FSG are so much better owners than Gillett and Hicks (the previous owners).
        A bunch of the RS fans are acting like whiney entitled brats.

        The manager who built the club, Bill Shankly, went 7 years without winning a thing. These days, he’d probably have been burned in effigy about 4 years into that stretch.

        Oh yeah – I was at Everton’s first home game in the 1974/75 season. Shankly had retired at the end of the 73/74 season. When he entered the main stand to go to his seat we gave him a standing O – respect.

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  11. BoJo became PM by virtue of winning a vote of around 180,000 elderly, well off, white people, most of whom lived in the Southeast of England. He followed it up by winning a general election.

    Truss became PM by winning a vote of those 180,000 idiots.

    Sunak just became PM by having >100 Tory MPs supporting him and no-one else meeting that threshhold.
    Ain’t democracy great.

    tbf – that’s not the record for smallest number of people installing the head of a democracy. The smallest number is 5 – Rehnquist, Scalia, Thomas, O’Conner and Kennedy

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  12. We Americans never had a lockdown.

    SFD is correcto mundo on that. Only country I remember had serious lock downs was some Italian cities where if you ventured out without serious reason you would get fined.

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  13. 34N-HOT WATER? The Georgia Secretary of State’s office announced Friday that it is investigating a pro-Herschel Walker super PAC known for giving away vouchers for gas and groceries — and generating enormous publicity — at multiple events around the state this election cycle.

    The 34N22 group’s initiatives first drew attention in June, when a long line of cars formed at a Chevron gas station near downtown Atlanta as the group gave away $25 vouchers to highlight high energy prices.

    While some voting rights advocates questioned how it could be allowed in a state that bans groups from distributing food and water to voters in line outside polling places, several election law experts said the policy was permissible so long as the vouchers were given without any condition.

    PAC attorney Tippi Cain Burch wrote in a Sept. 30 letter to state officials that 34N22 “did not directly or indirectly condition the distribution of vouchers on any recipient’s agreement to register to vote, to vote for or against any particular candidate, or to vote at all.”
    ~AJC

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    • They should have been investigating this over the summer when it actually happened. Announcing this when voting has started will give conservatives more whine food to feed their appetite.

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    • What irks me is MSN including PBS do not question freedom deniers as liars. When Biden stretches the truth they are up in arms pointing that out. When McCarthy or McConnel does it it is total silence. Fuck these guys.

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  15. If I ever get to the point where I’m liking and retweeting myself, please take away my internet access and put me in time out. Please. Especially if that’s the only engagement that I’m getting.

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    • Yeah.. the only things that happened were that the bars and restaurants were closed for a while and that a lot of stores cut back their opening hours.

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      • Nope.

        My cousin in Hong Kong, on the other hand, couldn’t leave her apartment for weeks.

        Back in Blighty, only around 20 people were allowed at my uncle’s funeral but one of my aunts live-streamed it.

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    • If there was a lockdown in 2020 I have to wonder how I got all those frequent flyer miles on Jet Blue and Delta.

      Early in the pandemic I made one day trip up to Maine where I was a little worried because the Governor had “closed the state” to out of staters unless you were an “essential worker” (I had a copy of the ME and CDC regs that showed I was). I needn’t have worried – there were huge numbers of Massholes driving up there and I don’t think it was to keep some essential industries running.

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  16. I met MrsPaul at a local restaurant for dinner after she got out of work.
    I am watching a recording of the news and they are interviewing voters in Nevada. Short version – no-one has a clue what causes inflation but it’s the fault of Biden and the Ds.

    I’ve got a really bad feeling about this election.

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    • Also on the news – an interview with a woman in Uvalde who was incorrectly fingered as being responsible for the shooter being able to access the school. The TX DPS has apologized. I’m sure that is comforting to someone who has had their life ruined.

      Oh yeah – the shooting in Uvalde was 6 months ago tomorrow. Apart from the chief of the Uvalde school district police department, not one LEO has faced consequences for their behavior that day and the same TX DPS has been covering up all of the screw ups from that day.

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  17. The GOP continues with its game plan.

    Measuring the distance to make sure ballot watchers weren’t too close.

    @buckeyega

    We’ve got to keep our eyes on the prize and hold on . . .

    HOLD ON !

    Bruce Springsteen with the Sessions Band – Eyes on the Prize (Live In Dublin)

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  18. I have NFL season ticket. I barely watch a scant. This is most likely the worst NFL season ever. I want them all to lose. Except the Jets. Go Jets!

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    • The GOP continues with its game plan.

      Measuring the distance to make sure ballot watchers weren’t too close.

      @buckeyega

      We’ve got to keep our eyes on the prize and hold on . . .

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  19. Catching the half time show on Fox – and they are wondering why Tampa Bay is not good on offense.
    It’s obvious what the problem is – the guy wearing 12, while still good, is no longer a top QB.

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  20. Elon seems to think that the problem with twitter is the $revenue/employee.
    His solution is to decrease the denominator.

    If we proposed that to our board they’d be putting in a new management team.

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      • Why are tech bros such douchebags?

        I love how they are saying Apple and Facebook are the “industry standard”. That’s like looking at Steph Curry’s career 3pt shot % and calling it the industry standard

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        • Because there’s less “tech” in them than in my 76 y/o mother. They’re just the douchebags from school who simply realized all of a sudden that the nerds were making all the money.

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  21. A friend of mine once explained the real meaning of giving the middle finger salute. It is “pitch, pivot and rotate”. Liz just gave 45 the middle finger. 🤣🤣

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  22. Last night I started watching Richard Pryor’s concert from 1979. I don’t think half the material will go over very well in today’s society. To me, it is still hilarious.

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    • I remember watching that as a kid and can still quote it. The funny thing is, Richard was above everyone. He could say whatever he wanted and nobody got offended. In fact, I’d go so far to say, that Richard was so good that you wanted to be him. I mean, he was intelligent as all get out. He was a badass. He was America!

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    • no it won’t..heck he got kicked off of tv..His show was FUNNY. If it’s the special when he wore a red shirt..he talked about police brutality. What made it good is that he talked about the craziness of his life and made it funny…genius

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  23. If you have not seen the movie “Harriet” please

    watch it if you get a chance.

    I learn things that were not taught in school about

    this amazing woman.

    Your mind will be blown at her bravery and determination.

    Please watch it with your kids, grand kids, etc.

    I tear up just thinking about how she saved hundreds

    of slaves.

    SHE WAS A BAD ASS WOMAN AND I LOVE HER

    FOR SAVING SO MANY LIVES.

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  24. I’ve love the suspense of a parade in America. Where else do you get to go out with your family and friends and wonder if there will be a mass shooting?

    Freedumb is so awesome.

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  25. Alex Jones Seeks New Trial After $1B Sandy Hook Verdict
    Jones filed the requests Friday, saying Judge Barbara Bellis’ pretrial rulings resulted in an unfair trial and “a substantial miscarriage of justice.”

    @rimsky2k

    Alex’s mother could have saved a lot of people from

    a lot of grief if she had a “a substantial miscarriage”

    when she was pregnant with him.

    😂 😂

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  26. Gonna hit the L5P Halloween parade today. Yes, they always do it the week before.

    Then go check out the recording studio. Gonna be a beautiful day. Y’all have a great one.

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  27. Singer Carly Simon paid tribute to her two sisters, Joanna and Lucy, who died just a day apart of each other this week, both from cancer.
    Joanna Simon, 85, died of thyroid cancer on Wednesday and Lucy Simon, 82, died of metastatic breast cancer Thursday, Simon’s manager, Larry Ciancia, confirmed to CNN……
    All three sisters were musically talented. Joanna Simon was an opera singer and Lucy Simon was a performer and composer who was nominated for a Tony Award for the score of the “The Secret Garden” musical.

    What a bunch of talented siblings. RIP.

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  28. Alex Jones Seeks New Trial After $1B Sandy Hook Verdict
    Jones filed the requests Friday, saying Judge Barbara Bellis’ pretrial rulings resulted in an unfair trial and “a substantial miscarriage of justice.”

    His cockiness is on hold for the time being. Finally, it dawned on the SOB he is in trouble financially.

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  29. Hey dufus (not you Rufus) your fans need something harder than beer. LOL

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    • “Who wants to pop a beer, make some popcorn, and watch Trump talk about election fraud?”
      *Raises hand* Me! Me! Me!
      But I don’t think I expect it to be entertaining for quite the same reasons as li’l Coke boy does.

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    • Eric proving, once again, that he is the dumbest Trump.

      What part of “testifying under oath” or “declaration under penalty of perjury” does he not understand?

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  30. Good morning. It’s only appropriate that we start off Sunday morning with a prayer:

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    • I don’t know this God person and we’re not even friends on FB, so I could be wrong but…
      I don’t think he/she/it/(*gasp*)”they”??? would have an issue with so-called “RINOs”, being that, um, “God character” is said to love all of creation and all. (Mind blown at the idea of THAT, these days… sheesh.)

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  31. A good day for me – RS lost, Everton won, spent 4 hours outside cleaning up leaves – rake em, suck em up and mulch them, bag them.

    I can see grass again.

    Just poured myself an anti-malarial mixed with some very, very dry, English white wine.

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  32. ‘We’ll Sue Him’: Trump Claims Bob Woodward Audiobook Interview Tapes ‘Belong To Me’
    The former president warned: “We’ve already hired the lawyers” to sue the prominent journalist.

    Holy crap doesn’t he and his lawyers get the part it is the moron’s voice on the audio book. LOL

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    • That’ll go to trial about the same time Trump’s lawsuit against CNN goes to trial.

      These threats are all designed to fire up the rubes so that he can ask them for money to prosecute the suits. Nothing will ever happen about them.

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    • Trump is dumber than a bag of hammers;

      his personality is vanilla blah, he is uptight and frigid,

      he is physically fugly.

      😂 😂 😂

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  33. Details about Iran’s missile program and American intelligence work aimed at China were among the most “highly sensitive” information Donald Trump had stashed at his Mar-a-Lago compound, The Washington Post reported Friday.

    Are you sure DOJ some of the info wasn’t sold by the orange buffoon? With the SOB everything is for sale. He needs the money.
    Who buries his own dead ex-wife’s ass in his own golf course to save a few bucks.

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    • Apart from Israel, the state that would be most interested in Iran’s missile program is Saudi Arabia.
      That’s the same Saudi Arabia that invested $2Bn with Trump’s son-in-law in mid 2021.

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  34. Airplane Crashes Into Multi-Family Home In New Hampshire
    Both people aboard a single-engine plane were killed when it plummeted out of the sky and into a residential building in Keene, New Hampshire.

    Glad our Paul is OK. Sorry to hear the two people in the plane got killed.

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