DO IT THEIR WAY or they won’t play.






The majority of workers making minimum wage are women. #FightFor15


Republicans have no better option. They don’t even try to hide their cowardly obstruction.


Similar to inventing #CancelCulture, Republicans are the thin-skinned snowflakes


Texas Republicans are mostly wrong, yet never in doubt.


Dots connecting.




“Always #followthemoney, this is the root of all our problems
“Well the fact is that the RepubliKKKans idea of UNITY is really simple:
DO IT THEIR WAY or they won’t play.
DO IT THEIR WAY or they won’t play.



AIDS argument used as Arizona House votes to let businesses ignore mask mandates

Republicans in control of the Arizona House voted to allow mask rules to be ignored after hearing argument they weren’t needed decades ago to stop the spread of AIDS.

 A lawmaker persuaded the Arizona House to let businesses ignore mask mandates to stem COVID spread partly by arguing they weren’t needed decades ago to stop the spread of AIDS.

On a 31-28 party-line vote Wednesday, the Republican-controlled House approved legislation that says business owners need not enforce any state, city, town or county requirement for people to wear a mask.

The measure now goes to the GOP-controlled Senate.

The sponsor, Rep. Joseph Chaplik, a first-term Republican legislator from Scottsdale, said his House Bill 2770 would give businesses the choice of whether to enforce the mandates that many communities already adopted.


He said consumers then would have the option of deciding if they want to do business there.

“It’s about the individual rights of these business owners as Americans,” Chaplik said.

The vote came over the objections of several lawmakers who said the measure ignores evidence of how masks, properly worn, help curb the spread of the coronavirus that has so far killed half a million people in the United States, including more than 16,000 in Arizona.


Rep. Randall Friese, a Tucson Democrat who is a physician, said masks are part of the “very basic, important tools,” along with hand-washing and social distancing, to curb the spread.


Chaplik, however, argued that the mandates are an overreaction and that society has managed to survive other viral outbreaks without masks.

For example, he cited HIV “that was going to wipe our global destruction of human bodies with AIDS.”


“We heard about that in the ’80s,” Chaplik said. “Yet no masks were required.”

Medical consensus is that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is spread through exchange of bodily fluids, usually through sexual transmission or through the sharing of infected needles. It is not spread by air or water, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.


Chaplik went on to tell colleagues to look at what’s happening elsewhere, as he tried to disprove the claims that masks help prevent COVID-19 spread.


“Nebraska never had a mask mandate,” he said. He said the same is true in places like Mississippi and Georgia.

“I would think that based on these arguments these states would have dead people piled up all over their state because no one else would be living because no one has masks on,” Chaplik continued.

Rep. Bret Roberts, R-Maricopa, made a similar claim. Roberts said he’s heard a figure that something like 90% of Arizona is covered by some local mask mandate, even though there is no statewide mandate.


“If they work, how are people still catching COVID?” Roberts asked.

Other Republicans who voted for the bill did not openly challenge the effectiveness of masks, properly worn, in preventing the spread of disease.

Instead, they said the legislation is a matter of individual rights.

“It allows adults to be adults,” said Rep. Kevin Payne, R-Peoria.


Rep. Travis Grantham, R-Gilbert, echoed that sentiment.

“The bill doesn’t say ‘masks don’t work,’” he said. “The bill gives business owners … the right to make a decision.”


Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, had a slightly different take.

“This bill is simply about not making 16-year-old waiters and waitresses police officers enforcing a criminal mask statute,” he said.

Rep. Diego Rodriguez, D-Phoenix, said Chaplik is wrong in arguing that mask mandates are an example of government overreach.

“Mask mandates are a textbook example of the government ensuring one of its fundamental purposes, which is guarding the public health and safety,” Rodriguez said. He said allowing people to ignore such an order sends a bad message.

“What you are essentially saying is that individual business owner has the right to place every other member of his community at risk of infection,” Rodriguez said. “It won’t matter if other businesses insist on a mask if two or three or even one seller decides not to use a mask because you nullify the effect of the unified effort.”


But Rep. David Cook, R-Globe, said the purpose of the bill is simple.

“It’s driven to the free-market and property rights issue given your constitutional rights to pursue your dreams in this country and in this state,” he said.

This is a difficult decision, said Rep. Joanne Osborne, R-Goodyear, who owns a jewelry store with the family name.

She said her employees wear masks. Despite that, some did get sick, forcing the closure of the store.

“I have had friends die of COVID,” Osborne said. And she said that, as a member of the board of a local hospital, she has seen the effects of the disease.


Osborne also said there are other mandates on business that are accepted, like having sprinklers and fire extinguishers.

But Osborne, who provided the crucial — and required — 31st vote for the measure, said she had to side with her colleagues.

In other words Osborne knew that she must ignore science and common sense and vote with the other Republicans or suffer the consequences.     Hugs

Capitol riot probe zeroes in on Pentagon delay in sending troops

Three hours and 19 minutes, while a riot raged at the Capitol.

That’s how long the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard says elapsed between then-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund’s “frantic” plea for help quelling a violent mob and the ultimate approval of military aid by the Pentagon. The discrepancy between his estimate and the Pentagon’s conflicting testimony is now at the heart of lawmakers’ investigation into the security lapses that prolonged the siege on Congress on Jan. 6.

The conflict in officials’ accounts of their response to the insurrection came into sharper relief on Wednesday, when D.C. National Guard chief William Walker told senators he was blocked from reacting quickly while Pentagon officials disputed his account. As lawmakers wrestle with an investigation into what went wrong, they found their key witnesses on very different pages.


And the overlapping narratives of Jan. 6 are hitting a Capitol already dealing with a volatile security environment, as Capitol Police warn of multiple ongoing threats — one to the as-yet-unscheduled State of the Union address and another on Thursday, when some Trump-supporting militia groups have suggested once again breaching the Capitol.

Walker, with evident exasperation, told two Senate committees that he preemptively loaded troops on buses amid the chaos of Jan. 6’s insurrection while awaiting approval from acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller. That approval took hours to arrive, he said. In the interim, top Army leaders — including the brother of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn — pushed back, worrying that the visual of National Guard troops ringing the Capitol could “inflame” the rioters, Walker said.

“We could have helped extend the perimeter and push back the crowd,” Walker said.

Pentagon officials challenge that account, saying Miller reacted rapidly but that his approval may not have been communicated to Walker efficiently. Nonetheless, Walker testified that earlier action by the Pentagon could have made a difference.

Now top lawmakers are calling for Miller and former acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy to answer questions about their roles in driving the events of that day.

The diverging accounts begin at 1:49 p.m. on Jan. 6, when, according to Walker, Sund called him with a desperate request for National Guard assistance.

“Chief Sund, his voice cracking with emotion, indicated that there was a dire emergency on Capitol Hill and requested the immediate assistance of as many Guardsmen as I could muster,” Walker recalled.


Walker says he raced to relay the request to senior Pentagon officials.

“We already had Guardsmen on buses ready to move to the Capitol,” Walker wrote in his prepared remarks to the Senate Homeland Security and Rules committees, which are conducting a joint investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Tensions grew on a 2:30 p.m. call that included Walker, Sund, the Secret Service, the D.C. deputy mayor and top Army officials, including Charles Flynn. On that call, described in previous testimony by Sund and confirmed Wednesday by Walker, army officials repeatedly worried that sending guard troops to the Capitol could make matters worse.

“The Army senior leaders did not think it would look good” to send troops to the Capitol and also worried about further incitement of the violent mob, Walker said.

Robert Salesses, a top Pentagon official who handles homeland defense, pushed back against Walker’s account.

Salesses said that following the 2:30 p.m. call, McCarthy undertook an assessment of what the National Guard’s mission at the Capitol would be — whether they were being asked to enter the building, where gunfire had been reported, or help secure the perimeter. Salesses emphasized that at 4:10 p.m., in service of this assessment, McCarthy visited the headquarters of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, before securing Miller’s final approval at 4:32 p.m.

Despite that approval, the go-ahead wasn’t communicated to Walker until 5:08 p.m, a delay that Salesses attributed to a communications issue. That approval came well after rioters had overtaken the Capitol, sending lawmakers fleeing for safety. Walker singled out Miller in particular as he described the slow-walking of Sund’s request.

“Consequently, at 5:20pm (in under 20 minutes) the District of Columbia National Guard arrived at the Capitol,” Walker said. “We helped to re-establish the security perimeter at the east side of the Capitol to facilitate the resumption of the Joint Session of Congress.”

Mark Milley, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is also backing up the Pentagon’s version of events. He told reporters Tuesday that the Pentagon reacted at “sprint speed” to the request for aid to Congress. Mobilizing a large force of guard troops in a few hours amounts to lightning quickness in military terms, he emphasized.

Walker’s testimony adds a new piece to the puzzle of security lapses and miscommunications that enabled a violent mob to ransack the Capitol and delay the certification of the 2020 election results. He is the latest official to suggest that senior military leaders were partly responsible for tying the hands of the security officials on the ground as they hustled to respond to the threat.


In his testimony, agreed with Capitol security officials that Pentagon leaders gave a tepid response to urgent pleas for aid during a 2:30 p.m. call on Jan. 6.

McCarthy was not on the call, according to Walker, even though others wanted him to be. Walker described that coordination as a stark contrast from the military’s response to civil unrest during racial justice protests over the summer, when McCarthy was in real-time contact with him about helping law enforcement.

Other officials who testified addressed the intelligence assessment that led Capitol security officials to dismiss the need for preemptive National Guard support. An FBI intelligence assessment sent on Jan. 5 by the bureau’s Norfolk Field Office, which described those descending on Washington as prepared for “war,” never reached top officials. And even if it had, they said, the information was largely culled from social media and was “raw” and “unverified.”

Nevertheless, Sund, acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman and Washington, D.C.’s acting Police Chief Robert Contee III said the bureau hadn’t sounded a significant alarm about the intelligence that might have elevated it to their attention.

FBI Director Christopher Wray offered his agency’s timeline of events on Tuesday. Wray agreed that the intelligence was “uncorroborated” and said it underscores the challenge for investigators seeking to separate social media hyperbole from actionable information.

Jill Sanborn, FBI assistant director for counterterrorism, added additional details about the FBI’s response to the Jan. 6 assault, telling lawmakers that FBI tactical teams helped respond to reports of explosive devices placed near the Republican and Democratic Party headquarters that day.

Sund and other Capitol security officials have said the intelligence warnings they received in the days leading up to the Jan. 6 attack didn’t support the need to line up a significant National Guard presence.

Rather, they said, the available intelligence suggested that the volume of protesters would resemble turnout in November and December, when pro-Trump rallies sparked spasms of violence but were ultimately contained. Never, those former Capitol security officials said, did they anticipate an organized, coordinated assault on the legislative branch that would overwhelm the 1,200 officers on-site and result in a breach of the building.

The hearing Wednesday came as Sund’s successor at the helm of the Capitol Police, Pittman, urged lawmakers for a $70 million increase in her department’s budget to respond to the gaps revealed by the insurrection. She said she’s seeking funds to revamp the department’s intelligence-sharing technology and to confront sharply rising threats against lawmakers, which have spiked more than 93 percent in the last year.

Pittman also described significant resources being afforded to officers affected by the Jan. 6 assault, including counseling for them and their families, hotel stays and hot meals.

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: The economy is not good for most people. The wealthy are doing great but the Republicans want less and less for the rest of the people. The Covid bill is just a start, but wealthy people do not want to raise wages to workers and do not want workers to have unemployment so they are desperate to return to a dangerous work environment.



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This did not need to be the choice, other countries paid the business owner to pay wages when they were closed.  The US choose to pay the wealthy corporations to buy back their stock to help keep stocks moving at high price levels. 




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Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Two ideas on the same action?

Thank you everyone for the well wishes.   I will try to get to comments tomorrow.  I am going to do everything I can to get the roundup out even if only part of it.   I really only want to go back to bed.   Wish I  could do this from my pad but that is not to be.   So on to the cartoons / memes.  Hugs


Just try to vote

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Like Republicans I know!  Above and below

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And I did it.  Took five hours and one nap, but I got today’s morning roundup done, at 7:17 PM.    But tomorrow I hit the ground running and open all 110 comic pages to post the best ones again.    IMO.   Hugs

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