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January 20, 2020

Turns out the Tea Party were just racists. The deficit hawks used bad faith. The wonks were stooges

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:42
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Turns out the Tea Party were just racists. The deficit hawks used bad faith. The wonks were stooges.

To the surprise of no one.

Trump has been laundering real estate money with Lev Parnas for decades

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 05:34
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Trump has been laundering real estate money with Lev Parnas for decades.

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Fooling the people

 

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January 19, 2020

Etiquette

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:04

We have a lot to lose

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Education, Fascism, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:02

Republican rot is poisonous, systemic and manifest

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:55
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#RepublicanRot is poisonous, systemic and manifest.

The absurdity of low-brow Republicanism

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:52
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The absurdity of low-brow Republicanism.

More Evangelical Non-Profits Are Becoming “Churches” to Avoid Transparency

Filed under: Criminal, Economics, Fascism, News, Political, Questions, Religion — Scottie @ 06:49

The con game continues.   Hugs

More Evangelical Non-Profits Are Becoming “Churches” to Avoid Transparency

How did an otherwise typical non-profit pull that off? Simple. They lied. Or at least stretched the truth beyond any conceivable reality. They said their employees were “ministers,” and their members were the “congregation,” and their cafeteria was a “place of worship,” and their board of directors were the “elders,” and their president was the “head deacon,” and their radio shows were just an “extension of its congregation.” The IRS bought it. They approved the change in 2016 and details leaked to the public in 2018.

And with that new distinction came a whole bunch of new perks… which is presumably why Focus on the Family made the switch. They won’t admit this, but being labeled a church meant they could hide salaries from the public eye, keep their major donors a secret, and never tell anyone where their money was going. They could now do all this while maintaining their tax-exempt status with the IRS.

According to the Washington Post, a number of other large Christian groups have pulled the same move: calling themselves churches when they’re really not, all to get away from any notion of transparency.

How are the “churches” getting away with this? Some leaders say they just want to avoid “government interference,” which is laughable since it’s not like the government was interfering with their work in the first place, but it’s also because Christians who belong to these groups never demand the information. They’re perfectly happy to let their grifting leaders grift, and they live in a bubble where Christian superstars, like big banks, are essentially too big to fail. The leaders know they’re surrounded by yes-men too pathetic to step away from money and power or call out bad behavior, and they’re propped up by Christians who have been led to believe everyone on the outside is out to get them.

The IRS, of course, has been short-staffed and underfunded for too long. Unless there are more employees who can investigate wrongdoing, this won’t change.

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: tRump crime

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 06:20

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January 18, 2020

The objective

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 11:46

BUSTED: National Archives caught doctoring exhibit to remove criticism of President Trump from women

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, Gender, History, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 11:12

BUSTED: National Archives caught doctoring exhibit to remove criticism of President Trump from women

The National Archives were caught editing an artifact from the Trump administration to remove criticism of the president, according to a bombshell new report in The Washington Post.

“The Archives acknowledged in a statement this week that it made multiple alterations to the photo of the 2017 Women’s March showcased at the museum, blurring signs held by marchers that were critical of Trump. Words on signs that referenced women’s anatomy were also blurred,” the paper explained.

“A placard that proclaims ‘God Hates Trump’ has ‘Trump’ blotted out so that it reads ‘God Hates.’ A sign that reads ‘Trump & GOP — Hands Off Women’ has the word Trump blurred out,” The Post explained.

The word “vagina” was also blurred out.

“There’s no reason for the National Archives to ever digitally alter a historic photograph,” Brinkley explained. “If they don’t want to use a specific image, then don’t use it. But to confuse the public is reprehensible. The head of the Archives has to very quickly fix this damage. A lot of history is messy, and there’s zero reason why the Archives can’t be upfront about a photo from a women’s march.”

Purdue University Professor Wendy Kline also blasted the National Archives for doctoring the photo.

“Doctoring a commemorative photograph buys right into the notion that it’s okay to silence women’s voice and actions,” Kline told the newspaper. “It is literally erasing something that was accurately captured on camera. That’s an attempt to erase a powerful message.”

Clapping in the dark

Filed under: Cartoons, Fascism, Funny Stuff, Memes, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 10:37

South Dakota GOP bill would jail doctors for 10 years if they provide trans health care to minors

Please understand this is not about safety or helping kids, it is about erasing trans people.   Puberty blockers should be started for trans kids just  puberty starts.   They do no harm, they simply stop the effect of the hormones from affecting the  body to make / change gender characteristics.    This is important because that lets a person who is trans keep from looking like the wrong gender.   A trans girl wants and should be allowed to look like a female, not forced to look like a boy in drag.   Same with trans boys, they should be allowed to look like males.  The blockers do not harm as if they are stopped regular puberty begins.   It simply is delayed but the process starts and continues as it would if the blockers were not used.    No one is letting kids get vasectomies and sexual reassignment surgery.  It is a scare tactic just like the misinformation about puberty blockers.  This is all about hurting and stopping people from identifying as trans.  It is another case of legislators wanting to be between the patient and their doctor.   Hugs

https://www.salon.com/2020/01/18/south-dakota-gop-bill-would-jail-doctors-for-10-years-if-they-provide-trans-health-care-to-minors/

South Dakota has proposed 16 anti-trans measures in recent years. Now the GOP wants to imprison doctors

House Bill 1057 would make it a felony to prescribe puberty blockers and hormones to people under 18 years of age and bans surgeries like vasectomy and vaginoplasty.

The bill was introduced by Republican state Rep. Fred Deutsch and has already drawn more than 40 co-sponsors in the Republican-dominated legislature.

This part is just a lie.  The medications are not dangerous and are used all over the world and the US without complications.  Rep. Fred Deutsch is wrong and using debunked scare tactics to outrage people.

“Children need to wait until they’re mature to do it,” he said, arguing that the procedures and medications barred under the bill are “dangerous” because of the psychological and physical effects they have on young people.

 

Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Jack Turban, who researches the mental health of transgender youth, told NBC that it is “unsettling to see state legislators proposing that standard medical care, as outlined by The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and The Endocrine Society, should be a felony.”

The Endocrine Society and World Professional Association of Transgender Health both recommend puberty blockers and hormone treatments for transgender teens, though both organizations also recommend delaying surgeries until 18 years old. The report noted that only a quarter of transgender and gender non-conforming adults have reported undergoing transition-related surgery.

“Transgender kids, like all kids, deserve a chance to experience joy, to learn in a safe environment, to get the health care that they need, and to survive into adulthood,” said the ACLU’s Libby Skarin. “When the government proposes laws that would stigmatize them and undermine their care, they lose those opportunities.”

“The spate of anti-trans bills in South Dakota and elsewhere in recent years reflects an intentional strategy on the part of the anti-LGBTQ right wing,” wrote Gordon-Loebl. “Having lost the fight on gay marriage and recognizing the increasing national acceptance of lesbian gay and bisexual people, groups like [Alliance Defending Freedom] — alongside the Trump administration — have decided to pick off trans people, who are in many ways the most vulnerable and least protected members of the LGBTQ community.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 10:09

Socialism for the rich

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 10:01

Kentucky Republicans push restrictive voting law after landmark Democratic win

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 09:23

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jan/10/kentucky-republicans-voter-fraud

The timing of the bill, which mandates that voters carry an identification card with a photo, is significant: Republicans made it a legislative priority and want it to be in effect for the 2020 general election. This is also the election when Republican senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader and a senior face of the establishment GOP, will run in a nationally-watched re-election fight.

Kentucky already requires voter ID at the polls, but the new policy would take this a step further to require a photo and an expiration date. Minorities, who are less likely to possess an acceptable form of ID, and students, are particularly likely to be affected. The University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, two of the biggest schools in the state, do not currently have expiration dates on their student IDs. This is a tactic that has been used in several other states, often to curb the vote of young and transient populations more likely to vote for Democrats.

“It’s a solution in search of a problem. There’s no issue in Kentucky elections with in-person impersonation,” said Joshua Douglas, a law professor at the University of Kentucky who served on Adams’ transition team. He added that Kentucky already has some of the most restrictive voting laws in the country – a 30-day cutoff for voter registration and no early voting period.

AMERICAN IDIOT‘We Should Make Money Off of Everything’ Trump Told His Top Military Leaders – While Calling Them ‘Losers’ and ‘Babies’

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, Greed, History, News, Political, Questions — Scottie @ 09:11

‘We Should Make Money Off of Everything’ Trump Told His Top Military Leaders – While Calling Them ‘Losers’ and ‘Babies’

“We should charge them rent,” Trump said, speaking about South Korea, upon learning the U.S. has a military base there with a $10 billion missile defense system. “We should make them pay for our soldiers. We should make money off of everything.”

Calling NATO worthless and “in arrears,” Trump blasted his generals.

“We are owed money you haven’t been collecting!” Trump said. “You would totally go bankrupt if you had to run your own business.”

Trump unleashed his anger at his general and the Iran nuclear deal, forged by President Barack Obama.

“They’re cheating. They’re building. We’re getting out of it. I keep telling you, I keep giving you time, and you keep delaying me. I want out of it.”

He moved on to Afghanistan, calling it a “loser war.”

 

“No, that’s just wrong,” the secretary of state said. “Mr. President, you’re totally wrong. None of that is true.”

He wasn’t finished.

“The men and women who put on a uniform don’t do it to become soldiers of fortune,” Tillerson said. “That’s not why they put on a uniform and go out and die . . . They do it to protect our freedom.”

Expert: Georgia election server showed signs of tampering

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, News, Political, Questions, Science — Scottie @ 09:04

Republicans do not want democracy.  They crave power and wealth.   Hugs

https://apnews.com/39dad9d39a7533efe06e0774615a6d05

 A computer security expert says he found that a forensic image of the election server central to a legal battle over the integrity of Georgia elections showed signs that the original server was hacked.

The server was left exposed to the open internet for at least six months, a problem the same expert discovered in August 2016. It was subsequently wiped clean in mid-2017 with no notice, just days after election integrity activists filed a lawsuit seeking an overhaul of what they called the state’s unreliable and negligently run election system.

Logan Lamb, a security expert for the plaintiffs, said in an affidavit filed in Atlanta federal court on Thursday that he found evidence suggesting the server was compromised in December 2014. Lamb said the evidence suggests an attacker exploited a bug that provided full control of the server.

Lamb also said he determined that computer logs — which would have been critical to understanding what might have been altered on or stolen from the server — only go back to Nov. 10, 2016 — two days after Donald Trump was elected U.S. president. Two years later, Brian Kemp won the Georgia governor’s race by a narrow margin over Democrat Stacey Abrams.

Additionally, Lamb found evidence that election-related files were deleted from the server on March 2, 2017, just after a colleague of his alerted KSU officials that the election server remained vulnerable to hackers.

The fact that the access logs were deleted suggests possible foul play, Lamb wrote.

“I can think of no legitimate reason why records from that critical period of time should have been deleted,” he said in his sworn statement.

The plaintiffs have accused state election officials of repeatedly and intentionally destroying evidence that could show unauthorized access to state election infrastructure and the potential manipulation of election results.

More at the link above.  This is serious election fraud and cover up.  Hugs

This was how I finally started to understand white privilege

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Hate, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 07:56

Recently an armed immigrant with a known terrorist group entered the US.   This person was met by people already in the US from this same terrorist group.   They planned to go to a rally in Virginia and open fire.  Glad they were caught and arrested.   So I have to admit tRump’s southern border strategy has caught a terrorist planning an attack on the US right?   The guys must be POC right, most likely MidEastern, right?   NO!  The southern border had nothing to do with this.   tRump is wrong.   The man was white!   He came over the northern border from Canada.   He is a neo-nazi.  The group he belongs to wanted to start a race war.  Are we now going to divert money from the military to build a wall between the US and Canada?   Are we going to build concentration detention camps for the illegals coming over the Canadian border?   The policy on the southern border is about bigotry and racism.   It is the MAGA people saying keep the US a white majority and make it a white ethnostate.   Hugs

Cult 45 will defend the dotard because they have been groomed and beaten into mental submission.

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:14
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BTW, Lev has about 20 recent pictures with Trump.

Cult 45 will defend the dotard because they have been groomed and beaten into mental submission.

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