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Noisy In Boise: NPR Airs Badly Disguised Abortion Infomercial from Idaho

Conservatives can not help however scoff at Nationwide Public Radio calling its night newscast All Issues Thought-about. On January 25, they aired a phase on the potential reversal of Roe v. Wade that gave the impression of an abortionist’s business.

They informed the heart-tugging story of a poor couple getting an abortion in Boise, Idaho. It had all of the liberal lingo within the title:  “Abortion restrictions might tighten, when many already wrestle to entry the process“.

Anchor Ari Shapiro warned “for many individuals looking for this process, there are already critical limitations to entry. Reporter Katia Riddle accompanied one Idaho household navigating these obstacles.” It started: 

KATIA RIDDLE: The night time earlier than her abortion is a tough one for Mercy Ventura-Gonzales.

VENTURA-GONZALES: I am terrified. I am scared.

RIDDLE: Additionally, there’s guilt, grief, anger with herself. However one factor the 23-year-old shouldn’t be feeling is doubt. That is the correct selection, she says.

She and her boyfriend Cody Simms have “been collectively since they met in a homeless shelter in Washington 4 years in the past. They spent many nights sleeping on the road.” Then they moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, and had their son Axle, 2.

RIDDLE: They’re working restaurant jobs now, residing week to week in motels. One other little one might tip their precarious steadiness. Ventura-Gonzales says this being pregnant feels far completely different than her first.

VENTURA-GONZALES: I am not connected, you recognize? Is it loopy to really feel like I do know their spirit will come again to somebody that may deal with them? It is not me, and I am sorry you selected my physique.

RIDDLE: Idaho is one among about two dozen states poised to ban abortions if Roe falls. In that situation, Ventura-Gonzales would probably should journey to a clinic in Oregon for this process. That is a further 5 hours of driving. She predicts the implications shall be dire for sufferers like herself.

VENTURA-GONZALES: Abortions will not be going to cease. They are not going to cease. And individuals are going to be doing them illegally and in additional unsafe methods.

No one on NPR can contemplate which is worse: A five-hour drive for the mom, or demise for the infant. There is no query for liberals.

As the girl enters the clinic, there’s one muffled piece of steadiness. A road protester yells from afar “Please change your thoughts.” 4 transient phrases to think about. Ventura-Gonzales mentioned she can be an “grownup about it” and never shout again.

Then got here the abortion promoters: 

RIDDLE: This complete journey — the automotive, the lodge, the fuel, the abortion itself — prices greater than $1,200. It is an excessive amount of for the couple, however they acquired monetary help from a nonprofit known as Northwest Abortion Access Fund.

ARIEL HARD: After we discuss post-Roe, like, I are likely to say we’re already there.

RIDDLE: Ariel Exhausting is a volunteer with the group. They assist individuals prepare journey and pay prices for abortion. She says the two-hour journey that this couple took is brief in comparison with some they assist.

HARD: We frequently have individuals coming from, like, Utah and Montana and people sorts of locations, they usually’re driving. And that is, you recognize, 10 hours, 12 hours.

RIDDLE: These lengthy journey distances might double or triple if Roe is overturned, says Rebecca Gibron. She’s the CEO of Deliberate Parenthood for the Northwest Area.

REBECCA GIBRON: What’s already a difficult course of will develop into nearly insurmountable.

After the infant is lifeless, Riddle put a contented bow on it, concluding: “She climbs into the passenger seat and holds a heat compress to her stomach. Ventura-Gonzales wears a T-shirt that she not too long ago salvaged from a field of free garments on a sidewalk. On the entrance are the phrases, ‘I am robust, I am lovely.'”

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Joni Mitchell Joins Neil Younger In Dumping Spotify As Protest Grows

Joni Mitchell joined Neil Younger in pulling her music off of Spotify in protest of the platform that includes COVID misinformer Joe Rogan.

The legendary singer/songwriter said in a statement, “I’ve determined to take away all my music from Spotify. Irresponsible individuals are spreading lies which are costing individuals their lives. I stand in solidarity with Neil Younger and the worldwide scientific and medical communities on this difficulty.”

The protest was started by Neil Young who pulled his music from Spotify as a result of the service was spreading lies and misinforming individuals about COVID by completely internet hosting Joe Rogan’s podcast.

Young and Mitchell were both inspired by a letter from 270 medical experts decrying the spread of COVID misinformation on Rogan’s podcast to listeners who have an average age of 24.

It might be nice to see extra present top-selling artists make the identical dedication to desert Spotify, however that’s unlikely to occur. The music business was on the point of collapse earlier than streaming. Report firms are thriving, however artists will not be. Musicians make about a half of a cent per stream, which for legends like Young and Mitchell adds up fast, but streaming also makes up 83% of all music sales revenue so the odds that top-selling artists and labels will join Young and Mitchell are slim.

Most significantly, Neil Younger and Joni Mitchell have knowledgeable hundreds of thousands of individuals of the position of Spotify in spreading COVID misinformation.

Their actions have led to customers canceling their accounts:

Firms received’t maintain Spotify accountable, however every consumer can by deleting their account and never coming again till the COVID misinformation is off of the platform.



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American Girl Accused of Outstanding Function in Islamic State

Witnesses mentioned Ms. Fluke-Ekren taught lessons for members of the battalion, and on one event, a younger baby of hers was seen holding a machine gun. Greater than 100 girls and women obtained coaching from her, one witness mentioned.

Ms. Fluke-Ekren had hoped to create a cadre of suicide bombers who might infiltrate enemies’ positions, however the effort by no means materialized, in accordance with the criticism. She additionally instructed a witness about her need to assault a shopping center in the US utilizing a remote-detonated automobile filled with explosives.

Courtroom paperwork mentioned that after the demise of her husband, Ms. Fluke-Ekren married one other Islamic State terrorist, a Bangladeshi man who specialised in drones and labored on a plan to drop chemical bombs utilizing them. He additionally died. She then married an Islamic State army chief who was chargeable for the protection of Raqqa, a witness mentioned.

A witness additionally mentioned that Ms. Fluke-Ekren claimed to have tried to ship a message to her household with the purpose of tricking them into believing she was useless so the U.S. authorities wouldn’t attempt to discover her. Ms. Fluke-Ekren additionally mentioned that she by no means needed to return to the US and needed to die a martyr in Syria, in accordance with the witness.

Federal prosecutors in Virginia have mounted an aggressive effort to prosecute terrorists captured abroad. The circumstances could be extraordinarily troublesome as a result of witnesses and different proof can typically solely be present in struggle zones, in addition to due to geopolitical issues.

Final 12 months, Mohammed Khalifa, a Saudi-born Canadian who traveled to Syria in 2013 and later joined the Islamic State, was brought to the United States and charged with offering materials help to a terrorist group that resulted in demise. Mr. Khalifa supplied the narration and translation for about 15 movies created and distributed by the Islamic State. He later pleaded guilty and faces life in jail.

Two British males, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey, who had been a part of an ISIS cell of 4 Britons known as “the Beatles,” had been brought to the United States in 2020 to face expenses. The group, which was on condition that nickname by its victims due to the accents of its members, kidnapped and abused greater than two dozen hostages, together with the American journalists James Foley and Steven J. Sotloff, each of whom had been beheaded in propaganda movies.

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Miami landlords are elevating rents and evicting weak tenants as omicron surges

Cities throughout Florida, the place low taxes and few pandemic restrictions lured snowbirds and tech entrepreneurs, made up 25% of the highest 20 record of cities with the quickest progress in hire costs. Miami got here in at No. 11 with 28.1% hire progress. The state has few renter protections and provides landlords the power to lift rents with out many limitations, making low-wage renters in Miami particularly weak to eviction and displacement. With no eviction moratoriums, not having the ability to afford the upper hire typically results in being taken to courtroom for eviction, leading to a report for all times and in the end leaving individuals with out a dwelling.

“What we’ve seen in the course of the pandemic is nationally, the demand for rental housing has elevated,” stated Andrew Aurand, the vp of the Nationwide Low Earnings Housing Coalition. “There’s some anecdotal proof of communities that usually are generally known as vacationer locations, individuals who don’t should be at their workplace to work however can work from anyplace have created a larger demand for housing in a few of these communities, and it’s beginning to worth out residents who’ve lived there who’re low-wage residents and very low-income renters who’ve at all times struggled are actually being pushed out of a few of these communities.”

In Little Havana, the place the median household revenue is $27,700, middle-class renters are additionally being priced out of their houses. Desiree Tizon has been dwelling in a brand new condo constructing within the neighborhood paying $2,645 a month. At the beginning of January, she obtained a discover from her landlord that the hire will enhance 39% to $3,692 a month beginning in March when her previous lease expires. Tizon, a social media supervisor for a tech firm, lives together with her boyfriend and says in the event that they don’t discover one thing extra inexpensive, they’ll have to maneuver in together with her household.

“Nobody needs to return to dwelling with their mother and father after they’re of their 30s,” Tizon stated. “It’s both that or taking up extra of my aspect hustle and my aspect jobs and simply ensuring that we will stay comfortably.”

When Rachel obtained the discover about her raised hire, she began organizing together with her tenants and contacted the Miami Employees Middle, a method and organizing heart for low-income communities and low-wage employees. They fashioned a union of tenants and created a listing of three calls for, together with a pause on any rental enhance for at the least six months, adopted by a rental enhance to not more than $1,200 a month, and a one-year lease that guarantees no enhance over the course of the length of the lease.

To lift consciousness about their scenario, the tenants held a group motion in Hialeah close to the 20-unit condo constructing on Jan. 12. Maria and Rachel obtained a 15-day eviction discover from Eco Stone Group the next day. Whereas Florida legislation permits hire hikes to no limits, Alana Greer, a lawyer representing the tenants from the Group Justice Challenge, a corporation that helps the actions for racial justice and human rights in Florida and past, says the eviction is a direct retaliation, making it an unlawful eviction. In line with Greer, solely essentially the most vocal tenants have obtained 15-day notices.

“Individuals are getting indignant that I can converse up and that I’ve a voice,” Rachel stated. “We have to cease being silenced.”

Rachel and Maria, together with a gaggle of tenants, have tried speaking their calls for with their new landlords, to no avail. They haven’t obtained a response. Final week, they even tried visiting their new landlord’s constructing in Brickell, however had been turned away by constructing employees. If Eco Stone continues to refuse to barter, Lizzie Suarez, an organizer with Miami Employees Middle, says they face restricted choices.

“Evictions are extraordinarily traumatic,” stated Suarez. “To be instructed in a matter of days to choose up is extraordinarily traumatic and simply demoralizing and inhumane. So whatever the consequence, I hope that [the tenants] can recuperate and discover a protected place to remain.”

Suarez says nothing has been filed as of but and the tenants are hopeful that the landlords will meet them on the negotiation desk.

“They’ll keep and struggle via eviction courtroom within the hopes that it would give them a while to create exit plans,” Suarez stated. “However, there’s a excessive danger of getting an eviction on their report, which will likely be problematic for them discovering housing elsewhere in Miami.”

Suarez and Miami Employees Middle are at the moment engaged on a marketing campaign referred to as the “Tenant Bill of Rights” as a legislative package deal to incorporate the appropriate to authorized counsel, which supplies tenants the appropriate to equal illustration in eviction courtroom. In line with Suarez, solely 2% of tenants in Miami who undergo eviction have illustration, however 80% of those that do have counsel are allowed to remain due to their authorized counsel. American Progress reports that nationally, 10% of tenants have counsel throughout eviction proceedings.

“There’s an enormous energy imbalance between the owner and the renter in lots of instances,” Aurand stated. “The best to counsel for renters helps you considerably degree the enjoying subject.”

As Rachel and the tenants in Hialeah wait to listen to again from their landlords, they hope individuals are paying consideration to what’s occurring to their group, as a result of it may occur anyplace else.

“It’s an choice to type a union along with your tenants, and you’ve got energy as tenants to struggle again,” Suarez stated. “You don’t should go away silently.”

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Spotify, Substack Stand Up for Free Speech, Joe Rogan

Who knew rocker Neil Younger was into censorship?

The one-time rock and roll man of Buffalo Springfield and  Crosby, Stills, Nash and Younger, – he of such legendary hits as “Rockin’ within the Free World” – was typical of 60’s and 70’s rock and roll sorts, supposedly free and straightforward. He had no drawback with medication, promoting his use in memoirs. Now pretending there’s no drawback with drug use could be determined misinformation.

However out of the blue the opposite day, Younger abruptly activates Spotify, saying this to his managers:

I need you to let Spotify know instantly TODAY that I need all my music off their platform. They’ll have Rogan or Younger. Not each.

He went on to say this on his weblog:

I sincerely hope that different artists and document corporations will transfer off the SPOTIFY platform and cease supporting SPOTIFY’s lethal misinformation about COVID.

Joe Rogan’s sin on his well-liked podcast? To host an look by vaccine scientist Dr. Robert Malone to debate his views of the Biden-Fauci-led push for each American to be vaccinated.

This enraged rocker Younger, thus his tantrum and risk to Spotify, demanding they silence Rogan or he, Younger, would pull his music from Spotify.

To their credit score, Spotify responded by swiftly dumping – Younger. And the irony of an admitted open drug person, which Younger has repeatedly written about, complaining that Rogan is pushing misinformation on the vaccine is a hilarious case of not having any sense of self-awareness.

Then there’s Substack, the subscription publication that’s, as described right here by Fox News, “well-liked amongst impartial journalists and writers.”

The Substack sin additionally revolves round dissenting views on the vaccine, publishing what has been described within the Fox report as “anti-vaccine newsletters.” For that sin of permitting freedom of speech on its platform, Substack, as with Spotify, is underneath assault. Fox reviews the Substack response this manner:

“At Substack, we don’t make moderation choices based mostly on public stress or PR concerns,” Substack Vice President of Communication Lulu Cheng Meservey started a prolonged Twitter thread on Wednesday. “An necessary precept for us is defending free expression, even for stuff we personally dislike or disagree with. We perceive ideas come at a price.”

Meservey tweeted an inventory of the reason why she’s “proud” to “defend free expression, even when it is onerous,” starting with wanting a “thriving ecosystem filled with contemporary and numerous concepts,” which she pressured “can’t occur with out the liberty to experiment, and even to be improper.”

“Folks already distrust establishments, media, and one another. Understanding that dissenting views are being suppressed makes that distrust worse. Withstanding scrutiny makes truths stronger, not weaker,” Meservey wrote. “We made a promise to writers that it is a place they will pursue what they discover significant, with out coddling or controlling. We promised we wouldn’t come between them and their audiences. And we intend to maintain our facet of the settlement for each author that retains theirs.”

The error right here could be to imagine that these episodes with Spotify and Substack are about being or not being vaccinated. In actual fact, the vaccine is however the newest in an ongoing string of episodes that don’t have anything in any way to do with the vaccine – and every part to do with open left-wing threats to free speech.

Lengthy, lengthy earlier than the arrival of COVID, leftists have been on the market making an attempt to silence the late Rush Limbaugh by bullying and threatening his advertisers. Ditto with related assaults on Fox primetime hosts Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson.

As that is written, the conservative Newsmax cable channel informs that cable carriers Atlantic Broadband and Blue Ridge Cable are dropping the conservative community – simply as Newsmax prepares to hold former President Donald Trump’s newest rally.

Elsewhere it’s AT&T-owned Direct TV that has pulled the plug on the conservative One America Information Community.

All of which is in line from this information as headlined in The Washington Times by editor Kelly Sadler in February of final yr:

Congressional Democrats bully cable suppliers to drop Fox, Newsmax, OANN

The Occasions report mentioned:

Democrats, for the previous 4 years, have been completely horrified by President Donald J. Trump’s pending authoritarianism and assault on this nation’s First Modification rights.

The Washington Put up lamented: “Trump retains threatening the liberty of speech.” The Atlantic wrote of “Trump’s warped definition of free speech,” and USA At present opined: “Trump 2020 plan: New threats to press freedom and belief in media pillars of our democracy.”

Now, after successful full management of the legislative department and the White Home, Democrats are wielding their newfound energy to restrict free speech in methods the previous president by no means dreamed.

Two Democratic members of Congress wrote a letter Monday to the chief government officers of the nation’s largest tv suppliers, bullying them into purging Fox Information, Newsmax and One America Information Community from their cable lineups on the idea of them selling “misinformation and conspiracy theories.”

Democratic Reps. Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney need these cable suppliers to use some newfound “ethical or moral ideas … associated to journalistic integrity,” in figuring out what content material they need to permit to be disseminated on their platforms.

So within the wake of the assaults on Spotify and Substack (to not point out all the remainder) the place are all these liberals who have been fast to defend free speech and a free press when Trump’s decidedly imaginary assault on each have been supposedly getting underway?

They’ve all of a sudden gone surprisingly silent. And even joined in with the anti-free speech, anti-free press lynch mob. Right here, within the latter class, is that this latest headline in The Washington Post:

Conspiracy theorists, banned on main social networks, join with audiences on newsletters and podcasts
E-newsletter firm Substack is making hundreds of thousands off anti-vaccine content material, based on estimates

Bought that? When the topic is one The Put up objects to – on this case completely different views on the vaccine – all of a sudden free speech and a free press are harmful threats that should be silenced.

Make no mistake. America is concerned in a battle royal with leftist censors who’re decided to silence any and all views on any and all topics they don’t like.

Which is why Spotify and Substack must be applauded for having the braveness to face up for the core American precept of free speech and a free press.

Or to place it one other approach? To borrow from a well-known rock star, Spotify and Substack are “Rockin’ within the Free World.”

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Choose Locks Up Trump Supporter Who Despatched 75 Loss of life Threats To Democratic Politicians

A Trump supporter who despatched 75 hand-made dying threats to Democratic politicians over 4 years has been jailed by a federal choose.

The Mercury News reported:

Michael Anthony Gallagher, 71, pleaded responsible final August to mailing a threatening postcard to Rep. Maxine Waters, signed “KKK,” however his crimes from 2016 to 2020 went properly past that single offense. The U.S. Division of Justice argued a one-year probation time period and no jail was a ample consequence.

However on the December sentencing listening to, U.S. District Choose Richard Seeborg determined to jail Gallagher for 4 months, in keeping with a minute order of the listening to. Gallagher was ordered to report back to the Bureau of Prisons by the primary week of March to start his sentence.


In a sentencing memo, prosecutors say that over 4 years Gallagher despatched not less than 75 related threats to politicians everywhere in the United States, focusing on those that have been vital of former President Donald Trump. Gallagher wrote wrote an apology letter saying, “I’m painfully sorry and ashamed.”

Judges Aren’t Displaying Leniency To These Radicalized By Trump

From 1/6 insurrectionists to these making dying threats, judges have proven that they aren’t inclined to imagine the sob tales and apologies which can be being supplied by supporters of Donald Trump for his or her violent, threatening, and harmful habits.

All of those folks have been radicalized by the pushing of Trump’s rhetoric by conservative media, particularly Fox Information.

Plenty of folks disagree with politicians, however they don’t make dying threats. One dying risk is a severe crime. Seventy-five dying threats are a sample of harmful habits.

The choose was proper to ship Gallagher to jail, it sends a message that violence and dying threats haven’t any place in a democracy.

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Phyllis Oakley, Feminine Pioneer on the State Division, Dies at 87

Phyllis Oakley, whose 25-year diplomatic profession within the State Division virtually didn’t occur due to an unwritten rule that forbade feminine international service officers from marrying, died on Jan. 22 at a hospital in Washington. She was 87.

Her son, Thomas Oakley, confirmed the dying. He stated that she had been in good well being however “her coronary heart simply stopped.”

Within the late Eighties, because the Chilly Conflict waned, the straight-talking, forthright Ms. Oakley, whose boisterous snicker typically signaled her presence, was a lot within the public eye as deputy spokesman (the time period then in use) for the State Division beneath President Ronald Reagan. She later grew to become assistant secretary for refugees and assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis beneath President Invoice Clinton.

She had begun her profession in 1957. However when she married in 1958, State Division customized dictated that she stop.

Within the late Nineteen Sixties and early ’70s, as girls began breaking down limitations in different professions, the handful of feminine officers within the international service challenged this and other antiquated notions that discriminated towards them. The division gave manner on the unofficial marriage ban in 1974, permitting girls to marry and providing to reinstate those that had been pressured out earlier.

By then, few of those that had left wished to return. However Ms. Oakley did. She had spent the intervening 16 years because the spouse of a international service officer, Robert B. Oakley, finishing up the myriad social, diplomatic and managerial duties that the division anticipated of wives beneath its “two for the worth of 1” motto. She additionally raised their two kids.

As soon as she was reinstated, she and her husband grew to become one of many international service’s earliest so-called tandem {couples}, tenting and decamping all around the world — typically with one another, typically with out.

Phyllis Elsa Elliott was born on Nov. 23, 1934, in Omaha. Her mom, Elsa (Kerkow) Elliott, taught highschool math and chemistry. Her father, Thomas M. Elliott, was a salesman for the Rawlings Sporting Items Firm; his promotions took the household to Columbus, Ohio, and to St. Louis.

Phyllis was at all times involved in public affairs; she obtained materials from the State Division about job alternatives when she was 12. Throughout World Conflict II, she adopted the battles carefully, enthralled with historical past and geography.

At Northwestern College, she majored in political science and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1956. She obtained her grasp’s diploma from the Fletcher College of Regulation and Diplomacy at Tufts College in 1957 after which joined the international service.

She was finishing her French language coaching and ready for her first abroad project when she met Bob Oakley, one other younger officer in coaching. They determined to marry, realizing full nicely that her profession can be over earlier than it started.

“We accepted that discrimination with out batting an eyelash,” she said in a 2000 oral history for the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training.

Mr. Oakley was despatched to Sudan in Could 1958. The younger couple have been married in a registrar’s workplace in Cairo in June, then started their lives collectively in Khartoum.

His subsequent posting was the Ivory Coast. Then he was despatched to Vietnam, the place households weren’t allowed to comply with. Ms. Oakley and the kids spent that point in Shreveport, La., the place her husband’s household lived, and she or he taught American historical past at Centenary Faculty. She later attributed her need to rejoin the international service partly to the enjoyment she had present in instructing.

“It was good to find I nonetheless had a mind that I may use,” she stated within the oral historical past.

After Mr. Oakley left Vietnam in 1967, the household reunited and moved to Paris; then New York, the place he labored on the United Nations; then Beirut, the place they lived till 1974.

That was the 12 months the State Division dropped its ban on married girls, and Ms. Oakley was reinstated, in Washington. Her specialties included Arab-Israeli relations and the Panama Canal Treaty.

When her husband obtained his first appointment as ambassador, to Zaire in 1979, Ms. Oakley went with him, however as an worker of the US Data Company and never beneath his direct purview. It marked the primary time a spouse had labored in her husband’s mission.

He subsequent went to Somalia in 1982. As an alternative of becoming a member of him there, Ms. Oakley returned to Washington and rose to a midlevel job on the Afghan desk. Secretary of State George P. Shultz noticed her speaking about Afghanistan on “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” one night time and was so impressed that when a gap arose, he named her the division’s deputy spokesperson. She was the primary lady within the job and have become a extensively recognizable determine delivering televised briefings.

She held the job from 1986 till 1989, when her husband was appointed ambassador to Pakistan. They didn’t need to be separated once more, so she took a job in Islamabad at the US Company for Worldwide Improvement, which ruffled some feathers.

“I feel everybody acknowledged that I would know extra about Afghan politics than anybody else within the mission,” she stated within the oral historical past, “however there was the sensation that because the ambassador’s spouse, I used to be being foisted on them.”

After she retired from the State Division in 1999, she taught on the Johns Hopkins College of Superior Worldwide Research, at Mount Holyoke Faculty and at Northwestern.

Along with her son, Ms. Oakley is survived by her daughter, Mary Kress, and 5 grandchildren. Her husband died in 2014.

On the finish of her oral historical past, Ms. Oakley thought of what may need occurred if she had not been sidelined within the Nineteen Fifties, or if she hadn’t married.

“I feel I might have had an excellent profession,” she stated, “however I don’t suppose it might have been as wealthy and rewarding.”

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State lawmaker proposes invoice that may let Arizona legislature nullify presidential elections

The bill, launched by state Rep. John Fillmore (R), would considerably change the way in which Arizonans vote by eliminating most early and absentee voting and requiring individuals to vote of their dwelling precincts, relatively than at vote facilities arrange across the state.

Most dramatically, Fillmore’s invoice would require the legislature to carry a particular session after an election to assessment election processes and outcomes, and to “settle for or reject the election outcomes.”

Uh …

So Republicans don’t have already got sufficient of a bonus with an Electoral College, U.S. Senate, and gerrymandered network of state legislatures all favoring them? Now they want the ability to nullify elections they don’t like, too?

It’s attention-grabbing that this comes from Arizona, the state that approved a pretend, pro-Trump audit that however confirmed Joe Biden’s victory. (Lifeless-enders who nonetheless dream of a thousand-year Galactic Trumpian Empire have cited the Cyber Ninjas’ post-fraudit “questions” surrounding the election as causes to maintain up the 2020 combat, however these had been dismissed with remarkable ease by Maricopa County’s crew of skilled election officers.)

For his half, Fillmore isn’t shopping for into all this “Biden received” tomfoolery. He noticed these boat parades and superspreader rallies together with his personal eyes, and that trumps a full hand recount of ballots any day. “I don’t care what the press says. I don’t belief ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox or anyone on the market. All people’s mendacity to me and I really feel like I’ve a pair hundred ex-wives hanging round me,” Fillmore mentioned at a committee listening to on Wednesday. “We should always have voting for my part in particular person, at some point, on paper, with no digital means and hand counting that day. We have to get again to 1958-style voting.”

Hmm, judging by his “ex-wives” crack, I’ve a sense the voting system isn’t the one factor he’d like returned to 1958.

So … at some point to vote? Does that imply he’ll assist an Election Day vacation and a large increase within the variety of polling locations so individuals of colour don’t have to attend in line for 4 hours to train their sacred constitutional rights? Erm. For some cause I doubt that.

In fact, Arizona has already done a number on voting rights, and the Supreme Court docket seems poised to back them up at every turn. So what’s yet another nail in our democracy’s coffin, huh? 

And whereas Fillmore’s invoice is unlikely to go, it’s nonetheless alarming how openly the GOP is making an attempt to rewrite the principles to a sport they’d be shedding much more often if these guidelines had been honest.

Fillmore’s laws is unlikely to achieve a lot traction, however it’s a signal that some Republicans have embraced the concept legislators ought to have veto energy over the desire of the voters if they don’t just like the outcomes.

Earlier than Trump got here alongside, such initiatives could be rightly seen as hair-on-fire emergencies for Western liberal democracy. Now? Simply one other Wednesday.

We’re in a fraught second, of us. I hope we’re all awake and able to push again at these fatuous fascists each time they do that nonsense. If not, prepare for McRib sandwiches to be completely labeled as a vegetable by the USDA. As a result of that’s what freedom tastes like within the Trump Reich.


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MSNBC Common on Biden SCOTUS Choose: ‘I am For Everyone Black’

You knew MSNBC’s Cross Connection host Tiffany Cross would have MSNBC common, Nation correspondent, and bombastic provocateur Elie Mystal on Saturday to debate the open Supreme Court docket seat and positive sufficient, Mystal delivered, insisting that, whomever President Biden selects shall be “immensely” and “immaculately certified,” Republicans do not consider in putting non-white, non-men on the bench, and he’d help the decide it doesn’t matter what.



Mystal first demanded that Republicans clarify why, in the event that they’re searching for well-qualified candidates, they by no means thought-about the folks reportedly on Biden’s record, akin to Sherrilyn Ifill or Ketanji Brown Jackson?

Since Mystal was apparently being critical, we’ll clarify this as merely as attainable: As a result of they’re liberals and their judicial strategy could be opposite to the constitutionalist, original-intent philosophy that Republicans favor. Would Biden take into account — or Mystal help — a black girl who was a judicial conservative? In fact not!

As CNN’s Scott Jennings famous on Friday evening, it is price trying up how Biden felt about Janice Rogers Brown.

Mystal subsequent claimed that in relation to judicial nominees, Republicans “is not going to give non-white, non-males a shot after they have their time in energy.”

Once more, Clarence Thomas anybody? And once more, there have been decrease court docket nominees akin to Brown and Miguel Estrada that Mystal’s group labored tooth and nail to dam.

Mystal stated he would not categorical a choice for a nominee of any explicit background. As an alternative, he stated that he is for “everyone black.” Think about somebody saying they’re for “everyone white!”

Final time we appeared, one-third of Trump’s SCOTUS nominees have been “non-male,” though that hasn’t stopped Cross from repeatedly slurring Justice Amy Coney Barrett as “an precise Handmaid.”  And at the same time as per the statistics that the present displayed, about 15 % of Trump’s judicial appointments have been non-white. 

Lastly, Mystal declared (and Cross agreed) that whomever Biden nominates “shall be attacked in probably the most scurrilous, trifling, methods.”

Elie, you should be complicated the Republicans with the Democrats. They’re those who attacked Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh in scurrilous methods. 

On Tiffany Cross’s MSNBC present, MSNBC common Elie Mystal’s absurd and outrageous feedback about Biden’s potential SCOTUS nominee have been sponsored partly by Audi, Subway, and Verizon.

Here is the transcript.

MSNBC’s The Cross Connection
10:05 am ET

TIFFANY CROSS: Elie, you wrote an awesome piece in The Nation, and also you highlighted the truth that Joe Biden actually does have a humiliation of riches in relation to a nominee on the Supreme Court docket comprised of Black girls. Interested by your ideas on this course of, and what you suppose the administration ought to prioritize?

ELIE MYSTAL: Yeah, look, the person who they decide shall be immensely certified. Immaculately certified. And actually what Republicans must reply for me is, why haven’t these folks been on their lists, proper? In the event that they’re so — they’re so all in favour of discovering the absolute best individual no matter race, coloration, or creed, no matter gender, then inform me why did not you guys vet Sherrilyn Iffil, who has the identical {qualifications} as Thurgood Marshall as soon as did when he grew to become the primary black man on the Supreme Court docket? 

Why did not you vet Ketanji Brown Jackson? She was on the quick record for the Merrick Garland appointment. She’s a Harvard-educated lawyer who’s been the pinnacle of the U.S. Sentencing Fee. Aren’t you you wish to be powerful on crime typically? 

Nah, nah. See, as a result of these folks is not going to give non-white, non-males a shot after they have their time in energy, proper?

That is why President Trump nominated 85 of the 226 judges he nominated — he appointed — 85 % have been white. 75 % have been male. It’s the different facet that cares about race, coloration, and creed when making their judicial appointments. Not — not the Democrats proper. So, for Biden, to emphasise a traditionally missed group, I do not see what the issue is as a result of, on the finish of the day, he’s going to search out anyone with {qualifications} which can be immaculate. You would not have a greater resume than a Brown Jackson or a — or a Michelle Childs or a Sherrilyn Ifill. And so, I believe he’ll — he’ll — he’ll decide an awesome one.

I am very a lot on the — by way of, like, who ought to he — I am very a lot on the “I’ve room for everyone black.” Like, I do not — I’m not choosing via my favorites. I am not selecting between my kids — any — as a result of right here’s the factor. And that is necessary. As a result of whoever he picks, we all know that they are going to be attacked in probably the most scurrilous, trifling

CROSS: Yeah.

MYSTAL: — methods, proper? And I’m sick, I’m sick and uninterested in folks being like oh, I do not like that girl however not -– I might vote for a lady however not that girl. I don’t need to hear something about that. I don’t need to hear like, oh, he nominated Leondra Kruger. But when — I don’t help her. But when he had nominated Oprah, I might have been proper there. No! No.

CROSS: Proper.

MYSTAL: Whoever he nominates, I’m going to, you already know, lay down on the tracks to defend. And I hope that lots of people will be a part of me in that. In order that’s why I actually don’t need to get into, like, which {qualifications} matter extra? Simply, whoever he picks, I’m there.

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James Carville Says Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s Not Going To Win A Democratic Major

Democratic strategist James Carville mentioned that he would personally volunteer to assist Rep. Reuben Gallego beat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and that she is going to by no means win a Democratic major.

Carville mentioned to Vox when requested what Sen. Sinema is pondering, “I can’t clarify it, and nobody else can. The one rationalization individuals have given is that she desires to be the subsequent John McCain. However she’s not going to win a major in opposition to Rep. Ruben Gallego, I’ll inform you that rattling a lot. And I’ll personally volunteer to assist him fundraise as a result of I feel we will maintain that seat if he runs.”

Sinema’s conduct has united the Democratic Social gathering to such a level that each James Carville and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are able to step in and work to beat her in a 2024 Arizona Democratic major.

The suspicion has been that Sen. Sinema will declare herself an Impartial and attempt to maintain on to her seat that means. She might lose the first to Rep. Gallego then run as an Impartial in a three-way race for the Senate seat.

James Carville is thought for his huge and entertaining statements, however on this case, his evaluation seems to be on the spot.

If Democrats major Sen. Sinema, it’s troublesome to see how she wins in opposition to a popular and well-known challenger like Rep. Gallego. Sinema doesn’t speak to her constituents and seems to have little interest in listening to them, so if she desires to maintain her seat, it could be clever to begin listening to her constituents as a result of the social gathering is unified in beating her in a major.