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The Banality of Democratic Collapse

By Paul Krugman

 

From the article: America’s democratic experiment may well be nearing its end. That’s not hyperbole; it’s obvious to anyone following the political scene. Republicans might take power legitimately; they might win through pervasive voter suppression; G.O.P. legislators might simply refuse to certify Democratic electoral votes and declare Donald Trump or his political heir the winner. However it plays out, the G.O.P. will try to ensure a permanent lock on power and do all it can to suppress dissent.

 

 

Opinion | Republican Cowardice Endangers American Democracy - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

 

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I didn't know whether to put this here, or in the Unacknowledged Thread.

QAnon Crowd Convinced UFOs Are a Diversion From Voter Fraud

“They want you talking about aliens because they don’t want you talking about Maricopa,” Newsmax White House correspondent Emerald Robinson tweeted.

by Will Sommer May. 25, 2021

https://www.thedailybeast.com/qanon-crowd-convinced-ufos-are-a-diversion-from-voter-fraud?ref=home

For “ufologists,” long mocked as tinfoil hat-wearers obsessed with little green men, some measure of vindication may finally be at hand. But for many UFO enthusiasts on the right, this new round of UFO disclosures is nothing to cheer about. Instead, they’re claiming the new videos of possible UFO sightings are meant to distract people from Donald Trump’s baseless voter fraud allegations and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic.

“There’s no doubt that this mainstream UFO disclosure push is offering a convenient distraction for the Deep State to turn our attention away from important issues like the Scamdemic and the election fraud getting exposed,” Jordan Sather, a UFO and QAnon conspiracy theorist, complained on social media network Telegram on May 19.”

All those UFO videos are faked doncha know.

Steve Thomas

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God works in mysterious ways”

 

Police: Kansas Rep. Mark Samsel left student with bruise, kicked him in testicles

By Jonathan Shorman, Katie Bernard, and Sarah Ritter May 25, 2021

https://www.kansascity.com/article251666688.html

 

“Kansas Rep. Mark Samsel said “God works in mysterious ways” when confronted by law enforcement officers over a bruise he allegedly gave a student while he was substitute teaching in April, according to a newly-released court document.

The Wellsville Republican faces three misdemeanor battery charges involving two approximately 16-year-old victims from an April 28 incident at the city’s high school. Numerous videos taken by students that day show Samsel ranting about God, the Bible, masturbation and suicide.

One student told police Samsel kicked him in the crotch.”


These Republican Congressmen don’t mess around. They cut right to the chase.

Steve Thomas

 

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54 minutes ago, Steve Thomas said:

God works in mysterious ways”

 

Police: Kansas Rep. Mark Samsel left student with bruise, kicked him in testicles

 

Perhaps it was too early to open the schools...to teachers.

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As US pulls out of Afghanistan, China sees opportunities -- and potential for chaos

by James Griffiths and Nectar Gan, CNN May 14, 2021

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/14/china/china-afghanistan-central-asia-mic-intl-hnk/index.html

“Speaking at a forum of Central Asian leaders this week, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing supports the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan and stands ready to play a role in promoting future "stability and development."

Days earlier, however, a spokeswoman for China's foreign ministry had criticized the "recent abrupt US announcement of complete withdrawal of forces," saying this had "led to a succession of explosive attacks throughout the country, worsening the security situation and threatening peace and stability as well as people's life and safety."

These contrasting statements are indicative of how Beijing is torn between seizing the potential opportunity presented by the United States finally pulling out of Afghanistan, and the widespread -- and well founded -- fear that the country could plunge once again into civil war and chaos.

China is normally loathe to support any foreign intervention on principle, but unlike the Iraq War, which Beijing vociferously opposed, China's leaders were quietly supportive of the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, signing on to a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning the Taliban for harboring al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, and calling for a new government.

This was in large part due to a recognition that under the Taliban, Afghanistan had become a source of instability on China's border, hosting not only militant groups targeting the West, but also alleged Uyghur extremist organizations seeking an independent Xinjiang, including one that Beijing would blame for numerous terrorist attacks in China during the 1990s and 2000s.”

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39 minutes ago, Ron Bulman said:

54 votes for, 35 against is 89 total.  11 abstained or just didn't show up that day.  How do you win any vote of 100 with 35 votes?  It is time for the filibuster to go.

‘Shame on the Republican Party’: Senate GOP blocks Jan. 6 commission in victory for Trump (msn.com)

'Pretty damn scary': Failure of Jan. 6 commission exposes Senate wounds (msn.com)

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3 hours ago, Ron Bulman said:

54 votes for, 35 against is 89 total.  11 abstained or just didn't show up that day.  How do you win any vote of 100 with 35 votes?  It is time for the filibuster to go.

Ron,

MSNBC anchor, Lawrence O'Donnell said that the Senate is the only place in the world that the score can be 59 to 1 and the team that has 59 loses.

Steve Thomas

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Not again: Maricopa County, Ariz. could be heading toward a second election audit

by Meaghan Ellis, AlterNet May 29, 2021

https://www.rawstory.com/arizona-audit-2653144547/

“According to Arizona Central, the audit could be conducted for a second time. On Friday, May 28, the Republican-led Arizona state Senate came close to signing off on a second deal to conduct another recount. For the second audit, digitized images of ballots would be used as opposed to paper ballots.

Although the Florida-based firm Cyber Ninjas conducted the first audit, this time the county plans to employ the non-profit organization, Citizens Oversight. However, the organization is relatively similar to Cyber Ninjas as it also has no known experience in ballot auditing prior to getting involved in former President Donald Trump's post-election legal battle.”

“During an interview with the publication, Ray Lutz, the group's founder, spoke out with details about the impending second audit as he shared details about his auditing technology, "AuditEngine."

"I think it is certainly a big test for me because I have put a lot of work on it for the last year and a half or so," Lutz said. "We have enhanced it to the point now where I believe we can do a lot to provide information about how well (this election) went."

However, he did later admit that "sometimes we see mistakes that are made, on our side."

"This is a new system that is valuable for the public to have and we can use for examining these elections and finding out what happened," Lutz said. He told the paper he would accept outside donations — but not from political organizations or "crazies."

 

Oh, well that's good to know.

Steve Thomas

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