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“Late Term Abortion”

The Washington Post points out there is no precise medical or legal definition of “late-term,” and “many doctors and scientists avoid that language, calling it imprecise and misleading.”

The Daily Beast also notes that only 1.3 percent of abortions are performed after 21 weeks of gestation, and the idea that a woman can get an abortion moments before giving birth is “not how medical care works.”

The use of “dog whistles” aka “coded” labels has been common for many years but until recently has been out of the mainstream of conversation. The current administration aided by a neer do well Congress has brought these “coded” statements and words to common use. Along with this common usage the administration has trashed agreements put in place to prevent war and improve trade. Tariffs (taxes) put in place to offset the “tax” policy that was supposed to benefit everyday Americans and threats to bad actors who were in a state of containment with the approval of our now alienated allies. The administration has in a few years undermined our economy, foreign affairs and put us on an isolation footing all because of “dog whistles”.

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“Men are most apt to believe that they least understand

Michel de Montaigne

The last 4 years of the Trump administration has shown how gullible some of us are, the GOP has embraced the lie line in pursuit of “their” agenda to the detriment of their constituents and the Country. The GOP has made commitment to the “big lie” regarding the election and making talking points about what they have done and attempted to do but ascribing those talking points to the Dems. The prime example that has been offered without foundation is “packing the courts”, which Mitch McConnell did during the Trump Presidency. Now Senator Grassley is asking for additional vetting of John Kerry when he made no such demands on the unqualified members of TOTUS’s cabinet and inner circle. No Matter your political preference, it is important to understand the basis of all political actions by either party. Remember that the average pay for members of Congress is $174000.00 annually plus additional money for committee assignments and office perks for supplies and staffing, this rounds out to about 42 million dollars paid out over 20 years in office (notice I did not say service!). Upon retirement the average annual payout is 75 to 80 thousand dollars. A real parallel to our current political landscape can be found in the Star Wars saga from the series beginning to the last issue of the franchise. You do not have to be a fan but the progression is remarkable similar. If we as voters are not paying attention we will have another soul sucking government under the NEO GOP led by dictator like elected officials whose sole aim is their well being and taking us back to pre civil war government or worse Putinesque style government.

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These past four years and counting have given us ( the voters) an opportunity to see what real government is about. For years many of us have been spoon fed the idea that Government is the enemy yet we have elected the same representatives time after time by party, ideals or espoused ideas while ignoring the character of the candidates. It is unfortunate that the GOP aka Dupublicans) in one form or another has been the party of NO, small government and regression. This is not to say the The DEM’s (aka Scamocrats) are better or worse but it seems more voter friendly. These two parties have been a desperate struggle for the support of the people but primarily through fear and semi to full on lies. The leaders have spent years peeing on our shoes and telling us it’s just raining! We again have a President whose aim is to take care of the voters (at last) while the antis of all sorts are trashing what’s being done by screaming about the cost to future generations, If these actions are not taken now no matter the expense, there will be no future generations to speak of. TOTUS left us in poor shape and the Congress under the GOP allowed it, the GOP is the party that has spent millions for recounts on an election decided by the people ( ESSENTIALLY ATTEMPTING TO NEGATE OUR VOTES!). Now the same party in many states are redrafting voting laws to depress the vote in future elections, all of this smacks of theft by the people we voted in to help us, not themselves. As voters we have the duty and right to look carefully at who we have elected and their actions regarding our well being, if we cannot positively state that those electeds are working for us then we need to change the deal by voting them out. WE need to remember that what happens to one of us, affects us all no matter how little or how much. Quickly about immigration: TOTUS stopped sending aid to our Southern partners which assisted them in curtailing crime and boosting their economies. Once this funding stopped then the baser elements of those countries emerged, increasing the migration flow and allowed the creation of arcane immigration rules that essentially created the “border Crisis”. Where we are now is we have a President who understands what is needed and is bucking a headwind of neer do well Congressional members who have convinced some of us that big government is bad and poor state government is good. States are limited in what they can accomplish, the Federal government is not hence the many executive orders and big spending bills that should have been done years ago. If it is not clear now, it will be as the GOP continues on its backwards trek into reconstruction while attempting to stop NEO Reconstruction. There is no upside to the GOP’s opposition to the Biden plan for Americans and they know it yet they espouse the idea that this spending on much needed infrastructure which will produce jobs is wrong. It might be well to look at China and Europe’s transportation systems of high speed rail which could have been accomplished here if our Neer do wells in Congress had backed it. The issue with elected officials is that they are swayed by a generous flow of money from Lobbyists and large dollar donors but their actions do not benefit the voters that they owe allegiance to.

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The GOP has made a big push to restrict voting in numerous states after the national hew and cry of “voter fraud” by the former guy (who as we know as a consummate liar. The GOP (aka) “Dupublicans” has convinced themselves and their followers that the election was stolen even after 50 plus court challenges and 3 or more recounts that proved them wrong. The 15th amendment of the United States Constitution is quite clear about voting rights and is bolstered by the 1965 voting rights law. The GOP is making perhaps a fatal (to them) attempt to return to “Jim Crow” style voting laws. The GOP is floundering and looking for a way to right their ship after being scuttled by TOTUS and their own hubris. What has been revealed is that the party of Lincoln is no more and has been replaced by the party of “James Crow”. Fortunately the American pubic is not fooled by these court jesters who were elected based on the lies of a miscreant former President whose own lot is playing out in several civilian courts. This is not to discount the failures of the DEM’s aka “Scamocrats” who have in as many ways abrogated their duties to the Country as well. As a country that has been a stable force in the known world for decades we have sadly allowed our miscreant political parties to be pawns by sectarian forces that mirror the early settlers who in the name of religious “right” caused great harm to Native peoples, avowed slavery (because they wanted to or just wanted to profit off the backs of kidnapped people). While the founding Fathers certainly had good intentions in creating a new country yet they did not think in the universal terms of the heady mix of people who populated this new country. We have witnessed in the last 4 years the underlying effect of poor to no governance (of substance) over many years. The “former guy” exploited the anger of America while lining the pockets of the wealthy and lying about “everything”. All of this was aided and abetted by the miscreant Congressional members whose sole purpose (it appears) is to cater to big money donors and their own bank accounts. These politicians have in many cases lulled their constituents into a sense of them against us when in reality it is actually us against us. It is time (or long past) for the voters of America to understand that we have elected Politicians (notice that the the 2 middle letters spell “LI”- “lie”) who have shown us to be beholding to the almighty dollar rather than the almighty voter!

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Mike Thompson cartoon on policing race in America
Mike Thompson Cartoon on policing Race in America. USA Today Network
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9 to 5 Comic Strip for April 17, 2021

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Josh Dawsey  5 hrs ago

Apparently the GOP has unleashed the evil upon themselves when they backed TOTUS in all of his misdeeds, “the chickens as they say have come home to roost”. TOTUS will spill the beans on their misdeeds to elevate himself while the GOP supporters will miss the real substance of the situation. MA


Former president Donald Trump called Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a “dumb son of a bitch” as he used a Saturday night speech to Republicans to blame him for not helping overturn the 2020 election and reiterated false assertions that he won the November contest.

Trump, speaking to a Republican National Committee gathering at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., excoriated a number of Republicans even as he publicly called for party unity — focusing on those who voted to convict him in impeachment proceedings. But he saved his sharpest vitriol for the Kentucky Republican.

“If that were Schumer instead of this dumb son of a bitch Mitch McConnell they would never allow it to happen. They would have fought it,” he said of election certifying on Jan. 6, the day his supporters led an insurrection on the Capitol to block Joe Biden’s formal victory.

Trump spent much of the speech, with many senators in the room, lashing into his former ally in personal terms, often to cheers from the party’s top donors. He falsely claimed that he won the Senate election for McConnell in Kentucky and attacked his wife, Elaine Chao, who served as Trump’s transportation secretary.

“I hired his wife. Did he ever say thank you?” Trump said. He then mocked Chao for resigning in response to the Jan. 6 events and Trump’s behavior that day.

“She suffered so greatly,” he said, his voice dripping with sarcasm. He later called McConnell a “stone cold loser.” A spokesman for McConnell could not immediately be reached.

The speech was light on his actual presidency, which some aides had wanted him to address, and delivered more of a familiar litany of grievances that seemed to animate the crowd. Many of his claims were false or misleading.

He did not directly address his 2024 plans — other than to express confidence about the Republican nominee winning — an attendee said, preferring instead to look back at the last election.

He reiterated many of his false claims soon after beginning his remarks and dove into particular states in detail, such as Georgia and Pennsylvania, continuing to claim he won them and attacking politicians such as Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R). He spoke for about an hour, according to an attendee, and bragged that he had tossed his prepared and “boring” speech, the attendee said. “Bullshit,” he said about the election, before polling the room of Republican donors on whether they believed he won.

He falsely said that most Democrats also believe he won but just won’t say so out loud, an attendee said.

Trump said the crowd at his rally preceding the Capitol attack was so large — falsely claiming that “some people say it was over a million people” — because supporters were upset about fraud and said he was “disappointed” in Vice President Mike Pence for certifying the election later that day. He expressed no regret about his actions on that day, nor about those of the Capitol rioters.

“I wish that Mike Pence had the courage to send it back to the legislatures … I like him so much. I was so disappointed,” Trump said.

The Republican Party paid more than $100,000 to the former president’s club to hold the event there, with the rest of the festivities at the nearby Four Seasons resort. McConnell was not there, and he has not spoken to Trump in months, telling advisers he never plans to speak to him again.

Trump attacked many of his favorite targets, such as Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s leading epidemiologist, even mocking Fauci for his first pitch last season at Nationals Park — a frequent Trump taunt. He falsely claimed that Fauci only received credit because he opposed Trump, an attendee said, and joked that Fauci wanted people to wear five masks after not initially supporting masks.

“Have you ever seen anybody that is so full of crap?” he said of Fauci.

The former president said, without saying who, that someone recently suggested to him that the vaccine should be called the “Trumpcine.” He bragged about his handling of the pandemic, dismissing the widespread criticism of his approach and not mentioning the more than 500,000 who have died of covid-19.

He praised Republicans who have ignored public health concerns about opening and reopening their states, such as South Dakota Gov. Kristi L. Noem and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Reprising an attack from the day he launched his campaign in 2015, he called immigrants “murderers, rapists and drug dealers.”

“They’re coming in from the Middle East. They’re not sending their best people. You have murderers, you have rapists, you have drug dealers,” Trump said.

He again said he was impeached “over a perfect phone call” and said he was jealous of Democrats for sticking together to vote against him. He said Republicans needed to be just as unified.

“We can’t have these guys that like publicity,” he said.

Pearls Before Swine Comic Strip for April 11, 2021





 

 

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It is wondrous to see you being so pro-voter when you have not stood up against a miscreant President whose actions were un Constitutional and against the people of the United States. While DJT was busily screwing the people and the works of the government you were busily subverting the justice system in pursuit of your own agenda. Now you are speaking up again against the voters because a few large companies are speaking out against the voting restrictions which effectively cut off the path to voting for mostly poor and people of color because they came out in large numbers against your party. This is still America even though the GOP wants it to be “Jim Crow” America. If you were the patriot you purport to be then your voice should be against these unfair voting laws. It is shameful how you have spent your time feathering your own nest while many Americans of all colors and ethnicities pay the price for your parties greed. I believe you deserve this award for your continued self serving actions.

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It is unfortunate that many Americans have for many years fail to see the hypocrisy of our elected officials. It is easy to read and hear about rights that affect “others” when it’s thought that it does not “Directly” affect them. Unfortunately those hypocrisies DO affect them now and later. It is worth an effort to pay attention to these activities as they could be the next recipient of those actions directly or indirectly. Recent election laws in several “red” states harkens back to the pre civil war years and the Jim Crow era. It is the power of the vote that drives the government not the arcane laws reimagined in this era of miscreant legislators from the state to federal levels of government. Looking at the GOP as it stands now, there are rifts that threaten to divide the party in a way that will cripple the pragmatic and reasonable sector of the party (this is also true for the Dems). The power of government is in the hands of the voters if we will use it in an informed manner. The rhetoric from the media talking heads is designed to get eyes and ears on their networks. Their messages are no more than sensationalism at its worst stage. Sensationalism is not fact and facts will always remain the same while lies, innuendo and speculation change by the second. For years politicians and media darlings have used “alternate facts” to persuade listeners and viewer to accept and follow their messages. If we truly want to have good government we need to spend less time on platforms that promote misinformation and more time on platforms that just present information without “spin”. At this moment we have an opportunity to come back to reality if we eschew the loud and angry and accept the calm and collected.

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Darragh Roche  


Charles Barkley has blamed politicians for dividing Americans and criticized both Republicans and Democrats exacerbating problems between white and Black people in the U.S.

The former NBA star, who is now a sports analyst with TNT, made the remarks on Saturday before a Final Four game between Baylor and Houston. He appears to have been responding to footage of Robert F. Kennedy announcing the news of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968.

Kennedy, who was also assassinated later that year, spoke movingly about King’s death in famous remarks delivered in Indianapolis, which is the location of the 2021 Final Four.

“Man, I think most white people and Black people are great people,” Barkley said.

“I really believe that in my heart, but I think our system is set up where our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, are designed to make us not like each other so they can keep their grasp of money and power.”

“They divide and conquer,” he said.

“I truly believe in my heart most white people and Black people are awesome people, but we’re so stupid following our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, and their only job is, ‘Hey, let’s make these people not like each other. We don’t live in their neighborhoods, we all got money, let’s make the whites and Blacks not like each other, let’s make rich people and poor people not like each other, let’s scramble the middle class,'” Barkley went on.

“I truly believe that in my heart,” he concluded.

Charles Barkley dropping truth 💣💣💣 bombs.

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— Independent Women’s Voice (@IWV) April 4, 2021

Barkley’s comments come amid renewed controversy surrounding race and sports. Major League Baseball (MLBis facing calls for a boycott after it pulled the All-Star Game out of Georgia in response to the state’s new election law, which critics charge in a voter suppression method akin to racist Jim Crow laws of the past.

Former President Donald Trump has led demands for boycotting MLB, issuing a statement through his Save America PAC on Friday saying MLB “are afraid of the Radical Left Democrats who do not want voter I.D., which is desperately needed, to have anything to do with our elections.”

Barkley has weighed in on controversial issues in the past. He publicly rejected the movement to defund the police in comments in September, asking: “Who are Black people supposed to call? Ghostbusters?”

He also defended the hiring of the Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash amid accusations that Nash had benefited from white privilege.

“Steve Nash is a great player and a good dude. But I was so disappointed in some of these guys. I was like, ‘Dude, Black guys have done this before.’ Now, do we need more Black coaches in the NBA? Yes. Do we need more Black coaches in college football? Yes. Do we need more Black coaches in pro football? Yes. But this wasn’t the right time to say that today. Good luck to Steve Nash,” Barkley said.

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It is a extraordinary feat to run for the Presidency and win yet this recent event was still playing out as the inauguration of the winner is approaching. The last 4 years of TOTUS’ “reign” has gone from the ridiculous to the sublime and was still grabbing headlines accusing everyone else of the fraud and miscreant behavior the administration had lived by. It is further extraordinary that so many sitting Congressional members are supporting with vigor the false and unsubstantiated claims of fraud in that election. The States in question have done their due diligence in their recounts and certifications yet the administration continued to push the fraud angle to the point of a phone call explicitly asking to overturn the legally processed recounts. Now after the TOTUS inspired and GOP backed insurrection, certain states who are GOP led are still attempting (as quietly as they can muster) to revert to “reconstruction era” voting laws and restrictions. the latest GOP slap to the voters face was fighting against the Biden budget which they say is too much spending but did thought the 2 trillion tax reform was ok since their big money backers as well as many of them benefitted from it. On the heels of this is the several states who have decided to lift restrictions on making and social distancing against medical advice for the sake of votes which on the face of it could mean fewer as the pandemic death toll could rise as a result of this abandonment of common sense actions. It should be noted that people of color and lower income citizens are most affected by this pandemic and the draconian laws regarding voting. Recently several GOP members of Congress arrived at the border to “inspect” the facilities and activities with immigration which they did not do while TOTUS was in office. Their utterances now attempt to hang the immigration “albatross” around the neck of the current administration but never said a word about these conditions when “TOTUS” was in the White House. If nothing else we “The Voters” should be painfully aware of the hypocrisy of our elected officials whose apparent goal is related to their own personal political and financial needs. As far as the people of the United States there should be no Them, They or Those People since WE all have been there but it seems that the harm done to Americans of color has been largely forgotten.

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