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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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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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Angry Little Girls Comic Strip for March 29, 2021
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It is reasonable to see that the former administration was twisting in the wind when it came to governing and foreign relations. the twist started with the “border wall”, denying immigrants who are crossing at the proper crossings the ability to apply for asylum and making them stay in Mexico which puts more pressure on Mexico’s resources and with that additional pressure more people in desperation are crossing illegally often to the detriment of the crossers as the Coyotes who facilitate the illegal crossings have no feelings about their chargers since they demand payment upfront. The rhetoric from the Whitehouse was and had been fractured, misleading or just outright lies. The followers of those Neer do wells were enthralled by his attacks on people, laws and the government in general while their own lots were being affected for the worse by these same attacks. We had a similar situation in Europe where our allies were baffled by his actions and words. His lack of knowledge in general was dangerous ,his ego driven actions were in effect crippling for us a nation. The actions with Israel and the Arab emirates leaving the Palestinians and the Iranians out of the discussion has been seen as a first step to a possible middle east struggle which could spread beyond the middle East and leave the door open for Russian and Chinese interference and influence. The responsibly is at once the fault of TOTUS but ultimately the voters. We have become our own nemeses with our enthusiastic support of possibly the worst national leader in our history. At home we have a pandemic allowed by TOTUS because of his ego not his quote: “I didn’t want to start a panic” as a reason while he did nothing when notified of the potential pandemic earlier last year. (it should be noted that He and the first Lady quietly received the vaccine when it became available yet did not use that to promote the vaccine). We as voters allowed that to happen because we were “entertained” by his on line bullying and irreverent rants and actions. TOTUS’ presidency(?) allowed the rise of the extreme elements of our country along with the baser elements of the political parties. The fault if it can be called that is on the shoulders of the voters by being taken in by a consummate con man and abetted by the long serving Congress whose sole objective is their own interests. A similar event occurred in Europe about 75 years ago with the rise of Adolph Hitler during a low period for Germany (who lost the First war and was devastated by it). We (the USA) had no such low period but we thought we did and were persuaded by the base elements of our society that we were worse off. This persuasion allowed the rise of DJT who saw an opportunity to steal more from us while lining his own pockets and mismanaging the government. Behind the curtain of Trump our neer do well Congress was busily altering the courts, voting rights and immigration. The upshot of this was nothing good for us but we (the voters) were told that it was by the administration, Congress, biased media. WE “the Voters” need to inform our selves and be willing to “un elect” legislators who are not acting in our interests. The power of the people is greater than the power of politics only if we become informed voters. Look back at January 6,2021 and consider that it could happen anywhere

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Doonesbury Comic Strip for March 21, 2021
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It is apparent that TOTUS aka Donald J. Trump, “the former guy” has brought out the worst in America. The wide range of errant behavior not openly seen in decades has emerged in force. It bubbled up during President Obama’s administration with the bias exhibited by the Congress obstructing proposed legislation (and weighed in on by Trump, who knew nothing but spoke out anyway). This flagrant disregard of the Presidential office was a racist as you could get without openly stating it. Each member of Congress who supported these efforts is complicit in the economic collapse that Former President Obama had to correct. Why is it that so many Americans follow the same Congressional leaders who use Race as a reason to block health care for millions while embracing the same proposals for themselves. It appears that the GOP in general has embraced tendentiousness as their standard while invoking “the American people” as the reason for their actions. Recently Dr. Rand Paul argued with expert Dr. Fauci over continued masking if people have received the vaccine. It begs to ask would you go to Dr. Paul for treatment?

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