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Posted in: Trump pardons former top strategist Bannon See in context

Wonder if Bannon paid any money for the pardon. Bannon pulled $1M from the $25m scammed from Trump followers.

How many people close to Trump needed pardons for the things they did in connection with Trump?

I lost count.

A criminal enterprise through and through.

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Posted in: McConnell says Trump provoked Capitol siege; mob 'fed lies' See in context

Maybe it hasn't? McConnell did his darnedest to make sure the Supreme Court has a hard right majority. The states are going to do a lot of things to limit access to the polls for minorities and the poor. Statehouses in many states are further to the right than anyone in Congress and they have their knives out looking for ways to keep the poor and blacks from voting.

All great points.

I feel emboldened by the Georgia results and the ever diminishing GoP base/demographic.

People may start seeing results that have a positive effect on their lives, which should be the thing that conservatives and liberals should be able to agree on.

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Posted in: In farewell address, Trump urges prayers for next administration without mentioning Biden See in context

No one knows how Trump’s presidency would’ve turned out had he not had to deal with the daily harassment and sabotage by the democratic media complex

Wow, he had control of the legislature until just recently, and they went along with him in nearly all cases. One time that they didn't was McCain's vote not to kill Obamacare. How could he have been held back?

Trump's legacy, unbounded lies, support of racists and conspiracies, oh, and whining going in and going out.

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Posted in: McConnell says Trump provoked Capitol siege; mob 'fed lies' See in context

Do you really expect anyone to take anything you say seriously after the last four years of your complicity in Trump's destruction of our democracy?

McConnell has used policy and political power unfairly for longer than just the last four years. Glad to see him relegated to the minority party and the need to play defense.

He sees the writing on the wall now. Voter suppression has failed because of activists like Stacey Abrams. The GoP has to rebrand itself now or suffer the fate of the Wig party, Christian coalition, tea party... They need to distance themselves from the right wing extremists, racists, and the conspiracy caucus.

Meanwhile, you have GoP party members like Haley and Cruz doubling down.

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Posted in: In farewell address, Trump urges prayers for next administration without mentioning Biden See in context

No, only China will be better off. And I guess we can now expect more wars.

The incoming Sec. of State is saying recent U.S. moves against China were needed.

The Iraq war was a GoP led war based on falsified intelligence.

The U.S. always has dozens of military actions ongoing, and this will not stop. Major engagements will likely continue to decline though.

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Posted in: Biden arrives for inauguration with big plans, big problems See in context

Man, if ever a picture said it all. Look at those eyes. The eyes never lie.

Awfully vague statement about a vague picture. His eyes reminded me of Clint Eastwood.

The cabinet appointments are all stellar. Administration is looking more promising by the day.

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Posted in: In farewell address, Trump urges prayers for next administration without mentioning Biden See in context

Political violence is an attack on everything we cherish as Americans. It can never be tolerated,

Hollow words coming from Trump.

The U.S. and the world will be much better with him out of the WH.

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Posted in: Biden arrives for inauguration with big plans, big problems See in context

Reading where several militia leaders were arrested by the FBI for conspiracy. More will join them as the FBI rolls them up.

McConnell is also saying that Trump provoked the mob.

Trump did so on Jan 6th and certainly before that time. Watched a compilation of Trump "advisors" urging the mob before and during that day. Seems obvious that they accomplished their goal, but failed in stopping an election.

Facts are a difficult thing to avoid. House of cards, indeed.

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Posted in: Biden pushes unity two days before taking over; Trump considers 100 pardons See in context

Oh, there is so much more....

Such as, repeating baseless lies.

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Posted in: Records show Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot See in context

Honestly, I’m not sure why they are wasting their time on impeachment, which would require 16 republican senators to magically grow a spine.

Precedent, Posterity, Deterrent

Put the GoP on record by making them vote. Let the world see them for who they really are.

Spell it out for the next would be dictator and for the current GoP members who forgot their oaths.

After impeachment, a majority Senate vote is all that is needed to bar Trump from office. There may be some GoP members who want to ensure Trump isn't competition for their 2024 presidential plans.

Oh, and there may be some GoP members who wake up and remember that they have a conscious and are supposed to support the rule of law.

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Posted in: Records show Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot See in context

In a statement, the president’s reelection campaign said it “did not organize, operate or finance the event.” No campaign staff members were involved in the organization or operation of the rally, according to the statement. It said that if any former employees or independent contractors for the campaign took part, “they did not do so at the direction of the Trump campaign.”

Trump is a lying cheat, so someone other than the campaign probably paid, assuming there is a payment and Trump didn't just cheat another contractor out of their hard work.

Clearly, the whole event was planned and directed by the attention seeking man baby.

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Posted in: Biden team outlines plans as inauguration, impeachment loom See in context

I am reminded of James Comey being stranded in California and denied government transportation after getting fired by the spiteful Trump.

As soon as Biden is sworn in, the government should pull all government resources being used by Trump for his "celebration." If mid-air, land AF1 at the closest airport and have the secret service escort him out.

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Posted in: Records show Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot See in context

This is an administration that rose to power and expanded that power using very calculated misinformation.

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Posted in: Trump trial pending; McConnell calls it 'vote of conscience' See in context

17 GoP senators will need to vote for convict. There are a few senators who will do so.

I don't have a sense one way or another on how it will go. If I think about what they say they stand for, they would vote to convict.

However, I don't see many GoP senators having a conscience.

On the other hand, they may want to show some spine by making a break from Trump and try to save the party from the "conspiracy constituency."

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Posted in: Pelosi calls for prosecution of any Congress members who might have helped pro-Trump siege See in context

Those who helped were probably not pro-Trump.

There are all kinds of lies rampant on right wing media trying to create distance from these insurrectionist acts. Just don't think and they may seem reasonable.

Incredulous for so many reasons, like someone would actually believe them let alone utter them.

Trump will be financially well in spite of his failing businesses. He just needs to keep monetizing his cult with the next scam. "Stop the Steal" has been easy money though.

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Posted in: Pelosi calls for prosecution of any Congress members who might have helped pro-Trump siege See in context

It amazes me the depths that the GoP will go to hold onto power.

Gerrymandering and limiting the right to vote seemed like the worst thing possible.

When that failed, they openly violated their oaths to uphold the constitution.

The part of rule of law and fiscal responsibility. Not any more.

"My hypocrisy knows no bounds" was once a laughable line from a great movie.

Now it perfectly fits these GoP seditionists.

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Posted in: Trump plans to depart Washington the morning of Inauguration Day See in context

Meanwhile, Biden's inauguration will have to be a fortress.

True, more soldiers at the capital than currently deployed to Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan combined.

Defending against domestic enemies, Trump and his cult.

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Posted in: Twitter chief says Trump ban admits 'dangerous' precedent See in context

Well, who insisted on killing net neutrality?

Funny. I don't think it was the point of net neutrality though.

There was a bill that could hold social media accountable for failing to police the services. It didn't pass, probably because the right wing didn't like potential limits on their lies. Biden has an opportunity to pass it into law, assuming it passes constitutional muster.

I would like to see a law against posting false information. Yes, it is hard to decide what is true, but it is easier to decide what is false.

Dorsey's and Facebook idea is to use people to socialize what is true, as well as to be the "AI" or secret sauce to identify the social connections that they rely on to make money.

People are just too gullible and ignorant though to decide what is true, and there are a lot of bad actors out there willing to deceive.

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Posted in: Parler CEO says social media app, favored by Trump supporters, may not return See in context

Before it died. . . . people (hackers) pulled terabytes of data with personal data and geolocation information.

Apparently, the company was not very good at protecting the information of its "over 12 million users."

They are formatting the data to make it easier to search and find people inciting violence and are turning it over to the FBI and other police to find violent militants and plotters.

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Posted in: Twitter chief says Trump ban admits 'dangerous' precedent See in context

The issue of what constitutes free speech definitely needs a re-think in the social media era. Should anonymous posters be able to post anything they want with no reprisals?

Suppose that there are two questions here:

1: Constitutionally guaranteed "Free Speech"

The constitution states that Congress cannot make a law that limits free speech. And, there have been some limited carve outs to allow laws to limit free speech, mostly time and place limits and some limits on content, like inciting violence.

Banning someone from Twitter or elsewhere is not a constitutional limitation on "free speech". Alternative facts and plain old ignorance doesn't change this.

2: "Free Speech" in reference to social media

Sorry, access to a social media account is not a constitutional right. So, companies can limit the speech allowed on the platforms. It is purely a business decision.

Parlor is arguing that AWS is violating anti-trust statutes, i.e., AWS is effectively a monopoly. AWS is basically a cloud based server service. There is nothing preventing Parlor from buying servers and hosting their webpages. I think the anti-trust lawsuit against AWS will fail because there are many ways to host a webpage outside of AWS.

In the end, taking QAnon and these right wing extremists off of the large web services and social media sites is similar to what the U.S. has been doing to limit other extremists, like ISIS. They cannot stop them from using the internet, but they can slow them down.

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Posted in: Democrats prepare 'incitement of insurrection' charge against Trump See in context

I'm in favor of him being impeached, but they should wait until the Senate can act on Biden's nominees and policies. He will be the only president actually convicted in an impeachment. At least Nixon had the wisdom to resign.

As far as Trump being banned from social media, he has been stoking far right activists for years and using social media to peddle his lies. It should have happened sooner. It will not stop extremism, but it will slow them down.

Their rounding up Trump supporters in nationwide dragnet

Hardly so dramatic, they are rounding up criminals that broke into the capital.

Very surprised that capital police didn't do a better job of photographing the criminals before letting them walk away. The outgoing chief of police said that the administration would not provide the necessary military support. White privilege is alive and well.

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Posted in: Pelosi says House will impeach Trump unless Pence, cabinet force him out See in context

The more you dwell on your differences the more you expand the divide.

Don't let these petty differences become the defining character of each person. Judge people by their accomplishments and merits, not by the color of their skin.

I would agree with this rational sentiment.

However, conservatives are not seeking unity. They are trying to create a Christian state, which is the opposite of unity.

The common thing that should unify the population is the desire to make people's lives better.

I just see conservatives seeking to preserve white privilege and the religious right.

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Posted in: Oaths questioned as Trump's backers fight against loss See in context

There's a clause in the Constitution that says protect the Republic from enemies, both foreign and domestic.

Another vague accusation or is it an aspersion?

Seems that "domestic enemies" depends on the point of view if you are a so-called conservative.

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Posted in: Oaths questioned as Trump's backers fight against loss See in context

A soldier who is ordered to shoot a civilian based on a order from a commanding officer can defy that order if they feel it violates their religion or conscience.

A soldier would be discharged for failing to meet their duty to defend the constitution they would be required to uphold. In the past, they have even been treated as criminals.

Conservatives in office should also be discharged for their failure to defend the constitution.

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Posted in: Oaths questioned as Trump's backers fight against loss See in context

Not for religious people, they would consider their duty to their God above those to their government.

Most conservatives must not take their "duty" to god seriously.

I would say their duty is to the people first, by way of the constitution.

Who can take swearing on a bible or a stack of bibles (metaphor previously coined for just the type of hypocrisy exhibited by conservatives) serious anymore given the lack of "duty" shown.

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Posted in: Pelosi says House will impeach Trump unless Pence, cabinet force him out See in context

Mr J Biden has got a mammoth job a head of him.

Or, the bar is so low, that any rational decision that could be made by a child will be lauded as a triumph over the man baby and his sycophants.

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Posted in: Pelosi says House will impeach Trump unless Pence, cabinet force him out See in context

'Victimize him again'? 

What was the other dumb excuse for not voting to convict during the first impeachment, Trump has learned his lesson?

No, he learned that he can do what he wants (lie, cheat, steal), like he has all his life, without consequence.

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Posted in: Pelosi says House will impeach Trump unless Pence, cabinet force him out See in context

Only a weak leader quits in rough times, Trump isn't weak.

Rough times indeed.

Felony murder is likely on his list of criminal charges.

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Posted in: Pelosi says House will impeach Trump unless Pence, cabinet force him out See in context

He is too narcissistic to quit.

He should though. It would give Pence a chance to pardon him, at least for his federal crimes.

Looks like his state crimes keep piling up. The latest is obstruction of justice by calling a GA fraud investigator during an investigation.

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Posted in: Trump says he will not attend Biden's inauguration See in context

A unarmed white female protester was killed by the police.

I have no sympathy for the insurrectionist.

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