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VA Senate Committee Kills Vote Rigging Plan

crooksandliars - Mon, 01/18/2038 - 22:14


ProgressVirginia reported Tuesday afternoon that the Virginia Senate’s Privileges and Elections Committee killed Sen. Charles “Bill” Carrico Sr.’s electoral college-rigging bill, despite an offer by Carrico to amend the bill to award electors in proportion to the state’s popular vote. The vote was 11-4 against the bill, although it will not be official until the close of the committee meeting.

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Removing The Malignancy

crooksandliars - Mon, 11/09/2020 - 23:00

Open thread below

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Leaked Video Shows Fox Host Sandra Smith Aghast That Their Election Call Is Ignored

crooksandliars - Mon, 11/09/2020 - 19:34

Sandra Smith, caught on a hot mic, couldn't believe her ears when a guest was allowed to just ignore Fox's own call of the election on Saturday.

Source: The Wrap

Fox News’ Sandra Smith was caught on a hot mic expressing disbelief that a guest on “America’s Newsroom” was casting doubt on the network’s projection of a Joe Biden victory – and that the show’s host, Trace Gallagher, wasn’t pushing back.

In a clip that appears to come from a leaked raw feed of a Saturday airing of “America’s Newsroom,” according to Mediaite, Smith can be seen furrowing her eyebrows and making a face when the guest, conservative attorney Cleta Mitchell, says, “Just because CNN says or even Fox News says that someone is president, doesn’t make them president.”

“What? What is happening? Like, Trace, we’ve called it,” Smith can be heard saying, off-air, in the clip to Gallagher, who was interviewing Mitchell.

Sandra Smith, off-air, reacts to her colleague Trace Gallagher indulging a nutjob who denies the outcome of the election even after Fox News had called it for Joe Biden:

— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 9, 2020

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Neil Cavuto Cuts Kayleigh McEnany Off When She Lies About 'Illegal Votes'

crooksandliars - Mon, 11/09/2020 - 18:27

Fox News host Neil Cavuto cut off White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany for lying on the air.

The theme of the post-election angst from Trump and his minions is that there are "legal" votes and "illegal" votes, when there are only votes. This is all messaging to drive aggrieved Trump supporters to give more money to Trump because he is making them feel as though they are victims of the Democrats. It is also all lies.

Kayleigh McEnany, in her role as White House Press Secretary, opened right up with a lie on behalf of Trump's campaign with the "legal and illegal votes" nonsense.

Cavuto jumped in, cutting off her audio and turning to the audience.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa. I just think we have to be very clear: she’s charging the other side as welcoming fraud and illegal voting," he told the audience. "Unless she has more details to back that up, I can’t in good countenance continue to show you this.”

It looks to me like Fox News hosts are fed up with the crap Trump and his minions are feeding viewers. Check out Sandra Smith's reaction when Trace Gallagher starts sucking up to the wounded Trumpers.

Sandra Smith, off-air, reacts to her colleague Trace Gallagher indulging a nutjob who denies the outcome of the election even after Fox News had called it for Joe Biden:

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Ben Carson Tests Positive For COVID

crooksandliars - Mon, 11/09/2020 - 13:39

After attending a White House election night party, Trump's HUD Secretary Ben Carson tested positive for the coronavirus Monday morning.

Why are we not surprised?

Last week Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows revealed he had COVID after going to Trump's Election Night party without a mask and glad-handing everyone.

The Trump administration is a walking, breathing, coughing, spewing incubation and infectious operation of COVID19, and Ben Carson is the latest victim of their hubris and serial disregard of CDC guidelines.

Nobody's health matters in this country except for the re-election of Donald Trump. To hell with the safety of his own people as well as the rest of America.

We still don't know how many other Trump officials, supporters, and surrogates have been infected since they continually lie and obfuscate the truth from the American people, much less those from his superspreader rallies.

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Trump Fires Defense Secretary In A Tweet

crooksandliars - Mon, 11/09/2020 - 13:35

In a desperate bid for attention, Donald Trump pulled the plug on Defense Secretary Mark Esper Monday morning via tweet.

...Chris will do a GREAT job! Mark Esper has been terminated. I would like to thank him for his service.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2020

Poor guy needed someone to say he's still a powerful man, even as his power wanes away and he faces numerous legal battles in states he can't avoid.

Esper and Trump have been at odds for awhile, and Esper was reported to have prepared a letter of resignation after the election, but Trump just wanted the petty joy of firing him because he could.

Interestingly, Esper's successor should not be Christopher Miller, according to several experts, but instead the Senate-confirmed Acting Deputy Defense Secretary.

There’s currently a Senate-confirmed Deputy Secretary of Defense — David Norquist. Under 10 U.S.C. § 132(b), *he* is supposed to become Acting Secretary in the event of a vacancy.

Unless Trump fired him, too.

— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) November 9, 2020

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Michele Bachmann Prays On Her Cellphone Camera For Election Reversal

crooksandliars - Mon, 11/09/2020 - 13:19

We've got freedom of religion in the US, so let's not criticize anyone praying for the leading of a Higher Power in these perilous times.

Except for Michele Bachmann, crazypants ex-Congresswoman from Minnesota, pretending she can reverse the results of this election and launch herself into relevancy with a prayer into her cellphone camera.

It's crazy how many people record themselves praying. Pretty sure the Bible literally says to do the opposite.

— Melvin Kim (@Meljkim) November 9, 2020

If she's so motivated by the spirit, why's she having to read this?

— Keltia Breton (@KeltiaB) November 9, 2020

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Watch As Televangelist Kenneth Copeland Laughs Like A Lunatic At Media For Saying Biden Won

crooksandliars - Mon, 11/09/2020 - 13:19

Kenneth Copeland, a televangelist whose net worth is variously estimated at between $300-$750 million, might look and sound like a deranged lunatic to most of us, but he understands two things very well: indoctrination and the cult of personality that allows him and others like him to separate his followers from their money. Copeland has such an acute understanding that it's allowed him to become enormously wealthy and live a lavish lifestyle far beyond any other televangelist around.

So it's not surprising that he understands the cult-like appeal of Donald Trump, and is far more savvy about it, than any of the political or media pundits around. So what does he do when Trump apparently loses an election? Does he try to make a reasoned argument that will get his flock thinking? No, he just laughs like a maniac because that's what he wants to impart on those listening to him so that they too start laughing like crazed hyenas. That indelible association will strike them immediately from then on. It's brutal and effective.

Source: Slate

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Bye Bye Donny - A NSFW Farewell Song For Trump

crooksandliars - Mon, 11/09/2020 - 12:11

Australian brothers Christiaan and Connor Van Vuuren with their ode to Trump.

Note: NSFW, probably not even in Australia where they talk like this all the time.

e,g, ♫ Bye Bye Donny, Your Time Is Up, [So You Can] Take Your Lies [and] Go Get Fucked

“Bye Bye Donny”


I love the

— Rex Chapman?? (@RexChapman) November 9, 2020

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Rudy Giuliani Hosted A Convicted Sex Offender As Witness To 'Voter Fraud' In PA

crooksandliars - Mon, 11/09/2020 - 11:55

You've probably heard by now that over the weekend, Rudy Giuliani held a kangaroo press conference at the Four Seasons landscaping company (not the hotel).

Kudos to the 2020 writers for dropping in the Pfizer vaccine news a week after the election, and having Rudy Giuliani stuck in a parking lot at Four Seasons Total Landscaping having a true Selina Meyer moment between a sex shop and a crematorium.

— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 9, 2020

After ranting about a "stolen election," the first person he brought up to "testify" about supposed voter fraud was... a convicted sex offender from NJ.

Only the best people.

After venting for about eight minutes, Giuliani said, "Let's start off first -- he waved - "just tell briefly what happened to you, who you are and what happened to you like you described it us."

A tall black man came to the makeshift podium and said, "I'm Darrell Brooks." He claimed to be a Philadelphia resident of about two years. Brooks complained that as a poll watcher he was made to stand 20 feet away and yada, yada, yada...

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'Concede And Get The Hell Out': Anger Grows As Trump Refuses To Admit Defeat

crooksandliars - Mon, 11/09/2020 - 11:42

Mixing with the jubilation shared by tens of millions across the U.S. and the world generated by President-elect Joe Biden's declared victory this weekend, increasing levels of anger and frustration were voiced Sunday as President Donald Trump continued his refusal to accept the election results that show he was soundly defeated.

"The President needs to stop putting his narcissistic selfishness over what is good for our nation and our democracy."Even as Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris delivered acceptance speeches Saturday night, Trump bucked the tradition of congratulating the winners and instead spent the evening tweeting out false claims that he "won the election" and making evidence-free allegations of fraud.

As CNN reports:

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Vote For One

crooksandliars - Mon, 11/02/2020 - 23:00

The ballot as Steve Greenberg sees it.

Open thread below...

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Randy Rainbow Asks 'How Will You Vote?'

crooksandliars - Mon, 11/02/2020 - 21:38

Randy Rainbow, to the tune of Enchanted's "That's How You Know."

The choice is between Trump:

Well, does he give a flying f--- about whether you live or die?
Cover up his crimes and wish them all away?
Does he lock children in cages?
Act like Nazis are okay?
That's how you know, that's how you know that he's the one.

And Biden:

Does he leave you little clues that let you know he's not insane?
Have a plan in place you know he'll carry through?
If he isn't porkin' Putin
And he pays his taxes too
That's how you know, that's how you know he's the one. One's an incompetent toddler
The other one's name is JoeThat's why it's Joe
He's the one.
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After The Trump Presidency, Trump Will Continue To Be Ridiculous And Appalling

crooksandliars - Mon, 11/02/2020 - 21:00

If Donald Trump loses the election, this is certainly plausible:

Imagine that on January 21st Kayleigh McEnany begins broadcasting regular press briefings from the Trump Hotel a few blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House; picture the 45th president hosting congressional leaders in a replica Oval Office reconstructed inside his hotel to plot GOP strategy and rail against the injustices done his supporters, using Twitter to stoke ongoing protests and MAGA-nation resistance across the country and touring to show up at boat parades and host his signature rallies. What if Trump wakes up each day attempting to explicitly—not just passively—undermine a Biden domestic policy at home and foreign policy overseas?

This scenario comes from a Politico Magazine piece by Garrett Graff that tries to imagine a Trump post-presidency, and it's more or less what I expect Trump to do, except for the replica Oval Office. (He'll set himself up in a replica office that doesn't look anything like the Oval, and he'll claim that it's much more impressive. I don't know how many members of Congress will actually show up, but I'm sure Matt Gaetz will be in regular attendance.)

But the next part of Graff imagined future seems much less plausible:

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Election Eve Rallies: Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, John Legend And Lady Gaga

crooksandliars - Mon, 11/02/2020 - 19:21

It's GO TIME. Watch the final pre-Election Day drive-in rally after a day of barnstorming Pennsylvania. Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff are live in Philadelphia with John Legend and Joe and Jill Biden will be in Pittsburgh with Lady Gaga.

If you haven't already voted, make a plan to vote tomorrow and DO IT. If you have voted, get others to the polls tomorrow.

UPDATE: Here are Kamala's full remarks as prepared for delivery.

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Federal Judge DENIES GOP Effort To Disqualify 127K Ballots In Texas - UPDATED

crooksandliars - Mon, 11/02/2020 - 17:51

Democracy can put another notch in her belt after another win in court on Monday afternoon. A federal judge in Texas rejected a last-minute attempt by Republicans to invalidate roughly 127,000 ballots that were cast at new drive-thru voting locations in Democratic-leaning Harris County, Texas.

The judge, Andrew Hanen, was appointed by George W. Bush and is no friend to Democrats. But, he said the plaintiffs in the case lacked legal standing to challenge the use of the drive-thru voting locations. Even if the judge found the plaintiffs had standing, it would not have invalidated ballots already cast, just those going forward on Election Day. The judge also found that the lawsuit wasn't filed in a timely fashion, as required.

Judge Hanen advised voters not to vote via drive-thru tomorrow to ensure those votes count.

Prior to the case being heard by Judge Hanen, it was actually presented to the Supreme Court of Texas - a body comprised ENTIRELY OF REPUBLICANS. They declined to hear the case.

Keep on winning.

UPDATE: From the Harris County Clerk:

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Kirk Cameron: Public Health Is A ‘Disguised’ Communist Halloween Plot

crooksandliars - Mon, 11/02/2020 - 16:43

Evangelical Christian actor Kirk Cameron on Monday asserted that social justice and public health are both part of a communist plot to undermine America.

Cameron made the comments on Fox News after he was asked to provide his analysis of the 2020 election.

“I can tell you that as I travel the country and teach in churches, I’m seeing a couple things that are just astounding,” the actor explained. “The enthusiasm level for people going out and rallying for a presidential election is unbelievable. Ninety-six mile car train, 30,000 vehicles, 58,000 people in Pennsylvania. Regardless of the side of the aisle you’re on, this enthusiasm level is unprecedented.”

“Secondly of all, I see people of faith waking up to the scary idea that socialism and communism are knocking on our doors this Halloween season,” he added. “And they’re disguised in the costumes of public health and social justice.”

Cameron complained that one governor had “deemed going to church nonessential.”

“It’s been an incredible time to fight back and grab our essential liberties,” he remarked.

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Trump Press Secretary Claims The Left Will Burn Your Business If You Vote For Trump

crooksandliars - Mon, 11/02/2020 - 14:55

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany joined Fox and Friends to put a new conspiracy theory into the air: The left will attack you and your property if you vote against Joe Biden.

Is this another Hatch violation for a member of the Trump administration? Kellyanne Conway was cited by the OSC for repeatedly violating the Act.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) today sent a report to President Donald J. Trump finding that Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act on numerous occasions by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.

Although the President and Vice President are exempt from the Hatch Act, employees of the White House are not. OSC’s letter to the President accompanying the report refers to Ms. Conway as a “repeat offender” and states: “Ms. Conway’s violations, if left unpunished, would send a message to all federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act’s restrictions. Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system—the rule of law.”

Fox and Friends showed video of businesses boarding up their windows in anticipation of some violence during and after the election.

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How Is 'Noisy Jerks Blocking Traffic' Helping The Trump Campaign?

crooksandliars - Mon, 11/02/2020 - 14:25

Maybe the Q people can explain, in what way does this help Lord Damp Nut’s re-election?

NJ: Trump vehicle convoy shuts down the Garden State Parkway. @realDonaldTrump

— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 1, 2020

But wait! There’s more!

Trump Supporters Spend Weekend Clogging America’s Highways

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Beto O'Rourke's Team Makes 2,626,315 Phone Calls In Texas - On Sunday

crooksandliars - Mon, 11/02/2020 - 13:32

O'Rourke was assisted also by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as well as thousands of others in the Lonestar State. They'll be doing this again on Monday.

We made 2,626,315 calls to Texas voters today, thanks to the thousands of volunteers and many amazing guests who fired us up. Big thanks to @AOC who led the last shift, inspiring and encouraging us to keep talking to Texas voters. Back at it tomorrow!

— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) November 2, 2020

Beto O'Rourke with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at Sunday's massive phone-banking operation.

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