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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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Conservative Dems Block Extending Moratorium On Evictions

crooksandliars - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 09:19

A nationwide moratorium on residential evictions has expired on Saturday because conservative Democrats in the House who along with Republicans to refused to vote on an extension.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes told Jake Tapper, “There were many, frankly a handful, of conservative Democrats in the House that threatened to get on planes rather than hold this vote."

If Republicans had an empathy or morals they would have gladly voted for an extension which would have nullified the need for these conservative Dems. But they have none.

Instead of passing the buck and all the blame to the Jim Jones party, AOC also held her party accountable..

"We cannot, in good faith, blame the Republican Party when House Democrats have the majority.
President Biden also failed to get on top of this situation as well," Ocasio-Cortes said.

There's still time for the House to get back and do the right thing even if they are off at this point. With the infrastructure bill moving along in the Senate, they are on a 24-hour call notice.

Would the administration have had the reach to turn around these Blue dog assholes? I doubt it, but they should have tried harder.

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Howard Kurtz Blames Don Lemon For Anger Towards Unvaccinated

crooksandliars - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 09:00

Fox News' Howard Kurtz opened his Media Buzz program by blaming CNN host Don Lemon for influencing political pundits, politicians, and regular Americans with criticism of the unvaccinated.

The Delta variant is spreading like wildfire, and hospital rooms a filling up once again. Nearly all of those being hospitalized were not vaccinated.

Howard Kurtz wasn't particularly angry at the surge of COVID in red states, like Texas and Florida, but instead chose to attack those calling out these anti-vaxxers as we try to dig out of the pandemic.

Kurtz said, "I knew from the moment CNN's Don Lemon denounced unvaccinated Americans for their 'idiotic behavior' that we were headed into a surge of anger against those who haven't gotten the shots. That's why I played it last Sunday."

Howard Kurtz said he is worried and frustrated about the rising cases of COVID, and he's all for "persuading and cajoling."

Thank you so much for that.

Kurtz claimed the reluctance to get a shot isn't all about politics, but for most of them it actually is. That is, unless you work for Fox News.

I have family members who were vaccine-hesitant, but after talking to their doctors, and knowing people that had COVID, they immediately got vaccinated.

Kurtz was also angry that the New York Times published an article highlighting rising resentment by the vaccinated.

"But I say it's driven by the pundits," Kurtz concluded.

Jesus H. Christ.

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Tennesee Pastor: 'You Will Not Wear Masks In This Church!'

crooksandliars - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 08:59

Pastor Greg Locke of the Global Vision Bible Church in Tennessee ordered his congregation not to get vaccinated or wear masks.

During his Sunday sermon, Locke argued that the Covid-19 delta variant is a hoax and that President Joe Biden lost the election.

"I've been right about all of it!" Locke shouted. "Woo! Yes! Yes! These wicked fools don't win in the end. They don't win in the end. So all this fear bull crap is that. Bull crap! Say amen!"

"I am not apologizing for what I said on this platform last week," he continued. "The delta variant was nonsense then. It is nonsense now. You will not wear masks in this church! You will not wear masks in this church!"

Locke screamed: "Do not get vaccinated! Do not get vaccinated!"

The pastor then insisted that Biden's "days are numbered."

"I've told you the whole time this election was fraudulent!" he preached. "We've got so much proof. The only people that can deny it are crack-smoking, demon-possessed leftists."

In his crusade against vaccines, Locke has previously claimed that the shot contains "aborted fetal tissue."

But members of his own family have told CNN that they disagree with him.

"If you don't want to take a vaccination that's entirely up to you," Locke's cousin Chip Davis said. "But to spread misinformation about it is dead wrong, in my, in my opinion. And it could potentially lead to more loss of life."

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Tapper Reminds Collins Who's Responsible For Current Jan 6 Commission

crooksandliars - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 08:00

Jake Tapper had to remind Sen. Susan Collins just who is responsible for the failure of the nonpartisan commission being approved by Congress, and why Nancy Pelosi was correct to kick Gym Jordan to the curb when Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy attempted to install him on the current committee, during an interview on this Sunday's State of the Union.

As per her usual, Collins expressed "concerns" about something her party is responsible for, but Tapper stopped her when she insinuated that Pelosi should bear some of the blame.

After playing a clip of Officer Michael Fanone pounding the table during the first day of the hearing and expressing his outrage at the "indifference shown to his colleagues" by members of Congress, Tapper asked Collins what she thought about the indifference and some of her fellow Republicans smearing the witnesses from this day, and whether she had faith in the bipartisan committee.

Collins told Tapper that she met with Fanone and other officers and believes they need more help, but then said she was "very disappointed" that the non-partisan committee she voted for was not approved, and that "it would have had far more credibility than Speaker Pelosi's partisan committee that she has set up."

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Mike's Blog Round Up

crooksandliars - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 07:01

Mock, Paper, Scissors: Where do Floridians go to get an apology from Ron DeSantis?

The Mahablog: Better dead and red?

Calculated Risk: Why are analysts over-reacting to inflation data?

Eschaton: What happens when all the news is all politics all the time?

Speaking of which, your quote of the day:
"The 'well-informed citizenry is in danger of becoming the 'well-amused audience'.” (Al Gore, 2008)

Guest blogging Mike's Blog Round Up this week is Jon Perr from Perrspectives. Send your tips, recommendations, comments and angst to mbru AT crooksandliars DOT com.

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Blue America Endorsement: Steven Holden For New York's 24th

crooksandliars - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 07:00

This cycle, expect NY-24 to be one of the most avidly contested congressional races in the country. Won by Obama twice, by Clinton in 2016 and last year by Biden-- 53.4% to 44.4%-- this is one of the bluest districts in the country with a Republican congressmember. The incumbent is John Katko, a conservative Republican who always pretends to be a "moderate" right up until it's time to vote.

Last year, Katko beat Democrat Dana Balter 182,567 (53.1%) to 147,638 (43.0%), with New York's sleazy Working Families Party helping Katko by running their own candidate.

This cycle, the DCCC and the conservative wing of the Democratic Party is expected to back a Manchin-Sinema Democrat, Francis Canole, who ran in the 2020 primary and was rejected by NY-24 Democrats because of his reactionary, Republican-lite stand on virtually every important issue.

As of today, Blue America has endorsed Steven Holden, who we have asked to introduce himself. If you like what you read, please consider contributing to his campaign by clicking on the Blue America 2022 congressional thermometer above.

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Honest Ads: Recycling

crooksandliars - Sun, 08/01/2021 - 21:38

Cracked is back doing Honest Ads! Even better, Roger Horton returns after a 4 year hiatus to point out the fallacy and scam involved in those recycling ads.

Open thread below...

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Noem Says If You Don't Like Vaccine Mandates, Just Quit Your Job

crooksandliars - Sun, 08/01/2021 - 21:00

While the Delta variant rages, and employers tangle with whether or not to impose vaccine requirements and/or mask mandates, South Dakota's Governor Kristi Noem decides to let everyone flail away. According to AP, "she has no plans to ratchet up her messaging to urge people to get a COVID-19 vaccine, even as Republican leaders across the country try to persuade vaccine skeptics to roll up their sleeves and take the shots." So, no pushing the vaccine, and hey, why not mock the mask mandates on Twitter, too?

Then there was Noem's wildly tone-deaf tweet yesterday that workers just pack up and get another job if their employer says they have to be vaccinated. Here's a conservative's take on that nonsense:

Source: The Conservative Treehouse

It’s always there, right below the conservative veneer; and if you wait, it surfaces. This tweet highlights the difference between ‘conservative’ corporatism (traditional GOP class), and MAGA pragmatism (the blue collar dynamic).

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Fox News Guest: 'I Prefer The Old-Fashioned Racism'

crooksandliars - Sun, 08/01/2021 - 16:09

A Fox News guest said on Sunday that he prefers "old-fashioned racism" over critical race theory, a study of racial justice in America.

Robert Woodson, a conservative civil rights activist, made the remarks during an appearance on
Fox & Friends.

"It is really destructive," Woodson said of critical race theory. "I prefer the old-fashioned racism. This new racism is more insidious and more self-destructive than the old racism. The old racism was external. This is really internal."

He suggested that systemic racism is a myth because Black men make up a majority of NFL and NBA players.

"So when there's positive disparities, is this because white people permit Blacks to perform?" he asked. "And yet when we come to the English classes and math classes, we're behind. Does this mean that white people have to give us permission?"

Woodson argued that "self-determination" means that racism has little impact on Black Americans.

"Under segregation, we achieved more education than we're doing now in this progressive era," he claimed.

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Giuliani 'Willing To Go To Jail' But You Will 'Suffer The Consequences In Heaven'

crooksandliars - Sun, 08/01/2021 - 16:09

In an interview with NBC New York 4, Rudy Giuliani unsurprisingly proclaimed his innocence of all charges he faces from FBI investigations.

Rudy says he was only doing his job as Trump's personal lawyer when he went to Ukraine.

What kind of personal lawyer to a president has ever created a shadow State Department, for the purposes of pressuring the newly elected leader of a foreign government to dig up dirt on their boss's biggest political rival? What kind of personal lawyer to a president allegedly attempts to blackmail said foreign leader by holding back millions of dollars in critical foreign aid unless he complies? All of which, mind you, resulted in the first impeachment of Traitor Trump.

But Rudy remains defiant.

"I'm more than willing to go to jail if they want to put me in jail. And if they do they're going to suffer the consequences in heaven, I'm not," Giuliani said.

Spoken like a Lin Wood, Marjorie Taylor Greene, or Sydney Powell evangelical. All of them are disgraced Traitor Trump supporters.

Giuliani also did his Hunter Biden dance, claiming the Justice Department is applying a double standard.

Like many Republicans, Giuliani is using the "religious" right as a cudgel to defend himself from the trouble he's in.

I have news for you, Rudy. If there is a heaven, you won't be going.

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Blaire Erskine: Statement From Communications Director For TX Gov. Abbott

crooksandliars - Tue, 07/13/2021 - 14:28

"If we could say one thing to the Texas Democrats right now....y'all are being sneaky now. Come on back to Texas now, ok, we got -we're gonna arrest- we got work to do, because like Governor Abbott always says, *stammers*...Winners never quit and Texas doesn't quit. .... Here's the thing, our bill is pretty straightforward. All we want to do is...."

- end drive through votin'
- end extended hours for early votin'
- end waitin' in the car while their friend is votin'
- end drinking water while votin'

...and after some more stammerin', "We want to end votin'. And so it's not complicated." Eazy peazy. Nailing Abbott and other of his ilk.

Statement from Communications Director for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

— blaire erskine (@blaireerskine) July 13, 2021

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TX State Rep: Republicans Changed The Messiah From Jesus To Trump

crooksandliars - Tue, 07/13/2021 - 14:16

Texas State legislator Senfronia Thompson nailed Republicans to the wall with her brief but fiery speech in D.C. about the struggle to obtain equal voting rights in America.

Texas House Democrats fled from their state and flew to Washington DC so that the extremists Republicans couldn't pass their offensive and despicable voter rights bill targeted at black and brown voters.

During a press conference after they arrived, Senfronia Thompson took to the podium.

I'm going to say why I am up here. I'm not up here to take a vacation in Washington, d.c. When i look at the African American museum, I thought about the struggle of my people fought in this country to get the right to vote and that right is sacred to my constituents, that I represent back in Houston, Texas.

I am up here because I don't plan to be a sitting person in that legislature -- in that legislature. I'm not going to be sitting -- I'm not going to be a hostage while my constituents rights to be stripped from them. We have fought too long and too hard in this country. And that was a Texan president Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 that made sure that we had the right to vote and those rights are not going to be infringed upon.

But this legislature, these republicans in this legislature may have changed the messiah from Jesus to Trump, but I haven't, and I'm going to make sure that everything that I can do, that my constituents' rights will not stripped from them because of what they believe in is a lie, that -- they believe, the lie.

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Greg Abbott Vows To Arrest Democrats Who Fled Texas To Block Voting Restrictions

crooksandliars - Tue, 07/13/2021 - 12:40

Texas' Governor thinks he can just wait out Democrats who've fled Texas while Republicans try to overhaul election laws that many say will make it harder to vote. He also said in an interview with KVUE yesterday that “As soon as they come back in the state of Texas, they will be arrested, they will be cabined inside the Texas capitol until they get their job done." Get back to work, but if you try to get back to work you'll be arrested. The logic of Republicans.

Source: The Guardian

Texas’s Republican governor, Greg Abbott, has vowed to arrest Democrat lawmakers who have fled the state in an attempt to stop an overhaul of election laws that they say damages the right to vote, especially for communities of color.

Private planes carrying more than 50 Democrats left Austin for Washington DC on Monday, skipping town just days before the Texas house of representatives was expected to give early approval to sweeping new voting restrictions in a special legislative session.

The move denied the Republican-led legislature a quorum, leaving it with too few lawmakers in attendance to conduct business. That means it could not, at least for now, vote on the bill.

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Love Fest? Don't Believe Your Lyin' Eyes

crooksandliars - Tue, 07/13/2021 - 12:28

During Donald Trump's phoner with Fox News, he claimed there was a "love fest" with Capitol Police, a lie that went completely undisputed or corrected by the hosts of the show.

So Mehdi Hasan's producer decided to take the audio and put it with video of the insurrection, which is what you see above. Even for TFG, the gaslighting is horrendous. Having his voice superimposed over the actual violence done at the Capitol building that day highlights how disconnected he and his cult are from reality.

The ending where his cult is shouting to "hang Mike Pence" is particularly powerful.

Here's more:

Violence Warning.
Here’s an unedited two minute video of the exchange between Trump supporters and Capitol/MetroDC Police. This takes place at the west terrace tunnel entrance of US Capitol ~ 4:25pm (1/6/21).

— Paul Morrison (@chessclubgringo) July 13, 2021

This video is from the opposing vantage and takes place simultaneously as a portion of the video filmed from outside. It shows the besieged police perspective.

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Gun Victims Can Sue Smith And Wesson, But There's A Twist

crooksandliars - Tue, 07/13/2021 - 12:23

This is a workaround. Let's hope it works.

For years, gun manufacturers have been shielded from responsibility for the carnage their products bring. Thanks to NRA-backed legislation called Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), and a complicit Republican Party, it has been nearly impossible for victims of mass shootings to sue manufacturers or gun stores for their part in America's unique death toll.

But victims of a mass shooting at a San Diego synagogue are not suing over wrongful death. They are suing Smith and Wesson for "negligent marketing." (The gun dealer who sold the gun can be sued because he broke California law in selling to a nineteen-year-old.)

Turns out Smith and Wesson market their M&P15 rifle in a way "that attracted impulsive young men with military complexes who were particularly likely to be attracted to the unique ability of AR-15 style weapons." The Federal judge agreed last week that the case can go forward.

The plaintiffs argue that the advertising definitely is aimed at the potential mass shooter market. The Smith and Wesson rifle looks like an AR15 and can be converted to an assault weapon by an average user.

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Ted Cruz Lies About Voter ID -- Again

crooksandliars - Tue, 07/13/2021 - 11:38

Sen. Ted Cruz moronically equated showing identification to board a plane, to restrictive new voter ID laws.

Appearing on Fox News this morning, the Republican Senator from Texas attacked Democrats in the state legislature for leaving town so that Texas will not be able to implement massive new laws against their state's voters.

Karoli wrote, "Texas Democrats denied Republicans their required quorum in order to bring the special legislative session to a halt on Monday and stop bills aimed at voting rights, transgender rights and more..."

Cruz brayed about the private jet Texas Dems used to travel to Washington DC. "They almost surely had to show identification to get on that jet and yet they're doing this at a fit because they don't want mail-in ballots to be verified, they don't want the signatures to be verified, they don't want basic integrity steps to be strengthened in Texas."

Fleeing the state is Cruz's thing so I get why he's upset.

Cruz called it a political stunt, but when you have a corrupt state legislature trying to hurt the voting rights of their constituents and the LGBTQ community, you have to do what you have to do to block it.

The Trump-loving Texas governor Greg Abbott claimed over and over again that Texas had the most secure voting in America, so why does the state need to legislate these new pervasive and un-American laws?

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Trump's 'Stop The Steal' Lying Lawyers Are In BIG Trouble

crooksandliars - Tue, 07/13/2021 - 11:03

We have freedom of speech in America.

You can stand on a sidewalk and argue about paper versus plastic, hot dogs versus hamburgers, and yes, Trump versus Biden.

What you CAN'T do, if you are an attorney in court, is LIE to the judge.

And if you bring a case to court, everything you, as an attorney, bring as evidence to the court? You'd better be sure it checks out. If you are sloppy, lazy, or lying, you can be fined, disbarred, and even jailed. Because you as an attorney are already considered "under oath" as an officer of the court.

Lin Wood and Sidney Powell are sloppy, lazy, liars.

And on Monday there was a hearing to determine if and how to punish them professionally and financially for bringing lies to the Michigan court. Lies that were "backed up" with sloppy affidavits that absolutely did not pass muster: their case to overturn the 2020 Michigan election results was dismissed. But now they are being judged for their bad lawyering. Which is very bad.

look, Lin Wood and Sidney Powell may have made a mockery of the legal system, but they are duly-appointed officers of the court and I will defend to the death their right to be sanctioned, fined, disbarred, publicly humiliated and thrown straight the fuck into prison

— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) July 12, 2021

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Lying Liar Tucker Carlson Says He Never Attacked Vaccine

crooksandliars - Tue, 07/13/2021 - 10:21

Trying to find ways to get Americans vaccinated is now labeled "coercion" by Fox News' Tucker Carlson.

During last night's program, Carlson ranted about politicians like Rep. Adam Kinzinger for attacking QAnon nonsense being spouted by the GOP on vaccines.

On CNN, Rep. Kinzinger said, "I call on Leader McCarthy. I call on every leader in the Republican Party to stand up and say 'get vaccinated' and to call out these garbage politicians; these absolute clown politicians playing on your vaccine fears for their own selfish gain."

That was a little too close to home for Tucker Carlson, who has done nothing but relentlessly promote clowns like Alex Berenson and Dr. Scott Atlas on his programs.

Since Kinzinger is not part of the Trump cult, Carlson labels him as having a "low IQ" for trying to save the lives of the American people.

Carlson said, "When you attack people rather than answer the questions, they don't trust you anymore. And they don't trust the drugs that you say you must take."

Carlson makes his case in disingenuous way by claiming the 'real' debate is about people already having COVID and then asked to be vaccinated, when the push by the Biden administration is to get those who haven't been vaccinated to get the vaccine.

Here comes his own BIG LIE.

"That's a shame. We're not attacking the vaccine. Never have. We don't judge anyone who takes it and we never will," Carlson claimed.

But this answer seems to make it evident that Tucker has taken the vaccine.

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Book: Trump Wanted Leaker 'Executed' Over Bunker Story

crooksandliars - Tue, 07/13/2021 - 09:34

Michael Bender, the Wall Street Journal reporter whose new book comes out today, tells CNN's John Berman that Trump freaked out about the leaked story about him being in the White House bunker -- because it made him look "weak." He wanted the person executed, and no one was sure whether he was serious. Via CNN:

Trump, along with then-first lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron, were all taken to the underground bunker for a period of time during the protests spurred by the police killing of George Floyd as protesters gathered outside the building. Bender writes in the book, titled "Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost, that Trump, in the days following his time in the bunker, held a tense meeting with top military, law enforcement and West Wing advisers, in which he aired grievances over the leak.

"Trump boiled over about the bunker story as soon as they arrived and shouted at them to smoke out whoever had leaked it. It was the most upset some aides had ever seen the president," Bender writes.

'Whoever did that, they should be charged with treason!' Trump yelled. 'They should be executed!'" the book reads.

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