Irrelevance

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Comforting the comfortable and afflicting the afflicted.

Vicky Hartzler (r) [2021 file photo].

Earlier this week:

Family Research Council @FRCdc
“There is no [religious freedom] protections for the ordinary Christian in the workplace.” @RepHartzler sounds the alarm on the (Dis)Respect for Marriage [….]
9:59 AM · Nov 22, 2022

Only three responses:

Your freedom is not dependent upon someone else’s oppression.

Freedom of religion is enshrined in the constitution already and has been held up and expanded over the past decade. Yes even in the workplace.

What. The. Fuck.

Are you fucking joking? America is nothing BUT religious freedom for Christians. Everyone else has to FIGHT for what you take for granted.

Get the fuck outta here.

Like a bad dream, she’ll be back.

Happy holidays.

Campaign Finance: tail fins and rag tops

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C180684 11/24/2022 American Dream PAC Century Motor Corp 13500 Veterans Memorial Parkway Wentzville MO 63385 11/23/2022 $10,000.00

C180684 11/24/2022 American Dream PAC Dave Sinclair Buick GMC 5655 S Lindbergh Blvd. Saint Louis MO 63123 11/23/2022 $25,000.00

C180684 11/24/2022 American Dream PAC Clifford Harris 1309 Hallondale Drive Warrensburg MO 64093 Warrensburg Chrystler Owner 11/23/2022 $25,000.00

C180684 11/24/2022 American Dream PAC All Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram 11503 St. Charles Rock Rd. Bridgeton MO 63044 11/23/2022 $10,000.00

C180684 11/24/2022 American Dream PAC Don Brown Chevrolet 2244 S. Kingshighway St Louis MO 63110 11/23/2022 $20,000.00

[emphasis added]

Anyone think they’re interested in promoting high speed rail? Just asking

Campaign Finance: not that they really need it

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Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C221800 11/23/2022 RightPath PAC John Dains 1209 Green St #1 San Francisco CA 94109 Retired 11/23/2022 $50,000.00

[emphasis added]

Saving up for something?

Previously:

Campaign Finance: Purchase (February 8, 2022)

Campaign Finance: They ain’t Union organizers (February 14, 2022)

Campaign Finance: The Out of Towners (February 28, 2022)

Campaign Finance: because they can (March 28, 2022)

Campaign Finance: It’s all in a name (June 30, 2022)

Duty, Honor, Country

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“….I tell the story often — I get asked “Who’s the most dangerous person in the world? Is it Chairman Kim, is it Xi Jinping?” The most dangerous person in the world is Randi Weingarten. It’s not a close call. If you ask, “Who’s the most likely to take this republic down?” It would be the teacher’s unions, and the filth that they’re teaching our kids…” – Mike Pompeo (r) (November 21, 2022)

Yesterday evening:

Randi Weingarten @rweingarten
I know that Mike Pompeo is running for president, and frankly I don’t know whether to characterize his characterization of me in the @daveweigel interview as ridiculous or dangerous.
[….]
6:10 PM · Nov 21, 2022

Harvard Law called, Mike, they want their degree back.

What gives you the mistaken impression that we give a fuck about what you think? Part the infinity…

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Ooh, some Chad has concerns: We’d have ham and eggs. If we had some ham and if we had some eggs. (October 19, 2022)

Specifically, this illustration:

From time to time right wingnut concern trolls try to leave comments here. Our system defaults to automatic moderation – that is, comments have to be approved. We don’t allow such comments to be linked to the original post, but on occasion, when we see fit, we’ll mock these attempts.

We see fit.

To wit:

I do think it is very tasteless and very spiteful to use a swastika as a symbol for your organization, you surely could have better teaste.

Ah, there’s no accounting for density. It’s not a reference to our organization, it’s a reference to Josh Hawley (r). Note the direction of the tines and the running theme. You see, Josh Hawley (r) is a right wingnut and a Fascist pig. Watch the video. You can look it up on the Internets for now. Until Josh Hawley (r) gets his way.

What the hell is teaste? Is it one of those words they teach at Yale Law School?

We don’t consider ourselves spiteful when it comes to Josh Hawley (r). It’s more like utter contempt. However, you do you when it comes to projection.

This is what you were probably thinking of:

German Nazi Swastika Flag
National Museum of American History.
Catalog number
1977.0788.03
29 in x 49 in; 73.66 cm x 124.46 cm.

Some additional background, via the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:

The Origins of the Swastika
The word swastika comes from the Sanskrit svastika, which means “good fortune” or “well-being.” The motif (a hooked cross) appears to have first been used in Eurasia, as early as 7000 years ago, perhaps representing the movement of the sun through the sky. To this day, it is a sacred symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Odinism. It is a common sight on temples or houses in India or Indonesia. Swastikas also have an ancient history in Europe, appearing on artifacts from pre-Christian European cultures.

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Postwar Bans on the Use of the Swastika and Cultural Controversies
Following Nazi Germany’s defeat in 1945, the Allied governments ruling the nation outlawed Nazi organizations. Their symbols and propaganda were removed and further dissemination criminalized. Subsequent German governments continued the ban on Nazi symbols and propaganda, including the swastika. Today in Germany and other European states, public display of Nazi symbols, including on the Internet, is prohibited by law and individuals violating such terms are subject to criminal proceedings.

In the United States, it is legal to display Nazi symbols and propaganda because of the country’s traditions and laws protecting free speech.

At various times and in various nations, the swastika has become a controversial cultural icon. Some motorcycle gangs in the United States beginning in the 1950s wore Nazi insignia to highlight their outlaw nature. In the late 1970s, some punk rock performers and enthusiasts openly displayed the swastika as a symbol of youthful rebellion against the status quo.

Sometimes, Nazi symbols take on neutral or even positive connotations in countries with little or no connection to the history of Nazi ideology and mass murder. The swastika as a symbol of Nazism, other Nazi signs, and even the figure of Adolf Hitler have taken on new life in some countries, where they have come to signify national unity, strength, discipline, anti-colonialism, and law and order. Symbols such as the swastika have a long history. To avoid misunderstanding and misuse, individuals should consider the context and past use of Nazi symbols and symbols in general.

The original artwork for the “running man” came from anonymous street art ostensibly protesting Fascists. We added the color yellow to the background (get it) and flopped the image so that the character was running in the same direction (get it) as Josh Hawley (r) in the U.S. Capitol insurrection video.

Read this slowly, sound out the words if you need to: Josh Hawley (r) is a right wingnut, a Fascist pig, and he runs – hence the illustration fits.

By the way, the IP address and email address of all comments are attached to the original comment in our blog operating system.

We’d have ham and eggs. If we had some ham and if we had some eggs.

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This morning, from Josh Hawley (r):

Josh Hawley @HawleyMO
Interesting 👇
[….]
10:26 AM · Nov 19, 2022

Not particularly.

What does this have to do with the price of beer in Westport?

The Institute for Family Studies (IFS) is a conservative “think tank” which, according to its website, has the expressed mission “to strengthen marriage and natural family and advancing the well-being of children through research and public education.” [….]

The Institute for Family Studies (IFS) is a think tank which promotes right-of-center policies intended to improve family formation and child care. The institute also supports conservative perspectives towards marriage and family structure. [….]

Some of the responses to Josh Hawley (r):

Including 2 men?

Nah, bro. Being poor makes people unhappy. Pretty straight forward.

Also, not getting married is a the outcome of being poor. You’ve got this all backwards, which is telling because you’re part of the wealthy ruling class and don’t understand the lives of poor people.

There are many paths to happiness, not all include marriage. Be careful about making assumptions about other people’s marriages and their happiness.

Just imagine if government kept their nose out of marriage all together.

You are so out of touch……

confusing cause and effect isn’t interesting

Josh gives off youth pastor vibes.

In other news, Josh Hawley has announce his first bill for the 118th Congress. Said Hawley, “The Forced Labor and Marriage Act will codify into law that women must be happy, must marry and must only work as mother and homemaker. Under pain of death.” [….]

Methinks Josh wants a lord serf style relationship in America.

I find your legal problems much more interesting.

Turning your back on the obvious. Poorer people have harder lives and more stress. It’s really hard to believe Josh has any idea of how tough it is not to have enough money.

I bet women who are married to men who respect their bodily autonomy are much happier than those who are married to narcissistic misogynists. Maybe you know someone you can poll?

@HawleyMO is probably already drafting legislation to institute forced marriage in America.

Unbelievable number of haters….wonder why runner guy!

Oh, bullshit.

It is hard enough for an old Centrist to see so much irrationality coming from the Republican lawmakers. But to READ their logic is unbearable.

Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].

The Special Counsel always rings twice

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…The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct the ongoing investigation into whether any person or entity violated the law in connection with efforts to interfere with the lawful transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election or the certification ofthe Electoral College vote held on or about January 6, 2021 , as well as any matters that arose or might arise directly from this investigation or that are within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a). This authorization does not apply to prosecutions that are currently pending in the District of Columbia, as well as future investigations and prosecutions of individuals for offenses they committed while physically present on the Capitol grounds on January 6, 2021. Those investigations and prosecutions remain under the authority of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Further delineation ofthe authorizations between the Special Counsel and
the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia will be provided as necessary and appropriate…

…The Special Counsel is further authorized to conduct the ongoing investigation referenced and described in the United States’ Response to Motion for Judicial Oversight and Additional Relief, Donald J Trump v. United States, No. 9:22-CV-81294-AMC (S.D. Fla. Aug. 30, 2022) (ECF No. 48 at 5- 13), as well as any matters that arose or may arise directly from this investigation or that are within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a)…

USAG111822Order5559-2022

Bad combover. Check. Too long red tie. Check. Orange spray tan. Check. Tiny hands. Check. Cluelessness. Check…

Today at the Department of Justice:

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 18, 2022

Appointment of a Special Counsel

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced today the appointment of former career Justice Department prosecutor and former chief prosecutor for the special court in The Hague, Jack Smith, to serve as Special Counsel to oversee two ongoing criminal investigations. The first is the investigation, as described in court filings in the District of Columbia, into whether any person or entity unlawfully interfered with the transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election or the certification of the Electoral College vote held on or about January 6, 2021. The second is the ongoing investigation involving classified documents and other presidential records, as well as the possible obstruction of that investigation, referenced and described in court filings submitted in a pending matter in the Southern District of Florida.

“Based on recent developments, including the former President’s announcement that he is a candidate for President in the next election, and the sitting President’s stated intention to be a candidate as well, I have concluded that it is in the public interest to appoint a special counsel,” said Attorney General Garland. “Such an appointment underscores the Department’s commitment to both independence and accountability in particularly sensitive matters. It also allows prosecutors and agents to continue their work expeditiously, and to make decisions indisputably guided only by the facts and the law.”

The Attorney General also stated, “Although the Special Counsel will not be subject to the day-to-day supervision of any official of the Department, he must comply with the regulations, procedures, and policies of the Department. I will ensure that the Special Counsel receives the resources to conduct this work quickly and completely. Given the work done to date and Mr. Smith’s prosecutorial experience, I am confident that this appointment will not slow the completion of these investigations. The men and women who are pursuing these investigations are conducting themselves in accordance with the highest standards of professionalism. I could not be prouder of them. I strongly believe that the normal processes of this Department can handle all investigations with integrity. And I also believe that appointing a Special Counsel at this time is the right thing to do. The extraordinary circumstances presented here demand it. Mr. Smith is the right choice to complete these matters in an even-handed and urgent manner.”

Special Counsel Smith has resigned as the chief prosecutor for the special court in The Hague charged with investigating and adjudicating war crimes in Kosovo.

Attachment(s): Download 2022.11.18_order_5559-2022.pdf
Component(s): Office of the Attorney General
Press Release Number: 22-1237
Updated November 18, 2022

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks on the Appointment of a Special Counsel (November 18, 2022)

Statement of Special Counsel Jack Smith (November 18, 2022)

“…You know, there’s something about this that’s like… well, it’s like you’re expecting a letter that you’re just crazy to get, and you hang around the front door for fear you might not hear him ring. You never realize that he always rings twice….”

Hey, Mark Alford (r), why don’t you ask the survivors of Bucha, Ukraine about Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (r) grotesque false equivalence?

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Or, do you agree with Marjorie Taylor Greene (r)?

Mark Alford (r) [2022 file photo].

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April 21, 2022 12:00AM EDT

Ukraine: Russian Forces’ Trail of Death in Bucha
Preserving Evidence Critical for War Crimes Prosecutions

The chief regional prosecutor in Bucha, Ruslan Kravchenko, told Human Rights Watch on April 15 that 278 bodies had been found in the town since Russian forces withdrew, the vast majority of them civilians, and that the number was expected to rise as more bodies are discovered. Prior to the conflict, Bucha had a population of about 36,000.

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Last night:

Marjorie Taylor Greene Compares Invading Russians to U.S. Migrants
BY AILA SLISCO ON 11/17/22 AT 7:59 PM EST

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“We had 5 million people cross our border illegally since Joe Biden took office,” Greene said on Thursday, while flanked by GOP colleagues. “Let’s compare that to how many Russians have invaded Ukraine. 82,000 Russians have invaded Ukraine.”

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Well, to start, the Russians used to have a lot of tanks.

She is that stupid.

Right now you’re showing us who you really are, Mark. Parse that.