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Nikki Haley says no one blamed Obama after Charleston shooting.

Is every Republican just incapable of telling the truth? How do you flight lies?

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And she’s absolutely right. Because we were blaming Trump even before he became President, and when I say *we* I mean we as in….everybody, including Nikki Haley. Look what she said yesterday about the Pittsburgh shooting:

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So this is the narrative she’s going with. After Charleston, even though there was racial division, nobody blamed Obama for what happened, so after Pittsburgh, nobody should be blaming Trump. We should be focusing on the families and not placing blame. We should be doing the Republican Thoughts & Prayers Shuffle again for the millionth time. Don’t find reasons for why it happened, just be sad that it happened and send some prayers to…somebody. Who do Christians pray to when Jews are murdered? Y’all ask her because I don’t want that woman saying anything in my direction with her mouth full of lies and Presidential Ambitions.

You Wrong, Point #1:

I’m not going to expend the energy to find the receipts, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who remembers Fox News saying Obama’s “divisiveness” as President contributed to Dylann Roof shooting up a Black church. If Obama hadn’t been pitting the races against each other, then maybe this sweet mentally ill child would’n’t’ve been so angry. Y’all remember that too, so she’s already wrong. There were plenty of (her own) people blaming Obama.

You Wrong, Point #2:

Obama never advocated violence against Black people. Black people were killed, so if there was going to be a national outcry against Obama for it, he’d have to be to blame for stoking the fires of hatred against Black people.  Trump riles up his audience against everyone who isn’t a white Christian, and then one of his supporters killed people Trump rails against. There’s no similarity here.

You Wrong, Point 3#:

NIMRATA RANDHAWA HALEY HERSELF BLAMED TRUMP FOR CHARLESTON.  True, she didn’t blame the sitting President, but take the office out of it, and we’re blaming the same person for this hate crime that she blamed for that hate crime in 2015.

While Haley said she doesn’t think Trump’s supporters are racists, she told The Associated Press that the rhetoric he uses is dangerous. She invoked the Charleston shooting, in which Dylann Storm Roof is accused of killing nine black parishioners at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church there.

“I know what that rhetoric can do. I saw it happen,” Haley said.

Police said Roof, who was seen holding a Confederate flag in a manifesto discovered online after the shootings, wanted to start a race war.

Haley has repeatedly spoken out against Trump, including in February when she knocked the businessman for not forcefully disavowing support from white supremacists.

“I will not stop until we fight a man that chooses not to disavow the KKK,” Haley said. “That is not a part of our party, that is not who we want as president. We will allow not allow that in our country.”

(cont. The Hill)

Is every Republican just incapable of telling the truth? There was no reason to even step out here with this baldfaced lie other than to give the Republican voters nationally a sympathetic voice to turn to in the wake of a tragedy, someone to look at and say “look at this nice, sensible person who is both respectful of our enemies and also protecting our President.”

She makes me sick. They all make me sick. I’m so tired of the lying because what is truth? What is truth when your voters DECIDE what truth is based on what they believe and not facts, which they discount as lies, because it’s not what they believe? What are we even doing here? Republicans lie about the simplest things like this — who blamed who and when — and there’s just no space for any debate on any topic because there are no facts there. There is no basic standard of These Things Happened because the only thing that matters to their voters is What’s Happening Now. Past words don’t matter, because the explanation is those words have been altered or taken out of context.

How do you fight lies?

 

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Trump sues the Internet, because he needs money.

He’s filing a suit he can’t win so his cult will give him more cash.

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Donald Trump sued Twitter, Facebook, and Google yesterday because he misses being able to shit in America’s face whenever the mood strikes, and because he needs money.

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he will lead a lawsuit over alleged censorship against Twitter, Facebook and Google – three tech companies that removed him from their platforms after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a mob of his supporters.

The lawsuit will be a class-action, with Trump as the lead plaintiff, claiming that he’s been censored by the companies. He spoke about the legal action from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

“I stand before you this morning to announce a very important… development for our freedom and freedom of speech,” Trump said. “In conjunction with the America First Policy Institute, I’m filing, as the lead class-action representative, a major class-action lawsuit against the big tech giants, including Facebook, Google and Twitter, as well as their CEOs.”

(cont. Fox News)

Fox News is reporting this story to its viewers and readers the way it reports everything else: with half of the truth and a Conservative tilt that builds a false reality in the minds of its consumers. Trump is indeed filing suit and he does indeed feel that his First Amendment rights have been infringed upon, but if Fox News would just say plainly that these suits have zero chance of success, people would be less likely to send Trump money, which is all that orange bastard wants in the first place.

Donald Trump’s entire fundraising strategy is to present himself as a champion of white Conservatives who feel they’ve been silenced. They feel like he’s the only one who’s fighting for them, so they send him — a supposed billionaire in their eyes — money to fight liberals, to fight Democrats, to fight the legal establishment, to fight media elites. Fine, if you want to throw away your money so your champion has enough cash to fight the good fight, that’s your right.

Where’s the good fight though? These are lawsuits for show. They won’t be pursued because they have no chance of winning and Trump hates to lose. From a legal precedent, we just had a ruling on this exact same situation less than two weeks ago, and it was in Florida where Trump filed his lawsuit.

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a Florida law that would penalize social media companies for blocking a politician’s posts, a blow to conservatives’ efforts to respond to Facebook and other websites’ suspension of former president Donald Trump. The law was due to go into effect Thursday, but in issuing a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle of the Northern District of Florida suggested that the law would be found unconstitutional.

(cont. WaPo)

Speaking of Florida, you can’t sue Facebook or Twitter from Florida. You have to sue them in California. I’m not a legal scholar and I don’t know why that is. I would suspect that a company would choose to set up shop in a state whose legal system was more likely to side with the company should an issue arise. If I’m a gun manufacturer, I’d rather be sued in Texas than in New York because my Texas judges will probably see it my way. Whatever the reasons, we all agree to file suit against Facebook and Twitter in California. When you sign up to use the platform, it says in the Terms of Service that any dispute you have must be filed in California.

It’s a done deal. Case closed, before it’s even open. Courts almost always uphold Terms of Service agreements unless there’s something egregiously illegal or unconstitutional in them, and specifying a jurisdiction in which to file a lawsuit is so commonplace, there’s no court that would even look twice at this filing from Florida. The Terms of Service agreement isn’t suddenly rendered invalid because you don’t like what you agreed to or you didn’t read it. It’s a legally binding contract that you agreed to, and if Trump wanted us to believe even for a second that he would pursue this lawsuit seriously, he would’ve at least bothered to file it in California. It’s so clearly Trump’s latest grift to wring money out of his cult, a way to keep his name trending, and another virtue-signaling tactic to his brainwashed followers that says, “hey…I’m still fighting for you guys.”

But he’s just fighting for his bank account.

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Dr. Jill Biden for Vogue

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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden covers Vogue this month and the accompanying write up is great.

I don’t feel like I know as much about her as I did about Michelle Obama, because the press were breathlessly reporting on every little Obama Tidbit, but Dr. Jill has firmly had me in her camp since I noticed how often she perfectly matches her gloves to her outfit.

This passage about the Navajo nation made me give her two snaps:

Dr. Biden’s trip to the Navajo Nation was, in fact, her third official visit to the tribal land—a fact that was lost on no one. (Business leader and Navajo advocate Clara Pratte says, “As someone who has worked in this field for a long time, I can tell you: This is not the norm. But it should be the norm.”) Dr. Biden’s last trip was two years ago, when she came to open “the very first cancer-treatment center on any American Indian reservation,” as the Navajo Nation’s first lady, Phefelia Nez, pointed out. Her husband, President Jonathan Nez, added that it was the Navajo Nation that helped put Biden over the top in Arizona, with “60, 70, even 80 percent turnout in some places.” There is a Navajo word, jooba’ii, that sounds like “Joe Biden” and means compassion, he said. “That’s how a lot of our elders remembered it at the polls.”

(cont.)

How about that. She’s the real deal.

Also: I love that this photo of Dr. Jill and her grandchildren from a couple of years ago pops up again. Annie Liebovitz did some good work here.

 

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WaPo: 21 House Republicans vote against awarding Congressional Gold Medal to all police officers who responded on Jan. 6

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Twenty-one House Republicans on Tuesday voted against awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to all police officers who responded to the Jan. 6 violent attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob.

The measure passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support from 406 lawmakers. But the 21 Republicans who voted “no” drew immediate condemnation from some of their colleagues, and the vote underscored the lingering tensions in Congress amid efforts by some GOP lawmakers to whitewash the events of that day.

(cont.)

Imagine facing down an angry mob and putting your life on the line for a group of people who largely look past you day to day, and then having those people say “oh it wasn’t that bad” and refuse to give you recognition.

The way I would CUSS them out to their FACE. The GOP has no floor. Their party is in hell.

 

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