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Solly Mack

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Busy observing the group dynamics of dust bunnies.

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lol Some people slay me. They only know about one speech

by MLK, Jr and they act as if that shows how enlightened they are and how they couldn't possibly be racist if they know about his "I have a dream" speech.

Even then they only pull certain excerpts from that one particular speech, and not because they admired King or even understood all he was talking about. No, they do it because most of the speech lays bare some ugly truths about America that still apply today.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent (Yes) will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.


And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. [enthusiastic applause] There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

A lot of white people attempting to beat people of color over the head with King's words of peaceful protest primarily do so in an attempt to silence people of color. Be angry, they're saying. But do it nicely. Show it in a way that doesn't offend us. Voice your anger and pain in a white people approved way.

Trump attacked peaceful protesters and he wasn't the only one judging from all the footage of police attacking other peaceful protesters.

A black man was mocked, scorned, and threatened with death for kneeling in a peaceful protest.

Peaceful protests get attacked.

Angry protests get attacked.

It doesn't matter how people of color protest - they will be attacked.

It's not the protesting these white folks are objecting to - it's the people doing the protesting that offends them. It's the color of the skin that makes all the difference.

Armed white people can storm capitol buildings and cops don't blink an eye - and Trump calls them good people. Responsible people.

Nazis and assorted other white supremacists can attack people, even commit murder, and Trump claims they are very fine people and then blames the victims.

McEnany thinks she scored a point. The only thing she did was show how pointedly dismissive this administration is of people of color.

I've taken to saying President Biden. Not VP Biden.

Not Joe Biden. Not former VP Biden.

President Biden.

In emails. On the phone. Face to face conversations. At home talking with my husband. When referring to him for any reason - President Joe Biden.

President Joe Biden talking with protesters.

President Biden talked with Mr. Philonise Floyd.

President Biden to attend the funeral of George Floyd.

When anyone says, "He's not President yet".

I reply, "You see anyone else behaving like a President?"

It's a small gesture. Maybe even a meaningless one. But people can already see a clear difference in the response to the killing of George Floyd. They see the difference in the response to the protests. They're struggling under Trump's response to the pandemic. They've witnessed the last three and a half years. They've felt each of those days.

Let them hear the difference. Let them read the difference. When you post to Facebook. When you tweet. Anywhere you share on social media. When talking to people. Say it outloud to yourself.

President Biden.

President Biden.

President Joe Biden.

President Biden has already assumed the role. He is already bridging the chasm caused by Trump's inability to see the world beyond his own ego.

America is without a president in the White House. But America is not without a President.

President Biden said this.
President Biden said that.
President Biden did this.
President Biden did that.

He's already acting like a president.

Come November, let's make it official.

Delusional Donnie puffs out his chest, stomps about,

gesticulating wildly with his tiny little hands, checking himself in the mirror and nodding approvingly at the larger than life figure his encephalopathic brain tells him he sees.

Working himself up into a televangelistic fever pitch until red blotches breach the armor of orange he wears as a shield against the glaringly obvious chyrons of a life lived in vacuous repose scroll across his bloated face.

"I alone!", he bellows.

"I Alone!", he roars.

"I accept no responsibility", he intones.

I know you are but what am I?, he ends.

401 years of white knees on black necks.

From slavery to redeemer states to the KKK to Jim Crow to lynching and each and every day since and in between.

Every right gained has met the resistance of a white knee.

Be calm?

Be patient?

Change takes time?

After a while, incremental sounds like never. Especially when you're the ones struggling to breathe under those white knees.

The lack of definitive action against a clearly corrupt administration

makes our government a joke. A mockery. A complete sham.

This failure to act exposes the complicity of those who would rather feather their own nest than to protect the tenets of our democratic republic.

They have weakened our democracy and left us open to greater abuses from a criminal president.

They have chosen to sacrifice all things good about America to make prosperous all things bad.

They have long ceased to be the other political party who still shared the values of democracy and have, instead, morphed into the opposition - period. They have become the enemy to the principles of democracy, operating contrary to the rules and laws that govern our nation, eroding the strength of the republic; taking aim at the heart of our country - the people.

With their lies and revisions, with their embracing of the prolific liar and criminal currently in office, they have waged war on the citizenry. For power and personal gain - they have not only warped the ideals of liberty and justice, but have actively sought to bend the minds of the people to accept governmental actions that are alien to the bedrock of our foundation; a subversion of the national character enshrined in the Bill of Rights, and hard fought for and won by the people to secure the "blessings of liberty".

They seek to rule the people and not govern by the will of the people.

They have, in short, become traitors to America. Not mere blips and glitches along the way to forming a "more perfect union" but impediments to progress - to realizing the full measures of freedom and equality.

The FBI did warn the Trump campaign. Trump chose to ignore the warnings.

The FBI warning Trump received, ignored, and apparently forgot about

In the weeks after he became the Republican nominee on July 19, 2016, Donald Trump was warned that foreign adversaries, including Russia, would probably try to spy on and infiltrate his campaign, according to multiple government officials familiar with the matter.

The warning came in the form of a high-level counterintelligence briefing by senior FBI officials, the officials said. A similar briefing was given to Hillary Clinton, they added. They said the briefings, which are commonly provided to presidential nominees, were designed to educate the candidates and their top aides about potential threats from foreign spies.

The candidates were urged to alert the FBI about any suspicious overtures to their campaigns, the officials said.

FBI warned Trump in 2016 Russians would try to infiltrate his campaign

The briefings were led by counterintelligence specialists from the FBI, the sources said. They were timed to occur around the period when the candidates began receiving classified intelligence, the officials said, which put them at greater risk for being targeted by foreign spies. Trump's first intelligence briefing as Republican nominee was Aug. 17, 2016, sources told NBC News at the time.

Meddling, collusion, interference whatever - it does call into question

the legitimacy of the election and its outcome.

Collusion means the Trump campaign worked with the Russians. Another (criminal) level to the interference/meddling by a foreign government.

But whatever you want to call it - it calls into question Trump's "legitimacy".

And it should - because it does.

The GOP is attempting to create the narrative that as long as no one questions Trump's win then we can all agree Russia interfered - but if anyone says because of the interference - and any collusion between the campaign and Russia - the election results are in question - then the GOP doesn't want to acknowledge that.

And for good reason - (for them) - Trump is giving them what they have wanted for decades.

That's the "compromise" carrot they are dangling - agree the election results were not influenced and they'll play as pretty as they are able. (which won't be much)

Claim the election results were impacted and they'll fight.

The GOP won't do anything, if even then, until the Kavanaugh vote and the midterms

Unless the Trump/Putin presser has clearly turned Trump into more a liability than asset. Which, judging from the most of the GOP comments, it hasn't. If they can spin it or ignore it, they will.

Pence wasn't picked as VP out of thin air. The GOP was always going to act if Trump proved to be more liability than help...but as most GOP candidates are running on team Trump for the midterms, that will be used as a measure of liability vs asset.

They also really want Kavanaugh.

Trump is attempting to dismantle the "administrative state" and Paul is all on board with that.

Administrative state agencies include the EPA, the CDC, the USDA among other regulations and oversight that keep Americans safe...or did, before Trump. (and others)

Donald Trump is presiding over the most withering, devastating, and trenchant attack on the American administrative state this nation has ever known

he administrative state, a pillar of modern American government, is tasked with making and enforcing economic and environmental regulations, designing and running social welfare programs, fighting crime and corruption, providing for the national defense and so much more.

Yet, in a little more than nine months, Trump has taken aim and hit his bull’s-eye. Far from the public’s gaze, he’s rescinded, rolled backed, and reversed countless environmental, labor, education, transportation, food and drug, and consumer protection rules and regulations.

Cast largely as liberty enhancing, these deregulatory efforts endanger the safety, health, and welfare of all Americans, not to mention a good deal of the rest of the world who depend on the United States to do its part to combat global warming, banking and securities fraud, and worker exploitation.

At the same time, Trump is vilifying the professional bureaucracy, that vast community of apolitical, career officials whose work it is to design, administer, and demand compliance with administrative regulations—and who are, by congressional design and longstanding practice, well positioned to question and challenge the directives of an abusive, impulsive, or simply hyperpartisan president.

Agencies under the "administrative state".

Administrative Conference of the United States
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Central Intelligence Agency
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Congressional Budget Office
Congressional Research Service
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Drug Enforcement Administration
Farm Credit Administration
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Election Commission
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Federal Housing Finance Agency
Federal Insurance Office
Federal Labor Relations Authority
Federal Trade Commission
Financial Stability Oversight Council
Food and Drug Administration
Institute of Education Sciences
Internal Revenue Service
Interstate Commerce Commission
National Center for Education Statistics
National Credit Union Administration
National Labor Relations Board
National Recovery Administration
National Security Agency
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
Office of Financial Research
Office of Foreign Labor Certification
Securities and Exchange Commission
Securities Investor Protection Corporation
Transportation Security Administration
U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Department of the Treasury
U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Energy Information Administration
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
U.S. Federal Reserve System
U.S. Forest Service
U.S. General Services Administration
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Government Accountability Office
U.S. Government Publishing Office
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
U.S. Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
U.S. Office of Management and Budget
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
U.S. Small Business Administration
U.S. Social Security Administration
United States Civil Service Commission

Raymond Kethledge - potential SCOTUS justice

I've done the Top 3 picks - Kavanaugh, Kethledge, and Barrett. ALL 3 would - given the chance - vote to overturn Roe v Wade or severely curtail a woman's right to choose. Anyone pretending otherwise is FOS. Any of the three will lie if asked about Roe v Wade during a confirmation hearing - waffling (lying) their answer to appear open. Giving a non-answer instead of the truth.

Raymond Kethledge

1 - Appointed by anti-choice President George W. Bush (and Bush is anti-woman - if you're anti-choice, you're anti-woman. You either agree women have the right to make reproductive choices or you don't - and if you don't, you're telling me that you get to make my choices for me and that I don't matter.)

2 - He was the Judiciary Committee counsel for anti-choice Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-MI) while Sen. Abraham was pushing for the Federal Abortion Ban.

3 - He supported the Supreme Court nomination of Samuel Alito; Alito became the fifth vote to uphold the constitutionality of the Federal Abortion Ban.

4 - Kethledge has contributed to anti-choice candidates and elected officials including Spencer Abraham, George W. Bush, Joe Knollenberg, and Keith Butler.

5 - Kethledge is active in the conservative, anti-choice Federalist Society.

Kethledge is a strong "originalist" - the same as the died-way-too-late Scalia. Kethledge is also a hardcore "religious liberty" judge. Yes, that would be "religious liberty" as defined by the religious right.

Kethledge is also a challenger of the "administrative state'" - meaning regulatory agencies/social services - meaning he would rather dismantle the power of regulatory agencies - like what Pruitt did to the EPA and what Trump will continue to do with his next appointment.

If you reverse all regulatory actions that serve the people, you end up with Trump world - where the EPA now thinks clean water is overrated. Now apply that thinking to all social service agencies that regulate and serve the greater good. (USDA, Civil Rights offices within agencies and offices of government, etc..)

Kethledge is exactly like Gorsuch in that regard. Both Gorsuch and Kethledge believe the "Chevron" standard - "which requires that courts defer to agency interpretations of federal law" - gives too much power to agencies like the EPA to regulate what businesses and people do.

Amy Coney Barrett

Brett Kavanaugh

OK. I'm done now.

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