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Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon demands respect from Russian President Putin

https://twitter.com/Peter__Leonard/status/1581017812264398848

Tajikistan's president demands respect from Russian President Vladimir Putin in a remarkable outburst at Central Asia-Russia summit in Astana


https://twitter.com/Peter__Leonard/status/1581023660189822976

Rahmon blames the collapse of the Soviet Union on failure by Moscow to give proper consideration to the interests of the "small republics," implying that Russia is making the same mistakes all over again


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emomali_Rahmon

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tajikistan

The Complete Moral and Political Breakdown of the Republican Party: 1856 Platform vs 2020 "Platform"

1856 GOP Platform (the very first one):

https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/republican-party-platform-1856

June 18, 1856


This Convention of Delegates, assembled in pursuance of a call addressed to the people of the United States, without regard to past political differences or divisions, who are opposed to the repeal of the Missouri Compromise; to the policy of the present Administration; to the extension of Slavery into Free Territory; in favor of the admission of Kansas as a Free State; of restoring the action of the Federal Government to the principles of Washington and Jefferson; and for the purpose of presenting candidates for the offices of President and Vice-President, do resolve as follows:

Resolved: That the maintenance of the principles promulgated in the Declaration of Independence, and embodied in the Federal Constitution are essential to the preservation of our Republican institutions, and that the Federal Constitution, the rights of the States, and the union of the States, must and shall be preserved.

Resolved: That, with our Republican fathers, we hold it to be a self-evident truth, that all men are endowed with the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that the primary object and ulterior design of our Federal Government were to secure these rights to all persons under its exclusive jurisdiction; that, as our Republican fathers, when they had abolished Slavery in all our National Territory, ordained that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, it becomes our duty to maintain this provision of the Constitution against all attempts to violate it for the purpose of establishing Slavery in the Territories of the United States by positive legislation, prohibiting its existence or extension therein. That we deny the authority of Congress, of a Territorial Legislation, of any individual, or association of individuals, to give legal existence to Slavery in any Territory of the United States, while the present Constitution shall be maintained.

Resolved: That the Constitution confers upon Congress sovereign powers over the Territories of the United States for their government; and that in the exercise of this power, it is both the right and the imperative duty of Congress to prohibit in the Territories those twin relics of barbarism--Polygamy, and Slavery.

Resolved: That while the Constitution of the United States was ordained and established by the people, in order to "form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty," and contain ample provision for the protection of the life, liberty, and property of every citizen, the dearest Constitutional rights of the people of Kansas have been fraudulently and violently taken from them.

Their Territory has been invaded by an armed force;

Spurious and pretended legislative, judicial, and executive officers have been set over them, by whose usurped authority, sustained by the military power of the government, tyrannical and unconstitutional laws have been enacted and enforced;

The right of the people to keep and bear arms has been infringed.

Test oaths of an extraordinary and entangling nature have been imposed as a condition of exercising the right of suffrage and holding office.

The right of an accused person to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury has been denied;

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, has been violated;

They have been deprived of life, liberty, and property without due process of law;

That the freedom of speech and of the press has been abridged;

The right to choose their representatives has been made of no effect;

Murders, robberies, and arsons have been instigated and encouraged, and the offenders have been allowed to go unpunished;

That all these things have been done with the knowledge, sanction, and procurement of the present National Administration; and that for this high crime against the Constitution, the Union, and humanity, we arraign that Administration, the President, his advisers, agents, supporters, apologists, and accessories, either before or after the fact, before the country and before the world; and that it is our fixed purpose to bring the actual perpetrators of these atrocious outrages and their accomplices to a sure and condign punishment thereafter.

Resolved, That Kansas should be immediately admitted as a state of this Union, with her present Free Constitution, as at once the most effectual way of securing to her citizens the enjoyment of the rights and privileges to which they are entitled, and of ending the civil strife now raging in her territory.

Resolved, That the highwayman's plea, that "might makes right," embodied in the Ostend Circular, was in every respect unworthy of American diplomacy, and would bring shame and dishonor upon any Government or people that gave it their sanction.

Resolved, That a railroad to the Pacific Ocean by the most central and practicable route is imperatively demanded by the interests of the whole country, and that the Federal Government ought to render immediate and efficient aid in its construction, and as an auxiliary thereto, to the immediate construction of an emigrant road on the line of the railroad.

Resolved, That appropriations by Congress for the improvement of rivers and harbors, of a national character, required for the accommodation and security of our existing commerce, are authorized by the Constitution, and justified by the obligation of the Government to protect the lives and property of its citizens.

Resolved, That we invite the affiliation and cooperation of the men of all parties, however differing from us in other respects, in support of the principles herein declared; and believing that the spirit of our institutions as well as the Constitution of our country, guarantees liberty of conscience and equality of rights among citizens, we oppose all legislation impairing their security.



2020 GOP "Platform":

https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/documents/resolution-regarding-the-republican-party-platform

August 24, 2020


WHEREAS, The Republican National Committee (RNC) has significantly scaled back the size and scope of the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte due to strict restrictions on gatherings and meetings, and out of concern for the safety of convention attendees and our hosts;

WHEREAS, The RNC has unanimously voted to forego the Convention Committee on Platform, in appreciation of the fact that it did not want a small contingent of delegates formulating a new platform without the breadth of perspectives within the ever-growing Republican movement;

WHEREAS, All platforms are snapshots of the historical contexts in which they are born, and parties abide by their policy priorities, rather than their political rhetoric;

WHEREAS, The RNC, had the Platform Committee been able to convene in 2020, would have undoubtedly unanimously agreed to reassert the Party's strong support for President Donald Trump and his Administration;

WHEREAS, The media has outrageously misrepresented the implications of the RNC not adopting a new platform in 2020 and continues to engage in misleading advocacy for the failed policies of the Obama-Biden Administration, rather than providing the public with unbiased reporting of facts; and

WHEREAS, The RNC enthusiastically supports President Trump and continues to reject the policy positions of the Obama-Biden Administration, as well as those espoused by the Democratic National Committee today; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Republican Party has and will continue to enthusiastically support the President's America-first agenda;

RESOLVED, That the 2020 Republican National Convention will adjourn without adopting a new platform until the 2024 Republican National Convention;

RESOLVED, That the 2020 Republican National Convention calls on the media to engage in accurate and unbiased reporting, especially as it relates to the strong support of the RNC for President Trump and his Administration; and

RESOLVED, That any motion to amend the 2016 Platform or to adopt a new platform, including any motion to suspend the procedures that will allow doing so, will be ruled out of order.


As much as one might theoretically criticize the 1856 platform, at least it WAS a platform. The "2020 one" ? Sheer autocratic idolatry. Anyone still claiming to be a Republican who has a conscience, should be ashamed of the GOP and, at least, become an independent.

Preaching to the choir here but maybe a lurker or two will read this and reconsider his/her GOP voting.

GOP statehouse candidate refuses to apologize for racist tweet

https://kdvr.com/news/politics/colorado-politics-news/racist-tweet-candidate-marla-fernandez/

snip

The longshot Republican candidate in the race for Colorado’s House District 3 said she is not apologizing after calling her opponent and three candidates of color “chimps.”

snip

Two weeks ago, the AFT tweeted an endorsement of Democrat Rep. Meg Froelich, who is running for re-election, along with endorsements for Sen. Julie Gonzales, House District 6 candidate Elisabeth Epps and Rep. Jennifer Bacon.

Froelich responded to the tweet writing, “Wow! I get to be with these champs? Made my day! Thanks @coloradoaft.”

Her opponent, Republican Marla Fernandez, wrote back late Monday night saying, “Did you say chimps?” with a smiling emoji. “Sorry must be my dyslexia.”


The offensive tweet:

https://twitter.com/marla4denver/status/1567020645233328130?s=12&t=5osdqTJ9eaKdpyJTt_1BzQ

Protective cat attacks man

https://twitter.com/TrixieSpeaks/status/1567421354546167808


https://twitter.com/TrixieSpeaks/status/1567511110680461312


eta: Changed subject line

Kharkiv, Ukraine: Chimpanzee escapes from local zoo, wants jacket, then agrees to return to the zoo

Almost 2 minute long video

https://twitter.com/HannaLiubakova/status/1567051177132494851

Man pulls handgun on guy skateboarding

https://twitter.com/JosephSakran/status/1560066051404185600

AFAIK no one has identified the man yet. If you cannot see the video because of a content warning, just click the View link.

eta: deleted original video because of his/her feed.

Rick Astley of "Never Gonna Give You Up" (1987) fame releases new version of the hit...

https://twitter.com/ladbible/status/1560251259021656069

If you don't know, it is a meme on the internet called a "rickroll" to allude to something and then you click the link and it's his song

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rickrolling

eta: It almost looks like part of a AAA insurance commercial ?


eta2: Here is the original 1987 music video

Ex-Trump Aide Sics MAGA Lackeys on Alleged FBI Agents' Families

https://www.thedailybeast.com/ex-trump-aide-sics-maga-lackeys-on-alleged-fbi-agents-families

Just hours after a list began circulating among right-wing media of FBI agents who signed off on the search warrant for Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property, a former Trump aide tried to sic MAGA fans on the family members of the purported agents.

Garrett Ziegler, who recently went on a sexist tear against former White House colleagues, took to Truth Social to post the personal information of men he identified as agents.

“This is one of the two feds who signed the ‘Receipt for Property’ form, which detailed—at a very high level—the fishing expedition that the FBI performed at Mar-a-Lago,” Ziegler said on both Truth Social and Telegram.

The former Trump administration staffer further listed out the FBI agents’ date of birth, work emails and linked to alleged family members’ social media accounts.


Total scum. If any of those agents are injured or killed, he needs to go to prison for a very long time.

One of Trump's lawyers: Don't run for President Donald, and it all goes away

Jesus, she must think we are all stupid.

https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1558227491537436672

Trump’s attorney says she has advised him that if he just says he won’t run for president, all these investigations and charges will go away and be dropped.


Her name is Alina Habba.

https://habbalaw.com/alina-habba/

Alina has experience in many areas of litigation including, but not limited to, corporate litigation and formation, commercial real estate (transactional and litigation), family law, the financial services industry and construction-related matters. Alina is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, and the United States District Court for the Districts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.


Notice her LACK of criminal defense experience. Granted, she said "not limited to" but criminal defense is a major area of the law.

UK's Larry the cat: "One of the search dogs preparing to testify against Trump: "You're going to....

One of the search dogs preparing to testify against Trump: “You’re going to jail Donald”


https://twitter.com/Number10cat/status/1558212174425853952

Never seen Larry the Cat veer off into US politics lol


https://twitter.com/Number10cat

Larry the Cat
@Number10cat
Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office. 15 year old tabby. Seen off three Prime Ministers. Awaiting my fourth lodger. Unofficial.
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