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Just a thought or two about our nation and it's current state...

We are a a magnificently beautiful and bountiful country and, by most standards, one of the greatest democratic/republics to ever exist. Our advances in science, education, and technology are legendary. Our military is the best in the world and our soldiers are great warriors.

But, in my view, as a nation we lack humility. Greatness includes a healthy dose of humility. Our nation is a nation of flaws and laws. Much of our country was built on the sweat and blood of slaves and slavery. Our country grew and expanded over the dead bodies of indigenous peoples. Women were not allowed to vote until 1920. Ours was a segregationist country until 1964. Just a reminder of who we were, who we became and, sadly, who we may return to being.

“A mistake that makes you humble is better than an achievement that makes you arrogant”
― (Unknown)

'Are you kidding me?' Rick Wilson slams the Jan. 6 Committee for only holding six hearings...

https://www.rawstory.com/rick-wilson-donald-trump/

Maybe, maybe not. If it's ok with the lady of steel, Cheney and my hero, Raskin,it's ok with me.

Capitol attack panel to hold six public hearings as it aims to show how Trump broke law

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/23/capitol-attack-panel-public-hearings-trump

"The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol is expected to stage six public hearings in June...with the first and last in prime time, where its lawyers will run through how Trump’s schemes took shape before the election and culminated with the Capitol attack.

The hearings are set to be a pivotal political moment for the country as the panel aims to publicly outline the potentially unlawful schemes that tried to keep the former president in office despite his defeat at the hands of Joe Biden.

A select committee member will lead each of the hearings,..but top investigative lawyers who are intimately familiar with the material will primarily conduct the questioning of witnesses to keep testimony tightly on track.

As the witnesses – most of whom are being subpoenaed to appear at the hearings – give evidence... the committee attorneys will simultaneously flash texts, photos and videos to illustrate the testimony, the sources said.

While the exact content and timings of the hearings are still subject to change, the sources said, the panel intends to lay out how the efforts to reverse Trump’s defeat crystallized over a critical 65-day period from the time he falsely declared he won the 2020 election until 6 January."

A new name to remember: The American Muckrakers PAC

'Is Lauren Boebert about to be “Cawthorn-ized”? We’re going to find out...But can lightning strike twice? According to David B. Wheeler, head of that group (The American Muckrakers PAC—also known as FireBoebert.com)..

Indeed, much of the drama has already been reported. Back in 2004, Boebert’s husband was arrested for exposing himself to two women at a bowling alley (Boebert was there)...And then… they got married...

Since then, Boebert has had plenty of brushes with the law, including a 2015 incident where she was handcuffed at a country music festival after allegedly encouraging minors being detained for underage drinking to leave police custody. Boebert reportedly told police that “she had friends at Fox News and that the arrest would be national news.”

So, there are obvious similarities between Cawthorn and Boebert. And there will be no dearth of material to use against Boebert, including things that are yet to emerge (scandals are sort of like cockroaches—for every one you see, there are probably a hundred hiding).

This raises an interesting ethical question: Should we be cheering on this shitshow?'

My answer is yes, yes, and yes!!!

https://www.thedailybeast.com/after-madison-cawthorns-primary-loss-is-lauren-boebert-next?ref=author

Does the name Larry Ellison ring a bell? And what does he have to do with the 2020 election?

Heather Cox Richardson: Letters from an American
https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/may-20-2022-friday?s=r

'And then, this afternoon, Isaac Stanley-Becker and Shawn Boburg, also of the Washington Post, reported that the billionaire co-founder, chair, and chief technology officer of the computer technology corporation Oracle, Larry Ellison, also participated in a call about the 2020 election. Legal filings in a court case against True the Vote, an organization that has spread lies about widespread voter fraud, contained a note from True the Vote’s founder Catherine Engelbrecht that read: "Jim [Bopp, a lawyer for True the Vote] was on a call this evening with [Trump lawyer] Jay Sekulow, [South Carolina Senator] Lindsey O. Graham, [Fox News Channel personality] Sean Hannity, and Larry Ellison…. He explained the work we were doing and they asked for a preliminary report asap, to be used to rally their troops internally, so that's what I'm working on now."

Ellison, whom Stanley-Becker and Boburg identify as the 11th richest person in the world, gives significant money to right-wing causes and candidates, including Lindsey Graham, to whom he donated hundreds of thousands of dollars in 2018. More recently, he pledged $1 billion of the $44 billion deal for Elon Musk to buy Twitter.'

If we don't get the dark money out of politics our Republic is doomed. Looking at you, Justice Roberts.

I'm done...I don't care who the fuck you are... No more!

https://www.rawstory.com/roeper-school-birmingham/

Racist lesson labeling Obama as a 'primate' handed out to Michigan students

"Administrators at the Roeper School, the oldest K-12 school for gifted children in the country, are investigating the materials, which were described as "an introduction to primates" but included photos of Obama, the nation's first Black president, reported WJBK-TV...

On behalf of Roeper School’s leadership," read the letter, "I would like to acknowledge the disturbing racial offense contained in this worksheet and sincerely regret its use and the harm it has caused."

'Pretty savvy' DOJ just sidestepped legal battles that have slowed Jan. 6 committee's probe:

https://www.rawstory.com/glenn-kirschner-msnbc/

I like Glenn Kirschner but, really, he's been all over the place r.e. the DOJ. I trust Biden and Garland and I think we can now be confident that an investigation is underway.

"I think we've all experienced some frustration because it doesn't look like the Department of Justice has been investigating this the way it would ordinarily investigate, you know, even large-scale conspiracy cases because they don't appear to have been sort of carpet-bombing folks with grand jury subpoenas the way we ordinarily would," Kirschner said.

Kirschner praised DOJ investigators for waiting until the Select Committee had conducted its interviews instead of pursuing the same witnesses.

FoxNews Advertisers: Let them know we're not buying.

https://dropfox.com/advertisers/

Letters from an American: Biden Speaks in Buffalo, NY...

And so much more
https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/may-17-2022?s=r

"Evil will not win in America, Biden promised. “Hate will not prevail. And white supremacy will not have the last word.”

“What happened here is simple and straightforward,” Biden said, “Domestic terrorism. Violence inflicted in the service of hate and a vicious thirst for power that defines one group of people being inherently inferior to any other group. A hate that through the media and politics, the Internet, has radicalized angry, alienated, lost, and isolated individuals into falsely believing that they will be replaced—that’s the word, “replaced”—by the “other”—by people who don’t look like them and who are therefore, in a perverse ideology that they possess and [are] being fed, lesser beings.

“We have to refuse to live in a country where fear and lies are packaged for power and for profit.

“We must all enlist in this great cause of America.

“This is work that requires all of us—presidents and politicians, commentators, citizens. None of us can stay in the sidelines. We have to resolve here in Buffalo that from…this tragedy…will come hope and light and life. It has to. And on our watch, the sacred cause of America will never bow, never break, never bend. And the America we love—the one we love—will endure."

'Morning Joe blames 'powerful cable news network' for Buffalo massacre'

Video included with Morning Joe segment:
https://www.rawstory.com/morning-joe-fox-news/

If the government can't do something about this, the people need to. We can begin by boycotting advertisers on these cable networks/shows - the only thing they understand is greed. If we lose our democracy, the world is doomed. As Joe Biden would say, "This is not hyperbole."
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