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Leon Troutsky

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  1. Stacey Abrams on Thursday threw her support behind Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposed revisions to congressional Democrats’ expansive election and ethics reform bill, conferring him the endorsement of one of the nation’s premier voting rights activists.

    In an interview on CNN, Abrams — a former Democratic nominee for Georgia governor who founded an organization to fight voter suppression — said she “absolutely” could support the changes to the For the People Act that Manchin (D-W.Va.) outlined in a memo circulated among colleagues on Wednesday.

  2. This f’ing guy…

    House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy criticized President Joe Biden's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying in a statement on Thursday that Biden "gave Vladimir Putin a pass."

    "The American people suffered massive disruptions because of Russia-linked cyber-attacks," McCarthy said in a statement released Thursday. "Two Americans, both Marine veterans, are being held as prisoners in Russia. We know Vladimir Putin silences and imprisons his critics."

    He added: "Knowing these facts, President Biden should have used today's summit to stand up for our national interests and send a message to the world that the United States will hold Russia accountable for its long list of transgressions. Unfortunately, President Biden gave Vladimir Putin a pass."

    McCarthy's comments come after years of silence from him on former President Donald Trump's relationship with Putin, which many critics described as him cozying up to the Russian president especially amid intelligence Russia interfered in the 2016 election.


  3. For those who still try to “both sides” the authoritarianism in this country, there’s now statistical evidence showing that Republicans are much more authoritarian (“illiberal”) than Democrats in this country and have been for awhile.  For the 538 link:


    Then the 538 graph using V-Dem measures.  The V-Dem institute is an alternative to Freedom House (one of the top measures of democracy used by political scientists), but it’s measures are highly correlated with Freedom House and have the added benefit of being broken down by party across different countries.  

    Here’s the 538 graph:


    Their graph doesn't’ include the Democratic Party for comparison, so I went to V-Dem’s site for this graph, which shows how the GOP has shifted over the years relative to the Democratic Party…


    And here’s a link to the V-Dem report where the graph is located…


    Notice how much closer to the GOP is to autocracies (authoritarian regimes) than to the median of Democracies?  



  4. 30 minutes ago, Southern California Liar said:


    One of the greatest failures of policy in modern history is forcing regular workers at these shops to enforce the mask mandates.  It’s so patently obvious that we need clear and unequivocal direction from government about things like masks and social distancing precisely so that employees can tell people “I’m sorry, it’s the law”.  But the f’ing politicians are too cowardly to take on the responsibility of the office they hold, so they put people like LaQuitta Willis at risk on a daily basis.  It’s absolutely disgusting.

  5. 1 hour ago, Southern California Liar said:

    To be honest at my first funeral I'm going for a more conservative vibe.........but at my next one it's gonna be beat boxers and break dancers everywhere. That second one is definitely gona definitely have a white dude beat boxing The Pot while staring at my enemies.


    Dead at the email address.  :lol: 

  6. 1 minute ago, Southern California Liar said:

    Ehhh......he's a Democrat and he has saw poll numbers on how he should treat the press and its all a reflection on not being Trump. That's as far as I'm willing to go.

    Right, I tend to agree.

    My point about what the reporter said is that it’s not because he’s sincere, it’s because he pops off at the mouth a lot and therefore has to apologize more often.  

  7. 20 minutes ago, Southern California Liar said:

    But Bidens apology was certainly a PR move. It's just the common sense PR move. And he'll get credit for it too.

    I tend to agree.  

    I did hear a reporter talk about how Biden has a decades long history of apologizing in situations like this, suggesting his apology was sincere.  My thought was that of course he’s going to have a history of apologizing because he’s got a history of popping off at the mouth.

  8. Just now, Southern California Liar said:

    I don't mind Biden popping off at a reporter, and I don't mind a reporter being "aggressive" or "negative" with their questions. Both kinda seemed to make mistakes in my opinion but that is supposed to be an adversarial relationship to a degree. It's supposed to be kinda tense.

    Afterward, the reporter explained on CNN that she was just doing her job in asking the questions but also said that the apology from Biden wasn’t necessary, but they were glad he made a point to apologize anyway.  It’s being billed as this huge blowup and it really isn’t.  A reporter asked a tough question — and yes, the press is typically more negative because of the adversarial relationship — and Biden lost his cool and spouted off.  Not that big a deal in the grand scheme of things.

  9. 16 minutes ago, falconsd56 said:

    Did Biden call them the enemy of the people, fake news, and share clips of himself beating up a doctored image of CNN's logo?


    Just now, Leon Troutsky said:

    Seriously???  People are comparing this to Trump calling the media “fake news” and “the enemy of the people” and pointing to them at his rallies to supporters could attack them?  Maybe I missed it, but what did Biden say that was “violent rhetoric” in that exchange?  And what did he say that was comparable to Trump’s attacks on the press?

    You beat me to it.

  10. 25 minutes ago, Mr. Hoopah! said:


    Seriously???  People are comparing this to Trump calling the media “fake news” and “the enemy of the people” and pointing to them at his rallies to supporters could attack them?  Maybe I missed it, but what did Biden say that was “violent rhetoric” in that exchange?  And what did he say that was comparable to Trump’s attacks on the press?

  11. 46 minutes ago, Carter said:

    I’m good. No power issues around here yet but I’m sure it’s coming. **** is falling apart and these nutjobs are all screaming it’s because Democrats and our “Marxist” bureaucracy full of appointed traitors who can’t be fired and only serve to destroy the world and exploit children.

    Can’t even say ignorance is bliss with these clowns. They’re taking ignorance to new levels and every last one of them is mad as ****.


  12. 3 hours ago, Mr. Hoopah! said:

    Sue his *** again 


    The process server should just hang out in his garage…

    The case has been turned over to the Madison County district attorney’s office. DA Rob Broussard said last week that extradition would not be sought of Seklecki, who is based in Atlanta, given the nature of the charge. The warrant could be served, however, if Seklecki returned to Huntsville.

  13. 13 minutes ago, AF89 said:


    Yeah, the whole Maxine Waters thing is weird to me.  She definitely is a s*** show and has engaged in some reckless and dangerous rhetoric, but apparently she’s also the go-to “whataboutism” for GOP partisans and rightwingers these days who want to softpeddle and trivialize violence from the right.

    I actually had somebody try to argue that MTG’s stuff about executing Pelosi (including liking a Facebook post about “a bullet to her head”) was “no different” or “no worse” than Maxine Waters’ telling protestors that they have to “get more confrontational”.  Like, their argument was basically, “Maxine Waters is telling supporters to murder Republicans and that’s no different than MTG’s call to publicly execute Nancy Pelosi.”

    Just weird s***.  


  14. 9 minutes ago, Serge said:

    Republicans aren't saying it, though; Tucker Carlson's saying it. That's how they can have their cake and eat it, too.

    Some people like to pretend like the voter suppression bills in Georgia and elsewhere have some legitimate purpose or reasoning behind it.  But Republicans themselves have openly explained what it’s all about so many times that by now it’s just willful ignorance for someone to pretend like it’s anything other than manipulating elections to their advantage under the guise of an outright lie…

    Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer says he attended various meetings, beginning in 2009, at which party staffers and consultants pushed for reductions in early voting days and hours.

    “The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates,” Greer told The Post. “It’s done for one reason and one reason only. ... ‘We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,’ ” Greer said he was told by those staffers and consultants.

    “They never came in to see me and tell me we had a (voter) fraud issue,” Greer said. “It’s all a marketing ploy.”

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