Standing up to the Ku Klux Klan caucus

New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has accused the top Republican in the House of allowing a “Ku Klux Klan caucus” to target nonwhite, female members for their supporters to attack and threaten.

In a series of tweets posted from her personal account on Tuesday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Trump suck-up McCarthy “is so desperate to be Speaker that he is working with his Ku Klux Klan caucus to look aside & allow violent targeting of [woman of color] members of Congress”.

“This cannot be ignored,” she said.

The progressive firebrand’s comments were meant to illustrate how most Americans “truly don’t understand the scale, intensity, & volume of threats” which have been targeted at her colleague, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

One of only two Muslim women in Congress — and the only one to wear a hijab, or headscarf, Ilhan Omar has been the focus of derogatory rumors, right-wing conspiracy theories, and even death threats from the time she was first sworn in.

On Tuesday, Ilhan Omar revealed that she had been on the receiving end of a vulgar threatening phone message in the wake of Lauren Boebert posting a video regarding her aborted so-called attempt to apologize for the Islamophobic remarks she’d made which had recently gone viral.

The message, which she played for reporters, consisted of a male voice saying: “You fucking Muslim piece of shit… you fucking traitor, you will not live any longer”.

Continuing, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Kevin McCarthy’s acceptance of his colleagues’ violent rhetoric “is not just about nasty phone calls and emails”.

“[Republicans] are given the freedom to incite without consequence. They don’t have to pay for the security required from their acts. We do,” she wrote, adding that her GOP colleagues actually make money from the threats by fundraising.

“They are targeting those least likely to be institutionally protected first,” she said.

The second-term New York congresswoman has also been the target of violent rhetoric from Republicans. Last month, Crazy Arizona Representative Paul Gosar became the first member to be censured in over a decade after he tweeted an animated video depicting him killing AOC and threatening President Joe Biden.

source: The Independent

Heckling, death threats, and violence at school board meetings

The 2021 version of the brownshirts.

Brownshirts were Hitler’s thug bullies and Adolf Hitler, just like Trump, relied on this criminal organization of thugs and bullies to realize his diabolical goals. The Brownshirts helped him attain power via strong-arm street politics of bullying, intimidation and violence. Today MAGA version shows up at school board meetings wearing red hats and “let’s go Brandon” (fuck Biden) shirts.

For months now, school boards across the nation have been targeted with angry protests over masks and vaccines, joined more recently by rightwing freak-out about critical race theory, concept of examining the role of institutional racism in American history, something the MAGA whitey’s are terrified of.

Elections have become so vitriolic and divisive that the National School Boards Association asked for help from the federal government to investigate threats and intimidation.

All over the country school board confrontations over masks and racism are being amplified in campaigns from the deep south to the west coast, as the national Trump cult Republicans focus on cultural issues to rally white conservative voters heading into the 2022 midterms.

Countdown till doom:

1,100 days of freedom left until the MAGA terrorist take over

November 1, 2021 – November 5, 2024

Gun-toting Marjorie Taylor Greene is afraid?  

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) a close relative of Barney Rubble whined on Tuesday that the investigation of the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol could cause “someone like me to be killed.“(gasp!) While appearing on the rightwing fringe podcast “Real America’s Voice” with host, Trump puppeteer Steve Bannon, the delusional Greene insisted that independent voters are “turning” to the Republican Party. “But they need to look harder,” she said. “Because BlueAnon, the dangerous media, the Democrat media that is so divisive and would do anything to cause someone like me to be killed or someone like you, Steve, to be killed because of the Democrat lies about us and about January 6.” “You see, they’re the real problem in the country,” the lawmaker continued. “They are telling terrible things about us, things that are not true. And things about other Republicans that are not true and innocent people that were at the Capitol on January 6.” Greene went on to lie and make shit up like,  Democrats are waging a “communist revolution” with the protests that occurred following the execution by cop of George Floyd in 2020. “Whereas January 6 was just a riot at the Capitol,” she stated. “And if you think about what our Declaration of Independence says, it says to overthrow tyrants. So there’s a clear difference between January 6 and the Marxist/communist revolution that Antifa/BLM/Democrat [sic] ground troops waged on the American people in 2020.” “All they want to talk about is the riot on January 6 and I’m fed up with it,” Greene continued to wallow in her victimhood. “I’m sick of it and I’m tired of their lies.” : quote source Raw Story

Facebook’s deal with the devil comes back to bite Zucky in the ass

Trump cult calls for Zuckerberg to be locked up! That’s some delicious karma for ya

Poor little Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg received harsh criticism from Donald Trump’s political rally in Georgia.

When Trump complained about Zuckerberg at the rally, the crowd began chanting “lock him up! – lock him up! – lock him up!

“Well, they should be looking at that, Trump said.

Trump’s comments came less than one week after a new report claimed the Facebook CEO cut a deal with Trump to avoid fact-checking political posts. In return, the Trump administration would not impose regulations on the social media behemoth.

Mark Zuckerberg laughed at by Obama alums after Trump discussed his imprisonment at Georgia rally

“Facebook sold its soul and got a ‘lock him up’ chant in return. While doing its part to destroy democracy around the world,” former Obama Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said.

“This speech is a real indictment of the entire strategy employed by the Facebook public policy team. Years of twisting themselves into a pretzel to appease Trump only to have him through Zuck into imaginary Gitmo,” former White House senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer said.

“Guess those ass-kissing sessions at the White House and letting him break Facebook’s rules didn’t protect you Mark,” former Obama spokesperson Tommy Vietor said.

News source Raw Story

The Big Fail

Well, The Trump propaganda network “Fox” did report the results of the Arizona report and confirmed Biden’s win reporting it one time never to be mentioned again. We checked their website and couldn’t find it…

One America News (OAN) carried it wall to wall but concluded that there was “no clear indication” that the election results in Maricopa County will be overturned.” But told their viewers that “several issues” with the election were found. They brought on Christina Bobb, who has worked with the Trump team to overturn the election. Bobb said the report showed “there is a lot of discrepancies.” She suggested there were “indications of fraud” and added that “there is a lot of explaining to do.” Except she offered no real proof and its all bullshit.

On Newsmax they said, “The numbers aren’t adding up to what they originally certified. That is a problem …”

Proponents of The Big Lie are portraying the Cyber Ninjas report as damning evidence in support of their case…

With all the nonstop lies and propaganda is it any wonder why the Trump death cultist are sinking further down in their rabbit hole of insanity.

It’s amazing to us how many of these cultists live here in Humboldt County. We guess that’s why the covid infection and death rate is so high here

Three examples the continuing insurrection

The embrace of the Taliban by many white supremacists and anti-government Trump extremists is causing concern among American officials. The championing of the Taliban by the U.S. groups comes at a time that Afghan allies are coming to the United States as refugees for their own safety. The report details trends from these right groups that have been “framing the activities of the Taliban as a success,” and saying that it is a model for their efforts to create a civil war in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis chief John Cohen cited the “great replacement” conspiracy theory that has been promoted recently by Fox News host Tucker Carlson as fuel for these white supremacists. “So we’re getting it and if history is any guide—and it’s always a guide —we will see many refugees from Afghanistan resettle in our country in coming months, probably in your neighborhood,” Carlson said during a recent broadcast. “And over the next decade, that number may swell to the millions. So first we invade, and then we’re invaded. It is always the same.” “There are concerns that those narratives may incite violent activities directed at immigrant communities, certain faith communities, or even those who are relocated to the United States,” said Cohen. A recent analysis said that far-right extremist groups have been “invigorated” by Afghanistan. Either they want to emulate the Taliban or they want to fight back against “invasions” by the refugees. “These farmers and minimally trained men fought to take back their nation back from “globohomo”. They took back their government, installed their national religion as law, and executed dissenters … If white men in the west had the same courage as the Taliban, we would not be ruled by Jews currently,” read one post from a fascist Proud Boys Telegram group.

In the past, hyperbolic rants from Trump Republicans and other right-wing nuts promising to take up arms would be dismissed as playing to their base. But after Jan. 6, such words have a different context. After all, the same Madison Cawthorn who at the time called Capitol invaders “disgusting” is now saying they are “political prisoners.” Recently Cawthorn said that there could be “bloodshed” over elections in the future. He has called masks “anti-science” and announced that Democrats want to arm Taliban fighters with automatic weapons. He told Americans that “we all need to be storing up some ammunition,” in response. Cawthorn said he may be forced to take up arms against the United States, an outright violation of his oath of office. And then there this open insurrection: The House Select Committee on the Jan 6 insurrection is requesting that nearly three dozen telecommunications companies preserve the phone records of Donald Trump, his family, and various GOP members of Congress as part of its probe into who fueled the fatal insurrection on January 6.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Ca.  threatened at any company who complies with the congressional panel’s request, warning that “a Republican majority will not forget. “Rep. Margie terrorist Greene” took McCarthy’s rhetoric a step further, saying that the companies will be “shut down” if they bend to the panel’s will. “These cell phone companies, these telecommunications companies, they better not play with these Democrats,” Greene said prompted by Tucker Carlson during a Fox News interview. “Because Republicans are coming back into the majority in 2022 and we will take this very serious… if they go along with this, they will be shut down. And that’s a promise.”

The political party that condones violence

The Republican Confederacy

Longtime political observer Doyle McManus pointed out in a column for the Los Angeles Times, that the Republican leadership is finding itself trapped in a corner by the more extreme elements in the party — from far-right GOP lawmakers who excuse and /or deny violence and conservative voters who see no problem with it.

With Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) excusing and supporting the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6th and Rep. Andrew S. Clyde claiming the insurrectionists were merely “tourists,” Republicans are now confronted with the optics and reality of being the party that condones violence. Republicans refusing to take a firm stance against political violence is not a good sign for a party that just lost the Senate and the White House, insist McManus.

The problem is that a substantial number of the GOP’s most fervent supporters have said they are fine with the use of force to hold political power.

McManus points out that a significant chunk of the party’s most fervent supporters doesn’t think the insurrection was damaging or wrong, and they illustrate the GOP’s malfunction. At a time when the party needs every vote it can muster, it can’t risk alienating loyal supporters, even if they embrace violence. A survey by the conservative American Enterprise Institute after the riot in January, shows that 56% of Republicans agreed that the traditional (white) American way of life is disappearing so fast that we may have to use force to save it. It’s these voters that are holding the party hostage as they try to woo voters back after four years of Trumpism.

The same poll reveals, 79% of Republicans said they still had a favorable view of Trump — and 36% said ‘very favorable.’ That consensus has made GOP politicians fearful of crossing Trump or questioning the actions of his most zealous supporters, including the Jan. 6 criminal insurrectionists. Republican officials in both Georgia and Arizona, where Trump is still agitating to reverse the election results, say their families have been physically threatened by Trump’s supporters.

Republicans are trying to tiptoe around a fundamental problem: Their candidate lost a presidential election, but he not only refuses to accept the voters’ verdict; he wants his party to ‘fight’ to restore him to power. They want to move past the embarrassment of Jan. 6, but that’s not going to happen, because face it, they are the party that condones extraconstitutional violence!

sources, LA Times and Raw Story

McConnell McCarthy and the seditious cowardly republicans

McConnell McCarthy with their “dear leader”

The cowardly Republicans’ constantly keep shifting explanations for why they don’t support the Capitol riot commission, it obvious there must be a deeper and far more sinister reason the party can’t get behind it, ignoring the fact that the Democrats gave them just about everything they asked for. The Democrats even included a questionable a power-sharing arrangement under which the GOP would have had a virtual veto power over subpoenas. The GOP would have had equal representation on the 10-member panel, as well as a say in any subpoenas it might issue. They could have obstructed to their hearts content.

These chicken shit Republicans just quake at the thought of doing anything that might cause Mt. Trump to get mad.  The more sinister reason to explain why they appear unconcerned about paying a political price for failing to acknowledge what happened on Jan. 6, is that a large portion of the GOP’s Trumpian base actually believe that the violent mob was justified in its effort to try and stop Congress as it conducted its certification of the electoral votes that made Joe Biden President.

A poll released by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute and the Interfaith Youth Core shows that these dangerous and conspiratorial beliefs are not just limited to the red state’s inbred backwaters. A shocking 20 percent of more than 5,500 adults questioned in all 50 states — and 28 percent of Republicans among them — said they agreed with the statement that ‘there is a storm coming soon that will sweep away the elites in power and restore the rightful leaders.’ The most alarming is that 15 percent overall and, 28 percent of Republicans, think that because “things have gotten so off track, true American patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save our country.”

This is all completely on brand with the QAnon conspiracy theory, right down to the idea of “the storm” where Trump overthrows a shadowy cabal of demonic pedophiles ruling the country and declares martial law. What Republicans said with their cowardly and seditious vote on Friday is that they would rather encourage this thinking to grow within their base, and assume that it works to their political advantage, than to stand up a rebuke it as sedition, which it is.

edited from Raw Story

MTG the wingnut voice of the Republican Party

The voice of the MAGA Republican party, Georgia’s “terrorist barbie” Marjorie Taylor Greene Railed in opposition to creating a commission to study the white supremist Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. In a typically off the rail’s speech on the House floor, Greene tried to argue that somehow Black Lives Matter protests are also an “insurrection.” “I rise in opposition to a commission to study the events of Jan. 6th as well as spending $2 billion in security supplemental,” she complained. After a long-winded attempt to link what happened during the protest in summer of 2020 after the death of George Floyd to an insurrection, she pleaded for a commission to study the what she falsely claimed were violent BLM and antifa mobs that plagued American cities this past summer. Then of course Greene went on to defend the people who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6. “The people that breached the Capitol on Jan. 6 are being abused,” she said. “Some [are] even being held for 23 hours a day in solitary confinement.”Also, who killed Ashli Babbitt (the rioter that was shot breaking to a protected shelter inside congress) and why is that not being revealed?” Greene asked. “Does her family not deserve justice? And lastly, when will the witch hunt of Donald J. Trump come to an end and all of those who support him?”
She represents the heart and soul of the republican party, these people need to all be held to answer for their participation in the insurrection, especially Marjorie Taylor Greene who guided the traitors.

Republican Trumpism versus Brezhnev’s Communist Party circa 1979

Leonid Brezhnev

“The Republican Party has become, in form if not in content, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union of the late 1970s,” the Never Trumper conservative Tom Nichols laments. “I can already hear the howls about invidious comparisons. I do not mean that modern American Republicans are communists. Rather, I mean that the Republicans have entered their own kind of end-stage Bolshevism, as members of a party that is now exhausted by its failures, cynical about its own ideology, authoritarian by reflex, controlled as a personality cult by a failing old man, and looking for new adventures to rejuvenate its fortunes.”

In the late 1970s, Nichols explains, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union — under the leadership of Leonid Brezhnev — was “a spent force” run by “party ideologues” who stubbornly clung to Marxist-Leninist dogma. Brezhnev’s cronies, Nichols recalls, considered him a “heroic genius.”

“Members of the Communist Party who questioned anything, or expressed any sign of unorthodoxy, could be denounced by name, or more likely, simply fired,” Nichols notes. “They would not be executed — this was not Stalinism, after all — but some were left to rot in obscurity in some make-work exile job, eventually retiring as a forgotten ‘comrade pensioner.’ The deal was clear: pump the party’s nonsense and enjoy the good life, or squawk and be sent to manage a library in Kazakhstan. This should all sound familiar.”

Just as the Marxist-Leninist ideologues of the late 1970s rallied around Brezhnev, Nichols argues, the Republican Party of 2021 is rallying around Trump.

“Falling in line, just as in the old Communist Party, is rewarded, and independence is punished,” Nichols observes. “The anger directed at Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger makes the stilted ideological criticisms of last century’s Soviet propagandists seem almost genteel by comparison. At least Soviet families under Brezhnev didn’t add three-page handwritten denouncements to official party reprimands.”

The Soviet Communist Party didn’t collapse in 1978 or 1979, but it did collapse in the early 1990s — even Mikhail Gorbachev’s glasnost reforms of the 1980s couldn’t save the Soviet Union, which no longer exists. Modern-day Russia is now ruled by a right-wing authoritarian, President Vladimir Putin, and embraces crony capitalism and corporate oligarchs rather than communism. And according to Nichols, the Republican Party of the United States is, like the old Soviet Communist Party, terminally ill.

But the more marginal the GOP becomes in the months ahead, Nichols predicts, the more dangerously authoritarian it will become.

“A dying party can still be a dangerous party,” Nichols warns. “The Communist leaders in those last years of political sclerosis arrayed a new generation of nuclear missiles against NATO, invaded Afghanistan, tightened the screws on Jews and other dissidents, lied about why they shot down a civilian 747 airliner, and, near the end, came close to starting World War III out of sheer paranoia. The Republican Party is, for now, more of a danger to the United States than to the world. But like the last Soviet-era holdouts in the Kremlin, its cadres are growing more aggressive and paranoid.”

In 2021, Nichols laments, the GOP has passed the point of no return and can only sink deeper and deeper into the abyss.

“Another lesson from all this history is that the Republicans have no path to reform,” Nichols writes. “Like their Soviet counterparts, their party is too far gone. Gorbachev tried to reform the Soviet Communist Party, and he remains reviled among the Soviet faithful to this day. Similar efforts by the remaining handful of reasonable Republicans are unlikely to fare any better. The Republican Party, to take a phrase from the early Soviet leader Leon Trotsky, should now be deposited where it belongs: in the ‘dustbin of history.'”

edited from The Atlantic by way of Alternet