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Ongoing discussion of the political news of the day. This thread is for 'smaller' stories that don't call for their own thread. If a story blows up, please start a new thread for it.

EDIT: double the posts for double the police state.

A pro-voting Op-ed from Robert Evans:
Portland is living in America’s Terrifying Future.

He did get the full contact experience.

Much of New Orleans is still without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta (which hit two days ago):

NOLA: Nearly 70% of Jefferson Parish still without power; half of Orleans Parish awaiting repairs

The New Orleans area woke up to another day without power Friday, as the area's utilities worked to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers.

Nearly 325,000 Entergy customers remained without power across Louisiana as of 9:30 a.m. Friday, nearly 36 hours after Hurricane Zeta tore through southeast Louisiana as a Category 2 storm. The majority of those outages were in Jefferson and Orleans parishes.

And we've still got a month to go in the Atlantic hurricane season.

https://www.phillymag.com/be-well-ph...

Marathon runners in Philly are creating an 11 mile charity run from the Four Seasons hotel in center city to the Four Seasons Total Landscaping.

Mixolyde wrote:

https://www.phillymag.com/be-well-ph...

Marathon runners in Philly are creating an 11 mile charity run from the Four Seasons hotel in center city to the Four Seasons Total Landscaping.

OMFG. I have done the Broad Street Run five years in a row and this sendup (The Fraud Street Run) is solid gold.

Paleocon wrote:
Mixolyde wrote:

https://www.phillymag.com/be-well-ph...

Marathon runners in Philly are creating an 11 mile charity run from the Four Seasons hotel in center city to the Four Seasons Total Landscaping.

OMFG. I have done the Broad Street Run five years in a row and this sendup (The Fraud Street Run) is solid gold.

I hope Gritty makes an appearance.

Looks like we got civil war this year, but not where anyone expected it.

Proud Boys Infighting Sees Leading Member Form Breakaway Group to Fight 'White Genocide'

Newsweek wrote:

Infighting has broken out between two leading members of the Proud Boys group, with one announcing he will be taking control of the far-right organisation to address "White Genocide" and the "failures of multiculturalism."

White nationalist Kyle Chapman—who set up the "tactical defense arm" of the Proud Boys, the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights (FOAK)—has criticized the group's chairman Enrique Tarrio while announcing a so-called rebranding of the organization.

Writing on encrypted messaging app Telegram, Chapman used racial slurs against Tarrio and other neo-Nazi rhetoric while announcing that the "grifting leaders" had been deposed and the group would be renamed the Proud Goys. The term "goy"—a Hebrew word for a non-Jewish person—is sometimes used by white supremacists to signal their anti-Semitic beliefs, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

"Due to the recent failure of Proud Boy Chairman Enrique Tarrio to conduct himself with honor and courage on the battlefield, it has been decided that I Kyle Chapman reassume my post as President of Proud Boys effective immediately," Chapman wrote. "Our logo will forthwith be changed to reflect the core beliefs of Proud Boy members.

"We will no longer cuck to the left by appointing token negroes as our leaders. We will no longer allow homosexuals or other 'undesirables' into our ranks. We will confront the Zionist criminals who wish to destroy our civilization.

"We recognize that the West was built by the White Race alone and we owe nothing to any other race."

OG_slinger wrote:

Looks like we got civil war this year, but not where anyone expected it.

Proud Boys Infighting Sees Leading Member Form Breakaway Group to Fight 'White Genocide'

And Lo, as the Onion foretold before the new millennium:

Reformist Ku Klux Klan Splinter Group Claims Blacks, Jews May Be Partially Human

I keep being told by family members and friends of friends on Facebook that the Proud Boys aren't a racist group. This news puts the lie to that, obviously.

DSGamer wrote:

I keep being told by family members and friends of friends on Facebook that the Proud Boys aren't a racist group. This news puts the lie to that, obviously.

No no no, the Proud GOYS are the racists who believe that the West was built by the White Race alone. The Proud BOYS acknowledge the contributions of inferior races. Totally different organizations now, keep up, wouldya?

And the Po Boys whom have always had trouble getting funding but also have a hankering for shrimp + gravy...

I always found it odd that a good Po Boy usually isn't cheap... Although the best Po Boys I ever had were "homemade" in the kitchen of a local independent gas station convenience store.

The food really is the thing I miss the most about Louisiana.

Since the election thread is closed, I guess this goes here?

Evidence suggests several state Senate candidates were plants funded by dark money

Local 10 News has found evidence to suggest three such candidates in three Florida Senate district races, two of them in Miami Dade County, were shill candidates whose presence in the races were meant to syphon votes from Democratic candidates.

Comparisons of the no-party candidates' public campaign records show similarities and connections that suggest they are all linked by funding from the same dark money donors, and part of an elaborate scheme to upset voting patterns.

In one of those races, District 37, a recount is underway because the spread between the Democratic and Republican candidates is only 31 votes. The third party candidate received more than 6300 votes.

That third party candidate is Alexis Rodriguez, who has the same last name as the Democratic incumbent senator Jose Javier Rodriguez. The Republican challenger is Ileana Garcia.

Alexis Rodriguez falsified his address on his campaign filing form last June. The couple who now live at the Palmetto Bay address say they have been repeatedly harassed since then by people looking for Rodriguez, who hadn’t lived there in five years.

Local 10 visited Rodriguez’s place of business Tuesday, where Rodriguez lied about his identity. Pretending to be a business partner, Rodriguez shed little light on his sudden candidacy in the District 37 race and lack of fundraising or campaigning.

Local 10 began investigating Rodriguez’s candidacy because of a hunch by Executive Producer Natalie Morera de Varona last month. She was collecting candidates' headshots for election broadcast graphics and was curious why a candidate was nowhere to be found, not returning phone calls.

A search of campaign documents filed by Rodriguez led to a money trail and campaign finance connections with other no-party third candidates in Florida Senate District 9 in Central Florida, and District 39 in Miami-Dade.

Thanks again to the supreme court for citizen's united and making everything worse. And of course the GOP took their national Kanye strategy local in Florida.

Democracy dies in a mailbox in a UPS Store in Atlanta.

Any insights or hot takes on the USPS worker who claimed evidence of ballot tampering, then apparently recanted in an interview with investigators during which he wore a wire for Project Veritas and is now claiming he never recanted, and we'll "find out tomorrow"?

Fun fact: the formation of The Proud Boys was inspired by a black American.

Do they still eschew masterbation?

Jolly Bill wrote:

Any insights or hot takes on the USPS worker who claimed evidence of ballot tampering, then apparently recanted in an interview with investigators during which he wore a wire for Project Veritas and is now claiming he never recanted, and we'll "find out tomorrow"?

It came out that Project Veritas wrote his initial affidavit, that he claims he didn't know what they had written and didn't bother to read it because he was in "shock," and that during his interview with federal agents he admitted he never actually heard his facility's postmaster order workers to backdate ballots.

Project Veritas, being the scummy f*cks they are, used this idiot and they're going to leave him holding the bag.

Washington Post wrote:

On Tuesday, following a story in The Washington Post that quoted officials as saying Hopkins had recanted his earlier claims, Hopkins said in a YouTube video that he had not done so, and that the recording of the interview would show as much.

During the recorded interview, however, federal agents repeatedly reminded Hopkins that his cooperation was voluntary, and Hopkins agreed to sign a document stating that he was not coerced.

Asked by an agent whether he had legal representation, Hopkins said Project Veritas had a lawyer on retention “in case there’s anything that happens.” The agent told Hopkins that if he had a personal lawyer, “I would make whatever efforts possible to have that person here.” Hopkins said he didn’t have a lawyer.

Hopkins also repeatedly expressed regret for signing the initial affidavit because it overstated what he knew and witnessed, according to the recording.

He told agents the affidavit was written by Project Veritas.

He said he was not fully aware of its contents because he was in “so much shock I wasn’t paying that much attention to what they were telling me.”

A spokesman for the group said in a statement emailed to The Post that the “affidavit was drafted with Mr. Hopkins’ input and requested revisions.”

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The initial affidavit Hopkins signed asserted that he had heard the mail facility’s postmaster tell a colleague on Nov. 5 that the postmaster was “backdating the postmarks on the ballots to make it appear as though the ballots had been collected” on Election Day instead of the day after.

In the interview with federal agents, though, Hopkins said he overheard only a few portions of a conversation between the postmaster and another worker. The two were standing at a distance that made it difficult to hear the full conversation, but Hopkins said he could make out three phrases: “ballots on the 4th,” “all for the 3rd,” and “one postmarked on the 4th.”

“My mind probably added the rest,” he told the investigators, before acknowledging that he never heard anyone use the word “backdate.”

The postmaster, Rob Weisenbach, has called Hopkins’ allegations “100% false.”

Hopkins told investigators that the affidavit was “written up” by lawyers for Project Veritas. “They just wanted me to get the affidavit done so they can utilize it in case they need to subpoena me into the court,” he said.

Under questioning by the agents, Hopkins agreed to sign the revised affidavit, which replaced many of his factual assertions with statements couched as his “assumptions” or “impressions,” according to the recording.

Wow. So federal agents ADVISED him to get a lawyer before talking to them, and he said, "nah, I'm good"?

What a maroon.

Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville flubs basics of the Constitution, World War II and the 2000 election.

“Our government wasn’t set up for one group to have all three branches of government — wasn’t set up that way,” Mr. Tuberville said. “You know, the House, the Senate, and the executive.”

Sen. Martha McSally finally conceded to Mark Kelly.

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(source: Phoenix NBC political journalist)

I could google this but I'm lazy. Is he the one married to Giffords or is that his brother?

iaintgotnopants wrote:

I could google this but I'm lazy. Is he the one married to Giffords or is that his brother?

Yes, he is the astronaut married to Giffords

Yes, Mark Kelly is Gabby Giffords’ husband. His twin brother Scott, also an astronaut, was studied after an ISS mission and compared with Mark via various physical, cognitive, and genetic tests. Genetic testing determined that Scott’s telomeres had become longer during the mission, thus proving that humans in space will be immortal.

Einstein simultaneously cheered from his grave when that happened and rolled over in it when it happened with relatives.

Hate crimes in US reach highest level in more than a decade

AP wrote:

Hate crimes in the U.S. rose to the highest level in more than a decade as federal officials also recorded the highest number of hate-motivated killings since the FBI began collecting that data in the early 1990s, according to an FBI report released Monday.

There were 51 hate crime murders in 2019, which includes 22 people who were killed in a shooting that targeted Mexicans at a Walmart in the border city of El Paso, Texas, the report said. The suspect in that August 2019 shooting, which left two dozen other people injured, was charged with both state and federal crimes in what authorities said was an attempt to scare Hispanics into leaving the United States.

There were 7,314 hate crimes last year, up from 7,120 the year before — and approaching the 7,783 of 2008. The FBI’s annual report defines hate crimes as those motivated by bias based on a person’s race, religion or sexual orientation, among other categories.

Some of the 2019 increases may be the result of better reporting by police departments, but law enforcement officials and advocacy groups don’t doubt that hate crimes are on the rise. The Justice Department has for years been specifically prioritizing hate crime prosecutions.

The data also shows there was a nearly 7% increase in religion-based hate crimes, with 953 reports of crimes targeting Jews and Jewish institutions last year, up from 835 the year before. The FBI said the number of hate crimes against African Americans dropped slightly to 1,930, from 1,943.

Anti-Hispanic hate crimes, however, rose to 527 in 2019, from 485 in 2018. And the total number of hate crimes based on a person’s sexual orientation stayed relatively stable, with one fewer crime reported last year, compared with the year before, though there were 20 more hate crimes against gay men reported.

As the data was made public on Monday, advocacy groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, called on Congress and law enforcement agencies across the U.S. to improve data collection and reporting of hate crimes. Critics have long warned that the data may be incomplete, in part because it is based on voluntary reporting by police agencies across the country.

Last year, only 2,172 law enforcement agencies out of about 15,000 participating agencies across the country reported hate crime data to the FBI, the bureau said. And while the number of agencies reporting hate crimes increased, the number of agencies participating in the program actually dropped from the year before. A large number of police agencies appeared not to submit any hate crime data, which has been a consistent struggle for Justice Department officials.

OG_slinger wrote:
AP wrote:

Critics have long warned that the data may be incomplete, in part because it is based on voluntary reporting by police agencies across the country.

This is my biggest red flag while reading that article. There are other red flags, to be sure.

RawkGWJ wrote:
OG_slinger wrote:
AP wrote:

Critics have long warned that the data may be incomplete, in part because it is based on voluntary reporting by police agencies across the country.

This is my biggest red flag while reading that article. There are other red flags, to be sure.

It's how all FBI crime data is collected: individual police departments have to voluntarily report it.

It should also be noted that most police departments in decently-sized cities report this data to the FBI because they have to collect it for their local governments. It's the Mayberry PDs of the country that don't.

That being said these were also the same PDs that massively underreported things like how many civilians they shot and killed every year.

I hate to give Trump props for anything but pulling occupying troops out of sovereign nations is a good start:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...

The fact that McConnell opposes confirms it’s the right thing to do.

Hopefully Biden can pull the rest home then lay off a few hundred thousand and the budget required to employ them. Would be great if we could someday proudly say that we do not have the most powerful military in the world and stop sending troops all over the place!