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Read it. And all I can say is, “this is bad, bro.” But also, and this little ditty is going on my greatest hits album, it’s called, “The Radical Right Is Now A Cult Who Believes That The Dems Committed Fraud And Stole The Election, And They Will Go To Their Graves Believing Its The Truth.”

“This Is Bad, Bro” is actually the B-side of the single.

TheGameguru wrote:

If I was Biden or Harris I would basically never leave the WH

I honestly want to see a couple hundred of these terrorist f*ckwits hauled off weeping in irons to hellholes like ADX Florence and forgotten about there.

I'm going to repeat myself and say a lot of this is rooted in the failure to make an example of the Bundys & other leaders of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge takeover. That's far from the only time the justice system has failed to punish domestic terrorists, but it seems to be the start of the more recent trend of letting them do whatever they want without even appearing to try to prosecute them for the laws they've so clearly broken.

I’m still amazed that Bundy didn’t even get a sham trial. That was - and remains - staggering to me.

They're white. Obviously, white people can't be terrorists.

(just in case: that is the deepest sarcasm I can muster.)

Chumpy_McChump wrote:

I’m still amazed that Bundy didn’t even get a sham trial. That was - and remains - staggering to me.

The trial was a sham, just in the other direction. They successfully prosecuted dozens of the participants for numerous crimes but botched their case against the ringleaders by only indicting them them on the harder to prove conspiracy charge and not even bothering to charge them with any of the more minor crimes that they successfully prosecuted the other participants with.

gewy wrote:
TheGameguru wrote:

If I was Biden or Harris I would basically never leave the WH

It’s the lower level officials, elected and appointed, that I’m much more worried about- someone just doing their job but gets killed because they:

-draw ire for trampling on “freedom” with something as benign and necessary as a mask mandate or certifying election results or
- randomly got embroiled in a crazy “deep state” baby killing conspiracy theory or
- were just randomly targeted to be made an example of by someone hoping to trigger the purge or boogaloo or whatever

They didn’t sign up for the risks like Biden and Harris and they certainly don’t remotely have the level of protection.

The government should be paying for personal liability insurance for every single federal employee. If the Republicans want to bitch about the costs they shouldn't have tried to do a fascism.

Every time I see on TV the Nazi party is being protected by the Police if not outright working with them. Who will prosecute them when they are on the same side??

In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: The police, who investigate crime, and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories

(But your point is taken)

You forgot the all import : Dundun

polypusher wrote:
In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups: The police, who investigate crime, and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories

(But your point is taken)

I see it a little differently.

The police actively look for people who are committing crimes. They mostly do this in black and brown neighborhoods which suffer from poverty. The police employ tactics which overwhelmingly tend to escalate towards violence or death. It’s important to point out that the police officers are merely following their training. Once a person becomes a police officer, they are trained to follow tactics which tend to escalate a nonviolent situation towards violence and death. The police are more focused on arresting poor folks of color than they are on arresting law breakers.

The D.A.’s job is to take the accused to court and secure a conviction. It’s important to point out that the DA is not trying to convict the guilty. The DA is trying to convict the accused. Whether or not the accused is guilty is not the concern of the DA. The DA will happily seek a conviction of an innocent person. Making the conviction stick is the primary goal of the DA. Once an innocent person is convicted of a felony, their rights are taken away, and it will be nearly impossible for the wrongly convicted to reverse the injustice which has been done to them.

The Trump campaign says Sidney Powell, who Trump said is on there legal team, is not on their legal team.

If you’re wondering how things are going.

Or, as a reply put it....

If the repercussions weren’t so severe and daunting this would a Peter Sellers movie.

I'm imagining how every superhero movie would change if the villains were repeatedly this stupid, but didn't get wholly defeated in the end.

Prederick wrote:

I'm imagining how every superhero movie would change if the villains were repeatedly this stupid, but didn't get wholly defeated in the end.

That's every American cartoon from the mid to late 80s.

Rat Boy wrote:
Prederick wrote:

I'm imagining how every superhero movie would change if the villains were repeatedly this stupid, but didn't get wholly defeated in the end.

That's every American cartoon from the mid to late 80s.

I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just saying I'm sad I haven't seen more Trump-as-Skeletor memes.

Fox news is Oxycodone.

Newsmax is heroin.

OAN is heroin with a dirty needle.

Badferret wrote:

OAN is heroin with a dirty needle.

Fentanyl. OAN is straight fentanyl.

Prederick wrote:

Fentanyl. OAN is straight fentanyl.

Well it's certainly not gay fentanyl.

Gay as in happy fentanyl...

fangblackbone wrote:

Gay as in happy fentanyl...

Feeling emotions other than fear or anger is unmanly and therefore also 'gay'

/facetiousness/sarcasm just to be clear.

Person responsible for breeding leopards, training them to eat faces, handing leopards out like Halloween candy, repealing leopard leash laws, and selling leopard attractant as face cream is surprised when leopards eat his face.

Good. No one of that age should hold office.

Dianne Feinstein shouldn't hold office at all. There's a Dollop about her.

NSMike wrote:

Dianne Feinstein shouldn't hold office at all. There's a Dollop about her.

The tl;dl version: she let the Confederate flag fly, despite protests, as mayor of San Fransisco from 1978 to 1984.

Malor wrote:

(just in case: that is the deepest sarcasm I can muster.)

(Meta comment)
I fail to understand why there's no emoji for sarcasm, as that seems to be one of the most obvious clarifying signs one can use to keep text-based messaging from accidental miscommunication.

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Limbaugh and Ingraham start trying to adjust to the reality of a Biden presidency - sort of.

CNN wrote:

"To say this constitutes living in reality," Ingraham said. "If I offered you a false reality -- if I told you there was an excellent, phenomenal chance that the Supreme Court was going to step in and deliver a victory to President Trump -- I'd be lying to you. You've known me for a long time now. You've known me long enough to know that I will not lie to you or simply tell you what you want to hear."

Then she turned positive, praised Trump's "America First agenda," and focused on how "to stop Biden's egregious moves."

Where have we seen this story before? "I'm not going to just tell you what you want to hear!" (proceeds to immediately tell them what they want to hear)

Meanwhile, there's Tucker:

CNN wrote:

"We need to find out exactly what happened in this month's presidential election," Carlson said. Then he zoomed out: "The 2020 presidential election was not fair. No honest person would claim that it was fair. On many levels, the system was rigged against one candidate and in favor of another. And it was rigged in ways that were not hidden from view. We all saw it happen."

I mean, he's right. We all saw things like, for example, massive attempts to disenfranchise voters by doing things like taking away ballot drop boxes or putting up fake ones. It was definitely rigged against one candidate and in favor of another. At least the one it was rigged against won anyway, right? But we should try to figure out exactly what happened and send the rich people that bankrolled it to jail so they think twice before trying it again.

croaker wrote:

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I fail to understand why there's no emoji for sarcasm, as that seems to be one of the most obvious clarifying signs one can use to keep text-based messaging from accidental miscommunication.

In another forum, we use monospace 'code' tags for sarcasm, but that depends on everyone knowing the secret and still causes problems when someone feels their sarcasm is too obvious to need tags. Poe's law, with extensions, always applies.

croaker wrote:
Malor wrote:

(just in case: that is the deepest sarcasm I can muster.)

(Meta comment)
I fail to understand why there's no emoji for sarcasm, as that seems to be one of the most obvious clarifying signs one can use to keep text-based messaging from accidental miscommunication.

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Usually the roll eyes emoji or the upside down smiley face.

dejanzie wrote:
NSMike wrote:

Dianne Feinstein shouldn't hold office at all. There's a Dollop about her.

The tl;dl version: she let the Confederate flag fly, despite protests, as mayor of San Fransisco from 1978 to 1984.

I don't like Feinstein, but for much more recent reasons: she's been too ineffective in a lot of the Judiciary hearings (not just Barrett's), she's actively insulted young climate change activists, and she hasn't been a good advocate for stuff that I think is critical but that she apparently doesn't.

If she's actually going to focus on climate change, that's something that California desperately needs.

Stengah wrote:

I'm going to repeat myself and say a lot of this is rooted in the failure to make an example of the Bundys & other leaders of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge takeover. That's far from the only time the justice system has failed to punish domestic terrorists, but it seems to be the start of the more recent trend of letting them do whatever they want without even appearing to try to prosecute them for the laws they've so clearly broken.

The Feds were soft on the Bundys because they were afraid of repeating Waco and Ruby Ridge; I'm not really sure that fear was justified (particularly now, when we've had a year of seeing how peaceful protestors for non-white-supremacy causes get brutalized over and over again) but the botched Bundy trials were a major problem.