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2022-11-14 07:00 by Karl Denninger
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The Republicans Shot Themselves In The Head -- Twice
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The consequences of these twin self-inflicted injuries look to be extremely severe for everyone in the nation and as I've repeatedly noted all the way back to the start of The Market Ticker if the results are close in an election you blew it whether you win or lose.  Simply put while there will always be opposition your goal is to convince a strong majority, not 50%+1.

Nevada appears to have gone down on the Senate side, which means the game's over in terms of real obstruction of Biden's agenda, particularly when it comes to judges.  That could be quite important although those who are at least somewhat-likely to leave the USSC in the next two years aren't in the group that would produce a shift.  That's the only good news, however.

As I write this the House remains undecided with a real possibility that Pelosi remains speaker!  So much for a red wave; as I said a couple of days ago it's more like blood-tinged piss at this point.

It is looking increasingly-likely that the FTX story is going to be both pivotal and wildly illegal, reaching not just into financial crimes but actual control of the government via monetary kickback from foreigners, specifically Ukraine.  It is already known as factual that FTX donated very heavily to Democrats,  including Biden's 2020 election and affiliated races.  This standing alone is not illegal because we have made "Super PACs" and other similar games a legal exercise, but what is now known is that FTX didn't actually have the money on an "earned" basis and, it appears, stole from their customers, which is definitely not legal and since you must first have funds to spend them on political campaigns as that stands they stole funds and involuntarily, from the standpoint of their customers, funded Democrat races with that money.  It is illegal to do that.

The worse part is that it is alleged a very material amount of the cash that went over to Ukraine from the US Government was recycled by the Ukraine Government and officials through FTX and then into those Democrat campaigns.  This is wild-eyed illegal in that foreign entities are absolutely forbidden from giving anything of value to any political campaign in the United States no matter how it is done.  It is just as illegal for a foreign entity to donate to a SuperPAC as it is to donate directly to a candidate; it does not matter how you funnel it into the United States, its illegal.

If this occurred -- and again, right now the Ukraine angle is an allegation but that FTX was Biden's second-largest donor in 2020 is fact, along with the donations this cycle -- then we have a true Constitutional question as to whether the House and Senate are in fact legitimate at all or whether Ukraine effectively bought them, in which case neither body of Congress has any legitimacy as a US legislative fixture whatsoever and it might be the case that such extends back to the 2020 elections as well.

The risks here cannot be overstated.  It would be entirely rational for all of the GOP-led states and areas to declare Congress and all of its acts, and those of Joe Biden over the next two years void if in fact control of the House and Senate can plausibly be tied to funds that flowed through Ukraine, into FTX and then back into US election campaigns.

Let's hope this is bullshit because if its not it would be hard to argue against the "Red" states deciding to form a compact and do exactly that in response.  I remind you of the political color that is in control of basically all food and energy production in the United States.  If you think these GOP areas do not hold the "nuts" hand in such a circumstance, should they decide to act in concert, you're dead wrong.

Leaving that ball of string aside, however, there are two other issues that the GOP refuses to face and these are of their own making.  The GOP's "leaders" are all throwing shade at someone else with exactly nobody in the GOP taking ownership of their own head-shooting and yes, it was a literal gun-in-own-mouth circumstance across the board.

The first is the jabs and the catastrophic outcome on-balance, much of which is yet to be suffered.  Trump pushed them hard along with the original lockdowns.  While the latter were eventually dropped those who dropped them first are still lying in that they have not repudiated what they did nor done anything to prevent a second occurrence and the jab advocacy remains an unapologetic "feature" of every single Republican Governor, Senator and House Candidate.  Exactly none have smacked Trump over the head with a 2x6 for pushing that crap and ignoring the protocols for safety that were put into US law for good cause after either close calls or outright disasters, Thalidomide being one of them.

Now we have this -- even the "mainstream" media is unable to ignore the safety signal of myocarditis caused by the jabs.  Historically speaking a diagnosis of myocarditis has carried upwards of a twenty percent heart failure rate within the next five years necessitating a transplant and, if there isn't one available, you die.  And despite the short term appearance of everything being ok it frequently isn't.

Equally, the evolution of myocarditis largely varies: albeit short-term prognosis is usually good, with complete or partial recovery, dilated cardiomyopathy with chronic heart failure is the major long-term consequence of myocarditis, developing often several years after the acute onset. 

What's much worse is that only some of these cases get identified; when you see systemic injury indications in a population that all undergoes some act the curve makes clear you're only seeing the immediate impact.  In this case since it is known and has been for a long time that the potential for serious harms including death often occurs several years down the road after what appears to be a complete recovery we have no idea if this time will be typical or if, being induced by the Covid jabs, it is different.

Never mind that we now have conclusive scientific data on myocarditis related to Covid itself.  The virus doesn't cause it; the rate of people who have not been vaccinated but have had Covid getting myocarditis is statistically identical to the historical background average.  In other words the claims of those that "well it might be the virus, not the vaccine" are now scientifically disprovedCovid does not, statistically-speaking, impact your risk at all.  It is now known, in other words, that the myocarditis risk is entirely the result of the jabs and not the disease itself.

If this risk proves up to be typical with historical averages for this condition tens of thousands of young people are going to die as a direct result of these jabs and only a few of those who are going to die are in those who we have already seen fall over from "suddenly."  This will not be over for years and the feedstock for it won't stop until the use of these jabs does and every time I go into a grocery store I am assaulted with advertising to "go get another one."

For a virus that has a less than 0.1% risk of killing you in the first place taking this risk and shoving it on the population was and remains stupid, and to do so unapologetically is criminally stupid and nobody -- whether in health care of the political side of things should get away with that crap.  I warned of exactly this sort of risk but the exact character of it at the time was unknown -- and in fact unknowable, which is why for other than those at very highly-elevated risk from Covid itself there never was an argument for these jabs on the risk:reward merits since it was known prior to their introduction that they never intended to, and did not, perform trials to determine if they were sterilizing.  They not only have proved not to be sterilizing but worse their effectiveness, whatever it might be, is fleeting and in fact the data says it becomes negative within weeks; that is, you're more-likely rather than less to get the virus a few weeks after you get jabbed.

It was especially stupid to "recommend" (say much less require) these jabs for anyone healthy before roughly the age of 50.  That was easy to determine from the NY corner's data within a couple of months of Covid starting, and I pointed it out -- unless you had one or more of a specific set of morbid factors you were nuts to consider it.  Indeed of those 80+ you literally could count the people who didn't have one or more of those factors yet were killed by Covid on your fingers.  In such a case any risk from a jab in such a person is terminally-stupid to accept unless it is proved that the shot interrupts acquiring and transmitting the disease.

However in many areas of the nation the vast majority of the population took the jabs -- while in others, such as this county, roughly half of all eligible have refused.  Some took them willingly and enthusiastically despite knowing the risks were a black box but others were either coerced or conned with statements that were knowingly false and spread all over the media, both ordinary and social, including by "influencers".  Whether they knew they were talking crap is unknown but that doesn't matter; the people who originated the falsehoods knew they were lying and deliberately spread it.  Trump and the other GOP members, along with the Democrats all spread those lies and none have admitted they were full of crap despite every one of them claiming to be either an expert or informed by expert opinion.

Not one has owned up to any of it.

What do you say to the parents of the dead teen who died of suddenly after you said the jab was both safe and effective?  How many tens of thousands either have or will die as a consequence?  You can't take any of this back and yet nobody is taking responsibility for any of what happened -- or what may be yet to come.

"Vote for me -- after I talked you into killing your son?"  Go fuck a goat, asshole, even though not one parent in a hundred who did this to their kid will admit the truth of it openly.

I'd point out inflation but here the Republican attempt to pin that on Biden fails because in point of fact it was Trump that initiated all of the programs that led to the problem and while Biden piled on in point of fact he never would have gotten anywhere without all of Trump's wild money-printing spree in 2020.  You can ignore this if you like but the fiscal year ended September 30th 2020 so nearly all of 2021 was in fact running on Trump's budget and spending as Biden's first fiscal hadn't started yet.  Since that's a 100% bipartisan-caused issue while both sides would love to throw it on the other its a dead-letter election wise, I suspect most of the nation saw it that way and thus it swayed fewer votes than you'd think because there was no faith the Republicans would fix it if elected after they in large part caused it in the first place.

Then there's the demographic shift.  The GOP utterly failed to account for this and that was stupid.  It has long been talked about people from NY or California who move to Florida and then try to impose their left-leaning ideas on where they move to.  That happens when the moves are entirely economic, and frequently they have been -- until 2020.  This was different: The Republican voter was much more likely to abandon Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, New York or California than the Democrat because they disagreed with the lockdowns, masks and other policy decisions while the Democrat voters were more-likely to agree and thus stay rather than pick up and move to a "dangerous" place.  The problem with this from a federal election standpoint is that every vote beyond 50%+1 that moves into an already-Red jurisdiction can harm the GOP's chances in the place where the person moved FROM but has NO benefit in the place they move TO.

Republicans moving from California to Florida doesn't add to Florida's already strong GOP majority at the federal level but it might well cost the GOP a red seat in the House in California's delegation.  Worse, in places like Arizona, Nevada and Pennsylvania it might have cost the GOP Senate seats.  Rather than take out the trash in those states the common GOP chestnut "pick up and move" further balkanizes the nation and adds to the risk of a hard schism down the road, but in the immediate term it helps the Democrats.

That brings me to what I believe was the salient issue that I wrote on the other day:  Abortion.

Oh, I know, "that wasn't the real deal" so say many of you.

Bullshit, especially at the Federal and Governor levels.

Lindsey Graham tried to codify a federal abortion ban post the USSC tossing of Roe.  He knew damn well it had zero chance of passage, of course, with a Democrat House and 50/50 Senate but he introduced it anyway.  Time and circumstance guaranteed that the Dobbs decision at the USSC would produce at least one stupid outcome before the election and it did when Louisiana's "trigger law", which banned basically all abortions, came into play with a woman carrying a fetus discovered to have no functional cerebral development.  Said fetus had no chance of anything other than, if forced to be born, a nasty and extremely short life guaranteed to both lead to death and the impoverishment of the parents via the costs of medical care during that time.  It wasn't anyone's "fault" that this fetal abnormality occurred and this is exactly the sort of corner case that turns what sounds a like "reasonable" bill into a draconian monster that keeps women, in particular, up at night.  Its agonizing enough for a couple to face the fact that their conceived child (assuming they wanted and intended same) will die and there's nothing they can do about it.  Its even worse to then insist on top of that the parents' financial and personal destruction along with the loss of their kid.

Anyone trying to mandate that deserves the absolute worst things that can be done to them and yet this is exactly what the idiotic legislatures of several states have tried to force on people smug in the knowledge that there was no immediate blowback possible because Roe blocked the imposition of the trigger law.  Then Roe goes away and.... oops.  The Democrats and their sycophants in the media amplified this sort of situation with good cause; it is perfectly legitimate to capitalize on your opponent's stupidity.

What the Republicans at a national level could have immediately said when Dobbs surfaced, neutering their argument, was something like this:

We stand for the sanctity of life.  However, we also recognize that there are rare circumstances that do arise in which there are no good choices, only ones that are bad and worse than bad.  We also recognize that it is for this very reason that the Constitution delegates nearly all questions to the States. We are long beyond the point where we, claiming to be the party of personal responsibility and freedom, must move in that direction rather than the opposite.  The more possible resolutions exist within the 50 states when such circumstances arise the more-likely the better options for the inevitable corner cases will filter up to the top over time and the poor options will be discarded.  In this case the woman in question used exactly that process and pointed to a distinct but fixable flaw in the Louisiana Law while avoiding the personal destruction of both her and her family; she traveled to New York.

We, as Federal lawmakers, recognize that it is absolutely unacceptable for us to attempt to tell a woman, or couple, that finds themselves in this situation they have no choice but to take upon themselves both personal and financial destruction along with the inevitable death of their child.  We vow that we not only shall not do so, we will take all necessary acts to prevent a lunatic fringe from enacting such a requirement, even if said action comes at the cost of our lives.  Indeed our nation exists, and has continued to exist, precisely because the Founders recognized that one size does not fit everyone.  No man or woman, despite their intelligence, can foresee all circumstances and yet law, when passed, must be construed against whatever circumstance may arise in the future.

We trust that in the coming years the States will tune their own legal codes in response to these circumstances, and that those who find themselves on the wrong side of same through no fault of their own will still have a means of avoiding that personal disaster and remain able to bring appropriate pressure on said State Legislatures.

This is in fact how a Federal Republic is supposed to work since we are all imperfect in our design and execution of the law within the United States.  In the final analysis federalism worked and protected the rights of all involved in a difficult situation neither foreseen or addressed in the original legislation.  We recognize what happened here, our responsibility for part of it, and will enhance, rather than try to destroy or damage, that process going forward.

In short we trust the wisdom of the Founders who devised many state laboratories against which to test that which governments claim to know over the process of time, filtering through the democratic process of elections that which works and that which does not.  We declare as Republicans that we will not tamper with this at the Federal level and we additionally vow to prevent anyone else, irrespective of their political party, from doing so -- so help us God.

Of course they didn't.  None of them did.

I challenge you to find one Republican running who said anything approaching the above.  You can't and yet it only would take one or two Senators to lock up the Senate on all abortion-related legislation for the next two years.  That is if just one or two of the Republican candidates had said exactly this and convinced voters they meant it in the close states they would have won since you only had to persuade a few thousand people, and out of a few million that's easy.

I'm willing to bet that there was not one race with a less than 5% margin that wasn't winnable on this statement alone.

That's all it took.  In Arizona, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Georgia.  More than enough to have the majority and in the House such a statement would have produced a blowout to the GOP side.

We got neither, and none of the so-called "Standard Bearers" on the GOP side, whether it be DeSantis or Trump said anything like this.  Add to that the backdrop of one of the sitting Senators, Graham, introducing a bill aimed directly at the wrong side of this issue and if you think that didn't wind up moving a lot of votes, especially unmarried women or those not intending children irrespective of their marital status yet of child-bearing age you're nuts.  Exit polling said abortion was indeed #2 behind the economy on most voter's minds which means it was almost-certainly good for at least a 5% swing in the vote outcome in virtually every contest.

Now go down the list of races and show me which ones were lost to the Democrats by 5% or less.  Other than in places where the Democrat could run against God himself and win (the same districts, of course, exist on the other side) every one of those races was intentionally forfeit as a result of the GOP's failure to do this.

It is the leadership of the party that owns this -- McConnell, McCarthy, DeSantis and Trump, to name four, along with Graham who is of course one of the "party elders."  They knew damn well that it would produce this sort of shift in the vote and believed they didn't need it or even worse that it wasn't the right thing to do.

That was both wrong and stupid so now the decision, if you don't like Biden, is whether you're going to allow the existing GOP to be the minority party or you will force them ALL out here and now without fear or favor, putting into the GOP the clear responsibility to take a rational position on a national basis, to ensconce it in the platform and make it a pass:fail test that admits no exceptions for anyone running for national office under that banner under pain of being primaried, recalled, personally and politically buried and destroyed.

If you don't the GOP is finished as a party that can hold either house of Congress or the Presidency in the future as this point of attack is both true and will be relentlessly used to shift votes to the Democrats from here forward.  It worked, it was stupid for the GOP to allow this to happen and unless the GOP changes here and now as a national force they're finished as like it or not women are half the voting population and they will NOT vote for their own personal and financial destruction.

Neither Trump or DeSantis can win in 2024, never mind anyone else, without addressing this point.

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Cmoledor 1k posts, incept 2021-04-13
2022-11-14 07:42:33

Always a pleasure to read your words Karl. Truly. You break it down to very simple points, that even I can grasp. What I dont get though is that I have to believe ( Im pretty certain though I cant prove it) that these assholes in Congress fucking read your tickers. And yet no one takes your advice?? Its just fucking stupid to me. Why wouldnt anyone heed your words?? Its not like you dont have a winning track record. You do. So I dont know. Maybe blinding arrogance is a thing I suppose. Makes humans not listen to others I guess. Its just dumb though.

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Mikeyinfl 175 posts, incept 2021-08-02
2022-11-14 07:51:33

I spent over 35 years in tech including 22 at a well known computer manufacturer in roles such as network engineer, senior consultant, and others. Ive thought about this on and off and I cant think of a way to design these vote tabulation machines such as they are both foolproof and more importantly fraud-proof. Theres simply no way to ensure a legitimate count without either a). reviewing the source code (which you had in a previous ticker), or b) auditing the ballots through external means such as a hand count. With so much on the line for our country, why is there such trust in something that is susceptible to fraud?

Exhibit A: Dekalb County Ga primary In a Democrat primary, one candidate, Michelle Spears, who came in 3rd place noticed that no one in her own precinct had voted for her despite both her and her hubands votes. Upon a hand recount, her vote totals shifted from 3031 to 6651 giving her the win. The machine tabulation was 12,639 and the hand count was 15,449. How did this happen? If you look at the totals, it seems there were not only 2600 votes lost by the machine on election day, but a lot of votes were shift from Ms. Spears to other candidates. Again, how does this happen? Even if it were an accident, why are we not at least doing spot audits/statistical sampling to ensure a proper outcome?

Given this and the bullshit excuses they gave for the initial outcome, I for one totally distrust anything that is not spot audited.

As to the failure of the feckless GOPe to win these races, well of course they took a dive. Between the failure to create and execute a strategy to things like McTurtle undermining senate candidates, its pretty obvious they werent in it to win it. You just cant be that stupid. Why? There are a lot of theories such as getting rid of the orange man, elevating Desantis, and others, but the elections as far as Im concerned are compromised and frankly, I dont know how we ever get them back given the lack of interest/opposition to machine count fidelity coupled with massive ballot harvesting, and whatever else might be going on
Handyone55 395 posts, incept 2010-07-06
2022-11-14 08:19:08

What if the GOP has decided to be a do nothing, controlled opposition party? That would explain the constant self sabotage. We will investigate Fauci when we get into power ! . Never will happen Rand. Being controlled opposition is a sweet gig if you dont care about the eventual destruction of the country. My theory is the GOP higher ups plan to be retired and living abroad when it all hits the fan. Meanwhile, they complain ( whimper ) about the jackass party enough to keep the money flowing.

The problem with being controlled opposition is picking the exact moment a complex system is going to self destruct and avoiding the angry mobs.

Sancho 124 posts, incept 2013-12-06
2022-11-14 08:21:31

I would like to hear a politician with discourse more "Sowellian", in the sense of the following Thomas Sowell quote What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they dont like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, dont expect freedom to survive very long.

It is not imposing a belief over others, it is about the future of the nation. The left has a good point on this: there are religious people that want to use the government to impose their agenda on others. I'd like to see politicians saying things like:

"Religious positions regarding abortion do not belong into public policy. We respect the right of every women to decide what to do with his own body up to the point of viability, but as statemen and statewomen we must think about America's future. And America's future need, first of all, future Americans. We must implement policies that support mothers that want to bring new Americans to life. While we will defend the right of women to make their own decisions regarding their bodies, we cannot encourage, with public funds, actions that are detrimental to the future of our country"

And that is, the only reason the goverment should be involved in policy regarding personal decisions is the interest of the state. Not moral values.

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Djsnola 320 posts, incept 2009-03-16
2022-11-14 08:24:22

One has to wonder what Senator Graham was promised to propose legislation like that they he damn well knew would backfire and cost them the Senate, and it did. While I think Desantis came out of this election stronger than anyone else. Its clear as Karl says here, that neither Trump Or Desantis can win the presidency at this point. The shifting of republicans to already solid red areas may make it mathematically impossible to win enough electoral votes. If I am reading the tea leaves right, this flood of people from Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin and New Jersey may increase even more. Especially in New York, PA and Michigan with the Dems winning in all states.

Karl what do you make of the split ticket voting that clearly happened in Georgia and Nevada and likely Arizona? Republican governors winning or likely to win in all three yet the Dem Senator likely to win in all three at the same time?
Invisiblesun 600 posts, incept 2020-04-08
2022-11-14 08:24:36

The GOPe exists as a subterfuge to block the will of the people. This election campaign the GOP was decidedly not interested in winning. The establishment decided early on that once Trump got involved they would let Trump candidates sink or swim on their own. And any GOP losses would be blamed on Trump.

Whatever. I learned long ago not to rely on the Republican party to "save the country". No political party actually can do that. Now the GOP doesn't even fake it.

Historically this is nothing new. Post Watergate, the GOP was impotent until Reagan reinvented the party. Perhaps DeSantis will succeed doing that. We'll see. None of this political charade matters if the rule of law is null and void, which appears to be the case.
Sterling 20 posts, incept 2010-06-05
2022-11-14 08:24:43

If the voters want democrats to run America so be it.
Yes the GOP, does stupid things, and gets stupid, that's what they do!
Inflation, forced lockdowns, vaccine mandates ,are both parties fault, but the voters have spoken, and the democrats are better for America then republicans, and, I will accept that.

I am done voting. That is my choice. Yes I will have no right to complain about anything for that decision. Mail in voting going on for days, weeks, or even months, after election day has to stop. Why can't mail in voting start lets say Sept.2nd ends October 2nd that leaves a month for all ballots to be counted and locked, and on election day released. Then we would know the winners the next day. Yes there are probably good reasons people would give that doing this is impractical.

Who knows, maybe there will be a blue wave coming in 2 years, and the democrats will have major majorities in both the house and Senate plus the presidency, leaving the stupid party far behind.

I don't know what's going to happen, but the people have spoken and this is what they wanted. A lot of democrats I spoke to said what's going on today isn't Biden's fault. So there you have it the Democrats can do no wrong.
The consensus is the voters know best. We shall see. I hope everything gets better for all Americans in the next 2 years or more.

Cmoledor 1k posts, incept 2021-04-13
2022-11-14 08:59:02

Also. If the money laundering from Ukraine can be proved, and Ive no it can be, but probably wont be, then when do the Ukraine supporters admit they got duped?? When do the charges get brought?? Second Sunday of never I bet.

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Djsnola 320 posts, incept 2009-03-16
2022-11-14 08:59:12

Sterling I really cant argue with your sentiment on this. Just a small example of why I am becoming indifferent is say the issue with student loan forgiveness. Of course, I believe that to be wrong from a moral hazard POV. However, the GOP decides to fight this tooth and nail yet nothing against the 100 plus billion laundered to Ukraine? Why are they more interested in fighting against actual americans getting something and not the Ukraine? its that kind of stuff that makes it hard to defend the party.
Happyapricot 118 posts, incept 2019-07-06
2022-11-14 08:59:17

You don't think there wasn't any Hanky Panky in the vote counting? It seems odd that all these races were lost.
Aquapura 3k posts, incept 2012-04-19
2022-11-14 08:59:29

Yep, the so-called red wave was demolished by a wedge issue called abortion. Until the GOP can collectively get around a policy such as you outlined here I don't see them winning shit outside of the deep red rural parts of this country.

We also are living in a post-pandemic voting system with all kinds of variances from state to state. While a lot of ink has been spilled this past week on ways to improve our voting system that's unlikely to ever get traction as what is in place right now seems to be working for the Dems. So, assuming early voting and vote-by-mail and all the other bullshit that is NOT in our constitution remains in place the GOP needs to start playing the same game the Dems are. Because as was said, 50% + 1 isn't going to cut it. You need true landslides to give the R a win. If a brain dead guy in PA can be senator then the brain dead people in the nursing home can vote R, right? That grassroots shit just isn't happening on the R side of the table. No republican knocked on my door offering to help me vote - but a Dem operative did. Where I live shouldn't matter...the fact that this happens should.
Boredfree 939 posts, incept 2021-09-15
2022-11-14 08:59:41

Americans love authorities. We claim to be individuals and free thinkers, yet we can't think for ourselves. We won't do anything until prompted by a leader.

I'm not sure how or when our nation of wolves became domesticated dogs but we certainly aren't a nation of freedom loving individuals. We've been at the end of a leash since the 1800's allowing our political and business class to yank us in the direction they'd prefer us traveling.

We haven't fought back.

WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam. The Cold War, War on Terror, the drug war, a war against poverty, a war against pornography. Ultimately these wars were all fought against the citizens of the United States. The laws and cultural rules all this warfare required manifested into the screwed-up America of today.

We've endured and grown accustomed to authorities sticking their long noses into every aspect of our lives. We live with the results of our leaders compromising our beliefs to find consensus. It isn't a matter of right or wrong, but how right and wrong are woven into a blanket covering everyone.

Even people who believe they are speaking for themselves are usually parroting what they've been told.

I don't think this will be fixed in our nation. The American quilt needs mending, the threads which held our differences together have frayed and we forgot why our ancestors came here.

We can't even do something simple like shutting Wells Fargo down for all the various ways their corporate overreach fucked their clients.

How about unions? They were probably a good idea at the beginning, but like everything requiring collective human effort, became corrupted by their leadership. Eventually the leaders become addicted to the power and money these positions make possible and the average Joe is forgotten.

NRA? They're the kings of compromising their core beliefs to reach consensus with authority.

Pour yourself a nice cocktail, grab a smoking device, and don't forget your fiddle. Rome is burning. America is going to hell in a handbasket, might as well enjoy the ride.

The problem is most people want to point a finger rather than their thumb when dealing with challenges.
Wayiwalk 580 posts, incept 2016-11-09
2022-11-14 08:59:53

Well said...I still can't believe Graham made that proclamation when he did, or that there wasn't an appropriate flogging administered to him by the party. Correction, that wasnt a surprise.

Now we wait and watch for this head up their ass admin continue...

The Lockdowns Will Continue Until the Morale Improves!

I keep thinking, "it can't get any worse" and then it does!
Tickerguy 190k posts, incept 2007-06-26
2022-11-14 09:01:02

Yep @WayiWalk -- if I had been McConnell and Graham floated that (and you know he did before he released it) I would have made clear to him that if so much as a whisper of it ever left his cranium I'd buttfuck him so hard with the biggest animal dick I could find that he'd need a 6" diameter pipe plug to avoid shitting his pants for the rest of his miserable life.

The difference between "kill" and "murder" is that murder, as a subset of kill, is undeserved by the deceased.
Jesjohn94 929 posts, incept 2019-05-07
2022-11-14 09:10:06

Are any Republicans talking about anything regarding Covid? How this nonsense is still continuing when even the pharma execs admit the jabs don't stop you catching/spreading Covid is embarrassing.

The Biden administrations Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the deadline for requiring non-citizens entering the United States to provide proof of COVID vaccination.

The United States is the only country in the West to still require proof of COVID vaccination. Countries still requiring proof of vaccination to enter include Angola, Azerbaijan, China, Ghana, Cameroon, Indonesia, Liberia, Libya, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and Yemen.

Together with the Presidential Proclamation and the CDC Order, these policies are intended to limit the risk that COVID-19, including variants of the virus that causes COVID-19, is introduced, transmitted, and spread into and throughout the United States, potentially overwhelming United States healthcare and public health resources, endangering the health and safety of the American people, and threatening the security of our civil aviation system.
Njca 251 posts, incept 2018-10-16
2022-11-14 09:10:39

All retrospective analyses of toxxine induced myocarditis underreport the true incidence. Not all symptomatic victims seek treatment at ER's, urgent care, or physician offices. And not all that do are captured in data mining exercises. And then there is this real thing called asymptomatic myocarditis.

A better method would be to measure troponin levels pre and post vax. There was a physician in Canada sounding the alarm bells early on about increased troponin levels post vax, and then his office burned down mysteriously, as I recall. Now that is hot data!
Phils 166 posts, incept 2018-02-07
2022-11-14 09:10:51

The declining health for many millions of citizens will overwhelm all other issues.

Assisted suicide will replace the abortion issue.

Based on their actions over the last three years, neither party deserves our respect or support. Ditto for the news media.
Takewhatyoucan64 85 posts, incept 2022-08-30
2022-11-14 09:27:16

And that is just one reason McConnell needs to be hung from the tallest national monument in the country.

The slow burn of the empire is about to be a big ass KABOOOOOOM. Something is about to give.

Reason: add a letter
Boredfree 939 posts, incept 2021-09-15
2022-11-14 09:27:30

What I've noticed is missing from the political reporter's stories is how close most of these races are, and what does this mean going forward?

I see no consensus in these results, just thin margins. Obviously nobody has really won anything. Squeaking out a win in politics isn't really winning. This isn't a horse race where winning by a nose is winning. How can you feel like a winner when your policies are rejected by 1/2 minus one of the electorate?

The only consensus I see is amongst the party followers who hate the other side's beliefs with a vengeance. It's sports ball played by the physicality weak. RAH,RAH, we won and you lost sucker!

Actually, we've all lost.

The problem is most people want to point a finger rather than their thumb when dealing with challenges.
Misemeout 27 posts, incept 2021-09-12
2022-11-14 09:27:36

Anyone with a room temperature IQ could guess that a large portion of the money going to Ukraine was for payoffs and being funneled into politicians' pockets. Ukraine's corruption is well documented.
Bluto 1k posts, incept 2021-07-10
2022-11-14 09:27:56

Regarding the courts, Brandon will still be able to continue to fill many vacancies at both the circuit and district judge level. This is a big deal since the Supreme Court only hears a very small number of cases.

Regarding abortion, I've already seen two articles about how Republicans are going to continue to push this issue. In Florida, the incoming state senate leader is already talking about changing the abortion ban from 15 weeks to 12 weeks. And in Nebraska, the Republicans flipped a legislative seat to give them a filibuster-proof majority. And what are they already talking about doing with that super-majority? Yeah, you guessed it.

This is especially stupid in Nebraska since there will be 2 Senate seats up for re-election in 2024. While I don't think those seats will flip "blue", if it is close and the Republicans are on defense in Nebraska, 2024 will be another disaster. And don't forget, Nebraska allocates their electoral votes by congressional districts. One of those districts is a toss-up, and there are a couple of plausible scenarios where that single electoral vote could make the difference in a presidential election.

The Republicans at the state level were stupid for not embracing something like a 15-week ban like Florida did instead of the total ban many candidates did. That doesn't make the extremists on either side happy, but it takes the issue off the table for most people. Not doing so will probably cost Kari Lake the governorship since she did not take a clear position during the election. Many people assumed that her position was the worst possible for them (no abortions at any time, no exceptions). Fear sells, and she probably lost by not getting out in front of it.

Arizona will likely wind up with the combination of AOC and Christine Blasey Ford as their governor. What a cluster.

"One man with courage makes a majority" Andrew Jackson
Oregoncactus 443 posts, incept 2012-01-06
2022-11-14 09:28:49

Great analysis @Tickerguy.

During the primary here in AZ I read the Republican voter guide. I was stunned at the amount of candidate statements that had what I considered radical positions. I expected some around abortion but I also saw statements about Israel. Which I don't understand what that had to do with AZ state-only races. I commented to my husband that I thought the pendulum had swung too far and that there was high risk of an ugly snapback.

Takewhatyoucan64 85 posts, incept 2022-08-30
2022-11-14 09:39:34

If I lived in a blue state as a republican I would vote for every radical democrap I could. Blow up the whole thing sooner. LMAO
Susanlauren 1k posts, incept 2021-05-01
2022-11-14 09:39:56

There are solutions. But apparently the majority prefers chaos. I have come to view "R" and "D" as two sides of the same coin. People do not believe me when I say the inflation problem was kicked off by Trump. Of course Biden and Company made it that much worse ...

In my own little world, all the kids on my unit with the exception of one (who recently had COVID) were boosted last week. And now they are getting sick. Really sick. Time will tell. I wonder what will happen in the next six months to a year. Only two of the twenty six kids could tell us if they are having chest pain and I assure troponin levels are not on the list for what is tested.

None of this ends well.
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