Saturday News Dump

The weekend and time for news that did not make the headlines….

First the local news…..

Yesterday the high was 104…it is now mid-night and the temp is 90…..no air movement so it is damn hot!….and today they say will be at least 4 degrees warmer….oh joy.

Mississippi and in particular the Coastal counties have a large surge in the Delta…..and the state governor…my daughter calls hims “Tater Twat”….. is a foolish leader and his denial….

Gov. Tate Reeves called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent guidance on mask wearing “foolish” during a Thursday speech at the Neshoba County Fair, despite rocketing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state, according to WAPT reporting.

“It has nothing to do with science,” the governor said in reference to the CDC guidelines, WAPT reported.

The majority of Mississippi is considered a high COVID-19 transmission area because of low vaccination rates causing climbing cases of new infections, according to the CDC data tracker. On Thursday, the one-day count of new COVID-19 infections in Mississippi reached 1,908, with the seven-day total of new cases at 9,999. The state hasn’t seen case counts that high since February.

(clarionledger.com)

Why can we NOT hold these ‘leaders’ accountable for the deaths that they cause?  Being stupid and partisan should be a crime.

The big push the the legalization of pot is ever present….but the Danes have found some problems in the research…..

A new study out of Denmark shows a link between increased cases of schizophrenia and cannabis use disorder. The study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, notes that both the use and potency of cannabis have gone up in the last 20 years. Cannabis use disorder is not the mere use of the drug, but a pattern of behavior that could include using too much even when there are negative consequences, or difficulty stopping use, per CNN. The study says cases of cannabis use disorder are going up, and it’s turning up in people diagnosed with schizophrenia. “There is, unfortunately, evidence to suggest that cannabis is increasingly seen as a somewhat harmless substance, Carsten Hjorthoj, one of the study’s authors, said.

Other researchers have suggested a link between use of cannabis and risk of schizophrenia. This study says schizophrenia cases have gone up in Denmark. The study used data from people who had already been diagnosed with cannabis use disorder—not people who use the drug more occasionally—and tracked who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, too. “Cannabis use disorder is not responsible for most schizophrenia cases, but it is responsible for a nonnegligible and increasing proportion, Tyler J. VanderWeele, a Harvard professor, wrote in a commentary accompanying the study.

Is this a joke or for real?

There are a few that call themselves “flat earthers”….they seem to believe the Earth is truly flat….

‘Be curious, not judgemental,’ Walt Whitman once said. Alas, when it comes to people who honestly believe the Earth is flat, it’s hard to think of anything but ridicule. It’s a fact that the planet is spherical, ergo round, and you can’t just fall off the side like Captain Jack Sparrow.

In a recent video from Brofessor Megan (@brofessorMegan), she speaks to a pair of ‘flat Earthers’, with one telling an absolutely wild story about their uncle. People still aren’t sure whether it’s all a big ruse.

‘Be curious, not judgemental,’ Walt Whitman once said. Alas, when it comes to people who honestly believe the Earth is flat, it’s hard to think of anything but ridicule. It’s a fact that the planet is spherical, ergo round, and you can’t just fall off the side like Captain Jack Sparrow.

In a recent video from Brofessor Megan (@brofessorMegan), she speaks to a pair of ‘flat Earthers’, with one telling an absolutely wild story about their uncle. People still aren’t sure whether it’s all a big ruse.

The brofessor asks if they’re running with flat Earth theory, sparking one of them to tell a nightmarish, sea-faring story. They explain they’re from Maine and apparently they’re a lobster fisherman.

‘So my uncle one time… he got in his boat, and he went way f*cking past the three-mile line, all the way out towards Canada. I swear to f*cking god, we never saw that motherf*cker again. He went all the way past towards Canada, and I believe personally that he sailed off the edge of the Earth,’ they say.

https://www.unilad.co.uk/viral/flat-earther-says-their-uncle-sailed-off-the-edge-of-the-earth-and-nobody-can-tell-if-theyre-joking/

Do you think people spend too much time staring at there phone screens?

From computers and tablets to smartphones and TV sets, nowadays most people’s days consist of staring at one screen and then moving on to the next. As such, a recent poll of 2,000 British adults reports a whopping 73 percent can’t even imagine going a full 24 hours without at least one screen to stare at.

How glued are we to our devices exactly? On average, researchers report adults spend about six hours daily in front of screens.

Consequently, respondents say their eyes are paying the price. Many told researchers they struggle just to keep their eyes open by around 6 p.m. The survey, which was commissioned by Artelac, also reports 41 percent of adults are experiencing dry eyes more frequently ever since the pandemic started.

Digital daze: 73% of adults ‘can’t imagine’ going a full day without looking at a screen

Addiction?

IMO, yes!

I have never been a big on running….well as they say only if being chased by a jealous husband…..and something I read about distance runners illustrates why…

In 2016, French walker Yohann Diniz soiled himself, and heroically continued, and was able to finish in eighth place, despite fainting several times due to his gastrointestinal distress. Paula Radcliffe stopped by the roadside during the 2005 London Marathon to relieve herself, while cameras caught the whole incident on camera.

Julie Moss – who entered the Hawaii Ironman Triathalon as part of her research for her exercise physiology thesis – unfortunately, lost control of her legs and bowels at roughly the same time during the marathon event, which is as messy as you’d imagine. If you need further help imagining it, she described the incident as the “ultimate, giant, chocolate mess”.

So what is it about the sport that makes so many participants poo-their-pants?

First off, runner’s diarrhea, as it is known, is a real thing. A study published in the National Library of Medicine in 1992 asked 109 long-distance athletes about their bowel movements around their runs. Sixty-two percent reported that they had stopped for a bowel movement during training, 43 percent said that they had “nervous” diarrhea before a race, 51 percent said that they had experienced diarrhea after a race, and 12 percent reported full-on fecal incontinence while running.

https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/marathon-runners-poop-themselves-an-extraordinary-amount-heres-why/

Have a great weekend…I will make myself scarce for a couple of days for we are dealing with a family health issue….

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Closing Thought–30Jul21

Polls are notoriously wrong….take the elections of 2016 and 2020….wrong.

This poll taken shows that those cowards that cower to Trump and basically supported the insurrection of 06 January may have a tough time in the mid-terms….

Even moments after a mob of extremist supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol in an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election, a number of Republican lawmakers—during the joint Congressional session acknowledging then-President-elect Joe Biden’s victory—proceeded with objections to electoral votes in swing states Trump lost.

Some Republican lawmakers—like now-former Senator from Georgia, Kelly Loeffler—revoked their intended objections after the rioters shattered windows, ransacked offices, beat police officers, and breached the Senate floor, calling for the execution of any lawmaker they saw as disloyal to Trump.

Others—like Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri—continued with their objections, and have since continued to downplay the severity of the riots and absolve themselves of their culpability.

This is where the Republican party began to splinter in its mostly unconditional allegiance to Trump. Who stood up to the mob? Who proceeded to amplify the same lies that had endangered the lives of their colleagues only an hour before?

Which principles would Republican voters side with in the next election?

That last question remains unanswered, and people are divided in their predictions.

https://secondnexus.com/new-republic-eichenthal-poll-certification

We Americans can only hope that for once a poll may be accurate…..but then it is a poll and they have been useless in the past as a predictor.

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“Snowflake Syndrome”

A cutesy name for political hatred.

The “Syndrome” is the lies spread among the GOP voters these days.

The push for voter suppression, the distrust of vaccines and downplaying the insurrection of 06 January…..

A good look at this ‘sickness’ in an op-ed…..

A recent op-ed piece published by The Washington Post highlights the problem of Snowflake Syndrome among voters who cast ballots for former President Donald Trump. The author, Greg Sargent, notes that the current Republican agenda centers on the following: restricting voting rights, sowing doubt about the COVID-19 vaccine, and downplaying the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The problem is that there is no justification or substantial evidence to support any of their arguments regarding these initiatives. In fact, all are connected to false narratives and misinformation that has been, in some way, influenced by Trump. For example, the nationwide push for voting rights restrictions is supposedly an incentive to increase voters’ confidence in the integrity of the United States’ voting systems. But Sargent pushed back against that argument describing it as “bad-faith nonsense.”

“Broadly speaking,” Sargent wrote, “this “confidence” storyline is bad-faith nonsense: It’s being widely abused to keep alive the myth of the stolen election and to justify an unprecedented wave of efforts to disenfranchise the opposition’s voters. It is not designed to build confidence in our elections, but to further undermine it, for illicit purposes.”

https://www.alternet.org/2021/07/trump-voters/

But how can this be?

Lonely people looking for a sense of belonging….

In his column for the Daily Beast, conservative commentator Matt Lewis made a case that Donald Trump’s rise was the inevitable result of a country that has become filled with lonely people who have lost any connection to their community and just want to feel like they belong.

As the conservative columnist notes that, at the heart of “Trumpism,” is an appeal to those suffering from social isolation which, in turn, makes them susceptible to appeals such as “Make America Great Again” as promised by the former president.

Explaining, “lack of communal ties may be killing us at the micro level, on the macro level this phenomenon has contributed to numerous societal ills, including the rise of Trumpism,” Lewis added that the new book by the Wall Street Journal’s Michael Bender (“Frankly, We Did Win This Election”) makes clear Trump’s early appeal.

https://www.rawstory.com/trump-cult-2653974187/

I have read reports that the hatred is waning….I do not believe these at this time.

Any thoughts?

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Anatomy Of An Insurrection

This is a piece I wrote for my op-ed blog….I want to keep the insurrection, the failed coup, of 06 January, in the minds of my readers….this is something that should NEVER be forgotten like so much of our history. chuq

Gulf South Free Press

First I would like to think the mindless horde for the insurrection of 06 January because it gave me the chance to use an under used diploma in Political History…..where I look at the history of this country the founding and the years forward onto the present.

Since the very beginning the fires of insurrection have been with us….first it was a slow simmer while the country came together politically but not physically and the flame of dissension was turned up to a boil that lead to the American Civil War….after the insurrectionists were beaten down the flame returned to a simmer….the reason for the insurrection was never extinguished and the simmer continued while the country slowly returned to some sort of political unity.

 In the 20th century the flames were once again raised and this time by Reagan…..his demonization of the poor with his tagline of ‘welfare queens’ started…

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F*ck Israel!

Closing thought–29Jul 21

AS the states try to protect Israel from any criticism…..New York as tried to ‘sanction’ Ben and Jerry’s because of their action to punish Israel for land theft, deaths and violence on the West Bank and Gaza…

US states continue to take action over Ben & Jerry’s decision to stop selling ice cream in the occupied Palestinian territories. The New York Post reported Friday that the main pension fund for New York state’s government workers warned that it might divest funds from Unilever, Ben & Jerry’s UK-based parent company.

Over 30 US states have passed legislation against the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that advocates for global boycotts to pressure Israel for its occupation and war crimes against Palestinians. New York hasn’t passed BDS legislation, but in 2016 Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order requiring state agencies to divest from organizations and companies that boycott Israel. At the time, Cuomo said passing legislation was a “tedious affair” and that he wanted to take “immediate action” against BDS.

Liz Gordon, executive director of corporate governance of the $254.8 billion New York pension fund, sent a letter to Unilever CEO Alan Jope. According to the Post, the pension fund has $73 million invested in Unilever. Gordon said state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli “is troubled and concerned” by Ben & Jerry’s decision.

Ben & Jerry’s said they would stop selling ice cream in the “Occupied Palestinian Territory” after a contract with a distribution expires at the end of next year. The company said they would still sell products in Israel, so the ban only applies to illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

After the announcement, Israel urged the governors of the US states with anti-BDS laws on the books to enforce them against Ben & Jerry’s, and some seem happy to comply. So far, New York, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, and Illinois are considering action against the ice cream company.

(antiwar.com)

Let me get this right…states are telling companies what they can do with their business….that pretty much craps on the lie of free markets…..

When will the US stop protecting Israel from their crimes?

See what cash in the pockets of slugs in politics gets you.

It is their, Ban and Jerry, money and their business…..what they do is of no business to the corrupt official in politics.

I refer to the title.

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“A Huge Victory”

That is how the MSM is selling the ‘bi-partisan’ deal to move forward with the work on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill in the Senate.

Before I give my thoughts on this groundbreaking deal…..

Senators of both parties voted Wednesday night to get started on President Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan. The 67-32 vote puts the Senate on schedule to begin debate on the package this week, the Washington Post reports, a full month after Biden had announced that a deal had been reached. “We are prepared to move forward,” lead GOP negotiator Sen. Rob Portman said Wednesday before the vote, per CNBC, but after a few big issues had been resolved. Democratic negotiator Sen. Kyrsten Sinema also said earlier in the day that most of the bill’s text had been completed. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has promised that the Senate will pass the bipartisan bill before the August recess, Politico reports.

Wednesday’s test vote does not necessarily mean the Senate will approve the package in the end, per the AP. Passing the deal will require the support of all 50 Democratic senators and at least 10 Republicans. Portman announced the deal alongside four other GOP negotiators, but it’s not clear how many other Republicans will vote for the plan. Sources tell the AP that at a closed-door lunch Tuesday, some GOP senators spoke in favor of the plan while others argued against doing anything that would clear the way for Biden’s wider $3.5 billion “human infrastructure plan,” which would expand social services. Although cost is an issue, many senators have projects they want to add to the infrastructure package. “It’s very popular,” Portman said.

As I stated the MSM is all over this ‘deal’ as some sort of indication that the Trump support is waning….I disagree.

I believe that since infrastructure is wildly popular with the voter this is just an attempt to garner votes for the 2022 election.

Senators will use this ‘deal’ in their campaigns….but Trump still has their hearts and butts.

It is a political decision for votes not what is best or needed by this country.

Ask yourself why now?

I do hope that I am wrong….but I seriously doubt it.

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SCOTUS Scorecard

I have little positive to say about our Supreme Court…..personally I think it is too much an ideological hotbed of ideological stupid.

These ‘people’ are suppose to be the guardians of our republic but they cannot do an accurate job through the lens of party politics.

A recent scorecard of the Court was published of what the American people think of SCOTUS….

What do they think?

Just 49% of Americans approve of the performance of the Supreme Court, down from 58%—a 10-year high—a year ago. That’s according to a Gallup poll conducted from July 6 to 21 and released Wednesday. It brings the court’s first approval rating below 50% since 2017, per CNN. That year, Gallup cited “a wide gap in partisan views of the court,” per the Washington Post. This time, the approval rating was the same among Democrats and Republicans at 51%, but 46% among independents, per USA Today. In previous years, opinions have been more divided. For example, in 2015, when the court upheld the Affordable Care Act and legalized same-sex marriage, 76% of Democrats approved, compared to 18% of Republicans. In 2018, following President Trump’s Supreme Court nominations, 72% of Republicans approved, compared to 38% of Democrats.

The latest rating follows a busy term which saw the court reject a third challenge to the Affordable Care Act, considered a win for Democrats, and uphold Arizona election laws that a lower court had ruled as discriminatory, seen as a victory for Republicans. “The mix of rulings may have helped keep Republicans from viewing the court as a conservative ally, or Democrats from perceiving it as too ideologically extreme,” which would be notable “given that the court now has six justices nominated by Republican presidents compared with three nominated by Democratic presidents,” Gallup said. Some 57% of moderates and 52% of conservatives said they approved of the court, compared to a third of liberals, per the Post. More than 60% of liberals said they disapproved—well above the national disapproval rate of 44%. The margin of error rate is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The Court is there to interpret the Constitution as it pertains to our rights as citizens….not to make policy.

When we allow organizations like the Federalist Society to pick our judges we get a crappy court…a court that makes ruling according to political ideology…the Constitution is only secondary.

If this continues then we will not need the Congress (I have mixed emotions about that thought)

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Closing Thought–28Jul21

How pathetic is this?

All the misinformation and lies that is swirling around the vaccine has some interesting side effects.

Like the situation in Missouri.

People in Missouri are reportedly disguising themselves so that their friends and family won’t find out that they getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Priscilla Frase of Ozarks Healthcare told ABC News that she had seen more than one person in disguise.

“I’ve had several people come in to get vaccinated who have sort of tried to disguise their appearance and even went so far as to say, ‘Please, please, please don’t let anybody know that I got this vaccine. I don’t want my friends to know,'” Frase explained.

According to the report, Ozarks Healthcare now offers a “private setting” so that patients can get the vaccine without being seen.

https://www.rawstory.com/vaccination-disguises/

How damn sad is this that one has to resort to disguises to get possible life saving treatment.

Damn!  The misinformation BS is doing a good jab and keeping Americans from health care…..

Common sense and rational thought has left the room.

And Missouri is not alone.

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Attack On DC

Over 200 years ago there was another attack on our nation’s Capitol….the War of 1812 DC was burned by the British soldiers…..and then came 06 January 2021…..

Since the Capitol was burned you would think that it would be known as the worse attack on our Capitol…..you would be mistaken…..

Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley calls himself a history “aficionado,” and we’ve had several conversations about the relationship between history and current events. Recently we found ourselves discussing the War of 1812 because of a major similarity with the coup attempt of Jan. 6, 2021 — namely, a direct attack on the U.S. Capitol.

As O’Malley reflected on the events of Jan. 6, he became emotional. He was thinking about his mother, who worked for former Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat who was the longest-serving woman in congressional history, and knew, he said, “every nook and cranny” of the Capitol. She had instilled in her son a deep love of American history and America’s democratic institutions.

“As I was hearing reports about members of Congress barricading doors, huddling under desks and trying to be quiet — so the people outside in the mob wouldn’t know they were there and attack them or take their lives — I was reminded of the story of the Virginia militia who found themselves inside the Capitol building in 1814,” O’Malley said.

https://www.salon.com/2021/07/18/the-war-of-1812-vs-jan-6-which-was-the-worst-attack-on-the-us-capitol/

I agree….the events of 06 January was an attack but rabid Americans trying to undermine the government of the United States.

06 January will go down in history as the worse attack on American soil…..that is unless the Red States get their way and revision history in their favor.

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House Select Committee Hearing—Day One

The insurrection will be televised….and it failed….now time to bring the leaders to bear.

I post this for all those Americans that were too busy to keep up with the doings in the Hearing…..and those that just do not care.

The hotly contested committee hearings on the events of 06 January has begun…..

This who;e affair could be disastrous for House Minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, who is slobbering over becoming Speaker…..

“McCarthy is playing a terrible hand here.”

“He’s trapped politically between the Democrats and former President Donald Trump. Democrats want someone to pay for Jan. 6, and not just the Trump supporters who viciously attacked the U.S. Capitol Police and illegally entered the building,” the report states before adding, “McCarthy needs Trump heading into 2022 elections — or at least he needs Trump not going after vulnerable House Republicans — so McCarthy has to stay loyal to the former president. It’s a lose-lose for McCarthy. “

https://www.rawstory.com/capitol-riot-hearing-2653977063/

I hope it does dash his ambition for he would be a horrible Speaker and he proves it everyday.

……and it started with a bang.

Rep. Kinzinger let the idiot Right have it with both barrels…..

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, one of two Republicans on the new select committee investigating the Capitol insurrection, on Tuesday called out members of his own party for treating January 6 as another “partisan fight.”

Read his opening statement, as prepared for delivery, distributed by his office:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/27/politics/read-kinzinger-remarks-0727/index.html

Harsh words for the morons in his party…beginning with McCarty and on down the line…..

The Hearing began with testimony from Capitol police officers that had to deal the the crush of slobbering Trump supporters….

Four officers present during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol told harrowing accounts of that day as a special House panel began investigating what happened. Details, via the AP, the Washington Post, Politico, and the Wall Street Journal:

  • Capitol Police officer Aquilino Gonell: He described losing oxygen while being crushed by rioters. “This is how I’m going to die,” he remembered thinking, “defending this entrance.” He added that “there is a continuous and shocking attempt to ignore or try to destroy the truth of what truly happened that day, and to whitewash the facts.”
  • DC officer Michael Fanone: He described being “grabbed, beaten, tased, all while being called a traitor to my country.” Doctors would later inform him that he suffered a mild heart attack during the melee.
  • DC officer Daniel Hodges: “I did the only thing I could do, scream for help,” Hodges said, recalling how rioters crushed him against a door and beat him in the head and face with his own baton. “To my perpetual confusion, I saw the thin blue line flag, a symbol of support for law enforcement, more than once being carried by the terrorists as they ignored our commands and continued to assault us.”
  • Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn: He recounted how people screamed the n-word at him, saying it was disturbing that “people demonize you because of the color of your skin.” He added that other Black officers were subjected to same treatment. “January 6 still isn’t over for me.”
  • Gonell: “It was not antifa. It was not Black Lives Matter. It was not the FBI. It was (former President Trump’s) supporters that he sent … over to the Capitol that day. And he could have done a lot of things. One of them was to tell them to stop.” Gonell said it was “insulting” that Trump later praised the rioters as “loving” people. “What he was doing, instead of sending the military, instead of sending the support or telling his people, his supporters, to stop this nonsense, he begged them to continue fighting. I’m still recovering from those hugs and kisses that day.”
  • Fanone: “I feel like I went to hell and back to protect them, and too many in this room … are now telling me that hell doesn’t exist or hell actually wasn’t that bad,” he said, referring to lawmakers who he says want to downplay the riot. “The indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful.”
  • Before the hearing began, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy called it a “sham” orchestrated by Nancy Pelosi. In contrast, Liz Cheney, one of only two Republicans on the panel, said they should investigate “every minute of that day in the White House.

On a side note….

Federal authorities have arrested a Donald Trump supporter caught on video bragging about macing police at the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Samuel Lazar, who was arrested in Pennsylvania on Monday, spent the months after the Capitol attack attending political events in support of the former president and his political allies. The case against him was unsealed on Tuesday. 

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/samuel-lazar-fbi-doug-mastriano-trump-capitol-attack-jan-6_n_60be410be4b099fb31ca9350

Goes to show that the mental midgets that support Trump support the police only when they are killing people of color.

I have heard and read those slugs that try to deflect from this Hearing saying why not have a hearing about the protests in the cities?

Well for one the violence they refer to happened in a city and the insurrection was an assault of the nation…if they cannot see the difference then they are just plain stupid!

I will try to keep my readers informed on the Hearing as best I can.

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