Cry Me A River!

The insurrection updates here in IST…..

Remember all those insurrectionists that were in our august body known as the US Congress…elected officials that egged on the insurrection?

Well some of them are running for office and/or re-election…..like the moron from Kansas, Roger Marshall….after supporting the insurrection caused by the Big Lie he now wants to move on and be re-elected…..

One Republican senator argued on Saturday that it’s time for people to stop asking him about why he voted with the insurrectionists the night of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.

CNN anchor Pamela Brown noted a new poll showing that 70% of Republicans believe the “Big Lie” that Donald Trump won the 2020 election.

“You voted to toss out millions of votes in Arizona and Pennsylvania, you also joined on to the Texas lawsuit attempting to throw out votes cast in four states,” Brown noted as Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) nodding his head in affirmation.

“Look Pamela, it’s so — we’re just so ready to move on,” Marshall replied.

https://www.rawstory.com/republican-overturn-vote/

My thought to this fool is….”I will possibly move on from your betrayal of the nation when you and your morons move on from the “Big Lie”……in other words….F*CK YOU!

He is not alone.

There is a slew of insurrectionists that will be running for office in 2022…

From Nebraska to New Jersey, attendees of the now-infamous rally that became a riot are campaigning for elected office. One—a longshot Michigan candidate who previously organized anti-lockdown rallies in his home state—even appears to have entered the Capitol.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/they-went-to-dc-on-jan-6-now-theyre-running-for-office

Why would any true American vote for anyone that holds the beliefs these political slugs hold?

We already have enough spineless fools in Congress why send more?

Bad news for the country.

All the multiple arrests made because of the insurrection…the news is that most will not face jail time….

More than 400 people have been charged with federal crimes in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol—but prison time may be another story. With new defendants still flooding into DC’s federal court, the Justice Department is under pressure to quickly resolve the least serious of cases. While defendants charged with crimes such as conspiracy and assaulting officers during the insurrection could be looking at hefty sentences, some members of the mob who weren’t caught joining in the violence or destruction could see little to no time behind bars, per the AP. “The people who were just there for the ride and somewhat clueless … most of them they probably will not get prison time,” says Rachel Barkow, a professor at the New York University School of Law. “Having a misdemeanor on their record, going through all this is probably a pretty big wake-up call for most of the folks.” It’s also a formidable task for lawyers and judges alike to determine the appropriate punishment to seek and hand down.

Many defendants had steady jobs and no criminal records, factors typically rewarded with leniency in the criminal justice system. Of the more than 400 federal defendants so far, at least 100 are facing only lower-level crimes such as disorderly conduct and entering a restricted area, which don’t typically result in time behind bars for first-time offenders. Hundreds more were also charged with more serious offenses—like conspiracy, assault, or obstruction of an official proceeding—that carry hefty prison time of years behind bars, but theses defendants may take pleas that would wipe those charges from their cases. If prosecutors seek stiff sentences for the lowest-level defendants, they’ll be juggling hundreds of cases going to trial instead of focusing on the major offenders, Loyola Law School professor Laurie Levenson notes. “If there’s any pressure on the [DOJ], it’s to deal with these cases in a way so that you never have to see them again,” she says.

I say screw these traitors…there is lots of room at Gitmo…..why not use the space to punish these worthless tools?

If they must go free then fine the piss out of them….give them something to think about and remember their threat to the nation.

I want everyone on of these pricks to face what they have done.

This is not over…..

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Biden’s State Of The Union Address

Biden was invited to a joint session of Congress to give the traditional SOTU address on 28 April……he accepted….this will be a break with tradition for Presidents don’t deliver a State of the Union address to Congress until their second year in office…….and the speech went something like this…..

President Biden addressed Congress for the first time since taking office Wednesday night, calling for America “to do more than just build back. We have to build back better.” How so: by making sure corporations and the wealthiest 1% of Americans are paying their fair share, CNN reports. The network says he laid out an economic and infrastructure plan that amounted to “a far more progressive agenda than his 2020 campaign would have suggested.” More from the address, reactions to it, and the Republican rebuttal from Sen. Tim Scott:

  • The New York Times and CNN have more on what was included in the address, which also touched on foreign policy, immigration, coronavirus vaccination, the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, and more.
  • Scott, the only Black GOP senator, said in his response that Biden’s $1.8 trillion American Families Plan is “big government waste.” The Times also has more on his rebuttal, which also called out coronavirus shutdowns and the growing divide over systemic racism: “America is not a racist country,” he said.
  • The AP fact-checks both Biden’s and Scott’s speeches. It finds a number of issues with Biden’s address, including his claim that “There’s a broad consensus of economists—left, right, center—and they agree that what I’m proposing will help create millions of jobs and generate historic economic growth.” The statement “glosses over the naysayers” some of whom say the spending is too much. It also finds misleading statements from Scott’s response; more here.
  • The AP also has details on the “diminished mood” of what is typically a more “electrifying evening,” but was much less so this year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also notes that many Republican lawmakers simply didn’t attend. Those who did, including Mitch McConnell, rarely stood up to applaud. But Biden name-dropped McConnell poignantly, recalling that “it meant a lot” when McConnell suggested Biden name a cancer research bill after his late son, Beau.
  • A poll conducted after the address found that 71% of respondents felt more optimistic after hearing it, CNN reports.
  • WTVY rounds up some of the reactions that have come in from lawmakers. The Daily Beast notes that on Fox News, Chris Wallace was predicting the speech would be popular with Americans while Ben Domenech argued it would be a quickly-forgotten “blip.”

I heard nothing new….his daily news updates has told us everything we need to know….this was nothing but a much deserved victory lap.

But let’s face reality…this is nothing more than a wish list that will go NO further than the Senate and as we know this is where great bills go to DIE!

For me it was redundant and boring….but that was nothing new for me.

Then there was the GOP response…..given by South Carolina senator, Tim Scott…..

A typical Repub response….Dems bad and Repubs good…..and as usual there was no plans for the future other than to repeat lies and misinformation…..the party used Scott to try and change the conversation on race and the stupidity of the party…..and yet he failed on this issue completely.

Scott just reiterated the obstructionism that we have lived with since 2008.

All in all it was a wasted evening for me.

But that is something that I am use to with the American experiment these days.

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Can Policies Change?

We all are aware of the policies that the ‘other guy’ put into place….policies that stank of racism and bigotry…..but now that we have a new guy sitting in the ring of power can he or his minions in the Congress change those policies?

They can but time is running out….

Ever hear of the Congressional Review Act?

No?

Ask and thou shalt receive.

The Congressional Review Act (CRA) enables Congress to disapprove a final rule issued by a federal agency. A rule disapproved using this mechanism is not only nullified; the agency is also prevented from reissuing a “substantially similar” rule in the future unless Congress authorizes it to do so via subsequent legislation. Congress generally has 60 days to review rules, but there is a provision that also allows an incoming Congress to review the last 60 days of rules issued during the previous Congress.

The Dems and the new president do not seem to be interested in changing some of the policies…..

Undoing many of the policies of his predecessor is one of President Joe Biden’s top priorities. In early February, Biden even got a little defensive about all the executive actions he was taking in his first days in office to halt policies set by President Donald Trump. “I’m not making new law,” he said Feb. 2. “I’m eliminating bad policy.”

But as easy as it sounds on the campaign hustings or in a 30-second political ad, it’s complicated to overturn rules from earlier administrations. There is one tool, however, that Biden and the Democratic Congress could use to undo the policies the Trump administration left behind. A little-used law called the Congressional Review Act allows a new administration with a like-minded Congress to fast-track the repeal of regulations and other executive actions with simple majority votes in both chambers and no filibuster in the Senate.

https://www.alternet.org/2021/03/trump-policies/

As the deadline of 60 days is quickly drawing to an end….why has the Dems in Congress or for that matter Biden called for the use of CRA?

Why?

If crappy policies from the ‘other guy’ can be overturned why are the Dems dragging their feet.

As usual we get lots of rhetoric and little action.

Can you now see why I called them all gutless and worthless?

To be fair to the Dems they are considering the use of CRA (a fact that I learn after writing this post)….but only on a Trump era energy policy….

Senate Democrats are eyeing an obscure federal law as means to permanently overturn Trump-era regulations on methane, a chemical compound that makes up natural gas.

https://amp.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/mar/25/democrats-eye-congressional-review-act-permanently/

I applaud this effort….but why stop there?

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More Stupidity From The GOP

I know what to pick since every time they open their mouths stupid flies out.

This may become a regular post for IST….we need to know the level of stupid that one party can sink to….

Let’s start with Minority leader in the Senate….McConnell……

The big issue for the Senate is the filibuster…..

Abolishing the filibuster is not a road Democrats should even consider going down, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Tuesday. The Republican said that if Democrats do away with the legislative filibuster, as some progressives are pushing for, the Senate would become a “100-car pileup.” He vowed that Republicans would bring the chamber to a standstill by withdrawing consent on routine issues. “Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin … to imagine what a completely scorched-earth Senate would look like,” McConnell said, per the New York Times. “None of us have served one minute in a Senate that was completely drained of comity, and this is an institution that requires unanimous consent to turn the lights on before noon.”

McConnell’s warning came the day after Sen. Dick Durbin said the filibuster, which requires most legislation get at least 60 votes to pass, was “making a mockery of American democracy” and should be abolished, Axios reports. McConnell said that if Democrats get rid of the filibuster and Republicans regain the majority, they would erase liberal policies and bring in “all kinds of conservative policies with zero, zero input from the other side.” Abolishing the legislative filibuster would require 50 Democratic votes, and Sens. Krysten Sinema and Joe Manchin have said they would oppose the move, the Hill reports. When asked earlier this month if he would reconsider, Manchin told a reporter, “Never! Jesus Christ, what don’t you understand about ‘never’?”

Once again this is about party and not the country…..typical for a group that lies continuously about their love of the country.

Then their is one of Wisconsin’s senators, Ron Johnson, trying to defend his wildly racist statement….

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin took much flak last week when he told interviewer Joe Pags that he was never concerned about his safety during the Capitol riot. “Now, had the tables been turned—Joe, this could get me in trouble—had the tables been turned, and President Trump won the election, and those were tens of thousands of Black Lives Matter and antifa protesters, I might have been a little concerned,” said Johnson. Critics accused him of racism, but Johnson is now defending himself in a Wall Street Journal op-ed headlined “I Won’t Be Silenced by the Left.” For starters, Johnson argues that the vast majority of those at the Capitol on Jan. 6 were peaceful protesters, and he accuses Democrats “and their media allies” are pushing a false narrative that “all present were ‘armed insurrectionists’ determined to overthrow the government.”

These “false narratives” extend to BLM protests in various US cities throughout 2020, Johnson writes. He argues they were more violent and destructive than his critics are willing to acknowledge. “It was also sadly predictable that liberals would hurl the accusation of racism,” he writes. “This isn’t about race. It’s about riots. The rioters who burned Kenosha weren’t of any one ethnicity; they were united by their radical leftism.” Read his full column. For a counterpoint, see Chris Cillizza at CNN, who thinks it’s ridiculous to argue that BLM protests were more dangerous than the Capitol riot. For him it boils down to this: “The vast majority of rioters on January 6 were White. The crowds at the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020 were not predominantly White. That’s it. That’s the difference Johnson is talking about.” Read Cillizza’s column.

My thought if this turd did not fear the crowd then why not show leadership and try to calm the situation…..or is it that he agreed with their insurrection?

More Ronnie lunacy…..

Let’s move to the games being played in the House…..

Since the GOP is afraid to attack the success that Biden has had they choose to go South to the border….

The pandemic may still be issue No. 1, but another topic is fast becoming a major issue for both parties—the border. Republicans say looser immigration policies under President Biden have created a crisis, while Democrats blame Donald Trump for leaving behind a broken system. Coverage:

  • GOP critics: “There’s no other way to claim it than a Biden border crisis,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy upon a visit to Texas on Monday, per USA Today. McCarthy said border patrol agents told him suspected terrorists were trying to cross, and Newsweek reports that GOP Rep. John Katko echoed that claim.
  • Pushback: Democrats disputed the allegations about terrorists and demanded evidence, reports the Washington Post. “Weird as the Chairman of the subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations and a border state member of Congress haven’t heard anything about this,” tweeted Rep. Ruben Gallego, an Arizona Democrat. “Gonna ask for a briefing. Pretty sure he is either wrong or lying,” he said of McCarthy.
  • The politics: NBC News sees this as a strategic shift by Republicans to turn immigration into a hot topic ahead of the 2022 midterms. That makes sense given that Biden is getting generally high marks for his handling of the pandemic, notes an analysis at the Post. “The Republicans will turn around and use this for a political weapon against Democrats—that we’re weak on the border, we’re not doing enough, we’re letting everybody in,” says moderate Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar. “I’ve been warning the party and the administration: Don’t let this get out of hand, because all you’re going to do is you’re going to give Republicans an issue.”
  • Democrats, too: Cuellar isn’t the only Democrat worried, notes the Hill. “Whatever message was sent—it was sure interpreted the wrong way,” says West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, referring to Biden’s unwinding of some Trump immigration laws. “It’s a crisis—oh, it’s a crisis.” In terms of signals from Biden, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said last week that Central Americans “see him as the migrant president.”
  • Numbers up: Illegal crossings are way up since Biden became president. More than 100,000 detentions were logged in February, up 28% from the previous month. And as of Sunday, the Border Patrol was holding 4,200 unaccompanied minors, up 31% from the previous week, reports CBS News. (The issue of minors is particularly acute.)
  • In defense: “The Biden administration is trying to fix the broken system that was left to them by the Trump administration,” Nancy Pelosi said Sunday House press chief Jen Psaki told reporters Monday that the administration is facing “a significant problem and a significant challenge, and I think we haven’t … been hiding about that.”

They have NOTHING else.  So they will return to the lies and misinformation on the border…..it is easier than having policies.

Move to the state of Alaska…..and the GOP vs Murkowski…..

The Alaska Republican Party previously censured Sen. Lisa Murkowski for voting to convict former President Trump after his impeachment trial and now doesn’t want her to identity as a GOP candidate in next year’s election, a member of the party’s State Central Committee said Tuesday. “The party does not want Lisa Murkowski to be a Republican candidate,” said Tuckerman Babcock, immediate past chairman of the state party. The vote to censure Murkowski was 53-17 at a Saturday meeting in Anchorage, he said. “It went further than censure, which was strong,” Babcock said. “But it also directed the party officials to recruit an opponent in the election and to the extent legally permissible, prevent Lisa Murkowski from running as a Republican in any election.”

The censure resolution also faulted Murkowski for supporting Rep. Deb Haaland as Interior secretary and for demanding Trump’s resignation after the riot at the Capitol. It’s a watershed moment for GOP politics in Alaska, the AP reports. Murkowski has been in the Senate since 2002, when her father, former Sen. Frank Murkowski, selected her to finish his unexpired term after he was elected governor. A Murkowski has represented Alaska in the US Senate since 1981. Babcock said he couldn’t speak about how the party will recruit a candidate, but said he would wait to see who Trump might endorse in the race and see if that person is a viable candidate. Murkowski hasn’t said whether she will seek another term in 2022. In 2010, she won as a write-in candidate after losing the Republican primary.

I say screw them….she should do what her conscience tells her to do….something the GOP cannot tolerate….a thinking politician.

Then there is the idiot from Arkansas, Tom Cotton, who has a hard on from Columbia University for their graduation ceremonies….

Republican Sen. Tom Cotton caused an uproar Tuesday by blasting the multicultural graduation ceremonies offered by Columbia University as “segregation.” He was apparently outraged by a Fox story that said the university would host “six separate graduation ceremonies based on income level, race, ethnicities.” Cotton and other commenters seemed to believe the university was separating students by race and income for different commencement ceremonies, when the different ceremonies are in fact optional additions to the main April 30 commencement ceremony and have been offered for years at Columbia and many other universities, the Columbia Spectator reports. Cotton slammed Columbia as a “woke university embracing segregation” and said it was part of a bigger “problem” that also involved schools, corporate HR departments, and the Biden administration.

The six extra ceremonies at Columbia, which do not overlap with each other or with the main ceremony, include Native, Asian, Latino, and Black graduations, along with the Lavender graduation for LGBT students and one for first-generation, low-income students, USA Today reports. Members of the latter group spent years pushing for their own ceremony before the first one was held in 2017, the Spectator notes. Columbia tweeted that the separate ceremonies, which will be held virtually this year, are voluntary and in most cases “evolved from ceremonies originally created by students and alumni.” Fortune reports that Columbia chemical engineering professor Faye McNeill strongly criticized the “disingenuous and bile-filled” take on graduation events. “It takes a special kind of negativity” to target these events, especially after the very difficult year students have just endured, McNeill tweeted.

Seems the GOP is still rudderless as always…..and they continue to play games instead of formulating policies to move this country forward.

Most are motivated by hate disguised as concern for the country.

Time for Americans to kick these useless slugs out of government and never let them return.

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Go Big Or Go Home!

Now that the silly trial of Trump in the Senate is over it is time to move on to more important things…..the trial was important but it was a forgone conclusion that it was a fart in the political wind.

Maybe the Congress can move onto actually doing something that will benefit the people…..The House will try but the Senate will be locked into the sleepy hollow syndrome….doing nothing but saying no and raising money for their re-elections.

The House presents bills…..but most are just chipping away at our problems around the edges of problems while the main body remains in place and problematic.

What have they got lose?

The Centrist approach has done little to solve problems.

Think I am wrong?

Then please tell me one problem that has been solved, I emphasize the word “solve”,  in say a decade.

By big I mean solutions like Green New Deal…and for those that pay more attention to the Kardashians here is the Green New Deal…..

Click to access BILLS-116hres109ih.pdf

This would solve some of our problems (not all)…..why not go big?

We have so many social problems that we need big solutions…..problems like income, inequality, racial issues, infrastructure,and Medicare For All….all of which should have been solved many decades ago.

Go big!

We all know that it will be a wash for once the Senate gets the bill it will die an unceremonious death.

We could say that the approach to the Covid virus with Biden is a big solution……we will see just how successful it will be…..but my point is that all our solutions should be so bold and so big.

But as usual I expect the Dems will cave to the stupidity of the GOP members of the Congress.

My advice is….Go Big Or Go Home!

M4A, minimum wage, Green New Deal (must include infrastructure), strengthen voter rights…and so much this country needs.

I know someone will no doubt ask….just how would we pay for this?

Easy answer and it comes from Sen. Warren….

Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Brendan Boyle introduced the Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act, which would enact a 2% annual wealth tax on the net worth of households between $50 million and $1 billion, with a 3% annual tax on the wealth of households over $1 billion.

“In the midst of a pandemic that has left millions of Americans economically devastated, the net wealth of America’s billionaires has increased by over $1 trillion. Wealth inequality in the United States is out of control, with millionaires and billionaires becoming richer by the day as the American people struggle to get by with stagnant wages and a lack of adequate government support. Senator Warren’s wealth tax is exactly what this country needs right now, and it would do more than almost any other plan to tackle this crisis of wealth inequality forcefully, directly, and effectively.”

(patrioticmillionaires.org)

But the Dems are spineless…..

They won’t fight for a $15 minimum wage or $2000 monthly UBI. They won’t fight for Medicare for All in a pandemic. They won’t fight for a Green New Deal in a climate crisis. So what in the hell are the Dems and Biden actually fighting for?

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Minimum Wage Update

The decision has been made by the Parliamentarian on whether the $15 minimum wage can be added to the Cocid-19 recovery bill…..

Looks like the coronavirus relief bill will not include a minimum wage hike. The Senate parliamentarian on Thursday ruled against the inclusion, saying it goes against budget rules. Every provision in the $1.9 trillion bill must comply with budget rules since Democrats are attempting to use the fast-track budget reconciliation process to get the bill passed with a simple majority, the Hill explains. But Nancy Pelosi says the House will leave the $15 minimum wage item in the bill when it votes Friday, despite the fact that it will almost certainly be removed from the Senate bill. The only way it wouldn’t would involve Vice President Kamala Harris basically eschewing the parliamentarian’s ruling, which the White House said it does not support; Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin also says he wouldn’t support bypassing budget rules.

“What are we supposed to tell voters in 2 years before the midterms? Sorry, we couldn’t pass the $15 minimum wage that we promised you because the Senate parliamentarian advised against it?” Rep. Pramila Jayapal tweeted. “Two-thirds of voters want this done. Time to deliver.” As the Week reports, Bernie Sanders quickly unveiled his “plan B,” saying he’s working on an amendment he wants included in the bill that will eliminate tax deductions for “large, profitable corporations that don’t pay workers at least $15 an hour” and also give smaller businesses incentives to increase wages. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, similarly, said he’s “looking at a tax penalty for mega-corporations that refuse to pay a living wage.” Sources tell CNN the minimum wage hike’s removal will likely make it easier for the Senate to pass the bill, as Democrats can avoid infighting over its inclusion—moderates like Manchin are not in favor.

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Let The Games Begin!

As Biden prepares for his ceremony crowning him as the president of the United States…..the Right has prepared to make life silly when the Congress convenes….

Remember the impeachments (notice that is plural) of Trump…well as a revenge for his loss in November there is to bring the impeachment thing up again….

A freshman GOP lawmaker wants to get the ball rolling on impeaching Joe Biden on the president-elect’s first full day in office. After President Trump was impeached for a second time Wednesday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene told Newsmax that she plans to file articles of impeachment against Biden on Jan. 21. The Georgia lawmaker has expressed support for QAnon conspiracy theories, but she’s not planning to accuse Biden of being part of a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles. Instead, she is attacking the president-elect over remarks he made in 2018 about threatening to withhold $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine if prosecutor general Viktor Shokin wasn’t replaced, the Hill reports. “I’m proud to be the voice of Republican voters who have been ignored,” she tweeted.

The Obama administration called for Shokin’s firing over corruption allegations in 2015, as did the EU and the IMF. When Biden, as vice president, raised the issue with Ukrainian officials, Shokin was investigating the energy firm Burisma. Biden’s son Hunter was a board member at the time, though he was not accused of wrongdoing. “We cannot have a president of the United States who is willing to abuse the power of the office of the presidency and be easily bought off by foreign governments, foreign Chinese energy companies, Ukrainian energy companies,” said Greene, who didn’t specify what she wants to charge Biden with. Trump’s first impeachment stemmed from a call to Ukraine’s leader in which he pushed for an investigation of the Bidens.

Oh goody the games will begin and the obstruction will rage on for the next 4 years.

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Our 51st State?

Closing thought–28Jan21

For years I have been writing about the fact that there is a place here in the continental United States that has no representation in DC.

That is the region we have called the District of Columbia.

Well finally there is a move to make the District the 51st state……

“There’s never been a time when statehood for the District was more likely,” Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said Wednesday after reintroducing a bill for statehood for Washington, DC in the House. Holmes, a Democrat, is DC’s only representative in Congress and since the district isn’t a state, she doesn’t have voting rights. The bill, which passed a House vote last year, was also introduced by Senate Democrats led by Delaware Sen. Tom Carper, the Hill reports. It would give DC—which has 700,000 residents, more than Vermont or Wyoming—full representation in Congress and authority on local issues.

Norton said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has committed to bringing statehood up for another vote. President Biden has voiced support for statehood, but unless Democrats end the filibuster, the legislation has no chance of passing the Senate, NBC reports. The district is heavily Democratic—Biden took 92% of the vote in November—so the Senate’s 50 Democrats would be unlikely to get 10 Republicans to vote in favor of statehood. Advocates including Carper, however, say the issue of fair representation for DC should not be partisan. They also note that if DC was a state with the power to activate its National Guard, there might have been a faster response to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot

I say it is about time that the people of DC get the representation they deserve.

But let us not forget that there are other regions that the US claims that also has little representation…..like Puerto Rico.

Could this lead to the long awaited recognition and representation?

What about other regions?  Like US Virgin Islands or Guam for instance.

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The Price They Pay

There is always a price for stupid!

Our Congress people that are in support of the stupid around 06 January and paying a price for their assault on our democracy…..

First, Sen Hawley of Missouri……

After losing a book deal and political contributions, Sen. Josh Hawley has now had the rug pulled out from a fundraiser over his support for overturning the results of the presidential election. Loews Hotels said Saturday that it has canceled the event planned for next month at its Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, Forbes reports. The company tweeted that it was “horrified and opposed to the events at the Capitol.” The Missouri Republican stuck to his position when Congress returned to work after the Jan. 6 attack, even as other GOP members dropped their opposition to certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Loews cited the safety of employees and guests in adding that it was canceling the fundraiser “in light of those events.”

“If these corporations don’t want conservatives to speak, they should just be honest about it,” Hawley said in an email to Forbes. “But to equate leading a debate on the floor of the Senate with inciting violence is a lie, and it’s dangerous.” A flier said the event was to cost families $5,000, couples $3,000, and individuals $1,000, per the Orlando Sentinel. “I think it’s totally inappropriate,” said a Florida lawyer who posted the flier online earlier Saturday. “You bring your family down and go to Universal in the middle of a pandemic, after [he’s] incited an insurrection?” Not only have corporate political donations dried up since the attack, one company’s PAC wants its money back from Hawley. “I will not be deterred from representing my constituents and I will not bow to left wing corporate pressure,” Hawley’s statement said.

Then there is the QAnon member of Congress, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has had her Twitter account suspended….

Twitter has been suspending accounts left and right as it cracks down on the QAnon conspiracy theory, and one pretty big name is included in the 70,000 suspensions so far: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. The Georgia congresswoman has endorsed QAnon, and has also tweeted claims of widespread election fraud. In fact, one of her latest tweets before the suspension, along with a series of other tweets posted Sunday morning, were slapped with Twitter warnings for misinformation due to such baseless claims. NPR reports that Greene’s account remains viewable to the public, but she was locked out of it Sunday and will not be able to access it for 12 hours. In response, she called on Congress to “protect free speech in America,” CNN reports.

A Twitter rep says the Republican’s account “has been temporarily locked out for multiple violations of our civic integrity policy,” the same policy the company cited when it removed QAnon-linked accounts. Greene, who was just elected in November, is one of a few GOP freshman lawmakers who are already stirring controversy, the Wall Street Journal reports. In addition to her controversial stances on QAnon and election fraud, Greene was one of a number of lawmakers who refused to wear masks during the Capitol raid, after which several colleagues tested positive for COVID-19. In response to that controversy, her office said she had tested negative two days before the raid, and that “she does not believe healthy Americans should be forced to muzzle themselves with a mask.”

Consequences are a bitch!

But I do not think these go far enough.

Here is an article that goes with the post…..https://www.aier.org/article/congressional-hypocrisy-and-the-crackdown/

Not to worry I am sure we have not heard the last of these slugs.

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“They Should Resign”

After the debacle of 06 January a new metal detector system has been installed to prevent any weapons and such could not get into the Capitol…….everyone including Congress people must enter the detector before entering…..

It appears the some Congress people think they are above the law and have decided that they do not the inconvenience……

Flippantly disregarding a basic safety measure put in place in the wake of last week’s deadly invasion the U.S. Capitol, numerous Republican lawmakers on Wednesday dodged metal detectors as they entered the House chamber to take part in debate over an article of impeachment charging President Donald Trump with inciting the mob attack.

In a series of tweets Wednesday, HuffPost reporter Matt Fuller named the GOP members he watched evade the newly installed magnetometers or walk through the detectors, set them off, and completely disregard their alarms and proceed into the House chamber without consequence.

“This system has been rendered meaningless,” Fuller lamented as one House Republican after another sidestepped the metal detectors, the establishment of which one GOP member called an “atrocity.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/01/13/they-should-all-resign-here-are-gop-lawmakers-dodging-metal-detectors-installed

Not to worry these slugs were caught on camera avoiding their duty The article has most of the evidence included).

There will be penalties for stupidity…..

Some Republican lawmakers are furious about new security measures in the House after last week’s Capitol riot, but if they keep trying to dodge the newly installed metal detectors, they’re going to face steep fines. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that lawmakers evading the detectors will be fined $5,000 for a first offense and $10,000 for a second, with the money coming directly out of their House salaries, Fox reports. Several Republicans walked around the detectors or refused to stop after they were set off Tuesday and Wednesday. GOP Rep. Debbie Lesko complained in a tweet that lawmakers were being treated “like criminals,” the Washington Post reports. “We now live in Nancy Pelosi’s Communist America!” said the Arizona lawmaker.

“On behalf of the House, I express my deepest gratitude to the US Capitol Police for the valor that they showed during the deadly insurrection on the Capitol, as they protected the lives of the staff and the Congress,” Pelosi said in a statement announcing the fines Wednesday, per the Hill. “Sadly, just days later, many House Republicans have disrespected our heroes by verbally abusing them and refusing to adhere to basic precautions keeping members of our Congressional community, including the Capitol Police, safe.” Under a new rule introduced Tuesday, lawmakers will also face fines of $500 for a first offense and $2,500 for a second if they refuse to wear masks on the House floor.

Hit them in the pocketbook…..what about the third time or the fourth….so on?

I agree with the first article….make them resign and then ban them from public office.

Just look at the US Constitution….Section Three of the 14th Amendment

I like it!

Let the Constitution punish these traitors to their oath of office.

This is typical of the Repubs….they want laws but do not think they must obey them….and you wonder where the stupid came from….look NO further than the GOP.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”