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Corona Virus / Selfish, stupid Americans: "conservatives"
« on: July 05, 2020, 09:43:08 PM »
We should also understand that when we see videos of crowds partying it further confirms that the pandemic will last longer in America than anywhere else in the world. That means that our lives as we know them are over for *years*—not just a matter of months. Thanks, America.</p>&mdash; Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) <a href="

Corona Virus / Never listen to Orange Hitler
« on: July 05, 2020, 09:37:18 PM »
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">🚨NEVER LISTEN TO TRUMP

🔺Testing is increasing
🔺Positivity Rate is ⬆️
🔺Hospitalizations are ⬆️


Trump, his Cabinet, enablers, sycophants, and GOP need to be Removed for dereliction of duty#TrumpVirus #TrumpPandemic</p>&mdash; single issue voter ⚛️🇺🇸 (@rightNtruthMat) <a href="Invalid Tweet ID?ref_src=twsrc^tfw">July 5, 2020[/url] <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

Corona Virus / Lying: the one and only "conservative" value.
« on: July 05, 2020, 09:34:17 PM »
We have less jobs than we did when you became president. Cases are higher because more people are infected; this virus is out of control — unlike every other wealthy country, you evil idiot.

General Discussion / And every RWNJ on Newsrake
« on: July 05, 2020, 03:00:51 PM »
There are a ton of RLW Twitterati that would read The Crucible and be on the wrong side.</p>&mdash; Hal Sparks (@HalSparks) <a href="

Election 2020 / 122 days out and looking good!
« on: July 04, 2020, 07:17:31 PM »
I think y’all misspelled “Trump will lose in a 2020 landslide” #Trump2020Landslide</p>&mdash; Santiago Mayer (@santiagomayer_) <a href="

How low has Orange Hitler dragged us down when we can't issue warrants against him for his crimes but Iran can?

How’s that FAR BETTER AND LESS EXPENSIVE ALTERNATIVE coming? You’ve only had three and a half years to work on it.</p>&mdash; Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) <a href=">June 27, 2020[/url]

Corona Virus / 8,942 new Covid 19 cases in Florida
« on: June 26, 2020, 11:15:47 AM »
Ron DeSantis, profiles in stupidity.


Several stakeholders in Tulsa’s Greenwood District filed suit Tuesday seeking an injunction to force Trump campaign rally organizers to abide by guidelines designed to fight COVID-19, but with a temporary injunction denied by a judge that evening, no ruling on a permanent injunction may come before the rally takes place.

President Donald Trump announced last week that he planned to hold a campaign rally at Tulsa’s BOK Center on Saturday.

The Greenwood Centre LTD, John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation and two immune-compromised individuals filed the petition in Tulsa County District Court, seeking an injunction against the BOK Center management companies SMG and ASM Global Parent.

Paul DeMuro, one of the lawyers spearheading the lawsuit, said events such as these involve singing and shouting in a densely packed stadium. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention has previously classified such events as “superspreading events”.

“The CDC has said, unequivocally, that this is the highest risk event for transmission of the virus,” DeMuro said. “This is a superspreader event in downtown Tulsa.”

State health officials recorded 228 new COVID-19 cases on Monday in Oklahoma, according to data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Four more people died from the disease, including two in Tulsa County. There have been a total of 363 deaths and 8,645 infections since March in Oklahoma.

Tulsa County now has the highest number of cases of any county in the state with 1,729.

Online registration for the event requires would-be attendees to acknowledge “that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.” Rally organizers have said that masks will be available to those who desire one.

DeMuro said the lawsuit was not about preventing a Trump campaign rally and that he and fellow attorney Clark Brewster would have filed a similar one if it had been an event for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, country music superstar Garth Brooks or the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Race and Racism / Republicanism
« on: June 11, 2020, 12:58:03 PM »


General Discussion / Bible Lesson From Saint John Fugelsang
« on: June 10, 2020, 12:20:43 PM »</p>&mdash; John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) <a href="?ref_src=twsrc^tfw">June 10, 2020[/url] <script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

General Discussion / Conservatism has lost the debate
« on: June 09, 2020, 11:30:01 AM »
Conservatism lost the debate when it had to resort to lying and cheating, and devolved into "conservatism." Conservatism lost the debate when it devolved into fascism. That devolution was a concession that "limited government" could not sell. The devolution was a concession to racism and anti-intellectualism. The worst aspects of "conservatism" have manifested in Orange Hitler, a lifelong buffoon who went bankrupt running a casino, lost billions of inherited dollars (in today's money), single-handedly destroyed the USFL, and was propped up by Russian organized crime.

Orange Hitler is a man without honesty, integrity, or values of any sort. He is the perfect poster child for "conservatism" and he is also the death rattle of conservatism. He will be gone on January 20. Then what?

I am hoping for a major backlash against fascism and all signs right now point that way. America needs a morning again: a real one not the Reagan propaganda. We have root out fascism by the roots. We need to expose the rampant corruption of Orange Hitler and prosecute him and his crime family to the full extent of the law. We need to restore our place as the world's leader and we need to help our allies.


Trump’s first statement as president, his inaugural address, was an unprecedented assault on American democracy and American values. Remember: He described America’s capital city, America’s government, America’s congressmen and senators—all democratically elected and chosen by Americans, according to America’s 227-year-old Constitution—as an “establishment” that had profited at the expense of “the people.” “Their victories have not been your victories,” he said. “Their triumphs have not been your triumphs.” Trump was stating, as clearly as he possibly could, that a new set of values was now replacing the old, though of course the nature of those new values was not yet clear.

Almost as soon as he stopped speaking, Trump launched his first assault on fact-based reality, a long-undervalued component of the American political system. We are not a theocracy or a monarchy that accepts the word of the leader or the priesthood as law. We are a democracy that debates facts, seeks to understand problems, and then legislates solutions, all in accordance with a set of rules. Trump’s insistence—against the evidence of photographs, television footage, and the lived experience of thousands of people—that the attendance at his inauguration was higher than at Barack Obama’s first inauguration represented a sharp break with that American political tradition. Like the authoritarian leaders of other times and places, Trump effectively ordered not just his supporters but also apolitical members of the government bureaucracy to adhere to a blatantly false, manipulated reality. American politicians, like politicians everywhere, have always covered up mistakes, held back information, and made promises they could not keep. But until Trump was president, none of them induced the National Park Service to produce doctored photographs or compelled the White House press secretary to lie about the size of a crowd—or encouraged him to do so in front of a press corps that knew he knew he was lying.
It takes time to persuade people to abandon their existing value systems. The process usually begins slowly, with small changes.

The lie was petty, even ridiculous; that was partly why it was so dangerous. In the 1950s, when an insect known as the Colorado potato beetle appeared in Eastern European potato fields, Soviet-backed governments in the region triumphantly claimed that it had been dropped from the sky by American pilots, as a deliberate form of biological sabotage. Posters featuring vicious red-white-and-blue beetles went up all across Poland, East Germany, and Czechoslovakia. No one really believed the charge, including the people making it, as archives have subsequently shown. But that didn’t matter. The point of the posters was not to convince people of a falsehood. The point was to demonstrate the party’s power to proclaim and promulgate a falsehood. Sometimes the point isn’t to make people believe a lie—it’s to make people fear the liar.

These kinds of lies also have a way of building on one another. It takes time to persuade people to abandon their existing value systems. The process usually begins slowly, with small changes. Social scientists who have studied the erosion of values and the growth of corruption inside companies have found, for example, that “people are more likely to accept the unethical behavior of others if the behavior develops gradually (along a slippery slope) rather than occurring abruptly,” according to a 2009 article in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. This happens, in part, because most people have a built-in vision of themselves as moral and honest, and that self-image is resistant to change. Once certain behaviors become “normal,” then people stop seeing them as wrong.

This process happens in politics, too. In 1947, the Soviet military administrators in East Germany passed a regulation governing the activity of publishing houses and printers. The decree did not nationalize the printing presses; it merely demanded that their owners apply for licenses, and that they confine their work to books and pamphlets ordered by central planners. Imagine how a law like this—which did not speak of arrests, let alone torture or the Gulag—affected the owner of a printing press in Dresden, a responsible family man with two teenage children and a sickly wife. Following its passage, he had to make a series of seemingly insignificant choices. Would he apply for a license? Of course—he needed it to earn money for his family. Would he agree to confine his business to material ordered by the central planners? Yes to that too—what else was there to print?

After that, other compromises follow. Though he dislikes the Communists—he just wants to stay out of politics—he agrees to print the collected works of Stalin, because if he doesn’t do it, others will. When he is asked by some disaffected friends to print a pamphlet critical of the regime, however, he refuses. Though he wouldn’t go to jail for printing it, his children might not be admitted to university, and his wife might not get her medication; he has to think about their welfare. Meanwhile, all across East Germany, other owners of other printing presses are making similar decisions. And after a while—without anyone being shot or arrested, without anyone feeling any particular pangs of conscience—the only books left to read are the ones approved by the regime.

The built-in vision of themselves as American patriots, or as competent administrators, or as loyal party members, also created a cognitive distortion that blinded many Republicans and Trump-administration officials to the precise nature of the president’s alternative value system. After all, the early incidents were so trivial. They overlooked the lie about the inauguration because it was silly. They ignored Trump’s appointment of the wealthiest Cabinet in history, and his decision to stuff his administration with former lobbyists, because that’s business as usual. They made excuses for Ivanka Trump’s use of a private email account, and for Jared Kushner’s conflicts of interest, because that’s just family stuff.

One step at a time, Trumpism fooled many of its most enthusiastic adherents. Recall that some of the original intellectual supporters of Trump—people like Steve Bannon, Michael Anton, and the advocates of “national conservatism,” an ideology invented, post hoc, to rationalize the president’s behavior—advertised their movement as a recognizable form of populism: an anti–Wall Street, anti-foreign-wars, anti-immigration alternative to the small-government libertarianism of the establishment Republican Party. Their “Drain the swamp” slogan implied that Trump would clean up the rotten world of lobbyists and campaign finance that distorts American politics, that he would make public debate more honest and legislation more fair. Had this actually been Trump’s ruling philosophy, it might well have posed difficulties for the Republican Party leadership in 2016, given that most of them had quite different values. But it would not necessarily have damaged the Constitution, and it would not necessarily have posed fundamental moral challenges to people in public life.

In practice, Trump has governed according to a set of principles very different from those articulated by his original intellectual supporters. Although some of his speeches have continued to use that populist language, he has built a Cabinet and an administration that serve neither the public nor his voters but rather his own psychological needs and the interests of his own friends on Wall Street and in business and, of course, his own family. His tax cuts disproportionately benefited the wealthy, not the working class. His shallow economic boom, engineered to ensure his reelection, was made possible by a vast budget deficit, on a scale Republicans once claimed to abhor, an enormous burden for future generations. He worked to dismantle the existing health-care system without offering anything better, as he’d promised to do, so that the number of uninsured people rose. All the while he fanned and encouraged xenophobia and racism, both because he found them politically useful and because they are part of his personal worldview.

More important, he has governed in defiance—and in ignorance—of the American Constitution, notably declaring, well into his third year in office, that he had “total” authority over the states. His administration is not merely corrupt, it is also hostile to checks, balances, and the rule of law. He has built a proto-authoritarian personality cult, firing or sidelining officials who have contradicted him with facts and evidence—with tragic consequences for public health and the economy. He threatened to fire a top Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official, Nancy Messonnier, in late February, after her too-blunt warnings about the coronavirus; Rick Bright, a top Health and Human Services official, says he was demoted after refusing to direct money to promote the unproven drug hydroxychloroquine. Trump has attacked America’s military, calling his generals “a bunch of dopes and babies,” and America’s intelligence services and law-enforcement officers, whom he has denigrated as the “deep state” and whose advice he has ignored. He has appointed weak and inexperienced “acting” officials to run America’s most important security institutions. He has systematically wrecked America’s alliances.

His foreign policy has never served any U.S. interests of any kind. Although some of Trump’s Cabinet ministers and media followers have tried to portray him as an anti-Chinese nationalist—and although foreign-policy commentators from all points on the political spectrum have, amazingly, accepted this fiction without questioning it—Trump’s true instinct, always, has been to side with foreign dictators, including Chinese President Xi Jinping. One former administration official who has seen Trump interact with Xi as well as with Russian President Vladimir Putin told me that it was like watching a lesser celebrity encounter a more famous one. Trump did not speak to them as the representative of the American people; he simply wanted their aura—of absolute power, of cruelty, of fame—to rub off on him and enhance his own image. This, too, has had fatal consequences. In January, Trump took Xi’s word when he said that COVID‑19 was “under control,” just as he had believed North Korea’s Kim Jong Un when he signed a deal on nuclear weapons. Trump’s fawning attitude toward dictators is his ideology at its purest: He meets his own psychological needs first; he thinks about the country last. The true nature of the ideology that Trump brought to Washington was not “America First,” but rather “Trump First.”

Election 2020 / Orange Hitler Election Chances Dwindling
« on: June 02, 2020, 11:48:55 AM »

After a month of bad news, President Donald Trump’s approval ratings have taken another hit. He’s in serious trouble for re-election.

General Discussion / I know the answer but I ask anyway
« on: May 31, 2020, 04:01:55 PM »
Has anyone run into a single "conservative" who isn't a total moron? Has anyone found a "conservative" with whom it is possible to have a normal conversation where they're not throwing shovel loads of bullshit and nonsense at you?

I haven't found a single one and have come to the conclusion that none of them are worth talking to. Not one, and they leave me wondering why I ever tried. They have gotten worse over the years, but they were never what I would consider worthwhile. I tried. Honestly, I made the effort. I guess I failed?

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