According to the EPPC website the organisation was "established in 1976 to clarify and reinforce the bond between the Judeo-Christian moral tradition and the public debate over domestic and foreign policy issues."  [snip]
Charles Koch is the right-wing billionaire owner of Koch Industries. As one of the richest people in the world, he is a key funder of the right-wing infrastructure, including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the State Policy Network (SPN).
As to why the Atlantic is giving Whelan a voice, that's a very good question. I thought better of them. It's disappointing to see this level of blatant dreck coming from the Atlantic.
over eight curse words and an illustration of a naked cartoon mouse.
'Maus' author reacts to his book being pulled from curriculum
The news that Barry Manilow wasn't really leaving Spotify was disappointing. I've been around long enough to remember when Barry was at the top of the charts with "Mandy" and other ballads he wrote that all the cool kids claimed to hate ...while his records flew off the shelves. I wasn't a huge fan, but I've always liked the guy. He's a likeable person, and on the one hand I'm thinking, "Go on, Barry. Do it anyway." And on the other, I'm thinking, "How dare somebody try to back him into this? Why did somebody pick on Barry Manilow of all people?"
Tim Grierson does a great job of capturing the moment, all while being utterly fair to Manilow. Barry Manilow is a nice guy. He's just never nominated himself for badass of the day. Disappointing, but there is nothing wrong with that.
The world isnt so cruel about Manilow anymore and lets not forget that a lot of that scorn probably was tied to homophobia, which prompted him to deny he was gay most of his life, finally coming out in 2017. But its not like you see a lot of Actually, Barry Manilow Slaps think-pieces, either. And yet, for a short time on Friday, Manilow seemed pretty awesome. It only lasted about six hours, and he actually had nothing to do with it. But it was a fun moment nonetheless. [snip]
To be clear, Manilow is not a bad person by any stretch, but a similar phenomenon occurs in pop culture whenever artists we write off as lame end up being cooler than we expect. Neil Young has made a career out of flipping off people in power, but nobody expects Manilow, whose brand is comfort and warmth, to protest Spotifys support of a noxious anti-vaxxer who should never, ever talk about race. And yet, for six hours, it seemed like that was the case. It was easy to feel heartened. If someone as milquetoast as Barry Manilow, who has about 2.8 million monthly listeners on the service, was willing to speak out, it only underlined how dangerous it is for major media entities to spread misinformation on their platforms. Whether its Mitt Romney or Barry Manilow, the feeling is the same: If this guy gets it, why doesnt everybody else? [snip]
But I also felt kinda bad for Manilow. For most of his very successful, highly lucrative career, hes given uncomplicated pleasure to millions of listeners, never rocking the boat or, frankly, rocking at all. But for six hours on Friday, he was a rebel, an advocate, a man of principle. (Just imagine what all those 1970 punk bands who detested what he represented would have thought about that.) [more]
She was demeaned and dismissed on more than one occasion for asking pertinent, intelligent questions.
"Come on, come on," said Trump said, cutting her off again. "You know, why don't you people act why don't you act in a little more positive it's always trying to getcha, getcha."
Alcindor tried to ask the question again, but the president continued, "And you know what, that's why nobody trusts the media anymore." He added: "Look, let me tell you something. Be nice. Don't be threatening."
As Alcindor continue to press the president, he turned toward another reporter and a White House aide came over to Alcindor and snatched the microphone from her hand.
The put-down occurred after Trump crowed in a Rose Garden statement about a better-than-expected 13.3% unemployment figure for the nation in May. The president shockingly claimed that it was a great day for George Floyd the Black man a white police officer killed last month in Minneapolis because he would be pleased looking down at the jobs stats. [snip]
When Alcindor, who works for PBS, asked the president to explain how he plans to address systemic racism in the country, he held a finger to his lips, then seconds later said: A strong economy.
When she asked how worsening jobless figures for Asians and Blacks were a victory, as Trump had claimed, he shook his head angrily and told her: You are something else.
Good grief, it's such a relief that he's gone.
much less an insurrection. While the military as a whole held against the coup thanks to Milley and others, tfg had already poisoned the barrel with more than one bad apple. Most of us likely have read all of these articles, but I'm sticking them here for context to save people searching through their bookmarks. (With sincere apologies to Nevilledog for the side ramble.)
Never Forget That Trump Purged the Pentagon Leadership Between the Election and January 6
Trump purges Pentagon leadership, 'something that should alarm all Americans'
Army now acknowledges the brother of Michael Flynn was a part of Army response to Capitol riot
U.S. military leaders worried Trump might attempt a coup to stay in power, new book claims
Defense secretaries' letter warning Trump was signed by all in only 2 days
And the latest bombshell, reported eons ago and now coming back into focus after the voting machine memo:
On an evening in December of 2020, Patrick Byrne (former Overstock CEO & BF of Maria Butina), Michael Flynn, and Sidney Powell manage to sail past WH security by blind luck, then end up in the Oval Office having screaming matches with other WH staff/lawyers about forcibly overturning elections in six states.
Former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne describes bluffing his way into Trumps White House
Anderson Cooper and George Conway talk about it here:
The Flynn/Byrne/Powell meeting is discussed starting around the five minute mark, followed by the interview with George Conway regarding this and the voting machine seizure memo.
The likes of Rudy G. and the tangerine toddler did not plan this in a million years. Someone with logistical knowledge and training had to put all of the pieces of this interlocking beast together. There's a ton here and exhaustion means reading it in depth won't happen until tomorrow, but thanks for the heads up on this. Wow.
Noticed mention in the twitter thread of Jericho March, Eagle Forum (🙄 ) and Ginni T. She didn't organize or fund buses directly, but Ginni T. was involved somehow. Her name just keeps popping up.
@freerangebrain Replying to @freerangebrain and @TheOddPost
I never noticed before, but Eagle Forum supported/funded STS and Jericho marches. Both Ali and Bannon spoke to Eagle Forum on 9/21/19. Ginni Thomas was awarded the Eagle Award  and Justice Thomas accompanied her to give a speech.
https://phyllisschlafly.com/liberalism-and-conservatism/grassroots-activism/thorner-phyllis-schlaflys-movement-continues-at-48th-annual-conference-in-st-louis/ [brief description of Bannon's speech downpage]
Jericho March and Stop the Steal Announce the December 12 Let the Church ROAR! National Prayer...
Thousands of Religious Americans and Patriots Will Flock to Washington D.C. on December 12th to Protest Election Fraud and Corruption; Do Jericho Marches Around the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, and
6:43 PM · Jan 22, 2022
There are other interesting comments from Small town pizza lawyer, not included for space reasons.
Thank you, Sympthsical. As furious as I am with the anti-vax nonsense and all of the needless suffering it causes all of us, I can't celebrate the deaths. It's an ugly thing to do. We can and should try to be better than that.
As director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, Severino was instrumental in the removal of nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people established in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The removal of the provision will allow healthcare providers to deny care based on a patient's sexuality or gender identity.
He's a Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society darling, naturally:
A Trump Holdover Sued Biden for Firing Him. Is His Lawsuit a Joke or a Trap?
Severinos lawsuit betrays a foundational principle of the modern conservative legal movement. Right-wing scholars have long argued the president is unitary executive with constitutional power to fire officials within the executive branch. It is possible that Severino is simply a hypocrite who will abandon his beliefs to claw back his old job and accuse Biden of abandoning unity. But the choice to take his fight to the courts could also be an attempt to tank precedent protecting the independence of certain executive branch officials. The reality is that Biden had the authority to remove Severino, along with Dickey, Kloster, and Epsteinnot because of the unitary executive, but because a federal statute gives him that right. Severinos lawsuit may well be a bomb intended for the administrative state. His lawsuit, however, seems more likely to blow up in his face. [snip]
Under Trumps appointees, those recommendations seemed designed to obstruct regulations and push partisan right-wing priorities. The projects it selects to undertake are very much right out of the Federalist Societys playbook, an individual who works closely with ACUS told me. (The individual asked to remain anonymous because he frequently works with ACUS assembly members.) Republicans have discovered that they can launder conservative ideas through this government agency, he added, giving these ideas a nonpartisan, government-approved sheen that they dont deserve. James Goodwina senior policy analyst at the Center for Progressive Reform who has worked with ACUS co-sponsoring events, participating in public meetings, and commenting on draft reportsagrees. Industry folks launder their ideas through ACUS, Goodwin told me. Under Trump, ACUS became a useful accomplice for the right wing.
to hear about some Fox News story or other on any given day. It's everywhere, from Twitter to Facebook, in conversations and shared clips all over the web. Sadly, there are news stories about Fox News and/or its talking heads on a regular basis.
Actually watching it isn't required in order to constantly be exposed to the nonsense. It's insidious.
Companion to this post in GD: https://democraticunderground.com/100216261139#post7
"Let's talk about history and an oppressor narrative...."
"Let's talk about identifying with the bad guy a little more...."
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