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phylny's Journal
phylny's Journal
October 6, 2023

WaPo: Moderates could unite amid House speaker chaos. Why don't they?

"Just hours before a vote to oust Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as the House speaker Tuesday, a group of Democrats and Republicans met in a conference room on the third floor of the Cannon House Office Building to make a last-ditch attempt to avoid the history that was soon to be made.

"The group was drawn from the 64-member bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, representatives who consider themselves more moderate and more pragmatic than their parties’ firebrands. Some hailed from swing districts where voters might applaud bipartisan action.

"For over an hour, people familiar with the session said, Republicans in the group begged Democrats to support the stability of the institution by agreeing to save McCarthy — the speaker who had spent nine months catering to the most extreme elements in his party and who helped resurrect Donald Trump’s image after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

"Democrats were bewildered, the people said. They felt McCarthy had done little to earn their trust — and had not asked for their help."


(gifted article, no paywall)


I thought the article was interesting, but I'm glad Democrats didn't help. It's time to let the Republicans take the blame for their collective idiocy, even if it's painful in the process.

October 5, 2023

Opinion: The GOP's revenge plot against Pelosi is unhinged - but revealing By Greg Sargent

"Because Republicans are such firm believers in benevolence toward political foes, they are furious with Democrats for failing to save Kevin McCarthy. After Democrats voted en masse this week to remove the California Republican as House speaker, his fellow Republicans responded by revoking some of Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s Capitol office privileges. They are reportedly planning more acts of retaliation.

"But Democrats were right not to save McCarthy. With the forces unleashed by former president Donald Trump and the MAGA movement damaging the House GOP caucus, Democrats absolutely shouldn’t have stepped in, because so doing would help Republicans erase their own culpability for nourishing those forces for so long.

"Republicans believe Democrats should have joined most of them to vote against the motion to vacate the speakership that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) brought against McCarthy, which would have enabled him to survive despite eight GOP insurgents voting to remove him. As Punchbowl News’s Jake Sherman reports, Republicans intend to 'exact revenge for a long while.' McCarthy himself was reportedly behind the retaliation against Pelosi.

"All of that is absurd, but it’s also revealing. In a sense, what Republicans really wanted from Democrats is help in solving a problem that’s grown intractable for them: At critical moments such as these, there’s nothing holding the House GOP majority together.'



October 2, 2023

I thought there were no video cameras allowed in the courtroom for the failed ex-president

and yet I see video on MSNBC. Anyone know why?

August 16, 2023

Trump supporters post names and addresses of Georgia grand jurors online

ATLANTA — The purported names and addresses of members of the grand jury that indicted Donald Trump and 18 of his co-defendants on state racketeering charges this week have been posted on a fringe website that often features violent rhetoric, NBC News has learned.

NBC News is choosing not to name the website featuring the addresses to avoid further spreading the information.


The grand juror's purported addresses were spotted by Advance Democracy, Inc., a non-partisan research group founded by Daniel J. Jones, a former FBI investigator and staffer for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

“It’s becoming all too commonplace to see everyday citizens performing necessary functions for our democracy being targeted with violent threats by Trump-supporting extremists," Jones said. "The lack of political leadership on the right to denounce these threats — which serve to inspire real-world political violence— is shameful.”


June 13, 2023

This former Trump lawyer Tim Parlatore comes across as a real

dick on MSNBC. He alleges prosecutorial misconduct and says he witnessed it. He's also bitching at the anchors for "interrupting" him but later said there appeared to be an audio delay. He was questioned by Tur and Mitchell and by Andrew Weissman (thank you for that info, Marius25). They all seemed skeptical.

June 9, 2023

Do you think there's any reason to exhume Ivana Trump's casket?

She died July 14, 2022 and was buried July 20th. I don't know if he still had documents at that time. I wouldn't put it past him to stuff evidence in with her. Remember, it was rumored that she was cremated, so no need for a casket with 10 pallbearers.

I'm not usually a conspiracy theorist, but I'm allowing myself some fun today.

March 24, 2023

Norovirus is awful.

My granddaughter had it, then I and her mother got it. I feel miserable.

Wash your hands!


February 21, 2023

2/14: Mother is shot dead in front of children by a stranger after fight in supermarket parking lot

I’m sorry if this was already posted, I searched and did not see it.


A mother was fatally shot in front of her children after an argument with a stranger in a South Carolina supermarket parking lot on Valentine’s Day.

Alexandria Cress Borys, 26, was loading groceries into her car outside a Kroger in Irmo on Tuesday afternoon when the argument erupted between her and another woman, her husband Tyler Borys told Fox57.

Shortly after the altercation ended, Alexandria was shot in the back while her children, a two-year-old and an infant, sat in the car. The mother was pronounced dead at the scene at around 4pm.

The shooter was later identified by police as 23-year-old Christina Harrison.

This is why my husband and I never engage with anyone who has an anger issue. You want to take my parking spot? Go ahead. Give me the finger when I’m driving on the road? Feel free to pass me.

January 29, 2023

Just saw a sticker on a van: DeSantis 2024, Make America Florida.

We’re in Florida for a surprise birthday dinner and I saw this sticker on a van my husband and I were flabbergasted.

Can’t get back home too soon.

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