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Florida Sheriff Tells People Moving to State Not to 'Vote the Stupid Way You Did Up North'

Florida Sheriff Tells People Moving to State Not to 'Vote the Stupid Way You Did Up North'
By Alexandra Hutzler On 4/19/21 at 2:57 PM EDT

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd warned new Florida residents not to "vote the stupid way you did up north" during a press conference alongside Governor Ron DeSantis on Monday.

"This is what we enjoy in Florida. This is the Florida we know and love," Judd said as he held up photographs showing residents at Walt Disney World and the beach.

"We're a special place, and there are millions and millions of people who like to come here. And quite frankly, we like to have them here. So we only want to share one thing as you move in hundreds a day: Welcome to Florida. But don't register to vote and vote the stupid way you did up north, you'll get what they got," the sheriff added, prompting applause from the group of law enforcement officers, lawmakers and state officials gathered.

Judd's remarks were made moments before DeSantis signed the state's controversial "anti-riot" bill into law. The legislation, which was passed in Florida's GOP-controlled Senate last week, contains several provisions that crack down on protests in the Sunshine State.

The law will now define a "riot" as a public disturbance involving three or more people "acting with the common intent to assist each other in violent and disorderly conduct" that results in injury to another person, damage to property, or "imminent" danger of injury or damage.

The 61-page bill established new felonies for organizing or participating in a violent demonstration and enhanced penalties for crimes committed during a riot. It will also authorities to hold arrested protesters without bail until their first court appearance, as well as grant civil immunity to those who drive into protesters who are blocking a road.


Posted by babylonsister | Tue Apr 20, 2021, 12:29 PM (12 replies)

Eric Boehlert: New York Times drives Both Sides journalism off the cliff


New York Times drives Both Sides journalism off the cliff
Stop doing this
Eric Boehlert
1 hr ago

Pushing the implausible claim that America faces symmetric threats to democracy today from conservatives and liberals, the New York Times' Nate Cohn on Monday uncorked a wildly misguided Both Sides foray that highlighted the anxious tradition of the Beltway media to position Republicans and Democrats are being equally at fault for today's political turmoil.

Instead of forcefully pointing out the conservative movement's dangerous and proud turn toward authoritarianism and paramilitary violence, Cohn tried to argue that what's happening with extreme polarization represents a move towards “political sectarianism," and that the right and left are now caught up in a ceaseless war featuring equal attacks from each side. At every turn, Cohn could only find examples of right-wing behavior that threatens our democracy, yet he insisted Both Sides were to blame.


What have mainstream Democrats done to cause Republicans to view them as monsters, to demonize them? Cohn doesn't provide a single example or insight, which suggests that's not what's happening with today's radical Republican Party.

In an effort to normalize the increasingly extreme and dangerous actions of Republicans, Cohn stresses, "the minority often poses a challenge to democracy in a sectarian society. It’s the minority who bears the costs, whether material or psychological, of accepting majority rule in a democracy. In the extreme, rule by a hostile, alien group might not feel much different than being subjugated by another nation."

In other words, conservatives and Republican supporters are anxious about being in the political minority under Biden, which is why they're acting out and posing a threat to democracy. Right, but Democrats just spent four years in the minority during the Trump presidency and Cohn can't point to a single instance of anti-democratic behavior by them.

The media's biggest challenge during the Biden administration is being honest and accurate about today's extremist Republican Party. It's a test the press continues to fail.
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Apr 20, 2021, 08:57 AM (7 replies)

State Department Throws 130 More Countries on Its 'Do Not Travel' List


State Department Throws 130 More Countries on Its ‘Do Not Travel’ List
Jamie Ross, Reporter
Published Apr. 20, 2021 5:06AM ET

That big vacation still seems a long way away. The State Department announced Monday that it will massively extend its “Do Not Travel” guidance to cover about 80 percent of countries around the globe. That will mean adding around 130 countries to the list of of 34, which already includes places such as Brazil, Argentina, and Russia. In its statement, the State Department said there’s an “unprecedented risk to travelers” from the coronavirus pandemic, and added: “In light of those risks, the Department of State strongly recommends U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad.” The statement also said the changes will bring the State Department’s advice in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC notes on its website that “international travel poses additional risks and even fully vaccinated travelers are at increased risk for getting and possibly spreading new COVID-19 variants.”
Posted by babylonsister | Tue Apr 20, 2021, 08:45 AM (1 replies)

There's a Name for the Blah You're Feeling: It's Called Languishing

There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It’s Called Languishing
The neglected middle child of mental health can dull your motivation and focus — and it may be the dominant emotion of 2021.
By Adam Grant
April 19, 2021Updated 1:18 p.m. ET

At first, I didn’t recognize the symptoms that we all had in common. Friends mentioned that they were having trouble concentrating. Colleagues reported that even with vaccines on the horizon, they weren’t excited about 2021. A family member was staying up late to watch “National Treasure” again even though she knows the movie by heart. And instead of bouncing out of bed at 6 a.m., I was lying there until 7, playing Words with Friends.


Languishing is the neglected middle child of mental health. It’s the void between depression and flourishing — the absence of well-being. You don’t have symptoms of mental illness, but you’re not the picture of mental health either. You’re not functioning at full capacity. Languishing dulls your motivation, disrupts your ability to focus, and triples the odds that you’ll cut back on work. It appears to be more common than major depression — and in some ways it may be a bigger risk factor for mental illness.

The term was coined by a sociologist named Corey Keyes, who was struck that many people who weren’t depressed also weren’t thriving. His research suggests that the people most likely to experience major depression and anxiety disorders in the next decade aren’t the ones with those symptoms today. They’re the people who are languishing right now. And new evidence from pandemic health care workers in Italy shows that those who were languishing in the spring of 2020 were three times more likely than their peers to be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Part of the danger is that when you’re languishing, you might not notice the dulling of delight or the dwindling of drive. You don’t catch yourself slipping slowly into solitude; you’re indifferent to your indifference. When you can’t see your own suffering, you don’t seek help or even do much to help yourself.


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 19, 2021, 11:27 PM (29 replies)

Scoop: U.S. ambassador refuses Kremlin push to leave Russia


1 hour ago - Politics & Policy
Scoop: U.S. ambassador refuses Kremlin push to leave Russia
Jonathan Swan, Hans Nichols

The United States ambassador to Russia is refusing to leave the country after the Kremlin "advised" him to return home following new Biden administration sanctions, two sources briefed on the situation tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Sullivan, a respected diplomat who President Biden has, so far, retained from the Trump era, is at the center of one of the most important early tests of Biden's resolve.

Russia's foreign ministry announced Friday it would expel 10 American diplomats and bar current officials, such as Attorney General Merrick Garland, from visiting Russia.

But the Russians didn't expel Sullivan. Instead, the Kremlin summoned him to meet with a top foreign policy official, Yuri Ushakov, who recommended he go back to Washington for consultations with Biden officials.

Sullivan's view, according to people familiar with his thinking, is that if Putin wants him to leave, he'll have to force him.

A State Department spokesperson declined to comment.


The bottom line: Biden wants stability and predictability to define his relationships with Putin and Russia, while his administration focuses on China.

By ignoring the Kremlin's suggestion to recall Sullivan, the administration isn't taking the bait to escalate, while making it clear that Biden gets to decide who his ambassador is, not Putin.
Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 19, 2021, 10:00 PM (0 replies)

Florida's Trump-Loving Governor Just Made It OK to Hit Protesters With Your Car

Florida’s Trump-Loving Governor Just Made It OK to Hit Protesters With Your Car
Ron DeSantis apparently has a problem with the constitutionally enshrined right to assemble.
By Bess Levin
April 19, 2021

As racial-justice protests swelled around the country during his last year in office, Donald Trump made it abundantly clear that he had little regard for the constitutionally enshrined right to assemble. Regularly conflating peaceful protesters with violent ones, he frequently threatened to unleash “law and order” (read: police brutality) on people for having the audacity to attempt to have their voices heard. “Any protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes who are going to Oklahoma please understand, you will not be treated like you have been in New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis,” he wrote on Twitter on Juneteenth 2020. Earlier that month he had the National Guard tear-gas peaceful protesters assembled in D.C. in the wake of George Floyd’s killing so that he could do a Bible photo op. And now a Republican who many believe will follow in Trump’s White House footsteps is picking up where he left off, vis-à-vis preventing people from protesting systemic racism.

On Monday, Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed an “anti-riot bill” into law that, among other things, grants civil immunity to people who decide to drive their cars into protesters who are blocking a road. The bill, which was drafted in the wake of last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, also penalizes local governments that interfere with efforts to stop riots; prevents people accused of rioting from being bailed out of jail until after their first court appearance; and makes it a second-degree felony to destroy a plaque, memorial, painting, flag, or other structure commemorating historical people or events (like, say, Confederate statutes). That would make such actions punishable by up to a decade in prison.

While the governor claimed the legislation “strikes the appropriate balance of safeguarding every Floridian’s constitutional right to peacefully assemble, while ensuring that those who hide behind peaceful protest to cause violence in our communities will be punished,” others have (quite rightly!) called it out for the assault on civil liberties it is.

“Not only is this racist at its core, but it’s also a reaction to what occurred over the summer after the death of George Floyd,” Democratic state senator Shevrin Jones told the Associated Press. “The governor made no mention of the January 6 insurrection.” Jones also noted that DeSantis had mentioned the bill in connection with the upcoming outcome of the Derek Chauvin trial, and the expectation that there may be protests if the officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck is acquitted. “So he alluded to the verdict being not in the favor of justice, and so he says, ‘We want to be prepared,’” Jones said. “Be prepared for what? Not prepared for the white supremacists who stormed the Capitol, but he wants to be prepared for the demonstrations that will take place around this country if Derek Chauvin is acquitted.” In a statement, Micah Kubic, the executive director of ACLU Florida, said, “To be clear, the goal of this law is to silence dissent and create fear among Floridians who want to take to the streets to march for justice.” Of DeSantis and state lawmakers, Dream Defenders’ Nailah Summers told NPR: “They should be ashamed of themselves. Black lives matter and so do our constitutional rights. We’ll see you in court.”


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 19, 2021, 08:10 PM (8 replies)

Fact: Boehner played a leadership role in making sure no gun laws were passed. Period.

Need another reason to despise this guy?



And the press is still giving the GOP a pass for its gun obstruction under Obama.

On Sunday, former Speaker of the House John Boehner was asked about the lack of reform following Sandy Hook. He gave a pointless answer about how, “We couldn’t find common ground with the other side,” which CNN host Dana Bash politely accepted.

Fact: Boehner played a leadership role in making sure no gun laws were passed. Period.

Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 19, 2021, 08:24 AM (10 replies)

Eric Boehlert: The only gun reform story that matters -- GOP obstruction


The only gun reform story that matters — GOP obstruction
It's not about "Congress"
Eric Boehlert
1 hr ago


Republicans and their blind allegiance to the NRA exacerbate this crisis by blocking gun reform laws while simultaneously loosening ownership restrictions and helping to flood the country with firearms. Yet how many "Republicans Still Oppose All Gun Reform In Wake of Mass Murders" headlines have you read in the last month? I haven't seen any. But I have seen lots of coverage about how "Congress" can't pass gun laws, how there's "gridlock," and even how the lack of meaningful new gun laws might be the fault of Democrats.


Blaming Democrats for the GOP's concrete obstruction isn't new. The Beltway press did the same thing to President Barack Obama, when his administration made a major push to pass a background check bill after 20 first graders were massacred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct. in late 2012. Even after Democrats whittled the bill down to a fraction of its original intent in order to win enough Republican votes to break the filibuster, the GOP refused to pass the bill.

Incredibly, the pundit class then blamed Obama: If only he had acted sooner, or proposed other legislation, or talked more often to Republicans, or not held public events in support of new gun laws. If Obama had just done everything differently, pundits suggested, he would've been able to win substantial Republican support and been able to easily secure passage of new gun safety legislation. Democrats were criticized for getting "cocky" during the legislative process, missing "their window" following the school massacre in Newtown, CT., and for "grasping at straws."

Following the Sandy Hook mass murder, Republicans for months blocked every conceivable Democratic proposal, and the pundits blamed…Democrats. Nearly ten years later we know there's nothing Democrats can do in terms of cajoling, because Republicans mindlessly oppose addressing gun safety no matter how many Americans die.

By the way, how radical of a shift is today's GOP behavior on guns? Note that in 1999, 31 Senate Republicans voted in favor of mandating background checks at gun shows. And in 1994, 42 House Republicans voted for the Crime Bill, which included a ban on assault weapons. But all of that context gets left out of gun reform coverage today, as the press pretends Republicans have always been uniformly opposed to new laws to protect citizens.

There’s a mass murder crisis in this country, and the press needs to tell the truth about the GOP and its role.

Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 19, 2021, 08:21 AM (1 replies)

Alexei Navalny moved to hospital as concerns grown over jailed Putin critic's health

Alexei Navalny moved to hospital as concerns grown over jailed Putin critic’s health
Mr Navalny is almost three weeks into a hunger strike
Oliver Carroll
Moscow Correspondent

Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been transferred to hospital amid concerns he has become critically ill.

Mr Navalny is now nearly three weeks into a hunger strike he declared in protest at not being allowed access to doctors he trusted. Over the weekend, Mr Navalny’s press secretary claimed he was a “matter of days away” from death.

The opposition leader, who returned to Russia in January after a near-death scrape with Novichok, has complained of serious problems with his spine and nervous system, likely now exacerbated by the continued hunger strike. .Anastasia Vasilyeva, Mr Navalny’s personal doctor, said blood results released by the prison service already showed evidence of kidney failure. The elevated levels of potassium and creatinine had created a “medical emergency,” she claimed.

“They show renal failure and that heart problems could follow — from ventricular fibrillation right up to cardiac arrest.”


Posted by babylonsister | Mon Apr 19, 2021, 06:35 AM (4 replies)

Biden adviser warns "there will be consequences" for Russia if Navalny dies

3 hours ago - World
Biden adviser warns "there will be consequences" for Russia if Navalny dies
Orion Rummler

The Biden administration warned the Russian government "that there will be consequences" if jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny dies, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN on Sunday.

The big picture: Sullivan also defended President Biden for not mentioning Navalny in a Thursday speech about Russia or in a Tuesday call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying the White House aims to deal with the issue "privately and through diplomatic channels."

Biden denounced Navalny's arrest as "totally, totally unfair" and "totally inappropriate" on Saturday, according to a pool report.

Where it stands: Navalny — Putin's fiercest and most organized domestic political critic, who previously attempted a run for president in 2018 — faces possible kidney failure as he continues his multi-week hunger strike.

Prison authorities said they offered Navalny treatment, but he refused, arguing he should be seen by a doctor of his choice. That request was denied.

"People usually avoid the word 'dying'. But now Alexey is dying. In his condition, it is a matter of days," tweeted the opposition leader's press secretary Kira Yarmysh on Saturday.


Posted by babylonsister | Sun Apr 18, 2021, 01:23 PM (1 replies)
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