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End Filibuster or give California 60 Senators.

I did the math. Based on the 2010 census, figures from Infoplease,...

California’s population was 39,512,223 or 11.91% of US population of 321,418,820 (excludes PR, USVI, Guam, American Samoa).

To equal California’s population requires adding up the smallest 30 states’ populations, from Wyoming up to Connecticut, which total 40,326,920. That means 30 states and their 60 Senators have 30 times more legislative power than a state that just about equals them in population.

And one of the odd coincidences in the arcane rules of the Senate is that 60 Senators are required to end the obstruction of the filibuster. When important measures are needed to form “a more perfect Union,” that creates a real problem for the Republic.

So, until California and its two Senators get the legislative chops of the 30 states that are needed to equal its population, Democracy has a problem, thus the suggestion: DUMP THE FILIBUSTER.

PS: If Mitch doesn’t like it, he can cram it up his shell.



Dr. Seuss HATED NAZIs.



https://library.ucsd.edu/speccoll/dswenttowar/#ark:bb15366664

Feds examining communications between US lawmakers, Capitol rioters



Federal investigators are examining communications between US lawmakers and Capitol rioters

Evan Perez, March 4, 2021

CNN — Federal investigators are examining records of communications between members of Congress and the pro-Trump mob that attacked the US Capitol, as the investigation moves closer to exploring whether lawmakers wittingly or unwittingly helped the insurrectionists, according to a US official briefed on the matter.

The data gathered so far includes indications of contact with lawmakers in the days around January 6, as well as communications between alleged rioters discussing their associations with members of Congress, the official said.

DC National Guard commander says 'unusual' Pentagon restrictions slowed response to Capitol riot
The existence of such communications doesn't necessarily indicate wrongdoing by lawmakers and investigators aren't yet targeting members of Congress in the investigation, the official noted. Should investigators find probable cause that lawmakers or their staffs possibly aided the insurrectionists, they could seek warrants to obtain the content of the communications. There's no indication they've taken such a step at this point.

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/04/politics/capitol-riot-investigation-lawmakers/index.html

Lock them up.

Officials Put 'Unusual' Limits on D.C. National Guard Before Riot, Commander Says

Maj. Gen. William J. Walker testified that he did not receive permission to deploy troops for hours on Jan. 6, as violence by pro-Trump supporters escalated.

By Luke Broadwater and Michael S. Schmidt
The New York Times, March 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — Pentagon officials placed “unusual” restrictions on the D.C. National Guard before the Capitol riot, its commander told senators on Wednesday, saying the military leaders’ fears of a repeat of aggressive tactics used during racial justice protests last year slowed decision-making and squandered time as the violence by a pro-Trump mob escalated.

Military and federal security officials detailed in a joint Senate committee hearing the additional security breakdowns that led to the failure to quell the mob attack on Jan. 6. Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, the D.C. National Guard commander, said he did not receive approval to mobilize troops until more than three hours after he had requested it.

The delay he outlined was longer than previously known and came to light in the latest hearing by lawmakers investigating the attack.

Days before the riot, the Pentagon had removed General Walker’s authority to quickly deploy his troops, he testified. He said he was unable to move troops even from one traffic stop to another without permission from Ryan D. McCarthy, the Army secretary. Once General Walker had approval for deployment, the Guard arrived at the Capitol only minutes later, at 5:20 p.m., and helped re-establish the security perimeter on the east side of the building.

General Walker said he could have had 150 troops to the complex hours earlier. The violent rampage that unfolded over nearly five hours caused injuries to nearly 140 police officers and left five people dead.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/03/us/politics/dc-national-guard-capitol-riot.html

It seems Team Trump ordered the National Guard stand down to leave the Capitol Hill cops to fight the mob on their own. If things had gone to plan, meaning murders of Administration and Congessional leaders that day, the resulting chaos would have “forced” martial law and and then Mike Flynn’s electoral “re-do.”

Trump Likely Killed Healthcare Workers By Siphoning Off Billions In PPE Funds



Jason Easley
Politicus, March 2, 2021

The Trump administration secretly moved ten billion federal dollars that were supposed to go to hospitals for PPE into vaccine development and likely killed hospital workers.

STAT reported:

The Trump administration quietly took around $10 billion from a fund meant to help hospitals and health care providers affected by Covid-19 and used the money to bankroll Operation Warp Speed contracts, four former Trump administration officials told STAT.


“ Hospitals in need of the funding would be outraged to know that some of the money was siphoned off, even for important uses, because Congress was clear that this money was for providers and clinicians,” said Chip Kahn, CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals.

The Trump administration could have easily gotten the money from Congress for vaccine development, but they intentionally chose to take PPE away from hospitals because they were trying to rush vaccine development so that Trump could win reelection while minimizing the pandemic itself.

Source: https://www.politicususa.com/2021/03/02/trump-hospitals-ppe-funds.html

The writer also asks how many healthcare workers have died in the COVID-19 pandemic?



2,900 per KHN and The Guardian

https://khn.org/news/article/more-than-2900-health-care-workers-died-this-year-and-the-government-barely-kept-track/

Better call Jared. As the next witness.

Then there's the time Cawthorn claimed he got into the US Naval Academy...

The Ignominious Deceits of Congressman Cawthorn

Representative Madison Cawthorn has misled the public about training for the Paralympics, just as he misrepresented his education and business history.


By Sara Luterman
The Nation, Jan. 22, 2021

Before January 6, 25-year-old Representative Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) was known for being the youngest member of Congress, an ardent Trump supporter, and one of the few wheelchair users in elected office. Now he is in the headlines for giving a speech at the “Stop the Steal” rally prior to the insurrection at the Capitol that left five people dead. Throughout his short but meteoric political career, Cawthorn has used his disability to tell a story of overcoming: Despite great adversity, he claims to have achieved excellence through grit and physical strength. Many of his campaign ads featured images of Cawthorn intubated and hospitalized alongside videos of him lifting weights and hurtling forward in a racing wheelchair. But his claims of sporting success—like his accounts of education and business acumen—have often been misleading.

Cawthorn became disabled after a 2014 car crash left him paralyzed from the waist down. By Cawthorn’s own telling, he was a successful business owner headed to the Naval Academy before his injury tragically reordered his life. As it turns out, neither claim is true. The Asheville Watchdog reported that Cawthorn had already been rejected from the Naval Academy before his accident. And Cawthorn’s real-estate investment firm, SPQR Holdings LLC, which he only formed in August 2019, reported no income on its tax documents, and Cawthorn was the sole employee.

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https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/madison-cawthorn-paralympics/

PS: Sorry to glom on your thread, G_j. This GOP star liar deserves the treatment.

True. And does he know history. Take "SPQR," it's Roman.

From his candidate days:



NC House candidate is under fire for posts some call sympathetic to white nationalists

BY JIM MORRILL
Charlotte Observer, AUGUST 11, 2020

Excerpt...

But critics such as Davis say other symbols appear to suggest Cawthorn’s support for white nationalism.

They include the name of his real estate company, SPQR Holdings. SPQR, an abbreviation of a Latin phrase meaning the Senate and the Roman People, a phrase from the Roman Republic, is often used by white nationalists. His Twitter feed shows he follows 88 people. The number “88” is considered code for Heil Hitler, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

In a recent statement, Cawthorn said, “SPQR is a term for Rome.”

“We can’t let extremists on any side hijack or rewrite history because those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it . . . No one needs to study this history more closely than today’s far left politicians who favor authoritarian, centralized and top-down policies.”

A photo on his web site shows Cawthorn with a military-style rifle and pistol in a holster emblazoned with a Spartan-style helmet, a symbol often used by Oath Keepers, which the ADL describes as “an anti-government right-wing fringe organization.” And Cawthorn also has appeared with the so-called Betsy Ross flag, an early American banner also associated with white nationalism.

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https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/rnc-2020/article244872697.html#storylink=cpy



Seems conservative in the eugenics for the Untermenschen kind of way.

Mark Twain observed...

“There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.”

GOP rep Gosar skips town to speak at KKK event Friday, CPAC Saturday.

No wonder his siblings denounce him...



GOP Congressman Skipped the Stimulus Vote to Appear at a White Nationalist Event

Rebecca Leber
Mother Jones, Feb. 27, 2021

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz) skipped key votes in the House of Representatives, citing the “ongoing public health emergency,” to instead attend a conference hosted by white supremacists in Orlando, Florida on Friday.

Gosar, whose six siblings memorably endorsed his congressional opponent in a 2018 ad, has a long flirtation with far-right extremism. He appeared Friday at a white supremacist gathering in Orlando, America First Political Action Conference (AFPAC) organized by Nick Fuentes, a white nationalist figurehead and instigator of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Gosar has fanned the flames of the Jan. 6 insurrection himself by calling the Democrats’ win an attempted “coup” and then President-elect Joe Biden an “illegitimate usurper.” After the election, he wrote in an op-ed promoting the “Stop the Steal” rallies: “Be ready to defend the Constitution and the White House.” His past ties to the right-wing militia group Oath Keepers are already under scrutiny. In 2017, he dismissed right-wing violence in the deadly Charlottesville Unite the Right rally as the doing of George Soros, lying about how the billionaire known for backing progressive causes was actually behind the violence. “Who is he?,” Gosar said. “I think he’s from Hungary. I think he was Jewish. And I think he turned in his own people to the Nazis.”

Source: https://www.motherjones.com/mojo-wire/2021/02/paul-gosar-nick-fuentes-white-nationalist/



Then Gosar addressed Trumpac.



Republican congressman appears at white nationalist conference whose founder called Capitol riot ‘awesome’

Only elected GOP official to attend alternative far-right conference said afterwards: ‘I denounce when we talk about white racism’


Gino Spocchi
The Independent, Jan. 28, 2021

Republican congressman Paul Gosar appeared at a white nationalist political conference before attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), according to reports.

The Arizona Republican appeared on-stage at the "America First Political Action Conference" (AFPAC) on Friday, following the far-right conference’s founder, Nicholas Fuentes.

Mr Fuentes, an alleged white nationalist, said on Friday that the Capitol riot – in which five people died – was “awesome”, and that "white people are done being bullied".

The AFPAC founder went on to add that if the country "loses its white demographic core, then this is not America anymore”.

Source:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/paul-gosar-afpac-cpac-fuenetes-b1808678.html



Accused Terrorist Ali Alexander said his group worked with Gosar.



Hitler-Quoting congresswoman's hubby parked truck at Capitol Jan. 6

https://twitter.com/phoenixonwheels/status/1364795959474028545

Husband of Hitler-quoting GOP congresswoman parked his militia-stickered truck outside Capitol Jan. 6

Peter Weber
The Week, February 26, 2021

Illinois state Rep. Chris Miller (R), the husband of freshman U.S. Rep. Mary Miller (R-Ill.), acknowledged Thursday that his pickup truck was parked in a restricted area outside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot, but he said the "Three Percenter" militia sticker on the back window doesn't mean anything.

"Army friend gave me decal," Miller told The Daily Beast in an email late Thursday. "Thought it was a cool decal. Took it off because of negative pub." He said he "never was member" of the militia and "didn't know anything about 3% till fake news started this fake story and read about them." Online sleuths had linked him to the truck visible in footage from a CBS News report, earlier Thursday.

The Three Percenters, founded in 2008, are a "radical militia group" implicated in leading the Jan. 6 siege along with the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers, and other far-right extremist groups, the FBI said in an affidavit filed in the case against alleged rioter Robert Gieswein. Their name comes from the apocryphal claim that only 3 percent of U.S. colonists fought in the Revolutionary War, and they fashion themselves as the same kind of tyranny-stomping "patriots."

Miller's wife, Mary Miller, is most famous for favorably quoting Nazi leader Adolf Hitler at a "Moms for America" rally outside the Capitol on Jan. 5. "Hitler was right on one thing: whoever has the youth has the future," she told the rally, apologizing later when video of her comments went viral but insisting that "some are trying to intentionally twist my words to mean something antithetical to my beliefs."

Source: https://news.yahoo.com/husband-hitler-quoting-gop-congresswoman-074107397.html

Democracy will not survive if America continues to ignore the NAZI elephant in the room.
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