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horrific racist  homophobic police chief, mississippi, taped bragging about his 13 killings.

I shot that n----- 119 times, OK,” Dobbins said of one of his slain victims. “I don’t give a f--- if you kill a m----------- in cold blood. Do you hear what I’m saying? I will articulate to fix the f------ problem, and I’m the only man in the business here that’s smart enough to do it.”

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/7/24/2112276/--I-shot-that-n-119-times-Mississippi-police-chief-fired-for-racist-and-homophobic-remarks

 

two of five town councillors voted against firing him.

mississippi might be the most insane place in US. what a crazy place america is.

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Donald Trump asks court for 'absolute immunity' in civil January 6th lawsuits
   
In a court filing in Washington, D.C., attorneys for former President Donald Trump are asking a judge to grant him total immunity against any civil lawsuits filed in conjunction with the Jan 6th insurrection.

According to the Washington Examiner, the brief, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the former president is hoping to get the court to overturn a ruling made in February by Judge Amit Mehta when Trump asked for all the lawsuits to be dismissed. 
Trump's attorneys have previously argued that his speech at the Jan 6th "Support the Steal" rally that preceded the insurrection at the Capitol falls "within the scope of speech protected by presidential absolute immunity."

In their filing, the former president's attorney claimed, "President Trump is shielded by absolute presidential immunity because his statements were on matters of public concern. No amount of hyperbole about the violence of January 6, 2021, provides a basis for this Court to carve out an exception to the constitutional separation of powers."

 

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Alex Jones likens himself to Jesus Christ in wild dystopian rant
   
Disgraced InfoWars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones – who is being sued for $150 million by the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting – threw an unhinged tirade on Thursday afternoon about what he believes lies ahead for humanity and advances in artificial intelligence.

"I am a human supremacist. I am a human supremacist!" Jones shrieked. "That term will be the future war with the robots and the AI. What you're hearing now is the entire future and everything they've tried to stop us from doing. Our supremacy will not end with this planet. We will people the stars. We will colonize. We will green dead worlds. We will go interdimensional. We will unlock the secrets of the Universe," Jones, who was also involved with the January 6th, 2021 insurrection at the United States Capitol, predicted.

"God has laid them out like Christmas presents for his children and I am extremely honored to be in the fulcrum and the heart of the fight to bring our race – the human race – in a race for the future. I am honored to be here. And we will break the enemy," Jones continued. "We will break the pedophiles. We will break the Satanists because God already sent his own self down here to show us he could do it."

Jones then equated his personal legal entrenchments to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

"God would never ask us to go through an obstacle course he wouldn't go through. And now we're gonna go through what Christ did," Jones wailed. "And we're gonna go through it and we're gonna be destroyed but reborn on the other side."

https://www.alternet.org/2022/07/alex-jones-jesus-christ-rant/

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15 minutes ago, Tracker said:

Disgraced InfoWars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

directly responsible for a lot of pain and suffering. 

Jones has a zero relation to Jesus. 

alito.... life appointment, power of life and death, complete unaccountability = supreme arrogance.also responsible for great pain, with a sketchy understanding of most things, specially, Law.

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Justice Alito Mocks World Leaders Who Criticized Court's Abortion Ruling

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito used part of the keynote speech on religious liberty he gave last week to joke about the criticisms he received from world leaders for overturning abortion rights in the United States.

Speaking from Rome at an event hosted by Notre Dame Law School, Alito said the abortion rights case prompted “a few second thoughts” on his belief that American judges have no business critiquing other countries’ court rulings.
“I had the honor this term of writing, I think, the only Supreme Court decision in the history of that institution that has been lambasted by a whole string of foreign leaders,” he said, pausing for laughter from the audience, “who felt perfectly fine commenting on American law.”

“One of these was former [British] Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but he paid the price,” Alito said mockingly, prompting more laughs. He threw in a legal joke: “Post hoc ergo propter hoc, right?”

Johnson had called the decision a “backwards step.” He recently stepped down over an unrelated string of scandals.

“But others are still in office,” Alito continued. “President [Emmanuel] Macron and Prime Minister Trudeau I believe are two.” Canada’s Justin Trudeau called the decision “horrific,” and the French leader released a statement expressing solidarity with Americans “whose freedoms have today been compromised by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/alito-rome-dobbs-abortion_n_62e

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The phones of Homeland Security leaders Chad Wolf and Ken Cuccinelli reportedly were wiped, much like those of Trump's Secret Service agents.

The government phones of Chad Wolf, former acting DHS secretary, and Ken Cuccinelli, an acting deputy secretary, reportedly were “reset” when they left the government in January 2021, wiping their texts.
The DHS Office of Inspector General was notified of the missing texts in February, but failed to inform Congress and made no efforts to recover the records, the Post reported.

This is not the first time Joseph Cuffari’s office has been criticized for withholding information from congressional lawmakers. Cuffari reportedly knew that Secret Service agents deleted almost all text messages from Jan. 6, 2021, for months, but did not tell lawmakers until recently.

The chair of the House Jan. 6 committee called the deletions “troubling.”

“It is extremely troubling that the issue of deleted text messages related to the January 6 attack on the Capitol is not limited to the Secret Service, but also includes Chad Wolf and Ken Cuccinelli, who were running DHS at the time,” committee Chair Bennie Thompson (R-Miss.) told the Post in a statement.

 

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On 2022-07-25 at 9:33 AM, Mark F said:

horrific racist  homophobic police chief, mississippi, taped bragging about his 13 killings.

I shot that n----- 119 times, OK,” Dobbins said of one of his slain victims. “I don’t give a f--- if you kill a m----------- in cold blood. Do you hear what I’m saying? I will articulate to fix the f------ problem, and I’m the only man in the business here that’s smart enough to do it.”

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/7/24/2112276/--I-shot-that-n-119-times-Mississippi-police-chief-fired-for-racist-and-homophobic-remarks

 

two of five town councillors voted against firing him.

mississippi might be the most insane place in US. what a crazy place america is.

Texas and Florida could give them a run, though....

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While the whole thing is disturbing but there are bits and pieces that in my opinion reek of 1936 and on in Germany.       "patriotic  education " , removal of anyone in the bureaucracy who doesn't fall into lock step, the Deification of Trump, just to name a few.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/30/america-first-trumpism-beyond-trump

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Trump's Homeland Security Watchdog Scuttled Efforts To Recover Secret Service Texts: Report

The Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog last year suddenly scrapped plans to recover missing Secret Service text messages linked to the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection, sources have told The Washington Post.

The crucial texts were lost as the Secret Service switched to a new system and new devices.

After learning of the vanished texts, DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari’s office initially planned in February 2021 to contact all Homeland Security agencies, offering data specialists to help retrieve any relevant messages from their phones, according to government whistleblowers who provided reports to Congress, the Post reported.
But according to three sources who spoke with the Post, Cuffari’s office suddenly decided later that month not to collect phones or review any data.

A senior forensics analyst in Cuffari’s office had arranged to collect some phones, according to sources. But late on the night of Feb. 18, one of several deputies who “report to Cuffari’s team” wrote an email to investigators instructing them not to take the phones and not to seek any data from them, according to a copy of an internal record shared with the Post.

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6 hours ago, FrostyWinnipeg said:

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To use a sports metaphor, American politics are a dumpster fire.

 

'This is how Republicans are planning to steal elections': GOP officials refuse to certify primaries:   Republican election officials in at least three states have refused to certify primary votes, in a sign of things to come amid the party's baseless election fraud crusade.

Numerous allies of former President Donald Trump have echoed his lies about voter fraud on the campaign trail. Trump-backed Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Adam Laxalt both claimed evidence of "election stealing" before any votes were cast. Colorado secretary of state candidate Tina Peters has twice demanded recounts of her Republican primary race after losing by double digits. Nevada gubernatorial candidate Joey Gilbert filed a lawsuit alleging that his GOP primary loss was a "mathematical impossibility," even after a recount he requested confirmed the results.
While candidates are free to challenge the results of their elections under various state guidelines, Trump-allied election officials pose a more insidious threat. Echoing the same false narratives as Trump and his endorsed candidates, county officials in New Mexico, Nevada and Pennsylvania have tried to circumvent state laws and refused to sign off on primary results.

Republican commissioners in Otero County, New Mexico last month refused to certify primary results in their GOP-dominated jurisdiction, citing unspecified concerns about Dominion voting machines. These apparently stem from TrumpWorld's crusade to stoke baseless allegations that the machines had "flipped" votes from Trump to Joe Biden. The Otero County commissioners ultimately relented and certified the votes amid concerns that they could go to jail after state officials took them to court.

Republican commissioners in rural Esmeralda County, Nevada, likewise refused to certify the 317 votes cast in the county last month, citing unspecified concerns about the election from residents. County officials ultimately relented after spending more than seven hours counting the 317 ballots by hand.

Three Republican-led counties in Pennsylvania — Berks, Fayette and Lancaster — have refused to count all valid votes from the May 17 primary election for Senate, Congress, governor and the state legislature for weeks over opposition to the state's rules regarding undated mail-in ballots.

Officials in all three counties informed the state last month that they would not count mail-in votes that had not been properly dated, according to the Associated Press.

Pennsylvania mail ballots instruct voters to write a date next to their signature on the outside of mail-in return envelopes, although these dates do not determine whether voters are eligible or if votes were cast on time. A federal appeals court ruled in May that undated mail-in ballots must be counted, ruling that the dates are "immaterial." The U.S. Supreme Court, even with three Trump-appointed justices, allowed the ruling to stand last month. A state court similarly ruled in the Republican Senate primary that undated ballots should be counted.

The Pennsylvania Department of State earlier this month sued the three counties, asking a state court to order them to include all valid ballots "even if the voter failed to write a date on the declaration printed on the ballot's return envelope."

The department said in the lawsuit that the handwritten date "is not necessary for any purpose, does not remedy any mischief and does not advance any other objective," and that "allowing just three county boards to exclude votes that all other county boards have included in their returns creates impermissible discrepancies in the administration of Pennsylvania's 2022 primary election."

"Interpreting Pennsylvania law to allow a county board of election to exclude a ballot from its final certified results because of a minor and meaningless irregularity, such as a voter omitting a date from the declaration on a timely received ballot, would fail to fulfill the purpose of the Pennsylvania Election Code and would risk a conflict with both the Pennsylvania Constitution and federal law," the lawsuit said.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Reportedly Stayed At Fundraiser For Hours After Uvalde Shooting

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who attended a campaign fundraiser hours after a shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers in Uvalde, reportedly was at the fundraiser for hours.

The Republican governor, who initially said he stopped “on the way” to Austin to “let people know” he couldn’t stay, visited the fundraiser in Huntsville, 150 miles east of Austin, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Records obtained by the outlet show the governor, via a loaned jet, arrived in Huntsville at 4:52 p.m. and didn’t leave until about three hours later.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gov-greg-abbott-fundraiser-hours-uvalde_n_62e6108fe4b00fd8d83ff3d4

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Reportedly Stayed At Fundraiser For Hours After Uvalde Shooting

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who attended a campaign fundraiser hours after a shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers in Uvalde, reportedly was at the fundraiser for hours.

The Republican governor, who initially said he stopped “on the way” to Austin to “let people know” he couldn’t stay, visited the fundraiser in Huntsville, 150 miles east of Austin, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Records obtained by the outlet show the governor, via a loaned jet, arrived in Huntsville at 4:52 p.m. and didn’t leave until about three hours later.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gov-greg-abbott-fundraiser-hours-uvalde_n_62e6108fe4b00fd8d83ff3d4

As we all stand around shrug our shoulders and grudgingly accept that yet again no consequences will come from bad (and often times illegal) behaviour such as this.

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12 minutes ago, HardCoreBlue said:

As we all stand around shrug our shoulders and grudgingly accept that yet again no consequences will come from bad (and often times illegal) behaviour such as this.

The indifference to such derelictions of duty on the part of American voters is more proof that their taste for democracy is waning. From here it is a short step to a dictatorship that will masquerade as the solution to all problems. Between Russian interference, fundamentalist block voting, neo-Nazi agitation and Qanon hysteria, American faith in their political systems is at an all-time low.

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1 minute ago, Tracker said:

The indifference to such derelictions of duty on the part of American voters is more proof that their taste for democracy is waning. From here it is a short step to a dictatorship that will masquerade as the solution to all problems. Between Russian interference, fundamentalist block voting, neo-Nazi agitation and Qanon hysteria, American faith in their political systems is at an all-time low.

And people who have the decision making power, influence and authority to right this ship by taking specific actions are more focussed on sounding clever on Twitter, standing around looking honourable like they are still living in the 70’s and using these bad illegal behaviours to make gobs and gobs of money for them, their families and their donors. 

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19 minutes ago, wpgallday1960 said:

I think Kari Lake will win the GOP gubernatorial nod in Arizona.  I can't tell if she's really nuts or is just being "Fake Lake".  Apparently she supported Obama in 2012.

She doesn't believe the **** she is peddling as former friends have said she took a hard right a few years back and thinks this act will give her the power she craves

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big post-Roe referendum in Kansas tonight, as abortion "returns to the states"

With just under half the votes counted, the Kansas anti-abortion constitutional amendment is being rejected 64-36.    If this result holds then abortion will remain legal and (afaik) unrestricted in Kansas.

The background is complicated.  The Kansas Supreme Court ruled recently that their state's constitution prevented legislators from passing abortion restrictions.  With Roe gone and abortion now a matter for the states, anti-abortion people placed a constitutional amendment on today's Kansas ballot that would override the Kansas Supreme Court and explicitly state that no matter what else the Kansas constitution says, it does not contain a right to an abortion. 

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