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2024 Presidential election This November, I am voting for a decent person I disagree with on policy over a criminal defendant without a moral compass. Geoff Duncan,  the Georgia Republican Lieutenant Governor  who Trump pressured to stop the certification of the 2020 Georgia election results © 2024
Aging The most dramatic mental change that comes with age is a loss of interest in what others think. And that allows for more, not less, risk-taking. It is hard to know the active ingredient that makes people carefree with age. It might be that near-term unpopularity seems trivial next to death.  It might be asset ownership. … Either way, the equation of youth with risk-taking, and age with conformism, needs adjustment. If it held true, all hipster cafés wouldn’t look the same. Janan Ganesh, Financial Times, June 1, 2024 © 2024
Bullshitters say But with democracy, if it's a properly-run democracy, which it will be, if and when I get back  into office, it’ll be a very proper democracy, not like what we have right now. I don't even think what we have right now is, where a presidential candidate has to spend eight hours a day in court instead of campaigning over nothing. Over zero. Over nonsense. And all speared and all spread out and — and really done by the Biden administration. And I think that's no longer democracy. I think that's third-world country stuff. Donald Trump © 2024
Bullshitters say The “Sentencing” for not having done anything wrong  will be conveniently for the Fascists, 4 days  before the Republican National Convention. A Radical Left Soros backed D.A., who ran on a platform of “I will get Trump,” reporting to an “Acting” Local Judge, appointed by the Democrats, who is HIGHLY CONFLICTED, will make a decision which will determine the future of our Nation? The United States Supreme Court MUST DECIDE! Donald Trump, Jun 02, 2024, 6:51 PM [The sentencing date is within the time period requested by Trump's lawyers during the trial] © 2024
Bullshitters say We're paying for close to 100% of NATO. Donald Trump © 2024
Christian nationalists say One side or the other is going to win. There can be a way of working, a way of living together peacefully, but it’s difficult, you know, because there are differences on fundamental things that really can’t be compromised. They really can’t be compromised. So it’s not like you are going to split the difference. Samuel Alito, announcing that, despite his role as a sworn-to-be-impartial judge, he is uncompromisingly committed to ensuring that Supreme Court rulings push the nation in the direction of “godliness” as defined by the Catholic church and Christian nationalists © 2024
Criminal justice I would say, in listening to the charges from the judge, who’s, as you know, very conflicted, and corrupt, because of the confliction, very very corrupt,  Mother Teresa could not beat these charges. These charges are rigged. Donald Trump, May 29, 2024, predicting he'll be convicted in his hush money/election interference trial not because the evidence is overwhelming and he's guilty as charged, but because the system and judge are corrupt, not him  © 2024
Criminal justice Nine witnesses in the criminal cases against former President Donald Trump have received significant financial benefits, including large raises from his campaign, severance packages, new jobs, and a grant of  shares and cash from Trump’s media company. The benefits have flowed from Trump’s businesses and campaign committees, according to a ProPublica analysis of public  disclosures, court records and securities filings.  To prove witness tampering, prosecutors would  need to show that perks or punishments were  intended to influence testimony. … ProPublica did not find evidence that Trump personally approved the pay increases or other benefits. ProPublica, June 3, 2024 © 2024
Criminal justice Queens man convicted _______________ Former Jamaica Estates resident Donald Trump was convicted by a Manhattan jury on Thursday of 34 counts of falsifying business records in an effort to cover up a sex scandal he feared would ruin his chances of winning the 2016 presidential election. The jury’s verdict, which came after only two days of deliberations, makes Trump the first president from Queens – or any-  where in the United States, for that matter — to become a felon. headline and lead paragraphs, Queens Daily Eagle, May 30, 2024 © 2024
Dead-in-the-heads say You saw what happened to some of the witnesses that were on our side; they were literally crucified by this man who looks like an angel, but he is really a devil. Donald Trump, who literally doesn't know the meaning of the word "crucify," fulminating about judge Juan Merchan, who presided over his hush money/ election interference trial © 2024
Gun control When I see a bird that walks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck, Sonja Sotomayer, dissent in Garland v. Cargill, in which the Supreme Court's 6-3 conservative majority ruled that bump-stock-enabled semiautomatic rifles can't be banned because, technically, they are not machine guns, which can, even though they can be fired at the same rate of speed as machine guns  © 2024
History At least until the eighteenth century, and even to a certain degree thereafter, all events described by an historian were made to conform to an image of reality that governed all social thought. Historians did not argue from the particular to the general, rather they made particular events and people  conform to the traditional types or patterns. Norman E. Cantor and Richard I. Schneider, How to Study History  © 2024
History Historians did not discover history: they created it. The moral problem can be stated simply: the historian, it is held, does not discover  an external reality but in a sense creates one by the synthetic power of his mind. By what right can he then make moral judgements about people in the past that he is describing? If the historian does not discover an objective reality, how can he presume to judge past ages by an objective standard of moral value? Norman E. Cantor and Richard I. Schneider, How to Study History  © 2024
History If it is a limitation of history that its most important interpretations cannot be absolutely proved, it is also one of the glories of historical study. For it makes history an ever-changing, ever-growing creative subject. It is a fact that a general interpretation rarely goes unchallenged for longer than a generation. Norman E. Cantor and Richard I. Schneider, How to Study History  © 2024
Kwiplers say Count votes in Congress by: 1. Calculating a Member's Proportional Vote (MPV) for each member, as follows: MPV = SPNP / NLRS where: SPNP = State's Percentage of the National Population NLRS = Number of Legislators Representing the State (in that legislature) 2. Totaling “yes” MPVs and “no” MPVs 3. Passing if total MPV is more than 50 OTHERWISE Abolish the Senate © 2019
Liars say Hillary Clinton — I didn’t say, “‘Lock her up,” but the people would all say, “Lock her up, lock her up.” OK — then we won. And I said, pretty openly, I said, “Alright, come on, just let’s relax, we’ve gotta make our country great.” Donald Trump © 2024
Post-2022 Senate shituation 15 states (Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) 2020 population: 40,737,128 Senators: 30 Republicans 1 Senator per 1,357,904 people 1 state (California) 2022 population: 39,995,077 Senators: 2 Democrats 1 Senator per 19,997,539 people 19,997,539 / 1,357,904 = 14.7, therefore: average 15er's vote is worth nearly 15 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth less than 7% of an average 15er's 1 state (Wyoming) 2022 population = 579,495, therefore: 1 Senator per 289,748 Wyomians, a Wyomian's vote is worth 69 times a Californian's, a Californian's vote is worth 1.4% of a Wyomian's  © 2023
Public discourse Fear, cynicism, nihilism, and apathy coupled with disgust and disdain for democracy. This is the formula that modern autocrats, with some variations, sell to their citizens and to foreigners, all with the aim of destroying what they call “American hegemony.” Anne Applebaum, The Atlantic, June 2024 © 2024
Public discourse Lo and behold, the entity that becomes most persistent in alleging that American elections are fraudulent, faked, rigged and everything else, turns out to be the president of the United States [Donald Trump]. Renée DiResta, a leader of the Election Integrity Partnership, a team of scientists from various universities, think tanks and companies, that analyzes foreign and domestic anti-democratic disinformation campaigns © 2024
Public discourse A series of lawsuits alleging that that the U.S. government sought to suppress conservative speech, including one launched by Missouri and Louisiana that has now reached the Supreme Court,  has effectively tried to silence organizations that investigate both domestic and foreign  disinformation campaigns, overt and covert. To state baldly what is happening:  the Republican Party's right wing is actively harassing legitimate, good-faith efforts to track the production and distribution of autocratic disinformation here in the United States. Anne Applebaum, The Atlantic, June 2024 © 2024
Selfie Look at me. I’m German, from Germany. My heritage is German. You come after me, I’m going to give it back to you. And there will be a way — it doesn’t have to be now — but there will be a way, they will know. Don’t worry about it. Frau Martha-Ann Alito, Reichsleiter Samuel Alito's wife, who was in fact born in Kentucky, fantasizing about Nazi-like violence against her neighbors for flying a Pride flag © 2024
Trumpists say The biggest crimes of the Biden Crime Family remain untouched. Millions of dollars from foreign influence peddling into Joe Biden’s bank account.  Hunter Biden just became the Deep State’s sacrificial lamb to show that Justice is “balanced” while the other Biden crimes remain ignored. Marjorie Taylor Greene, 1:32 PM – Jun 11, 2024, showing amateurs, by example, how to pack 1 tweet with 3 bags worth of bullshit © 2024
Trumpists say The gloves are off. There are no holds barred here. He is going full-throttle. He’s not worried about winning another election. It’s four years of scorched earth when Donald Trump retakes the White House. Lara Trump © 2024
Trumpists say I do believe that the people who are engaging in selective prosecution, vindictive prosecution, using it, doing it, when I say it's rigged, they go into a place where they know the fight is unfair. It’s as bad as it was in Alabama in 1950 — if a person happened to be Black — in order to get justice. And that’s what they did in New York. So it was fundamentally rigged. Dan Bishop, GOP nominee for AG in NC, complaining that only Republicans have been  charged with and convicted of covering up payments to a porn star to win an election, and implying that New Yorkers in 2024 don't allow whites on juries and lynch them in the way white Alabamans did to blacks in the 1950s  © 2024
Trumpists say I HATE BLACK PEOPLE. Like fuck them all … I hate blacks. End of story. Crystal Clanton, former field director for Turning Point USA,  former housemate of Ginni and Clarence Thomas, and recently selected by him to be one of his law clerks, saying of her, “I know bigotry. Bigotry is antithetical to her nature.“ © 2024
Trumpists say Now, could it be that you really blacked out after having sex with Trump, which is a compliment. Truly, he screwed the brains out of her. That makes him a sex god. Greg Gutfeld, fantasizing about Stormy Daniels's brief encounter with Donald Trump  © 2024
Trumpists say The only thing Donald Trump is guilty of is being a threat to Joe Biden’s reelection. Tom Cotton © 2024