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QAnon Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says Democrats are 'attacking God'  with 'disgusting' pro-LGBTQ law

February 22, 2021 in Blogs

By The New Civil Rights Movement

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene delivered a rant Monday afternoon, attacking the LGBTQ Equality Act from a wide variety of points of view, but making little sense.

The legislation, which will receive a vote on Friday in the House, “has nothing to do with equality,” Greene insisted in a series of tweets.

“I WILL BE VOTING NO TO THE DISGUSTING, IMMORAL, AND EVIL #EqualityAct!!!” tweeted the Georgia lawmaker, dubbed the “QAnon Congresswoman” for her support of the dangerous anti-Semitic cult whose followers also profess a large number of prominent Democrats cut the faces off babies, wear them, and drink their blood and eat them, in a Satanic ritual.

“It has nothing to do with stopping discrimination against the LGBT community, that could be done easily without this,” she claims, again, falsely. “It has everything to do with attacking God & believers.”

“It virtually destroys women’s rights and religious freedom,” she said, without elaborating.

“The so called #EqualityAct is evil,” Greene continued. “Disguised as #LGBT rights, it expands governmental regulatory reach that destroys women’s rights, religious rights, and rights of the unborn,” which is false.

“It is a direct attack on God’s creation,” she added, again, falsely. “He created us male and female.”

Greene is co-sponsoring anti-transgender legislation that would ban transgender girls from sports in schools. On Monday she also tweeted this attack:

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Dr. Fauci delivers the honest truth about the disastrous U.S. response to COVID as reported deaths reach 500k

February 22, 2021 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

The United States has passed yet another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic. According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 500,000 U.S. residents have died from COVID-19. ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos discussed that milestone with expert immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, who acknowledged that the death count was higher than it had to be.

Stephanopoulos asked Fauci, “Did this have to be?” — to which Fauci replied, “Well, certainly some of it. But not this bad, George. I mean, I believe that if you look back historically, we’ve done worse than most any other country. And we’re a highly developed rich country.”

Hopkins, on Monday, reported that the worldwide death count from COVID-19 is more than 2.4 million and that the U.S. continues to lead the world in COVID-19 fatalities. The U.S., according to Hopkins, has more deaths from COVID-19 than two other coronavirus hotspots, Mexico and Brazil, combined.

Total deaths from COVID-19 are likely to be much higher than current official counts. Once the virus has receded, experts will be able to dig through the data and develop a more complete picture of the disease’s impact, and the death toll is expected to be revised upward.

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Source: ALTERNET

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GOP showed its true face as CPAC booked a far-right speaker with a 'virulently anti-Semitic' past

February 22, 2021 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson

One of the speakers booked for the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference was a musician and conspiracy theorist named Young Pharaoh, who according to Media Matters’ Eric Hananoki, has a history of “virulently anti-Semitic” posts.

After Media Matters posted its story exposing his comments, CPAC announced it was pulling his speaking slot:

CPAC 2021 is set for Feb. 25-28 in Orlando, Florida, where the lineup of far-right speakers will include former President Donald Trump as well as former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem. Pharaoh was scheduled to speak on Sunday, Feb. 28 — the last day of the four-day event — at a session called “Please Check the Number and Dial Again: Doubt, Dysfunction, and the Price of Missed Opportunities.” Feb. 28 is also the day that Trump is scheduled to speak.

According to Hananoki, Pharaoh has “promoted the QAnon and Pizzagate conspiracy theories” and made the false claim that vaccines for COVID-19 will “alter your DNA.” And he has described Judaism as a “complete lie” that is “made up for political gain” and posted that “all the censorship & pedophilia on social media is being done by Israeli Jews.” Pharaoh, Hananoki notes, has posted that “all of these big tech (companies), media, & social media platforms are controlled by CCP & Israel through Jewish CEO & corrupt Democrats” — and he has even attacked far-right radio host Ben Shapiro for being Jewish.

Media Matters has posted screenshots of Pharaoh’s anti-Semitic tweets with Hananoki’s article. These are some of them:

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Here's what Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gets that Ted Cruz is missing

February 22, 2021 in Blogs

By Issac J. Bailey

While Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was raising about $5 million for residents in a state Ted Cruz represents, Cruz decided it was the perfect time to take a vacation. Then he deflected blame for his awful decision onto his two young daughters. That happened less than two months after Ocasio-Cortez had to dodge a mob trying to harm or kill her on January 6 during an insurrection that left five dead, scores injured and our democracy on the brink, an insurrection sparked in part by men like Cruz.

The contrast between these speaks volumes not only about the differences between the gentlewoman from New York and the senator from Texas, but where the outer polls of the two parties currently stand. One is based on policies designed to help the vulnerable even in the face of harsh critiques from supposed moderates. The other is faking populism to hold fast to a shrinking, less-diverse base in service of an elite that cares more about power and comfort than improving the lives of the struggling.

In short: Ocasio-Cortez gets it; Cruz does not. Democrats should be excited to have her as a high-profile representative of their party. Republicans who neither worship at the altar of Donald Trump nor whose primary goal is to impress Fox News personalities should be terrified that Cruz continues speaking for theirs.

The obvious genuineness of Ocasio-Cortez is the thing that can crack a big red wall and lead to the kind of cross ideological-interracial coalition Democrats claim to want.

I suspect that voters in red states and red districts understand that truth, even if it’s hard to capture that sentiment in polling data or voting records. I say that because I’m one of those red state-red district voters who has long been more impressed with Ocasio-Cortez, whose ultimate goal seems to actually be the betterment of the everyday American and non-citizen, than I have been with the likes of Cruz, who gushes about freedom and liberty while comfortably undermining democracy when it suits himself and others of the privileged class.

When I speak to or overhear Republicans and independents in my neck of the woods in South Carolina and North Carolina, it’s clear that they get that, too. It’s why I believe Democrats would be foolish to buy into the notion that supposedly “far left” policies will forever turn off conservatives and conservative-leaning voters in red states. I’m no …read more

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A disaster for journalism raises disturbing doubts for the republic

February 22, 2021 in Blogs

By John Stoehr

On Sunday, NBC’s “Meet the Press” interviewed United States Senator Ron Johnson. ABC’s “This Week” interviewed House Minority Whip Steve Scalise. CBS’s “Face the Nation” interviewed United States Senator Lindsey Graham. “Fox News Sunday” interviewed United States Senator Rand Paul. They’re Republicans and they had a message for a combined television audience of millions: Donald Trump won.

Not in those exact words, but that was the clear implication. This thing or that thing—it didn’t really matter what thing—meant in their “view” that the former president was robbed and the legitimacy of the current president, Joe Biden, is somehow suspect.

I bring this up not because yesterday was a disaster for journalism and the integrity of the public square (though it was that). I bring this up because it seems to me an answer to the question that haunts democratic discourse: How does a republic deal with parties that lie so intensely, so voluminously and so shamelessly? Some say we should afford them the same respect we ourselves would expect. If we call them liars, that might encourage them to lie more given the outrage of being called liars. Better to check their facts, state the truth and move on in hopes that they behave in kind.

This was certainly the thinking behind Frank Bruni’s latest, titled “Must We Dance on Rush Limbaugh Grave?” The Times columnist said Sunday that while the radio broadcaster, who died last week, was a white-power racist, sexist, fear-mongering, homophobic crank (not his words), it’s crude and rough and, worse of all, “screechy” to say as much about a man recently killed off by the cancer. It’s one thing to speak ill of the dead, Bruni wrote, “but the pitch of that ill-speak needn’t be screechy. The manner of it needn’t be savage. It has more credibility—and I think, more impact—when it’s neither of these things. And we preserve some crucial measure of civility and grace.”

For four decades, Rush Limbaugh had the biggest media megaphone through which he spit poison every day straight into the ears of 20 million Americans. He lied and lied, and he lied and lied. If there were no Limbaugh, there would be no President Trump, who himself told more than 30,500 lies, falsehoods and misleading claims during four years. Their canon of lies included lies about the covid pandemic, culminating in a death toll now exceeding half a million. Their repertoire of …read more

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How Barbara Jordan's 1974 Speech Marked a Turning Point in the Watergate Scandal

February 22, 2021 in History

By Alexis Clark

Representative Jordan’s primetime remarks on the Constitution riveted the nation and underscored the grave role of serving as a check on the executive branch.

In a perfect storm of unlikely circumstances, . But the way in which Jordan addressed it during the impeachment hearing was a bold move.

“What I think was groundbreaking was a sitting representative doing so in such a public fashion,” says Farmer.

Jordan’s Complex Legacy

Congresswoman Barbara Jordan being interviewed by Barbara Walters for ABC News, c. 1977.

Jordan, until the impeachment, was relatively unknown to the general public outside of Texas. She’d become the first Black woman to serve in the Texas State Senate, but she was surrounded by white politicians who didn’t want her there. “It was a very white supremacist, male dominated body,” says Sherman, who added it wasn’t easy for Jordan in the beginning.

“She certainly broke ground and made people feel like it was possible, particularly from the South,” says Farmer, of Jordan’s win in Texas. “But at the same time, her legacy is complicated.” Jordan faced pushback from African Americans who felt she wasn’t progressive enough and acquiesced to conservatives, says Farmer.

“Barbara was sometimes criticized in the Black community for being a compromiser,” says Sherman, who remembers that when Texas passed a sales tax, Jordan was one of the senators who made sure the tax didn’t apply to food and drugs. “She would work out ways to get things done.”

Jordan earned the respect of her Texas colleagues in both political parties who recognized her command of the law, sentiments soon shared by members of congress during the impeachment hearings.

“My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total,” said Jordan, in her opening statement. “I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction of the Constitution.”

READ: Full text of Jordan’s speech.

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Although Democrats already had the votes to put forth the Articles of Impeachment, Jordan implored the committee to not rush the process, says Sherman. “It was Barbara who said ‘We’ve got to do all of our research, we’ve got to do all the checking. When we have done all of that, then we come together, then we make a decision, but not until then,’” …read more

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Ahmaud Arbery is murdered while out jogging

February 22, 2021 in History

By History.com Editors

Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, is shot dead by a white father and son while out for a jog in a suburb of Brunswick, Georgia on February 23, 2020.

On May 7, following the release of a video of the killing that spurred national attention from the media, civil rights groups, lawmakers, celebrities and, eventually, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Gregory and Travis McMichael were arrested on charges of murder and aggravated assault. William Bray, who filmed the shooting on his phone, was also arrested and charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

In June, the three men were indicted by a grand jury on all nine counts, including malice murder, four counts felony murder, two counts aggregated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

Arbery, a former high school football player, reportedly jogged around the neighborhoods of Brunswick frequently, according to The New York Times. Gregory McMichael, a retired police officer and investigator for the local district attorney’s office, told police he saw Arbery running that day, and thought he looked like a suspect in a series of local break-ins. The father and son hopped in their white pickup truck, armed with a .357 Magnum and a shotgun, and pursued Arbery. Bryan also gave chase, the newspaper reports, and filmed the video that shows a struggle between Arbery and Travis McMichael, who fired three shots.

The video, released on May 5, 2020 by a lawyer for Arbery’s family, sparked outrage that no arrests had been made more than two months after the killing. The McMichaels claimed self defense and the first two prosecutors in the case recused themselves.

The shooting happened shortly before the deaths of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor by police during a failed no-knock raid in Louisville, Kentucky. All these incidents sparked widespread protests against police violence and racial injustice in the United States and around the globe.

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Source: HISTORY