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Resisting the human ipecac in the WH, daily. Only follow back serious resisters but not locked accts. Will report and block porn. Cats know everything.
1 Apr
.@HC_Richardson's excellent thread on Biden's #AmericanJobsPlan

President Joe Biden today unveiled a new $2 trillion infrastructure proposal titled The American Jobs Plan. The statement introducing the plan notes that the United States currently ranks 13th in the world
for the quality of our infrastructure, and that our public domestic investment as a share of the economy has fallen more than 40% since the 1960s. It calls attention to the fact that our roads and bridges are crumbling and that our electrical grid keeps failing.
Too few people have access to affordable housing or to the Internet, while our infrastructure for caregiving—a vital part of our lives—is fragile, it says. It promises to unify and mobilize the country to address climate change and the rise of an autocratic China.
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21 Feb
Just to be clear:

In January, Texas Republicans introduced a bill to secede from the United States.

Yesterday, the Texas governor and both senators (including .@tedcruz) asked Biden for an emergency declaration because their private electrical grid failed.
Texas created a privatized grid to avoid any federal regulations. (Maybe instead of building a wall they should have built a better grid... just a thought.)

Several years ago, Cruz voted against federal relief for New England states affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Last year during rolling blackouts in California, Cruz, and several other Texas Republicans shredded California Democrats for supposedly being at fault for the outages.

Texas, a red state, did not go for Biden.

However, President Biden granted the emergency declaration
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15 Feb
For everyone upset because the Dems did not call witnesses (I was) here's some clarification from several sources, including Del. Stacey Plaskett:

1) We would not have seen witnesses testify in the Senate, the way we saw them testify in the House during the first impeachment.
The Senate rules do not allow for that. The witnesses would have given depositions, which would have been entered into the record.

2) It was not certain that the possible witnesses were willing to testify. If they were unwilling, subpoenas would have to be fought out
in the courts, and we know that could have dragged things out for weeks, or longer.

3) Because these witnesses had not been pre-examined by the House Managers, they were not certain of exactly how they would testify. We all assume that Pence would have been a great witness
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14 Dec 20
Posted by a poll worker:
It was only a small thing, but it was important to me.
I worked to help make sure that every vote, EVERY VOTE, was properly cast and counted. I trained for and worked the Voter Protection lines for ALL voters.
I answered questions and logged issues and looked up regulations and doubled checked registrations and ballot acceptance without prejudice for party affiliation.
I did the right thing, in the right way, for the right reasons.
And now this President, along with 126 members of Congress, are saying that my work was a part of, and party to, a fraud. That I helped rig an election. That my work was dishonest and dishonorable. Along with all of my fellow Voter Protection workers,
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8 Nov 20
This great post is from #RebeccaSolnit, all her words, not mine:

"The middle ground is not halfway between Nazis and antiracists. The reasonable position is not a compromise between rapists and feminists, slaveowners and abolitionists, Natives and General Crook.
The truth is not midway between the liar and the truthteller. That has to be a factor in all those calls for reaching out and unity.

"The murderer and his intended victim don't have to agree on what's right.
The people who were harmed don't have to reach out to those who did the harming. The people who told the truth don't need to make liars feel better about themselves or what they said. Those who were targeted by this war don't have to do all the peacemaking.
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7 Nov 20
Thread on White House Transition process:

On March 4th 1801 the second president of the United States - John Adams - refused to hand over office to his main rival at the 1800 election, Thomas Jefferson.

The rule of "midday January 20" had not yet been written.
Despite his stubbornness, THE OFFICE SIMPLY LEFT HIM!

Adams was the first president to reside at the new official residence

After Jefferson's swearing in - which the incumbent refused to attend - White House staff began removing Adam’s belongings from the WH.
All security organs ended all official communication.

All presidential staff stopped taking instructions from Adams – THE OFFICE MOVED.

Since then, all WH incumbents prepare early to leave in case they see signs of losing,
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30 Sep 20
From Bill Svelmoe, history prof. at Notre Dame.

A few thoughts on #AmyConeyBarrett

- She's a done deal. Dems shouldn't waste time attacking her character, or her religion, or on how she will vote on hypothetical cases.
The #PeopleofPraise isn't a cult. I've had half a dozen of their kids in my classes... these have been among the best students I've ever had. Extremely bright. Careful critical thinkers. Wonderful writers. I loved having them in class. So don't go after the People of Praise.
By all accounts Barrett walks on water. I've had that in a roundabout way from people I know at Notre Dame, including from folks as liberal as me, who actually look forward to seeing her on the court. I have no first hand knowledge of her, but take the above for what you will.
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27 Sep 20
It's disheartening to see the "Pro-life" response to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death. It's very clear that the folks who think RBG was a vehement "baby killer" have never heard of the name Susan Struck.
#RBG #NotoriousRBG
In the 1960s & 1970s, before Roe vs Wade, abortion was not only legal on US military bases, it was actively ENCOURAGED and basically mandated. Yes, really.
#RBG #NotoriousRBG
Captain Susan Struck was a combat nurse in Vietnam. When she got pregnant in 1970, the Air Force starkly gave her two choices. Get an abortion or be discharged. Struck wanted to keep her baby. So she was kicked out of the service.

#RBG #NotoriousRBG
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13 Sep 20
While #Absentee/#VoteByMail is perfectly safe, it DOES
have a weak link: matching signatures. As our signature changes as we age, the one we have on record may no longer match the one you have now. So you must update it. PLEASE share.
Your current signature on file must match your signature on a mail ballot certificate envelope in order to count your ballot. This signature on file is also used to verify your signature on a candidate or initiative petition.
If your signature or identifying mark has changed, please update your signature using a Voter Registration Application, which be obtained at any public library, tax collector office or Supervisor of Elections Office.
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12 Sep 20
For those of you who have family and friends opposed to abortion, voted for #Twitler in 2016 and now are struggling to justify a #Biden vote, the following is from a #prolife post explaining WHY she is changing her vote in 2020. You may find this helpful.
“I have felt a heaviness in my soul lately.

For the past couple weeks, I’ve felt it. A weight. The heaviness. So this morning I closed myself in my room, read some of John’s gospel, opened my journal and prayed, “OK, God. What is it? My heart feels heavy. What is this feeling?”
"And I began to write - Heartbreak. It’s heartbreak. And disillusionment. I’ve been here before - so many times since 2016. And here I am again.

I keep seeing #Christians say they can’t vote for Joe Biden because of his stance on abortion."
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7 Sep 20
Words from a military paralegal.
I'm seeing a lot of ignorance and misinformation flying around about what happened in Kenosha, and I'm going to set the record straight from a professional legal position... as well as from a former military position.
I'm going to explain some things from a more technical angle derived from my many years as a paralegal and from my experience working in federal criminal justice and prosecution.

Legally, if you are in the process of a commission of a crime, it negates your ability to claim
self defense if you kill someone. As in, it can't even be entered as your official defense in court. It is similar to getting rear-ended at a red light through zero fault of your own, but you were driving without a license or insurance.
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13 Aug 20

Now that the Democratic President-Vice President ticket is set, and Vice President Biden with Senator Harris are going to be the Democratic ticket on the November ballot, I figured now is a good time to remind everyone that:
1. You're not just voting for President.

2. You're voting to prevent a 7-2 dangerous conservative SCOTUS majority. Note: 87 year old Justice RBG is single-handedly fighting off all 10 plagues until we get rid of 45. This alone should be enough for historic turnout!
3. You're voting for the next Secretary of Education, Housing Secretary and Attorney General.

4. You are voting for the "down" ballot, as well......to keep the House and to gain majority of the Senate in Congress.

5. You're voting for federal judges.
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29 Mar 20
Thread from a friend who is a coroner in Detroit. This is what a friend at the NYC medical examiner's office sent him yesterday:

We have dismantled our pathology service almost completely to preserve PPE
and to shift all of our service to our city mortuary side—body pickup and storage.  Doing a fraction of the autopsies we would have (no more drug autopsies for the foreseeable future, many views.  Already have 8 refrigerated tractor trailers parked at hospitals around cities
and being used.  Home deaths are running 4x higher than norm his week.  We don’t peak for another 3 weeks here. Relying on many police investigations because we can’t even get to all scenes now and still handle the big volume of hospital calls.
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7 Dec 19
I asked @blakesmustache for permission to share this thread. It's fascinating and fact-filled, with a very sharp legal mind behind his opinions. I encourage you to read it. Every tweet below in this thread was written by him, but I thought it important enough to share.
Thread: Event Horizon

Trump’s fate is and always has been in the hands of the US Supreme Court. He knows it. His legal team knows it. And the House Dems and their legal team know it too.

The only ones who don’t know it are the general public. But you’re going to know it soon.
The Ukraine scandal is fascinating. It’s clear impeachable conduct by Trump and *should* result in his removal from office. However, it won’t. That’s because the thing at the heart of the Ukraine scandal—an attempt to steal an election—is a thing that’s just A-OK with the GOP.
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24 Oct 19
Ok tweeps, you want to know who REALLY can "beat" * in 2020?

Are you ready for this?

Read this statistical research from Adam Berliant, based on LIKELY VOTERS.

(Data sources at the end)
The latest PRRI.org report is freakin' amazing. It’s also really long. I’ve been digging into it for days now, cross-referencing with other data, asking myself: What/who has the best chance to defeat Trump in 2020?
With the usual caveat that I will vote for any of them (I’d vote for a blue balloon with a face drawn on it), I’m now convinced the nomination needs to go to Elizabeth Warren. The data are screaming at us.

I know this is a lot to absorb, but I really hope you’ll read it.
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9 Mar 19
I am writing to express my profound disappointment in you. Not as a person because I have never met you, but as a so-called elected “representative” of #WeThePeople. Your recent assault and mockery of #ForThePeople HR-1 Bill finally prompted me to write.
You swore an oath to uphold the #Constitution, which states in the 15th Amendment:

1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote SHALL NOT BE DENIED OR ABRIDGED by the U.S. or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude
I know bills are complicated and may sometimes contain elements that the opposing party finds objectionable. But you’re not even interested in debating or improving the package. By not doing so, you're betraying #WeThePeople but also that God you claim to revere.
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15 Aug 18
Get ready to change the world in 3 simple steps:

Below is a list of candidates that will be on the Nov. 6th ballot. Please follow their social media accounts, promote their tweets and say their names.
Some may not have been your primary favorite. But these candidates might be the only path to take back our democracy. Please support them by making sure everyone knows these names.

If you have more Dems candidates Nov 6 ballot, please post below.
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20 Jun 18
trump would LIKE you to believe that his concentration camps on the border are policy that existed under Obama and Clinton.


Myth-busting thread ahead:
The catastrophe unfolding at the border is ENTIRELY on TRUMP's shoulders. He has demonized the poor, the uneducated, the desperate, the foreign, the brown, the black. To the point that his supporters are able to defend crimes of humanity against them and say THEY DESERVE IT.
If you can defend this calamity, you have truly lost your ability to reason and your soul. And are that much closer to being like the "good Germans" who looked the other way while their government committed atrocities against "other" people.
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