Sunday, July 21, 2024

Jill Stein has lost her mind

 BULLY BOY PRESS CEDRIC'S BIG MIX & THOMAS FRIEDMAN IS A GREAT MAN & ANN'S MEGA DUB  & THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS & THE COMMON ILLS  -- THE KOOL AID TABLE

WITH JOE BIDEN DROPPING OUT OF THE RACE FOR PRESIDENT, IT'S NOW A TWO-PERSON RACE FOR WHO CAN BE THE MOST RIDICULOUS NOMINEE AND THE BATTLE'S BETWEEN GLOBAL VILLAGE IDIOT DONALD TRUMP AND GERIATRIC JILL STEIN.


IN 2012, GERIATRIC JILL RAN FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND FAILED.  BIG TIME FAILED.  IN 2016, GERIATRIC JILL AGAIN RAN AND FAILED BIG TIME.


8 YEARS LATER AND THE 74-YEAR-OLD LIFETIME FAILURE WANTS TO BE THE NOMINEE AGAIN.  


THE MIND'S COMPLETELY GONE BY NOW WHICH IS WHY HER OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN WEBSITE STATES:


I'm running for president with the Green Party to offer a choice for the people outside the failed two-party system. We'll put a pro-worker, anti-war, climate action agenda front and center in this election and on the ballot in November.


THE UGLY, STUPID LIAR HAS GONE SENILE.  SHE IS NOT THE GREEN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE.  SHE LIKELY WILL BECOME THAT -- AND, IF THAT HAPPENS, THE GREEN PARTY WILL BE ADMITTING HOW EMPTY AND FULL OF IDEAS AND PEOPLE THEY ACTUALLY ARE BY RUNNING A 74-YEAR-OLD WHO HAS ALREADY LOST TWICE.  

BUT THE GREEN PARTY WILL DECIDE THEIR NOMINEE AT THEIR POLITICAL PARTY CONVENTION WHICH -- STUPIDLY -- WILL NOT BE A PHYSICAL MEET-UP BUT INSTEAD WILL TAKE PLACE VIRTUALLY ONLINE.  IT IS TO BE HELD FROM AUGUST 15, 2024 TO AUGUST 18, 2024.


UNTIL THEN, THE PARTY DOES NOT HAVE A PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE. 


JILL IS A LIAR AND THE BRAIN HAS GONE -- MAYBE SHE CAUGHT SOMETHING AFTER RAILING AGAINST VACCINES? -- SHE IS NOT THE NOMINEE AND SHOULD STOP LYING ON HER WEBSITE.  SOMEONE GET HER A SWEATER AND TAKE HER OFF TO A NURSING HOME.  FYI, THE OTHER BIG THIRD PARTY, THE LIBERATRIAN PARTY, DOES HAVE A NOMINEE: CHASE OLIVER WHO IS 38.  ONE PARTY FIGHTS THE GERITOCRACY WHILE THE GREEN PARTY EMBRACES IT.


REACHED FOR COMMENT, JIL STEIN ASKED THESE REPORTERS, "WHAT IS IT?  IS WHEEL OF FORTUNE ON?  WHERE'S MY APPLE SAUCE?  I STILL HAVE MY DENTURES IN, WHERE'S MY APPLE SAUCE."


FROM THE TCI WIRE:

Last night, Team Biden sent out a message from US President Joe Biden.  It opened, "I'm sick..." and then continued:


 …of Elon Musk trying to buy this election for himself and his billionaire buddies.

Did you see he pledged 45 million bucks a month to help reelect Donald Trump in November? I’m not kidding. 


But you are, Joe, but you are.


The reason most people opened that e-mail after the headline of "I'm sick . . ." is because Joe is, in fact, sick.  He has COVID.  Again.  This is his third time.   Ana Faguy and Tom Bateman (BBC NEWS)  notes:

President Joe Biden faces new questions over his candidacy in the November election - with his campaign events currently on pause due to a Covid-19 infection.

The top two Democrats in the US Congress, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, are both reported to have met him individually to express concerns over his bid for the White House.

Nancy Pelosi, the former House Speaker, has also privately told him that he cannot beat Donald Trump in November's election, according to CNN.

Mr Biden’s re-election attempt was already being buffeted by growing dissent among top Democrats after his disastrous debate performance against Donald Trump last month.

Announcing his Covid infection on Wednesday, Mr Biden's press secretary said the 81-year-old was facing mild symptoms.

He would isolate at his home in Delaware while carrying out "all of his duties fully", said Karine Jean-Pierre. She added that the president was vaccinated and boosted. He has tested positive for Covid twice before. 


He was already on limited campaigning -- roughly from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  And how he's got off the campaign trail?  This is nonsense.  We're expected to shut up and accept his lousy campaigning and his mental decline and now he's also got to take time off for COVID -- third time COVID?

He needs to step aside.  He's not up to four more years.  He needs to step aside and let a healthy and robust candidate step forward and save the election. In last night's ",Step aside, COVID Joe" Elaine noted the polls, noted the drag he was on other Democratic Party candidates in their down ticket races and noted his bizarre attack in a Zoom call last Saturday where he snapped at US House Rep Jason Crow, "Tell me something you've ever done with your Bronze Star like my son."  As Elaine pointed out, "Also, not a good look.  Being proud of your son?  Great.  But, Joe, you didn't serve in Vietnam.  It looks a little cowardly for you to bring up your son to Crow who served several tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. "  


A strong majority of Democrats want President Joe Biden to withdraw from the 2024 presidential race, new polling finds, as faith in his mental fitness drops and Democratic lawmakers are stepping up their efforts to replace him with a different candidate.

AP-NORC’s latest polling released Wednesday finds that 65 percent of Democrats say that Biden should step aside and allow the party to choose a different candidate. Only 35 percent say that he should stay in the race.

Opposition to Biden’s continued candidacy is especially strong among younger people — a key demographic for Democrats — with 75 percent of those aged 18 to 44 agreeing that he should withdraw, though a strong majority of those older than 45 also believe another candidate should be selected.

The findings come amid growing concern over Biden’s health, with only 3 in 10 Democrats saying they’re “extremely” or “very” confident that Biden can effectively serve as president, down by roughly 10 percentage points from a February AP-NORC poll.

These concerns were largely sparked after Biden’s disastrous debate performance at the end of June, though progressives have long been warning Biden that he is risking his chances of winning due to his funding of Israel’s genocide in Gaza. Concerns about his health have compounded in recent weeks, however, with the president doubling down on his candidacy even as he continues to make embarrassing gaffes in every public appearance.


On THE MAJORITY REPORT, Sam and Emma note all the problems Joe Biden is creating for their party.





In further bad news for Joe, THE NATIONAL reports:

The US announced on Wednesday that it will end aid delivery to Gaza through its temporary pier and instead send relief for the Palestinian enclave to Ashdod port in Israel.

The pier was plagued by many issues including severe weather damage, ensuring security and increasing aid to Gazans, who are wrestling with worsening humanitarian aid crises.

But the US insists the temporary pier was "successful" despite the challenges.



$230 million wasted by Joe on this project.  Promised in his State of the Union Address and presented as we're going to rush to get this done project.  It didn't actually start construction until May.  Late opening and no real results to speak of although it was apparently used by the Israeli government in the staging of at least one attack on Palestinian civilians.

The pier may be the best exxample of the inertia of Joe's administration.



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    Thursday, July 18, 2024

    Music -- and dopes who think they know music

    maxi trump

    Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Donald Trump On The Wings Of A Maxi" went up last night.  Tonight, idiot Trump still kept the maxi pad on his head.





    Grabbing music tonight.  I'm with Kat, the stupidity of Jonathan Eig and FAN SIDED is too much.  His latest uninformed garbage finds him picking the worst number one hits of the 60s.  He's an idiot.  For example, he writes:


    I have no problem with Donny Osmond’s version of this song, which went to number one the following decade. But this song – written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, no less – is as drecky as they come. When Osmond did it, he was a kid and it comes off as a cute little teeny-bopper’s heartsick lament. Lawrence, singing as an adult man, may introduce an ick factor for some listeners, but that’s not what bothers me. I think the entire production – the tempo, the orchestration, and Lawrence’s singing – is atrocious.

    Actually, the first two – tempo and orchestration – are merely mundane. It’s casual, generic music. But when Lawrence starts singing, I worry about his health. I suppose he is trying to convey just how emotionally devastated he is by having to say goodbye to the little girl in question. But he comes across as some sort of weird, lumbering dying moose.


    I'm not a Steve Lawrence fan but the man could sing.  The writer's an idiot also because he doesn't grasp that Donny Osmond's version is better because Donny's a kid.

    I'm sorry, idiot, did you not pay attention to the lyrics:



    Go away, little girl. Go away, little girl.
    I'm not supposed to be alone with you.
    I know that your lips are sweet,
    But our lips must never meet.
    I belong to someone else, and I must be true.
    Oh, go away, little girl. Go away, little girl.
    It's hurtin' me more each minute that you delay.
    When you are near me like this,
    You're much too hard to resist.
    So, go away, little girl, before I beg you to stay."


    This is not a story about 'young love.'  It's a story where a "little girl" has fallen for an adult male and the adult male has to send her away "before I bet you to stay."


    Not only are those sentiments not the words of a young teenager, the song makes no sense if the man isn't over 18.


    "Sugar Sugar" didn't make the top ten of his worst ever but he did feel the need to weigh in on that song as well and to sport his stupidity:



    I despise “Sugar Sugar.” It’s the kind of pre-fab pop that the public is always getting force-fed. I’d take half a dozen Partridge Family songs before this one. I could be wrong but I don’t think the Archies existed. They were like the Monkees, only the Monkees could play music and sing. The Archies merely fronted some studio musicians.

    It’s not on my list because I have to admit the melody is catchy enough, and the song doesn’t overstay its welcome. But when you consider that it was sandwiched between the Stones’ “Honky Tonk Woman” and the Temptations’ “Can’t Get Next to You” at number one, you get a better sense of why it is basically number eleven on my list.



    The Archies were a cartoon on Saturday mornings.  "Sugar Sugar" was kiddie pop.  From WIKIPEDIA:

    The Archies are an American fictional rock band featured in media produced by, and related to, Archie Comics. They are best remembered for their appearance in the animated TV series The Archie Show. In the context of the series, the band was founded by guitarist/vocalist Archie Andrews, drummer Jughead Jones, bassist Reggie Mantle, percussionist/vocalist Betty Cooper and keyboardist/vocalist Veronica Lodge.

    The music featured in the series was recorded by session musicians, including Ron Dante on lead vocals and Toni Wine on duet and backing vocals.[1] The recordings were released as a series of singles and albums that achieved worldwide chart success. Their most successful song, "Sugar, Sugar", became one of the biggest hits of the bubblegum pop genre that flourished from 1968 to 1973.[2]



    He's mad that this group or 'group' fronted some studio musicians?

    Huh?  Tell me he doesn't think Susan Dey really played the keyboards and the organs on Partridge Family recordings.  Those were studio musicians as well.  As for the Monkees -- four actors hired to play a band for a TV show -- he's aware, right, that a number one hits like "Last Train To Clarksville" and "I'm A Believer" have no Monkee playing music and that the number two hit "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" not only has no Monkee playing music but it has only Davy Jones singing (that's Neil Diamond doing the background vocals).  "Pleasant Valley Sunday" has them credited as musicians but most people point out that there are actually session musicians playing on the song so it's seems more like a vanity credit than an earned credit.  They didn't write any of their hits.  They really didn't play music -- except in concert when the young girls were screaming to high for anyone to actually hear the music. 



    "I Got You Babe" was the first single released by Sonny & Cher, and it topped the charts in the United States for weeks. If you can’t name another Sonny & Cher song besides that one, it’s a good bet that it’s because they never had another song chart that high again. The song itself is repetitive and annoying, and its use in the movie ‘Groundhog Day’ as the song Bill Murray’s character must wake up to every day would seem to bear that out.



    They had five top ten hits as a duo.  The other four -- no, they didn't hit number one but outside the Beatles and Diana Ross & the Supremes in the sixties, there weren't a lot of people that had multiple number ones -- Aretha Franklin also only had one number one hit in the sixties, the same is true of the Mamas and the Papas.  So there top ten hits were "Baby Don't Go," "A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done," "All I Ever Need Is You," "The Beat Goes On" and the number one hit "I Got You Babe."  Though billed on the label as "Sonny & Cher," "Laugh At Me" is a Sonny Bono solo hit that made it to number ten.  Solo, Cher took "Bang Bang My Baby Shot Me Down" to number two and "You Better Sit Down Kids" to number nine.  In the later decades she'd score 10 more top ten pop hits with four of them reaching number one.

    The know-nothing also types:

    Yes, we’re going there. Roy Orbison spent the first half of the 1960s crafting operatic romantic epics without peer. He also spent that period crafting more upbeat songs, like ‘Oh, Pretty Woman,’ none of which held a candle to the syrupy stuff. It was his last song to hit number one, but compared to his tearful ballads, it's worthless.

    "Oh, Pretty Woman" is one of two number one hits that Roy had.  Don't try to make it seem like he's Diana Ross singing on one number one hit after another: "Where Did Our Love Go?," "Baby Love," "Come See About Me," "Stop In The Name Of Love," "I Hear A Symphony," "The Happening," "Someday We'll Be Together," "You Keep Me Hanging On," "You Can't Hurry Love," "Back In My Arms Again," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Touch Me In The Morning," "Do You Know Where You're Going To?," "Endless Love" (with Lionel Richie), "Love Hangover" and "Upside Down."

    I question the taste of both men but, more to the point, they need to educate themselves before writing again.  Facts are facts. 

     


    "Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):

    Thursday, July 18, 2024.  Joe Biden has COVID while the RNC convention turns out to be a super-spreader for lies, and much more.

    Last night, Team Biden sent out a message from US President Joe Biden.  It opened, "I'm sick..." and then continued:


     …of Elon Musk trying to buy this election for himself and his billionaire buddies.

    Did you see he pledged 45 million bucks a month to help reelect Donald Trump in November? I’m not kidding. 


    But you are, Joe, but you are.


    The reason most people opened that e-mail after the headline of "I'm sick . . ." is because Joe is, in fact, sick.  He has COVID.  Again.  This is his third time.   Ana Faguy and Tom Bateman (BBC NEWS)  notes:

    President Joe Biden faces new questions over his candidacy in the November election - with his campaign events currently on pause due to a Covid-19 infection.

    The top two Democrats in the US Congress, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, are both reported to have met him individually to express concerns over his bid for the White House.

    Nancy Pelosi, the former House Speaker, has also privately told him that he cannot beat Donald Trump in November's election, according to CNN.

    Mr Biden’s re-election attempt was already being buffeted by growing dissent among top Democrats after his disastrous debate performance against Donald Trump last month.

    Announcing his Covid infection on Wednesday, Mr Biden's press secretary said the 81-year-old was facing mild symptoms.

    He would isolate at his home in Delaware while carrying out "all of his duties fully", said Karine Jean-Pierre. She added that the president was vaccinated and boosted. He has tested positive for Covid twice before. 


    He was already on limited campaigning -- roughly from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  And how he's got off the campaign trail?  This is nonsense.  We're expected to shut up and accept his lousy campaigning and his mental decline and now he's also got to take time off for COVID -- third time COVID?

    He needs to step aside.  He's not up to four more years.  He needs to step aside and let a healthy and robust candidate step forward and save the election. In last night's ",Step aside, COVID Joe" Elaine noted the polls, noted the drag he was on other Democratic Party candidates in their down ticket races and noted his bizarre attack in a Zoom call last Saturday where he snapped at US House Rep Jason Crow, "Tell me something you've ever done with your Bronze Star like my son."  As Elaine pointed out, "Also, not a good look.  Being proud of your son?  Great.  But, Joe, you didn't serve in Vietnam.  It looks a little cowardly for you to bring up your son to Crow who served several tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. "  


    A strong majority of Democrats want President Joe Biden to withdraw from the 2024 presidential race, new polling finds, as faith in his mental fitness drops and Democratic lawmakers are stepping up their efforts to replace him with a different candidate.

    AP-NORC’s latest polling released Wednesday finds that 65 percent of Democrats say that Biden should step aside and allow the party to choose a different candidate. Only 35 percent say that he should stay in the race.

    Opposition to Biden’s continued candidacy is especially strong among younger people — a key demographic for Democrats — with 75 percent of those aged 18 to 44 agreeing that he should withdraw, though a strong majority of those older than 45 also believe another candidate should be selected.

    The findings come amid growing concern over Biden’s health, with only 3 in 10 Democrats saying they’re “extremely” or “very” confident that Biden can effectively serve as president, down by roughly 10 percentage points from a February AP-NORC poll.

    These concerns were largely sparked after Biden’s disastrous debate performance at the end of June, though progressives have long been warning Biden that he is risking his chances of winning due to his funding of Israel’s genocide in Gaza. Concerns about his health have compounded in recent weeks, however, with the president doubling down on his candidacy even as he continues to make embarrassing gaffes in every public appearance.


    On THE MAJORITY REPORT, Sam and Emma note all the problems Joe Biden is creating for their party.





    In further bad news for Joe, THE NATIONAL reports:

    The US announced on Wednesday that it will end aid delivery to Gaza through its temporary pier and instead send relief for the Palestinian enclave to Ashdod port in Israel.

    The pier was plagued by many issues including severe weather damage, ensuring security and increasing aid to Gazans, who are wrestling with worsening humanitarian aid crises.

    But the US insists the temporary pier was "successful" despite the challenges.



    $230 million wasted by Joe on this project.  Promised in his State of the Union Address and presented as we're going to rush to get this done project.  It didn't actually start construction until May.  Late opening and no real results to speak of although it was apparently used by the Israeli government in the staging of at least one attack on Palestinian civilians.

    The pier may be the best exxample of the inertia of Joe's administration.



    In Wisconsin, the GOP continues their convention.  It wraps tonight.  I don't encourage anyone to watch but we will find out tonight whether or not Donald's going to take the maxi pad off the side of his head or not. 
    maxi trump


    Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS "Donald Trump On The Wings Of A Maxi" went up late last night or early this morning depending upon your time zone. 



    "I cannot believe you don't care about a political convention!" a few insist in e-mails.

    First off, check the ratings, most people -- like me -- are not watching this garbage live.  I'm not going to sit through hours of hate speech and violent threats. and never-ending lies.  Most Americans aren't, again check the ratings.

    In the past?   Ava and I've covered them before, we've attended them before to cover them.  I don't see the point in watching lies live on television.  I read the day after and even there I'm encountering too much repeating of  lies.  Amplifying them.


    Isn't that all Joseph Morton does in "Ted Cruz bashes Biden immigration record during Republican National Convention speech" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS)?  That's journalism?

    In a 34 paragraph 'essay' -- don't call it a report, it's not reporting -- he offers two paragraphs of 'critique' -- paragraph 8 and paragraph 15:



    Critics of the GOP focus on those crimes cite research indicating undocumented immigrants have lower crime rates than native-born citizens and legal immigrants.

    And:

    Critics have said figures Cruz and other Republicans often cite are inflated or misleading because many migrants encountered at the border were quickly turned away under pandemic-era public health policies or sent back to their countries of origin.


    34 paragraphs and that passes for a fact check?  Before he published that piece yesterday morning, I had already heard this segment of Wednesday's DEMOCRACY NOW!




    AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, “War, Peace and the Presidency: Breaking with Convention.” I’m Amy Goodman. We’re broadcasting from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from the Republican National Convention.

    On Tuesday night, several of Donald Trump’s former rivals endorsed the Trump-Vance ticket. Speakers at the RNC included former Ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Vivek Ramaswamy.

    Much of the evening focused on the party’s hard-line border and immigration policies. The 2024 Republican platform backs Trump’s pledge to carry out, quote, “the largest deportation operation in American history,” unquote, and to stop what it calls a “migrant crime epidemic.” This is Texas Senator Ted Cruz speaking last night.

    SEN. TED CRUZ: Never before has an election mattered so much. We are facing an invasion on our southern border — not figuratively, a literal invasion. Eleven-point-five million people have crossed our border illegally under Joe Biden. Every day Americans are dying, murdered, assaulted, raped by illegal immigrants that the Democrats have released. Teenage girls and boys wearing colored wristbands are being sold into a life of sex slavery. This is evil, and it’s wrong. And it is happening every damn day. Today, as a result of Joe Biden’s presidency, your family is less safe, your children are less safe, the country is less safe. But here’s the good news: We can fix it. And when Donald Trump is president, we will fix it.

    AMY GOODMAN: That was Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz, speaking here in Milwaukee at the Republican National Convention last night. There’s no data linking immigrants to rising crime.

    For more, we’re joined by Jean Guerrero, contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, author of the book Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda. Her latest piece is headlined “How Biden Can Win Over Young Latinos.” She’s a senior fellow at the UCLA Latina Futures 2050 Lab and a former opinion columnist at the Los Angeles Times. She’s joining us from Los Angeles.

    Jean, welcome back to Democracy Now! Why don’t you summarize your response to what Ted Cruz was saying, in particular? And, overall, the theme of last night was the issue of immigration and safety, as they put it, immigration and crime, Jean.

    JEAN GUERRERO: Exactly. Great to be here, Amy.

    What we saw last night was the politics of hate. The Republican Party is not letting up on its deceptive anti-immigrant hatemongering. Again, this is a politics of hate, that is rooted in the deceptive demonization of one of the most vulnerable groups in the United States, which is immigrants.

    And Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s speech was one of the most debased and deceptive of the week. He listed example after example of Americans being killed by immigrants, which, as you noted, Amy, immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes than people who are born in the United States. Data consistently shows this. But this is a strategy that has been used by Trump, and it’s straight out of the playbook of Trump’s senior adviser Stephen Miller, which is to take aberrant examples, unusual examples of crimes and to paint them as the norm. This is a strategy that was used by the Nazis to vilify Jewish people and other groups that they didn’t like. They published lists of crimes committed by these people to create the false notion that these are monsters, that they’re subhuman, that they’re a threat to society.

    And this is what we saw last night, that even in the wake of Trump’s assassination attempt, the Republican Party is not letting up on its anti-immigrant hatemongering, on its very dangerous and deceptive rhetoric, which is not surprising, given that when Trump was shot, he was in the middle of anti-immigrant hatemongering. If he hadn’t turned to look at that chart showing border crossing statistics, he might be dead. So, as the Republican Party is painting Trump as the victim of demonization by the left, Trump and the Republican Party continue with its classic anti-immigrant hatemongering, which is endangering this group of people and Latinos across the United States who come from mixed-status families.

    AMY GOODMAN: And we should say, as Senator Cruz spoke, as Nikki Haley spoke, as our next clip we’re going to play of a mom who lost her son to fentanyl spoke, President Trump was there sitting next to J.D. Vance, and President Trump had a bandage over his right ear after Saturday’s assassination attempt. I want to go to another speaker at the RNC last night, and that was Anne Fundner of Southern California, who said her son Weston’s fentanyl overdose death was because Biden opened, quote, “our borders.” This is a clip.

    ANNE FUNDNER: We did everything right. I had those conversations with him, and fentanyl still found my son. And on February 27th, 2022, our lives were shattered, and our baby was gone. This was not an overdose; it was a poisoning. His whole future, everything we ever wanted for him, was ripped away in an instant. And Joe Biden does nothing. I hold Joe Biden, Kamala Harris — the border czar, what a joke — and Gavin Newsom, and every Democrat who supports open borders, responsible for the death of my son.

    AMY GOODMAN: In fact, data shows fentanyl is largely smuggled by U.S. citizens across U.S. ports of entry. Jean Guerrero, this is a statistic that you talk about. The statistic is 90%?

    JEAN GUERRERO: Exactly, about 90% of fentanyl is actually smuggled through ports of entry, not through the desert, and it’s smuggled by U.S. citizens, not by immigrants. So the Republican Party is misusing a legitimate tragedy to manipulate perceptions about what is happening at the border.

    This woman’s son, Weston, should not have died. It is a tragedy that he died. However, this blame on, quote-unquote, “open borders” is misleading, to say the least, because the border, first of all, is not open. Biden has deployed more Border Patrol agents than any president in U.S. history. They have had record fentanyl seizures under his administration. And again, when fentanyl is smuggled across the border, it is smuggled through ports of entry, which are always open. And there’s — yeah, the Trump administration also kept the ports of entry open because you have legitimate commercial traffic that needs to be coming across the borders. And that is where the fentanyl is being smuggled, not through the desert.

    AMY GOODMAN: And can you respond to Senator Cruz saying that immigrants commit murders, I think he said, “every damn day”?

    JEAN GUERRERO: That’s extremely deceptive. Again, immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes than people who are born in the United States. They have a lot more to lose, particularly undocumented immigrants. The statistics consistently show that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes. And so, this idea that they’re committing crimes every day is just absolutely bonkers.

    But it’s a strategy that is very classic Stephen Miller. My book was about Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller. And one of the things that they did under the Trump administration was they created an office called the VOICE. It was for the victims of immigration crimes. And it was constantly publishing lists of immigrants committing crimes, which, again, creates the false notion that they’re out there disproportionately committing crimes, when in fact that is not the case.

    And if you wanted to demonize somebody based on a statistical fact, you might choose, for example, the fact that white men are disproportionately responsible for mass shootings. But, of course, you don’t see anybody advocating for the mass detention or deportation of white men, because that would be crazy. And again, this is based on a completely false notion that immigrants are more likely to commit crimes, which is — it’s just not the case.

    AMY GOODMAN: Kari Lake, who’s running for Arizona’s Senate seat left vacant by Kyrsten Sinema, kicked off the RNC on Tuesday night, lashing out against the media and her Senate race opponent, Congressmember Ruben Gallego.

    KARI LAKE: You have spent the last eight years lying about President Donald Trump and his — and his amazing patriotic supporters. Actually, guys, they lie about everything. They’ve lied about Joe Biden’s health, the economy, the laptop, the border. I could go on and on and on. But the really good news is that every day more and more people are turning off the fake news. And they’re — that’s right. And Americans are waking up to the truth about the disastrous Democrat policies pushed by Joe Biden and his favorite congressman, my opponent, Ruben Gallego.

    These guys, they are full — they’re full of bad ideas. Just last week, Ruben Gallego voted to let the millions of people who poured into our country illegally cast a ballot in this upcoming election. Gallego and the Democrats have handed over control of my state Arizona’s border to the drug cartels. And because of them, criminals and deadly drugs are pouring in, and our children are dying. Our children are getting their hands on these drugs and dying.

    AMY GOODMAN: Kari Lake falsely said that her opponent, the Congressmember Ruben Gallego, quote, “voted to let millions of people who poured into our country illegally cast a ballot in this upcoming election,” unquote. However, she did not mention that it’s already banned by federal law for noncitizens to vote. Lake is a former TV news anchor who lost Arizona’s governor’s race and has since become a face for Trump’s 2020 election denial movement. Jean Guerrero, her comments?

    JEAN GUERRERO: Gallego is a moderate on immigration. And what the Republican Party does is, regardless of whether you are a moderate, which is the case with Biden — you know, he has, as I mentioned earlier, increased border security to unprecedented levels. But regardless of whether you take a moderate stance on immigration, they’re going to say that you have opened the borders, that you are in favor of people coming across the border without any sort of security measures, without any enforcement. And that’s just simply not the case.

    But they are heavily leaning on this because they have nothing else to offer the American people. It’s a scapegoating politics, which is rooted in stoking fear and stoking hate and creating the impression that there’s a dystopic reality at the border, which simply is not the case. You know, Trump promised to shut down the border, and he was not able to build the wall that he said he was going to build, because it’s physically impossible to build a 2,000-mile structure along the terrain that exists at the border.

    So, President Biden is doing the best that he can, and Democrats like Gallego are in favor of moderate immigration strategies that embrace certain levels of border security. And the Republican Party simply takes that completely out of context, ignores that, and claims that they’re in favor of open borders, which is just absolutely not the case.

    AMY GOODMAN: I want to go to another clip. We’re on the floor of the convention at night. This is another Arizona delegate, named Stacey Goodman, who spoke with Democracy Now!’s Renée Feltz. Goodman wore a white patch of paper on her right ear, similar to the bandage Trump is wearing at the RNC on his right ear after the assassination attempt on Saturday.

    STACEY GOODMAN: I’m here to serve my community, my country. What I have on my right ear is in solidarity with President Trump. He got shot on Saturday. Somebody attempted to take his life. It was an attempted assassination, all because of the rhetoric on the left. Even Joe Biden said it, and he even apologized for it. He said, “We need to put Donald Trump in the bull’s-eye.” So, crazy people take that as meaning, you know — you know, the hypocrisy is ridiculous, because the left says, “Oh, unity, unity, unity,” but there is no unity on the left. Look what CNN did today, said D.J. [sic] Vance is more toxic than Trump. Where’s the unity in that? No.

    RENÉE FELTZ: And I just have to ask. It does seem like it’s being reported that this young man was able to use a gun purchased by his father and that the family, or at least the young man was a registered Republican. So, it seems —

    STACEY GOODMAN: He wasn’t a registered Republican, OK? His Facebook page was wiped. He was not a registered Republican. That’s just the narrative of the left. He was not a Republican.

    RENÉE FELTZ: What was he?

    STACEY GOODMAN: I’m not 100% sure, but he was probably mentally ill and easily swayed by the left.

    RENÉE FELTZ: OK. Can I ask you one other question —

    STACEY GOODMAN: Sure.

    RENÉE FELTZ: — about immigration? It seems like it’s a major topic tonight. Is it a big one for you?

    STACEY GOODMAN: Well, yeah. I’m all for people coming into this country and supporting this country, speaking English, assimilating. What we have — and I’m from a border state — we have open borders. We have illegal immigrants coming in here, killing, raping and maiming our children. OK? That is not acceptable. The border wall —

    RENÉE FELTZ: But you’re saying that’s not all of them?

    STACEY GOODMAN: The border wall needs to be finished. Joe Biden, had he just left that alone, we would have had a complete border wall. The blood is on Joe Biden’s hands and his administration’s.

    RENÉE FELTZ: Just real quick, there are some people who have drawn attention to reports that show that U.S.-born citizens are much more likely to commit crimes than immigrants.

    STACEY GOODMAN: That’s a lie. That’s an out-and-out lie. I don’t know where you’re getting your information from, but it’s a lie.

    RENÉE FELTZ: One, I got it from a study that was done by Northwestern, who used census data.

    STACEY GOODMAN: No. No. No, not buying it.

    RENÉE FELTZ: And one other — 

    STACEY GOODMAN: I was a police officer for 21 years. I will tell you, illegal immigrants commit more crimes than anyone else, because, first of all, they’re coming into this country — they’re committing a crime by coming into this country, so they don’t care about our laws. They don’t abide by our laws.

    AMY GOODMAN: In fact, it’s been widely reported that Thomas Matthew Crooks was in fact a registered Republican, who would have been eligible to cast his first presidential vote in November for the election. Public records also show Crooks’ father is a registered Republican, his mother a registered Democrat, and that, as a 17-year-old, Crooks made a $15 donation to a Democratic Party cause. Jean Guerrero, you’ve been shaking your head through this comment. Stacey Goodman is a retired police officer.

    JEAN GUERRERO: Yeah, she mentioned blood on Biden’s hands. If you want to talk about somebody who has blood on their hands, the Republican Party has spent the last seven years normalizing the white supremacist “great replacement” theory, which has been used by white terrorists, by white extremists across the world and in this country to commit horrific acts of violence against Mexican Americans, against Latinos, against Black people, and it’s one of the most dangerous theories that exists today. And it has been normalized in U.S. politics. It’s the idea that immigrants are being brought to the United States to replace white people. It confuses demographic change and demographic growth with demographic subtraction and demographic violence. It’s extremely deceptive and manipulative, and the Republican Party has been doing this for seven years. And so, it’s, of course, no surprise that under the Trump administration we saw the worst, the most deadly attack against the Mexican American community that the United States has seen, in El Paso, when you saw the white supremacist shooter attack a Walmart because of this theory.

    So, the notion that Trump is the victim, that he is being victimized, or that Americans are being victimized by the Democratic Party’s border policies, completely ignores the reality, which is that President Biden has deployed historic numbers of agents to the border. They’re seeing record seizures of fentanyl. He has kept in place a majority of Trump’s restrictive policies at the border. And again, the research consistently shows that immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes, and this includes undocumented immigrants. Undocumented immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes.

    AMY GOODMAN: Jean Guerrero, before we go, I want to ask you about your latest piece in The New York Times, “How Biden Can Win Over Young Latinos.” You say that 20% of the Latino population that will be voting will be voting for the first time. What is the significance of this?

    JEAN GUERRERO: So, the focus has been on the MAGA Latino. Every time you talk about the Latino vote in the national media, you hear about the MAGA Latino, the Latino who’s supporting Trump. And while this is a reality of a segment of the Latino voters, those who are going to determine the future of the Latino vote are young progressive voters, who are overrepresented, actually, in battleground states. So, if President Biden focuses on turning out this young Latino electorate, it can make all the difference.

    And these are Latinos who are very, very progressive. They believe in a pathway to citizenship for long-term undocumented immigrants. They believe in abortion rights. They believe in stopping climate change. They believe in stopping gun violence. They’re more likely to belong to groups that have been harmed by Trump. They’re more likely to identify as LGBTQ. They’re more likely to have a family member or a close friend who is undocumented.

    So, if President Biden wants to win over young Latinos, he needs to take the group of people that Trump has chosen to persecute systematically, and show that he has what it takes to defend them. He has already taken significant actions as far as executive action to provide deportation relief to the undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens. However, he needs to go farther than that. He needs to take much bolder action to show that he is in fact a fighter for oppressed communities.

    Right now there is an impression among young voters, including Latino voters, that he is as bad with oppressed communities as Trump, because of the horrors in Gaza. And there is one way — there is just one way that President Biden can counter that narrative, and it is to take these people that Trump is victimizing, that the Republican Party is victimizing, and show that he has what it takes to defend them and take bold action to provide deportation relief to all undocumented people who have lived here a long time, who have U.S. citizen children here, who were essential workers during the pandemic, and make sure that they can be safe here, they can continue paying taxes, and they can continue to save this economy from a recession.

    AMY GOODMAN: Jean Guerrero, we want to thank you for being with us, author of Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda. We’ll link to your piece in The New York Times, “How Biden Can Win Over Young Latinos.”




    Get it?

    One is reporting and one is stenography.

    And those two 'fact checks' Morton did aren't even specific, nor did they require any research.  'Some say . . .'  Send Joey back to the steno pool.




    “We are facing an invasion on our southern border,” Cruz said as he began. “Not figuratively. A literal invasion. 11.5 million people have crossed our border illegally under Joe Biden.”

    That’s not true. A number of those counted as having been apprehended at the border were turned away. Millions more were deported and millions remain in detention.

    “But,” Cruz continued, “the numbers don’t show us the true price that our country is paying.”

    That cost? That “every day, Americans are dying — murdered, assaulted, raped by illegal immigrants that the Democrats have released.” The accuracy of that sweeping, unsupported statement notwithstanding, it has been demonstrated repeatedly that immigrants are less likely to commit crime than native-born Americans.




    Cruz was building to something, though, exaggerating the number of immigrants in the country and the threat they pose so that he could make a staggering, dishonest claim about his political opponents.



    We could go on and on but I think Philip Bump's already demonstrated that some do the work and some people fluff.  What's really sad though is that Morton is supposed to be the stronger of the two since Morton works at a Texas outlet and Cruz is a Texas senator.  A paper can change hands constantly and still be garbage.  I don't know who is served in Texas by a lousy report on a US senator from Texas; however, THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS never really served anyone.  THE DALLAS TIMES HERALD was the only decent paper that city ever had.  


    But it's true of the bulk of what passes for media and it's sad.  A sorry state of journalism.  



    Ahead of the International Court of Justice's expected advisory opinion on legal consequences for Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories, Palestine's permanent observer at the United Nations reminded other diplomats at a U.N. Security Council meeting on Wednesday that the slaughter of more than 38,000 people in Gaza has been broadcast for nine months—while Israel has claimed it is acting in self-defense and is targeting Hamas.

    "What is happening in Gaza is going down as the most documented genocide in history," Riyad Mansour said. "When will the world denounce the crimes and stop tolerating their reoccurrence?"

    In addition to the daily news of aerial and ground attacks on schools, homes, and places of worship in Gaza, Mansour pointed to Israeli soldiers' filming of their own attacks in the enclave, leaving no doubt that innocent civilians are being targeted.

    Members of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have "openly, brazenly, and repeatedly" shared its "crimes" on social media, said Mansour.

     Since the IDF began its bombardment of Gaza in October with political and material support from the United States and other Western countries, videos taken by Israeli soldiers themselves have shown the controlled detonation of Israa University, a soldier blowing up a mosque, and another IDF fighter giving a thumbs up while driving a bulldozer into a destroyed car, accompanied by the caption, "I stopped counting how many neighborhoods I've erased."

    In a segment produced by Al Jazeera in March, Sarah Leah Whitson of Democracy for the Arab World Now said that "there have been a remarkable number of videos posted by Israeli soldiers on social media, depicting themselves pillaging property, mocking the death and destruction that they are causing, and most egregiously, torturing, humiliating, and mocking detained Palestinian prisoners."

    Meanwhile, human rights experts and aid groups have amplified images of the results of Israel's use of what Mansour called "the ultimate weapon": a near-total blockade on humanitarian relief. Last month, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights documented the deaths from starvation of five-month-old Fayez Attaya and 13-year-old Abdulqader Al-Serhi—two of more than two dozen children who have perished as U.N. experts have warned famine has taken hold in Gaza.

    "Two million people who were subjected to a 17-year-old blockade are now confronted with a hermetic siege, dying of hunger and disease while food and medicine are available only meters away," said Mansour on Wednesday.

    Palestinians including Bisan Owda, a journalist who won a Peabody Award for her coverage, have also documented their own forced displacement, the destruction of their homes, and the loss of loved ones.

    Mansour on Wednesday asked the Security Council—which only voted in favor of a cease-fire in Gaza in June, after U.S. officials had vetoed several resolutions—why it has allowed Israel to violate international laws and norms.  



    As noted earlier, the pier that was supposed to deliver food and aid such as medicine is no more after being a repeated failure.  While 'operational,'  it was often detached from the shoreline and floating off to no where like a Joe Biden interview answer.  Mina Aldroubi (THE NATIONAL) reports:

     

    Doctors in Gaza are having to make extremely difficult choices, aid groups said on Thursday, as over 500 have been killed and hospitals have collapsed with an influx of patients.

    The United Nations Palestinian Refugee agency receives 1,000 patients a day across their eight clinics in the Strip, spokeswoman Tamara Rifai told The National, with doctors being “heroes” and taking on much more than their capacity, she said.

    “We are going to run out within a few weeks if we do not manage to get more supplies," Ms Al Rifai said, adding that UNRWA is facing two major issues.

    "One is the very, very low access of humanitarian drugs, including those that carry medical supplies, but also our inability to truly go around the entire Gaza Strip," she said.

    “We're still getting our access permits denied to the north.”



    Gaza remains under assault. Day 286 of  the assault in the wave that began in October.  Binoy Kampmark (DISSIDENT VOICE) points out, "Bloodletting as form; murder as fashion.  The ongoing campaign in Gaza by Israel’s Defence Forces continues without stalling and restriction.  But the burgeoning number of corpses is starting to become a challenge for the propaganda outlets:  How to justify it?  Fortunately for Israel, the United States, its unqualified defender, is happy to provide cover for murder covered in the sheath of self-defence."   CNN has explained, "The Gaza Strip is 'the most dangerous place' in the world to be a child, according to the executive director of the United Nations Children's Fund."  ABC NEWS quotes UNICEF's December 9th statement, ""The Gaza Strip is the most dangerous place in the world to be a child. Scores of children are reportedly being killed and injured on a daily basis. Entire neighborhoods, where children used to play and go to school have been turned into stacks of rubble, with no life in them."  NBC NEWS notes, "Strong majorities of all voters in the U.S. disapprove of President Joe Biden’s handling of foreign policy and the Israel-Hamas war, according to the latest national NBC News poll. The erosion is most pronounced among Democrats, a majority of whom believe Israel has gone too far in its military action in Gaza."  The slaughter continues.  It has displaced over 1 million people per the US Congressional Research Service.  Jessica Corbett (COMMON DREAMS) points out, "Academics and legal experts around the world, including Holocaust scholars, have condemned the six-week Israeli assault of Gaza as genocide."   The death toll of Palestinians in Gaza is grows higher and higher.  United Nations Women noted, "More than 1.9 million people -- 85 per cent of the total population of Gaza -- have been displaced, including what UN Women estimates to be nearly 1 million women and girls. The entire population of Gaza -- roughly 2.2 million people -- are in crisis levels of acute food insecurity or worse."   THE NATIONAL notes, "Gaza death toll reaches 38,794, with 89,364 wounded."  Yes, that is the same figure they offered yesterday morning.  No, the deaths did not stop on Wednesday.  ALJAZEERA notes this morning, "At least 54 Palestinians killed in 24 hours as Israel’s military intensifies strikes on central Gaza where hundreds of thousands of displaced people are 'drowning' in sewage."  Months ago,  AP  noted, "About 4,000 people are reported missing."  February 7th, Jeremy Scahill explained on DEMOCRACY NOW! that "there’s an estimated 7,000 or 8,000 Palestinians missing, many of them in graves that are the rubble of their former home."  February 5th, the United Nations' Phillipe Lazzarini Tweeted:

      



    April 11th, Sharon Zhang (TRUTHOUT) reported, "In addition to the over 34,000 Palestinians who have been counted as killed in Israel’s genocidal assault so far, there are 13,000 Palestinians in Gaza who are missing, a humanitarian aid group has estimated, either buried in rubble or mass graves or disappeared into Israeli prisons.  In a report released Thursday, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor said that the estimate is based on initial reports and that the actual number of people missing is likely even higher."
     

    As for the area itself?  Isabele Debre (AP) reveals, "Israel’s military offensive has turned much of northern Gaza into an uninhabitable moonscape. Whole neighborhoods have been erased. Homes, schools and hospitals have been blasted by airstrikes and scorched by tank fire. Some buildings are still standing, but most are battered shells."  Kieron Monks (I NEWS) reports, "More than 40 per cent of the buildings in northern Gaza have been damaged or destroyed, according to a new study of satellite imagery by US researchers Jamon Van Den Hoek from Oregon State University and Corey Scher at the City University of New York. The UN gave a figure of 45 per cent of housing destroyed or damaged across the strip in less than six weeks. The rate of destruction is among the highest of any conflict since the Second World War."






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