Trump is the headliner at the NRA convention taking place in a couple days on May 27th. They all make me sick.
In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party.
But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican.
Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold 🍿
Musk is a troll who loves drama.
Former president Donald Trump said he feared protesters would hit him with tomatoes, pineapples and other very dangerous fruit at his campaign rallies, declaring in a sworn deposition that you can be killed if that happens.
Trumps comments about the potentially lethal effects of projectile produce were made public Tuesday with the release of excerpts of 4½ hours of videotaped testimony in a lawsuit filed by a group of protesters who allege that Trumps security guards assaulted them in 2015.
I wanted to have people be ready because we were put on alert that they were going to do fruit, Trump said in the October 2021 deposition, according to a transcript of the proceedings. He added that tomatoes are bad and that some fruit is a lot worse.
But its very dangerous. I remember that specific event, because everybody was on alert. They were going to hit they were going to hit hard, he said.
The hits just keep on coming on Rep. Madison Cawthorn, the tree-punching MAGA troll from the newly insane state of North Carolina. Geez, its like a guy can't get pulled over (again) for a motor-vehicle violation or stopped (again) at an airport while carrying a gun without it ending up all over the newspapers and on TV. And mysteriously, every time it happens (again), the local news somehow gets ahold of the details of Cawthorns entire rap sheet.
And now, a questionable stock thing? And Senator Thom Tillis wants to bring the House Ethics Committee down on his ass? Howd that happen? Isnt it enough that Cawthorn made those infamous remarks about cocaine-fueled sex orgies among his fellow Republicans? Cant a brother get a break?
On the surface, as far as his politics go, Cawthorn isnt any different from Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, or any of the other Bedlamites in the Republican caucus in the House of Representatives. So why has he turned into Velcro for almost every kind of public scandal? The answer may lie in the fact that, unlike those two, Cawthorn has made some dangerous enemies back home, the kind who want the wingnut playground all to themselves, and who have the money to buy their way in.
To understand whats happened to Cawthorn, you have to go back to last fall. Art Pope is North Carolinas Koch Mini-Me, a wealthy conservative sugar daddy who is probably the person most responsible for the newly insane state of North Carolina becoming newly insane. He bankrolled the Republican takeover of the state legislature, as Jane Mayer detailed in the New Yorker in 2011:
The Republicans hadnt controlled both houses of the North Carolina General Assembly for more than a century. (Not since General Sherman, a state politico joked to me.) That day in Raleigh, though, Gillespie had lunch with an ideal ally: James Arthur (Art) Pope, the chairman and C.E.O. of Variety Wholesalers, a discount-store conglomerate. The Raleigh News and Observer had called Pope, a conservative multimillionaire, the Knight of the Right. The redmap project offered Pope a new way to spend his money. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/10/10/state-for-sale
False alarm. DOD apparently didn't notify anybody.
David Mamet on Fox News: "Teachers are inclined, particularly men because men are predators, to pedophilia"
Elon Musk thumbs his nose at the SEC again with Twitter stake
PUBLISHED MON, APR 4 20222:32 PM EDTUPDATED MON, APR 4 20226:20 PM EDT
The Securities Exchange Commission has another reason to come after Elon Musk. The worlds richest man disclosed Monday that hes acquired a 9.2% stake in Twitter, sending the social media company shares up more than 28% in afternoon trading.
The SEC mandates that anyone who acquires more than 5% of a companys common shares disclose their holdings within 10 calendar days. Musk signed his filing 21 days after March 14.
On March 25, the day after the 10-day period lapsed, Musk posted a poll on Twitter, with the following preamble: Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy. Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle?
Musks intentions with his large stake are unclear. In late January, conservative pundit Dinesh DSouza, who was convicted of campaign finance fraud in 2014, tagged Musk in a tweet telling him that he can dramatically change the political and cultural landscape by buying and taking over a major social media platform.
Its really maddening when Westerners speak about a negotiated solution to the Ukraine war. Let me translate that lingo into plain English for you. The subject of the negotiation they speak of is how much of Russias conquest Ukraine should have to accept. If you are not a 👇
Ukrainian, you have exactly zero standing to engage this subject. Our role is to support the Ukrainians to the maximum extent we can without triggering a wider conflict. It is emphatically not to tell them how much of their country to give up or what limitations on their 👇
sovereignty they need to swallow. Im sorry if you dont like war. I dont either. But this one is not your war or mine to end. Asking people to negotiate when their army is starting to turn the tide is presumptuous in the extreme. Its up to them whether to take risks to take 👇
back Donbass and Crimea and the various territories the Russians are occupying.
Another key point on this matter that I want specifically to direct to international law Twitter:
To the extent you engage in this rhetoric you are taking a meat axe to the UN Charter and you should be honest about what youre doing.
The Charter makes unlawful the acquisition of territory by the use of force. And it makes lawful the defensive use of force to prevent this. It does not say that when Country A invades Country B, the world will decide how much of Country Bs territory Country A gets to acquire 👇
through its use of force, and it does not say either that Country B will under threat of annihilation be pressured to accept limitations on its sovereignty instead of pursuing its lawful right of self defense to protect ALL of its territory.👇
When you accept the rhetoric that the sides should negotiate a solution, what youre really saying is that the charter can go fuck itself when the threat of escalation scares you too much. Thats fine if thats what you believe. But dont expect us to 👇
take your bromides about the rules based international order terribly seriously if thats where you fall on when it counts. If you take the rules-based system remotely seriously, you have to consider any negotiated resolution that allows Russia to keep any part of Donbas or 👇
Crimea and forces Ukraine to accept that as a gross failure.
Thats all I got.
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