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Brexit : The sell off of the NHS to American healthcare companies begins.

Another Project Fear becomes Project Reality

An American health corporation has been handed a contract to take over the running of GP surgeries that provide services for over 375,000 patients in the London area. This issue was raised by local media and the shadow health secretary in the House Of Commons, however the Health Secretary Matt Hancock ignored the issue.

An Irish Soldier describes World War One, 1988

Fascinating and chilling interview. Jack Campbell of The Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 16th Irish Division on The Late Late Show by Gay Byrne (who was Ireland's Johnny Carson)


An Irish Soldier recalls World War One, 1965

Johnny Burke from Ballinislow, Co. Galway talks about his experiences during the First World War,
including a heavy defeat to the Turks in the Mesopotamian campaign. During a break in the fighting to bury the dead Johnny recalls meeting with Turkish soldiers.

Johnny fought first in France after the retreat at Mons. From France Johnny went to Mesopotamia where the British army suffered a heavy defeat. Johnny praises the Turks for allowing time for the dead to be buried. During the amnesty for the dead to be buried Johnny met some of those he had been fighting. His memory of the Turkish soldiers is of the poor condition they were in.

Johnny Burke also recalls marching through the desert to Baghdad and to Falluja.

Al Franken podcast with Norm Ornstein is a must listen re Legislation

Democrats want to pass in a 50-50 Senate. It's a clarifying show, some good some not so much, but all of it a battle

ps HR1 will require 60 votes.

Listen to Norm Ornstein & Al (Again!) on TuneIn http://tun.in/tk4PNe

Or YouTube

DOJ : Will Jeffrey Clark resign before he is fired ?

From his wiki bio, worked for Bush 2001-2005 and opposed regulation of greenhouse gases.

So he'd be no loss.

From Wikipedia

Attempts to overturn results of 2020 presidential election
Main article: Attempts to overturn the 2020 United States presidential election
Unsatisfied that the Justice Deptartment disagreed with his charges of voter fraud in the 2020 election, in January 2021 President Trump floated a plan to replace the acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with Clark. Trump expected Clark would then reverse the decisions of previous Attorneys General, open an investigation, and pressure Georgia election officials to void Biden's win in that state.

Rosen and his predecessor William Barr had previously resisted pressure from Trump to interfere. Clark allegedly told Rosen and other top Justice Department officials that the Department should announce it was investigating serious election fraud issues; Rosen and his deputy Richard Donoghue rejected the suggestion, as the Department had previously determined and announced that there was no significant fraud.[13] Both men were unaware that Clark had met with Trump, until Clark later told Rosen that Trump intended to appoint him to replace Rosen. The Department’s remaining senior leaders including Rosen, Donoghue, and head of the OLC Steven Engel agreed they would all resign if Rosen was removed. After Rosen and Clark presented their arguments to Trump in a White House meeting, the president backed away from the plan.[4][14]

Clark denied that he had plotted to replace Rosen or to recommend any action based on inaccurate material he read on the internet. He added that he could not discuss any conversations he had with Trump or with Justice Department lawyers because of legal privilege. He noted that in December he had been the lead signatory on the Justice Department’s letter opposing a claim that Vice President Mike Pence had the power to reject electoral votes for Biden when Congress met to certify the result.

Poll : When will Trump resign in time for a pardon from President Pence ?

To me, Trump has only 3 options

- Do nothing, take what comes as regards any Federal crimes he might have committed, gambling that the Establishment won't want to bring that added shame to the country or fearful of dividing an already divided USA.

- Self Pardon, Cipollone and Barr have already warned him that a Self Pardon WILL be challenged, and would more than likely be thrown out by the SC, because it would otherwise, in effect, make a President a King/Be his own judge.

- Resign, in exchange for becoming the 46th President, Pence will agree to pardon him. This is still the most likely eventuality, as it takes Federal crimes off the table. Yes, he would still be liable for State crimes, but he would only be fighting battles on that front. He has no problem with pardons, and he has been laying the groundwork, so why not himself ? The only fly in the ointment, so to speak, is whether he values a pardon for himself over allowing Pence to become President ?

So with that in mind, when will he resign, to take a pardon from President Pence

If GOP Congressmen aided and abetted the Seditionists, and fear there's evidence out there, will we

expect Trump to pardon them too ? It would be a massive risk for them to hope nothing would be uncovered.

Y'all Qaeda


@VeritasInLux Replying to @jackshafer and @Bencjacobs

She might not still be seated as a member of Congress by then, if the reports of aiding and abetting Y’all Qaeda are born out.

@jackshafer · 15h

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) just promised Newsmax to introduce articles of impeachment against Joe Biden on Jan. 21.

NO to the suggestion of Biden Agenda in the morning, Senate Trial in the afternoon.

MJ are talking about this and there seems to be a consensus of doing both at the same time, but to do so means that if this Senate Trial goes on for weeks (and Republicans will try stretch it out, creating as much hate/heat as possible), it HALVES the time spent on Biden's Agenda, and there is NO guarantee of a conviction !!!

Nancy Pelosi never goes into a vote without knowing the how many votes she has. She, Clyburne and even Biden want to wait until the 100 days are past.

They should stick to attacking Covid, organizing vaccinations, supporting the economy, confirming nominations during the first 100 days.

During that 100 days, more and more information will be coming out about what happened and GOP connivance in the sedition, and a better case can be made when sunlight is shone on this.

I understand the thirst for revenge, but it won't be taken up until Trump is out of office regardless, and even IF McConnell allows 17 Senators to break ranks and convict. What he REALLY wants is for Trump to be barred from running in 2024 because Republicans don't have the guts to do it. It's a trap.

Biden nominates Samantha Power to lead the US Agency for International Development (USAID)

US President-elect Joe Biden has nominated the former UN ambassador Samantha Power as his choice to lead the US Agency for International Development (USAID), citing her deep experience addressing crises around the world.

"Power will rally the international community and work with our partners to confront the biggest challenges of our time - including Covid-19, climate change, global poverty, and democratic backsliding," his transition team said.

"A crisis-tested public servant and diplomat, Ambassador Power has been a leader in marshaling the world to resolve long-running conflicts, respond to humanitarian emergencies, defend human dignity, and strengthen the rule of law and democracy," it added.

An immigrant to the US from Ireland, she served as US ambassador to the UN under former Democratic President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Biden from 2013 to 2017. Ms Power, 50, also served as a White House national security staffer under Obama from 2009 to 2013. A former journalist, she won a Pulitzer Prize for her book "A Problem from Hell", a study of US failure to prevent genocide.

John Lewis Voting Rights act of 2020 - what it will mean

Another that WILL be passed this year !

The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act responds to current conditions in voting today by restoring the full protections of the original, bipartisan Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was last reauthorized by Congress in 2006, but gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013.

• Following the Shelby County decision seven years ago, several states passed sweeping voter suppression laws that disproportionately prevent minorities, the elderly, and the youth from voting.

• The bill provides the tools to address these discriminatory practices and seeks to protect all Americans’ right to vote.

The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act creates a new coverage formula that applies to all states and hinges on a finding of repeated voting rights violations in the preceding 25 years.

• Significantly, the 25-year period “rolls,” or continuously moves, to keep up with “current conditions,” so that only states that have a recent record of racial discrimination in voting are covered.

• States that have repeated and persistent violations will be covered for a period of 10 years, but if they establish a clean record moving forward, they can come out of coverage.

The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act establishes a targeted process for reviewing voting changes in jurisdictions nationwide, focused on measures that have historically been used to discriminate against voters.

• The process for reviewing changes in voting is limited to a set of measures, such as the institution of a voter ID law or the reduction of multilingual voting materials – practices that have historically been found to have the greatest discriminatory impact.

The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act also –

• Allows a federal court to order states or jurisdictions to be covered for results-based violations, where the effect of a particular voting measure (including voter ID laws) is to lead to racial discrimination in voting and to deny citizens their right to vote;

• Increases transparency by requiring reasonable public notice for voting changes;

• Allows the Attorney General authority to request federal observers be present anywhere in the country where there is a serious threat of racial discrimination in voting;

• Revises and tailors the preliminary injunction standard for voting rights actions to recognize that there will be cases where there is a need for immediate preliminary relief.

• Increases accessibility and protections for Native American and Alaska Native voters.

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