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DOJ warns Los Angeles, Illinois of
possible illegality of stay-at-home
Posted by earlybird 5/22/2020 11:08:38 PM Post Reply
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department warned state and local officials Friday of the possible illegality of their stay-at-home orders, as the agency continues to monitor restrictions meant to contain the spread of COVID-19. In a letter to Los Angeles officials, Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband said their recent comments suggesting that stay-at-home orders may stay in place longer "may be both arbitrary and unlawful." The Justice Department also said that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's "sweeping limitations" on Illinois residents raise constitutional concerns. Attorney General William Barr said last month that the Justice Department would intervene if stay-at-home orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic become too restrictive,
Surf's up! Giant 3D wave breaks over
Seoul's Gangnam District every hour on
a 262ft wide digital billboard
Posted by Imright 5/22/2020 10:00:25 PM Post Reply
A giant 3D wave breaks every hour in a realistic art simulation on South Korea's largest digital billboard.The huge wave has appeared on the SMTown COEX building, with the billboard measuring at a massive 262 by 66 feet, in Seoul's Gangnam District. The wave crashes for one minute each hour, giving a 3D illusion of a large glass tank rather than a 2D wraparound digital display. A video shows the remarkable instalment in action, with the wave rising up the back of the 'tank' before crashing down to the front of the building, giving the appearance of the water being contained by glass.
Friday Fun: McEnany Tussles with Press
on Reopening Churches, Homework on
Flynn Probe
Posted by Imright 5/22/2020 9:30:00 PM Post Reply
Friday brought us another White House press briefing featuring Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany batting behind President Trump and Dr. Deborah Birx and, predictably, McEnany continued to impress (except the ardent anti-Trump liberal media). On new CDC guidelines allowing houses of worship to safely reopen and then the Michael Flynn case, McEnany rattled their cages.In the case of the former, she raised eyebrows when she informed the journalists assembled that they’re hoping “desperately” that “these churches and houses of worship stay closed,” leaving Reuters’s Jeff Mason to wage a vehement protest.
'That was not what the vice president said': Sheila Jackson Lee denies Biden meant 'you ain't black' comment replies
Posted by Imright 5/22/2020 9:20:50 PM Post Reply
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee threw her support behind former Vice President Joe Biden after he said black people who don't vote for him aren't actually black. During an interview with Fox News host Bret Baier, the Texas Democrat pushed back on the claim that Biden made a major gaffe when he told The Breakfast Club host Charlamagne Tha God on Friday morning that "if you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black.""That was not what the vice president said in terms of those words, and if we had listened to the earlier conversation, we would know that the vice president wants to
GQ Political Reporter Misidentifies George
Wallace As Republican To Smear GOP.
Wallace Was A Democrat
Posted by JoElla Bee 5/22/2020 9:15:47 PM Post Reply
GQ Magazine was forced to issue a correction after one of its columnists misidentified former segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace as a Republican in an effort to smear the GOP as racist. Laura Bassett, who also writes as freelance political reporter, wrote a Wednesday op-ed titled “The Anti-Abortion Movement Was Always Built on Lies,” attempting to chronicle evangelical efforts in building up the pro-life movement. The crux of Bassett’s piece rests on the foundation that the pro-life movement was “bought and paid for the Christian right,” to morph the Republican Party into the pro-life party.
Trump campaign selling 'you ain't black’
shirts after Biden comment
Posted by momoftwinteens 5/22/2020 7:32:48 PM Post Reply
The Trump campaign is fundraising with new "#YouAintBlack" T-shirts based on controversial comments by former Vice President Joe Biden. The shirts, which cost $30, were revealed on the Trump campaign site's shop just hours after Biden sparked criticism on Friday with his comment on Charlamagne Tha God's radio show "The Breakfast Club." “Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black," Biden said on the show.
Why the US has the most reported
coronavirus cases in the world
Posted by FlyRight 5/22/2020 7:03:25 PM Post Reply


President Trump  said Tuesday the fact that the United States has the most coronavirus cases in the world is a “badge of honor” because it shows how much testing the country is doing. While there are many factors at play when comparing how countries have fared in the coronavirus pandemic, public health experts say Trump’s explanation left out a key factor: The U.S. has so many cases because it was initially slow to respond to the outbreak and ramp up testing and other containment tools.

BET Founder Robert Johnson: Joe Biden
‘Should Spend the Rest of His Campaign
Apologizing to Every Black Person
He Meets’
Posted by Imright 5/22/2020 6:37:26 PM Post Reply
BET co-founder Robert Johnson has condemned Joe Biden for claiming that black people aren’t really black if they don’t vote for him.“VP Biden’s statement today represents the arrogant and out-of-touch attitude of a paternalistic white candidate who has the audacity to tell Black people, the descendants of slaves, that they are not Black unless they vote for him,” Johnson said in a statement obtained by Fox News’s Bret Baier.“This proves unequivocally that the Democratic nominee believes that Black people owe him their vote without question; even though, we as Black people know it is exactly the opposite. He should spend the rest of his campaign apologizing to every
Joe Biden Regrets ‘You Ain’t Black’
Comment: ‘I Shouldn’t Have Been
Such a Wise Guy’
Posted by Imright 5/22/2020 6:34:29 PM Post Reply
Former Vice President Joe Biden expressed regret Friday for decreeing that African-Americans aren’t really black if they have trouble deciding to support him over President Donald Trump, saying he’s “never” taken the black community’s vote for granted and “shouldn’t have been such a wise guy.”“I should not have been so cavalier. I’ve never, never, ever taken the African American community for granted,” Biden said during a call with black business leaders, according to CBS News reporter Ed O’Keefe.“I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy,” he added.”I shouldn’t have been so cavalier. No one should have to vote for any party based on their race, their religion, their background.”
Governor Whitmer extends Michigan's stay-home order to June 12 replies
Posted by MSUDoc 5/22/2020 6:11:30 PM Post Reply
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed another Executive Order extending Michigan’s stay-home order until June 12. “While the data shows that we are making progress, we are not out of the woods yet. If we’re going to lower the chance of a second wave and continue to protect our neighbors and loved ones from the spread of this virus, we must continue to do our part by staying safer at home,” said Governor Whitmer. “If we open too soon, thousands more could die and our hospitals will get overwhelmed.”
Trump slams ousted VA workers, touts
reforms to veterans services at Memorial
Day ceremony
Posted by Imright 5/22/2020 5:57:32 PM Post Reply
President Trump slammed workers from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) who have been fired under his administration in comments Friday at a White House Memorial Day ceremony to remember prisoners of war and deceased veterans.In his wide-ranging but brief comments, the president also paid tribute to fallen American service members, spoke about "rebuilding" the military, touched on reopening houses of worship during the coronavirus pandemic, and mentioned the criticism he received over his order to ban incoming travel from China during the initial phases of the disease's outbreak
FBI Director Wray opens internal
review into how bureau handled
Michael Flynn case
Posted by Ida Lou Pino 5/22/2020 5:22:20 PM Post Reply
The FBI announced Friday that Director Chris Wray has ordered an internal review of the handling of the bureau’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, which will include examining whether current FBI employees "engaged in misconduct." “FBI Director Christopher Wray today ordered the Bureau’s Inspection Division to conduct an after-action review of the Michael Flynn investigation,” the bureau said in a statement. The review will be handled by the bureau’s Inspection Division, the FBI said. That division is similar to an internal affairs office in a police department.
Quartet of marvels: A woman has quadruplets
without fertility treatments, and they are identical
Posted by poster 5/22/2020 4:26:08 PM Post Reply
On Jenny Marr's 34th birthday, she and her husband decided it was time to start trying for a baby. Both only children, Jenny Marr, 35, and her husband, Chris Marr, 35, live in Dallas. They would have been happy with just one child - a compact family of four, including their dog Zeke. On Oct. 6, she took a pregnancy test: It was positive. The couple, yearning to hear the sound of a steady heartbeat, began counting down until they would finally see their baby on a sonogram screen. Little did they know, though, that they had not one, not two, not three, but four heartbeats to hear and four
For Years, an East Texas Carpenter
Has Been Building a Gothic Contraption
of Decks and Spikes in a Historic Square
Posted by StormCnter 5/22/2020 4:11:07 PM Post Reply
Because it was involved in so much of the state’s early history, San Augustine calls itself the Main Street of the Texas Republic. Platted in 1833 deep in what is now called the Piney Woods, the town was once a busy stop on El Camino Real de los Tejas, an early trail network that linked Mexico with Louisiana. During the nineteenth century, streams of American settlers passed through the area or even put down roots. Although the town’s population has dwindled over time from a peak of 2,930 in 1980 to about 1,900 today, tourists still stop by to admire the historic churches and handsome Greek Revival homes.
Gavin Newsom responds to Justice Department
warning over church closures
Posted by poster 5/22/2020 4:03:04 PM Post Reply
After receiving a formal warning from the United States Justice Department over church closures, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said his state is "weeks away" from allowing in-person religious services to resume. A group of federal attorneys wrote a letter to Newsom warning him that prolonged church closures likely violate the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment due to the fact that similar non-religious businesses are receiving the green light to reopen in Stage 2. "Laws that do not treat religious activities equally with comparable nonreligious activities are subject to heightened scrutiny under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment," the letter states.
Susan Rice Makes New
Claim; Media Rolls Over
Posted by StormCnter 5/22/2020 4:01:46 PM Post Reply
Earlier this week, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany lamented that the media won’t “take [President Trump] at his word.” The guffaws inside the Beltway reached decibel levels that would make Metallica band members cover their ears. This same week, former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice, a Democrat notorious for her lack of credibility, was back in the news. Unsurprisingly, the media are all too happy to take Rice at her word regarding new information about her role in the controversial prosecution of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn. It was all a reminder, as if any was needed, that you can tell all the tall tales
'Mosquito' Taught Valuable Life Lessons replies
Posted by StormCnter 5/22/2020 3:56:21 PM Post Reply
The most valuable lessons in life are timeless. Their import is a constant across the decades—or longer — serving as models that guide and shape our thinking and perceptions. The key is to recognize when we are being presented with such a lesson, since their presence is often not obvious and their instructive significance frequently escapes our notice. The de Havilland Mosquito, a British World War II aircraft, is a perfect example of one such lesson. The exigencies of national crisis place demands on a country that can almost never be seen in advance or planned for. From one day to the next, conditions change, circumstances shift and previously reliable relationships
Joe Biden’s VP Search Is
Turning Into an Open Audition
Posted by StormCnter 5/22/2020 3:52:52 PM Post Reply
The background checks, interviews, and vetting are unfolding behind closed doors in Washington and Wilmington, and on secured Zoom calls. But Joe Biden’s invitation-only search for a running mate is starting to look like an open audition with an audience of 300 million. Stuck at home staring at his basement camera and iPhone, Biden has kept his cards close, refusing to express any preference for any of the dozen or so women he’s considering to join his ticket. That hasn’t stopped just about everyone who has his number from flooding him with advice since he effectively wrapped up the Democratic presidential nomination in March.
Lawyer says he no longer represents
Biden accuser Tara Reade
Posted by IowaDad 5/22/2020 3:12:14 PM Post Reply
The lawyer representing Tara Reade, the ex-Senate staffer who has accused Joseph R. Biden of a 1993 sexual assault, said Friday she is no longer a client. “Our decision, made on May 20, is no by no means a reflection whether then-Senator Biden sexually assaulted Ms. Reade,” attorney Douglas Wigdor said in a statement. “On that, our view — which is the same view held by the majority of Americans, according to a Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll — has not changed,”
Schadenfreude: Mommy Warbucks shuts
her purse on The Atlantic's lefty denizens
Posted by earlybird 5/22/2020 3:11:11 PM Post Reply
At a time when the news is filled with stories about small business–owners making humongous sacrifices to save their employees' jobs, and corporations and governments are running ads saying "we're all in this together," billionaire wifey investor Laurene Powell Jobs (estimated net worth: $32 billion), whose cash keeps the left-wing Atlantic Monthly afloat, has pulled a Bloomberg on the Atlantic Monthly staff and laid off a large number of them. Her minions did it just as unemployment hits double digits, so with the job market collapsed, these newly laid off staffers can get ready for new careers as Walmart greeters and Amazon deliverymen. They're hopping mad about it.
Trump announces that houses of
worship are ‘essential,’ calls on
governors to open them up
Posted by Harlowe 5/22/2020 2:31:24 PM Post Reply
President Trump on Friday announced that new Centers for Disease Control guidance will classify houses of worship as “essential,” as he called on governors to allow them to open “right now” after being closed during the coronavirus lockdowns. (Snip) "The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now--for this weekend," Trump said. "If they don't do it, I will override the governors." "In America, we need more prayer not less," Trump said.
Republican Senator Tim Scott has a
lot to say about Joe Biden’s ‘you
ain’t black’ comment
Posted by Imright 5/22/2020 1:43:26 PM Post Reply
U.S. Senator Tim Scott joined a chorus of voices condemning presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for “arrogant” comments he made during a radio interview. The Republican senator from South Carolina slammed the former vice president on the “condescending” declaration he made in an interview with Charlamagne tha God, co-host of “The Breakfast Club” radio show. Scott spoke on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.” on Friday about Biden’s latest controversial statement. (Video)
The Nation Columnist Defends Joe Biden
From Tara Reade: ‘I Would Vote For Joe
Biden If He Boiled Babies And Ate Them
Posted by Imright 5/22/2020 1:40:01 PM Post Reply
A columnist for The Nation defended 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden from allegations of sexual assault by his former senate staffer Tara Reade, saying, “I would vote for Joe Biden if he boiled babies and ate them.”Columnist Katha Pollitt would vote for Joe Biden even if she believed Reade’s allegations of sexual assault, she wrote in her Wednesday column. “Fortunately, I don’t have to sacrifice morality to political necessity,” she wrote.Reade has accused Biden of kissing her, touching her, and penetrating her without her consent in 1993 when she worked for him as a senate staffe
‘Insulting, demeaning, racist’: Biden steps in
it bigtime when he says ‘you ain’t black’ if you
consider vote for Trump
Posted by ladydawgfan 5/22/2020 1:26:25 PM Post Reply
During a radio show interview Thursday, presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden told a black radio host that he “ain’t black” if he’s still mulling over who to vote for in the upcoming 2020 general election. The stunning remarks triggered outrage from a spate of black Americans already disgusted by the Democrat Party taking their votes for granted. The remarks were made during the tail end of Biden’s interview with Charlamagne tha God, the co-host of the “The Breakfast Club” radio show. Listen (disable your adblocker if the video doesn’t appear): [video] The clip above began with the former VP’s aide telling Charlamagne, “That’s really our time. I apologize.”
Biden tells Charlamagne Tha God: If you
don't support me 'then you ain't black'
Posted by NorthernDog 5/22/2020 12:52:40 PM Post Reply
Former Vice President Joe Biden defended his record on race to Charlamagne Tha God on the popular radio show "The Breakfast Club" on Friday, at one point telling the host that if you support President Trump “then you ain’t black.” An aide tried to cut off the interview after 11 minutes because Jill Biden needed the office to do her own livestreamed event, but Biden agreed to stay on longer. After 18 minutes, the aide interjected again, leading Charlamagne to say jokingly: “You can’t do that to black media.” “I do that to white media and black media because my
Police Shut Down Bernardsville Shop
On Facebook Live Video
Posted by mc squared 5/22/2020 12:49:29 PM Post Reply
NJ — A live video captures Bernardsville Police shutting down a borough business for repeatedly violating Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order for having a non-essential business open during the coronavirus pandemic. Katherine Hermes of Peapack and owner of Country Home Store at 21 Olcott Square can be heard on the video making an emotional plea to the officer. "I am just trying to save my business," Hermes says. "I am widow with three children who need to eat." (See below) Hermes was making a Facebook Live video on Tuesday night to sell some of her products when Officer Tyler Demott came into the store at about 9 p.m.
Australian researchers see virus design manipulation replies
Posted by WhamDBambam 5/22/2020 11:44:59 AM Post Reply
A forthcoming Australian scientific study concludes that the coronavirus causing the global pandemic contains unique properties suggesting it was manipulated in a Chinese laboratory and was not the result of a natural occurrence. Five scientists who conducted the study discovered an unusual ability of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, as the pathogen behind COVID-19 is called, to easily infect humans. The scientists said there is no sign so far that the virus can be found in other animals, including bats or the exotic wildlife sold for fresh meat at a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan....
Florida Governor Unloads On Media; Rush
Gives Him ‘Limbaugh Institute Degree’
Posted by Imright 5/22/2020 11:37:50 AM Post Reply
On his top-rated talk radio program Thursday, Rush Limbaugh kicked off a segment by announcing a rare honor bestowed by the “EIB Limbaugh Institute”: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is now officially “the closest that we’ve ever had to a graduate” of his prestigious institute, Limbaugh said. The reason the Republican governor has been awarded the honor, the host explained, is his thorough throttling of the media for their partisan coverage of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.“I want to start with a graduate, or the closest that we’ve ever had to a graduate, of the EIB Limbaugh Institute, and that would be Florida Governor Ron DeSantis,”
Declining man rejuvenated when he’s reunited
with bride of 70 YEARS after covid
Posted by Imright 5/22/2020 11:28:37 AM Post Reply
With so much negativity dominating the news cycle when it comes to the coronavirus outbreak, where networks display a running total of those who contract the virus, and those who die, a story out o New York — the epicenter of the pandemic — is just what America needs. Jean and Walter Willard have been nearly inseparable for 70 years, after marrying when they turned 20 years old. That is, until the coronavirus emerged out of Wuhan, China. At the age of 91 and 89, respectively, Walter and Jean have seen many things over the course of their lifetimes, but few rival the effects of COVID-19, which forced the couple
Biden asks Amy Klobuchar to undergo
vetting as possible running mate
Posted by voxpopuli 5/22/2020 11:17:51 AM Post Reply
Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota, has been asked by Joe Biden to undergo a formal vetting to be considered as his vice presidential running mate, one of several potential contenders now being scrutinized by his aides ahead of a final decision, according to people familiar with the moves. In an interview with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night, Biden said "no one's been vetted yet by the team" but confirmed the initial preliminary outreach to gauge interest is "coming to an end now." Biden said the "invasive" vetting process will soon begin.
Lawmaker from Detroit sues Whitmer,
fellow Democrats over censure after
she met with President Trump
Posted by poster 5/22/2020 11:04:22 AM Post Reply
State Rep. Karen Whitsett, D-Detroit, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and several fellow Democrats, claiming violations of free speech and defamation. Specifically, Whitsett claimed Whitmer and the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization sought to deprive her of her right to engage in protected speech after she publicly thanked President Donald Trump for his suggestion of using the drug hydroxychloroquine to treat her coronavirus case. Whitsett contracted the virus in March and has been open about her appreciation for the president’s suggestion, which she says saved her life.
Propaganda organs of the left hard hit by
Posted by earlybird 5/22/2020 11:01:01 AM Post Reply
The nation’s blue state governors seem to be far more enthusiastic about lockdowns than their red state counterparts, perhaps because they recognize that the small businesses being driven toward extinction are a key component of the GOP base. But if their motives are so ruthless, perhaps they need to reckon with the damage being done to the key propaganda organs of the left: progressive media, higher education, and government schools. Waves of layoffs already have hit such progressive stalwarts as Vice, Quartz, Buzzfeed, and Conde Nast. And now The Atlantic, controlled by Steve Jobs’s widow and previously recruiting highly paid talent, is joining the layoff crowd. (In fairness, conservative media, including
Trump: ‘We’re not closing our country’
if hit by second coronavirus wave
Posted by Imright 5/22/2020 10:52:54 AM Post Reply
President Trump said the US will not shut down again if a second wave of coronavirus infections emerges.“We’re not going close the country,” Trump told reporters Thursday while touring a Ford plant in Michigan. “We’re going to put out the fires. Whether it’s an ember or a flame, we’re going put it out, but we’re not closing our country.”The commander-in-chief said there’s a “very distinct possibility” that the deadly virus starts to spread again as states lift lockdown measures meant to control it.But he suggested that officials will address new outbreaks individually
Video Emerges of Biden Admitting He
Was Stopped by Security for “Following”
Pretty College Women
Posted by Imright 5/22/2020 10:46:14 AM Post Reply
It should be apparent at this point that Joe has had boundary issues with women and girls for decades now.And now video emerged from 2008 where Joe Biden admitted to stalking a group of college women back to their dorm. It was creepy enough for security to detain him.Joe Biden admitted it back in 2008 as Barack Obama’s running mate.It was not one of his better events.Via Triumph with Trump: (Video) Joe Biden told the same story again back in 2012 where he said he was “almost” arrested. — where he also questioned his memory.
Watch: Biden: ‘If You Have A Problem
Figuring Out Whether You’re For Me
Or Trump, Then You Ain’t Black’
Posted by Imright 5/22/2020 10:42:06 AM Post Reply
During an at-times tense interview with popular African-American commentator and radio host Charlamagne the God on Friday, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden defended his record on racial issues and declared when told that the host had “more questions” for him, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”The interview, which aired on “The Breakfast Club” Friday, began with the host telling Biden bluntly, “You know, I’ve been critical of you.”“I know you have,” Biden interjected before Charlamagne could finish hi
‘Hundreds of millions of dollars’ lost in
Washington to unemployment fraud
amid coronavirus joblessness surge
Posted by Ron_lfp 5/22/2020 10:37:25 AM Post Reply
Washington state officials have acknowledged the loss of “hundreds of millions of dollars” to an international fraud scheme (snip) Suzi LeVine, commissioner of the state Employment Security Department (ESD), disclosed (snip) believed to be orchestrated from Nigeria. But she conceded that the amount was “orders of magnitude above” the $1.6 million that the ESD reported losing (snip) ESD officials have acknowledged that, because of the elimination of the so-called waiting week between the time a claim is filed and the time the benefit is paid, the agency wasn’t always able to get verification from employers about a claim before payment was made.
Court answers NH residency questions
in voting rights case
Posted by NHChemist 5/22/2020 10:01:49 AM Post Reply
CONCORD — The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a person who has a New Hampshire home is considered a resident when it comes to elections, answering questions posed by a federal judge who is presiding over a challenge to a state law. The law, which took effect last July, requires voters to be full-fledged residents of New Hampshire and ended state law distinctions between “residency” and “domicile.” Before the law took effect, New Hampshire was the only state that didn’t require residency to vote.
Reopening Illinois: Chicago restaurants react
as Mayor Lightfoot says city won't be ready
for outdoor dining by May 29
Posted by AltaD 5/22/2020 9:52:30 AM Post Reply
Some Chicago restaurants owners have expressed disappointment after Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the city will not be ready for outdoor dining on May 29 as Illinois eases restrictions in Phase 3 of Governor JB Pritzker's reopening plan. (Snip) "Until I feel that our team is not at risk or even other guests are at risk, we decided to take a risk and not open yet," he said. Miller said he is not alone in his decision, and that the economic risk is worth it for the safety of his employees and his customers. "To be honest, I'm not sure we'll be comfortable until a vaccine is released," he said.
Quick Moves – Full Senate Confirms John
Ratcliffe as Director of National
Posted by earlybird 5/22/2020 9:47:11 AM Post Reply
It is quite remarkable how quickly the senate can move on a confirmation vote when there is a heavy dose of self-preservation in play. Only two days after the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) voted to advance the nomination of John Ratcliffe as Director of National Intelligence (DNI), the full senate takes up the nomination and ‘presto’… Ratcliffe is confirmed. [Vote Tally Here](Snip) two days after the SSCI cried uncle in an attempt to rid themselves of the atomic sledgehammer of transparently perpetual sunlight known as Ric Grenell, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell rushed the quick dispatch. Seriously, it’s a little unfair to cast a great man like
Darrell Issa, Judicial Watch Sue
Gavin Newsom over Vote by Mail
Posted by Imright 5/22/2020 8:51:08 AM Post Reply
Former Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Judicial Watch sued California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday over his May 8 executive order allowing all voters in the state to vote by mail — whether they had formally requested to do so, or not.Newsom’s order cites the threat of coronavirus: because “it is unknown to what degree COVID-19 will pose a threat to public health in November,” mail-in ballots must be sent to everyone — but in-person voting must also be provided.Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit on behalf of Issa, who is running for Congress again in the 50th district (as opposed to his former district,
Pelosi's Leninist Stimulus Bill replies
Posted by Imright 5/22/2020 8:27:49 AM Post Reply
As soon as the Bolsheviks took over Russia in October 1917, Vladimir Lenin began churning out rubles. In fact, he spent half the state's revenue on just the printing of new currency. Within a year, the ruble was worth 100,000,000 times less than it had been before the communists took over. Existing rubles, and any investment denominated in rubles, were worthless. Lenin's inflationary program was not a response to the need for an increased money supply. It was a deliberate strategy designed to eliminate money as a means of transactions and, with it, to crush capitalism.
In the NFL, cowardice drives grievance replies
Posted by DW626 5/22/2020 8:04:28 AM Post Reply
The NFL recently announced several proposals to increase diversity. A few years ago, the NFL demonstrated its commitment to pleasing leftists by donating $100 million towards "social justice" causes. But the Left is insatiable. Shelling out truckloads of cash to grievance groups attracts more predatory behavior than Bill Clinton and Joe Biden at a high school cheer competition. There's an abundance of white people naive enough to believe appeasing Democrats will bring about a ceasefire -- but it never does. Cowardly compliance creates new targets for future shakedowns.
From Frontline to Breadline:
How Governor Andrew Cuomo’s
Policies Have Created Financial Havoc
for Nursing Home Workers
Posted by Magnante 5/22/2020 7:37:29 AM Post Reply
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home mandate, which helped to cause the deaths of thousands of patients, is just the tip of the iceberg. The residual effects from the governor’s onetime decision to force nursing homes to accept virus-positive patients will soon form an avalanche of problems too insurmountable to overcome. As usual though, it’s the mainstream media -- both left and right -- that gets to pick winners and losers when it comes to any unfolding story. This is a shame. Not only do the media often push misinformation about crucial issues, they are obsessed with theoretical outcomes and not actual causes.
No Matter Who Biden Picks, His
Running Mate Will Be A ‘Karen’
Posted by RockyTCB 5/22/2020 6:59:48 AM Post Reply
We’re still at least a month away from Joe Biden announcing who his running mate will be for the 2020 election. It’s hard to tell which way he’s leaning, but no matter who he chooses, it will be “Karen.” Applying “Karen” as a pejorative is not as fresh as it might seem. Some uses of the name to describe a spiteful, unpleasant woman go back maybe as far as three decades. But the name has been more widely used as a cultural meme in recent months. With apologies to those named Karen but aren’t “Karens,” a “Karen” in 2020 is,
Why Didn’t the FBI
Record the Flynn Interview?
Posted by Judy W. 5/22/2020 5:41:49 AM Post Reply
There are so many angles to the FBI-Michael Flynn imbroglio, and most have been covered in great depth across a divergent set of viewpoints. But one aspect that has not been covered, and that opens up a wider lens into FBI policy, is the fact that the FBI refuses to audiotape, much less videotape, interviews of witnesses or suspects such as Flynn. That policy is counterproductive and makes no sense in 2020. The FBI needs to take itself out of the J. Edgar Hoover era and align itself with modern law enforcement best practices.
No Pandemic Exception to Constitution replies
Posted by shazbot123 5/22/2020 5:17:56 AM Post Reply
Does the Wuhan virus, which arguably escaped from a Chinese virology lab, supersede the rights guaranteed to American citizens under the U.S. Constitution? The owners of a New Jersey gym think not. They want to earn a living and pursue their American dream, and like most business owners and their customers are not stupid, suicidal, or children. They are American citizens watching their unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness being ripped away by dime-store Napoleons who see this pandemic as a chance to pursue the liberal progressive dream of controlling every aspect of our lives.
Clear and absent danger: why proxy
voting violates the American system
Posted by Pluperfect 5/22/2020 5:04:47 AM Post Reply
When House Democrats passed their $3 trillion coronavirus ‘relief’ package late last week, they also jammed through a rules change on proxy voting that fundamentally transforms the nature of the House of Representatives and junks centuries of tradition. Because of a change to House rules, members will now be able to submit their votes from afar. They will not have to travel back to DC to vote: they can instead send their ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ to a colleague, who will submit it on their behalf. One member can submit up to 10 votes at a time, meaning that the will of the House, which normally takes 218 members
Secretary Pompeo’s So-Called Scandal replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/22/2020 5:01:05 AM Post Reply
One of our favorite stories about the State Department involves one of the wisest secretaries, George Shultz. Supposedly before he sent a new ambassador overseas he would invite the tyro into the secretary’s office. At some point he would sidle over to a large globe and give it a spin. Then he would ask the new ambassador to point to his country. As the globe slowed, the new envoy would point to whatever country he was assigned — France, maybe, or Brazil. “Oh, no,” Mr. Shultz would say, spinning the globe again. When it stopped he would point to America and proclaim, “THIS is your country.”
In the Flynn case, the D.C.
Circuit Court of Appeals
issues a surprising order
Posted by Magnante 5/22/2020 4:59:29 AM Post Reply
It looked like a good day for General Michael Flynn when the Department of Justice, having learned how corrupt the previous administration’s case against Flynn was, moved to dismiss the prosecution. (snip) On Thursday, the appellate court, acting through Judges Karen Henderson, Robert L. Wilkins, and Neomi Rao, issued an unexpected order (snip) Although I hate optimism when staring at this type of order, the fact that the court wants briefing suggests that it’s inclined to grant the mandamus petition. Otherwise, it could simply reject the petition without giving a reason or, perhaps, could say the petition is premature
Who Believes the Lockdowns
Were About Science?
Posted by Garnet 5/22/2020 4:55:10 AM Post Reply
Every state and local politician who imposed lockdowns pursuant to the COVID-19 pandemic claimed their decisions were based on “the science.” In reality, they ignored the advice of leading epidemiologists, relying instead on statistical models produced by “experts” with histories of wildly inaccurate projections. The most notorious of these oracles was, of course, Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London, who claimed that coronavirus could kill 2.2 million Americans. Based on such apocalyptic predictions, combined with overcautious warnings from Beltway bureaucrats like Dr. Anthony Fauci, all but a few governors implemented economically destructive stay-at-home orders — despite the reservations of respected epidemiologists who questioned the logic of lockdowns from the beginning.
Twenty Questions for Barack Obama replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/22/2020 4:53:52 AM Post Reply
Over the last two weeks, considerable evidence has been released related to what appears to be a major, historic political scandal. The declassification of Susan Rice’s CYA email to herself alone raises a multitude of questions. Yet the mainstream media, who’ve suddenly become invincibly incurious about Russia-related matters, have posed not one question, either directly or indirectly, to the person to whom all the players in the scandal reported: Barack Obama. Since the Senate Judiciary Committee has signaled that the former president won’t be called to testify, it falls to the media to get some answers. But members of the media have avoided questioning Obama
Keeping America Skeered replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/22/2020 4:48:37 AM Post Reply
“Get ’em skeered and keep the skeer on ’em.” — Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA, on the importance of using fear to control the enemy and achieve victory. When President Trump announced that he was taking hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to protect himself against contracting COVID-19, the Democrats and their mainstream media propaganda machine reacted with disbelief, horror, panic, and outrage. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) intoned that experts have warned about HCQ’s harmful effects and that the president is placing his health at grave risk because the drug is simply too dangerous to take. Joe Biden declared, “It’s like maybe if you inject Clorox into your blood it may cure you.
Mark Cuban’s mindless critique of President Trump replies
Posted by Pluperfect 5/22/2020 4:45:55 AM Post Reply
In an era when American politics is dominated by obnoxious loud mouths, it’s not surprising that Mark Cuban thinks he should have a big role. Cuban deems himself presidential timber, and has not ruled out running for president in 2024. Last night Cuban went on Sean Hannity’s program to question President Trump’s leadership. Cuban told Hannity: He can’t be blaming the victim all the — you know, Sean, this is what really bothers me about the president. He’s the most powerful man in the world and he always plays the victim card. ‘The Dems are out to get me, the media is out to get me.’
Law professor falsely accused
of rape, wins defamation case
Posted by Pluperfect 5/22/2020 4:43:15 AM Post Reply
A University of Minnesota Law School professor, Francesco Parisi, has won a nearly $1.2 million defamation case against a woman who had falsely accused him of rape. In his blistering ruling on Tuesday, Hennepin County Judge Daniel Moreno wrote that Parisi’s former lover, Morgan Wright, had pursued an “untruthful narrative crusade,” and her “accusations were false, and made with malice.” It is believed to be the largest defamation judgement in Minnesota. The vast majority of the judgement, $814,514 is for economic losses, as well as reputational and emotional damages. Only $100,000 was for punitive damages. Parisi walked out of jail three years ago, his life in shambles.
The 2020 Election Will Be a Landslide
For Biden. Unless Trump Wins
Posted by MissMolly 5/22/2020 4:38:16 AM Post Reply
Today’s edition of “Fun With Polls” has one survey showing Joe Biden winning in a landslide over Donald Trump in the November presidential election because the economy is so bad. Oxford Economics developed a model that is predicting a “historic” Biden sweep. CNN: The model, which uses unemployment, disposable income and inflation to forecast election results, predicts that Trump will lose in a landslide, capturing just 35% of the popular vote. That’s a sharp reversal from the model’s pre-crisis prediction that Trump would win about 55% of the vote. And it would be the worst performance for an incumbent in a century.
Hilarious obituary for ‘Uncle Bunky’
goes viral: ‘I’m ready for the dirt nap’
Posted by MissMolly 5/22/2020 4:34:16 AM Post Reply
He’s really laughing from his grave. An Arizona man named Randall Jacobs, who died earlier this month at age 65 “having lived a life that would have sent a lesser man to his grave decades earlier,” according to his obituary, received a proper sendoff in that tribute — one that matches his badass nature. Known as “Uncle Bunky” or “The Bunkster,” his obit highlights how “he spoke in a gravelly patois of wisecracks, mangled metaphors and inspired profanity that reflected the Arizona dive bars, Colorado ski slopes and various dodgy establishments where he spent his days and nights.” The obit, which was uploaded to Twitter on Wednesday,
Playing Dumb About Obamagate replies
Posted by MissMolly 5/22/2020 4:27:15 AM Post Reply
Liberals are dismissing “Obamagate” as another one of Donald Trump’s “conspiracy theories.” Never mind that Trump has been right from the beginning about the Obama administration spying on his campaign. James Comey sanctimoniously denied spying on Trump Tower, even as spying warrants giving him the power to intercept communications there sat on his desk. And never mind that Obama’s fingerprints are all over the Flynn-related espionage. Liberals love to sanitize their own scandals. Once censorious of the CIA and FBI, they now act like it is inconceivable that those agencies could ever abuse power, could ever spy on anyone improperly, could ever be weaponized politically.
Tomorrow could be the end
of Hong Kong as we know it
Posted by Pluperfect 5/22/2020 4:24:29 AM Post Reply
When the British handed over Hong Kong to China in 1997, China promised to respect it’s independence for the next 50 years. The shorthand for that plan was “one country, two systems.” But the two systems part of the plan could effectively come to an end tomorrow. China has tried and failed in the past to exert more control over Hong Kong, but this time it seems prepared to simply bypass Hong Kong’s government entirely and pass the new law via the mainland’s one party system: Security rules proposed by the Hong Kong government in 2003 would have empowered the authorities to close seditious newspapers
Andrew Cuomo and brother
Chris make a mockery of
journalism, viewers and CNN
Posted by Pluperfect 5/22/2020 4:20:08 AM Post Reply
The news media that gave us Bill Clinton, “The Man from Hope,” are now trying to sell us on New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo, The Candidate From CNN – where his brother Chris anchors. From Hope to hopeless. The Brothers Cuomo created yet another journalism outrage Wednesday night. Younger brother Chris, who anchors for CNN, once again interviewed his older, more successful brother. It wasn’t news. In fact, it was so horrific that it made news. As reported by NewsBusters Chris whipped out giant swabs and asked his brother, “is it true that when you are having the test administered, you inhaled
California tech exec's 4 killers included at
least 2 of his employees, authorities say
Posted by Pluperfect 5/22/2020 4:15:23 AM Post Reply
Four men face charges of murder, kidnapping and robbery in connection with the abduction and fatal shooting of a 50-year-old tech executive last year, authorities in California and Michigan said Thursday. Two of the suspects were employees of the victim’s cannabis business, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office said, according to FOX 2 of the San Francisco Bay Area. The crime was “heinous” and “senseless” – and was a planned effort to obtain money, Lt. Brian Cleveland told the station. “They were after monetary gain and we believe that’s why the crime occurred,” Cleveland said. The victim, identified as Tushar Atre, was founder and CEO of AtreNet, a web marketing
Michigan Rep. Karen Whitsett Tells Trump She’s
Filed a Lawsuit Against Gretchen Whitmer
Posted by ladydawgfan 5/22/2020 4:12:54 AM Post Reply
President Trump met with state and national African-American faith leaders and legislators (a poke in Joe Biden’s eye, since Joe’s been so vocal about how “black voters” love him) during his trip to Ypsilanti, Michigan Thursday to hear their thoughts about what Michigan’s black community needs. One legislator in attendance was state Rep. Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit), who famously credited Trump for saving her life by advocating for the use of hydrodxychloroquine to treat the Wuhan flu. After she went public with her praise – which wasn’t political in any way – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sent her nasty texts in an attempt to shame her
Pelosi Accuses Senate GOP of 'Political
Retribution' for Not Passing $3 Trillion
Stimulus Bill
Posted by ladydawgfan 5/22/2020 3:55:05 AM Post Reply
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi threw a political tantrum on Twitter, scolding Republicans in the Senate for putting “lives and livelihoods” at risk by not holding a vote on her party’s $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill. [Tweet] I’m not sure how authorizing “expedited green cards” for migrant health workers and opening up banking services to cannabis businesses saves lives and jobs, but it’s a huge bill with a lot of words in it. I’m sure it’s in there somewhere. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pointed out exactly why Republicans are opposing this monstrosity,
Oregon Movie Star and Terrorist-Stopping
Hero Snags GOP Nomination for Congress
Posted by ladydawgfan 5/22/2020 3:49:29 AM Post Reply
In the primary election this Tuesday in Oregon, a noteworthy candidate snagged the GOP nomination for Congress. Alek Skarlatos won the most votes in the history of the Republican primary election in the Fourth District, running away with the nomination and setting himself up as a real threat to ultra-liberal Peter DeFazio (D-OR), who has held the seat for about a century (give or take). Skarlatos shot to unexpected fame in August 2015 while on the Thalys train from Brussels to Paris. He and two of his buddies, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler, stopped a Moroccan terrorist
Trump Looking to Break Out of White House
and Hit the Campaign Trail Again
Posted by ladydawgfan 5/22/2020 3:44:09 AM Post Reply
The president is getting antsy. Donald Trump wants to get back on the campaign trail as soon as possible in order to energize his base and go on the attack against Joe Biden. He’s also hoping to draw a stark contrast with his opponent. While Biden hesitates and tries to wait out the pandemic in his Delaware home, Trump hopes to be holding mega rallies again, showing the country that it’s OK to get back to some semblance of normalcy. Trump has been pressuring his campaign team to fill his schedule with the kind of major campaign events that excites his supporters and perplexes the Democrats.
Stacey Abrams Lashes Out at ‘White Voting
Base,’ Laments Illegal Aliens “Are No Longer
Able to Elect Anyone Who Represents Them”
Posted by ladydawgfan 5/22/2020 3:32:55 AM Post Reply
Failed Democrat Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on Wednesday lamented that illegal aliens “are now no longer able to elect anyone who represents them.” Abrams is being pushed as a possible Vice Presidential candidate for Joe Biden. Abrams said that 50% of the population under the age of 15 is “communities of color” and if they are “removed from the calculation,” a “whiter, more Republican voting base” will be created. This is why Abrams and Democrats are fighting to count illegal aliens in the census and plotting the racist use of re-districting.
Baltimore pastor tears up cease-and-desist
order: ‘We’re gonna do it God’s way’
Posted by ladydawgfan 5/22/2020 3:01:43 AM Post Reply
A pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland tore up a cease-and-desist order that he was issued during a sermon on Wednesday night, a report said. Stacey Shiflett, who was threatened with a $5,000 fine if he continued to hold in-person services, tore up the order proclaiming, “We’re going to do it God’s way,” according to The Hill. In a video that was posted online, Shiflett can be heard exclaiming “So I’m tearing up this cease-and-desist order right here, and I’m telling you right now, we’re gonna do it God’s way! God tells us how to worship Him, nobody else gets to do that.”
Scientists believe cannabis could help prevent
and treat coronavirus
Posted by ladydawgfan 5/22/2020 2:52:29 AM Post Reply
They have high hopes for a coronavirus breakthrough. A team of Canadian scientists believes it has found strong strains of cannabis that could help prevent and then treat coronavirus infections, according to interviews and a study. Researchers from the University of Lethbridge said that a study in April showed at least 13 cannabis plants high in CBD that appeared to affect the ACE2 pathways that the bug uses to access the body. “We were totally stunned at first, and then we were really happy,” one of the researchers, Olga Kovalchuk, told CTV News.
Oh Good, We’re Doing The Civility Thing Again replies
Posted by ladydawgfan 5/22/2020 2:25:15 AM Post Reply
So, Donald Trump, Jr., retweeted a mean tweet about Grandpa Badfinger and the usual suspects went through their collective panty wetting again. “Civility is important,” we barbarians are duly informed, because of course it is. But we have noticed, over time, that in reality it only seems to be important when we are the ones breaching it. For us, it is open season. We have a big target on our collective back for the vilest slanders and the most ridiculous lies, but apparently that’s OK. “Civility” apparently only raises it’s well-coiffed, Romney-esque head when we breach it. S.E. Cupp, the formerly relevant Smart Girl Glasses model,
Liberals Would Rather People Die Than Have
Hydroxychloroquine Work
Posted by ladydawgfan 5/22/2020 2:22:54 AM Post Reply
The battle over hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for coronavirus is a testament to just how far gone the left is now. That someone like Joy Behar is paid millions of dollars to spew ignorance on television is a testament to just how far gone merit is. That Joe Biden is the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president is a testament to society’s tolerance of senior abuse. These three individual fecal storms of stupidity came together this week when President Donald Trump announced he was taking the drug as preventative measure after being exposed to White House staffers who tested positive, and the result was Olympic-level stupid.
Across Biden Charitable Organizations
A Refusal to Disclose Funding
Posted by Imright 5/22/2020 1:54:31 AM Post Reply
When Joe Biden announced he was opening a foreign policy center at the University of Pennsylvania, the goals for the project were ambitious.At its founding in 2018, Biden described the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement as "a place where policymakers here and abroad will know they can be in touch with some of the best minds."The center is one of several organizations Biden founded since leaving the White House in 2017, including the domestic policy-focused Biden Institute at the University of Delaware and the Biden Cancer Initiative, all launched in 2017. All three entities have refused to reveal the sources of their funding,
McConnell on Senate ‘Obamagate’ Inquiry:
After Impeachment, Pelosi Is Not in a
Position to Lecture Us on ‘Appropriate
Use of Time’
Posted by Imright 5/22/2020 1:44:58 AM Post Reply
Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “The Story,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) responded to criticism from his House of Representatives counterpart Speaker Nancy Pelosi regarding the House Homeland Security Committee’s use of subpoena power in the lead-up to the 2017 investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.McConnell dismissed Pelosi’s comments given the length of time the House spent on impeachment under her leadership.“I’d say to the speaker, after the impeachment, you — you’re not in a position to be lecturing us about what the appropriate use of Senate time is,”
CDC Changes Its Mind About Wuhan Virus
Transmission and That Tells You All You
Need to Know About Our Current Mess
Posted by ladydawgfan 5/22/2020 1:43:39 AM Post Reply
Two very long months ago, back when most Americans still had jobs and virtually no one was walking around with a jockstrap over their face claiming that it protected them from Wuhan virus, the CDC and some partner groups made this announcement: Researchers from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UCLA and Princeton University examined how long COVID-19 survives in the air as well as on copper, cardboard, plastic and stainless steel and then compared it with SARS, the coronavirus that emerged in late 2002 and killed nearly 800 people. They found that COVID-19 was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours,
It's time for media to say
'We're sorry' to Ron DeSantis
Posted by Imright 5/22/2020 1:38:29 AM Post Reply
When the coronavirus first appeared in Florida, the media’s predictions were dire. Many expected the state to experience a crisis similar to New York’s since thousands of New Yorkers fled their home state for Florida in the early days of the pandemic. Others claimed Florida’s outbreak would be just as bad, if not worse, than Italy’s, given that Florida is a huge tourist destination with a major international city and that it has a sizable elderly population.Health officials echoed these warnings, arguing that Florida’s hospitals would be overwhelmed and that the state’s open beaches would become breeding grounds for the virus.
DeSantis and Florida emerge as
Trump showcase for reopening
Posted by Imright 5/22/2020 1:36:22 AM Post Reply
Once widely considered to be courting disaster with its coronavirus response, Florida may soon be touted as a success story and President Trump’s model for reopening. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a Trump ally, and as his state’s coronavirus numbers improve, he is telling the national media, “I told you so.” In a press availability, he said, “I was the No. 1 landing spot from tens of thousands of people leaving the No. 1 hot zone in the world to come to my state. So we’ve succeeded, and I think that people just don’t want to recognize it because it challenges their narrative, it challenges their assumption, so they’ve
Masks Aren’t Meant For Presidents replies
Posted by ladydawgfan 5/22/2020 1:35:57 AM Post Reply
No, the president of the United States should not be wearing a mask. Period. Not ever. If it brings you comfort to wear one, I have no beef with you. To each their own. Some feel safer with masks, while others feel safer with a legally concealed firearm. God bless America. You do your thing, and I’ll do mine. Nevertheless, the leader of the free world is an important symbol bigger than our individual comfort zones. The media knows this, and it’s why they’re so desperate to get President Trump behind a mask. CNN’s Kaitlan Collins knows it’s a game.
The End of Meat Isn’t Here: More Americans
Are Eating Fish and Wild Game
Posted by ladydawgfan 5/22/2020 1:33:28 AM Post Reply
A recent New York Times op-ed by Jonathan Safran Foer titled “The End of Meat is Here” chastises meat-eaters as haters of poor people, racists, and enemies of the environment. “If you care about the working poor, about racial justice, and about climate change, you have to stop eating animals,” the novelist wrote. He added, “We cannot protect our environment while continuing to eat meat regularly. This is not a refutable perspective, but a banal truism.” Are Americans eager to nix meat from their diets? Fat chance. In fact, more people are consuming wild fish and game meat in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Across the Wide, Growing American Divide replies
Posted by ladydawgfan 5/22/2020 1:05:17 AM Post Reply
Red- and blue-state America was already divided before the coronavirus epidemic hit. Globalization had enriched the East Coast and West Coast corridors but hollowed out much in between. The traditional values of small towns and rural counties were increasingly at odds with postmodern lifestyles in the cities. There were, of course, traditionalists in blue states. And lots of progressives live in red states. But people increasingly self-segregate to where they feel at home and where politics, jobs and culture reflect their tastes. The ensuing left/right, liberal/conservative, Democrat/Republican divide not only intensified in the 21st century, it also took on a dangerous geographical separatism. The coasts vs. the interior reflects two Americas --
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