If You Can’t Even Elect A Candidate Who’ll End A Genocide, How Real Is Your “Democracy”?

Source: Caitlin Johnstone, Rogue Journalist
by Caitlin Johnstone

“The Biden administration has reportedly approved of an Israeli assault on Rafah, the last slightly safe city in the Gaza Strip, and is openly preparing to work with Congress to punish the International Criminal Court for seeking arrest warrants of Israeli officials for war crimes. Biden is a monster who belongs in a cell at The Hague. I talk about Biden’s criminality a lot, but I should probably clarify that I don’t do so because I believe Trump or even Kennedy would be acting any kinder toward the people of Gaza if they were president. All three of the arguably viable US presidential candidates are virulent Zionists who have all made it clear that they would back Israel’s genocidal atrocities with adamant fervor. A lot of fuss gets made over the west’s brand of democracy. Wars of aggression have been waged under the banner of spreading it throughout the world and allowing the people to control what their government will do.” (05/23/24)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com.au/2024/05/23/if-you-cant-even-elect-a-candidate-wholl-end-a-genocide-how-real-is-your-democracy/

Biden’s Black Lies Matter

Source: Town Hall
by Larry Elder

“President Joe Biden delivered a commencement speech at Morehouse College, an all-male, historically black school in Atlanta. The America into which these graduating students now enter, according to Biden, reeks of ‘systemic racism’ and ‘the poison of white supremacy’. ‘What is democracy if Black men are being killed in the street?’ Biden asked. ‘If Black men are being killed on the streets, we bear witness. For me, that means to call out the poison of white supremacy, to root out systemic racism. I stood up for George — with George Floyd’s family to help create a country where you don’t need to have that talk with your son or grandson as they get pulled over.’ Where do we start? George Floyd, a career criminal, was full of fentanyl and resisted arrest. There’s no evidence Floyd’s treatment had anything to do with his race.” (05/23/24)

https://townhall.com/columnists/larryelder/2024/05/23/bidens-black-lies-matter-n2639404

LA: Legislature approves bill classifying abortion pills as “controlled dangerous substances”

Source: SFGate

“Two abortion-inducing drugs could soon be reclassified as controlled and dangerous substances in Louisiana under a first-of-its-kind bill that received final legislative passage Thursday and is expected to be signed into law by the governor. Supporters of the reclassification of mifepristone and misoprostol (commonly known as ‘abortion pills’) say it would protect expectant mothers from coerced abortions. Numerous doctors, meanwhile, have said it will make it harder for them to prescribe the medicines that they use for other important reproductive health care needs, and could delay treatment. Louisiana currently has a near-total abortion ban in place, applying both to surgical and medical abortions. The GOP-dominated Legislature’s push to reclassify mifepristone and misoprostol could possibly open the door for other Republican states with abortion bans that are seeking tighter restrictions on the drugs. Current Louisiana law already requires a prescription for both drugs and makes it a crime to use them to induce an abortion in most cases.” (05/23/24)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/louisiana-legislature-approves-bill-classifying-19474678.php

If Democracy Dies, So What?

Source: Common Dreams
by Robert Ivie

“The Biden campaign has made the 2024 general election into a referendum on democracy. So far, however, the electoral choice between authoritarianism and democracy has not registered among voters as a determining factor. The Times/Siena poll in May indicates that only 2% of registered voters identify the state of democracy as a main factor in their choice of a candidate for the presidency, and only 5% list it as their most important issue. That’s bleak, whichever way you look at it. Maybe the situation is not quite so bad? The March Reuters/Ipsos poll indicates, for instance, that 23% of the American public consider political extremism or threats to democracy the most important problem facing the US (36% of Democrats, 25% of independents, and 11% of Republicans). Of course, incompatible definitions of democracy, extremism, and threats held by voters of different political persuasions would reduce even further these relatively small numbers of voters who might support Biden to defend democracy from autocracy.” [editor’s note: ASs usual this delusional pundit thinks the Bidenocracy is not an autocracy – SAT] (05/23/24)

https://www.commondreams.org/opinion/democracy-vs-authoritarianism

NH: Political consultant behind fake Biden robocalls faces $6 million fine & criminal charges

Source: SFGate

“A political consultant who sent artificial intelligence-generated robocalls mimicking President Joe Biden’s voice to voters ahead of New Hampshire’s presidential primary faces a $6 million fine and more than two dozen criminal charges. The Federal Communications Commission said the fine it proposed Thursday for Steven Kramer is its first involving generative AI technology. The company accused of transmitting the calls, Lingo Telecom, faces a $2 million fine, though in both cases the parties could settle or further negotiate, the FCC said. Kramer has admitted orchestrating a message that was sent to thousands of voters two days before the first-in-the-nation primary on Jan. 23. The message played an AI-generated voice similar to the Democratic president’s that used his phrase ‘What a bunch of malarkey’ and falsely suggested that voting in the primary would preclude voters from casting ballots in November.” (05/23/24)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/political-consultant-behind-fake-biden-robocalls-19474436.php

Trump Mar-a-Lago lethal force claim is just stupid

Source: Fox News Forum
by Andrew McCarthy

“Having been at the Trump trial in Manhattan for the last couple of days, I cannot say I’m surprised at former president Trump’s inane claim that President Biden authorized the use of lethal force in connection with the FBI’s execution of a court-authorized search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. The claim is political red meat for conspiracy theorists. A search warrant is not a day at the circus (something I can’t say about days spent at the trial). Most are executed without incident; many are not. All of them involve a probable-cause finding that incriminating evidence will be recovered on the premises — which usually are associated with people suspected of crimes. Many of those crimes, though by no means all of them, are violent. Virtually all of them involve situations in which law-enforcement officials have concluded that if evidence is not seized, it might be destroyed or manipulated (in cases of nonviolent crimes involving generally law-abiding people who exhibit cooperation with police and prosecutors, the government usually secures evidence by means less intrusive than a compulsory search).” (05/23/24)

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/trump-mar-a-lago-lethal-force-claim-stupid-course

Nevada to start tabulating ballots earlier on Election Day for quicker results

Source: SFGate

“Nevada election officials can start tabulating in-person Election Day votes as they come in, rather than waiting for polls to close in an effort to get results out quicker, Democratic Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar said Wednesday. Aguilar cited state law in making the recommendation to county election officials that also include tabulating mail ballots as early voting is underway. The recommendations apply to both Nevada’s primary on June 11 and the November general election. The changes could help quell anxiety over close races in a western swing state known for razor-thin margins. The nation watched Nevada closely in 2022 for the outcome of a U.S. Senate race that was decided by less than 8,000 votes, as the final mail ballots were counted after other battleground races were settled. If county election officials adopt the recommendations, ballots will be counted throughout the day of the primary and general elections. But no results will be released until after the polls close.” (05/23/24)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/nevada-can-start-tabulating-ballots-earlier-on-19472783.php

Is Colorado Really the “Clean Energy” Leader It Claims to Be?

Source: American Prospect
by Jennifer Oldham

“Oil and gas companies claim their production in Colorado is among the cleanest and least polluting hydrocarbons in the country, if not the world. Are they right? The assertion (from a fact sheet by the Colorado Oil & Gas Association, an industry trade group) has legs. PDC Energy, an oil and gas firm recently purchased by Chevron Corp., cited it in an application to drill hundreds of wells, which was approved by regulators in late 2022. U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and his Republican rival Joe O’Dea repeated it in televised debates during their 2022 campaign. And the U.S. Bureau of Land Management referenced it in a 2023 federal supplemental environmental impact statement. Fossil fuel advocates leaned into it in the spring to justify why Colorado legislators should kill a bill that would have phased out fossil fuel drilling.” (05/23/24)

https://prospect.org/environment/2024-05-23-is-colorado-really-clean-energy-leader/

Harvard Overrules Faculty, Stopping 13 Pro-Palestine Seniors From Graduating

Source: Common Dreams

“Harvard University’s board on Wednesday rejected a faculty vote to allow 13 seniors who had participated in a pro-Palestine encampment to graduate, provoking outrage from educators and students, some of whom protested outside the commencement ceremony Thursday morning. The Wednesday announcement followed competing decisions by Harvard institutions in the days leading up to graduation. On May 18, the college’s administrative board announced disciplinary actions against students (suspending five and placing more than 20 on probation) for their involvement in the on-campus encampment, which ended last week. This left the 13 seniors ineligible to graduate. Professors in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences responded on Monday by voting to amend the list of students receiving degrees to include the 13 students, effectively rejecting the administrative board’s decision. Harvard’s main governing board, known as the Corporation, had to make the final decision, which they announced in a statement on Wednesday.” (05/23/24)

https://www.commondreams.org/news/harvard-palestine-protest

TN: Nashville Council rejects sign for Morgan Wallen’s new bar, citing his “harmful actions”

Source: The Tennessean

“Morgan Wallen’s bar on Broadway is set to open this Memorial Day weekend, but a sign bearing his name won’t be joining the fabled throng of neon lights over Nashville’s Honky Tonk Highway. Nashville’s council soundly rejected plans for a 20-foot sign advertising ‘Morgan Wallen’s This Bar’ Tuesday, citing the country music star’s past use of a racial slur and pending felony and misdemeanor charges over a chair thrown off another Broadway bar’s six-story rooftop in April. ‘I don’t want to see a billboard up with the name of a person who’s throwing chairs off of balconies and who is saying racial slurs,’ At-large Council member Delishia Porterfield said Tuesday. Nashville’s council rejected a proposed sign for country star Morgan Wallen’s new Broadway bar on May 21, 2024, citing Wallen’s previous conduct on Broadway and a 2021 recording of Wallen using a racial slur.
The council voted 30-3 to deny the aerial encroachment to allow the construction and installation of the sign.” (05/22/24)

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/davidson/2024/05/22/nashville-council-rejects-morgan-wallen-bar-sign-citing-harmful-actions/73796458007/