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58 minutes ago, canuckster19 said:

 

Now this is some anti-Semitic completely inapt analogy to the holocaust BS, unlike that dumb yearbook thing.

"we'll be offering trucker caps soon..." :picard:

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The minority Dems in Texas are still fighting Republican attempts at voter suppression. The Republicans gave up any pretenses and tried to ram the bill through without it being public for 24 hours. 

 

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Monday, May 31, 2021
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Texas Democrats Walk Off House Floor to Block 'One of the Ugliest Voter Suppression Bills in the Country'

"This is the kind of fight we need from our legislators."

 
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Texas state Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-27) speaks during the "Texans Rally For Our Voting Rights" event

Texas state Rep. Ron Reynolds (D-27) speaks during the "Texans Rally For Our Voting Rights" event at the Texas Capitol Building on May 8, 2021 in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Gary Miller/Getty Images)

Texas Democrats blocked final passage of a Republican-authored voter suppression bill late Sunday by abruptly walking off the state House floor, denying the chamber's GOP majority the quorum necessary to proceed to a vote.

The last-ditch move by Democratic lawmakers came hours after Texas Republicans rammed the bill through the state Senate in the dead of night following a marathon session on Saturday, maneuvering around rules that typically bar lawmakers from voting on legislation that has not been public for at least 24 hours.

"Democrats are going to continue to use every tool in our toolbox to slow them down, to fight them, to stop them."
—State Rep. Chris Turner

S.B. 7 (pdf), which Republican lawmakers crafted and expanded in secret, would impose new voter ID requirements for mail-in ballots, make it easier for judges to overturn election results, limit the use of ballot drop boxes, and restrict early voting hours on Sundays—a provision that civil rights groups said would disproportionately impact Black voters.

After walking out of the House chamber shortly before the midnight deadline for passage of the bill, Texas Democrats gathered at Mt. Zion Baptist Church late Sunday in what the Texas Tribune described as a "nod at a last-minute addition to the expansive bill that set a new restriction on early voting hours on Sundays, limiting voting from 1 pm to 9 pm."

"Over the last two days, Democrats had derided the addition—dropped in during behind-closed-door negotiations—raising concerns that change would hamper 'souls to the polls' efforts meant to turn out voters, particularly Black voters, after church services," the Tribune reported.

Under Texas law, two-thirds of the 150 House members must be present for the chamber to take a vote—a requirement that went unfulfilled due to the Democrats' walkout, which came after the minority party's earlier delay tactics appeared likely to fail.

"We've used all the tools in our toolbox to fight this bill," state Rep. Nicole Collier (D-95), chair of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, said in a speech outside Mt. Zion late Sunday. "And tonight we pulled out that last one."

Sarah Labowitz, policy and advocacy director at the ACLU of Texas, said in a statement that thanks to Democrats' walkout, "one of the ugliest anti-voter bills in the country died today in the 2021 Texas Legislature." But Labowitz emphasized that the fight is far from over and vowed to "remain vigilant against any attempt to bring back this racist bill in a special session."

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, promised to do just that in a tweetlate Sunday after S.B. 7—one of the governor's top priorities and part of a wave of GOP-led voter suppression measures nationwide—failed to pass before the legislative session expired at midnight.

S.B. 7 "will be added to the special session agenda," Abbott wrote.

State Rep. Chris Turner (D-101), chair of the House Democratic Caucus, acknowledged that Democrats looking to kill S.B. 7 for good face an uphill battle given the GOP's dominance of the Texas legislature and control of the governor's mansion.

"We're outnumbered. There's no doubt about it. Republicans are in the majority," said Turner. "Democrats are going to continue to use every tool in our toolbox to slow them down, to fight them, to stop them. What that looks like weeks or months down the road, I can't predict at this point, but we're going to fight with everything we've got."

"We did our part to stop S.B. 7," added state Rep. Erin Zwiener (D-45). "Now we need Congress to do their part by passing H.R. 1 and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act."

 

 

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The Texas bill is worse than Georgia's. Probably not the most impactful, (I'd say that was making it easier for courts to overturn election results) but the most glaring is the early voting restrictions on Sunday only. This is a clear attempt to suppress the "Souls to the Polls" campaign, where Democrat voters head to polling stations after Sunday services.

 

I said it before: Republicans tried to steal the election from Biden in 2020 and now they're laying the groundwork for a 2024 steal....

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1 hour ago, RUPERTKBD said:

The Texas bill is worse than Georgia's. Probably not the most impactful, (I'd say that was making it easier for courts to overturn election results) but the most glaring is the early voting restrictions on Sunday only. This is a clear attempt to suppress the "Souls to the Polls" campaign, where Democrat voters head to polling stations after Sunday services.

 

I said it before: Republicans tried to steal the election from Biden in 2020 and now they're laying the groundwork for a 2024 steal....

Among other things, the 67-page bill:

  • Limits early-voting hours
  • Eliminates 24-hour voting centers, which are used by Houston to reduce lines
  • Clamps down on absentee voting—which is already very limited—by imposing ID requirements
  • Makes it harder for voters with disabilities to vote
  • Prohibits ballot drop boxes
  • Bans drive-through voting
  • Ends straight-ticket voting, which speeds up the voting process and reduces lines
  • Restricts Sunday voting to curtail "souls to the polls" used by Black churches
  • Makes it a crime for elections official to send out unsolicited absentee ballots
  • Fines local officials $1,000/day for not following state election procedures
  • Makes it crime for election workers to stop partisan poll watchers from walking freely about the polls
  • Allows partisan poll watchers to photograph and video voters
  • Allows judges to throw out elections if the number of invalid votes exceeds the winner's margin
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The Governor of West Virginia is (apparently) on the hook for about 700 million thanks to personally guaranteeing loans given to coal companies that he owns:

 

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/money/markets/west-virginia-gov-jim-justice-is-reportedly-on-the-hook-for-dollar700-million-in-loans-from-collapsed-lender-greensill/ar-AAKz5Eb?li=AAggFp5
 

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is personally liable for around $700 million in loans that the collapsed financial firm Greensill Capital made to his coal companies, according to a report.

Justice and his wife guaranteed the loans from Greensill to his coal businesses, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the issue and documents.

Greensill, which collapsed into bankruptcy in March, had packaged the loans and sold them to Credit Suisse, The Journal reported. Now, Credit Suisse is in talks with Justice's Bluestone Resources and other major borrowers from Greensill to recoup the money and repay investors, per The Journal.

The Swiss bank told investors in a recent notice that Bluestone owes nearly $700 million, the WSJ reported.

Bluestone said in a lawsuit brought in March that it had not expected to start repaying the loans until at least 2023.

The personal liability of Justice, who has been governor of West Virginia since 2017 and is a Republican, adds to his financial pressures. Forbes knocked the politician and businessman off its billionaires list earlier this year, due in large part to Greensill's collapse.

Justice's companies are also in legal disputes with other companies over payment contracts and coal deliveries, The Journal reported said. They have settled a number of disputes in recent years over alleged non-payment of bills, according to news outlet ProPublica.

Bluestone, Credit Suisse, and a representative for Justice did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Bluestone and Justice's representatives declined to comment to The Journal.

As well as the guarantees from the governor and his wife, Justice's son James C. Justice III guaranteed loans up to a certain limit, The Journal reported.

The collapse of Greensill has heaped pressure on Credit Suisse, which is frantically trying to recoup its losses. It said in April that it was focused on three main borrowers: Bluestone, British-Indian steel magnate Sanjeev Gupta's GFG Alliance, and SoftBank-backed construction company Katerra.

 

I would say, "Justice is served", but I'm not sure if it has happened yet....

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1 hour ago, Duodenum said:

Among other things, the 67-page bill:

  • Limits early-voting hours
  • Eliminates 24-hour voting centers, which are used by Houston to reduce lines
  • Clamps down on absentee voting—which is already very limited—by imposing ID requirements
  • Makes it harder for voters with disabilities to vote
  • Prohibits ballot drop boxes
  • Bans drive-through voting
  • Ends straight-ticket voting, which speeds up the voting process and reduces lines
  • Restricts Sunday voting to curtail "souls to the polls" used by Black churches
  • Makes it a crime for elections official to send out unsolicited absentee ballots
  • Fines local officials $1,000/day for not following state election procedures
  • Makes it crime for election workers to stop partisan poll watchers from walking freely about the polls
  • Allows partisan poll watchers to photograph and video voters
  • Allows judges to throw out elections if the number of invalid votes exceeds the winner's margin

Looking forward to condemnation from mark Cuban, Michael Dell and the CEOs of AT&T, Pizza Hut, Whole Foods and American Airlines.....

 

Hopefully, Texas isn't planning on holding any all-star games, or Super Bowls anytime soon.....

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BTW: I wish Biden would quit calling these voter suppression bills "Un-American"....

 

When roughly half of the states are either enacting or trying to enact them, they're definitely American....

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27 minutes ago, RUPERTKBD said:

BTW: I wish Biden would quit calling these voter suppression bills "Un-American"....

 

When roughly half of the states are either enacting or trying to enact them, they're definitely American....

Fair, but he can't call his country a ****hole and no civilized country allows garbage like this to go on.

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4 minutes ago, King Heffy said:

Fair, but he can't call his country a ****hole and no civilized country allows garbage like this to go on.

This is true, but there are other superlatives starting with "Un" that he could have used:

 

Unconscionable

Unreasonable

Untoward

Ubelievable

Kim Jong Un......

 

 

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56 minutes ago, nux4lyfe said:

Just spreading the love..

 

 

Man, The energy! Must be excited for pudding!

 

Nicer prayer...

 

 

 


I’ll give you this one Nux, when Joe squints he makes me think of this.

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6 hours ago, RUPERTKBD said:

The Governor of West Virginia is (apparently) on the hook for about 700 million thanks to personally guaranteeing loans given to coal companies that he owns:

 

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/money/markets/west-virginia-gov-jim-justice-is-reportedly-on-the-hook-for-dollar700-million-in-loans-from-collapsed-lender-greensill/ar-AAKz5Eb?li=AAggFp5
 

I would say, "Justice is served", but I'm not sure if it has happened yet....

As I keep on insisting governments here in the west are basically middle management in the corporation's run by the rich.

Was watching a four corners Doco last night about how James Packer got his Crown casino in Sydney.

Same #$@# different bucket.

Come to think of it he has been linked to corruption with Netanyahu as well.

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2 hours ago, 4petesake said:


On the other hand Joe’s delivery might at times be a little lacklustre and he’s no fancy wordsmith like this guy.

 

 

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The quotes for the ages this guy left behind are gold !

One of my faves is 

" I know words.I have the best words".

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While Trump was still in office, there was a fair amount of debate on which of his appointees was the worst. With so many worthy candidates to choose from, it was a tough call, but one name came up on a consistent basis: Betsy DeVos.

 

For those who don't know the background, Devos is a wealthy, bible punching private citizen with zero background in Education. She was appointed to the position of Education Secretary on the basis of two facts: She really wanted the job....and .... she donated a lot of money to the Trump campaign.

 

The reason DeVos was so keen on a job that she was not qualified for is because she was a big promoter of private schools (mainly religious private schools) receiving the same funding that public schools get. She had also long been a candidate for "School choice", which is shorthand for not having to send your kids to schools with lots of minorities, just because you might happen to live in the same area.

 

In short: DeVos purchased her cabinet position for the purpose of enabling a couple of pet projects. And despite being completely unqualified for the post, she was a donor who said nice things about Trump and honestly, other than being family, what better way to get a position in the Trump administration?

 

Which brings us back to, "Was she the worst?" Well, if this story is any indication, she was definitely a lottery pick:

 

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/money/careersandeducation/an-educational-agency-backed-by-betsy-devos-just-lost-recognition-for-reportedly-signing-off-on-a-fake-college/ar-AAKE4BC?li=AAggNb9
 

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The Education Department on Wednesday cancelled its recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges & Schools (ACICS) for approving a school that reportedly has no faculty or students, but received federal funds anyway.

USA Today conducted an investigation last year that found that although approved by ACICS, Reagan National University in South Dakota did not house any faculty, students, or staff. And while the agency said that Reagan had met its standards during the accreditation process, it declined to say specifically how it verified the college had students and faculty.

This caused the Education Department on Wednesday to remove ACICS's recognition, given its inability to deliver sufficient evidence as to why they accredited Reagan in the first place.

"ACICS's significant and systemic noncompliance with multiple regulatory recognition criteria leaves me no reasonable option but to terminate its recognition, effective immediately," Jordan Matsudaira, deputy undersecretary for education, wrote in a notice posted to the department's website.

Schools that are approved by accreditors are given access to federal grants and student loans, so even though Reagan appeared to be non-functioning, it still could access federal funds.

Reagan ended up being stripped of its recognition, but Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stood by ACICS and affirmed that the agency had followed proper procedure when choosing to accredit the school.

But Reagan was not the first questionable school to fall under ACICS's jurisdiction. The agency has accredited more than 60 for-profit schools, and a number of those schools - including Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical Institutes - have shut down in the past decade amid allegations of fraudulent behavior, including engaging in misleading marketing practices and persuading students to take out loans they would never be able to pay back.

Specifically, in 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau accused Corinthian of illegally collecting high-interest private loans that it marketed to students. And in 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission had taken ITT Tech to court for deceiving investors about high rates of late payment and defaults on student loans.

The Education Department's decision to remove ACICS's recognition follows a series of actions already taken to reverse Trump-era rules. For example, last week, the department announced plans to start tackling flaws in the student loan system, including reforming DeVos' method to forgive student debt for borrowers defrauded by for-profit schools.

President Barack Obama established the borrower defense to repayment to forgive student debt for eligible defrauded borrowers, and under him, the program had a 99.2% approval rate, but when DeVos took over, 99.4% of eligible borrowers were denied from the program. President Joe Biden's Education Secretary, Miguel Cardona, cancelled $1 billion in student debt for defrauded borrowers in March, and DeVos will soon testify over why so few eligible defrauded borrowers never received relief.

 

 

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