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Re: Republican Watch

#2121  Postby Tortured_Genius » Jan 14, 2022 2:25 pm

Finally some of the Dems seem to have opened the season on the more unhinged Republicans:



Much more needed, and should have been much earlier, but a good start.
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Re: Republican Watch

#2122  Postby The_Piper » Jan 14, 2022 4:55 pm

Pelosi should be yelling every day about this crap. That's why she needs to retire, she's too old for this shit. IMO
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Re: Republican Watch

#2123  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Jan 15, 2022 2:35 am

Kayak went out on a limb here. I'm hoping more companies follow suit. Bravo. I'm booking my next trip with Kayak. They earned it. :clap:

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Re: Republican Watch

#2124  Postby The_Piper » Jan 20, 2022 1:07 am

Whoops
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Re: Republican Watch

#2125  Postby Seabass » Jan 20, 2022 10:44 am

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Re: Republican Watch

#2126  Postby Seabass » Jan 20, 2022 12:51 pm

This guy is dumb even by Republican standards.


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Re: Republican Watch

#2127  Postby hackenslash » Jan 20, 2022 1:49 pm

Saw that when you posted at TR. He's off his rocker.
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Re: Republican Watch

#2128  Postby Greg the Grouper » Jan 20, 2022 2:37 pm

I have to take the opposite position, personally. As Republicans have become more rabid and grifters have found more value in entertaining their most extreme and bizarre notions, truth has simply become a hindrance. Why would it make sense for Matt Walsh to take a measured, realistic approach to cancel culture versus the Inquisition? His audience already wants to portray themselves as the victims of modern society, it only makes sense for him to lean into that and further line his own pockets.
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Re: Republican Watch

#2129  Postby Calilasseia » Jan 21, 2022 11:39 am

If your only concern is to line your own pockets, and manipulate a large body of gullible, uneducated hotheads to further that aim, then in the current pathological political climate of the USA, issuing statements of this sort makes some sort of perverse sense.

However, if:

[1] The consequence of doing so is the complete destruction of the society you live in;

[2] You're incapable of recognising this elementary fact;

[3] Worse still, you don't care about this elementary fact;

then you're both dumb and a psychopath.

Campbell clearly ticks all three boxes.

Plus, his public statement in that tweet is dangerous, because there are enough lunatic theocrat wannabees extant in the USA right now, who can't wait to become the next Tomas de Torquemada. These are not people you want to encourage with respect to their warped and murderous fantasies, least of all when said encouragement will only reinforce within their minds, the twisted notion that the horrors they plan to unleash purportedly enjoy "divine" approval.

Of course, the fatuous erection of a fake equivalence between so-called "cancel culture" and the Inquisition already marks this individual out as duplicitous, and duplicity of this sort has a habit of being associated with inability to engage in proper analytical thought.

As for so-called "cancel culture", while I understand that many wish to prevent various verminous ideologues from propagating their venomous notions to a public audience, with a view to preventing the gullible and impressionable from being infected with those same notions, there's a flip side to this coin. Namely, that if I have enemies, I want them to be visible and stupid, not hidden and devious.

For example, if someone in my neighbourhood is a fulminating racist, I want to know about this, so that I can pursue relevant countermeasures. I don't want such an individual simmering out of sight, plotting who knows what mischief unhindered.

Part of the problem with the understandable wish to prevent such individuals from acquiring a public platform, is that doing so exerts a selection pressure upon them to be hidden and devious. Which makes one's task of keeping these individuals under proper control all the more difficult.

I understand that is is extremely irritating to see unhinged and dangerous loons parading their florid psychoses in public, all the more so if this is accompanied by posturings of potential or actual violence (though this latter aspect of their activities should already be subject to the usual legal provisions and robustly dealt with through the proper channels). But if the result of stopping this, is for those same unhinged and dangerous loons to beaver away in secret, planting all sorts of mines under the foundations of decent, humane civil society, stopping them from detonating those mines will be much more difficult.

A simple military principle applies here. The longer you take figuring out what your enemy is going to do, the less time you have to take action. Put your enemy on that back foot instead.
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Re: Republican Watch

#2130  Postby Greg the Grouper » Jan 21, 2022 2:06 pm

Campbell, at least in that tweet, is pointing out what someone else (Matt Walsh) said.

I think the issue you refer to with the enemy becoming hidden and devious is in some ways unavoidable; it's almost certainly preferable to reduce exposure to their ideas as much as possible, which entails coming down on them whenever they pop up. To do otherwise would be to allow them free reign.
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Re: Republican Watch

#2131  Postby The_Piper » Jan 21, 2022 2:53 pm

Matt Walsh wrote a bizarre anti-trans children's book and read it to confused 5 year olds. :crazy:
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Re: Republican Watch

#2132  Postby hackenslash » Jan 21, 2022 2:57 pm

It's certainly been manifest in spades in the last 6 or 8 years, on both sides of the pond. In the midst of the Brexit shenanigans and the rise of Trump, it became obvious even to casual observers that the progress purportedly made in driving out racism had only succeeded in driving them underground, as they've come swarming out of the foetid crevices they've been festering in since the 70s and 80s.

It was really telling to me when I saw, the day after the Brexit referendum, this photo in the paper, taken in Leeds the same day.

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Re: Republican Watch

#2133  Postby Tortured_Genius » Jan 21, 2022 3:05 pm

My observations are certainly in line with Hack's.

In my neck of the woods its BNP country and the buggers left the BNP to join UKIP en-masse, then went hard brexit conservative. I suspect they'll mill about for a bit before going back whatever neo-fascist group will have them assuming the Conservatives are too leftie for them.
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Re: Republican Watch

#2134  Postby hackenslash » Jan 21, 2022 3:11 pm

To be fair, the current crop seem, at least in some policy areas, to be left of Starmer. Of course, that could easily be Boris simply lying. Dunno if you've heard, but he does that on occasion.
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Re: Republican Watch

#2135  Postby Seabass » Jan 26, 2022 3:31 am

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Re: Republican Watch

#2136  Postby The_Piper » Jan 26, 2022 4:19 pm

Seabass wrote:

Do you listen to "Weekly Skews" with Trae and Smart Mark?
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Re: Republican Watch

#2137  Postby Seabass » Jan 26, 2022 5:28 pm

I have not.
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Re: Republican Watch

#2138  Postby Seabass » Feb 02, 2022 7:10 pm

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Re: Republican Watch

#2139  Postby Seabass » Feb 02, 2022 7:45 pm

Banned: Books on race and sexuality are disappearing from Texas schools in record numbers


KATY, Texas — From a secluded spot in her high school library, a 17-year-old girl spoke softly into her cellphone, worried that someone might overhear her say the things she’d hidden from her parents for years. They don’t know she’s queer, the student told a reporter, and given their past comments about homosexuality’s being a sin, she’s long feared they would learn her secret if they saw what she reads in the library.

That space, with its endless rows of books about characters from all sorts of backgrounds, has been her “safe haven,” she said — one of the few places where she feels completely free to be herself.

But books, including one of her recent favorites, have been vanishing from the shelves of Katy Independent School District libraries the past few months.

Gone: “Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts),” a book she’d read last year about a gay teenager who isn’t shy about discussing his adventurous sex life. Also banished: “The Handsome Girl and Her Beautiful Boy,” “All Boys Aren’t Blue” and “Lawn Boy” — all coming-of-age stories that prominently feature LGBTQ characters and passages about sex. Some titles were removed after parents formally complained, but others were quietly banned by the district without official reviews.

“As I’ve struggled with my own identity as a queer person, it’s been really, really important to me that I have access to these books,” said the girl, whom NBC News is not naming to avoid revealing her sexuality. “And I’m sure it’s really important to other queer kids. You should be able to see yourself reflected on the page.”

Her safe haven is now a battleground in an unprecedented effort by parents and conservative politicians in Texas to ban books dealing with race, sexuality and gender from schools, an NBC News investigation has found. Hundreds of titles have been pulled from libraries across the state for review, sometimes over the objections of school librarians, several of whom told NBC News they face increasingly hostile work environments and mounting pressure to pre-emptively pull books that might draw complaints.

Records requests to nearly 100 school districts in the Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin regions — a small sampling of the state’s 1,250 public school systems — revealed 75 formal requests by parents or community members to ban books from libraries during the first four months of this school year. In comparison, only one library book challenge was filed at those districts during the same time period a year earlier, records show. A handful of the districts reported more challenges this year than in the past two decades combined.

All but a few of the challenges this school year targeted books dealing with racism or sexuality, the majority of them featuring LGBTQ characters and explicit descriptions of sex. Many of the books under fire are newer titles, purchased by school librarians in recent years as part of a nationwide movement to diversify the content available to public school children.

“Why are we sexualizing our precious children?” a Katy parent said at a November school board meeting after she suggested that books about LGBTQ relationships are causing children to improperly question their gender identities and sexual orientations. “Why are our libraries filled with pornography?”

Another parent in Katy, a Houston suburb, asked the district to remove a children’s biography of Michelle Obama, arguing that it promotes “reverse racism” against white people, according to the records obtained by NBC News. A parent in the Dallas suburb of Prosper wanted the school district to ban a children’s picture book about the life of Black Olympian Wilma Rudolph, because it mentions racism that Rudolph faced growing up in Tennessee in the 1940s. In the affluent Eanes Independent School District in Austin, a parent proposed replacing four books about racism, including “How to Be an Antiracist,” by Ibram X. Kendi, with copies of the Bible.

Similar debates are roiling communities across the country, fueled by parents, activists and Republican politicians who have mobilized against school programs and classroom lessons focused on LGBTQ issues and the legacy of racism in America. Last fall, some national groups involved in that effort — including No Left Turn in Education and Moms for Liberty — began circulating lists of school library books that they said were “indoctrinating kids to a dangerous ideology.”

And during his successful bid for governor in Virginia, Republican Glenn Youngkin made parents’ opposition to explicit books a central theme in the final stretch of his campaign, leading some GOP strategists to flag the issue as a winning strategy heading into the 2022 midterm elections.

The fight is particularly heated in Texas, where Republican state officials, including Gov. Greg Abbott, have gone as far as calling for criminal charges against any school staff member who provides children with access to young adult novels that some conservatives have labeled as “pornography.” Separately, state Rep. Matt Krause, a Republican, made a list of 850 titles dealing with racism or sexuality that might “make students feel discomfort” and demanded that Texas school districts investigate whether the books were in their libraries.

A group of Texas school librarians has launched a social media campaign to push back.

“There have always been efforts to censor books, but what we’re seeing right now is frankly unprecedented,” said Carolyn Foote, a retired school librarian in Austin who’s helping lead the #FReadom campaign. “A library is a place of voluntary inquiry. That means when a student walks in, they’re not forced to check out a book that they or their parents find objectionable. But they also don’t have authority to say what books should or shouldn’t be available to other students.”

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Re: Republican Watch

#2140  Postby Alan C » Feb 02, 2022 9:21 pm

Red-meat electioneering or is there something else behind this nonsense? Nazis, racists and other bigots sure got enabled during the previous regime.
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