Open Thread | More From GQP Voter Suppression

Must always keep up with them and their Voter Suppression tactics.😠😠😠


Oh, the brave Liz Cheney😒😒

Never forget this as you think about 2022:

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48 Responses to Open Thread | More From GQP Voter Suppression

  1. eliihass says:

    KlSham @LKsham22

    This book is being promoted by the National Police Association!!

  2. eliihass says:

    Palmer Report @PalmerReport

    Conservative donors know that if Trump remains a factor in politics, he’ll keep costing the Republicans elections. So the donors are trotting out their mouthpiece Paul Ryan to beg the Republican voting base to move on from Trump’s ghost. It just shows how fucked they all are.

  3. eliihass says:

    “…U.S. Customs officers had previously detained the man who killed nine people in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday and found that he professed a hatred of his workplace where the shooting occurred, according to a Department of Homeland Security memo.

    The shooter, Samuel James Cassidy, possessed “books about terrorism and fear and manifestos…as well as a black memo book filled with lots of notes about how he hates the VTA,” when Customs and Border Protection detained him in 2016 after a trip to the Philippines, the memo says.

    The VTA is the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, where he worked for at least nine years, according to public employment records.

    “When asked if he had problems with anybody at work, he stated ‘no,’” according to the memo, a copy of which was viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

    The shooting began at a union meeting at a VTA light-rail yard in downtown San Jose, and all of the victims worked for the transportation authority. Eight people were found dead and a ninth died overnight at an area hospital. Cassidy died in an apparent suicide during the incident, according to law enforcement.

    The memo was distributed within DHS sometime after the shooting occurred Wednesday morning. It doesn’t say how long Cassidy was held by border authorities.

    The Journal couldn’t immediately determine whether the border officials’ findings were shared with the VTA or local law enforcement before the shooting.

    A spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees Customs and Border Protection, declined to comment, citing the continuing investigation of the shooting. She said the department started an internal review in February that includes “efforts to ensure law enforcement personnel have the tools and training to identify behavioral indicators associated with targeted violence and policy to improve information sharing with our partners.”

    Cassidy’s ex-girlfriend said he sexually assaulted her, according to documents she filed in 2009 with the Santa Clara County Superior Court. She said Cassidy had bipolar disorder and “major mood swings” that were exacerbated when he consumed large amounts of alcohol.

    She filed the court declaration in response to a domestic violence restraining order Cassidy had filed against her. She denied Cassidy’s accusations.

    His ex-wife Cecilia Nelms told the Associated Press that he talked about killing people at work more than a decade ago. She said he would return from work angry over assignments that he perceived to be unfair. The couple divorced in 2005 and Ms. Nelms said they hadn’t been in touch in 13 years.

    Officers detained and interviewed Cassidy on August 8, 2016, after he returned from a trip to the Philippines, and inspected his baggage and electronic media, the memo says. The memo doesn’t say why he was stopped. It notes that Cassidy had a “minor criminal history” and cites a 1983 incident where he was arrested in San Jose and charged with “misdemeanor obstruction/resisting a peace officer.”

    Sheriff Smith said Thursday that Cassidy was armed with two semiautomatic handguns and 11 magazines at the time of the shooting. Afterward, bomb-sniffing dogs found explosive materials, but not devices, in a locker believed to be his, she said.

    On Wednesday morning, there was a fire at a home in San Jose that belonged to Cassidy, according to public records. Sheriff Smith told the Today Show that it appeared he set an explosive device to detonate at his home to coincide with the time of the shooting.

    Local law-enforcement officials found hundreds of rounds of ammunition inside the home, according to the DHS memo…”

  4. eliihass says:

    Seth Abramson @SethAbramson

    Do not ever go on TV and tell us how hard it will be to indict, prosecute, convict, and incarcerate Donald Trump. The man has been flouting the law for almost 50 years and it needs to stop *now*.

    His entire professional and political career is a middle finger to the rule of law.

    • eliihass says:

      Shelli @dmshackleford Replying to @SethAbramson:

      It almost feels like everyone is too afraid to prosecute him. The man is a walking, talking crime scene! It’s a slap in the face to every law abiding person on the planet. It enrages me!!!

      No kingdom is an island @crzyPete

      And it only serves to energize his base of anti-vaxing, anti-democracy, violent authoritanian nutjobs and reinforce their various nutso conspiracy theories.

      When he does get arrested some may well start more violence – unless enough Jan 6 ones get heavy sentences.

    • eliihass says:

      fighting the forever coup @benFranklin2018 Replying to @SethAbramson:

      There’s an entire infrastructure and network that has protected him his entire and is protecting him now. The system is unwilling or unable to hold him accountable, even if he led an attack on the capitol.

      Jessa @Jessferg2253

      The question is, why?

    • eliihass says:

      Emoluments Clause @Emolclause

      Not defending @BillCosby here, but comparing what he is languishing in prison for, with the more egregious allegations that have been made against Trump, isn’t there a bigger statement here about the way our justice system treats blacks vis a vis Whites?

  5. eliihass says:

    gayle binion @gayle_binion Replying to @tribelaw:

    is it (also) possible that DOJ ‘fears setting the precedent’ or ‘worries that DOJ as an institution’ will look bad… or that they will then ‘feel pressure to take action against trump.’. not an action ‘they’ are likely to want to undertake.

  6. rikyrah says:

    The Associated Press (@AP) tweeted at 0:00 AM on Thu, May 27, 2021:
    In interviews with current and former enlistees and officers in nearly every branch of the U.S. military, an @AP investigation found a deep-rooted culture of racism and discrimination that stubbornly festers, despite repeated efforts to eradicate it.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Ronald Klain (@WHCOS) tweeted at 6:45 AM on Thu, May 27, 2021:
    Stunning progress: The number of people hospitalized with COVID is down by 100,000 since January 20, per @nytimes data 👇

  8. eliihass says:

    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    An ESPN investigation found that U.S. Senator Arlen Specter was offered campaign cash to stop his probe of the Patriots’ Spygate scandal in 2008.

    According to Specter’s son, the man offering was Donald Trump, who was acting on behalf of Robert Kraft:

  9. rikyrah says:

    Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) tweeted at 5:10 PM on Wed, May 26, 2021:
    AZ GOPs to strip Democratic Sec of State – top election official – of powers until the end of her term via @TPM

  10. eliihass says:

    The Economist @TheEconomist

    Friends say the prince has matured, others say he is a bully who has been chastened

    Chewy Yorkie @ChewyYorkie Replying to @TheEconomist

    How much did y’all get paid for this ad for MBS? As someone who has been a reader of
    @TheEconomist for over 25 years, this is extremely disappointing.

  11. eliihass says:

    “…As a young buck, Muhammad bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, thought he could take on the world. He charged into Yemen, detained Lebanon’s prime minister and had his people chop up a mild-mannered dissident, Jamal Khashoggi, in the Turkish city of Istanbul. When Western countries, such as Canada and Germany, criticised his human-rights record, he recalled his ambassadors. When President Barack Obama made overtures to Iran, a Saudi rival, Prince Muhammad threatened to sell the kingdom’s American assets. To the prince, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was akin to Hitler. He even tried to marshal an array of Arab and Sunni countries against Iran.

    Six years after his father, Salman bin Abdelaziz, became king, the prince, now in his mid-30s, may be changing, switching tactics from maximum pressure to maximum diplomacy, cutting his losses and trying to defuse conflicts. Facing resistance in the region and disapproval from President Joe Biden, he may have decided that the cost of his foreign ventures is unsustainable. Saudi foreign policy has begun to look much less aggressive.

    So far this year he has held two rounds of talks with Iran in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, and spoken of his hope for “a good and special relationship”. His officials have met his Yemeni foes, the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, in the Omani capital, Muscat. The Saudis offered to lift the kingdom’s siege of Yemen and to help rebuild the country his jets have bombed. He has also stopped funding the rebellion against Syria’s ruler, Bashar al-Assad; earlier this month he sent his intelligence chief to Damascus to discuss restoring ties.

    Prince Muhammad is mending fences with Turkey and Qatar as well. Both had irritated him by backing Islamist groups that he dislikes, such as Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. But the prince has lifted a three-year blockade of Qatar and bought arms from Turkey. On May 10th he hosted Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, and Qatar’s emir, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. “He’s dispensed with polarisation,” says Oraib Rantawi, a Jordanian analyst. “A new wind is blowing.”

    Friends say Prince Muhammad has matured. Others say he is a bully who has been chastened by those he knows to be more powerful. He promised to take Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, quickly. Instead, the Houthis have made incursions into Saudi Arabia. Iran and its regional proxies have flung missiles at Saudi airports, palaces and oil installations. Ships in the kingdom’s Red Sea ports have come under repeated attack. In 2019, after drones struck the kingdom’s oil-processing hub at Abqaiq, halving Saudi oil output, no one came to his rescue, not even President Donald Trump. The prince’s allies in the Gulf have abandoned his campaign in Yemen.

    During his election campaign President Joe Biden called the kingdom a pariah, accusing it of murdering children in Yemen, and vowed to end American sales of arms. He has since toned down his disapproval but is still calling for an end to the war. Soon after Mr Biden took office, the prince dropped his refusal to talk to Iran and freed Loujain al-Hathloul, the kingdom’s most prominent rights activist.

    The prince has also been held back by a stalling economy. The pandemic and low oil prices have hurt, while the conflict in Yemen has drained his war chest. And his unpredictability has deterred foreigners from investing in Vision 2030, his grandiose reform programme.

    Tension with Iran in the Strait of Hormuz, the conduit for most Saudi oil exports, and the difficulty of building a post-oil economy have altered the prince’s plans. In search of alternative trade routes, he is expanding ports on the Red Sea and building a high-speed rail link from west to east. He is also forging a Red Sea council to spur development in all the littoral states and to open a gateway into Africa. His “smart” megacity, Neom, and a vast tourist complex in the kingdom’s north-west are meant to bolster economic links with Egypt, Jordan and, perhaps one day, Israel.

    Meanwhile, he has trimmed the kingdom’s bankrolling of an array of Arab and Muslim causes, such as the Palestinians, whom he recently failed to mention in a three-hour interview. He has cut aid to Pakistan, failed to prop up Lebanon, and slashed mosque-building projects that used to spread the kingdom’s religious conservatism across the world. Defying puritanical clerics who consider Shias heretics, he has played host to some from Iraq.

    Prince Muhammad can still, however, annoy his Arab neighbours. His demand that companies doing business with Saudi Arabia should move their regional headquarters to the kingdom has upset Muhammad bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi, the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, the region’s trading hub. And he can still be impulsive. Though he lifted his blockade of Qatar, he recently slapped bans on imports from Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey after their governments displeased him. Prince Charming can still bare his teeth.

  12. rikyrah says:

    How about this, being, I dunno, random.

    Peanut’s final reading project for this term was a book about a post-apocalyptic event. I was furious that the teacher would assign a book like that in the middle of a pandemic. 

    But, I digress.

    We were going over the book and events in it for her final, and the town is struck by the flu. Neighbor comes over to try and get some medicine, next thing you know, 3 out of the 4 family members are struck down. 

    Peanut: ” That neighbor was asymptomatic. He brought it to them. If they had been masked up, and not let him in the house, they probably would have been ok.” 

    Before this all happened, Peanut, and neither did I, understand the significance of asymptomatic. 

    • eliihass says:


      Sometimes, calamitous events such as this pandemic, serve as literal lessons – especially for kids.. And can often serve as vocabulary (and definition, meaning, context) expanders..

      Now, Peanut and so many kids, have become familiar with the word and meaning of asymptomatic …in the most profound of ways..

  13. eliihass says:

    Larry Gorkin @LarryGorkin1 Replying to @guardian

    Cooper is now really unleashed..

    Amy Cooper sues employer who fired her for calling police on black birdwatcher; claims race/gender discrimination, defamation… Man advised her that unleashed dogs weren’t permitted in that area of the park

  14. eliihass says:

    John Pavlovitz @johnpavlovitz

    The last guy irreparably destroyed this nation.

    I don’t think we will recover.

    Too many Republicans have been radicalized and too many non-Republicans have been anesthetized.

    I really want to be wrong.

    • eliihass says:

      Steven Dengler @Dracogen Replying to @johnpavlovitz

      Right wing media has spent years poisoning America with ever more malicious lies and misinformation. The danger is not a single demagogue, but a toxic media ecosystem that brainwashes the base on the right, inciting authoritarianism and celebrating the destruction of democracy.

      Trump was just one fruit from the toxic garden. There are many others, and there will be many more. As long as the right wing media ecosystem deceives and misinforms its base to create hate and anger, politicians will pander to them for power. It’s a race to the bottom.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Pagan Trelawney GCVOIDGAF (@PaganTrelawney) tweeted at 3:59 AM on Wed, May 26, 2021:
    As someone pointed out to me yesterday, “the firm” aren’t just angry that H&M’s production deals can pay for security & a secure roof, they’re also upset that they can afford lawyers.

    • eliihass says:

      This is one of those toxic “squaddies” who with her myriad burner accounts, has spent the last several months attacking and smearing The Obamas.. when she’s not posting insidious innuendos, she’s actively ‘liking’ outright lies, smears and attacks on the Obamas posted by fellow ‘squaddies’ and their multiple burner accounts..

    • eliihass says:

      Nettie’s Daughter @RAnnie2021

      I did what I accused the tabloids of doing about Harry and Meghan interview. I jumped to conclusion based on the little snippets they showed. I deleted my tweets and I will wait to watch the whole thing for myself. Honestly, I will be upset if Michelle shows no sympathy for them

      Pagan Trelawney GCVOIDGAF @PaganTrelawney Replying to @RAnnie2021

      Let me do the same

    • eliihass says:

      Lily @LilyJacksWrites

      If they didn’t like Meghan who is DEFINITELY LIGHTER THAN A BROWN PAPER BAG, what would make Michelle and Barack think they would like Malia who is three tones darker than Meghan?

      NalekuZah @NalekuZah

      You don’t know anything abt Michelle Obama’s relationship w/Meghan. MO has ALWAYS been diplomatic in her public stmts but she also has her own way of communicating her thoughts, feelings, & experiences. MO validated Meghan’s experiences saying she wasn’t surprised by what

    • eliihass says:

      Jo Ann @JoDivaRunner

      With friend last like Oprah, Tyler, the Obamas and the Biden’s……..,the Sussexes will be fine!

      Bibi @DLionandDJewel

      THe Obamas have chosen to side with Keen and Cain

    • eliihass says:

      Missdeen @Missdeen2:
      I don’t think the Obamas are close to them, I’ve never heard Barack or Michelle come publicly to their defence or offered some kind of support. So I’m really not sure if the Obamas support them. But the Clinton’s definitely, Hillary has publicly supported Meghan.

      Love @LoveFriedRacist:
      Don’t trust those obamas

      maria wolfe @marciat42277193:
      Not sure about the Obama. Hillary opening support Meg far more than MO. And what’s with Mr.Obama writing love letter full of praise and adoration for a known Racist Prince Phillip? I am still side eyeing those two

      Pagan Trelawney GCVOIDGAF @PaganTrelawney:
      I see more closeness with Hillary Clinton than the Obamas but who knows ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    • eliihass says:

      Cyph3r @cyph3r__ Replying to @PaganTrelawney:

      We only see things from the outside like everyone else who doesn’t know them….M supported Meg at her worst time as she worked on that cookbook. Who knows what discussions were had. Hill goes on Twitter and defends. But we see what we see…from the outside.

      Pagan Trelawney GCVOIDGAF @PaganTrelawney Replying to @cyph3r__

      As I said it’s just a guess🙂Hillary has been consistent in her defense of Meghan and definitely not just on twitter. She was also very supportive in her words after the Oprah interview, a time where many were taking sides & she could easily have shied away from commenting.

      Cyph3r @cyph3r__

      The other thing, as an African-American woman who is consciously and proudly black, I will never be here for the elevation of any WW to the chagrin of another African-American woman on so flimsy a “revelation”. Y’all gonna have to miss me with this nonsense.

    • eliihass says:

      Henry’s Cousin (A Promised Land) @RaveenWatch Replying to @ritaag

      “Some People think the Obamas have to come out and trash the RF publicly” — you are right they can’t. They are political figures and Barack is a former president. Michelle’s response to the interview was disappointed; she was unprepared which was very surprising. (1/2)

      Henry’s Cousin (A Promised Land) @RaveenWatch Replying to @RaveenWatch @ritaag

      Sadiq Khan’s answer was perfect….especially for a political figure. imo, the Sussexes followed the playbook of the Obamas. The majority of things they have done so far, was a path drawn by the Obamas. (2/2)

    • eliihass says:

      Mc-Moseh (TeamMeghan&Harry) @Maamasboy:

      I was hugely disappointed in Michelle Obama. I hope she’s not threatened by Meghan.

      You know people better when it’s not about them

      Vee Victory @vee_victory
      Okay, i think it’s unfair to criticize Michelle for her brief statement when Harry himself didn’t close the door on reconciliation between himself, his father & brother. They don’t have to be close but what is our endgame? Let’s not start attacking our own.

    • eliihass says:

      Marie-josee 🇲🇺🦂✝️@kellymariebat:
      The Obamas ,especially Michelle 🤔acquaintances yes but friends no . She showed her alliances to the Monarch , she has never openly supported the Sussexes and I now don’t like her .

      Marie-josee @kellymariebat:
      I like how Mrs Clinton has verbally supported Meghan twice now same as her daughter Chelsea unlike the other First Lady who I recalled suggested Meghan shouldn’t rush “ boots on the ground “ and Meghan should take her time etc
      Don’t come for me Shushing face prove me wrongLying faceFolded hands

      Poppy @GoldenyPoppy Replying to @kellymariebat:

      Are you referring to Meghan’s friend, Michelle Obama, who met Meghan in person more than once to lend her support? Who allowed Meghan to interview her for her guest edit of Vogue, who sent Meghan a “sweet text” on her first Mother’s Day? Who put Meghan in touch with her charity in South Africa for the royal tour, and then publicity thanked her for visiting, Michelle Obama?

    • eliihass says:

      Ellie @Ellie67255417 Replying to @PaganTrelawney
      Yeah that bothered me, I know normally family is the most important but we’re talking terrible dysfunction and even cruelty on both H and M’s sides so I’m kinda side-eyeing myself.

      Olori Isabella @GodmotherOlori:

      You forget Barack has a brother like that who gave the republicans a lot of ammunition to use against him. So she’s very much aware of what it means having your family work against you.

    • eliihass says:

      Qualquiera @MarilynGalloway Replying to @royal_suitor:

      MO is a lawyer she can do vague I see no reason for her to publicly share her view on this matter. She was on the show about her business don’t think the subject should have even been raised. They need to close the door as a family and sort out. The rest of us need to move on

  16. rikyrah says:

    Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) tweeted at 7:36 AM on Tue, May 25, 2021:
    58% of voters support passing Biden’s $4 trillion infrastructure plan without any Republican votes, poll finds via @businessinsider

  17. rikyrah says:

    46 is such a Grandpa 🤗

    CBS News (@CBSNews) tweeted at 5:22 PM on Tue, May 25, 2021:
    Biden says that when George Floyd’s daughter Gianna visited the White House on Tuesday, she said to him, “I’m really hungry, do you have any snacks?”

    “My wife would kill me — we gave her some ice cream, she had some Cheetos, and I think she had some chocolate milk,” he says

  18. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh 😒
    Uh huh 😒

    saki saki saki (@radiocandied) tweeted at 8:13 PM on Tue, May 25, 2021:
    Friendly reminder that we wouldn’t be here with DeJoy in the first place if Bernie Sanders hadn’t done us all the favor of blocking every single one of Obama‘s post office nominees ✨

    • Liza says:

      And there would be no progressive legislation being proposed if Bernie Sanders hadn’t done the Democratic Party the favor of moving it to the left.

      And, despite that favor, it’s still questionable if any of it will get done thanks to “compromising” Democrats and ass-clowns like Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin.

      Pick on those two, relentlessly, not Bernie.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone😊😊😊

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