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Did you guys know that FiveThirtyEight has a database which simply keeps track of how often members of Congress vote with Trump? While the day before the end of the Trump administration might seem like an odd time to tell those uninformed about this fact, but I do think it is worth keeping an eye on as the Republican Party goes forward.

For example, once Chair of the House Republican Conference Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, voted for impeachment, it was treated as a big deal by both sides. The fact that she voted with President Trump 92.9% of the time was completely forgotten by both sides, one which tried to paint her as a traitor to Trump (side note: She does not serve Trump) and the other which tried to paint her as a brave woman standing up for what’s right (what she considers “right” is the man she voted to impeach over 90% of the time). …

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Warning: In this article, I quote some people using racial slurs. If that bothers you, this article is not for you. If that doesn’t bother you, then please continue forward.

Considering today is Martin Luther King Jr., I figured I should write about the Civil Rights Movement in some way. Luckily, Gab gave me the perfect topic on 1/15/2021 when they posted a rather odd meme on Twitter. It was the “hard times create strong men/strong men create good times/good times create weak men/weak men create hard times” meme with an odd twist. …

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I imagine at least some of my readers are familiar with the works of Edward S. Herman, a writer most known for his collaborations with Noam Chomsky (such as the two volume The Political Economy Of Human Rights in 1979 and Manufacturing Consent in 1988). One of his solo books, published in 1992, is titled Beyond Hypocrisy and covers — what else — the lies of politicians and mainstream media from that era with special focus on their hypocrisy and the the first Iraq War. …

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If you’re unaware of CinemaSins, then your YouTube algorithm results are totally broken. Basically, they’re a group of people who watch movies and then “sin” them, usually over the most minor things possible. Personally, I tend to find them rather funny and even believe they make some good points about the movies that they’re sinning.

Well, they also do TVSins, which is the CinemaSins formula but brought to television. One of these videos is on the Futurama episode “The Farnsworth Paradox” — and wow is it bad. So without further ado, here’s Everything Wrong With “Everything Wrong With ‘The Farnsworth Paradox.’” …

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Two days ago, I defended the idea of making impeachment “a precedent” for any and every President from here on out. The same day I published that, the Q-Anon supporting Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene announced she would be pursuing the Articles of Impeachment against Joe Biden as soon as he’s inaugurated. On 1/13/2021, she tweeted out the following:

On January 21st, I’m filing Articles of Impeachment on President-elect @JoeBiden. 75 million Americans are fed up with inaction. It’s time to take a stand. I’m proud to be the voice of Republican voters who have been ignored. #ImpeachBiden #QuidProJoe #BidenCrimeFamily

Coming from someone who has debunked many anti-Biden claims, especially the ones revolving around his son Hunter, you would think I’d be angry at this. Truth be told, I find the idea more amusing than I do enraging — if only because such a thing has no chance of happening. Republicans aren’t even a majority in either chamber of Congress, and yet this woman thinks she can impeach a President. The Democrats at least waited until they had a majority in the House to start the impeachment process, these people can’t help but show their true plans right from the start. …

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I must say, seeing Rep. Greene, who had only been in Congress for ten days at that point, wear a mask that read “censored” as she spoke on the floor of Congress really summed up how Republicans have been acting recently. Republicans are the kind of people who get on the floor of Congress, during a hearing that was being broadcast on all twenty-four-hour news networks, and complain about being censored. I should also note that she does, in fact, have a Twitter account that has not been taken down, so who it is that’s censoring her is anyone’s guess.

Of course Greene, who personally believes in the absurd Q-Anon conspiracy theory (although she has since distanced herself from it for political reasons), was one of 197 Republicans who voted against impeaching Trump. …

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With the possibility of Trump being impeached, censured, convicted, and fired out of a cannon in the final week of his administration, I think it’s worth talking about what kind of precedent doing this would create. And it seems like I’m not the only one interested in this point, Karl Rove went on Fox News on 1/11/2021 specifically to talk about this. “You are creating a weapon here,” Rove warns “that could be used against a future President.”

I recall hearing this during the first Trump impeachment from time to time, like when @lordvictor tweeted on 12/13/2019:

Prediction: From now on every time a President and the House are of different parties, there will be an Impeachment.

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Back in April 2019, I criticized Bloomberg’s decision to not label the attempted overthrow of the Venezuelan government Juan Guaido and his supporters wanted a “coup.” However, one thing I made clear was my issue was not that Guaido and his supporters wanted to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, after all the man is far from perfect and I myself have criticized him many times— but that they, and much of the mainstream media, were being very dishonest about their tactics and goal.

Coup, like most terms in politics, in a rather neutral term — one could make the argument that The American Revolution was a coup, and that does not somehow make it less justified. At this point, I should note, I was also defending Juan Guaido and proudly arguing that he would be a much better leader of Venezuela than Maduro — that does not mean I get to pretend what he was planning was not a coup. Once again, doing so would be dishonest about what my goals are, which is something I simply can’t stand. …

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At the end of last year, I published an article called “Polish Death Camps” going after the idea that such a thing was fiction, as well as heavily criticizing the Polish government for its denial, censorship, and pressure on US officials. Since then, I’ve come to find out that the phrase “Polish Death Camps” ignites the same in anger in people that we heard using the phrase “China virus” could. That using it is nothing short of pure bigotry, and might even make me a Nazi.

As such, I have decided to bring this up as often as possible — just as the “China virus” people do. During the most recent example of me doing this, a fellow named Lucas (full handle @Lucas02072054) came to the defense of this nation. He himself is a Polish citizen who could not believe I was daring to say his about his homeland. …

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As of now, I have written nothing regarding Twitter’s choice to suspend Donald Trump’s account as well as the accounts of many other administration officials. However, one thing that quickly enraged me was the amount of people who seemed to believe the President should simply be above the rules wherever he goes. While I could not re-find the tweets, I recall seeing some refer to a sitting President not being on Twitter (as 43 other Presidents weren’t) being called a “coup” and other such nonsense terms. As Minty Root put in on 1/9/2021:

So, let me get this straight, breaking into the capitol with weapons and zip ties for kidnapping people in order to overthrow an election is not a coup, but banning someone from Twitter is?

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Ephrom Josine

Writer On Both History And Politics; Peaceful Globalist; Follow My Twitter: @EphromJosine1

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