What do these stories [about serial fabulist George Santos and Solomon Pena, with 19 felony convictions and nearly seven years in the pen] have in common? They suggest a Republican Party that simply doesn't vet candidates for office anymore. Even cursory background checks or interviews would have revealed some problems with these candidates, but today's GOP doesn't seem to care. What happened? read more
The most often quoted words of civil rights giant Martin Luther King, Jr., are surely those of his 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech. Five years later, on the night before his murder, King delivered another memorable address in which he spoke of his mosaic journey to "the mountaintop" and what he beheld there. read more
Television network C-SPAN on Tuesday wrote a letter to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) requesting regular access to the House chamber, citing the positive response to its coverage of the dramatic 15 rounds of voting for the House speakership. read more
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), a newly elected representative from Montana, celebrated his second day in Congress with a lengthy rant about the American "Deep State" and the endangered "American cowboy." read more
The Justice Department's investigation of the Capitol attack, already the largest it has ever conducted, has resulted in 900 arrests, with the potential for scores or hundreds more to come. read more
If you haven't already seen it, you might give Moira Donegan's "Serial liar George Santos is the politician Americans deserve" at The Guardian(www.theguardian.com).
... [W]ith his boldness and deception, his shamelessness and alleged comfort with financial malfeasance, Santos, with all his lies, seems to reveal an uncomfortable truth about American politics, emphasizing what the politics writer John Ganz called "the reign of crime". Politicians, after all, lie all the time, and the Republican party in particular seems to have rapidly mainstreamed the use of fabulism, fraud and cheap scams that manipulate and extort the government, the public and the ruling elite. Are Santos's lies, after all, any more far-fetched than Trump's claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him via a vast, undetected conspiracy? Are his lies about where he worked and went to school any more nefarious than the claim that Covid vaccines kill people, or that drag queens are scheming to molest children at public libraries? Perhaps Santos's real sin is not in lying, but in telling the wrong lies. He didn't regurgitate the same fabrications as the rest of his fellow Republicans " the ones about marginalized others. Instead, he merely lied about himself. And crucially, he lied about the one thing that seems to really matter to Republican leadership: he claimed to be a member of the monied elite, when he wasn't.
Santos's fellow New York Republicans are trying to distance themselves from the congressman, calling on him to resign in the hopes that it will help their own re-election chances. "He needs help," said Jennifer DeSena, a local Republican official from Long Island. "This is not a normal person." And indeed it's hard not to suspect that there might be something wrong with the man, aside from the moral turpitude " a delusional tendency or break with reality that precipitated all these fictions. But it would be a mistake to think that George Santos's pathologies are his alone. His lies are the product of a political system that incentivizes dishonesty, punishes sincerity and is rife with opportunities for petty crooks. In that sense, Santos is the politician that we deserve.
"He jumped off the rail and ran in the woods never looking back."
Not even a good goddamn thank you or a handshake?
"I'm not interested in what I already did. It's already done. The trick is that when the music comes by your house, you have to have the lights on and the doors open."
Also, the guy basically melted down after getting hauled in. Handcuffs, the standard procedures, all seemed to freak him out. He's also clearly a nutter. So if he has anything worth flipping him for, go at it.
Not Trump's "type"? Lol. While he'd likely latch onto the ribbon-winning sow at an Iowa county fair, it's an alternative fact that even Miss Piggy remains well beyond the reach of that slob.
"I don't know," Ronald Reagan replied to a query during his maiden electoral effort in 1966 about what sort of governor he'd make. "I've never played a governor." (Source: www.politico.com)
Out of the game a few years now, but I read the article and gave thanks I'm not trying to root out plagiarized papers these days. When I left academe, nearly a decade ago, what a professor looked for first were literate papers tuned in by students whose previous work did not indicate skills at such a level. That usually involved slipping a few sentences onto the screen, typing in "wiki," and finding the original source. A word changed here and there, some rearrangement, still plagiarism. (A topic covered at length both in class and within the syllabus - also gone over in class.). Occasionally, a paper written by someone else and purchased from a company specializing in that might creep in. Again, if submitted by certain folk that would raise an automatic red flag. But much harder to prove. This article is really a downer, although what happens when those who obtained degrees by faking their abilities are called upon to display those talents in the real world things is anyone's guess. Things might get interesting.
She evidently knows when it's time to exit the political stage. Good for her. Were there more with that degree of self-awareness!
~ Chuck Grassley
I've heard some people, some of the best people, say "Are DeSantis and Santos the same? They sound the same." They sure do, don't they? Coincidence? Just asking. For a friend. The one who always calls me "Sir."
~ Donald J. Trump
"Knittle is described as 5-foot-10 inches and 185 pounds. He has curly brown hair with a white mustache and beard."
The tuna, known locally as "Charlie," is 9-feet long and weighs 450-pounds (sans fisherman in tow). No moostache, no beard.
Your description indicates it would be Russia, with its addiction to expansionism, chauvinism, revanchism, and historical and racialist boolsheet. Congrats! You may be educable!
He hasn't been charged with actually eating anyone, yet. Has he? So, there you go.
~ My Kevin
Speaker (as of 0403 EST 1/18/23)
US House of Representatives
Russia's customary two conscriptions per year (starting in April and October) cannot begin to support the 30% increase in the size of its forces recently announced by Shoigu. That leaves either (a) another broken promise or (b) more widespread mobilization.
Volodya, meet the Tar Baby.