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Bette Midler wins the Twitter tubes for the day!

bettemidler @BetteMidler

Trump finally wore a mask the other day & said he felt like the #LoneRanger. But the Lone Ranger's mask had two eye holes in it, while Trump's mask had only one asshole in it.

8:18 AM · Jul 2, 2020

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Thu Jul 2, 2020, 08:33 AM (6 replies)

56 years ago today; President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Presidential Trivia @triviapotus

President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 56 years ago today. “Our generation of Americans has been called on to continue the unending search for justice within our own borders.”


6:20 AM · Jul 2, 2020

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Thu Jul 2, 2020, 06:35 AM (8 replies)

In Austin, Where Nearly All Concerts are Canceled, Vanilla Ice Set to Perform Friday


Relive the Nineties, “When we didn’t have coronavirus!”

BY KEVIN CURTIN, 3:35PM, WED. JUL. 1, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order last Friday closing all bars due to an expected surge in COVID-19 cases effectively put an end to those in-person concerts still taking place locally. One notable exception: Vanilla Ice at Emerald Point Bar & Grill on Friday.

A promotional flyer for Vanilla Ice's July 3 performance at Emerald Point Bar & Grill.
The massive, multi-level marina structure on Lake Travis is categorized as a restaurant because at least 51% of its sales are food and, while Abbott’s order shut down bars, it only reduced restaurant capacity to 50%. A couple other local venues, Stubb’s and the Far Out Lounge, also remain open because of their restaurant designation. According to an interview with Emerald Point general manager Matt Norcia in May, the business maintains a load card for 4,000 people but can scale up to 5,000 when they open the beach area.

The Independence Day Throwback Beach Party promoter, Mike Wade, told Chronicle reporter Rachel Rascoe via text that the show’s capacity will be 2,500. Tickets, selling on Eventbrite, range $25-$300.

Vanilla Ice, aka Dallas native Rob Van Winkle, leans heavily on celebration of Nineties throwback culture in his promotion. An Instagram post from earlier this week showed footage from a packed concert, along with the caption: “I can’t wait to get back to this. The Nineties were the best. We didn’t have coronavirus, or cell phones, or computers.” He goes on to call the era, “The last of the great decades.”


Ice ICED, Baby...
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Thu Jul 2, 2020, 06:20 AM (11 replies)

Virginia Foxx: "I am not a hypocrite!" Max Rose: "With all due respect, ma'am, you are."


Posted by Dennis Donovan | Wed Jul 1, 2020, 02:27 PM (37 replies)

Protester Martin Gugino, who was injured by police, released from hospital


Martin Gugino is shown at a demonstration.

Two police officers have been charged in relation to the injury.

By Mark Osborne

June 30, 2020, 9:41 PM

The 75-year-old protester who was pushed to the ground by police officers in Buffalo, New York, has been released from the hospital almost four weeks after being injured.

Martin Gugino was attending a protest outside City Hall on June 4 when he was pushed to the ground by a line of police officers clearing out the relatively empty area. He fell and hit the back of his head, fracturing his skull and putting him in the hospital for 26 days.

He was released Tuesday from the Erie County Medical Center, his attorney said. His lawyer, Kelly Zarcone, said he will be recovering at an "undisclosed location" to preserve his privacy.

"I was able to see Martin today and he looks great. He can walk with a little help and his condition will continue to improve with rest and time," Zarcone said in a statement. "I brought him the cards and letters sent to my office and he said he still felt overjoyed at the continued support and well wishes, 'like it was Christmas Day.'"


Good news!
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Wed Jul 1, 2020, 07:58 AM (4 replies)

Parker Molloy: "Subtle"

Parker Molloy @ParkerMolloy


7:20 PM · Jun 30, 2020 from Chicago, IL


Fourteen Words

Fourteen Words, 14, or 14/88, is a reference to the fourteen-word slogan "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children", or the less commonly used "Because the beauty of the White Aryan woman must not perish from the earth." The slogans were originally coined by white supremacist David Lane, a founding member of terrorist organization The Order and serve as a rallying cry for militant white nationalists across the globe. "88" is a veiled reference to "Heil Hitler", as 'H' is the 8th letter of the alphabet.

The terms were coined while he was serving a 190-year sentence in federal prison for violating the civil rights of Jewish talk show host Alan Berg, who was murdered by another member of the group in June 1984. The slogans were publicized through now-defunct 14 Word Press, founded in 1995 by Lane's wife to disseminate her husband's writings.

Lane also used the phrasing in other writings, including the "14 points" in his "white genocide" manifesto, and further in his 88 Precepts essay, stressing his support for racial and ethnic religions, opposition to multiracialism and miscegenation, and support for racial separatism. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Fourteen Words slogan is derived from a passage in Adolf Hitler's autobiographical book Mein Kampf; the Fourteen Words are prominently used by neo-Nazis, white power skinheads and certain white nationalists and the alt-right.

Lane's ideology was anti-American and Lane considered loyalty to the United States to be "race treason" and upheld a secondary slogan entitled "OUR RACE IS OUR NATION" or "ORION", viewing the United States as committing genocide against white people and as having been founded as a New World Order to finalize a global Zionist government.

Being bitterly opposed to the continued existence of the United States as a political entity, and labelling it the "murderer of the White race", Lane further advocated domestic terrorism as a tool to carve out a "white homeland". To that end, Lane issued a declaration called "Moral Authority" published through now-defunct 14 Word Press and shared through the publications of Aryan Nations, World Church of the Creator and other white separatist groups, referring to the United States as a "Red, White and Blue traveling mass murder machine", while asserting "true moral authority belongs to those who resist genocide"

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Jun 30, 2020, 07:32 PM (5 replies)

Tweet/Photoshop of the Day

Jack Bear Anti-fascist 🌊✡🌊 @JBarebear

Whoever did this..👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

12:17 PM · Jun 30, 2020

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Jun 30, 2020, 01:03 PM (24 replies)

GOP Senator Seeks Amendment Allowing the U.S. to Buy Russian Defense System



The U.S. could be permitted to purchase the Russian S-400 missile defense system from Turkey under a Senate amendment proposed last week.

Under the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 proposed by Senate Majority Whip John Thune, the U.S. Army would be able to purchase the S-400 missile defense system from Turkey, provided the country certified that money from the purchase would not be used to buy equipment deemed "incompatible" with the NATO alliance.

The proposal, first covered by Defense News, offers a potential remedy to tensions between Washington and Ankara over the country's purchase of the air defense system last year.

Shortly after Turkish officials accepted the Russian military technology, the U.S. removed Ankara from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program and originally threatened to withdraw Turkey's production work on the aircraft by March this year.

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:13 AM (9 replies)

Axios: Panic sets in at White House over Trump's re-election prospects


President Trump's advisers are sounding alarms about his re-election prospects to a degree not heard since the president entered the White House three and a half years ago.


Early optimism about a booming economic comeback has dampened because of new coronavirus outbreaks across the country.

Early hopes that Trump’s return to rallies would bring back momentum has dampened because of the Tulsa rally debacle — and because advisers have recognized that Trump's elderly base is more fearful of the virus than previously realized.

Trump, relentlessly, keeps committing egregious self-defeating acts — the latest being tweeting a video in which an elderly supporter chants "white power."


Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Jun 30, 2020, 07:32 AM (1 replies)

Paycheck Program Ends With $130 Billion Unspent, and Uncertainty Ahead


The program distributed forgivable loans to five million small businesses that could use the money to pay workers to stay home. But shifting rules blunted its effect.

The Paycheck Protection Program provided a financial safety net for West Virginia Eye Consultants, where Crystal Newhouse was working in the firm’s Beckley office on Monday.

By Stacy Cowley
June 30, 2020, 5:00 a.m. ET

After a stumbling start three months ago, the government’s centerpiece relief program for small businesses is ending with money left over.

The Paycheck Protection Program is scheduled to wrap up on Tuesday after handing out $520 billion in loans meant to preserve workers’ jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. But as new outbreaks spike across the country and force many states to rethink their plans to reopen businesses, the program is closing down with more than $130 billion still in its coffers.

“The fact that it was able to reach so far into the small-business sector is a major achievement, and those things are worth acknowledging, and celebrating,” said John Lettieri, the chief executive of the Economic Innovation Group, a think tank focused on entrepreneurship. “But we’re still in a public health crisis, and we’re facing a long, slow, uneven return. Millions of businesses still have their survival at risk.”

The hastily constructed and frequently chaotic aid program, run by the Small Business Administration but carried out through banks, handed out money to nearly five million businesses nationwide, giving them low-interest loans to cover roughly two and a half months of their typical payroll costs. Those that use most of the money to pay employees can have their debt forgiven.

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Jun 30, 2020, 07:21 AM (0 replies)
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