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Tea Party Blogger Lies About Occupy Wall Street, Readers Attack Blogger



The blog called “THR 2.0, Proud Tea Party Son of a Bitch!” today posted an article, “Occupy Wall Street Protester Shits on American Flag,” with a complete (somewhat NSFW) version of this image. Only problem was, it’s a lie. (The author actually linked to a post from The New Civil Rights Movement, claiming, “Obama supports this behavior. I don’t even know what to say…,” another lie.)

If you want to see the full somewhat NSFW photo, click here.

The photo (right) is actually a section of a much larger image, and, as his readers pointed out, from 2007.

Here’s what Andy B. Hammond, the blog’s author, said to his readers in the comments:

Thanks for the heads up on when this photo actually appeared. I am guilty of assuming this scumbag was performing this act at an Occupy Wall Street event. Instead it appears he was doing this in 2007 at a Peace March in Portland, OR.

I’m sure we can all agree that the scumbag in the photo does not support Obama nor is he attending an “Occupy” event and performing similar acts. No way.

Actually, the title of my post is, in all probability, truthful. While the act in the photo was done in 2007, I’m 99.9% certain that this person is participating in an #occupy event somewhere. So therefore my title, “Occupy Wall Street Protester Shits on American Flag” is truthful. The only inaccuracy may be he is not on Wall Street but in Portland.

And, Obama supports these people. That is also the truth.

So where am I lying?

Well Mr. or Ms. Anonymous, how exactly am I presenting inaccurate information? I admitted my error about the photo and corrected it in my first comment. I then went on to describe how I am fairly certain the guy is out protesting in #occupy events which does give credence to my original post. You have to admit I have a point.

We all know this guy is out there protesting with the #occupy crowd. I’m certain he is even one of the leaders. He’s probably even shitting on another flag.

I also will say here and now that when all this shakes out we will find out that Obama and his affiliations were behind this entire “movement”. This is something Obama’s long time buddies, Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright would be right at home with. Mark my words…


Welcome to the Tea Party. Home of delusional liars.

His readers wrote,

I know telling the truth isn’t your strong suit, but you might want to correct this lie.

Wow, you think an easy debunkable lie makes you look good? Or are you just trying to get site traffic up? Pathetic

You owe the internet one apology for this garbage. An update will be sufficient.

Good Good, man. Pathetic.

Even when you’re demonstrably presenting inaccurate information, you won’t admit it. Says a lot about the quality of the rest of your posts.

Sorry Mr. Hammond. Your presumption that “fairly certain the guy is out protesting” does not in any way lend validity to your original post. You have no point after the false information you presented was exposed.

You also only stated that Obama endorsed this picture and that you were speechless. Obama was not involved in this and again eliminates any validity to making a point.

Please refrain from creating false impressions about anybody in the future.

Typical Right-wing nonsense. See lies like this all the time in emails I receive from my Right-winged acquaintances. Rather sad that you, Andy, and your kind are unable to conduct a meaningful conversation without having to resort to lies and false innuendos.

For those of you who state or ass-u-me that the idiot bearing his butt in the picture, above, is involved in any of the “Wall Street” gatherings without verifiable proof, you are not intelligent enough to be listened to by anyone.

Andy, if this entry represents your state-of-mind, then your blog is rubbish. I shall not revisit.

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‘We’re Not Gonna Fix It’: TN Republican Says Congress Can Do Nothing to Stop Gun Violence – Calls for Christian ‘Revival’



U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) says there’s nothing the 535 elected officials in the House and Senate can do to reduce gun violence and gun deaths.

“We’re not gonna fix it,” Congressman Burchett said on the steps of the Capitol.

“I don’t see any role that we could do other than mess things up, honestly,” he said in response to Monday’s school mass shooting in Nashville, where three nine-year olds and three adults were shot to death by a shooter with two AR-15 style assault rifles and a handgun.

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Instead of Congress enacting stricter gun laws, background checks, and a ban on assault weapons, Congressman Burchett said, “you’ve got to change people’s hearts,” as he called for a Christian revival.

“As a Christian, we talk about the church. I’ve said this many times, I think we really need a revival in this country.”

Monday’s shooting at the Covenant Presbyterian Elementary School was the 130th mass shooting this year in America, bringing the death toll from all gun violence across all causes to 9989, including 403 children 17 or younger, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Congressman Burchett is a member of the far-right Republican Study Committee, which has strong ties to the National Rifle Association (NRA).

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On Monday, Burchett released a statement saying, “Kelly and I are praying for everyone at The Covenant School, especially the families of the shooting victims. No one should have to go through that kind of horrific event or lose a loved one like that. I’m so thankful to those brave folks who brought down the shooter and took care of the students and their families.”

Earlier this month Rep. Burchett was one of 26 House Republicans on the Oversight Committee who refused to sign a simple two-sentence statement denouncing white supremacy.

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Trump Trying to ‘Pollute the Jury Pool’ With ‘Gibberish and Obstruction’: Analysis



Donald Trump has been hurling ominous warnings and racist insults against Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg ahead of a possible indictment, and legal experts fear those threats could provoke violence in the same way his rhetoric fueled the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The former president has attacked state and federal prosecutors “thugs,” claimed two Black district attorneys are “racist” and used anti-Semitic tropes to suggests he’s the victim of a “globalist” conspiracy and cast doubt on the legitimacy of the prosecutors who are investigating him, reported The Guardian.

“Trump cannot stop the judicial process, although he can try to slow it,” said Stephen Gillers, a New York University law professor. “But he can undermine its credibility through his charges and by mobilizing his supporters. I see what he’s doing now as aimed at them, just as he tried to discredit the election returns in their eyes and anger them with baseless charges over the ‘steal.'”

Trump’s legal defenses have recently weakened after federal courts required some of his top aides, including former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, to testify in the Jan. 6 grand jury investigation, and compelled the testimony of his current lawyer Evan Corcoran in the classified documents case, and prosecutions in Manhattan and Georgia also appear to be nearing conclusion.

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“If I were on the prosecution teams in Manhattan or Georgia, I would expect Trump to assert every defense he can think of, including accusing the prosecutors of misconduct,” said Barbara McQuade, a former U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Michigan.

“None of these accusations about the motives of prosecutors, however, will negate the evidence of Trump’s own crimes,” McQuade added. “A jury will focus on the facts and the law, and not any of this name calling. The Trump strategy may work in the court of public opinion, but not in a court of law.”

Trump’s lawyers are using his trusted stalling tactic by raising “specious” objections in Georgia, according to former Watergate prosecutor Phlip Lacovara, and Trump is “trying to pollute the jury pool” with attacks on Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg.

“All he needs is one juror who believes this is all a concocted plot,” Lacovara said.

Trump used many of the same tactics in his attempt to overturn his 2020 election loss, which ultimately led to the deadly U.S. Capitol attack.

“This is more of what we saw during the election,” said Donald Ayer, who served as deputy attorney general in the George H. W. Bush administration. “He throws up gibberish and obstruction.”


Image: Hunter Crenian/Shutterstock

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Tennessee Governor Slammed After ‘Praying’ for Nashville School Community Without Mentioning Mass Shooting



Governor Bill Lee quickly drew tremendous outrage in the wake of a school mass shooting where six people including three young children were shot to death. Social media users criticized the Tennessee Republican, who had signed a permit-less gun carry law, for declaring he was “praying for the school, congregation & Nashville community,” without posting any mention of the mass shooting.

Tweeting he was “closely monitoring the tragic situation at Covenant,” Gov. Lee said, “As we continue to respond, please join us in praying for the school, congregation & Nashville community.”

There was no mention of any loss of life, and, as Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts passionately noted, the “situation” was a mass shooting.

“If thoughts and prayers alone worked to stop gun violence, there wouldn’t have been a shooting at a Christian elementary school. It’s your actions – including weakening the state’s gun laws – that’s killing kids in Tennessee,” Watts also tweeted. “SHAME ON YOU.”

Gov. Lee signed a permit-less carry bill into law in 2021, at a Beretta gun manufacturing plant.

According to the CDC, as of 2020 – one year before the permit-less carry bill was signed into law – Tennessee ranked tenth in the nation in per-capita firearm mortality.

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Meanwhile, others took notice of the gun culture Gov. Lee has fostered in “The Volunteer State.”

MSNBC analyst and Bulwark writer Tim Miller commented, “Tennessee governor Bill Lee issued a statement recently about how the drag ban in Tennessee ‘protects children.’ If only he would have instead focused on laws that might have prevented the mass murder of children in his state today.”

Historian Kevin Kruse pointed to an article from last year, after the Uvalde, Texas school shooting, titled: “Rep. Clemmons Seeks Renewed Gun Laws, Gov. Lee Requests Prayer.”

“You chose prayer over gun reforms last year after the Uvalde massacre,” Kruse wrote. “And now here we are.”

The progressive website Tennessee Holler pointed out that Gov. Lee, along with GOP lawmakers, “just appointed Jordan Mollenhour to the [state] board of education— whose company was sued for selling ammo to an underage mass killer (SANTA FE) and sold ammo to at least one more (AURORA) He has ZERO education experience.”

Let’s Give a Damn founder Nick Laparra tweeted, “We are 86 days into 2023. So far, 9859 people have died by gun violence and there have been 128 mass shootings. Meanwhile, @GovBillLee spends his days being outraged over drag queens and CRT and book bans. This is Bill Lee’s and the GOP’s fault.”

See the tweets and video above or at this link.

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