“Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen,”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-pressed-justice-department-to-discredit-2020-election-officials-notes-show-11627665949

In case paywalled try this:

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/30/trump-doj-corrupt-election-501775?cid=apn

Add this to the phone calls made to state election officials to “find” 10,000+1 votes or be prosecuted. (Be a shame for a nice lawyer like you to lose his license…)

Are these “offers they could not refuse”? But they did, evidently.

PS: Growing up in Mafia country these words are eerily reminiscent.

It’s often said that we are 50 laboratories for laws and policies.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/florida-virus-cases-soar-hospitals-201622077.html

We’ll see how Florida comes through the latest surge. DeSantis is so adamant about no more restrictions that he signed a law prohibiting local mandates. And he is selling “clever” koozies.

“How the hell am I going to drink a beer with a mask on?” Funny. The real question seems to be how to drink a beer while intubated. Less funny.

Oh well, his state, his people, his experiment. For their sake, I hope it works.

Mo Brooks may have to defend himself in 1/6 lawsuit.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/27/justice-department-declines-mo-brooks-lawsuit-501103?cid=apn

It seems the DOJ is not the personal law firm that the previous administration relied on. Brooks tried to say that his role at the 1/6 rally was official business and part of his job as a Congressman. Of course, after checking the Constitution, I could not find that inciting a violent attack on Congress was mentioned, but I’ll confirm. Maybe it is part of the establishment of a postal service as an earmark?

Sorry, Mo, but you can’t rely on the government to shoulder your personal problems. (Oh, the irony.)

Day one of the House investigation discusses the uncivil behavior of “tourists” on 1/6.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/07/27/democrats-jan-6-probe-video-and-testimony-500826?cid=apn

Generally, the officers testified their deep emotional hurt of being call liars and that hugs and kisses were what the “patriots” were giving out. One did refer to federal code describing a terrorist action and how it fit what happened. We definitely need to keep 1/6 top of mind to counter GOP and Trump gaslighting.

We have been attacked or invaded few times in our history. 1812, Mexican War, Pearl Harbor, 9/11 and 1/6. Only one of those has a concerted effort to squash facts. The rest are memorialized.

Our government can mandate vaccination by law. Will we is another question.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-mandates-public-health-11627402120

“…the liberty secured by the Constitution of the United States to every person within its jurisdiction does not import an absolute right in each person to be, at all times and in all circumstances, wholly freed from restraint.” Real “liberty for all could not exist under the operation of a principle which recognizes the right of each individual person to use his own, whether in respect of his person or his property, regardless of the injury that may be done to others.” Justice Harlan’s decision is still the law of the land.” Jacobson v. Massachusetts (1905)

I did not know it was a long ago decided case (smallpox inoculation) and apparently not overturned or legislated otherwise. Of course the political firestorm may be enough to forestall such action.

Where do students learn to do these “slave trade” postings?

https://www.record-eagle.com/news/the-uncomfortable-truth-racism-hate-among-children-front-and-center-after-slave-trade-snapchat/article_4929bf44-a92a-11eb-8143-5b5063098911.html

Essentially, High Schoolers held another “slave trade” online targeting the handful of black students in Traverse, MI. So if there is no systemic racism, who thought this was a good idea and where did it come from? This is not new, other schools around the country have had the same problem.

For a more detailed version, with interviews:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/mock-slave-trade-critical-race-theory/2021/07/23/b4372c36-e9a8-11eb-ba5d-55d3b5ffcaf1_story.html

Hospitals are filling up with unvaccinated, younger and sicker.

https://www.newsweek.com/florida-hospital-canceling-elective-surgeries-amid-covid-increase-us-cases-tripling-1611990

Elective procedures in Florida back on hold…again. We are apparently slow learners. Now a few Republicans are panicking and starting to push vaccination despite anti-vaccines efforts from many in the last months. This report is a bit of a wake up call to the faithful. And losing voters too.