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In other news, a GOP WA State House member has been implicated in domestic terrorism and plotting against the government with far Right-Wing militias.

These nutters need to drummed out of the party (which the WA GOP has done).


Washington Rep. Matt Shea Engaged in Domestic Terrorism Against U.S., says State House Report



State Rep. Matt Shea planned and participated in domestic terrorism against the United States before and during the armed takeover at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, an investigation commissioned by the Washington state House found.

The 108-page report found that beginning in November 2015, Shea, working with militia leader Ammon Bundy, helped “in the planning and preparation” of the Malheur takeover, a six-week conflict in which dozens of armed protesters occupied the refuge in rural Eastern Oregon. The standoff ended after one protester was shot and killed and dozens were arrested.

“Representative Shea, as a leader in the Patriot Movement, planned, engaged in and promoted a total of three armed conflicts of political violence against the United States Government in three states outside the state of Washington over a three-year period,” according to the report released Thursday. “In one conflict Representative Shea led covert strategic pre-planning in advance of the conflict.”

Immediately after the report was released, Rep. J.T. Wilcox, the Republican minority leader of the House, said Shea “has been suspended from any role in the House Republican Caucus.”

“He should resign,” Wilcox wrote on Twitter. “He cannot use House Republican staff, he cannot meet with the caucus, his office will be moved.” Shea’s name and picture were removed from the House GOP website.

Shea said he would not step down, calling the investigation a “sham.”

“I will not back down, I will not give in, I will not resign,” he said in a statement posted to Facebook Thursday night. “Stand strong fellow Patriots.”

The report concluded that Shea, a Spokane Valley Republican first elected in 2008, is closely associated with several armed militias and uses his prominence in the Patriot Movement to dispatch militia members to conflicts with government officials. The Patriot Movement is a loose organization of conservative groups and individuals in mostly rural areas that includes organized militia members and so-called sovereign citizens, who are generally united by deep suspicion and fear of the federal government.

The movement grew after standoffs at Ruby Ridge in Idaho and Waco, Texas, in the 1990s; the Oklahoma City bombing was carried out by Patriot Movement members.

Shea, 45, also traveled to an armed standoff in 2014 in Bunkerville, Nevada, and “publicly supported” the armed militia’s standoff involving rancher Cliven Bundy, and engaged in a 2015 armed conflict in Bonner County, Idaho, the report found.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-state-rep-matt-shea-engaged-in-domestic-terrorism-against-the-u-s-says-state-house-inquiry/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=article_inset_1.1&fbclid=IwAR0lrIU-i7rzofkRK-9HUwf0060qxe6K96fWwJO1gXl1xxcgdqx2d7UglNM
 

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In other news, a GOP WA State House member has been implicated in domestic terrorism and plotting against the government with far Right-Wing militias.

These nutters need to drummed out of the party (which the WA GOP has done).


Washington Rep. Matt Shea Engaged in Domestic Terrorism Against U.S., says State House Report



State Rep. Matt Shea planned and participated in domestic terrorism against the United States before and during the armed takeover at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, an investigation commissioned by the Washington state House found.

The 108-page report found that beginning in November 2015, Shea, working with militia leader Ammon Bundy, helped “in the planning and preparation” of the Malheur takeover, a six-week conflict in which dozens of armed protesters occupied the refuge in rural Eastern Oregon. The standoff ended after one protester was shot and killed and dozens were arrested.

“Representative Shea, as a leader in the Patriot Movement, planned, engaged in and promoted a total of three armed conflicts of political violence against the United States Government in three states outside the state of Washington over a three-year period,” according to the report released Thursday. “In one conflict Representative Shea led covert strategic pre-planning in advance of the conflict.”

Immediately after the report was released, Rep. J.T. Wilcox, the Republican minority leader of the House, said Shea “has been suspended from any role in the House Republican Caucus.”

“He should resign,” Wilcox wrote on Twitter. “He cannot use House Republican staff, he cannot meet with the caucus, his office will be moved.” Shea’s name and picture were removed from the House GOP website.

Shea said he would not step down, calling the investigation a “sham.”

“I will not back down, I will not give in, I will not resign,” he said in a statement posted to Facebook Thursday night. “Stand strong fellow Patriots.”

The report concluded that Shea, a Spokane Valley Republican first elected in 2008, is closely associated with several armed militias and uses his prominence in the Patriot Movement to dispatch militia members to conflicts with government officials. The Patriot Movement is a loose organization of conservative groups and individuals in mostly rural areas that includes organized militia members and so-called sovereign citizens, who are generally united by deep suspicion and fear of the federal government.

The movement grew after standoffs at Ruby Ridge in Idaho and Waco, Texas, in the 1990s; the Oklahoma City bombing was carried out by Patriot Movement members.

Shea, 45, also traveled to an armed standoff in 2014 in Bunkerville, Nevada, and “publicly supported” the armed militia’s standoff involving rancher Cliven Bundy, and engaged in a 2015 armed conflict in Bonner County, Idaho, the report found.

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-state-rep-matt-shea-engaged-in-domestic-terrorism-against-the-u-s-says-state-house-inquiry/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=article_inset_1.1&fbclid=IwAR0lrIU-i7rzofkRK-9HUwf0060qxe6K96fWwJO1gXl1xxcgdqx2d7UglNM

I am familiar with the word sham. However, I've heard it more in the past 3 months than ever before. Every debate was sham, sham, sham. Sham on you all!
 

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I am familiar with the word sham. However, I've heard it more in the past 3 months than ever before. Every debate was sham, sham, sham. Sham on you all!
I use a shammie to dry off my car.

Sham is also code for "Yep, super guilty, but hey yelling helps!"
 

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It's no worse than most other fast food places. I just enjoy how everyone takes random shots at Arby's though.
Arby’s is honestly better than most fast food, though the pot shots are usually funny. Their biggest issue IMO is that they overcharge for what it is.

I think it’s just funnier to trash them because it’s a funny name and it’s not as stereotypical as McD’s.

Oh and of course the tax cut was a lie to help the donor class. The idea that it’d pay for itself is laughable. But no need to answer how we pay for things if it’s a Republican idea.
 

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So needless to say this is an odd move from the GOP Senate when the Party swears up and down it does not condone the activities of racist groups, nor courts their support...

Senate Removes 'white nationalist' From Measure to Screen Military Enlistees: report

A provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) aimed at keeping white nationalists out of the U.S. military was stripped of the phrase “white nationalists” before it was sent to the White House, HuffPostfirst reported.

While a version of the bill with the language regarding white nationalists passed the Democratic-majority House, the GOP-controlled Senate passed a different version without it.

The end result after negotiations between the two sides was that the version of the massive policy bill sent to President Trump's desk earlier this week excludes the House rhetoric and instead requires the Defense Department to study ways to screen military enlistees for “extremist and gang-related activity," HuffPost reports.

A conference report released after the House-Senate negotiations spells out the actions.

Concerns about white nationalism inside the U.S. military have grown in recent years.

In 2017, a Military Times poll showed that almost 25 percent of American service members reported encountering white nationalists within their ranks.

Earlier this year, a HuffPost investigation linked 11 American servicemen to Identity Evropa, a white nationalist group that helped organize the deadly 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.


"We cannot turn a blind eye to this growing problem which puts our national security and the safety of the brave men and women serving our country in jeopardy," Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.), who originally added the amendment to NDAA, told HuffPost. "It’s disappointing that Senate Republicans disagree."

Before it was changed, Aguilar's provision required Defense Secretary Mark Esper to “study the feasibility” of screening for “individuals with ties to white nationalist organizations” during initial background checks, the publication reports.

https://thehill.com/policy/defense/operations/475475-senate-removes-white-nationalist-from-measure-to-screen-military
 

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How dare they!

Going to need another conservative SCOTUS Justice to combat this!
Imagine being so good at lying that you accidentally formed a religion that shapes the entire world for the next 2 millennia.
 

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I see so many comments here, by Trump supporters regarding how Trump effects the daily lives of people, or the belief that the occupant of the White House matters very little.

I suppose that is a germane viewpoint if one is not on the GOP's very lengthy shit list.

I would ask those folks, well meaning as they are, to consider what it would be like to go through life with a bullseye on their backs, ever weary of seeing their rights chipped away at, or in danger of outright demotion to second-class citizen.

People aren't angry at Trump and the GOP for no reason. People are generally not apt to hate someone simply because they are a Republican. Despite how Right-Wing media portrays people, and the ingrained message hammered into Republicans that everyone is hyper-partisan, most people would be content to live and let live if left alone.

In this particular case, it would take an intentional suspension of disbelief to argue that people have nothing to worry about. The Trump Administration has become notorious for removing written protections, claiming that a status is protected in other statutes, only to commence attacks on those folks, pointing to the absence of legal protections as a reason for persecution.


Interior Department Cut ‘Sexual Orientation’ From Anti-Discrimination Guideline
Its explanation shows that the administration is talking out of both sides of its mouth when it comes to LGBTQ rights.

President Donald Trump’s Interior Department removed “sexual orientation” from a statement in the agency’s ethics guide regarding workplace discrimination.
“You shall adhere to all laws and regulations that provide equal opportunities for all Americans regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, or handicap,” reads one of 14 principles of ethical behavior in the agency’s 2017 guidelines. The 2009 version President Barack Obama’s Interior Department issued included the categories “race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.”

The phrase was also cut from an August 2017 letter that then-Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt sent to agency staff his first day on the job, according to internal agency documents that environmental nonprofit Friends of the Earth obtained in November through a Freedom of Information Act request and shared with HuffPost. An undated draft of the letter shows “sexual orientation” crossed out in red, as well as several other minor changes. It is not apparent who made the edits.
A screenshot of the draft letter showing edits made by Interior staff. The final version David Bernhardt sent to employees ca


FRIENDS OF THE EARTH/FOIAA screenshot of the draft letter showing edits made by Interior staff. The final version David Bernhardt sent to employees can be found here.

Interior chalked the exclusion up to a simple clarification in language. Agency spokeswoman Carol Danko said Interior complies with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s interpretation that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion and sex, extends to LGBTQ workers. *[No it doesn't. Courts have held that Title VII doesn't automatically extend to non-enumerated minorities] -KS

“Per the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, under Title VII the term ‘sex’ includes gender, gender identity, transgender status, sexual orientation, and pregnancy,” Danko said in an email.

While that is true, it’s a rather perplexing explanation from an administration that recently made the exact opposite argument before the U.S. Supreme Court. In an August brief, the Department of Justice asked the court to set a legal precedent that would make it legal to fire a person for being transgender, arguing that Title VII only protects against discrimination based on a person’s biological sex, as HuffPost previously reported.

Danko did not respond to HuffPost’s specific questions about the change or how Interior’s position on Title VII conflicts with that of DOJ. Instead, she accused HuffPost of chasing “a non-story seeking controversy where none exists.”

“Under Secretary Bernhardt’s leadership, the Interior Department has a zero tolerance policy for discrimination or harassment of any kind,” she wrote. “In fact, our internal policies have been redrafted with a broader brushstroke to explicitly capture inappropriate conduct beyond the legal standards of harassment and discrimination such as political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, and status as a parent.”

A separate anti-harassment policy Trump’s Interior issued in March 2018 does include more comprehensive language about the department’s commitment to “providing a work environment free of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), status as a parent, marital status, or political affiliation, and free from illegal retaliation.”

Bernhardt took over as agency chief in April 2019.

U.S. President Donald Trump listens to U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt speak during an event at the White House in Ju

CARLOS BARRIA / REUTERSU.S. President Donald Trump listens to U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt speak during an event at the White House in July.

The language in Interior’s ethics guide now mirrors that of President George H.W. Bush’s 1990 executive order that established 14 principles of ethical conduct for federal employees. That order has not been amended to specifically include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers, but subsequent orders by presidents Obama and Bill Clinton prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBTQ federal employees are also protected from discrimination in personnel decisions under the Civil Service Reform Act or 1978, according to the EEOC.

The change doesn’t impact the legal rights of LGBTQ federal employees. But it could ultimately lead to more workplace discrimination, said Robin Maril, associate legal director at the LGBTQ advocacy nonprofit Human Rights Campaign.

“Departmental mission statements and guidance documents do set a tone for employees and for overall operations,” Maril said in an email. “Removing these protections sends a dangerous signal to workers and supervisors that non-discrimination protections are no longer a priority.”

She added: “To the extent that the Department provides federally-funded programs and services these statements do hold individual workers accountable to deliver these services in a nondiscriminatory way. Sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity are not explicitly covered in statute in the context of federal funding. If these protections are omitted in the context of program administration it could increase risk for discrimination for these groups.”

When it comes to the LGBTQ community, the administration has a history of saying one thing and doing another. Trump has vowed to protect LGBTQ rights as his administration has worked to chip away at them. Those anti-LGBTQ policies include banning trans people from serving in the military and a rule that would allow health care providers to refuse to perform abortions and gender transitions because for moral or religious reasons.

In June 2017, the Department of Commerce similarly removed sexual orientation and gender identity from its equal employment policy, as BuzzFeed reported. The agency quickly revised the policy amid public backlash.

“I want to assure you that the EEO statement was never intended to change policy or exclude any protected categories,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross wrote in an email to agency staff, according to BuzzFeed. “The Department of Commerce remains committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of transgender status and sexual orientation.”

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/sexual-orientation-interior-department-ethics-guidelines_n_5dff99e3e4b0b2520d0ca480
 

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