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TurDville is the same guy who thinks the three branches of the United States government are “the House, the Senate and executive,” rather than the legislative, the judicial, and the executive.

He’s claimed that Democrats want reparations for slavery “because they think the people that do the crime are owed that.” He’s twice been involved in businesses that turn out to be complete and utter frauds.

And now the guy who never served his nation honorably, or at all, thinks allowing poetry to be read on aircraft carriers is the epitome of “wokeness!”

Should we be surprised that Alabama; a place where men are men and sheep are scared, could have elected a know-nothing Turd to the US Senate? It is the the same state that almost elected a pedophile to the Senate one term before (Moore lost by 20,000 votes, out of 1.7 million cast).

So stop being shocked when these incompetent charlatans engage in illegal and despicable behavior. Today’s Republicans epitomize the frog/scorpion parable; it’s their nature!

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Obviously the senator from Alabama was not required to memorize In Flanders Fields/ The Answer. Or St. Crispian's Day from Henry V. Or to read Homer. Poetry has always been part of the military. He is poorer for lacking understanding.

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Perhaps it’s time we introduce TurDville to Marcus Aurelius, and require that he read Meditations; although I’d doubt he’d understand any of it...:)

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Do you think he can read beyond a grade school level?

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Definitely not! I doubt he can read at all...:)

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I saw a video where trump supporters were asked what woke is. NOT one of them could define it other than thinking it had some obscure relationship to gender identity.

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Exactly....:)

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Reflexive non-thinking is the hallmark of MAGA

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Cannot imagine electing that Tuberville freak over Doug Jones! Can you believe that?

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Sep 10, 2023·edited Sep 11, 2023

Robert, I heard him say that the three branches of government were the Tina, Pinta, and Santa Maria. Of course, he couldn't pronounce the names, but i think he was confused from back in his college coaching days of playing the fierce rivals on Thanksgiving Day.

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Too many concussions would explain a lot...:)

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Borrowing from Bruce "Utah" Phillips, right?

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Ransom Rideout, was your question directed at me?

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I don't think so. So many comments were popping then and before I can Post, I am way down the line. On scrolling back up, it was Robert Jaffee.

"Alabama, a place where men are men and all the sheep are scared.". That was an old line that Bruce used in his concerts. (1960s and 70s) His ended "and all the sheep know it." There were lots of sheep in Utah.

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lol . . . i heard the saying many, many years ago when i first moved to Colorado . . . it was about the men in Wyoming . . . it'd go like this . . . "Wyoming, where men are men and sheep are nervous" because Wyoming did have, and still has, a lot of sheep herding going on there. lol It was all in good fun.

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Yup! You might like Bruce "Utah" Phillips. Folk singer and raconteur. Great stories. He was known as the Golden Voice of the Great South West. ( I think he made that up).He toured for decades with the amazing Rosalie Sorrels.

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I often think of John McCain, certainly every time Lindsey Graham opens his mouth or makes the news (having been recommended for indictment, for example.) Will graham ever have a moment of self awareness when he asks “ what would John McCain do?”

The Republicans’ total disinterest in governing with honor is a disgrace.

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Barbara B .. bless your sentiments

Just called my senators and will call every week Ty and thanks to Steve

For his dedication and educating me how to help 🌹Marsha

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Unintended Consequences Lesson:

1. Voters elect Trump to select 3 SCOTUS Justices to end Roe v Wade, thus returning abortion decisions to the states.

2. Tubby Tuberville blocks Military promotions because he doesn't want American taxpayers funding interstate travel for abortion, caused by #1.

3. National Security is compromised due to #2.

How many of us know friends, neighbors, colleagues, family members and fellow church attendees who voted for Trump because of abortion who would become upset to learn their vote would lead to putting National Security at risk??

ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES.

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Respectful question: Why must the beliefs of your church govern the reproductive health of women who do not belong to your church?

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That’s the billion dollar question. My take; they’re single issue voters, or low information voters...:)

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That's generous Robert.

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Fair enough, I’m trying to be diplomatic...:)

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🤣

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They shouldn't. And in part, that's my point. I had fellow attendees of my Evangelical church imply I was going to Hell if I didn't vote for Trump because of abortion.

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We all grapple with issues when faith and politics intersect. My point is that our nation was founded on the separation of church and state and I, personally believe that it should be respected. If members of your church believe you will go to Hell because you vote for someone who does not oppose abortion then that -- to me -- is between you, your co-religionists and your G*d. What I would say to them, however, is that it has nothing to do with me or other women and their reproductive rights since they do not believe as you do. Is faith today so inelastic it cannot allow that everyone will not believe the same way? And if so, is that justice for all?

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Interesting! Yet, didn’t Jesus die to forgive all of us for our sins? I’m sure abortion is covered, unless I missed the fine print....:)

And Christianity isn’t the only religion that believes if you don’t abide by their rules and idolize their god, you’re going to hell. 1.2 billion Muslims believe the same.

As a Jew, technically we don’t believe in heaven or hell, so it’s irrelevant to me. However, if you believe the Christian’s or Muslim’s, then all atheists, Hindus, Buddhists, agnostics, Jews, and everyone else are going to hell. So in the grand scheme of things, there is no heaven, only hell!

Personally, I believe in all religions, and no religion; I’m hedging my bet in case I’m wrong!...:)

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Question, why must the beliefs of your secular church ignore the moral considerations of protecting the life of a viable unborn child?

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We are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Your moral considerations may impinge on my liberty and bodily autonomy to which I am entitled by our Constitution, therefore The State. That's why.

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No, what is disgusting is the ignoring of science that an unborn child is viable beginning at 21 weeks given the current state of medical technology. What is disgusting is the lack of moral consideration for the abortion rights extremists that the life inside the mother's womb is real, viable, can feel pain and that the termination of that life in an abortion procedure requires it have its legs, arms, torso and head vacuumed apart. The other final disgusting thing is that all females have complete power and control to prevent unwanted pregnancy except rape (which is a reasonable exception to allow late-term abortion) and mistakes... which can be dealt with easily before the fetus becomes a viable child deserving of protection by a moral society.

But the life at conception handmaiden's tale people are as disgusting as are the no restrictions abortion rights people.

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LOL. Sure, Trump and not Biden are putting our national security at risk.

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Trump is a traitor to his country.

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Somebody needs a dictionary. Traitors of the country occupy the party you likely support.

Still trying to see what Trump has done to justify such hate other than the explanation of daddy issues and media brainwashing.

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If you cannot see "what Trump has done to justify such hate" then I suggest you have failed in your ability to read and reason. Of course, not understanding Democracy is allowed. Shame though.

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Explain it then Jane. I doubt you can. That is because you cannot explain your emotional turmoil substituting for rational thought.

If I owned 80% of the media and wanted emotional people to hate you, I could make it so.

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Agreed. Frank probably very old white MAGA cult member. I see these guys all the time where I live.

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COVID, Jan 6 attack on the Capitol, selling out NATO, backing Putin, 2 billion to his son for what? Ending global warming efforts as too expensive, what else?

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LOL. Lots of hyperbolic emotional media mythology percolating in your gray matter.

There is no climate crisis... only a cult for the life-meaning-challenged, over-educated, status-needy elites to genuflect to.

Jan-6 was just a protest over election cheating by the Democrats. Nothing more or less.

"Selling out NATO" is something made up in your head. Getting other nations to pay their fair share is a good thing, no?

"Backing Putin" is just silly intellectually void talking points that means nothing. Trump's policies were more harmful to Putin that have been Biden's "war on fossil fuels".

No Trump son got $2 million. You must be thinking of Hunter Biden and it was only about $10 million from Chinese CCP interests.

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About time this truth was uttered in public.

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Do they even care? That is the problem.

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Unsophisticated consumers of information drinking from the Fox industrial complex lie machine’s firehose. Thanks very much Rupert. Unclear to me why those with money and power just want more. How much is enough and don’t they understand the greater good?

Trumpler’s voters: rubes, lemmings, racists, corrupt, selfish, no empathy, no vision, on top of which most are intransigent. Can’t admit they might be wrong. God save us…

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My son was active duty military for 20 years. He retired in 2020 in the thick of COVID. No retirement ceremony, nothing; here's your flag, thank you for your service. He deployed to so many dangerous places.

Now we have this dumbass who is performing for the base that claims to love the service members. He's putting himself above the security of this country. He is aiding our enemies by this behavior. Schumer, stop sitting on your hands and figure out how to bring this to an end. ENOUGH!!!!

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I so regret the government’s taking your son’s precious gift to the nation for granted. It will have consequences.

Parenthetically, when out son retired from the Army after 26 yrs., it was his fellow soldiers who honored his service, not the Army or government entity. I, also, noted the void.

Please tell your son that we pray for our active duty personnel and veterans- all of whom we hold in the highest esteem.

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Dems in Senate do nothing and say less. So disheartening

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If anyone wonders what it would be like here had the Confederacy won the Civil War one need only look at characters like Teletubby and Mad Marge, and Crazyeyes Gaetz to understand what the government would be like. We are living in a funhouse with have minority rule these days, things are sideways and someone needs to right the ship.

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Jane, I would like to recommend Heather Cox Richardson's book How The South Won The Civil War.

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Thanks Bruce. Anything that helps everyone to get it. How it's not obvious I don't really understand but it doesn't seem to be. Funny thing is, Trump is from my city, New York, but he acts like he grew up in George Wallace's house. Of course, his father Fred was arrested at a clan rally in the 1920s so the roots are there.

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trump (I’ve never capitalized his name) was a “liberal” when it suited his needs and before President Obama toasted him and he began his revenge trip.

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Some of us have watched the orange cheeto for years in NYC. He was never "liberal". No liberal would have Roy Cohn as his lawyer -- ever. The cheeto was always viewed as an "inheritor" who ran everything into the ground. True dat with the country and his deficit.

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In our relative existence of duality we can’t really even know for sure that somebody’s experience of vanilla ice cream is the same as yours. 🤣

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Thank you Steve. I called my Senators and Representative. As far as I am concerned, the military can rip every base out of Alabama and not renew contracts with Alabama contractors. Words are a waste. And what’s wrong with the Democrats? Only Elizabeth Warren cares? I believe that part of this problem is the fact that so few serve. Treason on the part of Republicans, God knows what is the problem with Democrats. A group of angry New Jersey PTA mons would be more aggressive in protecting our national security and military families. We are looking to see who cares.

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Agreed! Move all military bases from Alabama and cancel all government contracts. I'm tired of sending money to red states that could care less about our military, women's rights and freedom.

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Remove all military bases from every state that is allowing corrupt tubervile to block our military from promotions and

Protecting pure safety and their

Families SHAMEFUL, Marsha

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Dems appear deaf, mute and blind

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His ability to run this long term hostage taking was put in place by the very gutless “governing” body that ignores it now.

I was once called a peacenik by my late father in law whom I loved but I have always supported that as a country we treat our service people and their families with respect and support. We don’t. We dispose of them. Witness this with a Congress and public that has let this happen.

Just like the teachers, trash collectors, and others who work for us and now are saying ‘no thanks’ soon our military will have signs out saying “Help Wanted”.

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100% correct. Nicely said!

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As a veteran, I am outraged but not surprised that the Republican party is not holding one of their own responsible for holding the military hostage. Senator Tuberville's stunt is putting our nation's readiness at risk. Where is Mitch McConnell and other Republicans on this issue? Perhaps, Mitch is more effected by medical problems than we were led to believe. You are correct Steve, Senator McCain would have dressed down Tuberville and read him the riot act for pulling this political stunt. Enough is enough, time to relocate American bases from Alabama to states which actually are faithful to the Constitution and the USA.

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Tuberville and McCain should not be mentioned in the same sentence!

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Sep 9, 2023·edited Sep 9, 2023

My first awareness that Tommy Tuberville is not a children's book character was when it was verified he was on Don the Don's short list of Senators to be personally contacted on Jan 06, 2021. Goal: To promote POTUS's "request" that those malleable senators actively engage in his seditious plan to overturn the election. Slow forward to September 2023. It appears that Tommy continues to be trump's tool.

Bottom line: Before we voted for our U.S. reps and senators, we were assured they'd represent us. We believed that. So, honor that promise. Make some noise! Engage your constituents! We are not dimwits. Organize, organize, organize. Inclusion in a national plan. We don't need guns. We have strong voices, facts, and the U.S. Constitution. Are we in this together? It's a fair question.

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I like your first funny sentence. Your next to last sentence is a question. I have a question. Who is ‘we’? There are strong relentless forces that are against us, against America and it’s Constitution, who are also a ‘we’.

Many don’t realize it though. They think they’re patriots while they vote to destroy America.

We are watching them try to osteoporoticize our democracy in real time. How can we stop them?

March with solidarity. Have a clear goal in mind. Restore the dignity of the people, rein in technology so it works for the good of all and can not be used for bad purposes.

There is so much to do and so much we are already doing. We have to organize, to stand up and move to show we won’t stand for a corrupt president, a corrupt Supreme Court, fooling around with our military, gerrymandering, the electoral college system, the filibuster, our education system designed to destroy our country and our kids, and women’s right to decide.

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My daughter marched in New York. She shared your zeal.

Wowzer...haha.

A very good symbolic outpicturing of what was about to become the trashing of our beloved country.

You are addressing the ones who resonate to the call to action. Not the Libs, not the conservatives but those who stand for ‘all people are created equal’ and that they are our brothers and sisters. And that their children are our children.

Big important, enduring marches and movements always happen right on time and are never forced to happen. I believe such a movement is coming.

As for guns, I strongly believe they won’t come in to play. We won’t be marching against a team we hope to beat. We will March FOR all the people who have inalienable rights in brotherhood, sisterhood, childrenhood and devotion to that equality and prosperity. A new kind of prosperity with the emphasis on simple but good. We March for the return of the office of truth.

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It is a disgrace. I am careful about what I say about Democrat leadership on all platforms, there seems to be a low tolerance for criticism of the Democrats. Tuberville is a disgrace, along with the passive, shrug their shoulders, wringing their hands Democrats. I don’t get it, Steve. Are they not embarrassed? What are they afraid of? Leading? Being strong? Someone said to me a few weeks ago when I was venting about this, saying what I wanted were fighters, that is not the Democrats way. I threw up my hands.

You are right about John McCain.

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Agreed! Democrats are spineless. I’m a democrat and feel the same way as you.

I won’t make excuses except to say that perhaps it’s part of their strategy. As Napoleon once said, “never interfere with your adversary, when they are in the process of destroying themselves!”

That said, this is about National Security and military readiness. Both parties should be in agreement and move to censure or even impeach TurDville for betraying his oath of office. Although, in TurDVille’s defense, he doesn’t know what branch of government he serves; so there’s that!....:)

Furthermore, isn’t it republicans that are said to be strong on defense? I guess only when it comes to defense spending; they care little about the troops, and usually vote against veterans benefits and 9/11 first responder health issues.

Lastly, where are all the sane republicans that believe in a strong military? Where’s their backbone? After all, TurDville represents their brand! Why should democrats intervene when all we hear are crickets from people like Romney. Even fellow former service-members like Cotton and Graham are silent. And where are all the republican presidential nominees? At least Biden and his administration have spoken up?

You can tell that McConnell isn’t the same man since his concussion; he’d never have allowed this if he was on top of his game. The inmates no longer fear him and may have even taken over the asylum....:)

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Both of my Senators are Republican. One is an idiot and the other is a former Marine, which he never fails to remind people. But he is not an idiot. I believe he knows this is wrong. I also believe McConnell could end this. But he won’t. Democrats have to pull rank and end it. Some brutal messaging would be a start.

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I have no Senators and only a non-voting rep. Senators from states refuse to hear DC residents. I’ve repeatedly tried. Even web responses on their sites screen out those not voters in their states. To all of you, speak for us. Our excellent Delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton, would vote if she were allowed.

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What is it you think they can do? I agree, the military and intelligence services should never be used as political footballs. If there is a way for democrats to take control of the issue, they should.

I don’t know enough about the inner-workings of the senate (rules and regulations) to suggest any options. Do you have any opinions?

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I don’t know all the rules either, Robert. I believe in rules and processes, but I also believe in finding ways to work around unproductive rules and in this case harmful outcomes of a rule. I am also a big believer in messaging/marketing to help change hearts and minds. In 2023 there are so many avenues to do this. While I can respect a person’s opinion, Tuberville is harming this country, he needs to be destroyed within the framework of messaging. I say this out of so much frustration and understand that it is a radical, maybe even a vindictive statement. So be it. (Really I am a nice person. Haha)

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Agreed, better messaging is a start, but it will never be conveyed on Fox or the other right-wing networks, where the people we need to reach get their news.

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So let’s get Pete on Fox. Turn Newsom loose. Is Biden speaking about this? Has he met with his “friend” McConnell? Who is educating the country on what is happening and how it compromises our military?

Thanks for allowing me to vent.

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I’m a Democrat. And I want electeds who fight for those they are elected to serve. The problem is the minority fighting to dominate the majority. Like Sen Teletubby and the rest. We are paying this guy a salary don’t forget and he’s not doing his job.

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Agreed! He also took an oath to defend this country:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and ...”

Clearly, he has become the threat!

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If there’s a low tolerance for criticism of Democrats it’s because from the jaws of autocracy it’s the democrats who are going to do the snatching.

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Wish I had written this. My perspectives, entirely. Repubs are impossible and Dems are befuddled.

Dems are locked in some strange soundproof box inside the Beltway. They either cannot or do not want to hear what their voters are saying. I am embarrassed that “my” party is so weak, timid and not showing leadership or Vision

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I’m sure it would get Republicans attention quickly, if plans were made to move all the military bases and the Redstone Arsenal far out of Alabama! There are at least 3 bases I can think of, and probably the impact from the loss of jobs and dollars flowing from those bases might help “coach” see the light. In Maine , the closure of 2 bases, Air Force and Navy, was a huge loss, still felt, years later.

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Right, and who is more mobile than the military? But why should this idiot have the weight to cause such a move. Run toward, not away from.

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I lived near the Brunswick ME Naval Air Station. It’s closure was a great loss for Maine and for America’s security in the North Atlantic Ocean. Oh and BTW, Republican Senator Susan Collins did NOTHING to stop the closure.

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Has anyone gtiven consideration to the idea t hat Toooooberville is the front for a Republican plot to keep open all the military positions - the way they kept open the supreme court seat in 2016 - awaiting the return of Trump and a COP majority Senate?

Remember, the worst thing you can think of these people never doing is most likely the next thing on their list.

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Yes, TC, I thought that was the most obvious deduction from the beginning.

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Them losing big from top to bottom in 2024 is the only solution to foil their schemes.

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You are spot on ..kudos!

The worst thing we can imagine is what they will do..we must VOTE

BIDEN and straight blue ticket

We must save our democracy✅

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Steve,

Tooberville is a perfect representation of what Hannah Arendt called the “banality of evil.” Alabama has not progressed since the end of Reconstruction, and is slipping into a possibly worse condition. Their legislature and Governor are systematically gutting the Constitutional rights and liberties of people they despise; Blacks, Women, and LGBTQ+ people. His hold of these nominations has turned one of the last bi-partisan Legislative measures, national defense and security into a partisan circus that is damaging our national security.

I am a combat vet, got shot at in Iraq, and was in danger many times. His actions are infuriating, damaging our national security, and helping our enemies, including Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran. His action may not fit the legal definition of treason, but they are treasonous in their effects.

Peace,

Steve

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Janet, it’s natural to expect Biden to jump in on this one. His first job is to keep Americans safe. But like all the complaints and differing opinions about the court cases, I have to defer to the pros Fani, Jack, Letitia, and Biden himself, who are so closely involved with both the courts and the nation’s safety. I believe they absolutely know what they’re doing.

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Ok. There must be a reason Biden is staying away. What is the reason? That’s what concerns me. I don’t like the way that makes me feel.

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And yes. Where is Chuck?

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Tuberville came to the US Senate because the voters in Alabama think he is one of the bright lights of their state who will do them proud. His experience for this job was for many years a college football defensive coach, briefly a college football announcer, then started with a partner, a Wall Street financial firm now shut down due to fraud (his partner serving 10 years). Tuberville says he was a victim too loosing something over $400 thousand. I didn't know college coaches could accumulate that much. Then started a charity to help veterans which is now closed probably due to not giving much to veterans from the donations made to it. Either due to poor management or people just got paid too much. Take your pick. So you can see that Tuberville was such an excellent choice for an Alabama Senator, how could voters not vote for him, right?? Oh, I forgot to mention that his BS degree is in physical something or other. That alone should have put him in a Senator's seat.

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And the Coast Guard.

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Toonerville's witless personal blockade is emblematic of the moral depths to which the former Republican Party has sunk. Of course, this is is no news. Senatorial skulduggery is like the weather, as Sam Clements (or Charles Dudly Warner) famously said - or not - everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it.

The senate operates under rules of its own divising - nothing is dictated by the Constitution about the minutiae of Senate procedure; it is all self-directed and administered. The Senate can make or change its own rules if there is a majority willing to do so - witness the recent angst over suspending the filibuster for even one vote.

That beng the case - the Senate can do with itself what the Senate wants - I am stupified by the majority's seeming inability to change the rules, particularly given the fact that almost all sentators of both parties are crazed over Toonervilles's intransgience. The Democrats in general and their feckless leader, Chuck Schumer, do nothing but talk about it when they have the power of the majority to do something about it. Can it be that buried within the arcana of Senate rules there is no provision for putting the security of the nation over the insane objections of a single malign fool?

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