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MAGA populism: do what we want or we'll kill you

Chris Hayes asked this evening: when we have we seen this before? Speakers from the Anti-vax rally of Jan 23 threatened actions media and scientists. Anger of MAGA ppl played out in the Jan 6, 2021, violence at The Capitol. Mob anger and violence have long history here. 1/5

Shays’s Rebellion, the KKK in Indiana in the 1920s, MAGA & other movements gave voice to anger. To compare trump’s supporters to Nazis, in part, is inaccurate because some of those supporters wear regalia of…


Added by Mark Small on January 24, 2022 at 9:46pm — No Comments

McConnell must be reminded "Black lives matter"!

Senator McConnell reminded us this week that to say “All lives matter” is a farce and that “Black lives matter!” must be stated, and repeated. Sen McConnell, in defending the Senate’s blocking of voting rights legislation wanted to cite “facts.” 1/4

McConnell said “if you look at the statistics, African American voters are voting in just as high a percentage as Americans." This is hardly an innocent slip of the tongue. McConnell has proudly posed in the past, standing, with a smile,…


Added by Mark Small on January 21, 2022 at 10:26am — 1 Comment

MAGA could try to weaponize the jury

MAGA ppl can weaponize the jury system in defense of the insurrection that occurred on January 6. I hope this only is a figment of my imagination, that the very people who seek to hijack our system would use one of the basic elements of the system to bastardize it. 1/7

One might presume that MAGA ppl are active in social media. After all, many of the people who stormed (MAGA ppl like variations of der “storm”) the Capitol have been tracked down, charged and pleaded guilty as a result…


Added by Mark Small on January 18, 2022 at 11:16pm — No Comments

Jan 18 Show: Jury nullification talk w/Ross Thomas

Tonight at 7 on the "Mouthwash" channel on FB, my guest will be attorney Ross Thomas. We shall discuss jury nullification and possible impact of that doctrine on trials that might result from the January 6 insurrection at The Capitol. 1/3

Ross Thomas is an attorney with offices in Indianapolis. His practice is focused on major felony criminal defense in state and federal courts throughout the state. He received a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from Tulane University in 1992.…


Added by Mark Small on January 18, 2022 at 11:22am — No Comments

Early 1968 Dr King's disapproval rating was 75% & much of it's still around

Before too many white ppl (1) congratulate ea other for progress against racism (2) in re Dr King’s birthday, we need to do something too few Americans want to do. We need to remember history. A Harris poll in early 1968 showed Dr King’s disapproval rating at near 75%. 1/4

Dr King won the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize for work against racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. The Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act became law by way of the work of Dr King, and many others, just…


Added by Mark Small on January 17, 2022 at 12:50pm — No Comments

My feline family

The story of my feline family. In 1991 I was not a cat person, but 2 cats became my family. After years, the family expanded by adoption. On avg, because they lived indoors they lived to 17, but still passed. Alley Oop (cancer 2016), Irish (heart failure 2017) & Bear (old age 2018). 1/6

Little Bit died in my arms at age 21, leaving Delilah, always shy but suddenly gutsy & assertive. I wanted to start a new family, but thought new cats would boss around Delilah. When Delilah…


Added by Mark Small on January 16, 2022 at 9:43pm — No Comments

Jury nullification & prosecution of trump

Possibility: trump is indicted in U.S. District Court, for the Southern District of New York for tax evasion. During voir dire (jury selection) each eventual juror testifies to having an open mind & no pre-conceived notion of guilt or innocence. The evidence of guilt is slam-dunk... 1/7

After closing arguments, the jury deliberates for two weeks. Finally the court declares a mistrial because one juror held out and voted “not guilty.” “Jury nullification” is a concept: juror(s)… Continue

Added by Mark Small on January 16, 2022 at 4:21pm — No Comments

So what if insurrectionists are indicted? Jury nullification

After indictments are handed down, those who sought, on January 6, to overthrow the elected government of the United States, have backup plans. One that should be mentioned is the jury system. For years people on the far right have sown seeds. 1/4

Jury nullification: a concept that, regardless of Court’s instructions or evidence presented, jury deliberations almost are sacrosanct. As a general rule a jury’s verdict can be impeached only for outside influences (people communication…


Added by Mark Small on January 14, 2022 at 9:37pm — 1 Comment

Niederberger: 1st GOP Islamic candidate in Indiana?:

Danny Niederberger, primary challenger to incumbent Sen. Todd Young in the GOP, finished 11th in 2020's GOP primary for INCD5. His current website is light on content but one thing about neo-fascism is its simplicity of views seldom changes. 1/8

On 10/8/19 Danny was asked “Do you believe the electoral college should be abolished?” His answer gives insight into his lack of knowledge of The Constitution: “Absolutely not. The Electoral College is essential in the foundation of the United…


Added by Mark Small on January 14, 2022 at 4:47pm — No Comments

COVID hits home

COVID has hit the USA hard w/over 800K dead & economic devastation for many. We have a federal gov’t (finally) trying to do things that should have been done at the beginning, except the Supreme Court stepped in and ... I’ll address that in a later blog. 1/4

COVID hit home for me when I self-quarantined, but tested negative. COVID hit home harder today when knee surgery got bumped because of the surge at hospitals. I am in pain. There probably are people w/circumstances worse than…


Added by Mark Small on January 14, 2022 at 1:07pm — No Comments

Final urine Drink of the Day

URINE DRINK OF THE DAY: Hurricane. 2 oz light & dark rums, 1 oz lime & orange juices, 1/2 oz passion fruit puree & simple syrup, 8 oz urine from Mardi Gras, 1 tsp grenadine, Garnish: orange half-wheel & preserved cherry. Combine in shaker w/ice. Add garnish Cheers! 1/2

For all you MAGA ppl so silly you believe quaffing effluence from the bladder cures what we face in the pandemic, the several recipes I've provided, to make your libation tastier, should be enough. 2/2

Added by Mark Small on January 14, 2022 at 6:52am — No Comments

Urine drink of the Day: Summer Rain

URINE DRINK OF THE DAY: Summer Rain. 1 oz raspberry puree, 1 oz grapefruit juice, 8 oz urine (of someone who tans well), 1 oz pineapple juice, 2 oz orange sherbert, 1 oz of lemonade
Blend (except lemonade) briefly w/4 oz crushed ice, pour. Add lemonade, garnish with fruit, add straws and serve.

Added by Mark Small on January 13, 2022 at 6:58am — No Comments

Defeat vestiges of slavery - Vote!

Red/blue, black/white, left/right, up/down: too many people prefer their reality to be simple. This country’s history of racism is both complex & simple. American-style chattel slavery was pure racism. Indentured servitude morphed to slavery only for those of direct African descent. 1/6

1619-1789: slavery legal; 1789-1865: slavery protected by The Constitution; 1865-1954: racism part of our laws. Even after Brown v Bd of Education, 347 U.S. 543 (1954) racism blocked right to vote.…


Added by Mark Small on January 12, 2022 at 9:42pm — No Comments

Urine drink of the day: Strange Warm Bay Breeze

URINE DRINK OF THE DAY: Strange Warm Bay Breeze. In 16-oz glass combine 1.5 oz vodka, 2 oz cranberry juice, 8 oz urine (from a stranger), 2 oz pineapple juice, lime wedge. (If you are stupid enough to drink urine, that it's from a stranger’s is the least of your problems.) Serve lukewarm. Cheers!

Added by Mark Small on January 12, 2022 at 6:27am — No Comments

On Jan 11 show, 7 pm We discuss the environment with guests Jennifer Christie and Matt Hook

At 7 on January 11, 7 pm, my guests will be Jennifer Christie and Matt Hook. We shall discuss the environment and issues related to it. In particular we shall discuss global climate change as caused by people. 1/6

Jennifer Christie is a scientist, mom of four children, and an advocate for Indiana’s environment. She worked for decades as a process improvement leader in the pharmaceutical industry where she focused on improving clinical trials, managing teams and projects…


Added by Mark Small on January 11, 2022 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Urine drink of the Day: Golden Shower

URINE DRINK OF THE DAY: "Golden Shower." 1 oz vodka, 1 oz orange juice, 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice, 1 splash triple sec, 8 oz fresh urine (your own or someone's you know) Serve in an Old Fashioned glass. Cheers!

Added by Mark Small on January 11, 2022 at 6:15am — No Comments

Urine drink of the day

For those of you who choose such a respite in the fight against pandemics.
1 1/2 oz Bourbon or Rye whiskey, 1 Sugar cube, 2 dashes bitters, 8 ounces urine (yours or someone’s you know). Place sugar cube in old fashioned glass and saturate with bitters, add urine. Muddle until dissolved. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add whiskey. Garnish with orange slice, and a cocktail cherry.

Added by Mark Small on January 10, 2022 at 7:16pm — No Comments

Nihilism of fundamentalist religion is a dynamic of the GOP

An elephant in the room receives little mention, but has perhaps the biggest impact of all. They are called fundamentalists, born-agains or evangelicals. They seem numerous amongst MAGA crowd. These people believe the destruction of the Earth is good. 1/4

Revelations, the last book of the new testament, is the main source for this nihilistic view. Chuck Manson, one-time student at Arsenal Tech, relied upon Revelations for a theory of Helter Skelter. He misconstrued The Beatles, too,…


Added by Mark Small on January 10, 2022 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Confederate leaders aren't the only ones subject to Amend XIV ban

Constitution, Amend. XIV, sec. 3 states no person who has “previously taken an oath”to support the Constitution” who has engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the U.S. shall hold any federal or State office. Initial targets were prior leaders of the Confederacy. 1/3

They committed treason to protect the institution of slavery. More people in this country died in the Civil War than any other national emergency prior to COVID. To cast trump, et al, in the same light as Davis,…


Added by Mark Small on January 9, 2022 at 8:56pm — No Comments

If Indiana AG Rokita doesn't believe the numbers he should provide evidence as to why

Todd Rokita, Indiana’s right wing, AG sued the Biden admin over vaccine mandates. Rokita doesn’t “believe any numbers anymore ... they’re politicized.” Set aside for a moment that the GOP has politicized COVID. Instead consider Rokita's duty as AG. 1/4

AG’s “rights, powers, and duties” are created by statute (See I.C. § 4-6-1-6) and been construed as giving AG sole responsibility for legal representation of IN. State ex rel Sendak v Marion Sup. Ct, 268 Ind. 3, 8 (Ind. 1978). The…


Added by Mark Small on January 9, 2022 at 9:09am — No Comments

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