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#13381 User is offline   Mentalist 

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Posted 12 February 2021 - 11:04 PM

View PostQuickTidal, on 11 February 2021 - 07:33 PM, said:

View PostAzath Vitr (D, on 11 February 2021 - 06:31 PM, said:

Two-thirds of Republicans say the election was not legitimate[...] ďA majority (55 percent) of Republicans support the use of force as a way to arrest the decline of the traditional American way of life.Ē


What the fuck even IS the traditional American way of life? Being racist against POC and immigrants, controlling women and telling them what to do and not do with their bodies, no homosexuals, having no control whatsoever on guns, ect.? The 1950's is what they want?


Why are you acting so surprised?t

The 50s was whe the US was literally on top of the world (before Vietnam happened). Why wouldn't they want that back?

It's delusional, and it'll never happen, but that doesn't mean they don't want it to happen.
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And I want to state that Ment has out-weaseled me by far in this game.
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Posted 15 February 2021 - 02:32 PM

So nobody can even bring themselves to talk about the impeachment verdict? I know how that feels chaps.
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Posted 15 February 2021 - 02:35 PM

Oh, I mean everyone knew it wasn't going anywhere. Only thing that bothers me is that Trump wasn't grilled at Congress.
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Posted 15 February 2021 - 04:24 PM

I am disappointed that the Democrats were run off the idea of having witnesses testify. McConnell essentially said "if you do this, I will slow everything down to a snail's pace and the outcome will be the same."

The correct response in my eyes is "Fuck you, we'll do what we want and get what we need too." But the iron will and savvy to do that doesn't exist for the Democrat leaders.

We would be so much better off if AOC, Tlaib, Omar, Pressley, Bush, and Katie Porter were the Democrat leaders instead of just the young stars.
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Posted 15 February 2021 - 06:50 PM

The next Presidential election will be an even bigger shit show. Oh gods.
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Posted 15 February 2021 - 07:13 PM

Considering Biden doesn't intend to run for a second time, last I heard anyway, it's going to be a strange period. Kamala Harris is the likely prime candidate but will the rest of the party back her? Will it be another Obama scare campaign only worse because Harris is not just brown but also... horror of horrors... A woman?

That's assuming Biden is alive in four years of course.

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Posted 15 February 2021 - 07:51 PM

Positive spin: most bipartisan vote ever to impeach.

Blowback: Republicans who voted to impeach are now going to feel the heat and face some Trumper (more than likely QAnoner too) to challenge them. I guess Eric Trump's wife already has her eyes on a 2022 seat (in North Carolina? not sure).

Perplexing: What the hell exactly does Trump have on fancy southern belle, Lindsey Graham?
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Posted 15 February 2021 - 10:36 PM

View PostMalankazooie, on 15 February 2021 - 07:51 PM, said:


Blowback: Republicans who voted to impeach are now going to feel the heat and face some Trumper (more than likely QAnoner too) to challenge them. I guess Eric Trump's wife already has her eyes on a 2022 seat (in North Carolina? not sure).



Republican senators who voted to convict and their status:
Burr: retiring
Cassidy: Not up for election until 2026
Collinc: Not up for election until 2026 and likely would have faced steeper repercussions in the general for voting not guilty than she would in a primary for voting guilty.
Murkowski: Has previously won in Alaska as a write in candidate after losing the Republican primary. Also, with Alaska switching to ranked choice voting, not likely in any political danger.
Romney: Significantly more popular in Utah than Trump, not in any danger.
Sasse: Not up for election until 2026.
Toomey: retiring

Sasse and Cassidy might face some opposition from the right in 2026, if Trump is still relevant to the Republican party then. But I think that's far enough off in the future that their votes will make little difference to their re-election chances. Particularly as the Republican senate fund is set up to always defend incumbents.
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Posted 15 February 2021 - 11:15 PM

View PostMalankazooie, on 15 February 2021 - 07:51 PM, said:

Positive spin: most bipartisan vote ever to impeach.

Blowback: Republicans who voted to impeach are now going to feel the heat and face some Trumper (more than likely QAnoner too) to challenge them. I guess Eric Trump's wife already has her eyes on a 2022 seat (in North Carolina? not sure).

Perplexing: What the hell exactly does Trump have on fancy southern belle, Lindsey Graham?


I donít think trump is capable of supporting his daughter in law. The spotlight wont be on him. I could see him tank that campaign.
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Posted 17 February 2021 - 01:44 AM

Biden town hall in Milwaukee starting within the hour. Impeachment in the rear view, time to step on the gas? Go directly to the American public? About a month into; Biden grade so far? Be vigilant, need to be as critical with Biden as Trump. Complacency can lead to dangerous course that slips by our collective ambivalence and disinterest.

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Posted 17 February 2021 - 02:25 AM

'An old tweet from GOP Sen. Ted Cruz criticizing California's energy policies went viral [...] as the senator's own state, Texas, reeled from a massive snowstorm that knocked out power to more than 4 million homes and businesses.

Cruz's August 2020 post had taken aim at a tweet from the Office of the Governor of California, which urged residents to conserve energy by turning off lights, limiting the usage of electrical appliances and adjusting thermostats.

At the time, California was gripped by a major heat wave and implementing its first rolling power blackouts since 2001. [...]

"California is now unable to perform even basic functions of civilization, like having reliable electricity.

Biden/Harris/AOC want to make CA's failed energy policy the standard nationwide.

Hope you don't like air conditioning!"

[...] As Monday's extreme snow and freezing temperatures caused Texas to implement its own rolling blackouts, multiple commentators referenced Cruz's old tweet, pointing out that the senator was perfectly happy to criticize California last August but noticeably quiet when it came to the emergency measures affecting his own state.

[...] "Here are three Texas Republicans mocking California power outages last year and my Dallas bathtub this morning, a literal block of ice

[...] Hey 'Ted.' Hope you don't like heat in your home! Both the electricity and the gas companies in Texas couldn't protect Texans against the worst winter in decades. What about the failed energy policy of Texas?!? I hear y'all trying to blame it on turbines? Ha .

[...] My parents hv been without electricity for almost 24hrs in Houston they are not even rotating power outages in Houston anymore. Looks like Republicans like you took energy for granted, and didn't invest enough in the power grid in Texas.

[...] It's almost as if in a world where extreme weather events become an annual thing, nobody anywhere has a power grid that can fully meet the emergency needs we've put on ourselves.

[...] TX: remember how cold tonight is. Remember all the GOP is good for is talking shit, fear mongering, endless distractions, & conspiracies. The reason you're cold tonight is because the GOP doesn't run on policy. They run on the easiest path to raw power."

As of Tuesday, outages in Texas were expected to last the full day for most affected homes and businesses.'
https://www.yahoo.co...-174358679.html

'At least 16 people have died in the polar vortex that has hit the United States this week[...] Most of the deaths were in Texas, where an unprecedented cold spell knocked out power for millions throughout the state[...] At least three of the deaths are suspected to be from gas or carbon monoxide poisoning as people struggle to keep warm in cars parked in enclosed spaces. A family of four reportedly died in a Houston house fire trying to keep themselves warm. Texas is unique as the only state with its own power grid, largely eliding federal regulation'

https://www.thedaily...-texas?ref=home

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Posted 17 February 2021 - 05:16 AM

Guess I shouldn't be shocked:

'Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ran to the friendly confines of Hannity Tuesday night to blame the devastating power outages currently plaguing his state on solar and wind sources, directly contradicting his own energy department. Millions were still without power in the Lone Star State as the governor spoke to Fox News.

"This shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America. Texas is blessed with multiple sources of energy such as natural gas and nuclear, as well as solar and wind," [...] "Our wind and our solar got shot down and they were collectively more than 10 percent of our power grid. And that thrust Texas into this situation."

[...] the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, however, said hours earlier that frozen wind turbines during the deadly winter storms have been "the least significant factor in the blackouts," noting that the main factors are "frozen instruments at natural gas, coal and even nuclear facilities." Over the past 24 hours, numerous Republicans and right-wing media personalities have falsely claimed that failing windmills and renewable energy sources are the root cause of the widespread power outages [...] despite the fact that wind and solar shutdowns have only accounted for 13 percent of total outages.'

https://www.thedaily...-power?ref=home

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Posted 17 February 2021 - 08:34 AM

View PostAzath Vitr (D, on 17 February 2021 - 05:16 AM, said:

Guess I shouldn't be shocked:

'Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ran to the friendly confines of Hannity Tuesday night to blame the devastating power outages currently plaguing his state on solar and wind sources, directly contradicting his own energy department. Millions were still without power in the Lone Star State as the governor spoke to Fox News.

"This shows how the Green New Deal would be a deadly deal for the United States of America. Texas is blessed with multiple sources of energy such as natural gas and nuclear, as well as solar and wind," [...] "Our wind and our solar got shot down and they were collectively more than 10 percent of our power grid. And that thrust Texas into this situation."

[...] the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, however, said hours earlier that frozen wind turbines during the deadly winter storms have been "the least significant factor in the blackouts," noting that the main factors are "frozen instruments at natural gas, coal and even nuclear facilities." Over the past 24 hours, numerous Republicans and right-wing media personalities have falsely claimed that failing windmills and renewable energy sources are the root cause of the widespread power outages [...] despite the fact that wind and solar shutdowns have only accounted for 13 percent of total outages.'

https://www.thedaily...-power?ref=home


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Posted 17 February 2021 - 06:10 PM

https://www.cnbc.com...-at-age-70.html

Rush Limbaugh is dead.
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Posted 17 February 2021 - 06:19 PM

I've got nothing nice to say about his death.
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Posted 17 February 2021 - 06:48 PM

I thought it was looking a bit more sunny today.
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Posted 17 February 2021 - 07:11 PM

View PostMalankazooie, on 05 February 2020 - 02:07 AM, said:

Damn, watching the beginning of State of the Union and all the dignitaries walking in. First lady shook hands with Rush Limbaugh. Holy crapola, I never paid attention to Rush Limbaugh, so haven't tracked how he has changed over the years, but I didn't even recognize him. He looking frail af. I know he's been diagnosed with the capital C, and late stage to boot. I'm guessing he's doneso in under year and won't see 2021.

Called it.

Can't deny how influential he was at one time though.

[EDIT] Yeah yeah, I know, he made it to 2021, but close enough. Horseshoes, hand grenades, and Rush Limbaugh's death, so pttthhh. Posted Image

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Posted 21 February 2021 - 05:33 PM

'Texas's Power Grid Makes It Unfree

[...] For four days, millions of people in Texas—the so-called energy capital of the world—shivered in the dark, unable to turn the lights on or run their heaters during some of the coldest days in decades. At least 30 Texans have died so far, including a 75-year-old man whose oxygen machine lost power and an 11-year-old boy who may have perished of hypothermia. Desperate families have tried to stay warm by running generators and grills indoors, leading to more than 450 carbon-monoxide poisonings, many of them in children.

[...] they are many of the same issues that hampered the United States in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Too many crucial systems in this country are run on an ad hoc basis. A lack of planning, a reliance on just-in-time logistics, and a self-defeating trust in the profit motive are withering the American economy and way of life.

[...] "It reminds me of watching The Big Short," [...] an engineering professor[...] told me, of Texas's natural-gas crisis. "You had the best and the brightest, the financial wizards of Wall Street, that knew how to put together a portfolio that was diversified." But they didn't foresee that a single massive crisis could tank the value of mortgages across the country simultaneously, taking their portfolios with it.

[...] In a feat of just-in-time logistics, gas is delivered to power plants nearly at the moment that it's combusted. Most gas plants do not buy fuel in advance, [...] and few keep on-site backup fuel, such as diesel, to run in case their pipelines break. [Texas] as a whole doesn't maintain much natural-gas storage, because it treats the ground as its reserve: If it needs more gas, it can always drill.

As temperatures plunged, the pipelines delivering gas to power plants froze and depressurized. [...]Texas, sitting on one of the world's largest natural-gas reserves, suffered a statewide run on gas. [...]

What happened wasn't so different from what struck FedEx, Charmin, and New York's health-care system when the pandemic hit last year. There was enough toilet paper in America for everyone to buy it every few months, but not for everyone to buy it the same week. Just-in-time logistics, whether by pipeline or cargo ship, makes good economic sense; it's cheaper than running a system with a little built-in slack. But it depends on tomorrow looking roughly like yesterday, and when something unusual happens—such as Texas freezing over—the system fails.

[...]

When a shortage like this hits Lululemon, it means you can't buy spandex bike shorts. When it hits the power grid, it means children freeze to death in their beds.

3. Yet why didn't someone plan for a natural-gas shortage? A wintertime run on supply was entirely foreseeable. Pipelines could have been ordered to winterize; power plants could have maintained on-site backup. The natural aspect of this disaster had precedent: Although Texas saw brutal temperatures this week, they were within the historical norm.
https://rogerpielkej...t-and-preparing

[...] society's plans didn't make sense, because they assumed that natural gas could do an impossible number of things at the same time. And nobody noticed this beforehand, because it was nobody's job to notice.

In 1999, Texas restructured its power sector, dumping its old utilities and adopting in their place a new and totalizing market system. But this market looks little like the markets we know from everyday life. [...] a legalistic, mechanistic auction between power plants and distribution companies, funded with consumers' utility bills.

In this market, ERCOT is less an administrator than an auctioneer. Governor Abbott vowed this week that Texas would "investigate what lapse of judgment ERCOT had with regards to preparing for this situation"—but as he likely knows, ERCOT judges in the same way that eBay judges who will take home this Walker, Texas Ranger varsity jacket. When Texas needs more power, the price of electricity on ERCOT's market increases. [...]

Those high prices are supposed to drive power-generation capacity online. They didn't—because of the ice-locked equipment and natural-gas crunch. "The price could've been a million dollars a kilowatt-hour, but you can't supply with gas you don't have," [...]

Yet as the market foundered, those generators that survived made a killing. By one measure, ERCOT power plants have made more already this year than they made in the past three years combined. Meanwhile, customers are suffering. In four days, the city of Denton paid $207 million for electricity—which is more than it pays in a typical year, [...] When Texas's power market does allow consumers to join as market participants, it does so through start-ups, such as Griddy, that give consumers unfettered access to wholesale ERCOT power prices. Most of the time, Griddy consumers pay alluringly low prices—except, this week, some found themselves owing $2,500 a day.

At the core of ERCOT's structure is a total trust in markets, [...] To design a system such as ERCOT, "you have to believe that markets are better at coordinating than centralized planning," [...]

Whatever the virtues of that hope, they were not borne out this week. The city of El Paso has its own utility, separate from ERCOT's market system. That utility maintained power while ERCOT drowned. Why? After a winter storm swept through Texas in 2011, El Paso planned for future cold-weather disruption by winterizing its natural-gas infrastructure. ERCOT did not. Nor did the Public Utility Commission of Texas, which regulates power generation statewide, mandate such preparedness.

[...] the Texas government assumed that high prices alone could guarantee grid reliability and incentivize power plants to prepare for the worst. This didn't happen. The market failed.

This failure reminds me of what I observed while reporting on America's COVID-19 testing failure. For months last year, the federal government failed to adequately plan and pay for the industrial-scale production of COVID-19 tests. It assumed that high demand for tests would lure companies to join the market. But no individual private firm had an incentive to risk short-term stability for potential medium-term profit. So the country went months without sufficient tests.

After that 2011 winter storm, the federal government actually did require Texas power plants to draw up plans for how they would avert a worse disaster[...] But it had no ability to enforce those plans, and power plants seemingly put them aside.

[...] The grid grants a certain kind of freedom—freedom from darkness, freedom from cold or heat, even freedom from boredom. There is a freedom in knowing that anything you plug into the wall will turn on; there is a freedom, too, in knowing that your house will stay inhabitable and your pipes will not burst. Texas's system is built on the idea that the liberty of companies to buy and sell electrons—and the freedom of consumers to pay a $2,500 power bill—is greater and more dear than any freedom wrought by consistent power service.

Perhaps ERCOT's strangest and most un-American trait is that it strips citizens of their democratic authority; instead of being able to hold someone accountable when the power goes out, Texans are told that the market, like a rain god, has failed again. [...] Markets are [can be relatively] good tools; they aren't our only tools. Government by auction is no way to live. Indeed, Texans are dying of it.'

https://www.theatlan...g-texas/618104/

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'even if someone was checking in on the dog, Cruz would have possibly still left the animal in a house without heat for over a day.

"If #tedcruz lost heat and power as he stated in his formal statement why leave the dog home alone in those conditions?" That alone is animal cruelty..#tedcruzAnimalCruelty,"'

https://www.dailydot...un-controversy/

'Because poodles are without an undercoat, they are left vulnerable to cold weather. We as humans, can go into a hypothermic state and get frostbite in the cold weather. Poodles are just as susceptible to these problems. For this reason, a poodle should never just be left outside in the cold weather [or inside a freezing house].'

https://emborapets.c...cold%20weather.

'Owners of pets left to freeze in winter storm may face criminal charges, Harris County official says'

https://www.click2ho...utside-in-cold/

Unfortunately Cruz almost certainly won't be arrested and convicted for this, though it would be a fitting end to his political career (well, hopefully an end...).

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Posted 25 February 2021 - 07:09 PM

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'Facebook apologized Thursday and restored a video that showed Rep. Marie Newman displaying a transgender pride flag outside her Congressional office.

"Congresswoman, this plainly should not have happened. We've restored this content and you have our sincere apologies"'

https://www.thewrap....ansgender-flag/

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https://www.facebook...707142506633099

'senators have raised concerns about the participation of transgender girls and women on female sports teams in schools. It doesn't address sports directly but mandates equal treatment in all educational programs. National Women's Law Center spokesperson Gillian Branstetter, a trans activist, told the Washington Blade the bill's supporters are unlikely to compromise on the sports question.'

https://www.advocate...-vote-next-week

Allowing trans women to compete in girls/women's divisions (in competitive, rather than recreational, sports) is not likely to be a winning issue for Democrats... women have separate divisions because they have physical disadvantages on average and at the extreme. Women do sometimes compete in men's divisions when they're able (current college football kicker, two high school state wrestling champions, etc.).

'Trans rights advocates — and many in the medical community — push back by observing that substantial musculoskeletal sex differences don't emerge until puberty and thus aren't significant for children who transition from male to female via hormonal treatments beforehand.

They contend, moreover, that trans women who make the shift via hormonal therapy after puberty lose any male muscle-mass advantage within a year.

[...] the lines we draw between the competitive edges we accept, even admire, and those we think unfair are the stuff of our culture, not our science. Wrestlers compete in weight classes — we reject a contest between a 125 pounder and a 195 pounder as a mismatch — but we're OK with a 6' 4" high-school basketball center's unequal struggle under the rim against an opposing team's 7-footer.'

https://thehill.com/...nfair-advantage

The US seems a little unusual in prioritizing team sports that give an extreme advantage to people who are physically larger---especially American football and basketball. Baseball to an extent as well---jumping up to catch balls, etc. Football ('soccer') seems to prioritize lower-body strength so I'd expect a bit less of a gender gap.

'Trans women retain athletic edge after a year of hormone therapy, study finds

The findings raise questions about current Olympic guidelines, but the lead author cautions against using them to back bans in recreational and school sports.

"For the Olympic level, the elite level, I'd say probably two years is more realistic than one year," [...] "At one year, the trans women on average still have an advantage over the cis women," he said, referring to cisgender, or nontransgender, women."

For the first two years after starting hormones, the trans women in their review were able to do 10 percent more pushups and 6 percent more situps than their cisgender female counterparts. After two years, [...] "they were fairly equivalent to the cisgender women."

Their running times declined as well, but two years on, trans women were still 12 percent faster on the 1.5 mile-run than their cisgender peers.'

https://www.nbcnews....-study-n1252764

'Why It's Fair for Trans Femme Athletes to Compete With Women

[...]

Intersex Athletes and Why They Matter

[...] assigned female at birth, raised as female all her life, being in an analogous situation with trans women insofar as she is seen as having a competitive advantage to due to her unique physiological features.

[...] lifelong history of testosterone exposure which gives trans women their slight physical advantage. But Caster Semenya also has a lifelong history of elevated testosterone exposure, giving her advantages over other cis females.

[...] Hyperandrogenism comes in a spectrum. Some cis females are always going to have higher naturally occurring testosterone levels compared to the average female. And they're likely always going to have a competitive advantage compared to someone with low T.

So should women with high T not be allowed to compete in any sport, ever? Where do you draw the line? Drawing lines on a biological spectrum is always going to be somewhat arbitrary because you'll leave out some people from the sport. And why should those particular women be discriminated against? You don't see tall basketball players being discriminated against because they have an unfair advantage over short basketball players — and imagine trying to implement some height cut-off and measuring things precisely.'

https://medium.com/@...en-bb7a45ef1b42

However, it seems the current equality bill would not require any hormone therapy before mandating that trans girls/women be allowed to play in high school / college sports... even with that addition this will be a hard sell and an unfortunate wedge issue. Hopefully most people won't care enough for it to impact voting....

'Is Ted Cruz laundering dark money through sales of his own book?

Per this thoroughly reported piece at Salon, a Cruz-aligned PAC called Lawyers, Guns, and Money Jobs, Freedom, and Security made payments upward of $1 million last year to Reagan Investments LLC (did everyone just give up on naming these things?) And here's the kicker:
The only other committee to register any disbursements to [Reagan Investments] was Trump Make America Great Again, for a fundraising promotion for Cruz's books in December, according to The New York Times. However, the Trump group clearly marked the payment for "collateral: books"; campaign finance experts told Salon that the PAC's payment classifications—all of them for "sponsorship advertising"— were unusual and opaque.
In theory, the Cruz PAC can take huge amounts of money from anyone, with next to no oversight, and then funnel it to the Texan senator via royalty payouts.

All of this, of course, further underlines the deeply problematic relationship between corporate publishing and the right wing entertainment-industrial complex: there will always be a PAC or an opaquely funded conservative think tank ready to buy made-to-pulp polemics by this or that aspiring quisling senator. It's not even a free market of consumers desperate to spend their hard earned money on conservative view points! It's a side hustle laundering dark money.'

https://lithub.com/i...f-his-own-book/

'Now Ted Cruz may be buying his own books through a mystery company

If Cancún Ted is paying royalties to himself through a shadow entity, that could stir the FEC into action

[...]

Legal experts tell Salon that if the money was for promotional book sales, as the filings may suggest, then the leadership PAC could be using Reagan Investments as a pass-through to allow Cruz to keep the royalties, which are generally between 10% and 15% for hardcover books, and about half that for paperbacks. Political candidates are not allowed to do that through their campaign committees. But the identity of Reagan Investments itself poses a mystery.

[...] "Trump MAGA described its payments to Reagan Investments as 'collateral: books,' whereas Cruz's leadership PAC described every payment to Reagan Investments LLC as 'sponsorship advertising.' Just because Trump's payments were for a specific purpose doesn't mean we can conclude that Cruz's payments were for that same purpose when the payments were reported differently."

[...] "That said, I really don't know what 'sponsorship advertising' means, and it looks like Cruz's leadership PAC was the only political committee that reported payments for that purpose in the entire 2020 election cycle. Cruz's failure to meaningfully disclose how his leadership PAC is spending its money means we can only guess about where the million-plus ultimately went."

If Reagan Investments is a means for Cruz to collect publishing royalties, the senator would appear to be converting donations to personal use and possibly filing false FEC reports. [...] Candidates who sponsor leadership PACs are generally allowed to use donor funds for personal expenses, meaning Cruz could keep any royalties, but the FEC currently has a pending review of a related question: Whether the personal use prohibition should extend to leadership PACs that belong to active candidates, such as Cruz.

An unfavorable ruling could have implications for Trump's leadership PAC, Save America: If the former president decides to run again in 2024, he may not have unfettered personal access to the millions of dollars in the PAC's account, and that could circumscribe his ability to spend those contributions on his personal business empire.

Sales for Cruz's 2015 book, "A Time for Truth," drew scrutiny after The New York Times refused to put it on the bestseller list, citing "strategic bulk purchases" that appeared inorganic, prompting Amazon to push back on the paper's claim. HarperCollins, that book's publisher (Cruz's new book was published by the conservative-oriented house Regnery), said it had "investigated the sales pattern" but found "no evidence of bulk orders or sales through any retailer or organization." [...]

The Cruz campaign did not immediately respond to Salon's requests for comment, by email and phone. The campaign's outgoing voicemail informs callers that book orders will take four to six weeks to fulfill, citing an allegedly high demand.'

https://www.salon.co...ystery-company/

Hopefully Cruz won't get replaced by someone even worse.... (Daniel Crenshaw? Trump-ish neo-fascist, but with actual military experience... so he might be willing to risk his life to stage a coup.)

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 09:10 PM

'Cruz Jokes About Cancun Trip, Dabbles in COVID Denial in Bizarre CPAC Rant

[...] "This is just dumb," Cruz said, pretending not to understand the importance of wearing a mask to curtail the spread of COVID-19. "We're gonna wear masks for the next 300 years. And by the way, not just one mask—two, three, four—you can't have too many masks! How much virtue do you wanna signal?"

Likening the Republican party to the "rebel alliance" in Star Wars, Cruz then went after Democrats and the media, claiming they "are convinced that political theatre helps them."

"The media desperately, desperately wants a Republican civil war," he said. "Liberty is under assault and what are we going to do? I will tell you: We will fight!"

He then insisted that people should "lighten up"—before making a transphobic joke about a New York Times story that said 60 percent of women named Karen voted for Biden.

"I'm willing to believe 80% of men named Karen voted for Joe Biden," he said as the crowd burst into applause and cheers.

[...] as the crowd of conservatives began to chant "freedom," Cruz insisted that his close ally, former President Donald Trump, would make a valiant return.

"Let me tell you this right now, Donald J Trump ain't going anywhere," he said.

Before walking off the stage, the embattled Republican screeched to the crowd: "FREEDOM!"'

https://www.thedaily...c-rant?ref=home

'While Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) hangs out at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando—where he's already joked about leaving his state in the middle of a devastating winter storm—fellow Texas Sen. John Cornyn plans to join President Joe Biden in Houston as he surveys the damage[...] Biden is expected to meet with state and local officials during the trip[...] "The president doesn't view the crisis and the millions of people who've been impacted by it as a Democratic or Republican issue"'

https://www.thedaily...f=home?ref=home

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