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    Karine Jean-Pierre holds first briefing as White House press secretary

    Kate Sullivan
    By Kate Sullivan, CNN

    Published 3:47 PM EDT, Mon May 16, 2022

    New White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre arrives to speak to reporters in the James S Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 16, 2022. New White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre arrives to speak to reporters in the James S Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 16, 2022. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

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    Karine Jean-Pierre held her first briefing as White House press secretary on Monday after making history as the first Black and out LGBTQ person to step into one of the most visible roles in the administration.

    “I am a Black, gay, immigrant woman. The first of all three of those to hold this position,” Jean-Pierre told reporters on Monday.

    She said, “If it were not for generations of barrier-breaking people before me I would not be here. But I benefit from their sacrifices, I have learned from their excellence and I am forever grateful to them.”

    “Representation does matter – you hear us say this often in this administration, and no one understands this better than President (Joe) Biden,” Jean-Pierre said.

    Jean-Pierre has briefed reporters in her previous role of principal deputy White House press secretary many times, both from the podium in the White House briefing room but more often off-camera on Air Force One. Last May she became the second Black woman in history to hold the daily press briefing.

    She has served on the White House’s senior communications team since Biden took office, and prior to that was an adviser to his campaign and chief of staff to now-Vice President Kamala Harris. Jean-Pierre has traveled with the President on several occasions, including when she replaced Psaki at the last minute for Biden’s four-day trip to Europe amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine after Psaki tested positive for Covid-19.

    Jean-Pierre’s family includes her partner, CNN national correspondent Suzanne Malveaux, and their daughter.

    Psaki had long been public about her intention to leave the job after one year. CNN has reported Psaki will be joining MSNBC.

    After Psaki’s departure and Jean-Pierre’s promotion was announced by the President, Psaki invited Jean-Pierre up to the podium and gave an emotional tribute to her colleague and friend. The two women embraced as Psaki went through Jean-Pierre’s qualifications and the significance of her taking the job.

    “She will be the first Black woman, the first out LGBTQ+ person to serve in this role, which is amazing because representation matters and she is going to, she will give a voice to so many and allow and show so many what is truly possible when you work hard, and dream big and that matters, and … we should celebrate that,” Psaki said.

    Apparently Erdogan is saying that he'll block Finland and Sweden from joining. Even NATO is infected with right-wing authoritarian Putin-sucking retards. I think the Globalists will either change his mind or give him the boot.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/…blican-leader-2022-05-16/



    U.S. could ratify Finnish NATO membership before August, Senate Republican leader says

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    Finland's President Sauli Niinisto and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell answer questions from the media after a meeting at the President's official residence Mantyniemi, in Helsinki, Finland, May 16, 2022. Lehtikuva/Roni Rekomaa via REUTERS

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    HELSINKI, May 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress will seek to ratify Finland's application to join the Western military alliance NATO before going on holiday in August, U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in Helsinki after meeting with Finland's President Sauli Niinisto.

    Canada, NATO's other North American ally, also promised a quick ratification.

    "Certainly we hope to achieve it before the August recess when Congress typically goes out of session," McConnell told reporters on Monday.

    Niinisto confirmed on Sunday that Finland would apply for NATO membership, in a historic policy shift prompted by Russia's Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine.Sweden is also planning to join.

    McConnell said there was broad bipartisan support among U.S. lawmakers for Finnish membership.

    "With regard to the size of the vote, it will be very significant. Not unanimous, but very significant," he said.

    McConnell stressed the Republican Party's commitment to continued U.S. participation in the military alliance.

    "Absolutely, that's not the majority view in the Republican Party, certainly not the majority view among Senate Republicans or House Republicans," he said when asked about former U.S. President Donald Trump's view on pulling his country out of NATO.

    Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said on Monday that Canada was also in favor of a rapid NATO accession of Finland and Sweden.

    "Our goal is to be amongst the first countries to be able to ratify the accession of Sweden and Finland," Joly told reporters as she arrived for a meeting with her EU counterparts in Brussels. She said it would only take days for Canada to ratify the accession.


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    He's just pissed he didn't get the wars that were promised by his commie buddies if Trump took office.

    No war profiteering for scroat. He had to chase penguins around instead.

    I don't give a fuck about that. It's not like Tinyhands or any other politician can stop the Amurican war machine. It's an integral part of our economy and culture. I don't mind at all taking a few years off from war profiteering. I am looking forward to the next one, though. Antarctica paychecks are surprisingly ok, but Afghanistan paychecks were a lot better.

    There's a reason I enjoy pointing out your fuhrer's tiny hands. Today's GQP is a classic "strong man" cult. A bunch of frightened followers rally around an alleged "strong man" who they think will protect them from whatever scary people or things they're frightened of. There are lots of examples throughout history. What's funny about the Tinyhands cult is that Tinyhands isn't strong at all. He's an elderly obese tiny handed retard whose only strength is inheriting so much money that he hasn't been able to blow through all of it. His tiny hands are just an easy and obvious example of his weakness. It's hard for me to wrap my mind around how grown ass men can be so frightened of "others" that they would seek refuge with such an obvious con-man.

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/05/16…p-redeployment/index.html


    Biden approves plan to redeploy US troops to Somalia

    Natasha Bertrand
    By Natasha Bertrand, CNN

    Published 12:44 PM EDT, Mon May 16, 2022

    U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division soldiers deployed with U.S. Army Forces Africa stand with Somali National Army soldiers during a graduation ceremony May 24, 2017, in Mogadishu, Somalia. The logistics course focused on various aspects of moving personnel, equipment and supplies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas M. Byers) U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division soldiers deployed with U.S. Army Forces Africa stand with Somali National Army soldiers during a graduation ceremony May 24, 2017, in Mogadishu, Somalia. The logistics course focused on various aspects of moving personnel, equipment and supplies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas M. Byers) Staff Sgt. Nicholas Byers/U.S. Air Force

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    President Joe Biden has approved a request by the Pentagon to redeploy US troops to Somalia in an effort to counter the terrorist group al-Shabaab, a senior administration official said on Monday.

    The move reverses a decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw all US troops from the country in 2020.

    The US will reposition US forces in east Africa and move to restore a US military presence in Somalia in consultation with the Somali government, the official told reporters on Monday. The official said “under 500” troops will be sent back into the country but declined to provide a precise number. He emphasized, however, that the Pentagon “will not be restoring the full contingent of operators present in Somalia before” the previous administration’s withdrawal, which was about 750 military personnel.

    The official described the Trump administration’s withdrawal as “abrupt and sudden,” and said that al-Shabaab “has unfortunately only grown stronger” since then.

    “We have seen, regrettably, clear evidence that al Shabaab has the intent and capability to target Americans,” the official said, noting that the group had killed over a dozen Americans in east Africa in recent years, including three at a US military base in Kenya in early 2020.

    Trump’s decision in December 2020 to withdraw the US personnel from Somalia was part of a broader effort in the waning days of his administration to pull back US involvement in global conflicts, including in Afghanistan and Iraq. But the Biden administration believes that al-Shabaab remains “a notable priority given the threat it poses,” and that a “persistent” US presence there will be necessary to counter the group.

    “This is a step that rationalizes what was essentially an irrational arrangement that we inherited,” the official said, referring to the Trump administration decision. “It was irrational because it created unnecessary and elevated risk to US forces as they moved in and out of the country on a rotational basis, and it gave us less pay-off for incurring that risk because it disrupted their efficacy and consistency of their work with partners.”

    The official would not confirm whether Biden had authorized targeted strikes against specific al Shabaab leaders, but said that a US military presence is “not the only component” of the US’ counterterrorism strategy in Somalia.

    https://www.rollingstone.com/p…ent-donald-trump-1353509/



    The Buffalo Shooter Isn’t a ‘Lone Wolf.’ He’s a Mainstream Republican


    The right-wing extremists who control the modern GOP are all gripped by a racist delusion. The shooter is just the latest to act on it

    By TALIA LAVIN 


    A person walks past the scene of a shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday, May 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)A person walks past the scene of a shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday, May 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    A person walks past the scene of a shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday, May 15, 2022.

    Matt Rourke/AP

    There’s no such thing as a lone wolf — an appellation often given, in error, to terrorists who act alone, particularly those of the white supremacist variety. There are only those people who, fed on a steady diet of violent propaganda and stochastic terror, take annihilatory rhetoric to its logical conclusion.

    Such was the case on Saturday, when a teenaged white supremacist named Payton Gendron opened fire in a supermarket in a Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, killing ten people, while livestreaming the carnage on the live-video site Twitch. Prior to the shooting, he had posted a 180-page manifesto in which he laid out his rationale clearly: He was an adherent of what is called Great Replacement Theory, the idea that white people, in the United States and white-majority countries around the world, are being systematically, deliberately outbred and “replaced” by immigrants and ethnic minorities, in a deliberate attempt to rid the world of whiteness. It’s a conspiracy theory that has inspired terror attacks in New Zealand and Pittsburgh, San Diego, and El Paso – an ideology that marries demographic panic with the idea of a cunning, nefarious plot. Reading through the document, what struck me hardest, however, was how very close the killer’s ideas were to the American mainstream – the white-hot core of American politics.


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    Five years ago, when white supremacists walked down the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia chanting “Jews will not replace us!” and carrying tiki torches, few people understood their intent – the fact that they were referring to replacement theory. The idea seemed outlandish, even incomprehensible; at the time, it was a fairly obscure rallying cry, based around a 2012 book by French novelist Renaud Camus fearmongering about a nonwhite-majority Europe, absorbed into the fetid stew of white-supremacist cant, where it acquired a vicious antisemitism. For many white supremacists, it is Jews who are orchestrating the “reverse colonization,” as Camus put it, of white countries, in order to more easily manipulate a nonwhite and therefore more malleable general populace. In Gendron’s manifesto, after explaining in detail why he picked the particular supermarket he did — it was in a majority-Black neighborhood with a majority-Black clientele — he felt the need to explain why he did not choose to attack Jews. “[Jews] can be dealt with in time, but the high fertility replacers will destroy us now, it is a matter of survival we destroy them first,” he wrote, before listing his weaponry in detail with price points included — a manual for future murders. While Gendron’s choice to engage in mass slaughter puts him on the radical fringe of those who enforce their beliefs with bullets, and his overt antisemitism differs slightly from vaguer blame of “elites,” “Democrats” and “globalists,” his fixation on white birthrates and demographic change are neither fringe nor particularly unusual. The gnawing fear of a minority-white America has utterly consumed conservative politics for the past half-decade, creating a Republican party whose dual obsessions with nativism and white fertility have engendered a suite of policies engineered to change the nature of the body politic. What unites murderers like Gendron, and the long list of white supremacist attackers he cited with admiration, with the mainstream of the Republican party is the dream of a white nation.

    The demographics of the United States are changing, and the share of the population considered white is shrinking. This change is occurring faster than anticipated, thanks to the relative ages of white and nonwhite populations in the country — the nonwhite population trends significantly younger — and all national population growth is being driven by nonwhite groups, according to an analysis by Brookings. This confluence of death, birth, and immigration is in and of itself morally neutral, a matter of the natural ebb and flow of populations over time. But as the era of the white majority nears its end, a revanchist, racist right has treated the facts of demography as an occasion for a sweeping, violent moral panic.

    Donald Trump’s ascendance was a key marker of the force of white racial panic; from the moment he launched his candidacy, his overt racism set the party’s agenda, and from the very first, his rhetoric directly provoked racist violence. Far from ebbing as Trump has ceased to be the party’s sole center, however, the tide of white animus has become even more central to a new crop of Congresspeople and candidates.

    The Republican Party’s embrace of nativism has been more of a full-on dash than a slow slide, and it has been catalyzed by the vast constellation of right-wing media. Chief among these is the juggernaut that is Fox News. As a New York Times analysis revealed, the network’s flagship prime-time show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, has an obsession with replacement theory: In more than 400 shows the newspaper analyzed, Carlson evoked the idea of forced demographic change through immigration and other methods. Carlson is not alone: A Media Matters examination of Fox’s rhetoric throughout 2021 found that the network fulsomely embraced replacement theory, or, as it is more commonly known among extremists, “white genocide.” Such fears have become commonplace campaign talking points among Republican candidates: Ohio senatorial candidate J.D. Vance recently declared that Democrats are “bringing in a large number of new voters to replace those that are already here”; in Arizona, far-right state senator Wendy Rogers responded to an article about migrants with the ominous message, “We are being replaced and invaded.” Just hours after the mass shooting in Buffalo, Senate candidate Blake Masters posted a video appearance in which he declared that Democrats’ electoral strategy involves bringing in “millions” of immigrants to vote for them. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene rode extremism into Congress, long after sharing a video that declared that an “unholy alliance of leftists, capitalists, and Zionist supremacists has schemed to promote immigration and miscegenation, with the deliberate aim of breeding us out of existence in our own homelands.” This clamor — from politicians and pundits, candidates and conspiracy theorists — has become the radioactive center of the right’s policy.

    Once you understand an obsession with racial composition and white fertility to be the driving engine of Republican politics, a number of seemingly disparate movements begin to fit together into an ugly whole. Some aspects are obvious: The anti-immigrant movement that has seen U.S. refugee admissions at historic lows and asylum seekers marooned in purgatorial camps in Mexico continues to dominate the right-wing airwaves. Historic levels of gerrymandering are ensuring that a diversifying populace remains beholden to the views of a white minority — alongside openly antidemocratic restrictions on voting and changes in election administration.

    Other aspects are more veiled, but no less vitriolic. Years of fearmongering about transgender rights, and in particular their influence on youth, are linked to fears of waning fertility: anti-trans demagogues like Abigail Shrier describe trans bodies as “maimed and sterile,” and, as such, a chief motivation for the legion of anti-trans laws passed by state legislatures is the future fertility of trans children born female. The violent antifeminism of a far-right movement that sees women principally as vessels for breeding a new white generation expresses itself in a fixation on a return to “traditional” gender roles. And the culmination of generations of right-wing activism, which will secure the “domestic supply of infants,” as Justice Samuel Alito memorably put it, is poised to arrive in the form of the dissolution of Roe v. Wade. Payton Gendron, and those like him, are listening: like Brenton Tarrant, the mass shooter at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Gendron opened his manifesto with a screed on the supposedly apocalyptic consequences of “sub-replacement fertility rates” among white women.

    In his manifesto, Gendron claims to have acted alone, while in the same breath admitting, “I’ve had many influences from others.” The 180 pages of the document reveal the breadth of those influences: it is largely pastiche, with page upon page of racist and anti-semitic memes compiled in repulsive collages; collections of scientific studies of I.Q. differentials between racist groups; screenshots and links to news articles that confirm his prejudices; and segments of other manifestos, including Tarrant’s, bloat a thin line of racist scrawl. He may have, as he claims, become radicalized by over-enthused browsing of the Internet’s sewers, principally 4chan. But his fixations mirror those of the right wing more broadly, from violent transphobia to a loathing of immigration to a preoccupation with the possibility of civil war.

    When the rhetoric of an entire movement devolves into Manichaean demonization of their political foes; when demographic shifts are represented as apocalyptic; and when a party can appeal to nothing but the consolidation of white power, it is an inevitability that such rhetoric will leave bodies in its wake. The Republican Party caters chiefly now to those who claim that to be born the wrong color is an act of genocide, and act with appropriate fervor. There has never been a lone wolf when it comes to racist terror in the United States; it suffuses every aspect of our politics and policy, and in latter years the mass howl of fear at change comes from a jaw that drips with blood. As long as we fail to recognize the wellspring of racial animus that animates the right wing in this country, the corpses will continue to accrue.

    Seriously?! Do you think we should show any respect for a guy who stole an election, committed quid pro quo, Received kickbacks from Russia, China, and Ukraine, has been caught lying almost every time he opens his mouth. Worse yet, we have the receipts.


    However, it's nice to know we're hurting your feelings.

    Nobody is saying that anyone should respect Biden. Why would you?


    I'm talking about self-respect. How can anyone take you seriously if you go around referring to your evil sworn enemy as "poopypants"?

    So we all know that Biden is a demented dotard who probably shits his pants. So are half of you guys.


    I wonder if some of you non-demented cuntservatives are a little embarrassed by the toddler-level insult that your geezer allies throw around all the time. I would be. I mean, we're talking about alleged adults who regularly refer to their alleged enemy as "poopypants". Really? That's what you're going with?


    It makes "Fuck Joe Biden" look sophisticated. Idiocracy really was a documentary.