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General Discussion Forum / Ramadan Mubarak 2023
« on: Yesterday at 08:52:37 PM »
May your holy month be filled with an abundance of blessings for you and your family.

'Don't Say Gay' Lawmaker Pleads Guilty To COVID Relief Fraud

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The former Florida lawmaker who sponsored the controversial law critics call “Don’t Say Gay” pleaded guilty Tuesday to committing $150,000 in COVID-19 relief fraud.

Joseph Harding, a 35-year-old Republican, pleaded guilty in Gainesville federal court to wire fraud, money laundering, and making false statements in connection with COVID-19 relief fraud, according to court records. He faces up to 35 years in prison at a hearing scheduled for July 25.

Harding resigned from the Florida House in December, a day after federal prosecutors announced his indictment.

According to court documents, Harding made false statements to the Small Business Administration while applying for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan for one of his dormant business entities. After obtaining $150,000 in COVID-19 relief funds, prosecutors said Harding conducted three monetary transactions, each involving more than $10,000 in fraudulently obtained funds: a transfer to his joint bank account, a payment to his credit card, and a transfer into a bank account of a third-party business entity.

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is designed to provide economic relief to small businesses that are experiencing a temporary loss of revenue.

Trump seizes on likely indictment to pass begging bowl for 2024 campaign    :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

Donald Trump is attempting to capitalize on his anticipated arrest over hush money payments to an adult film star by bombarding supporters with fundraising emails to support his presidential election campaign.

In a series of messages in recent days Trump and his acolytes have urged people to donate to the Trump Save America Joint Fundraising Committee, established to support Trump’s bid for president in 2024.

The emails paint Trump as the victim of a political agenda of a varying cast of “globalist power brokers”, the “deep state” and “witch hunt-crazed radicals”. Each ends with a plea for donations, the language used changing slightly each time.

“If this political persecution goes unchallenged, one day it won’t be me they’re targeting … It’ll be you,” said an email from Trump on Sunday.

The fundraising attempt comes as a grand jury prepares to deliver a verdict on whether to indict Trump over his alleged role in a hush money payment to Stormy Daniels, who claims the pair slept together. Trump has denied they had sex.

Over the weekend Trump claimed he would be arrested on Tuesday, but his representatives later said he was citing media reports and leaks, and had no information about a potential arraignment.

The barrage of emails are often written in an urgent and pleading tone.

There’s a Quiet New Crisis in Texas After the Abortion Ban. It Could Get Much Worse.  :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

For three days last fall, Leah Wilson entered her pregnant patient’s hospital room and checked the fetus for a heartbeat. She was waiting for it to stop. The woman’s water had broken at just 19 weeks of pregnancy, well before viability, causing an infection in her uterus. The fetus would not survive, but until it died, or the woman’s condition worsened, there was little the hospital would do, said Wilson, who was her nurse at the time.

Typically in this kind of situation, doctors would terminate the pregnancy to prevent a life-threatening infection or other serious complication. But this patient was in Texas, where abortion is no longer legal.

So they waited. The smell of the infection filled the room, Wilson said. She tried to help the patient stay clean. She watched her vitals and monitored her for sepsis—if the infection got bad enough, if it spread through her body, then the doctors would finally intervene, to save her life. Wilson struggled to explain to the woman slowly losing her pregnancy why they weren’t doing anything else to help. Finally, on the third day, she said, the heartbeat stopped.

By the time Wilson cared for this patient, she had been working as a labor and delivery nurse at the San Antonio hospital for about a year and a half. She decided to go into nursing after seven years at home raising her young kids, inspired by the complicated birth of her own son and the impact her nurses at the time had on both their recoveries. At the hospital, which sees a large number of high-risk pregnant patients from across the region, Wilson said she often volunteered to work on difficult cases involving fetal loss. Several of her friends had miscarried, and she wanted to be the nurse who supported other patients through it: “It’s always hard, but usually, you know, you go and you cry for your five minutes in the closet once things are over, and then you move on.”

By September 2021, though, caring for these patients became much scarier in Texas. That’s when Senate Bill 8 went into effect, banning nearly all abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, and allowing virtually any person to sue anyone they suspected of “aiding and abetting” the procedure. The most restrictive abortion law in the country at the time, S.B. 8 included only an ambiguous exception for “medical emergencies,” resulting in hospitals delaying or denying care to people with pregnancy complications for fear of liability, and leaving providers worried they could be sued for tasks they had previously been doing without a second thought in their day-to-day work, including miscarriage management. By last summer, things had become even harder at Wilson’s hospital and across the state: Following the Supreme Court’s June 2022 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Texas banned all abortions, with only narrow yet vague exceptions to save the life of the pregnant person and a potential penalty of life in prison for physicians. “It meant no longer providing the standard of care that we would have prior to Dobbs,” Wilson said. “It meant patients sitting there for days, actively losing nonviable pregnancies, and us waiting for something to go bad enough that we could help them.”

Ron DeSantis Ridiculed For Writing He Was 'Culturally' Raised In The Midwest, But 'Geographically In Tampa Bay' In New Memoir

Ron DeSantis was mocked for something he wrote in his new memoir, The Courage to Be Free.

"I was geographically raised in Tampa Bay," the Florida governor wrote. "But culturally my upbringing reflected the working-class communities in western Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio — from weekly church attendance to the expectation that one would earn his keep. This made me God-fearing, hard-working and America-loving."

After hearing the statement, people couldn't help but laugh at the remarks.

"I was geographically raised in Tampa Bay, but culturally my upbringing reflected the royal court at Versailles, with outstanding wigs, elegant discourse, and utter disregard for the seething class oppression necessary to sustain it," one person wrote.

Another person pointed out how DeSantis hates transgender people. "I was geographically raised in Orlando with a cultural perspective that allows me to easily detect BS when I see it," they wrote.

"I may have attended both Harvard and Yale, but culturally I identify with the rustics who eat chocolate pudding with their hands," a third person said, referring to how DeSantis doesn't have good table manners and ate with his fingers.

North Carolina man put swastikas in his yard after Black businesswoman set up shop next door: report   :nono2: :nono2: :nono2:

Angel Pittman had a simple idea: she purchased a simple patch of land in Salisbury, North Carolina for $10,000, three school buses for $14,000, and planned to create a mobile hair salon. Her plan was to live out of one of the buses and use the other two to travel around the community providing her services.

But according to The Guardian, she ran into an immediate problem: an elderly white neighbor who objected to a Black woman setting up a business across the street — and quickly made her life a nightmare.

According to Pittman, the man “had already given me weird vibes” while she was going through closing, and then "About a week after closing, on 23 September, she returned with her mom to drop off the buses. This time, she said, the man approached them and asked, '‘Why are you guys here? Are y’all looking for shade?’'"

And then, things got even worse, as Pittman tells The Guardian that he began to exhibit violent and racist behavior.

"He sat over there and had his gun out the whole time," she said. "He was like, ‘Get the f**k off my lawn. And [that] we need to get them f**king buses off his lawn. So basically saying, my land was his."

LOCK HIM UP!!!   :popcorn:

LOCK HIM UP!!!   :popcorn:

LOCK HIM UP!!!   :popcorn:

The republicans are saying its okay to commit a crime if you are agent orange.

Fox News Producer Sues Network Claiming She Was Coached To Give Misleading Testimony In Dominion Case   :nono2: :nono2: :nono2:   :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

A Fox News producer claims that she was “coerced” and “intimidated” by the network’s legal team into providing misleading and evasive testimony in a deposition in the Dominion Voting Systems defamation case.

Abby Grossberg, who has worked on shows hosted by Maria Bartiromo and Tucker Carlson, also claimed that the network’s attorneys were trying to subtly shift “all responsibility for the alleged defamation against Dominion onto her shoulders and by implication, those of her trusted female colleague, Ms. Bartiromo, rather than the mostly male higher ups at Fox News who endorsed the repeated coverage of the lies against the Dominion.”

This is very smart!   :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

Crafty Prankster Sneaks Unfiltered Truth About Trump Onto Right-Wing Newscast   :snicker :snicker :snicker     :clap: :clap: :clap:

A prankster managed to give some of Donald Trump’s most loyal defenders a healthy dose of the truth about the 2020 election and all that followed ― and he did it in the middle of a live segment on a right-wing network.

Jason Selvig of progressive comedy duo The Good Liars was interviewed on RSBN, an online streamer known for its fawning coverage of the former president, at a New York rally in support of Trump ahead of a possible indictment this week.

“This is a political prosecution, it has to be,” Selvig said during the interview. “That’s the only way it could be happening right now.”

But then Selvig conceded that there is another way.

“The only other option is that Donald Trump lost by 7 million votes and is a loser who can’t deal with the fact that he lost the election because he based his whole personality on being a winner and calling people losers,” he said.

See more of the exchange below:

Donald Trump wants his '74 million' supporters to sign a petition railing against his potential arrest. Those who sign it are asked to donate $3,300 and more   :clap: :clap: :clap:    :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

Former President Donald Trump asked his followers to sign a petition denouncing his potential arrest in New York. But signing this petition leads people straight to a page where they're asked to give $3,300 or other suggested amounts of cash to his 2024 campaign.

"They're trying to intimidate YOU and cancel out YOUR vote!" Trump's team wrote in a Monday email to supporters seen by Insider.

"Which is why the Trump for President 2024 campaign is compiling millions and millions of petition signatures from Americans like you CONDEMNING these threats of a possible arrest," the email said. It also called on "74 million patriots" to answer the call and sign the petition.

Trump could soon be indicted by a New York grand jury in connection with the Stormy Daniels hush money payments case. Trump has claimed without evidence that he may be arrested on Tuesday, though no indictment has been confirmed by the Manhattan district attorney's office.

Upon clicking the petition link in the message, recipients are taken to a page asking for donations to "help DEFEND our America First movement during these dark times."

The message says supporters can donate any amount, but suggests sums like $500, $1,000, and $3,300, among others.

Fox News producer was forced to spy on Maria Bartiromo, who execs called 'crazy,' 'menopausal,' and 'hysterical,' new lawsuit says   :read: :read: :read:   :snicker :snicker :snicker

In a discrimination lawsuit filed Monday against Fox News and several of its executives, a former producer at the network said the "poisonous and entrenched patriarchy" at the network allows for the abuse of female staff.

Abby Grossberg said in her lawsuit that she witnessed hostile workplace behavior toward host Maria Bartiromo. Grossberg accused Fox executives of forcing her to spy on the host of "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo" and report back to executives about her behavior.

Grossberg said Fox executives called Bartiromo names behind the scenes. One producer, the suit says, called Bartiromo "crazy," "menopausal," and said she often became "hysterical," while another described her as a "diva."

A third called Bartiromo a "crazy bitch," per Grossberg.

Ralph Giordano, vice president of news coverage at Fox Business Network, "used his position of power to coerce Ms. Grossberg into spying on Ms. Bartiromo," according to Grossberg's complaint.

Specifically, after the producer was chastised for failing to run a disclaimer about Dominion's denial that its voting system had changed votes in the 2020 election before a segment railing against the company, Giordano told Grossberg he would give her a chance at "a clean start" as long as she reported back to him regarding Bartiromo's activities.

Politics / Re: Proud boys get beat up by a bunch of Queers.
« on: March 21, 2023, 10:42:06 AM »

I like her!!!   :clap: :clap: :clap:

 :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

I hope they take pictures and stream live during their participation.   :snicker :snicker :snicker

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