The Meritocracy Scam

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  1. 1 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 11:05 am

    Good Morning! Thank you for this important post, Nerdy!

  2. 3 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 11:06 am

  3. 5 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 11:07 am

  4. February 4, 2021 at 11:07 am

    I don’t think this was a trap..
    more like this is what America needs!! and Biden knew it!👍🏼

  5. 10 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 11:09 am

  6. 11 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 11:10 am

  7. 12 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 11:11 am

  8. February 4, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock: Covid relief needs to be urgent, quick, and equitable.
    “It is important that we get the people of Georgia aid and that we get it as soon as possible.” (ReidOut)
    Hear here: (https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-reidout-with-joy-reid/episode/sen-warnock-covid-relief-needs-to-be-urgent-quick-and-equitable-81358357)

  9. February 4, 2021 at 11:42 am

  10. February 4, 2021 at 11:53 am

    CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky:
    “Same Safety Measures Apply To Coronavirus Variants”
    “CDC Director talks with Maddow about the progress being made researching new mutated variants of the coronavirus and notes that where people have contracted a variant, the same, already recommended mitigation measures like masks and distancing would have protected them.”
    —-welcome back CDC.

  11. February 4, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Schools have to have plenty of funding and resources to meet those mitigation measures.
    –was surprised by something in my eye, listening to a real CDC Director.

    • 18 Betsy
      February 4, 2021 at 11:29 pm

      Not true for my school district re: plenty of funding here in CA even in a “rich” district. School buildings are old; poorly ventilated and would cost millions to fix. So I think that she’s overstating this issue and many of my fellow teachers are freaking out. I think this should not have come up until the information about how schools would be able to do the mitigation required is addressed, before talking about not vaccinating teachers. Big fail, I’m afraid. Lots of teachers are freaking out and feel sideswiped out of nowhere. I feel that the money in the American Rescue Plan will not be nearly enough for schools to reopen safely, so they’ll reopen and not vaccinate the teachers b/c of what the CDC just said. Kids are germ factories, they spread virus all the time (my pediatrician hubby says), so I don’t know what their control samples are and for the many, many students who have been at home this whole time, how vulnerable will they actually be when actively involved with other kids. How can you keep them 6 feet apart (do you move the lockers?); how can you teach classes of 35-38 kids per day, if you split the classes, how many hours will you be teaching then? Where’s the plexiglass which should go between students and surround teacher desks? How much will that cost?

      I don’t hear them talking about all that mitigation. It’s just a word that districts can conveniently ignore in their haste to get kids back in the classroom at the expense of the teachers; that’s how I think it will go. I hope I am totally, completely wrong and I have to eat every word.

    • 19 Betsy
      February 4, 2021 at 11:31 pm

      Sorry bridgeriverpass, didn’t see the “have to have” in your comment. Of course that is also my point.

  12. 20 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 12:04 pm

  13. 22 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 12:05 pm

  14. 25 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    • February 4, 2021 at 1:19 pm

      A lot of the rules that Republicans are trying to change were put in place *by* Republicans for the benefit of Republicans. Much of it were were hidden in plain sight in that you didn’t know about it unless you were informed or knew to look for it. I, for one, did not know that you didn’t have to have an excuse to vote absentee in GA until this year. I still might not have known if it had not been for the pandemic. But, it was noted that it was Republicans who were encouraged to vote and typically voted absentee. Democrats (i.e., POC) more likely used in-person early voting.

      But now that we are privy to their “secrets” — Thanks Stacey Abrams and Fair Fight — all of a sudden voting is not secure.

      I wonder if they realize that some of the changes they are trying to make don’t just affect Democrats/POC. As pointed out in the tweet, they will also be impacted by restrictions to absentee voting.

  15. 27 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 12:10 pm

  16. 28 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 12:11 pm

  17. 29 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 12:13 pm

  18. 30 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 12:20 pm

  19. February 4, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    CDC Director Dr. Walensky on variants:
    “I mean you hear the word ‘mutation’ and everybody thinks of a science fiction movie, right?
    So we know that viruses mutate.
    We know that they change their genetic code, often every time they replicate. RNA viruses mutate frequently. We expected mutations and we expected variants. Usually when there’s a variant that becomes predominant, it’s because it has some advantage to the virus, whether it’s because it’s increasingly transmissible, whether it’s because it has increased mortality, or because it can escape our vaccines and our treatments.
    We know that some of the variants have increased transmissibility. There’s increasing data that suggests that some of the variants, the B117 variant, may lead to increased mortality. And the jury is still out with regard to how these vaccines are going to work with regard against these variants.”

  20. 32 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 12:23 pm


  21. 33 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 12:24 pm

  22. 34 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 12:25 pm

  23. 35 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 12:25 pm


  24. 38 pkayden
    February 4, 2021 at 12:26 pm

  25. 39 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 12:27 pm

  26. February 4, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    Government Accountability Office:
    “GAO report slams Trump administration response to the coronavirus pandemic”
    “The 346-page Government Accountability Office document, much longer than most,outlines broad Trump administration failures so alarming that the normally circumspect auditors pronounced themselves “deeply troubled.” That constitutes an anguished cry from an office that prides itself on just-the-facts, albeit dull, reports.

    Almost 90 percent — 27 of 31 — of the GAO’s recommendations from June, September and November
    “remained unimplemented” as of Jan. 15, less than a week before Trump left office.
    The document was released last week.”
    —The Trump Administration was nobbut a killing machine.
    —Greene is an extension of that threat to life and limb.

  27. 43 pkayden
    February 4, 2021 at 12:35 pm

  28. February 4, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Due to violent insurrection openly incited by Donald J. Trump.
    Impeachment was started while he was still president. McConnell wanted to postpone the Trial till February.

  29. February 4, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    They think after all the chaos we won’t remember the details. Ah but we do.

  30. 47 pkayden
    February 4, 2021 at 12:52 pm

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  32. February 4, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    Congresswoman Ilhan Omar:
    Republican base is “becoming the looney tunes'”.
    To Hayes: “The Republicans truly have lost their way. Their party is destroyed.
    Their base now is conspiracy theorists. It’s cowards, it’s opportunists, it’s grifters and sadly they’re becoming the looney tunes,” Omar said. “These are people who we can’t take serious [sic]. They’re not here to do the people’s business. They are here to just be obstructionists and make a mockery of not just our government, but our country.”
    “It is going to be a long road because these are the children that are born out of a white supremacist movement that is taking over the base of the Republican party,” Omar said. “And we have to wait and see if they are willing to do the hard work of dealing with this awful, toxic, really deadly, white supremacist, fascist America that they have unearthed.” (Yahoo)

    • February 4, 2021 at 1:34 pm

      Chair of House Rules: “Congressman McGovern said he was fine setting a precedent that the majority can take away committee assignments if members advocate violence against their colleagues.” (nbc)
      “If that’s not the bottom, I don’t know what the hell is.”
      Maddow: “Can we all agree on that? Can we all agree that if you call for putting bullets in the heads of other members of Congress, that’s the line?”

  33. 52 amk for obama
    February 4, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Now, do traitorous thug.

  34. February 4, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    Thomas L. Jennings – Inventor of Dry Cleaning Process

    Thomas Jennings was the first black man to receive a patent. The patent was awarded on March 3, 1821 (US Patent 3306x) for his discovery of a process called “dry-scouring” which was the forerunner of today’s modern dry-cleaning.

    The patent to Jennings generated considerable controversy during this period. Slaves at this time could not patent their own inventions; their effort was the property of their master. This regulation dated back to the US patent laws of 1793. The regulation was based on the legal presumption that “the master is the owner of the fruits of the labor of the slave both manual and intellectual.” Patent courts also held that slaves were not citizens and therefore could not own rights to their inventions. In 1861 patent rights were finally extended to slaves.

    Thomas Jennings, however, was a free man and thus was able to gain exclusive rights to his invention and profit from it. Jennings was a passionate abolitionist who used the income from his invention to free the rest of his family from slavery and fund abolitionist causes. He served as assistant secretary of the First Annual Convention of the People of Color which met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in June 1831.

  35. February 4, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    Capitol rioter may not be getting her Mexico trip after all???

    • 55 todjey
      February 4, 2021 at 1:50 pm

      Ah ok. My bad, I thought she had permission to go on vacay too.

    • February 4, 2021 at 2:44 pm

      The shaman QAnon guy cares for his own body (wants organic food in jail)
      but cares not for the lives of the entire Congressional body.

      • February 4, 2021 at 4:54 pm

        Sincere apologies for using the term “shaman” that way.
        (The insurrectionist above apparently refers to himself that way.) There’s a lot of assumptions and wrong assumptions about this term, and how it applies to different parts of the world. My understanding is that as it applies to North America, the primary focus is to heal. Someone i was fortunate to know in the interior of B.C. is still beloved shaman and medicine man in his community. A wonderful guy.

  36. 63 jer44
    February 4, 2021 at 1:48 pm

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  39. 68 jer44
    February 4, 2021 at 1:56 pm

  40. February 4, 2021 at 1:59 pm

  41. February 4, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    “I Believe I’ve Been Cleared’: Florida Man and Alleged Capitol Hill Insurrectionist Who Bragged About Acing FBI Interview Is Charged With Multiple Federal Crimes”


    A Florida man who used Instagram and Facebook to post about his participation in the pro-Trump siege of the U.S. Capitol Complex last week was charged with four federal crimes on Friday.

    Notably, one of those posts contained his stated belief that he had recently aced an interview with federal agents.

    Camargo was charged with the following crimes: (1) one count of 18 U.S.C. 231(a)(3) (civil disorder); (2) one count of 18 U.S.C. 1752(a)(1) (entering and remaining in a restricted building); (3) one count of 18 U.S.C. 1752(a)(2) (disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building); and (4) one count of 40 U.S.C. 5104(e)(2)(F) (act of physical violence in a Capitol building).

    If convicted as charged, he faces more than 25 years in prison.

  42. February 4, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    Like, a coup and claims of election fraud.

    ”Myanmar coup:
    What is happening and why?”
    “Myanmar hit headlines around the world on Monday when its military seized control.
    The country’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and members of her party are thought to be under house arrest.”

    “The military is now back in charge and has declared a year-long state of emergency.
    It seized control following a general election which Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party won by a landslide.

    The armed forces had backed the opposition, who were demanding a rerun of the vote,
    claiming widespread fraud.”

  43. 74 jer44
    February 4, 2021 at 2:20 pm

  44. February 4, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is preparing a welter of amendments to a budget resolution essential to passing President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 stimulus package in a grueling “vote-a-rama” on Thursday.

    Democrats have signaled that they will press ahead to pass the $1.9 trillion stimulus without GOP support using budget reconciliation, a process that prevents filibustering and would allow the bill to pass with a simple majority of 51 votes.

    However, the price for using this measure is having to receive a barrage of amendments from the GOP to the budget resolution needed to pass the stimulus, which is likely to keep the Senate debating for hours.

    • February 4, 2021 at 2:21 pm

      Amendments include:
      • whether taxpayers should fund checks for illegal immigrants
      • whether Democrats should raise taxes on small businesses in the midst of this historic crisis
      • whether generous federal funding should pour into school districts where the unions refuse to let schools open
      • measures to preserve former President Donald Trump’s southern border wall
      • plan to reverse Biden’s decision to halt the Keystone XL pipeline

    • February 4, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    • 78 pkayden
      February 4, 2021 at 7:52 pm

      So he is just wasting everyone’s time for the hell
      of it. Idiot.

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  50. February 4, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Good for him. GOP legislators believe they can take away executive authority when Democrats are in the position.

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  52. 89 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    That’s what you call “bald-faced lying”

  53. 90 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 4:34 pm

  54. February 4, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Shay’s got jokes…

  55. February 4, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Speaker Pelosi said,
    “In terms of acknowledging the threat from within,
    I remain profoundly concerned about house Republican leadership acceptance of extreme conspiracy theorists, their eagerness to reward a Qanon adherent, a 9/11 truther, a harasser of school shooting victims, and to give them valued committee positions, including who could imagine they would put such a person on the education committee. The House will vote to remove Representative Greene from her positions. It’s unfortunate.
    You would think that the Republican leadership in the Congress would have some sense of responsibility to this institution. As they did when they did not seek Representative King of Iowa. For some reason, they have chosen not to go down that path, even though we gave Mr. Hoyer — Mr. Hoyer gave leader McCarthy sufficient notice this is a path we would follow.”
    (Easley, politics.usa)

  56. 96 pkayden
    February 4, 2021 at 6:05 pm

  57. February 4, 2021 at 6:51 pm

  58. 98 amk for obama
    February 4, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    A good auspicious start. Loving the new aggro dems.

    • 99 amk for obama
      February 4, 2021 at 7:12 pm

      Yeah, they are fucking corrupt cowards.

  59. 100 pkayden
    February 4, 2021 at 7:06 pm

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  61. 104 jer44
    February 4, 2021 at 7:24 pm

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  63. 106 amk for obama
    February 4, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    Hot damn. Go Nancy.

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  65. 108 pkayden
    February 4, 2021 at 7:47 pm

  66. 109 amk for obama
    February 4, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    It’s qop alright.

    • 110 amk for obama
      February 4, 2021 at 7:56 pm

      Proof of fucking liz cheney was always a fucking rethug asshole.

    • 112 amk for obama
      February 4, 2021 at 7:56 pm

      Proof of fucking liz cheney was always a fucking rethug asshole.

  67. 113 pkayden
    February 4, 2021 at 7:58 pm

  68. 114 amk for obama
    February 4, 2021 at 8:02 pm

  69. 115 amk for obama
    February 4, 2021 at 8:05 pm

  70. 116 amk for obama
    February 4, 2021 at 8:06 pm


  71. 117 amk for obama
    February 4, 2021 at 8:08 pm

  72. 118 amk for obama
    February 4, 2021 at 8:14 pm

  73. 123 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 8:26 pm

  74. 125 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 8:30 pm


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  77. February 4, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    “Swamped by thousands of complaints over lost or delayed mail, Rep. Donald McEachin (D-VA) is leading an intensifying push in Congress to replace U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and, if necessary, the entire governing board of the U.S. Postal Service,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Thursday.

  78. February 4, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Yeah, let’s just sweep this all under the rug. Unity!

  79. February 4, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    But what if soldiers are becoming radicalized while they’re in the service?

  80. February 4, 2021 at 9:16 pm

  81. 135 jer44
    February 4, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    • February 5, 2021 at 8:03 am

      They know it. The ones that don’t accept it are rescinding their party membership. The rest are taking advantage of the benefits of being under the party umbrella as the radicals/cultists take over.

  82. 137 jer44
    February 4, 2021 at 10:07 pm

  83. 139 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Leadership looks like this.

  84. 140 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    • 141 Dudette
      February 4, 2021 at 10:17 pm

  85. 142 Dudette
    February 4, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    • February 5, 2021 at 8:13 am

      “Some top-ranking party members, including Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, have expressed support for restrictions on absentee voting. Republicans control both chambers of the General Assembly, but there isn’t yet an agreement on how far those restrictions should go.”

      Probably trying to figure out what they can do to suppress Democratic/POC votes with little to no impact to Republican voters. They can’t get around that whatever they do will affect ALL voters.

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  88. 146 jacquelineoboomer
    February 4, 2021 at 11:47 pm

  89. 147 Dudette
    February 5, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Yay Dr. Kizzy! 💉

  90. 148 Dudette
    February 5, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Another reminder of the previous administration’s incompetence and cruelty.

  91. 149 Dudette
    February 5, 2021 at 12:34 am

  92. 150 Dudette
    February 5, 2021 at 12:46 am

  93. 151 Dudette
    February 5, 2021 at 12:56 am

    Rep. Rashida Tlaib 🥺

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  95. 153 pkayden
    February 5, 2021 at 6:54 am

  96. 154 amk for obama
    February 5, 2021 at 7:16 am


    • 155 amk for obama
      February 5, 2021 at 7:19 am

      Loving the new kick ass dems. The seditious treasonous traitor thug was the ultimate straw that broke the dam.

  97. 156 amk for obama
    February 5, 2021 at 7:23 am

    And looks like zero thugs voted for the package, including the so called “moderates”.

  98. February 5, 2021 at 7:26 am

  99. 159 Dudette
    February 5, 2021 at 8:08 am

    Good Morning Family! Look at what our Democratic Senate and MVP have done for you this morning!

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    February 5, 2021 at 8:21 am


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  107. February 5, 2021 at 8:46 am

    Not sure if her behavior would be any different than it would be if she were still on committees. But she is showing how sincere she was (NOT) in her floor speech. It sounds like she’s getting ready to crank up the crazy and 190+ Republicans have said they are okay with it.

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  110. 177 Dudette
    February 5, 2021 at 10:53 am

    Yes she is!

  111. 178 Dudette
    February 5, 2021 at 10:56 am

  112. 179 Dudette
    February 5, 2021 at 10:56 am

  113. 180 Dudette
    February 5, 2021 at 12:55 pm

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