Columbia Rejects Fascism. Elects a leftist President Gustavo Petro

There is a lesson in this election for the U.S. You can elect a former leftist extremist while beating an extremist right-winger. And the loser of the election accepts the defeat. Did I mention Petro’s running mate is a black woman? The election was fair and peaceful. No talk of civil war or ‘stop the steal.”

Colombia has elected a former guerrilla fighter Gustavo Petro as president, making him the South American country’s first leftist head of state.

…Petro’s election marks a tidal shift for Colombia, a country that has never before had a leftist president, and follows similar victories for the left in Peru, Chile and Honduras.

…During his victory speech, Petro issued a call for unity and extended an olive branch to some of his harshest critics, saying all members of the opposition will be welcomed at the presidential palace “to discuss the problems of Colombia”.

“From this government that is beginning there will never be political persecution or legal persecution, there will only be respect and dialogue,” he said, adding that he will listen to not only those who have raised arms but also to “that silent majority of peasants, Indigenous people, women, youth”.

The outgoing conservative president, Iván Duque, congratulated Petro shortly after results were announced, and Hernández quickly conceded defeat.

Trump claims he drew a larger crowd than MLK jr did for the March on Washington

His lies know no bounds:

Former President Donald Trump claims he previously drew a crowd larger than the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King did during the historic March on Washington, according to Mediaite. On Friday, June 17, Trump delivered a speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Not even close:

Official estimates for the “Salute to America” speech in 2020 are unavailable, but the Chicago Tribune reported that crowds were “strikingly thinner” than Trump’s speech in 2019. There are also no official estimates for attendance in 2019.

Trump said his speech on January 6, 2021, which preceded the Capitol riot, had even more attendance than his speeches on the National Mall. The speech, he claimed, involved “the largest number of people I’ve ever spoken to.”

The former president has repeatedly claimed that the crowd size was “censored” by the media, saying that a “sacred number” attended his speech.

According to the Associated Press, at least 10,000 people attended.

Here is another take on the bogus claim about the crowd size for his November 14, 2020 speech:

Thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump gathered in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to express their support to the commander in chief and his baseless allegations of voter fraud. The protest had several different names, including Million Maga March, Stop the Steal, and March for Trump but they all had the same message: the election has been stolen from Trump. The gathering received praise from members of the administration, including Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, who tweeted photos of the demonstrations and claimed that “more than one MILLION” people had gathered to support the president. That was a wild exaggeration as all footage from the events show, at most, tens of thousands of people present.

…Many immediately pointed out McEnany’s exaggeration and noted that it brought to mind the way Trump’s first press secretary, Sean Spicer, outright lied to the press about the number of people who attended the president’s inauguration in January, 2017.

FOX News Pays out $15 Million Settlement for Underpaying Female Host

FOX News has a long history of sexual harassment and sexist mistreatment of it’s female employees. And they keep having to pay for it:

Fox News has reportedly come to terms on a monster settlement payout with Melissa Francis – a former host for the network who alleged there was a gender pay disparity during her tenure.

According to the Washington Post, the network has agreed to fork over approximately $15 million to Francis, who left in 2020 after spending nine years as a host for Fox News and Fox Business.

Francis previously filed a complaint with the New York State Department of Labor alleging retaliation by Fox News after she highlighted a gender pay gap at the network.

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‘Poor People’s Campaign’ March Completely Ignored by Media

There was a protest march in Washington on Saturday. You would think it never happened given the complete lack of media coverage. That is not unusual. The rights of working people and the poor aren’t of concern to a corporate media that put profit above all things. Poverty is an inconvenient fact for the powerful in America. It makes them uncomfortable:

In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. organized low-income Americans of different backgrounds in a march on Washington known as the “Poor People’s Campaign.”

Over 50 years later, thousands of protesters gathered Saturday to deliver that same message at the Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls.

The rally urged low-income voters to participate in the upcoming midterm elections and featured religious organizations, pro-democracy groups, labor unions and climate activists from across the country.

“As long as there are 140 million poor and low-income people in this country, and we know it doesn’t have to be this way, we won’t be silent anymore,” said the Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign.

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Uvalde Shooting Cover-up is Worsening

It is obvious that the political establishment in Uvalde is trying to cover-up their failure to prevent the massacre of 19 children, and 2 teachers, at the Robb Elementary school. We mustn’t allow them to. Their corruption and cowardice has to be exposed and punished. Congress needs to get involved:

The coverup is heading into high gear:

The City of Uvalde and its police department are working with a private law firm to prevent the release of nearly any record related to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in which 19 children and two teachers died, according to a letter obtained by Motherboard in response to a series of public information requests we made. The public records Uvalde is trying to suppress include body camera footage, photos, 911 calls, emails, text messages, criminal records, and more.

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CBS ‘Late Show’ Crew Arrested by Capitol Police

This must be some bad joke. The Capitol Police did not arrest insurrectionists but arrests a comedy show crew that permission to be on the premises. These people obviously have no sense of humor or sense of irony. What is the crime here? Don’t you realize how this leaves you open to criticism for showing a double standard? You can’t make the argument that the law is the law. They overstayed the right to be in the capitol building. But you didn’t arrested anyone on January 6th. It’s buffoonery:

Members of a production team for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” were arrested earlier this week by police as they filmed a comedy segment at the US Capitol, in an incident that was used by prominent right-wing voices to assail the probe into the January 6 insurrection.

US Capitol Police said in a Friday statement that at approximately 8:30 p.m. Thursday, officers “observed seven individuals, unescorted and without Congressional ID, in a sixth-floor hallway” in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington.

“The building was closed to visitors, and these individuals were determined to be a part of a group that had been directed by the USCP to leave the building earlier in the day,” the statement said.

Capitol Police said the individuals were charged with unlawful entry, adding that the matter is considered “an active criminal investigation” and that it “may result in additional criminal charges after consultation with the U.S. Attorney.”

Head of Police Chief’s Association: Congress needs to Act on Passing Gun Legislation

Chief Dwight Henninger, President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, appearing on CNN, called for Congress to act now to pass comprehensive gun legislation. ‘Thoughts and prayers’ isn’t going to cut anymore, Henninger stated. Strengthening the background check system would be essential to any meaningful gun legislation enactment. He also argued that other countries like Britain and Australia have successfully changed their gun laws, why can’t we. Henninger also made a statement that might offend gun rights advocates, like the NRA: The 2nd Amendment is not absolute.

Herschel Walker is a Fraud Just like his Supporter Donald Trump

This is what evangelical Christians support for higher office. They never learn.

Herschel Walker, the Republican nominee from Georgia for the U.S. Senate, confirmed that he has two more previously unknown children, adding another “secret” child that the former football star admitted to earlier this week.

Walker now says he has four kids, only one of whom was previously known.

Walker’s disclosure is the second time this week the former star professional football player, who has been repeatedly publicly critical of African American absentee fathers, has been forced to admit he had children out of wedlock after media reports of their existence.

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Ann Coulter Denounces ‘Stop The Steal’ as a Scam

Ann Coulter is a well-known conservative who has turned on Trump. She now goes further in calling out the proponents of the ‘big lie.’

Ann Coulter panned 2000 Mules in a Substack post on Wednesday, stating that Dinesh D’Souza’s film about the 2020 presidential election amounts to a “conspiracy movie.”

Coulter, who once bigly supported Donald Trump but turned on him during his presidency, had similarly harsh words for the former president.

In a post simply titled “Dinesh’s Stupid Movie,” (subtitled, “And the grift goes on”) Coulter begins by slamming Trump for using his false claims about the 2020 election being stolen from him to bilk his supporters out of $250 million under the guise of “Stop the Steal.”