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  1. 4 hours ago, HipKat said:

    Why don't you just go back and look at the average price of gas for the last year and see when prices started going up. It's called doing your own research? You may have heard of it or maybe not...... Maybe you're one of those people like Philly who just pair it with what he heard from his addiction to right-wing media

    I just did commented on this in a reply to you. Did you read it? It “skyrocketed” a whole .11 in feb of 2020 while Trump was in office. It hit that mark again in feb of 2021 and is now up over .50 since.


    Just sayin in feb 2020 it was 2.49 went down then jumped back up to 2.49 in feb 2021. Now it’s over 3.00, not saying it’s Biden but if it quacks like a duck and it looks like a duck then it must be a Biden. 

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  2. 19 minutes ago, HipKat said:

    Why don't you just go back and look at the average price of gas for the last year and see when prices started going up. It's called doing your own research? You may have heard of it or maybe not...... Maybe you're one of those people like Philly who just pair it with what he heard from his addiction to right-wing media

    well, this was in February and it says gas price leap .11 to there highest in a year, which was 2.49 in feb of 2020. Now gas prices are over 3.00 a gallon. So if 2.49 was our highest in 20 I would hardly blame Trump for an .11 increase when it’s now sitting at a .55 increase since February of this year. All I know is when Trump was in office 5 bucks was gas money again.



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  3. On 8/14/2021 at 6:42 AM, HipKat said:

    Conservative politicians like to talk about morality. Over the years, they’ve portrayed various kinds of people as degenerate, dissolute, or reckless. But there’s one constituency these politicians won’t criticize: people who refuse vaccination against COVID-19. Vaccine refusers endanger their communities and the country, but they’re part of the Republican base. So instead of confronting them, Republican politicians are excusing the bad behavior, retreating to moral subjectivism, and trying to block anyone, including private organizations, from imposing any standard of personal responsibility. 

    Two months ago, at the annual Faith and Freedom Conference, Republican lawmakers targeted their usual list of villains. Sen. Ted Cruz asserted that “children do best when they’re raised by a mother and a father,” and he scorned pastors who didn’t preach this view of marriage. Sen. Ron Johnson decried “unwed birth rates.” Sen. Marsha Blackburn accused liberals of trying to “destroy our Judeo-Christian ethic” and force girls to compete against “boys who self-identify as female.” Rep. Barry Loudermilk declared that “God intended marriage between a man and a woman” and that “government assistance … should not be a lifestyle.”


    The speakers also claimed to represent science. Sen. Rick Scott and Rep. Steve Scalise, the House minority whip, made the case for banning abortions. “Life begins at conception,” said Scott. “If you deny that, you are anti-science.” Loudermilk made a similar case against people who claimed to be transgender or non-binary. “There’s two sexes—male and female—period,” he decreed. These assertions of scientific clarity, like the right’s assertions of moral clarity, advance a self-serving narrative: that liberals are gutless and mushy-headed—in Cruz’s words, that they cower in “moral relativism”—while conservatives are clear-eyed and resolute.

    COVID has shredded this narrative. Faced with a right-wing audience that rejects science and behaves recklessly, conservative politicians have abandoned moral judgment. “Getting vaccinated is a personal choice,” says Johnson, and we should “respect each other’s medical decisions.” Blackburn agrees, arguing that if some people “don’t want the shot, it is their choice.” At the Faith and Freedom Conference, Loudermilk rotated effortlessly from piety to anarchism. Seconds after criticizing same-sex marriage and the welfare “lifestyle,” he told liberals: “It’s none of your business if I’ve been vaccinated or not.” The crowd applauded wildly.

    When Scott gets pressed about COVID, he drops his science shtick and becomes a squish. In a Fox News interview on Sunday, he was asked whether Republican leaders should do more to promote vaccination. Three times during the interview, he stipulated that people should get vaccinated only “if you feel comfortable” doing so. He argued not just against mandates, but against exhortation as well. “Let people make their choices,” he pleaded. “This is not a country where we need people telling us what to do. I love my mom; I hate her telling me what to do.”

    These politicians aren’t just saying that vaccination should be voluntary. They’re saying that vaccine refusers shouldn’t even face social disapproval. “We shouldn’t be shaming or pressuring or mandating anybody to get this vaccine,” Johnson said in May. Scalise echoed that position in July, when, after months of holding out, he finally consented to a COVID shot. “I don’t think people should be shamed into getting it,” he said of the vaccine. “It’s their choice.” Cruz, who is notorious in Congress for his sanctimony, complained last week about the “self-righteousness” of liberals who think “people who don’t get vaccinated are somehow the unworthy, unwashed, reckless people endangering everyone else.”

    This double standard—moral judgment of certain people, non-judgment of others—is more than rhetorical. Cruz, Scalise, Blackburn, Loudermilk, and many other lawmakers have repeatedly invoked morality as a basis to discriminate legally against gay people. They have voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination ActSocial Security and veterans benefits for same-sex couples, and prohibitions on antigay discrimination by youth programs and federal contractors. They use legislative power to enforce cultural disapproval—or to protect private enforcement of that disapproval—but only when their supporters are the ones who disapprove.

    Cruz, in particular, is a transcendent hypocrite. He routinely champions the right of religious and other private organizations to discriminate based on their “definition of marriage” or their interpretations of “biblical teachings on sexuality and morality.” But this week, he introduced legislation that would, in his own words, ban companies from imposing on their employees any “discrimination based on vaccination status.” In a CNBC interview, he complained that Houston Methodist Hospital—a private, explicitly “Christian organization”—had won a court case to require its workers, as a condition of employment, to get vaccinated. Cruz promised that his bill would override that injustice, because “it’s not your employer’s job to be forcing [vaccination] on you.”

    In Wisconsin, Republican lawmakers are circulating legislation that would pay unemployment benefits to vaccine refusers. Under state law, people who quit their jobs, or who are fired for “misconduct” or “substantial fault,” are ineligible to collect unemployment. The bill would restore eligibility to people whose reason for quitting or being fired was that they defied an employer’s requirement to get a COVID shot. Wisconsin severely restricts welfare for people who lose their jobs for other reasons. But the party that calls government assistance a “lifestyle” will pay you not to work if you’re a vaccine refuser.

    Moral courage isn’t about pandering to your base. It isn’t about telling conservatives that sinful, selfish liberals are destroying society. It’s about telling your supporters what they’re doing wrong. What millions of conservatives are doing right now is spreading a deadly virus by defying personal responsibility. They don’t need fake preachers. They need real ones.

    Are you saying Jesus would want us to all get the shot? WWJD

  4. 10 minutes ago, HipKat said:

    Well, if the MAGA fucks would get the fucking vaccine instead of pretending iT's NoT sAfE, the virus would get shut down.

    It’s not trumpers I know a ton of Dems that are younger and feel they don’t need it. I work with them, and we are still wearing masks at work because of young Dems who don’t care if they get it

  5. 6 hours ago, f8ta1ity54 said:

    If and when the body could gets there, that's exactly what will happen. It will be said by those in conservative media on repeat. How much do you want to bet?


    'shut down the virus, not the country' 

    When he says stuff like this it kinda makes you want to vote for him doesn’t it?  I find no joy in these numbers going up and will not be the one to say I told you so, but if you make a statement like that, you had better come through. No matter what side of the aisle

  6. 2 hours ago, Psycho79 said:

    If they move the team, so be it. That’s my mindset at this point. I don’t care. I hate everything about the NFL more and more every year with every change the league continues to make and if the Bills ever move, it will be a huge relief for me to disconnect from it completely. (Adding teams to the playoffs and adding a seventeenth game to the regular season are the latest tweaks I can’t stand).

    But I also just don’t see the Bills being relocated.

    I don’t like the 17th game, but I like the extra playoff

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