FRS Daily

Source:Erik Schneider: Facebook- my profile pic.

This page is my hopefully daily diary (but we'll see how it goes) where I'll give you an idea about what I'm looking at each day and what I'm think about. With a note or even a paragraph about what I'm looking at and what I'm thinking about. Current affairs of course, but whatever I happened to be looking at each day and I believe I should comment on. You can call this my blog within a blog.   

What I want to do with this section is give readers my take on what happened during the previous week and the current day. Hopefully The Week will turn into the The Day or The Daily Take. But my daily routine, as well as energy level especially for someone who is not a coffee or Starbucks junkie , and doesn't use illegal narcotics either, will determine how often I'm able to do this. I'm also going to do this from a lighter side. At least lighter compared with talking about, I don't know Syria, or the latest gun tragedy that seems to only happen in America, tax reform to use as examples. But with how depressing American politics has become in the late eight years or so, speaking lighter than those issues shouldn't be that difficult, unless you're actually talking about those issues.

Source:U.S. Veterans Affairs Administration- honoring those who fight and gave their lives for America.

11/11/17 - I wouldn't even dare dream about trying to make light of the tragedy in Texas last Sunday. The current United States national debt of some twenty-trillion-dollars (which is also not a laughing matter, if you have to pay the interest on that) wouldn't be enough money to pay me to make fun of that tragedy. Other than to make fun of the people who for whatever reasons perhaps are addicted to the internet and have no outside hobbies and lives outside of hard-core hyper-partisan extreme politics.

Hyper-partisans on the hateful Left, always use a situation like this to either say we need gun control, and the Far-Left (Socialists and Communists) will argue right away for why they believe we need to outlaw private gun ownership and the 2nd Amendment all together those NRA fanatics are stopping that.

And hyper-partisans on the Right will try to make their case for why they believe the 2nd Amendment is the only amendment to the U.S. Constitution that is absolute. Hyper-partisans on the Right, people who believe the 2nd Amendment is absolute, apparently aren't that familiar with life. Because if you live a few years or more you know nothing in life is absolute. And they'l also use examples of how guns have saved innocent lives in the past. And somehow manage (perhaps intentionally) to forget about the latest victims from gun violence from a person or person who used their gun or guns to kill innocent people.

As far as Michael Flynn: the only reason you have to have to know that its not Amateur Night at the Apollo, (or Amateur Night at The Old Opry, for Southern Republicans) but the last two years of the Trump Organization has been Amateur Night. That Groundhog Day with a million screw ups that never seems to end. The Trump Campaign least year was rookie ball (for you baseball fans) bush league and that is what went into their administration.

President Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly, is a professional and at least seems to know what he's doing. The Trump National Security Council, except for Mike Flynn, is very strong. But the rest of this crew look like Congressional interns who just got out of high school and not even college. And apparently woke up one day from one of their Red Bull comas after not sleeping for weeks and find themselves in the real world with real jobs and not having any real idea of how to do them. How does a nominee for National Security Director, not get vetted? Ask the Trump White House! Ask Vice President Mike Pence who has a lot of responsibility as far as putting the Trump Administration and cabinet together.

Roy Moore, what else can be said about a man who not only doesn't believe the U.S. Constitution, let alone believe in it and doesn't believe Separation of Church and State and the Right to Privacy, even exist, but apparently ex-Judge Moore doesn't believe in the Bible either. Because he has a lot of crazy quotes about it that simply aren't true. He believes homosexuality should be illegal which of course it isn't., but he believes that it should be illegal because the Bible says so.

But if that is not bad enough Judge Moore comes from the fringe wing of Fundamentalist Evangelical Christianity that believes women are subservient to men and men can essentially have their way with women and girls. I don't want to make fun of Alabama (at least no more than usual) but this fringe fundamentalist belief is common in the Bible Belt and they seem to believe that there's nothing inappropriate with men getting off with girls. The legal age for consent in Alabama is 16 and not 18 where it tends to be in America. As much as the Christian-Right may claim to be against Islam and the Islamic Theocratic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and see Islam as a cult, the Christian Right are experts on religious, as well as political cults. They're the largest religious and political cult, at least in the West.

As far as Veterans Day: one of my favorite holidays, because without these great Americans I'm not able to spend a frozen Saturday in Bethesda, Maryland writing. Maybe the Confederates would have won the American Civil War and I would've had to apply for the Federal Government for permission to write anything at all. Because the Confederates would have probably have rewritten the Constitution or thrown it out like a piece of trash in order to keep their regime in power.

Veterans Day is that day to celebrate those great Americans who fight for our freedom and to give those Americans who aren't qualified or simply don't have the balls to serve, perhaps eat too much fast food to get through boot camp, the opportunity to celebrate the people who have given us the freedom that Americans cherish the most. The right to be Americans, the right to be individuals. The right to eat ourselves to death, or live long prosperous, intelligent, healthy, but interesting and exciting lives.

So that is my week for This Week. Perhaps you can view it as one tweet, but without about thousand characters or so in it. Imagine if Donald Trump had to write his comments and thoughts out in an article, instead of doing it in 10-20 tweets at around 8AM in the morning. Would his comments each day look more intelligent and thoughtful after seeing his thoughts written down on computer. Well, we'll probably never know, but perhaps something to think about.

5/25/21 - "Top congressional leaders condemned Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Tuesday after the Georgia Republican compared a supermarket’s face-mask policy to the Nazi practice of labeling Jews with Star of David badges.

The outburst — which was denounced within hours by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and others — is the latest instance of extreme rhetoric from the freshman lawmaker, who has ridden an embrace of far-right conspiracy theories and fervid support for former president Donald Trump to notoriety, power and outsize campaign fundraising." 

Source:The Washington Post- U.S. Representative Marjorie T. Greene (Republican, Georgia) Chairman of the House Escaped Mental Patients Caucus. I'm half-kidding, I don't know that for a fact. But she's certainly qualified for that position. 

From The Washington Post  

When even House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy condemns Marjorie T. Greene's latest out of this world statement, you know that she said something that's just not ridiculous, but irresponsible, but insulting to any of the 6 million or so Jewish-Americans and Jews outside of America, but to anyone with a brain, conscience, who is sane and sober, and has a real sense of morality. Which I would like to think is most Americans, but with the MTG's of the world it gets harder to believe that everyday. 

Source:U.S. Senator Chis Van Hollen (Democrat, Maryland)

5/26/2021 - "QAnon conspiracy theorist and member of the House of Representatives, Marjorie Taylor Greene, has spent the last several days comparing mask and vaccine requirements to actions taken by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.

Her outrageous comments even crossed a line for Trump-loyalist, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy who finally issued statements condemning Greene’s language.

But that’s as far as the Republicans are prepared to go to rein in their QAnon members. They’ve done nothing to hold Greene and other House conspiracy theorists accountable.

Instead, they’re following Greene’s lead on everything, from the Big Lie to swearing allegiance to Donald Trump.

This is not a political party that can be trusted with the levers of power. We need to be prepared to take on their attacks and beat them at the ballot box again in 2022.

Will you chip in today to help us build a strong movement to protect our Senate Majority and stop Republican conspiracy theorists from gaining power in 2022?

This was in my email today from Senator Chris Van Hollen's (Democrat, Maryland) that they sent to me. Senator Van Hollen is my senator and I by en-large like him and view him as an excellent Progressive in Congress. And I understand how much Democrats want to capitalize on Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene's lunacy as much as every good football team wants to score a touchdown every time the other QB throws the ball right to them. But with constant emails like this, Senator Van Hollen gives the impression that he views his constituents the way a lot of other members of Congress do which is as money banks and people who are just looking to give our money away.  

5/27/2021 - "It is no secret that the Democratic Party priority for cannabis policy reform is not a priority in the Biden White House. Throughout the 2020 Democratic primary, Joe Biden was the most moderate candidate on this issue. And although his position on cannabis evolved relative to his views as a senator in the 1980s and 1990s, he still remained to the right of most elected Democrats and Democratic voters on cannabis.

Biden is not the only person who is out of step with his party on cannabis reform. Understanding why is important to those who hope to chart a path forward.

It is not terribly surprising that someone with Mr. Biden’s background would oppose cannabis." 

Source:Brookings- welcome to The White House.

From Brookings 

Yes, President Joe Biden has been slow to embrace cannabis reform and probably criminal justice reform all together. And I think it goes back to his tough on crime stances when he was in Congress in the 1980s and 1990s and as a career politician he's struggling to adjust to the current political times that he's now governing in. 

The War On Drugs is a complete failure and I believe the lawyer in him sees that, but the politician in him like to play things safe and avoid taking hard stances. Which perhaps worked well in Congress, but he's no longer representing 800,000 people in Delaware, but a country of 320 million and has the entire Democratic Party that he has to lead, who are way ahead of him on marijuana and the War On Drugs, because they have to pay those costs everyday as taxpayers.  

5/29/2021 - "FOX NEWS: TRUMP TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT IF REPUBLICANS WIN THE HOUSE
 
I’m stunned.
 
Trump just declared to Fox News that he WILL run for President if we lose our House Majority.
 
This is the most important ask I have ever made of you. Trump’s donors rushed him $250 MILLION to help him reclaim power. I need a historic response -- 30,000 gifts before midnight -- to protect my Democrats and make Trump’s plan BACKFIRE. >>
 
This is an most important choice.
 
-- We can either let Trump shovel millions to Republicans, steal our Majority, and barge back into power.
 
-- Or we can rise up, send a historic response, and show Trump he will NEVER take the House from Democrats.
 
Erik, Trump just hinged his entire Presidential run on reclaiming the House.
 
I will fight with everything I have to defend it from his grasp. But I can’t do it alone -- not when he’s armed Republicans with $250 MILLION to defeat us. Can I count on your $15 before my midnight deadline?" 

Source:CNN- U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Democrat, California)

From U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi 

When I first signed up to the House Democrats email list and even then House Minority Leader Nancy Pelsoi's email list ten years ago or so, I did that because I wanted to see what House Democrats were up and what agenda they were pushing in that Congress and who they would try to win the House Back. (Perhaps that was my mistake) Instead all I've gotten from then 10 years later is fundraising emails. 

It's that old political joke that anytime you're anywhere near a politician (especially a career politician) make sure you know where your wallet is and I would add checkbook and anything else that you use to pay for things, because they're coming right for it. (Well, perhaps that's just my joke) And in too many cases see their constituents as their personal banks that just gives them money and doesn't expected to ever be paid back.  

6/01/2021 - "President Biden’s American Families Plan adds to the long list of proposals to make college more affordable, in this case with two free years of community college. Meanwhile the  American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 includes a $1 billion boost to national service, through AmeriCorps." 

Source:Brookings Institution- working for college.

From Brookings 

No such thing as free college if every taxpayer has to pay for someone else's college education. What the real debate should be about is college affordability so no one who goes to college has to swim in debt once they've graduated.  

6/02/2021 - "BREAKING NEWS FROM DONALD TRUMP: I'M "100% THINKING ABOUT RUNNING AGAIN" WOULD YOU SUPPORT A TRUMP PRESIDENTIAL RUN IN 2024? 

Erik, Donald Trump was one of the WORST presidents in history. His administration was divisive, hateful, racist, destructive, and altogether un-American.

But even though he hasn't even admitted he LOST in 2020, Trump is saying he would definitely run for president AGAIN!

Trump claims "the polls show everybody wants him to" run again, so we're collecting as many responses as we can to show him he is NOT wanted in the next presidential election. Please, tell us now... 

Source:The Independent- Ex-President Donald Trump (damn, I'm proud to say that)

From the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee 

Democrats (especially left-wing Democrats) should think long and hard about personally trying to get to decide what Republicans can run for President. Donald Trump has just much as right to run for President again (assuming he's not in prison in 2024) as every other American. And if he's not paying his national debt to society in 2024 and somehow manages to win the Republican nomination, American voters will once again have the opportunity to kick his ass at the ballot box.  

06/11/2021 - "Are you rolling your eyes and thinking, "Thanks, Captain Obvious — OF COURSE I do?"

Well, sadly, there are lots of legislators who would hit that other button. And even though 79% of Americans don't want to see Roe v. Wade overturned, this is a record-breaking year for anti-abortion legislation. More than 500 restrictions have already been introduced in state legislatures across the country this year.

They are trying to control our bodies and our lives.

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, we need you to speak out against this attack and stand with Planned Parenthood Action Fund and our partners as we fight to defend and expand the rights established under Roe. We need to be ready for what's next." 

Source:IPPF

From Planned Parenthood 

I'm pro-choice on abortion, just as long as taxpayers don't have to pay for it. I treat abortion like very other personal choice issue, just as long as the individual making the choice is not hurting any other innocent person with what they're doing and they are not sticking taxpayers with the costs of their personal decisions, they have the right to make their own choices and be held personally responsible for them. That's called personal freedom and responsibility.  

6/17/2021 - "Supreme Court upholds Obamacare, maintaining health insurance for millions. The court also ruled that Philadelphia wrongly limited ties with a Catholic foster care agency over the group's refusal to work with gay couples." 

Source:ABC News- covering the U.S. Supreme Court.

From ABC News 

This is not a 5-4 ruling with Chief Justice John Roberts voting with the Democrats on the bench. This is a 7-2 ruling with Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and even freakin Tea Party favorite Justice Clarence Thomas voting with the Democrats to uphold the Affordable Care Act. 

This tells me (as a non-lawyer) that for Republicans to get the Affordable Care Act thrown out by the Supreme Court and trying to get SCOTUS to do for them what they failed to do in Congress so far, they're going to need a real constitutional case to do that, because SCOTUS is not going to bail them out here for their political and Congressional failures.  

6-23-2021 - "India Walton scored a stunning upset in the Democratic mayoral primary in Buffalo, N.Y., putting her on track to become the city's first female executive and the country's most high-profile socialist mayor in decades.

Walton, a nurse and community activist, bested incumbent Mayor Byron Brown (D) and Le'Candice Durham, a longshot candidate in the race. 

The Associated Press called the race for Walton on Wednesday morning." 

Source:The Hill- the next Mayor of Buffalo, New York.

From The Hill 

If Socialists whether it's India Walton or anyone else, can come out of the political closet in Vermont, San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, and now Buffalo, New York (not exactly a sea of red) they can come out of the closet anywhere else in the country. Being an American Socialist is unpopular (in most places) but not illegal anywhere.  

8/19/2021 - I think this is one of #JohnFKennedy's best quotes, because you get to see the #ClassicalLiberal (a real #Liberal) in him. And it's a great argument against socialism and communism, as well. 

Entrepreneur: "Words of wisdom from some of most influential leaders in U.S. history."

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. -- John F. Kennedy

The youngest president in U.S. history was regarded by many as a visionary. Not satisfied with the status quo, Kennedy spearheaded economic programs that launched the U.S. on its longest expansion since World War II and championed equality by calling for civil rights legislation.

Think of the entrepreneurs that you find more influential and innovative, chances are they went against the grain and had a different way of approaching things. Going the safe route is rarely the way to get noticed."  


9/01/2021 - President John F. Kennedy is a hero of mine as a Classical Liberal, but he was far from perfect. And if he had to run for President 10-20 years later, he wouldn't have gotten away with a lot of his personal baggage, like with the womanizing. As his brother Senator Ted Kennedy found out.

People Magazine: "A woman claiming to be one of John F. Kennedy's former lovers is opening up about their alleged affair.

In an essay published on Saturday on Air Mail, Diana de Vegh said she engaged in an affair with the 35th president of the United States when she was 20 years old.

The relationship allegedly began in 1958, making him twice her age. De Vegh, now 83, said that Kennedy would often say there was "something special" about her, which admittedly captured her attention.

But this, she said, "is not a romantic story." In fact, she said it took "years to recover" from the romance — "almost as many years" as it took for her to come forward with her story." 

Source:People Magazine- President John F. Kennedy (Democrat, Massachusetts) 35th President of the United States (1961-63)

From The New Democrat

9/02/2021 - I generally don't like it when politicians make it personal in political ads, let alone political debates, but Donald Trump doesn't believe he has to follow the same rules that every other human being has to follow. Which is why I'm glad Joe Biden nailed him here. 

Joe beat Don in the first debate in 2020 simply by not being Donald Trump. When your opponent is drowning himself, you shouldn't give him a lifeline and try to out Donald him. 

Source:Tenor- Down goes Trump! (To paraphrase Howard Cosell)

From The New Democrat

9/03/2021 - When I think about what's going on in Texas right now, whether it's abortion or anything else, I think Phyllis Schlafly and Jerry Falwell are somewhere up there in Heaven or Hell (depending on your perspective) celebrating together.

I also think I wish Governor Rick Perry would've gone through on bullshit threat to succeed from the Union, after Barack Obama became President in 2009 and then Americans wouldn't have to suffer the consequences of living in Texas right now.

The Onion: "AUSTIN, TX—In a milestone victory for the anti-abortion movement, Texas governor Greg Abbott signed a new law this week that would offer private citizens $10,000 for the names of anyone they heard was a slut. “From the middle-aged woman on her second divorce to the 16-year-old girl making out with her boyfriend under the bleachers, we’re asking that everyday citizens assist us in tracking down these hussies,” said Abbott, who invited Texans as well as residents from outside the state to come forward with any information they have that could help identify tramps, whores, and other loose women. “Maybe her pants are too tight, maybe she looks like she’s having a little too much fun at the bar. It doesn’t matter if she’s ‘a huge skank’ or a bit of a ‘ho’—we promise that you will be handsomely rewarded for whatever information you have.” At press time, Abbott added that the state was also asking for the names of any complicit friends, family members, and fashion retailers." 

Source:The Onion- don't mess in Texas! LOL

From The New Democrat 

5/03/2022 - "I don't mean to sound like a washed up rock singer who is down to his last lyric, so he keeps repeating it. But for every left-wing Democrat who is freaking out about the pending Roe V. Wade decision from last night, I have one question for you: did you bother to vote in 2016? And for those left-wing Democrats who did bother to vote in 2016, I have another question for you: did you bother to vote Democratic in 2016? 

Elections have consequences and when Democrats don't vote, people like Donald Trump get elected simply because Democrats didn't bother to show up to the polls. And then Republicans even though they just won a closely decided, low-turnout election, get to govern the country and make decisions that have real consequences for the whole country. 

Maybe the pending Roe V. Wade decision will serve a a wakeup call about how important American democracy is, especially with the rise of right-wing authoritarianism, including in America. And Democrats will now turn out in high numbers in 2022." 

From my Facebook page.

5/10/2022 - F Shoaps: "Exactly. With the defeat of Mondale it solidified the death of the new deal coalition. And the liberal Democratic Party." 

Erik Schneider: "It depends on what you mean by liberal. 

If your idea of liberal is someone who is an antiestablishment, hippie/hipster revolutionary, who has long hair and rarely shaves, who wears military fatigues, while claiming to be anti-military, who wears leather clothing, while claiming that eating meat is animal cruelty, who wants to take down the American government and replace it with some type of socialist state, like with what we saw with the New-Left in the 1960s and 70s, then you are right. The McGovernite wing of the Democratic Party was all but dead by the time the Bill Clinton becomes President in 1992. 

But I'm a Liberal and that's not my idea of what a Liberal is. Today's Liberals pretty much represent what's left of the Center-Right of the Republican Party. Which is also all but dead in that party as well." 

Source:Mike Gardner- with a look at the Democratic Party after 1984.

From YouTube 

5/11/2022 - "With all due respect to left-wing Democrats, the only way you can fix the problem that you started by not voting in 2014 and 2016 and keeping the right to choose an abortion alive in America, is by voting in 2022 and expanding the Democrats majorities in Congress (House and Senate) and passing a bill like this in the next Congress. 

Senator Chris Van Hollen: "Later today the U.S. Senate will vote on a bill to guarantee women's reproductive rights. While Republicans are expected to block us by invoking the anti-democratic filibuster rule, today's vote will show the American people where every single Senator stands on the issue of reproductive freedom and abortion access. Let's be clear: we are at the start of a major fight to protect women's reproductive rights from the actions of this newly configured Supreme Court and to preserve the right of every woman to make her own decisions about her healthcare and future.
If implemented, last weeks' leaked Supreme Court draft decision would immediately create a situation where access to reproductive rights would depend on the state you live in. But that is only the first step on the GOP's agenda. Women in states like Maryland which have protected these rights in state law would be at risk to lose them if Republicans gain control of Congress this November and move to pass a 'federal law' outlawing reproductive rights in every state -- something Mitch McConnell has already stated is a real possibility. We will not stop until reproductive rights are protected." 

Source:Senator Chris Van Hollen- pro-Roe V. Wade rally on Capitol Hill.

From my Facebook page. 

5/12/2022 - "The best thing that Democrats and supporters of free choice when it comes to abortion, can do right now, is vote in 2022. Senate Democrats aren't going to pass this bill because they don't have the votes. And they're also not going to eliminate the filibuster because they don't have the votes." 

Planned Parenthood: "A leaked draft opinion shows that the Supreme Court plans to overturn Roe v. Wade, stripping us of control over our own bodies and our futures. No one — no politician, no judge — should have the power to control our personal health care decisions.
The Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA) is an essential step to expand and protect abortion access. It would also help guard against the kinds of bans and restrictions that have put abortion care out of reach for millions of people." 

Source:Planned Parenthood- of Ohio.

From my Facebook page. 

5/26/2022 - Erik Schneider: I said this a few weeks ago, but if you don't like abortion bans and are pro-choice on abortion, then you have to vote in 2022 and vote Democratic to stop these laws in the future and give Democrats enough votes in the next Congress (House and Senate) to do that. Hopefully left-wing Democrats will learn their lesson about not voting and vote in 2022. 

Americans United: "It's not just 5 anymore. Including OK's ban signed into law yesterday, 23 states have trigger laws in place, aiming to severely limit or ban abortion access if Roe v. Wade is overturned—including some states that have multiple provisions in place.

Our fundamental right to make our own decisions about reproductive health care depends on separation of church and state. Religious extremists and their lawmaker allies are trying to force everyone to live by their beliefs. Effectively, this license to harm others threatens all of our freedoms and widens inequality in our country.

Reproductive freedom is Religious freedom." 

Source:Facebook- Americans United

From Americans United 

6/03/2022 - Erik Schneider: When you live in a free society like America, people have both personal freedom, as well as freedom of, or from religion, as well as the separation of church and state. Which means Americans have the constitutional right to believe that homosexuality is a sin. But that gays have the right to exist and be themselves and not be denied access in American society, simply because they're gay and religious fundamentalists don't approve of their way of life and lifestyle. 

Americans United: "The separation of church and state ensures that religion can’t be used to deny civil rights protections to LGBTQ people. Everyone should be able to live openly without fear of discrimination.
To live and love as you see fit — that’s something most Americans take for granted. But for LGBTQ people, it’s never a given. 
Wielding a bogus definition of religious freedom as a weapon, religious extremists seek to deny LGBTQ people their rights, their dignity, and sometimes their very existence. 
AU fights back every day to ensure that no person faces discrimination because of someone else’s religious beliefs." 

Source:Facebook- Americans United

From Americans United 

6/04/2022 - Rodriguez Gaylen: "States are changing votes , how can we win under those laws

Erik Schneider: "So I guess that’s going to be the Left’s excuse for not voting in 2022."

Rodriguez Gaylen: "it’s not an excuse it’s a fact - if u don’t vote republicans they change the vote" 

Erik Schneider: "So the Left will just lay down and play dead. Sounds like an excuse."

Rodriguez Gaylen: "didn’t say that either"

Erik Schneider: "I'm telling you what it sounds like. If you don't even bother to show up at the polls to vote, you're giving the Far-Right in America exactly what they want." 


6/05/2022 - Rodriguez Gaylen: "I voted last week." 

Erik Schneider: "Good to hear." 

Rodriguez Gaylen: "so what’s ur plan for when they do reverse votes in some states?" 

Erik Schneider: "I don’t have one. But if you don’t vote in the 1st place, you are doing what you can to end our democracy and doing the Far-Right’s work for them."  


6/08/2022- Erik Schneider: One of the best speeches you you'll ever hear in Congress (House or Senate) was given by Representative Barbara Jordan, when the House Judiciary Committee was debating whether to impeach President Richard Nixon in 1974. 

Americans United: "As we wait for today's #SCOTUS decisions. 
#SeparationOfChurchAndState" 

Source:Facebook- Americans United

From Americans United

6/24/2022 - Erik Schneider: For the record: I'm pro-choice on everything that doesn't involve someone hurting an innocent person with what they're doing or forcing taxpayers to pay for their choices. So yes, I'm pro-choice on abortion, as well as a helluva lot of other things. Which is one of the reasons why I vote in every election.

I don't mean to rub it in, but elections have consequences. When one party doesn't even bother to vote, the other party gains power, as well as the ability to govern and appoint their people to the highest offices in the country, like the U.S. Supreme Court.

Had left-wing Democrats bothered to vote in 2014 and 2016, President Obama gets at least one more SCOTUS appointment, confirmed by a Democratic Senate and Donald Trump never becomes President of the United States, and Roe V. Wade is not overturned today.

The Washington Post: "President Biden on Friday called the Supreme Court decision that overturns of Roe v. Wade a “tragic error” and implored voters to turn out in November to elect members of Congress willing to write abortion protections into law. Speaking from the White House, Biden said, “This is a sad day for the country in my view, but it doesn’t mean the fight is over.” 

Biden said the decision puts reproductive health at risk and singled out Justice Clarence Thomas’s concurring opinion, in which he opened the door to the court revisiting decisions on contraception and same-sex marriage. Biden’s comments came hours after the court overturned the fundamental right to abortion established nearly 50 years ago, a stunning reversal that leaves states free to drastically reduce access to or even outlaw abortion."

Source:The Washington Post- President Jospeh R. Biden (Democrat, Delaware) 46th President of the United States.

From The White House

7/21/2022 - Erik Schneider: The 3 most important things that we learned from the House Jan 6. Committee tonight: 

President Donald Trump was incomplete dereliction of his duty as POTUS on January 6th, 2021. 

President Trump failed his oath of office as POTUS on January 6th, 2021.

And that this committee is not done and will be working throughout this summer, with more information and facts for us in September. 


8/02/2022 - Erik Schneider: Pat Cipollone will be talking to DOJ (one way or another) about Jan 6. I'm very happy about that because he most of what Donald Trump knows about Jan 6. and could be very informative. 


8/28/2022 - Erik Schneider: For anyone who believes in democracy and civil liberties, as well as constitutional rights, you have to vote for those things on election day in order to protect them. The choice is too clear as far as what party will defend those values this year and going forward. 

For anyone who believes in choice, to go along with the other values that I just mentioned, voting third party or not voting at all, puts those values at risk as well. 

Vote Democratic in 2022, if you want to defend the Democratic values that most Americans still believe in. You'll have no one to blame but yourself if you don't vote this year or vote third party, if we have a Republican House in the next Congress and they decide not to honor the 2024 elections, simply because the Republican didn't win. 

Emily's List: "Anti-choice Republicans want to vote for a national abortion ban.

Democratic pro-choice women will vote against it.

The choice is clear this election...

Source:Instagram- Emily's List

From Emily's List

9/22/2022 - Erik Schneider: Anyone who cares about democracy, especially liberal democracy with all the individual rights and protections, as well as the checks and balances and the rule of law, not only has to vote in 2022, but has to vote for candidates and incumbents, who believe in those great values as well. 

John F. Kennedy didn't say this exactly, but believed in liberal democracy as well, which is why he was such a great anti-Communist and cold warrior. 

JFK Library: "The right to vote in a free American election is the most powerful and precious right in the world." - President Kennedy, 1963 State of the Union Address
Today is #NationalVoterRegistrationDay. Are you registered to vote? Find out how: https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/...
(Photo by Burton Berinsky)" 

Source:Facebook- then U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy (Democrat, Massachusetts) campaigning for President in 1960, I believe in Boston, Massachusetts.

From the JFK Library

9/27/2022 - Erik Schneider: Again, for Americans who believe in liberal democracy and want America to remain a liberal democracy, you need to not just vote in November, but for vote for politicians and candidates who also believe in democracy, who don't want America to become a Christian-Nationalist state, where our Constitution and individual rights gets thrown out. 

Americans United: "Free thought threatens fundamental religions, oppressive social traditions, and extremist political philosophies. 
#BannedBooksWeek is a reminder to "read the books they're banning. That's where the good stuff is!”--Levar Burton
#SeparationOfChurchAndState"

Source:Facebook- Americans United

From Americans United

10/13/2022 - Erik Schneider: One of Professor Milton Friedman's best lines that he used was: "The road to Hell is paved with good intentions."

One of former Mayor Rahm Emmanuel's best lines that he used was: "Never let a good disaster go to waste."

Not saying that every politician is bad. Not saying every career politician is bad. But for people who turn to politicians and government in general to solve their problems for them, you are better off praying for snow in the Grand Canyon in July.

Do yourself a favor and don't be so stupid and gullible. Democracy has consequences and when you don't vote for the right people, you are going to get burned. When you don't at all, you are going to suffer from other people's bad votes. When you do vote, know that you are voting for someone who is either already a politician or about to be one. Character not only matters in American politics, but it's the whole ballgame.

Comedian Groucho Marx didn't say all of this. But I'm just picking up on his point.

Source:Facebook- Linda Krauss

From Linda Kraus

10/17/2022 - Erik Schneider: Powerful Strong: "It's not appropriate to say that Harry S. Truman was the one of the greatest Presidents because George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, FDR, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, James Madison, Andrew Jackson were much greater and much more important Presidents than Harry S. Truman. Even James Polk and Dwight Eisenhower were greater than Harry S. Truman." 

Erik Schneider: "You are entitled to your own opinion."

Source:YouTube- Mike Gardner

From Mike Gardner 

11/06/2022 - I completely agree with Vice President Kamala Harris. American democracy is only as strong as the people are willing to fight for and maintain it. When you don't even vote, you only make the opposition stronger.

Vice President Kamala Harris: "Democracy will only be as strong as our willingness to fight for it, and so fight for it we must, and fight for it we will. When we fight, we win." 

Source:Facebook- Kamala Harris (Democrat, California) Vice President of the United States

From Vice President Kamala Harris 

Erik Schneider: "When the economy is struggling, government needs to spend money and cut taxes to make up for the lack of economic activity. Not tighten belts and worry about inflation." 

Chuck Steak: "So, the way to fix inflation is by inflating the currency?" 

Erik Schneider: "I think the Fed does too much of that already. With all the borrowing that the U.S. Government has done in the last 20 years, real interest rates could pushing 20% right now and inflation in double figures. But because the Feds artificially keeps interest rates down, Congress and the Administration believes it can borrow and spend at will, with no new taxes." 

Source:YouTube- MC American President. James E. Carter (Democrat, Georgia) President of the United States (1977-81 addressing the nation about inflation, in 1978.

From MC American President 

11/09/2022 - Erik Schneider: If you told me last night that Democrats would not only be holding the U.S. Senate at this point, but actually adding a seat and we still don't know who'll be in control of the U.S. House next year, I would say that Democrats are having a great night.

When Democrats vote, they win. When they don't, they get crushed. Staying home because the party leadership isn't partisan enough for you, or doesn't give you exactly what you want on policy, is always a losing strategy for the Democratic Party. It's also bad for American democracy. But when they vote, Democrats not just win, but they hold onto and gain power.


11/12/2022 - Listen to the Vice President. When Democrats vote, they win. 

Vice President Kamala Harris: "Democracy is only as strong as our willingness to fight for it.

No one fights harder for our democracy than the organizers, staff, and volunteers who are doing the work. When we fight, we win."

Source:Facebook- Kamala Harris (Democrat, California) Vice President of the United States of America
 
From Vice President Kamala Harris 

11/13/2022 - Erik Schneider: The 2022 mid terms is all about voting and the quality of candidates. In a year when Republicans should've taken back Congress in a walk, they're struggling just to try to get a bare majority in the House. They already lost the Senate.

The Hill: "BREAKING: Democrats are projected to hold onto their narrow Senate majority after Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto eked out a win in Nevada Saturday night.⁠
The outcome means that Senate Democrats can breathe a collective sigh of relief after a volatile midterm election campaign that underscored just how tenuous the party’s hold on power was.⁠
However, the midterms aren’t finished yet: The Senate race in Georgia has gone to a Dec. 6 runoff, meaning Democrats will have a chance to expand their majority by an additional seat.⁠
πŸ”— in bio for full story" 

Source:Instagram- The Hill

From The Hill 

11/15/2022 - Erik Schneider: Redskins DE Dexter Manley should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. One of the best pass rushers and defenders in the NFL in the 1980s, over 100 sacks during that decade.

Source:Facebook- Sonny Jurgensen: Washington Redskins History & Memories

From Sonny Jurgensen: Washington Redskins History & Memories 

11/16/2022 - Erik Schneider: Birth control should be accessible to everyone who wants and can afford it. I'm all in favor of personal freedom, so long as it comes with personal responsibility and no innocent person is hurt from any personal choice that we make.

Catholics For Choice: "Even though the Catholic hierarchy bans artificial contraception, 98% of Catholics have used birth control at some point in their lives.

It's time to face the music: Birth control should be accessible to *everyone* who wants it. #ThxBirthControl" 

Source:Facebook- Catholics For Choice

From Catholics For Choice 

I don't know how someone can credibly call themselves a Republican, if they don't even believe in the concept of a republic. I also don't know how someone can call themselves a Republican, if they don't believe in the rule of law, the U.S. Constitution, fiscal responsibility, democracy, federalism, checks and balances, and a few other things that are for a future post and discussion. 

Our Founding Fathers (our Founding Liberals) escaped the United Kingdom to escape the British Monarchy. Not to create some new theocracy in America.

Americans United: "#separationofchurchandstate" 

Source:Facebook- Americans United

From Americans United 

11/17/2022 - Erik Schneider: Seems to be me we've needed a "national commitment to the separation of church and state" since the 1990s. But the Christian Nationalists who now dominate the Far-Right make that even more clear. 

Source:Facebook- Americans United 

From Americans United 

11/18/2022 - Erik Schneider: I believe Rachel Laser is talking about what the Christian-Right calls the war on Christmas,. Which is one of the dumbest charges that they've ever made. 

Source:Facebook- Americans United

From Americans United 

11/20/2022 - Erik Schneider: If you believe in freedom of religion for everyone, you also believe in the separation of church and state, because they go hand in hand.

Americans United: "Religious freedom is for everyone. It protects the most devout believer to the most committed atheist and everybody in between.

It’s a fundamental human right that our government should not violate or misuse to discriminate or exclude." 

Source:Facebook- Americans United

From Americans United 

11/23/2022 - Erik Schneider: Biggest Loser Don loses again.

The Hill: "Former President Trump ripped the Supreme Court after it rejected his emergency appeal seeking to shield his tax returns from House Democrats.⁠
“Why would anybody be surprised that the Supreme Court has ruled against me, they always do!” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “It is unprecedented to be handing over Tax Returns, & it creates terrible precedent for future Presidents. Has Joe Biden paid taxes on all of the money he made illegally from Hunter & beyond.”⁠
Trump opted against the tradition of presidents publicly sharing their tax returns during his 2016 presidential campaign, citing an audit. ⁠
“The Supreme Court has lost its honor, prestige, and standing, & has become nothing more than a political body, with our Country paying the price,” Trump wrote on Wednesday. “They refused to even look at the Election Hoax of 2020. Shame on them!”⁠
πŸ”— in bio for full story⁠
πŸ“Έ: The Associated Press"

Source:Instagram- The Hill

From The Hill 

11/24/2022 - Erik Schneider: Thank you, Rachel, you sound like JFK here. Personal freedom means nothing, if it doesn't apply to everyone and it doesn't come with personal responsibility. 

Source:Facebook- Americans United

From Americans United 

Erik Schneider: Damn, it always feels good to beat Sarah Palin, especially in her home state, in a statewide election. 

@thehill: “WE DID IT!!!” Rep. Mary Peltola (D-Alaska) tweeted on Wednesday night along with an animated video of crabs dancing after she was projected to win Alaska’s at-large congressional district.⁠
Peltola beat former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R); Nick Begich (R), the former co-chairman for Young’s 2020 reelection campaign; and libertarian Chris Bye to hold the seat. ⁠
Peltola's win delivers her a full term after she won a competitive special election this summer following the death of Rep. Don Young (R).⁠
πŸ”— To read the full story, click the link in bio.⁠
πŸ“Έ: The Associated Press" 

Source:Instagram- The Hill

From The Hill 

12/09/2022 - Erik Schneider: Religion is a belief system and way to look at life. Not a license to deny people access in life because you don't like their culture or sexuality.

@americansunited: Everyone has the right to live as themselves and believe or not as they choose—as long as they don’t hurt others. It’s really pretty simple.
#separationofchurchandstate #freedomwithoutfavor #religiousfreedom

Source:Facebook- Americans United

From Americans United 

12/10/2022 - Erik Schneider: The Center-Right used to dominate the Republican Party, now they're probably a minority. But people who believed in the U.S. Constitution, rule of law, fiscal responsibility, property rights, checks and balances, federalism, personal responsibility, a strong national security policy, that use to be the Republican Party. Representative Adam Kinzinger represents the GOP wing of the Republican Party.

@thisweekabc: EXCLUSIVE: After the prisoner exchange with Russia that freed Brittney Griner, Rep. Adam Kinzinger joins Martha Raddatz on bipartisan criticism of the deal and concern over American lives put at risk -- plus the Jan. 6 report set to drop this month. 

Source:Facebook- This Week

From This Week 

12/11/2022 - Erik Schneider: One thing that you always get from Representative Adam Kinzinger, is his honesty. Which is a lot more than you can say about most American politicians.

@thisweekabc: @adam_kinzinger celebrated the release of Brittney Griner from Russia but said he was worried about the future "ramifications" from prisoner swaps like the one that earned Griner's freedom.

"If you make it clear that you're willing to take a deal no matter what, you're going to get a bad deal." 

Source:Facebook- This Week

From This Week 

12/13/2022 - Erik Schneider: Americans United has always been right about this. Freedom of religion for for all, combined with the separation of church and state. No theocracy, no state religion, or state atheism.

Source:Facebook- Americans United

From Americans United 

12/14/2022 - Erik Schneider: Damn, right, Andrew Seidel. 

Source:Facebook- Americans United

From Americans United 

12/19/2022 - Erik Schneider: Keep in mind that most if not all of the people that the House Jan 6 committee were not just Republicans, but Republicans who worked for President Donald Trump. The Republican Party was literally testifying against President Trump during this investigation.

ABC News: Chair Bennie Thompson says he believes the Jan. 6 committee's work can help hold those responsible for the Capitol attack accountable.

"This committee is nearing the end of its work, but as a country we remain in strange and uncharted waters." 

Source:Facebook- ABC News

From ABC News 

Erik Schneider: Republican Representative Liz Cheney is a center-right, Conservative Republican, whose the Vice Chairman of the House Jan 6. committee.

ABC News: Jan. 6 committee co-chair Rep. Liz Cheney focused her opening remarks on how former Pres. Trump was the first president in American history to refuse a peaceful transfer of power and argued he should never be allowed to hold office again.  

Source:Facebook- ABC News

From ABC News 

12/23/2022 - Erik Schneider: Our Founding Fathers (our Founding Liberals) wanted to get away from the United Kingdom to escape theocracy. Not to create an American theocracy. 

@americansunited: We must never forget.

Source:Facebook- Americans United

From Americans United 

12/24/2022 - Erik Schneider: Merry Christmas from President John F. Kennedy, to the great and free people of Germany. Just one reason why JFK is my favorite POTUS, he was a great cold warrior.

JFK Library: In December 1961 -- 3 months after the Berlin Wall was built -- President Kennedy recorded a Christmas message to the people of Berlin. He began by saying that peace on Earth and good will to men was more of a goal than a reality, and discussed how difficult it is for families and friends to be separated, in this case, by the Berlin Wall, especially at this time of year.

USG 1-R (excerpt)

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From the JFK Library 

12/27/2022 - Erik Schneider: Even if Kevin McCarthy somehow wins the House speakership, I think we'll be looking at the weakest Speaker of the House, at least in my lifetime. He'll need both the Center-Right and the MAGA Far-Right of the House Republican Conference, just to stay in power, let alone get anything passed. And unless the MAGA folks grow up and become responsible adults, that probably won't happen. Which means McCarthy would be reliant on Center-Right Republicans and House Democrats to get anything done in the next Congress, which could end his speakership.

The Hill: It’s crunch time for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). ⁠
Members of Congress departed Washington on Friday with the group of House Republicans voicing opposition to McCarthy for Speaker showing no signs of wavering, setting up a dramatic Jan. 3 Speaker’s vote — or series of votes — on the first day of the 118th Congress.⁠
McCarthy brushed off a question on Friday asking how he plans to lock up support over the holidays, saying he plans to “go home; have a really nice Christmas.”⁠
At least five House Republicans have explicitly said or strongly indicated they will not vote for McCarthy to be Speaker, and several others have withheld support for him as they push for commitments on governing priorities and rules changes that would empower individual members. ⁠
No Speaker vote has gone to a second ballot in a century.⁠.. 

Source:Instagram- The Hill

From The Hill 

12/28/2022 - Erik Schneider: John F. Kennedy is one of my favorite Liberals, because he believed in individuality, individualism, and individual freedom. Not because he didn't believe in those things.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy: "Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”
John F. Kennedy 

Source:Facebook- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

From John Fitzgerald Kennedy 

12/29/2022 - Erik Schneider: 2022 has been a bad year for MAGA and Donald Trump. But a great year for everyone who still believes in democracy.

@thisweekabc: BREAKING: Democrat Kris Mayes is the winner of Arizona's attorney general race, a state judge has announced.

Democrats in the state have now beaten election deniers in all major races. 

Source:Facebook- This Week

From This Week 

12/31/2022 - Erik Schneider: I love this beautiful combo. Barbara Walters was very special. Perhaps the most versatile journalist in broadcast news, who could interview politicians, public officials, entertainers, professional celebrities, criminals, athletes, and I'm sure I'm leaving some people out. And could get people to say things that they wouldn't to other people. If there is a Hall of Fame for broadcast journalists, she's already there.

@joanlunden: We have lost a true legend with the passing of trailblazing journalist Barbara Walters. She was my role model and I learned so much from working with her. She has been so ill in recent years, may she rest in peace. 

Source:Facebook- Joan Lunden

From Joan Lunden 

1/01/2023 - Erik Schneider: Happy New Years to everyone who survived New Years Eve and the hours after. 


1/02/2023 - Erik Schneider: JFK once again speaking in favor of individual freedom, freedom of choice, and free speech. Just a few reasons why he was a great Liberal. 

John Fitzgerald Kennedy: "We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."

John F. Kennedy 

Source:Facebook- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

From John Fitzgerald Kennedy 

Erik Schneider: One of the best and and most fascinating presidential campaigns ever.

JFK Library: 62 years ago today on January 2, 1960: Senator John F. Kennedy announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States.

He would go on to win his party's nomination in July of that year, and be elected president in one of the closest elections in US history.

Source:Instagram- JFK Library

From the JFK Library 

1/03/2022 - Erik Schneider: I can't say I feel sorry for Kevin McCarthy, because he set himself up for this. Pre-Donald Trump, Kevin McCarthy was a Bakersfield, California Republican, who was a legislature. Not some right-wing, revolutionary, looking to overthrow the U.S. Government and create some type of fundamentalist Christian Nationalist state in America. And those are the folks has to deal with in the House Republican Conference now. So who is the real Kevin McCarthy: the practical, establishment, Republican legislature, or wannabe MAGA leader?

The Hill: While the vote totals have not been officially announced, he garnered around 203 votes, with about 20 Republicans voting against him. A candidate needs 218 votes to become speaker.⁠
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) got 212 votes.⁠
While McCarthy was expected to face stiff opposition from a small group of hardline critics, few predicted the sort of double-digit shellacking that happened on the House floor Tuesday.⁠
The House will now need to go to a second Speaker vote for the first time in a century.⁠ 

Source:Instagram- The Hill

From The Hill 

1/04/2023 - Erik Schneider: At risk of rubbing it in and sounding like a partisan: the main difference between Democrats and Republicans the last 15 years, is that Democrats believe in governing and know how to govern. The Democratic Party is just as ideologically diverse as the Republican Party. But when it's time to govern, to at the very least avoid chaos and disaster, they come together.

ABC News: Nancy Pelosi was elected the first female speaker of the House in U.S. history. MORE AT LINK IN BIO. #NANCYPELOSI #POLITICS #ONTHISDAY #HISTORY

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From ABC News 

1/05/2023 - Erik Schneider: Way to go, Joe! It's about damn time.

@ThisWeekABC: JUST IN: Pres. Biden plans to visit the southern border with Mexico on Sunday for the first time since taking office, according to an administration official. 

Source:Facebook- This Week

From The Week 

Erik Schneider: If Kevin McCarthy drops out, he can save himself from further embarrassment (like becoming a bigger loser than Donald Trump) and let Steve Saclise run for Speaker of the House and get elected fairly easily. Or, House Republicans can continue to shoot the rest of their toes off and watch Hakeem Jeffries become Speaker of the House, with a Democratic Senate and White House   as well.

The Hill: The House is now on its eighth vote for Speaker after McCarthy failed to win support from these 21 Republicans.⁠

⁠Andy Biggs (Ariz.)
Dan Bishop (N.C.)
Lauren Boebert (Colo.)
Josh Brecheen (Okla.)
Michael Cloud (Texas)
Andrew Clyde (Ga.)
Elijah Crane (Ariz.)
Byron Donalds (Fla.)
Bob Good (Va.)
Paul Gosar (Ariz.)
Andy Harris (Md.)
Anna Paulina Luna (Fla.)
Mary Miller (Ill.)
Ralph Norman (S.C.)
Andrew Ogles (Tenn.)
Scott Perry (Pa.)
Matthew Rosendale (Mont.)
Chip Roy (Texas)
Keith Self (Texas)
Matt Gaetz (Fla.)
Victoria Spartz (Ind.) 

Source:Instagram- The Hill

From The Hill 

1/06/2023 - Erik Schneider: You are either pro-law enforcement, or pro-insurrection. You can't be both.

ABC News: Two years after the Jan. 6 attack, U.S. Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn says former Pres. Trump needs to be held responsible. MORE AT LINK IN BIO. #JAN6 #ONTHISDAY #DONALDTRUMP 

Source:Instagram- ABC News 

From ABC News 

Erik Schneider: I think this is a scene with Kim Novak in the movie Pushover (1954) with Kim in the bar, where she dumps a drink on a guy who tried to get friendly with her and they just colorized it. But since the person who originally posted this photo didn't mention where the photo is from, I don't know. 

Source:Facebook- Laurent Guerin

From Laurent Guerin 

Erik Schneider: Now that Kevin McCarthy is finally Speaker of the House (15 times a charm for him) I guess my only would be at what cost.

Any member of the House can now move to recall his speakership. So the first time that Speaker McCarthy has to work with Minority Leader Jeffries, just to prevent a government shutdown, prevent a government default, deal with disaster relief, aid to Ukraine, that could cost him his speakership. 140-150 MAGA rebels, who see governing as Un-American and treason, could end his speakership just after it starts.


Erik Schneider: The next Speaker of the House. Correction: the next Speaker of the House in the next Congress, assuming MAGA destroys what's left of the Republican Party.

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries: House Dems will the defend the progress we have made #ForThePeople πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Source:Instagram- Hakeem Jeffries

From House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries 

6/08/2023 - Erik Schneider: Having Representative Scott Perry serve as an investigator of the Biden Administration, is like hiring a jewel thief to guard your jewelry store, an obese person to guard your refrigerator. He's currently under investigation by DOJ for his potential role in the Jan. 6 insurrection. They still have his phone and text messages.

@thisweekabc: GOP Rep. Scott Perry would not commit to recusing himself from a possible House panel to investigate the federal investigations into the 2021 insurrection, though he himself was linked to the probes of Jan. 6.

"Why should I be limited? Why should anybody be limited just because someone has made an accusation? Everybody in America is innocent until proven otherwise," Perry told This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos. 

Source:Facebook- This Week

From This Week 

6/14/2023 - Erik Schneider: I'm saying this as a Democrat. (As independent as I am) The Feds need to go through all of Joe Biden's private offices and his private home and find every single classified document in his possession that they can. This would be good politically because it shows they're not hiding anything, but also good for national security to keep those papers away from people who shouldn't have them.

ABC News: BREAKING: Five more classified documents have been found at President Joe Biden's home in Wilmington, Delaware, according to a new statement from White House counsel Richard Suaber.

Sauber said the personal attorneys for the president, who do not have security clearances, stopped searching the residence after discovering a document Wednesday with a classified marking in a room adjacent to the garage. Tap link in bio for more. #news #biden #documents #politics 

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From ABC News 

1/22/2023 - Erik Schneider: I don't think I can improve on what Senator Chris Coons said here. But the main difference between these two cases is cooperation. The Biden White House is cooperating here. Donald Trump and his lawyers have been fighting all the way.

@thisweekabc: "There is one important document that distinguishes former President Trump from President Biden: That's a warrant," Sen. Chris Coons told This Week. ABC News 

Source:Facebook- This Week

From This Week 

1/24/2023 - Erik Schneider: I have this crazy feeling that Mike Pence won't be trying to use the classified documents story against President Biden. Call it a hunch.

This Week: BREAKING: Classified documents have been found in the home of former Vice Pres. Mike Pence and have been turned over to the FBI for review, sources tell ABC News.

Source:Facebook- This Week

From ABC News 

1/25/2023 - Thomas Rutz: Brother, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Erik Schneider​: 18 billion dollars today would be 180 billion dollars. So that would actually be a small deficit. Today's deficit is about ten times that size.

Source:YouTube- Political History
 

1/27/2023 - Erik Schneider: Anyone whose still angry about the SCOTUS Roe V. Wade decision, needs to know and remember one thing. Elections have consequences. If Hillary Clinton wins the presidency in 2016, Democrats probably win back the Senate that year as well, with all the Democrats who didn't bother to vote at all, or who voted for a Far-Left candidate, would've turned out and voted for her and the Democratic candidates running for Senate that year.

Kamala Harris: For nearly 50 years, Americans relied on the right that Roe v. Wade protected.

However, the Roe decision has been overturned. Last June, the United States Supreme Court took away a fundamental right from the people of America.

We are fighting back.

President Biden has issued a presidential memorandum to make sure that doctors can legally prescribe, that pharmacies can dispense, and that women can secure safe and effective abortion medication. 

Source:Facebook- Kamala Harris

From Vice President Kamala Harris 

1/29/2023 - Erik Schneider: Damn! I was hoping to get through all of 2023 without agreeing with Representative Mike Turner on anything. But he's damn right here.

ABC News: Appearing on This Week, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner indicated both chambers and both parties in Congress will seek to "force" the Department of Justice to let lawmakers review the classified documents that Joe Biden and Donald Trump retained while out of office. ABC News 

Source:Facebook- ABC News

From ABC News 

Erik Schneider: Great Diana Dors movie. I just wish the full version was available in America.

Source:Facebook- KR Nadia

From KR Nadia 

1/30/2023 - Erik Schneider: This is definitely one of John F. Kennedy's top 3 quotes. You can't have a free society, unless you have an educated society. Americans should free to live their own lives and make their own decisions, short of hurting any innocent person with what they're doing. But they first need the knowledge to make their own decisions, to be truly free.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy: "No country can possibly move ahead, no free society can possibly be sustained, unless it has an educated citizenry whose qualities of mind and heart permit it to take part in the complicated and increasingly sophisticated decisions that pour not only upon the President and upon the Congress, but upon all the citizens who exercise the ultimate power...Quite obviously, there is a higher purpose, and that is the hope that you will turn to the service of the State the scholarship, the education, the qualities which society has helped develop in you; that you will render on the community level, or on the state level, or on the national level, or the international level a contribution to the maintenance of freedom and peace and the security of our country and those associated with it in a most critical time." --"Commencement Address at San Diego State College (226)," June 6, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963." 

Source:Facebook- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

From John Fitzgerald Kennedy 

2/01/2023 - Erik Schneider: See, if Joe Biden was Donald Trump, Biden's lawyers would be taking DOJ to court and claiming executive privilege on everything. But since President Biden has nothing illegal to hide here, at least as far as intent, he and his lawyers are cooperating with DOJ.

This Week: BREAKING: DOJ conducting a "planned search" of Pres. Biden's home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, according to Biden's personal lawyer. ABC News 

Source:Facebook- This Week

From The Week 

Erik Schneider: Hollywood Goddess Pamela Bellwood was on Dynasty in the 1980s, did a few movies in the 1970s and 80s like Airport 77. Had a nice career going and then she kind of falls off the map in Hollywood. But always beautiful and very cute.

Ryan P. Cooney: Pamela Bellwood born June 26, 1951 best remembered for her portrayal as sweet but mentally fragile Claudia Carrington during the 1st 6 seasons on the original Dynasty. She played the role from January of 1981 when she was 29 until May of 1986 when she was 34.

Source:Facebook- Ryan P. Cooney

From Ryan P. Cooney 

2/02/2023 - Erik Schneider: I hate to put it this way, but it's the best way to put it. You know that old saying about how payback can be a... House Democrats kicked Steve King and other radical House Republicans off their committees when they're in charge. House Republicans are doing that to radical House Democrats now.

This Week: BREAKING: House Republicans vote to kick Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar off the Foreign Affairs Committee. ABC News 

Source:Facebook- This Week

From This Week 

2/03/2023 - We keep hearing talk about the next recession, and yet America created 500,000 jobs in January and grew 2% last quarter.I guess we really are exceptional. 

@housedemocrats: When @potus Joe Biden took office, he promised to rebuild our economy from the bottom up and the middle out. House Democrats have worked with his administration to make that vision a reality. Today's job report shows us that our economic plan is working. 

Source:Facebook- House Democrats. U.S. Representative Adam Smith (Democrat, Washington State) 

From House Democrats 

2/04/2023 - Erik Schneider: I'm sure Senator Rubio will be able to find multiple positions on every question that's asked of him, including Chinese balloons. He seems to be an expert at that.

This Week: Amid a diplomatic crisis over the Chinese spy balloon, Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Marco Rubio speaks with Jonathan Karl about how Congress should respond. Sunday on This Week ABC News 

Source:Facebook- This Week. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (Republican, Florida)

From This Week 

2/05/2023 - Erik Schneider: I still miss hearing Witney Houston's voice and see her gorgeous baby face. 

SiriusXM: The life. The legend. The Voice. Celebrate her legacy all month long on The Whitney Houston Channel Witney Houston 

Source:Facebook- SiriusXM

From SiriusXM 

Erik Schneider: When Democrats (especially left-wing Democrats) get out and bother to vote, good things tend to happen.

Senate Democrats: In just two years, the Democratic Senate majority has confirmed almost one hundred qualified, diverse judges who will make a lasting impact on our judicial system.
This is a direct result of everyone who worked to elect our Democratic Senate majority! 

Source:Facebook- Senate Democrats

From Senate Democrats 

2/07/2023 - Erik Schneider: If Lebron James is saying that he's the best player in the history of the NBA, post-Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant, then I agree with him. He's the best player in perhaps the weakest era of NBA basketball, when even the All Star Game is no longer on broadcast TV.

@sportscenter: @lebron: weighs in on the GOAT debate πŸ‘‘  

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From SportsCenter 

2/10/2023 - Erik Schneider: To answer the question: Lawrence Taylor is not even the greatest LB, perhaps not even the best OLB ever, let alone the greatest defensive player ever. The greatest pass rushing LB, the greatest rush end (hybrid OLB/DE) I could go along with. But he was very limited as far as range, Couldn't cover anybody or even play zone defense. His area was the line of scrimmage and about 5-10 yards after that. He's in the Hall of Fame, because of his ability to get after the QB, cause turnovers, and play the run. Not because of his all around skills as a LB. 

Larry Bowen: Happy Birthday to Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor, Considered one of the greatest defensive players in the history of football, 2× Super Bowl Champion (XXI, XXV), NFL Most Valuable Player(1986), 3× NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1981, 1982, 1986), NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year(1981), 8× First-team All-Pro (1981–1986, 1988, 1989), 2× Second-team All-Pro (1987, 1990), 10× Pro Bowl (1981–1990), NFL sacks leader(1986), NFL 1980s All-Decade Team, NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time … See more.  

Source:Facebook- Larry Bowen

From Larry Bowen 

2/14/2023 - Erik Schneider: Mike Pence is never going to be POTUS. MAGA now hates him and Independents won't vote for him. The man he served so loyally as Vice President for 4 years, literally put his safety and life in danger. He's has all the incentive in the world to do the patriotic thing and cooperate with DOJ. 

@thisweekabc: BREAKING: Former Vice Pres. Mike Pence is expected to fight special counsel Jack Smith's grand jury subpoena, sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News

Source:Facebook- This Week

From This Week 

2/16/2023 - Erik Schneider: Way to go, Joe! Kick tail and take names

President Joe Biden: Look, a lot of Republicans dream of cutting Social Security and Medicare.

If that’s your dream, then I’m your nightmare. 

Source:Facebook- President Joe Biden

From President Joe Biden 

2/17/2023 - Erik Schneider: I wonder if Senator Graham will talk about his own Georgia grand jury testimony. I doubt it, since he doesn't want to hurt his own political future.

This Week: SUNDAY EXCLUSIVE: Martha Raddatz speaks with Sen. Lindsey Graham about China and the shooting down of three unidentified aerial objects – plus the war in Ukraine as the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion approaches This Week

Source:Facebook- This Week. U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican, South Carolina)

From This Week 

2/18/2023 - Erik Schneider: America and Europe is what's preventing Ukraine from becoming part of the Russian Federation after Vladimir Putin's illegal invasion. Hopefully that support is indefinite.

This Week: SUNDAY: America’s top diplomat Secretary Antony Blinken joins Martha Raddatz to discuss the war in Ukraine, threat from China and the pressing global challenges facing the Biden administration This Week 

Source:Facebook- This Week. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

From This Week 

2/19/2023 - Erik Schneider: President Carter is 98 years old, has lived a great, very long life, still has all his mental faculties. It's completely up to him. If  I was in his position, I wouldn't want to die in a hospital either.

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library: “God gives us the capacity for choice. We can choose to alleviate suffering. We can choose to work together for peace. We can make these changes – and we must.”
President Jimmy Carter
Nobel Peace Prize Lecture 

Source:Facebook- Jimmy Carter Presidential Library

From the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library 

Erik Schneider: Number One from 1969 with Charlton Heston and a lot of other people. Excellent Hollywood, football film. 

The only issue that I would take with Number One, is that this film was filmed in 1968, just after the New Orleans Saints completed their expansion season. The film makes the Saints look like they've been longtime winners and champions in the NFL, with their great QB (played by Charlton Heston) getting old and not knowing how to give it up. When the fact is, it would take the Saints 13 seasons before they would even have their 1st non-losing season and 21 seasons, before their 1st winning season and playoff team ever. 

Russell Goutierez: Few remember the movie “Number One,“ in which Charlton Heston played aging Saints quarterback Ron “Cat” Catlin. The movie is available now on DVD and features lots of awesome 1960s NFL action to balance out a mediocre, melodramatic plot. 
Heston wore #17 so they could use game footage of real Saints QB Billy Kilmer. Note uniform anomalies in this pic, for example, #62 has the Saints’ original black/white/black pants stripe while number #22 has the opposite, with which the Saints experimented for a number of games in 1968 when the movie was filmed. same with the helmet stripes in the foreground & at #22’s feet. 

Source:Facebook- Russell Goutierez

From Russell Goutierez 

2/24/2023 - Erik Schneider: Real Liberals don't believe in conformity, whether it comes from the state or private sector.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”

John F. Kennedy 

Source:Facebook- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

From John Fitzgerald Kennedy 

2/26/2023 - Erik Schneider: Marianne Williamson would have a better chance at becoming Governor of California. They like hippie-spiritualist-gurus there. But the Democratic Party nationally, still lives on Planet Earth politically and ideologically.

The Week: Self-help author Marianne Williamson told donors she will run for president as a Democrat in 2024, mounting what is likely to be a primary challenge to Pres. Biden from his left flank. ABC News 

Source:Facebook- This Week

From This Week 

3/10/2023 - Erik Schneider: Well, as The Daily Beast reported, there are Congressional Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who are now criticizing Tucker and no longer afraid of Tucker. So I think this McCarthy-Carlson play, is backfiring.

@U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin: McCarthy’s aiding Tucker Carlson’s fraud of trying to revise what the whole world saw and heard on 1/6/21. After Dominion’s filings showed Carlson ridiculing and then spreading Trump’s Big Lie about the election, this latest assault on truth is unconscionable. 

Source:Facebook- U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin (Democrat, Maryland)

From U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin 

3/16/2023 - Erik Schneider: Aw, Diana must have been the cutest bowler in England.

@Diana Dors: Did You Know...
One of Diana's favourite past times in Hollywood was going bowling? She loved to include her friends - most often Roger Moore and James Mason!

#dianadors #legend #britishactress #hollywoodmoviestar #hollywoodblondes #britishicon #bowling 

Source:Facebook- Diana Dors

From Diana Dors 

3/17/2023 - Erik Schneider: Abortion on demand? Just as long as it comes with personal responsibility. I'm pro choice on practically everything as a Liberal, as long as it comes with personal responsibility.

@Katy McAnarney: What does that even mean? Furthermore, how will you regulate and police it?

@Erik Schneider: I think it's pretty obvious, but I'll explain it just for you. If you want to get an abortion, you are personally responsible for the financing of it. Unless you can get your insurer to cover it for you or get financial help from someone who helps you pay for it. The exceptions to that rule are life, health, rape, or incest.

From my Facebook page. 

@Katy McAnarney: That's the way it is now. But what about women that are pregnant due to rape and incest, or have a gravely defective fetus that do not have the resources for an abortion? Were they responsible? What if a poor woman's birth control method fails? How will you enforce "responsibility" for that? Abortion only for those "responsible" women of means? Listen to what you are saying. It's illogical.

@Erik Schneider: I already laid out my exceptions. Life, health, rape, or incest. And I hope this is not a newsflash for you, but low-income people simply do not have the same freedom and resources, as middle or upper-income people. Don't know why health care would be any different.

From my Facebook page. 

3/18/2023:@Katy McAnarney: Again, you're missing the question I'm asking. You are the one that put on a qualifier on the right to abortion. Responsibility. But you haven't defined what that means, or how it is proven or policed. How do you turn a woman away if she did not demonstrate "responsibility"? Is it that she's pregnant because her partner didn't use a condom? She's not married? She's not on the pill? I say that women seeking abortions*are* demonstrating responsibility. They know they cannot, for any reason, support a pregnancy or child. Rather than go forward, she is taking steps - responsibility - to remedy or rectify the situation. Why this qualifier to abortion?

@Erik Schneider: Actually, I already did. I said the exceptions to what I have on abortion are to protect the woman's life, health, and for rape and incest. That should suggest to you that I'm talking about taxpayer funding of abortions. I already said that I'm pro-choice but pro-responsibility as well. What does that mean? (As if it's not already obvious enough) That I'm in favor of the woman's right to choose an abortion, but that she's personally for that abortion, meaning the financing of it, except for the exceptions that I laid out. We talked about this last night and yet you act like you don't understand. And just to answer your point: unless we are raped, we are all already responsible for who we have sex with. So if you (man or woman) sleep with someone who didn't use a condom and now the woman is pregnant, since you participated in that affair, that's on you.

From my Facebook page.

@Catholics For Choice: Abortion on demand, for any reason! We know we are not here to judge people's decisions. We are here to meet them with love to accept and affirm their own conscience-based decisions. All people should be able to access abortion so they can make the right decision for themselves.

Source:Facebook- Catholics For Choice

From Catholics For Choice 

3/20/2023 - Erik Schneider: Good one, James! The Onion had a good line about George Santos as well, saying that he would retire from Congress, to spend more time curing cancer.

Source:Facebook- James Demers

From James Demers 

3/22/2023 - Erik Schneider: This is just my personal theory, but I think Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is tired of losing Senate seats and is personally done with MAGA and their Far-Right cultural warriors. And wants Senate Republicans to become a center-right conference again. And that means concentrating on center-right, business and national oriented Republicans. Not far-right culture warriors, who simply want to remake America or take the country back to the 1940s or 50s. 

@Robert Nelson: Would be nice. McConnell is an SoB but he's a shrewd and dangerous player.

@Erik Schneider: We agree on "shrewd and dangerous player."

@Chris Cillizza: "After nominating a slew of unelectable candidates in 2022, Senate Republicans have charted a new course so far in 2023." 

Source:YouTube- Chris Cillizza

From Chris Cillizza 

3/23/2023 - Erik Schneider: Legislation doesn't have to be perfect, to be progressive or even good. The Affordable Care Act has expanded health insurance and affordable health care to 30 million Americans. 

@House Democrats: Happy Birthday to the Affordable Care Act! This landmark legislation has helped over 35 MILLION Americans get affordable health care.

House Democrats will continue working to ensure all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care. 

Source:Facebook- House Democrats

From House Democrats 

3/31/2023 - Erik Schneider: If the rule of law means anything in America, as well as New York City and most specifically, Manhattan and you not just have a serious case, but a case you believe you can win, then you almost have to indict Donald J. Trump.

I don't know much about Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, but he seems to be a very methodical man and not someone who would goes after big fish just to make a political statement. I believe he really believes he has a serious case here that he will win.

But Fulton County and the U.S. Special Prosecutor, have stronger cases and that's where I think if they indite, it's where we'll see if DJT is not just the first POTUS to ever convicted of a felony, but actually does time in prison.


4/04/2023 - Erik Schneider: Again I don't know the man Alvin Bragg, but he's obviously a good, successful lawyer and to bring 34 counts not just against anyone, but a former POTUS, tells me (as a non-lawyer) that the Manhattan DA has a lot of paperwork, documents, witnesses, perhaps even recordings, The Defendant Donald Trump. DJT's best shot might be to get this case out of Manhattan, like perhaps in Binghamton, or down West Virginia, even. 

From my Facebook page. 

4/06/2023 - @Pat Hat: Yes so rehabilitation(reform)  is also needed. Not just incarceration(punishment). It should be incarceration  and rehabilitation. For the worst of the worst inmates who have proven they cannot be rehabilitated(I.e they are on death row or serving a life sentence)- Stateville correctional facility should be there. 

@Erik Schneider:   I think we agree here. My policy is let prison inmates do their own time and treat them accordingly. For prisoners who want to continue their criminal careers, isolate them from general population. But for the inmates who want to return to society and just want to serve their time, give them the opportunity to rehabilitate on the inside, so they're ready to return to society. 

@National Geographic: Inmates and officers provide a view inside Stateville Correctional Facility.
Lockdown: Surviving Stateville:National Geographic 


@Erik Schneider: But is catch and kill illegal, even in New York? I think that's the question here. 

@This Week: Three "catch and kill" accusations involving the suppression of negative stories comprise the pattern of behavior alleged in the indictment of former Pres. Trump. ABC News

Source:Facebook- This Week

From This Week

4/07/2023 - @Erik Schneider: This Clarence Thomas story is just one example of why I don't like lifetime appointments. Once someone thinks that are invulnerable, they think they're above the law. Lifetime appointments aren't just antidemocratic, but anti-liberal democratic, because they violate our checks and balances. 

From my Facebook page. 

4/24/2023 - @Doc Lex: and what truth would that be? that god is the story for children, or who exactly is 'evil empire'?

@Erik Schneider: Where do you see God in my comment? The truth in that Reagan speech relates to the Soviet Russia and their totalitarian, authoritarian system. 


@Erik Schneider: Tucker Carlson leaving Fox News is a great day for people who believe in the truth when it comes to the media. But right-wing conspiracy theorists will still have a voice, if they want it. 

@USA Today: Fox News host Tucker Carlson has left his post, and his last show was Friday, the company announced in a news release.USA Today 

Source:Facebook- USA Today

From USA Today 

4/25/2023 - @Erik Schneider: Not just the best Alfred Hitchcock film ever, but the best damn movie ever. 140 minute film that goes by very fast because every scene is either very exciting or very funny, or both.

@Alfred Hitchcock Official: When an advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of spies, he goes on the run with help from a mysterious woman who helps him evade the authorities. A series of misadventures leads to a contentious confrontation at the top of Mt. Rushmore in which Hitchcock film? 

Source:Facebook- Cary Grant & Eva Marie Saint. Perhaps you don't need me to explain to you which one is which.

From Alfred Hitchcock Official 

4/26/2023 - @Erik Schneider: Thank God Hollywood and the mainstream news media, especially the network news divisions, got involved in the civil rights movement. It wouldn't have been successful without that publicity. 

Source:Facebook- Classic Hollywood/Los Angeles/SFV

From Classic Hollywood/Los Angeles/SFV 

4/28/2023 - @Erik Schneider: You can't expect politicians to look and be at their best all the time. Especially career politicians who are always in the public eye and looking for the next office to run floor, assuming that they're not already POTUS. I think the main problem that Ron DeSantis has, is that he wants to be a MAGA governor, in a big state like Florida and run for President in a broader Republican Party that might finally be looking to get past MAGA and start winning again. Along with the fact that MAGA would be a big loser in a general election in 2024. 

@Chris Cillizza: There's something slightly off about the Florida governor. 

Source:YouTube- Chris Cillizza

From Chris Cillizza 

5/03/2023 - @Erik Schneider: I think there are times in life when people just need to throw out the garbage (to put it mildly) and just be real. Any opposition to Joe Biden in the Democratic Party, is about the President’s age and that he’s not a left-wing Democrat. But RFK JR. is 70 and basically from the same generation as Biden and has conspiracy views that make him a lot more comfortable in the Libertarian Party or Green Party, than the Democratic Party. I don’t see any real reason for RFK JR. to run for anything, at least as a Democrat. 

@Chris Cillizza: The scion to the most famous family in Democratic politics is getting 20%+ in the Democratic primary against Joe Biden. What gives? 

Source:YouTube- Chris Cillizza

From Chris Cillizza 

5/05/2023 - @Erik Schneider: I'm a Liberal Democrat because I believe in liberal democracy. (Seems simple enough) Everything that Vice President Harris is talking about here, comes with the liberal democracy that we have in America. And we should always fight to protect it and vote whenever we can for people who also believe in liberal democracy.

@Vice President Kamala Harris: We stand for democracy. For freedom and liberty, and for justice and equality. 
I firmly believe that when you know what you stand for, you know what to fight for. And all of this is at stake in this election. 

Source:Facebook- Vice President Kamala Harris (Democrat, California)

From Vice President Kamala Harris 

5/08/2023 - @Erik Schneider: While we’re waiting for both House and Senate Republicans to finally acknowledge the obvious and come out in favor of commonsense gun reform laws, we might as well be waiting for snow in South Florida. And figuring out what type of snowmen we want to build in May there. Not going to happen in this Congress. But if Democrats get out and vote in huge numbers in 2024, perhaps in the next Congress with President Biden. 

@House Democrats: There have been more mass shootings than days this year.
It’s time for our Republican colleagues to say enough is enough and work with us to pass common sense gun safety legislation to save lives. 

Source:Facebook- House Democrats

From House Democrats 

5/08/2023 - @Brandon Partain: show us a single legislative proposal that’s constitutional. 

@Erik Schneider: I could give you several. But you would just say that they’re all unconstitutional. Debating an absolutist on any of the constitutional amendments, is not a good use of my time. 

From my Facebook page. 

5/09/2023 - @Brandon Partain: no. I can prove many of them are unconstitutional. That’s the problem. Facts and common knowledge are ignored and prejudiced proganda is accepted as solutions.
Solutions must be constitutional, a concept that escapes too many on the left. 

@Erik Schneider: OK. Then what gun reform law would be constitutional? According to you. 

From my Facebook page. 

5/10/2023 - @Brandon Partain: private sales background checks passed at the state level to avoid 10th amendment/ trade law conflicts.
Utilize the right to due process and see that the mentally ill are properly adjudicated as such.
These 2 steps stop prohibited persons from buying firearms through all legal means.
Illegal sales will always be up to law enforcement and the courts to stop. 

@Erik Schneider: How about making it illegal to sell firearms to known criminals, convicted felons, and mentally handicapped people? As well as making it illegal for known criminals, convicted felons, and mentally handicapped people to purchase firearms?

From my Facebook page. 

5/10/2023 - @Brandon Partain: background checks are already required for all sales from dealers. Feds regulate interstate commerce or trade across state lines and dealers are federally licensed. My solution as mentioned before is for states to pass private sales background checks due to them being unconstitutional at the federal level. Feds have zero authority to regulate private sales.

@Erik Schneider: What? You familiar with the commerce clause? How about the gun show loophole?

From my Facebook page. 

5/11/2023 - @Brandon Partain: very familiar. The commerce clause, the 10th amendment, the interstate commerce act, and DC v Heller are all why feds can’t regulate private sales within a state’s borders. It’s not under federal jurisdiction. Private sales are a state’s issue all day long. This is also why it’s not a loophole. Feds only have authority to regulate interstate trade. Private sales laws are under the laws of the state in which the sale is made.
Feds regulate interstate trade. States regulate their own intrastate trade. Why do you think DC v Heller ruled that COMMERCIAL sales may be regulated. 

@Erik Schneider: Brandon, the Feds are currently regulating just about everything else within state borders as we speak. Don’t know why guns which are also commerce, would be any different. 

From my Facebook page.

@Brandon Partain: no, they aren’t. Why do you think the states are able to sell marijuana while it’s federally banned? It’s interstate vs intrastate trade. 

@Erik Schneider: Do you want a list of the Federal regulatory agencies and commissions that are in business today? Or you are already familiar with those as well? They all regulate commerce in this country. 

From my Facebook page. 

@Brandon Partain: they can, but only when it crosses state lines. Sales from dealers are federally regulated because dealers buy their guns for resale from out of state. It crosses state lines hence it’s interstate trade.
Private sales between individuals that remains within a state’s borders is intrastate trade and not under federal jurisdiction.
It’s kind of like car dealers. They have all kinds of federal regulations for new cars such as safety and emissions equipment. Used cars don’t have to meet the same standards and the standards are set by each state. 

@Erik Schneider: Brandon, you are simply just wrong. The FDA (just one example) regulates drugs everywhere in the country and gets to decide what drugs can be sold anywhere in the United States. But let’s say you are right, (for discussion sake) that would mean the Feds could regulate the sale of guns from one gun store in one state, to an individual living in another state. 

From my Facebook page. 

5/12/2023 - @Brandon Partain: the pharmaceutical industry is international as well as interstate trade. That’s why it’s federally regulated and not state regulated.
All gun sales from dealers/ gun stores are federally regulated and require a background check regardless of which state its in. That’s already been federal law since the mid 1990’s.
Interstate trade crosses state boundaries. That’s what the feds can regulate. Intrastate trade is trade/ commerce that remains within a state’s borders. This is where you are having trouble….distinguishing between the 2. 

@Erik Schneider: And the gun show loophole? 

From my Facebook page. 

@Brandon Partain:  private sales background checks passed at the state level to avoid 10th amendment/ trade law conflicts.
Utilize the right to due process and see that the mentally ill are properly adjudicated as such.
These 2 steps stop prohibited persons from buying firearms through all legal means.
Illegal sales will always be up to law enforcement and the courts to stop. 

@Erik Schneider: The private sales of what? This is what you wrote earlier: “private sales background checks passed at the state level to avoid 10th amendment/ trade law conflicts.
Utilize the right to due process and see that the mentally ill are properly adjudicated as such.
These 2 steps stop prohibited persons from buying firearms through all legal means.
Illegal sales will always be up to law enforcement and the courts to stop.” You already said that the Feds have background checks on guns. But now you are saying that they don’t have the authority to do that. Are you debating yourself, or me? 

From my Facebook page. 

@Brandon Partain: just stop and work on reading comprehension. You’re not grasping the differences between private sales between individuals (intrastate commerce) and federally regulated sales from dealers( interstate commerce). 

@Erik Schneider: No. What I’m having trouble with is trying to figure out who I’m talking too. You said that you are not an absolutist on the 2nd Amendment, but that that Feds can’t regulate the sales of guns, even though they already do. We already have Federal background checks, which you already acknowledged. 

From my Facebook page. 

@Brandon Partain: feds can’t regulate private sales. They can regulate commercial sales. I’ve made this distinction. 

@Erik Schneider: When you have background checks on firearms, you are regulating sales. You understand that? You said it yourself that criminals and mentally incompetent people aren’t allowed to buy guns under federal law. 

From my Facebook page.

5/13/2023 - @Brandon Partain: background checks are required for dealer sales. Not private sales. Dealers buy from wholesalers and manufacturers in other states and resell which crosses state lines. Private sales are usually all local, within a state. Interstate trade vs intrastate trade. 

@Erik Schneider: Dealer sales. So the Feds are already regulating sales.

From my Facebook page. 

5/24/2023 - @Benjamin Blanco: They weren’t conservatives tho lol. They were liberal progressives. Abraham Lincoln was a conservative according to his own quotes. 

@Erik Schneider: You are right that they're not Conservatives. But liberal progressive goes against each other. They're two different terms. The Southern Democrats were Dixiecrats, who were Neo-Confederates, but not Conservatives. 


5/31/2023 - @Erik Schneider: The House Democratic Leadership is completely right about this. If the only things that left-wing Democrats don't like about the BBA, is that it requires people on Food Assistance to work and limits future deficit spending, that explains why they're not in leadership. 

@House Democrats: The Bipartisan Budget Agreement prevents a devastating default on our debt, which would cause millions of jobs to be lost and everyday costs to skyrocket. 


8/08/2023 - @Erik Schneider: Hollywood Goddess Kim Novak in The Man With The Golden Arm. She had this unique ability to be very sexy and seem absolutely precious and innocent, at the exact same time. 

@Alex W. O. Eighty-Four: One of my most favourite actresses, Kim Novak in The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) dir. Otto Preminger. One of my all time favourite films. πŸ₯°πŸ˜

Source:Facebook- Kim Novak

From Alex W. O. Eighty-Four 

8/13/2023 - @Evdoxios Leontaras: Kim Novak emerged as a sex symbol, fierce protagonist, unbound spirit, with an unruly character. But he never digested the Hollywood bosses, who build and destroy careers, reveling in the destruction of those who do not succumb. Kim Novak may have made some compromises with the film industry, but she never quite digested the vile attitudes of the American film industry powerhouses to view starlets or up-and-coming actresses as freewheeling girls. Ready and grateful to be entertained in bed or even in their luxurious offices, even in front of others, as rewards for their magnanimity. 

@Erik Schneider: I think the main issue with her is that she's very shy and keeps to herself way too much to have a long career in Hollywood. But talent alone, (and not just physical talent) she could've been one of the best actresses of her generation. 

From my Facebook page.

9/01/2023 - @Erik Schneider: My kind of Liberal Democrat, Todd, the real Liberals in America. One of the strongest believers in liberal democracy to ever serve in Congress or anywhere else, is Henry Scoop Jackson. 

@Todd Puglisi: Rest In peace US Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson. He died on this day 40 years ago. I think he was a leader America and the free world needed to protect freedom, to which a leader like him is needed today. I’ll never forget his one quote and I’ll paraphrase, if you believe in the cause of freedom, fight for it, live and protect because humanity’s future depends on it.” 

Source:Facebook- U.S. Senator Henry Scoop Jackson (Democrat, Washington State) 

From Todd Puglisi 

9/04/2023 - @Erik Schneider: 1968 Was Otto Graham's last season in Washington as head coach/ general manager of the Redskins. There couldn't have been too many defensive highlights for the Redskins that season, since they were 14-16 in points given up in the NFL and 14-16 in yards given up. 

@Dan Smith JR.: Pat Summerall talks about the 1968 Redskins defense. Nice plays by the Hall of Famer and Pat Fischer especially.


09/09/2023 - @Erik Schneider: The St. Louis Cardinals always played the Dallas Cowboys tough, at least in St. Louis, in the 1970s and 80s. The Cowboys always had the better teams because they were a consistent winners and a playoff team. But the Cardinals were always very good on offense and had enough pass rushers and crated enough takeaways, to give the Cowboys very good games. 

@Dan Smith JR.: Game respects game at Busch Stadium in October 1977. The legendary Vin Scully with Alex Hawkins on the call for CBS. 


9/13/2023 - @Erik Schneider: The Manster Randy White and Ed Too Tall Jones, were two of the NFL defenders in the 1980s that could take over an NFL game and dominate it all by themselves. Not many defenders could do that back then. 

I think Dick Vermeil has the best quote about Ed Jones: :"Throwing the ball over Too Tall, was like trying to throw the ball over a telephone poll." 

@Dan Smith JR..: The Manster and Too Tall were not misnomers, Thanksgiving 1983. Pat Summerall and John Madden on the call for CBS. 


9/17/2023 - @Erik Schneider: Back when most NFL teams had two back sets and would normally play with two backs, except perhaps in long yardage, before almost every NFL team went with the spread offense and only ran the ball to give their QB and WR's a break, Keith Byars was what you could all an all-purpose fullback.   

Keith Byars was a great receiver and blocker, but he could also run the ball in and outside. The Philadelphia Eagles wanted him to be their feature tailback, but he generally played out-of-position, until he got to Miami and played for the Dolphins in the early 90s.  

Source:Facebook- Tom Danyluk

From Tom Danyluk 

9/21/2023 - @Erik Schneider: I would like to think that the 1977 NFC Championship, at Texas Stadium, between the Vikings and Cowboys would've been different, had Fran Tarkenton been healthy enough to play and played this game. But the Vikings went 4-2 with Bob Lee as their QB, still won the NFC Central, got to the NFC Championship. Also, the Cowboys Doomsday Defense was at its best in 77. I think this Tom Landry's best all around team. 

@Javo Javito: Dallas Cowboys vs Minnesota Vikings, 1977 NFC Championship
Randy White (54) in action against Minnesota Vikings QB Bob Lee (19) at Texas Stadium. Irving, TX January 1, 1978 Cowboys win 23-6 

Source:Facebook- Javo Javito

From Javo Javito 

9/21/2023 - @Erik Schneider: Tommy Tuberville's wall of obstruction seems to be finally cracking, thanks to Leader Schumer and company. 

@Chuck Schumer: This Senate has confirmed Gen. Eric M. Smith as Commandant of the Marine Corps and overwhelmingly overcame Senator Tuberville’s blockade. 

Source:Facebook- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (Democrat, New York)

From Chuck Schumer 

10/01/2023 - @Erik Schneider: Well, the Putin wing of the Republican Party apparently won something. Leader Schumer needs to get the Ukrainian aid package back in, to prevent an ethnic genocide there. 

@Chuck Schumer: After trying to take our government hostage, MAGA Republicans won nothing. 

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