Vox Populi, our weekly live chat about the week’s events begins tonight at 7:00pm PDT. Hope to see you then! AdLib 3 hours ago

Hey PPO! AdLib 2 hours ago

Hi, Ad. Looking good for SFO, eh? pinkpantheroz 2 hours ago

Absolutely! AdLib 2 hours ago

Really looking forward to it! AdLib 2 hours ago

Hey Khirad! AdLib 2 hours ago

Me too, just wish it wasn’t due to current circs. But I know fergie would want us to enjoy the day. pinkpantheroz 2 hours ago

Hi khirad, TW pinkpantheroz 2 hours ago

Hello everyone twilson117 2 hours ago

Hey TW! AdLib 2 hours ago

PPO – I know but Fergie is bringing us together. AdLib 2 hours ago

PPO Khirad twilson117 2 hours ago

Khirad 2 hours ago

Those are great fun, Khirad! pinkpantheroz 2 hours ago

Khirad – Very funny! AdLib 2 hours ago

The “Fuck You” policy is very popular among conservatives around the world. Just ask DeSantis and Abbott. AdLib 2 hours ago

Talk amongst yourselves. I’m having a cancer stick. Khirad 2 hours ago

Of course, now that the latest Covid surge in the US is declining, out come the editorials praising DeSantis for ignoring how many people he killed. AdLib 2 hours ago

Khirad I don’t know where you get this stuff but keep it coming.

twilson117 2 hours ago

Our State is out of total lockdown at last, just a few common sense rules still in place. I was able to go for a drive yesterday. pinkpantheroz 2 hours ago

So, are Manchin and Sinema going to try to squeeze more out of the BBB or block it now after looking like they might let it pass? AdLib 2 hours ago

Ad from my point of view that’s to be expected take the credit even though you let thousands of people die in your state because you want to kiss Trump’s** fat ass. twilson117 2 hours ago

That’s a relief PPO! How did it feel for the lockdown to finally be over? AdLib 2 hours ago

PPO it’s been a long slog for you glad to hear things are moving forward around Covid twilson117 an hour ago

CL good evening twilson117 an hour ago

Hello!!! Hey, PPO – lovely to see you. Hi Ad and TW! choicelady an hour ago

Oh, PPO – I’m so glad you are moving back to “normal” in daily life activities. Going for a drive is so wonderful. choicelady an hour ago

Skimming headlines today looks like Biden had to give up some things to get his plan through but it seems it could still be touch and go. twilson117 an hour ago

TW – What is annoying to me is how the RW and the RW media just outright lies about everything, now trying to build DeSantis back up even though more have died in FL per capita than nearly any other state. He is a murderer, he is intentionally killing people in FL to help his campaign for president. AdLib an hour ago

Hey CL! AdLib an hour ago

I haven’t kept up much recently for obvious reasons, but a big relief that I don’t have to wear masks outdoors any more, can go to a restaurant for dinner and can visit friends. Still getting ready for my trip. Huge paperwork due to all countries having different rules about quarantine and COVID Certs, etc.. pinkpantheroz an hour ago

Ad agree. twilson117 an hour ago

Hi, CL! pinkpantheroz an hour ago

TW – Yep, Biden and Dems have given up very big things to those terrorists, Manchin and Sinema. With everything at stake in our democracy, those two sellouts and narcissists put themselves above the lives of Americans and our democracy. I don’t know if I despise McConnell more or less than them. AdLib an hour ago

Ad was reading how some news organziations are upset with WSJ for running the Trump** lies on their opinion pages. twilson117 an hour ago

PPO – What are the rules like to enter the U.S. from Australia? AdLib an hour ago

Has anyone in Insurrectionland been arrested yet? I do wish to see Bannon or Flynn do a perp walk, not to mention the unmentionable one. pinkpantheroz an hour ago

TW – Yes, and I saw that as could be predicted, Maggie Haberman at NYT is defending Trump’s being given this big platform to spread lies and sedition. AdLib an hour ago

Ad – I think we all should wait to see who did what. I read today Sinema is OK with price control on drugs in Medicare. There is so much disinformation, we need to be circumspect about what is actually happening. choicelady an hour ago

PPO – No arrests yet of those in higher positions who planned and funded 1/6. But the judges are getting very pissed off at Garland and the DoJ choosing not to prosecute tougher charges that are available. AdLib an hour ago

PPO – the leaders, no. But there was an excellent thread today on Twitter about tracking cell phones and how that tightens the noose. Also one on extremist Oath Keepers prepared to roll on Stone etc. This is building like a RICO case – roll the foot soldiers, build the case on the top leaders. choicelady an hour ago

1.75 trillion is still a lot of money and there is still some good stuff in the bill. I have to believe if we’re being realistic about it we all knew it was going to get trimmed down. twilson117 an hour ago

Ad, clean covid test 72 hours before arrival, Government issued Vaccination Certificate that you had 2 jabs, pinkpantheroz an hour ago

Tw – I like what we’re getting and hope for more AFTER midterms that i hope in turn will bring more Dems. choicelady an hour ago

TW – I bet the Offence…er…Defence Budget won’t see much trimming. pinkpantheroz an hour ago

PPO – I hope it all goes well on the test. I know you’ve had the jabs. I’m thrice jabbed so am pretty good company! choicelady an hour ago

CL – We know however that Sinema was dead set against price controls on prescriptions up until now and that helped cut that out of the BBB. Now, under enormous duress as AZ polls show any Dem would beat her by a big margin in a primary, she’s backpedaling. Fine but it doesn’t change what an awful, selfish jerk she has been. AdLib an hour ago

cl, I’m doing belt and braces approach. I’ve taken out Travel and cancellation insurance. pinkpantheroz an hour ago

PPO agree with you and how we love to fund our military twilson117 an hour ago

CL I think if this passes more could follow. twilson117 an hour ago

Ad – that’s always the case. That’s why democracy is never a spectator sport. If you are a constituent and don’t ride herd on your elected officials, they do stupid things. choicelady an hour ago

Tw – agreed. That’s how it ALWAYS works. choicelady an hour ago

Khirad!!! choicelady an hour ago

Khirad you’re back twilson117 an hour ago

I got my eye exam, going for Warby ,,, something. Khirad an hour ago

TW and PPO – I don’t get how we’re out of Afghanistan and don’t cut at least THAT budget. choicelady an hour ago

CL legislation is always difficult regardless of the politicial party. twilson117 an hour ago

CL – You know the problem I have with waiting too long to charge any high profile person with involvement in 1/6, if Dems can’t pass voter protections and Trump or a Repub like DeSantis becomes president, they will just order the DoJ to end prosecutions or pardon everyone as Trump did with Bannon and Flynn. AdLib an hour ago

TW – it is a lot easier now for the GOP. Their whole routine is “sign on or die”. The autocrats always have an easier time of it. choicelady an hour ago

It’s just funny how I can’t keep up here but hope everyone would at least short post. Khirad an hour ago

Ad – I think Schumer et al.have ways around the filibuster on voting issues. choicelady an hour ago

CL the repugs will always be for tax cuts and as many guns in the hands of the people. twilson117 an hour ago

Our Fat Controller is in Glasgow to MAKE ANNOUNCEMENTS on Climate Change. Just that. He won’t actually DO anything. But the rest of the World doesn’t believe him. He’s a clone of Boris the Bollocks and Don the Con pinkpantheroz an hour ago

This was accurate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3_-cnSZsSc

Khirad an hour ago

TW – Agreed, $1.75T is a lot of money but huge things have been killed by those two sellout egotists. And Progressives were promised if they went along with the infrastructure bill, the $3.8T reconciliation bill would be passed by mod and conservative Dems. Manchin and Sinema stabbed Progressives in the back. Poor Biden has been squeezed because of that and attacked. Manchin and Sinema have done lasting damage that could hand Repubs Congress in 2022. AdLib an hour ago

Sorry, Khirad, that video is embargoed in Australia, so I ccn’t see it. pinkpantheroz an hour ago

PPO in a perverse way it’s sort of nice to know polticians are pretty much the same all over the world.

twilson117 an hour ago

PPO – Good, hope everything goes smoothly on your travel here in the US and elsewhere! AdLib an hour ago

Ad – I think you vastly underestimate the absolute dislike voters have for almost ANY GOP now. Only Romney and Bush are even remotely likely. I’ve been watching the polls internally – the extremists are out of favor. I also think we’re so used to pessimism we can’t see that overall people LIKE Biden and the lack of drama. Jan. 6 was a watershed. Whatever happened before is no longer the game plan now. choicelady an hour ago

CL – Well, some pols are dependable and don’t need their voters dragging them back from arbitrary egotism and selling out. Sinema is the worst Dem in The Senate. AdLib an hour ago

PPO – I am very sorry Australia, always a hub of sanity like Canada, has its own Trumpian leader. Canada had Harper, You have these bozos. I am so sorry. choicelady an hour ago

Oh, dammit! I have to go. A huge storm Wed has dumped a few tons of leaves, branches and twigs and now my gutters and drains are blocked up. Got to clear thm pronto. So cheers for now. pinkpantheroz an hour ago

I finally got my second vaccine. I actually had to prove I had insurance for it… Khirad an hour ago

Ad – let’s see what she does. I don’t think she’s a well person. But I think public pressure is making her toe the line more. choicelady an hour ago

PPO – see you soon! Good luck! choicelady an hour ago

Khirad – Yes, I would encourage everyone here to participate more in the Short Posts thread during the week. Lots to chat about all week long and it’s a great place to do it, leading up to Vox on Friday nights. AdLib an hour ago

Ad yes Manchin and Sinema were the flys in the ointement which means dems need to do what Repugs do and find replacements for them and work night and day to get candidates to run for office instead of playing fair politics. twilson117 an hour ago

Khirad – AZ sucks. NO ONE in CA, including the homeless without Medicaid yet, have had to pay. You should NOT have had to prove that. choicelady an hour ago

I would always hope people check out my flag quizzes, but my next post might be about Vanvouver Khirad an hour ago

Take carePPO twilson117 an hour ago

I’m in AZ I’m on Medicaid. We took the money under Jan and she claimed credit. Khirad an hour ago

CL – I would see that as the biggest victory Dems could accomplish, bigger than these two funding bills, if they could pass a voting rights bill. Sure hope you’re right. It’s a matter of survival for our democracy. AdLib an hour ago

Love you all! Khirad an hour ago

Tw – we can find replacements for Sienma no problem. Manchin? I say the only Dem who could outdo him would be a Mine Worker who is fine with guns and goes to church regularly (Methodism is fine – don’t have to be an asshole.) choicelady an hour ago

CL we need Dems in the Senate who’s running against Grassley twilson117 an hour ago

No argument, Ad. The voting rights bill is critical. That said, Garland has deployed a flock of new US attorneys to sue the shit out of state laws. That will help, too. choicelady an hour ago

CL – I wish I was underestimating that but look in VA where an obvious Trump surrogate in moderate’s clothing is tied with McAuliffe. That doesn’t bode well for the dissipation of Repub support. AdLib an hour ago

TW- we need a LOT of Dems in the Senate, but Grassley will probably drop dead first. choicelady an hour ago

Ad – the problems w VA (McAuliffe is actually ahead in ALL polls but FOX) lies in things no legislation can fix. choicelady an hour ago

CL my point exactly what being done for those Repugs who are up for reelection next year any viable candidates? twilson117 an hour ago

CL – I agree, I think Sinema, proving what a messed up person she is, is only now recognizing how despised she is by Dems in AZ and the country and backing off her madness. AdLib an hour ago

TW – Manchin can’t be replaced, he’s the only Dem who could hold a Senate seat in WV but Sinema needs to go in 2024 and Dems need to widen their margin in 2022 so Sineman and Manchin are irrelevant. AdLib an hour ago