PHILADELPHIA — The mud is found during low tide, shoveled from the banks of the waterway and stuffed into buckets to be brought back to a garage at the Jersey Shore. It has been harvested — which is how Jim Bintliff describes the act of digging up mud — in South Jersey for more than 80 years ever since one of Connie Mack's assistant coaches discovered it could help grip baseballs. And as Major League Baseball clamps down this month on pitchers using foreign substances to doctor balls, this mysterious mud remains the only agent approved by the league to be applied to baseballs. But where exactl...
GOP's civil war in Nevada erupts into 'ugly scene' as far-right extremists try 'to bully their way into a takeover'
There is a civil war brewing within the Republican Party in Nevada. According to The Las Vegas Sun, tensions began to rise when members of the Clark County Republican Party (CCRP) expressed concern about the state party's director Michael McDonald who is accused of recruiting members of the far-right group The Proud Boys to run for public office.
The move was reportedly an effort to increase the extremist presence in the state's political party. On July 20, CCRP members held a meeting to select officers. However, that meeting was interrupted when individuals affiliated with The Proud Boys crashed it. The publication offered a clear depiction of how the scene erupted.
"It was an ugly scene with echoes of the Jan. 6 riot, except instead of Big Lie insurrectionists trying to take over the Capitol, they were trying to bully their way into a takeover of the county party's moderate leadership," the publication noted.
It added, "Egged on by the Proud Boy members, the crowd broke into angry chants of 'Stop the steal' and 'Let us in.' Security officers had to face down crowd members rushing the meeting room entrance before a small army of Metro officers arrived to quell the situation and break up the crowd."
The latest news follows the CCRP's previous cancellation of a meeting due to fears of a Proud Boys insurgency. Back in May, The Daily Beast reported about the far-right extremist group's targeting of the CCRP. At the time, Stephen Sliberkraus, the CCRP vice chair, spoke during a press conference where he highlighted concerns about neo-Nazi content from the far-right group.
"Members of this group have launched online attacks against some of our female elected officials including a district court judge, a school board trustee, a state senator, and our secretary of state," Sliberkraus said. "The Proud Boys call themselves 'proud chauvinists' and by their actions, demonstrate an intent to target women and minorities in positions of authority."
‘Extraordinarily damning’ Cuomo investigation reveals how governor created a ‘twilight zone’ for his victims: MSNBC analyst
MSNBC's Lisa Green found the evidence against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo "extraordinarily damning," and felt sympathy for the government employees he's accused of harassing.
New York Attorney General Letitia James determined the Democratic governor had broken state and federal law by harassing multiple women, including employees in his own office, and the MSNBC legal analyst pointed out that Cuomo's own office had strengthened rules against workplace harassment.
"Letitia James, really bold in her lane today, and stopped short of pushing the matter further, making the point that her investigation was done," Green said. "Criminal charges could be brought not by the attorney general general's office, and when you intersect the politics and the law, I wonder if that will ever happen unless one of the women come forward, but make no mistake this was an extraordinarily damning indictment of an office, that in 2019 had issued its own stronger harassment protections for employees"
"Imagine the twilight zone these women felt they were working in," she added. "They're being harassed by the governor, and when they try to get some compensation, to complain about what's happening, they hit a brick wall."
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Republicans have adopted a destructive new ideology -- and should no longer be considered 'conservatives': columnist
Writing in The Washington Post this Tuesday, columnist Max Boot says that in the past, Republicans would have praised the police officers who faced down the rioters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, but as it turns out, they now only "back the blue" when officers "are accused of employing excessive force against minorities."
"The right these days bashes not only the military and law enforcement but also every other institution that it accuses of having been taken over by 'the left' — which means almost every national institution except the Supreme Court and, heaven help us, Fox 'News' Channel," Boot writes.
Corporations are under fire from conservatives for rejecting Donald Trump's election lies, schools and universities are also being targeted for teaching about racism and slavery, and "most sinister" of all, science and medicine is being targeted for attempting to stop a pandemic that has killed over 600,000 Americans.
"Why demonize Fauci? In part to absolve Trump of responsibility for mishandling the pandemic," Boot writes. "But this is also part of a wider attempt to delegitimize the medical community's guidance on how to fight the outbreak. In the name of 'medical freedom,' Republicans are protecting the freedom to spread the plague."
"There are many ways to describe this attitude — childish, irresponsible, destructive, nihilistic — but 'conservative' isn't one of them."
Read the full op-ed over at The Washington Post.
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