Oregon politician, 29, who claimed he received anonymous racist and homophobic letter sparking a police investigation, confesses he wrote it HIMSELF and says

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      says stunt ‘spiraled out of control’

      An Oregon politician admitted to writing a racist and homophobic letter to himself after previously claiming it was left anonymously in his mail box.

      Jonathan Lopez, 29, alleged he received the letter in late June, warning him that he was not welcome in the area and that people like him are killed in Umatilla County.

      It was signed, ‘Sincerely, America’.

      Hermiston Police revealed Monday that their investigation found Lopez penned the hate-filled rant himself and made false statements to the police and on social media.

      Police say the criminal investigation into the intimidation has now been closed but that Lopez may be charged for initiating a false police report.




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      If you’re copying your ideas from delusional antisemites in Mooseturd Alaska who post on SV, you probably need a better source of inspiration.

      "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable". - John F. Kennedy

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      where the story was published. They are fast. πŸ™‚

      They are called 'human' rights not "if politicians do not feel threatened" rights. Many politicians see national sovereignty/security as more important because they protect their power and wealth. Human rights often do just the opposite.

      National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not resolved with more national sovereignty.

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      n late 2017[24] and again in April 2018, a Twitter user @Jamie_maz[25] reproduced posts written between 2007 and 2009 on Reid’s former blog “Reid Report” which, as The Nation described it, “us[ed] the trope of gay sex to mock politicians and journalists.”[26] Following criticism, Reid apologized, calling the posts “insensitive, tone deaf and dumb.”[27] A second batch of posts gained attention, which described kissing between men as disgusting to straight people, accused gay men of being “attracted to very young, post-pubescent types”, and declared opposition to same-sex marriage. In one post, Reid wrote about her views: β€œDoes that make me homophobic? Probably.”[28] Reid claimed she did not remember making those posts, and asked lawyers to investigate if her blog or its archives might have been hacked,[25] though Wayback Machine, where the posts had been found, said it detected no evidence of hacking in the archived versions of her site.[25] The second batch of posts prompted LGBT advocacy group PFLAG to rescind its plan to give Reid an award,[29] and The Daily Beast to suspend future columns from her.[30][31] An analysis published by that website thoroughly disputed her claims of being a victim of hacking.[31] Reid opened the April 28, 2018, edition of AM Joy with an apology.[32] Responses to her apology tended to be divided along party lines.[33]

      In April 2018, blog posts from 2005 through 2007 were brought to public attention. According to the Washington Post, Reid encouraged her readers to watch the 9/11 film Loose Change and appeared to support Iranian hostility to Israel.[34] Another controversial post, this one from 2007, used a photoshopped image of Senator John McCain superimposed on the body of 2007 Virginia Tech University gunman.[35] In June 2018, Reid formally apologized, saying she had evolved in the years since she wrote the posts: “I’m a better person today than I was over a decade ago. There are things I deeply regret and am embarrassed by, things I would have said differently and issues where my position has changed. Today I’m sincerely apologizing again.”[36] The MSNBC network expressed its continued support, saying in a statement that some of the blog posts were “obviously hateful and hurtful”, but that they were “not reflective of the colleague and friend we have known at MSNBC for the past seven years”[36] and that “Joy has apologized publicly and privately and said she has grown and evolved in the many years since, and we know this to be true.”[34]


      In July 2020, MSNBC announced that Reid would host The ReidOut, a new Washington-based weeknight show in the 7 p.m. Eastern time slot vacated in March by Hardball host Chris Matthews’s retirement.

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      @babel17 Who knows which one? Not I. All I know is that some pasted material triggers reports, for all of us mods get the emails, but there’s never a reason given for the flagging.

      Nvwino cleared the report on this one as soon as she saw it.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

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      Babel 17
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      For the clearance, and the heads-up.

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