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jcitybone

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/david-perdue-cell-phone-student-georgia-tech_us_5bc4250ae4b0bd9ed55b926a?utm_source=reddit.com

Georgia Sen. David Perdue (R) reportedly grabbed a cell phone from a university student who was questioning him about potential voter suppression in the state, in a tense encounter captured on video this weekend. The senator’s office later characterized it as a misunderstanding.

The clip, uploaded to Twitter on Saturday by Georgia Tech’s Young Democratic Socialists of America chapter, shows a student walking up to Perdue to ask him about his appearance on campus to endorse Georgia secretary of state Brian Kemp (R) for governor. Kemp is in a heated battle with Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams, and drew scrutiny last week after the Associated Press reported that his office had frozen 53,000 voter registrations ahead of the midterm elections, more than 70 percent of which were linked to African Americans.

Abrams has accused her opponent of using his office to “maliciously … suppress the vote for political gain and silence the voices of thousands of eligible voters” ― claims Kemp has denied.

In the video, the student walks up to Perdue and asks about his support of Kemp, saying: “Hey, so, uh, how can you endorse a candidate…”

Before the man can finish his question, Perdue appears to grab the phone while saying “I’m not doing that.”

“You stole my property,” the student fires back. “Give me my phone back, senator.”

Perdue later gives the phone back, saying something about the student wanting “a picture,” and walks away as the man reorients his camera and follows the senator for a bit.

orlbucfan

The FRighties are just stirring the fire more and more. It could and should backfire on them in 3 weeks.

la58

Vote totals.It gives me hope that turnout will be good.

jcitybone

https://www.theroot.com/nypd-under-fire-for-not-arresting-alt-right-group-seen-1829740088

Over the weekend, videos and photos of the alt-right group the Proud Boys beating up protesters outside a Republican event in New York City on Friday have been shared thousands of times on social media. But, according to multiple accounts, none of the attackers have been arrested by the NYPD, despite multiple officers being on the scene that night.

At least 30 members of the Proud Boys, a frat-like alt-right group started by Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes in 2016, participated in the beatdown of three protesters, reports BuzzFeed News. While police were on the scene to break up the fight, which happened near the Metropolitan Republican Club in Manhattan, the group was allowed to disperse. Police didn’t question anyone on the scene or take them into custody.

In recordings of the fight, threats and homophobic slurs can be heard as the group descends on the vastly outnumbered protesters.

jcitybone

https://www.thedailybeast.com/nypd-looks-to-charge-9-proud-boys-with-assault-for-manhattan-fight?ref=home

The New York Police Department has determined it has evidence to charge nine members of the right-wing group Proud Boys and three protesters with counts of rioting and attempted assault. The brawl between the two sides erupted a few blocks from the Metropolitan Republican Club after a speech there by Proud Boys leader Gavin McInnes.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said Monday police recovered multiple videos of the incident and have spoken to witnesses and sources as they work to put together what took place in the moments after Proud Boys and associates waled out of the club on the east side of Manhattan.

polarbear4

Thank you, William Hartung!

Jobs Are No Excuse for Arming a Murderous Regime

And this applies to so many areas. Let’s get ethical! (to the tune of Let’s Get Physical, Olivia Newton-John).

And an interesting bit:

Military procurement generates fewer jobs than virtually any other form of economic activity, and many of the jobs associated with U.S. arms sales are created overseas in the purchasing nation as a condition of the sale. For example, as part of Mohammed bin Salman’s much-touted economic plan, the goal is to have a full 50% of the work generated by Saudi arms imports done in the kingdom by 2030. U.S. firms are already jumping to comply with this mandate by setting up subsidiaries in Saudi Arabia and signing off on the assembly of U.S.-supplied weapons there.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/411403-warren-reminds-trump-he-offered-1-million-if-she-proved-her-native-american

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday called out President Trump over his offer to pay $1 million if she could prove she had Native American heritage.

In a series of tweets, Warren told Trump to send a check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, which supports Native American victims of sexual violence.

“NIWRC is a nonprofit working to protect Native women from violence,” Warren said. “More than half of all Native women have experienced sexual violence, and the majority of violent crimes against Native Americans are perpetrated by non-Natives. Send them your $1M check.”

Earlier Monday, Warren publicly released the results of a DNA analysis that “strongly support” that she has Native American ancestry.

polarbear4

:O)

wi60

I wont take long for someone to question the test and say “Fake News” “Fake Test” some BS along those lines, Besides I don’t expect Trumpcorp to pay up.

polarbear4

Trump Is Just One Player in a Much, Much Larger Tax Story
That big ‘New York Times’ expose should most of all remind us that upper-class tax evasion has been the norm for a generation

Taibbi.

The Trump era has produced some stellar investigative reporting, but some of it yields an uneasy feeling. The relentless focus on Trump as the center of our media universe has left huge segments of the population with the impression he’s a cause, not a symptom, of our problems. He is a rich scumbag who cheats on taxes, not the rich scumbag who cheats on taxes.

If anything, the awesome amount of ink spilled about him as a symbol of upper-class impunity has furthered the deception described in this Times story as having begun in the Seventies, when he took reporters on tours of his quasi-fictitious “jobs.”

Trump is a person with a lot of money, but compared to tax-renouncing firms like Microsoft, Bank of America and Facebook — and even the executives running them — he’s a nobody, a putz. It’s great that we’re unmasking at least one person from that world. But please, let’s let it be just a start.

jcitybone

Well if the Saudi king says so. Rogue killers right in the Saudi embassy. Who would have imagined that?

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/411411-trump-says-rogue-killers-could-be-to-blame-for-saudi-journalist

President Trump on Monday suggested Saudi Arabia might not be responsible for the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, the president said “rogue killers,” and not Saudi officials, may have gotten to Khashoggi.

“It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers, who knows,” Trump said.

Trump cited no specific evidence to back up his claims, but noted his conversation with Saudi King Salman, suggesting that had been the source.

Trump said Salman offered a “flat denial” of the accusation that the Saudi government was responsible for Khashoggi’s disappearance and apparent death.

“The denial was very strong. It wasn’t like there was a question in his mind. The denial was very, very strong,” Trump said.

polarbear4

And how many are lapping that up, partly bc we don’t really teach critical thinking, especially to the poor?

jcitybone

Trump says ‘it doesn’t matter’ how Christine Blasey Ford was treated because ‘we won’

During a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday, President Trump was asked if he thought it was respectful to mockingly mimic sexual assault survivor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at one of his political rallies, prompting thousands of people to boo her.

Trump responded by saying it doesn’t matter, because the man she accused of assaulting her — Brett Kavanaugh — was ultimately confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Benny

Don’t even get me started on that interview.

orlbucfan

Glad I avoid the boob tube.

polarbear4

How the Wealthy Destroy Public Schools, One Gift at a Time
“What billionaire donors all have in common…is their devotion to blaming schools and educators for problems posed by educating low-income children.”

The impact of not fully funding Title I is startling. At full funding, the nation’s highest-poverty schools could provide health and mental health services for every student – including dental and vision services – and these schools would have the money to hire a full-time nurse, a full-time librarian, and either an additional full-time counselor or a full-time teaching assistant for every classroom.

State and local governments contribute to underfunding too by keeping in place tax systems that chronically short schools, particularly those that educate low-income students, mostly of color. Two school districts in Illinois are highlighted – one where 80 percent of students are low-income and gets about $7,808 per pupil in total expenditures, while another, where 3 percent of students are low-income, spends $26,074 per student.

The disparities were made worse after the Great Recession in 2008, when most states slashed taxes for funding schools and often gave bigger tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy, while many local governments rolled out tax abatement programs that exclude corporations and developers from paying taxes that fund public schools.

A fairly packed article pulling in different strands.

‘Hijacked by Billionaires’

In its report, “Hijacked by Billionaires: How the Super Rich Buy Elections to Undermine Public Schools,” the Network for Public Education examines state and local elections that affect education policy the most – such as school board, mayor, ballot referendums, state superintendent, and governor – and finds, “Some of America’s wealthiest individuals collaborate to hijack the democratic process by pouring millions of dollars into state and local races, often in places where they do not live.”

The report spotlights 9 case studies of state and local elections, accompanied by 10 interactive maps (two for Louisiana), that show the intricate networks of dark money activated by the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and state election loopholes

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orlbucfan

Classic example: DeVos Crime Family and the state of Michigan.

jcitybone

Every little bit helps in a close race

http://m.startribune.com/legal-marijuana-now-candidate-endorses-keith-ellison-for-attorney-general/497572521/

A third-party candidate for Minnesota attorney general is endorsing Democrat Keith Ellison in the tight race.

Noah Johnson, a Minneapolis attorney who’s running for the Grassroots-Legal Marijuana Now party, said in an interview Sunday that he is throwing his support behind Elison because the congressman called for the legalization of marijuana.

“There seems to be a respectable amount of support for my cause,” Johnson said. While his name will still appear on the ballot, he said he’ll try to steer his supporters to Ellison before Election Day.

“I think that’s a better idea than risking splitting the more enlightened side of the vote and risking Doug Wardlow being elected, which would not help our cause, certainly,” Johnson said.

Johnson’s candidacy has received little attention, but he did get support from five percent in a Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota Poll last month. That was the same margin by which Ellison was leading in the poll, which showed the Democrat with 41 percent and Wardlow, a Republican, with 36 percent of the vote.

polarbear4

You Are Not Hallucinating – Hurricane Leslie Is Headed Toward Spain And Africa

When you look at the latest projected track of Leslie, places like Portugal, Spain, and Morocco appear on the map. If you want to know just how odd this track is, consider a social media post from my colleague Dr. Tom Gill at University of Texas – El Paso. Tom wrote on his Facebook page,

From the weather weirding department: (Citing a NOAA hurricane discussion at 5:00 am AST) “a tropical storm warning has been issued for (Madeira)) island. It is the first known tropical storm warning for that place, and there are no known tropical storms in the historical record anywhere within 100 miles of that island, with the closest being Vince of 2005.” And there is a lonnnnnnnnnnnng historical record in Madeira. Perhaps the first tropical cyclone to ever directly impact Madeira in its long history. Yep, the weather patterns are changing.

My bold.

jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/oct/15/yemen-on-brink-worst-famine-100-years-un

Yemen could be facing the worst famine in 100 years if airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition are not halted, the UN has warned.

If war continues, famine could engulf the country in the next three months, with 12 to 13 million civilians at risk of starvation, according to Lise Grande, the agency’s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen.

She told the BBC: “I think many of us felt as we went into the 21st century that it was unthinkable that we could see a famine like we saw in Ethiopia, that we saw in Bengal, that we saw in parts of the Soviet Union – that was just unacceptable.

“Many of us had the confidence that would never happen again and yet the reality is that in Yemen that is precisely what we are looking at.”

Benny

jcitybone

Barbra bashes Trump in her new music video

polarbear4

Moving! I hope it prods him to feel some compassion. I fear he will sneer and laugh.

These people that hate so many others–somewhere inside, they hate themselves. The trouble is, they are the last people to seek help in finding and loving that hidden place and so they go on hurting themselves and everyone else.

Streisand’s song does a good job, though, of at least pleading in a somewhat compassionate way, of at least asking him to look for those places.

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