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LieparDestin

orlbucfan

T and R, Benny (and LD)!! 🙂

jcitybone

https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/is-the-fight-over-brett-kavanaugh-really-good-news-for-the-gop

Before anointing Kavanaugh as the savior of the Republican Party, it is worth taking a breath or two. The anger among conservatives over how he has been treated is real enough, and it could help some Republicans in red-state Senate races where Democrats are already embattled, such as North Dakota. But the backlash against Kavanaugh’s confirmation among liberals and moderate voters, particularly women, will surely carry even greater intensity. In the weeks leading up to November 6th, it could give a boost to Democratic candidates everywhere, particularly in suburban areas, where the balance of power in the House of Representatives will be determined.

That makes a Democratic takeover of the House, and the power of subpoena, even more likely than it is already, which can hardly be classified as good news for the G.O.P. and Donald Trump. Moreover, when Kavanaugh takes his seat on the bench, he won’t be going anywhere for decades, good health permitting. He’ll sit there in the Supreme Court Building, his very name a permanent rallying cry for Democratic activists and fund-raisers, and a reminder to everyone of the manner in which the Republican leadership and the Trump White House steamrolled him onto the Court.

But even if we concede that the battle over Kavanaugh has got the Republican base riled up, we also have to take into account its impact on the Democratic base, especially younger voters, who tend to produce low turnout rates in midterm elections. One Democratic supporter told me last weekend that, although he personally hoped Kavanaugh’s candidacy would be struck down, the ideal outcome for the Party would be for the Republicans to railroad it through on the basis of a sham F.B.I. investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct. That is what is now happening.

polarbear4

This has to be an alternate reality. West Wing Bubble. There is no way Kavanaugh on the bench is a good thing for anyone.

magsview

Well, it’s good for SOME people. Those who make their living off of political fund raising for example, people who run PACS. Money in politics has corrupted the process to the nth degree.

polarbear4

True. I mean good in the literal sense, in that what they might see as good for their careers is not really good. I am so bummed….

magsview

Oh I know sweetie, what you meant, and I agree with you!

I shouldn’t have even responded to your comment. I’m really bummed too and my anger got the better of me. {HUG}

polarbear4

No, I welcomed your comment! It’s true! And what’s even weirder is that there’s an article saying so with a straight face. Baby asleep. Dishes in washer. 😜 using phone 📱.

magsview

That’s kind of scary to me, that some people are secretly hoping Kavanaugh is confirmed, so as to rile up voters more, and theoretically improve performances of midterms.

That’s quite a deal with the devil, imo. A kind of party before country thing. I think that’s highly unfortunate.

I have an image in my head of a lot of hurting and/or angry women all across the country being manipulated. 🙁

polarbear4

It’s like how Hill wanted the media to pump up Trump, thinking he was unelectable. Karma, as you say. It also goes to show how little difference there really is that they would think Kavanaugh or anyone like him is acceptable for our country.

LieparDestin

http://amp.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article219485220.html

Israel has denied entry to a University of Florida graduate, citing the student’s involvement with a group that urged a boycott against the country for its policies toward Palestinians, according to reports.

Haretz and The Times of Israel said that, 22-year-old Lara Alqasem, a U.S. citizen with Palestinian grandparents, was prevented from entering Israel after she arrived at Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday.

Alqasem had been granted a student visa from the Consulate General of Israel in Miami to study in a master’s program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Haaretz reported. The visa was valid for a year.

The Consulate General confirmed on Thursday that the visa was issued in Miami.

Lior Haiat, the consul general of Israel in Miami, told the Miami Herald in a statement: “Every country has the sovereign right to decide who is admitted to enter its borders. Once we realized that Ms. Alqasem is involved in anti-Israel (and anti-Semitic) activities through the BDS movement, she was denied entry. She appealed to the Israeli courts and the case is still being reviewed. We find it ironic that someone who calls on the indiscriminate boycott of Israel, as a tool to harm and destroy the State of Israel, wishes to study in the very country which they call to boycott.”

Reports from Israel say Alqasem was detained, and held, at the airport by the Population, Immigration and Border Authority, which manages security at Israel’s borders, because she had served as president of Students for Justice in Palestine when she was a student at the University of Florida in 2016-17.

magsview

Wah, wah, wah, what a whiner that person Lior Haiat is.

BDS is not intended to “harm and destroy” Israel, it’s intended to twist Israel’s arm a bit, so they do right by Palestinians instead of stealing their land, inflict irreparable damage to millions of Palestinians’ lives, and in many cases literally murdering them,

No Israelis will be ‘destroyed’ if they don’t get to see a pop singer perform.

LieparDestin

LieparDestin

magsview

polarbear4

But the FBI and the Repubs are saying, “lalalalalalala” with their fingers in their ears. What a great and honest country.

LieparDestin

LieparDestin

LieparDestin

polarbear4

Bernie–Wal Mart!!

magsview

Walmart would be even better, McDonald’s are all franchises.

LieparDestin

Florida red tide sweeps away Republican Rick Scott’s Senate poll lead

Barely a month ago, Republican Rick Scott held a clear lead in the race to become Florida’s next US senator. Now a tidal wave of toxic algae threatens to engulf the campaign of the outgoing state governor, whom critics have dubbed Red Tide Rick.

Wildlife officials confirmed on Thursday that the same deadly algae bloom that overran Florida’s south-west coastline this summer, killing dolphins, fish, manatees and turtles and devastating the area’s tourism industry, had washed ashore on several Atlantic coast beaches.

The arrival in the busy waters off Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties of the Karenia brevis organism that causes red tide marks a significant escalation of a naturally occurring phenomenon that many believe has been worsened by Scott’s environmental policies.

His detractors, including the incumbent Democratic senator Bill Nelson, have pounced on Scott for years of rolling back environmental protections and slashing funding for Florida’s water management agencies by $700m. They say the devastating scale and spread of this year’s disaster is a direct result of Scott’s lax attitude to polluters.

Nor is red tide the only problem. Outbreaks of blue-green algae are still choking many of Florida’s inland waterways to the south and west of Lake Okeechobee, with abnormally high levels of the toxin microcystin recorded in several areas. Like red tide, the freshwater algae blooms occur naturally but are fuelled by fertilizers and other industrial pollution in water run-off from farming and sugar production activities in the Everglades.

orlbucfan

It bears repeating. Nelson is a conservative not a FRightwingnut. His enviro cred is well deserved. It’s why I have no qualms voting for him. Sick Rott? Burning him alive in hot oil is too good a fate for him, and the other biped pieces of dung like him.

wi60

Orl feel free to take walker along with him

orlbucfan

We’ll need a big tank for all that boiling oil needed to fry the garbage.

wi60

Who knows orl with the toxic slime on those two it may not take much to ignite it 🙂

magsview

“naturally occurring”…

jcitybone

“They Count on You Not Knowing:” Socialists Blow the Whistle on Democratic Party Donor Class

At the moment, David Crane is very insistent that my own California Assembly District 15 needs to be represented by a former White House staffer named Buffy Wicks. With the help of nearly $500,000 in primary spending by Govern for California, Wicks placed first in a field of 10 Democrats and one token Republican in June. She is enthusiastically backed by former President Obama, US Senator Kamala Harris, US Congressman Ro Khanna, our soon-to-be governor Gavin Newsom, and two prominent Democratic mayors, Libby Schaaf from Oakland and London Breed from San Francisco.

In the AD 15 run-off this fall, Wicks faces stiff, if under-funded, competition from Jovanka Beckles, a two-term Richmond city council member. Beckles is a leading East Bay critic of big money in politics who belongs to DSA and the Our Revolution-affiliated Richmond Progressive Alliance. (For more on Beckles, see: https://jacobinmag.com/)

Fortunately for the cause of voter education in AD 15 over the next five weeks, East Bay DSA has taken Crane’s warning–“they count on you not knowing”–very seriously. But not quite the way he intended. Last month, a group of DSA volunteers unveiled buffywicks.money, a whistle-blowing website designed, in part, to debunk Wicks’ repeated claim that she doesn’t take “corporate money.” In creative, humorous, and suitably outraged fashion, this model intervention in local electoral politics puts a human face on the “high dollar” donors, industry associations, and “independent expenditure” groups financing her run for office (to the tune of $1,450, 783 so far).

Buffywicks.money is worth replicating elsewhere because the corporate Democrat in question is hardly sui generis. In an article entitled ‘The Baton Got Dropped’:Obama Alums Rush to Finish What He Started,” Politico recently reported that Wicks is part of broader wave of Obama-inspired candidates now running for non-federal office in order to “usher in the progressive era that was promised.”

polarbear4

Fool me once….

orlbucfan

YUPPIES (newer version) on parade. Spare me!

magsview

“may” being the operative word, of course.

How the California wildfire firefighters may have rescued net neutrality

In late July, firefighters in Santa Clara County, California were stretched to the breaking point as they took on raging wildfires in the Mendocino hills, which were spreading fast, nearly 30,000 acres within hours at one point. It was the largest fire on record in state history. Firefighters were overwhelmed with laying down containment lines in steep inaccessible areas when they were suddenly presented with a new challenge–the loss of communications.

Verizon virtually cut off the internet connection to a vital command and control vehicle used to receive calls for help and to coordinate firefighters and equipment. The company had throttled down the broadband connection to that vehicle (known as “OES 5262”) to 1/200th of its normal speed. One fireman said the service became basically unusable, cutting off firefighters from vital emergency communications.

Why? Because the fire department had maxed out its monthly data allotment during the emergency. “Verizon representatives confirmed the throttling, but, rather than restoring us to an essential data transfer speed, they indicated that County Fire would have to switch to a new data plan at more than twice the cost,” said Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden in a court filing, “and they would only remove throttling after we contacted the department that handles billing and switched to the new data plan.” It took four weeks to resolve the matter, and Verizon’s only solution was to up-sell the fire department to a more expensive data plan.”

“This situation has nothing to do with net neutrality . . .” Verizon said in a statement. “We made a mistake in how we communicated with our customer about the terms of its plan.” But Verizon had been shamed, and later announced it would lift the data caps on all California emergency response vehicles.

As expected, the Trump administration responded (as it had before on the California immigration law) with a lawsuit. The Department of Justice, acting on behalf of the FCC, immediately filed an injunction on Sunday to stop SB-822 from taking effect January 1, 2019.

“Within minutes of Governor Brown signing our net neutrality bill into law, Jeff Sessions came out of his cave and sued California to strike down the law,” Wiener said in a statement.” A few days later, four large broadband industry lobby groups also filed suit for an injunction, including USTelecom (telcos), the CTIA (mobile broadband carriers), the NCTA (large cable companies), and the American Cable Association (small and mid-size cable companies).” As Ars Technica‘s Jon Brodkin puts it, “the entire broadband industry” is lining up to stop California’s net neutrality law.

magsview

Latest: Jury convicts Chicago officer of 2nd-degree murder

A jury has convicted white Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

Van Dyke was charged with first degree-murder in the October 2014 killing, a charge that requires a finding that the shooting was unnecessary and unreasonable. The judge told jurors the second-degree charge was also available, requiring them to find Van Dyke believed his life was in danger but that the belief was unreasonable.

It’s the first time in half a century that a Chicago police officer has been convicted of murder for an on-duty death.

A reminder that Laquan was shot in the back as he walked away from the officer.

magsview

This trial may set the standard, going forward, for these kinds of cases.

Too many of the police officers are charged with first degree murder. That allows them to get away by just saying that they thought their lives were in danger.

jcitybone

https://www.salon.com/2018/10/05/so-its-true-republicans-really-do-hate-women/

We saw the truth of Manne’s theory play out throughout this Kavanaugh hearing. Oh, we heard so much about how Kavanaugh loved the silent, smiling women and girls who were brought out to flank him at every public appearance. A great deal of attention was paid to letting us know exactly how much Kavanaugh adores the women who populate his world and take orders from him, such as his law clerks and the girls on the basketball team he coaches.

But when women started saying no to him and started speaking up, he got red-faced, screaming and self-pitying. Republicans in Congress were so deeply moved by his performance because they, too, cannot believe these women who think they have a right to speak out. That was why it had to be Brett Kavanaugh, rather than substituting in some other right-wing judge with equivalent qualifications and fewer allegations of drunken sexual assault. Because Republican misogyny is not an act, and the party and its followers eagerly seized this opportunity to put women in their place.

magsview

You might find this interesting orlbucfan.

State political candidates owe millions in student loan debt

Summary:

The Sun Sentinel reviewed the personal financial disclosures of every major party state Senate, state House and statewide political candidate in the 2018 midterm, more than 240 documents in all. Wealth inequality, it seems, is just as much an issue for politicians as it is for the public.

The following are not necessarily the wealthiest or poorest politicians in Florida — half of the 40 state Senate seats are not up for election this year, for example — but rather the high- and low-water marks for candidates running this year.

Of the 10 wealthiest candidates, eight are Republicans. Of the 10 poorest, seven are Democrats, and eight of them show a negative net worth due to large student loans.

I LOVE how the author, Dan Sweeney, used financial disclosures to point to both the issue of inequality AND the student loan crisis. Clever.

Candidates for state office in Florida owe millions of dollars in student loans, a reflection of a soaring student loan debt crisis affecting young people across the country.

State candidates owe an eye-popping $3,826,920 in student loan debt, based on a review of all the candidates’ financial disclosure forms. That includes 243 major-party candidates running for state House, state Senate and the statewide offices of governor, lieutenant governor, chief financial officer, agriculture commissioner and attorney general.

Student loan debt is everyone’s problem, especially in a state as reliant on property taxes as Florida, (Emma) Collum said.

“A big problem with this is that in making a long term investment in my education … it’s the equivalent of mortgage payments a month,” she said. “This is what keeps folks life (sic) myself from investing in the real estate market and being larger consumers.”

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magsview

The Kavanaugh nomination has left no one unsullied

Grassley moving, ‘Kavanaugh’s nomination at a feverish pace, refusing to wait even for the National Archives to supply all the pertinent documents from Kavanaugh’s years in President George W. Bush’s administration. Their haste made it seem as if they were trying to hide something’,

Feinstein, ‘Sen. Dianne Feinstein could not have made a bigger mess of Ford’s allegations had she tried’,

Kavanaugh, ‘can be forgiven for getting angry and feeling unfairly attacked. But unleashing his inner rage monster and spewing vitriol and threats at Democrats on the panel? That went beyond unseemly and straight into unfit-to-wear-a-robe territory’,

Kavanaugh didn’t, ‘help matters during his first round before the Judiciary Committee by giving less-than-forthcoming answers to questions about important legal issues’,
and which, ‘laid the groundwork for later Democratic attacks on his candor’,

Graham, ‘whose over-the-top attack on Feinstein and other Democrats on the Judiciary Committee set a new low for partisan rancor’.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/la-ol-enter-the-fray-the-kavanaugh-free-for-all-leaves-no-one-1538753929-htmlstory.html

I can’t agree with all of the author’s assertions, but the ones up top seem on point. I would have added at least one more-Cory Booker.

Didn’t see much of it live, but what I saw of Booker was, to be polite, inept. Democrats in general should have expressed some of their own righteous indignation, imo.

The way they just sat there and took it, took it when Kavanaugh bellowed, took it when Graham went into hysterics, was pathetic. They should have focused more on the lying than the drinking. And they should have insisted on answers.

They didn’t look like a team, just a bunch of out-of-touch people angling for exposure to satisfy their lust to be president, or their precious need to be civil in Feinstein’s case.

And you know what? I was hoping to see a much better performance by Kamala Harris. She was very disappointing. I thought that might be her milieu. But she’s just another ambitious empty suit.

And if the Democratic party continues to support Manchin? stick a fork in it, cuz it’s done.

wi60

Manchin is part of the Neolib DNC problem.

orlbucfan

Like I’ve written many times, the Democratic Party may be the longest lived one in American history. So what? Nothing stopping it from going extinct like the others before it. I vote on issues, not party.

wi60

Its the one critter that I wouldn’t shed a tear if it went extinct

humphrey

I am adding a few tweets that seem quite fitting for today’s results.

humphrey

BTW Schumer appointed this dolt to a leadership position.
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https://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/306333-schumer-elected-senate-dem-leader-sets-leadership-team

Democratic senators on Wednesday elected Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.) to replace retiring Sen. Harry Reid (Nev.) as their leader.

One of Schumer’s first acts as leader was to expand the Senate Democratic leadership team by recruiting three new members and selecting two women to serve in senior positions.

The other two additions to the leadership team are Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), who is openly gay, and Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), one of the most centrist members of the Democratic conference.

Baldwin will serve as Senate Democratic Conference secretary, while Manchin will serve as vice chairman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Center.

polarbear4

Centrist my ….

TheLeftistheCenter

Well central between the moderate right dems and the far right repubs AKA average republican

wi60

Manchin? he’s a closet R

humphrey

Let’s hope that the money is put to good use.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/minutes-senator-collins-announced-her-205616100.html

A website collecting money to fund a rival to Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine crashed on Friday shortly after she announced she would vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
The site was created to raise money for whoever decides to challenge Collins for her Senate seat in 2020.
Minutes after Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine announced her decision to vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a site raising money for Collins’ eventual opponent in her 2020 reelection bid crashed

humphrey

polarbear4

Let’s hope Bernie shoos someone in there quick! or BNC or JD–someone!!

orlbucfan

Question: how come Maine voters kept re-electing such a worthless female yahoo?

LieparDestin

I first started growing disillusioned in DKOS back when Shenna Bellows was running in 2014 and they wouldnt do much to promote her. She was a fabulous candidate and I hope she runs again someday.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shenna_Bellows

Ultimately though I seriously wouldnt be opposed (and would back quite strongly) a Stephen King candidacy as well. Hes quite a progressive.

humphrey

LOL! Caitlin responds to a Hilbot.

humphrey

Another reason to hope that Feinstein loses in November.

humphrey

Poor Joe Manchin. He sells his soul to the Republicans but gets no respect. HA!

humphrey

What a two faced sack of s**t!

jcitybone

orlbucfan

Guess who just recently bought the WSJ(oke)?

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