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Benny

Benny

magsview

Kaplan, ex-White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy for GWB, is supposedly a personal friend of Kavanaugh’s.

The part about no one being “happy” about Kaplan sitting “front and center” at the hearings is probably just because facebook people probably would have preferred that Kaplan’s support be more on the down low.

But, have you noticed?, they’re all getting more bold about their power, their connections, their agendas. It seems as though they don’t see as much need to hide it anymore.

Torabs
Torabs

It’s getting to the point to where progressives in tech are going to have to scrutinize the conflict between their values and those of the people they work for. At the least, I would hope they are encouraged to start participating in movements against the oligarchy.

wi60

Interesting stat, that 50 senators representing 143 million American’s voted Kavanaugh on the court, meanwhile 48 senators representing 183 million American’s voted against Kavanaugh. Gerrymandering works !!! and to think of all the R’s that continually say that were a representative democracy well it certainty looks like that a minority of people made the decision for the majority.

jcitybone

Unfortunately, the gerrymandered Senate is set in the Constitution.

Benny

Benny

Florida gubernatorial hopeful knocks Trump for making political jabs while hurricane approaches

Gillum’s comments followed a visit by Trump to Orlando, where he spoke to a gathering of law enforcement officials. While there, the president also talked up the Republican candidate in the governor’s race, Rep. Ron DeSantis, during a television interview and criticized Gillum for his stewardship of Tallahassee, where he’s mayor.

“His opponent runs a place that has a lot of problems, and I know it very well, but it’s got a lot of problems, tremendous corruption, tremendous crime,” Trump told WFTV without mentioning Gillum by name.

Referring to Gillum’s embrace of several liberal policies, Trump later asserted that if he prevails over DeSantis — who has Trump’s strong endorsement — “Florida will become another Venezuela, and that is not good.”

orlbucfan

The orange imbecile is just another PR attraction in a state saturated with them. The storm/climate damage are now grabbing center stage. You notice azzhole hasn’t been down at Mar-a-whatever lately? Michael is now a cat 2-3 and having fun in a very warm bath called the Gulf. My sis lives inland in the Panhandle. She is battening down the hatches and getting ready. She will be safe. I am in east central FL so no danger here. We will just get bands of rain. T and R to the usual TPW suspects!!

magsview

“Florida will become another Venezuela”? Is Trump planning on placing sanctions on Florida to squeeze the state dry and planning to overthrow Gillum should he be elected?

humphrey

I wonder if the Trump administration is drawing up contingency plans to overthrow Gillum (if he happens to win) like they have for Venezuela?

orlbucfan

tDump is just a bloviating bag of hot air. Notice he hasn’t been at his Palm Beach digs lately? Red tide in the background doesn’t work real well in a visual sound bite.

wi60

Gotta be killing him not to go their as its a comfort zone for him

jcitybone

Why taking over the House is crucial

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-blue-wave-next-month-could-be-the-start-of-a-progressive-sea-change/2018/10/09/99c80efe-cb3a-11e8-920f-dd52e1ae4570_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.5f4fc7346c77&utm_source=reddit.com

“Only in the darkness can you see the stars,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. taught us. Now, even in the bleak night of Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, there are stars that offer hope. If Democrats take back the House in next month’s elections, the Congressional Progressive Caucus — already one of the largest and most diverse values-based caucus in the Congress — will make certain it won’t be business as usual. The CPC will have the leaders, even greater numbers, a compelling reform agenda and increasing institutional muscle to drive the debate — while exposing the corrosive corruption that pervades every corner of the Trump administration.

The CPC has 78 members; after November, it is likely to number more than 90. The CPC PAC has endorsed 41 candidates this cycle; more than a dozen are shoo-ins, and virtually all of the remainder are running in seats that are in play. Twenty-two are on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “Red to Blue” list of targeted races. If Democrats pick up the 23 seats they need, progressives will be leading the way. And in a Democratic-majority Congress, CPC members are in line to chair a stunning 13 committees and 30 subcommittees.

polarbear4

It’s true, we will get more true progressives into the CPC, and hopefully the new popularity of more progressive policies will give the more “centrist” progressives room to move to the left, and if Lee gets to chair it, that will be awesome.

I’m hoping Raul Grijalva does not have a hard time this year.

jcitybone

This poll finds a Kavanaugh bump and it’s not for the Republicans. Women prefer Dems by an astounding 63-33, while men prefer Republicans 50-45.

https://www-m.cnn.com/2018/10/09/politics/cnn-poll-midterms/index.html?r=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.reddit.com%2Fr%2Fpolitics%2Fcomments%2F9mqkca%2Fcnn_poll_democrats_are_fired_up_and_maintain_a%2F

Four weeks out from Election Day, Democrats remain well ahead of Republicans in a generic ballot matchup, with 54% of likely voters saying they support the Democrat in their district and 41% backing a Republican, according to a CNN poll conducted by SSRS.

This year, Democrats’ enthusiasm about their congressional vote has increased and 62% now say they’re extremely or very enthusiastic to vote, up seven points since September among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents. Among Republicans and Republican leaning independents, enthusiasm has remained relatively steady, going from 50% in September to 52% in the most recent poll.

Democratic enthusiasm this year is more intense than it has been in previous midterm cycles, which typically engage voters less than presidential years. The 40% who call themselves “extremely enthusiastic” is the highest share to say so in a midterm election cycle since CNN first asked the question in 2009.

wi60

Please please for the future of the planet show up and vote!!!!! Trumpcorp will deny climate change even if his resort was 10 ft under water

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/410510-voter-registration-surges-after-taylor-swifts-instagram-post

Vote.org says it has seen an unprecedented flood of new voter registrations since Taylor Swift on Sunday broke her career-long silence on politics to encourage her 112 million followers to register to vote.

“We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift’s post,” Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for Vote.org, told Buzzfeed News in a report published on Monday night.

“Vote.org saw [Tennessee] registrations spike specifically since Taylor’s post,” Guthrie continued.

She also discussed her support for LGBTQ rights and condemned racism.

“I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country,” Swift wrote. “I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”

“I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love,” she added.

polarbear4

well, good!

humphrey

It is sad that this is what it takes to get involved. But overall this is a good result.

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2018/10/09/can-taylor-swift-inspire-nonvoting-young-vote-you-bet/?utm_source=reddit.com

Swift, who is 28, has shrewdly created a bridge to voting from that established commitment to volunteerism. Her Instagram post Sunday referred to specific issues that millennials like her care about and connected them to Democratic congressional candidates in her home state of Tennessee, citing a voter registration website and a Tuesday deadline. Vote.org, the website she linked to, reported nearly as many new Tennessee registrants in the 36 hours after the singer’s post as in the entire month of September, and more than double the number from August. Nationally, the site reported nearly 156,000 unique visitors in the 24 hours since her post — second only to the numbers on National Voter Registration Day — and 65,000 registrations.

A causal link has not been established, but there’s a pretty good chance that at least some of that spike is attributable to Swift. She has built a relationship of admiration and mutual respect with a social media following that is three times the size of President Trump’s and exceeds the population of all but a handful of countries. She can reach that audience directly with her voter registration message, going beyond the college campuses, the home of traditional registration efforts in her peer group.

If Step 1 was getting her fans to register, Step 2 is encouraging them actually to vote. In her post, Swift outlined the issues that drew her into the political arena after a lifetime spent determinedly outside it. Channeling the fear about the future that two-thirds of her generation faces, Swift connected her “Tennessee values” to critical votes that a member of Congress takes, chipping away at one of the most significant barriers to voting, which is seeing the tangible impact that participation can make.

Young voters in Tennessee can stand with Swift, for example, when she supports candidates who will fight for “ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love,” as she wrote in her post. Swift said the Republican candidate for Senate, Marsha Blackburn, had a voting record in Congress that “appalls and terrifies me.” Specifically: “She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry.” Therefore, Swift wrote, she would be voting for former Tennessee governor Phil Bredesen (D) for Senate and Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives.

polarbear4

Hope she likes Bernie.

jcitybone

Short answer: Trump supporting, regular churchgoers lie about their racism and xenophobia.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/10/09/regular-churchgoing-doesnt-make-trump-voters-more-moderate-it-makes-them-more-enthusiastic-for-trump/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.deb535dbf162&utm_source=reddit.com

So here’s another possible explanation. We suspect that people are responding to these surveys with the responses they think are more socially desirable — not with their actual feelings. Religious congregations expect their members to conform to a set of beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. Religious voters are likely to be highly tuned to social norms — like racial inclusion and support for the refugee — that leads them to say they support minority groups and immigrants. At the same time, many American congregations strongly support Trump and expect members to view him loyally. That powerful social norm is what we’re seeing expressed in these surveys.

orlbucfan

The idiot X-tian Fundies have 2 triggers: abortion and guns. They really are that aggressively stupid. Believe me, I know. Hypocrites? Sure, but they are too brainwashed to ‘get it.’ Pathetic.

wi60

The usual god, guns and gay routine campaign speech is all they need to hear from their congresscritter

magsview

Most of the church-going conservatives I know voted for Trump mostly just because he was the one on the Republican ticket, and Republicans tend to be very loyal to their party.

But at least one church-going/religious conservative that I know, an ex-police officer, is definitely pro-Trump. But they’re all at least a little bit racist and xenophobic. I’ve heard it from their own mouths. And that’s with them being careful about how they talk around me because I can tell that they all suspect I wouldn’t approve if they let it all hang out!

humphrey

I like this new ad.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/410567-ad-mocks-cruz-for-making-up-with-trump-if-somebody-called-my-wife-a-dog-i

Filmmaker Richard Linklater and the liberal-backed Fire Ted Cruz PAC are mocking the Republican Texas senator over the amends he made with President Trump after their nasty 2016 presidential primary fight.

In a new ad, which was released on Monday, actor Sonny Carl Davis mocks Cruz over his claimed toughness, quipping, “if somebody called my wife a dog and said my daddy was in on the Kennedy assassination, I wouldn’t be kissing their ass.”

“You stick a finger in their chest and give em a few choice words,” Davis said. “Or you drag their ass out by the woodshed and kick their ass, Ted. C’mon, Ted.”

Benny

This is the same director of “Boyhood” and one of my favs with Jack Black, “Bernie”.

polarbear4

So awful that he will, apparently, win the runoff vote. Glenn doesn’t say anything about the election process itself, so maybe Brazilians have been fooled into this, in a way, wanting out of some economic hardship, actually brought on by the very policies this man so admires (remind us of anyone?) and believing that Lula is truly corrupt? Media?

Greenwald says he is much worse than Trump. I don’t understand, once again.

His policy prescriptions were even more deranged. Western media has often referred to him as “Brazil’s Trump” but that is wildly inaccurate, understating the case by many magnitudes. In temperament, ideology, and personal history, Bolsonaro – a former Army Captain during Brazil’s notorious 21-year military dictatorship – is far closer to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte or Egyptian dictator General Abdel El-Sisi than Trump.

His primary solution to the nation’s crime epidemic is to unleash the military and police into the nation’s slums and give them what he calls “carte blanche” to indiscriminately murder anyone they suspect to be criminals, acknowledging many innocents will die in the process. He has criticized monsters such as Chile’s Pinochet and Peru’s Fujimori – for not slaughtering more domestic opponents. He has advocated that mainstream Brazilian politicians be killed. He wants to chemically castrate sex offenders. In all respects, the hideous Brazilian military dictatorship that took over Brazil and ruled it for 21 years – torturing and summarily executing dissidents, with the support of the US and UK in the name of fighting Communists – is his model of governance.

jcitybone

I wonder if Greenwald will have to flee Brazil if Bolsonaro wins. What a disaster.

polarbear4

i hadn’t thought of that. and others, apparently.

is this what we’re coming too? If we can’t change the leadership in time, where will we go? if you are older and not particularly successful, you are not all that welcome in many of the best places to go.

magsview

There’s a very large Brazilian community in my town, and this guy sounds like he’ll cause another wave of immigrants. But they won’t be able to come here with Trump’s hard line on immigration.

orlbucfan

As bad as it is here, I would not want to be in Brazil. The most popular political candidate is imprisoned. If his supporters vote for him, he will win. That happens and he’s still in jail, that country will blow up. It’s scary.

polarbear4

I’ve read my limit, but if you can still read the New Yorker articles, this might be a good one:

Rural Georgians Want Medicaid, but They’re Divided on Stacey Abrams, the Candidate Who Wants to Expand It

humphrey

There is likely a workaround once you reach the limit. It all depends on which browser you are using.

polarbear4

negotiators, mediators, yes!

humphrey

This would simply be awesome to view in person.

polarbear4

This is beautiful.

humphrey

Get ready for the price gaugers!

humphrey

BTW The latest updates on hurricane Michael.
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wi60

Bend over America should be the push big oil needs to push prices over $3.00 a gallon in our area.

jcitybone

The silver lining to higher gas prices is that voters may blame the party in power. I think the Trump administration has been working with the Saudis to keep prices from going up after the Iran mess it created.

polarbear4

BREAKING: Google opted not to disclose its discovery of a bug in Google+ that exposed the data of hundreds of thousands of users, a WSJ review found
https://t.co/LO7w2FHQoy

— WSJ Tech (@WSJTech) October 8, 2018

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

polarbear4

Apparently Google is shutting plus down.

humphrey

A bit late if you ask me. Plenty of people have already been compromised.

humphrey

Putting the history of the Supreme Court in perspective.

humphrey

It is not wise to believe what the flim flam President says.

Benny

Trump skirts tax laws to get rich and this woman dies in prison because she couldn’t make bail.

polarbear4

sympathies. sickening.

jcitybone

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/texas-senate-race/article219732670.html#storylink=cpy

CNN is shining a light on three of the “most consequential races” in 2018 — including the Texas bid for U.S. Senate — through debates or town halls in the coming weeks.

But Texans won’t get to see incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso face off in this series.

“Sen. Ted Cruz (R) declined CNN’s invitation to participate in the town hall,” a CNN statement noted.

So O’Rourke will be featured in a live, one-hour town hall with CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash in South Texas on Oct. 18.

humphrey

Is Ted afraid of Beto?

wi60

Hell Beto would not only clean Cruz’s clock he reset it. No respect for a politician that chickens out of a debate

orlbucfan

That seals it for Beto. Cheers to LD/Benny. You native Texans are getting a good/young progressive senator. 🙂

jcitybone

https://www.wral.com/beto-o-rourke-may-benefit-from-an-unlikely-support-group-white-evangelical-women/17904271/

After church on a recent Sunday, Emily Mooney smiled as she told her girlfriends about her public act of rebellion. She had slapped a “Beto for Senate” sticker on her SUV and driven it to her family’s evangelical church.

But then, across the parking lot, deep in conservative, Bible-belt Texas, she spotted a sign: the same exact sticker supporting Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat who is challenging Sen. Ted Cruz.

“I was like, who is it?” she exclaimed. “Who in this church is doing this?”

Listening to Mooney’s story, the four other evangelical moms standing around a kitchen island began to buzz with excitement. All of them go to similarly conservative churches in Dallas. All are longtime Republican voters, solely because they oppose abortion rights. Only one broke ranks to vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016. But this November, they have all decided to vote for O’Rourke, the Democratic upstart who is on the front line of trying to upend politics in deep-red Texas.

polarbear4

that’s what i’m talkin bout!

jcitybone

It wouldn’t have been overturned, but why did only Ginsburg and Kagan dissent?

Supreme Court Makes It Harder for Tribal North Dakotans to Vote

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a lower-court order requiring voters in North Dakota to present certain forms of identification and proof of their residential address in order to cast a ballot in next month’s elections. A case challenging this requirement on behalf of the state’s sizable Native American populations alleged that the requirement would disenfranchise tribal residents, many of whom lack the proper identification and do not have residential addresses on their identification cards.

The Supreme Court’s order will likely make it harder for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, considered the most vulnerable Democrat in the Senate, to retain her seat in November. Heitkamp won her seat by less than 3,000 votes in 2012 with strong backing from Native Americans, and she is the only statewide elected Democrat. North Dakota Republicans began changing voting rules to make it harder to cast a ballot months after Heitkamp’s victory six years ago. Republicans have claimed the changes to voter ID requirements are intended to stop voter fraud, even though in-person fraud is exceedingly rare.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was sworn in on Monday, did not partake in the decision, and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan dissented.

jcitybone

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/09/politics/bernie-sanders-foreign-policy-speech/index.html

Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders — one of multiple lawmakers discussed as possible presidential candidates in 2020 — offered a line-by-line rebuke Tuesday of the current foreign policy stances that President Donald Trump has taken, saying Trump is inspiring “authoritarian leaders around the world.”

“While this authoritarian trend certainly did not begin with Donald Trump, there’s no question that other authoritarian leaders around the world have drawn inspiration from the fact that the President of the world’s oldest and most powerful democracy is shattering democratic norms, is viciously attacking an independent media and an independent judiciary, and is scapegoating the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society,” Sanders said in a speech focusing on countering authoritarianism.

Weaving in familiar themes of economic inequality, stagnating wages and climate change — issues he campaigned on as a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 — with newer actions and themes taken by Trump’s administration in the last year, Sanders described “two competing visions for the future.”

“On one hand, we see a growing worldwide movement toward authoritarianism, oligarchy and kleptocracy,” Sanders said. “On the other side, we see a movement toward strengthening democracy, egalitarianism, and economic, social, racial and environmental justice.”

humphrey

Will it ever end?

polarbear4

poor kid.

humphrey

It appears that Trump is against reform of thuggish Police departments.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-police-chicago/trump-administration-to-oppose-chicago-police-reform-plan-sessions-idUSKCN1MK03Z?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social

(Reuters) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday the Justice Department would oppose a proposed consent decree to reform the Chicago police department in response to misconduct allegations after the slaying of a black teenager by a white officer.

Sessions said in a statement the Trump administration was concerned the agreement could lead to a spike in crime in the third-largest U.S. city.

His statement came a day after President Donald Trump pledged to end a “crime spree” in Chicago and urged the city to loosen restrictions on stop-and-frisk tactics by police.

The police reforms are a response to misconduct allegations that emerged after black teenager Laquan McDonald, who was armed with a knife, was shot 16 times by white police officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014. Van Dyke, 40, was convicted of second-degree murder last week.

polarbear4

bc if you don’t kill black kids crime will spike. check.

polarbear4

Turkish Officials Say Khashoggi Was Killed on Order of Saudi Leadership

“The official described a quick and complex operation in which Mr. Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate by a team of Saudi agents, who dismembered his body with a bone saw they brought for the purpose.

“It is like ‘Pulp Fiction,’” the official said.”

humphrey

Nothing to see here!

humphrey

I can see the results already.

This will be the conversation.

Trump: Did you kill Khashoggi?

MBS: No!

Trump: OK I believe you. Now are you going to buy more weapons?

humphrey

Another tidbit.

humphrey

I agree with Jimmy. The positive press for Haley makes no sense.

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