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The Democratic Party is not ready to change. I saw that when they put Pelosi back in as the Dem leader in the house. Here is a good example of the Senate Democrats again showing that they just can’t seem to sand up for what’s right.

A last-ditch effort in the Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the U.S. government’s hacking powers failed Wednesday, despite concerns the changes would jeopardize the privacy rights of innocent Americans and risk possible abuse by the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Democratic Senator Ron Wyden attempted three times to delay the changes, which will take effect on Thursday and allow U.S. judges will be able to issue search warrants that give the FBI the authority to remotely access computers in any jurisdiction, potentially even overseas. His efforts were blocked by Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the Senate’s second-ranking Republican.

Here is a link to the story at Reuters.



There’s a lot to be said for what Brother West commented on the Dem Party. I too wish Bernie would go third party, but he’s decided to invest in the Dems for now. I’m not convinced it can be saved either. But I do think Van Jones pushing “voters over donors” meme is worth repeating.


Left-wing MK defends DNC hopeful Ellison over anti-Israel criticism

Tamar Zandberg says Keith Ellison represents a progressive left that will include Israel in its ‘commitment to uphold certain values’

‘A left-wing Israeli Knesset member on Sunday spoke out in support of Keith Ellison, a Minnesota lawmaker in the race for chairman of the Democratic National Committee who has been accused of harboring anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views.

Citing a “personal source” familiar with the candidate, Meretz MK Tamar Zandberg said Ellison’s views on Israel were consistent with his progressive positions on other social issues.

“This kind of figure is exactly what the global left needs to combat the wave of populism on the right: a left that is clear and unapologetic, that connects between various struggles and minority groups, and one that certainly does not cede to a divide-and-conquer strategy,” she said in a Facebook post.

Ellison’s left, Zanberg said, does not “exclude Israel from its commitment to uphold certain values or get confused in thinking that supporting Israel means supporting the occupation.”

“The fact that the allegations of anti-Semitism have come from those who are willing to overlook the people giving the Nazi salute or the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan is frightening and grotesque,” she added, referring to behavior by supporters of president-elect Donald Trump.’


How did you embed links LD? (p.s. I hope you had a great weekend! 🙂 )


That’s great about the Oilbama’s pipeline but what about the wildlife habitat that’s already been destroyed? Is DAPL going to restore it?


I’m confused, everyone! This morning it is being reported that the Dakota Pipeline brought all their trucks and other construction rigs back to the sight, and the Army Corps of Engineers has only said that the pipeline should be moved away from the reservation, but will still be built. What is the truth, after having read that President Obama said the Army Corps of Engineers has denied the permit to continue with the pipeline construction.

Also being reported that Trump says he will reverse the decision to deny a permit to continue to construct the pipeline, and it was further reported that he has invested in the pipeline. This is another conflict of interest for President-elect Trump.

I don’t trust any news anymore. Who to believe? Yesterday, Bernie thanked President Obama for standing with the Army Corps of Engineers for denying the permit.


But then, there’s this:

North Dakota pipeline protesters vow to stay despite victory

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Protesters celebrated a major victory in their push to reroute the Dakota Access oil pipeline away from a tribal water source but pledged to remain camped on federal land in North Dakota anyway, despite Monday’s government deadline to leave.

Hundreds of people at the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires, encampment cheered and chanted “mni wichoni” — “water is life” in Lakota Sioux — after the Army Corps of Engineers refused Sunday to grant the company permission to extend the pipeline beneath a Missouri River reservoir.

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters argue that extending the project beneath Lake Oahe would threaten the tribe’s water source and cultural sites. The segment is the last major sticking point for the four-state, $3.8 billion project.

“The whole world is watching,” said Miles Allard, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux. “I’m telling all our people to stand up and not to leave until this is over.”



From Mr. Reich


“To date, Trump has picked an Attorney General who doesn’t believe in the Voting Rights Act; a Secretary of Heath and Human Services who doesn’t believe in government-provided health insurance; a Treasury Secretary who wants to “strip back” the Dodd-Frank Act, designed to prevent another bank meltdown; a Secretary of Education who’s against public schools; and, now, a Secretary of Housing and Urban Development who doesn’t believe in the Fair Housing Act.

Perhaps I’m old-fashioned, but I don’t think the Senate should confirm people who are on record as being against the laws they have a constitutional duty to implement.”


Jon Eagle Sr. added 3 new photos.

2 hrs · Fort Yates, ND ·

“I witnessed something powerful and profound today. Wes Clark Jr and the assembled veterans took a knee and collectively asked for forgiveness for the genocide and war crimes committed by the United States Military against tribal nations in this country. Leksi Leonard Crow Dog on behalf of the tribes in attendance accepted and asked for forgiveness for any hurt that might have been caused June 25, 1876 when the Great Sioux Nation defeated the 7th Cavalry. The last thing he said to the veterans was, “… and today we forgive and ask for world peace.” All the veterans replied in a single unified voice, “WORLD PEACE!!!!”

The Native Veterans filed through the ranks, shaking hands and giving each other hugs. There were alot of warriors with tears in their eyes.”

Tina Malia

5 hrs ·
“Just now: US Vets came forth and asked forgiveness from the First Nations people. There was not a dry eye in the room.”

If you have time, the facebook post below is a 20 min video that I found deeply touching. The person who is addressing and thanking the vets who came to Standing Rock talks about how some “warriors” came back from war wounded, some wounded “in your heart”, and he goes on to tell them all that he loves them.




Report from Standing Rock that Energy Transfer Partners intends to drill under Lake Oahe no matter what the Army Corps of Engineers says:


Well I wonder if Sheriff Kirchmier is going to sic his heavily armed police on the workers now that the decision has been made to halt?


Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier learned of the US Army Corp of Engineers’ decision to deny the final easement of the Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota and determine an alternate route.

“I have stated from the beginning that the easement is a federal decision and local law enforcement does not have an opinion on it,” Sheriff Kirchmeier said. “Our role is to enforce the law and that is what we will continue to do.”


I was wondering the same thing, Humphrey.

If ETP just keeps drilling, which law enforcement agency would stop them?


The DEFINITION of Chutzpah (found in my spam email, from TOP):

Ad revenue alone can’t support Daily Kos—and it hasn’t for a few years now. The business of online media changed, and we changed with it. Contributions from readers like you make up more than a third of our annual revenue, and Daily Kos needs to raise $262,516 to close the books on 2016.

Site stats show them tanking, they’re broke, and now they want money from me. Sorry, I’ll give my charity dollars to the Sioux nation and TYT.




Native American reservations cover just 2 percent of the United States, but they may contain about a fifth of the nation’s oil and gas, along with vast coal reserves.

Now, a group of advisors to President-elect Donald Trump on Native American issues wants to free those resources from what they call a suffocating federal bureaucracy that holds title to 56 million acres of tribal lands, two chairmen of the coalition told Reuters in exclusive interviews.

The group proposes to put those lands into private ownership – a politically explosive idea that could upend more than century of policy designed to preserve Indian tribes on U.S.-owned reservations, which are governed by tribal leaders as sovereign nations.

Wow! just Wow! This would not go down very well!

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