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A viral Russian election video has been blasted as homophobic after the presence a gay man at your house was included in the parade of terrors caused by not voting.

The clip, watched more than 3 million times on Facebook, is set on the night before Russia’s March 18 election, in which Vladimir Putin is expected to be reelected easily.

A portly husband dismisses his his wife’s desire to vote in the election, and says that her vote does not matter before he falls asleep and begins to dream.

The waking nightmare he finds himself in the next morning because of his apathy includes walking to the kitchen to find a “gay on a homestay,” part of a program where Russian families are forced to support LGBT people who don’t have partners.

The gay man, seen eating a banana, later appears in bed next to the clip’s middle aged protagonist before he wakes up.

Other “evils” pointed out by Russia viewers included military conscription for those up to 60 years old, a black man in the military, reminders of a Soviet youth program, massive inflation and rationed time to use the toilet.

But the targeting of LGBT people, who face discrimination in most of Russia including a ban on parades and “gay propaganda” since 2014, has earned the most attention both in local political circles and abroad.


Who is helped by awful videos like this?


Putin is certainly going to win but he wants to make sure the turnout is not so low that people will question the legitimacy of the election

Don midwest

UK thinker, journalist, theater, activist, etc in a short interview about why Jeremy Corbyn has gained traction. Same reasons that Bernie did.

why is European left struggling

Hint: the left has to walk away from neoliberal economics

Don midwest

looks like I will have to directly post the link

Don midwest

wow! this was even better than using the link option at the top of the page

has it always been like this if one just posts a link in a comment?


Corbyn gaining traction, which is why the knives are out for him too.

He’s being smeared constantly as a communist, a spy and one Tory even compared him to British MI6/KGB agent Kim Philby (who defected to the Soviet Union in 1963).


and the Russians posted cool things about him is why he got so many votes.


If the hill weren’t steep enough, Mr. O’Rourke also has refused to hire outside consultants or pollsters, and he will only accept contributions from individuals. He has no interest in using big data. When he tells this to Democratic colleagues in the House, some have simply turned and walked away from him, unable to take him seriously.

But there is power in the giant-killer narrative and signs that his anti-campaign playbook campaign is working. He raised $2.4 million in the last quarter, and gets applause when he notes that was $500,000 more than Mr. Cruz took in.

He has a restless energy that has put him in 217 of Texas 254 counties, driving tens of thousands of miles, fueled by bad coffee and Hostess cupcakes that supporters bring him.

In Lufkin, he was greeted with chants of “Beto, Beto, Beto.” His campaign took in $1,258 in checks and cash dropped into a large jar.

“I think he can win. I think he can inspire Texans,” said Susan McCulley, adding, “we’re not just mad, we’re scared.”

Another supporter, Ferryn Martin, said, “In 2010, the Tea Party was mad. This year, we are mad.”

His theory of the case is that he can make the sale in rural Texas in part simply by showing up. If he can cut down Mr. Cruz’s margins there and generate energy in urban precincts and suburbs, he can become the first Democrat since Lloyd Bentsen in 1988 to win a Texas Senate seat.



President Trump encouraged Pennsylvania Republicans on Tuesday to challenge the state’s new congressional map in court, saying that the original map — deemed unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court — “was correct.”

“Hope Republicans in the Great State of Pennsylvania challenge the new ‘pushed’ Congressional Map, all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary,” Trump tweeted. “Your Original was correct! Don’t let the Dems take elections away from you so that they can raise taxes & waste money!”

Trump’s tweet came a day after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court unveiled a new congressional map that increases Democrats’ electoral chances in several districts currently held by Republicans.

The state Supreme Court ruled last month that the previous congressional map was unlawfully gerrymandered along partisan lines, and ordered a new map to be drawn.

Pennsylvania Republicans requested that the U.S. Supreme Court stay that decision, but that request was ultimately rejected earlier this month. Republicans in the state have said that they plan to take the issue to federal court to try to block the new map from taking effect.


trying to make it past the elections?



Efforts to find solutions to the opioid epidemic have managed to stay mostly above the fray of partisan politics. But inject the issue of immigration into just about anything these days and even the pretense of unity evaporates.

The hearing by the House Judiciary Committee’s immigration subcommittee was triggered by complaints from Nick Rodgers, president of the Denver police union, that Denver’s sanctuary city ordinance — which discourages officers from communicating with federal immigration authorities — is impeding efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

Trouble is, it turns out there’s precious little evidence to back that up. In fact, the Denver Police Department itself disagrees with Rodgers.

Things quickly devolved into a series of partisan barbs.

“It would seem to me that if tomorrow morning everyone magically woke up in their home country where they could legally reside, it would immediately stop all the illegal drug distribution in America,” said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, at the Feb. 15 hearing. He was responding to comments by Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., that Republicans “delight in scapegoating immigrants.”

Multiple law enforcement and policy experts characterized King’s comments as “insane,” “ridiculous” and “outrageously stupid.” In general, they said the hearing appeared designed to allow those who are already opponents of sanctuary cities to use the opioid crisis to bolster their arguments.


Top comment about RussiaGate by Jordan, formerly of TYT Politics. I got this from his twitter feed since I couldn’t post the link:

Gee must have imagined the 75-125 campaign rallies/debates/ conventions I covered & thousands of voters I interviewed in 2016. Maybe Russian bot infiltrated my body and/or microphone & I this couldn’t get the objective perspective that Russian bots aren’t why @HillaryClinton lost


Thank you Alan Cumming — who has a home here in Delaware Cty! — for your support in restoring our democracy, here in #ny19 and all around the country #uniteny19 #jeffbealsforcongress


I guess the 5-4 conservative SCOTUS once in awhile knows when to stay away from a possible politically charged case:

he Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear a challenge a California law that requires there be a 10-day waiting period after all gun sales, even if the person is already a registered gun owner.

California’s “cooling off period,” is the second longest in the country, according to court documents and was enacted to give state authorities time to run a background check and give individuals who might want the firearm to harm themselves or others an opportunity to calm down.

Only eight other states and the District of Columbia have any kind of waiting period.

Two California residents Jeff Silvester and Brandon Combs, who already owned guns legally, challenged the application of law along with two nonprofits — The Calguns Foundation Inc. and The Second Amendment Foundation Inc.

They argued the waiting period is unconstitutional when it’s applied to ‘subsequent purchasers’—individuals who already own a firearm according to California’s AFS database or have a valid concealed-carry license, and individuals who clear a background check in less than ten days.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed. It said the 10-day waiting period is a reasonable safety precaution for all purchasers of firearms and need not be suspended once a purchaser has been approved.


Well, Clarence Thomas withstanding. Anthony Scalia’s dybbuk still remains in Thomas.


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C99 has been going nutts over the latest in the Russiagate mess. I’m finding out that leading FRightwingnut pukeheads like the Atlantic Council have their nasty little propaganda lies added to the mix. I’ll say it again. I am glad I avoid Twitter and FB like the plague. I cannot believe people are so gullible and stupid! 🙁 T and R to the usual TPW suspects!! 🙂


Do report back, OBF!


Way to go, orlbucfan!


Atlantic Council is a think tank to keep an eye on at all times. Like watching the leaves in a tree to see which way the wind is blowing.


what the atlantic council does…. :O)


I don’t get the fascination with the Russia thing, So this must be the first time someone has sent out a mountain of misinformation about a candidate? Hell Faux news does more damage spreading misinformation than anyone on the planet. Basically the US has done the same thing all over the world with its own covert cyber attacks against Russia ,China,NK ,Cuba and even against our allies. With the internet it doesn’t take a whole lot of work to find info to see if something is true or not. This Russia stuff is easily solved with our own cyber people returning the favor. Just like in the old days of each side expelling diplomats. The Russian trolls didn’t influence me not to vote for Hillary. She did that all by herself.



Mitt Romney happily accepted President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his run for a US Senate seat in Utah on Monday. Apparently, he’s gotten past the president’s comments about the KKK, Muslims, Mexicans, and people with disabilities from 2016 — comments that two years ago he said would make him reject Trump’s endorsements.

On Monday evening, Trump tweeted that he was backing Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and Republican candidate. Romney on Friday announced his plans to run for Senate in 2018 to take over retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch’s current seat. “He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to [Hatch], and has my full support and endorsement!” Trump wrote.

Romney responded with a grateful tweet of his own. “Thank you Mr. President for the support,” he wrote. “I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah.”


    Philadelphia unveils new ‘Hub of Hope’ for homeless

Hub of Hope is ready to unveil a major upgrade to an 11,000 square foot facility in SEPTA’s Center City subway concourse.

Project Home worked with the City of Philadelphia and SEPTA to create this first of its kind facility.

It is not a shelter, but rather a way to connect the city’s homeless to other services.

“This is the place where Philabundance and Broad Street Ministries can store the coffee and warm the food,” said Carol Thomas, Director of Homeless Services for Project Home. “The ultimate goal is to help get people off of the streets.”

There is even a medical facility, set to open in March, with doctors, nurses and behavioral health support.





No surprise. 🙁



David Zwick, a “Nader Raider” and clean water pioneer, dies

David Zwick was a student at Harvard Law School in the early 1970s when he joined a group of promising attorneys working with consumer activist Ralph Nader. He wound up heading a groundbreaking study of the nation’s water pollution and launching the first grass-roots clean water movement.

“If there was something important happening in the environmental movement during those early days, Dave Zwick was part of it,” said Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, a former co-director of the Minnesota chapter of Clean Water Action. “And he knew we needed local people involved.’’

Zwick devoted himself to grass-roots organizing, including door-to-door canvassing, to inform citizens and change government policies. It was a new approach in the environmental movement back then, Hornstein said.

“He recruited and trained a lot of people who went on to do environmental work,” said Peggy Ladner, who worked with Zwick at the national office and when Clean Water Action opened its Minnesota office.

“He amassed a small army of mainly young people,’’ said Ladner, now director of the Nature Conservancy in Minnesota. “He wanted to inspire folks and give them an opportunity to grow in their jobs.”


sympathies to another environmental angel.


This should be interesting:

Venezuela launches oil cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies messing with bank profits (and potential tax revenue) is bad enough, but using it to get around petrodollars? That might be a step too far. /s

President Nicolas Maduro has said each tokens will be backed by a barrel of Venezuelan crude. The Latin American country has the world’s largest proven oil reserves.

A total of 100 million Petros will be sold, with an initial value set at $60, based on the price of a barrel of Venezuelan crude in mid-January.


kinda cool.



Thank god. May it spread.


A subject near and dear to our birdie hearts, dental care. DSA taking up the fight.

    How Dental Inequality Hurts Americans

Lack of dental care through Medicaid not only harms people’s health, but has negative economic implications as well.

The article is thorough, but I’ll pick this quote out of it:

“Without adequate oral health care, patients are far more likely to have medical issues down the road.”

I mean, isn’t that the essence of it? I don’t understand why our teeth, which the last I knew are contained inside our very bodies, and one would think would therefore be considered to be part of healthcare. Right?


p.s. that guy at 4 o’clock with the purple jersey top with jeans? my heart goes out to him.

I went to one of those free mass dental care events once. Wow, what an experience. The place was mobbed, huge lines.

One particular takeaway-the people who were all there volunteering that day? so incredibly awesome. Was blown away to witness and experience so much goodwill.

From those who were guiding people along, to the interviewers, to more guiding, to techs, to dentists and so on, every step of the way, people were so caring. It makes me verklemp to even think about it.

Although one young intern was a bit of brat, but the doctor set him straight, hahaha. 😉


I’m going to the local community college for x-rays–i have a problem tooth but i need a full set of x-rays. Nice of my dentist to recommend that for me.


Around 35% counted doesn’t look good for Burns
Justice of the Supreme Court – Wisconsin

Tim Burns 36,084 16%

Rebecca Dallet 83,690 37%

Michael Screnock 106,857 47%

35% reporting (1219 of 3480 precincts)


Dang. thx.


Called for WSC
I would imagine that Burns will endorse Dallet for the April. Screnock is a Walker lap dog that defended Walkers act 10 in court in 2010

Justice of the Supreme Court – Wisconsin

Tim Burns 51,230 17%

 Rebecca Dallet 109,767 37%

 Michael Screnock 132,902 45%

44% reporting (1516 of 3480 precincts)

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