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polarbear4

Facebook’s New Propaganda Partners

Media giant Facebook recently announced (Reuters, 9/19/18) it would combat “fake news” by partnering with two propaganda organizations founded and funded by the US government: the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI). The social media platform was already working closely with the NATO-sponsored Atlantic Council think tank (FAIR.org, 5/21/18).

I just want to cry. If we’re going to have social media that spans the globe that takes sides, can we please start a progressive one? Or bring back the fairness doctrine and include social media in media? please?

Facebook’s collaboration with the NED organizations is particularly troubling, as both have aggressively pursued regime change against leftist governments overseas. The NDI undermined the Sandinista government of Nicaragua in the 1980s, and continues to do so to this day, while the IRI claimed a key role in the 2002 coup against leftist President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, announcing that it had

served as a bridge between the nation’s political parties and all civil society groups to help Venezuelans forge a new democratic future…. We stand ready to continue our partnership with the courageous Venezuelan people.

The Reuters report (9/19/18) mentioned that Facebook was anxious to better curate what Brazilians saw on their feeds in the run-up to their presidential elections, which pits far-right Jair Bolsonaro against leftist Fernando Haddad. The US government has a long history of undermining democracy in Brazil, from supporting a coup in 1964 against the progressive Goulart administration to continually spying on leftist President Dilma Rousseff (BBC, 7/4/15) in the run-up to the parliamentary coup against her in 2016 (CounterSpin, 6/2/17

more at link.

Torabs
Torabs

It blows my mind how people rely on social media to get news. Of course these are usually the same people who “don’t trust big government,” trusting a multi-billion dollar corporation that sees them as suckers to exploit.

polarbear4

Family asks Arizonans to please NOT vote for their relative.

these things, like the UN laughing at Trump, give me hope. Although Trump will probably do something dastardly after that embarrassment.

polarbear4

Facts and opinions from John Atcheson in Harbingers: Florence, Forest Fires, and the Future

In establishing carbon budgets, the IPCC used a series of probabilities for staying below the target temperature of 2 C (3.6 F). The probabilities they used were a 66 percent likelihood of meeting the target, a 50 percent likelihood of doing so, and a 30 percent likelihood. What this actually means is that 66 percent of the models forecast temperatures below the target level, or 50 percent of them do, or 30 percent of them do.

Notice what’s not included in the carbon budgets the IPCC considered: a confidence level of 100 percent or even 90 percent. Now, think about this for a moment. We are using margins of safety for the future viability of our planet’s life-support systems that we wouldn’t tolerate in almost any other area of our life. Would you board a plane with a 33 percent chance of crashing? Cross a bridge that has only a 66 percent chance of holding up? No. You wouldn’t.

So why is the 100 percent probability of making our goal not included in the IPCC’s scenarios — or the 90 percent probability for that matter? Answer: because we’ve already blown past the carbon emissions that would achieve either one. So now, we’re stuck with the planetary equivalent of taking risks equal to playing Russian roulette with two bullets in the chamber. You’d think this would be a big deal, something worth talking about.

But of course, you’d be wrong.

Tell us what you really think, John.

I call Bullshit on the anti-doom and gloomers. Again, standard risk management strategies suggest we use the utmost caution – which is to say, assume the worst, and spare no expense in adopting policies which will prevent an outcome that is potentially ubiquitous, cataclysmic and irreversible. Nothing, with the possible exception of an all-out nuclear war, fits that category better than climate change

…It’s hard to compete with Trump’s daily outrages, or the Republican Congress’s epic hypocrisy. And make no mistake, they pose a clear and present danger to the institutions that sustain what’s left of our democracy. And the Democrats’ internal battle for identity – a fight between progressive values and the same old money ball politics – is endlessly fascinating.

But the consequences of the inside-the-beltway political games, interesting as they are, pale in comparison to the consequences of ignoring or underestimating the consequences of climate change. An ecologically viable planet capable of sustaining civilization is, after all, a prerequisite to all the other games humans play.

polarbear4

Building on mags’ post yesterday,

To Fight Climate Threat and ‘Greed-Is-Good’ Capitalism, Corbyn Offers ‘Radical Plan to Rebuild and Transform’ UK

Closing out the Labour Party’s annual conference on Wednesday, Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn vowed to end “greed-is-good” capitalism and “kick-start a green jobs revolution” as part of his “radical plan to rebuild and transform” the United Kingdom.

“Ten years ago this month, the whole edifice of greed-is-good deregulated financial capitalism, lauded for a generation as the only way to run a modern economy, came crashing to earth with devastating consequences,” Corbyn said in his speech. “But instead of making essential changes to a broken economic system, the political and corporate establishment strained every sinew to bail out and prop up the system that led to the crash in the first place.”

Links to vid and tweets.

jcitybone

Newest accuser signs sworn statement accusing Kavanaugh of participating in gang rapes of women, including her.

jcitybone

https://www.newsweek.com/brett-kavanaugh-gang-rape-avenatti-julie-swetnick-1139745

A third woman is now accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, claiming the judge used to participate in “gang” or “train” rapes in high school.

Julie Swetnick, a client of Michael Avenatti, alleged that Kavanaugh, his friend Mark Judge and other boys used to spike the punch at house parties in order to cause women to lose their ability to “say ‘no.'” The incidents happened during the years of 1981 and 1982, she said.

Swetnick said that she personally witnessed the efforts made by the boys to “cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be ‘gang raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of numerous boys.” She added that she has a “firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms” waiting for their turn with the girls. “These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh,” she said.

wi60

The R’s will ram Kavanaugh through no matter the political cost to them, they will sacrifice the mid terms and the presidency in 2020 for it knowing that they will have a 5-4 vote in their pocket for a long long time. With that being said once the R’s are done with the dog n pony show of letting Ford speak. I wonder after this is over can the FBI still can do an investigation and if they find credible info on Kavanaugh that he was lying can he be removed from his position.

orlbucfan

He can as he’s already on tape lying under oath. So was Roberts and Alito, and Clarence Thomas. As long as the FRighties call the shots, nothing changes. They aren’t held accountable by the citizens. So, why change?

polarbear4

i so hope you’re wrong. repubs need to write their congress critters.

jcitybone

https://apnews.com/3b0c96afc41140929608ffc65847b62a/Ford's-lawyers-submit-4-affidavits-backing-up-assault-story

Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyers said Wednesday they have given the Senate sworn affidavits from four people who say she told them well before Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination that she had been sexually assaulted when she was much younger.

And according to all four, she either named Kavanaugh as the assailant or described the attacker as a “federal judge.”

At the U.N., meanwhile, President Donald Trump said on the eve of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Kavanaugh and Ford that Republicans “could not be nicer, could not be more respectful” in their treatment of Ford. He described his nominee as “an absolute gem” and said he probably would have pushed for faster confirmation rather than waiting for Ford’s testimony.

jcitybone

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/26/merkley-injunction-stop-kavanaugh-vote-843080

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Wednesday will announce that he’s seeking an injunction in federal court designed to stop a final vote on Brett Kavanaugh, asserting an obstruction of his constitutional duty to advise and consent on nominees.

Merkley’s still-pending filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia comes as Senate Republicans vow to push ahead with a vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee in the coming days — and hours before a landmark hearing slated with Christine Blasey Ford, who has alleged a decades-old sexual assault by
Kavanaugh

Merkley’s bid for an injunction hinges on the Senate’s constitutional duty to provide advice and consent on nominees and charges that he’s been prevented from fulfilling that due to the withholding of records on Kavanaugh’s past service in the George W. Bush administration.

polarbear4

OK. All is forgiven. I officially love Merkley again. 😉

jcitybone

He had claimed he was a virginal choir boy

Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh will tell the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that although he sometimes drank too much and “was not perfect” in high school, he adamantly denies the allegations that he sexually assaulted a fellow student at a party in the 1980s.

“I drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends. Sometimes I had too many. In retrospect, I said and did things in high school that make me cringe now,” Mr. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, will tell the committee, according to prepared remarks released by the committee on Wednesday. “But that’s not why we are here today. What I’ve been accused of is far more serious than juvenile misbehavior.”

jcitybone

Hi everyone. Back from a great trip to Portugal. Beautiful country.

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polarbear4

Thanks and welcome back! Always fun to take a vicarious trip. :O) When you have time, would you please name them?

jcitybone

The photos are from the monastery in Alcobaça, a Street view and the Convent of Christ in Tomar (the favorite town I visited) and the Moorish castle in Sintra. Here are some more from Tomar

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polarbear4

Thanks!

orlbucfan

Please do, jcbone. I always wanted to go there. I was never attracted to Spain or the other countries nearby. Portugal was/is the exception. 🙂

magsview

I was just going to ask you if you had an nice fish dishes then I took a peek at your pics. Thanks for sharing!

polarbear4

From https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/09/26/warnings-us-attack-iran-after-cartoon-villain-rhetoric-john-bolton-and-trumps

“Rouhani opened the door to speaking with Trump at the U.N. General Assembly this week following the attack, but the president brushed off the possibility of a meeting, calling Rouhani “an absolutely lovely man” but saying Tuesday that he had no plans for talks—going against the wishes of more than 50 foreign policy leaders who urged Trump to forgo his administration’s aggressive tactics and engage with Iran diplomatically.”

jcitybone

https://poll.qu.edu/florida/release-detail?ReleaseID=2573

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democrat, crosses the key 50 percent threshold and leads former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis 54 – 45 percent among likely voters in the Florida governor’s race, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

This compares to a too-close-to-call outcome in a September 4 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll, showing Mayor Gillum with 50 percent and DeSantis with 47 percent.

Women and independent voters are the main drivers of Gillum’s lead:
Women back the Democrat 59 – 39 percent, as men are divided, with 51 percent for DeSantis and 48 percent for Gillum.

Independent voters back Gillum 56 – 40 percent. Republicans back DeSantis 90 – 9 percent. Gillum leads 96 – 2 percent among Democrats.

Black and Hispanic voters also contribute to the Democrat’s lead, as black voters back Gillum 98 – 2 percent and Hispanic voters support him 59 – 41 percent. White voters back DeSantis 53 – 45 percent.

orlbucfan

Polls are ridiculous. They never reflect voters like me.

polarbear4

Joseph Stiglitz and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Talk Social and Economic Justice

omgosh. i had to post before reading. I’m off for a bit.

polarbear4

just a tidbit: some great quotes from AOC. strong!

“We know that NAFTA really set up the slide of the Democratic Party for thirty years,” she said, faulting the policy for creating environmental imbalances and exacerbating economic inequality. “Gains of trade should be enjoyed by all workers who helped create those gains,” she insisted.

Both Stiglitz and Ocasio-Cortez emphasized that issues of race, the economy, and the environment were intertwined. The candidate cited Hurricane Katrina, which battered New Orleans in 2005, as “disaster capitalism at its finest.” She decried a situation in which a city was allowed to be ravaged by a storm, neglected in recovery, and its people left worse off than they were before. She criticized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for focusing on rebuilding what was there before the storm instead of looking for sustainable solutions and a “just transition” that focused on people’s needs and updating infrastructure.

On racial and economic justice, Stiglitz added, “Martin Luther King put it very strongly that those two are really two sides of the same coin.”

jcitybone

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https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nikki-haley-donald-trump-united-nations_us_5bab7019e4b0f143d10ee8f4?m=false&utm_source=reddit.com

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday claimed President Donald Trump’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly a day earlier drew laughs because world leaders “loved his honesty” and “respect” him.

Trump’s boastful comment describing his administration as one of the most accomplished in U.S. history sparked laughter not because attendees of the annual summit found the remark ridiculous ― but because it was so “honest,” Haley said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”

“They loved how honest he is,” Haley said. “It’s not diplomatic and they find it funny. … When he goes and he is very truthful, they kind of were taken back by it.”

jcitybone

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/emilytamkin/diplomats-un-laughed-donald-trump

Donald Trump’s speech to the UN was met by widespread laughter, and diplomats have confirmed that their delegations were laughing at — not with — the US president.

“Sometimes, when we see a behavior or listen to arguments or notions that seem so far-fetched, unreasonable, or insane, there is almost natural reaction of laughing,” one Latin American diplomat said, speaking off the record so he could speak freely.

The diplomat added, “It is not laughing at a good joke, but a nervous laugh, or a bad joke turned laughable precisely because the guy who tells the joke doesn’t realize how bad it is.”

polarbear4

i guess someone, somewhere believes that.

hahahahhahahahahaha! listen to your gut, Trump. time to reflect, like LeftofCenter said.

orlbucfan

POX, huh? What a country we live in!

jcitybone

https://www.thecut.com/2018/09/kavanaugh-roommate-yale-dorm-room.html

In the fall of 1983, three weeks into his freshman year at Yale, Kit Winter switched dorm rooms. He had been sharing a room on the fourth floor of Lawrance Hall, entryway D, with a kid from Rhode Island named James Garman. But Garman was studious and Winter liked to stay up late, and they had heard about an unoccupied single in the basement. So they cooked up a scheme to tell the dean that they weren’t getting along, and Winter moved down to LD01, a three-man suite, where two rooms opened up onto a large living area. Winter took over the empty single. The double was already occupied. Jamie Roche, who has publicly supported Deborah Ramirez in her account of being sexually threatened by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, lived there. And so did Kavanaugh himself.

Especially disgusting was the shared bathroom, which was always covered in vomit. Kavanaugh and his crowd, whom Winter characterizes as “loud, obnoxious frat boy–like drunks” were the hardest drinkers on campus even back then, when hard drinking did not hold the stigma it does today. In a statement earlier this week, Roche recalled Kavanaugh “frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently drunk,” and Winter corroborates that recollection. “There was a lot of vomit in the bathroom. No one ever cleaned it up. It was disgusting. It wasn’t incidental. It wasn’t, ‘Oh, this weekend someone puked in the bathroom.’ People were constantly puking in the bathroom. Constantly.” Lori Adams, a retired psychiatrist in Underhill, Vermont, was a friend of Winter’s at Yale. “I remember,” she says, “that you couldn’t use the bathroom because his roommates vomited all over the floor and didn’t clean it up.”

jcitybone

From Bernie:

These are incredibly serious allegations now from three separate women who have publicly come forward. Given that this is the highest court of the land, with a life time appointment, this situation requires a full and thorough FBI investigation of the substantive allegations and Judge Kavanaugh’s candor during this process before any vote takes place. If President Trump is afraid of what that investigation will confirm or uncover then either Judge Kavanaugh should withdraw or Trump should withdraw the nomination.

I am also extremely disgusted with President Trump’s public disparagement of the women who at great risk to themselves have chosen to come forward.

orlbucfan

Wonder how bad the Bernster cringed when the orange ahole spoke to the U.N.?

wi60

Well for one thing Trumpcorp thinks that the world was laughing with him at the UN, apparently his staff hid the major newspapers headlines or social media from him saying the exact opposite. I’m wondering if our allies and the rest of the world will forgive America for electing this tool?

polarbear4

i can’t believe he doesn’t know, at least on some level. pretty high level. 😉 maybe not.

wi60

I’ve met people whom project themselves like trumcorp does. They often act with arrogance and they don’t care either its all abotu themselves. I’m sure just about anyone here probably knows people that are the same way

wi60

He deflected when a reporter asked what he would say if his daughter was a victim.

jcitybone

https://www.vox.com/2018/9/26/17907462/christine-blasey-ford-testimony-brett-kavanaugh-hearing

Christine Blasey Ford’s written testimony for Thursday’s Senate hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh begins with a stunning, simple summary of why she has come forward with an accusation of sexual assault against a man who could soon be one of the most powerful people in the country.

“I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified,” Ford writes in the testimony, which was posted online Wednesday afternoon. “I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school.”

jcitybone

And still another accuser

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/senate-probing-new-allegation-misconduct-against-kavanaugh-n913581

According to an anonymous complaint sent to Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, Kavanaugh physically assaulted a woman he socialized with in the Washington, D.C., area in 1998 while he was inebriated.

The sender of the complaint described an evening involving her own daughter, Kavanaugh and several friends in 1998.

“When they left the bar (under the influence of alcohol) they were all shocked when Brett Kavanaugh, shoved her friend up against the wall very aggressively and sexually.”

“There were at least four witnesses including my daughter.” The writer of the letter provided no names but said the alleged victim was still traumatized and had decided to remain anonymous herself.

jcitybone

Accuser #5

wi60

What people dont remember that Bill Cosby was found guilty on using date rape drugs to commit his assaults as allegations came out that were decades old as well. But how come I feel that the TPTB will tap dance thru this to get him on the bench. I can remember that Cosby was quoted as Americas dad at one time.

jcitybone

Definitely a pattern with drunken Kavanaugh acting badly—sometimes very badly

Bethesda resident describes “Culture of Privilege” leading to exploitation and abuse

Elizabeth said she infrequently saw Brett Kavanaugh during this time – often at house parties. “He was cute. He was always nice,” she said. One night she ran across an apparently inebriated Brett Kavanaugh and things went differently then. Previously, he had always been nice to her. “ But not that night. He was drunk. He was obnoxious and crude. I had a friend with me and we left. His football buddies were laughing at us. Maybe they were laughing at him, but I didn’t take it that way and they didn’t do anything to keep him from being a jerk.”

From that point on Elizabeth said she steered clear of Kavanaugh and didn’t see any more sexually explicit behavior because, “I didn’t want to be around those guys.” She was not present at the party described by Ford – or doesn’t believe she was. She also said she never saw Kavanaugh assault anyone.

But, from her experience, she said she has no problem believing Dr. Ford’s allegations and said Ford should be heard without politics being involved. “I don’t think that’s possible today. I’m afraid for my daughter. How do we make this less politicized? People are criticizing her for coming forward, but she moved to California. He wasn’t in her life. Now he’s everywhere and could be part of the Supreme Court. It was just high school, but that kind of trauma lasts and no one should be judged for coming forward as she did. It took great courage.

polarbear4

wi60

my computer skills are limited ,would anyone care to inform me on how to delete a comment of my own? reason being I commented on a post and it would’ve been better suited in a response here.

orlbucfan

It depends on the site rules where you commented. I’m not a cyber geek either, but there are certain functions that are spelled out. ‘Edit’ is one of the main ones. I am a NFL fan and I navigate thru a couple of commercial fan sites. If I can do it on them, anyone can do it. 🙂

wi60

it was here that I wanted to delete a comment and move it

orlbucfan

I know how to edit on here, but check with LD/Help on moving it if I understand what you’re asking correctly. 🙂 BTW, you a Packer fan? 🙂

wi60

I remember watching the Ice bowl sneak by Bart Starr when I was 9. (Gawd is was cold mom wouldn’t let us outside to play) I got to meet him the following season during training camp– my childhood sports idol.

polarbear4

Packers were a big team of my dad’s. (Old dad :))

wi60

America’s team back in the 60’s no doubt

orlbucfan

Only team owned by its fans. Yep, we’re talking socialism here. Bucs should have been the same, but the FRightwing NFL ownership screwed them and us. True story. I like the Packers cos of this fact. They’ve been awfully successful, too. 🙂

polarbear4

If I can, I “erase” my text and hit the reply button again, and sometimes it disappears. If not, I write, “deleted” after I edit, and save.

polarbear4

Kavanaugh, From the same AOC/Stiglitz convo.

On an evening in which news of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, had flooded the headlines, Schiffrin asked the candidate to weigh in on this topic and the position of women in the country. Ocasio-Cortez said the situation with Kavanaugh had been “retraumatizing” for women. She called the MeToo movement an “awakening” because women were able to recognize behavior as abusive that had long been normalized. She described the actions of Senate Republicans who had sought to speed up Kavanaugh’s confirmation after learning of accusations against him as “unforgivable” and wondered at a party that “has a harder time nominating women than people accused of sexual assault. “

Stiglitz closed out the discussion asking Ocasio-Cortez to comment on how women were currently impacting the political scene. The rage of women, she said, had been concentrated in the political process and noted, to thunderous applause, that 256 women have been nominated for the House and Senate in 2018.

polarbear4

Oh, no.

orlbucfan

Liz was once a GOPuke. I have always been wary of her.

polarbear4

“Brett Kavanaugh’s slippery answers about high school partying matter” [Matthew Yglesias, Vox]. “Kavanaugh insinuated that he never drank when he was underage, saying on Fox that when he was a senior, the ‘drinking age was 18, and yes, the seniors were legal and had beer there.’…. While there’s no clear documentary evidence of his relationships with women at the time, there is clear documentary evidence about his drinking habits in the form of his yearbook entry…. Kavanaugh’s drinking is unusually well-documented. A friend and classmate of his named Mark Judge actually wrote a book titled Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk that appears to discuss it…. As someone who was certainly a contributor to his own high school ralph club, I’m not in a position to hold Kavanaugh’s partying lifestyle against him. But what a person chooses to say about past events of which there is clear documentary evidence tells you something about his overall level of honesty and forthrightness…. [H]is general lack of probity is probably disqualifying on its own.” • Yglesias wrote this before the latest from Avenatti. I like the “lack of probity” framing.

Bold is a link in this bit by Yglesias in the Water Cooler section of nakedcapitalism.

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/09/200pm-water-cooler-9-26-2018.html

wi60

“Brett Kavanaugh’s slippery answers about high school partying matter” [Matthew Yglesias, Vox]. “Kavanaugh insinuated that he never drank when he was underage, saying on Fox that when he was a senior, the ‘drinking age was 18, and yes, the seniors were legal and had beer there.’….

I was no angel back in HS when it came down to underage drinking and parting back then. The whole culture was way different in the mid 70’s to early 80’s. than today. So a 17 year old kid whom basically was in an privliged enviroment and connections to get away with almost anything didnt drink? yeah right!!

orlbucfan

Sounds like Clarence Thomas back during Raygun.

polarbear4

hmmm. of course i still want him to win, but I’m worried. he did work for Obama.

FL Governor: “Tom Steyer to Spend Millions Backing Andrew Gillum in Florida” [New York Times]. “Tom Steyer, the billionaire investor and Democratic activist, has directed his political operation to spend more than $5 million aiding Andrew Gillum’s campaign for governor of Florida, an enormous investment that will test whether fired-up Democratic voters can flip control of a state long dominated by Republicans.” • Let me fix that lead: “An enormous investment that will test whether an oligarch’s money can flip control of a state.” Gillum watchers have noticed him walking back commitments to #MedicareForAll and taking hawkish positions on Iran. A prerequisite for Steyer’s money?

No evidence of a prerequisite yet. I’m wondering if it wasn’t planned. Hopefully he will look into the eyes of everyone he did on the campaign trail, still, and listen with an open heart.

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/09/200pm-water-cooler-9-26-2018.html

magsview

Obviously I still want Gillum to win. Scott is terrible. But there have been some worrying signs.

jcitybone

Will that actually be helpful? Obama I could see, but Clinton is not winning any popularity contests.

wi60

I have this question, are we going into a period where we may have to hold our nose to vote for a D that has flaws as a progressive jut to get the R’s from doing further damage? Real progressives are making progress but its going to take a couple more cycles until the millennials take over the neodems and become the majority of real progressive ideals and control the party.

orlbucfan

The heat and pollution may change her mind. She’s probably teaming up with all the bozos in Mar-A-Lago, Palm Beach, and South Miami. The ecological pollution isn’t so bad there. She is such a despicable rep of my sex.

orlbucfan

Steyer is just another money yoho donating in a very corrupt state. Sick Rott spent $75M of his Medicare Fraud loot to get elected governor. FACT. The feds were after his azz and he knew the crooked scene here. He wanted that heat off him. Gillum is not crooked, but he is tainted by the fact that he’s a Democrat. However, nothing can top the GOPukes anymore in the crooked title, and DeSantis is not doing well. Neither is Sick Rott.

polarbear4

good news., then. 🙂

polarbear4

BTW, THANKS, Benny!

polarbear4

BTW, Merkley’s letter to constituents on lawsuit to stop Kavanaugh.

I’m suing President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today to stop the unconstitutional Kavanaugh confirmation process, which has violated the separation of powers. They may want to ram through this nomination come hell or high water, but that’s just not how our Constitution works.

The Senate has a constitutional duty to advise and consent on Supreme Court nominees. But the Trump White House has made it impossible for the Senate to fully perform its constitutional duty by imposing an unprecedented information blockade about Judge Kavanaugh’s record. That is not just unacceptable – it’s an unconstitutional violation of the separation of powers.

The events of the past ten days have only underscored how damaging it is that the Administration and their allies in the Senate are determined to ram through this nomination under a veil of secrecy. There are more questions than ever about what the censored documents might reveal about Judge Kavanaugh’s views and character.

With so many issues hanging in the balance—[, a]women’s constitutional right to abortion and birth control; dark money in politics; our ability to protect clean air and clean water—this decision is too important to be rubber-stamped. America deserves to know the truth, and the Senate should not vote on the president’s Supreme Court Justice pick without Senators and the public having the opportunity to review Brett Kavanaugh’s record.

My lawsuit asks the courts to stop this sham of a process until all Senators have access to Judge Kavanaugh’s full record.

America has a right to know what Judge Kavanaugh is hiding. I’ll keep you up-to-date on this important issue in the weeks that follow.

All my best,
Jeff

i said Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :O)

orlbucfan

AMEN, brother!

wi60

Might be a bit obvious but when the TPTB anoint Kavanaugh. I figure after all he’s been thru on the confirmation It would take a snowball on Mercury facing the sun for him to consider any judgement that’s remotely in favor of progressives no matter the law or precedence

magsview

I’m behind this. Nomiki would be great in this role. She’s a real advocate for the people.

Torabs
Torabs

Exciting! I think she’s a great writer and has good ideas.

magsview

Btw, I just got bumped off & the result of that seems to be that some of my comments didn’t ‘keep’. So, please know that I did reply to you but now it’s gone. I’ll try to recoup.

polarbear4

no worries. c’est la vie. :O)

magsview

Oui, mon amie 😉

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