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polarbear4

See if this works.

polarbear4

This is in response to Twitter banning a site that publishes photos of Yemen.

polarbear4

From the Intercept, DC “think tanks” apparently paid by UAE to push their agenda (Yemen).

“One of the documents obtained by The Intercept was an invoice from the Center for New American Security, an influential national security think tank founded in 2007 by alumni from the Clinton administration. The invoice, dated July 12, 2016, billed the UAE embassy $250,000 for a paper on the legal regime governing the export of military-grade drones. It was signed by Michele Flournoy, a senior Pentagon official under President Barack Obama; Hillary Clinton was widely expected to name Flournoy as her secretary of defense. Flournoy co-founded CNAS and, in addition to outside work as a management consultant, currently serves as the think tank’s CEO.“

Much more….

Tweets are also linking CAP and even Neera, but I don’t yet see that in the Intercept article after a quick perusal. CNAS is open about receiving the $, but claims independence.

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/30/uae-yousef-otaiba-cnas-american-progress-michele-flournoy-drone/

CAP is in there. A snippet:

“We have been working with Brian Katulis at CAP” — the Center for American Progress — “and Ilan Goldenberg at CNAS to plan and execute an Embassy-supported study tour of national security experts to the UAE this spring,” the memo noted. The Center for American Progress, where Katulis is a senior national security fellow, is widely considered to be the most influential think tank aligned with the Democratic Party. (One of the authors of this post, Zaid Jilani, worked at the Center for American progress from 2009 to 2012.)“

magsview

I replied to your comment of last night about this.

In brief, not only is Flournoy co-founder of CNAS (and CEO) but she is also co-founder (and Managing Partner) of WestExec Advisors.

More info at my response to your comment here.

Thanks for keeping a bright light on CAP and CNAS and all of the opportunists raking in $$$ on behalf of the donors/clients/nation states who employ them.

polarbear4

Thanks. Will return to this when I get home.

polarbear4

Answered on the other page. Hope you tweet these.

polarbear4

Another anti-Bernie tweet. Pwned.

magsview

Not only has that tweet been deleted, but it appears that the account has also been deleted. If you desire some entertainment, go here to see people mocking @egg_raid-mojo in the account’s absence.

Like this:

Here is a pic of the now-deleted tweet:

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polarbear4

Thanks. 😊

jcitybone

https://theintercept.com/2018/12/04/israel-anti-boycott-act-lame-duck/

DEMOCRATIC SEN. BEN Cardin is making a behind-the-scenes push to slip an anti-boycott law into a last-minute spending bill being finalized during the lame duck session, according to four sources familiar with the negotiations.

The measure, known as the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, was shelved earlier amid concerns about the infringement of free speech, after civil liberties groups argued that the original version would have allowed criminal penalties for Americans who participate in a political boycott of Israel. Some of the more aggressive elements of the provision have been removed under pressure, but the American Civil Liberties Union, which spearheaded the initial opposition to the bill, is still strongly opposed.

In a letter to Congress, the ACLU warned that the amended version still creates unconstitutional restrictions on free speech. “We understand the Senate is considering attaching a revised version of S. 720 to the end-of-the-year omnibus spending bill, and we urge you to oppose its inclusion,” reads a letter dated December 3.

On Monday, incoming Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., became the second member of Congress to publicly endorse the boycott, sanctions and divestment movement, or BDS, which Cardin’s measure is meant to combat. She joined incoming Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who had become the first to publicly endorse it. Neither would be able to vote on the measure, as they won’t be sworn in until January.

orlbucfan

Netanyaboob is being accused of being a crook again in Israel, and it’s gaining traction.

jcitybone

I Will Not Speak Kindly of the Dead. Bush Was Detestable.

We’re supposed to speak kindly of the dead. And we’re supposed to bury our dead presidents with the type of fanfare and reverence that the colonial forebearers of this nation’s white settlers reserved for royalty. Today, as we prepare to bury the nation’s 41st president, George H.W. Bush, the American press corps is carrying on this tradition, eulogizing him primarily by celebrating his polite demeanor and his successful self-representation of civility. Yes, the 41st president presented as a nicer person than the 45th, or his son, the 43rd. But for the people whose countries or lives were destroyed by his violent actions, he’ll always be a monster. Sanitizing his story amounts to historical revisionism. Below are just eight of the many reasons why, beneath the civility, George H.W. Bush was a detestable president.

jcitybone

I understand the need not to bash the recently departed, but this seems much more praise than called for.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/04/dnc-perez-george-bush-1043307

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez praised late President George H.W. Bush on Tuesday as a leader who put the country above himself, adding that he was able to work across the aisle to support bipartisan legislation.

“He understood politics were not a zero sum game,” Perez said of Bush on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “When you have leaders that put country above themselves and understand the office, it’s far better, far greater than themselves. That’s what leadership’s about.”

orlbucfan

I posted this comment on an earlier thread. Jimmy Carter is a conservative/moderate Democrat. He is also an honorable man and an ex-POTUS. How will he be treated when he dies? He’s 94, I believe.

Benny

wi60

Colbert will ask about 2020

jcitybone

https://theintercept.com/2018/12/04/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-house-ways-and-means-committee/

Ocasio-Cortez’s decision to go after a spot on the Ways and Means Committee is part of a broader strategy to grow progressive power in the coming Congress. It began with Congressional Progressive Caucus leaders Mark Pocan of Wisconsin and Pramila Jayapal of Washington state extracting a major concession from Pelosi, that in exchange for CPC votes, she would give the caucus proportional representation — which amounts to 40 percent — on the most powerful committees, which includes Ways and Means.

Then, after Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., narrowly lost her bid for caucus chair to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Pelosi named Lee the third co-chair of the Steering and Policy Committee. The steering committee decides on the remaining committee assignments, with Pelosi getting the final vote.

Outside progressive groups plan to mobilize on behalf of Ocasio-Cortez’s effort. Jennifer Epps-Addison, network president and co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy Action, argued that putting her on the committee would bring a valuable new perspective because she “rejects the false scarcity that pits health care against education, jobs against addressing climate change, while spending limitlessly on war and criminalization.”

“Not only does she have the lived experience of Americans struggling to make ends meet in this rigged economy, but she will make sure to bring our voices and concerns to one of the most important decision-making bodies in Congress,” Epps-Addison said. “We strongly support her over Tom Suozzi, who was willing to withhold support for Pelosi to fuel his centrist agenda.”

Torabs
Torabs

Go Alexandria go!

As an aside, I appreciate the reposting of her tweets here; that site can be really annoying to navigate at times.

Benny

‘No Labels’ Needs A Warning Label

While I was a strong progressive in the Wisconsin Legislature, that was my governing approach. By working with people who do not always agree with you, you find out what you have in common and you can get good things done.

My friend and colleague Reid Ribble ― who was then a U.S. representative from Green Bay, Wisconsin ― was active with the group. While he was a conservative, he wanted to find out what we had in common to get the business of the federal government done. Reid is a good man, and he was very sincere about this ― as was I. The idea of ending gridlock was a strong one and dozens of us in Congress joined the organization.

The moment we were sworn in, we were given lapel pins to brand us as the Problem Solvers Caucus, which was sponsored by No Labels.

However, things quickly went south. I attended a few meetings at the outset, but the rhetoric wasn’t about finding ways to get things done and breaking gridlock ― rather it was more about finding more centrist, more corporate and more special interest-focused things to do.

Soon thereafter, No Labels became involved in elections with a closely contested U.S. Senate race in Colorado, backing Republican Cory Gardner over Democrat Mark Udall.

That didn’t seem right. A group that wasn’t supposed to pick labels was doing exactly that: picking a label. When asked to join the Problem Solvers Caucus, members were never told that this would be part of the program.

Next, I received a request from a constituent regarding where No Labels received its funding. I wanted to know the answer as well. I called their “Democratic” contact for the organization and asked about the funding sources.

No Labels’ reply? “We can quietly take you off our list.” I was shocked. I replied that I don’t do most anything quietly, and after pushing for more details, I still didn’t make much progress in getting answers.

Right away, that made me extremely skeptical about the “bipartisan” nature of No Labels.

I drifted away from the organization, as apparently did most people who thought it was focused on trying to break through the gridlock in Washington. No Labels’ membership has dwindled steadily since 2015.

Fast-forward to the past few weeks, when No Labels’ Problem Solvers Caucus tried to threaten Nancy Pelosi’s speakership. While No Labels was originally advertised as a group committed to getting things done and breaking gridlock, it now seems more focused on stopping Pelosi and providing a fast track for special interests and lobbyists.

Benny

Written by Rep Mark Pocan.

magsview

Thanks for all of your comments and posts Benny!! I’ve been so busy that I haven’t properly thanked you lately. Best!

magsview

magsview

My naughty comment of the day. 😉

polarbear4

I disagree with the author. Sure a few candidates say they support Medicare for all, but they won’t fight for it. And a whole lot more of us lefties out here want someone who will fight for it. At least that’s what I’m hoping.

Are all those Hillbots going to vote against Bernie if he wins the nomination? Or will it be rigged again to the point that he cannot win. That’s my main concerN.

I’d like to get through the part where they bring up those early writings—-innocent enough in context, but the media will sensationalize.

As always, machines.

Benny

polarbear4


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: The Seventh Guarantee is one of the most important rights granted by the Federation. We cannot take a fundamental principle of the Constitution and turn it against a citizen.”

magsview

Benny

GOPers are poor losers.

Benny

polarbear4

Barf. Scary.

wi60

Walmart to use robot janitors to clean stores

Walmart will soon deploy hundreds of robot janitors to clean stores, the retailer announced on Monday.The company said it expects to have 360 “Auto-C” robots active in stores by the end of January 2019. The robots look like smaller versions of the Zamboni machines used to clean ice rinks.Walmart employees program a cleaning route for the robots, which are able to autonomously scrub floors and clean store aisles. The robots are equipped with sensors that allow it to safely navigate around customers and other objects in their paths.
“We’re excited to work with Brain Corp in supporting our retail operations and providing our associates with a safe and reliable technology,” said John Crecelius, Walmart’s vice president of central operations. “BrainOS is a powerful tool in helping our associates complete repetitive tasks so they can focus on other tasks within role and spend more time serving customers.”
More time seving customers at the check out area –I doubt it

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/walmart-robot-janitors-clean-stores-223015616.html

polarbear4

This is why “basic income.”

Benny

polarbear4

Vox called it for the Repub in GA.

Benny

Crimey!

polarbear4

just wanted to remind you all that i rec as Guest quite often these days.

polarbear4

This is supposedly live Wisconsin leg

http://www.wiseye.org/live

polarbear4

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jcitybone

https://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/Ocasio-Cortez-has-got-the-GOP-rattled-13442980.php

Who’s afraid of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

A whole lot of Republican white men, it seems. I can smell the fear coming from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, radio host Rush Limbaugh, podcaster Ben Shapiro and others.

Congress has more than enough lawyers. What it could really use is a few more bartenders.

The latter often have good social skills. They tend to understand customer service. And they’re usually good listeners. It also turns out that some of them have a lot of grit.

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