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jcitybone

Thanks for the thread. This development is certainly relevant to your starter

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/20/trump-coal-emissions-power-plants-rules-obama?CMP=share_btn_link

The Trump administration is set to unveil a proposed replacement for Obama-era climate change rules that will impose looser, state-based regulations on coal-fired power plants rather than pushing them towards closure.

The new plan is likely to escalate greenhouse gas emissions, compared with its predecessor, at a time when scientists have warned drastic cuts are required to avoid dangerous runaway climate change that would ravage the lives of Americans and people around the world.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to propose that individual states should decide how, or even if, they should stem carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants.

“This is all about coal at all costs,” said Gina McCarthy, who was EPA chief under Obama. “There is no other country in the world looking to coal for its future. They are looking to clean energy.”

McCarthy said the new climate plan would provide industry a “free pass to increase not just carbon pollution but also conventional smog and soot pollutants that will directly harm our health today, not to mention our children’s future”.

The US is the second-largest emitter of CO2 in the world and any increase or even flatline in its emissions would make it extremely difficult for humanity to stave off punishing heatwaves, sea level rise and other consequences of climate change.

jcitybone

The proposal lays out several possible pathways that individual states might use for regulating coal-fired power plants, and what the consequences would be for pollution and human health in each case. In the scenario the E.P.A. has pegged as the most likely to occur, the health effects would be significant.

76 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump
The list shows dozens of environmental policies that the Trump administration has targeted, often in an effort to ease burdens on the fossil fuel industry.

In that scenario, the Trump E.P.A. predicts its plan will see between 470 and 1,400 premature deaths annually by 2030 because of increased rates of microscopic airborne particulates known as PM 2.5, which are dangerous because of their link to heart and lung disease as well as their ability to trigger chronic problems like asthma and bronchitis.

By contrast, the Obama administration’s central argument for its Clean Power Plan was that the measure protected human health as well as the climate. Specifically, it said, the plan would help avoid between 1,500 and 3,600 premature deaths annually by 2030.

The Clean Power Plan aimed to curb planet-warming greenhouse gases by steering the energy sector away from coal and toward cleaner energy sources like wind and solar. According to its calculations, the decreased coal burning also would reduce other pollutants like sulfur dioxide, which poses respiratory risk, and nitrogen oxides that create ozone, which, in the form of smog, can damage lung tissue.

Mr. Obama’s E.P.A. also estimated that, by 2030, the Clean Power Plan would result in 180,000 fewer missed school days per year by children because of ozone-related illnesses. Asthma instances would also drop significantly, according to the analysis.

By contrast Mr. Trump’s analysis finds its plan would see 48,000 new cases of exacerbated asthma and at least 21,000 new missed days of school annually by 2030 because those pollutants would increase in the atmosphere rather than decrease.

Benny

Yes, let’s make America smoggy again!

jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/21/arctics-strongest-sea-ice-breaks-up-for-first-time-on-record?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

The oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that are normally frozen, even in summer.

This phenomenon – which has never been recorded before – has occurred twice this year due to warm winds and a climate-change driven heatwave in the northern hemisphere.

One meteorologist described the loss of ice as “scary”. Others said it could force scientists to revise their theories about which part of the Arctic will withstand warming the longest.

The sea off the north coast of Greenland is normally so frozen that it was referred to, until recently, as “the last ice area” because it was assumed that this would be the final northern holdout against the melting effects of a hotter planet.

But abnormal temperature spikes in February and earlier this month have left it vulnerable to winds, which have pushed the ice further away from the coast than at any time since satellite records began in the 1970s.

magsview

The EPA’s own analysis concluded that this plan would lead to premature deaths.

EPA says its new coal plan could ‘adversely affect human health’

A recently introduced Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plan to ease restrictions on emissions from coal-fired power plants would lead to new carbon-related health issues and as many as 1,400 premature deaths per year, according to an EPA analysis of the proposal.

“As compared to the standards of performance that it replaces… implementing the proposed rule is expected to increase emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and increase the level of emissions of certain pollutants in the atmosphere that adversely affect human health,” the EPA said in its analysis.

humphrey

Off topic. A much needed change of pace. It certainly is different.

magsview

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/08/21/its-long-list-ahead-new-legislation-warren-documents-endless-list-trumpian

Ahead of introducing new legislation on Tuesday morning she says is designed to address the sinister problem eating away at the nation’s democratic promise, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has spent the last day documenting the various members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet, as well as the powerful forces embraced by the president and his cronies, in order to detail why she views it as “the most corrupt administration of our lifetimes.”

In addition to those in Trump’s cabinet and direct orbit, Warren—via a massive tweet storm using the hashtag #EndCorruptionNow that began Monday afternoon—also points to the corrosive role of corporate influence, Walls Street financial firms, and K Street lobbyists who drive and control much of the agenda and policy-making in Washington, DC.

“It’s a long list,” she admitted as she embarked on the project.

jcitybone

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/21/elizabeth-warren-lobbying-crackdown-745261

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday will unveil sweeping anti-corruption legislation that would ban elected officials from lobbying for life, restrict stock ownership by lawmakers and Cabinet secretaries and try to stop Americans from lobbying on behalf of foreign governments and companies.

The bill, which will give Warren a fresh opening to pummel President Donald Trump for failing to fulfill his pledge to “drain the swamp,” is the latest in a series of ambitious policy proposals that the Massachusetts Democrat has been floating, fueling speculation that she is gearing up for a 2020 presidential run.

Like a bill she introduced last week to impose new restrictions on the executives and boards of large companies, the lobbying legislation will put pressure on other Democrats to hew closer to Warren’s anti-Wall Street message.

In addition to a lifetime lobbying ban on the president, members of Congress, Cabinet secretaries and judges, the legislation would ban other federal employees from lobbying their former offices for at least two years. Current lobbyists would also be prohibited from taking government jobs for at least two years.

The bill would expand the federal definition of “lobbyist” to cover more individuals who influence Washington. A newly defined category of “corporate lobbyist” would stop former federal officials from lobbying their offices on behalf of companies and trade groups for six years after leaving government. It would require greater disclosure of lobbyists’ activities and ban them from making direct political donations.

Benny

There’s a message to Bernie and anyone else who wants to run: get your tax returns ready and be prepared to comment on them.

This is one thing I think Bernie has to get right. The lack of them has hurt Bernie and Jane on a national stage. His senate form isn’t detailed enough if he intends to re-enter the big arena. I don’t think he’s hiding anything in particular, but in the era of Trump and his cabinet feeding off the public trough for their own financial gains, all pols, including Bernie, running against R’s will need to do better in being more transparent about their personal finances.

magsview

Soil hasn’t recovered from ancient Maya cutting down trees

The Maya civilization’s deforestation decimated carbon reservoirs in the tropical soils of the Yucatán peninsula region long after people abandoned ancient cities and the forests grew back, according to a new study.

The new findings, which appears in the journal Nature Geoscience, underscore how important soils and our treatment of them could be in determining future levels of greenhouse gases in the planet’s atmosphere.

The Maya began farming around 4,000 years ago, and the spread of agriculture and building of cities eventually led to widespread deforestation and soil erosion, previous research has shown. Scientists also suspect that deforestation contributed to the mysterious collapse of Mayan civilization more than 1,000 years ago.

This offers another reason—adding to a long list—to protect the remaining areas of old-growth tropical forests in the world,” Douglas says. “It could also have implications for how we design things like carbon offsets, which often involve reforestation but don’t fully account for the long-term storage of carbon.”

Reading this story reminded me of something I read the other day. I can’t remember who it was, but he said something to the effect of, ‘We need to stop asking politicians of they BELIEVE in climate change and, instead, ask them if they UNDERSTAND the science of it.’

I thought that was a smart shift in the conversation.

Benny

Here’s the TYT segment on Tapper’s duplicitous commentary about the Mercatus study, attacking Bernie Sanders instead of fact checking the study.

Tapper continues to double down and doesn’t hire anyone from CNN to research the factcheckers. Hides behind Kessler and factcheck.org. Even Kessler’s colleague, Jeff Stein, questions Tapper on it.

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humphrey

This might help explain the present day US vs Turkey situation.

Trump, who doesn’t give a toss how many innocents are incarcerated or destroyed in the world, is suddenly trying to neuter Turkey – and all because Pastor Andrew Brunson remains under house arrest in there for allegedly supporting the coup plot allegedly organised by Erdogan’s former colleague, the allegedly mesmeric imam Mohamed Fethullah Gulen, currently residing in Trump’s own country.

I don’t believe a word of it. Trump made little fuss about Brunson’s captivity for many months. It took him almost a year and a half to get into a tantrum about the good Christian family man and missionary in Izmir whose chief characteristics appear to be nothing but wholesome: barbecues, picnics, swimming, movies and board games in the evenings, to quote his sister Beth, “the typical American family though living so far away”. American Evangelical Christians were outraged at the arrest of this Godly man – Christianity was on trial, of course – and their favourite president finally tweeted that “this innocent man of faith should be released immediately”.

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No. For here’s the real list of Erdogan’s crimes. He is buying the Russian S-400 missile system for Turkey. He refuses to accept US support for America’s Kurdish YPG allies. He allowed Islamist fighters to pour over Turkey’s border into Syria along with a lot of weapons, mortars and missiles – to which Washington had no objections at the time since the US was trying to knock Erdogan’s former friend Bashar al-Assad off his perch. Then, after shooting down a Russian aircraft along the Syrian border in November 2015 – for which he was immediately boycotted by Moscow – Erdogan cuddled up to Putin. It was thus the Russians and the Iranians who first warned Erdogan of the impending “Gulen coup” against him in July 2016. They had been listening in to the Turkish military’s internal radio traffic – and tipped off the Sultan of Istanbul.

More at the link.

A US Trade War With Turkey Over a Pastor? Don’t Believe It

magsview

Here’s another piece of the puzzle:



Time for Turkey to call the IMF

It is said that countries call on the International Monetary Fund with the same enthusiasm that patients go to visit their oncologists. However there are situations, such as that in which Turkey now finds itself, where there is no alternative but to call upon the IMF.

Sadly for both Turkey and the global economy Mr. Erdogan is having trouble recognizing this basic truth. That raises the real prospect that Turkey will soon be forced to adopt exchange controls and default on its debt.

But this ‘squeeze’ may not work out the way that Trump and the AEI were hoping. This article posted two days (on 8/16) after the AEI’s ‘prognosis’:

Lira rallies as Turkey pledges spending cuts to avoid IMF bailout

Turkey’s finance minister sparked a recovery in the lira after he addressed thousands of international investors, pledging to protect beleaguered local banks and cut public spending to prevent the country defaulting on its loans

Berat Albayrak, who has faced criticism for failing to tackle the country’s growing financial crisis, spoke to around 6,000 investors on a conference call to rebuff concerns that a funding squeeze on Turkey’s banks and a damaging trade war with the US would force him to seek a rescue bailout from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Albayrak said the country will turn to other partners – such as China and Germany – to help it navigate the current situation. He added that major corporations that have large borrowings in US dollars were in a comfortable position to meet short-term liabilities.

orlbucfan

The American Enterprise Institute: a think tank just filled with actual honest-to-gawd visionaries. Not! T and R, pb4!! What is the wildfire situation in WA and CA as of today? 🙁

humphrey

I wonder how this will turn out?

humphrey

OY! This is not the way to regain the House majority.

humphrey

I guess one cannot change their stripes.

The political action committee co-founded by Gabrielle Giffords, the former Democratic congresswoman from Arizona who was shot and seriously wounded in 2011, has made 144 state and federal endorsements in the 2018 election cycle, backing candidates it believes will push for more gun control.
Three of those endorsements went to Republican candidates, two of whom are from New Jersey.

On Friday, the group, Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence, endorsed Representatives Leonard Lance and Chris Smith, a move that surprised Democrats and gave a boost to Mr. Lance, who is locked in a tight battle for his seat despite being from a district that has not elected a Democrat since 1978. (The third Republican endorsed by the group is Representative Brian Fitzpatrick from Pennsylvania.)
The nonpartisan Cook Political Report has rated Mr. Lance’s seat as a tossup. Mr. Smith’s seat is the only Republican seat in New Jersey considered safe, according to the Cook Political Report.

Before this year, both men had positive ratings from the National Rifle Association. Mr. Lance campaigned on the N.R.A.’s support in 2012, touting his “100 percent N.R.A. voting record in Congress” and his opposition to “renewing the federal assault weapons ban.”

magsview

I didn’t know that Zephyr was pregnant!

Benny

I noticed that yesterday as well.

humphrey

http://time.com/5357728/zephyr-teachout-pregnant-new-york-attorney-general-race/

Zephyr Teachout never planned to run for Attorney General of New York while pregnant. The 46-year-old activist and professor isn’t new to politics — she mounted a remarkably effective, although ultimately unsuccessful, challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014 — but she expected to remain in her teaching position at Fordham University School of Law until the birth of her first child. This May, however, right after her first trimester ended, the Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned amid allegations of physical abuse from four women. Suddenly, there was an opportunity for a job that Teachout not only wanted, but one that she believed that she was best suited for.

So less than a month after Schneiderman resigned, Teachout announced she was running to for New York Attorney General, pointedly in front of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. Her child is due in October, one month after the primary and smack dab in the middle of the potential general election campaign. If she wins, Teachout will take office in January.

humphrey

Of course he couldn’t endorse a stinkin Bernie supporter.

orlbucfan

One of the descriptions for half black/half white back a few centuries ago was “high yella” as in high yellow color. It was not a compliment. Fits BO to a ‘t’.

Benny

Pritzker was a huge supporter of the Clinton campaign and DNC in general.

What’s more interesting is that he vacillated in 2012 whether or not to vote for Obama. I suspect Dodd-Frank had much to do with it, given that Pritzker is a hedge fund manager.

humphrey

He also has a lot of $$$$$. Good for Obama’s new library.

humphrey

All hail the Nobel Prize winner!

humphrey

But!The Hilbots and Rachel just won’t stop.

magsview

humphrey

I guess I am not about to run out and get a “Happy Meal”.

humphrey

I wouldn’t be surprised that most are unaware that this is even taking place.

https://www.vox.com/2018/8/17/17664048/national-prison-strike-2018

America’s prisoners are going on strike.
The demonstrations are planned to take place from August 21 to September 9, which marks the anniversary of the bloody uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility in New York. During this time, inmates across the US plan to refuse to work and, in some cases, refuse to eat to draw attention to poor prison conditions and what many view as exploitative labor practices in American correctional facilities.
“Prisoners want to be valued as contributors to our society,” Amani Sawari, a spokesperson for the protests, told me. “Every single field and industry is affected on some level by prisons, from our license plates to the fast food that we eat to the stores that we shop at. So we really need to recognize how we are supporting the prison industrial complex through the dollars that we spend.”
Prison labor issues recently received attention in California, where inmates have been voluntarily recruited to fight the state’s record wildfires — for the paltry pay of just $1 an hour plus $2 per day. But the practice of using prison inmates for cheap or free labor is fairly widespread in the US, due to an exemption in the 13th Amendment, which abolished chattel slavery but allows involuntary servitude as part of a punishment for a crime.

humphrey

Maybe it is because of actions like this.

magsview

Wow 🙁

magsview

If they follow Alexandria they know now!

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Benny

I always loved Joan Baez’s rendition at Woodstock (hard to believe this is almost a half century ago!)

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You’ve gotta give ’em credit, many DSA members put their feet on the ground!

humphrey

Gee! I wonder if anyone is going to call for sanctions?

humphrey

I believe that one could call this a “Zinger”.

magsview

humphrey

Curious as to how this plays out.

jcitybone

It looks like one thing he’s pleading guilty to is campaign finance violations which directly implicate Trump

humphrey

Hopefully this is a misprint or why would a plea deal be offered?

jcitybone

A plea deal is often reached to avoid the time, expense, and uncertainty of a trial. This is also the SDNY not Mueller. Mueller might have all the evidence he needs from the tapes etc. that were seized.

wi60

Well didn’t Trumpcorp say earlier to ask Cohen about the stormey payoff and that he is my lawyer. Well they did didn’t they :). Wasn’t the answers Trumpcorp was looking for though.

humphrey

But what about the wage increases for the workers thanx to the tax cuts?

It would be nice if the 99% could afford to hold shares. But that isn’t the case.

magsview

Are Stock Buybacks Starving the Economy?

A new report finds that big companies could have given their workers thousands of dollars’ worth of raises with the money they spent on their own shares.

Stock buybacks are eating the world. The once illegal practice of companies purchasing their own shares is pulling money away from employee compensation, research and development, and other corporate priorities—with potentially sweeping effects on business dynamism, income and wealth inequality, working-class economic stagnation, and the country’s growth rate. Evidence for that conclusion comes from a new report by Irene Tung of the National Employment Law Project (NELP) and Katy Milani of the Roosevelt Institute, who looked at share buybacks in the restaurant, retail, and food industries from 2015 to 2017.

Their new paper contributes to a growing body of research that might help explain why economic growth is so sluggish, productivity so low, and increases in worker compensation so piddling, even as the stock market is surging and corporate profits are at historical highs. Companies are working overtime to make their owners richer in the short term, more so than to improve their longer-term competitiveness or to invest in their workers.

magsview

How much might workers have benefited if companies had devoted their financial resources to them rather than to shareholders? Lowe’s, CVS, and Home Depot could have provided each of their workers a raise of $18,000 a year, the report found. Starbucks could have given each of its employees $7,000 a year, and McDonald’s could have given $4,000 to each of its nearly 2 million employees.

“Workers around the country have been pushing for higher wages, but the answer is always, ‘We can’t afford it. We’d have to do layoffs or raise prices,’” Tung said. “That is just not true. The money is there. It’s just getting siphoned out of the company instead of reinvested into it.”

magsview

Humor break! 😀

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This tweet is a good sum up, imo:

humphrey

He might have gotten a call from AIPAC.

humphrey

This could pass for something from the ONION.

humphrey

Speaking of the ONION.

magsview

I notice that they put the big elephant in between the zebra and the lion, lol.

magsview

Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of its users on a scale from zero to 1

But it sounds like it’s all behind the scenes. Who gets to see these ratings??

But how these new credibility systems work is highly opaque, and the companies are wary of discussing them, in part because doing so might invite further gaming — a predicament that the firms increasingly find themselves in as they weigh calls for more transparency around their decision-making.

“Not knowing how [Facebook is] judging us is what makes us uncomfortable,” said Claire Wardle, director of First Draft, a research lab within Harvard’s Kennedy School that focuses on the impact of misinformation and that is a fact-checking partner of Facebook. “But the irony is that they can’t tell us how they are judging us — because if they do, the algorithms that they built will be gamed.”

humphrey

We Russian bots are probably going to be placed in a new “minus ‘ category. LOL

humphrey

If anyone believes this I have a bridge to sell them.

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Benny

I’m so surprised!

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jcitybone

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/402950-schumer-kavanaugh-wouldnt-say-roe-v-wade-was-correctly-decided

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh wouldn’t tell him during their meeting that he believed Roe v. Wade was “correctly decided.”

“I asked him if he agreed that Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood were correctly decided. He would not say yes,” Schumer said, referring to the 1973 case that established the constitutional right to an abortion and a 1992 case that upheld the ruling, respectively.

He added that Kavanaugh’s answers “should send shivers down the spine of any American who believes in reproductive freedom for women.”

Schumer’s meeting with Kavanaugh came hours after Trump’s Supreme Court nominee met with GOP Sen. Susan Collins (Maine). Collins told reporters after the two-hour meeting that Kavanaugh told her he agreed Roe was “settled law.”

But Schumer dismissed the word choice, noting the Supreme Court could “unsettle” settled law.

Schumer added that Kavanaugh did not tell him that he believed Roe was “settled law,” and would not say if he thought certain restrictions on abortions constituted an “undue burden.”

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We hear so much talk about election security from both parties, but when push comes to shove,

Election integrity advocates protest security bill changes

The version of the Senate’s major election security bill that the Rules Committee marks up this week will not require states to conduct post-election audits using paper records, a major blow to election integrity advocates who are now sharply criticizing the bill.

The previous draft of the bill required that “election agencies within the State inspect (by hand and not by device) a random sample of the marked ballots and thereby establish high statistical confidence in the election result.” The new version eliminates the parenthetical stipulation of a hand check, which effectively mandated paper-based audits.

The exact reason for the change is unclear, though several election integrity advocates have told MC that the bill’s cosponsors, Sens. James Lankford and Amy Klobuchar, as well as the Rules Committee, led by Sens. Roy Blunt and Klobuchar, are facing significant pressure from states and vendors to water down the legislation. A spokeswoman for Klobuchar’s Rules Committee staff did not respond to a request for comment.

humphrey

The Republicans want to diminish voting rights and the Democrats only offer lip service as they do on most important issues.

magsview

Calling @orlbucfan, calling @orlbucfan!

Top Republican on Tax Subcommittee Received Yacht Loan From Foreign Bank Lobbying on 2017 Tax Bill

As Republicans were finalizing tax cut legislation in late 2017, a foreign-owned bank seeking to shape the bill gave a seven-figure yacht loan to a top GOP lawmaker on the committee writing the measure, according to documents reviewed by Capital & Main and MapLight.

Representative Vern Buchanan (R-FL), who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee and leads its tax policy subcommittee, has been under fire in recent weeks for purchasing a yacht on the same day he voted for the GOP tax package. Buchanan registered a 73-foot Ocean Alexander vessel named Entrepreneur with the U.S. Coast Guard a month later, according to federal records.

Although Buchanan is one of the wealthiest members of Congress — worth at least $80 million — federal records show one of his limited liability companies financed the purchase with a BMO Harris Bank loan worth as much as $5 million. Since 2016, Buchanan’s companies have received three loans worth as much as $35 million from BMO Harris, which is the American subsidiary of the Bank of Montreal. In total, since he was appointed to the Ways and Means Committee in 2010, Buchanan and his companies have received between $17 million and $85 million worth of loans from four lenders.

At the time Buchanan’s company received the 2017 yacht loan, BMO Harris was lobbying congressional lawmakers on tax policy overseen by the Ways and Means Committee, according to federal records. Buchanan received a separate BMO Harris loan for a plane in 2016. Records show that loan, worth between $5 million and $25 million, was made around the same time that the bank began lobbying lawmakers on “tax reform proposals.”

Benny

Maybe he got a deal by one of the companies who sold the DeVos family their yachts.

orlbucfan

Vern Buchanan plus others have been getting away with these antics for too many years to count. He’s a fixture in his district. Only way to fix it is focus the voters of FL on him. The cockroaches here hate that spotlight, It looks like positive things are starting to happen. The big one would be Andrew Gillum winning the Demo governor primary. Right now he is gaining in votes but will it be in time? FL Primary is a week from today. Depends on the turnout. Wish us luck as he still poll-wise is a longshot.

humphrey

I am waiting to hear from Giuliani on this revelation.

humphrey

Maybe he had a premonition of this outcome when he recently stated that “The truth isn’t the truth”.

jcitybone

From the start of the Russia investigation, President Trump has been working to discredit the work and the integrity of the special counsel, Robert Mueller; praising men who are blatant grifters, cons and crooks; insisting that he’s personally done nothing wrong; and reminding us that he hires only the best people.

On Tuesday afternoon, the American people were treated to an astonishing split-screen moment involving two of those people, as Mr. Trump’s former campaign chief was convicted by a federal jury in Virginia of multiple crimes carrying years in prison at the same time that his longtime personal lawyer pleaded guilty in federal court in New York to his own lengthy trail of criminality, and confessed that he had committed at least some of the crimes “with and at the direction of” Mr. Trump himself.

Let that sink in: Mr. Trump’s own lawyer has now accused him, under oath, of committing a felony.

Only a complete fantasist — that is, only President Trump and his cult — could continue to claim that this investigation of foreign subversion of an American election, which has already yielded dozens of other indictments and several guilty pleas, is a “hoax” or “scam” or “rigged witch hunt.”

jcitybone

From Zephyr:

Today’s guilty verdict is a victory against the culture of lawlessness and corruption around Trump. But if the President pardons his crony Paul Manafort, as Attorney General, I will open an investigation into any state level criminal acts that today’s verdict doesn’t cover. No one is above the law, and as AG I will be relentless about bringing this administration to justice.

This is why the stakes of this race are so high, and it’s why we must ensure that our next Attorney General is independent of the political and financial establishment.

Benny

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Benny

Is this supposed to be Stormy Weather?

orlbucfan

Good tune but my fave is “Spooky.” 🙂

jcitybone

Here’s Dusty’s version

jcitybone

She changes the lyrics to spooky little boy, but we all know she should have kept girl.

orlbucfan

Classics IV is better and I love Dusty Springfield!

humphrey

They just can’t stop. The hit pieces on the Sanders family just keep coming.

Levi Sanders is not his father. He keeps telling that to Voters.

LACONIA, N.H. — That Sanders fellow was shouting again.
Earlier in the evening at a campaign forum here, he had yelled, unprompted, about Medicare for all. During his introductory statement, he had bellowed about dentures.
Now, as the audience groaned at his attacks on other candidates, he snapped.
“Excuse me! Excuse me!” he thundered. “I’m here to talk, O.K.?”
The moderator threatened to turn his microphone off. And then Levi Sanders — the son of the Vermont senator this neighboring state knows well — shouted some more.
Throughout his campaign for an open congressional seat here, Mr. Sanders has insisted he is his own man.

“I’m not a clone of my father,” he said in a late-night interview after the forum earlier this month. His shirt was rumpled. He looked weary.
But with just weeks to go until his primary in the First District, Mr. Sanders, 49, still cannot avoid comparisons to his father, Bernie Sanders. His father, who won the 2016 presidential primary in this Live Free or Die state by 22 points. His father, whose booming, sometimes bellicose style on the stump seems to have rubbed off on his son.

Benny

I wasn’t aware until I read that article that Bernie was 6 feet tall. I always thought he was about 5’10 from just looking at him.

humphrey

A lot of his followers visualize Bernie to be 10 feet tall. LOL

orlbucfan

If that report is accurate, Levi Sanders is a joke and an embarrassment. He needs to quit while he’s still ahead. He will definitely lose the race.

jcitybone

And the hits keep coming

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/21/politics/duncan-hunter-campaign-charges/index.html

Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife, Margaret, were indicted Tuesday on charges related to the misuse of $250,000 worth of campaign funds for personal expenses and the filing of false campaign finance records.

The charges of wire fraud, falsifying records, campaign finance violations and conspiracy were the culmination of a Department of Justice investigation that has stretched for more than a year, during which the Republican congressman from California has maintained his innocence.

Hunter was a founding member of the “Trump Caucus” in the House during the 2016 campaign, and alongside Rep. Chris Collins, was the first of two sitting congressmen to endorse Trump for President back in February 2016. Collins was indicted earlier this month on insider trader charges.

jcitybone

Blame the wife!

“There was wrong campaign spending, but it was not done by me,” Hunter told KGTV-10, a San Diego television station, earlier this year.

His comments have cast blame on his wife and former campaign manager, Margaret Hunter, who also made charges on the campaign credit card.

Benny

Airfare for a rabbit. That’s Creative. Sure it wasn’t for a coat?

Benny

Seems timely given Sen Warren’s proposal released today.

Benny

Guess she thought so too!

Benny

I just found out Elizabeth Warren will be on TYT’s Rebel HQ tonight.

https://www.facebook.com/RebelHQ/

Benny

Here’s the livestream to the TYT interview of Sen Warren.

magsview

Thank you Jeremy!

jcitybone

Sad news 😢

https://www.cnn.com/2015/08/12/politics/jimmy-carter-cancer-liver-surgery/index.html

Former President Jimmy Carter has cancer, and it has spread to other parts of his body, he announced Wednesday.

Carter, 90, had a “small mass” removed from his liver during surgery earlier this month. At the time, he received a prognosis for a full recovery.

But he said Wednesday in a brief statement that “recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body.”

It was not clear where the cancer originated or where it had spread. Carter’s family, however, has a history of pancreatic cancer, which CNN correspondent Sanjay Gupta said could be afflicting the former president. Carter lost his father, brother and two sisters to the disease. His mother had breast cancer, which later moved to her pancreas.

magsview

Awwww, that is sad news. 🙁

Benny

+1

orlbucfan

He has lived a full life and was not a corrupt POTUS. I salute him. 🙂

Benny

humphrey

Faux News certainly will, the other networks are too busy with the recent guilty charges.

wi60

He’ll recite the Trumpcorp commandments to his faithful

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Benny

He brought up the undocumented worker in Iowa accused of murdering a young woman.

magsview

Why stop now? The media’s been talking about Trump non-stop for years.

Anecdote to share.

I overheard some neighbors talking just now, Republicans are huddled in a defensive posture. One neighbor said, “They (Democrats) are going to have us on a roller-coaster for the next six years.”

This looks like nothing but a witch hunt to them. These are not the low-information voters liberals like to talk about. Liberals, to them, are snobby partisans.

wi60

Star Trek gave me the belief of other civilizations in various stages of development across the cosmos. Many reasons why civilizations fail, From biological, nuclear war, natural destruction(asteroid) Massive race wars and so on, if we don’t wise up a star ship may take orbit 1000 years from now and the captain may ask his science officer will ask about intelligent life signs and the answer will be none detected but massive signs of a massive civilization in ruins. atmospheric read out has massive amounts of co2 in the atmosphere making it unbreathable to higher lifeforms. Apparently this civilization had the knowledge to avoid destroying their environment and avoid their extinction but didn’t for some reason. Recommend contacting fleet headquarters to send a proper research team to investigate the ruins and find out why. Knowledge may become useful in other first contact missions to help them avoid the same fate. Hopefully earth doesn’t become a foot note in galactic history due to the greed and stupidity of certain elements of mankind.

orlbucfan

Wow. You need to diary this, wi60. I am a Star Trekkie, too. My favorite movie is “Star Trek 4: the Voyage Home.” It was about ecology and beautifully done. BTW, it looks like Walker will be defeated. Hopefully, the same thing will happen down here in the dimwit state. 🙂

wi60

One of my favorite exchanges from the movie.
Spock: To hunt a species to extinction is not logical.
Dr. Gillian Taylor: Whoever said the human race was logical?

Not convinced about Walker yet ,he has an anoying habbit of snatching defeat out of the mouth of victory.The Kochs just sent 1.8 million in ad help. its gonna be a knock down drag out fight right to the End The only way we get this Kochroach out is if wisconsinite dems turnout in presidential numbers.

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