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More attacks on “hypocrite” Bernie


Senator Bernie Sanders sported a $700 coat on Monday during New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s swearing-in ceremony.

The socialist was cozy and warm in a $690 Burton 2L LZ down jacket, as De Blasio was assuming office for the second time in a row during the frigid temperatures at City Hall. Sanders, 76, joked and said that the weather “by Vermont standards this is a warm and pleasant afternoon.”

But that jacket for Sanders wore was pretty pricey, despite his plight to fight against the wealthy. Sanders’s June financial disclosure form stated that he earned more than $858,000 in book royalties alone. In addition to his Senate salary of $174,000, Sanders is part of the top 1 percent nationally.

Sanders’s six-figure income has not deterred him from criticizing the rich. In April, the senator tweeted, “How many yachts do billionaires need? How many cars do they need? Give us a break. You can’t have it all.” However, the backlash was swift, with dozens of Twitter users pointing out that Sanders had three houses—and is one of the richest politicians in the United States.

Don midwest
Don midwest

I have not bought a suit in years, so I

did a search on most expensive suits

From SuccesStory website

1. Stuart Hughes Diamond Edition – $892,500
2. Alexander Amosu Vanquish II Bespoke – $101,860

and down to
10. Brook Brothers – $14,500

Most Expensive Designer Men’s Suits

So this probably was a suit off the rack with a little or no work by a tailor


I believe he wore it to the inauguration ceremony last January, so I don’t know about this “new” business.

His houses are pretty modest in general. The Lake Champlain vacation wasn’t exactly extravagantly furnished when he bought it.


The criticism is rediculous. He works his butt off for the working class. At his age many people are just kicking back in Florida. He deserves something for his efforts.


Big whoop! Wonder who Newsweek’s source is? Their rep for unbiased news reporting is a long-time joke!


Guess Newsweek didn’t talk to Page Six reporters, but Vanity Fair picked up this story:

Bernie Sanders knows a good meal deal when he sees one. The famously frugal Vermont senator went out on New Year’s Eve in New York, but he wasn’t exactly tossing back glasses of Champagne at 1 OAK. Sanders and his wife, Jane, had an early meal at Downtown Manhattan beer hall Clinton Hall, where, Page Six says, they spent only $16 on a meal of chicken wings, tea, and coffee.

Per Page Six, the senator and his wife chowed down at the very practical time of 4:30 p.m., safely several hours before any party really gets started. But despite the timing of this early-bird meal, millennials were still flocking about (it is a beer hall) and snapping photos of their man Bernie.

His supporters couldn’t have been too surprised to see him at a beer hall instead of chowing down at a high-priced, overcrowded, stuffy Manhattan establishment. After all, this is the man who told Seth Meyers that he used to cook food over toilet paper to save money.

The Brooklyn native, who was in town for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s second inauguration on Monday, reportedly spent the rest of the night exactly the way most New Yorkers would not: watching the ball drop in Times Square on one of the most frigid New Year’s Eves to ever hit New York. But when you only spend $16 on dinner, the evening’s budget still has ample room for some hand warmers.


Compared to Trump:

I hope Bernie and Jane enjoyed themselves. They may not be able to get amongst the crowds like that again in the near future.


AND he’s willing to pay more taxes to help the rest of us! I don’t expect him to be a monk! Good grief, what is wrong with these people?


In any case, Bernie never said that people should not be able to make a good income, just that if they do they should at least pay their fair share of taxes


The first time Bernie was spotted in that jacket he got slammed for it for not being considered fashionable enough, and now they’re trying to slam him by saying that it’s too expensive?? It’s a down jacket, something that is worn often in Vermont (and NYC with the current polar temps).

Btw, that jacket can be had for under $500 and I’ll bet Bernie got it on sale.


LOL. I love when the bad guys aim their guns at each other


Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has described the Trump Tower meeting between the president’s son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election campaign as “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”, according to an explosive new book seen by the Guardian.

Bannon, speaking to author Michael Wolff, warned that the investigation into alleged collusion with the Kremlin will focus on money laundering and predicted: “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, reportedly based on more than 200 interviews with the president, his inner circle and players in and around the administration, is one of the most eagerly awaited political books of the year. In it, Wolff lifts the lid on a White House lurching from crisis to crisis amid internecine warfare, with even some of Trump’s closest allies expressing contempt for him.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Hold onto your hat, the bombshell of Trump & Russia

may now finally come out

Listened to Glenn Greenwald or the hour on democracy now yesterday and he said that the lack of a strong case of Russia influencing the election has allowed Trump to attack the entire press as Fake News. He mentioned the specific case of a CNN article which was followed by several media outlets about an email the Trump’s team had emails from Clinton from wikileaks before they were published. It became clear that the email was actually dated after Clinton emails were on line from wikileaks. Greenwald harped on the fact that CNN and others would not reveal the source that gave them the bogus story. At a time with low trust in the media, they should have met the low bar for journalists – if a source lies, they do not deserve to be protected.

So just this morning we have a trusted source with the bombshell!!!Trump Tower meeting with Russians ‘treasonous’, Bannon says in explosive book

You will have to look at the article yourself to see the evidence.



Republicans have refused to release full transcripts of our firm’s testimony, even as they selectively leak details to media outlets on the far right. It’s time to share what our company told investigators.

We don’t believe the Steele dossier was the trigger for the F.B.I.’s investigation into Russian meddling. As we told the Senate Judiciary Committee in August, our sources said the dossier was taken so seriously because it corroborated reports the bureau had received from other sources, including one inside the Trump camp.

The intelligence committees have known for months that credible allegations of collusion between the Trump camp and Russia were pouring in from independent sources during the campaign. Yet lawmakers in the thrall of the president continue to wage a cynical campaign to portray us as the unwitting victims of Kremlin disinformation.

We’re extremely proud of our work to highlight Mr. Trump’s Russia ties. To have done so is our right under the First Amendment.

It is time to stop chasing rabbits. The public still has much to learn about a man with the most troubling business past of any United States president. Congress should release transcripts of our firm’s testimony, so that the American people can learn the truth about our work and most important, what happened to our democracy.



But with yet another spending deadline approaching on Jan. 19, Democrats say the time has come to hold the line.

In a Tuesday letter to her troops, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) laid out the party’s top priorities heading into the fight. The Democrats will “insist” on parity between defense and nondefense spending hikes, Pelosi wrote, while pressing “firmly” to protect the young immigrants affected by President Trump’s move to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Pelosi also promised a tough fight over new funding for veterans, pensions, the opioid crisis, health research, disaster aid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

“Democrats are focused on fulfilling the many long-overdue, bipartisan priorities facing the American people,” she said.

The Democrats have plenty of leverage. Not only do they have the power to block bills with a Senate filibuster, but Ryan and House GOP leaders have struggled in recent years to secure even a simple majority for budget bills due to opposition from fiscal hawks in their own party.

“They can’t pass it by themselves,” said the Democratic aide.

The GOP’s need for Democratic votes puts a good deal of pressure on Republican leaders — fresh from a huge victory on tax reform — to forge a strategy that keeps the government running without igniting a full-on revolt from their party’s base.


First of all, the GOPukes’ “base” isn’t that big nor is it monolithic! Now, how about the DLC-led Dimocraps attacking the MICC and raising holy h3ll about expanding SS, Medicare and Medicaid? Fat chance. T and R to the usual TPW suspects!! 🙂

Don midwest
Don midwest

Important step in climate science

Scientists Can Now Blame Individual Natural Disasters on Climate Change:
Extreme event attribution is one of the most rapidly expanding areas of climate science

In 2000, or even 2003, scientists could not tie an extreme event to climate change. Scientists are cautious and given the complexity of the earth, they couldn’t handle all the factors at once.

A scientist in UK

In 2003, that was the predominant view in the scientific community: While climate change surely has a significant effect on the weather, there was no way to determine its exact influence on any individual event. There are just too many other factors affecting the weather, including all sorts of natural climate variations


now there are a flood of papers on this topic and

The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society now issues a special report each year assessing the impact of climate change on the previous year’s extreme events. Interest in the field has grown so much that the National Academy of Sciences released an in-depth report last year evaluating the current state of the science and providing recommendations for its improvement.

Hey Trump, here is another area to attack. Don’t want studies like these

And as the science continues to mature, it may have ramifications for society. Legal experts suggest that attribution studies could play a major role in lawsuits brought by citizens against companies, industries or even governments. They could help reshape climate adaptation policies throughout a country or even the world. And perhaps more immediately, the young field of research could be capturing the public’s attention in ways that long-term projections for the future cannot…..

“Extremes are, by definition, rare,” she told E&E News. So in order to actually get one to crop up in a simulation, models need to accurately represent the physical factors that help these extremes occur, and researchers need to be able to run them over and over again. The development and improvement of climate ensembles—large groups of slightly different climate models—have improved scientists’ ability to simulate weather events under different conditions.

“I think it’s not so much that the philosophy changed, but that the technology has changed,” Otto said.

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