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Hello friends, I’ve been down and out sick the past few days, missing work and pretty much all news.. so do appreciate the posts! (wish I knew what it was but with the new job I dont have insurance yet….)


Sorry you’ve been unwell, LD. You’re always missed. We’ll keep the shop open for ya! Hope you get to feeling better.


Rest and get well, okay? The usual excellent suspects have your back, LD. 🙂


I was “down and out” also yesterday. I wonder if it’s a flu thing. It had been getting worse for a few days, and kind of peaked yesterday, bad bronchitis in my case, but today I feel a bit better.

I hope you also feel better soon!!!


You get well, too, mags! That’s an order. LOL 🙂


Thanks orl! I feel a bit better today which feels amazing! Incredible how just feeling “a bit better” than the previous day can feel like such a blessing.


A fast get well to all our fellow TPW’ers under the weather. Looks like a head start on the cold-flu season 🙁


I was feeling under the weather and turns out I have a sinus infection. Ugh! Guess better living through chemistry as I’m on some antibiotics.


yuk. glad you’re on the mend.


Yes, do rest and feel better, mags! i hate it when i have uncontrollable coughing. ugh. get some of the syrup with codeine. honestly, it’s the only thing that truly lets my cough subside enough to sleep.


I drank a lot of the Sleepytime tea called Sinus Soother (it not only makes me feel better, but seems to help open up my lungs) and that really helped. Codeine knocks me on my butt! Which can be a good thing. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


Like the dog trainer sez, “Heal!” :O)

jcb’s fairy looks like she will help. love it. do take care of yourself.


Five takeaways from Florida’s fiery final gubernatorial debate

Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis engaged in a volatile and often angry war of words in Florida on Wednesday, ending the final debate in the state’s gubernatorial race before Election Day on a bitter note.

Even as the candidates faced questions about widening political divisions — underscored by recent bomb threats against multiple prominent Democrats — Gillum and DeSantis traded personal attacks and accusations, touching on everything from race to corruption allegations.

But the debate also touched on policy disagreements on issues ranging from gun control to environmental protections, allowing the candidates a final chance to make their cases to voters side by side.

Here are five takeaways from the final Florida gubernatorial debate:


We had this on the tv last night. I could not stand the male moderator so I quit watching. He/it was not biased towards either candidate. Too smarmy. Ugh. A robot would have been better at the job. AGillum won it. No real issues were brought up though like the threat to Social Security or pollution.



Here’s a soundbite:


I just love hearing what those grandmothers used to say.


Trump admin approves Arctic offshore oil drilling project off Alaska’s coast

The Trump administration approved a company’s plan Wednesday to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean north of Alaska, the first time oil would be produced from federal waters in the Arctic.

The approval from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is conditional, and Hilcorp Energy Co. would still have to get other federal permits and abide by standards like restricting drilling seasons.

“Working with Alaska Native stakeholders, the Department of Interior is following through on President Trump’s promise of American energy dominance,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement.

“American energy dominance is good for the economy, the environment, and our national security. Responsibly developing our resources, in Alaska especially, will allow us to use our energy diplomatically to aid our allies and check our adversaries. That makes America stronger and more influential around the globe.”

The Alaska Liberty project would not use a traditional mobile drilling rig like the ones common in the Gulf of Mexico and other offshore drilling areas.

It would instead involve building a new nine-acre gravel artificial island about five miles off the coast to host the drilling.




Hopefully, the orange dimwitted creamsicle cartel is so bad, they make people react by coming out and voting.


Judge upholds Monsanto Roundup verdict, slashes $289M award

A San Francisco judge on Monday upheld a jury verdict that found Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide caused a groundskeeper’s cancer, but she cut the amount of money the company is to pay from $289 million to $78 million, according to the Associated Press.

Judge Suzanne Bolanos denied Monsanto’s request for a new trial but reduced the jury’s punitive damage award from $250 million to $39 million, the same amount the jury awarded groundskeeper DeWayne Johnson in compensatory damages. She gave Johnson until Dec. 7 to accept the reduced amount or demand a new trial, the AP reports.

“Although we believe a reduction in punitive damages was unwarranted and we are weighing the options, we are pleased the court did not disturb the verdict,” Diana McKinley, Johnson’s spokeswoman, told the AP.


In a tentative ruling earlier this month, Bolanos said it appeared that the jurors overreached with the punitive damages award and that she was considering wiping out the $250 million judgment after finding no compelling evidence presented at trial that Monsanto employees ignored evidence.

She reversed course Monday, Oct. 22, and said she was compelled to honor the jurors’ conclusions and that the jury is entitled to accept the conclusion of the groundskeeper’s expert witness and reject that of Monsanto’s expert witness, according to the news agency.


Phew! The fault and the evidence are really important and although the reduction is disappointing, i imagine the plaintiff will take it and future plaintiffs may get more.

Also glad the jury was so punitive–it’s not just us lefties that know we’re being killed by our corpses and we’re rising.


Ethiopia appoints first female president

Ethiopian lawmakers on Thursday appointed the country’s first female president.

Sahle-Work Zewde took the oath of office in the largely ceremonial role, calling it a step toward Ethiopia becoming “a place to live in equality.”

“If the reforms we have started are led in equal measure by both men and women, the country will soon forget poverty and backwardness and move toward prosperity,” Sahle-Work said, according to Bloomberg. “Her citizens–without differences in gender, ethnicity, religion or any other factor–will call Ethiopia a place to live in equality.”


Sahle-Work is now the only female head of state in Africa. After taking the oath of office, she spoke to parliament and vowed to focus on gender equality and peace, according to the BBC.

“I urge you all, to uphold our peace, in the name of a mother, who is the first to suffer from the absence of peace,” she said.


We recommend Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate (Dallas Morning News endorsement)

When, in the course of human events, a people become so divided among themselves that they can no longer engage in meaningful political discourse or even remain civil to one another, it is time to take bold steps forward.

In looking at the race for United States Senate in Texas, we recognize that this country stands on a precipice. Whether we fall off the edge depends on how we answer this question: Can we set policy differences aside, even for a moment, and agree to treat each other with the respect befitting a great nation, with acknowledgment of the humanity of each person?

We have been at divisive political moments before, and we know those often end when leaders emerge who find ways to get along personally even when they are engaged in grand, tectonic political debates. That is one of the underappreciated stories of the 1980s, when President Ronald Reagan and House Speaker Tip O’Neill worked together. Even when they fought it out on tough issues, they fostered an enduring friendship.

For this reason more than any other, we favor U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate. The pivotal issue before our country is public leadership, and here we believe O’Rourke’s tone aligns with what is required now. This inclusive and hopeful tone, along with O’Rourke’s approach of starting with shared principles and working toward solutions, offset any policy differences we have with him. Leadership is more than policy, and whether we are addressing the very real challenges before us now turns on our ability to find points of agreement.

In this respect, O’Rourke is the stronger candidate. In conducting his campaign, he has displayed a demeanor that offers respect for each person and a humbleness that will allow him to open the door to working with those who hold political views different from his. We believe O’Rourke is right in calling for rejoining the Paris climate accord, supporting the vast potential of renewable energy in Texas, and calling for universal background checks on guns. He is also right to reject the call for construction of a border wall and to call for comprehensive and fair immigration reform.

By contrast, through his actions in Washington and his rhetoric from Iowa to New Hampshire and beyond, incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz has distinguished himself as a cutting figure in today’s politics. Lincoln, echoing the Gospel of Mark, cautioned us long ago that a house divided against itself cannot stand. And we believe that at this moment, we cannot afford such an approach.


That’s big news too. Excellent!

I saw that Beto is going back to Lubbock next week. I posted a tweet on FB page to let my West Texas friends and family know he was coming to town.


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Good one!


Haha, is that little girl a total cutie or what??! 😀

Did you happen to listen to the video? They’re dancing to ‘YMCA’ but they switched the letters to:




‘Betomania’ is resulting in some bizarre tributes for the Democratic candidate challenging Ted Cruz.

Though Rep. Beto O’Rourke is trailing Sen. Cruz in the polls, his fans haven’t lost their enthusiasm for the rocker-turned-congressman. Supporters have now painted giant murals of the Democrat and created viral – if not slightly cringe-worthy – videos for O’Rourke.

Though his legal name is Robert Francis O’Rourke, the Democrat goes by Beto – a nickname his followers have latched on to with their antics. In one video encouraging people to vote early for O’Rourke, an actress wore a jacket that said “Beto’s bandits.”

Fox News has ranked the race as likely Republican.

Here’s a look at three of the more over-the-top w

ays fans have shown their support for O’Rourke.

Dancing with the voters (see tweet posted above by Mags)

‘There is a superhero in all of us’

‘Beto’s bandits’

Fox is in a frenzy about Betomania, yet it doesn’t think this isn’t strange or bizzare:



Gross! And I’ll bet he considers himself a good Christian..




New Mexico Man Sentenced in Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

The fourth of seven people charged with federal crimes stemming from protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota has been sentenced to a year and four months in prison.

Twenty-two-year-old Dion Ortiz, who is from the San Felipe Pueblo reservation in New Mexico, was indicted with several others in February 2017 for a fire set on a country road bridge in October 2016.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that Ortiz reached a deal with prosecutors under which he pleaded guilty to civil disorder and the government dropped a more serious charge of using fire to commit a federal felony.


The CEO Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline Just Gave a Bunch of Money to Ted Cruz

Opponents of Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke have tried, with some success, to bring his poll numbers down to earth with a frenzy of attack ads. The Dallas Morning News found that 80 percent of ads by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and his allies last month were negative spots, attacking the El Paso congressman for, among other things, supporting NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest of police brutality, advocating for a less draconian immigration policy, and backing a controversial downtown redevelopment plan in El Paso a decade ago.

O’Rourke’s record-breaking fundraising success—he’s received more money from Texans than Cruz, both proportionately and overall—has been a frequent line of criticism from the GOP incumbent, but Cruz is the candidate who’s benefited most from deep-pocketed donors. Texans Are, a super-PAC formed last year with the express purpose of reelecting Cruz, brought in another $1.5 million over the last month, according to Federal Elections Commission filings posted on Saturday. At just under $33,000, the average donation turned out to be a teensy bit higher than O’Rourke’s $50. Four billionaires made their first contributions to the group last month, joining the 11 others who have already given to Texans Are. This coterie of new contributors includes a collector of Nazi art, a businessman who dresses up as a mattress, and one of America’s largest landowners.

Here’s a quick guide to some of them:

Kelcy Warren ($25,000): Warren is the chairman and CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the company responsible for building the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois, as well as the Trans-Pecos pipeline through Texas’ Big Bend region. Both projects made use of eminent domain from ranchers and farmers—a practice Texans Are highlighted in its attacks on O’Rourke. Warren and his partners gave $223,000 to the Texas Railroad Commissioners, who ultimately approved the latter project.


Of course!


‘Texans Are’?

Are what??

What a stupid name of a PAC. (But of course that’s not the important part)

Attached screenshot is of the top contributors to that PAC.

Note the fourth name – ANSARY, HUSHANG

Ansary has quite a background. He used to be in Iran’s government, before ‘the revolution’. Can you imagine the outcry if it was learned that a former Iranian official had donated to O’Rourke?! Republicans can be such hypocrites.

Born in Ahvaz, in Iran’s Khuzestan Province, Ansary first worked as a newspaper and magazine photographer in Ahvaz, Tehran, and England before moving to Japan in 1954. There he met Abbas Aram, Iran’s ambassador to Japan, who soon brought him to the attention of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The Shah asked Ansary to return to Iran and appointed him to several government positions starting in 1961, including Undersecretary of Commerce, ambassador to many African nations and to Pakistan, and Minister of Information.[2]

Oh, and look at this:

His accomplishments during this time included assisting the Shah in lending millions of dollars in aid and grants to other countries and the signing of an agreement with U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger to build eight nuclear power plants in Iran.[4]

I wonder why it says that he’s Kissinger’s “former” friend and business partner. I mean, I can understand the former business partner part. Hmmm, maybe it’s just poorly written?

Ansary is a devoted Republican,[13] a former friend and business partner of Henry Kissinger, Alexander Haig, and James Baker, served on the National Finance Committee of the Bush-Cheney 2004 Presidential Campaign and is a trustee of the George W. Bush Presidential Library.[14] In 2015, Ansary and his wife donated $2 million to a Super PAC supporting the presidential candidacy of Jeb Bush.[15]

Ansary scored a seat on the platform at Trump’s swearing-in ceremony.

Spot the Billionaires Given Special Seats on Donald Trump’s Inaugural Platform


Hmm didn’t know all of that…thanks for the info.


It’s a long read, but interesting https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/25/magazine/bruno-latour-post-truth-philosopher-science.html?action=click&module=Editors%20Picks&pgtype=Homepage

the summer of 1996, during an international anthropology conference in southeastern Brazil, Bruno Latour, France’s most famous and misunderstood philosopher, was approached by an anxious-looking developmental psychologist. The psychologist had a delicate question, and for this reason he requested that Latour meet him in a secluded spot — beside a lake at the Swiss-style resort where they were staying. Removing from his pocket a piece of paper on which he’d scribbled some notes, the psychologist hesitated before asking, “Do you believe in reality?”

For a moment, Latour thought he was being set up for a joke. His early work, it was true, had done more than that of any other living thinker to unsettle the traditional understanding of how we acquire knowledge of what’s real. It had long been taken for granted, for example, that scientific facts and entities, like cells and quarks and prions, existed “out there” in the world before they were discovered by scientists. Latour turned this notion on its head. In a series of controversial books in the 1970s and 1980s, he argued that scientific facts should instead be seen as a product of scientific inquiry. Facts, Latour said, were “networked”; they stood or fell not on the strength of their inherent veracity but on the strength of the institutions and practices that produced them and made them intelligible. If this network broke down, the facts would go with them.


That means JB Pritzker too, who has self-funded most of his campaign for the governor’s seat in IL.


You may recall that Bernie expressed his outrage about this mom’s situation the other day in WI. He called it “absurd, nonsense, this is bullshit”.




Five takeaways from Florida’s fiery final gubernatorial debate

DeSantis, however, repeatedly asserted that Gillum himself is under investigation.

“He wants you believe that he’s not under investigation,” the former Republican congressman said. “Why would an undercover FBI agent posing as a contractor give you a ticket to ‘Hamilton’?”

Good question DeSantis, why WAS the FBI trying to entrap Gillum??

The talk of race appeared to get under DeSantis’s skin. Asked by the moderator about his past comments praising a conservative writer who had made racist remarks, the former Republican representative lashed out.

“How the hell am I supposed to know every statement that somebody makes?” DeSantis shouted, prompting gasps and jeers from the audience.


Sounds like DeSantis could benefit from some anger management classes.


Roger Waters, Marielle Franco, and the Power of Inspiration in the Face of Darkness and Danger

Last night was emotional and moving in so many ways and it occurred, of all places, at an outdoor Roger Waters stadium concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: four days before this large, beautiful and struggling country, out of desperation, fear and anger, is likely to elect a genuinely menacing monster, and empower his movement in ways that were unthinkable until very recently.

I HIGHLY recommend reading Glenn’s piece. Roger Waters saw his obituary for Marielle Franco, who was assassinated about seven months ago, cut it out and put it in his wallet.

He told me earlier this week that he’s carried it around with him every day since, thinking about Marielle and reflecting on what her life, and death, meant.

Over the last three weeks, Waters has been touring Brazil, to sold-out massive stadiums, and using his platform for political statements at a time and place where that is needed more than ever. His denunciation of the rise of fascism in the form of Jair Bolsonaro at his first concert provoked boos and cancelled ticket sales, but he’s only escalated his political crusading since: not the cheap and superficial caricature of celebrity political statements but a deeply informed, compassionate and sophisticated messaging campaign that merges art and humanitarianism (not surprising for someone who has risked, and lost, so much from his enduring and relentless defense of Palestinians).

Last night, in Rio de Janeiro, he invited us to the show along with Marielle’s family – her 19-year-old daughter, Luyara Santos, her sister Anielle, and her widow Mônica Benício. He pulled my article from his wallet, talked about it and put a huge image of it on the screen, and then had the three of them on the stage to pay tribute to Marielle.

The whole article is inspiring and powerful (imo). I’m worried about Glenn Greenwald. Bolsonaro does not sound like the sort of person to allow criticism of him in the media.



Tammy Baldwin leads Leah Vukmir by double digits in new poll; Tony Evers has small lead over Scott Walker

MADISON – Democrats Tony Evers and Tammy Baldwin are leading their opponents in races for governor and U.S. Senate, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Evers has a 3-point lead over Gov. Scott Walker among likely voters, and Baldwin leads state Sen. Leah Vukmir by 15 points, according to results of a recent Ipsos poll conducted Oct. 12-18 on behalf of Thomson Reuters and the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
The online poll surveyed about 2,000 adults living in Wisconsin. The sample included 1,193 likely voters — with more Democratic likely voters surveyed than Republican or independents.
The survey showed 54 percent of likely voters polled said they would vote for Baldwin, the incumbent, while 39 percent picked Vukmir. Among all adults polled, 45 percent chose Baldwin and 31 percent chose Vukmir. In the governor’s race, 48 percent of likely voters said they would vote for Evers while 45 percent chose Walker. Among all respondents, 41 percent picked Evers and 40 percent chose Walker. The poll results come two weeks before the Nov. 6 elections and reflect potential voter sentiment before the Oct. 19 debate between Evers and Walker.


This leaned Dem in the sampler. I was surprised the Baldwin had that large a gap and that the Gov race was at 3 points separating them. Since this was ADem sampler their must be a large cross over vote in the Gov race. So still expecting a close race and Evers needs a yuge turnout. I hope the hell the Wi printed enough ballots as there is potential for a large turnout and I don’t want people to be turned away for lack of ballots. It could be a close one for Governorship


Walker getting defeated looks like a certain. 🙂


Hope those witches are hexing him too. He’s been a disaster for WI, especially those in unions.


yep I know a lot of teachers and prison workers that have been really hurt by Walkers union busting back in 2010. They haven’t recovered financially and many have left both professions and their is a critical shortage in both professions– Its been a tradition for sitting governor’s to take a tour of a correctional facility to meet the rank and file workers but Walker said that the visit was unnecessary which is a slap in the face to those state employee’s.


God Orl hope your right but KochwalkerAlecstan has a bad habit of winning or snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Wi progressives really need to win and get rid of this asshat




Only thing missing is a bird on the podium….


Photo is from Reno Gazette Journal. Check out the background poster. You can enlarge it by clicking on the image.


I’d be happy to vote for those 2. And with her vet background (and her other star qualities), she would bring a lot to the team.


Student Voting Rights Erupts at Texas State University

The long early voting line that wrapped around the LBJ Student Center earlier this week was a welcome sign to those at Texas State University who were hoping for strong enthusiasm among young voters on campus.

But with early voting on campus restricted to three days, civil rights attorneys, voting rights advocates and local Democrats are now raising the specter that the hour-and-a-half waits that students faced at the polling location could not only dim student turnout but also violate state and federal law.

In a letter sent to the county Thursday evening, lawyers with the Texas Civil Rights Project — on behalf of two Texas State students, MOVE Texas Action Fund and the League of Women Voters of Hays County — demanded that the county reopen the early voting location on campus and add an Election Day voting site to avoid a lawsuit.

Requesting a response by 12 p.m. Friday, the Texas Civil Rights Project alleged that the county’s decision to limit early voting at the on-campus location was a violation of the U.S. Constitution because it specifically targets a class of voters.

And the SCOTUS thought there were plenty of states which instituted protections, thus un-necessity of the Voting Rights Act?


Saw this image on twitter and had to have it since its exactly how its gone down.

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