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orlbucfan

T and R x 3, and thanks for hosting SB Weekend, Ms. Benny!! 🙂

polarbear4

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/02/10/critics-warn-lethal-impact-privacy-senate-advances-earn-it-act

Higgins said the reintroduced version of the EARN IT Act “is in some ways worse than the draft that attracted such vehement pushback two years ago, but could be rushed through to a vote before meaningful opposition can reassemble.”

la58

This is a email

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Dear Lawrence,

Did you see the news?

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed the Postal Service Reform Act. This was a huge victory for us as a union, and now things are moving fast.

Just yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Senate will likely vote on the Postal Service Reform Act before the end of next week.

This means we likely have less than seven days to influence the direction of this vote, Lawrence, so this is critical.

Can you call your Senators at 844-402-1001 and ask them to vote “YES” on the Postal Service Reform Act?
CALL MY SENATORS NOW
This bill will place the USPS on the path toward financial stability by repealing the onerous and financially debilitating pre-funding mandate, ensuring six-day delivery, providing for prospective Medicare integration, and adding much-needed transparency to postal operations – ultimately making our jobs as postal workers more secure.

This is a fight we’ve been engaged in for over a decade, and now is the most critical moment.

Please, call your Senators today.

Once you do, also be sure to RSVP to our livestream next Tuesday at 7:00PM EST to hear about how this fight is going, and learn what more we can all do to ensure this critical legislation passes the Senate.

We can win this fight, Lawrence, but only if we all do our part.

Thank you for making this call.

In solidarity,
The American Postal Workers Union

polarbear4

ty shared

jcitybone

wi64

Hell, if it were you or I the FBI would chase us around the moons of Nibia and ’round the Antares Maelstrom and ’round perdition’s flames before they give up looking for us 🙂

Lets face it, Law/justice for the rich and for us are as different as night and day and the rich dont serve time.

Paul ADK

In the year since what are the odds that the top secret classified information has been sold far and wide? And that it’s only still considered top secret and classified here?

jcitybone

jcitybone

The infrastructure bill without build back better looks like it will make global warming worse

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/10/climate/highways-climate-change-traffic.html

How Billions in Infrastructure Funding Could Worsen Global Warming

The new $1 trillion infrastructure law invests billions in climate-friendly programs like electric car chargers and public transit. But it also gives states $273 billion for highways over five years, with few strings attached. One analysis from the Georgetown Climate Center found that this money could significantly increase emissions if states keep adding highway lanes.

Already, there are signs that even states with ambitious climate goals like Washington, Illinois and Nevada hope to use federal funds to expand roadways, such as adding lanes to a congested section of the Eisenhower Freeway near Chicago. In 2019, states spent one-third of their highway dollars on new road capacity, roughly $19.3 billion, with the rest spent on repairs.

“This is a major blind spot for politicians who say they care about climate change,” said Kevin DeGood, director of infrastructure policy at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. “Everyone gets that oil pipelines are carbon infrastructure. But new highways are carbon infrastructure, too. Both lock in place 40 to 50 years of emissions.”

The core problem, environmentalists say, is a phenomenon known as “induced traffic demand.” When states build new roads or add lanes to congested highways, instead of reducing traffic, more cars show up to fill the available space.

Induced demand explains why, when Texas widened the Katy Freeway in Houston to more than 20 lanes in 2011, at a cost of $2.8 billion, congestion returned to previous levels within a few years.

“It’s not always intuitive to people, but the economic logic is pretty simple: If you make driving easier, people will do more of it,” said Susan Handy, a transportation expert at the University of California, Davis, who helped develop a calculator showing how highway expansions can increase emissions in different cities.

polarbear4

Also, is this the Bill that makes manchin’s coal clean?

Paul ADK

That absolutely had to be considered seperately, since it was a major trust issue and all.

orlbucfan

NYT is at it again. Partisan slant. CAP might have been Progressive at their inception, but they sure aren’t liberal/Progressive now.

polarbear4

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/02/11/death-sentence-untold-numbers-civilians-biden-permanently-seize-afghan-assets

According to the New York Times, the Biden administration will soon formally announce a plan to make half of the $7 billion available to pay off legal claims by those who lost families members on 9/11 while the other half would be set aside for humanitarian assistance for the Afghan people.

The Times reports, citing officials familiar with the matter, that Biden “will issue an executive order invoking emergency powers to consolidate and freeze all $7 billion of the total assets the Afghan central bank kept in New York and ask a judge for permission to move the other $3.5 billion to a trust fund to pay for immediate humanitarian relief efforts and other needs in Afghanistan.”

But critics were quick to denounce the move as cruel, given that the Afghan people themselves had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks that took place over two decades ago—and that those living in one of the poorest nations in the world should not be punished for the criminal acts of a small group of individuals, most of them from Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. With the nation on the verge of collapse, economists have warned permanent seizure of these funds that otherwise could stabilize the Afghan central bank would further spell disaster for the nation’s economy.

Paul ADK

Uh huh, with administrative costs taken off the top, I’m sure.

This is Afghan money, which should be held intact as leverage for future negotiation.

So far Biden’s foreign policy seems a bit dull, doesn’t it?

polarbear4

wi64

From my neck of the woods in WI
Fond du Lac district attorney, running for attorney general, charges five more people with voter fraud
Daphne Lemke
Patrick Marley
Fond du Lac Reporter

FOND DU LAC – A Fond du Lac prosecutor running for Wisconsin attorney general charged five people with felonies Thursday for registering to vote from postal boxes instead of street addresses.

Fond du Lac District Attorney Eric Toney brought the charges based on a tip from Peter Bernegger, a convicted felon who has spent the last year working with others to conduct a wide-ranging review of the 2020 election. Bernegger told state lawmakers on Wednesday that he had recently provided 450 tips to prosecutors.

Toney charged five people — Jamie Wells, Lawrence Klug, Sam Wells, Jeffrey TeStroete and Markeis Carter — with election fraud because they listed the address of a UPS Store on their voter registrations. Voters are required to list their actual addresses to make sure they vote in the correct districts.
“One of the issues we see at times if somebody doesn’t have a stable address, they may assume that they just list a P.O. box or something else, which the law doesn’t allow for,” Toney said at a news conference.

He had previously charged two other people in the county with felony election fraud after they were accused of voting while on probation.

Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney
Toney is seeking the Republican nomination for attorney general and faces former Rep. Adam Jarchow in the August primary. The winner will take on Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul in November.

The five people who were charged this week registered to vote using mail boxes at the UPS Store on South Main Street in Fond du Lac instead of a home. Toney said municipal clerks didn’t know the addresses were a UPS site because they included street addresses and suite numbers.

Klug and the Wellses voted in the 2020 presidential election. The other two did not, according to the criminal complaints.

Jamie Wells told police that she and her husband, Steve, traveled the country in a trailer and do not have a fixed address other than the UPS Store. In the last two years they have parked their trailer in New London, which is outside of Fond du Lac County, she told police.

While she is facing allegations of voter fraud, she told police they need to look into the election because she believes there was cheating.

“They took it away from Trump,” she said.

A similar issue over addresses recently came to light in La Crosse. The district attorney there decided not to charge anyone because the voters did not know they could not use the addresses for voter registration.

Toney took a different stance on the issue.

“Ignorance isn’t a defense of the law,” Toney said in an interview. “And on top of that, when people are registering to vote it’s where you live, not where you get your mail.”

Toney said his run for attorney general has nothing to do with his decision to charge the voters, noting one of them indicated he was a supporter of former President Donald Trump.

“We defend the integrity of our elections without regard to political pressure,” he said. “We’re simply following the facts and the law.”

Toney said he learned the five people might be registered at improper addresses in November, when Bernegger contacted him and the police. He emphasized that law enforcement conducted its own investigation before he charged anyone.

Toney said he wasn’t familiar with Bernegger’s past and emphasized that police had done their own investigation before charging the five people.

Bernegger was convicted of bank fraud and mail fraud in 2009 for deceiving investors in startup companies. A federal judge in Mississippi sentenced him to 70 months in prison. He was released in 2014.

Bernegger has spent the last year focused on the 2020 election and told the Assembly Elections Committee he was asking prosecutors to bring charges. He has sued three county clerks and accused Milwaukee election officials of being part of a “sect” that threw the 2020 election to Joe Biden.

Toney said at the news conference one challenge is in municipal clerks getting little guidance on voting practices, even from the Wisconsin Elections Commission, or getting guidance that contradicts Wisconsin statute.

“That puts our clerks in incredibly difficult positions where they’re trying to do the best they can and they’re not getting all the support they need from the Wisconsin Elections Commission,” he said.

The commission consists of three Democrats and three Republicans. They dispute such claims, saying they are committed to following state law and give clerks clear guidance.

Toney also noted it can take months for the state Elections Commission to refer criminal charges to local district attorneys, and often the investigation responsibility is placed onto local law enforcement, which was the case in the most recent allegations. He proposed that the state’s statutes on elections should be similar to its ethics code and statutes on public meetings and open records law.

“If we are going to trust our local DAs to enforce our open meetings and our state ethics code, we should also trust district attorneys to enforce our election laws,” he said.

That way, he said, people could submit verified complaints directly to their district attorney or the attorney general, which would require evidence that those officials could then investigate.

Toney has now charged seven people with election fraud in the past six months.

In September, he charged Donald Holz, 63, with illegally voting as a disqualified person. Holz was on parole for a felony conviction at the time of the 2020 election.

Two months later in November, Toney filed the felony charge of illegally voting as a disqualified person against 40-year-old Anthony Van Egtern of Campbellsport, who was was on probation for a second-offense conviction of possessing marijuana at the time of the elction.

Holz is scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing in April. Van Egtern’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 18.

They were at the time the fourth and fifth people charged in Wisconsin with election fraud out of about 3 million voters in the 2020 presidential election.

WI-63 BTW Fond du Lac County is a 60-65% R no matter what county.

orlbucfan

This GOPuke brings up a good point. There are a lot of older retirees selling their homes, and buying RVs and cruising. Quite a few of them are not poor. I know a few. I’m quite familiar with cruising having lived and dated Bikers (no, not the gap-toothed kind–yuck!).

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Interesting article/audio on FAIR about the cyber ninja audit in Arizona

https://fair.org/home/big-lies-are-built-from-lots-of-little-lies/

polarbear4

goodnight 💜🧚🏻🌝