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You know how to tell this is a good monologue? 6K plus down votes. (If nothing else, be sure to watch from 14:00.)


What is the value of a political consultant? I’ve wondered about it for years. T and R, Benny!!


Warning sign? An ad in the MSNBC news aggregate says “Forget Social Security: 8 Discounts Seniors are entitled to in 2019.”

Really? Forget Social Security….that program we have paid into our entire working lives? Is that a hint “they” have something else in mind for those funds?

Meanwhile (yes, I clicked on it…mostly just to confuse the counters), one of the “discounts” is this:

7. Claim This 72-Hour Survival Food Kit
In a crisis, your #1 need is food.

But not just any food… Experts say everyone needs to have non-perishable, good for 25 years survival food on hand in case of an emergency. Well right now – in what is truly an unprecedented move – 72-hour Food4Patriots survival food kits are being given away to loyal subscribers as long as they beat the program deadline and while supplies last.

“Survival food is more important today than ever before,” explains Frank Bates, a spokesman for the company. “Natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other threats can make obtaining sufficient food impossible in an emergency.”

“None of us wants to ever rely on this or any government to feed us in a crisis,” Bates says.

Food4Patriots survival foods are made of the finest ingredients, grown and packaged right here in the USA. They taste great and provide the nutrition you need.

Recent advancements in the processing and packaging have led to this food being guaranteed fresh for an amazing 25 years. Packages are made of military-grade Mylar, the same material used to protect NASA astronauts.

Every 72-hour kit that’s being given away contains 16 total servings of such delicious meals as Blue Ribbon Creamy Chicken Rice, the always-loved Granny’s Home-style Potato Soup, and stick-to-your-ribs breakfast favorite Maple Grove Oatmeal.

This kit sells to the general public for $27.00 plus postage and has been rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by customers.

But people who act quickly can get them just for the shipping and handling fee.

“We’re trying to ensure that no one who wants this free food misses out, but they have to hurry because we have a limited supply of the 72-hour kits we can give away,” Bates warned. “Once word got out that folks could actually get free survival food, we had to add extra customer service staff to keep up with incredible demand.”

There is still time to take advantage of this offer, but be aware that supplies are limited and the program may end at any time.

Thought one: Food that lasts 25 years for seniors? thanks for the vote of confidence that we will still be around.

Thought two: I thought the RW didn’t believe in “free.” (Yes, this is RW, read the text.)

Thought three: Three days worth of food for $27.00? That is only nine dollars a day, right? How much does oatmeal, soup and those nuked meals cost at your local grocery? Somewhere around eight dollars or less, but with enough oatmeal left over for the rest of the month.

Wow, I bet these are yummy. /s I think I will go make a sandwich with the bread that cost me $2 to make and will last me a week.


The kit sells for $27.00? hmmmmm

p.s. what kind of bread do you make? I’ve only mastered a country-style loaf. Bread is tricky!


There is a trick to it. It is called a bread machine. = ) So worth it as I cannot knead dough any more. I used to make bread from scratch all the time but this is so much easier and tastes the same.

I mostly make a whole wheat-white bread and some times French bread and a couple other recipes I like.

Maybe you can still get the “free” offer (not free when you get put on a dozen lists) and report what they taste like. Lol. I have had military rations and hard to believe, even the chocolate doesn’t taste good.


Three words: Free Chelsea Manning

Trump says Navy SEAL accused of war crimes will be moved to ‘less restrictive confinement’

President Trump on Saturday announced that Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who is accused of war crimes in Iraq, will be moved to ‘less restrictive confinement’ — apparently in response to a push by Republican lawmakers advocating for Gallagher.

. . .

Gallagher is facing premeditated murder and aggravated assault charges stemming from the alleged killing of an injured ISIS prisoner and alleged instances of him intentionally firing sniper rounds at civilians.

. . .

Trump’s tweet comes amid a growing push from Republican lawmakers for better treatment for Gallagher. Trump referenced Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., who appeared on “Fox and Friends” on Friday, where he repeated those calls — saying “they’ve got him in with rapists, they’ve got him in with pedophiles.”



Senator Cory Booker spun through a San Francisco fund-raiser hosted on Friday afternoon by high-tech titans and wealthy venture capitalists, including the investor Ron Conway. That evening, in New York, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand gathered donations at the Upper West Side home of Matthew Mallow, a vice chairman of the investment giant BlackRock.

And on Sunday night, Senator Kamala Harris is set to mingle with Hollywood luminaries at the home of the president of the MGM Motion Picture Group, Jonathan Glickman.

The race for cash in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary is reaching a frenetic peak this weekend with a dozen fund-raisers on both coasts, as presidential hopefuls rush to vacuum up $2,800 checks — the maximum amount individuals can give for the primary by law — before the first quarterly fund-raising deadline of the campaign at midnight on Sunday.

But the candidates don’t want to discuss any of this.

They are instead trying to pull off a delicate balancing act. Publicly, the 2020 hopefuls are all about attracting low-dollar donors, trying to prove their grass-roots appeal and populist bona fides by touting large numbers of small donations — an ascendant force in Democratic politics. But privately, most Democrats also badly need the big checks and are still going behind closed doors to woo the wealthy, whose money is critical to pay for campaign staff, travel and advertising.

Two prominent candidates, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have disavowed the traditional money circuit entirely — a safe bet for Mr. Sanders, whose online donor network amply funded his 2016 run, but a far riskier gambit for Ms. Warren, who has a far smaller base of low-dollar contributors.


Merrill is Clinton’s long-time advisor and spokesperson.


Bullhockey. Orange moran’s red MAGA hats pushed the exceptionalism meme in a way the people who supported him went nuts over.


This is great. Dems need to make inroads in these farm states, especially the way the Senate is structured.


Food and farm policy rarely plays a major role in US presidential elections. But Democratic hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders may be about to change that.

In a Medium post published Wednesday, Warren laid out a populist plan to shake up the American system of food production. As I have been writing for years, the companies that sell farmers seeds, chemicals, and tractors have been consolidating into fewer and ever more massive entities. So have the firms that buy farmers’ goods, such as grain traders, meat companies, and supermarkets. Farmers, meanwhile, have seen the prices they receive for their products—and their profits—wither away.

“It all starts with attacking consolidation in the agriculture sector head on,” Warren declared. “We must give family farmers more options and more bargaining power in the marketplace so they can build more economic security.”

Sanders, for his part, published an op-ed in the Des Moines Register Thursday making a similar case, although with fewer specific promises. He, too, denounced Bayer’s Monsanto buyout, adding that “when we are in the White House, we are going to strengthen antitrust laws that defend farmers from the corporate middlemen that stand between the food grower and the consumer, and have now become so big and powerful that they can squeeze farmers for everything they’re worth.”

These are bold stands—especially given that the 2016 Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, raised more agribusiness cash than Donald Trump during the campaign. Back in 2014, Clinton earned a $335,000 fee for speaking before the Biotechnology Industry Organization, a trade group representing the seed industry.


Thank goddess. About time.



Went to the first ORLC Bernstorm. A little music, a little political comedy, lots of tables with orgs. The musician had a lot of missing teeth—made his music a little sweeter.

Also learned more about 5G, and I am going to opt out of my smart meter. I wasn’t planning on it until this physicist spoke about it.


I’m loving this.




There is an excellent read by David Dayen in the American Prospect about the makeup of the US House’s Financial Services Committee. Maxine Waters is the chair. She brought in AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashiba Talib, and Katie Porter. Porter won a GOPuke seat in Orange County CA which hasn’t changed hands since the Stone Age. She ran on going after the Banksters and other financial thieves. She is a student of Warren’s and could end up the Banksters’ worse nightmare. 🙂 I can’t get the link, but it’s worth finding and reading. 🙂



I’ve always thought that health care is the issue that encompasses every aspect of this inequality, a belief that has been strengthened each time I visited a county hospital or a clinic. Without the certainty of care, millions are a step away from financial ruin and death. “For the third straight year, life expectancy in America is in decline,” Sanders said at the rally. “We are going to change that.”

During the event, I talked to people about health care. I approached two women, Sandy Reding and Rebecca Prediletto, who were wearing the red shirts of the California Nurses Association. Their union was a major force behind Sanders four years ago, embracing a concept then ridiculed by cautious Democratic mainstreamers: Medicare-for-all. Earlier in the week, Sanders had spoken at a nurses union rally at UCLA, where the nurses had staged a one-day walkout in support of members in other parts of the state.

This particular Saturday was the day before the revelation of the report giving President Trump so-called exoneration in the Russian investigation. But, as the Democratic victories in last year’s House elections showed, health care means more to voters than the president’s relations with the Russians. The following week, Trump, scorning the election results, moved to kill Obamacare.

“We’ve been on the ground canvassing for Medicare-for-all,” Reding said. Their reception, both nurses said, was much different than it was four years ago. “It’s the difference between night and day, ” she said. “These are people who come out after they have done their research. Medicare-for-all is the fire-starter, the catalyst.”


🙂 🙂 I am already correcting/educating people I know. It’s Medicare For All, not any other name. That’s what we are owed as human beings, nothing less!




I’ve been thinking about this, too.



Well that should put an end to the phrase “red-hot sex.” = )



If they’re doing it there’s a good chance we are doing it or at least approving of it.


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