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Benny

I’ve often thought Schumer wants to cancel student debt because of one of his kids.

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

Why am I not surprised?

orlbucfan

Cos you and I know lobby is just a cover up word for bribe. It’s the old saying: $$$ talks and u-know-what walks. Disgusting and blatant, too.

wi64

to quote Al Bundy (Offfff Course!!!)

LieparDestin

orlbucfan

Thank you, LD. I don’t get a chance to actually sit and listen to the Bernster often now. I was able to do so today. Like I’ve remarked on here over the years, working his 2016 campaign was and still remains a high point in my life. ☮️👏👍 Voting and participating in Democracy matters, no matter how old/young you are. 🙂

LieparDestin

la58

comment imageNASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has peered into the chaos of the Cartwheel Galaxy, revealing new details about star formation and the galaxy’s central black hole. Webb’s powerful infrared gaze produced this detailed image of the Cartwheel and two smaller companion galaxies against a backdrop of many other galaxies. This image provides a new view of how the Cartwheel Galaxy has changed over billions of years.

The Cartwheel Galaxy, located about 500 million light-years away in the Sculptor constellation, is a rare sight. Its appearance, much like that of the wheel of a wagon, is the result of an intense event – a high-speed collision between a large spiral galaxy and a smaller galaxy not visible in this image. Collisions of galactic proportions cause a cascade of different, smaller events between the galaxies involved; the Cartwheel is no exception.

orlbucfan

What more can I say? I am so proud to be the daughter of a father who designed the telemetry aka guts of the great grandpappy of both the Hubble and James Webb STs. It was called the Orbiting Astronomical Observatory aka OAO. It launched successfully from Cape Canaveral in 1969. Unfortunately, my Dad died before the launch. The OAO was all about ☮️fully gathering celestial knowledge for humankind. No spying or military bullshit. When I see these wonderful images, it’s all I can do not to weep tears of frustration with my species. You all understand. 💜☮️

wi64

You bet i do Orl!!!

Benny

orlbucfan

Good f#### riddance!

wi64

Probably the extremist gun nuts vote.

Benny

orlbucfan

Keep in mind Cook Polling has always had a RWing slant.

Benny

They’re more in the middle these days. Cook himself is, but Wasserman I believe is in the middle.

Benny

Tuesday’ Primaries Offered a Glint of Hope for Dems in November

epublican candidates from Arizona to Pennsylvania ought to worry. On Tuesday, voters in Kansas rejected efforts to gut a woman’s right to choose. In 2020, Donald Trump trounced Joe Biden there 56-42. Two years later, an anti-choice referendum went down in defeat 59-41. Suburban moms and dads had thundered; turnout soared. The supreme court’s wholesale attack on Roe backfired.

The competing opinions authored by Justices Alito, Thomas and Kavanaugh may gift the Democrats a two-seat gain in the Senate, and doom Republican pick-ups of governorships in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Grasp more than you can hold, and you will be left with nothing, the Talmud says. On primary day, the high court’s decision in Dobbs seems to have energized plenty of otherwise loyal Republicans. By the numbers, 65% of Americans believe the constitution enshrines a right of privacy even as they hold doubts about abortion.

Trump-endorsed Senate hopefuls JD Vance (Ohio), Mehmet Oz (Pennsylvania), Herschel Walker (Georgia) and Blake Masters (Arizona) must now answer for the Republicans’ war on autonomy. Vance also wants to ban pornography as he gives a greenlight to guns and embraces Marjorie Taylor Greene. He claims smut harms fertility rates.

A recent Fox News poll shows Democrats with double-digit leads in Pennsylvania’s Senate and governor’s races. Doug Mastriano, the Keystone state’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, came under recent fire for his embrace of Christian nationalism and ties with antisemitic figures. And Dr Oz is Dr Oz.

Tudor Dixon, the Trump-backed winner of Tuesday’s Michigan Republican gubernatorial primary, believes that a 14-year-old raped by a relative should be forced to carry her pregnancy to term. “Yeah, perfect example,” she told an interviewer.

Her remarks now are a centerpiece of incumbent Democrat Gretchen Whitmer’s re-election efforts. Dixon opposes exceptions to an abortion ban in cases of rape and incest. She trailed Whitmer by 11 points in a July poll.

The Michigan Right to Reproductive Freedom Initiative may also appear on the fall ballot. Once upon a time opponents of Roe claimed the ruling was wrong because it was “anti-democratic”.

Adding fuel to this Great Lakes dumpster fire, Matt DePerno, Michigan’s prospective Republican attorney general, openly mused about restricting accessibility to contraception. At a Republican debate, he questioned the validity of Griswold, the pertinent 1965 supreme court ruling. For good measure, DePerno previously spearheaded efforts to undo Biden’s 150,000-vote win in Michigan.

Tuesday’s contests were also about the 45th president exacting revenge and promoting the “big lie” – that he was defrauded of victory.

To be sure, not all Republicans were buying what the former guy was selling. But he had greater success than Kansas’s pro-lifers. Trumpism remains very much alive.

In the state of Washington, incumbents Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse stand on the verge of rebuffing primary bids by Trump-endorsed challengers. Both Representatives Herrera Beutler and Newhouse voted to impeach the ex-reality show host over his role in the January 6 insurrection.

On the other hand, Michigan’s Representative Peter Meijer, who voted for Trump’s impeachment, lost to John Gibbs, a Trump-backed challenger. Gibbs had received a boost from congressional Democrats, as part of an audacious strategic move to empower Republicans they think will lose in the general elections. Meijer, a supermarket chain scion, lost by four points.

With the rightwing Gibbs as the Republican nominee, the Democrats may actually pick up a House seat. Had Meijer emerged with the Republican nod, he would have been favored. All this raises the question of whether Democratic talk about putting the country ahead of party is partisan blather.

Elsewhere, Trump claimed the head of Republican Rusty Bowers, the outgoing speaker of the Arizona senate. He had opposed efforts to overturn the 2020 election, and appeared before the January 6 select committee.

Days after Bowers testified, Trump declared: “Bowers must be defeated, and highly respected David Farnsworth is the man to do it.”

Farnsworth believes that Satan stole the 2020 election. Really.

“This is a real conspiracy headed up by the devil himself,” he explained at a debate.

Along with Farnsworth, Mark Finchem, a diehard election denier and conspiracy theorist, notched the Arizona Republican nomination for secretary of state. He too had Trump’s blessing.

As for the state’s Republican primary for governor, Kari Lake holds a two-point lead with more than 80% of precincts reporting. Like Finchem and Farnsworth, Lake garnered a Trump endorsement and rejects Biden’s legitimacy as president. Whether she actually wins the primary and can prevail against Democrat Katie Hobbs, the current secretary of state, remains to be seen.

With Kansas’s resounding no vote, Democrats have good reason to make abortion a major issue for the midterms. Of course, as Republicans learned on Tuesday, it is all too easy to go off the deep-end.

orlbucfan

The dipshit MSM is not paying attention to states like where I live in. Early voting is starting. Folks are not happy with with Rubio. And DeSh1tface? Plus, at the local level, a lot of folks are pissed. November wil have a few positive surprises for us Birdies. ☮️🙂

Benny

Now, if most states could offer that ballot initiative but worded with clarity instead of baffling with wi64’s favorite gif.

wi64

Walker pulled that crap with a super pac messaging on a bill during his first reign of destruction, At least the D’s ran ads countering it and told the voters the truth and what a yes/no vote actually decided.

orlbucfan

T and R x 2, jcb!! ☮️🙂👍

Benny

orlbucfan

I play the local LottoX as a joke. I need a laugh down here and that’s one way I do it. If I won it, I would probably stroke out. I am not a gambler. Never have been but man, I have been through more than my share of bizarre BS luck.🙄

wi64

I usually take a shot when its gets that high but know i have better odds of being president. But i’d probably would be assisnated in office by the rich/corporations after limiting their gravy train. 🙂

Benny

Today is Linda Ronstadt’s birthday. She is unable to sing anymore so here’s a video of her performance of a Lowell George tune: