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FYI, I obtained a coy of Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward. I’m only 20% through it thus far. The first few chapters are about Trump’s campaign, which confirm some other reports I read about his data analytics. But it didn’t go into the alleged meddling by Russia very deeply.


Im going to go ahead and roll this over into 9/12 due to a lack of time of my own!

Hurricane could devastate Virginia pipeline project that is already struggling with changing weather

Work crews are racing to prepare for catastrophic rain from Hurricane Florence in mountainous areas where a major natural gas pipeline is under construction, as an abnormally wet summer has already overcome some efforts to prevent runoff and erosion.

The situation places a spotlight on the unusually demanding environment being crossed by the Mountain Valley Pipeline, as well as the stress being put on state regulators to keep up after years of budget cuts.

Work had resumed on the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Southwest Virginia at the end of last month after a federal agency lifted a moratorium. A federal court had suspended some permits for the 303-mile project, but those issues are being resolved.

Now, though, the company leading the effort said all work has stopped again and resources are being diverted to shore up construction zones against flooding and possible wind damage.

“We are taking all possible precautions in Virginia to ensure the safety of our crews and communities, as well as to protect and maintain erosion and sediment controls along MVP’s right-of-way,” said a statement from EQT Midstream Partners, the Pittsburgh company driving the pipeline project.

Pipeline construction involves clearing trees in a 125-foot-wide swath up and down mountains, digging pits for the 42-inch-wide pipe, crossing or tunneling under streams and rivers and moving earth along steep slopes. Managing both runoff from storms as well as keeping erosion out of pristine waterways is a massive job, even without the threat of catastrophic rainfall.

Landowners affected by the construction route as well as environmental groups who have protested the pipeline are bracing for the worst.

“I have great fears about what’s going to happen in the next several days,” said David Sligh, who is retired from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and now works with the Wild Virginia advocacy group.



With 1.5 million residents now under orders to evacuate their homes in preparation for Hurricane Florence’s landfall in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, the region faces the possibility of catastrophe should the storm damage one or more of the nuclear power plants which lie in its potential path.

As the Associated Press reported on Monday, “The storm’s potential path also includes half a dozen nuclear power plants, pits holding coal-ash and other industrial waste, and numerous eastern hog farms that store animal waste in massive open-air lagoons.”


This is going to be an ecological nightmare especially the pits that waste will go for miles where ever gravity takes the drainage of flood water. Not sure how vulnerable those to flood damage, wind damage etc.



Good one David!


While the Clown in the WH Deals with the Media Circus…

House GOP is pushing a new round of tax cuts that could cost $2 trillion over 10 years

House Republicans bracing for November’s midterm elections unveiled a second round of tax cuts on Monday that could add more than $2 trillion to the federal deficit over a decade, aiming to cement the steep cuts they passed last fall despite criticisms of fiscal profligacy and tailoring their policies to help the rich.

The GOP’s “tax reform 2.0″ aims to make permanent the tax cuts for individuals that President Trump signed into law in December 2017, including the law’s temporary reductions in individual filers’ rates, a doubling of the Child Tax Credit, and cuts to the estate tax paid by a small fraction of the wealthiest families.

Critics have said the proposed changes would primarily benefit the wealthiest taxpayers, while Republicans have argued their tax cuts help fuel the American economy by putting more money in consumers’ hands.

There’s more.

Republicans gave Congress almost a full decade to extend these individual tax cuts before they expire, but the law’s mediocre polling numbers and the difficult election outlook for House Republicans have increased their sense of urgency. With Democratic candidates characterizing the law as a giveaway to large corporations, Republicans are trying to counter by drawing attention to its rate reductions for individual taxpayers.

“Last year, we said goodbye to America’s old, broken tax code,” Brady said in a news release. “Now, it’s the time to ensure we never let our tax code become so outdated again. ”

But the price tag for extending them will be high. Brady’s plan would add about $630 billion to the federal deficit by 2029, on top of the $1.9 trillion the law is already expected to cost when factoring for higher interest payments, Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation said on Tuesday.

Beyond those three years, the costs would continue to pile up. Starting in 2026, the cuts could cost the federal government about $165 billion annually in today’s dollars, according to projections by the Tax Foundation, a conservative-leaning thinkI’tank. That annual cut would add up to a roughly $2.4 trillion additional to the federal deficit over a 10-year period, the Tax Foundation found.

I’m befuddled as to how these would be paid for, to paraphrase a Republican. Bernie wonders aloud a similar thought:


The aholes better hurry up. Election clock is ticking. 55 days to go to November 6. Then their worse nightmare will materialize: a heavy turnout of pizzed off voters!


Repubs certainly do give off the impression that they’re rushing to implement their agenda right now.


Classic shock doctrine. When you’re not manufacturing or at least milking a crisis, you give all the money to your BFFs. Then loudly proclaim how broke we are, unless the MIC needs it. aaarrrrgggghhhh.


What a bald faced lie!


Medicare for All and the Myth of the 40% Physician Pay Cut

It is soooo important to get this word out that I am posting the title after a brief skim of the article. This is already a big “untruth” out there, meant to sway people on the fence, doctors and anyone in their wide circles.

Written by a doctor.


New Report Brings Clarity to U.S. Arms Manufacturing Role in Global Conflicts
Want to be part of peace? Stop working for, and investing in, these Big 5 arms manufacturers

Most Americans want peace—in the world, in their country, and in their own homes and communities.

Even the most committed Trump supporter might want peace in Latin America and the Middle East—if it means “illegal” refugees stop “pouring” in to the USA.

Yet, somehow, U.S. “commandos” were deployed to 149 countries in 2017 alone.

Worse, according to a 2016 International Criminal Court report, U.S. troops allegedly committed war crimes in Afghanistan, and the U.S. military and CIA allegedly tortured at least 88 people in Poland, Romania, and other countries as well.

So why is it then that so many Americans work for private, for-profit companies profiting from war? And why are so many Americans invested financially in the merchants of death profiting from war and manufactured terror around the globe?

Perhaps it’s out of simple ignorance of a) not knowing where their money is invested and b) not knowing the U.S. companies that are manufacturing the weapons of death used by the U.S. and their frenemies around the world.


“Most Americans want peace—in the world, in their country, and in their own homes and communities.”

Boy oh boy I would go out on a limb to say that most of the 7 billion people on the plant would agree


Donald Trump and the Republicans Work Every Day to Destroy Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
It’s time to set the record straight

A list of 10 things they are doing to destroy our “entitlements.”


GOP is Sweating Votes Over Beto

On Monday, CNN changed its rating of the race from “Likely Republican” to “Lean Republican.” That followed a similar update by the Cook Political Report in August, reflecting the belief that the race is more competitive than previously thought.

On Sunday, Rick Tyler, Cruz’s former campaign spokesman, told MSNBC that there was a very real possibility O’Rourke could win. “It’s possible — people say no, it’s not possible because again you look at Texas and say ‘It’s a red state and it’s never going to happen’ but Beto O’Rourke has consistently out-fundraised him 2-to-1, and he doesn’t take PAC money.”

Panic appears to have spread into the top ranks of the Republican party, with one senior administration official privately fretting that Cruz is not “likable” enough to hold onto his Senate seat. Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney made the remark at an event for GOP donors in New York City on Saturday, according to a New York Times report.

Mulvaney’s comments came just a few days after another high-profile Republican, this one in Congress, expressed concern that excitement around the Senate race could imperil Republican candidates in down ballot match-ups. “It could have an impact there — where the races are tighter — to have a more energetic Democratic turnout than might have otherwise been the case had we not had that competitive statewide race with Beto and Ted,” Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) told the Midland Reporter-Telegram. “He’s going off in 254 counties and all this kind of stuff.”

The biggest indication that Republicans are starting to sweat O’Rourke, though, was the pledge that President Trump recently made on Twitter to campaign for the man he once dubbed “Lyin’ Ted.” Trump, who has remained bullish about the GOP’s chances in the midterm elections, tweeted, “I’m picking the biggest stadium in Texas we can find. As you know, Ted has my complete and total Endorsement. His opponent is a disaster for Texas – weak on Second Amendment, Crime, Borders, Military, and Vets!” Cruz enthusiastically accepted the offer from the man who once suggested that his father plotted to kill JFK.

(Shortly after Trump’s announcement, a Houston-based activist raised $9,760 in online donations, money that will go to toward hiring a truck to roam around Texas with billboards featuring a selection of Trump’s less glowing tweets about Cruz.)



“He’s going off in 254 counties and all this kind of stuff.”

Like, how weird is that, man? Campaigning? Hustling? Listening to people? I’m tellin’ ya, the guy is weird.

Has anyone figure out how to do italics yet?


I don’t think italics is functional. LD will get around to it once he’s moved and has more time to tinker with WP more.


And Andrew Bacevich is no wild-eyed radical.

Donald Trump’s tenure as the 45th U.S. president may last another few weeks, another year, or another 16 months. However unsettling the prospect, the leaky vessel that is the S.S. Trump might even manage to stay afloat for a second term. Nonetheless, recent headline-making revelations suggest that, like some derelict ship that’s gone aground, the Trump presidency may already have effectively run its course. What, then, does this bizarre episode in American history signify?

Let me state my own view bluntly: forget the atmospherics. Despite the lies, insults, name calling, and dog whistles, almost nothing of substance has changed. Nor will it.

Except in a ceremonial sense, the office of the presidency presently lies vacant. Call it an abdication-in-place. It’s as if British King Edward VIII, having abandoned his throne for “the woman I love,” continued to hang around Buckingham Palace fuming about the lack of respect given Wallis and releasing occasional bulletins affirming his admiration for Adolf Hitler.

In Trump’s case, it’s unlikely he ever had a more serious interest in governing than Edward had in performing duties more arduous than those he was eventually assigned as Duke of Windsor. Nonetheless, the 60-plus million Americans who voted for Trump did so with at least the expectation that he was going to shake things up.

If you spend your days watching CNN or MSNBC or reading columnists employed by the New York Times and the Washington Post, you might conclude otherwise. But those are among the institutions that, on November 8, 2016, suffered a nervous breakdown from which they have yet to recover. …

He goes on to remind us how when Trump was born, we were actually making all kinds of stuff and the wealth was distributed much more equitably. I could go on, but Bacevich is always worth a read.

Had to add this:

Americans today are deeply divided. There exists no greater symbol of that division than Trump himself—the wild enthusiasm he generates in some quarters and the antipathy verging on hatred he elicits in others.

The urgent need of the day is to close that divide, which is as broad as it is deep, touching on culture, the political economy, America’s role in the world, and the definition of the common good. …


I have to disagree with that closer. The divide between Trump’s wild throng and the rest of America is unbridgeable. If we’ve learned anything these past 20 years of centrist failure, it’s that there’s no workable compromise with people who hate all that is non-white, deny science and knowledge, and reject government’s role in modern society.



I will not be creating a separate post for the Rhode Island Primary.

The key race seems to be for Governor. Matt Brown,a Justice Dem and OR endorsed candidate, is challenging the incumbent, Gov Gina Raimondo. The Intercept has some of the recent news about mudslinging by the incumbent:

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo is working to fend off a progressive, albeit underfunded, primary challenge from the left. Matt Brown, a former Rhode Island secretary of state, is running a grassroots campaign against Raimondo, who he describes as “the most extreme corporatist Democrat in the country.”

The Democratic Governors Association has pumped in $1 million to support Raimondo, money that won’t be available for Georgia, Florida, or Maryland. EMILY’s List, which helps elect pro-choice women, jumped in as well, spending $345,000 on pre-primary mailers for the incumbent. Although Raimondo presents herself as pro-choice, she was criticized by reproductive rights advocates for passing what amounted to restrictions on abortion access during her first term in office and is listed as “mixed-choice” by NARAL Pro-Choice America.

A July survey found Raimondo with a 40 percent job approval rating among the general public and 58 percent among Democrats. That dropped to 29 percent among independents, who are legally allowed to vote in Wednesday’s primary.

Raimondo, a former venture capitalist, has raised nearly $7.8 million for her re-election, raking in much of her fundraising from the same corporate players responsible for the state’s fiscal problems. The claim of “most extreme corporatist” may sound like hyperbole, but as state treasurer, Raimondo touched off a scandal by pushing through pension reform legislation that handed a billion dollars of state worker money over to hedge funds with links to the conservative movement, which harvested eye-popping fees.

Brown would have to overcome steep odds, but he maintains that the race is closer than public polls show. And the Raimondo campaign’s decision to go negative in the days leading up to the September 12 primary — from a TV ad accusing her opponent of “money laundering” to attacks centered on the nuclear nonproliferation group he co-founded — indicate the race is indeed tightening. One mailer, funded by a pro-Raimondo Super PAC, showed an image of a nuclear explosion and read “Matt Brown Nuked His Own Nonprofit.”

A third candidate, Spencer Dickinson, may be the one to watch as he could siphon votes from Brown or Raimondo.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has an opponent, Patricia Fontes, but I confess I know nothing about her.

House District 1 sees Rep David Cicilline being challenged by Chris Young on the Dem side.

Our Revolution has also endorsed some state house candidates. Go here to look them up.

Polls close at 8 ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT. You can follow the NYT or Politico.


Thank you jcitybone, and also thanks to Benny.

I found myself both downcast and detained yesterday, and most of today.

Your account of 9/11 strikes through my heart. That must have been absolutely devastating. 🙁
I find myself tearing up even now.

A friend of mine lived on 20th street at that time and also had a clear view, from his rooftop. Ash found its way into his & his wife’s apartment, even with the windows continuously closed.

I was working at an airport on that day, at an aircraft management company/flight school, so it was very impactful for all of us. Needless to say, all air traffic was immediately shut down, so all anyone could do, really, was stare at the tv or shuffle paperwork trying not to cry.

There were many firefighters amongst our clients who immediately deployed to Ground Zero. So many stories.

I’m sorry you went through that jcitybone, and I hope your ex-colleague has found peace.


Beto on CBS Late Night! Tonight!


Not a surprise, her approval rating hovering around 50%, but I imagine that a good number of those who like her are Democrats. Probably more centrist-leaning Democrats.

The Latest: Gov. Raimondo wins Rhode Island Democratic race




Thank you Clintons and GOP:

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