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LieparDestin

O’Rourke receives invite to visit Iowa from Democratic Party in Des Moines

Beto O’Rourke has reportedly received an invitation to visit the Polk County Democratic Party in Des Moines, Iowa – the state that hosts the first presidential nominating contest of 2020.

According to The Dallas Morning News, the Democratic Party in Des Moines, which is home to one-third of the state’s Democratic voters, extended the invitation to O’Rourke on Monday.

“We would love to host him,” Sean Bagniewski, the chairman of the Polk County Democratic Party, told the publication. “He was unapologetically progressive. He’s a young face. He wasn’t afraid to be himself. Democrats are often very poll tested, very consultant-driven. He was more authentic in a way that people haven’t seen since Barack Obama, so he connected with people nationwide in ways that some of our more cautious political leaders haven’t.”

O’Rourke has not responded to the invitation, according to the publication.

TheLeftistheCenter

When they say authentic ‘since Obama’ who was half media construct, ignoring the most authentic of all, Bernie, that’s a red flag.

humphrey

The bright spot that I see is that it takes a shot at Clinton who never says anything until she checks with her consultants to see which way the wind is blowing.

Benny

And even then, they don’t know either. They rely on data models–bad ones.

magsview

I’m not happy about all this talk of Beto in 2020. I saw one twitter poll that teamed him up, as VP, with Kamala Harris. Beto would’ve been way better than Cruz but he is a ‘New’ Dem after all.

Benny

It’s still nice to know that Beto had some impact though.

magsview

Absolutely. The way he hit the road and did his best to connect to the entirety of the huge state of Texas will probably go down in history.

orlbucfan

Hope he says no. This is pure Turd Way PR stressing identity. T and R to the usual excellent TPW suspects!!

LieparDestin

magsview

The comments under the youtube link are very entertaining. 😉

orlbucfan

POX “News” is a curse. FRightwingnut propaganda and proud of it.

jcitybone

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21578/democrats_congress_bernie_sanders_15_minimum_wage

This legislation could help anchor a progressive agenda platform for the new class of left-leaning Democrats in Congress. Raising the minimum wage is a consistently popular idea: In 2016, Pew found 58 percent of people supported a $15 wage, while Quinnipiac found 54 percent support in 2017.

It’s also a policy that voters are familiar with. Seeing Democrats get on board with a minimum wage bump would show that they stand on the side of working people, drawing a clear line in the sand with Trump and members of the GOP who would rather get rid of the federal minimum wage altogether.

Every member of Congress should be forced to vote on whether they will pass a bill helping tens of millions of people better afford housing, food and healthcare. Sanders’ bill would do just that.

LieparDestin

humphrey

I wonder who his backers are? He seems to be getting excessive publicity for a failed candidate whereas people like Abdul El-Sayed and others are simply forgotten.

LieparDestin

I think the people behind VICE have given him a fair share of publicity, as well as TYT. VICE can go either direction as they promote very libertarian ideas, but also have given a lot of coverage to Fetterman

LieparDestin

He wasnt bad in this interview and I can see him actually getting slightly more support than OMalley or Webb ever received, but nowhere near a Bernie level especially with Bernie in the race.

TheLeftistheCenter

I think what it comes down to is they know Bernie is incorruptible so thats why they want any other semi/progressive because they feel at least they have a shot at bending them. Thats why there is a call for Beto, since hes young with a family, they think he might be willing to sell out a little to secure the future of his family like Obama did.

They see the winds of progressiveism are blowing strong and are scrambling to get as many people that might have a chance at pushing Bernie out as they can, or at least maybe dilute his vote count.

Bernie is just too dangerous, hes too old to threaten his life, wealthy enough to not need money and consistent enough to not be easily swayed, just about any one else they feel is a better deal for them.

orlbucfan

This guy is not ready to be POTUS. All he is outside of his WVA race is image. It’s a shame cos he almost won that race.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/policy/technology/416884-gillibrand-questions-financial-incentives-for-new-amazon-headquarters

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday voiced reservations about the package of incentives New York offered Amazon to locate part of its new headquarters in Queens, echoing criticism from some progressives about the deal.

“While I’m glad that Amazon recognizes that Queens is a great place to do business, I’m concerned about the lack of community input and the incentives that Amazon received in order to convince them to bring those jobs to New York,” Gillibrand said in a statement on Wednesday night.

“One of the wealthiest companies in history should not be receiving financial assistance fro

Gillibrand’s concerns mirrored those put forward by progressives like Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who will represent parts of Queens in the next Congress. Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday thanked Gillibrand for her statement.

Benny

A little slow to the party, Senator.

jcitybone

But better coming to the party than staying away.

humphrey

If it is a done deal it is only for optics and I think it is a done deal.

LieparDestin

Bernie Sanders: ‘We have a president who is a racist’

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday lashed out at President Trump in a speech, calling the president “racist” and “bigoted,” echoing language he used during campaign events earlier this year.

Speaking to the National Action Network, a nonprofit group founded by Rev. Al Sharpton, the Vermont progressive received applause from the group’s members for his condemnation of the president.

“But we must be honest and straight-forward and say that we have a president who is a racist,” Sanders, who is thought to be a likely 2020 presidential contender, said. “A president who is a sexist. A president who is a homophobe. A president who is a xenophobe and a president who is a religious bigot. And it gives me no joy to tell you that. But that is the simple truth and we’ve got to confront that truth.”

Oddly I could find Booker’s speech on CSPANs youtube but no Sanders.

Benny

Yesterday, I was watching Bernie live at NAN on C-SPAN and within 45 seconds, they switched to the House, who had 5 minutes of business. Of course, by the time C-SPAN returned, he was gone and there was no recording (despite saying there would be). Harrumph!

jcitybone

https://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a25062833/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-congresswoman-instagram-stories/

By showing so much, Ocasio-Cortez is completely demystifying a process that had once been thought of only as the provenance of those old, white men. She makes politics seem relatable, doable, possible for any young person watching. Suddenly, entering the political sphere doesn’t seem so scary after all. And she’s doing it all through social media, a tool that those same old white men probably don’t know how to use in an effective, engaging way, and who probably wouldn’t pull the curtain on the process even if they could.

She’s bringing everyone in, which, in a representative democracy, is exactly what should be happening, especially at a time when we have the ability to be more transparent than ever before. It’s also what’s necessary to get young people interested and involved in politics. We don’t need to be making the process seem any more complicated than it actually is, and we don’t need to scare away perfectly eligible candidates from running because they don’t know what they’re getting themselves into. What we do need is the Ocasio-Cortezs of the world to continue being open and honest about what it means to serve their communities, and then we need even more history-making young people to join her.

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jcitybone

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/15/667546032/auntie-maxine-waters-gets-ready-to-take-on-the-banks-as-house-panel-chair

Maxine Waters of California is known as a partisan firebrand who gives as good as she gets, especially where President Trump is concerned.

Now, with Democrats assuming control of the House in January, the California Democrat is about to become more visible than ever before, with the power to slow down an important part of Trump’s agenda and even shine a light on his company’s finances.

“I will be the first African-American, the first woman, to chair the powerful Financial Services Committee,” she told a crowd of supporters in Los Angeles right before the election. “That’s all of Wall Street. That’s all the insurance companies. That’s all the banks.”

The 80-year-old lawmaker from Los Angeles now serves as the committee’s ranking member. There, she has positioned herself as a voice of the little people, relentlessly grilling bank regulators and executives about the impact of their policies on small businesses and homeowners.

“She is a tough and savvy defender of consumer protection and holds the feet of the banks and the Trump administration regulators to the fire,” says Mike Calhoun, president of the Center for Responsible Lending.

magsview

From my Bernie quote a few comments above:

“What we need is a woman who has the guts to stand up to Wall Street”

I hope she kicks some serious butt.

orlbucfan

Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee. She’s the one I hope would run for Speaker. This is even better news.

wi60

Aw the banksters aren’t Gonna like Maxine with all that accountability and so on!!!

jcitybone

Brexit upheaval in Britain

https://www.thedailybeast.com/theresa-mays-government-in-death-spiral-over-brexit-deal-after-key-resignations

Theresa May’s government—which has lurched from one crisis to another ever since she took over as Britain’s prime minister in 2016—is under siege from her own cabinet, with two high-profile ministers quitting in the space of one hour Thursday morning, the day after she presented the deal she’d struck with the EU for the U.K.’s exit to near-universal criticism.

The two ministers, which included the cabinet secretary in charge of Brexit, have quit in protest after May revealed the culmination of months of negotiations Wednesday—only to have her efforts panned by both sides of the EU debate. May is a single-issue prime minister, and the harsh verdict on her deal seriously imperils her leadership.

One U.K. government minister told The Daily Beast that the government was “fucked, in every hole” and admitted this could be the endgame for May, saying there were three possible routes: May resigns as prime minister, she fights a leadership challenge in her party, or she calls an election.

May is now facing open rebellion—several pro-Brexit lawmakers publicly called on her to stand down as prime minister Thursday morning.

magsview

This Brexit thing is definitely coming to a head. It’ll be interesting to see the end result and also to see if Jeremy Corbyn has played his cards well.

Corbyn has received so much criticism from the Labor Blairites about not coming out forcefully enough (in their eyes) on the anti-Brexit side, the so-called ‘Remain’ side. But I think that it’s possible that he’s been quite deft by letting Theresa May have to lie in the bed she made. Corbyn always basically said that the people voted for it, but that if it looks like May can’t come up with a good ‘deal’ than that’s going to be a big problem for him.

Yesterday, after the first draft of the Brexit ‘deal’ came out, Corbyn was ready:

Corbyn was immediately scathing. “After two years of bungled negotiations, from what we know of the government’s deal it’s a failure in its own terms,” he said.

“It doesn’t deliver a Brexit to the whole country, it breaches the prime minister’s own red lines, it doesn’t deliver a strong economic deal that supports jobs and industry. And we know they haven’t prepared seriously for no deal.”

He asked: “Does the prime minister still intend to put a false choice to parliament between her botched deal or no deal?”

May replied by saying Corbyn and his party had “only one intention – that is to frustrate Brexit and betray the vote of the British people”.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/nov/14/jeremy-corbyn-attacks-mays-half-baked-brexit-deal

But May’s words don’t ring true. Corbyn has always focused on the need to get a good “deal”.

magsview

(and on respecting the will of the people re: the original Brexit vote)

jcitybone

Well sometimes people do change their minds. And it was a super close vote.

magsview

Of course! In fact I saw a lot of people after the vote say something to the effect that they only voted for Brexit because they were angry and didn’t think it would actually happen.

But the vote results were what they were and the vote to Brexit passed, so I think the Blairites have been trying their best to set a trap, so to speak, for Corbyn, by urging him to try to fight to overturn the vote. But Corbyn didn’t fall for it. He waited until the draft deal to come out and can now focus on how it’s a very bad deal for the people. It doesn’t address the need for jobs, for example. That’s a better way, imo, to get the people to side with him.

jcitybone

January can’t come fast enough in the House.

https://www.democracynow.org/2018/11/15/rep_ro_khanna_by_blocking_yemen

House Republicans have quashed debate on a resolution that aims to end U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen by sneaking a single line into an unrelated resolution about wolves. The House voted 201 to 187 on the bill Wednesday, approving a provision that blocks the Democrats from forcing a vote on the U.S. role in Yemen under the War Powers Act. For nearly four years the United States has played a key role supporting the Saudi-led invasion, which has devastated Yemen, creating the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The U.N. is warning 14 million Yemenis are on the brink of famine. One new study has estimated the war has killed at least 57,000 people since the beginning of 2016. We speak with Congressmember Ro Khanna, who introduced the resolution in the House.

humphrey

Here is his speech.

LieparDestin

LieparDestin

Not a mention of Lee in this very ‘centrist’ based article

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/416836-insurgents-seek-female-challenger-to-replace-pelosi

The anti-Pelosi insurgents are coalescing around a new strategy in their quest to deny Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) the Speaker’s gavel: recruit a woman to run against her.

The shift in approach comes as the rebellious group has been faced with a barrage of criticism for trying to take down Pelosi, who became the first female Speaker of the House in 2007, on the heels of an election cycle being dubbed the “Year of the Woman.”

Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), one Pelosi detractor, hammered the argument that the California Democrat’s promotion is the only way to secure female leadership at the very top of the party.

“To those who say that this is an issue of gender, that’s just not true. I’m a woman, and a lot of our new members are women, and they should not be made to feel that they are anti-woman if they don’t want to vote for Nancy Pelosi,” Rice said Wednesday, leaving a closed-door Democratic meeting in the Capitol.

Hoping to overcome one of their biggest hurdles in thwarting Pelosi, the insurgent group has been ramping up its efforts to recruit a female challenger, with Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) notably telling reporters for the first time Wednesday night that he thinks a woman should replace Pelosi atop the Democratic caucus.

Among female candidates Ryan has floated are Democratic Reps. Cheri Bustos (Ill.), Marcia Fudge (Ohio), and Karen Bass (Calif.). Ryan said he has urged the latter two to run.

jcitybone

Well the opposition to Pelosi has been mainly from Blue Dogs and New Dems so they would not be supporting Lee. Marcia Fudge who the anti-Pelosi faction is putting forth as a candidate is one of only two Dems to refuse to support the Equality Act, which would extend federal civil right protections to LBGTQ Americans. The other one is Dan Lipinski

humphrey

Speaking of the Blue Dogs and New Dems, here is a listing of both groups.

Some of which are members of both.

https://newdemocratcoalition-himes.house.gov/members

https://bluedogcaucus-costa.house.gov/members

Benny

I think Bustos is the new DCCC chair, if I’m not mistaken.

jcitybone

Did she win? She was running for it against three candidates, including my beloved representative Sean Patrick Maloney.

Benny

Maybe she’s still running for it.

humphrey

It is still ongoing.

https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/democrats-look-new-dccc-chair-protect-majority

For the first time, House Democrats are competing in an open race to lead the party’s campaign arm next cycle. And the new leader’s responsibilities will include something no predecessor has faced in a decade: protecting their chamber majority.

The race to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is currently a four-way contest between Reps. Cheri Bustos of Illinois, Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, and Denny Heck and Suzan DelBene of Washington. The DCCC chairmanship was an appointed position until 2016, after Democratic losses led to demands for changes at the committee. Current DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján is running for assistant Democratic leader.

Unfortunately every last one of them is a member of the New Democratic Coalition which is not a good thing for progressives.

orlbucfan

Has Barbara Lee declared her interest?

jcitybone

Ranked choice voting works! Voters are able to vote for a non-Democrat or Republican and not worry that their votes will help their least favorite win. Here the two indies were left leaning and overwhelming gave their votes to Golden.

magsview

Democrats flip another House seat after ranked-choice runoff in Maine

It’s the first time in the nation’s history a federal race has been decided by ranked-choice voting.

Golden won 50.5% to Poliquin’s 49.5%, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap told reporters Thursday afternoon. The flip means Democrats have picked up 33 House seats so far in 2018, with seven races still undecided. Democrats lead in five of those seven seats, all of which are Republican-held districts.

The tabulation came hours after a judge denied Poliquin’s request for a temporary restraining order. The Republican had called into question the constitutionality of the ranked-choice voting process, which Maine’s voters approved in a 2016 referendum and used for the first time this year.

jcitybone

Every elected official for federal office in New England is a Dem or Dem/Independent except for Collins in Maine. Payback in 2020 is coming Susan!

wi60

R heads are exploding all over the web on this result with the usual voter fraud BS

LieparDestin
Benny

<8

LieparDestin

I enjoy the way he writes. Im inclined to agree with some of the comments about the coded message within

jcitybone

Trump admits Whitaker appointment is about the Russia investigation

President Trump has spent the last year and a half trying to walk back or gaslight the public about his interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, wherein he admitted that his decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey was about the Russia investigation.

On Wednesday, the president repeated that gaffe, essentially admitting that his decision to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appoint a Trump-friendly “acting” attorney general was also about the Russia investigation.

During an interview with the conservative site The Daily Caller, Trump was asked about his thinking behind appointing a new attorney general, one week after he fired Sessions. He said that Matthew Whitaker, Sessions’ chief of staff who is acting as a temporary replacement, was “very respected.”

The president then turned, unprompted, to the Mueller investigation, calling it “illegal” and something “that should have never been brought.” He then defended Whitaker’s status as an acting attorney general unconfirmed by the Senate, drawing comparisons to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was also not confirmed by the Senate.

To sum up Trump’s position: he forced his attorney general to resign, someone who he had castigated publicly for his decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, and replaced him with Whitaker, who has called Mueller’s probe into Russian interference and the Trump campaign “a fishing expedition.” When asked about who he wanted to be the next attorney general of the United States, Trump praised Whitaker and argued that the Russia investigation should never have been conducted.

orlbucfan

He’s been doing international crime laundering for over 30 years. White collar crime to the max. Orange dumbo has plenty of company. This country is paying for it. 🙁

humphrey

Meanwhile the vote counting in Florida continues.

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2018/11/15/florida-judge-extends-deadline-for-fixing-ballots-with-mismatched-signatures-8912383

TALLAHASSEE — A Tallahassee federal court judge has given voters until Saturday to fix ballots that were tossed due to conflicting signatures, extending the deadline for counties to turn in final election results, including machine recounts.

Judge Mark Walker determined Thursday that state law lacks a concrete process for voters to challenge county canvassing boards that decided to reject provisional or vote-by-mail ballots due to signature mismatches.

The ruling is likely to extend the machine recount portion of one of two U.S. Senate contests that remain to be called. The margin in the Florida race is so slim that it is almost certain to proceed to a manual recount after the machine recount concludes.

humphrey

It is not only the Senator and Governor’s races in question.

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2018/11/15/nelson-intervenes-in-gop-ag-commissioner-candidate-challenge-to-block-scott-698504

TALLAHASSEE — The campaign of Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) says it is intervening in a vote-counting lawsuit filed by the Republican candidate for agriculture commissioner to block Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts to obstruct vote counting.

Former state Rep. Matt Caldwell, the Republican candidate for agriculture commissioner, lost the lead to Democrat Nikki Fried two days after he declared victory on election night Nov. 6. She leads in the unofficial results by 5,326 votes, or 0.06 percent, as a machine recount is continuing.

Caldwell sued Nov. 9 and filed an amended complaint on Nov. 11 alleging past misconduct by Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes. A hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday in circuit court in Fort Lauderdale on Caldwell’s emergency motion seeking public records from Snipes.

Nelson’s campaign and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee have intervened and presented a witness list for the hearing. Nelson trails Scott in his own reelection by 12,562 votes as the two battle in court over ballot-counting in their race.

humphrey

What a surprise. The Republicans hit your pocket books once again!

https://thehill.com/policy/finance/416944-new-inflation-measurement-will-lessen-effects-of-gop-tax-cuts-report

A new method to measure inflation announced by the IRS on Thursday as part of the GOP tax reform package passed last year will cut into the effects of tax cuts also included in the bill, according to a new analysis.

Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that the new, slower method of measuring inflation will result in a slower annual rise in the standard deductions Americans can claim on their taxes than would have occurred naturally under the old system of measurement, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The Journal also notes that the right-leaning Tax Foundation found that a married couple’s standard deduction in 2019 will be about $150 lower than it would have been under the old inflation-adjustment model. Many taxpayers saw their greatest tax benefits this year under the law and will see their tax cuts shrink over time, according to the analysis.

Benny

I had already guessed that my family got about $50 a month in the paycheck, but in taxes we are going to have to pay more since SALT is no longer tax deductible. Middle class lost big time.

orlbucfan

Also in contributing to charities. I have done it for years. The tax code was changed to where small donations are no longer tax exempt.

Benny

Yep, not donating any to charities, American Humane Society local withstanding. They need all of the help they can get.

Torabs
Torabs

Khanna continues to step up. I look forward to initiatives like this actually passing in 2019.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/11/15/stop-walmart-act-sanders-khanna-bill-would-outlaw-stock-buybacks-corporate-giants

Torabs
Torabs
humphrey

Jane Sanders interviews Tulsi Gabbard. Lengthy but very informative.

humphrey

She proves that she should be in a leadership position. Her comments are very refreshing.

humphrey

Her comments on the Korean and middle east situations should be heard as they are spot on.

humphrey

humphrey

Tell it like it is Bernie! LOL

humphrey

Here is hoping that it turns out for the best.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/416945-florida-senate-race-heads-to-a-hand-recount

The Florida Senate race between Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Gov. Rick Scott (R) is heading to a hand recount after the latest round of machine tallies showed the two candidates still neck and neck.

Nelson and Scott were separated by a margin of about 0.15 percentage points, according to results of a machine recount released Thursday – a narrow enough margin to trigger a hand recount under state law.

The hand recount must be completed by Sunday, in time for a Nov. 20 deadline for state officials to certify the final election results.

A manual recount does not mean that every ballot is counted by hand. Instead, local election officials will sort through so-called overvotes and undervotes – ballots on which voters marked either more or fewer than the maximum number of selections allowed.

orlbucfan

Local news reports that the Governor’s race is done. Gillum ran a great race. This one doesn’t stink even tho DeShitetis sucks! Sick Rott is another story. The Senate race now goes to manual recount. Nelson is behind by .15%. Manual recounts are monitored to the max cos of the long time state corruption. Still refuse to hold my breath.

humphrey

As if they need it.

But food stamp recipients are a different story.

humphrey

I can’t wait for wi60’s response to this one. LOL

wi60

Scott Walker: 2018 election loss not a ‘rejection,’ may have ‘reformed myself out of a job’

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday, shortly before Walker spoke, that Republican lawmakers are also looking at adding more legislative appointees to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation board and the state Building Commission. GOP lawmakers are also interested in moving the state’s 2020 presidential primary from April to March so it would no longer coincide with that year’s state Supreme Court election, the Journal Sentinel reported.
Justice Daniel Kelly, who was appointed by Walker in 2016, will be on the ballot in April 2020. Walker said he is open to some of those things, including moving the presidential primary. Asked whether the change would benefit Kelly, Walker said “pundits will speculate one way or another.”

Reformed out of a job my ASS, Act 10 that caused major pay cuts to state workers and numerous vancies than have caused on going mandatroy OT for correctional workers and not approving any pay raises until this election year. And it was only 2% so divide that out over 8 years while he was in office. Millions cut from schools, millions to charter schools, tax breaks for the rich, Foxxed conned, WEDC scandle about funding, Enviromentallaw rollbacks, 200 million for the Bucks arena at the expense of the scholl budget,John Doe investigation that he effectily had the WSSC end. Strict voter ID laws and Gerrymandering. I could add a lot more. Thank god people Finally turned out to vote to remove this Moron. Now its time to get rid of Vos and Fitzgerald whom are just as bad. Reformed out of office,Walkers as big a narcissit as trumpcorp!!!!! Walker is full of

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humphrey

Lol. I thought that you would be impressed by Walker’s comments.

wi60

Kinda pissed actually didn’t check grammar to well GRRRRRRRR.

orlbucfan

That is one of my favorite computer graphic images!!! 🙂 h/t wi60 🙂 At least, you guys finally eradicated Walker. Wish it was so down here. 🙁

humphrey

The Republican lawyers just keep smiling.

humphrey

My! My! Look at this with regards to signatures.

magsview

Good stuff Humphrey. zing

wi60

Hell your signature changes over time and with consideration to your job duties. I have to sign my name to various paperwork 30 -40 times a day and you’re signature changes as you just want to get paperwork over with, so my signature gets very sloppy and unreadable just to move the paperwork and that becomes a habit all be it bad

humphrey

Don’t ever let it ever be said that Trump can’t be bought!

orlbucfan

Mr. Money-Laundry-to-pay-off-my-debts-no-problem-to-bribes. M4A!!!

jcitybone

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/15/ocasio-cortez-climate-change-976915

A fight broke out in a closed-door meeting of House Democrats over climate change as a powerful veteran lawmaker fought with freshman star Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members-elect over the creation of a special panel for the issue.

New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone, incoming chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee — backed by a number of other committee members — slammed the creation of the new climate panel, according to multiple sources in the room. Pallone argued that his committee and other existing panels within the House could take on the issue aggressively.

But Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Rep.-elect Joe Neguse (Colo.) and some of the other progressive incoming lawmakers fought back, saying they ran on the issue and needed to do it. Ocasio-Cortez earlier this week pushed for a “Green New Deal” as she backed more than 200 young protesters at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office.

“We need to act on climate change NOW w/ a *fossil fuel $-free* Select Committee *with a mandate* to draft a Green New Deal,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted earlier Thursday. “It’s our best chance to beat the clock.”

Watching it all from the sidelines was Pelosi, who has already called for reinstatement of the select panel that she first set more than a decade ago. Ocasio-Cortez has praised Pelosi for reinstating the special committee, even though she wants it to have far broader authority to craft legislation remaking the U.S. energy grid.

humphrey

It is about time that these leaders sitting on their thrones get some much needed feedback rather than the newcomers bowing and kissing their rings.

humphrey

I think many feathers are going to be ruffled by the incoming members.

wi60

Ruffle them? Hell I want them to pluck them and be relentless.

Benny

Speaking of AOC…

humphrey

Just a little follow up on the tweeter. He works for the Washington Examiner.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Washington_Examiner

The Washington Examiner is a conservative American political journalism website and weekly magazine based in Washington, D.C. that covers politics and policy in the United States and internationally. It is owned by MediaDC, a subsidiary of Clarity Media Group, which is owned by Philip Anschutz

jcitybone

jcitybone

https://www.theroot.com/apparently-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-doesnt-look-poor-e-1830477087

Meanwhile, while conservatives are concerning themselves with the cost of Ocasio-Cortez’s garments, she’s busy trying to change shit. As Politico notes, she’s already gotten into her first closed-door fight over climate change. You know someone is about their business when they are fighting about global warming! Maybe if Al Gore would’ve punched someone in the mouth New Orleans would still be like it used to be.

This is the mindset of people who believe in the bullshit idea of American merit, that wealth and privilege are indicative of ability, smarts of hard work. These douchenozzles will helicopter to the top of a mountain and ask why everyone is so tired from climbing.

magsview

Totally off topic but, in case there are any other weather nerds out there, I thought that I’d share a NOAA map of my current weather situation (click to enlarge). It’s usually a bad sign when the map is so colorful. 😉

We are having our first snow event of fall right now, the driving was super-slippery earlier, just in time for the evening commute.

The mostly-snow right now (flying horizontally from the NE, total acculm estimated at up to 5 inches), combined with some wintry mix, will transition to sleet in a couple of hours, then turn to freezing rain for a couple more hours or so, then to rain, then to rain and sleet, then sleet and freezing rain! Crazy.

Then there’s the wind. It’s getting windier by the minute and will soon be gusting into the 30mph range. Not extreme, but with tree branches heavy with snow, and an ice layer on top of that, then rain…

Not atypical weather here. It often hovers around the freezing mark, so when there’s precip, you just never know. Tonight I’m feeling lucky to be home. Be Safe & Cheers! 🙂

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humphrey

Here is an image to go with your forecast.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/connecticut/weather-radar

Edit: The image didn’t show but a click will show what I intended.

magsview

Thanks humphrey! So you see what I mean, lol. Always good to see you humphrey. Best!

magsview

A flavor

orlbucfan

mags: stay warm, safe, and off the ice! The ice is the worse and most dangerous part of these storms!

magsview

I was wondering about the forecasted wind direction change, not what I thought looked ‘normal’, so zoomed out. Check out what’s going on in the Atlantic ocean.

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Benny

We got about 4″ in Central IL. It’s lovely but it’s too early for snow!

wi60

early start to winter Snow not so unusual, but temps 15-20 degrees below normal

jcitybone

Pretty much the same here in the mid Hudson Valley, though we are supposed to get more snow. 8-12 inches. I actually like snow but it is a little early for so much

humphrey

This is quite scary!

jcitybone

? yeah I really believe these “findings”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/saudi-arabia-seeks-death-penalty-for-five-suspects-in-killing-of-journalist-jamal-khashoggi/2018/11/15/32c9e778-e8bc-11e8-bd89-eecf3b178206_story.html?utm_term=.fe3deca37a07

Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor released the findings of a long-awaited investigation of the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Thursday, saying that a team of Saudi agents dispatched to Istanbul with orders to bring him home alive had instead killed the journalist and dismembered his body.

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince had no knowledge of the operation, Shaalan al-Shaalan, a spokesman for the prosecutor, said at a news conference in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

He said that 11 suspects have been indicted and that authorities are seeking the death penalty for five of them. None of the suspects were named. The order to kill Khashoggi, who had criticized the Saudi monarchy over the past year, came from one of the leaders of the Saudi team in Istanbul, Shaalan said.

Prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb’s conclusion — that the killing was authorized by relatively low-level officials who disobeyed orders and acted on the fly — contradicted assertions by Turkish investigators, who have said it was a meticulously planned operation, with elaborate preparations to cover up the crime that included scouting locations where Khashoggi’s body could be disposed of in secret.

humphrey

I wonder if these same low-level officials were behind this?

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-11-12/2bn-saudi-plan-assassinate-iranian-officials-involved-erik-prince-and-trump

So maybe the Iranians do have much to be paranoid about. An explosive New York Times story citing multiple unnamed sources familiar with the matter details how top Saudi intelligence officials conspired to assassinate Iranian leaders — including Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) Quds force commander Qassim Suleimani — in a plot wherein the Saudis mulled using private contractors, and even approached Erik Prince, the former head of Blackwater and at the time adviser to the Trump transition team.

The discussions took place around two years before the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as MbS was still deputy crown prince and defense minister, and was in the midst of ramping up intelligence operations outside the kingdom.

During the March 2017 meeting about the plan to sabotage Iran’s economy, according to the three people familiar with the discussions, the Saudis asked the businessmen whether they also “conducted kinetics” — lethal operations — saying they were interested in killing senior Iranian officials. – NYT report

According the Times report a group of international businessmen assisted then deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri (recently sacked over the Khashoggi murder) in shopping around the plan to private contractors and Western allies, specifically the United States, and ultimately aimed to “assassinate Iranian enemies of the kingdom” and try to “sabotage the Iranian economy”

orlbucfan

Eric Prince, huh? How convenient!

Benny

Beto was in a hearing today about delays in Veteran payments.

The hearing was very long, but Beto’s staff cut this whereby it only lasts 2-4 minutes. What’s interesting (aside that I’ve forgotten what he looked like in business attire) are the questions he asks. They are questions that our current POTUS isn’t asking.

Duckworth was railing about this issue the other night on “All In”.

magsview

For some reason this vid is giving me an error. Drat!

humphrey

I am not sure if this is the one Benny intended.

Benny

jcitybone

Cisneros has taken the lead and will surely win.

Benny

Elias will have to file another lawsuit.

orlbucfan

Longer this drags out, better Nelson’s chances, unfortunately.

humphrey

There not likely to run out of ingredients.

humphrey

Bolsonaro is starting to have an impact on Brazil.

humphrey

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