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Sun Sentinel Endorses Andrew Gillum

Yet DeSantis continues to spend more time on Fox News defending Trump than he does with Florida news organizations and Floridians. He never responded to an interview request from the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board. And he cancelled a mid-September meeting with the Tampa Bay Times because, according to campaign staffers, he hadn’t finalized his positions. He gave a Times reporter a 25-minute interview two days later, but his answers lacked depth.

DeSantis represented Northeast Florida in Congress from 2013 until he resigned this year to focus on the race for governor. During that time, he followed Tea Party positions. He voted to shut down the government because Congress hadn’t defunded Obamacare. His Florida colleagues say he barely participated in the work of the state’s congressional delegation. He has done little for the state he seeks to lead.

Perhaps his thin record explains why, in his stump speech, DeSantis talks less about his plans for Florida, and more about Gillum, who he calls a “socialist” too liberal for our state.

Actually, Gillum led the effort to rebate $5.6 million to Tallahassee’s utility customers and to streamline permitting. That second item had been a priority of the city’s business community.


Help Florida. Elect Andrew Gillum.

That’s a pretty early endorsement.


This pretty well sums up the Republican’s handling of the Kavanagh investigation.



A glaring example of “Fake News”. Small wonder that Fox viewers live in a alternate reality.


Fox News viewers actually believe this BULLSHIT.


This might have been posted earlier but it is worth repeating.



Saving this one Humphrey! Thank you.

Had to listen to boss whisper into his phone on Friday about how outrageous Dems are being after Kavanaugh, “answered all their questions!!”. He listens to Fox, what can I tell you.

(His voice always drops to a whisper when he’s saying things to people on the phone that I can tell he thinks I’d disapprove of, lol. We haven’t discussed the Kav fiasco, but he knows me well enough by now…)



The comments from Pompeo, Bolton and now Zinke. These Republicans are out of their mind.


Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the U.S. Navy can blockade Russia if needed to keep it from controlling energy supplies in the Middle East as it does in Europe.

“The United States has that ability, with our Navy, to make sure the sea lanes are open, and, if necessary, to blockade … to make sure that their energy does not go to market,” Zinke said on Friday at an industry event in Pittsburgh hosted by the Consumer Energy Alliance.

He was there to explain why hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the shale energy boom has given the U.S. an edge over its rivals Russia and Iran, by making the U.S. less dependent on foreign sources of energy.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry this week reiterated that sanctions against the pipeline are still an option if Russia does not remain a good neighbor to its European customers.

On Iran, the situation is very similar, Zinke explained. “National security-wise, how are you going to deal with Iran?” Zinke asked. “Well, there are two ways.”

“There is the military option, which I would rather not. And there is the economic option,” he added. “The economic option on Iran and Russia is, more or less, leveraging and replacing fuels.”

“We can do that because … the United States is the largest producer of oil and gas,” Zinke said.


Needless to say this didn’t go over very well.


Attempts to use the US Navy to block Russia’s trade would amount to a declaration of war, a high-ranking senator commented on the US internal secretary’s idea of impeding Russia’s energy trade through a blockade.

“A US blockade of Russia would be equal to a declaration of war under international law,” said the head of the Russian Senate’s Information Policy Committee, Aleksey Pushkov, commenting on a report that US Internal Secretary Ryan Zinke suggested the US could use the navy to block Russian energy from hitting Middle East markets.

Pushkov also called Zinke’s claim that trade expansion is the real reason behind Russia’s involvement in Syria “absolute nonsense.”
The very idea that Russia could potentially supply energy to the Middle East, which is literally “oozing with oil,” is absolutely detached from reality, Pushkov said. Indeed, Russia does not supply any energy to the region, which is itself a major oil exporter, and has never announced plans to do so.
The Russian senator added that Zinke’s statement is “on par” with Sarah Palin’s claim that she was qualified to talk about Russia since “they’re our next-door neighbors, and you can actually see Russia here from Alaska.” The former Alaska governor made the statement in an interview when she was the Republican vice-presidential candidate in the 2008 US election.


This where we are at


Until these stupid despicable yahoos face true accountability, nothing will change. It will only get worse!


I notice that Zinke’s options only include aggressions. What happened to diplomacy? That tool seems to have been tossed out of the toolbox.


I wonder what Kissinger and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov discussed last Friday.

Russia’s Lavrov meets with Henry Kissinger at UN

Lavrov and Kissinger met on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.

The media were not invited. The mission uploaded the pictures from the media on to social networks later.


Another day, another witness to Kavanaugh’s excessive drinking

A Yale classmate of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s accused him on Sunday of a “blatant mischaracterization” of his drinking while in college, saying that he often saw Judge Kavanaugh “staggering from alcohol consumption.”

The classmate, Chad Ludington, who said he frequently socialized with Judge Kavanaugh as a student, said in a statement that the judge had been untruthful in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee when he had denied any possibility that he had ever blacked out from drinking.

Mr. Ludington said that Judge Kavanaugh had played down “the degree and frequency” of his drinking, and that the judge had often become “belligerent and aggressive” while intoxicated.

“It is truth that is at stake, and I believe that the ability to speak the truth, even when it does not reflect well upon oneself, is a paramount quality we seek in our nation’s most powerful judges,” Mr. Ludington said, adding that he planned to “take my information to the F.B.I.”


KKKavanaugh isn’t the only alkie who has sat on or been nominated for SCOTUS. Or any other bench for that matter.



Kavanaugh connected all the dots for those of us who may not have internalized the lessons as well as he did. The outline goes something like this:

If you are born with a penis between your legs and pink-white skin, inherit money from Christian family members, view yourself as cisgender, and work hard, you have the right to party hard and accumulate as many notches on your sexual scorecard as possible. You can be guaranteed of achieving financial success, security, and social power over others.

If anyone challenges this patriarchal endowment, you can obliterate the opposition by all means necessary with a show of force. That’s the patriarchal social contract.

“So Senators,” Kavanaugh seemed to be shouting as his subtext, “I followed the rules of conduct that I was taught. Now I demand the goodies promised to me!”

Lindsey Graham reinforced this demand toward the end of the hearings with his own blame-laden outburst. Actually, Graham out-Kavanaughed Kavanaugh, while Kavanaugh even out-Trumped Trump – the top and most visible symbol of the entitled Patriarchy.


Reforming and expanding Medicare is the only solution that makes sense

“Medicare for all means security for none,” wrote Congressman Ron Estes last Sunday. While his team seems to think this is a clever line — it actually epitomizes the problem with his agenda. When he says an expansion of Medicare decreases security for all, he actually means it decreases the bloated profit margins for the insurance industry. We can do better.

Allowing Medicare to compete with insurance companies would increase services and decrease costs. Increased competition is better for everyone. That’s how the free market works. Many people in this district have great employer-provided insurance. Expanding Medicare would not take away health insurance from those that are happy with their current benefits. Expanding Medicare would provide an option for those who don’t have access to health insurance subsidized by their employer or who are self-employed. We must create competition for private insurance companies to provide affordable coverage. Opening access to Medicare provides at least one affordable option for everyone.

Medicare spends 1.4 percent of every dollar on administrative overhead, while private plans use 25 percent of every dollar on administration. Ron rails against bloated bureaucracy in the federal government. The private insurance businesses he champions spend 18 times more than government-funded insurance on their administrative bureaucracy. Medicare is the cheapest, most efficient, and most effective health insurance in this country. Expanding Medicare will make the costs we pay for health insurance about two-thirds cheaper than private insurance. We need a champion in D.C. to fight for Medicare reforms and put an end to insider deals hurting working class people.

Editorial by James Thompson, KS-04 candidate


Matt Damon nailed it.


Unfortunately it is only going to get worse!


The hardcore R’s would prefer death over voting for a D if those were the only choices.


Jeff Flake said on 60 Minutes that there’s no longer currency for compromise.


Ouch. Twitter can be quite mean. LOL


His comments in the next week could have some impact.


Still another yahoo who wants to be POTUS. GAG!


Another blues stringer called back home..


84 is a damned good life IMNSHO.


Zep actually did a decent cover of this tune.


What does the ‘N’ stand for in IMNSHO? I think I got the rest of the letters. 😉


Thank you polarbear. We had a family emergency to attend to this past weekend that has extended into this week.

Squeeze your friends and family with hugs every chance you get!

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