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There really appears to be no line the police will not cross. At least, not in this case, where Largo, Fla., police shot and killed a 30-year-old black man during a traffic stop, only to later go to the funeral home days before the victim’s burial in an attempt to use his fingerprint to unlock his phone as part of an investigation.

According to ABC News, the attorney representing the family of Linus Phillip Jr. confirmed that two detectives went to the funeral home days before Phillip’s funeral service and held his hand up to his iPhone’s fingerprint sensor in the cold storage at the funeral home. However, attorney John Trevena said the attempt was not successful.

Nonetheless, Phillip’s loved ones are furious at the insult that was added to the irreversible injury.

“So they are allowed to pull him out of the refrigerator and use a dead man’s finger to get to his phone? It’s disgusting,” Phillip’s girlfriend and the mother of his two children, Victoria Armstrong, told ABC affiliate WFTS-TV in Tampa Bay, Fla. “We are fighting to find out what happened.”


It’s Tampa, FL. Tampa Bay is a body of water. Proofreading is a lost skill which, hopefully, will make a comeback.

Don midwest
Don midwest

War on the US Border

The author has been covering the border war for years. Among other things, it is a way to funnel money to equipment suppliers and mercenaries and the US military on the home front. I heard that Israel contractors were going to get business from the Trump administration but have not seen story lately and I have not looked for it.

This war on the home front is tied to immigration, our broader military empire and to domestic politics. The US continues to destabilize governments in particular in The Americas which lead to more people on the move. And climate change will overwhelm all attempts world wide to keep people from crossing borders.

The author was on democracynow recently. Here is his article published on TomDispatch.com, a The Nation project

Tomgram: Todd Miller, An Unsustainable World Managed With an Iron Fist

That is the title of the overall post which has a comment by Tom at the start.

Here is the title of the embedded article

The Border Fetish
The U.S. Frontier as a Zone of Profit and Sacrifice
By Todd Miller


I like that title.


Fake progressive is an animal abuser


About 170 dogs and monkeys were rescued in 2010 from an abandoned pharmaceutical testing lab owned by Shri Thanedar, a Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate currently leading in the polls.

Thanedar had to shutter the New Jersey testing facility, AniClin Preclinical Services, after its parent company, Azopharma, which he owned, went bankrupt in April 2010.

Local animal rights activists learned in June of that year that 118 beagles were still stuck inside the facility. The lab’s workers had been jumping the lab’s fences to provide food and water for the dogs, according to a USA Today report.

Even before the beagles were abandoned, they led lonely lives in small plexiglass crates where they were subject to toxicology tests.

“We believe that they have never been outside, ever,” said an unnamed woman in the Times Herald-Record video. “I don’t think they’ve actually had their paws on the grass. When I walked in here it looked like they were walking on eggshells. They were kind of afraid to walk on the grass.”

The campaigns of Thanedar’s two main competitors, former Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer and former Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed, declined to comment on the apparent mistreatment of animals left in the AniClin facility.

However, a veteran Michigan Democrat with ties to none of the campaigns called the reports “concerning.”

“There are Democrats, Republicans and independents in Michigan and around the country,” said the Democrat, who asked not to be named due to the sensitive nature of the topic. “They disagree on many things. But I wouldn’t be afraid to wager that everybody, no matter their partisan affiliation, would be wary of someone who would so cruelly disregard the life of a domestic animal.”

It “should cause many people deep concerns about what other potential problems will come up throughout the campaign,” the Democrat added.


Criminal charges?


One would hope! I’m glad, at least, that the dogs were apparently rescued. It’s probably wise for the other candidates to refrain from commenting. The cruelty speaks for itself, and will do its own damage to the candidate.


This a-hole has coin$$$$. He won’t see the inside of a jail. Count on it!



Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Wednesday ripped President Trump for leading the “most corrupt administration ever.”

Warren went after the Trump administration during an interview with CNN after controversial statements from Budget chief Mick Mulvaney.

“He’s so corrupt that he was willing to just lay it all out there in front of everyone,” Warren said. “He said, ‘I am a government official who pays attention to those who pay me.’ If that’s not corruption, I don’t know what the definition of corruption is.”



As a union representing thousands of AT&T workers across several states is preparing to strike if current negotiations for an expired contract falter, the labor group is drawing a direct connection between the massive tax windfall the corporation received last year and the broken promises it now represents.

While signing the tax bill—which slashed the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent—President Donald Trump infamously remarked, “Corporations are literally going wild over this.” Companies such as AT&T, which “lobbied aggressively in favor of” the measure, claimed they would use the tax breaks to raise employees’ wages and create jobs in the United States.

However, the Communications Workers of America (CWA)—which is reportedly engaged in negotiations for 14,000 workers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, as well as its nationwide Legacy T contract—points out that although AT&T issued one-time $1,000 bonuses to some 200,000 employees in the wake of its “unprecedented” windfall from the new tax rules, it has also continued to cut and outsource jobs.

Americans for Tax Fairness, which has warned for months about the devastating consequences of the Republicans’ tax law, said Wednesday that this battle between the union and the company proves corporations like AT&T “never planned on using their #TrumpTaxScam tax cuts to create jobs or boost workers’ pay like they promised.”


Yep. There was a lot of brouhaha about all those “bonuses” of $1-2K by big corps. Um, yeah. For people with TWENTY YEARS in at the corps. Those of us who had less got FAR less. But THAT wasn’t in the stories. We got a dollar an hour, but our company only does what they do after Walmart does it. For retention and recruitment, since those two big boxes are about the biggest employers, outside the state and hospitsl.


Andrew Cuomo Is So Worried About Cynthia Nixon He Suddenly Remembered He Ran as an Environmentalist

Since 1970, New York’s average statewide temperature has climbed 2.4 degrees Fahrenheit, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is just starting to feel the heat.

On Friday, Cynthia Nixon, the activist and actor whose progressive primary challenge to Cuomo’s bid for a third term is garnering surging support, unveiled one of the most ambitious climate platforms in the nation, calling for 100 percent renewable energy, a ban on all new fossil fuel infrastructure, and penalties for polluters.

And on Monday, 19 buses carrying more than 1,500 activists from across the state converged on the state capital to protest Cuomo’s failure to do more about climate change in his eight years in office, and make demands that looked identical to Nixon’s platform. It was the largest environmental protest against Cuomo since anti-fracking activists staged demonstrations in 2014.

To some, Cuomo’s status as a climate pariah may be surprising. In 2014, he put a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas in the state. In 2015, Al Gore joined the governor as he announced plans to cut the state’s greenhouse gases emissions 40 percent by 2030. Last June, Cuomo loudly rejected President Donald Trump’s move to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, ramping up New York’s pledge to produce half its electricity from renewables by 2030 and forging a new alliance with the governors of Washington and California to stick to the goals agreed to by former President Barack Obama. “Climate change is a reality, and not to address it is gross negligence by government,” said Cuomo, according to a new page on the state website with the banner: “Environment Leadership.”

“Climate change is a reality, and not to address it is gross negligence by government,” said Cuomo, according to a new page on the state website with the banner: “Environment Leadership.”

But Cuomo’s policies still fail to meet even the baseline targets scientists say are needed to make a difference on global warming. His reduction targets focus exclusively on power plants, ignoring the majority of the state’s emissions that come from buildings and vehicles. He has no plan to get the state to 100 percent renewable electricity, and has offered little to protect low-income communities and neighborhoods of color that suffer most from the impacts of climate change. The state’s pension funds remain invested in fossil fuels, and polluters face no penalties in the form of fines on climate-linked damage or taxes on emissions.


CAP is awful in so many ways. what a jerk neera is. not accidental when it happens more than once.


Progress my ass. CAP is about neo-lib, turd-way values and policies. Tanden is a tired $hillary hack, and if the organization is to survive at all, she needs to step down and let someone truly progressive take the reins.


I just visited her twitter page for a second to see the latest and she’s been busy this week castigating the NYT for publishing Hillary emails and also celebrating Amanda Terkel’s tweet about Pelosi’s return to the 2006 strategy:

Pelosi is bringing back her successful “culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence” message from the 2006 elections for 2018

They are living in the past and are devoid of new ideas.


Oh for crissakes!!! CAP is not liberal! They might have been in the very beginning, but that was then. Now, they are Turd Way controlled. I was one of the very first posters on their email list. Not. No. Way. Now! T and R to all the TPW suspects (and you know who you are)!! 🙂


I was so sad when Think Progress went to the dark side. I used to post there all the time. They still seem pretty good on environmental issues, somewhat ok on human rights issues, but otherwise it’s bland now and seems to have lost its personality.


LOL. Idiot


In a new court filing regarding the Michael Cohen raids, Justice Department prosecutors in New York are citing President Donald Trump’s own words during his angry Fox & Friends interview Thursday morning — and they’re doing it to undercut Cohen and Trump’s arguments.

Enter President Trump. In a rambling and angry interview on Fox & Friends this morning, he followed a familiar playbook of his in trying to minimize Cohen’s role now that he’s become scandal-plagued. Asked how much of his legal work Cohen handled, Trump said, “As a percentage of my overall legal work, a tiny, tiny little fraction.”

The problem for Cohen is that this statement by Trump bolsters the government’s case that Cohen’s lawyering wasn’t all that substantial. And indeed, in advance of a scheduled hearing on Cohen’s suit midday Thursday, SDNY quoted that exact statement from Trump, along with a similar statement from Hannity.


Here’s some positive news:

I’m glad she’s pleased about the appointment.


Me too, if she’s happy, I’m happy. I love her. And I know that she was realizing that she’d much rather be a writer (and editor apparently!) than a lawyer.


Leonardo DiCaprio backs off-grid solar firm Kingo

April 26 (Renewables Now) – American actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio has made an investment of an undisclosed amount in Kingo Energy, a Guatemala-based provider of a pre-paid solar energy service.

Not sure what they mean by “pre-paid”. I’ll have to try to find more info.

Kingo offers solar energy kits to off-grid households at the bottom of the economic pyramid. The company is installing about 7,000 new systems each month. It says that its model requires no loans, installation fees or maintenance costs.

I hope the project helps.


Doug Jones is getting hammered on his decision to confirm Pompeo.

We all knew he would, but what I find extra discouraging is that this is the sort of thing that depresses voter turnout in the future. No more centrists!!


Joined by the three we knew about (Heitkamp, Manchin, and Donnelly) along with McCaskill, Nelson, and King (I). Props to Tester, the only red state Dem up for election who voted no.



But this week, Tester announced his intention to vote against Pompeo, citing concerns about the CIA director’s record on protecting privacy and what he saw as a too-hawkish approach to war.

“Secretary of state’s job is to try to negotiate peace,” Tester said. “And I’m not sure that’s his first option.”

That put Tester on the opposite side of three other Democrats running in ruby-red states: Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.) and Joe Manchin III (W.Va.). Each said they would vote for Pompeo.


Tester was also good here


Jon Tester didn’t intend to play a central role in taking down President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Veterans Affairs department. Yet that’s exactly what the Montana Democrat ended up doing

And now, Trump is coming after him.

The president is enraged over Tester’s work documenting allegations of malfeasance by Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, which quickly unraveled Jackson’s nomination to be VA secretary and marks a turning point in the relationship between the moderate Democrat and Trump.

As Tester’s reelection campaign kicks into high gear, Trump is more motivated than ever to campaign against him in the ruby red state — accusing the senator of irresponsibly leaking the damaging information to undermine the president’s nominee.

Trump said Thursday that Tester will have a “big price to pay” for his part in working to sink Jackson’s nomination. But Tester is sanguine about his decision to go public with accusations about Jackson’s workplace misconduct, poor prescription practices and drinking on the job.

“If he thinks it’s my job to sweep his stuff under the table and ignore our military folks, he’s wrong. If he thinks I should not be sticking up for veterans, he’s wrong,” Tester said Thursday of the president. “I look forward to working with President Trump. I’ve worked with him many times in the past, but we disagree.”


I wonder if the Trumcorp- Macron “Bromance” is strained by some of Macron’s comments during his speech to congress.

Macron contradicted Trump’s positions on several issues, including on climate change.

“We are killing our planet,” Macron said. “Let us face it: There is no Planet B.”
“I am sure one day the United States will come back and join the Paris agreement.”

Iran deal
Macron acknowledged that there were valid concerns about the deal but said France would stick by it regardless of whether Trump decides to stay in it or withdraw.
“It is true to say that this agreement may not address all concerns and very important concerns — this is true — but we should not abandon it without having something substantial and more substantial instead,” Macron said. “That’s my position.”

America First
‘We are living in a time of anger and fear’
The French president urged the US against “closing the door to the world,” saying that would “not stop the evolution of the world.”

Just a few of the interesting things Macron said, Trumpcorp will not be happy though. In my humble opinion Macron sounded more like the leader of the free world than Trumpcorp. Trumpcorp seems not to worry or doesn’t want the job.


Looks like Pelosi really has her finger on the pulse!


One commenter said this:

Colorado is a one-party consent state. So, it’s no problem to record the convo nor to give it to another party i.e. media.

So Nancy, enough about the propriety of the recording, can we talk about what was recorded now?


Yeah, like that would work any better than expecting the party leadership to discuss the content of the “stolen” DNC emails. 😉


As if Steny Hoyer and the DCCC gives a crap about hungry children.


Liberals haven’t forgotten that episode and several progressive groups were quick to pounce Thursday after the Hoyer recordings were released. Both the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) and Democracy for America (DFA) accused Hoyer and the DCCC of prioritizing corporate interests over progressive ideals.

“If Steny Hoyer wants to continue carrying water for greed-driven corporate interests in Congress, that’s his choice, but he doesn’t represent the future of the Democratic Party or the interests of the people of color and progressive white voters critical to retaking the House in November,” said Charles Chamberlain, DFA’s executive director.

Pelosi rejected such characterizations, saying the Democrats are merely trying to field the roster best positioned to give the party the Speaker’s gavel next year.

“What’s important in all of this is that one in five children in America lives in poverty and goes to sleep hungry at night. That’s what makes this election so urgent for our country and for our children,” Pelosi said.

“So with the realities of life, that some candidates can do better in the general than others, then that’s a clear-eyed conversation that we should be having.”


‘Yes, I’m Running as a Socialist.’ Why Candidates Are Embracing the Label in 2018

HOUSTON — There was no question on primary night in Texas last month that Franklin Bynum would win the Democratic nomination to become a criminal court judge in Houston. The 34-year-old defense attorney had no challengers.

“Yes, I’m running as a socialist,” Mr. Bynum said. “I’m a far-left candidate. What I’m trying to do is be a Democrat who actually stands for something, and tells people, ‘Here’s how we are going to materially improve conditions in your life.’”

Rather than shy away from being called a socialist, a word conservatives have long wielded as a slur, candidates like Mr. Bynum are embracing the label.

Supporters, many of them millennials, say they are drawn by D.S.A.’s promise to combat income inequality, which they believe is tainting every facet of American life, from the criminal justice system to medical care to politics. They argue that capitalism has let them down, saddling them with student debt, high rent and uncertain job prospects. And they have been frustrated by the Democratic Party, which they say has lost touch with working people.


Studies suggest that young people with few memories of the Cold War embrace socialism far more than older people do. A 2016 survey of 18- to 29-year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics found that 16 percent identified as socialists, while 33 percent supported socialism. Only 42 percent supported capitalism, while a majority — 51 percent — said they did not.

Those results surprised John Della Volpe, the institute’s director of polling, so much that he thought they might be a mistake. He conducted a new study, this time of the general population, and got the same result.

“The only group that expressed net positive support for capitalism were people over 50 years old,” he said. “The largest generation of Americans in history — millennials — have lost confidence. They are interested in finding a better way.”

Many socialist candidates sound less like revolutionaries and more like traditional Democrats who seek a return to policies in the mold of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. They want single-payer health care, a higher minimum wage, and greater protections for unions. But others advocate more extreme changes, such as abolishing the prison system. In the case of Mr. Bynum, he wants an end to a cash bail system that requires people accused of crimes, even minor offenses, to pay money to be released from jail before trial.


And he (Abdul) has a sense of humor!


Neera’s horror is the revelation that she screwed herself, not because she outed someone she already screwed over.

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