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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 18, 2018, 02:07:25 pm »

GOP Congressional Candidate Kimberlin Brown Pelzer 😈 Takes the Low Road

By Came In On Saturdays | April 16, 2018 at 02:16 PM EDT

GOP “Young Gun” Congressional Candidate Kimberlin Brown Pelzer—She Shoots Herself With Planted Questions and Extremist Pals   

      The GOP will do anything and everything to win elections from the top of the ticket on down. We all know about Demagogue Donald’s 2016 campaign of fake news and his gang’s probable collusion with Putin’s Russia.  Down-ticket “Team Red” 2018 midterm candidates for House and Senate races are no better. Arizona GOP Cong. Martha McSally, who is running for a Senate seat, held a Facebook Live Event. At that event, she posted a comment from her own account praising herself for “great video quality,” and adding, “thank you for your service (shareblue.com, Willis, 4/10/18).” McSally is not the only GOPer who was recently caught planting her own comments to look good. GOPer Kimberlin Brown Pelzer, running for a congressional seat in CA, was caught doing a similar stunt. As part of a Facebook Live Q&A, where candidates are supposed to be taking questions from voters, a question about “sanctuary cities” from Brown Pelzer’s personal account was added/planted into the mix of questions (See shareblue.com, Willis, Metz, “Desert Sun,” 4/06/18). “Sanctuary cities,” where illegal immigrants can not be apprehended by state or federal authorities for deportation, constitute a central issue in the immigration debate, especially for the GOP’s hard-right xenophobic base (See Metz, “Desert Sun”). Who is Kimberlin Brown Pelzer?

           On 10/10/2017, GOPer Kimberlin Brown Pelzer (56) announced she was running for CA’s 36th Congressional District (CD) in 2018.  She wants to defeat that district’s current Congressman, Democrat Raul Ruiz (46) who is running for his 4th term (cactushugs.com, Dolan, 10/10/17, 115th Congress At Your Fingertips). The present CA 36th CD covers eastern Riverside County. On its western side, the 36th takes in Banning and Beaumont and stretches all the way east to Blythe at the AZ border. The 36th includes the cities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio, Hemet, and San Jacinto. This CD also includes Coachella and Rancho Mirage. Agriculture, tourism, and alternate energy sources constitute this area’s economic pillars (CQ & Barone 14 Political Almanacs). The 36th contains the Coachella Valley which produces 95% of the dates eaten in the U.S. The Coachella Valley’s fertile farmland relies on irrigation from the western waters of the Colorado River and seasonal migrant workers. Palm Springs, once the winter resort of the stars, has now become popular with rich retirees and gay couples. Former Presidents Eisenhower and Ford retired to this desert area. Several Native American reservations are in the 36th and have tribal casinos in the Palm Springs area. About 1/3 of the jobs in Palm Springs, Cathedral City, and Palm Desert are provided by hospitality and retail sectors. With its high desert sands, the Joshua Tree National Park is a tourist spot. The alternative-energy industry is growing. The western edge of Palm Springs is dotted with windmills, and huge solar projects are under way in the desert region to the east (CQ 14).

           About 300,000 people live in the 36th.  Hispanic residents make up 48% of the 36th’s population barely edging out whites.  CA’s non-partisan redistricting commission, which drew the boundaries of the 36th after the 2010 census, wanted to keep the retirement and Indian lands together. The result is a strongly competitive swing district. The latest 4/07/2017 Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI) gives the 36th a D+2 score. Democrats have a narrow 6% voter registration edge. The GOP voters in the 36th are not overwhelmingly hard-right conservative. Obama carried the 36th by a 4% margin in 2008 and by 3% in 2012. In 2016, Hillary beat Donald by 9%, 52%-43% (CQ 14, pe.com, Horseman, 1/30/18).   

           Born in Zacatecas, Mexico, Raul Ruiz was adopted by migrant farmworker relatives as a baby and raised in Coachella. From a very young age, he wanted to become a doctor. A high-achieving high school student, Ruiz went door-to-door in Coachella with a handmade contract to ask neighbors and local businesses to contribute to his college tuition. He raised almost $2,000. After graduating UCLA magna cum laude in 1990, he attended Harvard Medical School. He became the first Latino to receive three graduate degrees from Harvard, his M.D. and master’s degrees in public policy and public health (Barone & CQ 14, voxxi.com). While at Harvard, Ruiz spent almost a year in Chiapas, Mexico with a health and social organization. He told “The Desert Sun” newspaper that that experience showed him the “tremendous nature of poverty and how real policies can actually affect human lives (Barone, 14).” After graduating Harvard, Ruiz worked in Mexico, El Salvador, and Serbia. He then took a job as an emergency room physician at the non-profit Eisenhower Medical Center in Coachella Valley. In 2011, Ruiz became senior associate dean at the University of California Riverside’s Medical School (voxxi.com, washingtontimes.com, 1/10/13). In 2012, he received an award from the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division for aiding the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake (voxii.com).

          In 2012, in his first run for public office, he ran against incumbent Mary Bono Mack. Bono Mack first won this seat in 1998, after her husband, singer Sonny Bono’s, death. Ruiz’s campaign was considered a long-shot. However, Bono Mack was facing her first Hispanic challenger. Ruiz had a demographic advantage in this newly redrawn district where Latinos then had almost 40% of the voters. He ran as a “public servant and physician, dedicated to serving the community.” In the general election, the DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) gave Ruiz substantial support and former Pres. Bill Clinton endorsed him (KESQ, 10/23/12). GOP PACS spent lots of money on Bono. Bono attacked Ruiz for being in protest demonstrations while at Harvard. GOP ads called Ruiz a “tool” of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a supporter of Obamacare. In an upset victory, Ruiz won by a 6% margin, 53%-47%. In 2014, a big GOP year, “Team Red” thought freshman Ruiz was vulnerable. This time, he beat his opponent by 8 points. In 2016, Ruiz won his third term by a 24.2% margin (U.S. House of Reps. Elections, 2012, 2014, 2016).

          In the House, Cong. Ruiz sat on the Natural Resources and Veterans’ Affairs Committees and currently sits on the key Energy and Commerce Committee (CQ 14, !15th Cong. At Your Fingertips). In this swingy district, he has voted with “Team Blue” 90.8% of the time (projects.prorepublica.org). He has been labeled a Populist-Leaning Liberal (on theissues.com). He has basement ratings from the NRA as well as anti-immigration groups (votesmart.org). In 2016, after the Pulse nightclub Orlando, FL massacre, Ruiz joined dozens of his Democratic colleagues as part of a House sit-down to force a vote on gun control legislation including universal background checks (desertsun.com, 6/22/16). He has stated his support for Obamacare and voted against its repeal (thehill.com, Baker, 6/11/13, clerkhouse.gov). He is strongly pro-choice. He voted against an act to ban abortions that take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization(nytimes.com). He is for protecting Medicare and Social Security (ruizhouse.gov).

                 Under CA law, the 6/05/2018 primary will send the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, to the 11/06/2018 general election.  Although five GOPers have filed to run against Ruiz, Kimberlin Brown Pelzer looks like the GOP front-runner who will face Cong. Ruiz in the 11/2018 election. Ruiz has no Dem. opponents. Brown Pelzer, because of her fundraising ability, has been named, along with 15 other GOP congressional hopefuls to the “Young Guns” program.  Being a GOP “Young Gun” boosts her candidacy. It gives her the opportunity to receive more financial national GOP aid, more help from GOP- leaning groups  such as the Koch Bros., and assistance from Republican campaign consultants. Brown Pelzer has been endorsed by former H.W. Bush Chief of Staff and ex-NH Gov. John Sununu, outgoing Fullerton GOP Cong. Ed Royce, and the Riverside County Republican Party (See pe.com, Horseman, 1/30/18, kimberlinforcongress.com). Hayward, CA native Brown Pelzer is best known for her soap opera acting career. She portrayed Sheila Carter on “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” off-and-on from 1992-2006. She built several businesses with her husband including a sports fishing and marina rental business and an avocado farm. She owns and personally operates a design company (cactushugs.com, Dolan, 10/10/17, kimberlinforcongress.com). Brown Pelzer entered the political spotlight by speaking in prime time at the 2016 GOP National Convention that nominated Donald (cactushugs.com, kimberlinforcongress.com). A big Trump supporter, she proudly attended his inauguration (See cactushugs.com). Brown Pelzer believes that the 36th CD “has not been effectively represented” by Cong. Ruiz. She stated that “hard-working people across the district want to see conservative leadership in Washington (pe.com, Horseman, 1/30/18).”

        In addition to burnishing her record by trying to plant her own questions among regular voters, Brown Pelzer pals around with some controversial extremist characters. Photos posted to her Instagram from the GOP 2016 Convention included one posing with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Flynn is at the center of multiple ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election (cactushugs.com, 10/10/17).

    Besides Flynn, Brown Pelzer is a fan of former Deputy Assistant to Trump, Sebastian Gorka, one of Donald’s top anti-terrorist “experts.” Gorka, a native of England, whose family came from Hungary, was the fellow who wore a Vitezi Rend medal on his suits. Vitezi Rend was a Hungarian far right group that the U.S. State Dept. labeled as being under control of Nazi Germany during WWII. Members of this group helped Nazis in 1944 Hungary round up Jews and send them to the Auschwitz concentration/extermination camp. Gorka was accused of taking an oath of loyalty to this group. He denied that, but said he wore this medal in honor of his father’s “struggle” against totalitarianism. In any event, Gorka, for years, has had close ties and worked with far-right openly racist and anti-Semitic Hungarian groups (See Nichols, “Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse,” “The Forward”). On 4/08/2018, Gorka came to address GOPers at the Unite the Inland Empire Conservative Conference about the 2018 midterms. Brown Pelzer was “excited” to see Gorka. She wanted to hear what Gorka would say about “sanctuary cities (Metz, “Desert Sun,” 4/06/18).” Prior to his speech, Brown Pelzer met with Gorka and called this meeting with him “wonderful (desertsun.com, Metz, 4/08/18).” Brown Pelzer also spoke at this gathering (desertsun.com).

           Kurt Bardella, a former spokesperson to retiring right-wing GOP Cong. Darrell Issa and former moderate GOP ME Sen. Olympia Snowe, left the GOP. He became a Democrat after Trump’s rise and the GOP’s backing of AL sexual predator Roy Moore (USA Today, Bardella, 12/10/17). Bardella aptly stated, “Anyone who wants to be seen with extremists who vocalize these views is the reason the Republican Party is an endangered species in California (desertsun.com, Metz).” Yes, the GOP, with its extremist platform and extremist personalities from Trump on down, is an “endangered species” in CA and many other places in the U.S. 
Ruiz has a big political war chest and has won his previous elections easily. However, elections are not won by theorizing pundits. They are won by strong turn out on the ground. Speaker Ryan and 38 other GOPers are retiring rather than running again in 2018. The 36th CD remains a competitive district. The GOP still plans to challenge Ruiz, because it believes that Democratic voters will not turn out in midterms while the “Red” base will (See Wildermuth, sfchronicle.com, 2/28/18). On 11/06/2018, Democrats in the CA 36th and the rest of the country must prove the GOP wrong by voting in droves. Ruiz must be re-elected and the House taken back. We must reject Trump 🦀 and Brown Pelzer’s 👹 extremism.

http://cameinonsaturdays.com/?s=gop-congressional-candidate-kimberlin-brown-pelzer-takes-the-low-road

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 17, 2018, 02:54:18 pm »



As the Republican Roof Caves In, Paul Ryan 😈 Hits the Road

Saturday, April 14, 2018

By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed

SNIPPET:

What began two Novembers ago as an all-encompassing Republican victory, a takeover of two branches with a stranglehold on the third, has devolved into a chaotic stampede to avoid the looming and seemingly insurmountable "Blue Wave" to come. "This is the Watergate pattern writ large," writes Rick Wilson for The Daily Beast. "In 1973, Republicans were screaming that the investigation was nothing but a Fake News Witch Hunt. They lost 49 House seats and eight Senate seats in 1974, two months after Nixon resigned."

Full article:

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/44163-as-the-republican-roof-caves-in-paul-ryan-hits-the-road

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 13, 2018, 04:57:48 pm »

The Associated Press

Ex-FBI Director Comey in new book says Trump 🦀 is 'unethical and untethered to truth,' demanded loyalty like a mafia boss.

13 Apr 2018

By CHAD DAY and JONATHAN LEMIRE

full truth filled article:

https://apnews.com/3e123c8153d6497c9e07ec77bdd24171

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 12, 2018, 10:29:50 pm »

Truthdig

APR 11, 2018

By Robert Reich  RobertReich.Org

The Truth About an Untethered Trump🦀


The petulant adolescent in the White House – who has replaced most of the adults around him with raging sycophants and has demoted his chief of staff, John Kelly, to lapdog – lacks adequate supervision.

Before, he was merely petty and vindictive. He’d tweet nasty things about people he wanted to humiliate, like former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Now his vindictiveness has turned cruel. After smearing FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe with unfounded allegations that he lied to investigators, the new Trump made sure McCabe was fired just days before he would have been eligible for a pension after more than twenty-one years of service.

Before, he was merely xenophobic. He’d call Mexicans murderers and rapists.


Now his xenophobia has turned belligerent. He’s sending thousands of National Guard troops to the Mexican border, even though illegal border crossings are at a record low.

And he’s starting a trade war against China.

China has been expropriating American intellectual property for years. But Trump isn’t even trying to negotiate a way out of this jam or build a coalition of other trading partners to pressure China. He’s just upping the ante – and, not incidentally, causing the stock market to go nuts.

But the most dangerous thing about the new Trump is his increased attacks on American democracy itself.

Start with a free press. Before, he just threw rhetorical bombshells at the Washington Post, CNN, and other outlets that criticized him.

Now he’s trying to penalize them financially, while bestowing benefits on outlets that praise him.

Last week he demanded that Amazon, the corporation headed by the man who owns the Washington Post, pay higher postal rates and more taxes, and that the Post should register as Amazon’s lobbyist. Amazon stock wilted under the attack.

They’re absurd charges. Amazon collects and pays state sales taxes on its products, and the Postal Service is losing money because of the decline in first-class mail, not package deliveries.

Presumably Amazon can take care of itself. Trump’s attack was intended as a warning to other companies with media connections that they’d better not mess with him

Trump is trying to hurt CNN, too. The day after the Justice Department moved to block AT&T’s purchase of Time-Warner, parent of CNN, he said the deal wasn’t “good for the country.” Few missed the connection.

Meanwhile, he’s praising Trump-adoring Sinclair Broadcasting, signaling to the FCC it should approve Sinclair’s pending $3.9 billion purchase of Tribune Media’s TV stations.

We’re entering a new and more dangerous phase of Trump’s “divide and conquer” strategy, splitting the nation into warring camps – with him as the most divisive issue.

Even Trump’s tweets have become more brazenly divisive. Last week he called his predecessor “Cheatin’ Obama.” When was the last time you heard a president of the United States disparage another president?

He’s more determined than ever to convince supporters that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is in cahoots with Democrats and the FBI to unseat him.

This might give him some protection if Trump decides to fire Mueller, or if Mueller’s investigation turns up evidence that Trump collaborated with Russia to win the election, and Congress moves to impeach him.

“Try to impeach him, just try it,” warned Roger Stone, Trump’s former campaign adviser, last summer. “You will have a spasm of violence in this country, an insurrection like you’ve never seen.”

But Trump’s strategy might just as easily extend beyond Mueller. What happens if in 2020 a rival candidate accumulates more electoral votes, but Trump accuses him or her of cheating, and refuses to step down?

“He’s now president for life,” Trump recently said of Xi Jinping, adding “maybe we’ll 🦀 have to give that a shot someday. 😈” Some thought Trump was joking. I’m not so sure.

Democracies require leaders who understand that their primary responsibility is to protect the institutions and processes democracy depends on. The new Trump seems intent on maintaining his power, whatever it takes.

Democracies also require enough social trust that citizens regard those they disagree with as being worthy of an equal say, so they’ll accept political outcomes they dislike. The new Trump is destroying that trust.

Trump untethered isn’t just a more petty, vindictive, and belligerent version of his former self. He’s also more willing to sacrifice American democracy to his own ends. Which makes him more dangerous than ever.

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-truth-about-an-untethered-trump/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 12, 2018, 07:47:01 pm »

Quote
AG: The economics of fossil fuels has been brain dead stupid for several years now. Corrupt government handouts and subsidies is the only thing keeping those bastards in business, whether you peak oil folks want to believe that or not.

I have been saying that for ages: the only reason fracking continues is because the Fed guarantees the commercial bank's loans to the frackers, despite their business case not adding up.  This because Amerikans are addicted to oil and that is the only way to keep BAU ticking over.

I agree with you on this, but I do not think you are stating the whole story. The "addiction" to fossil fuels is certainly not limited to the USA. About 17% of the world's population is "addicted" to dirty energy. The following graphic may be a bit dated because China's thirst for fossil fuels has grown a LOT, but you can see that population itself is not the problem:



I believe that the gaming of markets on behalf of all types of fossil fuels is the sad legacy of government corruption. You accuse Americans of being addicted to oil. True. But, the drug pusher that got them (I am NOT addicted to oil - they would be bankrupt if they had to rely on my use of fossil fuels for the last 30 years  8)) "addicted" was the US Government, a subsidiary of Standard Oil for over a century. Did you know that the ENTIRE intelligence organization for US agencies in foreign countries came DIRECTLY from the officies of Rockefeller's Standard Oil? You didn't? Well, that is a historical fact.

The tentacles of the fossil fuel industry were so engrained in US foreign and domestic policy as to be indistinguishable from Fossil fuel corrupt corporate fun and games until Renewable Energy began to make some headway in the last two decades.

Read "The Tyranny of Oil" by Antonia Juhasz to learn how ever single effort by competing energy technologies since the early 20th century have been ruthlessly and methodically crushed.

Disinformation campaigns (Government FUNDED! not just Fossil Fuel Industry funded) subsequently would make, and repeat a LOT, the bold faced BULLSHIT claim that "they weren't ready for prime time" or "they couldn't compete" or the old reliable "They didn't have enough energy density". They were all half truths at best, though more often just plain corrupt profit over people and planet "business as usual".





Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 12, 2018, 06:50:36 pm »

Mining of the tar sands will not be stopped.[/center]

You are entitled to your opinion and to be as wrong as you wish of course, but I disagree with your rather depressing opinion.


I think that soon the polluters will have to stick the product of tars sands mining where the sun doesn't shine.


Times are changin', K-Dog. The polluters will increasingly find themselves out gunned, despite their past successful efforts to corrupt every government that has fossil fuel resources.

It will stop due to energy economics.  When the net energy return is negative, it stops itself.  This will take a little while though.

RE



The energy net return for fossil fuels has always been, when ALL the "externalities" are taken into account, negative. They've gotten around that with corruption, gamed markets and welfare queen subsidies, NOT because they had a positive ERoEI.

I've made that case to you for years but you just do not want to hear it.  ::)

RE, whether you want to accept it or not, the "high energy density" (LOL!) of this tar sands crap is NOT the issue here.

In regard to the present situation in Canada, the issue for the fossil fuelers is that, as long as the polluters can buy governments to give them a free pass to continue using the biosphere as a dumping ground for their pollution, they will continue.

They will scream about "sanctity of contracts" (even though the fossil fuelers 🦖 - SEE EXXON 🦖 in Guyana right now! - will mangle contracts any time they feel like it or defend them like Bible Quotes when the contract is a sweetheart deal in their favor!). They will wail about world trade agreements. They will threaten to sue. It's all legaleze BULLSHIT.

The "business model 😈" of the Fossil Fuel Industry 🦖, AT PRESENT, has NOTHING to do with real energy product thermodynamics of energy return on ENERGY invested cause and effect. Regardless of how uncompetitive their polluting product is, the polluters will cling to their stupid business model as long as they can keep the corruption gravy train going.

Spare me the talk about energy product "energy" returns. You peak oil folks see lack of energy as the only trigger for disruption. That's way too reductionist. How come your "peak oil" isn't at $200 a barrel, huh? Over a decade ago it was over $100! Inflation PLUS "peak oil"  should have raised the price above $200 NOW, not the measly $67 or so!

We've used a LOT of oil since 2005! If the supply was really going down so much, they would have jacked up the price, regardless of the Great Recession! Don't bother to riddle me why they ain't done that, Batman. I can answer WHY the price of oil ain't gainin' traction, despite the best efforts of corrupt governments hither and yon.

The answer is REAL COMPETITION from clean energy, whether you want to accept that or not (see graphic below).

The only thing that will stop the polluters is people willing to give their lives to stop them. That will happen soon in Canada and in many other places as well.

The economics of fossil fuels has been brain dead stupid for several years now. Corrupt government handouts and subsidies is the only thing keeping those bastards in business, whether you peak oil folks want to believe that or not. 

The following chart is irrefutable evidence that the fossil fuelers have ZERO REAL economic reason, beyond corrupt practices that game the energy prices, for continuing the polluting product BAU.




Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 12, 2018, 06:48:29 pm »

Mining of the tar sands will not be stopped.[/center]

You are entitled to your opinion and to be as wrong as you wish of course, but I disagree with your rather depressing opinion.


I think that soon the polluters will have to stick the product of tars sands mining where the sun doesn't shine.


Times are changin', K-Dog. The polluters will increasingly find themselves out gunned, despite their past successful efforts to corrupt every government that has fossil fuel resources.

It will stop due to energy economics.  When the net energy return is negative, it stops itself.  This will take a little while though.

RE
the view from here is we want the revenue and the righteousness of being clean energy crusaders. I see zero enthusiasm for the financial pain it would cause here. I don't know if there will be future tar sands money but there is no way in hell Alberta will shut down mature developments. At 60 something a barrel everyone is anti tar sands at 110 a barrel... that is a hell of an incentive. You buy a lot of senior care daycare housing projects with that money. There is an established route to the Gulf refineries and infrastructure designed to take it. The trick will be making sure no new money goes in...

So, it's all about money, is it?  I'll agree with you on just one thing: $110 a barrel is a HELL of an incentive. I'm sure your daughters will NOT thank you profusely in a decade or so for supporting polluting tar sands at the "right" price. I think anyone that does figure that tar sands polluting is "okay" at the "right" price will soon be very sorry they did. But for now, I'm sure the lawyers from Kinder Morgan agree 100% with your "math".  Good luck with that.




Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 12, 2018, 02:43:07 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Some very brave people are making life real hard for the Kinder Morgan polluting liars and crooks 🦕 that have Trudeau 🐒 in their pocket. As usual when democracy gets in the way the polluters, the front ment like Trudeau try to sabotage it on behalf of more profit over people and planet 😠. Let us hope Kinder Morgan and Trudeau continue to have their polluting asses handed to them by the brave Canadian defenders of the environment. 



April 11, 2018

Trudeau 🦖 Panics After Trans Mountain Tar Sands Pipeline Suspended  ;D

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau convenes an emergency cabinet meeting to save Trans Mountain while Alberta Premier Rachel Notley warns of a "constitutional crisis." Dimitri Lascaris reports


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=21556




Mining of the tar sands will not be stopped.


You are entitled to your opinion and to be as wrong as you wish of course, but I disagree with your rather depressing opinion.


I think that soon the polluters will have to stick the product of tars sands mining where the sun doesn't shine. 


Times are changin', K-Dog. The polluters will increasingly find themselves out gunned, despite their past successful efforts to corrupt every government that has fossil fuel resources. 8)
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 11, 2018, 09:25:11 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Some very brave people are making life real hard for the Kinder Morgan polluting liars and crooks 🦕 that have Trudeau 🐒 in their pocket. As usual when democracy gets in the way the polluters, the front ment like Trudeau try to sabotage it on behalf of more profit over people and planet 😠. Let us hope Kinder Morgan and Trudeau continue to have their polluting asses handed to them by the brave Canadian defenders of the environment. 



April 11, 2018

Trudeau 🦖 Panics After Trans Mountain Tar Sands Pipeline Suspended  ;D

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau convenes an emergency cabinet meeting to save Trans Mountain while Alberta Premier Rachel Notley warns of a "constitutional crisis." Dimitri Lascaris reports


http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=21556
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 11, 2018, 06:01:38 pm »



Teachers in Puerto Rico Demand an End to School Closures and Privatization

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

By Sarah Jaffe, Truthout | Interview

SNIPPET:

What has it been like here, connecting with some of the other teachers and their other struggles around the US?

Martinez: Well, when we come here, we know that is the same struggle that we are given in Puerto Rico -- not only in the States, but throughout the globe with teachers. Teachers in the entire continent are fighting against this capitalist 😈 agenda, this neoliberal 🦀 agenda that wants to destroy not only public education, but all the public services in our country.

The attack is not only on education. They want to privatize schools, to implement those charters, they want to give the voucher programs, they want to shut down the schools, they want to fire public employees. We are talking about 100,000 employees that will be fired from different agencies.

 They want to destroy the University of Puerto Rico, which is a state university, by eliminating campuses. They want to increase the admission fee, they want to increase the cost per credit, per course. They want to cut the pensions from 10 percent to 25 percent [for] people that do not have enough to live. It is not only an attack on public education....

We have heard [of] the same attack against all public sectors; this is a generalized attack. I don't even think it is the "shock doctrine" anymore. It is the terror doctrine that they have implemented here in Puerto Rico.... Being here and talking to teachers and listening to the stories -- West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona. We have a great alliance with MORE from New York, and just listening to them, it just renews our energy and it lets us know that this is one struggle of the working class, and that we will have small victories until we triumph entirely. We are not hopeless. We have much hope to go back to our country and give the fight that we have to give.

Article with audio interview and transcript:

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/44127-teachers-in-puerto-rico-demand-an-end-to-school-closures-and-privatization
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 11, 2018, 05:21:52 pm »

Paul Ryan Will Retire as the Biggest Fake in American Politics

If he hadn't done so much damage, we could laugh him off the national stage—like Joe Biden did.

By Charles P. Pierce

Aprill 11, 2018


This would include, of course, “reforming,” probably out of existence, the Social Security survivor’s benefits that got him through high school and college before he could line up at the federal trough for the rest of his adult life.

This has always been particularly disturbing to me. I'm really glad Charlie remembered to mention this. It reminds me of another conservative stuffed shirt millionaire named Rick Perry, who also never held a job outside politics until after he left the Texas governorship. He immediately did GET a job though, afterward, lobbying for MCNA, the same Medicaid Big Insurance Corp for whom he'd just abandoned single payer, to "reform" Medicaid dental services in Texas. 

Let's play a game:

"Which conduit scheme will hire Paul Ryan to be their lobbyist".

Get your entries in soon. I expect the competition will be over before the 2018 calendar is out-of-date.


Even in his press conference on Wednesday, Ryan expressed disappointment that, in his two decades in Congress, he didn’t get to fully gut Medicaid and Social Security

As a lobbyist, he'll have much more time to write the language of bills going before Congress, once all that pesky, constant Republican fund-raising doesn't consume so much of his valuable time.


Well said. 


I think Ryan took the road out because he knew that the Progressive challenging (Iron worker Bryce) would destroy him, thereby eliminating any chance Ryan would ever have to get into the White house.

That said, the lobbyist gig is certainly what he will be jump into with all his corrupt and corrupting government connections.

Ryan is an example of people. like the Ayn Rand witch, who hypocritically use social services even though they try to destroy them.

There are too many people in the USA with exactly that type of destructive attitude. My millionaire greed ball sister Jeanette, the one who was married to John Adair, the dentist that drowned in Puerto Rico (I almost drowned trying to fish him out of the rip tide and monstrous surf) fits that bill exactly.

John had a thriving dental practice in Ft. Lauderdale.  Jeanette got $250,000 in life insurance and went to work as a registered nurse (she had been studying that as a mother of three boys). She gladly took ALL the care for child survivers money Social Security gave her for her children while she used the big bucks from the life insurance to invest in the stock market in 1982.

By 1989 she was rich. Her son Brian became a stock broker in 1990. By the year 2000 he too was a millionaire (He has a nice condo in San Francisco near his yacht). They are ALL right wing crazies now. They ALL want to destroy Social Security and Medicare. They have ALL conveniently forgotten that they would be NOWHERE if these programs hadn't been there when they were middle class.

This is why I carry on so much about Capitalist cruelty, Eddie. The hypocrisy is so thick you can cut it with a knife! And yeah, my sister was front and center in all the successful efforts to legally steal my inheritance. These bastards that get rich NEVER HAVE ENOUGH!

Ryan is an enemy of every decent human being on this planet. Some, if not all, of my siblings and their offspring are in exactly the same category. 😟

 

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 07, 2018, 08:08:31 pm »

In the greater scheme of things having us on their lists is not going to be good for anything.

Cataloging crazies can't stop this.



If the graph follows the third order polynomial over the next year it will be very bad news.

Count on it.

Waking the Climate Giant 🔥 screenshots



NOTE: After three years of flat emissions noted in the graphic above, they INCREASED in 2017.  :P



Expect Palloy to take some Ad Hom, and totally unjustified, pot shots at Sam Carana.  ::) 

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 07, 2018, 07:31:04 pm »

Quote
Quote from: Surly1 on Today at 11:36:21 am
I'm sure we're safe.We can't even influence one another.

Homeland Security to Compile Database of Journalists, Bloggers

I've been barking about this for years.

Purveyors of 'Doom' have a special place on the radar of Homeland Security.  There is a belief that notions of doom attract unstable people who could become threats.  We are all monitored, however discretely.  The irony is, even here in the Diner complaints have been made that the Nature Bats Last crowd attracts depressed people with dangerous depressed thoughts and negative energies.  That is from the perspective of another flavor of doomer.  Think of how total outsiders of doom, or as I know they do, think of us!

290,000 global news sources.  Ten percent of that could be 29,000 names.  That leave room for us.


That's rather depressing.  ;)  But, being labelled as "unstable" has its rewards.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 07, 2018, 07:29:23 pm »


Considering what I have posted about here for five years and on disqus for over ten, I am certain that I have gotten somebody's attention.


Quote
Proverbs 29:27 An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
And he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.

Mark of pride and badge of honor when conferred.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 07, 2018, 05:28:06 pm »


Quote

April 7, 2018

Paul Ryan supported Donald Trump’s EPA chair Scott Pruitt while he gutted environmental protections and blocked essential work to combat climate change.

And now that Scott Pruitt is facing numerous charges of corruption -- including using taxpayer money for lavious travel, and $43,000 to soundproof his office -- Paul Ryan is remaining silent, terrified of upsetting his oil and gas company campaign contributors.

We need elected officials willing to stand up to Trump’s corrupt EPA and the fossil fuel industry. That means we need to get rid of Paul Ryan.

As a Congressman, DFA-endorsed progressive Randy Bryce would lobby to end corporate welfare for this billion dollar industry and work to create thousands of Green Jobs. Will you stand with Randy and DFA and call for an end to fossil fuel subsidies?

Each year, Congress hands billions of dollars in subsidies to oil and gas CEOs. These taxpayer handouts to one of the richest industries on earth are part of a “dirty energy money cycle” that must end. In return for their subsidies, the fossil fuel industry spends hundreds of millions per year in campaign contributions and lobbying expenses -- which Paul Ryan gladly accepts.

Over his career, Paul Ryan has received nearly $2 million in contributions from the fossil fuel industry. In exchange, he looks the other way as oil and gas companies contribute to the dangerous polluting of our country.

Randy Bryce has pledged not to accept any contributions from fossil fuel companies -- which is one of the many reasons he has earned DFA’s endorsement. Please stand with DFA and Randy Bryce by signing our petition to end fossil fuel subsidies today.

Thank you,

- Karli

Karli Wallace Thompson, Senior Digital Manager and Wisconsin resident
Democracy for America



Sign Randy Bryce's petition: End fossil fuel subsidies

By taking this action you agree to receive important updates from Democracy for America and the Randy Bryce for Congress campaign. (You can unsubscribe at any time.)

SIGN THE PETITION

Over his career, Paul Ryan 😈 has received nearly $2 million in contributions from the fossil fuel industry. Randy Bryce has pledged not to accept any contributions from fossil fuel companies and, as a Congressman, he would lobby to end corporate welfare 🦖 for this billion dollar industry.

It makes little sense to prop up oil companies and create a competitive disadvantage for clean energy companies. In Wisconsin alone, we’ve seen WE Energies do everything in its power to disincentivize community efforts to transition to clean and renewable energy sources. This utility company, like many fossil fuel companies, has not been a good actor in Wisconsin and we must not let them continue to stand in the way of progress.

Sign the petition and stand with Randy Bryce's pledge to not accept fossil fuel money and end fossil fuel subsidies.

 
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 07, 2018, 02:36:09 pm »

Quote
Quote from: Surly1 on Today at 11:36:21 am
I'm sure we're safe.We can't even influence one another.

Homeland Security to Compile Database of Journalists, Bloggers

Hmmmm. I am sure that the Doomstead diner and my teeny tiny Renewable Revolution forum will earn some "honorable mentions" in this new fascist fun venture. Doesn't it make ya feel warm and fuzzy inside to be a source of jobs for all those loyal Trumpers out there?

No? I didn't think so. Me neither, but I am trying to add a bit of levity to our dystopian situation.

As a person trained by the USAF as an Intelligence Operations specialist/Photo Interpreter {dual AFSC (air force specialty code) }, I imagine that certain words and phrases will be looked at it with interest.


Here is a very small list of some of them:

Revolution
Fascist
Trump, Trumper, Trumpista, Trumplethinskin, etc.
Socialist
Livable wages
Capitalist cruelty
Orwellian mindfork
Government Corruption
Oil and Gas corruption, pollution, murder and skullduggery of various sorts
pejorative comments about fossil fuels
Kochroach
Injustice
Racist Bigots
Cooperative(s)
Elite bastards
Oligarch, Oligarchy, Oligarchs, etc.
One percent (i.e when depicted as crooks, parasites, liars, cheats, welfare queens, etc.)
Greed is Bad

Considering what I have posted about here for five years and on disqus for over ten, I am certain that I have gotten somebody's attention.


You're toast, AG. Public enemy number one. I'm very proud of you, fwiw.

Glad to be among your readers. When all the truth tellers are silenced, I no longer see the point in hanging around. It'll be time to vote with my feet.


🌞 Thanks bro. I wish I had the patience of Job. It gets old walkng into a box canyon with a blow torch facing you at the end. I don't mind leaving this valley of tears; I just hope that God gives me the strength to handle what I know is coming as long as I am here.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 07, 2018, 02:10:13 pm »

I'm sure we're safe.We can't even influence one another.

Homeland Security to Compile Database of Journalists, Bloggers

Hmmmm. I am sure that the Doomstead diner and my teeny tiny Renewable Revolution forum will earn some "honorable mentions" in this new fascist fun venture. Doesn't it make ya feel warm and fuzzy inside to be a source of jobs for all those loyal Trumpers out there?

No? I didn't think so. Me neither, but I am trying to add a bit of levity to our dystopian situation.

As a person trained by the USAF as an Intelligence Operations specialist/Photo Interpreter {dual AFSC (air force specialty code) }, I imagine that certain words and phrases will be looked at it with interest.

Here is a very small list of some of them:

Revolution
Fascist
Trump, Trumper, Trumpista, Trumplethinskin, etc.
Socialist
Livable wages
Capitalist cruelty
Orwellian mindfork
Government Corruption
Oil and Gas corruption, pollution, murder and skullduggery of various sorts
pejorative comments about fossil fuels
Kochroach
Injustice
Racist Bigots
Cooperative(s)
Elite bastards
Oligarch, Oligarchy, Oligarchs, etc.
One percent (i.e when depicted as crooks, parasites, liars, cheats, welfare queens, etc.)
Greed is Bad

Considering what I have posted about here for five years and on disqus for over ten, I am certain that I have gotten somebody's attention.


Quote
Proverbs 29:27 An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
And he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.

 
 

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 04, 2018, 09:56:26 pm »

 
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April 4, 2018



Scott Pruitt 🦀 and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 

Yesterday, we covered Scott Pruitt’s recent, questionable housing decisions at length, but new scandals keep emerging faster than we can type them. Here’s a quick roundup or some of the latest Pruitt news--somehow, we’ve got even more to unpack today. 

First, another detail has emerged about Pruitt’s very accomodating DC landlords: Steven and Vicki Hart donated to Pruitt’s campaign for attorney general in Oklahoma and hosted a fundraiser for his reelection, the Daily Beast reported Tuesday. This likely explains how Pruitt became a temporary tenant of the Harts, but not his steal of a deal rent.

The Atlantic also reported early Tuesday morning that Pruitt used an obscure provision of the Safe Drinking Water Act to give big pay bumps to two of his favorite aides after the White House told him not to  :o  :D. (Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?)

Just a few hours later, the Washington Post reported that one of these aides, Millan Hupp, served as the point person for Pruitt’s housing search last year. Hupp, who received a 33 percent raise, apparently spent several months talking to real estate companies on Pruitt’s behalf and viewing properties. An EPA spokesperson dismissed the story, but “federal officials are barred from enlisting one of their subordinates to do personal tasks for them,” according to a former Office of Government Ethics employee quoted by the Post.   

According to one anonymous administration official, Trump called Pruitt yesterday morning to show his support for the embattled EPA administrator. Trump reportedly told Pruitt “keep your head up" and "keep fighting," and “we have your back." However, given the White House’s history of having people’s backs publicly and then sending them packing, speculation has started about who would replace Pruitt.  ;D

More than 20 members of Congress have called on Pruitt to resign, and yesterday two Republicans joined the chorus. At this point it’s hard to imagine someone who could be worse in the job, but we’re keeping a watchful eye on Andrew Wheeler, currently in line to be confirmed as deputy administrator. Emily Atkin at the New Republic calls Wheeler “a more extreme choice to lead the agency than Pruitt.” Wheeler, a coal lobbyist and former Inhofe aide, has a history of denying climate science and has been accused of abusing his power to go after opponents. He was confirmed by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in February, but has yet to have a full confirmation hearing.

Any talk of Pruitt’s firing or replacement is total speculation. But it makes us wonder: better the Pruitt that you know than the Wheeler you don’t?
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 03, 2018, 01:27:08 pm »


Quote
Casino Mussolini

1. enjoying the fruits of his business while running the country

2. a predatory billionaire unable to control his predations

3. emoluments, money laundering, obstruction and fraud

4. a perverse love of self

5. Americans must atone for his behavior
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 02, 2018, 09:45:30 pm »

The American Prospect magazine

Puerto Rican Refugees and the Elusive Blue Wave

MANUEL MADRID MARCH 20, 2018

Emigres from the island could be recruited to the Democratic camp, but will progressive organizing defeat right-wing money that ties relief to recruiting?

SNIPPET:

Recent registration numbers in heavily Puerto Rican areas have also been ambiguous. Between September and January, more than 60 percent of new Hispanic voters in central Florida had registered as independents, with less than 30 percent registering as Democrats but only 8 percent as Republicans. Total registrations did see a slight bump in the last few months of 2017 compared with earlier months, but far short of the deluge that was once predicted.

Puerto Rican voter turnout rates, which historically have been far higher than those of electoral contests in the 50 states, tend to plummet upon reaching the mainland. This phenomenon is often attributed to the stark differences between island and mainland politics. Puerto Ricans typically only vote once every four years; there is no Republican and Democrat dichotomy, rather a split among pro-independence, pro-statehood, and pro-commonwealth parties. A new political environment can be difficult to process, particularly for evacuees struggling to find schools for their children, to keep a roof over their heads, and put food on the table.

IN THIS RELATIVE political vacuum, corporate money is contending with on-the-ground progressive organizing. The LIBRE Initiative is the Hispanic outreach component of the Koch brothers’ vast political network. Technically a nonpartisan group, LIBRE 😈 —whose name means “free” in Spanish—stops short of registering people to vote, but proudly disseminates messages of “economic freedom,” school choice, and deregulation among Hispanics in battleground states like Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio. Last year at a donor summit, the Koch network revealed plans to spend as much as $400 million during the 2018 election cycle, spreading the funds among a web of grassroots groups, including LIBRE. LIBRE groups funded by the Koch network operated with a combined budget of $13.5 million in 2016, according to The Boston Globe.

Over the years, LIBRE 😈 and its sister organization, the LIBRE Institute , have built goodwill 😇😉 in the Hispanic community in Florida, particularly among the poor, offering help with tax preparation, English and résumé-writing classes, food donations, back-to-school events, scholarships, and health checkups. The group has set down roots quickly within these communities, building ties with local hospitals, churches, Spanish-language radio stations, and even the state Chamber of Commerce. Florida state officials welcoming Puerto Rican evacuees arriving at airports have been forwarding them to LIBRE’s offices for further assistance, according to the group’s deputy state director, David Velazquez.

In January, LIBRE’s Puerto Rican Outreach Project launched a series of “Welcome to Florida” classes at its offices in the Orlando area aimed at helping Puerto Rican new arrivals with job training, finding housing, and navigating school enrollment. Instructors used worksheets for attendees to calculate their savings from the recently enacted tax cut, and other lessons in free-market economics. Even before the hurricane, the group had been actively pursuing the Puerto Rican vote, sending a team to the island in 2016 to connect with islanders considering relocating to Florida.

Puerto Rican voters have diverse views, particularly on religious issues, but they have been overwhelmingly opposed to President Trump. In 2016, LIBRE itself decided to focus its get-out-the-vote efforts, consisting of staff- and volunteer-run phone banks and door-to-door outreach efforts using state voter files, on Senate races as a way to distance itself from the Republican presidential nominee.

Attempts by progressives to match LIBRE’s clout have been hobbled by a lack of comparable funding, according to groups on the ground. Betsy Franceschini, senior state director of the Hispanic Federation, says that LIBRE’s model of providing relief services as a way to connect with Hispanic communities was co-opted from groups like Hispanic Federation that offer English lessons, case-management services, and legal aid for Hispanics.They’ve adopted a model 😇  ;)  that we’ve been using for decades and turned it around to their 😈 benefit,” Franceschini says.

Full article:


http://prospect.org/article/puerto-rican-refugees-and-elusive-blue-wave
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 30, 2018, 02:53:23 pm »



March 29, 2018

Cambridge Analytica Is Not Alone: i360 and Data Trust Disastrous for Democracy


Cambridge Analytica, owned by Robert Mercer, is in the news, but other companies -- like the Koch Brothers' i360 and Karl Rove's Data Trust -- are far more dangerous, says investigative reporter Greg Palast

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=21461%27%20style=%27color:#000;
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 22, 2018, 06:28:53 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Eddie, check this out. Frum says Trump 🦀 is the "Gum disease" of American Democracy!


DAVID FRUM: THE CORRUPTION 💵 🎩 🍌 OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY


Commonwealth Club

Streamed live on Feb 5, 2018

While much of the country has been focused on the Trump–Russia investigation, conservative author David Frum has been monitoring the strain the new president is placing on the traditional limits of the Oval Office. During his own White House tenure as George W. Bush’s speechwriter, Frum witnessed the ways the presidency is limited not by law but by tradition, propriety and public outcry.

Frum argues the traditional limits of the Oval Office have been weakened. In his new book, Trumpocracy, Frum outlines how he thinks President Trump could push America toward illiberalism, what the consequences could be for our nation and our everyday lives, and what we can do to prevent it. Join one of America’s leading conservative pundits for a conversation about our changing democracy and where the country is heading.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 20, 2018, 10:23:24 pm »

Harvard Professors Levitsky & Ziblatt - How Democracies Die

Washington Watch
Published on Feb 25, 2018

Harvard professors Steve Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt examined the causes that lead to breakdowns in democracies around the world.

January 31st, 2018

Daniel Ziblatt is Professor of Government at Harvard University, a faculty associate in residence at Harvard University's Minda De Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and a nonresident associate of Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Steven Levitsky is a political scientist and Professor of Government at Harvard University. A comparative political scientist, his research interests focus on Latin America and include political parties and party systems, and democratization, and weak and informal institutions.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 20, 2018, 07:08:04 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 20, 2018, 07:04:14 pm »

 Alex Jones  :evil4: Is Getting Sued (Again)

Brennan Gilmore is a smart, articulate guy who wants Alex Jones shut up for good. He does not want his case settled. He wants Jones to have to practice ethical journalism or be discredited, or go to jail. Jones gets sued a lot, and his usual response is to settle and issue an apology, which goes largely unnoticed. Not this time.


The lawsuit against Alex Jones, explained

Why a Foreign Service officer is suing Alex Jones for defamation, explained in a podcast.
By Julie Bogenjulie.bogen@vox.com Mar 19, 2018, 6:10pm EDT


When Foreign Service officer Brennan Gilmore learned that there was going to be an alt-right protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, he decided to attend as a counterprotester. What he didn’t realize is that his now-infamous video of a car driving into the crowd of counterprotesters would capture an American tragedy — and set him up as a target for death threats, hate mail, and doxxing.

“I am the center of these conspiracy theories that I’m behind the attacks in Charlottesville,” Gilmore told Today, Explained host Sean Rameswaram. “The general outline of the conspiracy theory is there is a deep state that is trying to overthrow Donald Trump and I am an operative of it. Alex Jones and his conspiracy theory says I was paid $320,000 by George Soros to come to Charlottesville to orchestrate the event, and then to get on mainstream media and lie about what happened — which would undermine Trump’s administration.”

This, of course, is nonsense. There is no deep state, no attempt to overthrow the president, and no ill intent on the part of Gilmore. So Gilmore is fighting back and suing Alex Jones and others for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Learn how this could bring scrutiny to Jones’s notorious persona, and why conspiracy theories are so uniquely difficult to fight, on the latest episode of Today, Explained.

Go to Vox for the audio link. Gilmore is also on NPR today.

https://www.vox.com/today-explained/2018/3/19/17140050/alex-jones-charlottesville-las-vegas-defamation-lawsuit-today-explained-podcast


I do NOT agree with Vox that "there is no Deep State" I do think Alex Jones is a lying sack of s h i t.




  Same here.

Alex Jones actually harmed the 9/11 truth movement by screaming "inside job", with wide eyes, day after day, instead of discussing the science that would expose the government bullshit story. I think Alex Jones was put there to get out in front of the 9/11 Architects and Engineers truth movement in order to tarnish its reputation so they would be branded as tin foil conspiracy theorists.

Unfortunately for Amercian freedom, it worked. We were headed downhill before 9/11, but AFTER 9/11 our downward path turned into an alpine slope!  :P  :(
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 20, 2018, 02:35:28 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: This is an excellent presentation about their book in which these authors make crystal clear what an authoritarian attack on democracy   🦀represents.

Steven Levitsky & Daniel Ziblatt, "How Democracies Die"


Politics and Prose

Published on Feb 6, 2018

Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt discuss their book, "How Democracies Die", on 1/25/18.

Levitsky and Ziblatt, professors of comparative politics at Harvard, have spent nearly twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies. Focusing on Latin America and Europe, respectively, the two didn’t expect to address the issue for the United States, but that changed when Trump was elected. Building on their December 2016 New York Times op-ed which asked “Is Donald Trump a Threat to Democracy?” they emphatically answer “yes,” outline the specific risks he poses, and chart ways we can avert the threat of authoritarianism. Drawing on examples of troubled states from around the world since the 1930s, Levitsky and Ziblatt point out that warning signs of collapse include the weakening of institutions, such as the judiciary and the media, erosion of political norms, and the rise of incivility.

http://www.politics-prose.com/book/97...

Founded by Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade in 1984, Politics and Prose Bookstore is Washington, D.C.'s premier independent bookstore and cultural hub, a gathering place for people interested in reading and discussing books. Politics and Prose offers superior service, unusual book choices, and a haven for book lovers in the store and online. Visit them on the web at http://www.politics-prose.com/

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 19, 2018, 06:23:14 pm »

Hypocritical Sucking up by GO.

Eddie, If you pick up on the overly dulcet flattery that comes off as baloney, what makes you think the dialogue is sincere when said person is not in the "you are the greatest" mode?

As RE said,
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His fawning over certain people is positively repulsive.  All his "Geniuses" like Elon Muskrat, and Kunstler.  ::) Gimmee a break. - RE

Eddie said:
Quote
Eddie said:
In my view, we can either respond to GO's posts and try to make our dissenting case in a reasonable way, or we can do something we like a lot less, which is not let him make his posts (and I'd hate to do that), or put him under moderation, which is way more work than I want to do.

What I don't like to do is allow comments I strongly disagree with to stand up with no dissent.  I favor open dialog and even heated arguments to censorship....and censorship is a "gotcha" that GO likes to use to claim he isn't treated fairly. I won't play that game. I'd rather just tell him when I disagree. And that's not just GO, but anybody. I favor letting people speak their piece, and then calling them out if it seems necessary. And anybody can be wrong. I'm wrong a lot, and I try to be willing to listen to other people's POV.

I guess I ran Knarf off arguing with his SJW and #MeToo posts. I hope not. I just like to say what's on my mind. I try to be respectful to everyone. 

At heart, GO wants to be part of a group that thinks just like he does. He want to belong. He also likes to suck up to people he considers special, like Ashvin and LD.  He always writes them such effusive compliments, he's practically falling all over himself. It's completely transparent. But I think he often makes good points, and he's a good man. Libertarian belief systems resonate with me. But I've learned that for most high profile people, the powerful people of our world, that it's an excuse and a smokescreen.

If you read what Charles Koch says in an interview, you'd think he was a great guy and a genius. In reality, he's committed more atrocities than you can list. You have to judge on what people do, and not just on what they say.

Eddie, what a man SAYS IS IMPORTANT to determine if said person is untrustworthy when YOU KNOW WHAT HE SAID IS FALSE! That's what you just said about the Kochroaches.

WHY do you think GO, a fierce defender of policies that have indisputably caused, and continue to cause, people to DIE EVERY DAY IN THIS COUNTRY is not bullshittting you?

How LONG do you give an unapologetic Trump supporter, who would rather have his tongue cut out than admit the INDISPUTABLE TRUTH THAT the Koch Libertarians are a pack of predatory murderers solidifying the profit over people and planet Oligarchy in the USA, the "benefit of continued dialogue"? 

HELLO?
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 19, 2018, 05:58:04 pm »

In my view, we can either respond to GO's posts and try to make our dissenting case in a reasonable way, or we can do something we like a lot less, which is not let him make his posts (and I'd hate to do that), or put him under moderation, which is way more work than I want to do.

What I don't like to do is allow comments I strongly disagree with to stand up with no dissent.  I favor open dialogue and even heated arguments to censorship....and censorship is a "gotcha" that GO likes to use to claim he isn't treated fairly. I won't play that game. I'd rather just tell him when I disagree. And that's not just GO, but anybody. I favor letting people speak their piece, and then calling them out if it seems necessary. And anybody can be wrong. I'm wrong a lot, and I try to be willing to listen to other people's POV.

It gets more time consuming to respond to all the ad hom and Trumpovetsky Propaganda GO posts than to just moderate it.  It's also a violation of the CoC to complain about censorship, so just AS H I T-can those posts also.  Takes much less time out of your day than writing a detailed point-by-point refutation of complete nonsense.


Quote
I guess I ran Knarf off arguing with his SJW and #MeToo posts. I hope not. I just like to say what's on my mind. I try to be respectful to everyone.

Knarf goes Walkabout regularly.  He's a sensitive guy and when his belief system is challenged, it upsets him.  He'll return at some point I would wager. 

Quote
At heart, GO wants to be part of a group that thinks just like he does. He want to belong. He also likes to suck up to people he considers special, like Ashvin and LD.  He always writes them such effusive compliments, he's practically falling all over himself. It's completely transparent. But I think he often makes good points, and he's a good man. Libertarian belief systems resonate with me. But I've learned that for most high profile people, the powerful people of our world, that it's an excuse and a smokescreen.

No he doesn't.  He likes to be in a group where he is in the minority and can fight with people.  If he wanted to be part of a group where he would fit in, it would be on TBP.  His fawning over certain people is positively repulsive.  All his "Geniuses" like Elon Muskrat, and Kunstler.  ::) Gimmee a break.

RE

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 19, 2018, 05:55:41 pm »


Goldne Oxen said: That's the group your a member of, would think long and hard about staying in it and espousing their hate mongering, crybaby loser, unpatriotic and destructive  behavior Eddie.

No it's not. You are deliberately misrepresenting my POV, which is ad hom. Lay off,
or I'll tell you what team I think you're on. Anyone who follows your posts gets wise to your game after a while. Don't think you can play schoolyard games with me. This ain't my first rodeo. I'm nicer to you than I should be, most of the time. Don't take advantage.







We differ in our opinion of who and what Donald Trump is.

Hillary Clinton, and Obama have not moved on, that's the problem.

Both lumps of **** continue their venomous attacks, unprecedented in American pride, in insulting and defecating on our President and the disgusted with the status quo millions of our fellow citizens who saw fit to vote for him.

No. Just no.

Fox "News" (sic) avers that Trump and HRC are somehow "bickering." I put it to you to count up the number of times Trump has mentioned Clinton compared to the opposite. Trump rage-tweets about HRC and calls her a name almost every day, especially when he needs to keep his base of dupes riled. Punching down is a crowd-pleaser. The only mention HRC has made lately of Orange Hitler is that she accused Trump of having “quite an affinity for dictators” and said he “really likes their authoritarian posturing and behavior.”

That's the self-evident truth.

Fat Nixon has arguably spent an inordinate amount of time on social media attacking a person whom he defeated, leading to the $64 question: Is Trump obsessed with Hillary Clinton? He certainly finds her to be convenient.

And Obama? Really? Since decamping, he has comported himself with the same dignity that he displayed while Presidentin' While Black.


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Both lumps of **** continue their venomous attacks, unprecedented in American pride, in insulting and defecating on our President and the disgusted with the status quo millions of our fellow citizens who saw fit to vote for him.

"Lumps of ****," "venomous attacks," insulting and defecating." Sounds like projection to me.

You want to prove that assertion?
Show your work. Post it here, and source it from some reputable news source. If it exists, i'd like to see it, because I comb through the sewers of the internet each day compiling a digest, and I have yet to find it. But I'm just an old crank with a hobby.

I'm betting you can't, because evidence of such behavior on the part of HRC or BHO, that is, behavior equivalent to the outrages committed by the current resident of the White House, does not exist outside of the fevered imaginations of right wing fantasts or operators of Macedonian web sites.


Well said, Surly.

Eddie and Surly, I must admit I cannot figure out why you continue to attempt to reason with   

If you want to just keep some dialogue going for the sake of views, then that is understandable, but Golden Oxen, consistent pseudo-Christian devoted worshipper of gold and himself, is enamored of Trump. Therefore, he cannot be reasoned with.

Golden Oxen hypocritically rails about government corruption that he "claims to be against" and is silent as DEATH when massive real estate FRAUD by "private" enterprize Trump India hotels business partner is caught DOING in India what Trump has AWAYS DONE EVERYWHERE, whether in government or out of it (it's in the news today  ;D).

The irrelevant half truths constantly being recycled by the Trumpers (Obama was "worse", Hillary evil, etc. Ad Nausem) are so transparently obvious attempts at distraction from Tump's Traiterous Governmental Corruption and Crime Spree that they would be worthy of pity if they weren't pushed so repeatedly by the fascist/Libertarian Kochroaches trying to destroy the last vestiges of individual freedom and liberty we have in this country.

As I said about six months ago, Golden Oxen has gone fully into Orwellian mindfuck 😈. That is what Trumpers 🦀 in a desperate attempt to keep people from seeing that it is they 😈 who have all the mens rea dastardly society destroying activity that they accuse others of. 


Trumpers, like Trump, are "wise" in their own eyes. Golden Oxen is an unapologetic Trumper.

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Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?

There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 26:12

In my view, we can either respond to GO's posts and try to make our dissenting case in a reasonable way, or we can do something we like a lot less, which is not let him make his posts (and I'd hate to do that), or put him under moderation, which is way more work than I want to do.

What I don't like to do is allow comments I strongly disagree with to stand up with no dissent.  I favor open dialog and even heated arguments to censorship....and censorship is a "gotcha" that GO likes to use to claim he isn't treated fairly. I won't play that game. I'd rather just tell him when I disagree. And that's not just GO, but anybody. I favor letting people speak their piece, and then calling them out if it seems necessary. And anybody can be wrong. I'm wrong a lot, and I try to be willing to listen to other people's POV.

I guess I ran Knarf off arguing with his SJW and #MeToo posts. I hope not. I just like to say what's on my mind. I try to be respectful to everyone. 

At heart, GO wants to be part of a group that thinks just like he does. He want to belong. He also likes to suck up to people he considers special, like Ashvin and LD.  He always writes them such effusive compliments, he's practically falling all over himself. It's completely transparent. But I think he often makes good points, and he's a good man. Libertarian belief systems resonate with me. But I've learned that for most high profile people, the powerful people of our world, that it's an excuse and a smokescreen.

If you read what Charles Koch says in an interview, you'd think he was a great guy and a genius. In reality, he's committed more atrocities than you can list. You have to judge on what people do, and not just on what they say.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 19, 2018, 05:52:29 pm »

I am being actively censored by AG.

And you will continue to be as long as you insist on pushing mendacious, but clever, fossil fuel friendly happy talk that threatens the future of the human species. Have a nice day.   


I am being actively censored by AG.

I'll leave this one up to explain.

AG has his own board, as do you.  You can each run your own boards as you see fit.

You are not "censored" anywhere else on the Diner, although you might be moderated if your posting gets too ad hom.

RE


Exactly. I answered Palloy with a very specific statement about a very specific issue. Palloy is lying that I censor him just to be a meany. In fact his  comment on pulleys to bring a tree down is still there on my channel. I read it and left it there because it contained no bullshit.  ;D

Surly apparently has come to a position in life where he respects people who can "take a punch". I guess that means he believes I cannot. And this "eye for an eye leaves everybody blind" business is simply not applicable when the main purpose of posts is to disseminate truth and objective discourse. It kinda bothers me that there are people out there doing everything they can to destroy our future as a species. If anybody here wants to claim I am being sanctimoneous or overly sensitive by labelling those who push lies and doubletalk as enemies not worthy of engaging in discourse, fine. I vigorously disagree.

I engaged bullshitters like MKing and several others that curse this forum for a while. After their heinous positions have become clear, to allow them to continue in their shameless efforts to repeat society and biosphere damaging propaganda, is GIVING THEM A PLATFORM TO CONTINUE PUSHING THEIR BULLSHIT. To encourage or allow said destructive discourse simply because we all should be kind to each other is like asking the burglar if he checked the other place you have the silverware before he leaves. Love thy Neighbor as thyself does not now, or ever did, mean to not call them out on LIES. In fact, going along to get along because "we are all in the same doomed boat" is NOT showing respect for them.

Of course, I will never make a lot of friends or infuence many people. I SPEAK FOR TRUTH AND THE WELFARE OF HUMANITY, not to win any popularity contests. Sanctimoneous? Yeah, if the last statement is a bit of holier than thou hypocrisy. I'm a lot of things, but I am not a hypocrite.

Sanctimonious, thin skinned, can't take a punch Agelbert?




 

 


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