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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 28, 2017, 10:34:45 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 27, 2017, 10:19:31 pm »

Guess Who Trump's Tax Plan Benefits The Most...

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 27, 2017, 03:28:29 pm »

 
 
For Immediate Release, April 21, 2017

Contact: Brett Hartl, (202) 817-8121, bhartl@biologicaldiversity.org

Public Records Sought on Dow’s Efforts to Pressure Trump Administration Over Pesticides, Endangered Species

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity submitted Freedom of Information Act requests this week seeking public records from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Commerce to illuminate reports about how Dow Chemical is pressuring the Trump administration to abandon efforts to protect endangered species from pesticides. 

Last week Dow asked the Trump administration to scrap a nearly completed four-year effort to protect endangered species from Dow’s insecticide chlorpyrifos. In January the EPA announced that its scientists had determined the highly toxic pesticide is likely to harm 97 percent of the approximately 1,800 listed threatened and endangered animals and plants found in the United States.

“American taxpayers have a right to know exactly how Dow Chemical is profiting from the ever-deepening corporate swamp in our nation’s capital,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center. “It’s detestable that Dow and the Trump administration have so little respect for the health of our children and environment.”

Over the past six years, Dow has donated $11 million to congressional campaigns and political action committees, and has spent an additional $75 million lobbying Congress. In January 2017 Dow was one of three companies that donated $1 million to the Trump inauguration. President Trump named Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris as the head of the American Manufacturing Council in his administration. Liveris praised Trump by stating that Trump is making the United States “not a red-tape country, but a red-carpet country for America’s businesses.”

Trump  , who referred to Liveris as “my friend Andrew,” gave Liveris his pen after signing the executive order mandating that agencies create so-called “regulatory reform task forces.” Several weeks ago, the EPA shocked public health advocates by abruptly scrapping a proposed ban on chlorpyrifos, which is known to cause brain damage in children.   

“Dow spent millions on congressional campaigns, the president’s coronation and lobbying Congress and now it’s looking for its payback,” said Hartl. “The disgusting backroom efforts to sidestep the Endangered Species Act are the latest proof of just how hostile Trump’s closest industry buddies are toward common-sense protections for our environment.”

In December 2016 Liveris criticized the EPA’s ground-level ozone pollution and renewable standards for utilities, while agreeing with a climate-change-denier that carbon dioxide is “an inert compound” and should not be regulated by the EPA.

During his tenure as the CEO of Dow, his company was assessed $6.5 million in fines by the EPA since 2010, including serious violations of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Over the same time period, Dow AgroSciences — the division that manufactures pesticides — has been assessed four separate penalties for violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.     
 
The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.2 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.
 
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2017/pesticides-04-21-2017.php
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 26, 2017, 09:59:53 pm »


Voodoo Economics Are Back - Bigly


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 25, 2017, 10:31:05 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 25, 2017, 10:17:14 pm »

The Coverup gets HARDER to Cover Up


Agelbert NOTE: When the crooks is cornered, dey looks for a Commie War Scare distraction. I tink it's called, uh, (see below):

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 25, 2017, 02:08:50 pm »


Bob Cesca/Apr 25, 2017

Our president thinks the Pentagon is a company, terrorism was a recent invention and 9/11 was a ratings coup

A new poll revealed that 98 percent of Donald Trump voters said they don’t regret their choice for president. It’s a number that’s simultaneously too difficult to believe and infuriating. By any reasonable account, whether from experts in presidential history or relatively nonpartisan commentators, Trump’s first 100 days have been an endurance test for the republic. His erratic, ignorant, deeply incompetent presidency is, day by day, causing damage — to the traditions of the White House and indeed to the spoken and unspoken rules that preserve our constitutional democracy.

At the center of it all is a chief executive who knows nothing. When he desperately avoids details by rotating through his mental rotisserie of superlatives (“very, very” or “tremendous” or “terrific” or whatever hyperbolic pitchman gibberish he’s trained himself to repeat), he comes off as an uninformed dolt, conspicuously avoiding questions with more vigor than he avoids strong gusts of wind. Conversely, when Trump struggles to repeat issue-oriented details, he comes off as a scattered, barely coherent toddler attempting to repeat something he heard at the grown-ups’ table and failing badly.

Both aspects of Trump’s ignorance were on mind-blowing display for his recent one-on-one interview with the Associated Press. It was a journey through the Hieronymus Bosch hellscape of Trump’s brain, and not even a legendary news outlet like the AP could decipher Trump’s incoherence — peppering the interview with more “unintelligible” parentheticals than an interview with Ozzy Osbourne.

Let’s dig into the three worst quotes.

Among other things, Trump delivered perhaps the best example of word salad since Sarah Palin’s “broken prompter” incident several years ago. In this quote, Trump elaborated on the responsibilities of the president, and whether he anticipated the gravity of the job.

Number One, there’s great responsibility. When it came time to, as an example, send out the 59 missiles, the Tomahawks in Syria. I’m saying to myself, “You know, this is more than just like, 79 [sic] missiles. This is death that’s involved,” because people could have been killed. This is risk that’s involved, because if the missile goes off and goes in a city or goes in a civilian area — you know, the boats were hundreds of miles away — and if this missile goes off and lands in the middle of a town or a hamlet . . . every decision is much harder than you’d normally make. [Unintelligible.]

This is involving death and life and so many things. . . .  So it’s far more responsibility. [unintelligible.]

The financial cost of everything is so massive, every agency. This is thousands of times bigger, the United States, than the biggest company in the world. The second-largest company in the world is the Defense Department. The third-largest company in the world is Social Security. The fourth-largest — you know, you go down the list.

One of the responsibilities of being president is knowing exactly how many missiles were launched while attacking an airfield operated by a sovereign nation. Trump doesn’t appear to know for certain whether it was 59 or 79. The last time he talked about Syria, he told Fox Business Channel’s Maria Bartiromo that he had bombed Iraq. This is apparently something he does: He tends to forget details about whom he bombed and how many bombs were used. Incidentally, Syrian state media reported that the cruise missile strike did indeed kill a number of civilians, including four children.

Oh, and Trump apparently thinks that the United States government, along with the Pentagon and Social Security, are “companies” — two of the three largest companies in the world. They’re not. In any way. Governments and government agencies, at least in America, are not companies; nor do they operate anything like companies.

Furthermore, when I repeat the phrase “Trump knows nothing,” I’m not exaggerating all that much. Take, for example, his remarks about NATO in which he admitted not knowing what NATO was or how it operated.

They had a quote from me that NATO’s obsolete. But they didn’t say why it was obsolete. I was on Wolf Blitzer, very fair interview, the first time I was ever asked about NATO, because I wasn’t in government. People don’t go around asking about NATO if I’m building a building in Manhattan, right? So they asked me, Wolf . . . asked me about NATO, and I said two things. NATO’s obsolete — not knowing much about NATO, now I know a lot about NATO — NATO is obsolete, and I said, “And the reason it’s obsolete is because of the fact they don’t focus on terrorism.” You know, back when they did NATO there was no such thing as terrorism.

“Back when they did NATO”? What? I assume he meant “when they created NATO” but what actually came out sounded not unlike when you ask a child his or her age and the kid holds up five fingers and answers “this many.” Regarding the assertion about terrorism not existing when NATO was created, it’s hard to know what to say. No, terrorism has existed since the dawn of civilization, contrary to Trump’s assumption that it’s somehow a recent phenomenon. Worse, he based his entire NATO platform — the idea that it’s obsolete and they have to pay up (for something, something, something) — on an answer he yanked out of his ass with the help of Wolf Blitzer, apparently.

This is the exact same reverse-engineering process Trump consistently uses as president. Here’s how it works: He blurts an array of gibberish on Twitter or during an interview, perhaps something he heard Steve Doocy say on “Fox & Friends.” Then he and his staff turn said gibberish into an incoherent and ill-considered White House policy. Hence, his NATO posture.

Finally, if we lived in normal times and if the president were halfway normal, the following quote would have erupted into a major scandal — especially if the president was a Democrat. Trump, on the other hand, can apparently get away with madness like this:

Associated Press: And that’s one of the difficulties I think presidents have had is that you can have these personal relationships with people from the other party, but then it’s hard to actually change how people vote or change how people —

Trump: No I have; it’s interesting; I have, seem to get very high ratings. I definitely. You know Chris Wallace had 9.2 million people; it’s the highest in the history of the show. I have all the ratings for all those morning shows. When I go, they go double, triple. Chris Wallace, look back during the Army-Navy football game; I did his show that morning. It had 9.2 million people. It’s the highest they’ve ever had. On any, on air, [CBS News’ “Face the Nation” host John] Dickerson had 5.2 million people. It’s the highest for “Face the Nation” or, as I call it, “Deface the Nation.” It’s the highest for “Deface the Nation” since the World Trade Center, since the World Trade Center came down. It’s a tremendous advantage.

First of all, let’s be clear about something: Trump gets ratings because people tune in to hear him say crazy things. His ratings are largely due to the spectacle of watching a cartoon supervillain spouting random insults, some of which threaten to precipitate a war or worse. It’s the same reason why people slow down while passing traffic accidents.

That aside, bragging about having the biggest ratings since the worst terrorist attack on American soil ever should be enough to summarily drag the president’s approval ratings as close to zero as possible. If the same nonsensical blurt, culminating in the 9/11 thing, had been uttered by former President Barack Obama, he probably would have been impeached, convicted and tossed in a federal prison. One last thing, not that it matters: The ratings audience for that Chris Wallace interview Trump mentioned was 2.3 million viewers, not 9.2 million. So he lied — again.

Nevertheless, 98 percent of Trump voters are supposedly cool with all this. It’s difficult to make sense of this other than it’s like the fandom surrounding sports franchises. No amount of losing will force superfans away from their favorite team, regardless of how awful they are. Hell, Philadelphia sports fans were mostly OK with it when the Eagles hired Michael Vick after he was caught torturing and murdering dogs for money. In the case of Donald Trump, however, the consequences are far more damaging — more than Trump voters will ever admit. But someday soon they’ll owe the rest of us an apology.

Agelbert NOTE: They DO owe us an apology, but I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for them to recognize reality.





Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 24, 2017, 04:45:12 pm »



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The US is the wrecking machine that is destroying everything. The world is hoping that China will somehow come to the rescue.

Noam Chomsky: US  Is the "Most Dangerous Country in the World"

 Monday, April 24, 2017 

By Dan Falcone, Truthout | Interview

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/40319-noam-chomsky-us-is-the-most-dangerous-country-in-the-world
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 22, 2017, 02:09:25 pm »


Donald Trump is 'Too Mentally Ill to Serve' Say Doctors/Academics at Yale Psychiatric Conference 

By News Corpse   

Friday Apr 21, 2017 · 11:33 PM EDT
REBLOGGED BY Media Watch
 
We're only three months into Donald Trump's presidency and much of the world is teetering on the brink of catastrophe. Trump has launched dozens of missiles into Syria. He dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan. He's shaking his tiny fists at Iran and North Korea. Never mind that he can't remember what his policies were last month and can't keep track of his naval "armada."

Domestically Trump is just as disorganized and incompetent. A promise to repeal ObamaCare was unceremoniously abandoned after Congress refused to even hold a vote. His ban on Muslims coming into the country was halted by several federal court rulings. The wall on the Mexican border isn't being built, and neither Mexico nor Congress will pay for it. You have to wonder if he is tired of winning yet.

These failures may just be the result of someone with zero experience trying to run a government he never liked to begin with. Or they may be symptoms of something much more ominous.

A group of psychiatric doctors and academics are meeting at Yale University this week. Their purpose is to explore whether "Donald Trump is too mentally ill to serve." In the words of John Gartner, a former a part-time assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, “We feel, as mental health professionals, that we have a duty to the public to warn them about Donald Trump’s mental illness.”

Gartner represents a group of psychiatrists called Duty to Warn. They're engaged in a lobbying effort to persuade members of Congress that Trump's mental fitness precludes him from holding office. The group asserts that Trump displays symptoms of a variety of mental illnesses, including antisocial and narcissistic personality disorders. A petition advocating Trump's removal from office has already surpassed 41,000 signatures.

This isn't the first time that people in the field have expressed concern about Trump's mental state. Earlier reports cited indications of Trump suffering from malignant narcissism. And a group of Harvard professors expressed 'grave concerns' about his "inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality."

What's more, a concerned, bipartisan coalition in Congress has proposed legislation mandating a new post of White House Psychiatrist. And when members of congress come together to agree on something this controversial, there's a fair chance that the concerns have merit. In Trump's case, the symptoms are so obvious it doesn't even take a profession to recognize them. His paranoia, hypersensitivity, childish tantrums, and fits of delusions couldn't be more evident. Unfortunately, neither is the risk that his mental flaws pose to the nation and the world. He needs serious professional help, and if he doesn't get it we're all going to need help before too long.

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/4/21/1655223/-Donald-Trump-is-Too-Mentally-Ill-to-Serve-Say-Doctors-Academics-at-Yale-Psychiatric-Conference
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 19, 2017, 09:20:54 pm »

Will Trump GO AWAY in MAY?




JFK WANTED that movie made to wake up the country to what a pack of generals running the show would be like. It's ironic that a pack of generals is the only thing that may save this country from WW3....


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 18, 2017, 08:13:47 pm »

Robert Reich : The Resistance Report, Monday, April 17th



Published on Apr 17, 2017
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 15, 2017, 06:52:10 pm »




250 Million Reasons to Reject HONEST  ;) Act , 200,000 to Reject Mar-a-Largo

The (dis)HONEST Act, Lamar Smith’s latest attempt to hobble environmental regulations, is already living up to this name. As it turns out, it the bill would likely cost around $250 million to implement, instead of the $1 million proponents have suggested. But the Congressional Budget Office never got those estimates: apparently, EPA leadership looked at the comments and decided not to report the numbers to the CBO. Not so honest after all. 

These juicy details were reported on April 4th, in a little-noticed  Bloomberg BNA story, which also claimed that EPA brass prevented the agency from passing on the cost estimate. But someone did notice: ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Eddie Bernice Johnson. She wrote a letter to Lamar Smith asking that he investigate the EPA’s political appointees for potentially misleading Congress about the cost of the HONEST act.

Given Lamar Smith’s inability to acknowledge the inconvenient truth about climate change, the odds that he’ll voluntarily look for evidence against his bill seem pretty slim.

Another climate denier, and frequent flier in Smith’s circles is Kathleen Hartnett-White , who we called out way back in August ‘16 as a rising star in the oily black denier sky. She was rumored to be a pick for Scott Pruitt’s job back in December, but Politico reported yesterday that she’s now the leading choice to run the Council on Environmental Quality. This would make her the White House’s top advisor on environmental issues, a perfect platform to provide Trump with exactly the pro-oil, anti-science perspective he wants to hear.

One last decision folks might be regretting is paying the $200,000 membership fee to Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort. The Miami Herald reports that health inspectors found some yuge violations in the club’s kitchen earlier this year, including potentially parasitic fish  :P, broken coolers full of bacteria-breeding-temperature meats and rusty shelves.

Given that sea level rise is poised to flood the resort, the temperature of Trump’s coolers isn’t the only warming he’s unwise to ignore. 
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 15, 2017, 05:49:50 pm »

The Repukians are GETTING IT from their Trump REJECTING base!  :o  ;D

Shields and Brooks on GOP home-district hostility, Trump policy reversals 
 
PBS NewsHour 



Published on Apr 14, 2017

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including how Republican members of Congress are facing heat from crowds of their own constituents while home during recess, why President Trump’s views have shifted on China, NATO and Janet Yellen, and more.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 15, 2017, 03:55:25 pm »

Thousands demand  Trump release tax returns at New York rally

Posted 15 Apr 2017 23:30
 Updated 16 Apr 2017 03:25


NEW YORK: Thousands of people turned out for a march through midtown Manhattan on Saturday to demand that President Donald Trump release his tax returns and to dispute his claim that the public does not care about the issue.

Organizers of New York's "Tax March," one of more than 150 across the country and beyond, want to call attention to Trump's refusal to disclose his tax history, as his White House predecessors have done for more than 40 years.

In addition to major U.S. cities, including Washington and Los Angeles, marches are planned in Europe, Japan and New Zealand.

The Manhattan march began with a rally at Bryant Park, drawing a good-natured crowd estimated by a Reuters reporter to be about 5,000 people, although no official estimates were immediately available. The procession up Sixth Avenue was due to disperse at Central Park.

Among the marchers was an oversized inflatable rooster, sporting an angry expression and a sweeping metallic orange hairdo meant to resemble Trump's signature style.

“Thanks to Trump, I think that releasing your taxes when you run for president now has to be a law,” said New Yorker Marni Halasa, 51, who arrived in a tutu and leggings made of fake dollar bills and holding a sign that read “Show Me The Money!”

Critics have raised questions about what Trump's tax returns say about his net worth and various business ties.

As a candidate and as president, Trump has steadfastly refused to release his tax returns, citing an ongoing audit by the Internal Revenue Service. In September, he told ABC News, "I don't think anybody cares, except some members of the press."

The IRS has said that Trump can release his tax returns even while under audit.  ;D

The Trump tax marches were launched by a single tweet, organizers said. A day after the massive Jan. 21 women's march in Washington and other cities, comedy writer Frank Lesser tapped out on Twitter, "Trump claims no one cares about his taxes. The next mass protest should be on Tax Day to prove him wrong." It has been retweeted more than 21,000 times.

Organizers said they stuck with the traditional tax-deadline date of April 15 for the marches because as a Saturday it would draw more attendance, even though this year's income tax filing deadline was pushed back to Tuesday.

POLLS SHOW PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR TRUMP TAX RELEASE

“Paying your taxes is an American thing to do,” said Claudia Stroie, 49, a mechanical engineer from Connecticut who attended the rally in New York. “He’s not fit to represent the American people.”

Joe Dinkin, spokesman for the Working Families Party, one of the groups organising the marches, said ongoing investigations into the Trump campaign's connections with Russia underscore the need to disclose his returns.

"Without seeing his taxes, we'll never really know who he's working for," said Dinkin, who expects the marches to draw at least 100,000 protesters.

There have been some glimpses into Trump's tax history. Last month, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow reported on two pages of Trump's 2005 return that were obtained by investigative reporter David Cay Johnston and released by DCReport.org. They showed Trump paid US$38 million in taxes on more than US$150 million in income.

And in October, The New York Times reported that Trump had declared a US$916 million loss on his 1995 federal tax return, citing three pages of documents from the return.

In a Quinnipiac University poll released on April 4, more than two-thirds of the respondents said Trump should publicly release his tax returns. Other recent polls had similar results.

(Editing by Frank McGurty and Cynthia Osterman)

- Reuters

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/protesters-to-take-to-streets-to-demand-trump-release-tax/3680576.html


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 14, 2017, 09:27:45 pm »

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Luther Martin: Representative for Maryland and dissenting Anti-Federalist. Was shocked at the attempt by the elite to overthrow the existing government in secret in 1787, and swore to tell the people what Washington, Madison and Hamilton were up to. The rich were terrified of the people screwed by Hamilton's bank bailouts and after Shay's Rebellion almost saw Philadelphia captured by angry citizens, they were ready to install a police state.

Martin warned we were ill-advised to install a President King who would plot against the people in concert with the Senate: He said we were crazy to put men into a chamber for six year terms instead of the current one-year terms; men who would no longer be paid by their states and move away from their constituents to a corrupt political city, and who could not be recalled for any reason by their state for misbehavior. He said we were going to lose our freedom under the reintroduction of a hated standing army and that we would suffer under the despotism of a Supreme Court with no citizen jury.

He stormed out and refused to sign the Constitution without a Bill of Rights, and broke the convention's signed oath of secrecy that Mad-Man Madison made everyone sign before being admitted. Martin went straight to the press and warned the people not to ratify this powerful central government with a crazy central bank and insane electoral college scheme designed to strip citizens of any meaningful representation.

Before this abomination was ratified, there were 2,000 representatives for the people: One rep existed for about 300 citizens. The Constitution made it one rep per MINIMUM 30,000 to 60,000 but CONVENIENTLY DID NOT STATE A MAXIMUM POPULATION PER REP!

That apparently wasn't good enough for the oligarchs as our population grew so shortly after 1913 a cork was put on the maximum number of representatives. Please note that ALL new voting groups from women to minorities to Native Americans got the "right" to vote AFTER the cork was put on the maximum number of reps .

NOTE: The 14th Amendment right to vote for African Americans after the Civil War became a cruel farce by 1876. The elitist Supreme Court twisted the 14th Amendment to give Corporations personhood as a cruel and cynical vicious slap to the original intent of the 14th Amendment. Even as blacks where being disenfranchised, the courts were busy giving corporations extra privileges along with the license to break the law with impunity called limited liability.

Now, in most states, there is only one rep for 740,000 citizens, and virtually ZERO chance of you ever talking to one.

Source: the Actual Anti-Federalist writings...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Complete_Anti-Federalist

It being that the FIX was in from the START, it is really quite amazing that this oligarchy lasted as long as it did without a Trump type leader raping it from top to bottom.


Trump will destroy the USA. He is just following the tradition of ALL US Presidents. What makes it different now is that there was still some illusion of order and justice after the other presidents left with their ill gotten gains. This time it will completely come apart. Have a nice day.



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 11, 2017, 09:43:30 pm »

Economic Update: Economics, Psychology & Trump


Published on Apr 9, 2017 by Democracy At Work

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What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore--
And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

Langston Hughes


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 03, 2017, 08:20:18 pm »

If you don't like the rules, just change them!  ::)


RE

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-panel-prepares-to-consider-gorsuch-as-threat-of-filibuster-looms/2017/04/03/129bcd8c-186a-11e7-bcc2-7d1a0973e7b2_story.html?utm_term=.74847759e5e0

Democrats secure enough votes to block Gorsuch, setting stage for ‘nuclear option
Senate hurtles toward filibuster showdown over Gorsuch
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By Elise Viebeck and Ed O'Keefe April 3 at 2:56 PM

Senate Democrats secured enough votes to filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, increasing the likelihood that Republicans will change the rules of the U.S. Senate to ensure his confirmation later this week.

Democratic opposition to Gorsuch has been building for days, and four more senators announced on Monday that they would vote against him and support a filibuster of his nomination. That gave Democrats the requisite 41 votes to put up a roadblock and compel President Trump and Senate Republicans to either withdraw Gorsuch’s nomination or change Senate procedure.

With Trump and Republicans vowing that Gorsuch will be confirmed despite any filibuster, a change in how the Senate does business — the so-called nuclear option -- is expected by Friday.

When that happens, the Senate is “headed to a world where you don’t need one person from the other side to pick a judge,” warned Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.). “And what does that mean? That means the judges are going to be more ideological, not less. It means that every Senate seat is going to be a referendum on the Supreme Court … The damage done to the Senate is going to be real.”

Graham’s comments came as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to refer Gorsuch’s nomination to the full Senate, which is expected to begin debating the pick on Tuesday.
What’s at stake in this week’s Senate showdown
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[How many votes Democrats need to block Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination]

The outcome of the panel’s vote was never in doubt — Republicans hold a majority of seats on the committee and Gorsuch was approved on a party-line vote. But the testy hearing foreshadowed what is likely to be a combative week over the merits of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and the way both parties have behaved during years of feuding over the makeup of the federal court system.

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) indicated on Monday that they would oppose Gorsuch and vote against cloture — or the motion to end a filibuster that is required to hold a final up-or-down confirmation vote.

During an hours-long committee hearing, Leahy, the longest-serving member on the panel, criticized Gorsuch’s answers during his marathon confirmation hearing as “excruciatingly evasive.” He said that a GOP move to end filibusters of Supreme Court nominees would damage the Senate but argued that he had to vote his conscience, even if it pushes Republicans to change the rules.

“I cannot vote solely to protect an institution when the rights of hard-working Americans are at risk,” he said, “because I fear that the Senate I would be defending no longer exists.”

[Home stretch for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee could forever alter the Senate]

Senate Republicans shot back — blaming Democrats for years of partisan bickering over judicial nominees that they say started when President George W. Bush made several nominations for federal court vacancies earlier this century.
Judge Neil Gorsuch prepares to testify during the third day of his confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

“I disagree with those who somehow say this is the end of the Senate as we know it,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said. “This is a restoration of the status quo ante before our Democratic colleagues directed this artificial 60-vote requirement.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.) became the fourth Democrat to say he would join Republicans in trying to end the filibuster. But in a sign of the incredible political pressure he faces as he votes on a nominee from his home state, Bennet did not state whether he plans to support or oppose Gorsuch.

So far, Bennet is the only Democratic senator who is not up for reelection in 2018 that opposes the filibuster.

Republicans are vowing to confirm Gorsuch by Friday, when a two-week recess is set to begin, meaning the process will consume the Senate’s floor schedule this week.

[Democrats just took the filibuster off life support]

Gorsuch was nominated by Trump on Jan. 31 and spent weeks privately meeting with senators and preparing for his confirmation hearing. He was questioned by the Judiciary Committee last month for almost 20 hours over three days, answering nearly 1,200 questions and later sending about 70 pages of answers to written follow-up questions, according to a team of White House officials assisting with his nomination.

As of Friday, Gorsuch had met with 78 senators — all but some of the most conservative and liberal lawmakers whose votes are likely to be along party lines. But three first-term Democratic senators, Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.), Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) and Kamala D. Harris (Calif.), complained that they were unable to get a face-to-face meeting with the nominee or offered the opportunity.

The fact that the three senators are women, with one Hispanic, one Asian and one African American, was not lost on some progressive groups that highlighted the perceived snub over the weekend. But Gorsuch aides insisted privately that difficulties scheduling time with the senators was the only reason they never met.

The two big, misleading statements senators can’t stop making in the Neil Gorsuch battle

This week’s anticipated change in Senate procedure dates to 2013, when Democrats, angered by Republican opposition to President Barack Obama’s nominees, used the “nuclear option” to end filibusters of executive branch and lower-court nominees, prompting Republicans to warn that there might one day be retribution.

“Changing the rules is almost inevitable; it’s only a question of when,” said Norm Ornstein, a longtime congressional expert and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Ornstein warned that with Republicans set to extend the filibuster ban to Supreme Court nominees, they may soon face pressure to end filibusters of legislation to keep major health-care and tax reform bills passed by the GOP-led House from stalling in the more closely-divided Senate.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) “will resist the change in some cases because it’s in his interest not only when he’s in the minority again but also to be able to rely on Democrats when the House sends you crazy things,” Ornstein said. “And because it’s not clear they have the 51 votes necessary to change the rules for filibusters on legislation.”

McConnell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, “I don’t think the legislative filibuster is in danger.”

Appearing on the same program, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said: “I don’t think there’s any thirst to change the legislative rules. Most Democrats and most Republicans have served in both the minority and majority and know what it means.”

Amber Phillips contributed to this report.

Yup.  :(

Along the way in my course of life studies in the school of hard knocks, I learned that much of what we are told by the "authorities" is rather selective in its application and availability.

If you do this or that, you are a baddy and an irresponsible naughty and shiftless citizen worthy of a fat fine and some jail time to learn you your manners.

But when the higher ups get caught with their hands in the unethical cookie jar, all of a sudden an exception to the "sacred rule of law" shows up.

How about that neato term called Force Majeure that governments pull out of thin air to justify bailing out liars and corrupt cheats in banking or some other business?

Have you ever wondered why lawyers and judges insist that "every case is different" when an 8 bit computer could classify and order and prepare sentence for 99% of every case that has ever been presented according to the direct application of the rule of law? BECAUSE, as the post you made explains, all the high sounding talk and alleged adherence to integrity and consistency and respect and so on is ALL BULLSHIT.  :evil4:


Surly posted the solution to this type of difficulty some time ago....He had a few fellows that were caught doing bad stuff being attended to with a length of rope and gravity assist.  ;)

Where there is a will, there is a way.






Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 03, 2017, 02:10:30 pm »

GOP Lawmakers Now Admit Years of Obamacare Repeal Votes Were a Sham 

Lee Fang

March 31 2017, 1:11 p.m.

It is hard to overestimate the role of the Affordable Care Act in the Republican resurgence.

Over the last seven years, the GOP has won successive elections by highlighting problems with Obamacare, airing more than $235 million in negative ads slamming the law, and staging more than 50 high-profile repeal votes. In 2016 every major Republican presidential candidate, including Donald Trump, campaigned on a pledge to quickly get rid of it.

Now in total control of Congress and the White House, some GOP legislators are saying that the political assault on Obamacare was an exercise in cynical politics, and that an outright repeal was never on the table.

“We have Republicans who do not want to repeal Obamacare,” said Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., on Sirius XM Patriot on Wednesday.

“They may have campaigned that way, they may have voted that way a couple of years ago when it didn’t make any difference,” Brooks continued. “But now that it makes a difference, there seems to not be the majority support that we need to pass legislation that we passed 50 or 60 times over five or six years.”




Listen to Rep. Brooks’s comments below:

https://theintercept.com/2017/03/31/repeal-votes-obamacare/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: April 02, 2017, 02:02:47 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: The censored word (xxxx) in the article below is "F U C K".

Henry Rollins: Make America Filthy, Hungry, Broke and Stupid Again

At the beginning of comrade Trump’s doomed administration, something he said at his puke-inducing hideout, Mar-a-Lago, right around the time he was pallin’ around with convicted killer Don King, told me everything about how this zero-talent grifter was going to govern. He called his repulsive property the “winter White House,” no doubt to put that into the country’s vocabulary, to be parroted by assholes like Sean Hannity going forward.

Right then I knew he was going to try to spend as much time there as he could and that he had absolutely no interest in doing the job of the president. I figured he would go there for Thanksgiving and stay until the beginning of the following year. His dipshit fans would defend the cash hemorrhage to secure the area by making patently false comparisons to the cost of President Obama’s vacation budget. How many more seven-figure vacations is this fraud going to take? Too bad that the comrade’s multimillion-dollar weekends in Florida, of which there have been five at the time of this writing, can’t be billed directly to his supporters.

Days ago, Trump rolled out a new name for his leisure cemetery as he announced a gathering he was having, concerning the Department of Veterans Affairs. “[W]e’re having a meeting tonight at what we call affectionately the Southern White House. Seems to be the most convenient location. Everybody always wants to go to the Southern White House.”

Is the South rising again? Let me get this straight, improving the VA requires all involved to fly almost 1,000 miles for a weekend meeting? This is making America great again?

**** this guy.

In Mick Mulvaney’s hellish vision, elderly people just starve out.

This obscene abuse of the taxpayers’ money reminds me of what Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said recently on MSNBC’s Morning Joe when asked about some of the administration’s proposed budget cuts. He said that he and his team just didn’t feel right that “a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit” have their tax dollars wasted. “We can ask them to pay for defense, and we will, but we can’t ask them to continue to pay for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”

At a news briefing, Mulvaney took a shot at Meals on Wheels, saying, “We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good. And Meals on Wheels sounds great — again, that’s a state decision to fund that particular portion to. But to take the federal money and give it to the states and say, look, we want to give you money for programs that don’t work — I can’t defend that anymore. We cannot defend that anymore.” So, in Mulvaney’s hellish vision, elderly people just starve out.

I take no satisfaction in any American going hungry. Knowing that a lot of the people who voted for Trump might face grim challenges because of this kick-ass conservative belt-tightening, it is of no interest to me to remind them what they signed up for. All I can think about is an elderly person being hungry and frightened, and it makes me sick.

Two things here, both awful. First, the food and assistance given to millions of elderly and housebound people, including about half a million veterans daily, is a great program. A lot of the funding comes from donations and many of the people who deliver the food and care are volunteers. Second, for now at least, the budget cuts are not affecting Meals on Wheels and the many food delivery programs under its umbrella. Mulvaney didn’t seem to know this, even though as director he should, right? He just let everyone know what he thinks about old folks and vets who obviously need to eat and benefit from someone coming by to look in on them. What a tool.

Many years ago, a woman who lived next door to me had the MOW van come by every day. She passed away. I met her granddaughter who came to clean the place out. Her grandmother was a concentration camp survivor.

**** this guy.

To be truly strong on national security, the EPA’s budget should be expanded.

Doing their best to turn America into a coast-to-coast toxic dump, EPA chief Scott Pruitt and the comrade-in-chief are proposing budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency that will absolutely put millions of Americans at risk. To get a better understanding as to how Trump picked Pruitt to run the EPA, here’s one of the comrade’s tweets: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” Thanks for breaking it down for me.

Of all the wretchedness of the Trump downward spiral, the consequences of defunding the EPA will be the longest-lasting and hardest to reverse or neutralize. The EPA is one of the most important parts of government. To be truly strong on national security, the EPA’s budget should be expanded. If this agency is defunded to the degree that these two shitbirds want to take it to, then conditions could become catastrophic. Pruitt is a true enemy of not only the country but the planet itself.

**** this guy.

It is apparent that this administration wants America to be filthy, hungry, broke and stupid. There are millions who, like battered spouses, will defend comrade Trump to the end. A fake populist like comrade Trump becoming president wasn’t as surprising as it was inevitable. This is what happens when a country’s electorate are not the brightest bulbs in the chandelier.

Even though Trump remains a low-energy slug with a 140-character attention span, the scoundrels he has assembled are energized and rarin’ to go. The billionaires are done with the burdensome yoke of the Kenyan tyrant and want a return on their investment. As to how bad it will get, we have not seen the worst of it yet.

**** these guys.

Here we are. Everything matters now. Your goodness, decency, fairness, stamina and, in several months, your vote.

Well put.



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 28, 2017, 06:49:54 pm »

Robert Reich : The Resistance Report March 27, 2017




Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 24, 2017, 08:45:54 pm »

The Truth Of Trump’s “I Alone Can Fix It” Canard | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ


UNCEASING INCOMPETENCE!  

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 23, 2017, 09:04:58 pm »



Henry A. Giroux | The Culture of Cruelty in Trump's America

 Wednesday, March 22, 2017 

By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout | Op-Ed

This story was published thanks to readers like you. Donate now to support Truthout's fearless, independent coverage.


SNIPPET:

For the last 40 years, the United States has pursued a ruthless form of neoliberalism that has stripped economic activity from ethical considerations and social costs. One consequence has been the emergence of a culture of cruelty in which the financial elite produce inhuman policies that treat the most vulnerable with contempt, relegating them to zones of social abandonment and forcing them to inhabit a society increasingly indifferent to human suffering.

Under the Trump administration, the repressive state and market apparatuses that produced a culture of cruelty in the 19th century have returned with a vengeance, producing new levels of harsh aggression and extreme violence in US society. A culture of cruelty has become the mood of our times -- a spectral lack of compassion that hovers over the ruins of democracy.


http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/39925-the-culture-of-cruelty-in-trump-s-america

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 23, 2017, 06:45:08 pm »


NYTimes: Trump "Lies in Ways That No American Politician Ever Has Before"


Published on Mar 23, 2017

In this week's DumpTheTrumptyHive Roundup rant, I peruse the mainstream media for more reasons we need to kick our new Liar-In-Chief to the curb.



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 23, 2017, 06:19:00 pm »

Will Our Democracy ::) Survive the Right-Wing Takeover?


Agelbert NOTE: The USA is NOT a democracy; it's an oligarchy. However, the question has merit BECAUSE the oligarchic excesses are driving our economy to a collapse.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 21, 2017, 04:25:27 pm »

What do the members of the Trump Administration ENJOY?

SNIPPET:

Quote
They thoroughly enjoyed the look of horror on people's faces when the White House budget was revealed last week. The dismay of poor and working-class people, people of color, environmentalists, educators, artists, activists and, frankly, most Americans at the priorities put forth in that document is music to our supposed leaders' ears. It is all part of what passes for bedrock conservative ideology these days: "Make the liberals angry." That is all they have: cruelty for cruelty's sake.

Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, told us that Meals on Wheels and after-school lunch programs for students have to go because they don't actually accomplish anything. This was perhaps the filthiest, most brazen lie yet told by a member of this administration, and friends, that's saying something. Meals on Wheels serves more than 2.4 million elderly people, including 500,000 veterans, to demonstrably beneficial effect. A fed student is a focused student, but just the simple act of filling the stomach of a food-insecure child is a towering victory all by itself.

Compared to the appropriations for Defense and Homeland Security, the money required to fund programs like these is so small as to be practically nonexistent. Cutting them will do nothing to lower the deficit; hell, they could be funded in a year if Trump would only stay one weekend a month in the nice white mansion we have set up for him in Washington, DC instead of flitting off to his golf course or his skyscraper on the taxpayer's dime. There is no plausible explanation for taking such programs away from the most vulnerable among us beyond a hatred and greed that beggars description.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017 

By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 21, 2017, 12:08:59 pm »

A Trumper propagandist commenting on an article that exposed Trump's love for the Wall Street bankers, as opposed to the opposite that he had claimed before the election, recently disingenuously asked, "If Trump is so bad, how come Democrats have not explained why so many white women voted for him?".


I answered:

You don't believe a thing the Democrats say, Trumper. So, your question is more of the "Obama was worse" pitch you trumpers never tire of throwing out there.

Nevertheless, for the benefit of readers here, I will tell what Chris Hedges says. Neither he nor I supported Hitlery Clinton so please don't try to label us as Dumocrats. We, unlike you, are part of the reality based community.  ;D

QUOTES FROM: A Last Chance for Resistance by Chris Hedges

Published on Monday, March 20, 2017  by Truthdig

"There are three institutions tasked in a functioning democracy with protecting the truth and keeping national discourse rooted in verifiable fact—the courts, the press and universities. Despots must control these three to prevent them from exposing their lies and restricting their power. Trump has not only attacked the courts but has also begun purges of the judiciary with his mass firing of U.S. attorneys. The Trump White House plans to fill 124 judgeships—including 19 vacancies on federal appeals courts—with corporatist lawyers such as Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch who are endorsed by the reactionary Federalist Society. By the time Trump’s four-year term is up, Federalist Society judges could be in as many as half of the country’s appellate seats."

"The current administration’s budget proposes to give the war industry, the domestic policing agencies, the fossil fuel industry, Wall Street, billionaires and the national security and surveillance agencies more than they could have imagined possible before the election. These forces, as in all fascist states, will be the pillars of the Trump regime. They will tolerate Donald Trump’s idiocy, ineptitude and unbridled narcissism in exchange for increased profits and power."

"There is an emotional incapacity among any population being herded toward despotism or war to grasp what is happening. The victims cannot believe that the descent into barbarity is real, that the relative security and sanity of the past are about to be obliterated. They fail to see that once rights become privileges, once any segment of a society is excluded from the law, rights can instantly be revoked for everyone.

There is a hierarchy to oppression. It begins with the most vulnerable—undocumented workers, Muslims, poor people of color. It works upward. It is a long row of candles that one by one are extinguished. If we wait to resist, as the poet C.P. Cavafy wrote, the “dark line gets longer” and “the snuffed-out candles proliferate.”"

FULL ARTICLE:

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/03/20/last-chance-resistance

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 20, 2017, 08:55:16 pm »

The Billionaire Coup D'état  >:(

Does Trump Have A Deep State Of His Own?


Greg Palast, The Guardian/Rolling Stone Magazine/The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. Donald Trump has spent the past few weeks warning his supporters about a "deep state" conspiracy against him. Does Trump have a deep state of his own?

For more information on the stories we've covered visit our websites at thomhartmann.com - freespeech.org - and RT.com.

Mar. 17, 2017 5:06 pm
By Thom Hartmann
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 17, 2017, 07:35:42 pm »




Ralph Nader Denounces Trump Budget as Corporatist, Militarist & Racist: "The Mask is Off"


Democracy Now!   

Published on Mar 17, 2017

http://democracynow.org - Longtime consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader responds to President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal to Congress, which calls for an unprecedented $54 billion increase in military spending while slashing environmental, housing, diplomatic and educational programs. "The mask is off. The fangs are now out," Nader says. "He is collaborating with what is, on the record, the most vicious, ignorant Republican Party in its history, since 1854."

Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on nearly 1,400 TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Watch our livestream 8-9AM ET: http://democracynow.org
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: March 17, 2017, 02:30:49 pm »

ALL Americans (Trumpers too!) who are poor or middle class JUST GOT ROYALLY SHAFTED 

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