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Posted 08 November 2017 - 11:13 AM

View Postbaw1064, on 07 November 2017 - 11:28 PM, said:

So who is VA Governor-elect Ralph Northam?

Here's a post I wrote about him four years ago, when he was the candidate for Lt. Gov. The thing that struck me about him was, back when Republicans weren't batshitcrazy, he could have easily been one!

If he tends to be a pragmatic centrist it's no wonder the Bernie Bros. hate him.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 01:26 PM

Wonder what they think now? Assuming they actually can think...
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Posted 08 November 2017 - 01:39 PM

View PostTraveler, on 08 November 2017 - 01:26 PM, said:

Wonder what they think now? Assuming they actually can think...

Apparently one of the editors of Jacobin is making a big deal about aDemocratic Socialist (Berniac) candidate to the VA house winning with “no support from the party”, except for $100k out iof $240K he received. Oops.

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 09:37 AM

Another good piece today on how the Trumpians are being suckered.

https://www.politico...reversal-215808
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Posted 09 November 2017 - 10:00 AM

Don't know whether this should go here or in political humor. Except it's not humorous in the slightest.

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A group called American Oversight had the foresight to make records requests for résumés of those hired by the Trump administration, and the group searched for those who worked on the Trump campaign. Among the “best” Trump hires American Oversight found:

●Sid Bowdidge, assistant to the secretary of energy for energy efficiency and renewable energy. Before working for the Trump campaign, Bowdidge, from 2013 to 2015, was manager of the Meineke Car Care branch in Seabrook, N.H. He previously was service and branch manager for tire shops. I don’t know what qualified Bowdidge for his position, but I do know this: He is not going to pay a lot for that muffler. (He had to hit the road, losing his job after it was discovered he had called Muslims “maggots.”)

●Victoria Barton, congressional relations for Regions II, V and VI, Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prior to working for the Trump campaign, Barton was an office manager and, between 2013 and 2015, a “bartender/bar manager.” The expertise in housing policy possessed by Barton is no doubt invaluable to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, a retired brain surgeon.

●Christopher Hagan, a confidential assistant at the Agriculture Department. Before working on the Trump campaign, he was, between 2009 and 2015, a “cabana attendant” at Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y. According to his résumé, he “identified and addressed customer’s needs in a timely and orderly manner.”
This is important, because you never know when somebody at the USDA is going to need a towel.

●Nick Brusky, also a confidential assistant at the USDA. The Trump campaign worker previously drove a truck. He was a trustee in Butler Township, Ohio, at the same time, and, as Politico noted, his résumé lists coursework but no degree.

●David Matthews, yet another confidential assistant at the Agriculture Department, developed scented candles while also serving as a “legal receptionist” before joining the Trump campaign.
It goes on...
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Posted 09 November 2017 - 10:34 AM

View PostTraveler, on 09 November 2017 - 10:00 AM, said:

Don't know whether this should go here or in political humor. Except it's not humorous in the slightest.

It goes on...

This is a way to prove that government can't do anything. Appoint unqualified people to "confidential assistant" jobs.

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 10:57 AM

Another on the one county in America that switched by 41 points:


https://fivethirtyei...rump-and-obama/

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 10:59 AM

View PostTraveler, on 09 November 2017 - 10:00 AM, said:

Don't know whether this should go here or in political humor. Except it's not humorous in the slightest.

It goes on...

Sounds like his jobs plan for the WWC...

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 10:20 PM

Trump’s pick for the nation’s top environmental advisor. The stupid! It Burns!!!!

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Posted 09 November 2017 - 11:59 PM

Trump voter fraud commission is sued — by one of its own commissioners

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A Democratic member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity filed suit against the commission in federal court in Washington, D.C. on Thursday morning, alleging that its Republican leadership has intentionally excluded him from deliberations and violated federal transparency laws. The commission has been sued more times (eight, including the new filing) than it has officially convened for meetings (two times).

The suit, filed by Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, accuses the commission of violating the Federal Advisory Commission Act, which, among other things, requires that advisory committees be bipartisan and sets transparency requirements for them. “Everything we are doing is absolutely perpendicular to that,” Dunlap charged in an interview. “We aren’t inviting the public to participate. We aren’t transparent. And we aren’t even working together at all. My real fear is that this commission will offer policy recommendations that have not been properly vetted by all of the commissioners.”

Here’s the link: https://www.rawstory...-commissioners/

Lawyers are certainly making money with the Trump “Administration” in the White House.

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 06:02 PM

Betsy DeVos, defender of the common ... fraudulent college.

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Two women who claim they were defrauded by a for-profit college have sued the Education Department and a private loan servicer in a case their attorneys say could provide a new legal remedy for tens of thousands of students frustrated with the department’s inaction on claims seeking loan forgiveness.

The lawsuit, filed Sunday in federal court in New York, comes as the department begins work this week rewriting Obama administration rules designed to boost protections for students defrauded by their schools.

Tina Carr and Yvette Colon had attended Sanford-Brown Institute, a for-profit college in New York, and are seeking to have their student loans erased. Their lawsuit cites federal and state law that prohibits fraud as well as the contract they signed with their school. Previous lawsuits invoked the department’s own regulations in their search for loan relief.

Attorneys for the two students say the new approach is necessary because Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has stalled consideration of tens of thousands of similar claims from borrowers.

Colon completed the school’s certificate program to work as a cardiac sonographer, only to learn that her credentials were invalid and that she couldn’t transfer her credits to other schools, as had been promised, according to the suit. Colon is asking for the cancellation of her four federal and two private loans totaling $21,000.

Carr trained to be a medical assistant. She says the school lied to her about job placement assistance and the ability to transfer credits. Carr has defaulted on her $14,500 federal loans and wants the loan forgiven.

“People’s rights not to pay for defective products is well established in law, so whatever the Department of Education is or is not doing, the legal rights of borrowers continue to exist and are enforceable against the government just as they are against private parties,” said Toby Merill, a litigator at Harvard University’s Project on Predatory Student Lending, which represents defrauded students.

“Yvette and Tina deserve to be able to move on with their lives, and because it’s clear that the department doesn’t have any intention for doing anything for cheated students, it’s necessary to bypass them and go straight to the court for their fair hearing,” she added.

Abby Shafroth, an attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, said borrowers are turning to the courts because nothing else is working.

“They’ve come to this approach because all other avenues have failed,” Shafroth said. “At a certain point there has to be another way, the department cannot say ‘You have to use our process and not provide a process.’ ”

The Department of Education did not respond to a request for comment.

There's more. It's just as disgusting.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 05:02 PM

And the list of Trump's "best people" continues to grow.

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The director of community outreach in President Donald Trump’s Department of Homeland Security once said that cities become “slums” because black residents are afflicted by “laziness, drug use and promiscuity,” reported CNN’s K-File on Thursday.

Rev. Jamie Johnson — who was appointed to his position by then-Homeland Security Director John Kelly — also has said that the Muslim faith’s only contributions to the world have been “oil and dead bodies.”

Johnson directs the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships at Homeland Security. In recent years, he has been a frequent guest on Christian radio shows where he held forth at length about the inferiority of black people, the pecuniary talents of Jewish people and the threats people of other faiths pose to U.S. Christians.

“I think one of the reasons why is because Jewish people from their coming to America in great waves in the early part of the 1800’s immediately rolled up their sleeves and began to work so hard and applied themselves to education and other means of improvement and other means of climbing the, I hate this phrase, but the social ladder if you will,” Johnson said in a radio interview in 2008. “And they have done exceptionally well for themselves. For only representing about 1.4% of America’s population, they make up 12% of America’s millionaires. Why? Because they work.”

“And it’s an indictment of America’s black community that has turned America’s major cities into slums because of laziness, drug use and sexual promiscuity,” he added.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 12:45 PM

Zinke's shoddy travel records. He's in charge of the Dept. of the Interior but can't keep the most basic records he's legally required to. Another one of Trump's "best people."

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As the Interior Department inspector general has carried out its investigation into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s travel habits, the watchdog has discovered that the department has not properly documented Zinke’s travel, according to a letter obtained by the Washington Post.

In a letter to Interior officials, Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall wrote that the probe has been delayed due to “absent or incomplete” records. She said that the department had yet to finalize vouchers and authorizations for Zinke’s travel, and that Interior officials have not provided sufficient documentation of the legal and ethical analysis required to distinguish between personal and official travel.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 01:05 PM

View PostLFC, on 17 November 2017 - 12:45 PM, said:

Zinke's shoddy travel records. He's in charge of the Dept. of the Interior but can't keep the most basic records he's legally required to. Another one of Trump's "best people."

I hate doing that kind of paperwork too, but usually someone in Zinke's position has "people" doing that stuff. Has he cut staff so much that there is no one around to do it?

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Posted 17 November 2017 - 05:19 PM

Suckabee Handers just let's some of the dumbest things drop out of her mouth.

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White House correspondent Cecilia Vega asked, “If you think it’s fair to investigate Al Franken and the allegation made by his accuser is it also fair to investigate this president and the allegations of sexual misconduct made against him by more than a dozen women?”

“Look, I think that this was covered pretty extensively during the campaign,” Sanders said. “We addressed it then and the American people, I think, spoke very loud and clear when they elected this president.”

“So how is this different?” Vega asked.

“I think in one case specifically Senator Franken has admitted wrongdoing and the president hasn’t. I think that’s a very clear distinction,” Sanders said.

Dumb as a stump.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 05:11 PM

Expect a classic T3 (Trumper Tweet-Tantrum) to be unleashed sometime soon, probably on Saturday when Jared and Ivanka aren't there to talk him off the ledge.

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National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was unsparingly critical of President Donald Trump at a July dinner with Oracle CEO Safra Catz, according to a report BuzzFeed News published on Monday.

McMaster called Trump an “idiot,” a “dope” and said he has the intelligence of a “kindergartner,” BuzzFeed reported, citing five unnamed sources with knowledge of McMaster’s and Catz’s conversation.

A sixth unnamed source told BuzzFeed News that McMaster made similar comments directly to the source in private, and said Trump did not have the smarts to understand the subjects the National Security Council deals with.

The White House referred TPM’s request for comment to the National Security Council, which did not immediately reply. Michael Anton, a spokesman for the council, told BuzzFeed News that “actual participants in the dinner deny that General McMaster made any of the comments attributed to him by anonymous sources.”

“Those false comments represent the diametric opposite of General McMaster’s actual views,” Anton told BuzzFeed News.

Oracle also vehemently denied that McMaster made any such remarks.

“None of the statements attributed to General McMaster were said,” Oracle senior VP for government affairs Ken Glueck told BuzzFeed News.


TPM notes an odd coincidence with Oracle being one of the commenting parties. Are they a big Trump booster?

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McMaster was brought in to clean up the Mike Flynn mess and over time he fired most or maybe now all the Flynn loyalists as his power in the job grew. Public reports suggest that his biggest and most consistent antagonist was a Flynn protege named Ezra Cohen-Watnick, a guy who seems to have worked with Rep. Devin Nunes in Nunes’ ‘unmasking’ escapade. McMaster tried to fire him shortly after he took over from Flynn but was blocked by Kushner and Bannon.

Finally, in early August, McMaster canned Cohen-Watnick.

So where did Cohen-Watnick land after finally getting bounced from the National Security Council? Funny you’d ask! He went to work in the DC office of Oracle.

To be clear, this doesn’t mean the report is not true. I suspect something like it is true. It may be verbatim true. Who knows? But you will not convince me that Cohen-Watnick’s now working in a high level position Oracle’s DC office (which is to say it’s lobbying office) is not directly related to this story coming about. Indeed, I’m surprised the Cohen-Watnick feud and his current employment at Oracle did not come up in the Buzzfeed article.


Maybe one of Trump's multitude of morons has decided to try to take out one of the few remaining adults in the room? (Kelly already took himself out, not of the administration but certainly as deserving the term "adult in the room.")
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 11:00 PM

View PostLFC, on 20 November 2017 - 05:11 PM, said:

Expect a classic T3 (Trumper Tweet-Tantrum) to be unleashed sometime soon, probably on Saturday when Jared and Ivanka aren't there to talk him off the ledge.




TPM notes an odd coincidence with Oracle being one of the commenting parties. Are they a big Trump booster?




Maybe one of Trump's multitude of morons has decided to try to take out one of the few remaining adults in the room? (Kelly already took himself out, not of the administration but certainly as deserving the term "adult in the room.")

At first noting the Mencken quote from A Carnival of Buncombe was cute and almost prophetic, It has become scarily dead on.
"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 21 November 2017 - 08:18 AM

View PostAnBr, on 20 November 2017 - 11:00 PM, said:

At first noting the Mencken quote from A Carnival of Buncombe was cute and almost prophetic, It has become scarily dead on.

People are oblivious to many things, but hit them hard enough and they're inclined to eventually notice.

In particular, the deficits created by this tax bill is going to trigger automatic cuts to Medicare. Of course they'll blame it on Democrats, but that's going to be a harder than usual sell under the present circumstances -- not least being that they have been telling their constituents that it won't.
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Posted 24 November 2017 - 12:43 AM

Sir Patrick Stewart on the Trump Admin:

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"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time - when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers arc in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

— Carl Sagan
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
1995


“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

— H.L. Mencken
On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe


“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Second inaugural address January, 1937

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Posted 25 November 2017 - 12:47 PM

More best people, this time in an effort to destroy the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Yep, more sold out than even the W Bush administration.

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When Richard Cordray, now the former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, announced his resignation Friday, he also named a temporary acting successor.

“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today announced that Leandra English has been officially named deputy director of the agency,” read a press release.

Under Dodd-Frank, the 2010 law which authorized CFPB, the agency’s deputy director will “serve as acting Director in the absence or unavailability of the Director.” English had previously served as Cordray’s chief of staff.

In a letter to agency staff announcing English’s status as acting director, quoted by the Washington Post Friday night, Cordray wrote that he had “come to recognize that appointing the current chief of staff to the deputy director position would minimize operational disruption and provide for a smooth transition given her operational expertise.”

President Donald Trump had a different idea.

“Today, the President announced that he is designating Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Mick Mulvaney as Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB),” a paragraph-long press release read. “The President looks forward to seeing Director Mulvaney take a common sense approach to leading the CFPB’s dedicated staff, an approach that will empower consumers to make their own financial decisions and facilitate investment in our communities.”

Mulvaney, memorably, said in 2014 that the CFPB was a “sick, sad joke” and that “some of us would like to get rid of it.” It’s safe to assume that, even as acting director, the current White House budget chief has a different vision for the CFPB than the former chief of staff to the Obama administration’s pick to lead the agency.

A White House source with knowledge of the administration’s position told TPM Saturday that “the President is using his long-established authority under the [Federal Vacancies Reform Act] to designate Director Mulvaney as acting director of the CFPB. The President believes this appointment will ensure an orderly transition and proper management of the CFPB until a permanent director is confirmed.”

Read further over the fact that he may not even have the authority to do this, not that he ever cared about that before. Hey, if Putin can do whatever he likes why not Donald?
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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