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      I would feel so much better if I could convince myself that the Trump presidency is merely the swing of the traditional pendulum. If only his impact could be confined to his “policies,” then all that we are witnessing could be safely placed under the category of politics-as-usual. But it is not any specific agenda that defines this moment. In fact, the usual left/right tug-of-war is almost irrelevant, the vestige of a political debate that no longer addresses the realities, the dangers, with which we are now confronted.

      Trump is not just the result of our inability to carry on a normal political discussion, but he has become the major cause of the deepening divide between us. His divisiveness is not just a matter of agendas, but results from his open identification and attack of those citizens and institutions he has deemed to be his personal enemies. His understanding of his role is more akin to that of factional leader than of President of all Americans. He brings to the concept of the presidency an amorality that his followers have rationalized and normalized. He has replaced America’s generosity of spirit with his own personal smallness and lack of empathy. He has promoted a disregard of the truth, of facts, of accountability, in exchange for an illusion of “winning” and “greatness” unencumbered by reality.

      Under Trump, there are no ideals, nothing larger than our own pettiness, nothing worth striving for beyond our own material desires, nothing more to offer to the world than the threat of our economic and military power. The values we once held and symbolized and fought for have become only words. And the concept of “greatness” has become that which is is achieved by making others less.

      If all we had to worry about was this person, this temporary regime, then the threat would not be so immediate. But he is empowered and protected by those who enable his every single act against our democratic institutions. And here I make a distinction between those who have supported him because of the lack of viable alternatives and those who are drawn to the subtexts of his rhetoric and attitude, his core supporters. He tells them what is real and what is fake, who is friend and who is enemy, what is patriotism and what is treason, and his word is accepted by them as the final authority, the only authority. I do not know if it would be worse if they actually believe him, or if they do not believe him but just don’t care what he says or does. The result is that they form a political force that owes allegiance only to this individual, the leader, and which he employs as a weapon in exercises of naked, personal power.

      The attitude of those hard-core followers, their willingness to be led regardless of the consequences to the nation as a whole, will remain after he has gone. That will be his legacy. He will leave no blueprint to build upon, no model of governance to follow, no ideas by which to move forward. They will be left hungover and empty from the aftermath of those heady years when they were on top and those who once deplored them were powerless. They will continue to feel aggrieved and angry and afraid, as before, ripe for the picking by the next authoritarian leader, perhaps this one with a purposeful agenda, one that is more sinister, whose goals will not be described by the ideologies of conservatives or progressives, Dems or GOPs, but rather as the finalization of the assault on our democratic institutions themselves.

      This is not just a swing of the pendulum, but potentially a shift of the entire system, one from which there will be no way back.

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      How Al Franken Was Railroaded

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          When politicians like Kirsten Gillibrand demanded that Senator Franken resign after accusations were made against him, they made a mistake.

          Rushing Senator Franken out the door in this unceremonious fashion, prevented the creation of a formalized process for issues of this sort, which anyone accused would have to go through, and act according to the findings, instead of blowing it all off. An example is Jim Jordan, who in the absence of such a process, refuses to take responsibility for abetting crimes against students.

          Having such a formal process in place would also prevent the loss of lawmakers who were specifically set up for accusation of sexual misconduct as Al Franken appears to have been. The Fascists are using the #MeToo movement as a weapon against political opponents, as easily as shooting fish in a barrel.

          ~czook


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          Trump Says Son’s Trump Tower Meeting To Get Clinton Dirt Was Legal

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              Trump, his attorneys and his Administration, have told the public a good many contradictory things about Don Junior's 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower, and today, Trump tells us that although the meeting was to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, that the meeting was "totally legal."

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              President Donald Trump on Sunday denied that he is concerned that his eldest son is a target of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, insisting that his son’s actions during his presidential campaign were “totally legal.”

              “This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere,” Trump said of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting in Trump Tower with a Kremlin-linked attorney in June 2016.

              Trump’s tweet follows recent reports that he is worried about possible legal trouble for his eldest son.

              Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to gt information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. I did not know about it.

              So, while defending his son, he makes sure to keep his distance from anything that might implicate him, by stating that he didn't know about it.

              The president, his legal team and his son have issued a number of contradicting statements for meeting in the year since the New York Times first reported on it.

              In July 2017, Trump Jr. initially claimed the meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya was about a Russian adoption issue and “not a campaign issue at the time.” A day later, he admitted that he’d agreed to sit down with Veselnitskaya after being offered dirt on his father’s political opponent, Hillary Clinton.

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              Natalia V. Veselnitskaya had long insisted that she met top Trump campaign officials in 2016 in a private capacity. Newly disclosed details undermine her assertion.CreditDmitry Serebryakov/Associated Press

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              The Times reported last July that Trump signed off on his son’s first response about the meeting. His lawyer, Jay Sekulow, repeatedly insisted that the president was not involved in the drafting of the statement. Later that month, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said he was involved but denied a Washington Post report that claimed he personally dictated it.

              But in a January memo, Trump’s attorneys admitted that he did dictate the statement. Rudy Giuliani said in June confirmed that it’s the legal team’s “final position” that the president dictated it.

              Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow, speaking on ABC “This Week” on Sunday, attempted to downplay and delegitimize Mueller’s investigation.

              “The question is what law, statue or rule or regulation has been violated? And nobody has pointed to one,” he said, later adding that “there are irregularities in this investigation, the likes of which we have not seen.”

              Asked whether Trump would testify as part of Mueller’s investigation if asked, Sekulow said that they would not advise him to give an interview at this time.

              https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-defends-sons-meeting_us_5b66f184e4b0b15abaa42619

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              The Should Be Four Lettered Word, Divorce

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                  Some of you may have noticed that I haven't been around here much. As a Pundit, I hope to compose at least two pieces a week, but recently I was confronted with a challenge that has kept me quite busy, and until now, unable to write. I wanted to explain what it is I'm going through, as I'm sure a few of you have been here before.

                  So, it was about three months ago that my husband and I bought a lovely house closer to his work, so his commute wouldn't have to be as long. I painted, patched, and otherwise worked on the old house, readying it for sale, and labored on the new house, in which I was trying to create a home -- that was until one night when my husband came home from work and announced that he wasn't sure if he wanted to be married any longer. In shock, I moved into the new house, having no idea if I would still be married thereafter.

                  After a week, the second shoe dropped and it turned out he was seeing someone else, same old, tired story, different cast and characters -- mid-life crisis, married too young, who the hell knows. This announcement came two days shy of my 27th wedding anniversary-- not a real celebratory event it turns out. I was devastated and exhausted from the move. It took me days before I could eat or sleep.

                  After the initial shock wore off, I decided that somehow I would not make this harder on my son than it needed to be. I vowed to not fight in front of him, upsetting his sense of security, nor would I allow myself to bad mouth his father. I prayed constantly to stay calm and to maintain this illusionary semblance of normal until my soon-to-be ex could move out and finally grant me some peace. We made the announcement to our son and slowly began to untangle 27 years of marriage and living together. Did I mention this was hard? Yep.

                  Seven weeks have now passed, and after being a stay-at-home mom for several years, I am employed part time and interviewing for a secondary part time job at a nearby university. I am through most of the grief, with the help of many good friends and a sister who would not leave my side. I'm now moving forward in every way possible. My ex asked if I wanted to move into an apartment so I wouldn't have all of the housework and landscaping care, and I thought about it and answered, "No."

                  I spent months working on this house, designing and organizing every facet of it, and I didn't want to now let it go. Besides that, I didn't want to move for the second time in two months. It's a beautiful home, and it's my home for now. I want to stay in it for the years at least until my son turns 18 (4 years from now). Then, who knows what I will do. It's kind of exciting to think of the possibilities.

                  Today, I noticed the lawn was getting shaggy, and although I have never mowed and edged before, I did the work myself. I'm learning that I can do a lot myself. It's empowering and keeps me knowing that I will survive this -- not just survive, but thrive and grow.

                  I wanted to include a photo of the front lawn for all of you to see that it's mowed, and I'm just fine, relaxing inside, sipping an iced tea in my home.


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                  Betsy DeVos Makes Life Harder For Screwed Over Students

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                      Betsy DeVos Is Making Life Harder For Students Who Have Been Screwed Over By Predatory, For-Profit Schools.

                      Obama's Education Department Went After Colleges That Were Accused Of Fraud; But Now, So Much for That.

                      U. S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks during a meeting in the White House

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                      The Department of Education, led by Betsy DeVoss, has put forth a plan that would make it very difficult for students who have been defrauded to get their loans forgiven or reduced, and it also would sharply lower the ways that students would be protected from fraudulent, for profit schools, like the Trump University was.

                      Consumer advocates are calling out against this new plan, stating that it puts students at risk for being taken once again.“These new regulations are really a giveaway to predatory for-profit colleges, especially the large chains, that have defrauded students at the behest of individual borrowers,” said Aaron Ament, whois the president of the National Student Legal Defense Network.

                      DeVoss has sculpted a plan that lets fraudulent schools off the hook for their actions,and leaves the defrauded in debt.

                      It would appear that this administration is only interested in students who come from well to do circumstances, valuing fake colleges, and making sure that only the upper class can afford to go to school.

                      The following edited report are some of the ways in which this new plan is predatory in how it treats student borrowers, all while it lets for-profit colleges off the hook if they screw students over.

                      Image result for pictures of Trump University

                      Eliminating debt relief rules

                      Under a proposal unveiled recently, students who left failing or shuttered schools with worthless degrees and steep debt will now likely have a harder time convincing the Education Department their loan debts should be forgiven.

                      DeVos’ change raises the bar for filing a claim: In order to earn loan forgiveness, a student has to either prove a school intentionally defrauded her or go into default before even filing a claim to seek forgiveness. What’s more, the proposal eliminates a ban on mandatory arbitration clauses, meaning students may no longer be able to bring claims against an institution in court.

                      Proving a school’s intentions, especially outside of court, would be incredibly challenging for defrauded students. Under the Obama administration, they could simply show that a school had made misleading statements and misrepresented its job placement or graduation rates. Now, Ament says, students would have to meet an “insurmountable” standard—without the power to obtain internal records through litigation.

                      The other route to making a debt relief claim—falling into default—is also a horrible option that could ruin students’ credit if the debt isn’t ultimately forgiven.

                      Compounding these problems, McCann notes, is that the new rule would also take away group filings for loan forgiveness, “It seems to be about letting schools off the hook for their actions and leaving students to shoulder the debt.”

                      Ending the requirement of gainful employment

                      Though no plans have officially been announced, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported on July 26 that Education Department officials plan to eliminate the so-called gainful employment rule, a 2016 safeguard that effectively threatened to withhold federal funds from all colleges that failed to prove their graduates can get jobs and pay off their student debt. In the past, for-profit graduates struggled to find jobs in their fields because their degree wasn’t recognized by regional accreditors; some even found it difficult to transfer credits to get a degree at a different school. All the while, they were required to pay off the loans they took out to earn those worthless degrees.

                      But the gainful employment rule never actually got off the ground: In July 2017, DeVos announced that its implementation would be delayed for two years. Now it seems like officials will just remove it instead.

                      Prospective students may never know just how schools are faring on post-graduate employment. Last January, the Education Department released data showing that more than 800 programs—98 percent of which were for-profit colleges—failed the agency’s standards under the gainful employment rule.

                      Gutting the unit that investigated fraud

                      [The] key internal enforcement unit that worked with state and other federal agencies to investigate deceptive practices at public and private colleges and universities, . . . was formed in February 2016, after state and federal investigations into accusations of fraud led to the closures of two of the country’s most recognized for-profit college operators, Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical Institute. In one notable case, the unit worked with the Federal Trade Commission to investigate DeVry University for promoting false job placement claims in ads and recruiting, resulting in a settlement in October 2016.

                      But under DeVos, members of the unit have been reassigned. Once a dozen strong, the unit has reportedlydwindled to three staffers who have multiple responsibilities, including processing loan forgiveness applications. Education Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Hill blamed the diminishing staff on attrition and told the Times that the change in responsibilities “neither points to a curtailment of our school oversight efforts nor indicates a conscious effort to ignore ‘large-scale’ investigations.”

                      . . . in the Trump era, the gutting of the enforcement team “effectively killed” several fraud investigations into for-profit institutions, including into Bridgepoint Education and a separate inquiry into DeVry early last year.

                      Replacing full debt relief with partial forgiveness

                      Faced with a steep backlog of Corinthian College students unable to pay back their loans, the Education Department decided last December to try to make a “fair and efficient process” for filing for debt forgiveness.

                      But instead of fully forgiving debts, as the Obama administration had done, DeVos’ Education Department decided it would instead partially forgive students’ debts through a convoluted process that considered how much graduates made, on average, compared to peers in similar job programs.

                      Under the new proposed borrower defense rule introduced last week, the Education Department could grant partial relief “based on the degree of harm suffered by the borrower,” though it does not make clear how it would determine that calculation.

                      To read the entire report:

                      https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/08/betsy-devos-education-department-for-profit-colleges-debt/

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                      After The "Firenado"​

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                          After The "Firenado"

                          Unlike anything firefighters had ever seen before


                          The Carr Fire "firenado" near Redding, California July 26, 2018

                          Ray Cunneff

                          August 7, 2018

                          The National Weather Service has confirmed what was once thought unlikely to ever happen, a full-fledged fire storm or "firenado" that occurred July 26th near Redding, California.

                          NWS and CalFire’s Serious Accident Review Team conducted a preliminary damage survey on the Carr Fire in which they found that the “Firenado” produced 143 MPH winds, equivalent to an EF-3 tornado.

                          “This is historic in the U.S.”, Craig Clements, director of San Jose State University’s Fire Weather Research Laboratory, told BuzzFeed News. “This might be the strongest fire-induced tornado-like circulation ever recorded.”

                          One of three high voltage transmission towers melted and toppled. Photo: Damon Arthur


                          Steel pipe wrapped around a tree. Photo: SJSU FireWeatherLab


                          Trees stripped of leaves and blown over. Photo: Damon Arthur

                          Scorched landscape, ripped-up vegetation. Photo: SJSU FireWeatherLab

                          According to radar rendering, the plume of smoke that spawned the vortex rapidly underwent vertical development, growing from 19-thousand to 39-thousand feet in just 40 minutes. This rapid increase in height possibly explains why this particular “firenado” was so powerful.


                          While the National Weather Service office in Sacramento described the vortex as a fire whirl,

                          many analysts are suggesting this was an actual tornado. Fire whirls are much more common.




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                          And Now For Something Completely Different...

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                              And Now For Something

                              Completely Different...

                              In need of a Zen moment.

                              By Ray Cunneff

                              August 9, 2018

                              The term "Zen" is shortened from mushin or no shin (無心の), an expression meaning the mind-without-mind and is also referred to as the state of "no-mindness".

                              For me, when I'm pissed off and frustrated, as I've been for last hour or so over losing over half of the piece I wrote this morning on Laura Ingraham's white nationalist tweet, something that took me nearly two hours to stitch together, I have to let it go.

                              It is lost and can't be re-created easily - if at all.

                              So my Zen moments tend toward the silly. And while trying to recover what was lost, I stumbled on something I posted a couple of years ago (and have added to today) before the world got so mean-spirited...


                              Lost in translation

                              "My hovercraft is full of eels".

                              Let's begin with some "Questions To Ponder":


                              Why do they put Braille on drive-thru ATM's?

                              Why do they use sterilized needles for lethal injections?

                              Is there another word for "synonym"?

                              Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

                              Do cannibals refuse to eat clowns because they taste funny?

                              Doesn't it seem scary that doctors call what they do a "practice"?

                              If a mime is arrested, do they tell him he has the right to talk?

                              Would a wingless fly be called a "walk"?

                              What was the best thing before sliced bread?

                              What should you do if you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?

                              If a man stands in the middle of a forest speaking when there is no woman around, is he still wrong?

                              And now, "Deep Thoughts":

                              Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

                              A Tibetan monk enters a pizza parlor and says "please make me one with everything".

                              If you go into a bookstore and ask for the "self-help" section, you'll be told you're defeating the purpose.

                              "I am" is the shortest sentence in the English language and "I do" is the longest.

                              Do Roman paramedics refer to IV's as "4's"?

                              It is impossible to lick your elbow.

                              The man who invests your money should not be called a "broker".

                              One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.

                              ...and now, "Military Quotes:

                              U.S. Army preventive maintenance magazine:

                              "A slipping gear could let your M-203 grenade launcher fire when you least expect it, making you quite unpopular with what's left of your unit."

                              U.S. Army rocket launcher instructions:

                              "Aim towards the enemy".

                              U.S. Marine Corps manual:

                              "When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend".

                              "Don't draw fire, it irritates the people around you".

                              "If you see a bomb technician running, follow him".

                              U.S. Air Force manual:

                              "Cluster bombing from B-52's are very, very accurate. The bombs are guaranteed to always hit the ground".

                              "It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over an area you just bombed".

                              "Flashlights are tubular metal containers kept in your flight bag for the purpose of storing dead batteries."

                              U.S. Army Infantry Journal:

                              "If the enemy is in range, so are you".

                              "If your attack is going too well, you're walking into an ambush."

                              "The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire."

                              Old Navy truisms:

                              "There are more planes in the ocean than submarines in the sky."

                              "Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers."

                              "The Navy has a perfect record in aviation, we never left one up there."

                              We're not done yet, my lad...


                              Yes, They Really Said This: Redefining stupid one sentence at a time





                              And finally...

                              Social Darwinism - "The Survival of the Richest":


                              You would have to work for decades to earn

                              what some CEO's make in an hour



                              "To get rich, you have to be making money

                              while you're asleep" - David Bailey



                              "If you can't afford it, you don't deserve it" - GOP mantra



                              "There are those who serve, and those who are served"


                              "If you're not rich, it's your fault" - Herman Cain



                              “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor,

                              it cannot save the few who are rich".


                              [Inaugural Address, January 20 1961]
                              John F. Kennedy

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                              Trump Blames Environmental Laws For Western Wildfires

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                                  Trump Blames Environmental

                                  Laws For Western Wildfires

                                  Cites Water Diversions, Ignores Climate Change

                                  AFP/Getty Image

                                  A firefighter battles flames near Clearlake Oaks, California, on Saturday.

                                  By Ray Cunneff

                                  August 6, 2018


                                  As massive wildfires continue to scorch California and the west, President Donald Trump on Sunday issued a tweet that confounded experts, wrongly blaming environmental laws and the state’s water diversions programs for making the blazes worse.

                                  California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by
                                  the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amount
                                  of readily available water to be properly utilized. It is being diverted
                                  into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!


                                  Although decades-old state and federal forest-management policies have sometimes been cited as exacerbating western wildfires in recent years, experts Sunday were quick to refute Trump’s claim that water policy was to blame. A typical scientific response to Trump's Twitter feed Sunday:

                                  Why don't you ask , youe new adviser, rather than
                                  spout absolute nonsense? You. Are. Wrong. The only thing bad here
                                  is your utter failure to grasp rudimentary science.
                                  he problem is not that the state lacks the water to fight fires, but that years of drought and relentless heat have made forests and brush much more flammable.


                                  NOAH BERGER VIA GETTY IMAGES
                                  Flames leap above a vehicle as the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire,
                                  burns near Clearlake Oaks, California, on Sunday.

                                  Trump's comment echoed a theme employed several years ago by anti-conservationists against "wacky environmentalists" that blamed the drought and subsequent wildfires on water-diversion policies designed to protect a tiny, endangered fish.

                                  University of California Merced professor and wildfire specialist LeRoy Westerling told the San Francisco Chronicle, “We do manage all of our rivers in California, and all the water is allocated many times over. So I’m not sure what he (Trump) was recommending. . . ."

                                  "Even if we eliminated all habitat for riparian species and fish, and allowed saltwater intrusion into the delta and set up a sprinkler system over the state, that wouldn’t compensate for greater moisture loss from climate change.”

                                  According to the National Inter-Agency Fire Center, wildfires have burned about 5.1 million acres this year, about 1.1 million acres above the 10-year average for the same seven-month period.


                                  FRED GREAVES / REUTERS
                                  A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant along a ridge line to protect the two bulldozers
                                  cutting fire breaks at the River Fire on Thursday.

                                  The Mendocino Complex fire, which includes two blazes along the Mendocino National Forest, had scorched more than 273,600 acres as of Monday morning, threatening 15,000 homes, and is now officially the second-largest* in the state's history. It is only 30 percent contained.

                                  Meanwhile, the Ferguson fire has entered Yosemite National Park, which remains largely closed to visitors, and the Carr fire near Redding claimed its seventh life, when a PG&E lineman crashed his vehicle while working with crews to fight the blaze. Overall, more than 470,000 acres have burned in the state, with more than 14,000 firefighters on the front lines.

                                  Last year’s Thomas fire, which consumed 281,000 acres in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, remains the state’s largest on record. The Cedar fire in 2003, now the third-largest, devoured 273,246 acres in San Diego County, according to Cal Fire records, an area almost the size of the City of Los Angeles.

                                  Nine people have been killed by the 18 wildfires currently burning across the state.

                                  Cal Fire Division Chief Chris Anthony told reporters Monday, “It is hard to find the right words to describe how explosive conditions are throughout the state. It is clear to me that firefighters are on the front lines of climate change”.


                                  nlike anything firefighters have ever seen before.

                                  UPDATE: The Mendocino Complex fire is now the largest wildfire in California history.

                                  "No one would mistake President Trump for an expert on climate change or water policy, but a tweet he issued late Sunday about California’s wildfires deserves some sort of award for most glaring misstatements about those two issues in the smallest number of words".

                                  - Los Angeles Times - 8/6/2018

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                                  For Crying Out Loud Democrats, Get Out And Vote!

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                                      Here is a glaring example of why it is imperative that us Democrats get out to vote. This special election in Ohio for a Congressional seat is going to be won by the slimmest of margins. That is a problem, not the loss for the Democrats but rather because of voter turnout. Of all the eligible voters in Ohio's 12th district the voter turnout was, are you ready for this? The turnout was 30%. Let me repeat that. Voter turnout in this election was only 30 fricken percent! Let's look at it another way. Of all the eligible voters in Ohio's 12th district a whopping 70% couldn't find the &%@*^% time to get off their asses and get out to vote. If another 1 % of Democratic voters got out to vote the Democrats would be the ones claiming victory over a Republican in a heavily favored Trump district. But no, that was not to be. We lost and only have ourselves to blame. As noted in a link below the Republican won by less than 1% of the vote.

                                      https://www.wtrf.com/news/ohio-headlines/higher-vo...

                                      We live in a Democratic Republic where one of the most valued rights given our citizenry is the right to vote. Each single vote is equal. Whether you are rich, poor, white, black, brown, yellow, religious non-religious, gay or straight, male or female each vote cast is the same as any other. Turnout wins elections. If we do this in the mid-term election and can't get our base off their lazy asses and out to vote then guess what? We lose and we have no one to blame but ourselves. This Ohio election should be a wake-up call for Democrats.

                                      https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ohio-special-...

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                                      Alex Jones Begs Trump For Help

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                                          Alex Jones Begs Trump For Help

                                          Jones: "Trump must make censorship the top issue in the

                                          midterm elections or else he will be impeached".


                                          Alex Jones wants $100,000 from Sandy Hook families suing him for defamation.


                                          By Ray Cunneff

                                          August 6, 2018

                                          Infamous conspiracy theorist and full-time self-promoting nut job Alex Jones has now, finally, been banned from YouTube, Facebook and iTunes. Sothe right-wing flame-thrower is reaching out for help from the president himself.

                                          On Monday, Jones pleaded with President Donald Trump to help him get back on the social media platforms with a whacked out diatribe that alternately praised the president's greatness, while claiming that the social media ban is part of a globalist conspiracy against him.

                                          Jones never mentioned the reasons the websites gave for permanently removing him: because he violated policies on instigating violence and hate speech.


                                          A spokesperson for YouTube said, "When users violate ... policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts". Instead, Jones blamed globalists and... (wait for it) ... the Chinese.

                                          Jones proclaimed: ″If you come out before the midterms and make the censorship the big issue of them trying to steal the election. And if you make the fact we need an Internet Bill of Rights, and antitrust-busting on these companies, if they don’t back off right now."

                                          He also suggested that Trump make the ban against him a major campaign issue in 2018, according to this transcript by Media Matters:

                                          JONES: "Now, if you want to get into the real reason all this is happening. I know it’s demoralizing, I don’t want to demoralize people, but facts are facts, like having cancer. It’s operable, we can fix it. Mr. President, you know the Office of Personnel Management was done by insiders, that’s even come out in intelligence reports. They have tried to keep it quiet because it’s such treason, it’s unbelievable. We know China owns the majority of our debt after the [unintelligible] of the Federal Reserve.

                                          We know they now own Hollywood. You’ve helped block some of them buying up American Bandstand, a few final things they didn’t own. We know that they’re teaching Maoism in the colleges of all 50 major state-funded colleges, have major ChiComm infiltration. Some of them are run by the ChiComms, even The Washington Post had to admit. We know that the people’s army of China has been caught running Dianne Feinstein’s operation. We know their penetration is hundreds of times that of the Russians. We know they’re involved in election meddling, and we’re so arrogant they went to Davos a year and a half ago and said they would stop your agenda, along with Junker.

                                          Mr. President, America knows you’re real. They know the Democrats are the anti-American globalists allied with the ChiComms, radical Islam, the unelected EU, and others. If you come out before the midterms and make the censorship the big issue of them trying to steal the election. And if you make the fact we need an Internet Bill of Rights, and anti-trust busting on these companies, if they don’t back off right now. And if you don’t come out and point out that the communist Chinese have penetrated and infiltrated and are way, way worse than the Russians -- because it’s true, and the Democrats are scared of that coming out. You’ve got the Feinstein info coming out and more’s about to come out just as I’ve told everybody. Then they will be able to steal the midterms and start the impeachment.

                                          It’s the right thing to do, Mr. President, it’s the truth, and it’s crazy to believe it, it’s crazy to understand it. I know you’ve been told this. From our technology, to the South China Sea. Everything, to them having 98 percent of rare earth minerals. They didn’t do that by themselves, they were given that. David Rockefeller said he was going to move everything to China. They said they were gonna do all this. And now you’ve stepped in, the country’s coming back from the dead, they’re desperate to stop it, and they’re trying to stop you and every American from having their speech by defaming me, lying about what I’ve done, Soros financing fake lawsuits to give it legitimacy, and now deplatforming me ahead of it because the lawsuits are all getting thrown out, because they’re lies.

                                          Ninety percent of what’s in these things are total frauds. And they know we’re getting stronger, and they know we’re moving forward, and they now have made the wrong move. I believe they’ve jumped the shark. I believe they’ve won the battle but they’re going to lose the war if you with your vision continue to take action and make free speech and this internet anti-trust garbage the number one issue and move against them now. If you don’t, they’re going to steal the midterms. They’re already doing it with economic contributions to the Democrats, blocking everybody else’s speech that supports America and making it great again, and your agenda."


                                          InfoWars is notorious for spreading demonstrably false information and conspiracy theories on a host of issues. Jones insisted that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax to promote gun control, and that the September 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job orchestrated by the US government.

                                          A new report from New York Times puts a tragic focus on Veronique De La Rosa and Leonard Pozner, whose 6-year-old son Noah was murdered at Sandy Hook five years ago. They have endured heartbreaking and senseless harassment ever since by those who believe what Jones has told them.

                                          The bereaved parents have been forced to move seven times in the last few years, hundreds of miles from where their son is buried, because they keep getting bullied by people saying the shooting was the "false flag" event Jones claimed it to be.

                                          The Pozner's are one of several families suing Jones for defamation, and their lawsuit will go before the court this week in Austin, TX. Jones is apparently going to stick to his claim that the Sandy Hook families are "crisis actors" trying to silence him with legal costs, so the cases against him ought to be dismissed on free speech grounds.

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