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by Bjinse on Mon Apr 8th, 2019 at 09:50:12 PM EST
Oil prices spike further after US move on Iran buyers
+2 for Anyone Buttrump 2020!

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 23rd, 2019 at 02:18:17 PM EST
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Saudi Arabia won't hike oil output after US cancels Iran waivers
"[KSA energy minister Khalid al-Falih] said the kingdom's May output has already been set without varying much from recent months and production for June will be decided next month."
Turkey slams US for ending waivers on Iranian oil imports
"#Turkey rejects unilateral sanctions and impositions on how to conduct relations with neighbors."
China complains to U.S. over end to Iran oil sanction waivers
"China is resolutely opposed to the United States enforcing unilateral sanctions or 'long armed jurisdiction', Geng Shuang, a ministry spokesman, told a daily news briefing."
Europe Doubles Down on Iran Support as Trump Targets Oil Exports
"We regret yesterday's announcement by the U.S. not to renew oil waivers," European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told reporters in Brussels. ...Work on the INSTEX mechanism to facilitate financial transactions for European companies trading with Iran is "progressing positively with a view to a near completion," the French ministry said.

Iran should continue work on its mirror mechanism, the ministry said. Exchanges between the two sides are underway to ensure that both structures "operate in a manner consistent with international financial standards," it said.

US ends waiver but India may continue to buy Iran oil
"Government officials, who asked not to be named, said Indian companies are unlikely to completely halt imports from Iran. ...The waiver from sanctions for Iran's Chabahar port, which is being developed by India for trading with Afghanistan and Central Asia, will remain in place."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 10:47:00 PM EST
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AP | Unemployment hits 49-year low as US employers step up hiring: 3.6%
"'We have entered a very strong and durable prosperity cycle,' said Larry Kudlow, director of the White House's National Economic Council. ...And the unemployment rate for veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars dropped to 1.7%, also a record low."
BLS | Employment Situation Summary
The jobless rates for teenagers (13.0 percent) and Blacks (6.7 percent) showed little or no change. ... long-term unemployed was little changed at 1.2 million in April and accounted for 21.1 percent of the unemployed. ... The labor force participation rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 62.8 percent ... Professional and business services added 76,000 jobs


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 4th, 2019 at 06:08:06 AM EST
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Kudlow's statement, 'We have entered a very strong and durable prosperity cycle' brings to mind Irving Fisher's immortal quote: "Stock prices have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau." - Sept. 3, 1929

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat May 4th, 2019 at 08:13:33 PM EST
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Tennessee lawmakers send governor 'trigger[]' abortion ban
"When Roe v. Wade is overturned, we'll be able to determine abortion policies in place in Tennessee," said Rep. Susan Lynn, a Republican from Old Hickory and one of the bill's sponsors. "We will return [?] to a pro-life policy in this state."
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The so-called trigger ban would take effect within 30 days if the high court overturns Roe v. Wade. It includes exceptions for medical emergencies only, not for rape or incest. Doctors who violate the law would face a felony charge under the ban.
General Assembly
House: 26 (D), 73 (R); Fun Fact: $19,009/year salary
Senate: 5 (D), 1 (I), 27 (R)
Tennessee's legislature needs more women
20, of which 1 "working mother"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Apr 23rd, 2019 at 02:51:59 PM EST
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Florida Man arms
"a proposed expansion of a 'guardian program'"
Florida Man bans
"fervid opposition from Democrats and hours of emotional debate"

The Legislature
House: 71 (R), 46 (D), 3 (VACANT); Fun Fact: $18,000/year salary
Senate: 23 (R), 17 (D)

48 chamber slaves of the patriarchy: 29 (D), 19 (R)
wut: Of the 43 women who won seats in the state legislature in November, only 16 were Republican"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Apr 25th, 2019 at 02:23:11 AM EST
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Florida Man adds
"barrier to voting rights restoration"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 4th, 2019 at 05:38:43 AM EST
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Pulp non sequitur: Biden's notorious maltreatment of Anita Hill in Thomas' confirmation hearing equals criticism of Thomas' fitness for office. So pulp expert testimony entails a liturgy of Thomas' curriculum vitae by a political scientist, recently published.
AP | Justice Clarence Thomas' moment may finally have arrived
Just this term, Thomas called on the court to reconsider a landmark 1964 First Amendment case, describing it and later decisions extending it as "policy-driven decisions masquerading as constitutional law ." He also criticized a 1963 Supreme Court decision that guarantees a lawyer for anyone too poor to hire one. And he equated [sic] the court's Roe v. Wade [?] abortion decision with its Dred Scott [?] decision , which said African Americans weren't citizens, labeling Both "notoriously incorrect."
Like Gorsuch Thomas concurred with a long annotation about Anglo-american jurisprudence respecting the 8th Amd. (bail, fines, cruel and unusual punishment).

Limbs va. Indiana (Feb 2019), Ginsburg for the majority, Held: "The Eighth  Amendment's Excessive Fines Clause [narrow!] is an  incorporated protection applicable to the States under the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause [narrow!]." Thomas' objects to qualification by "due process"; citizenship unequivocally merits protection.

The 39th Congress focused on these abuses  during its debates over the Fourteenth Amendment, the Civil Rights Act of 1866, and the Freedmen's Bureau Act. During those well-publicized debates, Members of Congress consistently highlighted and lamented the "severe penalties" inflicted by the Black Codes and similar measures, Cong.Globe, 39th Cong., 1st Sess., 474 (1866)(Sen. Trumbull), suggesting that the prohibition on excessive fines was understood to be a basic right of citizenship. [...] Similar examples abound. One congressman noted that Alabama's "aristocratic and anti-republican laws, almost reenacting slavery, among other harsh inflictions impose...a fine of fifty dollars and six months' imprisonment on any servant or laborer (white or black) who loiters away his time or is stubborn or refractory." Id., at 1621 (Rep.Myers). He also noted that Florida punished vagrants with "a fine not exceeding $500 and imprison[ment] for a term not exceeding twelve months, or by being sold for a term not exceeding twelve months, at the discretion of the court." Ibid. At the time, such fines would have been  ruinous for laborers. Cf. id., at 443 (Sen. Howe) ("A thou-sand dollars! That sells a negro for his life"). These and other examples of excessive fines from the  historical record informed the Nation's  consideration of the Fourteenth Amendment.
Placing pulp non sequitur: The constitutional issue and relevant error is FL ex-post facto punishment, indenture, fine on citizenship of felons (above). Thomas again reviews derivative applications of Sullivan but does not comment on Roe v. Wade (implied right to "privacy" rather than explicit security in one's person) extruded by SCOTUS from the 4th Amd. Who today cannot understand the error in relying on US fed gov to protect any "privacy"?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun May 5th, 2019 at 12:00:54 AM EST
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South Carolina state House approves 'heartbeat' abortion ban
"A rapist is not a father"
wut: "just seven working days left in the 2019 legislative session"

General Assembly
House: 44 (D), 80 (R); Fun Fact: $10,400/year salary
Senate: 18 (D), 27 (R), 1 (VACANT)

27 chamber slaves of the patriarchy: 14 (D), 13 (R)
wut: "they represent a little over half of the population in South Carolina"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 26th, 2019 at 09:43:49 PM EST
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NH Students Seek Democrats' Help on Voting Rights
looking for help from their party's presidential candidates in overturning a [2018 NH state] law that will make it harder for some college students to vote.
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It subjects college students who come from other states to residency requirements such as getting a New Hampshire driver's license if they study and vote in the state.
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The 2020 candidates have offered a range of solutions that span from the difficult and unlikely path of amending the [US] Constitution to reviving voting rights measures filed and left for dead in Congress.

The General Court
House: 233 (D),  167 (R); Fun Fact: $200.00/term salary
Senate: 14 (D), 10 (R)

144 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
115 (D), 29 (R)

wut: "New Hampshire GOP Tries to Block Some College Kids From Voting in 2020"
wut: "Democrats in the New Hampshire Senate have voted through a bill to exempt college students and members of the military from having to register their cars in New Hampshire if they vote here. "

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 10:33:12 PM EST
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North Carolina teachers to protest for 2nd year in row, SOS
"Every mind matters"

General Assembly
House: 55 (D), 65 (R); Fun Fact: $13,951/year salary
Senate: 21 (D), 30 (R)
wut: "Six freshmen Republicans and seven freshmen Democrats were sworn into the Senate, which now includes 10 African-Americans, 10 women, two Indian-Americans, and 11 veterans."

33 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
28 (D), 15 (R)
wut: "We tried to make it about women and not politics which is why we chose white."
wut: "lawmakers must pass the proposed consent bill in at least one chamber by May 9 or the bill will become ineligible to be voted on for the rest of the legislative session"
wut: "Raleigh Women's March is Independent of Women's March, Inc."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 04:45:25 PM EST
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archived: Some good news from the US , Nov 2017
The other most-noted story was Philadelphia District Attorney's race, in which the Unelectable Larry Krasner, a career defense attorney and critic of mass incarceration who supports Black Lives Matter and the ACLU, beat the Republican candidate by 40 percentage points.
Krasner fights new Mumia Abu-Jamal appeal, 25 Jan 2019
"He declined to comment on the decision." Pwnd shake fists of fury.
Break in Mumia case opens road for appeal, April 2019
[Common Pleas* Court Judge Leon] Tucker shattered Krasner's argument, explaining that former DA Castille gave the appearance of bias not only because of his prior role as district attorney but also because of his pro-death penalty statements, ties to the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and lobbying for speedy death penalties in capital cases involving the murder of police officers.
DA Krasner Drops Challenge, 2 May, A/V (EN), transcript
features Michael Schiffmann, University of Heidelberg

General Assembly
House: 93 (D), 1 (VACANT), 109 (R); Fun Fact: $86,478/year salary
Senate: 21 (D), 3 (VACANT), 26 (R)
MarchonHarrisburg: Ending corruption in Pennsylvania, one issue at a time.
63 chamber slaves of the patriarchy
36 (D), 28 (R)
wut: On 1st day, Pa. House's only Muslim woman deals with 'blatant Islamophobia'
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* A Pennsyltucky specialty, not to be confused with, say, NY Court of Claims

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri May 3rd, 2019 at 10:35:19 PM EST
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Supreme Court looks likely to back Commerce Dept. on adding citizenship question to 2020 census
Ironies in the arguments for and against are too numerous to restate. Sample questionnaire panel shown, bears a striking resemblance to any private-sector app for employment and public-sector app for benefits circulating online in the last decade or two.

Affirmative defense of VRA enforcement is a calumny. No matter. District re-mapping will occur per constitutional mandated enumeration by total headcount, not total "citizens". CA might still pick up a seat or two on reapportionment whether or not the Trump Trust Detainee Distribution Plan works in the state's favor.

Consequently, it looks to me that so-called immigration advocates will spend the next 12 months cleaning up the mess of "misinformation" about social services and deportation in order to persuade terrorized, resident aliens ("non-citizen" HHs) to respond promptly to the Census. IF they don't want a visit from a walking, talking enumerator.

archived fall 2019 calendar
Prison Gerrymandering Lawsuit Moves Forward in Connecticut


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Apr 23rd, 2019 at 10:04:20 PM EST
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That was quick.
Tech firm VMware faces DACA discrimination lawsuit
On Tuesday, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund sued VMware in federal court in California, saying the software company violated the Civil Rights Act [Title VII] when it denied Sandy Vasquez a job.
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VMware, according to the lawsuit, refuses to hire people authorized to work in the U.S. unless they are citizens, permanent residents or have a "transferrable visa" such as one given to highly skilled workers. Vasquez and others enrolled in DACA, as well as other immigrants such as those with temporary protected status, do not fall into these categories.
[...]
Palo Alto, California-based VMware said that while it does not comment on active lawsuits, it "hires and continues to employ DACA recipients."
partly pregnant
Vasquez, according to court documents, was told by a recruiter for VMware last January that she would be a "great fit" for a technical support engineer position at the company. A few days later, the lawsuit says the recruiter "abruptly terminated" the interview after Vasquez disclosed that she is not a U.S. citizen, though she has work authorization in the U.S. through DACA. According to the lawsuit, she was told all applicants must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
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The [DACA] program was enacted under President Barack Obama in 2012, allowed qualifying immigrants who came illegally to the U.S. as children to apply for renewable, two-year permits that would protect them from deportation and allow them to work.
Deadline to Submit DACA Renewal Requests Approaching On Oct. 5, 2017
"Based on legal guidance issued by the Attorney General, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke issued a memorandum on Sept. 5, 2017, initiating an orderly wind-down of DACA."
Post Office Fails to Deliver on Time, and DACA Applications Get Rejected


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 04:32:59 PM EST
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* SELL order, related to South Bend, IN, admin

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 01:09:59 PM EST
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Democrat says he'll take Trump-like path to presidency
"300 people turned out to his evening rally to wave signs that said 'Math' and 'Yang Gang'"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Apr 24th, 2019 at 01:22:41 PM EST
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Pritzker: 'No concerns' about fed probe of property tax appeal
"Illinois, perhaps more than any other state, has suffered greatly due to public corruption. Four of Illinois' last nine governors have gone to prison"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 27th, 2019 at 01:17:08 PM EST
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Nominate a woman? Some Democratic women aren't so sure
Cecile Richards: reproduction politics? public property?
New group launches to harness political power of women
Cecile Richards: reproduction politics? public property?

yeah? no.

archived "Women and minorities" editions
Women's March 2019

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 02:54:56 PM EST
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Sputnik is funded in part or in whole by Russia government.

Sgt. Rianna Conner, alias Combat Barbie

File in "The Golden Age of American mass media will rise again"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu May 2nd, 2019 at 11:48:49 PM EST
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Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America since 1952, 1983, 1921
"black beauty is at the heart of a 21st century American ideal"
Miss Gay USofA, Miss Gay America since 1972
"A 'male interview' portion of the contest took place without an audience."
MISS U.S. LATINA®, MISS TEEN U.S. LATINA since 1983
"exclusively for Latinas in the USA"
Beauty pageants up-leveling the feminist agenda
"Although raised in a patriarchal society in Colombia Fino never personally felt oppressed as a little girl."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 4th, 2019 at 07:01:05 AM EST
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R. Maddow

J. Comey



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 04:34:10 PM EST
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Jeremy Hunt Syndrome
Boys, the wealthy, and Canadians (?) talk the most BS

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 07:20:01 PM EST
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Buttigieg meets with Sharpton seeking inroads with black voters
uhhhhhhhhhh

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 10:39:16 PM EST
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Seth Moulton announces 2020 bid
"The Massachusetts lawmaker ultimately backed Pelosi"
The Curious Campaign of Seth Moulton
needs moar Al Sharpton, AI, possibly "badassism" and weed

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 03:17:11 PM EST
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ProCon | unrestricted voting right
Austria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine
Note to Self: update useful "green zone" public property table

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun May 5th, 2019 at 07:20:48 PM EST
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What is "Macedonia"?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun May 5th, 2019 at 09:42:45 PM EST
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Macédoine


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue May 7th, 2019 at 09:36:41 AM EST
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Is Baltimore City's Strong Mayor System Corrupting? Residents Weigh In" A/V (EN), no transcript
Local media quick to catalyze "the narrative": The Real News Network hosts an informal Q&A session with about two dozen area residents about city charter functions, council hackery, and desirable alterations. Cues political education for run up to 2020.

AP | Acting Baltimore mayor settles in as Pugh slithers out of sight
"Only a conviction can trigger a Baltimore mayor's removal from office, according to City Solicitor Andre Davis* and the state constitution. Baltimore's mayor-friendly City Charter currently provides no options for ousting its executive."
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*compromised Pugh staffer on Board of Estimates, covering no-bid awards

archived politics
Behind The Scenes Of A Baltimore Corruption Scandal
should the charter be changed so we have a recall provision?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Apr 25th, 2019 at 12:40:49 AM EST
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'For the good of the city': Maryland governor calls on Baltimore mayor to resign after FBI raids
Local reporters have the racket valued at $800K so far.

< pick teeth, suck vigorously >

The dominoes will be falling all summer long ...


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Apr 25th, 2019 at 05:04:56 PM EST
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Mayor Pugh not 'lucid' enough to decide on resignation
tears, sippy cup

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 27th, 2019 at 10:04:49 PM EST
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Pugh resigns: "I am sorry for the damage I have caused"
"The statement that was read by her personal attorney, Steven D. Silverman."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 2nd, 2019 at 10:58:08 PM EST
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Meanwhile, dominoes shiver ...
City lawyers defend pipeline agreement with BGE (Excelon, subsidiary)
"City Solicitor Andre Davis and a Rec and Parks attorney say they are 'ffended'by criticism by a Leakin Park citizens' group". Get used to it or get out.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 2nd, 2019 at 11:01:06 PM EST
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This page wants to sell me blue pills I think.
by generic on Thu Apr 25th, 2019 at 11:25:50 AM EST
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You'd expect a smooth and experienced political operator to know better than to run a campaign slogan with the word "lie" in it.

But this is Joe Biden, so maybe it's not such a surprise.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Apr 25th, 2019 at 01:46:55 PM EST
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And, as generic implies, it's an ad for an old folks' home.

I used to be afew. I'm still not many.
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Thu Apr 25th, 2019 at 01:50:16 PM EST
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I find it astonishing. He has been running for president for longer than I have been walking. And that is what he came up with?
by generic on Thu Apr 25th, 2019 at 03:09:43 PM EST
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by generic on Thu Apr 25th, 2019 at 09:35:28 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 3rd, 2019 at 01:20:36 PM EST
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I think it has the same font as Obama had. So Obama nostalgia it is.
by fjallstrom on Thu Apr 25th, 2019 at 02:47:12 PM EST
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Some random Twitter reactions I can't be bothered to quote properly:

"The audacity of grope"

and

"Grope we can believe in"

Will be interesting to see if the his poll numbers start diving now that he has declared (probably after an initial bounce).

by fjallstrom on Thu Apr 25th, 2019 at 03:06:26 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 03:07:13 PM EST
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Federal court strikes down Michigan districts drawn by GOP
The League of Women Voters and some Democrats had challenged the state's 162 legislative and congressional districts, but the final suit only targeted 34 of those districts. Michigan has 14 congressional districts.
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[US District Court] found that all nine of the challenged congressional districts are unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders "because they dilute the views of Democratic voters." The court reached the same conclusion for seven state Senate districts and 11 state House districts.
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The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two partisan gerrymandering cases last month and is expected to issue rulings at the end of June.
Michigan judges urge Supreme Court to curb partisan gerrymandering
Justices have appeared wary of empowering courts to decide if political districts are too partisan, but judges who barred continued use of Michigan maps used part of their 146-page decision to make the case for intervention.
[...]
"Federal courts' failure to protect marginalized voters' constitutional rights will only increase the citizenry's growing disenchantment with, and disillusionment in, our democracy, further weaken our democratic institutions, and threaten the credibility of the judicial branch."
Michigan political maps illegally rigged to 'historical proportions', 2020 shake up, details

archived 25 March
[Congressional Representatives] urge Supreme Court to leave redistricting to Congress
Are they mental?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Apr 26th, 2019 at 10:36:36 PM EST
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empowerment(bullshit)

MSNBC | Oliver North steps down as president of NRA, won't serve second term

CNN | Oliver North: 'Informed' I will not be renominated NRA president

NRA | NRA President to Step Down as New York Attorney General Investigates

WAPOO | NRA ousts president Oliver North after alleged extortion scheme against chief executive

NBC News | NRA President Oliver North stepping down as infighting roils the gun-rights group

VANITY FAIR | N.R.A. President Oliver North steps down amid "clear crisis" of leadership

POLITICO | NRA announces North's resignation on-stage as 'crisis' hits gun lobby

REUTERS | Oliver North steps down as NRA president amid dispute over 'damaging' information

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - [Immunized felon] Oliver North will step down as president of the National Rifle Association, North said on Saturday, adding he was being forced out due to his allegations that NRA leaders engaged in financial improprieties.
COURTHOUSENEWS | Russia's Butina Gets 18-Month Sentence for Conspiracy [TO COMMIT WHAT CRIME?]
Butina admitted as part of her plea that she began working with former Russian official Alexander Torshin in 2015 to create a back-channel of communication between U.S. political figures [?] and Russia, a mission that she carried out by infiltrating [!] the powerful National Rifle Association.
Girl Power!
[U.S. District Judge Tanya] Chutkan found that Butina's efforts were undertaken for the benefit of Russia at a time when the country was actively interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

That [Maria Butina] failed to register as a foreign agent made her all the more likely to establish the connections that she did, the judge added.

The government has conceded that Butina was not a spy in the traditional [?] sense, but says her clandestine work to collect information valuable to the Russian government nevertheless posed a national-security threat.

wait for it.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia handled Butina's prosecution, not special counsel Robert Mueller. Her name appears nowhere in the 448-page report Mueller produced summarizing the results of his investigation.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Apr 27th, 2019 at 09:09:50 PM EST
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DCCC to meet with ["]progressives["] over controversial 'blacklist'[sic] policy
"It's important to show her willingness to carry on conversations [?!]," said Richard Rodriguez, a national board member of Our Revolution, who met with Bustos Thursday. "I'm sure she is also feeling some political pressure."

He pointed out that the meeting coincided with news that more than 40 College Democrats chapters had joined a boycott  of the DCCC over the vendor [sic] policy.

Don't "donate" a %#@*! dime until the odious passes the National Party Anti-Boycott & Divestment Act of 2019 or the Corporations Are Not People Act of 2019, whichever occurs first.

reference
FEC FORM 3X DNC Services Corp./Dem. Nat'l Committee, financial statements
FEC FORM 3X Republican National Committee, Inc., financial statements
DOJ | PRICE FIXING, BID RIGGING AND MARKET ALLOCATION SCHEMES

archived free trade
House Democratic Leadership Warns It Will Cut Off Any Firms That Challenge Incumbents
"This is the first time that they are ever making [antitrust violations] open policy."
Welding et al. v. DNC Services Corp., d/b/a Democratic National Committee
final order Aug 2017
Welding et al. v. DNC Services Corp., d/b/a Democratic National Committee
complaint May 2017

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Apr 27th, 2019 at 09:52:13 PM EST
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HTML link error (above)
DOJ | PRICE FIXING, BID RIGGING AND MARKET ALLOCATION SCHEMES

HTML link error (NEWSROOM/TRUMP/de jokes, 8-14 April 2019 )
VIOLENCE IN PHILADELPHIA IN THE 1840'S AND 1850s (pdf),
"Democratic 'gangs' vs. Orangemen 'nativists'"
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This last link is pertinent reading, in light of RTE headline news. The historical episode and setting described is no hagiographic display of The American Immigrant Experience. It is but one print from the plate of criminology "transported" from Old World to the new submerged in The Dream. Now I was going to let slide this RTE reporter's derogatory, faintly racist and ignorant epitome of civil disturbance in the US in consideration (read: value) of Mr NEESOM's pathetic sacrifice on behalf of NI prisoners and a host of his "followers", attesting to his indiscriminate sexual prowess. But I've detected over a decade of reading the several papers a pattern of obdurant prejudices I can no longer leave untreated. It presents in the public record's inability to reconcile the facts in hand --not over here, but over there in the event of momentary but pronounced incontinence. Here the patina of violence abandoned in the rise of Anglo-Irish respectability is a trivial matter, something to burnish before Sunday.

It's unclear if he was the intended target, but he was an associate of a gang member and that was good enough for the attacker. He was shot twice, in the shoulder and leg, but survived. Other innocent passersby, including young children and motorists, narrowly escaped injury.

This wasn't downtown Detroit, it was Drogheda.

I see RTE reportage (unlike the torrid Independent) has returned this morning to isolate the incident from the historical stream of pride and liberation, favored at the moment over selecting "new IRA" fall guys from the menu offered by your Tory "partners". Three homes targeted in Drogheda gang feud: That is some vicious "gang." They will surely "ruin" property values. That is some surprising demonstration "organized crime". The like typically reserved by G-men to bomb the shit out of NEW! "black extremists" in America. That is some fine legacy, confess. A sovereign people that can scarcely police a border without threat of British soldiers extorting their remittances from the States are casting aspersions on the ruin of others.

Helluva nerve.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Apr 28th, 2019 at 03:56:39 PM EST
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INDEPENDENT.IE | Gardai call for 24-hour armed units across the country as gang feuding spreads
In Louth, where the ongoing feud has resulted in high visibility armed patrols for months, CEC member Derek O'Donoghue said, "frontline members need and deserve more armed cover.
Not Dundalk, Baltimore Co., MD, USA, the other one.
[CEC member Derek O'Donoghue]msaid gardai in Louth, "have dealt with explosives and firearms finds, the threat of ATM thefts - which was prevented in Carlingford, guns being discharged in Dundalk and Drogheda, pipe bombs and petrol bombs and that's only since January this year."
[...]
"The ASU in the Northern Region are an integral part of the policing response to threats posed by feuding criminals in Drogheda, the spate of cross border ATM thefts and the activities of subversive groups in the NorthWest. The challenges are immense and the risks very real to frontline members."

He said, "the only effective solution is to ensure that armed cover is available in each division.

Policing is a grand tradition here.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 12:42:58 PM EST
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and their crazy cousins

this.empowerment(Kezia Dugdale), LABOUR SMP

She has also spent the last two years waiting for a trial to begin after she was sued for defamation by controversial pro-independence blogger Stuart Campbell. She had accused Mr Campbell of writing "homophobic tweets" but earlier this month successfully defended the defamation case after a sheriff ruled her claim was incorrect, but was protected under fair comment.

Man with gun arrested by armed police on Leith Links near primary school

It is understood the weapon involved was a soft pellet gun, which is not classed as a firearm, though police sources said seen from a distance it would look like a gun and could alarm people.
SNP: UK government 'stalling' on replacing EU cash for communities
After failing to receive an answer to her question to the minister in the Commons last week, SNP MP Alison Thewliss has written to the Chancellor for urgent clarity on the Shared Prosperity Fund and further BREXIT funding for local government.

Ms Thewliss said: "With the ongoing uncertainty of Brexit, the Tory government's Shared Prosperity Fund remains a mystery, offering no answers on how much money Scotland will get, who will administer the funds, and what the priorities for it will be.

"Scotch-Irish" Heritage Tracker, USA: o, look. (index)
Dundee > Dundalk
Place names (toponymy) are the historical linguist's best friend. hmm, textile industry in the NEW! world. See search for old world "cotton", "fetish," and "corn" in Weinrich, Africa and the Discovery of America in the NEW! world, "plantations"; also "Beyond the Seas: Eighteenth-Century Convict Transportation and the Widening Net of Penal Sanctions"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 02:10:36 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun May 5th, 2019 at 06:58:26 PM EST
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I am fond of Renee Parsons, without or without the salty critique of "pussy hat" culture.
The DNC Debates, the Media and Tulsi Gabbard

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 3rd, 2019 at 04:21:46 PM EST
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WE CAN'T READ 14 MILLION COHEN DOCUMENTS ...
2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants, 230 orders for communication records, 50 orders authorizing use of pen registers, 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and testimonies by approximately 500 witnesses ... BY THURSDAY
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It is unusual for committee [attorneys] to question a witness. But committees can generally make their own rules, and other panels have made similar exceptions. In a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh last year, for example, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee hired an outside prosecutor to question a witness who had accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
m'k. Wm. "Drug Czar" Barr is kind of sort of like a rape "survivor."

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House Judiciary Committee subpoena
Conspiracy by Democrats Falls Flat
Schumer claimed the hearings are "not a criminal trial"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Apr 29th, 2019 at 03:31:09 PM EST
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Tennessee Sued Over Crackdown on Voter [Registration]
[Complainants] say the law that is scheduled to take effect in Oct. 1 - about a year out from the 2020 presidential election - is vague, violates First and 14thAmendment rights and hands down draconian civil and criminal penalties for any group found violating its provisions.
Federal court strikes down Ohio congressional map as partisan gerrymander

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Gerrymandering is unlawful and illegal in the USA.
because this is America
What surprises me is that anyone on the planet looks to the USA to be a paragon of "democratic processes."
Shelby vs. Holder

On June 25, 2013, the United States Supreme Court held that it is unconstitutional to use the coverage formula in Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act to determine which jurisdictions are subject to the preclearance requirement of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Shelby County v. Holder, 133 S. Ct. 2612 (2013). The Supreme Court did not rule on the constitutionality of Section 5 itself. The effect of the Shelby County decision is that the jurisdictions identified by the coverage formula in Section 4(b) no longer need to seek preclearance for the new voting changes, unless they are covered by a separate court order entered under Section 3(c) of the Voting Rights Act.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 3rd, 2019 at 06:32:02 PM EST
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So what is the point of doing it in the primaries then?
by generic on Sun Apr 28th, 2019 at 09:21:07 AM EST
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To embarrass Biden. As though he doesn't have enough to be embarrassed about anyway.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Apr 28th, 2019 at 12:12:25 PM EST
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by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 08:53:45 AM EST
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Literary Criticism for Dummies: The attorney general's summary "did not fully capture the context, nature and substance of this office's work and conclusions"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 1st, 2019 at 05:33:07 PM EST
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While Biden, Buttigieg scour SC for black-people-endorsements, Kamala?! "a decision my office made" Harris retreats to a senate hearing to question Wm. "Drug Czar" Barr (A/V, EN, no transcript) about why he would accept Mueller's "characterization of the evidence as true" and why Barr himself did not review "all the underlying evidence" produced by the special counsel's office ... before publishing the complete, unredacted text of the "Report".

Sen. Harris Asks Justice Department to Investigate Barr
strongly worded letter attached [!]

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun May 5th, 2019 at 04:52:49 PM EST
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double counting
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) became the first Indian American U.S. senator and the second-ever African American female senator.46
< wipes tears >
27 Bureau of the Census, "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population by Sex, Age, Race, and Hispanic Origin for the United States and States: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015," available at https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/PEP/2015/PEPASR6H/0100000US (last accessed April 2017). For these calculations, "women of color" are all women not noted by the Census Bureau as "white alone, non-Hispanic." By subtracting the number of women who identify as only white and not Hispanic or Latino (100,390,857) from the total number of women (163,189,523), the estimated number of women of color in 2015 was found to be 62,798,666. Women of color's shares of the U.S. population and of the female population were calculated using this number.
data in part cited in 2018 She The People summit promotional material, "leadership gap" metrics, private- and public-sector employment

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun May 5th, 2019 at 06:39:23 PM EST
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I was initially really surprised when the Russia gaters reacted with shock on the first summery of the report. No one is going to read it, just keep grifting.

For the record, I have no compunction over declaring victory without having read the report. After all, unless they found out that Trump is a literal Russian robot there is really nothing they could find that would make him worse. If you want to impeach him for the nickel and dime corruption in plain sight, go ahead. If you want to go for the big stuff then impeach him for the genocide he is doing in northern Yemen.

by generic on Thu May 2nd, 2019 at 12:21:10 PM EST
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by generic on Thu May 2nd, 2019 at 12:23:02 PM EST
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by generic on Sat May 4th, 2019 at 04:36:11 PM EST
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