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    Hunter Biden: "Now, as to schtuping my dead brother's widow..."

     

    This is a pretty hip room, politically, so everyone remembers ( all the way back to 2016)  how the visible anguish over "should I run or  should I not" exhibited by Joe Biden included a large, if vague, "evaluating it's impact on my family yadaya."

     

    Today, we may translate at least a part of those concerns as touching upon the obvious  corrupt cloud enveloping Hunter's Board of Directors seat with Burisma.

     

    Suburban/Rural Swing Women

    Here they are (from this Oct. 11 NYTimes article: As Impeachment Divide Persists, More Voters Embrace an Inquiry):

    Denise Reynolds, left, and Sonya Pancione feel differently about the impeachment inquiry.CreditJason Andrew for The New York Times

    They live in Culpeper, a town that is older than America itself and sits roughly halfway between Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, Va. where Representative Abigail Spanberger, a freshman Democrat, flipped a seat long held by Republicans

    They are together at the Rusty Willow Boutique, an upscale women’s clothing shop that was preparing for its grand opening where just the mention of Mr. Trump prompted a squabble between Sonya Pancione, 57, the shop’s owner, and Denise Reynolds, 50, one of her best friends from church. Ms. Pancione is dead-set against impeachment.

    “Respect the office. It’s a democracy. People voted for him,” she said.

    Ms. Reynolds loathes Mr. Trump and blames him for inciting racial hatred. She was once excited about his candidacy — “I thought we needed somebody who understood business in that seat,” she said — but says now that if he were impeached and removed from office, “it would not upset me in the least.”

    More on their House Representative:

    California PG&E's 100 Year Old Transmission Grid

    A million or more Californians have their electricity cut due to wind and the chance a transmission tower, line or cable might fail and start a fire.  A large part of the reason is the advanced age of the high voltage electrical grid that carries power long distances from hydroelectric and other sources in the state to cities where it is used.

    Looks like the NBA is more totalitarian about protest than the NFL?

    In the NFL, it's the players that got the "censored" treatment. But at NBA games, fans gotta toe the line, too?

    The results of a two-state "solution" summarized in two tweets

    India is reacting to 70 years of Jihad from without and appeasement within.

    If Jinnah was wrong, Pakistan should not exist.

    If he was right, then it's Muslim Pakistan and Hindu India, and we can stop pretending otherwise.

    Pakistan can exist or India can be secular. Either, or. https://t.co/92Xvz0e5bn

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    What to Wear to the Civil War; Impeachment Style

    It’s a real question people, style is essential! What will we wear to our upcoming Civil War?

    Ah blessed be new coalitions between "People of the Book"!

    Just In time for Rosh Hashanah no less. Such a strong reminder that the book of the famous phrase is known in the west as the: The Old Testament!

    MBS “is leading Saudi Arabia through the most dramatic, positive and exciting social and economic reforms in the history of the Kingdom” — US evangelical activist Joel Rosenberg https://t.co/jcrYYzEqzt

    What Republicans Would Have Us Believe

    This will be a short blog, really just a question. I'm not going to try to analyze every fact or theory of the many conspiracy theories out there. The thing is what it all amounts to is that the right wing would have us believe that the democrats with very little power, with Trump and the republicans controlling the presidency and both houses of congress were able to start a fraudulent investigation that resulted in several of Trump's associates being falsely charged with crimes they didn't commit and were able to get convictions that sent them to jail.

    "May you live in interesting times"

    Any other boomers having the realization: we did and we do? This tweet hit me hard like that:

    Is "cancel culture" as bad or worse than the right-wing Christian movement?

    Modern social justice and cancel culture are secular reboots of the evangelical Christian crusading of decades past, with one big difference: Christianity is replete with forgiveness and redemption narratives, while the secular version has none. https://t.co/HU07xln9el

    — Antonio García Martínez (@antoniogm) September 25, 2019

    Dairy, it's baaaaack!

    I cannot believe what I am now seeing in nutritional science news. It's yet another ultimate flip flop. My whole life I've watched people take their doctor's advice, and within a decade, that was flipped. Conclusion: this "science", just like many others related to the practice of medicine, is still in its infancy and humans are the guinea pigs, "they" basically understand zilch about what food does to people. The ironic thing: in this case, the results do not synch with the environmental proposals that we need to cut way down on animal husbandry. Nor do they support the idea of plant- based substitutes for animal milk.

    Two examples, one recent and one from a year ago:

    You would like to have a beer with her and would also let her babysit your kids!

    Liz Warren gets the hang of doing exactly the kind of campaigning that people like Peracles hate, while Bernie drones crabby-old-man socialist agitprop in the background:

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    QUADRUPLE

    ABC Debate Ad Links Cambodian Genocide w Democrats

    Slate:

    On the debate stage in Houston, Bernie Sanders frustratedly batted away any comparisons between his brand of “democratic socialism” and that of Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro. But that was mild stuff compared with the red-baiting going on during the commercial breaks, when viewers were treated to a commercial in which Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s face goes up in flames, replaced by images of skulls from the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia.

    On the "Great Awokening"

    Zach Goldberg in an article for Tablet Magazine, published June 5: ...In a recent Vox article based partly on the dissertation research I’ve been doing as a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Georgia State University, Matthew Yglesias described this ongoing transformation as “The Great Awokening.”....

    And in a Twitter thread today:

    28 years of Donald Trump insulting women

    The timeline record is here @ Vox. Here's the latest:

    Chappelle Sticks and Stones

    There's been a lot of talk on Dave Chappelle's newest stand up show. No one seems to see it quite the way I do. There's this modern trend among comedians to engage in political or social commentary. It started with Lenny Bruce followed by Carlin and Richard Pryor. The audience seems to want it, almost demands it, as seen by the ratings plunge of Fallon, the least political comedian. Most of those who left went to Colbert and Seth Meyers. There's this thing that comedians do. They get very serious in the midst of their jokes like they're sending a message, making a real social commentary.

    On "the frequency with which people bring up 'civil war'" being "bizarre".

    In 1971-1972 there were almost 5 bombings a day in the US...

    Time for an Emmett Till Photo In 2019

    Nothing is going to change despite the multiple mass murders due to high powered weapons. The country is numb. The NRA is still in control. What could turn the tide? In 1955, the mother of Emmett Till allowed photographs of her murdered son appear in the media. She wanted the world to see what happened to her child. It helped energize the modern Civil Rights movement. Perhaps a photograph of a person slain by a high capacity or other high powered weapon would force a change. Maybe the country would still remain unchanged in forcing changes in gun laws.

    THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS IN NYC, PART V

    [Part IV is HERE]

    Trump Has the Power, Case is Closed

    In the International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977 the Congress gave the President the power to declare "national emergencies" based on what the "President believes" (section 1703 of the Act). Trump is claiming that Act gives him the power to force all American companies to leave their manufacturing and assembly operations, and their commerce with, China. He is right.

    The 1977 law, which was meant to limit presidential power, did no such thing. The law says emergencies can be declared, and almost unlimited presidential power on foreign commerce can be exercised, based on only presidential "beliefs".

    Only the weak and frankly vacuous instruction in the 1977 Act to "report to Congress when the President believes" (section 1703), to "consult with Congress", and to "At least once during each succeeding six-month period after transmitting a report" send another report, are the extent of Congressional involvement once a president uses this Act.

    Tweet that deserves a post of its own

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    Jeffrey Epstein/Thomas Jefferson, Compare & Contrast

     

    Amid the widespread revulsion appropriately manifested as the details of Epstein's predations emerge, ones mind is ineluctably drawn to his bother monster, Thomas Jefferson.

     

    Let us perform a (truncated) inventory:

     

    SEX SLAVERY: 

    Epstein, "sex slavery curious".  Ordered books on the topic from  Amazon.

    Jefferson: Repeatedly raped is actual  enslaved girl

     Advantage, Epstein

     

    AGE OF VICTIMS: 

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