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    The Man Taking on Ted Cruz: Meet Beto O'Rourke U.S. Representative

    Meet Beto O'Rourke

    No Texas Democrat has won a U.S. Senate seat in nearly 30 years or any statewide office since 1994. But U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke is optimistic he can break the streak, in part by eschewing consultants, pollsters and PAC money.

    U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke lets f-bombs fly on the campaign trail


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    The "Stable Genius" and Prison Reform?


    January 11, 2018

    Remarks by President Trump in a Meeting on Prison Reform

    Roosevelt Room 1:55 P.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  And today we are going to be discussing the important topic of prison reform.  I want to thank Attorney General Sessions, Governor Bevin of Kentucky, Governor Brownback of Kansas, and other prison reform experts who are here.  We have the best in the country.

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    It's 300 Days to the General Election on Nov 6, 2018

    It's 300 Days to the General Election

    Register to vote at https://vote.gov/ ... in Espanol https://vote.gov/es/

    One of the most important elections of our lives. Make sure you’re registered to vote & have the proper ID.

    Select where you reside.

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    Oprah for President?

    After delivering a powerful speech at the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey is being touted as a potential Democratic Presidential candidate. In response, at least one liberal website - DailyKos - posted an article bashing her for allegedly supporting America's destruction of Iraq beginning March 2003. It is true that she aired a program in October 2002 that was light on facts and heavy on pro-war propaganda.

    But to Oprah's credit in the months immediately preceding "Shock and Awe," she gave significant time to anti-war activists like Phil Donahue. She earned Michael Moore's praise for televising a 1980s photo of Donald Rumsfeld shaking Saddam Hussein's hand.

    Reactions to The Golden Globes?

    Overall, very cool, I thought, for the #metoo theme of the night.  IF we change our cultures--and our public policies--to make them far more just, safe, and supportive for women, last night may be viewed as an event of significance in fostering such change.

    A few miscellaneous reactions:

    All together now

    Sunday Times photo:

    Donald at the rostrum. Sort of normally dressed, shirt ,tie,jacket, trousers not visible but probably pressed.

    Behind him nine men and one woman "top congressional Republicans and administration officials".Each man scuffed shoes, unpressed trousers ,tieless.  What a coincidence! Not even one of them decided to wear a tie. Or any one of the dozens of pressed trousers in his wardrobe. Imagine that.

    Or wasn't it a coincidence?  Short answer "nope ".

    Trump's Scorned Beggars Gallery

    Steve Bannon, Former Trump Chief Strategist, and Editor, Briebart

    Did Trump Con the Deplorables...?

    Trump Adoration Rally, Nov. 29, 2017, St. Charles, Missouri, President Trump:

    Wednesday President Trump repeated his claim that the GOP's efforts to overhaul the nation's tax code will not benefit him personally, saying that his finances would actually take a hit under the proposal.

    Auden of course

     Excerpted* from   "For the time being"   A Christmas Oratorio                                                             

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    The DumpsterFire's Big Legislation

    Dee doo Dee doo Dee doo ...


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    Yes, it is Festivus, so it is time for the annual Airing of the Grievances. I shall begin.

    1. I have more doors to paint, this has been going on for more than one month. It's my own fault really I am the one who decided we should replace all the doors and trim in the house, but how did I know you could no longer hire finish work folks, they want big jobs not little jobs. 

    2. While the Kakistocracy rises and the dark orange hue envelops the nation, remember this, Mark Halperin needs to be back on TV, he just wants to say he is sorry!

    Some History and Current Affairs Books I've Especially Appreciated

    Being a slow reader, I have read 2 pages or more from a book on all but 7 days over the past 21 years, according to my reading log.  This is a habit I fell into, without making any point-in-time "decision" to do so that I can now recall.  It is the only way I can get books read.  

    Following are some (mostly) history and current affairs titles, my primary genres, that have had enduring impact on my thinking.  I am grateful to their authors for believing that something they might wish to contribute might be welcomed by others, and for making the effort.  These are in no particular order of significance to me.

    Here's how we lose next time

    In early October a couple of promising Democratic senatorial candidates will be Frankenized. Attractive young employees of, say, the LA Times or CNN will reveal the titillating details of past "harassment" by them. The employers feeling obliged to "Charlie Rose" the claims lest they be charged with suppressing politically damaging news--will lead with them. Including photos.

    The headlines will be repeated everywhere. Paragraphs 4 to 6 cautioning about the danger of unsupported claims, won't be.

    Rehire the harassers

    and assist * their victims to sue them , if they want. If they don't want , end of story.

    The proper response to a claim of  harassment-or anything - is an orderly legal process. Not a do-it-yourself trial convened in the board room  by the CEO or the head of HR.

    We've been down this path before of course. Many times . Most prominently  in  the 1950's blacklist a gratefully welcomed gift to Hollywood which got a lot excellent scripts at bargain prices from blacklisted writers using assumed names.

    book rec: Doughnut Economics, by Kate Raworth

    The quirkily-titled Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, was written by a heterodox British economist, Kate Raworth.  I'm giving it as a gift and otherwise promoting it to folks in my circles.  It's the best big picture book about economics I've read, taking the place of Robert Kuttner's Everything For Sale (the latter on the strengths and limitations of markets), in part because it is about so much more than this critical discipline, which is overdue to be reinvented for the 21st century.  This book has more helpful thoughts on that large topic than anythi

    Boomer angst: what does it mean if this in my inbox strikes fear in my heart?

    If this in my inbox strikes fear in my heart:


    does it mean I am old and paranoid and ready for teh assisted livin'? 

    Further questions that suggest you are in the same demographic:

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    A Wake up Call to Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Shumer, Tom Perez and all Americans

    The #WarEagle is loose...


    Auburn University Alum Charles Barkley in Alabama at Doug Jones' Acceptance Speech.

    (my bold highlight and underline...)

    Watch and listen to the CNN interview here.

    Georgetown’s anti-union position is contrary to its commitment to social justice

    As a 1990 graduate of Georgetown University’s law school and the father of an undergraduate, I was disappointed to read that the university is attempting to thwart the unionization efforts of working graduate students [“Georgetown declines to support union effort,” Metro, Dec. 7].

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    Collins to McConnell: "Say 'hello' to my little friend"; McConnell "Hello, Doug"

    The miseries of Mitch McConnell (may they increase beyond measure...) just grew exponentially by virtue of the Alabamapocalypse. Now, each Republican Senator (Susie, I'm talkin' to you...) is the crucial last senator.


    Where before, it was thought that having one vote to spare,  McConnell might at need stiff Collins while fronting off Ryan's declared recalcitrance to cloak his own bad faith.


    Now, he's another 25 billion in the hole towards his do or die number of 1.5 Trillion, which will give him problems on his right flank.


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    The Dumpster's Sexual Misconduct: Opening the Can of Worms

    Happy Holidays . . .

    Nikki Haley said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" that "women should always feel comfortable coming forward and we should all be willing to listen to them."

    Nikki Halley video portion here--> starts at 5 minute mark



    Don't throw away your

    confederate dollars. The South Will Rise Again.

     Let's see

    o only 15% of white Alabama males voted for Obama

    o Roy Moore rides a horse to the polls.One horse;two horses assesses. 

    o There was majority support for his posting  the 10 commandments in a court room

    o And of his hostility to gays

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    The 1970s, 2010s: Who Programmed the Simulation?

    The world does seem in dire straits indeed and has for roughly the last five years or so. The seeming progress of Barack Obama's election cascading in to regular civil strife and civil war in the United States, where racial and gender harmony, worked on for so many decades, appears torn to shreds. Cities are on fire, under fire or being torn apart. A rivalry with Russia, which is held responsible for the election of Donald Trump has been stoked again between America and the rest of the west. China is on the ascent, as is intolerance, cultural malaise, fear, despair and disappointment.

    All of this seems horrible and is until a thought comes in. We've been here before. A friend of mine, Larry Bernard (who can be seen commenting on comic book movies) told me that "all Obama and Trump did was take us back to the 1970s." During his election, Barack Obama was compared to Kennedy for many reasons, from his charisma to his minority status. According to Roger Stone's book, Donald Trump was personally told by Richard Nixon during the 1980s that he would make a "fine president" and Trump's tacit support of Roy Moore in Alabama reflects Nixon tacit support of segregationist George Wallace.

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    California Marijuana Act: Flipping the Finger at Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions

    Snap a bowl Beauregard . . .


    Pursuant to Prop 64 as of Nov 9th, 2016

    On November 8, 2016 California voters approved Prop. 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), by a margin of 57-43%. Prop 64 makes the following changes to California law:


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