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          Julianne Moore says she was fired from ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’      Cache   Translate Page      

The actress says she hasn't seen Melissa McCarthy's portrayal

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Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon is a church custodian in Catonsville, Md.

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          Alyssa Milano apologizes for calling herself ‘trans’ and ‘a gay man’      Cache   Translate Page      

The actress says 'empathy is not a bad thing'

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          Stein Club calls for Evans to resign from committee chair, Democratic Party positions      Cache   Translate Page      

LGBT group rejects call for removal from Council

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          Martick’s faces demolition in Baltimore      Cache   Translate Page      

Early gay gathering spot played host to artists before advent of gay bars

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          Gay man leaves D.C. Stonewall exhibit, told he’s ‘going to burn in hell’ by Lyft driver      Cache   Translate Page      

Second recent incident involving homophobic drivers

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          Wait for it — With expansion to Georgetown, growth comes slowly but surely for Capitol Hill’s Oola Distillery      Cache   Translate Page      
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I originally posted the following information and commentary onto my Facebook wall… A Democratic District Attorney Was Just Ambushed and Shot in the Face: A former Alabama state trooper has shot the district attorney for Alabama’s 17th Judicial Circuit, Greg Griggers, directly in the face today in an ambush attack. Griggers was rushed … (Click Here to Continue Reading This Post)
          Germany asserts independence after U.S. warning on Huawei      Cache   Translate Page      
Germany will define its own security standards for a new 5G mobile network, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday, after Washington said it would scale back data-sharing with Berlin if China's Huawei was allowed to participate.

          Venezuelan government targets Guaido over national blackout      Cache   Translate Page      

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is under investigation for alleged sabotage of the country’s power grid, the chief prosecutor has said. It came as the government sought to pressure an adversary who blames corruption and mismanagement for nearly a week of national blackouts. The announcement by attorney general Tarek William Saab escalated the confrontation between the government and Mr Guaido even as the US, a key backer of the opposition leader, said it was withdrawing its last diplomats in Caracas. The US has dismissed Venezuelan government accusations that it triggered the power crisis with a cyber attack. Mr Guaido is already under investigation for alleged instigation of violence, but authorities have not tried to detain the leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly since he violated a travel ban and then returned a week ago from a tour of Latin American countries. Mr Saab said the case against Mr Guaido also involves messages allegedly inciting people to robbery and looting during power outages. Information minister Jorge Rodriguez appeared on national television to condemn “Guaido and his gang” for their alleged attempt to cut the power as a way of fomenting chaos and toppling President Nicolas Maduro. Mr Rodriguez said the power grid had been almost completely restored and water service was also returning. More neighbourhoods of Caracas had power on Tuesday morning, but anecdotal reports indicated continuing outages for many Venezuelans, who were already suffering from hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine. On Tuesday, long queues converged at springs in the mountains of Caracas to collect water in bottles because water pumps have been failing during the power outages. Venezuelans usually use debit cards to pay for food and other necessities since hyperinflation has rendered the national currency, the bolivar, nearly worthless, but the cards have not worked because of the blackouts, forcing people to scrounge for scarce cash and search for the few shops that were open. Schools and many businesses remained closed on Tuesday, and there were widespread reports of looting in the city of Maracaibo. Adding to tension over Venezuela’s fate, the last US diplomats in Venezuela prepared to head home as relations between Washington and Mr Maduro deteriorated further. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the US, which recognises Mr Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president, was withdrawing the remaining diplomats because their continued presence in Caracas had become a “constraint” on US policy as it campaigns to oust Mr Maduro. “We made the decision yesterday that it just was prudent to get these folks back,” Mr Pompeo added on Tuesday. “The situation there is deteriorating. The Maduro regime’s horrific leadership over the last years has just made life there so difficult, it began to make it more difficult for the United States to take the actions that it needed to do to support the Venezuelan people. So we concluded this was simply the right step to take and this was the right time to take it.” The Venezuelan government early on Tuesday disputed Mr Pompeo’s account, saying it had instructed the diplomats to leave within 72 hours. Their presence “entails risks for the peace, integrity and stability of the country”, foreign minister Jorge Arreaza said. “These are the same officials that have systematically lied to the world about Venezuela’s reality and personally have directed fake, flag-waving operations to justify an intervention,” he said. US President Donald Trump has said “all options are on the table” in his administration’s support for Mr Guaido, who says Mr Maduro is an illegitimate leader and must resign so Venezuela can hold elections. Mr Maduro accuses Mr Guaido and the US of plotting an invasion. The government cut ties with the US in January over its recognition of Mr Guaido as Venezuela’s rightful leader. US officials said Mr Maduro had no authority to take such a step. Venezuela later retreated and allowed a skeleton staff to remain at the hilltop US embassy in Caracas as the two countries attempted to negotiate an agreement to allow some sort of representation.  

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          North Korea rocket launch ‘would be catastrophe for diplomacy’      Cache   Translate Page      

North Korea using a possible rocket launch as leverage in negotiations with the US would be catastrophic for global diplomacy, a South Korean presidential adviser has said. US-based websites recently released satellite photographs indicating North Korea has restored structures at its long-range rocket launch facility that it dismantled last year at the start of diplomacy with the United States. Other satellite images show increased vehicle activities at a separate North Korean facility used to manufacture missiles, and rockets for satellite launches. Some experts say these suggest North Korea may be assembling a long-range rocket to carry out a banned satellite launch in the wake of last month’s North Korea-US summit in Hanoi that ended without any agreement. Moon Chung-in, a retired university professor who is now a special adviser to President Moon Jae-in, told a panel discussion that North Korea using a rocket launch or other nuclear activities as leverage in negotiations would be a “bad move”. Mr Moon said such a North Korean move could eventually cause a “catastrophic” consequence or a “big disaster” in the US-North Korea diplomacy. “I wonder if North Korea should avoid” such an action, Mr Moon said. He said both North Korea and the US must restrain themselves to keep diplomacy alive and start unofficial contacts to resume talks. He said the Hanoi summit showed how “difficult” and “painful” it would be to achieve de-nuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula. The Hanoi summit fell apart due to disputes over how many sanctions reliefs North Korea could win in return for limited nuclear disarmament steps. Washington and Pyongyang accuse each other of causing the summit’s breakdown, but both sides have avoided harsh criticism against each other and expressed hopes for future negotiations. No official meeting between the countries has yet to be publicly scheduled. The February 27-28 summit was the second summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump since they met for the first time in Singapore last June.

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          UPDATE 4-Wells Fargo CEO avoids major stumble at heated congressional hearing      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON, March 12- Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Tuesday pressed Wells Fargo& Co Chief Executive Tim Sloan for proof the bank has put a string of consumer abuse scandals behind it at a tense congressional hearing that saw Sloan firmly on the defensive. Sloan was the first bank executive to be grilled by the House Financial Services Committee since...
          UPDATE 3-Wells Fargo CEO avoids major stumble at heated Congressional hearing      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON, March 12- Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Tuesday pressed Wells Fargo& Co Chief Executive Tim Sloan for proof the bank has put a string of consumer abuse scandals behind it at a tense Congressional hearing that saw Sloan firmly on the defensive. Sloan was the first bank executive to be grilled by the House Financial Services Committee since...
          Marcel Granollers-Pujol vs Pol Wattanakul Live Stream January 08, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Ασπίδα προστασίας από Πελόζι σε Τραμπ: «Δεν είμαι υπέρ της καθαίρεσής του»      Cache   Translate Page      

Εναν απρόσμενο σύμμαχο στο πλευρό του φαίνεται ότι βρίσκει ο Αμερικανός πρόεδρος, Ντόναλντ Τράμπ, στο πρόσωπο της προέδρου της Βουλής των Αντιπροσώπων, Νάνσι Πελόζι, πη οποία αντιτάχθηκε ανοικτά σε όλες εκείνες τις φωνές που ζητούν επίμονα την καθαίρεσή του.

Σε συνέντευξή της στην Washington Post, η Πελόζι δήλωσε πως είναι αντίθετη με την έναρξη διαδικασίας καθαίρεσης του Τραμπ, καθώς κάτι τέτοιο κατά την γνώμη της θα δίχαζε την χώρα.

 «Δεν είμαι υπέρ της καθαίρεσης» τόνισε, εξηγώντας πως μία πρωτοβουλία καθαίρεσης «θα δίχαζε τόσο την χώρα, που, αν δεν υπάρξει κάτι πραγματικά πειστικό και συντριπτικό και με την υποστήριξη και των δύο κομμάτων (σ.σ. το Δημοκρατικό και το Ρεπουμπλικανικό Κόμμα), δεν θεωρώ ότι θα έπρεπε να επιλέξουμε αυτόν τον δρόμο, διότι αυτό διχάζει την χώρα. Και, απλώς, δεν αξίζει τον κόπο».

Σημειώνεται πως η Βουλή των Αντιπροσώπων είναι το αρμόδιο όργανο για την εκκίνηση διαδικασίας καθαίρεσης του προέδρου. Από τον περασμένο Ιανουάριο, οπότε οι Δημοκρατικοί ανέλαβαν τον έλεγχό της, έχουν ξεκινήσει σειρά κοινοβουλευτικών ερευνών κατά του Ντόναλντ Τραμπ και προσώπων του περιβάλλοντός του, οι οποίες θα μπορούσαν να δρομολογήσουν εξελίξεις και διαδικασίες κατά του προέδρου των ΗΠΑ.

Την ίδια ώρα, ο ειδικός ανακριτής Ρόμπερτ Μάλερ, ερευνά εδώ και δύο χρόνια τις καταγγελίες για συνέργεια ανάμεσα στο επιτελείο της προεκλογικής εκστρατείας του Τραμπ και την Μόσχα, και αναμένεται να παρουσιάσει σύντομα τα αποτελέσματα του έργου του.

Οπως, όμως, είχε ήδη αφήσει να εννοηθεί η Νάνσι Πελόζι, οι ηγέτες των Δημοκρατικών προτιμούν προς το παρόν να αποφύγουν μία διαδικασία καθαίρεσης του προέδρου, εκτός εάν οι έρευνες αυτές αποφέρουν ισχυρά αποδεικτικά στοιχεία. Ορισμένα στελέχη των Δημοκρατικών φοβούνται ότι κάτι τέτοιο θα συσπείρωνε την βάση των Ρεπουμπλικανών εν όψει των προεδρικών εκλογών του 2020 και προτιμούν να νικήσουν τον Τραμπ στην κάλπη.

 (με πληροφορίες από ΑΠΕ, Washington Post)

          Pelosi Trump-ın impiçmentinə qarşıdır      Cache   Translate Page      
ABŞ-ın aparıcı demokrat konqresmeni deyir ki, Prezident Donald Trump-ın impiçment olunması cəhdlərinə qarşıdır, o, “sadəcə buna layiq deyil”. Nümayəndələr Palatasının lideri olan Nancy Pelosi bunu martın 11-də “The Washington Post” qəzetinin dərc etdiyi müsahibədə deyib. “Trump-ın impiçment olunmasına tərəfdar deyiləm”, – o söyləyib.  “Bunu məcbur edən, labüd, hər iki partiyanın dəstəklədiyi məsələ çıxmazsa, fikrimcə, bu yolla getməməliyik,...
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Brian O'Donovan, Washington Correspondent, gives details of the arrest of MMA star Conor McGregor in Miami last night
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Toronto (42-22-5) is in third place in the Atlantic Division and is 8-2-0 in its last 10 home games. The only losses came to Washington and Tampa Bay.
          Tom McCraw (#141)      Cache   Translate Page      
Here is Tom McCraw, during his last season before becoming the White Sox’ every-day 1st baseman.

Tom was signed by the White Sox in 1960 and played in the minors for 3 ½ seasons before making his major-league debut in June 1963.

In his first 4 seasons, he platooned at 1st base (initially with Joe Cunningham, then Moose Skowron) while also getting in some games in the outfield.

During the first few weeks of the 1967 season, Skowron was traded to the Angels, so McCraw was the every-day first-sacker for the next 2 seasons, starting over 110 games there each season, and a few dozen more in the outfield.

After a few seasons, Gail Hopkins and then Carlos May took over that spot, so McCraw was traded to the Senators in early-1971 for outfielder Ed Stroud (who had begun his career with the Sox a few years earlier).  On September 30th, he made the final out in the Washington Senators’ franchise final game.

McCraw played for 13 years, the first 8 with Chicago. After that, he bounced around frequently. Following only 1 season in Washington, he moved on to the Indians (1972), Angels (1973-74), and back to the Indians (July ’74).

Tom played his last game on 6/24/75, and was released a week later, ending his career.

After his playing days, he spent 23 seasons as a batting coach for the Indians, Giants, Orioles, Astros, Mets, Expos, and Nationals.
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          Jim Hannan (#479)      Cache   Translate Page      
Jim Hannan had a surprisingly long (to me) career, pitching 9 seasons for the Senators from 1962-70, then his final 1971 season split between the Tigers and Brewers. I first became aware of him when I got his 1967 card that year, and always forgetting if his last name was "Hannan" or "Hannah".

Jim was signed by the Red Sox prior to the 1961 season, and after 1 year was lost to the Senators in the minor-league draft. (Sounds a lot like the Glenn Beckert story!)

He made his big-league debut with the Sens in April 1962.  Although spending much of May in the minors, he pitched in 42 games (all but 3 in relief) for Washington during his rookie season.

Hannan started the 1963 season with the Nats, but after 5 relief appearances, he was sent down in early-May, only returning in September.

This MLB/AAA yo-yo ride continued for most of Hannan's career. After playing the entire '64 season with the Senators (49 games, 7 starts), he spent most of 1965 in triple-A, making 30 starts for Hawaii and only 5 games (1 start) for the Senators.

1966? Jim played for the Senators the entire season, splitting his time between the rotation and the bullpen. 1967 was a repeat of his 1965 season – mostly pitching for triple-A Hawaii. (Hey, if you have to be in the minors, that's the place to be!)

The 1968 season was the reverse of '67. Hannan started the season with 7 starts in AAA (this time in cold Buffalo, not sunny Hawaii), then in late-May was recalled to Washington (for good, as it turned out). Jim started 22 games for the Nats and relieved in 3 others.

He was now a regular member of the rotation for the '68 and '69 seasons. (I don’t know if he improved, or the staff in general slipped. He DID have his highest strikeout totals in those 2 years, as well as some of his lowest ERA numbers.)

With the Senators' acquisition of George Brunet prior to the 1970 season, Hannan spent most of that year in the bullpen, only starting 17 of his 42 games (most of them in July and August). He was the #2 man behind closer Darold Knowles.

After the 1970 season, Hannan was traded to the Tigers (with pitcher Joe Coleman, shortstop Ed Brinkman, and 3rd baseman Aurelio Rodriguez) for pitchers Denny McLain and Norm McRae, 3rd baseman Don Wert, and outfielder Elliott Maddox. (This deal seems like a bust for the Senators!)

Jim only lasted 5 weeks with Detroit. After only 7 games (11 innings) he was flipped to the Brewers in mid-May for pitcher John Gelnar and outfielder Jose Herrera. Hannan compiled a 1-1 record in 21 games over the rest of the season, then was released on December 31st. (Happy New Year!)
          UPDATE 2-Wells Fargo CEO draws bipartisan ire in U.S. Congress hearing      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON, March 12- Democratic and Republican lawmakers pressed Wells Fargo& Co Chief Executive Tim Sloan for proof that the bank has moved past a string of customer abuse scandals at a tense hearing in Congress on Tuesday. A nervous Wall Street is keen to see how hostile the panel will be towards the industry. Fellow rookie Katie Porter likewise built her...
          The Post (Los oscuros secretos del pentágono)      Cache   Translate Page      

Todos los días ocurren noticias cruciales, todos los años aparecen películas que celebran una forma distinta de heroísmo. Somos las víctimas de la indiferencia que produce nuestros hábitos. Una sombra de esa indiferenciaalcanza a caer sobre la estimable The Post  (subtitulada Los oscuros secretos del Pentágono). Un filme cuya relevancia inicialmente parece provenir del modo en que  la historia del pasado hace eco en la del presente. El largometraje de Steven Spielberg no se queda ahí, por fortuna. Se concentra en mostrar los conflictos de personajes que protagonizan la noticia crucial sobre la que gira la película. Aquí podemos recurrir a Ricardo Piglia y la distinción que hacía entre relato visible y relato secreto: todo cuento narra ambos, todo cuento narra dos historias. Una explícita que sigue los hechos concretos tal como se muestran, otra interior, que sin decirlo va a sumar pistas para darle verosimilitud al giro con que concluya el cuento. En otras palabras, el relato visible en el filme de Spielberg muestra como The Washington Post  decidió revelar documentos que evidenciaban un plan sistemático de ocultamiento por parte del gobierno en torno a la guerra de Vietnam. El relato secreto se contenta, por ejemplo, con presentar la manera en que Kay (Meryl Streep) decide enfrentar sus propias inseguridades y hacerse dueña de un periódico del que ya lo es. Paradójicamente, este segundo relato salva el filme de ser un redundante canto al heroísmo.

Clásico como es Spielberg (de nuevo según las tesis de Piglia), en The Post nos da indicios de ambos relatos y los resuelve atando todos los hilos. Pero mientras la historia secreta resulta perspicaz y precisa, la otra parece casi irrelevante. El director norteamericano da muestras de estar más interesado en una introspección de la que antes apenas había dado señales. Hay incluso imágenes geniales en la película en ese sentido: Ben Bagdikian (Bob Odenkirk), uno de los reporteros del Post cuya fuente le suministra la filtración del gobierno, contacta a su fuente desde una cabina telefónica fuera del edificio del periódico. Al hacerlo, vemos la imagen distorsionada del personaje en el reflejo del teléfono metálico (acaso un correlato del proceso interior del personaje). La historia visibleno es tan satisfactoria. Un recuento académico (por académico, digo Oscars) de un heroísmo que debemos admirar. The Post vive así dos suertes distintas: por un lado, se trata de una inesperada historia sobre individuos que en medio de la adversidad deciden sortear sus miedos; por otro, celebra casi acartonadamente los ideales nobles de una nación compleja que a un tiempo los proclama y contradice.

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Suing CNN is a good idea: “CNN was probably more vicious in its direct attacks on Nicholas than The Washington Post. And CNN goes into millions of individuals’ homes,” attorney L. Lin Wood said this weekend on Fox News. “They Continue reading →
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Venezuela, blaming U.S. for six-day blackout, orders diplomats to leave"The presence on Venezuelan soil of these officials represents a risk for the peace, unity and stability of the country," the government said in a statement, after talks broke down over maintaining diplomatic ties between the two countries. Chief Prosecutor Tarek Saab said on Tuesday he was asking Venezuela's pro-Maduro Supreme Court to open an investigation into opposition leader Juan Guaido for participating in the alleged "sabotage." Washington has taken the lead in recognizing Guaido as Venezuela's rightful president after the 35-year-old congress chief declared himself interim president in January, calling Maduro's 2018 re-election a fraud. The United States has implemented a raft of sanctions to put pressure on Maduro, and the U.S. special envoy on Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, said on Tuesday that Washington was prepared to impose "very significant" additional sanctions in the coming days against financial institutions deemed to be supporting Maduro's government.

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U.S. plans 'very significant' additional Venezuela sanctions: officialAbrams did not elaborate on the fresh measures but his warning came a day after the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on Russian bank Evrofinance Mosnarbank for helping Venezuelan state oil firm PDVSA evade U.S. financial restrictions. Abrams said Washington was also preparing to withdraw more U.S. visas from Venezuelans with close ties to President Nicolas Maduro. Washington has taken the lead in recognizing opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful president after the 35-year-old Congress chief declared Maduro's 2018 re-election a fraud and announced an interim presidency in January.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A member of the United Cyber Caliphate, an affiliate of the Daesh terror group, has been arrested and charged with recruiting terrorists and publishing lists of people for Daesh devotees to kill, the US Department of Justice announced in a press release on Tuesday.
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The Trump administration's threats to withhold intelligence from Germany are rooted in the fact that Washington has no other means to bend Berlin to its will, Jude Woodward, author of "The US vs China: Asia's New Cold War?" tells Sputnik.
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Senate Commerce Committee will begin an investigation of two deadly crashes of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in the past five months, Senator Ted Cruz announced on Tuesday.
          Comment on Littwin: Hick’s longshot argument — Colorado comity actually beats Washington dysfunction by Jay      Cache   Translate Page      
Anyone else see Hick's dumpster fire of a press tour this weekend?!? Holy No-Interview-Prep Batman, that did not go well.
          Comment on Littwin: Hick’s longshot argument — Colorado comity actually beats Washington dysfunction by Jay      Cache   Translate Page      
You need to lay off the Fox and put down the tinfoil. There have been indictments. Want some more? Wait until Friday. Trump has never enjoyed the support of the majority of there's no conspiracy at work here...just common sense. You don't get it. You're the authoritarian extremist tyranny of the minority that the country is worried about, not the other way around.
          ISU ABE alum Norman Friedrich nationally recognized by Natural Resources Conservation Services      Cache   Translate Page      
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently selected Norman Friedrich, P.E., civil engineer, with the Iowa NRCS in West Union as the agency’s nominee for Federal Agency Engineer of the Year (FEYA). Friedrich was one of 32 finalists for the award which was announced Feb. 22 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
          Comment on Greene: Here’s how race played out in one of Colorado’s three capital convictions by Dudley Sharp      Cache   Translate Page      
Quite an interview, revealing much about the reporter and Dubler. I suspect the ignorance and stereotypes that Greene is referring to, is this: Dubler: “Most everything I know about black people is bad news: crime, gangs, drugs, teen pregnancies and absentee fathers, more young men in jail than in college." As many reporters and more folks know, these have been well known social realities for decades, routinely, seen in media reports, with blacks, disproportionately, affected I am not sure what the "uglier ignorance" Greene is alluding to. Can you tell us? Dubler's only, questionable reference is to blacks incarcerated population vs in college. The data was that such was true in 2000 and 2001, but not since. However, we have this: A Washington Post editorial published in June referenced a 2007 quote from then-Senator Barack Obama. In this quote, Obama stated that “we have more black men in prison than we have in our colleges.” Both, easily found. Hard to blame Dubler anymore than President Obama. No "uglier ignorance", here.  The ignorance would be, in fact, to reject what Dubler has stated, as Greene appears to do. The question is "Can a well informed person serve on a jury?  Generally, the answer is yes.  In this case, as in many, the question  is "Can "ugly stereotypes" be removed within jury deliberations?". The "ugly stereotype" is, correctly, used, by Greene. One may have accurate data on many social issues, but those cannot be applied to a defendant, or any other persons, when deliberating in cases. One must deal, only, with the law and the facts in that case and deal with issues, individually, not part of a group. Dubler: “I do not feel any racism in my heart. Yet I have to admit that when I would encounter a black man on the street, my pace would quicken, and I would go on a heightened sense of alert.” Look at that, in this context: Jesse Jackson:"There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.... After all we have been through. Just to think we can't walk down our own streets, how humiliating." (1). "Ugly stereotypes" by Dubler, Jackson and Obama, are what Ray's counsel are concerned with, not in the public square, but, specifically, within the context of jury deliberation. Those concerns will be weighed by the judiciary, all of whom know that all jurors and potential jurors, as all of us,  have biases, life experiences with different perspectives which, by themselves, do not, necessarily, keep one from serving on a jury, as long as that potential  juror can deliberate in a fair, impartial fashion, considering only the facts of the case and the law applied, thereto. Dubler asserts he had no racial bias in deliberations and with Greene knowing that Dubler's facts were accurate, not "uglier ignorance", and that many reporters and potential jurors share that same knowledge, should they all be excluded from jury duty? Greene writes: "In the meantime, concerns about how the death penalty is pursued in Colorado have grown with a University of Denver Law School study showing that defendants of color are five times more likely to face capital prosecution than those who are white. Of the 22 capital cases tried from 1999 to 2010, the research found, only two were against white defendants." Sharp: Does that 11:1 ratio surprise Greene? Probably. But only because of ignorance. If fact checking/vetting was present, the national data shows this: For the White–Black comparisons, the Black level is 12.7 times greater than the White level for homicide, 15.6 times greater for robbery, 6.7 times greater for rape, and 4.5 times greater for aggravated assault (2) As robbery/murder is, by far, the most common death penalty eligible murder, the multiples will/may be even greater. No one would be surprised by a 11:1 ratio.  With the crimes of  robbery with injury, blacks are 21 times more likely to be involved in such crimes as are whites. This 21:1 ratio represents 1.4 million black offender(s)/white victim vs. 68,000 white offender(s)/black victim for robbery with injury crimes (Sharp, using BJS, 1977-84 data). (2) Statistically, there will be an equal ratio  of those injured who will die, meaning the same ration, 21:1, will represent the most common capital murder, robbery/murders.  No one would be surprised by an 11:1 ratio.
          Criticism of FAA mounts as other nations ground Boeing jets      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is facing mounting criticism for backing the airworthiness of Boeing's 737 Max jets as the number of countries that have...
          Paul Manafort, After Receiving 47 Month Sentence, To Learn Punishment In D.C. Case      Cache   Translate Page      
President Trump's onetime campaign chairman Paul Manafort is due back in federal court on Wednesday for sentencing in his criminal case in Washington, D.C. The hearing in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia comes less than a week after Manafort was sentenced to just under four years in prison in a federal case in Virginia. Manafort's appearance for sentencing in D.C. on Wednesday could then close out his two-year fight with Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller. One question that continues to hang over this saga, though, is whether the president might neutralize whatever sentence Manafort receives by deciding to pardon him — a move that Trump himself has refused to rule out . NPR via / YouTube Tax and fraud case over. Onto conspiracy One front of Manafort's legal battle concluded last week in Virginia, where a federal judge sentenced him to 47 months in federal prison and ordered him to pay $25 million in restitution. A jury there convicted him last year of
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NATO's Stoltenberg invited to address U.S. Congress April 3House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited Stoltenberg to speak to a joint meeting of the House of Representatives and Senate on April 3, as the alliance celebrates its 70th anniversary. Trump has questioned the value to Washington of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and many lawmakers see honoring Stoltenberg as a chance to reaffirm the American commitment to the alliance. "During this critical time for the United States, NATO and the European Union, the U.S. Congress and the American people look forward to your message of friendship and partnership, as we work together to strengthen our critical alliance and advance a future of peace around the world," Pelosi said in a letter to Stoltenberg on Monday.

          Forbes sugiere que #Washington ordenó ciberataque contra #Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      
Un colaborador de la revista Forbes, Kalev Leetaru, afirmó que “es muy realista” pensar que el gobierno de los Estados Unidos efectivamente lanzó un ataque cibernético contra el complejo hidroeléctrico Guri, lo que ocasionó el apagón. “La idea de que un Estado … Seguir leyendo
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alexander County Commissioners Jeff Peal, Marty Pennell, Ronnie Reese, and Larry Yoder, along with County Manager Rick French, joined nearly 2,000 other county leaders in Washington, D.C. for the National Association of Counties (NACo) annual … Read More

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Nonchalantly, Washington manager Dave Martinez made official on Monday what most already assumed - ace Max Scherzer will be the first to get the ball for the Nationals. Last year, the duo finished 1-2 in the voting, with deGrom claiming his first trophy. Martinez made the announcement after Scherzer surrendered three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out two in 6 1/3 innings against St. Louis.
          Lawmakers rip into T-Mobile CEO John Legere over Trump hotel stays      Cache   Translate Page      
Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday tore into a visibly uncomfortable John Legere, the chief executive of T-Mobile, over his decision to stay at President Donald Trump's hotel in Washington while his company seeks government approval...
          Jay Inslee’s insightful comments on white privilege and discrimination      Cache   Translate Page      
The Washington state governor shows how a white candidate can talk intelligently about identity and race.
          Republicans are trying to make ‘Jexodus’ happen, but most Jews still vote Democratic      Cache   Translate Page      
Polling data and experts interviewed by The Washington Post do not show a Jewish exodus from the Republican Party in the Trump years.
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Trump administration preparing to close international immigration offices  The Washington PostTrump Administration Plans to Close Key Immigration Operations Abroad  The New York TimesView full coverage on Google News
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Church Sues Washington State for Forcing It to Pay for Abortion Coverage  The New American

A church is suing the state of Washington over a law forcing the church to pay for abortion coverage as part of the employee health plan it offers. Cedar Park ...

          Wenonah Hauter: Trump's Budget Serves Industry Profits at the Expense of Our Health - YubaNet      Cache   Translate Page      
Wenonah Hauter: Trump's Budget Serves Industry Profits at the Expense of Our Health  YubaNet

Washington, D.C. March 11, 2019 – Today the Trump administration released its proposed 2020 budget, with steep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency ...

          What Happens When Communities Say No to Solar and Wind? Nontraditional alliances are forming to defeat projects.      Cache   Translate Page      
I had coffee with my landlord—Mark— the other day. He asked me about an article in the Washington Post (WaPo). The piece was about environmental advocates opposing the site of a solar farm that is to provide Georgetown University with up to half its electric needs. He was surprised by the conflict and said he naturally assumed that solar..

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CEBN members discuss their work and the importance of federal investment in energy innovation On March 12-13, 2019, 12 energy innovators from the Clean Energy Business Network are in Washington DC to showcase their innovative energy technologies to federal and state lawmakers. All of these businesses have helped bring new technologies to market through partnerships with the..

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          Pasca-Jatuhnya Ethiopian Airlines, AS Semakin Ditekan untuk Kandangkan Boeing 737 MAX      Cache   Translate Page, Washington DC - Boeing dan otoritas penerbangan Amerika Serikat (AS) semakin ditekan untuk kandangkan pesawat seri 737 MAX, di mana Uni Eropa dan banyak negara lain menghentikan operasional burung besi tersebut pasca-tragedi jatuhnya Ethiopian Airlines pada Minggu 10 Maret.

Regulator, maskapai penerbangan, dan pabrikan AS semakin terisolasi dalam menjaga agar pesawat itu aman. Pada hari Selasa, Boeing menegaskan kembali keyakinannya bahwa 737 MAX memiliki "kepercayaan penuh" pada keselamatannya, demikian sebagaimana dikutip dari The Guardian pada Rabu (13/3/2019).

Tetapi reaksi global terhadap kecelakaan fatal Ethiopian Airlines ET 302, yang menewaskan seluruh 157 orang di dalamnya, menambah tekanan pada Boeing dan Otoritas Penerbangan Federal AS (FAA) untuk bertindak.

Setidaknya 27 maskapai telah menerbangkan MAX, dan lebih dari setengah dari 350 pesawat yang beroperasi saat ini ditangguhkan sementara operasional.

Dalam sebuah pernyataan resmi, Boeing mengatakan: "Kami memahami bahwa badan pengawas dan pelanggan telah membuat keputusan yang mereka yakini paling tepat untuk pasar domestik mereka. Kami akan terus terlibat memastikan mereka memiliki informasi yang diperlukan, guna memiliki kepercayaan diri dalam mengoperasikan armada mereka."

Boeing berencana untuk memperbarui perangkat lunak MAX dan mengubah kontrol penerbangan serta panduan pelatihan.

Saat ini, tercatat hampir 40 persen dari total pemesanan 371 unit Boeing 737 MAX telah diterbangkan secara global, lapor publikasi industri Flightglobal, termasuk 97 pesawat di pasar terbesar di dunia, China.

Negeri Tirai Bambu sendiri menjadi negara pertama yang menghentikan sementara seluruh operasional Boeing 737 MAX, sehari setelah Ethiopian Airlines jatuh beberapa saat pasca-lepas landas dari Bandara Internasional Bole di Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


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Kekhawatiran meluas akibat jatuhnya Ethiopian Airlines membuat miliaran dolar AS hilang dari nilai pasar saham Boeing.

Saham pabrikan pesawat terbesar di dunia itu anjlok drastis pada hari Selasa, ketika banyak regulator internasional bergerak melawan 737 MAX.

Selain itu, intervensi Presiden AS Donald Trump di Twitter juga turut mempengaruhi jatuhnya nilai saham Boeing.

Trump mengetwit: "Produsen selalu berusaha untuk melangkah lebih jauh, ketika sering kali yang berusia tua dan sederhana jauh lebih baik. Dibutuhkan keputusan sepersekian detik, dan kerumitan menciptakan bahaya. Semua ini memakan biaya besar, namun sangat sedikit meraih keuntungan."

Presiden AS ke-45 itu menambahkan: "Saya tidak ingin Albert Einstein menjadi pilot saya. Saya ingin profesional penerbangan yang diizinkan untuk dengan mudah dan cepat mengendalikan pesawat!"

Setelah twit tersebut, Trump bertemu dengan kepala eksekutif Boeing, Dennis Muilenburg, dalam percakapan pertama yang diketahui di antara mereka sejak kecelakaan pesawat Ethiopian Airlines.

Sementara itu, maskapai yang mengoperasikan Boeing 737 MAX 8 telah dibanjiri pertanyaan dari penumpang yang khawatir pasca-jatuhnya Ethiopian Airlines pada hari Minggu, di mana banyak yang menuntut untuk mengetahui jenis pesawat yang akan mereka naiki, dan hak mereka untuk membatalkan berdasarkan hal tersebut.

          Michael Avenatti says he no longer represents Stormy Daniels      Cache   Translate Page      

Michael Avenatti says he no longer represents Stormy DanielsWASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Avenatti, who became famous as the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, said Tuesday that he no longer represents the porn actress who alleged she had an affair with President Donald Trump.

           Comment on NWMLS: Home prices are falling and inventory is soaring, but pending sales are bouncing back by uwp       Cache   Translate Page      
By <a href='#comment-279391' rel="nofollow">Justme @ 876</a>:<blockquote>Selective forgetfulness is a key attribute of being a successful bubble propagandists. Forget that population estimates based in OFM or WDL have holes so big that you could drive a truck through them. </blockquote> What would you like to use? We have the US Census, done every 10 years along with their annual estimates, or the annual WA State OFM estimates. They both generally line up: for the last 5 years Seattle has grown faster than King County, which has grown faster than Washington state, which has grown faster than the United States as a whole. Are you arguing that it is not growing?<div class="comment-remix-meta"><!-- --><a href="#" class="replyto" onclick="replyto('279403','uwp',''); return false;">Reply</a> — <a href="#" class="quote" onclick="quote('279403','uwp','By <a href=\'#comment-279391\' rel=\"nofollow\">Justme @ 876<\/a>:<blockquote>Selective forgetfulness is a key attribute of being a successful bubble propagandists. Forget that population estimates based in OFM or WDL have holes so big that you could drive a truck through them. <\/blockquote>\r\n\r\nWhat would you like to use?\r\n\r\nWe have the US Census, done every 10 years along with their annual estimates, or the annual WA State OFM estimates. They both generally line up: for the last 5 years Seattle has grown faster than King County, which has grown faster than Washington state, which has grown faster than the United States as a whole. \r\n\r\nAre you arguing that it is not growing?',''); return false;">Quote</a></div>
          Vos' "no tax" blockade on Wisconsin's future.       Cache   Translate Page      
The message has been mindlessly simple for years; cut taxes, cut spending, it's our money not the governments...etc! The conservative vision of government never made any real world sense.

What Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republicans have been pushing is another version of The Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR). It's meant to create a crippling effect, an arbitrary spending limit, so Republicans can put the state economy into fiscal paralysis for years. What ever happened to "spending money to make money?" Reinvesting it in our economy, paying down debt, and upgrading a crumbling infrastructure is not their thing. 

The GOP's ratcheting down effect starts with the idea that extra budget revenue is excess, and has to be sent back, what Republicans claim "is your money, not the governments." That's what happened when George W. Bush, who was lucky enough to have inherited a balanced budget from Bill Clinton, took "surpluses as far as the eye could see" and passed them out as tax cuts instead of paying down the nation debt...which approaching $20 trillion. 

And the Trump tax cut? We now know that none of the following predictions panned out:
The most substantial tax overhaul since the Reagan years has sparked ... at least 285 companies announcing wage increases, bonuses, and higher 401(k) matches for 3 million workers. Utility companies are reducing rates in response to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
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Reductions in taxes deepen the amount of government debt and increase the leverage of the wealthy over any nations politics. Such tax cuts also straight-jacket government, reducing its ability to deliver the expected goods to popular majorities. Moreover, hikes in taxes and fees paid by the working classes are used to make up for tax reductions on the wealthy. Therefore, the more many Americans pay, the less they seem to get in return, fueling their increasing distrust and disgruntlement about the role of government in their lives. 
The GOP's Far Right Freeloader Class is Proud of their "Pay Later" Policies: Assembly leader Robin Vos continues to deny the voters changing priorities. In this video clip from Upfront, Vos' "no tax" obsession defies common sense and debate, straitjacketing the state's ability to move forward. But it does preserves the GOP's political ideology in amber, just like those pesky prehistoric insects.

There's an answer to "there's not enough money in the checkbook;" stop cutting taxes and reinvest now. While some are discussing a "basic income" for future generations that will be paid less and lack benefits, Vos is blissfully unaware of these concerns, all the while strapping our kids with even higher taxes. But then it's not his problem:

Note: Vos claims "I would prefer tax cut for everyone who pays taxes." Well, Gov. Evers' proposal to cut just the middle class tax bracket would also go to the wealthy, so Vos Republicans continue to mislead their constituents playing them for suckers. Remember when we found out rich Mitt Romney paid an effective tax rate of 14 percent tax.

I think someone can't get over his party losing the governors race. Wisconsinites now want to try it Evers' way. 

          Washington Post: France nominated a gay French Moroccan for Eurovision      Cache   Translate Page      

PARIS — The flight to Tel Aviv was preparing for takeoff when Bilal Hassani, France’s Eurovision nominee, accepted a handset from the flight attendants. Read the full story here.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The consequences of the opioid epidemic are significant, from the pain and personal suffering of families to reducing America’s life expectancy. Real solutions require collaborative approaches, including prioritizing non-opioid therapies and improving comprehensive addiction treatment. That’s why America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) has released two new sets of strategies: to help manage […]
          US will not accept 'incremental' disarmament, insists envoy to North Korea      Cache   Translate Page      

US will not accept 'incremental' disarmament, insists envoy to North KoreaStephen Biegun, the United States envoy to Pyongyang has stressed that Washington will not settle for the incremental disarmament of North Korea and that it is aiming for complete denuclearisation by the end of US President Donald Trump’s first term in 2021.  “We are not going to do denuclearisation incrementally,” Mr Biegun told a conference in Washington hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in his first comments since the failed summit between Mr Trump and Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam, last month.  Mr Biegun insisted that sanctions would not be lifted unless Pyongyang completely eliminated its nuclear weapons, stressing that it was Washington’s goal to achieve this within the current administration.  "We stand by the expectation that if we fully mobilise our resources ... we could align ourselves in a manner sufficient to achieve this in something approaching a year," he said. His statements marked a reversal from previous pronouncements emerging from the White House, with analysts warning that the hardening of the US position is an unrealistic strategy that will end in further stalemate with Pyongyang.  Stephen Biegun, the US envoy to North Korea Credit: Ed Jones/AFP Ahead of the Hanoi meeting, Mr Trump had declared that he had “no pressing schedule” on denuclearisation. “As long as there is no [missile] testing, I’m in no rush,” he said.  Mr Biegun, meanwhile, had indicated in an speech at Stanford University at the end of January that the US was willing to take a more stage by stage approach to the issue – a policy favoured by Pyongyang.  “We have communicated to our North Korean counterparts that we are prepared to pursue – simultaneously and in parallel – all of the commitments our two leaders made in their joint statement at Singapore last summer,” he said, referring to the two leaders’ first meeting in the city-state last June.  Their second summit in Hanoi in late February ended abruptly without any kind of deal.  The Hanoi summit started out well but ended abruptly with no deal Credit: Evan Vucci/AP Mr Trump said that Kim had insisted all economic sanctions were lifted before he agreed to give up his entire nuclear arsenal – a position he could not accept. “Sometimes you just have to walk,” he said. However, Ri Yong Ho, the North Korean foreign minister, countered that Pyongyang had only requested “partial relief” on sanctions enacted between 2016 and 2017, and had offered a “realistic proposal” to dismantle uranium enrichment facilities in return.   The talks ended on friendly terms, but North Korea has since shown frustration at the collapse of the summit, with the state-run Rodong Sinmun commenting that the public “are feeling regretful, blaming the US for the summit that ended without an agreement.” In a more alarming development, experts at California’s Middlebury Institute of International Studies, said last week that satellite images suggested that Pyongyang could be preparing to launch a missile or space rocket.  In response to questions about what the signs of activity at rocket launch facilities meant, Mr Biegun replied: “The short answer is: we don’t know.” He added that “the door remains open” for further negotiations. “Nothing can be agreed until everything’s agreed,” he said.  Nuclear and North Korea analysts expressed scepticism about his statements.  “Biegun: “Nothing can be agreed until everything can be agreed.” – a losing strategy,” tweeted Jenny Town, a Korea specialist at the Stimson Centre, a Washington think tank.  Others commented that the insistence on full denuclearisation before the lifting of any sanctions would create a bottleneck with Pyongyang, which has consistently argued for reciprocal concessions.  “If we don’t move off this position, we have nowhere to go,” Vipin Narang, a MIT nuclear expert, told Vox. “There’s no zone of agreement if we insist on everything — I mean everything, complete surrender — up front.”

          Nativity Essays: Meditation on Botticelli's Virgin Adoring the Child      Cache   Translate Page      

Nativity blogging
for the Season of Christmastide 2014-15:
Sandro Botticelli's
The Virgin Adoring the Child

The Virgin Adoring the Child by Sandro Botticelli,
1480/90, tempera on panel, 23 3/16 in. diameter,
Samuel H. Kress Collection,
National Gallery of Art

Christmas morning craziness is over but it’s still Christmastide, the twelve days of Christmas that stretch from the midnight announcement of Christmas day to the Epiphany arrival of the three Magi.  The Christmas company has departed.  Alone at last, Mary watches over her baby.  This is a part of Christmas, too.

I’m too introverted to be comfortable with the classic Nativity scenes.  They’re typically crowded with kings and their retinues, shepherds flocking down from the hills, angels on rooftops and dancing with the stars, and a stable-full of oxen and asses.  To find Mary and the baby, you have to search through all the turmoil.

The Adoration of the Kings by Sandro Botticelli,
1470-75, tempera on panel,
National Gallery, London
Painting in Florence and Rome in the late 15th century, Sandro Botticelli had a knack for crowded Nativity scenes.  In this early Botticelli Adoration of the Kings, I count more than 50 onlookers, a half-dozen horses, and a peacock (it’s on the wall on the right).  If it looks like a parade, that’s because Botticelli was almost certainly working from impressions of his hometown’s famous Brotherhood of the Magi pageants, known for their opulence.  A sense of wealth overwhelms the humbleness of the manger setting.

Technically, Botticelli’s early crowd scene is impressive, with its high-Renaissance mastery of architectural perspective and its varied portrait gallery.  Botticelli skillfully utilizes the tondo (round) format that was becoming popular at the time for paintings designed for private devotions.  But this crowded house isn’t what I crave from a Nativity scene.  For my private Nativity devotion, I prefer quiet, mystery, and a dash of expectant hope (the same elements I always hope for in a Christmas Eve service).

Botticelli’s Adoration of the Kings tondo came early in his career, perhaps one of his first works after finishing an apprenticeship with Fra Filippo Lippi in his early twenties.  As Botticelli matured—and his artistry became even more assured—he continued to paint Nativities, Magi scenes, and virgin-and-child images.  With some of his paintings, he started to pare the crowds back, placing more emphasis upon Mary and the baby.

Detail, The Virgin Adoring the Child
by Sandro Botticelli,
National Gallery of Art
In The Virgin Adoring the Child at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, painted circa 1490 when Botticelli was around 45 years old, the Nativity is reduced to its barest essentials:  Mary and child.  Even Joseph is absent.  The only intruders into this pastoral scene are a discreet ox and donkey, content to keep to the shadows.

Mary crosses her hands in a traditional sign of resignation to the will of God.  As in all of Botticelli’s mature works, Mary expresses a sadness that acknowledges an awareness of her son’s destiny.  Jesus’ sacrifice is hers as well.  Her sorrow will continue unabated through the lamentation and Pieta depictions of Mary cradling the body of the crucified Jesus.  In birth and in death, the figure of Mary calls us to contemplation of the fragility of humanity.

Exquisitely framed by a ruined stable wall, this Botticelli tondo is a triumph of personal devotion imagery.  We are asked to enter into the spirit of Mary.  The world is quiet, the child calls to us, and we respond with grace.  Above, revealed in a corner of sky, the Star of Bethlehem still shines, trailing glory.

Detail, Virgin Adoring the Child
by Sandro Botticelli,
National Gallery of Art

Reference Sources

Botticelli by Barbara Deimling
Botticelli: The Artist and His Works by Silvia Malaguzzi
Gardner’s Art Through the Ages by Fred S. Kleiner and Christin J. Mamiya

© 2014 Lee Price

          Annunciation Essays: Meditation on Robert Campin’s Mérode Altarpiece      Cache   Translate Page      

Annunciation blogging
for Advent 2014:
The Mérode Altarpiece
by the Workshop of Robert Campin

Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece)
Workshop of Robert Campin (Netherlandish, ca. 1375-1444, Tournai)
Date:  Circa 1427-32
Oil on oak, 25 3/8 x 46 3/8 in. (open)
The Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Cloisters Collection, 1956

One day, God sent an angel to carry a message to a young woman in Nazareth.  In the painting above, we see a depiction of the scene.  The artists offer a 15th century Netherlandish interpretation of the story of the Annunciation as related by the evangelist Luke in the first chapter of his gospel.  For us today, as well as for people who lived in the Netherlands nearly 600 years ago, the Biblical story is far removed from present experience.  To enter the scene requires an act of sympathetic imagination.

The early Netherlandish artists were poets of the imagination.  In their extraordinarily beautiful works, time and space are collapsed.  Past, present, and future merge together into one; a house in Nazareth becomes a house in Belgium which stands for a house anywhere… everywhere.  Through contemplation of their paintings, viewers are invited to enter into the scenes as part of the work of devout meditation.

Detail, right panel of
the Merode Altarpiece
by the Workshop of
Robert Campin.
The Metropolitan
Museum of Art,
The Cloisters Collection.
Standing prayerfully before the Mérode Altarpiece, a masterpiece of early Netherlandish art by Robert Campin and his workshop, you might consider the perspective of the donors on the left, Joseph on the right, or Mary front and center.  Each perspective would offer different avenues for exploration of the painting and its themes.  In the left panel, the contemporary donors approach the story reverently but are forever kept at a distance—they are outsiders gifted with a view of the miraculous, once removed.  In the right panel, Joseph models a conscientious, methodical approach to the task at hand (the task being the work of salvation).  These characters are models meant to encourage us.  It is good to be like a reverent, wealthy donor.  It is good to be a diligent worker like Joseph.

But on a much grander scale, Campin calls for everyone, regardless of gender, to identify with Mary in the magnificent center panel of the triptych.  Her unexpected meeting with the angel Gabriel has cosmic implications; everything on earth and in heaven will hinge on her response.  She has the freedom to say, “I am the handmaid of the Lord” or, conversely, she has the freedom to say, “remove this cup from me,” as Jesus would later consider requesting in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Perhaps she even has freedom to decline to acknowledge the presence of the angel in the room—to continue reading her book, her eyes fixed on the expected rather than the unexpected.

When Campin and his workshop artists painted this triptych in the early 15th century, there was a religious movement in the land called Devotio Moderna, a turn toward a set of monastic-based practices of humility, obedience, and simplicity.  It was a pre-Protestant critique of the wealth and empire of the dominant Catholic culture, offering a deep spirituality accessible to the growing middle class.  As part of the rather mystic approach of Devotio Moderna, Christians were called to meditate on Biblical scenes as if they were inside them—to imaginatively converse and interact with the characters within the scenes.

Detail, center panel of the Merode Altarpiece
by the Workshop of Robert Campin.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art,
The Cloisters Collection.
Some art historians believe that the early Netherlandish artists like Robert Campin intentionally created some of their artworks to serve as instruments for meditation in the new Devotio Moderna style.  Deep in reverent prayer, you enter the scene.  The time that separates you by 2,000 years from an ancient—and seemingly irrecoverable—reality becomes meaningless.  The deep past is no further away than the second that just passed.  Similarly, the vast distance that separates you from Nazarethbecomes meaningless.  It is all holy space.

The moment is now, in Nazareth twenty centuries ago.  The moment is now, a cloudy day in Belgium six centuries ago.  The moment is now, experiencing the painting in The Cloisters in Washington Heights, New York City.  The moment is now, wherever you are.

There’s an angel in the room.

Campin, assisted by his workshop of talented artists, invites the viewer to look up and greet the miraculous.  And he implicitly challenges the viewer to respond as Mary would:

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.”
Luke 1: 46-48

Reference Sources

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection Online
The New Oxford Annotated Bible, Revised Standard Version
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis, translated by William C. Creasy

© 2014 Lee Price

          Celebrities among several charged in 'largest college admissions scam' in US      Cache   Translate Page      

Washington, March 13 (IANS) US federal prosecutors have charged nearly 50 people in a scam where the wealthy paid to have their children admitted to elite schools.

US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling told a press conference in Boston on Tuesday that the case was "largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted," saying those charged collaborated to send students to top tier US universities with bribe, Xinhua news agency reported.

The scam, which started in 2011, saw a total of USD 25 million paid as bribe. Lelling said among those charged are three scam organisers, 33 parents, nine coaches, two SAT and ACT administrators, one exam proctor and one college administrator.

Those charged included Hollywood actresses, wealthy business people and a Lawyer, a list of those charged provided by Lelling's office showed.

A company named the Edge College and Career Network acted as a conduit for parents to bribe to test administrators or school sports coaches, who would assist their children in gaining undeserved admission to prestigious universities, including Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, the University of Texas and University of Southern California, according to a statement released by Lelling's office.



          Hospitalist Physician - PERM - near Yakima, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
Posted on: 2019-03-12

Position: Hospitalist
Location: Washington

Duration: Permanent Position

Shift: 12 hour shifts

Licensure: BC in IM


MedPartners Locum Tenens is becoming MPLT Healthcare! We are looking for physicians who Understand the Urgency, Never Give Up, and Have the Courage to Excel in the forever changing medical industry! We currently have a unique opportunity for an experienced Hospitalist physicians with highly competitive pay rates available in Washington.

Position Details:

  • 12 hour shifts
  • Monday – Sunday
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  • Non-Invasive Vent Management
  • Acute
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          Psychiatrist- InPatient Adult      Cache   Translate Page      
Posted on: 2019-03-12

Psychiatrist- Inpatient Adult
Location: Washington, DC


MPLT Healthcare is currently looking for physicians who Understand the Urgency, Never Give Up, and Have the Courage to Excel in the forever changing medical industry! We have numerous opportunities for an experienced psychiatrist physician with highly competitive pay rates in Washington, DC.

Position Details:

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About MPLT Healthcare


MPLT Healthcare specializes in placing well-qualified physicians and advanced practice clinicians in locum, locum-to-perm and direct hire staff and leadership positions while making this process as seamless as possible for our clinicians and client facilities.


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          Career Litigation Associate Attorney - Connecticut-Stamford      Cache   Translate Page      
Stamford office of an AmLaw firm seeks career associate attorney with 1-3 years of litigation experience. The candidate will be serving in legal research, drafting pleadings and motions, conducting discovery and appearing in court as needed on behalf of banks, special servicers and other corporate clients involved in commercial foreclosure actions and other complex civil litigation. Must preferably have experience representing lenders in foreclosure actions and be familiar with Connecticut and New York rules of practice. CT and NY Bar Admissions are required.The candidate must have a superior academic record, excellent writing and communication skills, and the ability to work independently.This law firm was established over a century ago to provide a broad range of legal services. Their areas of practice include antitrust, immigration, real estate, healthcare, family law, business litigation, technology, energy, crisis management, and more. Their offices are located in Boston, New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Stamford, and Wilmington.
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          2019 College Intern - State of Ohio Jobs - Marietta, OH      Cache   Translate Page      
Primary Location: United States of America-OHIO-Washington County Work Locations: District 10 HQ 338 Muskingum Dr Marietta 45750 Organization: Transportation ... $11 - $14 an hour
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          3/12/2019: World: T      Cache   Translate Page      

aliban founder Mullah Omar lived within walking distance of US bases in Afghanistan for years, according to a new book that highlights embarrassing failures of American intelligence. Washington believed the one-eyed, fugitive leader had fled to...
          U.S. lawmakers at T-Mobile, Sprint hearing spar over stay at Trump hotel      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. lawmakers questioning the chief executives of T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp over their planned merger sparred with each other on Tuesday over T-Mobile's executives staying at President Donald Trump's hotel where they spent $195,000 while in Washington.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is facing mounting criticism for backing the airworthiness of Boeing’s 737 Max jets as the number of countries that have grounded the aircraft grows in the wake…
          New Pentagon transgender rule sets limits for troops      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department has approved a new policy that will largely bar most transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex, and require most individuals to serve in their birth…
          US to pull all remaining diplomatic staff from Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      

US to pull all remaining diplomatic staff from VenezuelaThe United States will withdraw all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Caracas as the crisis in Venezuela deepens, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said late Monday. The move worsens already tattered relations, with President Donald Trump having said he rules out no options including military intervention to oust President Nicolas Maduro as Washington monitors rapidly unfolding events in the oil-rich but crippled South American nation supported by Russia and China. The US has already imposed sanctions designed to choke off Venezuelan oil sales, the lifeblood of the leftist government in Caracas.

          Nancy Pelosi’s Threat to Free Speech      Cache   Translate Page      

Nancy Pelosi’s Threat to Free SpeechThe same Democrats outraged by Donald Trump’s alleged offenses against the First Amendment passed, as their first priority, a speech-restricting bill opposed by the American Civil Liberties Union.Trump shouldn’t call the media “the enemy of the people” or inveigh against Jeff Bezos for owning the Washington Post, but Nancy Pelosi’s H.R. 1, which passed the House last week, is the true affront to the Constitution.The wide-ranging legislation purports to reform campaign finance with a series of vague, sweeping measures that will act to chill speech when they don’t actively regulate or squelch it. H.R. 1 is called the For the People Act but would be more aptly titled the Be Careful What You Say, It Might Be Illegal Act.Progressives can’t abide the notion that people in this country get together to spend money on advocacy outside the purview of the government — in other words, freely promote their favored causes as befits a free people living in a free country.H.R. 1 cracks the whip. As the Institute for Free Speech points out, the current campaign-finance rules limit expenditures that expressly advocate for the election or defeat of a candidate, or refer to a candidate in public advertising shortly before an election. The idea is to have clear rules so groups can promote their views without fear of running afoul of federal regulations.H.R. 1 blows this regime up. It seeks to regulate any speech at any time that “promotes or supports the candidate, or attacks or opposes an opponent of the candidate,” a fuzzy standard that could catch up all manner of nonelectoral messages (e.g., “Trump’s tariffs are a mistake,” or “Support Trump’s wall”).H.R. 1 also widens the definition of coordination between a group and a candidate to encompass almost any communication. It’d still be permissible to discuss a candidate’s position on an issue, so long as there is no talk “regarding the candidate’s or committee’s campaign advertising, message, strategy, policy, polling, allocation of resources, fundraising, or other campaign activities.”Even if a group doesn’t coordinate with a candidate under this loose standard, it could still be deemed to have coordinated if it were founded by someone who goes on to become a candidate; relies on the professional services of someone who also did work for a candidate; or is run by someone who had conversations about a campaign with the relative of a candidate.On top of all this, H.R. 1 goes after the privacy of donors to advocacy organizations. It mandates the disclosure of the names and addresses of donors giving more than $10,000 to groups that engage in “campaign-related disbursements.” Given our toxic political environment, this would potentially subject the donors to harassment and abuse, and they might not even be aware of or support the communications in question.Supporters of H.R. 1 say it is necessary to rein in super PACs, the frightening-sounding organizations that aren’t as unregulated as everyone believes (the Federal Election Commission gets reports of their expenditures and contributions). But, as the Institute for Free Speech notes, the bill affects a much broader array of “trade associations, unions, business groups, and advocacy organizations, such as Planned Parenthood and the National Right to Life Committee.”Love them or hate them, these groups are part of the warp and woof of American public life, and they shouldn’t have to think twice before engaging in acts of persuasion that enrich and enliven our democracy, not corrupt it.The Supreme Court has long put an emphasis on bright lines in its campaign-finance jurisprudence exactly to avoid a chilling effect on advocacy. It has said that laws must be “both easily understood and objectively determinable.” The campaign-finance provisions of H.R. 1 are neither.What H.R. 1 makes abundantly clear is that the foremost threat to the First Amendment are the people who believe that there is something untoward about unregulated political speech and seek to bring it under control.© 2019 by King Features Syndicate

          Washington Memo: Mueller Report Has Washington Spinning (and It’s Not Even Filed)      Cache   Translate Page      
Like a becalmed ship in the dead air before a coming storm, the nation’s capital is waiting, and waiting, for the special counsel’s report.
          We Die Young      Cache   Translate Page      
Lucas, a 14-year-old boy inducted into the gang life in Washington D.C., is determined that his 10-year-old brother won’t follow the same path. When an Afghanistan war veteran comes into...
          What Pelosi Meant When She Said, of Impeaching Trump, “He’s Just Not Worth It”      Cache   Translate Page      
Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s comments to the Washington Post that she believes the effort to impeach President Donald Trump is “just not worth it.”
          The microblade was best for lacerated wounds      Cache   Translate Page      
University of Washington archaeologists have re-created and tested three types of stone-age spear tips: So Wood traveled to the area around Fairbanks, Alaska, and crafted 30 projectile points, 10 of each kind. She tried to stay as true to the original materials and manufacturing processes as possible, using poplar projectiles, and birch tar as an […]
          Britney Spears, The Musical?      Cache   Translate Page      
The show will have its world premiere this fall in Chicago at the James M. Nederlander Theatre. Previews begin in October. The show’s story centers on classic fairytale princesses like Cinderella and Snow White learning that being happy ever after may take some work. – Washington Post (AP)
          Pentágono dice que producirá sistema de misiles prohibido por INF      Cache   Translate Page      

El Departamento de Defensa de EE.UU. dice que iniciará la fabricación de partes de sistemas de misiles de crucero lanzados desde tierra, prohibidos por el INF.

El anuncio fue realizado el lunes por la portavoz del Departamento estadounidense de Defensa, Michelle Baldanza, quien dijo que el Pentágono fabricará los componentes de nuevos misiles de crucero lanzados desde tierra (GLCM, por sus siglas en inglés), en línea con la decisión del Gobierno de Washington de retirarse del Tratado de Fuerzas Nucleares de Alcance Intermedio (INF, por sus siglas en inglés).

“Comenzaremos las actividades de fabricación de los componentes para apoyar las pruebas del desarrollo de estos sistemas: actividades que hasta el 2 de febrero habrían sido incompatibles con nuestras obligaciones en virtud del tratado”, indicó la vocera del Pentágono, en declaraciones recogidas por el diario local The Hill.

Se trata de armas “convencionales y no nucleares”, afirmó Baldanza, que también señaló que “el estudio y el desarrollo están diseñados para ser reversibles”, por si Rusia se aviene al cumplimiento completo y verificable (del Tratado INF) antes de que salgamos del tratado en agosto de 2019”, agregó.

El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, anunció el 1 de febrero el inicio de un proceso de retirada —que durará un total de seis meses— del Tratado INF, suscrito en 1987 entre la extinta Unión de Repúblicas Socialistas Soviéticas (URSS) y Washington, acusando a Moscú de violar los términos del mismo.

Las autoridades rusas han negado en reiteradas ocasiones haber incumplido el convenio y acusan, a su vez, a EE.UU. de “ignorar” todas sus propuestas “constructivas” para salvar el acuerdo.

Mientras tanto, el Ministerio ruso de Defensa ha revelado mediante imágenes satelitales que Washington empezó a violar el Tratado INF en 2017, al iniciar los preparativos para la fabricación de misiles prohibidos por el referido pacto.

Moscú ha censurado, en un sinfín de ocasiones, el desprecio de Washington hacia los compromisos bilaterales e internacionales, y ha advertido que las ilusiones de Estados Unidos de dominar militarmente el mundo hacen que este se vuelva inseguro y elevan el peligro de que se produzcan enfrentamientos.
          Venezuela - USA wollen mit weiteren Sanktionen Druck auf Maduro erhöhen      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington sieht "Bedrohungen" für Guaidó durch Ermittlungen in dessen Heimat. Maduro ortet US-Cyberangriff
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Rusia anuncia su disposición para proveer alimentos y medicamentos a Venezuela sobre la base de contratos comerciales.

“Principalmente, estamos hablando de suministrar alimentos, materias primas para producir alimentos y medicamentos” a Venezuela, señaló el lunes el jefe del Comité de Asuntos Internacionales del Consejo de la Federación (Senado ruso), Konstantin Kosachev.

El funcionario ruso, que hizo estas declaraciones tras una reunión con el embajador venezolano en Moscú (capital rusa), Carlos Rafael Faría Tortosa, destacó el interés principal de Venezuela en recibir productos de los tres sectores mencionados.

De acuerdo con el alto titular ruso, el Gobierno venezolano está listo para firmar contratos comerciales sobre esas entregas, que no formarían parte de la ayuda humanitaria de Moscú a Caracas.

Los parlamentarios rusos, afirmó Kosachev, seguirán de cerca la situación y mantendrán contactos directos con las regiones de Rusia y los productores locales para acelerar el proceso.

Principalmente, estamos hablando de suministrar alimentos, productos agrícolas para producir alimentos y medicamentos”, señaló respecto a Venezuela el presidente del Comité de Asuntos Exteriores del Consejo de la Federación Rusa (el Senado), Konstantin Kosachev.

La vicepresidenta de Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, en una reunión en Moscú con el canciller ruso, Serguéi Lavrov, remarcó que el presidente Nicolás Maduro ha dado instrucciones muy claras de qué alimentos necesita el pueblo y qué alimentos se deben adquirir en Rusia.

Maduro, por su parte, anunció el próximo arribo de 300 toneladas de ayuda humanitaria proveniente de Rusia a su país y afirmó que su Gobierno aceptará el apoyo de otros países a través de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU).

El Gobierno de Maduro rechaza la supuesta ayuda humanitaria de EE.UU. y no ha permitido su ingreso a Venezuela, como esperaba el autoproclamado presidente venezolano Juan Guaidó, jefe de la Asamblea Nacional (de mayoría opositora y en desacato judicial desde 2016).

En medio de la crisis política y económica que vive el país bolivariano, tanto Caracas como Moscú han considerado que la “ayuda” de Washington se trata de un pretexto para invadir el país y propiciar un golpe de Estado contra el presidente legítimo Maduro.

Conforme a Caracas, si EE.UU. quiere de verdad ayudar al pueblo venezolano debe levantar las sanciones que ha impuesto contra el país, incluido contra el sector petrolero. En este contexto, Washington anunció sanciones el lunes contra el banco Evrofinance Mosnarbank de Rusia por seguir sus relaciones con la estatal Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA).
          Maduro: Guerra eléctrica fue provocada por una tecnología de EEUU      Cache   Translate Page      
El presidente Nicolás Maduro afirma que los ataques al sistema eléctrico de Venezuela se efectuaron en tres fases y con una tecnología que solo posee EE.UU.

“Ha sido un ataque de este golpe eléctrico por varias vías: Primero el ciberataque al cerebro del sistema computarizado de la empresa Corpoelec (Corporación Eléctrica Nacional) en El Guri y el ciberataque desde el exterior al cerebro de conducción que queda en Caracas (la capital)”, ha precisado este lunes el presidente venezolano, sobre la primera fase del sabotaje eléctrico.

El daño ocasionado contra el sistema de distribución de electricidad fue provocado con tecnología que únicamente cuenta Washington, ha aseverado el líder chavista, en declaraciones ofrecidas desde el Palacio de Miraflores, sede del Ejecutivo, en Caracas.

El segundo ataque fue lanzado vía electromagnética, “que mediante dispositivos móviles interrumpen y revierten los procesos de recuperación”, ha especificado en su informe detallado sobre los apagones masivos que han dejado a oscuras a Venezuela por varios días.

La última fase, prosigue Maduro, fue “a través de la quema y explosión de subestaciones eléctricas. Como a las 2 de la mañana hubo una explosión producto de un sabotaje a la subestación Alto Prado (estado Miranda) para tumbar toda la electricidad en Caracas”.

Ha sido un ataque de este golpe eléctrico por varias vías: Primero el ciberataque al cerebro del sistema computarizado de la empresa Corpoelec (Corporación Eléctrica Nacional) en El Guri y el ciberataque desde el exterior al cerebro de conducción que queda en Caracas (la capital)”, precisó el presidente venezolano, Nicolás maduro, sobre la primea fase del sabotaje eléctrico en el país bolivariano.

Hay suficiente elementos y evidencias que demuestran quienes están detrás de estos ataques, que constituyen graves crímenes contra los derechos humanos, contra la paz y la estabilidad de la República Bolivariana, ha denunciado el dignatario bolivariano.

“El gobierno de EE.UU. ordenó este ataque porque creía que el pueblo venezolano se iba a rendir; al contrario, el pueblo venezolano ha sacado la conciencia para resistir. Doy mi reconocimiento al pueblo de Venezuela”, ha subrayado.

En esta misma línea, ha dicho que la policía venezolana ha detenido hasta el momento a dos personas que pretendían sabotear el sistema de comunicaciones de El Guri, y ha pedido a la Justicia venezolana que determine todos autores materiales e intelectuales de los ataques.

En los últimos días, la mayoría de estados venezolanos ha sufrido masivos apagones y, por ende, fallos en los servicios de telecomunicaciones. El Gobierno de Caracas atribuye los cortes eléctricos a “una guerra” promovido por Washington para desestabilizar el país y justificar su intervención en el país bolivariano.

Por su parte, el líder golpista venezolano, Juan Guadió, jefe del Parlamento —en desacato judicial desde 2016— ha aprovechado de esos apagones para declarar la misma jornada del lunes alerta nacional en el país, con el fin de pedir “ayuda internacional”, más concreto, de EE.UU.

El presidente venezolano ha asegurado a su vez que acabará pronto con los intentos desesperados de Washington y su títere golpista para atentar contra la soberanía de Venezuela.
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Guaidó está quemado

Quedó demostrado. El diputado y autoproclamado presidente encargado de Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, mintió al mundo cuando acusó al Gobierno de Nicolás Maduro de incendiar los camiones con 'ayuda humanitaria' y también en cuanto a sus contenidos. Así lo desveló una investigación realizada por el periódico The New York Times [NYT]. Guaidó, quedó quemado.

La noticia, ilustrada mediante vídeos irrefutables –pese al ocultamiento del Gobierno de Colombia de los 13 minutos previos y comprometedores al lanzamiento de la bomba casera que derivó en el incendio del camión, según el NYT– ve la luz en pleno apagón de energía eléctrica que padece el país caribeño, considerado por Maduro como el producto de un ataque cibernético de parte de EEUU.

​Apagón también es el que de esta manera el New York Times provocó a Guaidó. No obstante, la noticia no corrió como reguero de pólvora como podía esperarse en la prensa internacional: casi ningún medio del mainstream de Occidente habla de ello.

Quedó claro que desde el lado colombiano de la frontera, por donde se pretendió forzar la entrada de la 'ayuda humanitaria' estadounidense –en todo caso, Colombia también necesita ayuda humanitaria real– se esmeraron muy poco para evitar que los seguidores de Guaidó, atacaran a las fuerzas del orden venezolanas que en ningún momento respondieron con esa peligrosidad a sus atacantes.

​El analista militar Juan Aguilar señala que "está claro que el día 23 de febrero […] la oposición venezolana guiada y dirigida desde Miami por [el senador estadounidense] Marco Rubio y la Administración norteamericana, lo que intentaban crear era un casus belli".

No obstante, el NYT de alguna manera disculpa el incendio del camión causado por los seguidores y patrocinadores de Guaidó: "parece que fue la misma oposición —y no los hombres de Maduro— quien accidentalmente prendió fuego al camión". Para empezar, porque ese 'accidente' no hubiera ocurrido si los guarimberos de Guaidó no estuvieran atacando a las fuerzas del orden venezolanas con bombas incendiarias, que en cualquier otro país, incluidos latinoamericanos, europeos, o el propio EEUU, hubiera recibido otro tipo de respuesta.

"Hay imágenes de ese día. Se lanzaron decenas de cócteles molotov. Es más, es curioso [que] el primer camión que está cercano al puesto fronterizo, ese no arde, arden los dos siguiente de atrás porque es [la distancia] donde alcanzaban las botellas inflamables lanzadas por los guarimberos", observa Aguilar.

Llegados a este punto, por un lado están los hechos demostrados por la investigación del NYT, y por otro, lo que dijo Guaidó, desde ese mismo lado colombiano, flanqueado y bendecido por el presidente, Iván Duque, y el secretario general de la OEA, Luis Almagro: "Maduro ordenó el incendio y destrucción de camiones con comida y medicamentos", disparó ante el gesto adusto y mirada de circunstancia de quienes le rodeaban.

Esta imagen no deja de ser sintomática, en opinión de Aguilar. "En aquel momento, en ese día, ellos tenían el convencimiento de que las Fuerza Armada [Bolivariana] se iba a desmoronar, que iba a quitar del poder a Maduro, que iban a ganar y que iba a ser un paseo. En función de eso se permitió alegremente mentir de una forma tan descarada y casi tan infantil".

"El problema es que cuando eso no ha sucedido, cuando vemos que pasan los días y las semanas y este señor [Guaidó] sólo manda en la oficina del despacho en el que está metido desde donde graba sus mensajitos para YouTube, entonces le vemos como un personaje ridículo, quemado. Este era un hombre que estaba destinado a ser quemado dentro de un plan mucho más general de asalto a un régimen político y a una nación soberana como Venezuela", subraya el analista.

En ese mensaje, Guaidó hizo un tres por uno: lanzó tres mentiras de una vez, y en una línea. Y es que la investigación del periódico norteamericano también demuestra, aparte de que Maduro no ordenó el incendio, que entre esa 'ayuda humanitaria', ni había comida, ni había medicamentos. Es lo que se puede leer en el rotativo:

"La Agencia de Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), principal proveedor de la ayuda que estaba en el puente para ser cruzada desde Cúcuta, no tenía medicamentos listados entre los objetos que anunció como donación. Un funcionario de alto nivel que estaba en el puente ese día de febrero le dijo a The New York Times que el envío quemado contenía suministros como guantes y tapabocas, pero no medicamentos. Videos revisados por el Times muestran que algunas cajas tienen kits de cuidado e higiene, que, según lo que los estadounidenses identificaron en sus listas, tenían suministros como jabón y pasta dental".

Entonces, desde los niveles más altos retuitearon la mentira de Guaidó. En este sentido, el NYT llama las cosas por su nombre: "El día del incendio el Gobierno de Colombia estuvo entre quienes promovieron la teoría de que Maduro era responsable de ordenar el incendio. La vicepresidenta Marta Lucía Ramírez publicó una fotografía de lo que llamó 'Uno de los camiones incinerados por los colectivos por orden de Maduro. Prefiere destruir comida y medicamentos que alimentar y sanar las enfermedades de su pueblo'".

​Días más tarde, también puso su granito de manipulación y engaño para afianzar el contubernio el asesor de seguridad nacional de Donald Trump: "Maduro ha mentido sobre la crisis humanitaria en Venezuela; contrata a criminales para quemar comida y medicamentos destinados para el pueblo venezolano".

​En este sentido, el analista afirma que "estos señores no dudaron en utilizar todo tipo de artes sucias, entre ellas, la mentira más descarada. Porque hay que ser muy descarado y muy sinvergüenza para lanzar una mentira tan evidente".

Desde entonces, no se sabe nada de ninguno de los personajes que mintieron al mundo sobre el incendio del camión y de la 'ayuda humanitaria' en sí, en el sentido de una retractación. Ni de ellos, ni de toda la comparsa política y mediática que abona su juego. Y así se refleja también en las redes sociales.

"Claro, cuando la operación falla, lo que se hace es taparse", explica Aguilar. Al final, el fuego que provocó el cóctel molotov que incendió el camión con la 'ayuda humanitaria', alcanzó a Guaidó, quien terminó quemado.

"Guaidó es un hombre que estaba para ser quemado. […] Su única función es provocar la fractura, crear las condiciones del enfrentamiento y de estallido social; que permita la intervención exterior excusándose en la ayuda humanitaria, en la represión contra el pueblo", concluye Juan Aguilar.

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Estados Unidos fracasaría en caso de un conflicto militar contra Rusia y China sin el uso de armas nucleares, destacó el medio Breaking Defense al analizar simulaciones de escenarios de guerra.

La Corporación RAND, un centro estadounidense de investigación estratégica, realiza anualmente una simulación militar entre 'los azules' (EEUU) y 'los rojos' (sus oponentes potenciales). El ejercicio simula las posibles amenazas y analiza las estrategias de uso de los medios de combate, entre otras cosas.

De acuerdo con los resultados de la última simulación, los expertos llegaron a la conclusión de que Rusia y China destruirían a las fuerzas de Estados Unidos en el caso de un conflicto armado no nuclear, detalló el medio.

Según David Ochmanek, analista de RAND, EEUU tiene, pese a su enorme arsenal, muchos "talones de Aquiles". Además, la exitosa modernización de las armas ofensivas de los "oponentes" complicaría aún más la situación para el país norteamericano.

Asimismo, Ochmanek considera que las bases militares de EEUU son vulnerables a posibles ataques de los misiles de largo alcance rusos y chinos.

"El F-35 domina el cielo cuando está en el cielo, pero muere en el suelo en grandes cantidades", subrayó Robert Work, un exsubsecretario de Defensa con décadas de experiencia en simulaciones militares.

Además, según RAND, 'los rojos' pueden derrotar a los aliados de Washington en los países bálticos y en Taiwán.

Para los investigadores, EEUU necesitaría asignar unos 24.000 millones de dólares para resolver a los problemas mencionados y mejorar su preparación para el combate.

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El representante del ministerio de defensa de Rusia reaccionó a las declaraciones del Reino unido: En menos de 15 minutos serían borrados del Mapa si fueran objeto de una represalia por parte de Rusia por su mal proceder.

El Ministerio de Defensa de Rusia 'diagnostica' al ministro británico

El representante oficial del Ministerio de Defensa de Rusia reaccionó a las declaraciones del titular de Defensa británica sobre que Rusia debe "apartarse y callarse".

"La retórica propia de una 'arrabalera', demostrada por el ministro de Defensa del Reino Unido, Gavin Williamson, caracteriza admirablemente la última fase de su impotencia intelectual", comentó el general mayor (de una estrella) ruso, Ígor Konashénkov.

Según el representante ruso, tal manera de hablar "no solo confirma la nulidad de las acusaciones de Londres contra Rusia de los últimos años, sino también la nulidad total de los propios 'acusadores'".

Konashénkov opinó que el Reino Unido "hace tiempo se convirtió en un nido para desertores y en un puesto de fabricación de sensacionalismo falso", así que Rusia ya tiene 'inmunidad' contra este tipo de declaraciones.

"En cuanto a las obscenas palabras del ministro británico contra Rusia, dada la falta de cualquier resultado real de su trabajo en ese puesto, parece que las palabras es lo único que les quedó a las Fuerzas Armadas de Su Majestad", concluyó Konashénkov.

Horas antes, el titular de Defensa del Reino Unido recomendó a Rusia "apartarse y callarse" en respuesta a la expulsión de 23 diplomáticos rusos del territorio británico por el caso de la intoxicación del ex agente doble Serguéi Skripal y su hija, una acusación que Rusia rechaza rotundamente exigiendo acceso a los materiales de la investigación, algo que Londres se niega a conceder.

No obstante, el carácter no transparente de la investigación no detuvo a los aliados del Reino Unido a apoyar las acusaciones contra Moscú sin tomar en cuenta los argumentos de la parte rusa.

El 'secretismo' y el rechazo a presentar pruebas para apoyar la acusación, a su vez, llevó a la portavoz de la cancillería rusa, María Zajárova, a sugerir que con declaraciones nerviosas, el ministro británico trata de ocultar algo.

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Costume-clad kazoo players and drummers jubilantly respond to the Westboro Baptist Church.

Virginia Richmond, 31, drove an hour and a half Monday morning to attend her first-ever rally. The Spotsylvania resident traveled solo to the Virginia State Capitol to join a crowd of “counterpartiers” and to stand up to members of the Westboro Baptist Church, who invited themselves to Richmond.

The Kansas-based hate group, known for taking its inflammatory anti-LGBTQ rhetoric on the road to insist that things like natural disasters occur because “God hates fags,” announced a couple weeks ago that it would gather outside the Capitol to protest the existence of Delegate Danica Roem, D-Manassas, Virginia’s first-and-only openly transgender legislator.

It didn’t take long for local musician Randy Blythe, frontman of the well-known metal band Lamb of God and friend of Roem’s, to take notice. On Friday afternoon, Blythe sent out a call to “all freaks, weirdos, misfits and regular people of good conscience,” encouraging them to show up Monday morning for a counterparty. The announcement was clear that the event was a celebration, not a counter-protest, “because that would entail arguing with these idiots (which is USELESS).”

“I just really wanted to stand up for LGBT rights and for Danica,” Richmond says after the event ended and people wearing tutus, Halloween masks and rainbow hats began to disperse. “I just really wanted to get involved somehow because she’s special, you know. She deserves to be an elected official without Westboro coming and bashing her. It’s just wrong.”

About a half-dozen members of the Westboro Baptist Church arrived at the Capitol a little before 9 a.m., bearing signs with phrases like “God made you male or female. Be content and obey him.” Meanwhile hundreds of others held multicolored poster board with “Queer Jesus loves us more” and “God = Love” written in bright block letters. The atmosphere was overwhelmingly joyful: Blythe conducted while folks hummed away on fluorescent kazoos and drummed on upside-down plastic buckets, and a demonstrator strutting around in an Elvis outfit won the costume contest. The Westboro members scampered off the grounds before 9:30 a.m.

“We crushed them,” Blythe told Style afterward in a text message. “Total success.”

“It was very exhilarating,” Richmond says. “It felt good. It felt like it was for the right reason. It wasn’t just show up and party, it was directed totally toward Westboro, and it was just exciting.”

For Richmond, this demonstration was personal. She recently left a church that she describes as suppressive and “even cultlike,” and a couple months later she came out to her friends and some family members as bisexual.

As she pauses to consider a question, a fellow participant in the counterparty breezes past her on the sidewalk and declares “May they burn in hell where they belong” with a knowing nod. Richmond grins.

“I’m just ready to tell the world that it’s not right to treat gay people, trans or bisexual people like they’re scum,” Richmond says. “They’re just like everyone else.”

On March 1, Roem posted to Facebook: “My response to the Westboro Baptist Church protesting my existence — and please use this quote in its entirety as I put the amount of thought the situation warrants into it: ‘Meh.’” She also encouraged supporters to donate to her re-election campaign, which she promoted with the hashtag #WestboroBackfire.

As of Monday, March 11, Roem had raised more than $30,000. According to a Facebook post, the donations came from more than 850 people from all 50 states and Washington. She describes it as “an incredible display of people power as every single one of those donations came from individual human beings — not organizations, PACs or other entities.”

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Mackinac Bridge in Michigan; bridge monitoring sensors

Image: Justin Billau [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons

Researchers in the state of Michigan are planning to install up to 2,000 infrastructure sensors on the Mackinac Bridge in order to explore the logistics of a large-scale deployment and provide useful monitoring data to the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA). 


According to a press release from the MBA, the first 20 prototype infrastructure sensors were installed a few years ago on the bridge and were powered solely by vibrations from traffic. These devices have proven their durability and performed as intended. Researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) and Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) are ready to roll out the next phase of testing.


Beginning in 2016, MSU and WUSTL researchers started deploying prototype sensors beneath the bridge as part of a demonstration project sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Mackinac Bridge provided a high-profile testing ground for these self-powered sensors. Since then, the new and improved versions of the self-powered sensors have been developed as a part of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Cyber-physical Systems program and have been successfully deployed on the bridge.


The team of researchers view the sensing technology as a way to transform the process of bridge preservation and management, and to improve the serviceability of bridges. The aim of the large-scale deployment is to show that the system can autonomously monitor loading experienced on the bridge, and that the sensors can collect information without too much human intervention and at a lower cost.


Several of the sensors' features make them attractive to infrastructure managers. Because they have no external power source, the sensors eliminate the issue of requiring battery changes or wiring to power sources. They also do not need wires to access the data they collect, as staff can access that information wirelessly. 


MBA staff will assist with installation of the additional sensors, offering both equipment and access to the bridge. The MBA will retain ownership of the data gathered by the sensors, with WUSTL providing the sensor prototypes and MSU providing tools to analyze and interpret that data for bridge staff to use in guiding engineering and maintenance decisions. The research team can use the data for research publication with approval from the MBA. The team plans to start installation of the additional and improved sensors this summer. 



Source: Mackinac Bridge Authority

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It is hard to know where to begin with the big story of cheating and bribery in order to gain admission to elite universities.

There are the rubbernecking aspects, actresses and business leaders ensnared by the indictment, including Lori Loughlin who with her designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to gain admission for their daughter to the University of Southern California, a daughter who was less than indifferent about the educational aspects of college to begin with.  

There are the stories of parents faking learning disabilities for their children to gain access to accommodations that would allow for the cheating to happen. The saddest story may be the parents who went to great lengths to hide the fact of the cheating from their own child, arranging for him to take a fake test.

Or another one, about non-athlete children having their faces photoshopped onto the bodies of actual athletes as proof they belonged in a pool of applicants deserving special consideration. 

We could talk about the greed, venality, corruption, and cluelessness that abounds in the details shared in the charging document. The bribes were even couched as charitable donations which allowed the parents to deduct them on their taxes. It’s simply gross. 

My jaw dropped a little deeper with each page, but it is important to distinguish between shock and surprise. I was shocked that we are finding out about these schemes, while being entirely unsurprised that something like this was going on. 

This is merely the illegal version of the rather common practices wealthy, almost universally white parents use to stack the elite admissions deck for their offspring. William Singer, the chief perpetrator of the fraud pitched the scheme as a “side door” to admission, an alternative to the “back door” of institutional advancement (meaning above board donations) that can’t offer a “guarantee” and are usually more costly.[1]

SAT tutors, admissions consultants, private schooling from the cradle, legacy admissions, crew, field hockey, grandpa’s name on a building. This is how the so-called meritocracy is supposed to perpetuate itself, not bribery and side doors.

U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Andrew Lelling, said, “The real victims in this case are the hardworking students,” who were presumably denied admission to these elite universities because of the fraud.

True enough, but not the whole truth. The full list of victims would include the following: Everybody.

As is my tendency, I immediately try to see these things through a systemic lens. Yes, the perpetrators are wrong and gross. Yes, they deserve whatever punishments are coming their way, but to truly understand the roots of this harm and fully appreciate the scope of those who are harmed, we have to go deeper.

Competition is bad for education, bad for learning, bad for students, bad, ultimately, for educational institutions as well. 

Competition is wasteful and inefficient, and leads institutions to engage in deliberately obstructive practices to hide the trust cost of attendance to students

Competition has squeezed poorer students not just out of admission at elite private universities, but public flagships as well, as demonstrated by a report from New America Education. 

Students competing for scarce slots in magnet schools or college feeders experience increased stress and anxiety. Even the “winners” are losing

I’m thinking about an even larger class of those who are harmed. How about black and brown children who are subjected to emotionally abusive practices at so-called “no excuses” charter schools so they may fare better in an admissions competition that will always be stacked against them?

Recall the story of T.M. Landry College Prep of Louisiana, which was faking transcripts in order to get their minority students into elite schools. This is a consequence of the same dysfunctional system that begat Aunt Becky bribing a dude to get her YouTube star daughter into USC. The difference is that those minority students were subjected to “a culture of fear with physical and emotional abuse, students and teachers saidStudents were forced to kneel on rice, rocks and hot pavement, and were choked, yelled at and berated,” while the daughter of the star of Garage Sale Mysteries had to experience the challenge of working around not being able to remove any of the standard issue USC dorm furniture, while still creating an Instagramable space.[2]

How about the harm done to public institutions which are required to compete for prestige in order to be deemed worthy of support, all while doing more with less, year after year.

I am grateful for the news of this scandal because it is a window into how messed up the system truly is, but it would be a shame if we fail to use this to look at these problems at a systemic level. 

Some initial thoughts on the implications of this news:[3]

1. Let’s just end using the SAT and ACT as admissions criteria. They’re biased, students who can afford coaching get an unfair advantage, they have little correlation to college success, and now they’ve proved central to a fraud. How much more do we need to act?

2. All schools should immediately cease to cooperate with the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Coincidentally, this year’s data was released the same day as the scandal broke. Everyone in education knows the data is largely meaningless as a reflection of the on-the-ground quality of education, so let’s just stop with the nonsense. Sure, this is more symptom than disease, but every little bit helps.

3. Let’s have a good, hard talk about whether or not public money in any form should be going to these elite private institutions. As of 2015, Stanford, whose sailing coach was implicated in the indictment, receives a taxpayer subsidy equivalent to $63,000 per student. Compare this to UC-Berkeley, which receives only $10,500 of taxpayer subsidy per student.

These subsidies are often hidden in tax breaks and other schemes.

4. Let’s invest in public education.[4]I will use a specific example that applies more broadly. You can get a great education at College of Charleston, my most recent employer. It is a fine school with great students and wonderful faculty. It is not without faults – no place is – but it is an example of a public institution trying its best to provide educational opportunities to their students.

The amount of money spent on the admissions cheating and bribery scheme ($25 million) is 50% more than the annual contribution of the state of South Carolina to CofC’s bottom line. 

Seventy-five percent of applicants to CofC are admitted. The opportunity is not particularly scarce, but the resources to support the students in our non-elite public institutions sure are.

There are thousands of institutions like this across the country, including our community colleges which are providing educational access for many students who are the least resourced. We should be working to make the path much smoother for those folks, and if it means taking elite privates down a peg or two in the process, consider it past due payment for services already rendered. 

They’ve been sponging off the rest of us for long enough.


[1]Page 78 of the indictment. If you haven’t read it, you really should see it for yourself. I cannot do it justice.

[2]Solution: “I covered a lot of stuff with blankets, like my chair. I used the marble tapestry to cover the large bulletin board on my wall that we were not allowed to remove.”

[3]If people have other things we should be considering, please add them in the comments.

[4]And tax the rich to do it, rather than having billionaires like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg who claim to care about education launder their money through quasi-philanthropic giving.

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Der Ton zwischen den USA und der Maduro-Regierung wird immer rauer. Jetzt wirft die Regierung in Caracas auch die letzten verbliebenen Botschaftsmitarbeiter aus dem Land. Ihre Anwesenheit war für Washington ohnehin «ein Hemmschuh» für mögliche Schritte.

          BWW Review: WNO's Exquisite EUGENE ONEGIN at the Kennedy Center      Cache   Translate Page      

With Russia consistently capturing Washington's attention, it seems fitting that an opera composed by the country's greatest composer, based upon one of its most fabled novels, makes a return to the Kennedy Center after a 30 year absence. And what a return it is.

Washington National Opera's (WNO) Eugene Onegin is exquisite! The entire evening soars like a dream with pitch-perfect performances led by the immaculate Anna Nechaeva as Tatiana. Both intimate and sweeping, delicate and bold, this production captures the infatuation of young love with the tempered wisdom of age and loss.

The opera is based on the classic Russian novel of the same name by Alexander Pushkin. Set in a backwater town in Russia, a young bookworm named Tatiana meets the cosmopolitan Onegin. After professing her love to him in a letter, she is rejected as he claims to not be one for marriage, yet alone love. The consequences of his declaration effect Onegin in a way he could have never imagined.

Eugene Onegin, despite the ad campaign for this production, is not overly tragic. Yes, Onegin's action and decision have some disastrous consequences, but when you put it into the perspective of the opera's early 1800s setting, that was life. The timelessness of Pushkin's story is how it captures falling in love, losing love, and the resiliency that it can lead to, as evidenced by Tatiana's trajectory.

Nechaeva makes a strong, and that is an understatement, WNO debut as Tatiana. Elegant, divine, and possessing a beautiful soprano voice, she is the heart of this production. Thanks to Michael Levine's atmospheric set design and Christine Binder's emotionally warm and welcoming lighting design, her Act I, Scene II aria where she professes her love for Onegin in a letter takes on a dream-like quality.

As if the production could not soar any higher, enter Igor Golovatenko as the titular character. Cool and calm, with deep internal rumblings, he and Nechaeva are perfectly matched as the fateful would-be couple. His commanding baritone is at its heartbreaking best in the final scene where Onegin and Tatiana's fate is finally rectified.

Setting in motion Onegin's fate is Lensky, portrayed in another powerful performance by Tenor Alexey Dolgov. His friend, and later the subject of his scorn, Lensky is a bookish character in love with Tatiana's sister. When that love is threatened by Onegin, his rapture commands action. Dolgov plays this perfectly, with his character's anger and torment seeping through every moment of Act II's climax.

Throughout the opera a series of secondary characters help to advance the story's themes of love. Mezzo-Soprano Victoria Livengood is Tatiana's nanny and confident, Filippyevna. The bond between her and Nechaeva radiates warmth, providing some of the opera's lighter moments.

Bass Eric Halfvarson plays Prince Gremlin, a character whose identity I'll leave undescribed, so as to not be a spoiler. Suffice it to say, though he doesn't appear until Act III, his Aria, combined with the beauty of Tchaikovsky lyrics is a poignant declaration of love. Easily one of the production's highpoints, and whose themes generated much applause from the audience. It's a small role, but a consequential one in it's message.

Robert Travino makes another strong WNO debut as the production's conductor. Tchaikovsky's score is quite majestic in the way it captures the range of emotions in Pushkin's story. Both lively and introspective, the score is remarkable for the subtleties it captures in every moment.

Now enough cannot be written about the production's design team. Levine's environmental set design is atmospherically sparse - capturing both the barren quality of Tatiana's home and grandeur of the society life that greets Onegin's later on. In Act I fall leaves, resplendent in warm reds, oranges, and yellows fill the stage. The celebration of a youthful fall transforms into the cold imperialism of adulthood when leaves are cleared away and the set's original egg-shell color is allowed to emit a coolness marking the passage of time.

Much was made at Saturday's opening that this was Eugene Onegin's first production at Washington National Opera in more than 30 years. Hopefully we won't have to wait that long for another production. For the bond created by the actors and the audience, the emotional intelligence of the creative team's designs, combined with the splendor of Tchaikovsky's score, make this a production not to be missed!

Performed in Russian with English subtitles

Runtime: Three hours with one intermission

Washington National Opera's Eugene Onegin runs thru March 29th at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566. For tickets please click here.

Photo: Anna Nechaeva. Credit: Scott Suchman.

          Merkel refuses to send Navy ships to Russia’s shores, rebuffs US pressure – report      Cache   Translate Page      

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has allegedly stood up to pressure from Washington as she declined a proposal by Vice President Mike Pence to send German Navy ships towards Russia’s Crimea, Bloomberg reports, citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter.

          A gazdag szülők a legmenőbb amerikai egyetemeket is lefizették, hogy felvegyék a gyerekeiket      Cache   Translate Page      

Az FBI kedden több mint 30 embert vádolt meg azzal, hogy részt vettek abban a régóta tartó vesztegetési és csalássorozatban, aminek a lényege az volt, hogy a gyerekeik jó nevű egyetemekre kerülhessenek be.  A Washington Post szerint a vádlottak között van két ismert tévés: a Született feleségekből ismert Felicity Huffman és Lori Loughlin is. Huffman állítólag 15 ezer dollárt csengetett ki, hogy jobb legyen a lánya teszteredménye. Felicity Huffman és Lori LoughlinFotó: LISA O’CONNOR, TOMMASO BODDI/AFP A hatóságok szerint a csalások 2011-ben kezdődhettek, és olyan egyetemek vannak az érintettek között, mint a Georgetown, a Yale, a Stanford, a Texasi Egyetem, a Dél-Kaliforniai […]

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          Staff Attorney - American Civil Liberties Union of Washington - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page      
This includes legal research, investigative work, identifying and signing up named plaintiffs, complaint drafting, discovery and motion practice, and handling...
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          Nancy Pelosi: 'I'm not for impeachment,' slams Trump as 'not worth it'      Cache   Translate Page      
Impeaching Trump Is ‘Not Worth It,’ Nancy Pelosi SaysHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not currently support impeaching President Donald Trump despite thinking that he's unfit for the country's highest office, according to a Washington Post magazine interview published Monday.
          After Week of Infighting, Democrats Wonder Where to Draw Line on Speech      Cache   Translate Page      
After Week of Infighting, Democrats Wonder Where to Draw Line on SpeechWASHINGTON — Democrats filed into the House chamber Thursday — depleted and punch drunk — to vote for an overstuffed resolution condemning prejudice — and end, or so they hoped, a week of infighting that vividly illustrated the perils of policing their own speech.
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          Llega la app que recomienda restaurantes a los seguidores de Trump donde puedan comer "seguros" (y llevar armas)      Cache   Translate Page      

Llega la app que recomienda restaurantes a los seguidores de Trump donde puedan comer

La líneas políticas del gobierno de Donald Trump no destacan precisamente por su carácter abierto y liberal, pero sus seguidores dicen sentirse cada vez más acosados e incluso atacados en público. Esto ha motivado a unos desarrolladores a crear una app para que los conservadores puedan encontrar dónde comer "con total seguridad", sin miedo a supuestas represalias.

La aplicación, lanzada este mes, se define como una red social al estilo de Yelp o Tripadvisor en la que los seguidores de Trump pueden evaluar restaurantes y otros locales para encontrar aquellos que no discriminan a los conservadores. Su creador, Scott Wallace, asegura que su objetivo es separar la política de los negocios, a pesar de que el sistema también avisa de los restaurantes en los que no se permite acceder con armas.


La aplicación '63red Safe' pretende crear una suerte de guía de confianza para que ningún conservador, republicano o pro-Trump pueda temer discriminaciones o incluso que se le expulse del local en cuestión. Es un tema polémico cada vez más de actualidad, ya que en los últimos meses se han dado casos de miembros del equipo del presidente siendo acosados al ser vistos en público.

Los seguidores más fieles de Trump denuncian ser objeto de discriminación cuando exhiben símbolos conservadores, sobre todo mediante el famoso lema 'Make America Great Again' o, MAGA. Sean verídicos o no, se habla ya de "MAGAphobia" y el propio Wallace prevé un aumento de los ataques de radicales liberales o, como él mismo los llama, "escuadrones de matones socialistas".


Los usuarios que descarguen la aplicación podrán calificar cada local como "seguro" o "inseguro" en base a cuatro preguntas: ¿Sirve a personas de cualquier creencia política?"; "¿Protegerá a sus clientes si son atacados por razones políticas?"; "¿Se pueden llevar armas de uso legítimo?"; y "¿Evita la política en sus promociones y redes sociales?".

Por mucho que su creador insista en sus buenas intenciones, alejadas de querer encontrar restaurantes pro-Trump, la app ya está siendo muy cuestionada por lo discriminatoria que es en sí misma. Y es una presa fácil de manipular por los extremistas, algo que parece estar ya ocurriendo con calificaciones de locales como inseguros sin aparente fundamento.

Augurando más ataques extremistas anti-Trump en los próximos meses, esta aplicación quiere ser una guía "amistosa" y "no política" de restaurantes donde sentirse seguros sin esconder la orientación política. Con vistas a las elecciones del próximo año 2020, resume su función comparándola con un extintor de incendios; no sabes cuándo lo vas a necesitar, pero realmente querrás tenerlo cuando lo necesites. O quizá ha creado una supuesta necesidad donde no la había antes.

Fotos | Gage Skidmore - Michael Vadon - kivoton


José Andrés vuelve a plantarle cara a Trump: abre un restaurante para dar de comer a los funcionarios al lado de la Casa Blanca

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          Trump Insider Says GOP Not Ready for Investigations      Cache   Translate Page      
Trump adviser David Bossie told ABC News that a growing realization is taking hold of Republican Washington that the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign will only be the start of investigatory pressures on the White House. There will be need, he said, to address the inquiries […]
          Trump Will Close International Immigration Offices      Cache   Translate Page      
“The Trump administration is preparing to shutter all 21 international offices of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a move that could slow the processing of family visa applications, foreign adoptions and citizenship petitions from members of the military,” the Washington Post reports.
          Leaders to Legends: the macro- and micro-economics of the Nasdaq      Cache   Translate Page      

Phil Mackintosh, the chief economist of the Nasdaq stock exchange, demonstrated his extraordinary range at the March 6 edition of the “Leaders to Legends” breakfast series at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Mackintosh opened with a satellite-view analysis of macroeconomic trends that effect the world’s second-largest stock exchange (and the investors and firms... Read More

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          Gupta named “Ascendant Scholar” by Western Academy of Management      Cache   Translate Page      

Abhinav Gupta, an assistant professor of strategic management at the University of Washington Foster School of Business, has received the 2019 Ascendant Scholar Award from the Western Academy of Management. The west coast affiliate of the Academy of Management bestows this distinction each year to a handful of young b-school scholars who have demonstrated an... Read More

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          WIAA Cancels Regional High School Wrestling Tourney      Cache   Translate Page      
In a statement posted on the Washington Interscholastic Activities Associtation's website, the 2019 boys and girls wrestling regionals have been canceled due to the poor weather expected in the Northwest. Continue reading…
          Top Democrat calls DOJ officials' statements on Mueller report 'absolutely insupportable'      Cache   Translate Page      
(WASHINGTON) -- The Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is blasting two Justice Department officials for saying the department could ultimately refuse to grant Congress access to documents from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe,...
          Stacey Abrams still mulling a presidential run: '2020 is definitely on the table'      Cache   Translate Page      
(WASHINGTON) --  Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democrat and highly-speculated 2020 hopeful, assured that her pursuit of the Democratic nomination is “on the table” -- unriddling confusion about her timeline for a presidential run sparked by...
          Biden drops hint on 2020: Save your energy 'I may need it in a few weeks'      Cache   Translate Page      
(WASHINGTON) -- There was no 2020 announcement from former Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday but he dropped a big hint at what might be coming and when. Biden was greeted at the International Association of...
          Trump's new budget resurrects controversial 'harvest box' proposal for food stamps as part of broader welfare reform      Cache   Translate Page      
(WASHINGTON) -- The Trump administration's newly released budget proposal revives a widely panned idea that some food stamp benefits could be sent in a delivery box, one of many changes that advocates say would undermine...
          What Trump’s tepid response to Romney reveals      Cache   Translate Page      
In an op-ed in the Washington Post, incoming Sen. Mitt Romney says Trump lacks the "honesty and integrity" needed to be President. But the President’s response was measured. Jonathan Capehart and David Frum join Lawrence to discuss.
          Başkan Erdoğan o ülkede en sevilen dünya lideri oldu      Cache   Translate Page      
Başkan Erdoğan o ülkede en sevilen dünya lideri oldu
ABD düşünce kuruluşu Washington Institute tarafından Kuveyt halkı üzerinde yapılan kamuoyu yoklamasında, Türkiye Cumhurbaşkanı Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, en sevilen dünya lideri seçildi.Devamı için tıklayınız
          Lisa Page said FBI discussed charging Hillary Clinton with 'gross negligence' in 2016, and DOJ told them no      Cache   Translate Page      
Jewhadi™@JewhadiTM·6mLisa Page said FBI discussed charging Hillary Clinton with 'gross negligence' in 2016, and DOJ told them noLisa Page said FBI discussed charging Hillary Clinton with 'gross negligence' in 2016, and DOJ told...Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page testified last year that officials in the bureau, including then-FBI Director James Comey, discussed Espionage Act charges against Hillary washingtonexaminer.com33PJS RetweetedDash Riprock @PhilMcCrackin44·35m30 years ago today, Al Gore invented the internet. Then he went on to teach us about Global Warming. Recently, he brought peace to the Middle East. We owe you a debt of gratitude, Sir !

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          U.S. lawmakers at T-Mobile, Sprint hearing spar over stay at Trump hotel      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. lawmakers questioning the chief executives of T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp over their planned merger sparred with each other on Tuesday over T-Mobile's executives staying at President Donald Trump's hotel where they spent $195,000 while in Washington.

          2019 is shaping up to be the worst year for measles since 1992, CDC data show      Cache   Translate Page      

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 206 measles cases were confirmed in the United States in the first two months of this year, the highest year-to-date number going back more than a quarter-century. The data underscore how anti-vaccine sentiment and the rising incidence of vaccine refusal threaten to bring back a public health threat that had been declared eliminated nearly 20 years ago.


          National Sunshine Week? Hardly.      Cache   Translate Page      
Too many clouds hamper journalism’s ability to tell you what you need to know. Democracy dies in darkness. — motto of The Washington Post Oh, joy — it’s National Sunshine Week. That […]
          Ferguson continues fight against companies profiting from opioids with lawsuit against distributors      Cache   Translate Page      

"We've seen the data and it is shocking," Attorney General Bob Ferguson said, announcing a lawsuit against the three largest opioid distributors in Washington.
          Staatskrise in Venezuela:Caracas weist verbliebene US-Diplomaten aus - n-tv NACHRICHTEN      Cache   Translate Page      
  1. Staatskrise in Venezuela:Caracas weist verbliebene US-Diplomaten aus  n-tv NACHRICHTEN
  2. Internationale Beziehungen - USA ziehen letzte Diplomaten aus Venezuela ab  Süddeutsche Zeitung
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  5. Washington zieht alle Botschaftsmitarbeiter aus Venezuela ab  FAZ - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
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          Southeast Students Spending Spring Break Studying Global Issues at CSIS      Cache   Translate Page      
After their first full day at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., Monday, Southeast Missouri State University students Michaela Gaskins and James Trent Waltz were energized by their experience, saying the think tank is opening a door  to help them better understand the complexities of U.S. foreign policy. “After just […]
          Magic Time!: ‘Crying Hands’ by Teater Manu at George Washington University      Cache   Translate Page      

We like to think that the Holocaust could never happen here. We want to believe that it shouldn’t so it couldn’t. And then comes along a work of theater like Crying Hands that screams out how incrementally the Holocaust happened—how that stain on human civilization began inconspicuously with a simple political ideology, a populist appeal […]

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          Review: ‘Eugene Onegin’ at Washington National Opera      Cache   Translate Page      

Of all the grand tear-jerkers, those epic romances that make you want to tear your heart out and roast it on the barbecue, Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece Eugene Onegin stands out. Packed with beautiful melodies, misprized love, a fatal duel between lifelong friends, gorgeous dance numbers, and an evocation of Russian folk life (back when it wasn’t […]

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          "This is the information revolution. We have taken it very badly so far. Information seems to be..."      Cache   Translate Page      

This is the information revolution. We have taken it very badly so far. Information seems to be getting in the way all the time. Human beings have had to guess about almost everything for the past million years or so. Our most enthralling and sometimes terrifying guessers are the leading characters in our history books. I will name two of them: Aristotle and Hitler. One good guesser and one bad one.

The masses of humanity, having no solid information to tell them otherwise, have had little choice but to believe this guesser or that one. Russians who didn’t think much of the guesses of Ivan the Terrible, for example, were likely to have their hats nailed to their heads.

We must acknowledge, though, that persuasive guessers–even Ivan the Terrible, now a hero in Russia–have given us courage to endure extraordinary ordeals that we had no way of understanding. Crop failures, wars, plagues, eruptions of volcanoes, babies being born dead–the guessers gave us the illusion that bad luck and good luck were understandable and could somehow be dealt with intelligently and effectively.

Without that illusion, we would all have surrendered long ago. But in fact, the guessers knew no more than the common people and sometimes less. The important thing was that they gave us the illusion that we’re in control of our destinies.

Persuasive guessing has been at the core of leadership for so long–for all of human experience so far–that it is wholly unsurprising that most of the leaders of this planet, in spite of all the information that is suddenly ours, want the guessing to go on, because now it is their turn to guess and be listened to.

Some of the loudest, most proudly ignorant guessing in the world is going on in Washington today. Our leaders are sick of all the solid information that has been dumped on humanity by research and scholarship and investigative reporting.

They think that the whole country is sick of it, and they want standards, and it isn’t the gold standard. They want to put us back on the snake-oil standard.


Your Guess Is as Good as Mine - Kurt Vonnegut (2005)

h/t @protoslacker

          protoslacker: “Persuasive guessing has been at the core of leadership for so long–for all of human...      Cache   Translate Page      


“Persuasive guessing has been at the core of leadership for so long–for all of human experience so far–that it is wholly unsurprising that most of the leaders of this planet, in spite of all the information that is suddenly ours, want the guessing to go on, because now it is their turn to guess and be listened to. Some of the loudest, most proudly ignorant guessing in the world is going on in Washington today. Our leaders are sick of all the solid information that has been dumped on humanity by research and scholarship and investigative reporting.”

Kurt Vonnegut at In These Times. Your Guess Is as Good as Mine

Author Page  at In These Times. The essay Cold Turkey is worth your time.

A Man Without a Country  is Vonnegut’s last book and contains his writing for In These Times.

          Washington retire du Venezuela tout son personnel diplomatique      Cache   Translate Page      
Les diplomates américains quittent Caracas
Les Etats-Unis vont retirer tout le personnel diplomatique encore présent dans leur ambassade à Caracas en raison de l'aggravation de la crise au Venezuela. Le secrétaire d'Etat Mike Pompeo l'a annoncé lundi.

(ats) "Cette décision reflète la dégradation de la situation au Venezuela ainsi que le constat selon lequel la présence de personnel diplomatique à l'ambassade américaine est devenue une contraint

          Tournament odds AAC Temple South Florida good value bets      Cache   Translate Page      

The 2019 American Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament kicks off on Thursday with four games. Houston is easily the favorite to capture the crown in Memphis as it looks like one of the top teams in the country. The Cougars are currently rank 11th in the Top 25 AP poll and ESPN’s Joe Lunardi projects them as a 3 seed in the Big Dance. Like with all top tier teams in the nation, however, the conference tournament is often viewed as a glorified warm-up for the real deal. That opens the door for hungrier teams, who desperately need conference tournament wins to make the field of 68, to take down the big dogs.

Temple is actually a decent bet in this tournament at 10-1 given that they have a first round bye. Memphis, which has higher odds at 6-1, actually has to play on Thursday unlike the Owls – who will start up on Friday night.

The Owls need to at least win on Friday night to shore up a spot in the big tournament as Lunardi currently has them as one of the last four bye teams in the Big Dance and as an 11-seed.

In the ACC tourney, Temple will get the winner of Wichita State and ECU in the quarterfinals. The Owls won at Wichita State in overtime back on Jan. 6 and took down East Carolina on the road on Jan. 16.

Temple is also one of two teams this season to have beaten Houston as Quinton Rose pumped in 22 points in a 73-69 home victory back on Jan. 9.

Here are the AAC tournament odds.


Houston 7/5

Cincinnati 5/2

UCF: 4-1

Memphis 6-1

Temple: 10-1

Wichita State: 25-1

South Florida: 50-1

SMU: 50-1

Tulsa: 60-1

UConn: 60-1

East Carolina: 200-1

Tulane: 300-1

          Redskins Le'Veon Bell Eagles Packers Bears Raiders chatter      Cache   Translate Page      

The longer the Le’Veon Bell saga drags out, the more it becomes likely that teams not named the Jets and Ravens will get in on the action. Longtime NFL reporter Chris Mortensen said this afternoon on ESPN TV that there are several teams lurking in the market for Bell if he is to go for lower than market value. There have also been several reports that the Ravens are simply in this to drive up the price.

In any event, here are the teams that Mortensen is likely talking about who could get in on the sweepstakes at this late hour: the Eagles, Bears, Redskins, Packers, 49ers and Raiders. Darren Rovell of the Action Network tweeted the following late Tuesday afternoon: What would happen to a team’s Super Bowl odds at FanDuel Sportsbook if they acquired Le’Veon Bell?

Jets from 80/1 to 60/1

Redskins from 80/1 to 66/1

Bears from 16/1 to 12/1

Raiders from 65/1 to 50/1

Eagles from 16/1 to 14/1

Ravens from 26/1 to 18/1

Bet Now

SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reported yesterday that there was no noise on the Bell to the Colts front. And the Redskins are now one of the sleepers after losing wide receiver Jamison Crowder to the Jets. Washington would still have to do some major cap maneuvering to fit Bell but it is not out of the question.

ESPN’s Field Yates was talking all day about how the Bears created a good chunk of change to spend in free agency by converting $13 million of Khalil Mack’s base salary and roster bonus into a signing bonus. And there has been little noise of the Packers being involved in the Bell sweepstakes despite Bell having changed some of his social media profile to the color green (that got Jets fans excited as well).


          Mar 28: Our Space from the UMBC Flute Studio      Cache   Translate Page      

The flute studios of Lisa Cella and Lori Kesner present Our Space, a newly created series centered on pedagogical issues of performance and style and the work of young rising stars in the flute world. This series culminates with a concert given by the Angora Ensemble. Their program will feature:

• Piano Trio in D minor, Op.49 — Felix Mendelssohn
• Assobio A Jato (The Jet Whistle) — Heitor Villa-Lobos
• Deux poèmes de Ronsard, Op. 26 — Albert Roussel
• Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) — George Crumb

Flutist Eric Maul is quickly establishing himself as a champion of chamber music, both new and old. He has performed works such as the Debussy Trio, the Bach Coffee Cantata, Barber Summer Music, and many other. In addition to performing the classics, Eric has been apart of commissioning and/or premiering a wide variety of new music pieces. As a member of Ensemble Encanto, he was apart of the ‘Voces de Lorca’, a project setting the children’s poem of Fredrico Lorca to the music of composers such as Douglass Buchanan, Stephen Yip, and Sean Brennan. He was part of the world premiere Frances Pollock ‘God As She Makes This Earth’, a piece for Soprano and chamber orchestra. A Citizen Artist, Eric believes music can and should be used to help the local community. Eric holds a Bachelors of Music from the Peabody Institute and a Masters of Music from the New England Conservatory. His teachers include Laurie Sokoloff, famed international virtuoso Marina Piccinini, and ‘American Treasure’ Paula Robison. He currently lives in Boston, MA. 

Jacques-Pierre Malan is a professional cellist from South Africa who started playing the cello at the age of 7. He is now living and performing in the United States of America. Jacques-Pierre is a prize winner of several music competitions in his home country as well as in the USA while completing his Masters of Music degree at the John Hopkins Peabody Institute in Baltimore. He has been privileged to be a student of the acclaimed cellist and pedagogue Amit Peled from the John Hopkins Peabody Institute. Jacques-Pierre was also mentored by another previous student of Maestro Peled, Ms. Heleen du Plessis, now senior lecturer for cello at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Mezzo soprano Delaney Rosen, who has been praised in The Baltimore Sun for her “tender tone”and “sensitive phrasing” is quickly establishing herself as an adept singer of both opera and art song. Her repertoire includes Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible, Mallika in Lakme, Adalgisa in Norma, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the title role in Carmen, the alto solo in The Verdi Requiem, Ravel’s Chansons Madecasses and Sheherazade and Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn. She has performed with Washington National Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, The Art Song Preservation Society of New York, Opera AACC, and Peabody Opera Theater. She is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with acclaimed divas Marianna Busching and Phyllis Bryn-Julson. She currently studies with mezzo soprano Theodora Hanslowe, and lives in Baltimore with her cat, Misty. 

Pianist Hui-Chuan Chen leads a diverse career as a chamber musician and educator. She was the awards winner of the Wonderlic piano competition in Baltimore, The International Music festival in Siena, Italy, Kaohsiung City Competition, Taiwan, National Taiwan Normal University Piano Competition and Kawai Piano competition, Taiwan. After finishing her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Hui-Chuan devoted herself as a teacher. She taught at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and Peabody Preparatory. She also served as board member for JoyStar, a Baltimore-based education center as board member and faculty. She is currently faculty at University of Maryland Baltimore County and Washington Conservatory of Music, Washington D.C. 

Admission is free.

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          U.S. minorities consume less but suffer more from pollution: study      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. air pollution is disproportionately caused by white consumers, while African-Americans and Hispanics are burdened most by the emissions, a peer-reviewed study showed on Monday.

On average, African-Americans are exposed to about 56 percent more fine particulate matter pollution than is caused by their consumption of goods and services, said the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Hispanics, on average, bear a burden of 63 percent excess exposure, it said.

Whites, on the other hand, experience a "pollution advantage," meaning they are exposed to 17 percent less pollution than is caused by their consumption.

"What surprised me the most was the magnitude of the discrepancy," said Jason Hill, a biosytems engineering professor at the University of Minnesota and co-author of the study. "It's surprisingly large."

The study was the first to quantify what it called "pollution inequity" and to track it over time.

Particulate matter pollution has a wide variety of sources including coal-fired power plants, agriculture, road dust and industry. Blacks and Hispanics bear a higher proportion of the pollution because of where most of them live, compared with where most white people live, said the study, which tapped census data.

The problem occurs across the country, not just in industrial areas alongside major cities like Houston and New York, it said.

The study was paid for in part by a five-year grant that included money from federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency and was launched when Barack Obama was president. The grant has continued to be funded by the administration of President Donald Trump.

Both racial minorities and whites have benefited from clean air regulations, the study found, with fine particulate pollution falling about 50 percent on average between 2003 and 2015.

But the pollution inequity remains stubborn, it said. Public-health advocates and environmentalists say the Trump administration's push to unravel regulations on power plants, industry and vehicles while pursuing increased drilling and mining will make air pollution worse.

The study found that fine particulate pollution from domestic sources caused about 102,000 premature U.S. deaths a year from heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer and other diseases.

Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Washington and co-author of the study, said its approach could be extended to other pollutants.

"When it comes to determining who causes air pollution, and who breathes that pollution, this research is just the beginning."


(Reporting by Timothy Gardner; Editing by Peter Cooney)

          Glen Macnow: Exploring MLB Cy Young Award odds      Cache   Translate Page      

For years, a buddy and I wagered an annual steak dinner on baseball’s Cy Young Award. We each had a short list of studs – mostly favorites – and once you won with a guy, he was yours forever. So my pal collected three juicy porterhouses, thanks to Max Scherzer. And I’ll always toast the late, great Roy Halladay for earning me those two ribeyes at Del Frisco’s.

It’s been fun. And highly caloric. But now the stakes get higher than, well, steaks.

With legalized sports gambling, we can now bet on any future we want at casinos around the area. If I win this time, I’ll take my earnings without a side of mashed potatoes.

And because we get actual odds in this new world, I’m not just leaning on the favorites. Washington’s Scherzer, for example, is a perennial candidate for Cy. But at 9/4 in 2019, the payout doesn’t seem worth the investment. Who wants to bet the chalk anyway?

So let’s look at other NL candidates. The Mets Jacob deGrom had a spectacular 2018 season, certainly worthy of the 20118 Cy he won. DeGrom cut his ERA more than in half (3.53 to 1.70) and dropped his WHIP nearly 25 percent. Had he done that at age 25, rather than age 30, I’d believe he could repeat. But at his age? Sorry, Mets fans. I see it as an outlier season.

Clayton Kershaw (10/1) has been a three-time winner (cost me a steak each time), but he enters 2019 with more shoulder issues. My next wager on him will involve the Hall of Fame.

And, hey Nats fans. I’m also staying away from Patrick Corbin (25/1) who’s overpaid and overrated after one strong season; and from Stephen Strasburg (25/1), unless the wager is how many times he winds up on the newly named “injured list.” And I’ll avoid the excellent Kyle Freeland (18/1) because in their 26-year history no Rockies pitcher has ever received a single first-place vote for Cy Young. 

That still leaves worthy candidates. Aaron Nola (9/1) improves every season and is entering his prime at 26. He will benefit from stronger defense (Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen) and a potent lineup – which should persuade manager Gabe Kapler to let Nola pitch deeper and earn more wins. A terrific bet at the odds.

And throw a few Benjis at these longshots:

@ Madison Bumgarner (18/1), whose recent injuries are more freak accidents than baseball breakdowns. I foresee a strong bounce back season, even if the Giants stink.

@Walker Buehler (25/1), is the next great L.A. pitcher. Did you know the Dodgers have won 12 CY Young awards – five more than any other franchise?

@ Mike Foltynewicz, Braves (50/1) and Robbie Ray, Diamondbacks (50/1). It’s fun to bet a longshot, and both of these guys seemed poised for bigtime success. Take five bucks you’d spend on coffee and lay it down on one of these 27-year-olds.

In the American League, I’m also eschewing the low-payout favorites, which takes out Corey Kluber (5/2) and Chris Sale (3/1). I considered Luis Severino (7/1) until I read the Yankees shut him down with shoulder inflammation. Uh oh.

Two AL pitchers I love for this proposition: James Paxton (22/1) moves from Seattle to New York, where he’s going to win a lot more games and garner a lot more attention. And Gerrit Cole (20/1) finished fifth in the Cy voting as a first-year Astro in 2018. He’ll likely do even better this season on one of baseball’s elite clubs.

At those odds, I’ll bet ‘em both. And when I collect, I’ll be buying steak dinners for all. Make mine medium-rare.

          David Horowitz Exposes the Left's Dark Agenda      Cache   Translate Page      

This article was originally posted at American Thinker

To order David Horowitz's new book, "Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America," CLICK HERE.

David Horowitz has always been a writer whose work I've appreciated since his compelling political biography, Radical Son, which related the author's break from his communist upbringing after Black Panther associates murdered his bookkeeper friend Betty Van Patter.  But brevity and crisp linkage of multiple intellectual threads were never characteristic of Horowitz's brilliant, often voluminous, exposés of leftist thought and practice.  By contrast, Dark Agenda is a concise, chilling book brimming with evidence that links numerous cultural depredations to one overriding theme:  The left's attack on Christian America's founding in the name of "cultural Marxism." 

"Christian America" is the novel component in Horowitz's analysis, a term that acknowledges the historical fact that America, at its founding, was 98 percent Protestant.  Protestantism, in turn, was intimately linked to the doctrine of "the priesthood of all believers" and to the more broadly Christian idea that all people are created by God.  In view of these beliefs and the fact that Protestant groups were living side by side, it followed that in America there would be no institutional or governmental mediator between the individual and God.  It also meant that each individual's rights were endowed solely by their Creator and that freedom of conscience and speech would be hallmarks of the new republic. 

"Cultural Marxism," by contrast, represents the application of its "oppressor versus oppressed" vision of society to various victim groups:  blacks, "people of color," women, native Americans, homosexuals, transsexuals, and any other group claiming victimhood.  For Marxists what stands between these oppressed groups and a world in which "social justice" and equality is fully realized are the oppressors, those who supposedly establish the laws and mores that keep them in power.  Thus, failure or success isn't the result of individual choices but the inevitable outcome of a system designed to unfairly help one group (white, Christian, males) and harm the others.  Accordingly, what matters politically is destroying the patriarchal Christian system itself with its emphasis on individual moral and economic choices and replacing it with a group-focused system that, in my own words, oppresses the oppressors.  Put quite simply, "Christian doctrines were foundational to the American Republic, which the left despises."

After reading the last two paragraphs, one might think Dark Agenda is highly philosophical and abstract.  This impression couldn't be further from the truth, as these core ideas are given clear expression and development via an array of examples, many of which are doubtless unknown to even the most politically-astute readers.  Who knew, for example, that the $621 million U.S. Capitol Visitor Center that opened in 2008 "is less a monument to the nation's founding and institutions than it is to the antireligious left's vision for America.  When it opened, all references to God and faith had been carefully, deliberately edited out of its photos and historical displays."  For example, the national motto was said to be "E Pluribus Unum" when, in fact, it is "In God We Trust."  Among other historical travesties, a large "image of the Constitution was photoshopped to remove the worlds 'in the Year of our Lord' above the signatures of the signers." Similarly, the "table on which President Lincoln placed his Bible during his second inauguration is on display — just the table, not the Bible."

These examples are picayune compared to the spiteful governmental coercion that's been employed to force The Little Sisters of the Poor, among others, to violate their consciences thanks to Obamacare abortion provisions.  The Supreme Court has been the giant secular lever employed by leftists to fundamentally transform "Christian America" into a state hostile even to a school-girl who joined hands with classmates to give thanks for her food. These politically-motivated  "lawyers," as Horowitz contemptuously labels the high court, began their anti-Christian, anti-Constitutional mission with the expulsion of prayer from public schools in 1962 (Engel v. Vitale).  That assault on the free exercise of religion now extends beyond commencement ceremonies and football fields to a bakery that was  embroiled in legal battles for years for refusing to provide a celebratory cake for a gay ceremony billed as a wedding — a "crime" made possible by Court rulings against the Defense of Marriage Act and in favor of redefining marriage.  

The case of Roe v. Wade (1972), which awakened religious conservatives to the fundamental attack on Christian America, is cogently dissected in Dark Agenda, both from a constitutional perspective as well as through the eyes of Norma McCorvey, the anonymous "Jane Roe" who was intentionally deceived and reduced to a legal prop to secure the Supreme Court's "right to privacy" abortion ruling.  (As Horowitz notes, in Marxist thought it's the grand arc of history and oppressed groups that matter, not mere individuals.)  That ruling officially brought about the cultural civil war that for the anti-Christian left involves not simply a virulent hatred of President Trump but also hatred directed toward his supporters who are regularly vilified as Nazis, sexists, racists, homophobes, and "deplorables" who are rightly denied freedom of speech and conscience.  Trump's Oval Office predecessor did his best to stoke these emotions as Horowitz's litany of anti-Christian comments and actions by President Obama illustrate — from avoiding religious references during a traditional Thanksgiving ceremony to pursuit of a foreign policy that led to the annihilation of the ancient Christian community in Syria.

Among the sidebars accompanying Horowitz's central narrative are insights into the abusive and mendacious character of atheist Madelyn Murray.  For example, in 1960 Murray "set out with her two sons . . . intending to renounce her American citizenship and defect to the Soviet Union." Her repeated attempts at emigration were rebuffed by the Soviets who were probably aware of her emotional instability and violent outbursts.  Murray's revolutionary predecessor, Margaret Sanger, was also a communist sympathizer and racist.  A 1930 article in The New Yorker about Ms. Sanger noted that her monthly newspaper, Woman Rebel, "mixed its birth-control propaganda with a good deal of red-flag-waving, and perorations of the 'Workers of the World, Arise!' variety." The author also observed that she "composed an editorial declaring: 'Even if dynamite were to serve no other purpose than to call forth the spirit of revolutionary solidarity and loyalty, it would prove its great value.'"  

Horowitz ends Dark Agenda with this chilling paragraph reminiscent of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: "A nation divided by such fundamental ideas — individual freedom on one side and group identity on the other — cannot long endure, any more than could a nation that was half slave and half free.  The urgency that drew the religious right into politics fifty years ago is now an urgency of the nation itself."  Even individuals well aware of the cultural Civil War that now rages in America would do well do arm themselves with the insights in this book — insights that both explain the ideological roots of the conflict and document a host of grievous wounds that "Christian America" has already suffered.  Horowitz, an honest agnostic, is doing his best to prevent those wounds from becoming mortal.

Richard Kirk is a freelance writer living in Southern California whose book Moral Illiteracy: "Who's to Say?" is available on Kindle.

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          Campus Anti-Semitism Comes to Congress      Cache   Translate Page      

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar both graduated from college in 2011.  In less than a decade, campus anti-Semitism had made the great leap from campus to Congress.

2011 was a banner year for campus anti-Semitism in alliance with its progressive leftist allies.

Last year, the Trump administration reopened an investigation into campus anti-Semitism at Rutgers University in 2011 that had been shut down by Obama officials back in 2014. The shutdown of the investigation, like the similar shutdowns of terrorism investigations, were part of a pattern.  

The investigation was reopened by Kenneth Marcus, the new Assistant Education Secretary for Civil Rights, a Jewish civil rights leader whose appointment Senate Democrats had stalled for 8 months, and whose confirmation every single Senate Democrat voted against.  

“We don't care about anti-Semitism in this office." The Marcus confirmation battle had become infamous for a senior aide to Senator Patty Murray declaring. "We care about transgenders, we care about blacks, we care about Hispanics, we care about gays, we care about lesbians.”

The intersectional values of campus politics were being used to block the fight against anti-Semitism.

Murray and Senator Elizabeth Warren took the lead in attacking Marcus. Warren would make her own headlines, defending Rep. Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitism by accusing Jews of faking anti-Semitism.

"Branding criticism of Israel as automatically anti-Semitic has a chilling effect on our public discourse," Warren ranted.

Even as the Democrats tried to change the topic, Marcus’ nomination was a referendum on campus anti-Semitism. Reopening the Rutgers investigation was exactly what Senate Dems had tried to block.

The years in which Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar were on campus saw the mass normalization of campus anti-Semitism led by hate groups like the Muslim Students Association.

Omar served as MSA president at North Dakota State University.

Boston University, Cortez’s alma mater, had become notorious for its anti-Israel campus activism.

Omar’s congressional anti-Semitism mirrors traditional MSA and other campus hate group tactics of provoking Jewish students with anti-Semitic harassment and then riding the backlash by claiming to be “people of color” who have fallen victim to a pro-Israel lobby trying to silence criticism of Israel.

Omar’s anti-Semitism brought campus politics to congress.

The House debate mirrored previous campus debates about anti-Semitism with a coalition of leftist and identity politics groups, the Congressional Black Caucus and the Progressive Caucus, defending anti-Semitism, and leaving Speaker Pelosi cast in the role of the hapless college administrator. Like so many college administrators, Pelosi inevitably dismissed Jewish complaints and bowed to the radicals.

The precedent for these tactics had been set on college campuses. Cortez and Omar just exported campus pressure tactics to congress. And, from her very first protest against Pelosi, a sit-in at the Speaker’s office, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez made it abundantly clear that her playbook came from the college campus, not the adult world of politics. And Pelosi had the same vulnerability as college administrators, a fear that radical protests would cut her off from her billionaire leftist backers.

Speaker Pelosi, like college administrators, has chosen to pick her battles with the socialist selfie club. That means defending her priorities, her office and the agendas of her special interests, not Jews. The average college administrator won’t pick a fight that might force him out of his cushy job over anti-Semitism. Neither will Speaker Pelosi who wants to move on to the big issues. Not anti-Semitism.

Faced with a coordinated assault by the Congressional Black Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, and anti-Israel leftists across the media, she did what so many administrators have done, offer a generic condemnation of bigotry without focusing on the specific anti-Semitism or naming names.

The 2020 candidates, at best split the difference, and at worst, like Warren, attacked the Jews.

In less than a decade, campus anti-Semitism had made the great leap from congress to campus. In a year, it might make the leap from campus BDS groups all the way to the White House.

Why did Senator Elizabeth Warren turn to anti-Semitism? 2020 Democrat primary demographics break down into three groups: minorities, elderly lefties, young lefties. Warren performs decently with elderly lefties, abysmally with minorities and poorly with young lefties. Her main competition is Bernie Sanders who had formerly been the most anti-Israel voice in the 2020 race. And he had quickly defended Omar.

Warren doesn’t seriously expect to make any headway with minorities. Black people don’t like either Bernie or Warren. There are already African-American candidates in the race. And the only white candidate who might make inroads with the minority vote is Joe Biden. Warren’s only play was going after the campus radicals who love Bernie. And she did it by allying with anti-Semites.

Campus politics are not only transforming the House, but they’re paving the way to the White House.

No Democrat candidate for the White House has been willing to express clear support for Israel. They, like Pelosi, have become subservient to an anti-Semitic campus lobby whose backing they want.

Conservatives and pro-Israel activists have been concerned about campus anti-Semitism, but they have spent too long thinking of it as a campus problem. The campus is the incubator for tomorrow’s leaders. And, for anyone who dismissed campus crybullies and their narcissistic safe space tantrums, Cortez and Omar are warning signs that campus politics is well on its way to defining our national politics.

 If we lose the battle for the college campus, we will be fighting the same battles in Washington D.C.

The college campus is where most of tomorrow’s elected officials get their first taste of politics. It’s where they learn what works and what doesn’t. Previous generations had leaders who were forged in the molten crucible of war. The closest thing that most of today’s Democrats have to a conflict is student politics. It sets the pattern of their views and their tactics as they climb the ranks of our political system.

Jewish Democrats who failed to confront campus anti-Semitism in the previous decade now find that they are losing to it in the Senate, the House of Representatives, and, eventually, the White House.

The same organizations that spoke out against the David Horowitz Freedom Center’s aggressive campaigns against campus anti-Semitism now wring their hands helplessly over Rep. Omar. Their statements indicate that they have absolutely failed to understand the lessons of the last decade.

The alliance of the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine, the coalition of Islamists and leftists that defined so much of campus life for Jewish students, is defining national politics. Jewish organizations that failed to stand up to either one are now losing out to both.

The SJP-MSA coalition had claimed that its anti-Semitic tactics, everything from disrupting Holocaust memorials to harassing Jewish students and spreading anti-Semitic materials, was just criticism of Israel. And that any effort to oppose it was really a conspiracy to muzzle any criticism of Israel.

Rep. Omar and her political allies have deployed that same argument nationally. And the Jewish Democrats did in the House exactly what they had done on campus, they offered some token protests. And then they folded, accepted a meaningless gesture from the boss, and learned their lesson.

Rep. Omar was able to get away with the anti-Semitic bullying of other House members in the same way that Jewish representatives and candidates were bullied out of student government. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s next target will be Rep. Elliot Engel and assorted other Jewish elected officials.

When Rep. Ilhan Omar ran for office, her donors included Hatem Bazian, the co-founder of Students for Justice in Palestine. Bazian, who has a long history of anti-Semitism, had started out allegedly harassing Jewish students at San Francisco State University: including blocking a Jewish student from a spot on the Student Judicial Council. Bazian’s hateful politics have now gone national via Omar’s anti-Semitism.

The launch of Jexodus has occasioned sneers and smears from establishment organizations. But Jewish Democrats may want to consider what their future in a party defined by BDS supporters and anti-Semites who play the identity politics card while trafficking in anti-Semitism, looks like.

We are all on campus now.

          Dem House Passes Anti-Democratic Election Overhaul      Cache   Translate Page      

The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed an outrageous legislative assault on fair elections and the First Amendment last week that would drive up the occurrence of the voter fraud Democrats increasingly rely on to win elections.

The House approved H.R. 1, dubbed the proposed “For the People Act,” on a strict party line vote of 234 to 193 on March 8. Conservatives quite correctly denounced the measure as a “voter fraud and election theft” wish list.

Even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) trashed the bill, saying it would “unconstitutionally infringe on the speech and associational rights of many public interest organizations and American citizens.”

In a tweet, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) described H.R. 1 as the “Democrat Politician Protection Act,” after previously saying the measure was “a massive power grab.”

“What is the problem that we’re trying to solve here? We had the highest turnout last year since 1966 in an off-year election,” McConnell reportedly said March 6. “People are flooding to the polls … because they’re animated. They’re interested. This is a solution in search of a problem. What it really is, is designed to make it more likely that Democrats win more often.”

On the day the House passed the bill, McConnell repeated his vow never to allow the bill to move to the Senate floor for a vote. This means H.R. 1 will likely become a big issue for both parties on the campaign trail in 2020.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) tweeted: “Democrats did not design #HR1 to protect your vote. They designed it to put a thumb on the scale of every election in America and keep the Swamp swampy.”

At a leftist pep rally, Democrat lawmakers lied about the nation’s voting system, whining about how difficult it is for their poor bumbling voters to produce valid identification at the polls, even though presenting ID is now a requirement in our society to do virtually anything worth doing.

"For months, for years, really for decades, millions of Americans have been looking at Washington and feeling like they've been left behind," said the principal author of the bill, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.). "Too many Americans have faced this challenge where getting to the ballot box every two years is like getting through an obstacle course."

“H.R. 1 restores the people’s faith that government works for the public interest, the people’s interests, not the special interests,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday in a rare moment of coherence.

We’ve been down this pothole-riddled road before.

Democrats used their newly won House majority to approve H.R. 1 with minimal public discussion of the measure, just as the newly inaugurated Bill Clinton rammed a massive overhaul of the electoral system through Congress a short time after taking office. Clinton acted at a time when voter participation was rising and there was no popularly expressed demand for reform. Clinton and Democratic lawmakers sandbagged the Republican opposition before lawmakers had much of a chance even to digest the sweeping legislation.

The so-called Motor Voter law Congress passed 26 years ago opened up new frontiers for voter fraud.

As John Fund wrote in his book, Stealing Elections:

Perhaps no piece of legislation in the last generation better captures the 'incentivizing' of fraud... than the 1993 National Voter Registration Act[.] ... Examiners were under orders not to ask anyone for identification or proof of citizenship. States also had to permit mail-in voter registrations, which allowed anyone to register without any personal contact with a registrar or election official. Finally, states were limited in pruning 'dead wood' - people who had died, moved or been convicted of crimes - from their rolls. ... Since its implementation, Motor Voter has worked in one sense: it has fueled an explosion of phantom voters.

And who pushed Motor Voter?

Small-c communists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven spearheaded the drive to pass the law. They believed that poor people and radical agitators had every moral right to game the electoral system in order to bring about change. Cloward didn't worry about fraud, either. "It's better to have a little bit of fraud than to leave people off the rolls who belong there," he said. President Clinton gave a shout-out to Cloward and Piven at the bill-signing ceremony in 1993 that both attended.

Sentient Republicans knew the bill was an atrocity. On final passage, the Senate vote was 62 to 36, with only seven Republicans voting "yea." The House vote was 259 to 164, with only 20 Republicans voting "yea."

"Between 1994 and 1998, nearly 26 million names were added to the voter rolls nationwide, almost a 20 percent increase," according to Fund.  Motor Voter has "been registering illegal aliens, since anyone who receives a government benefit [including welfare] may also register to vote with no questions asked."

H.R. 1 is even more ambitious than Motor Voter, according to a summary of the bill’s provisions in The Epoch Times.

It would make Election Day a federal holiday (actually, that’s not a terrible idea), mandate automatic voter registration and same-day voter registration, strip state legislatures of redistricting responsibilities and give those powers to independent commissions, forbid federal lawmakers from serving on corporate boards, and force U.S. presidents –wink, wink, President Trump— to release their tax returns.

“H.R. 1 expands access to voting in a number of ways, including forcing states to implement early voting, online voter registration, and ‘no-fault’ absentee balloting, or the issuance of absentee ballots without requiring a reason for their request,” according to the summary.

Christian Adams, a former Department of Justice civil rights attorney and president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation, told lawmakers earlier this year that H.R. 1 is bound to boost fraud.

“The voter rolls are currently full of ineligible voters who have died or moved out of the jurisdiction where they are registered,” Adams said.

“H.R.1 would make the problem worse by stripping the power of states to manage their own voter rolls to keep them clean using well-established best practices, such as postal mailings and recurring inactivity of registrants in elections. H.R.1’s mandate that states stop using these tools is just bad public policy.”

According to the summary, “[t]he measure also requires eligible voters to be registered automatically through state driver’s license offices and welfare departments unless they affirmatively decline. Felons would be automatically registered upon release from prison, and prospective voters would be able to both register and vote on the same day, including on Election Day.”

The bill also “mandates federal funding to match small-dollar donations and would deposit the funding into campaign bank accounts. It further requires the disclosure of donors who give more than $10,000 to tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, such as 501(c)4 groups.”

Current tax law permits such so-called “dark money” donors to remain anonymous to shield them from political reprisals. The Supreme Court ruled in 1958 in NAACP v.

Alabama ex rel. Patterson that Alabama could not force the National Association for the

Advancement of Colored People to hand over the names and addresses of all its members in that state.

But the Left is salivating at the prospect of using social media to hound conservative donors for daring to contribute to conservative causes.

Because terrorizing their adversaries is what leftists do.


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          Bruxelles et le traité du FNI : Washington menace la sécurité de l'UE      Cache   Translate Page      
Le Traité sur l'élimination des missiles à moyenne et à courte portée cesse d'exister : Washington a déjà investi dans la production de ces missiles interdits. Peu importe ce que disent les États-Unis à propos du missile russe 9M729, quelles que soient leurs suspicions et leurs hypothèses, nous devons comprendre que la question du non-respect de l'accord a été soulevée à une lointaine année 2009. Le président des États-Unis, Barack Obama, avait décidé d'adopter une (...) - Tribune Libre

          Nebraska RB Maurice Washington Surrendered To Authorities In California This Weekend      Cache   Translate Page      

Maurice Washington has taken the next step in his legal situation. The Nebraska running back went back to California to self-surrender, with a warrant out for his arrest. Washington is accused to possessing and sharing a sexual video of a minor. The video in question does not show Washington, per reports, but a girl he […]

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          New Jersey Cheat Sheet: Jersey City office tower sells for $170M, Mack-Cali buys Metropark building amid big portfolio sale… & more      Cache   Translate Page      
iStar buys Jersey City office building from LeFrak for $170M The LeFrak Organization has sold the 350,000-square-foot Newport Office Center 6 at 570 Washington Boulevard in Jersey City to iStar for $170 million, sources told The Real Deal. The 10-story building is part of the 300-acre, mixed-use Newport mega-development that the LeFrak family has been working on since 1986. The sale, which is the most expensive deal for a Jersey City office tower since February of […]
          See an Octopus Change Color as It Sleeps, Perchance Dreams      Cache   Translate Page      

Though the octopus in the video below may appear deep in sleep, its skin is wide awake. In a matter of seconds, it pulses from coconut white to muted gray to speckled brown, all while the cephalopod clings to a rock, its eyes shut tight. LiveScience recently shared this dramatic video, originally taken by Rachel Otey in 2017, of a Caribbean two-spot octopus slumbering in a tank in the Butterfly Pavilion, a nonprofit invertebrate zoo in Colorado. The cephalopods are widely admired these days for their intelligence, but is this one … dreaming?

A conscious octopus changes its color and patterning on a dime to fool prey or escape danger. According to Jennifer Mather, a psychologist at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, the color changes originate from a spontaneous, unconscious firing in the octopus’s optic lobe. A 2011 study suggests that many sleeping octopuses typically display a “half-and-half” skin pattern, with light areas and dark splotches, regardless of the color of their environment. While this seems like it could betray the animal’s presence in its stomping grounds off the coast of Haiti, Mather says wild octopuses keep themselves safe by sleeping in hidden dens.

According to Mather, one of the theories behind sleep is for an organism to rehearse and solidify traces in the brain from experiences of the previous day. Octopus brains do the same kind of thing. “If this central experience is ‘dreaming,’ and our dreaming is often linked to what has happened before, then octopuses might dream,” she says.

The only cephalopod with a proven penchant for dreaming is probably the cutest. A 2012 study led by Marcos G. Frank, now a neuroscientist at Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane, discovered that sleeping cuttlefish demonstrate a form of rapid eye movement (REM), the same stage of sleep that gives us our dreams, distinguished by the spontaneous activation of brain cells, going off like fireflies in a forest. For a cephalopod, this manifests in frantic eye movements under closed lids (octopuses: they’re just like us) or erratic shifts in skin coloration (or not). In Frank’s study, the sleeping cuttlefish’s chromatophores recombined into recognizable patterns, just like ones they displayed while awake. He believes this might be analogous to the weirdly familiar patchwork of human dreams. “This video is the best evidence I have ever seen that this particular cephalopod has a sleep-state similar to what we saw in cuttlefish,” Frank says of the Caribbean two-spot octopus.

While Otey’s video may be strong evidence, REM sleep hasn’t been confirmed in octopuses. That would require a neurobiological investigation in which scientists measure the electrical activity in a snoozing cephalopod. But if octopuses do indeed dream, we hope it’s of electric-green sea sheep.

          Dems announce expanded Dream Act...      Cache   Translate Page      

Dems announce expanded Dream Act...

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[size=32] of Baghdad , of Washington is on its military presence[/size] [size=18] Twilight News      2 hours ago[/size] [size=17]The Iraqi government announced on Tuesday that the American side was informed of the presence of foreign military presence in the country. "We have informed the US side of Iraq's priorities regarding the foreign military presence," Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi told a weekly news conference. "Iraq will never be a region of conflict ...
          Remains of the Day (03/12)      Cache   Translate Page      

The New York Times: For "Crashing," the third season was the charm -- and the end

Twitter: "Survivor" contestant Chris Underwood seems to be packing some major heat

The Smoking Gun: Man storms Taco Bell, makes own Mexican pizza

New York Post: Let's just say I get my Metrocards mailed to my home

Washington Post: A baby frozen in a ditch haunted a South Dakota town for 38 years. Now his mother has been found.

Greg in Hollywood: Hunky out actor Dan Amboyer makes his pitch to be Marvel's first gay superhero on the big screen

Dlisted: Instead of paying half a million dollars to bribe your kid into school, wouldn't it make more sense to give them that money and send them on their merry way?

Back2Stonewall: Third man "cured" of HIV/AIDS, this time in Germany

Towleroad: Jussie Smollett appears at Chicago court hearing "to show confidence in his innocence"(!)

Boy Culture: This Georgia rep wants to require men to get permission before using Viagra (and she's right)

Baseline: Grigor Dimitrov, Nick Kyrgios, John Isner and Kyle Edmund are surprisingly homoerotic in their "Cards Against Humanity" answers

NYT: Board meetings, not backhands, are the talk of men's tennis

The Daily News: Boy, 16, groped and kissed by stranger on Brooklyn subway platform: cops

CBS Pittsburgh: I'm not condoning assault, but I might look the other way about this

NYT: Congratulations, it's twins -- and the doctor is perplexed

The Randy Report: Nick Jonas's tight shirt tops the chart -- and Olivia Newton-John's memoir is here

Gr8er Days: Andrew Ridgeley penning Wham! memoir

The Plum Line: No, Crazy Donald. America's Jews will not be joining you in the GOP

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          Upper Manhattan school hosts rally after Customs and Border Protection agents put neighborhood on edge      Cache   Translate Page      

Principal Julie Zuckerman strummed a guitar Tuesday afternoon, leading roughly 50 people to “This Land Is Your Land” outside Castle Bridge School in Washington Heights. As a few children played on the fringes of the circle, parents, community members, and immigration advocates held a musical rally of sorts to symbolize their solidarity, less than a […]

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President Trump sent his fiscal 2020 budget proposal to Congress on Monday. And while Congress is not expected to accept the plan, there are a few items in the budget that are likely to lead to debate. WSJ's Gerald F. Seib explains. Photo: Getty

          3/12/2019: SPORTS: Another tough challenge for Lowry      Cache   Translate Page      

The Winnipeg Jets’ checking line centre Adam Lowry did a strong job of keeping Washington’s Evgeny Kuznetsov off the board on Sunday. His reward? Well, on Tuesday, he gets another stiff challenge: Minimize the impact of the San Jose Sharks’ top...
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Nationals players are reflected in the sunglasses of Washington centre-fielder Victor Robles before a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday in Jupiter, Fla. The Cards won 3-2.
          Le MCAS, un système pour stabiliser les Boeing 737 MAX, sous la loupe des enquêteurs      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington - Les accidents de Boeing 737 MAX ont mis un coup de projecteur sur des dispositifs essentiels au pilotage de ces avions de dernière génération, tel que le système de stabilisation dit "MCAS", visé par les autorités américaines qui demandent sa modification.
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Day 1 of the “legal tampering” period in the NFL saw all sorts of action. Just not in Minnesota. Anthony Barr left for the Jets. Safety Landon Collins signed an $84 million deal in Washington,…
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Ritual's $1 Food Fest is Here! Get ready to feast on Ritual's $1 Food Festival in major cities in the US and Canada. Lunches at hundreds of restaurants are just ONE DOLLAR in midtown New York City, downtown San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, Los Angeles, Detroit, and also in Canada: Vancouver…

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          Vintage Bouquet Of Glass Fruit And Flowers by WhoKnowsWhat      Cache   Translate Page      

6.00 USD

Mixed bunch of wired glass fruit and flowers. I love the detail of each flower and use these on my jewelry for decades. Before I graduated from high school I fell in love with these kind of vintage flowers and sold my jewelry everywhere from Barneys in New York, to The Woman's Museum in Washington to down and dirty flea markets.

When using these flowers, it's important to remember when twisting the hoops to always stay away from where the wire and glass meet, as that area is fragile and can snap if you twist the wire at the glass. Otherwise, they work well for hooping and hanging.

flower is 21mm round, wire is approx. 1.5 inches long
1 clump , 12 glass wired pieces per order.
Will be very close to photo but might vary a tiny bit.

Back to my shop

           Comment on Looks like Brexit delay, possibly no Brexit by RRM       Cache   Translate Page      
Sorry Jack5 I reported your comment by accident. GB is still one of very few countries that design and build their own nuclear submarines. I guess they are focusing their energy where it really counts, and outsourcing mundane stuff that might as well be outsourced? Rumour has it there are only two kinds of ships in modern navies: nuclear submarines, and targets. So much of the history of the RN is about crews making do with ships that weren't quite as good as the best, or as numerous as the best, and achieving good results despite it all. (From Cook exploring NZ in effectively a converted coal barge onwards...) At the time of the Washington treaty, the USN was a navy of shiny new ships with shiny new officers. Whereas the RN and the Japanese Navy had recently fought hard battles using current technology and tactics, and knew what they were doing. There were probably still U.S. leaders who remembered GB supplying and aiding the Confederate Navy also...?
          Trump proposes $4.7 tn budget for 2020, to balance by 2034      Cache   Translate Page      

Washington: US President Donald Trump presented to the Congress a budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 that contained stiff spending cuts across non-defence federal agencies, and a hike in defence money.

According to the USD 4.7 trillion budget proposal, the Trump administration plans to cut domestic spending by 5 percent over the next year, or a nearly USD 30-billion-dollar, involving programs on education, health care and environment protection, among others, Xinhua news agency reported.

The budget blueprint proposes a USD 2.7 trillion spending cuts over the next decade, including USD 1.9 trillion in cuts to mandatory programmes, a senior administration official told a briefing on Monday. The official said the budget "will have more reductions in spending than any president in history has even proposed."

The budget plan foresees a USD 1.1 trillion deficit in 2019, 2020 and 2021, and a 1-trillion-dollar deficit in 2022. The administration predicts that the United States will return to budget balance in 2034.

The budget roadmap, designed for fiscal year 2020 that starts on Oct. 1, would increase defence spending by nearly 5 percent to USD 750 billion from USD 716 billion in fiscal year 2019.

It also seeks USD 8.6 billion for constructing additional sections of a wall along the US border with Mexico -- USD 5 billion in funding for the Department of Homeland Security and USD 3.6 billion for the Department of Defense's military construction fund.

          Col. Robert P. Cummins       Cache   Translate Page      
The 142nd PA Infantry's original commander, Col. Robert P. Cummins was mortally wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg during the first day's fighting on July 1, 1863. He was wounded in the chest as his regiment fell back from an ill-fated charge into the 47th NC on Seminary Ridge.

Before he was Colonel of the 142nd, Robert Cummins was a captain in the 10th PA Infantry. He gained valuable military experience here, but came back to Somerset, PA when he was elected Sheriff.
The husband and father of seven helped to raise the three Somerset County companies of the 142nd, and in August of 1862 was elected their Colonel.

When Colonel Cummins heard that there was going to be a battle in Fredericksburg in December 1862, he left his hospital bed in Washington, DC and arrived to lead his regiment moments before they saw their first action. He had horses shot out from under him at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg.

His last recorded words in battle were an exhortation to his men, to encourage them along as their army was getting pushed back and their regiment in particular was getting raked with Confederate artillery. "Rally round the flag," came the shout from the Colonel. Moments later he caught a minie ball in the chest.
His soldiers did not want to leave him behind, and tried carrying his body off, but each one was shot. Finally, one soldier simply uncuckled his belt, grabbed his sword, and waved it above his head as he ran back to meet his regiment.

Col. Cummins was captured by the Confederate soldiers and taken to "Old Dorm", the main Lutheran Seminary building that had been turned into the largest field hospital of the battle. The colonel was in considerable pain, but still wanted to be able to sit up and dangle his feet from the bed. At one point, in delirium, he's recorded as shouting out "For God's sake men, rally! We can whip them yet!"


He died in the Seminary on July 2, 1863 and was buried in the yard. A week or so later his body was exhumed and taken home to Somerset, PA. It arrived on July 11, 1862. The next day, his body laid in a casket draped with an American flag and covered with flowers. The hearse was drawn by two white horses and had a military escort to Union Cemetery. Three volleys were fired in tribute.
Later, his troops raised money for a very large headstone.

In 1889, the 142nd held a reunion and monument dedication at Gettysburg. The granite cross lists the battles waged by this unit and the carnage felt by it on that battlefield.

In 2003, descendents of members of the 142nd and their friends raised money and had a monument to Col. Cummins and the 142nd erected in the Colonel's hometown of Somerset, PA. The monument is located by the old jail, which is where Robert Cummin's sheriff office was.

In 2013, on the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Old Dorm, where Col. Cummins died, was turned into the Seminary Ridge Museum. This new museum tells the story of the first day's battle and of the hopsital that the building became. Col. Cummins played a key role in both of these stories.

          150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fredericksburg      Cache   Translate Page      
Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the bloody battle of Fredericksburg, VA. Confederate forces held the town, and for two days, Federal forces under the command of General Ambrose Burnside had been building pontoon bridges across the Rappahannock River.

General Ambrose Burnside, of facial hair fame.
As the 142nd PA Infantry waited across the river from their first battle, they were doing so without their commanding officer, Col. Robert P. Cummins, who was sick in the hospital in Washington, DC. They were being commanded by Lt. Col. Alfred B. McCalmont. The regiment was part of a larger group of Pennsylvania units in Gen. John Reynold's First Corps. On the afternoon of Dec. 12, 1862, the 142nd crossed a pontoon bridge near Deep Run Creek, and spent the night on the Fredericksburg side of the river.

Most scholarship on the battle of Fredericksburg has centered around the Federal assault on the stone wall at the base of Marye's Heights that resulted in the destruction of so many Union troops. The 142nd was not involved in this action however. They were involved in an assault a few miles south of town, on what is now known as the Slaughter Pen Farm.

Battle map of Slaughter Pen Farm action, Dec. 13, 1862.  142nd is part of Magilton's Brigade .

The boys woke up on the morning of the 13th knowing that they were going into their first battle. Company F's 1st Sgt. Jacob Zorn wrote extensively about the preparations for battle in his diary:

"At Seven oClock. we moved forward to the Left & front about a half mile when we were ordered to unfling Knapsacks. about this time the Reb Shells began to find us. which excited more than a little. Im sure we dodged when the Shells went high above our head. after unflinging knapsacks we moved forward. crossed. Bowlin green Road about 40 Yards beyond the Road and about twenty Steps in the Rear of our batterys we were ordered to lay down. after lying here Some time Col CUMMINS came riding into the field when least expected as he had been sent away Sick. hearing of the advance of the Army the Col left a Sick bed inorder to get to his Regt in time of nead but when come into the field the Regt gave three hearty cheers."

Further north, at Marye's Heights, Federal commanders kept sending wave after wave of troops to assault the stone wall that the Confederate forces used as cover. They never came close to breaking through the Confederate lines. The Slaughter Pen Farm was the only time the Union troops broke through southern lines. Under a helpful cover of dense fog, Federal troops under Gen. George Meade crossed the open fields and the railroad tracks. Sgt. Zorn wrote that "...the way the field was raked with Schell and canister is entirely beyond description."

The Union breakthrough was short lived, and soon the Federal troops were pushed back by the Confederate artillery batteries on the high ground. The 142nd  fell back away from the field of battle to the spot the occupied two days prior.

Federal losses for the day were high: 12,600 casualties to the Confederates 5,300. The 142nd PVI lost 270 men, killed, wounded, or missing.

Two days later, they would cross the pontoon bridges and settle in Culpeper, VA for their winter camp as combat veterans. In 1889, at the unit's second reunion,  the 142nd's final commander, Col. Horatio N. Warren spoke about his regiment's first battle:

"Here, my comrades, let me say, is where our first genuine experience of war commenced - here is where we passed the first ordeal that was calculated to try men's souls - here is where we heard the first rattle of musketry and knew and realized the leaden missiles, screaming past our ears, coming directly from the muzzles of well-aimed muskets, in the hands of our common enemy, must deal death and destruction to our ranks, and summon many a good friend and comrade to lay his life upon the altar of his country and manfully meet his God."

The Union loss at Fredericksburg was but the first faltering step taken by the 142nd PVI. This step would lead to a run that would end in Appomattox Courthouse, VA two and a half years later.

          Camp A, Frederick, MD      Cache   Translate Page      
In early October of 1862, the 142nd moved from their position at Ft. Massachusetts, on the outskirts of Washington, DC, to Frederick, MD. Following the battles of South Mountain and Antietam, in September, many of the Union wounded were moved to the hospitals located in this central Maryland city.

Aftermath of the Battle of Antietam
The city of Frederick, MD was a crossroads town during the war. Because of this, they had three Confederate invasions, 38 skirmishes, and two major battles. The Union Army held a permanent general hospital there, but after the 1862 Maryland Campaign, many field hospitals were set up, using churches, businesses, and tents.

The 142nd was assigned to one of the tent hospitals, named Camp A. On October 2nd, Capt. Albert Heffley wrote: "This morn they gave our camp a name. They concluded to call it Camp Allen...To day about 300 wounded arrived, amongst which are some 10 or 12 Rebel prisoners, and 3 or 4 of them are very intelligent, & about as fine a looking set of people as I almost ever saw."

William Notson
 Camp A was the largest of the two tent hospitals in Frederick. It staffed 11 surgeons and assistant surgeons, 2 medical cadets, 4 stewards, 114 male nurses, and 18 cooks, with a patient capacity of 733.

 The 142nd's duties during this time consisted of cooking, nursing, and policing. William Notson was the Surgeon in Charge of Camp A. He did not have kind words for the new recruits of the 142nd, stating that "To a perfect laxity of discipline upon the part of their officers may be added the natural inefficiency of the recruit." 

 The regiment spent only a couple weeks in Frederick caring for the wounded. Soon they would march off the Antietam and Harper's Ferry to join the rest of the Army of the Potomac that was massing for another drive into Virginia.

Works Cited:

Reimer, Terry. One Vast Hospital: The Civil War Hospital Sites in Frederick, Maryland After Antietam. National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 2001. pp. 94-98.

Croner, Barbara M. A Sergeant's Story - Civil War Diary of Jacob J. Zorn 1862-1865. Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1999.

Berlin Area Historical Society. Civil War Diaries of Capt. Albert Heffley and Lt. Cyrus P. Heffley. Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 2000.

          Pvt. Jesse H. Critchfield, Co. F      Cache   Translate Page      
Today we meet Jesse Critchfield, a man born and raised in Somerset County, PA. He was born in that rural, hilly country on July 2, 1841 to William and Susannah Critchfield. Jesse grew up on the family farm, and married Rebecca Gessner of Berlin, Somerset County, PA on Dec. 3, 1861.

Less than two years later, on August 21, 1862, Jesse enlisted in Co. F, 142nd PA Infantry and was mustered into service four days later. Pvt. Critchfield (often misspelled "Scritchfield" in regimental records) saw action in the battles of Fredericksburg, Wilderness, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Laurel Hill, where he was taken prisoner, according to the records kept by his 1st Sergeant, Jacob Zorn.

Jesse then spent eight months in Andersonville Prison in Georgia. According to his pension records, he made his way back to his regiment March 2, 1865, and mustered out with them in Washington, DC on May 29, 1865.

After the war, Jesse moved back home and was a schoolteacher in Somerset County until 1881, when he went into the mercantile business. A few years later, Jesse and Rebecca moved to Ellersie, Allegany County, MD where he taught school again, was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates, became Assistant Postmaster, and was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He and Rebecca also had 7 children.

In 1902, the 142nd PVI held their 40th reunion in Berlin, PA, and according to the Berlin Record, Jesse was one of the veterans in attendance. Below is a picture of some Co. F veterans from that reunion.

Photo Credit: A Sergeant's Story

Jesse H. Critchfield passed away on March 13, 1917, and is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Cumberland, MD.

A very big THANK YOU is due to Pvt. Critchfield's great-great grandaugher, Michele Doyle, for sharing all her research into Jesse and his family. Check out her blog at

Works Cited:

Croner, Barbara M. A Sergeant's Story - Civil War Diary of Jacob J. Zorn 1862-1865. Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1999.

Doyle, Michele. "Jesse Critchfield Collection."

          Fort Stevens, Washington, D.C.      Cache   Translate Page      

Photo Credit: Library of Congress
Once the 142nd left Camp Curtin in Pennsylvania, the regiment was immediately sent to Ft. Massachusetts, later named Ft. Stevens, just outside of Washington, D.C. This fort was one of many structures surrounding D.C., making it one of the most fortified cities on earth. By the end of the war, there were 68 forts, 93 gun batteries, 20 miles of rifle pits, and 32 miles of military roads around the Capital.

  The regiment was sent to this location, along what was then 7th Street Pike, to help secure the main artery into the city from the North. Their time here did not consist of much drilling. Mostly, they dug rifle pits and cleared trees.

Lt. Col. Alfred B. McCalmont
Photo Credit: Dickinson College

In a letter to his brother John, dated Sept. 9, 1862, Lt. Col. Alfred McCalmont wrote, "Our men are all detailed to cut down the woods in front of the fort, and to work on the fortifications."

Capt. Albert Heffley
Photo Credit: Berlin, PA Historical Society

Capt. Albert Heffley of Co. F records the same in his diary: "After breakfast I detailed 50 men from the company to chop trees down about a mile from the Fort, so as to prevent the enemy from planting batteries. I had a great time with the boys. About one half worked exceedingly well, while the other half scarcely earned their salt."

It's difficult to imagine the need for cutting down trees around Fort Stevens if you see its 21st Century location. Due to years of urban sprawl, Ft. Stevens is now located in the middle of Washington, DC, completely encroached by development on all sides. In fact, the Civil War Trust, the nation's leader in battlefield preservation, named Fort Stevens as among the most endangered Civil War battlefields in 2010.

Photo Credit: Civil War Trust

After a few weeks in the Nation's Capital, the 142nd left Ft. Stevens and moved to Maryland to help with the sick and wounded from the battles of Antietam and South Mountain.

Two years later, Fort Stevens would gain fame as being the only location where a sitting President of the United States ever came under direct enemy fire. In July 1864, Confederate General Jubal Early moved northward through Virginia and Maryland, and on July 11 arrived near Silver Spring, MD, just outside of Washington. He sent out skirmishers to test the city's surrounding fortifications. On July 12, President and Mrs. Lincoln came to Fort Stevens to see the action for themselves. After Confederate snipers took a few shots in his direction, the President quickly left for a safer venue.

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Works Cited:

United States Departmentt of the Interior brochure.

National Park Service Battle Summaries.

Civil War Trust.
          150th Anniversary of the 142nd PA Volunteer Infantry      Cache   Translate Page      
This week marks the sesquicentennial of the formation of 142nd PA Volunteers.

During the summer of 1862, Union victory in the War Between the States was anything but assured. In fact, until this point it was the Confederate forces who were racking up victory after victory on the battlefield. Federal losses during the Peninsular Campaign in Eastern Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley in West-Central Virginia, and New Orleans and Shiloh in the Western Theater shed a dark shadow across the White House and the Governor's mansions of the Northern states during that spring and summer.

In response to the military losses suffered by the Federal Army, the Commander in Chief, Abraham Lincoln, made a call for 150,000 additional troops.

To the Governors of the several States:
The capture of New Orleans, Norfolk, and Corinth by the national forces has enabled the insurgents to concentrate a large force at and about Richmond, which place we must take with the least possible delay; in fact, there will soon be no formidable insurgent force except at Richmond. With so large an army there, the enemy can threaten us on the Potomac and elsewhere. Until we have reestablished the national authority, all these places must be held, and we must keep a respectable force in front of Washington. But this, from the diminished strength of our Army, by sickness and casualties, renders an addition to it necessary in order to close the struggle which has been prosecuted for the last three months with energy and success. Rather than hazard the misapprehension of our military condition and of groundless alarm by a call for troops by proclamation, I have deemed it best to address you in this form. To accomplish the object stated we require without delay 150,000 men, including those recently called for by the Secretary of War. Thus reenforced our gallant Army will be enabled to realize the hopes and expectations of the Government and the people.

The 142nd PA was among the hundreds of new regiments that formed across the Union in the summer of 1862 at the urging of the President.

Pennsylvania's Governor, Andrew Curtin, was among the Union Governors who replied back to President Lincoln:

Andrew Gregg Curtin
(Photo: Camp Curtin Historical Society)

The undersigned, governors of States of the Union, impressed with the belief that the citizens of the States which they respectively represent are of one accord in the hearty desire that the recent successes of the Federal arms may be followed up by measures which must insure the speedy restoration of the Union, and believing that, in view of the present state of the important military movements now in progress and the reduced condition of our effective forces in the field, resulting from the usual and unavoidable casualties in the service, the time has arrived for prompt and vigorous measures to be adopted by the people in support of the great interests committed to your charge, respectfully request, if it meets with your entire approval, that you at once call upon the several States for such number of men as may be required to fill up all military organizations now in the field, and add to the armies heretofore organized such additional number of men as may, in your judgment, be necessary to garrison and hold all the numerous cities and military positions that have been captured by our armies, and to speedily crush the rebellion that still exists in several of the Southern States, thus practically restoring to the civilized world our great and good Government. All believe that the decisive moment is near at hand, and to that end the people of the United States are desirous to aid promptly in furnishing all reenforcements that you may deem needful to sustain our Government.

Andrew Gregg Curtin was the wartime Governor of Pennsylvania, serving as Republican from 1861-1867. The Bellefonte, PA native became an ally of President Linoln's in the war effort and was excellent at being able to secure funding and troops to protect his state from the Confederate troops sneaking back and forth across his southern border.
Statue of Gov. Curtin on one of the corners of the Pennsylvania State Monument at Gettysburg National Military Park
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Curtin came from a political family and was a lawyer before entering the political arena himself. After the war, he became Minister to Russia, a Democratic US Congressman, and was a member of the Committee on Foriegn Affairs and the Committee on Banking and Currency.

After his time in Congress, Curtin resumed his law practiced until his death in 1894. He is buried in Union Cemetery in his hometown of Bellefonte.


The men of the 142nd were mustered into service at Camp Curtin, an army camp near Harrisburg, PA. Camp Curtin was established soon after Ft. Sumter was fired upon, when men throughout Pennsylvania converged on the state capital to volunteer their services. At that time, Governor Curtin ordered his state militia commander to seize the grounds of the Dauphin County Agricultural Society. Although it was supposed to be named "Camp Union", when the Camp was opened on April 18, 1861, Maj. Joseph Knipe changed the name to honor the State's Governor. Over the course of the War, over 300,000 troops passed through Camp Curtin, making it the largest Federal camp.  

Even though the camp trained such large numbers of soldiers, at least two Somerset County men from Co. F were less than impressed with their short stay. 

In his Saturday, August 23, 1862 diary entry, 1st Sgt Jacob Zorn wrote that "Camp Curtin (on as windy as day as this) is one of the dirtiest and dustiest places Ive ever Been theres no end to dust" (sic)

The next day's entry is no better: "Gov. CURTIN passed through Camp today and plenty of women visiting. but most of them are in my opinion doubtful characters" (sic)

Capt. Albert Heffley only briefly mentions Camp Curtin in passing, after the regiment has already been moved to Washington, DC. "Camp Curtin is a very dirty place. The boys did not like it there a bit."

Though they might not have enjoyed their time at Camp Curtin, it was the launching pad for the 142nd PVI. It is where they came together, elected officers, and received their gear to get them through the next four years of bloody and dirty conflict. This would be the most peaceful time of their military service. In only a few shorts months, bullets and cannonballs would do what they do in all wars: steal young men from their friends and family far too early.

Works Cited:

Abraham Lincoln: "Executive Order - Call for Troops," June 30, 1862. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.
Berlin Area (PA) Historical Society. Civil War Diaries of Capt. Albert Heffley and Lt. Cyrus P. Heffley. Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 2000.

Camp Curtin Historical Society and Civil War Roundtable. History of Camp Curtin.

Croner, Barbara M. A Sergeant's Story - Civil War Diary of Jacob J. Zorn 1862-1865. Apollo, PA: Closson Press, 1999.

"Curtin, Andrew Gregg." Online by Tara L. Belcher and Lindley Homol, Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

          Pvt. Daniel Heckman, Co. F      Cache   Translate Page      
Daniel Heckman was born on April 10, 1843 in Somerset County, PA to John and Sarah (Sarver) Heckman. According the 1860 Federal Census of Alleghany Township, Daniel was a farm laborer on his family's farm and was the oldest of ten children.

Like many of his comrades in Company F, Daniel enlisted on August 21 and was mustered into the Army on August 25, 1862. During the regiment's first combat action at Fredericksburg, VA, Pvt. Heckman was shot in his torso. The bullet went through his left lung and exited his body on his right side. The next several months were spent at Finley Hospital in Washington, DC. He was discharged from the service on a Surgeon's Certificate on March 9, 1863.

In 1865, Daniel moved to Dixon, IL, where he lived until his death on March 9, 1904. He is buried beside his wife, Mary Ann (Kelley) Heckman in Mt. Union Cemetery, Dixon, IL.

A very special THANK YOU to Chris Krug, Pvt Heckman's GGG-Grandson, for providing the details of Daniel's service and wounding.

          Sgt. Noah Koontz, Co. D      Cache   Translate Page      
Noah Koontz was born October 30, 1842 in Shade Twp, Somerset County, PA. He was one of thirteen children born to Henry and Mary (Sell) Koontz. Noah grew up on his family farm in Shade Twp, and joined Co. D 142nd PA Infantry as a Private on August 22, 1862.

Koontz was promoted to Corporal on March 12, 1863, and was wounded in the hip at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. He recovered and returned to his company, and was again wounded at the Battle of Spottsylvania in September of 1864. A few weeks later, on Nov. 1, 1864, Noah was promoted to Sergeant. He was mustered out with his regiment at the end of the War on May 29, 1865 after the Grand Review in Washington, DC.
After he was he left army life, Noah moved back home, was married in October of 1865, and began working as a farmer. In 1886, Noah and his wife Margaret moved to Johnstown, Cambria County, PA. The Johnstown Flood of 1889 forced them to move to the Moxham neighborhood of Johnstown, which is relatively flood-free. According to his obituary in the Johnstown Tribune from January 25, 1916, Koontz had worked as a teamster and had also helped build the Somerset and Cambria branch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

From Left to Right: Daughter Abiah (Koontz) Horner, Sgt. Koontz, Granddaughter Elsie Horner, and Mother Mary (Sell) Koontz
When Noah passed away in 1916, he left behind a wife and seven children. He is buried in Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown, PA.

Recently, some letters have been found in Schmucker Hall on the Lutheran Theological Seminary campus in Gettysburg, PA. These letters were written to George Dull, one of Noah Koontz's Company D comrades. No letters to Koontz were found, but an envelope with his name on it was found in the same area. You can read about this story here.

Thank you to Braxton Berkey with the Johnstown Area Heritage Association for information on Sgt. Koontz's life!

          Pvt. Perry Lee, Co. C      Cache   Translate Page      
Perry Lee was born around 1846 in Pennsylvania. During the 1850 census, he and four other Lee children between the ages of 1 and 17 were living with Andrew and Sarah Growall in Milford Twp, Somerset County, PA. What happened to their parents is unknown.

On August 26, 1862, at the age of the 16, Perry Lee was mustered into Co. C 142nd PA Infantry.

During the 1864 Overland Campaign, the 142nd was in a hotly contested battle at Laurel Ridge, just outside of Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA. Pvt. Lee was severely wounded in his right leg during this fighting and had the leg amputated on May 12, 1864. He survived two weeks after the amputation and passed away on May 27, 1864 from his battle wounds.

Lee was laid to rest at the new Arlington National Cemetery, just across the Potomac from Washington.

          Pvt. Aaron Hartman, Co. C      Cache   Translate Page      
Aaron P. Hartman was born March 16, 1841 in Pennsylvania to John and Anna Margaretha (Krissinger) Hartman. John died early on in Aaron's life, and he was raised by his mother in the Berlin, Somerset County, PA area and by the time of the 1860 Federal Census was living in the county seat of Somerset, working as a blacksmithing apprentice.

Hartman was mustered into Co. C 142nd PA Infantry on Aug 25, 1862 and mustered out with his company on May 29, 1865 in Washington, DC.

After the war, like many other Americans, Aaron moved back home before heading out west. The Census of 1870 shows Hartman living in Berlin, PA, but he did not stay for long. In 1871, Hartman moved to Lee County, IL. There, on January 2, 1871 he married Harriet Elizabeth (Young) Hartman, with whom he had a son, Albert Welsey. The couple divorced and Aaron moved to Kansas.

By 1880, he had remarried, and his new wife Mary and stepson Henry Finch were living in Great Bend, Barton County, KS. Five years later, the three are living in Caldwell, Sumner County, KS.

Aaron Hartman died on March 28, 1892 and was laid to rest under a government headstone in Caldwell Cemetery, Caldwell, KS.

Much of the information provided by "Portrait and biographical album of Sumner County, KS" by Chapman Brothers and from Aaron Hartman's great-great granddaughter Heather Heikkila.

          U.S. Senate to vote Wednesday on Saudi Yemen war resolution      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate will vote on Wednesday on a resolution to end Washington's support for the Saudi Arabia-led military campaign in Yemen, as lawmakers push President Donald Trump to toughen his policy toward the kingdom. Announcing the vote on Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders called the war "a humanitarian and strategic disaster." Sanders, an independent who is running for president as a Democrat, is a lead co-sponsor of the resolution along with Republican Senator Mike Lee

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          U.S. plans ‘very significant’ additional Venezuela sanctions – official      Cache   Translate Page      

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is preparing to impose "very significant" Venezuela-related sanctions against financial institutions in the coming days, U.S. special envoy Elliott Abrams said on Tuesday.

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          No, Tucker Carlson, Child Marriage is not a ‘Different Lifestyle’      Cache   Translate Page      

In this March 2, 2017, file photo, Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," poses for photos in a Fox News Channel studio in New York.

© 2017 AP Photo/Richard Drew, File

Newly uncovered audio has US political media personality Tucker Carlson defending a man who received a felony conviction for arranging child marriages in the US. The audio was recorded more than a decade ago, during appearances by Carlson on the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show. In subsequent audio recordings, Carlson uses racist and homophobic slurs.

Carlson is heard on the audio backing the accused, saying: “He’s in prison because he is weird and unpopular and he has a different lifestyle that other people find creepy.” He then went on to say that rape of a child within the context of marriage is somehow different from other types of rape. “The rapist, in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of this person. So it is a little different,” he says. In the audio, Carlson also says that arranging a marriage between a 16-year-old and a 27-year-old isn’t the same as pulling a stranger off the street and raping her.

Ending Child Marriage

What does child marriage mean for girls’ lives? And why does child marriage persist?

Carlson isn’t backing down from his comments. Instead, he says he was caught “saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago.” He then challenges “[a]nyone who disagrees with [his] views” to come on to his show and explain why.

Here’s why: Human Rights Watch has documented the devastating impact child marriage has on girls around the world. Compared to women who marry after the age of 18, married girls are more likely to drop out of school, live in poverty, and be victims of domestic violence. Child marriage also often results in serious health risks due to early pregnancy, which threaten the lives of both girls and their babies.

Each year around the world, 12 million girls marry before the age of 18, and the US is no exception. With child marriage comes lifelong harmful effects for girls.

Carlson’s comments are deeply troubling. They make light of a practice that threatens the rights and health of girls.

At a time when there is growing recognition that child marriage is a severe human rights violation, Carlson’s comments are indefensible.

          No, Tucker Carlson, Child Marriage is not a ‘Different Lifestyle’      Cache   Translate Page      

In this March 2, 2017, file photo, Tucker Carlson, host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight," poses for photos in a Fox News Channel studio in New York.

© 2017 AP Photo/Richard Drew, File

Newly uncovered audio has US political media personality Tucker Carlson defending a man who received a felony conviction for arranging child marriages in the US. The audio was recorded more than a decade ago, during appearances by Carlson on the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show. In subsequent audio recordings, Carlson uses racist and homophobic slurs.

Carlson is heard on the audio backing the accused, saying: “He’s in prison because he is weird and unpopular and he has a different lifestyle that other people find creepy.” He then went on to say that rape of a child within the context of marriage is somehow different from other types of rape. “The rapist, in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of this person. So it is a little different,” he says. In the audio, Carlson also says that arranging a marriage between a 16-year-old and a 27-year-old isn’t the same as pulling a stranger off the street and raping her.

Protesters from Unchained at Last speak in front of the Massachusetts State House in Boston to end child marriage in Massachusetts, May 2017. 

© 2017 Unchained at Last/Facebook

Carlson isn’t backing down from his comments. Instead, he says he was caught “saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago.” He then challenges “[a]nyone who disagrees with [his] views” to come on to his show and explain why.

Here’s why: Human Rights Watch has documented the devastating impact child marriage has on girls around the world. Compared to women who marry after the age of 18, married girls are more likely to drop out of school, live in poverty, and be victims of domestic violence. Child marriage also often results in serious health risks due to early pregnancy, which threaten the lives of both girls and their babies.

Each year around the world, 12 million girls marry before the age of 18, and the US is no exception. With child marriage comes lifelong harmful effects for girls.

Carlson’s comments are deeply troubling. They make light of a practice that threatens the rights and health of girls.

At a time when there is growing recognition that child marriage is a severe human rights violation, Carlson’s comments are indefensible.

          Lisa Page: FBI Discussed Charging Hillary Clinton With ‘Gross Negligence’ In 2016, And DOJ Told Them No      Cache   Translate Page      
Didn’t Loretta Lynch say she turned over the complete decision (improperly) to James Comey? And this followed the infamous tarmac meeting. Via Washington Examiner: Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page testified last year that officials in the bureau, including then-FBI Director James Comey, discussed Espionage Act charges against Hillary Clinton, citing “gross negligence,” but the Justice […]
          Watch: AOC Is A ‘Pompous Little Twit’ With A ‘Silly’ Climate Plan, Says Greenpeace Co-Founder      Cache   Translate Page      
.@greenpeaceusa co-founder @EcoSenseNow claims there "is no climate crisis" as he rips @AOC and her Green New Deal. "It's a silly plan. That's why I suggested she was a pompous little twit." — Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 12, 2019 Gotta love a little common sense. Via Washington Examiner: One of the co-founders of Greenpeace […]
          Germany asserts independence after U.S. warning on Huawei      Cache   Translate Page      
Germany will define its own security standards for a new 5G mobile network, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday, after Washington said it would scale back data-sharing with Berlin if China's Huawei was allowed to participate.

          The "Clean" Meaning of The Name "Becky" In African American Culture (March 2019 Version]      Cache   Translate Page      
Edited by Azizi Powell

[This is an updated version of a pancocojams post that was published in April 26, 2016.]

Online references to the lyrics "Becky with the good hair" from Beyonce's song "Sorry" in her April 2016 visual album Lemonade* sparked my interest in the vernacular meaning of the female name "Becky" in African American culture.

For the record, I believe that it's wrong to use the name "Becky" or any other name or any other term to stereotype any individual or any group of people. But as a self-described cultural folklorist, I'm interested in sussing out where, when, and how "Becky" got the meaning that Beyonce gives it in her song- and any other meanings that are currently given to that name.

I already knew what the term "good hair" meant. Read comments about that term in this post's Addendum #1 below.

The name "Becky" has been used in online comments in the last few years as a referent for White women. But until I did some research last night, I didn't know that there was a "dirty" meaning as well as a clean meaning for the vernacular term "Becky". I would blame this on my old age, but I know that there are people older than me who are far more "hip to the jive" than I am.

The sexual meaning of "Becky" was popularized by Plies' June 2009 Hip Hop record entitled "Becky"., but that meaning was probably used in the 'hood before that record. Nevertheless, I think that the clean meaning of "Becky" was used before the sexual meaning (what I call "the dirty meaning") of that term.

Read an excerpt from an online post about "Becky" in Beyonce's song in Addendum #2 below.
Note: In the original version of this post I wrote that the name "Becky" as a referent for White females may have something to do with "Betty" and "Black Betty" as referents for Black females. I no longer believe that is true. Nevertheless, here's the link to a pancocojams post on "Black Betty": for the somewhat related pancocojams post "What "Black Betty" & "Brown Bess" REALLY Mean".

WHAT "BECKY" MEANS (the "clean" definition)
The "clean" vernacular meaning of "Becky" is "a White female", especially a young White woman".

The term "Miss Ann" is a much older African American referent for "White women"*. However, it seems to me that "Miss Ann" denotes (denoted) a more proper, more mature White women that "Becky" refers to. While "Miss Ann" carries negative connotations of women who are stiff, prudish, and respectable, "Becky" carries at least mildly negative connotations of White women who are "un-hip", "airheads", "ditzy", meaning "clueless" about the "real world", particularly the world of the urban streets. In other words, the non-sexualized meaning of the term "Becky" is an African American created stereotype for White women or a certain sub-set of White women (young White women, and (in the 1990s), especially "valley girl" type young White women.

[Update: March 12, 2019]
On March 12, 2019, the actress who portrayed "Aunt Becky" on the long running American television sitcom Full House was indicted as one of more than 40 defendants in a bribery scheme to get their kids into elite colleges. That arrest added another layer to connotations for "Becky" as a referent for White females. Click
"Aunt Becky’ Jokes Abound Over Lori Loughlin College Admission Scheme Indictment"
By Jenna Amatulli; 03/12/2019]
It just so happened that the character in the Full House television series was named "Becky" (and also referred to as "Aunt Becky" by her nieces in that series. What makes this indictment so ironical (and thus the subject of jokes for those who are so inclined) is that in the television series "Becky" ("Aunt Becky") was scripted as an ideal mother/mother figure who would do anything for her children and nieces.

Even before March 2019, African American twitter and other Black social media, used the name "Becky" and other "White" female names along with alliterative descriptors as negative referents for White women. The October 2018 newspaper article "BBQ Becky, Permit Patty and Cornerstore Caroline: Too ‘cutesy’ for those white women calling police on black people?". is an example of this custom. While the earlier usage of "Becky" were for young, Valley girl acting White females, "BBQ Becky" is an older woman who shares two additional characteristics with the other alliterative examples cited: they are White and they call the police on Black (or Brown) people for frivolous reasons.

Here's one of many YouTube videos of the woman who received the nickname "BBQ Becky": "Woman calls cops on men for grilling with charcoal"

-end of March 12, 2019 update-

I'm not sure when the term "Becky" was first used as a referent for a White female, and especially for a young White woman. Perhaps that term didn't "become a thing" until Hip Hop artist Sir-Mix-A-Lot happened to use that name for one of the White woman in the introduction to his now classic 1992 record "Baby Got Back". That introduction's first line is "Oh, my, god. Becky, look at her butt."

Although at least one online article indicates that Sir Mix-A- Lot popularized the name "Becky" as a referent for White woman*, I haven't found any documentation of that term's use before that record was released. If "Becky" as a slang reference for "a White women" started (immediately?) after Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back" record, maybe the name "Becky" was selected as the name for that woman because of its alliteration with the word "butt".

If "Becky" was used as a clean referent for White women immediately after Sir Mix-A-Lot's 1992 Hip Hop record, it's interesting that I've not been able to find any online documentation of that usage from the 1990s or even from the early 2000s before the hoopla about Beyonce's Lemonade album? Perhaps I'm not looking in the Am I not looking in the right places.

Read information below about Sir-Mix-A-Lot's record "Baby Got Back".

Also, click for a post that provides information about the terms "Mister Charlie and Miss Ann" that were (or are still) used by [fifty years old and older] African Americans as generic referents for White men and White women.

And click Style
"Becky" Is Not a Racial Slur — So You Should Stop Calling Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' Racist,, April 27, 2016: "Sir Mix-a-Lot popularized the Becky reference in the early '90s in the intro to his critical hit "Baby Got Back," in which two disapproving women can be heard critiquing another woman's figure and style."

1. Two Syllable Nicknames & Names With "y" Or "ie" Endings & The Name "Becky" Rarely Being Given As A Nickname For Black Females
I don't know why the name "Becky" was selected to serve as a referent for White women instead of any other so-called "White name or nickname".But I'm not surprised that the referent for a young White woman ends with a "y" since prior to about the 1980s almost every personal name in the United States had a diminutive (nickname) that ended with "y" and "ie". Two syllable nicknames and personal names ending with "y" if not "ie" are still rather common in the United States, particularly among non-Black children, teens, and adults.

For example, consider the names of some of the White members of the fictitious teen cheerleading movie series Bring It On: Courtney", "Whitney", "Kasey" and "Darcy" are some of the names of the White members of the suburban cheerleading squad in the first movie in that Bring It On cheerleading movie series (2000) And the lead White character and another important White character in the 2006 movie in that series Bring It On All Or Nothing were named Britney and "Winnie". Either of those names -or the name "Brandi" or "Ashley" or any other "y" or "ie" two syllable name - could have been selected by African Americans instead of "Becky" as the generic referent for young White women. That "Becky" was chosen instead of any of those names might have been a fluke.

One contributing factor for the selection of the name "Becky" as a referent for White females instead of any of those other "y" or "ie" ending names is that "Rebecca" (or other spellings of that name) doesn't appear to be given that often to Black American females, and (according to online articles that I've read), Black Americans with the name "Rebecca" aren't usually given the nickname "Becky". Anecdotally, I know one African American woman who is forty years old named "Rebekha" who doesn't have a nickname that I'm aware of. I also know one Ango-American female in late teens named "Bekka". I think that is her real name and not a shortened form of "Rebekha".

Here's one article that I came across about the name "Becky" in the United States:
From "AN APOLOGY TO EVERY (WHITE) GIRL NAMED BECKY", Posted on October 23, 2013 by d. tafakari
..."First of all, let me say the unstated obvious. There are such things as black names and there are traditionally European names. There are indeed black girls named Rebecca. But anecdata suggests that black families generally do not nickname their daughters Becky. That’s a “white name.”
This post also comments about the sexual vernacular meaning of "Becky".

Here's another online page about the name "Becky":
"Why are white women referred to as 'Becky' by black people......?
On every black website I have visited like Bossip, black authors and commentators refer to white women as 'Becky'.... they make comments like...''he is going out with a Becky....., ''that is what black men get from marring Becks''....Becky this, Becky that. I'm from England and this is all new and somewhat funny to me, but why?
Update: @Elizabeth....your link to the Urban dictionary has helped to confirm what some of the answers have tried to explain....Thanks you ALL for your answers....Now I know why white women are called"
The link refers to what I call the dirty meaning/s of "Becky".

Here are two responses to this query that refer to the non-sexual meaning of "Becky". Both of these responses were submitted by Black women (as indicated by their screen icons of a Black woman].
"haha its the cliche'd 90's name for the white girl out of the valley. I'm assuming there was a lot of people named so at some time, so people just began using it. And it usually doesn't go both ways. How many black girls do you know named Becky?? Same reason whites refer to black women as Shaniqua or Lakeesha."
-bajasa1, 2009
"Out of the valley" probably means "a Valley girl". "Valley Girls" was a relatively widely used referent in the 1980s-1990s for a sub-set of young White women:
"The label originally referred to a swell of upper-middle class girls living in the early 1980s Los Angeles commuter towns of the San Fernando Valley, but in time the term became more broadly applied to any woman or girl—primarily in the United States and Canada—who engendered the associated affects of ditziness, airheadedness, and/or greater interest in conspicuous consumption than intellectual or personal accomplishment.

A sociolect associated with valley girls termed "Valleyspeak" arose in the San Fernando valley in the 1980s. Qualifiers such as "like", "whatever", "way", "as if!", "super", "totally" and "tubular" (a surfing term) are interjected in the middle of phrases and sentences as emphasizers"...
The two women featured in the introduction to Sir Mix A Lot's "Baby Got Back" song and official video were portrayed as Valley Girls. More information about Sir Mix A Lot's song is found later in this post.

"I never call white girls "Becky", but I'm assuming that Rebekah/Rebecca was a very common name when it popped up."
-Lady, 2009

2. The only fictitious character named "Becky" that I'm familiar with is the name of the girl in Mark Twain's novel Tom Sawyer. But I'm not sure that has anything to do with the use of "Becky" as a referent for young White women except that that character could have been considered a "template" for a young White girl.

If Sir-Mix-A-Lot's hit 1992 Hip Hop record "Baby Got Back" didn't directly lead to the use of the name "Becky" as a referent for White woman (or a certain type of White woman), there's no doubt that that vernacular use of the name Becky was popularized by that song. The first words in that song are voiced by a young White Valley Girl who stands with her silent White friend Becky staring at a Black woman in the distance. Using Valley Girl lingo and pronunciation, the unnamed White women criticizes that Black woman's big butt.

Oh, my, god. Becky, look at her butt.
It is so big. [scoff]
She looks like one of those rap guys' girlfriends.
But, you know, who understands those rap guys? [scoff]
They only talk to her, because, she looks like a total prostitute, 'kay?
I mean, her butt, is just so big.
I can't believe it's just so round, it's like, out there, I mean— gross. Look!
She's just so... black!"

Source: [for the full lyrics]
The line "Oh, my, god. Becky, look at her butt" has since become a rather widely known meme.

In 2009 another Hip Hop record Plies "Becky" documented and popularized a sexual meaning for that female name.
"According to Plies, "Becky" is referring to the act of fellatio. Plies terms the act "Becky" because of the widely held notion and/or stereotype that Caucasian women are somewhat more sexually liberal in terms of frequency of encounters, random partnering, and overall lasciviousness. With "Becky" being a popular name given to females at birth in the White society, one can assume that Plies simply chose this name because of its unique association to "Whiteness", particularly where the female is concerned.
Give me that becky!
by Lovely Leo October 13, 2009

Warning- This video contains sexually suggestive lyrics and visual but no profanity and no explicit sex. As is the case with many YouTube comment threads, a great deal of profanity and sexually explicit language is found in this video's discussion thread.

Sir Mix-A-Lot - Baby Got Back

SirMixALotVEVO, Published on Mar 1, 2019

Music video by Sir Mix-A-Lot performing Baby Got Back. © 1992 American Recordings, LLC
"Back" here means "booty" (butt). "Baby got back" praises Black women who have big butts.

It's important to note that in the introduction to this song "Becky" is used as a nickname for the young White woman being addressed. That nickname has no sexual innuendos or cultural connotations.

Click for a pancocojams post that focuses on the socio-cultural influence of Sir Mix A Lot's 1992 "Baby God Back" record. Selected comments from that video's discussion thread about the term "Becky" and other aspects of the song are included in that post along with this video.

"good hair
A popular* term in the African-American community, used to describe an black person's hair that closely resembles the hair of a typical white person (i.e. soft, managable, long, as opposed to "nappy" or "bad" hair). The closer your hair is to a white person's, the "better" your hair is. See: "bad hair".

Note: Most people who use this term would never admit the inferiority complex from which it came.
Ignorant Aunt Zykeshia: "Lord-Jeezus! Girl, you gots dat good hair! It long, curly and booootiful!"
-by Little Lauren May 17, 2005
I think that "widely used" fits better than the word "popular".

Beyoncé's "Becky" Lyric Has Racial Undertones That We All Need to Understand
April 25, 2016 by LAUREN LEVINSON
..."Some people believe there is a bigger issue* surrounding [Beyonce's] lyrics "Becky [with the good hair]." Rather than trying to figure out if Becky is or isn't Rachel, they point out that there are racial undertones to Beyoncé's lyrics. The inference is that "Becky" has desirable, sleek hair, while Beyoncé has a naturally curly texture under the wigs and without hot tools. It sheds light on an overall picture when it comes to how black coarse hair is perceived, since the former is "good" and the latter is assumed to be the opposite.

"The fact that people are trying to figure out who Becky is defeats the purpose of this lyric — and the whole performance to me," said POPSUGAR social media editor Larissa Green, who is biracial**. "Being pushed aside because our hair is coarse and doesn't follow a straight and narrow is something very real to me. I think her lyric means: if you can't handle it, then that's no one's problem but your own."
The phrase "Becky with the good hair" is found in Beyonce's song "Sorry". That song is track four of her April 2016 album "Lemonade". At this time, audio of the songs from that album aren't available on YouTube.

The word/s given in brackets in that quote are added by me to explain what is meant by the word after that bracket.

"Biracial" here means of mixed racial ancestry. In the United States that word usually means Black/non-Black.

Note that "Becky with the good hair" isn't a phrase that was used (or at least wasn't widely used) by African Americans before Beyonce's song. That may be because if a female is a Becky (in the non-sexual use of that term -meaning a White female), it's assumed that she would have "good hair" (in the African American meaning of that term- hair that is straight, sleek, non-coarse, non-tightly curled like most Black people's hair.) Actually, that's not true, but moving right along from that point, the woman who social media has rightly or wrongly identified as the "Becky with good hair" in Beyonce's song is a woman of mixed White/East Indian [the nation of India] ancestry. Therefore, she might not be considered "White" by some White people in the United States and by White people elsewhere. The article that is excerpted above mentions who social media thinks is the Becky in Beyonce's song.

Excerpt from Love's Racialized Failure in "Lemonade" By PurposelyPolemical, 2016/04/26 ·
..."By now we’ve all seen, or at least read about, Beyonce’s latest project Lemonade. Reviews of this visual album have been mostly positive; but what has fixated most public attention is the question of infidelity in Beyonce’s high profile marriage to Jay-Z. But aside from vocalizing what could be some very real angst about marital strife, Lemonade is a broader commentary on love and race.

At first glance connecting love and race may seem counter-intuitive—one is emotional and one is political; but, in true feminist fashion Beyonce demonstrates on Lemonade how the personal is political. If we approach the album as less about the inter-personal dynamics between Beyonce and Jay-Z and see it instead as a metaphor for the way society, as a whole, doesn’t love black folks—then Lemonade’s deeper meaning—and broader political contribution—becomes clear. The fact that the album hinges, at its center, on the question of black murder at the hands of police and non-black vigilantes isn’t just an “add on” to a narrative mostly about a shaky marriage; it’s actually related to the broader critique of the piece.

In Lemonade Beyonce not only calls out Jay-Z’s cheating, she frames that cheating as being about race when she sings, “Better call Becky with the good hair.” The term “Becky” in African American lingua franca marks whiteness; and good hair suggests someone who is mixed or not quite black. In this way, Jay’s betrayal is not just a betrayal of the heart, it’s a betrayal of her as a black woman. It’s very clear from Lemonade that the “character” of Jay Z is cheating largely because he is interested in a lighter woman with straighter her, a less black woman. This is a vital part of understanding the symbolic logic of this masterwork....

Beyonce contextualizes Jay Z’s failure to love her in the context of a national epidemic of black anti-love. This may seem trivial until you consider the devastating consequences of black anti-love—both in terms of our larger society and also in terms of “black love,” and black women’s commitment to it"...

This isn’t the say that interracial love is anathema to the black nation; and Lemonade seems eager to rebut any such assumption with a montage of couples at the happy ending of the visual album. Many of those couples are interracial couples. But an infidelity fueled by a partner’s colorist addiction is another thing altogether.
Here's a comment exchange from that post's discussion thread:
terrypinder Apr 26 · 07:55:35 PM
"Why does everyone assume Becky is white?

Does no one watch Empire?"

PurposelyPolemical terrypinder Apr 26 · 07:57:42 PM
"I watch Empire...but I’m at a loss. Who is the black Becky on there? Remind? lol"

terrypinder PurposelyPolemical Apr 26 · 08:13:34 PM
"Gabourey Sidibe’s character :)"
Pancocojams editor's note:
terrypinder is obviously joking with that comment as Gabourey Sidibe is a dark skinned Black actress.
The character on the television series Empire who might be considered a Black Becky is "Anika", portrayed by African American actress Grace Gealey since Grace Gealey is a light skinned Black female who acts pretentious.

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          Is America really the Land of the 'Free'?      Cache   Translate Page      

The 4 images below demonstrate how ironic it is that America claims to be the land of the ‘free’, yet has the highest prison population in the world.


"I Miss My Friends and Family." Self Deprecate. Jason Parker, 29 Sept. 2013.
    Web. 12 Jan. 2015. <

This cartoon supports the ironic fact that America, the land of the ‘free’ has the highest prison population in the world by showing a family member/friend missing someone who has gone to prison, and a person replying that they will be together again soon. The accompanying frame includes his friends and family who have ‘joined’ him in prison implying that the American incarceration rate is on the rise. As of December 31st, 2013 there were 1.57 million inmates who sat behind bars in federal state, and county prisons. Per 100,000 people in America, 707 are incarcerated. Tone is used in this image by the illustrator to demonstrate the ridiculous increase of prisoners in America.

Arnold Abbott, head of the group Love Thy Neighbor, was back to handing out food
    to the needy Wednesday, undeterred by his arrest for feeding the homeless
    over the weekend. Washington Times. Jessica Chasmar, 6 Nov. 2014. Web. 12
    Jan. 2015.

This is an image of a 90 year named Arnold Abbott, a Florida man who was arrested for feeding the homeless. The new city’s (Florida) ordinance forbids people to feed the homeless in public. It is ironic that America, the land of the ‘free’ incarcerates people for their actions caused by good intentions. These meaningless laws are contributing to why America has the most populated prisons in the world. This image reflects conflict because Arnold needs to decide between continuing to feed the homeless or facing possible jail time.

Kwame Ajamu, right, formerly known as Ronnie Bridgeman, is comforted by attorney
    Terry Gilbert on Tuesday. Washington Post. Elahe Izadi, 9 Dec. 2014. Web.
    12 Jan. 2015.

This is an image of Kwame Ajamu, a 57 year old man who at 17 years old was convicted of murder in the killing of a Cleveland salesman. On Tuesday December 8th, Ohio man Kwame wept after a judge cleared all charges against him at age 57. This demonstrates complication because an innocent man had spent 27 years of his life in prison for a murder he did not commit while the person who did commit the crime was running free. Further proving that America is not necessarily a land of the ‘free’ if someone has to spend a great portion of their life in prison for something they did not commit.

"1 More Strike Zone." Incarcerated Voices. Jaime Stankowitz, n.d. Web. 12 Jan.

This cartoon image demonstrates the 3 strike law which is currently found in 28 states. The 3 strike law increases the prison sentences of someone who has previously been convicted of two or more felonies. A person with 2 previous, less spiteful charges, such as stealing a bike and littering can go to jail for 25 years to life if they are convicted of a third felony, no matter how severe. This clashes against the perception America has as being known as the land of the ‘free’ and contributes to the increasing  prison population. Irony is demonstrated throughout this law and image because the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. Someone who has committed these lesser felonies should be sentenced to probation and rehabilitation not added to the already overpopulated prison system that America has created by enforcing these absurd laws.  

          THE YUGE REPUBLICAN LIE ABOUT THE DEFICITWhen asked...      Cache   Translate Page      


When asked about America’s soaring debt and deficits, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lamented  “It’s disappointing, but it’s not a Republican problem,” and he blames Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Rubbish. It’s not social spending that’s causing the federal deficit to soar. It’s Republican tax cuts, especially on corporations and the wealthy. 

Look at the evidence. Of all 35 advanced economies, America’s spending on social programs like Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid is among the lowest, as you can see.

Also, Americans pay into Social Security and Medicare throughout their entire working lives. 

The biggest reason America has the highest deficit relative to our total economy among all 35 advanced economies is because of a shortage of tax revenue. Of all these countries, we’re bringing in the fifth-lowest total revenue as a share of GDP.

And why is that? Mainly because of Republican tax cuts on corporations and the wealthy. The big Trump Republican tax cut is already breaking the bank. It will cost us 1.9 trillion dollars over the next decade. Let me repeat that: 1.9 trillion dollars. 

Remember, Trump and Republicans in Congress claimed that their tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations would pay for themselves by boosting economic growth. It’s the same trickle-down fairy tale they’ve been telling for decades. But according to the Congressional Budget Office, they haven’t paid for themselves, and the deficit continues to balloon. 

If there’s one area where America spends too much, it’s the military. Since taking office, Trump has increased military spending by more than $200 billion a year, straining the federal budget even further. The United States already spends more on the military than the next 10 nations combined. 

Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, and other Republicans in Washington want to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. That’s been the Republican goal for decades. And they want to use the deficit to justify these cuts.

They also argue that we can’t afford a comprehensive healthcare system that the rest of the advanced world has figured out how to afford. 

Baloney. If the rich and corporations pay their fair share and we rein in defense spending, America can afford what we need. 

Know the truth. Spread the truth about the deficit.

          3/13/2019: FRONT PAGE: Black women use their clout for 2020      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON – After historic midterms, when they helped Democrats recapture the House of Representatives, women of color are moving fast to leverage their newfound political clout for the 2020 presidential election. They will host a presidential forum...
          3/13/2019: FRONT PAGE: ‘We expect the full report’      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON – Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election might be nearing an end, but the political and legal battle over his work has barely begun. Lawmakers from both parties plan to press for access...
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Trump at 1:45 p.m. today will participate in a signing ceremony at the White House of S. 47, The John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act. The public lands packaged passed by Congress earlier this year would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and increase access to federal lands for hunting and fishing. POLITICO
           Comment on Washington DC is an accurate simulation of a real apocalypse in The Division 2 by Ir0nseraph       Cache   Translate Page      
          Costco Captive in Washington Pays $3.6M in Back Premium Taxes, Penalties      Cache   Translate Page      
NW Re Limited, of Phoenix, Ariz., has settled with Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler to pay $3.6 million in unpaid premium taxes, penalties, interest and a fine. NW Re’s sole insured and parent company is Costco Wholesale Corp., headquartered …
           Comment on Nicaraguans Try Talking: Venezuela, Not So Much by Paul Haeder       Cache   Translate Page      
James Petras: Conclusion Washington has succeeded in securing non-reciprocal agreements with weak countries. This was the case in post-war Europe, post-Gorbachev Russia and among Latin America’s current colonized regimes. In contrast, Washington’s rejection of reciprocal agreements with Russia, China, Iran, Cuba and Venezuela has been a failure. US trade wars with China have led to the loss of markets and allowed China to pursue global agreements through its massive billion-dollar ‘Belt and Road’ infrastructure projects. US one-sided hostile policies toward Russia have increased ties between the Kremlin and Beijing. Washington has lost opportunities to work with neo-liberal oligarchs in Russia in order to undermine President Putin. Washington has failed to negotiate reciprocal ties with North Korea which would ‘de-nuclearize’ the peninsula in exchange for lifting economic sanctions and opening the door for a capitalist restoration. Demanding unilateral concession and submission has led to uniform failures; whereas negotiated compromises could have led to greater market opportunities and long-term political advances. President Trump and his top policy makers and negotiators have failed to secure any agreements. The Democratic Congress has been as ineffective and even more bellicose – demanding greater military pressures on Russia, expanded trade wars with China and fewer negotiations with North Korea, Iran and Venezuela. In a word, failed negotiations and non-reciprocal diplomacy has become the hallmark of US foreign policy.
          UPDATED: Bucs Having Difficulty Trading WR Jackson      Cache   Translate Page      

According to a report on by Jenna Laine and Tim McManus, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are attempting to trade wide receiver DeSean Jackson, possibly to Philadelphia, which is the team that drafted Jackson in 2008 where he spent the first six seasons of his NFL career before moving on to Washington. reports that […]

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           Comment on Nicaraguans Try Talking: Venezuela, Not So Much by Paul Haeder       Cache   Translate Page      
Amazing writer here on the lo down: US-Venezuela: Non-Negotiations a Formula for Defeat Over the past half-decade (2015-2019) Washington has succeeded in restoring client regimes in Latin America, by military coups, political intervention and economic pressure. As a consequence, the White House has successfully ‘negotiated’ one-sided political, economic, social and diplomatic outcomes in the region … with the exception of Cuba and Venezuela. President Trump has broken negotiated agreements with Cuba to no advantage; US threats have led to Cuba securing greater ties with Europe, China, Russia and elsewhere without affecting Cuba’s tourism business. The Trump regime has escalated its political and economic propaganda and social war against Venezuela. Multiple overt coup efforts have backfired beginning in April 2002 and continuing to February 2019. While the US succeeded in the rest of Latin America in consolidating hemispheric hegemony, in the case of Venezuela, Washington has suffered diplomatic defeats and the growth of greater popular resistance. US interventionist and sanctions policies have sharply reduced the presence of its middle- and lower-middle-class supporters who have fled abroad. US propaganda has failed to secure the support of the Venezuelan military which has become more ‘nationalist’ with very few desertions. The White House appointment of the convicted felon Elliott Abrams, known as the ‘butcher of Central America’, has certainly undermined any prospect of a favorable diplomatic settlement. US sanction of political and military leaders precludes efforts to co-opt and recruit leaders. The US appointed as its ‘interim ruler’ one Juan Guaidó who has little domestic support – widely seen domestically as an imperial stooge.
          U.S. lawmakers at T-Mobile, Sprint hearing spar over stay at Trump hotel      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. lawmakers questioning the chief executives of T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp over their planned merger sparred with each other on Tuesday over T-Mobile's executives staying at President Donald Trump's hotel where they spent $195,000 while in Washington.

          WASHINGTON, EGY OLDALA VÁGOTT USA BÉLYEG - Jelenlegi ára: 1 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Courtrooms to canola fields: Huawei-US tensions span globe      Cache   Translate Page      
Chinese tech giant Huawei's tensions with Washington, which says the telecom equipment maker is a security risk, stretch across four continents from courtrooms to corporate boardrooms to Canadian canola fields.
          Allstate Insurance Company.: Regional Marketing Senior Consultant      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Union Employees Authorize A Strike Against Their Own Union      Cache   Translate Page      

The Service Employees International Union, a labor union that’s gained international attention for organizing worker strikes, might soon find itself on the wrong side of a work stoppage. The union representing SEIU workers at the Washington, D.C., headquarters said Tuesday that employees have voted to authorize a strike. The Office of Professional Employees International Union […]

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          Ticking clock may save Trump from impeachment in U.S. Congress      Cache   Translate Page      
A momentous question hanging over Washington is whether investigations into President Donald Trump will prompt the U.S. Congress to try to remove him from office through the impeachment process set out in the U.S. Constitution.

          U.S. says North Korea diplomacy 'very much alive,' but it's watching rocket site      Cache   Translate Page      
The chief U.S. envoy for North Korea said on Monday that "diplomacy is still very much alive" with Pyongyang despite a failed summit last month, but cautioned that Washington was closely watching activity at a North Korean rocket site and did not know if it might be planning a new launch.

          NY AG subpoenas Deutsche Bank over Trump business dealings      Cache   Translate Page      
The New York attorney general has opened an inquiry into Trump real estate projects including the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

          US condemns Cuba, Russia for backing Venezuela's Maduro      Cache   Translate Page      

US condemns Cuba, Russia for backing Venezuela's MaduroTop US diplomat Mike Pompeo took aim at Cuba and Russia on Monday for their support of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who Washington wants to remove from power. The secretary of state rejected Maduro's assertion that the US was responsible for a widespread blackout, instead pointing the finger at the socialist nature of the Venezuelan leader's government. "Nicolas Maduro promised Venezuelans a better life and a socialist paradise.

          Danger Zone      Cache   Translate Page      
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Forgotten Noir Volume 7 features a triple feature from the 1950's

David Harding, Counterspy

Howard St. John is the Washington DC based - David Harding, head of a covert counter - espionage organization, charged with preventing top - secret scientific information from reaching the hands of America's enemies around the world, and trying to convince a hell-raising radio correspondent to join the fight.

Danger Zone

When you deal with dames, you are in the Danger Zone, as the character of crime detector Dennis O'Brien (Hugh Beaumont) learns in his inaugural mystery-drama. Thee private eye first cracks a case involving a smuggling ring, then tackles an assignment that involves blackmail, murder and film noir's top bad guy, Tom Neal.

The Big Chase

As his expectant wife (Adele Jergens) enters the hospital in anticipation of the blessed event, cop Glen Langan is off to the races, trailing payroll robbers (including Jim Davis and Lon Chaney, Jr.) on a mad chase that goes from cars to rowboat to motorboat to helicopter. The chase sequence, captured in all its bullet-to-bullet glory, comprises a third of the movie.

Stars: Edward Brophy, Hugh Beaumont, Ralph Sanford, Richard Travis, Virginia Dale

          In photos: The week of March 11, 2019 in Washington       Cache   Translate Page      
Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the International Association of Fire Fighters Legislative Conference as he weighs joining the Democratic presidential primary and President Donald Trump releases his 2020 fiscal year budget the week of March 11, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
          Arkansas's Medicaid work rule on the grill in Congress today      Cache   Translate Page      
The Arkansas Medicaid work rule — an unvarnished success in pushing thousands off Medicaid coverage — will be the subject of a court hearing Thursday in Washington, but the Trump administration got roughed up on its plans to expand the experiment in a congressional hearing today.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar didn't have much comeback for Rep. Joe Kennedy's questions shown here.

Azar is the lead defendant in the lawsuit that goes to court Thursday. The National Health Law Center, Legal Aid of Arkansas and Southern Poverty Law Center are representing Arkansas people harmed by the work rule. The suit challenges a requirement that Medicaid is conditioned on work as well as a computer reporting requirement that has since been altered somewhat because it proved so unworkable. Some 18,000 people lost coverage in the first five months of the program.

From a release:

Legal Aid of Arkansas Attorney Kevin De Liban said, “The approved amendment undermines – instead of bolsters - access to Medicaid services. Medicaid helps people stay healthy enough to work. So, it doesn’t make any sense to make people jump through needless and costly hoops when they are often already working or trying to take care of family members."

          Are Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Harbingers Of The Turning Of the Tide      Cache   Translate Page      
The two most media-savvy new House members from the last election were undoubtedly Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). AOC has single handedly made the Green New Deal a topic of discussion, and Omar has broken the Washington consensus that one can’t say bad things about Israel without being destroyed by the Israeli lobby as […]
          Proposed Pentagon budget includes new funding for border wall and accounting trick      Cache   Translate Page      

iStock/Ivan Cholakov(WASHINGTON) — While many federal agencies took big hits in the proposed federal budget from the White House, the

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          Top Democrat calls DOJ officials' statements on Mueller report 'absolutely insupportable'      Cache   Translate Page      

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is blasting two Justice Department officials for saying

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          Clean-fuel standards will be good for Washington      Cache   Translate Page      

Re: “Governor gets a pair of climate wins in Olympia”: The article quotes state Sen. Steve Hobbs as saying a clean-fuels standard currently before the Legislature would bring “nothing back to the state of Washington.” I invest in the clean-tech sector as a member of E8 (a Seattle-based network of investors focused on the clean-tech […]
          Stacey Abrams still mulling a presidential run: '2020 is definitely on the table'      Cache   Translate Page      

Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) —  Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democrat and highly-speculated 2020 hopeful, assured that her pursuit of the Democratic

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          Bills affecting Washington’s presidential, state primaries are bad for voters      Cache   Translate Page      

It’s disappointing that legislative Democrats, who talk so much about voter access, would pass legislation shutting out voters who refuse to declare they’re a Democrat or Republican.
          Sen. Warren misses mark with antitrust screed      Cache   Translate Page      

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is right to call for more aggressive enforcement of antitrust laws in our new digital era. Google and Facebook particularly deserve greater scrutiny from U.S. regulators. Washington voters should follow closely, however, because the tech giants Warren called out — Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Facebook — are responsible for a large share […]
          If we don’t start investing in our parks, we risk loving them to death      Cache   Translate Page      

Passing the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act will establish a long-term investment in our parks that will create jobs and boost economies throughout Washington and across the country.
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          Johnstone: Pelosi Tacitly Admits That Russiagate Is Bullshit      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via,

In an interview with the Washington Post yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she opposed the impeachment of President Trump. This comes shortly before Mueller’s investigation into Trump-Russia collusion is expected to wrap up.

“I’m not for impeachment,” Pelosi told the Post.

“This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.

The response to Pelosi’s remarks has been swift and strong.

“Wrong!” exclaimed MSNBC’s Russiagate con man Malcolm Nance via Twitter. “What the hell is wrong with the @SpeakerPelosi Congress that they absolve themselves of their duty! Nothing is criminal anymore?! Trump can do and say like a dictator as he pleases? All of his crimes are OK even if you see them? This requires a public outcry. #Disgraceful”

“I like Speaker Pelosi but this is NOT the right approach,” tweeted Michael Avenatti of Stormy Daniels fame. “If Trump has committed impeachable offenses, he must be charged and he must face a trial in the Senate. Would the Repubs take this approach? Hell no! And this is why we get outplayed.”

“Sorry, Madam Speaker,” tweeted Esquire’s Charles P Pierce. “If you really believe the president* is an unprecedented threat to the Constitution, your oath demands that you begin the process to remove him. It’s your job.”

The House’s most virulent Russiagater, however, sang a different tune.

“If the evidence isn’t sufficient to win bipartisan support for this, putting the country through a failed impeachment isn’t a good idea,” said Congressman Adam Schiff told CNN yesterday.

As you might expect, those voices in alternative media who’ve been voicing skepticism of the Russiagate narrative since the beginning have been having a ball with this one.

“BREAKING: The Democrats’ Congressional leadership is realizing that their two-year Russia conspiracy theory is not going to pan out,” tweeted journalist Aaron Maté, who has been in my opinion the single most lucid Russiagate critic for a long time now.

“If Trump is literally controlled by Putin to the point where Trump is forced to act in the best interests of Russia *at the expense of the US*  -  which has been the prevailing claim not of Dem fringes but its mainstream  -  how can it be morally justified not to impeach him???” tweeted journalist Glenn Greenwald in response to Pelosi’s comments.

How indeed? Pelosi’s comments go completely against the narrative that mainstream Democrats have been selling America for over two years now, and this close to the Mueller report amount to a rejection of that narrative. Her statement is a tacit admission that she knows Russiagate is bullshit, has always been bullshit, and will continue to be bullshit.

“Is it possible that Putin has something on Pelosi?” Greenwald joked.

Or perhaps Democratic politicians and their media allies have been knowingly feeding the party base and cable viewers unadulterated, deranged, unhinged bullshit that they now can’t carry through on with the power in their hands because it was all self-serving, manipulative dreck? Anyone who has ever believed Trump is controlled and blackmailed by Putin to the point that Putin makes Trump treasonously sacrifice America’s interests for Russia’s — and there are a lot of you — should be marching in fury in the streets over Pelosi’s refusal to impeach Trump.”

But, of course, they will not. There will be no protest against Pelosi’s opposition to impeachment because those who would lead it know there will never be any evidence that could possibly lead to a bipartisan willingness in the Senate to remove him from office.

Anyone who’s paid close and intellectually honest attention to the Russiagate circus has known since the beginning that Trump was never going to be impeached for a treasonous conspiracy with the Russian government, despite the endless fantasies inflicted upon the blinkered Maddow muppets day after day after day for over two years now. Back in 2017 I said that “Mueller will continue finding evidence of corruption throughout his investigation, since corruption is to DC insiders as water is to fish, but he will not find evidence of collusion to win the 2016 election that will lead to Trump’s impeachment,” because it was obvious to anyone who knew anything. And that has proven to be the case with uninterrupted consistency.

If those who have been driving the Russiagate conspiracy theory really believed what they’ve been pushing, they would be up in arms at Pelosi’s remarks. Instead, we see responses like Russiagate grifter Bill Palmer publishing a hilarious article titled “Nancy Pelosi is playing rope-a-dope with Donald Trump on impeachment”, explaining that her remarks were actually a brilliant 57-D chess maneuver designed to “play this Trump fool like fiddle.”

“Instead, by answering the question in this manner, Pelosi accomplishes two things,” says the Palmer Report, where sitting US senators and top Harvard law professors go for the important updates they need to continue fueling Russia hysteria in America.

“First, she manages to put off the question until she and her allies have managed to carve Donald Trump up. Second, she’s messing with him. She just insulted him by saying he’s not worth the trouble of impeachment. Pelosi is looking to bait Trump into publicly feuding with her over the question of impeachment. That way it’ll be Trump introducing the concept, not her. And that’ll serve to help put the impeachment process on the right track. Just don’t call it ‘impeachment’ quite yet.”

So that tells you a bit about where the Russiagaters are at today.

This all comes out, by the way, at the same time as a new Wall Street Journalreport that Trump once attempted to personally cajole German Chancellor Angela Merkel into ceasing to buy gas from Russia out of fear that “it will make Europe’s largest economy excessively reliant on Russian energy.” Hardly the behavior you’d expect from a Putin puppet, but then neither are the rest of the many, many other actions that this administration has taken against the interests of Moscow.

It is right and appropriate that those few voices on the left who’ve been sharply critical of Russiagate from the beginning are now taking some time to gloat at and mock its peddlers with increasing scorn. The centrists who chose to spend more than two years forcing everyone’s energy into this blatant psyop which escalated a cold war against a nuclear superpower were wrong, and the leftists who objected to it were right. Trump’s term is more than halfway over, and Russiagaters chose to suck all the oxygen out of the room for this brainless, fruitless, worthless endeavor instead of allowing space for progressive reform and for criticism of Trump’s actual pernicious policies from the left. And they did it on purpose.

Mock the Russiagaters. Mock them ruthlessly, and never, ever let them forget the horrible thing that they did. Never stop making fun of them and reminding them how stupid and crazy they acted during this humiliating period of American history. And never stop using it as a weapon against them. They were wrong, so they should not be leading the way on what passes for America’s political left today. Skepticism was the only appropriate response to Russiagate in a post-Iraq invasion world, and those on the left who made that appropriate response should be treated with infinitely more respect and deference than those who did not.

They were wrong, we were right, and now even Nancy Pelosi is all but admitting it. Never let them forget it.

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          Dick Cheney Argues Foreign Policy With Mike Pence At Leaked "Off the Record" GOP Gathering      Cache   Translate Page      

What was supposed to be a relaxed conversation between Vice President Pence and former Vice President Dick Cheney quickly turned into a argument over President Donald Trump’s foreign policy at a private gathering last weekend, according to a report from LMTOnline

The gathering was a closed-door retreat hosted by the American Enterprise Institute on March 9 in Sea Island, Georgia. At the meeting, Cheney "respectfully but repeatedly" pressed Pence on concerns like President Trump taking a hard line towards NATO and deciding to withdraw troops from Syria "during the middle of a phone call".

Cheney also said to Pence, "we're getting into a situation when our friends and allies around the world that we depend upon are going to lack confidence in us," according to a Washington Post transcript.

The comments from the gathering were supposed to be "off the record", but a transcript leaked from a person who was "not authorized to share material" from the event. 

"I worry that the bottom line of that kind of an approach is we have an administration that looks a lot more like Barack Obama than Ronald Reagan," the former Vice President continued.

The critique of Pence from former VP Cheney highlights one of the many debates currently ongoing in the GOP party. Many former GOP "hawks", like Cheney have been at odds with Trump's engagement of autocrats like Kim Jong Un and his non-interventionist style in the middle easy. 

Pence reportedly "shrugged off most of Cheney's anxieties" and praised Trump as a "candid and transformational leader."

What was supposed to be a chat at AEI's annual world forum between Pence and Cheney turned into a nearly full blown "academic exercise" with Cheney questioning Pence while the current VP did his best to retort with force. The conversation surprised the conference attendees and caused murmurs in the room throughout the talk. 

After pleasantries were exchanged, Cheney immediately went after Trump, expressing concern about reports that he "supposedly doesn't spend that much time with the intel people, or doesn't agree with them, frequently." He also immediately expressed concern with suspending military activities with South Korea and Trump's handling of North Korea. 

"I don't know, that sounded like a New York State real estate deal to me," Cheney said of Trump's pursuit of a policy to have the Germans, the Japanese, and the South Koreans pay total cost for U.S. deployments there, plus 50 percent on top of that.

"It's a lot more complicated than just, 'Here's the bottom line. Write the check,'" Cheney continued. 

Pence retorted:

"We're going to continue [to] train. We're going to continue to work closely with South Korea. We have a tremendous alliance there. I think there is a tendency by critics of the president and our administration to conflate the demand that our allies live up to their word and their commitments and an erosion in our commitment to the post-World War II order."

The current VP continued, "But we think it's possible to demand that your allies do more to provide for the common defense of all of our nations and, at the same time, reaffirm our strong commitment - whether it be to the trans-Atlantic Alliance or to our allies across the Indo-Pacific."

Cheney again took exception to lack of troop deployments in certain areas and VP Pence finished by assuring the former VP that the Trump administration shared their devotion to defending the country. 

"When the American people elected this president, they elected a president who expressed concern about American deployments around the world," Pence stated. "And they knew this was going to be a president that came and asked the fundamental questions about - you know, where are we deployed and do we really need to be asking men and women in uniform to be deployed in that part of the world? But, you know, it should come as no surprise to anyone: This President is skeptical of foreign deployments, and only wants American forces where they need to be."

Pence concluded: "But you can be confident, as one of my favorite hawks, we're going to continue to stand strong for a strong national defense with President Trump in the White House."

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Winning the 2019 edition of the J/24 Midwinter Championship was the 2017 J/24 World Champion Rossi Milev, sailing with his Canadian crew on CLEAR AIR.  The team was comprised of Dan Borrer, Gayle Gray, Vince Somoza (boat owner) and Mark Goodyear.  Here is how it all went down over the three days of tough, competitive racing in the world’s largest one-design keelboat class.

Day 1- Sunny seabreeze
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Just after lunch, the winds rose to around 6 knots and then built to 10 from the SSE, allowing three races under blue skies and temperatures near 80. Robby Brown’s ANGEL OF HARLEM, a full-blown “local knowledge” crew from Davis Island YC, led at the conclusion of racing on the first day with a steady 7-2-3 for 12 pts total. Milev’s CLEAR AIR sat five points back after scoring a 2-1-14 for 17 pts.  Then, Mark Laura’s BABA LOUIE crew from Seattle, Washington was just one point further back with 18 pts after posting a 6-7-5.

Carter White’s YouREGATTA kicked off the Championship with line honors in the first race, ahead of Milev’s CLEAR AIR and Travis Odenbach’s HONEYBADGER. Milev moved up to the top spot in Friday’s middle race, with Brown’s ANGEL OF HARLEM and Dan Busch’s BUSCHWHACKER completing the top three. It was Tony Parker’s turn for the victory with BANGOR PACKET in the final duel, along with James Freedman’s MISS CONDUCT and Brown leading the group back to shore.

Day 2- Another gorgeous sunny, moderate day
Beautiful Florida weather again greeted the competitors on the regatta’s middle day.  Yet again, it was a near “glass out” to start the morning, with a postponement onshore. Nevertheless, the sea breeze kicked in again around noon and racing got underway at 1:00 pm with SSW winds of 6-12 knots. The conditions were perfect to run three more races in genoa-only conditions.

Freedman’s MISS CONDUCT continued their solid performance with Saturday’s opening win, as Brown and Milev followed. The Nova Scotian Evan Petley-Jones and team on CAN 4025 found success in race five, ahead of Mollicone and White. Parker’s BANGOR PACKET, John Mollicone’s HELLY HANSEN (himself a J/24 World Champion with yet another World Champions as tactician- Tim Healy) and Michael Quaid’s ICE CUBE comprised the day’s final top trio.

After six races at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, FL, four teams were within four points to determine the J/24 Midwinter Championship. Milev’s CLEAR AIR moved up to the top of the 29-boat pack with 18 points, after dropping a 14 from Friday and keeping scores of 2-1-3-7-5. White’s YouREGATTA leap-frogged into second place with 20 net points, benefiting from discarding a 12 in race two and holding remaining scores in the top six. Day one frontrunner, Brown’s ANGEL OF HARLEM, dropped to third with 21 points, although just three points off the lead. Mollicone’s HELLY HANSEN ended Saturday with back-to-back seconds, leaving them four points behind Milev with 22 pts net, after tossing out a disastrous first-race 24th place.

Day 3- Thrilling Finale!
Sunday dawned with a near carbon-copy of the first two days.  Yet again, the fleet waited for the seabreeze to develop and with more blue skies, temperatures hovering around 80 degrees, the breeze built into the 6-10 kts range to permit the DIYC PRO to run two more races.  For the top three boats, it was an “all or nothing” battle to determine the 2019 J/24 Midwinter Champion.

Recognizing the need to put some distance on their competitors, Milev’s CLEAR AIR crew managed to pull off a first race win to put lots of pressure on the other crews.  White’s crew managed a third and Mollicone’s team actually fell back on points by scoring a fifth place.  Going into the final race, Milev simply had to finish within four points of White and eight points of Mollicone to win the title.  In the last race, Mollicone’s HELLY HANSEN put their boat into high gear and won the race handily, followed by Travis Odenbach’s HONEYBADGER in second and White in third, with Milev crossing in fourth to take the Midwinter title with three points to spare.

Behind Milev’s jubilant Canadian crew, it was White’s YouREGATTA that proved to be the most consistent team, closing with a 3-3 to take the silver.  Meanwhile, after their awful 24th place on day one, the Mollicone/ Healy combination on HELLY HANSEN flew back up the leaderboard to, ultimately, take the bronze. Rounding out the top five were Parker’s BANGOR PACKET in fourth and Brown’s ANGEL OF HARLEM in fifth position.

This event was Milev’s first since winning the 2017 J/24Worlds. “It felt great to be back,” said Milev. “We didn’t have the gears, since we haven’t sailed for a while.  But, every day we got a little better.” Although Gray and Goodyear were part of the World Championship crew, Borrer and Somoza were newcomers to CLEAR AIR, yet “clicked from the get-go.”

About Davis Island, Milev summarized, “It’s one of my favorite places in North America to sail. It’s the friendliest yacht club by far. The breeze this weekend was unbelievable. I’ve sailed here a lot of times, and this is the steadiest I’ve ever seen it. On Saturday, we had 15 minutes on one tack, and we never got a shift.”  For more J/24 Midwinter Championship sailing information
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Robert Palladino
Deputy Spokesperson
Department Press Briefing
Washington, DC
March 12, 2019

Index for Today's Briefing
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    2:42 p.m. EDT

    MR PALLADINO: Good afternoon, everybody.

    QUESTION: Good afternoon.

    MR PALLADINO: Afternoon. At the top today, we are privileged to have with us our Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams. He’ll be – make a few remarks and be willing to take some questions. At the conclusion of the briefing, we also have some subject matter experts from our Bureau of Consular Affairs. If there are additional questions on matters pertaining to American citizens that you’d like to dive into a little bit, we’ll make them available as well.

    QUESTION: American citizens anywhere or in Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re talking – that’s for Venezuela we’re talking about today. Okay? Great. Mr. Abrams, thanks.

    QUESTION: Then you’re going to --

    MR PALLADINO: We have a normal briefing as well.

    MR ABRAMS: Thank you. Happy to be here for my daily briefing. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: You are becoming quite a fixture up there.

    QUESTION: You’re setting a good example.

    MR ABRAMS: Oh.

    QUESTION: There may be an opening for a spokesman. (Laughter.)

    MR ABRAMS: I wouldn’t touch that with a 20-foot pole. (Laughter.)

    On January 23rd and January 24th, we announced and began a process of bringing back to the United States the great majority of Americans who work at the U.S. embassy in Caracas. The decision announced yesterday is, in a sense, a follow-on to that initial decision and is the product of the same considerations for the conditions in Caracas, which make it so difficult to continue keeping the embassy staffed there, and for the general situation in Caracas.

    If you think back, it’s only six weeks ago, but the situation in Caracas has deteriorated very considerably in that period and especially in the last few days since the blackouts began on Friday. So the Secretary made that decision.

    You may have seen the interviews he did this morning. I’ll just read one paragraph: “We made the decision yesterday that it just was prudent to get these folks back. The situation there is deteriorating. The Maduro regime’s horrific leadership over the last year[s] has just made life there so difficult, it began to make it more difficult for the United States to take the actions that it needed to do to support the Venezuelan people. So we concluded this was simply the right step to take,” and it “was the right time to take it.”

    I should say that this does not represent any change in U.S. policy toward Venezuela nor does it represent any reduction in the commitment we have to the people of Venezuela and to their struggle for democracy. You will see very soon a significant number of additional visa revocations. You will see in the coming days some very significant additional sanctions and the international group, of which we are a part – that includes most EU countries, the Lima Group, Canada, the U.S. – continues to do its work.

    Why don’t I stop there and we’ll take some questions.

    MR PALLADINO: We’ll start with Associated Press.

    QUESTION: Thanks. I’m curious to know what the Secretary meant by saying that the presence of – continued presence of any American diplomats in Caracas was a constraint on policy. He didn’t quite explain. What exactly did their presence constrain, number one?

    Number two, you talked about the blackouts and all this kind of thing, but presumably there are no family members there. It was very, very – only a handful of staffers still at the embassy. Presumably, they have generators, right?

    MR ABRAMS: Generators require fuel, the embassy requires water.

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MR ABRAMS: The embassy’s own situation also had a – let’s say a finite number of days.

    QUESTION: Okay. All right. So can you explain what exactly the constraint was on – what kinds of policies were being constrained by the presence --

    MR ABRAMS: Well, I don’t --

    QUESTION: Especially because yesterday, the Secretary said that – when he was asked about support for – U.S. support for Juan Guaido, said that as long as our team is on the ground in Caracas, you’d continue to provide the same kinds of support that you do. Well, now that’s gone or very soon will be gone, so I don’t understand how these – those mesh.

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we will – we will – obviously it makes it more difficult to meet with all Venezuelans when the – we – when the team is not on the ground. I’m kind of reluctant to sort of try to parse the Secretary’s words, but let me just say that in every decision we made – every decision, decisions on diplomatic activities, on visas, on sanctions – the safety of that staff was a key consideration. And that was something that weighed very heavily on our mind every day, literally every day. So I think that’s – I think that was what the Secretary was referring to, and I’ll just leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Okay, but when you said it doesn’t reflect a change in policy --

    MR ABRAMS: No.

    QUESTION: -- it means that it was not intended to be some kind of hint or harbinger of military intervention or some kind of use of force?

    MR ABRAMS: Nothing has changed. We continue to say, because it is true, all options are on the table.

    QUESTION: But?

    MR ABRAMS: But they did not change yesterday.

    MR PALLADINO: There we go. Let’s go Michelle, CNN.

    QUESTION: So just hours before this statement came out from the Secretary we heard from the Secretary on Venezuela and he made no mention of the need to get people out. In fact, he really didn’t talk about U.S. people at the embassy there. So what changed between the time we spoke to him and close to midnight when he put this out?

    MR ABRAMS: He made his final decision. We have been talking about this literally – literally – every day. I’ve only been here six weeks, but that was right after the decision to move most of the people from the embassy back to the United States. We have had daily phone calls, daily meetings about this question, been before the Secretary, and he made his decision.

    QUESTION: And then that line that Matt mentioned, “constraint on U.S. policy” – that reads like a threat. I mean, it’s obviously curious. So should Maduro see that line as a threat?

    MR ABRAMS: I can only repeat what the President has said: All options are always on the table.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to AFP.

    QUESTION: Yes. Just to – thank you. Just to follow on on this constraint thing, is there a link between the decision of withdrawing all the diplomats and some actions you might want to take to make sure the aid, which is at the border, come inside Venezuela?

    MR ABRAMS: No.

    MR PALLADINO: Reuters.

    QUESTION: Hello, Mr. Abrams. Two questions. One is: Who do you leave the embassy to? Do you appoint a protective power? What happens to the embassy, how do you ensure, number one.

    MR ABRAMS: Right.

    QUESTION: Number two: We understand that the decision was made because the talks with the Venezuelans collapsed late yesterday and that that – this is according to the Venezuelans – that’s what led to this. Did you – did the U.S. get any kind of direct threat from Maduro’s government that something was going to happen?

    MR ABRAMS: On the first part, normally we would get a protecting power, and that is, I think, what we’ll do here, and we are in discussions now about that. What will happen to the embassy grounds, the embassy physically, let’s say, is something that we then discuss with the protecting power, with potential protecting powers. So we don’t have a final answer on that, and when we do we’ll announce it.

    On the regime, you know on --

    QUESTION: Are you in discussions with other countries to – as to who will be the protecting power?

    MR ABRAMS: Yes. We are in discussions.

    QUESTION: But it hasn’t been decided who?

    MR ABRAMS: Right. About – we are trying to decide on a protecting power. January 23rd, the Secretary said the United States does not recognize the Maduro regime as the government of Venezuela. Accordingly, the United States does not consider former President Nicolas Maduro to have the legal authority to break diplomatic relations with the United States or to declare our diplomats persona non grata. So from our point of view, the regime cannot make a decision about whether we stay or go. And as a matter of fact, the National Assembly yesterday said we have the legal authority to stay, and they are the legitimate government of Venezuela. But the regime also cannot, in our view, provide security for the embassy, and the situation in Caracas is deteriorating. So our decision was made really fundamentally without regard to what the regime wants or thinks.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go with Los Angeles Times.

    QUESTION: Thank you. Just to follow on Lesley, so there were talks going on between the Venezuelans and you guys about creating an interest section or something like that and then the Venezuelans gave you 72 hours to leave. Is that not true?

    MR ABRAMS: No, we have had – as you know, we’ve talked about this before. I have – I had a couple of meetings with the de facto regime Foreign Minister Arreaza. And those meetings were essentially about exactly this. So this subject has been out there for a long time. But we made a decision at one point, and you talked about it here – I’ve certainly talked about it in public – that an interest section was really not appropriate. You do an interest section where there is no government that you consider legitimate. There is a legitimate government in Venezuela, from our point of view. Maybe that would have satisfied some demands of the regime, but it was not something that the Untied States was going to do. So that really was off the table.

    QUESTION: And 72 hours? The deadline?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, as I said, we do not believe the regime, on the one hand, has the ability to tell us when to leave, on the other hand, doesn’t have the ability to protect us if we stay.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Washington Post.

    QUESTION: Mr. Abrams, the Maduro government’s attorney general announced that Juan Guaido is going to be investigated for – on suspicion of sabotage in the blackout. Does the departure of the U.S. diplomats put him in a weaker position at all, at a time when he would seem to be under greater threat?

    MR ABRAMS: First, we’ve seen that as well, and it’s a threat against Interim President Guaido. They have made such threats before. They’ve talked about going after him on one basis or another, and we also know that the supreme court, the TSJ, has essentially been packed by the regime. So that’s a – that report is of real concern. I don’t think the regime is going to base its decision on that, on our presence or absence, any more than it made the decision on whether to arrest him upon his return on the basis of whether we were there or not there. I think it’s largely a matter of how they think the public, the Venezuelan public, will react.

    QUESTION: You have any warnings to the government or any message to them?

    MR ABRAMS: We have --

    QUESTION: Should they be contemplating arresting him on this?

    MR ABRAMS: I think – I hope they’re aware of the fact that there are 54 countries, some important countries, that consider Juan Guaido to be the legitimate interim president of Venezuela. And I think not only we but the other 53 will react immediately. There are a number of diplomatic and financial and economic steps that governments can take. We’ve taken many of them; other countries haven’t. I would think that the arrest, incarceration of Juan Guaido would lead a lot of countries to react very quickly.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to EFE.

    QUESTION: Thank you. I want to ask you a question about the possible scenario of the Maduro government collapses. The Spain’s foreign minister today said that the U.S. asked Spain to receive Venezuelan ministers loyal to Maduro in case the Venezuelan Government collapses. So I wanted to ask you if the U.S. has actually made this petition to Spain, and what were the terms in which these petitions were made?

    MR ABRAMS: This is an old discussion. When I was assistant secretary of state for Latin America, and there were a lot of military regimes, the question of what to do with dictators arose, and it was actually Felipe Gonzalez, who was prime minister at the time, who said maybe Spain can help by taking some of these people. We’ve had some conversations with Spain. I wouldn’t say we made a request, they made an answer. We have certainly had conversations. We’ve had them with a couple of other places too, because this question may arise, and we have talked about off-ramps and we have talked about wanting some of the regime officials to leave the country as part of a transition.

    So the question therefore obviously arises: well, where would they go? And they may prefer to go to Cuba or Russia, but there are other places, and so that is a conversation we’ll continue to have. Unfortunately, none of the people at the top of the regime have yet made that decision, the decision that they should make. And as we’ve said before, we are willing to help them out in those circumstances.

    QUESTION: Can I ask a follow-up of – on that? You mentioned that they’re – the U.S. Government with Spain and a couple other places. Which ones are these other --

    MR ABRAMS: I’m not going to say, because it has not been as public as it has in the case of Spain.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Washington Times.

    QUESTION: Thanks for coming out to talk with us. Big picture question regarding all the – all of the options on the table. Can you discuss the military option for a minute? And specifically, has the administration asked the Pentagon to draw up such an option? And assuming that it has, are you satisfied with the option that the Pentagon has, which is headed by an interim defense secretary, provided at this point?

    QUESTION: He’s a legitimate interim defense secretary. (Laughter.)

    MR ABRAMS: The President has said all options are the table. They are. Further than that it would be foolish for me to go, and I’m not going to do it.

    MR PALLADINO: Bloomberg.

    QUESTION: Mr. Abrams, can you talk a little bit more about the finite resources that the embassy is facing? I mean, it seems to be a suggestion that they’re running out of fuel and water. What were the constraints on the embassy?

    MR ABRAMS: It’s a difficult situation for the embassy. It’s a difficult situation for Venezuelans, of course, far more. I don’t believe the embassy is at this point connected to any water system. So there’s a question of how would you get fresh water. Obviously, there are continuing blackouts on and off. So the question then is: How are your generators working, and do you have enough fuel? There’s also a question of communications. If there’s no electricity, there are no communications, which obviously speaks immediately to the safety of our people.

    So the deterioration of the general situation in Caracas doesn’t affect the embassy exactly as it effects Venezuelans, but it does affect the embassy.

    QUESTION: But were you – was there any concern that there was some new or imminent security threat that the embassy might be overrun, that the Maduro regime was unable or unwilling to provide or to guarantee security?

    MR ABRAMS: We do not think that the regime is really able to provide security, and I would note that in his most recent public statement, former President Maduro spoke about calling upon the colectivos to come forward. Now, that – that’s calling for armed gangs to take over the streets, and it is obviously going to be a great worry to Venezuelans, but we noted it.

    QUESTION: I’m sorry, was that part of the – was that the deciding factor?

    MR ABRAMS: That – actually, that statement by Maduro came today. So it was not part of the decision. But the background was – and as you know, they’ve been using colectivos more in Caracas, along the borders. Perhaps it is a sign of Maduro’s lack of confidence in his own security forces. But it is by definition a breakdown of law and order.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go Wall Street Journal.

    QUESTION: Thank you. You said that the decision to remove embassy personnel doesn’t represent a policy change by the United States, but you have acknowledged that it would make it more difficult to meet with Venezuelans, both the Maduro regime and the Guaido government. So functionally, how is the U.S. going to proceed without an embassy staff on the ground? Are you just – are you going to remove them to nearby countries? Are they coming back to the States? What is the plan?

    MR ABRAMS: Who to nearby countries? The Americans?

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MR ABRAMS: The Americans will come back here to Washington, which is what the much larger group of Americans from the embassy in January did. I am very – I am one of the beneficiaries of this, because my team is made up in great part of people from Embassy Caracas, and the WHA team on Venezuela was also greatly enriched by their presence. Now, obviously people in the summer will go on to whatever forward assignments they had.

    We will – as I said, it’ll be harder, because we’re not going to be able to do the face-to-face meetings we were doing. Admittedly, we were not able to do a lot of face-to-face meetings because the embassy staff had become quite small. But it wasn’t – so it will be something that we’re going to have to try to accomplish outside of Venezuela or by telephone or by emails and other forms of communication.

    QUESTION: And are you able to give us even just rough estimates of the number of people we’re talking about?

    MR ABRAMS: No, we – I’m told we just – by the Diplomatic Security people we just don’t do that.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Fox.

    QUESTION: At the top you said that significant sanctions would be coming in the coming days. Can you elaborate a little bit on that? Are they targeting financial institutions or country-specific? The Secretary said yesterday a handful of nations are providing aid and comfort to the Maduro regime.

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we did, you know, Friday sanction a Russian-Venezuelan bank, one that was basically 50/50 owned by Russian and Venezuelan state institutions. There will be more sanctions of financial institutions – I think I would leave it at that – and more visa revocations coming very soon.

    QUESTION: Like today?

    MR ABRAMS: Possible. Possible.

    QUESTION: How about Turkey?

    MR PALLADINO: No, no Turkey. Voice of America, please.

    QUESTION: Well, Turkey and Venezuela is actually a thing.

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MR PALLADINO: Turkey and Venezuela. Okay.

    QUESTION: Yes, that’s what I – that’s what I mean.

    MR PALLADINO: Go ahead, Laurie. Okay, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Thank you. To follow up on this question, Turkey’s support for – is prominent among those countries supporting the Maduro regime, including through the gold trade. What – do you have a comment on that and are you considering the possibility of secondary sanctions?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, those are two different questions. We – Turkey’s support for the Maduro regime obviously is completely contrary to U.S. policy and very unhelpful, and we will continue to take a look at the ways in which that support takes place, and in the context of sanctions by Treasury. Maybe I should leave it at that.

    MR PALLADINO: Okay, fair enough. Voice of America.

    QUESTION: Thank you. So a follow-up on Nick’s question. Is yesterday’s sanction against the bank based in Russia a secondary sanction? And is it the beginning of more sanctions against foreign financial institutions? That’s number one, and number two: Can you please give us a sense if there is any diplomatic effort to bring China on board? Thank you.

    MR ABRAMS: The bank – the sanctions of Friday on the Russian-Venezuelan bank were not secondary sanctions. We have not done any secondary sanctions. The – we will continue to make efforts to bring China aboard. We have told – in various places have told the Chinese that we think if their concern is in essence getting their money back, they’ll never get it back from the bankrupt Maduro regime and from a basically destroyed Venezuelan economy. As the Secretary explained yesterday, the only way they’ll get it back is when Venezuela returns to prosperity, which it won’t do under Nicolas Maduro. Obviously they haven’t changed their policy yet, but we will continue to talk about that.

    QUESTION: Will they be subject to potential sanction?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we have not done secondary sanctions. That’s always one of the options on the table.

    MR PALLADINO: Last one. Let’s – someone new. (Off-mike.)

    QUESTION: Really?

    QUESTION: NTN24, Emiliana Molina, Mr. Abrams. So removing U.S. diplomats and bringing them back to D.C., is this perhaps a show of lack of confidence from the U.S. in Juan Guaido’s government to restore democracy, and what does this mean for his government? Some experts are saying that this looks bad for Guaido.

    MR ABRAMS: It certainly is not a display of any lack of confidence in him. The fact is that today the regime has the guns. The National Assembly and Interim President Guaido are trying, through exclusively peaceful means, to bring democracy back to Venezuela, and that is obviously something we and dozens of other countries support. It is a reflection of the deterioration that we see on the ground in Venezuela, and it is in essence a follow-up to the major part of the decision, which was made on January 24th, to take most of the embassy staff. It’s – we left a few people there, not many, but it’s really the same logic. Our support for Interim President Guaido is absolutely undiminished, and I think, more importantly, the support of the Venezuelan people for him is undiminished.

    MR PALLADINO: Perfect. All right.

    MR ABRAMS: Okay.

    MR PALLADINO: Mr. Abrams, thank you very much.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MR ABRAMS: Thank you. Should I say see you tomorrow?

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah. No, no, no, no, no, no, no. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Or later this afternoon. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Robert, are some of these experts (inaudible)?

    MR PALLADINO: Some of our subject matter experts remain in the room, and so let’s get through some of our other issues today and then I’d be happy to make them available if you’ve got some specific questions that you’d like to ask on the subject of consular services in Venezuela, okay?

    QUESTION: You’re going to make them sit through the whole press briefing?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m going to apologize in advance. You are going to have to listen to some other things, it’s true, so all right. Thank you. All right.

    Let’s start with this: We are outraged to hear reports that the Iranian regime sentenced Iranian human rights defender and women’s rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. This sentence is beyond barbaric. Her alleged crime was advocating for Iranian women’s rights and for defending other Iranian women who were arrested by the regime for peacefully protesting the mandatory hijab law. Nasrin was sentenced in absentia without a fair trial by the notorious revolutionary court, which is led by Judge Moghiseh, an accused human rights violator.

    In addition, just this week, the regime cynically announced that as they enter the fifth decade of the Iranian Revolution, they would appoint Ebrahim Raisi, a man involved in mass summary executions of prisoners of conscience, as the head of the regime’s judiciary. The Iranian regime makes a mockery of the entire legal system in Iran, placing innocent people at the mercy of accused human rights violators. We condemn Nasrin’s sentence in the strongest possible terms and call on all of our partners and allies to speak out and demand the release of this courageous human rights defender and all those arbitrarily detained immediately. The Iranian people deserve a government that respects their legitimate demands and the human rights of all in Iran, not one that subjects them to prosecution in a justice system led by accused human rights violators.

    And we are pleased to have a group of teachers and students from Oakton, Virginia with us today. They’re in the back row. Welcome. They’re visiting the State Department as part of their history course and they are here to learn about American foreign policy. So welcome, we’re happy that you could join us, and – yeah, don’t ask questions. Perfect, all right. (Laughter.)

    Great. Questions?

    QUESTION: Yeah. Robert, I mean, this is going to be for the end. I would just like to know from the consular – roughly how many Americans or people, dual American citizens they estimate – I know that there’s no exact figure. You can never be exact, but like, is it tens of thousands, hundreds of – I mean, what’s the population? And how much of a difference is this going to be mean with – it was only a handful of people at the embassy in Caracas anyway, so there couldn’t – must have been very limited what they could do for people who needed assistance. So I mean, is – what’s the actual impact on that?

    And then more broadly on Venezuela, not for the CA people, although maybe: What is the – what’s the current standing of this debate over TPS or some other kind of – if that’s determined not to be applicable in this Venezuela situation, some other mechanism that would allow Venezuelans to stay in the U.S. beyond what Special Representative Abrams has spoken about, the 74,000 who are already in this asylum pipeline?

    MR PALLADINO: Regarding American citizens, I will defer on some of the more specifics on what we’re able to do to some of the folks that we have with us today, but we – I can say at the top that we will hold the Maduro regime directly responsible for the safety and welfare of United States citizens that are in Venezuela, and like our travel advisory says, we – U.S. citizens – U.S. citizens residing in or traveling in Venezuela should strongly consider departing Venezuela. That’s something we’ve said previously and something that we reiterate. We’re pursuing all possible possibilities to secure travel options for U.S. citizens, and we will be announcing additional information for foreign government partners in the days that follow. We continue to advise American citizens to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings and to monitor local media for updates.

    To repeat, the travel advisory in Venezuela remains the same, and that is Level Four, do not travel. And I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: TPS or some other --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any updates on that issue today. I don’t want to get ahead. It’s something that’s being looked at, I know, but I don’t have any information to --

    QUESTION: But what exactly is being looked at? Some alternate mechanism? Has it been – has it actually been decided at some – by – has it actually – has the administration actually decided that TPS in the case of Venezuela is not the right – is not the applicable vehicle or mechanism for --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any policy announcements to make on that. It’s just something – I don’t have any policy announcements to make.

    QUESTION: I have a follow-up just – I don’t know if I didn’t hear properly. Are you saying you’re pursuing all options as to get U.S. citizens out of Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: No, no. That’s something we do to help facilitate, not --

    QUESTION: To facilitate.

    MR PALLADINO: Yes, there’s no – yes.

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MR PALLADINO: Okay. Correct.


    QUESTION: So with the situation deteriorating enough to now pull everybody out of the embassy, do you feel it necessary to put out additional information to all American citizens there, or do you feel like the “do not travel” sort of stands for itself?

    MR PALLADINO: Well, we routinely look at our travel information, and given that circumstances are changing, I would not think it – I would think – I would expect that additional information would be updated and provided in short order. I don’t think it’s going to change from Travel Four, that said, okay – from Level Four.

    QUESTION: Yeah, the advice that you – the advice that you last gave to – that you strongly, whatever that exact wording is, urge them to --

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah, “do not travel” was our – that’s our advice, okay?

    QUESTION: That’s – okay, that’s – but for those who are already there, I mean, the current language you said is, like, strongly suggest that they leave or something to that effect. Is that language from the alert going to be updated to, like, get out now?

    MR PALLADINO: That’s – I don’t want to preview what’s being done. It’s being looked at and reviewed, and in short order – safety of American citizens is one of the highest priorities of the State Department. It’s something that we are constantly reviewing, and as situations on the ground change, we review these things regularly and update them.


    QUESTION: Robert, after the American diplomats leave, will the local staff remain or will they – will they still be going into work and maybe protecting the property? And if not, will you be giving things like any remaining food and water that you have to them to take home, or can you tell me what --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any additional information on that topic.

    (Inaudible.) Please, go ahead, Christina.

    QUESTION: Thanks. Can you give us – can you give us some guidance on when we might see the evacuation start? I’m hearing the end of the week. Does that sound about right? Is there an evacuation plan in the works? Can you give us, like, an update on where that is? Commercial? Are we going to send transports down?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re not going to get – the Secretary last night in his statement and tweet indicated this week, and we’re not going to get into details on when exactly or how exactly that will be transpiring.

    QUESTION: And just a follow-up, my colleagues asked a couple times but it wasn’t quite answered – Mr. Abrams didn’t quite answer the question when he was asked whether there had been some sort of new specific threat from the Maduro regime. He kept saying we don’t trust them to protect our diplomats, but can you say definitively, yes or no, if there had been some sort of new threat in the last couple hours that prompted this decision by the Secretary?

    MR PALLADINO: I have nothing beyond what Mr. Abrams said. I don’t.


    QUESTION: Did you accept the premise of her first question, which was that this is an evacuation, or did you just not --

    MR PALLADINO: This is – no. This is – I did not. This is – we’re withdrawing U.S. personnel.

    QUESTION: Right, but do you consider it to be an evacuation?


    QUESTION: Are you going in – is this Saigon ’75?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re withdrawing our personnel in an orderly fashion. The security of our people is paramount.

    Please. Said, please.

    QUESTION: Robert, thank you. Change topics. Okay.

    QUESTION: Could I just have one real quick question? Will the embassy be closed? Will that be the way to describe it? How would you describe --

    MR PALLADINO: I would not say it’s closed, no.

    QUESTION: How – when --

    MR PALLADINO: I would say – the legal status of the embassy – I would say we’re withdrawing from the embassy, but I believe closure is a matter of legality, and that’s not something that we have decided. So this is interim, I would say.

    QUESTION: One more on Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: Said, please go ahead.

    QUESTION: Yes, thank you. Changing topics, very quickly, Israel is set to deport the Human Rights Watch director for the West Bank because of a tweet, I guess. He’s a U.S. citizen. Are you aware of that? And what will you do to help him stay and conduct his job?

    MR PALLADINO: We are aware of those reports, and yes, the answer is --

    QUESTION: And what are you offering him? Aid? Help? Has he come – has he gone to the – not the consulate but the embassy?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not aware of anything like that, Said.

    QUESTION: Okay. All right. Let me move on to another --

    QUESTION: Well, wait a second. Let’s stay.


    QUESTION: Just are you talking to the Israelis about this? Would you – or is it – is it that you come to the defense of American citizens any – in all countries except Israel?

    MR PALLADINO: That is not true. The United States has no greater --

    QUESTION: Okay. Well --

    MR PALLADINO: Let me finish – has no greater responsibility, priority than the safety of American citizens, the welfare of our citizens overseas. In this particular case, I’m not going to talk about specifics. But I can say, as a matter of general principle, we value freedom of expression, even in cases where we do not agree with the political views espoused, and I’ll stop there.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    QUESTION: But did he --

    QUESTION: Okay, let me just follow-up --

    MR PALLADINO: Go ahead.

    QUESTION: -- on another issue on the Palestinian-Israeli issue. The government signed agreement, the Israeli Government, to build 23,000 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem. And also, there’s been such an uptick in settlements and so on. I know that you stick to your policy, but has there been – I mean, past administrations would issue concern from time to time, say, “We’re concerned about the acceleration of settlement building,” and so on. What is your position on this latest thing, since we haven’t heard anything from this administration on settlements?

    MR PALLADINO: The President has made his position on settlements clear. This is something we’ve talked about before. The Israeli Government has also made clear that its intent is to adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes into account the President’s concerns, that takes those into consideration. And that’s something that we welcome.

    QUESTION: And do you think that they have – I mean since this President’s been in office for the past two years, that they took his concern into consideration?

    MR PALLADINO: We welcome the Israeli Government’s decision to take the President’s views into consideration, and I would just reiterate what the President has said repeatedly, that the administration is committed to pursuing a comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    MR PALLADINO: Laurie.

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    QUESTION: The Western press yesterday ran headlines like, “Iran’s Rouhani in Iraq for His Third Visit to Offset U.S. Sanctions.” Is it still your position that Iraq has to abide by the Iran sanctions?

    MR PALLADINO: As far as sanctions go, as you know, a waiver was granted to Iraq to allow it to continue to pay for its electricity imports from Iran. And that has helped Iraq limit electricity shortages in the south since the re-imposition of sanctions that took place in November. And we’re going to continue to discuss Iran-related sanctions with our partners in Iraq to ensure continued compliance. And finally, any decisions related to those sanctions waivers, they’re at the discretion of the Secretary of State, and I would leave it there.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: And there are two issues in specific. One has to do with banking and reports that Iraq and Iran will establish a joint bank, which will allow Iran to circumvent sanctions. And the second has to do with a railroad from Iran to Basra, which would allow Iran to send military supplies to its proxies in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. Is that compatible with your understanding of sanctions?

    MR PALLADINO: Laurie, I don’t have any information on these proposals that you’re identifying today, so I’m going to refrain from talking on them.

    QUESTION: Robert --

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    MR PALLADINO: Yep. Let’s go --

    QUESTION: Could you give us your reaction, the U.S. reaction, on President Bouteflika of Algeria not to seek a fifth term but to stay – to postpone the election and to stay in power, at least until the end of the year and probably after that?

    MR PALLADINO: We support efforts in Algeria to chart a new path forward based on dialogue that reflects the will of all Algerians and their aspirations for a peaceful and prosperous future.

    QUESTION: That’s all?

    MR PALLADINO: Well, we respect the rights of the Algerians to assemble and peacefully express their views, and we’re closely monitoring reports that Algeria’s elections have been postponed. We support the right of the Algerian people to vote in a free and fair election, as we do around the world.

    QUESTION: You think it’s a good thing that he’s not seeking a fifth term?

    MR PALLADINO: We support efforts in Algeria to chart a new path forward, and I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Robert?

    MR PALLADINO: Please. Afghanistan.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Khalilzad tweeted a short while ago that they’re – the – the two parties agreed in – in draft to some sort of proposal on the U.S. withdrawal as well as the Taliban providing safe haven in Afghanistan to terror groups. Can you share any more details on what that draft looks like, whether it’s – there’s a timetable now on U.S. withdrawal?

    MR PALLADINO: I did see those tweets. Special Representative Khalilzad and a team representing agencies across the United States Government concluded today talks with the Taliban delegation in Doha, and that’s what he was tweeting about. These have been the most substantive talks with the Taliban to date. We’ve received reports back from Special Representative Khalilzad that they’ve had meaningful progress. The Taliban have agreed that peace will require both sides to fully address four core issues, and they are: counterterrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogue, and a comprehensive ceasefire.

    In this round of talks, we were able to move to agreement in draft on the first two principles – counterterrorism assurances and troop withdrawal. And when that agreement, in draft, is finalized, the Taliban and an inclusive Afghan negotiating team that includes the Afghan Government and other Afghans will begin intra-Afghan negotiations of a political settlement and comprehensive ceasefire.

    And I’d also add that Special Representative Khalilzad will be returning to Washington. He’ll be consulting with Secretary Pompeo as well as the interagency and also partner countries in this process. Much work remains to be done. As Special Representative Khalilzad has said before, “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”

    QUESTION: So you can’t share any details then of what was agreed to in that draft?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not going to be able to go into details on the results of the just concluded and ongoing talks.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Second part of this though, as you said and as the ambassador tweeted, once this agreement in draft is finalized, then those intra-Afghan party talks will begin. Is that a commitment from the Taliban that they will engage, once this agreement is finalized, with the Afghan Government?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not going to be able to go into more details on the agreement itself, because they’re private conversations, and we want to give the parties time to work things out and to work out these issues in private. But intra-Afghan dialogue that includes the Afghan Government as well as the Taliban and other Afghans encourages – is something that we’re very much focused on and remains part of what we’re pursuing.

    QUESTION: Can I ask you, on a separate topic, your statement at the beginning on Iran and the sentencing of a women’s rights activist: Why didn’t you issue a similar statement when Saudi Arabia arrested women rights activists there, including a State Department International Women of Courage Award winner, Samar Badawi?

    MR PALLADINO: We’ve – I mean, this particular case really was barbaric. Many others have spoken out on this as well. Thirty-eight – this is a – basically, a lawyer representing women clients that’s been sentenced to 38 years and 148 lashes. That kind of barbarism is something that must be called out.

    In regards to other countries, Secretary Pompeo – we’ve spoken about – we speak about human rights, frankly, when we engage – when we travel the world engaging partners, allies. We do this regularly. It’s something that we stand for. It’s something that we’ll continue to do.

    QUESTION: But why not do it from the podium in a similar fashion?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not sure what specific case you’re referring to. We choose different ways to communicate our – to promote the value – human rights values. It’s something we’re going to continue to be outspoken about and we raise this regularly with all partners.

    Sure, Janne. Please, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Thank you very much, Robert. On South Korea, not North Korea this time.


    QUESTION: Okay. The – reported by the South Korean Channel A News, the former unification minister of South Korea, Jeong Se-hyun, said that the United States National Security Advisor John Bolton is a very unlucky person. I think the insulting language about John Bolton is a (inaudible) about – against the American people. How do U.S. react diplomatically?

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah, I haven’t seen that report and I’m – I have no reaction. Okay.

    QUESTION: Because he blaming about Hanoi talks, so John Bolton made the decisions break down this U.S.-North Korea summit. Can you find that out?

    MR PALLADINO: I would just say that the lead negotiator for the United States of America is the President of the United States, and that’s the President’s decision.

    QUESTION: Robert --

    QUESTION: That’s President’s decision. Okay. Thank you.

    QUESTION: Can I ask about the Ethiopian Airlines crash? It’s my understanding that Ethiopia has a lot of control over the investigation, at least at this point. Is the State Department working with Ethiopian authorities to make sure U.S. investigators have access to black boxes?

    MR PALLADINO: In response to the Government of Ethiopia’s request, we have sent a team from the United States National Transportation Safety Board. That includes the Federal Aviation Administration personnel as well. And they’re assisting in the investigation to determine the cause of death. Officials from the United States are also coordinating with INTERPOL and Ethiopian authorities in support of efforts to identify the remains of victims. These are some of the steps that the United States Government is taking to assist, and we – again, we extend our deepest condolences to all those families and the friends of those that lost their lives on that tragic accident.

    QUESTION: On Syria, Robert --

    MR PALLADINO: Please, right there.

    QUESTION: Thank you. If we can move to North Korea. Given the UN panel of experts’ findings on North Korea and sanctions, is the administration concerned that North – that the sanctions regime is not being enforced?

    MR PALLADINO: We made progress in Hanoi at the summit, and although we did not reach an agreement with North Korea, we were able to exchange detailed positions and to narrow the gap on a number of issues. Also made clear the United States expects complete denuclearization before sanctions relief. So I’d say that in response to your question, the United States and the international community have a shared understanding of what final, fully verified denuclearization entails, as well as meaningful progress, what that will constitute, what that goal looks like. And we remain ready to move forward. And I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Can I just follow quickly? Does the administration believe that there should be more economic pressure applied on North Korea?

    MR PALLADINO: We remain ready to engage North Korea. We are looking – I’m sorry, what was your question again? Increased? So we – our policy’s been explained many times; the President explained that these sanctions are the world’s sanctions and that they will be maintained until denuclearization is achieved. And I’ll leave it at that for now.

    Let’s go – last question. Michel, please.

    QUESTION: Yeah. You tweeted on Syria and building a statue of Hafez Assad in Daraa. Can you make the statement on camera, please?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m sorry, can you say it one more time, Michel?

    QUESTION: On Syria. You tweeted on building a statue of Hafez Assad in Daraa. Do you remember?

    MR PALLADINO: When was this?

    QUESTION: Before noon today.

    MR PALLADINO: Before noon. Of course. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: If you can make the statement on camera, please.

    MR PALLADINO: (Laughter.) And what is your question? Help me establish --

    QUESTION: If you can make the statement on camera, please.

    MR PALLADINO: I need the tweet in front of me. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Okay. I will retweet it. You can --

    MR PALLADINO: All right, I’ll do it afterwards. If you want me to read the tweet, I’d be happy to do that. All right. All right.

    QUESTION: Quick question on Israel?

    MR PALLADINO: Shri, go ahead. Oh, I’m sorry, not Shri. Shri, go ahead. There’s your hand there.

    QUESTION: I wanted to know if you have an update on the exemption from Iran sanctions for India on oil purchases. It’s been six months since they were granted, and I think the foreign secretary is – Gokhale is scheduled to discuss them with his U.S. counterparts.

    And a second question: Is the U.S. concerned that China might block the UNSC 1267 listing request for Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar? Because Beijing made some comments yesterday that would suggest that China was potentially going to put a hold on it or block it.

    MR PALLADINO: As you point out, Foreign Secretary Gokhale is in town for high-level meetings this week at the State Department. He met with Secretary Pompeo yesterday. He’s got meetings at the White House, Department of Defense, as well as on Capitol Hill on a range of diplomatic and security issues.

    Regarding Masood Azhar, the United States and India work closely together on counterterrorism efforts, and that includes at the United Nations. And our views on Jaish-e-Mohammed and its founder are well known. JEM is a United Nations-designated terrorist group. Azhar is the founder and the leader of JEM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations. JEM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace.

    Now, the United Nations sanctions committee, their deliberations are confidential, and as such we don’t comment on specific matters, but we’ll continue to work with the sanctions committee to ensure that the designation list is updated and accurate.

    Regarding your specific question on China, I would say that the United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and that a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal.

    And with that, we’ll end.

    QUESTION: The National Security Advisor John Bolton welcomed the foreign – Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi. Do you have any readout of that?

    MR PALLADINO: The national security advisor works at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and I’d have to refer you to the White House for a readout on his call, but thanks. I don’t have a readout for you.

    (The briefing was concluded at 3:38 p.m.)

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Preliminary work on the long-awaited North 1st Street Revitalization project will likely get underway later this week and more construction activity will be taking place starting early next week. Tapani Inc, based in Battleground, Washington, is the general contractor for Phase 1 of the three-phase project. Tapani crews will begin saw cutting pavement this Thursday, … Continued

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  2. Theresa May Warned She Could Lose Her Job If She Delays 'Meaningful' Brexit Vote  HuffPost UK
  3. Brexit BETRAYAL: David Davis warns Brexit delay is 'stepping stone' to STOPPING Brexit  Express
  4. In a big week for Brexit, Parliament will vote on Theresa May’s deal and possibly a delay  The Washington Post
  5. Senior Tories call on Theresa May to quit if Brussels fails to agree to Brexit deal changes before crunch  The Sun
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One month ago, lawyers working for special counsel Robert Mueller and for Paul Manafort piled into a sealed courtroom in Washington, DC's federal courthouse to hear what could have been a one-sentence decision from the judge.

          Slog PM: A College Admissions Scam for the Ages, Minimal Road Rage in Seattle, Another Brexit Failure      Cache   Translate Page      
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The University of Southern California is one of the schools at the center of the scandal.
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Remember the nearly 2,000 dairy cows killed in a blizzard in Eastern Washington? A blizzard swept through the Yakima Valley in early February. The storm killed 1,850 cows. That loss totaled $3.7 million. In an attempt to escape the blizzard, the cows had herded together. They died in those bunches, suffocating or getting trampled. The dairy farmers did as much as they could, according to the Seattle Times.

A college admissions scam for the ages: Oh, boy. You know that saying—how does it go? Money can't buy everything? Some wealthy parents put that saying to the test. They attempted to pay to get their children admitted into elite colleges. The money was allegedly spent a variety of ways from fudging SAT scores to bribing athletic directors into recruiting their children for a Division 1 sport that the child never actually played. Everyone involved got busted. There are currently 50 people, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Laughlin, charged by the FBI in their criminal investigation. They pulled a Jared Kushner.

Some excerpts from the Department of Justice indictment: This is just part of the thread, but I highly recommend taking a stroll through the whole thing. It's absolutely bonkers.

The drama continues:

The gender wage gap is alive in Northwest public radio: A new report from Crosscut shows that two female employees at a Spokane-based public radio station made drastically less money than their male counterparts. The network claims this discrepancy is because of geography. The women work at a Spokane-based public radio. Their male counterparts work in Seattle at KUOW, a partner station.

There's a strip club monopoly in Seattle: It's bad for dancers. They've banded together to create a bill with Working Washington to implement new trainings and workplace standards in clubs.

This is handy: The Seattle Times has compiled a bill tracker for all the transit-related bills in the Legislature this session. Keep an eye on it. I'll be watching HB 1772, which concerns electric scooters. Give us the e-scooter, lawmakers.

Despite best efforts, my hopes are up: I won't believe it until I feel 70 degrees on my skin, but here's to trusting the weather experts.

For the time being:

Minimal road rage in Seattle: Maybe it's our passive aggressive natures or Seattleites are just calmer on the roads, but a new study ranked Washington 29th out the 30 most populous cities for aggressive drivers. Cool! Los Angeles is the worst for aggressive driving. That makes sense.

Another Brexit failure: British Parliament defeated Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to leave the European Union in a decisive 391 to 242 vote. There are 17 days left before the deadline to leave the EU. That means that Britain could exit the EU without a plan or there may be a vote to extend the deadline. Really, the whole thing is entirely up in the air and May's leadership has been called into question again.

Amidst all these California people embroiled in scandals there's a butterfly migration in LA: Painted Ladies are a type of butterfly that are migrating en-masse across California right now. This is the highest population of Painted Ladies seen since about 2005, according to the Los Angeles Times. This is refreshing amidst a current butterfly drought in California. Butterfly populations have been in decline recently. Several species have been slowly disappearing.

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“I think we often forget the value of adversity and how important it is, said Sen. Wagoner in front of other human beings.
“I think we often forget the value of adversity and how important it is," said Sen. Wagoner in front of other human beings. Courtesy of Washington State Legislature

On Saturday, the State Senate passed a bill, sponsored by Sen. Guy Palumbo, that guarantees free college and trade school for students from the poorest families in Washington. In order for students to access and retain that scholarship money, according to the bill, they'll need to maintain "satisfactory academic progress" toward graduation, which institutions generally interpret as a 2.0 GPA, i.e. a "C."

But that provision wasn't good enough for Washington state Republicans, who offered an amendment requiring students to maintain a 2.5 GPA (i.e. a "C+") in order to retain the scholarship. The amendment was voted down, but, in defending their case, Republicans revealed yet again the barbarism at the heart of their party's value system. No one embodied that value more than Sen. Keith Wagoner, who stood up on the Senate floor and championed the virtue of making the lives of his constituents more miserable because, basically, he thinks misery will make them work harder.

“I think we often forget the value of adversity and how important it is," Sen. Wagoner said in front of other human beings after telling his story about working his way through college. "When you give something to people, there’s no adversity. If we knock down Mount Everest so that everyone can get to the top, it wouldn’t have any meaning.”

Here we have a lawmaker openly admitting that he thinks it's his job to maintain—and in this case construct—obstacles in order to make life harder for his own constituents.

But it's difficult to focus on the absurdity of this claim because all I can hear when I listen to Wagoner's little speech is a Baby Boomer patting himself on the back for working his way through school in the early 1980s. Every time that happens, I have to fight an uncontrollable urge to scream the comparative cost of credit hours from 2017 and 1979 at them until they stop.

To indulge his line of reasoning: Just as the point of Mount Everest isn't to climb Mount Everest, the point of going to college isn't to learn how to balance the stress of working a minimum wage job with the responsibilities of attending class, completing homework, and in some cases choosing between finding a babysitter and going to a study group. The point of going to college is to learn how to think so that you don't wind up making stupid arguments like Wagoner over here, and also to expand the universe of things you can think about.

The fact is that kids today are facing adversity by working their way through college. The problem is the work doesn’t cover the cost of tuition—let alone living expenses—so they’re only working to keep their heads above water.

Unfortunately, lots of students from low-income households end up dropping out of college because, no matter how hard they work, they can't seem to earn enough money to pay for college.

That's the issue Palumbo's bill is trying to fix (in its limited little way). Due to intense financial pressures, low-income students have a harder time getting into college in the first place, and they have a harder time staying in once they get there. Guaranteeing free college for the poorest Washingtonians—meaning students from families living below 110 percent of the federal poverty line, e.g. a family of four making just under $28,000 per year—will help ease the financial burden these students bear, which will give them a fairer shot at succeeding in college.

Maintaining a C average during that process—rather than a C+ average—shouldn't discount those students from receiving that aid. A few Republican U.S. presidents, after all, only did about as well. And as Democratic senator Jannie Darneille pointed out on the floor, it's harder to raise your GPA than it is to watch it fall dramatically for one reason or another. These grades are averages—you could get two As and two Fs one semester and be paying for it for the next four years. For that reason, GPA isn't the best indicator of completion rates in college. Financial stress, however, is.

Passing this law isn't just a nice thing to do for students. From Washington's upside-down tax code to its inability to adequately fund K-12 education to its history of slashing public funding for higher education, this state has made climbing out of poverty a near impossibility for hundreds of thousands of people. Washington owes it to these families to do something, and guaranteeing scholarships to its poorest households is THE LEAST lawmakers can do.

Anyhow, I guess I shouldn't be surprised that a Republican like Wagoner would so baldly praise the "gift" of adversity. That's the value the Washington state GOP has always stood for. They value putting up barriers to education. They value immiserating the population. They're political sadists. Which, if nothing else, makes their stern opposition to sadism all the more confusing.

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          Bill That Could Vacate 68,000 Washington Pot Convictions Passes Senate      Cache   Translate Page      
The Washington state Senate passed a bill on Monday that would make it possible to vacate over 68,000 misdemeanor marijuana convictions. by Lester Black
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A proposed law that would make it easy for over 68,000 people to clear their old misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions passed in the Washington Senate last night, making it one step closer to becoming law. Senate Bill 5605 passed with a 29-19 vote.

Sen. Joe Nguyen, a Democrat that represents parts of West Seattle and White Center, said he sponsored the legislation in an attempt to undo some of the harm of the criminal justice system’s war on drugs.

“If you look at our justice system, it’s obviously broken, and one of the biggest glaring examples of that is the unjust war on drugs that disproportionately impacted communities of color, especially the black community,” Nguyen said.

Washington legalized pot in 2012, meaning the crime these people were convicted of is no longer against state law. Yet these convictions still show up on people’s records, causing problems when it comes to employment, housing, and other aspects of life.

“We should make sure that we vacate as many convictions as possible for things that are now legal,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen working in Senate Chambers in February.
Nguyen working in Senate Chambers in February. Lester Black
Two Republicans supported the Senate Bill: Sen. Lynda Wilson from Vancouver and Sen. Hans Zeiger from Snohomish. The proposed law now heads to the House of Representatives, where Nguyen said it has a good chance of passing.

“I think we should be in good shape. There’s no question they have the votes to pass this. It’s just a matter of making sure it’s a priority for the house as well,” Nguyen said.

The proposed law would require Washington’s courts to vacate all misdemeanor marijuana offenses as long as the person with the conviction applies for the vacation. The only requirement is that the person was 21 years of age or older at the time of the offense. A fiscal note attached to the Senate bill estimated that there were 43,506 people that met this criteria, but a representative from the Washington State Patrol told the Tacoma News Tribune that there are currently 58,864 people with 68,543 misdemeanor marijuana convictions.

Nguyen said he would have preferred that the bill just automatically vacate all of these misdemeanor charges so that the affected people would not be required to do anything, but he said state law would now allow that.

“You are not constitutionally allowed to just vacate marijuana convictions wholesale because there are seperations of power [between the legislature and the courts]. They will still have to apply for the court vacation, but it’s like $5. It’s still a step that I don’t want to do but I can’t get around it.”

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by Eli Sanders
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Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren. Drew Angerer / Getty Images

By now you've heard the story: Elizabeth Warren wants to break up Big Tech, so her presidential campaign bought ads on Facebook talking about how Facebook is too powerful and should be cut down to size. Then Facebook blocked Warren's ads, making Warren's point for her.

This episode, Warren says, is a perfect example of why we should have "a social media marketplace that isn't dominated by a single censor."

But it's also a perfect example of an additional issue with Facebook: the social media giant's ongoing reliance on "outsourced content moderation."

The phrase, which I first noticed in this October 2018 New York Times editorial, describes how Facebook not only relies on users to produce its content for free but also, all too often, relies on users to police its content for free, too.

Facebook has lately hired thousands of moderators to deal with this issue (people working in low-paid positions that come with their own problems and traumas), but it's clearly not enough.

In the Warren episode, as in so many others, it was a journalist who had to nudge Facebook toward the correct content moderation response.

After Politico broke the story of Facebook blocking Warren's ads, the company backtracked and restored the ads in the interest of what it called "robust debate."

This kind of thing has happened many times before, in all kinds of variations. Very often, it's journalists pointing out content that Facebook hasn't taken down but should.

"Social media misinformation is becoming a newsroom beat in and of itself," the Times editorial explained, "as journalists find themselves acting as unpaid content moderators for these platforms."

Here in Washington State, to take yet another example, The Stranger has been providing ongoing, unpaid content moderation to both Facebook and Google because, while both companies say they've banned local political ads here (in order to avoid Washington's tough election ad transparency rules), both companies nevertheless keep on selling local political ads.

As the Times wrote months ago, "The companies have all the tools at their disposal and a profound responsibility to find exactly what journalists find — and yet, clearly, they don’t."

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          Alessia Amighini (ISPI): "Con la firma del Memorandum l'Italia aderisce agli obiettivi dichiarati dalla Costituzione del Partito Comunista di Xi"      Cache   Translate Page      

L'Italia primo vero tassello di un progetto geoeconomico così rilevante per il presidente Xi Jinping da essere stato inserito nella Costituzione del Partito Comunista Cinese. Proprio tra la costituzione del PCC come modificata meno di due anni fa e il memorandum per aprire all'Italia la Via della Seta emergono somiglianze che rendono più che motivate le preoccupazioni espresse dagli alleati occidentali nei confronti dell'Italia. Ed è per questo motivo che la Via della Seta "non può essere considerata una intesa puramente commerciale, ma ha invece un peso politico enorme". È di questa opinione la professoressa Alessia Amighini, condirettrice del dipartimento per l'Asia Centrale dell'Ispi, esperta di economia cinese e relazioni Ue-Asia.

Cosa emerge dalla lettura della bozza del memorandum d'intesa tra Italia e Cina per l'adesione alla Belt&Road Initiative?

Premessa: siamo ufficialmente nella fase di esecuzione dell'iniziativa, nota come Via della Seta, del mandato di Xi che prevede esplicitamente la realizzazione della Belt and Road Initiative (Bri). Abbiamo confrontato le espressioni tra il memorandum e la costituzione cinese, che poi è la costituzione del partito dal momento che non c'è differenza alcuna. A ottobre 2017 la costituzione del partito è stata modificata, com'è noto: in essa è stato inserito il pensiero di Xi, con il chiaro intento di unificare il pensiero intorno al suo. Come ultima aggiunta, però, viene previsto il perseguimento dell'iniziativa Belt and Road.

Quella che l'Italia si appresta a firmare.

Esatto. Nella costituzione del partito sono richiamati cinque deliverables: coordinamento delle politiche, infrastrutture e connettività, libero scambio, integrazione finanziaria e scambi culturali, e ambiente. E sono gli stessi inseriti nella bozza del memorandum. Sorprende quindi che il sottosegretario Geraci dica che si tratta di un accordo puramente commerciale. È un'adesione neanche troppo indiretta a un obiettivo dichiarato e inserito nella Costituzione del partito Comunista cinese. Quindi c'è un effetto politico, eccome se c'è.

Cos'altro si evince dall'analisi della bozza del memorandum?

Un altro punto, ad esempio, prevede che le due parti, ovvero Italia e Cina, nel perseguire i benefici condivisi della Bri avanzeranno in maniera attiva nelle relazioni politiche. Che poi porti con sé anche dei benefici economici appare ovvio altrimenti non se ne capirebbe il senso. Ma il memorandum non è solo questo, è un documento di intesa ad ampio spettro con Pechino che include infrastrutture, logistica, trasporti, reti, finanza e ambiente. Non è solo un accordo commerciale, ma anche scientifico, tecnologico e culturale. E anche politico, dal momento che non solo è messo nero su bianco ma anche perché lo si può evincere da altri passaggi.


Si evince, per esempio, dal fatto che le controversie sull'interpretazione del memorandum non sono soggette ad arbitrato internazionale, ma vengono affrontate in modo "amichevole" e saranno oggetto di "consultazioni dirette". E qui c'è una differenza sostanziale tra il nostro documento e quello degli altri Paesi. Negli altri mediamente si parla di 'consultazioni amichevoli' per l'interpretazione del memorandum stesso, nel nostro si legge invece che in un "contesto" amichevole verranno affrontati eventuali divergenze attraverso consultazioni dirette. Che è diverso. Quindi attenzione massima a questi termini apparentemente innocui e ingenui, non sono sostituti o sinonimi. Il memorandum ha un valore legale, anche se non è un accordo. Ogni parola pesa, le differenze ci sono.

Un'eventuale firma da parte dell'Italia ha quindi un peso specifico rispetto ad altri Paesi?

Certo. Questo è un memorandum completo, non è relativo solo ad aspetti commerciali, ma c'è dentro tutto. E l'Italia ha una posizione leggermente diversa rispetto ad altri Paesi. E certamente come membro fondatore della Nato abbiamo un peso non solo storico, ma anche concreto. È questo che ha fatto inalberare gli Stati Uniti. Non si può firmare un memorandum del genere come se si trattasse di un documento di business. I motivi per stare in guardia, da parte di Washington, ci sono eccome. Noi siamo il primo tassello sulla mappa agli occhi di Pechino. E siamo molto diversi dagli altri tredici Paesi Ue che hanno firmato documenti analoghi.

Quali rischi corre l'Italia, nell'immediato?

Il rischio già concreto è un isolamento in Europa. E in questo caso ce lo siamo andati a cercare. In Europa, per dire, abbiamo votato contro lo schema per lo screening degli investimenti esteri nell'Unione, di cui siamo stati promotori. Questo è enormemente distruttivo nei confronti del progetto dell'Ue. Tecnicamente, siamo come una serpe in seno, come lo è stata la Grecia. I prossimi siamo noi. I risultati negativi sono già stati prodotti.

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C'è un libro formidabile che narra della via della Seta nell'800, scritto dal britannico Peter Hopkirk. E non è un caso che si intitoli "Il grande gioco". Proprio come quello che si sta sviluppando all'interno del governo tra Movimento 5 stelle e Lega sulla "Belt and Road Initiative", l'ambizioso progetto riveduto e corretto dalla Cina all'alba del nuovo millennio. Sentite un uomo vicininissimo a Luigi Di Maio: "Salvini vuole tutelarsi. Non desidera andare allo scontro con Washington, anzi, perora i suoi interessi, per non ricevere un veto qualora dopo le europee si creassero le condizioni...". Le condizioni per cosa? Il passaggio è tutto sommato semplice: per andare a Palazzo Chigi.

Ecco così che un memorandum d'intesa tra Roma e Pechino sul quale il capo politico M5s sta lavorando da mesi, con il contributo attivo di Michele Geraci, sottosegretario in quota Lega, diventa improvvisamente l'ennesima buca da schivare sulla strada del governo. Perché, a latere del Consiglio federale tenutosi lunedì a via Bellerio, il segretario del Carroccio ha parlato con alcuni dei suoi. La posizione che viene riferita è netta: "Col cavolo che noi firmiamo una roba del genere", dice un suo fedelissimo tagliando corto il discorso. E Geraci? I suoi lo scaricano senza mezzi termini: "Dovunque, anche da noi, c'è chi gioca a fare il fenomeno. Si è spinto troppo avanti".

La partita sarebbe grossa anche senza le implicazioni accessorie. L'Italia sarebbe il primo paese del G7, il primo in assoluto dell'Europa occidentale, a sottoscrivere l'ambizioso piano di collaborazione infrastrutturale lanciato dal governo cinese nel 2013. Se vi si aggiungono le implicazioni atlantiche e l'orizzonte che guarda alla partita politica post elezioni, ecco che il nuovo "grande gioco" in salsa tricolore è servito.

Dal Carroccio fanno filtrare che un punto di caduta potrebbe essere quello di inserire nelle tre paginette (a dire il vero molto generiche) del testo delle "clausole anticolonizzazione". Mettere nero su bianco, in poche parole, parole che rispondano alle preoccupazioni di Salvini ("Bisogna tutelare l'interesse. Prima di mettere a disposizione degli investitori stranieri infrastrutture vitali per l'Italia bisogna stare molto attenti") e di Giorgetti ("Non potrà contenere impegni che possano creare interferenze di ordine strategico"). Operazione complessa. E che al di là del giudizio sulla mossa di politica estera mette in discussione la credibilità dell'Italia sullo scacchiere internazionale, a dieci giorni dalla visita di Xi-Jinping in Italia, che si trova in stallo di fronte a un trattato che nei modi e nei tempi della diplomazia dovrebbe essere già blindato.

Giuseppe Conte sta provando a tentare una mediazione: "Non c'è aria di crisi, il governo si muove in maniera coerente". Ma, nella sostanza, ancora una volta come sul Tav ha assunto una posizione più vicina a quella di Di Maio, difendendo la bontà dell'accordo, e garantendo da eventuali rischi. Anche davanti al Copasir, il comitato parlamentare per i servizi segreti che l'ha audito oggi, il premier ha ribadito la stessa linea, assicurando la "più grande attenzione" su come si svilupperà di fatto l'intesa. Parole confortate da quelle di Rodolfo De Dominicis, ad di Uirnet, il soggetto attuatore per il Mit per la realizzazione del sistema di gestione della logistica nazionale, che giocherebbe un ruolo non secondario nei prossimi anni relativamente al Bri: "Occorre trovare i fondi per realizzare nel nordest e nel nordovest infrastrutture immateriali rilevanti – spiega – e la via della Seta diventa fondamentale se al suo interno si inseriscono anche queste attività, stando attenti alla protezione dei dati di interesse nazionale".

Ma da oltreoceano arriva un intervento a gamba tesa. "Fate attenzione, l'accordo è opaco e potrebbe risultare contrario allo stato di diritto", sono le parole del Segretario di stato Usa Mike Pompeo, rilasciate all'agenzia di stampa Agi tramite un portavoce. Un warning arriva anche da Bruxelles, che ha approntato una bozza di richiamo formale:"Nè l'Ue nè alcuno dei suoi Stati membri possono effettivamente realizzare i loro obiettivi con la Cina senza piena unità".

Tornando a Roma, Salvini rivendica semplicemente "prudenza" nel sottoscrivere il testo, mentre Giovanni Tria parla di "confusione" e "tempesta in un bicchier d'acqua". Sarà. Rimane il fatto che sulla via della seta sta andando in scena uno scontro che travalica il pur ampio quadro dei rapporti sino-italiani. Il grande gioco del potere che verrà.

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Ancora un monito dagli Usa all'Italia sull'accordo commerciale che il nostro Paese dovrebbe siglare a breve con la Cina. A parlare è il segretario di Stato, Mike Pompeo, che definisce l'accordo "opaco" ed esorta l'Italia "a fare attenzione" prima di firmare atti che, oltre a non essere economicamente sostenibili, potrebbero risultare contrari al "rispetto della sovranità e dello Stato di diritto".

Pompeo affida le sue preoccupazioni all'Agi attraverso un portavoce: "Gli Stati Uniti esortano l'Italia a vagliare con attenzione gli accordi sugli scambi, sull'investimento e sugli aiuti commerciali per essere certi che siano economicamente sostenibili, operabili in base ai principi dell'apertura e dell'equità del libero mercato, nel rispetto della sovranità e delle leggi".

Già nei giorni scorsi Washington aveva manifestato il suo malumore per la partecipazione italiana alla Belt and Road Initiative (Bri), il progetto cinese di una Via della Seta contemporanea tra Europa, Africa e Asia con una rete di collegamenti infrastrutturali, marittimi, terrestri. Si tratta di un ambizioso investimento di almeno 900 miliardi di dollari che rischia di mettere Pechino in una posizione di forte egemonia nel Vecchio Continente. Il premier, Giuseppe Conte, ha annunciato nei giorni scorsi che, in occasione della visita a Roma del presidente cinese, Xi Jinping, in programma tra il 22 e il 24 marzo, sarà firmato un 'Memorandum of understanding' fra Italia e Cina.

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China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivers a speech at an international forum on the

I rapporti con la Cina "devono diventare materia di campagna elettorale". Antonio Tajani ne è convinto. A Strasburgo, a poche ore dal voto in aula sul contrasto della minaccia informativa proveniente dalla Cina, il presidente dell'Europarlamento convoca i giornalisti per attaccare il governo italiano sull'accordo commerciale con Pechino che sarà firmato il 22 marzo in occasione della visita di Xi Jinping a Roma. "L'Italia non diventi colonia della Cina, non possiamo svendere il nostro debito pubblico ai cinesi", avverte Tajani.

Il presidente dell'Europarlamento ha ragione: la Cina è diventata materia di campagna elettorale in vista del voto di maggio, questo è innegabile. Peccato che il cosiddetto 'Belt and road initiative', serpentone di accordi commerciali sulla vecchia 'via della Seta', sia già penetrato ampiamente in Europa, attraverso i paesi dell'Est compresa la Grecia. Sono già 13 infatti i paesi europei che hanno firmato il 'Memorandum of Undesrstanding' (Mou) con Pechino: Bulgaria, Croazia, Repubblica Ceca, Estonia, Ungheria, Grecia, Lettonia, Lituania, Malta, Polonia, Portogallo, Slovacchia e Slovenia.

Ma ora, con le elezioni alle porte e la necessità delle Cancellerie europee di fare campagna elettorale contro i populisti al governo in uno dei paesi fondatori dell'Unione, l'Italia, ecco che la via cinese diventa terreno di scontro elettorale, su spinta di Washington che sta ostacolando come può l'intesa tra il governo Conte e il cinese Xi.

Dal 2012 i paesi dell'Europa dell'est hanno firmato accordi con Pechino. Lo ha fatto anche l'Ungheria di Viktor Orban, il premier già condannato dall'Europarlamento per violazioni dello stato di diritto e ora oggetto di tensione nel Ppe, con la maggioranza dei Popolari nordici decisi a espellerlo e Forza Italia contraria (insieme a Matteo Salvini).

Durante la crisi del debito greco inoltre Pechino ha piantato le sue tende al porto del Pireo, comprandoselo, conquistando così un ingresso importante in Europa. Di più: la presenza cinese, anzi i soldi cinesi nei paesi dell'Unione, funzionano anche come arma per Pechino per bloccare decisioni comunitarie sul rispetto dei diritti umani in Cina. Nel 2017, per dire, il governo di Atene ha bloccato una dichiarazione dell'Ue all'Onu sulle violazioni dei diritti umani nel celeste impero. Nessuna sorpresa, visto che la Cina si è sobbarcata parte del debito greco e l'Ue allora lasciò fare.

Certo, la scelta dell'Italia di unirsi all'elenco dei paesi che guardano a oriente rischia di aggravare la situazione. Ed, da un certo punto di vista, è anche 'normale' che l'Ue si svegli ora: insieme a Germania, Francia e Spagna, l'Italia è uno degli Stati più grandi dell'Unione nonché paese fondatore dell'Ue e sopratutto è il primo paese membro del G7 alle prese con un Memorandum con i cinesi. Conquistare avamposti nel Belpaese, per la Cina significa fare bingo. Ma è anche vero che ormai la presenza cinese nei maggiori porti del continente è ben oltre la soglia di guardia, Pireo a parte. Partecipazioni cinesi ci sono al porto di Rotterdam (35 per cento), Anversa (25 per cento) Bilbao, Valencia, Madrid (51 per cento), Marsiglia (49 per cento) e altri ancora.

Però l'Italia finisce nel mirino perché, appunto, in questa fase, la partita è elettorale: su tutto. E allora, all'attacco, decidono a Bruxelles, pur in ritardo e con un certo imbarazzo.

Oggi la Commissione europea fa il suo richiamo formale ai paesi che firmano accordo con Pechino, 'a babbo morto'. "Nel cooperare con la Cina, tutti gli Stati membri, individualmente o all'interno di quadri di cooperazione subregionali, hanno una responsabilità di assicurare coerenza con il diritto, le regole e le politiche dell'Ue", si legge nella bozza. "Nè l'Ue nè alcuno dei suoi Stati membri possono effettivamente realizzare i loro obiettivi con la Cina senza piena unità".

Dopo la riunione dei commissari a Strasburgo, è il vicepresidente della Commissione Jyrki Katainen a spiegare i termini della questione alla stampa. "Se la 'Belt and road initiative' fornisce finanziamenti e progetti, significa che gli Stati membri devono rimborsare: non c'è nulla di gratuito", avverte Katainen. "La Ue è un mercato unico, abbiamo delle regole e chiunque voglia venire da noi deve rispettare le nostre regole sulla concorrenza e trasparenza".

Ma naturalmente, siccome la comunicazione della Commissione sulla Cina arriva a cose fatte per molti stati dell'Ue, il vicepresidente non può fare la voce grossa con l'Italia, non ufficialmente. "Valutiamo il protocollo tra Italia e Cina esattamente come valutiamo tutti gli altri Memorandum firmati dagli Stati europei - dice -Tutto quello che si farà non deve prescindere dalle regole della concorrenza e della trasparenza di mercato: tutti devono rispettare le regole, indipendente da chi sottoscrive il Memorandum. I progetti e gli appalti pubblici devono essere aperti a tutti". Quanto alle distorsioni, al dumping, che la Cina crea sui mercati, molto è dovuto, dice Katainen, alla "presenza dello Stato nell'economia cinese". E invece "noi non crediamo nell'economia basata sui sussidi".

Nel pomeriggio a Strasburgo il voto in aula per contrastare le minacce informatiche che arrivano dalla Cina, il caso Huawei e l'attivismo cinese sulle reti 5G, oggetto di un braccio di ferro tra Washington e Pechino. Katainen annuncia che tra qualche settimana la Commissione europea farà delle raccomandazioni sul 5G: "Ci sono divergenze tra gli stati membri. Spero che questa comunicazione li incoraggi ad adottare una posizione univoca e compatta sul 5G che modificherà i processi interni alle nostre società".

Intanto, per ora, in Italia il percorso per la firma del Memorandum sembra tracciato. Anche Matteo Salvini oggi si allinea. "Via della seta con la Cina? Non abbiamo pregiudizi, ma molta prudenza", dice parlando all'Ansa a Matera, tappa di campagna elettorale per le regionali del 24 marzo in Basilicata. "Non abbiamo pregiudizi - aggiunge - siamo favorevoli al sostegno e all'apertura dei mercati per le nostre imprese. Altre però sono le valutazioni, sempre attente, che occorre fare in settori strategici per il nostro Paese come telecomunicazioni e infrastrutture".

Il vicepremier pentastellato Luigi Di Maio tenta di placare le ansie statunitensi: "La via della Seta non è assolutamente l'occasione per noi per stabilire nuove alleanze a livello mondiale e geopolitico, ma il modo per dire che dobbiamo riequilibrare le esportazioni di più sul nostro lato, un rapporto ora sbilanciato sulla Cina".

La 'via della seta' è tracciata (anzi 'di nuovo' tracciata dal corso della storia). L'Ue arriva tardi.

          Tremonti: "I cinesi vogliono Trieste e Genova per arrivare al cuore d'Europa"      Cache   Translate Page      

Secondo l'ex ministro dell'Economia Giulio Tremonti l'accordo sulla "Via della Seta" e il nodo Tav sono collegati e non portano a nulla di buono. Intervistato dal Corriere della Sera, l'economista, afferma: "Va a finire che la Tav la chiederanno i cinesi. Perché se la Via della Seta arriva al porto di Genova, questo non può essere un porto di blocco, ma deve essere di sblocco. E allora se il Memorandum avesse un addendum, questo non potrebbe che riguardare la Torino-Lione".

La geografia del mondo finanziario sta cambiando scenari e luoghi. Spiega Tremonti: "Pechino, a parte le infrastrutture finanziarie, si sta sviluppando lungo le rotte euroasiatica, artica e meridionale. In quest'ultima c'è l'Italia, che significa Sicilia, Trieste, Genova".

Conclude Tremonti: "La Cina non viene in Italia per il nostro mercato domestico, ma per quello europeo. E Genova e Trieste sono molto più vicine al cuore dell'Europa del Pireo, già conquistato da Pechino".

          Miss Jasmine Announces Canada & America FemDom Tours      Cache   Translate Page      

March 2019 Female Domination tour news as Miss Jasmine begins Her next Canada & America trips. Miss Jasmine takes to the road once again soon & embarks on a number of Female Domination tours including visits to Toronto & Calgary in Canada & Washington D.C in the United States of America. Respectful applications to Serve […]

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          Súdy v USA sa musia obracať: 700-tisíc žiadostí o azyl, Američania poslali preč prvú várku      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON - Vláda Spojených štátov v utorok oznámila, že rozšírila svoj program, na základe ktorého musia žiadatelia o azyl počkať na rozhodnutie imigračného súdu v Mexiku. V rámci tohto programu USA poslali do Mexika už 240 migrantov, informovala agentúra AP.
          Licensee Spotlight: Legion of Liberty: Superheroes of 1776      Cache   Translate Page      
Surely you all remember learning about how General George Washington defeated the British at the Battle of Trenton with the help of the North American Superhumans, right? In Legion of Liberty: Superheroes of 1776 from Savage Worlds Ace licensee Happy Monster Press, you play a young superhero who joins a group of other heroes to free the […]
          Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on Ethiopian Airlines Crash      Cache   Translate Page      

Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on Ethiopian Airlines Crash Says, “It would be prudent for the United States likewise to temporarily ground 737 Max aircraft until the FAA confirms the safety of these aircraft and their passengers.” WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Subcommittee […]

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          3/12/2019: SPORTS: Jets’ Lowry gets fresh checking test      Cache   Translate Page      
Winnipeg Jets checking-line centre Adam Lowry did a strong job of keeping Washington’s Evgeny Kuznetsov off the board on Sunday. His reward? Well, on Tuesday he gets another stiff challenge: Try to minimize the impact of San Jose Sharks top centre...
          Federal Grand Jury Issues Subpoenas in North Carolina      Cache   Translate Page      
“A federal grand jury is examining allegations of ballot fraud in a North Carolina congressional race, issuing subpoenas this month that represent the first public evidence that U.S. prosecutors are investigating the matter,” the Washington Post reports. “Officials with the North Carolina State Board of Elections and a lawyer for former Republican congressional candidate Mark […]
          LaHood Applauds the EPA’s Announced Proposal to Allow the Sale of E15 Year-Round      Cache   Translate Page      

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Congressman Darin LaHood released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed today a regulatory change to allow gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) to be sold year-round:

“This announced rule change by the EPA to allow the year-round sale of E15 is welcome news for our agriculture producers in central and west-central Illinois. Ethanol sales help drive demand for corn in Illinois and the announcement today is an important step towards broadening opportunities for our farmers in Illinois’ 18th District,” stated Rep. LaHood. “I appreciate the efforts of President Trump and Administrator Wheeler to making E15 accessible to consumers nationwide and year-round. I will continue to work with both leaders to promote more cost-effective choices that reduce gas emissions and expand opportunities for our agriculture community.”


Rep. LaHood Applauds President Trump’s E15 Announcement

House members advocate for strong RFS, year-round E15 sales

          Foreign Secretary Gokahle meets US under Secretary of State Hale      Cache   Translate Page      

[USA], Mar 13 (ANI): Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and the United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, David Hale on Tuesday held Foreign Office Consultations and reaffirmed their commitment to the Indo-US Strategic Partnership.

The two officials held Foreign Office Consultations to review the progress made since the Ministerial 2+2 meeting and discussed ways to further expand cooperation.

Furthermore, the two officials exchanged views on building convergences in the Indo-Pacific and agreed to work with each other and regional partners to promote inclusivity, stability, peace and prosperity in the region.

Both sides also called on Pakistan to meaningfully address the concerns of the international community on terrorism, including cross-border terrorism.

Foreign Secretary invited Under Secretary Hale to visit New Delhi for the next round of consultations.

On Monday, Gokhale also met US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo.

Pompeo reaffirmed US support to India in its fight against terrorism. The two officials discussed the importance of bringing those responsible for the Pulwama terror attack to justice and the urgency of Pakistan taking meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil. 

The two officials also discussed Washington’s complementary visions for the Indo-Pacific, US-India defence cooperation and the growing US-India economic partnership, including joint efforts to expand bilateral trade in a balanced and reciprocal manner.

According to a statement released by the Indian Embassy in Washington, Pompeo expressed his understanding of India's concerns regarding cross -border terrorism.

"They (US) agreed that Pakistan needs to take concerted action to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure and to deny safe haven to all terrorist groups in its territory," said the statement.

"They also agreed that those who support or abet terrorism in any form should be held accountable," added the statement.

It is worth noting that Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) suicide bomber attacked CRPF convoy in Pulwama on February 14 in which 40 jawans were killed. In retaliation, Indian Air Force (IAF) targeted JeM's largest training centre at Balakot in Pakistan on February 26 wee hours.  

Gokhale also expressed satisfaction over the significant progress and the quality of India-US Strategic Partnership since Secretary Pompeo's visit to India in September last year for the first-ever Ministerial 2+2 Dialogue, the statement said.

Gokhale and Pompeo also discussed other issues of mutual interest including Afghanistan and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and agreed to closely work together in this regard.

In response to Pompeo's reference to bilateral trade matters, Gokhale underscored the significant reduction in the trade deficit in the last three years and conveyed India's willingness to remain engaged with the US for a meaningful and mutually acceptable package on trade issues. (ANI)

          Spectacular Stacey Abrams Says She May Run For President! Also Beto Might Too      Cache   Translate Page      

Stacey Abrams and Beto O'Rourke each have a very important decision to make, and that decision could change the trajectory of their lives, reform the Democratic Party, and perhaps even affect the future of this nation for generations to come. Here we are, a year out from the Democratic primary, we have a bajillion candidates running, and The Great Unpleasantness of 2016 still looms painfully and bitterly large (on social media, not in real life, okay?) in our beautiful minds. We literally have a full plate, an over abundance, a smorgasbord of candidates, really it's the makings of a Brokered Convention*, so isn't the most logical and reasonable plan to cajole Beto and Stacey Abrams into joining the fray? Of course it is.

Besides, what else do you do when you are a strong black woman who was robbed of a governorship by a feckless fumplepunt of a Secretary of State who was literally rigging the race he was running in, as the nation watched in horror? How about if you are a soulful emo white guy who galvanized Texas, only to be defeated by The Zodiac Killer in a Senate race? If you are a Democrat from a Red State who almost dick punched the GOP to death, you remind yourself that Trump didn't actually "win" either, and you prepare yourself to try to take his job. Fuck it.

*I don't mind this.


Abrams spent some time recently at South by Southwest, and she spoke of a spreadsheet she had been keeping for years mapping out her future, and according to it, she would not be ready to run for president.

"In the spreadsheet with all the jobs I wanted to do, 2028 would be the earliest I would be ready to stand for president because I would have done the work I thought necessary to be effective at that job," Abrams said.

When people saw this interview they cried and cried and cried because it would be eight more empty years without Abrams to help lead us back from whatever fresh hell this is where the president is so mercenary, evil, stupid, and vile, it allows you to see how altruistic the fucking Kardashian sisters can be. Legit, be nice to Kim. She gets shit done.


"My task is to make certain that a Democrat is elected not only to the White House but that we have a Democratic majority in the Senate and a Democratic majority in Congress," Abrams told South by Southwest.

I always feel so positively inspired when Abrams speaks, the clarity of perspective and forward thinking she dishes out always feels like a call to action, a directive, and lessons on how to be better and do better are ever present and uplifting.

Abrams, who has built a national following, also said she thinks President Donald Trump is "racist," "xenophobic," and "homophobic," but said Democrats should not focus too much on him.

"I think beating Donald Trump is the wrong mission. When you're focused on your enemy, then you are ignoring your allies," she said.

From Essence:

"I need women of color, particularly Black women, to understand that our achievements should not be diminished," Abrams told NYT. She added, "I'm not saying I would be the best candidate, but I'm not going to dismiss it out of hand the way others do."

That spreadsheet didn't know shit, and it is not the boss of Stacey Abrams. IT IS A SPREADSHEET. That's not even a robot. It doesn't get to tell you what to do, IT CAN'T TALK.

Let's check on Beto and see what he's been up to on his "Tour" thingy.


Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke is making his first trip to Iowa of the 2020 campaign, visiting the state that kicks off presidential voting amid intense speculation that he'll enter the race for the White House.

O'Rourke had previously failed to answer invitations to visit Democrats in Iowa, New Hampshire and other early nominating states and hasn't yet made major staffing moves in those places.

He says he's decided on 2020 but has provided no further details except that he'll make his plans known soon.

Wow. Thanks, Your Majesty, for thinking about telling us when you'll grace us with your presence. Is he playing hard to get? Unlike many people, I never got Beto, he's emo, I'm emo, there would just be an Abraham-Mary Todd melancholia meltdown if we stood too close to each other at a party. Let's see how his "Tour" has been going, that ought to be cheerful.


"Maybe I'd been hoping for some kind of connection that day and hadn't found it," he wrote in one of those diary posts, from Ulysses, Kan. "I called Amy. Kids were in the car, she was a little distracted, we didn't connect either. Maybe you could meet people at a bar she said as we hung up."

The Beto Diaries. Again.

Okay, BETO, you and your oversharing of melancholic self searching emo crises of connectivity are making me impatient. Pretty fucking sure I'm reading that your wife was busy taking care of everything while you sat around Holden Caulfielding and being super emo. (This is my opinion.) [It is also the editrix's opinion. -- Editrix]

"Maybe you could meet people at a bar…" Fuck it. Not our business.

What is our business is the fact that if any of the women campaigning wrote the stuff Beto writes and behaved as he does, they would not be running for president for long. Harris gets slammed for eating hot sauce, Klobuchar is a meanyface bad boss lady, Warren got a self owning DNA test, and Gillibrand is a reverse Elsa from Frozen and loves open border MS-13 Caravan Murderers. What if Beto ate hot sauce while taking a DNA test, yelling at his assistant Chad, and trying to abolish ICE? Nobody would give a shit or report on it unless it was to possibly congratulate him, or hold a parade in his honor ... because he's a white man. Okay, and "Kennedyesque."

Is Beto taking advantage of his privilege? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

It seems that there are some women besides us who believe that Beto needs to do better.


Female Democratic strategists have grown increasingly frustrated as they've watched Mr. O'Rourke jump on his single-speed bike, read his emotional posts from his road trip and seen him slip into the premiere of a documentary about his Senate campaign.

Imagine, they say, if Beto were Betsy. What would the reception have been if a female candidate left her three small children home and spent several weeks traveling the country, posting stream-of-consciousness diary entries? Or if she chose to forgo a Senate race that would provide a greater opportunity for victory?

While we love all of our Dems EQUALLY, because we are UNBIASED, we are a bit concerned that perhaps one of our future presidential hopefuls may not be quite as ready for the challenge of a presidential campaign. But what the hell do we know? He might be the Bruce Wayne of politics, and this was just him being Christian Bale about life. When it comes to other hopeful, it seem to be a case of she is just too fucking awesome and should be Queen of Running America Right Now. If she wants to.

[ NBCNews/Axios/NYT/AP]

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          Facebook Hits Elizabeth Warren With A Banhammer For Being Mean To Facebook      Cache   Translate Page      

Facebook doesn't seem too happy Elizabeth Warren. After the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate announced she would, if elected, try and break up big tech monopolies, her Facebook ads started disappearing across its platform. It's entirely possible that this is all part of some bizarre coincidence, but there's a chance that Mark Zuckerberg, drunk on power and Mountain Dew, hit Warren with a ban hammer for having the balls to call him on his bullshit. Maybe Warren was right?

Facebook has since restored Warren's ad "in the interest of allowing robust debate." A spox says that the ad violated their policies against using their corporate logo -- in this instance a lower-case "f" -- instead of the word "Facebook." None of Warren's other ads were taken down, but none of the other ads were videos arguing that Facebook buys up competitors to create a monopoly.

Shortly after Facebook restored the ads, Warren sent out a mean tweet criticizing Facebook for having the power to shut up anyone who calls Facebook a bunch of spiteful trolls who think they're infallible gods. She was joined by a chorus of legislators who've called to rein in big tech, like freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who said, "Facebook may have its own problems but it's increasingly starting to look like our society (namely, our democracy) has a Facebook problem."

Warren's call to break up and regulate big tech companies has scared the hell out of people throughout the Bay Area. The San Francisco Chronicle quoted a number of Silicon Valley's super rich crying at the thought of Uncle Sam coming to bust them up. As the tech-bros see it, this won't do anything to stop the state-owned monopolies China has on its highly monitored magic kingdom of censored shitposts, and "you can kiss American tech leadership goodbye" if you suddenly start making big tech follow century-old antitrust regulations like every other business. In an interview with The Verge, Warren shrugs off her critics and compared her proposal to break up big tech to the consolidation of railroads in the late 1800s.

There was a period of time when the railroads figured out that they could make money not only by selling tickets on the railroad, but also by buying the steel company and then cutting the price of transporting steel for their own company and raising the price of transporting steel for any competitors. And that's how the giant grows ... So my principle is exactly the same: What was applied to railroad companies more than a hundred years ago, we need to now look at those tech platforms the same way.

With big tech companies reeling from another round of bad press, it was perhaps another remarkable coincidence that a story appeared in Politico this morning talking about Warren accepting campaign contributions from people working at the very companies she wants to bust up. According to Politico, Warren took in $90,000 from employees who work at Amazon, Google, or Facebook between 2011 and 2018. For comparison, Bernie Sanders took in well over a quarter million from the very same people in 2016. Is this a #SCANDAL, or evidence people working for big tech companies find San Francisco so unaffordable that they're forced to live in their cars and poop on the street? On Sunday, when asked about contributions from tech executives, Warren stated, "nobody has been beating down the door," and added, "I'm not in Washington to work for billionaires. I'm in Washington to help level the playing field so that everybody gets a chance to get out there and compete."

[The Verge / Politico / WaPo]

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          Is It Time To LOCK HER UP Roger Stone Yet? Maybe Almost!      Cache   Translate Page      

When we last left Roger Stone, he was trying to convince federal judge Amy Berman Jackson to put him in jail in advance of his trial, or at least he seemed to be trying to do that.

Berman Jackson gag ordered Stone in February after he accidentally oopsie allowed one of his interns to post a picture of the judge with a crosshairs next to her face, after which he behaved like an adult for approximately eight seconds before "remembering" that accidentally oopsie the new version of his Gateway Pundit Guest Blogger book, The Myth Of Russian Collusion: The Inside Story Of How Donald Trump REALLY Won, had just come out, right in the middle of this era of Roger Stone being ball-gagged, we mean gag ordered! The book itself is not new, but Stone wrote a new introduction about how Robert Mueller is a hunter of witches and blah blah Deep State blah blah blah blah blah blah, which definitely would violate a gag order in the case of Mueller v. This Latest Shitmouthed Witch, now wouldn't it?

So Stone and his lawyers decided to let Berman Jackson know about the book's "imminent release" (finally) on March 1 -- the date Stone had called the "publishing date" on Instagram -- over a week after she issued her gag order on February 21, and nine days after the new version became available on Amazon, on February 19. (That is not the definition of "imminent release," we don't think?)

Berman Jackson noted last week that Stone and his lawyers could have told the Court about this little "upcoming" (by which we mean "right now") book re-release approximately eleventy times, and that it sure seemed like he was doing this whole song-and-dance with the Court in order to drum up publicity for his stupid book, and she was NOT PLEASED WITH THAT.

So last night, Stone's lawyers dropped their response, in advance of a status hearing on Thursday where Berman Jackson might finally decide to put Stone in a fucking jail cell where he belongs. (She also may set a trial date!) Their response, mostly, was "Nuh uh! We weren't trying to hide this book thing from you! NO PUBLICITY! NO PUBLICITY! YOU ARE THE PUBLICITY!" Also they are very sorry, and say that "Having been scolded, we seek only to defend Mr. Stone and move ahead without further ado." So ... no harm, no foul, right?

Stone's lawyer Bruce Rogow says it didn't even cross his mind until after Berman Jackson issued the gag order that Stone's new introduction to the re-release of his book might be an issue, but Politico notes that if you dig into the emails they submitted, you see Roger Stone freaking out before the gag order was imposed that the book release might cause problems:

"Recognize that the judge may issue a gag order any day now and while we will appeal it, that could take a while," Stone wrote to Skyhorse Publishing editor Michael Campbell on Feb. 15. "I also have to be wary of media outlets I want to interview me but don't really want to talk about the book. These are weird times."


And the Washington Post quotes other communications submitted by Stone's lawyers, because do you really think Wonkette felt like reading all this shit ourselves?

On Feb. 21, after the order was entered, attorney Grant Smith wrote Rogow that the book "will be published march 1. See date below. Need to see if this breaks the order."

Smith followed up with Tony Lyons at Skyhorse Publishing on Feb. 26. "The mere publication of the new portions of the book could land Roger in jail for contempt of the judge's order."


You'll remember that Amy Berman Jackson is the same judge who did LOCK HER UPS to Paul Manafort before his trial, because he just couldn't stop committing crimes while he was on pre-trial release. (She also sentences Manafort tomorrow morning bright and early!) So let's just all say a prayer that she is fuckin' through with Roger Stone's shit now, and will put him in jail where he belongs ASAP.

Make it so, Judge!

[Stone lawyers' response / Politico / Washington Post]

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          Nancy Pelosi Punches Trump In Face For Entire Length Of Washington Post Interview      Cache   Translate Page      

There's been a lot of fuss over Monday's Washington Post interview with Nancy Pelosi. Although a metric ton of Democrats want to impeach Donald Trump, the House Speaker officially declared it a waste of time.

PELOSI: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he's just not worth it.

"He's just not worth it" is such delicious shade it should appear on a t-shirt or a mug. People are misinterpreting this as Pelosi going soft and promoting foolish bipartisan harmony. No, she just has a brain in her head. The eyes in her head have also witnessed Republicans shamelessly cover for Trump and protect him even when his former personal lawyer testified to what a sleaze he is. Robert Mueller's final report probably won't change the world. It's not a new Harry Potter novel.

Pelosi is being practical. Yes, Democrats currently can "impeach the motherfucker" in the House on a party-line vote. Then they can look disappointed when walking snot rag Mitch McConnell gives them the full Merrick Garland and doesn't even hold a trial in the Senate. No one's suggesting that we let Trump play-act as president for the rest of our lives. There's another election coming up. Why else are there more Democrats in Iowa than Iowans? We can get rid of both Trump and Pence next year. Why waste time over something that will ultimately fail or, in the "best-case" scenario, end with the old mother lover himself, Mike Pence, as president? Impeachment won't make your conservative relatives finally accept that Trump is a criminal. Nancy can't save your holiday gatherings.

Many Democrats and liberal pundits disagree, of course. [Your editrix is one of them.] They think impeachment should be based on the "evidence," but we have all the evidence we need that Republicans are corrupt and will never vote to impeach Trump. Rep. Jamie Raskin argues impeachment isn't about whether Trump himself is "worth it" but if the "republic" itself is "worth it." This is all very moving, but it's unclear how the republic is served if Trump is seemingly publicly exonerated. The GOP Senate will flat-out not vote to remove him.

RASKIN: We can't get so frustrated with Donald Trump that we impeach him just for being Donald Trump, but we can't get so frustrated with Donald Trump that we don't impeach him because he's Donald Trump.

You don't have the votes. If any plan you have involves Republicans, especially McConnell, exhibiting basic decency and respect for the rule of law, you need to tear up the plan. Rep. Elijah Cummings is more connected to political realities.

CUMMINGS: Keep in mind, impeachment is a political process. ... Right now when you've got 40 something percent of the country pleased, I guess, with what the president's doing. I think Pelosi realizes this.

Majority Whip Jim Clyburn also rightly points out that we can drag down Trump's poll numbers and otherwise torment him through ongoing House probes.

CLYBURN: Impeachment is a political question. I don't care what we may feel — if the public isn't there, we can't go there. And I think the committee hearings and various things going on are what's needed in order for the public to get where they need to be.

The rest of the Washington Post interview is worth a read beyond the impeachment statement. Pelosi has some badass quotes.

For 2020, your goal is to keep control of the House and have a Democrat elected president.

And the Senate, the whole thing.

Yes, she's coming for everything. If we can just chill out and not chase impeachment fantasies, we can have Congress and the White House gift-wrapped and under the tree for Christmas 2020. Pelosi makes compelling arguments for why Democrats should run the show. She also slits the Republicans' throats with a smile.

PELOSI: I was born into a family that was devoutly Catholic, fiercely patriotic, proud of our Italian American heritage and staunchly Democrat. And we saw that connection between church and Democrats as the Gospel of Matthew. When I was hungry, when I was thirsty, when I was naked, when I was homeless, when I was in prison. And that was how we were raised, that we had a responsibility to other people. And that was our motivation. So that's why sometimes it's hard for me to understand — I have to admit this, that we were raised to say there's a spark of divinity in every person. That we're all God's children. And yet I see people of faith go down paths that so contradict what they say. For example, on the issue of immigration, so many people of faith, I guess they just don't think that there's a spark of divinity or that we're all God's children. How disrespectful they are.

Pelosi believes her caucus represent a wide range of ideas, but they remain united through core values. The centrists and progressives are "all of one mind" to truly work for American families and show "respect for every person in our society." She has true affection for the Democratic Party and its members.

The speaker does not at any point in the interview say the name "Donald Trump." She refers to him either factually as "the president" or with icy dismissiveness as "the person in the White House." It's clear that she considers him utterly beneath contempt. She straight-up says Trump is "ethically unfit, intellectually unfit, curiosity-wise unfit." He's just a big, dumb criminal is what she's saying. It is glorious.

PELOSI: No, I don't think he's fit to be president of the United States. And that's up to us to make the contrast to show that this president — while he may be appealing to you on your insecurity and therefore your xenophobia, whether it's globalization or immigrants — is fighting clean air for your children to breathe, clean water for them to drink, food safety, every good thing...

OMG, she just called Trump supporters insecure bigots too stupid to realize he's destroying the world. She's just cutting fools down with a Hattori Hanzo sword.

PELOSI: I don't usually talk about him this much. This is the most I've probably talked about him. I hardly ever talk about him. You know, it's not about him.

She really knows how to hurt "the person in the White House." Who needs impeachment? She will belittle Trump to death, and we are here for it.

[Washington Post / Politico]

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          Neil 'The Grifty One' Bush Asked Chinese Dudes For Illegal Campaign Money? That Can't Be Right.      Cache   Translate Page      

We are shocked, shocked to learn that Neil Bush was involved in scammy campaign financing in the 2016 election, oh golly. The Federal Election Commission hit "Right to Rise," the super-PAC that fluffed his brother Jeb's campaign, with a record-setting fine after Neil solicited donations from Chinese nationals Neil was in business with. Mother Jones has the deets on the illegal campaign donation:

Neil Bush, who has extensive business dealings in China, solicited the $1.3 million contribution from American Pacific International Capital (APIC), an international investment holding company where Neil is a board member. Although the contribution to Jeb's super-PAC came from the American arm of APIC, the company's owners are Chinese, and Neil Bush initially solicited the money from two Chinese nationals -- Gordon Tang, the chair of APIC, and Huaidan Chen, a board member. The FEC has fined APIC $550,000 and Right to Rise $390,000.

The total fine, $940,000, is the biggest campaign fine in a single case since the Supremes opened the way to unlimited corporate spending on super-PACs in the Citizens United case. Haha, remember when Barack Obama said at the 2010 State of the Union that decision would "open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limits in our elections," and Samuel Alito angrily shook his head and muttered "not true"? Clearly, Obama owes an apology to Alito: In this case, a foreign company did direct an assload of money at a US campaign, but it got caught this time, so there's no problem!

The donation was the subject of a complaint from those meddling good-government watchdogs at the Campaign Legal Center. The CLC's Brendan Fischer said APIC's

"illegal $1.3 million [donation] is a direct result of Citizens United," Fischer says, since before that 2010 Supreme Court decision, companies could not donate unlimited amounts of money to super-PACs.

It certainly comes as one great big surprise that Neil Bush somehow got caught up in a grifty illegal campaign donation scheme, since he's led such an otherwise blameless life. Wonkette's Ken Layne wrote one of the all-time best summaries of the shady exploits of the often-overlooked Fredo of the Bush boys in 2006, and we're still amazed that "Neil Bush" has somehow never been as notorious a name as "Billy Carter" or "Roger Clinton." Not only did Neil run a crooked savings and loan where he "shuffled millions of dollars to his own oil-exploration front company in Texas while approving hundreds of millions in 'loans' to the S&L;'s other executives," he also managed to walk away from it all without getting prosecuted. Certainly couldn't have anything to do with his daddy being VP at the time of the scandal. That would be an awfully cynical view.

Neil followed up with a whole string of big business deals that traded on the family name (and Poppy Bush's time as US ambassador in China), but just as often failed. And we'd somehow managed to forget the Asian sex tourism that came to light during his 2003 divorce. Well heck, you should NEVER forget the Asian sex tourism! Which apparently happened without Neil even knowing he was a sex tourist, of course:

He admitted in the deposition that he previously had sex with several other women while on trips to Thailand and Hong Kong at least five years ago.

The women, he said, simply knocked on the door of his hotel room, entered and had sex with him. He said he did not know if they were prostitutes because they never asked for money and he did not pay them.

"Mr. Bush, you have to admit it's a pretty remarkable thing for a man just to go to a hotel room door and open it and have a woman standing there and have sex with her," Brown said.

"It was very unusual," Bush said.

We suppose Bush might have tried to argue something similar happened with donations to his brother's US super-PAC, from his Chinese business partners, except that, as MoJo details, Bush actually made the ask in an email. He may have thought he was following the very careful steps that would make a donation from the US subsidiary of a Chinese company legal, but hey, it's Neil Bush, so his conversations with Tang -- in Singapore -- and emails to Huaidan Chen actually documented that the donations were in fact illegally solicited from foreigns. (An American in the US division of APIC was also included in the email solicitation, but that didn't make it legal.)

Which gets to the bigger picture here: Since Citizens United opened the door to unlimited corporate spending on elections, the FEC's punishment of this one instance of foreign money in the 2016 campaign -- helpfully documented by Neil Bush's emails -- may be a fluke:

"Corporations being able to spend unlimited amounts of money in our elections opens the door to foreign influence," Fischer says. "If the actors were a little more sophisticated, they could have avoided an FEC investigation. There's every indication that this is the tip of the iceberg, that foreign money is coming into our elections through nonprofits and corporations, but without any detection."

Got that, would-be campaign scammers? Don't be Neil Bush: Hide your tracks better. Just say the foreign money knocked on your door, walked right in, and had its way with you without you even knowing what was happening, leaving you pleasantly surprised.

The solution to all this is really quite obvious: Since it's really hard to document where exactly campaign money comes from, the Supremes will just have to allow EVERYTHING. It's the American way.

[Mother Jones / Reuters (via CNN)

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There's so much fuckery in Trump's $4.75 trillion budget, we don't have nearly enough time to go through everything. Politico has a list of some of the winners and losers, the former being his golf buddies and Betsy DeVos, and the latter being poor people, the sick, and the elderly (thanks to massive cuts in Medicare and Medicaid previously sold as TrumpCare). WaPo notes that the administration is living in a complete fantasy believing that the economy is doing fine, counter to the analysis from every math geek who's ever used an abacus. Yesterday, OMB Director Russ Vought told reporters that it wasn't actually the Trump tax cuts (for the super rich) that ballooned the national debt, it was Obama. Earlier in the day, Vought appeared on CNBC to bitch and moan about the Mexican-Muslim taco truck invasion of the southern border, arguing that WALL was more important than sick, old, and/or poor people, and stated, "We're tired of being right." US TOO, BUDDY. Meanwhile, the GOP revolt over Trump's border wall has flipped Congress on its head as members consider measures ranging from overriding Trump's national emergency declaration, to limiting the presidential power to declare national emergencies.

In a bigass profile in WaPo, Nancy Pelosi finally said what's been hinted at for two years -- that she doesn't want to impeach Trump "unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan ... because it divides the country. And he's just not worth it." Some Democrats pushed back strongly on Pelosi's remarks, with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez noting Trump met "the Lindsey Graham standard" for impeachment "multiple times." In speaking with Politico, House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings called impeachment a "political process," and added, "You've got to have bipartisanship. Right now you've got 40 something percent of the country pleased, I guess, with what the president's doing. I think Pelosi realizes this."

Dick Cheney ripped Mike Pence a new asshole at a private meeting in Georgia over the weekend at a forum for a conservative think tank, according to a leaked transcript of the event. The war hawk criticized the Trump administration's foreign policy as being more limpwristed than Obama, complaining that Trump's idea to demand protection money from allies "sounded like a new York state real estate deal." Pence responded by reportedly asking, "Who wrote these softball questions?"

In a rare showing of bipartisan rebuke of the Trump administration, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have invited the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to Washington to address a joint session of Congress later this spring. The invite comes as Trump moves to charge US allies protection money to the tune of "cost plus 50."

Massachusetts Democratic Senator and 2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren suddenly found her ads calling for Facebook to be broken up taken down by Facebook. Facebook issued a statement saying the ads violated their policy of using its logos in advertising. Though the ads were later restored, they kind of proved Warren's point that Facebook is too goddamn big. Politico is stirring the pot this morning with a story about Warren taking money from Silicon Valley employees and selling her books on Amazon ... over the last decade.

Senators Ed Markey and Josh Hawley say they plan introduce a bill to amend the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The bill would reportedly extend protections of children up to 15-years-old, and bar platforms from targeting ads at kids under 13. Roll Call notes it's unlikely to become a law even though multiple states and the EU have already moved forward with strict data privacy regulations aimed at keeping companies from fiddling with kids' heads. Here's an example of COPPA laws in action.

Democrats have chosen Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for their 2020 nominating convention. In a tweet, the party stated Milwaukee was "more than equipped."

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says her office was "thorough and professional" when it "thoroughly and appropriately" investigated sexual harassment allegations from a female staffer against Gillibrand's longtime driver and military adviser. In a brief scrum with reporters, Gillibrand said she has full confidence about the "professional and thorough" investigation that was now "thorough and complete." He must be a good man, and thorough.

Former Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke is headed to Iowa to help state Senate candidate Eric Giddens in a special election while simultaneously reaching out to former Obama people and courting activists. Beto hasn't announced #HesRunning (yet), but political wizards think it's just a matter of time.

Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams clarified remarks she made at SXSW stating she hadn't decided if #ShesRunning in 2020, and said the possibility was "on the table." Abrams's initial remarks were that she kept a spreadsheet with gigs she wanted, and 2028 would have been the earliest she would run for president.

According to court records, a Roy Moore supporter pleaded the Fifth 65 TIMES when asked if he had tried to bribe the lawyer representing one of Moore's accusers to drop the client and issue a damning statement to Breitbart. What initially started as a defamation suit has grown to engulf Steve Bannon's rightwing shit rag. SCANDAL!

Those rascally radicals in antifa have dug up racist and anti-Semitic chat logs from from Bennet Bressman, the statewide field director for Nebraska's uber rich Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts. The 22-year-old Bressman says the logs, which date back to last year, were from a long time ago and no longer reflect who he is as a person, though screenshots of Bressman's social media accounts show him teaching people about "chad nationalism," joking about running down Black Lives Matter activists with his white car, dropping n-bombs and racial stereotypes, as well as old fashioned gay-hatin'. [Logs]

Current Florida man and former Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage started cold calling radio shows (again) to say those damn dirty Democrats get all their money from the JEEWWZZ, and that Rep. Ilhan Omar "completely vindicated" his long history of hate mongering. [Audio]

As British Prime Minister Theresa May faces the rapidly approaching zero for a "no-deal" Brexit scenario, the EU and UK agreed to a changes over the Irish backstop and permanent customs union. HOWEVER, the EU signaled the changes are by no means an end to negotiations just as a number of British MPs sounded off about their reluctance to support May's deal. If you're confused, don't worry, so is everyone else.

A new UN report says North Korea is cleverly avoiding oil, coal, and weapons sanctions, and hacking foreign banks to make some quick cash -- and that's on top of all the shady weapons testing programs they've quietly started back up. The report even includes photos of North Korean ships disguised as trading vessels illegally transferring energy and materials on the high seas, as well as the regime's smuggling of weapons to Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, possible gold-mining in the Republic of Congo, and supplying Uganda with military training and weapons.

Lawyers for Roger Stone say they "clumsily" tried to tell the court about Roger Stone's book, and that they'd like to "move ahead without further ado," HOWEVER emails from Stone to his publisher show Stone bitching about a gag order interfering with his book sales, arguing for more money, and demanding fewer copies of the book be printed.

The Senate Intel Committee met with Simona Mangiante, the wife of George Papadopoulos, to ask about her old boss, ALLEGED Russian spy Joseph Mifsud. Mangiante told WaPo that she was "happy to provide information," emphatically adding, "Definitely not because I am a Russian spy." [No, she said that!]

Tucker Carlson refused to apologize for sexist and misogynist comments made to a shock jock's radio show unearthed by Media Matters. Tucker likened the campaign to have him and Jeanine Pirro "You're Fired" to a "mob" in a defiant monologue, and stated he planned to "fight it" while crying on the shoulder of Sean Hannity. Media Matters later released MORE damning audio of Tucker where he claims "white men" were responsible for "creating civilization," waxes philosophical about THE BLACKNESS of the Obamas, and whines that Iraqi people aren't "human beings" because they "don't use toilet paper or forks," and that they're actually, "semiliterate primitive monkeys," Shortly after Tucker's monologue, Fox News host Brit Hume tweeted, "Doing well is the best revenge," and linked to Tucker's TV ratings. Meanwhile, Variety's Brian Steinberg noted Tucker didn't have many ads during his show, and that's not a good sign (for him).

Two of the most prominent NRA board members tell the New York Times that NRATV's hard-right turn into fear mongering of apocalyptic race riots, ALLEGED grift, and shady Russian fuckery has forced them to reconsider what the hell they're all doing. Apparently Dana Loesch putting Thomas the Tank in a KKK hood was a little too much, even for gun fetishists chumming red meat.

After the Westboro Baptist Church decided to take a field trip to the Virginia state capitol and protest the state's first and only openly transgender lawmaker, Del. Danica Roem, the lead singer of heavy metal band Lamb of God organized a counter-protest with free kazoos. Several hundred people turned out in support of Roem, who herself fronts a local heavy metal band, and chased out the hate group out within 30 minutes.

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