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           Comment on Arena Națională din București, un exemplu de management dezastruos. Ce profituri scot marile stadioane by Lider Moldovan       Cache   Translate Page      
Da, fură și ț****** ăia de rup pământul. Sigur, că nu toți, dar fură, fură și iar fură... Mai ales metalul de tot felul. Până și accesoriile metalice de pe autostrăzi, liniile de la calea ferată, etc. Le-a mers faima prin toată Europa. Apropo, mai țineți minte caricatură ceea din revista Charlie Hebdo cu marea noastră campioană Simona Halep din finala de la Roland Garros de anul trecut? Au desenat-o cu fizionomia lui Dracula, ridicând cupa și exclamând "Ferraille! Ferraille!", adică "Fier vechi! Fier vechi!" Eu sunt de acord să repete caricatura și anul acesta și poate cu una și mai ceva, numai Simona să mai câștige o dată finala Roland Garros.
          CfP: Popular Music and Narrativity      Cache   Translate Page      
CfP: Popular Music and Narrativity 1-day conference Senate House, London, 7 June 2019 CfP Deadline: March 30, 2019 *Confirmed keynote speaker: Prof Nicholas Reyland, Royal Northern College of Music* Narrativity — the property of conveying or otherwise evoking a story … Continue reading
          THE FAKE FACTORY Creating ART EXPERIENCES since 2001      Cache   Translate Page      

THE FAKE FACTORY è uno studio specializzato in videoarte, videomapping, esperienze immersive e new media art.
Fondato a Firenze nel 2001 dall’artista e video designer Stefano Fake, THE FAKE FACTORY affronta da anni con successo temi di sperimentazione linguistica legati ai nuovi media ed è ora un punto di riferimento italiano ed internazionale nella realizzazione di videomapping, installazioni di videoarte ed esperienze immersive. Stefano Fake è uno dei videoartisti che maggiormente ha contribuito alla definizione del concetto di “esperienza immersiva nell’arte” realizzando, con il suo atelier di arte digitale THE FAKE FACTORY, alcune fra le esposizioni immersive di maggior successo italiano e mondiale.
The Fake Factory di occupa di tutti gli aspetti legati alla creazione di una mostra immersiva: progettazione dello spazio, scelta delle tecnologie, storytelling e regia, creazione dei visual e delle grafiche animate che compongono l’opera immersiva.

THE FAKE FACTORY ha partecipato alla realizzazione di diverse centinaia di progetti di videomapping, installazioni luminose architetturali, esperienze immersive,  videoinstallazioni, scenografie video per teatro e concerti, sfilate di moda, ambienti visivi per musei, gallerie ed eventi culturali, realizzazione di esperienze multisensoriali, opere di videoarte. Dal 2010 è stata inclusa nel prestigioso International Lighting Design Index, pubblicato dal Luminale di Francoforte.

THE FAKE FACTORY ha realizzato visuals e curato videoinstallazioni per istituzioni pubbliche e private in contesti prestigiosi: Palazzo delle Esposizioni di Roma, Munal Mexico City, Biennale d’arte di Carrara, Petit Palais Parigi, Teatro della Pergola Firenze, Felissimo Design House New York, Teatro del Mediterraneo Napoli, Sketch Gallery Londra, La Scala di Milano, Royce Hall UCLA Los Angeles, Santo Stefano al Ponte Firenze, Moma New York, Tate Modern Londra, Palais Brongniart Parigi, Ice Room Bordeaux, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana Milano, Reggia di Caserta, Stazione Leopolda Firenze, Fabbrica del Vapore Milano, Palais de Tokyo Parigi, Centre Pompidou Paris, Daikanyama Hillside Terrace Tokyo, Rotonda della Besana Milano, Teatro Bellini Napoli, Palazzo Vecchio Firenze,Visionaire Club Berlino, Museo Pecci di Prato, Museo Nazionale RPC di Beijing, Palazzo Reale Milano, Le Notti Bianche Roma e Firenze, Telecom Progetto Italia, Pitti Immagine Firenze, Castello Sforzesco Milano, Università degli Studi di Milano, Salone del Mobile di Bahia Salvador, Palazzo Ducale Sabbioneta, Festival di Ravello, Salone del Mobile di Milano, National Centre for Performing Arts di Beijing, Museo Bardo Tunisi, Palazzo del Senato Milano, Hangar Bicocca, Manhattan Center New York, Palazzo Mezzanotte Milano, Villa Erba Como, Ponte Vecchio Firenze.

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          Senators Rookies (#11, #333, #549)      Cache   Translate Page      
The Senators had THREE Rookie Stars cards in the 1966 set. (Topps would make up for that extravagance by having no Senators Rookies cards in the 1969 set!)

4 hits, and 2 misses - which is about average.

Brant Alyea played a few games in 1965, but primarily played for the Senators (1968-69), and Twins (1970-71), before wrapping up his career with 2 teams in 1972.

Let's add Pete Craig to the list of guys who appeared on 3 or more Topps Rookie Stars cards ('65, '66, '67).  His major-league career was 6 games, spread across 1964-66).

Joe Coleman had the best career of this 6-pack. He played for 15 seasons, for the Senators (1965-70), Tigers (1971-76), and 5 other teams from 1976-79.

Jim French was the Senators' backup catcher from 1965-71, and started a career-high 56 games in 1969.

Al Closter was a Yankees' farmhand from 1965-73, but also played 1 game for the Senators in 1966.  His only other big-league action was 14 games for the Yankees in 1971, and a game or 2 for the Yanks and Braves from 1972-73.

Casey Cox pitched 7 years for the Senators/Rangers (1966-72), before finishing up with the Yankees in 1973.  He was primarily a reliever, except for 1970.

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          Jeff Torborg (#257)      Cache   Translate Page      
Jeff Torborg was a backup catcher for the Dodgers (1964-70) and the Angels (1971-73).  He never had more than 200 at-bats in a season until his final year. That was also the only season when he played in more than 76 games (102).

Torborg was signed by the Dodgers in 1963 and played only 1 season in the minors before making his debut with LA in May 1964 at age 22. (He had played college ball at Rutgers.) That year he was the team’s #3 backstop behind John Roseboro and Doug Camilli.


After the 1964 season, Camilli was shipped off to the Senators, leaving Torborg as the Dodgers’ #2 catcher for the next 6 seasons, backing up Roseboro from ’65-’67, and Tom Haller from ’68-’70. During that time, he caught Sandy Koufax’ perfect game in 1965 and a no-hitter by Bill Singer in 1970.

Jeff made no starts behind the plate after August 1970, since 3rd baseman Bill Sudakis was converting to catcher, and made all the starts when Haller took a day off.

In March 1971 Torborg was sold to the Angels. He backed up starting catcher John Stephenson in ’71 (Say what? Stephenson was once a team’s #1 catcher? How sad must that team have been?) 

In 1972 Jeff split the starting assignments with rookie Art Kusnyer. Torborg made a career-high 93 starts in his final season, this time with Stephenson and Kusnyer as HIS backups. In May, he caught the first of Nolan Ryan’s seven no-hitters.

After the 1973 season Jeff was traded to the Cardinals, but was released in spring training 1974.

Torborg’s 2nd career was as a manager. He piloted the Indians (1977-79), White Sox (1989-91), Mets (1992-93), Expos (2001), and Marlins (2002-03). Between his Indians’ and White Sox’ jobs, he coached for the Yankees from 1979-88.

          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.
          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!)
          Dissecting the 1966 Set      Cache   Translate Page      
Continuing the series I started with the 1967, 1968, and 1969 sets, here is similar information about the 1966 set. 

The 1966 Topps set had 598 cards, and curiously does not include any World Series cards. There are 20 manager cards (none for the Cubs but 2 for the Astros), 19 team cards (no Astros), 46 rookie stars cards, 12 league leaders, 5 multi-player cards, and 7 checklists. There are also 489 cards of individual players.

Here is the position breakdown of the 489 player cards. Only a few cards have the position abbreviated (mostly 2nd basemen).  The only pitcher abbreviated to "P" is Aurelio Monteagudo (naturally!)

205 cards for Pitcher
52 cards for Catcher
21 cards for 1st Base
22 cards for 2nd Base
23 cards for Shortstop
20 cards for 3rd Base
18 cards for Infield
106 cards for Outfield

That's a total of 467 cards. The remaining 22 cards featured players at more than 1 position (the least amount for any year from 1966-69). Below is a sample of each position:


As we've seen with the other sets so far, no combination of positions is more prevalent than 1B-OF, this time with 4 players: Bob Johnson, Orlando Cepeda, Wes Parker, and Tito Francona. (I was going to use Cepeda's card, but we are already Giant-heavy.)

The opposite combo of OF-1B usually has the 2nd-most players, as it does here with three (Walt Bond, Bob Chance, and the Phillies' John Herrnstein).


Jim Ray Hart is the only player at 3B-OF, while Joe Nossek and the Indians' George Banks check in at OF-3B.


Felix Mantilla (whose card I don't have) is all alone at 2B-OF, and there are none at OF-2B.  Cookie Rojas and (of course) Jim Stewart are the two INF-OF representatives.


There are only two players in the set with positions of C-1B, and they are teammates Joe Torre and Gene Oliver. Since John Boccabella doesn't have his own card yet, there are no 1B-C cards (heh heh).

Harmon Killebrew is the only player at 3B-1B, with none at the opposite position.


Al Weis and the Senators' Ken Hamlin both have a position of 2B-SS, while Roberto Pena is the only SS-2B (and wouldn't you know it - I don't have his card.) The scarcity of players at these two positions continues to amaze me.


These are the only 2 players at these positions, and there are none with the reverse combo.


This position combo is even stranger than Mel Queen's "P-OF" found in the 1967 set. "1B-INF"? Shouldn't that be "INFIELD"?


There are so many quirks in this set that I don't know where to begin:

1. Dick Ellsworth's card has a photo of Ken Hubbs, his Cubs' teammate who died 2 years earlier in a plane crash.

2. There is no card for a Cubs' manager (Leo Durocher).

3. There are 2 manager cards for the Astros. Lum Harris was fired in December 1965, and replaced by Grady Hatton. (Who fires a manager in DECEMBER?)

4. No cards for veterans Maury Wills, Chris Short, Joe Adcock, Dick Hall, Bob Lillis, Frank Bolling, Don Blasingame, Jim Gilliam, Lou Clinton, Ed Roebuck, or Wes Stock. (Here are some custom 1966 cards to fill the gap.)

5. 14 pitchers for the Astros, while most teams had 9 to 11.

6. FOUR catchers and SEVEN outfielders for the Angels, and EIGHT outfielders for the Orioles. (The Angels also have 4 catchers in 1967, and 8 outfielders in 1967 AND 1968 !)

7. No cards for Dodgers' SS, Astros' SS, Braves' 2B, or Senators' 2B (see above comments about Wills, Lillis, Bolling, and Blasingame).


          Tăriceanu are SOLUȚIA pentru OUG 144: PROROGAREA      Cache   Translate Page      
Președintele Senatului, Călin Popescu Tăriceanu, a declarat, marți, la Parlament, că dacă discuțiile în privința OUG 114 din domeniul fiscal nu se încheie până pe 31 martie, când actul normativ ar începe să-și producă efectele, soluția de rezervă este prorogarea termenului de aplicare, potrivit...
          PARTENERIATUL civil, RESPINS de senatorii juriști. Care sunt motivele      Cache   Translate Page      
Senatorii jurişti au repins marți două proiecte care vizează parteneriatul civil, pe motiv că propunerile legislative iniţiate de parlamentari USR, PNL, UDMR, dar şi de ALDE şi de un independent "nu se justifică, soluţia juridică nu rezolvă nimic şi nu răspunde niciunei nevoi sociale", potrivit senatorului PSD Şerban Nicolae....
          The Last Hour - 12th March 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
Topic : DAM Project Kab Shuru Aur Kab Khatam Ho Ga...!! <br> Barrister Danyal Chaudhary PML-N, Sardar Latif Ahmad Khosa PPP, Senator Faisal Javed Khan PTI, Shaukat Ali Yousafzai PTI, Rehan Hashmi Journalist and Mumtaz Bangash 92 News in fresh episode of The Last Hour on 92 News and talk with Mehreen Sabtain.
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          Angajare și promovare cu dedicație la Ministerul Tineretului și Sportului       Cache   Translate Page      
La scurt timp după ce senatorul de Vâlcea Bogdan Matei a ajuns ministrul Tineretului și Sportului, și-a făcut apariția în sediul instituției din strada Vasile Conta, pe postul de „consilier tineret, grad asistent”, vrânceanca Codrina-Roxana Crucianu....
          Walz Slams Senate Panel Over Marijuana Vote But Won’t Revive Debate      Cache   Translate Page      
Gov. Walz said his priority is passing an education bill, and he will not spend time this year on recreational marijuana, but he said Republicans are ignoring the public on a wide range of issues as if saying "no" is a political strategy. 
          Copiii vor intra în sistemul educațional la 5 ani. Schimbări majore în învățământ      Cache   Translate Page      
Senatul a reexaminat, în şedinţa plenului de luni, ca urmare a deciziei CCR 528/17 iulie 2018, propunerea legislativă pentru modificarea art. 16 din Legea Educaţiei naţionale, în sensul extinderii învăţământului general obligatoriu de la 11 la 15 clase, treptat, până în 2030, potrivit agerpres.ro. Actul normativ, iniţiat de un grup de parlamentari UDMR, prevede că grupa […]
          US Congress Commerce Committee to Probe Boeing 737 Max Deadly Incidents      Cache   Translate Page      
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.
          Legislation for Cybersecurity of Internet-of-Things Introduced      Cache   Translate Page      

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives to improve the cybersecurity of Internet-connected devices.


          Comment on Democrats draft playbook for defeating Gardner, their top Senate target in 2020 by Jay      Cache   Translate Page      
I think Gardner's handlers have a tough job ahead of them. They'll have to figure out how to hide from the press while complaining about unfair coverage with a straight face. Meanwhile, the WH is holding it's first press conference in nearly a month and a half. They seem to be struggling with the same feat.
          Comment on Democrats draft playbook for defeating Gardner, their top Senate target in 2020 by Buford      Cache   Translate Page      
well...Gardner is not stupid...He is corrupt....
          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.
          Student Government (Staff) - Student Government Senate Meeting      Cache   Translate Page      
Tuesday, Mar 12
(5:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) Location: Galaxy Rooms.

Student Government Senate Meeting


           Comment on State’s proposed take over of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport misguided by Pablo       Cache   Translate Page      
Here are a few facts. All but a small portion of the airport is in Clayton county. Over the years, the City of Atlanta has ignored the interests of Clayton County and it's residents as it has sought to expand. Clayton county families have been uprooted and forced to move to make way for "progress". Others families have been left to endure the constant noise of airplanes overhead. Plans hailed as tremendous economic development projects like Airport City pay no taxes to Clayton county because the City of Atlanta owns them or they put together financing schemes which effectively abate property taxes. The county's efforts to insure it receives it's fair share of fees, permits and taxes from the vendors at the airport have been vigorously opposed by the City of Atlanta. These are just a few things that have been left out of the dialogue. The bill passed by the Senate proposes to include two representatives from Clayton county on the authority's board. That's two more voices than we have now in overseeing the operation of a business that resides in our county. The bill also allows the opportunity to Clayton county to expand and be properly compensated for the governmental services it provides to the airport. It seems to me, Clayton county taxpayers may benefit from state control. I hope my representatives support the takeover.
          Afghan Horse      Cache   Translate Page      





In the mid-1980s, the Iran–Contra affair was a United States political scandal that happened during the Reagan administration. Senior Reagan administration officials, aided by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran, the proceeds of which were intended to fund the Nicaraguan Contras, in defiance of the Boland Amendment which prohibited the funding of Nicaraguan government rebels. At the time, Iran was under an arms embargo by the U.S., but officials hoped that the illegal arms sales would secure the release of American hostages being held in Iran, while at the same time, allow the CIA to fund the Nicaraguan Contras surreptitiously.

To pull off this clandestine feat, the CIA conspired with the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico, to sell cocaine in the United States, especially southern California. The money raised was used to covertly buy the illegal arms for the Iranian sale. One man, an investigative reporter named Gary Webb, discovered evidence of the plot and began to report on the existence of the operation in the mid-1990s. In 2004, he was found dead with two bullet holes in his skull which the coroner declared a suicide. Gary Webb apparently offed himself by shooting himself in the head… twice. Or so the coroner’s report ruled.

In 2003, the United States invaded Afghanistan, purportedly in pursuit of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 911 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. At the time of the American invasion, most of the poppy fields in Afghanistan had been destroyed by the Afghan government and the Taliban. But over a decade and a half later, Afghanistan, today, exports nearly 80 percent of the world’s heroin and opium, and poppy fields again litter the country’s landscape, guarded by U.S. troops overseen by the Central Intelligence Agency. These are facts, not fiction, and their truth is undisputed.

With this backdrop, our fictional story begins in 2016, in Tampa, Florida, where the younger brother of a U.S. Senator has overdosed on heroin. The tragic and untimely death of his brother motivates Senator Gavin Manson to write legislation to reform the antiquated drug laws in the U.S. and put an end to what he sees as the dangerous and destructive War on Drugs begun during the Nixon Administration. To that end, he hires a brilliant and beautiful researcher named Alexandra Katsaros. 

Together, Gavin and Alex begin to collect data on every facet of the drug world from big pharma to drug cartels to the heroin crisis in America. But when Alex uncovers a secret government plot to smuggle heroin into the United States from Afghanistan, a modern-day Iran-Contra operation, everything changes. Like Gary Webb, they now know too much, and the directors of the CIA’s black operation deem it imperative to silence them, forever.

If you are a fan of Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum or Dan Brown, this novel is right up your alley. The journey is a fast-paced ride halfway around the world as Gavin and Alex do their best to stay one step ahead of their determined pursuers. The novel’s seamless blend of fact and fiction will have you guessing what is real and what is made up. And all the while you’ll wonder, could this really happen? Could it actually be happening? The answer you will eventually be forced to admit is… yes. It is absolutely possible. Sometimes conspiracy theory isn’t theory at all. 









          NATO's Stoltenberg invited to address U.S. Congress April 3      Cache   Translate Page      

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.



          Local lawmaker named to Maine Children's Trust      Cache   Translate Page      
AUGUSTA - Rep. Margaret Craven, D-Lewiston, has been appointed by House Speaker Sara Gideon to serve on the Maine Children's Trust.
"I look forward to serving on the Maine Children's Trust," said Craven. "Working to improve the well-being of young children is paramount for each of us, and I am delighted to have this opportunity."
The Maine Children's Trust was created in 1985 and later amended to operate as a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. The mission of the Trust is to end child abuse and neglect statewide through collaboration and funding of prevention programs. Such programs include home visits and trainings on shaken baby prevention and how to keep infants safe when they sleep, among others.
Craven is serving her fourth nonconsecutive term in the Maine House and previously served three terms in the Senate. She serves on the Health and Human Services Committee and represents part of Lewiston.


Contact:


Katie Walsh [Craven], 287-1436, c .776-2122
          White House, GOP senators negotiating a deal to avert defeat on emergency order      Cache   Translate Page      
Legislation to regain emergency powers for Congress could avert a looming loss in Senate.
          Verdachten in Rio opgepakt voor moord op linkse politica      Cache   Translate Page      

Bijna een jaar na de geruchtmakende moord op gemeenteraadslid Marielle Franco en haar chauffeur, heeft de Braziliaanse politie in Rio de Janeiro twee verdachten opgepakt. Het gaat om oud-politiemannen; de een zou de schutter zijn, de ander was volgens justitie de chauffeur van de auto van waaruit werd geschoten. De arrestaties lijken een doorbraak in de zaak waarin al bijna een jaar lang nauwelijks vooruitgang zat.

Op 14 maart 2018 werden de linkse politica Marielle Franco en haar chauffeur Anderson Gomes doodgeschoten. De moord maakte veel los: duizenden Brazilianen gingen de straat op om te protesteren.

Een van de verdachten, een oud-sergeant van de politie, werd ooit onderscheiden voor zijn inzet. Hij raakte tien jaar geleden gewond bij een aanslag en verloor een been. Hij zou de schutter zijn geweest in de zaak-Franco. De andere verdachte was ook politieman, maar werd ontslagen.

Icoon van links

Marielle Franco, in Brazilië vooral bekend onder haar voornaam, was een icoon van links in Rio. De zwarte, openlijk biseksuele alleenstaande moeder was geboren en getogen in een van de favela's van de stad. Ze wierp zich op als voorvechtster van zwarte vrouwen en favelabewoners.

Marielle had ook regelmatig kritiek op het harde optreden van de Braziliaanse politie in de sloppenwijken van de grote steden. In 2017 werd ze gemeenteraadslid voor de socialistische partij PSOL.

Al vrij snel na de moord kwamen de beruchte milities van Rio in beeld. Die 'milícias' van al dan niet actieve politiemensen, militairen en brandweerlieden zijn berucht in de stad. Ze maken in veel arme wijken de dienst uit en zijn vaak zeer gewelddadig.

Oorspronkelijk werden ze opgericht om de misdaad te bestrijden. Maar de ordebewaarders van weleer groeiden uit tot criminele organisaties met ongekende macht, vaak gesteund door lokale politici.

Misdaadkantoor

Één zo'n militie is het 'Escritório do Crime' ('Misdaadkantoor'), in het westen van Rio de Janeiro. Eerder dit jaar werden leden van die militie opgepakt in verband met de illegale verkoop van gemeentegrond. Maar justitie suggereerde destijds dat deze organisatie ook achter de moord op Marielle zit.

Of de twee verdachten die nu zijn aangehouden ook lid waren van het 'Misdaadkantoor' is onduidelijk. "Dit is pas de eerste fase van ons onderzoek", liet hoofdonderzoeker Giniton Lages weten na de arrestaties. "We zijn nog lang niet klaar".

Zo is onduidelijk of de twee in opdracht handelden van iemand anders, en wie dat dan zou zijn. Wel spreken de onderzoekers al van een 'haatmoord': de hoofdverdachte zou een grote afkeer hebben gehad van Marielle en haar politieke ideologie.

Polarisatie

De moord op de linkse Marielle kwam op een moment van grote politieke polarisatie in Brazilië. Vorig jaar won de rechts-populistische Jair Bolsonaro de verkiezingen en op 1 januari trad hij aan als president.

Saillant detail is dat de hoofdverdachte een buurman was van de president: de vermoedelijke schutter woonde in hetzelfde appartementencomplex als Bolsonaro. Een van de zonen van Bolsonaro, Carlos, had ooit verkering met de dochter van de hoofdverdachte. Dat zegt natuurlijk niets, maar feit is dat veel Braziliaanse media die toevalligheid gebruiken om beschuldigingen tegen een andere zoon van Bolsonaro, Flávio, te herhalen.

Flávio Bolsonaro is sinds kort senator in de Braziliaanse hoofdstad Brasilia, maar hij was jarenlang lid van het parlement van de deelstaat Rio de Janeiro. Een naaste medewerker van Flávio uit die tijd kwam in opspraak vanwege verdachte geldstromen. Diezelfde medewerker zou bevriend zijn met een van de leiders van het 'Misdaadkantoor', de militie die wordt genoemd in het onderzoek naar de moord op Marielle.

De moeder en de echtgenote van die militieleider werkten tot eind vorig jaar voor Flávio Bolsonaro. De zoon van de president zegt dat zijn medewerker de vrouwen heeft aangenomen en dat hij niet op de hoogte was van hun achtergrond.


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          New Mexico: Speed bump as 4 state Senators vote AGAINST protecting pre-existing condition coverage (UPDATE: Strike that!)      Cache   Translate Page      

(sigh) Well, it was a good run while it lasted. As I noted last week, New Mexico's new Democratic trifecta government has been on something of a tear in the first few months of 2019, either passing or advancing a number of positive healthcare policies, including:

In addition, there was one more important piece of legislation which looked like it was going to go through without too much fuss: HB 436, which would simply lock in protections for New Mexico residents with pre-existing conditions at the same level that the Affordable Care Act already does nationally:

HB436 won't technically change anything for New Mexicans now...but what it would do is protect state residents in the event the ACA is ever repealed or if its pre-existing condition protections are weakened or stripped away (see: the Texas Fold'Em lawsuit).

With just nine days left in the 60-day legislative session, Thomson is optimistic there's still enough time to get her bill up to the Governor's desk.

"To me, it's pretty much a no-brainer. We're not changing anything per se," she said. "We're just locking in what's in federal law so there's not going to be any increased costs because we're already doing it."

Now that the bill passed the House it heads over to the Senate for consideration.

Unfortunately, over at the state Senate, it looks like three Republicans and one Democrat took "no-brainer" to be a challenge, because this is what ended up happening yesterday:

We are disappointed to report that the bill to protect New Mexicans with pre-existing conditions did NOT pass Senate Corporations.

YES: Mary Kay Papen
YES: Michael Padilla
YES: Bill Tallman
NO: Clemente Sanchez
NO: Bill Sharer
NO: Gregg Fulfer
NO: Pat Woods

https://t.co/nGWKRzXRi2

— Health Action NM (@HealthActionNM) March 11, 2019

Now, the last three names on this committee list aren't terribly surprising, since they're all Republicans. All 24 Republicans in the state House also voted against this common sense bill which doesn't cost New Mexico a dime and won't even have any impact on the state of any sort uniess the ACA's federal protections are ever repealed. It's a purely precautionary measure. I never expect Republicans to do the right thing, so this was disappointing but hardly surprising.

The first one, however, did sting: Clemente Sanchez, a Democratic state Senator.

Health Action New Mexico has issued the following press release in response:

NM Senate Corporations Committee votes against people with pre-existing conditions

On Monday, March 11th, on a 3-4 vote, the New Mexico Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee voted down a measure to protect people with pre-existing conditions. The legislation, House Bill 436, is sponsored by Representative Liz Thomson, 40 other House co-sponsors and Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino.

Senator Clemente Sanchez, the Committee Chairman, joined the committee's three Republicans to vote down the measure. The bill would have added pre-existing condition protections to state law. 332,000 New Mexicans under age 65 have at least one pre-existing condition, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), people with pre-existing conditions were denied coverage, charged exorbiant rates, and subject to coverage exclusions for their pre-existing conditions. The ACA ended those practices by reforming the insurance industry and ensuring people with pre-existing conditions are protected.

"This vote was unconscionable," said Representative Liz Thomson. "New Mexicans need to know that the state has their back no matter what happens at the federal level or in the courts. I believe that the vast majority of my colleagues agree with me. This is not over."

"As someone continuing to battle cancer, I am shocked that anyone would vote against pre-existing condition protections," said Lan Sena, a New Mexico resident and patient advocate. "It's just not right."

"We are incredibly disappointed in this vote," said Colin Baillio, Director of Policy and Communications at Health Action New Mexico. "New Mexicans shouldn't have to live in constant fear that they are going to be abandoned when they need critical health care. Frankly, New Mexicans deserve better than this."

A recent national poll found that strong, bipartisan majorities support pre-existing condition protections. Nine-in-ten say insurance companies shouldn't be able to deny people coverage or charge sick people more than healthy people. Four-in-ten said they are "very worried" they "will lose their coverage if the Supreme Court overturns these protections." President Trump's Department of Justice singled out pre-existing condition protections, calling them unconstitutional and refusing to defend those protections in court. That lawsuit suceeded in the lower courts and is expected to land in the Supreme Court.

UPDATE: Whoa! Hold the phone...Less than 5 minutes after I posted this, someone called attention to an update from less than an hour ago:

BIG NEWS: After further consideration, @SenCSanchez changed his vote on pre-existing condition protections! Thank you for giving this a closer look, Senator. Thanks to everyone who made their voices heard. The bill will now move to the Senate floor. https://t.co/rbtv3ZyAc0

— Health Action NM (@HealthActionNM) March 12, 2019

Final vote:
YES: Mary Kay Papen
YES: Michael Padilla
YES: Bill Tallman
YES: Clemente Sanchez
YES: Benny Shendo
NO: Bill Sharer
NO: Gregg Fulfer
NO: Pat Woods

— Health Action NM (@HealthActionNM) March 12, 2019

Wow! I had no idea that they could change their votes on bills the next day! Not sure if this is a New Mexico thing, or a Committee thing (vs. the full Senate) or what, but whatever...this is great news for New Mexico and common sense!

(As for the Republicans, of course, that's a different story...)


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The head of a U.S. Senate panel that oversees aviation issues said on Tuesday that he plans to hold hearings on the fatal crashes of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets since October, and suggested it would be "prudent" to temporarily ground the planes.

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By Ben Felder
Staff writer bfelder@oklahoman.com

The Senate approved a bill Monday to create a new state budget office, advancing a central part of the Republican agenda that aims to give lawmakers more accurate financial numbers.

Senate Bill 1 creates the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT), an eight-person department that would conduct performance evaluations of state agencies.

The bill passed the Senate 38 to 10 — Democrats were unified in opposition — and now heads to the House.

Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat, the author of SB 1, said around 35 other states have a similar office.

“When we make budget decisions, often times we are left to the whims of the (state) agencies and how much information they want to share with us,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City.

Supporters of the legislation often point to last year’s financial crisis with the state Department of Health.

“The state Department of Health was able to hide $30 million from us because we simply don’t have the access we need,” Treat said.

Treat said the new office would cost the state around $1.6 million in the first year and $860,000 each year after.



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By Chris Casteel

U.S. Sen. James Lankford said Monday that he would oppose the resolution to reverse President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration on border security.

“I am not going to support the disapproval resolution,” Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, said during a telephone town hall meeting.

Lankford had been undecided on the resolution, which is expected to come up for a vote this week in the Senate.

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Андрэ Хефти, глава международного автошоу в Женеве, оценил российский автомобиль Aurus Limousine. По его словам, транспортное средство представляет собой самый настоящий танк.

Такое заявление Хефти сделал после посещения в рамках мероприятия российского стенда. Он внимательно ознакомился с Aurus Senat Limousine L700, после чего сказал, что модель может вполне конкурировать с британским Rolls Royce. Кроме этого, специалист отметил, что, несмотря на габариты, машина будет отлично продаваться на рынке Европы. Модель определенно заинтересует богатых людей и министров.

К слову, первые экземпляры поступит в страны Европы после получения всех разрешительных документов. На территории РФ стоимость автомобилей Aurus станет известна в апреле нынешнего года.

Стоит напомнить, что Aurus российское семейство автомобилей премиального класса. Они предназначены для перевозки первых лиц страны. Линейка состоит из внедоржника, седана, лимузина и минивэна, сообщает новостное издание iReactor.


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Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe, argued that the US needs to send even more troops and warships to Europe to “stay ahead of Russia.”

Even though Russia’s military spending is actually scheduled to decrease in the next few years, Gen. Scaparrotti argued that the “growing” Russian threat justified even more US spending on Europe. This has, of course, been a common argument for Pentagon officials, and is why the US such a massive number of troops in Eastern Europe in the first place.

“I’m not comfortable yet with the deterrent posture that we have in Europe in support of the National Defense Strategy,” Scaparrotti told SASC Chair Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., adding:

“Of concern is my intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capacity given that increasing and growing threat of Russia. I need more ISR.”

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<blockquote>A recent New York Magazine article sums up why: “At present, the 26 smallest states are home to roughly 17 percent of the U.S. population. Which is to say: The filibuster allows lawmakers elected by less than 17 percent of voters to exercise veto power over any and all laws. This is a monstrously anti-democratic institution with no parallel in any other advanced democracy.”</blockquote> Shit, hypothetically it's way worse than that. You need 41 senators to veto anything, and you can get that with: Iowa, Utah, Nevada, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kansas, New Mexico, Nebraska, West Virginia, Idaho, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Maine, Montana, Rhode Island, Delaware, South Dakota, North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, Wyoming. ...and they combine for <strong>11.15</strong>% of the population. The filibuster has to go.
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I'm not sure about getting rid of the Senate filibuster. It does prevent a slim majority, which may not represent a majority of the citizenry, from imposing its will. Besides, what would Mr. Smith think? (I have to see that movie someday). What I would do is change Senate and House rules so that the Majority Leader and Speaker, respectively, have to schedule a vote for a) any bill passed by the other house, and b) any nomination submitted by the president (no more hanging Garlands). As it is, pretty much both these people wield a veto power they shouldn't have. Hmm.. I'd add a provision that all laws must be scheduled for a vote within a reasonable time. Sure, either party could slow-walk the other part's pet initiatives. But they'd also be prevented from rushing their pet initiatives through. 24 hours for legislators to evaluate a 500+ page monster is not reasonable.
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It strikes me that Facebook is out of control. Robb McLean reports at CNN Business: Facebook removed — and then restored — an advertisement from Senator Elizabeth Warren’s campaign that sharply criticized Facebook and other tech companies for “tilting the playing field” in their favor. Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, wants to break up Facebook (FB), Google(GOOGL) and Amazon (AMZN). She called […]
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Budget talks are intensifying in Albany as the deadline nears, and they are revealing tensions and divides between Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo and the all-democratic state legislature. Cuomo began the week with a list of items he says he needs in the state budget in order for him to agree to it. They include a property tax cap, criminal justice reforms and a congestion pricing plan for parts of Manhattan to help pay for fixing public transit. And Cuomo, in an exchange with Spectrum News reporter Nick Reisman, said he won’t accept any changes to his proposal to make the temporary property tax cap permanent. “ No, No, no, ” the governor said “ Would you like to expand on that ?” asked Reisman. “No,” , the governor replied. The governor’s remarks annoyed the Democratic leaders of the legislature, who say the spending plan should be worked out amicably between the two equal branches of government. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie bristled when asked by reporters about the governor’s list
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After the vote, Sen. Melisa Franzen, DFL-Edina, conceded that her bill is dead. She said she was hopeful that DFL Gov. Tim Walz will set up a task force on the issue to keep the discussion going.
          “Se tagliate i nostri stipendi ci ammazziamo”. La protesta dei politici sul decreto “taglia stipendi” del M5S      Cache   Translate Page      


Il taglio dei vitalizi è un argomento caldo che ha riscosso e continua a riscuotere tantissime proteste da entrambi i rami del Parlamento. L’idea è quella di ricalcolare tutti i vitalizi percepiti sulla base del sistema contributivo e se molti vedono la ‘sforbiciata’ come un decisivo un passo avanti per dire “addio alla casta”, l’onorevole Alessandra Mussolini è di avviso opposto. La nipote di Benito Mussolini è infatti una tra i più grandi oppositori della proposta di abbassare le indennità a 5000 euro e si è schierata in prima linea contro il taglio.
“È come se ci mandassero nudi per strada. Poi è ovvio che uno si ammala, prende l’influenza, si aggrava, arriva la polmonite e quindi…”, ha detto a Tommaso Labate in un’intervista al settimanale “A”. Per lei, insomma, il taglio dei vitalizi sarebbe “un’istigazione al suicidio”. E “per colpa di pochi, quelli che si sono arricchiti con la politica e i soldi sottobanco, paghiamo tutti”, ha proseguito.
“Per i cittadini soffriamo ancora poco. Vogliono vederci soffrire ancora di più. Se abbassassero i nostri stipendi a 1. 000 euro al mese, la gente ci vorrebbe veder prendere 500 euro”, ha aggiunto la Mussolini. “I membri del Parlamento ricevono un’indennità stabilita dalla legge”, recita l’articolo 61 della Costituzione italiana e spetta agli Uffici di Presidenza delle Camere il compito di determinare l’ammontare dell’indennità mensile.
Entrando nel dettaglio, i deputati hanno diritto a un’indennità lorda di 11.703 euro. Al netto sono 5.346,54 euro mensili più una diaria di 3.503,11. Impossibile dimenticare il rimborso per spese di mandato pari a 3.690 euro. A questi numeri che da sé fanno rabbrividire, si aggiungono 1.200 euro annui di rimborsi telefonici e da 3.323,70 fino a 3.995,10 euro ogni tre mesi per i trasporti.
I senatori invece ricevono un’indennità mensile lorda di 11.555 euro. Al netto la cifra è di 5.304,89 euro, più una diaria di 3.500 euro cui si aggiungono un rimborso per le spese di mandato pari a 4.180 euro e 1.650 euro al mese come rimborsi forfettari fra telefoni e trasporti. Dunque a conti fatti, i senatori guadagnano ogni mese 14.634,89 euro contro i 13.971,35 euro percepiti dai deputati.

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Oppose Senate File 2311 This bill undermines Iowa’s clean energy leadership by effectively end utility energy efficiency programs, allowing new charges on solar customers, and removing consumer protections and oversight. This bill will increase energy costs, threaten nearly 21,000 solar and energy efficiency jobs, reduce consumer choice, and increase reliance on fossil fuels.   Iowa … Continue reading Talking Points to Oppose SF 2311
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Updated: Right  now, making it’s way through the Iowa State House is a horrible bill  – Senate File (SF) 2311 (formerly SSB 3093). The bill has passed out of committees in both houses and was passed out of the full senate.  The bill is now awaiting debate in the full house. This bill has sweeping changes … Continue reading Help Save Energy Efficiency.
          Senators Flyers NHL odds Sharks Wild hockey gambling advice      Cache   Translate Page      

MetroBet profiles a pair of Monday night NHL games including the Senators at Flyers and Sharks at Wild.

 

Ottawa Senators at Philadelphia Flyers

Moneyline: Senators +225, Flyers -295

Puckline: Senators +1.5 goals (-115), Flyers -1.5 goals (-105)

Betting Total: 6.5 goals (Over -130, Under +110)

Time (Eastern): 7 p.m.

Those looking to back the Philadelphia Flyers (33-27-8) on Monday night won’t get a great price, as the dreadful Ottawa Senators (23-40-6) are in town, but they look like a solid addition to any moneyline parlay. 

Philly’s offense has ramped things up in the absence of standout rookie netminder Carter Hart, scoring 30 goals in their last seven games. The play of right wing Jakub Voracek has stood out in particular, as he’s tallied 11 points in his team’s last five tilts. Center Sean Couturier has found the twine in three of his last four games, and captain Claude Giroux is in the midst of a seven-game point streak.

Brian Elliott has been serviceable between the pipes since Hart was felled by a minor injury. The team has been mum regarding a return date for Hart, but he is apparently inching closer to getting back into the lineup.

The Flyers have won six of their last seven games as a home favorite, per Covers.com, and are 17-6 over their last 23 contests. They should take care of business against a tired Ottawa team that’s 5-15 in their last 20 games at the end of a four-games-in-six-nights situation.

Prediction: Flyers win, 4-2

The play: Flyers moneyline and Sharks moneyline Parlay

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San Jose Sharks at Minnesota Wild

Moneyline: Sharks -135, Wild +105

Puckline: Sharks -1.5 goals (+220), Wild +1.5 goals (-270)

Betting Total: 6.0 goals (Over -120, Under EVEN)

Time (Eastern), TV: 8 p.m., NBCSN

The San Jose Sharks (41-19-8) continue to roll over their competition, even without Evander Kane (mid-body), as they’re a perfect 4-0 without the left winger. The slumping Minnesota Wild (33-28-8) look like the Sharks’ next victim on Monday night. 

San Jose returns to the road, where they have won seven of the last nine tilts, off a perfect four-game home stand. The Wild faithful have been disappointed in recent games at the Xcel Energy Center, as Minnesota, who have lost three of their last four overall, is 1-7 in their last eight tries there. 

Right wing Timo Meier has picked up the slack since Kane left the lineup, scoring five goals in a four game span. Left wing Marcus Sorensen has added four of his own, and center Tomas Hertl has a pair in his current four-game point streak.

Sharks goalie Martin Jones, who has stopped 104 of the last 113 shots he’s faced (.920 save percentage), is more than capable of dispatching Minnesota’s 24th-ranked offense. San Jose is the best bet of the night. 

Prediction: Sharks win, 4-2

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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.


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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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This recent exchange between a reporter and Senator Lindsey Graham applies to business too, not just politics. Reporter: Do you believe the news media is the enemy of the people? Sen. Lindsey Graham: “No, I think the press in America is a check and balance on power. … Sometimes you can be a pain inRead More

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(Radio Iowa) — The Iowa Senate has unanimously voted to ban female genital mutilation and charge those who perform the procedure with a felony. Senator Amy Sinclair, a Republican from Allerton, says a recent survey indicated five-thousand women and girls IN IOWA were at risk. “This bill criminalizes a violent criminal act against small girls,” […]
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Gov. Tim Walz expressed his disappointment Tuesday that a Minnesota Senate committee rejected a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana use in Minnesota, but says he has no plans to revive the issue.
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• US Senate to hold hearing on air safety following Ethiopia plane crash • Why Boeing isn't grounding its 737 Max 8s • Boeing a major lobbying player on Capitol Hill


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President Donald Trump signed a wide-ranging public lands bill Tuesday that creates five new national monuments and expands several national parks. The new law also adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness and permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects nationwide. It’s the largest public lands bill Congress has considered in a decade, and it won large bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate. More than 100 land and water conservation bills were combined […]
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ELIMINATING THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE TAX CREDIT IS PART OF TRUMP’S 2020 BUDGET Isn’t the Republican party the anti-tax party? Not when it comes to electric vehicles, apparently. Earlier this year, Republican senators introduced another bill to end the federal tax credit for EV purchases, and replace it with a new annual tax on EV owners. […]
          Not REALLY about the 142nd...The Hon. Alexander H. Coffroth      Cache   Translate Page      
A few months back I went to see Steven Spielberg's film "Lincoln". I know I'm going to write some things that sound contrary to this, but I had a great time and really enjoyed the film. I loved the feel, the look, and the tone of it.


None of the historical inaccuracies throughout are particularly important to the central theme of the film. My biggest complaint about the movie is not important to that theme of determination and justice either. My complaint is simply that of a "homer" who doesn't want to see any of Somerset County, PA's native sons shown in an unflattering light.

The day after I watched the film, in a fit of righteous indignation, I wrote a short essay defending US Rep. Alexander H. Coffroth from what I considered to be an incorrect attack on his reputation. I clicked "save" and said, "There, I feel better now." Realizing that no one else would read it, I filed it and went on with my life. I found it today cleaning off my desktop, and decided that even though Alexander Coffroth was not a member of the 142nd PA Infantry, three companies in that regiment shared the same county home with him, and that I would post it here.

Thanks for reading!


Alexander Hamilton Coffroth (May 18, 1828 – September 2, 1906)

Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site estimates that as of 2012, over 15,000 different books have been written about Abraham Lincoln. That is an average of almost 150 books a year written about our 16th President. Since his death in 1865, President Lincoln has been portrayed in book, film, and stage; by reenactor, and  as a wax figurine. Despite this market saturation, a book entitled “Team of Rivals” by renowned historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin has recently captured the minds and  imagination of America. Published in 2006, Steven Spielberg has recently brought the book to life in the movie “Lincoln”.
The book and movie both focus a lot of time and attention on the arduous task Lincoln had in creating the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States. The world of 1865 was much more nuanced than many popular historians would like us to believe. Just because someone would fight for the preservation of their country did not always translate into that person being an abolitionist. This made the task at hand far more difficult than it would originally seem.
The journey to ratify the 13th Amendment would take the work of the President, his advisors, and both houses of Congress. It would take political gamesmanship as well as some soul-searching for politicians. “Lincoln” has its own take on this process, and one of the politicians the movie portrays that would be absolutely essential in making slavery illegal was Somerset, PA native Alexander Hamilton Coffroth.
Jeremiah S. Black
Alexander Coffroth was a Somerset Democrat who was born there in 1828. The son of John and Mary Coffroth, Alexander went to the Somerset public schools, as well as the Somerset Academy. After he was finished with school, Coffroth was the editor of the Somerset Visitor, the Democratic newspaper of the town, before turning his attention to law. He was admitted to the bar in 1851, having studied in the offices of another famous Somerset County native, Jeremiah S. Black. Black became the Attorney-General, and then Secretary of State, under President James Buchanan. 

Alexander lived and practiced law in Somerset, and in 1854 married Nora Kimmel, with whom he would have four children.
It was during the trying times of civil war that Coffroth decided to get into politics. He was a delegate to the famous 1860 Democratic National Convention in Charleston, SC that saw the Party split in two along slave and free state lines. The split caused both sides to nominate different Presidential candidates, which made it easier for Abraham Lincoln to be elected.
In 1862, Somerset County was part of Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District, which also included Bedford, Franklin, Fulton, and Adams Counties. Coffroth squeaked out a victory by defeating incumbent Edward McPherson to become the youngest member of the House of Representatives. 

US Capitol Building under construction in 1861
President Lincoln began lobbying for a Constitutional amendment abolishing slavery during the first half of 1864. The Senate passed the bill, but it lost momentum in the House. Alexander Coffroth was one of the many Democrats opposed to this bill. In a speech to the House of Representatives on June 14, 1864, Coffroth stated:
“If slavery is to be abolished, allow it to be done according to the principles of common justice. Allow the people in each State the inalienable right through their legally constituted authorities to control their own domestic institutions in their own way.”
A few months later, President Lincoln was reelected and he again pushed ahead for a Constitutional amendment to abolish slavery. But it was also during this election cycle that Coffroth found his political life in limbo.
When the votes were tallied in October of 1864, Coffroth had beaten his opponent, William H. Koontz by a few votes. Koontz thought that it was a little too close and contested it. The race was in fact so close that Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin would not certify the results. Finally, in July 1866, Koontz won the recount and took his seat in Congress. 

[I recently ran across a blog called "Battlefield Back Stories" that digs in way deeper and does much more justice to the issue of Coffroth vs. Koontz than I did here. Please check those articles out HERE and HERE ]

This period of uncertainty was when Alexander Coffroth changed his mind on the question of amending the Constitution to outlaw slavery. During the January 31, 1865 debate on the subject, Coffroth told the House:
“Mr. Speaker, I desire above all things that the Democratic party be again placed in power. The condition of the country needs the wise counsel of the Democracy. The peace and prosperity of this once powerful and happy nation require it to be placed under Democratic rule. The history of the past demonstrates this. The question of slavery has been a fruitful theme for the opponents of the Democracy. It has breathed into existence fanaticism, and feeds it with such meat as to make it ponderous in growth. It must soon be strangled or the nation is lost. I propose to do this by removing from the political arena that which has given it life and strength.”
The movie Lincoln tells the story (incorrectly, I believe) that Alexander Coffroth was bullied into changing his position and that he felt compelled to change parties to save his political life, but there is absolutely no evidence that this ever happened. He was a Democrat before he took office. He was a Democrat in Congress. He was Democrat when he was finished in office.
It does seem, though, that he was prepared for his Democratic colleagues and his constituents to be unhappy with his decision.
“Many of the honorable gentlemen of this House with whom I am politically associated may condemn me for my action to-day. I assure them I do that only which my conscience sanctions and my sense of duty to my country demands…If by my actions to-day I dig my political grave, I will descend into it without a murmur, knowing that I am justified in my action by a conscientious belief I am doing what will ultimately prove to be a service to my country…”
Coffroth’s vote, along with the few other Democrats that crossed party lines, helped pass the 13th Amendment by a count of 119-56, a mere seven votes above the necessary two-thirds majority. His vote garnered the attention of many. After the assassination of President Lincoln in April 1865, Coffroth was chosen from among all the Pennsylvania Congressmen to be the President’s honorary pallbearer.
After his removal from office in 1866, Alexander Coffrorth moved back to Somerset and returned to practice law until he was again elected to Congress for one term in 1878, still as a Democrat.
His most famous post-political job was as defense for the Nicely Brothers in their 1889 murder trial. This trial gathered national attention and had such a monopoly on the local newspapers that the great Johnstown Flood of that same year played second fiddle to it. The Nicely brothers, David and Joseph, were later hanged in Somerset for the murder of Herman Umberger. Coffroth teamed up with his 1864 political rival, William H. Koontz for this high profile job.
At the time of his death at the Markleton Sanitarium on September 2, 1906, Alexander Coffroth was the last living pallbearer from Abraham Lincoln’s funeral. His is a uniquely American story. From his birth in the mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania, to studying law under the Attorney General, to amending the United States Constitution so that no one in America again suffered the indignity of slavery, Alexander Coffroth took advantage of his opportunities and lived life with a purpose greater than himself. But he always remembered his home.  His burial in Somerset’s Union Cemetery ended the story of one of the most interesting, important, and forgotten public servants in Somerset County’s rich history. 







 Works Cited:
Ancestry.com. The Indiana Democrat (Indiana, Pennsylvania) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.
Original data: The Indiana Democrat. Indiana, PA, USA. Database created from microfilm copies of the newspaper.
Biographical Review, Vol. XXXII, Containing Life Sketches of Leading Citizens of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania. Boston, Biographical Review Publishing Company: 1899, pp. 17-21
Blackburn, E. Howard and Wefley, William H. History of Bedford and Somerset Counties, Pennsylvania, Volume 3. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company: 1906, pp. 1-7.
Coffroth, A.H. Speech of Hon. A.H. Coffroth, of Penna., Delivered in the House of Representatives, June 14, 1864. Digitized by Friends of The Lincoln Collection of Indiana, Inc.
Congressional Globe, 38th Congress, 2nd session (January 31, 1865), 524.
Doncaster, Jr, William Trall. Legends from the Frosty Sons of Thunder. White Stone, VA, Brandylane Publishers, Inc: 1999, pp. 63, 65-67.


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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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Krefeld (ots) - Am heutigen Vormittag wurde durch einen Bürger ein Gebinde mit Gefahrstoff auf der Hauptfeuerwache abgegeben.Die Beschriftung enthielt einen Hinweis auf Ammonium Arsenat. Der Stoff ist sehr giftig und stark wasserg...

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Blood Diamond
2006, USA
Edward Zwick
35mm


Remind me never to go to Africa. Not that my going was ever a particular danger, since I enjoy visiting areas where the culinary specialties run a bit more exotic than dirt and grubs, but now I'm especially sure. When I go on vacation, I like to keep all my limbs attached to the trunk of my body, as opposed to twitching in the iron rich dust like maggots in bone meal. The whole point of this movie, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a Rhodesian diamond smuggler/mercenary, Djimon Honsou as a fisherman with a hidden gem, and Jennifer Connelly as Lois Lane, seems to be to make me feel guilty for buying conflict diamonds. Well, it's not going to fly. Sure, the trade results in the deaths of thousands in slave camps, civil war, and general strife, but it does also results in cheap diamonds. And ultimately, when I'm spelling my own name on my platinum fronts, I try to be cost effective, in order to still have money for spinning hubcaps, fur coats, and various other gaudy accoutrements better suited for a Valley Girl Barbie than a grown man. It's all about value, and since I would normally pay extra for merchandise someone has died over, like my Bonnie and Clyde death car and Anne Frank oven knob, those blood diamonds are a real steal. Plus, I wouldn't want the Chinese pre-teen ghosts who haunt my Nike Air Force Ones to feel lonely. I also have a belt buckle that speaks in tongues, and a dress that's possessed by the spirits of three plus-sized prostitutes and a senator's daughter.




That's how I roll. Like an idiot.



But that's beside the point. I don't know why I should feel guilty about this mass genocide supporting my swap meet jewelry. After all, it's just Africa. Sure, the continent is the cradle of civilization. But, it's also the cradle of HIV and those annoying Christian buy-a-black-baby commercials. In fact, that's what these movie is, one of those stupid infomercials with the kids with swollen stomachs and crusted eyelids covered in insects while a white guy in a beard and a C level soap opera star try to extort money out of teary-eyed viewers. In Blood Diamond, the bearded white guy is played by Jennifer Connelly, as the moral center of the film. She does this completely oblivious to the fact that portraying a white American as the moral center in Africa is like, well, portraying a white American as the moral center of anything. Americans like to think of themselves as John Wayne's, tough-but-fair, violent-but-just vigilantes who do the right thing no matter what, when in reality they're just that Jared guy from the Subway ads pre-diet: fat, retarded children who consume all they encounter in a cocoon of oblivious entitlement. They couldn't form the moral center of a Twinkie, let alone a continent.

And this reference to deliciously sickly sweetness is no accident. While most of Blood Diamond is a realistic, gripping, and violent exploration of a country tearing itself and its people to pieces, it's peppered with saccharine, cheaply melodramatic scenes that stick out and distract from all the machete hacking and gunshot wounds. It's a shame really, that the pockets of histrionic emotion spoil the film, like cooking clam chowder with icing sugar instead of flour, because Leonardo DiCaprio is great in it. One of the few instances in which he seems like a character instead of a Tiger Beat cover, DiCaprio's Danny Archer is amoral but intensely likeable, evil but entertaining, Dennis the Menace with a Mauser instead of a slingshot. As awful as he his, he’s the real draw of the film. They should have made his character the American.

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The eyes and ears of small-business owners around Morgan County and the state will be tuned to the Senate Business Labor & Technology Committee when Senate Bill 188, creating a family medical leave insurance program, comes up for a hearing and possible vote this week.
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THE YUGE REPUBLICAN LIE ABOUT THE DEFICIT

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.


          Die Kampagne “A13 für alle” wirkt! Bremen beendet “Stände-Denken, Gymnasiallehrer seien wichtiger als Grundschullehrer”      Cache   Translate Page      
Wird von der Leiterin eines Bremer Gymnasiums verklagt: die Bildungsenatorin der Handestadt, Claudia Bogedan (SPD). Foto: Senatorin für Kinder und BildungBREMEN. “A13 für alle” – die bundeweit laufenden Kampagnen von VBE und GEW für die finanzielle Gleichstellung aller Lehrkräfte wirken sich aus: Auch im kleinsten Bundesland, immerhin, werden Lehrerinnen und Lehrer an Grundschulen künftig besser bezahlt. Der Bremer Senat hat sich auf ein Stufenmodell geeinigt, nach dem das Einstiegsgehalt bis 2021 von der Besoldungsgruppe A12 […]
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The 2019 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization recognized five higher education institutions that demonstrate innovation and excellence in their globally focused academic efforts.
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Birourile permanente reunite ale Senatului şi Camerei Deputaţilor au decis ca miercuri, începând cu ora 14,00, plenul reunit al Parlamentului să reexamineze proiectul bugetului de stat pe anul în curs, ca urmare a cererii preşedintelui Iohannis.
          Întrevederea preşedintelui Senatului, Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu, cu secretarul general al Organizaţiei Internaţionale a Francofoniei, Louise Mushikiwabo       Cache   Translate Page      
Preşedintele Senatului României, Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu a avut o întrevedere, marti, 12 martie a.c., cu secretarul general al Organizației Internaționale a Francofoniei (OIF), Louise Mushikiwabo, în cadrul unui dejun de lucru oferit în onoarea înaltului oaspete care efectuează prima sa vizită...
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”Dragnea şi Tăriceanu au dat ordin să fiu anchetat Hamsterul execută! Cei doi se răzbună şi cer să fiu anchetat din nou”, a scris senatorul PNL Florin Cîţu, pe Facebook
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https://naszeblogi.pl/52715-handel-niewolnikami-zydzi-wysysali-z-mlekiem-matkiBenjamin Netanjahu: Izrael dla Żydów - i tylko dla Żydów!!!”..”Co wolno Żydom, to nie gojom. Premier Izraela Benjamin Netanjahu deklaruje, że jego państwo to twór całkowicie nacjonalistyczny. Jak powiedział, Izrael ,,nie jest państwem wszystkich swoich obywatele'', ale ,,wyłącznie Żydów''.Netanjahu odpowiedział w ten sposób izraelskiej aktorce, Rotem Seli. Seli pytała, kiedy ktoś z rządu Izraela przyzna, że 17 proc. ludności Izraela - Arabowie - też jest obywatelami i to równymi innym, zgodnie z równością wszystkich ludzi.”..”Netanjahu stwierdził w odpowiedzi, że... równi Arabowie może i są, ale Izrael to nie jest ich państwo. ,,Izrael nie jest państwem wszystkich swoich obywateli. Zgodnie z przyjętym podstawowym prawem narodowym Izrael to państwo narodowe Żydów - i tylko ich'' - stwierdził Netanjahu. “..(źródło)Rabin kapelan: Tora pozwala izraelskim żołnierzom na gwałt”...”Gaid Eisenkot, szef sztabu izraelskiej armii nominował naczelnym kapelanem izraelskiej armii pułkownika Eyala Karima, który w przeszłości bronił m.in. prawa żołnierzy do gwałcenia kobiet w czasie wojen.Rabin pytany w 2012 roku o możliwość gwałcenia kobiet w czasie wojny w świetle Tory odparł, że trzeba to traktować tak, jak jedzenie niekoszernej żywności. "Skoro naszym celem jest sukces w wojnie, Tora zezwala żołnierzom na zaspokajanie ich złych żądz, pod warunkiem, że ma to na celu zwycięstwo" - mówił rabin.”. (więcej )„Rabin Owadia Josef, duchowy przywódca partii Szas wchodzącej w skład koalicji rządzącej Izraelem oznajmił, że "goje rodzą się po to, by służyć Żydom". – Po co goje są tak naprawdę potrzebni? Będą pracować, będą orać, będą zbierać plony. My zaś będziemy tylko siedzieć i jeść jak panowie - zapowiedział rabin podczas przemówienia w synagodze. Potem porównał osoby, które nie są Żydami do... zwierząt pociągowych - pisze "Rzeczpospolita". „....”Zdaniem rabina, gdyby goje nie mogli służyć Żydom "nie mieliby po co istnieć". Tłumacząc zaś długowieczność ludzi pochodzenia nie-Żydowskiego rabin Josef użył plastycznej metafory porównując takich ludzi do... osłów. – Wyobraźcie sobie, że zdechł wam osioł. Stracilibyście w ten sposób pieniądze. To jest taki sam sługa. Właśnie dlatego goj otrzymuje długie życie. By dobrze pracować dla Żyda - mówił rabin. „.....(więcej )Dla Polaków [śmierć] to była po prostu kwestia biologiczna, naturalna… śmierć, jak śmierć… A dla Żydów to była tragedia, to było dramatyczne doświadczenie, to była metafizyka, to było spotkanie z Najwyższym. ~Prof. Barbara Engelking-Boni, kierownik Centrum Badań nad Zagładą Żydów ( więcej )„Rabin Owadia Josef, duchowy przywódca partii Szas wchodzącej w skład koalicji rządzącej Izraelem oznajmił, że "goje rodzą się po to, by służyć Żydom". – Po co goje są tak naprawdę potrzebni? Będą pracować, będą orać, będą zbierać plony. My zaś będziemy tylko siedzieć i jeść jak panowie - zapowiedział rabin podczas przemówienia w synagodze. Potem porównał osoby, które nie są Żydami do... zwierząt pociągowych - pisze "Rzeczpospolita". „....”Zdaniem rabina, gdyby goje nie mogli służyć Żydom "nie mieliby po co istnieć". Tłumacząc zaś długowieczność ludzi pochodzenia nie-Żydowskiego rabin Josef użył plastycznej metafory porównując takich ludzi do... osłów. – Wyobraźcie sobie, że zdechł wam osioł. Stracilibyście w ten sposób pieniądze. To jest taki sam sługa. Właśnie dlatego goj otrzymuje długie życie. By dobrze pracować dla Żyda - mówił rabin. „... ( http://naszeblogi.pl/62929-rabin-wojsk-izraela-zydzi-moga-gwalcic-nie-zydowki-na-wojnie )Michał Cichy portretuje "Gazetę Wyborczą" oraz Adama Michnika i Helenę Łuczywo „...”Adam Michnik nigdy nie był redaktorem naczelnym "Gazety". Należy to wydrukować wersalikami. On był ideologiem "Gazety"”...”Misja Heleny, która jest stuprocentową Żydówką, polegała zawsze na chronieniu polskich Żydów przed jakimkolwiek złym losem. To zadanie wykonała w stu procentach. Była komendantką ŻOB w latach 90. Nie można się dziwić, że ona ze swoim zapleczem kulturowym i genetycznym nie była specjalnie wrażliwa na to, że mordowano księży po 1981, czy że generał Fieldorf był ofiarą mordu sądowego, w którym brała udział sędzia Wolińska. Misją Łuczywo było ratowanie sędzi Wolińskiej i wszystkich, obojętnie jak zapisanych w historii Polaków żydowskiego pochodzenia przed jakimkolwiek nieszczęściem. Także przed naprawdę istniejącym tutaj antysemityzmem. „...”Nie można mieć pretensji do Heleny Łuczywo, która była córką funkcjonariusza komunistycznej cenzury, Ferdynanda Chabera, że jej punkt odniesienia obejmował to środowisko, z którym miała do czynienia. „..”Tak się składa, że ludzie Agory byli w większości pochodzenia żydowskiego. Nie było to ani żadnym przypadkiem, ani żadnym powodem do wstydu. Ale nie można oczekiwać od ludzi z takim backgroundem, że nagle staną się piewcami Narodowych Sił Zbrojnych. „..”Ja jestem przeciwko indywidualizacji. Uważam, że każdy z nas powinien być indywidualnie wolny, ale każdy z nas powinien mieć także świadomość swojej przynależności i tego, jaką formę to nakłada na nasze życie. Dobrze, że wspomniał pan o wydarzeniach Marca ’68. Pozwolę sobie wygłosić krótką definicję tego, co znaczy pokolenie. Pokolenie to coś takiego, co formuje się pod wpływem zwrotnego punktu w historii, w momencie kiedy mamy mniej więcej 22 lata. Michnik i Helena w marcu 1968 roku mieli dokładnie 22 lata. Byli w sytuacji rocznika Krzysztofa Kamila Baczyńskiego czy Tadeusza Różewicza w roku 1944. Nie ma się co dziwić, że powstańcy warszawscy do dziś nimi pozostają i do dziś toczą walki na barykadach. Tak samo nie można się dziwić, że Michnik ciągle mentalnie jest w marcu 1968 roku. Zdziwiłbym się, gdyby on był w stanie się od tego uwolnić. Trauma, której wtedy doznał, nie polegała na tym, że państwo komunistyczne wzięło się za komandosów. Polegała na tym, że państwo komunistyczne za pośrednictwem Mieczysława Moczara sięgnęło po kombatantów Armii Krajowej i zyskało sobie wśród nich autentyczne poparcie na glebie antysemityzmu. To jest przerażenie, które Michnika po dziś dzień nie opuściło. „...”Jeśli chodzi o moralizm, Michnik naprawdę uważa się za moralistę. To jest wielowymiarowa postać, którą da się opisać tylko przy użyciu wyrafinowanych oksymoronów. On jest wyjątkowo oksymoroniczny, bo jest skrajnie amoralnym moralistą. Moim zdaniem źródłem największej nienawiści do Michnika jest to, że uważa się go za kogoś w rodzaju fałszywego proroka, za faceta, który zachowuje się jak kaznodzieja, mówi innym, jak należy się zachowywać, co jest moralne, a co nikczemne. Najpiękniejszy oksymoron opisujący to, o czym mówimy, na który natknąłem się w swoim życiu, brzmi: "otyły dietetyk". Michnik jest otyłym dietetykiem. Wszyscy to widzą poza nim samym. Michnik wygłosił kiedyś zdanie, które mi się bardzo mocno wryło w pamięć: "Nie jest bez znaczenia, kogo udajesz; nawet jeżeli jesteś hipokrytą, to jeżeli udajesz świętego, a masz naturę węża i lubisz tylko syczeć uwodzicielsko, a później dusić albo gryźć, to jeżeli udajesz świętego, mając taką naturę, to i tak jesteś troszkę lepszy, niż gdybyś nie udawał". Istnieją pewne pożytki nawet z hipokryzji. Adam potrafił ją wykorzystywać także do dobrych celów. Na przykład do ucywilizowania SLD. „...”*Michał Cichy, ur. 1967, historyk, specjalista od XVII i XX wieku. Wieloletni współpracownik Muzeum Holokaustu w Waszyngtonie. Dziennikarz i publicysta "Gazety Wyborczej" od chwili jej powstania. W latach 1993 - 1998 kierownik działu kultury "Gazety" i redaktor nieistniejącej już "Gazety o Książkach". W latach 1997 - 2002 współtwórca i sekretarz Nagrody Nike. „ (więcej )Jan Hartman „ Ty chamie, polski chamie! „..”Jak ja to znam. Jak ja to znam. Miliony was, chamy, miliony. I co my mamy z wami zrobić? Ale przyjdzie na was czas. A jak nie na was, to na wasze dzieci. Weźmiemy szturmem wasze szkoły, zwabimy was podstępem do teatrów, wyślemy wasze dzieci w świat. I pewnego dnia zniknie ta zabobonna, prostacka i kruchciana Polska, dławiąca się pychą, jakąż to ona jest „prawdziwą” i „wierną” jest. I narodzi się Polska ludzi przyzwoitych, kulturalnych, wiedzących coś o świecie i zdolnych do myślenia społecznego i obywatelskiego. Brzydzących się okrucieństwem i przemocą. I ja o taką Polskę będę walczył, jak potrafię. Tak pomszczę swojego psa „...( http://naszeblogi.pl/54640-zydowski-mason-grozi-ze-wynarodowi-dzieci-polskich-chamow )Czy gwałt jest dozwolony w czasie wojny?”...”Żydowski dziennikarz i bloger, Yossi Gurvitz przypomina wypowiedź rabina Eyal Qarim, który służąc w Armii Izraelskiej (IDF) w randze pułkownika jako kapelan wojskowy, na pytanie: “jak wygląda w świetle Tory sprawa gwałtów dokonywanych przez żołnierzy podczas wojny”, odpowiedział, że “podczas wojny wszelkie zakazy przeciwko moralności są unieważnione”. ...”Gurvitz przypomina słowa, które przed dziewięcioma laty wyraził rabin Qarim i podkreśla, że nie zostały one zdementowane przez żadnego jego następcę ani dowódcę Armii Izraelskiej. Co więcej, Qarim służąc w specjalnej jednostce Sayaret Matkal – będącej jednostką sił specjalnych IDF, podlegającej wyłącznie Sztabowi Generalnego Sił Obronnych Izraela – był typowany na Naczelnego Rabina Armii Izraelskiej.Rabin Qarim posunął się w swym wyjaśnieniu jeszcze dalej niż zezwalając “jedynie” na dokonywanie gwałtów przez żołnierzy. Pisze on, że “wojny izraelskie różnią się od innych wojen tym, że są wojnami dobrymi (mitzwah)” – czyli z samej racji, że walczą Żydzi – wojny są dozwolone a nawet nakazane przez Prawo (Halacha). Rabin Qarim wyjaśnia szerzej ten – wydaje się obowiązujący w Armii Izraelskiej – Kodeks Etyczny:”“Tak samo jak zakazy przeciwko ryzykowaniu swoim życiem są podczas wojny łamane dla dobra innych, tak i łamanie zakazów przeciwko moralności jest [podczas wojny] koszerne (kashrut). Spożycie wina, z racji tej, że zostało dotknięte przez goja, w czasie pokoju jest zabronione, ale jest dozwolone podczas wojny, aby podtrzymywać ducha żołnierza. Spożycie zakazanej żywności jest dozwolone podczas wojny (a niektórzy mówią nawet wtedy gdy dostępna jest żywność koszerna), aby utrwalać kondycję żołnierza, nawet gdy jej spożycie jest zakazane w czasie pokoju. Tak samo też, podczas wojny nie obowiązują niektóre zakazy dotyczące seksualnych związków, i chociaż fraternizowanie się z kobietami-gojkami jest poważną sprawą, to podczas wojny jest dozwolone, gdyż zrozumiały jest ciężar, który żołnierz dźwiga. A ponieważ sukces całej wojny jest naszym celem, Tora zezwala na osiąganie [seksualnej] satysfakcji poprzez “diabelską chuć” (w oryginale: yetzer ha’ra - czyli gwałt), ponieważ celem jest sukces wojny.”Yossi Gurvitz zauważa, że w myśl rabina Qarim, gwałt jest nie tylko dopuszczalny, lecz stanowi niemal podstawę w osiągnięciu celu, jakim jest wygranie wojny prowadzonej przez Żydów.Mając nadzieję, że słowa wypowiedziane przez rabina Qarim zostały potępione, Gurvitz wysłał list do dowództwa armii izralskiej, z czterema pytaniami czy:- “Gwałt na kobiecie podczas wojny jest zgodny z Kodem Etyki Armii Izraelskiej?”- “Jeśli nie, to dlaczego prominentny wojskowy rabin promował je?”- “Jeśli nie, to czy IDF ma zamiar przenieść do cywila pułkownika Qarim, lub postawić mu zarzuty?”- “Jak rzecznik prasowy IDF ma zamiar wyjaśnić możliwy do zaistnienia uszczerbek wizerunku na arenie międzynarodowej, wynikły z nauczania pułkownika Qarim?”Ku swemu zaskoczeniu, Guravitz uzyskał odpowiedź. Była ona jednak krótka i nie odpowiadała na zadane pytania, co świadczy, że dowództwo armii izraelskiej jest w pełni świadome obranej doktryny wojennej, tak dobitnie wyszczególnionej przez rabina Qarim. IDF w liście odpowiedziało, że “Qarim pisząc swoje słowa nie był oficerem w służbie czynnej”, a do reszty konkretnych pytań Yossi Gurvitza nie ustosunkowano się, ponieważ “są one pozbawione szacunku do IDF, państwa Izrael i żydowskiej religii”. (więcej )Gwałty dokonywane na niewolnicach W Kerithoth 11a i 11b faryzeusze dają specjalne pozwolenie na gwałt na “posiadanych służących”, gojowskich neofitkach, niewolnikach w domu faryzeuszy [3]. Jest to opcja, która niewątpliwie powodowała to, że wielu faryzeuszy podnosiło wzrok znad studiowania Tory. Chociaż Miszna (oryginalne prawo werbalne) jasno twierdzi, że każdy człowiek, który wymusza stosunek seksualny na kimś spoza małżeństwa podlega karze, to Gemara (późniejszy komentarz) zdecydowanie się z tym nie zgadza. Naucza, że kiedy niewolnica śpi, jest moralnie niewinna. Taka jest przeważająca opinia Talmudu, mówiąca, że jeśli faryzeusz naruszy ją kiedy śpi, jej niewinność staje się także jego.Powyższy fragment mówi dalej: “. . . w naszym przypadku nawet wyklucza się tego kto śpi, bo oni zależą od siebie”. Jeśli służąca nie śpi a faryzeusz ją zgwałci, zgodnie z prawem jest winien. Ale jeśli penetruje ją bez orgazmu w jej ciele, Talmud nazywa to “tylko kontaktem seksualnym” bez konsekwencji moralnych. Faryzeusz mógł uciec także przed winą gwałcąc służącą w akcie oralnym lub analnym. W tym przypadku jest on “niewinny, tak jakby spała. . . bo w przypadku służącej jest się winnym jedynie jeśli jest to naturalny stosunek, ale nie w przypadku stosunku perwersyjnego, bo napisane jest ‘cieleśnie’.”Ale “pójście na całość” z ich niewolnicami było tym co większość faryzeuszy napawdę chciała. Talmud im to dał: “Zaczekaj” – radzi – “do czasu kiesy zaśnie snem ‘niewinnego’. Wtedy też będziesz niewinny!”” ( więcej )Przybylski „Monogamia nie jest żydowska. Przyjęliśmy ją pod wpływem katolików – powiedział rabin. Miało to nastąpić około 1000 lat temu w Niemczech. „....„Kampanię na rzecz przywrócenia wielożeństwa w religii judaistycznej rozpoczęła ortodoksyjna organizacja Habayit Hayehudi Hashalem. – Tora nie zabrania mężczyźnie posiadania więcej niż jednej żony – zapewnia szef grupy rabin Jehezkel Sopher. „....”samo Państwo Izrael, jak i Naczelny Rabinat tego kraju surowo zakazują poligamii. „....”Z podobnym apelem w USA wystąpił Kody Brown. Jeden z najbardziej znanych poligamistów, który ma cztery żony „....”Brownowie planują złożyć dziś w sądzie w Utah pozew, w którym dowodzą, że prawo zakazujące bigamii jest sprzeczne z konstytucją. „....”Chcemy tylko wieść nasze prywatne życie zgodnie z naszymi przekonaniami – podkreśla Brown. – W tym kraju obowiązuje wolność wyboru. My też powinniśmy ją mieć „....”Może mieć wiele kochanek, wiele pozamałżeńskich romansów i nie być narażony na zarzuty prokuratorskie. Ale w chwili gdy zaczyna mówić o nich jako o żonach, staje się kryminalistą „Amerykańscy eksperci od dawna ostrzegali, że sukcesy homoseksualistów w walce o prawo do małżeństwa zachęcą do tego samego poligamistów. ”......I oskarża Amerykę o obłudę. „ ….(więcej „Seks z wrogiem dozwolony. Rabin potwierdza dopuszczalność seksu z wrogiem”....”Agentki izraelskiego Mosadu mogą - w ramach działań służbowych - uprawiać seks z wrogiem bez obaw o religijne potępienie. Rabin Ari Szwat orzekł, że taki seks, jeśli służy dobrej sprawie, jest dopuszczalny. „...”Rabin, którego opinię przedstawił w poniedziałek dziennik "Jedijot Achronot", określił warunki, od których spełnienia uzależnił dopuszczalność takiego kontaktu z wrogiem: agentka musi podczas seksu wydobyć od terrorysty ważne informacje, prowadzące do jego ujęcia lub umacniające bezpieczeństwo Izraela. „...”Lepiej, żeby agentki, wysyłane na takie misje, były niezamężne - wskazał rabin Szwat. Zdając sobie sprawę, że nie zawsze jest to możliwe, orzekł też, że mężowie agentek, wysłanych na "seksmisję", muszą się z nimi rozwieść, jako że zostali zdradzeni. Nic nie stoi jednak na przeszkodzie, żeby taki mąż ponownie ożenił się ze swoją chwilowo byłą żoną.Rozprawa rabina Szwata, odwołująca się m.in. do Żydówki Estery, która użyła swych wdzięków wobec perskiego króla Kserksesa, by zapobiec pogromowi Żydów, jest zatytułowana "Zakazany seks dla dobra bezpieczeństwa narodowego"....(więcej )W święto Purim w 1994 r. oficer armii Izraela i ortodoksyjny Żyd z Brooklynu, Baruch Goldstein zmasakrował 40 palestyńskich cywilów, w tym dzieci, gdy klęczeli w modlitwie w meczecie. Był uczniem rabina Meira Kahane, który powiedział CBS News, że Talmud uczy, iż Arabowie to psy. Profesor Ehud Sprinzak na Uniwersytecie Jerozolimskim określił filozofię Kahane i Goldsteina: Oni wierzą, że popełniają przemoc przeciw gojom, po hebrajsku nie-Żydom (New York Daily News 26.2.1994). (Goje to nie-Żydzi wszelkiego koloru, wyznania, narodowości.) Podobnie wypowiadali się rabin Yitzhak Ginsburg (Musimy przyznać, że krew żydowska to nie to samo co krew goja – New York Times6.6.1989) i rabin Yaacov Perrin (Milion Arabów nie jest wart żydowskiego paznokcia – New York Daily News 28.2.1994).Shahak wnioskuje: nie ma już wątpliwości, że najokropniejsze akty ciemiężnicze na Zachodnim Wybrzeżu [w Palestynie] motywuje żydowski fanatyzm religijny. Szahak cytuje oficjalną egzortę naczelnego kapelana armii Izraela: Gdy nasze siły napotkają cywilów w czasie wojny, podczas ścigania lub w obławie i jeśli nie ma pewności, że są niezdolni zaszkodzić naszym siłom, to zgodnie z Halachą mogą, a nawet muszą być zabici […] W żadnym wypadku nie można wierzyć Arabowi, nawet jeśli robi wrażenie cywilizowanego […] gdy nasze siły nacierają na wroga, mają one pozwolenie, a nawet nakaz Halachy, żeby zabijać nawet […] cywilów wyglądających na dobrych. Urodzony w Polsce, Szahak był profesorem Uniwersytetu Hebrajskiego w Jerozolimie. Za obronę praw prześladowanych Palestyńczyków, judeocentrycy okrzyknęli go antysemitą, kłamcą i oszustem. Na Szahaka powołuje się m.in. słynny niezależny reporter, Robert Fisk (Independent 3.12.1997).”...”Judaizm i Talmud motywowały bolszewizm: tyle jest w samym fakcie bolszewizmu, w faktach, że tak wielu Żydów jest bolszewikami, a ideały bolszewizmu zgadzają się z najwspanialszymi ideałami judaizmu – pisała wiodąca w USA żydowska gazeta Jewish Chronicle (4.4.1918). Gazeta American Hebrew pisała w 1920 r.: Co wydarzyło się w Rosji, stanie się rzeczywistością na całym świecie, dzięki tym samym żydowskim umysłowym i fizycznym siłom. Żydowski pisarz Oscar Levy w przedmowie do książki The World Significance of the Russian Revolution(Światowe Znaczenie Rewolucji Rosyjskiej): Niemal nie ma wydarzenia w historii Europy, które nie wywodziłoby się od Żydów. My, dzisiejsi Żydzi nie jesteśmy nikim innym niż uwodzicielami świata, jego niszczycielami, podpalaczami, rewolucjonistami. To też nie był ewenement. W 1881 r. rzecznik żydowski Goldwin Smith, profesor historii Uniwersytetu w Oksfordzie powiedział z dumą: My Żydzi uważamy swą rasę za wyższą niż ludzka i cieszymy się nie tyle na ostateczną unię z innymi rasami, co na nasz tryumf nad nimi.W 1858 r. naczelny rabin Europy oświadczył: Wojny są żniwami Żydów, bo wybijamy przy tym chrześcijan i zbieramy ich złoto. Zabiliśmy już ich sto milionów, a końca jeszcze nie ma! Było to przed wojną domową chrześcijan przeciw chrześcijanom w Ameryce, bolszewickim zniszczeniem Rosjan i przed bratobójczymi wojnami światowymi. Samuel Roth (1893-1974), pisarz skazany w USA za rozpowszechnianie pornografii, oświadczył drugiemu Żydowi: Przyszliśmy do świata udając ucieczkę przed prześladowaniami, a ze wszystkich żałosnych annałów człowieka jesteśmy najbardziej morderczymi prześladowcami.Judeocentrycy byli przykrzy dla otoczenia także podczas pokoju. Żydowski historyk Heinrich Graetz należał do myślicieli potępiających powszechną wśród rabinów na ziemiach polskich tradycję kabalistyczną. Żydowska mniejszość w Polsce miała nadaną przez króla Bolesława Pobożnego w 1264 r. autonomię, w ramach której Żydzi rządzili się wg prawa talmudycznego. Graetz dowodził, że narzucone przez rabinów postępowanie szkodzi mniejszości żydowskiej wśród chrześcijan – przekręcanie faktów, chytre mamienie ludzi, szukanie przyjemności i poczucia wyższości z udanych oszustw stoją w konflikcie z rzetelnością i prawością. Pisał m.in.:Tłum przyswoił sobie tę krętą dialektykę szkół talmudycznych i posługiwał się nią do wyprowadzenia w pole mniej sprytnych osobników. Co prawda, trudno było zażyć z mańki kutych na cztery nogi współwyznawców, ale świat nieżydowski, z którym obcowali, poczuł ku swojej szkodzie tę przewagę pomysłowego ducha Żydów polskich.”...'Editio Princeps dzieł wszystkich Kodeksu Prawa Talmudycznego oraz Miszne Tory Majmonidesasą pełne nie tylko najbardziej obraźliwych nauk przeciw wszystkim nie-Żydom, lecz także dobitnych ataków na chrześcijaństwo i Jezusa (po imieniu którego autor dodaje pobożnie „Niech zginie imię nikczemnika“) – pisze Szahak. Imię Jezus w hebrajskim interpretowano jako akronim od klątwy „niech jego imię i pamięć jego będą wymazane“, której używa się w najbardziej skrajnych obelgach – dodaje Szahak. Napotkał on w pracach Żydów ortodoksyjnych, (np. grupy Neturei Karta, dzięki którym dowiadujemy się o udziale elit syjonistów w Szoa) wyrażeniejezusowy Herzl w znaczeniu przeklęty Herzl (czołowy syjonista XIX/XX w.).Szahak znalazł jezusowy Nasser i jezusowy Arafat w religijnych pismach syjonistów. Żyd, który przyjął chrześcijaństwo i poświęcił całe swoje życie i fortunę na zdemaskowanie Talmudu, dr Benjamin Freedman pisał: Od urodzenia Jezusa […] nie zanotowano bardziej zjadliwego, podłego i oszczerczego bluźnierstwa przeciw Jezusowi i chrześcijaństwu niż mamy w 63 tomach Talmudu, które lżą Chrystusowi i chrześcijanom w języku niewiarygodnie wstrętnym, plugawym, nieprzyzwoitym, sprośnym i nikczemnym. Podobną opinię wystawił b. rabin Drach, który przyjął chrzest: Talmud zawiera mnóstwo wymyślonych, absurdalnych przesad, oburzających nieprzyzwoitości, a ponad wszystko okropne bluźnierstwa przeciw wszystkiemu, co reprezentuje chrześcijaństwo (De l’Harmonie entre Paris 1844 tom 1 s. 163-164). Kiedy w 1923 r. żydowski badacz przetłumaczył Talmud na węgierski, rząd oskarżył go o pornografię i korupcję moralności publicznej. Węgierski sąd orzekł: Okropności zawarte w tłumaczeniu przez Alfreda Luzsenzsky znajdują się bez wyjątku w Talmudzie. Jego tłumaczenie jest dokładne, ponieważ oddaje ustępy, które są tekstem Talmudu, w ich właściwym znaczeniu.Dla rabina Morrisa Kertzera, dyrektora ds. międzyreligijnych Amerykańskiego Komitetu Żydowskiego, Talmud to podręcznik używany w szkoleniu rabinów oraz podstawa żydowskiego prawa religijnego (Look Magazine 17.6.1952). Wg Talmudu, Jezusa skazał na śmierć prawidłowy sąd rabiniczny za bałwochwalstwo, namawianie innych to tegoż i obrazę rabinatu. Pisząc o egzekucji Jezusa, źródła talmudyczne nie kryją zadowolenia z odpowiedzialności za ten czyn i nie wspomną nawet udziału Rzymian. Jeszcze gorsze są popularne przekazy, brane niemniej jednak dość poważnie, np. notoryczny Toldot Jeszu, bo obok ww. zbrodni oskarżają Go o czarną magię. Sama nazwa Jezus kojarzyła się i nadal kojarzy Żydom ze wstrętnościami. Ww. Maccoby pisze w swej książce: Talmud zawiera szereg dosadnych wzmianek o Jezusie […] na pewno nie pochlebnych. Michael Hoffman cytuje wstrętne obelgi w Talmudzie pod adresem Bogurodzicy (Sanhedrin 106a, Szabat 104b notka 2), Jezusa (Gitin 57a, Sanhedrin 43a, Sanhedrin 106) oraz Ich obojga (Kala 51a).W Talmudzie, Abhoda Zara 20a zabrania nawet chwalenia chrześcijan, żeby nie wyszło, jak dobry jest goj. Ale to nic przy nakazach zabijania, bo chrześcijanie to bałwochwalcy (Hilhot Mahalot) i grzeszą czcząc Jezusa Chrystusa (Hilhot Melahim), więc nawet nie wspomnij Boga chrześcijan (Hilhot Akum V 12). Zabijanie chrześcijan i kadzidło jednakowo cieszą Boga (Sefer Or Israel 177b), a po zburzeniu Świątyni Jerozolimskiej jedyną niezbędną ofiarą jest ich eksterminacja (Zohar III 227b). Zohar (I 25a): Jeśli nie ma ryzyka nakrycia, trzeba niszczyć chrześcijan. Żyd przelewający krew chrześcijan składa ofiarę Bogu (Alkut Simoni 245c), a ich eksterminacja to niezbędna ofiara (Zohar (II 43a). Nie zapobiegaj śmierci chrześcijan (Czoszen Ham 425. 5), niech umrą (Hilhot Akum X 1).Talmud zdemaskowanyMorderców oczekuje wysokie miejsce w niebie (Zohar I 38b i 39a) i nie wolno zaprzestać tępienia gojów, zostawić ich w spokoju ani im ulec (Hilhot Akum X I). W judaizmie Rzym znaczy chrześcijaństwo: ze zniszczeniem skorumpowanego Rzymu, zbawienie i wolność przyjdą do Wybranego Narodu Boga (Synag. Jud. X 212). Iore Dea (158. 1), Aboda Zara (26b Tos) i Szulhan Aruk nakazują zabijać nawet dobrych gojów. Keritut (6b. 78) i Baba Mezia 114 nazywająludźmi Żydów, ale nie chrześcijan, czy gojów, którzy są bestiami. Makot 7b uniewinnia mordercę chrześcijanina. Przyrost naturalny chrześcijan trzeba znacznie zmniejszyć (Sohar II 64b).Judaizm urągająco przekręca wyrażenia odnośnie chrześcijan. Ewangelia to Księgi Bezeceństwa, Sakramenty – Ofiary Gnojowe, a chrześcijanka pracująca dla Żydów w sabat –sabatowy brud. Święci to zniewieścieli lub wróżki, a święte to dziwki. Niedziela to dzień niedoli, Boże Narodzenie – eksterminacja, Wielkanoc – ścinanie lub szubienica. Kościół to dom próżności, dom Zła, w którym trzeba niszczyć bałwany lub nazywać je pogardliwie (Iore Dea 146. 15). Szabat 116a nakazuje palić książki chrześcijan. Tę zbrodnię nienawiści, ściganą przez ADL w przypadku profanacji symboli judaizmu, popełniły rzesze uczniów w Or Yehuda k. Tel Awiwu (20.5.2008), kiedy w odpowiedzi na apel burmistrza, Uzi Aharona, spaliły egzemplarze Nowego Testamentu podarowane Żydom etiopskim miasta przez misjonarzy. Aharon powiedział Associated Press: Na pewno nie potępiam palenia książeczek, a w wywiadzie radiowym nazwał zbrodnię wyrzucaniem zła spośród nas.Niszcząc chrześcijaństwo, Żyd ma chronić tajemnice judaizmu. Iore Dea (157. 2 Hag) zezwala podstępnie udawać wyznanie chrześcijańskie. Zohar (I 25b): Żyd sprzyjający chrześcijanom nigdy nie powstanie z martwych. Goj, który zagląda do Talmudu i Żyd, który mu w tym pomaga, zasługują na śmierć (Sanhedrin 59a i Abhoda Zara 8 6). Żyd ma złożyć fałszywą przysięgę, kiedy goj zapyta, czy Talmud zawiera coś przeciw niemu (Szaalot-Utszabot Jore Dia 17). Jeśli Żyd musi wyjaśnić coś z ksiąg rabinicznych, może złożyć jedynie fałszywe wyjaśnienie, pod karą śmierci (Livore David 37). Wolno zabić Żyda-donosiciela, nawet zanim doniesie (Szulczan Aruk Czoszen Ham 388). Żydzi mają ukrywać swą nienawiść do chrześcijan (Iore Dea 148. 12 H) i jednoczyć się w niszczeniu zdrajców wśród siebie (Czoszen Ham 338. 16).Modlitwa Kol Nidre, odmawiana trzykrotnie za rabinami przez stojącą kongregację tuż przed ceremonią Dnia Pokuty, najuroczystszego święta Żydów, koduje talmudyczne unieważnienie z góry umów, przysiąg, obietnic czy zobowiązań Żyda (Szulczan Aruk Edit I 136). Nedarim 23a 23b poucza, że unieważnienie pokrywa jeden rok aż do następnego Dnia Pokuty, a prawo do niego nie zostało opublikowane. Universal Jewish Encyclopedia (tom VI s. 441) wyjaśnia, że Kol Nidre mimo okoliczności jej składania nie ma wartości duchowej.Żyd ma co dzień modlić się, Dzięki Boże, że nie stworzyłeś mnie gojem, kobietą albo niewolnikiem (Menahot 43b-44a). Kiedy przyjdzie Mesjasz, każdy Żyd będzie miał 2800 niewolników (Simeon Hadarsen 56 D). Jahwe stworzył gojów w ludzkiej formie, żeby Żydowi musiały służyć zwierzęta. Tak więc goj jest zwierzęciem w ludzkiej postaci, skazanym na służbę Żydowi dzień i noc (Midrasz Talpiot 225). Trzeba zabić goja za uderzenie Żyda (Sanhedrin 58b). Abhoda Zara 22a: Nie zadawaj się z gojami, bo rozlewają krew. Abhoda Zara 15b i 22a-22b: Goje mają stosunki seksualne ze zwierzętami. Iore Dea 198. 48: Żydówka spotykająca chrześcijanina plugawi się. Goje – jak krowy i osły (Zohar II. 64b) oraz bestie (Ketubot 110b), a stosunek seksualny z chrześcijaninem – jak z bestią (Sanhedrin 74b Tos). Potomstwo gojów to zwierzęta (Jebamot 98a i Ketubot 3b), a nieżywy chrześcijanin – jak utracona krowa czy osioł (Iore Dea 337. 1). Dziewczynki nieżydowskie od urodzenia są nieczyste (Abodah Zara 36b).Ortodoksyjny Żyd nie musi być uczciwy, jeśli to korzystne dla niego lub Żydostwa, bo oszukiwanie gojów raduje Boga (Szulczan Aruk Orak Czaim 539). Baba Batra (54b): Goje są poza ochroną prawa i Bóg wystawił ich pieniądze dla Izraela (Baba Kama 37b). Cała własność gojów należy do Żydów (Szulczan Aruk Czoszen Ham 348), lecz gojowi nie wolno kraść, rabować, brać niewolnic itp. – ani od innego goja ani od Żyda (Tosefta, Abhoda Zara VIII 5). Natomiast Żyd może to wszystko robić gojom. Żydowi wolno oszukiwać ich (Iore Dea 157. 2 H), nie płacić za pracę (Sanhedrin 57a) oraz zatrzymać nadpłatę, uzyskaną z pomyłki goja jak i znalezioną jego własność (Czoszen Ham 226. 1 i 193. 7). Kala (1b. 18): Żyd może kłamać i krzywoprzysięgać, by podejść goja, nawet wykrętami (Szabout Hag 6b i Baba Kama 113a). Baba Kama 113b: Imienia Boga nie profanuje Żyd, kłamiąc chrześcijanom. Żyd zawsze musi próbować oszukać chrześcijan (Zohar I 160a), a jeśli go nie nakryją, dodawać do sumy rachunku (Szulczan Aruk Czoszen Ham 348). Bóg nie oszczędzi Żyda, który wydaje swą córkę za starca, wybiera żonę dla swego niemowlęcia lub zwraca znalezioną rzecz gojowi (Sanhedrin 76a).Pogarda dla gojów łączy się z pogardą dla pracy na roli. Jebamot 63a głosi, że rolnictwo jest najniższym z zajęć. To by tłumaczyło historyczną niechęć Żydów do zajmowania się produkcją żywności. W Izraelu widziałem hektary za hektarami wspaniałych hodowli namiotowych i pól – wszędzie drobni robotnicy z Azji, w chustach chroniących od żaru i kurzu. W Europie XVII w. wieśniacy doświadczyli talmudycznych przykazań; znienawidzili nadzorców żydowskich w pasożytniczej służbie magnatom ziemskim i powstali – nie z antysemityzmu, tylko wskutek nienawiści Żydów do rolnych sług. Pogromy Chmielnickiego w XVII w. (przykład polskiego antysemityzmu wg żydowskich polonofobów) nie były ani polskie ani wymierzone tylko w Żydów. Kozak Chmielnicki dążył do utworzenia państwa kozackiego, popierając okrucieństwa tak na Żydach jak i na katolikach. Jego zwycięstwa nad Polakami skłoniły robotników rolnych na Ukrainie do zabójstw także polskiej szlachty, ziemian i jezuitów.Podobnie zboczone są przykazania Talmudu o zachowaniach seksualnych. Nadarine 20 B i Szulhan Aruk Czoszen Ham 348: Żyd może robić z nie-Żydówką, co zechce; może ją potraktować jak kawał mięsa. Sanhedrin 54b, Sanhedrin 55b i Ketubot 11b zezwalają na małżeństwo i pożycie seksualne z trzyletnią dziewczynką i pedofilię. Stąd ogrom przypadków tego rodzaju, o które propaganda jot stale oskarża kler katolicki.Na początku l. 1960-tych podczas rebelii hippisowskiej amerykańskie media zaczęły lansować dragi, pornografię i model wolnej miłości, przyczyniając się do powstania pokolenia seksualnych libertynów. Po kilku latach, media pchnęły rewolucję seksualną w stadium homoseksualizmu.Pedofilia (seks z chłopcami i dziewczynkami oraz dziecięca pornografia) jest najnowszą ukrytą obsesją, która ogarnia Amerykę i świat – pisał w 2006 r. katolicki ks. Ted Pike. Ostrzegł on Amerykanów w 2005 r., kiedy senator Edward Kennedy porzucił swe poparcie dla lobby homoseksualizmu na korzyść lobby pedofilii.Talmud a pedofiliaWg ks. Pike, który porusza temat w książce Israel: Our Duty, Our Dilemma (Izrael: Nasz Obowiązek, Nasz Dylemat), stadium pedofilii ma podstawę w Talmudzie. Obszerne urywki Talmudu sankcjonują pedofilię, mimo że Talmud charakteryzują zaciekłe rabiniczne dyskusje i rozdzielanie włosa w nieskończoność: nie ma nawet sugestii niezgody ws. przeważającej opinii (wyrażonej w wielu jasnych urywkach), że pedofilia jest nie tylko normalna lecz również zakonna![…] Nawet tłumacze Talmudu wersji Sancino z 1936 r. nie śmieli opatrzyć tekstu sugestią najmniejszej krytyki, komentując jedynie: Oczywiście wtedy małżeństwa zawierano o wiele wcześniej niż obecnie (Sanhedrin 76a). Przypis 5 w Sanhedrin 60b odrzuca prawo rabina Zery (w Jebamot 60b s. 404) do niezgody: Jak mogliby [rabini], wbrew opartej na zakonie opinii Rabina Simeona ben Johaia, zabronić małżeństwa małej prozelitki.Pike zauważył sprzeczność moralną: Jeśli Żydzi chcą czcić nadzmysłową mądrość i moralny kompas faryzeuszy i ich Talmudu, muszą też zaakceptować prawo swych największych starożytnych mędrców do gwałtu na dzieciach. Do dziś żaden synod judaizmu nie odrzucił ich ohydnej praktyki. To samo można powiedzieć o innych nieprawościach Talmudu.Ww. rabin ben Johai, cieszący się większym autorytetem wśród wierzących Żydów niż Mojżesz, usankcjonował pedofilię, zezwalając na stosunki seksualne z dziewczynkami: Prozelitka [nowo nawrócona] w wieku poniżej 3 lat i 1 dnia ma pozwolenie wyjść za mąż za kapłana (Jebamot 60b s. 402). Następni rabini ustanowili to halachą (Jebamot 60b s. 403). Talmud zezwala rabinom poślubić dziewczynkę w wieku 3 lata i 1 dzień przez akt gwałtu. Wg Sanhedrin 55b, 69a-69b oraz notki 11 w Jebamot 60b, można ją poślubić spółkowaniem, a jeśli brat jej zmarłego męża spółkuje z nią, poślubił ją. Jebamot 57b mówi, że można ją zaręczyć spółkowaniem. Przykład kapłana Finehasa, który poślubił 3-letnią dziewicę, Talmud podaje jako dowód, że takie dziecinadają się do współżycia (Jebamot 60b).Talmud uczy odwrotnej logiki odnośnie chłopców: dojrzała kobieta może zgwałcić 8-latka, bo nie jest to akt seksualny, więc nie rzuca winy na kobietę, bo chłopiec nie jest mężczyzną. Definicja dojrzałości seksualnej chłopca po 9-tym roku życia (Sanhedrin 55a) zdejmuje moralną i prawną odpowiedzialność z gwałcicielki syna w wieku poniżej 8 lat; Sanhedrin 69b zezwala rabinowi poślubić ją: Wszyscy zgadzają się, że połączenie z chłopcem w wieku od 9 lat i 1 dnia jest prawdziwe, a połączenie z chłopcem poniżej 8 lat nie jest (Sanhedrin 69b). Przypis 1 do Ketubot 11b: stosunku małego chłopca nie uważa się za akt seksualny. Sanhedrin 55b dodaje: Chłopiec w wieku 9 lat i 1 dzień, który żyje z żoną swego zmarłego brata, nabywa ją (jako żonę). Talmud uczy, że kobieta może poślubić 9-letniego chłopca i mieć z nim seks.Przypisy 3 i 5 w Sanhedrin 55a definiują wiek gotowości do małżeństwa chłopca 9 lat, a dziewczynki 3 lata. Faryzeusze znali traumę dziewczynek upokarzanych seksualnie. Żeby utrudnić zadośćuczynienie, ofiara musiała udowodnić oddanie judaizmowi i miała tylko godzinę na skargę, dokładnie w dniu osiągnięcia dorosłości, pisze Pike. Nawet godzina spóźnienia odbiera prawo do skargi (Ketubot 11a). Talmud broni tych surowych reguł jako konieczności, bo nieletnia małżonka mogłaby zbuntować się przeciw judaizmowi i wydać odszkodowanie już jako nie-Żydówka, a na takie bluźnierstwo rabini nie mogą pozwolić. Nawet gdyby jakiejś kobiecie udało się spełnić warunki skargi, nie miała szansy z rabinami; Kiedy dorosły mężczyzna ma stosunek z małą dziewczynką, to jest nic, bo jeśli ona ma mniej niż 3 lata i 1 dzień, to tak, jakby ktoś włożył palec do oka, tj. jak wyjaśnia przypis łzy napływają do oka raz po raz, tak samo dziewictwo powraca do małej dziewczynki w wieku poniżej 3 lat (Ketubot 11b).Talmud deklaruje niewinność ofiar pedofilii obu płci, a apologeci przytaczają to jako dowód jego zadziwiającego moralnego zaawansowania, kontrastującego z prymitywnymi społeczeństwami, które ukamieniowałyby i dziecko i dorosłego sprawcę. Apologeci twierdzą, że akceptacja pedofilii ma w Talmudzie rytualną i duchową konotację i dziś nie praktykuje się zwyczajów rabinów sprzed 1800 lat. Pike neguje to: naprawdę rabini dla własnej ochrony chcieli koniecznie udowodnić niewinność obu stron pedofilii – dziecka a jeszcze bardziej pedofila. Odebrali chłopcu prawo „rzucenia winy“ na napastnika, a od dziewczynki domagali się współudziału w seksie. Tym sposobem odmówiwszy dziecku znaczącego moralnego czy prawnego zadośćuczynienia, Talmud odsłania, po czyjej jest stronie: rabina-gwałciciela. Sanhedrin 76b błogosławi ojca, który żeni swe dzieci zanim osiągną pokwitanie, a wyklina tego, który czeka dłużej. Niewydanie zamąż córki zanim będzie miała 12 i pół roku jest tak potępione, jak zwrot rzeczy zgubionej przez nie-Żyda, za co Bóg nie oszczędzi winnegoUltraortodoksyjna społeczność haredyjczycy wzięła się za pedofilię, donosi żydowski Forward(2.10.2008): Po latach uciszania kwestii pedofilii wśród ultraotodoksyjnych Żydów, przywódcy tej społeczności wystąpili publicznie […] poniżanie seksualne dzieci wypłynęło […] w głośnych przypadkach Yehudy Kolko i Avrohoma Mondrowitza. Kolko oskarżono o kilka przypadków w l. 2006-2007, ale nie trafił do więzienia. Mondrowitza oskarżono o 5 przypadków pederastii i 6 poniżenia seksualnego w 1985 r., ale znalazł azyl w Izraelu. Przywódca zboru w Brooklynie, Dov Hikind dowodził w Forward, że społeczność ultraortodoksyjna stała się ostoją pedofilów. Ludzie nie skarżą, skoro Talmud, największe objawienie Boga przez faryzeuszy i ich sąd Sanhedryn, mówi, iż pedofilia nie jest złem. Rabini odpowiednio radzą rodzicom i poszkodowanym dzieciom, pisze Forward. Ujawnianie przypadków pedofilii jest u ultraortodoksów zbrodnią o wiele większą niż popełnianie jej; przywódcy zboru nie mogą oskarżać przeciw halasze. Hikind przyjął lawinę ludzi ze skargami na pedofilów, chce działać: W sierpniu wyznaczono rabina Benziona Twerskiego, psychologa i szanowanego członka zboru, na przewodniczącego grupy działania, ale zrezygnował doznawszy przytłaczającej presji i zastraszania.Po latach terapii i próbie samobójstwa, Szaija Brizel napisał książkę (Milczenie Ultraortodoksów) o zboczeniach swego ojca, Jakowa Icka Brizela, oddanego chasyda z miasta Bnei Brak, największego skupiska haredejczyków w Izraelu (Haaretz 1.2.2000). Brizelowie są potomkami założycieli tej sekty. Jakow wykorzystywał seksualnie chłopców, których uczył w jesziwie oraz miał stosunki z mężczyznami. Nieznajomi ultraortodoksyjni mężczyźni dotykali prywatnych części Szaija w synagodze i w jesziwie, widocznie zakładając, że chłopiec odziedziczył zboczenie. Gdy zaprotestował, sprawę wyciszono. Najwyżsi rabini nic nie zrobili. Miejscowy rabin Landau i mędrzec od halachy Hausner wiedzieli, a milczeli. Dyrektor jesziwy nie doniósł na policję, ale przyznał Szaiji rację przed publikacją książki: Z kilkoma rabinami […] byliśmy zajęci wyciszaniem sprawy […] żeby jej nie opublikowano. Rabin chasydzki w mieście Kirjat Gat przyjął Jakowa do grona swych zwolenników, choć wiedział o jego zboczeniach.Z braku władzy odwoławczej u ultraortodoksów, niektórzy chłopcy skarżyli się swym ojcom w listach. Ukrywszy mikrofon, Szaija wypytywał hierarchów i rodzinę, dlaczego ukrywali przestępstwa ojca. Matka przyznała, że kiedy dowiadywała się o tych listach, chciała rozwodu, ale chmary rabinów zjawiały się, żeby czasem nie zepsuła dobrego imienia Brizelów. Mogli pogodzić się z gwałtami jednego ze swoich na nieletnich, ale rozwód był dla nich nie do przyjęcia. Szaija był gotów zrezygnować z publikacji, pod warunkiem, że rodzina poda go do sądu rabinicznego i sprawa wyjdzie na jaw tam. Nikt w rodzinie nie odważył się podjąć wyzwania. Szaija przeprowadził się do innego zboru chasydzkiego, ale po publikacji książki rabin zadeklarował go persona non grata. Ten rabin wylądował tam po eksmisjach z kilku innych zborów, za każdym razem podejrzany o pedofilię na uczniach. W dniu publikacji Szaija spotkał się z dyrektorem jesziwy, rabinem Awrahamem Waznerem: Powiedział mi, że publikacja książki jest milion razy gorsza od uczynków mego ojca.Czcząc Talmud i Kabałę, haredyjczycy przyciągają Żydów, którzy obawiają się asymilacji. Ich siła w Knesecie rośnie, dominują nowy sąd międzynarodowy Izraela, Sanhedryn. Do 75% mieszkańców niektórych dzielnic Jerozolimy to haredyjczycy. Stanowią większość osadników i władz lokalnych na terenach okupowanych przez Izrael, kontynuując zabór ziemi, ścierając się z Arabami, a nawet policją Izraela. Stosując coraz większą przemoc, bezustannie prześladują chrześcijan w środkowym Izraelu i na Zach. Brzegu. Popiera ich bogata sekta lubawiczerówz siedzibą w Nowym Jorku.Piotr Bein”... (więcej )Izrael Szahak:Goje uważani są za skończonych łgarzy i zabrania im się zeznawać przed sądami rabinackimi. Pod tym względem posiadają oni, teoretycznie, status żydowskich kobiet, niewolników i osób niepełnoletnich. W praktyce jednak ich status jest znacznie gorszy, bowiem dzisiaj w pewnych sprawach kobiety żydowskie mogą zeznawać przed sądem rabinackim, który „daje im wiarę”, natomiast gojowi nie uwierzy nigdy.Jako przykład posłużmy się tu fundamentalną księgą ruchu Habbad, jednego z najważniejszych odłamów chasydyzmu, zatytułowaną Hatanja. Według tej księgi wszyscy nie-żydzi są stworami na wskroś szatańskimi, „w których nie ma nic dobrego”. Nawet embrion żyda różni się jakościowo od embrionu goja. Samo istnienie nie-żydów nie ma najmniejszego sensu, podczas gdy wszystko, co zostało stworzone na Ziemi, ma służyć wyłącznie dobru żydów.Talmud wyraźnie zabrania dawania gojom prezentów. Jednakże władze rabiniczne zakaz ten uchyliły, ponieważ między biznesmenami przyjęte jest wymienianie między sobą podarunków. Ustanowiono więc, że żyd może wręczyć swemu „znajomemu gojowi” prezent, ponieważ nie będzie to traktowane jako dar, lecz jako forma inwestycji, która w przyszłości może przynieść pewien zysk. Wręczanie prezentów „nieznajomym gojom” jest zabronione. Reguła ta rozciąga się również na dawanie jałmużny.Zgodnie z halachą żydowi nie wolno dopuścić (o ile potrafi temu zapobiec), by jakikolwiek goj został mianowany na najskromniejsze nawet stanowisko, dzięki któremu mógłby sprawować władzę nad żydami.Małżeństwo żydowskie dotyczy dwóch osób pochodzenia żydowskiego. Tradycyjnie małżeństwo z gojem uważane jest za tragedię i często rodzice po takim ślubie praktykowali żałobę i wyrzucali dziecko na zawsze ze swego życia. Nawet dziś, gdy małżeństwa z osobami nieżydowskiego pochodzenia to 50% związków zawieranych przez Żydów, wielu rabinów nie chce brać udziału w mieszanych ślubach. ~ Piotr Nowik.W naszym domu przyjście Mesjasza traktowano nadzwyczaj dosłownie. (…) Wszyscy krzywdziciele i wrogowie Izraela zginą, a pozostaną przy życiu jedynie dobrzy goje, których przywilejem stanie się teraz służenie Żydom. Wedle Talmudu, kraj Izraela rozciągnie się na wszystkie narody. ~ Isaac Bashevic Singer, laureat nagrody Nobla.Jedyną drogą prowadzenia wojny w sposób moralny jest droga żydowska: niszczyć miejsca święte. Zabijać mężczyzn, kobiety i dzieci.~ rabin Manis Friedman, główny rabin izraelskiej armii.Dusze nie-Żydów (gentiles) są kompletnie innego i niższego rzędu. Są one całkowicie diabelskie i nie mają jakichkolwiek wartości i możliwości odkupieńczych. [..] Jeśli pojedyncza komórka pochodząca z ciała Żyda posiada w sobie boskość, jest częścią Boga, to każdy łańcuch DNA [z komórki ciała Żyda] jest częścią Boga. Wobec tego, w żydowskim DNA jest coś specjalnego.[…] Jeśli Żyd potrzebuje wątroby, czy można wziąć ją od przechodzącego obok nie-Żyda, aby ocalić Żyda? Tora prawdopodobnie by na to pozwoliła [bowiem] życie Żyda ma nieskończoną wartość. Jest coś nieskończenie bardziej świętego i unikalnego w życiu Żyda niż w życiu nie-Żyda. ~ rabin Yitzhak Ginsburg z sekty Chabad-Lubavitch, której wiernym fanem był Lech Kaczyński (tutaj jego jedna ze słynnych na ten temat wypowiedzi).Jesteśmy wybranym przez boga narodem… Większość Żydów nie lubi się do tego przyznawać, ale naszym bogiem jest Lucyfer, więc nie kłamałem, jesteśmy jego wybranym narodem. Lucyfer jest bardzo żywy. Żydzi są najinteligentniejszym narodem na świecie, więc jeśli jest dla nich korzystne zmienić nazwisko, czynią to. To jest wszystko na ten temat. Oni mieszają się z waszym społeczeństwem, które jest zupełnie skorumpowane, więc gdy to jest korzystne dla Żydów głupi goj nie zdaje sobie sprawy z tego, że ci Żydzi, którzy mają nie-żydowskie nazwiska są Żydami. ~ Harold Rozenthal.Jeżeli mamy do czynienia z sytuacją, że goj stwarza zagrożenie dla Izraela, to wolno go zabić. Dotyczy to nawet przyzwoitego goja, który nie ponosi odpowiedzialności za to, że stwarza tę sytuację zagrożenia. (…) Jest uzasadnienie mordowanie dzieci jeśli jest jasne, że one dorosną i zrobią nam krzywdę, i w takiej sytuacji mogą być zamordowane umyślnie, a nie tylko w walce z dorosłymi. ~ rabini Icchak Szapira i Josef Elitzur.Materiał, z którego stworzono nie-Żydów pochodzi z odpadów boskich. W rzeczywistości, oni sami pochodzą ze śmieci (odpadów), a to że jest ich znacznie więcej niż Żydów, jest potwierdzeniem tego, gdyż przecież ilość odpadów jest zawsze większa niż liczba ziaren. […] Wszyscy Żydzi są naturalnie dobrzy, a nie-Żydzi – naturalnie niedobrzy. ~ rabin Shenyr Zalman.Nie można w sposób uprawniony mówić o religii judeo-chrześcijańskiej. Albo się jest żydem, albo się jest chrześcijaninem – Rabin Rene-Samuel Sirat.Dla nas nie można być jednocześnie żydem i chrześcijaninem – Rabin Jakub Kaplan.Sam Bóg opowiada się za niewolnictwem – rabin Morris Raphall.”. (wiecej )-------Mój komentarzPolscy Żydzi powinni zaprotestować przed ambasadą Izraela przeciwko żydowskiemu rasiście i szowiniście Netanjahu .Polscy Żydzi, którzy wyrośli w polskiej kulturze tolerancji i braku ksenofobii powinny jasno odciąć się od prymitywnej ksenofobi Netanjahu.Coby było, gdyby Polacy powiedzieli Michnikowi, Engelking, Śpiewakowi, Hartmanowi, Holland, teściowi prezydenta Dudy, Wasserman że Polska to nie jest ich kraj i że są obywatelami drugiej gorszej kategorii.Marek Mojsiewiczvideo"Izrael tylko dla Żydów", a czy "Polska dla Polaków"? 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          The Color Amber Salon, 1390 Senate Street: February 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
I've noticed Claire Tower at the corner of Senate & Marion Streets from time to time over they years because it stands out as not typical for the area, the section of Senate Street between the State House and Pickens Street which is an area I have always thought of in connection with the old […]
          Au tour des Senators de mettre un joueur non repêché sous contrat      Cache   Translate Page      
Les Senators sont allés chercher un joueur de 23 ans évoluant sur le circuit universitaire américain. Maximilian Veronneau revient donc chez lui, l'at...

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          Mitt Romney's unusual technique for blowing out birthday candles is puzzling the internet      Cache   Translate Page      

Mitt Romney's unusual technique for blowing out birthday candles is puzzling the internetIt's Mitt Romney's party, and he can blow out his candles however he wants to. Senator Mitt Romney posted a video on Twitter showing his staffers surprising him with a cake for his birthday on Tuesday made out of his favorite snacks, Twinkies. Now, we're not going to unpack Romney's favorite food opinions, but the rest of the video seems like a fairly normal birthday surprise. They sing "Happy Birthday," he jokes about eating the whole cake, and then things get, uh, interesting. > My team surprised me with a cake made out of my favorite snack--twinkies! Looking forward to all this year has in store. pic.twitter.com/lQfyIrQ9Qe> > -- Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) March 12, 2019SEE ALSO: Barack Obama tweets inspiring thread to celebrate International Women's DayRomney displays an unusual technique to blowing out the candles. Instead of just blowing them out in one go, he plucks them off the cake and proceeds to blow them out individually, one by one. The whole process takes an only slightly awkward 30 seconds. Just like the candles on the cake, Twitter was ablaze with opinions. > Basement office. Drop ceiling. No art on the walls. "Cake" really just Stonehenged Twinkies. Is he being held hostage? Is this some role-playing thing that got out of hand?> > -- jeff (@fittedsweats) March 12, 2019> He's holding 11 candles, upright, at the same time!! pic.twitter.com/6tRvUX4DS8> > -- Bradford Pearson (@BradfordPearson) March 12, 2019> pic.twitter.com/DzUWAk3rLg> > -- Blame Truth (@RealBlameTruth) March 12, 2019> In a movie this is how you'd learn that the person you thought was your friend was actually an alien who'd invaded your friend's body.> > -- Bradford Pearson (@BradfordPearson) March 12, 2019> Everyone else in the room pic.twitter.com/cHyHr0UzSb> > -- Mike Gragg (@mdgrogg32) March 12, 2019> the footages of mitt romney "blowing" "out" "his" "candles" pic.twitter.com/fSZ7Piex72> > -- hunter harris (@hunteryharris) March 12, 2019> I wish there had been like, 20 more candles on that cake.> > -- Zack Harold (@ZackHarold) March 12, 2019Although some on Twitter soon jumped to his defense, arguing that he was going for the more sanitary route. > Gotta say, though. I admire avoiding the whole "spit all over the cake" technique.> > -- The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) March 12, 2019> Dude it's still flu season. Respect for Mitt's odd candle technique... sorry but I gotta defend here.> > -- Susie Felber (@susiefelber) March 12, 2019> I'd be the first to knock Romney, but it's flu season and blowing out candles is basically sneezing on the cake.> > -- Joey Pittsburgh (@joey_pittsburgh) March 12, 2019And they may have a point -- scientifically speaking, blowing out birthday candles may actually increase cake bacteria by up to 1,400 percent. Yum.UPDATE: March 12, 2019, 4:57 p.m. EDT TMZ caught up with Mitt Romney and asked him about his candle-blowing technique -- he ultimately confirmed Twitter's theory, stating "I have a bit of a cold and I didn't want to spray my germs all over the twinkies for everybody else to eat!" Mystery solved!  WATCH: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is giving Twitter classes to fellow Democrats



          Presentazione Reddito e Pensione di Cittadinanza presso l’Aula Consiliare      Cache   Translate Page      
Presentazione Reddito e Pensione di Cittadinanza presso l’Aula Consiliare
Domenica 17 Marzo alle ore 17.00 presso l’Aula Consiliare del Comune di Castelbuono (Via Sant’Anna 25) si terrà la presentazione del Reddito e Pensione di Cittadinanza. Parteciperanno: Davide Aiello Portavoce alla Camera dei Deputati Salvatore Siragusa Portavoce all’Assemblea Regionale Siciliana Loredana Russo Portavoce al Senato della Repubblica Maria Terranova Portavoce al Consiglio Comunale di Termini […]
          Hendren sponsors a $3 million school voucher bill      Cache   Translate Page      
Private school voucher advocates will try again this year to expand use of public tax money to support private education. The bill was introduced today, with sponsors including the governor's nephew and Senate president pro tem, Jim Hendren. A fight can be expected.

The legislation is euphemistically called a "scholarship" program. It is a voucher bill. It's modeled after legislation in other states, with Florida a notable example.

This is how the gimmick works: Taxpayers (including corporations and LLCs, not just individual taxpayers) can get a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for contributions to a nonprofit that doles out "scholarships" or school vouchers for private school tuition. and other enumerated education costs. The law specifies that the state will have no regulatory control over schools that benefit from the money.

The proposal sets some limits on eligibility, including a family income no more than 1.5 times the cap for participating in the subsidized school lunch program. That means roughly more than $45,000 a year for a two-person household.

The scheme effectively allows taxpayers to designate private school education as a beneficiary of their tax money rather than the entire span of state government. (Could we get the same plan for supporters of Planned Parenthood?)

This legislation will cap the vouchers at $3 million, enough for more than 4,000 students to take the $6,700 each that would go to public school districts and take it for private schools or even in support of homeschoolers in certain circumstances. It would start this tax year, meaning the credits would be available on 2019 taxes.

The state already has a voucher program for students with individual education plans, or special education needs. Joint Budget recently increased the aid for this Succeed voucher program to $3 million. An IEP isn't required under this new voucher bill, though it is a qualifier. It is for first-time voucher recipients entering grades K-9.

In addition to receiving criticism for generally reducing general state revenues, the voucher proposal can be expected to be opposed by public school districts who'd lose students and who'd still be expected to provide some fill-in education for students receiving the vouchers.

The great fear is mission creep, just as charter schools have proliferated in Arkansas without any particular demonstration of their success as laboratories of innovation. From a small beginning in Florida, the so-called "scholarship" (voucher) program now takes more than $1 billion in public money to private schools. Florida newspapers are full of stories about a failure of accountability, financial problems and more. A lack of regulation can do that.
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Repeal of Obsolete Female Labor Law
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Legislation Allowing the Fish and Boat Commission to set its own License Fees
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Legislation Allowing the Game Commission to set its own License Fees
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Modernizing Pennsylvania's Renewable Energy Standards
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If this is signed, or regardless, how do we initiate a recall of Governor Polis, State Senator Foote, and Representatives Sirota and Arndt?
          Johnstone: Pelosi Tacitly Admits That Russiagate Is Bullshit      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

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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          Pilots Complained About Boeing 737 Max 8 For Months Before Second Deadly Crash      Cache   Translate Page      

Several Pilots repeatedly warned federal authorities of safety concerns over the now-grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 for months leading up to the second deadly disaster involving the plane, according to an investigation by the Dallas Morning News. One captain even called the Max 8's flight manual "inadequate and almost criminally insufficient," according to the report. 

"The fact that this airplane requires such jury-rigging to fly is a red flag. Now we know the systems employed are error-prone — even if the pilots aren't sure what those systems are, what redundancies are in place and failure modes. I am left to wonder: what else don't I know?" wrote the captain. 

At least five complaints about the Boeing jet were found in a federal database which pilots routinely use to report aviation incidents without fear of repercussions. 

The complaints are about the safety mechanism cited in preliminary reports for an October plane crash in Indonesia that killed 189. 

The disclosures found by The News reference problems during flights of Boeing 737 Max 8s with an autopilot system during takeoff and nose-down situations while trying to gain altitude. While records show these flights occurred during October and November, information regarding which airlines the pilots were flying for at the time is redacted from the database. -Dallas Morning News

One captain who flies the Max 8 said in November that it was "unconscionable" that Boeing and federal authorities have allowed pilots to fly the plane without adequate training - including a failure to fully disclose how its systems were distinctly different from other planes. 

An FAA spokesman said the reporting system is directly filed to NASA, which serves as an neutral third party in the reporting of grievances. 

"The FAA analyzes these reports along with other safety data gathered through programs the FAA administers directly, including the Aviation Safety Action Program, which includes all of the major airlines including Southwest and American," said FAA southwest regional spokesman Lynn Lunsford. 

Meanwhile, despite several airlines and foreign countries grounding the Max 8, US regulators have so far declined to follow suit. They have, however, mandated that Boeing upgrade the plane's software by April. 

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who chairs a Senate subcommittee overseeing aviation, called for the grounding of the Max 8 in a Thursday statement. 

"Further investigation may reveal that mechanical issues were not the cause, but until that time, our first priority must be the safety of the flying public," said Cruz. 

At least 18 carriers — including American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, the two largest U.S. carriers flying the 737 Max 8 — have also declined to ground planes, saying they are confident in the safety and "airworthiness" of their fleets. American and Southwest have 24 and 34 of the aircraft in their fleets, respectively. -Dallas Morning News

"The United States should be leading the world in aviation safety," said Transport Workers Union president John Samuelsen. "And yet, because of the lust for profit in the American aviation, we're still flying planes that dozens of other countries and airlines have now said need to grounded."


          Pence Brokering Deal With GOP To Defeat Democrats On Border Wall      Cache   Translate Page      

Vice President Mike Pence is in discussions with a group of GOP senators on a deal that could lead to the defeat of a Democratic resolution to overturn President Trump's emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern US border, according to The Hill.  

The deal? If the GOP defeats the Democratic legislation, Trump will formally agree to rein in his power to declare future national emergencies. 

Killing the resolution on the Republican-controlled Senate floor would spare the president a major embarrassment and avoid him having to issue the first veto of his presidency. 

But there is some skepticism among GOP senators whether Trump will actually go through with it. And the plan is hurt by the fact that a bill to curb the president’s power to declare national emergencies won’t come to the Senate floor until after the March recess. -The Hill

On Thursday, Pence and a group of Republicans met to discuss the legislation to curb Trump's power. In attendance were Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) - who is sponsoring the proposed legislation, Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN). 

According to Lee's measure, national emergency declarations would require a Congressional vote to extend beyond 30 days. In order for it to work, Senate Republicans say Trump would have to make a scout's honor promise to sign Lee's bill - something the president has yet to agree to do. 

Meanwhile, at least two Republicans say they will continue to support the Democratic resolution to reject the National Emergency; constitutionalist Senator Rand Paul and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. 

"No, I think Congress should allocate the money and that’s a very strong belief. It’s also in the Constitution," said Paul. 

Among the half-dozen or so other Republicans who are thought to support the Democratic resolution are Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) - both of whom say they've made up their minds but have yet to announce their decisions. 

"Other potential defectors include Portman, Toomey, Alexander and Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.)," according to The Hill

Tillis, on the other hand, told colleagues during a Tuesday lunch that while he thought Trump was within his power to declare a national emergency for $3.6 billion in additional wall funding, and he disagrees with the use of that power, he might be willing to change his mind and support the Pence proposal if Trump offers assurances that he would support future reform of the National Emergencies Act of 1976. 

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) plans to vote against the Democratic disapproval resolution - and has predicted that it will get between 50 and 60 votes, which is enough to pass with a simple majority. 

"It will probably get over 50 but less than 60, I think," said Graham. 

Republicans control 53 seats so the disapproval resolution will pass if four or more Republicans vote for it. All Democrats are expected to support it.  

Paul, who has announced his support for the resolution, said the White House and GOP leaders are stepping up their pressure effort to keep Republicans in line. 

“They’re being beaten upright, so if you see anybody that’s got blood dripping out of their ear, they may be changing,” Paul joked. 

He said there is still “a significant number” of Republicans willing to vote for the disapproval resolution but added “there are a lot of people being bruised and beleaguered. We’ll see.” -The Hill

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Democratic disapproval resolution is the only matter expected to go to vote on Thursday. 

"Right now, that’s the only thing that’s going to be voted on," said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) after a lunchtime meeting with colleagues. 

Because Lee wouldn't be able to get his bill to the floor before the March recess - scheduled to begin Friday, any plan to trade votes on Thursday's resolution will need to wait a few weeks. 


          Defence Partners With SYPAQ to Innovate Battlefield Logistics UAS for Army      Cache   Translate Page      
The Australian Army has partnered with the Defence Innovation Hub in awarding an Army Innovation Day contract to SYPAQ to develop and demonstrate a next generation battlefield logistics small unmanned aerial system (UAS), called the Precision Payload Delivery System (PPDS), for use by Australian soldiers. Minister for Defence Industry, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, thanked SYPAQ for stepping up to answer the challenges of Accelerated Warfare presented by Army. “Defence units have an
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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the committee's ranking member, asked Cigna, CVS, Humana, OptumRx and Prime Therapeutics to testify on Capitol Hill on April 3.
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President Donald Trump spoke to Boeing Co's chief executive, Dennis Muilenburg, on Tuesday, a source familiar with the matter said, after Trump posted comments on Twitter questioning whether airplanes have become too complex to fly safely. Additional details were not immediately available. Senators Mitt Romney and Elizabeth Warren called on the Federal...
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The move came as the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and numerous countries including Britain, China, Australia, Germany, France and Singapore have grounded the aircraft. Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, said the FAA should "immediately ground this plane in the United States until its safety can be assured." The FAA declined to comment on the...
          Senate will vote Thursday on bill to block Trump's national emergency declaration      Cache   Translate Page      
Trump's emergency declaration over border wall funding has split the Senate Republican caucus, which has to choose whether to back the GOP president's priorities or follow through on a professed skepticism of executive power.
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The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee plans to hold a hearing on the fatal crashes of two Boeing Co 737 MAX 8 jets since October as a growing number of lawmakers called on U.S. regulators to ground the airplane.
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          Washington State Lawmaker Calls Adversity "A Gift" For Students      Cache   Translate Page      
“I think we often forget the value of adversity and how important it is," said Sen. Wagoner in front of other human beings. by Rich Smith
“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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          Il salario minimo per legge spaventa sindacati e imprese      Cache   Translate Page      

Fissare per legge un salario minimo, uguale per tutti, spaventa sindacati e imprese, anche se con qualche distinguo. Paure e dubbi che riguardano la cifra: 9 euro lordi nella proposta dei Cinque Stelle e 9 netti in quella del Pd. Ma sotto accusa è soprattutto il principio, che vede la legge, nella prospettiva delle parti sociali, entrare nel campo della contrattazione. Cgil, Cisl e Uil si dicono "fortemente preoccupate da probabili effetti collaterali pericolosi". Confindustria teme la "fuga dal contratto collettivo", con forti perdite in termini di tutele e garanzie.

La prima firmataria del ddl targato M5s nonché presidente della commissione Lavoro del Senato, Nunzia Catalfo, al termine di una giornata di audizioni, che ha esaurito il giro dedicato alle parti sociali, non nasconde come il tema "sia complesso" e meriti "approfondimento". Quindi, assicura, "ci prenderemo del tempo" e la data del 22 marzo per l'approdo in Aula, indicata nei giorni scorsi dal ministro del Lavoro e vicepremier, Luigi Di Maio, "non può essere ultimativa". Però di sicuro la questione "va affrontata", perché "in Italia i salari sono troppo bassi", rimarca la senatrice pentastellata.

Se in Parlamento la strada poteva sembrare più agevole, visto che c'è anche un ddl del Pd, le perplessità sollevate dalle parti sociali invitano alla cautela. Cgil, Cisl e Uil pur riscontrando un tema di impoverimento retributivo, puntano il dito sulla proliferazione di contratti "poco e per nulla rappresentativi". E poi, sottolineano, non c'è da tenere conto solo della paga base ma anche di tutte le altre voci, compreso il welfare contrattuale. Tra i sindacati solo Usb e Cisal si schierano a favore senza pesanti riserve. Sul fronte aziendale, alle remore di Confindustria si aggiungono quelle di Rete Imprese Italia, Confapi e Alleanza per le cooperative. Diverse sono le associazioni che limiterebbero il raggio di azione del salario minimo solo ai settori scoperti dalla contrattazione, come quelli che gravano intorno alla gig economy. Domani sarà la volta di Istat, Inps, Cnel. Dopo le opinioni quindi i numeri, per un lavoro che, a questo punto, è solo all'inizio.


          Il Pd porta la via della seta in Parlamento. Interrogazione dei Dem a Moavero sulla firma dell'accordo con la Cina      Cache   Translate Page      

Il Partito democratico porta la via della seta in Parlamento. Approfittando delle divisioni che sono deflagrate all'interno della maggioranza nelle ultime quarantott'ore sulla firma della "Belt and Road Initiative", il programma di investimenti al quale il governo gialloverde vorrebbe apporre la firma, gli uomini di Nicola Zingaretti vogliono che il ministro degli Esteri Enzo Moavero si presenti in Senato a spiegare cosa diamine stia succedendo. Perché sia Luigi Di Maio, con l'intero Movimento 5 stelle, sia il sottosegretario leghista allo Sviluppo Economico Michele Geraci si sono dati un gran da fare per la messa a punto dell'intesa, che dovrebbe essere siglata la prossima settimana. Ma ieri Matteo Salvini e Giancarlo Giorgetti hanno tirato il freno a mano.

L'interrogazione urgente appena depositata si configura come un atto pesante, perché al primo firmatario, il capogruppo in commissione Esteri Alessandro Alfieri, si sono unite le sottoscrizioni dell'intero gruppo democratico a Palazzo Madama. "Secondo diversi analisti – sono le preoccupazioni avanzate nel testo - la Bri è un progetto attraverso il quale la Cina sta provando ad assicurarsi influenza sull'economia mondiale per i prossimi decenni, legando a sé moltissimi paesi tramite prestiti, finanziamenti e il controllo diretto di grosse infrastrutture commerciali".

Il Pd sottolinea come già nel settembre dell'anno scorso Di Maio si era detto pronto a sottoscrivere un memorandum di adesione, e che, una volta apposta la firma del governo, l'Italia sarebbe l'unico paese del G7 e dell'Europa occidentale ad sottoscrivere l'accordo. Tocca quindi il tasto sul quale, secondo le indiscrezioni, sarebbe mutata anche l'opinione di Salvini: "Secondo quanto fatto trapelare dall'amministrazione statunitense tale scelta minerebbe la collaborazione tra le aziende americane e italiane, nonché l'interoperatività della Nato, mettendo in sostanza a rischio la nostra funzionalità nell'Alleanza Atlantica". Aggiungendo poi che nell'aprile del 2018 un report di tutti gli ambasciatori Ue aveva sancito la criticità del progetto.

E proprio sulle parole del segretario leghista ("Se si tratta di colonizzare l'Italia e le sue imprese da parte di potenze straniere, non ci stiamo") e di Giorgetti ("non potrà contenere impegni che possano creare interferenze di ordine strategico") Alfieri e i suoi fanno leva per incunearsi nelle contraddizioni del governo. Moavero dovrà dunque spiegare se "non ritenga doveroso e urgente chiarire quali siano gli indirizzi del governo in materia di politica economica internazionale". Insomma: cosa diamine sta succedendo?


          L’Italia e la Repubblica salvate dalle donne      Cache   Translate Page      

Quando si parla delle donne, non solo in Italia, si parla in realtà degli uomini. Per questo, passata la data cruciale dell'8 marzo, è possibile ragionare con maggiore distacco sulla condizione femminile oggi, anche in Italia.

Lo status delle donne è stato per secoli, infatti, definito dalle decisioni assunte dagli uomini, e ancora oggi viviamo quel retaggio, quell'eredità pesante, vischiosa, lenta a cancellarsi perché incistata nelle menti degli uomini. Rimanda alle caverne, alle società primordiali, alle divisioni dei compiti in un mondo ostile che non ha più senso.

A diverse latitudini e in vari periodi storici, il "ruolo" delle donne è stato derubricato in base alle necessità, al disegno, agli schemi di potere dettato e imposto dagli uomini. Se non si capisce questa semplice ma cruciale distinzione inutile inoltrarsi nei meandri delle sfumature. La politica, l'economia, la religione hanno confermato, ribadito, inciso su pietra che così fosse e dovesse essere secula seculorum.

Con il tempo, in ogni luogo le donne hanno cambiato la loro condizione, con e senza l'aiuto e il sostegno degli uomini. Ancora molto resta da fare perché i diritti degli esseri umani di sesso femminile siano riconosciuti e pienamente attuati.

La Storia femminile italiana è tutto sommato recente. Il diritto di voto esercitato nel 1946, ma in realtà conquistato durante la Resistenzacon il sangue versato sui monti e il sudore a casa, e l'impegno politico e sul posto di lavoro.

L'articolo 3 della Costituzione richiama chiaramente il vuoto da colmare e i presidi da tutelare. In passato era "Dio – Patria – Famiglia", una triade indissolubile, che nulla toglie alla sfera individuale quando si approccia a ciascuno di essi singolarmente.

L'elemento dirompente, tipico delle dittature fasciste era chiaro: 1) Un solo Dio, quello cristiano; 2) Una sola Patria, per la quale i nazionalismi chiedono di immolarsi; 3) Una sola famiglia, quella che lo Stato etico decide sia "giusta".

A tal proposito ricordo un dibattito televisivo - credo sulla CCN quando ero all'Università di California per seguire le elezioni presidenziali del 2012 - allorché il candidato vicepresidente Paul Ryan, repubblicano, disse che la famiglia era e doveva rimanere quella "tradizionale". Il giornalista lo interruppe e gli segnalò quanto la "tradizione" dipenda dalla dimensione spazio-tempo e dalla cultura del tempo. Tradizionale è anche poligamia, incesto, adulterio, femminicidio, lo stupro (do you remember il "ratto delle Sabine?"), dipende dal momento storico.

Che facciamo, torniamo alla legge del taglione? Bene, assodato che "tradizione" è uno strumento abusato dagli uomini per tenere le donne sotto controllo, è ora che l'Italia si liberi dalle ottuse visioni di uomini caverna. Quella triade rimanda a uno schema valoriale in cui segnalare peccati e peccatori, giusto e sbagliato.

E il Fascismo aveva bene in mente cosa lo fosse e cosa no. Basta vedere Una giornata particolare, basta leggere la Storia, basta curiosare tra le rughe delle anziane chine nei campi per anni per i padri padroni che giocavano a carte nei bar.

Lo stupro, considerato reato contro la morale fino a pochi lustri fa, il delitto d'onore abolito nel 1981 (millenovecentoottantuno), la fuitina, il matrimonio riparatore e le ribellioni a queste violenze (per tutte il caso di Franca Viola nella Sicilia machista). E ancora il femminicidio (centinaia all'anno), la prostituzione, ossia lo schiavismo sessuale sfruttato da uomini (184 uccise dal 2000), i manicomi per le "pazze", i conventi per le indegne, le zitelle. La Legge 40, le alchimie da ciarlatani sul referendum, le battaglie in tribunale per il riconoscimento all'eterologa, nel 2014 (duemilaquattordici).

E ancora, ma non per ultimo, l'aborto che sarà la prossima tappa degli attacchi al ruolo della donna, le mammane, il prezzemolo e i ferri da maglia, l'obiezione di coscienza (!). Lo scalpore per le donne in camice da ospedale o alla guida di un bus, le prime magistrate negli anni Sessanta (del Novecento) "che prima non era possibile ché avendo le mestruazioni le donne sono instabili e non in grado di giudicare".

Ovviamente c'è anche la politica. Il comportamento elettorale, e le donne che votavano prevalentemente DC perché glielo chiedeva il parroco di sostenere lo "scudo crociato", con tanti bei saluti al marito comunista o socialista (nella cabina elettorale ricorda "Dio ti vede, Stalin no").

La distinzione di genere nel voto è oggi meno forte, a parte per alcuni partiti più maschi (vedi Lega) o Forza Italia ancora forte tra le anziane. In genere le giovani leve sono più progressiste, quando votano, e addirittura si mobilitano di più come visto anche recentemente. Ma le donne in politica fecero scalpore, ritenute non adatte a "cose da uomini" (vedete, significa che gli uomini decidevano per tutti), addirittura sindaco, ministro. Presidente della Repubblica no, ancora non siamo maturi, pare. Mentre succede in Cile, Finlandia, Lituania, Croazia, Irlanda, Brasile...

Quanto restii siano gli uomini a cedere il loro potere, rimando all'introduzione del voto di preferenza (come ricercatore lo sconsiglio), ma se adottato meglio che preveda due opzioni almeno, una per genere. È quello che stanno meritoriamente provando a fare donne tenaci e capaci fuori dal Consiglio regionale della Calabria, un covo di maschilisti ostili a qualsiasi cambiamento ché non saprebbero che fare da cittadini ordinari.

Le donne vanno escluse, per mantenere il monopolio sulla società, altrimenti lo schema definito dall'uomo – che è uno schema economico, di rapporti di forza – viene meno. E addio dominio.

Ci sono eccezioni, Ocasio-Cortez, che batte un boss del partito democratico americano, e molti altri casi in giro per il mondo. Ma ci sono anche amare conferme, come nel caso di Hillary Clinton il cui elettorato più ostile è stato quello "bianco, poco istruito e ortodosso in religione".

Clinton è stata oggetto di razzismo sessuale, va bene un "negro" ma mai una donna, come tale mai potrebbe guidare il Paese. E in Italia il massacro a Laura Boldrini, non su punti politici (su cui si può ovviamente discutere), ma in quanto donna. Ricordiamo cosa dissero il comico-politico Beppe Grillo o Salvini. Se non lo si capisce, meglio cambiare canale.

Questo quadro poco rassicurante è però parte della Storia. Ci sono migliaia di donne nel mondo che lottano ogni giorno e la situazione lentamente, ma inesorabilmente cambia, cambierà. Dal 1946, le donne sono entrate in politica, nella ricerca, all'università, nell'alta dirigenza. Sono però escluse dalle posizioni apicali, non riescono cioè a rompere quel soffitto di cristallo, invisibile eppure coriaceo. E in questo la cultura dell'estrema destra di governo conferma anni di oscurantismo, con le reticenze bigotte e i ritardi di una parte della sinistra. Anche quella che pensa di essere progressista.

L'Italia è progredita grazie a persone come Lina Merlin, Emma Bonino, Elena Cattaneo, Samantha Cristoforetti, Rita Levi Montalcini, Grazia Deledda, Margherita Hack, Nilde Iotti, Alda Merini ... e ne scordiamo decine di altre. E al movimento femminista e femminile, nonché alla coriacea straordinaria azione di donne ordinarie all'interno delle proprie famiglie che vanno ascritte molte conquiste, molti diritti, molte tutele. Non siamo al punto zero, ricordiamocelo, ricordatelo. Per capire bene però quale sia lo stato di salute sociale e politica delle donne è necessario guardare in prospettiva.

Ora però sembra che molti vogliano farlo tornare indietro, che gli uomini, quelli bigotti e retrogradi siano tornati in auge. La cronaca offre spunti terribili e per nulla edificanti circa il trattamento riservato alla "metà del cielo" del Pianeta, alle donne.

Di primo acchito non si capisce bene cosa vorrebbe insegnare agli "immigrati", quasi fossero tutti trogloditi, Matteo Salvini con gli strali da società chiusa. In realtà lo capiamo benissimo. Un modello di società in cui viga la paura, che rimanda al caro vecchio mondo antico, che poi non era né pacifico, né ameno, ma basato sullo sfruttamento dell'uomo sulla donna.

Donne, la Lega è un partito maschilista, reazionario, vecchio, fatto di uomini e per soli uomini, per quelli che pensano che dobbiate rimanere a casa di sera.

E in questo panorama, il balbettio del mondo di Sinistra, i distinguo, la libertà sessuale (per lo sfruttamento? Are you serious?) o sull'utero in affitto. Coloro che circondano Salvini con proposte da Streghe di Salem fanno rabbrividire. È necessario reagire punto su punto, con la cultura, sempre.

Visto il poco coraggio, l'indecisione, la pusillanimità, la mediocrità, e la avidità di molti uomini di potere, è il momento che le donne scendano in campo, ciascuna nel suo. Con un chiaro obiettivo: emancipare il Paese, renderlo più libero, vivo, sereno, aperto, solidale, pacifico, progredito, colto, efficace e produttivo.

Come cantavano le mondine chine per ore come gli schiavi del cotone, care donne, ripetetecelo che "abbiamo delle belle buone lingue e ben ci difendiamo!"

Donne, uscite, unitevi e fatevi sentire. Fate politica. Salvate l'Italia, salvate la Repubblica. Salvateci.


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Compromise.

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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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          Mitt Romney Bad At Birthday Cake      Cache   Translate Page      


Mitt Romney is normal human man.

Mitt Romney love 12th day of month of March, because like all people who are normal human man, Mitt Romney has birthday, and all his birthdays are on the 12th day of the month of March.

Mitt Romney is 72-many years old today!

Mitt Romney staff bring him normal human birthday cake, but not made of human, don't worry! Made of Twinkie.


Mitt Romney knows what humans do to birthday cake made of Twinkie, and it is blow out candles.

Mitt Romney qualified to do that, as junior senator of Utah!

Mitt Romney select first candle to blow out, because Mitt Romney knows normal human man should always blow out candles one at a time.

While Mitt Romney blow out first candle, Mitt Romney select second candle, because it is very important to have a Candle Plan.

This is not Mitt Romney's first birthday, obviously!

Mitt Romney would like you to watch entire normal birthday video now.

Mitt Romney pleased with birthday cake made of Twinkie!

Mitt Romney even make joke about what everybody else is going to eat! Because Mitt Romney will eat every section of birthday cake!

One time Mitt Romney had birthday on the 12th day of March, but it did not feature birthday cake consisting of elegantly arranged Twinkie, he had fluffernutter cupcake instead.

Mitt Romney also like hot dog.

Mitt Romney say hot dog is most likely to succeed of all members of the meat family, but that is only because it is not competing with fluffernutter cupcake.

Mitt Romney very clear about fact that hot dog is best meat, whereas hamburger is second best meat.

If hot dog and hamburger were in Mitt Romney's Olympics of Meats, the national anthem for "hot dog" would be playing the whole time, while "hamburger" would just be honored to have made it this far.

Mitt Romney likes to partake of hot dog on normal family road trip, with dog strapped in cage on top of car. Even if it is just normal family road trip up and down car elevator!

Cage on top of car for dog does not feature hot dog meat bites.

Mitt Romney's mouth features hot dog meat bites!

Perhaps Mitt Romney does not blow out all the birthday candles at the same time, because too much hot dog would escape Mitt Romney's mouth if he did that.

Egg Romney does not like it when Mitt Romney fills the room with lightly masticated hot dog.

If Mitt Romney had one wish, he would wish for infinity wishes, and he would mostly use infinity wishes for fill his mouth with cake that is also hot dog.

Mitt Romney does not have infinity wishes, though, so hot dog cake will not get in Mitt Romney's belly tonight.

It is OK, though! Mitt Romney will have regular birthday tradition food! It is called EGG ROMNEY'S MEATLOAF CAKE, and it is just like hot dog cake in that it is both CAKE and MEAT! At the same time!

Sometimes Mitt Romney also enjoys Pancake:

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          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.


NBC:

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.

Axios:

"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.

AP:

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.

AP:

"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.

NYT:

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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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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          Bye Bye Love. Wonkagenda For Tues., March 12, 2019      Cache   Translate Page      


Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.


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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          Comment on Trumps: Winfinity War ~ VIDEO by The Revelator      Cache   Translate Page      
@Wild Bill and Walter Goddard What trump stated he would Veto was the House bill, not the Senate bill Please remember, it hasn't been bad advice given to him. The incident where he jumped in and said "Take the Guns First" was one of his spur of the moment decisions made in a press conference. We also have the video of him publicly owning that he himself "Ordered through executive action" the formation of a ban on bumpstocks. I can show the video again, its not someone else saying it for him, its his own lips moving and speaking the words. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkZz57CpliA Go to the 2:55 minute mark. You will hear him mention the unconstitutional action he took on bumpstocks AND "Common Sense Security Measures" referencing Red Flag laws. As far as the NRA "Blasting it", I still have the video of Chris Cox saying the NRA is behind9supporting) Red Flag laws. Anytime the nonsense of dismissing his actions as "Bad Advice" or worse, idiots claiming "He's playing 4 dimensional chess against the left! Its part of a grand plan!" you guys should be hotfooting it for the hills. He has got to be raked over the coals and held accountable for every thing he says and be made to know he will be punished by losing support in 2020. When it comes down to a full blown civil war or revolution because of the governments violation of the bill of rights and attempt to implement socialism, I would rather see a villain in the white house who we know everyone on the center to the right will unite against than a clown who will split the right just because he claims to be a republican. Yes the house hearings were the Democrat looneys we expected, the Senate bill is from the GOP.. Don't forget that. Again, please please remember that Chuck Schumer will vote for a small bite now. Who can we count on in the senate? Cruz probably, Mike Lee and Rand, and Ben Sasse. Those are the only ones I can say for sure will absolutely stand their ground. We know Collins, Cornyn, McConnel, Graham, and Rubio wont. They will dive headlong into it and side with the left to trash the constitution Gang-of-Ocho 2.0 style.
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Senator and Filipino boxing icon Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao is currently working in his political day job as well as taking in some travelling recently but no doubt it won’t be long before he gets itchy knuckles once again for his next boxing match. Last time out Pacquiao won a unanimous points decision over Adrien Broner […]
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          Ancora censura da FB, Venezuela: black out elettrico o block out tecnologico?, rinominare l’ambiente, corretta partecipazione alla vita pubblica, epitaffio di: Stefano Amoretti, il sistema sta implodendo, l’inganno dell’illuminazione…      Cache   Translate Page      

Il Giornaletto di Saul del 12 marzo 2019 – Ancora censura da FB, Venezuela: black out elettrico o block out tecnologico?, rinominare l’ambiente, corretta partecipazione alla vita pubblica, epitaffio di: Stefano Amoretti, il sistema sta implodendo, l’inganno dell’illuminazione…

Care, cari, facebook mi informa che “Ti è stato temporaneamente impedito di iscriverti a gruppi che non gestisci e pubblicarvi contenuti. La restrizione durerà fino a: giovedì alle 14:08.” – Ho risposto, per quel che serve: “Almeno fatemi sapere qual è l’azione incriminata e perché è meritevole di censura. Da parte mia non credo di aver commesso alcuna infrazione…” – Ovviamente nessuno ha risposto…

Venezuela. Black out elettrico o Block out tecnologico…? – Scrive Marinella Correggia: “Mentre a quanto pare in molte zone della capitale è durato di meno, a Barquisimeto dal giovedì 7 marzo alle 16 fino al 9 marzo alle 11 (quando sono tornata a Caracas con la corriera) ce lo siamo preso in pieno. Niente luce, dunque niente acqua (e cosa MOLTO meno importante, niente wifi e Internet)…” Continua:http://www.circolovegetarianocalcata.it/2019/03/11/venezuela-black-out-elettrico-o-block-out-tecnologico/

Commento di Nicolas Maduro: “Hanno usato un’arma dell’alta tecnologia… Gli estremisti di destra dell’opposizione sono gli autori e gli esecutori di questi attacchi contro il paese, e hanno usato l’alta tecnologia che solo il governo USA possiede. E noi lo sappiamo perché Dio è sempre dalla nostra parte. La verità verrà a galla”

Rinominare l’ambiente. La Terra casa di tutti! – La nostra Terra è  forse unica in tutto l’Universo, il solo pianeta per noi abitabile. In natura non esistono infatti due cose identiche,  prendiamo l’esempio di una foglia di un  albero  che non è mai uguale ad un’altra dello stesso albero, così è  anche per un cristallo di neve od un granello di sabbia, ognuno con la sua peculiarità.  La nostra Terra è il solo pianeta per noi abitabile ma la nostra  civiltà lo considera meno di un “valore aggiunto”. Quando i politici, gli scienziati e gli economisti prenderanno coscienza di ciò?  - Continua: https://bioregionalismo-treia.blogspot.com/2019/03/bioregionalismo-rinominare-lambiente-la.html

Commento di Marco Bracci: “Caro Paolo,  il compito dei pionieri (come anche dei profeti) è quello di gettare il seme, come dici tu, e aspettare che germogli, finché un giorno TUTTI SAPRANNO, PRENDERANNO COSCIENZA e AGIRANNO DI CONSEGUENZA. Quel giorno è vicino…” – Continua in calce al link soprastante

Epitaffio per un poeta – Scrive Gianni Donaudi: “Il poeta Stefano Amoretti (classe 1926) è mancato a Imperia (sua città natale e di residenza) alla bella età di 92 anni. Sullo sfondo dei libri di Stefano c’è una reale presenza di disintegrazione che sembra travagliare l’uomo d’oggi. E onde evidenziare tale disgregazione non è necessario dare risposte cattoliche, religiose  o moralistico-piccolo-borghesi in genere…” – Continua: https://retedellereti.blogspot.com/2019/03/in-memoria-del-poeta-stefano-amoretti.html

Spie e spioni. Ovunque – Scrive BBUS: “Il combinato disposto della Via della Seta più le reti di comunicazione 5G targate Huawei fa capire che c’e’ in gioco la sicurezza nazionale e la sovranità economica: l’Italia non può diventare il cavallo di Troia per la supremazia della Cina sull’Occidente”. Cosi’ all’ANSA il vicepresidente del Copasir, Adolfo Urso, sui possibili rischi di spionaggio determinati dalla concessione alle aziende cinesi delle reti per i cellulari di nuova generazione. Il Copasir sta svolgendo una serie di audizioni sul tema e la prossima settimana sentirà il premier Giuseppe Conte…”

Corretta partecipazione alla vita pubblica – Scrive Danilo D’Antonio: “Certi processi sociali non possono essere invertiti, condotti alla rovescia, pena la distruzione stessa del sistema. I populisti, persone al presente con scarse risorse capacitive, non possono accedere direttamente all’apice di una macchina complessa quale è uno Stato. E’ come affidare un transatlantico da crociera alla guida di bambini irritati…” – Continua: https://altracalcata-altromondo.blogspot.com/2019/03/european-laboratory-per-una.html

Ancona. Stupro consentito – “Scrive M.O.: “Ad Ancona, due stupratori peruviani, accusati di aver violentato una ragazza di 22 anni nel 2015, sono stati assolti perché, secondo la sentenza, la vittima assomiglia a un maschio. Insomma, è brutta. Quindi per legge si dichiara che: se vai in giro femminile come Dita Von Teese e ti stuprano, te la sei cercata. Se vai in giro come una camionista senza fronzoli, sei un cesso, e ti stuprano, ringrazia il cielo, non è possibile che volevano violentarti. Ti hanno fatto un’opera pia. Vanno premiati…”

Il sistema sta implodendo – Scrive Michael Snyder: “So bene che molte persone stanno anticipando da molto tempo il collasso economico globale e che molte di loro hanno perso la pazienza e vogliono solo ‘farla finita’ una volta per tutte. Beh, la verità è che nessuno dovrebbe desiderare di vedere ciò che sta arrivando. Personalmente, mi rallegro per ogni giorno o settimana o mese in più che ci viene dato. Ogni giorno in più è un altro giorno per prepararsi, per godersi il confortevole livello di vita che la nostra prosperità, alimentata dal debito, ha prodotto per noi…” – Continua: http://paolodarpini.blogspot.it/2016/03/il-sistema-basato-sul-debito-sta.html

Israele si prende anche il Golan siriano – Scrive Sputnik: “Il senatore Lindsey Graham ha promesso a Benjamin Netanyahu di intervenire con un’iniziativa per il riconoscimento delle alture del Golan come parte del territorio dello stato ebraico…”

L’inganno dell’illuminazione – Anni addietro mi venne l’idea di scrivere le mie memorie sugli incontri da me fatti con donne, uomini ed animali particolari, il testo l’avevo chiamato “incontri con i santi” (è ancora disponibili per chi ne facesse richiesta). Certo alcuni di questi cosiddetti “santi” appaiono come esseri umani un po’ anomali, e di difficile accettazione da parte delle masse di cercatori tradizionali… Una di queste “persone” particolari da me incontrate fu Uppaluri Gopala Krisnamurti – Continua: http://riciclaggiodellamemoria.blogspot.it/2013/07/uppaluri-gopala-krishnamurti-e-linganno.html

Ciao, Paolo/Saul

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Pensiero poetico del dopo Giornaletto:

“To know the source as source and appearance as appearance, and oneself as the source only is self-realization…” (Nisargadatta Maharaj)


          Bill would give "Dreamers" a path to citizenship      Cache   Translate Page      
Colorado has more than 17,000 "Dreamers" — people who entered the country illegally as children — who've received temporary protection from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program since it was implemented in 2012 through an executive order by President Barack Obama.

They account for about 1.9 percent of the country's Dreamers with DACA status, all of whom have been left in limbo since then.

While several court injunctions remain in place to require the federal government to keep processing DACA renewals — necessary every two years — the administration of President Donald Trump halted new applications in September of 2017, and sought to terminate the program altogether.

A piece of legislation championed by House Democrats would provide Dreamers with a pathway to citizenship, though it has almost zero possibility of passing in the Republican-controlled Senate or of being signed into law by Trump.

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The Dream and Promise Act of 2019, introduced March 12, would provide up to 10 years of conditional permanent residence status for Dreamers who met certain criteria. It would also grant lawful permanent residence to people with Temporary Protected Status (2,900 in Colorado alone, according to the Immigration Hub) and Deferred Enforced Departure designations, meaning they cannot return to their countries due to unsafe conditions.


Among the bill's other objectives, according to a fact sheet from the Immigration Hub, an advocacy organization:

• Cancel deportation proceedings for Dreamers who meet certain requirements and background checks.
• Grant lawful permanent residence to Dreamers who pursue higher education, join the military or meet employment requirements.
• Allow Dreamers to receive federal financial aid, as well as professional, commercial and business licenses.
• Allow certain Dreamers deported under the Trump administration to apply for relief from abroad.
• Cancel deportation proceedings for people with TPS and DED status who have been in the U.S. at least three years, for people who had TPS or were eligible on Sept. 25, 2016, and for people who had DED status on Sept. 28, 2016.

If this bill has no chance of becoming law, why is it important?…
          Nancy Pelosi's Impeachment Blunder: It's Not About Bipartisanship      Cache   Translate Page      
POOL New

No sooner did Nancy Pelosi, in an interview with The Washington Post that ran online on Monday afternoon, pour cold water on the idea of impeaching the president than people set to somberly examining what she might actually mean.

In fact, she essentially poured from the same pitcher that she has before, but not so overtly: she says -- as she has said on background, or her allies have said -- that she simply doesn’t think that it’s wise for the Democrats to pursue impeachment of Donald Trump in such an intensely partisan atmosphere, and with the high degree of unlikelihood of the Senate mustering the required two-thirds vote to remove Trump from office, and without bipartisan support.

On the face of it, the Speaker of the House was making sound points. At the time of Richard Nixon’s in-effect impeachment, the degree of partisanship was mild compared to now and the process ended with a significant amount of bipartisan support. Like Trump, Nixon threatened the constitutional order. Unlike Trump, Nixon—a lawyer and a former House member, senator, and vice president (for eight years)—was a creature of the political system.

Read more at The Daily Beast.


          Trump’s 2020 Budget Plans To Do Away With EV Tax Credit, Add EV Tax      Cache   Translate Page      
ELIMINATING THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE TAX CREDIT IS PART OF TRUMP’S 2020 BUDGET Isn’t the Republican party the anti-tax party? Not when it comes to electric vehicles, apparently. Earlier this year, Republican senators introduced another bill to end the federal tax credit for EV purchases, and replace it with a new annual tax on EV owners. […]
           Comment on The Ultimate Sacrilege: Yuca-rist by jane perdue       Cache   Translate Page      
Vatican City–March 7, 2019 Reports are circulating among the curial senate of a most ominous nature. Caesar Bergaglio was advancing his troops, preparing to cross the Rubicon. In Rome and throughout the empire, citizens of the Church Militant were up in arms. Would Caesar Bergaglio approve a new religion entirely? One with an invalid Eucharist!? Would this invalidate Masses where “yucarist” was given in place of the true Source of Grace offered to mankind though the Bread of Life consecrated in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? Would this mark him as an obvious apostate? Would his curia vote him thumbs up or down…? Caesar Bergaglio chuckled as the curial senate and actual Catholic theologians around the world debated whether the humble yuca root would be the undoing of the papacy. After all, his lack of belief in the Real Presence of Christ was so obvious. He did not hide his disdainful attitude, holding clown & tango masses in Argentina, refusing ever to kneel before the monstrance containing the Sacred Host. Odd how his knees only bent to political purpose on Maundy Thursday… Caesar laughed aloud to see the post-modern mayhem he had unleashed. What next…while they squirm, why not go for an early goal they might swallow: women deacons, then women priests? After all, what happens in the Amazon won’t stay in the Amazon. Heck, sooner or later, let’s go for it all, Caesar surmised. Friends of Francis will surely crown me as a god. “Advance, advance,” he ordered his troops. And so they advanced across the Rubicon, the point of no return for the Dictator Pope…and the rest is history to be written by us with Our Lord and Savior Whose Church belongs to Him.
          Senate rejection of Trump border emergency no longer certain      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON – The White House and Republican senators sought compromise Tuesday on limiting future presidents' powers to unilaterally declare national emergencies, as chances improved that President Donald Trump might avoid a long-expected rejection by Congress of his effort to divert billions more for building barriers along the Mexican border. As a Thursday showdown vote in the Senate neared, GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, Thom Tillis of North Carolina and others were talking with the White House about related legislation that would curb the ability of future presidents to declare national emergencies. If Trump would commit to signing a bill...
          GOP senators introduce bill to rein in president's emergency powers      Cache   Translate Page      
More than a dozen Republican senators introduced legislation on Tuesday that would make it easier for Congress to terminate future national emergency declarations, days before the chamber will vote on President Trump's. The legislation, spearheaded by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), would require that Congress pass a resolution extending an emergency declaration after 30 days for it to continue, otherwise it would be terminated. “If Congress is troubled by recent emergency declarations made pursuant to the National Emergencies Act, they only have themselves to blame. Congress gave these legislative powers away in 1976 and it is far past time that we...
          Arkansas State Senator Is Wrong About Stand Your Ground Legislation. Here's Why.      Cache   Translate Page      
Arkansas state Senator Stephanie Flowers captivated the international news media with her fiery attack on “Stand Your Ground” legislation, which guarantees the right to defend oneself without retreating as far as possible. Author Joyce Carol Oates took inspiration from Flowers’ comments, lauding her as “astonishing/courageous.” Actress Sarah Silverman hailed her as a “hero,” saying that her “face should be on money.” Other women took inspiration from her refusal “to be silenced, intimidated, or victimized by the systems that govern our societies. Especially to women who come from historically traumatized, disenfranchised, & dehumanized communities.”Flowers was very upset by “how many black kids,...
          Rhode Island Bill to Legalize Abortions Up to Birth Heads to State Senate      Cache   Translate Page      
A Rhode Island bill that would legalize abortion for basically any reason up to birth is awaiting action in a state Senate committee after it passed the House last week. Similar to the new abortion law in New York, state Senate Bill 152 would allow unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth, even if Roe v. Wade is overturned, and strike down modest abortion restrictions in the state. Though the bill easily passed the state House, its fate is less certain in the state Senate, the Providence Journal reports. Support for unborn babies’ rights is...
          A slightly weaker than expected US core CPI release overnight has triggered a fall in the USD and US rates; GBP remains volatile; NZD was again the top performing currency and NZD/AUD is now testing 0.97      Cache   Translate Page      

By Nick Smyth

A slightly weaker than expected US core CPI release overnight has triggered a fall in the USD and US rates.  Risk sentiment remains relatively buoyant however, and US equities have pushed modestly higher.  The GBP remains volatile and has reversed yesterday’s gains after Attorney General Cox said his legal advice on the backstop agreement was unchanged, meaning PM May’s Brexit deal is almost certain to be voted down in parliament later today.  The NZD was again the top performing currency and NZD/AUD is now testing 0.97. 

The USD is slightly lower overnight, with the main driver being slightly weaker than expected US inflation data, both on a headline and core basis.  Core CPI was dragged down by used car prices (-0.7% m/m) and prescription drugs (-1% m/m), leaving the year-on-year rate just above 2%.  Overall, the data is unlikely to shift the Fed’s view that inflation remains “muted” and policy will be on hold for the immediate future. 

The USD indices we monitor are down between 0.15% and 0.25% on the day and have now fully erased the gains made in the aftermath of the dovish ECB meeting last week.  That still leaves the USD indices towards the upper-end of their trading ranges over the past six months.  The US 10 year Treasury yield fell 4bps to 2.60%, helped also by a strong 10 year auction.  The 10 year Treasury yield is now threatening to break out of its recent, narrow trading range.  That said, volatility in rates and FX (with the exception of the GBP) remains low.  

Equity markets have extended their gains from earlier this week, helped by the CPI release and lower US rates.  The S&P500 is up 0.4% (to just below the key 2,800 level) and the NASDAQ 0.6% higher.  The Dow Jones has continued to lag the moves, and it is down 0.4% on the day, with a further 7% fall in Boeing shares, after more countries suspended use of its 737 Max plane, mostly to blame.  On the US-China trade front, US Trade Representative Lighthizer told the Senate that “our hope is that we’re in the final weeks of having an agreement”, although he cautioned that “there still are major, major issues that have to be resolved” and the US needed to retain the threat of tariffs as an enforcement mechanism in any deal.

The GBP has had a very volatile past 24 hours.  The GBP reached a high of 1.3289 yesterday morning after Theresa May announced that she had secured legally binding changes to her Brexit deal with the EU.  But the verdict from UK Attorney General Geoffrey Cox overnight was that there was still a risk, albeit smaller than before, of the UK being bound by the EU’s rules indefinitely.  The DUP announced, on the basis of Cox’s advice, that they would not support the deal and media reported that the Brexit-supporting European Research Group of MPs would vote against it as well.  That sets up an almost certain defeat for Theresa May when she presents her bill to parliament later today, and has seen the GBP reverse most of yesterday’s gains – it currently trades around 1.3070, down more than 2 cents from yesterday’s highs. 

Assuming May’s deal is voted down, parliament is then due to have a vote on Wednesday on whether to leave the EU without a deal and then vote again on Thursday on whether to extend Article 50.  Parliament, which has a majority of Remain-supporting MPs, is highly likely to vote to extend Article 50, in effect delaying Brexit for a yet-to-be-determined period.  That should limit the extent of any further fall in the GBP, although the political situation remains fluid, and PM May will come under heavy pressure to agree to resign if she is defeated on her Brexit deal a third time.  It remains unclear what will break the parliamentary impasse, and we may hear more talk of the possibility of a second referendum. 

In other currencies, the EUR is up 0.4% to 1.1290, supported by a Reuters report that the ECB was looking to design its new LTRO loans in such a way as to limit demand from banks (unlike the earlier rounds of the facility).  The Japanese yen is down slightly amidst the improvement in risk appetite.

Amidst firmer risk sentiment and a broadly weaker USD, the NZD is the top performing currency on the day, up 0.6% to 0.6870.  The NZD/AUD has continued to push higher, and is now testing 0.97 as we write.  A further fall in business conditions in the NAB survey yesterday, to a below-average level of 4pts, has helped support gains in NZD/AUD.  Our NAB colleagues noted that the February NAB Survey (which covers a slightly larger quarterly sample of firms) suggests that conditions in Australia have indeed deteriorated significantly over the past 3-6 months.

There was a marginal move up in local swap rates yesterday, although we will likely see those reverse today after the overnight moves in US Treasuries.  The highlight yesterday was the inaugural syndication from the New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency, which issued $1b in five year bonds, making it the largest new issue by a non-government entity in the NZ bond market to our knowledge.  Pricing on the LGFA bond came at mid-swaps +34bps, towards the tighter-end of initial price guidance, indicative of strong demand.  The broader backdrop is one of constrained net issuance of NZ government securities, which has helped support demand for other high-grade issuers, such as LGFA. 


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          City College Works To Increase Enrollment      Cache   Translate Page      
Kangaroos want to move beyond the local 3rd choice school . . . And so they unveiled a modest plan to (FINALLY) start recruiting locally and maybe market their school to students who aren't rich kids from faraway lands paying big bucks for overpriced International rates. Read more:

New plans for increasing enrollment unveiled in Faculty Senate meeting

New plans and goals for increasing student enrollment was the largest topic of discussion at the latest Faculty Senate meeting, with the hope to reach 24,000 students in 10 years.


          Senate Shuts Down Bill to Ban Cell Phone Use While Driving In Idaho      Cache   Translate Page      
Looks like all bills have been shut down to ban the use of cell phones while driving in Idaho. Continue reading…
          CBS’s Gayle King Speculates on ‘Secret’ GOP Candidate to Oppose Trump      Cache   Translate Page      
CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King on Tuesday speculated on a “secret” Republican candidate who might oppose Donald Trump in a 2020 GOP primary. Talking to new CBS contributor Jeff Flake, King noted, “You made it clear you were not thinking about running against Donald Trump.” She hopefully wondered, “Is there anybody in your party who you've heard is secretly considering it that you would like to share with us today?” After the former Senator said no, King followed up: “Do you think somebody should run against him, senator?” 
          Lacson’s obsession with GMA bad for his and Congress’ prestige      Cache   Translate Page      

SEN. Panfilo Lacson just can’t stop his unhealthy obsession with former President, now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. He is damaging not only his prestige and credibility as the senator…READ

The post Lacson’s obsession with GMA bad for his and Congress’ prestige appeared first on The Manila Times Online.


          Dynastic kleptocracy      Cache   Translate Page      

MY previous column discussed a “negatives list” of candidates who “must not be elected” to a Senate seat in May 2019. I mentioned three who are making a mockery of…READ

The post Dynastic kleptocracy appeared first on The Manila Times Online.


          State Senate Passes Bill Denying Parents Access to Teen Doctor Info      Cache   Translate Page      
Imagine you get a bill from your doctor, or any physician, it's for your teenage son or daughter, but it doesn't say why they went there. Continue reading…
          Comment on Pelosi: Impeachment ‘Not Worth it’ by Gustopher      Cache   Translate Page      
I think James might be high if he seriously thinks a Democratic successor will pardon Trump. Not going to happen. Declining to prosecute might happen. But no pardon. I’m in favor of impeachment, as we can’t just ignore high crimes and misdemeanors — crimes need a full accounting, and if Republicans want to make a stand that they are ok with obstruction of justice and any other crimes, they should do so. It’s not a hill I would die on though. How about a Lame Duck Impeachment? It would tie up the Senate a bit, and cut down their time for mischief, and tee up criminal cases that would pretty much have to be pursued. We will also have clear picture of the next senate, and whether the incoming president would be able to hope to enact sweeping legislation, or will be just using the power of the executive.
          Bill would block lawmakers from using PACs as their ‘own personal lending agency’      Cache   Translate Page      
The proposal comes after a former assistant Republican leader in the Senate had used thousands of dollars donated to his PAC to pay off debts incurred by businesses he owned.
          Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill Fails Before State Senate Panel      Cache   Translate Page      
A proposal to allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives has failed before an Arkansas House panel.
          Senator Sanders Seeks Backing for Measure Forcing US Pullout From Yemen Conflict      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Congress needs to end US backing for the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen’s conflict during a historic vote on Wednesday because American participation has never received congressional approval, Senator Bernie Sanders said in a press release.
          Josh Hawley Explains Why He’ll Take To The Senate Floor To Defend Trump’s National Emergency      Cache   Translate Page      

By Nick Givas -

GOP Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri said he will stand with President Donald Trump and vote “no” on the Senate’s resolution of disapproval of his national emergency. “Look, first of all, we have a crisis at the border. And it’s clear to anybody who’s looked at the situation,” Hawley said Tuesday on ...

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          Manchin, Murkowski United In Opposition To The Green New Deal      Cache   Translate Page      

By Michael Bastasch -

The top lawmakers on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources were unified in their opposition to the Green New Deal and unreadiness to back taxes on carbon dioxide emissions. “There’s no such thing as a new green deal,” West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin said during a Monday night ...

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          Facebook Drops Elizabeth Warren’s Anti-Big Tech Campaign Ad      Cache   Translate Page      

By Chris White -

Facebook removed several ads Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign published on the company’s social media platform, Politico reported Monday. The ads, which Warren’s campaign placed on the platform Friday, promoted the Massachusetts senator’s plan to break up what she believes is Facebook and Amazon’s monopoly. Nearly a dozen other campaign ...

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          'What Marco Rubio does not know is... everything': Senator is ridiculed after blaming Venezuela power outages on 'German Dam' blast, unaware that is the name of the reporter who broke story      Cache   Translate Page      

Marco Rubio is being criticized for a number of tweets he has posted over the past few days about the increasingly fraught situation in Venezuela.

The most glaring of these came on Sunday, when he confused a reporter on the ground in the South American country with an actual dam.

'Today another transformer explosion at the German Dam in Bolivar State caused another massive blackout,' wrote Rubio.

'The result? Critically ill patients have died, the #Caracas metro remains out of service & few if any flights have arrived at or departed from Caracas in over 20 hours.'


          “Lights Out!” Did Trump and His Neocons Recycle Bush-Era Plan to Knock Out Venezuela’s Power Grid?      Cache   Translate Page      

For nearly four days, much of Venezuela has been without power, bringing the country’s embattled economy to a near standstill. Though power is now returning, the outage saw U.S. officials and politicians blame the Venezuelan government for the crisis while officials in Caracas accused the U.S. of conducting “sabotage” and launching cyberattacks that targeted its civilian power grid as well as of employing saboteurs within Venezuela.

Although many mainstream media outlets have echoed the official U.S. government response, some journalists have strayed from the pack. One notable example is Kalev Leetaru, who wrote at Forbes that “the United States remotely interfering with its [Venezuela’s] power grid is actually quite realistic.”

Leetaru also noted that “timing such an outage to occur at a moment of societal upheaval in a way that delegitimizes the current government, exactly as a government-in-waiting has presented itself as a ready alternative, is actually one of the tactics” he had previously explored in a 2015 article detailing U.S. government hybrid warfare tactics “to weaken an adversary prior to conventional invasion or to forcibly and deniably effect a transition in a foreign government.”

In addition to Leetaru’s claims, others have asserted U.S. government involvement after U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who is deeply involved in Trump’s Venezuela policy, appeared to have prior knowledge that the blackouts would occur when he tweeted about them only three minutes after they had begun.


          ICE Officers Growing Frustrated With Trump Over Border      Cache   Translate Page      

ICE officers who supported President Trump during the 2016 election are growing frustrated with the lack of follow through on border-related promises, reports the Washington Times' Stephen Dinan. 

In particular, Trump's promise to end the practice of arresting migrants, giving them court dates and then letting them go free (known as "catch-and-release") has not only failed to pan out - it's gone into "overdrive" according to the Times

Instead of rounding up criminals who are in the United States illegally, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers say they are being underutilized for mundane tasks - such as "opening the doors on vans to release immigrants already caught by Border Patrol agents." Agents with the Border Patrol - a separate law enforcement agency from ICE - reportedly don't fill out their own paperwork to open the doors because "the agency's leaders don't want to be part of catch-and-release.

"Hundreds of man hours are wasted each day at a time of crisis on the border," reads a Monday letter to President Trump from the National ICE Council - the union which represents ICE officers.

The letter was sent just hours before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted to approve Mr. Trump’s pick, Ronald D. Vitiello, to be the new director of ICE.

Committee Chairman Ron Johnson waved a copy of the ICE Council’s letter during the vote and called the accusations “troubling.”

“We’re going to get to the bottom of this,” he told reporters afterward.

In the letter, the ICE Council said its president, Chris Crane, personally told Mr. Trump about the situation in a January meeting, and the council was disappointed nothing has been done. -Washington Times

"You frequently speak publicly of the great public safety work ICE is doing under your leadership. To be direct Mr. President — the rhetoric doesn’t match reality and we hope that this letter shows you the complete and total nonsense that is really taking place under the Trump Administration on the southern border," reads the letter - which comes after some 160,000 migrant children and families have been intercepted at the border over the last five months alone.  

While most of them have been arrested by the Border Patrol, around 10-15 percent of those detained are encountered by Customs and Border Protection officers. 

Homeland Security responds

Responding to the National ICE Council, the Department of Homeland Security said: "We have repeatedly sounded the alarm with Congress as resources are being stretched across DHS as agencies work to contain this historic surge," adding "ICE and CBP are fully engaged on a coordinated response and continue to update Congress on the challenges faced by our agents and officers at the border."

ICE officers countered that while Congress could change some of the big policies, the “utter nonsense” decision to make ICE come along for the van rides is something Homeland Security could stop on its own.

The ICE Council said officers are being taken from terrorism task forces, fugitive operations and the Criminal Alien Program to do paperwork and van-opening.

One field team reported being moments from arresting felons, only to be told to back off. That wasn’t as high a priority as opening the van doors, or filling out the Border Patrol’s paperwork, the letter says.

Mr. Crane said one ICE office in Texas spends perhaps a third of its manpower facilitating CBP’s catch-and-release.

The ICE officers blamed both Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Mr. Vitiello, a former Border Patrol agent who’s been serving since last June as acting director at ICE. -Washington Times

Meanwhile, Vitiello was approved by the Homeland Security Committee to become a full director in a 7-5 vote on Monday evening, however he still must pass through the Judiciary Committee for an eventual floor vote. 


          Big Tech Attracts Antitrust Attention from Senator Elizabeth Warren      Cache   Translate Page      
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Senator Elizabeth Warren made headlines recently by suggesting that the tech giants have too much power and need to be broken up. While her premise isn’t entirely wrong, Ben Thompson of Stratechery explains why the proposed solutions are misguided.

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          Reddito di cittadinanza: i sommersi e i congrui      Cache   Translate Page      
Una delle maggiori disfunzionalità della grande operazione di voto di scambio nota come reddito di cittadinanza è relativa alla cosiddetta congruità dei lavori offerti ai destinatari del sussidio, ovviamente prescindendo dall'esistenza di tali lavori. Il fatto che nel decretone sia stata inserita anche una soglia retributiva minima determinerà rilevanti casini. Ne parla oggi sul Sole un articolo di Michela Finizio e Valentina Melis. Come noto, durante il passaggio in Senato del decretone, è (...) - Economia / Lavoro, RSS, Reddito di cittadinanza, mercato del lavoro, reddito di inclusione
          Senators call for Boeing 737 Max 8 to be grounded      Cache   Translate Page      
The lawmakers urged the FAA to ground the jets in the U.S. until an investigation into the cause of the crash is complete
          "Time to catch up": Senators unveil paid family leave proposal      Cache   Translate Page      
The Cradle Act would allow new parents to tap into their Social Security savings, and later delay their retirement, to take paid time off after the birth or adoption of a child
          Senators unveil paid family leave proposal: "It's time to catch up with other countries"      Cache   Translate Page      
Republican Sens. Joni Ernst and Mike Lee are unveiling a new proposal for paid family leave. The Cradle Act would allow new parents to tap into their social security savings, and later delay their retirement, to take paid time off after the birth or adoption of a child. Watch their extended conversation with CBS News' Nancy Cordes on Wednesday, March 13, on "CBS This Morning."
          It's 'Punish The Poor' Season In Alabama, As Cons Push Drug Tests      Cache   Translate Page      

Fox's whole schtick is making punitive public policy seem like a moral good. Take this discussion about drug testing in Alabama, as Brian Kilmeade keeps whining about whether it's too much to ask that people on food stamps not use drugs.

"A new bill proposed in Alabama would require some residents to pass a drug test in order to get food stamps. Is that okay? It requires testing for anyone in the SNAP program if there is reasonable suspicion that the person uses or is under the influence of a drug. As of November 2018, 19.3 million households in America participate in the SNAP program. So does drug testing for food stamps go too far or is it necessary? Here to debate it is registered independent and Democratic strategist Rochelle Richie and Mark Little, a lawyer and vice chair for urban renewal and education. Rochelle, let's start with you, is that too much to ask that you are not on drugs to get free food?"

(I don't know, Brian. Is it too much to ask that someone as brain dead as you gets paid so much just to perform this concerned little dance? And correct me if I'm wrong, but don't addicts also eat, and have children who eat?)

"What the state senator has literally done is criminalized being poor in the United States," Richie said.

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          Trump says permanent daylight-saving time "OK with me"      Cache   Translate Page      

Trump says permanent daylight-saving time "OK with me"

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U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday that he would be fine with a permanent daylight saving time, ending an annual ritual of changing clocks twice a year.

   The U.S. clocks leap forward by an hour from 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and back an hour on the first Sunday in November, stipulated by the federal law called Uniform Time Act of 1966.

   The clock change caused confusion and opposition among some people, and they are campaigning for leaving the clocks on summer schedule permanently.

   Trump wrote on his Twitter account that "Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me," joining those who supported the end of clock changes.

   The Florida state legislature passed bills to stay in summer schedule, but it required the Congressional approval to take effect.

   Two American senators including Marco Rubio of Florida have filed bills to Congress to make daylight saving time permanent across the country.

   Rubio's office argued that more sunlight at night in the daylight saving time would reduce the risk for cardiac issues, strokes and seasonal depression.

   But those supporting the clock changes cited the risks that would be caused by more darkness in the winter morning to school-goers if the summer schedule applies the whole year.

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          Trumps China-Deal lässt weiter auf sich warten      Cache   Translate Page      
Der US-Handelsbeauftragte äusserte sich am Dienstag in einem Senatsausschuss erneut zurückhaltend – und übte Generalkritik an der WTO.
          Rochas Okorocha's In-law, Uche Nwosu Blows Hot After Losing Imo Governorship Election      Cache   Translate Page      
Rochas Okorocha's In-law, Uche Nwosu Blows Hot After Losing Imo Governorship Election

 The governorship candidate of the Action Alliance, Uche Nwosu, has said he will challenge the election result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission in court.
 
He rejected the outcome of the election which was announced by the (INEC) declaring the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Emeka Ihedioha winner of the governorship election.
 
He said, "It is a robbery of Action Alliance mandate and I believe the judiciary will take its course”.
 
Mr. Ihedioha emerged governor-elect of the state after polling 273,404 votes to defeat Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA) and Senator Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
 
Nwosu, who was backed by Governor Rochas Okorocha, finished second with 190,364 votes; followed by Senator Uzodinma who got 96,458 votes.

          Vești bune din Senatul României: Comisia Juridică respinge proiectul parteneriatului civil      Cache   Translate Page      
Sunt încântat să vă anunț că tocmai am primit o veste foarte bună care, am convingerea, că vă va bucura pe toți. Astăzi, Comisia Juridică a Senatului a respins proiectul de lege privind parteneriatul civil în România. Va amintiți că pe 20 februarie, în numele Alianței Familiilor din România, am depus un document în Senat prin care am solicitat respingerea acestui proiect de lege (documentul poate fi consultat aici: https://costea-parlamentuleuropean.ro/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/scrisori-AFR-grupuri-parlamentare-2019.pdf). Astăzi, 12 martie, ni s-a confirmat că și Comisia Juridică, cea mai importantă comisie a Senatului, a luat în considerare pledoaria noastră și a acționat în consecință, respingând proiectul. Anticipăm că proiectul de lege va intra în plenul Senatului și va fi supus la vot la finalul săptămânii viitoare. Intenționez să mă adresez din nou întregului Senat cu o solicitare de respingere, așa cum am făcut-o deja de două ori pe parcursul demarării dezbaterilor privind parteneriatul civil. Asta, însă, nu e suficient. Rog pe fiecare dintre dvs. să vă contactați reprezentanții în Senatul României și să le cereți să respingă în plen legea parteneriatului civil în România. Vă invităm să ne urmăriți în continuare pe Facebook pentru a afla noi informații cu privire la evoluția demersului. Vă mulțumesc, Peter Costea [...]
          U.S. Congress invites pharmacy benefit managers to third drug pricing hearing      Cache   Translate Page      
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has invited executives from five pharmacy benefit managers to testify on April 3 on the rising costs of prescription medicines, in Congress's latest effort to question industry officials directly over an issue voters consistently cite as a top concern.

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          Elina De Santos Directs World Premiere Of THE THINGS WE DO      Cache   Translate Page      

Bill falls for Sarah, but she is married to Ted. Ted might be a good match for Alice - who is married to Bill. Elina de Santos directs a painfully funny look at modern relationships by former attorney general-turned-playwright Grant Woods. The world premiere of The Things We Do, presented by Never Dark Productions as a guest production at the Odyssey Theatre, opens on April 6, with performances continuing through May 12.

Once trust is broken, how do you get it back?

"The play has a light, comic, sexy feel at the beginning, which draws you in," says de Santos. "But then, because of the things people do, it gets darker and more real. It's fresh and surprising."

According to Woods, "I wanted to explore the situation a lot of couples find themselves in when they reach a certain point in life - people who are in their 40s or 50s and have many years invested in their relationships, but who now must decide whether to go forward or make a change."

One of Arizona's premier attorneys, Woods served as Arizona's Attorney General from 1991-1999. He was the first chief of staff to the late Senator John McCain and delivered the first eulogy at the Senator's memorial services.

"When I was an undergraduate at Occidental College, I knew I would become either a writer or a lawyer," Woods says. "About ten years ago, I realized that if I was ever going to do the writing thing, it was now or never."

Since then, Woods has penned a crime novel and two plays. His other play, Dear Senator, about a traditional conservative politician who strikes up a friendship with a progressive Latino activist, received a production in 2018 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. As a songwriter, Woods' songs have been recorded and performed by award-winning artists such as Francine Reed, Walt Richardson, Blaine Long, Lawrence Zubia, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and E Street Band member Nils Lofgren. His columns and articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country, and he has been recognized by the Associated Press as Arizona's top radio show host. Mr. Woods is the founder of the Mesa Boys & Girls Club, the Mesa Education Foundation and the Mesa Arts Academy, one of Arizona's first successful charter schools. He has won top awards from the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, Salvation Army, Children's Action Alliance and Chicanos Por La Causa. He was one of the lead negotiators in the states' lawsuit against Big Tobacco resulting in the largest civil settlement in history.

The production stars Blake Boyd (You Love That I'm Not Your Wife at The Players Theatre, NYC; upcoming film Lost Girls: Angie's Story) as Bill; Marlene Galan (Hostage and Church and State at iTheatre Collaborative, Phoenix; Dead Man's Cell Phone at Long Beach Playhouse; former newscaster at KCBS, KPNX and KSAZ) as Sarah; Liesel Kopp (recently seen at the Odyssey in Arsenic and Old Lace and in several Hollywood Fringe Festival productions including the award-winning Katy and Jennifer) as Alice; and Stephen Rockwell (former resident artist at A Noise Within, numerous productions at Actors Co-op, International City Theatre, Antaeus, Theatricum Botanicum and more) as Ted.

The creative team includes set designer Stephanie Kerley Schwartz, lighting designer Brian Gale, sound designer Christopher Moscatiello, costume designer Kate Bergh and casting director Michael Donovan. The production stage manager is Tempest Rockbell. Susan Segal produces and Seth Sulka is executive producer.

The Things We Do opens on Saturday, April 6, with performances thereafter taking place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through May 12. On Sunday, April 7 only, the performance will be at 5 p.m. with no 2 p.m. matinee. There will be two preview performances on Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5, both at 8 p.m. All tickets are $35 (reserved seating) except opening night, which is $40. Discounts are available for seniors, students, and members of Actors Equity, SAG and AFTRA; call theater for details. The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025. For reservations and information, call (310) 477-2055 x2 or go to www.OdysseyTheatre.com.


          Adam Schiff: Evidence Available Already Shows That Trump Should Be Indicted      Cache   Translate Page      
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House intelligence committee, argues there's already sufficient evidence in public to support an indictment of President Trump.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House intelligence committee, argues there's already sufficient evidence in public to support an indictment of President Trump.; Credit: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Tim Mak | NPR

There's already sufficient evidence to support an indictment of President Trump even before the conclusion of the special counsel investigation, California Rep. Adam Schiff said Tuesday.

The chairman of the House intelligence committee pointed to the case of Michael Cohen, the president's former personal lawyer, in which the government described how "Individual 1" directed and coordinated a campaign fraud scheme.

"Individual 1" is Trump, and Cohen is set to begin a three-year prison sentence in part because of those crimes.

"It's very difficult to make the argument that the person who was directed and was coordinated should go to jail but the person who did the directing and did the coordinating should not," Schiff told reporters at a breakfast on Tuesday organized by the Christian Science Monitor.

The evidence therefore already in place argues "very strongly in favor of indicting the president when he is out of office," he said.

Trump says he never directed Cohen to violate the law and that the actions in Cohen's case don't even amount to wrongdoing.

Trump and the White House also argue that Cohen's track record of lying means he can't be believed — that he'll say anything to save his image and try to get a lighter punishment for other crimes he's admitted to.

Current Justice Department guidelines prohibit indicting a sitting president. But Schiff believes that the department should reconsider this position, or indict Trump if he loses re-election in 2020.

"The Justice Department policy against indictment is the wrong policy, particularly when there is any risk that the statute of limitations may allow a president to escape justice," the chairman said.

Schiff stopped short of saying he thought Congress should impeach Trump and remove him from office in order to prosecute what he called these offenses.

The chairman echoed the position of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from her interview on Monday and said that without buy-in from congressional Republicans — who control the Senate — embarking upon the process today would be "doomed for failure."

"I see little to be gained by putting the country through that kind of wrenching experience as I've often remarked in the past," he told reporters. "The only thing worse than putting the country through the trauma of an impeachment is putting the country through the trauma of a failed impeachment."

Democrats have been careful not to close the door entirely, however. Pelosi and others argue that Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller or other investigators could uncover evidence of wrongdoing by Trump so egregious that it may compel a bipartisan case for impeachment.

Committee priorities

As for the House intelligence committee investigation that he is leading, Schiff said he will seek new documents relating to an alleged conversation between Trump and his longtime confidant Roger Stone.

"We are going to be looking at any documentary evidence," he said, when asked by NPR whether he would be seeking phone records that could back up Cohen's allegation that Trump had a speakerphone conversation with Stone about a coming WikiLeaks dump that would be damaging to the Clinton campaign.

"That could take a number of forms, from phone records, to social media records, to other documentary evidence."

Schiff has placed great store in the past on the revelations that he said could be gleaned from phone records in the Russia investigation. He vowed to obtain phone records of Donald Trump Jr. because Democrats suspected they might entangle the elder Trump, but that did not prove to be so.

Ultimately, the length of Schiff's investigation could depend on the Mueller investigation, and whether the Justice Department releases the underlying evidence that the Mueller team has gathered.

"If the Justice Department either attempts to conceal the Mueller report or the underlying evidence, then requiring Mueller to testify may very well be necessary," Schiff said. "A lot will be impacted ... by the degree to which the Justice Department makes us investigate everything Bob Mueller did all over again ... that will have the most direct impact on the length of our investigation."

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          Biden Speaks To Chants Of 'Run, Joe, Run' As 2020 Decision Nears      Cache   Translate Page      
Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the International Association of Fire Fighters in Washington on Tuesday, amid growing expectations he'll soon announce he's running for president in 2020.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the International Association of Fire Fighters in Washington on Tuesday, amid growing expectations he'll soon announce he's running for president in 2020.; Credit: Andrew Harnik/AP

Scott Detrow | NPR

Looking out over a crowd of firefighters chanting, "Run, Joe, run," former Vice President Joe Biden urged patience.

"Save it a little longer; I may need it in a few weeks," he said, adding, "Be careful what you wish for."

Biden isn't officially running for president — at least not yet — but Tuesday's speech to the International Association of Fire Fighter's annual conference blocks from Capitol Hill served as the latest warmup act to a potential 2020 campaign.

While Biden spent most of his speech talking to the firefighters about core union issues such as the importance of collective bargaining and the funding of health care and pensions, the former vice president did sprinkle his speech with several messages that could serve as the core of a presidential stump speech.

"Today we seem to be at each other's throats. Extremism is on the rise in this country," Biden said. "Mean pettiness has overtaken our politics."

The globe-trotting politician — who held a post on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for years before heading to the White House — spoke about the importance of America's role as a world leader, warning that other countries would fill that role instead if the country continues to shrink away from global alliances.

Biden also blasted the Trump administration's recent budget proposal. "It cuts $845 billion — almost a trillion-dollar cut in Medicare," Biden said. "Why? Because of a tax cut for the super wealthy ... and now they've got to go make somebody pay for it."

"They gave millionaires and billionaires excessive tax breaks. And who are they asking to pay for it? Middle-class families like you."

In a clear contrast to President Trump's divisive approach to politics, Biden framed his argument as one meant to reach out to every American.

"We can't be defined — we're not able to be defined — by race, by religion, by tribe. We're defined by those enduring principles that are in the Constitution," Biden said. "That in America, everybody gets a shot. That's what the next president of the United States needs to understand, and that's what I don't think this current president understands at all."

But as Biden workshops a message of inclusivity, the fact remains that if he enters the race, the former vice president will be a 76-year-old white man running in the most diverse field of candidates in presidential history.

Democratic hopefuls such as California Sen. Kamala Harris, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and others have made a point to highlight racial injustices in policing and economic policies, and have made sure they regularly speak to and about minority communities. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders veered from his usual stump speech during his first wave of campaign rallies, in order to speak about racism and the civil rights protests he attended in the 1960s. Biden's speech on Tuesday was delivered to an overwhelmingly male and white audience, and he did not specifically address racial inequality.

If he does run, Biden will need to navigate the Democratic Party's increased emphasis on identity politics, as well as the politics of an increasingly energized progressive base that isn't particularly interested in the kinds of bipartisan legislative compromises he spent his career crafting.

Biden briefly took on his party's leftward drift Tuesday, bemoaning the fact that "if you've noticed, I get criticized for saying anything nice about a Republican. Folks, that's not who we are."

At the moment, Biden remains on top of early Democratic polls.

The key question: whether Biden's showing in these early polls is a sign of strength, or just the byproduct of name recognition. Jumping into the presidential campaign is the only way for Biden to answer that question.

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          UFV Senate Meeting      Cache   Translate Page      
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          U.S. Congress invites pharmacy benefit managers to third drug pricing hearing      Cache   Translate Page      
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has invited executives from five pharmacy benefit managers to testify on April 3 on the rising costs of prescription medicines, in Congress's latest effort to question industry officials directly over an issue voters consistently cite as a top concern.

          We Resist: Day 782      Cache   Translate Page      
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One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures (plus the occasional non-Republican who obliges us to resist their nonsense, too, like we don't have enough to worry about) is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they unleash every single day.

So here is a daily thread for all of us to share all the things that are going on, thus crowdsourcing a daily compendium of the onslaught of conservative erosion of our rights and our very democracy.

Stay engaged. Stay vigilant. Resist.

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Earlier today by me: What the F#@k Is Even Happening and Nancy Pelosi: "I'm Not for Impeachment." and Bernie Sanders, Where Are Your Taxes?

Here are some more things in the news today...

Let's start out with some good news. Rebekah Entralgo at ThinkProgress: Democrats Introduce Latest Version of DREAM Act, Offering Protection to More Young Immigrants.
Eighteen years after the original Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, was introduced, House Democrats formally unveiled their new-and-improved version Tuesday.

While previous iterations of the bill focused narrowly on providing a path to citizenship only for undocumented youth brought to the United States as children, the new version does this in addition to expanding it to include immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). With the inclusion of TPS and DED recipients, the DREAM Act has rebranded to the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, to reflect the government's longtime goal to make good on its promise of providing permanent solutions to legal immigrants who have been living at the whims of the federal government for decades.

Like the DREAM Acts that came before it, the Dream and Promise Act would grant undocumented immigrant youth — known as "Dreamers" — conditional permanent resident status for 10 years and cancel any removal proceedings so long as they: have been continuously physically present in the United States for four years preceding the date of the enactment of the bill, were 17 years or younger when they first arrived in United States, pass a background check, have a clean criminal record, and graduate from high school or an academic equivalent.

...The bones of the DREAM Act have largely remained the same since 2001, when the bill was first introduced in the House by former Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) and in the Senate by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT). What makes the Dream and Promise Act different, however, is that it for the first time includes protections for TPS and DED holders.

There's an unprecedented level of urgency with this version of the DREAM Act because the Trump administration has pulled the legal rug out from under thousands of immigrant families.
I know I'm the brokenest of broken records, but I'll say once more: Regardless of the chances of this legislation becoming law during the Trump administration, this is worth doing, because it's the right and necessary thing to do.

Donald Trump may reject this legislation, because of his vile nativist agenda, but that very agenda is what obligates the attempt.

Speaking of which...

Travis Gettys at Raw Story: Trump Administration 'Very Seriously' Considering Plan to Designate Some Mexicans as Terrorists. "The president told Breitbart News that his administration was 'very seriously' considering a policy change that would label Mexican drug cartels or some of their factions as Foreign Terrorist Organizations. 'We are, we are,' Trump told the website. 'We're thinking about doing it very seriously. In fact, we've been thinking about it for a long time.' The president appeared to admit the change was intended to gin up fear of Mexican immigrants to justify his proposed border wall and other controversial anti-immigration policies. 'It's psychological, but it's also economic,' Trump said. 'As terrorists — as terrorist organizations, the answer is yes. They are.' Trump then cited an inflated statistic to justify his fear-mongering about gang violence across the border."

Absolutely chilling.

Fabiola Sanchez and Scott Smith at the AP: U.S. Pulling Last Diplomats from Venezuela Amid Power Crisis.
The U.S. said late Monday that it is pulling its last remaining diplomats from Venezuela, saying their continued presence at the country's embassy in Caracas had become a "constraint" on U.S. policy as the Trump administration aggressively looks to oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

The announcement came from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a tweet shortly before midnight comes as Venezuela struggles to restore electricity following four days of blackouts around the country.

...Pompeo said the remaining diplomats would be out of Venezuela by the end of the week but gave no indication of future policy steps despite past warnings that "all options" — including the use of military force — are on the table for removing Maduro.
Fucking hell. Unless I'm somehow misreading this, it sounds like the Secretary of State is ordering the removal of diplomats because they are trying to stop the administration from taking extreme measures, including the possibility of military force, in pursuit of regime change. That blows my mind. The Trump Regime is truly out of fucking control.

To wit:


Meanwhile...

William Booth and Karla Adam at the Washington Post: Ahead of Crucial Brexit Vote, Key Lawmakers Won't Support Theresa May's Plan. "Prime Minister Theresa May presented a Brexit deal with some new add-on language to a skeptical Parliament for a landmark vote on Tuesday. But the British leader faced strong headwinds, as crucial blocs of lawmakers signaled they will not support her withdrawal agreement. Before May rose to speak, Britain's attorney general told lawmakers that May's hard-fought changes might not go far enough — an assessment that increased the odds that her Brexit deal will fail again and that the nation won't depart on schedule on March 29."


Nicholas Nehamas and Lily Dobrovolskaya at the Miami Herald: Wanted in Russia, He Partied at Mar-a-Lago — and Invested in Cheap South Florida Homes.
Last year, [Donald] Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club hosted a black-tie 'Safari Night' fundraiser for a favorite charity of one of his older sisters. The event included Chinese dancers, a silent art auction, and one unusual guest: Sergey Danilochkin, a Russian real estate investor who had settled in South Florida after authorities in his home country accused him of taking part in a massive tax fraud linked to the most contentious corruption case of the 21st century.

Party-goers had no idea they were rubbing shoulders with a wanted man. While the guests sipped cocktails and studied photos of African wildlife, Danilochkin, who is also an aspiring journalist, filmed the bustling ballroom on a smartphone and posted the footage on YouTube. Holding a flute of champagne and wearing a dark suit, the Russian émigré addressed the camera in his native tongue, alluding to the uncanny way Russians seem to turn up in the president’s orbit.

"The most interesting thing," Danilochkin said, "is that we met a lot of people here who speak Russian."
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[Content Note: White supremacy] Madeline Peltz at MediaMatters: Unearthed Audio Shows Tucker Carlson Using White Nationalist Rhetoric and Making Racist Remarks. I'm sure we're all shocked that a toxic chauvinist is also a white supremacist.

[CN: Abduction; sexual assault] Melanie Eversley at the Grio: Ohio Police Officer Indicted for Sexually Assaulting Women. "Andrew Mitchell, 55, a 31-year-veteran of the police force in Ohio's state capital, is charged with holding two women against their will and demanding sexual favors in exchange for their freedom, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Mitchell is charged with three counts of deprivation of rights while using his police authority — with two of those counts involving one woman — two counts of witness tampering, and one count each of obstruction of justice, as well as making false statements, the Dispatch reports."

Ryan Mac at BuzzFeed: Facebook Removed Elizabeth Warren's Ads Calling for Its Breakup; Then It Put Them Back Up. "Facebook briefly removed and then restored four ads on Monday from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, which advocated for the breaking up big technology companies, for violating its terms of service. On Monday, the social networking company confirmed that it had removed the ads, all of which featured a video with a thumbnail image incorporating Facebook's logo. 'We removed the ads because they violated our policies against use of our corporate logo,' a Facebook spokesperson said. 'In the interest of allowing robust debate, we are restoring the ads.'" Shady.

What have you been reading that we need to resist today?
          „Stadtraum ist zu wertvoll, um ihn für Autos zu reservieren“      Cache   Translate Page      
Berlins Verkehrssenatorin Regine Günther will, dass Autos mit Verbrennungsmotor „in naher Zukunft“ in keiner Stadt mehr fahren. Die Gesellschaft akzeptiere die vielen Unfälle mit Toten und Schwerverletzten als „Kollateralschäden“ nicht mehr.
          To vaccinate, or not to vaccinate? Sen. Bill Cassidy weighs in      Cache   Translate Page      
'It become a little big of a racket,' Sen. Cassidy says of surprise medical bills
      

          AND JUST LIKE THAT: State Senate Republicans Grind Dems to a Halt      Cache   Translate Page      
We would like to take this moment to welcome Republicans to this year’s session of the state legislature, already in progress. We’d almost forgotten there were any members of the Grand Old Party left in the capitol, what with all that radical, left-wing nonsense flying through committees at record speed to Gov. Polis’s desk. Those […]
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詹姆斯•波利提华盛顿报道

美国总统唐纳德•特朗普(Donald Trump)的贸易主管警告,旨在结束美中关税战的谈判有失败的风险,称在达成协议之前仍需要解决“十分重大的问题”,而他无法“在眼下预测成功”。

美国贸易代表罗伯特•莱特希泽(Robert Lighthizer)周二向参议院财政委员会(Senate Finance Committee)表示,与北京方面的谈判已在加紧进行,并且很可能已进入“最后几...

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          Umgang mit kolonialem Erbe: Keine Einigung erwartet      Cache   Translate Page      
Die Kulturminister der Länder kommen heute erstmals in neuer Runde zusammen. Das im vergangenen Jahr gegründete Gremium befasst sich unter dem Vorsitz Hamburgs Kultursenator Carsten Brosda (SPD) auch mit dem umstrittenen Umgang mit kolonialem Erbe in Museen und Sammlungen. Bis kurz vor der Sitzung wurde um klare Regelungen gerungen. Erwartet werden zunächst nur einige Eckpunkte. Die Länderrunde trifft auch mit Kulturstaatsministerin Monika Grütters (CDU) zusammen.
          Re: Pelosi Says Trump Is "Not Worth" Impeaching      Cache   Translate Page      

@4 there is no point in the house impeaching if the senate won't remove him from office.


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          Congress re-introduces bill to enhance IoT cybersecurity      Cache   Translate Page      

IoT - Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives unveiled legislation March 11 to set baseline cybersecurity standards for connected devices the federal government uses. 1. The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act would add security regulation recommendations from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for the federal government to follow. 2. There [...]

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          Mitt Romney shows the right way to blow out birthday candles      Cache   Translate Page      
We're guessing the senator actually does know how to blow out birthday candles, he simply intends to share his bounty with his staff sans germs and senatorial spittle.
          Paid family leave JUST introduced in Colorado!      Cache   Translate Page      

I can barely contain my excitement! 

Last Thursday, the CO FAMLI Act (Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act) was introduced in the Colorado State Senate as SB19-188. After 5 years of this bill being introduced and discussed, this could FINALLY be the year it passes!

But we can’t take anything for granted. We’ve got to make sure our legislators know we’re counting on them to pass the strongest bill possible!

→ Sign our petition to show your support for paid family and medical leave in Colorado!

No one should have to go back to work just days after having a baby, no one should lose their job because they get cancer, and no one should risk their financial security to care for an aging parent. We need an insurance plan that provides a meaningful length of leave, is accessible to all working people, covers all families, and is affordable, cost-effective and sustainable for workers, employers, and taxpayers.

I have been proud to work with the CO FAMLI Coalition over the past 6 months to craft a paid family and medical leave insurance policy that truly meets the needs of all Coloradans. To ensure MomsRising members’ voices are heard in this process, we spent the last two months traveling around the state, talking to community members and business owners about what they really needed in a policy. And we recently sent out a survey to our members across the state (that’s you!) asking you to weigh in on key policy pieces.

Everything we heard from our members has been shared with the FAMLI Act bill sponsors, and I am very proud to share that this year’s CO FAMLI Act overwhelmingly aligns with what we heard from our members. If you weighed in on our survey - THANK YOU!

→ Sign our petition today to urge your legislators to stand up for paid family and medical leave for all Coloradans!

These are some of the key values we heard loud and clear from our members:

Job ProtectionEvery worker’s job should be protected when they take leave.
✅- In the bill, all Coloradans have job protection after 90 days on the job

AccessibilityEvery worker, public or private, should have access to the program.
✅- In the bill, every worker in Colorado has access to the FAMLI program, and self-employed people are also able to opt-in.

Adequate amount of leaveWorkers should have access to at least 12 weeks to care for their own illness, a family member, or a new child, and most folks told us they wanted people with multiple or complicated situations to have extra time.
✅- In the bill, all Coloradans have access to 12 weeks of leave to care for themselves, a family member, or to bond with a new child - with an extra 2 weeks for multiple events in a year and an additional 2 weeks for complicated pregnancies.

AffordabilityWorkers and businesses should share the cost of the program equally, and workers should receive wage replacement on a sliding scale so that most workers get a majority of their wages replaced but low-income workers can get more.
✅- In the bill, workers and businesses share the cost of the program 50/50, and wage replacement is on a sliding scale with most workers receiving at least 70% of their wages while on leave and low-income workers receiving up to 90%.

It is time to make paid leave a reality for everyone. Whether it’s to care for a newborn you swear already smiles, a parent who is ill, or a spouse battling cancer - being there for family is what matters, and Colorado families shouldn't have to give up a paycheck to do it.

→ Add your name to the list of FAMLI Act supporters so that all Coloradans can take the time they need to care for family without worrying about their financial stability.

P.S.  Are you in the Denver area? Join us on March 13th for the FAMLI Act Rally at 12:00pm at the CO State Capitol. We need everyone there to show the widespread support for this critical issue! You can find more details on the Facebook event!


          A Plea for Paid Family Leave      Cache   Translate Page      
Elizabethe Schroeder

A few weeks ago, I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of my two-year-old wailing. She was afraid and uncomfortable, having vomited in her bed and woken herself up. She reached for me, her sweet face looking pitiful and streaked with tears. As soon as she was bathed and comforted and sheets were changed, I fired off an email to my boss: “Won’t be in today—sick kid. See you tomorrow.” As I hit send, an ugly, uncharitable thought crept its way into my brain: this is one less day I’ll have at home with the new baby.

Though I hadn’t told anyone yet, I was newly pregnant with our second child. For weeks, since the day I saw that little blue plus sign appear, I had been working and reworking some complicated math problems in my head; ones that are recognizable to too many working families. If I don’t take any vacation days, and if I don’t get sick more than twice, I can probably get to twelve weeks.  What if Isla gets sick? What if there are complications with my pregnancy? How much unpaid time could I take, if I needed to?

I would venture a guess that my family’s financial situation is familiar to many of you. We can always pay our bills on time and put food on the table. We can treat ourselves to the occasional movie or dinner out. Most months, but not all, we put a modest amount in savings. And yet, we take none of this for granted. The loss of a single paycheck would have a real and immediate impact on our lives. Like so many families, taking more than a few days off without pay simply isn’t an option.

The truth is, we are luckier than most. We have two incomes and generous sick leave and vacation packages. My short term disability plan will provide a too-small portion of my salary for a few weeks. We have good credit and could take out a loan. We can get by and make it work, even if it’s hard.

But why, in one of the wealthiest nations in the world, should we settle for simply scraping by? And why, because some of us will be fine, should we turn our backs on those who won’t? Single mothers, low-wage earners, and those caring for ill or aging family members are being left behind at staggering fates.

We are a nation that proclaims to value children and families. And yet, we continue to fail catastrophically at putting our money where our mouth is. Most of us have heard the jarring fact that the U.S. is the only industrialized country with no national paid family leave. It’s alarming to hear; it’s different to live, particularly for those who don’t have the privilege or resources that families like mine do. For enormous numbers of our fellow citizens, lack of paid leave isn’t just an inconvenience. It’s harmful in dire and lasting ways. By refusing to recognize federal paid leave as an urgent need, here’s what we’re really doing.

WE ARE CONTRIBUTING TO A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS.

One in four mothers are forced to return to work less than 10 days after giving birth, a statistic that has major implications for maternal and infant health. While the U.S. has the world’s largest economy, we also have among the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the industrialized world. Black mothers and infants are even worse off, with mortality rates 2.4 and 3 times higher, respectively. It doesn’t have to be this way. According to economist Christopher Ruhm, 10 weeks of paid leave could reduce infant mortality by as much as 10 percent. Additional research links longer maternity leave with lower rates of maternal depression, higher rates of immunizations, and longer periods of breastfeeding.

WE ARE LEAVING WOMEN BEHIND.

Women are largely underrepresented in leadership positions, and are still paid less than their male counterparts. Equal and accessible paid family leave has been proven to increase women’s participation in the workplace and close the pay gap. It also allows women who choose to, to stay in the workplace. When Google increased paid parental leave, the number of new mothers who resigned was cut in half.

WE ARE SETTING CHILDREN UP TO FAIL.

Parents who are forced to return to work soon after giving birth are also forced to make another gut-wrenching decision—to place their children in inadequate, poorly staffed, and unlicensed childcare facilities. In the first months of life, infants’ brains grow at an astounding pace, and responsive, nurturing caregivers are crucial. Research shows that young children denied stable, positive relationships with caregivers are more likely to experience behavioral problems that can persist into adulthood.

So what can we do about this? We’re on the cusp of a major shift in how we view family leave. Once seen as a women’s issue, 84 percent of Americans now believe that paid family leave matters.

Political leaders from both sides of the aisle have also expressed support for a federal paid leave program in some form. Last week, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut) reintroduced the Family Act, which would provide workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave at 66 percent of their salary. The Family Act would be funded by employee and employer payroll contributions of two cents per $10. In other words, we could fund partially-paid family leave for full-time workers at a cost of only $2 a week. While the act is unlikely to pass in its current form, voicing our support for it is critical. Telling your Senator of member of Congress that paid leave is important to you is one of the simplest, most important actions we can take.

(Find Your Represenative Here)

Even without a federal paid leave program, employers have the opportunity to help close the gap. If your workplace is one of the majority that does not offer paid family leave, ask why! Advocacy group PL+US offers free, helpful resources for approaching the conversation with your organization’s HR department or senior leadership. People nationwide are pushing back on outdated workplace policies, and it’s working. In 2018, 20 companies introduced new paid leave policies.

My daughter’s stomach bug was, fortunately, short-lived. Within a couple of days, she was back to her happy, energetic self, playing with her friends at preschool. My husband and I were back at work.

But still, I continue to worry every single day. I worry about our own family—after all, one medical emergency could wipe out our paid sick leave for the year. Mostly, though, I worry about the country as a whole, and the damage we are continuing to inflict by neglecting this moral and economic emergency.

We don’t have to accept too-short, cobbled-together leave, economic anxiety, and compromised health as the status quo. Like all significant policy change, it will be slow and difficult, but the well-being of our children and families is worth it.

Written by Elizabeth Schroeder

Elizabeth spends her days working in the marketing department of a sustainability-focused nonprofit. Outside of work, she is a dessert lover, bookworm, sometimes yogi, and recovering coffee addict. Currently, Elizabeth is a member of the Emerge Wisconsin class of 2019. Most importantly, she is a mom to a sweet and stubborn two-year-old daughter. Elizabeth was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, where she still lives happily, despite all the snow.

 

This post originally appeared at http://losethecape.com/a-plea-for-paid-family-leave/


          The Latinx Childcare Struggle Is Real       Cache   Translate Page      

As Latinx parents raising multicultural kids we know the challenges too well. Do we speak Spanish at home with our kids? How do we keep our kids from rejecting our cultural traditions (do we even care about these traditions...)? Where do we find books and toys that are representative of our various communities? The list is never ending.

But what if I told you access to high-quality, affordable childcare was another challenge that uniquely impacts Latinx parents?

Well, it’s true. Right now, 42% of Latinx kids live in childcare deserts - areas with overfull or no childcare centers available. And with childcare costs rivaling college tuition, it’s no surprise that the cost for families in our communities is prohibitive for those who can find care in the first place. According to one study published last year, Latino families spend the highest percentage of their income on full-time center based care compared to any other group - almost double the recommended maximum cost. The. Highest. ¡Esto es el colmo!

These costs may bring up our collective blood pressure, especially for those parents who don’t have abuelitos and other extended family to help with care, but it’s not just the cost. We need to pay attention because Latinx communities stand to gain a lot from increased access to high-quality childcare.

How we feed our babies minds is just as important as how we feed their tummies. And like any good meal, a growing body of research shows that the ingredients we put into the classroom or care environment greatly determines the development of our children. We know that children who have high-quality early learning experiences are more likely to succeed in school, graduate from high school, gain stable employment, and are less likely to be arrested later in life. Studies have also gone as far to show tha Latinx preschoolers who get culturally tailored instruction have test scores above the national average. That’s huge! And when dual language learners (the majority of who speak Spanish at home) attend high-quality preschool programs, they experience greater gains in their emergent English abilities relative to their English-only counterparts. It couldn’t be any clearer - Latinx communities have a huge stake in early education and care.

 

But we know that niño que no llora, no come. We need to come together to urge our elected leaders to prioritize high-quality, affordable childcare. Thankfully, there is already a bright spot on the horizon!

 

The Child Care for Working Families Act is a comprehensive solution that would expand access to affordable, high-quality childcare for families while improving compensation and training for the childcare workforce. If passed, it would:

 

  • Lower childcare costs for low-income and middle-income families to no more than 7% of a family’s household income through a sliding scale, regardless of how many children they have.

  • Significantly improve compensation and training for the childcare workforce (currently one of the lowest paid professions and many of whom are Latinas) to ensure that our nation’s teachers and caregivers have the support they need. Including providing training on engaging parents and families in culturally and linguistically appropriate ways.

  • Assist parents in selecting the childcare provider of their choice—whether that be a center or family childcare home, friend, relative or neighbor. In addition, improve care during non-traditional hours to help meet the needs of working families.

  • Support universal access to high-quality preschool programs for all low- and middle-income 3 and 4 year-olds.

  • Support for more inclusive, high-quality childcare providers and centers for dual language learners.

  • Help all Head Start programs meet new expanded duration requirements and provide full-day, full-year programming and for Migrant Head Start to extend their hours.

I know this legislation will help my niñita have a brighter future and I’m ready to fight for it.


          Top #5Actions of the Past Week: March 8, 2019      Cache   Translate Page      

It's been another busy week, and we're ready for the weekend. But first: can you make sure to check off of our most urgent actions from this past week? From telling the Senate to stop Trump's power grab, to sharing your story about the importance of quality and affordable childcare, your voice is needed. And our top #5Actions list makes it easy for you to be heard! Just scroll down, take any actions you missed this week, and head into the weekend feeling like the star you are. (Be a super shining star by sharing this list with friends and family, too!)  

Here are the top #5Actions from the past week => 

1. Call Your U.S. Senator NOW: The U.S. Senate is about to vote this week on whether to stop President Trump’s power grab

BACKGROUND: The U.S. Senate will vote any day on whether to stop President Trump’s misuse of national emergency powers to secure funding for his harmful wall. This unconstitutional power grab is a step toward unchecked authoritarianism and we need EVERYONE to speak outHere's a reminder of what's going on: In a nonsensical tantrum, President Trump declared a fake national emergency in order to secure funding for his harmful wall after he failed to pressure Congress to give it to him. Our nation’s moms will not sit by as the President recklessly misuses emergency powers to waste our tax dollars and undermine our democracy. What’s the best way to stop a tantrum? Call in the MOMS!

Bonus action: Make sure you've signed our petition, too! 

 

2. Tell Congress: Protect Pregnant Women!

BACKGROUND: The United States should be a country that values families and the lives of pregnant women. Yet between December 2017 and April 2018, ICE has detained more than 500 pregnant women under policy directives from the Trump administration that removes protections for pregnant women in immigration detention. Last week, the Washington Post reported that a pregnant woman went into premature labor and delivered a stillborn baby while she was in custody at an ICE facility in Texas. This is inhumane and unacceptable! Demand Congress protect the basic human rights of women and children and ensure all immigrants are treated with compassion, dignity and respect!

 

3. Write a Letter to the Editor to Demand High-Quality, Affordable Childcare!

BACKGROUND: Families can’t afford to pay any more for childcare than they already do while early childhood professionals are already paid impossibly low wages. As a nation we can (and must) do better. Join us in writing a letter to the editor of your local paper to urge elected leaders to take BIG steps to ensuring all families have access to affordable, high-quality childcare by supporting the Child Care for Working Families Act! Members of Congress and their staff pay close attention to letters to the editor in local newspapers as a way to gauge the opinions of constituents. Your voice is needed to let your elected leaders know that families back in their home state are standing up, taking notice, and are expecting them to put an end to the childcare crisis by co-sponsoring the Child Care for Working Families Act – a comprehensive solution that would expand access to affordable, high-quality childcare for families while improving compensation and training for the childcare workforce

 

4. Tell Congress to Support Working Family Tax Credits!

BACKGROUND: The U.S. Congress needs to reject the Trump-GOP Tax Plan and pass policies that we know work. We need tax policies that boost working families, instead of mega-corporations. Lucky for us, leaders in Congress are starting to put together proposals that will help our families and even the playing field in our upside-down, only-benefiting-the 1% tax code. Strengthening and improving the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit is the type of tax policies our working families need NOW! *SIGN our letter to the U.S. Congress telling them to strengthen tax credits for working families, like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit, and repeal the Trump-GOP Tax Scam!

 

5. Help MomsRising Take our #GunSafety Fight to the U.S. Senate

BACKGROUND: Earlier this month, on the 25th anniversary of the landmark Brady Bill requiring background checks on some handgun sales, the U.S. House finally passed H.R. 8, legislation that would require background checks on virtually all gun sales. Recently, the House also voted to close the Charleston loophole, tightening existing background checks. But we still have a long way to go - these bills still need to make it through the rest of Congress. Can you chip in $5 to help us take this fight for gun safety to the U.S. Senate? Thank you!  

INSPIRATION OF THE WEEK!

MomsRising member Jessica traveled to DC from Pennsylvania (while 8 months pregnant!) to speak at the American Family Act introduction. This important piece of legislation would make key improvements to the Child Tax Credit helping more working families, especially those with young children under 6. Thank you Senator Michael Bennet, Senator Sherrod Brown, Representative Rosa DeLauro and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene for introducing this bill. And THANK YOU Jessica for sharing your story and being a super mom! Be sure to sign our letter calling on Congress to pass improvements to the Child Tax Credit!

Have a great weekend, and thank you for all you do! 

 


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          Your Tuesday Morning Roundup      Cache   Translate Page      

I can’t believe the Flyers are still in the playoff hunt. They got even closer last night thanks to a 3-2 win over the lowly Ottawa Senators. Oskar Lindblom, Michael Raffl, and Scott Laughton scored all of Philadelphia’s three goals in the second period. Brian Elliott stopped 20 of 22 shots and held off a…

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          Gillibrand's Senate office restructured top aide's role in wake of sexual harassment investigation      Cache   Translate Page      
Kirsten Gillibrand's Senate office restructured a top aide's role in the wake of sexual harassment allegations between two other staffers last year, a Gillibrand aide tells CNN, the clearest sign yet that the office acknowledges mistakes had been made after the investigation into the allegations was completed and the accused staffer was not fired.

          Facebook Removes Several Ads Placed by US Senator, Restores Later      Cache   Translate Page      

Facebook removed several ads placed by US Senator and Democratic candidate for President Elizabeth Warren on its platform that called for breaking up tech giants like Amazon, Google and Facebook. According to a report in Politico news on Monday, Facebook later said it has restored the ads that it had taken down. “We removed the ads because they violated our policies against use of our […]

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          Facebook deletes, and then restores, Warren's ads attacking platform      Cache   Translate Page      

The Massachusetts senator on March 8 issued a plan to curtail growing tech monopolies because she says they stifle innovation and hurt small businesses
          Gillibrand's Senate office restructured top aide's role in wake of sexual harassment investigation      Cache   Translate Page      
Kirsten Gillibrand's Senate office restructured a top aide's role in the wake of sexual harassment allegations between two other staffers last year, a Gillibrand aide tells CNN, the clearest sign yet that the office acknowledges mistakes had been made after the investigation into the allegations was completed and the accused staffer was not fired.
          U.S. Congress invites pharmacy benefit managers to third drug pricing hearing      Cache   Translate Page      
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has invited executives from five pharmacy benefit managers to testify on April 3 on the rising costs of prescription medicines, in Congress's latest effort to question industry officials directly over an issue voters consistently cite as a top concern.

           Fischerei: Für Hamburgs 120.000 Angler gelten künftig neue Regeln      Cache   Translate Page      
Weil das Freizeit-Fischen zunehmend zum Massenphänomen wird, legt der Senat jetzt Höchstfangmengen fest.
          Citing Pro Publica Stories, Senators Urge IRS To Pursue Big Tax Cheats      Cache   Translate Page      

In a letter on Friday , a group of prominent senators — including Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), 2020 presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as well as Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) — urged IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig to increase the agency’s focus on large tax and financial crimes. […]

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          Senate Committee Advocates FAFSA Reforms      Cache   Translate Page      
Sen. Lamar Alexander plans to once again push his colleagues in Congress to simplify the FAFSA process as part of the Higher Education Act reauthorization.
          NGFA Urges Senate Agriculture Committee Leaders to Confirm Heath Tarbert as CFTC Chair      Cache   Translate Page      
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          SECAF announces resignation      Cache   Translate Page      
Air Force photograph by Wayne A. Clark Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C., Dec 6, 2017. Upon a favorable final vote by the regents, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson announced her resignation March 8, after serving in her position as the service’s top...
          Proposed Ban on Social Media Gun Pictures Proves Gun Control is Total Control      Cache   Translate Page      

Ammoland – by David Codrea U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “If you post it on social media, that’s probable cause for us to come get the guns out of your house,” Democrat Florida State Senator Jason Pizzo proclaimed in a Facebook video three years ago. “That’s … Continue reading

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          Murphy, NJ Lawmakers Reach Deal to Legalize Recreational Marijuana       Cache   Translate Page      

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that he's reached an agreement with legislative leaders on a measure that will legalize recreational marijuana in the Garden State.

“I’m thrilled to announce an agreement with my partners in the Legislature on the broad outlines of adult-use marijuana legislation,” Murphy said in a statement.

The Democratic governor lauded the deal as one that will bring a great degree of economic opportunity to New Jersey.

But it all hinges on the details, some of which have yet to be released. That's because the bill's language is still coming together. The measure is expected to be dropped in the laps of lawmakers later this week, with the goal of a vote taking place on March 25, before the legislature and governor turn their focus to budget negotiations for the 2020 fiscal year.

The broad outlines Murphy announced in the deal include a $42-per-ounce sales tax levy on marijuana sales, as well as an allowance that allows municipalities to charge additional taxes of 3 percent on retail sales, 2 percent on cultivation and 1 percent on wholesalers.

In addition, the bill creates a five-member Cannabis Regulatory Commission. Three members would be chosen by the governor, and one each by the state Senate president and the Assembly Speaker.

The bill also allows for clearing the records of people who were arrested on low-level marijuana possession charges — a demand from social justice groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and some black pastors and civil rights leaders, who said legalization must take into account the disproportionate effect criminalization has had on black communities, where individuals are arrested on drug charges at much higher rates than whites.

Supporters of legalization hailed the agreement as a major feat after a year of haggling between Murphy and legislative leaders. They said the creation of a legal marijuana industry will bring jobs and revenues to the state.

Opponents, like Sen. Ron Rice, said legalization will hurt poor, urban and black communities while making a disproportionately white industry rich. Other detractors fear higher crime, an increase in impaired driving, and liability for employers.

Murphy would like to see legal marijuana sales up and running by next year. His fiscal year 2020 budget calls for $60 million in revenue from the industry.

However, it all hinges on getting the support in the Legislature. With less than two weeks to go before March 25th, it will be up to State Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin to whip the votes in order to bring the bill over the finish line.


          Gillibrand's Senate office restructured top aide's role in wake of sexual harassment investigation      Cache   Translate Page      
Kirsten Gillibrand's Senate office restructured a top aide's role in the wake of sexual harassment allegations between two other staffers last year, a Gillibrand aide tells CNN, the clearest sign yet that the office acknowledges mistakes had been made after the investigation into the allegations was completed and the accused staffer was not fired.

          Billboard Targets Kyrsten Sinema as Dem Senator Standing Against Net Neutrality      Cache   Translate Page      
(CD) – When Senate Democrats unveiled legislation to fully restore net neutrality last week, every member of the party’s caucus signed on to the bill—except one. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), the lone Democratic holdout, is now the target of a grassroots campaign by internet advocacy group Fight for the Future, which is crowdfunding a billboard that accuses her of “siding with […]
          In historic vote, hate crimes bill passes the Utah State Legislature      Cache   Translate Page      
SALT LAKE CITY — After years of trying, a hate crimes bill has finally passed the Utah State Legislature. Senate Bill 103 passed the House on Tuesday night after an emotional debate. It would add a penalty enhancement for targeting people based on things like race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill was modified to appease opponents by adding things like age, matriculation, family status,  homelessness and now, “political expression.” “We need to extend protection to a […]
          Budget deal struck in the Utah State Legislature, here’s what gets funded      Cache   Translate Page      
SALT LAKE CITY – After days of high-stakes negotiations, House and Senate Republican leaders have struck a deal on the state budget. It means that a lot of big ticket items, including air quality investments, suicide prevention programs and affordable housing initiatives will now be funded. It was a huge sigh of relief on Capitol Hill for a lot of programs that worried the legislature would end without any money for them. “We will be sending back a bill that […]
          President Trump signs public lands bill      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON – President Trump signed the Natural Resources Management Act into law Tuesday, which will create a new national monument in Utah and protect thousands of acres across the state. The bill, primarily negotiated by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), passed the Senate with a 92-8 vote. Beyond the new Jurassic National Monument in Emery County, the bill added 6,000 acres to Goblin Valley State Park, designated Golden Spike National Historic Site as a Historic National Park before the 150th anniversary […]
          Service Representative - Jason Sant - Desjardins Insurance Agent - Oakville, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Mitt Romney meticulously blows out birthday candles one-by-one on Twinkie tower      Cache   Translate Page      
View this post on Instagram My team surprised me with a birthday cake made out of my favorite snack—Twinkies! A post shared by Senator Mitt Romney (@senatorromney) on Mar 12, 2019 at 6:13am PDT WASHINGTON DC – Senator Mitt Romney got a sweet surprise for his birthday, and it featured his favorite snack. The Republican representing Utah posted photos and video from the surprise moment Tuesday, celebrating his 72nd birthday. “Thank you,” Romney says on the video as a birthday […]
          U.S. Congress invites pharmacy benefit managers to third drug pricing hearing      Cache   Translate Page      
The U.S. Senate Finance Committee has invited executives from five pharmacy benefit managers to testify on April 3 on the rising costs of prescription medicines, in Congress's latest effort to question industry officials directly over an issue voters c...
          Orange County School Board opposes bill to arm teachers      Cache   Translate Page      

Orange County Public Schools approved a resolution to oppose a bill allowing teachers to be armed in the classroom.

The Florida Senate is considering a bill that would allow teachers to carry guns if they went through the proper training.

Orange County school leaders do not want guns in the classroom.

School board member Melissa Byrd said she respects a person's right to own a gun, but there is a huge difference between home and school.

"Our teachers have a tremendous amount of responsibility in a crisis like that and the last thing they need to be worried about is confronting a shooter. I want our teachers to have 100 percent focus on getting our children to a safe place and keeping them calm in that situation," Byrd said.

At the meeting Tuesday, the school board said the change could possibly make it easier for students to get their hands on weapons.


          Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is better-known by Americans than the highest-ranking House Republican and some of Trump's most important cabinet members      Cache   Translate Page      

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.Jim Bennett/Getty Images

  • New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is better-known than most of the highest-ranking lawmakers and most powerful cabinet secretaries in Washington, according to a new INSIDER poll. 
  • After just over two months in office, Ocasio-Cortez is more than 15 times as well-known as the longest-serving congressional Republican, Rep. Don Young. 
  • Among top lawmakers in Washington polled by INSIDER, just three — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — are more well-known than Ocasio-Cortez. 

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is better-known than some of the highest-ranking lawmakers and most powerful cabinet secretaries in Washington, according to a new INSIDER poll conducted on SurveyMonkey audience this past weekend.

Nearly 53% of Americans said they're familiar with the 29-year-old democratic socialist — more than twice the number who are familiar with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the top-ranking House Republican. 

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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          A US Army soldier will receive posthumous Medal of Honor for tackling a suicide bomber in Iraq      Cache   Translate Page      

US Army Travis Atkins Iraq memorial ceremonyUS ArmySpc. Chris McCann

  • Army Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins will receive a posthumous Medal of Honor for "conspicuous gallantry" displayed during the Iraq War.
  • Atkins used his own body to shield other soldiers from a suicide bomber in June 2007.

President Donald Trump will posthumously award the Medal of Honor to Army Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins at the end of March for his "conspicuous gallantry" in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom by using his own body to protect others from a suicide bomber, the White House announced on Tuesday.

On June 1, 2007, Atkins and his unit were conducting route clearance, the Army said in a release, when they saw "suspected insurgents crossing an intersection" in Abu Samak. Atkins ordered the driver of his Humvee to pull over so he could "interdict the suspected insurgents." He went to one of the men to search him for weapons, which the man resisted.

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I have accepted that I must simply work at improving my reading knowledge of German. This shouldn't be impossible since I once studied German and spent one summer with a family near Tübingen. However, no polished German translations are about to turn up here under my authourship.

This is the first 20 words of Psalm 12:6-7 * in Tironian notes. The best resource that I have found so far on Tironian notes is Boge's Griechische Tachygraphie and this site with images of a manuscript by Karl Eberhard Henke. This will keep me busy for a while.

Tironian Notes are attributed to Tiro, who worked for Cicero. The National Court Reporters Assocation has a great article on The History of Shorthand By Anita Kreitzman. Here is the section on Roman shorthand.

"Shorthand in ancient Rome seems to have appeared as early as 200 B.C. with the poet Quintas Ennius, who devised a system of 1,100 signs. But it was not until Plutarch in 63 B.C. that definite and indisputable evidence of the use of shorthand is recorded. He writes of the debate on the Catilinian conspiracy that was recorded in shorthand in the Roman Senate as the famous orator Cicero expounded his views.

It is interesting that Cicero was indirectly responsible for the method of shorthand devised by Tiro. Tiro was a slave of Rome and had been granted his freedom by Marcus Tullius Cicero. Upon becoming a freedman he adopted the first two names of his master and thereafter was known as Marcus Tullius Tiro. Highly educated, "he then became Cicero's secretary and confidant," and as such had the opportunity and fortunately the intelligence and skill to invent a system of shorthand that was to be used in the Roman Senate and as a basis for future shorthand systems. Initially, his system involved abbreviations of the more popular words with the remainder of the text filled in from memory using context clues. Not a very accurate method, but Tiro continued to improve on his system by devising further abbreviations for common sentences and phrases used by the orators of the day. He is also credited with inventing the ampersand, which is still in use today.

In the Curia, as many as 40 shorthand writers were stationed in the different areas. They recorded what they could and their transcripts were then compared and compiled in order to record the complete orations of such greats as Cicero and Julius Caesar. Today, in our own Congress, a similar system is used except that the reporters work in relays.

Famous writers such as Horace, Livy, Ovid, Martial, Pliny, Facitus and Suetonius make mention of shorthand in ancient Rome. Julius Caesar, himself, was proficient in shorthand. And to be proficient in shorthand was not an easy task.

The ancient Roman scribe did not have paper, pen, pencil or ink. How, then, did they record the events? The medium was a tablet with raised edges covered with a wax layer. As many as 20 such tablets could be fastened together to form a book. A stylus, similar to a pencil, was used for the actual writing. The point was ivory or steel, the other end flat in order to easily smooth the wax when the notes were no longer needed and a new tablet required. Ironically, it was with such instruments that Caesar was stabbed to death. Had Caesar the foresight to see his fate, perhaps he would not have pursued his interest in shorthand.

Others who demonstrated an avid interest in shorthand writing included Titus Vespasian Caesar, who was so skilled at shorthand that he participated in "contests for wagers and personally taught the art to his stepson," and Augustus Octavianus, an expert shorthand writer who "appointed three classes of stenographers for the imperial government." He considered the skill so important that he taught it to his grandchildren. And even Seneca, the great orator and philosopher, who became so fascinated with shorthand that he improved Tiro's system by adding several thousand abbreviations of his own."

Somehow I could not abreviate this article and extract the interesting parts - it is all too fascinating. I am off to study Karl Eberhard Henke.

Notes:

Image is from "Du Charactère Sténographique de Toute Écriture." Yves Duhoux. Studia Minora Facultatis Philosophicae Universitatis Brunensis N 6-7, 2001-2002. Unfortunately Duhoux does not give the location for the Latin manuscript but it was also mentioned in M. Proux. 1910. Manuel de paléographie latine et française. Album. Paris.

Karl Eberhard Henke:Tironische Noten. MGH-Bibliothek Hs. B 16. Digitale Ed. [Manuskript ca. 1954] / Konzeption u. Bildbearbeitung: Arno Mentzel-Reuters

Boge, Hebert. Griechische Tachygraphie und Tironische Noten. 1973. Akademie Verlag. Berlin.
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QLD Nationals senator Barry O'Sullivan has struck back at Scott Morrison in the war over a coal-fired power station, daring the PM to stand up to the state government, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

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"FOR the first time, it appears there's a real opportunity for a prominent centrist independent in the ACT to have a chance at ousting Liberal senator Zed Seselja." That's MICHAEL MOORE'S view and you read it here first.

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Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and David Rouzer (R-NC-07) applauded President Trump for signing the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act.
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Mendalo- UPT Pengembangan Kemahasiswaan Universitas Jambi (Unja) menggelar Workshop bagi Mahasiswa dan Alumni Unja dengan tema “Tips dan Trik Memasuki Dunia Kerja” di Ruang Senat Gedung Rektorat Lantai III Unja Mendalo (9/3). Kegiatan dibuka oleh Wakil Rektor Bidang Kemahasiswaan dan Alumni, Prof. Dr. Ir. Abdul Aziz, M.Si, yang dalam sambutannya mengatakan mahasiswa harus bisa menghadapi era revolusi industri 4.0. “Generasi Millenial ini adalah generasi cerdas. Saya berharap mahasiswa maupun yang sudah menjadi alumni untuk dapat menghadapi era revolusi industri 4.0 dan melalui workshop ini ada ilmu yang tidak diajarkan dibangku kuliah tapi diajarkan disini,” Ujar Prof. Aziz. Selain itu, Prof. Aziz juga menyebutkan saat ini ada Program Mahasiswa Wirausaha (PMW) yang bisa diikuti mahasiswa sehingga nantinya akan mencetak pengusaha-pengusaha muda dari Unja khususnya. “Mahasiswa nanti akan diberi dua pilihan, ingin menjadi CEO atau menjadi pekerjanya, ingin digaji atau memberi gaji, itu tergantung dari kemauan mahasiswa itu, dan PMW akan akan menggiring anda menjadi pengusaha-pengusaha muda karena lebih baik memerintah daripada diperintah,” Jelas Prof. Aziz. Sementara itu ketua UPT Pengembangan Pengembangan, Dr. Ir. Suryono, M.Si mengatakan kegiatan ini diikuti puluhan peserta perwakilan dari berbagai fakultas yang ada di Unja serta alumni Unja. “Kegiatan ini diadakan dalam rangka mempersiapkan lulusan Unja, lulusan yang siap mengikuti dunia kerja, dan semoga dengan mengikuti kegiatan ini peserta bisa menemui hasil yang sebaik-baiknya,” Ujar Dr. Suryono. Adapun narasumber pada kegiatan ini adalah Drs. H. Asnawi AB, M.M Kepala Kesbangpol Provinsi Jambi yang mempresentasikan tema Kreativitas dan Inovativ Dalam Meraih Masa Depan serta Dr. Ayi Ahadiat, S.E., MBA, Motivator dan Dosen Universitas Lampung yang juga mempresentasikan materinya dengan mengambil tema Soft Skill Self Marketing Membangun Karir. SILVIA YULIANSARI ASRIL
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By Dave Lincoln


EXXON - PBF - TOSCO CONNECTION

      The long and twisted history of how Exxon  
      and other refiners unload their worst assets.


From:  PBF Energy


Thomas D. O'Malley


Thomas D. O’Malley has served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of PBF Energy since its formation in November 2011, served as Executive Chairman of PBF LLC and its predecessors from March 2008 to February 2013 and was our Chief Executive Officer from inception until June 2010. Mr. O’Malley has more than 30 years experience in the refining industry. He served as Chairman of the Board of Petroplus Holdings A.G., listed on the Swiss Exchange, from May 2006 until February 2011, and was Chief Executive Officer from May 2006 until September 2007. Mr. O’Malley was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Premcor, a domestic oil refiner and Fortune 250 company listed on the NYSE, from February 2002 until December 2004, and continued as Chairman until its sale to Valero in August 2005. Before joining Premcor, Mr. O’Malley was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tosco Corporation. This Fortune 100 company, listed on the NYSE, was the largest independent oil refiner and marketer of oil products in the United States, with annualized revenues of approximately $25.0 billion when it  [TOSCO]   was sold to Philips Petroleum Company in September 2001. Mr. O’Malley’s extensive experience in and knowledge of the refining industry, as well as his proven leadership skills and management experience provides the board with valuable leadership, and for these reasons we believe Mr. O’Malley is qualified to serve as Chairman of our board of directors.

COLOR CODE
PETROPLUS     TOSCO
PBF                     CONOCOPHILLIPS
PREMCOR        EXXONMOBIL
VALERO            
     
 
Thomas Nimbley
Mr. Nimbley has served as PBF's Chief Executive Officer since June of 2010 and was appointed to the board of directors in October of 2014. Prior thereto, he served as a Principal for Nimbley Consultants LLC from June 2005 to March 2010, where he provided consulting services and assisted on the acquisition of two refineries. He previously served as Senior Vice President and Head of Refining for Phillips Petroleum Company and subsequently Senior Vice President and head of Refining for ConocoPhillips' domestic refining system (13 locations) following the merger of Phillips and Conoco. Before joining Phillips at the time of its acquisition of Tosco in September 2001, Mr. Nimbley served in various positions with Tosco Corporation and its subsidiaries starting in April 1993.
 
Spencer Abraham
Spencer Abraham has served as a director of PBF Energy since October 2012. Mr. Abraham is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the international strategic consulting firm The Abraham Group, which he founded in 2005. Prior to starting The Abraham Group, Mr. Abraham served as Secretary of Energy under President George W. Bush from 2001 through January 2005 and was a U.S. Senator for the State of Michigan from 1995 to 2001. Prior to serving as a U.S. Senator, Mr. Abraham held various other public and private sector positions in the public policy arena. Mr. Abraham serves as a director of Occidental Petroleum Corporation and GenOn Energy, Inc. and as Chairman of the Advisory Board of Lynx Global Realty Asset Fund Onshore LLC. He was previously a director of ICx Technologies and non-executive Chairman of Areva Inc. Mr. Abraham also serves on the boards or advisory committees of several private companies, including Deepwater Wind, LLC, Green Rock Energy, Sindicatum Sustainable Resources and C3. Mr. Abraham’s extensive political and financial experience in the energy sector, including as the Secretary of Energy of the United States, as a U.S. Senator and as a board member of various public companies in the oil and gas sector, provides him with unique and valuable insights into the industry in which we operate and the markets that we serve, and for these reasons we believe that Mr. Abraham is a valuable member of our board of directors.
 
Jefferson F. Allen
Jefferson F. Allen has served as a director of PBF Energy since its formation in November 2011 and has been a director of the Board of Directors of PBF LLC since March 2011. Mr. Allen serves as chairman of our audit committee for PBF. Mr. Allen has over 35 years experience in the oil industry. Before his retirement in 2005, Mr. Allen most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of Premcor at the time of its sale to Valero in 2005. In addition, from 2002 until 2005 Mr. Allen served on Premcor’s Board of Directors and from 2002 until 2004 was Chairman of its Audit Committee. Prior to his service with Premcor, Mr. Allen was the Chief Financial Officer and a director of Tosco Corporation from 1990, and served as its President from 1995, until its merger with Phillips Petroleum Company in September 2001. Before joining Tosco, his previous energy industry experience was in the international exploration and production business for 14 years. Mr. Allen’s industry specific experience as a financial expert and board member of a public company, provides our board with a unique perspective and insight, and for these reason we believe Mr. Allen is a valuable member of our board of directors.
 
Wayne A. Budd
Wayne A. Budd has over 40 years of legal experience in the public and private sectors, and since 2004 is a Senior Counsel of Goodwin Procter LLP. Prior to that, he served as a Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel and a Director of John Hancock Financial Services Inc. from 2000 to 2004. Mr. Budd served as Group President, New England, of Bell Atlantic Corporation (now Verizon Communications Inc.) from 1996 to 2000. He served as a Senior Partner of Goodwin Procter LLP from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Budd also served on the U.S. Sentencing Commission from 1994 to 1997, which he was appointed to by President Bill Clinton. From 1992 to 1993, Mr. Budd served as an Associate Attorney General of the United States, overseeing the Civil Rights, Environmental, Tax, Civil and Anti-Trust Divisions at the Department of Justice, as well as the Bureau of Prisons. From 1989 to 1992, he was the United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. He previously served as a director of Tosco Corp. and Premcor Inc. He currently serves as a director at McKesson Corporation. Mr. Budd is the past Chairman of the National Board of the American Automobile Association and currently serves as a director of the American Automobile Association of Southern New England. Mr. Budd’s extensive legal experience and as a board member of public entities, including in the refining sector, provides our board with a beneficial perspective and insight, and for these reasons we believe Mr. Budd is a valuable member of our board of directors.
 
Gene Edwards
Gene Edwards has over 35 years of experience in the energy and refining sectors. Most recently he retired from Valero in April of 2014 where he was Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer. Mr. Edwards began his career with Valero as an Analyst in Planning and Economics in 1982 and then served as Director of Business Development; Director of Petrochemical Products; Vice President of Planning and Business Development; Senior Vice President of Supply, Marketing & Transportation; Senior Vice President of Planning, Business Development and Risk Management and as Senior Vice President of Product Supply and Trading. Prior to joining Valero, he was an energy analyst with Pace Consultants and a refinery process engineer with Citgo. He previously served as a director of CST Brands, a spin-off of Valero, from May to October 2013. Mr. Edwards has served as a director of Green Plains Energy since June 2014. Mr. Edwards’ decades of experience in all aspects of the refining sector provides our board with additional industry-specific knowledge from an individual deeply connected with the independent refining sector.
 
William Hantke
Mr. Hantke has served as a director of PBF Energy since February of 2016. He brings to PBF significant experience as a financial expert and board member of public entities, including those in the refining sector. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Hantke served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Premcor, Inc. Prior to his tenure at Premcor, Mr. Hantke served as the Corporate Vice President of Development of Tosco Corporation from 1999 to 2001. From 1993 to 1999, Mr. Hantke served as the Corporate Controller of Tosco, and from 1990 to 1993, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Seminole Fertilizer Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tosco. Mr. Hantke has served as a director of NRG Energy since 2006 and is currently the chair of its audit committee and a member of its compensation committee. He has previously served as a director of Texas Genco, LLC, Process Energy Solutions (where he was non-executive chairman) and a director and vice-chairman of NTR Acquisition Co., a petroleum refining acquisition vehicle.
 
Dennis M. Houston
Dennis M. Houston has served as a director of PBF Energy since its formation in November 2011 and has been a director of the Board of Directors of PBF LLC since June 2011. Mr. Houston has approximately 40 years experience in the oil and gas industry, including over 35 years with ExxonMobil and its related companies. At the time of his retirement from ExxonMobil in May 2010, Mr. Houston held the positions of Executive Vice President Refining & Supply, Chairman and President of ExxonMobil Sales & Supply LLC and Chairman of Standard Tankers Bahamas Limited. Mr. Houston’s experience also includes engineering and management positions in Exxon’s refining organization and positions in Lubes and Supply. Mr. Houston’s extensive operational experience in the oil and gas industry, including as a manager of a global refining organization, provides him with valuable insight into the markets in which we operate and provides a unique perspective to our board, and for these reasons we believe that Mr. Houston is qualified to serve on our board.
 
Edward F. Kosnik
Edward F. Kosnik has served as a director of PBF Energy since February 20, 2013. Mr. Kosnik serves on our audit committee. For almost 30 years he worked in various fields including banking, insurance, real estate, technology, manufacturing and energy, holding positions that included Chairman, President and CEO, and CFO. Before his retirement in 2001, he most recently served in positions including President and Chief Executive Officer of Berwind Corporation, a diversified, industrial real estate and financial services company, from 1997 until 2001. Previously he served as Executive Vice President and CFO of Alexander and Alexander Inc. from 1994 to 1997 and as Chairman, President and CEO of JWP Inc. from 1992 to 1994. In addition, Mr. Kosnik has served on the boards and audit committees of Steelpath MLP Funds Trust from January 2010 to December 2012, Semgroup Energy Partners LP from July 2008 to November 2009, Premcor Inc. from November 2004 to September 2005, and Buckeye Partners LP from December 1986 to September 2007. Mr. Kosnik also served on Marquette University’s Board of Trustees and its audit committee from September 2006 to September 2009. Mr. Kosnik’s experience as a financial expert and board member of public entities including in the refining and logistics sectors, provides our board with a beneficial perspective and insight, and for these reason we believe Mr. Kosnik is a valuable member of our board of directors.
 
Robert J. Lavinia
Mr. Lavinia has served as a director of PBF Energy since February 2016. He brings to PBF industry-specific experience as an executive and board member of a public refining company. He began his career at the Gulf Oil Corporation and Phibro Energy Corporation. In 1985, he took over as President and Chief Executive Officer of Hill Petroleum Company, Phibro’s refining division. In 1992, he joined Tosco Corporation, where he served as a Senior Vice President and the President of Tosco Marketing with over 6,000 gas and convenience stores in 32 states with more than 20,000 employees. From 2002 to 2006, he served on the board of Transcor SA, a Belgium-based company with trading operations around the world, and from 2005-2006, he served as Chairman of Pasadena Refining, a Transcor subsidiary. In 2007, he joined Petroplus Holdings AG, the largest European independent refining and wholesale marketing company and he became the CEO in March 2008. In September 2009, he retired from Petroplus and remained a board member until 2012. Mr. Lavinia was formerly a director at Big West Oil.
 
Eija Malmivirta
Eija Malmivirta has over 40 years of experience in the energy sector. Ms. Malmivirta served in various positions at Neste Oy from 1969 to 1996, most recently as an Executive Vice President, Head of Neste International Oil Trading and Supply. She served as the Chairman and principal owner of Merei Energy Oy Ltd., an oil trading company, from 1996 to 2002. Ms. Malmivirta served as a member of the Board of Directors of Kemira Oyj, a chemical company from 1997 to 2008, VR Group Ltd. (Finnish Railways) from 1993 to 2006, National Emergency Supply Agency from 1997 to 2009, all located in Helsinki, Finland. She was also a board member for Tosco Corporation from 1997 to 2001, Premcor from 2002 to 2004 and Petroplus from 2006 to 2011. Ms. Malmivirta’s extensive oil industry expertise and public entity board member experience, including in the refining sector, provides our board with added depth and strategic insight.




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[TOSCO WAS BOUGHT IN 2001 BY PHILLIPS WHICH MERGED WITH CONOCO TO FORM CONOCO PHILLIPS IN 2002 AND LATER SPUN OFF ASSETS TO FORM PHILLIPS 66 IN 2012.]


Thomas D. O'Malley 
1942– 


COLOR CODE
PETROPLUS     PBF
PREMCOR     VALERO
TOSCO     CONOCO PHILLIPS
EXXONMOBIL



Fire erupts at Delaware City oil refinery

A fire ripped through part of a refinery in Delaware City on Friday afternoon.


From:  YAHOO

1. History of Tosco Corporation – FundingUniverse
        by David Lincoln 

Template Tosco was founded in 1955 under the name Oil Shale Corporation. The company was incorporated under the laws of the state of Nevada, but made its headquarters in the Los Angeles area.  The project won some early support from the U.S. government, but interest from other sources was meager and the initiative soon died out.

 in 1965 when it joined West Coast oil giant Atlantic Richfield in forming the Colony Shale Oil Project..  It sold part of its interest in Colony Shale Oil to Atlantic Richfield for $8 million, staggered some observers in the investment community by leveraging itself to the hilt, and then went on a buying spree. In 1970 it acquired the Signal Oil & Gas refinery in Bakersfield, California, for $22.5 million. In 1976 it acquired $222 million of Phillips Petroleum's West Coast property, including the giant Avon Refinery in Concord, California. These moves gave the company a refining capacity of more than 200,000 barrels per day, making it the third-largest independent refiner in the United States and the largest supplier of gasoline to independent marketers on the West Coast.  Morton Winston, a lawyer who became a full-time executive with the company in 1964, was named president in 1971 . Morton Winston was an anomaly in an industry in which most top managers had backgrounds in geology, engineering, or finance. As a graduate student in the early 1950s, he aspired to become a literary scholar and chairman of a college English department. Later, after a stint in the Coast Guard, he entered Harvard Law School. After graduating from Harvard in 1958, Winston spent a year clerking for Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, then joined a New York law firm that specialized in advising small, entrepreneurial companies. He made his first contacts with Oil Shale Corporation in 1961 and joined the company shortly thereafter.

As chief executive officer of Tosco, Winston made no effort to hide his unusual background in the humanities. He composed poetry in his spare time and encouraged his executives to memorize Bartlett's Quotations. Associates said that he conducted meetings not unlike a soft-spoken college professor conducting a class. But all the points that Winston earned on style would have gone for naught if the company had not fared well during his tenure. Despite his admission that Tosco had moved into the refining business rather later than it should have, the company nonetheless showed a tenfold increase in earnings between 1975 and 1980.

In 1980 the Atlantic Richfield Company sold its 60 percent share in Colony to Exxon Corporation for $300 million. Construction began at last on a processing plant that was scheduled to be completed in 1986 or 1987. Questions about the plant, however, soon presented themselves. Rising capital costs (from 1980 to 1982, Exxon and Tosco spent $400 million between them on Colony) and a levelling off in the price of crude oil raised doubts about the economic feasibility of the project. 

For its part, Tosco received $380 million worth of compensation from Exxon for its share of Colony. The initial agreement between the two companies had stipulated that Exxon would have to buy out its stake in the venture if it ever pulled out, and Tosco exercised that clause in the contract.

This attempt to recover from the Colony disaster was insufficient to forestall a major reorganization. With Tosco reeling from a first quarter loss of nearly $77 million and still saddled with more than $700 million in bank debt, Morton Winston stepped down as CEO in June 1983 and was replaced by Matthew Talbot. One of Talbot's first acts was to announce the layoffs of 15 top executives and the consolidation of Tosco's seven divisions into two.
The reorganization did little to ease Tosco's difficulties. Sagging crude oil and gasoline prices made things difficult for a company that suddenly found refining to be its sole source of support. Tosco lost over $677 million between 1983 and 1986, and, after buying out dissident shareholders inspired by Good, found itself so deeply in debt that its creditors decreed that it should hire investment banker Bear Stearns to help arrange a takeover. There were, however, no takers. The company's stock fell to $2.75 per share, down from its high of $45 in 1980. Feeling that a change of leadership was necessary, Tosco's directors forced Talbot to resign in June of 1986 and replaced him two months later with company chairman Clarence Frame. In the meantime, Tosco sold its Bakersfield refinery to Texaco for $22 million.
The next year 1988, Argus Energy, a Connecticut-based investment partnership, announced that it had acquired a 40-percent interest in Tosco. In 1989 the company acquired Seminole Fertilizer, but this did not stop the widespread takeover speculation and uncertainty over Tosco's status. Later that year, Argus Energy head man Thomas O'Malley, by now a Tosco director, succeeded Clarence Frame as chief executive officer.
One of the company's first actions under O'Malley was to announce that it was entertaining takeover bids. Tosco claimed that at least three multinational corporations made offers, but refused to announce the identity of the suitors. Informed speculation had it that one suitor was British Petroleum, which was said to be interested in establishing a presence on the West Coast through Tosco's Avon refinery. Neither party ever confirmed that this was so, however.
Tosco declared in 1991 that none of the offers it had received were satisfactory, and that it would remain independent. The company then declared that it would consolidate operations and cut administrative costs by closing down its headquarters in Santa Monica, California. Initially, Tosco declared that it would find a headquarters site in northern California, closer to the Avon refinery. But it ultimately wound up moving to Stamford, Connecticut, the home of Argus Energy.
Indeed, the move may have signalled that Tosco intended to shift geographical direction and develop a presence on the East Coast as significant as its presence on the West Coast. In December 1992 the company acquired Exxon's Bayway refinery[BUILT IN 1909], located in Linden, New Jersey, for $175 million. The acquisition made it the second-largest independent refiner in the United States.
Principal Subsidiaries: AZL Resources, Inc.; Diablo Service Corp.; Seminole Fertilizer Corp.; The Lion Group, Ltd.; The Oil Shale Corp.; Tosco Corp.; Tosco International Finance; Toscopetro Corp.; Tosco Trading, Transportation & Supply, Inc.; Western Hemisphere Corp.
Source: International Directory of Company Histories, Vol. 7. St. James Press, 1993.

COLONY OIL SHALE PROJECT
Over time the project was developed by a consortium of different companies until it was terminated by Exxon on 2 May 1982 a day which is known amongst locals as "Black Sunday".[1]

In 1969 Atlantic Richfield Company joined the project acquiring part of Tosco's stake.[5]

In 1974 Ashland Oil and Shell Oil Company joined the project.[7][9] In the late 1970s Standard Oil of Ohio, Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company, Shell and Ashaland Oil sold their shares to Atlantic Richfield Company.[7][10][11] As a result of these transactions Tosco owned 40% of shares and Atlantic Richfield Company owned 60% of shares in the project.
In 1980 Atlantic Richfield Company sold its share to Exxon for $300 million.[6] In 1981 the Colony Development started a construction of the commercial scale shale oil plant.[3] On 2 May 1982 Exxon announced the termination of the project because of low oil-prices and increased expenses laying off more than 2,000 workers resulting in the date becoming known among locals as "Black Sunday".[1][2][3] According to the shareholders agreement in a case of project termination Exxon had an obligation to buy out Tosco's shares. It paid $380 million worth of compensation.[6]


During its existence the project produced 270 thousand barrels (43×103 m3) of shale oil.[4][ WORTH ABOUT 5.4 MILLION AT $20 barrel]
At the moment of cancellation the estimated costs would exceed $5.5 billion in then-year dollars or about $10 billion in 2005 dollars.[3]



1. History of Tosco Corporation – FundingUniverse
Tosco Corporation is one of the largest independent refiners of petroleum products in the United States. Once a major player in American efforts to develop  ...

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2. Tosco Corporation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tosco (The Oil Shale COrporation) was an independent US based petroleum refining and marketing corporation. It was founded in 1955 in Santa Monica, ...

 leaving Tosco unable to keep the venture viable in spite of a $1.1 million loan guarantee from the U.S. government. Exxon claimed the project's projected $6 billion price tag made the project no longer feasible, but Exxon was required to purchase Tosco's 40% share in the project as a result of their withdrawal.[2]

Acquisitions[edit]
In 1996, Tosco acquired the Circle K chain of convenience stores. In 1997, Tosco bought the rights to the Union 76brand of gas stations and the western United States refining and marketing operations from Unocal.[4]
Mergers[edit]
Tosco merged with Phillips Petroleum in 2001. [5] Phillips merged with Conoco in 2002 to become ConocoPhillips, who spun off the Circle K stores to Canadian-based Alimentation Couche-Tard.
1999 refinery accident[edit]
On February 23, 1999, four workers at the Avon Refinery in Concord were burned to death after they tried to replace a leaky oil pipe. The San Francisco Chronicle reported [6] that one Tosco employee, Anthony Creggett, claimed shortly after the fire that plant managers had refused a request by four workers to shut down the high-temperature distillation tower during the repairs on the pipe.



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3. Oil Merger: Phillips Buys Tosco for $7B - ABC News
With its $7 billion stock purchase of Tosco Corp., Phillips Petroleum Co. added considerable heft to its refining operations at a time when the oil industry is ...

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4. Phillips Petroleum Agrees to Buy Tosco - latimes
Feb 5, 2001 ... Phillips Petroleum Co. said Sunday that it will acquire Tosco Corp. for $7 ... Combining with Tosco, Phillips would have a refining capacity of 1.7 ...

Tosco, already the No. 3 refiner with eight facilities, has two gasoline refineries in California--one in Wilmington, the other east of San Francisco--that turn out an average of 240,000 barrels a day, or about 21% of the state's output. Tosco is based in Stamford, Conn.
It also accounts for about 17% of gasoline sales in the state through its 2,100 stations under the "76" brand. Overall, it operates 6,400 gas stations in 32 states.


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5. Tosco Refining California | Mesothelioma and Asbestos Jobsites
Tosco Refining California, an oil refinery with a location in Wilmington, California employed oil refinery workers that may have been exposed to asbestos and ...


Since the 1980s, however, the company has backed off those efforts and now focuses solely on standard petroleum-based fuels and phosphate-based fertilizers.
Tosco operates large refineries in Wilmington and Martinez, California (near Los Angeles).
Oil Shale Corporation in 1955. It was headquartered in Los Angeles. Over time, Oil Shale made some strategic alliances that allowed it to grow, including joining with Atlantic Richfield in 1965 and acquiring the Signal Oil and Gas refinery in Bakersfield in 1970

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In February of 1999, Tosco's Martinez refinery was the site of an explosion in which four workers died. In November of that year, Tosco's Wilmington refinery was the site of a fire in a holding tank. No injuries were reported, and the blaze was contained.
Tiny particles of asbestos enter into the atmosphere, however, as asbestos-containing transite ages and becomes prone to crumbling. Asbestos when it is in this state is called friable, which is defined as easy to pulverize. In addition, industrial kilns often contained friable asbestos in insulation linings.
The Problem with Friable Asbestos
Asbestos fibers, when friable, can be readily dispersed into the environment. Medical conditions like asbestosis and cancer can result from the inhalation of asbestos. Another uncommon, and generally fatal, disease linked to asbestos is mesothelioma. The pleural variety of mesothelioma, one which affects the tissue that lies between the lungs and the pleural cavity, is the most common. When the airborne particles settle on food or drinks and are subsequently swallowed, pericardial or peritoneal mesothelioma can result, although they are less common than pleural mesothelioma.
Increased pressure from the press, medical scientists and citizen groups forced the creation of rules controlling how to use asbestos. The use of asbestos was more prevalent, however, when places like Tosco Corporation were built. Any asbestos that remains from then may still pose a health hazard if care is not taken during remodeling projects.
The Lurking Hazard of Asbestos
Asbestos-related diseases, unlike most work-related injuries, which are readily observed and known about soon after the incident, can take many, many years to develop. When a former employee starts showing symptoms such as breathlessness, pain in the chest or abdomen and chronic coughing, his or her physician might not immediately recognize asbestos exposure as a cause, leading to a delay in diagnosis. Men and women who were employed by or lived near oil refineries like Tosco Corporation's California facilities therefore should ask their doctors for mesothelioma information. Furthermore, spouses of these people are also in danger, as unless strict decontamination protocols, including the use of workplace-only clothing and on-site showers, were enforced, it was all too common for personnel to bring particles of asbestos on their skin, in their hair, or on their clothes. Mesothelioma surgery is available to some patients and can improve the quality of life.


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6. Ownership of U.S. petroleum refineries has changed significantly ...
Jan 29, 2014 ... The ownership of refineries today reflects multiple changes since 2000. For example, in January 2000 Tosco (5th-largest U.S. refiner), Conoco ...

 the number of refineries and companies both declined over the same period, as the concentration of refining capacity among the top five companies increased from 38% in 2000 to 44% in 2013.

[THIS INDICATES THAT CONSOLIDATION AND ACQUISITION OCCURRING AMONG THE LARGEST REFINERS WITH FEWER REFINERIES,     SO WHY WERE THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS GOING UP]



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7. Tosco Avon Refinery Petroleum Naphtha Fire - Investigations | the ...
On February 23, 1999, a fire occurred in the crude unit at Tosco Corporation. Avon oil refinery in Martinez, California. Workers were attempting to replace piping ...
Mar 28, 2001
Federal Investigation of Tosco Refinery Fire Finds Flawed Management Supervision

(Washington, DC - March 28, 2001) A fire at Tosco's Avon refinery in Martinez, California, could have been prevented by better management supervision of safety, according to the final report of the U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). The report culminates an exhaustive two-year investigation of the 1999 petroleum fire that claimed the lives of four workers. The Avon refinery was acquired by UDS Corporation last year.
According to Board Member Irv Rosenthal, "Better management of job planning and execution could have prevented this tragedy. Our investigation uncovered two root causes of the accident. First, Avon refinery management did not have an effective process for assessing the dangers of maintenance operations and implementing needed safeguards. Second, neither the parent Tosco Corporation nor the facility management had investigated or corrected a pattern of serious unsafe practices at the Avon refinery."
The incident occurred on February 23, 1999, two years after an explosion at the refinery killed one and injured 46 others. Management deficiencies were also a significant factor in that incident, according to a federal report.
The 1999 incident occurred as workers attempted to remove and replace a leaky petroleum pipe which was attached to an operating oil distillation tower, known as a fractionator. Over a 13-day period prior to the accident, workers had repeatedly tried to isolate and drain the pipe, but leaking and corroded shut-off valves hampered their efforts. At the time of the incident, the pipe still contained a significant volume of pressurized naphtha, a highly flammable petroleum mixture similar to gasoline. While workers were in the process of replacing the pipe, the naphtha was released and burst into flame, killing the four workers. At the time of the fire, workers were p
           The CIA Didn’t Just Torture, It Experimented on Human Beings      Cache   Translate Page      
From: The Nation


By Lisa Hajjar
DECEMBER 16, 2014
Reframing the CIA’s interrogation techniques as a violation of scientific and medical ethics may be the best way to achieve accountability.

(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

Human experimentation was a core feature of the CIA’s torture program. The experimental nature of the interrogation and detention techniques is clearly evident in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s executive summary of its investigative report, despite redactions (insisted upon by the CIA) to obfuscate the locations of these laboratories of cruel science and the identities of perpetrators.
At the helm of this human experimentation project were two psychologists hired by the CIA, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. They designed interrogation and detention protocols that they and others applied to people imprisoned in the agency’s secret “black sites.”
In its response to the Senate report, the CIA justified its decision to hire the duo: “We believe their expertise was so unique that we would have been derelict had we not sought them out when it became clear that CIA would be heading into the uncharted territory of the program.” Mitchell and Jessen’s qualifications did not include interrogation experience, specialized knowledge about Al Qaeda or relevant cultural or linguistic knowledge. What they had was Air Force experience in studying the effects of torture on American prisoners of war, as well as a curiosity about whether theories of “learned helplessness” derived from experiments on dogs might work on human enemies. MORE


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Healing from Unjust War

They wanted war and lied to have it – The Mother Jones Time Line

January 20, 2001  - George W. Bush is Inagurated as President of the United States. We now know he was not legally elected.
February 3, 2001 - National Security Council (NSC) directed NSC staff to cooperate fully with the Energy Task Force as it considered the “melding” of two seemingly unrelated areas of policy:

The review of operational policies towards rogue states,” such as Iraq, and “actions regarding the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields”.
It is confirmed that these oil companies attending the meeting.  Officials from Exxon Mobil Corp., Conoco (before its merger with Phillips), Shell Oil Co. and BP America Inc. From:  Washingtons Blog and Washington Post.

Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts  Part One – Judicial Watch
Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts Part Two –  Judicial Watch

CNN interviews former Treasury Secretary, Paul O'Neill, who says, "From the very beginning, there was a conviction that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go," O'Neill told CBS, according to excerpts released Saturday by the network. "For me, the notion of pre-emption, that the U.S. has the unilateral right to do whatever we decide to do, is a really huge leap."

September 11, 2001 – The World Trade Center in NY and the Pentagon are hit, sending shock waves around the Globe.  The world reaches out to American in sympathy. 

Published: Wednesday May 2, 2007

September 28, 2001 – Osama ben Laden catagorically denies having any part of the attack on NY and the Pentagon in an interview published in Ummat, a Pakistani daily published in Karachi on September 28, 2001. The interview was translated into English by the BBC World Monitoring Service and made public on September 29, 2001. 
During the interview ben Laden said, “I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States. As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children, and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children, and other people.  From: Global Research

Such a practice is forbidden ever in the course of a battle. It is the United States, which is perpetrating every maltreatment on women, children, and common people of other faiths, particularly the followers of Islam. All that is going on in Palestine for the last 11 months is sufficient to call the wrath of God upon the United States and Israel.”

October 7, 2001- The United States and a coalition force launch Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.   which, under Taliban control, had provided a safe haven for Osama bin Laden while he and other al-Qaeda leaders plotted attacks against the Western world. President Bush declares a war on terrorism and vows to hold states responsible for harboring terrorist organizations.4


October 8, 2001 - The Office of Homeland Security, later to become the Department of Homeland Security, is established.

October 9, 2001 - Letters containing anthrax were sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. 1   Both senators had been attempting to slow the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act. Just seven days before the incident, Leahy accused the Bush administration of reneging on an agreement on the bill. 2   9/11 Research   

October 26, 2001 – Patriot Act - President Bush signs into law the USA Patriot Act, which greatly expands domestic law enforcement capacity to conduct surveillance and wiretaps, increases presidential powers during a terrorist attack and tightens federal oversight of financial activities. Concerns soon arise over restriction of civil liberties.

November 8, 2001 - The New York Times and the PBS program “Frontline” report that an Iraqi defector, an army general, claims that the Iraqi military trained Arab fighters to hijack airplanes. These claims could not be substantiated and one of the defectors is later exposed by Mother Jones to be using a false identity. 

December 3, 2001 – Bush denounces Saddam Hussein as evil.

December 5, 2001 - Interim government placed in Afghanistan

December 9, 2001 The city of Kandaharis surrendered by the Taliban.  Osama ben Laden is traced to the Tora Bora caves. Al-Qaeda leaders continue hiding in the mountains, 

August 26, 2002 -  Dick Cheney publicly states, “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.”
September 16, 2002 - Iraq agrees unconditionally to the return of inspectors. CNN

September 19, 2002 - Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri delivers a letter to the United Nations from Saddam Hussein stating that Iraq has no chemical, nuclear or biological weapons. CNN

October 1, 2002 - The United Nations and Iraq agree on terms they say are consistent with existing U.N. resolutions. The United States threatens to veto unless a U.S. resolution is approved that would allow military action for non-compliance by Iraq. CNN

November 8, 2002 - The U.N. Security Council passes Resolution 1441. CNN

November 13, 2002 - Iraq delivers a letter to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, accepting the terms set forth in resolution 1441. CNN

November 27, 2002 - Inspections resume in Iraq. CNN

December 7, 2002 - Iraq submits a 12,000 page report on its WMD programs. CNN

January 16, 2003 - Inspectors discover 12 chemical warheads, 11 of them empty, at the Ukhaider ammunition storage area. CNN

January 20, 2003 - After two days of negotiation, Hans Blix, Mohamed ElBaradei, and Iraqi officials reach an agreement about Iraqi cooperation and concessions regarding the inspections. CNN

February 5, 2003 -Secretary of State Colin Powell briefs the U.N. Security Council on inspections. He presents evidence that the United States says proves Iraq has misled inspectors and hid proscribed weapons and equipment. CNN

February 14, 2003 -Blix and ElBaradei brief the U.N. Security Council. Blix reports that the inspectors have not yet found any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Blix also reports that Iraq is in violation of U.N. resolutions concerning its al Samoud 2 missile program. CNN

February 19, 2003 - Inspectors visit the Ibn al Haytham factory northwest of Baghdad and tag 32 al Samoud II missiles. CNN

February 27, 2003 -Iraq agrees to destroy the country's al Samoud II missile stock. However, the letter doesn't specify a date that the missile destruction will begin.

March 10, 2003 - It is revealed that Iraq possesses drone aircraft that could have been used to launch a chemical or biological attack against other countries. The plane has a wingspan of 24 feet five inches, which suggests that it could fly further than 150km/93 miles, which is the limit imposed by U.N. resolutions.

March 16, 2003 – Dick Cheney publicly states,  “And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.”  Statement made just three days before the invasion.
March 18, 2003 - Inspectors withdraw from Iraq.

March 20, 2003 – Bush announces the start of a war against Iraq. Allied forces begin the campaign with strikes on military targets, including an attempt to kill Saddam Hussein.

April 9, 2003 - Saddam Hussein's rule collapses in a matter of hours as much of Baghdad comes under American control. Across much of the capital, Iraqis take to the streets to topple statues of Mr. Hussein, loot government ministries and interrogation centers, and give a cheering, often tearful welcome to advancing American troops. 

Published: Wednesday May 2, 2007
According to NBC's chief Pentagon correspondent, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that his "interest is to hit Saddam Hussein" just hours after the attacks on September 11, 2001, "even though all indications pointed at al-Qaida as the guilty party," a Rhode Island newspaper reports.
At the annual Business Expo at the Rhode Island Convention Center Tuesday, NBC's Jim Miklaszewski "advanced a theme garnering attention since former CIA director George J. Tenet made his public revelations last week," writes Tom Mooney for the Providence Journal.
"Some things are right on the mark, when he says the Bush administration appeared predisposed to attack Iraq," Miklaszewski says of Tenet's book At the Center of the Storm.”


Quote from Dick Cheney from RightWeb  - “During the lead up to the invasion of Iraq, for example, he said that there was “no doubt” that the Saddam Hussein regime had “weapons of mass destruction” and predicted that Iraqis would greet U.S. troops as “liberators.” In 2005, Cheney insisted that the Iraqi insurgency was in its final stages. Faced with criticism for his mistaken views, Cheney has been unrepentant, arguing in July 2014: “I look back on it now, [the invasion of Iraq] was absolutely the right thing to do.”[1]

Letter from Washington   February 16, 2004 Issue

What did the Vice-President do for Halliburton?
By Jane Mayer
The list of cronies and how they used war for their own benefit is frightening.  The asserted, self-serving meme that America is, according to daughter, Elizabeth Cheney, “We know that America is the exceptional nation, and that there is no substitute for American leadership around the world.”[4]  is a chilling reminder of the  constructed reality these people have built, which allows them to ignore the swimming pools of blood draining from their victims. 


As the Invasion forces from America left, for what proved to be a temporary hiatus, the oil companies who had signed on with Cheney before 9/11 remained to steal the natural resource of this devestated nation.  Aljezeera - Western oil firms remain as US exits Iraq  by Dahr Jamail

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They wanted war and lied to have it – The Mother Jones Time Line

January 20, 2001  - George W. Bush is Inagurated as President of the United States. We now know he was not legally elected.
February 3, 2001 - National Security Council (NSC) directed NSC staff to cooperate fully with the Energy Task Force as it considered the “melding” of two seemingly unrelated areas of policy:

The review of operational policies towards rogue states,” such as Iraq, and “actions regarding the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields”.
It is confirmed that these oil companies attending the meeting.  Officials from Exxon Mobil Corp., Conoco (before its merger with Phillips), Shell Oil Co. and BP America Inc. From:  Washingtons Blog and Washington Post.

Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts  Part One – Judicial Watch
Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts Part Two –  Judicial Watch

CNN interviews former Treasury Secretary, Paul O'Neill, who says, "From the very beginning, there was a conviction that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go," O'Neill told CBS, according to excerpts released Saturday by the network. "For me, the notion of pre-emption, that the U.S. has the unilateral right to do whatever we decide to do, is a really huge leap."

September 11, 2001 – The World Trade Center in NY and the Pentagon are hit, sending shock waves around the Globe.  The world reaches out to American in sympathy. 

Published: Wednesday May 2, 2007

September 28, 2001 – Osama ben Laden catagorically denies having any part of the attack on NY and the Pentagon in an interview published in Ummat, a Pakistani daily published in Karachi on September 28, 2001. The interview was translated into English by the BBC World Monitoring Service and made public on September 29, 2001. 

During the interview ben Laden said, “I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States. As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children, and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children, and other people.  From: Global Research

Such a practice is forbidden ever in the course of a battle. It is the United States, which is perpetrating every maltreatment on women, children, and common people of other faiths, particularly the followers of Islam. All that is going on in Palestine for the last 11 months is sufficient to call the wrath of God upon the United States and Israel.”

October 7, 2001- The United States and a coalition force launch Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.   which, under Taliban control, had provided a safe haven for Osama bin Laden while he and other al-Qaeda leaders plotted attacks against the Western world. President Bush declares a war on terrorism and vows to hold states responsible for harboring terrorist organizations.4


October 8, 2001 - The Office of Homeland Security, later to become the Department of Homeland Security, is established.

October 9, 2001 - Letters containing anthrax were sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. 1   Both senators had been attempting to slow the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act. Just seven days before the incident, Leahy accused the Bush administration of reneging on an agreement on the bill. 2   9/11 Research   

October 26, 2001 – Patriot Act - President Bush signs into law the USA Patriot Act, which greatly expands domestic law enforcement capacity to conduct surveillance and wiretaps, increases presidential powers during a terrorist attack and tightens federal oversight of financial activities. Concerns soon arise over restriction of civil liberties.

November 8, 2001 - The New York Times and the PBS program “Frontline” report that an Iraqi defector, an army general, claims that the Iraqi military trained Arab fighters to hijack airplanes. These claims could not be substantiated and one of the defectors is later exposed by Mother Jones to be using a false identity. 

December 3, 2001 – Bush denounces Saddam Hussein as evil.

December 5, 2001 - Interim government placed in Afghanistan

December 9, 2001 The city of Kandaharis surrendered by the Taliban.  Osama ben Laden is traced to the Tora Bora caves. Al-Qaeda leaders continue hiding in the mountains, 
April 4, 2002 - “I made up my mind that Saddam needs to go.” - Bush
April 18, 2002 - Democratically elected Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is removed from power in a military coup. The Bush Administration blames Chavez for his own downfall and recognizes the interim government of businessman Pedro Carmona. Officials from the Organization of American States tell the London Observer that the United States sanctioned the coup and that Carmona and his fellow plotters had been received at the White House by Bush's key Latin America policy maker. Carmona dissolves the Venezuelan congress and suspends the constitution. Governments across the Western Hemisphere condemn the coup. Chavez is reinstalled 48 hours later. Mother Jones Time Line

August 26, 2002 -  Dick Cheney publicly states, “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.”
September 16, 2002 - Iraq agrees unconditionally to the return of inspectors. CNN

September 19, 2002 - Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri delivers a letter to the United Nations from Saddam Hussein stating that Iraq has no chemical, nuclear or biological weapons. CNN

October 1, 2002 - The United Nations and Iraq agree on terms they say are consistent with existing U.N. resolutions. The United States threatens to veto unless a U.S. resolution is approved that would allow military action for non-compliance by Iraq. CNN


November 1, 2002 - High-level CIA operatives stationed in the Middle East gather in London for a secret meeting. They are told war is inevitable, and just a few months away, according to James Risen's book, "State of War." Lie by Lie: The Mother Jones Iraq War Timeline

November 8, 2002 - The U.N. Security Council passes Resolution 1441. CNN

November 9, 2002 – An ordinary American becomes aware of events which point to a conspiracy for invasion.  “Articles appeared from NBCNewsthrough Associated Press, in the Daily Mail, and Washington Post,  reporting offers from Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq before the invasion began either weeks before the date of the invasion or within days of the beginning of hostilities. This is followed by a demand issued by George Bush that Saddam and his sons leave within 48 hours before the scheduled invasion. A letter to this effect was issued from the White House and remains online today.
If Saddam was willing to leave and be paid to do so we should have let him or just left him alone.  One Billion dollars is much less than we are in the hole for today. 
War is expensive in every way imaginable. Paying Saddam to leave struck me as the better choice. Then no war would be necessary and we could return to focusing on our own country and the many problems confronting us. Then,  I trusted the good judgement of those in government to see this. 
Saddam Hussein would leave, being paid as he exited. But I also expected an announcement which never came. This was an investigation of Bill and Hillary Clinton for entering into a dialog with Saddam the previous November and telling him no invasion was seriously planned. It was clear we were getting ready for war – why would the Clintons lie?
I saw the correspondence between Saddam and the Clintons only partially, but these included one or two of the ongoing emails between traveling from Sidney Blumenthal, to his son Max, and then to Uday Hussein. I was told by the person who had hacked Blumenthal's computer the previous summer that Saddam was negotiating through this backdoor so he could leave Iraq and be paid for doing so. The hacker was my daughter.  I found out when she forwarded me a draft chapter of the book Blumenthal was then writing.  I advised her to stop - but she felt justified because Blumenthal had done the same to her earlier.  To told her to stop sending me his correspondence and the draft chapters of Sidney's book, "Clinton's War."
As for Saddam, leaving sounded like his best option.  But why would the Clintons tell him no invasion was imminent? You could tell it was going to happen.
As soon as I had realized what was happening, that shocking day in November, 2002, I informed someone well known to me at the CIA expecting any necessary action would be taken. The Clintons with Blumenthal, I believed, were acting without the knowledge of the White House.
Now, it appeared I had been very mistaken in trusting anyone within the U.S. Government.
It now appears this unexpected breech in a confidential back door had revealed information already well known to the Bush Administration. The assurances delivered by the Clinton via the Blumenthals, father and son, were orchestrated to lull Saddam into believing a deal had been cut, apparently. The only problem was the existence of a few people who had blundered into the scene playing out. That would be myself, the hacker-daughter, and two other people we had trusted with the information.
Now, we know the Bushes and Clintons were friendly after the end of the Clinton Administration. Hillary was receiving generous donations from Bush's 'Associates,'   If Saddam thought they had the power to negotiate he probably had reasons for believing this was authorized.
The stories about Saddam leaving and being paid were cover to stall any statement by Saddam, inconvenient to the Bush Administration and overwhelm any possible action on his part before the invasion began.
This is why these four additional names are included.  If they helped Bush they are also guilty.” 

November 13, 2002 - Iraq delivers a letter to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, accepting the terms set forth in resolution 1441. CNN

November 27, 2002 - Inspections resume in Iraq. CNN

December 7, 2002 - Iraq submits a 12,000 page report on its WMD programs. CNN

January 16, 2003 - Inspectors discover 12 chemical warheads, 11 of them empty, at the Ukhaider ammunition storage area. CNN

January 20, 2003 - After two days of negotiation, Hans Blix, Mohamed ElBaradei, and Iraqi officials reach an agreement about Iraqi cooperation and concessions regarding the inspections. CNN

February 5, 2003 - Secretary of State Colin Powell briefs the U.N. Security Council on inspections. He presents evidence that the United States says proves Iraq has misled inspectors and hid proscribed weapons and equipment. CNN

February 14, 2003 - Blix and ElBaradei brief the U.N. Security Council. Blix reports that the inspectors have not yet found any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Blix also reports that Iraq is in violation of U.N. resolutions concerning its al Samoud 2 missile program. CNN

February 19, 2003 - Inspectors visit the Ibn al Haytham factory northwest of Baghdad and tag 32 al Samoud II missiles. CNN

February 27, 2003 - Iraq agrees to destroy the country's al Samoud II missile stock. However, the letter doesn't specify a date that the missile destruction will begin.

March 10, 2003 - It is revealed that Iraq possesses drone aircraft that could have been used to launch a chemical or biological attack against other countries. The plane has a wingspan of 24 feet five inches, which suggests that it could fly further than 150km/93 miles, which is the limit imposed by U.N. resolutions.

March 16, 2003 – Dick Cheney publicly states,  “And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.”  Statement made just three days before the invasion.
March 18, 2003 - Inspectors withdraw from Iraq.

March 20, 2003 – Bush announces the start of a war against Iraq. Allied forces begin the campaign with strikes on military targets, including an attempt to kill Saddam Hussein.

April 9, 2003 - Saddam Hussein's rule collapses in a matter of hours as much of Baghdad comes under American control. Across much of the capital, Iraqis take to the streets to topple statues of Mr. Hussein, loot government ministries and interrogation centers, and give a cheering, often tearful welcome to advancing American troops. 

Published: Wednesday May 2, 2007
“According to NBC's chief Pentagon correspondent, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that his "interest is to hit Saddam Hussein" just hours after the attacks on September 11, 2001, "even though all indications pointed at al-Qaida as the guilty party," a Rhode Island newspaper reports.
At the annual Business Expo at the Rhode Island Convention Center Tuesday, NBC's Jim Miklaszewski "advanced a theme garnering attention since former CIA director George J. Tenet made his public revelations last week," writes Tom Mooney for the Providence Journal.
"Some things are right on the mark, when he says the Bush administration appeared predisposed to attack Iraq," Miklaszewski says of Tenet's book At the Center of the Storm.”


Quote from Dick Cheney from RightWeb  - “During the lead up to the invasion of Iraq, for example, he said that there was “no doubt” that the Saddam Hussein regime had “weapons of mass destruction” and predicted that Iraqis would greet U.S. troops as “liberators.” In 2005, Cheney insisted that the Iraqi insurgency was in its final stages. Faced with criticism for his mistaken views, Cheney has been unrepentant, arguing in July 2014: “I look back on it now, [the invasion of Iraq] was absolutely the right thing to do.”[1]

Letter from Washington   February 16, 2004 Issue

What did the Vice-President do for Halliburton?
By Jane Mayer
The list of cronies and how they used war for their own benefit is frightening.  The asserted, self-serving meme that America is, according to daughter, Elizabeth Cheney, “We know that America is the exceptional nation, and that there is no substitute for American leadership around the world.”[4]  is a chilling reminder of the  constructed reality these people have built, which allows them to ignore the swimming pools of blood draining from their victims. 

As the Invasion forces from America left, for what proved to be a temporary hiatus, the oil companies who had signed on with Cheney before 9/11 remained to steal the natural resource of this devestated nation.  Aljezeera - Western oil firms remain as US exits Iraq

          Huge Win in Senate: Oil and Gas Industry's Attempt to Gut Methane Rules Fails      Cache   Translate Page      
From:  EcoWatch

by EarthJustice 

In a win Wednesday for oil and gas-patch communities and taxpayers, a procedural vote failed in the Senate, preventing a Congressional Review Act resolution from nullifying the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Methane Waste Rule. The vote to proceed to debate on the resolution failed, 49–51. This rule is a common sense standard to limit wasteful methane pollution from oil and gas operations on public lands.
The Congressional Review Act is a controversial and anti-democratic tactic that anti-environmental extremists in Congress attempted to use to push this pro-polluter agenda item forward.
"Just when we thought all hope was lost, common sense prevailed today in the United States Congress," Jessica Ennis, Earthjustice senior legislative representative, said.
"By preserving this win-win rule that protects public health and saves taxpayers money at the same time, Congress is managing to slowly rebuild its credibility as an institution that can serve as a check against powerful corporate interests."  MORE

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By a 2-1 Margin of 27-13 the Kansas Senate on March 30 passed Majority Leader Jim Denning's Resolution, HCR 5003, urging Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom Amendment to require that Congress approve major new federal regulations.

The Resolution's support includes:

Kansas Chamber..United for Business
Kansas Automobile Dealers Association
Kansas Bankers Association
Kansas Building Industry Association
Kansas Farm Bureau (KGFA))
Kansas Grain and Feed Association
Kansas Cooperative Council (KCC)
Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association (KARA)

The KS House voted 93-29 on Feb. 15 for the same Resolution sponsored by Rep. Steven Johnson.

23 Legislative Chambers have now passed Resolutions urging Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom Amendment.

Just as states helped force Congress to propose the Bill of Rights, pressure from the states could help force Congress to permanently curb federal regulators and preserve the regulatory reforms of the current Administration.

As we search for issues that can unite supporters of limited government, the cause of permanently ending "regulation without representation" could be one of the decisive issues of 2018.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more, please contact me.

Roman Buhler
Director
The Madison Coalition
202 255 5000
www.RegulationFreedom.Org

          In 1959 Dad took me to hear something he thought was important.      Cache   Translate Page      
He was right.  Dr. Arthur F. Pillsbury, my father, was a life-long Conservative who understood the problems we still face today with pollution, water, air and land.  Dad was named to the first EPA in 1969.

This is a transcription of this speech made for the convenience of readers and researchers. A copy of the text of this speech exists in the Senate Speech file of the John F. Kennedy Pre-Presidential Papers here at the John F. Kennedy Library.
No change in a fast-changing world presents a greater challenge 2– no problem in a world full of problems calls for greater leadership and vision – than the control of nuclear weapons, the utter destruction which would result from their use in war, and the radioactive pollution of our atmosphere by their continued testing in peace-time.