ProgressVirginia reported Tuesday afternoon that the Virginia Senate’s Privileges and Elections Committee killed Sen. Charles “Bill” Carrico Sr.’s electoral college-rigging bill, despite an offer by Carrico to amend the bill to award electors in proportion to the state’s popular vote. The vote was 11-4 against the bill, although it will not be official until the close of the committee meeting.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
Cowardice asks the question - is it safe?
Expediency asks the question - is it politic?
Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
But conscience asks the question - is it right?
And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
I've seen too much hate to want to hate, myself, and every time I see it, I say to myself, hate is too great a burden to bear. Somehow we must be able to stand up against our most bitter opponents and say: We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We will meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will and we will still love you.... But be assured that we'll wear you down by our capacity to suffer, and one day we will win our freedom. We will not only win freedom for ourselves; we will appeal to your heart and conscience that we will win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.
Please check it out! This a bold new step that will strive for more democracy/transparency, etc. in 9/11 truth blogging (or at least WTCD blogging!)
[Bumping this in honor of the LIHOP offensive afoot at 911blogger that includes attacks on David Ray Griffin's character timed to take advantage of his current health issues. -gReT 2/15/11]
Central to the official 9/11 narrative is the allegation that four flights were hijacked by Arab Muslims working for al Qaeda. Little to no real evidence exists to support this claim.
If there is any job segment that Trump has excelled in bringing about, it is in the wingnut welfare of hiring former Trump aides to CNN as commentators to muddy and pollute the national dialog.
Take, for example, Jason Miller. Miller was hired as a communications director for Trump, but had to step down during the transition because it turns out, like so many Republican men, he couldn't keep it in his pants.
That meant that Miller was available to provide that all-so-important perspective that the media deserves to be called "fake news" when they report so negatively on the president, irrespective of whether the reporting is factual.
But veteran journalist Carl Bernstein wasn't having it. As Miller played into the trope that the media was out of touch elitists who sneer at Trump and want him to do poorly, Bernstein jumped on him quickly.
I have a bone to pick with Fareed Zakaria on this segment.
His "Today, Donald Trump became president" gaffe notwithstanding, Fareed Zakaria has been very critical of Donald Trump. And this segment, which more or less sneers at Donald Trump's ignorance/naivete about the difficulties of the role of president, is pretty spot on until about midway through the commentary.
At that point, Zakaria shifted the blame squarely on the American voters. His larger point is that even if Donald Trump was at all competent, he would be running square into the contradictions of the American populace as outlined by Michael Kinsley:
Kinsley writes in the introduction that the people ""make flagrantly incompatible demands--cut my taxes, preserve my benefits, balance the budget--then explode in self-righteous outrage when the politicians fail to deliver."" Anger at Americans for their hypocrisy--and at politicians, especially of conservative bent, who cynically exploit it--is the common theme that runs through these columns.
Pope Francis told reporters over the weekend that a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea could destroy a "large part of humanity."
According to CNN, the pope was traveling from Egypt to Italy when he echoed earlier remarks about the danger of a "piecemeal third world war."
"It's piecemeal but the pieces are getting larger, and are concentrated in places which were already hot," Pope Francis explained. "Today a wider war would destroy, I won't say half of humanity, but a large part of humanity and culture. It would be terrible. I don't think humanity today could bear it."
"I think the United Nations has the duty to resume its leadership, because it has been watered down a bit," the pope said, adding that a third-party nation like Norway could help mediate talks between North Korea and the United States.
Donald Trump told CBS' Face the Nation host John Dickerson that after his tax audit is complete, he'll make a decision on releasing them to the public.
This is just another broken promise from Trump.
For months he said he'd release them after the longest tax audit in the history of the world was completed. His bogus attempts to distract Americans from ever seeing what is contained in his documents is becoming more farcical with each passing day.
The Face The Nation host brought up the question of Trump's tax returns after his Treasury secretary said Trump had no intention of ever releasing his tax returns during Wednesday's press conference.
Dickerson asked, "When your Treasury secretary was asked about whether you were going to release them, Secretary Mnuchin said, 'The president has no intention.' Is that right?"
Trump said he never discussed his tax returns with Mnuchin and then tried to filibuster time explaining how huge his returns are and how unfair it has been for him to be constantly audited.
Dickerson tried to make the point that if true, Trump was breaking another pledge to the public.
The CBS host said that he's been under audit for over fourteen months which "seems like a long time."
Trump replied, "It could happen soon. I don't know. I mean, I think--"
Dickerson, "When? Give me a sense of--
“Some have called Afghanistan ‘the graveyard of empires,’ and it probably is the graveyard of empires.” James G. Stavridis
Indeed, many great empires over the centuries came to crash against the stubborn will of Afghanistan, only to drive this one …
Hey all, patrickB goode again this weekend. Still holding up to the Trumpsky onslaught. How 'bout you?
Louise Mensch (Love her or leave her.) plants another Russian hacking bombshell.
The Palmer Report confirms that the DOJ has convened two Trump-Russia grand juries.
Meanwhile, Yastreblyansky inadvertantly explains how there are essentially three distinct realities: Our's, Trumpsky's, and David Brooks'. With each getting loopier by
One more assessment of the dreaded First 100 Days. This time Tengrain looks at it from the media's perspective. And wouldn't you know he's being a big meanie again against Axios and Politico.
And finally, Matt Osbourne from Freak Out Nation reports on what amounts to the only good news coming out of the White House these days.
April 29 marks the 100th day in office of Donald Trump – a man who, unlike many of his predecessors in recent decades, lacks any practical experience serving in the government’s executive or legislative branches, or even in the military.…
Will the U.S. leave Syria if doing so prevents a Russian fleet in Yemen?
The question seems weird but if Russia succeeds with its negotiations in Yemen it will soon have to be asked.
A U.S. neoconservative outlet recently published…
«L’Italia partecipa a testa alta all’Alleanza Atlantica, nella quale è il quinto maggiore contributore, e conferma l’obiettivo di raggiungere il 2 per cento del Pil nelle spese militari»: lo ha dichiarato il presidente del consiglio Gentiloni, ricevendo il 27 aprile …
We're supposed to believe their incompetence is somehow all Obama's fault. Never mind the fact that it appears they did vet former NSA Michael Flynn, knew about his business ties to Turkey, and hired him anyway:
The White House and President Trump's transition team reportedly did a background check on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in addition to his already approved security clearance, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported Friday evening.
"NBC News has learned from sources close to the Trump-Russia investigation that both the Trump transition and the White House did do a background check on Flynn," Maddow said on her program, citing reporting from NBC's Andrea Mitchell.
"This is in addition to his already approved security clearance. They did a background check on Flynn specifically for him to become national security adviser." [...]
Maddow said Friday that NBC reporting showed that "the vetting of Flynn was done and sources close to the investigation tell NBC that it was done 'very casually.'"
"One person involved tells NBC that the Trump transition was aware of Flynn's business ties to Turkey," she said.
On Friday, Trump called his first 100 days “the most successful in our country’s history.” Arguably, they’re the worst.
Truth-telling isn’t his long suit. He’s best known for bluster, bombast, demagoguery, and turning truth on its head, along with breaking …