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.
Second as farce.
Third as genius campaign strategery!
From the New York Times:
A Conundrum for Jeb Bush: How to Use George W.
GREENVILLE, S.C. — With Jeb Bush struggling to connect with some Republican activists, his campaign has begun exploring whether to bring in the person it thinks may be best equipped to give him a boost with skeptical conservatives: his brother George W. Bush.
The 43rd president is a very popular figure among Republican voters and could deliver a needed jolt to his brother’s sluggish campaign.
Because as the Bush Family crest reads: "Cum te radices producunt atque iterum ad maiorem gente consilium optimum telum."
Or, in English, "When you shoot yourself in the foot over and over again, the best possible strategy is to reach for a larger caliber weapon."
Throughout the 2016 GOP presidential primary season, the beltway media has really enjoyed depicting Gov. John Kasich of being a true moderate Republican, one who goes to gay weddings and has compassion running through his veins. Oh, if only it was true. The idea that a life long conservative politician in today's America like Kasich is somehow a moderate is the type of tale that only a Stephen King type could pen.
Much like voter ID laws have little to nothing to do with voter fraud and everything to do with stopping black people from voting, so is the anti-welfare movement about stopping black and brown people from receiving government monies, while preserving it for whites when possible. In 1996, John Kasich voted for a bill in Congress that limited food stamps for childless adults. But he also pushed for an amendment to it that would allow states flexibility to do with high unemployment areas. Today, as Ohio governor, Kasich is using that amendment to grant food stamps to whites while denying them to blacks.
This is a brief follow-up to the blockbuster Exxon story, about how the company knew as far back as 1977 that burning fossil fuel was a big cause of climate change, that they studied the problem for ten years, then abandoned all that good work and started funding the climate denier campaign — all based on a treasure trove of internal documents.
Our first story, on how much Exxon knew and when they knew it, is here. Our second, on an early call for a RICO investigation into fossil fuel companies — a parallel to the Big Tobacco investigation — is here. Our third, on the op-ed written last May by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, which also calls for a RICO investigation, is here.
The calls for a RICO investigation are starting again, thanks to the Exxon revelations. Here's Climate Hawks Vote, a climate-conscious PAC that scores congressional climate votes and vets candidates, with their own RICO request. It's in the form of a petition, and you, if you like, can sign it.
Fox News’ Bret Baier didn’t seem to care whether the House Benghazi investigation is designed to harm Hillary Clinton. His only concern seemed to be that Republican Kevin McCarthy spilled the beans.
As just about everybody knows by now, House Majority Leader McCarthy stuck his foot in his mouth on the Hannity show when, trying to argue that he’s conservative enough to be Speaker of the House, he inadvertently revealed that the goal of the Select Committee on Benghazi is to damage Clinton:
MCCARTHY: What you’re going to see is a conservative speaker, that takes a conservative Congress, that puts a strategy to fight and win. And let me give you one example: Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened, had we not fought and made that happen.
Two days later, there was the following exchange with anchor Bret Baier when McCarthy visited Special Report to “clarify” his comments.
Last Week Tonight's John Oliver took on our clusterfuck of a mental health system while ripping Republicans for using it as a cop out following one of our far too common shootings in the U.S., such as the one at UCC in Oregon last week.
"It seems there is nothing like a mass shooting to suddenly spark political interest in mental health," John Oliver says in his latest Last Week Tonight report, referencing the endless arguments about gun control/mental illness circulating after the Oregon tragedy, the 264th mass shooting of the year. Given that politicians like Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson and Donald Trump have pegged this shooting epidemic to a broken mental health system, Oliver obliges and examines the issue in depth.
While speaking at a town hall in Hollis, NH, that was moderated by TODAY co-host Savannah Guthrie, Hillary Clinton, took a strong position on how she would strengthen gun control laws in America.
A woman in the audience said she was ashamed about our gun control laws, especially compared with other developed countries and wanted to know what she would do differently.
She said her eight-year-old son had regular lockdown drills at his school now, and wanted to know what Clinton would do about gun control as president:
Q: My son is eight, there are regular lockdown drills at his school now, it's part of life and yet I know I'm not alone saying enough is enough and I would like to know how as president, what specifically you would do for gun control?
Clinton: First of all, I share your feelings and just the sense that we have to take action. you have these terrible incidents like we just had in Oregon --children being killed in school, people in bible study in a church, being murdered on campuses and so many others. And then there are about 92 deaths by guns every day and most of them don't make the headlines. So I've introduced my platform for dealing with gun violence because I think we've got to as a nation do exactly what you said. Enough.
I guess this is supposed to make us feel better about killing all those people and driving all those doctors and nurses out of Afghanistan:
The airstrike that killed 22 people at a Doctors without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan was requested by Afghan forces, not U.S. troops, according to the top U.S. general in Afghanistan.
Army Gen. John Campbell said that Afghan forces advised that they were taking fire from enemy positions and asked for air support from U.S. forces. Campbell made it clear that this differed from initial reports that said U.S. forces were under attack and called in the airstrikes for their defense.
Yesterday, Father Jonathan Morris defended a hospital's right to deny women the life-saving procedure of abortion in some cases. He was completely out of line, because in all the cases addressed by the lawsuit, a partial miscarriage had already occurred, and the Catholic Hospital(s) refused to provide the life-saving procedures for the afflicted patients. If a woman goes to a Catholic Hospital, which is often times, the only one in her area, and needs an abortion to save her life, the pro-fetus nuts think that it's perfectly in their right to deny her that essential operation. The non-viable fetus has more rights than the mother, according to the forced birth 'pro-life' brigade.
With corporate-conservative calls for full or partial privatization of the United States Postal Service (USPS) escalating, groups are sounding the alarm about new nominees to the USPS Board of Governors.
The Senate is scheduled soon to consider the nominations of Mickey D. Barnett, James C. Miller III and two other nominees. Miller is a notorious privatization advocate and Barnett is a payday lender lobbyist. The Leadership Conference, a civil & human rights coalition, has sent a public letter to Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid asking them to oppose the nominees. (Since all four nominees are to be voted on as a package, the Leadership Conference is asking that the entire slate be voted down. At Naked Capitalism, in Epic Fail for the Postal Service: The Wrong Model and the Wrong Board, the other two nominees are described as not particularly bad for the USPS, but are "... a reflection of a system that treats public service as a revolving door for political and economic elites. This leaves a permanent imprint of the one percent on government and may be one of the primary reasons for cynicism in the electorate.")
Miller: Privatization Advocate
I hope their instincts are as good about Carly as they were about Scott Walker:
Carly Fiorina has emerged as the Republican candidate of the moment in conservative fundraising circles, drawing the notice of the billionaire Koch brothers and other wealthy donors who could instantly remake her shoestring presidential campaign.
Fiorina's show-stealing performance in a Republican presidential debate last month, and her subsequent surge in the polls, has prompted industrialists Charles and David Koch to take a “serious look” at the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, according to three sources close to the brothers.
She has now moved to the short list of candidates the Kochs may support with their reported $1 billion war chest, the sources said. Florida Senator Marco Rubio is among those on the coveted list, the sources said.
A spokesman for the Kochs declined to comment
Other politically powerful mega donors are also lining up.
Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens hosted a packed luncheon at a posh Dallas venue for Fiorina in late September, while venture capitalist Tom Perkins is planning a fundraising gala in California in the next few months.
“My money is on her,” said Perkins, who served on HP's board during Fiorina's tenure. “I think she could be president.”
Well, this will certainly be interesting!
Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton’s biggest rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, is a novice to the bright lights of prime-time television, but politicians who have sparred with him in the past predict he will be a tenacious brawler in their party’s debate on Oct. 13.
Sanders, a Brooklyn native and self-styled socialist, can be argumentative, confrontational and quick to anger, according to political foes who have butted heads with him. He has come a long way from his first nervous debate performance during a U.S. Senate run more than 40 years ago, when microphones picked up the sound of his shaking knees knocking against the table.
The Vermont senator faces the biggest test of his campaign when he steps firmly into the national spotlight at the first Democratic debate with Clinton, a former first lady and secretary of state who is one of the party’s most experienced debaters. A win over Clinton, who has been bleeding support, would be a major coup for Sanders and his insurgent campaign, giving him more momentum and boosting fundraising efforts.
Ahead of the encounter, Sanders is eschewing the mock debates that presidential candidates often use for preparation, his spokesman, Michael Briggs, told Reuters.
At least one presidential candidate is aggressively addressing gun violence:
WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton will call Monday for substantial new limits on the availability and distribution of firearms, stepping aggressively into the debate over gun control in the wake of last week's mass shooting at a community college in Oregon.
The former secretary of state will outline four specific proposals during a pair of town hall events in New Hampshire, all of which are sure to inspire intense opposition from gun rights advocates. One of the proposals will put her directly at odds with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), her top competitor for the Democratic presidential nomination.
At the top of the list is a pledge to take administrative action if Congress fails to tighten the so-called gun show and Internet sales loopholes. Under current law, licensed dealers are required to conduct background checks and certify that potential buyers are not prohibited from owning guns. But unlicensed vendors, including some individual sellers at gun shows, don’t have to go through these steps.
Today, The Washington Post's Dan Balz writes about Jeb Bush and the other Establishment candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination. Balz spots the reason Jeb is highly unlikely to win the nominating contest, though I'm not sure he realizes he's spotted it:
Lodged firmly in the establishment wing as the son and brother of former presidents, [Bush] faces resistance on the far right and among those yearning for an outsider. His hope is that he can change perceptions of himself, outlast his rivals with superior resources and persuade Republicans that he’s their best hope to win a general election.
Sally Bradshaw, Bush’s senior adviser, said the key remains what it has been from the start of the campaign: to portray Bush as a conservative reformer by stressing what he did in Florida. “People don’t know that yet,” she said. “When that message burns in, his numbers are going to change. That’s his path.”
Do you see Jeb's problem? His plan is to say, "Yes, I'm a conservative -- look at all the conservative things I did when I was in government a million years ago." In other words, his plan for winning over voters who want not only a right-wing ideologue but an outsider is to tell people what an ideologue he was years ago, as an insider.
With that strategy, he simply can't win the nomination.
As if Texas textbooks aren't bad enough, McGraw-Hill decided to characterize slavery as immigration. It wasn't until a parent complained loudly and posted a video on YouTube complaining.
Book publishing giant McGraw-Hill is saying it will rewrite a textbook after a Pearland mother voiced concerns on YouTube about the portrayal of slaves as immigrant "workers" in her son's school book.
In the video, Texas mom Roni Dean-Burren calls out the textbook, "World Geography."
Dean-Burren pointed viewers to a section called "Patterns of Immigration." Reading from the book, she notes the inclusion of slaves as immigrants.
"'Immigrants,' yeah, that word matters," Dean-Burren said, "(Reading from the text) 'The Atlantic slave trade between the 1500s and the 1800s brought millions of workers from Africa to the southern United States to work on agricultural plantations. So (slavery) is now considered 'immigration'."
Dean-Burren continues, "So they say that about English and European people, but there is no mention of Africans working as slaves or being slaves. It just says we were workers."
Apparently the Texas School Board signed off on the book before its publication, which should surprise no one.
Addicting Info - TX textbooks obfuscate because Texas!
BradBlog - Muslims are the new Catholics;
Echidne of the Snakes - Carly and those damn baby parts;
Hullabaloo - defending Jeb! a bit ... a tiny bit;
Prairie Weather - whither the Saudis?
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This is what the right wing pretends is our so-called "liberal media." Apparently the producers of Melissa Harris-Perry's show won't allow there to be a conversation about disenfranchising black voters without letting this guy have a seat at the table.
While discussing the recent change in Alabama voter ID laws, along with the state wanting to close 31 DMV offices that just happen to primarily be located in African American communities, guest host Dorian Warren asked guest and former RNC chair and Whites-Only Club member Katon Dawson what he thought of the move.
Here's what the audience was treated to after their other guest, Katherine Culliton-Gonzalez, had already explained very clearly exactly what is going on with this latest move by Republicans.
WARREN: Katon, talk to me about what the strategy is here of the Republican controlled legislature and the agency responsible for closing these offices. This looks very suspicious.
Last Week Tonight's John Oliver wondered why the Secret Service was wasting their time trying to make an ass out of Rep. Jason Chaffetz when the man was already doing such a wonderful job of that on his own.
Apparently the Secret Service was leaking unflattering information about the Congressman's rejection from the agency some years ago, but as Oliver noted, they could have just waited for him to take care of that problem for them without an ounce of their help.
OLIVER: That's right. The Secret Service attempted to embarrass one of their biggest critics, Congressman Jason Chaffetz, by leaking his rejected application to join them, essentially behaving like the high school table of mean girls.
And I don't know what's worse here. The fact that the Secret Service is so petty that they broke the law to embarrass Jason Chaffetz, or that they're so stupid, they didn't realize, if you want to embarrass Jason Chaffetz, just wait, and he will do it for you.
In case you missed it, Colbert had some refreshing words about "pretending" last week.
Open Thread below....
Being on the same page as another may be a bit more challenging with an uncomfortable Sun/Pluto square on Tuesday October 6. While we may ‘talk a great talk’ because of a Mercury/Saturn sextile; making good on our word could be an issue with the Mars/Neptune opposition on Tuesday night. As Mercury retrograde prepares to station later this week, enhance your communication skills, as negotiations will have a much better chance when we ask the right questions and listen carefully to the response.
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