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Morning Digest: New Jersey Republican got lucky at casino but can't self-fund a promised $2 million

Daily Kos - 41 min 12 sec ago

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar.

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NJ-02: When he first entered the race for New Jersey's open 2nd Congressional District back in February, engineer Hirsh Singh reportedly assured local GOP leaders that he'd pour $2 million of his own money into his bid. But according to the financial disclosure statement he just filed with the House, if Singh even self-funded a fraction of that sum, he'd be flat broke.​

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​Singh's filing shows that, far from being a multi-millionaire, his actual assets sit somewhere between $51,000 and $115,000. He lists between $1,000 and $15,000 of those assets as coming from casino winnings, writing in the description, "Hit black 13 on Roulette in Atlantic City after the first annual GOP Leadership Summit ;-)." Yes, Singh really included that winky emoticon in his official financial disclosure statement.

Republican leaders understandably don't seem too ;-) with Singh. Atlantic County party chair Keith Davis grumbled, "A lot of people supported him based upon the personal wealth he pledged was going to be brought into this campaign." And some of those people were, like Davis, also from Atlantic County, which makes up about 40 percent of the electorate in the June 5 primary, nearly twice as much as the next largest county.

Thanks to the representations he made about his finances, Singh earned the important "organization line" in Atlantic County as well as in Ocean County, which comprises about 10 percent of the vote. That gives him a distinct advantage in the primary, since his name will appear in a separate column from those of his foes. And since those rivals have even less money, name recognition, or external support, Singh remains the front-runner.

Singh in fact has only self-funded $54,000 so far, leading an impatient Davis to warn that Singh "better start raising money." But that hope may be as vain as the dream that Singh would self-fund millions in the first place: Singh brought in just $48,000 from donors during his first quarter in the race.

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Cartoon: The view from Trump's brain

Daily Kos - 41 min 16 sec ago

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - 41 min 48 sec ago
Mike's Blog Round Up

As the Mamas & the Papas once sang, "Oh Monday mornin´ you gave me no warnin´ of what was to be," and so we enter a new week in the reality teevee show that is our, um, strange reality. Courage, Crooks & Liars! Let's soldier-on!

Hackwhackers brings us up to date on who is buying whom in the Little Kremlin-on-the-Potomac matter.

Addicting Info looks into Prznint Stupid's latest tweet storm (latest at least as I write this, who knows what Stupid will bleat and mewl later?)

First Draft explains why they should not be President, and in the process explain why the mango-hued sh**gibbon shouldn't be, either.

Bonus Track: Big Bad Bald Bastard is an Ellery Queen fanboi and writes the praise of great pulp fiction. Gonna go to the library! BBL!

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KARA!

Crooks and Liars - 41 min 48 sec ago
KARA!

Last Tuesday, one of the biggest, most exciting and meaningful victories for progressives was Kara Eastman's win in the Nebraska Democratic primary. She beat Blue Dog and DCCC endorsee Brad Ashford 20,239 (51.43%) to 19,113 (48.57%). ​

It was another case of local Democrats slapping down the DCCC for their pig-headed interference in a local primary. The DCCC attempted to gaslight the district-- that voted overwhelmingly for Bernie in 2016-- telling them they needed to nominate a proven reactionary, "ex"-Republican instead of a woman who ran on many of the same issues that made Bernie so attractive to local, 2nd District Democrats.

With the help of the DCCC, Ashford raised $558,946 and spent $397,194, while Kara raised $355,887 and spent $284,880. Ashford was endorsed by anyone from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party​ the DCCC could round up-- not just the Blue Dogs but the New Dems, Gabby Giffords, the labor unions that do whatever the DCCC tells them and, of course ambitious Blue Dog/New Dem Adam Schiff, who has been traveling around the country using his new-found celebrity to help right-of-center candidates like himself undermine progressive candidates like Kara.

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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 AM ET!

Daily Kos - 46 min 46 sec ago

Well, as predicted, it was lousy golfing weather, and Dotard J. Trump boiled over. So, welcome to the 70th consecutive Infrastructure Week here on The Presidential Apprentice.

And of course, because today is a day in America, the show comes to you still under the cloud of Friday’s mass shooting.

I’m sure you’re as tired of all the winning as I am. But let’s get started.

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Just minutes into today’s show, there were two shootings competing for attention, but we didn’t yet know which would become the more significant. The bulk of the show was given over to bribe updates. Specifically: an update on the Cohen SARs/bribes; the Trump-China bribe, and; the Kushner-Qatar bribe (with a caveat, but also a few domestic bribes thrown in for good measure). No one could have predicted what would happen once Trump irritated China with increased trade barriers. Unless you were going to guess that they’d take their business elsewhere. Like, maybe Russia. What’s the next big Trump lie? It’s an old one, actually: Obama was “spying” on his campaign. That is not how this works, of course. And what’s really happening is that Trump thinks it’d be a shame if something happened to a certain FBI informant. Just to get a few more key items on the record (for your weekend edification): the full catalog of Scott Pruitt scandals; some more backstory on Trump’s stupid obsession with Putin, and Russia in general, and; in case you thought any part of the world today wasn’t complete bullshit….

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Cheers and Jeers: Monday

Daily Kos - 52 min 15 sec ago

From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…

Jimmy Kimmel and Sen. Chris Murphy Weigh in on Santa Fe

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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Trump more unhinged than usual as his Nobel peace prize slips away

Daily Kos - 1 hour 14 min ago

Mother Jones:

Latest News on Donald Trump Jr. Sparks A Trump Tweet Rant About the “Witch Hunt”

The president responds to the “failing and crooked” New York Times’ “boring” scoop

It’s a pretty damning story, at first glance. But on Sunday President Donald Trump offered alternative read on it—it actually vindicates him, because the disclosure of the meeting meant that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the election had gone nowhere.

The story never actually says that, because that doesn’t make any sense. Mueller’s probe has already indicted 19 people—including 13 Russian nationals—and wrung a guilty plea from the president’s first national security adviser. His campaign manager has been indicted. And the Times story notes that Mueller was investigating this second meeting specifically to see if it, too, had been coordinated in some way with the Russians.

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On the Road and In Your Backyard

Balloon Juice - 3 hours 41 min ago

Good Morning All,

This weekday feature is for Juicers who are are on the road, traveling, or just want to share a little bit of their world via stories and pictures. So many of us rise each morning, eager for something beautiful, inspiring, amazing, subtle, of note, and our community delivers – a view into their world, whether they’re far away or close to home – pictures with a story, with context, with meaning, sometimes just beauty. By concentrating travel updates and tips here, it’s easier for all of us to keep up or find them later.

So please, speak up and share some of your adventures and travel news here, and submit your pictures using our speedy, secure form. You can submit up to 7 pictures at a time, with an overall description and one for each picture.

You can, of course, send an email with pictures if the form gives you trouble, or if you are trying to submit something special, like a zipped archive or a movie. If your pictures are already hosted online, then please email the links with your descriptions.

For each picture, it’s best to provide your commenter screenname, description, where it was taken, and date. It’s tough to keep everyone’s email address and screenname straight, so don’t assume that I remember it “from last time”. More and more, the first photo before the fold will be from a commenter, so making it easy to locate the screenname when I’ve found a compelling photo is crucial.

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!

Prepare for some wow today folks!

Today, pictures from valued commenter Mr. Prosser.

Since I rarely comment here I am a “Lurker” but I enjoy the posts and comments daily and look forward to Alain’s On the Road posts. I have a BA in Anthropology which means I spent my career as a structural firefighter/paramedic (25 years) and a mathematics instructor in middle school (Too many years). Once retired I moved to Grand Junction, CO and began pursuing my true interests as an Avocational Archaeologist especially in northwest Colorado, northeast Utah and the Four Corners. These photos of early Native American rock art, both petroglyphs (pecked or incised into the rock patina) and pictographs (painted with various pigments) date from 2000BCE or earlier to historic times

Arroyo near Kane Creek

Typical canyon country where this type of rock art is found

Sego Canyon area, Utah

Barrier Canyon style pictographs, the oldest style 2000 BCE to 400 CE (roughly). Enigmatic anthropomorths, animorphs and symbols. These are overlayed with Ancestral Pueblo/Fremont figures and modern graffiti.

Moab Man

Moab, UT

Well known petroglyph near a golf course in Moab, UT. Ancestral Pueblo/Fremont style figure showing a horned headdress and hair bobs. 500 to 1050 CE. What does the figure symbolize? Don’t know. The lighter pock marks are modern bullet scars.

Poison Spider area

Linked Ancestral Pueblo/Fremont style figures. All with headdresses. Dancers? Spirit forms? Near the Poison Spider Trailhead, UT

Sego Canyon, UT

Very classic Fremont style anthropomorphs 500 to 1100 CE. Note headdresses, “Weeping Eyes” on rh figure and large necklaces and belts or sashes. Have no idea as to significance of arm and hand with linked fingers. Possible shield at lower left.

McDonald Canyon, CO

A bear figure (white) and headless figure with arching arms. Fremont 900 to 1100 CE

Cottonwoood Wash

Very well done concentric circles. This type of petroglyph is often associated with the Solstices. Often a rock outcropping near the figure will cast a progressive shadow along the rings until it reaches the center on or near the solstices.

 

I am always in awe of the skill, knowledge, passion, and eye of you guys.  Please feel fee to use the form to send in lots of great and groovy stuff. I’ve got lots to work through, but do feel free to send stuff. Even if I don’t run it immediately, there are days or weeks where I’m swamped and some stored content makes things easy.

 

Thank you so much Mr. Prosser, do send us more when you can.

 

 

Travel safely everybody, and do share some stories in the comments, even if you’re joining the conversation late. Many folks confide that they go back and read old threads, one reason these are available on the Quick Links menu.

 

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East Coast Launch: Early Morning Viewing!

Balloon Juice - 4 hours 26 min ago

Folks,

There’s an Orbital ATK Antares rocket launch at 4:39 AM Eastern, in just a bit. It’s launching from the Wallops Island Facility in Southeast Virginia.

Since the rain has gone, it looks like a lot of folks may see something, should they look the appropriate direction (and up!).

Link to more info: https://www.space.com/40644-watch-orbital-atk-rocket-launch-oa9-webcast.html

 

You can watch the launch live on space.com

 

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Quote of the Day: Just Tell Them

Kevin Drum - 7 hours 26 min ago

I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of something Donald Trump told Billy Bush a few years ago:

People will just believe you. You just tell them and they believe you.

Remember this. It explains a lot that would otherwise seem mysterious.

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Donald Trump Is Trying to Ruin Someone Who’s Annoyed Him. It’s Barely Worth a Shrug.

Kevin Drum - 7 hours 36 min ago

In just the past couple of days, Donald Trump has produced such a storm of horseshit that I never even got around to noting this story from the Washington Post:

President Trump has personally pushed U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double the rate the Postal Service charges Amazon.com and other firms to ship packages, according to three people familiar with their conversations, a dramatic move that probably would cost these companies billions of dollars.

….Brennan and Trump have met at the White House about the matter several times, beginning in 2017, and most recently four months ago, the three people said. The meetings have never appeared on Trump’s public schedule. Brennan has spent her career at the Postal Service, starting 32 years ago as a letter carrier. In 2014, the Postal Service’s Board of Governors voted to appoint her as postmaster general.

….Trump has met with at least three groups of senior advisers to discuss Amazon’s business practices, probing issues such as whether they pay the appropriate amount of taxes or underpay the Postal Service, according to the three people. These groups include Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, then-National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and Domestic Policy Council Director Andrew Bremberg. Bremberg has served as a key liaison with Brennan.

Everyone—everyone—knows why Trump is doing this. He hates the Washington Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, and he’s trying to exact some revenge by going after Bezos’s main business, Amazon. In any other presidency, this would be a major scandal. Unless you’re Richard Nixon, you don’t use the power of the presidency to conduct personal campaigns of vengeance against companies or people you happen to be mad at. You just don’t do it. With Trump, however, this bit of retribution is so trivial that it’s hardly worth noting. Of course Trump is using the presidency to settle personal scores. Hell, his whole agenda is motivated primarily by a desire to take revenge against Barack Obama for making fun of him in 2011.

Still, just for the record, this is happening. Trump has tried numerous times to jack up Amazon’s shipping fees, and he’s co-opted his Treasury Secretary and others to spend their time on this too. This might put the postal service out of business. It would certainly hurt plenty of other companies. He doesn’t care. He just wants people to know what happens if they cross him. It’s like Trump’s presidency is a real-life mashup of The Godfather and The Count of Monte Cristo. This would be an entire book chapter if it been part of, say, the Grant administration’s scandals. Today, it’s barely worth a shrug.

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Open Thread - Presidential?

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:30
Open Thread - Presidential?

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A Late Snack: Caramel Swirl Cake

Balloon Juice - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:06

I made a caramel swirl layer cake with salted caramel ganache for Mother’s Day brunch last week.

I adapted the white layer cake recipe from Epicurious, which you can find at this link. Or use your own preferred white cake recipe. The adaptation was swirling salted caramel ganache into the cake batter before putting it into the oven.

Salted Caramel Ganache

8 ounces of caramels (If you have a recipe for caramels you like and want to do the work, then make them. If there is a for purchase caramels that you like, then save yourself some time and effort and buy them.)

8 ounces of heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Kosher salt to taste

Place 8 ounces of caramels in a mixing bowl. Scald the cream and vanilla extract and pour it over the caramels. Because caramels don’t melt like chocolate does, place the mixing bowl over a pot of boiling water as a double boiler. Let the scalded cream sit on the caramels in the double bowler till the caramels are soft enough to whisk the hot cream into, then whisk them together to make the ganache. Add kosher salt to taste, or if you like your caramel unsalted, leave it out. I won’t call the food police. Swirl the caramel ganache into the cake batter after it has been poured into the cake pans and then bake per the recipe’s instruction. They should look something like this:

Once the cakes are done and cool, make another batch of caramel ganache and set it aside until it comes to room temperature. Then whip another 8 ounces of heavy whipping cream till you get stiff peaked whipped cream. Fold the room temperature caramel ganache into the whipped cream to make caramel mousse.

Turn the cake out onto a round, then frost the top of the first layer with mousse. Place the second layer on top, then frost the top of that and the sides of the whole cake. Then place in the refrigerator. Make one last 1/2 batch of the caramel ganache – just 1/2 everything in the recipe – and let it cool to room temperature. Remove the cake from the oven, and pour the ganache over the top and smoothing it out over the top and the sides with a spatula. Then sprinkle the top with kosher salt or whatever your preferred finishing salt is.

 

Then slice and enjoy!

Stay hungry!

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With The Psychedelic Furs

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:00

The much better half and I went to the big city to go flower shopping today. This song did go through my brain a few times. It's a song that has been doing that lately as I also dropped it in the most recent podcast I did.

Now I got to get to some planting this week.

What are you listening to tonight?


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Open thread for night owls: Facial recognition software to be installed in Lockport schools

Daily Kos - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 22:30

The Buffalo News reports that come next fall, facial recognition software will be installed in all Lockport public schools.

Lockport will spend $1.4 million of the state's money on the Aegis system, from SN Technologies of Ganonoque, Ont., in all 10 district buildings this summer. It's part of a $2.75 million security system that includes 300 digital video cameras. [...]

What it can do is alert officials if someone whose photo has been programmed into the system – a registered sex offender, wanted criminal, non-custodial parent, expelled student or disgruntled former employee – comes into range of one of the 300 high-resolution digital cameras.

"A school is now a target, unfortunately," said Robert L. LiPuma, Lockport's technology director. "Based on recommendations, things we saw, drills we did, pilots we did, we assessed all of that and we thought this was the best option, economically and responsibly, for the safety of our community."

If a known bad guy is spotted, or a gun or other weapon is visible to the system's cameras, the software could flash an alarm to any district officials connected to it, and also to police.

In addition to scanning faces and objects in the school for known security threats, other administrators also anticipate using the cameras and algorithms to investigate breaches of school discipline.

"If we had a student who committed some type of offense against the code of conduct, we can follow that student throughout the day to see maybe who they interacted with, where they were prior to the incident, where they went after the incident, so forensically we could also use the software in that capacity as well," [Depew Superintendent Jeffrey R. Rabey] said.

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On this date at Daily Kos in 2004Ahmed Chalabi Get a Night-time Visit:

If it were not for all awfulness in the news coming out of Iraq, it would be almost impossible to suppress some glee at the fork-tongued Ahmed Chalabi’s current predicament. With a host of enemies in his homeland, and Bush allegedly telling King Abdullah he could “piss” on him, Chalabi now has to contend with armed searches of his house in the dead of the night. 

As a result of the raid, Chalabi says he has cut off relations with the U.S.-guided Coalition Provisional Aurhority. "I am America's best friend in Iraq;” Chalabi said, and “if the CPA finds it necessary to direct an armed attack against my home, you can see the state of relations between the CPA and the Iraqi people."

Uh-huh. And I have a bridge over the Euphrates I’d like to sell you.

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Kelly Clarkson Goes Rogue While Opening The Billboard Music Awards

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 22:21
Kelly Clarkson Goes Rogue While Opening The Billboard Music Awards

Like most sane people in our nation, Kelly Clarkson has had enough of your moments of silence. She, a full-fledged Texas girl herself, was asked in opening the Billboard Music Awards to hold a moment of silence for the victims and families of the Santa Fe High School Shooting.

She went rogue and refused.

"I'm a Texas girl, and my home state has had so much heartbreak over the last year, and once again, y'all, we are grieving for more kids that have died just for absolutely no reason at all. And tonight they wanted me to say, you know, obviously we wanna pray for all the victims, we wanna pray for their families, but they also wanted me to do a moment of silence. And I'm so sick of moment of silence...it's not working, like, obviously, so...sorry...so, why don't we NOT do a moment of silence? Why don't we do a moment of action? Why don't we do a moment of change? Why don't we change what what's happening? Because it's horrible...

...So instead of a moment of silence, I wanna respect them, and honor them with tonight, y'all, in your community, where you live, your friends, everybody, let's have a moment of action. Let's have a moment of change."

Action would be GREAT, WOULDN'T IT CONGRESS???

Kelly is right. The real way to honor the victims and their families - the real way to respect them - is with action and change. You GO, Kelly.

Watch the full clip below.

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Sunday Night Peeps Update

Balloon Juice - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 22:11

There were five eggs, and I do believe I can make out five wee peepers here:

I hope these rascals appreciate that my fern is dying because I can not water it.

What’s goin’ on down yonder yer way?

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The Mystery Man Revealed – And Open Thread

Balloon Juice - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 21:15

Quinta Jurecic and Ben Wittes have written their article on outing FBI informants, and several outlets have given the name of the probable informant.

I have the sense that I still don’t fully understand this situation, which I commonly get about revelations of the Trump campaign and its connections to various skeevy people. That is probably because there are more shoes to drop from this centipede, so I can’t fully understand the situation.

That Stefan Halper might be an informant has been publicly discussed since March. His positions and connections should have suggested that possibility to anyone who dealt with him before that. The Washington Post and New York Times articles of Friday night, together with material published earlier, lead to the conclusion that the person being discussed is Stefan Halper.

What Halper did was talk to George Papadopoulos and propose a project with him and also met with Carter Page and Sam Clovis in the summer of 2016. Earlier he met with Michael Flynn. Presumably this was because the FBI had information that Russians were communicating with these folks, and Halper was trying to get information about how that was going down.

The FBI could have sent agents openly to talk to those people, but they probably decided to take an indirect route because of the proximity of the election. Those FBI visits would have gotten out and caused some publicity. This is one of the asymmetries with how the Clinton emails were dealt with.

It would have been good practice for the Trumpies to have notified the FBI themselves when they were contacted by Russians, but, as we have seen in other cases, they did not once see fit to do this.

Since Halper already had a public profile and connections to intelligence agencies, it’s not clear to me why outing him seems to have been such a big deal to those agencies, who were reported to have been working for weeks to minimize the damage if he was outed. It’s possible that he was doing more than what is publicly available, and that those additional activities were much more sensitive.

Part of the concern is that if Congress is willing to reveal intelligence operatives for political reasons, it will be much more difficult to recruit sources and informants. And, of course, the President has now piled on.

It’s not at all clear why Devin Nunes, Trump, and others claim that knowing who this person is will undercut the Mueller investigation. They have claimed a connection between him and the Steele dossier, but, if anything, the information Halper obtained would have gone to the FBI before the dossier did. So, to the extent Halper’s material correlates with what’s in the dossier, it would be independent support.

It’s also not clear how all the information was leaked. Did the leaks start in March? Who are the sources for the Times and the Post stories? Will this be prosecuted the way Valerie Plame’s outing was?

The Jurecic – Wittes article is long and much more closely argued than what I’ve written. Very worth reading.

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Why isn't the United States on the metric system?

Daily Kos - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 21:15

My son recently asked me why the United States does not use the metric system, as that is all he uses in physics and chemistry classes. I am not sure he expected the answer I gave him. I was in middle school during the last push to put the United States on the metric standard. But before I get to my time in Mrs. Rheumes 7th grade math class, I want to touch on the brief history of the metric system in America.

The United States was one of the initial signatories to the Treaty of Meter in 1875. 

To the Senate of the United States :

I transmit to the Senate for consideration, with a view to ratification, a metric convention between the United States and certain foreign governments, signed at Paris, on the 20th of May, 1875, by Mr. E. B. Washburne, the minister of the United States at that capital, acting on behalf of this government, and by the representatives acting on behalf of the foreign powers therein mentioned.

A copy of certain papers on the subject, mentioned in the subjoined list, is also transmitted for the information of the Senate.

U. S. GRANT.

But yet, the United States did not switch over to the metric system in 1875, and it would not be until 1975 when President Ford signed the Metric Conversion Act before it was considered

1274.206 Metric Conversion Act.

The Metric Conversion Act, as amended by the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act declares that the metric system is the preferred measurement system for U.S. trade and commerce. NASA's policy with respect to the metric measurement system is stated in NPD 8010.2, Use of the Metric System of Measurement in NASA Programs.

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No need for Democrats to fear their progressive wing: join it, instead

Daily Kos - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 20:00

Last Tuesday's primary elections were a near-perfect day for progressives. They won races in Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Idaho, and Oregon. Should this outcome worry rank-and-file Democrats? The answer is a categorical no—and here is why.

The progressive wing is living up to the spirit of the Democratic Party platform. Tempering candidates’ progressive views is not only hypocritical, it also reveals that there is no intent to live up to the party’s stated tenets.

When one reads the following in the Washington Post, it’s not difficult to understand why many get upset at those who believe they are ordained to determine the choice of candidates for Democrats. And how did the Post characterize Tuesday's good news? They titled their piece, "The far left is winning the Democratic civil war." Worse, they subtitled it "Tuesday was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for Democratic moderates." And then the preamble to the article:

The success of very liberal candidates in primaries across four states is causing a new bout of heartburn among party strategists in Washington, who worry about unelectable activists thwarting their drive for the House majority. But it also reflects a broader leftward lurch among Democrats across the country since President Trump took office.

Let's be clear: progressives are definitely not far left. Bill Clinton's Democratic Leadership Council, the DLC, moved the Democratic Party to the right. The fallacy has always been that said rightward move gave us the Bill Clinton presidency. The reality is that President Bill Clinton, the rightward Democrat, never got 50 percent of the vote in either one of his elections.

Many will attribute that reality to a fairly strong third-party candidate, and that is hogwash. Americans know that either a Republican or Democrat will win, and make statements with their vote. For example: President Barack Obama, the leftward black candidate in a still-racist society, got more than 50 percent of the vote in both of his elections.

During the Obama campaign, smack in the middle of white, working-class America, a canvasser asked a white family who they were voting for in the election. The wife asked her husband (strange, I know) and he shouted, “We’re voting for the n*gger!” This is telling. These people were at the point where they were voting based strictly on their personal economies. It superseded their racism, just like fear breeds camaraderie in a foxhole.

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