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Crooks and Liars - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 23:30

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Pimpono Ensemble

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 23:01

Based in Copenhagen and consisting of young musicians from Poland, Denmark and Norway, the Pimpono Ensemble is taking jazz into places not many do anymore. Emphasizing improvisation and experimenting, this orchestra of young musicians create and sound that is often expansive and beautiful and sometimes chaotic. They do breathe new and energetic life into a well known musical form, making it always interesting.

If you dig this track, I included some other music from the group in my most recent podcast.

What are you listening to tonight?

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Sunday night owls: When will mainstream environmental groups realize how green Latinos are?

Daily Kos - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 22:30

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At Grist, Yvette Cabrera writes—Why being green comes naturally to U.S. Latinos:

[...] “In the United States too often we think that ‘environmentalist’ means the person who is driving in that electric vehicle, when in fact we neglect the 20 people who are riding in the bus,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra — the first Latino to hold his position — said during a speech at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. “Hard-working people around the globe, people of modest means like my parents, are some of the best conservationists in the world because they can’t afford not to be.”

Becerra grew up in a working-class Sacramento household where his parents, Mexican immigrants, taught him frugality as a way of life.“Hard-working people are the ones telling their kids, ‘Apaga la luz! Turn off that light when you leave that room!’” Becerra continued at the summit. “They’re the ones that say, ‘Clean up that plate. Don’t serve yourself more than you can eat. It’s too precious.”

In an interview with Grist, Becerra recalled that many of the conservation lessons he learned during his childhood were driven by economic need. His family couldn’t afford to stay in hotels when they visited relatives in Guadalajara, so his parents invested in a camper shell for the family pick-up truck, which doubled as a place to sleep and eat for the family of six. Becerra learned to cook on a tiny portable stove, create as little garbage as possible, and identify yerba buena (mint) and té de limón (lemongrass) plants, which Mexicans use to cure stomach aches and other ailments. “At the end of the day, you find that out of necessity you become really good stewards of the land,” said Becerra.

This thriftiness of working-class families translates into energy-saving behavior: In the United States, low-income households generally use about one-fifth the energy of their wealthier counterparts, Becerra pointed out. And in California, where almost 40 percent of the population is Latino, the average carbon footprint is nearly 50 percent less than the average American’s. In Becerra’s view, California’s diverse working class represents “our best environmentalists.”

Yet despite having a smaller carbon footprint, these communities don’t enjoy the full benefits of their energy-saving practices — in part because they often live near industrial facilities, heavily-trafficked corridors, or contaminated Superfund sites. Latinos and African Americans across California disproportionately live in communities overburdened by pollution. More than 18 percent of the state’s Latinos and 17 percent of African Americans live in one of the top 10 percent most pollution-burdened communities, compared to less than 3 percent of white state residents. [...]

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At Daily Kos on this date in 2003—Americans believe war will increase terror:

Bush Co. and its media and warblogging cabal argue that taking out Saddam will help the nation combat the terrorism threat. However, the public isn't buying it. In the latest CBS News poll, 59 percent of respondents believed war would lead to more terrorism in the US. Only 12 percent thought it would lower the threat.

In addition, 60 percent of all respondents, and 40 percent of Republicans, think the US should wait for UN approval before invading.

Not that Bush will heed poll results, but it does indicate that he will place this nation at war without the full and enthusiastic backing of the people—a reality that may bear consequences down the road.

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Nuts & Bolts: So you want to be a member of the DNC?

Daily Kos - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 21:30

It’s another Sunday, so for those who tune in, welcome to a diary discussing the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic Campaign. If you’ve missed out, you can catch up anytime: Just visit our group or follow Nuts & Bolts Guide. Every week I try to tackle issues I’ve been asked about, and with the help of other campaign workers and notes, we tackle how to improve and build better campaigns or explain issues that impact our party.

This week we’re focusing on a very different kind of campaign: the campaign to become a member of the Democratic National Committee, or the DNC. The majority of DNC members are elected and represent their states, either as state party chairs and vice chairs, or by others who are DNC members based on population and elected strength.

So you want to become a DNC member? Let’s talk about how you can do that.

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'Thank you for being so brave': Child at rally asks Pete Buttigieg for advice on coming out

Daily Kos - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 15:33

Former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg shared a sweet exchange with a 9-year-old boy, Zachary Ro, during a rally held in Aurora, Colorado on Saturday. Zachary submitted a question for the Democratic presidential hopeful that quickly earned cheers and support from the room. Read by Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, the question (which was submitted by fishbowl and, according to Griswold, selected randomly), said simply: "Thank you for being so brave. Would you help me tell the world I'm gay, too? I want to be brave like you."

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National security adviser O'Brien lies on Sunday shows to parrot false Trump intelligence claims

Daily Kos - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 15:25

Trump National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien took to multiple Sunday shows Today to, evidently, lie outright to the American people on Donald Trump's behalf. Parroting a Donald Trump line that does not mesh with any of the previously-known revealed intelligence about Russia's repeated efforts to disrupt United States elections via state-sponsored hacking and online propaganda efforts, O'Brien is insisting that he "has not seen" any intelligence to indicate that Russia is again attempting to boost Donald Trump's campaign.

In a Saturday-taped interview for Face the Nation, O'Brien made claims that could have come directly from Trump's own mouth.

The entire segment is remarkable. Again and again, host Margaret Brennan pushed O'Brien on his claims—at odds with all publicly revealed intelligence of the past four years—even asking him bluntly "Are you denying that it is happening?" O'Brien, however, maintained the Trump-favored line. If anything, he said, he has "heard" that Russia wants "Bernie Sanders to win."

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'Someone needs to pull an Andrew Yang': Ex-presidential hopeful urges bottom candidates to pull out

Daily Kos - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 14:41

With Sen. Bernie Sanders securing the top spot in Nevada caucuses, businessman and former presidential hopeful Andrew Yang urged bottom candidates to accept the same truth he was forced to face when he dropped out of the presidential race less than two weeks ago. "Someone needs to pull an Andrew Yang and be like, 'I've done the math, I'm not going to win,'" Yang, a new CNN commentator, said on Saturday. He announced Feb. 11 after the New Hampshire primary that he had accepted his fate. “I am the math guy, and it is clear tonight from the numbers that we are not going to win this race,” he said. “So tonight I am announcing that I am suspending my campaign.”

Although Yang failed to name the candidates he thinks should follow in his footsteps, he said, “the rest of the field needs to consolidate ideally.” With 60% of precincts reporting by Sunday afternoon, Sanders had 46% of the vote and 10 delegates in Nevada, according to The Associated Press.

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Marc Short Uses CNN Hiring Of Andrew McCabe To Justify Potential Stone Pardon

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 14:38

This really has to be the most pathetic excuse ever to justify the pardon we all know is coming eventually for Trump-fixer, now convict, Roger Stone.

Pence aide Marc Short was asked about the potential pardon by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, who actually, to his credit, pointed out the real reason for the pardon -- the fact that Stone protected Trump in the Mueller investigation -- and Short responded by claiming that the entire system is just terribly unfair because the former Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe has been hired by CNN instead of sitting in a jail cell, which is where Trump would still like for him to be.

Trump's own DOJ refused to prosecute McCabe, but that doesn't matter to the right-wing grievance industry, who will never stop beating this dead horse as long as Trump remains in office, or ever.

WALLACE: One of the president's friends, Roger Stone, was sentenced this week to 40 months in prison for lying to congress, for obstruction, and for witness tampering. Here was the president's reaction.

TRUMP: I'd love to see roger exonerated. and I'd love to see happen because I personally think he was treated very unfairly.

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Two Minutes of Awesomeness: Tommy Emmanuel, "Son of a Gun"

Little Green Footballs - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 13:58

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Pastor Robert Jeffress Tells Fox News: Liberal Churches 'Deserve To Die'

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 13:46

Guys, I am starting to think that God may rescind Pastor* Robert Jeffress' ticket to heaven based on some pretty non-Christian comments he just made to Septegarian Hate Monger Lou Dobbs on Fox News about churches that do not follow his personal political views.

He said:

"There are some churches that deserve to die. Liberal churches that are changing God's message to fit the culture, those churches are dying."

Oh. So churches that don't follow his views "deserve to die"? Doesn't that go against Christianity? Wasn't Jesus accepting of all people, no matter their religion, age, gender, job, etc?

He continued spewing his twisted hate speech by saying:

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Cattle Call 2020: So much for Bloomberg, can anyone beat Sanders?

Daily Kos - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 13:18

Last week Mike Bloomberg seemed poised to take control of the party’s center lane, creating a potential face-off with Bernie Sanders, fresh off having consolidated the bulk of the party’s left flank. Then the debate happened and oh well. Back to the drawing board for anti-Sanders forces.

Real Clear Politics poll aggregate, last three months.

1. Bernie Sanders ⬆️⬆️⬆️ (Last week: 1)

I just invented the triple-up arrow for today’s addition, because a singular one wouldn’t do Sanders’ justice, having taken about half of delegates available in Saturday’s Nevada caucus. His total percentage of the (second-round) vote, 39.3% with 60% reporting, puts him close to where he needs to be to be able to demand convention delegates fall in even if fails to reach 50% of the required delegates (which seems more and more likely by the day). His opposition remains fragmented and divided, giving him the chance to score big victories despite having a solid majority of the party preferring someone else. 

The Sanders campaign, early in the cycle, gamed out a path to victory that required only winning about a third of delegates. I mocked it then, but it’s become a legit threat to the nomination. And if Elizabeth Warren can’t catch a break somewhere and is knocked from the race, he’d pick up enough of her center-left support to make him impossible to beat. He has to like her electoral difficulties. 

On the flip side, Sanders is on track to once again get less votes than he did in 2016, suggesting that he isn’t growing from last cycle’s baseline. But at this point, who cares? It’s not keeping him from victory. 

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Watch Simon Says champ William Barr dance to another president's tune in '91 confirmation hearing

Daily Kos - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 13:00

It really should have come as no surprise when Attorney General William Barr interfered politically in the sentencing of Donald Trump associate Roger Stone. The Attorney General has a long track-record of practically asking how high when the president he serves requests he jumps, starting with his first attempt at Attorney General from 1991 to 1993, during former President George H.W. Bush’s tenure. In what has also become part of his MO, Barr all but forewarned the country of his shoddy work to come during his Senate confirmation hearing in 1991. During the hearing, he touted Bush-era “tough on crime” policies that would shape the climate leading to mass incarceration of black and brown people for decades to come.

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Joy Reid Reminds Dem Consultants And Boomers That Younger People Outnumber Them

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 12:57

The pundit class of DC politics is waking up to the probability of a Bernie Sanders being the Democratic nominee for president and let me tell you, they are FREAKING OUT.

To be fair, it's not without reason. And it's not all due to being part of a privileged class being encroached upon, don't kid yourself.

The oppo research on Bernie Sanders is deep and the Clinton campaign largely left it alone in 2016 in the hopes of bringing Bernie supporters to her camp. The Trump campaign and all those dark money conservative groups will have no such constraint. And that doesn't even take into account the things that will get fed and embraced by the mainstream media by other dark forces (Anyone remember how much The New York Times loved the entirely fact-free "Clinton Cash"?). Russian troll farms showed in 2016 how easy it was to seed discontent through social media and hurt turn out.

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Zamboni Driver Saves The Day For The Carolina Hurricanes

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 12:54

When both Carolina Hurricanes goaltenders went down with injury they called upon Dave Ayres, a 42 year-old Zamboni driver (the machine that cleans and waters the ice) to do emergency duty. Ayres had never played a professional game of hockey before in his life. Ayres received for his valiant efforts: $500 for playing, a standing ovation from the Toronto fans, and was made an honorary citizen of North Carolina by the governor.

Source: ESPN

When both of the Carolina Hurricanes' goaltenders left Saturday's game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs with injuries, 42-year-old Dave Ayres came in as the emergency backup goaltender -- and stopped 8 of 10 shots to get credit for the 6-3 win.

Ayres allowed goals on the first two shots he faced before stopping the final eight in succession.

"Obviously, that second period was a little shaky, but I told the boys in the dressing room, 'Once we come out for the third, I'll be settled down and ready to win this one,'" Ayres said afterward on the CBC Sports broadcast.

Ayres, a Zamboni driver and arena maintenance worker for the Maple Leafs' AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, has been the regular practice goaltender for the Marlies and has appeared at Maple Leafs practices and skills sessions this season. As the emergency goalie, he was available to either team, if needed.

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MSNBC Guest Slams Chris Matthews After He Compares Sanders To Nazis: 'He Had Kin Murdered In The Holocaust'

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 12:48

Time magazine editor Anand Giridharadas criticized MSNBC host Chris Matthews over the weekend for his alleged bias against Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Giridharadas remarks came after Matthews compared Sanders' win in Nevada to a Nazi invasion.

"Last night was a historic win that I think a lot of us are still struggling to understand," Giridharadas explained. "It's historic because we may be seeing that we are paddling through a bend of a river in history here. Something is happening in America right now that actually does not fit our mental models."

"It certainly doesn't fit the mental models of a lot of people on TV," he continued. "It doesn't fit the mental models of a lot of people in the parties. It doesn't fit our cultural mental models."

Giridharadas called it a "wake-up moment" for pundits.

"Many of this establishment are behaving in my view as they face the prospect of a Bernie Sanders nomination like out-of-touch aristocrats in a dying aristocracy" he said. "Just sort of, 'How do we stop this, how do we block this?'"

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Gaslighting National Security Advisor Claims He's Seen No Intelligence On Russia Favoring Trump In 2020

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 12:44

Just days after the briefing to the House Intelligence Committee by Shelby Pierson, the DNI's election security czar, which may have put her head on the chopping block as the next to be purged by the Trump administration, Trump National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien wants us to believe that he knows nothing about the meeting.

It seems O'Brien is more concerned about keeping his job and playing to an audience of one than telling the truth and keeping the public informed about the threat to our democracy from Russian interference in our elections. Here's O'Brien on ABC's This Week gaslighting the audience about whether he's aware of the fact that Russia wants to see his boss reelected:

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Florida lawmakers pass restrictive abortion bill, requiring parental consent for people under 18

Daily Kos - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 12:03

On Thursday, Florida’s legislature passed a state bill to require pregnant minors (pregnant people under the age of 18) to receive consent from a parent or guardian in order to access an abortion, as reported by CNN. Senate Bill 404 will move to the conservative governor, Republican Ron DeSantis. The Florida state House approved the restrictive, anti-choice bill 75-43.

Here’s how the bill works. Physicians would need to receive written consent via a notarized document from a parent or guardian before performing an abortion. Along with this written consent, parents would need to provide a copy of their government-issued ID. Physicians who provide an abortion for a minor without this consent could face third-degree felony charges, facing up to five years in prison.

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Warren's debate win, AOC on 'The View', and more you might have missed

Daily Kos - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 11:39

A debate. An election. A debate. An election. It seems like that is the new rhythm for 2020. Oh yeah, and the fact that Trump is still president, so a never-ceasing news cycle.

Feel like you might have missed something? Don’t worry, we’ve got you. 

Eight takeaways from the Nevada Democratic primary debate (No. 1: Warren won)

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How do you begin to do justice to the Greatest Debate of All Time? Let’s start with a simple list.

1. Elizabeth Warren won, and won big. It wasn’t even close. THIS was the Warren that so many of us love and support, and it’s the Warren that has been systematically erased by the political media.

The story of the week really was just how stunning Senator Warren’s debate performance was. How her campaign has consistently been under-appreciated. How she really is the definition of persistence. Now we wait to see if her performance on the Nevada debate stage will have a ripple effect on the rest of the country. 

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The window to avoid a global pandemic is 'narrowing' as COVID-19 grows in Italy, South Korea, Iran

Daily Kos - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 11:08

In South Korea, President Moon Jae-in has raised the health alert level to its maximum “Level 4,” after another day of triple digit growth of infections in that nation. This level empowers the military to forcibly quarantine areas, close businesses, and restrict travel within the nation. At a emergy meeting, President Moon declared this a “watershed” moment, saying that the “coming few days will be a critical time for us.”

In Italy, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has imposed “extraordinary measures” to contain an outbreak that is now in multiple regions, and which grew by another 55 cases on Saturday. For the moment, Conte has said he will not suspend the Shengen agreement—the agreement by which members of the European Union can move freely with neighboring states—but he is getting criticism for that move both inside and outside Italy. On Saturday, 12 towns in the northern regions of Veneto and Lombardy were placed on lockdown as testing continued. 

And in Iran the cases and the deaths increased, but the news did not.

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SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor Calls Out Conservative Justices For Pro-Trump Bias

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 02/23/2020 - 11:00

It is not common for Supreme Court Justices to come out and publicly go against fellow justices. They keep that commentary for their written dissents to cases before the Supreme Court. But, after a despicable ruling that was decided along party lines (5-4) which allowed the Trump administration to implement a "wealth tax" on immigrants in all 50 states, Justice Sonia Sotomayor could not hold back.

ABC News reports that the dissent, written by Justice Sotomayor, called out the conservative wing of the Supreme Court in such a public fashion, accusing them of being "biased toward the Trump administration." Here is why that matters — it is expected for justices to vote in a conservative or liberal fashion, but to call them deferential to a particular president is stark commentary. They are being called MAGA/Trump Cult all the way.

Shots. Fired.

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