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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With The King Brothers

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 23:01

In 2018, Japanese garage punkers the King Brothers released their first album in eight years. As we come to end of 2019, I am now just finally getting around to hearing some of it. Titled Wasteland, the record is such a batch of dynamite that it should have a "Danger: Explosives" warning label emblazoned across the front of it.

I got to see them live early in this century and the show is one that still sticks in my mind as a band as one of the most over the top shows when it came to rock-n-roll energy. Working hard is play to them. It also explains why nearly almost rock club in their hometown of Osaka has banned them from playing on their stage. The band levels any room they play.

What are you listening to tonight?

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'The Deep Sea' Is Deeper Than You Think.

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 23:00

Sometimes I scroll mindlessly through Zillow...I don't plan on moving anytime in the next decade or two, but it's fun to scroll through homes in the neighborhood. It's the voyeur in me, I guess. Other times I scroll mindlessly through Etsy to see what cool stuff artists are creating. I don't really have the money to buy stuff, but I love looking at the jewelry and purses, especially. I have more than enough of both, and no plans to buy either, but still l scroll. It's the capitalist in me, I guess.

These provide mental and emotional breaks for me from the hours I spend mindlessly scrolling through Twitter and Facebook feeds to read even just a fraction of what I need to know for my work life and my activism. Or maybe it provides the procrastinator in me good fodder.

In any case, in my incessant scrolling, I came across this amazing little interactive gem called "The Deep Sea," created by Neal Agarwal. Keep scrolling. Just when you think you're done, and that there's nothing more to see, or nothing more to sea, you're rewarded. And amazed.

At least I was.

Please enjoy, and happy Friday.

Open Thread below.

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State Lawyers Say Judge's Ruling Will Nullify Florida Law Restoring Ex-felons' Voting Rights

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 22:00

A federal judge ruled in October that it is unconstitutional for Florida to make ex-felons who have completed their sentences pay fines, legal fees, and restitution before having their voting rights restored under an amendment that took effect in January. The state’s lawyers are now arguing that if that ruling is allowed to stand, the entire law will be nullified, and ex-felons will be right back where they were before the amendment was passed—permanently barred from voting unless a merciful governor can be persuaded to restore their rights case by case.

Since it became a state in 1845, Florida has barred felons from voting. The law has been slightly altered since then, notably after the Civil War and in 1968, after the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act were passed. But until 2007, ever more Floridians convicted of felonies were barred for life from voting. Their only hope was personally seeking gubernatorial clemency, which was rarely given.

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Senate Republicans Struggle With Trump's Interference In 2020 Races

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 21:00

Donald Trump, being the authoritarian megalomaniac he is, is demanding that Senate candidates be total Trumpers. The problem for Mitch McConnell and fellow Republicans is that the seats that are being challenged in 2020 are in not-total-Trump territory. Watching current Senate Republicans try to navigate that problem is probably the only joy one can get from the Senate right now.

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One In Five Federal Judges Now A Trump Appointee

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 18:00

[above video from September]

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rammed through eight of President Donald Trump's lifetime judicial picks in just three days this week, accelerating the far-right court takeover that one commentator warned is "absolutely going to hamstring efforts to make the U.S. into a responsible, civilized country, for as long as we live."

"Donald Trump is paying back his debts and then some to the anti-choice movement that got him elected."
—Ilyse Hogue, NARAL Pro-Choice America

The latest slew of confirmations, according to Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur, means that Trump and his Federalist Society allies have now hand-picked "about one in every five American federal judges," or 170 judges total.

"Nearly all are in their 40s or 50s with lifetime appointments and positioned to shape American law for generations," Kapur noted on Twitter. "It gets a tiny fraction of attention compared to other stuff he does but this is the Trump legacy that'll echo for generations after he's gone."

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Newt Gingrich Calls Trump Impeachment A 'Modern Day Lynching'

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 14:07

This morning Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer brought the Grand Wizard of Cynical Pronouncements Newt Gingrich on to explain how mean House Democrats are being to Donald Trump with all their impeachment nonsense.

First, he pulled the lynching card: "The whole thing is a joke," he declared. "Frankly the whole thing is very close to what Clarence Thomas once described as a 'modern day lynch mob.'"

Second, the projection card: "The Democrats have no interest in the facts." We all know Newt wouldn't know a fact in this case if it came up with a sign and smacked him in the ass with it.

Third, the Jonathan Turley card: "I think Jonathan Turley, the professor who voted against Trump, but who nonetheless came back and testified the other day that of the two impeachments that have occurred -- Clinton and Johnson back in the 1870s -- this is the weakest of the three," Gingrich claimed. "He said it is an embarrassment to the country, it lowers the prestige of the House and that it's the House which is abusing power."

Actually, that isn't what he said at all. Anyone who was watching heard what he said, and specifically with regard to the obstruction of Congress charge only. Here he is on NPR saying it again:

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Former Infowars Employee Describes How They Just Made Stuff Up

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 14:04

I would hope by now most people understand that Infowars was not a trusted source, but I don't assume much these days. Via Right Wing Watch:

The New York Times Magazine published a feature online today authored by Josh Owens, who recounted experiences he had working for Infowars. (He first started to share information with journalist Jon Ronson, who has known Jones for decades, in October 2016.) In the article, Owens recounts outlandish and disturbing incidents at Infowars, including Jones firing a gun in his direction “as a joke,” Jones punching employees, Jones killing animals in cruel ways on video, and Jones driving visibly drunk to film a stunt on Election Day 2016 for his broadcast audience.

[...] In one instance, Jones had watched a YouTube video showing a Geiger counter, an instrument used to measure ionizing radiation, “displaying high radiation readings” on a California beach and wanted the Infowars team to travel to the area to film reports and promotions for an iodine supplement sold by Infowars. Owens and his coworkers were unable to replicate the high radiation levels during their trip, which enraged Jones. In an attempt to placate him, the team scouted out a nuclear waste facility “just so we could capture the Geiger counter displaying a high number.”

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Darrell Issa Recommends Trump Give Clemency To Duncan Hunter

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 13:08

Darrell Issa is running for Duncan Hunter's soon-to-be-vacated Congressional seat in order to cut Ammar Campa-Najjar off before he actually wins that solidly Republican California district. Issa has some experience with criminal activity, so he feels whatever empathy a Republican can feel for Hunter's self-inflicted plight.

He has some thoughts for Hunter, according to the San Diego Union Tribune, specifically with regard to whether Hunter should actually spend a day in prison.

“But I would certainly say the commuting of sentencing… has a certain ability to balance the public good," Issa said. "Are we better off spending $60,000 a year to put him behind bars or are we better off with him doing community service and going on with his life with the likelihood of him committing a crime in the future being pretty low?”

I think it's pretty certain that Duncan Hunter will always be capable of committing white collar money crimes because he is a man who likes to live high on the hog with lots of women, expensive wine, the finest restaurants, and more. So yeah, toss him in jail, sooner rather than later.

I wonder, would Issa make the same argument if it had been a Black Congressman? I went to look.

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Seb Gorka Thinks LBGTQ Characters Will 'Destroy' Star Wars

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 13:00

Seb Gorka's "show" is all about being relevant to the kids today. So now it's about making sure Star Wars doesn't get too gay.

Don't get me started about latent Nazi uniforms and Seb Gorka. Transcript via Media Matters.

SEBASTIAN GORKA (HOST): James Bond is now a woman, and she's black. Are you ready for it? 007 has gone intersectional.

And they're going to destroy Star Wars as well, we have the statement from J.J. Abrams that Star Wars is going to go LGBTQ. Well, you know, if you couldn't destroy the franchise already, let's destroy it a little bit more.

The last installment of the Star Wars saga would include a member from the trans -- is it trans? Let's just say the alphabet soup community.

James Bond. Have you seen the trailer? Watch the trailer, and then ask yourself if you disagree with this statement. I sent the trailer, the link to the trailer to my best buddy in the UK, who is a massive James Bond expert. This is the view of a man who knows his James Bond.

"This trailer looks entirely generic. The villain of the piece is actually the Phantom of the Opera." And that's not a joke. He's wearing a half-mask, just like the musical villain.

And then a black, female 007 -- give me a break. When will Hollywood stop pandering to the SJW crowd? That's the question.

Today, I think we have the evidence, the final evidence, from impeachment to Hollywood, of how stupid the left has become.

And that's that. Gay Star Wars proves impeachment is stupid. From the mind of Seb Gorka.

Categories: Politics

Devin Nunes Played Key Role In Rudy Giuliani's Ratfcking Conspiracy In Ukraine

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 13:00

A full evaluation of the information collected by the House impeachment inquiry shows that Rudy Giuliani’s role in Ukraine was far from a solo act. In addition to the more visible connections that Giuliani made in pulling the strings of U.S. ambassadors, his scheme involved a whole host of Republican heavyweights, including attorneys Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing, the indicted Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, and The Hill editor John Solomon. All of them were working together in a giant ratf#ucking conspiracy to smear both Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden while exonerating Russia of interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and giving Donald Trump a boost for 2020. But there was one more critical player in this conspiracy whose importance wasn’t really appreciated until all the evidence was in: Republican Rep. Devin Nunes.

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‘You Don’t Mess Around With Nancy’

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 12:47

A cute moment on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night.

Source: Mediaite

CBS’ The Late Show poked a little fun in its cold open at Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s forceful, “Don’t mess with me” response to a reporter asking if she “hated the president” on Thursday, inserting her into a parody of the classic Jim Croce tune: “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim.”

Opening the show with a clip of Pelosi’s now viral warning to reporter James Rosen of the right-wing TV conglomerate Sinclair, Stephen Colbert’s show cranked up the 1972 hit but changed the lyrics to fit the House Democrats’ ongoing impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump.

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David Gergen: Is The KGB Part Of Donald Trump's Defense Strategy?

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 12:13

As Karoli wrote earlier today, Rudy Giuliani is engaging in foreign interference in the 2020 election in plain sight, under the guise of "preparing a defense strategy" for Donald Trump's impeachment trial. Really.

Rudy is meeting with OAN bloggers and corrupt former Ukrainian officials (trained by the KGB?!?) to get the "real dirt on Biden" so that Trump's July 25th phone call will all of a sudden be completely legit. Really!

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Fri, 12/06/2019 - 11:28

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Friday News Dump: Border Patrol Lied About Death Of Teen, And Other News

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 10:20

These atrocities are done in our name. Don't let your silence be acquiescence. Call your congress members and senators and speak out. He was just a kid, 16 years old. He should have had his entire life ahead of him.

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Glub, Glub! Trump's Numbers Underwater In Several Key States

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 07:50

Things are looking up -- and by that, I mean, bad for Trump. Latest poll numbers show he's not doing well in states where he overperformed in 2016.

"So Sam Stein, as we look at these polls, let's go back to the 2016 election and remember it was something like 77,744 votes, something like that, across three states," Willie Geist said on Morning Joe.

"Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Wisconsin in this new poll, president down 14. Michigan, down 14. Pennsylvania, down 7. You go across some other states too that will decide this election, Nevada, Arizona, Florida obviously.

"I guess the question is, the people who took a flyer on Donald Trump in 2016 for all the reasons that Jon (Meachum) just laid out because he was disruptive and was going to overturn the tables in Washington, what do they do now? His hard core support is not going anywhere. The Hillary Clinton hardcore supporters aren't going anywhere in terms of Democratic support. What about those people in the middle among those 77,000 votes who took a flyer on Donald Trump?"

"I mean there's the million dollars question, right, is do they come back to support Trump? And it's not rocket science here, the Trump campaign is going to try to do everything it can to tar whoever the Democratic nominee is to depress his or her numbers and then hope that you can get, you know, squeak by another electoral college victory," Sam Stein said.

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Twitter Provides Highlights Of Nancy Pelosi's CNN Town Hall

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 07:31

In case you missed it, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi followed up her announcement that the House would indeed be drawing up articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, with a town hall on CNN.

Thanks CNN for tweeting highlights of the show -- that way Donald Trump will for sure see it trending. Ahem.

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Johnson: Whistle-Blower Would Be 'Celebrated' Like Christine Blasey Ford

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 07:31

Ron Johnson (R-Trump's Back Pocket) really doesn't have any decency left to him - if he ever had any to begin with.

His most recent act of vulgar ignorance takes the form of RoJo saying that the whistleblower's name should be made public and that he would be "celebrated" like Kavanaugh accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford:

Johnson, who is chairman of the Europe subcommittee on Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and a member of the Senate's bipartisan Ukraine Caucus, insisted he doesn't have a problem with whistleblowers and wants strong protections for them.

But he added that some whistleblowers have a "personal and political ax to grind."

"There is no guarantee of anonymity with whistleblowers. There's just a guarantee that they can't be retaliated against," Johnson said. "So there's no reason to keep this whistleblower's — you know, continue to be anonymous, because he's not anonymous. Everybody knows who he is."

When pressed about threats against whistleblowers and witnesses, Johnson dismissed those concerns.

"Let's face it, this whistleblower will be celebrated, just like Professor Blasey Ford was celebrated," Johnson said.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 07:31

The Mahablog: Something strange is happening with life expectancy in the US.

Class Warfare Blog: Fundamentalist religion's alliance with oligarchy is turning the mass of Americans against both.

Crazy Eddie: A look at Kamala Harris's withdrawal from the race.

Progressive Erupts: Foreign leaders laugh at Trump because he's laughable.

Blog round-up by Infidel753. To recommend a post, send link to mbru [at] crooksandliars [dot] com -- I do check it!

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Whose Payroll Is Rudy Giuliani On In Ukraine?

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 07:30

Earlier Thursday, the Washington Post reported that Rudy Giuliani is in Ukraine colluding with at least one KGB-trained Ukrainian lawmaker who also happens to be the former head of Ukraine's intelligence service. Oh, and Rudy's meeting was for the express purpose of building a case against Hunter Biden.

Andriy Derkach said he pressed Giuliani on the need to set up a joint U.S.-Ukraine investigation into corruption in Ukraine at the meeting in Kyiv. Derkach also vowed to set up an anti-corruption group in the Ukraine parliament.

And it appears to be another quid pro quo:

But in tweets hours later, [Giuliani] drew connections between future U.S. aid and investigations by Ukraine into former vice president Joe Biden — issues that are already at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

Giuliani tweeted that U.S. assistance to Ukraine on anti-corruption reforms could face a “major obstacle” until the “conversation about corruption in Ukraine” is resolved. Giuliani alleged “compelling” evidence of criminal misdeeds by Biden, but gave no specifics.

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The Daily Show Covers World Leaders 'Sh*t Talking' Trump

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 23:18

Open thread below...

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